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Vibrio cholerae

Yaovi M G Hounmanou, Robinson H Mdegela, Tamègnon V Dougnon, Ofred J Mhongole, Edward S Mayila, Joseph Malakalinga, George Makingi, Anders Dalsgaard
BACKGROUND: Cholera, one of the world's deadliest infectious diseases, remains rampant and frequent in Tanzania and thus hinders existing control measures. The present study was undertaken to evaluate the occurrence of toxigenic Vibrio cholerae O1 in wastewater, fish and vegetables during a non-outbreak period in Morogoro, Tanzania. METHODS: From October 2014 to February 2015, 60 wastewater samples, 60 fish samples from sewage stabilization ponds and 60 wastewater irrigated vegetable samples were collected...
October 18, 2016: BMC Research Notes
Mahamud-Ur Rashid, Zillur Rahman, Vanessa Burrowes, Jamie Perin, Munshi Mustafiz, Shirajum Monira, K M Saif-Ur-Rahman, Sazzadul Islam Bhuyian, Md Toslim Mahmud, R Bradley Sack, David Sack, Munirul Alam, Christine Marie George
OBJECTIVE: In urban Dhaka, Bangladesh, 30% of source water samples collected from the households of cholera patients had detectable Vibrio cholerae. These findings indicate an urgent need for a public health intervention for this population. The Crystal VC(®) dipstick test is a rapid method for detecting V.cholerae in stool and water. However, to date no study has investigated the use of the rapid dipstick test for household surveillance of stored drinking water. METHODS: The efficacy of the Crystal VC(®) dipstick test for detecting V...
October 18, 2016: Tropical Medicine & International Health: TM & IH
H W Kim, Y J Hong, J I Jo, S D Ha, S H Kim, H J Lee, M S Rhee
Microbiological quality of 206 raw ready-to-eat seafood samples were investigated according to species (gizzard shad, halibut, rockfish, tuna, oyster, and squid) and distribution channels (fishery, hyper, and online market). Enumeration of Aerobic Plate Count (APC) and total coliforms (TC) and pathogenic bacteria (Bacillus cereus, Staphylococcus aureus, and Vibrio parahaemolyticus) were performed, and level of microbiological quality were classified into four groups: satisfactory, acceptable, unsatisfactory, and unacceptable...
October 16, 2016: Letters in Applied Microbiology
Nikolas T Weissmueller, Hoang Dung Lu, Amanda Hurley, Robert K Prud'homme
One factor limiting the expansion of nanomedicines has been the high cost of the materials and processes required for their production. We present a continuous, scalable, low cost nano-encapsulation process, Flash Nanoprecipitation (FNP) that enables the production of nanocarriers (NCs) with a narrow size distribution using zein corn proteins. Zein is a low cost, GRAS protein (having the FDA status of "Generally Regarded as Safe") currently used in food applications, which acts as an effective encapsulant for hydrophobic compounds using FNP...
October 16, 2016: Biomacromolecules
Marcus M Dillon, Way Sung, Robert Sebra, Michael Lynch, Vaughn S Cooper
The vast diversity in nucleotide composition and architecture among bacterial genomes may be partly explained by inherent biases in the rates and spectra of spontaneous mutations. Bacterial genomes with multiple chromosomes are relatively unusual but some are relevant to human health, none more so than the causative agent of cholera, Vibrio cholerae Here, we present the genome-wide mutation spectra in wild-type and mismatch repair (MMR) defective backgrounds of two Vibrio species, the low-%GC squid symbiont V...
October 15, 2016: Molecular Biology and Evolution
Brian J Akerley
The property of transposons to randomly insert into target DNA has long been exploited for generalized mutagenesis and forward genetic screens. Newer applications that monitor the relative abundance of each transposon insertion in large libraries of mutants can be used to evaluate the roles in cellular fitness of all genes of an organism, provided that transposition is in fact random across all genes. In a recent article, Kimura and colleagues identified an important exception to the latter assumption [S. Kimura, T...
October 11, 2016: MBio
Donatella Lippi, Eduardo Gotuzzo, Saverio Caini
Cholera is an acute disease of the gastrointestinal tract caused by Vibrio cholerae. Cholera was localized in Asia until 1817, when a first pandemic spread from India to several other regions of the world. After this appearance, six additional major pandemics occurred during the 19th and 20th centuries, the latest of which originated in Indonesia in the 1960s and is still ongoing. In 1854, a cholera outbreak in Soho, London, was investigated by the English physician John Snow (1813 to 1858). He described the time course of the outbreak, managed to understand its routes of transmission, and suggested effective measures to stop its spread, giving rise to modern infectious disease epidemiology...
