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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148895/characterization-of-cefotaxime-and-ciprofloxacin-resistant-commensal-escherichia-coli-originating-from-belgian-farm-animals-indicates-high-antibiotic-resistance-transfer-rates
#1
Ellen Lambrecht, Eva Van Meervenne, Nico Boon, Tom Van de Wiele, Pierre Wattiau, Lieve Herman, Marc Heyndrickx, Els Van Coillie
Food-producing animals represent one of the sources of antibiotic resistant commensal bacteria. There is an increasing awareness that these bacteria might have the potential to transfer their resistance genes to other (pathogenic) bacteria. In this study, 50 commensal Escherichia coli strains originating from food-producing animals and resistant to the "highest priority, critically important antibiotics" cefotaxime and/or ciprofloxacin, were selected for further characterization. For each strain (i) an antibiogram, (ii) the phylogenetic group, (iii) plasmid replicon type, (iv) presence and identification of integrons, and (v) antibiotic resistance transfer ratios were determined...
November 17, 2017: Microbial Drug Resistance: MDR: Mechanisms, Epidemiology, and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146520/patterns-of-resistance-associated-substitutions-in-patients-with-chronic-hcv-infection-following-treatment-with-direct-acting-antivirals
#2
Julia Dietz, Simone Susser, Johannes Vermehren, Kai-Henrik Peiffer, Georgios Grammatikos, Annemarie Berger, Peter Ferenci, Maria Buti, Beat Müllhaupt, Bela Hunyady, Holger Hinrichsen, Stefan Mauss, Jörg Petersen, Peter Buggisch, Gisela Felten, Dietrich Hüppe, Gaby Knecht, Thomas Lutz, Eckart Schott, Christoph Berg, Ulrich Spengler, Thomas von Hahn, Thomas Berg, Stefan Zeuzem, Christoph Sarrazin
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Little is known about substitutions that mediate resistance of HCV to direct-acting antivirals (DAAs), due to the small number of patients with treatment failure in approval studies. It is important to identify resistance patterns to select effective salvage treatments. METHODS: We performed a comprehensive analysis for resistance-associated substitutions (RASs) in HCV genes (NS3, NS5A, NS5B) targeted by DAAs. We compared NS3, NS5A, and NS5B sequences from 626 patients in Europe with DAA failure with sequences from 2322 DAA-naïve patients, infected with HCV genotypes 1-4...
November 13, 2017: Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29134204/latent-membrane-protein-1-is-a-novel-determinant-of-epstein-barr-virus-genome-persistence-and-reactivation
#3
Elizabeth A Caves, Rachel M Butch, Sarah A Cook, Laura R Wasil, Chen Chen, Yuanpu Peter Di, Nara Lee, Kathy H Y Shair
Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) is a ubiquitous gammaherpesvirus that persistently infects humans, with nearly 95% seropositivity in adults. Infection in differentiating epithelia is permissive, but EBV-associated nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) tumors harbor a clonal and nonproductive latent infection. However, in explanted NPC cultures and epithelial cell lines, episomal EBV genomes are frequently lost. The resulting unstable infection has hampered efforts to study the determinants of EBV persistence and latency in epithelial oncogenesis...
November 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29120560/klebsiella-pneumoniae-oxa-48-in-a-urology-patient-case-report
#4
Ines Jajić, Ana Benčić, Marko Siroglavić, Gernot Zarfel, Boris Ružić, Ivan Pezelj, Branka Bedenić
We present an isolate of Klebsiella pneumoniae OXA-48 isolated in a 68-year-old man who underwent radical prostatectomy due to prostate cancer. The antibiotic susceptibility testing to a wide range of antibiotics was performed by disk diffusion method and determination of minimal inhibitory concentrations. The isolate was classified as multidrug-resistant. It showed intermediate susceptibility to imipenem and meropenem, resistance to ertapenem, and sensitivity only to colistin, amikacin, and trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole...
