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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637001/a-novel-method-to-generate-salmonella-typhi-ty21a-ghosts-exploiting-the-%C3%AE-phage-holin-endolysin-system
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Gayeon Won, Boram Kim, John Hwa Lee
Human typhoid fever caused by Salmonella Typhi still poses a severe global disease burden in developing countries despite the availability of commercial vaccines. In this study, we constructed a non-living S. Typhi Ty21a vaccine candidate by employing a lambda (λ) phage-derived holin-endolysin system to efficiently construct bacterial ghosts. The lysis plasmid pJHL464 harbors an R lysis cassette that is stringently regulated by dual promoters containing cI857/λPR and ParaBAD/araC components. The plasmid was introduced into an asd gene-deleted S...
June 6, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636835/use-of-bacteriophages-to-control-escherichia-coli-o157-h7-in-domestic-ruminants-meat-products-and-fruits-and-vegetables
#2
Lili Wang, Kunli Qu, Xiaoyu Li, Zhenhui Cao, Xitao Wang, Zhen Li, Yaxiong Song, Yongping Xu
Escherichia coli O157:H7 is an important foodborne pathogen that causes severe bloody diarrhea, hemorrhagic colitis, and hemolytic uremic syndrome. Ruminant manure is a primary source of E. coli O157:H7 contaminating the environment and food sources. Therefore, effective interventions targeted at reducing the prevalence of fecal excretion of E. coli O157:H7 by cattle and sheep and the elimination of E. coli O157:H7 contamination of meat products as well as fruits and vegetables are required. Bacteriophages offer the prospect of sustainable alternative approaches against bacterial pathogens with the flexibility of being applied therapeutically or for biological control purposes...
June 21, 2017: Foodborne Pathogens and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635259/a-delivery-system-targeting-haemagglutinin-of-influenza-virus-a-to-facilitate-antisense-based-anti-h1n1-therapy
#3
Xiaoran Ding, Jing Yang, Dandan Lu, Qingjun Li, Zhaoyan Zhang, Zhe Zhou, Shengqi Wang
Antisense oligonucleotides (ODNs) are therapeutic molecules that hybridize to complementary target mRNA sequences. To further overcome the poor cellular uptake of ODNs, we proposed a novel strategy to deliver ODNs by conjugating the anti-influenza A virus (IAV) ODN with a peptide showing high affinity to the haemagglutinin (HA) on the surface of IAV particles or the IAV infected host cells. The HA-specific binding peptides were selected by phage display and the individual binding clones are characterized by DNA sequencing, and the selected phage was further assayed by ELISA...
June 21, 2017: Bioconjugate Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634746/screening-and-identification-of-a-specific-peptide-binding-to-cervical-cancer-cells-from-a-phage-displayed-peptide-library
#4
Chunyan Li, Ning Gao, Qinqin Xue, Ni Ma, Yuqin Hu, Jianfang Zhang, Biliang Chen, Yingchun Hou
OBJECTIVES: To screen and identify the probe markers specifically binding to human cervical cancer, a phage-displayed 12-mer peptide library was used for biopanning of SiHa cells. RESULTS: After four rounds of whole-cell subtraction biopanning, the phage recovery was 21-fold higher (from 3.9 × 10(-5) to 8.3 × 10(-4)) than that of the first round, and specific phage clones were significantly enriched. 57 randomly selected phage clones were tested by ELISA, and 36 phage clones were identified as positive clones...
June 20, 2017: Biotechnology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634160/high-throughput-characterization-of-cascade-type-i-e-crispr-guide-efficacy-reveals-unexpected-pam-diversity-and-target-sequence-preferences
#5
Becky Xu Hua Fu, Michael Wainberg, Anshul Kundaje, Andrew Z Fire
Interactions between Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeat (CRISPR) RNAs and CRISPR-associated (Cas) proteins form an RNA-guided adaptive immune system in prokaryotes. The adaptive immune system utilizes segments of the genetic material of invasive foreign elements in the CRISPR locus. The loci are transcribed and processed to produce small CRISPR RNAs (crRNAs), with degradation of invading genetic material directed by a combination of complementarity between RNA and DNA and in some cases recognition of adjacent motifs called PAMs (Protospacer Adjacent Motifs)...
