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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342270/whole-genome-analysis-reveals-the-evolution-and-transmission-of-an-mdr-dh-nap11-106-clostridium-difficile-clone-in-a-paediatric-hospital
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Larry K Kociolek, Egon A Ozer, Dale N Gerding, David W Hecht, Sameer J Patel, Alan R Hauser
Background: Clostridium difficile strain DH/NAP11/106, a relatively antibiotic-susceptible strain, is now the most common cause of C. difficile infection (CDI) among adults in the USA. Objectives: To identify mechanisms underlying the evolution and transmission of an MDR DH/NAP11/106 clone. Methods: WGS (Illumina MiSeq), restriction endonuclease analysis (REA) and antibiotic susceptibility testing were performed on 134 C. difficile isolates collected from paediatric patients with CDI over a 2 year period...
January 12, 2018: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342181/optimization-of-mneongreen-for-homo-sapiens-increases-its-fluorescent-intensity-in-mammalian-cells
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Emiko Tanida-Miyake, Masato Koike, Yasuo Uchiyama, Isei Tanida
Green fluorescent protein (GFP) is tremendously useful for investigating many cellular and intracellular events. The monomeric GFP mNeonGreen is about 3- to 5-times brighter than GFP and monomeric enhanced GFP and shows high photostability. The maturation half-time of mNeonGreen is about 3-fold faster than that of monomeric enhanced GFP. However, the cDNA sequence encoding mNeonGreen contains some codons that are rarely used in Homo sapiens. For better expression of mNeonGreen in human cells, we synthesized a human-optimized cDNA encoding mNeonGreen and generated an expression plasmid for humanized mNeonGreen under the control of the cytomegalovirus promoter...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341430/tuberculosis-vaccines-opportunities-and-challenges
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Bingdong Zhu, Hazel M Dockrell, Tom H M Ottenhoff, Thomas G Evans, Ying Zhang
Tuberculosis (TB) is a serious disease around the world. Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) is the only TB vaccine licensed for use in human beings, and is effective in protecting infants and children against severe miliary and meningeal TB. However, BCG's protective efficacy is variable in adults. Novel TB vaccine candidates being developed include whole-cell vaccines (recombinant BCG (rBCG), attenuated Mycobacterium tuberculosis, killed M. tuberculosis or Mycobacterium vaccae), adjuvanted protein subunit vaccines, viral vector-delivered subunit vaccines, plasmid DNA vaccines, RNA-based vaccines etc...
January 17, 2018: Respirology: Official Journal of the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341305/plasmid-templated-control-of-dna-cyclodextrin-nanoparticle-morphology-through-molecular-vector-design-for-effective-gene-delivery
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Laura Gallego-Yerga, Juan M Benito, Laura Blanco-Fernández, María Martínez-Negro, Itziar Vélaz, Emilio Aicart, Elena Junquera, Carmen Ortiz Mellet, Conchita Tros de Ilarduya, Jose M Garcia Fernandez
Engineering self-assembled superstructures through complexation of plasmid DNA (pDNA) and single-isomer nanometric size macromolecules (molecular nanoparticles) is a promising strategy for gene delivery. Notably, the functionality and overall architecture of the vector can be precisely moulded at the atomic level by chemical tailoring, enabling unprecedented opportunities for structure/self-assembling/pDNA delivery relationship studies. Beyond this notion, by judiciously preorganizing the functional elements in cyclodextrin (CD)-based molecular nanoparticles through covalent dimerization, here we demonstrate that the morphology of the resulting nanocomplexes (CDplexes) can be tuned, from spherical to ellipsoidal, rod-type or worm-like nanoparticles, which makes it possible to gain understanding of their shape-dependent transfection properties...
January 17, 2018: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341217/acetoacetate-and-ethyl-acetoacetate-as-novel-inhibitors-of-bacterial-biofilm
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S M Horne, M Schroeder, J Murphy, B M Prüβ
Acetoacetate (AAA) was identified as a biofilm inhibitor in a previous study, where the effect of 190 carbon and nitrogen sources on biofilm amounts by Escherichia coli O157:H7 was determined. With this study, we tested the effect of AAA on growth and biofilm amounts of Cronobacter sakazakii, Serratia marcescens, and Yersinia enterocolitica. AAA reduced growth and biofilm amounts of the three pathogens, albeit at rather high concentrations of 10 to 35 mg ml-1 . AAA at a concentration of 5 mg ml-1 reduced Y...
