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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545143/haemophilus-parasuis-cytolethal-distending-toxin-induces-cell-cycle-arrest-and-p53-dependent-apoptosis
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Gang Li, Hui Niu, Yanhe Zhang, Yanling Li, Fang Xie, Paul R Langford, Siguo Liu, Chunlai Wang
Haemophilus parasuis is the causative agent of Glasser's disease in pigs. Cytolethal distending toxin (CDT) is an important virulence factor of H. parasuis. It is composed of three subunits: CdtA, CdtB and CdtC and all were successfully expressed in soluble form in Escherichia coli when the signal peptides were removed. Purified CdtB had DNase activity, i.e. caused DNA double strand damage, in vitro and in vivo prior to cell arrest and apoptosis. Flow cytometry analysis showed CdtB alone could induce cell cycle arrest and apoptosis in PK-15 porcine kidney and pulmonary alveolar macrophage (PAM) cells, which could be enhanced by CdtA or/and CdtC...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545059/uggt1-enhances-enterovirus-71-pathogenicity-by-promoting-viral-rna-synthesis-and-viral-replication
#2
Peng-Nien Huang, Jia-Rong Jheng, Jamie J Arnold, Jen-Ren Wang, Craig E Cameron, Shin-Ru Shih
Positive-strand RNA virus infections can induce the stress-related unfolded protein response (UPR) in host cells. This study found that enterovirus A71 (EVA71) utilizes host UDP-glucose glycoprotein glucosyltransferase 1 (UGGT1), a key endoplasmic reticulum protein (ER) involved in UPR, to enhance viral replication and virulence. EVA71 forms replication complexes (RCs) on cellular membranes that contain a mix of host and viral proteins to facilitate viral replication, but the components and processes involved in the assembly and function of RCs are not fully understood...
May 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545045/differences-in-speb-protease-activity-among-group-a-streptococci-associated-with-superficial-invasive-and-autoimmune-disease
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Anhphan T Ly, John P Noto, Odaelys L Walwyn, Robert R Tanz, Stanford T Shulman, William Kabat, Debra E Bessen
The secreted cysteine proteinase SpeB is an important virulence factor of group A streptococci (GAS), whereby SpeB activity varies widely among strains. To establish the degree to which SpeB activity correlates with disease, GAS organisms were recovered from patients with pharyngitis, impetigo, invasive disease or acute rheumatic fever (ARF), and selected for analysis using rigorous sampling criteria; >300 GAS isolates were tested for SpeB activity by casein digestion assays, and each GAS isolate was scored as a SpeB-producer or non-producer...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544588/the-in-vivo-th17-and-treg-immune-responses-to-aggregatibacter-actinomycetemcomitans
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Susan Mahabady, Natalia Tjokro, Shant Aharonian, Homayoun H Zadeh, Casey Chen, Hooman Allayee, Parish P Sedghizadeh
The periodontal pathogen Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans is known to elicit systemic immune response in infected host, and occasionally causes non-oral infections. Detailed information on its immunopathological responses and the involvement of bacterial virulence factors remains to be elucidated. The aim of this study was to assess the systemic immune response to A. actinomycetemcomitans oral infection. We used an animal model that simulates systemic dissemination of the bacteria by injecting live wild type (WT) D7S-1 and double knockout mutant of leukotoxin and cytolethal distending toxin (ΔltxΔcdt) A...
May 22, 2017: Molecular Oral Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543785/phenotypic-and-genotypic-characteristics-of-candida-albicans-isolates-from-bloodstream-and-mucosal-infections
#5
Marina Mandelblat, Michael Frenkel, Darren Abbey, Ronen Ben Ami, Judith Berman, Esther Segal
The interaction of Candida albicans with the host is of a complex nature involving fungal factors and host's response. In this study, we concentrated on the phenotypic expression of virulence attributes and genotypic characteristics of C. albicans isolates from two distinct clinical entities of candidiasis-blood stream and vaginal infections, and the possible role of these factors. Hence, we conducted a comparative in vitro assessment of virulence characteristics, including adhesion to epithelial cells and HaCat cell line, biofilm formation, aspartic proteinases and phospholipase activity of 20 C...
