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Burkholderia cenocepacia

Bartosz Roszniowski, Agnieszka Latka, Barbara Maciejewska, Dieter Vandenheuvel, Tomasz Olszak, Yves Briers, Giles S Holt, Miguel A Valvano, Rob Lavigne, Darren L Smith, Zuzanna Drulis-Kawa
Burkholderia phage AP3 (vB_BceM_AP3) is a temperate virus of the Myoviridae and the Peduovirinae subfamily (P2likevirus genus). This phage specifically infects multidrug-resistant clinical Burkholderia cenocepacia lineage IIIA strains commonly isolated from cystic fibrosis patients. AP3 exhibits high pairwise nucleotide identity (61.7 %) to Burkholderia phage KS5, specific to the same B. cenocepacia host, and has 46.7-49.5 % identity to phages infecting other species of Burkholderia. The lysis cassette of these related phages has a similar organization (putative antiholin, putative holin, endolysin, and spanins) and shows 29-98 % homology between specific lysis genes, in contrast to Enterobacteria phage P2, the hallmark phage of this genus...
October 21, 2016: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
Vikas Gautam, Prashant P Patil, Sunil Kumar, Samriti Midha, Mandeep Kaur, Satinder Kaur, Meenu Singh, Swapna Mali, Jayanthi Shastri, Anita Arora, Pallab Ray, Prabhu B Patil
Burkholderia cepacia complex (Bcc) is a complex group of bacteria causing opportunistic infections in immunocompromised and cystic fibrosis (CF) patients. Herein, we report multilocus sequence typing and analysis of the 57 clinical isolates of Bcc collected over the period of seven years (2005-2012) from several hospitals across India. A total of 21 sequence types (ST) including two STs from cystic fibrosis patient's isolates and twelve novel STs were identified in the population reflecting the extent of genetic diversity...
October 21, 2016: Scientific Reports
Dalila Mil-Homens, Sandra N Pinto, Rute G Matos, Cecília Arraiano, Arsenio M Fialho
Chronic lung disease caused by persistent bacterial infections is a major cause of morbidity and mortality in patients with cystic fibrosis (CF). CF pathogens acquire antibiotic resistance, overcame host defenses and impose uncontrolled inflammation that ultimately may cause permanent damage of lungs' airways. Among the multiple CF-associated pathogens, Burkholderia cenocepacia and other B. cepacia complex (Bcc) bacteria have become prominent contributors of disease progression. Here, we demonstrate that BcaA, a trimeric autotransporter adhesin (TAA) from the epidemic strain B...
September 29, 2016: Cellular Microbiology
Marcus M Dillon, Vaughn S Cooper
Mutation accumulation (MA) experiments employ the strategy of minimizing the population size of evolving lineages to greatly reduce effects of selection on newly arising mutations. Thus, most mutations fix within MA lines independently of their fitness effects. This approach, more recently combined with genome sequencing, has detailed the rates, spectra, and biases of different mutational processes. However, a quantitative understanding of the fitness effects of mutations virtually unseen by selection has remained an untapped opportunity...
September 26, 2016: Genetics
Felicity K Abbott, Kathleen E N Milne, David A Stead, Ian M Gould
The Burkholderia cepacia complex (Bcc) is notorious for the life-threatening pulmonary infections it causes in patients with cystic fibrosis. The multidrug-resistant nature of Bcc and differing infective Bcc species make the design of appropriate treatment regimens challenging. Previous synergy studies have failed to take account of the species of Bcc isolates. Etest methodology was used to facilitate minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) and antimicrobial combination testing on 258 isolates of Bcc, identified to species level by matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionisation time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF/MS)...
September 12, 2016: International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents
Katherine A Rhodes, Herbert P Schweizer
The genus Burkholderia comprises metabolically diverse and adaptable Gram-negative bacteria, which thrive in often adversarial environments. A few members of the genus are prominent opportunistic pathogens. These include Burkholderia mallei and Burkholderia pseudomallei of the B. pseudomallei complex, which cause glanders and melioidosis, respectively. Burkholderia cenocepacia, Burkholderia multivorans, and Burkholderia vietnamiensis belong to the Burkholderia cepacia complex and affect mostly cystic fibrosis patients...
September 2016: Drug Resistance Updates: Reviews and Commentaries in Antimicrobial and Anticancer Chemotherapy
Rafael José Vivero, Natalia Gil Jaramillo, Gloria Cadavid-Restrepo, Sandra I Uribe Soto, Claudia Ximena Moreno Herrera
BACKGROUND: Lutzomyia evansi, a phlebotomine insect endemic to Colombia's Caribbean coast, is considered to be the main vector of visceral and cutaneous leishmaniasis in the region. Although insects of this species can harbor pathogenic and non-pathogenic microorganisms in their intestinal microbiota, there is little information available about the diversity of gut bacteria present in Lutzomyia evansi. In this study, conventional microbiological methods and molecular tools were used to assess the composition of bacterial communities associated with Lutzomyia evansi guts in immature and adult stages of natural populations from the department of Sucre (Caribbean coast of Colombia)...
