Bacterial traits that contribute to disease are termed virulence factors and there is much interest in therapeutic approaches that disrupt such traits. What remains less clear is whether a virulence factor identified as such in a particular context is also important in infections involving different host and pathogen types. Here, we address this question using a meta-analytic approach. We statistically analyzed the infection outcomes of 76 experiments associated with one well-studied virulence factor - pyoverdine, an iron-scavenging compound secreted by the opportunistic pathogen Pseudomonas aeruginosa. We found that this factor is consistently involved with virulence across different infection contexts. However, the magnitude of the effect of pyoverdine on virulence varied considerably. Moreover, its effect on virulence was relatively minor in many cases, suggesting that pyoverdine is not indispensable in infections. Our works supports theoretical models from ecology predicting that disease severity
Streptococcus pneumoniae is an important human pathogen in all age groups worldwide that causes a variety of diseases, ranging from life threatening septicaemia and meningitis to less severe sinusitis and otitis media. The factors that determine the virulence of S. pneumoniae are very complex but a key aspect of the organisms disease causing potential is the ability of the bacteria to regulate virulence factor expression and activity. In this study two main approaches were taken to investigate virulence gene expression in S. pneumoniae. Firstly, the feasibility of Recombinase based In vivo Expression Technology, RIVET, for use in S. pneumoniae to study gene expression in vitro, and then in vivo was assessed. However, the system was found to be unsuitable for use in this study. Secondly, the requirement for and the role of virulence gene regulators identified by Signature Tagged Mutagenesis were investigated. The requirement for different virulence gene regulators varied according to the murine ...
TY - JOUR. T1 - Revealing mechanisms underlying variation in malaria virulence. T2 - Effective propagation and host control of uninfected red blood cell supply. AU - Metcalf, C. J.E.. AU - Long, G. H.. AU - Mideo, N.. AU - Forester, J. D.. AU - Bjørnstad, O. N.. AU - Graham, A. L.. PY - 2012/11/7. Y1 - 2012/11/7. N2 - Malaria parasite clones with the highest transmission rates to mosquitoes also tend to induce the most severe fitness consequences (or virulence) in mammals. This is in accord with expectations from the virulence-transmission trade-off hypothesis. However, the mechanisms underlying how different clones cause virulence are not well understood. Here, using data from eight murine malaria clones, we apply recently developed statistical methods to infer differences in clone characteristics, including induction of differing host-mediated changes in red blood cell (RBC) supply. Our results indicate that the within-host mechanisms underlying similar levels of virulence are variable and ...
Pathogenic Yersinia cause a manifold of diseases in humans ranging from mild gastroenteritis (Y. pseudotuberculosis and Y. enterocolitica) to pneumonic and bubonic plague (Y. pestis), while all three have a common virulence strategy that relies on a well-studied type III secretion system and its effector proteins to colonize the host and evade immune responses. However, the role of other protein secretion and/or translocation systems in virulence of Yersinia species is not well known. In this thesis, we sought to investigate the contribution of twin-arginine translocation (Tat) pathway and its secreted substrates to the physiology and virulence of Y. pseudotuberculosis. Tat pathway uniquely exports folded proteins including virulence factors across the cytoplasmic membranes of bacteria. The proteins exported by Tat pathway contain a highly conserved twin-arginine motif in the N-terminal signal peptide. We found that the loss of Tat pathway causes a drastic change of the transcriptome of Y. ...
The harm that pathogens cause to hosts during infection, termed virulence, varies across species from negligible to a high likelihood of rapid death. Classic theory for the evolution of virulence is based on a trade-off between pathogen growth, transmission and host survival, which predicts that higher within-host growth causes increased transmission and higher virulence. However, using data from 61 human pathogens, we found the opposite correlation to the expected positive correlation between pathogen growth rate and virulence. We found that (i) slower growing pathogens are significantly more virulent than faster growing pathogens, (ii) inhaled pathogens and pathogens that infect via skin wounds are significantly more virulent than pathogens that are ingested, but (iii) there is no correlation between symptoms of infection that aid transmission (such as diarrhoea and coughing) and virulence. Overall, our results emphasize how virulence can be influenced by mechanistic life-history details, ...
The relative amount of transmission in I2 (ϕ) also has a large effect on ESS virulence (figure 1b). As the amount of transmission in I2 increases, the ESS virulence decreases, and the rate of decrease depends on the level of mortality that occurs in the I1 class. As the level of transmission in I2 and the disease mortality rate in the I1 class (ρ) approach zero, the ESS virulence goes to infinity (figure 1b). These results can be understood by realizing that for any fixed level of virulence (α), decreases in the transmission parameter ϕ reduce the fitness benefit of reaching the second class (I2), while increases in ρ both decrease the probability of reaching the second class and decreases the infectious period in the first class. Therefore, as both parameters reach zero, there is no benefit in reaching the second class and no cost to virulence in the first class. Thus, ESS virulence is very high and virulence will have a greater tendency to increase after introduction.. The effect of the ...
Classical microparasite evolution theory predicts a trade-off between virulence and transmission [1-3]. This trade-off balances virulence and within-host reproduction so that transmission is maximized over the lifetime of infection. Microparasites expressing intermediate levels of virulence are favoured under those conditions, as seen in several empirical examples of viruses with high transmission success (e.g. infections of myxoma virus in rabbits, HIV in humans, and cauliflower mosaic virus in Brassica rapa) [4-6]. However, not all studies found evidence for evolution towards intermediate virulence, but instead suggested evolution towards high or low virulence [7, 8].. Host population density is a key factor in determining whether low or high virulence will be optimal [9-11]. This mechanism can be understood in the framework of a trade-off between a microparasites competitive ability and its persistence. When transmission rates are lower at low host densities, a strain that can maintain a ...
Bacterial pathogens deliver multiple effector proteins into host cells to facilitate bacterial growth. HopQ1 is an effector from Pseudomonas syringae pv. tomato DC3000 that is conserved across multiple bacterial pathogens which infect plants. HopQ1s central region possesses some homology to nucleoside hydrolases, but possesses an alternative aspartate motif not found in characterized enzymes. A structural model was generated for HopQ1 based on the E. coli RihB nucleoside hydrolase and the role of HopQ1s potential catalytic residues for promoting bacterial virulence and recognition in Nicotiana tabacum was investigated. Transgenic Arabidopsis plants expressing HopQ1 exhibit enhanced disease susceptibility to DC3000. HopQ1 can also promote bacterial virulence on tomato when naturally delivered from DC3000. HopQ1s nucleoside hydrolase-like domain alone is sufficient to promote bacterial virulence, and putative catalytic residues are required for virulence promotion during bacterial infection of tomato
Vaccines rarely provide full protection from disease. Nevertheless, partially effective (imperfect) vaccines may be used to protect both individuals and whole populations.We studied the potential impact of different types of imperfect vaccines on the evolution of pathogen virulence (induced host mortality) and the consequences for public health. Here we show that vaccines designed to reduce pathogen growth rate and/or toxicity diminish selection against virulent pathogens. The subsequent evolution leads to higher levels of intrinsic virulence and hence to more severe disease in unvaccinated individuals. This evolution can erode any population-wide benefits such that overall mortality rates are unaffected, or even increase, with the level of vaccination coverage. In contrast, infection-blocking vaccines induce no such effects, and can even select for lower virulence. These findings have policy implications for the development and use of vaccines that are not expected to provide full immunity, ...
