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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351633/evolutionary-genetics-of-cytoplasmic-incompatibility-genes-cifa-and-cifb-in-prophage-wo-of-wolbachia
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Amelia R I Lindsey, Danny W Rice, Sarah R Bordenstein, Andrew W Brooks, Seth R Bordenstein, Irene L G Newton
The bacterial endosymbiont Wolbachia manipulates arthropod reproduction to facilitate its maternal spread through host populations. The most common manipulation is cytoplasmic incompatibility (CI): Wolbachia-infected males produce modified sperm that cause embryonic mortality, unless rescued by embryos harboring the same Wolbachia. The genes underlying CI, cifA and cifB, were recently identified in the eukaryotic association module of Wolbachia's prophage WO. Here, we use transcriptomic and genomic approaches to address three important evolutionary facets of the cif genes...
January 17, 2018: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348333/draft-genome-sequence-and-annotation-of-the-obligate-bacterial-endosymbiont-caedibacter-taeniospiralis-causative-agent-of-the-killer-phenotype-in-paramecium-tetraurelia
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Nestor Zaburannyi, Katrin Grosser, Gilles Gasparoni, Rolf Müller, Martina Schrallhammer, Martin Simon
Caedibacter taeniospiralis is an obligate endosymbiont living in the cytoplasm of Paramecium tetraureliaC. taeniospiralis causes the so-called killer trait, eliminating intraspecific competitors of its host when released into the medium by the concerted action of the unusual protein structure R-body (refractile body) in addition to an as-yet-unknown toxin.
January 18, 2018: Genome Announcements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346271/-bacterial-toxins-section-in-the-journal-toxins-a-fantastic-multidisciplinary-interplay-between-bacterial-pathogenicity-mechanisms-physiological-processes-genomic-evolution-and-subsequent-development-of-identification-methods-efficient-treatment-and-prevention
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EDITORIAL
Michel R Popoff
Toxins are powerful pathogenicity factors produced by certain bacteria, fungi, animals, and plants which mediate drastic interactions of these pathogens on the organism host[...].
January 18, 2018: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343718/the-bacterial-type-iii-toxin-antitoxin-system-toxin-is-a-dynamic-protein-rna-complex-with-stability-dependent-antiviral-abortive-infection-activity
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Francesca L Short, Chidiebere Akusobi, William R Broadhurst, George P C Salmond
Bacteria have evolved numerous defense systems to protect themselves from viral (bacteriophage) infection. The ToxIN system of Pectobacterium atrosepticum is a Type III toxin-antitoxin complex and "altruistic suicide" anti-phage system, which kills phage-infected cells through the release of a ribonuclease toxin, ToxN. ToxN is counteracted by a co-transcribed antitoxic RNA pseudoknot, ToxI, which self-assembles with ToxN into an inactive 3 ToxI:3 ToxN complex in vitro. However it is not known whether this complex is predominant in vivo, or how the complex is disassembled following infection to trigger a lethal, "altruistic" response...
January 17, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339424/clostridium-sordellii-pathogenicity-locus-plasmid-pcs1-1-encodes-a-novel-clostridial-conjugation-locus
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Callum J Vidor, Thomas D Watts, Vicki Adams, Dieter Bulach, Edward Couchman, Julian I Rood, Neil F Fairweather, Milena Awad, Dena Lyras
A major virulence factor in Clostridium sordellii-mediated infection is the toxin TcsL, which is encoded within a region of the genome called the pathogenicity locus (PaLoc). C. sordellii isolates carry the PaLoc on the pCS1 family of plasmids, of which there are four characterized members. Here, we determined the potential mobility of pCS1 plasmids and characterized a fifth unique pCS1 member. Using a derivative of the pCS1-1 plasmid from strain ATCC 9714 which had been marked with the ermB erythromycin resistance gene, conjugative transfer into a recipient C...
