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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212413/scarless-deletion-of-up-to-seven-methyl-accepting-chemotaxis-genes-with-an-optimized-method-highlights-key-function-of-chem-in-salmonella-typhimurium
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Stefanie Hoffmann, Christiane Schmidt, Steffi Walter, Jennifer K Bender, Roman G Gerlach
Site-directed scarless mutagenesis is an essential tool of modern pathogenesis research. We describe an optimized two-step protocol for genome editing in Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium to enable multiple sequential mutagenesis steps in a single strain. The system is based on the λ Red recombinase-catalyzed integration of a selectable antibiotics resistance marker followed by replacement of this cassette. Markerless mutants are selected by expressing the meganuclease I-SceI which induces double-strand breaks in bacteria still harboring the resistance locus...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211474/dissection-of-genomic-features-and-variations-of-three-pathotypes-of-puccinia-striiformis-through-whole-genome-sequencing
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Kanti Kiran, Hukam C Rawal, Himanshu Dubey, R Jaswal, Subhash C Bhardwaj, P Prasad, Dharam Pal, B N Devanna, Tilak R Sharma
Stripe rust of wheat, caused by Puccinia striiformis f. sp. tritici, is one of the important diseases of wheat. We used NGS technologies to generate a draft genome sequence of two highly virulent (46S 119 and 31) and a least virulent (K) pathotypes of P. striiformis from the Indian subcontinent. We generated ~24,000-32,000 sequence contigs (N50;7.4-9.2 kb), which accounted for ~86X-105X sequence depth coverage with an estimated genome size of these pathotypes ranging from 66.2-70.2 Mb. A genome-wide analysis revealed that pathotype 46S 119 might be highly evolved among the three pathotypes in terms of year of detection and prevalence...
February 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210247/genome-insight-and-comparative-pathogenomic-analysis-of-nesterenkonia-jeotgali-strain-cd08_7-isolated-from-duodenal-mucosa-of-celiac-disease-patient
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Atul M Chander, Ramesan G Nair, Gurwinder Kaur, Rakesh Kochhar, Devinder K Dhawan, Sanjay K Bhadada, Shanmugam Mayilraj
Species of the genus Nesterenkonia have been isolated from different ecological niches, especially from saline habitats and reported as weak human pathogens causing asymptomatic bacteraemia. Here, for the first time we are reporting the genome sequence and pathogenomic analysis of a strain designated as CD08_7 isolated from the duodenal mucosa of a celiac disease patient, identified as Nesterenkonia jeotgali. To date, only five strains of the genus Nesterenkonia (N. massiliensis strain NP1(T), Nesterenkonia sp...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207789/carbapenem-resistance-and-pathogenicity-of-bovine-acinetobacter-indicus-like-isolates
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Peter Klotz, Stephan Göttig, Ursula Leidner, Torsten Semmler, Sandra Scheufen, Christa Ewers
The objective of this study was to characterize blaOXA-23 harbouring Acinetobacter indicus-like strains from cattle including genomic and phylogenetic analyses, antimicrobial susceptibility testing and evaluation of pathogenicity in vitro and in vivo. Nasal and rectal swabs (n = 45) from cattle in Germany were screened for carbapenem-non-susceptible Acinetobacter spp. Thereby, two carbapenem resistant Acinetobacter spp. from the nasal cavities of two calves could be isolated. MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry and 16S rDNA sequencing identified these isolates as A...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205635/deciphering-the-distance-to-antibiotic-resistance-for-the-pneumococcus-using-genome-sequencing-data
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Fredrick M Mobegi, Amelieke J H Cremers, Marien I de Jonge, Stephen D Bentley, Sacha A F T van Hijum, Aldert Zomer
Advances in genome sequencing technologies and genome-wide association studies (GWAS) have provided unprecedented insights into the molecular basis of microbial phenotypes and enabled the identification of the underlying genetic variants in real populations. However, utilization of genome sequencing in clinical phenotyping of bacteria is challenging due to the lack of reliable and accurate approaches. Here, we report a method for predicting microbial resistance patterns using genome sequencing data. We analyzed whole genome sequences of 1,680 Streptococcus pneumoniae isolates from four independent populations using GWAS and identified probable hotspots of genetic variation which correlate with phenotypes of resistance to essential classes of antibiotics...
