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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216292/evolutionary-constraints-shaping-streptococcus-pyogenes-host-interactions
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REVIEW
Reid V Wilkening, Michael J Federle
Research on the Gram-positive human-restricted pathogen Streptococcus pyogenes (Group A Streptococcus, GAS) has long focused on invasive illness, the most severe manifestations of GAS infection. Recent advances in descriptions of molecular mechanisms of GAS virulence, coupled with massive sequencing efforts to isolate genomes, have allowed the field to better understand the molecular and evolutionary changes leading to pandemic strains. These findings suggest that it is necessary to rethink the dogma involving GAS pathogenesis, and that the most productive avenues for research going forward may be investigations into GAS in its 'normal' habitat, the nasopharynx, and its ability to either live with its host in an asymptomatic lifestyle or as an agent of superficial infections...
February 16, 2017: Trends in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202416/microarray-analysis-of-macrophage-response-to-infection-with-streptococcus-oralis-reveals-the-immunosuppressive-effect-of-hydrogen-peroxide
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Hitomi Matsushima, Yutaro Kumagai, Alexis Vandenbon, Hideo Kataoka, Miki Kadena, Haruka Fukamachi, Takafumi Arimoto, Hirobumi Morisaki, Nagatoshi Fujiwara, Nobuo Okahashi, Hirotaka Kuwata
Oral streptococci including mitis group streptococci are commensal residents and are also the first to colonize the oral cavity. However, various species of these oral streptococci have the potential to invade the host and occasionally lead to severe infectious disease such as cardiovascular diseases. Oral streptococci have close interactions with the host immune system including macrophages at the oral mucosal surface. One notable common trait of oral streptococcus including Streptococcus oralis (S. oralis) is the production of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2)...
February 13, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192236/diagnosis-of-primary-antibody-and-complement-immunodeficiencies-in-young-adults-after-a-first-invasive-bacterial-infection
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Sébastien Sanges, Frédéric Wallet, Nicolas Blondiaux, Didier Theis, Isabelle Verin, Anne Vachée, Rodrigue Dessein, Karine Faure, Nathalie Viget, Eric Senneville, Olivier Leroy, Fleur Maury, Nicolas Just, Julien Poissy, Daniel Mathieu, Anne Prévotat, Cécile Chenivesse, Arnaud Scherpereel, Grégoire Smith, Benjamin Lopez, Jérémie Rosain, Véronique Fremeaux-Bacchi, Eric Hachulla, Pierre-Yves Hatron, Mathilde Bahuaud, Frédéric Batteux, David Launay, Myriam Labalette, Guillaume Lefèvre
OBJECTIVES: Screening for primary immunodeficiencies (PIDs) in adults is recommended after two severe bacterial infections. We aimed to evaluate if screening should be performed after the first invasive infection in young adults. METHODS: Eligible patients were retrospectively identified using hospital discharge and bacteriology databases in 3 centers during a 3-year period. Eighteen to forty year-old patients were included if they had experienced an invasive infection with encapsulated bacteria commonly encountered in PIDs (Streptococcus pneumoniae (SP), Neisseria meningitidis (NM), Neisseria gonorrhoeae (NG), Haemophilus influenzae (HI) or group A Streptococcus (GAS))...
February 10, 2017: Clinical Microbiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161295/serotype-distribution-and-antimicrobial-susceptibility-of-streptococcus-pneumoniae-strains-isolated-in-japan-after-introduction-of-the-routine-immunization-program
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Haruko Miyazaki, Rie Shibuya, Naoko Midorikawa, Bin Chang, Makoto Ohnishi, Tetsuya Matsumoto
Pneumococcal vaccines have reduced the incidences of Streptococcus pneumoniae infections among children and adults, but a relative increase in the prevalence of non-vaccine serotypes has been reported. To follow the changing epidemiology of pneumococcal diseases, capsular serotyping and antimicrobial susceptibility testing was performed on 534 pneumococcal isolates obtained from a hospital in Japan after routine immunization was launched, between October 2014 and May 2016. Serotype distributions and antimicrobial susceptibilities were evaluated among the total patient population, and were compared by age and sample groups and by serotype group, respectively...