January 16, 2018: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339383/new-shuttle-vectors-for-gene-cloning-and-expression-in-multidrug-resistant-acinetobacter-species
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Massimiliano Lucidi, Federica Runci, Giordano Rampioni, Emanuela Frangipani, Livia Leoni, Paolo Visca
Understanding bacterial pathogenesis requires adequate genetic tools to assess the role of individual virulence determinants by mutagenesis and complementation assays, as well as for homologous and heterologous expression of cloned genes. Our knowledge of Acinetobacter baumannii pathogenesis has so far been limited by the scarcity of genetic tools to manipulate multi drug resistant (MDR) epidemic strains which are responsible for most of infections. Here, we report the construction of new multi-purpose shuttle plasmids, namely pVRL1 and pVRL2, which can efficiently replicate in Acinetobacter sp...
January 16, 2018: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337218/calcium-dependent-disorder-to-order-transitions-are-central-to-the-secretion-and-folding-of-the-cyaa-toxin-of-bordetella-pertussis-the-causative-agent-of-whooping-cough
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Darragh P O'Brien, Ana Cristina Sotomayor Perez, Johanna Karst, Sara E Cannella, Véronique Yvette Ntsogo Enguéné, Audrey Hessel, Dorothée Raoux-Barbot, Alexis Voegele, Orso Subrini, Marilyne Davi, J Inaki Guijarro, Bertrand Raynal, Bruno Baron, Patrick England, Belen Hernandez, Mahmoud Ghomi, Véronique Hourdel, Christian Malosse, Julia Chamot-Rooke, Patrice Vachette, Dominique Durand, Sébastien Brier, Daniel Ladant, Alexandre Chenal
The adenylate cyclase toxin (CyaA) plays an essential role in the early stages of respiratory tract colonization by Bordetella pertussis, the causative agent of whooping cough. Once secreted, CyaA invades eukaryotic cells, leading to cell death. The cell intoxication process involves a unique mechanism of translocation of the CyaA catalytic domain directly across the plasma membrane of the target cell. Herein, we review our recent results describing how calcium is involved in several steps of this intoxication process...
January 11, 2018: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29335804/identification-of-a-functional-toxin-antitoxin-system-located-in-the-genomic-island-pyg1-of-piezophilic-hyperthermophilic-archaeon-pyrococcus-yayanosii
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Zhen Li, Qinghao Song, Yinzhao Wang, Xiang Xiao, Jun Xu
Toxin-antitoxin (TA) system is bacterial or archaeal genetic module consisting of toxin and antitoxin gene that be organized as a bicistronic operon. TA system could elicit programmed cell death, which is supposed to play important roles for the survival of prokaryotic population under various physiological stress conditions. The phage abortive infection system (AbiE family) belongs to bacterial type IV TA system. However, no archaeal AbiE family TA system has been reported so far. In this study, a putative AbiE TA system (PygAT), which is located in a genomic island PYG1 in the chromosome of Pyrococcus yayanosii CH1, was identified and characterized...
January 15, 2018: Extremophiles: Life Under Extreme Conditions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29324231/decoding-a-salmonella-typhi-regulatory-network-that-controls-typhoid-toxin-expression-within-human-cells
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Casey C Fowler, Jorge E Galán
Salmonella Typhi is the cause of typhoid fever, a major global health concern. An essential virulence factor of this pathogen is typhoid toxin. In contrast to most AB-type toxins, typhoid toxin is exclusively expressed by intracellular bacteria. The regulatory networks that ensure this unique gene expression pattern are unknown. Here, we developed FAST-INSeq, a genome-wide screening approach to identify S. Typhi genes required for typhoid toxin expression within infected cells. We find that typhoid toxin expression is controlled by a silencing and counter-silencing mechanism through the opposing actions of the PhoP/PhoQ two-component regulatory system and the histone-like protein H-NS...
January 10, 2018: Cell Host & Microbe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29323625/catheter-associated-urinary-tract-infections-in-persons-with-neurogenic-bladders
#10
Todd A Linsenmeyer
This review is based on the author's Donald Munro Lecture given at the annual conference of the Academy of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals in New Orleans, LA. Indwelling catheters play an important role in bladder management following SCI for many individuals with neurogenic bladders. There is an increased risk of UTI compared to other types of bladder management with indwelling urethral catheters but not SP catheters. To minimize the risk of symptomatic UTI, the following steps are essential: prevent bladder wall distention and resulting ischemia, maintain colonization with "good" bacteria, and prevent bladder stones...