January 16, 2018: Letters in Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340602/emergence-of-blactx-m-55-associated-with-fosa-rmtb-and-mcr-gene-variants-in-escherichia-coli-from-various-animal-species-in-france
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Agnese Lupo, Estelle Saras, Jean-Yves Madec, Marisa Haenni
Objectives: In Asian countries, blaCTX-M-55 is the second most common ESBL-encoding gene. blaCTX-M-55 frequently co-localizes with fosA and rmtB genes on epidemic plasmids, which remain sporadic outside Asia. During 2010-13, we investigated CTX-M-55-producing Escherichia coli isolates and their co-resistance to fosfomycin, aminoglycosides, fluoroquinolones and colistin as part of a global survey of ESBLs in animals in France. Methods: blaCTX-M-55, fosA, rmtB and plasmidic quinolone and colistin resistance genes were characterized by PCR, sequencing and hybridization experiments...
January 10, 2018: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340588/antimicrobial-resistant-klebsiella-pneumoniae-carriage-and-infection-in-specialized-geriatric-care-wards-linked-to-acquisition-in-the-referring-hospital
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Claire L Gorrie, Mirjana Mirceta, Ryan R Wick, Louise M Judd, Kelly L Wyres, Nicholas R Thomson, Richard A Strugnell, Nigel F Pratt, Jill S Garlick, Kerrie M Watson, Peter C Hunter, Steve A McGloughlin, Denis W Spelman, Adam W J Jenney, Kathryn E Holt
Background: Klebsiella pneumoniae is a leading cause of extended-spectrum beta-lactamase (ESBL) producing hospital-associated infections, for which elderly patients are at increased risk. Methods: We conducted a 1-year prospective cohort study, in which a third of patients admitted to two geriatric wards in a specialized hospital were recruited and screened for carriage of K. pneumoniae by microbiological culture. Clinical isolates were monitored via the hospital laboratory...
January 11, 2018: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339719/mir-181a-5p-suppresses-invasion-and-migration-of-htr-8-svneo-cells-by-directly-targeting-igf2bp2
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Liang Wu, Wen-Yan Song, Ya Xie, Lin-Li Hu, Xiao-Man Hou, Rui Wang, Yang Gao, Jing-Na Zhang, Le Zhang, Wei-Wei Li, Cheng Zhu, Zhi-Ying Gao, Ying-Pu Sun
Pre-eclampsia is a pregnancy-related disease that may cause maternal, neonatal and fetal morbidity and mortality and exists in 3-5% of pregnancies worldwide. The discovery of dysregulated microRNAs and their roles in placental development has provided a new avenue for elucidating the mechanism involved in this pregnancy-specific disorder. Here, the roles of human miR-181a-5p, a microRNA that is increased in both the plasma and placenta of severe pre-eclamptic patients, in invasion and migration of trophoblasts were investigated...
January 16, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339715/caveolin-1-inhibits-proliferation-migration-and-invasion-of-human-colorectal-cancer-cells-by-suppressing-phosphorylation-of-epidermal-growth-factor-receptor
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Juanli Yang, Tienian Zhu, Ruijing Zhao, Dongmei Gao, Yujie Cui, Kun Wang, Yanli Guo
BACKGROUND Although downregulation of caveolin-1 (Cav-1), which is a key constituent of membrane caveolae and a regulator of cellular processes, is associated with colorectal cancer (CRC), its involvement in the disease progression is largely unknown. This study aimed to explore the role of Cav-1 in CRC and the associated mechanisms. MATERIAL AND METHODS Fresh tissues from patients with CRC and human CRC SW480 cells were used to evaluate Cav-1 and Ki-67 expression using immunohistochemistry and Western blotting...
January 17, 2018: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339424/clostridium-sordellii-pathogenicity-locus-plasmid-pcs1-1-encodes-a-novel-clostridial-conjugation-locus
#10
Callum J Vidor, Thomas D Watts, Vicki Adams, Dieter Bulach, Edward Couchman, Julian I Rood, Neil F Fairweather, Milena Awad, Dena Lyras
A major virulence factor in Clostridium sordellii-mediated infection is the toxin TcsL, which is encoded within a region of the genome called the pathogenicity locus (PaLoc). C. sordellii isolates carry the PaLoc on the pCS1 family of plasmids, of which there are four characterized members. Here, we determined the potential mobility of pCS1 plasmids and characterized a fifth unique pCS1 member. Using a derivative of the pCS1-1 plasmid from strain ATCC 9714 which had been marked with the ermB erythromycin resistance gene, conjugative transfer into a recipient C...
