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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211052/life-history-strategy-determines-constraints-on-immune-function
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Benjamin J Parker, Seth M Barribeau, Alice M Laughton, Lynn H Griffin, Nicole M Gerardo
1)Determining the factors governing investment in immunity is critical for understanding host-pathogen ecological and evolutionary dynamics. Studies often consider disease resistance in the context of life-history theory, with the expectation that investment in immunity will be optimized in anticipation of disease risk. Immunity, however, is constrained by context-dependent fitness costs. How the costs of immunity vary across life-history strategies has yet to be considered. 2)Pea aphids are typically unwinged but produce winged offspring in response to high population densities and deteriorating conditions...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Animal Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208668/redox-proteomics-and-platelet-activation-understanding-the-redox-proteome-to-improve-platelet-quality-for-transfusion
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Giona Sonego, Mélanie Abonnenc, Jean-Daniel Tissot, Michel Prudent, Niels Lion
Blood banks use pathogen inactivation (PI) technologies to increase the safety of platelet concentrates (PCs). The characteristics of PI-treated PCs slightly differ from those of untreated PCs, but the underlying reasons are not well understood. One possible cause is the generation of oxidative stress during the PI process. This is of great interest since reactive oxygen species (ROS) act as second messengers in platelet functions. Furthermore, there are links between protein oxidation and phosphorylation, another mechanism that is critical for cell regulation...
February 11, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208306/highly-specific-bacteriophage-affinity-strategy-for-rapid-separation-and-sensitive-detection-of-viable-pseudomonas-aeruginosa
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Yong He, Mengyao Wang, Enci Fan, Hui Ouyang, Huan Yue, Xiaoxiao Su, Guojian Liao, Lin Wang, Shuguang Lu, Zhifeng Fu
A virulent bacteriophage highly specific to Pseudomonas aeruginosa (P. aeruginosa) was isolated from hospital sewage using a lambda bacteriophage isolation protocol. The bacteriophage, named as PAP1, was used to functionalize tosyl-activated magnetic beads to establish a bacteriophage-affinity strategy for separation and detection of viable P. aeruginosa. Recognition of the target bacteria by tail fibers and baseplate of the bacteriophage led to capture of P. aeruginosa onto the magnetic beads. After a replication cycle of about 100 min, the progenies lysed the target bacteria and released the intracellular adenosine triphosphate...
February 7, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207828/the-wide-spectrum-high-biocidal-potency-of-bioxy-formulation-when-dissolved-in-water-at-different-concentrations
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Dori Dagher, Ken Ungar, Richard Robison, Fadi Dagher
Traditional surface disinfectants that have long been applied in medicine, animal husbandry, manufacturing and institutions are inconvenient at best and dangerous at worst. Moreover, some of these substances have adverse environmental impacts: for example, quaternary ammonium compounds ("quats") are reproductive toxicants in both fish and mammals. Halogens are corrosive both to metals and living tissues, are highly reactive, can be readily neutralized by metals, and react with organic matter to form toxic, persistent by-products such as dioxins and furans...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202522/histone-acetyltransferase-activity-of-mof-is-required-for-mll-af9-leukemogenesis
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Daria G Valerio, Haiming Xu, Chun-Wei Chen, Takayuki Hoshii, Meghan E Eisold, Christopher Delaney, Monica Cusan, Aniruddha J Deshpande, Chun-Hao Huang, Amaia Lujambio, Y George G Zheng, Johannes Zuber, Tej K Pandita, Scott W Lowe, Scott A Armstrong
Chromatin-based mechanisms offer therapeutic targets in acute myeloid leukemia (AML) that are of great current interest. In this study, we conducted an RNAi-based screen to identify druggable chromatin regulator-based targets in leukemias marked by oncogenic rearrangements of the MLL gene. In this manner, we discovered the H4K16 histone acetyltransferase (HAT) MOF to be a potent suppressor of leukemia cell growth. Conditional deletion of Mof in a mouse model of MLL-AF9-driven leukemogenesis reduced tumor burden and prolonged host survival...
