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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735462/effect-of-decreased-bcaa-synthesis-through-disruption-of-ilvc-gene-on-the-virulence-of-streptococcus-pneumoniae
#1
Gyu-Lee Kim, Seungyeop Lee, Truc Thanh Luong, Cuong Thach Nguyen, Sang-Sang Park, Suhkneung Pyo, Dong-Kwon Rhee
Streptococcus pneumoniae (pneumococcus) is responsible for significant morbidity and mortality worldwide. It causes a variety of life-threatening infections such as pneumonia, bacteremia, and meningitis. In bacterial physiology, the metabolic pathway of branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs) plays an important role in virulence. Nonetheless, the function of IlvC, one of the enzymes involved in the biosynthesis of BCAAs, in S. pneumoniae remains unclear. Here, we demonstrated that downregulation of BCAA biosynthesis by ilvC ablation can diminish BCAA concentration and expression of pneumolysin (Ply) and LytA, and subsequently attenuate virulence...
July 22, 2017: Archives of Pharmacal Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735309/safety-evaluation-of-enterocin-producer-enterococcus-sp-strains-isolated-from-traditional-turkish-cheeses
#2
Mine Avcı, Banu Özden Tuncer
The purpose of this study was to determine the antimicrobial activity and occurrence of bacteriocin structural genes in Enterococcus spp. isolated from different cheeses and also investigate some of their virulence factors. Enterococcus strains were isolated from 33 different cheeses. Enterococcus faecium (6 strains) and Enterococcus faecalis (5 strains) enterocin-producing strains were identified by 16S rDNA analyses. Structural genes entA, entB, entP and entX were detected in some isolates. Multiple enterocin structural genes were found in 7 strains...
July 6, 2017: Polish Journal of Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735241/a-new-integrated-approach-to-analyze-bulk-tank-milk-and-raw-milk-filters-for-the-presence-of-the-e-coli-serogroups-frequently-associated-with-vtec-status
#3
Francesca Albonico, Claudia Gusmara, Theo Gugliotta, Monica Loiacono, Michele Mortarino, Alfonso Zecconi
We optimized a combination of microbiological and molecular methods to quickly identify the presence of the O157 and the six non-O157 serogroups (O26, O45, O103, O111, O121 and O145) most frequently associated with VTEC status, at herd level. The lower detection limit of this methodology is 10(1)CFU/ml for each of the serogroups tested. We tested 67 bulk tank milk (BTM) and raw milk filters (RMF) derived from dairy herds located in Lombardy and Trentino Alto Adige. We identified 3 positive samples and 20 positive samples out of 67 respectively in the BTM and RMF...
July 17, 2017: Research in Veterinary Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735055/molecular-analysis-of-virulence-genes-and-the-accessory-gene-regulator-agr-types-among-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus-mrsa-strains
#4
Sara Cheraghi, Leyla Pourgholi, Maryam Shafaati, Shirinsadat Hashemi Fesharaki, Arash Jalali, Rahim Nosrati, MohammadAli Boroumand
OBJECTIVES: Methicillin resistant S. aureus (MRSA) strains are a main cause of hospital-acquired infections and are considered as a serious public-health concern. MRSA isolates have plenty of virulence factors, which are the basis for its pathogenicity. The controlling and coordination of the expression of these genes perform by the accessory gene regulator (agr). The aim of this study was to determine the rate of some virulence genes encoding the enterotoxin, exfoliative toxin genes (eta), the adhesin genes and identification of agr specificity groups in MRSA isolates...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Global Antimicrobial Resistance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735047/sesamol-exhibits-potent-antimycobacterial-activity-underlying-mechanisms-and-impact-on-virulence-traits
#5
Sandeep Hans, Sharda Sharma, Saif Hameed, Zeeshan Fatima
OBJECTIVES: Novel strategies to overcome multidrug resistance (MDR) in Tuberculosis (TB) still remain a concern. Usage of natural compounds nowadays to surmount the increasing burden of MDR-TB has shown promising results. The aim of this study was to evaluate the antimycobacterial potential of sesamol (Ses) a natural phenolic compound against Mycobacterium smegmatis, a surrogate for MTB and its underlying mechanism of action along with its effect on mycobacterial virulence traits. METHODS: Cell surface phenotypes were estimated microscopically and spectrophotometrically respectively...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Global Antimicrobial Resistance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734764/comparative-genomic-analysis-of-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-beijing-like-strains-revealed-specific-genetic-variations-associated-with-virulence-and-drug-resistance
#6
Juan Germán Rodríguez-Castillo, Camilo Pino, Luis Fernando Niño, Juan Carlos Rozo, Claudia Llerena-Polo, Carlos A Parra-López, Andreas Tauch, Martha Isabel Murcia-Aranguren
Isolates of the Mycobacterium tuberculosis lineage 2/East-Asian are considered one of the most successful strains due to their increased pathogenicity, hyper-virulence associated with drug resistance, and high transmission. Recent studies in Colombia have shown that the Beijing-like genotype is associated with multidrug-resistance and high prevalence in the southwest of the country, but the genetic basis of its success in dissemination is unknown. In contribution to this matter, we obtained the whole sequences of six genomes of clinical isolates assigned to the Beijing-like genotype...
