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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433003/the-plastid-outer-membrane-localized-lptd1-is-important-for-glycerolipid-remodeling-under-phosphate-starvation
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Yi-Ching Hsueh, Christian Ehmann, Nadine Flinner, Roman Ladig, Enrico Schleiff
Glycerolipid synthesis in plants is coordinated between plastids and the endoplasmic reticulum (ER). A central step within the glycerolipid synthesis is the transport of phosphatidic acid from ER to chloroplasts. The chloroplast outer envelope protein TGD4 belongs to the LptD family conserved in bacteria and plants and selectively binds and may transports phosphatidic acid. We describe a second LptD-family protein in A. thaliana (atLPTD1; At2g44640) characterized by a barrel domain with an amino acid signature typical for cyanobacterial LptDs...
April 22, 2017: Plant, Cell & Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432035/expression-of-pattern-recognition-receptors-and-activation-of-the-non-canonical-inflammasome-pathway-in-brain-pericytes
#2
Ádám Nyúl-Tóth, Mihály Kozma, Péter Nagyőszi, Krisztina Nagy, Csilla Fazakas, János Haskó, Kinga Molnár, Attila E Farkas, Attila G Végh, György Váró, Péter Galajda, Imola Wilhelm, István A Krizbai
Cerebral pericytes are mural cells embedded in the basement membrane of capillaries. Increasing evidence suggests that they play important role in controlling neurovascular functions, i.e. cerebral blood flow, angiogenesis and permeability of the blood-brain barrier. These cells can also influence neuroinflammation which is highly regulated by the innate immune system. Therefore, we systematically tested the pattern recognition receptor expression of brain pericytes. We detected expression of NOD1, NOD2, NLRC5, NLRP1-3, NLRP5, NLRP9, NLRP10 and NLRX mRNA in non-treated cells...
April 18, 2017: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431522/comparative-proteomic-analysis-of-neisseria-meningitidis-wildtype-and-dpra-null-mutant-strains-links-dna-processing-to-pilus-biogenesis
#3
Getachew Tesfaye Beyene, Shewit Kalayou, Tahira Riaz, Tone Tonjum
BACKGROUND: DNA processing chain A (DprA) is a DNA binding protein which is ubiquitous in bacteria, and is required for DNA transformation to various extents among bacterial species. However, the interaction of DprA with competence and recombination proteins is poorly understood. Therefore, the proteomes of whole Neisseria meningitidis (Nm) wildtype and dprA mutant cells were compared. Such a comparative proteomic analysis increases our understanding of the interactions of DprA with other Nm components and may elucidate its potential role beyond DNA processing in transformation...
April 21, 2017: BMC Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430277/rapid-single-cell-detection-and-identification-of-pathogens-by-using-surface-enhanced-raman-spectroscopy
#4
N E Dina, H Zhou, A Colniţă, N Leopold, T Szoke-Nagy, C Coman, C Haisch
For the successful treatment of infections, real-time analysis and enhanced multiplex capacity, sensitivity and cost-effectiveness of the developed detection method are critical. In this work, surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) was employed with the final aim of identification and discrimination of pathogenic bacteria, based on their detected SERS fingerprint at the single-cell level. Several genera of bacteria that are found in most of the isolated infections in bacteraemia were successfully identified in less than 5 minutes without the use of antibodies or other specific receptors...
April 21, 2017: Analyst
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430241/probing-the-germination-kinetics-of-ethanol-treated-bacillus-thuringiensis-spores
#5
Guiwen Wang, Huanjun Chen, Xiaochun Wang, Lixin Peng, Yuan Peng, Yong-Qing Li
Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) is the most widely used microbial insecticide. To clarify the mechanism of bacterial resistance to ethanol toxicity, the present study investigated the effects of 70% (v/v) ethanol at a moderate temperature (65°C) on Bt spore germination by single-cell Raman spectroscopy and differential interference contrast microscopy. We found that over 80% of Bt spores were inviable after 30 min of treatment. Moreover, ethanol treatment affected spore germination; the time for initiation of rapid calcium dipicolinate (CaDPA) release (i...
