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GM Crops Food ; 12(1): 1-17, 2021 Jan 01.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32762312

RESUMO

A biophysical survey was conducted in 15 cotton-growing districts of Pakistan. Four hundred cotton growers were approached and inquired about the production technology of Bt cotton. Further, 25 strip tests using combo strips (Cry1Ac, Cry2Ab, Vip3Aa and Cp4, EPSPS gene) were performed at each farmer's field. Out of 10,000 total-tested samples, farmers claimed 9682 samples as Bt and 318 samples as non-Bt. After performing a strip test, 1009 and 87 samples were found false negative and false positive, respectively. Only 53 samples were found positive for Cry2Ab, 214 for EPSPS and none for Vip3Aa gene. Quantification of Cry endotoxin and bioassay studies were performed by taking leaves from upper, middle, and lower canopies, and fruiting parts at approximately 80 days after sowing from 89 varieties. Expression was highly variable among different canopies and fruiting parts. Moreover, Cry endotoxin expression and insect mortality varied significantly among varieties from 0.26 µg g-1 to 3.54 µg g-1 with mortality ranging from 28 to 97%, respectively. Highest Cry1Ac expression (3.54 µg g-1) and insect mortality (97%) were observed for variety FH-142 from DG Khan. Cry endotoxin expression varied significantly across various plant parts, i.e., IUB-13 variety from upper canopy documented 0.34 µg g-1 expression with 37% insect mortality in Layyah to 3.42 µg g-1 expression and 96% insect mortality from DG Khan. Lethal dose, LD95 (2.20 µg g-1) of Cry1Ac endotoxin was optimized for effective control of H. armigera. Our results provided evidence of practical resistance in H. armigera and way forward.


Assuntos
Proteínas Hemolisinas/genética , Mariposas , Animais , Proteínas de Bactérias/genética , Endotoxinas , Gossypium , Resistência a Inseticidas , Larva , Paquistão , Plantas Geneticamente Modificadas
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GM Crops Food ; 12(1): 47-56, 2021 Jan 01.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32862762

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The sugarcane (Saccharum X officinarum) is one of the most important crops used to produce sugar and raw material for biofuel in the world. One of the main causes for sucrose content and yield losses is the attack by insect. In this investigation, cry1Ac gene was introduced into sugarcane variety GT54-9(C9) using the Agrobacterium tumefaciens transformation method for transgenic sugarcane production presenting insect-resistance. The A. tumefaciens strain GV1303 including pARTcry1Ac vector was used for the production of transformed sugarcane. The Bacillus thuringiensis cry gene were successfully used to produce transgenic plants used for the improvement of both agronomic efficiency and product quality by acquiring insect resistance. PCR and Southern hybridization techniques were used to confirm the cry1Ac gene incorporation into sugarcane genome. Transformation percentage was 22.2% using PCR analysis with specific primers for cry1Ac and npt-II (Neomycin phosphotransferase) genes. The expression of cry1Ac gene was determined using reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR), QuickStix test, and insect bioassays. Bioassays for transformed sugarcane plants showed high level of toxicity to Sesamia cretica giving 100% mortality of the larvae. Sugarcane insect resistance was improved significantly by using cry1Ac gene transformation.


Assuntos
Saccharum/genética , Agrobacterium , Animais , Proteínas de Bactérias/genética , Endotoxinas , Proteínas Hemolisinas/genética , Plantas Geneticamente Modificadas
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Wei Sheng Yan Jiu ; 49(4): 569-573, 2020 Jul.
Artigo em Chinês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32928347

RESUMO

OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effects of genetically modified maize with Cry1Ab and epsps genes on immune function in F3 rats. METHODS: A total of 180 weaning SD rats for F0 generation were randomly divided into three groups, which were treated with AIN-93 G feed control diet, parental maize diet and genetically modified maize diet respectively. After three generations of breeding, antibody producing cells determination, concanavalin A(ConA)-induced lymphocyte transformation test, natural killer(NK)cells activities assay, whole blood lymphocyte subtype detection, delayed type hypersensitivity test and immunity organ index were performed. RESULTS: There were no significant differences between parental maize diet and genetically modified maize diet in terms of the number of antibody-producing cells, ConA-induced spleen lymphocyte proliferation, NK cell activity, whole blood lymphocyte subsets, delayed type hypersensitivity and thymus index(P>0. 05). CONCLUSION: Under the conditions of this experiment, no significant effects were found on immune function of F3 SD rats through the three generation development study of genetically modified maize with CrylAb and epsps genes.


