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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449081/the-coxiella-burnetii-type-ivb-secretion-system-t4bss-component-dota-is-released-secreted-during-infection-of-host-cells-and-during-in-vitro-growth-in-a-t4bss-dependent-manner
#1
Brandon E Luedtke, Saugata Mahapatra, Erika I Lutter, Edward I Shaw
Coxiella burnetii is a Gram-negative intracellular pathogen and is the causative agent of the zoonotic disease Q-fever. To cause disease, C. burnetii requires a functional type IVB secretion system (T4BSS) to transfer effector proteins required for the establishment and maintenance of a membrane bound parasitophorous vacuole (PV) and further modulation of host cell process. However, it is not clear how the T4BSS interacts with the PV membrane since neither a secretion pilus nor an extracellular pore forming apparatus has not been described...
April 25, 2017: Pathogens and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448603/evaluation-of-immunogenicity-and-protective-efficacy-of-recombinant-outer-membrane-proteins-of-haemophilus-parasuis-serovar-5-in-a-murine-model
#2
Miao Li, Ru-Jian Cai, Shuai Song, Zhi-Yong Jiang, Yan Li, Hong-Chao Gou, Pin-Pin Chu, Chun-Ling Li, Hua-Ji Qiu
Glässer's disease is an economically important infectious disease of pigs caused by Haemophilus parasuis. Few vaccines are currently available that could provide effective cross-protection against various serovars of H. parasuis. In this study, five OMPs (OppA, TolC, HxuC, LppC, and HAPS_0926) identified by bioinformatic approaches, were cloned and expressed as recombinant proteins. Antigenicity of the purified proteins was verified through Western blotting, and primary screening for protective potential was evaluated in vivo...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448535/alpha-1-antitrypsin-supplementation-improves-alveolar-macrophages-efferocytosis-and-phagocytosis-following-cigarette-smoke-exposure
#3
Karina A Serban, Daniela N Petrusca, Andrew Mikosz, Christophe Poirier, Angelia D Lockett, Lauren Saint, Matthew J Justice, Homer L Twigg, Michael A Campos, Irina Petrache
Cigarette smoking (CS), the main risk factor for COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) in developed countries, decreases alveolar macrophages (AM) clearance of both apoptotic cells and bacterial pathogens. This global deficit of AM engulfment may explain why active smokers have worse outcomes of COPD exacerbations, episodes characterized by airway infection and inflammation that carry high morbidity and healthcare cost. When administered as intravenous supplementation, the acute phase-reactant alpha-1 antitrypsin (A1AT) reduces the severity of COPD exacerbations in A1AT deficient (AATD) individuals and of bacterial pneumonia in murine models, but the effect of A1AT on AM scavenging functions has not been reported...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447030/screening-and-optimizing-antimicrobial-peptides-by-using-spot-synthesis
#4
REVIEW
Paula M López-Pérez, Elizabeth Grimsey, Luc Bourne, Ralf Mikut, Kai Hilpert
Peptide arrays on cellulose are a powerful tool to investigate peptide interactions with a number of different molecules, for examples antibodies, receptors or enzymes. Such peptide arrays can also be used to study interactions with whole cells. In this review, we focus on the interaction of small antimicrobial peptides with bacteria. Antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) can kill multidrug-resistant (MDR) human pathogenic bacteria and therefore could be next generation antibiotics targeting MDR bacteria. We describe the screen and the result of different optimization strategies of peptides cleaved from the membrane...