Author Summary The AIDS epidemic claims more lives per year than any other infectious disease, even though its cause, the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), is the youngest of all major human pathogens. The recent origin and great evolutionary potential of the virus raise the possibility that the virus might still be adapting to humans. Of primary interest is whether the virulence of the virus, i.e. its ability to cause disease, has been changing over time. Unfortunately, previous results have yielded conflicting results. We investigated time trends of virulence in the Italian HIV epidemic and found increasing virulence. The use of an established methodology allowed, for the first time, direct comparison with results obtained in other epidemics. The comparisons revealed that genuine differences exist in the trends of HIV virulence between different epidemics. Thus, there is no single time trend of HIV virulence worldwide. Our results are consistent with the hypothesis of increasing HIV virulence;
ABSTRACT: Candida albicans is a classical example of causative agent for opportunistic fungal infection. Normally, it colonizes skin, gastrointestinal tract, genital, and mucosal membranes, but in certain condition it may responsible for diseases. This phenomenon was mainly associated with immunological status of the host. However, there were fndings that showed the possibility of putative virulence factors work on the transition of commensally to pathogenic role of the yeast. In this review, some virulence factors were discussed. Indeed, there were factors that may be considered as putative virulence factors of C. albicans. ...
The evolutionary dynamics of pathogens are critically important for disease outcomes, prevalence and emergence. In this talk I will discuss some specific ecological conditions that promote the long-term maintenance of virulence polymorphisms in a pathogen population. Recent theory predicts that evolution towards increased virulence can be reversed if less virulent social cheats exploit virulent cooperator pathogens. However, there is little evidence that social exploitation operates within natural pathogen populations. I will demonstrate that for the bacterium Pseudomonas syringae, major virulence polymorphisms are maintained at unexpectedly high frequencies in the host Arabidopsis thaliana. Experiments reveal that the fitness costs of decreased virulence are eliminated in mixed infections, whereas less virulent strains have a fitness advantage in non-host environments. These results suggest that niche differentiation contributes to the maintenance of virulence polymorphisms, and that both ...
I am an undergraduate student at McGill University, looking for data for a term paper. The hypothesis of the paper is that virulence and rate of infection would necessarily be highly correlated as virulence increases. The logic behind this is that if the pathogen were to kill off the host before transmission could take place, the species would quickly kill itself off in the process. As such, selection favours a higher rate of transmission in more virulent pathogens. I would like to limit my paper to bacteria which infect humans. If anyone can send me either data or references to this sort of information, it would be greatly appreciated. Please note that I would need both types of data for the information to be useful. Ideally I would like to measure virulence in time from infection to death of host and transmission in time from infection of first host to infection of second host. If this format isnt possible, please send the information anyway. Thank you very much, Jamie Bacher bnyb at ...
General Information: Specific virulence factors are encoded within pathogenicity islands (PAIs) that are required for the invasive phenotype associated with Yersinia infections. One key virulence plasmid contained by the three human-specific pathogens is pCD1/pYv, which encodes a type III secretion system for the delivery of virulence proteins that contribute to internalization into the host cell. This species is a food and waterborn pathogen that causes gastroenteritis (inflammation of the mucous membranes of the stomach and intestine) and is able to proliferate at temperatures as low as 4 degrees C. ...
Robet Koch formulated in 1890 the Koch´s postulates as general guidelines that should be followed to identify pathogens causing diseases. One century later, Stanley Falkow established the molecular version of Kochs postulates to guide, this time, the identification of microbial genes encoding virulence factors. A key point of the molecular postulates is to test the virulence of the microorganism with the inactivated candidate virulence gene in an appropriate animal model. However, this is not always possible. Suitable animals models are lacking for many diseases such as brucellosis, typhoid and leprosy. And the models for tuberculosis and cholera do not reflect the biology of human infections. In addition, large scale analysis of virulence are costs prohibited due to the high number of animals that should be infected to get statistically significant results. And, last but not least, there are important ethical concerns on the use of vertebrate animals models (including mice and rats) for ...
Transmission bottlenecks occur in pathogen populations when only a few individual pathogens are transmitted from one infected host to another in the initiation of a new infection. Transmission bottlenecks can dramatically affect the evolution of virulence in rapidly evolving pathogens such as RNA viruses. Characterizing pathogen diversity with the quasispecies concept, we use analytical and simulation methods to demonstrate that severe bottlenecks are likely to drive down the virulence of a pathogen because of stochastic loss of the most virulent pathotypes, through a process analogous to Mullers ratchet. We investigate in this process the roles of host population size, duration of within-host viral replication, and transmission bottleneck size. We argue that the patterns of accumulation of deleterious mutation may explain differing levels of virulence in vertically and horizontally transmitted diseases ...
Given that antibiotics are losing effectiveness faster than replacements are being found, chemist Timothy Wencewicz suggests we try a new approach. Drugs that hobble the production of virulence factors, small molecules that help bacteria to establish an infection in a host, would put much less selective pressure on bacteria and delay the evolution of resistance. In Infectious Diseases he describes recent work on a target virulence factor.
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LINK TO PAPER HERE … Hmm … did you catch that? "HIGHLY SOPHISTICATED MECHANISMS FOR REGULATING VIRULENCE FACTOR EXPRESSION IN RESPONSE TO ENVIRONMENTAL SIGNALS OR BY REVERSIBLE MUTATIONS." So … just as Eric and Dylan were no doubt affected by their environment which in turn was partly to blame for their behavior, in the same way, B. Pertussis is ALSO affected by its environment in the human body and this environment has a direct effect on VIRULENCE FACTOR EXPRESSION, i.e. whether the bacterium is dangerous to humans or not. This definitely calls for more study. (Note to self: do a full blog research article on this). This is a fascinating topic in light of the info on microbe pleomorphism (must read Wiki article on this topic HERE) and the resulting virulence (or non-virulence) discovered by Antoine Bechamp way back in Pasteurs day. To explain simply the difference between Pasteur and Bechamp, Pasteur taught that "microbes - viruses and bacteria - are bad guys" and you need to have ...
This volume brings together studies on the differences and profound similarities in the molecular mechanism of virulence between bacteria pathogenic for humans, animals and plants. Topics covered include: host cell recognition and binding, pathogen ingression and invasive mechanism, enzymes, toxins and other pathogenic factors, regulation of virulence genes and signal transduction, and pathogen of host-defence mechanisms.