Assuntos
Alimentos Geneticamente Modificados , Zea mays/genética , Animais , Proteínas de Bactérias/genética , Endotoxinas , Proteínas Hemolisinas/genética , Plantas Geneticamente Modificadas , Ratos , Ratos Sprague-Dawley
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PLoS Pathog ; 16(8): e1008822, 2020 08.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32866204

RESUMO

Shigella flexneri invades host cells by entering within a bacteria-containing vacuole (BCV). In order to establish its niche in the host cytosol, the bacterium ruptures its BCV. Contacts between S. flexneri BCV and infection-associated macropinosomes (IAMs) formed in situ have been reported to enhance BCV disintegration. The mechanism underlying S. flexneri vacuolar escape remains however obscure. To decipher the molecular mechanism priming the communication between the IAMs and S. flexneri BCV, we performed mass spectrometry-based analysis of the magnetically purified IAMs from S. flexneri-infected cells. While proteins involved in host recycling and exocytic pathways were significantly enriched at the IAMs, we demonstrate more precisely that the S. flexneri type III effector protein IpgD mediates the recruitment of the exocyst to the IAMs through the Rab8/Rab11 pathway. This recruitment results in IAM clustering around S. flexneri BCV. More importantly, we reveal that IAM clustering subsequently facilitates an IAM-mediated unwrapping of the ruptured vacuole membranes from S. flexneri, enabling the naked bacterium to be ready for intercellular spread via actin-based motility. Taken together, our work untangles the molecular cascade of S. flexneri-driven host trafficking subversion at IAMs to develop its cytosolic lifestyle, a crucial step en route for infection progression at cellular and tissue level.


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Disenteria Bacilar , Shigella flexneri , Transdução de Sinais , Vacúolos , Proteínas de Bactérias/genética , Proteínas de Bactérias/metabolismo , Disenteria Bacilar/genética , Disenteria Bacilar/metabolismo , Células HeLa , Humanos , Shigella flexneri/genética , Shigella flexneri/metabolismo , Shigella flexneri/patogenicidade , Vacúolos/genética , Vacúolos/metabolismo , Vacúolos/microbiologia , Fatores de Virulência/genética , Fatores de Virulência/metabolismo , Proteínas rab de Ligação ao GTP/genética , Proteínas rab de Ligação ao GTP/metabolismo
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PLoS Pathog ; 16(9): e1008871, 2020 09.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32936831

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Deconvolution of syphilis pathogenesis and selection of candidate syphilis vaccinogens requires detailed knowledge of the molecular architecture of the Treponema pallidum outer membrane (OM). The T. pallidum OM contains a low density of integral OM proteins, while the spirochete's many lipoprotein immunogens are periplasmic. TP0751, a lipoprotein with a lipocalin fold, is reportedly a surface-exposed protease/adhesin and protective antigen. The rapid expansion of calycin/lipocalin structures in the RCSB PDB database prompted a comprehensive reassessment of TP0751. Small angle X-ray scattering analysis of full-length protein revealed a bipartite topology consisting of an N-terminal, intrinsically disordered region (IDR) and the previously characterized C-terminal lipocalin domain. A DALI server query using the lipocalin domain yielded 97 hits, 52 belonging to the calycin superfamily, including 15 bacterial lipocalins, but no Gram-negative surface proteins. Surprisingly, Tpp17 (TP0435) was identified as a structural ortholog of TP0751. In silico docking predicted that TP0751 can bind diverse ligands along the rim of its eight-stranded ß-barrel; high affinity binding of one predicted ligand, heme, to the lipocalin domain was demonstrated. qRT-PCR and immunoblotting revealed very low expression of TP0751 compared to other T. pallidum lipoproteins. Immunoblot analysis of immune rabbit serum failed to detect TP0751 antibodies, while only one of five patients with secondary syphilis mounted a discernible TP0751-specific antibody response. In opsonophagocytosis assays, neither TP0751 nor Tpp17 antibodies promoted uptake of T. pallidum by rabbit peritoneal macrophages. Rabbits immunized with intact, full-length TP0751 showed no protection against local or disseminated infection following intradermal challenge with T. pallidum. Our data argue that, like other lipoprotein lipocalins in dual-membrane bacteria, TP0751 is periplasmic and binds small molecules, and we propose that its IDR facilitates ligand binding by and offloading from the lipocalin domain. The inability of TP0751 to elicit opsonic or protective antibodies is consistent with a subsurface location.


Assuntos
Proteínas de Bactérias/imunologia , Vacinas Bacterianas/imunologia , Imunização , Lipoproteínas/imunologia , Sífilis/imunologia , Treponema pallidum/imunologia , Animais , Proteínas de Bactérias/genética , Vacinas Bacterianas/genética , Humanos , Lipoproteínas/genética , Domínios Proteicos , Dobramento de Proteína , Coelhos , Sífilis/genética , Sífilis/patologia , Sífilis/prevenção & controle , Treponema pallidum/genética , Treponema pallidum/patogenicidade
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PLoS One ; 15(8): e0237883, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32866169