2017: Frontiers in Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446905/okara-a-nutritionally-valuable-by-product-able-to-stabilize-lactobacillus-plantarum-during-freeze-drying-spray-drying-and-storage
#5
Gabriel Quintana, Esteban Gerbino, Andrea Gómez-Zavaglia
Okara is a nutritionally valuable by-product produced in large quantities as result of soymilk elaboration. This work proposes its use as both culture and dehydration medium during freeze-drying, spray-drying, and storage of Lactobacillus plantarum CIDCA 83114. Whole and defatted okara were employed as culture media for L. plantarum CIDCA 83114. The growth kinetics were followed by plate counting and compared with those of bacteria grown in MRS broth (control). No significant differences in plate counting were observed in the three media...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445757/action-of-antimicrobial-peptides-on-bacterial-and-lipid-membranes-a-direct-comparison
#6
Joseph E Faust, Pei-Yin Yang, Huey W Huang
The bacterial membrane represents an attractive target for the design of new antibiotics to combat widespread bacterial resistance. Understanding how antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) and other membrane-active agents attack membranes could facilitate the design of new, effective antimicrobials. Despite intense study of AMPs on model membranes, we do not know how well the mechanism of attack translates to real biological membranes. To that end, we have characterized the attack of AMPs on Escherichia coli cytoplasmic membranes and directly compared this action to model membranes...
April 25, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444395/effects-of-n-acetyl-l-cysteine-on-the-membrane-vesicle-release-and-growth-of-respiratory-pathogens
#7
Charlotte Volgers, Birke J Benedikter, Gert E Grauls, Pauline H M Hellebrand, Paul H M Savelkoul, Frank R M Stassen
Bacterial infections contribute to the disease progression of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) by stimulating mucus production in the airways. This increased mucus production and other symptoms are often alleviated when patients are treated with mucolytics such as N-acetyl-L-cysteine (NAC). Moreover, NAC has been suggested to inhibit bacterial growth. Bacteria can release membrane vesicles in response to stress and recent studies report a role for these pro-inflammatory membrane vesicles (MVs) in the pathogenesis of airways disease...
April 21, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442909/tat-functionalized-liposomes-for-the-treatment-of-meningitis-an-in-vitro-study
#8
Caterina Bartomeu Garcia, Di Shi, Thomas J Webster
Bacterial meningitis has become a global concern, because of the emergence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. It has been demonstrated that liposomes can enter bacteria, thus providing a possible treatment for numerous infections, including meningitis. Fusogenic liposomes are pH-sensitive with a high capacity to fuse with the bacteria membrane and promote intracellular drug release. Moreover, this ability can be improved by using cell-penetrating peptides (such as Tat47-57, which is a peptide derived from the Tat protein of HIV)...
2017: International Journal of Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442719/chlamydia-trachomatis-neither-exerts-deleterious-effects-on-spermatozoa-nor-impairs-male-fertility
#9
Jenniffer Puerta Suarez, Leonardo R Sanchez, Florencia C Salazar, Hector A Saka, Rosa Molina, Andrea Tissera, Virginia E Rivero, Walter D Cardona Maya, Ruben D Motrich
Chlamydia trachomatis is the most prevalent sexually transmitted bacterial infection. However, whether Chlamydia trachomatis has a negative impact on sperm quality and male fertility is still controversial. Herein, we report the effects on sperm quality of the in vitro exposure of spermatozoa to Chlamydia trachomatis, and also the effects of male genital infection on male fertility using an animal model. Human and mouse sperm were obtained from healthy donors and cauda epididimys from C57BL/6 mice, respectively...
April 25, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442606/the-exit-strategy-an-approach-for-identifying-bacterial-proteins-exported-during-host-infection
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E F Perkowski, K E Zulauf, D Weerakoon, J D Hayden, T R Ioerger, D Oreper, S M Gomez, J C Sacchettini, M Braunstein
Exported proteins of bacterial pathogens function both in essential physiological processes and in virulence. Past efforts to identify exported proteins were limited by the use of bacteria growing under laboratory (in vitro) conditions. Thus, exported proteins that are exported only or preferentially in the context of infection may be overlooked. To solve this problem, we developed a genome-wide method, named EXIT (exported in vivotechnology), to identify proteins that are exported by bacteria during infection and applied it to Mycobacterium tuberculosis during murine infection...