February 15, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199899/role-of-outer-membrane-protein-t-in-pathogenicity-of-avian-pathogenic-escherichia-coli
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Hassan M A Hejair, Jiale Ma, Yingchu Zhu, Min Sun, Wenyang Dong, Yue Zhang, Zihao Pan, Wei Zhang, Huochun Yao
An outer membrane protein T (OmpT) could play a vital role in the pathogenesis of the neonatal meningitis Escherichia coli (NMEC) in human and animals. However, whether ompT plays a role in avian pathogenic E. coli (APEC) infection remains unclear. In this study we evaluated the potential of ompT in APEC pathogenesis. An ompT gene was deleted from APEC mutant strain (TW-XM) was constructed and characterized. The inactivation of ompT reduced significantly the adherence and invasion capabilities of APEC to mouse brain microvascular endothelial cell (BMEC) bEnd...
January 27, 2017: Research in Veterinary Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199147/microbiological-safety-of-animal-wastes-processed-by-physical-heat-treatment-an-alternative-to-eliminate-human-pathogens-in-biological-soil-amendments-as-recommended-by-the-food-safety-modernization-act
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Zhao Chen, Xiuping Jiang
Animal wastes have high nutritional value as biological soil amendments of animal origin for plant cultivation in sustainable agriculture; however, they can be sources of some human pathogens. Although composting is an effective way to reduce pathogen levels in animal wastes, pathogens may still survive under certain conditions and persist in the composted products, which potentially could lead to fresh produce contamination. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Food Safety Modernization Act, alternative treatments are recommended for reducing or eliminating human pathogens in raw animal manure...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197137/different-behavior-of-enteric-bacteria-and-viruses-in-clay-and-sandy-soils-after-biofertilization-with-swine-digestate
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Gislaine Fongaro, María C García-González, Marta Hernández, Airton Kunz, Célia R M Barardi, David Rodríguez-Lázaro
Enteric pathogens from biofertilizer can accumulate in the soil, subsequently contaminating water and crops. We evaluated the survival, percolation and leaching of model enteric pathogens in clay and sandy soils after biofertilization with swine digestate: PhiX-174, mengovirus (vMC0), Salmonella enterica Typhimurium and Escherichia coli O157:H7 were used as biomarkers. The survival of vMC0 and PhiX-174 in clay soil was significantly lower than in sandy soil (iT90 values of 10.520 ± 0.600 vs. 21.270 ± 1.100 and 12...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192438/advances-in-neglected-tropical-disease-vaccines-developing-relative-potency-and-functional-assays-for-the-na-gst-1-alhydrogel-hookworm-vaccine
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Jill B Brelsford, Jordan L Plieskatt, Anna Yakovleva, Amar Jariwala, Brian P Keegan, Jin Peng, Pengjun Xia, Guangzhao Li, Doreen Campbell, Maria Victoria Periago, Rodrigo Correa-Oliveira, Maria Elena Bottazzi, Peter J Hotez, David Diemert, Jeffrey M Bethony
A new generation of vaccines for the neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) have now advanced into clinical development, with the Na-GST-1/Alhydrogel Hookworm Vaccine already being tested in Phase 1 studies in healthy adults. The current manuscript focuses on the often overlooked critical aspects of NTD vaccine product development, more specifically, vaccine stability testing programs. A key measure of vaccine stability testing is "relative potency" or the immunogenicity of the vaccine during storage. As with most NTD vaccines, the Na-GST-1/Alhydrogel Hookworm Vaccine was not developed by attenuation or inactivation of the pathogen (Necator americanus), so conventional methods for measuring relative potency are not relevant for this investigational product...
February 13, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191640/pathogen-safety-of-a-pasteurized-four-factor-human-prothrombin-complex-concentrate-preparation-using-serial-20n-virus-filtration
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Thomas Nowak, Birgit Popp, Albrecht Gröner, Wolfram Schäfer, Uwe Kalina, Karlheinz Enssle, Nathan J Roth
BACKGROUND: Beriplex P/N/Kcentra/Coaplex/Confidex is a four-factor human prothrombin complex concentrate (PCC). Here, we describe the pathogen safety profile and biochemical characteristics of an improved manufacturing process that further enhances the virus safety of Beriplex P/N. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: Samples of product intermediates were spiked with test viruses, and prions were evaluated under routine production and robustness conditions of the scale-down version of the commercial manufacturing process for their capacity to inactivate or remove pathogens...