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Although whole-genome sequencing has provided novel insights into Neisseria meningitidis, many open reading frames have only been annotated as hypothetical proteins with unknown biological functions. Our previous genetic analyses revealed that the hypothetical protein, NMB1345, plays a crucial role in meningococcal infection in human brain microvascular endothelial cells; however, NMB1345 has no homology to any identified protein in databases and its physiological function could not be elucidated using pre-existing methods. Among the many biological technologies to examine transient protein-protein interaction in vivo, one of the developed methods is genetic code expansion with non-canonical amino acids (ncAAs) utilizing a pyrrolysyl-tRNA synthetase/tRNAPyl pair from Methanosarcina species: However, this method has never been applied to assign function-unknown proteins in pathogenic bacteria. In the present study, we developed a new method to genetically incorporate ncAAs-encoded photocrosslinking probes into N. meningitidis by utilizing a pyrrolysyl-tRNA synthetase/tRNAPyl pair and elucidated the biological function(s) of the NMB1345 protein. The results revealed that the NMB1345 protein directly interacts with PilE, a major component of meningococcal pili, and further physicochemical and genetic analyses showed that the interaction between the NMB1345 protein and PilE was important for both functional pilus formation and meningococcal infectious ability in N. meningitidis. The present study using this new methodology for N. meningitidis provides novel insights into meningococcal pathogenesis by assigning the function of a hypothetical protein.


Assuntos
Aminoácidos/genética , Reagentes para Ligações Cruzadas/metabolismo , Luz , Neisseria meningitidis/genética , Proteínas de Bactérias/genética , Proteínas de Bactérias/isolamento & purificação , Encéfalo/irrigação sanguínea , Endocitose , Células Endoteliais/microbiologia , Fímbrias Bacterianas/metabolismo , Humanos , Microvasos/patologia , Mutação/genética , Plasmídeos/genética
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Mol Genet Genomics ; 295(6): 1529-1535, 2020 Nov.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32894358

RESUMO

Lanthipeptides are a subgroup of ribosomally encoded and post-translationally modified peptides (RiPPs) which frequently possess potent biological activity. Here we provide the first comprehensive bioinformatic analysis of the lanthipeptide-producing capability of the Salinispora genus, a marine actinomycete. One hundred twenty-two Salinispora arenicola, tropica, and pacifica genomic sequences were analyzed for lanthipeptide gene clusters, and the resulting 182 clusters were divided into seven groups based on sequence similarities. Group boundaries were defined based on LanB and LanM sequences with greater than 80% similarity within groups. Of the seven groups, six are predicted to encode class I lanthipeptides while only one group is predicted to encode class II lanthipeptides. Leader and core peptides were predicted for each cluster along with the number of possible lanthionine bridges. Notably, all of the predicted products of these clusters would represent novel lanthipeptide scaffolds. Of the 122 Salinispora genomes analyzed in this study, 92% contained at least one lanthipeptide gene cluster suggesting that Salinispora is a rich, yet untapped, source of lanthipeptides.


Assuntos
Alanina/análogos & derivados , Proteínas de Bactérias/metabolismo , Genoma Bacteriano , Micromonosporaceae/metabolismo , Fragmentos de Peptídeos/metabolismo , Sulfetos/metabolismo , Alanina/isolamento & purificação , Alanina/metabolismo , Proteínas de Bactérias/genética , Genômica , Micromonosporaceae/genética , Micromonosporaceae/crescimento & desenvolvimento , Fragmentos de Peptídeos/isolamento & purificação , Sulfetos/isolamento & purificação
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 4648, 2020 09 16.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32938927

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Emergence of tigecycline-resistance tet(X) gene orthologues rendered tigecycline ineffective as last-resort antibiotic. To understand the potential origin and transmission mechanisms of these genes, we survey the prevalence of tet(X) and its orthologues in 2997 clinical E. coli and K. pneumoniae isolates collected nationwide in China with results showing very low prevalence on these two types of strains, 0.32% and 0%, respectively. Further surveillance of tet(X) orthologues in 3692 different clinical Gram-negative bacterial strains collected during 1994-2019 in hospitals in Zhejiang province, China reveals 106 (2.7%) tet(X)-bearing strains with Flavobacteriaceae being the dominant (97/376, 25.8%) bacteria. In addition, tet(X)s are found to be predominantly located on the chromosomes of Flavobacteriaceae and share similar GC-content as Flavobacteriaceae. It also further evolves into different orthologues and transmits among different species. Data from this work suggest that Flavobacteriaceae could be the potential ancestral source of the tigecycline resistance gene tet(X).


