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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28792853/small-scale-die-offs-in-woodrats-support-long-term-maintenance-of-plague-in-the-u-s-southwest
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Michael Kosoy, Pamela Reynolds, Ying Bai, Kelly Sheff, Russell E Enscore, John Montenieri, Paul Ettestad, Kenneth Gage
Our longitudinal study of plague dynamics was conducted in north-central New Mexico to identify which species in the community were infected with plague, to determine the spatial and temporal patterns of the dynamics of plague epizootics, and to describe the dynamics of Yersinia pestis infection within individual hosts. A total of 3156 fleas collected from 535 small mammals of 8 species were tested for Y. pestis DNA. Nine fleas collected from six southern plains woodrats (Neotoma micropus) and from one rock squirrel (Otospermophilus variegatus) were positive for the pla gene of Y...
August 9, 2017: Vector Borne and Zoonotic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28754138/serological-and-pcr-investigation-of-yersinia-pestis-in-potential-reservoir-hosts-from-a-plague-outbreak-focus-in-zambia
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S S Nyirenda, B M Hang'ombe, E Mulenga, B S Kilonzo
BACKGROUND: Plague is a bacterial zoonotic disease, caused by Yersinia pestis. Rodents are the natural hosts with fleas as the vehicle of disease transmission. Domestic and wild dogs and cats have also been identified as possible disease hosts. In Zambia, plague outbreaks have been reported in the Southern and Eastern regions in the last 20 years. Based on these observations, Y. pestis could possibly be endemically present in the area. METHODS: To substantiate such possibility, sera samples were collected from rodents, shrews, dogs and cats for detection of antibodies against Fraction 1 gene (Fra1) of Y...
July 28, 2017: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28750048/competition-is-the-basis-of-the-transport-mechanism-of-the-nhab-na-h-exchanger-from-klebsiella-pneumoniae
#3
Miyer Patiño-Ruiz, Constanța Ganea, Klaus Fendler, Octavian Călinescu
Na+/H+ exchange is essential for survival of all organisms, having a role in the regulation of the intracellular Na+ concentration, pH and cell volume. Furthermore, Na+/H+ exchangers were shown to be involved in the virulence of the bacterium Yersinia pestis, indicating they might be potential targets for novel antibiotic treatments. The model system for Na+/H+ exchangers is the NhaA transporter from Escherichia coli, EcNhaA. Therefore, the general transport mechanism of NhaA exchangers is currently well characterized...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28746380/paleoproteomics-of-the-dental-pulp-the-plague-paradigm
#4
Rémi Barbieri, Rania Mekni, Anthony Levasseur, Eric Chabrière, Michel Signoli, Stéfan Tzortzis, Gérard Aboudharam, Michel Drancourt
Chemical decomposition and fragmentation may limit the detection of ancient host and microbial DNA while some proteins can be detected for extended periods of time. We applied paleoproteomics on 300-year-old dental pulp specimens recovered from 16 individuals in two archeological funeral sites in France, comprising one documented plague site and one documented plague-negative site. The dental pulp paleoproteome of the 16 teeth comprised 439 peptides representative of 30 proteins of human origin and 211 peptides representative of 27 proteins of non-human origin...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743813/curative-treatment-of-severe-gram-negative-bacterial-infections-by-a-new-class-of-antibiotics-targeting-lpxc
#5
Nadine Lemaître, Xiaofei Liang, Javaria Najeeb, Chul-Jin Lee, Marie Titecat, Emmanuelle Leteurtre, Michel Simonet, Eric J Toone, Pei Zhou, Florent Sebbane
The infectious diseases caused by multidrug-resistant bacteria pose serious threats to humankind. It has been suggested that an antibiotic targeting LpxC of the lipid A biosynthetic pathway in Gram-negative bacteria is a promising strategy for curing Gram-negative bacterial infections. However, experimental proof of this concept is lacking. Here, we describe our discovery and characterization of a biphenylacetylene-based inhibitor of LpxC, an essential enzyme in the biosynthesis of the lipid A component of the outer membrane of Gram-negative bacteria...
