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Mol Cell ; 80(2): 175-177, 2020 10 15.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33065017

RESUMO

Eisenbart et al. (2020) find an SSR-associated sRNA, NikS, that is subject to variable repeat-controlled expression. NikS regulates H. pylori virulence by post-transcriptionally repressing pathogenicity factors, including CagA and VacA, via base-pairing to their mRNAs.


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Helicobacter pylori , Fatores de Virulência , DNA , Regulação Bacteriana da Expressão Gênica , Helicobacter pylori/genética , RNA Bacteriano/genética , Virulência/genética
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Front Immunol ; 11: 552909, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33013925

RESUMO

The 2019 novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) pandemic has caused a global health emergency. The outbreak of this virus has raised a number of questions: What is SARS-CoV-2? How transmissible is SARS-CoV-2? How severely affected are patients infected with SARS-CoV-2? What are the risk factors for viral infection? What are the differences between this novel coronavirus and other coronaviruses? To answer these questions, we performed a comparative study of four pathogenic viruses that primarily attack the respiratory system and may cause death, namely, SARS-CoV-2, severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS-CoV), Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS-CoV), and influenza A viruses (H1N1 and H3N2 strains). This comparative study provides a critical evaluation of the origin, genomic features, transmission, and pathogenicity of these viruses. Because the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic caused by SARS-CoV-2 is ongoing, this evaluation may inform public health administrators and medical experts to aid in curbing the pandemic's progression.


Assuntos
Betacoronavirus/genética , Infecções por Coronavirus/epidemiologia , Vírus da Influenza A Subtipo H1N1/genética , Vírus da Influenza A Subtipo H3N2/genética , Influenza Humana/epidemiologia , Coronavírus da Síndrome Respiratória do Oriente Médio/genética , Pneumonia Viral/epidemiologia , Vírus da SARS/genética , Síndrome Respiratória Aguda Grave/epidemiologia , Animais , Betacoronavirus/patogenicidade , Aves/virologia , Infecções por Coronavirus/transmissão , Infecções por Coronavirus/virologia , Genoma Viral , Humanos , Vírus da Influenza A Subtipo H1N1/patogenicidade , Vírus da Influenza A Subtipo H3N2/patogenicidade , Influenza Aviária/epidemiologia , Influenza Aviária/transmissão , Influenza Aviária/virologia , Influenza Humana/transmissão , Influenza Humana/virologia , Coronavírus da Síndrome Respiratória do Oriente Médio/patogenicidade , Pandemias , Pneumonia Viral/transmissão , Pneumonia Viral/virologia , Vírus da SARS/patogenicidade , Síndrome Respiratória Aguda Grave/transmissão , Síndrome Respiratória Aguda Grave/virologia , Virulência/imunologia
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Folia Biol (Praha) ; 66(3): 91-103, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33069188

RESUMO

The most recent genome-editing system called CRISPR-Cas9 (clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeat system with associated protein 9-nuclease) was employed to delete four non-essential genes (i.e., Caeco1, Caidh1, Carom2, and Cataf10) individually to establish their gene functionality annotations in pathogen Candida albicans. The biological roles of these genes were investigated with respect to the cell wall integrity and biogenesis, calcium/calcineurin pathways, susceptibility of mutants towards temperature, drugs and salts. All the mutants showed increased vulnerability compared to the wild-type background strain towards the cell wall-perturbing agents, (antifungal) drugs and salts. All the mutants also exhibited repressed and defective hyphal growth and smaller colony size than control CA14. The cell cycle of all the mutants decreased enormously except for those with Carom2 deletion. The budding index and budding size also increased for all mutants with altered bud shape. The disposition of the mutants towards cell wall-perturbing enzymes disclosed lower survival and more rapid cell wall lysis events than in wild types. The pathogenicity and virulence of the mutants was checked by adhesion assay, and strains lacking rom2 and eco1 were found to possess the least adhesion capacity, which is synonymous to their decreased pathogenicity and virulence.


