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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081265/the-plasmin-sensitive-protein-pls-in-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus-mrsa-is-a-glycoprotein
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Isabelle Bleiziffer, Julian Eikmeier, Gottfried Pohlentz, Kathryn McAulay, Guoqing Xia, Muzaffar Hussain, Andreas Peschel, Simon Foster, Georg Peters, Christine Heilmann
Most bacterial glycoproteins identified to date are virulence factors of pathogenic bacteria, i.e. adhesins and invasins. However, the impact of protein glycosylation on the major human pathogen Staphylococcus aureus remains incompletely understood. To study protein glycosylation in staphylococci, we analyzed lysostaphin lysates of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) strains by SDS-PAGE and subsequent periodic acid-Schiff's staining. We detected four (>300, ∼250, ∼165, and ∼120 kDa) and two (>300 and ∼175 kDa) glycosylated surface proteins with strain COL and strain 1061, respectively...
January 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079559/strategies-to-alter-the-natural-history-of-childhood-asthma
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K A Lee-Sarwar, L B Bacharier, A A Litonjua
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Asthma exhibits significant heterogeneity in occurrence and severity over the lifespan. Our goal is to discuss recent evidence regarding determinants of the natural history of asthma during childhood, and review the rationale behind and status of major efforts to alter its course. RECENT FINDINGS: Variations in microbial exposures are associated with risk of allergic disease, and the use of bacterial lysates may be a promising preventive strategy...
January 11, 2017: Current Opinion in Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077440/monophosphoryl-lipid-a-enhances-efficacy-of-a-francisella-tularensis-lvs-catanionic-nanoparticle-subunit-vaccine-against-f-tularensis-schu-s4-challenge-by-augmenting-both-humoral-and-cellular-immunity
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Katharina Richard, Barbara J Mann, Aiping Qin, Eileen M Barry, Robert K Ernst, Stefanie N Vogel
Francisella tularensis, a bacterial biothreat agent, has no approved vaccine in the USA. Previously, we showed that incorporating lysates from partially attenuated F. tularensis LVS or fully virulent F. tularensis Schu S4 strains into catanionic surfactant vesicle (V) nanoparticles (LVS-V and Schu S4-V, respectively) protected fully against F. tularensis LVS intraperitoneal (i.p.) challenge in mice. However, we achieved only partial protection against F. tularensis Schu S4 intranasal (i.n.) challenge, even when employing heterologous prime/boost immunization strategies...
January 11, 2017: Clinical and Vaccine Immunology: CVI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28024103/multiple-reaction-monitoring-for-multiplex-detection-of-three-bacterial-toxins-using-liquid-chromatography-tandem-mass-spectrometry
#4
Syed Imteyaz Alam, Annu Uppal, Pallavi Gupta, Dev Vrat Kamboj
Clostridium perfringens epsilon toxin (ETX), staphylococcal enterotoxin B (SEB), and shiga toxin (STX) are implicated in a number of diseases and food-borne intoxications and are considered as potential agents for bioterrorism and warfare. Artificially generated aerosol is the likely mode of delivery of these toxins for nefarious uses; potentially capable of causing mass destruction to human and animal health by inhalation of toxic bioaerosol. Multiplex and unambiguous detection of these agents is of paramount importance for emergency response in a biothreat scenario and for food safety...
December 26, 2016: Letters in Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27992180/fast-diazaborine-formation-of-semicarbazide-enables-facile-labeling-of-bacterial-pathogens
#5
Anupam Bandyopadhyay, Samantha Cambray, Jianmin Gao
Bioorthogonal conjugation chemistry has enabled the development of tools for the interrogation of complex biological systems. Although a number of bioorthogonal reactions have been documented in literature, they are less ideal for one or several reasons including slow kinetics, low stability of the conjugated product, requirement of toxic catalysts, and side reactions with unintended biomolecules. Herein we report a fast (>10(3) M(-1) s(-1)) and bioorthogonal conjugation reaction that joins semicarbazide to an aryl ketone or aldehyde with an ortho-boronic acid substituent...