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Figure 2. As if microbes were puppeteers and we humans were the puppets, microbes can control what we eat by a number of marked mechanisms. Adapted from Alcock et al 2014.. People who have "desires" of chocolate have different microbial metabolites in urine from people indifferent to chocolate, despite having the same diet.. Dysphoria, id est, human discomfort until we eat food which improve microbial "welfare", may be due to the expression of bacterial virulence genes and perception of pain by the host. This is because the production of toxins is often triggered by a low concentration of nutrients limiting growth. The detection of sugars and other nutrients regulates virulence and growth of various microbes. These directly injure the intestinal epithelium when nutrients are absent. According to this hypothesis, it has been shown that bacterial virulence proteins activate pain receptors. It has been shown that fasting in mice increases the perception of pain by a mechanism of vagal ...
There are several testing options now available, aligned with the Karmali approach, which include detection of both Shiga Toxin genes (stx1, stx2) and the eae virulence marker. An additional virulence marker for the Enteroaggregative family (aggC) has been included in a separate E. coli O104 assay in case the EFSA opinion is followed. Assurance GDS incorporates a proprietary PickPen® IMS sample preparation procedure, which captures and isolates STEC belonging to the target serogroups (O26, O45, O103, O111, O121, O145 and E. coli O157:H7), prior to detection of the gene targets. As a result, target gene detection is performed on a subset of organisms belonging only to the serogroups of concern, drastically reducing the amount of false positive results typically found with STEC testing.. ...
Virulence genes of pathogenic bacteria, which code for toxins, adhesins, invasins or other virulence factors, may be located on transmissible genetic elements such as transposons, plasmids or bacteriophages. In addition, such genes may be part of particular regions on the bacterial chromosomes, term …
Results from the CASCADE project strongly suggest that HIV has increased in virulence and transmissibility, at least in Europe, since the virus came to light at the end of the 1970s. This research was published in the Lancet HIV in November 2014. HIV is a virus with high genetic diversity. As the HIV virus reproduces, slight variations in the genetic structure of the virus begin to occur. Over time, this means that there will be several subtypes of HIV, and each subtype may be more or less able to cause illness. The term used to describe a virus ability to cause illness is virulence. If someone is infected with a more virulent form of HIV they will become ill more quickly. Additionally, more virulent forms of HIV may increase the risk of the virus being transmitted (passed on) to others. The CASCADE collaboration is a network of researchers from 14 countries, sharing data from 29 different groups of HIV-positive individuals. Through pooling data, the CASCADE researchers are able to answer ...
strains display variability in their capsular polysaccharide cell morphology karyotype and virulence but the BAPTA relationship between these variables is poorly understood. BAPTA xylose residue content linked at the 4 to 0 position. The relative virulence of the colony types was WR > PH > SM as measured by CFU in rat lungs after intratracheal […]. ...
Expression profile of virulence associated MAP genes under various stress conditions.Virulence associated MAP gene definitions were obtained by phylogenomics co
Our laboratory studies the roles of sensory transduction in bacterial-host interactions. Genes and operons that encode virulence factors are often subject to coordinate regulation in response to environmental signals, and bacterial virulence factors frequently target host cell signaling pathways. Specific areas of interest include: a) biochemical analysis of signal transduction pathways in pathogenic bacteria, b) genetic organization of bacterial virulence regulons, and c) in vivo and in vitro studies of mechanisms of pathogenesis. We are also investigating mechanisms involved in the induction of cytotoxic T cell responses by Listeria monocytogenes (LM). In the course of these studies, we have developed a new class of live Listeria-based vaccines with activity against heterologous pathogens and tumors. In a third project, we have discovered a new class of retroelements, called "diversity generating retroelements," which are capable of generating vast amounts diversity in proteins involved in ...
The type 3 secretion systems (T3SSs) are virulence mechanisms used by various Gram-negative bacteria to overcome the host immunity. They are often target-cell contact induced and activated. Activation results in targeting of virulence effector substrates into host cells. One class of secreted substrates, translocators, are required for the intracellular targeting of the second class, the virulence effectors, into host target cells. T3SSs are mainly regulated at 2 levels; a shift from environmental to host temperature results in low level induction of the system whereas target cell contact further induces and activates the system. In the Yersinia T3SS, YopN, one of the secreted substrates, is involved in the latter level of activation. Under non-inducing conditions, YopN complexes with TyeA, SycN and YscB and this complex suppresses the T3SS via an unknown mechanism. When the system is induced, the complex is believed to dissociate and YopN is secreted resulting in the activation of the system. ...
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What gives HIV the ability to mutate?. HIV is a single standed RNA virus. DNA is much more stable than RNA as it has a stronger backbone and it is typically double stranded. But HIV mutates at a rate far higher than just being a RNA virus. Thats because it uses an enzyme called reverse transcriptase (RT) to build its RNA genome from RNA bases.. RT is meant to copy the old HIV and make a new one but it does a rubbish job. Most the time it copies it well but every now and then (3 x 10−5 per nucleotide base) it puts in a random base. That might seem like a small rate but thats HUGE if that was coding our genome we would die (if we ever even lived). And since HIVs replication rate is enormously high, theres always going to be a range of good and junk HIV (but its mostly just junk - next answer for why thats not a bad thing).. But thats not all, RT doesnt just use one old HIV to make a new one. It can use several different old HIVs to make a new one thats not only a combination of all the ...
Importantly, this effector-triggered immunity has been shown to be a powerful means of augmenting the defense response specifically to pathogens but not to harmless commensals, and makes a major contribution to how plants cope with microbial attack and restrict pathogen growth. Our previous work revealed in metazoans an innate immune pathway that specifically responds to virulence factors encoded by virulent bacteria that we referred to as AVI (Boyer et al., 2011, Diabate et al., 2015). The identification of such system with similarities to plant ETI is paradigm-shifting and indicates that animals like plants have evolved sophisticated strategies to gauge the virulent potential of microbes and respond commensurately (Stuart et al., 2013). Using the prototypal RhoGTPase targeting toxin CNF1 we proved that the animal host is able to monitor the activity of virulence factors (Boyer et al., 2011). Our initial work has been extended to SopE a Salmonella virulence factor activating RhoGTPases. SopE ...
Bacterial pathogens must adapt to available nutrients in their host, so they have linked metabolism with virulence. We want to understand the mechanisms by whic...
Escherichia coli is transformed from a commensal organism into a pathogen by acquisition of genetic elements called pathogenicity islands (PAIs). Katsowich et al. investigated how the PAI virulence genes of enteropathogenic E. coli (EPEC) respond when the bacterium attaches to a host gut cell. EPEC first sticks to the host by means of pili and then uses a PAI-encoded type 3 secretion system (T3SS) to inject multiple effectors into the host cell. But not all virulence mediators are injected. For example, CesT, a bacterial chaperone, delivers virulence effectors into the T3SS apparatus. Then, within the bacterial cytoplasm, it interacts with a gene repressor called CsrA, which reprograms bacterial gene expression to help the bacteria to adapt to epithelial cell-associated life.. Science, this issue p. 735 ...
