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Pathogen Inactivation

Christopher Selleck, James A Larrabee, Jeffrey Harmer, Luke W Guddat, Nataša Mitić, Waleed Helweh, David L Ollis, Whitney R Craig, David L Tierney, Marcelo Monteiro Pedroso, Gerhard Schenk
Antibiotic resistance has emerged as a major threat to global health care. This is largely due to the fact that many pathogens have developed strategies to acquire resistance to antibiotics. Metallo-β-lactamases (MBL) have evolved to inactivate most of the commonly used β-lactam antibiotics. AIM-1 is one of only a few MBLs from the B3 subgroup that is encoded on a mobile genetic element in a major human pathogen. Here, its mechanism of action was characterised with a combination of spectroscopic and kinetic techniques and compared to that of other MBLs...
October 25, 2016: Chemistry: a European Journal
Michelle Maclean, John G Anderson, Scott J MacGregor, Tracy White, Chintamani D Atreya
Bacterial contamination of injectable stored biological fluids such as blood plasma and platelet concentrates preserved in plasma at room temperature is a major health risk. Current pathogen reduction technologies (PRT) rely on the use of chemicals and/or ultraviolet light, which affects product quality and can be associated with adverse events in recipients. 405 nm violet-blue light is antibacterial without the use of photosensitizers and can be applied at levels safe for human exposure, making it of potential interest for decontamination of biological fluids such as plasma...
2016: Journal of Blood Transfusion
Upasana Shokal, Ioannis Eleftherianos
Despite important progress in identifying the molecules that participate in the immune response of Drosophila melanogaster to microbial infections, the involvement of thioester-containing proteins (TEPs) in the antibacterial immunity of the fly is not fully clarified. Previous studies mostly focused on identifying the function of TEP2, TEP3 and TEP6 molecules in the D. melanogaster immune system. Here, we investigated the role of TEP4 in the regulation and function of D. melanogaster host defense against 2 virulent pathogens from the genus Photorhabdus, i...
October 22, 2016: Journal of Innate Immunity
Lisheng Yang, Yajing Liu, Shuxuan Li, Huan Zhao, Qiaona Lin, Hai Yu, Xiumin Huang, Qingbing Zheng, Tong Cheng, Ningshao Xia
Hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD) is a highly contagious disease that mainly affects infants and children. Enterovirus 71 (EV71) and coxsackievirus A16 (CA16) are the major pathogens of HFMD. Two EV71 vaccines were recently licensed in China and the administration of the EV71 vaccines is believed to significantly reduce the number of HFMD-related severe or fatal cases. However, a monovalent EV71 vaccine cannot cross-protect against CA16 infection, this may result in that it cannot effectively control the overall HFMD epidemic...
October 19, 2016: Vaccine
Maria-Cristina Arcangeletti, Rosita Vasile Simone, Isabella Rodighiero, Flora De Conto, Maria-Cristina Medici, Clara Maccari, Carlo Chezzi, Adriana Calderaro
BACKGROUND: Human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) is an opportunistic pathogen leading to severe and even fatal diseases in 'at-risk' categories of individuals upon primary infection or the symptomatic reactivation of the endogenous virus. The mechanisms which make the virus able to reactivate from latency are still matter of intense study. However, the very low number of peripheral blood monocytes (an important latent virus reservoir) harbouring HCMV DNA makes it very difficult to obtain adequate viral quantities to use in such studies...
October 22, 2016: Virology Journal
Beata Dolka, Artur Żbikowski, Izabella Dolka, Piotr Szeleszczuk
BACKGROUND: Recent epidemics of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) produced an unprecedented number of cases in mute swans (Cygnus olor) in European countries, which indicates that these birds are very sensitive to the H5N1 virus. The HPAI outbreaks stirred a debate on the controversial stamping-out policy in populations of protected bird species. After preventive vaccination had been approved in the European Union, several countries have introduced vaccination schemes to protect poultry, captive wild birds or exotic birds in zoos against HPAI...
October 22, 2016: Acta Veterinaria Scandinavica
Steven Mazur, Michael R Holbrook, Tracey Burdette, Nicole Joselyn, Jason Barr, Daniela Pusl, Laura Bollinger, Linda Coe, Peter B Jahrling, Matthew G Lackemeyer, Jiro Wada, Jens H Kuhn, Krisztina Janosko
Work in a biosafety level 4 (BSL-4) containment laboratory requires time and great attention to detail. The same work that is done in a BSL-2 laboratory with non-high-consequence pathogens will take significantly longer in a BSL-4 setting. This increased time requirement is due to a multitude of factors that are aimed at protecting the researcher from laboratory-acquired infections, the work environment from potential contamination and the local community from possible release of high-consequence pathogens...
