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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431274/distribution-of-escherichia-coli-o157-h7-in-ground-beef-assessing-the-clustering-intensity-for-an-industrial-scale-grinder-and-a-low-and-localized-initial-contamination
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Estelle Loukiadis, Clémence Bièche-Terrier, Catherine Malayrat, Franck Ferré, Philippe Cartier, Jean-Christophe Augustin
Undercooked ground beef is regularly implicated in food-borne outbreaks involving pathogenic Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli. The dispersion of bacteria during mixing processes is of major concern for quantitative microbiological risk assessment since clustering will influence the number of bacteria the consumers might get exposed to as well as the performance of sampling plans used to detect contaminated ground beef batches. In this study, batches of 25kg of ground beef were manufactured according to a process mimicking an industrial-scale grinding with three successive steps: primary grinding, mixing and final grinding...
March 18, 2017: International Journal of Food Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430938/characterization-of-yjjj-toxin-of-escherichia-coli
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Yuki Maeda, Chun-Yi Lin, Yojiro Ishida, Masayori Inouye, Yoshihiro Yamaguchi, Sangita Phadtare
Reminiscent of eukaryotic apoptotic programmed cell death, bacteria also contain a large number of suicide genes, which are in general co-expressed with their cognate antitoxic genes. These systems called the toxin-antitoxin (TA) systems are associated with cellular dormancy, and play major roles in biofilm formation and persistent multi-drug resistance of many human pathogens. In recent years, the study on TA system toxins has become a hot topic due to the health implications of these toxins by virtue of their role in bacterial pathogenicity...
April 19, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428958/debromoaplysiatoxin-as-the-causative-agent-of-dermatitis-in-a-dog-after-exposure-to-freshwater-in-california
#3
Birgit Puschner, Adrienne C Bautista, Chris Wong
Contamination of recreational waters with cyanobacterial toxins continues to increase and presents a risk to animals and humans. Although cases of acute hepato- and neurotoxicoses in dogs following cyanotoxin exposure exist, no reports of skin-related reactions in dogs exist. A 5-year-old female spayed 34 kg Bracco Italiano was initially presented for rapid onset of severe pruritus and urticaria. Marked excoriation and erythema were noted over the chest and neck, while urticaria was noted in the inguinal regions and ventral abdomen...
2017: Frontiers in Veterinary Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428772/molecular-characterization-of-staphylococcus-aureus-isolated-from-bovine-mastitis-and-close-human-contacts-in-south-african-dairy-herds-genetic-diversity-and-inter-species-host-transmission
#4
Tracy Schmidt, Marleen M Kock, Marthie M Ehlers
Staphylococcus aureus is one of the most common etiological agents of contagious bovine mastitis worldwide. The purpose of this study was to genetically characterize a collection of S. aureus isolates (bovine = 146, human = 12) recovered from cases of bovine mastitis and nasal swabs of close human contacts in the dairy environment. Isolates were screened for a combination of clinically significant antimicrobial and virulence gene markers whilst the molecular epidemiology of these isolates and possible inter-species host transmission was investigated using a combination of genotyping techniques...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426766/activated-entomopathogenic-nematode-infective-juveniles-release-lethal-venom-proteins
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Dihong Lu, Marissa Macchietto, Dennis Chang, Mirayana M Barros, James Baldwin, Ali Mortazavi, Adler R Dillman
Entomopathogenic nematodes (EPNs) are unique parasites due to their symbiosis with entomopathogenic bacteria and their ability to kill insect hosts quickly after infection. It is widely believed that EPNs rely on their bacterial partners for killing hosts. Here we disproved this theory by demonstrating that the in vitro activated infective juveniles (IJs) of Steinernema carpocapsae (a well-studied EPN species) release venom proteins that are lethal to several insects including Drosophila melanogaster. We confirmed that the in vitro activation is a good approximation of the in vivo process by comparing the transcriptomes of individual in vitro and in vivo activated IJs...