Transformation. Fred Griffith worked with virulent S and nonvirulent R strain Pneumoccocus bacteria. He found that R strain could become virulent when it took in DNA from heat-killed S strain. Study suggested that DNA was probably the genetic material. Slide 5. ...
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I have read several text regarding this, but I still cant manage do discriminate between them. So far what Ive got is: Pathogenicity = The potential/ability of a infectious agent to cause damage. Virulence = The actual level of damage caused ...
The outer membrane (OM) of Gram-negative pathogenic bacteria represents a platform for the secretion and presentation of surface-localized virulence factors. Th...
A SARS-CoV lacking the full-length E gene (SARS-CoV-∆E) was attenuated and an effective vaccine. Here, we show that this mutant virus regained fitness after serial passages in cell culture or in vivo, resulting in the partial duplication of the membrane gene or in the insertion of a new sequence in gene 8a, respectively. The chimeric proteins generated in cell culture increased virus fitness in vitro but remained attenuated in mice. In contrast, during SARS-CoV-∆E passage in mice, the virus incorporated a mutated variant of 8a protein, resulting in reversion to a virulent phenotype. When the full-length E protein was deleted or its PDZ-binding motif (PBM) was mutated, the revertant viruses either incorporated a novel chimeric protein with a PBM or restored the sequence of the PBM on the E protein, respectively. Similarly, after passage in mice, SARS-CoV-∆E protein 8a mutated, to now encode a PBM, and also regained virulence. These data indicated that the virus requires a PBM on a ...
View Notes - FinalStudyGuide_2010BIEB128 from BIEB 128 at UCSD. make good vectors? What is virulence? What is the difference between a horizontally transmitted and a vertically transmitted disease?
In this book, we present the state of the art of S. aureus virulence mechanisms and antibiotic-resistance profiles, providing an unprecedented and comprehensive collection of up-to-date research about the evolution, dissemination, and mechanisms of different staphylococcal antimicrobial resistance patterns alongside bacterial virulence determinants and their impact in the medical field ...
Inflammation mediated by the inflammasome and the cytokine IL-1β are some of the earliest and most important alarms to infection. These pathways are responsive to the virulence factors that pathogens use to subvert immune processes, and thus are typically activated only by microbes with potential to cause severe disease. Among the most serious human infections are those caused by the pathogenic streptococci, in part because these species numerous strategies for immune evasion. Since the virulence factor armament of each pathogen is unique, the role of IL-1β and the pathways leading to its activation varies for each infection. This review summarizes the role of IL-1β during infections caused by streptococcal pathogens, with emphasis on emergent mechanisms and concepts countering paradigms determined for other organisms ...
Answer Yes, if you are spotting you need to take it easy for a few days, also if you have any type of bleeding or spotting you shouldnt have sex.
Typically, viruses that rapidly kill their host have a very short history, as they rapidly run out of places to reproduce. Im quoting John Timmer from Ars Technicas Nobel Intent, from a couple of weeks ago. I feel kind of bad about this because Im only quoting to disagree with him, and I always like Nobel Intent
The process of bacterial pathogenesis involves complex and dynamic responses from both pathogen and host. While the host can mount an array of defense mechanisms to counteract an infection, bacterial pathogens utilize a number of virulence mechanisms to help them in their quest to invade, colonize, and infect. The expression pattern of virulence factors such…
If you have a question about this talk, please contact Sue Griffin.. Host: Professor Jim Kaufman ([email protected]). Abstract not available. This talk is part of the Immunology in Pathology series.. ...
This editorial presents some of the latest evidence to support the antivirulence approach, also highlighting some of the issues that should considered.
A central pathogen virulence mechanism is their ability to secrete pathogen proteins, called effectors, that modulate their host during infection. We are using effectors as molecular probes to better understand how bacteria cause disease. We are also investigating the role of post-translational modifications during plant immune signaling. ...
lice. Vectors are often required in the life cycle of a pathogen. A common strategy, used to control vector borne infectious diseases, is to interrupt the life cycle of a pathogen, by killing the vector.. The relationship between virulence and transmission is complex, and has important consequences for the long term evolution of a pathogen. Since it takes many generations for a microbe and a new host species to co-evolve, an emerging pathogen may hit its earliest victims especially hard. It is usually in the first wave of a new disease that death rates are highest. If a disease is rapidly fatal, the host may die before the microbe can get passed along to another host. However, this cost may be overwhelmed by the short term benefit of higher infectiousness if transmission is linked to virulence, as it is for instance in the case of cholera (the explosive diarrhea aids the bacterium in finding new hosts) or many respiratory infections (sneezing and coughing create infectious ...
A paper published on October 2 in the Journal of Virology describes an exciting development in the world of influenza research-the construction of a luciferase reporter virus that does not affect virulence and can be used to track development and spread of infection in mice.
Effector proteins play key roles in the molecular interplay between plants and plant-associated organisms, and effector biology remains one of the most active areas in the research field of molecular plant-microbe interactions. Using effectors as probes, much has been learned about pathogen virulence and host immunity. This MPMI focus issue showcases the recent progress in this area ...
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bring yer own bild SkaKid 16:48, 25 April 2008 (EDT) hehe Buildsmaker 15:21, 29 July 2008 (EDT) Actually, no! This character is part of a real team build for my Guild. It even kills Dark Alley smurfs: Super fun. Zuranthium 17:11, 25 April 2008 (EDT) obaby SkaKid 17:12, 25 April 2008 (EDT) Also...
நோய்க்கடத்தலை தடுப்பதற்கு, ஒவ்வொரு நோயையும் உருவாக்கும் உயிரினம் பற்றி, நோயின் இயல்புபற்றி, நோய் கடத்தப்படும் முறைபற்றி அறிந்திருத்தல் அவசியமாகும். அறிந்துகொள்ள வேண்டிய முக்கியமான இயல்புகளாவன, நோய்க்காரணியின் நோய்த்தொற்று வீரியம் (virulence), நோய்ப் பாதிப்புக்கு உட்பட்டிருப்பவர் செல்லும் தூரம், நோய்த் தொற்றின் நிலை என்பனவாகும். உதாரணமாக எய்ட்சு எனப்படும் மனித ...
We are also investigating the role of bacterial and viral virulence factors in human disease and devising strategies for intervention. It is the mandate of our research to use the latest knowledge and technology to discover and develop therapeutic agents that offer advances in the treatment of infectious diseases.. ...
