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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633281/the-sweet-side-of-the-pathogenic-neisseria-the-role-of-glycan-interactions-in-colonisation-and-disease
#1
Tsitsi D Mubaiwa, Evgeny A Semchenko, Lauren E Hartley-Tassell, Christopher J Day, Michael P Jennings, Kate L Seib
Glycomics is a rapidly growing field that focuses on the structure and function of carbohydrates (glycans) in biological systems. Glycan interactions play a major role in infectious disease, at all stages of colonisation and disease progression. Neisseria meningitidis, the cause of meningococcal sepsis and meningitis, and Neisseria gonorrhoeae, which causes the sexually transmitted infection gonorrhoea, are responsible for significant morbidity and mortality worldwide. N. meningitidis displays a range of surface glycosylations including capsule polysaccharide, lipooligosaccharide and O-linked glycoproteins...
June 13, 2017: Pathogens and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632300/chemo-bacterial-synthesis-of-a-sialyl-tn-cyclopeptide-vaccine-candidate
#2
Emeline Richard, C Pifferi, M Fiore, Eric Samain, Audrey Le Gouellec, Sébastien Fort, Olivier Renaudet, Bernard Priem
A conjugatable form of the tumour-associated carbohydrate antigen sialyl-Tn (Neu5Ac-alfa-2,6-GalNAc) was efficiently produced in Escherichia coli. Metabolically engineered E. coli strains overexpressing the 6-sialyl-transferase gene of Photobacterium sp. and CMP-Neu5Ac synthetase genes of Neisseria meningitidis were cultivated at high density in presence of GalNAc-alfa-propargyl as the exogeneous acceptor. The target disaccharides, which were produced on the scale of several hundred milligrams, were then conjugated using CuAAC click chemistry to a fully synthetic and immunogenic scaffold with the aim to create a candidate anticancer vaccine...
June 20, 2017: Chembiochem: a European Journal of Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628448/case-control-study-of-risk-factors-for-meningococcal-disease-in-chile
#3
Andrea Olea, Isabel Matute, Claudia González, Iris Delgado, Lucy Poffald, Elena Pedroni, Tania Alfaro, Macarena Hirmas, Manuel Nájera, Ana Gormaz, Darío López, Sergio Loayza, Catterina Ferreccio, Doris Gallegos, Rodrigo Fuentes, Pablo Vial, Ximena Aguilera
An outbreak of meningococcal disease with a case-fatality rate of 30% and caused by predominantly serogroup W of Neisseria meningitidis began in Chile in 2012. This outbreak required a case-control study to assess determinants and risk factors for infection. We identified confirmed cases during January 2012-March 2013 and selected controls by random sampling of the population, matched for age and sex, resulting in 135 case-patients and 618 controls. Sociodemographic variables, habits, and previous illnesses were studied...
July 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620585/identification-of-a-large-family-of-slam-dependent-surface-lipoproteins-in-gram-negative-bacteria
#4
Yogesh Hooda, Christine C L Lai, Trevor F Moraes
The surfaces of many Gram-negative bacteria are decorated with soluble proteins anchored to the outer membrane via an acylated N-terminus; these proteins are referred to as surface lipoproteins or SLPs. In Neisseria meningitidis, SLPs such as transferrin-binding protein B (TbpB) and factor-H binding protein (fHbp) are essential for host colonization and infection because of their essential roles in iron acquisition and immune evasion, respectively. Recently, we identified a family of outer membrane proteins called Slam (Surface lipoprotein assembly modulator) that are essential for surface display of neisserial SLPs...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28609259/clonal-expansion-of-new-penicillin-resistant-clade-of-neisseria-meningitidis-serogroup-w-clonal-complex-11-australia
#5
Shakeel Mowlaboccus, Keith A Jolley, James E Bray, Stanley Pang, Yung Thin Lee, Jane D Bew, David J Speers, Anthony D Keil, Geoffrey W Coombs, Charlene M Kahler
In Western Australia, Neisseria meningitidis serogroup W clonal complex 11 became the predominant cause of invasive meningococcal disease in 2016. We used core-genome analysis to show emergence of a penicillin-resistant clade that had the penA_253 allele. This new penicillin-resistant clade might affect treatment regimens for this disease.