Assuntos
Candida albicans/fisiologia , Proteínas Fúngicas/fisiologia , Genes Fúngicos , Acetiltransferases/deficiência , Acetiltransferases/genética , Acetiltransferases/fisiologia , Antifúngicos/farmacologia , Sistemas CRISPR-Cas , Cálcio/fisiologia , Candida albicans/efeitos dos fármacos , Candida albicans/genética , Candida albicans/patogenicidade , Cátions/farmacologia , Adesão Celular , Ciclo Celular , Parede Celular/efeitos dos fármacos , Quitinases/farmacologia , Dano ao DNA , Proteínas Fúngicas/genética , Deleção de Genes , Glucana Endo-1,3-beta-D-Glucosidase/farmacologia , Hifas/crescimento & desenvolvimento , Isocitrato Desidrogenase/deficiência , Isocitrato Desidrogenase/genética , Isocitrato Desidrogenase/fisiologia , Fases de Leitura Aberta , Reprodução Assexuada , Fatores Associados à Proteína de Ligação a TATA/deficiência , Fatores Associados à Proteína de Ligação a TATA/genética , Fatores Associados à Proteína de Ligação a TATA/fisiologia , Virulência/genética
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 4947, 2020 10 02.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33009392

RESUMO

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.


Assuntos
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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Am J Dent ; 33(5): 273-276, 2020 Oct.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33017531

RESUMO

PURPOSE: To evaluate the effect of glass-ionomer cement (GIC) on gene expression (gtfC, gtfD, covR, and vicR) of Streptococcus mutans (S. mutans) biofilms at 2, 4 and 24 hours. METHODS: Six groups were tested according to the materials and time observation, as follows: ceramic (IPS Empress Esthetic), as the control group, and GIC (Ketac Molar Easymix); and time points of S. mutans biofilm formation (2, 4, and 24 hours). Round-shaped samples (10 x 2 mm) of each material were prepared according to the manufacturers' specifications. GIC discs were handled in a laminar flow hood under aseptic conditions and stored at 100% relative humidity at 37°C for 24 hours to complete setting reaction. The samples were placed in a 24-well plate and immersed in 1.5 ml BHI + 1% sucrose with an inoculum of S. mutans UA159 to allow biofilm growth during 2, 4, and 24 hours. Next, the samples were removed, vortexed and centrifuged to collect cell pellets (n=5) for each material and time point. Pellets were stored at -80°C. Then, RNA was purified using the RNeasy Mini Kit protocol. The RNA was converted in cDNA using iScript cDNA Synthesis according to the manufacturer's recommendations. Analysis of gtfC, gtfD, vicR, and covR expressions was performed using Step One Real-Time qPCR device with specific primers for each gene and the analysis normalized by 16S reference gene expression. Data from gtfC, gtfD, and vicR were analyzed by t-test to compare between groups while Mann-Whitney was used to analyze covR expression (α= 0.05). RESULTS: No significant differences at 2 and 4 hours between materials for all analyzed genes were noted. However, in the 24-hour period, a significant decrease in gtfC and vicR expressions were observed, while covR expression increased when GIC was compared to ceramic. CLINICAL SIGNIFICANCE: The use of glass-ionomer cement decreased the virulence of S. mutans biofilms, which may imply a reduced bacterial cariogenic potential.


Assuntos
Cimentos de Ionômeros de Vidro/farmacologia , Streptococcus mutans/genética , Biofilmes , Sacarose , Virulência
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Biomolecules ; 10(9)2020 09 11.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32933047

RESUMO

Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) is causing a pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The worldwide transmission of COVID-19 from human to human is spreading like wildfire, affecting almost every country in the world. In the past 100 years, the globe did not face a microbial pandemic similar in scale to COVID-19. Taken together, both previous outbreaks of other members of the coronavirus family (severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS-CoV) and middle east respiratory syndrome (MERS-CoV)) did not produce even 1% of the global harm already inflicted by COVID-19. There are also four other CoVs capable of infecting humans (HCoVs), which circulate continuously in the human population, but their phenotypes are generally mild, and these HCoVs received relatively little attention. These dramatic differences between infection with HCoVs, SARS-CoV, MERS-CoV, and SARS-CoV-2 raise many questions, such as: Why is COVID-19 transmitted so quickly? Is it due to some specific features of the viral structure? Are there some specific human (host) factors? Are there some environmental factors? The aim of this review is to collect and concisely summarize the possible and logical answers to these questions.