Bacteria are mostly beneficial, even though a minority are known as pathogens. They are necessary for natural processes such as human digestion and biogeochemical cycling.
come-up, holding and cooling. We hypothesize that slow heating rate during come-up stage, as practiced ... objectives of this study are to understand how different heating rates during come-up stage could affect (1) ... heat-stress-response and virulence genes. Compared to fast heating rate, slow rate caused higher expression of heat .... ...
Cancer*ite (?), n. [Cf. F. cancereux.] Like a cancer; having the qualities or virulence of a cancer; affected with cancer. ...
Understanding both the mechanistic basis of virulence and the evolutionary processes under which it can arise, is fundamental if we are to increase our knowledge of disease causing bacteria in an era of ever increasing antibiotic resistance. To date, there has been a substantial effort to understand virulence evolution both theoretically and experimentally. However, comparatively little experimental work has focussed on the evolution of virulence in opportunistic pathogens, and how virulence varies across multiple host organisms. In this thesis, the opportunist Pseudomonas aeruginosa was used to study virulence and its evolution in hosts. The virulence levels of different strains of P. aeruginosa, both laboratory and clinical, were tested in the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans. It was found that virulence of P. aeruginosa was lower in clinical strains isolated from chronic infections, and laboratory strains initially isolated from chronic infections, while a strain isolated from an acute ...
Virulence gene expression in V. cholerae is regulated by a complex cascade of transcriptional activators. Here we show that in addition to the known regulatory factors, the cyclic nucleotide second messenger c-diGMP negatively regulates transcription of the toxT and ctxA genes under conditions that stimulate virulence factor expression. Specifically, the putative phosphodiesterase activity of the VieA EAL domain is required for maximal expression of ctxA and toxT during growth under a minimal medium plus amino acids condition. The ability of VieA to control the c-diGMP concentration is also critical during infection, since the vieA(E170A) EAL domain point mutant was attenuated 10-fold in the infant mouse model of cholera. This represents the first demonstration with any organism that the c-diGMP second messenger regulates expression of virulence factors.. Our results implicate c-diGMP as a signal that represses expression of virulence factors and suggest possible mechanisms of transcriptional ...
Seagrass wasting disease, caused by the opportunistic marine pathogen Labyrinthula zosterae, has the potential to devastate important eelgrass habitats worldwide, yet little is known about the host-pathogen interaction and how the disease will be impacted by climate change. L. zosterae is part of a diverse taxon of opportunistic invertebrate and plant pathogens, which directly threaten fisheries and critical fisheries habitat. An area of particular concern is the role of virulence, the degree of host damage caused by a pathogen, often the product of its growth rate. Recent data suggests that temperature increases the virulence of Labyrinthulas, providing a mechanism for climate sensitivity. In this study we investigate the effect of L. zosterae strain, pathogen dosage, and temperature on the pathogen virulence. We tested L. zosterae virulence in Zostera marina by inoculating plant tissue with strains collected from a range of eelgrass populations. The 11 strains tested displayed qualitatively different
The emergence of novel pathogens poses a major public health threat causing widespread epidemics in susceptible populations. The Escherichia coli O104:H4 strain implicated in a 2011 outbreak in northern Germany caused the highest frequency of hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) and death ever recorded in a single E. coli outbreak. Therefore, it has been suggested that this strain is more virulent than other pathogenic E. coli (e.g., E. coli O157:H7). The E. coli O104:H4 outbreak strain possesses multiple virulence factors from both Shiga toxin (Stx)-producing E. coli (STEC) and enteroaggregative E. coli (EAEC), though the mechanism of pathogenesis is not known. Here, we demonstrate that E. coli O104:H4 produces a stable biofilm in vitro and that in vivo virulence gene expression is highest when E. coli O104:H4 overexpresses genes required for aggregation and exopolysaccharide production, a characteristic of bacterial cells residing within an established biofilm. Interrupting exopolysaccharide production and
Purpose. This study investigates the virulence and antimicrobial resistance in association with common clonal complexes (CCs) of enteroaggregative Escherichia coli (EAEC) isolated from Bangladesh. The aim was to determine whether specific CCs were more likely to be associated with putative virulence genes and/or antimicrobial resistance. Methodology. The presence of 15 virulence genes (by PCR) and susceptibility to 18 antibiotics were determined for 151 EAEC isolated from cases and controls during an intestinal infectious disease study carried out between 2007-2011 in the rural setting of Mirzapur, Bangladesh (Kotloff KL, Blackwelder WC, Nasrin D, Nataro JP, Farag TH et al. Clin Infect Dis 2012;55:S232-S245). These data were then analysed in the context of previously determined serotypes and clonal complexes defined by multi-locus sequence typing. Results. Overall there was no association between the presence of virulence or antimicrobial resistance genes in isolates of EAEC from cases versus controls.
Single polymerase chain reactions and sequencing. Nine of the most prevalent genes were successfully amplified using single PCR and produced the predicted sized bands during electrophoresis. To further confirm the identity of the amplicons, the bands obtained through electrophoresis were purified, concentrated and sent for sequencing. The sequences obtained (data not shown) were analysed using BLASTn and BLASTx and the amplicons were confirmed to be part of the genes of interest (data not shown).. Discussion. In this study, 45 E. coli isolates were obtained from chickens with confirmed cases of colibacillosis and screened for 12 virulence genes commonly associated with pathogenicity in APEC. Some of the virulence factors investigated have only been discovered recently. Ninety-three percent of the E. coli isolates in this study had at least one virulence gene, suggesting that the isolates used could have been APEC.. The iutA gene had the highest prevalence at 80% (Table 2). This gene has been ...
The opportunistic bacterium Proteus mirabilis secretes a metalloprotease, ZapA, considered to be one of its virulence factors due to its IgA-degrading activity. However, the substrate specificity of this enzyme has not yet been fully characterized. In the present study we used fluorescent peptides derived from bioactive peptides and the oxidized ß-chain of insulin to determine the enzyme specificity. The bradykinin- and dynorphin-derived peptides were cleaved at the single bonds Phe-Ser and Phe-Leu, with catalytic efficiencies of 291 and 13 mM/s, respectively. Besides confirming already published cleavage sites, a novel cleavage site was determined for the ß-chain of insulin (Val-Asn). Both the natural and the recombinant enzyme displayed the same broad specificity, demonstrated by the presence of hydrophobic, hydrophilic, charged and uncharged amino acid residues at the scissile bonds. Native IgA, however, was resistant to hydrolysis by ZapA ...
Citation. Linz B, Ivanov YV, Preston A, Brinkac L, Parkhill J, Kim M, Harris SR, Goodfield LL, Fry NK, Gorringe AR, Nicholson TL, Register KB, Losada L, Harvill ET. Acquisition and Loss of Virulence-associated Factors During Genome Evolution and Speciation in Three Clades of Bordetella Species.. BMC Genomics. 2016 Sep 30; 17: 767.. External Citation. Abstract. The genus Bordetella consists of nine species that include important respiratory pathogens such as the classical species B. bronchiseptica, B. pertussis and B. parapertussis and six more distantly related and less extensively studied species. Here we analyze sequence diversity and gene content of 128 genome sequences from all nine species with focus on the evolution of virulence-associated factors.. ...
