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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 4947, 2020 10 02.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33009392

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Pseudomonas syringae is a Gram-negative and model pathogenic bacterium that causes plant diseases worldwide. Here, we set out to identify binding motifs for all 301 annotated transcription factors (TFs) of P. syringae using HT-SELEX. We successfully identify binding motifs for 100 TFs. We map functional interactions between the TFs and their targets in virulence-associated pathways, and validate many of these interactions and functions using additional methods such as ChIP-seq, electrophoretic mobility shift assay (EMSA), RT-qPCR, and reporter assays. Our work identifies 25 virulence-associated master regulators, 14 of which had not been characterized as TFs before.


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Proteínas de Bactérias/metabolismo , DNA Bacteriano/metabolismo , Pseudomonas syringae/metabolismo , Fatores de Transcrição/metabolismo , Sistemas de Secreção Bacterianos , Sítios de Ligação , Matrizes de Pontuação de Posição Específica , Ligação Proteica , Multimerização Proteica , Pseudomonas syringae/patogenicidade , Reprodutibilidade dos Testes , Técnica de Seleção de Aptâmeros , Virulência
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 4963, 2020 10 02.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33009406

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Bacterial nanotubes are membranous structures that have been reported to function as conduits between cells to exchange DNA, proteins, and nutrients. Here, we investigate the morphology and formation of bacterial nanotubes using Bacillus subtilis. We show that nanotube formation is associated with stress conditions, and is highly sensitive to the cells' genetic background, growth phase, and sample preparation methods. Remarkably, nanotubes appear to be extruded exclusively from dying cells, likely as a result of biophysical forces. Their emergence is extremely fast, occurring within seconds by cannibalizing the cell membrane. Subsequent experiments reveal that cell-to-cell transfer of non-conjugative plasmids depends strictly on the competence system of the cell, and not on nanotube formation. Our study thus supports the notion that bacterial nanotubes are a post mortem phenomenon involved in cell disintegration, and are unlikely to be involved in cytoplasmic content exchange between live cells.


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Bacillus subtilis/citologia , Bacillus subtilis/metabolismo , Viabilidade Microbiana , Nanotubos/química , Bacillus subtilis/genética , Bacillus subtilis/ultraestrutura , Conjugação Genética , DNA Bacteriano/genética , Plasmídeos/genética
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Discov Med ; 29(157): 129-137, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33002409

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Sepsis is a life-threatening clinical condition demanding accurate and rapid diagnosis of the culprit pathogen, thereby to improve prognosis. Pathogen determination through blood culture is the gold standard for diagnosis but has limitations due to low sensitivity. Recently, circulating DNAs derived from pathogenic organisms were found in the plasma of patients with sepsis and were further proved to be more sensitive biomarkers for the diagnosis of the pathogen origin in sepsis. However, the fundamental molecular characteristics of circulating DNA in patients with sepsis remain unclear. Here, we used specific PCR and Sanger sequencing to verify the microbiology culture results via the corresponding plasma circulating DNA. We analyzed the composition and molecular characteristics of circulating DNA in septic patients using next-generation sequencing technology. We showed the presence of pathogen-derived circulating DNA in the plasma of patients with sepsis. The sizes of circulating DNA fragments derived from pathogenic bacteria showed a skewed unimodal distribution, while those derived from host cells showed a normal unimodal distribution. Lengths of fragments at peak concentration for both origins ranged from 150 bp to 200 bp, and reads mapping to pathogenic bacteria genome distributed uniformly on the reference. Our findings have improved our understanding of microbial circulating DNA in patients with sepsis as a potential methodology for the accurate diagnosis of sepsis, especially in light of an urgent need for such a diagnosis associated with the COVID-19 infection.


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Infecções Bacterianas/microbiologia , Ácidos Nucleicos Livres/sangue , DNA Bacteriano/sangue , Sepse/microbiologia , Adulto , Idoso , Infecções Bacterianas/complicações , Infecções Bacterianas/diagnóstico , Betacoronavirus , Ácidos Nucleicos Livres/análise , Técnicas de Laboratório Clínico , Infecções por Coronavirus/diagnóstico , Técnicas de Cultura , DNA Bacteriano/análise , Feminino , Sequenciamento de Nucleotídeos em Larga Escala , Humanos , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Neoplasias/complicações , Pandemias , Pneumonia Viral , Reação em Cadeia da Polimerase , Sepse/complicações , Sepse/diagnóstico , Análise de Sequência de DNA
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Korean J Parasitol ; 58(4): 445-450, 2020 Aug.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32871638