Assuntos
Betacoronavirus/patogenicidade , Infecções por Coronavirus/transmissão , Coronavirus/patogenicidade , Pandemias , Pneumonia Viral/transmissão , Fatores Etários , Animais , Betacoronavirus/genética , Infecções por Coronavirus/complicações , Infecções por Coronavirus/epidemiologia , Infecções por Coronavirus/veterinária , Infecções por Coronavirus/virologia , Síndrome da Liberação de Citocina/etiologia , Síndrome da Liberação de Citocina/fisiopatologia , Surtos de Doenças , Reservatórios de Doenças/virologia , Feminino , Saúde Global , Especificidade de Hospedeiro , Interações Hospedeiro-Patógeno , Humanos , Masculino , Coronavírus da Síndrome Respiratória do Oriente Médio/patogenicidade , Especificidade de Órgãos , Peptídeo Hidrolases/fisiologia , Peptidil Dipeptidase A/fisiologia , Pneumonia Viral/complicações , Pneumonia Viral/epidemiologia , Pneumonia Viral/virologia , Receptores Virais/fisiologia , Fatores de Risco , Vírus da SARS/patogenicidade , Síndrome Respiratória Aguda Grave/epidemiologia , Proteínas Virais/fisiologia , Tropismo Viral , Virulência , Internalização do Vírus
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Virulence ; 11(1): 1240-1249, 2020 12.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32930632

RESUMO

Eight members of a big family with laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 pneumonia were admitted to First Hospital of Jilin University, Changchun, China, from 28 January to 5 February 2020. The clinical records, laboratory results, and chest computed tomography (CT) scans were retrospectively reviewed. Throat swab samples were positive for severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2, confirmed by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention of Changchun. All eight patients had fever of different degrees; and 6, 3, and 2 had cough; diarrhea; and sore throat. With disease progression, the percentage of lymphocytes in older patients increased, CT images worsened, and the ratio of lymphocytes increased when images revealed inflammation absorption. Although the CT images showed ground-glass opacities in the youngest patient, his lymphocyte count did not decrease with mild clinical symptoms, and the images showed that inflammation was quickly absorbed. Only the oldest patient developed critical illness. The C reaction protein (CRP) levels of Patient 5 increased significantly, and the rate of decline was the slowest, while his condition was the most severe. The clinical manifestations of COVID-19 in this family cluster varied with contact, age, and underlying disease. Lymphocyte count and quality of chest CT images appeared inversely associated with disease severity. CRP changes may be an indicator of disease severity and prognosis.


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Betacoronavirus , Técnicas de Laboratório Clínico , Infecções por Coronavirus/diagnóstico , Infecções por Coronavirus/transmissão , Pneumonia Viral/diagnóstico , Pneumonia Viral/transmissão , Adulto , Idoso , Idoso de 80 Anos ou mais , Betacoronavirus/patogenicidade , China/epidemiologia , Infecções por Coronavirus/epidemiologia , Família , Feminino , Humanos , Pulmão/diagnóstico por imagem , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Pandemias , Linhagem , Pneumonia Viral/epidemiologia , Estudos Retrospectivos , Fatores de Tempo , Tomografia Computadorizada por Raios X , Virulência
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Virulence ; 11(1): 1250-1256, 2020 12.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32921249

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The cause of some patients with negative RT-PCR results experienced turn-positive after treatment remains unclear. In addition, understanding the correlation between changes in clinical data in the course of COVID-19 and treatment outcomes is of great importance in determining the prognosis of COVID-19. To perform cause analysis of RT-PCR turn-positive and the effective screening factors related to treatment outcome in COVID-19. Clinical data, including clinical manifestations, laboratory tests, radiography results, treatment methods and outcomes, were retrospectively collected and analyzed from January to March 2020 in Renmin Hospitals of Wuhan University. 116 COVID-19 patients (40 in recurrent group, 29 in recovered group and 47 in unrecovered group) were recruited. In the recurrent group, white blood cell, Neutrophils, prothrombin time, activated partial thromboplastin time, CD3, CD4, CD8, ratio of CD4/CD8, IgG and C4 complement were of significant difference among the baseline, negative and turn-positive time points. CD19 and CT scan results were found notable difference between recurrent group and recovered group. Odds from CD3, CD4, CD8, CD19, IgM, C3 complement, C4 complement and CT scan results validated associations with clinical outcomes of COVID-19. The so-called recurrence in some COVID-19 patients may be due to the false-negative of nucleic acid test results from nasopharyngeal swabs. Levels of CD3, CD4, CD8, CD19, IgM, C3 complement, C4 complement and CT results were significantly correlated with the outcome of COVID-19. The cellular immunity test could be beneficial to further screen the reliability of RT-PCR test on the basis of CT images.


