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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228472/unconventional-recombination-in-the-mating-type-locus-of-heterothallic-apple-canker-pathogen-valsa-mali
#1
Zhiyuan Yin, Xiwang Ke, Zhengpeng Li, Jiliang Chen, Xiaoning Gao, Lili Huang
Sexual reproduction in filamentous ascomycetes is controlled by mating type (MAT) locus, including two idiomorphs MAT1-1 and MAT1-2 Understanding the MAT locus can provide clues for unveiling the sexual development and virulence factors for fungal pathogens. The genus Valsa (Sordariomycetes, Diaporthales) contains many tree pathogens responsible for destructive canker diseases. Sexual stage of these ascomycetes is occasionally observed in nature and no MAT locus has been reported up till now. Thus, we identified the MAT locus of apple canker pathogen V...
February 21, 2017: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228321/immunization-of-bighorn-sheep-against-mannheimia-haemolytica-with-a-bovine-herpesvirus-1-vectored-vaccine
#2
Sai A Batra, Sudarvili Shanthalingam, Gaetano Donofrio, Gary J Haldorson, Shafiqul Chowdhury, Stephen N White, Subramaniam Srikumaran
Mannheimia haemolytica is an important pathogen of pneumonia in bighorn sheep (BHS), consistently causing 100% mortality under experimental conditions. Leukotoxin is the critical virulence factor of M. haemolytica. In a 'proof of concept' study, a vaccine containing leukotoxin and surface antigens of M. haemolytica induced 100% protection in BHS, but required multiple booster doses. Vaccination of wildlife is difficult. BHS, however, can be vaccinated at the time of transplantation, but administration of booster doses is impossible...
February 19, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228066/dynamic-protein-s-palmitoylation-mediates-parasite-life-cycle-progression-and-diverse-mechanisms-of-virulence
#3
Robert W B Brown, Aabha I Sharma, David M Engman
Eukaryotic parasites possess complex life cycles and utilize an assortment of molecular mechanisms to overcome physical barriers, suppress and/or bypass the host immune response, including invading host cells where they can replicate in a protected intracellular niche. Protein S-palmitoylation is a dynamic post-translational modification in which the fatty acid palmitate is covalently linked to cysteine residues on proteins by the enzyme palmitoyl acyltransferase (PAT) and can be removed by lysosomal palmitoyl-protein thioesterase (PPT) or cytosolic acyl-protein thioesterase (APT)...
April 2017: Critical Reviews in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225601/rational-optimization-of-diphenyl-ether-binding-kinetics-to-the-enoyl-acp-reductase-fabi1-from-burkholderia-pseudomallei
#4
Carla Maya Neckles, Sandra Eltschkner, Jason Ellsworth Cummings, Maria Hirschbeck, Fereidoon Daryaee, Gopal R Bommineni, Zhuo Zhang, Lauren A Spagnuolo, Weixuan Yu, Shabnam Davoodi, Richard A Slayden, Caroline Kisker, Peter J Tonge
There is growing awareness of the link between drug-target residence time and in vivo drug activity, and there are increasing efforts to determine the molecular factors that control the lifetime of a drug-target complex. Rational alterations in drug-target residence time require knowledge of both the ground and transition states on the inhibition reaction coordinate, and we have determined the structure-kinetic relationship for 22 ethyl or hexyl substituted diphenyl ethers that are slow-binding inhibitors of bpFabI1, the enoyl-ACP reductase FabI1 from Burkholderia pseudomallei...