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Trombiculid "chigger" mites (Acari) are ectoparasites that feed blood on rodents and another animals. A crosssectional survey was conducted in 7 ecosystems of southern Vietnam from 2015 to 2016. Chigger mites were identified with morphological characteristics and assayed by polymerase chain reaction for detection of rickettsiaceae. Overall chigger infestation among rodents was 23.38%. The chigger index among infested rodents was 19.37 and a mean abundance of 4.61. A total of 2,770 chigger mites were identified belonging to 6 species, 3 genera, and 1 family, and pooled into 141 pools (10-20 chiggers per pool). Two pools (1.4%) of the chiggers were positive for Orientia tsutsugamushi. Ricketsia spp. was not detected in any pools of chiggers. Further studies are needed including a larger number and diverse hosts, and environmental factors to assess scrub typhus.


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Orientia tsutsugamushi/isolamento & purificação , Roedores/parasitologia , Trombiculidae/microbiologia , Animais , Estudos Transversais , DNA Bacteriano/genética , Orientia tsutsugamushi/genética , Reação em Cadeia da Polimerase/métodos , Tifo por Ácaros/microbiologia , Trombiculidae/genética , Vietnã
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Adv Exp Med Biol ; 1267: 45-58, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32894476

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In this chapter, we will focus on ParABS: an apparently simple, three-component system, required for the segregation of bacterial chromosomes and plasmids. We will specifically describe how biophysical measurements combined with physical modeling advanced our understanding of the mechanism of ParABS-mediated complex assembly, segregation and positioning.


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Proteínas de Bactérias/metabolismo , Segregação de Cromossomos , Cromossomos Bacterianos/metabolismo , Posicionamento Cromossômico , DNA Bacteriano/metabolismo , Plasmídeos/metabolismo
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Nan Fang Yi Ke Da Xue Xue Bao ; 40(7): 949-957, 2020 Jul 30.
Artigo em Chinês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32895147

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OBJECTIVE: To investigate changes in intestinal flora in patients with primary Sj?gren syndrome (pSS) and explore the relationship between pSS disease activity and intestinal flora structure. METHODS: Fecal samples were collected from 18 female pSS patients, including 9 patients with active disease (group A) and 9 with disease inactivity or low activity (group B), with 10 healthy subjects as the control group. The total bacterial DNA was extracted from the fecal samples for PCR amplification, and Illumina Hiseq 2500 high-throughput sequencing was performed for the v3-v4 region of 16Sr DNA gene to obtain the biological information of the intestinal flora. The intergroup OTU analysis, structural diversity analysis, significant difference analysis and LEFSE analysis were performed with information mining of the literature think tanks. RESULTS: The dilution curves generated based on the OTUshannon index for analysis of sample complexity showed that the measured data were relatively complete and could reflect the diversity of the microorganisms in the subjects. Analysis of the Alpha diversity index showed that the Shannon index differed significantly between group A and group B, and the Simpson index differed significantly between group A and group B and between group A and the control group (P < 0.05). Sequence analysis the 3 groups all consisted mainly of 4 phylum (Firmicutes, Bacteroidetes, Actinobacteria, showed that the intestinal flora in and proteobacteria) and 4 genera (finegoldia, Prevotella, Streptococcus, and Corynebacterium_1), all showing no significant differences among the 3 groups (P > 0.05) with the exception of Streptococcus genus, which differed significantly among the 3 groups (P < 0.05). The 16S v3-v4 region in the genus Alloscardovia, Bacteroides, Barnesiella, Butyricicoccus, Facklamia, Faecalibacterium, Lachnospiraceae_FCS020_group, Lachnospiraceae_ND3007_group, Lachnospiraceae_UCG-001, Lachnospirace, Lachnospirace, Ruminococcaceae_UCG-002, Streptococcus and Coprococcus_1 differed significantly among the 3 groups (P < 0.05). The high-dimensional biometrics and genomic characteristics of the intestinal microorganisms differed significantly among the 3 groups (P < 0.05). According to the size of LDA SCORE (effect size), the core flora in group A included the genera Barnesiellaccae, Aerococcaceae, Family-XIII, Bacteroidaceae, Lachnospiraceae_UCG-001, Barnesiella, Facklamia, Alloscardovia, Faecalibacterium and Bacteroides, as compared with the genera Streptococcaceae, Streptococcus, Coprococcus_1, Ruminococcaceae_ucg-002, Lachnospiraceae_FCS020_group, Lachnospiraceae_ucg-004, Lachnospiraceae_ND3007_group, Lachnospiraceae_ucg-008 and Butyricicoccus in the control group. CONCLUSIONS: Patients with pSS have significant changes in the diversity of intestinal flora, especially in some specific bacteria in Streptococcu genus and in 16S v3-v4 region of the bacteria. The differences in the core bacteria in the intestinal flora of pSS patients suggest the role of flora structure changes in the pathogenesis of pSS.


