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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/27892961/host-derived-extracellular-rna-promotes-adhesion-of-streptococcus-pneumoniae-to-endothelial-and-epithelial-cells
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Dariusz Zakrzewicz, Simone Bergmann, Miroslava Didiasova, Benedetto Daniele Giaimo, Tilman Borggrefe, Maren Mieth, Andreas C Hocke, Guenter Lochnit, Liliana Schaefer, Sven Hammerschmidt, Klaus T Preissner, Malgorzata Wygrecka
Streptococcus pneumoniae is the most frequent cause of community-acquired pneumonia. The infection process involves bacterial cell surface receptors, which interact with host extracellular matrix components to facilitate colonization and dissemination of bacteria. Here, we investigated the role of host-derived extracellular RNA (eRNA) in the process of pneumococcal alveolar epithelial cell infection. Our study demonstrates that eRNA dose-dependently increased S. pneumoniae invasion of alveolar epithelial cells...
November 28, 2016: Scientific Reports
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/27827453/streptococcus-pneumoniae-resists-intracellular-killing-by-olfactory-ensheathing-cells-but-not-by-microglia
#4
Hugo Macedo-Ramos, Susana Ruiz-Mendoza, Rafael M Mariante, Erick V Guimarães, Lucas C Quadros-de-Souza, Mauricio M Paiva, Eliane de O Ferreira, Tatiana C A Pinto, Lucia M Teixeira, Silvana Allodi, Wagner Baetas-da-Cruz
Olfactory ensheathing cells (OECs) are a type of specialized glial cell currently considered as having a double function in the nervous system: one regenerative, and another immune. Streptococcus pneumoniae is a major agent of severe infections in humans, including meningitis. It is commonly found in the nasopharynx of asymptomatic carriers, and, under certain still unknown conditions, can invade the brain. We evaluated whether pneumococcal cells recovered from lysed OECs and microglia are able to survive by manipulating the host cell activation...
November 9, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27825443/natural-competence-for-transformation
#5
Melanie Blokesch
While most molecular biologists are familiar with the artificial transformation of bacteria in the context of laboratory cloning experiments, natural competence for transformation refers to a specific physiological state in which prokaryotes are able to take up genetic material from their surroundings. Occasionally, such absorbed DNA is recombined into the organism's own genome, resulting in natural transformation (Figure 1). As a consequence, natural competence for transformation is considered a primary mode of horizontal gene transfer (HGT) in prokaryotes, together with conjugation (direct cell to cell transfer of DNA via a specialized conjugal pilus) and phage transduction (DNA transfer mediated by viruses)...
November 7, 2016: Current Biology: CB
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/27816810/prevention-of-oxldl-uptake-leads-to-decreased-atherosclerosis-in-hematopoietic-npc1-deficient-ldlr-mice
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Mike L J Jeurissen, Sofie M A Walenbergh, Tom Houben, Marion J J Gijbels, Jieyi Li, Tim Hendrikx, Yvonne Oligschlaeger, Patrick J van Gorp, Christoph J Binder, Marjo M P C Donners, Ronit Shiri-Sverdlov
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Atherosclerosis is a chronic inflammatory disease of medium and large vessels and is typically characterized by the predominant accumulation of low-density lipoprotein (LDL)-cholesterol inside macrophages that reside in the vessel walls. Previous studies clearly demonstrated an association specifically between the oxidized type of LDL (oxLDL) and atherosclerotic lesion formation. Further observations revealed that these atherosclerotic lesions displayed enlarged, lipid-loaded lysosomes...
October 20, 2016: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27816374/in-vivo-screen-of-genetically-conserved-streptococcus-pneumoniae-proteins-for-protective-immunogenicity
#8
Richard J Anderson, Siradanahalli Guru, Risini Weeratna, Shawn Makinen, Derek J Falconer, Neil C Sheppard, Susanne Lang, Bingsheng Chang, Anne-Laure Goenaga, Bruce A Green, James R Merson, Stephen J Gracheck, Jim E Eyles
We evaluated 52 different E. coli expressed pneumococcal proteins as immunogens in a BALB/c mouse model of S. pneumoniae lung infection. Proteins were selected based on genetic conservation across disease-causing serotypes and bioinformatic prediction of antibody binding to the target antigen. Seven proteins induced protective responses, in terms of reduced lung burdens of the serotype 3 pneumococci. Three of the protective proteins were histidine triad protein family members (PhtB, PhtD and PhtE). Four other proteins, all bearing LPXTG linkage domains, also had activity in this model (PrtA, NanA, PavB and Eng)...
