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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650996/whole-transcriptomic-and-proteomic-analyses-of-an-isogenic-m-tuberculosis-clinical-strain-with-a-naturally-occurring-15-kb-genomic-deletion
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Carla Duncan, Frances B Jamieson, JoLynn Troudt, Linda Izzo, Helle Bielefeldt-Ohmann, Angelo Izzo, Carolina Mehaffy
Tuberculosis remains one of the most difficult to control infectious diseases in the world. Many different factors contribute to the complexity of this disease. These include the ability of the host to control the infection which may directly relate to nutritional status, presence of co-morbidities and genetic predisposition. Pathogen factors, in particular the ability of different Mycobacterium tuberculosis strains to respond to the harsh environment of the host granuloma, which includes low oxygen and nutrient availability and the presence of damaging radical oxygen and nitrogen species, also play an important role in the success of different strains to cause disease...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650958/dynamics-and-impact-of-homologous-recombination-on-the-evolution-of-legionella-pneumophila
#2
Sophia David, Leonor Sánchez-Busó, Simon R Harris, Pekka Marttinen, Christophe Rusniok, Carmen Buchrieser, Timothy G Harrison, Julian Parkhill
Legionella pneumophila is an environmental bacterium and the causative agent of Legionnaires' disease. Previous genomic studies have shown that recombination accounts for a high proportion (>96%) of diversity within several major disease-associated sequence types (STs) of L. pneumophila. This suggests that recombination represents a potentially important force shaping adaptation and virulence. Despite this, little is known about the biological effects of recombination in L. pneumophila, particularly with regards to homologous recombination (whereby genes are replaced with alternative allelic variants)...
June 26, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650938/outbreak-caused-by-escherichia-coli-o18-k1-h7-sequence-type-95-in-a-neonatal-intensive-care-unit-in-barcelona-spain
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Emma Sáez-López, Jordi Bosch, Maria Dolors Salvia, Dietmar Fernández-Orth, Virginio Cepas, Mario Ferrer-Navarro, Josep Figueras-Aloy, Jordi Vila, Sara M Soto
BACKGROUND: Escherichia coli is one of the most frequent causes of late-onset neonatal sepsis. The aim of this study was to characterize an outbreak of neonatal sepsis occurring in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) of the Hospital Clinic of Barcelona from April to August 2013. METHODS: After presentation of the index case, all E. coli isolates from previously hospitalized neonates, health care workers, and neonates admitted to the NICU from April to October 2013 were tested for K1 antigen positivity and epidemiologically compared by pulse-field gel electrophoresis...
June 23, 2017: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650325/evaluation-of-three-plant-extracts-against-biofilm-formation-and-expression-of-quorum-sensing-regulated-virulence-factors-in-pseudomonas-aeruginosa
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Vajihe Karbasizade, Parichehr Dehghan, Maryam Mohammadi Sichani, Kahin Shahanipoor, Reyhaneh Jafari, Rozita Yousefian
Following the increasing antibiotic resistance of pathogenic bacteria, the use of medicinal herbs as antibacterial agents has attracted growing attention. Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a human opportunistic pathogen that uses quorum sensing for regulating virulence gene expression (pyocyanin, protease, and elastase production and biofilm formation). This study examined the anti-quorum sensing activity of Quercus infectoria, Zataria multiflora and Trachyspermum copticum extracts on standard P. aeruginosa strain...
