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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550594/comparison-of-rapid-diagnostic-tests-to-detect-mycobacterium-avium-subsp-paratuberculosis-disseminated-infection-in-bovine-liver
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Mehdi Zarei, Masoud Ghorbanpour, Samaneh Tajbakhsh, Nader Mosavari
Mycobacterium avium subsp. paratuberculosis (MAP) causes Johne's disease, a chronic enteritis in cattle and other domestic and wild ruminants. The presence of MAP in tissues other than intestines and associated lymph nodes, such as meat and liver, is a potential public health concern. In the present study, the relationship between the results of rapid diagnostic tests of the Johne's disease, such as serum ELISA, rectal scraping PCR, and acid-fast staining, and the presence of MAP in liver was evaluated. Blood, liver, and rectal scraping samples were collected from 200 slaughtered cattle with unknown Johne's disease status...
May 27, 2017: Tropical Animal Health and Production
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549494/antimicrobial-susceptibility-testing-and-molecular-characterization-of-mycobacterium-fortuitum-isolates-in-china
#2
Hui Wen Zheng, Yu Pang, Guang Xue He, Yuan Yuan Song, Yan Lin Zhao
We performed molecular identification of clinical isolates of Mycobacterium fortuitum (M. fortuitum) and conducted drug susceptibility testing to analyze the in vitro susceptibility of clinical M. fortuitum isolates and potential molecular mechanism conferring resistance to fluoroquinolone and macrolide drugs. The results showed that moxifloxacin had the highest in vitro activity against M. fortuitum, and most M. fortuitum isolates were resistant to clarithromycin and linezolid in China. The loss of genetic mutation in clarithromycin- and amikacin-resistant isolates indicates that some other intrinsic mechanism conferring clarithromycin and amikacin resistance plays an essential role in M...
May 2017: Biomedical and Environmental Sciences: BES
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549484/the-effects-of-a-psychological-intervention-directed-at-optimizing-immune-function-study-protocol-for-a-randomized-controlled-trial
#3
Lemmy Schakel, Dieuwke S Veldhuijzen, Henriët van Middendorp, Corine Prins, Simone A Joosten, Tom H M Ottenhoff, Leo G Visser, Andrea W M Evers
BACKGROUND: Previous research has provided evidence for the link between psychological processes and psychophysiological health outcomes. Psychological interventions, such as face-to-face or online cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and serious games aimed at improving health, have shown promising results in promoting health outcomes. Few studies so far, however, have examined whether Internet-based CBT combined with serious gaming elements is effective in modulating health outcomes. Moreover, studies often did not incorporate psychophysiological or immunological challenges in order to gain insight into physiological responses to real-life challenges after psychological interventions...
May 26, 2017: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549036/the-role-of-molecular-techniques-for-the-detection-of-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-complex-in-paraffin-embedded-biopsies
#4
Zaira Moure, Josep Castellví, Adrián Sánchez-Montalvá, Tomás Pumarola, M Teresa Tórtola
INTRODUCTION: Extrapulmonary tuberculosis (EPTB) is increasingly frequent in developed countries. When it is not clinically suspected, samples are not collected for culture and the only material available is a tissue paraffin block. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to evaluate FluoroType MTB (FT-MTB) and GenoType MTBDRplus methods for the detection of Mycobaterium tuberculosis complex in paraffin-embedded biopsies comparing the results to tuberculosis diagnosis...
May 25, 2017: Applied Immunohistochemistry & Molecular Morphology: AIMM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548640/efficacy-of-%C3%AE-lactam-%C3%AE-lactamase-inhibitor-combination-is-linked-to-whib4-mediated-changes-in-redox-physiology-of-mycobacterium-tuberculosis
#5
Saurabh Mishra, Prashant Shukla, Ashima Bhaskar, Kushi Anand, Priyanka Baloni, Rajiv Kumar Jha, Abhilash Mohan, Raju S Rajmani, Valakunja Nagaraja, Nagasuma Chandra, Amit Singh
Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) expresses a broad-spectrum β-lactamase (BlaC) that mediates resistance to one of the highly effective antibacterials, β-lactams. Nonetheless, β-lactams showed mycobactericidal activity in combination with β-lactamase inhibitor, clavulanate (Clav). However, the mechanistic aspects of how Mtb responds to β-lactams such as Amoxicillin in combination with Clav (referred as Augmentin [AG]) are not clear. Here, we identified cytoplasmic redox potential and intracellular redox sensor, WhiB4, as key determinants of mycobacterial resistance against AG...