April 20, 2017: Applied Optics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429753/impact-of-surface-active-guanidinium-tetramethylguanidinium-and-cholinium-based-ionic-liquids-on-vibrio-fischeri-cells-and-dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine-liposomes
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Antti H Rantamäki, Suvi-Katriina Ruokonen, Evangelos Sklavounos, Lasse Kyllönen, Alistair W T King, Susanne K Wiedmer
We investigated the toxicological effect of seven novel cholinium, guanidinium, and tetramethylguanidinium carboxylate ionic liquids (ILs) from an ecotoxicological point of view. The emphasis was on the potential structure-toxicity dependency of these surface-active ILs in aqueous environment. The median effective concentrations (EC50) were defined for each IL using Vibrio (Aliivibrio) fischeri marine bacteria. Dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine (DPPC) liposomes were used as biomimetic lipid membranes to study the interactions between the surface-active ILs and the liposomes...
April 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429713/gating-of-tonb-dependent-transporters-by-substrate-specific-forced-remodelling
#7
Samuel J Hickman, Rachael E M Cooper, Luca Bellucci, Emanuele Paci, David J Brockwell
Membrane proteins play vital roles in inside-out and outside-in signal transduction by responding to inputs that include mechanical stimuli. Mechanical gating may be mediated by the membrane or by protein(s) but evidence for the latter is scarce. Here we use force spectroscopy, protein engineering and bacterial growth assays to investigate the effects of force on complexes formed between TonB and TonB-dependent transporters (TBDT) from Gram-negative bacteria. We confirm the feasibility of protein-only mediated mechanical gating by demonstrating that the interaction between TonB and BtuB (a TBDT) is sufficiently strong under force to create a channel through the TBDT...
April 21, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429671/ethanolamine-metabolism-in-the-mammalian-gastrointestinal-tract-mechanisms-patterns-and-importance
#8
J Zhou, X Xiong, K Wang, L Zou, D Lv, Y Yin
Nutritional exchanges and cooperation between bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract and the mammalian host play an important role in health and disease. Ethanolamine is an essential dietary lipid nutrient for animals and is abundant in both intestinal and bacterial cell membranes. Ethanolamine can be utilized by intestinal eukaryotic cells via the cytidine phosphoethanolamine pathway for de novo synthesis of phosphatidylethanolamine, and certain bacteria are able to catabolize it as a major carbon and/or nitrogen source with the help of ethanolamine utilization proteins...
March 31, 2017: Current Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428950/endogenous-and-exogenous-kdpf-peptide-increases-susceptibility-of-mycobacterium-bovis-bcg-to-nitrosative-stress-and-reduces-intramacrophage-replication
#9
Mariana Rosas Olvera, Eric Vivès, Virginie Molle, Anne-Béatrice Blanc-Potard, Laila Gannoun-Zaki
Emerging antibiotic resistance in pathogenic bacteria like Mycobacterium sp., poses a threat to human health and therefore calls for the development of novel antibacterial strategies. We have recently discovered that bacterial membrane peptides, such as KdpF, possess anti-virulence properties when overproduced in pathogenic bacterial species. Overproduction of the KdpF peptide in Mycobacterium bovis BCG decreased bacterial replication within macrophages, without presenting antibacterial activity. We propose that KdpF functions as a regulatory molecule and interferes with bacterial virulence, potentially through interaction with the PDIM transporter MmpL7...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428948/understanding-the-entanglement-neutrophil-extracellular-traps-nets-in-cystic-fibrosis
#10
REVIEW
Saira R Martínez-Alemán, Lizbeth Campos-García, José P Palma-Nicolas, Romel Hernández-Bello, Gloria M González, Alejandro Sánchez-González
Cystic fibrosis (CF) is an autosomal recessive disorder caused by mutations in the gene that codes for the CF trans-membrane conductance regulator. These mutations result in abnormal secretions viscous airways of the lungs, favoring pulmonary infection and inflammation in the middle of neutrophil recruitment. Recently it was described that neutrophils can contribute with disease pathology by extruding large amounts of nuclear material through a mechanism of cell death known as Neutrophil Extracellular Traps (NETs) into the airways of patients with CF...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428543/microspectrofluorimetry-to-dissect-the-permeation-of-ceftazidime-in-gram-negative-bacteria
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Anas Allam, Laure Maigre, Julia Vergalli, Estelle Dumont, Bertrand Cinquin, Rodolphe Alves de Sousa, Jelena Pajovic, Elizabeth Pinet, Nikaia Smith, Jean-Philippe Herbeuval, Matthieu Réfrégiers, Isabelle Artaud, Jean-Marie Pagès
A main challenge in chemotherapy is to determine the in cellulo parameters modulating the drug concentration required for therapeutic action. It is absolutely urgent to understand membrane permeation and intracellular concentration of antibiotics in clinical isolates: passing the membrane barrier to reach the threshold concentration inside the bacterial periplasm or cytoplasm is the pivotal step of antibacterial activity. Ceftazidime (CAZ) is a key molecule of the combination therapy for treating resistant bacteria...
