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  1. Hostos y el Positivismo sui Generis Latinoamericano

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    Pablo Guadarrama González

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available El positivismo fue asumido y cultivado en Latinoamérica de forma sui generis como una filosofía optimista llena de confianza en el hombre, en la capacidad creativa de su pensamiento, en la cultura, la educación, la ciencia, el progreso y el desarrollo industrial. Aliado al liberalismo y a la defensa de la democracia sus ideas resultaban muy avanzadas para los países latinoamericanos, recién liberados en su mayoría del colonialismo español y enfrascados entonces en profundas luchas entre las oligarquías retrogradas y la naciente burguesía nacional. Las ideas filosóficas y educativas de Hostos ponen de manifiesto la riqueza alcanzada por el pensamiento latinoamericano en el siglo XIX que aunque compartió algunas posiciones con el krausismo y el positivismo no se dejó arrastrar de forma unilateral por estas corrientes y supo aprovechar los elementos de valor contenidos especialmente en el positivismo que supo asumir de modo sui generis como la mayoría de los intelectuales latinoamericanos de esa época que se identificaron con él en correspondencia con una praxis educativa y política beneficiosa a los pueblos de América Latina.

  2. [Primary human demodicosis. A disease sui generis].

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    Hsu, C-K; Zink, A; Wei, K-J; Dzika, E; Plewig, G; Chen, W

    2015-03-01

    Human Demodex mites (Demodex folliculorum and Demodex brevis) are unique in that they are an obligate human ectoparasite that can inhabit the pilosebaceous unit lifelong without causing obvious host immune response in most cases. The mode of symbiosis between humans and human Demodex mites is unclear, while the pathogenicity of human Demodex mites in many inflammatory skin diseases is now better understood. Primary human demodicosis is a skin disease sui generis not associated with local or systemic immunosuppression. Diagnosis is often underestimated and differentiation from folliculitis, papulopustular rosacea and perioral dermatitis is not always straightforward. Dependent on the morphology and degree of inflammation, the clinical manifestations can be classified into spinulate, papulopustular, nodulocystic, crustic and fulminant demodicosis. Therapy success can be achieved only with acaricides/arachidicides. The effective doses, optimal regimen and antimicrobial resistance remain to be determined.

  3. Surgical innovation as sui generis surgical research.

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    Lotz, Mianna

    2013-12-01

    Successful innovative 'leaps' in surgical technique have the potential to contribute exponentially to surgical advancement, and thereby to improved health outcomes for patients. Such innovative leaps often occur relatively spontaneously, without substantial forethought, planning, or preparation. This feature of surgical innovation raises special challenges for ensuring sufficient evaluation and regulatory oversight of new interventions that have not been the subject of controlled investigatory exploration and review. It is this feature in particular that makes early-stage surgical innovation especially resistant to classification as 'research', with all of the attendant methodological and ethical obligations--of planning, regulation, monitoring, reporting, and publication--associated with such a classification. This paper proposes conceptual and ethical grounds for a restricted definition according to which innovation in surgical technique is classified as a form of sui generis surgical 'research', where the explicit goal of adopting such a definition is to bring about needed improvements in knowledge transfer and thereby benefit current and future patients.

  4. INDIKASI GEOGRAFIS: REZIM HKI YANG BERSIFAT SUI GENERIS

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    Wahyu Sasongko

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available The existence of the Geographical Indication (GI was estabilished at the same time as the TRIPs Agreement in 1994. In the TRIPs Agreement, GI is Intellectual Property Rights (hereafter IPR regime that is typical of sui generis due to its distinctive features. It is reflected in the elements that are in the definition of GI. Basically, GI has set the use of Geographical names to recognise an object. Previously, the IPR regime had also set them, namely: Indication of Source (IS and Apellation of Origin (AO, that were set in the Paris Convention in 1883, Madrid Agreement in 1891, and the Lisbon Agreement in 1958. Instead, the geographical names are also used as brands. The paper is a theoretical study towards two problems. First, the elements that become the characteristics of GI so that it is typical of sui generis. Second, the similiarities and the differences amongst GI and IS, AO and other trademarks. The findings of the study reveal that GI is typical of sui generis, reflected in the elements that are in the GI definition as it has already been agreed upon in the TRIPs Agreement. There are similiarities amongst GI and AS, AO and other trademarks, namely they can use the geographical names as a label on objects. Meanwhile, the differences are in the elements themselves. IS has the simplest element, followed by GI and the trademark is in ownership system that is individual in the trademark and communal in GI.

  5. PERLINDUNGAN HUKUM TERHADAP PENGETAHUAN TRADISIONAL MELALUI PENGEMBANGAN SUI GENERIS LAW

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    Rohaini Rohaini

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available It’s cannot deny that intellectual property right laws, in certain aspects are possible for using to protect traditional knowledge from their utilization. However, in the same time, intelectuual property rezim also become “a tool” to legitimate of biopiracy practices. Due to the massive of international pressure, mostly developing countries, and the awereness that intellectual property regimes doesn’t optimal to protect traditional knowledge, it develops a discourse to develop a sui generis law outside of intellectual property right regimes. By using the normative method and qualitative approach, this research shows that in order to develop the sui generis law in Indonesia, there are several minimum elements that shall be contained in it, inter alia: the purposes of protection; scope of protection; creteria of protection; the beneficiaries of protection: the holder of traditional knowledge; the kind of rights to be granted; how does the rights acquired; how to enforce it; how does the rights lost or expired; and dispute resolution.Keywords: protection, traditional knowledge, sui generis law

  6. DIPLOMASI TAKHTA SUCI SEBAGAI SUBJEK HUKUM INTERNASIONAL SUI GENERIS

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    Agustinus Supriyanto

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available The Holy See is different from the Vatican. The Vatican is a state, whereas the Holy See is the central governing institution of the Catholic Church. The position of the Holy See is in the Vatican State. The international status of the Holy See is very unique. It is a sui generis subject of international law. Although it is not a state, it enjoys international recognition. Its diplomacy consists of intern and extern aspect. The intern aspect of its diplomacy is that of church interest. The extern aspect is that of diplomacy itself. It is neutral in internationally political interests. It focuses on humanitarian and moral diplomacy.

  7. Sui Generis Plant Variety Protection: The Indian Perspective

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    Rohan Dang

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Problem statement: Plant variety protection relates to intellectual property rights over plant varieties which guarantee rights-holders exclusive commercial rights for a specific period of time. Article 27 (3(b of the TRIPS Agreement, compulsorily mandates that every member-state of the WTO must introduce such protection through domestic legislation by certain set time frames. These rights are one form of IPR being aggressively imposed on developing countries and are often touted as a 'soft' patent regime. Plant variety laws are just as threatening as industrial patents on biodiversity and also represent an attack on the rights of farming an other communities at the local level. From a legal perspective, the protection of plant varieties in India remains an issue which is far from settled even though the Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers' Rights Act was adopted in 2001 in compliance with the TRIPS Agreement. This study argued that the goal of the IP regime should be to balance the competing needs of maximizing societal innovation while appropriately rewarding the individuals that contribute to that innovation. Towards this end, the study seeks to analyze the issues related to the protection of plant varieties with reference to the TRIPS agreement along with the biodiversity treaty and the PGRFA Treaty. One of the chief distinguishing features of the PGRFA Treaty is its emphasis on farmers' rights. This characteristic is analyzed further in the Indian context. Conclusion: Plant variety protection is linked to both agricultural innovation and the conservation of biological resources, although on different levels. The present international legal framework remains partly inconclusive with regard to they type of agricultural management that it seeks to encourage. Though the development of sui generis programs for plant variety protection is still in a nascent stage, this paper analyses the advantages and disadvantages of the Farmers' Rights

  8. Faecal microbiota transplantation: a sui generis biological drug, not a tissue.

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    Megerlin, F; Fouassier, E; Lopert, R; Bourlioux, P

    2014-07-01

    Responding to Smith et al. (Nature, 2014), this paper argues that for medical use, faecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) should be considered a sui generis biological drug, rather than a tissue. Smith and colleagues' thesis is based on possible undesirable economic consequences of this designation--not on its scientific and conceptual basis. The faecal transplant (including gut microbiota, metabolites, mucus, human cells, viruses, fungi, etc.) is not a tissue; it is of topographic--not cellular--human origin. We consider the donor a bioreactor, producing the faecal substrate of therapeutic interest. The debate is of singular importance as the FDA considers FMT a drug and released a new guidance for public consultation in February 2014, whereas to date the European Medicines Agency has not promulgated its position. The UK's National Institute for Heath and Care Excellence does not consider FMT to involve the transplantation of body tissue, and in March 2014 the French regulatory agency ANSM expressly declared it to be a drug. As FM is a complex and highly variable admixture, its components cannot be completely characterized, and to date, compositional quality cannot be assessed. We consider FMT to be a sui generis biologic drug, albeit one prepared with unconventional raw material under microbiologic control. The possibility of associating identified bacterial species with particular diseases and cultivating selected bacteria of therapeutic interest would certainly define a second generation of microbiome therapeutics, but is still speculative. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  9. Borrowed philosophy: bedside physicalism and the need for a sui generis metaphysic of medicine.

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    Whatley, Shawn D

    2014-12-01

    The character of medicine has changed over the last 100 years such that medicine is more interested in diseases than the people who suffer from them. Despite notable efforts to address this, the medical humanities do not challenge doctors' fundamental view of the world. Students adopt a metaphysic of physicalism during basic science training that gets carried into medical training. While necessary for medical science, physicalism is insufficient for clinical care. Physicalism offers no foundation for the sine qua non of medicine, the doctor-patient relationship. The character of medicine will not see a renewed interest in humanity until educators address the insufficiency of physicalism for clinical care, and clinicians partner with experts in the humanities to build a sui generis philosophy of medicine.

  10. Cosa Juzgada Constitucional Sui Generis y su Efecto en las Sentencias del Tribunal Constitucional en materia de Inaplicabilidad e Inconstitucionalidad

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    Emilio Alfonso Garrote Campillay

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available En el presente trabajo se abordara la cosa juzgada constitucional y su efecto en las sentencias del Tribunal Constitucional, en materia de inaplicabilidad e inconstitucionalidad. Proponemos una cosa juzgada constitucional sui generis o cosa decidida, en atención a las particularidades que presenta esta institución en el ámbito del Derecho Constitucional, por ende no nos ceñiremos al concepto tradicional del Derecho Procesal Civil.

  11. Hume, Mill, Hill, and the sui generis epidemiologic approach to causal inference.

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    Morabia, Alfredo

    2013-11-15

    The epidemiologic approach to causal inference (i.e., Hill's viewpoints) consists of evaluating potential causes from the following 2, noncumulative angles: 1) established results from comparative, observational, or experimental epidemiologic studies; and 2) reviews of nonepidemiologic evidence. It does not involve statements of statistical significance. The philosophical roots of Hill's viewpoints are unknown. Superficially, they seem to descend from the ideas of Hume and Mill. Hill's viewpoints, however, use a different kind of evidence and have different purposes than do Hume's rules or Mill's system of logic. In a nutshell, Hume ignores comparative evidence central to Hill's viewpoints. Mill's logic disqualifies as invalid nonexperimental evidence, which forms the bulk of epidemiologic findings reviewed from Hill's viewpoints. The approaches by Hume and Mill cannot corroborate successful implementations of Hill's viewpoints. Besides Hume and Mill, the epidemiologic literature is clueless about a plausible, pre-1965 philosophical origin of Hill's viewpoints. Thus, Hill's viewpoints may be philosophically novel, sui generis, still waiting to be validated and justified.

  12. Addressing the concerns of rural communities about access to plants and knowledge in a sui generis legislation in Cameroon

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    Marcelin Tonye Mahop

    2004-12-01

    This article assesses the traditional systems of accessing and using plant genetic resources as well as the benefit sharing and systems of sanctioning infringement in the context of biodiversity related activities in specific areas in the Northwest province of Cameroon. The article also addresses the type research and development activities using plant genetic resources and associated traditional knowledge in the context of Cameroon, the current laws regulating such activities and the extent to which these activities and laws affect and/or protect the customary biodiversity rights of rural communities. The article uses these assessments to suggest the context under which a sui generis legislation for the protection of the biodiversity rights of rural communities can be established in Cameroon.

  13. Contractual framework of private-public partnership: The sui generis nature of PPP as a result of the holistic approach

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    Cvetković Predrag

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The holistic (comprehensive] approach to the methodological framework for the analysis of public-private partnership is essential presumption for the transformation of the public and private interests from the conflicting ones to the parallel and convergent ones. Private and public interests are to be regarded not as the divided particulars but as the element of the dynamics of PPP as a whole. The holistic approach facilitates interaction which brings new 'added values' in the exercise of the public interest by using the PPP construction: economic, social and political. This concept allows the PPP to 'take the best of both worlds' (the protection of the public interest and solidarity from the public sector, and the entrepreneurial logic from the private sector]. In light of the sui generis structure of mutual relations between the public and the private partner in the PPP framework, the contractual basis of public-private partnership has the character of relational contracts. Relational contracts differ from traditional contracting mechanisms. The parties to traditional contracts have equal information at their disposal, which enables them to define ex ante the terms of the transaction insofar as the consequences of performance or non-performance are anticipated at the time of contract conclusion. On the other hand, relational contracts are incomplete agreements: the parties to relational contracts mutually agree that it is impossible or economically inefficient to define ex ante the possible difficulties and circumstances of the transaction at issue (which is possible in classical contracts]. In this respect, in relational contracts the rationale for commitment is relatively flexible. The public-private partnership agreement is a relational contract. Relational contracts within the PPP framework limit the opportunistic behaviour on both parties and promote the development of their co-operation and exchange of information. Relational contracts

  14. Cuando la divulgación ayuda a la investigación científica: Reflexión sobre un caso sui generis

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    Luisa Fernanda Méndez Pardo

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available El objetivo del presente artículo es mostrar cómo el proyecto de investigación científica "Detección de explosivos mediante la utilización de roedores Rattus norvegicus, cepa Wistar" ha sido exitoso en parte gracias a una gran campaña de divulgación en medios masivos de comunicación, paralela a su desarrollo. La divulgación suele ser considerada una fase posterior a la ejecución de los proyectos, como una forma de validación social de los mismos. Sin embargo, en este caso sui generis, la divulgación no sólo ha permitido el conocimiento del proyecto alrededor del mundo sino que también ha facilitado tanto la financiación de sus sucesivas fases como la generación de sus informes académicos. A partir de este caso, se sugiere a las entidades financiadoras, como Colciencias, dar una mayor importancia a los productos de divulgación en el momento de evaluar proyectos o grupos de investigación.

  15. Censo 2005

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    Guabloche, Judith; Alfageme , Augusta

    2006-01-01

    Los censos son importante para la toma de decisiones del sector público y del privado. Por ello, los resultados del Censo 2005, son analizados en este artículo, en aspectos como el crecimiento de la población, los avances en educación y el acceso a servicios en las viviendas, entre otros.

  16. Censo 2010

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    Eliud Silva

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available En este artículo se utilizan series de tiempo multivariadas para mostrar que es factible realizar pronósticos de población con esta perspectiva y se evidencia cómo éstos son satis- factorios de acuerdo con datos derivados del Censo de Población y Vivienda 2010 para la Zona Metropolitana de la Ciudad de México (zmcm. Se enuncia de manera general la metodología empleada para realizar los pronósticos partiendo de técnicas de desagre- gación, ajustes y estimación de pronósticos multivariados. Se considera que las herra- mientas metodológicas capaces de proyectar de manera eficiente resultan indispensables para elaborar gran diversidad de programas públicos cuyo principal objetivo sea un desarrollo sustentable.

  17. Un modelo educativo sui géneris: las escuelas de formación pre-militar y militar en España (1912-1936. Estudio particular de lo acontecido en las Islas Canarias - a sui generis educational model: the pre-military schools and military training in Spain

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    Manuel Ferraz-Lorenzo

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available UM MODELO SUI GENERIS EDUCACIONAL: AS ESCOLAS PRÉ-MILITARES E MILITARES NA ESPANHA (1912-1936. UM ESTUDO ESPECÍFICO SOBRE O QUE ACONTECEU NAS ILHAS CANÁRIAS Resumo O modelo educacional das escolas pré-militares e militares, apesar de suas variações específicas ao longo do tempo, devido à sua adaptação a sucessivos governos e as normas legais em vigor, tem uma característica invariável: introduzir os jovens no ambiente do exército, instruindo-os em suas práticas e táticas, em seus dogmas católicos - exceto o período republicano - e no espírito corporativo da instituição. Nessa linha de ação, e para ser mais amplamente aceito por civis, foi apresentado como modernização educacional e proposto como regeneracionista para projeção social ampla. No entanto, seus proponentes, para estimular esses estudos entre os jovens, tiveram pouco incentivo, pois a aprendizagem das primeiras letras e resgate de certo trecho do serviço militar apenas incentivou os setores mais baixos da escala social.Palavras-chave: Espanha, Ilhas Canárias, escolas militares, treinamento militar, a sociedade civil.A SUI GENERIS EDUCATIONAL MODEL: THE PRE-MILITARY SCHOOLS AND MILITARY TRAINING IN SPAIN (1912-1936. A SPECIFIC STUDY OF WHAT HAPPENED IN THE CANARY ISLANDS AbstractThe educational model of the pre-military and military schools, despite their specific variations over time due to their adaptation to successive governments and the existing legislative regulations, has an invariable characteristic: enter at the young men in the circles of the army, instructing them in practices tactics, in their Catholic dogmas - except the republican period - and through own corporate spirit of the institution. In this line of action, and to be more widely accepted by civil society, is presented as modernization, educational and regeneration proposal for broad social projection. However, the compensation to stimulate such studies among young men had little

  18. La opinión consultiva de la Corte Internacional de Justicia sobre Kosovo de 22 de julio de 2010: Una interpretación judicial sui generis para un caso que no lo es. Aplicabilidad de la cláusula de salvaguardia de la Resolución 2625 (XXV o de la “secesión como remedio”

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    Juan Soroeta Liceras

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available In the author's opinion, pressured by the fear of the States to be extrapolated the decision to other contexts all around the world, in which there are secessionist claims, the Court has squandered a unique opportunity to rule on the current scope of two key principles of contemporary international law: territorial integrity of States and self-determination of peoples. This article defends the right of self-determination of Kosovo, under the safeguard clause in Resolution 2625 (XXV of the General Assembly of the United Nations, as “remedial secession”, and does not consider that it is a sui generis case, but an exception to the general principle applies wherever a State prevents the exercise of internal self-determination of a people living in its territory.

  19. Streptococcus suis

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    Poggenborg, René; Gaïni, Shahin; Kjaeldgaard, Poul

    2008-01-01

    Meningitis and spondylodiscitis caused by Streptococcus suis is a rare disease which is contracted by occupational exposure to pigs. We report a 54-y-old pig-farm worker with S. suis meningitis and septicaemia complicated with thoracal and lumbar spine spondylodiscitis. The S. suis strain involve...... in this case report was identified as serotype 14, which has only been described in 2 previous cases. It is important to report infection with S. suis as a work accident for compensation if the patient has been occupationally exposed to pigs....

  20. On Why There Is No Milton Friedman Today: Sui Generis, Sui Temporis

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    Medema, Steven G.

    2013-01-01

    This essay responds to the question, “Why is there no Milton Friedman today?” In doing so, it briefly examines several aspects of Friedman’s professional life that contributed to his success in the academic, policy, and public realms as well as the influence of the social and political context in which Friedman lived and worked. The conclusion reached is that we are unlikely to see another Milton Friedman—or Friedman-like figure of any political persuasion—anytime soon.

  1. Los censos : concepto y naturaleza

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    Adolfo Ballester Martínez

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available El contrato de censo otorga un marco legal a una actividad económica que puede consistir en el traspaso del derecho de uso, en el enfitéutico; la venta de una propiedad, en el consignativo impropio y el reservativo; la concesión de un préstamo de dinero con interés en el consignativo propio. El marco legal creado por este tipo de contrato se caracteriza por la existencia de unas cargas reales sobre las propiedades vinculadas, generando derechos y obligaciones de larga duración a las partes. El censualista tiene garantizados sus derechos de propiedad, sobre bienes raíces, inmuebles o capital, por medio del cobro anual de la pensión fijada en el momento de la formalización del contrato, la posibilidad del tanteo ante la posible enajenación de la finca por parte del censatario y la ejecución de las hipotecas ofrecidas como garantía del pago de la pensión por parte del censatario, en los contratos consignativos, o la consolidación de los dominios, en los enfitéuticos, en caso de impago de la renta durante tres años consecutivos.The leasehold contract («censo» creates a legal boundary that consists of the right of use, in the contract called «enfitéutico», the sale of a property in the «consignativo impropio» and the «reservativo»; the concesion of a loan with interests in the «consignativo propio». The legal boundaries created by this type of contract is characterized by the existence of duties over the mortgaged properties, generating both rights and obligations to the tenants over a long period. The landlord («censualista» has guaranteed property rights on land, property and capital, by means of an annual payment of the fixed pension at the moment of formalizing the contract. The possibility of equalling the possible sale price of the property by a third party, the use of mortgages as guarantees of payment on behalf of the landlord in the contracts called «consignativos» or the consolidation of the properties (

  2. Contando vecinos: el censo toledano de 1569

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    Richard L. KAGAN

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available Este artículo tiene su origen en el descubrimiento casual de un censo de Toledo en el siglo XVI hasta ahora inédito. Fechado en 1569, ese censo ofrece lo que parece ser un recuento completo de los habitantes de la ciudad. Su interés es todavía mayor por cuanto incluye una división tabular que permite un análisis estadístico detallado de la población, tanto en lo que se refiere a su distribución por sexos, como al tamaño de los hogares, la relación entre vecinos y habitantes y el número de hijos. Proporciona también una lista del clero, del regular y del secular, así como de los ingresos eclesiásticos. El censo es, por lo tanto, prácticamente único para su tiempo tanto en lo que se refiere a su organización como a su propósito.

  3. NÓS CONTADORES, POSSUÍMOS UM PERFIL SUI GENERIS DE INTELIGÊNCIAS?

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    Márcia Athayde Matias

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available This research studied the multiple intelligences of accountants, trying to identify a profile or mainstream of intelligences among these professionals. For this, was used the theory of Howard Gardner, who argues that the concept of intelligence goes beyond the historical paradigms that have been associated only with the mental capacity of a logical-mathematical or linguistic, since many mental skills are used both by people who have different vocations according to their dominant intelligences. The set of intelligences described by Gardner are the logicalmathematical intelligence, linguistic, bodily-kinesthetic, spatial, musical, naturalist, interpersonal and intrapersonal intelligences. Defined as a descriptive study, was conducted a survey with a questionnaire to collect data, which was answered by 189 accountants. Outlining the profile accountants showed capacity of understanding, logical reasoning, no difficulty in analysis and a kind of systematic behavior. Moreover, they demonstrated ability to work in groups and be empathic. The lack of language skills caused some frustration and concern about the accounting professional. Moreover, it was emphasized with the Pearson correlation analysis that therelationship between the intelligences are not strong, the highest score was 0.506 between the logical-mathematical intelligence and spatial intelligence, among other interesting relationships. Concluded that patterns revealed by research are an important tool to discuss methods to stimulate the cognitive development of accountants, with direct consequences on accounting profession.

  4. Itaipu: uma entidade sui generis 10.5102/uri.v9i1.1378

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    Leopoldo Faiad da Cunha

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available Este artigo analisa os aspectos jurídicos do Tratado de Itapu, quais são suas consequências jurídicas no Estado Brasileiro e como é possível integrar a Constituição e a norma internacional, analisando as peculiaridades da empresa Binacional. Em primeiro momento, o contexto histórico-político, no qual os tratados foram assinados será estudado. Depois, a natureza jurídica e a recepção pela nova carta constitucional, pois os tratados foram assinados antes da promulgação da constituição de 1988. Então, a analise baseará na competência da resolução de lides e a aplicabilidade de normas de direito interno na entidade binacional, com utilização de alguns exemplos.

  5. Precedent in the Sui Generis Legal Order: A Mine Run Approach

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    Sadl, Urska; Hink, Sigrid

    2014-01-01

    In this article, we use case-to-case citation networks to explore the force of precedent in EU law. We introduce a novel methodology to analyse the extent to which references to past decisions act as reasons for decisions in subsequent cases and illustrate the approach on the European citizenship...... case-law citation network. We conclude that the cohesive pull of precedent in EU citizenship case-law is too weak to generate a coherent judicial doctrine, thereby confirming qualitative research on the subject. However, the incursions into competences of the Member States in areas, found only...

  6. NÓS CONTADORES, POSSUÍMOS UM PERFIL SUI GENERIS DE INTELIGÊNCIAS?

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    Márcia Athayde Matias

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available A pesquisa se dedicou a estudar as múltiplas inteligências de contadores, com vistas a identificar um perfil ou tendência predominante. Para tanto, se utilizou da teoria de Howard Gardner, o qual defende que o conceito de inteligência extrapola os paradigmas históricos que associaram inteligência somente a capacidade lógico-matemática ou linguística, uma vez que diversas competências mentais são simultaneamente utilizadas pelos indivíduos, que apresentam vocações distintas em função de suas inteligências predominantes. O conjunto de inteligências descritas por Gardner contempla as inteligências lógico-matemática, linguística, corporal-cinestésica, espacial, musical, naturalista, interpessoal e intrapessoal. Definido como um estudo descritivo, para sua consecução foram utilizadas como estratégias a pesquisa bibliográfica e o levantamento, tendo sido utilizado um questionário como instrumento de coleta de dados, o qual foi respondido por 189 contadores. Delineando seu perfil, o contador demonstrou capacidade de compreensão e raciocínio, facilidade para análises e comportamento sistemático. Por outro lado, ele demonstrou capacidade de trabalhar em grupo e ser empático. A falta de habilidade linguística gerou certa frustração e preocupação com o profissional da contabilidade. Adicionalmente, destaca-se que, com a análise das correlações de Pearson, observou-se de um modo geral que as relações entre as inteligências não são fortes, tendo sido o maior escore 0,506 entre as inteligências lógico-matemática e espacial, entre outras interessantes relações percebidas.  Conclui-se que os padrões revelados pela pesquisa são um importante instrumento de discussão para o desenvolvimento de metodologias de estímulo ao desenvolvimento cognitivo dos contadores, com reflexos diretos no desenvolvimento da profissão contábil.

  7. La proteccion social de la dependencia en Espana. Un modelo sui generis de desarrollo de los derechos sociales

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    Rodriguez Cabrero, Gregorio

    2007-01-01

    ... y, tendencialmente, del universalismo nordico. El nuevo modelo supone la construccion de un entramado institucional cuya gestion, coordinacion, financiacion y evaluacion constituyen un ensayo institucional complejo de gestion mixta que reflejara...

  8. Censo Brasileiro de Diálise, 2009

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    Ricardo de Castro Cintra Sesso

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available INTRODUÇÃO: Dados nacionais sobre diálise crônica são fundamentais para o planejamento do tratamento. OBJETIVO: Apresentar dados do censo anual da SBN sobre os pacientes com doença renal crônica em diálise de manutenção a 1º de janeiro de 2009. MÉTODOS: Levantamento de dados de unidades de diálise de todo o país. A coleta de dados foi feita utilizando questionário preenchido pelas unidades de diálise do Brasil cadastradas na SBN. RESULTADOS: Das unidades consultadas, 437 (69,8% responderam ao censo. Em janeiro de 2009, o número estimado de pacientes em diálise foi de 77.589. As estimativas das taxas de prevalência e de incidência de insuficiência renal crônica em tratamento dialítico foram de 405 e 144 pacientes por milhão da população, respectivamente. O número estimado de pacientes que iniciaram tratamento em 2009 foi de 27.612. A taxa anual de mortalidade bruta foi de 17,1%. Dos pacientes prevalentes, 39,9% tinham idade > 60 anos, 89,6% estavam em hemodiálise e 10,4% em diálise peritoneal, 30.419 (39,2% estavam em fila de espera para transplante, 27% eram diabéticos, 37,9% tinham fósforo sérico > 5,5 mg/dL e 42,8% hemoglobina < 11 g/dL. Cateter venoso foi usado como acesso vascular em 12,4% dos pacientes em hemodiálise. CONCLUSÕES: A prevalência de pacientes em diálise tem apresentado aumento progressivo embora em 2009 as estimativas sejam inferiores às de 2008. Os dados chamam atenção para indicadores da qualidade diálise de manutenção que necessitam ser melhorados. E destacam a importância do censo anual para o planejamento da assistência dialítica.

  9. Relatorio do Censo Brasileiro de Dialise Cronica 2012

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    Ricardo Cintra Sesso

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available Introdução: Dados nacionais sobre diálise crônica são fundamentais para o conhecimento e planejamento do tratamento. Objetivo: Apresentar dados do censo da Sociedade Brasileira de Nefrologia sobre os pacientes com doença renal crônica em diálise em julho de 2012. Métodos: Levantamento de dados de unidades de diálise de todo o país. A coleta de dados foi feita utilizando questionário preenchido on-line pelas unidades de diálise do Brasil. Resultados: 255 (39,1% unidades responderam ao censo. Em julho de 2012, o número total estimado de pacientes em diálise no país foi de 97.586. As estimativas nacionais das taxas de prevalência e de incidência de doença renal crônica em tratamento dialítico foram de 503 e 177 pacientes por milhão da população, respectivamente. O número de pacientes que iniciaram tratamento em 2012 foi 34.366. A taxa anual de mortalidade bruta foi de 18,8%. Dos pacientes prevalentes, 31,9% tinham idade ≥ 65 anos, 91,6% estavam em hemodiálise e 8,4% em diálise peritoneal, 30.447 (31,2% estavam em fila de espera para transplante, 28,5% tinham diabetes, 36,6% tinham fósforo sérico > 5,5 mg/dl e 34,4% hemoglobina < 11 g/dl. Cateter venoso era usado como acesso em 14,5% dos pacientes em hemodiálise. Conclusão: As taxas de prevalência e incidência de pacientes em diálise aumentaram, e a taxa de mortalidade tendeu a diminuir em relação a 2011. Os dados de indicadores da qualidade da diálise de manutenção encontram-se estáveis com tendência à queda nos níveis de anemia; e mostram a relevância do censo anual para o planejamento da assistência dialítica.

  10. Bioethics and cara sui.

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    Gillett, Grant

    2005-01-01

    Cara sui (care of the self) is a guiding thread in Foucault's later writings on ethics. Following Foucault in that inquiry, we are urged beyond our fairly superficial conceptions of consequences, harms, benefits, and the rights of persons, and led to examine ourselves and try to articulate the sense of life that animates ethical reasoning. The result is a nuanced understanding with links to virtue ethics and post-modern approaches to ethics and subjectivity. The approach I have articulated draws on the phenomenology of Levinas and Heidegger, the Virtue ethics of Baier, and the post-structuralist writing of Michel Foucault. The subject is seen as negotiable, embodied, provisional and able to be transformed in a way that denies essentialism about human beings, their moral status, and the idea of the good. The human being emerges as responsible because, properly, responsive to the context of discourse in which morality becomes articulated. When we import this style of thinking into bioethics we find that it reaches beyond issues of policy or right conduct and allows us to use the biomedical sciences and the clinical world to revise and interrogate our understanding of ourselves and the theoretical foundations of health care ethics.

  11. De transnacionalizacion y censos. Los “afrodescendientes” en Argentina

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    Laura Cecilia López

    2006-05-01

    Full Text Available Este trabajo analiza un episodio reciente de negociaciones y disputas entre diferentes actores (activistas afroargentinos, agentes del estado local y agencias multilaterales de financiamiento por la inclusión de una cuantificación de la población afrodescendiente en Argentina en el próximo censo nacional 2010. Dicho fenómeno será comprendido en un marco de transnacionalización de los movimientos negros en la última década y de los impactos de la participación de países latinoamericanos en la Conferencia Mundial de las Naciones Unidas contra el Racismo, la Discriminación Racial, la Xenofobia y otras formas correlativas de Intolerancia, celebrada en Durban, Sud-África, en el año 2001. Examinamos cómo flujos y agentes globales revitalizan la discusión sobre las discontinuidades entre lo “étnico”, lo “racial” y lo “nacional”, reordenando nociones y clasificaciones de las minorías en el plano local, particularmente a través de los modos de contabilizar y categorizar a esas colectividades en las estadísticas oficiales.

  12. O que os dados de mortalidade do Censo de 2010 podem nos dizer?

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    2012-01-01

    O Censo brasileiro de 2010 incluiu, em seu questionário, a pergunta sobre óbitos ocorridos no domicílio nos últimos 12 meses. Anteriormente, uma questão similar havia sido incluída na amostra do Censo de 1980, mas sendo pouco utilizada. O objetivo do artigo é fazer uma avaliação da qualidade da informação de mortalidade do Censo, em especial sobre a estrutura etária da mortalidade. Em relação à cobertura da enumeração dos óbitos, esta saltou de 40%, no Censo de 1980, para 80%, no de 2010. Os ...

  13. La calidad de los datos de mortalidad del Censo 2010 de Argentina

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    Nicolás Sacco

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    Full Text Available Objetivo: evaluar las variables disponibles en el censo de población de 2010 para Argentina en lo que a mortalidad refiere. Métodos: Con base en métodos indirectos de estimación demográfica se ofrece una lectura de la calidad de estas estadísticas en comparación con censos previos y estadísticas vitales. Resultados: La comparación de las tasas de mortalidad infantil y adulta con las tasas calculadas a partir de los nacimientos y las defunciones permite dilucidar, en principio, que estos datos no revelan problemas serios de calidad o cobertura y que el nivel (y la tendencia indicado por las fuentes es ampliamente compatible. Discusión: a pesar de que los resultados parecen mostrar coherencia, la posibilidad de detectar y cuantificar los errores se mantiene como un punto ciego del artículo hasta tanto no se publique la totalidad de la información necesaria para realizar un examen cabal, dado el universo limitado de publicaciones por parte del Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Censos. Conclusiones: las estimaciones de población en cuanto a mortalidad son consistentes con los datos del censo previo de 2001 y con las series de nacimientos y muertes del período intercensal a nivel total del país.

  14. Sconfinamenti tra generi nella narrativa spagnola tra Otto e Novecento: alcuni esempi

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    Donatella Siviero

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    Full Text Available La prefazione è un elemento paratestuale ricco di contraddizioni, paradossi e tranelli per il lettore. Un caso interessante è quello delle prefazioni che fanno parte integrante del gioco finzionale, come quelle anteposte alle false scritture autobiografiche, molto praticate nella Spagna tra Otto e Novecento. Qui l’autore lancia la sua sfida al lettore fingendo un’identità altra o mascherandosi e mettendo in pratica degli sconfinamenti tra generi. L’articolo propone l’analisi delle prefazioni autoriali e/o fittiziamente autoriali presenti in quattro opere narrative scritte tra la seconda metà dell’Ottocento e il Novecento (Mariquita y Antonio e Pepita Jiménez di Juan Valera, Jusep Torres Campalans di Max Aub e Quizá nos lleve el viento al infinito di Gonzalo Torrente Ballester, che si rivelano delle ingegnose, ambigue e complesse trappole argomentative.

  15. Actinobaculum suis Detection Using Polymerase Chain Reaction

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    Cristina Román Amigo

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Actinobaculum suis is an important agent related to urinary infection in swine females. Due to its fastidious growth characteristics, the isolation of this anaerobic bacterium is difficult, thus impairing the estimation of its prevalence. The purpose of this study was to develop and test a polymerase chain reaction (PCR for the detection and identification of A. suis and then compare these results with traditional isolation methods. Bacterial isolation and PCR were performed on one hundred and ninety-two urine samples from sows and forty-five preputial swabs from boars. The results indicate that this PCR was specific for A. suis, presenting a detection limit between 1.0×101 CFU/mL and 1.0×102 CFU/mL. A. suis frequencies, as measured by PCR, were 8.9% (17/192 in sow urine samples and 82.2% (37/45 in preputial swabs. Assessed using conventional culturing techniques, none of the urine samples were positive for A. suis; however, A. suis was detected in 31.1% (14/45 of the swabs. This PCR technique was shown to be an efficient method for the detection of A. suis in urine and preputial swabs.

  16. Inventarios del deseo. Los censos municipales de Rosario, Argentina (1889-1910: Municipal census of Rosario, Argentina (1889-1910

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    Diego P. Roldán

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    Full Text Available Este artículo propone una aproximación a los censos municipales de Rosario, considerando la estadística como un género de escritura y el proceso de formación histórica de la promoción y proto-marketing urbano. Se estudia la producción y circulación de censos de la provincia de Santa Fe y la ciudad de Rosario desde 1887 hasta 1910. La primera parte del trabajo se concentra en el proceso de difusión del primer censo provincial de Santa Fe en Francia, durante la exposición universal de 1889. Luego se reconstruyen las distintas tentativas de construir oficinas municipales de estadísticas en la ciudad de rosario, movilizadas por la trayectoria del censo de 1887, las crisis sanitarias y los preparativos del censo nacional de 1895. El centro del trabajo considera los censos municipales de rosario de 1900, 1906 y 1910 procurando pasar del problema de la recolección-captación al de la fabricación invención de los datos y de la representatividad al de la performatividad de la estadística como proceso de producción social de saberes y del censo como artefacto cultural.

  17. O que os dados de mortalidade do Censo de 2010 podem nos dizer? ¿Qué pueden decirnos los datos sobre mortalidad en el Censo de 2010? What can the mortality data from the 2010 Census tell us?

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    O Censo brasileiro de 2010 incluiu, em seu questionário, a pergunta sobre óbitos ocorridos no domicílio nos últimos 12 meses. Anteriormente, uma questão similar havia sido incluída na amostra do Censo de 1980, mas sendo pouco utilizada. O objetivo do artigo é fazer uma avaliação da qualidade da informação de mortalidade do Censo, em especial sobre a estrutura etária da mortalidade. Em relação à cobertura da enumeração dos óbitos, esta saltou de 40%, no Censo de 1980, para 80%, no de 2010. Os ...

  18. La protección social de la dependencia en España. Un modelo sui generis de desarrollo de los derechos sociales

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    Gregorio Rodríguez Cabrero

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Social and demographic changes related to informal care model as well as the new idea of social risk have lead to a social and political debate which has concluded at least in Spanish case in a new branch of the Welfare State, in many ways a synthesis of informal care Mediterranean tradition, Continental family vision and Nordic universalism. The new social protection model involves the construction of a complex institutional building. Its management, coordination, financing and evaluation constitutes a test of a mixed welfare which will show the conflicts between the new social protection model, the financial limits of Welfare State and the decentralization of social policies. The development of the Social protection Dependency Law from 2007 onwards it is crucial in relation to the future of Spanish social reform in the first half present century.

  19. Matrimonios "sin papeles": perfil sociodemografico de las parejas de hecho en Espana segun el censo de 2001

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    Castro Martin, Teresa; Dominguez Folgueras, Marta

    2008-01-01

    .... Este articulo analiza una muestra del 5% de los microdatos del Censo de 2001 para estimar el peso relativo de las uniones de hecho en Espana y comparar el perfil sociodemografico de las parejas de hecho y las parejas casadas...

  20. Tetracycline Susceptibility in Chlamydia suis Pig Isolates.

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    Manuela Donati

    Full Text Available The aims of the present study were to assess the prevalence of Chlamydia suis in an Italian pig herd, determine the tetracycline susceptibility of C. suis isolates, and evaluate tet(C and tetR(C gene expression. Conjunctival swabs from 20 pigs were tested for C. suis by real-time polymerase chain reaction, and 55% (11 were positive. C. suis was then isolated from 11 conjunctival swabs resampled from the same herd. All positive samples and isolates were positive for the tet(C resistance gene. The in vitro susceptibility to tetracycline of the C. suis isolates showed MIC values ranging from 0.5 to 4 μg/mL. Tet(C and tetR(C transcripts were found in all the isolates, cultured both in the absence and presence of tetracycline. This contrasts with other Gram-negative bacteria in which both genes are repressed in the absence of the drug. Further investigation into tet gene regulation in C. suis is needed.

  1. Tetracycline Susceptibility in Chlamydia suis Pig Isolates.

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    Donati, Manuela; Balboni, Andrea; Laroucau, Karine; Aaziz, Rachid; Vorimore, Fabien; Borel, Nicole; Morandi, Federico; Vecchio Nepita, Edoardo; Di Francesco, Antonietta

    2016-01-01

    The aims of the present study were to assess the prevalence of Chlamydia suis in an Italian pig herd, determine the tetracycline susceptibility of C. suis isolates, and evaluate tet(C) and tetR(C) gene expression. Conjunctival swabs from 20 pigs were tested for C. suis by real-time polymerase chain reaction, and 55% (11) were positive. C. suis was then isolated from 11 conjunctival swabs resampled from the same herd. All positive samples and isolates were positive for the tet(C) resistance gene. The in vitro susceptibility to tetracycline of the C. suis isolates showed MIC values ranging from 0.5 to 4 μg/mL. Tet(C) and tetR(C) transcripts were found in all the isolates, cultured both in the absence and presence of tetracycline. This contrasts with other Gram-negative bacteria in which both genes are repressed in the absence of the drug. Further investigation into tet gene regulation in C. suis is needed.

  2. Qualidade das informações sobre fecundidade no Censo Demográfico de 2010

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    Suzana M. Cavenaghi

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo desta nota de pesquisa é examinar a qualidade da informação sobre fecundidade no Censo Demográfico 2010, visando inferir sobre a acurácia das estimativas da taxa de fecundidade total (TFT e das específicas por idade provenientes dessa fonte de dados. São utilizados os microdados do Censo Demográfico 2010 e os dados do Sistema de Informações sobre Nascimentos (Sinasc de 2009 e 2010. Empregam-se indicadores demográficos básicos e o método indireto da razão P/F de Brass para a estimação da TFT utilizando as duas fontes de dados. Os resultados iniciais mostram que os dados censitários são bastante consistentes, mas apresentam alguns problemas de subnumeração diferencial por idade, como amplamente conhecido na demografia, que devem ser levados em conta na estimação do nível de fecundidade no país. As mudanças na estrutura da fecundidade afetam a TFT por ser taxa de período, mas o método P/F de Brass ainda se mostra com bons resultados. Ao final, são feitas recomendações para possíveis melhorias em novas coletas de dados, principalmente nos censos e pesquisas por amostra de domicílios, que constituem fontes essenciais para a estimação da fecundidade e acompanhamento de tendências para atualização das projeções desse indicador a médio e longo prazos.

  3. Los censos en los manuales de derecho civil de Juan Sala y Salvador del Viso

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    Blasco Gil, Yolanda

    1996-01-01

    La Universidad de fines del siglo XVIII e inicios del siglo XIX había introducido ya los manuales en su enseñanza. A través de ellos podemos inferir lo que se explicaba en las clases y los niveles de conocimiento que se intentaban transmitir a los alumnos. Dos manuales valencianos nos proporcionan una idea de aquellas lecciones en materia de censos, instituciones jurídicas que estaban en progresivo desuso, como restos últimos del Antiguo Régimen. Con este trabajo se pretende hacer una valo...

  4. Os indígenas Xavante no Censo Demográfico de 2010

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    Luciene Guimarães de Souza

    Full Text Available O objetivo deste artigo é apresentar, a partir de dados do Censo Demográfico de 2010, a distribuição geográfica e algumas características sociodemográficas dos indígenas da etnia Xavante no Brasil. Para tanto, foram utilizadas as seguintes variáveis do questionário básico do Censo: etnia; situação de domicílio; localização do domicílio (dentro ou fora de Terra Indígena - TI; cor ou raça; língua falada no domicílio; renda; e alfabetização. A captação dos dados foi realizada no Banco Multidimensional de Estatística (BME do Instituto Brasileiro de Geografia e Estatística, considerando as TI Xavante, os 15 municípios onde estão inseridas as TI, os três municípios no entorno dessas TI e o município de Cuiabá. Dos 19.259 declarados indígenas Xavante, 91,6% residiam em área rural e 85,9% falavam a língua indígena no domicílio. Os municípios de Campinápolis, Barra do Garças, Nova Nazaré e General Carneiro, juntos, somavam 75,1% do contingente populacional residente em área rural. Nas TI Areões, Pimentel Barbosa e Sangradouro-Volta Grande, todos se declararam indígenas e da etnia Xavante. Nas TI Chão Preto e Marechal Rondon somente a pergunta "se considera indígena" conseguiu captá-los, pois todos se declararam em outras categorias de cor ou raça. Uma comparação com outra fonte de informações indica que os dados populacionais totais do Censo 2010 são compatíveis com aqueles encontrados no registro da área da saúde. Considera-se que, para o caso Xavante, o Censo de 2010 tem um grande potencial para análises de dados demográficos e poderia ser avaliado para outras etnias indígenas específicas, desde que comparados com informações socioantropológicas.

  5. Censos en Fredonia (Antioquia: Una mirada a la composición familiar, 1830-1851

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    Sandy Bibiana González Toro

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available El texto analiza la composición familiar de los habitantes de Fredonia (Antioquia entre 1830 y 1851. La autora caracteriza la población a partir de factores tales como la edad, el género, el parentesco y el estado civil. El artículo utiliza como fuentes de información los censos que se realizaron de acuerdo a la reglamentación del Congreso Constitucional de la Nueva Granada en el trascurso del siglo XIX.

  6. Phagocytosis and killing of Streptococcus suis by porcine neutrophils.

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    Chabot-Roy, Geneviève; Willson, Philip; Segura, Mariela; Lacouture, Sonia; Gottschalk, Marcelo

    2006-07-01

    Streptococcus suis serotype 2 is an important swine pathogen responsible for diverse infections, mainly meningitis. Virulence factors and the pathogenesis of infection are not well understood. Neutrophils may play an important role in the pathogenesis of infection given that infiltration by neutrophils and mononuclear cells are frequently observed in lesions caused by S. suis. The objective of this work was to study the interactions between S. suis serotype 2 and porcine neutrophils. Results showed that suilysin is toxic to neutrophils and this could help S. suis evade innate immunity. Moreover, suilysin appears to affect complement-dependent killing by decreasing the opsonization of S. suis and the bactericidal capacity of neutrophils. Our results confirm that capsule polysaccharide protects S. suis against killing and phagocytosis by neutrophils. We also showed that the presence of specific IgG against S. suis serotype 2 promoted killing by neutrophils, indicating that the induction of a strong humoral response is beneficial for clearance of this pathogen.

  7. Detection of Streptococcus suis in bioaerosols of swine confinement buildings.

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    Bonifait, Laetitia; Veillette, Marc; Létourneau, Valérie; Grenier, Daniel; Duchaine, Caroline

    2014-06-01

    Streptococcus suis is an important swine pathogen that can cause septicemia, meningitis, and pneumonia. Also recognized as an emerging zoonotic agent, it is responsible for outbreaks of human infections in Asian countries. Serotype 2 is the predominant isolate from diseased animals and humans. The aerosolization of S. suis in the air of swine confinement buildings (SCB) was studied. The presence of S. suis in bioaerosols was monitored in SCB where cases of infection had been reported and in healthy SCB without reported infections. Using a quantitative-PCR (qPCR) method, we determined the total number of bacteria (1 × 10(8) to 2 × 10(8) airborne/m(3)), total number of S. suis bacteria (4 × 10(5) to 10 × 10(5) airborne/m(3)), and number of S. suis serotype 2 and 1/2 bacteria (1 × 10(3) to 30 × 10(3) airborne/m(3)) present in the air. S. suis serotypes 2 and 1/2 were detected in the air of all growing/finishing SCB that had documented cases of S. suis infection and in 50% of healthy SCB. The total number of bacteria and total numbers of S. suis and S. suis serotype 2 and 1/2 bacteria were monitored in one positive SCB during a 5-week period, and it was shown that the aerosolized S. suis serotypes 2 and 1/2 remain airborne for a prolonged period. When the effect of aerosolization on S. suis was observed, the percentage of intact S. suis bacteria (showing cell membrane integrity) in the air might have been up to 13%. Finally S. suis was found in nasal swabs from 14 out of 21 healthy finishing-SCB workers, suggesting significant exposure to the pathogen. This report provides a better understanding of the aerosolization, prevalence, and persistence of S. suis in SCB.

  8. Immunization with the immunodominant Helicobacter suis urease subunit B induces partial protection against H. suis infection in a mouse model

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    Vermoote Miet

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Helicobacter (H. suis is a porcine and human gastric pathogen. Previous studies in mice showed that an H. suis infection does not result in protective immunity, whereas immunization with H. suis whole-cell lysate (lysate protects against a subsequent experimental infection. Therefore, two-dimensional gel electrophoresis of H. suis proteins was performed followed by immunoblotting with pooled sera from H. suis- infected mice or mice immunized with lysate. Weak reactivity against H. suis proteins was observed in post-infection sera. Sera from lysate-immunized mice, however, showed immunoreactivity against a total of 19 protein spots which were identified using LC-MS/MS. The H. suis urease subunit B (UreB showed most pronounced reactivity against sera from lysate-immunized mice and was not detected with sera from infected mice. None of the pooled sera detected H. suis neutrophil-activating protein A (NapA. The protective efficacy of intranasal vaccination of BALB/c mice with H. suis UreB and NapA, both recombinantly expressed in Escherichia coli (rUreB and rNapA, respectively, was compared with that of H. suis lysate. All vaccines contained choleratoxin as adjuvant. Immunization of mice with rUreB and lysate induced a significant reduction of H. suis colonization compared to non-vaccinated H. suis-infected controls, whereas rNapA had no significant protective effect. Probably, a combination of local Th1 and Th17 responses, complemented by antibody responses play a role in the protective immunity against H. suis infections.

  9. Censo estadounidense 2010: cifras e implicaciones de la mayor presencia de Centroamericanos en Estados Unidos

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    José Luis Rocha

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available Con el tic-tac del reloj del censo estadounidense, este texto da cuenta de las cifras de migrantes centroamericanos en Estados Unidos: cuántos son, a qué ritmo crecen, dónde se ubican. Posteriormente, con base en el procesamiento de las estadísticas del Census Bureau 2010, muestra algunas características de los centroamericanos: son los más rezagados -en educación, arraigo, ingresos, obtención de ciudadanía, y de empleos estables y bien remunerados- entre los inmigrantes latinos. Sus patrones de asentamiento pueden repercutir negativamente sobre su futuro porque sus opciones geográficas son un voto político de los sin voto: contribuyen al crecimiento demográfico y de sillas en el congreso de los estados sureños, proverbial plaza de republicanos que han promovido leyes y operativos anti-inmigrantes.