January 3, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27987408/label-free-electrical-sensing-of-bacteria-in-eye-wash-samples-a-step-towards-point-of-care-detection-of-pathogens-in-patients-with-infectious-keratitis
#6
Hardik J Pandya, Manoj Kumar Kanakasabapathy, Saloni Verma, Manjyot Kaur Chug, Adnan Memic, Mihaela Gadjeva, Hadi Shafiee
The diagnosis of keratitis is based on visual exam, tissue cytology, and standard microbial culturing to determine the type of the infectious pathogen. To prescribe appropriate therapy, it is important to distinguish between bacterial, fungal, and viral keratitis, as the treatments are quite different. Diagnosis of the causative organism has a substantial prognostic importance. Further, timely knowledge of the nature of the pathogen is also critical to adapt therapy in patients unresponsive to empiric treatment options, which occurs in 10% of all cases...
December 13, 2016: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27984065/isolation-and-characterization-of-a-novel-human-scfv-inhibiting-egfr-viii-expressing-cancers
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Leila Rahbarnia, Safar Farajnia, Hossein Babaei, Jafar Majidi, Hassan Dariushnejad, Mohammad Kazem Hosseini
EGFRvIII, a mutant form of epidermal growth factor receptor is highly expressed in glioblastoma, carcinoma of the breast, ovary, and lung but not in normal cells. This tumor specific antigen has emerged as a promising candidate for antibody based therapy of several cancers. The aim of the present study was isolation and characterization of a human single chain antibody against EGFRvIII as a promising target for cancer therapy. For this, a synthetic peptide corresponding to EGFRvIII protein was used for screening the naive human scFv phage library...
October 29, 2016: Immunology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27958332/endotoxins-are-associated-with-visceral-fat-mass-in-type-1-diabetes
#8
Mariann I Lassenius, Aila J Ahola, Valma Harjutsalo, Carol Forsblom, Per-Henrik Groop, Markku Lehto
Bacterial lipopolysaccharides (LPS), potent inducers of inflammation, have been associated with chronic metabolic disturbances. Obesity is linked to dyslipidemia, increased body adiposity, and endotoxemia. We investigated the cross-sectional relationships between serum LPS activity and body adiposity as well as inflammation in 242 subjects with type 1 diabetes. Body fat distribution was measured by DXA and serum LPS activity by the limulus amebocyte lysate end-point assay. Since no interaction between visceral fat mass and sex was observed, data were pooled for the subsequent analyses...
December 13, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27942359/cytolethal-distending-toxin-from-campylobacter-jejuni-requires-the-cytoskeleton-for-toxic-activity
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Estela T Méndez-Olvera, Jaime A Bustos-Martínez, Yolanda López-Vidal, Antonio Verdugo-Rodríguez, Daniel Martínez-Gómez
BACKGROUND: Campylobacter jejuni is one of the major causes of infectious diarrhea worldwide. The distending cytolethal toxin (CDT) of Campylobacter spp. interferes with normal cell cycle progression. This toxic effect is considered a result of DNase activity that produces chromosomal DNA damage. To perform this event, the toxin must be endocytosed and translocated to the nucleus. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to evaluate the role of the cytoskeleton in the translocation of CDT to the nucleus...
October 2016: Jundishapur Journal of Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931258/htra-mediated-e-cadherin-cleavage-is-limited-to-degp-and-degq-homologs-expressed-by-gram-negative-pathogens
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Carmen M Abfalter, Maria Schubert, Camilla Götz, Thomas P Schmidt, Gernot Posselt, Silja Wessler
BACKGROUND: The serine proteases HtrA/DegP secreted by the human gastrointestinal pathogens Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) and Campylobacter jejuni (C. jejuni) cleave the mammalian cell adhesion protein E-cadherin to open intercellular adhesions. A wide range of bacteria also expresses the HtrA/DegP homologs DegQ and/or DegS, which significantly differ in structure and function. METHODS: E-cadherin shedding was investigated in infection experiments with the Gram-negative pathogens H...
December 8, 2016: Cell Communication and Signaling: CCS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914450/mechanisms-of-inflammatory-injury-of-renal-tubular-cells-in-a-cellular-model-of-pyelonephritis
#11
M A Morosanova, E Y Plotnikov, L D Zorova, I B Pevzner, V A Popkov, D N Silachev, S S Jankauskas, V A Babenko, D B Zorov
Previously, we have assembled a cellular model of pyelonephritis which contains a primary culture of renal tubular epithelial cells, mononuclear leukocytes, and bacterial lysate or lipopolysaccharide. After cocultivation of renal cells with leukocytes and bacterial lysate, proinflammatory changes were observed in the renal cells, followed by nitrosative and oxidative stress and cell death. The interaction of bacterial antigens not only with leukocytes, but also with epithelial cells of the renal tubules, was partially mediated by signaling pathways involving Toll-like receptors (TLR2 and TLR4)...