March 2017: Acta Clinica Croatica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29118748/remarkable-diversity-of-escherichia-coli-carrying-mcr-1-from-hospital-sewage-with-the-identification-of-two-new-mcr-1-variants
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Feifei Zhao, Yu Feng, Xiaoju Lü, Alan McNally, Zhiyong Zong
The plasmid-borne colistin-resistant gene mcr-1 has rapidly become a worldwide public health concern. This study aims to determine the host bacterial strains, plasmids, and genetic contexts of mcr-1 in hospital sewage. A 1-ml hospital sewage sample was cultured. Colistin-resistant bacterial colonies were selected on agar plates and were subjected to whole genome sequencing and subsequent analysis. The transfer of mcr-1 between bacterial strains was tested using conjugation. New variants of mcr-1 were cloned to test the impact of variations on the function of mcr-1...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29113144/modulation-of-cell-death-pathways-by-hepatitis-c-virus-proteins-in-huh7-5-hepatoma-cells
#6
Olga V Masalova, Ekaterina I Lesnova, Pavel N Solyev, Natalia F Zakirova, Vladimir S Prassolov, Sergey N Kochetkov, Alexander V Ivanov, Alla A Kushch
The hepatitis C virus (HCV) causes chronic liver disease leading to fibrosis, cirrhosis, and hepatocellular carcinoma. HCV infection triggers various types of cell death which contribute to hepatitis C pathogenesis. However, much is still unknown about the impact of viral proteins on them. Here we present the results of simultaneous immunocytochemical analysis of markers of apoptosis, autophagy, and necrosis in Huh7.5 cells expressing individual HCV proteins or their combinations, or harboring the virus replicon...
November 6, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29111569/the-influence-of-immunosuppressants-on-direct-acting-antiviral-therapy-is-dependent-on-hepatitis-c-virus-genotype
#7
Alexandra Frey, Katja Piras-Straub, Andreas Walker, Jörg Timm, Guido Gerken, Kerstin Herzer
BACKGROUND: Direct-acting antivirals (DAA) have substantially increased sustained virological response rates after liver transplantation, with improved tolerance compared to interferon-based therapy. The influence of immunosuppressive agents on the efficacy of DAAs has not been clarified. METHODS: Subgenomic HCV replicons for genotype (GT) 1b, 2b, 3a and 4a were treated with the mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) inhibitors everolimus and sirolimus or with the calcineurin inhibitors (CNI) cyclosporine or tacrolimus, either alone or in combination with selected DAAs...
November 7, 2017: Transplant Infectious Disease: An Official Journal of the Transplantation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29109700/exploring-the-genome-and-phenotype-of-multi-drug-resistant-klebsiella-pneumoniae-of-clinical-origin
#8
João Anes, Daniel Hurley, Marta Martins, Séamus Fanning
Klebsiella pneumoniae is an important nosocomial pathogen with an extraordinary resistant phenotype due to a combination of acquired resistant-elements and efflux mechanisms. In this study a detailed molecular characterization of 11 K. pneumoniae isolates of clinical origin was carried out. Eleven clinical isolates were tested for their susceptibilities, by disk diffusion and broth microdilution and interpreted according to CLSI guidelines. Efflux activity was determined by measuring the extrusion of ethidium bromide and biofilm formation was assessed following static growth in Müeller-Hinton and minimal media M9 broths at two temperatures and time points...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29109011/a-temperature-sensitive-replicon-enables-efficient-gene-inactivation-in-pseudomonas-aeruginosa
#9
Ramadevi Prathapam, Tsuyoshi Uehara
Tools to enable genome editing are essential for understanding physiology. Here we report a gene replacement method in Pseudomonas aeruginosa using a temperature-sensitive replicon plasmid that does not require mating or isolation of a merodiploid intermediate. This approach was validated by replacing the non-essential ampD gene with a gentamicin resistance cassette. In addition lpxA and lpxD, both located in a complex gene cluster including multiple downstream essential genes, were inactivated when complemented by each target gene in trans...
November 9, 2017: Journal of Microbiological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29106666/tadb-2-0-an-updated-database-of-bacterial-type-ii-toxin-antitoxin-loci
#10
Yingzhou Xie, Yiqing Wei, Yue Shen, Xiaobin Li, Hao Zhou, Cui Tai, Zixin Deng, Hong-Yu Ou
TADB2.0 (http://bioinfo-mml.sjtu.edu.cn/TADB2/) is an updated database that provides comprehensive information about bacterial type II toxin-antitoxin (TA) loci. Compared with the previous version, the database refined and the new data schema is employed. With the aid of text mining and manual curation, it recorded 6193 type II TA loci in 870 replicons of bacteria and archaea, including 105 experimentally validated TA loci. In addition, the newly developed tool TAfinder combines the homolog searches and the operon structure detection, allowing the prediction for type II TA pairs in bacterial genome sequences...