  10. Cloning, Expression, and Purification of Brucella suis Outer Membrane Proteins

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    2005-01-01

    acquired after brucellosis is characterized by fever, chills, malaise, ingestion of foodstuffs, especially unpasteurized dairy and a chronic course...synthesis of OMP genes of B. suis. Seven OMP genes of the samples were incubated with 1:2000 secondary goat B, suis were PCR synthesized using...antibody and protects rhesus macaques from infectious brucellosis induced by subsequent aerosolFig. 3. PCR detection of pET-DEST42-B, suis OMP genes

  11. Lexicon and Description of Sui Adjective Intensifiers

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    James N. Stanford

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    Full Text Available Sui, an indigenous minority language of southwest China, has an elaborate system of adjective intensification. Adjectives are intensified with word-specific, bound morphemes that usually either rhyme with the base or alliterate with the base. Stanford (2007 notes morpho-phonological patterns that suggest reduplication, rhyme, alliteration, The Emergence of the Unmarked (McCarthy & Prince 1994, Yip 2001, identity avoidance, and “Copy But Don’t Repeat” (Kennard 2004. However, the adjective intensifiers defy a simple, fully predictable explanation in such terms; the intensifier lexicon may be best described as “patterned variety,” a case of lexicalized poetry or a poeticized lexicon. Word formation is guided by general patterns, but each specific intensifier may vary within those overall guidelines. Many adjectives have multiple intensifiers that bear subtle semantic and pragmatic distinctions. The current paper serves as a complement to Stanford (2007 by providing a detailed lexicon of the Sui adjective intensifiers for future reference and further analysis. This lexicon is based on the author’s fieldwork and represents the first detailed account of Sui adjective intensifiers for the wider linguistic community.

  12. A mouse model for Chlamydia suis genital infection.

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    Donati, Manuela; Di Paolo, Maria; Favaroni, Alison; Aldini, Rita; Di Francesco, Antonietta; Ostanello, Fabio; Biondi, Roberta; Cremonini, Eleonora; Ginocchietti, Laura; Cevenini, Roberto

    2015-02-01

    A mouse model for Chlamydia suis genital infection was developed. Ninety-nine mice were randomly divided into three groups and intravaginally inoculated with chlamydia: 45 mice (group 1) received C. suis purified elementary bodies (EBs), 27 (group 2) were inoculated with C. trachomatis genotype E EBs and 27 mice (group 3) with C. trachomatis genotype F EBs. Additionally, 10 mice were used as a negative control. At seven days post-infection (dpi) secretory anti-C. suis IgA were recovered from vaginal swabs of all C. suis inoculated mice. Chlamydia suis was isolated from 93, 84, 71 and 33% vaginal swabs at 3, 5, 7 and 12 dpi. Chlamydia trachomatis genotype E and F were isolated from 100% vaginal swabs up to 7 dpi and from 61 and 72%, respectively, at 12 dpi. Viable C. suis and C. trachomatis organisms were isolated from uterus and tubes up to 16 and 28 dpi, respectively. The results of the present study show the susceptibility of mice to intravaginal inoculation with C. suis. A more rapid course and resolution of C. suis infection, in comparison to C. trachomatis, was highlighted. The mouse model could be useful for comparative investigations involving C. suis and C. trachomatis species.

  13. O que os dados de mortalidade do Censo de 2010 podem nos dizer? ¿Qué pueden decirnos los datos sobre mortalidad en el Censo de 2010? What can the mortality data from the 2010 Census tell us?

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    Full Text Available O Censo brasileiro de 2010 incluiu, em seu questionário, a pergunta sobre óbitos ocorridos no domicílio nos últimos 12 meses. Anteriormente, uma questão similar havia sido incluída na amostra do Censo de 1980, mas sendo pouco utilizada. O objetivo do artigo é fazer uma avaliação da qualidade da informação de mortalidade do Censo, em especial sobre a estrutura etária da mortalidade. Em relação à cobertura da enumeração dos óbitos, esta saltou de 40%, no Censo de 1980, para 80%, no de 2010. Os resultados mostram que, para o Brasil, a qualidade das informações é bastante elevada tanto no nível como no padrão das curvas de mortalidade obtidas. A grande restrição existe para os grupos de idade mais avançados.El Censo brasileño de 2010 incluyó, en su cuestionario, la pregunta sobre óbitos producidos en el domicilio durante los últimos 12 meses. Anteriormente, una cuestión similar había sido incluida en la muestra del Censo de 1980, pero fue poco utilizada. El objetivo de este artículo es realizar una evaluación de la calidad de la información de mortalidad del Censo, en especial sobre la estructura etaria de la mortalidad. En relación con la cobertura de la enumeración de los óbitos, esta saltó de un 40%, en el Censo de 1980, a un 80%, en el de 2010. Los resultados muestran que, en el caso de Brasil, la calidad de la información es bastante elevada tanto en el nivel como en el patrón de las curvas de mortalidad obtenidas. La gran restricción existe para los grupos de edad más avanzados.The Brazilian Census of 2010 included in its survey a question on the deaths occurring in the household in the past 12 months. Previously, a similar question was included in the sample of the 1980 census, but has been rarely used. The aim of this paper is to evaluate the quality of mortality data from the Census, especially in regards to mortality age structure. The coverage of deaths went from 40% in 1980 Census to 80% in 2010

  14. Lysozyme Resistance in Streptococcus suis Is Highly Variable and Multifactorial

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    Wichgers, P.J.; Weeghel, van C.; Rebel, J.M.J.; Smits, M.A.; Putten, van J.P.M.; Smith, H.E.

    2012-01-01

    Background Streptococcus suis is an important infectious agent for pigs and occasionally for humans. The host innate immune system plays a key role in preventing and eliminating S. suis infections. One important constituent of the innate immune system is the protein lysozyme, which is present in a v

  15. Detection and transmission of extracellular fac-tor producing Streptococcus suis serotype 2 strains in pigs

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    2009-01-01

    DETECTION AND TRANSMISSION OF EXTRACELLULAR FACTOR PRODUCING STREPTOCOCCUS SUIS SEROTYPE 2 STRAINS IN PIGS INTRODUCTION Streptococcus suis (S.suis) has been implicated in the etiology of many diseases among which meningitis in pigs. The virulent extracellular factor-positive strains of S.suis

  16. Detection and transmission of extracellular fac-tor producing Streptococcus suis serotype 2 strains in pigs

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    Swildens, B.

    2009-01-01

    DETECTION AND TRANSMISSION OF EXTRACELLULAR FACTOR PRODUCING STREPTOCOCCUS SUIS SEROTYPE 2 STRAINS IN PIGS INTRODUCTION Streptococcus suis (S.suis) has been implicated in the etiology of many diseases among which meningitis in pigs. The virulent extracellular factor-positive strains of S.suis seroty

  17. Immune receptors involved in Streptococcus suis recognition by dendritic cells.

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    Marie-Pier Lecours

    Full Text Available Streptococcus suis is an important swine pathogen and an emerging zoonotic agent of septicemia and meningitis. Knowledge on host immune responses towards S. suis, and strategies used by this pathogen for subversion of these responses is scarce. The objective of this study was to identify the immune receptors involved in S. suis recognition by dendritic cells (DCs. Production of cytokines and expression of co-stimulatory molecules by DCs were shown to strongly rely on MyD88-dependent signaling pathways, suggesting that DCs recognize S. suis and become activated mostly through Toll-like receptor (TLR signaling. Supporting this fact, TLR2(-/- DCs were severely impaired in the release of several cytokines and the surface expression of CD86 and MHC-II. The release of IL-12p70 and CXC10, and the expression of CD40 were found to depend on signaling by both TLR2 and TLR9. The release of IL-23 and CXCL1 were partially dependent on NOD2. Finally, despite the fact that MyD88 signaling was crucial for DC activation and maturation, MyD88-dependent pathways were not implicated in S. suis internalization by DCs. This first study on receptors involved in DC activation by S. suis suggests a major involvement of MyD88 signaling pathways, mainly (but not exclusively through TLR2. A multimodal recognition involving a combination of different receptors seems essential for DC effective response to S. suis.

  18. Expulsion of the swine whipworm, Trichuris suis 

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    Kringel, Helene

    The whipworm of swine, Trichuris suis, is a gastrointestinal nematode that lives attached to the large intestinal mucosa of its host. Except for when infection levels are high, this parasite rarely causes disease in pigs. Nevertheless, increased interest in T. suis has arisen from studies...... demonstrating the potential use of its eggs as immunomodulators, treating patients suffering from inflammatory bowel disease and possibly other autoimmune diseases. The immune response induced by T. suis in its host and particularly, the resulting expulsion of worms is the focus of this thesis. Whipworms...

  19. [Streptococcus suis meningitis in a meat factory employee].

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    de Ceuster, Laura M E; van Dillen, Jeroen J; Wever, Peter C; Rozemeijer, Wouter; Louwerse, Elisabeth S

    2012-01-01

    In the Netherlands, Streptococcus suis is a rare cause of meningitis. Over the past few years, the number of reported cases worldwide has increased. The bacterium is mainly isolated in pigs, but humans can also become infected. At the Emergency Department, a 60-year-old man presented with headache, confusion, fever and nuchal rigidity. He worked at a meat factory. Laboratory testing showed abnormalities linked to bacterial meningitis. S. suis was cultured from blood and cerebrospinal fluid. The patient was treated with dexamethasone, ceftriaxone and later benzylpenicillin intravenously. He recovered well, but had bilateral perceptive hearing loss as a sequela. Particularly people who are in close contact with pigs have an increased risk of S. suis infection. S. suis meningitis can be very severe and lead to serious complications and even death. Rapid diagnosis and adequate treatment are critical. Permanent hearing loss is the most frequent sequela.

  20. Beheersing van Streptococcus suis bij gespeende biggen voor management maatregelen

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    Peet-Schwering, van der C.M.C.; Binnendijk, G.P.; Dirx-Kuijken, N.C.P.M.M.; Raymakers, R.; Lamers, J.

    2008-01-01

    Via een vragenlijst, die ingevuld is door 50 varkenshouders, is inzicht verkregen in risicofactoren ten aanzien van Streptococcus suis bij gespeende biggen en in managementmaatregelen die varkenshouders kunnen nemen om de streptococcenproblematiek op hun bedrijf te verminderen

  1. Detection of virulent strains of Streptococcus suis type 2 and highly virulent strains of Streptococcus suis type 1 in tonsillar specimens of pigs by PCR

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    Wisselink, H.J.; Reek, F.H.; Vecht, U.; Stockhofe-Zurwieden, N.; Smits, M.A.; Smith, H.E.

    1999-01-01

    We developed a PCR assay for the rapid and sensitive detection of virulent Streptococcus suis type 2 and highly virulent S. suis type 1 in tonsillar specimens from pigs. The PCR primers were based on the sequence of the gene encoding the EF-protein of virulent S. suis type 2 strains (MRP EF ) and hi

  2. Trichuris suis and Trichuris trichiura are different nematode species.

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    Cutillas, C; Callejón, R; de Rojas, M; Tewes, B; Ubeda, J M; Ariza, C; Guevara, D C

    2009-09-01

    In this paper, a morphological and biometrical study by optical microscopy and scanning electronic microscopy (SEM) of Trichuris suis isolated from different hosts (Sus scrofa domestica and Sus scrofa scrofa) and Trichuris trichiura isolated from chimpanzee, has been carried out. Our results demonstrate the existence of typical pericloacal papillae in both species. Biometrical parameters of T. suis and T. trichiura overlapped but males and females of T. trichiura tended to be shorter and thinner than those of T. suis. Our results suggest that T. suis and T. trichiura cannot be differentiated using standard procedures as morphological and biometrical determinations. Thus, the ITS1-5.8S-ITS2 region of the ribosomal DNA was sequenced to allow a differentiation between T. suis and T. trichiura on genetic level. The ITS1 and ITS2 sequences derived from T. trichiura eggs isolated from feces of primates (Colobus guereza kikuyensis and Nomascus gabriellae) showed clear differences to the respective sequences of T. suis derived from eggs of different porcine hosts. The 5.8S gene was similar between the two species. Sequences obtained from different populations of the same species showed no significant differences indicating that the ITS1-5.8S-ITS2 sequences reported in this study are representative for T. trichiura and T. suis, respectively. Phylogenetic relationships have been determined attending to the ITS1 and ITS2 sequences from different species of the genus Trichuris. In conclusion, T. trichiura and T. suis are considered to be closely related but genetically different species. Both species can be easily and reliably distinguished by a PCR-RFLP analysis of the ITS1 and ITS2 sequences with different restriction enzymes.

  3. A novel endolysin disrupts Streptococcus suis with high efficiency.

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    Ji, Wenhui; Huang, Qingqing; Sun, Liang; Wang, Hengan; Yan, Yaxian; Sun, Jianhe

    2015-12-01

    Streptococcus suis serotype 2 (S. suis 2) is a zoonotic pathogen that exhibits high-level resistance and multi-drug resistance to classic antibiotics and causes serious human casualties and heavy economic losses in the swine industry worldwide. Therefore, alternative therapies or novel antibacterial agents need to be developed to combat this pathogen. A novel endolysin derived from the S. suis temperate phage phi7917, termed Ly7917, was identified, which had broad lytic activity against S. suis type 1, 2, 7 and 9. Ly7917 consisted of an N-terminal cysteine, histidine-dependent amidohydrolases/peptidase catalytic domain and C-terminal SH3b cell wall binding domain. The endolysin maintained activity at high pH and its catalytic activity could be improved by addition of 10 μM 1.5 mM Ca(2+). In animal studies, 90% of BALB/c mice challenged with typical virulent strain HA9801 of S. suis 2 were protected by Ly7917 treatment. The bacterial load in the blood of HA9801-challenged mice was efficiently reduced almost 50% by Ly7917 while that of penicillin-G-treated mice kept almost unchanged. Our data suggest that Ly7917 may be an alternative therapeutic agent for infections caused by virulent S. suis strains.

  4. Los Censos Comunitarios y las opciones tecnológicas: el uso de los Dispositivos Móviles de Captura

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    Phélan C, Mauricio

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available En este artículo se presenta la experiencia de los censos comunitarios contextualizada con la Ley de los Consejos Comunales de 2006, como una respuesta a la ausencia de información sociodemográfica sobre los barrios populares en Venezuela. Censos que intentan responder a la necesaria pregunta de cuántas personas habitan en el asentamiento, cómo se distribuyen por edades y por sexo, en cuántas viviendas, información que resulta fundamental, tanto para las instituciones como para las organizaciones de base, a la hora de asignar recursos. Pero, sobre esta información recolectada entre la comunidad y – en este caso – con el apoyo de la Escuela de Sociología de la Universidad Central de Venezuela, se presenta la interrogante sobre la calidad, la confiabilidad y la oportunidad de los datos recabados, y de la información generada. Este artículo recorre los pasos metodológicos seguidos en el Barrio Nuevo Horizonte del Distrito Capital, para la realización de veinte censos, desde la recabación de los datos hasta su procesamiento y difusión. Se exponen los procedimientos seguidos para la revisión, imputación y corrección de los datos. Finalmente, se reflexiona a manera de hipótesis acerca de las posibilidades de aplicación de los Dispositivos Móviles de Captura (DMC o Personal Digital Assistant (PDA, con miras a lograr la optimización de la producción de datos sociodemográficos.

  5. Educação escolar quilombola no censo da educação básica

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    Este texto tem o objetivo de apresentar breve perfil da educação escolar quilombola (EEQ) no Brasil, a partir dos dados disponíveis no Censo Escolar da Educação Básica 2013, promovido pelo Instituto Nacional de Estudos e Pesquisas Educacionais Anísio Teixeira (Inep). Este esforço tem o intuito de contribuir com o diagnóstico sobre as escolas quilombolas e com as reflexões acerca das Diretrizes Curriculares Nacionais (DCNs) para esta modalidade, aprovadas em 2012. Para tanto, procura-se avalia...

  6. El crédito colonial en la provincia De Pamplona-nueva granada: Usos del censo consignativo

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    Carmen Adriana Ferreira Esparza

    1999-01-01

    Este artículo estudia el crédito colonial a partir de una clasificación detallada de uno de sus mecanismos: los censos, analizando su funcionamiento en el marco de una economía agrícola, basada en la producción de cacao, como fue la de la Provincia de Pamplona, Nueva Granada, durante el siglo XVIII; con el fin de responder a preguntas como: ¿en qué invertían el dinero los censuarios?, ¿qué tipo de bienes se preferían como garantía hipotecaria?, ...

  7. Um panorama da migração internacional a partir do Censo Demográfico de 2010

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    Antônio Tadeu Oliveira

    Full Text Available O artigo apresenta uma análise descritiva dos dados sobre migração internacional provenientes do Censo Demográfico 2010, tanto dos quesitos de imigração, tradicionalmente investigados, quanto dos quesitos inovadores sobre a emigração. Além disso, adere ao debate sobre a pertinência de se classificar o Brasil enquanto País de imigração ou emigração.

  8. Duplex PCR for differentiation of the vaccine strain Brucella suis S2 and B. suis biovar 1 from other strains of Brucella spp.

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    Nan, Wenlong; Tan, Pengfei; Wang, Yong; Xu, Zouliang; Mao, Kairong; Peng, Daxin; Chen, Yiping

    2014-09-01

    Immunisation with attenuated Brucella spp. vaccines prevents brucellosis, but may also interfere with diagnosis. In this study, a duplex PCR was developed to distinguish Brucella suis vaccine strain S2 from field strains of B. suis biovar 1 and other Brucella spp. The PCR detected 60 fg genomic DNA of B. suis S2 or biovar 1 field strains and was able to distinguish B. suis S2 and wild-type strains of B. suis biovar 1 among 76 field isolates representing all the common species and biovars, as well as four vaccine strains, of Brucella.

  9. Safety design of next generation SUI of CANDU stations

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    Nasimi, Elnara [Faculty of Energy Systems and Nuclear Science, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, 2000 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa, L1H 7K4 ON (Canada); Gabbar, Hossam A., E-mail: hossam.gabbar@uoit.ca [Faculty of Energy Systems and Nuclear Science, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, 2000 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa, L1H 7K4 ON (Canada)

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    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Review of current SUI technologies and challenges. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Propose a new type of SUI detectors. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Propose a new SUI system architecture and layout. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Propose implementation procedure for SUI with reduced risks. - Abstract: Due to the age and operating experience of Nuclear Power Plants, equipment ageing and obsolescence has become one of the main challenges that need to be resolved for all systems, structures and components in order to ensure a safe and reliable production of energy. This paper summarizes the research into a methodology for modernization of Start-Up Instrumentation (SUI), both in-core and Control Room equipment, using a new generation of detectors and cables in order to manage obsolescence. The main objective of this research is to develop a new systematic approach to SUI installation/replacement procedure development and optimization. Although some additional features, such as real-time data monitoring and storage/archiving solutions for SUI systems are also examined to take full advantage of today's digital technology, the objectives of this study do not include detailed parametrical studies of detector or system performance. Instead, a number of technological, operational and maintenance issues associated with Start-Up Instrumentation systems at Nuclear Power Plants (NPPs) will be identified and a structured approach for developing a replacement/installation procedure that can be standardized and used across all of the domestic CANDU (Canadian Deuterium Uranium) stations is proposed.

  10. Uptake of benzimidazoles by Trichuris suis in vivo in pigs

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    Hansen, Tina V.A.; Friis, Christian; Nejsum, Peter; Olsen, Annette; Thamsborg, Stig Milan

    2014-01-01

    It is recognized that the clinical efficacy of single dose benzimidazoles (BZs) against the nematode, Trichuris suis of pigs and the closely related Trichuris trichiura in humans is only poor to moderate. Recent in vitro studies have indicated that a low uptake of fenbendazole (FBZ) in T. suis may be responsible for its poor efficacy. The aim of this study was to investigate this hypothesis by measuring the concentrations of FBZ and its metabolites, oxfendazole (OXF) and FBZ sulphone (FBZSO2), in T. suis isolated from FBZ treated pigs and in plasma of the pigs. The highest concentration of FBZ measured in T. suis was 66.6 pmol/mg dry worm tissue which was approximately half of what was measured in a previous in vitro study. The correlation between drug concentrations in plasma and in T. suis worms was highly positive for OXF (r = 0.93, P = 0.0007) and FBZSO2 (r = 0.85, P = 0.007), but no correlation was found for FBZ. This study shows that the low uptake of FBZ observed for T. suis in vitro, also takes place in vivo. The high and significant correlations between OXF and FBZSO2 concentrations in plasma of the pigs and T. suis (and the lack of this correlation for FBZ) suggests that the metabolites reach the worms via the blood–enterocyte interface while FBZ primarily reaches the worms via the intestinal lumen of the host. PMID:25057460

  11. Effects of Suilysin on Streptococcus suis-induced platelet aggregation

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    Shengwei Zhang

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    Full Text Available Blood platelets play important roles during pathological thrombocytopenia in streptococcal toxic shock syndrome (STSS. Streptococcus suis (S. suis an emerging human pathogen, can cause STSS similarly to S. pyogenes. However, S. suis interactions with platelets are poorly understood. Here, we found that suilysin (SLY, different from other bacterial cholesterol-dependent cytolysins (CDCs, was the sole stimulus that induced platelet aggregation. Furthermore, the inside-out activation of GPIIb/IIIa of platelets mediated SLY-induced platelet aggregation. This process was triggered by Ca2+ influx that depend on the pore forming on platelets by SLY. Additionally, although SLY induced α-granule release occurred via the MLCK-dependent pathway, PLC-β-IP3/DAG-MLCK and Rho-ROCK-MLCK signaling were not involved in SLY-induced platelet aggregation. Interestingly, the pore dependent Ca2+ influx was also found to participate in the induction of platelet aggregation with pneumolysin (PLY and streptolysin O (SLO, two other CDCs. It is possible that the CDC-mediated platelet aggregation we observed in S. suis is a similar response mechanism to that used by a wide range of bacteria. These findings might lead to the discovery of potential therapeutic targets for S. suis-associated STSS.

  12. Effects of Suilysin on Streptococcus suis-Induced Platelet Aggregation

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    Zhang, Shengwei; Wang, Junping; Chen, Shaolong; Yin, Jiye; Pan, Zhiyuan; Liu, Keke; Li, Lin; Zheng, Yuling; Yuan, Yuan; Jiang, Yongqiang

    2016-01-01

    Blood platelets play important roles during pathological thrombocytopenia in streptococcal toxic shock syndrome (STSS). Streptococcus suis (S. suis) an emerging human pathogen, can cause STSS similarly to S. pyogenes. However, S. suis interactions with platelets are poorly understood. Here, we found that suilysin (SLY), different from other bacterial cholesterol-dependent cytolysins (CDCs), was the sole stimulus that induced platelet aggregation. Furthermore, the inside-out activation of GPIIb/IIIa of platelets mediated SLY-induced platelet aggregation. This process was triggered by Ca2+ influx that depend on the pore forming on platelets by SLY. Additionally, although SLY induced α-granule release occurred via the MLCK-dependent pathway, PLC-β-IP3/DAG-MLCK and Rho-ROCK-MLCK signaling were not involved in SLY-induced platelet aggregation. Interestingly, the pore dependent Ca2+ influx was also found to participate in the induction of platelet aggregation with pneumolysin (PLY) and streptolysin O (SLO), two other CDCs. It is possible that the CDC-mediated platelet aggregation we observed in S. suis is a similar response mechanism to that used by a wide range of bacteria. These findings might lead to the discovery of potential therapeutic targets for S. suis-associated STSS. PMID:27800304

  13. Host-pathogen Interaction at the Intestinal Mucosa Correlates With Zoonotic Potential of Streptococcus suis

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    Ferrando, Maria Laura; de Greeff, Astrid; van Rooijen, Willemien J. M.;

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    of SS2 infection. Methods. We developed a noninvasive in vivo model to study oral SS2 infection in piglets. We compared in vitro interaction of S. suis with human and porcine intestinal epithelial cells (IEC). Results. Two out of 15 piglets showed clinical symptoms compatible with S. suis infection 24...... be considered a food-borne pathogen. S. suis interaction with human and pig IEC correlates with S. suis serotype and genotype, which can explain the zoonotic potential of SS2....

  14. Research on ethics in two large Human Biomonitoring projects ECNIS and NewGeneris: a bottom up approach

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    Casteleyn Ludwine

    2008-01-01

    . This will not only increase the possibilities for comparison between data generated but may also allow for more equality in the protection of the rights of European citizens and establish trustful relationships between science and society, based on firmly rooted ethical values within the EU legislative framework. These considerations outline part of the research on legal, socio-ethical and communication aspects of HBM within the scope of ECNIS (NoE and NewGeneris (IP.

  15. Case report: Helicobacter suis infection in a pig veterinarian.

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    Joosten, Myrthe; Flahou, Bram; Meyns, Tom; Smet, Annemieke; Arts, Joris; De Cooman, Lien; Pasmans, Frank; Ducatelle, Richard; Haesebrouck, Freddy

    2013-10-01

    This study describes a non-Helicobacter (H.) pylori Helicobacter (NHPH) infection in a pig veterinarian. The patient suffered from reflux esophagitis and general dyspeptic symptoms and was referred to the hospital for upper gastrointestinal endoscopy. Histologic examination of corpus and antrum biopsies revealed a chronic gastritis. Large spiral-shaped non-H. pylori helicobacters could be visualized and were identified as H. suis by PCR. The patient was treated with a triple therapy, consisting of amoxicillin, clarithromycin, and pantoprazole for 10 days. Successful eradication was confirmed after a follow-up gastrointestinal endoscopy and PCR 10 weeks after treatment. A mild chronic gastritis was, however, still observed at this point in time. This case report associates porcine H. suis strains with gastric disease in humans, thus emphasizing the zoonotic importance of H. suis bacteria from pigs. © 2013 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  16. Third Case of Streptococcus suis Infection in Greece

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    Marianneta Chatzopoulou

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Streptococcus suis is a facultative anaerobic, Gram-positive coccus that can cause severe disease to both pigs and humans. Its zoonotic potential was first recognized in 1968 when the first human case of meningitis was reported in Denmark. Since then, over 1600 human cases have been reported worldwide, the vast majority of which originated in Southeast Asia, and, thus, S. suis has been fairly characterized as an emerging pathogen. Infection in humans presents most commonly as bacteremia and/or meningitis while less common clinical manifestations such as endocarditis and septic arthritis can occur. S. suis infection is extremely uncommon in Greece and this is the third human case to be reported. Correct identification is of importance for optimization of antimicrobial treatment and epidemiological monitoring.

  17. Streptococcus suis Meningitis: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis.

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    Anusha van Samkar

    Full Text Available Streptococcus suis is the most common cause of meningitis in pork consuming and pig rearing countries in South-East Asia. We performed a systematic review of studies on S. suis meningitis to define the clinical characteristics, predisposing factors and outcome.Studies published between January 1, 1980 and August 1, 2015 were identified from main literature databases and reference lists. Studies were included if they were written in West-European languages and described at least 5 adult patients with S. suis meningitis in whom at least one clinical characteristic was described.We identified 913 patients with S. suis meningitis included in 24 studies between 1980 and 2015. The mean age was 49 years and 581 of 711 patients were male (82%. Exposure to pigs or pork was present in 395 of 648 patients (61% while other predisposing factors were less common. 514 of 528 patients presented with fever (97%, 429 of 451 with headache (95%, 462 of 496 with neck stiffness (93% and 78 of 384 patients (20% had a skin injury in the presence of pig/pork contact. The case fatality rate was 2.9% and hearing loss was a common sequel occurring in 259 of 489 patients (53%. Treatment included dexamethasone in 157 of 300 (52% of patients and was associated with reduced hearing loss in S. suis meningitis patients included in a randomized controlled trial.S. suis meningitis has a clear association with pig and pork contact. Mortality is low, but hearing loss occurs frequently. Dexamethasone was shown to reduce hearing loss.

  18. Streptococcus suis Meningitis: First Case Reported in Quebec

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    Sophie Michaud

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    Full Text Available Very few Streptococcus suis infections in humans have been reported in Canada, although the condition is frequent in pigs. Meningitis, often accompanied by severe hearing loss, is the most common clinical manifestation. The disease is an occupational illness affecting persons in contact with pigs and may be underdiagnosed because of misidentification of the responsible bacterium. Since Quebec is the leading province for swine production in Canada, physicians and microbiologists should be aware of this infection, especially when a streptococcal meningitis is diagnosed in swine workers. The first case of S suis type 2 meningitis reported in Quebec is described.

  19. Coccidiosis in swine: dose and age response to Isospora suis.

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    Stuart, B P; Gosser, H S; Allen, C B; Bedell, D M

    1982-01-01

    Coccidiosis is a disease of the young piglet due to infection with Isospora suis and is characterized by diarrhea which is nonresponsive to antibacterial therapy. There is variable morbidity and mortality. Piglets develop a more severe clinical illness and enteritis when infected with I. suis at one to three days of age than when infected at two weeks of age. Microscopic lesions range from villous atrophy and mild erosion to severe fibrinonecrotic enteritis. Images Fig. 1. Fig. 2. Fig. 3. Fig. 4. Fig. 5. PMID:6889908

  20. GEOGRAFIA DA RELIGIÃO NO BRASIL: censos demográficos e transformações recentes

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    Full Text Available La diversidad religiosa es un importante elemento caracterizador de las sociedades modernas. Desde la Constitución de 1891, Brasil ya no tiene una religión oficial, de modo que el tránsito de la tolerancia religiosa es permitida y reconocida como un derecho de los brasileños. Este texto trabaj sobre la distribución espacial de los fieles en Brasil, basado en datos del Censo 2000. La dinámica de la colonización del territorio brasileño afecta de manera diferente la distribución de los grupos religiosos en todo el país. De estos datos podemos hacer algunas observaciones generales acerca de la dinámica espacial de los fieles en el país.

  1. El crédito colonial en la provincia De Pamplona-nueva granada: Usos del censo consignativo

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    Carmen Adriana Ferreira Esparza

    1999-01-01

    Full Text Available Este artículo estudia el crédito colonial a partir de una clasificación detallada de uno de sus mecanismos: los censos, analizando su funcionamiento en el marco de una economía agrícola, basada en la producción de cacao, como fue la de la Provincia de Pamplona, Nueva Granada, durante el siglo XVIII; con el fin de responder a preguntas como: ¿en qué invertían el dinero los censuarios?, ¿qué tipo de bienes se preferían como garantía hipotecaria?, ¿qué grupos invertían sus capitales en el sector financiero?, y sobre todo, ¿qué grupos tuvieron acceso al mercado crediticio?

  2. Sub-MICs of Azithromycin Decrease Biofilm Formation of S. suis and Increase Capsular Polysaccharide Content of S. suis

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    Yanbei Yang

    2016-10-01

    Full Text Available S. suis (Streptococcus suis caused serious disease symptoms in humans and pigs. S. suis is able to form thick biofilms and this increases the difficulty of treatment. After growth with 1/2 MIC of azithromycin, 1/4 MIC of azithromycin, or 1/8 MIC of azithromycin, biofilm formation of S. suis dose-dependently decreased in the present study. Furthermore, scanning electron microscopy analysis revealed the obvious effect of azithromycin against biofilm formation of S. suis. Especially, at two different conditions (1/2 MIC of azithromycin nontreated cells and treated cells, we carried out comparative proteomic analyses of cells by using iTRAQ technology. Finally, the results revealed the existence of 19 proteins of varying amounts. Interestingly, several cell surface proteins (such as ABC superfamily ATP binding cassette transporter (G7SD52, CpsR (K0FG35, Cps1/2H (G8DTL7, CPS16F (E9NQ13, Putative uncharacterized protein (G7SER0, NADP-dependent glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate dehydrogenase (G5L259, Putative uncharacterized protein (G7S2D6, Amino acid permease (B0M0G6 and NsuB (G5L351 were found to be implicated in biofilm formation. More importantly, we also found that azithromycin affected expression of the genes cps1/2H, cpsR and cps16F. Especially, after growth with 1/2 MIC of azithromycin and 1/4 MIC of azithromycin, the capsular polysaccharide (CP content of S. suis was significantly higher.

  3. Sub-MICs of Azithromycin Decrease Biofilm Formation of Streptococcus suis and Increase Capsular Polysaccharide Content of S. suis

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    Yang, Yan-Bei; Chen, Jian-Qing; Zhao, Yu-Lin; Bai, Jing-Wen; Ding, Wen-Ya; Zhou, Yong-Hui; Chen, Xue-Ying; Liu, Di; Li, Yan-Hua

    2016-01-01

    Streptococcus suis (S. suis) caused serious disease symptoms in humans and pigs. S. suis is able to form thick biofilms and this increases the difficulty of treatment. After growth with 1/2 minimal inhibitory concentration (MIC) of azithromycin, 1/4 MIC of azithromycin, or 1/8 MIC of azithromycin, biofilm formation of S. suis dose-dependently decreased in the present study. Furthermore, scanning electron microscopy analysis revealed the obvious effect of azithromycin against biofilm formation of S. suis. Especially, at two different conditions (1/2 MIC of azithromycin non-treated cells and treated cells), we carried out comparative proteomic analyses of cells by using iTRAQ technology. Finally, the results revealed the existence of 19 proteins of varying amounts. Interestingly, several cell surface proteins (such as ATP-binding cassette superfamily ATP-binding cassette transporter (G7SD52), CpsR (K0FG35), Cps1/2H (G8DTL7), CPS16F (E9NQ13), putative uncharacterized protein (G7SER0), NADP-dependent glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate dehydrogenase (G5L259), putative uncharacterized protein (G7S2D6), amino acid permease (B0M0G6), and NsuB (G5L351)) were found to be implicated in biofilm formation. More importantly, we also found that azithromycin affected expression of the genes cps1/2H, cpsR and cps16F. Especially, after growth with 1/2 MIC of azithromycin and 1/4 MIC of azithromycin, the capsular polysaccharide content of S. suis was significantly higher. PMID:27812354

  4. Streptococcus suis, an important cause of adult bacterial meningitis in northern Vietnam.

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    Heiman F L Wertheim

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Streptococcus suis can cause severe systemic infection in adults exposed to infected pigs or after consumption of undercooked pig products. S. suis is often misdiagnosed, due to lack of awareness and improper testing. Here we report the first fifty cases diagnosed with S. suis infection in northern Viet Nam. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: In 2007, diagnostics for S. suis were set up at a national hospital in Hanoi. That year there were 43 S. suis positive cerebrospinal fluid samples, of which S. suis could be cultured in 32 cases and 11 cases were only positive by PCR. Seven patients were blood culture positive for S. suis but CSF culture and PCR negative; making a total of 50 patients with laboratory confirmed S. suis infection in 2007. The number of S. suis cases peaked during the warmer months. CONCLUSIONS/SIGNIFICANCE: S. suis was commonly diagnosed as a cause of bacterial meningitis in adults in northern Viet Nam. In countries where there is intense and widespread exposure of humans to pigs, S. suis can be an important human pathogen.

  5. Etnicidad y censos: los conceptos básicos y sus aplicaciones

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    2002-01-01

    operacionaliza en los censos nacionales de población. El reconocimiento de la necesidad de registrar las características de etnicidad en los países latinoamericanos es en general un proceso relativamente nuevo, derivado a su vez de la variedad de dinámicas socioculturales que presenta cada país de la región y de los motivos particulares que promueven en cada país esta necesidad de registro. De ahí que la conceptualización de la etnicidad difícilmente puede ser aplicada por igual a cada una de las realidades nacionales, lo que se refleja en la operacionalización de cada conceptualización en el ejercicio censal. Todo esto complica los esfuerzos por establecer de criterios y procedimientos estadísticos normalizados que habiliten la aplicación de instrumentos técnicamente aceptables y a la vez políticamente admisibles sobre cuya base se pueda comparar la situación de dichos grupos en los distintos países de la región. A pesar de todo, creemos que es necesario seguir tratando de avanzar en esta dirección. Una estrategia considerada puede permitir un avance conceptual relativamente más seguro. Se trata de empezar por revisar las nociones más recientes sobre etnicidad teniendo como referente concreto una realidad nacional específica pero que contenga elementos similares a la situación de otros países en la región. Es el caso del Perú, donde se encuentran presentes, aunque en proporciones muy variadas, poblaciones originarias y afrodescendientes. En este artículo, y teniendo como referente a esta nación andina, se hace primero una sucinta consideración de las principales perspectivas actuales sobre etnicidad, para luego discutirse algunas de las implicancias de su operacionalización en los ejercicios censales de población. In this paper, the concept of ethnicity and the manner in which it is operationalized in national censuses are reviewed. Recognizing the need to register ethnic features in Latin American countries is, generally speaking, a relatively

  6. Genome Sequence of Actinobacillus suis Type Strain ATCC 33415T.

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    Calcutt, Michael J; Foecking, Mark F; Mhlanga-Mutangadura, Tendai; Reilly, Thomas J

    2014-09-18

    The assembled and annotated genome of Actinobacillus suis ATCC 33415(T) is reported here. The 2,501,598-bp genome encodes 2,246 open reading frames (ORFs) with strain variable incursion of an integrative conjugative element into a tRNA locus. Comparative analysis of the deduced gene set should inform our understanding of pathogenesis, genomic plasticity, and serotype variation.

  7. Isolation of Actinobacillus suis from a cat's lung

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    Daignault, D.; Chouinard, L.; Møller, Kristian

    1999-01-01

    Actinobacillus suis has been isolated from the lungs of a 9-month-old cat. The bacterium was characterized biochemically as well as genetically, and its sensitivity profile to different antimicrobial agents was established. The role of this isolate in the cat's condition is discussed....

  8. Intestinal translocation of Streptococcus suis type 2 EF+ in pigs

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    Swildens, B.; Stockhofe-Zurwieden, N.; Meulen, van der J.; Wisselink, H.J.; Nielen, M.; Niewold, T.A.

    2004-01-01

    Sepsis with subsequent multisystem organ failure after translocation of bacteria from the gut is a serious risk associated with stress situations. We showed that intestinal bacterial translocation could be one of the pathways for pathogenic Streptococcus suis infections in the pig. In 24 piglets wei

  9. Epidemiological relationship of human and swine Streptococcus suis isolates.

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    Tarradas, C; Luque, I; de Andrés, D; Abdel-Aziz Shahein, Y E; Pons, P; González, F; Borge, C; Perea, A

    2001-06-01

    Two cases of meningitis due to Streptococcus suis in humans are reported here. A butcher and an abattoir worker were referred to a health centre in Castellón (Spain) with fever and symptoms of meningitis. After adequate treatment, a slight hipoacusia persisted as sequelae in both cases. Colonies of S. suis group R, serotype 2 and phenotype MRP+EF+ were isolated from cerebroespinal fluid. Epidemiological studies showed that both workers had in common the handling of pork meat of slaughtered healthy pigs from three closed farms. A study of the tonsils from apparently healthy, slaughtered pigs was carried out. A total of 234 tonsillar samples were obtained and 81 strains of S. suis were isolated from them. Serotype 2 appeared to be the most frequent (50.6%), and the analysis for phenotype showed a high percentage of tonsillar strains with the phenotype MRP+EF+ (35.9%). The humans and 28 tonsillar swine strains showed a similar profile (S. suis group R, serotype 2 and phenotype MRP+EF+). A total of 26 of the swine isolates were analysed by ribotyping using EcoRI. The human strains showed the same six-band hybridization pattern that shared five bands with the pattern most frequently shown by most of the tonsillar N. suis group R, serotype 2 and phenotype MRP+EF+ strains, differing only in the lightest, faintest band which was slightly less anodical in human (> or = 1.8 kb) than in swine (approximately 1.8 kb). From these results, both groups of strains, humans and porcine, showed differences; how can these differences in the pattern of ribotyping be explained if they should have the same origin? Is it possible that they have undergone an adaptation to the new host or perhaps the modification is due to other unknown causes? Further studies in this area are required in order to answer these questions.

  10. Meningitis por Streptococcus suis en un paciente inmunocompetente Streptococcus suis meningitis in an immunocompetent patient

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    A. Nagel

    2008-09-01

    Full Text Available Se describe un caso de meningitis por Streptococcus suis en un paciente inmunocompetente. Presentaba astenia, debilidad generalizada, fiebre (39 °C, vómitos, deterioro del sensorio y desorientación témporo-espacial. Los cultivos de sangre (2/2 y de líquido cefalorraquídeo fueron positivos. La identificación preliminar se realizó utilizando las pruebas bioquímicas convencionales y fue completada en el Servicio Bacteriología Especial del INEI-ANLIS "Dr. Carlos G. Malbrán". Se comenzó el tratamiento con ampicilina y ceftriaxona. El microorganismo aislado demostró sensibilidad a ampicilina, cefotaxima y vancomicina. El paciente evolucionó favorablemente, pero se comprobó leve hipoacusia. Reingresó a los 4 meses con marcha atáxica, anacusia en oído izquierdo e hipoacusia en oído derecho. Continúa con seguimiento neurológico y audiométrico. Retrospectivamente se constató el contacto del paciente con cerdos. Se destaca la importancia de la anamnesis para alertar la sospecha de este agente etiológico en meningitis y bacteriemias.A case of Streptococcus suis meningitis is described in an immunocompetent patient presenting asthenia, general weakness, fever, vomiting, sensory deterioration and temporospatial disorder. The cerebrospinal fluid and two blood cultures (2/2 bottles were positive. The isolate was preliminary identified by conventional biochemical tests, and the identification was completed at the Special Bacteriology Service of INEI-ANLIS "Dr. Carlos G. Malbrán". Ampicillin and ceftriaxone treatment was initiated. The isolate was susceptible to ampicillin, cefotaxime and vancomycin. The patient experienced a good outcome but suffered hearing loss. However, after four months he returned with walking ataxia, deafness in his left ear, and hearing loss in the right ear. The patient’s retrospective exposure to pigs had been verified. It is important to evaluate predisposing and epidemiologic factors in order to alert about

  11. Bulky DNA Adducts in Cord Blood, Maternal Fruit-and-Vegetable Consumption, and Birth Weight in a European Mother-Child Study (NewGeneris)

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    Pedersen, Marie; Schoket, Bernadette; Godschalk, Roger W

    2013-01-01

    , Greece, Norway, and Spain were recruited in 2006-2010. Adduct levels were measured by the 32P-postlabeling technique in white blood cells from 229 mothers and 612 newborns. Maternal diet was examined through questionnaires.Results: Adduct levels in maternal and cord blood samples were similar...... versus lowest tertile of adducts. The negative association with birth weight was limited to births in Norway, Denmark, and England, the countries with the lowest adduct levels, and was more pronounced in births to mothers with low intake of fruits and vegetables (-248 g; 95% CI: -405, -92 g) compared......, Kleinjans JC, Segerbäck D, Kogevinas M. 2013. Bulky DNA adducts in cord blood, maternal fruit-and-vegetable consumption, and birth weight in a European mother-child study (NewGeneris). Environ Health Perspect 121:1200-1206; http://dx.doi.org/10.1289/ehp.1206333....

  12. The Phage Lysin PlySs2 Decolonizes Streptococcus suis from Murine Intranasal Mucosa

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    Gilmer, Daniel B.; Schmitz, Jonathan E.; Thandar, Mya; Euler, Chad W.; Fischetti, Vincent A.

    2017-01-01

    Streptococcus suis infects pigs worldwide and may be zoonotically transmitted to humans with a mortality rate of up to 20%. S. suis has been shown to develop in vitro resistance to the two leading drugs of choice, penicillin and gentamicin. Because of this, we have pursued an alternative therapy to treat these pathogens using bacteriophage lysins. The bacteriophage lysin PlySs2 is derived from an S. suis phage and displays potent lytic activity against most strains of that species including serotypes 2 and 9. At 64 μg/ml, PlySs2 reduced multiple serotypes of S. suis by 5 to 6-logs within 1 hour in vitro and exhibited a minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) of 32 μg/ml for a S. suis serotype 2 strain and 64 μg/ml for a serotype 9 strain. Using a single 0.1-mg dose, the colonizing S. suis serotype 9 strain was reduced from the murine intranasal mucosa by >4 logs; a 0.1-mg dose of gentamicin reduced S. suis by 5-logs. While resistance to gentamicin was induced after systematically increasing levels of gentamicin in an S. suis culture, the same protocol resulted in no observable resistance to PlySs2. Thus, PlySs2 has both broad and high killing activity against multiple serotypes and strains of S. suis, making it a possible tool in the control and prevention of S. suis infections in pigs and humans. PMID:28046082

  13. Whole genome investigation of a divergent clade of the pathogen Streptococcus suis

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    Abiyad eBaig

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    Full Text Available Streptococcus suis is a major porcine and zoonotic pathogen responsible for significant economic losses in the pig industry and an increasing number of human cases. Multiple isolates of S. suis show marked genomic diversity. Here we report the analysis of whole genome sequences of nine pig isolates that caused disease typical of S. suis and had phenotypic characteristics of S. suis, but their genomes were divergent from those of many other S. suis isolates. Comparison of protein sequences predicted from divergent genomes with those from normal S. suis reduced the size of core genome from 793 to only 397 genes. Divergence was clear if phylogenetic analysis was performed on reduced core genes and MLST alleles. Phylogenies based on certain other genes (16S rRNA, sodA, recN and cpn60 did not show divergence for all isolates, suggesting recombination between some divergent isolates with normal S. suis for these genes. Indeed, there is evidence of recent recombination between the divergent and normal S. suis genomes for 249 of 397 core genes. In addition, phylogenetic analysis based on the 16S rRNA gene and 132 genes that were conserved between the divergent isolates and representatives of the broader Streptococcus genus showed that divergent isolates were more closely related to S. suis. Six out of nine divergent isolates possessed a S. suis-like capsule region with variation in capsular gene sequences but the remaining three did not have a discrete capsule locus. The majority (40/70, of virulence-associated genes in normal S. suis were present in the divergent genomes. Overall, the divergent isolates extend the current diversity of S. suis species but the phenotypic similarities and the large amount of gene exchange with normal S. suis gives insufficient evidence to assign these isolates to a new species or subspecies. Further sampling and whole genome analysis of more isolates is warranted to understand the diversity of the species.

  14. Asistencia técnica en el sector agropecuario en México: análisis del VIII censo agropecuario y forestal

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    El objetivo de esta investigación fue determinar a través de la información estadística obtenida por el VIII Censo Agrícola, Ganadero y Forestal del año 2007, la importancia que tiene la asistencia técnica en las unidades de producción en México para contar con elementos que sirvan en la toma de decisiones de éste servicio. Se realizó un análisis de la base de datos a nivel nacional y por zonas económicas a través de la obtención de frecuencias relativas. De acuerdo al Censo, en México, la co...

  15. Estadísticas y distribución espacial del nivel educativo de los habitantes de la provincia del Guayas según el censo 2010

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    El tema a desarrollarse es un análisis estadístico demográfico espacial del nivel educativo de los habitantes de la provincia del Guayas, por medio del cual obtuvimos los datos a través del censo cuyo empadronamiento fue llevado a cabo en Ecuador, el 28 de Noviembre de 2010 y que fue gestionado por el Instituto Nacional de Estadísticas y Censos (INEC). Los datos están contenidos en una base de datos y para obtener su información estas serán procesadas a través de técnicas estadísticas univar...

  16. Sub-MIC Tylosin Inhibits Streptococcus suis Biofilm Formation and Results in Differential Protein Expression.

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    Wang, Shuai; Yang, Yanbei; Zhao, Yulin; Zhao, Honghai; Bai, Jingwen; Chen, Jianqing; Zhou, Yonghui; Wang, Chang; Li, Yanhua

    2016-01-01

    Streptococcus suis (S.suis) is an important zoonotic pathogen that causes severe diseases in humans and pigs. Biofilms of S. suis can induce persistent infections that are difficult to treat. In this study, the effect of tylosin on biofilm formation of S. suis was investigated. 1/2 minimal inhibitory concentration (MIC) and 1/4 MIC of tylosin were shown to inhibit S. suis biofilm formation in vitro. By using the iTRAQ strategy, we compared the protein expression profiles of S. suis grown with sub-MIC tylosin treatment and with no treatment. A total of 1501 proteins were identified by iTRAQ. Ninety-six differentially expressed proteins were identified (Ratio > ±1.5, p MIC tylosin treatment. Thus, our data revealed the rough regulation of biofilm formation that may provide a foundation for future research into mechanisms and targets.

  17. The Complete Genome of Brucella Suis 019 Provides Insights on Cross-Species Infection

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    Yuanzhi Wang

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    Full Text Available Brucella species are the most important zoonotic pathogens worldwide and cause considerable harm to humans and animals. In this study, we presented the complete genome of B. suis 019 isolated from sheep (ovine with epididymitis. B. suis 019 has a rough phenotype and can infect sheep, rhesus monkeys and possibly humans. The comparative genome analysis demonstrated that B. suis 019 is closest to the vaccine strain B. suis bv. 1 str. S2. Further analysis associated the rsh gene to the pathogenicity of B. suis 019, and the WbkA gene to the rough phenotype of B. suis 019. The 019 complete genome data was deposited in the GenBank database with ID PRJNA308608.

  18. La industria del Gran La Plata según el último Censo Nacional Económico

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    Diego Arturi

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available El artículo tiene como objetivo caracterizar el sector industrial del Gran La Plata en base a información del último Censo Nacional Económico (CNE 2004/2005. En una primer parte se identifican las principales características del sector industrial a escala nacional en los períodos neoliberal y posconvertibilidad, a partir de bibliografía especializada y análisis de series estadísticas e informes técnicos. En una segunda parte se analiza el sector industrial del Gran La Plata en base a entrevistas a informantes calificados y a los datos censales según cantidad de establecimientos, puestos de trabajo ocupados, rama de actividad, tamaño de los locales industriales, productividad y especialización industrial de los municipios; asimismo se realiza una aproximación a niveles de intensidad tecnológica por rama. A partir de este análisis se pueden destacar las siguientes conclusiones: predominio de las micro y pequeñas empresas, productividad superior al promedio nacional, escaso aporte de las ramas de alta intensidad tecnológica y ausencia de especialización que impide definir un perfil industrial marcado.

  19. La escolarización elemental en España según el censo de Godoy (1797

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    Francisco Javier LASPALAS PÉREZ

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    Full Text Available ¿Cuántos municipios españoles tenían escuela hace dos o tres siglos? ¿Qué porcentaje de niños acudía en nuestro país a las escuelas de primeras letras durante el Antiguo Régimen? No resulta fácil contestar a estas preguntas, pues apenas disponemos de fuentes en las que apoyarnos para responderlas, o no se han descubierto todavía. Junto con el Catastro de Ensenada (1751, en el que se basan algunas de las investigaciones más interesantes y recientes sobre el sistema escolar de la España del siglo XVIII, el Censo de Godoy (17971 es, sin duda, uno de los documentos más valiosos para el estudio del tema que nos ocupa, puesto que incluye un recuento por provincias del número de alumnos y de escuelas primarias que existían en el país.

  20. Censos lato sensu. La abolición de la esclavitud y el número de esclavos en Cuba

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    Piqueras, José Antonio

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    Full Text Available Throughout the greater part of the 19th century, statistics on the Cuban slave population were deliberately inexact. Colonial authorities and the hacendados were interested in covering up the actual number of slaves; the former preferred to ignore the elevated presence of African natives of different ages, while the hacienda owners evaded taxes and avoided explaining the origin of their workforce. Based on an analysis of official and reserved censuses, British reports and demographic estimations, this article reconsiders the number of slaves that was present in Cuba between 1867 and 1886. This results in a reevaluation of their total number, of the labor needs at the sugar mills and of the conditions in the dissolution of slavery.Durante la mayor parte del siglo XIX las estadísticas de población esclava de Cuba fueron deliberadamente inexactas. El presente artículo, basado en un análisis de censos oficiales y reservados, en informes británicos y estimaciones demográficas, reconsidera el número de esclavos existente en Cuba entre 1867 y 1886. De ello resulta una reevaluación de su monto, de las necesidades laborales en los ingenios y de las condiciones de disolución de la esclavitud.

