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Ayaka Ishihara, Etaro Hashimoto, Haruhiko Ishioka, Hiroyuki Kobayashi, Harumi Gomi
Meningitis caused by the zoonotic pathogen Campylobacter fetus in immunocompetent adults is rare. We report a 48-year-old Japanese woman with no underlying disease who was found to have meningitis caused by C. fetus . Both C. fetus subsp. fetus and C. fetus subsp. venerealis were isolated from the cerebrospinal fluid culture. The mode of infection in our patient was considered to be associated with the consumption of raw beef and raw cattle liver on a regular basis. Public awareness and education to avoid the consumption of raw or undercooked meat might help prevent C...
2018: IDCases
Qian Zhang, Satoshi Ishii
Quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) is now commonly used to detect fecal indicator bacteria (FIB) as well as pathogens in water samples. However, DNA loss during sample processing can cause underestimation of target genes. In this study, we created a sample process control strain (SPC) by genetically engineering a non-pathogenic, Gram-negative bacterium Pseudogulbenkiania sp. strain NH8B. The SPC strain, named NH8B-1D2, has a kanamycin-resistance gene inserted to one of the 23S rRNA genes. To specifically quantify the SPC strain, a new TaqMan qPCR assay was developed...
March 10, 2018: Water Research
Nadia A Al-Banna, Farhan Cyprian, M John Albert
Campylobacter jejuni is an important enteric pathogen that causes diarrheas of different degrees of severity and several extra-intestinal manifestations, including Guillain-Barre syndrome. The variability of disease outcomes is thought to be linked to the immune response induced by C. jejuni. The virulence factors of C. jejuni induce a pro-inflammatory response, that is initiated by the intestinal epithelial cells, propagated by innate immune cells and modulated by the cells of the adaptive immune response...
March 10, 2018: Cytokine & Growth Factor Reviews
Dafei Yin, Xiaonan Yin, Xingyu Wang, Zhao Lei, Maofei Wang, Yuming Guo, Samuel E Aggrey, Wei Nie, Jianmin Yuan
Background: The effect of amylases combined with exogenous carbohydrase and protease in a newly harvested corn diet on starch digestibility, intestine health and cecal microbiota was investigated in broiler chickens. Methods: Two hunderd and eighty-eight 5-day-old female chickens were randomly divided into six treatments: a newly harvested corn-soybean meal diet (control); control supplemented with 1,500 U/g α-amylase (Enzyme A); Enzyme A + 300 U/g amylopectase + 20,000 U/g glucoamylase (Enzyme B); Enzyme B + protease 10,000 U/g (Enzyme C); Enzyme C + xylanase 15,000 U/g (Enzyme D); and Enzyme D + cellulase 200 U/g + pectinase 1,000 U/g (Enzyme E)...
2018: Journal of Animal Science and Biotechnology
Kirill V Korneev, Anna N Kondakova, Ekaterina N Sviriaeva, Nikita A Mitkin, Angelo Palmigiano, Andrey A Kruglov, Georgy B Telegin, Marina S Drutskaya, Luisa Sturiale, Domenico Garozzo, Sergei A Nedospasov, Yuriy A Knirel, Dmitry V Kuprash
Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) initiates immune response against Gram-negative bacteria upon specific recognition of lipid A moiety of lipopolysaccharide (LPS), the major component of their cell wall. Some natural differences between LPS variants in their ability to interact with TLR4 may lead to either insufficient activation that may not prevent bacterial growth, or excessive activation which may lead to septic shock. In this study we evaluated the biological activity of LPS isolated from pathogenic strain of Campylobacter jejuni , the most widespread bacterial cause of foodborne diarrhea in humans...
2018: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
Samantha J Lawton, Allison M Weis, Barbara A Byrne, Heather Fritz, Conor C Taff, Andrea K Townsend, Bart C Weimer, Asli Mete, Sarah Wheeler, Walter M Boyce
Matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF MS) was compared to conventional biochemical testing methods and nucleic acid analyses (16S rDNA sequencing, hippurate hydrolysis gene testing, whole genome sequencing [WGS]) for species identification of Campylobacter isolates obtained from chickens ( Gallus gallus domesticus, n = 8), American crows ( Corvus brachyrhynchos, n = 17), a mallard duck ( Anas platyrhynchos, n = 1), and a western scrub-jay ( Aphelocoma californica, n = 1)...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation
Mirella Luciani, Maria Schirone, Ottavio Portanti, Pierina Visciano, Gisella Armillotta, Rosanna Tofalo, Giovanna Suzzi, Luigia Sonsini, Tiziana Di Febo
In this study, a new and alternative method based on monoclonal antibodies (MAbs) for the rapid detection of Yersinia enterocolitica O:8 was developed. This microorganism is an emerging foodborne pathogen causing gastrointestinal disease in humans. The transmission can occur through contaminated food such as raw or undercooked meat, milk and dairy products, water and fresh vegetables. Nine MAbs (46F7, 54B11, 54C11, 62D10, 64C7, 64C10, 72E8, 72E10, 72G6) were characterized and selected versus Y. enterocolitica O:8, and only 2 of them showed also a weak cross-reaction with Campylobacter jejuni...
