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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922869/genome-organization-of-sphingobium-indicum-b90a-an-archetypal-hexachlorocyclohexane-hch-degrading-genotype
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Helianthous Verma, Abhay Bajaj, Roshan Kumar, Jasvinder Kaur, Shailly Anand, Namita Nayyar, Akshita Puri, Yogendra Singh, Jitendra P Khurana, Rup Lal
Among sphingomonads, Sphingobium indicum B90A is widely investigated for its ability to degrade a manmade pesticide, γ-hexachlorocyclohexane (γ-HCH) and its isomers (α-, β-, δ-, and ε-HCH). In this study, complete genome of strain B90A was constructed using Single Molecule Real Time Sequencing (SMRT) and Illumina platform. The complete genome revealed that strain B90A harbors four replicons: one chromosome (3,654,322 bp) and three plasmids designated as pSRL1 (139,218 bp), pSRL2 (108,430 bp) and pSRL3 (43,761 bp)...
September 1, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922082/combinatorial-peptide-based-epitope-mapping-from-ebola-virus-dna-vaccines-and-infections-reveals-residue-level-determinants-of-antibody-binding
#2
Daniel R Ripoll, Daniel A J Mitchell, Lesley C Dupuy, Anders Wallqvist, Connie Schmaljohn, Sidhartha Chaudhury
Ebola virus (EBOV) infection is highly lethal and results in severe febrile bleeding disorders that affect humans and non-human primates. One of the therapeutic approaches for treating EBOV infection focus largely on cocktails of monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) that bind to specific regions of the EBOV glycoprotein (GP) and neutralize the virus. Recent structural studies using cryo-electron microscopy have identified key epitopes for several EBOV mAbs. While such information has yielded deep insights into antibody binding, limitations on resolution of these structures often preclude a residue-level analysis of EBOV epitopes...
September 18, 2017: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922058/evolution-of-regions-containing-antibiotic-resistance-genes-in-fii-2-fib-1-colv-colla-virulence-plasmids
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Robert A Moran, Ruth M Hall
Three ColV virulence plasmids carrying antibiotic resistance genes were assembled from draft genome sequences of commensal ST95, ST131, and ST2705 Escherichia coli isolates from healthy Australians. Plasmids pCERC4, pCERC5, and pCERC9 include almost identical backbones containing FII-2 and FIB-1 replicons and the conserved ColV virulence region with an additional ColIa determinant. Only pCERC5 includes a complete, uninterrupted F-like transfer region and was able to conjugate. pCERC5 and pCERC9 contain Tn1721, carrying the tet(A) tetracycline resistance determinant in the same location, with Tn2 (blaTEM; ampicillin resistance) interrupting the Tn1721 in pCERC5...
September 18, 2017: Microbial Drug Resistance: MDR: Mechanisms, Epidemiology, and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919197/imported-poultry-meat-as-a-source-of-extended-spectrum-cephalosporin-resistant-cmy-2-producing-salmonella-heidelberg-and-s-minnesota-in-european-union-2014-2015
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Joana Campos, Joana Mourão, Leonor Silveira, Margarida Saraiva, Cristina Belo Correia, Ana Paula Maçãs, Luísa Peixe, Patrícia Antunes
Extended-spectrum cephalosporin (ESC)-resistant Salmonella has been described at low level in EU, nevertheless the increasing importation of poultry meat could be an important source of epidemic strains carrying ESC-resistant genes. We evaluated ESC resistance and characterized genetic platforms as well as the clonal relatedness of Salmonella isolates from poultry meat products imported into Portugal. All Salmonella isolates recovered from samples of fresh meat destined to be imported into the EU in the scope of Portuguese official border control between 2014 and 2015 were studied...