  1. [Cura sui--selfcare and its relationship to nursing].

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    Schnell, Martin W

    2010-02-01

    Self care is an answer to the response of finiteness, which is given through the fact of the human body. The article demonstrates in reference to the Selfcaredeficit-Theory (Orem, 2006) how self care in everyday life, ancient roman called it cura sui, is related to nursing practice, specially to acutecare. Self care turns out as an category of ambivalence between ethics and power.

  2. Comparative analysis of whole-genome sequences of Streptococcus suis

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    LI Pengli; WEI Wu; LI Yixue; MA Yuanyuan; DING Guohui; LI Xiaoping; WANG Xiaojing; ZHANG Liwen; SUN Jingchun; WANG Yong; TU Kang; WANG Ningning; HAO Pei; WANG Chuan; CAO Zhiwei; SHI Tieliu

    2006-01-01

    The outbreak of Streptococcus suis recently in some districts of Sichuan Province in China has caused over 30 deaths and over 200 infections in human beings. In order to study the pathogenicity mechanism and to prevent the bacteria from spreading and infecting human beings and swine, we have annotated and analyzed the genomes of two strains, Streptococcus suis P1/7 and 89-1591 respectively. The whole length of P1/7 is 2.007 Mb,and has 1969 ORFs. In contrast, the partial genome sequence of 89-1591 is 1.98 Mb in length and exists in 177 contigs with 1918 ORFs. Analysis shows that the average lengths of CDSs in two genomes are very close, and the numbers of the homolog ORFs are 1306 between those two strains. Most of the toxicity factors of the two strains are homologeous, but there are still some significant differences between those two strains. For example, among the 11 genes (cps2A-cps2K) encoding for the capsules in P1/7, 4(cps2A, 2B, 2I, 2J) are not detected in strain 89-1591.At the same time, the genes encoding EF and Haemolysin in P1/7 are also not found in strain 89-1591. Besides, the genes related to DNA replication, repair and recombination differ from each other significantly and there also exist certain differences among the surface proteins. Those characteristics indicate that those two strains have evolved their own specific functions to adapt to the different environments and that the pathogenesis of the two strains is different. We have accumulated comprehensive genomics information for future systematic studies of S.sui. Our results are helpful for disease prevention,vaccine development, as well as drug design for S.suis.

  3. La enumeración de la soltería femenina en los censos de población: sesgo y propuesta de corrección

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    McCaa, Robert; Esteve, Albert; Garcia, Joan

    2013-01-01

    Esta investigación tiene como objetivo investigar el efecto que la disolución de las uniones consensuales tiene en los niveles de soltería que proporciona el Censo de Población, niveles derivados de la variable estado civil. Para ello comparamos los datos censales con los de la Encuestas de Demografía y Salud (de ahora en adelante DHS) en aquellos países y años para los que disponemos de ambas fuentes en el mismo año o años adyacentes (Bolivia, Brasil, Colombia y Perú). Los resultados muestran claramente que las proporciones de nunca unidas derivadas de la variable censal ’Estado civil’ son sistemáticamente más elevadas que las estimadas a partir de las DHS. La razón de esta sobreestimación obedece al hecho de que personas que estuvieron en unión libre en el pasado se declaran solteras en el momento del Censo. La elevada proporción de mujeres solteras que tienen hijos según el Censo es una prueba de ello y a su vez una solución efectiva para corregir el sesgo. PMID:25593515

  4. Analfabetismo e níveis de letramento no Brasil: o que dizem os censos? Illiteracy and levels of literacy in Brazil: what do censuses tell?

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    Alceu Ravanello Ferraro

    2002-12-01

    Full Text Available O texto começa discutindo a velha questão da qualidade das estatísticas educacionais e alguns aspectos metodológicos relacionados com a utilização destas na pesquisa em educação. Analisa a seguir o analfabetismo, focalizando: a a sua emergência como problema político no final do período imperial; b a evolução do conceito; c a tendência secular, em números porcentuais e absolutos, desde o primeiro censo em 1872 até o Censo 2000. Por último, com base no Censo 2000, classifica a população em diferentes níveis de letramento.This text begins discussing the old issue of the educational statistics quality and some methodological aspects related to their use in educational research. It then analyses illiteracy focusing on: a its emergency as a political problem at the end of the Brazilian Empire; b the evolution of this concept; c the long term trend, both in relative and absolute numbers, from the first 1872 Census to the last one, in 2000. Finally, based on the 2000 Census, it classifies the population according to their different levels of literacy.

  5. Censo dos pacientes internados em uma instituição asilar no Estado do Rio de Janeiro: dados preliminares

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    Gomes Maria Paula Cerqueira

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available O Estado do Rio de Janeiro concentra uma das maiores redes de hospitais psiquiátricos do país, sendo um deles a Casa de Saúde Dr. Eiras/Paracambi (CSDE-P. A atual Assessoria de Saúde Mental da Secretaria de Estado de Saude do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, realizou em fins de 2000, o Censo Clínico e Psicossocial dos Pacientes Internados na CSDE-P. Encontrou uma população de 1494 indivíduos, com predomínio de homens (53,4%, solteiros (81,6%, faixa etária produtiva (66,4% e baixa escolaridade (11,5% com primeiro grau completo ou mais. A maioria tinha um tempo de internação superior/igual a 2 anos (77,6%, recebiam visitas de familiares (60,5% mas não saíam de licença (73,8%. Os diagnósticos predominantes foram as esquizofrenias (53,6% e o retardo mental (26,4%. A principal abordagem terapêutica foi a psiquiátrica (84,1%. Realizavam atividades sistemáticas durante o dia 13,3% dos pacientes, embora cerca de 36% apresentassem bons indicativos de condições de autonomia. A CSDE-P é um macro hospital, onde a maioria dos pacientes encontra-se desterritorializada e com laços sociais precários, exigindo a construção de estratégias de cuidados que levem em conta essa particularidade.

  6. [Occurrence and diagnostic relevance of virulence-associated factors in Streptococcus suis].

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    Baums, C G; Da Silva, L M; Goethe, R; Valentin-Weigand, P

    2003-09-01

    Streptococcus suis (Sc. suis) can cause very different clinical entities. In contrast to Sc. suis-associated pneumonia, the induction of meningitis, septicemia, and polyarthritis by certain Sc. suis strains requires the expression of virulence factors that contribute to the invasiveness of the pathogen. In the presented study, we examined the occurrence of known virulence-associated factors in Sc. suis isolates from samples sent to the Institute of Microbiology, School of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, in order to evaluate their significance as potential virulence factors in different disease complexes in Northern Germany. The results show that (i) MRP + EF + serotype 2 and MRP* EF-serotype 9 strains are statistically significant associated with the disease complex meningitis/septicemia/arthritis and, thus, have to be considered invasive strains, (ii) serotyping alone is not sufficient for identification of virulent strains, (iii) there is a remarkable heterogeneity among pneumonia-associated Sc. suis strains and (iv) activity of haemolysin or suilysin appears to be not appropriate as virulence marker. Finally, it has to be noted that at present only half of the Sc. suis isolates from pigs with meningitis/septicemia/poyarthritis can be characterised by the detection of virulence-associated factors. Thus, the identification and characterisation of additional, serotype independent virulence factors of Sc. suis is a very important issue in future studies.

  7. Establishment of a Cre recombinase based mutagenesis protocol for markerless gene deletion in Streptococcus suis.

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    Koczula, A; Willenborg, J; Bertram, R; Takamatsu, D; Valentin-Weigand, P; Goethe, R

    2014-12-01

    The lack of knowledge about pathogenicity mechanisms of Streptococcus (S.) suis is, at least partially, attributed to limited methods for its genetic manipulation. Here, we established a Cre-lox based recombination system for markerless gene deletions in S. suis serotype 2 with high selective pressure and without undesired side effects.

  8. In vitro biofilm forming potential of Streptococcus suis isolated from human and swine in China

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    Guo Dawei

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available Streptococcus suis is a swine pathogen and also a zoonotic agent. The formation of biofilms allows S. suis to become persistent colonizers and resist clearance by the host immune system and antibiotics. In this study, biofilm forming potentials of various S. suis strains were characterized by confocal laser scanning microscopy (CLSM, scanning electron microscopy (SEM and tissue culture plates stained with crystal violet. In addition, the effects of five antimicrobial agents on biofilm formation were assayed in this study. S. suis produced biofilms on smooth and rough surface. The nutritional contents including glucose and NaCl in the growth medium modulated biofilm formation. There was a significant difference in their biofilm-forming ability among all 46 S. suis strains. The biofilm-forming potential of S. suis serotype 9 was stronger than type 2 and all other types. However, biofilm formation was inhibited by five commonly used antimicrobial agents, penicillin, erythromycin, azithromycin, ciprofloxacin, and ofloxacin at subinhibitory concentrations, among which inhibition of ciprofloxacin and ofloxacin was stronger than that of other three antimicrobial agents.Our study provides a detailed analysis of biofilm formation potential in S. suis, which is a step towards understanding its role in pathogenesis, and eventually lead to a better understanding of how to eradicate S. suis growing as biofilms with antibiotic therapy.

  9. The cps locus of Streptococcus suis serotype 16: Development of a serotype-specific PCR assay

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    Wang, K.; Weixing, Fan; Wisselink, H.J.; Chengping, Lu

    2011-01-01

    Streptococcus suis serotype 16 can infect pigs and humans. We describe the identification and the characterization of the capsular polysaccharides synthesis locus of S. suis serotype 16. Using PCR primers flanking the capsular polysaccharides synthesis locus, a 30,101-bp fragment was amplified. Twen

  10. Host-pathogen Interaction at the Intestinal Mucosa Correlates With Zoonotic Potential of Streptococcus suis

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    Ferrando, Maria Laura; de Greeff, Astrid; van Rooijen, Willemien J. M.;

    2015-01-01

    Background. Streptococcus suis has emerged as an important cause of bacterial meningitis in adults. The ingestion of undercooked pork is a risk factor for human S. suis serotype 2 (SS2) infection. Here we provide experimental evidence indicating that the gastrointestinal tract is an entry site of...

  11. Latest developments on Streptococcus suis: an emerging zoonotic pathogen: part 2

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    Segura, M.; Zheng, H.; Greeff, de A.; Gao, G.F.; Gremier, D.; Jiang, Y.; Chengping, L.; Maskell, D.; Oishi, K.; Okura, M.; Osawa, R.; Schultsz, C.; Schwerk, C.; Sekizaki, T.; Smith, H.; Srimanote, P.; Takamatsu, D.; Tang, J.; Tenenbaum, T.; Tharavichitkul, P.; Hoa, N.T.; Valentin-Weigand, P.; Wells, J.M.; Wertheim, H.; Zhu, B.; Xu, J.; Gottschalk, M.

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    This second and final chapter of the report on the First International Workshop on Streptococcus suis follows on from Part 1, published in the April 2014, volume 9, issue 4 of Future Microbiology. S. suis is a swine pathogen and a zoonotic agent afflicting people in close contact with infected pigs

  12. Discovery, characterization and applications of natural DNA transformation in Streptococcus suis

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    Zaccaria, E.

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    Streptococcus suis is Gram-positive bacterium and its natural habitat is the upper respiratory tract of pigs, and in particular the tonsils and nasal cavity. Although it is considered to be a normal member of the adult pig microbiome, it can cause serious diseases in pigs and humans. S. suis is in f

  13. Immune and inflammatory responses in pigs infected with Trichuris suis and Oesophagostomum dentatum

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    Andreasen, Annette; Petersen, Heidi Huus; Kringel, Helene;

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    The aim of the present study was to investigate parasite induced immune responses in pigs co-infected with Trichuris suis and Oesophagostomum dentatum as compared to mono-species infected pigs. T. suis is known to elicit a strong immune response leading to rapid expulsion, and a strong antagonist...

  14. Streptococcal Adhesin P (SadP) contributes to Streptococcus suis adhesion to the human intestinal epithelium

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    Ferrando, Maria Laura; Willemse, Niels; Zaccaria, Edoardo; Pannekoek, Yvonne; Ende, van der Arie; Schultsz, Constance

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    Background Streptococcus suis is a zoonotic pathogen, causing meningitis and septicemia. We previously demonstrated that the gastrointestinal tract (GIT) is an entry site for zoonotic S. suis infection. Here we studied the contribution of Streptococcal adhesin Protein (SadP) to hostpathogen

  15. Uptake of benzimidazoles by Trichuris suis in vivo in pigs

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    Hansen, Tina Vicky Alstrup; Friis, Christian; Nejsum, Peter;

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    It is recognized that the clinical efficacy of single dose benzimidazoles (BZs) against the nematode, Trichuris suis of pigs and the closely related Trichuris trichiura in humans is only poor to moderate. Recent in vitro studies have indicated that a low uptake of fenbendazole (FBZ) in T. suis may...

  16. TroA of Streptococcus suis is required for manganese acquisition and full virulence

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    Wichgers Schreur, P.J.; Rebel, J.M.J.; Smits, M.A.; Putten, van J.P.M.; Smith, H.E.

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    Streptococcus suis causes infections in pigs and occasionally in humans resulting in 23 manifestations as meningitis, sepsis, arthritis and septic shock. For survival within the 24 host, S. suis requires numerous nutrients including trace metals. Little is known about 25 the specific proteins involv

  17. Prevalence of Streptococcus suis Isolated from Clinically Healthy Sows in China

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    ZHANG Chun-ping; NING Yi-bao; ZHANG Zhong-qiu; SONG Li; QIU Hui-shen; GAO He-yi; FAN Xue-zheng

    2009-01-01

    Streptococcus suis is an important pathogen in pigs.Transmission of this pathogen is generally believed to occur between healthy carrier sows and their offspring,so the carrier status orS.suis in healthy sows is important for the control of S.suis infections in pigs,especially in suckling and growing pigs.In this study,the prevalence orS.suis isolated from clinically healthy sows in China was studied for the first time.A total of 1043 tonsil samples were collected from clinically healthy sows from 10 regions in China from 2005 to 2007.Among the 421 S.suis isolates,31 strains were identified as capsular type 2.The results showed that S.suis was widespread in swine herds in China with the carrier rates in different herds ranging from 19.5 to 93.9%.Overall,40.4 and 3.0% of clinically healthy sows harbored S.suis and capsular type 2 in their palatine tonsils,respectively.Statistically significant differences of carrier rates of S.suis and capsular type 2 between the different farms were observed,which was independent of herd sizes and geographic distributions of different herds.

  18. Isolation, Characterization and Biological Properties of Membrane Vesicles Produced by the Swine Pathogen Streptococcus suis.

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    Full Text Available Streptococcus suis, more particularly serotype 2, is a major swine pathogen and an emerging zoonotic agent worldwide that mainly causes meningitis, septicemia, endocarditis, and pneumonia. Although several potential virulence factors produced by S. suis have been identified in the last decade, the pathogenesis of S. suis infections is still not fully understood. In the present study, we showed that S. suis produces membrane vesicles (MVs that range in diameter from 13 to 130 nm and that appear to be coated by capsular material. A proteomic analysis of the MVs revealed that they contain 46 proteins, 9 of which are considered as proven or suspected virulence factors. Biological assays confirmed that S. suis MVs possess active subtilisin-like protease (SspA and DNase (SsnA. S. suis MVs degraded neutrophil extracellular traps, a property that may contribute to the ability of the bacterium to escape the host defense response. MVs also activated the nuclear factor-kappa B (NF-κB signaling pathway in both monocytes and macrophages, inducing the secretion of pro-inflammatory cytokines, which may in turn contribute to increase the permeability of the blood brain barrier. The present study brought evidence that S. suis MVs may play a role as a virulence factor in the pathogenesis of S. suis infections, and given their composition be an excellent candidate for vaccine development.

  19. [Study on weight units of chinese medicine in Sui and Tang dynasties].

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    Zhang, Rui-xian; Lu, Qin; Zhang, Wei; Zhang, Mu-qun

    2008-09-01

    Although there were changes in measuring system of Sui dynasty, the measuring units of medicine, astronomy and music still remained unchanged. So there appeared two systems of measuring units. For medicine, the government of Tang dynasty followed the regulations of Sui dynasty in measuring system. Besides this, the measuring units of Qian and Fen also were also related to medicine.

  20. The antigenic relationship between Brettanomyces-Debaryomyces strains and the Salmonella cholerae-suis O antigen.

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    Aksoycan, N; Sağanak, I; Wells, G

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    The immune sera for Brettanomyces lambicus, B. claussenii, Debaryomyces hansenii and D. marama agglutinated Salmonella cholerae-suis (0:6(2), 7). The immune serum for S. cholerae-suis agglutinated B. lambicus, B. clausenni, D. hansenii and D. marama. Absorption and agglutination cross-tested demonstrated common antigen factor(s) in the tested yeasts and Salmonella 0:7 antigen.

  1. Rapid Evolution of Virulence and Drug Resistance in the Emerging Zoonotic Pathogen Streptococcus suis

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    Holden, M.T.G.; Hauser, H.; Sanders, M.; Hoa Ngo, Thi; Cherevach, I.; Cronin, A.; Goodhead, I.; Mungall, K.; Quail, M.A.; Price, C.; Rabbinowitsch, E.; Sharp, S.; Croucher, N.; Chieu, Tran Bich; Nguyen, Thi Hoang Mai; To, Song Diep; Nguyen, Tran Chinh; Kehoe, M.; Leigh, J.A.; Ward, P.N.; Dowson, C.G.; Whatmore, A.M.; Chanter, N.; Iversen, P.; Gottschalk, M.; Slater, J.D.; Smith, H.E.; Spratt, B.G.; Jianguo, Xu; Changyun, Ye; Bentley, S.; Barrell, B.G.; Schultsz, C.; Maskell, D.J.; Parkhill, J.

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    Background - Streptococcus suis is a zoonotic pathogen that infects pigs and can occasionally cause serious infections in humans. S. suis infections occur sporadically in human Europe and North America, but a recent major outbreak has been described in China with high levels of mortality. The mechan

  2. An enzyme-based in situ hybridisation method for the identification of Streptococcus suis - Brief report

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    Madsen, L.W.; Boye, Mette; Jensen, Henrik E

    2001-01-01

    A method for enzyme-based in situ hybridisation of Streptococcus suis was developed. It enables the light microscopic localization of bacterial ribosomal RNA (rRNA) in formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded tissues. A unique sequence in the 16S rRNA of S. suis was targeted. Different pretreatment...

  3. Subcytolytic effects of suilysin on interaction of Streptococcus suis with epithelial cells.

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    Seitz, M; Baums, C G; Neis, C; Benga, L; Fulde, M; Rohde, M; Goethe, R; Valentin-Weigand, P

    2013-12-27

    Suilysin is a pore-forming cholesterol-dependent cytolysin secreted by Streptococcus suis (S. suis), an important swine and zoonotic pathogen. The role of suilysin in S. suis host-cell interaction is still unclear. We found a higher adherence and invasion rate of an unencapsulated sly-positive strain in comparison to its isogenic sly-negative mutant. Electron microscopy revealed that formation of membrane ruffles accompanying invasion of the sly-positive strain was abolished in the sly-negative mutant. Inhibition experiments showed that the actin cytoskeleton was involved in suilysin-mediated effects. Point-mutation of the domain putatively responsible for macropore-formation resulted in abolished hemolytic and cytolysin activity, but had no effect on S. suis host cell association. Concluding, our results indicate that subcytolytic suilysin promotes S. suis association with epithelial cells.

  4. Host age influence on the intensity of experimental Trichuris suis infection in pigs

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    Pedersen S.

    2002-03-01

    Full Text Available The impact of age-related resistance on the regulation of population dynamics of adult Trichuris suis was investigated in an experimental pig model. Helminth-naive pigs varying in age from five weeks to four years were infected with T. suis to determine susceptibility to infection. Sows had a significantly lower establishment of adult T. suis worms compared with weaner pigs. Adult worm populations were highly overdispersed in both sows and grower pigs contrasted by a more even distribution among weaner pigs. Sows had significantly lower worm fecundities compared to weaner and grower pigs; T. suis from grower pigs, in turn, had reduced fecundity compared to worms in weaner pigs. In conclusion, we provide the first controlled experimental evidence that age-related resistance to T. suis occurs in pigs.

  5. Mental imagery during daily life: Psychometric evaluation of the Spontaneous Use of Imagery Scale (SUIS)

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    Nelis, Sabine; Holmes, Emily A.; Griffith, James W.; Raes, Filip

    2015-01-01

    The Spontaneous Use of Imagery Scale (SUIS) is used to measure the tendency to use visual mental imagery in daily life. Its psychometric properties were evaluated in three independent samples (total N = 1297). We evaluated the internal consistency and test-retest reliability of the questionnaire. We also examined the structure of the items using exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis. Moreover, correlations with other imagery questionnaires provided evidence about convergent validity. The SUIS had acceptable reliability and convergent validity. Exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis revealed that a unidimensional structure fit the data, suggesting that the SUIS indeed measures a general use of mental imagery in daily life. Future research can further investigate and improve the psychometric properties of the SUIS. Moreover, the SUIS could be useful to determine how imagery relates to e.g. psychopathology. PMID:26290615

  6. Enzymatic, immunological and phylogenetic characterization of Brucella suis urease

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    Sriranganathan Nammalwar

    2008-07-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The sequenced genomes of the Brucella spp. have two urease operons, ure-1 and ure-2, but there is evidence that only one is responsible for encoding an active urease. The present work describes the purification and the enzymatic and phylogenomic characterization of urease from Brucella suis strain 1330. Additionally, the urease reactivity of sera from patients diagnosed with brucellosis was examined. Results Urease encoded by the ure-1 operon of Brucella suis strain 1330 was purified to homogeneity using ion exchange and hydrophobic interaction chromatographies. The urease was purified 51-fold with a recovery of 12% of the enzyme activity and 0.24% of the total protein. The enzyme had an isoelectric point of 5, and showed optimal activity at pH 7.0 and 28–35°C. The purified enzyme exhibited a Michaelis-Menten saturation kinetics with a Km of 5.60 ± 0.69 mM. Hydroxyurea and thiourea are competitive inhibitors of the enzyme with Ki of 1.04 ± 0.31 mM and 26.12 ± 2.30 mM, respectively. Acetohydroxamic acid also inhibits the enzyme in a competitive way. The molecular weight estimated for the native enzyme was between 130–135 kDa by gel filtration chromatography and 157 ± 7 kDa using 5–10% polyacrylamide gradient non-denaturing gel. Only three subunits in SDS-PAGE were identified: two small subunits of 14,000 Da and 15,500 Da, and a major subunit of 66,000 Da. The amino terminal sequence of the purified large subunit corresponded to the predicted amino acid sequence encoded by ureC1. The UreC1 subunit was recognized by sera from patients with acute and chronic brucellosis. By phylogenetic and cluster structure analyses, ureC1 was related to the ureC typically present in the Rhizobiales; in contrast, the ureC2 encoded in the ure-2 operon is more related to distant species. Conclusion We have for the first time purified and characterized an active urease from B. suis. The enzyme was characterized at the kinetic

  7. Effect of licochalcone A on growth and properties of Streptococcus suis.

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    Huaijie Hao

    Full Text Available Streptococcus suis (S.suis is an important emerging worldwide pig pathogen and zoonotic agent with rapid evolution of virulence and drug resistance. In this study, we wanted to investigate the effect of licochalcone A on growth and properties of Streptococcus suis. The antimicrobial activity of licochalcone A was tested by growth inhibition assay and the minimal inhibitory concentrations (MICs also were determined. The effect of licochalcone A on S.suis biofilm formation was characterized by crystal violet staining. The effect of licochalcone A on suilysin secretion was evaluated by titration of hemolytic activity. To understand the antimicrobial effect, gene expression profile of S.suis treated by licochalcone A was analyzed by DNA microarray. Our results demonstrated that licochalcone A showed antimicrobial activity on S.suis with MICs of 4 µg/ml for S.suis serotype 2 strains and 8 µg/ml for S.suis serotype 7 strains. Biofilm formation was inhibited by 30-40% in the presence of licochalcone A (3 µg/ml and suilysin secretion was also significantly inhibited in the presence of licochalcone A (1.5 µg/ml. The gene expression profile of S.suis in the presence of licochalcone A showed that 132 genes were differentially regulated, and we analyzed the regulated genes in the aspect of the bacterial cell cycle control. Among the deregulated genes, the genes responsible for the mass doubling was increased expression, but the genes responsible for DNA replication and cell division were inhibited the expression. So, we think the regulation of the cell cycle genes might provide a mechanistic understanding of licochalcone A mediated antimicrobial effect against S.suis.

  8. ¿Por qué emigran los colombianos? Un análisis departamental basado en el Censo de 2005

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    David Khoudour-Castéras

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    Full Text Available El Censo de 2005 ofrece, por vez primera, información detallada de los flujos migratorios colombianos. Este artículo analiza la información de los colombianos en el exterior y examina las principales causas de la emigración. Calcula la tasa de emigración por departamento y presenta un estudio econométrico con variables estructurales, coyunturales y relacionadas con la violencia. Concluye que las personas menos pobres y mejor preparadas de los departamentos con mayores dificultades socioeconómicas tienen mayor propensión a emigrar.

  9. Memorial de la municipalidad de Quito al Gobierno de la Gran Colombia, en solicitud de una disminución de la deuda de censos

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    Full Text Available El documento original se halla en el Archive del Congresode Bogotá, subserie del Senado, años 1820-23, T. LXVII, folios 288-290. Hemos actualizado la ortografía. Hay que advertir que este documento no es sino la primera pieza de un expediente más largo, referente a las quejas ecuatorianas sobre deuda de censos eclesiásticos y otros problemas afines. El expediente completo sigue hasta el folio 311 del mismo Torno del Archivo del Congreso de Bogotá. Los titulillos del margen han sido puestos por los editores.

  10. Memorial de la municipalidad de Quito al Gobierno de la Gran Colombia, en solicitud de una disminución de la deuda de censos

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    de Bogotá, subserie del Senado, años 1820-23, T. LXVII, folios 288-290. Hemos actualizado la ortografía. Hay que advertir que este documento no es sino la primera pieza de un expediente más largo, referente a las quejas ecuatorianas sobre deuda de censos eclesiásticos y otros problemas afines. El expediente completo sigue hasta el folio 311 del mismo Torno del Archivo del Congreso de Bogotá. Los titulillos del margen han sido puestos por los editores.

  11. Inorganic pyrophosphatase in uncultivable hemotrophic mycoplasmas: identification and properties of the enzyme from Mycoplasma suis

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background Mycoplasma suis belongs to a group of highly specialized hemotrophic bacteria that attach to the surface of host erythrocytes. Hemotrophic mycoplasmas are uncultivable and the genomes are not sequenced so far. Therefore, there is a need for the clarification of essential metabolic pathways which could be crucial barriers for the establishment of an in vitro cultivation system for these veterinary significant bacteria. Inorganic pyrophosphatases (PPase are important enzymes that catalyze the hydrolysis of inorganic pyrophosphate PPi to inorganic phosphate Pi. PPases are essential and ubiquitous metal-dependent enzymes providing a thermodynamic pull for many biosynthetic reactions. Here, we describe the identification, recombinant production and characterization of the soluble (sPPase of Mycoplasma suis. Results Screening of genomic M. suis libraries was used to identify a gene encoding the M. suis inorganic pyrophosphatase (sPPase. The M. suis sPPase consists of 164 amino acids with a molecular mass of 20 kDa. The highest identity of 63.7% was found to the M. penetrans sPPase. The typical 13 active site residues as well as the cation binding signature could be also identified in the M. suis sPPase. The activity of the M. suis enzyme was strongly dependent on Mg2+ and significantly lower in the presence of Mn2+ and Zn2+. Addition of Ca2+ and EDTA inhibited the M. suis sPPase activity. These characteristics confirmed the affiliation of the M. suis PPase to family I soluble PPases. The highest activity was determined at pH 9.0. In M. suis the sPPase builds tetramers of 80 kDa which were detected by convalescent sera from experimentally M. suis infected pigs. Conclusion The identification and characterization of the sPPase of M. suis is an additional step towards the clarification of the metabolism of hemotrophic mycoplasmas and, thus, important for the establishment of an in vitro cultivation system. As an antigenic and conserved

  12. Clearance of Streptococcus suis in Stomach Contents of Differently Fed Growing Pigs

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    Franziska Warneboldt

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    Full Text Available Streptococcus (S. suis translocates across the intestinal barrier of piglets after intraintestinal application. Based on these findings, an oro-gastrointestinal infection route has been proposed. Thus, the objective of this study was to investigate the survival of S. suis in the porcine stomach. Whereas surviving bacteria of S. suis serotypes 2 and 9 were not detectable after 60 min of incubation in stomach contents with a comparatively high gastric pH of 5 due to feeding of fine pellets, the number of Salmonella Derby bacteria increased under these conditions. Further experiments confirmed the clearance of S. suis serotypes 2 and 9 within 30 min in stomach contents with a pH of 4.7 independently of the bacterial growth phase. Finally, an oral infection experiment was conducted, feeding each of 18 piglets a diet mixed with 1010 CFU of S. suis serotype 2 or 9. Thorough bacteriological screenings of various mesenteric-intestinal lymph nodes and internal organs after different times of exposure did not lead to any detection of the orally applied challenge strains. In conclusion, the porcine stomach constitutes a very efficient barrier against oro-gastrointenstinal S. suis infections. Conditions leading to the passage of S. suis through the stomach remain to be identified.

  13. Clearance of Streptococcus suis in Stomach Contents of Differently Fed Growing Pigs.

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    Warneboldt, Franziska; Sander, Saara J; Beineke, Andreas; Valentin-Weigand, Peter; Kamphues, Josef; Baums, Christoph Georg

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    Streptococcus (S.) suis translocates across the intestinal barrier of piglets after intraintestinal application. Based on these findings, an oro-gastrointestinal infection route has been proposed. Thus, the objective of this study was to investigate the survival of S. suis in the porcine stomach. Whereas surviving bacteria of S. suis serotypes 2 and 9 were not detectable after 60 min of incubation in stomach contents with a comparatively high gastric pH of 5 due to feeding of fine pellets, the number of Salmonella Derby bacteria increased under these conditions. Further experiments confirmed the clearance of S. suis serotypes 2 and 9 within 30 min in stomach contents with a pH of 4.7 independently of the bacterial growth phase. Finally, an oral infection experiment was conducted, feeding each of 18 piglets a diet mixed with 10(10) CFU of S. suis serotype 2 or 9. Thorough bacteriological screenings of various mesenteric-intestinal lymph nodes and internal organs after different times of exposure did not lead to any detection of the orally applied challenge strains. In conclusion, the porcine stomach constitutes a very efficient barrier against oro-gastrointenstinal S. suis infections. Conditions leading to the passage of S. suis through the stomach remain to be identified.

  14. Genome sequence of Helicobacter suis supports its role in gastric pathology

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    Helicobacter (H.) suis has been associated with chronic gastritis and ulcers of the pars oesophagea in pigs, and with gastritis, peptic ulcer disease and gastric mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue lymphoma in humans. In order to obtain better insight into the genes involved in pathogenicity and in the specific adaptation to the gastric environment of H. suis, a genome analysis was performed of two H. suis strains isolated from the gastric mucosa of swine. Homologs of the vast majority of genes shown to be important for gastric colonization of the human pathogen H. pylori were detected in the H. suis genome. H. suis encodes several putative outer membrane proteins, of which two similar to the H. pylori adhesins HpaA and HorB. H. suis harbours an almost complete comB type IV secretion system and members of the type IV secretion system 3, but lacks most of the genes present in the cag pathogenicity island of H. pylori. Homologs of genes encoding the H. pylori neutrophil-activating protein and γ-glutamyl transpeptidase were identified in H. suis. H. suis also possesses several other presumptive virulence-associated genes, including homologs for mviN, the H. pylori flavodoxin gene, and a homolog of the H. pylori vacuolating cytotoxin A gene. It was concluded that although genes coding for some important virulence factors in H. pylori, such as the cytotoxin-associated protein (CagA), are not detected in the H. suis genome, homologs of other genes associated with colonization and virulence of H. pylori and other bacteria are present. PMID:21414191

  15. Genome sequence of Helicobacter suis supports its role in gastric pathology

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    Vermoote Miet

    2011-03-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Helicobacter (H. suis has been associated with chronic gastritis and ulcers of the pars oesophagea in pigs, and with gastritis, peptic ulcer disease and gastric mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue lymphoma in humans. In order to obtain better insight into the genes involved in pathogenicity and in the specific adaptation to the gastric environment of H. suis, a genome analysis was performed of two H. suis strains isolated from the gastric mucosa of swine. Homologs of the vast majority of genes shown to be important for gastric colonization of the human pathogen H. pylori were detected in the H. suis genome. H. suis encodes several putative outer membrane proteins, of which two similar to the H. pylori adhesins HpaA and HorB. H. suis harbours an almost complete comB type IV secretion system and members of the type IV secretion system 3, but lacks most of the genes present in the cag pathogenicity island of H. pylori. Homologs of genes encoding the H. pylori neutrophil-activating protein and γ-glutamyl transpeptidase were identified in H. suis. H. suis also possesses several other presumptive virulence-associated genes, including homologs for mviN, the H. pylori flavodoxin gene, and a homolog of the H. pylori vacuolating cytotoxin A gene. It was concluded that although genes coding for some important virulence factors in H. pylori, such as the cytotoxin-associated protein (CagA, are not detected in the H. suis genome, homologs of other genes associated with colonization and virulence of H. pylori and other bacteria are present.

  16. Understanding Streptococcus suis serotype 2 infection in pigs through a transcriptional approach

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    Long Tiansi

    2011-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Streptococcus suis serotype 2 (S. suis 2 is an important pathogen of pigs. S suis 2 infections have high mortality rates and are characterized by meningitis, septicemia and pneumonia. S. suis 2 is also an emerging zoonotic agent and can infect humans that are exposed to pigs or their by-products. To increase our knowledge of the pathogenesis of meningitis, septicemia and pneumonia in pigs caused by S. suis 2, we profiled the response of peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC, brain and lung tissues to infection with S. suis 2 strain SC19 using the Affymetrix Porcine Genome Array. Results A total of 3,002 differentially expressed transcripts were identified in the three tissues, including 417 unique genes in brain, 210 in lung and 213 in PBMC. These genes showed differential expression (DE patterns on analysis by visualization and integrated discovery (DAVID. The DE genes involved in the immune response included genes related to the inflammatory response (CD163, the innate immune response (TLR2, TLR4, MYD88, TIRAP, cell adhesion (CD34, SELE, SELL, SELP, ICAM-1, ICAM-2, VCAM-1, antigen processing and presentation (MHC protein complex and angiogenesis (VEGF, together with genes encoding cytokines (interleukins. Five selected genes were validated by qRT-PCR analysis. Conclusions We studied the response to infection with S. suis 2 strain SC19 by microarray analysis. Our findings confirmed some genes identified in previous studies and discovered numerous additional genes that potentially function in S. suis 2 infections in vivo. This new information will form the foundation of future investigations into the pathogenesis of S. suis.

  17. Las organizaciones cooperativas en el agro argentino: apuntes metodológicos para su estudio en base al Censo Nacional Agropecuario de 1937

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    Carlos A. Makler

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    Full Text Available Este trabajo presenta un análisis del movimiento cooperativo en el agro pampeano y en el resto del país, tal como fuera retratado por el Censo Nacional Agropecuario del año 1937. Tiene por objetivo aportar herramientas metodológicas para el conocimiento del grado de arraigo del cooperativismo agropecuario entre los productores agrarios a partir del uso de índices de asociación, adhesión e integración. Finalmente se concluye del estudio estadístico de esos indicadores que la doctrina cooperativa jugó un papel muy relativo en la estructuración de las opciones económicas efectivas de bases sociales del movimiento.This work presents an analysis of the cooperative movement in the pampeano's agro and the country, as was drown by the Censo Nacional Agropeacuario in 1937. This article has the objective of give some metodological tools to the knowledge of the grade of settlement of agropecuarian cooperativism between the agrarian producers from the use of association, adhesion and integration indexes. Finally we conclude from the stadistic study of those indicatoris that the cooperative doctrine played a very relative place in the structuration of efective economic options of the social bases of the movement.

  18. Contribuciones del Censo de Población y Viviendas 2012 al desarrollo socioeconómico del municipio Mayarí, Holguín, Cuba

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    Rafael Ángel Salazar Martínez

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    Full Text Available El presente trabajo establece las coordenadas para la utilización eficiente de los resultados que arroje el Censo del Población y Viviendas del 2012, en función del desarrollo socioeconómico del municipio Mayarí, territorio que implementa desde ese mismo año un Programa Integral de Desarrollo Municipal (PIDM, cuya significación estratégica radica en el hecho de constituir la experiencia piloto a nivel nacional, para su generalización hacia otros municipios del país, respondiendo a los Lineamientos de la Política Económica y Social del Partido y la Revolución, en lo referente al desarrollo de proyectos locales. En este contexto, resulta de vital importancia el manejo y acceso a fuentes de información confiables y pertinentes, como las que ofrece el Censo de Población y Viviendas, que se traduzca luego en una mayor consistencia a la hora de tomar decisiones y gestionar todos los procesos que intervienen en la ejecución de este Programa.

  19. Antecedentes del crédito en Colombia: Los Censos en Santafé en la segunda mitad del siglo XVIII

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    Amanda Ortiz

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    Full Text Available Este artículo estudia cómo operó el crédito eclesiástico en la ciudad de Santafé. Durante el periodo colonial las instituciones eclesiásticas fungieron como acreedoras en transacciones crediticias. En el caso del préstamo de dinero, el censo consignativo redimible fue usado como figura jurídica. En este artículo se toma como instrumento de análisis el caso del préstamo de dinero de los principales de capellanías a través de los censos consignativos redimibles. A partir de la información de 110 solicitudes de dineros de capellanías a préstamo al Arzobispado de Santafé, se describe el crédito eclesiástico de la ciudad, y se estudia el proceso que desarrolló el Arzobispado sobre la evaluación que hizo de las solicitudes y de la decisión que emitió. Se propone un enfoque comparativo del estudio del crédito eclesiástico en la ciudad con otras formas de crédito y se muestra la coexistencia de diversos mercados de crédito bajo la forma de mercados segmentados.

  20. Crystal structure of cytotoxin protein suilysin from Streptococcus suis.

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    Xu, Lingfeng; Huang, Bo; Du, Huamao; Zhang, Xuejun C; Xu, Jianguo; Li, Xuemei; Rao, Zihe

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    Cholesterol-dependent cytolysins (CDC) are pore forming toxins. A prototype of the CDC family members is perfringolysin O (PFO), which directly binds to the cell membrane enriched in cholesterol, causing cell lysis. However, an exception of this general observation is intermedilysin (ILY) of Streptococcus intermedius, which requires human CD59 as a receptor in addition to cholesterol for its hemolytic activity. A possible explanation of this functional difference is the conformational variation between the C-terminal domains of the two toxins, particularly in the highly conserved undecapeptide termed tryptophan rich motif. Here, we present the crystal structure of suilysin, a CDC toxin from the infectious swine pathogen Streptococcus suis. Like PFO, suilysin does not require a host receptor for hemolytic activity; yet the crystal structure of suilysin exhibits a similar conformation in the tryptophan rich motif to ILY. This observation suggests that the current view of the structure-function relationship between CDC proteins and membrane association is far from complete.

  1. Immunization with Streptococcus suis bacterin plus recombinant Sao protein in sows conveys passive immunity to their piglets.

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    Hsueh, Kai-Jen; Cheng, Li-Ting; Lee, Jai-Wei; Chung, Yao-Chi; Chung, Wen-Bin; Chu, Chun-Yen

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    Streptococcus suis (S. suis) causes arthritis, meningitis, septicemia, and sudden death in pigs and is also an zoonotic agent for humans. The present study demonstrated that immunization with recombinant Sao-L (surface antigen one-L, rSao-L) protein from a strain of S. suis serotype 2 in pigs was able to increase cross-serotype protection against S. suis serotype 1 and 2 challenge. Since weaning piglets are more susceptible to S. suis infections due to the stresses associated with weaning, prepartum immunization in sows may convey passive immunity to piglets and provide protection. Pregnant sows were immunized with a vaccine containing inactivated S. suis serotype 2 plus rSao as the antigens. Blood samples were collected from their piglets after birth for analysis of antigen-specific antibody titers and levels of various cytokines. Results demonstrated that the titers of S. suis and rSao-specific antibodies were significantly (p sows when compared to piglets from unvaccinated sows. In addition, piglets were challenged by heterologous and homologous S. suis. All piglets from unvaccinated sows developed severe symptoms of bacteremia, fever, anorexia, depression, and arthritis. On the other hand, piglets from vaccinated sows had significantly (p sows with the vaccine containing inactivated S. suis bacterin plus rSao as the antigens is able to enhance passive immunity against heterologous and homologous S. suis challenge in their piglets.

  2. FATAL CASE OF STREPTOCOCCUS SUIS INFECTION IN A YOUNG WILD BOAR (SUS SCROFA) FROM SOUTHWESTERN SPAIN.

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    Risco, David; Fernández-Llario, Pedro; Cuesta, Jesús M; García-Jiménez, Waldo L; Gonçalves, Pilar; Martínez, Remigio; García, Alfredo; Rosales, Rubén; Gómez, Luis; de Mendoza, Javier Hermoso

    2015-06-01

    Streptococcus suis is a recognized pathogen that may cause important diseases in pigs and humans. This microorganism has been repeatedly isolated from wild boar (Sus scrofa). However, its health implications for this wild species are still unknown. This article reports a detailed description of a fatal case of septicemia by S. suis affecting a young wild boar. The affected animal, about 15 days old, was found near death and exhibiting neurologic signs at a wild boar estate in southwestern Spain. Postmortem examination showed generalized congestion, brain hemorrhages and lobular pneumonia. Histopathological evaluation demonstrated the presence of meningitis and encephalitis with marked congestion and suppurative bronchopneumonia. Streptococcus suis serotype 2 isolates exhibiting important virulence factors (extracellular factor, muramidase-released protein, and suylisin) were isolated from the affected animal. This study confirms the presence of potentially virulent and zoonotic strains of S. suis in wild boar from Spain.

  3. Virulence-associated gene profiling of Streptococcus suis isolates by PCR

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    Silva, L.M.G.; Baums, C.G.; Rehm, T.; Wisselink, H.J.; Goethe, R.; Valentin-Weigand, P.

    2006-01-01

    Definition of virulent Streptococcus suis strains is controversial. One successful approach for identification of virulent European strains is differentiation of capsular serotypes (or the corresponding cps types) and subsequent detection of virulence-associated factors, namely the extracellular fac

  4. Characterization of Streptococcus suis through serotyping, SE-AFLP and virulence profile

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    Franco F. Calderaro

    Full Text Available Abstract: Streptococcus suis is one of most important pathogens in the swine industry worldwide. Despite its importance, studies of S. suis characterization in South America are still rare. This study evaluates S. suis isolates from distinct Brazilian states, from 1999 to 2004, and its molecular and serological characterization. A total of 174 isolates were studied. S. suis identification was confirmed by PCR and isolates were further serotyped and genotyped by SE-AFLP and amplification of virulence markers. Serotype 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 18, 22 and 32 were identified among the studied isolates, and only 4% were characterized as non-typeable. The mrp+/epf+/sly+ genotype was the most frequent. The SE-AFLP analysis resulted in 29 patterns distributed in three main clusters with over 65% of genetic similarity. Isolates presented a slight tendency to cluster according to serotype and origin; however, no further correlation with virulence genotypes was observed.

  5. The Brucella suis Genome Reveals Fundamental Similarities between Animal and Plant Pathogens and Symbionts

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    Ian T. Paulsen; Rekha Seshadri; Karen E. Nelson; Jonathan A. Eisen; John F. Heidelberg; Timothy D. Read; Robert J. Dodson; Lowell Umayam; Lauren M. Brinkac; Maureen J. Beanan; Sean C. Daugherty; Robert T. Deboy; A. Scott Durkin; James F. Kolonay; Ramana Madupu; William C. Nelson; Bola Ayodeji; Margaret Kraul; Jyoti Shetty; Joel Malek; Susan E. van Aken; Steven Riedmuller; Herve Tettelin; Steven R. Gill; Owen White; Steven L. Salzberg; David L. Hoover; Luther E. Lindler; Shirley M. Halling; Stephen M. Boyle; Claire M. Fraser

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    .... Extensive gene synteny between B. suis chromosome 1 and the genome of the plant symbiont Mesorhizobium loti emphasizes the similarity between this animal pathogen and plant pathogens and symbionts...

  6. Role of capsule and suilysin in mucosal infection of complement-deficient mice with Streptococcus suis.

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    Seitz, Maren; Beineke, Andreas; Singpiel, Alena; Willenborg, Jörg; Dutow, Pavel; Goethe, Ralph; Valentin-Weigand, Peter; Klos, Andreas; Baums, Christoph G

    2014-06-01

    Virulent Streptococcus suis serotype 2 strains are invasive extracellular bacteria causing septicemia and meningitis in piglets and humans. One objective of this study was to elucidate the function of complement in innate immune defense against S. suis. Experimental infection of wild-type (WT) and C3(-/-) mice demonstrated for the first time that the complement system protects naive mice against invasive mucosal S. suis infection. S. suis WT but not an unencapsulated mutant caused mortality associated with meningitis and other pathologies in C3(-/-) mice. The capsule contributed also substantially to colonization of the upper respiratory tract. Experimental infection of C3(-/-) mice with a suilysin mutant indicated that suilysin expression facilitated an early disease onset and the pathogenesis of meningitis. Flow cytometric analysis revealed C3 antigen deposition on the surface of ca. 40% of S. suis WT bacteria after opsonization with naive WT mouse serum, although to a significantly lower intensity than on the unencapsulated mutant. Ex vivo multiplication in murine WT and C3(-/-) blood depended on capsule but not suilysin expression. Interestingly, S. suis invasion of inner organs was also detectable in C5aR(-/-) mice, suggesting that chemotaxis and activation of immune cells via the anaphylatoxin receptor C5aR is, in addition to opsonization, a further important function of the complement system in defense against mucosal S. suis infection. In conclusion, we unequivocally demonstrate here the importance of complement against mucosal S. suis serotype 2 infection and that the capsule of this pathogen is also involved in escape from complement-independent immunity.

  7. Antimicrobial activity of nisin against the swine pathogen Streptococcus suis and its synergistic interaction with antibiotics.

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    Lebel, Geneviève; Piché, Fanny; Frenette, Michel; Gottschalk, Marcelo; Grenier, Daniel

    2013-12-01

    Streptococcus suis serotype 2 is known to cause severe infections in pigs, including meningitis, endocarditis and pneumonia. Furthermore, this bacterium is considered an emerging zoonotic agent. Recently, increased antibiotic resistance in S. suis has been reported worldwide. The objective of this study was to evaluate the potential of nisin, a bacteriocin of the lantibiotic class, as an antibacterial agent against the pathogen S. suis serotype 2. In addition, the synergistic activity of nisin in combination with conventional antibiotics was assessed. Using a plate assay, the nisin-producing strain Lactococcus lactis ATCC 11454 proved to be capable of inhibiting the growth of S. suis (n=18) belonging to either sequence type (ST)1, ST25, or ST28. In a microdilution broth assay, the minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) of purified nisin ranged between 1.25 and 5 μg/mL while the minimum bactericidal concentration (MBC) was between 5 and 10 μg/mL toward S. suis. The use of a capsule-deficient mutant of S. suis indicated that the presence of this polysaccharidic structure has no marked impact on susceptibility to nisin. Following treatment of S. suis with nisin, transmission electron microscopy observations revealed lysis of bacteria resulting from breakdown of the cell membrane. A time-killing curve showed a rapid bactericidal activity of nisin. Lastly, synergistic effects of nisin were observed in combination with several antibiotics, including penicillin, amoxicillin, tetracycline, streptomycin and ceftiofur. This study brought clear evidence supporting the potential of nisin for the prevention and treatment of S. suis infections in pigs.

  8. Bacterial Adhesion of Streptococcus suis to Host Cells and Its Inhibition by Carbohydrate Ligands

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    Sauli Haataja

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available Streptococcus suis is a Gram-positive bacterium, which causes sepsis and meningitis in pigs and humans. This review examines the role of known S. suis virulence factors in adhesion and S. suis carbohydrate-based adhesion mechanisms, as well as the inhibition of S. suis adhesion by anti-adhesion compounds in in vitro assays. Carbohydrate-binding specificities of S. suis have been identified, and these studies have shown that many strains recognize Galα1-4Gal-containing oligosaccharides present in host glycolipids. In the era of increasing antibiotic resistance, new means to treat infections are needed. Since microbial adhesion to carbohydrates is important to establish disease, compounds blocking adhesion could be an alternative to antibiotics. The use of oligosaccharides as drugs is generally hampered by their relatively low affinity (micromolar to compete with multivalent binding to host receptors. However, screening of a library of chemically modified Galα1-4Gal derivatives has identified compounds that inhibit S. suis adhesion in nanomolar range. Also, design of multivalent Galα1-4Gal-containing dendrimers has resulted in a significant increase of the inhibitory potency of the disaccharide. The S. suis adhesin binding to Galα1-4Gal-oligosaccharides, Streptococcal adhesin P (SadP, was recently identified. It has a Galα1-4Gal-binding N-terminal domain and a C-terminal LPNTG-motif for cell wall anchoring. The carbohydrate-binding domain has no homology to E. coli P fimbrial adhesin, which suggests that these Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacterial adhesins recognizing the same receptor have evolved by convergent evolution. SadP adhesin may represent a promising target for the design of anti-adhesion ligands for the prevention and treatment of S. suis infections.

  9. Passive immunization of pigs against experimental infection with Streptococcus suis serotype 2

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    Andresen, Lars Ole; Tegtmeier, Conny

    2001-01-01

    The safety and protective efficacy of a horse antiserum raised against inactivated whole cell preparations of Streptococcus suis serotype 2 was investigated in pigs by experimental challenge. The antiserum was evaluated in two similar experiments each comprising 12 4-week-old pigs treated with 6 ...... indicate that passive immunization of pigs may be a way to reduce or control S. suis serotype 2 infections in pigs....

  10. La variable condición de actividad económica según el Censo Nacional 2000. Resultados y evaluación

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    Jorge A. Barquero B.

