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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27934240/modeling-the-endogenous-sunlight-inactivation-rates-of-laboratory-strain-and-wastewater-e-coli-and-enterococci-using-biological-weighting-functions
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Andrea I Silverman, Kara L Nelson
Models that predict sunlight inactivation rates of bacteria are valuable tools for predicting the fate of pathogens in recreational waters and designing natural wastewater treatment systems to meet disinfection goals. We developed biological weighting function (BWF)-based numerical models to estimate the endogenous sunlight inactivation rates of E. coli and enterococci. BWF-based models allow the prediction of inactivation rates under a range of environmental conditions that shift the magnitude or spectral distribution of sunlight irradiance (e...
November 15, 2016: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27928017/a-temperature-sensitive-live-attenuated-canine-influenza-virus-h3n8-vaccine
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Aitor Nogales, Laura Rodriguez, Caroline Chauché, Kai Huang, Emma C Reilly, David J Topham, Pablo R Murcia, Colin R Parrish, Luis Martínez-Sobrido
: Canine influenza is a respiratory disease of dogs caused by canine influenza virus (CIV). CIV subtypes responsible for influenza in dogs include H3N8, which originated from the transfer of H3N8 equine influenza virus to dogs; and the H3N2 CIV, which is an avian-origin virus that adapted to infect dogs. Influenza infections are most effectively prevented through vaccination to reduce transmission and future infection. Currently, only inactivated influenza vaccines (IIVs) are available for the prevention of CIV in dogs...
December 7, 2016: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926432/pathogen-and-particle-associations-in-wastewater-significance-and-implications-for-treatment-and-disinfection-processes
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C Chahal, B van den Akker, F Young, C Franco, J Blackbeard, P Monis
Disinfection guidelines exist for pathogen inactivation in potable water and recycled water, but wastewater with high numbers of particles can be more difficult to disinfect, making compliance with the guidelines problematic. Disinfection guidelines specify that drinking water with turbidity ≥1 Nephelometric Turbidity Units (NTU) is not suitable for disinfection and therefore not fit for purpose. Treated wastewater typically has higher concentrations of particles (1-10NTU for secondary treated effluent). Two processes widely used for disinfecting wastewater are chlorination and ultraviolet radiation...
2016: Advances in Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923918/identification-of-bicarbonate-as-a-trigger-and-genes-involved-with-extracellular-dna-export-in-mycobacterial-biofilms
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Sasha J Rose, Luiz E Bermudez
: Extracellular DNA (eDNA) is an integral biofilm matrix component of numerous pathogens, including nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM). Cell lysis is the source of eDNA in certain bacteria, but the source of eDNA remains unidentified for NTM, as well as for other eDNA-containing bacterial species. In this study, conditions affecting eDNA export were examined, and genes involved with the eDNA export mechanism were identified. After a method for monitoring eDNA in real time in undisturbed biofilms was established, different conditions affecting eDNA were investigated...
December 6, 2016: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920765/novel-pathways-for-ameliorating-the-fitness-cost-of-gentamicin-resistant-small-colony-variants
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Martin Vestergaard, Wilhelm Paulander, Bingfeng Leng, Jesper B Nielsen, Henrik T Westh, Hanne Ingmer
Small colony variants (SCVs) of the human pathogen Staphylococcus aureus are associated with persistent infections. Phenotypically, SCVs are characterized by slow growth and they can arise upon interruption of the electron transport chain that consequently reduce membrane potential and thereby limit uptake of aminoglycosides (e.g., gentamicin). In this study, we have examined the pathways by which the fitness cost of SCVs can be ameliorated. Five gentamicin resistant SCVs derived from S. aureus JE2 were independently selected on agar plates supplemented with gentamicin...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919629/pre-clinical-development-of-a-hydrogen-peroxide-inactivated-west-nile-virus-vaccine
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Elizabeth A Poore, Dawn K Slifka, Hans-Peter Raué, Archana Thomas, Erika Hammarlund, Benjamin K Quintel, Lindsay L Torrey, Ariel M Slifka, Justin M Richner, Melissa E Dubois, Lawrence P Johnson, Michael S Diamond, Mark K Slifka, Ian J Amanna
West Nile virus (WNV) is a mosquito-transmitted pathogen with a wide geographical range that can lead to long-term disability and death in some cases. Despite the public health risk posed by WNV, including an estimated 3 million infections in the United States alone, no vaccine is available for use in humans. Here, we present a scaled manufacturing approach for production of a hydrogen peroxide-inactivated whole virion WNV vaccine, termed HydroVax-001WNV. Vaccination resulted in robust virus-specific neutralizing antibody responses and protection against WNV-associated mortality in mice or viremia in rhesus macaques (RM)...