June 20, 2017: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630803/putative-archaeal-viruses-from-the-mesopelagic-ocean
#6
Dean R Vik, Simon Roux, Jennifer R Brum, Ben Bolduc, Joanne B Emerson, Cory C Padilla, Frank J Stewart, Matthew B Sullivan
Oceanic viruses that infect bacteria, or phages, are known to modulate host diversity, metabolisms, and biogeochemical cycling, while the viruses that infect marine Archaea remain understudied despite the critical ecosystem roles played by their hosts. Here we introduce "MArVD", for Metagenomic Archaeal Virus Detector, an annotation tool designed to identify putative archaeal virus contigs in metagenomic datasets. MArVD is made publicly available through the online iVirus analytical platform. Benchmarking analysis of MArVD showed it to be >99% accurate and 100% sensitive in identifying the 127 known archaeal viruses among the 12,499 viruses in the VirSorter curated dataset...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630449/effect-of-dna-sequence-of-fab-fragment-on-yield-characteristics-and-cell-growth-of-e-coli
#7
Antti Kulmala, Tuomas Huovinen, Urpo Lamminmäki
Codon usage is one of the factors influencing recombinant protein expression. We were interested in the codon usage of an antibody Fab fragment gene exhibiting extreme toxicity in the E. coli host. The toxic synthetic human Fab gene contained domains optimized by the "one amino acid-one codon" method. We redesigned five segments of the Fab gene with a "codon harmonization" method described by Angov et al. and studied the effects of these changes on cell viability, Fab yield and display on filamentous phage using different vectors and bacterial strains...
June 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630311/a-prokaryotic-viral-sequence-is-expressed-and-conserved-in-mammalian-brain
#8
Yang-Hui Yeh, Vignesh Gunasekharan, Laura Manuelidis
A natural and permanent transfer of prokaryotic viral sequences to mammals has not been reported by others. Circular "SPHINX" DNAs <5 kb were previously isolated from nuclease-protected cytoplasmic particles in rodent neuronal cell lines and brain. Two of these DNAs were sequenced after Φ29 polymerase amplification, and they revealed significant but imperfect homology to segments of commensal Acinetobacter phage viruses. These findings were surprising because the brain is isolated from environmental microorganisms...
June 19, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629727/antigenicity-of-phage-clones-and-their-synthetic-peptides-for-the-serodiagnosis-of-canine-and-human-visceral-leishmaniasis
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Lourena E Costa, Beatriz C S Salles, Thaís T O Santos, Fernanda F Ramos, Mariana P Lima, Mayara I S Lima, Áquila S B Portela, Miguel A Chávez-Fumagalli, Mariana C Duarte, Daniel Menezes-Souza, Ricardo A Machado-de-Ávila, Julia A G Silveira, Danielle F Magalhães-Soares, Luiz Ricardo Goulart, Eduardo A F Coelho
In the Americas, Brazil is responsible by 90% of the cases registered of visceral leishmaniasis (VL), and Leishmania infantum is the most common parasite species responsible by disease in Brazilian dogs and humans. A precise diagnosis may allow to a faster and more effective treatment against the disease, which increases the possibility of cure, as well as to induce less toxic effects, due to a lower time exposition for the chemotherapeutics. In a previous study, two L. infantum mimotopes, B10 and C01 clones, were recognized by antibodies in VL dogs sera by a phage display technology, and were well-successfully evaluated as vaccine candidates against visceral and tegumentary leishmaniasis...
June 16, 2017: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627567/dissecting-binding-of-a-%C3%AE-barrel-membrane-protein-by-phage-display
#10
Luz M Meneghini, Sarvind Tripathi, Marcus A Woodworth, Sudipta Majumdar, Thomas L Poulos, Gregory A Weiss
Membrane proteins (MPs) constitute a third of all proteomes, and contribute to a myriad of cellular functions including intercellular communication, nutrient transport and energy generation. For example, TonB-dependent transporters (TBDTs) in the outer membrane of Gram-negative bacteria play an essential role transporting iron and other nutrients into the bacterial cell. The inherently hydrophobic surfaces of MPs complicates protein expression, purification, and characterization. Thus, dissecting the functional contributions of individual amino acids or structural features through mutagenesis can be a challenging ordeal...