January 11, 2018: Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29323222/a-triangle-study-of-human-instrument-and-bioelectronic-nose-for-non-destructive-sensing-of-seafood-freshness
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Kyung Mi Lee, Manki Son, Ju Hee Kang, Daesan Kim, Seunghun Hong, Tai Hyun Park, Hyang Sook Chun, Shin Sik Choi
Because the freshness of seafood determines its consumer preference and food safety, the rapid monitoring of seafood deterioration is considered essential. However, the conventional analysis of seafood deterioration using chromatography instruments and bacterial colony counting depends on time-consuming and food-destructive treatments. In this study, we demonstrate a non-destructive and rapid food freshness monitoring system by a triangular study of sensory evaluation, gas chromatography-mass spectroscopy (GC-MS), and a bioelectronic nose...
January 11, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29322006/attenuation-of-quorum-sensing-dependent-virulence-factors-and-biofilm-formation-by-medicinal-plants-against-antibiotic-resistant-pseudomonas-aeruginosa
#12
P Sankar Ganesh, V Ravishankar Rai
Pseudomonas aeruginosa use small signaling molecules such as acyl homoserine lactones (AHLs), which play an important role in release virulence factors and toxin for further establishment of host infection. Thus, involving with the QS system would provide alternative ways of preventing the pathogenicity. In the present study, totally six medicinal plants (Terminalia bellerica, Celastrus paniculatus, Kingiodendron pinnatum, Schleichera oleosa, Melastoma malabathricum, Garcinia gummi-gutta) were screened for anti-QS activity using biomonitor strain of Chromobacterium violaceum CV12472...
January 2018: Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29320451/the-pathogenesis-of-staphylococcus-aureus-eye-infections
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REVIEW
Richard J O'Callaghan
Staphylococcus aureus is a major pathogen of the eye able to infect the tear duct, eyelid, conjunctiva, cornea, anterior and posterior chambers, and the vitreous chamber. Of these infections, those involving the cornea (keratitis) or the inner chambers of the eye (endophthalmitis) are the most threatening because of their potential to cause a loss in visual acuity or even blindness. Each of these ocular sites is protected by the constitutive expression of a variety of antimicrobial factors and these defenses are augmented by a protective host response to the organism...
January 10, 2018: Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29320233/antibacterial-activities-of-hibiscus-sabdariffa-extracts-and-chemical-sanitizers-directly-on-green-leaves-contaminated-with-foodborne-pathogens
#14
Carlos A Gómez-Aldapa, Esmeralda Rangel-Vargas, Ma Refugio Torres-Vitela, Angélica Villarruel-López, Otilio A Acevedo-Sandoval, Alberto J Gordillo-Martínez, Angélica Godínez-Oviedo, Javier Castro-Rosas
Leafy greens have been associated with foodborne disease outbreaks in different countries. To decrease microbial contamination of leafy greens, chemical agents are commonly used; however, a number of studies have shown these agents to have limited antimicrobial effect against pathogenic bacteria on vegetables. The objective of this study was to compare the antibacterial effect of Hibiscus sabdariffa calyx extracts (water, methanol, acetone, and ethyl acetate), sodium hypochlorite, acetic acid, and colloidal silver against foodborne bacteria on leafy greens...
January 10, 2018: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29318984/a-brief-history-of-shigella
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Keith A Lampel, Samuel B Formal, Anthony T Maurelli
The history of Shigella, the causative agent of bacillary dysentery, is a long and fascinating one. This brief historical account starts with descriptions of the disease and its impact on human health from ancient time to the present. Our story of the bacterium starts just before the identification of the dysentery bacillus by Kiyoshi Shiga in 1898 and follows the scientific discoveries and principal scientists who contributed to the elucidation of Shigella pathogenesis in the first 100 years. Over the past century, Shigella has proved to be an outstanding model of an invasive bacterial pathogen and has served as a paradigm for the study of other bacterial pathogens...