Assuntos
Antibacterianos/farmacologia , Proteínas de Bactérias/genética , Farmacorresistência Bacteriana/genética , Infecções por Flavobacteriaceae/epidemiologia , Flavobacteriaceae/genética , Tigeciclina/farmacologia , China/epidemiologia , Escherichia coli/efeitos dos fármacos , Escherichia coli/genética , Evolução Molecular , Flavobacteriaceae/efeitos dos fármacos , Flavobacteriaceae/isolamento & purificação , Infecções por Flavobacteriaceae/microbiologia , Humanos , Filogenia
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 4501, 2020 09 09.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32908132

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Streptovaricin C is a naphthalenic ansamycin antibiotic structurally similar to rifamycins with potential anti-MRSA bioactivities. However, the formation mechanism of the most fascinating and bioactivity-related methylenedioxy bridge (MDB) moiety in streptovaricins is unclear. Based on genetic and biochemical evidences, we herein clarify that the P450 enzyme StvP2 catalyzes the MDB formation in streptovaricins, with an atypical substrate inhibition kinetics. Furthermore, X-ray crystal structures in complex with substrate and structure-based mutagenesis reveal the intrinsic details of the enzymatic reaction. The mechanism of MDB formation is proposed to be an intramolecular nucleophilic substitution resulting from the hydroxylation by the heme core and the keto-enol tautomerization via a crucial catalytic triad (Asp89-His92-Arg72) in StvP2. In addition, in vitro reconstitution uncovers that C6-O-methylation and C4-O-acetylation of streptovaricins are necessary prerequisites for the MDB formation. This work provides insight for the MDB formation and adds evidence in support of the functional versatility of P450 enzymes.


Assuntos
Proteínas de Bactérias/metabolismo , Sistema Enzimático do Citocromo P-450/metabolismo , Streptomyces/metabolismo , Estreptovaricina/análogos & derivados , Acetilação , Proteínas de Bactérias/genética , Proteínas de Bactérias/ultraestrutura , Biocatálise , Cristalografia por Raios X , Sistema Enzimático do Citocromo P-450/genética , Sistema Enzimático do Citocromo P-450/ultraestrutura , Ensaios Enzimáticos , Metilação , Mutagênese Sítio-Dirigida , Proteínas Recombinantes/genética , Proteínas Recombinantes/metabolismo , Proteínas Recombinantes/ultraestrutura , Estreptovaricina/biossíntese , Estreptovaricina/química , Estreptovaricina/metabolismo
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 4522, 2020 09 09.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32908144

RESUMO

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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PLoS Pathog ; 16(9): e1008878, 2020 09.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32946535

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As an obligate intracellular pathogen, host cell invasion is paramount to Chlamydia trachomatis proliferation. While the mechanistic underpinnings of this essential process remain ill-defined, it is predicted to involve delivery of prepackaged effector proteins into the host cell that trigger plasma membrane remodeling and cytoskeletal reorganization. The secreted effector proteins TmeA and TarP, have risen to prominence as putative key regulators of cellular invasion and bacterial pathogenesis. Although several studies have begun to unravel molecular details underlying the putative function of TarP, the physiological function of TmeA during host cell invasion is unknown. Here, we show that TmeA employs molecular mimicry to bind to the GTPase binding domain of N-WASP, which results in recruitment of the actin branching ARP2/3 complex to the site of chlamydial entry. Electron microscopy revealed that TmeA mutants are deficient in filopodia capture, suggesting that TmeA/N-WASP interactions ultimately modulate host cell plasma membrane remodeling events necessary for chlamydial entry. Importantly, while both TmeA and TarP are necessary for effective host cell invasion, we show that these effectors target distinct pathways that ultimately converge on activation of the ARP2/3 complex. In line with this observation, we show that a double mutant suffers from a severe entry defect nearly identical to that observed when ARP3 is chemically inhibited or knocked down. Collectively, our study highlights both TmeA and TarP as essential regulators of chlamydial invasion that modulate the ARP2/3 complex through distinct signaling platforms, resulting in plasma membrane remodeling events that are essential for pathogen uptake.


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Proteínas de Bactérias , Membrana Celular/metabolismo , Chlamydia trachomatis , Proteína Neuronal da Síndrome de Wiskott-Aldrich/metabolismo , Complexo 2-3 de Proteínas Relacionadas à Actina/genética , Complexo 2-3 de Proteínas Relacionadas à Actina/metabolismo , Proteínas de Bactérias/genética , Proteínas de Bactérias/metabolismo , Membrana Celular/genética , Membrana Celular/patologia , Chlamydia trachomatis/genética , Chlamydia trachomatis/metabolismo , Chlamydia trachomatis/patogenicidade , Células HeLa , Humanos , Mutação , Domínios Proteicos , Pseudópodes/genética , Pseudópodes/metabolismo , Proteína Neuronal da Síndrome de Wiskott-Aldrich/genética
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PLoS Pathog ; 16(9): e1008852, 2020 09.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32960931

