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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
Stefania Fochi, Simona Mutascio, Umberto Bertazzoni, Donato Zipeto, Maria G Romanelli
Human T-cell lymphotropic virus type 1 (HTLV-1) is the causative agent of adult T-cell leukemia (ATL), an aggressive CD4+ /CD25+ T-cell malignancy and of a severe neurodegenerative disease, HTLV-1 associated myelopathy/tropical spastic paraparesis (HAM/TSP). The chronic activation or deregulation of the canonical and non-canonical nuclear factor kappa B (NF-κB) pathways play a crucial role in tumorigenesis. The HTLV-1 Tax-1 oncoprotein is a potent activator of the NF-κB transcription factors and the NF-κB response is required for promoting the development of HTLV-1 transformed cell lines...
2018: Frontiers in Microbiology
Louise Dubuisson, Florence Lormières, Stefania Fochi, Jocelyn Turpin, Amandine Pasquier, Estelle Douceron, Anaïs Oliva, Ali Bazarbachi, Valérie Lallemand-Breitenbach, Hugues De Thé, Chloé Journo, Renaud Mahieux
Since the identification of the antisense protein of HTLV-2 (APH-2) and the demonstration that APH-2 mRNA is expressed in vivo in most HTLV-2 carriers, much effort has been dedicated to the elucidation of similarities and/or differences between APH-2 and HBZ, the antisense protein of HTLV-1. Similar to HBZ, APH-2 negatively regulates HTLV-2 transcription. However, it does not promote cell proliferation. In contrast to HBZ, APH-2 half-life is very short. Here, we show that APH-2 is addressed to PML nuclear bodies in T-cells, as well as in different cell types...
March 6, 2018: Oncogene
Shan-Shan Liu, Hong-Mei Qu, Dong Yang, Hui Hu, Wei-Li Liu, Zhi-Gang Qiu, Ai-Ming Hou, Jianhua Guo, Jun-Wen Li, Zhi-Qiang Shen, Min Jin
The emergence and spread of antibiotic resistance has posed a major threat to both human health and environmental ecosystem. Although the disinfection has been proved to be efficient to control the occurrence of pathogens, little effort is dedicated to revealing potential impacts of disinfection on transmission of antibiotic resistance genes (ARGs), particularly for free-living ARGs in final disinfected effluent of urban wastewater treatment plants (UWWTP). Here, we investigated the effects of chlorine disinfection on the occurrence and concentration of both extracellular ARGs (eARGs) and intracellular ARGs (iARGs) in a full-scale UWWTP over a year...
March 1, 2018: Water Research
Amy L Slogrove, Michael Schomaker, Mary-Ann Davies, Paige Williams, Suna Balkan, Jihane Ben-Farhat, Nancy Calles, Kulkanya Chokephaibulkit, Charlotte Duff, Tanoh François Eboua, Adeodata Kekitiinwa-Rukyalekere, Nicola Maxwell, Jorge Pinto, George Seage, Chloe A Teasdale, Sebastian Wanless, Josiane Warszawski, Kara Wools-Kaloustian, Marcel Yotebieng, Venessa Timmerman, Intira J Collins, Ruth Goodall, Colette Smith, Kunjal Patel, Mary Paul, Diana Gibb, Rachel Vreeman, Elaine J Abrams, Rohan Hazra, Russell Van Dyke, Linda-Gail Bekker, Lynne Mofenson, Marissa Vicari, Shaffiq Essajee, Martina Penazzato, Gabriel Anabwani, Edith Q Mohapi, Peter N Kazembe, Makhosazana Hlatshwayo, Mwita Lumumba, Tessa Goetghebuer, Claire Thorne, Luisa Galli, Annemarie van Rossum, Carlo Giaquinto, Magdalena Marczynska, Laura Marques, Filipa Prata, Luminita Ene, Liubov Okhonskaia, Pablo Rojo, Claudia Fortuny, Lars Naver, Christoph Rudin, Sophie Le Coeur, Alla Volokha, Vanessa Rouzier, Regina Succi, Annette Sohn, Azar Kariminia, Andrew Edmonds, Patricia Lelo, Samuel Ayaya, Patricia Ongwen, Laura F Jefferys, Sam Phiri, Mwangelwa Mubiana-Mbewe, Shobna Sawry, Lorna Renner, Mariam Sylla, Mark J Abzug, Myron Levin, James Oleske, Miriam Chernoff, Shirley Traite, Murli Purswani, Ellen G Chadwick, Ali Judd, Valériane Leroy
BACKGROUND: Globally, the population of adolescents living with perinatally acquired HIV (APHs) continues to expand. In this study, we pooled data from observational pediatric HIV cohorts and cohort networks, allowing comparisons of adolescents with perinatally acquired HIV in "real-life" settings across multiple regions. We describe the geographic and temporal characteristics and mortality outcomes of APHs across multiple regions, including South America and the Caribbean, North America, Europe, sub-Saharan Africa, and South and Southeast Asia...