April 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426936/cholesterol-assisted-bacterial-cell-surface-engineering-for-photodynamic-inactivation-of-gram-positive-and-gram-negative-bacteria
#12
Hao-Ran Jia, Ya-Xuan Zhu, Zhan Chen, Fu-Gen Wu
Antibacterial photodynamic therapy (PDT) which enables effective killing of regular and multidrug-resistant (MDR) bacteria is a promising treatment modality for bacterial infection. However, because most photosensitizer (PS) molecules fail to strongly interact with the surface of Gram-negative bacteria, this technique is only suitable for treating Gram-positive bacterial infection, which largely hampers its practical applications. Herein, we revealed for the first time that cholesterol could significantly facilitate the hydrophobic binding of PSs to the bacterial surface, achieving the hydrophobic interaction-based bacterial cell surface engineering that could effectively photo-inactivate both Gram-negative and Gram-positive bacteria...
April 20, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426838/a-second-wave-of-salmonella-t3ss1-activity-prolongs-the-lifespan-of-infected-epithelial-cells
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Ciaran E Finn, Audrey Chong, Kendal G Cooper, Tregei Starr, Olivia Steele-Mortimer
Type III secretion system 1 (T3SS1) is used by the enteropathogen Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium to establish infection in the gut. Effector proteins translocated by this system across the plasma membrane facilitate invasion of intestinal epithelial cells. One such effector, the inositol phosphatase SopB, contributes to invasion and mediates activation of the pro-survival kinase Akt. Following internalization, some bacteria escape from the Salmonella-containing vacuole into the cytosol and there is evidence suggesting that T3SS1 is expressed in this subpopulation...
April 20, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426241/extracellular-heme-uptake-and-the-challenge-of-bacterial-cell-membranes
#14
Weiliang Huang, Angela Wilks
Iron is essential for the survival of most bacteria but presents a significant challenge given its limited bioavailability. Furthermore, the toxicity of iron combined with the need to maintain physiological iron levels within a narrow concentration range requires sophisticated systems to sense, regulate, and transport iron. Most bacteria have evolved mechanisms to chelate and transport ferric iron (Fe(3+)) via siderophore receptor systems, and pathogenic bacteria have further lowered this barrier by employing mechanisms to utilize the host's hemoproteins...
April 19, 2017: Annual Review of Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425301/development-of-a-novel-rationally-designed-antibiotic-to-inhibit-a-nontraditional-bacterial-target
#15
Pavel Dibrov, Elena Dibrov, Thane G Maddaford, Melissa Kenneth, Jordan Nelson, Craig Resch, Grant N Pierce
The search for new nontraditional targets is a high priority in antibiotic design today. Bacterial membrane energetics based on sodium ion circulation offers potential alternative targets. The present work identifies the Na(+)-translocating NADH:ubiquinone oxidoreductase (Na(+)-NQR), a key respiratory enzyme in many microbial pathogens, as indispensible for the Chlamydia trachomatis infectious process. Infection by Chlamydia trachomatis significantly increased first H(+) and then Na(+) levels within the host mammalian cell...