November 2, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29102123/convergence-of-plasmid-architectures-drives-emergence-of-multi-drug-resistance-in-a-clonally-diverse-escherichia-coli-population-from-a-veterinary-clinical-care-setting
#11
Sam Wagner, Nadejda Lupolova, David L Gally, Sally A Argyle
The purpose of this study was to determine the plasmid architecture and context of resistance genes in multi-drug resistant (MDR) Escherichia coli strains isolated from urinary tract infections in dogs. Illumina and single-molecule real-time (SMRT) sequencing were applied to assemble the complete genomes of E. coli strains associated with clinical urinary tract infections, which were either phenotypically MDR or drug susceptible. This revealed that multiple distinct families of plasmids were associated with building an MDR phenotype...
November 2017: Veterinary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29100993/hepatitis-c-virus-induced-natural-killer-cell-proliferation-involves-monocyte-derived-cells-and-the-ox40-ox40l-axis
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Julia Pollmann, Jana-Julia Götz, Daniel Rupp, Otto Strauss, Markus Granzin, Oliver Grünvogel, Pascal Mutz, Catharina Kramer, Felix Lasitschka, Volker Lohmann, Niklas K Björkström, Robert Thimme, Ralf Bartenschlager, Adelheid Cerwenka
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Natural killer (NK) cells are found at increased frequencies in hepatitis C virus (HCV)-infected patients. NK cell activation was shown to correlate with HCV clearance and to predict favourable treatment response. The aim of our study was to dissect mechanisms leading to NK cell activation and proliferation in response to HCV. METHODS: NK cell phenotype, proliferation, and function were assessed after six-day co-culture of human peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) with HCV-replicon containing Huh6 hepatoblastoma cells or HCV-infected Huh7...
October 31, 2017: Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29099073/helicase-domain-of-west-nile-virus-ns3-protein-plays-a-role-in-inhibition-of-type-i-interferon-signalling
#13
Yin Xiang Setoh, Parthiban Periasamy, Nias Yong Gao Peng, Alberto A Amarilla, Andrii Slonchak, Alexander A Khromykh
West Nile virus (WNV) is a neurotropic flavivirus that can cause encephalitis in mammalian and avian hosts. In America, the virulent WNV strain (NY99) is causing yearly outbreaks of encephalitis in humans and horses, while in Australia the less virulent Kunjin strain of WNV strain has not been associated with significant disease outbreaks until a recent 2011 large outbreak in horses (but not in humans) caused by NSW2011 strain. Using chimeric viruses between NY99 and NSW2011 strains we previously identified a role for the non-structural proteins of NY99 strain and especially the NS3 protein, in enhanced virus replication in type I interferon response-competent cells and increased virulence in mice...
November 2, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29091957/hepatitis-e-virus-hev-egress-role-of-bst2-tetherin-and-interferon-induced-long-non-coding-rna-lncrna-bispr
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Daizy Paliwal, Prashant Joshi, Subrat Kumar Panda
BACKGROUND: The biology of Hepatitis E Virus (HEV), a common cause of epidemic and sporadic hepatitis, is still being explored. HEV exits liver through bile, a process which is essential for its natural transmission by feco-oral route. Though the process of this polarised HEV egress is not known in detail, HEV pORF3 and hepatocyte actin cytoskeleton have been shown to play a role. METHODS: Our transcriptome analysis in Hepatitis E virus (HEV) replicon transfected Huh7 cells at 24 and 72 hrs indicated that at 24hrs, both LncBISPR and BST2, expressed by a bidirectional promoter were highly upregulated whereas at 72 hrs, BST2 expression was comparatively reduced accompanied by normal levels of BISPR...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29089577/sofosbuvir-sof-suppresses-ledipasvir-ldv-resistant-mutants-during-sof-ldv-combination-therapy-against-genotype-1b-hepatitis-c-virus-hcv
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Ashley N Brown, Lin Liu, Jaime L Rodriquez, Lisa Zhao, Layla Schuster, Eric Li, Gary P Wang, Michael N Neely, Walter Yamada, George L Drusano
Our objective was to identify drug interactions between ledipasvir (LDV) and sofosbuvir (SOF) against a genotype 1b replicon to determine optimal exposures for each agent that will maximize antiviral activity against susceptible and drug-resistant subpopulations. LDV and SOF were evaluated using a fully factorial experimental design in the BelloCell system. Replicon levels and drug-resistant variants were quantified at various times post-therapy for 14 days and a high-dimensional mathematical model was fit to the data...