June 19, 2017: Molecular BioSystems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624655/biological-responses-to-m13-bacteriophage-modified-titanium-surfaces-in-vitro
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Yuhua Sun, Yiting Li, Baohua Wu, Jianxin Wang, Xiong Lu, Shuxin Qu, Jie Weng, Bo Feng
Phage-based materials have showed great potential in tissue engineering application. However, it is unknown what inflammation response will happen to this kind of materials. This work is to explore the biological responses to M13 bacteriophage (phage) modified titanium surfaces in vitro from the aspects of their interaction with macrophages, osteoblasts and mineralization behavior. Pretreated Ti surface, Ti surfaces with noncrosslinked phage film (APP) and crosslinked phage film (APPG) were compared. Phage films could limit the macrophage adhesion and activity due to inducing adherent-cell apoptosis...
June 14, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624614/gene-transfer-agent-promotes-evolvability-within-the-fittest-subpopulation-of-a-bacterial-pathogen
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Maxime Québatte, Matthias Christen, Alexander Harms, Jonas Körner, Beat Christen, Christoph Dehio
The Bartonella gene transfer agent (BaGTA) is an archetypical example for domestication of a phage-derived element to permit high-frequency genetic exchange in bacterial populations. Here we used multiplexed transposon sequencing (TnSeq) and single-cell reporters to globally define the core components and transfer dynamics of BaGTA. Our systems-level analysis has identified inner- and outer-circle components of the BaGTA system, including 55 regulatory components, as well as an additional 74 and 107 components mediating donor transfer and recipient uptake functions...
June 14, 2017: Cell Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624296/a-refined-dna-methylation-detection-method-using-mspji-coupled-quantitative-pcr
#13
Christopher J Petell, Gilbert Loiseau, Ryan Gandy, Sriharsa Pradhan, Humaira Gowher
DNA methylation is a highly conserved epigenetic modification with critical roles ranging from protection against phage infection in bacteria to the regulation of gene expression in mammals. DNA methylation at specific sequences can be measured by using methylation dependent or sensitive restriction enzymes coupled to semi- or quantitative PCR (MD-qPCR). This study reports a refined MD-qPCR method for detecting gain or loss of DNA methylation at specific sites through the specific use of MspJI or HpaII, respectively...
June 15, 2017: Analytical Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623719/the-crispr-cas-app-goes-viral
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REVIEW
Marie-Laurence Lemay, Philippe Horvath, Sylvain Moineau
If biology laboratories were smartphones, CRISPR-Cas would be the leading app. Nowadays, technology users rely on apps to communicate, get directions, entertain, and more. Likewise, many life scientists now rely on CRISPR-Cas systems to study the interactions between microbes and their viruses, to track strains as well as to modify and modulate genomes. Considering their high level of polymorphism, CRISPR arrays can increase the resolution of a microbial typing scheme. As dynamic systems, they allow the identification and the tracking of specific sequences, which is highly valuable for epidemiological studies...
June 14, 2017: Current Opinion in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622860/immunogenicity-of-t7-bacteriophage-nanoparticles-displaying-g-h-loop-of-foot-and-mouth-disease-virus-fmdv
#15
Hai Xu, Xi Bao, Yu Lu, Yamei Liu, Bihua Deng, Yiwei Wang, Yue Xu, Jibo Hou
Foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) is a highly contagious disease of cloven-hoofed animals that causes severe economic losses worldwide. The G-H loop of the FMDV VP1 structural protein is the major neutralizing antigenic site. However, a fully protective G-H loop peptide vaccine requires the addition of promiscuous Th sites from a source outside VP1. Thus, we demonstrated the potential of T7 bacteriophage based nanoparticles displaying a genetically fused G-H loop peptide (T7-GH) as a FMDV vaccine candidate. Recombinant T7-GH phage was constructed by inserting the G-H loop coding region into the T7 Select 415-1b vector...