2016: Parasites & Vectors
Yee-Chin Wong, Moataz Abd El Ghany, Raeece Naeem, Kok-Wei Lee, Yung-Chie Tan, Arnab Pain, Sheila Nathan
Burkholderia cenocepacia infection often leads to fatal cepacia syndrome in cystic fibrosis patients. However, antibiotic therapy rarely results in complete eradication of the pathogen due to its intrinsic resistance to many clinically available antibiotics. Recent attention has turned to the identification of essential genes as the proteins encoded by these genes may serve as potential targets for development of novel antimicrobials. In this study, we utilized TraDIS (Transposon Directed Insertion-site Sequencing) as a genome-wide screening tool to facilitate the identification of B...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
Christiaan D M Wijers, Ryan Vagedes, Christine Weingart
BACKGROUND: Burkholderia cenocepacia is a Gram-negative, opportunistic pathogen that is a cause of morbidity and mortality in patients with cystic fibrosis (CF). Research efforts over the past few decades contributed to our understanding of these infections by identifying virulence factors. However, little is known about how this pathogen adapts to the harsh environment found inside the CF airways, which is characterized by a unique mucus containing high concentrations of inflammatory markers...
2016: BMC Microbiology
Viola C Scoffone, Laurent R Chiarelli, Vadim Makarov, Gilles Brackman, Aygun Israyilova, Alberto Azzalin, Federico Forneris, Olga Riabova, Svetlana Savina, Tom Coenye, Giovanna Riccardi, Silvia Buroni
Burkholderia cenocepacia, an opportunistic respiratory pathogen particularly relevant for cystic fibrosis patients, is difficult to eradicate due to its high level of resistance to most clinically relevant antimicrobials. Consequently, the discovery of new antimicrobials as well as molecules capable of inhibiting its virulence is mandatory. In this regard quorum sensing (QS) represents a good target for anti-virulence therapies, as it has been linked to biofilm formation and is important for the production of several virulence factors, including proteases and siderophores...
2016: Scientific Reports
Mia F Tazi, Duaa A Dakhlallah, Kyle Caution, Madelyn M Gerber, Sheng-Wei Chang, Hany Khalil, Benjamin Kopp, Amr Ahmed, Kathrin Krause, Ian Davis, Clay Marsh, Amy E Lovett-Racke, Larry S Schlesinger, Estelle Cormet-Boyaka, Amal O Amer
Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a fatal, genetic disorder that critically affects the lungs and is directly caused by mutations in the CF transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) gene, resulting in defective CFTR function. Macroautophagy/autophagy is a highly-regulated biological process that provides energy during periods of stress and starvation. Autophagy clears pathogens and dysfunctional protein aggregates within macrophages. However, this process is impaired in CF patients and CF mice, as their macrophages exhibit limited autophagy activity...
August 19, 2016: Autophagy
Saira Ahmad, Jean Tyrrell, William G Walton, Ashutosh Tripathy, Matthew R Redinbo, Robert Tarran
The opportunistic bacteria of the Burkholderia cepacia complex (Bcc) are extremely pathogenic to cystic fibrosis (CF) patients, and acquisition of Bcc bacteria is associated with a significant increase in mortality. Treatment of Bcc infections is difficult because the bacteria are multidrug resistant and able to survive in biofilms. Short palate, lung, and nasal epithelial clone 1 (SPLUNC1) is an innate defense protein that is secreted by the upper airways and pharynx. While SPLUNC1 is known to have antimicrobial functions, its effects on Bcc strains are unclear...
October 2016: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
Heleen Van Acker, Jan Gielis, Marloes Acke, Freya Cools, Paul Cos, Tom Coenye
It was recently proposed that bactericidal antibiotics, besides through specific drug-target interactions, kill bacteria by a common mechanism involving the production of reactive oxygen species (ROS). However, this mechanism involving the production of hydroxyl radicals has become the subject of a lot of debate. Since the contribution of ROS to antibiotic mediated killing most likely depends on the conditions, differences in experimental procedures are expected to be at the basis of the conflicting results...
