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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453405/a-meta-analysis-of-antimicrobial-susceptibility-profiles-for-pneumococcal-pneumonia-in-sub-saharan-africa
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Pui-Ying Iroh Tam, Ayebo E Sadoh, Stephen K Obaro
BACKGROUND: Pneumonia causes an enormous burden of childhood disease globally, particularly in low- and middle-income countries. Pneumococcus is the most common bacterial aetiology of pneumonia; however, antimicrobials are limited and may not adequately address the local epidemiology of the region. AIM: To undertake a review and meta-analysis of pneumonia studies in sub-Saharan Africa to evaluate antimicrobial susceptibility patterns in childhood pneumonia. METHODS: Articles published in PubMed and Google between 2006 and 2016 which evaluated antimicrobial susceptibility profiles of pneumococcal pneumonia in children in sub-Saharan Africa were identified...
April 28, 2017: Paediatrics and International Child Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438972/position-of-o-acetylation-within-the-capsular-repeat-unit-impacts-the-biological-properties-of-pneumococcal-serotypes-33a-and-33f
#2
Brady L Spencer, Jamil S Saad, Anukul T Shenoy, Carlos J Orihuela, Moon H Nahm
Streptococcus pneumoniae (pneumococcus) produces many capsule types that differ in their abilities to evade host immune recognition. To explain these serotype-dependent protective capacities, many studies have investigated capsular thickness or the interaction of the capsule with complement proteins, but the effects of small chemical modifications of the capsule on its function have not been studied. One small chemical modification found frequently among pneumococcal capsules is O-acetylation. Pneumococcal serotype 33A has two membrane-bound O-acetyltransferase genes, wciG and wcjE A 33A wcjE-deficient variant, 33F, occurs naturally and is increasing in prevalence in the wake of widespread conjugate vaccine use, but no wciG-deficient variants have been reported...
April 24, 2017: Infection and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402019/epigallocatechin-gallate-inhibits-streptococcus-pneumoniae-virulence-by-simultaneously-targeting-pneumolysin-and-sortase%C3%A2-a
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Meng Song, Zihao Teng, Meng Li, Xiaodi Niu, Jianfeng Wang, Xuming Deng
Streptococcus pneumoniae (pneumococcus), the causative agent of several human diseases, possesses numerous virulence factors associated with pneumococcal infection and pathogenesis. Pneumolysin (PLY), an important virulence factor, is a member of the cholesterol-dependent cytolysin family and has cytolytic activity. Sortase A (SrtA), another crucial pneumococcal virulence determinate, contributes greatly to the anchoring of many virulence-associated surface proteins to the cell wall. In this study, epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), a natural compound with little known antipneumococcal activity, was shown to directly inhibit PLY-mediated haemolysis and cytolysis by blocking the oligomerization of PLY and simultaneously reduce the peptidase activity of SrtA...
April 12, 2017: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399692/the-interrelationship-between-phagocytosis-autophagy-and-formation-of-neutrophil-extracellular-traps-following-infection-of-human-neutrophils-by-streptococcus-pneumoniae
#4
Ihsan Ullah, Neil D Ritchie, Tom J Evans
Neutrophils play an important role in the innate immune response to infection with Streptococcus pneumoniae, the pneumococcus. Pneumococci are phagocytosed by neutrophils and undergo killing after ingestion. Other cellular processes may also be induced, including autophagy and the formation of neutrophil extracellular traps (NETs), which may play a role in bacterial eradication. We set out to determine how these different processes interacted following pneumococcal infection of neutrophils, and the role of the major pneumococcal toxin pneumolysin in these various pathways...
January 1, 2017: Innate Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28385786/host-virus-and-pneumococcus-specific-immune-responses-in-high-count-monoclonal-b-cell-lymphocytosis-and-chronic-lymphocytic-leukemia-implications-for-disease-progression
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Ignacio Criado, Santiago Muñoz-Criado, Arancha Rodríguez-Caballero, Wendy G Nieto, Alfonso Romero, Paulino Fernández-Navarro, Miguel Alcoceba, Teresa Contreras, Marcos González, Alberto Orfao, Julia Almeida
Patients diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia display a high incidence of infections due to an associated immunodeficiency that includes hypogammaglobulinemia. A higher risk of infections has also been recently reported for high-count monoclonal B-cell lymphocytosis, while no information is available in low-count monoclonal B-cell lymphocytosis. Here, we evaluated the status of the humoral immune system in patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (n=58), as well as in low- (n=71) and high-count (n=29) monoclonal B-cell lymphocytosis vs...
April 6, 2017: Haematologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28367876/serotype-replacement-in-adult-pneumococcal-pneumonia-after-the-introduction-of-seven-valent-pneumococcal-conjugate-vaccines-for-children-in-japan-a-systematic-literature-review-and-pooled-data-analysis
#6
Shungo Katoh, Motoi Suzuki, Koya Ariyoshi, Konosuke Morimoto
Streptococcus pneumoniae is a major causative agent of adult pneumonia. Following the introduction of pneumococcal conjugate vaccines (PCV) for children, serotype replacement has been reported in adult invasive pneumococcal diseases, but it has not been well-studied for adult pneumococcal pneumonia cases in Asia. To investigate serotype replacement in adult pneumococcal pneumonia in Japan, we conducted a systematic literature search across five databases using terms including pneumococcus, serotype, and their synonyms and derivatives...
March 28, 2017: Japanese Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346714/discrepant-serological-assays-for-pneumococcus-in-renal-transplant-recipients
#7
Jay A Fishman, David N Iklé, Robert A Wilkinson
Vaccine immunoprotection for Streptococcus pneumoniae is mediated by opsonizing antibodies targeting serotype-specific capsular polysaccharides. Quantitative antibody levels (ELISA) and antibody-mediated opsonophagcytic assays (OPA) measure vaccine-induced protection; correlation of these assays in transplantation requires investigation. This study examines the laboratory assessment of antibody titers in vaccinated renal recipients. Streptococcus pneumoniae 19A is common in immunocompromised hosts and is represented in protein-conjugate vaccines (PCV) and polysaccharide vaccines (PSV)...
March 27, 2017: Transplant International: Official Journal of the European Society for Organ Transplantation
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
#9
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/pneumolysin-as-a-potential-therapeutic-target-in-severe-pneumococcal-disease
#10
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
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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
#14
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
#15
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
#16
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
#17
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
#18
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
#19
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
#20
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
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