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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333331/multiregional-dissemination-of-kpc-producing-klebsiella-pneumoniae-st258-st512-genotypes-in-poland-2010-14
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Anna Baraniak, Radoslaw Izdebski, Dorota Zabicka, Katarzyna Bojarska, Sandra Górska, Elzbieta Literacka, Janusz Fiett, Waleria Hryniewicz, Marek Gniadkowski
Objectives: In 2008-09, the KPC carbapenemase epidemiology in Poland was dominated by a Klebsiella pneumoniae ST258 KPC-2 outbreak in Warsaw and its administrative region. The aim of this study was to analyse the situation in 2010-14, with a focus on new outbreaks in other parts of the country. Methods: KPCs were detected in all suspected isolates by PCR. The detailed study was performed on 173 isolates from 2010 to 2012, and included PFGE and MLST, PCR identification of K...
March 9, 2017: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333298/occurrence-and-molecular-characteristics-of-esbl-ampc-producing-escherichia-coli-in-faecal-samples-from-horses-in-an-equine-clinic
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Ilias Apostolakos, Eelco Franz, Angela H A M van Hoek, Alice Florijn, Christiaan Veenman, Marianne M Sloet-van Oldruitenborgh-Oosterbaan, Cindy Dierikx, Engeline van Duijkeren
Objectives: To investigate the occurrence and characteristics of ESBL/AmpC-producing Escherichia coli in faecal samples from horses at one equine clinic in the Netherlands. Methods: A total of 91 horses, including residents and patients, were sampled. ESBL/AmpC-producing E. coli were identified by a combination disc diffusion test. Phylogenetic groups and MLST were determined. ESBL/AmpC genes were analysed using PCR and sequencing. Plasmids were characterized by transformation and PCR-based replicon typing...
March 13, 2017: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333184/analysis-of-blashv-12-carrying-escherichia-coli-clones-and-plasmids-from-human-animal-and-food-sources
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Carla Andrea Alonso, Geovana Brenner Michael, Jun Li, Sergio Somalo, Carmen Simón, Yang Wang, Heike Kaspar, Kristina Kadlec, Carmen Torres, Stefan Schwarz
Objectives: This study aimed at characterizing 23 Escherichia coli isolates from various sources and their respective bla SHV-12 -carrying plasmids and sequencing one of these plasmids completely. Methods: Isolates were typed by XbaI-PFGE, MLST and PCR-based phylotyping. Transformed bla SHV-12 -carrying plasmids were examined by replicon typing, S1-nuclease, conjugation, EcoRI-HindIII-BamHI digests and plasmid MLST. Co-located resistance genes and integrons as well as the bla SHV-12 genetic environment were analysed by PCR and sequencing...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329297/association-of-mutations-in-tlr2-signaling-genes-with-fulminant-form-of-hepatitis-b-related-acute-liver-failure
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Yue Han, Leilei Gu, Jing Liu, Xinhua Li, Mingjie Wang, Qiming Gong, Demin Yu, Zhitao Yang, Donghua Zhang, Huijuan Yang, Zhongliang Shen, Hongguang Zhu, Youhua Xie, Xinxin Zhang
Background: Fulminant form of hepatitis B related acute liver failure (FHB-ALF) is a rare but highly fatal outcome of acute hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection. Its related host factors have not been studied. Methods.: To identify functionally relevant biological pathway(s) in FHB-ALF pathogenesis, pathway enrichment analysis was conducted on a dataset of rare case-specific variants derived from exomic sequencing of ten unrelated cases. Key variants in identified pathways were validated using 312 HBV disease controls...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320725/occurrence-of-acquired-16s-methyltransferase-mediated-aminoglycoside-resistance-in-clinical-isolates-of-enterobacteriaceae-within-a-tertiary-referral-hospital-of-northeast-india
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Jayalaxmi Wangkheimayum, Deepjyoti Paul, Debadatta Dhar, Rajlakshmi Nepram, Shiela Chetri, Deepshikha Bhowmik, Atanu Chakravarty, Amitabha Bhattacharjee
Objectives: Methylation of ribosomal target leads to a high level of resistance towards the entire clinically relevant aminoglycoside antibiotics, so early detection of these resistant determinants will help to reduce the treatment failure as well as will lessen the dissemination rate. Here, we characterize different 16s methyltransferase responsible for aminoglycoside resistance and their epidemiological background in clinical isolates of enterobacteriaceae in a tertiary referral hospital of India.Methods: All aminoglycoside resistant isolates were screened for different 16s methyltransferase by PCR assay and incompatibility typing of the conjugable plasmid harboring resistant genes was determined by PCR based replicon typing...