November 2016: Biochemistry. Biokhimii︠a︡
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914071/differential-radial-capillary-action-of-ligand-assay-dracala-for-high-throughput-detection-of-protein-metabolite-interactions-in-bacteria
#12
Mona W Orr, Vincent T Lee
Bacteria rely on numerous nucleotide second messengers for signal transduction such as cyclic AMP, cyclic-di-GMP, and cyclic-di-AMP. Although a number of receptors responsible for known regulated phenotypes have been established, the completeness of protein receptors in any given organism remains elusive. We have developed a method called differential radial capillary action of ligand assay (DRaCALA) that allows for an unbiased, systematic high-throughput screen for the detection of ligand binding proteins encoded by a genome...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913792/genetic-engineering-approach-to-develop-next-generation-reagents-for-endotoxin-quantification
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Hikaru Mizumura, Norihiko Ogura, Jun Aketagawa, Maki Aizawa, Yuki Kobayashi, Shun-Ichiro Kawabata, Toshio Oda
The bacterial endotoxin test, which uses amebocyte lysate reagents of horseshoe crab origin, is a sensitive, reproducible and simple assay to measure endotoxin concentration. To develop sustainable raw materials for lysate reagents that do not require horseshoe crabs, three recombinant protease zymogens (factor C, derived from mammalian cells; factor B; and the proclotting enzyme derived from insect cells) were prepared using a genetic engineering technique. Recombinant cascade reagents (RCRs) were then prepared to reconstruct the reaction cascade in the amebocyte lysate reagent...
December 1, 2016: Innate Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890799/enhancing-gilthead-seabream-immune-status-and-protection-against-bacterial-challenge-by-means-of-antigens-derived-from-vibrio-parahaemolyticus
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Martha Reyes-Becerril, Crystal Guluarte, Diana Ceballos-Francisco, Carlos Angulo, M Ángeles Esteban
In an attempt to control the proliferation of the pathogenic bacterium Vibrio parahaemolyticus in gilthead seabream (Sparus aurata), the immunostimulant effect of lysate and ToxA from this bacterium was evaluated. Fish were intraperitoneally injected twice (first injection, day 1 of the experiment; second injection, day 7) and sampled after one week (on days 8 and 15). Afterwards, all fish specimens were experimentally infected with V. parahaemolyticus and mortality was recovered for 1 week. Fish injected with lysate, ToxA and phosphate buffer saline (control) showed 100%, 50% and 0% survival, respectively, when challenged with the pathogen...
November 25, 2016: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27880838/detection-of-endotoxin-contamination-of-graphene-based-materials-using-the-tnf-%C3%AE-expression-test-and-guidelines-for-endotoxin-free-graphene-oxide-production
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Sourav P Mukherjee, Neus Lozano, Melanie Kucki, Antonio E Del Rio-Castillo, Leon Newman, Ester Vázquez, Kostas Kostarelos, Peter Wick, Bengt Fadeel
Nanomaterials may be contaminated with bacterial endotoxin during production and handling, which may confound toxicological testing of these materials, not least when assessing for immunotoxicity. In the present study, we evaluated the conventional Limulus amebocyte lysate (LAL) assay for endotoxin detection in graphene based material (GBM) samples, including graphene oxide (GO) and few-layered graphene (FLG). Our results showed that some GO samples interfered with various formats of the LAL assay. To overcome this problem, we developed a TNF-α expression test (TET) using primary human monocyte-derived macrophages incubated in the presence or absence of the endotoxin inhibitor, polymyxin B sulfate, and found that this assay, performed with non-cytotoxic doses of the GBM samples, enabled unequivocal detection of endotoxin with a sensitivity that is comparable to the LAL assay...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27878261/bacterial-ghosts-as-adjuvants-in-syngeneic-tumour-cell-lysate-based-anticancer-vaccination-in-a-murine-lung-carcinoma-model
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Jan Aleksander Kraśko, Karolina Žilionytė, Adas Darinskas, Marius Strioga, Svetlana Rjabceva, Iosif Zalutsky, Marina Derevyanko, Vladimir Kulchitsky, Werner Lubitz, Pavol Kudela, Edita Miseikyte-Kaubriene, Olha Karaman, Hennadii Didenko, Hryhorii Potebnya, Vasyl Chekhun, Vita Pašukonienė
Instead of relying on external anticancer factors for treatment, immunotherapy utilizes the host's own immune system and directs it against given tumour antigens. This study demonstrated that it is possible to overcome the documented immunosuppressive properties of tumour cell lysate by supplementing it with appropriate adjuvant. Lewis lung carcinoma (LLC)‑challenged C57BL/6 mice were treated with LLC cryo‑lysate mixed with either bacterial ghosts (BGs) generated from E. coli Nissle 1917 or B. subtilis 70 kDa protein as adjuvants...