December 2, 2016: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917172/immunization-strategies-against-piscirickettsia-salmonis-infections-review-of-vaccination-approaches-and-modalities-and-their-associated-immune-response-profiles
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Øystein Evensen
Salmonid rickettsial septicemia (SRS) is a serious, infectious disease in Chilean salmon farming caused by Piscirickettsia salmonis, causing heavy losses to the salmonid industry. P. salmonis belongs to the Gammaproteobacteria, order Thiotrichales. SRS was first described in Chile in 1989, and infection with P. salmonis has since been described from a high number of fish species and in several geographic regions globally. P. salmonis infection of salmonids causes multifocal, necrotic areas of internal organs such as liver, kidney, and spleen...
2016: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916561/finding-srna-associated-phenotypes-by-competition-assays-an-example-with-staphylococcus-aureus
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Thao Nguyen Le Lam, Claire Morvan, Wenfeng Liu, Chantal Bohn, Yan Jaszczyszyn, Philippe Bouloc
Bacteria optimize their fitness in response to a changing environment by tight regulation of gene expression. Regulation can be controlled at both transcriptional and post-transcriptional levels via key players such as sigma factors, regulatory proteins and regulatory RNAs. The identification of phenotypes associated with gene deletions is the established method for finding gene functions but may require testing many conditions for each studied mutant. As regulatory RNAs often contribute to fine-tuning gene expression, phenotypes associated with their inactivation are often weak and difficult to detect...
December 1, 2016: Methods: a Companion to Methods in Enzymology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916409/bluetongue-disabled-infectious-single-animal-disa-vaccine-studies-on-the-optimal-route-and-dose-in-sheep
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Piet A van Rijn, Franz J Daus, Mieke A Maris-Veldhuis, Femke Feenstra, René G P van Gennip
Bluetongue (BT) is a disease of ruminants caused by bluetongue virus (BTV) transmitted by biting midges of the Culicoides genus. Outbreaks have been controlled successfully by vaccination, however, currently available BT vaccines have several shortcomings. Recently, we have developed BT Disabled Infectious Single Animal (DISA) vaccines based on live-attenuated BTV without expression of dispensable non-structural NS3/NS3a protein. DISA vaccines are non-pathogenic replicating vaccines, do not cause viremia, enable DIVA and are highly protective...
December 1, 2016: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916319/recombinant-viral-vectored-vaccines-for-the-control-of-avian-influenza-in-poultry
#10
David L Suarez, Mary J Pantin-Jackwood
Vaccination is a commonly used tool for the control of both low pathogenic and highly pathogenic avian influenza (AI) viruses. Traditionally, inactivated adjuvanted vaccines made from a low pathogenic field strain have been used for vaccination, but advances in molecular biology have allowed a number of different viral vectored vaccines, expressing the AI virus hemagglutinin (HA) gene, to be developed and licensed for use for control of AI. This review summarizes the licensed vector vaccines available for use in poultry...
November 24, 2016: Veterinary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914458/inactivation-of-inflammasomes-by-pathogens-regulates-inflammation
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REVIEW
F Yu Garib, A P Rizopulu, A A Kuchmiy, V F Garib
Inflammatory response is initiated and sustained by the action of quintessential pro-inflammatory cytokines of immune system namely IL-1β and IL-18. The maturation process of those cytokines is ensured by caspase-1 enzymatic activity, that is in turn is tightly controlled by multiprotein complexes called inflammasomes. Inflammasomes are activated in cells of innate immune system in response to recognition of conservative parts of microbes (pathogen-associated molecular patterns) or by sensing molecular signs of tissue damage (damage-associated molecular patterns)...