April 25, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442379/peripheral-membrane-associations-of-matrix-metalloproteinases
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REVIEW
Steven R Van Doren, Tara C Marcink, Rama K Koppisetti, Alexander Jurkevich, Yan G Fulcher
Water soluble matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) have been regarded as diffusing freely in the extracellular matrix. Yet multiple MMPs are also observed at cell surfaces. Their membrane-proximal activities include sheddase activities, collagenolysis, bacterial killing, and intracellular trafficking reaching as far as the nucleus. The catalytic domains of MMP-7 and MMP-12 bind bilayers peripherally, each in two different orientations, by presenting positive charges and a few hydrophobic groups to the surface. Related peripheral membrane associations are predicted for other soluble MMPs...
April 22, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439845/a-systematic-review-of-the-clinical-presentation-diagnosis-and-treatment-of-small-bowel-obstruction
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REVIEW
Srinivas R Rami Reddy, Mitchell S Cappell
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This study aimed to systematically review small bowel obstruction (SBO), focusing on recent changes in diagnosis/therapy. RECENT FINDINGS: SBO incidence is about 350,000/annum in the USA. Etiologies include adhesions (65%), hernias (10%), neoplasms (5%), Crohn's disease (5%), and other (15%). Bowel dilatation occurs proximal to obstruction primarily from swallowed air and secondarily from intraluminal fluid accumulation. Dilatation increases mural tension, decreases mucosal perfusion, causes bacterial proliferation, and decreases mural tensile strength that increases bowel perforation risks...
June 2017: Current Gastroenterology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439631/polar-localization-of-mreb-actin-is-inhibited-by-anionic-phospholipids-in-the-rod-shaped-bacterium-escherichia-coli
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REVIEW
Daisuke Shiomi
Bacterial actin MreB is required for the maintenance of cell polarity. MreB is located underneath the cell membrane and mainly localizes at a central cylindrical part of the cell. In addition, it has recently been found that anionic phospholipids (aPLs: phosphatidylglycerol and cardiolipin) play a crucial role in excluding MreB from the cell poles. Subcellular localization of MreB is positively and negatively regulated by membrane curvature and aPLs, respectively.
April 24, 2017: Current Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439263/microbial-diversity-of-browning-peninsula-eastern-antarctica-revealed-using-molecular-and-cultivation-methods
#14
Sarita Pudasaini, John Wilson, Mukan Ji, Josie van Dorst, Ian Snape, Anne S Palmer, Brendan P Burns, Belinda C Ferrari
Browning Peninsula is an ice-free polar desert situated in the Windmill Islands, Eastern Antarctica. The entire site is described as a barren landscape, comprised of frost boils with soils dominated by microbial life. In this study, we explored the microbial diversity and edaphic drivers of community structure across this site using traditional cultivation methods, a novel approach the soil substrate membrane system (SSMS), and culture-independent 454-tag pyrosequencing. The measured soil environmental and microphysical factors of chlorine, phosphate, aspect and elevation were found to be significant drivers of the bacterial community, while none of the soil parameters analyzed were significantly correlated to the fungal community...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439261/interaction-of-bacterial-membrane-vesicles-with-specific-species-and-their-potential-for-delivery-to-target-cells
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Yosuke Tashiro, Yusuke Hasegawa, Masaki Shintani, Kotaro Takaki, Moriya Ohkuma, Kazuhide Kimbara, Hiroyuki Futamata
Membrane vesicles (MVs) are secreted from a wide range of microbial species and transfer their content to other cells. Although MVs play critical roles in bacterial communication, whether MVs selectively interact with bacterial cells in microbial communities is unclear. In this study, we investigated the specificity of the MV-cell interactions and evaluated the potential of MVs to target bacterial cells for delivery. MV association with bacterial cells was examined using a fluorescent membrane dye to label MVs...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439041/cues-from-the-membrane-bacterial-glycerophospholipids
