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Tathyana Mar Amorim Franco, Subray S Hegde, John S Blanchard
The biosynthetic pathway of the branched-chain amino acids is essential for M. tuberculosis growth and survival. We report here the kinetic and chemical mechanism of the pyridoxal 5'-phosphate (PLP)-dependent branched-chain aminotransferase, IlvE, from M. tuberculosis (MtIlvE). This enzyme is responsible for the final step of the synthesis of the branched-chain amino acids isoleucine, leucine and valine. As seen in other aminotransferases, MtIlvE displays a ping-pong kinetic mechanism. pK values were identified from the pH dependence on V as well as V/K, indicating that the phosphate ester of the PLP cofactor, as well as the α-amino group from L-glutamate and the active site Lys204, play roles in acid-base catalysis and binding, respectively...
October 25, 2016: Biochemistry
Rein M G J Houben, Peter J Dodd
BACKGROUND: The existing estimate of the global burden of latent TB infection (LTBI) as "one-third" of the world population is nearly 20 y old. Given the importance of controlling LTBI as part of the End TB Strategy for eliminating TB by 2050, changes in demography and scientific understanding, and progress in TB control, it is important to re-assess the global burden of LTBI. METHODS AND FINDINGS: We constructed trends in annual risk in infection (ARI) for countries between 1934 and 2014 using a combination of direct estimates of ARI from LTBI surveys (131 surveys from 1950 to 2011) and indirect estimates of ARI calculated from World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates of smear positive TB prevalence from 1990 to 2014...
October 2016: PLoS Medicine
Jennifer R Honda, Nabeeh A Hasan, Rebecca M Davidson, Myra D Williams, L Elaine Epperson, Paul R Reynolds, Terry Smith, Elena Iakhiaeva, Matthew J Bankowski, Richard J Wallace, Edward D Chan, Joseph O Falkinham, Michael Strong
Lung disease caused by nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) is an emerging infectious disease of global significance. Epidemiologic studies have shown the Hawaiian Islands have the highest prevalence of NTM lung infections in the United States. However, potential environmental reservoirs and species diversity have not been characterized. In this cross-sectional study, we describe molecular and phylogenetic comparisons of NTM isolated from 172 household plumbing biofilms and soil samples from 62 non-patient households and 15 respiratory specimens...
October 2016: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
Anthony M Cadena, Edwin C Klein, Alexander G White, Jaime A Tomko, Chelsea L Chedrick, Douglas S Reed, Laura E Via, Philana Ling Lin, JoAnne L Flynn
Identifying and refining small-animal models of tuberculosis that recapitulate aspects of human Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection can contribute to advancing our understanding of critical facets of the disease. To study the effects of very low-dose infections with 2 strains of M. tuberculosis on disease progression and survival in common marmosets, animals were challenged with strains Erdman and CDC1551 at doses ranging from 1 to 12 cfu. These data revealed that the susceptibility of marmosets to M. tuberculosis infection is influenced by strain virulence and initial dose...
2016: Comparative Medicine
Moyu Ming, Zhixi Luo, Shengqiu Lv, Chaoqian Li
The present study aimed to investigate whether inhalation of inactivated‑Mycobacterium phlei could prevent airway hyperresponsiveness and airway eosinophilia. A total of 24 male Balb/c mice were randomly divided into three groups: Normal control group (group A), asthma model group (group B) and the intervention group (group C), (8 mice/group). Group A mice were sensitized and with challenged saline and group B with ovalbumin (OVA). Group C mice were administered with aerosol Mycobacterium phlei once daily prior to the allergen challenge...
October 19, 2016: Molecular Medicine Reports
Carsten Kirkeby, Kaare Græsbøll, Søren Saxmose Nielsen, Lasse E Christiansen, Nils Toft, Erik Rattenborg, Tariq Halasa
We describe a new mechanistic bioeconomic model for simulating the spread of Mycobacterium avium subsp. paratuberculosis (MAP) within a dairy cattle herd. The model includes age-dependent susceptibility for infection; age-dependent sensitivity for detection; environmental MAP build up in five separate areas of the farm; in utero infection; infection via colostrum and waste milk, and it allows for realistic culling (i.e., due to other diseases) by including a ranking system. We calibrated the model using a unique dataset from Denmark, including 102 random farms with no control actions against spread of MAP...