Assuntos
Betacoronavirus , Técnicas de Laboratório Clínico , Infecções por Coronavirus/diagnóstico , Infecções por Coronavirus/terapia , Pneumonia Viral/diagnóstico , Pneumonia Viral/terapia , Reação em Cadeia da Polimerase Via Transcriptase Reversa , Adulto , Betacoronavirus/imunologia , Betacoronavirus/patogenicidade , China/epidemiologia , Estudos de Coortes , Infecções por Coronavirus/epidemiologia , Reações Falso-Negativas , Feminino , Humanos , Imunidade Celular , Pulmão/diagnóstico por imagem , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Pandemias , Pneumonia Viral/epidemiologia , Prognóstico , Recidiva , Estudos Retrospectivos , Fatores de Risco , Tomografia Computadorizada por Raios X , Resultado do Tratamento , Virulência
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 4697, 2020 09 17.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32943639

RESUMO

Unassisted metastasis through the lymphatic system is a mechanism of dissemination thus far ascribed only to cancer cells. Here, we report that Streptococcus pyogenes also hijack lymphatic vessels to escape a local infection site, transiting through sequential lymph nodes and efferent lymphatic vessels to enter the bloodstream. Contrasting with previously reported mechanisms of intracellular pathogen carriage by phagocytes, we show S. pyogenes remain extracellular during transit, first in afferent and then efferent lymphatics that carry the bacteria through successive draining lymph nodes. We identify streptococcal virulence mechanisms important for bacterial lymphatic dissemination and show that metastatic streptococci within infected lymph nodes resist and subvert clearance by phagocytes, enabling replication that can seed intense bloodstream infection. The findings establish the lymphatic system as both a survival niche and conduit to the bloodstream for S. pyogenes, explaining the phenomenon of occult bacteraemia. This work provides new perspectives in streptococcal pathogenesis with implications for immunity.


Assuntos
Linfonodos/microbiologia , Metástase Linfática , Vasos Linfáticos/microbiologia , Infecções Estreptocócicas/microbiologia , Streptococcus pyogenes/patogenicidade , Animais , Bacteriemia/microbiologia , Bacteriemia/patologia , Modelos Animais de Doenças , Feminino , Interleucina-8/metabolismo , Linfonodos/imunologia , Linfonodos/patologia , Metástase Linfática/patologia , Sistema Linfático , Vasos Linfáticos/patologia , Camundongos , Camundongos Endogâmicos BALB C , Camundongos Endogâmicos C57BL , Neutrófilos/microbiologia , Fagocitose , Infecções Estreptocócicas/imunologia , Infecções Estreptocócicas/patologia , Streptococcus pyogenes/genética , Virulência
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 4626, 2020 09 15.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32934228

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The blooming cosmopolitan coccolithophore Emiliania huxleyi and its viruses (EhVs) are a model for density-dependent virulent dynamics. EhVs commonly exhibit rapid viral reproduction and drive host death in high-density laboratory cultures and mesocosms that simulate blooms. Here we show that this system exhibits physiology-dependent temperate dynamics at environmentally relevant E. huxleyi host densities rather than virulent dynamics, with viruses switching from a long-term non-lethal temperate phase in healthy hosts to a lethal lytic stage as host cells become physiologically stressed. Using this system as a model for temperate infection dynamics, we present a template to diagnose temperate infection in other virus-host systems by integrating experimental, theoretical, and environmental approaches. Finding temperate dynamics in such an established virulent host-virus model system indicates that temperateness may be more pervasive than previously considered, and that the role of viruses in bloom formation and decline may be governed by host physiology rather than by host-virus densities.


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Haptófitas/virologia , Vírus de Plantas/fisiologia , Vírus de Plantas/patogenicidade , Haptófitas/fisiologia , Interações Hospedeiro-Patógeno , Modelos Biológicos , Virulência
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J Transl Med ; 18(1): 329, 2020 08 31.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32867854