August 2016: Microbiology Spectrum
Meer T Alam, Shrestha S Ray, Camille N Chun, Zahara G Chowdhury, Mohammed H Rashid, Valery E Madsen Beau De Rochars, Afsar Ali
In October of 2010, an outbreak of cholera was confirmed in Haiti for the first time in more than a century. A single clone of toxigenic Vibrio cholerae O1 biotype El Tor serotype Ogawa strain was implicated as the cause. Five years after the onset of cholera, in October, 2015, we have discovered a major switch (ranging from 7 to 100%) from Ogawa serotype to Inaba serotype. Furthermore, using wbeT gene sequencing and comparative sequence analysis, we now demonstrate that, among 2013 and 2015 Inaba isolates, the wbeT gene, responsible for switching Ogawa to Inaba serotype, sustained a unique nucleotide mutation not found in isolates obtained from Haiti in 2012...
October 2016: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
Guadalupe Barrera-Escorcia, Irma Wong-Chang, Carlos Leopoldo Fernández-Rendón, Alfonso Vázquez Botello, Bruno Gómez-Gil, Marcial Leonardo Lizárraga-Partida
Oysters can accumulate potentially pathogenic water bacteria. The objective of this study was to compare two procedures to quantify Vibrio species present in oysters to determine the most sensitive method. We analyzed oyster samples from the Gulf of Mexico, commercialized in Mexico City. The samples were inoculated in tubes with alkaline peptone water (APW), based on three tubes and four dilutions (10(-1) to 10(-4)). From these tubes, the first quantification of Vibrio species was performed (most probable number (MPN) from tubes) and bacteria were inoculated by streaking on thiosulfate-citrate-bile salts-sucrose (TCBS) petri dishes...
November 2016: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
Stefan L Karlsson, Nicholas Thomson, Ankur Mutreja, Thomas Connor, Dipika Sur, Mohammad Ali, John Clemens, Gordon Dougan, Jan Holmgren, Michael Lebens
Genomic data generated from clinical Vibrio cholerae O1 isolates collected over a five year period in an area of Kolkata, India with seasonal cholera outbreaks allowed a detailed genetic analysis of serotype switching that occurred from Ogawa to Inaba and back to Ogawa. The change from Ogawa to Inaba resulted from mutational disruption of the methyltransferase encoded by the wbeT gene. Re-emergence of the Ogawa serotype was found to result either from expansion of an already existing Ogawa clade or reversion of the mutation in an Inaba clade...
October 2016: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
Mahamud-Ur Rashid, Christine Marie George, Shirajum Monira, Toslim Mahmud, Zillur Rahman, Munshi Mustafiz, K M Saif-Ur-Rahman, Tahmina Parvin, Sazzadul Islam Bhuyian, Fatema Zohura, Farzana Begum, Shwapon Kumar Biswas, Xiaotong Zhang, David Sack, R Bradley Sack, Munirul Alam
Household members of cholera patients are at a 100 times higher risk of cholera infections than the general population because of shared contaminated drinking water sources and secondary transmission through poor household hygiene practices. In this study, we investigated the bactericidal concentration of free chlorine required to inactivate Vibrio cholerae in household drinking water in Dhaka city. In laboratory experiments, we found that the concentrations of free chlorine required to inactivate 10(5) colony-forming units (CFU)/mL of V...
October 3, 2016: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Ananya Chatterjee, Partha P Datta
CgtA is an essential ribosome associated GTPase protein of bacteria. It has three domains, viz., Obg, GTPase, and C-terminal domain. It is a multifunctional protein and it is being considered as a potential drug target against bacterial infections. Despite the importance, CgtA's action mechanisms are not well known which warrants further study. Towards that goal, we are pursuing biochemical and computational studies in Vibrio cholerae CgtA (CgtAvc). Biochemically we found that a single amino acid substitution from Gly98 to Asp98 belonging to the Obg domain caused reduced GTPase activity of CgtAvc...
September 28, 2016: Journal of Biomolecular Structure & Dynamics
Rhishita Chourashi, Moumita Mondal, Ritam Sinha, Anusuya Debnath, Suman Das, Hemanta Koley, Nabendu Sekhar Chatterjee
Vibrio cholera survival in an aquatic environment depends on chitin utilization pathway that requires two factors, chitin binding protein and chitinases. The chitinases and the chitin utilization pathway are regulated by a two-component sensor histidine kinase ChiS in V. cholerae. In recent studies these two factors are also shown to be involved in V. cholerae pathogenesis. However, the role played by their upstream regulator ChiS in pathogenesis is yet to be known. In this study, we investigated the activation of ChiS in presence of mucin and its functional role in pathogenesis...