March 2018: PLoS Medicine
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INTRODUCTION: Eighty percent of adolescents living with perinatally and behaviourally acquired HIV live in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), a continent with marked economic inequality. As part of our global project describing adolescents living with perinatally acquired HIV (APH), we aimed to assess whether inequality in outcomes exists by country income group (CIG) for APH within SSA. METHODS: Through the CIPHER cohort collaboration, individual retrospective data from 7 networks and 25 countries in SSA were included...
February 2018: Journal of the International AIDS Society
Pascal Pellen-Mussi, Sylvie Tricot-Doleux, Chrystelle Neaime, Nicolas Nerambourg, Francisco Cabello-Hurtado, Stéphane Cordier, Fabien Grasset, Sylvie Jeanne
CONTEXT: as a kind of non-metal oxide SiO2 NPs have been extensively used in biomedicine, pharmaceuticals and other industrial manufacturing fields, such as DNA delivery, cancer therapy… Our group had developed a method based on microemulsion process to prepare SiO2 NPs incorporating photonic or magnetic nanocrystals and luminescent nanosized inorganic metal atom clusters. However, the toxicity of nanoparticles is known to be closely related to their physico-chemical characteristics and chemical composition...
May 1, 2018: Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
Stanimir Kambarev, Frédéric Pecorari, Stéphane Corvec
Background: Streptococcus gallolyticus ssp. gallolyticus (Sgg) is a commensal bacterium and an opportunistic pathogen. In humans it has been clinically associated with the incidence of colorectal cancer (CRC) and epidemiologically recognized as an emerging cause of infective endocarditis (IE). The standard therapy of Sgg includes the administration of a penicillin in combination with an aminoglycoside. Even though penicillin-resistant isolates have still not been reported, epidemiological studies have shown that this microbe is a reservoir of multiple acquired genes, conferring resistance to tetracyclines, aminoglycosides, macrolides and glycopeptides...
February 9, 2018: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
Fang Chen, Ling Wang, Min Wang, Yixin Xie, Xiaomeng Xia, Xianping Li, Yanhua Liu, Wei Cao, Tingting Zhang, Pengling Li, Min Yang
The present study aimed to develop a rational therapy based on the genetic epidemiology, molecular mechanism evaluation and in vitro antibiotic combinations activity in multidrug-resistant Acinetobacter baumannii (MDRAB). MDRAB was screened by the Kirby-Bauer method. The random amplified polymorphic DNA technique was used to establish genetic fingerprinting, and a series of resistance genes were detected by polymerase chain reaction. Antimicrobial agents including amikacin (AK), cefoperazone/sulbactam (SCF I/II), meropenem (MEM), minocycline (MINO) and ciprofloxacin (CIP) were used to determine the minimum inhibitory concentrations (MICs) and interactions between antibiotics by the broth microdilution method and chequerboard assays...
February 2018: Oncology Letters
Laura M Langan, Silvia Arossa, Stewart F Owen, Awadhesh N Jha
In vitro models are emerging tools for reducing reliance on traditional toxicity tests, especially in areas where information is sparse. For studies of fish, this is especially important for extrahepatic organs, such as the intestine, which, until recently, have been largely overlooked in favour of the liver or gill. Considering the importance of dietary uptake of contaminants, the rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) intestine-derived cell line RTgutGC was cultured, to test its suitability as a high-throughput in vitro model...