August 2018: Food Microbiology
Carolina N Gomes, Jaqueline Passaglia, Felipe P Vilela, Fátima M H S Pereira da Silva, Sheila S Duque, Juliana P Falcão
Campylobacter spp. have been the most commonly reported gastrointestinal bacterial pathogen in many countries. Consumption of improperly prepared poultry meat has been the main transmission route of Campylobacter spp. Although Brazil is the largest exporter of poultry meat in the world, campylobacteriosis has been a neglected disease in the country. The aim of this study was to characterize 50 Campylobacter coli strains isolated from different sources in Brazil regarding the frequency of 16 virulence genes and their survival capability under five different stress conditions...
August 2018: Food Microbiology
Chris A Whitehouse, Shenia Young, Cong Li, Chih-Hao Hsu, Gordon Martin, Shaohua Zhao
Whole genome sequencing (WGS) has become a rapid and affordable tool for public health surveillance and outbreak detection. In this study, we used the Illuminia MiSeq® to sequence 589 Campylobacter isolates obtained in 2015 from retail poultry meats as part of the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS). WGS data were used to identify the Campylobacter species and to compare the concordance between resistance genotypes and phenotypes. WGS accurately identified 386 C. jejuni and 203 C. coli using gyrA sequence information...
August 2018: Food Microbiology
Shane W Rogers, Carrie E Shaffer, Tom A Langen, Michael Jahne, Rick Welsh
The purpose of this study was to investigate genetic biomarkers of zoonotic enteric pathogens and antibiotic-resistant genes (ARGs) in the feces of white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) as related to proximity of deer to land that receives livestock manure or human waste biosolid fertilizers. Deer feces were collected in the St. Lawrence River Valley and Adirondack State Park of New York. Campylobacter spp. 16S rDNA was detected in 12 of 232 fecal samples (8 of 33 sites). Salmonellae were cultivated from 2 of 182 fecal samples (2 of 29 sites)...
March 9, 2018: EcoHealth
Agnieszka Sałamaszyńska-Guz, Ilona Stefańska, Paweł Bącal, Marian Binek
A total of 43 Campylobacter isolates from poultry, cattle and pigs were investigated for their ability to form biofilm. The studied strains were also screened for motility, adhesion and invasion of Caco-2 cells as well as extracellular DNase activity. The relation between biofilm formation and selected phenotypes was examined. Biofilm formation by the tested strains was found as irrespective from their motility and not associated with colonization abilities of human Caco-2 cells. Results of our study show that Campylobacter isolates from various animal sources are able to form biofilm and invade human Caco-2 cells in vitro...
March 2018: Veterinary Microbiology
Şiran Keske, Burak Zabun, Kahraman Aksoy, Füsun Can, Erhan Palaoğlu, Önder Ergönül
Background: We aimed to detect the etiological agents of acute diarrhea by molecular gastrointestinal pathogen test (MGPT) and to assess its impact on antimicrobial stewardship program (ASP). Methods: This is a prospective, observational study and was conducted between 1 January 2015 and 30 June 2017. We included consequent patients, who had acute diarrhea. At the end of 2015, we implemented ASP in acute diarrhea and we compared the outcomes in pre-ASP and post-ASP. An FDA-cleared multiplexed gastrointestinal PCR panel system, BioFire filmArray (Idaho Technology, Salt Lake City, UT) which detects twenty pathogens in stool was used...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
M J Sylte, M H Inbody, T A Johnson, T Looft, J E Line
Consumption of contaminated poultry products is the main source of human campylobacteriosis, for which Campylobacter jejuni is responsible for 90% of human cases. Although chickens are believed to be a main source of human exposure to C. jejuni, turkeys also contribute to cases of human infection. Little is known about the kinetics of C. jejuni intestinal colonization in turkeys, or best selective media for their recovery. Enumeration of C. jejuni from intestinal samples can be challenging because most selective Campylobacter media support the growth of non-Campylobacter organisms...