February 22, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224117/perc-manipulates-metabolism-and-surface-antigens-in-enteropathogenic-escherichia-coli
#5
Jay L Mellies, Amy Platenkamp, Jossef Osborn, Lily Ben-Avi
Enteropathogenic Escherichia coli is an important cause of profuse, watery diarrhea in infants living in developing regions of the world. Typical strains of EPEC (tEPEC) possess a virulence plasmid, while related clinical isolates that lack the pEAF plasmid are termed atypical EPEC (aEPEC). tEPEC and aEPEC tend to cause acute vs. more chronic type infections, respectively. The pEAF plasmid encodes an attachment factor as well as a regulatory operon, perABC. PerC, a poorly understood regulator, was previously shown to regulate expression of the type III secretion system through Ler...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224027/helicobacter-pylori-caga-induced-interleukin-8-secretion-in-gastric-epithelial-cells
#6
Zeinab Fazeli, Masoud Alebouyeh, Mostafa Rezaei Tavirani, Masoumeh Azimirad, Abbas Yadegar
AIM: Since, contradictory data have been reported about the effect of diverse variants of H. pylori virulence factors on IL-8 induction, we aimed to analyze the effect of this diversity on levels of IL-8 secretion in AGS cell line. BACKGROUND: Helicobacter pylori colonizes the human stomach and induces the activation of inflammatory cytokines, including interleukin (IL)-8, in the gastric mucosa. This induction promotes neutrophil and monocyte recruitment that causes gastric tissue damage...
December 2016: Gastroenterology and Hepatology From Bed to Bench
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223977/staphylococcal-aureus-enterotoxin-c-and-enterotoxin-like-l-associated-with-post-partum-mastitis
#7
Kristina T Franck, Heidi Gumpert, Bente Olesen, Anders R Larsen, Andreas Petersen, Jette Bangsborg, Per Albertsen, Henrik Westh, Mette D Bartels
Denmark is a low prevalence country with regard to methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). In 2008 and 2014, two neonatal wards in the Copenhagen area experienced outbreaks with a typical community acquired MRSA belonging to the same spa type and sequence type (t015:ST45) and both were PVL and ACME negative. In outbreak 1, the isolates harbored SCCmec IVa and in outbreak 2 SCCmec V. The clinical presentation differed between the two outbreaks, as none of five MRSA positive mothers in outbreak 1 had mastitis vs...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223969/mycobacterium-tuberculosis-prolyl-oligopeptidase-induces-in-vitro-secretion-of-proinflammatory-cytokines-by-peritoneal-macrophages
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Brina Portugal, Flávia N Motta, Andre F Correa, Diego O Nolasco, Hugo de Almeida, Kelly G Magalhães, Ana L V Atta, Francisco D Vieira, Izabela M D Bastos, Jaime M Santana
Tuberculosis (TB) is a disease that leads to death over 1 million people per year worldwide and the biological mediators of this pathology are poorly established, preventing the implementation of effective therapies to improve outcomes in TB. Host-bacterium interaction is a key step to TB establishment and the proteases produced by these microorganisms seem to facilitate bacteria invasion, migration and host immune response evasion. We presented, for the first time, the identification, biochemical characterization, molecular dynamics (MDs) and immunomodulatory properties of a prolyl oligopeptidase (POP) from Mycobacterium tuberculosis (POPMt)...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223454/dynamic-expansion-and-contraction-of-caga-copy-number-in-helicobacter-pylori-impact-development-of-gastric-disease
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Sungil Jang, Hanfu Su, Faith C Blum, Sarang Bae, Yun Hui Choi, Aeryun Kim, Youngmin A Hong, Jinmoon Kim, Ji-Hye Kim, Niluka Gunawardhana, Yeong-Eui Jeon, Yun-Jung Yoo, D Scott Merrell, Linhu Ge, Jeong-Heon Cha
Infection with Helicobacter pylori is a major risk factor for development of gastric disease, including gastric cancer. Patients infected with H. pylori strains that express CagA are at even greater risk of gastric carcinoma. Given the importance of CagA, this report describes a new molecular mechanism by which the cagA copy number dynamically expands and contracts in H. pylori Analysis of strain PMSS1 revealed a heterogeneous population in terms of numbers of cagA copies; strains carried from zero to four copies of cagA that were arranged as direct repeats within the chromosome...
February 21, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223451/mycobacterium-tuberculosis-proteasome-accessory-factor-a-pafa-can-transfer-prokaryotic-ubiquitin-like-protein-pup-between-substrates
#10
Susan Zhang, Kristin E Burns-Huang, Guido V Janssen, Huilin Li, Huib Ovaa, Lizbeth Hedstrom, K Heran Darwin
The protein degradation machinery of Mycobacterium tuberculosis includes a proteasome and a ubiquitin-like protein (Pup). Proteasome accessory factor A (PafA) attaches Pup to proteins to target them for degradation by the proteasome. Free Pup is unstable and never observed in extracts of M. tuberculosis, an observation that led us to hypothesize that PafA may need alternative sources of Pup. Here, we show that PafA can move Pup from one proteasome substrate, inositol 1-phosphate synthetase (Ino1), to two different proteins, malonyl coenzyme A (CoA)-acyl carrier protein transacylase (FabD) and lonely guy (Log)...
