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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331981/vaccination-in-oncology-practice-and-predictors
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Ali Alkan, Ebru Karcı, Arzu Yaşar, Gülseren Tuncay, Elif Berna Köksoy, Muslih Ürün, Filiz Çay Şenler, Ahmet Demirkazık, Güngör Utkan, Hakan Akbulut, Yüksel Ürün
PURPOSE: Despite, vaccination is a highly effective and widely recommended for prevention of certain infections, vaccination coverage is very low. The purposes of this study were to evaluate the attitudes of medical oncologists towards vaccination and to identify predictors of intention to recommend vaccination in patients with cancer. METHODS: A structured questionnaire is formed to evaluate the daily practice of vaccination. Turkish medical oncologists were invited to this study via email, SMS, or phone call...
March 22, 2017: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330602/the-pneumococcal-alpha-glycerophosphate-oxidase-enhances-nasopharyngeal-colonization-through-binding-to-host-glycoconjugates
#2
Layla K Mahdi, Melanie A Higgins, Christopher J Day, Joe Tiralongo, Lauren E Hartley-Tassell, Michael P Jennings, David L Gordon, Adrienne W Paton, James C Paton, Abiodun D Ogunniyi
Streptococcus pneumoniae (the pneumococcus) is a major human pathogen, causing a broad spectrum of diseases including otitis media, pneumonia, bacteraemia and meningitis. Here we examined the role of a potential pneumococcal meningitis vaccine antigen, alpha-glycerophosphate oxidase (SpGlpO), in nasopharyngeal colonization. We found that serotype 4 and serotype 6A strains deficient in SpGlpO have significantly reduced capacity to colonize the nasopharynx of mice, and were significantly defective in adherence to human nasopharyngeal carcinoma cells in vitro...
March 3, 2017: EBioMedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322888/review-manuscript-pneumolysin-as-a-potential-therapeutic-target-in-severe-pneumococcal-disease
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REVIEW
Ronald Anderson, Charles Feldman
Acute pulmonary and cardiac injury remain significant causes of morbidity and mortality in those afflicted with severe pneumococcal disease, with the risk for early mortality often persisting several years beyond clinical recovery. Although remaining to be firmly established in the clinical setting, a considerable body of evidence, mostly derived from murine models of experimental infection, has implicated the pneumococcal, cholesterol-binding, pore-forming toxin, pneumolysin (Ply), in the pathogenesis of lung and myocardial dysfunction...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318766/bacille-calmette-gu%C3%A3-rin-bcg-vaccination-at-birth-and-antibody-responses-to-childhood-vaccines-a-randomised-clinical-trial
#4
Thomas Nørrelykke Nissen, Nina Marie Birk, Gaby Smits, Dorthe Lisbeth Jeppesen, Lone Graff Stensballe, Mihai G Netea, Fiona van der Klis, Christine Stabell Benn, Ole Pryds
INTRODUCTION: BCG vaccination has been associated with beneficial non-specific effects on child health. Some immunological studies have reported heterologous effects of vaccines on antibody responses to heterologous vaccines. Within a randomised clinical trial of Bacille Calmette-Guérin (BCG) vaccination at birth, The Danish Calmette Study, we investigated the effect of BCG at birth on the antibody response to the three routine vaccines against DiTeKiPol/Act-Hib and Prevenar 13 in a subgroup of participants...
March 15, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314993/comparative-analysis-of-internalisation-haemolytic-cytotoxic-and-antibacterial-effect-of-membrane-active-cationic-peptides-aspects-of-experimental-setup
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Kata Horváti, Bernadett Bacsa, Tamás Mlinkó, Nóra Szabó, Ferenc Hudecz, Ferenc Zsila, Szilvia Bősze
Cationic peptides proved fundamental importance as pharmaceutical agents and/or drug carrier moieties functioning in cellular processes. The comparison of the in vitro activity of these peptides is an experimental challenge and a combination of different methods, such as cytotoxicity, internalisation rate, haemolytic and antibacterial effect, is necessary. At the same time, several issues need to be addressed as the assay conditions have a great influence on the measured biological effects and the experimental setup needs to be optimised...
