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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526790/post-epizootic-persistence-of-asymptomatic-mycoplasma-conjunctivae-infection-in-iberian-ibex
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Xavier Fernández-Aguilar, Oscar Cabezón, José Enrique Granados, Joachim Frey, Emmanuel Serrano, Roser Velarde, Francisco Javier Cano-Manuel, Gregorio Mentaberre, Arián Ráez-Bravo, Paulino Fandos, Jorge Ramón López-Olvera
The susceptibility of Iberian ibex (Capra pyrenaica) to Mycoplasma conjunctivae ocular infection and the changes in their interaction over time were studied in terms of clinical outcome, molecular detection and IgG immune response in a captive population that underwent a severe infectious keratoconjunctivitis (IKC) outbreak. Mycoplasma conjunctivae was detected for the first time in the Iberian ibexes coinciding with the IKC outbreak. Its prevalence had a decreasing trend in 2013 that was consistent with the clinical resolution (August 35...
May 19, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522323/in-vivo-imaging-of-pathogen-homing-to-the-host-tissues
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Joana Tavares, David M Costa, Ana Rafaela Teixeira, Anabela Cordeiro-da-Silva, Rogerio Amino
Hematogenous dissemination followed by tissue tropism is a characteristic of the infectious process of many pathogens including those transmitted by blood-feeding vectors. After entering into the blood circulation, these pathogens must arrest in the target organ before they infect a specific tissue. Here, we describe a non-invasive method to visualize and quantify the homing of pathogens to the host tissues. By using in vivo bioluminescence imaging we quantify the accumulation of luciferase-expressing parasites in the host organs during the first minutes following their intravascular inoculation in mice...
May 15, 2017: Methods: a Companion to Methods in Enzymology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521727/comparative-genomic-analysis-of-innate-immunity-reveals-novel-and-conserved-components-in-crustacean-food-crop-species
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Alvina G Lai, A Aziz Aboobaker
BACKGROUND: Growing global demands for crustacean food crop species have driven large investments in aquaculture research worldwide. However, large-scale production is susceptible to pathogen-mediated destruction particularly in developing economies. Thus, a thorough understanding of the immune system components of food crop species is imperative for research to combat pathogens. RESULTS: Through a comparative genomics approach utilising extant data from 55 species, we describe the innate immune system of the class Malacostraca, which includes all food crop species...
May 18, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514661/innate-recognition-of-intracellular-bacterial-growth-is-driven-by-the-tifa-dependent-cytosolic-surveillance-pathway
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Ryan G Gaudet, Cynthia X Guo, Raphael Molinaro, Haila Kottwitz, John R Rohde, Anne-Sophie Dangeard, Cécile Arrieumerlou, Stephen E Girardin, Scott D Gray-Owen
Intestinal epithelial cells (IECs) act as sentinels for incoming pathogens. Cytosol-invasive bacteria, such as Shigella flexneri, trigger a robust pro-inflammatory nuclear factor κB (NF-κB) response from IECs that is believed to depend entirely on the peptidoglycan sensor NOD1. We found that, during Shigella infection, the TRAF-interacting forkhead-associated protein A (TIFA)-dependent cytosolic surveillance pathway, which senses the bacterial metabolite heptose-1,7-bisphosphate (HBP), functions after NOD1 to detect bacteria replicating free in the host cytosol...
May 16, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514636/eco-evolutionary-theory-and-insect-outbreaks
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David J Páez, Vanja Dukic, Jonathan Dushoff, Arietta Fleming-Davies, Greg Dwyer
Eco-evolutionary theory argues that population cycles in consumer-resource interactions are partly driven by natural selection, such that changes in densities and changes in trait values are mutually reinforcing. Evidence that the theory explains cycles in nature, however, is almost nonexistent. Experimental tests of model assumptions are logistically impractical for most organisms, while for others, evidence that population cycles occur in nature is lacking. For insect baculoviruses in contrast, tests of model assumptions are straightforward, and there is strong evidence that baculoviruses help drive population cycles in many insects, including the gypsy moth that we study here...
June 2017: American Naturalist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512250/introduction-to-the-human-gut-microbiota
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Elizabeth Thursby, Nathalie Juge
The human gastrointestinal (GI) tract harbours a complex and dynamic population of microorganisms, the gut microbiota, which exert a marked influence on the host during homeostasis and disease. Multiple factors contribute to the establishment of the human gut microbiota during infancy. Diet is considered as one of the main drivers in shaping the gut microbiota across the life time. Intestinal bacteria play a crucial role in maintaining immune and metabolic homeostasis and protecting against pathogens. Altered gut bacterial composition (dysbiosis) has been associated with the pathogenesis of many inflammatory diseases and infections...
May 16, 2017: Biochemical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507600/insights-into-the-role-of-the-intestinal-microbiota-in-colon-cancer
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Sofia Oke, Alberto Martin
The intestinal microbiota consists of a dynamic organization of bacteria, viruses, archaea, and fungal species essential for maintaining gut homeostasis and protecting the host against pathogenic invasion. When dysregulated, the intestinal microbiota can contribute to colorectal cancer development. Though the microbiota is multifaceted in its ability to induce colorectal cancer, this review will focus on the capability of the microbiota to induce colorectal cancer through the modulation of immune function and the production of microbial-derived metabolites...