July 19, 2017: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734742/efficacy-of-a-nonadjuvanted-recombinant-felv-vaccine-and-two-inactivated-felv-vaccines-when-subject-to-consistent-virulent-felv-challenge-conditions
#7
Deborah A Grosenbaugh, Valérie Frances-Duvert, Shabnam Abedi, Bradley Feilmeier, Hongyu Ru, Hervé Poulet
The purpose of this study was to compare the efficacy of three FeLV vaccines, under identical conditions in a laboratory challenge model that closely mimics natural infection. Four groups of cats (n = 20 per group) were administered two doses of vaccine, 21 days apart, starting at 9-10 weeks of age (Purevax(®) FeLV, Versifel(®) FeLV, Nobivac(®) feline 2-FeLV, and a placebo). Cats were challenged 3 weeks later with a virulent, heterologous FeLV isolate. FeLV antigenemia was determined at weekly intervals from 3 to 15 weeks postchallenge...
July 19, 2017: Biologicals: Journal of the International Association of Biological Standardization
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734616/do-shoot-the-messenger-pasta-kinases-as-virulence-determinants-and-antibiotic-targets
#8
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Daniel A Pensinger, Adam J Schaenzer, John-Demian Sauer
All domains of life utilize protein phosphorylation as a mechanism of signal transduction. In bacteria, protein phosphorylation was classically thought to be mediated exclusively by histidine kinases as part of two-component signaling systems. However, it is now well appreciated that eukaryotic-like serine/threonine kinases (eSTKs) control essential processes in bacteria. A subset of eSTKs are single-pass transmembrane proteins that have extracellular penicillin-binding-protein and serine/threonine kinase-associated (PASTA) domains which bind muropeptides...
July 19, 2017: Trends in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734577/characterization-of-a-pvl-negative-community-acquired-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus-strain-of-sequence-type-88-in-china
#9
Lu Sun, Dandan Wu, Yan Chen, Qian Wang, Haiping Wang, Yunsong Yu
Sequence type 88 community-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (CA-MRSA) strain SR434, isolated from an outpatient with skin and soft tissue infection, was subjected to whole genome sequencing, antimicrobial susceptibility testing, mouse skin infection model and hemolysis analysis to identify its virulence and resistance determinants. MRSA strain SR434 is resistant to clindamycin, erythromycin and fosfomycin. Four plasmids with resistance genes were identified in this strain, including a 20,658bp blaZ-carrying plasmid, a 2473bp ermC-carrying plasmid, a 2622bp fosB7-carrying plasmid (86% identity with plasmid in a ST2590 MRSA strain) and a 4817bp lnuA-carrying plasmid (99% identity with pLNU4 from bovine coagulase-nagetive Staphylococci)...
July 13, 2017: International Journal of Medical Microbiology: IJMM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734070/genome-scans-on-experimentally-evolved-populations-reveal-candidate-regions-for-adaptation-to-plant-resistance-in-the-potato-cyst-nematode-globodera-pallida
#10
D Eoche-Bosy, M Gautier, M Esquibet, F Legeai, A Bretaudeau, O Bouchez, S Fournet, E Grenier, J Montarry
Improving resistance durability involves to be able to predict the adaptation speed of pathogen populations. Identifying the genetic bases of pathogen adaptation to plant resistances is a useful step to better understand and anticipate this phenomenon. Globodera pallida is a major pest of potato crop for which a resistance QTL, GpaVvrn , has been identified in Solanum vernei. However, its durability is threatened as G. pallida populations are able to adapt to the resistance in few generations. The aim of the present study was to investigate the genomic regions involved in the resistance breakdown by coupling experimental evolution and high-density genome scan...
