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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917891/modular-architecture-and-unique-teichoic-acid-recognition-features-of-choline-binding-protein-l-cbpl-contributing-to-pneumococcal-pathogenesis
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Javier Gutiérrez-Fernández, Malek Saleh, Martín Alcorlo, Alejandro Gómez-Mejía, David Pantoja-Uceda, Miguel A Treviño, Franziska Voß, Mohammed R Abdullah, Sergio Galán-Bartual, Jolien Seinen, Pedro A Sánchez-Murcia, Federico Gago, Marta Bruix, Sven Hammerschmidt, Juan A Hermoso
The human pathogen Streptococcus pneumoniae is decorated with a special class of surface-proteins known as choline-binding proteins (CBPs) attached to phosphorylcholine (PCho) moieties from cell-wall teichoic acids. By a combination of X-ray crystallography, NMR, molecular dynamics techniques and in vivo virulence and phagocytosis studies, we provide structural information of choline-binding protein L (CbpL) and demonstrate its impact on pneumococcal pathogenesis and immune evasion. CbpL is a very elongated three-module protein composed of (i) an Excalibur Ca(2+)-binding domain -reported in this work for the very first time-, (ii) an unprecedented anchorage module showing alternate disposition of canonical and non-canonical choline-binding sites that allows vine-like binding of fully-PCho-substituted teichoic acids (with two choline moieties per unit), and (iii) a Ltp_Lipoprotein domain...
December 5, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914087/in-vitro-and-in-vivo-biofilm-formation-by-pathogenic-streptococci
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Yashuan Chao, Caroline Bergenfelz, Anders P Håkansson
This manuscript presents novel approaches to grow and evaluate Streptococcal biofilm formation using the human respiratory pathogen Streptococcus pneumoniae (the pneumococcus) as the main model organism on biological surfaces in vitro and in vivo. Most biofilm models are based on growth on abiotic surfaces, which is relevant for many pathogens whose growth on surfaces or medical devices is a major cause of disease transmission and infections, especially in hospital environments. However, most infections with commensal organisms require biofilm formation on biological surfaces in the host at the site of colonization or infection...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902435/overexpression-of-the-fratricide-immunity-protein-comm-leads-to-growth-inhibition-and-morphological-abnormalities-in-streptococcus-pneumoniae
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Daniel Straume, Gro Anita Stamsås, Zhian Salehian, Leiv Sigve Håvarstein
The important human pathogen Streptococcus pneumoniae is a naturally transformable species. When developing the competent state, it expresses proteins involved in DNA-uptake, DNA-processing and homologous recombination. In addition to the proteins required for the transformation process, competent pneumococci express proteins involved in a predatory DNA-acquisition-mechanism termed fratricide. This is a mechanism by which the competent pneumococci secrete a muralytic fratricin termed CbpD, which lyse susceptible sister cells or closely related streptococcal species...
November 28, 2016: Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890398/influenza-vaccination-in-people-with-type-2-diabetes-coverage-predictors-of-uptake-and-perceptions-result-of-the-madiabetes-cohort-a-7years-follow-up-study
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Rodrigo Jiménez-Garcia, Ana Lopez-de-Andres, Valentin Hernandez-Barrera, Paloma Gómez-Campelo, Francisco J San Andrés-Rebollo, Carmen de Burgos-Lunar, Juan Cárdenas-Valladolid, Juan Carlos Abánades-Herranz, Miguel Angel Salinero-Fort
OBJECTIVES: We aim to determine influenza vaccination uptake among people with diabetes included in the MADIABETES cohort study in order to identify predictors of uptake and to analyze reasons for adherence and non-adherence with vaccination. METHODS: Using data from the MADIABETES Study we conducted a retrospective case record form based study without controls. We included outpatients with type 2 diabetes mellitus. Information was obtained from computerized clinical records and by telephone survey...
November 24, 2016: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27885052/enhanced-protective-responses-to-a-serotype-independent-pneumococcal-vaccine-when-combined-with-an-inactivated-influenza-vaccine
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Rachelle Babb, Austen Chen, Abiodun D Ogunniyi, Timothy R Hirst, Ervin E Kara, Shaun R McColl, Mohammed Alsharifi, James C Paton
Streptococcus pneumoniae and influenza are the world's foremost bacterial and viral respiratory pathogens. We have previously described a gamma-irradiated influenza (γ-FLU) vaccine that provides cross-protective immunity against heterosubtypic infections. More recently, we reported a novel non-adjuvanted gamma-irradiated S. pneumoniae (γ-PN) vaccine that elicits serotype-independent protection. Considering the clinical synergism of both pathogens, combination of a serotype-independent pneumococcal vaccine with a broad-spectrum influenza vaccine to protect against both infections would have considerable clinical impact...