February 2018: Mutation Research
Yanxian Yang, Wenjin Shi, Shao-Yeh Lu, Jinxin Liu, Huihui Liang, Yifan Yang, Guowei Duan, Yunxia Li, Hongning Wang, Anyun Zhang
To better understand the role that bacteriophages play in antibiotic resistance genes (ARGs) dissemination in the aquatic environment, 36 water samples were collected from the Funan River in Sichuan, China. The occurrence of 15 clinically relevant ARGs and one class 1 integron gene int1 in phage-particle DNA were evaluated by PCR. The abundance of ARGs (blaCTX-M, sul1, and aac-(6')-1b-cr) was determined by quantitative PCR (qPCR). High prevalence of the int1 gene (66.7%) was found in the phage-particle DNA of tested samples, followed by sul1 (41...
January 20, 2018: Science of the Total Environment
Yusuke Okamoto, Watal M Iwasaki, Kazuto Kugou, Kazuki K Takahashi, Arisa Oda, Koichi Sato, Wataru Kobayashi, Hidehiko Kawai, Ryo Sakasai, Akifumi Takaori-Kondo, Takashi Yamamoto, Masato T Kanemaki, Masato Taoka, Toshiaki Isobe, Hitoshi Kurumizaka, Hideki Innan, Kunihiro Ohta, Masamichi Ishiai, Minoru Takata
During mild replication stress provoked by low dose aphidicolin (APH) treatment, the key Fanconi anemia protein FANCD2 accumulates on common fragile sites, observed as sister foci, and protects genome stability. To gain further insights into FANCD2 function and its regulatory mechanisms, we examined the genome-wide chromatin localization of FANCD2 in this setting by ChIP-seq analysis. We found that FANCD2 mostly accumulates in the central regions of a set of large transcribed genes that were extensively overlapped with known CFS...
January 31, 2018: Nucleic Acids Research
Samane Rahmdel, Saeid Hosseinzadeh, Seyed Shahram Shekarforoush, Sandra Torriani, Veronica Gatto, Safoora Pashangeh
In this study, 28 bacteriocinogenic Staphylococcus strains isolated from goat and sheep milk were subjected to the PCR detection of enterotoxin genes (sea-see), enterotoxin-like toxin Q gene (selq), toxic shock syndrome toxin gene (tst1), and antibiotic resistance genes. They were also evaluated for phenotypic resistance against 10 antibiotics and hemolytic activity. The tyramine and histamine production was investigated using the agar plate assay and capillary zone electrophoretic analysis (CZE). Twenty-five isolates harbored at least one enterotoxin gene...
January 17, 2018: Microbial Pathogenesis
Yoko Hirai, Kazunori Maebashi, Hideki Fushimi, Yukiko Hiraiwa, Shoichi Murakami, Takayuki Usui, Yoshihisa Akiyama, Nobuto Minowa, Daishiro Ikeda
To overcome serious methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and Pseudomonas aeruginosa infections, we synthesized TS2037, 5,4″-diepi-arbekacin, a novel aminoglycoside antibiotic, and evaluated its biological properties. TS2037 showed broad-range, as well as robust antibacterial activities against Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria. The MIC50 and MIC90 of TS2037 against clinical isolates of MRSA (n = 54) were both 0.25 µg/mL, and no resistant strain was observed. The MIC50 and MIC90 of TS2037 against clinical isolates of P...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Antibiotics
Selina Y L Holbrook, Sylvie Garneau-Tsodikova
Pseudomonas aeruginosa, a Gram-negative bacterium, is a member of the ESKAPE pathogens and one of the leading causes of healthcare-associated infections worldwide. Aminoglycosides (AGs) are recognized for their efficacy against P. aeruginosa. The most common resistance mechanism against AGs is the acquisition of AG-modifying enzymes (AMEs) by the bacteria, including AG N-acetyltransferases (AACs), AG O-phosphotransferases (APHs), and AG O-nucleotidyltransferases (ANTs). In this study, we obtained 122 multidrug-resistant P...