April 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421079/severe-sequelae-to-mold-related-illness-as-demonstrated-in-two-finnish-cohorts
#6
Tamara Tuuminen, Kyösti Sakari Rinne
The presence of toxic indoor molds with accompanying bacterial growth is clearly detrimental to human health. The pathophysiological and toxicological effects of toxins and structural components of molds and bacteria have been clarified in experiments conducted in tissue culture and animals, and there is convincing epidemiologic evidence; nonetheless their implications for human health are either ignored or denied, at least in Finland. In this communication, we describe two cohorts suffering severe sequelae to mold-related illness...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420883/leukocidins-staphylococcal-bi-component-pore-forming-toxins-find-their-receptors
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András N Spaan, Jos A G van Strijp, Victor J Torres
Staphylococcus aureus is a major bacterial pathogen that causes disease worldwide. The emergence of strains that are resistant to commonly used antibiotics and the failure of vaccine development have resulted in a renewed interest in the pathophysiology of this bacterium. Staphylococcal leukocidins are a family of bi-component pore-forming toxins that are important virulence factors. During the past five years, cellular receptors have been identified for all of the bi-component leukocidins. The identification of the leukocidin receptors explains the cellular tropism and species specificity that is exhibited by these toxins, which has important biological consequences...
April 19, 2017: Nature Reviews. Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414631/rathayibacter-toxicus-other-rathayibacter-species-inducing-bacterial-head-blight-of-grasses-and-the-potential-for-livestock-poisonings
#8
Timothy D Murray, Brenda K Schroeder, William Schneider, Doug Luster, Aaron Sechler, Elizabeth E Rogers, Sergei Subbotin
Rathayibacter toxicus, a Select Agent in the United States, is one of six recognized species in the genus Rathayibacter and the best known due to its association with Annual Ryegrass Toxicity (ARGT), which occurs only in parts of Australia. The Rathayibacter species are unusual among phytopathogenic bacteria in that they are transmitted by anguinid seed gall nematodes and produce extracellular polysaccharides in infected plants resulting in bacteriosis diseases with common names such as yellow slime and bacterial head blight...
April 17, 2017: Phytopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414448/substrate-profiling-and-high-resolution-co-complex-crystal-structure-of-a-secreted-c11-protease-conserved-across-commensal-bacteria
#9
Emily J Roncase, Clara Moon, Sandip Chatterjee, Gonzalo E González-Páez, Charles S Craik, Anthony J O'Donoghue, Dennis W Wolan
Cysteine proteases are among the most abundant hydrolytic enzymes produced by bacteria, and this diverse family of proteins have significant biological roles in bacterial viability and environmental interactions. Members of the clostripain-like (C11) family of cysteine proteases from distal gut commensal strains have recently been shown to mediate immune responses by inducing neutrophil phagocytosis and activating bacterial pathogenic toxins. Development of substrates, inhibitors, and probes that target C11 proteases from enteric bacteria will help to establish the role of these proteins at the interface of the host and microbiome in health and disease...
April 17, 2017: ACS Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412519/vitamin-d-signaling-in-intestinal-innate-immunity-and-homeostasis
#10
REVIEW
Vassil Dimitrov, John H White
The lumen of the gut hosts a plethora of microorganisms that participate in food assimilation, inactivation of harmful particles and in vitamin synthesis. On the other hand, enteric flora, a number of food antigens, and toxins are capable of triggering immune responses causing inflammation, which, when unresolved, may lead to chronic conditions such as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). It is important, therefore, to contain the gut bacteria within the lumen, control microbial load and composition, as well as ensure adequate innate and adaptive immune responses to pathogenic threats...
April 12, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409265/genomic-characterization-of-bacteriophage-vb_pcap_pp2-infecting-pectobacterium-carotovorum-subsp-carotovorum-a-new-member-of-a-proposed-genus-in-the-subfamily-autographivirinae
#11
Jeong-A Lim, Sunggi Heu, Jinwoo Park, Eunjung Roh
Bacteriophage vB_PcaP_PP2 (PP2) is a novel virulent phage that infects the plant-pathogenic bacterium Pectobacterium carotovorum subsp. carotovorum. PP2 phage has a 41,841-bp double-stranded DNA encoding 47 proteins, and it was identified as a member of the family Podoviridae by transmission electron microscopy. Nineteen of its open reading frames (ORFs) show homology to functional proteins, and 28 ORFs have been characterized as hypothetical proteins. PP2 phage is homologous to Cronobacter phage vB_CskP_GAP227 and Dev-CD-23823...