September 14, 2017: International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28913802/design-and-assembly-of-crispr-cas9-reagents-for-gene-knockout-targeted-insertion-and-replacement-in-wheat
#5
Tomáš Čermák, Shaun J Curtin
Advances in cereal transformation along with the completion of the wheat genome sequence assembly have increased the demand for tools that perform targeted and specific modifications in this crop plant. This protocol demonstrates the construction of reagents using a comprehensive genome engineering kit to create single and multiple gene "knockouts," site-specific chromosome deletions and gene replacement or "knockins" including the use of geminivirus replicons (GVRs). The reagents allow for both easy construction of simple genome engineering vectors, and "mix and match" swapping of components such as the Cas9, guide RNA and donor template cassettes for gene targeting...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912773/hirsutine-an-indole-alkaloid-of-uncaria-rhynchophylla-inhibits-late-step-in-dengue-virus-lifecycle
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Takayuki Hishiki, Fumihiro Kato, Shigeru Tajima, Kazufumi Toume, Masahito Umezaki, Tomohiko Takasaki, Tomoyuki Miura
Dengue virus (DENV) is transmitted to humans by Aedes mosquitoes and is a public health issue worldwide. No antiviral drugs specific for treating dengue infection are currently available. To identify novel DENV inhibitors, we analyzed a library of 95 compounds and 120 extracts derived from crude drugs (herbal medicines). In the primary screening, A549 cells infected with DENV-1 were cultured in the presence of each compound and extract at a final concentration of 10 μM (compound) and 100 μg/mL (extract), and reduction of viral focus formation was assessed...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910391/different-rates-of-spontaneous-mutation-of-chloroplastic-and-nuclear-viroids-as-determined-by-high-fidelity-ultra-deep-sequencing
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Amparo López-Carrasco, Cristina Ballesteros, Vicente Sentandreu, Sonia Delgado, Selma Gago-Zachert, Ricardo Flores, Rafael Sanjuán
Mutation rates vary by orders of magnitude across biological systems, being higher for simpler genomes. The simplest known genomes correspond to viroids, subviral plant replicons constituted by circular non-coding RNAs of few hundred bases. Previous work has revealed an extremely high mutation rate for chrysanthemum chlorotic mottle viroid, a chloroplast-replicating viroid. However, whether this is a general feature of viroids remains unclear. Here, we have used high-fidelity ultra-deep sequencing to determine the mutation rate in a common host (eggplant) of two viroids, each representative of one family: the chloroplastic eggplant latent viroid (ELVd, Avsunviroidae) and the nuclear potato spindle tuber viroid (PSTVd, Pospiviroidae)...
September 14, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910381/genetic-characterization-of-blandm-harboring-plasmids-in-carbapenem-resistant-escherichia-coli-from-myanmar
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Yo Sugawara, Yukihiro Akeda, Noriko Sakamoto, Dan Takeuchi, Daisuke Motooka, Shota Nakamura, Hideharu Hagiya, Norihisa Yamamoto, Isao Nishi, Hisao Yoshida, Kazuhisa Okada, Khwar Nyo Zin, Mya Mya Aye, Kazunori Tonomo, Shigeyuki Hamada
The bacterial enzyme New Delhi metallo-β-lactamase hydrolyzes almost all β-lactam antibiotics, including carbapenems, which are drugs of last resort for severe bacterial infections. The spread of carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae that carry the New Delhi metallo-β-lactamase gene, blaNDM, poses a serious threat to public health. In this study, we genetically characterized eight carbapenem-resistant Escherichia coli isolates from a tertiary care hospital in Yangon, Myanmar. The eight isolates belonged to five multilocus-sequence types and harbored multiple antimicrobial-resistance genes, resulting in resistance against nearly all of the antimicrobial agents tested, except colistin and fosfomycin...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910350/phylogeographic-genomic-and-meropenem-susceptibility-analysis-of-burkholderia-ubonensis
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Erin P Price, Derek S Sarovich, Jessica R Webb, Carina M Hall, Sierra A Jaramillo, Jason W Sahl, Mirjam Kaestli, Mark Mayo, Glenda Harrington, Anthony L Baker, Lindsay C Sidak-Loftis, Erik W Settles, Madeline Lummis, James M Schupp, John D Gillece, Apichai Tuanyok, Jeffrey Warner, Joseph D Busch, Paul Keim, Bart J Currie, David M Wagner
The bacterium Burkholderia ubonensis is commonly co-isolated from environmental specimens harbouring the melioidosis pathogen, Burkholderia pseudomallei. B. ubonensis has been reported in northern Australia and Thailand but not North America, suggesting similar geographic distribution to B. pseudomallei. Unlike most other Burkholderia cepacia complex (Bcc) species, B. ubonensis is considered non-pathogenic, although its virulence potential has not been tested. Antibiotic resistance in B. ubonensis, particularly towards drugs used to treat the most severe B...