November 24, 2016: Clinical Science (1979-)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27884476/systemic-immunization-with-rpotd-reduces-streptococcus-pneumoniae-nasopharyngeal-colonization-in-mice
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T R Converso, C Goulart, D Rodriguez, M Darrieux, L C C Leite
Streptococcus pneumoniae (pneumococcus) is a human pathogen that can cause otitis media, pneumonia and, in severe cases, meningitis and bacteremia. The pneumococcus expresses PotD, a protein belonging to the polyamines transporter complex called PotABCD. PotD is a membrane-associated protein that binds polyamines and has been shown to be important for virulence. In this work we demonstrate that subcutaneous immunization with rPotD reduces the bacterial load in the nasal tissue of mice, following intranasal challenge with a type 6B pneumococcus...
November 21, 2016: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27878345/low-vaccination-rates-among-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis-in-a-german-outpatient-clinic
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Marco Krasselt, Jean-Philipp Ivanov, Christoph Baerwald, Olga Seifert
Patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) are at an increased risk of acquiring infections due to two reasons: the disease itself and the immunosuppressive therapy. Vaccinations against preventable diseases are therefore of utmost importance for these group of patients. To estimate vaccination frequencies among patients with rheumatoid arthritis, we studied patients in a survey and calculated vaccination rates based on their vaccination documents. Patients have been recruited from our outpatient clinic during one of their routine visits...
November 22, 2016: Rheumatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27872183/roles-of-the-essential-protein-ftsa-in-cell-growth-and-division-in-streptococcus-pneumoniae
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Andrea Mura, Daniela Fadda, Amilcar J Perez, Madeline L Danforth, Daniela Musu, Ana Isabel Rico, Marcin Krupka, Dalia Denapaite, Ho-Ching T Tsui, Malcolm E Winkler, Pavel Branny, Miguel Vicente, William Margolin, Orietta Massidda
: Streptococcus pneumoniae is an ovoid-shaped Gram-positive bacterium that grows by carrying out peripheral and septal peptidoglycan (PG) synthesis, analogous to model bacilli such as Escherichia coli and Bacillus subtilis In the model bacilli, FtsZ and FtsA proteins assemble into a ring at midcell and are dedicated to septal PG synthesis, but not peripheral PG synthesis; hence inactivation of FtsZ or FtsA results in long filamentous cells unable to divide. Here we demonstrate that FtsA and FtsZ colocalize at midcell in S...
November 21, 2016: Journal of Bacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27869440/immunology-update-new-vaccines
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S Paul Starr
A new 9-valent human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine is effective against more cancer-causing HPV types than previous vaccines. HPV vaccine series started with previous vaccines can be completed with the 9-valent vaccine. Two new influenza vaccines are available for adults 65 years and older: a high-dose vaccine and an enhanced adjuvant vaccine. These elicit stronger antibody responses than standard-dose vaccines. Current guidelines specify no preference for the new versus standard-dose vaccines. Two new group B meningococcal vaccines are intended for use during outbreaks and for patients with asplenia, complement deficiencies, frequent occupational meningococcus exposure, or for patients who desire protection from type B meningococcus...
November 2016: FP Essentials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27864448/evaluation-of-a-rapid-antigen-test-for-detection-of-streptococcus-pneumoniae-in-cerebrospinal-fluid
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Angel Boulos, Derek Fairley, James McKenna, Peter Coyle
Detection of Streptococcus pneumoniae antigen in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) using lateral flow immunochromatography tests (ICTs) is an effective, rapid and low-cost method to diagnose pneumococcal meningitis. This study evaluated the diagnostic accuracy of the Uni-Gold ICT to detect pneumococcal antigen in CSF specimens, compared with gold standard bacteriology and quantitative real-time PCR (qPCR) testing. CSF specimens (n=69) from patients with suspected bacterial meningitis were included in the study. 13/69 (19%) were positive and 56/69 (81%) were negative for pneumococcus by the gold standard tests...
November 18, 2016: Journal of Clinical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27862309/study-of-greek-children-and-youths-with-cystic-fibrosis-identifies-immunisation-gaps-and-delays
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Helena C Maltezou, Stavros Doudounakis, Maria Lekaditi, Kalliopi Tanou, Panos Katerelos, Maria Theodoridou
AIM: Data about immunisation rates in cystic fibrosis (CF) patients are scarce. We estimated the rates and timeliness of immunisations in CF patients aged 0.55-22 years. METHODS: We studied 122 subjects at a hospital in Greece in 2014. A standard questionnaire was used to collect data and parents' opinions about immunisations. RESULTS: The complete immunisation rates were 92.6% for diphtheria-tetanus-acellular pertussis-inactivated poliomyelitis-Haemophilus influenzae (DTaP-IPV-Hib), 96...