May 26, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547728/the-protective-effect-of-a-novel-antioxidant-gene-from-mycobacterium-avium-against-nitrosative-and-oxidative-stress-in-e-coli
#6
Shiyi He, Aiyan Wang, Xueping Ning, Dongjun Yang, Min Ling
The production of reactive oxygen intermediates (ROI) and reactive nitrogen intermediates (RNI) is an important host defense mechanism in response to infection by Mycobacterium tuberculosis. A variety of genes have been implicated in resistance to ROI and RNI, including noxR1. However, studies in Mycobacterium avium, an important pathogen among nontuberculous mycobacteria, are limited. We aim to investigate the role of a novel gene cloned from M. avium with high similarity to noxR1, noA, in resistance against RNI and ROI in M...
June 2017: World Journal of Microbiology & Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546549/restimulation-induced-t-cell-death-through-ntb-a-sap-signaling-pathway-is-impaired-in-tuberculosis-patients-with-depressed-immune-responses
#7
Rodrigo E Hernández Del Pino, Joaquín M Pellegrini, Ana I Rovetta, Delfina Peña, Guadalupe I Álvarez, Agustín Rolandelli, Rosa M Musella, Domingo J Palmero, Alejandro Malbran, Virginia Pasquinelli, Verónica E García
Production of IFN-γ contributes to host defense against Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) infection. We previously demonstrated that Signaling lymphocytic activation molecule-associated protein (SAP) expression on cells from tuberculosis (TB) patients was inversely correlated with IFN-γ production. Here we first investigated the role of NK, T and B cell antigen (NTB-A)/SAP pathway in the regulation of Th1 response against Mtb. Upon antigen stimulation, NTB-A phosphorylation rapidly increases and afterwards modulates IFN-γ and IL-17 secretion...
May 26, 2017: Immunology and Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546234/multiplex-pcr-based-detection-of-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-and-mycobacterium-avium-in-a-single-host-one-coloniser-or-dual-infection
#8
Praveen Sharma, Amanjit Bal, Kusum Sharma, Ashish Bhalla
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 24, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545830/global-mycobacterium-chimaera-outbreak-challenges-for-the-near-future
#9
R Sommerstein, P P Kohler, B Hasse
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 5, 2017: Journal of Hospital Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545813/design-synthesis-and-evaluation-of-indole-2-carboxamides-with-pan-anti-mycobacterial-activity
#10
Nicholas D Franz, Juan Manuel Belardinelli, Michael A Kaminski, Louis C Dunn, Vinicius Calado Nogueira de Moura, Michael A Blaha, Dan D Truong, Wei Li, Mary Jackson, E Jeffrey North
Current treatment regimens for non-tuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) and tuberculosis (TB) generally require long duration of therapy with multiple drugs, some of which are broad spectrum antibiotics. Despite some advances in antimicrobial compounds, there remains a need in therapy for antibiotics with specific mycobacterial targets. It has been shown that MmpL3 is an essential transporter required for the translocation of mycolic acids to the mycobacterial cell envelope. Here, we synthesized a series of indole-2-carboxamides that inhibit MmpL3 and have potent pan-activity against mycobacterial species...
May 8, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545488/genetic-diversity-of-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-isolates-from-tochigi-prefecture-a-local-region-of-japan
#11
Fuminori Mizukoshi, Tohru Miyoshi-Akiyama, Hiroki Iwai, Takako Suzuki, Reiko Kiritani, Teruo Kirikae, Keiji Funatogawa
BACKGROUND: Foreign-born patients with tuberculosis (TB) may introduce globally disseminated isolates of Mycobacterium tuberculosis into large cities in Japan. The risk of dissemination of these isolates into local regions, however, has not been determined. This study analyzed the molecular epidemiology of M. tuberculosis isolates obtained from TB patients living in a local region of Japan. METHODS: Whole genome sequences of 169 M. tuberculosis isolates, obtained from 148 Japanese-born and 21 foreign-born patients living in Tochigi, Japan, were analyzed using the Comprehensive analysis server for the Mycobacterium t u b erculosis complex (CASTB)...