November 2016: Biochemistry. Biokhimii︠a︡
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913461/primary-immune-deficiencies-with-defects-in-neutrophil-function
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Mary C Dinauer
Immune deficiencies resulting from inherited defects in neutrophil function have revealed important features of the innate immune response. Although sharing an increased susceptibility to bacterial and fungal infections, these disorders each have distinctive features in their clinical manifestations and characteristic microbial pathogens. This review provides an update on several genetic disorders with impaired neutrophil function, their pathogenesis, and treatment strategies. These include chronic granulomatous disease, which results from inactivating mutations in the superoxide-generating nicotinamide dinucleotide phosphate oxidase...
December 2, 2016: Hematology—the Education Program of the American Society of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911925/attenuation-of-quorum-sensing-regulated-virulence-of-pectobacterium-carotovorum-subsp-carotovorum-through-an-ahl-lactonase-produced-by-lysinibacillus-sp-gs50
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Sneha S Garge, Anuradha S Nerurkar
Quorum sensing (QS) is a mechanism in which Gram negative bacterial pathogens sense their population density through acyl homoserine lactones (AHLs) and regulate the expression of virulence factors. Enzymatic degradation of AHLs by lactonases, known as quorum quenching (QQ), is thus a potential strategy for attenuating QS regulated bacterial infections. We characterised the QQ activity of soil isolate Lysinibacillus sp. Gs50 and explored its potential for controlling bacterial soft rot of crop plants. Lysinibacillus sp...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910264/vaccination-against-h9n2-avian-influenza-virus-reduces-bronchus-associated-lymphoid-tissue-formation-in-cynomolgus-macaques-after-intranasal-virus-challenge-infection
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Misako Nakayama, Hiroichi Ozaki, Yasushi Itoh, Kosuke Soda, Hirohito Ishigaki, Masatoshi Okamatsu, Yoshihiro Sakoda, Chun-Ho Park, Hideaki Tsuchiya, Hiroshi Kida, Kazumasa Ogasawara
H9N2 avian influenza virus causes sporadic human infection. Since humans do not possess acquired immunity specific to this virus, we examined the pathogenicity of an H9N2 virus isolated from a human and then analyzed protective effects of a vaccine in cynomolgus macaques. After intranasal challenge with A/Hong Kong/1073/1999 (H9N2) (HK1073) isolated from a human patient, viruses were isolated from nasal and tracheal swabs in unvaccinated macaques with mild fever and body weight loss. A formalin-inactivated H9N2 whole particle vaccine derived from our virus library was subcutaneously inoculated to macaques...
December 2016: Pathology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908640/flagellin-enhances-the-immunoprotection-of-formalin-inactivated-edwardsiella-tarda-vaccine-in-turbot
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Xiaohong Liu, Hua Zhang, Chenglong Jiao, Qin Liu, Yuanxing Zhang, Jingfan Xiao
Edwardsiella tarda is an important fish pathogen that causes extensive losses in farmed fish around the world. Various types of vaccines have been developed against E. tarda infection, such as inactivated vaccine, live attenuated vaccine and subunit vaccine. However, inactivated vaccine exhibits poor immune protection against edwardsiellosis in some reports. In this study, we aimed to evaluate the protective effect of formalin-killed cells (FKC) against E. tarda with flagellin, FlgD, as an adjuvant in turbot...