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Microbioma Gastrointestinal , Síndrome de Sjogren , Bactérias , DNA Bacteriano , Fezes , Feminino , Humanos , RNA Ribossômico 16S
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 4379, 2020 09 01.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32873785

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The gut microbiome harbors a 'silent reservoir' of antibiotic resistance (AR) genes that is thought to contribute to the emergence of multidrug-resistant pathogens through horizontal gene transfer (HGT). To counteract the spread of AR, it is paramount to know which organisms harbor mobile AR genes and which organisms engage in HGT. Despite methods that characterize the overall abundance of AR genes in the gut, technological limitations of short-read sequencing have precluded linking bacterial taxa to specific mobile genetic elements (MGEs) encoding AR genes. Here, we apply Hi-C, a high-throughput, culture-independent method, to surveil the bacterial carriage of MGEs. We compare two healthy individuals with seven neutropenic patients undergoing hematopoietic stem cell transplantation, who receive multiple courses of antibiotics, and are acutely vulnerable to the threat of multidrug-resistant infections. We find distinct networks of HGT across individuals, though AR and mobile genes are associated with more diverse taxa within the neutropenic patients than the healthy subjects. Our data further suggest that HGT occurs frequently over a several-week period in both cohorts. Whereas most efforts to understand the spread of AR genes have focused on pathogenic species, our findings shed light on the role of the human gut microbiome in this process.


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Antibacterianos/farmacologia , Farmacorresistência Bacteriana/genética , Microbioma Gastrointestinal/genética , Transferência Genética Horizontal , Genes Bacterianos/efeitos dos fármacos , Adulto , Idoso , Antibacterianos/uso terapêutico , DNA Bacteriano/genética , DNA Bacteriano/isolamento & purificação , Microbioma Gastrointestinal/efeitos dos fármacos , Sequenciamento de Nucleotídeos em Larga Escala , Humanos , Sequências Repetitivas Dispersas/efeitos dos fármacos , Pessoa de Meia-Idade
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BMC Infect Dis ; 20(1): 657, 2020 Sep 07.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32894079

RESUMO

BACKGROUND: Tuberculosis is still a significant diagnostic and therapeutic challenge with high proportion of smear- and culture- negative incidences worldwide. The conventional diagnostic tests are time-consuming and have a low sensitivity. Digital PCR is a novel technology which can detect target sequences with relatively low abundance and obtain the absolute copy numbers of the targets. METHODS: We assessed the accuracy of dPCR in TB diagnosis using more than 250 specimens, and for the first time, we selected M.tuberculosis-specific IS1081 in addition to widely used IS6110 as the amplification targets for dPCR. The quantification of target DNA was calculated using QuantaSoft Version 1.7.4.0917 (BioRad), and SPSS version 13.0 software (SPSS Inc., Chicago, IL, USA) was used for statistical analyses. RESULTS: IS6110-dPCR was more sensitive than IS1081, with the sensitivity and specificity accounting for 40.6 and 93.4% respectively. When we classified the TB patients by personal factors for high copy number of M.tuberculosis derived DNA in plasma: bilateral TB, extrapulmonary TB and disseminated TB, the sensitivity of both IS6110- and IS1081- dPCR was the highest in patients with disseminated TB (IS6110, 100%; IS1081, 68.8%), while their sensitivity was a bit higher in patients with extrapulmonary TB (IS6110, 50.0%; IS1081, 39.3%) than that in bilateral TB (IS6110, 43.3%; IS1081, 33.3%). Compared with traditional TB diagnostic tests, joint detection IS6110 & IS1081-dPCR was not as sensitive as smear microscope or mycobacterial culture, but it was higher than IS6110 qPCR (p < 0.05) and was able to detect 47.4% of smear-negative TB patients. CONCLUSION: Our study suggested that plasma IS6110-dPCR is a rapid, moderate accurate and less-invasive method to detect M.tuberculosis DNA in plasma of TB patients and IS6110 & IS1081-dPCR has a potential to aid diagnosis of smear-negative TB.