2016: Frontiers in Veterinary Science
Rolandas Selvestravičius, Elena Sučilienė, Kęstutis Saniukas, Odeta Bobelytė, Vytautas Usonis
Presented here is the case of a nine-month-old boy with the osteomyelitis of the upper area sternum caused by bacillus Calmette-Guerin (BCG), the Danish 1331 strain vaccine against tuberculosis. Upon examination, a swelling of approximately 2×3 cm diameter was observed in the upper sternal area. The mass was hard, fixed and sensitive to palpation with no local skin hyperaemia. Chest X-rays revealed a round mass anterior to the sternum, suggesting a diagnosis of osteomyelitis. A consequent sternal biopsy was performed and Mycobacterium bovis BCG was identified by a positive growth culture...
September 19, 2016: Pediatric Reports
Leila Sabrina Ullmann, Ramiro das Neves Dias-Neto, Didier Quevedo Cagnini, Ricardo Seiti Yamatogi, Jose Paes Oliveira-Filho, Viviane Nemer, Rodrigo Hidalgo Friciello Teixeira, Alexander Welker Biondo, João Pessoa Araújo
BACKGROUND: Mycobacterium is an important zoonotic agent with companion, livestock and wildlife animals reportedly playing a role as reservoirs. Although its association with reptiles has been described, the disease cycle remains to be fully established, particularly in snakes. Accordingly, this study aimed to report the occurrence of mycobacteriosis with clinical pneumonia in one exotic python snake (Python molurus) and one native green snake (Philodryas olfersii) from the Sorocaba Zoo, São Paulo state, Brazil...
2016: Journal of Venomous Animals and Toxins Including Tropical Diseases
Miriam Menna Barreto, Rosana Souza Rodrigues
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
July 2016: Radiologia Brasileira
Roberto Mogami, Telma Goldenberg, Patricia Gomes Cytrangulo de Marca, Fernanda Carvalho de Queiroz Mello, Agnaldo José Lopes
OBJECTIVE: To describe the main tomography findings in patients diagnosed with pulmonary infection caused by Mycobacterium kansasii. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Retrospective study of computed tomography scans of 19 patients with pulmonary infection by M. kansasii. RESULTS: Of the 19 patients evaluated, 10 (52.6%) were male and 9 (47.4%) were female. The mean age of the patients was 58 years (range, 33-76 years). Computed tomography findings were as follows: architectural distortion, in 17 patients (89...
July 2016: Radiologia Brasileira
Caitlin McCallum, Bijai Johnson
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 24, 2016: CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal, Journal de L'Association Medicale Canadienne
R Z Pina, K R Caleffi-Ferracioli, P A Z Campanerut-Sá, L D Ghiraldi-Lopez, F R Pavan, V L D Siqueira, R B L Scodro, R F Cardoso
SETTING: Department of Clinical Analysis and Biomedicine, State University of Maringa, Maringa, PR, Brazil. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the performance of the resazurin microtiter assay (REMA) plate at pH 5.5 in detecting Mycobacterium tuberculosis susceptibility to pyrazinamide (PZA). DESIGN: The minimal inhibitory concentration (MIC) of PZA in M. tuberculosis H37Rv and M. bovis AN5 reference strains and in 34 clinical M. tuberculosis isolates (26 PZA-susceptible and eight PZA-resistant) was determined using REMA at pH 5...
November 2016: International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
O Zewdie, A Mihret, G Ameni, A Worku, T Gemechu, T Abebe
BACKGROUND: In Ethiopia, one of the world's 22 high tuberculosis (TB) burden countries, one third of the tuberculosis (TB) cases are attributed to tuberculosis lymphadenitis (TBLN). However, information on the molecular type of the mycobacterial species and strains that cause TBLN in the country is scarce. OBJECTIVE: To identify the species and strains of mycobacteria that cause TBLN in Ethiopia. METHODS AND RESULTS: A cross-sectional study was conducted among 206 presumed TBLN cases to characterise positive culture isolates...
November 2016: International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
S Chaya, Z Dangor, F Solomon, S A Nzenze, A Izu, S A Madhi
SETTING: This study was undertaken at a tertiary hospital in Soweto, a peri-urban low-middle income setting. Mycobacterium tuberculosis meningitis (TBM) is a severe manifestation of extra-pulmonary tuberculosis. OBJECTIVE: To describe the incidence, mortality and clinical features of TBM in human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infected and non-infected children in South Africa from 2006 to 2011. DESIGN: A retrospective, cross-sectional descriptive study...