RESUMO

BACKGROUND: The new Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2), which was first detected in Wuhan (China) in December of 2019 is responsible for the current global pandemic. Phylogenetic analysis revealed that it is similar to other betacoronaviruses, such as SARS-CoV and Middle-Eastern Respiratory Syndrome, MERS-CoV. Its genome is ∼ 30 kb in length and contains two large overlapping polyproteins, ORF1a and ORF1ab that encode for several structural and non-structural proteins. The non-structural protein 1 (nsp1) is arguably the most important pathogenic determinant, and previous studies on SARS-CoV indicate that it is both involved in viral replication and hampering the innate immune system response. Detailed experiments of site-specific mutagenesis and in vitro reconstitution studies determined that the mechanisms of action are mediated by (a) the presence of specific amino acid residues of nsp1 and (b) the interaction between the protein and the host's small ribosomal unit. In fact, substitution of certain amino acids resulted in reduction of its negative effects. METHODS: A total of 17,928 genome sequences were obtained from the GISAID database (December 2019 to July 2020) from patients infected by SARS-CoV-2 from different areas around the world. Genomes alignment was performed using MAFFT (REFF) and the nsp1 genomic regions were identified using BioEdit and verified using BLAST. Nsp1 protein of SARS-CoV-2 with and without deletion have been subsequently modelled using I-TASSER. RESULTS: We identified SARS-CoV-2 genome sequences, from several Countries, carrying a previously unknown deletion of 9 nucleotides in position 686-694, corresponding to the AA position 241-243 (KSF). This deletion was found in different geographical areas. Structural prediction modelling suggests an effect on the C-terminal tail structure. CONCLUSIONS: Modelling analysis of a newly identified deletion of 3 amino acids (KSF) of SARS-CoV-2 nsp1 suggests that this deletion could affect the structure of the C-terminal region of the protein, important for regulation of viral replication and negative effect on host's gene expression. In addition, substitution of the two amino acids (KS) from nsp1 of SARS-CoV was previously reported to revert loss of interferon-alpha expression. The deletion that we describe indicates that SARS-CoV-2 is undergoing profound genomic changes. It is important to: (i) confirm the spreading of this particular viral strain, and potentially of strains with other deletions in the nsp1 protein, both in the population of asymptomatic and pauci-symptomatic subjects, and (ii) correlate these changes in nsp1 with potential decreased viral pathogenicity.


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Betacoronavirus/genética , Infecções por Coronavirus/virologia , Pneumonia Viral/virologia , Deleção de Sequência , Proteínas não Estruturais Virais/genética , Sequência de Aminoácidos , Sequência de Bases , Betacoronavirus/patogenicidade , Doenças Transmissíveis Emergentes/virologia , Infecções por Coronavirus/epidemiologia , Frequência do Gene , Genoma Viral , Geografia , Humanos , Lisina/genética , Modelos Moleculares , Pandemias/estatística & dados numéricos , Fenilalanina/genética , Pneumonia Viral/epidemiologia , Domínios Proteicos/genética , Serina/genética , Proteínas não Estruturais Virais/química , Virulência/genética , Replicação Viral/genética
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PLoS Pathog ; 16(9): e1008328, 2020 09.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32936835

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Candida albicans cells depend on the energy derived from amino acid catabolism to induce and sustain hyphal growth inside phagosomes of engulfing macrophages. The concomitant deamination of amino acids is thought to neutralize the acidic microenvironment of phagosomes, a presumed requisite for survival and initiation of hyphal growth. Here, in contrast to an existing model, we show that mitochondrial-localized NAD+-dependent glutamate dehydrogenase (GDH2) catalyzing the deamination of glutamate to α-ketoglutarate, and not the cytosolic urea amidolyase (DUR1,2), accounts for the observed alkalization of media when amino acids are the sole sources of carbon and nitrogen. C. albicans strains lacking GDH2 (gdh2-/-) are viable and do not extrude ammonia on amino acid-based media. Environmental alkalization does not occur under conditions of high glucose (2%), a finding attributable to glucose-repression of GDH2 expression and mitochondrial function. Consistently, inhibition of oxidative phosphorylation or mitochondrial translation by antimycin A or chloramphenicol, respectively, prevents alkalization. GDH2 expression and mitochondrial function are derepressed as glucose levels are lowered from 2% (~110 mM) to 0.2% (~11 mM), or when glycerol is used as primary carbon source. Using time-lapse microscopy, we document that gdh2-/- cells survive, filament and escape from primary murine macrophages at rates indistinguishable from wildtype. In intact hosts, such as in fly and murine models of systemic candidiasis, gdh2-/- mutants are as virulent as wildtype. Thus, although Gdh2 has a critical role in central nitrogen metabolism, Gdh2-catalyzed deamination of glutamate is surprisingly dispensable for escape from macrophages and virulence. Consistently, using the pH-sensitive dye (pHrodo), we observed no significant difference between wildtype and gdh2-/- mutants in phagosomal pH modulation. Following engulfment of fungal cells, the phagosomal compartment is rapidly acidified and hyphal growth initiates and sustained under consistently acidic conditions within phagosomes. Together, our results demonstrate that amino acid-dependent alkalization is not essential for hyphal growth, survival in macrophages and hosts. An accurate understanding of the microenvironment within macrophage phagosomes and the metabolic events underlying the survival of phagocytized C. albicans cells and their escape are critical to understanding the host-pathogen interactions that ultimately determine the pathogenic outcome.