July 22, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733861/an-infant-with-acute-gastroenteritis-caused-by-a-secondary-infection-with-a-rotarix-derived-strain
#11
Naomi Sakon, Ryohei Miyamoto, Jun Komano
Rotavirus vaccines have been successful in controlling severe diarrhea and have decreased deaths of young children globally. Rotarix and RotaTeq are the two currently available live-attenuated rotavirus vaccines. The vaccine virus can grow in a recipient's gut and spread from the vaccinee to naïve individuals. The potential for the emergence of revertant viruses is a concern with live-attenuated vaccines. We identified a previously healthy infant with severe acute gastroenteritis that was positive for rotavirus in a non-endemic season...
July 21, 2017: European Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733844/polyamine-binding-protein-potd2-is-required-for-stress-tolerance-and-virulence-in-actinobacillus-pleuropneumoniae
#12
Zhuang Zhu, Qin Zhao, Yu Zhao, Fei Zhang, Xintian Wen, Xiaobo Huang, Yiping Wen, Rui Wu, Qigui Yan, Yong Huang, Xiaoping Ma, Xinfeng Han, Sanjie Cao
Actinobacillus pleuropneumoniae is the cause of porcine contagious pleuropneumonia, which is one of the most important respiratory diseases in swine and causes huge economic losses in the swine industry. PotD, a polyamine-binding protein, has been well characterised in many pathogens of humans and animals. In this study, a ΔpotD2 mutant of A. pleuropneumoniae strain MS71 (serovar 1) was constructed successfully by homologous recombination. Growth curves of different strains showed that the growth of the ΔpotD2 mutant was affected greatly in the logarithmic phase compared with that of parental strain...
July 21, 2017: Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733613/rnai-screening-identifies-trypanosoma-brucei-stress-response-protein-kinases-required-for-survival-in-the-mouse
#13
Fernando Fernandez-Cortes, Tiago D Serafim, Jonathan M Wilkes, Nathaniel G Jones, Ryan Ritchie, Richard McCulloch, Jeremy C Mottram
Protein kinases (PKs) are a class of druggable targets in Trypanosoma brucei, the causative agent of Human African Trypanosomiasis (sleeping sickness), yet little is known about which PKs are essential for survival in mammals. A recent kinome-wide RNAi screen with 176 individual bloodstream form Trypanosoma brucei lines identified PKs required for proliferation in culture. In order to assess which PKs are also potential virulence factors essential in vivo, lines were pooled, inoculated into mice, and screened for loss of fitness after 48 h RNAi...
July 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733486/%C3%AE-toxin-regulates-local-granulocyte-expansion-from-hematopoietic-stem-and-progenitor-cells-in-staphylococcus-aureus-infected-wounds
#14
Patrick C Falahee, Leif S Anderson, Mack B Reynolds, Mauricio Pirir, Bridget E McLaughlin, Carly A Dillen, Ambrose L Cheung, Lloyd S Miller, Scott I Simon
The immune response to Staphylococcus aureus infection in skin involves the recruitment of polymorphonuclear neutrophils (PMNs) from the bone marrow via the circulation and local granulopoiesis from hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells (HSPCs) that also traffic to infected skin wounds. We focus on regulation of PMN number and function and the role of pore-forming α-toxin (AT), a virulence factor that causes host cell lysis and elicits inflammasome-mediated IL-1β secretion in wounds. Infection with wild-type S...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733286/the-regulator-ldhr-and-the-d-lactate-dehydrogenase-ldha-of-burkholderia-multivorans-play-a-role-in-carbon-overflow-and-in-planktonic-cellular-aggregates-formation
#15
Inês N Silva, Marcelo J Ramires, Lisa A Azevedo, Ana R Guerreiro, Andreia C Tavares, Jörg D Becker, Leonilde M Moreira
LysR-type transcriptional regulators (LTTR) are the most commonly found regulators in Burkholderia cepacia complex, comprising opportunistic pathogens causing chronic respiratory infections in cystic fibrosis (CF) patients. Despite LTTRs being global regulators of pathogenicity in several bacteria, few have been characterized in Burkholderia Here, we showed that gene ldhR of B. multivorans encoding a LTTR is co-transcribed with ldhA encoding a d-lactate dehydrogenase, and evaluate their implication in virulence traits like exopolysaccharide (EPS) synthesis and biofilm formation...
