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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155867/spectrum-of-pathogen-and-model-specific-histopathologies-in-mouse-models-of-acute-pneumonia
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Kristina Dietert, Birgitt Gutbier, Sandra M Wienhold, Katrin Reppe, Xiaohui Jiang, Ling Yao, Catherine Chaput, Jan Naujoks, Markus Brack, Alexandra Kupke, Christin Peteranderl, Stephan Becker, Carolin von Lachner, Nelli Baal, Hortense Slevogt, Andreas C Hocke, Martin Witzenrath, Bastian Opitz, Susanne Herold, Holger Hackstein, Leif E Sander, Norbert Suttorp, Achim D Gruber
Pneumonia may be caused by a wide range of pathogens and is considered the most common infectious cause of death in humans. Murine acute lung infection models mirror human pathologies in many aspects and contribute to our understanding of the disease and the development of novel treatment strategies. Despite progress in other fields of tissue imaging, histopathology remains the most conclusive and practical read out tool for the descriptive and semiquantitative evaluation of mouse pneumonia and therapeutic interventions...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152579/streptococcus-pneumoniae-tigr4-phase-locked-opacity-variants-differ-in-virulence-phenotypes
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Melissa B Oliver, Ankita Basu Roy, Ranjit Kumar, Elliot J Lefkowitz, W Edward Swords
Streptococcus pneumoniae (pneumococcus) is a leading human pathogen that can cause serious localized and invasive diseases. Pneumococci can undergo a spontaneous and reversible phase variation that is reflected in colony opacity and which allows the population to adapt to different host environments. Generally, transparent variants are adapted for nasopharyngeal colonization, whereas opaque variants are associated with invasive disease. In recent work, colony phase variation was shown to occur by means of recombination events to generate multiple alleles of the hsdS targeting domain of a DNA methylase complex, which mediates epigenetic changes in gene expression...
November 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149199/epidemiology-and-clinical-profile-of-pathogens-responsible-for-the-hospitalization-of-children-in-sousse-area-tunisia
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Ines Brini, Aida Guerrero, Naila Hannachi, Jihene Bouguila, Dorothea Orth-Höller, Amira Bouhlel, Lamia Boughamoura, Benjamin Hetzer, Wegene Borena, Britta Schiela, Dorothee Von Laer, Jalel Boukadida, Heribert Stoiber
This study aimed to identify a broad spectrum of respiratory pathogens from hospitalized and not-preselected children with acute respiratory tract infections in the Farhat Hached University-hospital of Sousse, Tunisia. Between September 2013 and December 2014, samples from 372 children aged between 1 month and 5 years were collected, and tested using multiplex real-time RT-PCR by a commercial assay for 21 respiratory pathogens. In addition, samples were screened for the presence of Streptococcus pneumoniae 16S rDNA using real-time PCR...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148920/the-unexpected-impact-of-vaccines-on-secondary-bacterial-infections-following-influenza
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Amber M Smith, Victor C Huber
Influenza virus infections remain a significant health burden worldwide, despite available vaccines. Factors that contribute to this include a lack of broad coverage by current vaccines and continual emergence of novel virus strains. Further complicating matters, when influenza viruses infect a host, severe infections can develop when bacterial pathogens invade. Secondary bacterial infections (SBIs) contribute to a significant proportion of influenza-related mortality, with Streptococcus pneumoniae, Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus pyogenes, and Haemophilus influenzae as major coinfecting pathogens...
November 17, 2017: Viral Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147933/aerobic-bacteriological-studies-on-the-respiratory-tracts-of-apparently-healthy-and-pneumonic-camels-camelus-dromedaries-in-selected-districts-of-afar-region-ethiopia
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Mu'uz Gebru, Genene Tefera, Fufa Dawo, Tesfaye Sisay Tessema
A cross-sectional study was conducted to isolate and identify bacterial species from the respiratory tract of apparently healthy and pneumonic camels in Asayita and Dubti woredas in the Afar Region, Ethiopia. From a total of 74 lung tissue and 74 tracheal swab samples Staphylococcus aureus, 16.3%, Streptococcus equi subsp. equi, 13.0%, and Pasteurella multocida, 10.9%, were dominant isolates from pneumonic lungs; Escherichia coli, 12.7%, Proteus species, 10.9%, and Klebsiella pneumoniae, 9.1%, were the majority in the normal lungs...