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Candida albicans/imunologia , Candidíase/imunologia , Drosophila melanogaster/imunologia , Glutamato Desidrogenase/metabolismo , Macrófagos/imunologia , Aminoácidos/genética , Aminoácidos/metabolismo , Animais , Candida albicans/patogenicidade , Candidíase/metabolismo , Candidíase/microbiologia , Drosophila melanogaster/metabolismo , Drosophila melanogaster/microbiologia , Feminino , Proteínas Fúngicas/genética , Proteínas Fúngicas/metabolismo , Glutamato Desidrogenase/genética , Interações Hospedeiro-Patógeno , Concentração de Íons de Hidrogênio , Macrófagos/microbiologia , Camundongos , Camundongos Endogâmicos C57BL , Nitrogênio , Fagossomos/imunologia , Fagossomos/metabolismo , Fagossomos/microbiologia , Virulência
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Viruses ; 12(9)2020 09 22.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32971954

RESUMO

The relationship between parasite virulence and transmission is a pillar of evolutionary theory that has implications for public health. Part of this canon involves the idea that virulence and free-living survival (a key component of transmission) may have different relationships in different host-parasite systems. Most examinations of the evolution of virulence-transmission relationships-Theoretical or empirical in nature-Tend to focus on the evolution of virulence, with transmission being a secondary consideration. Even within transmission studies, the focus on free-living survival is a smaller subset, though recent studies have examined its importance in the ecology of infectious diseases. Few studies have examined the epidemic-scale consequences of variation in survival across different virulence-survival relationships. In this study, we utilize a mathematical model motivated by aspects of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) natural history to investigate how evolutionary changes in survival may influence several aspects of disease dynamics at the epidemiological scale. Across virulence-survival relationships (where these traits are either positively or negatively correlated), we found that small changes (5% above and below the nominal value) in survival can have a meaningful effect on certain outbreak features, including R0, and on the size of the infectious peak in the population. These results highlight the importance of properly understanding the mechanistic relationship between virulence and parasite survival, as the evolution of increased survival across different relationships with virulence may have considerably different epidemiological signatures.


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Betacoronavirus/fisiologia , Betacoronavirus/patogenicidade , Infecções por Coronavirus/transmissão , Pneumonia Viral/transmissão , Número Básico de Reprodução , Evolução Biológica , Infecções por Coronavirus/epidemiologia , Infecções por Coronavirus/virologia , Interações Hospedeiro-Patógeno , Humanos , Viabilidade Microbiana , Modelos Biológicos , Pandemias , Pneumonia Viral/epidemiologia , Pneumonia Viral/virologia , Prevalência , Virulência
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PLoS One ; 15(8): e0238151, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32833990

RESUMO

Bacteria often possess relatively flexible genome structures and adaptive genetic variants that allow survival in unfavorable growth conditions. Bacterial survival tactics in disadvantageous microenvironments include mutations that are beneficial against threats in their niche. Here, we report that the aerobic rice bacterial pathogen Burkholderia glumae BGR1 changes a specific gene for improved survival in static culture conditions. Static culture triggered formation of colony variants with deletions or point mutations in the gene bspP (BGLU_RS28885), which putatively encodes a protein that contains PDC2, PAS-9, SpoIIE, and HATPase domains. The null mutant of bspP survived longer in static culture conditions and produced a higher level of bis-(3'-5')-cyclic dimeric guanosine monophosphate than the wild type. Expression of the bacterial cellulose synthase regulator (bcsB) gene was upregulated in the mutant, consistent with the observation that the mutant formed pellicles faster than the wild type. Mature pellicle formation was observed in the bspP mutant before pellicle formation in wild-type BGR1. However, the population density of the bspP null mutant decreased substantially when grown in Luria-Bertani medium with vigorous agitation due to failure of oxalate-mediated detoxification of the alkaline environment. The bspP null mutant was less virulent and exhibited less effective colonization of rice plants than the wild type. All phenotypes caused by mutations in bspP were recovered to those of the wild type by genetic complementation. Thus, although wild-type B. glumae BGR1 prolonged viability by spontaneous mutation under static culture conditions, such genetic changes negatively affected colonization in rice plants. These results suggest that adaptive gene sacrifice of B. glumae to survive unfavorable growth conditions is not always desirable as it can adversely affect adaptability in the host.


