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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732304/outbreak-of-salmonella-enteritidis-pt14b-gastroenteritis-at-a-restaurant-in-england-the-use-of-molecular-typing-to-achieve-a-successful-prosecution
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C Chatt, D Nicholds-Trainor, A Scrivener, S Suleman, M Harvey, T Dallman, J Hawker, B Sibal
OBJECTIVES: To describe an outbreak of Salmonella enteritidis phage type (PT) 14b in people who had eaten at a restaurant, and the investigation and subsequent prosecution of the food business operator (FBO). STUDY DESIGN: The local health protection team and environmental health department formed an outbreak control team to investigate the outbreak. METHODS: Epidemiological, microbiological, and environmental investigations were undertaken...
July 18, 2017: Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731469/novel-chaperonins-are-prevalent-in-the-virioplankton-and-demonstrate-links-to-viral-biology-and-ecology
#2
Rachel L Marine, Daniel J Nasko, Jeffrey Wray, Shawn W Polson, K Eric Wommack
Chaperonins are protein-folding machinery found in all cellular life. Chaperonin genes have been documented within a few viruses, yet, surprisingly, analysis of metagenome sequence data indicated that chaperonin-carrying viruses are common and geographically widespread in marine ecosystems. Also unexpected was the discovery of viral chaperonin sequences related to thermosome proteins of archaea, indicating the presence of virioplankton populations infecting marine archaeal hosts. Virioplankton large subunit chaperonin sequences (GroELs) were divergent from bacterial sequences, indicating that viruses have carried this gene over long evolutionary time...
July 21, 2017: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731329/generation-and-characterization-of-anti-vglut-nanobodies-acting-as-inhibitors-of-transport
#3
Stephan Schenck, Laura Kunz, Daniela Sahlender, Els Pardon, Eric R Geertsma, Iaroslav Savtchouk, Toshiharu Suzuki, Yvonne Neldner, Saša Štefanić, Jan Steyaert, Andrea Volterra, Raimund Dutzler
The uptake of glutamate by synaptic vesicles is mediated by vesicular glutamate transporters (VGLUTs). The central role of these transporters in excitatory neurotransmission underpins their importance as pharmacological targets. Although several compounds inhibit VGLUTs, highly specific inhibitors were so far unavailable, thus limiting applications to in vitro experiments. Besides their potential in pharmacology, specific inhibitors would also be beneficial for the elucidation of transport mechanisms. To overcome this shortage, we generated nanobodies (Nbs) by immunization of a llama with purified rat VGLUT1 and subsequent selection of binders from a phage display library...
July 21, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730979/adsorption-of-staphylococcus-viruses-s13-and-s24-1-on-staphylococcus-aureus-strains-with-different-glycosidic-linkage-patterns-of-wall-teichoic-acids
#4
Jumpei Uchiyama, Maya Taniguchi, Kenji Kurokawa, Iyo Takemura-Uchiyama, Takako Ujihara, Hidekatsu Shimakura, Yoshihiko Sakaguchi, Hironobu Murakami, Masahiro Sakaguchi, Shigenobu Matsuzaki
The group of phages belonging to the family Podoviridae, genus P68virus, including Staphylococcus viruses S13' and S24-1, are important because of their benefits in phage therapy against Staphylococcus aureus infections. The O-glycosidic linkage patterns of wall teichoic acids (WTAs) in S. aureus cell walls seem to be important for adsorption of this phage group. In this study, the adsorption of Staphylococcus viruses S13' and S24-1 to S. aureus was examined using strains with modified WTA glycosidic linkage patterns...
July 21, 2017: Journal of General Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730370/the-n-terminal-and-central-domain-of-colicin-a-enables-phage-lysin-to-lyse-escherichia-coli-extracellularly
#5
Guangmou Yan, Jianfang Liu, Qiang Ma, Rining Zhu, Zhimin Guo, Chencheng Gao, Shuang Wang, Ling Yu, Jingmin Gu, Dongliang Hu, Wenyu Han, Rui Du, Junling Yang, Liancheng Lei
Multidrug-resistant Escherichia coli has seriously threatened antibiotic resources and international public health. Bacteriophage lysin preparations have been widely considered as valid agents for solving multidrug resistances. Many lysins have been derived to treat diseases caused by Gram-positive bacteria, but only a few lysin preparations have been found that successively treat diseases caused by Gram-negative bacteria. The outer membrane of Gram-negative bacteria effectively blocks the interactions between peptidoglycan in the periplasmic space and bacteriophage lysins, which therefore hampers the antimicrobial effects of bacteriophage lysins...