December 7, 2016: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27805513/microbiologic-monitoring-of-kidney-transplant-recipients-before-transplant
#9
Nelya Bissenova, Aigerim Yergaliyeva
OBJECTIVES: Drug immunosuppression, traditionally used to minimize autoimmune developments after liver, kidney, heart, and lung transplant, and which requires high doses of corticosteroids, creates favorable conditions for the development of various infectious processes and the existence of pathogens, which can be activated after transplant. This study aimed to investigate the bacterial pathogens in patients before living-donor kidney transplant. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We prospectively investigated 117 clinical samples of 33 patients who were seen during 2015 at the National Scientific Research Center (Astana, Kazakhstan) before living-donor kidney transplant...
November 2016: Experimental and Clinical Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27803171/the-early-adaptive-immune-response-in-the-pathophysiology-of-pneumococcal-meningitis
#10
Sandra Ribes, Stefan Nessler, Ev-Christin Heide, Dörthe Malzahn, Christina Perske, Wolfgang Brück, Roland Nau
BACKGROUND:  The adaptive immune system has been considered to play a minimal role in the early host response during bacterial meningitis. METHODS:  We investigated the progression and outcome of pneumococcal meningitis in Rag1(-/-) mice lacking functional B and T cells by overall and symptom-free survival, bacteriological and histological studies, as well as flow cytometry and measurements of pro-inflammatory mediators. RESULTS:  The intracerebral injection of S...
October 31, 2016: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27784937/antibiotic-resistance-patterns-and-related-mobile-genetic-elements-of-pneumococci-and-%C3%AE-hemolytic-streptococci-in-thai-healthy-children
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P Tantivitayakul, J Lapirattanakul, T Vichayanrat, T Muadchiengka
Transmission of antibiotic resistance genes among Streptococcus pneumoniae and beta-hemolytic streptococcus (BHS) was generally associated with transmissible genetic elements. The objectives of this study were to investigate carriage rate, antibiotic resistance and related mobile genetic elements of pneumococci and BHS from school-children. The pneumococci and BHS were recovered from 220 Thai school-children, and then tested for antibiotic susceptibility pattern by disc diffusion. Antibiotic resistance genes and related genetic elements were detected by PCR with specific primers...
December 2016: Indian Journal of Microbiology
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/27756235/an-outbreak-of-pneumococcal-meningitis-among-older-children-%C3%A2-5%C3%A2-years-and-adults-after-the-implementation-of-an-infant-vaccination-programme-with-the-13-valent-pneumococcal-conjugate-vaccine-in-ghana
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Brenda Anna Kwambana-Adams, Franklin Asiedu-Bekoe, Badu Sarkodie, Osei Kuffour Afreh, George Khumalo Kuma, Godfred Owusu-Okyere, Ebenezer Foster-Nyarko, Sally-Ann Ohene, Charles Okot, Archibald Kwame Worwui, Catherine Okoi, Madikay Senghore, Jacob Kweku Otu, Chinelo Ebruke, Richard Bannerman, Kwame Amponsa-Achiano, David Opare, Gemma Kay, Timothy Letsa, Owen Kaluwa, Ebenezer Appiah-Denkyira, Victor Bampoe, Syed M A Zaman, Mark J Pallen, Umberto D'Alessandro, Jason M Mwenda, Martin Antonio
BACKGROUND: An outbreak of pneumococcal meningitis among non-infant children and adults occurred in the Brong-Ahafo region of Ghana between December 2015 and April 2016 despite the recent nationwide implementation of a vaccination programme for infants with the 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV13). METHODS: Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) specimens were collected from patients with suspected meningitis in the Brong-Ahafo region. CSF specimens were subjected to Gram staining, culture and rapid antigen testing...
October 18, 2016: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27755860/trends-in-hospitalization-of-children-with-bacterial-pneumonia-in-poland
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Małgorzata Gajewska, Katarzyna Lewtak, Jacques Scheres, Piotr Albrecht, Paweł Goryński
AIM: The aim of the study was to evaluate the hospitalization trends in children aged 0-6 suffering from bacterial pneumonia in the years 2007-2011 in Poland. METHODS: The data pertained to the hospitalized patients diagnosed with the diseases registered as J13-J15 according to ICD-10. RESULTS: In the years 2007-2011, the hospitalization rate increased from 16.3/10,000 to 44.1/10,000 for boys and from 13.8/10,000 to 33.0/10,000 for girls. The most frequently hospitalized children were between 1 and 2 years of age (90...
September 2016: Central European Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27713565/molecular-surveillance-on-streptococcus-pneumoniae-carriage-in-non-elderly-adults-little-evidence-for-pneumococcal-circulation-independent-from-the-reservoir-in-children
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Anne L Wyllie, Lidewij W Rümke, Kayleigh Arp, Astrid A T M Bosch, Jacob P Bruin, Nynke Y Rots, Alienke J Wijmenga-Monsuur, Elisabeth A M Sanders, Krzysztof Trzciński
Carriage of Streptococcus pneumoniae in adults is rarely detected by the gold standard culture method. With molecular tests of high sensitivity now available, we analysed upper respiratory tract samples collected during autumn/winter 2012/2013 from parents of PCV7-vaccinated infants and from childless adults, directly comparing culture and qPCR-based S. pneumoniae detection. As compared to the gold standard of testing nasopharyngeal swabs, qPCR-based analysis of oral samples significantly improved detection of pneumococcal carriage (5% versus 20%, p < 0...