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Enzymatic inactivation of Rho-family GTPases by the glucosyltransferase domain of Clostridioides difficile Toxin B (TcdB) gives rise to various pathogenic effects in cells that are classically thought to be responsible for the disease symptoms associated with C. difficile infection (CDI). Recent in vitro studies have shown that TcdB can, under certain circumstances, induce cellular toxicities that are independent of glucosyltransferase (GT) activity, calling into question the precise role of GT activity. Here, to establish the importance of GT activity in CDI disease pathogenesis, we generated the first described mutant strain of C. difficile producing glucosyltransferase-defective (GT-defective) toxin. Using allelic exchange (AE) technology, we first deleted tcdA in C. difficile 630Δerm and subsequently introduced a deactivating D270N substitution in the GT domain of TcdB. To examine the role of GT activity in vivo, we tested each strain in two different animal models of CDI pathogenesis. In the non-lethal murine model of infection, the GT-defective mutant induced minimal pathology in host tissues as compared to the profound caecal inflammation seen in the wild-type and 630ΔermΔtcdA (ΔtcdA) strains. In the more sensitive hamster model of CDI, whereas hamsters in the wild-type or ΔtcdA groups succumbed to fulminant infection within 4 days, all hamsters infected with the GT-defective mutant survived the 10-day infection period without primary symptoms of CDI or evidence of caecal inflammation. These data demonstrate that GT activity is indispensable for disease pathogenesis and reaffirm its central role in disease and its importance as a therapeutic target for small-molecule inhibition.


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Proteínas de Bactérias , Toxinas Bacterianas , Clostridium difficile , Enterocolite Pseudomembranosa , Glucosiltransferases , Animais , Proteínas de Bactérias/genética , Proteínas de Bactérias/metabolismo , Toxinas Bacterianas/genética , Toxinas Bacterianas/metabolismo , Clostridium difficile/enzimologia , Clostridium difficile/genética , Clostridium difficile/patogenicidade , Cricetinae , Modelos Animais de Doenças , Enterocolite Pseudomembranosa/enzimologia , Enterocolite Pseudomembranosa/genética , Enterocolite Pseudomembranosa/patologia , Feminino , Deleção de Genes , Glucosiltransferases/genética , Glucosiltransferases/metabolismo , Masculino , Camundongos
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 4817, 2020 09 23.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32968056

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Lysozymes are among the best-characterized enzymes, acting upon the cell wall substrate peptidoglycan. Here, examining the invasive bacterial periplasmic predator Bdellovibrio bacteriovorus, we report a diversified lysozyme, DslA, which acts, unusually, upon (GlcNAc-) deacetylated peptidoglycan. B. bacteriovorus are known to deacetylate the peptidoglycan of the prey bacterium, generating an important chemical difference between prey and self walls and implying usage of a putative deacetyl-specific "exit enzyme". DslA performs this role, and ΔDslA strains exhibit a delay in leaving from prey. The structure of DslA reveals a modified lysozyme superfamily fold, with several adaptations. Biochemical assays confirm DslA specificity for deacetylated cell wall, and usage of two glutamate residues for catalysis. Exogenous DslA, added ex vivo, is able to prematurely liberate B. bacteriovorus from prey, part-way through the predatory lifecycle. We define a mechanism for specificity that invokes steric selection, and use the resultant motif to identify wider DslA homologues.


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Bdellovibrio bacteriovorus/enzimologia , Bdellovibrio bacteriovorus/metabolismo , Muramidase/química , Muramidase/metabolismo , Periplasma/metabolismo , Proteínas de Bactérias/genética , Proteínas de Bactérias/metabolismo , Bdellovibrio bacteriovorus/genética , Parede Celular , Escherichia coli , Regulação Bacteriana da Expressão Gênica , Modelos Moleculares , Muramidase/genética , Mutação , Peptidoglicano/metabolismo , Fenótipo , Conformação Proteica , Especificidade por Substrato
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Rev Bras Parasitol Vet ; 29(3): e005820, 2020 Aug 03.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32756774

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Ehrlichia canis is the main etiological agent of canine monocytic ehrlichiosis (CME), a globally canine infectious disease. In Brazil, CME is considered to be endemic, and its prevalence can reach 65% in some states. The diagnosis of ehrlichiosis is important for treatment and epidemiological purposes. The E. canis TRP36 (Tandem Repeat Protein) protein elicits the earliest acute-phase antibody response observed during the course of the disease. This study aimed to generate the recombinant TRP36 protein from E. canis São Paulo strain and to evaluate its potential as a tool for the serologic diagnosis of CME. The E. canis São Paulo isolate was cultivated in DH82 lineage cells, and its genomic DNA was obtained. The bacterial DNA fragment encoding the entire ORF of TRP36 was cloned into the pBAD/Thio-TOPO vector and transformed into Escherichia coli DH10B competent cells with the trp36-bearing plasmid for protein expression. To evaluate the protein antigenicity, 16 canine serum samples were previously tested (by PCR and the commercial SNAP®4Dx® serological test). The results were in accordance with the SNAP®4Dx® test. Experiments using this recombinant protein as an antigen, targeting the development of a serologic test based on ELISA methodology, are the next step to produce a reliable, affordable and useful diagnostic tool for CME in Brazil.