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Elementos de DNA Transponíveis/genética , DNA Bacteriano/genética , Mycobacterium tuberculosis/genética , Reação em Cadeia da Polimerase em Tempo Real/métodos , Tuberculose Pulmonar/diagnóstico , Adolescente , Adulto , Idoso , DNA Bacteriano/sangue , Confiabilidade dos Dados , Feminino , Humanos , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Sensibilidade e Especificidade , Adulto Jovem
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PLoS Comput Biol ; 16(9): e1008108, 2020 09.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32898133

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Existing models for assessing microbiome sequencing such as operational taxonomic units (OTUs) can only test predictors' effects on OTUs. There is limited work on how to estimate the correlations between multiple OTUs and incorporate such relationship into models to evaluate longitudinal OTU measures. We propose a novel approach to estimate OTU correlations based on their taxonomic structure, and apply such correlation structure in Generalized Estimating Equations (GEE) models to estimate both predictors' effects and OTU correlations. We develop a two-part Microbiome Taxonomic Longitudinal Correlation (MTLC) model for multivariate zero-inflated OTU outcomes based on the GEE framework. In addition, longitudinal and other types of repeated OTU measures are integrated in the MTLC model. Extensive simulations have been conducted to evaluate the performance of the MTLC method. Compared with the existing methods, the MTLC method shows robust and consistent estimation, and improved statistical power for testing predictors' effects. Lastly we demonstrate our proposed method by implementing it into a real human microbiome study to evaluate the obesity on twins.


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Biologia Computacional/métodos , DNA Bacteriano , Microbioma Gastrointestinal/genética , Modelos Estatísticos , Análise de Sequência de DNA/métodos , DNA Bacteriano/classificação , DNA Bacteriano/genética , Bases de Dados Genéticas , Humanos
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PLoS One ; 15(8): e0237748, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32866195

RESUMO

Soil microbiota are considered a source of undiscovered bioactive compounds, yet cultivation of most bacteria within a sample remains generally unsuccessful. Two main reasons behind the unculturability of bacteria are the presence of cells in a viable but not culturable state (such as dormant cells) and the failure to provide the necessary growth requirements in vitro (leading to the classification of some bacterial taxa as yet-to-be-cultured). The present work focuses on the development of a single procedure that helps distinguish between both phenomena of unculturability based on viability staining coupled with flow cytometry and fluorescence-activated cell sorting. In the selected soil sample, the success rate of cultured bacteria was doubled by selecting viable and metabolically active bacteria. It was determined that most of the uncultured fraction was not dormant or dead but likely required different growth conditions. It was also determined that the staining process introduced changes in the taxonomic composition of the outgrown bacterial biomass, which should be considered for further developments. This research shows the potential of flow cytometry and fluorescence-activated cell sorting applied to soil samples to improve the success rate of bacterial cultivation by estimating the proportion of dormant and yet-to-be-cultured bacteria and by directly excluding dormant cells from being inoculated into growth media.


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Bactérias/crescimento & desenvolvimento , Técnicas Microbiológicas/métodos , Microbiota/fisiologia , Microbiologia do Solo , Bactérias/química , Bactérias/genética , Biomassa , Separação Celular/métodos , Meios de Cultura , DNA Bacteriano/isolamento & purificação , Estudos de Viabilidade , Citometria de Fluxo/métodos , Corantes Fluorescentes/química , Filogenia , RNA Ribossômico 16S/genética , Análise de Sequência de DNA , Coloração e Rotulagem/métodos
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BMC Infect Dis ; 20(1): 703, 2020 Sep 25.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32977759