March 20, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303593/sb-9200-a-novel-agonist-of-innate-immunity-shows-potent-antiviral-activity-against-resistant-hcv-variants
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Meleri Jones, Morven E Cunningham, Peter Wing, Sampath DeSilva, Rupa Challa, Anjaneyulu Sheri, Seetharamaiyer Padmanabhan, Radhakrishnan P Iyer, Brent E Korba, Nezam Afdhal, Graham R Foster
SB 9200 is a novel, first-in-class oral modulator of innate immunity that is believed to act via the activation of the RIG-I and NOD2 pathways. SB 9200 has broad-spectrum antiviral activity against RNA viruses including hepatitis C virus (HCV), norovirus, respiratory syncytial virus and influenza and has demonstrated activity against hepatitis B virus (HBV) in vitro and in vivo. In phase I clinical trials in chronically infected HCV patients, SB 9200 has been shown to reduce HCV RNA by up to 1.9 log10 . Here, we demonstrate the antiviral activity of SB 9200 against a HCV replicon system and patient derived virus...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Medical Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293834/synthesis-and-evaluation-of-novel-hcv-replication-inhibitors
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David C McGowan, Mourad D Khamlichi, Alex De Groot, Frederik Pauwels, Frédéric Delouvroy, Kristof Van Emelen, Kenneth Simmen, Pierre Raboisson
Direct acting antiviral agents to cure hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection has emerged as the gold standard therapy. Along with protease inhibitors, nucleoside polymerase inhibitors and non-nucleoside polymerase inhibitors, the inhibition of NS5a has proved to be an effective way to treat HCV patients. Here we report on novel HCV NS5a inhibitors which were synthesized and evaluated in the HCV replicon assay. A series of inhibitors were formed by a cycloaddition reaction in parallel to establish new leads and explore the effects of unsymmetrical cap substitution...
March 14, 2017: Molecular Diversity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287337/generation-and-characterization-of-protective-antibodies-to-marburg-virus
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Jeffrey W Froude, Thibaut Pelat, Sebastian Miethe, Samantha E Zak, Anna Z Wec, Kartik Chandran, Jennifer Mary Brannan, Russell R Bakken, Michael Hust, Philippe Thullier, John M Dye
Marburg virus (MARV) and Ebola virus (EBOV) have been a source of epidemics and outbreaks for several decades. We present here the generation and characterization of the first protective antibodies specific for wild-type MARV. Non-human primates (NHP), cynomolgus macaques, were immunized with viral-replicon particles expressing the glycoproteins (GP) of MARV (Ci67 isolate). An antibody fragment (single-chain variable fragment, scFv) phage display library was built after four immunogen injections, and screened against the GP1-649 of MARV...
March 13, 2017: MAbs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286183/ordering-the-mob-insights-into-replicon-and-mob-typing-schemes-from-analysis-of-a-curated-dataset-of-publicly-available-plasmids
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Alex Orlek, Hang Phan, Anna E Sheppard, Michel Doumith, Matthew Ellington, Tim Peto, Derrick Crook, A Sarah Walker, Neil Woodford, Muna F Anjum, Nicole Stoesser
Plasmid typing can provide insights into the epidemiology and transmission of plasmid-mediated antibiotic resistance. The principal plasmid typing schemes are replicon typing and MOB typing, which utilize variation in replication loci and relaxase proteins respectively. Previous studies investigating the proportion of plasmids assigned to a type by these schemes ('typeability') have yielded conflicting results; moreover, thousands of plasmid sequences have been added to NCBI in recent years, without consistent annotation to indicate which sequences represent complete plasmids...
March 9, 2017: Plasmid
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28283520/biogeography-of-a-novel-clade-of-ensifer-meliloti-associated-with-the-australian-legume-trigonella-suavissima
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Bertrand Eardly, Patrick Elia, John Brockwell, Daniel Golemboski, Peter van Berkum
Here we describe a novel clade within Ensifer meliloti and consider how geographic and ecological isolation contributed to the limited distribution of this group. Members of the genus Ensifer are best known for their ability to form nitrogen-fixing symbioses with forage legumes of three related genera, Medicago L., Melilotus Mill., and Trigonella L., which are members of the tribe Trifoleae. They have a natural distribution extending from the Mediterranean basin through west Asia, where there is an unsurpassed number of species belonging to these genera...