Virulence genes in Listeria monocytogenes are coordinately expressed under the control of the transcriptional activator PrfA, encoded by prfA, a member of the cyclic AMP (cAMP) receptor protein (CRP)/FNR family of bacterial regulators. Strain P14-A is a spontaneous mutant of L. monocytogenes serovar 4b which produces elevated levels of virulence factors (M. T. Ripio, G. Domínguez-Bernal, M. Suárez, K. Brehm, P. Berche, and J. A. Vázquez-Boland, Res. Microbiol. 147:371-384, 1996). Here we report that P14-A and other variant strains with the same phenotype carry a point mutation in codon 145 of prfA, leading to a Gly--,Ser substitution. trans-complementation experiments with PrfA-deficient mutants demonstrated that the Gly145Ser prfA allele causes overexpression of virulence factors in L. monocytogenes, to the levels found in the virulence factor-overexpressing variants. In strain P14-A with a chromosomal Glyl45Ser prfA background, transcription of prfA and of PrfA-dependent virulence genes ...
Many opportunistic pathogens upregulate the production of virulence factors according to their density within hosts (Williams et al. 2000). The diffusible molecules capable of relaying information about density can have diverse functions. However, microbiologists commonly assert that density-dependent increases in virulence arise because of positive feedback effects on the success in combating host immunity (de Kievit & Iglewski 2000; Williams et al. 2000), what ecologists refer to as an Allee (1931) effect. Excessive virulence at low density is hypothesized to elicit an immune response in which bacteria are unable to survive, while coordinated virulence at high density is adaptive.. Evolutionary biology theory suggests a different interpretation of this phenotypic plasticity. Increasingly, microbial virulence factors have been found to be shared social traits (public goods), imposing metabolic costs on individual cells but benefiting groups of pathogens (West & Buckling 2003). If this ...
The virulence and fitness in vivo of the major human pathogen Staphylococcus aureus are associated with a cell-to-cell signaling mechanism known as quorum sensing (QS). QS coordinates the production of virulence factors via the production and sensing of autoinducing peptide (AIP) signal molecules by the agr locus. Here we show, in a wax moth larva virulence model, that (i) QS in S. aureus is a cooperative social trait that provides a benefit to the local population of cells, (ii) agr mutants, which do not pro- duce or respond to QS signal, are able to exploit the benefits provided by the QS of others ("cheat"), allowing them to increase in frequency when in mixed populations with cooperators, (iii) these social interactions between cells determine virulence, with the host mortality rate being negatively correlated to the percentage of agr mutants ("cheats") in a population, and (iv) a higher within-host relatedness (lower strain diversity) selects for QS and hence higher virulence. Our results ...
We have determined the entire DNA sequence of pLVPK, which is a 219-kb virulence plasmid harbored in a bacteremic isolate of Klebsiella pneumoniae. A total of 251 open reading frames (ORFs) were annotated, of which 37% have homologous genes of known function, 31% match the hypothetical genes in the …
Eukaryotic parasites are a leading cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide, yet little is known about the genetic basis of their virulence. Here, we present a forward genetic screen to study pathogenesis in the protozoan parasite Toxoplasma gondii. By using modified signature-tagged mutagenesis, the growth of 6,300 T. gondii insertional mutants was compared in cell culture and murine infection to identify genes required specifically in vivo. One of the 39 avirulent mutants is disrupted in a divergent ortholog of the regulator of chromosome condensation 1 (RCC1), which is critical for nuclear trafficking in model systems. Although this RCC1 mutant grows similar to wild type in standard tissue culture conditions, it is growth-impaired under nutrient limitation. Genetic complementation of mutant parasites with the T. gondii RCC1 gene fully restores both virulence in mice and growth under low-nutrient conditions. Further analysis shows that there is a significant defect in nuclear trafficking in ...
Ver más] There is scarce data about the importance of phylogroups and virulence factors (VF) in bloodstream infections (BSI) caused by extended-spectrum b-lactamase-producing Escherichia coli (ESBLEC). A prospective multicenter Spanish cohort including 191 cases of BSI due to ESBLEC was studied. Phylogroups and 25 VF genes were investigated by PCR. ESBLEC were classified into clusters according to their virulence profiles. The association of phylogropus, VF, and clusters with epidemiological features were studied using multivariate analysis. Overall, 57.6%, 26.7%, and 15.7% of isolates belonged to A/B1, D and B2 phylogroups, respectively. By multivariate analysis (adjusted OR [95% CI]), virulence cluster C2 was independently associated with urinary tract source (5.05 [0.96-25.48]); cluster C4 with sources other than urinary of biliary tract (2.89 [1.05- 7.93]), and cluster C5 with BSI in non-predisposed patients (2.80 [0.99-7.93]). Isolates producing CTX-M-9 group ESBLs and from phylogroup D ...
Shigella flexneri is a pathogenic bacterium that is the causative agent of shigellosis, an illness characterized by severe dysentery. Shigella carries many of its virulence genes on a large virulence plasmid and consequently this plasmid is the focus of research in the Wing lab. My research focuses on the transcriptional regulation of a newly identified gene called ospZ. This genes protein product is secreted outside the bacterial cell and assists in polymorphonuclear leukocyte migration, a function that is believed to enhance the virulence of Shigella. Many genes encoded by the Shigella virulence plasmid are regulated by the transcription factor VirB, which is also encoded by the virulence plasmid. VirB regulates the expression of IcsP, a gene 1.6 kilobase pairs upstream of ospZ on the divergent strand. To determine the role VirB plays in the regulation of ospZ, reporter plasmids will be constructed in which the ospZ promoter region is fused to lacZ (a gene that encodes the enzyme betagalactosidase)
General Information: Isolated from a soil sample from Nepal. Causative agent of plague. Specific virulence factors are encoded within pathogenicity islands (PAIs) that are required for the invasive phenotype associated with Yersinia infections. One key virulence plasmid contained by the three human-specific pathogens is pCD1/pYv, which encodes a type III secretion system for the delivery of virulence proteins that contribute to internalization into the host cell. It is the causative agent of plague (bubonic and pulmonary) a devastating disease which has killed millions worldwide. The organism can be transmitted from rats to humans through the bite of an infected flea or from human-to-human through the air during widespread infection. Yersinia pestis is an extremely pathogenic organism that requires very few numbers in order to cause disease, and is often lethal if left untreated. The organism is enteroinvasive, and can survive and propagate in macrophages prior to spreading systemically ...