November 16, 2017: Tropical Animal Health and Production
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147774/assessment-of-mediastinal-lymph-node-size-in-pneumococcal-pneumonia-with-bacteremia
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Amit Chopra, Aakash Modi, Haroon Chaudhry, Recai Yucel, Neha Rane, John Fantauzzi, Frederic J Hellwitz, Marc A Judson
INTRODUCTION: The significance of mediastinal lymphadenopathy in bacterial pneumonia is unclear. METHODS: We performed a retrospective analysis of mediastinal lymph node size determined by chest CT in patients with bacteremic pneumococcal pneumonia. All patients who had positive blood cultures for streptococcus pneumonia over an 11-year period and had a chest CT scan (index CT) within 2 weeks of the positive blood culture were included in the study. Two thoracic radiologists and one pulmonologist independently examined the index CT plus any chest CT scans performed prior (pre-CT) or after (post-CT) the bacteremic episode...
November 16, 2017: Lung
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142211/the-microbiota-protects-against-respiratory-infection-via-gm-csf-signaling
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Rebecca L Brown, Richard P Sequeira, Thomas B Clarke
The microbiota promotes resistance to respiratory infection, but the mechanistic basis for this is poorly defined. Here, we identify members of the microbiota that protect against respiratory infection by the major human pathogens Streptococcus pneumoniae and Klebsiella pneumoniae. We show that the microbiota enhances respiratory defenses via granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor (GM-CSF) signaling, which stimulates pathogen killing and clearance by alveolar macrophages through extracellular signal-regulated kinase signaling...
November 15, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140595/modulation-of-quorum-sensing-in-a-gram-positive-pathogen-by-linear-imprinted-copolymers-with-anti-infective-properties
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Anfal Motib, Antonio Guerreiro, Firas Al-Bayati, Elena Piletska, Irfan Manzoor, Sulman Shafeeq, Anagha Kadam, Oscar Kuipers, Luisa Hiller, Todd Cowen, Sergey Piletsky, Peter Andrew, Hasan Yesilkaya
Here we describe the development, characterization and biological testing of a new type of linear molecularly imprinted polymer (LMIP) designed to act as anti-infective by blocking the quorum sensing (QS) mechanism and so preventing virulence of the pathogen Streptococcus pneumoniae. The LMIP is prepared (polymerized) in presence of a template molecule, but unlike in traditional molecular imprinting approaches no cross-linker is used. This results in soluble low molecular weight polymer that can act as drug agent in vitro and in vivo...
November 15, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140429/factors-associated-with-30-day-mortality-in-respiratory-infections-caused-by-streptococcus-pneumoniae
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Matthew P Cheng, Isaac I Bogoch, Karen Green, Agron Plevneshi, Wallis Rudnick, Altynay Shigayeva, Allison McGeer, Todd C Lee
We evaluated the relationship between initial antibiotic therapy and clinical outcomes in 5005 patients with microbiologically confirmed infections due to Streptococcus pneumoniae. In multivariable analysis, the receipt of "discordant" empiric antibiotic therapy was not associated with 30-day mortality (Hazard Ratio 0.94, 95% CI 0.67-1.32).
November 11, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137652/characterization-of-streptococcus-pneumoniae-isolates-from-austrian-companion-animals-and-horses
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Maximilian Ginders, Michael Leschnik, Frank Künzel, Doris Kampner, Claudia Mikula, Georg Steindl, Inga Eichhorn, Andrea T Feßler, Stefan Schwarz, Joachim Spergser, Igor Loncaric
BACKGROUND: The aim of the present study was to investigate the genetic relatedness and the antimicrobial resistance profiles of a collection of Austrian Streptococcus pneumoniae isolates from companion animals and horses. A total of 12 non-repetitive isolates presumptively identified as S. pneumoniae were obtained during routinely diagnostic activities between March 2009 and January 2017. RESULTS: Isolates were confirmed as S. pneumoniae by bile solubility and optochin susceptibility testing, matrix-assisted laser desorption-ionization-time of flight (MALDI-TOF) mass spectrometry and sequence analysis of a part recA and the 16S rRNA genes...