November 10, 2016: Acta Paediatrica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27859014/cord-blood-streptococcus-pneumoniae-specific-cellular-immune-responses-predict-early-pneumococcal-carriage-in-high-risk-infants-in-papua-new-guinea
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Jacinta P Francis, Peter C Richmond, Deborah Strickland, Susan L Prescott, William S Pomat, Audrey Michael, Marie A Nadal-Sims, Catherine J Edwards-Devitt, Patrick G Holt, Deborah Lehmann, Anita H J van den Biggelaar
Background In areas where Streptococcus pneumoniae is highly endemic, infants experience very early pneumococcal colonization of the upper respiratory tract with carriage often persisting into adulthood. We aimed to explore whether newborns in high risk areas have pre-existing pneumococcal-specific cellular immune responses that may affect early pneumococcal acquisition. Methods Cord blood mononuclear cells (CBMC) of 84 Papua New Guinean (PNG; high endemic) and 33 Australian (AUS; low endemic) newborns were stimulated in vitro with detoxified pneumolysin (dPly) or pneumococcal surface protein A (PspA; families 1 and 2) and compared for cytokine responses...
November 18, 2016: Clinical and Experimental Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27852346/evaluation-of-chest-radiography-lyta-real-time-pcr-and-other-routine-tests-for-diagnosis-of-community-acquired-pneumonia-and-estimation-of-possible-attributable-fraction-of-pneumococcus-in-northern-togo
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A Blake, B M Njanpop-Lafourcade, J N Telles, A Rajoharison, M S Makawa, K Agbenoko, S Tamekloe, J E Mueller, H Tall, B D Gessner, G Paranhos-Baccalà, J C Moïsi
Streptococcus pneumoniae (Spn) is a leading cause of community-acquired pneumonia (CAP), yet existing diagnostic tools remain inadequate. We aimed to evaluate laboratory and radiological methods for detecting pneumococcal aetiology in CAP patients and to estimate Spn prevalence in this group. All-aged patients hospitalized with clinically defined CAP in northern Togo were enrolled during 2010-2013. Latent class analysis pooled results of semi-automated blood culture (SABC), whole blood lytA real-time polymerase chain reaction (rt-PCR), serum C-reactive protein (CRP), and chest radiography (CXR) and categorized patients as likely pneumococcal or non-pneumococcal CAP...
November 17, 2016: Epidemiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27847374/multiplex-urinary-antigen-detection-for-13-streptococcus-pneumoniae-serotypes-improves-diagnosis-of-pneumococcal-pneumonia-in-south-african-hiv-infected-adults
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Werner C Albrich, Michael W Pride, Shabir A Madhi, Jan Callahan, Peter V Adrian, Roger French, Nadia van Niekerk, Shite Sebastian, Victor Souza, Jean-Noel Telles, Glaucia Paranhos-Baccalà, Kathrin U Jansen, Keith P Klugman
BACKGROUND: A serotype-specific urinary antigen detection assay (UAD) for 13 serotypes included in the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV13) was recently reported as a useful diagnostic tool for pneumococcal pneumonia. We aimed to assess the diagnostic accuracy of the UAD in HIV-infected South African adults. METHODS: Urine specimens from a well-defined cohort of HIV-infected South African adults with pneumonia were evaluated retrospectively in the UAD assay. Pneumonia was considered pneumococcal if either sputum Gram stain, sputum culture, blood culture or immunochromatographic (ICT) BinaxNow® S...
November 9, 2016: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27821148/understanding-pneumococcal-serotype-1-biology-through-population-genomic-analysis
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Chrispin Chaguza, Jennifer E Cornick, Simon R Harris, Cheryl P Andam, Laura Bricio-Moreno, Marie Yang, Feyruz Yalcin, Sani Ousmane, Shanil Govindpersad, Madikay Senghore, Chinelo Ebruke, Mignon Du Plessis, Anmol M Kiran, Gerd Pluschke, Betuel Sigauque, Lesley McGee, Keith P Klugman, Paul Turner, Jukka Corander, Julian Parkhill, Jean-Marc Collard, Martin Antonio, Anne von Gottberg, Robert S Heyderman, Neil French, Aras Kadioglu, William P Hanage, Dean B Everett, Stephen D Bentley
BACKGROUND: Pneumococcus kills over one million children annually and over 90 % of these deaths occur in low-income countries especially in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) where HIV exacerbates the disease burden. In SSA, serotype 1 pneumococci particularly the endemic ST217 clone, causes majority of the pneumococcal disease burden. To understand the evolution of the virulent ST217 clone, we analysed ST217 whole genomes from isolates sampled from African and Asian countries. METHODS: We analysed 226 whole genome sequences from the ST217 lineage sampled from 9 African and 4 Asian countries...