May 25, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545436/thymoquinone-tq-inhibits-the-replication-of-intracellular-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-in-macrophages-and-modulates-nitric-oxide-production
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Hafij Al Mahmud, Hoonhee Seo, Sukyung Kim, Md Imtiazul Islam, Kung-Woo Nam, Hyun-Deuk Cho, Ho-Yeon Song
BACKGROUND: Human tuberculosis, which is caused by the pathogen Mycobacterium tuberculosis, remains a major public health concern. Increasing drug resistance poses a threat of disease resurgence and continues to cause considerable mortality worldwide, which necessitates the development of new drugs with improved efficacy. Thymoquinone (TQ), an essential compound of Nigella sativa, was previously reported as an active anti-tuberculosis agent. METHODS: In this study, the effects of TQ on intracellular mycobacterial replication are examined in macrophages...
May 25, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545389/structural-insight-into-the-inactivation-of-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-non-classical-transpeptidase-ldtmt2-by-biapenem-and-tebipenem
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Mario A Bianchet, Ying H Pan, Leighanne A Brammer Basta, Harry Saavedra, Evan P Lloyd, Pankaj Kumar, Rohini Mattoo, Craig A Townsend, Gyanu Lamichhane
BACKGROUND: The carbapenem subclass of β-lactams is among the most potent antibiotics available today. Emerging evidence shows that, unlike other subclasses of β-lactams, carbapenems bind to and inhibit non-classical transpeptidases (L,D-transpeptidases) that generate 3 → 3 linkages in bacterial peptidoglycan. The carbapenems biapenem and tebipenem exhibit therapeutically valuable potencies against Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb). RESULTS: Here, we report the X-ray crystal structures of Mtb L,D-transpeptidase-2 (LdtMt2) complexed with biapenem or tebipenem...
May 25, 2017: BMC Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545136/assessment-of-the-quantiferon-tb-gold-in-tube-test-for-the-detection-of-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-infection-in-united-states-navy-recruits
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Jason M Lempp, Margan J Zajdowicz, Arlene L Hankinson, Sean R Toney, Lisa W Keep, James D Mancuso, Gerald H Mazurek
BACKGROUND: Immunologic tests such as the tuberculin skin test (TST) and QuantiFERON®-TB Gold In-Tube test (QFT-GIT) are designed to detect Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection, both latent M. tuberculosis infection (LTBI) and infection manifesting as active tuberculosis disease (TB). These tests need high specificity to minimize unnecessary treatment and high sensitivity to allow maximum detection and prevention of TB. METHODS: Estimate QFT-GIT specificity, compare QFT-GIT and TST results, and assess factor associations with test discordance among U...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545104/pkng-senses-amino-acid-availability-to-control-metabolism-and-virulence-of-mycobacterium-tuberculosis
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Barbara Rieck, Giulia Degiacomi, Michael Zimmermann, Alessandro Cascioferro, Francesca Boldrin, Natalie R Lazar-Adler, Andrew R Bottrill, Fabien le Chevalier, Wafa Frigui, Marco Bellinzoni, María-Natalia Lisa, Pedro M Alzari, Liem Nguyen, Roland Brosch, Uwe Sauer, Riccardo Manganelli, Helen M O'Hare
Sensing and response to changes in nutrient availability are essential for the lifestyle of environmental and pathogenic bacteria. Serine/threonine protein kinase G (PknG) is required for virulence of the human pathogen Mycobacterium tuberculosis, and its putative substrate GarA regulates the tricarboxylic acid cycle in M. tuberculosis and other Actinobacteria by protein-protein binding. We sought to understand the stimuli that lead to phosphorylation of GarA, and the roles of this regulatory system in pathogenic and non-pathogenic bacteria...
