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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098547/mcr-1-harboring-salmonella-enterica-serovar-typhimurium-sequence-type-34-in-pigs-china
#1
Linxian Yi, Jing Wang, Yanling Gao, Yiyun Liu, Yohei Doi, Renjie Wu, Zhenling Zeng, Zisen Liang, Jian-Hua Liu
We detected the mcr-1 gene in 21 (14.8%) Salmonella isolates from pigs at slaughter; 19 were serovar Typhimurium sequence type 34. The gene was located on IncHI2-like plasmids that also harbored IncF replicons and lacked a conjugative transfer region. These findings highlight the need to prevent further spread of colistin resistance in animals and humans.
February 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098241/characterization-of-a-p1-like-bacteriophage-carrying-ctx-m-27-in-salmonella-spp-resistant-to-third-generation-cephalosporins-isolated-from-pork-in-china
#2
Ling Yang, Wan Li, Gui-Ze Jiang, Wen-Hui Zhang, Huan-Zhong Ding, Ya-Hong Liu, Zhen-Ling Zeng, Hong-Xia Jiang
The aim of this study was to elucidate the epidemiology of third generation cephalosporin resistant Samonella isolates from pork of a slaughterhouse in China and the features of transferable elements carrying blaCTX-M genes. One hundred and twenty-six (7.3%) Salmonella isolates were identified; S. Derby and S. Rissen were the most two prevalent serotypes. Among these isolates 20 (15.8%) were resistant to third generation cephalosporins and nine of them carried blaCTX-M-27. S1-PFGE and replicon typing of blaCTX-M-27-carrying plasmids showed that seven were untypeable plasmids of about 104 Kb and two were IncP plasmids of about 300 Kb...
January 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089348/shape-based-virtual-screening-synthesis-and-evaluation-of-novel-pyrrolone-derivatives-as-antiviral-agents-against-hcv
#3
Marcella Bassetto, Pieter Leyssen, Johan Neyts, Mark M Yerukhimovich, David N Frick, Andrea Brancale
A ligand-based approach was applied to screen in silico a library of commercially available compounds, with the aim to find novel inhibitors of the HCV replication starting from the study of the viral NS3 helicase. Six structures were selected for evaluation in the HCV subgenomic replicon assay and one hit was found to inhibit the HCV replicon replication in the low micromolar range. A small series of new pyrrolone compounds was designed and synthesised, and novel structures were identified with improved antiviral activity...
January 3, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077641/chikungunya-influenza-nipah-and-semliki-forest-chimeric-viruses-with-vesicular-stomatitis-virus-actions-in-the-brain
#4
Anthony N van den Pol, Guochao Mao, Anasuya Chattopadhyay, John K Rose, John N Davis
: Recombinant vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV)-based chimeric viruses that include genes from other viruses show promise as vaccines and oncolytic viruses. However, the critical safety concern is the neurotropic nature conveyed by the VSV glycoprotein. VSVs that include the VSV glycoprotein gene, even in most recombinant attenuated strains, can still show substantial adverse or lethal actions in the brain. Here we test 4 chimeric viruses in the brain including those in which glycoprotein genes from Nipah, chikungunya, or influenza H5N1 viruses were substituted for the VSV glycoprotein gene...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077314/biological-or-pharmacological-activation-of-protein-kinase-c-alpha-constrains-hepatitis-e-virus-replication
#5
Wenshi Wang, Yijin Wang, Yannick Debing, Xinying Zhou, Yuebang Yin, Lei Xu, Elena Herrera Carrillo, Johannes H Brandsma, Raymond A Poot, Ben Berkhout, Johan Neyts, Maikel P Peppelenbosch, Qiuwei Pan
Although hepatitis E has emerged as a global health issue, there is limited knowledge of its infection biology and no FDA-approved medication is available. Aiming to investigate the role of protein kinases in hepatitis E virus (HEV) infection and to identify potential antiviral targets, we screened a library of pharmacological kinase inhibitors in a cell culture model, a subgenomic HEV replicon containing luciferase reporter. We identified protein kinase C alpha (PKCα) as an essential cell host factor restricting HEV replication...
