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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441105/transcriptomic-dissection-of-the-horizontally-acquired-response-regulator-esrb-reveals-its-global-regulatory-roles-in-the-physiological-adaptation-and-activation-of-t3ss-and-the-cognate-effector-repertoire-in-edwardsiella-piscicida-during-infection-towards
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Yang Liu, Luyao Zhao, Minjun Yang, Kaiyu Yin, Xiaohui Zhou, Ka Yin Leung, Qin Liu, Yuanxing Zhang, Qiyao Wang
Edwardsiella piscicida is the leading pathogen threatening worldwide aquaculture industries. The two-component system (TCS) EsrA-EsrB is essential for the pathogenesis of this bacterium. However, little is known about the regulon and regulatory mechanism of EsrA-EsrB or about the factors that mediate the interaction of TCS with bacterial hosts. Here, our RNA-seq analysis indicated that EsrB strongly induces type III and type VI secretion systems (T3/T6SS) expression and that it modulates the expression of both physiology- and virulence-associated genes in E...
April 25, 2017: Virulence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440833/structure-function-studies-of-acinetobactin-analogs
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Justin A Shapiro, Timothy A Wencewicz
Pathogenic Acinetobacter baumannii excrete the siderophore pre-acinetobactin as an iron-scavenging virulence factor. Pre-acinetobactin is a 2,3-dihydroxy-phenyl oxazoline that undergoes pH-dependent isomerization to the isooxazolidinone form acinetobactin in order to expand the pH range for iron acquisition by A. baumannii. In this study we establish important structure-function relationships for the kinetics of isomerization, iron(iii) binding, and siderophore utilization by A. baumannii. We showed that electronic properties of the phenyl oxazoline influence isomerization kinetics and iron(iii) binding...
April 25, 2017: Metallomics: Integrated Biometal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440335/mycobacterium-tuberculosis-pe_pgrs41-enhances-the-intracellular-survival-of-m-smegmatis-within-macrophages-via-blocking-innate-immunity-and-inhibition-of-host-defense
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Wanyan Deng, Quanxin Long, Jie Zeng, Ping Li, Wenmin Yang, Xinchun Chen, Jianping Xie
The success of Mycobacterium tuberculosis (M. tuberculosis) as a pathogen is largely contributes to its ability to manipulate the host immune responses. The genome of M. tuberculosis encodes multiple immune-modulatory proteins, including several members of the multi-genic PE_PPE family. Despite of intense research, the roles of PE_PGRS proteins in mycobacterial pathogenesis remain elusive. The function of M. tuberculosis PE_PGRS41, characterized by an extended and unique C-terminal domain, was studied. Expression of PE_PGRS41 in Mycobacterium smegmatis, a non-pathogenic species intrinsically deficient of PE_PGRS, severely impaired the resistance of the recombinant to multiple stresses via altering the cell wall integrity...
April 25, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440301/the-environmental-yeast-cryptococcus-liquefaciens-produces-capsular-and-secreted-polysaccharides-with-similar-pathogenic-properties-to-those-of-c-neoformans
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Glauber R de S Araújo, Gustavo J C Freitas, Fernanda L Fonseca, Paulo Emilio C Leite, Gustavo Miranda Rocha, Wanderley de Souza, Daniel A Santos, Susana Frases
Invasive fungal infections, including cryptococcosis, are a growing threat to immunocompromised patients. Although Cryptococcus neoformans and Cryptococcus gattii are the main agents of human cryptococcosis, opportunistic infections by environmental species, such as C. liquefaciens, have been observed recently. The main Cryptococcus virulence factor is the production and secretion of polysaccharides (PS). Previously, we showed that both species produce PS of similar composition. Here, we examined the ultrastructure and biological activity of capsular and secreted PS from C...