#16
Zachary D Dalebroux
In this issue of Journal of Bacteriology, Rowlett et al. unveil new Escherichia coli circuitry linking membrane glycerophospholipid (GPL) homeostasis to bacterial stress response and adaptation mechanisms. Glycerophospholipids comprise critical components of the dual-membrane envelope of Gram-negative bacteria and participate in many processes. The new evidence suggests that in some instances distinct E. coli GPL molecules function for distinct biochemistry, and bacteria sense perturbations in membrane GPL concentrations to coordinate survival strategies...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Bacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439040/the-impact-of-membrane-phospholipid-alterations-in-escherichia-coli-on-cellular-function-and-bacterial-stress-adaptation
#17
Veronica W Rowlett, Venkata K P S Mallampalli, Anja Karlstaedt, William Dowhan, Heinrich Taegtmeyer, William Margolin, Heidi Vitrac
Bacteria have evolved multiple strategies to sense and rapidly adapt to challenging and ever-changing environmental conditions. The ability to alter membrane lipid composition, a key component of the cellular envelope, is crucial for bacterial survival and adaptation in response to environmental stress. However, the precise roles played by membrane phospholipids in bacterial physiology and stress adaptation are not fully elucidated. The goal of this study was to define the role of membrane phospholipids in adaptation to stress and maintenance of bacterial cell fitness...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Bacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438890/short-ftsz-filaments-can-drive-asymmetric-cell-envelope-constriction-at-the-onset-of-bacterial-cytokinesis
#18
Qing Yao, Andrew I Jewett, Yi-Wei Chang, Catherine M Oikonomou, Morgan Beeby, Cristina V Iancu, Ariane Briegel, Debnath Ghosal, Grant J Jensen
FtsZ, the bacterial homologue of eukaryotic tubulin, plays a central role in cell division in nearly all bacteria and many archaea. It forms filaments under the cytoplasmic membrane at the division site where, together with other proteins it recruits, it drives peptidoglycan synthesis and constricts the cell. Despite extensive study, the arrangement of FtsZ filaments and their role in division continue to be debated. Here, we apply electron cryotomography to image the native structure of intact dividing cells and show that constriction in a variety of Gram-negative bacterial cells, including Proteus mirabilis and Caulobacter crescentus, initiates asymmetrically, accompanied by asymmetric peptidoglycan incorporation and short FtsZ-like filament formation...
April 24, 2017: EMBO Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438349/hydrogen-bonds-in-the-vicinity-of-the-special-pair-of-the-bacterial-reaction-center-probed-by-hydrostatic-high-pressure-absorption-spectroscopy
#19
Liina Kangur, Michael R Jones, Arvi Freiberg
Using the native bacteriochlorophyll a pigment cofactors as local probes, we investigated the response to external hydrostatic high pressure of reaction center membrane protein complexes from the photosynthetic bacterium Rhodobacter sphaeroides. Wild-type and engineered complexes were used with a varied number (0, 1 or 2) of hydrogen bonds that bind the reaction center primary donor bacteriochlorophyll cofactors to the surrounding protein scaffold. A pressure-induced breakage of hydrogen bonds was established for both detergent-purified and membrane-embedded reaction centers, but at rather different pressures: between 0...
April 7, 2017: Biophysical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438312/comment-on-combination-of-cupric-ion-with-hydroxylamine-and-hydrogen-peroxide-for-the-control-of-bacterial-biofilms-on-ro-membranes-by-hye-jin-lee-hyung-eun-kim-changha-lee-water-research-110-2017-83-90
#20
Long Chen, Ying Peng, Min Tang, Feng Wu
The methodology employed by Lee et al. to terminate their bactericidal assays was found to be flawed via our demonstrations. Briefly, EDTA or sulfite combining with cupric ion did not fully terminate, and instead even boosted the P. aeruginosa death. We therefore suggested them to seek for other means of reaction termination, such as the combination of buffering agent PBS and Cu(II)-complexing agent EDTA.
April 11, 2017: Water Research
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