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available El propósito de este artículo es presentar los resultados de la evaluación de la Condición de Actividad Económica obtenidos en el Censo 2000 de Costa Rica, mediante el análisis comparativo con la Encuesta de Hogares de Propósitos Múltiples de ese mismo año. A pesar de que en el Censo 2000 se tomaron medidas en el diseño del cuestionario y la organización del trabajo de campo, para tratar de minimizar errores durante el empadronamiento; las condiciones en que se llevó a cabo la capacitación y el levantamiento censal dificultaron la adecuada aplicación del cuestionario, sobre todo en las preguntas de empleo que requieren del dominio de mayor número de conceptos, definiciones e instrucciones más complejas. Esto dio lugar a que se presentaran problemas al indagar acerca del trabajo o búsqueda del mismo, especialmente en ciertos grupos de población. Las mujeres, las personas jóvenes y las residentes en zonas rurales fueron las más afectadas en la captación de su condición de actividad, mientras que para los hombres, sobre todo de zonas urbanas, se lograron mejores resultados. Pese a las limitaciones indicadas en este trabajo, los resultados censales conservan su validez pues generan información general que permite establecer puntos de referencia y cambios estructurales en el tiempo. Además, permiten obtener datos a nivel de provincia, cantón, distrito e incluso comunidades menores, lo cual no es posible mediante la Encuesta de Hogares. Resulta de particular interés presentar estos resultados, en especial a los usuarios especializados en materia de empleo, con el fin de advertir acerca de las principales bondades y limitaciones que posee esta información censal para distintos usos o aplicaciones. Se agradece la participación de todo el personal profesional y técnico del Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Censos (INEC, que colaboró en la producción de los cuadros y análisis que aparecen en este documento. No se

  11. Assessment of MALDI-TOF MS as Alternative Tool for Streptococcus suis Identification

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    Pérez-Sancho, Marta; Vela, Ana Isabel; García-Seco, Teresa; Gottschalk, Marcelo; Domínguez, Lucas; Fernández-Garayzábal, José Francisco

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    The accuracy of matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF MS) for identifying Streptococcus suis isolates obtained from pigs, wild animals, and humans was evaluated using a PCR-based identification assay as the gold standard. In addition, MALDI-TOF MS was compared with the commercial multi-tests Rapid ID 32 STREP system. From the 129 S. suis isolates included in the study and identified by the molecular method, only 31 isolates (24.03%) had score values ≥2.300 and 79 isolates (61.24%) gave score values between 2.299 and 2.000. After updating the currently available S. suis MALDI Biotyper database with the spectra of three additional clinical isolates of serotypes 2, 7, and 9, most isolates had statistically significant higher score values (mean score: 2.65) than those obtained using the original database (mean score: 2.182). Considering the results of the present study, we suggest using a less restrictive threshold score of ≥2.000 for reliable species identification of S. suis. According to this cut-off value, a total of 125 S. suis isolates (96.9%) were correctly identified using the updated database. These data indicate an excellent performance of MALDI-TOF MS for the identification of S. suis. PMID:26347858

  12. Interaction of Fibrinogen and Muramidase-released Protein Promotes the Development of Streptococcus suis Meningitis

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    Junping eWang

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    Full Text Available Muramidase-released protein (MRP is as an important virulence marker of Streptococcus suis (S. suis serotype 2. Our previous works have shown that MRP can bind human fibrinogen (hFg; however, the function of this interaction in S.suis meningitis is not known. In this study, we found that the deletion of mrp significantly impairs the hFg-mediated adherence and traversal ability of S. suis across human cerebral microvascular endothelial cells (hCMEC/D3. Measurement of the permeability to Lucifer yellow in vitro and Evans blue extravasation in vivo show that the MRP-hFg interaction significantly increases the permeability of the blood-brain barrier (BBB. In the mouse meningitis model, wild type S. suis caused higher bacterial loads in the brain and more severe histopathological signs of meningitis than the mrp mutant at day 3 post-infection. Western blot analysis and immunofluorescence observations reveal that the MRP-hFg interaction can destroy the cell adherens junction protein p120-catenin of hCMEC/D3. These results indicate that the MRP-hFg interaction is important in the development of S. suis meningitis.

  13. LA COMUNICAZIONE POLITICA SUI SOCIAL NETWORK: UN’ANALISI LINGUISTICA

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    Daniele Spoladore

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    Full Text Available Questo lavoro si propone di analizzare le scelte linguistiche dei soggetti politici che utilizzano Facebook e Twitter per rivolgersi al sempre più frammentato panorama dei potenziali elettori. In particolare, analizza le tendenze linguistiche comuni che questi social network hanno fatto emergere nel rapporto tra politica, web e lettori. Cominciando dall’analisi della presenza di parlamentari e senatori su Facebook e Twitter, si cerca di riassumere le principali caratteristiche delle due piattaforme, per giungere ad una classificazione dei testi prodotti attraverso di esse; si analizza la scrittura di post e tweet, sottolineando la presenza di espedienti tipici del mezzo e valutando il loro effetto sui lettori, e si studiano le scelte sintattiche e morfosintattiche in relazione alla struttura e alle possibilità dei due social network. In ultima analisi si osservano le scelte lessicali dei soggetti politici, studiandone i campi semantici e la quantità di tecnicismi. Infine, si cerca di compiere una valutazione delle due differenti tipologie di trasmesso scritto rinvenute nei campioni, osservando come ognuna di esse abbia uno scopo ben preciso nell’economia della comunicazione politica sui social network. Political communication policy in social networks: a language analysis  Daniele Spoladore This paper aims to analyze the linguistic choices of politicians who use Facebook and Twitter to address the increasingly fragmented landscape of potential voters. In particular, it analyzes the common language trends that these social networks have revealed in the relationship between politics, the web and readers. Starting from the analysis of the presence of MPs and senators on Facebook and Twitter, we try to summarize the key features of the two platforms, in order to arrive at a classification of the texts produced using them.  We analyzed posts and tweets, emphasizing the  typical characteristics of these means and evaluating their effect on

  14. Identification of the nik Gene Cluster of Brucella suis: Regulation and Contribution to Urease Activity

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    Jubier-Maurin, Véronique; Rodrigue, Agnès; Ouahrani-Bettache, Safia; Layssac, Marion; Mandrand-Berthelot, Marie-Andrée; Köhler, Stephan; Liautard, Jean-Pierre

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    Analysis of a Brucella suis 1330 gene fused to a gfp reporter, and identified as being induced in J774 murine macrophage-like cells, allowed the isolation of a gene homologous to nikA, the first gene of the Escherichia coli operon encoding the specific transport system for nickel. DNA sequence analysis of the corresponding B. suis nik locus showed that it was highly similar to that of E. coli except for localization of the nikR regulatory gene, which lies upstream from the structural nikABCDE genes and in the opposite orientation. Protein sequence comparisons suggested that the deduced nikABCDE gene products belong to a periplasmic binding protein-dependent transport system. The nikA promoter-gfp fusion was activated in vitro by low oxygen tension and metal ion deficiency and was repressed by NiCl2 excess. Insertional inactivation of nikA strongly reduced the activity of the nickel metalloenzyme urease, which was restored by addition of a nickel excess. Moreover, the nikA mutant of B. suis was functionally complemented with the E. coli nik gene cluster, leading to the recovery of urease activity. Reciprocally, an E. coli strain harboring a deleted nik operon recovered hydrogenase activity by heterologous complementation with the B. suis nik locus. Taking into account these results, we propose that the nik locus of B. suis encodes a nickel transport system. The results further suggest that nickel could enter B. suis via other transport systems. Intracellular growth rates of the B. suis wild-type and nikA mutant strains in human monocytes were similar, indicating that nikA was not essential for this step of infection. We discuss a possible role of nickel transport in maintaining enzymatic activities which could be crucial for survival of the bacteria under the environmental conditions encountered within the host. PMID:11133934

  15. Purification of Helicobacter suis Strains From Biphasic Cultures by Single Colony Isolation: Influence on Strain Characteristics.

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    Liang, Jungang; De Bruyne, Ellen; Ducatelle, Richard; Smet, Annemieke; Haesebrouck, Freddy; Flahou, Bram

    2015-06-01

    Helicobacter (H.) suis causes gastritis and decreased weight gain in pigs. It is also the most prevalent non-Helicobacter pylori Helicobacter species in humans with gastric disease. H. suis is extremely fastidious, and so far, biphasic culture conditions were essential for isolation and culture, making it impossible to obtain single colonies. Hence, cultures obtained from an individual animal may contain multiple H. suis strains, which is undesirable for experiments aiming for instance at investigating H. suis strain differences. Pure cultures of H. suis were established by growing bacteria as colonies on 1% brucella agar plates, followed by purification and enrichment by biphasic subculture. Characteristics of these single colony-derived strains were compared with those of their parent strains using multilocus sequence typing (MLST) and by studying bacterium-host interactions using a gastric epithelial cell line and Mongolian gerbil model. The purification/enrichment procedure required a nonstop culture of several weeks. For 4 of 17 H. suis strains, MLST revealed differences between parental and single colony-derived strains. For three of four single colony-derived strains tested, the cell death-inducing capacity was higher than for the parental strain. One single colony-derived strain lost its capacity to colonize Mongolian gerbils. For the four other strains tested, colonization capacity and histopathologic changes were similar to what has been described when using strains with only a history of limited biphasic culture. A method was developed to obtain single colony-derived H. suis strains, but this procedure may affect the bacterial genotype and phenotype. © 2015 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  16. Genetic diversity of Streptococcus suis isolates as determined by comparative genome hybridization

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    Thi Hoa

    2011-07-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Streptococcus suis is a zoonotic pathogen that causes infections in young piglets. S. suis is a heterogeneous species. Thirty-three different capsular serotypes have been described, that differ in virulence between as well as within serotypes. Results In this study, the correlation between gene content, serotype, phenotype and virulence among 55 S. suis strains was studied using Comparative Genome Hybridization (CGH. Clustering of CGH data divided S. suis isolates into two clusters, A and B. Cluster A isolates could be discriminated from cluster B isolates based on the protein expression of extracellular factor (EF. Cluster A contained serotype 1 and 2 isolates that were correlated with virulence. Cluster B mainly contained serotype 7 and 9 isolates. Genetic similarity was observed between serotype 7 and serotype 2 isolates that do not express muramidase released protein (MRP and EF (MRP-EF-, suggesting these isolates originated from a common founder. Profiles of 25 putative virulence-associated genes of S. suis were determined among the 55 isolates. Presence of all 25 genes was shown for cluster A isolates, whereas cluster B isolates lacked one or more putative virulence genes. Divergence of S. suis isolates was further studied based on the presence of 39 regions of difference. Conservation of genes was evaluated by the definition of a core genome that contained 78% of all ORFs in P1/7. Conclusions In conclusion, we show that CGH is a valuable method to study distribution of genes or gene clusters among isolates in detail, yielding information on genetic similarity, and virulence traits of S. suis isolates.

  17. Reappraisal of the taxonomy of Streptococcus suis serotypes 20, 22 and 26: Streptococcus parasuis sp. nov.

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    Nomoto, R; Maruyama, F; Ishida, S; Tohya, M; Sekizaki, T; Osawa, Ro

    2015-02-01

    In order to clarify the taxonomic position of serotypes 20, 22 and 26 of Streptococcus suis, biochemical and molecular genetic studies were performed on isolates (SUT-7, SUT-286(T), SUT-319, SUT-328 and SUT-380) reacted with specific antisera of serotypes 20, 22 or 26 from the saliva of healthy pigs as well as reference strains of serotypes 20, 22 and 26. Comparative recN gene sequencing showed high genetic relatedness among our isolates, but marked differences from the type strain S. suis NCTC 10234(T), i.e. 74.8-75.7 % sequence similarity. The genomic relatedness between the isolates and other strains of species of the genus Streptococcus, including S. suis, was calculated using the average nucleotide identity values of whole genome sequences, which indicated that serotypes 20, 22 and 26 should be removed taxonomically from S. suis and treated as a novel genomic species. Comparative sequence analysis revealed 99.0-100 % sequence similarities for the 16S rRNA genes between the reference strains of serotypes 20, 22 and 26, and our isolates. Isolate STU-286(T) had relatively high 16S rRNA gene sequence similarity with S. suis NCTC 10234(T) (98.8 %). SUT-286(T) could be distinguished from S. suis and other closely related species of the genus Streptococcus using biochemical tests. Due to its phylogenetic and phenotypic similarities to S. suis we propose naming the novel species Streptococcus parasuis sp. nov., with SUT-286(T) ( = JCM 30273(T) = DSM 29126(T)) as the type strain.

  18. Swine infection by Streptococcus suis: a retrospective study Infecção em suínos por Streptococcus suis: estudo retrospectivo

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    Full Text Available The epidemic aspects of swine infections caused by Streptococcus suis were studied, focusing mainly on the occurrence of several serotypes. A total of 323 samples of S. suis were isolated from clinically ill animals, serotyped according to the co-agglutination procedure, and analyzed. The serotyping revealed that S. suis was present in several Brazilian states. The largest number was isolated from the states of Minas Gerais (62.5%, São Paulo (10.8%, and Paraná (9.3%. Serotype 2 was the most frequent (61.0%, followed by the serotypes 1, 3, 4, 7, and 8. The largest number of isolations was obtained from the brain (60.1%, followed by the lungs (10.4%. About 9.4% of the cases were due to septicemia.Estudaram-se os aspectos epidêmicos das infecções de suínos causadas por Streptococcus suis, enfocando, principalmente, a ocorrência de diferentes sorotipos. Foram analisadas 323 amostras isoladas de animais clinicamente doentes, as quais foram sorotipadas de acordo com o procedimento de co-aglutinação. Foi verificado que S. suis está presente em vários estados brasileiros e o maior número de isolados originou-se dos estados de Minas Gerais (62,5%, São Paulo (10,8% e Paraná (9,3%. O sorotipo 2 foi o mais freqüente (61.0%, seguido pelos sorotipos 1, 3, 4, 7 e 8. Os isolamentos foram obtidos principalmente de cérebro (60,1% e pulmões (10,4%. Os casos de septicemia representaram 9,4%.

  19. Response of Streptococcus suis to iron-restricted growth conditions at high and low oxygen availability.

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    Winterhoff, Nora; Goethe, Ralph; Gruening, Petra; Valentin-Weigand, Peter

    2004-01-01

    Streptococcus suis (S. suis) is an important pathogen in pigs and has to overcome strict iron limitations in its host environment. Here, we studied iron-restricted growth of a highly virulent S. suis strain in vitro at aerobic and CO2-enriched growth conditions. At both conditions, depleting of iron in the culture medium with nitrilotriacetic acid (NTA) resulted in decreased growth rates and down regulation of several proteins. Sensitivity to NTA was significantly higher at aerobic versus CO2-enriched conditions. Growth could not be restored by addition of host iron sources such as ferritin, hemin, hemoglobin, lactoferrin or transferrin. Accordingly, S. suis was not able to produce detectable amounts of siderophores. On the other hand, growth at iron-restricted conditions was fully restored by addition of Mn2+ (at aerobic and CO2-enriched conditions) or Mg2+ (only at CO2-enriched conditions). In conclusion our results suggest that, unlike many other bacteria, S. suis adapts to iron restricted conditions by a change in its metabolism in order to replace Fe2+ by Mn2+ or Mg2+ rather than by expressing specific iron uptake systems.

  20. Sub-MIC tylosin inhibits Streptococcus suis biofilm formation and results in differential protein expression

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    Shuai eWang

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    Full Text Available Streptococcus suis (S. suis is a crucial zoonotic pathogen which causes severe diseases in humans and pigs. Biofilms of S. suis can induce persistent infections which are harder to treat. Sub-minimal inhibitory concentration (sub-MIC of tylosin can inhibit biofilm formation in bacteria. By using iTRAQ strategy, we compared the protein expression profiles of S. suis grown with sub-MIC tylosin treatment or no treatement. The result showed that 96 proteins expression were changed with 77 up-regulated and 19 down-regulated proteins. Several metabolism proteins (such as phosphoglycerate kinase, as well as cell surface proteins (such as ABC transporter proteins, were found to be involved in biofilm formation. Overall, our results indicated that S. suis metabolic regulation, cell surface proteins, and virulence proteins appear to be of importance in biofilm growth by sub-MIC tylosin treated. Thus, our data analyzed rough regulation of biofilm formation that lay the foundation for the future research of mechanism and targets.

  1. Recruitment of Factor H to the Streptococcus suis Cell Surface is Multifactorial

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    David Roy

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    Full Text Available Streptococcus suis is an important bacterial swine pathogen and a zoonotic agent. Recently, two surface proteins of S. suis, Fhb and Fhbp, have been described for their capacity to bind factor H—a soluble complement regulatory protein that protects host cells from complement-mediated damages. Results obtained in this study showed an important role of host factor H in the adhesion of S. suis to epithelial and endothelial cells. Both Fhb and Fhbp play, to a certain extent, a role in such increased factor H-dependent adhesion. The capsular polysaccharide (CPS of S. suis, independently of the presence of its sialic acid moiety, was also shown to be involved in the recruitment of factor H. However, a triple mutant lacking Fhb, Fhbp and CPS was still able to recruit factor H resulting in the degradation of C3b in the presence of factor I. In the presence of complement factors, the double mutant lacking Fhb and Fhbp was similarly phagocytosed by human macrophages and killed by pig blood when compared to the wild-type strain. In conclusion, this study suggests that recruitment of factor H to the S. suis cell surface is multifactorial and redundant.

  2. Recruitment of Factor H to the Streptococcus suis Cell Surface is Multifactorial.

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    Roy, David; Grenier, Daniel; Segura, Mariela; Mathieu-Denoncourt, Annabelle; Gottschalk, Marcelo

    2016-07-07

    Streptococcus suis is an important bacterial swine pathogen and a zoonotic agent. Recently, two surface proteins of S. suis, Fhb and Fhbp, have been described for their capacity to bind factor H-a soluble complement regulatory protein that protects host cells from complement-mediated damages. Results obtained in this study showed an important role of host factor H in the adhesion of S. suis to epithelial and endothelial cells. Both Fhb and Fhbp play, to a certain extent, a role in such increased factor H-dependent adhesion. The capsular polysaccharide (CPS) of S. suis, independently of the presence of its sialic acid moiety, was also shown to be involved in the recruitment of factor H. However, a triple mutant lacking Fhb, Fhbp and CPS was still able to recruit factor H resulting in the degradation of C3b in the presence of factor I. In the presence of complement factors, the double mutant lacking Fhb and Fhbp was similarly phagocytosed by human macrophages and killed by pig blood when compared to the wild-type strain. In conclusion, this study suggests that recruitment of factor H to the S. suis cell surface is multifactorial and redundant.

  3. Transcriptomic Analysis Reveals Selective Metabolic Adaptation of Streptococcus suis to Porcine Blood and Cerebrospinal Fluid.

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    Koczula, Anna; Jarek, Michael; Visscher, Christian; Valentin-Weigand, Peter; Goethe, Ralph; Willenborg, Jörg

    2017-02-15

    Streptococcus suis is a zoonotic pathogen that can cause severe pathologies such as septicemia and meningitis in its natural porcine host as well as in humans. Establishment of disease requires not only virulence of the infecting strain but also an appropriate metabolic activity of the pathogen in its host environment. However, it is yet largely unknown how the streptococcal metabolism adapts to the different host niches encountered during infection. Our previous isotopologue profiling studies on S. suis grown in porcine blood and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) revealed conserved activities of central carbon metabolism in both body fluids. On the other hand, they suggested differences in the de novo amino acid biosynthesis. This prompted us to further dissect S. suis adaptation to porcine blood and CSF by RNA deep sequencing (RNA-seq). In blood, the majority of differentially expressed genes were associated with transport of alternative carbohydrate sources and the carbohydrate metabolism (pentose phosphate pathway, glycogen metabolism). In CSF, predominantly genes involved in the biosynthesis of branched-chain and aromatic amino acids were differentially expressed. Especially, isoleucine biosynthesis seems to be of major importance for S. suis in CSF because several related biosynthetic genes were more highly expressed. In conclusion, our data revealed niche-specific metabolic gene activity which emphasizes a selective adaptation of S. suis to host environments.

  4. Syringa oblata Lindl. Aqueous Extract Is a Potential Biofilm Inhibitor in S. suis

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    Bai, Jingwen; Yang, Yanbei; Wang, Shuai; Gao, Lingfei; Chen, Jianqing; Ren, Yongzhi; Ding, Wenya; Muhammad, Ishfaq; Li, Yanhua

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    Streptococcus suis (S. suis) is a zoonotic pathogen that causes severe disease symptoms in pigs and humans. Syringa oblata Lindl. distributed in the middle latitudes of Eurasia and North America were proved as the most development potential of Chinese Medicine. In this study, biofilm formation by S. suis decreased after growth with 1/2 MIC, 1/4 MIC, or 1/8 MIC of Syringa oblata Lindl. aqueous extract and rutin. Scanning electron microscopy analysis revealed the potential effect of Syringa oblata Lindl. aqueous extract and rutin against biofilm formation by S. suis. Using iTRAQ technology, comparative proteomic analyses was performed at two conditions: 1/2 MIC of Syringa oblata Lindl. aqueous extract treated and non-treated cells. The results revealed the existence of 28 proteins of varying amounts. We found that the majority of the proteins were related to cell growth and metabolism. We also found that Syringa oblata Lindl. Aqueous extract affected the synthesis enzymes. In summary, Syringa oblata Lindl. aqueous extract might be used to inhibit the biofilm formation effectively by S. suis, and the active ingredients of the Syringa oblate Lindl. aqueous extract is rutin. The content of rutin is 9.9 ± 0.089 mg/g dry weight. PMID:28194111

  5. Prevalence of the suilysin gene in Streptococcus suis strains isolated from diseased and healthy carrier pigs.

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    Fabisiak, M; Kita, J; Jedryczko, R; Binek, M

    2005-01-01

    Knowledge of virulence factors of Streptococcus suis is limited. Several virulence factor candidates have been proposed, among them suilysin, which is responsible for a toxic effect on epithelial cells. The aim of this study was to detect the suilysin gene sequence in Streptococcus suis strains of various origin. In total 63 Streptococcus suis isolates were investigated. Forty four of them originated from tissues of streptococcosis affected animals. The remaining 19 strains were isolated from tonsils of healthy carrier pigs. Suilysin gene specific sequence was detected in 79% of the strains tested. In isolates obtained from pigs with signs of streptococcosis this gene sequence was recorded in 85% of cases. In Streptococcus suis strains isolated from healthy carrier pigs the suilysin gene was detected in 63% of the isolates. It seems that suilysin toxic activity is only one of the many steps involved in the pathogenesis of Streptococcus suis infection and that strain's virulence cannot be stated only on the basis of suilysin gene sequence presence.

  6. Characterization of Arcobacter suis isolated from water buffalo (Bubalus bubalis) milk.

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    Giacometti, Federica; Salas-Massó, Nuria; Serraino, Andrea; Figueras, Maria José

    2015-10-01

    During a survey in a dairy plant in Italy, the second strain (strain FG 206) of Arcobacter suis described in the literature was isolated from raw water buffalo milk. The objective of this study was to confirm the species identification, better define the species by comparing its characteristics with those of the reference strain (F41(T) = CECT 7833(T) = LMG 26152(T)) and to investigate its potential clinical relevance by detecting the virulence gene pattern of the new strain. Phenotypical characterization and 16S rRNA-RFLP gave a complete overlap of results for the two strains. As expected, an RFLP pattern common to A. suis and Arcobacter defluvii was obtained by MseI endonuclease digestion, and a pattern specific for A. suis was obtained by BfaI endonuclease digestion. 16S rRNA sequencing and multilocus phylogenetic analysis (MLPA) showed a robust relatedness of strain FG 206 to the A. suis type strain F41(T). The recovery of strain FG 206 from a dairy plant shows that this species of Arcobacter is present in the food chain. Like the type strain recovered from pig meat, the species A. suis may not be confined to a single type of food.

  7. Porcine retinal cell line VIDO R1 and Chlamydia suis to modelize ocular chlamydiosis.

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    Käser, Tobias; Cnudde, Thomas; Hamonic, Glenn; Rieder, Meghanne; Pasternak, J Alex; Lai, Ken; Tikoo, Suresh K; Wilson, Heather L; Meurens, François

    2015-08-15

    Human ocular Chlamydia trachomatis infections can lead to trachoma, the major cause of infectious blindness worldwide. Trachoma control strategies are very helpful but logistically challenging, and a trachoma vaccine is needed but not available. Pigs are a valuable large animal model for various immunological questions and could facilitate the study of human ocular chlamydial infections. In addition, a recent study identified the zoonotic potential of Chlamydia suis, the natural pathogen of pigs. In terms of the One Health Initiative, understanding the host-pathogen-interactions and finding a vaccine for porcine chlamydia infections would also benefit human health. Thus, we infected the porcine retinal cell line VIDO R1 with C. suis and analyzed the chlamydial life cycle and the innate immune response of the infected cells. Our results indicate that C. suis completes its life cycle in VIDO R1 cells within 48 h, comparable to C. trachomatis in humans. C. suis infection of VIDO R1 cells led to increased levels of various innate immune mediators like pathogen recognition receptors, cytokines and chemokines including IL6, TNFα, and MMP9, also most relevant in human C. trachomatis infections. These results illustrate the first steps in the host-pathogen-interactions of ocular C. suis infections in pigs and show their similarity to C. trachomatis infections in humans, justifying further testing of pigs as an animal model for human trachoma.

  8. Transcriptomic Analysis Reveals Selective Metabolic Adaptation of Streptococcus suis to Porcine Blood and Cerebrospinal Fluid

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    Anna Koczula

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    Full Text Available Streptococcus suis is a zoonotic pathogen that can cause severe pathologies such as septicemia and meningitis in its natural porcine host as well as in humans. Establishment of disease requires not only virulence of the infecting strain but also an appropriate metabolic activity of the pathogen in its host environment. However, it is yet largely unknown how the streptococcal metabolism adapts to the different host niches encountered during infection. Our previous isotopologue profiling studies on S. suis grown in porcine blood and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF revealed conserved activities of central carbon metabolism in both body fluids. On the other hand, they suggested differences in the de novo amino acid biosynthesis. This prompted us to further dissect S. suis adaptation to porcine blood and CSF by RNA deep sequencing (RNA-seq. In blood, the majority of differentially expressed genes were associated with transport of alternative carbohydrate sources and the carbohydrate metabolism (pentose phosphate pathway, glycogen metabolism. In CSF, predominantly genes involved in the biosynthesis of branched-chain and aromatic amino acids were differentially expressed. Especially, isoleucine biosynthesis seems to be of major importance for S. suis in CSF because several related biosynthetic genes were more highly expressed. In conclusion, our data revealed niche-specific metabolic gene activity which emphasizes a selective adaptation of S. suis to host environments.

  9. The whipworm (Trichuris suis) secretes prostaglandin E2 to suppress proinflammatory properties in human dendritic cells

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    Laan, Lisa C; Williams, Andrew R; Stavenhagen, Kathrin

    2017-01-01

    Clinical trials have shown that administration of the nematode Trichuris suis can be beneficial in treating various immune disorders. To provide insight into the mechanisms by which this worm suppresses inflammatory responses, an active component was purified from T. suis soluble products (TsSPs)...

  10. An emerging zoonotic clone in the Netherlands provides clues to virulence and zoonotic potential of Streptococcus suis

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    Willemse, N.; Howell, K.J.; Weinert, L.A.; Heuvelink, A.; Pannekoek, Y.; Wagenaar, J.A.; Smith, H.E.; Ende, Van Der A.; Schultsz, C.

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    Streptococcus suis is a zoonotic swine pathogen and a major public health concern in Asia, where it emerged as an important cause of bacterial meningitis in adults. While associated with food-borne transmission in Asia, zoonotic S. suis infections are mainly occupational hazards elsewhere. To ide

  11. Evaluation on a Streptococcus suis vaccine using recombinant sao-l protein manufactured by bioreactors as the antigen in pigs.

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    Hsueh, K-J; Lee, J-W; Hou, S-M; Chen, H-S; Chang, T-C; Chu, C-Y

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    Streptococcus suis (S. suis) can be classified into 33 serotypes based on the structure of capsular polysaccharides. Recent research indicated that a new surface protein designated as Sao (surface antigen one) reacts with 30 serotypes of convalescent-phase sera during S. suis infections, which makes Sao a good potential antigen for developing S. suis vaccines. The objectives of this study were to produce recombinant Sao-L protein (rSao-L) from a strain of S. suis serotype 2 by a prokaryotic expression system in bioreactors and to use rSao-L as the antigen for a S. suis vaccine in mouse and swine models. The antibody titres in mice and pigs immunized with rSao-L were significantly (P bacteria, the anatomical lesions in pigs immunized with rSao-L were reduced by 60%. These data indicated that immunization with rSao-L can confer cross-serotype protection against S. suis. Moreover, percentages of CD8(+) and CD4(+) /CD8(+) double-positive T cells in immunized pigs were significantly higher than those of the control group (P < 0.01). Using bioreactors to produce rSao-L as the antigen for S. suis vaccines may broaden protective efficacy and reduce production costs.

  12. Impact of Sub-Inhibitory Concentrations of Amoxicillin on Streptococcus suis Capsule Gene Expression and Inflammatory Potential

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    Bruno Haas

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    Full Text Available Streptococcus suis is an important swine pathogen and emerging zoonotic agent worldwide causing meningitis, endocarditis, arthritis and septicemia. Among the 29 serotypes identified to date, serotype 2 is mostly isolated from diseased pigs. Although several virulence mechanisms have been characterized in S. suis, the pathogenesis of S. suis infections remains only partially understood. This study focuses on the response of S. suis P1/7 to sub-inhibitory concentrations of amoxicillin. First, capsule expression was monitored by qRT-PCR when S. suis was cultivated in the presence of amoxicillin. Then, the pro-inflammatory potential of S. suis P1/7 culture supernatants or whole cells conditioned with amoxicillin was evaluated by monitoring the activation of the NF-κB pathway in monocytes and quantifying pro-inflammatory cytokines secreted by macrophages. It was found that amoxicillin decreased capsule expression in S. suis. Moreover, conditioning the bacterium with sub-inhibitory concentrations of amoxicillin caused an increased activation of the NF-κB pathway in monocytes following exposure to bacterial culture supernatants and to a lesser extent to whole bacterial cells. This was associated with an increased secretion of pro-inflammatory cytokines (CXCL8, IL-6, IL-1β by macrophages. This study identified a new mechanism by which S. suis may increase its inflammatory potential in the presence of sub-inhibitory concentrations of amoxicillin, a cell wall-active antibiotic, thus challenging its use for preventive treatments or as growth factor.

  13. Slaughterhouse Pigs Are a Major Reservoir of Streptococcus suis Serotype 2 Capable of Causing Human Infection in Southern Vietnam

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    Ngo, T.H; Tran, T.B.C.; Tran, T.T.N.; Nguyen, V.D.; Campbell, J.; Pham, H.A.; Huynh, H.T.; Nguyen, V.V.C.; Bryant, J.E.; Tran, T.H.; Farrar, J.; Schultsz, C.

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    Streptococcus suis is a pathogen of major economic significance to the swine industry and is increasingly recognized as an emerging zoonotic agent in Asia. In Vietnam, S. suis is the leading cause of bacterial meningitis in adult humans. Zoonotic transmission is most frequently associated with serot

  14. Involvement of NF-¿B and MAP-kinases in the transcriptional response of alveolar macrophages to Streptococcus suis

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    Greeff, de A.; Benga, A.; Wichgers, P.J.; Valentin-Weigand, P.; Rebel, J.M.J.; Smith, H.E.

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    Interaction of Streptococcus suis with primary porcine alveolar macrophages was Studied using transcriptomics. Transcriptional response of macrophages to two different S. suis strains was studied: wild-type S10 that is resistant to phagocytosis, and its non-encapsulated mutant that is phagocytosed e

  15. Differentiation between serological responses to Brucella suis and Yersinia enterocolitica serotype O : 9 after natural or experimental infection in pigs

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    Jungersen, Gregers; Sørensen, Vibeke; Giese, Steen Bjørck

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    with responses of B. suis biovar 2-inoculated pigs. FPSR were limited to 2-9 weeks post-YeO:9 inoculation, while B. suis-infected pigs were test-positive throughout the 21-week period of investigation. Although YeO:9-inoculated pigs exhibited FPSR in Brucella tests for a limited period of time, the serological...

  16. Development and validation of a real-time PCR for Chlamydia suis diagnosis in swine and humans.

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    Kristien De Puysseleyr

    Full Text Available Pigs are the natural host for Chlamydia suis, a pathogen which is phylogenetically highly related to the human pathogen C. trachomatis. Chlamydia suis infections are generally treated with tetracyclines. In 1998, tetracyline resistant C. suis strains emerged on U.S. pig farms and they are currently present in the Belgian, Cypriote, German, Israeli, Italian and Swiss pig industry. Infections with tetracycline resistant C. suis strains are mainly associated with severe reproductive failure leading to marked economical loss. We developed a sensitive and specific TaqMan probe-based C. suis real-time PCR for examining clinical samples of both pigs and humans. The analytical sensitivity of the real-time PCR is 10 rDNA copies/reaction without cross-amplifying DNA of other Chlamydia species. The PCR was successfully validated using conjunctival, pharyngeal and stool samples of slaughterhouse employees, as well as porcine samples from two farms with evidence of reproductive failure and one farm without clinical disease. Chlamydia suis was only detected in diseased pigs and in the eyes of humans. Positive humans had no clinical complaints. PCR results were confirmed by culture in McCoy cells. In addition, Chlamydia suis isolates were also examined by the tet(C PCR, designed for demonstrating the tetracycline resistance gene tet(C. The tet(C gene was only present in porcine C. suis isolates.

  17. Development and validation of a real-time PCR for Chlamydia suis diagnosis in swine and humans.

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    De Puysseleyr, Kristien; De Puysseleyr, Leentje; Geldhof, Julie; Cox, Eric; Vanrompay, Daisy

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    Pigs are the natural host for Chlamydia suis, a pathogen which is phylogenetically highly related to the human pathogen C. trachomatis. Chlamydia suis infections are generally treated with tetracyclines. In 1998, tetracyline resistant C. suis strains emerged on U.S. pig farms and they are currently present in the Belgian, Cypriote, German, Israeli, Italian and Swiss pig industry. Infections with tetracycline resistant C. suis strains are mainly associated with severe reproductive failure leading to marked economical loss. We developed a sensitive and specific TaqMan probe-based C. suis real-time PCR for examining clinical samples of both pigs and humans. The analytical sensitivity of the real-time PCR is 10 rDNA copies/reaction without cross-amplifying DNA of other Chlamydia species. The PCR was successfully validated using conjunctival, pharyngeal and stool samples of slaughterhouse employees, as well as porcine samples from two farms with evidence of reproductive failure and one farm without clinical disease. Chlamydia suis was only detected in diseased pigs and in the eyes of humans. Positive humans had no clinical complaints. PCR results were confirmed by culture in McCoy cells. In addition, Chlamydia suis isolates were also examined by the tet(C) PCR, designed for demonstrating the tetracycline resistance gene tet(C). The tet(C) gene was only present in porcine C. suis isolates.

  18. Genomic signatures of human and animal disease in the zoonotic pathogen Streptococcus suis.

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    Weinert, Lucy A; Chaudhuri, Roy R; Wang, Jinhong; Peters, Sarah E; Corander, Jukka; Jombart, Thibaut; Baig, Abiyad; Howell, Kate J; Vehkala, Minna; Välimäki, Niko; Harris, David; Chieu, Tran Thi Bich; Van Vinh Chau, Nguyen; Campbell, James; Schultsz, Constance; Parkhill, Julian; Bentley, Stephen D; Langford, Paul R; Rycroft, Andrew N; Wren, Brendan W; Farrar, Jeremy; Baker, Stephen; Hoa, Ngo Thi; Holden, Matthew T G; Tucker, Alexander W; Maskell, Duncan J

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    Streptococcus suis causes disease in pigs worldwide and is increasingly implicated in zoonotic disease in East and South-East Asia. To understand the genetic basis of disease in S. suis, we study the genomes of 375 isolates with detailed clinical phenotypes from pigs and humans from the United Kingdom and Vietnam. Here, we show that isolates associated with disease contain substantially fewer genes than non-clinical isolates, but are more likely to encode virulence factors. Human disease isolates are limited to a single-virulent population, originating in the 1920, s when pig production was intensified, but no consistent genomic differences between pig and human isolates are observed. There is little geographical clustering of different S. suis subpopulations, and the bacterium undergoes high rates of recombination, implying that an increase in virulence anywhere in the world could have a global impact over a short timescale.

  19. Interferon-γ-producing B cells induce the formation of gastric lymphoid follicles after Helicobacter suis infection.

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    Yang, L; Yamamoto, K; Nishiumi, S; Nakamura, M; Matsui, H; Takahashi, S; Dohi, T; Okada, T; Kakimoto, K; Hoshi, N; Yoshida, M; Azuma, T

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    Helicobacter (H.) suis is capable of infecting various animals including humans, and H. suis infections can lead to gastric mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue (MALT) lymphoma. Recently, we reported that interferon-γ (IFN-γ) was highly expressed in the stomachs of H. suis-infected mice, but the direct relationship between the upregulation of IFN-γ expression and the formation of gastric lymphoid follicles after H. suis infection remains unclear. Here, we demonstrated that the IFN-γ produced by B cells plays an important role in the formation of gastric lymphoid follicles after H. suis infection. In addition, IFN-γ-producing B cells evoked gastric lymphoid follicle formation independent of T-cell help, suggesting that they are crucial for the development of gastric MALT induced by Helicobacter infection.

  20. Real-time PCR for detection of Streptococcus suis serotype 2 in cerebrospinal fluid of human patients with meningitis

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    Nga, Tran Vu Thieu; Nghia, Ho Dang Trung; Tu, Le Thi Phuong; Diep, To Song; Mai, Nguyen Thi Hoang; Chau, Tran Thi Hong; Sinh, Dinh Xuan; Phu, Nguyen Hoan; Nga, Tran Thi Thu; Chau, Nguyen Van Vinh; Campbell, James; Hoa, Ngo Thi; Chinh, Nguyen Tran; Hien, Tran Tinh; Farrar, Jeremy; Schultsz, Constance

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    Streptococcus suis serotype 2 is an emerging zoonotic pathogen and is the main cause of acute bacterial meningitis in adult patients in Vietnam. We developed an internally controlled real-time PCR for detection of S. suis serotype 2 in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) samples targeted at the cps2J gene. Sensitivity and specificity in culture-confirmed clinical samples were 100%. The PCR detected S. suis serotype 2 infection in 101 of 238 (42.4%) prospectively collected CSF samples, of which 55 (23%) were culture positive. Culture-negative but PCR-positive CSF samples were significantly associated with the use of antimicrobial agents before admission. S. suis serotype 2 infection was more common than infections with Streptococcus pneumoniae and Neisseria meningitidis combined. Our results strikingly illustrate the additional diagnostic value of PCR in patients who are pretreated with antimicrobial agents and demonstrate the extremely high prevalence of S. suis infections among Vietnamese adult patients with bacterial meningitis. PMID:21767702

  1. An emerging zoonotic clone in the Netherlands provides clues to virulence and zoonotic potential of Streptococcus suis.

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    Willemse, N; Howell, K J; Weinert, L A; Heuvelink, A; Pannekoek, Y; Wagenaar, J A; Smith, H E; van der Ende, A; Schultsz, C

    2016-07-06

    Streptococcus suis is a zoonotic swine pathogen and a major public health concern in Asia, where it emerged as an important cause of bacterial meningitis in adults. While associated with food-borne transmission in Asia, zoonotic S. suis infections are mainly occupational hazards elsewhere. To identify genomic differences that can explain zoonotic potential, we compared whole genomes of 98 S. suis isolates from human patients and pigs with invasive disease in the Netherlands, and validated our observations with 18 complete and publicly available sequences. Zoonotic isolates have smaller genomes than non-zoonotic isolates, but contain more virulence factors. We identified a zoonotic S. suis clone that diverged from a non-zoonotic clone by means of gene loss, a capsule switch, and acquisition of a two-component signalling system in the late 19th century, when foreign pig breeds were introduced. Our results indicate that zoonotic potential of S. suis results from gene loss, recombination and horizontal gene transfer events.

  2. Virulence-associated gene profiling of Streptococcus suis isolates by PCR.

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    Silva, Luciana M G; Baums, Christoph G; Rehm, Thomas; Wisselink, Henk J; Goethe, Ralph; Valentin-Weigand, Peter

    2006-06-15

    Definition of virulent Streptococcus suis strains is controversial. One successful approach for identification of virulent European strains is differentiation of capsular serotypes (or the corresponding cps types) and subsequent detection of virulence-associated factors, namely the extracellular factor (EF, epf), the muramidase-released protein (MRP, mrp) and the hemolysin suilysin (SLY, sly). In this work we present a novel multiplex PCR (MP-PCR) and an mrp variant PCR for identification and characterization of virulent S. suis strains. These new methods were used to identify association of disease with particular profiles of virulence-associated genes. The MP-PCR allowed identification of S. suis through detection of the housekeeping gene gdh, differentiation of four cps types (1, 2, 7 and 9), and detection of epf, mrp, sly and arcA (arginine deiminase from S. suis). Furthermore, this study describes the first PCR assay for differentiation of at least six mrp variants. Expression of the corresponding size variants of MRP was shown for four of the six mrp variants, but was undetectable for the two larger mrp variants in the particular strains investigated. The results of this study suggest that cps7 strains are associated with pneumonia and that variation of mrp is very pronounced among these strains. Gene profiles of invasive, pneumonia and carrier S. suis isolates by combination of PCR assays allowed differentiation of 24 different genotypes among cps1, 2, 7 and 9 strains. Forty-five percent of the invasive S. suis diseases investigated in this study were caused by only two of these genotypes, namely cps2/mrp+/epf+/sly+ and cps9/mrp(*)/epf-/sly+. Thus, this study demonstrates for the first time a uniform profile of the particular virulence-associated genes for the vast majority of the investigated invasive cps9 strains.

  3. Prevalência de Streptococcus suis sorotipo 2: discussão da literatura brasileira

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    Soares, Taíssa Cook Siqueira; Paes, Antonio Carlos

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    Streptococcus suis é mundialmente considerado um dos patógenos de maior impacto sanitário e econômico na indústria suinícola. Dentre os sorotipos descritos como zoonóticos, o sorotipo 2 é o mais frequentemente isolado de animais e humanos doentes na maioria dos países. O estudo da epidemiologia das infecções por S. suis no Brasil é importante para a implantação de medidas efetivas de controle. O objetivo do presente trabalho foi realizar uma revisão crítica da literatura brasileira, com sup...

  4. Parasite population dynamics in pigs infected with Trichuris suis and Oesophagostomum dentatum

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    Petersen, Heidi Huus; Andreasen, Annette; Kringel, Helene

    2014-01-01

    The aim of the present study was to investigate the population dynamics and potential interactions between Trichuris suis and Oesophagostomum dentatum in experimentally co-infected pigs, by quantification of parasite parameters such as egg excretion, worm recovery and worm location. Forty...... that O. dentatum was located more posteriorly in the gut. The changes in the Trichuris population were less prominent, but faecal egg counts, worm counts 5 wpi (57% recovered vs. 39%) and the proportion of infected animals at 10 wpi were higher in group OT compared to group T. The location of T. suis...

  5. Risk factors of Streptococcus suis infection in Vietnam. A case-control study.

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    Nghia, Ho Dang Trung; Ho, Dang Trung Nghia; Tu, Le Thi Phuong; Le, Thi Phuong Tu; Wolbers, Marcel; Thai, Cao Quang; Cao, Quang Thai; Hoang, Nguyen Van Minh; Nguyen, Van Minh Hoang; Nga, Tran Vu Thieu; Tran, Vu Thieu Nga; Thao, Le Thi Phuong; Le, Thi Phuong Thao; Phu, Nguyen Hoan; Nguyen, Hoan Phu; Chau, Tran Thi Hong; Tran, Thi Hong Chau; Sinh, Dinh Xuan; Dinh, Xuan Sinh; Diep, To Song; To, Song Diep; Hang, Hoang Thi Thanh; Hoang, Thi Thanh Hang; Truong, Hoang; Campbell, James; Chau, Nguyen Van Vinh; Nguyen, Van Vinh Chau; Chinh, Nguyen Tran; Nguyen, Tran Chinh; Dung, Nguyen Van; Nguyen, Van Dung; Hoa, Ngo Thi; Ngo, Thi Hoa; Spratt, Brian G; Hien, Tran Tinh; Tran, Tinh Hien; Farrar, Jeremy; Schultsz, Constance

    2011-03-08

    Streptococcus suis infection, an emerging zoonosis, is an increasing public health problem across South East Asia and the most common cause of acute bacterial meningitis in adults in Vietnam. Little is known of the risk factors underlying the disease. A case-control study with appropriate hospital and matched community controls for each patient was conducted between May 2006 and June 2009. Potential risk factors were assessed using a standardized questionnaire and investigation of throat and rectal S. suis carriage in cases, controls and their pigs, using real-time PCR and culture of swab samples. We recruited 101 cases of S. suis meningitis, 303 hospital controls and 300 community controls. By multivariate analysis, risk factors identified for S. suis infection as compared to either control group included eating "high risk" dishes, including such dishes as undercooked pig blood and pig intestine (OR(1) = 2.22; 95%CI = [1.15-4.28] and OR(2) = 4.44; 95%CI = [2.15-9.15]), occupations related to pigs (OR(1) = 3.84; 95%CI = [1.32-11.11] and OR(2) = 5.52; 95%CI = [1.49-20.39]), and exposures to pigs or pork in the presence of skin injuries (OR(1) = 7.48; 95%CI = [1.97-28.44] and OR(2) = 15.96; 95%CI = [2.97-85.72]). S. suis specific DNA was detected in rectal and throat swabs of 6 patients and was cultured from 2 rectal samples, but was not detected in such samples of 1522 healthy individuals or patients without S. suis infection. This case control study, the largest prospective epidemiological assessment of this disease, has identified the most important risk factors associated with S. suis bacterial meningitis to be eating 'high risk' dishes popular in parts of Asia, occupational exposure to pigs and pig products, and preparation of pork in the presence of skin lesions. These risk factors can be addressed in public health campaigns aimed at preventing S. suis infection.

  6. Epidemiology of brucellosis in domestic animals caused by Brucella melitensis, Brucella suis and Brucella abortus.

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    Díaz Aparicio, E

    2013-04-01

    Brucellosis is a disease that causes severe economic losses for livestock farms worldwide. Brucella melitensis, B. abortus and B. suis, which are transmitted between animals both vertically and horizontally, cause abortion and infertility in their primary natural hosts - goats and sheep (B. melitensis), cows (B. abortus) and sows (B. suis). Brucella spp. infect not only their preferred hosts but also other domestic and wild animal species, which in turn can act as reservoirs of the disease for other animal species and humans. Brucellosis is therefore considered to be a major zoonosis transmitted by direct contact with animals and/or their secretions, or by consuming milk and dairy products.

  7. Temporal Regulation of the Transformasome and Competence Development in Streptococcus suis

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    Zaccaria, Edoardo; Wels, Michiel; van Baarlen, Peter; Wells, Jerry M.

    2016-01-01

    In S. suis the ComX-inducing peptide (XIP) pheromone regulates ComR-dependent transcriptional activation of comX (or sigX) the regulator of the late competence regulon. The aims of this study were to identify the ComR-regulated genes and in S. suis using genome-wide transcriptomics and identify their function based on orthology and the construction of specific knockout mutants. The ComX regulon we identified, includes all homologs of the “transformasome” a type 4-like pilus DNA binding and transport apparatus identified in Streptococcus pneumoniae, Streptococcus mutans, and Streptococcus thermophilus. A conserved CIN-box (YTACGAAYW), predicted to be bound by ComX, was found in the promoters of operons encoding genes involved in expression of the transformasome. Mutants lacking the major pilin gene comYC were not transformable demonstrating that the DNA uptake pilus is indeed required for competence development in S. suis. Competence was a transient state with the comX regulon shut down after ~15 min even when transcription of comX had not returned to basal levels, indicating other mechanisms control the exit from competence. The ComX regulon also included genes involved in DNA repair including cinA which we showed to be required for high efficiency transformation. In contrast to S. pneumoniae and S. mutans the ComX regulon of S. suis did not include endA which converts the transforming DNA into ssDNA, or ssbA, which protects the transforming ssDNA from degradation. EndA appeared to be essential in S. suis so we could not generate mutants and confirm its role in DNA transformation. Finally, we identified a putative homolog of fratricin, and a putative bacteriocin gene cluster, that were also part of the CIN-box regulon and thus may play a role in DNA release from non-competent cells, enabling gene transfer between S. suis pherotypes or S. suis and other species. S. suis mutants of oppA, the binding subunit of the general oligopeptide transporter were not

  8. Associations of Streptococcus suis serotype 2 ribotype profiles with clinical disease and antimicrobial resistance

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    Rasmussen, S. R.; Aarestrup, Frank Møller; Jensen, N. E.

    1999-01-01

    A total of 122 Streptococcus suis serotype 2 strains were characterized thoroughly by comparing clinical and pathological observations, ribotype profiles, and antimicrobial resistance. Twenty-one different ribotype profiles were found and compared by cluster analysis, resulting in the identificat......A total of 122 Streptococcus suis serotype 2 strains were characterized thoroughly by comparing clinical and pathological observations, ribotype profiles, and antimicrobial resistance. Twenty-one different ribotype profiles were found and compared by cluster analysis, resulting...... of resistance to antibiotics because strains isolated from pigs with meningitis were resistant to sulfamethazoxazole and strains isolated from pigs with pneumonia, endocarditis, pericarditis, or septicemia were resist-ant to tetracycline....

  9. Aplicación de la curva logística a los censos de la ciudad de Medellín

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    Gabriel Poveda Ramos

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    Full Text Available Este artículo se refiere a la aplicación de la curva logística, que es un instrumento matemático usado por biólogos y demografistas para describir el crecimiento de poblaciones animales y de poblaciones humanas, así como para formular pronósticos futuros, a los censos de la ciudad de Medellín - Colombia, efectuados entre 1912 y 2005. Presentamos aquí la aplicación del método para calcular la curva logística de una población a partir de recuentos anteriores, y usando la técnica de mínimos cuadrados, desarrollada por Gabriel Poveda Ramos en la referencia [1]. La parte numérica del proceso se ilustra de una manera simple para un mejor entendimiento del manejo de esta técnica que, aunque es muy conocida y sencilla de usar, hasta hoy no se ha empleado (que sepamos para ajustar dicha curva.

  10. A escolarização das pessoas com deficiência no Brasil: atendimento, atraso e progressão no ensino fundamental segundo o Censo 2000

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    Tiago Henrique P. M. França

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    Full Text Available O presente artigo tem por objetivo evidenciar a implicação das deficiências sobre o atendimento, o atraso e a progressão escolar no ensino fundamental. Para tal, é utilizada a modelagem estatística logística binária. Após apresentação dos diferentes conceitos de deficiência, por meio do Censo 2000, transcorre-se a análise dos quesitos pretendidos. A progressão escolar é pesquisada por meio da medida nomeada probabilidade de progressão por série (PPS, dos três pontos de maior relevância no desenvolvimento do ensino fundamental. Os resultados indicam grande disparidade entre as deficiências na determinação dos elementos investigados. Em geral, todas as condições se mostram como fatores que desfavorecem o desenvolvimento na carreira escolar. Porém, a implicação das deficiências sobre as PPS se reduz com o avanço no ensino fundamental, sendo também menos significativa a cada etapa sequente. Entre os quesitos analisados, o atraso escolar demonstrou sofrer relevante variação, devido ao controle por fatores de natureza socioeconômica. No mais, este trabalho contém resultados e aponta contributos para o desenvolvimento científico dessa área de estudo.