August 15, 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28593133/the-hfq-regulon-of-neisseria%C3%A2-meningitidis
#6
Robert A G Huis In 't Veld, Gertjan Kramer, Arie van der Ende, Dave Speijer, Yvonne Pannekoek
The conserved RNA-binding protein, Hfq, has multiple regulatory roles within the prokaryotic cell, including promoting stable duplex formation between small RNAs and mRNAs, and thus hfq deletion mutants have pleiotropic phenotypes. Previous proteome and transcriptome studies of Neisseria meningitidis have generated limited insight into differential gene expression due to Hfq loss. In this study, reversed-phase liquid chromatography combined with data-independent alternate scanning mass spectrometry (LC-MS(E)) was utilized for rapid high-resolution quantitative proteomic analysis to further elucidate the differentially expressed proteome of a meningococcal hfq deletion mutant...
June 2017: FEBS Open Bio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28592578/bacterial-meningitis-in-finland-1995-2014-a-population-based-observational-study
#7
Aleksandra Polkowska, Maija Toropainen, Jukka Ollgren, Outi Lyytikäinen, J Pekka Nuorti
OBJECTIVES: Bacterial meningitis remains an important cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. Its epidemiological characteristics, however, are changing due to new vaccines and secular trends. Conjugate vaccines against Haemophilus influenzae type b and Streptococcus pneumoniae (10-valent) were introduced in 1986 and 2010 in Finland. We assessed the disease burden and long-term trends of five common causes of bacterial meningitis in a population-based observational study. METHODS: A case was defined as isolation of S...
June 6, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28591853/neisseria-genomics-current-status-and-future-perspectives
#8
Odile B Harrison, Christoph Schoen, Adam C Retchless, Xin Wang, Keith A Jolley, James E Bray, Martin C J Maiden
High-throughput whole genome sequencing has unlocked a multitude of possibilities enabling members of the Neisseria genus to be examined with unprecedented detail, including the human pathogens Neisseria meningitidis and Neisseria gonorrhoeae. To maximise the potential benefit of this for public health, it is becoming increasingly important to ensure that this plethora of data are adequately stored, disseminated and made readily accessible. Investigations facilitating cross-species comparisons as well as the analysis of global datasets will allow differences among and within species and across geographic locations and different times to be identified, improving our understanding of the distinct phenotypes observed...
June 7, 2017: Pathogens and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28589218/h-n-n-c-%C3%AE-and-c-%C3%AE-assignments-of-the-two-periplasmic-domains-of-neisseria-meningitidis-dsbd
#9
Roxanne P Smith, Biswaranjan Mohanty, Martin L Williams, Martin J Scanlon, Begoña Heras
DsbD is a disulfide bond reductase present in the inner membrane of many Gamma-Proteobacteria. In the human pathogen Neisseria meningitidis, DsbD is required for viability and represents a potential target for the development of antibiotics. Here we report the chemical shift assignments (H(N), N, C(α) and C(β)) for the reduced and oxidized forms of the two periplasmic domains of N. meningitidis DsbD, n-NmDsbD and c-NmDsbD. The backbone amide resonances in all four forms were completely assigned, and the secondary structures for the core regions of the proteins were calculated using (13)C(αβ) shifts...
June 6, 2017: Biomolecular NMR Assignments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28587735/the-invasive-menc-cc103-lineage-with-penicillin-reduced-susceptibility-persisting-in-brazil
#10
Érica L Fonseca, Michel A Marin, Fernanda S Freitas, Bruna S A Vitório, Flávio M G de Araújo, Dhian R A Camargo, Roney S Coimbra, Ivano R De Filippis, Ana Carolina P Vicente
Penicillin is the antibiotic of choice for the treatment of meningococcal infections, and mutations in penA gene are involved with reduced susceptibility (pen(I)) emergence to this antibiotic. This study aimed to characterize the penA allelic diversity, their association with pen(I) phenotype and distribution among prevalent meningococci serogroups in Brazil. The entire penA from 49 invasive strains of distinct serogroups circulating in Brazil for more than two decades were obtained by PCR and sequencing. Additionally, the penA from 22 publicly available complete Neisseria meningitidis genomes from Brazil were included in the study...