May 17, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545050/prevalence-and-extent-of-heteroresistance-by-next-generation-sequencing-of-multidrug-resistant-tuberculosis
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Darwin J Operario, Alexander F Koeppel, Stephen D Turner, Yongde Bao, Suporn Pholwat, Sayera Banu, Suporn Foongladda, Stellah Mpagama, Jean Gratz, Oleg Ogarkov, Svetlana Zhadova, Scott K Heysell, Eric R Houpt
Amplicon-based Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) is an emerging method for Mycobacterium tuberculosis drug susceptibility testing (DST) but has not been well described. We examined 158 clinical multidrug-resistant M. tuberculosis isolates via NGS of 11 resistance-associated gene regions covering 3519 nucleotides. Across these gene regions, complete resistance or heteroresistance (defined as 1%-99% mutation) was present in at least one isolate in 6.3% of loci. The number of isolates with heteroresistance was highest for gyrA codon 94, rpoB codons 526 and 531, and embB codons 306, 372 and 406 (range 11-26% of isolates exhibited heteroresistance)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544982/an-evaluation-of-minor-groove-binders-as-anti-fungal-and-anti-mycobacterial-therapeutics
#17
Fraser J Scott, Ryan J O Nichol, Abedawn I Khalaf, Federica Giordani, Kirsten Gillingwater, Soumya Ramu, Alysha Elliott, Johannes Zuegg, Paula Duffy, Michael-Jon Rosslee, Lerato Hlaka, Santosh Kumar, Mumin Ozturk, Frank Brombacher, Michael Barrett, Reto Guler, Colin J Suckling
This study details the synthesis and biological evaluation of a collection of 19 structurally related Minor Groove Binders (MGBs), derived from the natural product distamycin, which were designed to probe antifungal and antimycobacterial activity. From this initial set, we report several MGBs that are worth more detailed investigation and optimisation. MGB-4, MGB-317 and MGB-325 have promising MIC80s of 2, 4 and 0.25 μg/mL, respectively, against the fungus C. neoformans.MGB-353 and MGB-354 have MIC99s of 3...
May 17, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544095/phenotypic-assays-for-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-infection
#18
Ok-Ryul Song, Nathalie Deboosere, Vincent Delorme, Christophe J Queval, Gaspard Deloison, Elisabeth Werkmeister, Frank Lafont, Alain Baulard, Raffaella Iantomasi, Priscille Brodin
Tuberculosis (TB) is still a major global threat, killing more than one million persons each year. With the constant increase of Mycobacterium tuberculosis strains resistant to first- and second-line drugs, there is an urgent need for the development of new drugs to control the propagation of TB. Although screenings of small molecules on axenic M. tuberculosis cultures were successful for the identification of novel putative anti-TB drugs, new drugs in the development pipeline remains scarce. Host-directed therapy may represent an alternative for drug development against TB...
May 19, 2017: Cytometry. Part A: the Journal of the International Society for Analytical Cytology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543876/application-of-molecular-microbiological-and-immunological-tests-for-the-diagnosis-of-bone-and-joint-tuberculosis
#19
Yinghua Tang, Lianli Yin, Shifu Tang, Hongyu Zhang, Jihui Lan
BACKGROUND: To evaluate the application of interferon gamma release assay (IGRA), rifampicin resistant real-time fluorescence quantitative PCR technique Xpert Mycobacterium tuberculosis/rifampicin (Xpert MTB/RIF), and the levels of TNF-α and TGF-β in the diagnosis of bone and joint tuberculosis. METHODS: Eighty-six patients with bone and joint tuberculosis, diagnosed by pathology or microbiology, were examined by Xpert MTB/RIF and IGRA (T-SPOT. TB) for Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection, and the TNF-α and TGF-β levels of the patients were measured...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Clinical Laboratory Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543817/influence-of-diabetes%C3%A2-mellitus-on-the-immunity-to-human-tuberculosis
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REVIEW
Nathella Pavan Kumar, Subash Babu
Type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM) is a major risk factor for the development of active pulmonary tuberculosis, with development of DM pandemic in countries where tuberculosis (TB) is also endemic. Understanding the impact of DM on TB and the determinants of co-morbidity is essential in responding to this growing public health problem with improved therapeutic approaches. Despite the clinical and public health significance posed by the dual burden of TB and DM, little is known about the immunological and biochemical mechanisms of susceptibility...
May 22, 2017: Immunology
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