  11. Las probabilidades de agrandamiento de la familia y la fecundidad por orden de nacimiento en Sonora, según los censos de 1980 y 1990

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    Full Text Available En este trabajo se analiza la variación de la fecundidad de las mujeres cuyo periodo reproductivo finalizaba al momento de llevarse a cabo los censos de 1980 y 1990, esto es, las mujeres de la generación 1930-1934, que al 4 de junio de 1980 tenían entre 45 y 49 años de edad, y las mujeres de la generación 1940-1944, que al 12 de marzo de 1990 estaban en el grupo de edad mencionado. Este análisis se realizó con información censal a nivel nacional, del estado de Sonora, y de cada uno de sus municipios, mediante el cálculo de las probabilidades de agrandamiento de la familia, para observar los cambios en los patrones de formación de la descendencia. Los resultados muestran que en los tres niveles de desagregación hay una tendencia a disminuir el número de hijos que conformaban las familias mexicanas y en particular las sonorenses.

  12. Functional definition of BirA suggests a biotin utilization pathway in the zoonotic pathogen Streptococcus suis.

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    Ye, Huiyan; Cai, Mingzhu; Zhang, Huimin; Li, Zhencui; Wen, Ronghui; Feng, Youjun

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    Biotin protein ligase is universal in three domains of life. The paradigm version of BPL is the Escherichia coli BirA that is also a repressor for the biotin biosynthesis pathway. Streptococcus suis, a leading bacterial agent for swine diseases, seems to be an increasingly-important opportunistic human pathogen. Unlike the scenario in E. coli, S. suis lacks the de novo biotin biosynthesis pathway. In contrast, it retains a bioY, a biotin transporter-encoding gene, indicating an alternative survival strategy for S. suis to scavenge biotin from its inhabiting niche. Here we report functional definition of S. suis birA homologue. The in vivo functions of the birA paralogue with only 23.6% identity to the counterpart of E. coli, was judged by its ability to complement the conditional lethal mutants of E. coli birA. The recombinant BirA protein of S. suis was overexpressed in E. coli, purified to homogeneity and verified with MS. Both cellulose TLC and MALDI-TOFF-MS assays demonstrated that the S. suis BirA protein catalyzed the biotinylation reaction of its acceptor biotin carboxyl carrier protein. EMSA assays confirmed binding of the bioY gene to the S. suis BirA. The data defined the first example of the bifunctional BirA ligase/repressor in Streptococcus.

  13. Trichuris suis secrete products that reduce disease severity in a multiple sclerosis model

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    Hansen, Christine Soholm; Hasseldam, Henrik; Bacher, Idahella Hyldgaard

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    of excretory/secretory products before disease onset, resulted in a significant decrease in disease severity as well as markedly reduced TH1 and TH17 T-cell responses, centrally in the spinal cord as well as in the periphery, i.e. the spleen. Thus, parenteral administration of T. suis-derived products results...

  14. Two Spx regulators modulate stress tolerance and virulence in Streptococcus suis serotype 2.

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    Full Text Available Streptococcus suis serotype 2 is an important zoonotic pathogen causing severe infections in pigs and humans. The pathogenesis of S. suis 2 infections, however, is still poorly understood. Spx proteins are a group of global regulators involved in stress tolerance and virulence. In this study, we characterized two orthologs of the Spx regulator, SpxA1 and SpxA2 in S. suis 2. Two mutant strains (ΔspxA1 and ΔspxA2 lacking the spx genes were constructed. The ΔspxA1 and ΔspxA2 mutants displayed different phenotypes. ΔspxA1 exhibited impaired growth in the presence of hydrogen peroxide, while ΔspxA2 exhibited impaired growth in the presence of SDS and NaCl. Both mutants were defective in medium lacking newborn bovine serum. Using a murine infection model, we demonstrated that the abilities of the mutant strains to colonize the tissues were significantly reduced compared to that of the wild-type strain. The mutant strains also showed a decreased level of survival in pig blood. Microarray analysis revealed a global regulatory role for SpxA1 and SpxA2. Furthermore, we demonstrated for the first time that Spx is involved in triggering the host inflammatory response. Collectively, our data suggest that SpxA1 and SpxA2 are global regulators that are implicated in stress tolerance and virulence in S. suis 2.

  15. Streptococcus suis infections in pigs : use of virulence-associated markers in diagnostics and vaccines

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    Wisselink, Hendrikus Jan

    2002-01-01

    Streptococcus suis is an important pig pathogen which is mainly associated with meningitis, arthritis and septicaemia. Control of the disease is hampered by the lack of effective vaccines and the lack of reliable diagnostic tests with high specificity and sensitivity. The development of these tools

  16. A zebrafish larval model to assess virulence of porcine streptococcus suis strains

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    Zaccaria, Edoardo; Cao, Rui; Wells, Jerry M.; Baarlen, Van Peter

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    Streptococcus suis is an encapsulated Gram-positive bacterium, and the leading cause of sepsis and meningitis in young pigs resulting in considerable economic losses in the porcine industry. It is also considered an emerging zoonotic agent. In the environment, both avirulent and virulent strains

  17. Treatment of Meniere's Disease with A Heavy Dosage of Gu Sui Bu (Rhizoma Drynariae)

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    Peng Tun

    2006-01-01

    @@ In treating Meniere's disease, author has found that the compatible use of heavy dosage of Gu Sui Bu (骨碎补 Rhizoma Drynariae) can produce very good effect for relieving dizziness, vertigo and tinnitus. Some of the sample cases are cited in the following.

  18. Control of Competence for DNA Transformation in Streptococcus suis by Genetically Transferable Pherotypes

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    Zaccaria, E.; Baarlen, van P.; Greeff, de A.; Morrison, D.A.; Smith, H.; Wells, J.M.

    2014-01-01

    Here we show that S. suis, a major bacterial pathogen of pigs and emerging pathogen in humans responds to a peptide pheromone by developing competence for DNA transformation. This species does not fall within any of the phylogenetic clusters of streptococci previously shown to regulate competence vi

  19. In vitro Transcriptome Analysis of Two Chinese Isolates of Streptococcus suis Serotype 2

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    Dake Zhang; Nan Du; Sufang Ma; Qingtao Hu; Guangwen Lu; Wei Chen; Changqing Zeng

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    The Streptococcus suis serotype 2 (S. suis 2) isolates 05ZYH33 and 98HAH33 have caused severe human infections in China. Using a strand-specific RNA-seq analysis, we compared the in vitro transcriptomes of these two Chinese isolates with that of a reference strain (P1/7). In the 89K genomic island that is specific to these Chinese isolates, a toxin–antitoxin system showed relatively high levels of transcription among the S. suis. The known virulence factors with high transcriptional activity in these two highly-pathogenic strains are mainly involved in adhesion, biofilm formation, hemolysis and the synthesis and transport of the outer membrane protein. Furthermore, our analysis of novel transcripts identified over 50 protein-coding genes with one of them encoding a toxin protein. We also predicted over 30 small RNAs (sRNAs) in each strain, and most of them are involved in riboswitches. We found that six sRNA candidates that are related to bacterial virulence, including cspA and rli38, are specific to Chinese isolates. These results provide insight into the factors responsible for the difference in virulence among the different S. suis 2 isolates.

  20. Immuogenicity and safety of a natural rough mutant of Brucella suis as a vaccine for swine

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    The objective of the current study was to evaluate the safety, immunogenicity and clearance of the natural rough mutant of Brucella suis strain 353-1 (353-1) as a vaccine in domestic swine. In three studies encompassing 155 animals, pigs were inoculated with 353-1 by conjunctival (5 x 10**7 CFU), p...

  1. Immunogenicity and efficacy of a rough Brucella suis vaccine delivered orally or parenterally to feral swine

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    Brucella suis strain 353-1 is a stable vaccine strain that is clinically safe, does not cause positive serologic responses on conventional brucellosis surveillance tests, and induces humoral and cellular immunity in swine after vaccination. In this study, we evaluated tissue clearance and immunologi...

  2. Risk Factors of Streptococcus suis Infection in Vietnam. A Case-Control Study

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    Dang, T.N.H.; Thi, P.T.L.; Wolbers, M.; Quang, T.C.; van, M.H.N.; Vu, T.N.T.; Hoan, P.N.; Thi, H.C.T.; Xuan, S.D.; Song, D.T.; Thi, T.H.H.; Truong, H.; Campbell, J.; van, V.C.N.; Tran, C.N.; van, D.N.; Thi, H.N.; Spratt, B.G.; Tinh, H.T.; Farrar, J.; Schultsz, C.

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    Background: Streptococcus suis infection, an emerging zoonosis, is an increasing public health problem across South East Asia and the most common cause of acute bacterial meningitis in adults in Vietnam. Little is known of the risk factors underlying the disease. Methods and Findings: A case-control

  3. Streptococcus suis, an emerging drug-resistant animal and human pathogen

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    Full Text Available Streptococcus suis, a major porcine pathogen, has been receiving growing attention not only for its role in severe and increasingly reported infections in humans, but also for its involvement in drug resistance. Recent studies and the analysis of sequenced genomes have been providing important insights into the S. suis resistome, and have resulted in the identification of resistance determinants for tetracyclines, macrolides, aminoglycosides, chloramphenicol, antifolate drugs, streptothricin, and cadmium salts. Resistance gene-carrying genetic elements described so far include integrative and conjugative elements, transposons, genomic islands, phages, and chimeric elements. Some of these elements are similar to those reported in major streptococcal pathogens such as Streptococcus pyogenes, Streptococcus pneumoniae, and Streptococcus agalactiae and share the same chromosomal insertion sites. The available information strongly suggests that S. suis is an important antibiotic resistance reservoir that can contribute to the spread of resistance genes to the above-mentioned streptococci. S. suis is thus a paradigmatic example of possible intersections between animal and human resistomes.

  4. Impact of a Food Safety Campaign on Streptococcus suis Infection in Humans in Thailand.

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    Takeuchi, Dan; Kerdsin, Anusak; Akeda, Yukihiro; Chiranairadul, Piphat; Loetthong, Phacharaphan; Tanburawong, Nutchada; Areeratana, Prasanee; Puangmali, Panarat; Khamisara, Kasean; Pinyo, Wirasinee; Anukul, Rapeepun; Samerchea, Sutit; Lekhalula, Punpong; Nakayama, Tatsuya; Yamamoto, Kouji; Hirose, Masayo; Hamada, Shigeyuki; Dejsirilert, Surang; Oishi, Kazunori

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    AbstractStreptococcus suis is an important zoonotic pathogen in swine and humans that causes sepsis and meningitis. Our previous study in Thailand showed that the prevalence of S. suis infection in humans, especially in northern areas of Thailand, and the transmission of the pathogen occurred mainly through the consumption of traditional raw pork products. Considering the high incidence proportion and mortality rate of the disease as an important public health problem, we implemented a food safety campaign in the Phayao Province in northern Thailand in 2011. We evaluated the effects of a food safety campaign by comparing the sociodemographic, clinical, and bacteriological characteristics of cases before and after the campaign. The follow-up study showed a marked decrease of the incidence proportion in the first 2 years, indicating the effectiveness of the campaign. In the third year, however, the incidence proportion slightly increased again, indicating the existence of deep-rooted cultural behaviors and the necessity of continuous public health intervention. Furthermore, epidemiological analysis of the cases made it possible to estimate the infectivity of the pathogen via the oral route of infection. In the present study, we showed the effectiveness of the food safety campaign for controlling the S. suis infection, and we present a role model public health intervention for prevalent areas affected by S. suis infection in humans.

  5. Draft genome sequences of nine Streptococcus suis strains isolated in the United States

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    Streptococcus suis is a swine pathogen responsible for economic losses to the pig industry worldwide. Additionally, it is a zoonotic agent that can cause severe infections in those in close contact with infected pigs and/or who consume uncooked or undercooked pork products. Here, we report nine draf...

  6. Estudio de factores de riesgo asociados a la infección por Mycoplasma suis Study of risk factors associated with Mycoplasma suis infection

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    Full Text Available Este estudio se propuso estimar la distribución de la infección por Mycoplasma suis en poblaciones de cerdos de Argentina e identificar factores de riesgo asociados. Se recolectaron 284 muestras de sangre de cerdos de diferentes categorías productivas en frigoríficos y granjas de las provincias de Santa Fe, Córdoba y Buenos Aires. Amplificando el gen del ARNr 16S de M. suis a través de la reacción en cadena de la polimerasa (PCR, se calculó un porcentaje de infectados del 64%. Se estimó además que no existía asociación estadísticamente significativa (p>0,1 entre un resultado positivo a la PCR y el sexo del animal muestreado, los antecedentes de anemia en la granja y las condiciones de alojamiento. Contrariamente se encontró asociación significativa (pThe objective of this study was to estimate the distribution of Mycoplasma suis infection in pig populations of Argentina and identify associated risk factors. Blood samples were collected from 284 pigs, including different productive categories of animals, in abattoirs and herds from Santa Fe, Córdoba and Buenos Aires provinces. Based on the polymerase chain reaction (PCR amplification of the M. suis 16S rRNA gene, it was estimated a proportion of infected animals of 0.64. Non-statistically significant (P>0.1 associations were found between gender, anemia herd history, and breeding conditions with PCR results. On the other hand, significant associations (P<0.1 were found between sanitary status to the infection and geographic origin and productive categories. It was estimated that pigs from Buenos Aires and Córdoba provinces were at higher risk of being PCR-positive than pigs from Santa Fe, while piglets and post-weaning pigs were at lower risk of being PCR-positive than other categories. This study suggests that M. suis infection is widespread in the studied pig populations of Argentina.

  7. Trichuris suis and Oesophagostomum dentatum Show Different Sensitivity and Accumulation of Fenbendazole, Albendazole and Levamisole In Vitro

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    Hansen, Tina V. A.; Nejsum, Peter; Friis, Christian; Olsen, Annette; Thamsborg, Stig Milan

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    Background The single-dose benzimidazoles used against Trichuris trichiura infections in humans are not satisfactory. Likewise, the benzimidazole, fenbendazole, has varied efficacy against Trichuris suis whereas Oesophagostomum dentatum is highly sensitive to the drug. The reasons for low treatment efficacy of Trichuris spp. infections are not known. Methodology We studied the effect of fenbendazole, albendazole and levamisole on the motility of T. suis and O. dentatum and measured concentrations of the parent drug compounds and metabolites of the benzimidazoles within worms in vitro. The motility and concentrations of drug compounds within worms were compared between species and the maximum specific binding capacity (Bmax) of T. suis and O. dentatum towards the benzimidazoles was estimated. Comparisons of drug uptake in living and killed worms were made for both species. Principal findings The motility of T. suis was generally less decreased than the motility of O. dentatum when incubated in benzimidazoles, but was more decreased when incubated in levamisole. The Bmax were significantly lower for T. suis (106.6, and 612.7 pmol/mg dry worm tissue) than O. dentatum (395.2, 958.1 pmol/mg dry worm tissue) when incubated for 72 hours in fenbendazole and albendazole respectively. The total drug concentrations (pmol/mg dry worm tissue) were significantly lower within T. suis than O. dentatum whether killed or alive when incubated in all tested drugs (except in living worms exposed to fenbendazole). Relatively high proportions of the anthelmintic inactive metabolite fenbendazole sulphone was measured within T. suis (6–17.2%) as compared to O. dentatum (0.8–0.9%). Conclusion/Significance The general lower sensitivity of T. suis towards BZs in vitro seems to be related to a lower drug uptake. Furthermore, the relatively high occurrence of fenbendazole sulphone suggests a higher detoxifying capacity of T. suis as compared to O. dentatum. PMID:24699263

  8. Trichuris suis and Oesophagostomum dentatum show different sensitivity and accumulation of fenbendazole, albendazole and levamisole in vitro.

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    Tina V A Hansen

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: The single-dose benzimidazoles used against Trichuris trichiura infections in humans are not satisfactory. Likewise, the benzimidazole, fenbendazole, has varied efficacy against Trichuris suis whereas Oesophagostomum dentatum is highly sensitive to the drug. The reasons for low treatment efficacy of Trichuris spp. infections are not known. METHODOLOGY: We studied the effect of fenbendazole, albendazole and levamisole on the motility of T. suis and O. dentatum and measured concentrations of the parent drug compounds and metabolites of the benzimidazoles within worms in vitro. The motility and concentrations of drug compounds within worms were compared between species and the maximum specific binding capacity (Bmax of T. suis and O. dentatum towards the benzimidazoles was estimated. Comparisons of drug uptake in living and killed worms were made for both species. PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: The motility of T. suis was generally less decreased than the motility of O. dentatum when incubated in benzimidazoles, but was more decreased when incubated in levamisole. The Bmax were significantly lower for T. suis (106.6, and 612.7 pmol/mg dry worm tissue than O. dentatum (395.2, 958.1 pmol/mg dry worm tissue when incubated for 72 hours in fenbendazole and albendazole respectively. The total drug concentrations (pmol/mg dry worm tissue were significantly lower within T. suis than O. dentatum whether killed or alive when incubated in all tested drugs (except in living worms exposed to fenbendazole. Relatively high proportions of the anthelmintic inactive metabolite fenbendazole sulphone was measured within T. suis (6-17.2% as compared to O. dentatum (0.8-0.9%. CONCLUSION/SIGNIFICANCE: The general lower sensitivity of T. suis towards BZs in vitro seems to be related to a lower drug uptake. Furthermore, the relatively high occurrence of fenbendazole sulphone suggests a higher detoxifying capacity of T. suis as compared to O. dentatum.

  9. Complete genome sequence of Mycoplasma suis and insights into its biology and adaption to an erythrocyte niche.

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    Ana M S Guimaraes

    Full Text Available Mycoplasma suis, the causative agent of porcine infectious anemia, has never been cultured in vitro and mechanisms by which it causes disease are poorly understood. Thus, the objective herein was to use whole genome sequencing and analysis of M. suis to define pathogenicity mechanisms and biochemical pathways. M. suis was harvested from the blood of an experimentally infected pig. Following DNA extraction and construction of a paired end library, whole-genome sequencing was performed using GS-FLX (454 and Titanium chemistry. Reads on paired-end constructs were assembled using GS De Novo Assembler and gaps closed by primer walking; assembly was validated by PFGE. Glimmer and Manatee Annotation Engine were used to predict and annotate protein-coding sequences (CDS. The M. suis genome consists of a single, 742,431 bp chromosome with low G+C content of 31.1%. A total of 844 CDS, 3 single copies, unlinked rRNA genes and 32 tRNAs were identified. Gene homologies and GC skew graph show that M. suis has a typical Mollicutes oriC. The predicted metabolic pathway is concise, showing evidence of adaptation to blood environment. M. suis is a glycolytic species, obtaining energy through sugars fermentation and ATP-synthase. The pentose-phosphate pathway, metabolism of cofactors and vitamins, pyruvate dehydrogenase and NAD(+ kinase are missing. Thus, ribose, NADH, NADPH and coenzyme A are possibly essential for its growth. M. suis can generate purines from hypoxanthine, which is secreted by RBCs, and cytidine nucleotides from uracil. Toxins orthologs were not identified. We suggest that M. suis may cause disease by scavenging and competing for host' nutrients, leading to decreased life-span of RBCs. In summary, genome analysis shows that M. suis is dependent on host cell metabolism and this characteristic is likely to be linked to its pathogenicity. The prediction of essential nutrients will aid the development of in vitro cultivation systems.

  10. Astrocytes Enhance Streptococcus suis-Glial Cell Interaction in Primary Astrocyte-Microglial Cell Co-Cultures.

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    Seele, Jana; Nau, Roland; Prajeeth, Chittappen K; Stangel, Martin; Valentin-Weigand, Peter; Seitz, Maren

    2016-06-13

    Streptococcus (S.) suis infections are the most common cause of meningitis in pigs. Moreover, S. suis is a zoonotic pathogen, which can lead to meningitis in humans, mainly in adults. We assume that glial cells may play a crucial role in host-pathogen interactions during S. suis infection of the central nervous system. Glial cells are considered to possess important functions during inflammation and injury of the brain in bacterial meningitis. In the present study, we established primary astrocyte-microglial cell co-cultures to investigate interactions of S. suis with glial cells. For this purpose, microglial cells and astrocytes were isolated from new-born mouse brains and characterized by flow cytometry, followed by the establishment of astrocyte and microglial cell mono-cultures as well as astrocyte-microglial cell co-cultures. In addition, we prepared microglial cell mono-cultures co-incubated with uninfected astrocyte mono-culture supernatants and astrocyte mono-cultures co-incubated with uninfected microglial cell mono-culture supernatants. After infection of the different cell cultures with S. suis, bacteria-cell association was mainly observed with microglial cells and most prominently with a non-encapsulated mutant of S. suis. A time-dependent induction of NO release was found only in the co-cultures and after co-incubation of microglial cells with uninfected supernatants of astrocyte mono-cultures mainly after infection with the capsular mutant. Only moderate cytotoxic effects were found in co-cultured glial cells after infection with S. suis. Taken together, astrocytes and astrocyte supernatants increased interaction of microglial cells with S. suis. Astrocyte-microglial cell co-cultures are suitable to study S. suis infections and bacteria-cell association as well as NO release by microglial cells was enhanced in the presence of astrocytes.

  11. Structure, regulation, and putative function of the arginine deiminase system of Streptococcus suis.

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    Gruening, Petra; Fulde, Marcus; Valentin-Weigand, Peter; Goethe, Ralph

    2006-01-01

    Streptococcus suis is an important cause of infectious diseases in young pigs. Little is known about the virulence factors or protective antigens of S. suis. Recently, we have identified two proteins of the arginine deiminase system (ADS) of S. suis, which were temperature induced and expressed on the streptococcal surface (N. Winterhoff, R. Goethe, P. Gruening, M. Rohde, H. Kalisz, H. E. Smith, and P. Valentin-Weigand, J. Bacteriol. 184:6768-6776, 2002). In the present study, we analyzed the complete ADS of S. suis. Due to their homologies to the recently published S. gordonii ADS genes, the genes for arginine deiminase, ornithine carbamoyl-transferase, and carbamate kinase, which were previously designated adiS, octS, and ckS, respectively, were renamed arcA, arcB, and arcC, respectively. Our data revealed that arcA, arcB, and arcC of the S. suis ADS are transcribed from an operon (arcABC operon). Additionally, putative ADS-associated genes were cloned and sequenced which, however, did not belong to the arcABC operon. These were the flpS gene upstream of the arcABC operon with homology to the flp transcription regulator of S. gordonii and the arcD, arcT, arcH, and argR genes downstream of the arcABC operon with high homologies to a putative arginine-ornithine antiporter, a putative dipeptidase of S. gordonii, a putative beta-N-acetylhexosaminidase of S. pneumoniae, and a putative arginine repressor of S. gordonii, respectively. The transcriptional start point of the arcABC operon was determined, and promoter analysis provided evidence that multiple factors contribute to the regulation of the ADS. Thus, a putative binding site for a transcription regulator of the Crp/Fnr family, an ArgR-binding site, and two cis-acting catabolite response elements were identified in the promoter-operator region of the operon. Consistent with this, we could demonstrate that the ADS of S. suis is inducible by arginine and reduced O2 tension and subject to carbon catabolite

  12. Detection of a quantitative trait locus associated with resistance to infection with Trichuris suis in pigs

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    Skallerup, Per; Thamsborg, Stig Milan; Jørgensen, Claus Bøttcher;

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    Whipworms (Trichuris spp.) infect a variety of hosts, including domestic animals and humans. Of considerable interest is the porcine whipworm, T. suis, which is particularly prevalent in outdoor production systems. High infection levels may cause growth retardation, anaemia and haemorrhagic...... a whole-genome scan of an F1 resource population (n=195) trickle-infected with T. suis. A measured genotype analysis revealed a putative quantitative trait locus (QTL) for T. suis FEC on chromosome 13 covering ∼4.5Mbp, although none of the SNPs reached genome-wide significance. We tested the hypothesis...

  13. Symptoms after ingestion of pig whipworm Trichuris suis eggs in a randomized placebo-controlled double-blind clinical trial

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    Bager, Peter; Kapel, Christian Moliin Outzen; Roepstorff, Allan Knud;

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    Symptoms after human infection with the helminth Trichuris suis have not previously been described. Exposure to helminths has been suggested as immune therapy against allergy and autoimmune diseases. We randomized adults with allergic rhinitis to ingest a dose of 2500 T. suis eggs or placebo every...... by a fluoroenzymeimmunoassay (Phadia ApS). During 163 days complete follow-up, subjects ingesting T. suis eggs (N = 49) had a three to 19-fold higher rate of events (median duration, 2 days) with gastrointestinal reactions (moderate to severe flatulence, diarrhea, and upper abdominal pain) compared with placebo subjects (N...

  14. Identification of a novel virulence determinant with serum opacification activity in Streptococcus suis.

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    Baums, Christoph G; Kaim, Ute; Fulde, Marcus; Ramachandran, Girish; Goethe, Ralph; Valentin-Weigand, Peter

    2006-11-01

    Streptococcus suis serotype 2 is a porcine and human pathogen with adhesive and invasive properties. In other streptococci, large surface-associated proteins (>100 kDa) of the MSCRAMM family (microbial surface components recognizing adhesive matrix molecules) are key players in interactions with host tissue. In this study, we identified a novel opacity factor of S. suis (OFS) with structural homology to members of the MSCRAMM family. The N-terminal region of OFS is homologous to the respective regions of fibronectin-binding protein A (FnBA) of Streptococcus dysgalactiae and the serum opacity factor (SOF) of Streptococcus pyogenes. Similar to these two proteins, the N-terminal domain of OFS opacified horse serum. Serum opacification activity was detectable in sodium dodecyl sulfate extracts of wild-type S. suis but not in extracts of isogenic ofs knockout mutants. Heterologous expression of OFS in Lactococcus lactis demonstrated that a high level of expression of OFS is sufficient to provide surface-associated serum opacification activity. Furthermore, serum opacification could be inhibited by an antiserum against recombinant OFS. The C-terminal repetitive sequence elements of OFS differed significantly from the respective repeat regions of FnBA and SOF as well as from the consensus sequence of the fibronectin-binding repeats of MSCRAMMs. Accordingly, fibronectin binding was not detectable in recombinant OFS. To investigate the putative function of OFS in the pathogenesis of invasive S. suis diseases, piglets were experimentally infected with an isogenic mutant strain in which the ofs gene had been knocked out by an in-frame deletion. The mutant was severely attenuated in virulence but not in colonization, demonstrating that OFS represents a novel virulence determinant of S. suis.

  15. Genetic relatedness of Brucella suis biovar 2 isolates from hares, wild boars and domestic pigs.

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    Kreizinger, Zsuzsa; Foster, Jeffrey T; Rónai, Zsuzsanna; Sulyok, Kinga M; Wehmann, Enikő; Jánosi, Szilárd; Gyuranecz, Miklós

    2014-08-27

    Porcine brucellosis generally manifests as disorders in reproductive organs potentially leading to serious losses in the swine industry. Brucella suis biovar 2 is endemic in European wild boar (Sus scrofa) and hare (Lepus europeus, Lepus capensis) populations, thus these species may play a significant role in disease spread and serve as potential sources of infection for domestic pigs. The aim of this study was an epidemiologic analysis of porcine brucellosis in Hungary and a comparative analysis of B. suis bv. 2 strains from Europe using multiple-locus variable-number tandem repeat analysis (MLVA). MLVA-16 and its MLVA-11 subset were used to determine the genotypes of 68 B. suis bv. 2 isolates from Hungary and results were then compared to European MLVA genotypes. The analyses indicated relatively high genetic diversity of B. suis bv. 2 in Hungary. Strains isolated from hares and wild boars from Hungary showed substantial genetic divergence, suggesting separate lineages in each host and no instances of cross species infections. The closest relatives of strains from Hungarian wild boars and domestic pigs were mainly in the isolates from German and Croatian boars and pigs. The assessment of the European MLVA genotypes of wild boar isolates generally showed clustering based on geographic origin. The hare strains were relatively closely related to one another and did not cluster based on geographic origin. The limited relationships between geographic origin and genotype in isolates from hares might be the result of cross-border live animal translocation. The results could also suggest that certain B. suis strains are more adapted to hares. Across Europe, isolates from domestic pigs were closely related to isolates originating from both hares and wild boars, supporting the idea that wild animals are a source of brucellosis in domestic pigs.

  16. Selective Pressure Promotes Tetracycline Resistance of Chlamydia Suis in Fattening Pigs.

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    Wanninger, Sabrina; Donati, Manuela; Di Francesco, Antonietta; Hässig, Michael; Hoffmann, Karolin; Seth-Smith, Helena M B; Marti, Hanna; Borel, Nicole

    2016-01-01

    In pigs, Chlamydia suis has been associated with respiratory disease, diarrhea and conjunctivitis, but there is a high rate of inapparent C. suis infection found in the gastrointestinal tract of pigs. Tetracycline resistance in C. suis has been described in the USA, Italy, Switzerland, Belgium, Cyprus and Israel. Tetracyclines are commonly used in pig production due to their broad-spectrum activity and relatively low cost. The aim of this study was to isolate clinical C. suis samples in cell culture and to evaluate their antibiotic susceptibility in vitro under consideration of antibiotic treatment on herd level. Swab samples (n = 158) identified as C. suis originating from 24 farms were further processed for isolation, which was successful in 71% of attempts with a significantly higher success rate from fecal swabs compared to conjunctival swabs. The farms were divided into three treatment groups: A) farms without antibiotic treatment, B) farms with prophylactic oral antibiotic treatment of the whole herd consisting of trimethoprime, sulfadimidin and sulfathiazole (TSS), or C) farms giving herd treatment with chlortetracycline with or without tylosin and sulfadimidin (CTS). 59 isolates and their corresponding clinical samples were selected and tested for the presence or absence of the tetracycline resistance class C gene [tet(C)] by conventional PCR and isolates were further investigated for their antibiotic susceptibility in vitro. The phenotype of the investigated isolates was either classified as tetracycline sensitive (Minimum inhibitory concentration [MIC] MIC MIC ≥ 4 μg/ml). Results of groups and individual pigs were correlated with antibiotic treatment and time of sampling (beginning/end of the fattening period). We found clear evidence for selective pressure as absence of antibiotics led to isolation of only tetracycline sensitive or intermediate strains whereas tetracycline treatment resulted in a greater number of tetracycline resistant isolates.

  17. Worm burden-dependent disruption of the porcine colon microbiota by Trichuris suis infection.

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    Sitao Wu

    Full Text Available Helminth infection in pigs serves as an excellent model for the study of the interaction between human malnutrition and parasitic infection and could have important implications in human health. We had observed that pigs infected with Trichuris suis for 21 days showed significant changes in the proximal colon microbiota. In this study, interactions between worm burden and severity of disruptions to the microbial composition and metabolic potentials in the porcine proximal colon microbiota were investigated using metagenomic tools. Pigs were infected by a single dose of T. suis eggs for 53 days. Among infected pigs, two cohorts were differentiated that either had adult worms or were worm-free. Infection resulted in a significant change in the abundance of approximately 13% of genera detected in the proximal colon microbiota regardless of worm status, suggesting a relatively persistent change over time in the microbiota due to the initial infection. A significant reduction in the abundance of Fibrobacter and Ruminococcus indicated a change in the fibrolytic capacity of the colon microbiota in T. suis infected pigs. In addition, ∼10% of identified KEGG pathways were affected by infection, including ABC transporters, peptidoglycan biosynthesis, and lipopolysaccharide biosynthesis as well as α-linolenic acid metabolism. Trichuris suis infection modulated host immunity to Campylobacter because there was a 3-fold increase in the relative abundance in the colon microbiota of infected pigs with worms compared to naïve controls, but a 3-fold reduction in worm-free infected pigs compared to controls. The level of pathology observed in infected pigs with worms compared to worm-free infected pigs may relate to the local host response because expression of several Th2-related genes were enhanced in infected pigs with worms versus those worm-free. Our findings provided insight into the dynamics of the proximal colon microbiota in pigs in response to T

  18. Selective Pressure Promotes Tetracycline Resistance of Chlamydia Suis in Fattening Pigs

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    Wanninger, Sabrina; Donati, Manuela; Di Francesco, Antonietta; Hässig, Michael; Hoffmann, Karolin; Seth-Smith, Helena M. B.; Marti, Hanna; Borel, Nicole

    2016-01-01

    In pigs, Chlamydia suis has been associated with respiratory disease, diarrhea and conjunctivitis, but there is a high rate of inapparent C. suis infection found in the gastrointestinal tract of pigs. Tetracycline resistance in C. suis has been described in the USA, Italy, Switzerland, Belgium, Cyprus and Israel. Tetracyclines are commonly used in pig production due to their broad-spectrum activity and relatively low cost. The aim of this study was to isolate clinical C. suis samples in cell culture and to evaluate their antibiotic susceptibility in vitro under consideration of antibiotic treatment on herd level. Swab samples (n = 158) identified as C. suis originating from 24 farms were further processed for isolation, which was successful in 71% of attempts with a significantly higher success rate from fecal swabs compared to conjunctival swabs. The farms were divided into three treatment groups: A) farms without antibiotic treatment, B) farms with prophylactic oral antibiotic treatment of the whole herd consisting of trimethoprime, sulfadimidin and sulfathiazole (TSS), or C) farms giving herd treatment with chlortetracycline with or without tylosin and sulfadimidin (CTS). 59 isolates and their corresponding clinical samples were selected and tested for the presence or absence of the tetracycline resistance class C gene [tet(C)] by conventional PCR and isolates were further investigated for their antibiotic susceptibility in vitro. The phenotype of the investigated isolates was either classified as tetracycline sensitive (Minimum inhibitory concentration [MIC] < 2 μg/ml), intermediate (2 μg/ml ≤ MIC < 4 μg/ml) or resistant (MIC ≥ 4 μg/ml). Results of groups and individual pigs were correlated with antibiotic treatment and time of sampling (beginning/end of the fattening period). We found clear evidence for selective pressure as absence of antibiotics led to isolation of only tetracycline sensitive or intermediate strains whereas tetracycline treatment

  19. Caracterização da pluriatividade e dos plurirrendimentos da agricultura brasileira a partir do Censo Agropecuário 2006

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    Fabiano Escher

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    Full Text Available O artigo trata do fenômeno da pluriatividade na agricultura brasileira, referente à diversificação das atividades econômicas e laborais exercidas no meio rural, e dos plurirrendimentos, referentes à diversificação das fontes de renda acessadas pelos agricultores e suas famílias. Com base nos dados do Censo Agropecuário 2006, realiza-se uma análise para o Brasil e as regiões Sul e Nordeste do País, buscando comparar os assim denominados "estabelecimentos pluriativos" pertencentes às categorias agricultura familiar e agricultura não familiar. O trabalho identifica e quantifica esses estabelecimentos; caracteriza-os segundo o tipo de pluriatividade e a relação de trabalho do pessoal ocupado; e identifica as suas distintas fontes de receitas, mensurando a importância de cada uma na formação da receita total. A constatação empírica de um percentual maior de estabelecimentos de agricultura não familiar classificados como pluriativos (51,9% do que na própria agricultura familiar (34,1% levou a uma intrigante questão teórica, já que a quase totalidade dos estudos sobre pluriatividade no Brasil sempre considerou o fenômeno como uma especificidade da agricultura familiar. Embora essa questão seja apenas brevemente discutida no artigo, o resultado mais significativo é que deve haver uma importante parcela dos agricultores familiares que, justamente por serem pluriativos, encontram-se inadequadamente classificados como agricultores não familiares e, portanto, excluídos das estatísticas oficiais e, possivelmente, das próprias políticas públicas voltadas à agricultura familiar.

  20. Tendências da fecundidade dos povos indígenas nos Censos Demográficos brasileiros de 1991 a 2010

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    Full Text Available O artigo aborda a fecundidade das mulheres autodeclaradas indígenas com base nos censos brasileiros de 1991 a 2010. Inicialmente - como uma aproximação das limitações que a qualidade do dado pode impor às análises - observa-se um viés de autodeclaração para 2000 mais acentuado na população urbana, o que compromete as comparações com 2010, mas não invalida o prosseguimento das análises sobre fecundidade. Constata-se que, efetivamente, a fecundidade dos povos indígenas está diminuindo inclusive entre a população rural, isto é, aquela que reside em Terras Indígenas. A fecundidade indígena urbana é altamente diferenciada da rural e as suspeitas de o viés estar contaminando as medidas produzidas evidenciam a necessidade de um investimento maior no estudo desta população: quem são os indígenas urbanos? Estimativas por ordem de parturição e filhos tidos sinalizam acentuadas quedas de fecundidade para o futuro próximo. A fecundidade das mulheres indígenas jovens - sem muitas diferenciações segundo residência urbana ou rural - continua em níveis muito altos se comparados com os de populações contemporâneas. Esta análise clama por estudos multidisciplinares para o melhor entendimento do processo reprodutivo dos povos indígenas brasileiros.

  1. Use of a Mycoplasma suis-PCR protocol for screening a population of captive peccaries (Tayassu tajacu and Tayassu pecari).

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    Vieira, Rafael Felipe da Costa; Molento, Marcelo Beltrão; Guimarães, Ana Marcia Sa; Santos, Andrea Pires Dos; Bonat, Marcelo; Javorouski, Manoel Lucas; Popp, Luciene; Santos, Leonilda Correia Dos; Moraes, Wanderlei; Cubas, Zalmir Silvino; Vieira, Thállitha Samih Wischral Jayme; Vidotto, Odilon; Filho, Ivan Roque Barros; Biondo, Alexander Welker; Messick, Joanne Belle

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    Mycoplasma suis is a hemotropic bacteria of red blood cells and the causative agent of swine eperythrozoonosis. Diagnosis of infection may be reached by direct examination of blood smears; however, the use of polymerase chain reaction (PCR) of the 16S RNA gene of M. suis improves the sensitivity and specificity of detection. The aim of this study was to screen peccaries (Tayassu tajacu and T. pecari) for M. suis infection using a specific conventional PCR. A total of 28 blood samples from captive collared and white-lipped peccaries were collected, DNA extracted and a specific M. suis PCR assay performed. All samples were negatives by both blood smear examination and PCR testing. To verify the presence of amplifiable DNA, PCR for beta-actin gene was performed in all samples. This study was part of an active surveillance program, which is crucial for monitoring animal health status, particularly in wildlife species.

  2. Valutazione dell'efficacia di methotrexate e sua influenza sui titoli anticorpali patogenetici nei pazienti affetti da pemfigoide bolloso

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    Studio osservazionale condotto presso la Dermatologia dell'Università di Bologna atto a valutare l'efficacia di methotrexate e, in particolare, la sua influenza sui titoli degli autoanticorpi patogeni nei pazienti affetti dalla malattia rara Pemfigoide Bolloso

  3. Matrimonios "sin papeles": perfil sociodemográfico de las parejas de hecho en España según el Censo de 2001 Matrimonios "sin papeles": perfil sociodemográfico de las parejas de hecho en España según el Censo de 2001

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    Teresa Castro Martín

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    Full Text Available Although unmarried cohabitation is less frequent in Spain than in most European countries, it is undergoing a significant increase. This article analyzes a 5% sample of the 2001 census microdata in order to estimate the prevalence of consensual unions in Spain and to compare the socio demographic profile of unmarried and married couples. According to the census data, 4.3% of all women aged 15 to 49 were cohabiting in 2001, and 8.1% of all partnerships were consensual unions. The census data also reveal that cohabitation is not exclusively a youth phenomenon (one third of cohabiting women are older then 35 or a precursor to marriage (in onefourth of cohabiting unions, at least one member has been previously married, and that cohabitation is more common among foreign residents in Spain than among Spanish-born population. With regard to the socio demographic profile of cohabiting women, the analysis reveals that they are younger, more urban, better educated, more likely to be employed and have fewer children than married women. Cohabiting couples are also less homogamous, with regard to age, educational level and nationality, than married couples.Aunque la prevalencia de la cohabitación en España es todavía muy inferior a la observada en la mayoría de los países europeos, se trata de un fenómeno claramente en alza. Este artículo analiza una muestra del 5% de los microdatos del Censo de 2001 para estimar el peso relativo de las uniones de hecho en España y comparar el perfil sociodemográfico de las parejas de hecho y las parejas casadas. Según el censo, un 4,3% de las mujeres de 15 a 49 años estaban cohabitando en 2001 y un 8,1% del total de uniones conyugales eran uniones "sin papeles". Los datos del censo también revelan que la cohabitación no es un fenómeno exclusivamente juvenil (un tercio de las mujeres que integran una pareja de hecho tiene más de 35 años o previo al matrimonio (en una de cada cuatro uniones de hecho, al menos

  4. Polysaccharide capsule and suilysin contribute to extracellular survival of Streptococcus suis co-cultivated with primary porcine phagocytes.

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    Benga, Laurentiu; Fulde, Marcus; Neis, Christina; Goethe, Ralph; Valentin-Weigand, Peter

    2008-11-25

    Streptococcus suis is a major cause of meningitis, sepsis and arthritis in piglets and a zoonotic agent. Survival in the blood circulation system represents a major step in pathogenesis of S. suis infections. To get further insights into the mechanisms of S. suis survival in the host, we compared a highly virulent S. suis serotype 2 strain with its non-encapsulated and suilysin-deficient mutants in their abilities to resist phagocytosis and killing by polymorphonuclear neutrophils (PMNs) and mononuclear cells. PMNs displayed a higher capacity to take up encapsulated bacteria than mononuclear cells, whereas both cell types internalized efficiently non-encapsulated S. suis. Differentiation of extracellular and intracellular survival of the WT strain revealed that in PMNs the majority of the cell-associated streptococci were intracellular, whereas in mononuclear cells the majority remained attached to the cell surface. S. suis survived mainly extracellularly, since both cells killed intracellular bacteria to a similar extent. As a consequence of different resistance to phagocytosis, only the encapsulated S. suis strains survived co-cultivation with PMNs. Comparison of the WT strain with its encapsulated suilysin-deficient mutant revealed reduced survival of the mutant after co-cultivation with PMNs. Involvement of suilysin in inhibition of phagocytosis was further confirmed by the use of anti-suilysin antibodies and recombinant suilysin. Kinetic experiments with PMNs suggested that reduced survival of the mutant strain was mainly associated with an increased uptake, whilst both strains adhered similarly. Concluding, our results indicate that the capsule and the suilysin play important roles in S. suis survival in the host by interfering with phagocytic uptake.

  5. Brucella suis Vaccine Strain 2 Induces Endoplasmic Reticulum Stress that Affects Intracellular Replication in Goat Trophoblast Cells In vitro.

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    Wang, Xiangguo; Lin, Pengfei; Li, Yang; Xiang, Caixia; Yin, Yanlong; Chen, Zhi; Du, Yue; Zhou, Dong; Jin, Yaping; Wang, Aihua

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    Brucella has been reported to impair placental trophoblasts, a cellular target where Brucella efficiently replicates in association with the endoplasmic reticulum (ER), and ultimately trigger abortion in pregnant animals. However, the precise effects of Brucella on trophoblast cells remain unclear. Here, we describe the infection and replication of Brucella suis vaccine strain 2 (B.suis.S2) in goat trophoblast cells (GTCs) and the cellular and molecular responses induced in vitro. Our studies demonstrated that B.suis.S2 was able to infect and proliferate to high titers, hamper the proliferation of GTCs and induce apoptosis due to ER stress. Tunicamycin (Tm), a pharmacological chaperone that strongly mounts ER stress-induced apoptosis, inhibited B.suis.S2 replication in GTCs. In addition, 4 phenyl butyric acid (4-PBA), a pharmacological chaperone that alleviates ER stress-induced apoptosis, significantly enhanced B.suis.S2 replication in GTCs. The Unfolded Protein Response (UPR) chaperone molecule GRP78 also promoted B.suis.S2 proliferation in GTCs by inhibiting ER stress-induced apoptosis. We also discovered that the IRE1 pathway, but not the PERK or ATF6 pathway, was activated in the process. However, decreasing the expression of phosphoIRE1α and IRE1α proteins with Irestatin 9389 (IRE1 antagonist) in GTCs did not affect the proliferation of B.suis.S2. Although GTC implantation was not affected upon B.suis.S2 infection, progesterone secretion was suppressed, and prolactin and estrogen secretion increased; these effects were accompanied by changes in the expression of genes encoding key steroidogenic enzymes. This study systematically explored the mechanisms of abortion in Brucella infection from the viewpoint of pathogen invasion, ER stress and reproductive endocrinology. Our findings may provide new insight for understanding the mechanisms involved in goat abortions caused by Brucella infection.

  6. Brucella suis vaccine strain 2 induces endoplasmic reticulum stress that affects intracellular replication in goat trophoblast cells in vitro

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    Xiangguo eWang

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available Brucella has been reported to impair placental trophoblasts, a cellular target where Brucella efficiently replicates in association with the endoplasmic reticulum (ER, and ultimately trigger abortion in pregnant animals. However, the precise effects of Brucella on trophoblast cells remain unclear. Here, we describe the infection and replication of Brucella suis vaccine strain 2 (B.suis.S2 in goat trophoblast cells (GTCs and the cellular and molecular responses induced in vitro. Our studies demonstrated that B.suis.S2 was able to infect and proliferate to high titers, hamper the proliferation of GTCs and induce apoptosis due to ER stress. Tunicamycin (Tm, a pharmacological chaperone that strongly mounts ER stress-induced apoptosis, inhibited B.suis.S2 replication in GTCs. In addition, 4 phenyl butyric acid (4-PBA, a pharmacological chaperone that alleviates ER stress-induced apoptosis, significantly enhanced B.suis.S2 replication in GTCs. The Unfolded Protein Response (UPR chaperone molecule GRP78 also promoted B.suis.S2 proliferation in GTCs by inhibiting ER stress-induced apoptosis. We also discovered that the IRE1 pathway, but not the PERK or ATF6 pathway, was activated in the process. However, decreasing the expression of phosphoIRE1α and IRE1α proteins with Irestatin 9389 (IRE1 antagonist in GTCs did not affect the proliferation of B.suis.S2. Although GTC implantation was not affected upon B.suis.S2 infection, progesterone secretion was suppressed, and prolactin and estrogen secretion increased; these effects were accompanied by changes in the expression of genes encoding key steroidogenic enzymes. This study systematically explored the mechanisms of abortion in Brucella infection from the viewpoint of pathogen invasion, ER stress and reproductive endocrinology. Our findings may provide new insight for understanding the mechanisms involved in goat abortions caused by Brucella infection.

  7. Differentiation between serological responses to Brucella suis and Yersinia enterocolitica serotype O : 9 after natural or experimental infection in pigs

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    Jungersen, Gregers; Sørensen, Vibeke; Giese, Steen Bjørck

    2006-01-01

    responses in a YeO:9-purified O-antigen indirect ELISA did not decrease accordingly. Analysis of available cross-sectional serum samples from pig herds naturally infected with YeO: 9 or B. suis biovar 2 confirmed that the observed difference in the duration of the serological responses between the two...... infections could be used to discriminate between herds infected with B. suis biovar 2 and YeO:9....

  8. Mycoplasma suis infection results endothelial cell damage and activation: new insight into the cell tropism and pathogenicity of hemotrophic mycoplasma

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    Sokoli Albina

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Hemotrophic mycoplasmas (HM are highly specialized red blood cell parasites that cause infectious anemia in a variety of mammals, including humans. To date, no in vitro cultivation systems for HM have been available, resulting in relatively little information about the pathogenesis of HM infection. In pigs, Mycoplasma suis-induced infectious anemia is associated with hemorrhagic diathesis, and coagulation dysfunction. However, intravasal coagulation and subsequent consumption coagulopathy can only partly explain the sequence of events leading to hemorrhagic diathesis manifesting as cyanosis, petechial bleeding, and ecchymosis, and to disseminated coagulation. The involvement of endothelial activation and damage in M. suis-associated pathogenesis was investigated using light and electron microscopy, immunohistochemistry, and cell sorting. M. suis interacted directly with endothelial cells in vitro and in vivo. Endothelial activation, widespread endothelial damage, and adherence of red blood cells to the endothelium were evident in M. suis-infected pigs. These alterations of the endothelium were accompanied by hemorrhage, intravascular coagulation, vascular occlusion, and massive morphological changes within the parenchyma. M. suis biofilm-like microcolonies formed on the surface of endothelial cells, and may represent a putative persistence mechanism of M. suis. In vitro analysis demonstrated that M. suis interacted with the endothelial cytoskeletal protein actin, and induced actin condensation and activation of endothelial cells, as determined by the up-regulation of ICAM, PECAM, E-selectin, and P-selectin. These findings demonstrate an additional cell tropism of HM for endothelial cells and suggest that M. suis interferes with the protective function of the endothelium, resulting in hemorrhagic diathesis.

  9. Identification of major Streptococcus suis serotypes 2, 7, 8 and 9 isolated from pigs and humans in upper northeastern Thailand.

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    Nutravong, Thitima; Angkititrakul, Sunpetch; Jiwakanon, Netchanok; Wongchanthong, Wanlaya; Dejsirilerts, Surang; Nawa, Yukifumi

    2014-09-01

    Streptococcus suis serotype 2 infections occur in many provinces of north-eastern Thailand, knowledge concerning the prevalence of the common S. suis serotypes (1, 1/2, 2, 5, 7, 8, 9, 14 and 16) among healthy and diseased pigs in upper northeastern Thailand remains limited. This study investigated S. suis isolates from pigs (healthy and diseased) and also from humans using 11 conventional biochemical tests, 16S rDNA PCR and sequence analysis and multiplex PCR genotyping of porcine cps and gdh. Thirty-three isolates were obtained between 2009 and 2012 from blood or cerebrospinal fluid of patients from northeastern Thailand previously diagnosed with S. suis infection, based on clinical symptoms and laboratory diagnosis using 11 biochemical tests and PCR detection of 16S rDNA and cps. Eleven S. suis isolates were obtained between 2006 and 2009 from diseased pigs with clinical signs and laboratory diagnoses. In addition, 43 isolates obtained from 741 nasal swab cultures of slaughtered pigs between 2011 and 2012 were included. All three methods showed similar sensitivity in detection of S. suis from clinical and diseased pig specimens, although in healthy pigs, the 11 conventional biochemical methods yielded 2.3% false positives, and the gdh PCR detection method exhibited 31% false negatives. S. suis was present among healthy pigs in 8 of 10 provinces in upper northeastern Thailand, giving an average prevalence of 5.7% (range 1%-17%) using conventional methods together with 16S rDNA PCR assay. False positives by conventional methods were due to species with similar phenotypes, such as viridian streptococci, and are not statistically different from those obtained with the 16S rDNA PCR method, and the false negatives using gdh PCR assay will require further investigation. As S. suis was recovered from both diseased and healthy pigs, raw or undercooked pork products should be considered unsafe for handling or consumption in these regions of Thailand.