April 20, 2017: Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425152/nmr-structures-and-molecular-dynamics-simulation-of-hylin-a1-peptide-analogs-interacting-with-micelles
#16
Edson Crusca, Amanda Souza Câmara, Carolina Oliveira Matos, Reinaldo Marchetto, Eduardo Maffud Cilli, Luciano Morais Lião, Aline Lima de Oliveira
Antimicrobial peptides are recognized candidates with pharmaceutical potential against epidemic emerging multi-drug resistant bacteria. In this study, we use nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy and molecular dynamics simulations to determine the unknown structure and evaluate the interaction with dodecylphosphatidylcholine (DPC) and sodium dodecylsulphate (SDS) micelles with three W(6) -Hylin-a1 analogs antimicrobial peptides (HyAc, HyK, and HyD). The HyAc, HyK, and HyD bound to DPC micelles are all formed by a unique α-helix structure...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Peptide Science: An Official Publication of the European Peptide Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424665/ca-similichlamydia-in-epitheliocystis-co-infection-of-gilthead-seabream-gills-unique-morphological-features-of-a-deep-branching-chlamydial-family
#17
Helena M B Seth-Smith, Pantelis Katharios, Nancy Dourala, José M Mateos, Alexander G J Fehr, Lisbeth Nufer, Maja Ruetten, Maricruz Guevara Soto, Lloyd Vaughan
The Planctomycetes-Verrucomicrobia-Chlamydiae (PVC) bacterial superphylum constitutes a broad range of organisms with an intriguing array of ultrastructural morphologies, including intracellular membranes and compartments and their corresponding complex genomes encoding these forms. The phylum Chlamydiae are all obligate intracellular bacteria and, although much is already known of their genomes from various families and how these regulate the various morphological forms, we know remarkably little about what is likely the deepest rooting clade of this phylum, which has only been found to contain pathogens of marine and fresh water vertebrates...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423169/innate-immune-response-to-lipooligosaccharide-pivotal-regulator-of-the-pathobiology-of-invasive-neisseria-meningitidis-infections
#18
Constance M John, Nancy J Phillips, Daniel C Stein, Gary A Jarvis
Infections due to Neisseria meningitidis afflict more than one million people worldwide annually and cause death or disability in many survivors. The clinical course of invasive infections has been well studied, but our understanding of the cause of differences in patient outcomes has been limited because these are dependent on multiple factors including the response of the host, characteristics of the bacteria and interactions between the host and the bacteria. The meningococcus is a highly inflammatory organism, and the lipooligosaccharide (LOS) on the outer membrane is the most potent inflammatory molecule it expresses due to the interactions of the lipid A moiety of LOS with receptors of the innate immune system...
April 1, 2017: Pathogens and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422790/particle-based-delivery-of-the-hiv-envelope-protein
#19
Benedikt Asbach, Ralf Wagner
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: A major focus in HIV vaccine research is the development of suitable antigens that elicit broadly neutralizing antibody responses targeting HIV's envelope protein (Env). Delivery of Env in a repetitive manner on particle-based carriers allows higher avidity interactions and is therefore expected to efficiently engage B cells, thus leading to affinity maturation that results in superior antibody responses characterized by improved breadth, potency, and durability. This review summarizes current work that is evaluating diverse types of such particulate carriers for Env delivery...
May 2017: Current Opinion in HIV and AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421662/the-outer-membrane-vesicles-secretion-system-type-zero
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REVIEW
Andrea Guerrero-Mandujano, Cecilia Hernández-Cortez, J Antonio Ibarra, Graciela Castro-Escarpulli
Gram-negative bacteria have mechanisms through which they can colonize and survive in different environments, such as the secretion systems types (1-6) that have been widely studied and characterized. Nowadays, some authors have proposed extracellular structures, such as the outer membrane vesicles, to be considered as an additional and independent secretion system. The outer membrane vesicles are spherical particles of 50-250 nm in diameter; they originate in the outer membrane, therefore, they have a very similar composition to the latter...
April 19, 2017: Traffic
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