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BACKGROUND: Treatment of gonorrhea is complicated by the development of antimicrobial resistance in Neisseria gonorrhoeae (GC) to the antibiotics recommended for treatment. Knowledge on types of plasmids and the antibiotic resistance genes they harbor is useful in monitoring the emergence and spread of bacterial antibiotic resistance. In Kenya, studies on gonococcal antimicrobial resistance are few and data on plasmid mediated drug resistance is limited. The present study characterizes plasmid mediated resistance in N. gonorrhoeae isolates recovered from Kenya between 2013 and 2018. METHODS: DNA was extracted from 36 sub-cultured GC isolates exhibiting varying drug resistance profiles. Whole genome sequencing was done on Illumina MiSeq platform and reads assembled de-novo using CLC Genomics Workbench. Genome annotation was performed using Rapid Annotation Subsystem Technology. Comparisons in identified antimicrobial resistance determinants were done using Bioedit sequence alignment editor. RESULTS: Twenty-four (66.7%) isolates had both ß-lactamase (TEM) and TetM encoding plasmids. 8.3% of the isolates lacked both TEM and TetM plasmids and had intermediate to susceptible penicillin and tetracycline MICs. Twenty-six (72%) isolates harbored TEM encoding plasmids. 25 of the TEM plasmids were of African type while one was an Asian type. Of the 36 isolates, 31 (86.1%) had TetM encoding plasmids, 30 of which harbored American TetM, whereas 1 carried a Dutch TetM. All analyzed isolates had non-mosaic penA alleles. All the isolates expressing TetM were tetracycline resistant (MIC> 1 mg/L) and had increased doxycycline MICs (up to 96 mg/L). All the isolates had S10 ribosomal protein V57M amino acid substitution associated with tetracycline resistance. No relation was observed between PenB and MtrR alterations and penicillin and tetracycline MICs. CONCLUSION: High-level gonococcal penicillin and tetracycline resistance in the sampled Kenyan regions was found to be mediated by plasmid borne blaTEM and tetM genes. While the African TEM plasmid, TEM1 and American TetM are the dominant genotypes, Asian TEM plasmid, a new TEM239 and Dutch TetM have emerged in the regions.


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Antibacterianos/uso terapêutico , Farmacorresistência Bacteriana Múltipla/genética , Gonorreia/tratamento farmacológico , Gonorreia/epidemiologia , Neisseria gonorrhoeae/genética , Penicilinas/uso terapêutico , Plasmídeos/genética , Resistência a Tetraciclina/genética , Tetraciclina/uso terapêutico , DNA Bacteriano/genética , Feminino , Genótipo , Gonorreia/microbiologia , Humanos , Quênia/epidemiologia , Masculino , Testes de Sensibilidade Microbiana , Neisseria gonorrhoeae/isolamento & purificação , Sequenciamento Completo do Genoma , beta-Lactamases/genética
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 4870, 2020 09 25.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32978384

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Little is known about the physiology of latent Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection. We studied the mutational rates of 24 index tuberculosis (TB) cases and their latently infected household contacts who developed active TB up to 5.25 years later, as an indication of bacterial physiological state and possible generation times during latent TB infection in humans. Here we report that the rate of new mutations in the M. tuberculosis genome decline dramatically after two years of latent infection (two-sided p < 0.001, assuming an 18 h generation time equal to log phase M. tuberculosis, with latency period modeled as a continuous variable). Alternatively, assuming a fixed mutation rate, the generation time increases over the latency duration. Mutations indicative of oxidative stress do not increase with increasing latency duration suggesting a lack of host or bacterial derived mutational stress. These results suggest that M. tuberculosis enters a quiescent state during latency, decreasing the risk for mutational drug resistance and increasing generation time, but potentially increasing bacterial tolerance to drugs that target actively growing bacteria.


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Tuberculose Latente/microbiologia , Taxa de Mutação , Mycobacterium tuberculosis/genética , Tuberculose/microbiologia , Adulto , Brasil , DNA Bacteriano/isolamento & purificação , Feminino , Genoma Bacteriano , Humanos , Masculino , Mutação , Mycobacterium tuberculosis/patogenicidade , Estresse Oxidativo , Filogenia , Polimorfismo de Nucleotídeo Único , Fatores de Tempo , Adulto Jovem
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BMC Pediatr ; 20(1): 429, 2020 09 09.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32907595