July 21, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733113/a-heterologous-prime-boost-ebola-virus-vaccine-regimen-induces-durable-neutralizing-antibody-response-and-prevents-ebola-virus-like-particle-entry-in-mice
#16
Tan Chen, Dapeng Li, Yufeng Song, Xi Yang, Qingwei Liu, Xia Jin, Dongming Zhou, Zhong Huang
Ebola virus (EBOV) is one of the most virulent pathogens known to humans. Neutralizing antibodies play a major role in the protection against EBOV infections. Thus, an EBOV vaccine capable of inducing a long-lasting neutralizing antibody response is highly desirable. We report here that a heterologous prime-boost vaccine regimen can elicit durable EBOV-neutralizing antibody response in mice. A chimpanzee serotype 7 adenovirus expressing EBOV GP (denoted AdC7-GP) was generated and used for priming. A truncated version of EBOV GP1 protein (denoted GP1t) was produced at high levels in Drosophila S2 cells and used for boosting...
July 18, 2017: Antiviral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732197/wrecking-staph-s-rafts-staphylococcus-aureus-no-longer-unsinkable
#17
Rafi Rashid, Kimberly A Kline
Functional membrane microdomains (FMMs) serve to spatially restrict and coordinate a diversity of cellular functions. Flotillins serve as scaffolds within FMMs, and in this issue of Cell Chemical Biology, Koch et al. (2017) show that disrupting Staphylococcus aureus scaffolds via small molecules perturbs virulence gene expression and attenuates S. aureus virulence.
July 20, 2017: Cell Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732084/increased-parb-level-affects-expression-of-stress-response-adaptation-and-virulence-operons-and-potentiates-repression-of-promoters-adjacent-to-the-high-affinity-binding-sites-pars3-and-pars4-in-pseudomonas-aeruginosa
#18
Adam Kawalek, Krzysztof Glabski, Aneta Agnieszka Bartosik, Anna Fogtman, Grazyna Jagura-Burdzy
Similarly to its homologs in other bacteria, Pseudomonas aeruginosa partitioning protein ParB facilitates segregation of newly replicated chromosomes. Lack of ParB is not lethal but results in increased frequency of anucleate cells production, longer division time, cell elongation, altered colony morphology and defective swarming and swimming motility. Unlike in other bacteria, inactivation of parB leads to major changes of the transcriptome, suggesting that, directly or indirectly, ParB plays a role in regulation of gene expression in this organism...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732057/structural-basis-of-zn-ii-induced-metal-detoxification-and-antibiotic-resistance-by-histidine-kinase-czcs-in-pseudomonas-aeruginosa
#19
Dan Wang, Weizhong Chen, Shanqing Huang, Yafeng He, Xichun Liu, Qingyuan Hu, Tianbiao Wei, Hong Shang, Jianhua Gan, Hao Chen
Pseudomonas aeruginosa (P. aeruginosa) is a major opportunistic human pathogen, causing serious nosocomial infections among immunocompromised patients by multi-determinant virulence and high antibiotic resistance. The CzcR-CzcS signal transduction system in P. aeruginosa is primarily involved in metal detoxification and antibiotic resistance through co-regulating cross-resistance between Zn(II) and carbapenem antibiotics. Although the intracellular regulatory pathway is well-established, the mechanism by which extracellular sensor domain of histidine kinase (HK) CzcS responds to Zn(II) stimulus to trigger downstream signal transduction remains unclear...
July 21, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732045/the-exported-chaperone-hsp70-x-supports-virulence-functions-for-plasmodium-falciparum-blood-stage-parasites
#20
Sarah C Charnaud, Matthew W A Dixon, Catherine Q Nie, Lia Chappell, Paul R Sanders, Thomas Nebl, Eric Hanssen, Matthew Berriman, Jo-Anne Chan, Adam J Blanch, James G Beeson, Julian C Rayner, Jude M Przyborski, Leann Tilley, Brendan S Crabb, Paul R Gilson
Malaria is caused by five different Plasmodium spp. in humans each of which modifies the host erythrocyte to survive and replicate. The two main causes of malaria, P. falciparum and P. vivax, differ in their ability to cause severe disease, mainly due to differences in the cytoadhesion of infected erythrocytes (IE) in the microvasculature. Cytoadhesion of P. falciparum in the brain leads to a large number of deaths each year and is a consequence of exported parasite proteins, some of which modify the erythrocyte cytoskeleton while others such as PfEMP1 project onto the erythrocyte surface where they bind to endothelial cells...
2017: PloS One
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