April 13, 2017: Archives of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408344/repurposing-bacterial-toxins-for-intracellular-delivery-of-therapeutic-proteins
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Greg L Beilhartz, Seiji N Sugiman-Marangos, Roman A Melnyk
Despite enormous efforts, achieving efficacious levels of proteins inside mammalian cells remains one of the greatest challenges in biologics-based drug discovery and development. The inability of proteins to readily cross biological membranes precludes access to the wealth of intracellular targets and applications that lie within mammalian cells. Existing methods of delivery commonly suffer from an inability to target specific cells and tissues, poor endosomal escape, and limited in vivo efficacy. The aim of the present commentary is to highlight the potential of certain classes of bacterial toxins, which naturally deliver a large protein into the cytosolic compartment of target cells after binding a host cell-surface receptor with high affinity, as robust protein delivery platforms...
April 10, 2017: Biochemical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408162/nuclear-protein-hmgn2-attenuates-pyocyanin-induced-oxidative-stress-via-nrf2-signaling-and-inhibits-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-internalization-in-a549-cells
#13
Keyun Liu, Xinyuan Wang, Kaihui Sha, Fumei Zhang, Feng Xiong, Xiaoying Wang, Junli Chen, Jingyu Li, Leonid P Churilov, Shanze Chen, Yi Wang, Ning Huang
Pyocyanin (PCN, 1-hydroxy-5-methyl-phenazine) is one of the most essential virulence factors of Pseudomonas aeruginosa (PA) to cause various cytotoxic effects in long-term lung infectious diseases, however the early effect of this bacterial toxin during PA infection and subsequent autonomous immune response in host cells have not been fully understood yet. Our results display that early onset of PCN stimulates Pseudomonas aeruginosa PAO1 adhesion and invasion in A549 cells via ROS production. Non-histone nuclear protein HMGN2 is found to be involved in the regulation of PCN-induced oxidative stress by promoting intracellular ROS clearance...
April 10, 2017: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405178/utilizing-bd-max%C3%A2-enteric-bacterial-panel-to-detect-stool-pathogens-from-rectal-swabs
#14
Barbara DeBurger, Sarah Hanna, Eleanor A Powell, Cindi Ventrola, Joel E Mortensen
BACKGROUND: The BD MAX™ Enteric Bacterial Panel (BDM-EBP) is designed and FDA-cleared to detect Salmonella, Shigella, Campylobacter, and Shiga toxin genes stx1/2 from stool samples. However, rectal swabs, which are not FDA-cleared for clinical testing with the BDM-EBP, are common specimens received from pediatric patients for enteric pathogen testing. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the ability of the BDM-EBP to detect stool pathogens from rectal swabs. METHODS: Routine cultures, Shiga toxin testing, and molecular testing with BDM-EBP were performed on 272 sequential rectal swabs collected from August 2015 to December 2015...
2017: BMC Clinical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28403221/correction-thermal-stability-and-structural-changes-in-bacterial-toxins-responsible-for-food-poisoning
#15
Paulina Regenthal, Jesper S Hansen, Ingemar André, Karin Lindkvist-Petersson
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2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400471/a-novel-tarantula-toxin-stabilizes-the-deactivated-voltage-sensor-of-bacterial-sodium-channel
#16
Cheng Tang, Xi Zhou, Phuong Tran Nguyen, Yunxiao Zhang, Zhaotun Hu, Changxin Zhang, Vladimir Yarov-Yarovoy, Paul G DeCaen, Songping Liang, Zhonghua Liu
Voltage-gated sodium channels (NaVs) are activated by transiting the voltage sensor from the deactivated to the activated state. The crystal structures of several bacterial NaVs have captured the voltage sensor module (VSM) in an activated state, but structure of the deactivated voltage sensor remains elusive. In this study, we sought to identify peptide toxins stabilizing the deactivated VSM of bacterial NaVs. We screened fractions from several venoms and characterized a cystine knot toxin called JZTx-27 from the venom of tarantula Chilobrachys jingzhao as a high-affinity antagonist of the prokaryotic NaVs nonselective voltage-gated, Bacillus alcalophilus (NsVBa) and bacterial sodium channel from Bacillus halodurans(NaChBac) (IC50 = 112 nM and 30 nM, respectively)...