April 25, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439501/the-cell-biology-of-the-trichosporon-host-interaction
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Cláudio Duarte-Oliveira, Fernando Rodrigues, Samuel M Gonçalves, Gustavo H Goldman, Agostinho Carvalho, Cristina Cunha
Fungi of the genus Trichosporon are increasingly recognized as causative agents of superficial and invasive fungal disease in humans. Although most species are considered commensals of the human skin and gastrointestinal tract, these basidiomycetes are an increasing cause of fungal disease among immunocompromised hosts, such as hematological patients and solid organ transplant recipients. The initiation of commensal or pathogenic programs by Trichosporon spp. involves the adaptation to the host microenvironment and its immune system...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439300/genetic-variants-of-helicobacter-pylori-type-iv-secretion-system-components-cagl-and-cagi-and-their-association-with-clinical-outcomes
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Hirofumi Ogawa, Akira Iwamoto, Toshihito Tanahashi, Rina Okada, Koji Yamamoto, Shin Nishiumi, Masaru Yoshida, Takeshi Azuma
BACKGROUND: Helicobacter pylori infection is associated with risk for chronic gastritis (CG), gastric ulcer (GU), duodenal ulcer (DU), and gastric cancer (GC). The H. pylori Cag type IV secretion system (TFSS) translocates the virulence factor cytotoxin-associated gene A protein into host cells and plays an important role in initiating gastric carcinogenesis. The CagL and CagI proteins are components of the TFSS. The Arg-Gly-Asp (RGD) motif of CagL, and the six most distal C-terminal amino acids (Ser-Lys-Ile-Ile-Val-Lys, and Ser-Lys-Val-Ile-Val-Lys) of CagL and CagI are essential for TFSS adhesion to host cells...
2017: Gut Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439126/necrotrophic-growth-of-periodontopathogens-is-a-novel-virulence-factor-in-oral-biofilms
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Esteban Rodriguez Herrero, Nico Boon, Martine Pauwels, Kristel Bernaerts, Vera Slomka, Marc Quirynen, Wim Teughels
The oral use of antimicrobial agents embedded in toothpastes and mouth rinses results in an oral microbial massacre with high amounts of dead bacteria in close proximity to few surviving bacteria. It was hypothesized that this provides the surviving pathogenic bacteria a large amount of dead microbial biomass as a nutritional source for growth (necrotrophy). This study demonstrated the necrotrophic growth of periodontal pathogens in the presence of different dead oral species. In addition, the presence of dead bacteria resulted in an outgrowth of several periodontal pathogens in complex multi-species biofilms...
April 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439032/inactivation-of-transcriptional-regulators-during-within-household-evolution-of-escherichia-coli
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Dagmara I Kisiela, Matthew Radey, Sandip Paul, Stephen Porter, Kseniya Polukhina, Veronika Tchesnokova, Sofiya Shevchenko, Diana Chan, Maliha Aziz, Timothy J Johnson, Lance B Price, James R Johnson, Evgeni V Sokurenko
We analyzed the within-household evolution of two household-associated Escherichia coli strains from pandemic clonal group ST131-H30, using isolates recovered from five individuals within two families, each of which had a distinct strain. Family 1's strain was represented by a urine isolate from the index patient (older sister) with recurrent cystitis, and a blood isolate from her younger sister with fatal urosepsis. Family 2's strain was represented by a urine isolate from the index patient (father) with pyelonephritis and renal abscesses, blood and kidney drainage isolates from the daughter with emphysematous pyelonephritis, and urine and fecal isolates from the mother with cystitis...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Bacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438975/galectin-3-is-a-target-for-proteases-involved-in-the-virulence-of-staphylococcus-aureus
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Jonas Elmwall, Jakub Kwiecinski, Manli Na, Abukar Ahmed Ali, Veronica Osla, Lindsey Shaw, Wanzhong Wang, Karin Sävman, Elisabet Josefsson, Johan Bylund, Tao Jin, Amanda Welin, Anna Karlsson
Staphylococcus aureus is a major cause of skin and soft-tissue infection. The bacterium expresses four major proteases emerging as virulence factors; aureolysin (Aur), V8 protease (SspA), staphopain A (ScpA), and staphopain B (SspB). We hypothesized that human galectin-3, a β-galactoside-binding lectin involved in immune regulation and antimicrobial defense, is a target for these proteases, and that proteolysis of galectin-3 is a novel immune evasion mechanism. Indeed, supernatants from laboratory strains and clinical isolates of S...
April 24, 2017: Infection and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438935/candida-guilliermondii-complex-is-characterized-by-high-antifungal-resistance-but-low-mortality-a-report-on-22-cases-of-candidemia
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Laura Judith Marcos-Zambrano, Mireia Puig-Asensio, Felipe Pérez-García, Pilar Escribano, Carlos Sánchez-Carrillo, Oscar Zaragoza, Belén Padilla, Manuel Cuenca-Estrella, Benito Almirante, M Teresa Martin-Gómez, Patricia Muñoz, Emilio Bouza, Jesús Guinea
Objectives: The objectives of our study were to describe the characteristics of patients infected with C. guilliermondii candidemia and to perform an in-depth microbiological characterization of isolates and compare them with those of patients with C. albicans candidemia.Methods: We described the risk factors and outcome of 22 patients with candidemia caused by C. guilliermondii complex. Incident isolates were identified using molecular techniques, and susceptibility to fluconazole, anidulafungin and micafungin was studied...