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Proteínas de Bactérias , Doenças do Cão , Ehrlichia canis , Ehrlichiose/veterinária , Proteínas Recombinantes , Testes Sorológicos/veterinária , Animais , Proteínas de Bactérias/genética , Proteínas de Bactérias/imunologia , Brasil , Linhagem Celular , Doenças do Cão/diagnóstico , Cães , Ehrlichia canis/genética , Ehrlichiose/diagnóstico , Escherichia coli/genética , Expressão Gênica , Proteínas Recombinantes/genética , Proteínas Recombinantes/imunologia
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BMC Infect Dis ; 20(1): 602, 2020 Aug 14.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32799799

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BACKGROUND: The objectives of this study were to determine for the first time, in Morocco, the nasal carriage rate, antimicrobial susceptibility profiles and virulence genes of Staphylococcus. aureus isolated from animals and breeders in close contact. METHODS: From 2015 to 2016, 421 nasal swab samples were collected from 26 different livestock areas in Tangier. Antimicrobial susceptibility phenotypes were determined by disk diffusion according to EUCAST 2015. The presence of nuc, mecA, mecC, lukS/F-PV, and tst genes were determined by Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) for all isolates. RESULTS: The overall S. aureus nasal carriage rate was low in animals (9.97%) and high in breeders (60%) with a statistically significant difference, (OR = 13.536; 95% CI = 7.070-25.912; p < 0.001). In general, S. aureus strains were susceptible to the majority of antibiotics and the highest resistance rates were found against tetracycline (16.7% in animals and 10% in breeders). No Methicillin-Resistant S. aureus (MRSA) was detected in animals and breeders. A high rate of tst and lukS/F-PV genes has been recovered only from animals (11.9 and 16.7%, respectively). CONCLUSION: Despite the lower rate of nasal carriage of S. aureus and the absence of MRSA strains in our study, S. aureus strains harbored a higher frequency of tst and lukS/F-PV virulence genes, which is associated to an increased risk of infection dissemination in humans. This highlights the need for further larger and multi-center studies to better define the transmission of the pathogenic S. aureus between livestock, environment, and humans.


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Nariz/microbiologia , Infecções Estafilocócicas/microbiologia , Infecções Estafilocócicas/veterinária , Staphylococcus aureus/efeitos dos fármacos , Animais , Animais Domésticos/microbiologia , Antibacterianos/farmacologia , Proteínas de Bactérias/genética , Portador Sadio , Farmacorresistência Bacteriana/efeitos dos fármacos , Farmacorresistência Bacteriana/genética , Humanos , Leucocidinas/genética , Staphylococcus aureus Resistente à Meticilina/efeitos dos fármacos , Staphylococcus aureus Resistente à Meticilina/isolamento & purificação , Testes de Sensibilidade Microbiana , Nuclease do Micrococo/genética , Marrocos/epidemiologia , Proteínas de Ligação às Penicilinas/genética , Infecções Estafilocócicas/epidemiologia , Staphylococcus aureus/genética , Staphylococcus aureus/isolamento & purificação , Staphylococcus aureus/patogenicidade , Tetraciclina/farmacologia , Virulência/genética
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Mymensingh Med J ; 29(3): 664-675, 2020 Jul.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32844810

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The prevalence of Helicobacter pylori (HP) infection is very high in Bangladesh. Chronic gastritis due to H. pylori is commonly associated with important gastric diseases such as peptic ulcer diseases or gastric carcinoma and MALT-oma. The natural course of chronic gastritis is HP-associated antral gastritis or pangastritis or rarely atrophies. This study was done to see the association of H. pylori genotypes with chronic gastritis. This observational cross sectional study was carried out at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University from July 2012 to April 2013 to find out the association of H. pylori genotypes with chronic gastritis in dyspeptic patients of Bangladesh. A total of 50 dyspeptic subjects were involved in the study whose upper GI endoscopies were carried out in presence of an experienced endoscopist. During the procedure four biopsies were taken, two from the antrum and two from body of the stomach. Endoscopic diagnosis was categorized into normal and erosive gastritis. Two (one from antrum and one from body) biopsy samples were collected in phosphate buffer saline and PCR analysis carried out by Multiplex PCR assay. Another two were collected in 10% formalin and histopathological examination was done according to updated Sydney system of classification. Among 50 patents only 34 were PCR positive. So, only 34 subjects were included in the study. Among them 21 patients (61.8%) were male and 13 patients (38.2%) were female, with the mean age of 29.91 years. Endoscopy revealed erosive gastritis in 5(14.7%) patients and normal findings in 29(86.3%) patients. Amongst the strains, cagA gene was detected in 58.8% and was not significantly associated with severity of any parameter of chronic gastritis such as H. pylori density, inflammation (mononuclear infiltration), activity (neutrophilic infiltration), atrophy and intestinal metaplasia. All the strains were positive for vacA allele. s1m1 (55.9%) genotype was most predominant. No vacA allele (s1m1, s1m2, s2m1 and s2m2) were significantly associated with severity of chronic gastritis. In this study, H. pylori genotype -cagA, vacA-s1, s2, m1, m2 allele and histological grading of chronic gastritis according to updated Sydney system of classification is identified. This study will identify the genotypes associated with severe gastritis in our country and thereby help us to take appropriate preventive measure. Further study with larger sample size may be carried out to establish proper association between different genotypes and parameters of chronic gastritis.