June 2017: Veterinary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622855/b-cell-cross-epitope-of-propionibacterium-acnes-and-actinobacillus-pleuropneumonia-selected-by-phage-display-library-can-efficiently-protect-from-actinobacillus-pleuropneumonia-infection
#16
Jianfang Liu, Qiuyue Ma, Feng Yang, Rining Zhu, Jingmin Gu, Changjiang Sun, Xin Feng, Chongtao Du, Paul R Langford, Wenyu Han, Junling Yang, Liancheng Lei
Contagious porcine pleuropneumonia (CPP), caused by Actinobacillus pleuropneumoniae (APP), is a highly transmissible and fatal respiratory illness that causes tremendous economic losses for the pig breeding industry worldwide. Propionibacterium acnes (PA) has a strong cross-reaction with anti-APP1 and anti-APP5 serum and can efficiently prevent APP infection, which was fortuitously found in researching the differential gene between the different APP serotypes. There seems to be some natural cross-protection between PA and APP...
June 2017: Veterinary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621534/construction-of-an-immunized-rabbit-phage-display-library-for-selecting-high-activity-of-against-bacillus-thuringiensis-cry1f-toxin-single-chain-antibodies
#17
Chongxin Xu, Cunzheng Zhang, Jianfeng Zhong, Hui Hu, Shimin Luo, Xiaoqin Liu, Xiao Zhang, Yuan Liu, Xianjin Liu
In the present study, a Cry1F-immunized rabbit phage display library (6.96×108) was constructed for selecting high activity of anti-Cry1F toxin single-chain antibody (scFv) by bio-panning. Total 16 positive monoclonal phage scFvs were obtained after 4 rounds panning which identified by enzyme-linked immunoassay (ELISA), PCR and DNA sequencing. The most positive phage scFv (named RF4) was expressed in E.coli.HB2151 and the purified soluble protein approximate 30 kDa with sodium dodecyl sulfate polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE)...
June 16, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620550/generation-of-recombinant-antibodies-against-the-beta-1-6-branched-beta-1-3-d-glucan-schizophyllan-from-immunized-mice-via-phage-display
#18
Jörn Josewski, Sabine Buchmeier, André Frenzel, Philip Tinnefeld, Stefan Dübel, Udo Rau
beta-(1,6)-Branched beta-(1,3)-D-glucans like schizophyllan from the basidiomycete Schizophyllum commune excite various immunostimulatory effects and have been clinically tested as adjuvants. Some of the glucans are also applicable in food or petrol industry due to their viscosity and temperature stability in aqueous solution. Antibodies against these glucans could be used as tool for analysis of glucan preparations or for further research of its bioactivity. Therefore, an immune phage display library was constructed from mice immunized with schizophyllan...
2017: Biotechnology Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620370/environmental-t4-family-bacteriophages-evolve-to-escape-abortive-infection-via-multiple-routes-in-a-bacterial-host-employing-altruistic-suicide-through-type-iii-toxin-antitoxin-systems
#19
Bihe Chen, Chidiebere Akusobi, Xinzhe Fang, George P C Salmond
Abortive infection is an anti-phage mechanism employed by a bacterium to initiate its own death upon phage infection. This reduces, or eliminates, production of viral progeny and protects clonal siblings in the bacterial population by an act akin to an "altruistic suicide." Abortive infection can be mediated by a Type III toxin-antitoxin system called ToxINPa consisting of an endoribonuclease toxin and RNA antitoxin. ToxINPa is a heterohexameric quaternary complex in which pseudoknotted RNA inhibits the toxicity of the toxin until infection by certain phages causes destabilization of ToxINPa, leading to bacteriostasis and, eventually, lethality...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620205/an-anti-vimentin-antibody-promotes-tube-formation
#20
Mathias Lindh Jørgensen, Carina Kjeldahl Møller, Lasse Rasmussen, Louise Boisen, Henrik Pedersen, Peter Kristensen
In recent years, there has been an increasing appreciation of the importance of secreted and extracellular proteins that traditionally have been considered as intracellular components. Vimentin is a highly abundant intermediate filament protein, and its intracellular functions have been investigated in a large number of studies. Recently, however, vimentin has been shown to take part in significant processes outside the cell. Our understanding of the functions of extracellular vimentin is, however, limited...
June 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
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