October 3, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Juan Manuel Bello-López, Facundo Hernández-Rodríguez, Julieta Rojo-Medina
INTRODUCTION: γ-radiation is a method that was originally designed for inactivation of T lymphocytes in blood and blood components in order to prevent transfusion associated-graft versus host disease (TA-GVHD). Klebsiella pneumoniae, Escherichia coli, Enterococcus faecium and Staphylococcus epidermidis strains are important pathogens in blood banks since they have been related to post-transfusional sepsis. This study was conducted to demonstrate that γ-radiation is effective in reducing the viability of bacteria in platelet concentrates (PC)...
September 29, 2016: Transfusion and Apheresis Science
Ruijie Zhang, Nana Zhang, Hai Zhang, Chunxiao Liu, Xiaoqing Dong, Xiaoxue Wang, Yu Zhu, Chong Xu, Lei Liu, Sijun Yang, Shile Huang, Long Chen
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Increasing evidence has suggested cadmium (Cd), as an inducer of reactive oxygen species (ROS), is a potential pathogenic factor in human neurodegenerative diseases. Thus, it is important to find effective interventions for Cd-induced oxidative stress in the central nervous system. The purpose of this study was to determine whether and how celastrol, a plant-derived triterpene, could mitigate Cd-induced ROS and cell death in neuronal cells. EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH: PC12, SH-SY5Y cells and primary murine neurons were chosen as a model to study celastrol neuroprotection against Cd-poisoning...
October 20, 2016: British Journal of Pharmacology
Grzegorz Fila, Anna Kawiak, Mariusz Grinholc
Pseudomonas aeruginosa is among the most common pathogens responsible for both acute and chronic infections of high incidence and severity. Additionally, P. aeruginosa resistance to conventional antimicrobials has increased rapidly over the past decade. Therefore, it is crucial to explore new therapeutic options, particularly options that specifically target the pathogenic mechanisms of this microbe. The ability of a pathogenic bacterium to cause disease is dependent upon the production of agents termed 'virulence factors', and approaches to mitigate these agents have gained increasing attention as new antibacterial strategies...
October 20, 2016: Virulence
Ying Liang, Zisheng Guo, Lang Gao, Qianqian Guo, Liyue Wang, Yan Han, Kangmin Duan, Lixin Shen
Pseudomonas aeruginosa (PAO1) is an important opportunistic pathogen that thrives in various environments. It is known that the structural variations of the lipopolysaccharide (LPS), including lipid A moiety play an important role in encountering environmental changes. Genes PA3242 and PA0011 have recently been reported to be responsible for secondary-acylation of lipid A in P. aeruginosa. In this study, we confirmed that the PA3242-dependant secondary acylation affects the growth, antibiotic resistance and virulence of PAO1 and functions as a more predominant acyltransferase than PA0011...
October 13, 2016: Microbial Pathogenesis
Nicole L McLellan, Hung Lee, Marc B Habash
Standardized and rapid assays for viable viral pathogens are needed to inform human health risk assessments. Conventional qPCR is designed to enumerate the gene copies of an organism in a sample, but does not identify those that originated from a viable pathogen. This study was undertaken to evaluate modified qPCR methods as infectivity assays for the enumeration of infectious MS2 coliphage. Propidium monoazide (PMA) treatment coupled with long-amplicon qPCR assays were assessed for their ability to quantify infectious MS2 in pure cultures and following inactivation by a range of UV light exposures and chlorine doses...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Virological Methods
Michele Chu, Michael J G Mallozzi, Bryan P Roxas, Lisa Bertolo, Mario A Monteiro, Al Agellon, V K Viswanathan, Gayatri Vedantam
Clostridium difficile is a diarrheagenic pathogen associated with significant mortality and morbidity. While its glucosylating toxins are primary virulence determinants, there is increasing appreciation of important roles for non-toxin factors in C. difficile pathogenesis. Cell wall glycopolymers (CWGs) influence the virulence of various pathogens. Five C. difficile CWGs, including PSII, have been structurally characterized, but their biosynthesis and significance in C. difficile infection is unknown. We explored the contribution of a conserved CWG locus to C...
