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Brucella abortus

Daniel M Czyż, Neeta Jain-Gupta, Howard A Shuman, Sean Crosson
Brucella abortus is an intracellular bacterial pathogen and an etiological agent of the zoonotic disease known as brucellosis. Brucellosis can be challenging to treat with conventional antibiotic therapies and, in some cases, may develop into a debilitating and life-threatening chronic illness. We used multiple independent assays of in vitro metabolism and intracellular replication to screen a library of 480 known bioactive compounds for novel B. abortus anti-infectives. Eighteen non-cytotoxic compounds specifically inhibited B...
October 21, 2016: Scientific Reports
Lis N Velásquez, M Ayelén Milillo, M Victoria Delpino, Aldana Trotta, Pablo Fernández, Roberto G Pozner, Roland Lang, Luciana Balboa, Guillermo H Giambartolomei, Paula Barrionuevo
Brucella abortus is an intracellular pathogen capable of surviving inside of macrophages. The success of B. abortus as a chronic pathogen relies on its ability to orchestrate different strategies to evade the adaptive CD4(+) T cell responses that it elicits. Previously, we demonstrated that B. abortus inhibits the IFN-γ-induced surface expression of MHC class II (MHC-II) molecules on human monocytes, and this phenomenon correlated with a reduction in antigen presentation. However, the molecular mechanisms, whereby B...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Leukocyte Biology
Mohamed M El-Diasty, Heba A Ahmed, Ashraf E Sayour, Fatma I El Hofy, Asmaa B M B Tahoun, Saleh M Shafik
The objective of the present study was to estimate the seroprevalence of Brucella spp. in humans and cattle at Sharkia Governorate, Egypt. In addition, identification of Brucella spp. in milk samples by PCR and culture with the evaluation of the risk factors associated with Brucella spp. seroprevalence in humans were carried out. Overall, the seroprevalence of Brucella antibodies in the examined cattle was 23.8%, while in human participants it was 21%. The examination of 205 milk samples using PCR revealed that 6...
October 18, 2016: Vector Borne and Zoonotic Diseases
Leonardo A Gómez, Francisco I Alvarez, Pablo A Fernández, Manuel R Flores, Raúl E Molina, Roberto F Coloma, Angel A Oñate
Immunogenicity induced by recombinant plasmids based on the BAB1_0267 and BAB1_0270 open reading frames (ORFs) of Brucella abortus 2308 was evaluated. Bioinformatics analyses indicate that the BAB1_0267 and BAB1_0270 ORFs encode a protein with a SH3 domain and a Zn-dependent metalloproteinase, respectively. Both ORFs have important effects on intracellular survival and replication of B. abortus 2308, mediated via professional and non-professional phagocytic cells. Our results show that immunization with the recombinant plasmid based on the BAB1_0267 ORF significantly increases the production of IgG1, levels of IFN-γ and the lymphoproliferative response of splenocytes...
2016: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
Marcela Suárez-Esquivel, Nazareth Ruiz-Villalobos, Amanda Castillo-Zeledón, César Jiménez-Rojas, R Martin Roop Ii, Diego J Comerci, Elías Barquero-Calvo, Carlos Chacón-Díaz, Clayton C Caswell, Kate S Baker, Esteban Chaves-Olarte, Nicholas R Thomson, Edgardo Moreno, Jean J Letesson, Xavier De Bolle, Caterina Guzmán-Verri
Brucellosis is a bacterial infectious disease affecting a wide range of mammals and a neglected zoonosis caused by species of the genetically homogenous genus Brucella. As in most studies on bacterial diseases, research in brucellosis is carried out by using reference strains as canonical models to understand the mechanisms underlying host pathogen interactions. We performed whole genome sequencing analysis of the reference strain B. abortus 2308 routinely used in our laboratory, including manual curated annotation accessible as an editable version through a link at https://en...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
Mohamed Barkallah, Yaakoub Gharbi, Sonia Zormati, Nesrine Karkouch, Zouhir Mallek, Michel Gautier, Radhouane Gdoura, Imen Fendri
In this study, we conducted an investigation to determine the true prevalence of bovine and ovine brucellosis in central-eastern Tunisia. A total of 1134 veterinary samples taken from 130 ruminant herds were screened for brucellosis using IS711-based real-time PCR assay. Sera collected from the ruminants were tested using the Rose Bengal test and indirect enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. Based on serological and molecular results, the true adjusted animal population level prevalence was 23.5 % in cattle, against 13...
October 1, 2016: Tropical Animal Health and Production
Akm Anisur Rahman, Dirk Berkvens, Claude Saegerman, David Fretin, Noor Muhammad, Akram Hossain, Emmanuel Abatih
INTRODUCTION: This study describes the seroprevalence of human brucellosis among pyretic patients and detection of Brucella abortus DNA from seropositive pyretic patients using real-time polymerase chain reaction (rtPCR) for the first time in Bangladesh. METHODOLOGY: Blood samples were collected from 300 pyretic patients from October 2007 to May 2008 and subjected to three serological tests: Rose-Bengal plate test (RBT), standard tube agglutination test (STAT), and indirect enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (iELISA)...