July 20, 2017: Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729861/comparative-omics-and-trait-analyses-of-marine-pseudoalteromonas-phages-advance-the-phage-otu-concept
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Melissa B Duhaime, Natalie Solonenko, Simon Roux, Nathan C Verberkmoes, Antje Wichels, Matthew B Sullivan
Viruses influence the ecology and evolutionary trajectory of microbial communities. Yet our understanding of their roles in ecosystems is limited by the paucity of model systems available for hypothesis generation and testing. Further, virology is limited by the lack of a broadly accepted conceptual framework to classify viral diversity into evolutionary and ecologically cohesive units. Here, we introduce genomes, structural proteomes, and quantitative host range data for eight Pseudoalteromonas phages isolated from Helgoland (North Sea, Germany) and use these data to advance a genome-based viral operational taxonomic unit (OTU) definition...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729858/toxin-antitoxin-systems-in-estuarine-synechococcus-strain-cb0101-and-their-transcriptomic-responses-to-environmental-stressors
#7
David Marsan, Allen Place, Daniel Fucich, Feng Chen
Bacterial toxin-antitoxin (TA) systems are genetic elements composed of a toxin gene and its cognate antitoxin, with the ability to regulate growth. TA systems have not previously been reported in marine Synechococcus or Prochlorococcus. Here we report the finding of seven TA system pairs (Type II) in the estuarine Synechococcus CB0101, and their responses of these TA genes to under different stress conditions, which include; nitrogen and phosphate starvation, phage infection, zinc toxicity, and photo-oxidation...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729280/complete-genome-sequences-of-three-phi29-like-bacillus-cereus-group-podoviridae
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Ivan Erill, Steven M Caruso
Three double-stranded DNA phi29-like Bacillus cereus group bacteriophages, BeachBum, Harambe, and SerPounce, were identified and characterized. BeachBum and Harambe are closely related but are remarkably different from previously identified phi29-like phages. SerPounce is substantially closer to other phi29-like phages, enabling the identification of its prohead RNA (pRNA) gene.
July 20, 2017: Genome Announcements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726978/analysis-of-the-substrate-specificity-of-factor-vii-activating-protease-fsap-and-design-of-specific-and-sensitive-peptide-substrates
#9
Emrah Kara, Dipankar Manna, Geir Åge Løset, Eric L Schneider, Charles S Craik, Sandip Kanse
Factor VII (FVII) activating protease (FSAP) is a circulating serine protease that is likely to be involved in a number of disease conditions such as stroke, atherosclerosis, liver fibrosis, thrombosis and cancer. To date, no systematic information is available about the substrate specificity of FSAP. Applying phage display and positional scanning substrate combinatorial library (PS-SCL) approaches we have characterised the specificity of FSAP towards small peptides. Results were evaluated in the context of known protein substrates as well as molecular modelling of the peptides in the active site of FSAP...
July 20, 2017: Thrombosis and Haemostasis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725057/efficient-generation-of-single-domain-antibodies-with-high-affinities-and-enhanced-thermal-stabilities
#10
Naoya Shinozaki, Ryuji Hashimoto, Kiichi Fukui, Susumu Uchiyama
Single domain antibodies (sdAbs), made of natural single variable regions of camelid or cartilaginous fish antibodies, or unpaired variable regions of mouse or human IgGs, are some of the more promising biologic modalities. However, such conventional sdAbs have difficulties of either using unwieldy animals for immunization or having high affinity deficiencies. Herein, we offer a versatile method to generate rabbit variable domain of heavy chain (rVH) derived sdAbs with high affinities (K D values of single digit nM or less) and enhanced thermal stabilities (equal to or even higher than those of camelid derived sdAbs)...