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Adaptação Biológica/genética , Burkholderia/genética , Burkholderia/metabolismo , Burkholderia/patogenicidade , Regulação Bacteriana da Expressão Gênica/genética , Genoma Bacteriano/genética , Genômica/métodos , Mutação , Oryza/microbiologia , Doenças das Plantas/microbiologia , Percepção de Quorum/genética , Virulência/genética
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Plant Dis ; 104(10): 2585-2597, 2020 Oct.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32813612

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Quinoa black stem is a new disease that affects the stems of quinoa plants and is more likely to develop under cool conditions (15 to 25°C, RH = 55 ± 2%). The typical symptoms include the formation of black necrotic lesions on the stem, which can completely wrap around the stem, causing lodging and blanking (development of 'empty' and sterile grain on the panicle). Furthermore, the pycnidia form small round protrusions on the surface of the lesions. Phylogenetic analysis revealed that representative isolates LMHS-3 and LMHS-5 were closely related to Ascochyta caulina (teleomorph: Neocamarosporium calvescens). Comprehensive morphological and molecular characterizations confirmed A. caulina as the pathogen that caused quinoa black stem. A. caulina mainly infected quinoa stems and could produce many pycnidia, but it rarely infected quinoa leaves. Pathogenicity testing showed that the most suitable temperature for the onset of quinoa black stem was from 15 to 25°C. When the temperature was increased above 30°C, the conidial germination of A. caulina became malformed, and when the temperature was decreased below 5°C, mycelium growth of A. caulina became extremely slow; thus, both extreme high and low temperatures affected the pathogenicity of A. caulina. Mancozeb and azoxystrobin fungicides were revealed to have had the strongest inhibitory effects on the conidial germination of A. caulina, and in some cases caused malformations in conidial germination. Tebuconazole and difenoconazole had the strongest inhibitory effects on A. caulina mycelial growth and less on the effects on the conidial germination. The results of the present study provide a basis for the recognition and management of quinoa black stem.


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Chenopodium quinoa , Fungicidas Industriais/farmacologia , China , Filogenia , Doenças das Plantas , Esporos Fúngicos/efeitos dos fármacos , Virulência
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Plant Dis ; 104(10): 2571-2584, 2020 Oct.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32816625

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In recent years in China, leaf spot caused by Colletotrichum species has been an emerging disease of Philodendron tatei cv. Congo. From 2016 to 2019, typical symptoms, appearing as circular or ovoid, sunken, and brown lesions with a yellow halo, were commonly observed on P. tatei cv. Congo in and around Lanzhou, Gansu Province, China. Conidiomata were often visible on infected leaf surfaces. Leaf disease incidence was approximately 5 to 20%. A total of 126 single-spored Colletotrichum isolates were obtained from leaf lesions. Multilocus phylogenetic relationships were analyzed based on seven genomic loci (ITS, ACT, GAPDH, HIS3, CAL, CHS-1, and TUB2) and the morphological characters of the isolates determined. These isolates were identified as three Colletotrichum species in this study. A further 93 isolates, accounting for 74% of all Colletotrichum isolates, were described as new species and named as Colletotrichum philodendricola sp. nov. after the host plant genus name, Philodendron; another two isolates were named as C. pseudoboninense sp. nov. based on phylogenetic and morphological relativeness to C. boninense; the other 31 isolates, belonging to the C. orchidearum species complex, were identified as a known species-C. orchidearum. Both novel species C. philodendricola and C. pseudoboninense belong to the C. boninense species complex. Pathogenicity tests by both spray and point inoculations confirmed that all three species could infect leaves of P. tatei cv. Congo. For spray inoculation, the mean infection rate of leaves on the three species was only 4.7% (0 to 12%), and the size on lesions was mostly 1 to 2 mm in length. For point inoculation, 30 days after nonwounding inoculation, the infection rate on leaves was 0 to 35%; in wounding inoculation, the infection rate of leaves was 35 to 65%; wounding in healthy leaves greatly enhanced the pathogenicity of these three species to P. tatei cv. Congo; however, the sizes of lesions among the three species were not significantly different. To our knowledge, this is the first report of Colletotrichum species associated with anthracnose diseases on P. tatei cv. Congo. Results obtained in this study will assist the disease prevention and appropriate management strategies.