May 25, 2017: International Journal of Medical Microbiology: IJMM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28581267/characterization-of-oropharyngeal-carriage-isolates-of-neisseria-meningitidis-in-healthy-korean-adolescents-in-2015
#11
Han Wool Kim, Soyoung Lee, Daeho Kwon, Jihei Cha, Jong Gyun Ahn, Kyung Hyo Kim
The meningococcus carriage rate is age-dependent, with a high prevalence in adolescents and young adults. This cross-sectional study aimed to estimate the oropharyngeal carriage rate of meningococcus among healthy Korean adolescents and its relationship with several population characteristics. The survey was conducted from April to May 2015 among 1,460 first-year high-school students in 9 high schools located in Gyeonggi province, Korea. Each student answered a short questionnaire assessing risk factors for carriage, and posterior pharyngeal wall swab samples were obtained...
July 2017: Journal of Korean Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28580917/crystal-structures-of-human-fabs-targeting-the-bexsero-meningococcal-vaccine-antigen-nhba
#12
Martina Maritan, Roberta Cozzi, Paola Lo Surdo, Daniele Veggi, Matthew James Bottomley, Enrico Malito
Neisserial heparin-binding antigen (NHBA) is a surface-exposed lipoprotein from Neisseria meningitidis and is a component of the meningococcus B vaccine Bexsero. As part of a study to characterize the three-dimensional structure of NHBA and the molecular basis of the human immune response to Bexsero, the crystal structures of two fragment antigen-binding domains (Fabs) isolated from human monoclonal antibodies targeting NHBA were determined. Through a high-resolution analysis of the organization and the amino-acid composition of the CDRs, these structures provide broad insights into the NHBA epitopes recognized by the human immune system...
June 1, 2017: Acta Crystallographica. Section F, Structural Biology Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28569760/strength-of-neisseria-meningitidis-binding-to-endothelial-cells-requires-highly-ordered-cd147-%C3%AE-2-adrenoceptor-clusters-assembled-by-alpha-actinin-4
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Nawal Maïssa, Valentina Covarelli, Sébastien Janel, Beatrice Durel, Nandi Simpson, Sandra C Bernard, Liliana Pardo-Lopez, Haniaa Bouzinba-Ségard, Camille Faure, Mark G H Scott, Mathieu Coureuil, Philippe C Morand, Frank Lafont, Xavier Nassif, Stefano Marullo, Sandrine Bourdoulous
Neisseria meningitidis (meningococcus) is an invasive bacterial pathogen that colonizes human vessels, causing thrombotic lesions and meningitis. Establishment of tight interactions with endothelial cells is crucial for meningococci to resist haemodynamic forces. Two endothelial receptors, CD147 and the β2-adrenergic receptor (β2AR), are sequentially engaged by meningococci to adhere and promote signalling events leading to vascular colonization, but their spatiotemporal coordination is unknown. Here we report that CD147 and β2AR form constitutive hetero-oligomeric complexes...
June 1, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28557577/the-next-chapter-for-group-b-meningococcal-vaccines
#14
N Y Wang, A J Pollard
The majority of invasive meningococcal disease (IMD) in the developed world is caused by capsular group B Neisseria meningitidis, however success with vaccination against organisms bearing this capsule has previously been restricted to control of geographically limited clonal outbreaks. As we enter a new era, with the first routine program underway to control endemic group B meningococcal disease for infants in the UK, it is timely to review the key landmarks in group B vaccine development, and discuss the issues determining whether control of endemic group B disease will be achieved...
May 30, 2017: Critical Reviews in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545723/emergence-of-a-urogenital-pathotype-of-neisseria-meningitidis
#15
Charlene M Kahler
Neisseria meningitidis is the causative agent of transmissible sepsis and meningitis in humans. A urogenital pathotype of N. meningitidis as the causative agent of transmissible urethritis in the USA has been recently characterised. This pathotype belongs to clonal complex 11 and has lost capsule production but gained anaerobic growth.
May 22, 2017: Trends in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543600/liposomes-or-traditional-adjuvants-induction-of-bactericidal-activity-by-the-macrophage-infectivity-potentiator-protein-mip-of-neisseria-meningitidis
#16
Liliana Costoya, Juan Marzoa, Carlos Ferreirós, Maria Teresa Criado
Currently, one of the main approaches to achieve a vaccine for serogroup B Neisseria meningitidis is based on outer membrane proteins with low antigenic variability among strains. Since these proteins tend to be minor components of the outer membrane, recombinant production is required to obtain them in sufficient amounts for evaluation and development of vaccines. In this study, we analysed the ability of recombinant macrophage infectivity potentiator (rMip) protein to induce protective bactericidal activity in mice...