January 16, 2018: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339387/the-genetic-basis-of-emerging-vancomycin-linezolid-and-daptomycin-heteroresistance-in-a-case-of-persistent-enterococcus-faecium-bacteremia
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Kieran Chacko, Mitchell Sullivan, Colleen Beckford, Deena Altman, Brianne Ciferri, Theodore Pak, Robert Sebra, Andrew Kasarskis, Camille Hamula, Harm van Bakel
Whole-genome sequencing was used to examine a persistent E. faecium bacteremia that acquired heteroresistance to three antibiotics in response to prolonged multidrug therapy. Comparison of complete genomes before and after each change revealed the emergence of known resistance determinants for vancomycin and linezolid, and suggested that a novel mutation in fabF, encoding a fatty acid synthase, was responsible for daptomycin nonsusceptibility. Plasmid recombination contributed to progressive loss of vancomycin resistance after withdrawal of the drug...
January 16, 2018: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339383/new-shuttle-vectors-for-gene-cloning-and-expression-in-multidrug-resistant-acinetobacter-species
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Massimiliano Lucidi, Federica Runci, Giordano Rampioni, Emanuela Frangipani, Livia Leoni, Paolo Visca
Understanding bacterial pathogenesis requires adequate genetic tools to assess the role of individual virulence determinants by mutagenesis and complementation assays, as well as for homologous and heterologous expression of cloned genes. Our knowledge of Acinetobacter baumannii pathogenesis has so far been limited by the scarcity of genetic tools to manipulate multi drug resistant (MDR) epidemic strains which are responsible for most of infections. Here, we report the construction of new multi-purpose shuttle plasmids, namely pVRL1 and pVRL2, which can efficiently replicate in Acinetobacter sp...
January 16, 2018: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339296/silent-transmission-of-an-is1294b-deactivated-mcr-1-gene-with-inducible-colistin-resistance
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Kai Zhou, Qixia Luo, Qin Wang, Chen Huang, Haifeng Lu, Rossen W A John, Yonghong Xiao, Lanjuan Li
The global dissemination of the mobile colistin resistance mcr-1 is of special concern, as colistin is one of the last-resort antibiotics for the treatment of severe infections caused by carbapenem-resistant Gram-negative bacteria. Here, we characterized an inactive form of mcr-1 in a fluoroquinolone-resistant and colistin-susceptible uropathogenic Escherichia coli isolate (ECO3347). The mcr-1 gene was deactivated by the insertion of a 1.7-Kb IS1294b element flanked by two tetramers (GTTC), and located on a 62-Kb pHNSHP45-like plasmid (p3347-mcr-1)...
January 12, 2018: International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338757/a-rapid-high-resolution-method-for-resolving-dna-topoisomers
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Lesley A Mitchenall, Rachel E Hipkin, Michael M Piperakis, Nicolas P Burton, Anthony Maxwell
OBJECTIVE: Agarose gel electrophoresis has been the mainstay technique for the analysis of DNA samples of moderate size. In addition to separating linear DNA molecules, it can also resolve different topological forms of plasmid DNAs, an application useful for the analysis of the reactions of DNA topoisomerases. However, gel electrophoresis is an intrinsically low-throughput technique and suffers from other potential disadvantages. We describe the application of the QIAxcel Advanced System, a high-throughput capillary electrophoresis system, to separate DNA topoisomers, and compare this technique with gel electrophoresis...
January 16, 2018: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338433/in-vivo-ovarian-cancer-gene-therapy-using-crispr-cas9-system
#15
Zhi-Yao He, Ya-Guang Zhang, Yu-Han Yang, Cui-Cui Ma, Ping Wang, Wei Du, Ling Li, Rong Xiang, Xiang-Rong Song, Xia Zhao, Shaohua Yao, Yu-Quan Wei
CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing technology holds great promise for the field of human gene therapy. However, deficiency of safe and effective delivery systems restricts the biomedical application of CRISPR-Cas9 technique. Here, we use a folate receptor-targeted liposome (F-LP) to deliver a CRISPR plasmid DNA co-expressing Cas9 and single guide RNA targeting the DNA methyltransferase 1 (DNMT1) gene of ovarian cancer. F-LP binds CRISPR plasmid (gDNMT1) efficiently and the formed lipoplex (F-LP/gDNMT1) is stable and safe for injection...