February 12, 2017: Transfusion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186501/intrinsic-repair-protects-cells-from-pore-forming-toxins-by-microvesicle-shedding
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Matthew Romero, Michelle Keyel, Guilan Shi, Pushpak Bhattacharjee, Robyn Roth, John E Heuser, Peter A Keyel
Pore-forming toxins (PFTs) are used by both the immune system and by pathogens to disrupt cell membranes. Cells attempt to repair this disruption in various ways, but the exact mechanism(s) that cells use are not fully understood, nor agreed upon. Current models for membrane repair include (1) patch formation (e.g., fusion of internal vesicles with plasma membrane defects), (2) endocytosis of the pores, and (3) shedding of the pores by blebbing from the cell membrane. In this study, we sought to determine the specific mechanism(s) that cells use to resist three different cholesterol-dependent PFTs: Streptolysin O, Perfringolysin O, and Intermedilysin...
February 10, 2017: Cell Death and Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183985/characterization-of-pph3-mediated-dephosphorylation-of-rad53-during-methyl-methanesulfonate-induced-dna-damage-repair-in-candida-albicans
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Guangyin Yao, Junhua Wan, Qizheng Liu, Chunhua Mu, Yue Wang, Jianli Sang
Genotoxic stress causes DNA damage or stalled DNA replication and filamentous growth in the pathogenic fungus Candida albicans The DNA checkpoint kinase Rad53 critically regulates by phosphorylation effectors that execute the stress response. Rad53 itself is activated by phosphorylation and inactivated by dephosphorylation. Previous studies have suggested that the phosphatase Pph3 dephosphorylates Rad53. Here, we used mass spectrometry and mutagenesis to identify Pph3 dephosphorylation sites on Rad53 in C. albicans We found that serine residues 351, 461, and 477, which were dephosphorylated in wild-type cells during the recovery from DNA damage caused by methyl methanesulfonate (MMS), remained phosphorylated in pph3Δ/Δ cells...
February 9, 2017: Biochemical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182670/killing-of-diverse-eye-pathogens-acanthamoeba-spp-fusarium-solani-and-chlamydia-trachomatis-with-alcohols
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Yousuf Aqeel, Raquel Rodriguez, Aparajita Chatterjee, Robin R Ingalls, John Samuelson
BACKGROUND: Blindness is caused by eye pathogens that include a free-living protist (Acanthamoeba castellanii, A. byersi, and/or other Acanthamoeba spp.), a fungus (Fusarium solani), and a bacterium (Chlamydia trachomatis). Hand-eye contact is likely a contributor to the spread of these pathogens, and so hand washing with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizers (when water is not available) might reduce their transmission. Recently we showed that ethanol and isopropanol in concentrations present in hand sanitizers kill walled cysts of Giardia and Entamoeba, causes of diarrhea and dysentery, respectively...
February 9, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28174315/a-novel-phosphoregulatory-switch-controls-the-activity-and-function-of-the-major-catalytic-subunit-of-protein-kinase-a-in-aspergillus-fumigatus
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E Keats Shwab, Praveen R Juvvadi, Greg Waitt, Erik J Soderblom, M Arthur Moseley, Nathan I Nicely, Yohannes G Asfaw, William J Steinbach
: Invasive aspergillosis (IA), caused by the filamentous fungal pathogen Aspergillus fumigatus, is a major cause of death among immunocompromised patients. The cyclic AMP/protein kinase A (PKA) signaling pathway is essential for hyphal growth and virulence of A. fumigatus, but the mechanism of regulation of PKA remains largely unknown. Here, we discovered a novel mechanism for the regulation of PKA activity in A. fumigatus via phosphorylation of key residues within the major catalytic subunit, PkaC1...
February 7, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28174074/inactivation-of-rabies-virus
#15
Guanghui Wu, David Selden, Anthony R Fooks, Ashley Banyard
Rabies virus is a notifiable pathogen that must be handled in high containment facilities where national and international guidelines apply. For the effective inactivation of rabies virus, a number of reagents were tested. Virkon S (1%) solution caused more than 4log reduction of rabies virus in culture medium supplemented with 10% foetal calf serum within 1min. Isopropyl alcohol (70%) treatment resulted in >3log reduction of rabies virus within 20s when applied at a ratio of 19:1, making it a suitable agent for surface decontamination whereas 70% ethanol was ineffective...