In this study, we demonstrated that a mutant strain lacking a functional slyA gene in D. dadantii 3937 had pleiotropic effects: (i) diminished virulence in potato tubers; (ii) decreased survival ability in its host, potato; (iii) increased sensitivity to the CAMP polymyxin B, sodium hypochlorite, and oxidative stress; (iv) reduced exopolysaccharide production; (v) inability to form pellicles; and (vi) failure of hyperinduction of pectate lyase production while normal levels of polygalacturonases, cellulases, and proteases were observed. Changes in these phenotypes in the ΔslyA mutant were restored by introducing the slyA homologue of D. dadantii 3937 on a multicopy vector, pGEM-T Easy [ΔslyA(pSlyA)]. Thus, SlyA is a global transcriptional regulator involved in the regulation of the synthesis of a large group of virulence-associated factors in D. dadantii 3937.. SlyA was originally identified as an S. enterica serovar Typhimurium gene product by screening for cytolysin on blood agar plates and ...
Listeria monocytogenes is a common bacterium that causes human infections, like miscarriage and septicemia. Listeria uses specific virulence factors to produce proteins that will assist in invasion, replication, and escape. By manipulation of the virulence factors through knockout mutants, this study observed their role and importance in the infection and proliferation life cycle. JEG-3 cells, a human placental line, were infected with wild type Listeria or knockout mutants of individual virulence factors, Internalin A&B, Listeriolysin O, and ActA. Through Colony Forming Unit Assay, it was possible to analyze the number of colonies representing the number of Listeria bacteria after definitive time points. Each virulence factor did play a significant role in the growth and infection of Listeria in the JEG-3 cells as fewer colonies were found in the knockout mutant plates than the wild type. Each virulence factor affected a distinct portion of the invasion, replication, and escape cycle. The omission of a
Bordetella pertussis, the human pathogen of whooping cough, when grown at 22 degrees C is nonvirulent and unable to bind eukaryotic cells. In response to a temperature shift to 37 degrees C, the bacterium acquires the ability to bind eukaryotic cells in a time-dependent fashion. By studying in vitro the temperature-induced transition, from the nonvirulent to the virulent state, we found that binding to CHO cells is mediated by the Arg-Gly-Asp-containing domain of filamentous hemagglutinin (FHA), a protein with multiple binding specificities. This protein is synthesized as a 367-kDa polypeptide within 10 min after temperature shift, but requires 2 hr before it is detected on the bacterial cell surface and starts to bind CHO cells. Mutations affecting the cell surface export of FHA abolish bacterial adhesion to CHO cells, while mutations in the outer membrane protein pertactin strongly reduce binding. This suggests that multiple chaperon proteins are required for a correct function of FHA. ...
The putative vesicle transport protein Vac1p of the human pathogenic yeast Candida albicans plays an important role in virulence. To determine the cellular functions of Vac1p, a null mutant was generated by sequential disruption of both alleles. The vac1 null mutant strain showed defective endosomal vesicle transport, demonstrating a role of Vac1p in protein transport to the vacuole. Vac1p also contributes to resistance to metal ions, as the null mutant strain was hypersensitive to Cu(2+), Zn(2+) and Ni(2+). In addition, the loss of Vac1p affected several virulence factors of C. albicans. In particular, the vac1 null mutant strain showed defective hyphal growth, even when hyphal formation was induced via different pathways. Furthermore, Vac1p affects chlamydospore formation, adherence to human vaginal epithelial cells, and the secretion of aspartyl proteinases (Saps). Avirulence in a mouse model of systemic infection of the vac1 null mutant strongly suggests that Vac1p of C. albicans is ...
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TY - JOUR. T1 - Candida albicans mutant construction and characterization of selected virulence determinants. AU - Motaung, T. E.. AU - Albertyn, J.. AU - Pohl, C. H.. AU - Köhler, Gerwald. PY - 2015/1/1. Y1 - 2015/1/1. N2 - Candida albicans is a diploid, polymorphic yeast, associated with humans, where it mostly causes no harm. However, under certain conditions it can cause infections ranging from superficial to life threatening. This ability to become pathogenic is often linked to the immune status of the host as well as the expression of certain virulence factors by the yeast. Due to the importance of C. albicans as a pathogen, determination of the molecular mechanisms that allow this yeast to cause disease is important. These studies rely on the ability of researchers to create deletion mutants of specific genes in order to study their function. This article provides a critical review of the important techniques used to create deletion mutants in C. albicans and highlights how these ...
Description: Our laboratory studies two bacterial pathogens, Vibrio cholerae, the causative agent of cholera and Yersinia pestis, the causative agent of plague. Regarding V. cholerae our laboratory studies two transcription factors, ToxR and TcpP, that regulate virulence gene transcription and environmental conditions that affect virulence gene expression levels. Our goal is to determine the nature of environmental sensing by V. cholerae as it induces virulence gene expression in hopes of interfering with that pathway with customized therapeutics. Our studies with Y. pestis focus on the ability of this organism to introduce toxic "Yop" proteins into targeted host cells. In addition to contributing to cell adhesion and Yop delivery, the Y. pestis surface protein Ail confers resistance to human serum, an activity required for virulence. Current work is focused on the mechanism of Ail - mediated serum - resistance with the goal of designing therapeutics interfering with this activity ...
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The identification of factors that contribute to the pathogenesis of V. vulnificus has been especially challenging. Several bacterial cell-associated and -secreted proteins have been implicated in the ability of V. vulnificus to cause disease, but only the presence and amount of the exopolysaccharide capsule, the presence of a siderophore to acquire iron from transferring, and a functional flagellar biogenesis system have been positively correlated with virulence (28, 52, 74, 76, 77). The precise roles of the many toxins and enzymes that are secreted remain to be defined (7, 64, 72, 75). Disruption of individual genes encoding proteins that have potent in vitro pharmacological activities, including a cytolysin (72), a metalloprotease (50), and an elastolytic protease (16, 27), has shown that none of these are essential virulence determinants, since the mutants are just as pathogenic as the parental strains. In fact, a metalloprotease-deficient mutant was found to be even more virulent than ...
Influence of Pseudomonas aeruginosa exoproducts on virulence factor production in Burkholderia cepacia: evidence of interspecies communication.: The effect of c
Enteropathogenic Escherichia coli (EPEC) and enterohemorrhagic E. coli O157:H7 are intestinal pathogens that profoundly damage the microvilli and subapical cytoskeleton of epithelial cells. Here we report finding in EPEC a 35-kbp locus containing several regions implicated in formation of these lesions. DNA probes throughout this locus hybridize to E. coli O157:H7 and other pathogens of three genera that cause similar lesions but do not hybridize to avirulent members of the same species. The EPEC locus and a different virulence locus of uropathogenic E. coli insert into the E. coli chromosome at the identical site and share highly similar sequences near the point of insertion.. ...