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Colletotrichum/genética , Philodendron , China , Congo , DNA Fúngico/genética , Filogenia , Doenças das Plantas , Virulência
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PLoS One ; 15(8): e0232305, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32785271

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Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) that cause severe disease predominantly carry the toxin gene variant stx2a. However, the role of Shiga toxin in the ruminant reservoirs of this zoonotic pathogen is poorly understood and strains that cause severe disease in humans (HUSEC) likely constitute a small and atypical subset of the overall STEC flora. The aim of this study was to investigate the presence of stx2a in samples from cattle and to isolate and characterize stx2a-positive E. coli. In nationwide surveys in Sweden and Norway samples were collected from individual cattle or from cattle herds, respectively. Samples were tested for Shiga toxin genes by real-time PCR and amplicon sequencing and stx2a-positive isolates were whole genome sequenced. Among faecal samples from Sweden, stx1 was detected in 37%, stx2 in 53% and stx2a in 5% and in skin (ear) samples in 64%, 79% and 2% respectively. In Norway, 79% of the herds were positive for stx1, 93% for stx2 and 17% for stx2a. Based on amplicon sequencing the most common stx2 types in samples from Swedish cattle were stx2a and stx2d. Multilocus sequence typing (MLST) of 39 stx2a-positive isolates collected from both countries revealed substantial diversity with 19 different sequence types. Only a few classical LEE-positive strains similar to HUSEC were found among the stx2a-positive isolates, notably a single O121:H19 and an O26:H11. Lineages known to include LEE-negative HUSEC were also recovered including, such as O113:H21 (sequence type ST-223), O130:H11 (ST-297), and O101:H33 (ST-330). We conclude that E. coli encoding stx2a in cattle are ranging from strains similar to HUSEC to unknown STEC variants. Comparison of isolates from human HUS cases to related STEC from the ruminant reservoirs can help identify combinations of virulence attributes necessary to cause HUS, as well as provide a better understanding of the routes of infection for rare and emerging pathogenic STEC.


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Bovinos/microbiologia , Toxina Shiga II/genética , Escherichia coli Shiga Toxigênica/genética , Animais , Reservatórios de Doenças/microbiologia , Infecções por Escherichia coli/epidemiologia , Infecções por Escherichia coli/microbiologia , Variação Genética , Genoma Bacteriano , Síndrome Hemolítico-Urêmica/epidemiologia , Síndrome Hemolítico-Urêmica/microbiologia , Humanos , Tipagem de Sequências Multilocus , Noruega/epidemiologia , Prevalência , Reação em Cadeia da Polimerase em Tempo Real , Escherichia coli Shiga Toxigênica/citologia , Escherichia coli Shiga Toxigênica/isolamento & purificação , Suécia/epidemiologia , Virulência/genética , Zoonoses/epidemiologia , Zoonoses/microbiologia
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Appl Microbiol Biotechnol ; 104(19): 8427-8437, 2020 Oct.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32813067

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Infectious bronchitis virus (IBV) is a member of genus gamma-coronavirus in the family Coronaviridae, causing serious economic losses to the poultry industry. Reverse genetics is a common technique to study the biological characteristics of viruses. So far, there is no BAC reverse genetic system available for rescue of IBV infectious clone. In the present study, a new strategy for the construction of IBV infectious cDNA clone was established. The full-length genomic cDNA of IBV vaccine strain H120 was constructed in pBAC vector from four IBV fragment subcloning vectors by homologous recombination, which contained the CMV promoter at the 5' end and the hepatitis D virus ribozyme (HDVR) sequence and bovine growth hormone polyadenylation (BGH) sequence after the polyA tail at the 3' end of the full-length cDNA. Subsequently, using the same technique, another plasmid pBAC-H120/SCS1 was also constructed, in which S1 gene from IBV H120 strain was replaced with that of a virulent SC021202 strain. Recombinant virus rH120 and rH120/SCS1 were rescued by transfecting the plasmids into BHK cells and passaged in embryonated chicken eggs. Finally, the pathogenicity of both the recombinant virus strains rH120 and rH120/SCS1 was evaluated in SPF chickens. The results showed that the chimeric rH120/SCS1 strain was not pathogenic compared with the wild-type IBV SC021202 strain and the chickens inoculated with rH120/SCS1 could resist challenge infection by IBV SC021202. Taken together, our results indicate that BAC reverse genetic system could be used to rescue IBV in vitro and IBV S1 protein alone might not be the key factor for IBV pathogenicity. KEY POINTS: • BAC vector was used to construct IBV full-length cDNA by homologous recombination. • Based on four subcloning vectors, a recombinant chimeric IBV H120/SCS1 was constructed and rescued. • Pathogenicity of H120/SCS1 was similar to that of H120, but different to that of SC021202.


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Vírus da Bronquite Infecciosa/genética , Vírus da Bronquite Infecciosa/patogenicidade , Proteínas Virais/genética , Animais , Embrião de Galinha , Galinhas , Infecções por Coronavirus/veterinária , DNA Complementar , Recombinação Homóloga , Doenças das Aves Domésticas/virologia , Proteínas Recombinantes/genética , Vacinas Virais/genética , Vacinas Virais/imunologia , Virulência/genética
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