July 25, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737374/integrated-sers-based-microdroplet-platform-for-the-automated-immunoassay-of-f1-antigens-in-yersinia-pestis
#6
Namhyun Choi, Jiyoung Lee, Juhui Ko, Jun Ho Jeon, Gi-Eun Rhie, Andrew J deMello, Jaebum Choo
The development of surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS)-based microfluidic platforms has attracted significant recent attention in the biological sciences. SERS is a highly sensitive detection modality, with microfluidic platforms providing many advantages over microscale methods, including high analytical throughput, facile automation, and reduced sample requirements. Accordingly, the integration of SERS with microfluidic platforms offers significant utility in chemical and biological experimentation. Herein, we report a fully integrated SERS-based microdroplet platform for the automatic immunoassay of specific antigen fraction 1 (F1) in Yersinia pestis...
August 3, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732479/an-integrated-computational-experimental-approach-reveals-yersinia-pestis-genes-essential-across-a-narrow-or-a-broad-range-of-environmental-conditions
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Nicola J Senior, Kalesh Sasidharan, Richard J Saint, Andrew E Scott, Mitali Sarkar-Tyson, Philip M Ireland, Helen L Bullifent, Z Rong Yang, Karen Moore, Petra C F Oyston, Timothy P Atkins, Helen S Atkins, Orkun S Soyer, Richard W Titball
BACKGROUND: The World Health Organization has categorized plague as a re-emerging disease and the potential for Yersinia pestis to also be used as a bioweapon makes the identification of new drug targets against this pathogen a priority. Environmental temperature is a key signal which regulates virulence of the bacterium. The bacterium normally grows outside the human host at 28 °C. Therefore, understanding the mechanisms that the bacterium used to adapt to a mammalian host at 37 °C is central to the development of vaccines or drugs for the prevention or treatment of human disease...
July 21, 2017: BMC Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726410/structural-insights-into-the-yersinia-pestis-outer-membrane-protein-ail-in-lipid-bilayers
#8
Samit Kumar Dutta, Yong Yao, Francesca M Marassi
Yersinia pestis the causative agent of plague, is highly pathogenic and poses very high risk to public health. The outer membrane protein Ail (Adhesion invasion locus) is one of the most highly expressed proteins on the cell surface of Y. pestis, and a major target for the development of medical countermeasures. Ail is essential for microbial virulence and is critical for promoting the survival of Y. pestis in serum. Structures of Ail have been determined by X-ray diffraction and solution NMR spectroscopy, but the protein's activity is influenced by the detergents in these samples, underscoring the importance of the surrounding environment for structure-activity studies...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722614/identification-of-risk-factors-associated-with-transmission-of-plague-disease-in-eastern-zambia
#9
Stanley S Nyirenda, Bernard M Hang'ombe, Robert Machangu, Jackson Mwanza, Bukheti S Kilonzo
Plague is a fatal, primarily rodent-flea-borne zoonotic disease caused by Yersinia pestis. The identification of risk factors of plague was investigated through questionnaire interview and conducting focus group discussion (FGD) in Sinda and Nyimba of eastern Zambia. A total of 104 questionnaires were administered to individual respondents and 20 groups consisting of 181 discussants, which comprised FGD team in this study. The study revealed that trapping, transportation, and preparation of rodents for food exposed the community to rodent and their fleas suggesting that plague may have occurred primarily by either flea bites or contact with infected wild rodents...
June 12, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710276/atp-binding-and-hydrolysis-disrupts-the-high-affinity-interaction-between-the-heme-abc-transporter-hmuuv-and-its-cognate-substrate-binding-protein
#10
Hiba Qasem Abdullah, Michal Perach, Nurit Livnat-Levanon, Oded Lewinson
Using the energy of ATP hydrolysis ABC transporters catalyze the trans-membrane transport of molecules. In bacteria they partner with a high affinity substrate binding protein (SBP) to import essential micronutrients. ATP binding by Type-I ABC transporters (importers of amino acids, sugars, peptides, small ions) stabilizes the interaction between the transporter and the SBP, thus allowing transfer of the substrate from the latter to the former. In Type-II ABC transporters (importers of trace elements, e.g., vitamin B12, heme, iron-siderophores) the role of ATP remains debatable...