September 14, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904788/biogeography-and-systematics-of-endemic-island-damselflies-the-nesobasis-and-melanesobasis-odonata-zygoptera-of-fiji
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Christopher D Beatty, Melissa Sánchez Herrera, Jeffrey H Skevington, Arash Rashed, Hans Van Gossum, Scott Kelso, Thomas N Sherratt
The study of island fauna has greatly informed our understanding of the evolution of diversity. We here examine the phylogenetics, biogeography, and diversification of the damselfly genera Nesobasis and Melanesobasis, endemic to the Fiji Islands, to explore mechanisms of speciation in these highly speciose groups. Using mitochondrial (COI, 12S) and nuclear (ITS) replicons, we recovered garli-part maximum likelihood and mrbayes Bayesian phylogenetic hypotheses for 26 species of Nesobasis and eight species/subspecies of Melanesobasis...
September 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900156/dual-roles-of-two-isoforms-of-autophagy-related-gene-atg10-in-hcv-subgenomic-replicon-mediated-autophagy-flux-and-innate-immunity
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Qiong Zhao, Zhan-Ying Hu, Jing-Pu Zhang, Jian-Dong Jiang, Yuan-Yuan Ma, Jian-Rui Li, Zong-Gen Peng, Jin-Hua Chen
Autophagy and immune response are two defense systems that human-body uses against viral infection. Previous studies documented that some viral mechanisms circumvented host immunity mechanisms and hijacked autophagy for its replication and survival. Here, we focus on interactions between autophagy mechanism and innate-immune-response in HCV-subgenomic replicon cells to find a mechanism linking the two pathways. We report distinct effects of two autophagy-related protein ATG10s on HCV-subgenomic replication...
September 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28893653/hepatitis-c-virus-induced-innate-immune-responses-in-human-ips-cell-derived-hepatocyte-like-cells
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Fuminori Sakurai, Takemaru Kunito, Kazuo Takayama, Rina Hashimoto, Masashi Tachibana, Naoya Sakamoto, Takaji Wakita, Hiroyuki Mizuguchi
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is a major cause of liver-related morbidity and mortality. In order to develop effective remedies for hepatitis C, it is important to understand the HCV infection profile and host-HCV interaction. HCV-induced innate immune responses play a crucial role in spontaneous HCV clearance; however, HCV-induced innate immune responses have not been fully evaluated in hepatocytes, partly because there are few in vitro models of HCV-induced innate immunity. Recently, human induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells have received much attention as an in vitro model of infection with various pathogens, including HCV...
September 9, 2017: Virus Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28890939/adaptive-modulation-of-antibiotic-resistance-through-intragenomic-coevolution
#13
Michael J Bottery, A Jamie Wood, Michael A Brockhurst
Bacteria gain antibiotic resistance genes by horizontal acquisition of mobile genetic elements (MGE) from other lineages. Newly acquired MGEs are often poorly adapted causing intragenomic conflicts, resolved by compensatory adaptation of the chromosome, the MGE or reciprocal coadaptation. The footprints of such intragenomic coevolution are present in bacterial genomes, suggesting an important role promoting genomic integration of horizontally acquired genes, but direct experimental evidence of the process is limited...
September 2017: Nature ecology & evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28887167/identification-of-slug-and-sox7-as-transcriptional-repressors-binding-to-the-hepatitis-b-virus-core-promoter
#14
Hui Ling Ko, Tze Hau Lam, Huijin Ng, Jiaying Toh, Liang Wei Wang, Ee Chee Ren
BACKGROUND & AIMS: The Hepatitis B Virus (HBV) is carried in many non-liver cell types but does not actively replicate in them. We investigated the possibility that these cells possess HBVCP transcription inhibitory mechanisms specifically absent in liver cells, which together with other liver-specific mechanisms such as NTCP-mediated entry, enable liver cells to effectively produce HBV. METHODS: Liver and non-liver cell lines were screened for their capacity to activate the HBVCP and synthesize pgRNA...
September 5, 2017: Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28886943/short-and-long-term-protective-efficacy-against-clade-2-3-4-4-h5n2-highly-pathogenic-avian-influenza-virus-following-prime-boost-vaccination-in-turkeys
#15
Jefferson J S Santos, Adebimpe O Obadan, Stivalis Cardenas Garcia, Silvia Carnaccini, Darrell R Kapczynski, Mary Pantin-Jackwood, David L Suarez, Daniel R Perez
Highly pathogenic avian influenza virus (HPAIV) infections are frequently associated with systemic disease and high mortality in domestic poultry, particularly in chickens and turkeys. Clade 2.3.4.4 represents a genetic cluster within the Asian HPAIV H5 Goose/Guangdong lineage that has transmitted through migratory birds and spread throughout the world. In 2014, clade 2.3.4.4 strains entered the U.S. via the Pacific flyway, reassorted with local strains of the North American lineage, and produced novel HPAIV strains of the H5N1, H5N2, and H5N8 subtypes...