2016: PloS One
Wen-Li Du, Nelly Dubarry, Fanny M Passot, Alain Kamgoué, Heath Murray, David Lane, Franck Pasta
Bacterial genomes typically consist of a single chromosome and, optionally, one or more plasmids. But whole-genome sequencing reveals about ten per-cent of them to be multipartite, with additional replicons which by size and indispensability are considered secondary chromosomes. This raises the questions of how their replication and partition is managed without compromising genome stability and of how such genomes arose. Vibrio cholerae, with a 1 Mb replicon in addition to its 3 Mb chromosome, is the only species for which maintenance of a multipartite genome has been investigated...
July 2016: PLoS Genetics
Brijesh Kumar, Silvia T Cardona
Burkholderia cenocepacia belongs to the Burkholderia cepacia complex (Bcc), a group of at least 18 distinct species that establish chronic infections in the lung of people with the genetic disease cystic fibrosis (CF). The sputum of CF patients is rich in amino acids and was previously shown to increase flagellar gene expression in B. cenocepacia. We examined flagellin expression and flagellar morphology of B. cenocepacia grown in synthetic cystic fibrosis sputum medium (SCFM) compared to minimal medium. We found that CF nutritional conditions induce increased motility and flagellin expression...
2016: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
Sílvia A Sousa, Mostafa Morad, Joana R Feliciano, Tiago Pita, Soad Nady, Rehab E El-Hennamy, Mona Abdel-Rahman, José Cavaco, Luísa Pereira, Celeste Barreto, Jorge H Leitão
Respiratory infections by bacteria of the Burkholderia cepacia complex (Bcc) remain an important cause of morbidity and mortality among cystic fibrosis patients, highlighting the need for novel therapeutic strategies. In the present work we have studied the B. cenocepacia protein BCAL2958, a member of the OmpA-like family of proteins, demonstrated as highly immunogenic in other pathogens and capable of eliciting strong host immune responses. The encoding gene was cloned and the protein, produced as a 6× His-tagged derivative, was used to produce polyclonal antibodies...
December 2016: AMB Express
Steve P Bernier, Matthew L Workentine, Xiang Li, Nathan A Magarvey, George A O'Toole, Michael G Surette
Microbes within polymicrobial communities can establish positive and negative interactions that have the potential to influence the overall behavior of the community. Pseudomonas aeruginosa and species of the Burkholderia cepacia complex (Bcc) can co-exist in the lower airways, however several studies have shown that P. aeruginosa can effectively kill the Bcc in vitro, for which hydrogen cyanide (HCN) was recently proposed to play a critical role. Here we show that modification of the environment (i.e., culture medium), long-term genetic adaptation of P...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
M A Veselova, Yu M Romanova, V A Lipasova, O A Koksharova, Yu V Zaitseva, M U Chernukha, A L Gintsburg, I A Khmel
In order to study the regulation of N-acyl-homoserine lactones synthesis (AHLs, the signal molecules of Quorum Sensing regulation) in Burkholderia cenocepacia strain 370 we obtained mutants with increased AHL production. One of the mutants, named BC-B6, was obtained by TnMod-RKm(r) plasposon mutagenesis. The plasposon insertion was located within the clpX gene encoding the ATPase subunit ClpX of the ClpXP protease. The mutation reduced bacterial virulence in mice intranasal infection. The results of proteomic analysis demonstrated that the expression of at least 19 proteins differed not less than 2-fold between the parental and mutant strains...
May 2016: Microbiological Research
Esther Fernández-González, Sawsane Bakioui, Margarida C Gomes, David O'Callaghan, Annette C Vergunst, Félix J Sangari, Matxalen Llosa
Burkholderia cenocepacia is both a plant pathogen and the cause of serious opportunistic infections, particularly in cystic fibrosis patients. B. cenocepacia K56-2 harbors a native plasmid named Ptw for its involvement in the Plant Tissue Watersoaking phenotype. Ptw has also been reported to be important for survival in human cells. Interestingly, the presence of PtwC, a homolog of the conjugative relaxase TrwC of plasmid R388, suggests a possible function for Ptw in conjugative DNA transfer. The ptw region includes Type IV Secretion System genes related to those of the F plasmid...
2016: Frontiers in Molecular Biosciences
Francesca Spadaro, Viola C Scoffone, Laurent R Chiarelli, Marco Fumagalli, Silvia Buroni, Giovanna Riccardi, Federico Forneris
Burkholderia cenocepacia is a major concern among respiratory tract infections in cystic fibrosis patients. This pathogen is particularly difficult to treat because of its high level of resistance to the clinically relevant antimicrobial agents. In B. cenocepacia, the quorum sensing cell-cell communication system is involved in different processes that are important for bacterial virulence, such as biofilm formation and protease and siderophore production. Targeting the enzymes involved in this process represents a promising therapeutic approach...
June 14, 2016: Biochemistry
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