February 1, 2017: Journal of Infection and Chemotherapy: Official Journal of the Japan Society of Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161292/a-case-of-descending-mediastinitis-caused-by-streptococcus-pyogenes-harboring-genotype-emm25-and-sequence-type-660
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Hiroaki Ohya, Nobuaki Mori, Tetsuro Hayashi, Shujiro Minami, Akiko Higuchi, Takashi Takahashi
Descending mediastinitis caused by Streptococcus pyogenes (group A streptococcus, GAS) is rare among cases of invasive GAS infection. In this report, we describe a case of a cervical abscess and secondary descending mediastinitis in a previously healthy 39-year-old Japanese man. The patient presented with a 2-week history of a sore throat, and subsequently developed an abscess and descending mediastinitis. We treated the cervical abscess using ampicillin/sulbactam and drainage, and GAS was subsequently isolated in two blood cultures from the patient's admission...
February 1, 2017: Journal of Infection and Chemotherapy: Official Journal of the Japan Society of Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152029/clonal-and-serotype-dynamics-of-serogroup-6-isolates-causing-invasive-pneumococcal-disease-in-portugal-1999-2012
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Jorge Diamantino-Miranda, Sandra Isabel Aguiar, João André Carriço, José Melo-Cristino, Mário Ramirez
Although serogroup 6 was among the first to be recognized among Streptococcus pneumoniae, several new serotypes were identified since the introduction of pneumococcal conjugate vaccines (PCVs). A decrease of the 6B-2 variant among invasive pneumococcal disease (IPD), but not 6B-1, was noted post conjugate vaccine introduction, underpinned by a decrease of CC273 isolates. Serotype 6C was associated with adult IPD and increased in this age group representing two lineages (CC315 and CC395), while the same lineages expressed other serogroup 6 serotypes in children...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28128090/ongoing-outbreak-of-invasive-and-non-invasive-disease-due-to-group-a-streptococcus-gas-type-emm66-among-homeless-and-people-who-inject-drugs-in-england-and-wales-january-to-december-2016
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Nick Bundle, Laura Bubba, Juliana Coelho, Rachel Kwiatkowska, Rachel Cloke, Sarah King, Jill Rajan-Iyer, Max Courtney-Pillinger, Charles R Beck, Vivian Hope, Theresa Lamagni, Colin S Brown, Daiga Jermacane, Rachel Glass, Monica Desai, Maya Gobin, Sooria Balasegaram, Charlotte Anderson
We report an outbreak of invasive and non-invasive disease due to an unusual type of Streptococcus pyogenes (group A Streptococcus, emm66) among a vulnerable, largely homeless population in southern England and Wales, detected in September 2016. Twenty-seven confirmed cases were subsequently identified between 5 January and 29 December 2016; 20 injected drugs and six reported problematic alcohol use. To date, we have ruled out drug-related vehicles of infection and identified few common risk factors.
January 19, 2017: Euro Surveillance: Bulletin Européen sur les Maladies Transmissibles, European Communicable Disease Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28125743/activity-regulation-by-fibrinogen-and-fibrin-of-streptokinase-from-streptococcus-pyogenes
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Sian Huish, Craig Thelwell, Colin Longstaff
Streptokinase is a virulence factor of streptococci and acts as a plasminogen activator to generate the serine protease plasmin which promotes bacterial metastasis. Streptokinase isolated from group C streptococci has been used therapeutically as a thrombolytic agent for many years and its mechanism of action has been extensively studied. However, group A streptococci are associated with invasive and potentially fatal infections, but less detail is available on the mechanism of action of streptokinase from these bacteria...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28124734/importance-of-whole-genome-sequencing-for-the-assessment-of-outbreaks-in-diagnostic-laboratories-analysis-of-a-case-series-of-invasive-streptococcus-pyogenes-infections
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F Tagini, B Aubert, N Troillet, T Pillonel, G Praz, P A Crisinel, G Prod'hom, S Asner, G Greub
Outbreaks of Streptococcus pyogenes hypervirulent clones are constant public health threats. In western Switzerland, an increase of severe cases of S. pyogenes invasive infections was observed between December 2015 and March 2016. Our aim was (i) to investigate these cases by the use of Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) and (ii) to determine the specific virulome and resistome of each isolate in order to undertake adequate public health measures. Eleven Streptococcus pyogenes strains isolated from 11 patients with severe invasive infections between December 13, 2015 and March 12, 2016 were included in our study...
January 26, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28121169/development-of-a-dna-aptamer-that-binds-specifically-to-group-a-streptococcus-serotype-m3
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Hanif Alfavian, Seyed Latif Mousavi Gargari, Samaneh Rasoulinejad, Arvin Medhat
Group A streptococcus (GAS) is an important Gram-positive pathogen that causes various human diseases ranging from peripheral lesions to invasive infections. The M protein is one of the main virulence factors present on the cell surface and is associated with invasive GAS infections. Compared with other M types, serotype M3 has a predominant role in lethal infections and demonstrates epidemic behaviors, including streptococcal toxic shock syndrome, bacteremia, and necrotizing fasciitis. Traditional methods for M typing are time-consuming, tedious, contradictory, and generally restricted to reference laboratories...