February 21, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223375/the-emerging-candida-auris-characterization-of-growth-phenotype-virulence-factors-antifungal-activity-and-effect-of-scy-078-a-novel-glucan-synthesis-inhibitor-on-growth-morphology-and-biofilm-formation
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Emily Larkin, Christopher Hager, Jyotsna Chandra, Pranab K Mukherjee, Mauricio Retuerto, Iman Salem, Lisa Long, Nancy Isham, Laura Kovanda, Katyna Borroto-Esoda, Steve Wring, David Angulo, Mahmoud Ghannoum
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recently alerted that emerging multidrug-resistant Candida auris is causing invasive infections (1).….
February 21, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221881/antimicrobial-resistance-and-molecular-characterization-of-extended-spectrum-%C3%AE-lactamases-and-other-escherichia-coli-isolated-from-food-of-animal-origin-and-human-intestinal-isolates
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Manja Krizman, Jerneja Ambrozic Avgustin, Irena Zdovc, Majda Golob, Marija Trkov, Urska Jamnikar Ciglenecki, Majda Biasizzo, Andrej Kirbis
Antibiotics have always appeared miraculous, saving innumerable lives. However, the unwise use of antimicrobial drugs has led to the appearance of resistant bacteria. The purpose of this study was to evaluate antimicrobial resistance in Escherichia coli (n =160) isolated from food of animal origin. The focus was on E. coli -producing extended-spectrum β-lactamases. E. coli was chosen because it is a part of the normal microbiota in mammals and can enter the food chain during slaughtering and food manipulation...
January 2017: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221857/listeria-monocytogenes-isolates-carrying-virulence-attenuating-mutations-in-internalin-a-are-commonly-isolated-from-ready-to-eat-food-processing-plant-and-retail-environments
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A VAN Stelten, A R Roberts, C S Manuel, K K Nightingale
Listeria monocytogenes is a human foodborne pathogen that may cause an invasive disease known as listeriosis in susceptible individuals. Internalin A (InlA; encoded by inlA) is a virulence factor that facilitates crossing of host cell barriers by L. monocytogenes . At least 19 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in inlA that result in a premature stop codon (PMSC) have been described worldwide. SNPs leading to a PMSC in inlA have been shown to be causally associated with attenuated virulence. L. monocytogenes pathogens carrying virulence-attenuating (VA) mutations in inlA have been commonly isolated from ready-to-eat (RTE) foods but rarely have been associated with human disease...
October 2016: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221838/use-of-the-escherichia-coli-identification-microarray-for-characterizing-the-health-risks-of-shiga-toxin-producing-escherichia-coli-isolated-from-foods
#14
David W Lacher, Jayanthi Gangiredla, Isha Patel, Christopher A Elkins, Peter C H Feng
More than 470 serotypes of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) have been identified, but not all cause severe illness in humans. Most STEC that cause severe diseases can adhere to epithelial cells, produce specific stx subtypes, and belong to certain serotypes; therefore, these traits appear to be critical STEC risk factors. However, testing for these traits is labor intensive, and serotyping is inadequate because of extensive variations among E. coli O and H antigen types. In the present study, the E...
October 2016: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221718/quantitative-analysis-of-shigella-flexneri-protein-expression-under-acid-stress
#15
Kaiwen Yu, Zhen Wang, Fan Zhou, Jiezhang Jiang, Yanhua Liu, Mo Hu, Xiaoyun Liu
As an important foodborne pathogen, Shigella flexneri can cause widespread enteric infection with bacteria as few as hundreds. This is, at least in part, attributed to its robust anti-acid strategies because passage through the highly acidic human digestive tract is a prerequisite for successful bacterial infection. Nevertheless, our understanding of these mechanisms and the impact of acid stress on Shigella protein expression still remains largely incomplete. Herein we conducted a proteomic survey of Shigella spp...
