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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218261/pneumococcal-prophages-are-diverse-but-not-without-structure-or-history
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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
#2
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
#4
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
#5
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
#6
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
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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
#8
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
#9
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
#10
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
#11
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
#12
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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096183/pneumococcal-neuraminidase-a-nana-promotes-biofilm-formation-and-synergizes-with-influenza-a-virus-in-nasal-colonization-and-middle-ear-infection
#13
John T Wren, Lance K Blevins, Bing Pang, Ankita Basu Roy, Melissa B Oliver, Jennifer L Reimche, Jessie E Wozniak, Martha A Alexander-Miller, W Edward Swords
Even in the vaccine era, Streptococcus pneumoniae (pneumococcus) remains a leading cause of otitis media, a significant public health burden, in large because of its high prevalence of nasal colonization in children. The primary pneumococcal neuraminidase NanA, which is a sialidase that catalyzes the cleavage of terminal sialic acids from host glycoconjugates, is involved in both of these processes. Coinfection with influenza A virus, which also expresses a neuraminidase, exacerbates nasal colonization and disease by S...
January 17, 2017: Infection and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094831/barnvaccinationsprogrammet-%C3%A2-effektivt-men-otillr%C3%A3-ckligt-erfarenheter-fr%C3%A3-n-astrid-lindgrens-barnsjukhus-2008%C3%A2-2013
#14
Åsa Laestadius, Anna Nilsson, Rutger Bennet, Gordana Bogdanovic, Margareta Eriksson
The national Swedish immunisation programme includes vaccine against diphtheria, tetanus, polio, pertussis, Haemophilus influenzae type B, Pneumococcus as well as measles, mumps and rubella. Data were collected on hospital admissions for children 0- 17 years of age of vaccine-preventable diseases during 2008-2013 at Astrid Lindgren Children's Hospital, Stockholm. Patients were identified by discharge diagnosis codes as well as from the clinical microbiology laboratory. There were rare cases of measles and mumps, and only a few cases of invasive bacterial diseases...
January 16, 2017: Läkartidningen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093269/invasive-disease-versus-urinary-antigen-confirmed-pneumococcal-community-acquired-pneumonia
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Adrian Ceccato, Antoni Torres, Catia Cilloniz, Rosanel Amaro, Albert Gabarrus, Eva Polverino, Elena Prina, Carolina Garcia-Vidal, Eva Muñoz-Conejero, Cristina Mendez, Isabel Cifuentes, Jorge Puig de la Bella Casa, Rosario Menendez, Michael S Niederman
OBJECTIVES: The burden of pneumococcal disease is measured only through patients with invasive pneumococcal disease. The urinary antigen test (UAT) for pneumococcus has exhibited a high sensitivity and specificity. We aimed to compare the pneumococcal pneumonias diagnosed as invasive disease with pneumococcal pneumonias defined by UAT. METHODS: Prospective observational study on consecutive non-immunosuppressed patients with community-acquired pneumonia from January 2000 to December 2014...
January 13, 2017: Chest
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081444/host-to-host-transmission-of-the-pneumococcus-new-victims-of-a-toxic-relationship
#16
Claudia Trappetti, James C Paton
Host-to-host transmission is critical for survival of the human-adapted bacterium Streptococcus pneumoniae. In this issue of Cell Host & Microbe, Zafar et al. (2017) show that transmission is dependent on nasopharyngeal inflammation elicited by the toxin pneumolysin, causing increased shedding and enhanced survival of the bacterium in the environment.
January 11, 2017: Cell Host & Microbe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079621/effects-of-education-and-information-on-vaccination-behavior-in-patients-with-inflammatory-bowel-disease
#17
Sofie Coenen, Ellen Weyts, Cedric Jorissen, Paul De Munter, Maja Noman, Vera Ballet, Séverine Vermeire, Gert Van Assche, Marc Ferrante
BACKGROUND: Despite the existence of international guidelines, vaccination in patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) has not been integrated optimally. We developed a thorough education program, and compared its influence on vaccination rates with routine clinical practice in a tertiary IBD center. METHODS: Between December 2014 and March 2015, we included 505 consecutive patients with IBD visiting our outpatient clinic (53% men, 72% Crohn's disease, median age 44 years)...
February 2017: Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067813/pneumococcal-colonization-in-the-familial-context-and-implications-for-anti-pneumococcal-immunization-in-adults-results-from-the-binocolo-project-in-sicily
#18
Fabio Tramuto, Emanuele Amodio, Giuseppe Calamusa, Vincenzo Restivo, Claudio Costantino, Francesco Vitale, On Behalf Of The Binocolo Group
The spread of Streptococcus pneumoniae within families has been scarcely investigated so far. This feasibility study aimed to estimate the prevalence of pneumococcal carriage in school-aged children and co-habiting relatives and to explore the potential link between the family environment and the sharing of pneumococcal serotypes covered by the vaccine. Oropharyngeal samples of 146 subjects belonging to 36 different family groups were molecularly tested for pneumococcal detection and serotyping. The overall prevalence of pneumococcal carriage was 65...
January 6, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062575/substitutions-in-pbp2b-from-%C3%AE-lactam-resistant-streptococcus-pneumoniae-have-different-effects-on-enzymatic-activity-and-drug-reactivity
#19
Philippe Calvez, Eefjan Breukink, David I Roper, Mélanie Dib, Carlos Contreras-Martel, André Zapun
Pneumococcus resists β-lactams by expressing variants of its target enzymes, the penicillin-binding proteins (PBPs), with many amino acid substitutions. Up to 10% of the sequence can be modified. These altered PBPs have a much reduced reactivity with the drugs but retain their physiological activity of cross-linking the peptidoglycan, the major constituent of the bacterial cell wall. However, because β-lactams are chemical and structural mimics of the natural substrate, resistance mediated by altered PBPs raises the following paradox: how PBPs that react poorly with the drugs maintain a sufficient level of activity with the physiological substrate...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060016/excess-respiratory-viral-infections-and-low-antibody-responses-among-hiv-exposed-uninfected-infants
#20
Adriana Weinberg, Marisa M Mussi-Pinhata, Qilu Yu, Rachel A Cohen, Volia C Almeida, Fabiana Amaral, Jorge Pinto, Maria L B Teixeira, Regina C M Succi, Laura Freimanis, Jennifer S Read, George Siberry
OBJECTIVE: HIV-exposed uninfected infants (HEUs) have frequent severe infection, hospitalization and death. We performed a serologic investigation to determine the role of common childhood respiratory pathogens in the excess incidence of infections in HEUs. DESIGN: Prospective cohort study of mother-infant pairs. METHODS: Among 247 HEUs and 88 HIV-unexposed uninfected (HUU) infant-mother pairs, we measured maternal antibodies to respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and pneumococcus (PNC 1, 5, 6B, 14); infant antibodies to RSV, influenza A (Flu), parainfluenza viruses (PIV 1, 2, 3), and PNC 1, 5, 6B and 14 were measured at 0 and 6 months, and anti-tetanus antibodies at 6 months...
January 4, 2017: AIDS
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