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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350941/immotile-active-matter-activity-from-death-and-reproduction
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Arben Kalziqi, David Yanni, Jacob Thomas, Siu Lung Ng, Skanda Vivek, Brian K Hammer, Peter J Yunker
Unlike equilibrium atomic solids, biofilms-soft solids composed of bacterial cells-do not experience significant thermal fluctuations at the constituent level. However, living cells stochastically reproduce and die, provoking a mechanical response. We investigate the mechanical consequences of cellular death and reproduction by measuring surface-height fluctuations of biofilms containing two mutually antagonistic strains of Vibrio cholerae that kill one another on contact via the type VI secretion system. While studies of active matter typically focus on activity via constituent mobility, here, activity is mediated by reproduction and death events in otherwise immobilized cells...
January 5, 2018: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349535/mycobacterium-xenopi-genotype-associated-with-clinical-phenotype-in-lung-disease
#2
Takashi Hirama, Alex Marchand-Austin, Jennifer Ma, David C Alexander, Sarah K Brode, Theodore K Marras, Frances B Jamieson
Mycobacterium xenopi is responsible for pulmonary disease (PD) in Europe and Canada. Despite its high prevalence and increasing clinical importance, little is known about the genetic diversity of M. xenopi. Through a prospective study for M. xenopi strain type and the relation to clinical phenotype, 39 patients with M. xenopi PD were analyzed. Our study demonstrated that sequence type (ST) 5 was dominant in Ontario among 15 distinct STs and caused PD in people even without underlying lung disease, whereas disease due to non-ST5 was found almost exclusively in patients with underlying lung disease...
January 18, 2018: Lung
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349092/cathepsin-b-plays-a-key-role-in-optimal-production-of-the-influenza-a-virus
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Macon D Coleman, Soon-Duck Ha, S M Mansour Haeryfar, Stephen Dominic Barr, Sung Ouk Kim
Background: Influenza A virus (IAV) is the etiologic agent of the febrile respiratory illness, commonly referred to as 'flu'. The lysosomal protease cathepsin B (CTSB) has shown to be involved in the lifecycle of various viruses. Here, we examined the role of CTSB in the IAV lifecycle. Methods: CTSB-deficient (CTSB-/-) macrophages and the human lung epithelial cell line A549 cells treated with CA-074Me were infected with the A/Puerto Rico/8/34 strain of IAV (IAV-PR8)...
2018: Journal of Virology & Antiviral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346379/a-putative-lateral-flagella-of-the-cystic-fibrosis-pathogen-burkholderia-dolosa-regulates-swimming-motility-and-host-cytokine-production
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Damien Roux, Matthew Schaefers, Bradley S Clark, Molly Weatherholt, Diane Renaud, David Scott, John J LiPuma, Gregory Priebe, Craig Gerard, Deborah R Yoder-Himes
Burkholderia dolosa caused an outbreak in the cystic fibrosis clinic at Boston Children's Hospital and was associated with high mortality in these patients. This species is part of a larger complex of opportunistic pathogens known as the Burkholderia cepacia complex (Bcc). Compared to other species in the Bcc, B. dolosa is highly transmissible; thus understanding its virulence mechanisms is important for preventing future outbreaks. The genome of one of the outbreak strains, AU0158, revealed a homolog of the lafA gene encoding a putative lateral flagellin, which, in other non-Bcc species, is used for movement on solid surfaces, attachment to host cells, or movement inside host cells...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346329/anti-phytopathogenic-and-cytotoxic-activities-of-crude-extracts-and-secondary-metabolites-of-marine-derived-fungi
#5
Dong-Lin Zhao, Dan Wang, Xue-Ying Tian, Fei Cao, Yi-Qiang Li, Cheng-Sheng Zhang
Thirty-one isolates belonging to eight genera in seven orders were identified from 141 strains that were isolated from several marine plants. Alternaria sp. and Fusarium sp. were found to be the predominant fungi. Evaluation of the anti-phytopathogenic bacterial and fungal activities, as well as the cytotoxicity of these 31 extracts, revealed that most of them displayed different levels of bioactivities. Due to their interesting bioactivities, two fungal strains-Fusarium equiseti (P18) and Alternaria sp. (P8)-were selected for chemical investigation and compounds 1-4 were obtained...