March 17, 2017: Amino Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28273179/correction-naturally-acquired-human-immunity-to-pneumococcus-is-dependent-on-antibody-to-protein-antigens
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Robert Wilson, Jonathan M Cohen, Mark Reglinski, Ricardo J Jose, Win Yan Chan, Helina Marshall, Corné de Vogel, Stephen Gordon, David Goldblatt, Fernanda C Petersen, Helen Baxendale, Jeremy S Brown
[This corrects the article DOI: 10.1371/journal.ppat.1006137.].
March 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28260518/molecular-dynamics-simulations-of-novel-potential-inhibitors-for-penicillin-binding-protein-2b-of-the-resistant-5204-strain-of-streptococcus-pneumoniae
#7
Suvaiyarasan Suvaithenamudhan, Subbiah Parthasarathy
BACKGROUND: Top five best hit compounds (ZINC59376795, ZINC60175365, ZINC36922620, ZINC39550705 and ZINC36953975) were obtained through our high throughput virtual screening (HTVS) analysis with resistant 5204-PBP2B (5204 Penicillin Binding Protein 2B) and sensitive R6-PBP2B (R6 Penicillin Binding Protein 2B) proteins of Streptococcus pneumoniae. OBJECTIVE: To gain insight in molecular docking and dynamics simulations of these top five best hit compounds with both resistant 5204-PBP2B and sensitive R6-PBP2B targets...
March 1, 2017: Current Computer-aided Drug Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28242109/haemolytic-uraemic-syndrome
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REVIEW
Fadi Fakhouri, Julien Zuber, Véronique Frémeaux-Bacchi, Chantal Loirat
Haemolytic uraemic syndrome is a form of thrombotic microangiopathy affecting predominantly the kidney and characterised by a triad of thrombocytopenia, mechanical haemolytic anaemia, and acute kidney injury. The term encompasses several disorders: shiga toxin-induced and pneumococcus-induced haemolytic uraemic syndrome, haemolytic uraemic syndrome associated with complement dysregulation or mutation of diacylglycerol kinase ɛ, haemolytic uraemic syndrome related to cobalamin C defect, and haemolytic uraemic syndrome secondary to a heterogeneous group of causes (infections, drugs, cancer, and systemic diseases)...
February 23, 2017: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218261/pneumococcal-prophages-are-diverse-but-not-without-structure-or-history
#9
Angela B Brueggemann, Caroline L Harrold, Reza Rezaei Javan, Andries J van Tonder, Angus J McDonnell, Ben A Edwards
Bacteriophages (phages) infect many bacterial species, but little is known about the diversity of phages among the pneumococcus, a leading global pathogen. The objectives of this study were to determine the prevalence, diversity and molecular epidemiology of prophages (phage DNA integrated within the bacterial genome) among pneumococci isolated over the past 90 years. Nearly 500 pneumococcal genomes were investigated and RNA sequencing was used to explore prophage gene expression. We revealed that every pneumococcal genome contained prophage DNA...
February 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215915/serotype-distribution-and-antimicrobial-susceptibility-of-streptococcus-pneumoniae-isolates-from-adult-patients-in-jakarta-indonesia
#10
Wahyu Finasari Said, Edy Sukoto, Miftahuddin Majid Khoeri, July Kumalawati, Dodi Safari
Currently, the data on pneumococcal invasive disease in the Indonesian population are limited. In this study, we investigated the serotype distribution and antimicrobial susceptibility of Streptococcus pneumoniae. These samples were isolated from the sputum of adult patients with non-specific clinical symptoms aged 18-87 years in Jakarta, Indonesia, from August to October 2014. Of the 349 sputum specimens, thirteen isolates were identified as S. pneumoniae strains (4%), with two strains each for serotype 19F, 3, and 15A, and one strain each for serotype/serogroup 13, 23A, 6, 34, 17F, 16F, and untypeable...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Infection and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207813/interacting-networks-of-resistance-virulence-and-core-machinery-genes-identified-by-genome-wide-epistasis-analysis
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Marcin J Skwark, Nicholas J Croucher, Santeri Puranen, Claire Chewapreecha, Maiju Pesonen, Ying Ying Xu, Paul Turner, Simon R Harris, Stephen B Beres, James M Musser, Julian Parkhill, Stephen D Bentley, Erik Aurell, Jukka Corander
Recent advances in the scale and diversity of population genomic datasets for bacteria now provide the potential for genome-wide patterns of co-evolution to be studied at the resolution of individual bases. Here we describe a new statistical method, genomeDCA, which uses recent advances in computational structural biology to identify the polymorphic loci under the strongest co-evolutionary pressures. We apply genomeDCA to two large population data sets representing the major human pathogens Streptococcus pneumoniae (pneumococcus) and Streptococcus pyogenes (group A Streptococcus)...