February 5, 2017: Journal of Virological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167518/pleiotropic-regulation-of-virulence-genes-in-streptococcus-mutans-by-a-conserved-small-protein-sprv
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Manoharan Shankar, Mohammad S Hossain, Indranil Biswas
: Streptococcus mutans, an oral pathogen associated with dental caries, colonizes tooth surfaces as polymicrobial biofilms, known as dental plaque. S. mutans expresses several virulence factors that allow the organism to tolerate environmental fluctuations and to compete with other microorganisms. We recently identified that a small hypothetical protein (90 amino acids) was essential for normal growth of the bacterium. Inactivation of the gene SMU.2137 encoding this protein caused a significant growth defect and loss of various virulence-associated functions...
February 6, 2017: Journal of Bacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166822/disruption-of-the-m949_rs01915-gene-changed-the-bacterial-lipopolysaccharide-pattern-pathogenicity-and-gene-expression-of-riemerella-anatipestifer
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Yafeng Dou, Xiaolan Wang, Guijing Yu, Shaohui Wang, Mingxing Tian, Jingjing Qi, Tao Li, Chan Ding, Shengqing Yu
Riemerella anatipestifer is an important pathogen that causes septicemia anserum exsudativa in ducks. Lipopolysaccharide (LPS) is considered to be a major virulence factor of R. anatipestifer. To identify genes involved in LPS biosynthesis, we screened a library of random Tn4351 transposon mutants using a monoclonal antibody against R. anatipestifer serotype 1 LPS (anti-LPS MAb). A mutant strain RA1067 which lost the reactivity in an indirect ELISA was obtained. Southern blot and sequencing analyses indicated a single Tn4351 was inserted at 116 bp in the M949_RS01915 gene in the RA1067 chromosomal DNA...
February 6, 2017: Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166240/involvement-of-multiple-stressors-induced-by-non-thermal-plasma-charged-aerosols-during-inactivation-of-airborne-bacteria
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Nachiket D Vaze, Sin Park, Ari D Brooks, Alexander Fridman, Suresh G Joshi
A lab-scale, tunable, single-filament, point-to-point nonthermal dieletric-barrier discharge (DBD) plasma device was built to study the mechanisms of inactivation of aerosolized bacterial pathogens. The system inactivates airborne antibiotic-resistant pathogens efficiently. Nebulization mediated pre-optimized (4 log and 7 log) bacterial loads were challenged to plasma-charged aerosols, and lethal and sublethal doses determined using colony assay, and cell viability assay; and the loss of membrane potential and cellular respiration were determined using cell membrane potential assay and XTT assay...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28164306/amustaline-s-303-treatment-inactivates-high-levels-of-zika-virus-in-red-blood-cell-components
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Andrew Laughhunn, Felicia Santa Maria, Julien Broult, Marion C Lanteri, Adonis Stassinopoulos, Didier Musso, Maite Aubry
BACKGROUND: The potential for Zika virus (ZIKV) transmission by blood transfusion (TT) has been demonstrated in French Polynesia and Brazil. Pathogen inactivation (PI) of blood products is a proactive strategy to inactivate TT pathogens including arboviruses. Inactivation of West Nile, dengue, Zika, and chikungunya viruses was previously demonstrated by photochemical treatment with amotosalen and ultraviolet A (UVA) illumination. In this study, we evaluated ZIKV inactivation in red blood cell (RBC) components by a chemical approach that uses amustaline (S-303) and glutathione (GSH)...
February 5, 2017: Transfusion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28163827/the-complete-genome-sequence-of-the-yogurt-isolate-streptococcus-thermophilus-aca-dc-2
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Voula Alexandraki, Maria Kazou, Jochen Blom, Bruno Pot, Effie Tsakalidou, Konstantinos Papadimitriou
Streptococcus thermophilus ACA-DC 2 is a newly sequenced strain isolated from traditional Greek yogurt. Among the 14 fully sequenced strains of S. thermophilus currently deposited in the NCBI database, the ACA-DC 2 strain has the smallest chromosome, containing 1,731,838 bp. The annotation of its genome revealed the presence of 1,850 genes, including 1,556 protein-coding genes, 70 RNA genes and 224 potential pseudogenes. A large number of pseudogenes were identified. This was also accompanied by the absence of pathogenic features suggesting evolution of strain ACA-DC 2 through genome decay processes, most probably due to adaptation to the milk ecosystem...
2017: Standards in Genomic Sciences
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