November 14, 2017: Acta Veterinaria Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135332/antibodies-to-pcpa-and-phtd-protect-mice-against-streptococcus-pneumoniae-by-a-macrophage-and-complement-dependent-mechanism
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Lucian Visan, Nicolas Rouleau, Emilie Proust, Loïc Peyrot, Arnaud Donadieu, Martina Ochs
Currently marketed Streptococcus pneumoniae (Spn) vaccines, which contain polysaccharide capsular antigens from the most common Spn serotypes, have substantially reduced pneumococcal disease rates but have limited coverage. A trivalent pneumococcal protein vaccine containing pneumococcal choline-binding protein A (PcpA), pneumococcal histidine triad protein D (PhtD), and detoxified pneumolysin is being developed to provide broader, cross-serotype protection. Antibodies against detoxified pneumolysin protect against bacterial pneumonia by neutralizing Spn-produced pneumolysin, but how anti-PhtD and anti-PcpA antibodies protect against Spn has not been established...
November 14, 2017: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132435/vasculotide-reduces-pulmonary-hyperpermeability-in-experimental-pneumococcal-pneumonia
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Birgitt Gutbier, Xiaohui Jiang, Kristina Dietert, Carolin Ehrler, Jasmin Lienau, Paul Van Slyke, Harold Kim, Van C Hoang, Jason T Maynes, Daniel J Dumont, Achim D Gruber, Norbert Weissmann, Timothy J Mitchell, Norbert Suttorp, Martin Witzenrath
BACKGROUND: Community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) is a significant cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. Despite effective antimicrobial therapy, CAP can induce pulmonary endothelial hyperpermeability resulting in life-threatening lung failure due to an exaggerated host-pathogen interaction. Treatment of acute lung injury is mainly supportive because key elements of inflammation-induced barrier disruption remain undetermined. Angiopoietin-1 (Ang-1)-mediated Tie2 activation reduces, and the Ang-1 antagonist Ang-2 increases, inflammation and endothelial permeability in sepsis...
November 13, 2017: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132302/immunomodulatory-role-for-membrane-vesicles-released-by-thp-1-macrophages-and-respiratory-pathogens-during-macrophage-infection
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Charlotte Volgers, Birke J Benedikter, Gert E Grauls, Paul H M Savelkoul, Frank R M Stassen
BACKGROUND: During infection, inflammation is partially driven by the release of mediators which facilitate intercellular communication. Amongst these mediators are small membrane vesicles (MVs) that can be released by both host cells and Gram-negative and -positive bacteria. Bacterial membrane vesicles are known to exert immuno-modulatory and -stimulatory actions. Moreover, it has been proposed that host cell-derived vesicles, released during infection, also have immunostimulatory properties...
November 13, 2017: BMC Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29131910/resistant-infantile-bacterial-conjunctivitis-in-egypt-a-microbiology-study
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Aiman Abdeltawwab Hashish, Molham Abdelhafez Elbakary, Waleed Abdelhady Allam
PURPOSE: To study the microbiological aspects of infantile bacterial conjunctivitis resistant to empirical topical antibiotic therapy in Egypt. METHODS: Ninety-two eyes of 86 infants with bacterial conjunctivitis were included in this prospective study. They all failed to show evidence of clinical improvement after 2 weeks of empirical topical antibiotic therapy. Conjunctival swabs were obtained from all patients for bacterial culture and antibiotic sensitivity testing...
November 11, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29130748/evaluation-of-two-matrices-for-long-term-ambient-storage-of-bacterial-dna
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Karen M Miernyk, Carolynn K DeByle, Karen M Rudolph
BACKGROUND: Culture-independent molecular analyses allow researchers to identify diverse microorganisms. This approach requires microbiological DNA repositories. The standard for DNA storage is liquid nitrogen or ultralow freezers. These use large amounts of space, are costly to operate, and could fail. Room temperature DNA storage is a viable alternative. In this study, we investigated storage of bacterial DNA using two ambient storage matrices, Biomatrica DNAstable(®) Plus and GenTegra(®) DNA...