February 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205635/deciphering-the-distance-to-antibiotic-resistance-for-the-pneumococcus-using-genome-sequencing-data
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Fredrick M Mobegi, Amelieke J H Cremers, Marien I de Jonge, Stephen D Bentley, Sacha A F T van Hijum, Aldert Zomer
Advances in genome sequencing technologies and genome-wide association studies (GWAS) have provided unprecedented insights into the molecular basis of microbial phenotypes and enabled the identification of the underlying genetic variants in real populations. However, utilization of genome sequencing in clinical phenotyping of bacteria is challenging due to the lack of reliable and accurate approaches. Here, we report a method for predicting microbial resistance patterns using genome sequencing data. We analyzed whole genome sequences of 1,680 Streptococcus pneumoniae isolates from four independent populations using GWAS and identified probable hotspots of genetic variation which correlate with phenotypes of resistance to essential classes of antibiotics...
February 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202800/discovery-of-novel-pneumococcal-serotype-35d-a-natural-wcig-deficient-variant-of-serotype-35b
#13
K Aaron Geno, Jamil S Saad, Moon H Nahm
The pneumococcus (Streptococcus pneumoniae) remains a significant cause of morbidity and mortality, especially among those at the extremes of age. Its capsular polysaccharide is essential for systemic virulence. Over ninety serologically distinct pneumococcal capsular polysaccharides (serotypes) are recognized, but they are unequal in prevalence. Because antibodies against the capsule are protective, polysaccharide conjugate vaccines, which are constructed against the most prevalent serotypes, have made great reductions in pneumococcal disease caused by these serotypes...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187809/management-of-bacterial-central-nervous-system-infections
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REVIEW
M C Brouwer, D van de Beek
Bacterial infections of the central nervous system present as a medical emergency, thus requiring rapid diagnosis and immediate treatment. The most prevalent bacterial infections seen in the intensive care unit can be summarized as acute bacterial meningitis, subdural empyema, intracerebral abscess, and ventriculitis, which all commonly involve the brain parenchyma. The infections can either be community-acquired or hospital-acquired, e.g., after neurosurgical intervention, as a complication of severe neurotrauma or related to indwelling cerebrospinal fluid drains...
2017: Handbook of Clinical Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178935/pneumococcal-carriage-among-hiv-infected-children-in-accra-ghana
#15
Eric S Donkor, Jennifer A Annan, Ebenezer V Badoe, Nicholas T K D Dayie, Appiah-Korang Labi, Hans-Christian Slotved
BACKGROUND: Pneumococcal carriage is the precursor for development of pneumococcal disease, and is also responsible for transmission of the organism from person-to-person. In Africa, little is known about the pneumococcus in relation to people with HIV infection. The aim of the study was to investigate the epidemiology of pneumococcal carriage among HIV infected children visiting a tertiary hospital in Ghana, including the carriage prevalence, risk factors and serotype distribution. METHOD: This was a cross sectional study carried out from February to May, 2015 at the HIV Paediatric Clinic of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra, Ghana...
February 8, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161422/il-17a-and-complement-contribute-to-killing-of-pneumococci-following-immunization-with-a-pneumococcal-whole-cell-vaccine
#16
Ivana B Campos, Muriel Herd, Kristin L Moffitt, Ying-Jie Lu, Michelle Darrieux, Richard Malley, Luciana C C Leite, Viviane M Gonçalves
The pneumococcal whole cell vaccine (PWCV) has been investigated as an alternative to polysaccharide-based vaccines currently in use. It is a non-encapsulated killed vaccine preparation that induces non-capsular antibodies protecting mice against invasive pneumococcal disease (IPD) and reducing nasopharyngeal (NP) carriage via IL-17A activation of mouse phagocytes. Here, we show that PWCV induces antibody and IL-17A production to protect mice against challenge in a fatal aspiration-sepsis model after only one dose...