  10. Mac Protein is not an Essential Virulence Factor for the Virulent Reference Strain Streptococcus suis P1/7.

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    Xiao, Genhui; Wu, Zongfu; Zhang, Shouming; Tang, Huanyu; Wang, Fengqiu; Lu, Chengping

    2017-01-01

    Streptococcus suis is a major pathogen of pigs and also an important zoonotic agent for humans. A S. suis protein containing Mac-1 domain (designated Mac) is a protective antigen, exclusively cleaves porcine IgM, and contributes to complement evasion with the presence of high titers of specific porcine anti-S. suis IgM, but its role in S. suis virulence has not been investigated in natural healthy host without specific IgM. In this study, a mac deletion mutant was constructed by homologous recombination in S. suis serotype 2 virulent reference strain P1/7. Deletion of mac did not significantly influence phagocytosis or intracellular survival within murine macrophages RAW264.7, or the oxidative-burst induction of RAW264.7 and murine neutrophils. Furthermore, the mutant is as virulent as the wild-type strain in pig, mouse, and zebrafish infection models. Our data suggest that Mac is not essential for S. suis virulence in strain P1/7 in natural healthy host without specific IgM, and the immunogenicity of Mac does not appear to correlate with its significance for virulence.

  11. Lysogenic Streptococcus suis isolate SS2-4 containing prophage SMP showed increased mortality in zebra fish compared to the wild-type isolate.

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    Fang Tang

    Full Text Available Streptococcus suis (S. suis infection is considered to be a major problem in the swine industry worldwide. Based on the capsular type, 33 serotypes of S. suis have been described, with serotype 2 (SS2 being the most frequently isolated from diseased piglets. Little is known, however, about the pathogenesis and virulence factors of S. suis. Research on bacteriophages highlights a new area in S. suis research. A S. suis serotype 2 bacteriophage, designated SMP, has been previously isolated in our laboratory. Here, we selected a lysogenic isolate in which the SMP phage was integrated into the chromosome of strain SS2-4. Compared to the wild-type isolate, the lysogenic strain showed increased mortality in zebra fish. Moreover the sensitivity of the lysogenic strain to lysozyme was seven times higher than that of the wild-type.

  12. Lysogenic Streptococcus suis isolate SS2-4 containing prophage SMP showed increased mortality in zebra fish compared to the wild-type isolate.

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    Tang, Fang; Zhang, Wei; Lu, Chengping

    2013-01-01

    Streptococcus suis (S. suis) infection is considered to be a major problem in the swine industry worldwide. Based on the capsular type, 33 serotypes of S. suis have been described, with serotype 2 (SS2) being the most frequently isolated from diseased piglets. Little is known, however, about the pathogenesis and virulence factors of S. suis. Research on bacteriophages highlights a new area in S. suis research. A S. suis serotype 2 bacteriophage, designated SMP, has been previously isolated in our laboratory. Here, we selected a lysogenic isolate in which the SMP phage was integrated into the chromosome of strain SS2-4. Compared to the wild-type isolate, the lysogenic strain showed increased mortality in zebra fish. Moreover the sensitivity of the lysogenic strain to lysozyme was seven times higher than that of the wild-type.

  13. A genetic analysis of Trichuris trichiura and Trichuris suis from Ecuador

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    Meekums, Hayley; Hawash, Mohamed B F; Sparks, Alexandra M;

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    BACKGROUND: Since the nematodes Trichuris trichiura and T. suis are morphologically indistinguishable, genetic analysis is required to assess epidemiological cross-over between people and pigs. This study aimed to clarify the transmission biology of trichuriasis in Ecuador. FINDINGS: Adult...... Trichuris worms were collected during a parasitological survey of 132 people and 46 pigs in Esmeraldas Province, Ecuador. Morphometric analysis of 49 pig worms and 64 human worms revealed significant variation. In discriminant analysis morphometric characteristics correctly classified male worms according...... to genetically analyse Trichuris parasites. Although T. trichiura does not appear to be zoonotic in Ecuador, there is evidence of genetic exchange between T. trichiura and T. suis warranting more detailed genetic sampling....

  14. The helminth Trichuris suis suppresses TLR4-induced inflammatory responses in human macrophages

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    Ottow, M. K.; Klaver, E. J.; van der Pouw Kraan, T. C. T. M.

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    -CSF)-differentiated) macrophages. Interestingly, we here show that T. suis SPs potently skew inflammatory macrophages into a more anti-inflammatory state in a Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4)-dependent manner, and less effects are seen when stimulating macrophages with TLR2 or -3 ligands. Gene microarray analysis of GM......Recent clinical trials in patients with inflammatory diseases like multiple sclerosis (MS) or inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) have shown the beneficial effects of probiotic helminth administration, although the underlying mechanism of action remains largely unknown. Potential cellular targets may...... include innate immune cells that propagate inflammation in these diseases, like pro-inflammatory macrophages. We here investigated the effects of the helminth Trichuris suis soluble products (SPs) on the phenotype and function of human inflammatory (granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor (GM...

  15. Genetic affinity between the Kam-Sui speaking Chadong and Mulam people

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    Qiong-Ying DENG; Chuan-Chao WANG; Xiao-Qing WANG; Ling-Xiang WANG; Zhong-Yan WANG; Wen-Jun WU; Hui LI

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    The origins of Kam-Sui speaking Chadong and Mulam people have been controversial subjects in ethnic history studies and other related fields.Here,we studied Y chromosome (40 informative single nucleotide polymorphisms and 17 short tandem repeats in a non-recombining region) and mtDNA (hypervariable segment I and coding region single nucleotide polymorphisms) diversities in 50 Chadong and 93 Mulam individuals.The Y chromosome and mtDNA haplogroup components and network analyses indicated that both Chadong and Mulam originated from the admixture between surrounding populations and the indigenous Kam-Sui populations.The newly found Chadong is more closely related to Mulam than to Maonan,especially in the matemal lineages.

  16. Profiling circulating miRNAs in serum from pigs infected with the porcine whipworm, Trichuris suis

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    Hansen, Eline Palm; Kringel, Helene; Thamsborg, Stig Milan;

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    microRNAs (miRNAs) are recently discovered as key regulators of gene translation and are becoming increasingly recognized for their involvement in various diseases. This study investigates the miRNA profile in pig serum during the course of an infection with the gastrointestinal parasite, Trichuris...... for asthma and we hypothesize possible interactions between these host- and parasite-derived miRNAs and their immunomodulating roles....... suis. Of this panel, the expression of selected miRNAs in serum from T. suis infected and uninfected pigs were determined by quantitative real time PCR using Exiqon Human Panel assays at 0, 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10 weeks post first infection (wpi). One miRNA, ssc-let-7d-3p, was significantly up...

  17. The merchants of Chang'an in the Sui and Tang dynasties

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    Xue Pingshuan

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    As the capital of the Sui and Tang dynasties,Chang'an brought together large numbers of high-ranking officials,aristocrats,local residents,and sojourners.The promise of profits caused by the high demand for consumer goods attracted merchants.Chang'an was also the starting point of the renowned Silk Road.For all these reasons,Chang'an became a gathering point for Small and medium-scale merchants,rich merchants,ethnic-minority merchants,and foreign merchants.All these merchants engaged in a wide variety of business activities and made money by surprisingly diverse means.Those with great economic power were quite active politically.The activities of these merchants symbolize the unprecedented growth of commerce in Chang'an and reveal the high level of development of urban trade in the Sui and the Tang dynasties.

  18. Oesophagostomum dentatum and Trichuris suis infections in pigs born and raised on contaminated paddocks

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    Mejer, Helena; Roepstorff, Allan Knud

    2006-01-01

    Transmission of Oesophagostomum dentatum and Trichuris suis was studied in outdoor reared pigs. Six farrowing paddocks were naturally contaminated in May to mid-June 2001 by experimentally infected seeder pigs. Early July, 1 sow farrowed on each paddock and starting week 3 post partum (p.......p.) the offspring was slaughtered serially every 2 weeks for parasite recovery. Faeces were collected regularly for parasite egg counts and acid-insoluble ash (AIA) content as an indicator of geophagy. Weaning took place week 7 p.p. by removing the sow. Paddock infection levels were estimated in mid-June (O....... dentatum) and late November (O. dentatum and T. suis) using helminth naïve tracer pigs. Soil and vegetation samples were collected regularly. Despite a high initial contamination by the seeder pigs, O. dentatum paddock infectivity was negligible to low throughout the raising of the experimental piglets...

  19. Effects of Helicobacter suis γ-glutamyl transpeptidase on lymphocytes: modulation by glutamine and glutathione supplementation and outer membrane vesicles as a putative delivery route of the enzyme.

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    Guangzhi Zhang

    Full Text Available Helicobacter (H. suis colonizes the stomach of the majority of pigs as well as a minority of humans worldwide. Infection causes chronic inflammation in the stomach of the host, however without an effective clearance of the bacteria. Currently, no information is available about possible mechanisms H. suis utilizes to interfere with the host immune response. This study describes the effect on various lymphocytes of the γ-glutamyl transpeptidase (GGT from H. suis. Compared to whole cell lysate from wild-type H. suis, lysate from a H. suis ggt mutant strain showed a decrease of the capacity to inhibit Jurkat T cell proliferation. Incubation of Jurkat T cells with recombinantly expressed H. suis GGT resulted in an impaired proliferation, and cell death was shown to be involved. A similar but more pronounced inhibitory effect was also seen on primary murine CD4(+ T cells, CD8(+ T cells, and CD19(+ B cells. Supplementation with known GGT substrates was able to modulate the observed effects. Glutamine restored normal proliferation of the cells, whereas supplementation with reduced glutathione strengthened the H. suis GGT-mediated inhibition of proliferation. H. suis GGT treatment abolished secretion of IL-4 and IL-17 by CD4(+ T cells, without affecting secretion of IFN-γ. Finally, H. suis outer membrane vesicles (OMV were identified as a possible delivery route of H. suis GGT to lymphocytes residing in the deeper mucosal layers. Thus far, this study is the first to report that the effects on lymphocytes of this enzyme, not only important for H. suis metabolism but also for that of other Helicobacter species, depend on the degradation of two specific substrates: glutamine and reduced glutatione. This will provide new insights into the pathogenic mechanisms of H. suis infection in particular and infection with gastric helicobacters in general.

  20. Role of glucose and CcpA in capsule expression and virulence of Streptococcus suis.

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    Willenborg, J; Fulde, M; de Greeff, A; Rohde, M; Smith, H E; Valentin-Weigand, P; Goethe, R

    2011-06-01

    Streptococcus suis is one of the most important pathogens in pigs and is also an emerging zoonotic agent. After crossing the epithelial barrier, S. suis causes bacteraemia, resulting in meningitis, endocarditis and bronchopneumonia. Since the host environment seems to be an important regulatory component for virulence, we related expression of virulence determinants of S. suis to glucose availability during growth and to the sugar metabolism regulator catabolite control protein A (CcpA). We found that expression of the virulence-associated genes arcB, representing arcABC operon expression, cps2A, representing capsular locus expression, as well as sly, ofs, sao and epf, differed significantly between exponential and early stationary growth of a highly virulent serotype 2 strain. Deletion of ccpA altered the expression of the surface-associated virulence factors arcB, sao and eno, as well as the two currently proven virulence factors in pigs, ofs and cps2A, in early exponential growth. Global expression analysis using a cDNA expression array revealed 259 differentially expressed genes in early exponential growth, of which 141 were more highly expressed in the CcpA mutant strain 10ΔccpA and 118 were expressed to a lower extent. Interestingly, among the latter genes, 18 could be related to capsule and cell wall synthesis. Correspondingly, electron microscopy characterization of strain 10ΔccpA revealed a markedly reduced thickness of the capsule. This phenotype correlated with enhanced binding to porcine plasma proteins and a reduced resistance to killing by porcine neutrophils. Taken together, our data demonstrate that CcpA has a significant effect on the capsule synthesis and virulence properties of S. suis.

  1. The arginine-ornithine antiporter ArcD contributes to biological fitness of Streptococcus suis.

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    Fulde, Marcus; Willenborg, Joerg; Huber, Claudia; Hitzmann, Angela; Willms, Daniela; Seitz, Maren; Eisenreich, Wolfgang; Valentin-Weigand, Peter; Goethe, Ralph

    2014-01-01

    The arginine-ornithine antiporter (ArcD) is part of the Arginine Deiminase System (ADS), a catabolic, energy-providing pathway found in a variety of different bacterial species, including the porcine zoonotic pathogen Streptococcus suis. The ADS has recently been shown to play a role in the pathogenicity of S. suis, in particular in its survival in host cells. The contribution of arginine and arginine transport mediated by ArcD, however, has yet to be clarified. In the present study, we showed by experiments using [U-(13)C6]arginine as a tracer molecule that S. suis is auxotrophic for arginine and that bacterial growth depends on the uptake of extracellular arginine. To further study the role of ArcD in arginine metabolism, we generated an arcD-specific mutant strain and characterized its growth compared to the wild-type (WT) strain, a virulent serotype 2 strain. The mutant strain showed a markedly reduced growth in chemically defined media supplemented with arginine when compared to the WT strain, suggesting that ArcD promotes arginine uptake. To further evaluate the in vivo relevance of ArcD, we studied the intracellular bacterial survival of the arcD mutant strain in an epithelial cell culture infection model. The mutant strain was substantially attenuated, and its reduced intracellular survival rate correlated with a lower ability to neutralize the acidified environment. Based on these results, we propose that ArcD, by its function as an arginine-ornithine antiporter, is important for supplying arginine as substrate of the ADS and, thereby, contributes to biological fitness and virulence of S. suis in the host.

  2. Constitutive and Inducible Expression of Green Fluorescent Protein in Brucella suis

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    Köhler, Stephan; Ouahrani-Bettache, Safia; Layssac, Marion; Teyssier, Jacques; Liautard, Jean-Pierre

    1999-01-01

    A gene fusion system based on plasmid pBBR1MCS and the expression of green fluorescent protein was developed for Brucella suis, allowing isolation of constitutive and inducible genes. Bacteria containing promoter fusions of chromosomal DNA to gfp were visualized by fluorescence microscopy and examined by flow cytometry. Twelve clones containing gene fragments induced inside J774 murine macrophages were isolated and further characterized. PMID:10569794

  3. Constitutive and Inducible Expression of Green Fluorescent Protein in Brucella suis

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    1999-01-01

    A gene fusion system based on plasmid pBBR1MCS and the expression of green fluorescent protein was developed for Brucella suis, allowing isolation of constitutive and inducible genes. Bacteria containing promoter fusions of chromosomal DNA to gfp were visualized by fluorescence microscopy and examined by flow cytometry. Twelve clones containing gene fragments induced inside J774 murine macrophages were isolated and further characterized.

  4. Clinical resistance and decreased susceptibility in Streptococcus suis isolates from clinically healthy fattening pigs.

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    Callens, Bénédicte F; Haesebrouck, Freddy; Maes, Dominiek; Butaye, Patrick; Dewulf, Jeroen; Boyen, Filip

    2013-04-01

    Streptococcus suis (S. suis) has often been reported as an important swine pathogen and is considered as a new emerging zoonotic agent. Consequently, it is important to be informed on its susceptibility to antimicrobial agents. In the current study, the Minimum Inhibitory Concentration (MIC) population distribution of nine antimicrobial agents has been determined for nasal S. suis strains, isolated from healthy pigs at the end of the fattening period from 50 closed or semiclosed pig herds. The aim of the study was to report resistance based on both clinical breakpoints (clinical resistance percentage) and epidemiological cutoff values (non-wild-type percentage). Non-wild-type percentages were high for tetracycline (98%), lincomycin (92%), tilmicosin (72%), erythromycin (70%), tylosin (66%), and low for florfenicol (0%) and enrofloxacin (0.3%). Clinical resistance percentages were high for tetracycline (95%), erythromycin (66%), tylosin (66%), and low for florfenicol (0.3%) and enrofloxacin (0.3%). For tiamulin, for which no clinical breakpoint is available, 57% of the isolates did not belong to the wild-type population. Clinical resistance and non-wild-type percentages differed substantially for penicillin. Only 1% of the tested S. suis strains was considered as clinically resistant, whereas 47% of the strains showed acquired resistance when epidemiological cutoff values were used. In conclusion, MIC values for penicillin are gradually increasing, compared to previous reports, although pigs infected with strains showing higher MICs may still respond to treatment with penicillin. The high rate of acquired resistance against tiamulin has not been reported before. Results from this study clearly demonstrate that the use of different interpretive criteria contributes to the extent of differences in reported antimicrobial resistance results. The early detection of small changes in the MIC population distribution of isolates, while clinical failure may not yet be

  5. Monitoring of antimicrobial susceptibility of Streptococcus suis in the Netherlands, 2013-2015.

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    van Hout, Jobke; Heuvelink, Annet; Gonggrijp, Maaike

    2016-10-15

    The objective of the present study was to analyse the in vitro antimicrobial susceptibility of Streptococcus suis isolates from post-mortem samples from pigs in the Netherlands. S. suis isolates originated from diagnostic submissions of pigs sent to the Pathology Department of GD Animal Health, from April 2013 till June 2015. Minimal inhibitory concentrations (MICs) of in total 15 antimicrobials were assessed by broth microdilution following CLSI recommendations. MIC50 and MIC90 values were determined and MICs were interpreted as susceptible, intermediate and resistant using CLSI veterinary breakpoints (when available). Emergence of resistance among S. suis (n=1163) derived from clinical submissions of pigs appeared to be limited. Resistance to ampicillin, ceftiofur, clindamycin, enrofloxacin, florfenicol, penicillin, trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole and tetracycline was 0.3%, 0.5%, 48.1%, 0.6%, 0.1%, 0.5%, 3.0%, and 78.4%, respectively. Cross-resistance between penicillin and ampicillin appeared to be incomplete. MIC values of erythromycin, clindamycin, neomycin, penicillin and tilmicosin for isolates originating from grower/finisher pigs were significantly more often lower than the MIC values of isolates from suckling/weaned piglets. It has to be kept in mind that these results represent only part of the Dutch pig population and it can be discussed whether this is a representative sample. Interpretation of the MIC results of (clinically relevant) antimicrobials tested for treatment of S. suis infection is strongly hampered by the lack of CLSI-defined veterinary clinical breakpoints that are animal species- and body site-specific. Therefore, and to conduct a clinically reliable monitoring of antimicrobial susceptibility of veterinary pathogens, more species- and organ-specific veterinary breakpoints are urgently needed.

  6. Development and optimization of new generation Start-Up Instrumentation systems (SUI) for domestic CANDU reactors

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    Nasimi, Elnara

    Due to the age and operating experience of Bruce Power units, equipment ageing and obsolescence has become one of the main challenges that need to be resolved for all systems, structures and components in order to ensure a safe and reliable production of energy. The research objectives of this thesis will focus on methodology for modernization of Start-Up Instrumentation (SUI), both in-core and Control Room equipment, using a new generation of detectors and cables in order to manage obsolescence. The main objective of this thesis is to develop a new systematic approach to SUI installation/replacement procedure development and optimization. Although some additional features, such as real-time data monitoring and storage/archiving solutions for SUI systems are also examined to take full advantage of today's digital technology, the objective of this thesis does not include detailed parametrical studies of detector or system performance. Instead, a number of technological, operational and maintenance issues associated with Start-Up Instrumentation systems at Bruce Power will be identified in this project and a structured approach to developing a replacement/installation procedure that can be standardized and used across all of the domestic CANDU stations is proposed. Finally, benefits of Hierarchical Control Chart (HCC) methodology for all stages of plant life management, such as system design, development, operation and maintenance are demonstrated. Keywords: Task Breakdown and Analysis methodology, installation/removal procedure development and optimization, risk-based analysis and optimization, Hierarchical Control Chart (HCC) methodology for system maintenance and troubleshooting, Start-Up Instrumentation (SUI), Ion Chambers, Fission Chambers, proportional counters, Shutdown System 1 (SDS1), Shutdown System 2 (SDS2).

  7. Isolamento di Brucella suis biovariante 2 da un cinghiale in Abruzzo, Italia

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    Fabrizio De Massis

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Un cinghiale selvatico femmina, di circa due anni di età, è stato trovato morto dai Servizi Veterinari a Pianola di Roio a L'Aquila, Provincia situata nella Regione Abruzzo nell'Italia centrale. La carcassa è stata conferita all'Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale dell'Abruzzo e del Molise "G. Caporale" di Teramo per l'esecuzione dell'esame autoptico. Dai linfonodi sotto-mandibolari di questo esemplare è stato isolato un ceppo di Brucella suis biovariante 2. Questa è la prima segnalazione d'isolamento di B. suis nella Regione Abruzzo. Diversi autori hanno accettato, in passato, l'ipotesi che B. suis biovariante 2 sia stata introdotta in Italia attraverso l'importazione di lepri provenienti dai paesi europei in cui l'infezione è endemica nelle popolazioni selvatiche. Questa considerazione ha portato le autorità italiane a rafforzare i controlli esistenti sulle lepri selvatiche importate a scopo di ripopolamento. Tuttavia, attualmente, non è in vigore alcuna disposizione (né lo è stata in passato per il controllo della brucellosi nei cinghiali movimentati, sia a livello nazionale che europeo. L'isolamento di B. suis biovariante 2 da cinghiali in altre Regioni italiane geograficamente distanti potrebbe suggerire che questa specie, piuttosto che le lepri importate, possa essere stata la fonte d'introduzione dell'infezione in tali aree. Le norme nazionali ed europee di gestione della brucellosi nella fauna selvatica dovrebbero essere indirizzate al controllo dello stato di salute dei cinghiali negli allevamenti prima delle movimentazioni o del rilascio, con l'obiettivo di prevenire la diffusione di questo patogeno in territori indenni.

  8. The arginine-ornithine antiporter ArcD contributes to biological fitness of Streptococcus suis

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    Marcus eFulde

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available The arginine-ornithine antiporter (ArcD is part of the Arginine Deiminase System (ADS, a catabolic, energy-providing pathway found in a variety of different bacterial species, including the porcine zoonotic pathogen Streptococcus suis. The ADS has recently been shown to play a role in the pathogenicity of S. suis, in particular in its survival in host cells. The contribution of arginine and arginine transport mediated by ArcD, however, has yet to be clarified. In the present study, we showed by experiments using [U-13C6]arginine as a tracer molecule that S. suis is auxotrophic for arginine and that bacterial growth depends on the uptake of extracellular arginine. To further study the role of ArcD in arginine metabolism, we generated an arcD-specific mutant strain and characterized its growth compared to the wild-type (WT strain, a virulent serotype 2 strain. The mutant strain showed a markedly reduced growth rate in chemically defined media supplemented with arginine when compared to the WT strain, indicating that ArcD promotes arginine uptake. To further evaluate the in vivo relevance of ArcD, we studied the intracellular bacterial survival of the arcD mutant strain in an epithelial cell culture infection model. The mutant strain was substantially attenuated, and its reduced intracellular survival rate correlated with a lower ability to neutralize the acidified environment. Based on these results, we propose that ArcD, by its function as an arginine-ornithine antiporter, is important for supplying arginine as substrate of the ADS and, thereby, contributes to biological fitness and virulence of S. suis in the host.

  9. Censo Brasileiro de Cirurgia Refrativa

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    Marcelo Vieira Netto

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Determinar preferências e práticas dos cirurgiões refrativos do Brasil. MÉTODOS: Foi realizado um estudo transversal baseado na coleta de dados de um questionário aplicado durante o VI Congresso Brasileiro de Catarata e Cirurgia Refrativa em 2011. As questões também foram enviadas por e-mail aos membros dessa sociedade. Perguntas sobre preferências de técnicas, uso de novas tecnologias, volume cirúrgico, tipo de excimer laser, microcerátomo e topógrafos mais utilizados, uso de mitomicina C, colírios pós-operatórios, dentre outras, foram analisados. RESULTADOS: No total, 292 cirurgiões responderam a pesquisa. A maioria possui um volume mensal entre 2 a 4 olhos por semana (57,60%. Grande parte (64,50% realiza tomografia de córnea de rotina e apenas 22,00% dos analisados não personalizam suas cirurgias. A técnica de ceratomileusis in situ a laser (LASIK é a mais realizada e quando a ceratectomia fotorrefrativa (PRK é utilizada, a maioria dos cirurgiões aplica a mitomicina C (52,60% nesses pacientes. A marca de excimer laser mais utilizada até o momento é a Nidek (26,12%. CONCLUSÃO: A técnica de LASIK é mais realizada pelos cirurgiões, sendo que a maioria personaliza parte de suas cirurgias e quando a ceratectomia fotorrefrativa é realizada, a mitomicina C é empregada pela maior parte dos entrevistados. A cirurgia bilateral é rotineiramente realizada pela maioria dos cirurgiões e o laser de femtosegundo ainda é empregado apenas por uma minoria dos cirurgiões.

  10. Avanços na captação de dados sobre a população indígena no Censo Demográfico 2010

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    Nilza de Oliveira Martins Pereira

    Full Text Available O objetivo desta nota de pesquisa é fornecer subsídios para uma discussão acerca dos desafios atuais de análise dos dados censitários no tocante aos indígenas, assim como apresentar algumas perspectivas futuras necessárias para o avanço na produção dessas informações. Também, se discorre sobre procedimentos específicos adotados na produção desses dados e se sistematizam algumas inovações metodológicas introduzidas no Censo Demográfico 2010.

  11. Streptococcus suis sorption on agricultural soils: role of soil physico-chemical properties.

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    Zhao, Wenqiang; Liu, Xing; Huang, Qiaoyun; Cai, Peng

    2015-01-01

    Understanding pathogen sorption on natural soil particles is crucial to protect public health from soilborne and waterborne diseases. Sorption of pathogen Streptococcus suis on 10 agricultural soils was examined, and its correlations with soil physico-chemical properties were also elucidated. S. suis sorption isotherms conformed to the linear equation, with partition coefficients (Ks) ranging from 12.7 mL g(-1) to 100.1 mL g(-1). Bacteria were observed to sorb on the external surfaces of soil aggregates by scanning electron microscopy. Using Pearson correlation and linear regression analysis, solution pH was found to have significant negative correlations with Ks. Stepwise multiple regression and path analysis revealed that pH and cation exchange capacity (CEC) were the main factors influencing sorption behaviors. The obtained overall model (Ks=389.6-45.9×pH-1.3×CEC, R(2)=0.943, PKs values. However, the variability in Ks was less dependent on soil organic matter, specific surface area, soil texture and zeta potential, probably due to the internal-surface shielding phenomenon of soil aggregates. Additionally, the sorption trends cannot be interpreted by interaction energy barriers calculated using the Derjaguin-Landau-Verwey-Overbeek (DLVO) theory, suggesting the limits of DLVO theory in describing pathogen sorption on natural soils. Our results also indicated soil pH and CEC should be preferentially considered when modeling S. suis sorption process.

  12. Brucella suis-Impaired Specific Recognition of Phagosomes by Lysosomes due to Phagosomal Membrane Modifications

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    Naroeni, Aroem; Jouy, Nicolas; Ouahrani-Bettache, Safia; Liautard, Jean-Pierre; Porte, Françoise

    2001-01-01

    Brucella species are gram-negative, facultatively intracellular bacteria that infect humans and animals. These organisms can survive and replicate within a membrane-bound compartment in phagocytic and nonprofessional phagocytic cells. Inhibition of phagosome-lysosome fusion has been proposed as a mechanism for intracellular survival in both types of cells. However, the biochemical mechanisms and microbial factors implicated in Brucella maturation are still completely unknown. We developed two different approaches in an attempt to gain further insight into these mechanisms: (i) a fluorescence microscopy analysis of general intracellular trafficking on whole cells in the presence of Brucella and (ii) a flow cytometry analysis of in vitro reconstitution assays showing the interaction between Brucella suis-containing phagosomes and lysosomes. The fluorescence microscopy results revealed that fusion properties of latex bead-containing phagosomes with lysosomes were not modified in the presence of live Brucella suis in the cells. We concluded that fusion inhibition was restricted to the pathogen phagosome and that the host cell fusion machinery was not altered by the presence of live Brucella in the cell. By in vitro reconstitution experiments, we observed a specific association between killed B. suis-containing phagosomes and lysosomes, which was dependent on exogenously supplied cytosol, energy, and temperature. This association was observed with killed bacteria but not with live bacteria. Hence, this specific recognition inhibition seemed to be restricted to the pathogen phagosomal membrane, as noted in the in vivo experiments. PMID:11119541

  13. Streptococcal Adhesin P (SadP) contributes to Streptococcus suis adhesion to the human intestinal epithelium

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    Ferrando, Maria Laura; Willemse, Niels; Zaccaria, Edoardo; Pannekoek, Yvonne; van der Ende, Arie; Schultsz, Constance

    2017-01-01

    Background Streptococcus suis is a zoonotic pathogen, causing meningitis and septicemia. We previously demonstrated that the gastrointestinal tract (GIT) is an entry site for zoonotic S. suis infection. Here we studied the contribution of Streptococcal adhesin Protein (SadP) to host-pathogen interaction at GIT level. Methods SadP expression in presence of Intestinal Epithelial Cells (IEC) was compared with expression of other virulence factors by measuring transcript levels using quantitative Real Time PCR (qRT-PCR). SadP variants were identified by phylogenetic analysis of complete DNA sequences. The interaction of SadP knockout and complementation mutants with IEC was tested in vitro. Results Expression of sadP was significantly increased in presence of IEC. Sequence analysis of 116 invasive strains revealed five SadP sequence variants, correlating with genotype. SadP1, present in zoonotic isolates of clonal complex 1, contributed to binding to both human and porcine IEC and translocation across human IEC. Antibodies against the globotriaosylceramide Gb3/CD77 receptor significantly inhibited adhesion to human IEC. Conclusion SadP is involved in the host-pathogen interaction in the GIT. Differences between SadP variants may determine different affinities to the Gb3/CD77 host-receptor, contributing to variation in adhesion capacity to host IEC and thus to S. suis zoonotic potential. PMID:28407026

  14. Secretion of RNA-Containing Extracellular Vesicles by the Porcine Whipworm, Trichuris suis.

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    Hansen, Eline Palm; Kringel, Helene; Williams, Andrew R; Nejsum, Peter

    2015-06-01

    Trichuris suis is a common parasitic helminth of pigs. As with many other parasites, T. suis ensures its own survival by evading host immune responses, but little is known about how this is achieved. MicroRNAs (miRNA) have been shown to be involved in various immunological processes by post-transcriptional regulation of specific genes, and the potential of using these molecules as biomarkers of disease is currently being examined. It has recently been shown that parasites may secrete extracellular structures such as exosomes and microvesicles, containing proteins and miRNA. The fusion of these structures with host cells has been demonstrated, and a role of exosome-derived miRNA in host gene regulation has been suggested. In the present study, we show that exosome- and microvesicular-like structures are secreted by T. suis L1 larvae and also demonstrate the presence of miRNA-sized RNA inside these structures. A potential role of these molecules in host-parasite interactions is suggested. In addition, an electron-dense layer covering the surface of the larvae was observed, which may play a function in host immune evasion.

  15. Pre-absorbed immunoproteomics: a novel method for the detection of Streptococcus suis surface proteins.

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    Wei Zhang

    Full Text Available Streptococcus suis serotype 2 (SS2 is a zoonotic pathogen that can cause infections in pigs and humans. Bacterial surface proteins are often investigated as potential vaccine candidates and biomarkers of virulence. In this study, a novel method for identifying bacterial surface proteins is presented, which combines immunoproteomic and immunoserologic techniques. Critical to the success of this new method is an improved procedure for generating two-dimensional electrophoresis gel profiles of S. suis proteins. The S. suis surface proteins identified in this study include muramidase-released protein precursor (MRP and an ABC transporter protein, while MRP is thought to be one of the main virulence factors in SS2 located on the bacterial surface. Herein, we demonstrate that the ABC transporter protein can bind to HEp-2 cells, which strongly suggests that this protein is located on the bacterial cell surface and may be involved in pathogenesis. An immunofluorescence assay confirmed that the ABC transporter is localized to the bacterial outer surface. This new method may prove to be a useful tool for identifying surface proteins, and aid in the development of new vaccine subunits and disease diagnostics.

  16. Delta-pgm, a new live-attenuated vaccine against Brucella suis.

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    Czibener, Cecilia; Del Giudice, Mariela Giselda; Spera, Juan Manuel; Fulgenzi, Fabiana Rosa; Ugalde, Juan Esteban

    2016-03-18

    Brucellosis is one of the most widespread zoonosis in the world affecting many domestic and wild animals including bovines, goats, pigs and dogs. Each species of the Brucella genus has a particular tropism toward different mammals being the most relevant for human health Brucella abortus, Brucella melitensis and Brucella suis that infect bovines, goats/camelids and swine respectively. Although for B. abortus and B. melitensis there are vaccines available, there is no efficient vaccine to protect swine from B. suis infection so far. We describe here the construction of a novel vaccine strain that confers excellent protection against B. suis in a mouse model of infection. This strain is a clean deletion of the phosphoglucomutase (pgm) gene that codes for a protein that catalyzes the conversion of glucose-6-P to glucose-1-P, which is used as a precursor for the biosynthesis of many polysaccharides. The Delta-pgm strain lacks a complete lipopolysaccharide, is unable to synthesize cyclic beta glucans and is sensitive to several detergents and Polymyxin B. We show that this strain replicates in cultured cells, is completely avirulent in the mouse model of infection but protects against a challenge of the virulent strain inducing the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines. This novel strain could be an excellent candidate for the control of swine brucellosis, a disease of emerging concern in many parts of the world.

  17. Epidemiology, clinical manifestations, and outcomes of Streptococcus suis infection in humans.

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    Huong, Vu Thi Lan; Ha, Ngo; Huy, Nguyen Tien; Horby, Peter; Nghia, Ho Dang Trung; Thiem, Vu Dinh; Zhu, Xiaotong; Hoa, Ngo Thi; Hien, Tran Tinh; Zamora, Javier; Schultsz, Constance; Wertheim, Heiman Frank Louis; Hirayama, Kenji

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    Streptococcus suis, a bacterium that affects pigs, is a neglected pathogen that causes systemic disease in humans. We conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis to summarize global estimates of the epidemiology, clinical characteristics, and outcomes of this zoonosis. We searched main literature databases for all studies through December 2012 using the search term "streptococcus suis." The prevalence of S. suis infection is highest in Asia; the primary risk factors are occupational exposure and eating of contaminated food. The pooled proportions of case-patients with pig-related occupations and history of eating high-risk food were 38.1% and 37.3%, respectively. The main clinical syndrome was meningitis (pooled rate 68.0%), followed by sepsis, arthritis, endocarditis, and endophthalmitis. The pooled case-fatality rate was 12.8%. Sequelae included hearing loss (39.1%) and vestibular dysfunction (22.7%). Our analysis identified gaps in the literature, particularly in assessing risk factors and sequelae of this infection.

  18. Rediscovery of Trypanosoma (Pycnomonas) suis, a tsetse-transmitted trypanosome closely related to T. brucei.

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    Hutchinson, Rachel; Gibson, Wendy

    2015-12-01

    The African tsetse-transmitted trypanosomes are considered to be a well-known group of parasitic protozoa, but in 2008 a novel and distinctive trypanosome related to Trypanosoma brucei was discovered among tsetse isolates from Msubugwe in Tanzania. The host range, distribution and potential pathogenicity of this new trypanosome remain to be elucidated; such studies would be facilitated by a sensitive and specific identification method. Here, we identified two highly repetitive elements in the genome of the new trypanosome: a 177 bp repeat, which was located predominantly on the highly abundant minichromosomes, and a 138 bp repeat, which was widely dispersed in the genome. A PCR test based on each repeat was specific for the new trypanosome and sensitive to Trypanosoma (Pycnomonas) suis. We also present data on the molecular karyotype and spliced leader (SL, miniexon) repeat of the new trypanosome, both of which distinguish T. suis from other, better-known African tsetse-transmitted trypanosomes. The rediscovery of T. suis opens new lines of research into the evolution and biology of the African trypanosomes.

  19. The immune response against Chlamydia suis genital tract infection partially protects against re-infection.

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    De Clercq, Evelien; Devriendt, Bert; Yin, Lizi; Chiers, Koen; Cox, Eric; Vanrompay, Daisy

    2014-09-25

    The aim of the present study was to reveal the characteristic features of genital Chlamydia suis infection and re-infection in female pigs by studying the immune response, pathological changes, replication of chlamydial bacteria in the genital tract and excretion of viable bacteria. Pigs were intravaginally infected and re-infected with C. suis strain S45, the type strain of this species. We demonstrated that S45 is pathogenic for the female urogenital tract. Chlamydia replication occurred throughout the urogenital tract, causing inflammation and pathology. Furthermore, genital infection elicited both cellular and humoral immune responses. Compared to the primo-infection of pigs with C. suis, re-infection was characterized by less severe macroscopic lesions and less chlamydial elementary bodies and inclusions in the urogenital tract. This indicates the development of a certain level of protection following the initial infection. Protective immunity against re-infection coincided with higher Chlamydia-specific IgG and IgA antibody titers in sera and vaginal secretions, higher proliferative responses of peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC), higher percentages of blood B lymphocytes, monocytes and CD8⁺ T cells and upregulated production of IFN-γ and IL-10 by PBMC.

  20. Temporal and spatial association of Streptococcus suis infection in humans and porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome outbreaks in pigs in northern Vietnam.

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    Huong, V T L; Thanh, L V; Phu, V D; Trinh, D T; Inui, K; Tung, N; Oanh, N T K; Trung, N V; Hoa, N T; Bryant, J E; Horby, P W; Kinh, N V; Wertheim, H F L

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    Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) outbreaks in pigs are associated with increased susceptibility of pigs to secondary bacterial infections, including Streptococcus suis - an important zoonotic pathogen causing bacterial meningitis in humans. This case-control study examined the association between human S. suis infection and PRRS outbreaks in pigs in northern Vietnam. We included 90 S. suis case-patients and 183 non-S. suis sepsis controls from a referral hospital in Hanoi in 2010, a period of major PRRS epizootics in Vietnam. PRRS exposure was determined using data from the National Centre of Veterinary Diagnosis. By univariate analysis, significantly more S. suis patients were reported residing in or adjacent to a PRRS district compared to controls [odds ratio (OR) 2·82, 95% confidence interval (CI) 1·35-5·89 and OR 3·15, 95% CI 1·62-6·15, respectively]. Only residency in adjacent districts remained significantly associated with risk of S. suis infection after adjusting for sex, occupation, and eating practices. SaTScan analysis showed a possible cluster of S. suis infection in humans around PRRS confirmed locations during the March-August period. The findings indicate an epidemiological association between PRRS in pigs and S. suis infections in humans. Effective strategies to strengthen control of PRRS in pigs may help reduce transmission of S. suis infection to humans.

  1. Non-encapsulated strains reveal novel insights in invasion and survival of Streptococcus suis in epithelial cells.

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    Benga, L; Goethe, R; Rohde, M; Valentin-Weigand, P

    2004-09-01

    Streptococcus suis is a porcine and human pathogen causing invasive diseases, such as meningitis or septicaemia. Host cell interactions of S. suis have been studied mainly with serotype 2 strains, but multiple capsular serotypes as well as non-typeable strains exist with diverse virulence features. At present, S. suis is considered an extracellular pathogen. However, whether or not it can also invade host cells is a matter of controversial discussions. We have assessed adherence and invasion of S. suis for HEp-2 epithelial cells by comparing 10 serotype 2 strains and four non-typeable (NT) strains. Only the NT strains and a non-encapsulated serotype 2 mutant strain, but none of the serotype 2 strains, adhered strongly and were invasive. Invasion seemed to be affected by environmental signals, as suggested from comparison of strains grown in different media. Further phenotypic and genotypic characterization revealed a high diversity among the different strains. Electron microscopic analysis of invasion of selected invasive NT strains indicated different uptake mechanisms. One strain induced large invaginations comparable to those seen in 'caveolae' mediated uptake, whereas invasion of the other strains was accompanied by formation of filipodia-like membrane protrusions. Invasion of all strains, however, was similarly susceptible to hypertonic sucrose, which inhibits receptor-mediated endocytosis. Irrespective of the uptake pathway, streptococci resided in acidified phago-lysosome like vacuoles. All strains, except one, survived intracellularly as well as extracellular acidic conditions. Survival seemed to be associated with the AdiS protein, an environmentally regulated arginine deiminase of S. suis. Concluding, invasion and survival of NT strains of S. suis in epithelial cells revealed novel evidence that S. suis exhibits a broad variety of virulence-associated features depending on genetic variation and regulation.

  2. Effect of Different Adjuvants on Protection and Side-Effects Induced by Helicobacter suis Whole-Cell Lysate Vaccination.

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    Bosschem, Iris; Bayry, Jagadeesh; De Bruyne, Ellen; Van Deun, Kim; Smet, Annemieke; Vercauteren, Griet; Ducatelle, Richard; Haesebrouck, Freddy; Flahou, Bram

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    Helicobacter suis (H. suis) is a widespread porcine gastric pathogen, which is also of zoonotic importance. The first goal of this study was to investigate the efficacy of several vaccine adjuvants (CpG-DNA, Curdlan, Freund's Complete and Incomplete, Cholera toxin), administered either subcutaneously or intranasally along with H. suis whole-cell lysate, to protect against subsequent H. suis challenge in a BALB/c infection model. Subcutaneous immunization with Freund's complete (FC)/lysate and intranasal immunization with Cholera toxin (CT)/lysate were shown to be the best options for vaccination against H. suis, as determined by the amount of colonizing H. suis bacteria in the stomach, although adverse effects such as post-immunization gastritis/pseudo-pyloric metaplasia and increased mortality were observed, respectively. Therefore, we decided to test alternative strategies, including sublingual vaccine administration, to reduce the unwanted side-effects. A CCR4 antagonist that transiently inhibits the migration of regulatory T cells was also included as a new adjuvant in this second study. Results confirmed that immunization with CT (intranasally or sublingually) is among the most effective vaccination protocols, but increased mortality was still observed. In the groups immunized subcutaneously with FC/lysate and CCR4 antagonist/lysate, a significant protection was observed. Compared to the FC/lysate immunized group, gastric pseudo-pyloric metaplasia was less severe or even absent in the CCR4 antagonist/lysate immunized group. In general, an inverse correlation was observed between IFN-γ, IL-4, IL-17, KC, MIP-2 and LIX mRNA expression and H. suis colonization density, whereas lower IL-10 expression levels were observed in partially protected animals.

  3. Slaughterhouse pigs are a major reservoir of Streptococcus suis serotype 2 capable of causing human infection in southern Vietnam.

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    Thi Hoa Ngo

    Full Text Available Streptococcus suis is a pathogen of major economic significance to the swine industry and is increasingly recognized as an emerging zoonotic agent in Asia. In Vietnam, S. suis is the leading cause of bacterial meningitis in adult humans. Zoonotic transmission is most frequently associated with serotype 2 strains and occupational exposure to pigs or consumption of infected pork. To gain insight into the role of pigs for human consumption as a reservoir for zoonotic infection in southern Vietnam, we determined the prevalence and diversity of S. suis carriage in healthy slaughterhouse pigs. Nasopharyngeal tonsils were sampled from pigs at slaughterhouses serving six provinces in southern Vietnam and Ho Chi Minh City area from September 2006 to November 2007. Samples were screened by bacterial culture. Isolates of S. suis were serotyped and characterized by multi locus sequence typing (MLST and pulse field gel electrophoresis (PFGE. Antibiotic susceptibility profiles and associated genetic resistance determinants, and the presence of putative virulence factors were determined. 41% (222/542 of pigs carried S. suis of one or multiple serotypes. 8% (45/542 carried S. suis serotype 2 which was the most common serotype found (45/317 strains, 14%. 80% of serotype 2 strains belonged to the MLST clonal complex 1,which was previously associated with meningitis cases in Vietnam and outbreaks of severe disease in China in 1998 and 2005. These strains clustered with representative strains isolated from patients with meningitis in PFGE analysis, and showed similar antimicrobial resistance and virulence factor profiles. Slaughterhouse pigs are a major reservoir of S. suis serotype 2 capable of causing human infection in southern Vietnam. Strict hygiene at processing facilities, and health education programs addressing food safety and proper handling of pork should be encouraged.

  4. Effect of Different Adjuvants on Protection and Side-Effects Induced by Helicobacter suis Whole-Cell Lysate Vaccination.

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    Iris Bosschem

    Full Text Available Helicobacter suis (H. suis is a widespread porcine gastric pathogen, which is also of zoonotic importance. The first goal of this study was to investigate the efficacy of several vaccine adjuvants (CpG-DNA, Curdlan, Freund's Complete and Incomplete, Cholera toxin, administered either subcutaneously or intranasally along with H. suis whole-cell lysate, to protect against subsequent H. suis challenge in a BALB/c infection model. Subcutaneous immunization with Freund's complete (FC/lysate and intranasal immunization with Cholera toxin (CT/lysate were shown to be the best options for vaccination against H. suis, as determined by the amount of colonizing H. suis bacteria in the stomach, although adverse effects such as post-immunization gastritis/pseudo-pyloric metaplasia and increased mortality were observed, respectively. Therefore, we decided to test alternative strategies, including sublingual vaccine administration, to reduce the unwanted side-effects. A CCR4 antagonist that transiently inhibits the migration of regulatory T cells was also included as a new adjuvant in this second study. Results confirmed that immunization with CT (intranasally or sublingually is among the most effective vaccination protocols, but increased mortality was still observed. In the groups immunized subcutaneously with FC/lysate and CCR4 antagonist/lysate, a significant protection was observed. Compared to the FC/lysate immunized group, gastric pseudo-pyloric metaplasia was less severe or even absent in the CCR4 antagonist/lysate immunized group. In general, an inverse correlation was observed between IFN-γ, IL-4, IL-17, KC, MIP-2 and LIX mRNA expression and H. suis colonization density, whereas lower IL-10 expression levels were observed in partially protected animals.

  5. Una anatomía de la población colombiana: la técnica estadística en Colombia y el levantamiento del censo de población en 1912

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    Fabián Prieto

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    Full Text Available This article follows the incorporation of statistical techniques into Colombian State at the beginning of 20th century. Although classification categories are an interesting starting point, the study of the process that was made allows improving the purpose that these categories laid, mostly because this kind of project allows to perform them. The census publication of 1912 is taken as the principal source but its articulation is reconstructed with files documentation, statistical handbooks and other writings in order to follow the process of census making.//Este artículo busca rastrear la incorporación de la técnica estadística en el Estado Colombiano a comienzos del siglo XX. Si bien las categorías de clasificación ofrecen un punto de partida interesante, la revisión del proceso que fue llevada a cabo, permite refinar el alcance que estas categorías tuvieron, principalmente porque la puesta en marcha de un proyecto como éste termina por dar forma a las categorías la publicación del censo de 1912 es tomada como la fuente principal, pero su articulación es reconstruida con documentos de archivo, manuales de estadística y otros escritos con el fin de seguir el proceso de elaboración del censo.

  6. 猪链球菌2型新毒力相关基因的研究进展%Progress in Research on Novel Virulence-related Gene of Streptococcus suis Serotype 2

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    李鹏; 何永聚; 冯书章

    2011-01-01

    猪链球菌2 W(Streptococcus suis serotype 2,S.suis 2)是一种重要的人兽共患病原菌,其毒力因子在S.suis 2致病中的作用机制仍不明确,越来越多的学者开始寻找其他相关的毒力基因.本文对近几年来S.suis 2S.suis新毒力基因的研究进展作一综述.%Streptococcus suis serotype 2 (S. suis 2) is an important pathogen of zoonoses. However, the role of virulence factor in pathogenesis of S. suis 2 is still uncertain. More and more attentions are paid in investigating other virulence-related genes in recent years. This paper reviews the progress in research on novel virulence-related gene of S. suis 2.

  7. Characterization of Brucella suis clpB and clpAB Mutants and Participation of the Genes in Stress Responses

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    Ekaza, Euloge; Teyssier, Jacques; Ouahrani-Bettache, Safia; Liautard, Jean-Pierre; Köhler, Stephan

    2001-01-01

    Pathogens often encounter stressful conditions inside their hosts. In the attempt to characterize the stress response in Brucella suis, a gene highly homologous to Escherichia coli clpB was isolated from Brucella suis, and the deduced amino acid sequence showed features typical of the ClpB ATPase family of stress response proteins. Under high-temperature stress conditions, ClpB of B. suis was induced, and an isogenic B. suis clpB mutant showed increased sensitivity to high temperature, but also to ethanol stress and acid pH. The effects were reversible by complementation. Simultaneous inactivation of clpA and clpB resulted in a mutant that was sensitive to oxidative stress. In B. suis expressing gfp, ClpA but not ClpB participated in degradation of the green fluorescent protein at 42°C. We concluded that ClpB was responsible for tolerance to several stresses and that the lethality caused by harsh environmental conditions may have similar molecular origins. PMID:11274130

  8. Multilocus sequence typing of Australian Streptococcus suis type 2 by MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry analysis of PCR amplicons.

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    Groves, Mitchell D; Jordan, David; Chapman, Toni A; Jassim, Rafat Al

    2015-06-12

    Streptococcus suis serotype 2 is a ubiquitous pathogen of swine and is known to cause severe disease in humans. Multilocus sequence typing (MLST) is ideal for characterising this organism because it permits isolates to be compared on a national and international scale. A novel approach to MLST using matrix-assisted laser desorption ionisation-time of flight mass spectrometry (MS-MLST) provides a more rapid alternative to dideoxy sequencing. This study used MS-MLST to define the multilocus sequence types (STs) present among a collection of Australian S. suis type 2, and thus, delivered a basis for comparison of Australian isolates with international strains already well characterised for virulence attributes. A collection of 45 isolates recovered from infected humans (n=3) and diseased pigs (n=42) was genotyped using MS-MLST and conventional MLST. Both methods were 100% concordant in their classification of sequence types (STs), although MS-MLST permitted much quicker analysis of sequence data. The collection contained ST25 (n=31), ST1 (n=10), ST28 (n=3) and ST369 (n=1). These results are consistent with the population structure of S. suis type 2 observed in diseased pigs and humans in Canada and the United Kingdom. MS-MLST may have utility for studying the population structure and epidemiology of S. suis in countries where the diversity of S. suis is greater and human disease is more common.

  9. Distribution of capsular types and production of muramidase-released protein (MRP) and extracellular factor (EF) of Streptococcus suis strains isolated from diseased pigs in seven European countries

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    Wisselink, H.J.; Smith, H.E.; Stockhofe-Zurwieden, N.; Peperkamp, K.; Vecht, U.

    2000-01-01

    Streptococcus suis strains (n=411), isolated from diseased pigs in seven European countries were serotyped using specific antisera against serotype 1 to 28, and were phenotyped on the basis of their muramidase-released-protein (MRP) and extracellular-factor protein (EF) production. Overall, S. suis

  10. Multiplex PCR assays for simultaneous detection of six major serotypes and two virulence-associated phenotypes of Streptococcus suis in tonsillar specimens from pigs

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    Wisselink, H.J.; Joosten, J.J.; Smith, H.E.