January 18, 2018: Marine Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345365/deletion-of-bcg-hip1-protease-enhances-dendritic-cell-and-cd4-t-cell-responses
#6
Erica Bizzell, Jonathan Kevin Sia, Melanie Quezada, Ana Enriquez, Maria Georgieva, Jyothi Rengarajan
Dendritic cells (DCs) play a key role in the generation of CD4 T cell responses to pathogens. Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) harbors immune evasion mechanisms that impair DC responses and prevent optimal CD4 T cell immunity. The vaccine strain Mycobacterium bovis Bacille Calmette-Guérin (BCG) shares many of the immune evasion proteins utilized by Mtb, but the role of these proteins in DC and T cell responses elicited by BCG is poorly understood. We previously reported that the Mtb serine protease, Hip1, promotes sub-optimal DC responses during infection...
December 28, 2017: Journal of Leukocyte Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344803/toxoplasma-gondii-prevalence-and-characterization-of-new-genotypes-in-free-range-chickens-from-south-brazil
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Fernando Emmanuel Gonçalves Vieira, João Pedro Sasse, Ana Flávia Minutti, Ana Carolina Miura, Luiz Daniel de Barros, Sergio Tosi Cardim, Thais Agostinho Martins, Mércia de Seixas, Milton Issashi Yamamura, Chunlei Su, João Luis Garcia
Toxoplasma gondii is an intracellular parasite that can infect all warm-blooded animals including humans. Recent studies showed that T. gondii strains from South America are genetically diverse. The present work aimed to determine T. gondii prevalence in free-ranging chicken in northwest Parana state in Brazil by two serological tests, to isolate the parasites from seropositive chickens and to genotype the isolates. Antibodies to T. gondii in 386 serum samples from 24 farms were investigated by immunofluorescence antibody assay (IFA) and modified agglutination test (MAT)...
January 18, 2018: Parasitology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344283/antigen-presentation-of-the-oct4-and-sox2-peptides-by-cd154-activated-b-lymphocytes-enhances-the-killing-effect-of-cytotoxic-t-lymphocytes-on-tumor-stem-like-cells-derived-from-cisplatin-resistant-lung-cancer-cells
#8
Xueyan Zhang, Yanwei Zhang, Jianlin Xu, Huimin Wang, Xiaoxuan Zheng, Yuqing Lou, Baohui Han
The present study investigated whether antigen presentation of the Oct4 and Sox2 peptides by CD154-activated B lymphocytes can enhance the killing effect of CD8+ cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTLs) on lung stem-like cancer cells (SLCCs). The CTLs were generated using an accelerated co-cultured dendritic cells (DC) (acDC) assay by incubating human peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) from non-small-cell lung cancer patients with antigen peptides of Oct4 and Sox2 in the presence of several DC-activating agents...
2018: Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343426/environmental-mycobacterium-avium-subsp-hominissuis-have-a-higher-probability-to-act-as-a-recipient-in-conjugation-than-clinical-strains
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Salma A Shoulah, Anna M Oschmann, Abdelfattah Selim, Torsten Semmler, Carsten Schwarz, Elisabeth Kamal, Faysal Hamouda, Elsayed Galila, Wilbert Bitter, Astrid Lewin
Mycobacterium avium subsp. hominissuis (MAH) is a widespread opportunistic pathogen that can be isolated from environment (dust, soil and water) and patients with lung or lymphnode infection. In our previous research we revealed the pronounced genetic diversity in MAH by identifying eight different types of a newly described genomic island. In order to identify mechanisms of such horizontal gene transfer we now analyzed the ability of 47 MAH isolates to inherit the conjugative plasmid pRAW from M. marinum. A higher percentage of environmental isolates (22...
January 14, 2018: Plasmid
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340276/clinical-value-of-ultrasonography-in-diagnosis-of-pulmonary-embolism-in-critically-ill-patients
#10
Ran Zhu, Xiao-Chun Ma
Pulmonary embolism (PE) is a clinical emergency that will increase the mortality if complicated with unstable hemodynamics. Because of its nonspecific clinical symptoms, it's a great challenge to make a PE diagnosis. The golden standard to diagnose PE is computed tomography of pulmonary artery (CTPA), but a diagnosis of PE also composed of evaluation of PE risk factors, possibilities, and risk stratification. Ultrasonography may detect right ventricle strain related to hemodynamic change, intravascular thrombosis, thrombosis in right heart or pulmonary arteries, pulmonary infarction, and local pleural effusion...