January 8, 2017: Antiviral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073969/characterization-of-carbapenemase-producing-enterobacteriaceae-in-the-west-midlands-region-of-england-2007-14
#6
Jacqueline Findlay, Katie L Hopkins, Adela Alvarez-Buylla, Daniéle Meunier, Nazim Mustafa, Robert Hill, Rachel Pike, Li-Xu McCrae, Peter M Hawkey, Neil Woodford
OBJECTIVES: Carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae (CPE) have been increasingly reported in the UK since 2003. We analysed patient and isolate data for CPE confirmed by the national reference laboratory from laboratories in the West Midlands region from November 2007 to December 2014. METHODS: MICs were determined by BSAC agar dilution methodology and isolates exhibiting resistance to one or more carbapenems were screened for carbapenemase genes by PCR. Plasmid analyses were performed after electro-transformation of carbapenemase-encoding plasmids...
January 10, 2017: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069378/role-of-n-glycosylation-on-zika-virus-e-protein-secretion-viral-assembly-and-infectivity
#7
M Mossenta, S Marchese, M Poggianella, J L Slon Campos, O R Burrone
Zika virus has rapidly spread reaching a global distribution pattern similar to that of dengue virus, and has been associated with serious neurological and developmental pathologies, like congenital malformation during pregnancy and Guillain-Barré syndrome. Sequence analysis of different clinical and laboratory isolates has shown the existence of mutants with loss of the conserved N-glycosylation motif on domain I of protein E that is common to all flaviviruses. We found that loss of E N-linked glycosylation leads to compromised expression and secretion of E ectodomain from mammalian cells...
January 6, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069290/classical-swine-fever-vaccines-state-of-the-art
#8
Sandra Blome, Claudia Moß, Ilona Reimann, Patricia König, Martin Beer
Due to its impact on animal health and pig industry, classical swine fever (CSF) is still one of the most important viral diseases of pigs. To control the disease, safe and highly efficacious live attenuated vaccines exist for decades. These vaccines have usually outstanding efficacy and safety but lack differentiability of infected from vaccinated animals (DIVA or marker strategy). In contrast, the first generation of E2 subunit marker vaccines shows constraints in efficacy, application, and production. To overcome these limitations, new generations of marker vaccines are developed...
January 3, 2017: Veterinary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067598/why-so-narrow-distribution-of-anti-sense-regulated-type-i-toxin-antitoxin-systems-compared-to-type-ii-and-type-iii-systems
#9
Dorien S Coray, Nicole E Wheeler, Jack A Heinemann, Paul P Gardner
Toxin-antitoxin (TA) systems are gene modules that appear to be horizontally mobile across a wide range of prokaryotes. It has been proposed that type I TA systems, with an antisense RNA-antitoxin, are less mobile than other TAs that rely on direct toxin-antitoxin binding but no direct comparisons have been made. We searched for type I, II and III toxin families using iterative searches with profile hidden Markov models across phyla and replicons. The distribution of type I toxin families were comparatively narrow, but these patterns weakened with recently discovered families...
January 9, 2017: RNA Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28066509/development-and-implementation-of-rapid-metabolic-engineering-tools-for-chemical-and-fuel-production-in-geobacillus-thermoglucosidasius-ncimb-11955
#10
Lili Sheng, Katalin Kovács, Klaus Winzer, Ying Zhang, Nigel Peter Minton
BACKGROUND: The thermophile Geobacillus thermoglucosidasius has considerable attraction as a chassis for the production of chemicals and fuels. It utilises a wide range of sugars and oligosaccharides typical of those derived from lignocellulose and grows at elevated temperatures. The latter improves the rate of feed conversion, reduces fermentation cooling costs and minimises the risks of contamination. Full exploitation of its potential has been hindered by a dearth of effective gene tools...
