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BMC Infect Dis ; 18(1): 153, 2018 04 02.
Artículo en Inglés | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-29609530

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BACKGROUND: Characterization of the Mycobacterium leprae genome has made possible the development of Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) systems that can amplify different genomic regions. Increased reliability and technical efficiency of quantitative PCR (qPCR) makes it a promising tool for early diagnosis of leprosy. Index cases that are multibacillary spread the bacillus silently, even before they are clinically diagnosed. Early detection and treatment could prevent transmission in endemic areas. METHODS: In this study, the qPCR technique is used to detect DNA of M. leprae in samples of slit skin smears (SSS) of the ear lobe and blood of leprosy patients and their asymptomatic household contacts residing in Governador Valadares, MG, Brazil, a hyperendemic area for leprosy. A total of 164 subjects participated in the study: 43 index cases, 113 household contacts, and, as negative controls, 8 individuals who reported no contact with patients nor history of leprosy in the family. The qPCR was performed to amplify 16S rRNA fragments and was specifically designed for M. leprae. RESULTS: Of asymptomatic household contacts, 23.89% showed bacillary DNA by qPCR in samples of SSS and blood. Also, 48.84% of patients diagnosed with leprosy were positive for qPCR while the bacillary load was positive in only 30.23% of patients. It is important to note that most patients were already receiving treatment when the collection of biological material for qPCR was performed. The level of bacillary DNA from household contacts was similar to the DNA levels detected in the group of paucibacillary patients. CONCLUSION: Considering that household contacts comprise a recognizable group of individuals with a high risk of disease, as they live in close proximity to a source of infection, qPCR can be used to estimate the risk of progress towards leprosy among household contacts and as a routine screening method for a chemoprophylactic protocol.


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Infecciones Asintomáticas/epidemiología , ADN Bacteriano/aislamiento & purificación , Composición Familiar , Lepra/epidemiología , Mycobacterium leprae/genética , Adulto , Brasil/epidemiología , Trazado de Contacto/métodos , Femenino , Humanos , Lepra/diagnóstico , Lepra/transmisión , Masculino , Mycobacterium leprae/aislamiento & purificación , Prevalencia , ARN Ribosómico 16S/análisis , Reacción en Cadena en Tiempo Real de la Polimerasa , Reproducibilidad de los Resultados
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Proteomics ; 6(5): 1495-511, 2006 Mar.
Artículo en Inglés | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-16447160

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A proteomic analysis of a wild-type and of a phoB mutant showed that Vibrio cholerae expresses genes of two major regulons in response to phosphate starvation. The Pho regulon, expressed by the wild-type, allowed the cells to adapt to the new environment. Induction of the general stress regulon was mainly observed in the phoB mutant as a strategy to resist stress and survive. Some functions of the adaptative and survival responses play roles in the pathogenicity of the bacteria. Among the members of the Pho regulon, we found a porin described as an important factor for the intestinal colonisation. Other functions not obviously related to phosphate metabolism, expressed preferentially by the wild-type cells, have also been implicated in virulence. These findings might explain the lack of virulence of the phoB mutant. The Pho regulon picture of V. cholerae, however, will not be complete until minor members and membrane proteins are identified. Among the phosphate-starvation induced genes we have found 13 hypothetical ones and for some of them functions have been assigned. The majority of the genes identified here have not been described before, thus they could be used to expand the proteomic reference map of V. cholerae El Tor.


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Adaptación Fisiológica , Proteínas Bacterianas/metabolismo , Fosfatos/metabolismo , Proteoma/análisis , Regulón , Vibrio cholerae O1/fisiología , Secuencia de Aminoácidos , Proteínas Bacterianas/química , Proteínas Bacterianas/genética , Secuencia de Bases , Electroforesis en Gel Bidimensional , Datos de Secuencia Molecular , Operón , Vibrio cholerae O1/genética , Vibrio cholerae O1/patogenicidad
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