April 24, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438642/diagnostic-microarray-for-14-water-and-foodborne-pathogens-using-a-flatbed-scanner
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Vidya Srinivasan, Robert D Stedtfeld, Dieter M Tourlousse, Samuel W Baushke, Yu Xin, Sarah M Miller, Trinh Pham, Jean-Marie Rouillard, Erdogan Gulari, James M Tiedje, Syed A Hashsham
Parallel detection approaches are of interest to many researchers interested in identifying multiple water and foodborne pathogens simultaneously. Availability and cost-effectiveness are two key factors determining the usefulness of such approaches for laboratories with limited resources. In this study, we developed and validated a high-density microarray for simultaneous screening of 14 bacterial pathogens using an approach that employs gold labeling with silver enhancement (GLS) protocol. In total, 8887 probes (50-mer) were designed using an in-house database of virulence and marker genes (VMGs), and synthesized in quadruplicate on glass slides using an in-situ synthesis technology...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Microbiological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437231/capsular-polysaccharide-types-and-virulence-related-traits-of-epidemic-kpc-producing-klebsiella-pneumoniae-isolates-in-a-chinese-university-hospital
#12
Yang Liu, Pan-Pan Liu, Lian-Hui Wang, Dan-Dan Wei, La-Gen Wan, Wei Zhang
Klebsiella pneumoniae is an important human pathogen associated with a variety of diseases and the prevalence of blaKPC carrying K. pneumoniae (KPC-Kp) is rapidly increasing. Capsule is an important virulence factor in K. pneumoniae. In this study, we determined to first systematically characterize capsular polysaccharide (CPS) and virulence traits in KPC-Kp strains. A total of 56 KPC-Kp isolates were recovered from clinical samples in a Chinese hospital, which were assigned to clonal lineages by multilocus sequence typing (MLST)...
February 24, 2017: Microbial Drug Resistance: MDR: Mechanisms, Epidemiology, and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437167/the-fgvps39-fgvam7-fgsso1-complex-mediates-vesicle-trafficking-and-is-important-for-the-development-and-virulence-of-fusarium-graminearum
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Bing Li, Luping Liu, Ying Li, Xin Dong, Haifeng Zhang, Huaigu Chen, Xiaobo Zheng, Zhengguang Zhang
Vesicle trafficking is an important event in eukaryotic organisms. Many proteins and lipids transported between different organelles or compartments are essential for survival. These processes are mediated by soluble N-ethylmaleimide-sensitive factor attachment protein receptor (SNARE) proteins, Rab-GTPases, and multisubunit tethering complexes such as class C core vacuole or endosome tethering and homotypic fusion or vacuole protein sorting (HOPS). Our previous study has demonstrated that FgVam7, which encodes a SNARE protein involving in vesicle trafficking, plays crucial roles in growth, asexual or sexual development, deoxynivalenol production, and pathogenicity in Fusarium graminearum...
April 24, 2017: Molecular Plant-microbe Interactions: MPMI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436598/the-expression-of-helicobacter-pylori-tfs-plasticity-zone-cluster-is-regulated-by-ph-and-adherence-and-its-composition-is-associated-with-differential-gastric-il-8-secretion
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Bruno Silva, Alexandra Nunes, Filipa F Vale, Raquel Rocha, João Paulo Gomes, Ricardo Dias, Mónica Oleastro
BACKGROUND: Helicobacter pylori virulence is associated with different clinical outcomes. The existence of an intact dupA gene from tfs4b cluster has been suggested as a predictor for duodenal ulcer development. However, the role of tfs plasticity zone clusters in the development of ulcers remains unclear. We studied several H. pylori strains to characterize the gene arrangement of tfs3 and tfs4 clusters and their impact in the inflammatory response by infected gastric cells. METHODS: The genome of 14 H...
April 24, 2017: Helicobacter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436493/an-attenuated-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-clinical-strain-with-a-defect-in-esx-1-secretion-induces-minimal-host-immune-responses-and-pathology
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Helena Strand Clemmensen, Niels Peter Hell Knudsen, Erik Michael Rasmussen, Jessica Winkler, Ida Rosenkrands, Ahmad Ahmad, Troels Lillebaek, David R Sherman, Peter Lawætz Andersen, Claus Aagaard
Although Mycobacterium tuberculosis (M.tb) DK9897 is an attenuated strain, it was isolated from a patient with extrapulmonary tuberculosis and vaccination with a subunit vaccine (H56) induced poor protection against it. Both attenuation and lack of protection are because M.tb DK9897 cannot secrete the EsxA virulence factor nor induce a host response against it. Genome sequencing identified a frameshift mutation in the eccCa1 gene. Since the encoded EccCa1 protein provides energy for ESX-1 secretion, it suggested a defect in the ESX-1 type VII secretion system...