February 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202802/multi-laboratory-survey-to-evaluate-salmonella-prevalence-in-diarrheic-and-non-diarrheic-dogs-and-cats-in-the-usa-between-2012-and-2014
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Renate Reimschuessel, Michael Grabenstein, Jake Guag, Sarah M Nemser, Kyunghee Song, Junshan Qiu, Kristin A Clothier, Barbara A Byrne, Stanley L Marks, Kyran Cadmus, Kristy Pabilonia, Susan Sanchez, Sreekumari Rajeev, Steve Ensley, Timothy S Frana, Albert E Jergens, Kimberly H Chappell, Siddhartha Thakur, Beverly Byrum, Jing Cui, Yan Zhang, Matthew M Erdman, Shelley C Rankin, Russell Daly, Seema Das, Laura Ruesch, Sara D Lawhon, Shuping Zhang, Timothy Baszler, Dubraska Diaz-Campos, Faye Hartmann, Ogi Okwumabua
Eleven laboratories collaborated to determine the periodic prevalence of Salmonella in a population of dogs and cats in the USA visiting veterinary clinics. Fecal samples (2965) solicited from 11 geographically dispersed veterinary testing laboratories were collected in 36 states between January 2012 and April 2014 and tested using a harmonized method. The overall study prevalence of Salmonella in cats (3 of 542) was <1%. Prevalence in dogs (60 of 2422) was 2.5%. Diarrhea was present in only 55% of positive dogs; however 3...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28201993/structure-and-variation-of-crispr-and-crispr-flanking-regions-in-deleted-direct-repeat-region-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-complex-strains
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Paul Jeffrey Freidlin, Israel Nissan, Anna Luria, Drora Goldblatt, Lana Schaffer, Hasia Kaidar-Shwartz, Daniel Chemtob, Zeev Dveyrin, Steven Robert Head, Efrat Rorman
BACKGROUND: CRISPR and CRISPR-flanking genomic regions are important for molecular epidemiology of Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex (MTBC) strains, and potentially for adaptive immunity to phage and plasmid DNA, and endogenous roles in the bacterium. Genotyping in the Israel National Mycobacterium Reference Center Tel-Aviv of over 1500 MTBC strains from 2008-2013 showed three strains with validated negative 43-spacer spoligotypes, that is, with putatively deleted direct repeat regions (deleted-DR/CRISPR regions)...
February 15, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199897/real-world-utility-of-whole-exome-sequencing-with-targeted-gene-analysis-for-focal-epilepsy
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Piero Perucca, Ingrid E Scheffer, A Simon Harvey, Paul A James, Sebastian Lunke, Natalie Thorne, Clara Gaff, Brigid M Regan, John A Damiano, Michael S Hildebrand, Samuel F Berkovic, Terence J O'Brien, Patrick Kwan
OBJECTIVE: Driven by advances in genomic technology and reduction in costs, next-generation sequencing (NGS) is venturing into routine clinical care. The 'real-world' clinical utility of NGS remains to be determined in focal epilepsies, which account for 60% of all epilepsies and for which the importance of genetic factors is just beginning to emerge. We investigated the diagnostic yield and management implications of whole exome sequencing (WES)-based screening of selected genes in the routine care of common focal epilepsies suspected to have a genetic basis...
February 7, 2017: Epilepsy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199135/extreme-trait-whole-genome-sequencing-identifies-ptpro-as-a-novel-candidate-gene-in-emphysema-with-severe-airflow-obstruction
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Josiah E Radder, Yingze Zhang, Alyssa D Gregory, Shibing Yu, Neil J Kelly, Joseph K Leader, Naftali Kaminski, Frank C Sciurba, Steven D Shapiro
RATIONALE: Genetic association studies in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) have primarily tested for association with common variants, the results of which explain only a portion of disease heritability. As rare variation is also likely to contribute to susceptibility, we employed whole genome sequencing (WGS) of subjects with clinically extreme phenotypes to identify genomic regions enriched for rare variation contributing to COPD susceptibility. OBJECTIVE: Identify regions of rare genetic variation contributing to emphysema with severe airflow obstruction Methods: We identified heavy smokers that were resistant (n=65) or susceptible (n=64) to emphysema with severe airflow obstruction in the Pittsburgh SCCOR cohort...
February 15, 2017: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196957/a-novel-small-molecule-inhibitor-of-the-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-demethylmenaquinone-methyltransferase-meng-is-bactericidal-to-both-growing-and-nutritionally-deprived-persister-cells
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Paridhi Sukheja, Pradeep Kumar, Nisha Mittal, Shao-Gang Li, Eric Singleton, Riccardo Russo, Alexander L Perryman, Riju Shrestha, Divya Awasthi, Seema Husain, Patricia Soteropoulos, Roman Brukh, Nancy Connell, Joel S Freundlich, David Alland
Active tuberculosis (TB) and latent Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection both require lengthy treatments to achieve durable cures. This problem has partly been attributable to the existence of nonreplicating M. tuberculosis "persisters" that are difficult to kill using conventional anti-TB treatments. Compounds that target the respiratory pathway have the potential to kill both replicating and persistent M. tuberculosis and shorten TB treatment, as this pathway is essential in both metabolic states. We developed a novel respiratory pathway-specific whole-cell screen to identify new respiration inhibitors...