October 2016: PLoS Pathogens
Jiangwei Yao, Megan E Ericson, Matthew W Frank, Charles O Rock
Enoyl-acyl carrier protein reductase catalyzes the last step in each elongation cycle of type II bacterial fatty acid synthesis and is a key regulatory protein in bacterial fatty acid synthesis. The facultative intracellular pathogen Listeria monocytogenes encodes two functional enoyl-ACP isoforms based on their ability to complement the temperature-sensitive growth phenotype of E. coli strain JP1111 (fabI(Ts)). The FabI isoform was inactivated by the FabI selective inhibitor AFN-1252, but the FabK isoform was not affected by the drug as expected...
October 10, 2016: Infection and Immunity
Fernando L Rosario-Ortiz, Silvio Canonica
The photochemical properties of dissolved organic matter (DOM) have been of interest to scientists and engineers since the 1970s. Upon light absorption, chromophoric DOM (CDOM) can sensitize the formation of different short-lived reactive intermediates (RIs), including hydroxyl radical ((•)OH), singlet oxygen ((1)O2) and superoxide radical anion (O2(-•)). In addition, a fraction of the excited singlet states in CDOM decays into excited triplet states ((3)CDOM*), which are also important photochemical transients in environmental systems...
October 13, 2016: Environmental Science & Technology
Yi Li, Chi Zhang, Danmeng Shuai, Saraschandra Naraginti, Dawei Wang, Wenlong Zhang
The challenge to achieve effective water disinfection of pathogens, especially viruses, with minimized harmful disinfection byproducts calls for a cost-effective and environmentally benign technology. Here, polymeric graphitic carbon nitride (g-C3N4), as a metal-free robust photocatalyst, was explored for the first time for its ability to inactivate viruses under visible light irradiation. MS2 with an initial concentration of 1 × 10(8) PFU/mL was completely inactivated by g-C3N4 with a loading of 150 mg/L under visible light irradiation of 360 min...
October 5, 2016: Water Research
Zongmin Du, Xiaoyi Wang
Various types of animal models of plague have been developed, including mice, rats, guinea pigs, and nonhuman primates. Studies have indicated that rodent and nonhuman primate models of pneumonic plague closely resemble the human disease and that the pathologic changes that occur during bubonic plague are very similar in rodents, nonhuman primates, and humans. In this section, the pathological changes caused by Y. pestis in different animal models are described. The bacterium Y. pestis causes deadly plague, whereas the other two closely related enteropathogenic Yersinia species merely cause limited gastrointestinal manifestations...
2016: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
Felix Sellberg, Erik Berglund, Martin Ronaghi, Gabriel Strandberg, Helena Löf, Pehr Sommar, Norbert Lubenow, Folke Knutson, David Berglund
BACKGROUND: Platelet lysate is a readily available source of growth factors, and other mediators, which has been used in a variety of clinical applications. However, the product remains poorly standardized and the present investigation evaluates the composition of platelet lysate obtained from either fresh or stored pathogen-inactivated platelet units. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Platelet pooled units (n = 10) were obtained from healthy blood donors and tested according to standard procedures...
September 28, 2016: Transfusion and Apheresis Science
Li Ni, Weichao Zheng, Qiang Zhang, Wei Cao, Baoming Li
The effectiveness of slightly acidic electrolyzed water (SAEW) in reducing Escherichia coli, Salmonella typhimurim, Staphylococcus aureus or bacterial mixtures on stainless steel surfaces was evaluated and compared its efficacy with composite phenol solution for reducing total aerobic bacteria in animal transport vehicles. Stainless steel surfaces were inoculated with these strains individually or in a mixture, and sprayed with SAEW, composite phenol, or alkaline electrolyzed water for 0.5, 1, 1.5 and 2min...
October 1, 2016: Preventive Veterinary Medicine
Masahiro Maeda, Hiroshi Moro, Toshikazu Ushijima
Multiple pathogenic mechanisms by which Helicobacter pylori infection induces gastric cancer have been established in the last two decades. In particular, aberrant DNA methylation is induced in multiple driver genes, which inactivates them. Methylation profiles in gastric cancer are associated with specific subtypes, such as microsatellite instability. Recent comprehensive and integrated analyses showed that many cancer-related pathways are more frequently altered by aberrant DNA methylation than by mutations...
October 7, 2016: Gastric Cancer
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