September 19, 2016: International Journal of Medical Microbiology: IJMM
Bailey M Carignan, Kyle D Brumfield, Mike S Son
Vibrio cholerae is the etiological agent of the infectious disease cholera, which is characterized by vomiting and severe watery diarrhea. Recently, V. cholerae clinical isolates have demonstrated increased virulence capabilities, causing more severe symptoms with a much higher rate of disease progression than previously observed. We have identified single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in four virulence-regulatory genes (hapR, hns, luxO, and vieA) of a hypervirulent V. cholerae clinical isolate, MQ1795...
September 2016: MSphere
Carolina Lage Goulart, Livia Carvalho Barbosa, Paulo Mascarello Bisch, Wanda Maria Almeida von Krüger
All cells are subjected to oxidative stress, a condition in which reactive oxygen species (ROS) production exceeds elimination. Bacterial defenses against ROS include synthesis of antioxidant enzymes like peroxidases and catalases. Vibrio cholerae can produce two distinct catalases, KatB and KatG, which contribute to ROS homeostasis. In this study, we analyzed the mechanism behind katG and katB expression in two V. cholerae O1 pandemic strains, O395 and N16961, respectively of Classical and El Tor biotypes...
September 22, 2016: Microbiology
Frederic Melin, Hao Xie, Thomas Meyer, Young Ok Ahn, Robert B Gennis, Hartmut Michel, Petra Hellwig
Cytochrome cbb3 (also known as C-type) oxidases belong to the family of heme-copper terminal oxidases which couple at the end of the respiratory chain the reduction of molecular oxygen into water and the pumping of protons across the membrane. They are expressed most often at low pressure of O2 and they exhibit a low homology of sequence with the cytochrome aa3 (A-type) oxidases found in mitochondria. Their binuclear active site comprises a high-spin heme b3 associated with a CuB center. The protein also contains one low-spin heme b and 3 hemes c...
September 21, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Sambit Roy, Tapas Patra, Taniya Golder, Soniya Chatterjee, Hemanta Koley, Ranjan K Nandy
Orthologs search identified that the Vibrio cholerae gluconate (Gnt) utilization system minimally consisted of the Entner-Doudoroff (ED) pathway (edd and eda) and three other genes namely gntU, gntK and gntR This system appeared unique, by genomic organization of component genes into two operons transcribed in opposite directions. In silico analysis indicated GntU as inner-membrane protein functioning for transport and GntK as kinase with cytosolic localization which generates Gnt6P, then metabolized through the ED pathway...
September 19, 2016: Pathogens and Disease
Xueying Wang, Jin Wang
A new modelling framework is proposed to study the within-host and between-host dynamics of cholera, a severe intestinal infection caused by the bacterium Vibrio cholerae. The within-host dynamics are characterized by the growth of highly infectious vibrios inside the human body. These vibrios shed from humans contribute to the environmental bacterial growth and the transmission of the disease among humans, providing a link from the within-host dynamics at the individual level to the between-host dynamics at the population and environmental level...
September 19, 2016: Journal of Biological Dynamics
Brian A Renda, Cindy Chan, Kristin N Parent, Jeffrey E Barrick
: Bacterial genomes commonly contain prophage sequences as a result of past infections with lysogenic phages. Many of these integrated viral sequences are believed to be cryptic, but prophage genes are sometimes co-opted by the host, and some prophages may be re-activated to form infectious particles when cells are stressed or mutate. We found that a previously uncharacterized filamentous phage emerged from the genome of Acinetobacter baylyi ADP1 during a laboratory evolution experiment...
September 19, 2016: Journal of Bacteriology
Charlotte Toulouse, Björn Claussen, Valentin Muras, Günter Fritz, Julia Steuber
The Na+-translocating NADH:quinone oxidoreductase (NQR) is the entry site for electrons into the respiratory chain of Vibrio cholerae, the causative agent of cholera disease. NQR couples the electron transfer from NADH to ubiquinone to the translocation of sodium ions across the membrane. We investigated the pH dependence of electron transfer and generation of a transmembrane voltage (ΔΨ) by NQR reconstituted in liposomes with Na+ or Li+ as coupling cation. ΔΨ formation was followed with the voltage-sensitive dye oxonol...
September 17, 2016: Biological Chemistry
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