February 1, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28135322/naturally-acquired-human-immunity-to-pneumococcus-is-dependent-on-antibody-to-protein-antigens
#17
Robert Wilson, Jonathan M Cohen, Mark Reglinski, Ricardo J Jose, Win Yan Chan, Helina Marshall, Corné de Vogel, Stephen Gordon, David Goldblatt, Fernanda C Petersen, Helen Baxendale, Jeremy S Brown
Naturally acquired immunity against invasive pneumococcal disease (IPD) is thought to be dependent on anti-capsular antibody. However nasopharyngeal colonisation by Streptococcus pneumoniae also induces antibody to protein antigens that could be protective. We have used human intravenous immunoglobulin preparation (IVIG), representing natural IgG responses to S. pneumoniae, to identify the classes of antigens that are functionally relevant for immunity to IPD. IgG in IVIG recognised capsular antigen and multiple S...
January 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28133541/putatively-novel-serotypes-and-the-potential-for-reduced-vaccine-effectiveness-capsular-locus-diversity-revealed-among-5405-pneumococcal-genomes
#18
Andries J van Tonder, James E Bray, Sigríður J Quirk, Gunnsteinn Haraldsson, Keith A Jolley, Martin C J Maiden, Steen Hoffmann, Stephen D Bentley, Ásgeir Haraldsson, Helga Erlendsdóttir, Karl G Kristinsson, Angela B Brueggemann
The pneumococcus is a leading global pathogen and a key virulence factor possessed by the majority of pneumococci is an antigenic polysaccharide capsule ('serotype'), which is encoded by the capsular (cps) locus. Approximately 100 different serotypes are known, but the extent of sequence diversity within the cps loci of individual serotypes is not well understood. Investigating serotype-specific sequence variation is crucial to the design of sequence-based serotyping methodology, understanding pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV) effectiveness and the design of future PCVs...
October 1, 2016: Microbial Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28119473/autoinducer-2-signaling-via-the-phosphotransferase-frua-drives-galactose-utilization-by-streptococcus-pneumoniae-resulting-in-hypervirulence
#19
Claudia Trappetti, Lauren J McAllister, Austen Chen, Hui Wang, Adrienne W Paton, Marco R Oggioni, Christopher A McDevitt, James C Paton
Communication between bacterial cells is crucial for the coordination of diverse cellular processes that facilitate environmental adaptation and, in the case of pathogenic species, virulence. This is achieved by the secretion and detection of small signaling molecules called autoinducers, a process termed quorum sensing. To date, the only signaling molecule recognized by both Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria is autoinducer 2 (AI-2), synthesized by the metabolic enzyme LuxS (S-ribosylhomocysteine lyase) as a by-product of the activated methyl cycle...
January 24, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28114831/screening-assay-for-inhibitors-of-a-recombinant-streptococcus-pneumoniae-udp-glucose-pyrophosphorylase
#20
Agustín Zavala, Verónica Kovacec, Gustavo Levín, Albertina Moglioni, María Victoria Miranda, Ernesto García, Laura Bonofiglio, Marta Mollerach
The UDP-glucose pyrophosphorylase of Streptococcus pneumoniae (GalUSpn) is absolutely required for the biosynthesis of capsular polysaccharide, the sine qua non virulence factor of pneumococcus. Since the eukaryotic enzymes are completely unrelated to their prokaryotic counterparts, we propose that the GalU enzyme is a critical target to fight the pneumococcal disease. A recombinant GalUSpn was overexpressed and purified. An enzymatic assay that is rapid, sensitive and easy to perform was developed. This assay was appropriate for screening chemical libraries for searching GalU inhibitors...
December 2017: Journal of Enzyme Inhibition and Medicinal Chemistry
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