May 2017: Therapeutic Advances in Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507070/limited-colonization-undermined-by-inadequate-early-immune-responses-define-the-dynamics-of-decidual-listeriosis
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Gabrielle Rizzuto, Elisa Tagliani, Priyanka Manandhar, Adrian Erlebacher, Anna I Bakardjiev
The bacterial pathogen Listeria monocytogenes causes a food-borne systemic disease in pregnant women that can lead to preterm labor, stillbirth, or severe neonatal disease. Colonization of the maternal decidua appears to be an initial step in the maternal component of the disease as well as bacterial transmission to the placenta and fetus. Host-pathogen interactions in the decidua during this early stage of infection remain poorly understood. Here, we assessed the dynamics of L. monocytogenes infection in primary human decidual organ cultures and in the murine decidua in vivo...
May 15, 2017: Infection and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507068/genome-wide-survey-of-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-pa14-reveals-a-role-for-the-glyoxylate-pathway-and-extracellular-proteases-in-the-utilization-of-mucin
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Jeffrey M Flynn, Chi Phan, Ryan C Hunter
Chronic airway infections by the opportunistic pathogen Pseudomonas aeruginosa are a major cause of mortality in cystic fibrosis (CF) patients. While this bacterium has been extensively studied for its virulence determinants, biofilm growth and immune evasion mechanisms, comparatively little is known about the nutrient sources that sustain its growth in vivo Respiratory mucins represent a potentially abundant bioavailable nutrient source, though we have recently shown that canonical pathogens inefficiently use these host glycoproteins as a growth substrate...
May 15, 2017: Infection and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504473/dynamic-cooperative-glycan-assembly-blocks-the-binding-of-bacterial-lectins-to-epithelial-cells
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Takuya Machida, Alexandre Novoa, Émilie Gillon, Shuangshuang Zheng, Julie Claudinon, Thorsten Eierhoff, Anne Imberty, Winfried Römer, Nicolas Winssinger
Pathogens frequently rely on lectins for adhesion and cellular entry into the host. Since these interactions typically result from multimeric binding of lectins to cell-surface glycans, novel therapeutic strategies are being developed with the use of glycomimetics as competitors of such interactions. Herein we study the benefit of nucleic acid based oligomeric assemblies with PNA-fucose conjugates. We demonstrate that the interactions of a lectin with epithelial cells can be inhibited with conjugates that do not form stable assemblies in solution but benefit from cooperativity between ligand-protein interactions and PNA hybridization to achieve high affinity...
May 15, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500241/a-plague-of-actin-disassembly
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Shoichiro Ono
Pathogenic Yersinia species employ several strategies to evade the host immune system, including interfering with cytoskeletal remodeling as a way to block macrophage phagocytosis. The kinase YopO binds directly to monomeric actin and phosphorylates the actin-remodeling protein gelsolin, but the functional importance of this gelsolin modification has not been clear. A combined biochemical, computational, and biophysical study now reveals that YopO-mediated phosphorylation activates host gelsolin, leading to severed actin filaments and disturbed actin dynamics...
May 12, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28494759/time-resolved-dual-transcriptomics-reveal-early-induced-nicotiana-benthamiana-root-genes-and-conserved-infection-promoting-phytophthora-palmivora-effectors
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Edouard Evangelisti, Anna Gogleva, Thomas Hainaux, Mehdi Doumane, Frej Tulin, Clément Quan, Temur Yunusov, Kévin Floch, Sebastian Schornack
BACKGROUND: Plant-pathogenic oomycetes are responsible for economically important losses in crops worldwide. Phytophthora palmivora, a tropical relative of the potato late blight pathogen, causes rotting diseases in many tropical crops including papaya, cocoa, oil palm, black pepper, rubber, coconut, durian, mango, cassava and citrus. Transcriptomics have helped to identify repertoires of host-translocated microbial effector proteins which counteract defenses and reprogram the host in support of infection...
May 11, 2017: BMC Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28494243/a-rab20-dependent-membrane-trafficking-pathway-controls-m-%C3%A2-tuberculosis-replication-by-regulating-phagosome-spaciousness-and-integrity
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Laura Schnettger, Angela Rodgers, Urska Repnik, Rachel P Lai, Gang Pei, Martijn Verdoes, Robert J Wilkinson, Douglas B Young, Maximiliano G Gutierrez
The intracellular pathogen Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) lives within phagosomes and also disrupts these organelles to access the cytosol. The host pathways and mechanisms that contribute to maintaining Mtb phagosome integrity have not been investigated. Here, we examined the spatiotemporal dynamics of Mtb-containing phagosomes and identified an interferon-gamma-stimulated and Rab20-dependent membrane trafficking pathway in macrophages that maintains Mtb in spacious proteolytic phagolysosomes. This pathway functions to promote endosomal membrane influx in infected macrophages, and is required to preserve Mtb phagosome integrity and control Mtb replication...