December 2017: Journal of Translational Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336943/one-time-quantitative-pcr-detection-of-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-to-discriminate-intermittent-from-chronic-infection-in-cystic-fibrosis
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Sébastien Boutin, Michael Weitnauer, Selina Hassel, Simon Y Graeber, Mirjam Stahl, A Susanne Dittrich, Marcus A Mall, Alexander H Dalpke
BACKGROUND: Chronic airway infection with Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a major risk factor of progression of lung disease in patients with cystic fibrosis (CF). Chronic P. aeruginosa infection evolves from intermittent infection that is amenable to antibiotic eradication, whereas chronically adapted P. aeruginosa becomes resistant to antibiotic therapy. Discrimination of intermittent versus chronic infection is therefore of high therapeutic relevance, yet the available diagnostic methods are only partly satisfactory...
January 11, 2018: Journal of Cystic Fibrosis: Official Journal of the European Cystic Fibrosis Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334313/pneumonia-infection-in-mice-reveals-the-involvement-of-the-feoa-gene-in-the-pathogenesis-of-acinetobacter-baumannii
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Laura Álvarez-Fraga, Juan C Vázquez-Ucha, Marta Martínez-Guitián, Juan A Vallejo, Germán Bou, Alejandro Beceiro, Margarita Poza
Acinetobacter baumannii has emerged in the last decade as an important nosocomial pathogen. To identify genes involved in the course of a pneumonia infection, gene expression profiles were obtained from A. baumannii ATCC 17978 grown in mouse infected lungs and in culture medium. Gene expression analysis allowed us to determine a gene, the A1S_0242 gene (feoA), over-expressed during the pneumonia infection. In the present work, we evaluate the role of this gene, involved in iron uptake. The inactivation of the A1S_0242 gene resulted in an increase susceptibility to oxidative stress and a decrease in biofilm formation, in adherence to A549 cells and in fitness...
January 15, 2018: Virulence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331367/molecular-characterization-and-differential-expression-analysis-of-interleukin-1%C3%AE-from-ovis-aries
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Yi-Ming Shui, Shi-Ying Lu, Xing Guo, Xi-Lin Liu, Bao-Quan Fu, Pan Hu, Lin-Lin Qu, Nan-Nan Liu, Yan-Song Li, Lu-Lu Wang, Fei-Fei Zhai, Dan-Di Ju, Zeng-Shan Liu, Yu Zhou, Hong-Lin Ren
The interleukin-1 family is an important component of the innate immune system and plays an important role in regulating immune responses on the invasion of intracellular parasites in the acquired immune system. Interleukin 1β (IL-1β) is one of the members of the IL-1 family that predominantly activates downstream signaling pathways to play immunological functions of stimulating T and B lymphocyte activation and promoting the various syntheses of inflammatory substances in conjunction with other cytokines...
January 10, 2018: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29326226/draft-genome-sequence-of-chryseobacterium-mucoviscidosis-sp-nov-strain-vt16-26-isolated-from-the-bronchoalveolar-lavage-fluid-of-a-patient-with-cystic-fibrosis
#14
George Tetz, Victor Tetz
We report here the draft genome sequence of Chryseobacterium mucoviscidosis VT16-26, a novel bacterium isolated from the lungs of a patient with cystic fibrosis. The genome was composed of 4,403,956 bp and had 36.2% G+C content. We detected 4,048 genes with predicted protein-coding functions, including those associated with antibiotic resistance and virulence.
January 11, 2018: Genome Announcements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29326010/genomics-of-corynebacterium-striatum-an-emerging-multi-drug-resistant-pathogen-of-immunocompromised-patients
#15
Kathleen Nudel, Xiaomin Zhao, Sankha Basu, Xiaoxi Dong, Maria Hoffmann, Michael Feldgarden, Marc Allard, Michael Klompas, Lynn Bry
OBJECTIVES: Corynebacterium striatum is an emerging multi-drug resistant (MDR) pathogen of immunocompromised and chronically ill patients. The objective of these studies was to provide a detailed genomic analysis of disease causing C. striatum and determine the genomic drivers of resistance and resistance-gene transmission. METHODS: A multi-institutional and prospective pathogen genomics program flagged seven MDR C. striatum infections occurring close in time, and specifically in immunocompromised patients with underlying respiratory diseases...