February 2017: Canadian Journal of Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28119471/blood-group-antigen-recognition-via-the-group-a-streptococcal-m-protein-mediates-host-colonization
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David M P De Oliveira, Lauren Hartley-Tassell, Arun Everest-Dass, Christopher J Day, Rebecca A Dabbs, Thomas Ve, Bostjan Kobe, Victor Nizet, Nicolle H Packer, Mark J Walker, Michael P Jennings, Martina L Sanderson-Smith
: Streptococcus pyogenes (group A streptococcus [GAS]) is responsible for over 500,000 deaths worldwide each year. The highly virulent M1T1 GAS clone is one of the most frequently isolated serotypes from streptococcal pharyngitis and invasive disease. The oral epithelial tract is a niche highly abundant in glycosylated structures, particularly those of the ABO(H) blood group antigen family. Using a high-throughput approach, we determined that a strain representative of the globally disseminated M1T1 GAS clone 5448 interacts with numerous, structurally diverse glycans...
January 24, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090076/a-journey-into-the-brain-insight-into-how-bacterial-pathogens-cross-blood-brain-barriers
#12
REVIEW
Mathieu Coureuil, Hervé Lécuyer, Sandrine Bourdoulous, Xavier Nassif
The blood-brain barrier, which is one of the tightest barriers in the body, protects the brain from insults, such as infections. Indeed, only a few of the numerous blood-borne bacteria can cross the blood-brain barrier to cause meningitis. In this Review, we focus on invasive extracellular pathogens, such as Neisseria meningitidis, Streptococcus pneumoniae, group B Streptococcus and Escherichia coli, to review the obstacles that bacteria have to overcome in order to invade the meninges from the bloodstream, and the specific skills they have developed to bypass the blood-brain barrier...
March 2017: Nature Reviews. Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089757/disorazoles-block-group-a-streptococcal-invasion-into-epithelial-cells-via-interference-with-the-host-factor-ezrin
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Katharina Rox, Manfred Rohde, Gursharan Singh Chhatwal, Rolf Müller
Bacterial pathogens use invasion into human cells as a strategy to escape not only the host's immune response, but also anti-bacterial treatment. This often leads to persistence and enables reinitiation of the infection process at a later time point. Here, we show that a family of myxobacterial metabolites, disorazoles, block invasion of group A Streptococcus (GAS) into human epithelial cells. Mechanistically, disorazoles target ezrin, a host protein involved in linking microfilaments to the membrane, and affect invasion most likely by interfering with dynamic phosphorylation of ezrin...
January 5, 2017: Cell Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074024/whole-genome-sequencing-of-invasion-resistant-cells-identifies-laminin-%C3%AE-2-as-a-host-factor-for-bacterial-invasion
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Xander M van Wijk, Simon Döhrmann, Björn M Hallström, Shangzhong Li, Bjørn G Voldborg, Brandon X Meng, Karen K McKee, Toin H van Kuppevelt, Peter D Yurchenco, Bernhard O Palsson, Nathan E Lewis, Victor Nizet, Jeffrey D Esko
: To understand the role of glycosaminoglycans in bacterial cellular invasion, xylosyltransferase-deficient mutants of Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) cells were created using clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeat (CRISPR) and CRISPR-associated gene 9 (CRISPR-cas9) gene targeting. When these mutants were compared to the pgsA745 cell line, a CHO xylosyltransferase mutant generated previously using chemical mutagenesis, an unexpected result was obtained. Bacterial invasion of pgsA745 cells by group B Streptococcus (GBS), group A Streptococcus, and Staphylococcus aureus was markedly reduced compared to the invasion of wild-type cells, but newly generated CRISPR-cas9 mutants were only resistant to GBS...
January 10, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062316/discovery-of-streptococcus-pneumoniae-serogroup-35-variants-in-australian-patients
#15
Megan Staples, Rikki M A Graham, Vicki Hicks, Janet Strachan, Anders Gonçalves da Silva, Jade Peverall, Veyatie Wicks, Amy V Jennison
OBJECTIVES: S. pneumoniae isolates from Australian invasive pneumococcal disease cases displaying an atypical 35B phenotype. Whole genome sequencing was used to analyse these strains and identify changes to the capsule gene regions. METHODS: Four atypical serogroup 35 isolates from Australian reference laboratories were unable to be assigned to one of the four known group 35 serotypes by the Quellung serotyping method. Genetic characterisation of the capsule locus was performed by bioinformatic analysis of whole genome sequencing data for all isolates RESULTS: Genetic analysis identified four independent disruptions to the wciG gene, which encodes an O-acetyltransferase responsible for the O-acetylation of the 6Galβ1 residue in the capsular polysaccharide repeat unit of serotype 35B...