November 2016: International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
D Jaganath, G Lamichhane, M Shah
Carbapenems, a more recent β-lactam class, represent a unique anti-tuberculosis option, as emerging evidence demonstrates that they target the Mycobacterium tuberculosis cell wall and β-lactamase. This provides a potentially new agent against M. tuberculosis, in particular for multidrug-resistant (MDR) and extensively drug-resistant (XDR) tuberculosis (TB), where options are limited. In this review, we examine the current evidence on the activity of carbapenems against M. tuberculosis. The predominance of work is in vitro, and suggests that carbapenems kill M...
November 2016: International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
Felix S Dube, Mamadou Kaba, F J Lourens Robberts, Lemese Ah Tow, Sugnet Lubbe, Heather J Zar, Mark P Nicol
BACKGROUND: Lower respiratory tract infection in children is increasingly thought to be polymicrobial in origin. Children with symptoms suggestive of pulmonary tuberculosis (PTB) may have tuberculosis, other respiratory tract infections or co-infection with Mycobacterium tuberculosis and other pathogens. We aimed to identify the presence of potential respiratory pathogens in nasopharyngeal (NP) samples from children with suspected PTB. METHOD: NP samples collected from consecutive children presenting with suspected PTB at Red Cross Children's Hospital (Cape Town, South Africa) were tested by multiplex real-time RT-PCR...
October 24, 2016: BMC Infectious Diseases
Kristian Tonby, Ida Wergeland, Nora V Lieske, Dag Kvale, Kjetil Tasken, Anne M Dyrhol-Riise
BACKGROUND: Tuberculosis (TB) causes a major burden on global health with long and cumbersome TB treatment regimens. Host-directed immune modulating therapies have been suggested as adjunctive treatment to TB antibiotics. Upregulated cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2)-prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) signaling pathway may cause a dysfunctional immune response that favors survival and replication of Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb). METHODS: Blood samples were obtained from patients with latent TB (n = 9) and active TB (n = 33) before initiation of anti-TB chemotherapy...
October 24, 2016: BMC Infectious Diseases
Hirotsugu Hashimoto, Masahiro Yanagiya, Masashi Kusakabe, Atsushi Kurata, Sayaka Ohara, Yoshio Suzuki, Jun Matsumoto, Hajime Horiuchi
Vascular changes observed in intralobar pulmonary sequestration (PS) have been reported to be similar to those observed in pulmonary hypertension (PH). However, atherosclerosis in the pulmonary artery, which is one of the characteristic arterial changes of PH, has scarcely been reported in PS. Here, we report this unique manifestation in a 66-year-old man, in whom an intralobar PS fed by an aberrant artery branching from the left gastric artery had been identified 10 years earlier, and who was diagnosed with pneumonia after having symptoms of fever and cough...
October 5, 2016: Cardiovascular Pathology: the Official Journal of the Society for Cardiovascular Pathology
Samuel A Sakyi, Samuel Yaw Aboagye, Isaac Darko Otchere, Albert M Liao, Thomas G Caltagirone, Dorothy Yeboah-Manu
BACKGROUND: Buruli ulcer (BU) is a subcutaneous skin disease listed among the neglected tropical diseases by the World Health Organization (WHO). Early case detection and management is very important to reduce morbidity and the accompanied characteristic disfiguring nature of BU. Since diagnosis based on clinical evidence can lead to misdiagnosis, microbiological confirmation is essential to reduce abuse of drugs; since the anti-mycobacterial drugs are also used for TB treatment. The current WHO gold standard PCR method is expensive, requires infrastructure and expertise are usually not available at the peripheral centers where BU cases are managed...
October 2016: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
Aliyah Baluch, Yanina Pasikhova, Matthew Snyder
Nontuberculous mycobacterial infections can often occur in individuals with adequate immune function. Such infections typically have cutaneous involvement and are caused by rapidly growing mycobacterium. Other nontuberculous mycobacteria species, like Mycobacterium haemophilum, almost always present as opportunistic infections occurring in severely immunocompromised hosts. Here, we present a complicated and protracted course of diagnosing M. haemophilum lower extremity cutaneous infection in a matched-unrelated donor stem cell transplant recipient...
October 24, 2016: Transplant Infectious Disease: An Official Journal of the Transplantation Society
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