April 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436089/a-novel-dense-granule-protein-gra41-regulates-timing-of-egress-and-calcium-sensitivity-in-toxoplasma-gondii
#16
Kaice A LaFavers, Karla M Márquez-Nogueras, Isabelle Coppens, Silvia N J Moreno, Gustavo Arrizabalaga
Toxoplasma gondii is an obligate intracellular apicomplexan parasite with high seroprevalence in humans. Repeated lytic cycles of invasion, replication and egress drive both the propagation and the virulence of this parasite. Key steps in this cycle, including invasion and egress, depend on tightly regulated calcium fluxes and, while many of the calcium-dependent effectors have been identified, the factors that detect and regulate the calcium fluxes are mostly unknown. To address this knowledge gap, we used a forward genetic approach to isolate mutants resistant to extracellular exposure to the calcium ionophore A23187...
April 24, 2017: Cellular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435893/opacification-domain-of-serum-opacity-factor-inhibits-beta-hemolysis-and-contributes-to-virulence-of-streptococcus-pyogenes
#17
Luchang Zhu, Randall J Olsen, James M Musser
Serum opacity factor (SOF) is a cell surface virulence factor made by the human pathogen Streptococcus pyogenes. We found that S. pyogenes strains with naturally occurring truncation mutations in the sof gene have markedly enhanced beta-hemolysis. Moreover, deletion of the sof gene in a SOF-positive parental strain resulted in significantly increased beta-hemolysis. Together, these observations suggest that SOF is an inhibitor of beta-hemolysis. SOF has two major functional domains, including an opacification domain and a fibronectin-binding domain...
March 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435892/dramatic-improvement-of-crispr-cas9-editing-in-candida-albicans-by-increased-single-guide-rna-expression
#18
Henry Ng, Neta Dean
The clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeat system with CRISPR-associated protein 9 nuclease (CRISPR/Cas9) has emerged as a versatile tool for genome editing in Candida albicans. Mounting evidence from other model systems suggests that the intracellular levels of single guide RNA (sgRNA) limit the efficiency of Cas9-dependent DNA cleavage. Here, we tested this idea and describe a new means of sgRNA delivery that improves previously described methods by ~10-fold. The efficiency of Cas9/sgRNA-dependent cleavage and repair of a single-copy yeast enhanced monomeric red fluorescent protein (RFP) gene was measured as a function of various parameters that are hypothesized to affect sgRNA accumulation, including transcriptional and posttranscriptional processing...
March 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435888/continental-drift-and-speciation-of-the-cryptococcus-neoformans-and-cryptococcus-gattii-species-complexes
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Arturo Casadevall, Joudeh B Freij, Christopher Hann-Soden, John Taylor
Genomic analysis has placed the origins of two human-pathogenic fungi, the Cryptococcus gattii species complex and the Cryptococcus neoformans species complex, in South America and Africa, respectively. Molecular clock calculations suggest that the two species separated ~80 to 100 million years ago. This time closely approximates the breakup of the supercontinent Pangea, which gave rise to South America and Africa. On the basis of the geographic distribution of these two species complexes and the coincidence of the evolutionary divergence and Pangea breakup times, we propose that a spatial separation caused by continental drift resulted in the emergence of the C...
March 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435010/ribotypes-associated-with-clostridium-difficile-outbreaks-in-brazil-display-distinct-surface-protein-profiles
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Thais Gonçalves Ferreira, Hercules Moura, John R Barr, Regina M C Pilotto Domingues, Eliane de Oliveira Ferreira
Clostridium difficile is a spore-forming anaerobic intestinal pathogen that causes Clostridium difficile infection (CDI). C. difficile is the leading cause of toxin-mediated nosocomial antibiotic-associated diarrhea. The pathogenesis of CDI is attributed to two major virulence factors, TcdA and TcdB toxins, that cause the symptomatic infection. C. difficile also expresses a number of key proteins, including cell wall proteins (CWPs). S-layer proteins (SLPs) are CWPs that form a paracrystalline surface array that coats the surface of the bacterium...
April 20, 2017: Anaerobe
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