March 2017: Pakistan Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649237/outer-membrane-vesicles-omvs-of-gram-negative-bacteria-a-perspective-update
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Arif Tasleem Jan
Outer Membrane Vesicles (OMVs) of Gram-negative bacteria are spherical membrane-enclosed entities of endocytic origin. Reported in the consortia of different bacterial species, production of OMVs into extracellular milieu seems essential for their survival. Enriched with bioactive proteins, toxins, and virulence factors, OMVs play a critical role in the bacteria-bacteria and bacteria-host interactions. Emergence of OMVs as distinct cellular entities helps bacteria in adaptating to diverse niches, in competing with other bacteria to protect members of producer species and more importantly play a crucial role in host-pathogen interaction...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648357/acidic-stress-enhances-covr-s-dependent-gene-repression-through-activation-of-the-covr-s-promoter-in-emm1-type-group-a-streptococcus
#6
Chuan Chiang-Ni, Huei-Chuan Tseng, Chia-Hui Hung, Cheng-Hsun Chiu
Streptococcus pyogenes (group A Streptococcus) is a clinically important gram-positive bacterium that causes severe diseases with high mortality. Spontaneous mutations in genes encoding the CovR/CovS two-component regulatory system have been shown to derepress expression of virulence factors and are significantly associated with invasiveness of infections. Sensor kinase CovS senses environmental signals and then regulates the levels of phosphorylated CovR. In addition, CovS is responsible for survival of group A Streptococcus under acidic stress...
June 16, 2017: International Journal of Medical Microbiology: IJMM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647921/proteome-profile-of-aspergillus-terreus-conidia-at-germinating-stage-identification-of-probable-virulent-factors-and-enzymes-from-mycotoxin-pathways
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Raman Thakur, Jata Shankar
Aspergillus terreus is an emerging opportunistic fungal pathogen that causes invasive aspergillosis in immunocompromised individuals. The main risk group of individuals for this organism is leukopenic patients, individuals having cancers, bone marrow transplant persons and those who have immunological disorders. The lack of early diagnostic marker for A. terreus and intrinsic resistance to Amphotericin B, further limits the successful therapy of A. terreus-associated infections. The germination of inhaled conidia is the key step to establish successful invasion in host tissues or organs...
June 24, 2017: Mycopathologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647364/crystal-structures-of-the-isochorismatase-domains-from-vibrio-anguillarum
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Jiansen Du, Tian Deng, Qingjun Ma
Antibiotic resistance is becoming a global threat and overuse of antibiotics in aquaculture disease control worsens the situation. To reduce the risk of drug resistance developed in aquaculture, safer biocontrol programs are needed. Antivirulence therapy, with less chance for developing drug resistance, is a promising approach. To facilitate antivirulence inhibitor design against Vibrio anguillarum, a serious aquaculture pathogen, we present crystal structures for isochorismatase domains of AngB and VabB, which are required to synthesize siderophore, a critical virulence factor...
June 21, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646950/pertussis-disease-and-transmission-and-host-responses-insights-from-the-baboon-model-of-pertussis
#9
Marta V Pinto, Tod J Merkel
Whooping cough is a highly contagious, acute respiratory disease, caused by the Gram-negative bacterium Bordetella pertussis (Bp). Despite the introduction and widespread use of vaccines starting in the 1950s pertussis cases continue to be reported, with a significant global impact. The role of specific virulence factors in disease and the immune mechanisms associated with protection following natural infection or vaccination are still not completely understood. The recently-developed baboon model of clinical pertussis provides a valuable tool for the study of pertussis...
June 2017: Journal of Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644872/helicobacter-pylori-gene-silencing-in-vivo-demonstrates-urease-is-essential-for-chronic-infection
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Aleksandra W Debowski, Senta M Walton, Eng-Guan Chua, Alfred Chin-Yen Tay, Tingting Liao, Binit Lamichhane, Robyn Himbeck, Keith A Stubbs, Barry J Marshall, Alma Fulurija, Mohammed Benghezal
Helicobacter pylori infection causes chronic active gastritis that after many years of infection can develop into peptic ulceration or gastric adenocarcinoma. The bacterium is highly adapted to surviving in the gastric environment and a key adaptation is the virulence factor urease. Although widely postulated, the requirement of urease expression for persistent infection has not been elucidated experimentally as conventional urease knockout mutants are incapable of colonization. To overcome this constraint, conditional H...