July 14, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704728/development-of-a-novel-multiplexed-qpcr-and-pyrosequencing-method-for-the-detection-of-human-pathogenic-yersiniae
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M C Thomas, T W Janzen, G Huscyzynsky, A Mathews, K K Amoako
The purpose of this study was to develop a novel and robust molecular assay for the detection of human pathogenic yersiniae (i.e. Yersinia enterocolitica, Y. pseudotuberculosis and Y. pestis) in complex food samples. The assay combines multiplexed real-time PCR (qPCR) and Pyrosequencing for detecting and differentiating human pathogenic yersiniae with high confidence through sequence based confirmation. The assay demonstrated 100% specificity and inclusivity when tested against a panel of 14 Y. enterocolitica, 22 Y...
June 20, 2017: International Journal of Food Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28695856/crystal-structure-of-yersinia-pestis-virulence-factor-yfea-reveals-two-polyspecific-metal-binding-sites
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Christopher D Radka, Lawrence J DeLucas, Landon S Wilson, Matthew B Lawrenz, Robert D Perry, Stephen G Aller
Gram-negative bacteria use siderophores, outer membrane receptors, inner membrane transporters and substrate-binding proteins (SBPs) to transport transition metals through the periplasm. The SBPs share a similar protein fold that has undergone significant structural evolution to communicate with a variety of differentially regulated transporters in the cell. In Yersinia pestis, the causative agent of plague, YfeA (YPO2439, y1897), an SBP, is important for full virulence during mammalian infection. To better understand the role of YfeA in infection, crystal structures were determined under several environmental conditions with respect to transition-metal levels...
July 1, 2017: Acta Crystallographica. Section D, Structural Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28694806/a-bivalent-anthrax-plague-vaccine-that-can-protect-against-two-tier-1-bioterror-pathogens-bacillus-anthracis-and-yersinia-pestis
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Pan Tao, Marthandan Mahalingam, Jingen Zhu, Mahtab Moayeri, Michelle L Kirtley, Eric C Fitts, Jourdan A Andersson, William S Lawrence, Stephen H Leppla, Ashok K Chopra, Venigalla B Rao
Bioterrorism remains as one of the biggest challenges to global security and public health. Since the deadly anthrax attacks of 2001 in the United States, Bacillus anthracis and Yersinia pestis, the causative agents of anthrax and plague, respectively, gained notoriety and were listed by the CDC as Tier-1 biothreat agents. Currently, there is no Food and Drug Administration-approved vaccine against either of these threats for mass vaccination to protect general public, let alone a bivalent vaccine. Here, we report the development of a single recombinant vaccine, a triple antigen consisting of all three target antigens, F1 and V from Y...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28680860/host-iron-nutritional-immunity-induced-by-a-live-yersinia-pestis-vaccine-strain-is-associated-with-immediate-protection-against-plague
#14
Ayelet Zauberman, Yaron Vagima, Avital Tidhar, Moshe Aftalion, David Gur, Shahar Rotem, Theodor Chitlaru, Yinon Levy, Emanuelle Mamroud
Prompt and effective elicitation of protective immunity is highly relevant for cases of rapidly deteriorating fatal diseases, such as plague, which is caused by Yersinia pestis. Here, we assessed the potential of a live vaccine to induce rapid protection against this infection. We demonstrated that the Y. pestis EV76 live vaccine protected mice against an immediate lethal challenge, limiting the multiplication of the virulent pathogen and its dissemination into circulation. Ex vivo analysis of Y. pestis growth in serum derived from EV76-immunized mice revealed that an antibacterial activity was produced rapidly...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28665718/relationship-between-broiler-body-weights-eimeria-maxima-gross-lesion-scores-and-microscores-in-three-anticoccidial-sensitivity-tests
#15
Miguel A Barrios, Manuel Da Costa, Emily Kimminau, Lorraine Fuller, Steven Clark, Gene Pesti, Robert Beckstead
Anticoccidial sensitivity tests (ASTs) serve to determine the efficacy of anticoccidial drugs against Eimeria field isolates in a controlled laboratory setting. The most commonly measured parameters are body weight gain, feed conversion ratio, gross intestinal lesion scores, and mortality. Due to the difficulty in reliably scoring gross lesion scores of Eimeria maxima , microscopic analysis of intestinal scrapings (microscores) can be used in the field to indicate the presence of this particular Eimeria. The goal of this study was to determine the relationship between E...