October 31, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29081769/characterization-of-oqxab-in-escherichia-coli-isolates-from-animals-retail-meat-and-human-patients-in-guangzhou-china
#16
Jing Wang, Chan-Ping Zhi, Xiao-Jie Chen, Ze-Wen Guo, Wu-Ling Liu, Juan Luo, Xin-Yi Huang, Li Zeng, Jia-Wei Huang, Ying-Bi Xia, Meng-Ying Yi, Teng Huang, Zhen-Ling Zeng, Jian-Hua Liu
The purpose of this study was to investigate the prevalence and genetic elements of oqxAB among Escherichia coli isolates from animals, retail meat, and humans (patients with infection or colonization) in Guangzhou, China. A total of 1,354 E. coli isolates were screened for oqxAB by PCR. Fifty oqxAB-positive isolates were further characterized by pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE), multilocus sequence typing (MLST), S1-PFGE, genetic environment analysis, plasmid replicon typing, and plasmid sequencing...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29079574/interferon-regulatory-factor-5-irf5-suppresses-hepatitis-c-virus-hcv-replication-and-hcv-associated-hepatocellular-carcinoma
#17
Ozge Cevik, Dan Li, Erdene Baljinnyam, Dinesh Manvar, Erica M Pimenta, Gulam Waris, Betsy J Barnes, Neerja Kaushik-Basu
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is a major risk factor for the development of chronic liver disease. The disease typically progresses from chronic HCV to fibrosis, cirrhosis, hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), and death. Chronic inflammation associated with HCV infection is implicated in cirrhosis and HCC, but the molecular players and signaling pathways contributing to these processes remain largely unknown. Interferon regulatory factor 5 (IRF5) is a molecule of interest in HCV-associated HCC because it has critical roles in virus-, Tolllike receptor (TLR)-, and interferon (IFN)- induced signaling pathways...
October 27, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29074234/development-of-a-rapid-and-quantitative-method-for-the-analysis-of-viral-entry-and-release-using-a-nanoluc-luciferase-complementation-assay
#18
Michihito Sasaki, Paulina D Anindita, Wallaya Phongphaew, Michael Carr, Shintaro Kobayashi, Yasuko Orba, Hirofumi Sawa
Subviral particles (SVPs) self-assemble and are released from cells transfected with expression plasmids encoding flavivirus structural proteins. Flavivirus-like particles (VLPs), consisting of flavivirus structural proteins and a subgenomic replicon, can enter cells and cause single-round infections. Neither SVPs or VLPs possess complete viral RNA genomes, therefore are replication-incompetent systems; however, they retain the capacity to fuse and bud from target cells and follow the same maturation process as whole virions...
October 23, 2017: Virus Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29068287/hepatitis-b-virus-x-protein-suppresses-all-trans-retinoic-acid-induced-apoptosis-in-human-hepatocytes-by-repressing-p14-expression-via-dna-methylation
#19
Jung-Hye Choi, Hyerin Jeong, Kyung Lib Jang
All-trans retinoic acid (ATRA), the most biologically active metabolite of vitamin A, is known to activate p14 expression via promoter hypermethylation to induce p53-dependent apoptosis in human hepatocytes. In this study, we found that the oncogenic hepatitis B virus (HBV) X protein (HBx) of HBV, derived from both overexpression and 1.2-mer replicon systems, suppresses ATRA-induced apoptosis in p53-positive human hepatocytes. For this effect, HBx upregulated both protein and enzyme activity levels of DNA methyltransferase 1, 3a and 3b, in the presence of ATRA and thereby inhibited p14 expression via promoter hypermethylation, resulting in inactivation of the p14-mouse double minute 2 pathway and subsequent downregulation of p53 levels...
November 2017: Journal of General Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29068275/investigation-of-next-generation-sequencing-data-of-klebsiella-pneumoniae-using-web-based-tools
#20
Eva Brhelova, Mariya Antonova, Filip Pardy, Iva Kocmanova, Jiri Mayer, Zdenek Racil, Martina Lengerova
PURPOSE: Rapid identification and characterization of multidrug-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae strains is necessary due to the increasing frequency of severe infections in patients. The decreasing cost of next-generation sequencing enables us to obtain a comprehensive overview of genetic information in one step. The aim of this study is to demonstrate and evaluate the utility and scope of the application of web-based databases to next-generation sequenced (NGS) data. METHODOLOGY: The whole genomes of 11 clinical Klebsiella pneumoniae isolates were sequenced using Illumina MiSeq...
October 25, 2017: Journal of Medical Microbiology
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