Department of Health Sciences, College of Public Health, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN Bacteria causing morbidity and mortality in humans is a field of constant research, and because of this new ways of screening mutants for virulence are always being sought. High throughput screening is time consuming, expensive, and raises ethical concerns. A more efficient, and cost effective, model system using simple organisms have been favored lately. Dictyostelium discoideum is an amoeba that dwells in the soil, and is a natural predator for bacteria. Because of this predation, bacterial virulence factors have evolved to counter phagocytosis and kill the amoeba. D. discoideum has been used to examine the pathogenesis of bacteria, such as Pseudomonas aeruginosa, because this amoeba has qualities similar to macrophages. Both of these cells have lectin-type receptors that recognize a wide variety of sugar residues on the cell surface which induces a phosphorylation cascade that leads to ...
In vivo expression technology (IVET) is a promoter-trap strategy deigned to identify genes whose expression in induced in a specific environment, typically that encountered in a host. Signature-tagged mutagenesis (STM) uses comparative hybridisation to isolate mutants unable to survive specified environmental conditions and has been used to identify genes critical for survival in the host. Both methods have been used to identify virulence genes in S. aureus. The main aim of this project was to find any probable new genes of S. aureus that are essential for biofilm formation and infection mouse model by STM. A library of tagged insertion mutants of S. aureus and a series of selected tags in plasmids of S. aureus strain RN6390 were used. Most of the experiments with both the library and selected tags had problems with cross-hybridisation. All the selected tags were therefore sequenced and 33 tags with less than 50% identity were chosen for future experiments. A library of 825 mutants was made with ...
Frederick Griffith, a scientist, was working on a project in 1928 that formed the basis that DNA was the molecule of inheritance. Griffiths experiment involved mice and two types of pneumonia - one was virulent and the other non-virulent. He injected the virulent pneumonia into a mouse and the mouse died. Next he injected the non-virulent pneumonia into a mouse and the mouse survived.. After this, he heated up the virulent disease to kill it and then injected it into a mouse. This time the animal survived as predicted. Last he injected non-virulent pneumonia and virulent pneumonia that had been heated and killed, into a mouse. This time the mouse died.. Griffith speculated that the killed virulent bacteria had passed on a characteristic to the non-virulent one to make it virulent. He believed this characteristic was in the inheritance molecule. This passing on of the inheritance molecule was what he called transformation.. ...
Group A Streptococcus (GAS) possesses a complex regulatory system enabling the organism to colonize a range of physiologically distinct host sites. Within this network of regulators is the streptococcal regulator of virulence (Srv). Srv is a member of the CRP/FNR family of transcriptional regulators and is most similar to pleiotropic regulatory factor A (PrfA), a positive regulator of virulence in Listeria monocytogenes. Members of this family possess a characteristic C-terminal helix-turn-helix motif (HTH) that facilitates binding to DNA targets. Genome scanning identified four targets in GAS that were similar to the consensus DNA target recognized by PrfA. Furthermore, previous amino acid sequence alignments identified conserved residues within the Srv HTH which are necessary for function in PrfA and CRP. Here we investigated the ability of Srv to interact with DNA and evaluated the role of the HTH in this interaction. Purified recombinant Srv (rSrv) was found to co-purify with an untagged form of Srv
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To elucidate the molecular basis of the virulence discrepancy between the HK483 and HK486 viruses, we generated a spectrum of single-gene reassortants (Fig. 1) and tested their pathogenicity in mice. Among nine single-gene reassortant viruses, each containing one gene segment from HK486 virus and the remaining segments from HK483 virus, only those possessing the PB2 (HK3/6PB2) or HA-227I (HK3/6HA227I) gene from the HK486 virus were appreciably attenuated (MLD50, 1.0 × 104 or 1.1 × 102PFU, respectively, compared with ,5 PFU for all other transfectants) (Fig. 1). Moreover, although more than 106 PFU/g of virus was detected at 6 days after infection in the lungs of mice infected with either HK3/6PB2 or HK3/6HA227I virus (Table 1), virus was not recovered from other nonrespiratory organs (with the exception of the heart in mice infected with HK3/6PB2 virus). By contrast, the single-gene reassortants containing the HK486HA227S (HK3/6HA227S) gene or the HK486 NA (HK3/6NA) gene (both tested as ...
1997) Horizontal gene transfer and the evolution of resistance and virulence determinants in Streptococcus. JOURNAL OF APPLIED MICROBIOLOGY, 83 (Suppl. S). S42-S51 ...
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The advent of molecular methods made necesary to revise the Koch´s postulates, formulated in 1890, as general guidelines that should be followed to identify pathogens causing diseases. As a result, Stanley Falkow established the molecular version of Kochs postulates to guide the identification of microbial genes encoding virulence factors. Falkow established five experimental criteria that a gene must fulfill to be considered a virulence factor. A criterium almost never addressed by scientists is The gene, which causes virulence, must be expressed during infection. It has been always considered enough to test whether specific inactivation of the gene is associated to a measurable loss of virulence. Actually, the golden standard is to demonstrate in vivo (using suitable animal/plant models) that allelic replacement of the mutated gene leads to restoration of virulence ...
Vincent, Elio, Michael, and Michele review how microbial virulence can be increased as a consequence of community surveillance and adaptation to macrophages...
Bacterial pathogens represent a major health problem worldwide. In developing countries they are one of the major killers (notably M. tuberculosis) particularly for immuno-compromised patients (aging people, HIV-infected patients, grafted patients) or people suffering from specific diseases (e.g. cystic fibrosis patients). One aggravating factor is the rise of new strains of bacteria resistant to one or several antibiotics, and the very limited number of newly developed antibiotics. This has led to a renewed interest in understanding how pathogenic bacteria can cause diseases.. Bacteria are defined as virulent (or pathogenic) based on their ability to mount a harmful infection in a host. Virulent bacteria can infect a host, non-virulent bacteria cannot. A successful infection relies on a series of specific bacterial traits, such as the ability to secrete toxins, to escape the host immune system, to replicate within host cells or to inhibit phagocytic engulfment. For any given pathogenic ...
The P. syringae AvrRpt2 Type III Secreted effector protein alters host auxin physiology. The P. syringae AvrRpt2 protein is injected directly into plant cells via the Type Three Secretion System (TTSS). It has been proposed that the primary function of effector proteins such as AvrRpt2 is to promote pathogen virulence, and this has been demonstrated for several TTSS-secreted proteins. However, the function of these proteins, and the mechanisms by which they contribute to disease development are not well understood. We have shown that AvrRpt2 functions as a virulence factor on both A. thaliana and tomato plants (Chen et al, 2000; Lim and Kunkel, 2005). Using transgenic A. thaliana plants that produce the AvrRpt2 protein, we have demonstrated that this bacterial protein functions inside the plant to promote pathogen growth and development of disease (Chen et al, 2000). This was the first time a type III-injected protein was shown to promote virulence from within a plant cell. Our more recent ...
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