    2002-01-01

    Multiplex PCR assays for the detection and identification of various Streptococcus suis strains in tonsillar specimens from pigs were developed and evaluated. In two separate reactions, five distinct DNA targets were amplified. Three targets, based on the S. suis capsular polysaccharide (cps) genes

  11. Excreted/secreted Trichuris suis products reduce barrier function and suppress inflammatory cytokine production of intestinal epithelial cells

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    Hiemstra, I. H.; Klaver, E. J.; Vrijland, K.;

    2014-01-01

    studies indicate that T. suis E/S glycans affect the function of the intestinal epithelium in order to modulate DC function. Identification of the T. suis E/S glycans that modulate IEC and DC function may lead to a strategy to reduce symptoms of autoimmune and allergic immune diseases by orally...

  12. Immune responses and parasitological observations induced during probiotic treatment with medicinal Trichuris suis ova in a healthy volunteer

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    Williams, Andrew R.; Dige, Anders; Rasmussen, Tue Kruse

    2017-01-01

    of the local immune responses in humans. Here, we used colonoscopy to investigate the development of T. suis and related mucosal and systemic immune responses during TSO treatment in an intestinally healthy male volunteer. TSO treatment induced T. suis-specific serum antibodies, a transient blood eosinophilia...

  13. Simultaneous Quantification and Differentiation of Streptococcus suis Serotypes 2 and 9 by Quantitative Real-time PCR, Evaluated in Tonsillar and Nasal Samples of Pigs

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    Dekker, Niels; Daemen, Ineke; Verstappen, K.M.; Greeff, de A.; Smith, H.E.; Duim, Birgitta

    2016-01-01

    Abstract Invasive Streptococcus suis (S. suis) infections in pigs are often associated with serotypes 2 and 9. Mucosal sites of healthy pigs can be colonized with these serotypes, often multiple serotypes per pig. To unravel the contribution of these serotypes in pathogenesis and epidemiology, simul

  14. FlpS, the FNR-like protein of streptococcus suis is an essential, oxygen-sensing activator of the arginine deiminase system

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    Willenborg, Jörg; Koczula, Anna; Fulde, Marcus; Greeff, de Astrid; Beineke, Andreas; Eisenreich, Wolfgang; Huber, Claudia; Seitz, Maren; Valentin-Weigand, Peter; Goethe, Ralph

    2016-01-01

    Streptococcus (S.) suis is a zoonotic pathogen causing septicemia and meningitis in pigs and humans. During infection S. suis must metabolically adapt to extremely diverse environments of the host. CcpA and the FNR family of bacterial transcriptional regulators are important for metabolic gene re

  15. ArgR is an essential local transcriptional regulator of the arcABC-operon in Streptococcus suis and crucial for biological fitness in acidic environment

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    Fulde, M.; Willenborg, J.; Greeff, de A.; Benga, L.; Smith, H.E.; Valentin-Weigand, P.; Goethe, R.

    2011-01-01

    Streptococcus suis is one of the most important pathogens in pigs and can also cause severe infections in humans. Despite its clinical relevance very little is known about the factors contributing to its virulence. Recently, we identified a new putative virulence factor in Streptococcus suis, the ar

  16. Bacteria-induced egg hatching differs for Trichuris muris and Trichuris suis

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    Vejzagic, Nermina; Adelfio, Roberto; Keiser, Jennifer;

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    BACKGROUND: Eggs of the porcine whipworm Trichuris suis are currently explored in human clinical trials as a treatment of immune-mediated diseases. In this context, only the infective, embryonated eggs, constitute the Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (API). The rodent whipworm, Trichuris muris...... is commonly used as a laboratory model to study Trichuris biology. The embryonated eggs (containing a fully developed larva) are biologically active and will invade the large intestinal mucosa of the host. This study aims to assess the in vitro hatching of T. muris and T. suis eggs in various bacterial...... cultures as a measure for their biological activity. METHODS: Eggs of T. muris and T. suis were incubated with Escherichia coli strain (BL-21) at three concentrations in a slightly modified in vitro egg hatching assay previously developed for T. muris. Additionally, E. coli strains (M15, SG13009, PMC103...

  17. Streptococcus suis bacterin and subunit vaccine immunogenicities and protective efficacies against serotypes 2 and 9.

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    Baums, Christoph Georg; Kock, Christoph; Beineke, Andreas; Bennecke, Katharina; Goethe, Ralph; Schröder, Charlotte; Waldmann, Karl-Heinz; Valentin-Weigand, Peter

    2009-02-01

    Streptococcus suis causes numerous diseases in pigs, most importantly, meningitis, arthritis, septicemia, and bronchopneumonia. One of the major problems in modern swine production is the lack of a vaccine protecting against more than one S. suis serotype. The objective of this study was to determine the protective efficacy of a serotype 2 murein-associated protein (MAP) fraction subunit vaccine in comparison to that of a bacterin against experimental challenge with serotype 2 (containing muramidase-released protein [MRP], extracellular factor, and suilysin [SLY]) and serotype 9 (containing MRP variant MRP* and SLY) strains. MAP was shown to include different surface-associated proteins, such as the MRP and surface antigen one (SAO) expressed by both pathotypes used for challenge. The results of this study demonstrated that the serotype 2 bacterin induced protective immunity against homologous challenge. In contrast, the protective efficacy of the MAP subunit vaccine was low, though MAP immunization resulted in high serum immunoglobulin G2 titers against MRP and SAO. Importantly, immunization with bacterin but not with MAP induced opsonizing antibody titers against the serotype 2 strain, and these antibody titers were found to correlate with protection. However, after absorption with a nonencapsulated isogenic mutant, the sera from bacterin-immunized piglets failed to facilitate neutrophil killing, indicating that antibodies directed against capsule may not have been essential for opsonophagocytosis. Furthermore, induction of opsonizing antibodies against serotype 9 was not detectable in the group receiving bacterin or in the group receiving the MAP vaccine. In agreement, protection against the heterologous serotype 9 strain was low in both groups. Thus, identification of an antigen protecting against these two important S. suis pathotypes remains an important goal of future studies.

  18. Brucella suis strain 2 vaccine is safe and protective against heterologous Brucella spp. infections.

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    Zhu, Liangquan; Feng, Yu; Zhang, Ge; Jiang, Hui; Zhang, Zhen; Wang, Nan; Ding, Jiabo; Suo, Xun

    2016-01-12

    Brucellosis is a wide spread zoonotic disease that causes abortion and infertility in mammals and leads to debilitating, febrile illness in humans. Brucella abortus, Brucella melitensis and Brucella suis are the major pathogenic species to humans. Vaccination with live attenuated B. suis strain 2 (S2) vaccine is an essential and critical component in the control of brucellosis in China. The S2 vaccine is very effective in preventing brucellosis in goats, sheep, cattle and swine. However, there are still debates outside of China whether the S2 vaccine is able to provide protection against heterologous virulent Brucella species. We investigated the residual virulence, immunogenicity and protective efficacy of the S2 vaccine in BALB/c mice by determining bacteria persistence in spleen, serum antibody response, cellular immune response and protection against a heterologous virulent challenge. The S2 vaccine was of low virulence as there were no bacteria recovered in spleen four weeks post vaccination. The vaccinated mice developed Brucella-specific IgG in 2-3 weeks, and a burst production of IFN-γ at one week as well as a two-fold increase in TNF-α production. The S2 vaccine protected mice from a virulent challenge by B. melitensis M28, B. abortus 2308 and B. suis S1330, and the S2 vaccinated mice did not develop any clinical signs or tissue damage. Our study demonstrated that the S2 vaccine is of low virulence, stimulates good humoral and cellular immunity and protects animals against infection by heterologous, virulent Brucella species.

  19. Development of loop-mediated isothermal amplification to detect Streptococcus suis and its application to retail pork meat in Japan.

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    Arai, Sakura; Tohya, Mari; Yamada, Ryoko; Osawa, Ro; Nomoto, Ryohei; Kawamura, Yoshiaki; Sekizaki, Tsutomu

    2015-09-02

    We here developed a novel loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) method to detect Streptococcus suis in raw pork meat. This method, designated LAMPSS, targeted the recombination/repair protein (recN) gene of S. suis and detected all serotypes of S. suis, except those taxonomically removed from authentic S. suis, i.e., serotypes 20, 22, 26, 32, 33, and 34. The specificity of LAMPSS was confirmed and its detection limit was 5.4cfu/reaction. Among the 966 raw pork meat samples examined, including sliced pork, minced pork, and the liver, tongue, heart, and small intestine, 255 samples tested positive with LAMPSS. The rate of contamination was higher in the organs than in pork. No significant difference was observed in the total bacterial count between LAMPSS-positive and -negative samples. The number of shops that provided LAMPSS-positive pork was slightly higher in those that sold swine organs and pork than in those that sold only pork, suggesting that cross contamination occurred from the organs to pork. Among the 255 which tested positive for LAMPSS, only 47 samples tested positive for the previously described LAMP specific for S. suis serotype 2. Two isolates of S. suis serotype 2, belonging to sequence type 28, which is potentially hazardous to humans, as well as those of some other serotypes were obtained from 19 out of 47 samples by combining LAMP with a replica plating method. These results suggest that LAMPSS will be a useful tool for the surveillance of raw pork meat in the retail market. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  20. In vitro hatching of Trichuris suis eggs

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    Vejzagic, Nermina; Thamsborg, Stig Milan; Kringel, Helene

    2015-01-01

    after inoculation with a known number of eggs. To minimize testing in animal models, development of an in vitro egg hatching assay is proposed as a reliable, cost-effective, and a faster alternative to test the egg viability. The present study aimed to investigate the influence of different chemical......Eggs of the pig whipworm, Trichuris suis ova (TSO), are currently tested in human clinical trials for their potential immunomodulatory capacity. The biological potency of TSO (egg viability and infectivity) is traditionally assessed in Göttingen minipigs as the establishment of intestinal larvae...

  1. Gregory of Nazianzus's De rebus suis and the tradition of epic didactic poetry

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    Milovanović Čelica

    2008-01-01

    Gregory's poem De rebus suis (Carm.2.1.1) is examined in this article from the point of view both of its content and of its literary and stylistic features. In content, the poem is personal and reflexive, and its central theme appears to be a crisis of faith that its author had experienced in his later years. In form, it has all the characteristics of the epic didactic genre: it is metaphrastic in nature (i.e., it turns prose material into verse form); it is written in the archaizing epic lan...

  2. A glimpse of streptococcal toxic shock syndrome from comparative genomics of S. suis 2 Chinese isolates

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    Chen, Chen; Tang, Jiaqi; Dong, Wei;

    2007-01-01

    shock syndrome (STSS), which was originally associated with Streptococcus pyogenes (GAS) in Streptococci. However, the molecular mechanisms underlying STSS are poorly understood. METHODS AND FINDINGS: To elucidate the genetic determinants of STSS caused by SS2, whole genome sequencing of 3 different......BACKGROUND: Streptococcus suis serotype 2 (SS2) is an important zoonotic pathogen, causing more than 200 cases of severe human infection worldwide, with the hallmarks of meningitis, septicemia, arthritis, etc. Very recently, SS2 has been recognized as an etiological agent for streptococcal toxic...

  3. Purification and Characterization of Suicin 65, a Novel Class I Type B Lantibiotic Produced by Streptococcus suis.

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    Full Text Available Bacteriocins are antimicrobial peptides of bacterial origin that are considered as a promising alternative to the use of conventional antibiotics. Recently, our laboratory reported the purification and characterization of two lantibiotics, suicin 90-1330 and suicin 3908, produced by the swine pathogen and zoonotic agent Streptococcus suis (serotype 2. In this study, a novel bacteriocin produced by S. suis has been identified and characterized. The producing strain S. suis 65 (serotype 2 was found to belong to the sequence type 28, that includes strains known to be weakly or avirulent in a mouse model. The bacteriocin, whose production was only possible following growth on solid culture medium, was purified to homogeneity by cationic exchange and reversed-phase high-pressure liquid chromatography. The bacteriocin, named suicin 65, was heat, pH and protease resistant. Suicin 65 was active against all S. suis isolates tested, including antibiotic resistant strains. Amino acid sequencing of the purified bacteriocin by Edman degradation revealed the presence of modified amino acids suggesting a lantibiotic. Using the partial sequence obtained, a blast was performed against published genomes of S. suis and allowed to identify a putative lantibiotic locus in the genome of S. suis 89-1591. From this genome, primers were designed and the gene cluster involved in the production of suicin 65 by S. suis 65 was amplified by PCR. Sequence analysis revealed the presence of ten open reading frames, including a duplicate of the structural gene. The structural genes (sssA and sssA' of suicin 65 encodes a 25-amino acid residue leader peptide and a 26-amino acid residue mature peptide yielding an active bacteriocin with a deducted molecular mass of 3,005 Da. Mature suicin 65 showed a high degree of identity with class I type B lantibiotics (globular structure produced by Streptococcus pyogenes (streptococcin FF22; 84.6%, Streptococcus macedonicus (macedocin ACA

  4. Análisis de la migración internacional de retorno y sus remesas en Brasil, con información del Censo de Población de Brasil de 2000

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    André Braz Golgher

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    Full Text Available En la actualidad millones de brasileños viven en el exterior, y gran número de ellos envía remesas a sus familiares y amigos en Brasil. Una proporción considerable de estos migrantes regresa a su país después de un periodo en el exterior, por lo regular a su lugar de origen o a uno cercano. La mayoría retorna de unos cuantos países (Paraguay, Estados Unidos y Japón, por lo que el destino de los flujos está perfectamente localizado, y lo mismo podría decirse de las remesas. Sin embargo no es posible distinguir adecuadamente este tipo de transferencias de los demás ingresos al analizar la información del Censo de Población de Brasil de 2000.

  5. Immunogenicity of murein-associated proteins from temperature-stressed Streptococcus suis cultures.

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    Benga, L; Goethe, R; Grosse Beilage, E; Valentin-Weigand, P

    2004-08-01

    We compared immunogenicity in pigs of whole cell lysate proteins (WCP) with murein-associated proteins (MAP) obtained from a virulent serotype 2 strain of Streptococcus (S.) suis grown at 32 or 42 degrees C. Protein fractions were tested for their ability to induce antibodies in 3-week-old piglets by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay and Western blot analysis. We found a significant increase in the antibody levels in all sera irrespective of the preparation used for immunization. However, alpha-WCP sera showed higher reactivities than alpha-MAP sera, and piglets immunized with 32 degrees C preparations (alpha-32 sera) showed higher responses than those immunized with 42 degrees C preparations (alpha-42 sera). Western blot analysis revealed that alpha-WCP sera in part reacted with different proteins when compared with alpha-MAP sera. Furthermore, some proteins were only detected by alpha-32 but not by alpha-42 sera. In conclusion, the results demonstrate the immunogenicity of cell wall MAP of S. suis, and highlight the importance of considering growth conditions in the preparation of subunit vaccines.

  6. In Vitro Brucella suis Infection Prevents the Programmed Cell Death of Human Monocytic Cells

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    Gross, Antoine; Terraza, Annie; Ouahrani-Bettache, Safia; Liautard, Jean-Pierre; Dornand, Jacques

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    During the complex interaction between an infectious agent and a host organism, the pathogen can interfere with the host cell's programmed death to its own benefit. Induction or prevention of host cell apoptosis appears to be a critical step for determining the infection outcome. Members of the gram-negative bacterial genus Brucella are intracellular pathogens which preferentially invade monocytic cells and develop within these cells. We investigated the effect of Brucella suis infection on apoptosis of human monocytic phagocytes. The present study provides evidence that Brucella infection inhibited spontaneously occurring apoptosis in human monocytes. Prevention of monocyte apoptosis was not mediated by Brucella lipopolysaccharide and required bacterial survival within infected cells. Both invaded and noninvaded cells were protected, indicating that soluble mediators released during infection were involved in the phenomenon. Analysis of Brucella-infected monocytes revealed specific overexpression of the A1 gene, a member of the bcl-2 family implicated in the survival of hematopoietic cells. Brucella infection also rendered macrophage-like cells resistant to Fas ligand- or gamma interferon-induced apoptosis, suggesting that Brucella infection protected host cells from several cytotoxic processes occurring at different steps of the immune response. The present data clearly show that Brucella suis modulated the monocyte/macrophage's apoptotic response to the advantage of the pathogen, thus preventing host cell elimination. This might represent a strategy for Brucella development in infected hosts. PMID:10603407

  7. Morin Attenuates Streptococcus suis Pathogenicity in Mice by Neutralizing Suilysin Activity

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    Li, Gen; Lu, Gejin; Qi, Zhimin; Li, Hongen; Wang, Lin; Wang, Yanhui; Liu, Bowen; Niu, Xiaodi; Deng, Xuming; Wang, Jianfeng

    2017-01-01

    Streptococcus suis, a Gram-positive pathogen, is widely recognized as an important agent of swine infection, and it is also known to cause a variety of zoonoses, such as meningitis, polyarthritis and pneumonia. Suilysin (SLY), an extracellular pore-forming toxin that belongs to the cholesterol-dependent cytolysin family, is an essential virulence factor of S. suis capsular type 2 (SS2). Here, we found that morin hydrate (morin), a natural flavonoid that lacks anti-SS2 activity, inhibits the hemolytic activity of SLY, protects J774 cells from SS2-induced injury and protects mice from SS2 infection. Further, by molecular modeling and mutational analysis, we found that morin binds to the “stem” domain 2 in SLY and hinders its transformation from the monomer form to the oligomer form, which causes the loss of SLY activity. Our study demonstrates that morin hinders the cell lysis activity of SLY through a novel mechanism of interrupting the heptamer formation. These findings may lead to the development of promising therapeutic candidates for the treatment of SS2 infections. PMID:28373868

  8. A glimpse of streptococcal toxic shock syndrome from comparative genomics of S. suis 2 Chinese isolates.

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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Streptococcus suis serotype 2 (SS2 is an important zoonotic pathogen, causing more than 200 cases of severe human infection worldwide, with the hallmarks of meningitis, septicemia, arthritis, etc. Very recently, SS2 has been recognized as an etiological agent for streptococcal toxic shock syndrome (STSS, which was originally associated with Streptococcus pyogenes (GAS in Streptococci. However, the molecular mechanisms underlying STSS are poorly understood. METHODS AND FINDINGS: To elucidate the genetic determinants of STSS caused by SS2, whole genome sequencing of 3 different Chinese SS2 strains was undertaken. Comparative genomics accompanied by several lines of experiments, including experimental animal infection, PCR assay, and expression analysis, were utilized to further dissect a candidate pathogenicity island (PAI. Here we show, for the first time, a novel molecular insight into Chinese isolates of highly invasive SS2, which caused two large-scale human STSS outbreaks in China. A candidate PAI of approximately 89 kb in length, which is designated 89K and specific for Chinese SS2 virulent isolates, was investigated at the genomic level. It shares the universal properties of PAIs such as distinct GC content, consistent with its pivotal role in STSS and high virulence. CONCLUSIONS: To our knowledge, this is the first PAI candidate from S. suis worldwide. Our finding thus sheds light on STSS triggered by SS2 at the genomic level, facilitates further understanding of its pathogenesis and points to directions of development on some effective strategies to combat highly pathogenic SS2 infections.

  9. [Cosmetological thinking and methods in TCM in the Sui-Tang Dynasty].

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    Wu, Y J

    2016-11-28

    In the heyday of Chinese feudal society, women's status in the society of the Sui-Tang period was improved in the Tang Dynasty.The demand for female to stay young and anti-aging had attracted lots of attention in the society, thus providing a favorable social environment for the formation and development of Chinese herbal cosmetology. The important representative medical works on traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) were published in the Sui and Tang Dynasties, such as Bei ji qian jin yao fang (Essential Recipes for Emergent Use Worth A Thousand Gold), Qian jin yi fang (Supplement to Recipes Worth A Thousand Gold), Wai tai mi yao (Arcane Essentials from the Imperial Library) etc., all carry chapter(s) on Chinese herbal cosmetology. In the Tang Dynasty, beauty techniques became perfect, with rich exquisite make-up style. Make-up had become an integral part of daily life. Cosmetic surgery has reached a fairly high level, with a number of cosmetic surgeries appeared, such as the making of artificial dimples, artificial eyes, and dental cosmetic.

  10. The porcine acute phase protein response to acute clinical and subclinical experimental infection with Streptococcus suis

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    Sørensen, Nanna Skall; Tegtmeier, C.; Andresen, Lars Ole;

    2006-01-01

    and apolipoprotein (Apo) A-I. The aim was to elucidate the differences in the acute phase behaviour of the individual APPs during a typical bacterial septicaemic, infection. Pigs were inoculated subcutaneously with live S. suis serotype 2 and blood was sampled before and on various days post inoculation (p...... the experiment with maximum levels around 10 times the day 0-levels, and pig-MAP was elevated on days 1-12 p.i. with peak levels of around seven times the day 0-levels. Apo A-I was decreased from days 1 to 8 and showed minimum levels of about 40% of day 0-levels around 1-2 days p.i. No clear pattern of changes...... signs and no arthritic lesions showed an APP response comparable to that of the other, clinically affected pigs. Thus, both acute clinical and subclinical S. suis infection could be revealed by the measurement of one or more of the APPs CRP, SAA, Hp, pig-MAP and Apo A-I. The combined measurement of two...

  11. Experimental Infection of Swine by Isospora suis Biester 1934 for Species Confirmation

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    Silvia Maria Oliveira Sayd

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    Full Text Available A survey of Isospora suis performed in 177 faecal samples from 30 swine farms detected thin wall type I. suis oocysts in seven samples. This type of oocyst measuring 23.9 by 20.7 mm had a retracted thin wall similar to that of the genus Sarcocystis. This type of oocysts, isolated from four different faecal samples, was inoculated in four-five-days-old piglets free of contamination in order to verify the life cycle and pathogenicity of the species. The pigs were kept in individual metal cages and fed with cow milk. Daily faecal collections and examinations were performed until the 21st day after infection. MacMaster and Sheather' s methods were used for oocyst counting and identification. Infected piglets produced yellowish-pasty diarrhoea with slight dehydration. The prepatent and patent periods were respectively from 6 to 9 and 3 to 10 days after infection. Oocyst elimination was interrupted on the 10th and 11th days after infection with biphasic cycles. Thin and thick wall oocysts were detected in the same faecal samples. Thin walls were not observed in unsporulated oocysts. The observations suggest that this type of oocysts could appear in specific strains which occur in the later stages of their development. These oocysts seem to be responsible for clinical and pathogenic signs of neonatal isosporosis in pigs.

  12. (p)ppGpp synthetases regulate the pathogenesis of zoonotic Streptococcus suis.

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    Zhu, Jiawen; Zhang, Tengfei; Su, Zhipeng; Li, Lu; Wang, Dong; Xiao, Ran; Teng, Muye; Tan, Meifang; Zhou, Rui

    2016-10-01

    (p)ppGpp-mediated stringent response is one of the main adaption mechanism in bacteria, and the ability to adapt to environment is linked to the pathogenesis of bacterial pathogens. In the zoonotic pathogen Streptococcus suis, there are two (p)ppGpp synthetases, RelA and RelQ. To investigate the regulatory functions of (p)ppGpp/(p)ppGpp synthetases on the pathogenesis of S. suis, the phenotypes of the [(p)ppGpp(0)] mutant ΔrelAΔrelQ and its parental strain were compared. Light and electron microscopy observation showed that the mutant strain had a longer chain-length than its parental strain. Disruption of relA and relQ led to decreased adhesive and invasive ability to HEp-2 cells, and increased sensitivity to the blood killing and phagocytosis. Mouse infection experiments showed that the mutant strain was attenuated and easier to be cleaned up in vivo. Quantitative reverse transcription PCR (qRT-PCR) analysis indicated that the expressions of virulence related genes involving in morphology and virulence were down-regulated in the mutant strain. Our study demonstrated that the (p)ppGpp synthetases or (p)ppGpp can regulate the pathogenesis of this important zoonotic pathogen.

  13. Literatuurstudie en in vitro onderzoek naar antibacteriële werking van voeradditieven ter vermindering van de Streptococcus suis problematiek = Desk study and in vitro analysis of antibacterial effects of feed additives to reduce Streptococcus suis in the field

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    Smith, H.E.; Greeff, de A.; Faber, I.; Peet-Schwering, van der C.M.C.; Kluivers-Poodt, M.; Troquet, L.M.P.

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    In opdracht van het Productschap Vee en Vlees en het ministerie van Economische Zaken is een literatuurstudie uitgevoerd naar voeradditieven waarvan beschreven is dat zij een direct bacteriedodend effect hebben, bij voorkeur tegen Streptococcus suis. De top 5 voeradditieven, die uit deze studie naar

  14. Invloed van kunstmelk en voersamenstelling na spenen op energieopname en Streptococcus suis infecties bij biggen = Effect of milk intake and feed composition after weaning on energy intake and Streptococcus suis infection in piglets

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    Peet-Schwering, van der C.M.C.; Dirx-Kuijken, N.C.P.M.M.; Binnendijk, G.P.; Raymakers, R.

    2011-01-01

    Op VIC Sterksel is onderzocht of het verstrekken van kunstmelk gedurende de eerste dagen 6 dagen na spenen en het verstrekken van een luxer speenvoer de energie-opname van de biggen verhoogt en het aantal biggen met klinische verschijnselen passend bij een S. suis infectie vermindert. De resultaten

  15. Effect van geboortegewicht en voeropname voor spenen op het aantal gespeende biggen met Streptococcus suis verschijnselen = Effect of birth weight and feed intake before weaning on the number of weaned piglets with clinical signs of Streptococcus suis

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    Peet-Schwering, van der C.M.C.; Troquet, L.M.P.; Smith, H.E.; Greeff, de A.; Hout, van J.; Faber, I.

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    Op VIC Sterksel is onderzocht wat het effect is van het geboortegewicht en voeropname voor spenen op het aantal biggen met klinische verschijnselen van een Streptococcus suis infectie. Het onderzoek is opgezet als een 2 x 2 factoriële proef met de volgende proeffactoren: 1) Hoog versus laag geboorte

  16. 水稻穗颈极度缩短突变体sui(t)的遗传分析与基因定位%Genetic Analysis and Gene Mapping of Extremely Shortened Uppermost Internode Mutant sui(t) in Rice

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    王晓雯; 苗润隆; 蒋钰东; 杜川; 杨正林; 凌英华; 何光华; 桑贤春

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    One novel mutant,tentatively designated as sui(t),was discovered from the progeny of indica rice restorer line Jinhui10,whose seeds were treated with EMS (ethyl methane sulfonate).This mutant was characterized by fully sheathed panicle and was insensitive to GA3.Morphology analysis showed that its uppermost internode was greatly shortened while the other internodes were normal.Genetic analysis suggested that the mutational character was controlled by a single recessive gene.Zhonghua11 was crossed with sui(t) and the F2 population was then used for gene mapping.SUI(t) gene was mapped between the SSR markers RM5336/RM3425 and the tag end of the short arm of Chromosome Ⅰ.SSR and Indel markers were designed and S UI(t) gene was finally restricted within the region of RM3148 and ClIn002 (swu),with a genetic distance of 0.8 cM and 1.4 cM,respectively,and a physical distance of 382 kb.The above result provides a foundation for SUI(t) gene cloning and functional analysis.%来源于EMS处理籼型恢复系缙恢10号的穗颈节间极度缩短突变体其他节间与恢复系缙恢10号无显著变化,表现为全包穗,对GA3不敏感,暂命名为sui(t).遗传分析表明变异性状受一对隐性核基因控制.以中花11/sui(t)的F2隐性单株为定位群体,将sui(t)基因定位在第1染色体SSR标记RM5336,RM3425向短臂末端一侧,进一步合成SSR,Indel等标记,最终将sui(t)基因定位在RM3148和C1 In002(swu)之间,遗传距离分别为0.8 cM和1.4 cM,物理距离为382 kb,为下一步基因克隆和功能研究奠定了基础.

  17. Toxinas e perfil protéico de amostras de Actinobacillus suis provenientes de plantéis suínos norte-americanos Toxins and proteic profile of Actinobacillus suis samples from North American hog herds

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    Rafael Silveira Carreon

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    Full Text Available Actinobacillus suis (A.suis surgiu como uma grande ameaça aos plantéis suínos norte-americanos. Os sinais clínicos e as lesões são particularmente variáveis e podem lembrar aquelas causadas por outros organismos, como o Actinobacillus pleuropneumoniae (App, podendo ter como causa a similaridade na produção das toxinas ApxI e ApxII. Os objetivos do estudo foram confirmar a produção das toxinas ApxI e ApxII, investigar a produção de toxina geneticamente semelhante à Apx III e analisar as proteínas totais, verificando se existe similaridade entre os isolados provenientes de diferentes plantéis de suínos norte-americanos. Neste estudo, todas as cepas de A. suis foram positivas para os genes codificadores das toxinas ApxI e ApxII, usando o método de reação em cadeia de polimerase - multiplex (PCR-multiplex; e as proteínas totais de 70 amostras de A. suis, oriundos de diferentes plantéis suínos norte-americanos, foram analisadas por meio de eletroforese em gel de poliacrilaminda desnaturante (SDS-PAGE e foram idênticas. A similaridade eletroforética observada entre as proteínas totais das bactérias analisadas indica a possibilidade de haver uma proteção cruzada a partir de uma provável vacina universal desenvolvida com esses antígenos para A. suis.Actinobacillus suis (A. suis has arisen as a great threat to the North American hog herds. The clinical symptoms and lesions are particularly variable and may resemble the same caused by other pathogenic organisms, such as Actinobacillus pleuropneumoniae (App, which can similarly lead to the production of the toxins ApxI and ApxII. This study aimed to confirm the production of the toxins ApxI and ApxII, as well as, to investigate the production of toxins that are genetically similar to ApxIII, and analyze total protein to verify whether there is any similarity among the isolated samples obtained from different North American hog herds. In this study, all the strains of A. suis

  18. Evaluation of the immunogenicity and the protective efficacy of a novel identified immunogenic protein, SsPepO, of Streptococcus suis serotype 2.

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    Li, Jinquan; Xia, Jin; Tan, Chen; Zhou, Yang; Wang, Yan; Zheng, Chengkun; Chen, Huanchun; Bei, Weicheng

    2011-09-02

    Streptococcus suis serotype 2 (S. suis 2) is an important porcine and human pathogen. Some proteins secreted by S. suis 2 are thought to play important roles in the pathogenesis of this organism and in its induced immune response. SsPepO has been previously identified as a secretary immunogenic protein using immunoproteomic techniques. In this study, we confirmed that the sequence of this protein is highly conserved in S. suis 2 and compared it with its homologues in other pathogens. To test the protective efficacy of SsPepO in animal models, the recombinant SsPepO protein was used to immunize mice and pigs. The results demonstrated that it could elicit a strong humoral antibody response and confer significant protection against challenge with a lethal dose of S. suis 2 in mice and pig models. In addition, the antisera against rSsPepO could efficiently inhibit bacterial growth in a whole blood assay and conferred significant protection against S. suis 2 infection in passive immunization experiments. Our findings suggest that SsPepO plays an important role in the pathogenesis of S. suis 2 and would be a promising subunit vaccine candidate. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  19. Characterization of the Pivotal Carbon Metabolism of Streptococcus suis Serotype 2 under ex Vivo and Chemically Defined in Vitro Conditions by Isotopologue Profiling*

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    Willenborg, Jörg; Huber, Claudia; Koczula, Anna; Lange, Birgit; Eisenreich, Wolfgang; Valentin-Weigand, Peter; Goethe, Ralph

    2015-01-01

    Streptococcus suis is a neglected zoonotic pathogen that has to adapt to the nutritional requirements in the different host niches encountered during infection and establishment of invasive diseases. To dissect the central metabolic activity of S. suis under different conditions of nutrient availability, we performed labeling experiments starting from [13C]glucose specimens and analyzed the resulting isotopologue patterns in amino acids of S. suis grown under in vitro and ex vivo conditions. In combination with classical growth experiments, we found that S. suis is auxotrophic for Arg, Gln/Glu, His, Leu, and Trp in chemically defined medium. De novo biosynthesis was shown for Ala, Asp, Ser, and Thr at high rates and for Gly, Lys, Phe, Tyr, and Val at moderate or low rates, respectively. Glucose degradation occurred mainly by glycolysis and to a minor extent by the pentose phosphate pathway. Furthermore, the exclusive formation of oxaloacetate by phosphoenolpyruvate (PEP) carboxylation became evident from the patterns in de novo synthesized amino acids. Labeling experiments with S. suis grown ex vivo in blood or cerebrospinal fluid reflected the metabolic adaptation to these host niches with different nutrient availability; however, similar key metabolic activities were identified under these conditions. This points at the robustness of the core metabolic pathways in S. suis during the infection process. The crucial role of PEP carboxylation for growth of S. suis in the host was supported by experiments with a PEP carboxylase-deficient mutant strain in blood and cerebrospinal fluid. PMID:25575595

  20. Characterization of the pivotal carbon metabolism of Streptococcus suis serotype 2 under ex vivo and chemically defined in vitro conditions by isotopologue profiling.

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    Willenborg, Jörg; Huber, Claudia; Koczula, Anna; Lange, Birgit; Eisenreich, Wolfgang; Valentin-Weigand, Peter; Goethe, Ralph

    2015-02-27

    Streptococcus suis is a neglected zoonotic pathogen that has to adapt to the nutritional requirements in the different host niches encountered during infection and establishment of invasive diseases. To dissect the central metabolic activity of S. suis under different conditions of nutrient availability, we performed labeling experiments starting from [(13)C]glucose specimens and analyzed the resulting isotopologue patterns in amino acids of S. suis grown under in vitro and ex vivo conditions. In combination with classical growth experiments, we found that S. suis is auxotrophic for Arg, Gln/Glu, His, Leu, and Trp in chemically defined medium. De novo biosynthesis was shown for Ala, Asp, Ser, and Thr at high rates and for Gly, Lys, Phe, Tyr, and Val at moderate or low rates, respectively. Glucose degradation occurred mainly by glycolysis and to a minor extent by the pentose phosphate pathway. Furthermore, the exclusive formation of oxaloacetate by phosphoenolpyruvate (PEP) carboxylation became evident from the patterns in de novo synthesized amino acids. Labeling experiments with S. suis grown ex vivo in blood or cerebrospinal fluid reflected the metabolic adaptation to these host niches with different nutrient availability; however, similar key metabolic activities were identified under these conditions. This points at the robustness of the core metabolic pathways in S. suis during the infection process. The crucial role of PEP carboxylation for growth of S. suis in the host was supported by experiments with a PEP carboxylase-deficient mutant strain in blood and cerebrospinal fluid.

  1. Antimicrobial Resistance Profile and Genotypic Characteristics of Streptococcus suis Capsular Type 2 Isolated from Clinical Carrier Sows and Diseased Pigs in China

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    Chunping Zhang

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Streptococcus suis serotype 2 is an important zoonotic pathogen. Antimicrobial resistance phenotypes and genotypic characterizations of S. suis 2 from carrier sows and diseased pigs remain largely unknown. In this study, 96 swine S. suis type 2, 62 from healthy sows and 34 from diseased pigs, were analyzed. High frequency of tetracycline resistance was observed, followed by sulfonamides. The lowest resistance of S. suis 2 for β-lactams supports their use as the primary antibiotics to treat the infection of serotype 2. In contrast, 35 of 37 S. suis 2 with MLSB phenotypes were isolated from healthy sows, mostly encoded by the ermB and/or the mefA genes. Significantly lower frequency of mrp+/epf+/sly+ was observed among serotype 2 from healthy sows compared to those from diseased pigs. Furthermore, isolates from diseased pigs showed more homogeneously genetic patterns, with most of them clustered in pulsotypes A and E. The data indicate the genetic complexity of S. suis 2 between herds and a close linkage among isolates from healthy sows and diseased pigs. Moreover, many factors, such as extensive use of tetracycline or diffusion of Tn916 with tetM, might have favored for the pathogenicity and widespread dissemination of S. suis serotype 2.

  2. Suicin 90-1330 from a nonvirulent strain of Streptococcus suis: a nisin-related lantibiotic active on gram-positive swine pathogens.

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    LeBel, Geneviève; Vaillancourt, Katy; Frenette, Michel; Gottschalk, Marcelo; Grenier, Daniel

    2014-09-01

    Streptococcus suis serotype 2 is known to cause severe infections (meningitis, endocarditis, and septicemia) in pigs and is considered an emerging zoonotic agent. Antibiotics have long been used in the swine industry for disease treatment/prevention and growth promoters. This pattern of utilization resulted in the spread of antibiotic resistance in S. suis worldwide. Interestingly, pigs may harbor S. suis in their tonsils without developing diseases, while North American strains belonging to the sequence type 28 (ST28) are nonvirulent in animal models. Consequently, the aim of this study was to purify and characterize a bacteriocin produced by a nonvirulent strain of S. suis serotype 2, with a view to a potential therapeutic and preventive application. S. suis 90-1330 belonging to ST28 and previously shown to be nonvirulent in an animal model exhibited antibacterial activity toward all S. suis pathogenic isolates tested. The bacteriocin produced by this strain was purified to homogeneity by cationic exchange and reversed-phase fast protein liquid chromatography. Given its properties (molecular mass of nisin U produced by Streptococcus uberis. The putative gene cluster involved in suicin production was amplified by PCR and sequence analysis revealed the presence of 11 open reading frames, including the structural gene and those required for the modification of amino acids, export, regulation, and immunity. Further studies will evaluate the ability of suicin 90-1330 or the producing strain to prevent experimental S. suis infections in pigs.

  3. Targeting of the Virulence Factor Acetohydroxyacid Synthase by Sulfonylureas Results in Inhibition of Intramacrophagic Multiplication of Brucella suis

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    Boigegrain, Rose-Anne; Liautard, Jean-Pierre; Köhler, Stephan

    2005-01-01

    The acetohydroxyacid synthase (AHAS) of Brucella suis can be effectively targeted by the sulfonylureas chlorimuron ethyl and metsulfuron methyl. Growth in minimal medium was inhibited, and multiplication in human macrophages was totally abolished with 100 μM of sulfonylureas. Metsulfuron methyl-resistant mutants showed reduced viability in macrophages and reduced AHAS activity.

  4. The first report on Cryptosporidium suis and Cryptosporidium pig genotype II in Eurasian wild boars (Sus scrofa) (Czech Republic).

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    Němejc, Karel; Sak, Bohumil; Květoňová, Dana; Hanzal, Vladimír; Jeníková, Martina; Kváč, Martin

    2012-03-23

    A total of 193 faecal samples of adult Eurasian wild boars were collected at 12 enclosures across the Czech Republic and examined for Cryptosporidium infection using both microscopic and molecular tools. Cryptosporidium oocysts were not detected in any of the 193 faecal samples examined using the aniline-carbol-methyl violet staining method. Thirty-two positive cases of Cryptosporidium infection were detected using either genus- or species-specific nested PCR. Mono-infection with Cryptosporidium suis and Cryptosporidium pig genotype II were found in 13 and 7 cases, respectively. Five mixed infections of C. suis and Cryptosporidium pig genotype II were detected using PCR/RFLP with genus specific primers. The number of detected mixed infections increased 2.4 fold when a species-specific PCR was employed. No other Cryptosporidium spp. was detected. Unlike cryptosporidiosis of domestic pigs, C. suis was detected as a dominant species infecting adult Eurasian wild boars. There was no association between diarrhoea and the presence of Cryptosporidium infection in the Eurasian wild boars studied. This is the first report on the Cryptosporidium infection caused by C. suis and Cryptosporidium pig genotype II in Eurasian wild boars (Sus scrofa).

  5. Correlation between PFGE Groups and mrp/epf/sly Genotypes of Human Streptococcus suis Serotype 2 in Northern Thailand

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    Prasit Tharavichitkul

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Streptococcus suis infection is a severe zoonotic disease commonly found in Northern Thailand where people often consume raw pork and/or pig’s blood. The most frequent clinical presentations are meningitis, sepsis, and endocarditis with higher rate of mortality and hearing loss sequelae. To clarify the correlation between pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE groups and mrp/epf/sly genotypes of S. suis serotype 2, 62 patient and 4 healthy pig isolates from Northern Thailand were studied. By PFGE analysis, at 66% homology, most human isolates (69.4% and 1 pig isolate were in group A, whereas 14.5% of human isolates and 3 out of 4 pig isolates were in group D. According to mrp/epf/sly genotypes, 80.6% of human isolates were identified in mrp+epf−sly− and only 12.9% were in mrp−epf−sly+ genotypes; in contrast, 1 and 3 pig isolates were detected in these two genotypes, respectively. Interestingly, all isolates of S. suis serotype 2 classified in PFGE groups A, B, and E were set in mrp+epf−sly− genotypes. These data show a close correlation between PFGE groups and mrp/epf/sly genotypes of human S. suis serotype 2.

  6. Identification and Isolation of Brucella suis Virulence Genes Involved in Resistance to the Human Innate Immune System▿

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    Liautard, Janny; Ouahrani-Bettache, Safia; Jubier-Maurin, Véronique; Lafont, Virginie; Köhler, Stephan; Liautard, Jean-Pierre

    2007-01-01

    Brucella strains are facultative intracellular pathogens that induce chronic diseases in humans and animals. This observation implies that Brucella subverts innate and specific immune responses of the host to develop its full virulence. Deciphering the genes involved in the subversion of the immune system is of primary importance for understanding the virulence of the bacteria, for understanding the pathogenic consequences of infection, and for designing an efficient vaccine. We have developed an in vitro system involving human macrophages infected by Brucella suis and activated syngeneic γ9δ2 T lymphocytes. Under these conditions, multiplication of B. suis inside macrophages is only slightly reduced. To identify the genes responsible for this reduced sensitivity, we screened a library of 2,000 clones of transposon-mutated B. suis. For rapid and quantitative analysis of the multiplication of the bacteria, we describe a simple method based on Alamar blue reduction, which is compatible with screening a large library. By comparing multiplication inside macrophages alone and multiplication inside macrophages with activated γ9δ2 T cells, we identified four genes of B. suis that were necessary to resist to the action of the γ9δ2 T cells. The putative functions of these genes are discussed in order to propose possible explanations for understanding their exact role in the subversion of innate immunity. PMID:17709411

  7. Bacteria-induced egg hatching differs for Trichuris muris and Trichuris suis

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    Vejzagic, Nermina; Adelfio, Roberto; Keiser, Jennifer

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    BACKGROUND: Eggs of the porcine whipworm Trichuris suis are currently explored in human clinical trials as a treatment of immune-mediated diseases. In this context, only the infective, embryonated eggs, constitute the Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (API). The rodent whipworm, Trichuris muris...... eggs incubated with selected bacteria, indicate significant biological differences which may reflect specific adaptation to different host-specific gut microbiota....

  8. ApuA, a multifunctional x-glucan-degrading enzyme of Streptococcus suis, mediates adhesion to porcine epithelium and mucus

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    Ferrando, M.L.; Fuentes, S.; Greeff, de A.; Smith, H.E.; Wells, J.

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    We have identified apuA in Streptococcus suis, which encodes a bifunctional amylopullulanase with conserved -amylase and pullulanase substrate-binding domains and catalytic motifs. ApuA exhibited properties typical of a Gram-positive surface protein, with a putative signal sequence and LPKTGE cell-w

  9. Temperature dependent embryonic development of Trichuris suis eggs in a medicinal raw material

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    Vejzagic, Nermina; Kringel, Helene; Bruun, Johan Musaeus

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    The therapeutic potential of infective pig whipworm eggs, Trichuris suis ova (TSO), is currently tested in several clinical trials on immune-mediated diseases. This paper studied the embryonic development of TSO in a medicinal raw product, where the parasite eggs were suspended in sulphuric acid (p...

  10. ApuA, a multifunctional alpha-glucan-degrading enzyme of Streptococcus suis, mediates adhesion to porcine epithelium and mucus.

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    Ferrando, Maria Laura; Fuentes, Susana; de Greeff, Astrid; Smith, Hilde; Wells, Jerry M

    2010-09-01

    We have identified apuA in Streptococcus suis, which encodes a bifunctional amylopullulanase with conserved alpha-amylase and pullulanase substrate-binding domains and catalytic motifs. ApuA exhibited properties typical of a Gram-positive surface protein, with a putative signal sequence and LPKTGE cell-wall-anchoring motif. A recombinant protein containing the predicted N-terminal alpha-amylase domain of ApuA was shown to have alpha-(1,4) glycosidic activity. Additionally, an apuA mutant of S. suis lacked the pullulanase alpha-(1,6) glycosidic activity detected in a cell-surface protein extract of wild-type S. suis. ApuA was required for normal growth in complex medium containing pullulan as the major carbon source, suggesting that this enzyme plays a role in nutrient acquisition in vivo via the degradation of glycogen and food-derived starch in the nasopharyngeal and oral cavities. ApuA was shown to promote adhesion to porcine epithelium and mucus in vitro, highlighting a link between carbohydrate utilization and the ability of S. suis to colonize and infect the host.

  11. Assessing the zoonotic potential of Ascaris suum and Trichuris suis

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    Nejsum, Peter; Betson, M.; Bendall, R. P.;

    2012-01-01

    The two geohelminths, Ascaris lumbricoides and Trichuris trichiura, infect more than a billion people worldwide but are only reported sporadically in the developed part of the world. In contrast, the closely related species A. suum and T. suis in pigs have a truly global distribution, with infected...

  12. Population dynamics and intra-litter transmission patterns of Isospora suis in suckling piglets under on-farm conditions

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    Sotiraki, S.; Roepstorff, A.; Nielsen, J.P.

    2008-01-01

    The aim of this study was to investigate the intra-litter infection dynamics of Isospora suis under natural conditions, and to study any association between parasite transmission and the contamination level of the farrowing pen by applying different interventions in order to reduce the transmission...

  13. Ultrastructural characteristics and molecular identification of Entamoeba suis isolated from pigs with hemorrhagic colitis: implications for pathogenicity.

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    Matsubayashi, Makoto; Suzuta, Fumiko; Terayama, Yoshimi; Shimojo, Kengo; Yui, Takeshi; Haritani, Makoto; Shibahara, Tomoyuki

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    Protozoan parasites of the genus Entamoeba infect many classes of vertebrates and are primarily classified based on morphological criteria. To date, only a few species have been proven to cause disease. Here, we examined the pathology of infected pigs with hemorrhage and detected Entamoeba parasites. Isolates were characterized genetically and ultrastructurally to identify the species. Histopathologically, bleeding and thrombus formation were seen only in the large intestine mucosa, where a large number of trophozoites or some Entamoeba cysts were observed around breakdowns in the lamina propria. No screw-shaped bacteria were detected in the lesions, and no pathogenic bacteria such as Brachyspira spp. were detected in fecal cultures. Interestingly, electron microscopy revealed that the parasites possessed mitochondrial organelles, unlike other Entamoeba spp. The isolates were identified as Entamoeba suis by PCR analysis and sequencing of the small subunit ribosomal RNA (SSU rRNA) gene. In phylogenetic analyses based on the actin gene, the E. suis isolate formed a cluster with Entamoeba histolytica and Entamoeba invadens, as well as with other parasites of the Amoebidae. Whether the pathogenicity of the E. suis isolate is affected by the severity of infection or host health status remains unclear; however, our results suggest that E. suis could cause or exacerbate clinical symptoms such as hemorrhagic colitis or diarrhea.

  14. Correlation between PFGE Groups and mrp/epf/sly Genotypes of Human Streptococcus suis Serotype 2 in Northern Thailand.

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    Tharavichitkul, Prasit; Wongsawan, Kanreuthai; Takenami, Naoki; Pruksakorn, Sumalee; Fongcom, Achara; Gottschalk, Marcelo; Khanthawa, Banyong; Supajatura, Volaluk; Takai, Shinji

    2014-01-01

    Streptococcus suis infection is a severe zoonotic disease commonly found in Northern Thailand where people often consume raw pork and/or pig's blood. The most frequent clinical presentations are meningitis, sepsis, and endocarditis with higher rate of mortality and hearing loss sequelae. To clarify the correlation between pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) groups and mrp/epf/sly genotypes of S. suis serotype 2, 62 patient and 4 healthy pig isolates from Northern Thailand were studied. By PFGE analysis, at 66% homology, most human isolates (69.4%) and 1 pig isolate were in group A, whereas 14.5% of human isolates and 3 out of 4 pig isolates were in group D. According to mrp/epf/sly genotypes, 80.6% of human isolates were identified in mrp (+) epf (-) sly (-) and only 12.9% were in mrp (-) epf (-) sly (+) genotypes; in contrast, 1 and 3 pig isolates were detected in these two genotypes, respectively. Interestingly, all isolates of S. suis serotype 2 classified in PFGE groups A, B, and E were set in mrp (+) epf (-) sly (-) genotypes. These data show a close correlation between PFGE groups and mrp/epf/sly genotypes of human S. suis serotype 2.

  15. Distribution of Suicin Gene Clusters in Streptococcus suis Serotype 2 Belonging to Sequence Types 25 and 28

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    Taryn B. T. Athey

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    Full Text Available Recently, we reported the purification and characterization of three distinct lantibiotics (named suicin 90-1330, suicin 3908, and suicin 65 produced by Streptococcus suis. In this study, we investigated the distribution of the three suicin lantibiotic gene clusters among serotype 2 S. suis strains belonging to sequence type (ST 25 and ST28, the two dominant STs identified in North America. The genomes of 102 strains were interrogated for the presence of suicin gene clusters encoding suicins 90-1330, 3908, and 65. The gene cluster encoding suicin 65 was the most prevalent and mainly found among ST25 strains. In contrast, none of the genes related to suicin 90-1330 production were identified in 51 ST25 strains nor in 35/51 ST28 strains. However, the complete suicin 90-1330 gene cluster was found in ten ST28 strains, although some genes in the cluster were truncated in three of these isolates. The vast majority (101/102 of S. suis strains did not possess any of the genes encoding suicin 3908. In conclusion, this study indicates heterogeneous distribution of suicin genes in S. suis.

  16. 猪链球菌病的流行病学%Epidemiology of the disease caused by Streptococcus suis

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    王楷宬

    2013-01-01

    Streptococcus suis can infect human and animal,causing meningitis,septicaemia,arthritis and death. With the development of molecular biology,microbiology and epidemiology,the epidemiology of Streptococcus suis with some new understand were known. From the characterization of Streptococcus suis,epidemiology feature,the status in China and other countries,this article introduced the range,level,trend and regularity of the epidemiology in Streptococcus suis. This paper will supply the reference epidemiology data to the prevention of the disease.%猪链球菌(Streptococcus suis)可感染人和动物,引起脑膜炎、败血症、关节炎等,甚至死亡。随着分子生物学、微生物学和流行病学的发展,对猪链球菌(病)的流行病学有了一些新的认识。本文围绕猪链球菌的特性、流行特点以及我国和其他国家的猪链球菌病流行情况等4方面,系统介绍了该病当前的流行范围、程度、趋势和规律等,为本病的防控提供可参考的流行病学依据。

  17. Use of Antibiotics and Antimicrobial Resistance in Veterinary Medicine as Exemplified by the Swine Pathogen Streptococcus suis.