March 10, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28280491/comparative-analysis-of-phylogenetic-assignment-of-human-and-avian-expec-and-fecal-commensal-escherichia-coli-using-the-previous-and-revised-clermont-phylogenetic-typing-methods-and-its-impact-on-avian-pathogenic-escherichia-coli-apec-classification
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Catherine M Logue, Yvonne Wannemuehler, Bryon A Nicholson, Curt Doetkott, Nicolle L Barbieri, Lisa K Nolan
The Clermont scheme has been used for subtyping of Escherichia coli since it was initially described in early 2000. Since then, researchers have used the scheme to type and sub-type commensal E. coli and pathogenic E. coli, such as extraintestinal pathogenic E. coli (ExPEC), and compare their phylogenetic assignment by pathogenicity, serogroup, distribution among ExPEC of different host species and complement of virulence and resistance traits. Here, we compare assignments of human and avian ExPEC and commensal E...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28275182/modulation-of-hcv-specific-cd8-effector-t-cell-function-with-antiviral-effect-in-infectious-hepatitis-c-virus-co-culture-model
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Keisuke Ojiro, Xiaowang Qu, Hyosun Cho, Jang-June Park, Annelise Vuidepot, Nikolai Lissin, Peter E Molloy, Alan Bennett, Bent K Jakobsen, David E Kaplan, James L Riley, Kyong-Mi Chang
Antiviral effects of hepatitis C virus (HCV)-specific CD8 T-cells have been shown in HCV replicon, but not in authentic infectious cell culture system (HCVcc). Here, we developed tools to examine the antigenicity of HCV-infected HLA A2+ Huh7.5 hepatoma cells (Huh7.5A2) in activating HCV-specific CD8 T-cells with downstream antiviral effects. Infectious HCV epitope mutants encoding well-defined genotype 1a-derived HLA A2-restricted HCV NS3 1073 or NS5 2594 epitope were generated from genotype 2a-derived HCV clone (Jc1Gluc2A) by site-directed mutagenesis...
March 8, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28267773/a-self-perpetuating-repressive-state-of-a-viral-replication-protein-blocks-superinfection-by-the-same-virus
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Xiao-Feng Zhang, Rong Sun, Qin Guo, Shaoyan Zhang, Tea Meulia, Randal Halfmann, Dawei Li, Feng Qu
Diverse animal and plant viruses block the re-infection of host cells by the same or highly similar viruses through superinfection exclusion (SIE), a widely observed, yet poorly understood phenomenon. Here we demonstrate that SIE of turnip crinkle virus (TCV) is exclusively determined by p28, one of the two replication proteins encoded by this virus. p28 expressed from a TCV replicon exerts strong SIE to a different TCV replicon. Transiently expressed p28, delivered simultaneously with, or ahead of, a TCV replicon, largely recapitulates this repressive activity...
March 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28264559/a-family-of-single-copy-repabc-type-shuttle-vectors-stably-maintained-in-the-alpha-proteobacterium-sinorhizobium-meliloti
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Johannes Döhlemann, Marcel Wagner, Carina Happel, Martina Carrillo, Patrick Sobetzko, Tobias J Erb, Martin Thanbichler, Anke Becker
A considerable share of bacterial species maintains segmented genomes. Plant symbiotic α-proteobacterial rhizobia contain up to six repABC-type replicons in addition to the primary chromosome. These low or unit-copy replicons, classified as secondary chromosomes, chromids, or megaplasmids, are exclusively found in α-proteobacteria. Replication and faithful partitioning of these replicons to the daughter cells is mediated by the repABC region. The importance of α-rhizobial symbiotic nitrogen fixation for sustainable agriculture and Agrobacterium-mediated plant transformation as a tool in plant sciences has increasingly moved biological engineering of these organisms into focus...
March 20, 2017: ACS Synthetic Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28263842/a-cgmmv-genome-replicon-vector-with-partial-sequences-of-coat-protein-gene-efficiently-expresses-gfp-in-nicotiana-benthamiana
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A Abdul Kader Jailani, Vikas Solanki, Anirban Roy, T Sivasudha, Bikash Mandal
A highly infectious clone of Cucumber green mottle mosaic virus (CGMMV), a cucurbit-infecting tobamovirus was utilized for designing of gene expression vectors. Two versions of vector were examined for their efficacy in expressing the green fluorescent protein (GFP) in Nicotiana benthamiana. When the GFP gene was inserted at the stop codon of coat protein (CP) gene of the CGMMV genome without any read-through codon, systemic expression of GFP, as well as virion formation and systemic symptoms expression were obtained in N...