November 28, 2016: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907908/prevalence-and-clinical-significance-of-brca1-2-germline-and-somatic-mutations-in-taiwanese-patients-with-ovarian-cancer
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Angel Chao, Ting-Chang Chang, Nina Lapke, Shih-Ming Jung, Peter Chi, Chien-Hung Chen, Lan-Yan Yang, Cheng-Tao Lin, Huei-Jean Huang, Hung-Hsueh Chou, Jui-Der Liou, Shu-Jen Chen, Tzu-Hao Wang, Chyong-Huey Lai
Germline and somatic BRCA1/2 mutations define a subset of patients with ovarian cancer who may benefit from treatment with poly (ADP-ribose) polymerase inhibitors. Unfortunately, data on the frequency of BRCA1/2 germline mutations in Taiwanese patients with ovarian cancer are scarce, with the prevalence of somatic mutations being unknown. We aim to investigate the occurrence of BRCA1/2 mutations in 99 Taiwanese patients with ovarian cancer which included serous (n = 46), endometrioid (n = 24), and clear cell (n = 29) carcinomas...
November 19, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905125/gadd45%C3%AE-is-involved-in-the-apoptosis-of-lymphocytes-induced-by-riboflavin-and-ultraviolet-light
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Peng Yang, Huiqin Wen, Tao Zhong, Hailiang Hu, Bangqiang Zhu, Kang Xia, Mo Xu, Maohong Bian
BACKGROUND: Riboflavin plus ultraviolet (UV) pathogen reduction technology (RF-PRT) is an effective method for inactivating the residual white blood cells (WBCs) in blood components. The RF-PRT system for platelets is known to activate many signaling pathways, including p38 and NF-κB. Nevertheless, proteomic studies in WBCs after riboflavin plus UV treatment requires further analysis. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: ABO/D-matched lymphocytes were pooled, split, and treated with RF-PRT or UV light or left untreated...
December 1, 2016: Transfusion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902426/unravelling-the-biosynthesis-of-pyriculol-in-the-rice-blast-fungus-magnaporthe-oryzae
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Stefan Jacob, Thomas Grötsch, Andrew J Foster, Anja Schüffler, Patrick H Rieger, Louis P Sandjo, Johannes C Liermann, Till Opatz, Eckhard Thines
Pyriculol was isolated from the rice blast fungus Magnaporthe oryzae and found to induce lesion formation on rice leaves. These findings suggest that it could be involved in virulence. The gene MoPKS19 was identified to encode a polyketide synthase essential for the production of the polyketide pyriculol in the rice blast fungus Magnaporthe oryzae. The transcript abundance of MoPKS19 correlates with the biosynthesis rate of pyriculol in a time-dependent manner. Furthermore, gene inactivation of MoPKS19 resulted in a mutant unable to produce pyriculol, pyriculariol and their dihydro derivatives...
November 17, 2016: Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900506/arabidopsis-thaliana-methionine-sulfoxide-reductase-b8-influences-stress-induced-cell-death-and-effector-triggered-immunity
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Shweta Roy, Ashis Kumar Nandi
Reactive oxygen species (ROS) oxidize methionine to methionine sulfoxide (MetSO) and thereby inactivate proteins. Methionine sulfoxide reductase (MSR) enzyme converts MetSO back to the reduced form and thereby detoxifies the effect of ROS. Our results show that Arabidopsis thaliana MSR enzyme coding gene MSRB8 is required for effector-triggered immunity and containment of stress-induced cell death in Arabidopsis. Plants activate pattern-triggered immunity (PTI), a basal defense, upon recognition of evolutionary conserved molecular patterns present in the pathogens...
November 29, 2016: Plant Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900359/homozygous-inactivation-of-chek2-is-linked-to-a-familial-case-of-multiple-primary-lung-cancer-with-accompanying-cancers-in-other-organs
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Yoji Kukita, Jiro Okami, Noriko Yoneda-Kato, Ikuko Nakamae, Takeshi Kawabata, Masahiko Higashiyama, Junya Kato, Ken Kodama, Kikuya Kato
In clinical practice, there are a number of cancer patients with clear family histories, but the patients lack mutations in known familial cancer syndrome genes. Recent advances in genomic technologies have enhanced the possibility of identifying causative genes in such cases. Two siblings, an elder sister and a younger brother, were found to have multiple primary lung cancers at the age of 60. The former subsequently developed breast cancer and had a history of uterine myoma. The latter had initially developed prostate cancer at the age of 59 and had a history of colon cancer...
November 2016: Cold Spring Harbor Molecular Case Studies
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