October 7, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27688966/in-vitro-and-in-vivo-comparison-of-transport-media-for-detecting-nasopharyngeal-carriage-of-streptococcus-pneumoniae
#16
Anneke Steens, Natacha Milhano, Ingeborg S Aaberge, Didrik F Vestrheim
BACKGROUND: As a standard method for pneumococcal carriage studies, the World Health Organization recommends nasopharyngeal swabs be transported and stored at cool temperatures in a medium containing skim-milk, tryptone, glucose and glycerol (STGG). An enrichment broth used for transport at room temperature in three carriage studies performed in Norway may have a higher sensitivity than STGG. We therefore compared the media in vitro and in vivo. METHODS: For the in vitro component, three strains (serotype 4, 19F and 3) were suspended in STGG and enrichment broth...
2016: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27684385/identification-of-pneumococcal-proteins-that-are-functionally-linked-to-penicillin-binding-protein-2b-pbp2b
#17
Daniel Straume, Gro Anita Stamsås, Kari Helene Berg, Zhian Salehian, Leiv Sigve Håvarstein
The oval shape of pneumococci results from a combination of septal and lateral peptidoglycan synthesis. The septal cross-wall is synthesized by the divisome, while the elongasome drives cell elongation by inserting new peptidoglycan into the lateral cell wall. Each of these molecular machines contains penicillin-binding proteins (PBPs), which catalyze the final stages of peptidoglycan synthesis, plus a number of accessory proteins. Much effort has been made to identify these accessory proteins and determine their function...
September 29, 2016: Molecular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27678244/time-resolved-dual-rna-seq-reveals-extensive-rewiring-of-lung-epithelial-and-pneumococcal-transcriptomes-during-early-infection
#18
Rieza Aprianto, Jelle Slager, Siger Holsappel, Jan-Willem Veening
BACKGROUND: Streptococcus pneumoniae, the pneumococcus, is the main etiological agent of pneumonia. Pneumococcal infection is initiated by bacterial adherence to lung epithelial cells. The exact transcriptional changes occurring in both host and microbe during infection are unknown. Here, we developed a time-resolved infection model of human lung alveolar epithelial cells by S. pneumoniae and assess the resulting transcriptome changes in both organisms simultaneously by using dual RNA-seq...
September 27, 2016: Genome Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27677790/recombination-in-streptococcus-pneumoniae-lineages-increase-with-carriage-duration-and-size-of-the-polysaccharide-capsule
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Chrispin Chaguza, Cheryl P Andam, Simon R Harris, Jennifer E Cornick, Marie Yang, Laura Bricio-Moreno, Arox W Kamng'ona, Julian Parkhill, Neil French, Robert S Heyderman, Aras Kadioglu, Dean B Everett, Stephen D Bentley, William P Hanage
: Streptococcus pneumoniae causes a high burden of invasive pneumococcal disease (IPD) globally, especially in children from resource-poor settings. Like many bacteria, the pneumococcus can import DNA from other strains or even species by transformation and homologous recombination, which has allowed the pneumococcus to evade clinical interventions such as antibiotics and pneumococcal conjugate vaccines (PCVs). Pneumococci are enclosed in a complex polysaccharide capsule that determines the serotype; the capsule varies in size and is associated with properties including carriage prevalence and virulence...
September 27, 2016: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27649366/prevalence-of-pneumococcal-nasopharyngeal-carriage-among-children-2-18-months-of-age-baseline-study-pre-introduction-of-pneumococcal-vaccination-in-cuba
#20
María E Toledo, Maria F Casanova, Nivaldo Linares-Pérez, Dagmar García-Rivera, Gilda Toraño Peraza, Indira Barcos Pina, Martha Montes de Oca, Laura M Rodriguez-Noda, Mayelín Mirabal, Beatriz Paredes, Dunia M Chávez Amaro, Darielys Santana Mederos, Yury Valdés-Balbín, Vicente Verez-Bencomo
BACKGROUND: A new vaccine candidate against pneumococcus is being developed in Cuba, and it is a priority of the national health system. There is limited information on nasopharyngeal colonization burden, though it is essential for monitoring the impact of the vaccine. The study aims to estimate the prevalence of nasopharyngeal colonization in 2-18 month old toddlers, identify circulating serotypes, antimicrobial resistance, and its association with selected risk factors. METHODS: A cross-sectional study was conducted between October and December 2013 in Cienfuegos municipality...
September 19, 2016: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
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