June 2017: Avian Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646112/crispr-cas12a-assisted-recombineering-in-bacteria
#16
Mei-Yi Yan, Hai-Qin Yan, Gai-Xian Ren, Ju-Ping Zhao, Xiao-Peng Guo, Yi-Cheng Sun
Clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR)-Cas12a (Cpf1) has emerged as an effective genome editing tool in many organisms. Here, we developed and optimized a CRISPR-Cas12a assisted recombineering system to facilitate genetic manipulation in bacteria. Using this system, point mutations, deletions, insertions, and gene replacements can be easily generated on the chromosome or native plasmids in Escherichia coli, Yersinia pestis, and Mycobacterium smegmatis Because CRISPR-Cas12a-assisted recombineering does not require introduction of an antibiotic resistance gene into the chromosome to select for recombinants, it is an efficient approach for generating markerless and scarless mutations in bacteria...
June 23, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643091/sylvatic-plague-vaccine-partially-protects-prairie-dogs-cynomys-spp-in-field-trials
#17
Tonie E Rocke, Daniel W Tripp, Robin E Russell, Rachel C Abbott, Katherine L D Richgels, Marc R Matchett, Dean E Biggins, Randall Griebel, Greg Schroeder, Shaun M Grassel, David R Pipkin, Jennifer Cordova, Adam Kavalunas, Brian Maxfield, Jesse Boulerice, Michael W Miller
Sylvatic plague, caused by Yersinia pestis, frequently afflicts prairie dogs (Cynomys spp.), causing population declines and local extirpations. We tested the effectiveness of bait-delivered sylvatic plague vaccine (SPV) in prairie dog colonies on 29 paired placebo and treatment plots (1-59 ha in size; average 16.9 ha) in 7 western states from 2013 to 2015. We compared relative abundance (using catch per unit effort (CPUE) as an index) and apparent survival of prairie dogs on 26 of the 29 paired plots, 12 with confirmed or suspected plague (Y...
June 22, 2017: EcoHealth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632140/thermal-stability-and-rheological-properties-of-the-non-stick-caf1-biomaterial
#18
Yakup Ulusu, Gema Dura, Helen Waller, Matthew Benning, David Fulton, Jeremy Lakey, Daniel Thomas Peters
The ability to culture cells in three dimensions has many applications, from drug discovery to wound healing. 3D cell culture methods often require appropriate scaffolds that mimic the cellular environments of different tissue types. The choice of material from which these scaffolds are made is of paramount importance, as its properties will define the manner in which cells interact with the scaffold. Caf1 is a protein polymer that is secreted from its host organism, Yersinia pestis, to enable escape from phagocytosis...
June 20, 2017: Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606812/novel-ctl-epitopes-identified-through-a-y-pestis-proteome-wide-analysis-in-the-search-for-vaccine-candidates-against-plague
#19
Anat Zvi, Shahar Rotem, Ayelet Zauberman, Uri Elia, Moshe Aftalion, Erez Bar-Haim, Emanuelle Mamroud, Ofer Cohen
The causative agent of Plague, Yersinia pestis, is a highly virulent pathogen and a potential bioweapon. Depending on the route of infection, two prevalent occurrences of the disease are known, bubonic and pneumonic. The latter has a high fatality rate. In the absence of a licensed vaccine, intense efforts to develop a safe and efficacious vaccine have been conducted, and humoral-driven subunit vaccines containing the F1 and LcrV antigens are currently under clinical trials. It is well known that a cellular immune response might have an essential additive value to immunity and protection against Y...
June 9, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28605977/linalool-induced-oxidative-stress-processes-in-the-human-pathogen-candida-albicans
#20
Gábor Máté, Dominika Kovács, Zoltán Gazdag, Miklós Pesti, Árpád Szántó
The present study investigated the linalool (Lol)-induced effects in acute toxicity tests in the human pathogen Candida albicans (C. albicans). Lol treatments induced reduced germ tube formation of the pathogen, which plays a crucial role in the virulence. In comparison with the untreated control, the exposure of 107 cells ml(-1) to 0.7 mM or 1.4 mM Lol for one hour induced 20% and 30% decrements, respectively, in the colony-forming ability. At the same time, these treatments caused dose-dependent decrease in the levels of superoxide anion radical and total reactive oxygen species, while there was 1...
June 2017: Acta Biologica Hungarica
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