June 23, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643182/fvstr1-a-striatin-orthologue-in-fusarium-virguliforme-is-required-for-asexual-development-and-virulence
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Kazi T Islam, Jason P Bond, Ahmad M Fakhoury
The soil-borne fungus Fusarium virguliforme causes sudden death syndrome (SDS), one of the most devastating diseases of soybean in North and South America. Despite the importance of SDS, a clear understanding of the fungal pathogenicity factors that affect the development of this disease is still lacking. We have identified FvSTR1, a F. virguliforme gene, which encodes a protein similar to a family of striatin proteins previously reported to regulate signalling pathways, cell differentiation, conidiation, sexual development, and virulence in filamentous fungi...
June 22, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642848/mycobacterium-tuberculosis-glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate-dehydrogenase-gapdh-functions-as-a-receptor-for-human-lactoferrin
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Himanshu Malhotra, Anil Patidar, Vishant M Boradia, Rajender Kumar, Rakesh D Nimbalkar, Ajay Kumar, Zahid Gani, Rajbeer Kaur, Prabha Garg, Manoj Raje, Chaaya I Raje
Iron is crucial for the survival of living cells, particularly the human pathogen Mycobacterium tuberculosis (M.tb) which uses multiple strategies to acquire and store iron. M.tb synthesizes high affinity iron chelators (siderophores), these extract iron from host iron carrier proteins such as transferrin (Tf) and lactoferrin (Lf). Recent studies have revealed that M.tb may also relocate several housekeeping proteins to the cell surface for capture and internalization of host iron carrier protein transferrin...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642847/heat-labile-enterotoxin-induced-perk-chop-pathway-activation-causes-intestinal-epithelial-cell-apoptosis
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Xi Lu, Chunmeng Li, Congcong Li, Pengcheng Li, Enqing Fu, Yonghong Xie, Faguang Jin
Enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli (ETEC) is a leading cause of diarrhea among children and travelers in developing countries, and heat-labile enterotoxin (LT) is one of the most important virulence factors. The pathogenesis of and virulence factors associated with ETEC have been well-characterized; however, the extent to which ETEC damages host cells remains unclear. In this study, we found that LT could induce decreases in intestinal epithelial cell viability and induce apoptosis in a dose- and time- dependent manner in both HCT-8 and Caco-2 cells...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642844/role-of-bacterioferritin-ferritin-in-m-tuberculosis-pathogenesis-and-drug-resistance-a-future-perspective-by-interactomic-approach
#14
Divakar Sharma, Deepa Bisht
Tuberculosis is caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis, one of the most successful and deadliest human pathogen. Aminoglycosides resistance leads to emergence of extremely drug resistant strains of M. tuberculosis. Iron is crucial for the biological functions of the cells. Iron assimilation, storage and their utilization is not only involved in pathogenesis but also in emergence of drug resistance strains. We previously reported that iron storing proteins (bacterioferritin and ferritin) were found to be overexpressed in aminoglycosides resistant isolates...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642841/strain-and-dose-dependent-reduction-of-toxoplasma-gondii-burden-in-pigs-is-associated-with-interferon-gamma-production-by-cd8-lymphocytes-in-a-heterologous-challenge-model
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Malgorzata Jennes, Stéphane De Craeye, Bert Devriendt, Katelijne Dierick, Pierre Dorny, Eric Cox
Toxoplasma gondii is a worldwide prevalent parasite of humans and animals. The global infection burden exceeds yearly one million disability-adjusted life years (DALY's) in infected individuals. Therefore, effective preventive measures should be taken to decrease the risk of infection in humans. Although human toxoplasmosis is predominantly foodborne by ingestion of tissue cysts in meat from domestic animals such as pigs, the incidence risk is difficult to estimate due to the lack of screening of animals for infection and insights in location and persistence of the parasite in the tissues...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642756/high-prevalence-of-macrolide-resistance-and-molecular-characterization-of-streptococcus-pyogenes-isolates-circulating-in-china-from-2009-to-2016