May 22, 2017: Mycoses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543534/a-chimeric-protein-of-cfa-i-cs6-subunits-and-ltb-sta-toxoid-could-protect-immunized-mice-against-enterotoxigenic-escherichia-coli
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Narges Zeinalzadeh, Ali Hatef Salmanian, Goli Goujani, Jafar Amani, Ghasem Ahangari, Asal Akhavian, Mahyat Jafari
Enterotoxigenic Escherichia Coli (ETEC) strains are the most common bacteria causing diarrhea in children in developing countries and travelers to these areas. Colonization factors (CFs) and enterotoxins are the main virulence determinants in ETEC pathogenesis. Heterogeneity of CFs commonly considered as the bottleneck to achieve an effective vaccine. On the other hand, it is believed that a broad spectrum protection against ETEC would be available when the anti-CF and anti-enterotoxin immunity were induced simultaneously...
May 23, 2017: Microbiology and Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542477/mycobacterium-tuberculosis-arrests-host-cycle-at-the-g1-s-transition-to-establish-long-term-infection
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Bridgette M Cumming, Md Aejazur Rahman, Dirk A Lamprecht, Kyle H Rohde, Vikram Saini, John H Adamson, David G Russell, Adrie J C Steyn
Signals modulating the production of Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) virulence factors essential for establishing long-term persistent infection are unknown. The WhiB3 redox regulator is known to regulate the production of Mtb virulence factors, however the mechanisms of this modulation are unknown. To advance our understanding of the mechanisms involved in WhiB3 regulation, we performed Mtb in vitro, intraphagosomal and infected host expression analyses. Our Mtb expression analyses in conjunction with extracellular flux analyses demonstrated that WhiB3 maintains bioenergetic homeostasis in response to available carbon sources found in vivo to establish Mtb infection...
May 22, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542452/the-role-of-aspartyl-aminopeptidase-ape4-in-cryptococcus-neoformans-virulence-and-authophagy
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Fabiano de Assis Gontijo, Amanda Teixeira de Melo, Renata C Pascon, Larissa Fernandes, Hugo Costa Paes, J Andrew Alspaugh, Marcelo A Vallim
In order to survive and cause disease, microbial pathogens must be able to proliferate at the temperature of their infected host. We identified novel microbial features associated with thermotolerance in the opportunistic fungal pathogen Cryptococcus neoformans using a random insertional mutagenesis strategy, screening for mutants with defective growth at 37°C. Among several thermosensitive mutants, we identified one bearing a disruption in a gene predicted to encode the Ape4 aspartyl aminopeptidase protein...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542390/analysis-of-early-mesothelial-cell-responses-to-staphylococcus-epidermidis-isolated-from-patients-with-peritoneal-dialysis-associated-peritonitis
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Amanda L McGuire, Kieran T Mulroney, Christine F Carson, Ramesh Ram, Grant Morahan, Aron Chakera
The major complication of peritoneal dialysis (PD) is the development of peritonitis, an infection within the abdominal cavity, primarily caused by bacteria. PD peritonitis is associated with significant morbidity, mortality and health care costs. Staphylococcus epidermidis is the most frequently isolated cause of PD-associated peritonitis. Mesothelial cells are integral to the host response to peritonitis, and subsequent clinical outcomes, yet the effects of infection on mesothelial cells are not well characterised...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540946/zinc-transporters-ybtx-and-znuabc-are-required-for-the-virulence-of-yersinia-pestis-in-bubonic-and-pneumonic-plague-in-mice
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Alexander G Bobrov, Olga Kirillina, Marina Y Fosso, Jacqueline D Fetherston, M Clarke Miller, Tiva T VanCleave, Joseph A Burlison, William K Arnold, Matthew B Lawrenz, Sylvie Garneau-Tsodikova, Robert D Perry
A number of bacterial pathogens require the ZnuABC Zinc (Zn(2+)) transporter and/or a second Zn(2+) transport system to overcome Zn(2+) sequestration by mammalian hosts. Previously we have shown that in addition to ZnuABC, Yersinia pestis possesses a second Zn(2+) transporter that involves components of the yersiniabactin (Ybt), siderophore-dependent iron transport system. Synthesis of the Ybt siderophore and YbtX, a member of the major facilitator superfamily, are both critical components of the second Zn(2+) transport system...