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Gastrite , Infecções por Helicobacter , Helicobacter pylori , Adulto , Antígenos de Bactérias , Proteínas de Bactérias/genética , Bangladesh , Estudos Transversais , Feminino , Genótipo , Humanos , Masculino
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PLoS One ; 15(7): e0235643, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32735615

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BACKGROUND: Pyrazinamide is an important drug against the latent stage of tuberculosis and is used in both first- and second-line treatment regimens. Pyrazinamide-susceptibility test usually takes a week to have a diagnosis to guide initial therapy, implying a delay in receiving appropriate therapy. The continued increase in multi-drug resistant tuberculosis and the prevalence of pyrazinamide resistance in several countries makes the development of assays for prompt identification of resistance necessary. The main cause of pyrazinamide resistance is the impairment of pyrazinamidase function attributed to mutations in the promoter and/or pncA coding gene. However, not all pncA mutations necessarily affect the pyrazinamidase function. OBJECTIVE: To develop a methodology to predict pyrazinamidase function from detected mutations in the pncA gene. METHODS: We measured the catalytic constant (kcat), KM, enzymatic efficiency, and enzymatic activity of 35 recombinant mutated pyrazinamidase and the wild type (Protein Data Bank ID = 3pl1). From all the 3D modeled structures, we extracted several predictors based on three categories: structural stability (estimated by normal mode analysis and molecular dynamics), physicochemical, and geometrical characteristics. We used a stepwise Akaike's information criterion forward multiple log-linear regression to model each kinetic parameter with each category of predictors. We also developed weighted models combining the three categories of predictive models for each kinetic parameter. We tested the robustness of the predictive ability of each model by 6-fold cross-validation against random models. RESULTS: The stability, physicochemical, and geometrical descriptors explained most of the variability (R2) of the kinetic parameters. Our models are best suited to predict kcat, efficiency, and activity based on the root-mean-square error of prediction of the 6-fold cross-validation. CONCLUSIONS: This study shows a quick approach to predict the pyrazinamidase function only from the pncA sequence when point mutations are present. This can be an important tool to detect pyrazinamide resistance.


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Amidoidrolases/metabolismo , Proteínas de Bactérias/metabolismo , Mycobacterium tuberculosis/enzimologia , Amidoidrolases/química , Amidoidrolases/genética , Proteínas de Bactérias/química , Proteínas de Bactérias/genética , Clonagem Molecular , Cinética , Modelos Lineares , Simulação de Dinâmica Molecular , Mutagênese , Estabilidade Proteica , Estrutura Terciária de Proteína , Proteínas Recombinantes/biossíntese , Proteínas Recombinantes/química , Proteínas Recombinantes/isolamento & purificação
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PLoS Biol ; 18(8): e3000762, 2020 08.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32760088

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Centrosomes, the main microtubule organizing centers (MTOCs) of metazoan cells, contain an older "mother" and a younger "daughter" centriole. Stem cells either inherit the mother or daughter-centriole-containing centrosome, providing a possible mechanism for biased delivery of cell fate determinants. However, the mechanisms regulating centrosome asymmetry and biased centrosome segregation are unclear. Using 3D-structured illumination microscopy (3D-SIM) and live-cell imaging, we show in fly neural stem cells (neuroblasts) that the mitotic kinase Polo and its centriolar protein substrate Centrobin (Cnb) accumulate on the daughter centriole during mitosis, thereby generating molecularly distinct mother and daughter centrioles before interphase. Cnb's asymmetric localization, potentially involving a direct relocalization mechanism, is regulated by Polo-mediated phosphorylation, whereas Polo's daughter centriole enrichment requires both Wdr62 and Cnb. Based on optogenetic protein mislocalization experiments, we propose that the establishment of centriole asymmetry in mitosis primes biased interphase MTOC activity, necessary for correct spindle orientation.