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Binghuai Lu, Yujie Fang, Yanyan Fan, Xingchun Chen, Junrui Wang, Ji Zeng, Yi Li, Zhijun Zhang, Lei Huang, Hongxia Li, Dong Li, Fengxia Zhu, Yanchao Cui, Duochun Wang
Streptococcus pyogenes, or group A Streptococcus, is a pathogen responsible for a wide range of clinical manifestations, from mild skin and soft tissue infections and pharyngitis to severe diseases. Its epidemiological characteristics should be comprehensively under surveillance for regulating the national prevention and treatment practice. Herein, a total of 140 S. pyogenes, including 38 invasive and 102 noninvasive isolates, were collected from infected patients in 10 tertiary general hospitals from 7 cities/provinces in China during the years 2009-2016...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642752/a-comprehensive-epidemiological-research-for-clinical-vibrio-parahaemolyticus-in-shanghai
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Huan Li, Rong Tang, Yang Lou, Zelin Cui, Wenjing Chen, Qing Hong, Zhaohuan Zhang, Pradeep K Malakar, Yingjie Pan, Yong Zhao
Vibrio parahaemolyticus is one of the most important pathogen for seafood-borne gastroenteritis in Shanghai and the rest of the world. A total of 42 V. parahaemolyticus strains were isolated from 1900 fecal specimens collected from patients in Shanghai hospital presenting from January 2014 to December 2015. All isolates were evaluated for potential virulence factors [tdh, trh, and type three secretion system (T3SS) genes], typed using multilocus sequence typing (MLST) and screened for antimicrobial resistance phenotype and genotype...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642597/a-single-amino-acid-polymorphism-in-the-glycosyltransferase-cpsk-defines-four-streptococcus-suis-serotypes
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David Roy, Taryn B T Athey, Jean-Philippe Auger, Guillaume Goyette-Desjardins, Marie-Rose Van Calsteren, Daisuke Takamatsu, Masatoshi Okura, Sarah Teatero, Martín Alcorlo, Juan A Hermoso, Mariela Segura, Marcelo Gottschalk, Nahuel Fittipaldi
The capsular polysaccharide (CPS) is the major virulence factor of the emerging zoonotic pathogen Streptococcus suis. CPS differences are also the basis for serological differentiation of the species into 29 serotypes. Serotypes 2 and 1/2, which possess identical gene content in their cps loci, express CPSs that differ only by substitution of galactose (Gal) by N-acetylgalactosamine (GalNAc) in the CPS side chain. The same sugar substitution differentiates the CPS of serotypes 14 and 1, whose cps loci are also identical in gene content...
June 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642475/a-novel-bzip-protein-gsb1-is-required-for-oxidative-stress-response-mating-and-virulence-in-the-human-pathogen-cryptococcus-neoformans
#19
Seon Ah Cheon, Eun Jung Thak, Yong-Sun Bahn, Hyun Ah Kang
The human pathogen Cryptococcus neoformans, which causes life-threatening meningoencephalitis in immunocompromised individuals, normally faces diverse stresses in the human host. Here, we report that a novel, basic, leucine-zipper (bZIP) protein, designated Gsb1 (general stress-related bZIP protein 1), is required for its normal growth and diverse stress responses. C. neoformans gsb1Δ mutants grew slowly even under non-stressed conditions and showed increased sensitivity to high or low temperatures. The hypersensitivity of gsb1Δ to oxidative and nitrosative stresses was reversed by addition of a ROS scavenger...
June 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642031/clustering-of-ms-2-spectra-using-unsupervised-methods-to-aid-the-identification-of-secondary-metabolites-from-pseudomonas-aeruginosa
#20
Tobias Depke, Raimo Franke, Mark Brönstrup
Pseudomonas aeruginosa is an important opportunistic pathogen that produces a large arsenal of small molecule virulence factors and quorum sensing signal molecules. The annotation of these secondary metabolites in untargeted, mass spectrometry-based metabolomics is difficult, as many of them cannot be found in common metabolite databases, and as manual annotation is tedious. We therefore developed an algorithm named CluMSID that uses cosine similarities of product ion spectra and neutral loss patterns in combination with unsupervised clustering methods such as multidimensional scaling, density based clustering and hierarchical clustering to group structurally similar compounds and hence facilitate their annotation...
June 4, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
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