December 20, 2017: Microbial Drug Resistance: MDR: Mechanisms, Epidemiology, and Disease
Hong-Kai Wu, Jian-Huan Chen, Ling Yang, A-Rong Li, Dan-Hong Su, Yong-Ping Lin, Ding-Qiang Chen
Background: Laribacter hongkongensis is a facultative anaerobic, non-fermentative, Gram-negative bacillus associated with community-acquired gastroenteritis and traveller's diarrhoea. No clinical MDR L. hongkongensis isolate has been reported yet. Methods: We performed WGS (PacBio and Illumina) on a clinical L. hongkongensis strain HLGZ1 with an MDR phenotype. Results: HLGZ1 was resistant to eight classes of commonly used antibiotics. Its complete genome was a single circular chromosome of 3 424 272 bp with a G + C content of 62...
December 13, 2017: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
Onkar A Naik, Ravindranath Shashidhar, Devashish Rath, Jayant R Bandekar, Archana Rath
Marine fish species were analyzed for culturable and total metagenomic microbial diversity, antibiotic resistance (AR) pattern, and horizontal gene transfer in culturable microorganisms. We observed a high AR microbial load of 3 to 4 log CFU g-1. Many fish pathogens like Providencia, Staphylococcus, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Enterobacter, Vagococcus, and Aeromonas veronii were isolated. Photobacterium and Vibrio were two major fish and human pathogens which were identified in the fish metagenome. Other pathogens that were identified were Shewanella, Acinetobacter, Psychrobacter, and Flavobacterium...
December 14, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Clyde A Smith, Monolekha Bhattacharya, Marta Toth, Nichole K Stewart, Sergei B Vakulenko
Aminoglycoside 6'-acetyltransferase-Im (AAC(6')-Im) is the closest monofunctional homolog of the AAC(6')-Ie acetyltransferase of the bifunctional enzyme AAC(6')-Ie/APH(2")-Ia. The AAC(6')-Im acetyltransferase confers 4- to 64-fold higher MICs to 4,6-disubstituted aminoglycosides and the 4,5-disubstituted aminoglycoside neomycin than AAC(6')-Ie, yet unlike AAC(6')-Ie, the AAC(6')-Im enzyme does not confer resistance to the atypical aminoglycoside fortimicin. The structure of the kanamycin A complex of AAC(6')-Im shows that the substrate binds in a shallow positively-charged pocket, with the N6' amino group positioned appropriately for an efficient nucleophilic attack on an acetyl-CoA cofactor...
November 9, 2017: Microbial Cell
Nadia Jaidane, Rémy A Bonnin, Wejdene Mansour, Delphine Girlich, Elodie Creton, Garance Cotellon, Cherifa Chaouch, Noureddine Boujaafar, Olfa Bouallegue, Thierry Naas
The emergence of colistin-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae (CoR Kp ) is a public health concern, since this antibiotic has become the last line of treatment for infections caused by multidrug-resistant (MDR) Gram negatives. In this study, we have investigated the molecular basis of colistin resistance in 13 MDR K. pneumoniae strains isolated from 12 patients in a teaching hospital in Sousse, Tunisia. Whole-genome sequencing (WGS) was used to decipher the molecular mechanism of colistin resistance and to identify the resistome of these CoR Kp isolates...
February 2018: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
Sima Tokajian, Rima Moghnieh, Tamara Salloum, Harout Arabaghian, Sahar Alousi, Jennifer Moussa, Edmond Abboud, Souad Youssef, Rola Husni
AIM: To evaluate the effects of population influx of refugees on the prevalence of extended-spectrum β-lactamase-producing Escherichia coli in wastewater networks in Lebanon. MATERIALS & METHODS: Pulsed-field gel electrophoresis, multilocus sequence typing and antibiotic resistance genes typing were performed. RESULTS: 53.1% of isolates recovered from Al-Qaa refugee camp were positive for the tested resistant determinants compared with 49...
January 2018: Future Microbiology
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