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Proteínas de Ciclo Celular/genética , Centríolos/metabolismo , Centrossomo/metabolismo , Proteínas de Drosophila/genética , Drosophila melanogaster/genética , Mitose , Proteínas Serina-Treonina Quinases/genética , Animais , Animais Geneticamente Modificados , Proteínas de Bactérias/genética , Proteínas de Bactérias/metabolismo , Proteínas de Ciclo Celular/metabolismo , Centríolos/ultraestrutura , Centrossomo/ultraestrutura , Proteínas de Drosophila/metabolismo , Drosophila melanogaster/citologia , Drosophila melanogaster/crescimento & desenvolvimento , Drosophila melanogaster/metabolismo , Embrião não Mamífero , Regulação da Expressão Gênica no Desenvolvimento , Genes Reporter , Proteínas de Fluorescência Verde/genética , Proteínas de Fluorescência Verde/metabolismo , Interfase , Proteínas Luminescentes/genética , Proteínas Luminescentes/metabolismo , Proteínas do Tecido Nervoso/genética , Proteínas do Tecido Nervoso/metabolismo , Células-Tronco Neurais/citologia , Células-Tronco Neurais/metabolismo , Optogenética/métodos , Fosforilação , Proteínas Serina-Treonina Quinases/metabolismo , Transdução de Sinais
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PLoS Biol ; 18(8): e3000790, 2020 08.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32776918

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Concentrative nucleoside transporters (CNTs), members of the solute carrier (SLC) 28 transporter family, facilitate the salvage of nucleosides and therapeutic nucleoside derivatives across the plasma membrane. Despite decades of investigation, the structures of human CNTs remain unknown. We determined the cryogenic electron microscopy (cryo-EM) structure of human CNT (hCNT) 3 at an overall resolution of 3.6 Å. As with its bacterial homologs, hCNT3 presents a trimeric architecture with additional N-terminal transmembrane helices to stabilize the conserved central domains. The conserved binding sites for the substrate and sodium ions unravel the selective nucleoside transport and distinct coupling mechanism. Structural comparison of hCNT3 with bacterial homologs indicates that hCNT3 is stabilized in an inward-facing conformation. This study provides the molecular determinants for the transport mechanism of hCNTs and potentially facilitates the design of nucleoside drugs.


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Proteínas de Bactérias/química , Proteínas de Membrana Transportadoras/química , Uridina/química , Animais , Proteínas de Bactérias/genética , Proteínas de Bactérias/metabolismo , Baculoviridae/genética , Baculoviridae/metabolismo , Sítios de Ligação , Transporte Biológico , Clonagem Molecular , Microscopia Crioeletrônica , Expressão Gênica , Vetores Genéticos/química , Vetores Genéticos/metabolismo , Humanos , Proteínas de Membrana Transportadoras/genética , Proteínas de Membrana Transportadoras/metabolismo , Modelos Moleculares , Ligação Proteica , Conformação Proteica em alfa-Hélice , Domínios e Motivos de Interação entre Proteínas , Proteínas Recombinantes/química , Proteínas Recombinantes/genética , Proteínas Recombinantes/metabolismo , Células Sf9 , Spodoptera , Homologia Estrutural de Proteína , Especificidade por Substrato , Uridina/metabolismo
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PLoS Pathog ; 16(8): e1008761, 2020 08.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32790758

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The virus-bacterial synergism implicated in secondary bacterial infections caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae following infection with epidemic or pandemic influenza A virus (IAV) is well documented. However, the molecular mechanisms behind such synergism remain largely ill-defined. In pneumocytes infected with influenza A virus, subsequent infection with S. pneumoniae leads to enhanced pneumococcal intracellular survival. The pneumococcal two-component system SirRH appears essential for such enhanced survival. Through comparative transcriptomic analysis between the ΔsirR and wt strains, a list of 179 differentially expressed genes was defined. Among those, the clpL protein chaperone gene and the psaB Mn+2 transporter gene, which are involved in the stress response, are important in enhancing S. pneumoniae survival in influenza-infected cells. The ΔsirR, ΔclpL and ΔpsaB deletion mutants display increased susceptibility to acidic and oxidative stress and no enhancement of intracellular survival in IAV-infected pneumocyte cells. These results suggest that the SirRH two-component system senses IAV-induced stress conditions and controls adaptive responses that allow survival of S. pneumoniae in IAV-infected pneumocytes.


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Proteínas de Bactérias/metabolismo , Coinfecção/mortalidade , Vírus da Influenza A/patogenicidade , Influenza Humana/mortalidade , Pulmão/patologia , Infecções Pneumocócicas/mortalidade , Streptococcus pneumoniae/patogenicidade , Proteínas de Bactérias/genética , Sobrevivência Celular , Coinfecção/epidemiologia , Humanos , Influenza Humana/microbiologia , Influenza Humana/patologia , Influenza Humana/virologia , Pulmão/microbiologia , Pulmão/virologia , Infecções Pneumocócicas/microbiologia , Infecções Pneumocócicas/patologia , Infecções Pneumocócicas/virologia , Proteínas Quinases/genética , Proteínas Quinases/metabolismo , Streptococcus pneumoniae/metabolismo , Estresse Fisiológico , Virulência
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