January 8, 2018: Clinical Microbiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325882/pathophysiology-of-escherichia-coli-pneumonia-respective-contribution-of-pathogenicity-islands-to-virulence
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Mathilde Phillips-Houlbracq, Jean-Damien Ricard, Arnaud Foucrier, Deborah Yoder-Himes, Stéphane Gaudry, Julie Bex, Jonathan Messika, Dimitri Margetis, Jérémie Chatel, Ulrich Dobrindt, Erick Denamur, Damien Roux
Ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) remains the most frequent life-threatening nosocomial infection. Enterobacteriaceae including Escherichia coli are increasingly involved. If a cumulative effect of pathogenicity islands (PAIs) has been shown for E. coli virulence in urinary tract or systemic infections, very little is known regarding pathophysiology of E. coli pneumonia. This study aimed to determine the role of each of the 7 PAIs present in pathogenic E. coli strain 536 in pneumonia pathophysiology. We used mutant strains to screen pathophysiological role of PAI in a rat pneumonia model...
January 5, 2018: International Journal of Medical Microbiology: IJMM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29324866/regulation-of-influenza-virus-replication-by-wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-signaling
#17
Sunil More, Xiaoyun Yang, Zhengyu Zhu, Gayan Bamunuarachchi, Yujie Guo, Chaoqun Huang, Keith Bailey, Jordan P Metcalf, Lin Liu
Wnt/β-catenin signaling is an essential pathway in cell cycle control. Dysregulation of the Wnt/β-catenin signaling pathway during viral infection has been reported. In this study, we examined the effect of modulating Wnt/β-catenin signaling during influenza virus infection. The activation of the Wnt/β-catenin pathway by Wnt3a increased influenza virus mRNA and virus production in in vitro in mouse lung epithelial E10 cells and mRNA expresson of influenza virus genes in vivo in the lungs of mice infected with influenza virus A/Puerto Rico/8/34...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29322411/in-vivo-infection-model-of-severe-influenza-a-virus
#18
Ashley Mansell, Michelle D Tate
The lung is constantly exposed to both environmental and microbial challenge. As a "contained" organ, it also constitutes an excellent "self-contained" tissue to examine inflammatory responses and cellular infiltration into a diseased organ. Influenza A virus (IAV) causes both mild and severe inflammation that is strain specific following infection of the lung epithelium that spreads to other cells of the lung environment. Here, we describe a method of intranasal inoculation of the lung with IAV that can be used as a preclinical model of infection...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29322272/a-novel-passerivirus-family-picornaviridae-in-an-outbreak-of-enteritis-with-high-mortality-in-estrildid-finches-uraeginthus-sp
#19
Péter Pankovics, Ákos Boros, Tung Gia Phan, Eric Delwart, Gábor Reuter
An enteric outbreak with high mortality (34/52, 65.4%) was recorded in 2014 in home-reared estrildid finches (Estrildidae) in Hungary. A novel passerivirus was identified in a diseased violet-eared waxbill using viral metagenomics and confirmed by RT-(q)PCR. The complete genome of finch picornavirus strain waxbill/DB01/HUN/2014 (MF977321) showed the highest amino acid sequence identity of 38.9%, 61.6%, 69.6% in P1cap, 2Chel and 3CproDpol, respectively, to passerivirus A1 (GU182406). A high viral load (6.58 × 1010 genomic copies/ml) was measured in a cloacal specimen and in the tissues (spinal cord, lung, and the intestines) of two additional affected finches...
January 10, 2018: Archives of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29320408/outer-membrane-vesicle-vaccines-from-biosafe-surrogates-prevent-acute-lethal-glanders-in-mice
#20
Michael H Norris, Mohammad S R Khan, Sunisa Chirakul, Herbert P Schweizer, Apichai Tuanyok
Burkholderia mallei is a host-adapted Gram-negative mammalian pathogen that causes the severe disease glanders. Glanders can manifest as a rapid acute progression or a chronic debilitating syndrome primarily affecting solipeds and humans in close association with infected animals. In USA, B. mallei is classified as one of the most important bacterial biothreat agents. Presently, there is no licensed glanders vaccine available for humans or animals. In this work, outer membrane vesicles (OMVs) were isolated from three attenuated biosafe bacterial strains, Burkholderia pseudomallei Bp82, B...
January 10, 2018: Vaccines
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