September 30, 2016: Journal of Infection in Developing Countries
Sana Fatima, Iahtasham Khan, Amar Nasir, Muhammad Younus, Muhammad Saqib, Falk Melzer, Heinrich Neubauer, Hosny El-Adawy
Brucellosis is one of the most important zoonoses in developing countries and was considered the most widespread zoonosis in the world. Brucellosis was reported in camels and has been reported from all camel-keeping countries.The present study was performed in three districts (Jhang, Chiniot, and Bhakkar) of Punjab province of Pakistan. A total of 200 camel (Camelus bactrianus) sera were collected using random and multistage cluster sampling from different areas. Fifty samples were collected from one organized governmental farm...
September 27, 2016: Tropical Animal Health and Production
Gamal Wareth, Falk Melzer, Denny Böttcher, Mohamed El-Diasty, Mohamed El-Beskawy, Nesma Rasheed, Gernot Schmoock, Uwe Roesler, Lisa D Sprague, Heinrich Neubauer
Bovine brucellosis is endemic in Egypt in spite of application of surveillance and control measures. An increase of abortions was reported in a Holstein dairy cattle herd with 600 animals in Damietta governorate in Egypt after immunisation with Brucella (B.) abortus RB51 vaccine. Twenty one (10.6%) of 197 vaccinated cows aborted after 3 months. All aborted cows had been tested seronegative for brucellosis in the past 3 years. B. abortus was isolated from four foetuses. Conventional biochemical and bacteriological identification and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) confirmed two B...
September 21, 2016: Acta Tropica
Ana Lourdes Arrais de Alencar Mota, Fernando Ferreira, José Soares Ferreira Neto, Ricardo Augusto Dias, Marcos Amaku, José Henrique Hildebrand Grisi-Filho, Evelise Oliveira Telles, Vítor Salvador Picão Gonçalves
Bovine brucellosis is an important zoonosis caused by Brucella abortus that negatively impacts livestock productivity. In 2001, Brazil launched a new national program aimed at eradicating animal brucellosis that included large-scale studies of the prevalence and risk factors to support strategic decision-making. These studies were implemented by the animal health authorities and were underpinned by the scientific coordination of the University of São Paulo and the University of Brasília. The state-level results were published and revealed important differences in herd prevalence among regions...
September 21, 2016: Acta Tropica
Xinghong Yang, Beata Clapp, Theresa Thornburg, Carol Hoffman, David W Pascual
There remains a need for an improved livestock vaccine for brucellosis since conventional vaccines are only ∼70% efficacious, making some vaccinated animals susceptible to Brucella infections. To address this void, a vaccine capable of evoking protective immunity, while still being sufficiently attenuated to produce minimal disease, is sought. In this pursuit, the ΔnorD ΔznuA B. abortus-lacZ (termed as znBAZ) was developed to be devoid of functional norD and znuA B. abortus genes, and to contain the lacZ as a marker gene...
October 17, 2016: Vaccine
Mariana X Byndloss, Fabian Rivera-Chávez, Renée M Tsolis, Andreas J Bäumler
Work on type III or type IV secretion systems (T3SSs or T4SSs) is often focused on elucidating how these sophisticated bacterial virulence factors manipulate host cell physiology to cause disease. But to fully understand their role in pathogen biology, it is important to consider whether the morbidity or mortality they trigger is somehow linked to enhancing communicability of the microbe. Recent work on Salmonella enterica and Brucella abortus provide captivating examples of how manipulation of host cells with T3SSs or T4SSs instigates distant downstream consequences that promote spread of the pathogen...
September 9, 2016: Current Opinion in Microbiology
Kaissar Tabynov, Mukhit Orynbayev, Gourapura J Renukaradhya, Abylai Sansyzbay
In this study, we explored possibility of increasing the protective efficacy of our novel influenza viral vector based B. abortus vaccine (Flu-BA) in pregnant heifers by adapting an innovative method of vaccine delivery. We administered the vaccine concurrently via the conjunctival and subcutaneous routes to pregnant heifers, and these routes were previously tested individually. The Flu-BA vaccination of pregnant heifers (n=9) against a challenge B. abortus 544 infection provided protection from abortion, infection of heifers and fetuses/calves by 88...
September 30, 2016: Vaccine
Jonathan W Willett, Julien Herrou, Daniel M Czyż, Jason X Cheng, Sean Crosson
The Brucella abortus general stress response (GSR) system regulates activity of the alternative sigma factor, σ(E1), which controls transcription of approximately 100 genes and is required for persistence in a BALB/c mouse chronic infection model. We evaluated the host response to infection by a B. abortus strain lacking σ(E1) (ΔrpoE1), and identified pathological and immunological features that distinguish ΔrpoE1-infected mice from wild-type (WT), and that correspond with clearance of ΔrpoE1 from the host...