November 13, 2017: Biopreservation and Biobanking
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29130395/pneumococcal-whole-cell-and-protein-based-vaccines-changing-the-paradigm
#16
Michael E Pichichero
Epidemiologic evaluations of Streptococcus pneumoniae nasopharyngeal (NP) colonization and pneumococcal disease suggest that newer serotypes in future formulations of pneumococcal conjugate vaccines (PCVs) are needed and there may need to be continued reformulations because there are many new emerging serotypes expressed by pneumococci. Areas covered: Mechanisms of protection by next-generation whole-cell vaccine (WCV) and/or multi-component pneumococcal purified protein vaccines (PPVs) in development for prevention of pneumococcal infections...
December 2017: Expert Review of Vaccines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29124839/expanding-the-scope-of-sortase-mediated-ligations-using-sortase-homologs
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Keyvan D Nikghalb, Nicholas M Horvath, Jesse L Prelesnik, Orion G B Banks, Pavel A Filipov, R David Row, Travis J Roark, John M Antos
Sortase-catalyzed transacylation reactions are widely used for the construction of non-natural protein derivatives. However, the most commonly used enzyme for these strategies (sortase A from Staphylococcus aureus) is limited by its narrow substrate scope. To expand the range of substrates compatible with sortase-mediated reactions, we have characterized the in vitro substrate preferences of eight sortase A homologs. From these studies, we identified sortase A enzymes that recognize multiple substrates which are unreactive toward sortase A from S...
November 9, 2017: Chembiochem: a European Journal of Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29123510/upregulation-of-the-patab-transporter-confers-fluoroquinolone-resistance-to-streptococcus-pseudopneumoniae
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María Alvarado, Antonio J Martín-Galiano, María J Ferrándiz, Ángel Zaballos, Adela G de la Campa
We characterized the mechanism of fluoroquinolone-resistance in two isolates of Streptococcus pseudopneumoniae having fluoroquinolone-efflux as unique mechanism of resistance. Whole genome sequencing and genetic transformation experiments were performed together with phenotypic determinations of the efflux mechanism. The PatAB pump was identified as responsible for efflux of ciprofloxacin (MIC of 4 μg/ml), ethidium bromide (MICs of 8-16 μg/ml) and acriflavine (MICs of 4-8 μg/ml) in both isolates. These MICs were at least 8-fold lower in the presence of the efflux inhibitor reserpine...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29122409/understanding-the-virulence-of-streptococcus-suis-a-veterinary-medical-and-economic-challenge
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REVIEW
B Haas, D Grenier
Streptococcus suis is a major swine pathogen worldwide and causes considerable economic losses in the swine industry. S. suis is also an emerging zoonotic agent, mainly in Asia. In pigs and humans, S. suis can cause septicemia, pneumonia, endocarditis, arthritis, and meningitis with irreversible sequelae. Identification and characterization of the virulence factors produced by S. suis are major advances in the understanding of the pathogenesis of S. suis infections and has therefore opened promising avenues for vaccine development against this pathogen...
November 6, 2017: Médecine et Maladies Infectieuses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29121208/dynamics-of-bacterial-colonization-with-streptococcus-pneumoniae-haemophilus-influenzae-and-moraxella-catarrhalis-during-symptomatic-and-asymptomatic-viral-upper-respiratory-infection
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Gregory P DeMuri, James E Gern, Jens C Eickhoff, Susan V Lynch, Ellen R Wald
Background: Virus is detected in about 80% of upper respiratory tract infections (URIs) in children and is also detectable in the nasopharynx of 30% of asymptomatic children. The effect of asymptomatic viral infection on the dynamics of bacterial density and colonization of the nasopharynx has not been reported. Objective: To assess the presence and density of Streptococcus pneumoniae, Haemophilus influenzae and Moraxella catarrhalis in the nasopharynx of 4 to 7 year old children during URI and when well...
November 7, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
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