July 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724886/modulation-of-rna-primer-formation-by-mn-ii-substituted-t7-dna-primase
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Stefan Ilic, Sabine R Akabayov, Roy Froimovici, Ron Meiry, Dan Vilenchik, Alfredo Hernandez, Haribabu Arthanari, Barak Akabayov
Lagging strand DNA synthesis by DNA polymerase requires RNA primers produced by DNA primase. The N-terminal primase domain of the gene 4 protein of phage T7 comprises a zinc-binding domain that recognizes a specific DNA sequence and an RNA polymerase domain that catalyzes RNA polymerization. Based on its crystal structure, the RNA polymerase domain contains two Mg(II) ions. Mn(II) substitution leads to elevated RNA primer synthesis by T7 DNA primase. NMR analysis revealed that upon binding Mn(II), T7 DNA primase undergoes conformational changes near the metal cofactor binding site that are not observed when the enzyme binds Mg(II)...
July 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723178/development-of-engineered-bacteriophages-for-escherichia-coli-detection-and-high-throughput-antibiotic-resistance-determination
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Juhong Chen, Samuel D Alcaine, Angelyca A Jackson, Vincent M Rotello, Sam R Nugen
T7 bacteriophages (phages) have been genetically engineered to carry the lacZ operon, enabling the overexpression of beta-galactosidase (β-gal) during phage infection and allowing for the enhanced colorimetric detection of Escherichia coli (E. coli). Following the phage infection of E. coli, the enzymatic activity of the released β-gal was monitored using a colorimetric substrate. Compared with a control T7 phage, our T7lacZ phage generated significantly higher levels of β-gal expression following phage infection, enabling a lower limit of detection for E...
April 28, 2017: ACS Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721617/effect-of-membrane-property-and-feed-water-organic-matter-quality-on-long-term-performance-of-the-gravity-driven-membrane-filtration-process
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Dongwhi Lee, Yuri Lee, Shin Sik Choi, Sang-Ho Lee, Kyoung-Woong Kim, Yunho Lee
This study investigated the influence of membrane property and feed water organic matter quality on the permeate flux and water quality during gravity-driven membrane (GDM) filtration. GDM filtration was continuously carried out over 500 days at hydrostatic pressure of 65 mbar in dead-end mode without any back-flushing or membrane cleaning. Three ultrafiltration (UF) membranes (PES-100 kDa, PVDF-120 kDa, and PVDF-100 kDa) and one microfiltration (MF) membrane (PTFE-0.3 μm) were tested for treating lake water with varied organic matter qualities due to algal growth...
July 18, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720345/the-potential-of-phage-therapy-in-cystic-fibrosis-essential-human-bacterial-phage-interactions-and-delivery-considerations-for-use-in-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-infected-airways
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Stephanie Trend, Angela M Fonceca, William G Ditcham, Anthony Kicic, Arest Cf
As antimicrobial-resistant microbes become increasingly common and a significant global issue, novel approaches to treating these infections particularly in those at high risk are required. This is evident in people with cystic fibrosis (CF), who suffer from chronic airway infection caused by antibiotic resistant bacteria, typically Pseudomonas aeruginosa. One option is bacteriophage (phage) therapy, which utilises the natural predation of phage viruses upon their host bacteria. This review summarises the essential and unique aspects of the phage-microbe-human lung interactions in CF that must be addressed to successfully develop and deliver phage to CF airways...