May 10, 2017: Cell Host & Microbe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28492179/virulence-variation-among-strains-of-the-emerging-infectious-fungus-batrachochytrium-dendrobatidis-bd-in-multiple-amphibian-host-species
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Trang D Dang, Catherine L Searle, Andrew R Blaustein
Emerging infectious diseases have been documented in numerous plant and animal populations. The infectious disease amphibian chytridiomycosis, caused by the fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd), is associated with global amphibian population declines. While much Bd-amphibian research has centered on response variation in hosts, a paucity of information exists on how variation in the pathogen, such as strain differences, affects infection dynamics. To examine how different Bd strains may differentially impact multiple hosts, we conducted laboratory experiments to measure 2 infection outcomes, viz...
May 11, 2017: Diseases of Aquatic Organisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490597/molluscum-contagiosum-virus-protein-mc005-inhibits-nf%C3%AE%C2%BAb-activation-by-targeting-nemo-regulated-ikk-activation
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Gareth Brady, Darya A Haas, Paul J Farrell, Andreas Pichlmair, Andrew G Bowie
Molluscum Contagiosum Virus (MCV), the only known extant, human-adapted poxvirus, causes a long-duration infection characterized by skin lesions that typically display an absence of inflammation despite containing high titres of live virus. Despite this curious presentation, MCV is very poorly characterized in terms of host-pathogen interactions. The absence of inflammation around MCV lesions suggests the presence of potent inhibitors of human anti-viral immunity and inflammation. However, only a small number of MCV immunomodulatory genes have been characterized in detail...
May 10, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28484049/ready-or-not-microbial-adaptive-responses-in-dynamic-symbiosis-environments
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Mengyi Cao, Heidi Goodrich-Blair
In mutually beneficial and pathogenic symbiotic associations, microbes must adapt to the host environment for optimal fitness. Both within an individual host and during transmission between hosts, microbes are exposed to temporal and spatial variation in environmental conditions. The phenomenon of phenotypic variation, in which different subpopulations of cells express distinctive and potentially adaptive characteristics, can contribute to microbial adaptation to a lifestyle that includes rapidly changing environments...
May 8, 2017: Journal of Bacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28483639/plant-genotype-and-induced-defenses-affect-the-productivity-of-an-insect-killing-obligate-viral-pathogen
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Ikkei Shikano, Elizabeth M McCarthy, Bret D Elderd, Kelli Hoover
Plant-mediated variations in the outcomes of host-pathogen interactions can strongly affect epizootics and the population dynamics of numerous species, including devastating agricultural pests such as the fall armyworm. Most studies of plant-mediated effects on insect pathogens focus on host mortality, but few have measured pathogen yield, which can affect whether or not an epizootic outbreak occurs. Insects challenged with baculoviruses on different plant species and parts can vary in levels of mortality and yield of infectious stages (occlusion bodies; OBs)...
May 5, 2017: Journal of Invertebrate Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28483382/modeling-key-drivers-of-cholera-transmission-dynamics-provides-new-perspectives-for-parasitology
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REVIEW
Andrea Rinaldo, Enrico Bertuzzo, Melanie Blokesch, Lorenzo Mari, Marino Gatto
Hydroclimatological and anthropogenic factors are key drivers of waterborne disease transmission. Information on human settlements and host mobility on waterways along which pathogens and hosts disperse, and relevant hydroclimatological processes, can be acquired remotely and included in spatially explicit mathematical models of disease transmission. In the case of epidemic cholera, such models allowed the description of complex disease patterns and provided insight into the course of ongoing epidemics. The inclusion of spatial information in models of disease transmission can aid in emergency management and the assessment of alternative interventions...
May 5, 2017: Trends in Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28482931/caspase-1-participates-in-apoptosis-of-salivary-glands-in-rhipicephalus-haemaphysaloides
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Xinmao Yu, Yongzhi Zhou, Jie Cao, Houshuang Zhang, Haiyan Gong, Jinlin Zhou
BACKGROUND: Ticks are among the most harmful vectors worldwide. Their salivary glands play essential roles in blood-feeding and pathogen transmission and undergo apoptosis after feeding. Although it was previously reported that salivary degeneration in ixodid ticks is in response to hormonal stimulation, questions still exist with the underlying mechanisms of salivary gland apoptosis. METHODS: Salivary glands of Rhipicephalus haemaphysaloides were collected from 1 to 7 days after attachment to the host...
May 8, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28481946/a-sequence-in-the-loop-domain-of-hepatitis-c-virus-e2-protein-identified-in-silico-as-crucial-for-the-selective-binding-to-human-cd81
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Chun-Chun Chang, Hao-Jen Hsu, Jui-Hung Yen, Shih-Yen Lo, Je-Wen Liou
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is a species-specific pathogenic virus that infects only humans and chimpanzees. Previous studies have indicated that interactions between the HCV E2 protein and CD81 on host cells are required for HCV infection. To determine the crucial factors for species-specific interactions at the molecular level, this study employed in silico molecular docking involving molecular dynamic simulations of the binding of HCV E2 onto human and rat CD81s. In vitro experiments including surface plasmon resonance measurements and cellular binding assays were applied for simple validations of the in silico results...
2017: PloS One
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