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BACKGROUND: Central and peripheral nervous system symptoms and complications are being increasingly recognized among individuals with pandemic SARS-CoV-2 infections, but actual detection of the virus or its RNA in the central nervous system has rarely been sought or demonstrated. Severe or fatal illnesses are attributed to SARS-CoV-2, generally without attempting to evaluate for alternative causes or co-pathogens. CASE PRESENTATION: A five-year-old girl with fever and headache was diagnosed with acute SARS-CoV-2-associated meningoencephalitis based on the detection of its RNA on a nasopharyngeal swab, cerebrospinal fluid analysis, and magnetic resonance imaging findings. Serial serologic tests for SARS-CoV-2 IgG and IgA showed seroconversion, consistent with an acute infection. Mental status and brain imaging findings gradually worsened despite antiviral therapy and intravenous dexamethasone. Decompressive suboccipital craniectomy for brain herniation with cerebellar biopsy on day 30 of illness, shortly before death, revealed SARS-CoV-2 RNA in cerebellar tissue using the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 2019-nCoV Real-Time Reverse Transcriptase-PCR Diagnostic Panel. On histopathology, necrotizing granulomas with numerous acid-fast bacilli were visualized, and Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex DNA was detected by PCR. Ventricular cerebrospinal fluid that day was negative for mycobacterial DNA. Tracheal aspirate samples for mycobacterial DNA and culture from days 22 and 27 of illness were negative by PCR but grew Mycobacterium tuberculosis after 8 weeks, long after the child's passing. She had no known exposures to tuberculosis and no chest radiographic findings to suggest it. All 6 family members had normal chest radiographs and negative interferon-γ release assay results. The source of her tuberculous infection was not identified, and further investigations by the local health department were not possible because of the State of Michigan-mandated lockdown for control of SARS-CoV-2 spread. CONCLUSION: The detection of SARS-CoV-2 RNA in cerebellar tissue and the demonstration of seroconversion in IgG and IgA assays was consistent with acute SARS-CoV-2 infection of the central nervous infection. However, the cause of death was brain herniation from her rapidly progressive central nervous system tuberculosis. SARS-CoV-2 may mask or worsen occult tuberculous infection with severe or fatal consequences.


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Betacoronavirus/genética , Coinfecção/diagnóstico , Infecções por Coronavirus/epidemiologia , DNA Bacteriano/análise , Mycobacterium tuberculosis/genética , Pandemias , Pneumonia Viral/epidemiologia , Tuberculose do Sistema Nervoso Central/diagnóstico , Pré-Escolar , Coinfecção/microbiologia , Infecções por Coronavirus/diagnóstico , Infecções por Coronavirus/virologia , Evolução Fatal , Feminino , Humanos , Mycobacterium tuberculosis/isolamento & purificação , Pneumonia Viral/diagnóstico , Pneumonia Viral/virologia , RNA Viral/análise , Tuberculose do Sistema Nervoso Central/microbiologia
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 4522, 2020 09 09.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32908144

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A unique, protective cell envelope contributes to the broad drug resistance of the nosocomial pathogen Acinetobacter baumannii. Here we use transposon insertion sequencing to identify A. baumannii mutants displaying altered susceptibility to a panel of diverse antibiotics. By examining mutants with antibiotic susceptibility profiles that parallel mutations in characterized genes, we infer the function of multiple uncharacterized envelope proteins, some of which have roles in cell division or cell elongation. Remarkably, mutations affecting a predicted cell wall hydrolase lead to alterations in lipooligosaccharide synthesis. In addition, the analysis of altered susceptibility signatures and antibiotic-induced morphology patterns allows us to predict drug synergies; for example, certain beta-lactams appear to work cooperatively due to their preferential targeting of specific cell wall assembly machineries. Our results indicate that the pathogen may be effectively inhibited by the combined targeting of multiple pathways critical for envelope growth.


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Infecções por Acinetobacter/tratamento farmacológico , Acinetobacter baumannii/genética , Antibacterianos/farmacologia , Proteínas de Bactérias/antagonistas & inibidores , Infecção Hospitalar/tratamento farmacológico , Farmacorresistência Bacteriana Múltipla/genética , Infecções por Acinetobacter/microbiologia , Acinetobacter baumannii/efeitos dos fármacos , Antibacterianos/uso terapêutico , Proteínas de Bactérias/genética , Proteínas de Bactérias/metabolismo , Parede Celular/efeitos dos fármacos , Parede Celular/genética , Parede Celular/metabolismo , Infecção Hospitalar/microbiologia , Análise Mutacional de DNA , Elementos de DNA Transponíveis/genética , DNA Bacteriano/genética , Farmacorresistência Bacteriana Múltipla/efeitos dos fármacos , Sinergismo Farmacológico , Humanos , Testes de Sensibilidade Microbiana , Mutação
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Mem Inst Oswaldo Cruz ; 115: e200184, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32785422