November 8, 2016: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27818435/pneumococcal-vaccination-in-low-income-latinos-an-unexpected-trend-in-oregon-community-health-centers
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John Heintzman, Steffani R Bailey, Stuart Cowburn, Eve Dexter, Joseph Carroll, Miguel Marino
BACKGROUND: In cross-sectional studies, Latino and Spanish-speaking U.S. residents age 65 and over are less likely to receive pneumococcal vaccination than non-Hispanic Whites. METHODS: We performed a time-to-event, cohort analysis, in 23 Oregon community health centers of low-income patients who turned 65 in the study period (2009-2013; n = 1,248). The outcome measure was receipt of PPSV-23 in the study period by race / ethnicity, preferred language, and insurance status...
2016: Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27795471/difference-of-the-change-of-the-hospitalization-for-pneumonia-in-children-between-japanese-secondary-and-tertiary-medical-facilities-after-the-introduction-of-pneumococcal-conjugate-vaccine
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Kaoru Haro, Masato Ogawa, Takayuki Hoshina, Masumi Kojiro, Koichi Kusuhara
The aim of this study is to compare pneumonia hospitalization in children between secondary and tertiary medical facilities, hospitalizing many children without and with underlying diseases, respectively, after the introduction of pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV). Our retrospective study was performed on the children who were admitted to the Department of Pediatrics at Kitakyushu General Hospital, a secondary medical facility, and at Hospital of the University of Occupational and Environment Health, Japan, a tertiary medical facility, from 2009 to 2013 for pneumonia...
October 31, 2016: Japanese Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27774610/functional-antibodies-to-haemophilus-influenzae-type-b-neisseria-meningitidis-and-streptococcus-pneumoniae-contained-in-intravenous-immunoglobulin-products
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Soyoung Lee, Han Wool Kim, Kyung-Hyo Kim
BACKGROUND: Intravenous immunoglobulin G (IVIG) replacement therapy is used to prevent invasive infections in patients with primary antibody deficiency (PAD). However, few studies have functionally evaluated specific antibodies against encapsulated bacteria that cause invasive infection in patients with PAD. In this study, functional antibodies against Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib), Streptococcus pneumoniae (pneumococci), and Neisseria meningitidis (meningococci) in IVIG therapy were evaluated...
October 23, 2016: Transfusion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27771185/role-of-antibodies-and-il17-mediated-immunity-in-protection-against-pneumococcal-otitis-media
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Marrit N Habets, Saskia van Selm, Fred J van Opzeeland, Elles Simonetti, Peter W M Hermans, Marien I de Jonge, Dimitri A Diavatopoulos
Widespread vaccination against Streptococcus pneumoniae (the pneumococcus) has significantly reduced pneumococcal disease caused by vaccine serotypes. Despite vaccination, overall pneumococcal colonization rates in children have not reduced and otitis media (OM) by non-vaccine serotypes remains one of the most common childhood infections. Pneumococcal surface protein A (PspA) has been shown to be a promising protein antigen to induce broad protection against pneumococcal colonization. However, its ability to protect against OM remains unclear...
October 19, 2016: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27771122/-vaccination-status-in-psoriasis-patients-on-immunosuppressant-therapy-including-biologics
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A Bonhomme, E Fréling, M Reigneau, C Poreaux, A Valois, F Truchetet, A Barbaud, J-L Schmutz
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the vaccine coverage of psoriasis patients prior to initiating or changing immunosuppressant therapy, and to verify that the prescribed vaccines have been administered. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We conducted a bi-centre, observational, cross-sectional study over 9 months. Psoriasis patients in whom immunosuppressant therapy (comprising cyclosporine, methotrexate, etanercept, infliximab, adalimumab or ustekinumab) was indicated were included. Medical history, previous treatments, vaccination status, viral serology results (for hepatitis B, measles, and chickenpox), and reasons for non-vaccination were assessed via questionnaire...
October 19, 2016: Annales de Dermatologie et de Vénéréologie
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