January 2017: Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27864613/oncolysate-loaded-escherichia-coli-bacterial-ghosts-enhance-the-stimulatory-capacity-of-human-dendritic-cells
#17
Jaroslav Michalek, Renata Hezova, Pavlina Turanek-Knötigova, Jana Gabkova, Marius Strioga, Werner Lubitz, Pavol Kudela
The natural adjuvant properties of bacterial ghosts (BGs) lie within the presence of intact pathogen-associated molecular patterns on their surface. BGs can improve the direct delivery, natural processing and presentation of target antigens within dendritic cells (DCs). Moreover, sensitization of human DCs by cancer cell lysate (oncolysate)-loaded BGs in the presence of IFN-α and GM-CSF enhanced DC maturation as indicated by an increased expression of maturation markers and co-stimulatory molecules, higher production of IL-12p70 and stimulation of significantly increased proliferation of both autologous CD4(+) and CD8(+) T cells compared to DCs matured in the presence of purified lipopolysaccharide...
November 18, 2016: Cancer Immunology, Immunotherapy: CII
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27864297/expression-of-biologically-active-murine-interleukin-18-in-lactococcus-lactis
#18
Sadegh Feizollahzadeh, Hossein Khanahmad, Ilnaz Rahimmanesh, Mazdak Ganjalikhani-Hakemi, Alireza Andalib, Mohammad Hossein Sanei, Abbas Rezaei
The food-grade bacterium Lactococcus lactis is increasingly used for heterologous protein expression in therapeutic and industrial applications. The ability of L. lactis to secrete biologically active cytokines may be used for the generation of therapeutic cytokines. Interleukin (IL)-18 enhances the immune response, especially on mucosal surfaces, emphasizing its therapeutic potential. However, it is produced as an inactive precursor and has to be enzymatically cleaved for maturation. We genetically manipulated L...
November 2016: FEMS Microbiology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27854308/characterization-of-chemically-induced-bacterial-ghosts-bgs-using-sodium-hydroxide-induced-vibrio-parahaemolyticus-ghosts-vpgs
#19
Hyun Jung Park, Sung Oh, Nagarajan Vinod, Seongmi Ji, Han Byul Noh, Jung Mo Koo, Su Hyeong Lee, Sei Chang Kim, Ki-Sung Lee, Chang Won Choi
Acellular bacterial ghosts (BGs) are empty non-living bacterial cell envelopes, commonly generated by controlled expression of the cloned lysis gene E of bacteriophage PhiX174. In this study, Vibrio parahaemolyticus ghosts (VPGs) were generated by chemically-induced lysis and the method is based on minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) of sodium hydroxide (NaOH), acetic acid, boric acid, citric acid, maleic acid, hydrochloric acid, and sulfuric acid. The MIC values of the respective chemicals were 3.125, 6...
November 15, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27844185/a-j-modulated-protonless-nmr-experiment-characterizes-the-conformational-ensemble-of-the-intrinsically-disordered-protein-wip
#20
Eva Rozentur-Shkop, Gil Goobes, Jordan H Chill
Intrinsically disordered proteins (IDPs) are multi-conformational polypeptides that lack a single stable three-dimensional structure. It has become increasingly clear that the versatile IDPs play key roles in a multitude of biological processes, and, given their flexible nature, NMR is a leading method to investigate IDP behavior on the molecular level. Here we present an IDP-tailored J-modulated experiment designed to monitor changes in the conformational ensemble characteristic of IDPs by accurately measuring backbone one- and two-bond J((15)N,(13)Cα) couplings...
November 14, 2016: Journal of Biomolecular NMR
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