April 11, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399692/the-interrelationship-between-phagocytosis-autophagy-and-formation-of-neutrophil-extracellular-traps-following-infection-of-human-neutrophils-by-streptococcus-pneumoniae
#17
Ihsan Ullah, Neil D Ritchie, Tom J Evans
Neutrophils play an important role in the innate immune response to infection with Streptococcus pneumoniae, the pneumococcus. Pneumococci are phagocytosed by neutrophils and undergo killing after ingestion. Other cellular processes may also be induced, including autophagy and the formation of neutrophil extracellular traps (NETs), which may play a role in bacterial eradication. We set out to determine how these different processes interacted following pneumococcal infection of neutrophils, and the role of the major pneumococcal toxin pneumolysin in these various pathways...
January 1, 2017: Innate Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28398546/the-cdi-toxin-ofyersinia-kristensenii-is-a-novel-bacterial-member-of-the-rnase-a-superfamily
#18
Gaëlle Batot, Karolina Michalska, Greg Ekberg, Ervin M Irimpan, Grazyna Joachimiak, Robert Jedrzejczak, Gyorgy Babnigg, Christopher S Hayes, Andrzej Joachimiak, Celia W Goulding
Contact-dependent growth inhibition (CDI) is an important mechanism of inter-bacterial competition found in many Gram-negative pathogens. CDI+ cells express cell-surface CdiA proteins that bind neighboring bacteria and deliver C-terminal toxin domains (CdiA-CT) to inhibit target-cell growth. CDI+ bacteria also produce CdiI immunity proteins, which specifically neutralize cognate CdiA-CT toxins to prevent self-inhibition. Here, we present the crystal structure of the CdiA-CT/CdiIYkris complex from Yersinia kristensenii ATCC 33638...
April 10, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396748/innate-immune-responses-induced-by-lipopolysaccharide-and-lipoteichoic-acid-in-primary-goat-mammary-epithelial-cells
#19
Omar Bulgari, Xianwen Dong, Alfred L Roca, Anna M Caroli, Juan J Loor
BACKGROUND: Innate immune responses induced by in vitro stimulation of primary mammary epithelial cells (MEC) using Gram-negative lipopolysaccharide (LPS) and Gram-positive lipoteichoic acid (LTA) bacterial cell wall components are well- characterized in bovine species. The objective of the current study was to characterize the downstream regulation of the inflammatory response induced by Toll-like receptors in primary goat MEC (pgMEC). We performed quantitative real-time RT-PCR (qPCR) to measure mRNA levels of 9 genes involved in transcriptional regulation or antibacterial activity: Toll-like receptor 2 (TLR2), Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4), prostaglandin-endoperoxide synthase 2 (PTGS2), interferon induced protein with tetratricopeptide repeats 3 (IFIT3), interferon regulatory factor 3 (IRF3), myeloid differentiation primary response 88 (MYD88), nuclear factor of kappa light polypeptide gene enhancer in B-cells 1 (NFKB1), Toll interacting protein (TOLLIP), and lactoferrin (LTF)...
2017: Journal of Animal Science and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396545/salicylidene-acylhydrazides-and-hydroxyquinolines-act-as-inhibitors-of-type-three-secretion-systems-in-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-by-distinct-mechanisms
#20
Ahalieyah Anantharajah, Julien M Buyck, Charlotta Sundin, Paul M Tulkens, Marie-Paule Mingeot-Leclercq, Françoise Van Bambeke
Type three secretion systems (T3SS) are major virulence factors in Gram-negative bacteria. Pseudomonas aeruginosa expresses two T3SS, namely an injectisome (iT3SS) translocating effector proteins in the host cell cytosol, and a flagellum (fT3SS) insuring bacterial motility. Inhibiting these systems is an appealing therapeutic strategy for acute infections. This study examines the protective effects of the salicylidene acylhydrazide INP0341 and of the hydroxyquinoline INP1750 (previously described as T3SS inhibitors in other species) towards cytotoxic effects of P...
April 10, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
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