March 2, 2017: Virus Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28259048/dissecting-the-regulation-of-ebv-s-bart-mirnas-in-carcinomas
#16
Ya-Chun Yang, Amy Liem, Paul F Lambert, Bill Sugden
Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) encodes multiple miRNAs known to contribute to its pathogenicity. Previous studies have found that the levels of some EBV miRNAs are 10-100 fold higher in biopsies and in tumor xenografts than in cells grown in culture. We have asked if these increased levels reflect transcriptional enhancement resulting from the tumor microenvironment, selection for increased levels of the EBV genome, or both. We measured the levels of BART miRNAs and their DNA templates in tumor xenografts induced from EBV-positive gastric carcinoma cells and EBV-negative gastric carcinoma cells expressing plasmid replicons encoding these miRNAs...
March 1, 2017: Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28249301/recombinant-human-acidic-fibroblast-growth-factor-afgf-expressed-in-nicotiana-benthamiana-potentially-inhibits-skin-photoaging
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Jang-Ho Ha, Ha-Neul Kim, Ki-Beom Moon, Jae-Heung Jeon, Dai-Hyun Jung, Su-Jung Kim, Hugh S Mason, Seo-Yeon Shin, Hyun-Soon Kim, Kyung-Mok Park
Responding to the need for recombinant acidic fibroblast growth factor in the pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries, we established a scalable expression system for recombinant human aFGF using transient and a DNA replicon vector expression in Nicotiana benthamiana. Recombinant human-acidic fibroblast growth factor was recovered following Agrobacterium infiltration of N. benthamiana. The optimal time point at which to harvest recombinant human acidic fibroblast growth factor expressing leaves was found to be 4 days post-infiltration, before necrosis was evident...
March 1, 2017: Planta Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28248189/in-vitro-selection-of-resistance-to-sofosbuvir-in-hcv-replicons-of-genotype-1-to-6
#18
Simin Xu, Brian Doehle, Sonal Rajyaguru, Bin Han, Ona Barauskas, Joy Feng, Jason Perry, Hadas Dvory-Sobol, Evguenia S Svarovskaia, Michael D Miller, Hongmei Mo
BACKGROUND: Sofosbuvir is a nucleoside analog inhibitor of the hepatitis C virus (HCV) NS5B polymerase approved for treatment of HCV-infected patients in combination with ribavirin or with other antivirals. It has activity against all genotypes of HCV. Resistance to sofosbuvir in genotype 1 and 2 HCV is conferred by the S282T substitution in NS5B. METHODS: To begin to define the correlates of resistance to sofosbuvir in other genotypes, we performed selection experiments in cell culture using cell lines containing subgenomic replicons derived from genotypes 1b, 2a, 3a, and 4a, or chimeric replicons in a genotype 1b background but encoding genotype 2b, 5a, and 6a NS5B polymerase...
March 1, 2017: Antiviral Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28245276/plasmid-interference-for-curing-antibiotic-resistance-plasmids-in-vivo
#19
Muhammad Kamruzzaman, Shereen Shoma, Christopher M Thomas, Sally R Partridge, Jonathan R Iredell
Antibiotic resistance increases the likelihood of death from infection by common pathogens such as Escherichia coli and Klebsiella pneumoniae in developed and developing countries alike. Most important modern antibiotic resistance genes spread between such species on self-transmissible (conjugative) plasmids. These plasmids are traditionally grouped on the basis of replicon incompatibility (Inc), which prevents coexistence of related plasmids in the same cell. These plasmids also use post-segregational killing ('addiction') systems, which poison any bacterial cells that lose the addictive plasmid, to guarantee their own survival...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28245093/novel-nucleoside-analogues-targeting-hcv-replication-through-an-ns5a-dependent-inhibition-mechanism
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Nikolaos Lougiakis, Efseveia Frakolaki, Panagiota Karmou, Nicole Pouli, Panagiotis Marakos, Vanesa Madan, Ralf Bartenschlager, Niki Vassilaki
A series of new tricyclic nucleosides were synthesized and evaluated as Hepatitis C virus (HCV) replication inhibitors. Initial screening in a HCV replicon system, derived from a genotype 1b isolate, identified 9-benzylamino-3-(β-D-ribofuranosyl)-3H-imidazo[4',5':5,6]pyrido[2,3-b]pyrazine (15d) as the most potent analogue. Comparative assessment of 15d activity against HCV full-length viruses or subgenomic replicons derived from genotype 1 - 4 revealed a specificity of the compound for genotypes 1 and 3. Surprisingly, resistance mutations selected against 15d were mapped to domains II and III of the nonstructural protein 5A (NS5A), but not to the RNA-dependent RNA polymerase residing in NS5B...
February 28, 2017: Chemical Biology & Drug Design
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