February 14, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195652/identification-of-the-anti-mycobacterial-functional-properties-of-piperidinol-derivatives
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Collette S Guy, Esther Tichauer, Gemma L Kay, Daniel J Phillips, Trisha L Bailey, James Harrison, Christopher M Furze, Andrew D Millard, Matthew I Gibson, Mark J Pallen, Elizabeth Fullam
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Tuberculosis (TB) remains a major global health threat and is now the leading cause of death from a single infectious agent worldwide. The current TB drug regimen is inadequate and new anti-tubercular agents are urgently required to be able to successfully combat the increasing prevalence of drug-resistant TB. The purpose of this study was to investigate a piperidinol compound derivative that is highly active against the Mycobacterium tuberculosis bacillus. EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH: The antibacterial properties of the piperidinol compound and its corresponding bis-Mannich base analogue were evaluated against Mycobacterium smegmatis and Gram-negative organisms...
February 14, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193667/whole-genome-sequencing-of-a-large-panel-of-contemporary-neisseria-gonorrhoeae-clinical-isolates-indicates-that-a-wild-type-mtra-gene-is-common-implications-for-inducible-antimicrobial-resistance
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Eshaw Vidyaprakash, A Jeanine Abrams, William M Shafer, David L Trees
Previous studies (1) have shown that the expression of the mtrCDE efflux pump operon is inducible at the transcriptional level in gonococci during incubation in sub-lethal concentrations of the nonionic detergent Triton X-100, which along with antibiotics, bile salts, progesterone and antimicrobial peptides, is a substrate of the MtrCDE efflux pump (2).….
February 13, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191041/comparative-genomic-analysis-of-shiga-toxin-producing-and-non-shiga-toxin-producing-escherichia-coli-o157-isolated-from-outbreaks-in-korea
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Taesoo Kwon, Won Kim, Seung-Hak Cho
BACKGROUND: The Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) O157 strain NCCP15739 and non-STEC O157 strain NCCP15738 were isolated from outbreaks in Korea. We characterized NCCP15739 and NCCP15738 by genome sequencing and a comparative genomic analysis using two additional strains, E. coli K-12 substr. MG1655 and O157:H7 EDL933. RESULTS: Using the Illumina HiSeq 2000 platform and the RAST server, the whole genomes of NCCP15739 and NCCP15738 were obtained and annotated...
2017: Gut Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188180/a-population-genomics-approach-to-assessing-the-genetic-basis-of-within-host-microevolution-underlying-recurrent-cryptococcal-meningitis-infection
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Johanna Rhodes, Mathew A Beale, Mathieu Vanhove, Joseph N Jarvis, Shichina Kannambath, John A Simpson, Anthea Ryan, Graeme Meintjes, Thomas S Harrison, Matthew C Fisher, Tihana Bicanic
Recurrence of meningitis due to Cryptococcus neoformans after treatment causes substantial mortality in HIV/AIDS patients across sub-Saharan Africa. In order to determine whether recurrence occurred due to relapse of the original infecting isolate or reinfection with a different isolate weeks or months after initial treatment, we used whole-genome sequencing to assess the genetic basis of infection in 17 HIV-infected individuals with recurrent cryptococcal meningitis. Comparisons revealed a clonal relationship for 15 pairs of isolates recovered before and after recurrence showing relapse of the original infection...