February 21, 2017: Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220899/group-a-streptococcal-m1-protein-provides-resistance-against-the-antimicrobial-activity-of-histones
#16
Simon Döhrmann, Christopher N LaRock, Ericka L Anderson, Jason N Cole, Brinda Ryali, Chelsea Stewart, Poochit Nonejuie, Joe Pogliano, Ross Corriden, Partho Ghosh, Victor Nizet
Histones are essential elements of chromatin structure and gene regulation in eukaryotes. An unexpected attribute of these nuclear proteins is their antimicrobial activity. A framework for histone release and function in host defense in vivo was revealed with the discovery of neutrophil extracellular traps, a specialized cell death process in which DNA-based structures containing histones are extruded to ensnare and kill bacteria. Investigating the susceptibility of various Gram-positive pathogens to histones, we found high-level resistance by one leading human pathogen, group A Streptococcus (GAS)...
February 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220120/neutrophil-extracellular-traps-and-its-implications-in-inflammation-an-overview
#17
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Vidal Delgado-Rizo, Marco A Martínez-Guzmán, Liliana Iñiguez-Gutierrez, Alejandra García-Orozco, Anabell Alvarado-Navarro, Mary Fafutis-Morris
In addition to physical barriers, neutrophils are considered a part of the first line of immune defense. They can be found in the bloodstream, with a lifespan of 6-8 h, and in tissue, where they can last up to 7 days. The mechanisms that neutrophils utilize for host defense are phagocytosis, degranulation, cytokine production, and, the most recently described, neutrophil extracellular trap (NET) production. NETs are DNA structures released due to chromatin decondensation and spreading, and they thus occupy three to five times the volume of condensed chromatin...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220114/roles-of-the-polymerase-associated-protein-genes-in-newcastle-disease-virus-virulence
#18
Xiao-Hui Yu, Jin-Long Cheng, Jia Xue, Ji-Hui Jin, Yang Song, Jing Zhao, Guo-Zhong Zhang
The virulence of Newcastle disease virus varies greatly and is determined by multiple genetic factors. In this study, we systematically evaluated the roles of the polymerase-associated (NP, P and L) protein genes in genotype VII NDV virulence after confirming the envelope-associated (F and HN) proteins contributed greatly to NDV virulence. The results revealed that the polymerase-associated protein genes individually had certain effect on virulence, while transfer of these three genes in combination significantly affected the chimeric virus virulence, especially when the L gene was involved...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219954/mycolactone-reveals-substrate-driven-complexity-of-sec61-dependent-transmembrane-protein-biogenesis
#19
Michael McKenna, Rachel E Simmonds, Stephen High
Mycolactone is the exotoxin virulence factor produced by Mycobacterium ulcerans, the pathogen responsible for Buruli ulcer. The skin lesions and immunosuppression characteristic of this disease result from the action of mycolactone, which targets the Sec61 complex and inhibits the co-translational translocation of secretory proteins into the endoplasmic reticulum. In this study, we investigate the effect of mycolactone on the Sec61-dependent biogenesis of different classes of transmembrane protein (TMP). Our data suggest that the effect of mycolactone on TMP biogenesis depends on how the nascent chain initially engages the Sec61 complex...
February 20, 2017: Journal of Cell Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218463/closed-reference-metatranscriptomics-enables-in-planta-profiling-of-putative-virulence-activities-in-the-grapevine-trunk-disease-complex
#20
Abraham Morales-Cruz, Gabrielle Allenbeck, Rosa Figueroa-Balderas, Vanessa E Ashworth, Daniel P Lawrence, Renaud Travadon, Rhonda J Smith, Kendra Baumgartner, Philippe E Rolshausen, Dario Cantu
Grapevines, like other perennial crops, are affected by so-called 'trunk diseases', which damage the trunk and other woody tissues. Mature grapevines typically contract more than one trunk disease and often multiple grapevine trunk pathogens (GTPs) are recovered from infected tissues. The co-existence of different GTP species in complex and dynamic microbial communities complicates the study of the molecular mechanisms underlying disease development especially under vineyard conditions. The objective of this study was to develop and optimize a community-level transcriptomics (i...
February 20, 2017: Molecular Plant Pathology
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