2017: Biotechnology for Biofuels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28027429/intrahepatic-angiopoietin-2-correlates-with-chronic-hepatitis-c-progression-and-is-induced-in-hcv-replicon-systems
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Ángel Hernández-Bartolomé, Rosario López-Rodríguez, Luisa García-Buey, Samuel Martín-Vílchez, Yolanda Rodríguez-Muñoz, María Jesús Borque, Leticia González-Moreno, Yolanda Real-Martínez, Jorge Mendoza-Ridruejo, Elena Martín-Pérez, Ricardo Moreno-Otero, Paloma Sanz-Cameno
INTRODUCTION & AIMS: Chronic hepatitis C (CHC) is a major cause of cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma and angiogenesis is closely related to the pathogenesis and progression of different chronic liver diseases (CLD). Thus, the intrahepatic expression of angiopoietins 1 and 2 (Ang1 and Ang2), as relevant mediators of pathological angiogenesis in several CLD, was investigated. Additionally, the differential influence of structural and non-structural genomic regions of HCV on the expression of angiopoietins and the possible signaling involved were studied...
December 27, 2016: Liver International: Official Journal of the International Association for the Study of the Liver
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28025084/a-profiling-study-of-a-newly-developed-hcvcc-strain-pr63cc-s-sensitivity-to-direct-acting-antivirals
#12
Wanyin Tao, Tianyu Gan, Jie Lu, Jin Zhong
The development of direct-acting antivirals (DAAs) has significantly improved hepatitis C virus (HCV) treatment. However, drug resistance remains a potential concern in the real-world DAA-based therapies. We previously developed a novel full-length genotype 2a HCVcc clone PR63cc directly from clinical isolates. Here in this study, we compared the sensitivity of PR63cc and JFH1 to 12 different DAAs most of which are either already in clinical use or in the late clinical development phase. For NS5B inhibitors, PR63cc and JFH1 displayed comparable sensitivity to nucleoside/nucleotide analogues sofosbuvir and 2'-C-methyladenosine, while PR63cc was 4-fold more sensitive than JFH1 to nesbuvir, a non-nucleoside inhibitor...
December 23, 2016: Antiviral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28018102/apolipoprotein-b100-is-required-for-hepatitis-c-infectivity-and-mipomersen-inhibits-hepatitis-c
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Esperance A K Schaefer, James Meixiong, Christina Mark, Amy Deik, Daniel L Motola, Dahlene Fusco, Andrew Yang, Cynthia Brisac, Shadi Salloum, Wenyu Lin, Clary B Clish, Lee F Peng, Raymond T Chung
AIM: To characterize the role of apolipoprotein B100 (apoB100) in hepatitis C viral (HCV) infection. METHODS: In this study, we utilize a gene editing tool, transcription activator-like effector nucleases (TALENs), to generate human hepatoma cells with a stable genetic deletion of APOB to assess of apoB in HCV. Using infectious cell culture-competent HCV, viral pseudoparticles, replicon models, and lipidomic analysis we determined the contribution of apoB to each step of the viral lifecycle...
December 7, 2016: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28009828/the-causes-and-consequences-of-topological-stress-during-dna-replication
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Andrea Keszthelyi, Nicola E Minchell, Jonathan Baxter
The faithful replication of sister chromatids is essential for genomic integrity in every cell division. The replication machinery must overcome numerous difficulties in every round of replication, including DNA topological stress. Topological stress arises due to the double-stranded helical nature of DNA. When the strands are pulled apart for replication to occur, the intertwining of the double helix must also be resolved or topological stress will arise. This intrinsic problem is exacerbated by specific chromosomal contexts encountered during DNA replication...
December 21, 2016: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27999050/complete-genetic-analysis-of-plasmids-carrying-mcr-1-and-other-resistance-genes-in-an-escherichia-coli-isolate-of-animal-origin
#15
Ruichao Li, Miaomiao Xie, Jingzhang Lv, Edward Wai-Chi Chan, Sheng Chen
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the genetic features of three plasmids recovered from an MCR-1 and ESBL-producing Escherichia coli strain, HYEC7, and characterize the transmission mechanism of mcr-1 METHODS: The genetic profiles of three plasmids were determined by PCR, S1-PFGE, Southern hybridization and WGS analysis. The ability of the mcr-1-bearing plasmid to undergo conjugation was also assessed. The mcr-1-bearing transposon Tn6330 was characterized by PCR and DNA sequencing. RESULTS: Complete sequences of three plasmids were obtained...