January 2018: EcoSal Plus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29317705/pneumolysin-induced-mitochondrial-dysfunction-leads-to-release-of-mitochondrial-dna
#16
Andreas Nerlich, Maren Mieth, Eleftheria Letsiou, Diana Fatykhova, Katja Zscheppang, Aki Imai-Matsushima, Thomas F Meyer, Lisa Paasch, Timothy J Mitchell, Mario Tönnies, Torsten T Bauer, Paul Schneider, Jens Neudecker, Jens C Rückert, Stephan Eggeling, Maria Schimek, Martin Witzenrath, Norbert Suttorp, Stefan Hippenstiel, Andreas C Hocke
Streptococcus pneumoniae (S.pn.) is the most common bacterial pathogen causing community acquired pneumonia. The pore-forming toxin pneumolysin (PLY) is the major virulence factor of S.pn. and supposed to affect alveolar epithelial cells thereby activating the immune system by liberation of danger-associated molecular patterns (DAMP). To test this hypothesis, we established a novel live-cell imaging based assay to analyse mitochondrial function and associated release of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) as DAMP in real-time...
January 9, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29317513/cyclic-amp-regulates-bacterial-persistence-through-repression-of-the-oxidative-stress-response-and-sos-dependent-dna-repair-in-uropathogenic-escherichia-coli
#17
Roberto C Molina-Quiroz, Cecilia Silva-Valenzuela, Jennifer Brewster, Eduardo Castro-Nallar, Stuart B Levy, Andrew Camilli
Bacterial persistence is a transient, nonheritable physiological state that provides tolerance to bactericidal antibiotics. The stringent response, toxin-antitoxin modules, and stochastic processes, among other mechanisms, play roles in this phenomenon. How persistence is regulated is relatively ill defined. Here we show that cyclic AMP, a global regulator of carbon catabolism and other core processes, is a negative regulator of bacterial persistence in uropathogenic Escherichia coli, as measured by survival after exposure to a β-lactam antibiotic...
January 9, 2018: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29315383/multiple-intraintestinal-signals-coordinate-the-regulation-of-vibrio-cholerae-virulence-determinants
#18
Kenneth M Peterson, Patrick S Gellings
Vibrio cholerae is a gram-negative motile bacterium capable of causing fatal pandemic disease in humans via oral ingestion of contaminated water or food. Within the human intestine the motile vibrios must evade the innate host defense mechanisms, penetrate the mucus layer covering the small intestine, adhere to and multiply on the surface of the microvilli and cause disease via the action of cholera toxin. The explosive diarrhea associated with V. cholerae intestinal colonization leads to dissemination of the vibrios back into the environment to complete this phase of the life cycle...
January 5, 2018: Pathogens and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29313451/microcystin-lr-degradation-utilizing-a-novel-effective-indigenous-bacterial-community-yfmcd1-from-lake-taihu
#19
Fei Yang, Isaac Yaw Massey, Jian Guo, Shu Yang, Yuepu Pu, Weiming Zeng, Hongzhuan Tan
Microcystins (MC) produced by species of cyanobacteria including Microcystis, Anabaena, and Aphanizomenon are a group of monocyclic hepatotoxins posing serious threat to public health. Microcystin-LR (MC-LR) is the most toxic and frequently encountered microcystin variant in the environment, and thus removal of this toxin using bacteria was shown to be a reliable, efficient, and cost-effective method that avoids utilization of chemicals that may produce potentially harmful by-products. The aim of this study was to determine whether a novel indigenous bacterial community designated YFMCD1 was effective in destroying MC...
January 9, 2018: Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29311700/phage-host-population-dynamics-promotes-prophage-acquisition-in-bacteria-with-innate-immunity
#20
Maroš Pleška, Moritz Lang, Dominik Refardt, Bruce R Levin, Călin C Guet
Temperate bacteriophages integrate in bacterial genomes as prophages and represent an important source of genetic variation for bacterial evolution, frequently transmitting fitness-augmenting genes such as toxins responsible for virulence of major pathogens. However, only a fraction of bacteriophage infections are lysogenic and lead to prophage acquisition, whereas the majority are lytic and kill the infected bacteria. Unless able to discriminate lytic from lysogenic infections, mechanisms of immunity to bacteriophages are expected to act as a double-edged sword and increase the odds of survival at the cost of depriving bacteria of potentially beneficial prophages...
January 8, 2018: Nature Ecology & Evolution
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