May 25, 2017: APMIS: Acta Pathologica, Microbiologica, et Immunologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539888/safety-and-immunogenicity-of-a-human-epidermal-growth-factor-receptor-1-her1-based-vaccine-in-prostate-castration-resistant-carcinoma-patients-a-dose-escalation-phase-i-study-trial
#17
Iraida Caballero, Lazaro E Aira, Anabel Lavastida, Xitlally Popa, Javier Rivero, Joaquín González, Mónica Mesa, Narjara González, Kelly Coba, Patricia Lorenzo-Luaces, Barbara Wilkinson, Yuliannis Santiesteban, Yanela Santiesteban, Mayelin Troche, Eduardo Suarez, Tania Crombet, Belinda Sánchez, Angel Casacó, Amparo Macías, Zaima Mazorra
Metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC) remains incurable due to the lack of effective therapies. Activation of the human epidermal growth factor receptor 1 (HER1) in prostate cancer contributes to metastatic progression as well as to disease relapse. Here, we determined the toxicity and immunogenicity of a HER1-based cancer vaccine in CRPC patients included in a phase I clinical trial. CRPC patients (n = 24) were intramuscularly vaccinated with HER1 vaccine consisting of the extracellular domain of HER1 molecule (ECD) and very small size proteoliposome from Neisseria meningitidis (VSSP) and Montanide ISA-51 VG as adjuvants...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532434/hierarchical-genomic-analysis-of-carried-and-invasive-serogroup-a-neisseria-meningitidis-during-the-2011-epidemic-in-chad
#18
Kanny Diallo, Kadija Gamougam, Doumagoum M Daugla, Odile B Harrison, James E Bray, Dominique A Caugant, Jay Lucidarme, Caroline L Trotter, Musa Hassan-King, James M Stuart, Olivier Manigart, Brian M Greenwood, Martin C J Maiden
BACKGROUND: Serogroup A Neisseria meningitidis (NmA) was the cause of the 2011 meningitis epidemics in Chad. This bacterium, often carried asymptomatically, is considered to be an "accidental pathogen"; however, the transition from carriage to disease phenotype remains poorly understood. This study examined the role genetic diversity might play in this transition by comparing genomes from geographically and temporally matched invasive and carried NmA isolates. RESULTS: All 23 NmA isolates belonged to the ST-5 clonal complex (cc5)...
May 22, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529026/the-use-of-matrix-assisted-laser-desorption-ionization-time-of-flight-mass-spectrometry-maldi-tof-ms-for-rapid-bacterial-identification-in-patients-with-smear-positive-bacterial-meningitis
#19
Boaz Bishop, Yuval Geffen, Adi Plaut, Ola Kassis, Roni Bitterman, Mical Paul, Ami Neuberger
OBJECTIVES: To assess the potential of matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF-MS) in rapid identification of bacteria from smear-positive cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in a cohort of patients with meningitis. METHODS: Single-center observational study, including adults and children with community-acquired or postneurosurgical bacterial meningitis. Meningitis was defined using established criteria. CSF samples that had a positive CSF Gram stain were directly examined by MALDI-TOF-MS...
May 18, 2017: Clinical Microbiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524748/an-unwanted-guest-neisseria-meningitidis-carriage-risk-for-invasive-disease-and-the-impact-of-vaccination-with-insight-on-italy-incidence
#20
Elena Gianchecchi, Giulia Piccini, Alessandro Torelli, Rino Rappuoli, Emanuele Montomoli
Invasive Meningococcal Disease (IMD) represents a potentially life-threatening condition caused by Neisseria meningitidis. The disease is characterized by a case fatality rate of 5-10% whereas serious clinical sequelae can develop in survivors within 12-24 h from the first symptoms. However, IMD infection only occurs rarely, in fact, most of the interactions established between N. meningitidis and the host are harmless, and an estimated 10% of the population asymptomatically carries the bacterium in the nasopharynx...
May 29, 2017: Expert Review of Anti-infective Therapy
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