July 15, 2017: Journal of Cystic Fibrosis: Official Journal of the European Cystic Fibrosis Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719657/isolation-and-in-vitro-evaluation-of-bacteriophages-against-mdr-bacterial-isolates-from-septic-wound-infections
#15
Roja Rani Pallavali, Vijaya Lakshmi Degati, Dakshayani Lomada, Madhava C Reddy, Vijaya Raghava Prasad Durbaka
Multi-drug resistance has become a major problem for the treatment of pathogenic bacterial infections. The use of bacteriophages is an attractive approach to overcome the problem of drug resistance in several pathogens that cause fatal diseases. Our study aimed to isolate multi drug resistant bacteria from patients with septic wounds and then isolate and apply bacteriophages in vitro as alternative therapeutic agents. Pus samples were aseptically collected from Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Medical Science (RIMS), Kadapa, A...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719653/isolation-of-a-monoclonal-antibody-from-a-phage-display-library-binding-the-rhesus-macaque-mhc-class-i-allomorph-mamu-a1-001
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Nathan Holman, Jason T Weinfurter, Trevor R Harsla, Roger W Wiseman, Aaron J Belli, Anthony J Michaels, Keith A Reimann, Robert I DeMars, Matthew R Reynolds
Monoclonal antibodies that bind to human leukocyte antigen (HLA) are useful tools for HLA-typing, tracking donor-recipient chimerisms after bone marrow transplants, and characterizing specific major histocompatibility complexes (MHC) on cell surfaces. Unfortunately, equivalent reagents are not available for rhesus macaques, which are commonly used animal as models in organ transplant and infectious disease research. To address this deficiency, we isolated an antibody that recognizes the common Indian rhesus macaque MHC class I molecule, Mamu-A1*001...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719188/phage-selection-of-cyclic-peptides-for-application-in-research-and-drug-development
#17
Kaycie Deyle, Xu-Dong Kong, Christian Heinis
Cyclic peptides can bind to protein targets with high affinities and selectivities, which makes them an attractive modality for the development of research reagents and therapeutics. Additional properties, including low inherent toxicity, efficient chemical synthesis, and facile modification with labels or immobilization reagents, increase their attractiveness. Cyclic peptide ligands against a wide range of protein targets have been isolated from natural sources such as bacteria, fungi, plants, and animals...
July 18, 2017: Accounts of Chemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717637/phage-therapy-in-a-16-year-old-boy-with-netherton-syndrome
#18
Pikria Zhvania, Naomi Sulinger Hoyle, Lia Nadareishvili, Dea Nizharadze, Mzia Kutateladze
Netherton syndrome (NS) is a rare autosomal recessive disorder, characterized by a classical triad of clinical features, including congenital ichthyosiform erythroderma, trichorrhexis invaginata, and atopic diathesis coupled with frequent bacterial infections (1). The genetic basis for the disease has been recently identified with mutations in gene SPINK5, which is involved in the regulation of formation of skin barriers. We report on a 16-year-old male with all the typical manifestations of NS, including atopic diathesis and ongoing serious staphylococcal infections and allergy to multiple antibiotics whose family sought help at the Eliava Phage Therapy Center when all other treatment options were failing...
2017: Frontiers in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716906/virus-found-in-a-boreal-lake-links-ssdna-and-dsdna-viruses
#19
Elina Laanto, Sari Mäntynen, Luigi De Colibus, Jenni Marjakangas, Ashley Gillum, David I Stuart, Janne J Ravantti, Juha T Huiskonen, Lotta-Riina Sundberg
Viruses have impacted the biosphere in numerous ways since the dawn of life. However, the evolution, genetic, structural, and taxonomic diversity of viruses remain poorly understood, in part because sparse sampling of the virosphere has concentrated mostly on exploring the abundance and diversity of dsDNA viruses. Furthermore, viral genomes are highly diverse, and using only the current sequence-based methods for classifying viruses and studying their phylogeny is complicated. Here we describe a virus, FLiP (Flavobacterium-infecting, lipid-containing phage), with a circular ssDNA genome and an internal lipid membrane enclosed in the icosahedral capsid...
July 17, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715634/a-novel-strategy-utilizing-extracellular-cysteine-rich-domain-of-membrane-receptor-for-constructing-d-peptide-mediated-targeted-drug-delivery-systems-a-case-study-on-fn14
#20
Zhuoxuan Li, Jing Xie, Shan Peng, Sha Liu, Ying Wang, Weiyue Lu, Jie Shen, Chong Li
The development of proteolysis-resistant D-peptide ligands for targeted drug/gene delivery has been greatly limited, due to the challenge lies in the chemical synthesis of membrane receptors without altering their structures. In the present research, a novel strategy utilizing self-stabilized extracellular cysteine-rich domain (CRD) of membrane receptor was developed to construct D-peptide ligands and their mediated targeted drug delivery systems. Fibroblast growth factor-inducible 14 (Fn14), a cell surface receptor overexpressed in many cancers including pancreatic and triple-negative breast cancers, was selected as the model receptor...
July 17, 2017: Bioconjugate Chemistry
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