September 5, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28882564/searching-for-synergy-identifying-optimal-antiviral-combination-therapy-using-hepatitis-c-virus-hcv-agents-in-a-replicon-system
#16
Justin J Pomeroy, George L Drusano, Jaime L Rodriquez, Ashley N Brown
Direct acting antiviral agents (DAAs) are potent inhibitors of Hepatitis C virus (HCV) that have revolutionized the treatment landscape for this important viral disease. There are currently four classes of DAAs that inhibit HCV replication via distinct mechanisms of action: nonstructural protein (NS) 3/4a protease inhibitors, NS5A inhibitors, NS5B nucleoside polymerase inhibitors, and NS5B non-nucleoside polymerase inhibitors. Combination therapy with two or more DAAs has great potential to further enhance antiviral potency...
September 4, 2017: Antiviral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28878087/novel-stable-ebola-virus-minigenome-replicon-reveals-remarkable-stability-of-the-viral-genome
#17
Wanyin Tao, Tianyu Gan, Mingzhe Guo, Yongfen Xu, Jin Zhong
Ebola virus (EBOV) causes severe hemorrhagic fever in humans and other primates with a high case fatality rate. No approved drug or vaccine of EBOV is available, which necessitates better understanding of the virus life cycle. Studies on EBOV have been hampered because experimentations involving live virus are restricted to biosafety level 4 (BSL-4) laboratories. EBOV minigenome system has provided researchers with the opportunity to study EBOV under BSL-2 conditions. Here, we developed a novel EBOV minigenome replicon which, to our knowledge, is the first EBOV cell culture system that can stably replicate and transcribe EBOV minigenome...
September 6, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28857040/hepatitis-c-virus-down-regulates-serpine1-pai-1-expression-to-facilitate-its-replication
#18
Chee-Hing Yang, Hui-Chun Li, Tzu-Shan Ku, Pi-Ching Wu, Yung-Ju Yeh, Ju-Chien Cheng, Teng-Yi Lin, Shih-Yen Lo
Identification of host factors involved in viral replication is critical for understanding the molecular mechanism of viral replication and pathogenesis. Genes differentially expressed in HuH-7 cells with or without a hepatitis C virus (HCV) sub-genomic replicon were screened by microarray analysis. SERPINE1/PAI-1 was found to be down-regulated after HCV infection in this analysis. Down-regulation of SERPINE1/PAI-1 expression at the transcriptional level was verified by the real-time reverse transcriptase (RT)-PCR assay...
August 31, 2017: Journal of General Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28856785/lifestyle-determining-extrachromosomal-replicon-pamv1-and-its-contribution-to-the-carbon-metabolism-of-the-methylotrophic-bacterium-paracoccus-aminovorans-jcm-7685
#19
Jakub Czarnecki, Lukasz Dziewit, Maria Puzyna, Emilia Prochwicz, Agnieszka Tudek, Daniel Wibberg, Andreas Schlüter, Alfred Pühler, Dariusz Bartosik
Plasmids play an important role in the adaptation of bacteria to changeable environmental conditions. As the main vectors of horizontal gene transfer (HGT), they can spread genetic information among bacteria, sometimes even across taxonomic boundaries. Some plasmids carry genes involved in the utilization of particular carbon compounds, which can provide a competitive advantage to their hosts in particular ecological niches. Analysis of the multireplicon genome of the soil bacterium P. aminovorans JCM 7685 revealed the presence of an extrachromosomal replicon pAMV1 (185 kb) with a unique structure and properties...
August 30, 2017: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28851629/immunogenicity-of-virus-like-semliki-forest-virus-replicon-particles-expressing-indian-hiv-1c-gag-env-and-polrt-genes
#20
Seema P Ajbani, Shilpa M Velhal, Ravindra B Kadam, Vainav V Patel, Kenneth Lundstrom, Atmaram H Bandivdekar
Development of a vaccine targeting human immunodeficiency virus-1 subtype C (HIV-1C) is an important public health priority in regions with a high prevalence of the clade C virus. The present study demonstrates the immunogenicity of recombinant Semliki Forest virus (SFV)-based virus-like replicon particles (VRPs) expressing Indian HIV-1C env/gag/polRT genes. Immunization of mice with recombinant VRPs in a homologous prime-boost protocol, either individually or in combination, elicited significant antigen-specific IFN-γ T cell responses as detected by the ELISPOT assay...
August 26, 2017: Immunology Letters
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