March 5, 2018: Poultry Science
Alexandre Dumusc, Thomas Hügle
Reactive arthritis is usually regarded as a form of spondylarthritis. Patients generally present with an acute asymmetrical oligoarthritis following an episode of diarrhea or urethritis. The most frequent involved pathogens are Salmonella, Shigella, Campylobacter and Chlamydia trachomatis. Additional causative pathogens have been described. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are the first line treatment for reactive arthritis, associated with physiotherapy. Occasionally, a short course of glucocorticoids or an intra-articular injection is needed...
March 7, 2018: Revue Médicale Suisse
Taher Azimi, Mohammad Javad Nasiri, Alireza Salimi Chirani, Ramin Pouriran, Hossein Dabiri
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a general term used for the ulcerative colitis (UC) and Crohn's disease (CD); in addition, IBD principally refers to a chronic disease of the gastrointestinal tract in which mediated by immune system. Consequently, IBD could progress in individuals who are genetically prone. Infections role in the development of inflammatory disease of the gastrointestinal tract has been studied by quite many clinical studies; furthermore, the possible role of some pathogens in the development and exacerbation of the inflammatory disease of the gastrointestinal tract have been described...
March 6, 2018: APMIS: Acta Pathologica, Microbiologica, et Immunologica Scandinavica
N R Efimochkina, V V Stetsenko, I V Bykova, Yu M Markova, A S Polyanina, A I Aleshkina, S A Sheveleva
Specific features for the development of resistance in Campylobacter jejuni strains were studied after treatment with antibiotics of 6 pharmacological groups. Populations of 18 native strains of C. jejuni (isolated from raw poultry products) and their subcultures (obtained after 2-3-fold stress exposures to antimicrobial agents in subinhibitory doses) were examined to evaluate the expression of phenotypic antibiotic resistance. Genotypic properties of strains were studied by the PCR with primers that detect the presence of genes for resistance to aminoglycosides (aphA-1, aphA-3, and aphA-7), tetracyclines (tetO), and quinolones (GZgyrA)...
March 5, 2018: Bulletin of Experimental Biology and Medicine
Joshua A Steele, A Denene Blackwood, John F Griffith, Rachel T Noble, Kenneth C Schiff
Along southern California beaches, the concentrations of fecal indicator bacteria (FIB) used to quantify the potential presence of fecal contamination in coastal recreational waters have been previously documented to be higher during wet weather conditions (typically winter or spring) than those observed during summer dry weather conditions. FIB are used for management of recreational waters because measurement of the bacterial and viral pathogens that are the potential causes of illness in beachgoers exposed to stormwater can be expensive, time-consuming, and technically difficult...
March 1, 2018: Water Research
Gaurav Dugar, Ryan T Leenay, Sara K Eisenbart, Thorsten Bischler, Belinda U Aul, Chase L Beisel, Cynthia M Sharma
Cas9 nucleases naturally utilize CRISPR RNAs (crRNAs) to silence foreign double-stranded DNA. While recent work has shown that some Cas9 nucleases can also target RNA, RNA recognition has required nuclease modifications or accessory factors. Here, we show that the Campylobacter jejuni Cas9 (CjCas9) can bind and cleave complementary endogenous mRNAs in a crRNA-dependent manner. Approximately 100 transcripts co-immunoprecipitated with CjCas9 and generally can be subdivided through their base-pairing potential to the four crRNAs...
March 1, 2018: Molecular Cell
Zhen Tan, Yuan Wang, Ting Yang, Hong Ao, Shaokang Chen, Kai Xing, Fengxia Zhang, Xitong Zhao, Jianfeng Liu, Chuduan Wang
The goal of this study was to evaluate the microbial communities in the gut and feces from female finishing Landrace pigs with high and low feed conversion ratio (FCR) by 16S rRNA gene amplicon sequencing. Many potential biomarkers can distinguish between high and low FCR groups in the duodenum, ileum, cecum, colon, and rectum, according to linear discriminant analysis effect sizes. The relative abundance of microbes were tested by Mann-Whitney test between the high and low FCR groups in different organs: Campylobacter, Prevotella and Sphaerochaeta were different in the duodenum (P < 0...
March 1, 2018: Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek
Jurgita Aksomaitiene, Sigita Ramonaite, John E Olsen, Mindaugas Malakauskas
Recently, the number of reports on isolation of ciprofloxacin resistant Campylobacter jejuni has increased worldwide. The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence of resistance to ciprofloxacin and its genetic determinants among C. jejuni isolated from humans ( n = 100), poultry products ( n = 96) and wild birds ( n = 96) in Lithuania. 91.4% of the C. jejuni isolates were phenotypically resistant to ciprofloxacin. DNA sequence analyses of the gyrA gene from 292 isolates revealed that a change in amino acid sequence, Thr86Ile, was the main substition conferring resistance to ciprofloxacin...
2018: Frontiers in Microbiology
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