December 20, 2016: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27990135/predominance-of-ctx-m-15-among-esbl-producers-from-environment-and-fish-gut-from-the-shores-of-lake-victoria-in-mwanza-tanzania
#16
Nyambura Moremi, Elizabeth V Manda, Linda Falgenhauer, Hiren Ghosh, Can Imirzalioglu, Mecky Matee, Trinad Chakraborty, Stephen E Mshana
Extended-Spectrum Beta-Lactamase (ESBL)-producing bacteria are a common cause of healthcare and community-associated infections worldwide. The distribution of such isolates in the environment and their presence in fish as a result of sewage contamination is not well-studied. Here we examined fish and environmental samples from Mwanza city for the presence of ESBL-producing bacteria. From 196 fish sampled from local markets, 26 (13.3%) contained lactose-fermenting ESBL-producing bacteria, while 39/73 (53.4%) environmental samples from the same area were ESBL producers...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27989736/construction-of-pduo-a-bicistronic-shuttle-vector-series-for-dual-expression-of-recombinant-proteins
#17
Paul A Nakata
Our ability to genetically manipulate microbial systems is often hampered by the availability of genetic tools. Thus, there is a need for the continued expansion of our molecular tool box. In support of this expansion, this study reports the design, construction, and validation of a new bicistronic shuttle vector series, pDUO, for the dual expression of genes in different hosts. Each vector was designed and constructed to contain two araC-pBAD inducible promoter systems for tight control over gene expression...
December 16, 2016: Plasmid
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27987143/plant-expression-of-trans-encapsidated-viral-nanoparticle-vaccines-with-animal-rna-replicons
#18
Yiyang Zhou, Alison A McCormick, Christopher M Kearney
In this protocol, we outline how to produce a live viral nanoparticle vaccine in a biosafety level 1 (BSL1) environment. An animal viral vector RNA encapsidated with tobacco mosaic virus (TMV) coat protein can be fully assembled in planta. Agrobacterium cultures containing each component are inoculated together into tobacco leaves and the self-assembled hybrid nanoparticle vaccine is harvested 4 days later and purified with a simple PEG precipitation. The viral RNA delivery vector is derived from the BSL1 insect virus, Flock House virus (FHV), and replicates in human and animal cells but does not spread systemically...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27987142/self-replicating-rna-vaccine-delivery-to-dendritic-cells
#19
Thomas Démoulins, Pavlos C Englezou, Panagiota Milona, Nicolas Ruggli, Nicola Tirelli, Chantal Pichon, Cédric Sapet, Thomas Ebensen, Carlos A Guzmán, Kenneth C McCullough
Most current vaccines are either inactivated pathogen-derived or protein/peptide-based, although attenuated and vector vaccines have also been developed. The former induce at best moderate protection, even as multimeric antigen, due to limitations in antigen loads and therefore capacity for inducing robust immune defense. While attenuated and vector vaccines offer advantages through their replicative nature, drawbacks and risks remain with potential reversion to virulence and interference from preexisting immunity...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27965975/comparison-of-extended-spectrum-%C3%AE-lactamase-producing-escherichia-coli-isolates-from-drinking-well-water-and-pit-latrine-wastewater-in-a-rural-area-of-china
#20
Hongna Zhang, Yanxia Gao, Weishan Chang
The present study was conducted to gain insights into the occurrence and characteristics of extended-spectrum beta-lactamase- (ESBL-) producing Escherichia coli (E. coli) from drinking well water in the rural area of Laiwu, China, and to explore the role of the nearby pit latrine as a contamination source. ESBL-producing E. coli from wells were compared with isolates from pit latrines in the vicinity. The results showed that ESBL-producing E. coli isolates, with the same antibiotic resistance profiles, ESBL genes, phylogenetic group, plasmid replicon types, and enterobacterial repetitive intergenic consensus-polymerase chain reaction (ERIC-PCR) fingerprints, were isolated from well water and the nearby pit latrine in the same courtyard...
2016: BioMed Research International
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