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BACKGROUND Carrion's disease (CD) is a neglected biphasic illness caused by Bartonella bacilliformis, a Gram-negative bacteria found in the Andean valleys. The spread of resistant strains underlines the need for novel antimicrobials against B. bacilliformis and related bacterial pathogens. OBJECTIVE The main aim of this study was to integrate genomic-scale data to shortlist a set of proteins that could serve as attractive targets for new antimicrobial discovery to combat B. bacilliformis. METHODS We performed a multidimensional genomic scale analysis of potential and relevant targets which includes structural druggability, metabolic analysis and essentiality criteria to select proteins with attractive features for drug discovery. FINDINGS We shortlisted seventeen relevant proteins to develop new drugs against the causative agent of Carrion's disease. Particularly, the protein products of fabI, folA, aroA, trmFO, uppP and murE genes, meet an important number of desirable features that make them attractive targets for new drug development. This data compendium is freely available as a web server (http://target.sbg.qb.fcen.uba.ar/). MAIN CONCLUSION This work represents an effort to reduce the costs in the first phases of B. bacilliformis drug discovery.


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Antibacterianos/uso terapêutico , Infecções por Bartonella/tratamento farmacológico , Bartonella bacilliformis/efeitos dos fármacos , Bartonella bacilliformis/genética , Bartonella bacilliformis/isolamento & purificação , DNA Bacteriano/genética , DNA Bacteriano/isolamento & purificação , Genômica , Humanos , Reação em Cadeia da Polimerase
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Int J Syst Evol Microbiol ; 70(8): 4774-4781, 2020 Aug.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32744986

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Three strains of a Gram-stain-positive, catalase-negative, facultative anaerobic, and coccoid species were isolated from German bulk tank milk. Phylogenetic analyses based on the 16S rRNA gene sequences indicated that the three strains (WS4937T, WS4759 and WS5303) constitute an independent phylogenetic lineage within the family Aerococcaceae with Facklamia hominis CCUG 36813T (93.7-94.1 %) and Eremococcus coleocola M1831/95/2T (93.5 %) as most closely related type species. The unclassified strains demonstrated variable growth with 6.5 % (w/v) NaCl and tolerated pH 6.5-9.5. Growth was observed from 12 to 39 °C. Their cell-wall peptidoglycan belongs to the A1α type (l-Lys-direct) consisting of alanine, glutamic acid and lysine. The predominant fatty acids were C16 : 1 ω9c, C16 : 0 and C18 : 1 ω9c and in the polar lipids profile three glycolipids, a phospholipid, phosphatidylglycerol, phosphoglycolipid and diphosphatidylglycerol were found. The G+C content of strain WS4937T was 37.4 mol% with a genome size of ~3.0 Mb. Based on phylogenetic, phylogenomic and biochemical characterizations, the isolates can be demarcated from all other genera of the family Aerococcaceae and, therefore, the novel genus Fundicoccus gen. nov. is proposed. The type species of the novel genus is Fundicoccus ignavus gen. nov., sp. nov. WS4937T (=DSM 109652T=LMG 31441T).


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Aerococcaceae/classificação , Leite/microbiologia , Filogenia , Aerococcaceae/isolamento & purificação , Animais , Técnicas de Tipagem Bacteriana , Composição de Bases , DNA Bacteriano/genética , Ácidos Graxos/química , Glicolipídeos/química , Peptidoglicano/química , Fosfolipídeos/química , RNA Ribossômico 16S/genética , Análise de Sequência de DNA
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An Acad Bras Cienc ; 92(4): e20191517, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32844990

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Pathogenic microbial detection and control in laboratory animal facilities is essential to guarantee animal welfare, data validity and reproducibility. Helicobacter spp. are known to affect mice health, what may interfere with experimental outcomes. This study aimed to screen for Helicobacter spp. in mice from animal facilities in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil using a PCR-based method. Primers designed to specifically identify Helicobacter spp. were used to amplify feces or intestine DNA extracted of mice from four different animal facilities. The expected 375 base pairs (bp) amplicon was purified, sequenced and a similarity of 95% was observed when compared to deposited sequences of H. hepaticus and H. bilis. In our screening, Helicobacter spp. was detected in ~59% of fecal and ~70% of intestine samples. Our study is the first to screen for Helicobacter spp. in mouse facilities of a Rio de Janeiro University using a low cost, rapid molecular diagnostic test. Although Helicobacter spp. screening is not mandatory according to Brazilian animal welfare regulation it is recommended by institutional animal health monitoring programs guidelines worldwide, including ARRIVE, AAALAC and FELASA.