September 30, 2016: Vaccine
Bikash R Prusty, Pallab Chaudhuri, V K Chaturvedi, Mohini Saini, B P Mishra, Praveen K Gupta
Several pathogens including Brucella spp. are shed in semen of infected bulls and can be transmitted to cows through contaminated semen during artificial insemination. The present study reports omp2a and bcsp31 gene based loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) assays for detection of Brucella genomic DNA in semen from infected bulls. The positive results could be interpreted visually by change in colour of reaction mixture containing hydroxyl naphthol blue (HNB) dye from violet to sky blue. LAMP assays based on omp2a and bcsp31 could detect as little as 10 and 100 fg of B...
June 2016: Indian Journal of Microbiology
Jianpeng Gao, Mingxing Tian, Yanqing Bao, Peng Li, Jiameng Liu, Chan Ding, Shaohui Wang, Tao Li, Shengqing Yu
Brucellosis, caused by a facultative intracellular pathogen Brucella, is one of the most prevalent zoonosis worldwide. Host infection relies on several uncanonical virulence factors. A recent research hotpot is the links between carbon metabolism and bacterial virulence. In this study, we found that a carbon metabolism-related pyruvate kinase (Pyk) encoded by pyk gene (locus tag BAB_RS24320) was associated with Brucella virulence. Determination of bacterial growth curves and resistance to environmental stress factors showed that Pyk plays an important role in B...
2016: Veterinary Research
J Njeru, G Wareth, F Melzer, K Henning, M W Pletz, R Heller, H Neubauer
BACKGROUND: Brucellosis is a debilitating zoonotic disease affecting humans and animals. A comprehensive, evidence-based assessment of literature and officially available data on animal and human brucellosis for Kenya are missing. The aim of the current review is to provide frequency estimates of brucellosis in humans, animals and risk factors for human infection, and help to understand the current situation in Kenya. METHODS: A total of accessible 36 national and international publications on brucellosis from 1916 to 2016 were reviewed to estimate the frequency of brucellosis in humans and animals, and strength of associations between potential risk factors and seropositivity in humans in Kenya...
August 22, 2016: BMC Public Health
Andrew Tukana, Robert Hedlefs, Bruce Gummow
There have been no surveys of the cattle population for brucellosis in the Pacific Island Countries and Territories (PICTs) for more than 15 years. This study used disease surveillance as a capacity building training tool and to examine some of the constraints that impede surveillance in PICTs. The study also developed and implemented a series of surveys for detecting antibodies to B. abortus in cattle in Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands contributing to OIE requirements. The findings indicated lack of funds, lack of technical capacity, shortage of veterinarians, high turnover of in-country officials and lack of awareness on the impacts of animal diseases on public health that were constraining active disease surveillance...
October 2016: Tropical Animal Health and Production
Ming-Jun Sun, Dong-Dong Di, Yan Li, Zhi-Cheng Zhang, Hao Yan, Li-Li Tian, Zhi-Gang Jing, Jin-Ping Li, Hai Jiang, Wei-Xing Fan
Brucellosis is a well-known zoonotic disease that can cause severe economic and healthcare losses. Xinjiang, one of the biggest livestock husbandry sectors in China, has gone through increasing incidence of brucellosis in cattle and small ruminants recently. In this paper, 50 B. melitensis strains and 9 B. abortus strains collected from across Xinjiang area (from 2010 to 2015) were genotyped using multiple locus variable-number tandem-repeat (VNTR) analysis (MLVA) and multi-locus sequence typing (MLST). Based on 8 loci (MLVA-8), 50 B...
October 2016: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
Kayode K Ojo, Ranae M Ranade, Zhongsheng Zhang, David M Dranow, Janette B Myers, Ryan Choi, Steve Nakazawa Hewitt, Thomas E Edwards, Douglas R Davies, Donald Lorimer, Stephen M Boyle, Lynn K Barrett, Frederick S Buckner, Erkang Fan, Wesley C Van Voorhis
We investigated Brucella melitensis methionyl-tRNA-synthetase (BmMetRS) with molecular, structural and phenotypic methods to learn if BmMetRS is a promising target for brucellosis drug development. Recombinant BmMetRS was expressed, purified from wild type Brucella melitensis biovar Abortus 2308 strain ATCC/CRP #DD-156 and screened by a thermal melt assay against a focused library of one hundred previously classified methionyl-tRNA-synthetase inhibitors of the blood stage form of Trypanosoma brucei. Three compounds showed appreciable shift of denaturation temperature and were selected for further studies on inhibition of the recombinant enzyme activity and cell viability against wild type B...
2016: PloS One
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