January 16, 2018: Human Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337882/functional-analysis-of-promoters-from-three-subtypes-of-the-pi3k-family-and-their-roles-in-the-regulation-of-lipid-metabolism-by-insulin-in-yellow-catfish-pelteobagrus-fulvidraco
#16
Mei-Qin Zhuo, Zhi Luo, Yi-Huan Xu, Dan-Dan Li, Ya-Xiong Pan, Kun Wu
In the present study, the length of 360, 1848 and 367 bp sequences of promoters from three subtypes of PI3K family (PI3KCa, PI3KC2b and PI3KC3) of yellow catfish Pelteobagrus fulvidraco were cloned and characterized. Bioinformatics analysis revealed that PI3KCa, PI3KC2b and PI3KC3 had different structures in their core promoter regions. The promoter regions of PI3KCa and PI3KC2b had CpG islands but no CAAT and TATA box. In contrast, the promoter of PI3KC3 had the canonical TATA and CAAT box but no CpG island...
January 16, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336852/brazilian-species-of-calliandra-benth-tribe-ingeae-are-nodulated-by-diverse-strains-of-paraburkholderia
#17
Verônica Cordeiro Silva, Patricia Alves Casaes Alves, Mariana Ferreira Kruschewsky Rhem, José Miguel Ferreira Dos Santos, Euan K James, Eduardo Gross
The Chapada Diamantina in NE of Brazil is a biodiversity hotspot and a center of radiation for many Neotropical legume genera, such as Calliandra and Mimosa. The present study aimed to evaluate nodulation in Calliandra species endemic to various environments, and to characterize the diversity of their symbiotic rhizobia using housekeeping (16S rRNA, recA) and plasmid-borne, symbiosis-related (nifH and nodC) genes. The nodulation ability of selected isolates was assessed. All of the 126 bacterial isolates from 18 Calliandra species collected in six different vegetation types were identified as Paraburkholderia according to their housekeeping and symbiosis gene phylogenies...
January 5, 2018: Systematic and Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336259/p53-as-the-focus-of-gene-therapy-past-present-and-future
#18
Joana Fa Valente, Joao A Queiroz, Fani Sousa
BACKGROUND: Several gene deviations can be responsible for triggering oncogenic processes. However, mutations in tumour suppressor genes are usually more associated to malignant diseases, being p53 one of the most affected and studied element. p53 is implicated in a number of known cellular functions, including DNA damage repair, cell cycle arrest in G1/S and G2/M and apoptosis, being an interesting target for cancer treatment. OBJECTIVE: Considering these facts, the development of gene therapy approaches focused on p53 expression and regulation seems to be a promising strategy for cancer therapy...
January 15, 2018: Current Drug Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29335804/identification-of-a-functional-toxin-antitoxin-system-located-in-the-genomic-island-pyg1-of-piezophilic-hyperthermophilic-archaeon-pyrococcus-yayanosii
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Zhen Li, Qinghao Song, Yinzhao Wang, Xiang Xiao, Jun Xu
Toxin-antitoxin (TA) system is bacterial or archaeal genetic module consisting of toxin and antitoxin gene that be organized as a bicistronic operon. TA system could elicit programmed cell death, which is supposed to play important roles for the survival of prokaryotic population under various physiological stress conditions. The phage abortive infection system (AbiE family) belongs to bacterial type IV TA system. However, no archaeal AbiE family TA system has been reported so far. In this study, a putative AbiE TA system (PygAT), which is located in a genomic island PYG1 in the chromosome of Pyrococcus yayanosii CH1, was identified and characterized...
January 15, 2018: Extremophiles: Life Under Extreme Conditions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29335641/benefit-from-decline-the-primary-transcriptome-of-alteromonas-macleodii-str-te101-during-trichodesmium-demise
#20
Shengwei Hou, Mario López-Pérez, Ulrike Pfreundt, Natalia Belkin, Kurt Stüber, Bruno Huettel, Richard Reinhardt, Ilana Berman-Frank, Francisco Rodriguez-Valera, Wolfgang R Hess
Interactions between co-existing microorganisms deeply affect the physiology of the involved organisms and, ultimately, the function of the ecosystem as a whole. Copiotrophic Alteromonas are marine gammaproteobacteria that thrive during the late stages of phytoplankton blooms in the marine environment and in laboratory co-cultures with cyanobacteria such as Trichodesmium. The response of this heterotroph to the sometimes rapid and transient changes in nutrient supply when the phototroph crashes is not well understood...
January 15, 2018: ISME Journal
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