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Infecções por Helicobacter , Helicobacter , Animais , Animais de Laboratório , Brasil , DNA Bacteriano , Helicobacter/isolamento & purificação , Infecções por Helicobacter/diagnóstico , Infecções por Helicobacter/veterinária , Camundongos , Reação em Cadeia da Polimerase , Reprodutibilidade dos Testes , Universidades
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 3888, 2020 08 04.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32753666

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First proposed as antimicrobial agents, histones were later recognized for their role in condensing chromosomes. Histone antimicrobial activity has been reported in innate immune responses. However, how histones kill bacteria has remained elusive. The co-localization of histones with antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) in immune cells suggests that histones may be part of a larger antimicrobial mechanism in vivo. Here we report that histone H2A enters E. coli and S. aureus through membrane pores formed by the AMPs LL-37 and magainin-2. H2A enhances AMP-induced pores, depolarizes the bacterial membrane potential, and impairs membrane recovery. Inside the cytoplasm, H2A reorganizes bacterial chromosomal DNA and inhibits global transcription. Whereas bacteria recover from the pore-forming effects of LL-37, the concomitant effects of H2A and LL-37 are irrecoverable. Their combination constitutes a positive feedback loop that exponentially amplifies their antimicrobial activities, causing antimicrobial synergy. More generally, treatment with H2A and the pore-forming antibiotic polymyxin B completely eradicates bacterial growth.


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Anti-Infecciosos/farmacologia , Bactérias/efeitos dos fármacos , Bactérias/genética , Estruturas Cromossômicas/efeitos dos fármacos , Histonas/metabolismo , Prótons , Animais , Estruturas Cromossômicas/metabolismo , Cromossomos Bacterianos/metabolismo , DNA Bacteriano/metabolismo , Sinergismo Farmacológico , Escherichia coli/efeitos dos fármacos , Escherichia coli/metabolismo , Imunidade Inata , Mamíferos , Polimixina B/farmacologia , Análise de Sequência de RNA , Staphylococcus aureus/efeitos dos fármacos , Staphylococcus aureus/metabolismo
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J Environ Manage ; 273: 111018, 2020 Nov 01.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32741756

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Ballast water (BW) mediated bioinvasion is one of the greatest threats to the health of aquatic ecosystems. Bacteria, unlike higher organisms, are transferred in large numbers through BW. Owing to their abundance and potential pathogenicity, they pose a direct threat to the prevailing microbiome in the recipient waters and also to human health. This study investigated the changes in the BW tank bacterial community during a trans-sea voyage from Visakhapatnam port, located along the east coast of India (Bay of Bengal) to Mumbai port, located along the west coast of India (Arabian Sea). Next generation sequencing was used to explore the unculturable segment of bacteria. The BW tank conditions led to a decrease in photoautotrophs and non-spore forming bacteria. On the other hand, biofilm forming and antibiotic producing bacteria, nutrient limiting condition sustaining bacteria, and those capable of synthesizing enzymes prerequisite for active metabolism under stress, increased over time. The shifts in the bacterial community were dependent on mechanisms adopted by the clades to cope with the BW tank conditions. Functional prediction of the bacterial community revealed a significant increase in the core metabolic functions, which enabled the survival of such bacteria. As the voyage progressed, an increase in the total viable bacteria in BW tanks could be attributed to the decrease in the abundance of phytoplankton and zooplankton. At the end of the voyage, the bacterial community in the BW tanks was significantly different, and the species diversity and richness were higher than that of the natural seawater (source water). Pathogenic species were more abundant during mid-voyage than at the end of the voyage, suggesting that voyage duration influences the pathogenic bacterial community. Investigating the fate of the discharged bacterial population at the deballasting point is a way forward in the assessment of marine bioinvasion.


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Bactérias/genética , Navios , Animais , DNA Bacteriano , Humanos , Índia , Veículos Automotores , Água do Mar , Análise de Sequência de DNA
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