January 3, 2017: Clinical Microbiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060047/genotype-characterization-of-group-b-streptococcus-isolated-from-infants-with-invasive-diseases-in-south-korea
#16
Hyun Mi Kang, Hoan Jong Lee, Hyunju Lee, Dae Sun Jo, Hye Soo Lee, Taek Soo Kim, Jeong Hwan Shin, Ki Wook Yun, Bongjin Lee, Eun Hwa Choi
BACKGROUND: Group B Streptococcus (GBS) is one of the leading causes of invasive infections in infants. This study aimed to investigate the genotypic diversity of GBS causing invasive infections in infants and to observe the prevalence of the highly virulent clone in South Korea. METHODS: Invasive strains of GBS were collected prospectively from infants admitted at four hospitals during 1995 to 2015. Serotype and multilocus sequence typing was determined. All isolates underwent PCR amplification to detect the presence of the hypervirulent surface adhesin (hvgA) gene...
January 3, 2017: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28030528/case-series-description-and-genomic-characterization-of-invasive-group-a-streptococcal-infections-in-pediatric-patients
#17
Jennifer Dien Bard, Kanokporn Mongkolrattanothai, Priyanka Kachroo, Stephen Beres, Randall J Olsen
We report an unusual cluster of invasive group A Streptococcus (GAS) infections in six pediatric patients and demonstrate that the strains were derived from diverse genetic backgrounds, confirming the occurrence of a community cluster rather than a clonal outbreak. Whole genome sequencing provided a rapid and comprehensive view of GAS genotypes, and helped guide our institutional response and public health maneuvers.
December 27, 2016: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27999071/in-vitro-activity-of-gentamicin-as-an-adjunct-to-penicillin-against-biofilm-group-b-streptococcus
#18
Corinne Ruppen, Andrew Hemphill, Parham Sendi
OBJECTIVES: Group B Streptococcus (GBS) increasingly causes invasive disease in non-pregnant adults, particularly in elderly persons and those with underlying diseases. Combination therapy with penicillin plus gentamicin has been suggested for periprosthetic joint infection. The postulated synergism of this combination is based on experiments with planktonic bacteria. We aimed to assess the efficacy of this combination against sessile bacteria. METHODS: Four different GBS strains were used...
December 20, 2016: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27998266/impact-of-pneumococcal-conjugate-vaccines-on-pneumococcal-meningitis-cases-in-france-between-2001-and-2014-a-time-series-analysis
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Anna Alari, Hélène Chaussade, Matthieu Domenech De Cellès, Lénaig Le Fouler, Emmanuelle Varon, Lulla Opatowski, Didier Guillemot, Laurence Watier
BACKGROUND: Pneumococcal meningitis (PM) is a major invasive pneumococcal disease. Two pneumococcal conjugate vaccines (PCVs) have been introduced in France: PCV7 was recommended in 2003 and replaced in 2010 by PCV13, which has six additional serotypes. The impact of introducing those vaccines on the evolution of PM case numbers and serotype distributions in France from 2001 to 2014 is assessed herein. METHODS: Data on 5166 Streptococcus pneumoniae strains isolated from cerebrospinal fluid between 2001 and 2014 in the 22 regions of France were obtained from the National Reference Center for Pneumococci...
December 21, 2016: BMC Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27996105/a-cluster-of-group-a-streptococcal-infections-in-a-skilled-nursing-facility-the-potential-role-of-healthcare-worker-presenteeism
#20
Miwako Kobayashi, Meghan M Lyman, Louise K Francois Watkins, Karrie-Ann Toews, Leon Bullard, Rachel A Radcliffe, Bernard Beall, Gayle Langley, Chris Van Beneden, Nimalie D Stone
OBJECTIVES: To determine the extent of a group A streptococcus (GAS) cluster (2 residents with invasive GAS (invasive case-patients), 2 carriers) caused by a single strain (T antigen type 2 and M protein gene subtype 2.0 (T2, emm 2.0)), evaluate factors contributing to transmission, and provide recommendations for disease control. DESIGN: Cross-sectional analysis and retrospective review. SETTING: Skilled nursing facility (SNF). PARTICIPANTS: SNF residents and staff...
December 2016: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
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