February 10, 2017: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187198/two-stable-variants-of-burkholderia-pseudomallei-strain-mshr5848-express-broadly-divergent-in-vitro-phenotypes-associated-with-their-virulence-differences
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A A Shea, R C Bernhards, C K Cote, C J Chase, J W Koehler, C P Klimko, J T Ladner, D A Rozak, M J Wolcott, D P Fetterer, S J Kern, G I Koroleva, S P Lovett, G F Palacios, R G Toothman, J A Bozue, P L Worsham, S L Welkos
Burkholderia pseudomallei (Bp), the agent of melioidosis, causes disease ranging from acute and rapidly fatal to protracted and chronic. Bp is highly infectious by aerosol, can cause severe disease with nonspecific symptoms, and is naturally resistant to multiple antibiotics. However, no vaccine exists. Unlike many Bp strains, which exhibit random variability in traits such as colony morphology, Bp strain MSHR5848 exhibited two distinct and relatively stable colony morphologies on sheep blood agar plates: a smooth, glossy, pale yellow colony and a flat, rough, white colony...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187139/complete-genome-analysis-of-serratia-marcescens-rsc-14-a-plant-growth-promoting-bacterium-that-alleviates-cadmium-stress-in-host-plants
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Abdur Rahim Khan, Gun-Seok Park, Sajjad Asaf, Sung-Jun Hong, Byung Kwon Jung, Jae-Ho Shin
Serratia marcescens RSC-14 is a Gram-negative bacterium that was previously isolated from the surface-sterilized roots of the Cd-hyperaccumulator Solanum nigrum. The strain stimulates plant growth and alleviates Cd stress in host plants. To investigate the genetic basis for these traits, the complete genome of RSC-14 was obtained by single-molecule real-time sequencing. The genome of S. marcescens RSC-14 comprised a 5.12-Mbp-long circular chromosome containing 4,593 predicted protein-coding genes, 22 rRNA genes, 88 tRNA genes, and 41 pseudogenes...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185561/optimized-pipeline-of-mutect-and-gatk-tools-to-improve-the-detection-of-somatic-single-nucleotide-polymorphisms-in-whole-exome-sequencing-data
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Ítalo Faria do Valle, Enrico Giampieri, Giorgia Simonetti, Antonella Padella, Marco Manfrini, Anna Ferrari, Cristina Papayannidis, Isabella Zironi, Marianna Garonzi, Simona Bernardi, Massimo Delledonne, Giovanni Martinelli, Daniel Remondini, Gastone Castellani
BACKGROUND: Detecting somatic mutations in whole exome sequencing data of cancer samples has become a popular approach for profiling cancer development, progression and chemotherapy resistance. Several studies have proposed software packages, filters and parametrizations. However, many research groups reported low concordance among different methods. We aimed to develop a pipeline which detects a wide range of single nucleotide mutations with high validation rates. We combined two standard tools - Genome Analysis Toolkit (GATK) and MuTect - to create the GATK-LODN method...
November 8, 2016: BMC Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179390/natural-genetic-variation-in-the-caenorhabditis-elegans-response-to-pseudomonas-aeruginosa
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Natalia Martin, Jogender Singh, Alejandro Aballay
Caenorhabditis elegans responds to pathogenic microorganisms by activating its innate immune system, which consists of physical barriers, behavioral responses, and microbial killing mechanisms. We examined whether natural variation plays a role in the response of C. elegans to Pseudomonas aeruginosa using two C. elegans strains that carry the same allele of npr-1, a gene that encodes a G-protein-coupled receptor related to mammalian neuropeptide Y receptors, but that differ in their genetic backgrounds. Strains carrying an allele for the NPR-1 215F isoform have been shown to exhibit lack of pathogen avoidance behavior and deficient immune response towards P...
February 7, 2017: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28177774/proteomics-analysis-of-latex-from-hevea-brasiliensis-clone-rrim-600
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Mohd Afiq Hazlami Habib, Chee Yuen Gan, Fazilah Othman, Nurul Nabilah Zainudin, Aishah Abdul Latiff, Mohd Nazri Ismail
The natural rubber latex extracted from the bark of Hevea brasiliensis plays various important roles in today's modern society. Following ultracentrifugation, the latex can be separated into 3 layers; C-serum, lutoids, and rubber particle. Previous studies showed that a large number of proteins were present inside these three layers. However, a complete proteome for this important plant is still unavailable. Protein sequences have been recently translated from the completed draft genome database of H. brasiliensis leading to the creation of annotated protein databases of H...
September 6, 2016: Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Biochimie et Biologie Cellulaire
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28174312/selective-whole-genome-amplification-is-a-robust-method-that-enables-scalable-whole-genome-sequencing-of-plasmodium-vivax-from-unprocessed-clinical-samples
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Annie N Cowell, Dorothy E Loy, Sesh A Sundararaman, Hugo Valdivia, Kathleen Fisch, Andres G Lescano, G Christian Baldeviano, Salomon Durand, Vince Gerbasi, Colin J Sutherland, Debbie Nolder, Joseph M Vinetz, Beatrice H Hahn, Elizabeth A Winzeler
: Whole-genome sequencing (WGS) of microbial pathogens from clinical samples is a highly sensitive tool used to gain a deeper understanding of the biology, epidemiology, and drug resistance mechanisms of many infections. However, WGS of organisms which exhibit low densities in their hosts is challenging due to high levels of host genomic DNA (gDNA), which leads to very low coverage of the microbial genome. WGS of Plasmodium vivax, the most widely distributed form of malaria, is especially difficult because of low parasite densities and the lack of an ex vivo culture system...
February 7, 2017: MBio
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