May 25, 2017: Metallomics: Integrated Biometal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540258/horizontally-acquired-biosynthesis-genes-boost-coxiella-burnetii-s-physiology
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Abraham S Moses, Jess A Millar, Matteo Bonazzi, Paul A Beare, Rahul Raghavan
Coxiella burnetii, the etiologic agent of acute Q fever and chronic endocarditis, has a unique biphasic life cycle, which includes a metabolically active intracellular form that occupies a large lysosome-derived acidic vacuole. C. burnetii is the only bacterium known to thrive within such an hostile intracellular niche, and this ability is fundamental to its pathogenicity; however, very little is known about genes that facilitate Coxiella's intracellular growth. Recent studies indicate that C. burnetii evolved from a tick-associated ancestor and that the metabolic capabilities of C...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539918/the-sapa-protein-is-involved-in-resistance-to-antimicrobial-peptide-pr-39-and-virulence-of-actinobacillus-pleuropneumoniae
#12
Fang Xie, Yalei Wang, Gang Li, Shuanghong Liu, Ning Cui, Siguo Liu, Paul R Langford, Chunlai Wang
Antimicrobial peptides are essential to the innate immune defense of the mammal against bacterial infection. However, pathogenic bacteria have evolved multiple strategies to resist and evade antimicrobial peptides, which is vital to bacterial survival and colonization in hosts. PR-39 is a linear porcine antimicrobial peptide containing 39 amino acid residues with a high proline content. Resistance to antimicrobial peptide PR-39 has been observed in Actinobacillus pleuropneumoniae. However, little is known about the factors required for this resistance...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539728/anti-quorum-sensing-activity-of-forsythia-suspense-on-chromobacterium-violaceum-and-pseudomonas-aeruginosa
#13
An Zhang, Wei-Hua Chu
BACKGROUND: Quorum sensing (QS) plays an important role in the production of virulence factors and pathogenicity in Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and the interruption of QS will be a hopeful pathway to combat bacterial infection. OBJECTIVE: In this study, we selected Forsythia suspense (Thunb.) Vahl from traditional Chinese herbal medicines for its anti-QS activity. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Anti-QS of F. suspense extracts (FSE) was monitored using the Chromobacterium violaceum 12472 bioassay...
April 2017: Pharmacognosy Magazine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537439/phenotypic-and-genotypic-characterization-of-clinical-enterotoxigenic-escherichia-coli-isolates-from-shenzhen-china
#14
Yinghui Li, Qiang Luo, Xiaolu Shi, Yiman Lin, Yaqun Qiu, Dongyue Lv, Yixiang Jiang, Qiongcheng Chen, Min Jiang, Hanwu Ma, Jinquan Cheng, Qinghua Hu
BACKGROUND: Enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli (ETEC) is one of the major causes of infectious diarrhea in developing countries. This study aimed to characterize the prevalence and phenotypic and genotypic features of ETEC isolates from Shenzhen, China. METHODS: ETEC isolates were obtained from acute diarrheal patients and evaluated for enterotoxin, classical colonization factors (CFs), serotypes, antimicrobial susceptibility, and multilocus sequencing typing (MLST)...
May 24, 2017: Foodborne Pathogens and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536677/ccpa-affects-infectivity-of-staphylococcus-aureus-in-a-hyperglycemic-environment
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Markus Bischoff, Bodo Wonnenberg, Nadine Nippe, Naja J Nyffenegger-Jann, Meike Voss, Christoph Beisswenger, Cord Sunderkötter, Virginie Molle, Quoc Thai Dinh, Frank Lammert, Robert Bals, Mathias Herrmann, Greg A Somerville, Thomas Tschernig, Rosmarie Gaupp
Many bacteria regulate the expression of virulence factors via carbon catabolite responsive elements. In Gram-positive bacteria, the predominant mediator of carbon catabolite repression is the catabolite control protein A (CcpA). Hyperglycemia is a widespread disorder that predisposes individuals to an array of symptoms and an increased risk of infections. In hyperglycemic individuals, the bacterium Staphylococcus aureus causes serious, life-threatening infections. The importance of CcpA in regulating carbon catabolite repression in S...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536675/an-overview-of-two-component-signal-transduction-systems-implicated-in-extra-intestinal-pathogenic-e-coli-infections
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Erin J Breland, Allison R Eberly, Maria Hadjifrangiskou
Extra-intestinal pathogenic E. coli (ExPEC) infections are common in mammals and birds. The predominant ExPEC types are avian pathogenic E. coli (APEC), neonatal meningitis causing E. coli/meningitis associated E. coli (NMEC/MAEC), and uropathogenic E. coli (UPEC). Many reviews have described current knowledge on ExPEC infection strategies and virulence factors, especially for UPEC. However, surprisingly little has been reported on the regulatory modules that have been identified as critical in ExPEC pathogenesis...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536672/response-to-bile-salts-in-clinical-strains-of-acinetobacter-baumannii-lacking-the-adeabc-efflux-pump-virulence-associated-with-quorum-sensing
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Maria López, Lucia Blasco, Eva Gato, Astrid Perez, Laura Fernández-Garcia, Luis Martínez-Martinez, Felipe Fernández-Cuenca, Jesús Rodríguez-Baño, Alvaro Pascual, German Bou, Maria Tomás
Introduction:Acinetobacter baumannii is an opportunistic nosocomial pathogen associated with multiple infections. This pathogen usually colonizes (first stage of microbial infection) host tissues that are in contact with the external environment. As one of the sites of entry in human hosts is the gastrointestinal tract, the pathogen must be capable of tolerating bile salts. However, studies analyzing the molecular characteristics involved in the response to bile salts in clinical strains of A. baumannii are scarce...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536572/the-bacteriophage-ef-p29-efficiently-protects-against-lethal-vancomycin-resistant-enterococcus-faecalis-and-alleviates-gut-microbiota-imbalance-in-a-murine-bacteremia-model
#18
Mengjun Cheng, Jiaming Liang, Yufeng Zhang, Liyuan Hu, Pengjuan Gong, Ruopeng Cai, Lei Zhang, Hao Zhang, Jinli Ge, Yalu Ji, Zhimin Guo, Xin Feng, Changjiang Sun, Yongjun Yang, Liancheng Lei, Wenyu Han, Jingmin Gu
Enterococcus faecalis is becoming an increasingly important opportunistic pathogen worldwide, especially because it can cause life-threatening nosocomial infections. Treating E. faecalis infections has become increasingly difficult because of the prevalence of multidrug-resistant E. faecalis strains. Because bacteriophages show specificity for their bacterial hosts, there has been a growth in interest in using phage therapies to combat the rising incidence of multidrug-resistant bacterial infections. In this study, we isolated a new lytic phage, EF-P29, which showed high efficiency and a broad host range against E...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536558/temperature-and-oxidative-stress-as-triggers-for-virulence-gene-expression-in-pathogenic-leptospira-spp
#19
Tricia Fraser, Paul D Brown
Leptospirosis is a zooanthroponosis aetiologically caused by pathogenic bacteria belonging to the genus, Leptospira. Environmental signals such as increases in temperatures or oxidative stress can trigger response regulatory modes of virulence genes during infection. This study sought to determine the effect of temperature and oxidative stress on virulence associated genes in highly passaged Leptospira borgpeterseneii Jules and L. interrogans Portlandvere. Bacteria were grown in EMJH at 30°C, 37°C, or at 30°C before being transferred to 37°C...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536283/signal-integration-in-quorum-sensing-enables-cross-species-induction-of-virulence-in-pectobacterium-wasabiae
#20
Rita S Valente, Pol Nadal-Jimenez, André F P Carvalho, Filipe J D Vieira, Karina B Xavier
Bacterial communities can sense their neighbors, regulating group behaviors in response to cell density and environmental changes. The diversity of signaling networks in a single species has been postulated to allow custom responses to different stimuli; however, little is known about how multiple signals are integrated and the implications of this integration in different ecological contexts. In the plant pathogen Pectobacterium wasabiae (formerly Erwinia carotovora), two signaling networks-the N-acyl homoserine lactone (AHL) quorum-sensing system and the Gac/Rsm signal transduction pathway-control the expression of secreted plant cell wall-degrading enzymes, its major virulence determinants...
May 23, 2017: MBio
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