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    Seitz, Maren; Valentin-Weigand, Peter; Willenborg, Jörg

    2016-01-01

    Use of antimicrobial agents in veterinary medicine is essential to control infectious diseases, thereby keeping animals healthy and animal products safe for the consumer. On the other hand, development and spread of antimicrobial resistance is of major concern for public health. Streptococcus (S.) suis reflects a typical bacterial pathogen in modern swine production due to its facultative pathogenic nature and wide spread in the pig population. Thus, in the present review we focus on certain current aspects and problems related to antimicrobial use and resistance in S. suis as a paradigm for a bacterial pathogen affecting swine husbandry worldwide. The review includes (i) general aspects of antimicrobial use and resistance in veterinary medicine with emphasis on swine, (ii) genetic resistance mechanisms of S. suis known to contribute to bacterial survival under antibiotic selection pressure, and (iii) possible other factors which may contribute to problems in antimicrobial therapy of S. suis infections, such as bacterial persister cell formation, biofilm production, and co-infections. The latter shows that we hardly understand the complexity of factors affecting the success of antimicrobial treatment of (porcine) infectious diseases and underlines the need for further research in this field.

  18. Comparative virulence of in vitro-cultured primate- and pig-associated Helicobacter suis strains in a BALB/c mouse and a Mongolian gerbil model.

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    Bosschem, Iris; Flahou, Bram; Bakker, Jaco; Heuvelman, Edwin; Langermans, Jan A M; De Bruyne, Ellen; Joosten, Myrthe; Smet, Annemieke; Ducatelle, Richard; Haesebrouck, Freddy

    2017-04-01

    Helicobacter suis (H. suis) is the most prevalent gastric non-H. pylori Helicobacter species in humans. This bacterium mainly colonizes the stomach of pigs, but it has also been detected in the stomach of nonhuman primates. The aim of this study was to obtain better insights into potential differences between pig- and primate-associated H. suis strains in virulence and pathogenesis. In vitro-isolated H. suis strains obtained from pigs, cynomolgus monkeys (Macaca fascicularis), and rhesus monkeys (Macaca mulatta) were used for intragastric inoculation of BALB/c mice and Mongolian gerbils. Nine weeks and six months later, samples of the stomach of inoculated and control animals were taken for PCR analysis and histopathological examination. The cynomolgus monkey-associated H. suis strain only colonized the stomach of mice, but not of Mongolian gerbils. All other H. suis strains colonized the stomach in both rodent models. In all colonized animals, severe gastric inflammation was induced. Gastric lymphoid follicles and destruction of the antral epithelium were observed in infected gerbils, but not in mice. Infection with both pig- and primate-associated H. suis strains evoked a similar marked Th17 response in mice and gerbils, accompanied by increased CXCL-13 expression levels. Apart from the cynomolgus monkey-associated strain which was unable of colonizing the stomach of Mongolian gerbils, no substantial differences in virulence were found in rodent models between in vitro-cultured pig-associated, cynomolgus monkey-associated and rhesus monkey-associated H. suis strains. The experimental host determines the outcome of the immune response against H. suis infection, rather than the original host. © 2016 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  19. Simultaneous Quantification and Differentiation of Streptococcus suis Serotypes 2 and 9 by Quantitative Real-Time PCR, Evaluated in Tonsillar and Nasal Samples of Pigs : Gelijktijdige kwantificering en differentiatie van Streptococcus suis serotypes 2 en 9 met kwantitatieve Real-Time PCR, onderzocht in tonsil en neus monsters van varkens

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    Dekker, Niels; Daemen, Ineke; Verstappen, Koen; de Greeff, Astrid; Smith, Hilde; Duim, Birgitta

    2016-01-01

    Invasive Streptococcus suis (S. suis) infections in pigs are often associated with serotypes 2 and 9. Mucosal sites of healthy pigs can be colonized with these serotypes, often multiple serotypes per pig. To unravel the contribution of these serotypes in pathogenesis and epidemiology, simultaneous q

  20. Symptoms after ingestion of pig whipworm Trichuris suis eggs in a randomized placebo-controlled double-blind clinical trial

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    Bager, Peter; Kapel, Christian Moliin Outzen; Roepstorff, Allan Knud;

    2011-01-01

    Symptoms after human infection with the helminth Trichuris suis have not previously been described. Exposure to helminths has been suggested as immune therapy against allergy and autoimmune diseases. We randomized adults with allergic rhinitis to ingest a dose of 2500 T. suis eggs or placebo every...... by a fluoroenzymeimmunoassay (Phadia ApS). During 163 days complete follow-up, subjects ingesting T. suis eggs (N = 49) had a three to 19-fold higher rate of events (median duration, 2 days) with gastrointestinal reactions (moderate to severe flatulence, diarrhea, and upper abdominal pain) compared with placebo subjects (N...

  1. Genetic analysis of Trichuris suis and Trichuris trichiura recovered from humans and pigs in a sympatric setting in Uganda.

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    Nissen, Sofie; Al-Jubury, Azmi; Hansen, Tina V A; Olsen, Annette; Christensen, Henrik; Thamsborg, Stig M; Nejsum, Peter

    2012-08-13

    The whipworms Trichuris trichiura and Trichuris suis in humans and pigs, respectively, are believed to be two different species yet closely related. Morphologically, adult worms, eggs and larvae of the two species are indistinguishable. The aim of this study was to examine the genetic variation of Trichuris sp. mainly recovered from natural infected pigs and humans. Worm material isolated from humans and pigs living in the same geographical region in Uganda were analyzed by PCR, cloning and sequencing. Measurements of morphometric characters were also performed. The analysis of the ITS-2 (internal transcribed spacer) region showed a high genetic variation in the human-derived worms with two sequence types, designated type 1 and type 2, differing with up to 45%, the type 2 being identical to the sequence found in pig-derived worms. A single human-derived worm showed exclusively the type 2-genotype (T. suis-type) and three cases of 'heterozygote' worms in humans were identified. However, the analysis showed that sympatric Trichuris primarily assorted with host origin. Sequence analysis of a part of the genetically conserved β-tubulin gene confirmed two separate populations/species but also showed that the 'heterozygote' worms had a T. suis-like β-tubulin gene. A PCR-RFLP on the ITS-2 region was developed, that could distinguish between worms of the pig, human and 'heterozygote' type. The data suggest that Trichuris in pigs and humans belong to two different populations (i.e. are two different species). However, the data presented also suggest that cross-infections of humans with T. suis takes place. Further studies on sympatric Trichuris populations are highly warranted in order to explore transmission dynamics and unravel the zoonotic potential of T. suis.

  2. Antimicrobial susceptibility, tetracycline and erythromycin resistance genes, and multilocus sequence typing of Streptococcus suis isolates from diseased pigs in China.

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    Chen, Lei; Song, Yajing; Wei, Zigong; He, Hongkui; Zhang, Anding; Jin, Meilin

    2013-01-01

    Streptococcus suis (S. suis) is an emerging zoonotic pathogen causing significant economic losses in the swine industry. Here, we investigated the antimicrobial susceptibility, associated antibiotic-resistant determinants and sequence type (ST) of S. suis isolates from diseased pigs in China from 2008 to 2010. Serotype 2 was the most frequently observed strain (n=95) among the 106 S. suis strains collected, followed by serotypes 3 (n=3), 5 (n=3), 4 (n=2), 7 (n=1), 11 (n=1) and 28 (n=1). Multilocus sequence typing analysis revealed that ST1 (n=21) and ST7 (n=74) were the predominant STs, and serotype 2 was found to be significantly correlated with ST7 (P=0.017, Fisher's exact test) and CC1 (P=0.024, Fisher's exact test). The antimicrobial susceptibility results indicated that the antibiotic resistance rate was highest for tetracycline (99.1%), followed by azithromycin (68.9%), erythromycin (67.9%), clindamycin (67.9%), trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole (16%), levofloxacin (2.8%), chloramphenicol (1.9%), cefaclor (0.9%) and ceftriaxone (0.9%). Antibiotic-resistant genes tet(M), tet(O), tet(O/W/32/O), tet(O/32/O), tet(S), tet(W), tet(L), tet(40), erm(B), mef(A/E) and msr(D) could be detected, and several tandem organizations of antibiotic resistance genes were also found in this study. In conclusion, S. suis strains isolated from diseased pigs in China were less diverse and multi-drug resistant.

  3. Effect of Ciprofloxacin on the Immune Response of Growing Piglets to Streptococcosis suis

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    QING Liu-ting; YUAN Zong-hui

    2003-01-01

    24 seven-week-old hybrid healthy pigs (weighted 25.5?.4 kg ) from a source were randomly allotted to four groups (six each): the blank group, the negative group, the positive group and the test group. Pigs in the negative group and the test group were developed into a typical subacute Streptococcosis suis by inoculating subcutaneously 0.45 billion of pure living Streptococcus suis (type C55126) per kilogram body weight. Pigs in the positive group and the test group were intravenously injected ciprofloxacin (5 mg kg1 of BW) for 8 consecutive days (twice daily). Pigs in the blank group and positive group were inoculated with a placebo (0.85% NaCl). Some immunity parameters were tested on day 0, 7, 14, 21 and 28 after inoculation. Total leukocytes were counted with microscope. Differential leukocyte counts were performed on Giemsa-stained blood smears. The effect on the nitroblue tetrazolium (NBT) reduction of neutrophil was used to determine its phagocytic ability. Lymphocyte proliferation was determined by using the mitogens PHA. The total serum IgG concentration was measured by radial single immunodiffusion. A 50% hemolytic test was used to investigate the complement activity in serum. Whereas, a phytohemagglutinin (PHA) skin test was used to investigate in vivo immunity. We got the following results: Ciprofloxacin can retard the clinical signs of an increase of leukocyte counts, a large percent of lymphocytes and a relative percentage decrease of neutrophis. Ciprofloxacin could promote nitroblue tetrazolium (NBT) reduction by neutrophil. Though there was no obvious difference (P>0.05) between the test group and the negative group, the interaction of both Streptococcosis suis and ciprofloxacin was significantly different(P0.05) between the test group and the blank group. Delayed-type hypersensitivity (DTH) to PHA was increased in diseased animals after receiving the treatment with ciprofloxacin. Owing to the difference of interaction (P<0.01, on day 21, 28 after

  4. Trichurs suis ova theraphy in relapsing multiple sclerosis is safe but without signals of beneficial effect

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    Voldsgaard, A.; Bager, P.; Garde, E.;

    2015-01-01

    BACKGROUND: An observational study has suggested that relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis patients with helminth infections have lower disease activity and progression than uninfected multiple sclerosis patients. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the safety and efficacy on MRI activity of treatment with ...... not change. CONCLUSIONS: In a small group of relapsing multiple sclerosis patients, Trichuris suis oral therapy was well tolerated but without beneficial effect.......BACKGROUND: An observational study has suggested that relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis patients with helminth infections have lower disease activity and progression than uninfected multiple sclerosis patients. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the safety and efficacy on MRI activity of treatment...... with TSO in relapsing MS. METHODS: The study was an open-label, magnetic resonance imaging assessor-blinded, baseline-to-treatment study including ten patients with relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis. Median (range) age was 41 (24-55) years, disease duration 9 (4-34) years, Expanded Disability Status...

  5. Comparative analysis of whole genome structure of Streptococcus suis using whole genome PCR scanning

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    2008-01-01

    An outbreak associated with Streptococcus suis infection in humans emerged in Sichuan province, China in 2005. The outbreak is atypical for the apparent large number of human cases, high fatality rate and geographical spread. To determine whether the bacterium has changed, we compared both human and animal isolates from the Sichuan outbreak with those collected previously within China and in other countries using whole genome PCR scanning (WGPScaning) comparative sequencing of several known virulence factor genes and multilocus sequence typing (MLST) analysis. WGPScanning analysis showed that all primer pairs yielded PCR products of the expected sizes in all four strains tested. The nucleotide sequences of all the detected virulence factor genes are identical in the four strains and MLST results showed that the four isolates studied and reference strain all belonged to the ST1 complex. No new genetic changes were found in the genome structure of the isolates from this Sichuan outbreak.

  6. Experimental infection of pigs with three dose levels of Trichuris suis

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    Pedersen S.

    2000-12-01

    Full Text Available The objective of the study was to follow the course of Trichuris suisinfection in pigs given infective eggs at low (400 eggs, medium (4,000 eggs and high inoculation dose (40,000 eggs, respectively. Interestingly, despite a 100-fold difference in dose level no significant difference was found in either blood parameters, total faecal egg excretion, fecundity or worm burdens at necropsy 12 weeks post inoculation. The highest and lowest median faecal egg output was found in the medium and high dose group, respectively. With increasing dose level, worm size, establishment and prevalence of T. suis positive pigs decreased while worms were dislocated aborally. In addition there was a highly significant correlation between female worm burden and faecal egg excretion.

  7. Comparative analysis of whole genome structure of Streptococcus suis using whole genome PCR scanning

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    2008-01-01

    An outbreak associated with Streptococcus suis infection in humans emerged in Sichuan province, China in 2005. The outbreak is atypical for the apparent large number of human cases, high fatality rate and geographical spread. To determine whether the bacterium has changed, we compared both human and animal isolates from the Sichuan outbreak with those collected previously within China and in other countries using whole genome PCR scanning (WGPScaning) comparative sequencing of several known virulence factor genes and multilocus sequence typing (MLST) analysis. WGPScanning analysis showed that all primer pairs yielded PCR products of the expected sizes in all four strains tested. The nucleotide sequences of all the detected virulence factor genes are identical in the four strains and MLST results showed that the four isolates studied and reference strain all belonged to the ST1 com-plex. No new genetic changes were found in the genome structure of the isolates from this Sichuan outbreak.

  8. Control of competence for DNA transformation in streptococcus suis by genetically transferable pherotypes.

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    Edoardo Zaccaria

    Full Text Available Here we show that S. suis, a major bacterial pathogen of pigs and emerging pathogen in humans responds to a peptide pheromone by developing competence for DNA transformation. This species does not fall within any of the phylogenetic clusters of streptococci previously shown to regulate competence via peptide pheromones suggesting that more species of streptococci may be naturally competent. Induction of competence was dependent on ComX, a sigma factor that controls the streptococcal late competence regulon, extracellular addition of a comX-inducing peptide (XIP, and ComR, a regulator of comX. XIP was identified as an N-terminally truncated variant of ComS. Different comS alleles are present among strains of S. suis. These comS alleles are not functionally equivalent and appear to operate in conjuction with a cognate ComR to regulate comX through a conserved comR-box promoter. We demonstrate that these 'pherotypes' can be genetically transferred between strains, suggesting that similar approaches might be used to control competence induction in other lactic acid bacteria that lack ComR/ComS homologues but possess comX and the late competence regulon. The approaches described in this paper to identify and optimize peptide-induced competence may also assist other researchers wishing to identify natural competence in other bacteria. Harnessing natural competence is expected to accelerate genetic research on this and other important streptococcal pathogens and to allow high-throughput mutation approaches to be implemented, opening up new avenues for research.

  9. Comparative Genome Analyses of Streptococcus suis Isolates from Endocarditis Demonstrate Persistence of Dual Phenotypic Clones.

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    Mari Tohya

    Full Text Available Many bacterial species coexist in the same niche as heterogeneous clones with different phenotypes; however, understanding of infectious diseases by polyphenotypic bacteria is still limited. In the present study, encapsulation in isolates of the porcine pathogen Streptococcus suis from persistent endocarditis lesions was examined. Coexistence of both encapsulated and unencapsulated S. suis isolates was found in 26 out of 59 endocarditis samples. The isolates were serotype 2, and belonged to two different sequence types (STs, ST1 and ST28. The genomes of each of the 26 pairs of encapsulated and unencapsulated isolates from the 26 samples were sequenced. The data showed that each pair of isolates had one or more unique nonsynonymous mutations in the cps gene, and the encapsulated and unencapsulated isolates from the same samples were closest to each other. Pairwise comparisons of the sequences of cps genes in 7 pairs of encapsulated and unencapsulated isolates identified insertion/deletions (indels ranging from one to 104 bp in different cps genes of unencapsulated isolates. Capsule expression was restored in a subset of unencapsulated isolates by complementation in trans with cps expression vectors. Examination of gene content common to isolates indicated that mutation frequency was higher in ST28 pairs than in ST1 pairs. Genes within mobile genetic elements were mutation hot spots among ST28 isolates. Taken all together, our results demonstrate the coexistence of dual phenotype (encapsulated and unencapsulated bacterial clones and suggest that the dual phenotypes arose independently in each farm by means of spontaneous mutations in cps genes.

  10. Plantae colombianae, v: species nova generis herrania

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    Recently, señor Gabriel Gutiérrez, Agrónomo Auxiliar de la Sección de Biología Vegetal, kindly submitted to me for study a collection of Herrania from Santander. It represents an interesting new species, the description of which is presented below.  A very complete series of field data accompanied the botanical specimen. These, as welh as the plant material, were sent in by Señor Jorge Ortíz Méndez, Ingeniero Agrónomo, Jefe de la Secretaria de Agricultura e Industrias in Bucaramanga. A number...

  11. Detection of Streptococcus suis by in situ hybridization, indirect immunofluorescence, and peroxidase-antiperoxidase assays in formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded tissue sections from pigs

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    Boye, Mette; Feenstra, Anne Avlund; Tegtmeier, Conny

    2000-01-01

    methods, an indirect immunofluorescence assay and a peroxidase-antiperoxidase method, using polyclonal antibodies also were developed. The specificity of the oligonucleotide probe was examined by whole-cell and dot-blot hybridization against reference strains of the 35 serotypes of S. suis and other...... closely related streptococci and other bacteria commonly isolated from pigs. The probe was specific for S, suis serotypes 1-31. The specificity of the polyclonal antibodies, which has previously been evaluated for use in diagnostic bacteriology for typing of serotype 2, was further evaluated...... in experimentally infected murine tissue with pure culture of different serotypes of S. suis, related streptococci, and other bacteria commonly found in pigs. The polyclonal antibodies against S. suis serotype 2 cross-reacted with serotypes 1 and 1/2 in these assays. The in situ hybridization...

  12. Martius flap and anterior vaginal wall sling for correction of urethrovaginal fistula (UVF associated with stress urinary incontinence (SUI after vaginal delivery

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    A.M. Abdelbary

    2012-12-01

    Conclusions: Patients with a post-birth trauma in the form of UVF should be examined intra-operatively for the presence of associated SUI following correction of UVF. The use of the Martius flap and anterior vaginal wall sling in treating such patients is safe, efficient and reproducible. An anterior vaginal wall sling should be avoided in distal UVF to avoid recurrence of SUI.

  13. Mutations in the Gene Encoding the Ancillary Pilin Subunit of the Streptococcus suis srtF Cluster Result in Pili Formed by the Major Subunit Only

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    Fittipaldi, Nahuel; Takamatsu, Daisuke; la Cruz Domínguez-Punaro, María de; Lecours, Marie-Pier; Montpetit, Diane; Osaki, Makoto; Sekizaki, Tsutomu; Gottschalk, Marcelo

    2010-01-01

    Pili have been shown to contribute to the virulence of different Gram-positive pathogenic species. Among other critical steps of bacterial pathogenesis, these structures participate in adherence to host cells, colonization and systemic virulence. Recently, the presence of at least four discrete gene clusters encoding putative pili has been revealed in the major swine pathogen and emerging zoonotic agent Streptococcus suis. However, pili production by this species has not yet been demonstrated. In this study, we investigated the functionality of one of these pili clusters, known as the srtF pilus cluster, by the construction of mutant strains for each of the four genes of the cluster as well as by the generation of antibodies against the putative pilin subunits. Results revealed that the S. suis serotype 2 strain P1/7, as well as several other highly virulent invasive S. suis serotype 2 isolates express pili from this cluster. However, in most cases tested, and as a result of nonsense mutations at the 5′ end of the gene encoding the minor pilin subunit (a putative adhesin), pili were formed by the major pilin subunit only. We then evaluated the role these pili play in S. suis virulence. Abolishment of the expression of srtF cluster-encoded pili did not result in impaired interactions of S. suis with porcine brain microvascular endothelial cells. Furthermore, non-piliated mutants were as virulent as the wild type strain when evaluated in a murine model of S. suis sepsis. Our results show that srtF cluster-encoded, S. suis pili are atypical compared to other Gram-positive pili. In addition, since the highly virulent strains under investigation are unlikely to produce other pili, our results suggest that pili might be dispensable for critical steps of the S. suis pathogenesis of infection. PMID:20052283

  14. The Chlamydia suis Genome Exhibits High Levels of Diversity, Plasticity, and Mobile Antibiotic Resistance: Comparative Genomics of a Recent Livestock Cohort Shows Influence of Treatment Regimes

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    Wanninger, Sabrina; Bachmann, Nathan; Marti, Hanna; Qi, Weihong; Donati, Manuela; di Francesco, Antonietta; Polkinghorne, Adam; Borel, Nicole

    2017-01-01

    Chlamydia suis is an endemic pig pathogen, belonging to a fascinating genus of obligate intracellular pathogens. Of particular interest, this is the only chlamydial species to have naturally acquired genes encoding for tetracycline resistance. To date, the distribution and mobility of the Tet-island are not well understood. Our study focused on whole genome sequencing of 29 C. suis isolates from a recent porcine cohort within Switzerland, combined with data from USA tetracycline-resistant isolates. Our findings show that the genome of C. suis is very plastic, with unprecedented diversity, highly affected by recombination and plasmid exchange. A large diversity of isolates circulates within Europe, even within individual Swiss farms, suggesting that C. suis originated around Europe. New World isolates have more restricted diversity and appear to derive from European isolates, indicating that historical strain transfers to the United States have occurred. The architecture of the Tet-island is variable, but the tetA(C) gene is always intact, and recombination has been a major factor in its transmission within C. suis. Selective pressure from tetracycline use within pigs leads to a higher number of Tet-island carrying isolates, which appear to be lost in the absence of such pressure, whereas the loss or gain of the Tet-island from individual strains is not observed. The Tet-island appears to be a recent import into the genome of C. suis, with a possible American origin. PMID:28338777

  15. Binding of Human Fibrinogen to MRP Enhances Streptococcus suis Survival in Host Blood in a αXβ2 Integrin-dependent Manner.

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    Pian, Yaya; Li, Xueqin; Zheng, Yuling; Wu, Xiaohong; Yuan, Yuan; Jiang, Yongqiang

    2016-05-27

    The Gram-positive bacterium Streptococcus suis serotype 2 (S. suis 2), an important zoonotic pathogen, induces strong systemic infections in humans; sepsis and meningitis are the most common clinical manifestations and are often accompanied by bacteremia. However, the mechanisms of S. suis 2 survival in human blood are not well understood. In our previous study, we identified muramidase-released protein (MRP), a novel human fibrinogen (hFg)-binding protein (FBP) in S. suis 2 that is an important epidemic infection marker with an unknown mechanism in pathogenesis. The present study demonstrates that the N-terminus of MRP (a.a. 283-721) binds to both the Aα and Bβ chains of the D fragment of hFg. Strikingly, the hFg-MRP interaction improved the survival of S. suis 2 in human blood and led to the aggregation and exhaustion of polymorphonuclear neutrophils (PMNs) via an αXβ2 integrin-dependent mechanism. Other Fg-binding proteins, such as M1 (GAS) and FOG (GGS), also induced PMNs aggregation; however, the mechanisms of these FBP-hFg complexes in the evasion of PMN-mediated innate immunity remain unclear. MRP is conserved across highly virulent strains in Europe and Asia, and these data shed new light on the function of MRP in S. suis pathogenesis.

  16. FlpS, the FNR-Like Protein of Streptococcus suis Is an Essential, Oxygen-Sensing Activator of the Arginine Deiminase System.

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    Willenborg, Jörg; Koczula, Anna; Fulde, Marcus; de Greeff, Astrid; Beineke, Andreas; Eisenreich, Wolfgang; Huber, Claudia; Seitz, Maren; Valentin-Weigand, Peter; Goethe, Ralph

    2016-07-21

    Streptococcus (S.) suis is a zoonotic pathogen causing septicemia and meningitis in pigs and humans. During infection S. suis must metabolically adapt to extremely diverse environments of the host. CcpA and the FNR family of bacterial transcriptional regulators are important for metabolic gene regulation in various bacteria. The role of CcpA in S. suis is well defined, but the function of the FNR-like protein of S. suis, FlpS, is yet unknown. Transcriptome analyses of wild-type S. suis and a flpS mutant strain suggested that FlpS is involved in the regulation of the central carbon, arginine degradation and nucleotide metabolism. However, isotopologue profiling revealed no substantial changes in the core carbon and amino acid de novo biosynthesis. FlpS was essential for the induction of the arcABC operon of the arginine degrading pathway under aerobic and anaerobic conditions. The arcABC-inducing activity of FlpS could be associated with the level of free oxygen in the culture medium. FlpS was necessary for arcABC-dependent intracellular bacterial survival but redundant in a mice infection model. Based on these results, we propose that the core function of S. suis FlpS is the oxygen-dependent activation of the arginine deiminase system.

  17. FlpS, the FNR-Like Protein of Streptococcus suis Is an Essential, Oxygen-Sensing Activator of the Arginine Deiminase System

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    Jörg Willenborg

    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available Streptococcus (S. suis is a zoonotic pathogen causing septicemia and meningitis in pigs and humans. During infection S. suis must metabolically adapt to extremely diverse environments of the host. CcpA and the FNR family of bacterial transcriptional regulators are important for metabolic gene regulation in various bacteria. The role of CcpA in S. suis is well defined, but the function of the FNR-like protein of S. suis, FlpS, is yet unknown. Transcriptome analyses of wild-type S. suis and a flpS mutant strain suggested that FlpS is involved in the regulation of the central carbon, arginine degradation and nucleotide metabolism. However, isotopologue profiling revealed no substantial changes in the core carbon and amino acid de novo biosynthesis. FlpS was essential for the induction of the arcABC operon of the arginine degrading pathway under aerobic and anaerobic conditions. The arcABC-inducing activity of FlpS could be associated with the level of free oxygen in the culture medium. FlpS was necessary for arcABC-dependent intracellular bacterial survival but redundant in a mice infection model. Based on these results, we propose that the core function of S. suis FlpS is the oxygen-dependent activation of the arginine deiminase system.

  18. MsmK, an ATPase, Contributes to Utilization of Multiple Carbohydrates and Host Colonization of Streptococcus suis.

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    Tan, Mei-Fang; Gao, Ting; Liu, Wan-Quan; Zhang, Chun-Yan; Yang, Xi; Zhu, Jia-Wen; Teng, Mu-Ye; Li, Lu; Zhou, Rui

    2015-01-01

    Acquisition and metabolism of carbohydrates are essential for host colonization and pathogenesis of bacterial pathogens. Different bacteria can uptake different lines of carbohydrates via ABC transporters, in which ATPase subunits energize the transport though ATP hydrolysis. Some ABC transporters possess their own ATPases, while some share a common ATPase. Here we identified MsmK, an ATPase from Streptococcus suis, an emerging zoonotic bacterium causing dead infections in pigs and humans. Genetic and biochemistry studies revealed that the MsmK was responsible for the utilization of raffinose, melibiose, maltotetraose, glycogen and maltotriose. In infected mice, the msmK-deletion mutant showed significant defects of survival and colonization when compared with its parental and complementary strains. Taken together, MsmK is an ATPase that contributes to multiple carbohydrates utilization and host colonization of S. suis. This study gives new insight into our understanding of the carbohydrates utilization and its relationship to the pathogenesis of this zoonotic pathogen.

  19. Epidemiological investigation of the first human brucellosis case in Spain due to Brucella suis biovar 1 strain 1330.

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    Compés Dea, Cecilia; Guimbao Bescós, Joaquín; Alonso Pérez de Ágreda, Juan Pablo; Muñoz Álvaro, Pilar María; Blasco Martínez, José María; Villuendas Usón, María Cruz

    2017-03-01

    No cases of human brucellosis caused by Brucella suis has been reported in Spain. This study involved interviews with the case and his co-workers, inspection of their workplace, checking infection control measures, and typing the Brucella strain isolated in the blood culture. Brucella suis biovar 1 strain 1330 was isolated from a patient who worked in a waste treatment plant. Food borne transmission, contact with animals, and risk jobs were ruled out. An accidental inoculation with a contaminated needle from a research laboratory waste container was identified as the most probable mode of transmission. There should be controls to ensure that waste containers are sealed. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier España, S.L.U. and Sociedad Española de Enfermedades Infecciosas y Microbiología Clínica. All rights reserved.

  20. Theoretical and practical considerations on Kyoto Protocol; In teoria e in pratica. Alcune riflessioni sui meccanismi di Kyoto

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    2001-12-01

    This paper deals with principles, open issues and economic attractiveness of CDM and Jl. In the first part, some reflections about additionality, baseline criteria and problems that can arise in implementing CDM and JI projects are carried out. In the second part, with reference to a CDM project, some simulations are performed in order to clarify its economic results and understand the role that different variables can play. [Italian] Questo articolo tratta dei principi, delle questioni aperte e dell'attrattivita' economica del CDM e della JI. Nella prima parte , vengono sviluppate alcune riflessioni sui criteri che definiscono l'addizionalita' e la baseline, e sui problemi che sorgono quando occorre implementare progetti di CDM e JI. Nella seconda parte, vengono proposte alcuni simulazioni quantitative su un progetto di CDM, al fine di verificare il suo risultato economico e comprendere il ruolo svolto dalle diverse variabili.

  1. A genetic analysis of Trichuris trichiura and Trichuris suis from Ecuador

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    Meekums, Hayley; Hawash, Mohamed B F; Sparks, Alexandra M

    2015-01-01

    Trichuris worms were collected during a parasitological survey of 132 people and 46 pigs in Esmeraldas Province, Ecuador. Morphometric analysis of 49 pig worms and 64 human worms revealed significant variation. In discriminant analysis morphometric characteristics correctly classified male worms according...... to genetically analyse Trichuris parasites. Although T. trichiura does not appear to be zoonotic in Ecuador, there is evidence of genetic exchange between T. trichiura and T. suis warranting more detailed genetic sampling....

  2. Release of periplasmic proteins of Brucella suis upon acidic shock involves the outer membrane protein Omp25.

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    Boigegrain, Rose-Anne; Salhi, Imed; Alvarez-Martinez, Maria-Teresa; Machold, Jan; Fedon, Yann; Arpagaus, Martine; Weise, Christoph; Rittig, Michael; Rouot, Bruno

    2004-10-01

    The survival and replication of Brucella in macrophages is initially triggered by a low intraphagosomal pH. In order to identify proteins released by Brucella during this early acidification step, we analyzed Brucella suis conditioned medium at various pH levels. No significant proteins were released at pH 4.0 in minimal medium or citrate buffer, whereas in acetate buffer, B. suis released a substantial amount of soluble proteins. Comparison of 13 N-terminal amino acid sequences determined by Edman degradation with their corresponding genomic sequences revealed that all of these proteins possessed a signal peptide indicative of their periplasmic location. Ten proteins are putative substrate binding proteins, including a homologue of the nopaline binding protein of Agrobacterium tumefaciens. The absence of this homologue in Brucella melitensis was due to the deletion of a 7.7-kb DNA fragment in its genome. We also characterized for the first time a hypothetical 9.8-kDa basic protein composed of five amino acid repeats. In B. suis, this protein contained 9 repeats, while 12 were present in the B. melitensis orthologue. B. suis in acetate buffer depended on neither the virB type IV secretory system nor the omp31 gene product. However, the integrity of the omp25 gene was required for release at acidic pH, while the absence of omp25b or omp25c displayed smaller effects. Together, these results suggest that Omp25 is involved in the membrane permeability of Brucella in acidic medium.

  3. Identification of genes and genomic islands correlated with high pathogenicity in Streptococcus suis using whole genome tiling microarrays.

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    Full Text Available Streptococcus suis is an important zoonotic pathogen that can cause meningitis and sepsis in both pigs and humans. Infections in humans have been sporadic worldwide but two severe outbreaks occurred in China in recent years, while infections in pigs are a major problem in the swine industry. Some S. suis strains are more pathogenic than others with 2 sequence types (ST, ST1 and ST7, being well recognized as highly pathogenic. We analyzed 31 isolates from 23 serotypes and 25 STs by NimbleGen tiling microarray using the genome of a high pathogenicity (HP ST1 strain, GZ1, as reference and a new algorithm to detect gene content difference. The number of genes absent in a strain ranged from 49 to 225 with a total of 632 genes absent in at least one strain, while 1346 genes were found to be invariably present in all strains as the core genome of S. suis, accounting for 68% of the GZ1 genome. The majority of genes are located in chromosomal blocks with two or more contiguous genes. Sixty two blocks are absent in two or more strains and defined as regions of difference (RDs, among which 26 are putative genomic islands (GIs. Clustering and statistical analyses revealed that 8 RDs including 6 putative GIs and 21 genes within these RDs are significantly associated with HP. Three RDs encode known virulence related factors including the extracellular factor, the capsular polysaccharide and a SrtF pilus. The strains were divided into 5 groups based on population genetic analysis of multilocus sequence typing data and the distribution of the RDs among the groups revealed gain and loss of RDs in different groups. Our study elucidated the gene content diversity of S. suis and identified genes that potentially promote HP.

  4. The Eukaryote-Like Serine/Threonine Kinase STK Regulates the Growth and Metabolism of Zoonotic Streptococcus suis

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    Zhang, Chunyan; Sun, Wen; Tan, Meifang; Dong, Mengmeng; Liu, Wanquan; Gao, Ting; Li, Lu; Xu, Zhuofei; Zhou, Rui

    2017-01-01

    Like eukaryotes, bacteria express one or more serine/threonine kinases (STKs) that initiate diverse signaling networks. The STK from Streptococcus suis is encoded by a single-copy stk gene, which is crucial in stress response and virulence. To further understand the regulatory mechanism of STK in S. suis, a stk deletion strain (Δstk) and its complementary strain (CΔstk) were constructed to systematically decode STK characteristics by applying whole transcriptome RNA sequencing (RNA-Seq) and phosphoproteomic analysis. Numerous genes were differentially expressed in Δstk compared with the wild-type parental strain SC-19, including 320 up-regulated and 219 down-regulated genes. Particularly, 32 virulence-associated genes (VAGs) were significantly down-regulated in Δstk. Seven metabolic pathways relevant to bacterial central metabolism and translation are significantly repressed in Δstk. Phosphoproteomic analysis further identified 12 phosphoproteins that exhibit differential phosphorylation in Δstk. These proteins are associated with cell growth and division, glycolysis, and translation. Consistently, phenotypic assays confirmed that the Δstk strain displayed deficient growth and attenuated pathogenicity. Thus, STK is a central regulator that plays an important role in cell growth and division, as well as S. suis metabolism. PMID:28326294

  5. Virulence Studies of Different Sequence Types and Geographical Origins of Streptococcus suis Serotype 2 in a Mouse Model of Infection

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    Jean-Philippe Auger

    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available Multilocus sequence typing previously identified three predominant sequence types (STs of Streptococcus suis serotype 2: ST1 strains predominate in Eurasia while North American (NA strains are generally ST25 and ST28. However, ST25/ST28 and ST1 strains have also been isolated in Asia and NA, respectively. Using a well-standardized mouse model of infection, the virulence of strains belonging to different STs and different geographical origins was evaluated. Results demonstrated that although a certain tendency may be observed, S. suis serotype 2 virulence is difficult to predict based on ST and geographical origin alone; strains belonging to the same ST presented important differences of virulence and did not always correlate with origin. The only exception appears to be NA ST28 strains, which were generally less virulent in both systemic and central nervous system (CNS infection models. Persistent and high levels of bacteremia accompanied by elevated CNS inflammation are required to cause meningitis. Although widely used, in vitro tests such as phagocytosis and killing assays require further standardization in order to be used as predictive tests for evaluating virulence of strains. The use of strains other than archetypal strains has increased our knowledge and understanding of the S. suis serotype 2 population dynamics.

  6. Draft Genome Sequences of Brucella suis Biovar 4 Strain NCTC 10385, Brucella ceti Strain NCTC 12891T, Brucella inopinata Strain CAMP 6436T, and Brucella neotomae Strain ATCC 23459T

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    Wahab, Tara; Ferrari, Sevinc; Lindberg, Martina; Bäckman, Stina; Kaden, Rene

    2014-01-01

    With the aim of developing quantitative PCR methods for the detection and differentiation of Brucella species, the genomes of Brucella ceti, Brucella inopinata, Brucella netotomae, and Brucella suis...

  7. The Brucella suis virB operon is induced intracellularly in macrophages

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    Boschiroli, Maria Laura; Ouahrani-Bettache, Safia; Foulongne, Vincent; Michaux-Charachon, Sylvie; Bourg, Gisele; Allardet-Servent, Annick; Cazevieille, Chantal; Liautard, Jean Pierre; Ramuz, Michel; O'Callaghan, David

    2002-01-01

    A type IV secretion system similar to the VirB system of the phytopathogen Agrobacterium tumefaciens is essential for the intracellular survival and multiplication of the mammalian pathogen Brucella. Reverse transcriptase–PCR showed that the 12 genes encoding the Brucella suis VirB system form an operon. Semiquantitative measurements of virB mRNA levels by slot blotting showed that transcription of the virB operon, but not the flanking genes, is regulated by environmental factors in vitro. Flow cytometry used to measure green fluorescent protein expression from the virB promoter confirmed the data from slot blots. Fluorescence-activated cell sorter analysis and fluorescence microscopy showed that the virB promoter is induced in macrophages within 3 h after infection. Induction only occurred once the bacteria were inside the cells, and phagosome acidification was shown to be the major signal inducing intracellular expression. Because phagosome acidification is essential for the intracellular multiplication of Brucella, we suggest that it is the signal that triggers the secretion of unknown effector molecules. These effector molecules play a role in the remodeling of the phagosome to create the unique intracellular compartment in which Brucella replicates. PMID:11830669

  8. Streptococcus suis Serotype 2 Biofilms Inhibit the Formation of Neutrophil Extracellular Traps

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    Ma, Fang; Yi, Li; Yu, Ningwei; Wang, Guangyu; Ma, Zhe; Lin, Huixing; Fan, Hongjie

    2017-01-01

    Invasive infections caused by Streptococcus suis serotype 2 (SS2) has emerged as a clinical problem in recent years. Neutrophil extracellular traps (NETs) are an important mechanism for the trapping and killing of pathogens that are resistant to phagocytosis. Biofilm formation can protect bacteria from being killed by phagocytes. Until now, there have only been a few studies that focused on the interactions between bacterial biofilms and NETs. SS2 in both a biofilm state and a planktonic cell state were incubated with phagocytes and NETs, and bacterial survival was assessed. DNase I and cytochalasin B were used to degrade NET DNA or suppress phagocytosis, respectively. Extracellular DNA was stained with impermeable fluorescent dye to quantify NET formation. Biofilm formation increased up to 6-fold in the presence of neutrophils, and biofilms were identified in murine tissue. Both planktonic and biofilm cells induced neutrophils chemotaxis to the infection site, with neutrophils increasing by 85.1 and 73.8%, respectively. The bacteria in biofilms were not phagocytized. The bactericidal efficacy of NETs on the biofilms and planktonic cells were equal; however, the biofilm extracellular matrix can inhibit NET release. Although biofilms inhibit NETs release, NETs appear to be an important mechanism to eliminate SS2 biofilms. This knowledge advances the understanding of biofilms and may aid in the development of treatments for persistent infections with a biofilm component. PMID:28373968

  9. a Topic Modeling Based Representation to Detect Tweet Locations. Example of the Event "je Suis Charlie"

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    Morchid, M.; Josselin, D.; Portilla, Y.; Dufour, R.; Altman, E.; Linarès, G.

    2015-09-01

    Social Networks became a major actor in information propagation. Using the Twitter popular platform, mobile users post or relay messages from different locations. The tweet content, meaning and location, show how an event-such as the bursty one "JeSuisCharlie", happened in France in January 2015, is comprehended in different countries. This research aims at clustering the tweets according to the co-occurrence of their terms, including the country, and forecasting the probable country of a non-located tweet, knowing its content. First, we present the process of collecting a large quantity of data from the Twitter website. We finally have a set of 2,189 located tweets about "Charlie", from the 7th to the 14th of January. We describe an original method adapted from the Author-Topic (AT) model based on the Latent Dirichlet Allocation (LDA) method. We define an homogeneous space containing both lexical content (words) and spatial information (country). During a training process on a part of the sample, we provide a set of clusters (topics) based on statistical relations between lexical and spatial terms. During a clustering task, we evaluate the method effectiveness on the rest of the sample that reaches up to 95% of good assignment. It shows that our model is pertinent to foresee tweet location after a learning process.

  10. Cryptosporidium suis and Cryptosporidium scrofarum in Eurasian wild boars (Sus scrofa) in Central Europe.

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    Němejc, Karel; Sak, Bohumil; Květoňová, Dana; Hanzal, Vladimír; Janiszewski, Paweł; Forejtek, Pavel; Rajský, Dušan; Ravaszová, Petra; McEvoy, John; Kváč, Martin

    2013-11-08

    From 2011 to 2012, to identify Cryptosporidium spp. occurrence in Eurasian wild boars (Sus scrofa) 29 randomly selected localities (both forest areas and enclosures) across the Central European countries of Austria, the Czech Republic, Poland, and the Slovak Republic were investigated. Cryptosporidium oocysts were microscopicaly detected in 11 out of 460 faecal samples examined using aniline-carbol-methyl violet staining. Sixty-one Cryptosporidium infections, including the 11 infections that were detected by microscopy, were detected using genus- or species-specific nested PCR amplification of SSU rDNA. This represents a 5.5 fold greater sensitivity for PCR relative to microscopy. Combining genus- and species-specific PCR tools significantly changes the perspective on the occurrence of Cryptosporidium spp. in wild boars. While RFLP and direct sequencing of genus specific PCR-amplified products revealed 56 C. suis (20) and C. scrofarum (36) monoinfections and only 5 mixed infections of these species, species-specific molecular tools showed 44 monoinfections and 17 mixed infections with these species. PCR analysis of the gp60 gene did not reveal any other Cryptosporidium infections. Similar to domestic pigs, C. scrofarum was detected as a dominant species infecting adult Eurasian wild boars (Sus scrofa). Cryptosporidium infected wild boars did not show signs of clinical disease. This report is perhaps the most comprehensive survey of cryptosporidial infection in wild boars.

  11. Le prime sensazioni al pianoforte restano per sempre? Indagine sui metodi pianistici per principianti

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    Giuseppe Sellari

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    Full Text Available I metodi d’insegnamento del pianoforte utilizzati in Italia sono caratterizzati da percorsi basati su differenti ipotesi teoriche e indicazioni pratiche. Il primo libro di pianoforte, qualunque sia il suo valore, stabilisce il primo contatto con lo strumento, lasciando una forte impressione e tracciando il profilo delle competenze inizialmente sviluppate. Una più profonda comprensione di questi testi può mostrare quali sono le capacità e le strategie di apprendimento proposte dai metodi adottati e conseguentemente dagli insegnanti. L'obiettivo di questo studio è quello di identificare quali sono le scelte metodologiche più rappresentative nella didattica pianistica italiana degli ultimi 50 anni. I risultati sono basati sui dati raccolti dai questionari somministrati a 200 pianisti, di età compresa tra 20 e 60, ai quali è stato chiesto, insieme a informazioni generiche, quale fosse stato il loro primo libro pianoforte, quali aspetti positivi o negativi ricordavano maggiormente e quali ritenevano essere più utili. I dati suggeriscono una preferenza rilevante di cinque metodi, che sono stati analizzati secondo una serie di criteri metodologici e analitici. I risultati indicano un panorama metodologico concentrato principalmente sul rapporto iniziale con lo strumento e sulla lettura musicale. Questo studio contribuisce alla riflessione su due aspetti metodologici: lo sviluppo di nuovi repertori e la proposta di metodologie in grado di rispettare il mondo emotivo e cognitivo dei principianti.

  12. Toltrazuril and sulphonamide treatment against naturally Isospora suis infected suckling piglets: is there an actual profit?

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    Scala, Antonio; Demontis, Francesca; Varcasia, Antonio; Pipia, Anna Paola; Poglayen, Giovanni; Ferrari, Nicola; Genchi, Marco

    2009-08-26

    A study was carried out to assess the efficacy and the economic profit of prophylactic treatment against Isopsora suis with toltrazuril or with a sulfamethazine/trimethoprim combination in piglets from an intensive pig farm. Thirty-one litters were included in study. Eight litters were treated once with toltrazuril (20 mg/kg b.w.) at 3 days of age (Toltra group); 8 litters were treated with 2 ml/animal of a [corrected] sulphonamide combination (sodium sulfamethazine 250 [DOSAGE ERROR CORRECTED] mg and trimethoprim 50 [DOSAGE ERROR CORRECTED] mg/kg b.w.) for 3 consecutive days starting at 3 days of age (Sulfa group), and 15 litters were untreated (control group). Counts of oocyst per gram on pooled feces sampled from each litter were carried out on Days 7, 14, 21 and 28 and diarrhea was registered daily from pooled samples. Piglets were weighed on Days 1, 7 and 28 and mean weight gain (WG) and daily weight gain (DWG) were evaluated. The economic profit of treatment was evaluated comparing the WG of piglets of each treatment group from the day of birth to Day 28. On Days 14, 21 and 28, toltrazuril showed a better efficacy in controlling fecal oocyst output, diarrhea and weight gain compared with sulphamidic treatment (Psulphonamide-treated piglets.

  13. Asistencia técnica en el sector agropecuario en México: análisis del VIII censo agropecuario y forestal Technical assistance in the farming sector in Mexico: analysis of the 8th farming and forestry census

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    Full Text Available El objetivo de esta investigación fue determinar a través de la información estadística obtenida por el VIII Censo Agrícola, Ganadero y Forestal del año 2007, la importancia que tiene la asistencia técnica en las unidades de producción en México para contar con elementos que sirvan en la toma de decisiones de éste servicio. Se realizó un análisis de la base de datos a nivel nacional y por zonas económicas a través de la obtención de frecuencias relativas. De acuerdo al Censo, en México, la cobertura de la asistencia técnica es baja, 3% del total nacional de unidades de producción con actividad agropecuaria disponen de este servicio, y sólo 11.7% perciben como problema la falta de asistencia técnica y capacitación. La agricultura cuenta con 75.4% de la asistencia técnica, le sigue el sector pecuario 19.3%, sector forestal 3.2%. El 70.8% de éste servicio es otorgado por técnicos, 17.7% por productores, 2.8% por instituciones académicas o de investigación y en último lugar 1.5% a los despachos. Se concluye que los factores ambientales (pérdidas de la producción por cuestiones climáticas son los elementos que afectan en mayor medida las unidades de producción, en quinto lugar como factor crítico se encuentra la capacitación y asistencia técnica. Las políticas deben considerar la problemática desde el punto de vista del productor para lograr una mayor eficiencia de los recursos destinados a los programas de extensión.The aim of this investigation was to determine, using the statistical information, obtained from the 8th Agriculture, Livestock and Forestry Census 2007, the importance of technical assistance of production units in Mexico to have elements that help in decision-making regarding this service. Databases were analyzed countrywide and by economic areas by obtaining relative frequencies. According to the Census, in Mexico, coverage of technical assistance is low, since only 3% of the del total farming

  14. Classificação dos domicílios "indígenas" no Censo Demográfico 2000: subsídios para a análise de condições de saúde

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    Gerson Luiz Marinho

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    Full Text Available A caracterização dos domicílios nos levantamentos censitários, que inclui as condições de habitação, saneamento básico, entre outros aspectos, juntamente com o perfil socioeconômico dos moradores, é de grande importância em análises sobre condições de saúde. No Brasil, acumulam-se evidências de que os povos indígenas apresentam desigualdades importantes em relação a outros segmentos da sociedade, com taxas de morbimortalidade em geral mais pronunciadas. Com base nos microdados do Censo Demográfico 2000, este trabalho analisa as frequências de domicílios cujos responsáveis se autoclassificaram "indígenas" e que residiam em domicílio coletivo ou improvisado na área rural dos municípios brasileiros. Para essas duas possibilidades de classificação, não são investigadas as características dos domicílios. Na análise para os grupos de cor/raça, os "indígenas" foram os que tiveram as maiores proporções de domicílios coletivos, mais frequentes no Centro-Oeste, especificamente em Mato Grosso. As frequências de domicílios "improvisados indígenas" também foram superiores aos de não-indígenas, incluindo "brancos", "pretos" e "pardos". Ao contrário dos coletivos, domicílios improvisados "indígenas" ocorreram em diferentes regiões do Brasil, com destaque para municípios na macrorregião Sul e em Mato Grosso do Sul. Para os municípios localizados fora da Amazônia Legal, onde em geral as Terras Indígenas apresentam pequenas dimensões, houve 1,5 mais domicílios "indígenas" classificados como improvisados do que na Amazônia Legal. Argumenta-se que, em parte, as mais elevadas frequências de domicílios coletivos "indígenas" devam-se a problemas de classificação por parte do Censo, já que as sociedades indígenas apresentam morfologias sociais e familiares próprias. As análises indicam a necessidade de aprimorar a forma de captação dos dados sobre as características domiciliares dos "indígenas" no

  15. Diferenciación espacial de indicadores demográficos de los adultos mayores en La Habana. Censos 2002 y 2012. Senior’s demographic indicators. Spatial differentiation in Habana. Census 2002 and 2012

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    Full Text Available Profundizar en el conocimiento del envejecimiento poblacional de La Habana es de particular interés para los múltiples actores que atienden este proceso; como se conoce varios de sus municipios concentran la mayor cantidad y las mayores proporciones de población mayor de 60 años del país. El presente trabajo describe los cambios en la distribución geográfica de indicadores demográficos seleccionados de los censos del 2002 y 2012, en los municipios y los distritos censales en que se divide la provincia. Se caracteriza la distribución de los adultos mayores y sus cambios entre momentos censales, los niveles de escolaridad y la vinculación al trabajo. Los resultados permiten identificar regularidades de la diferenciación espacial de indicadores, que pudieran contribuir a la elaboración de políticas diferenciadas para atender este grupo de población. Improving the knowledge on population ageing, particularly in province La Habana, becomes a relevant matter. It is well known, that in some of its municipalities, lives a quite large number of elderly people. This article describes, according to several demographics indicators the changes in its geographic distribution. For the analysis, data of population censuses 2002 and 2012 were used. The study focused on information regarding municipalities and districts. The distribution of this population group could be stated and some features on educational level and occupation. The results allowed the identification of regularities or differences on spatial distribution. This information can be quite useful for decisions makers dealing with the design of public politics on elderly people.

  16. Trichuris suis and Oesophagostomum dentatum show different sensitivity and accumulation of fenbendazole, albendazole and levamisole in vitro

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    Hansen, Tina Vicky Alstrup; Nejsum, Peter; Friis, Christian;

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    ). Relatively high proportions of the anthelmintic inactive metabolite fenbendazole sulphone was measured within T. suis (6-17.2%) as compared to O. dentatum (0.8-0.9%). CONCLUSION/SIGNIFICANCE: The general lower sensitivity of T. suis towards BZs in vitro seems to be related to a lower drug uptake. Furthermore...

  17. Local use of iontophoresis with traditional Chinese herbal medicine, e.g., Gu-Sui-Bu (Rhizoma Drynariae may accelerate orthodontic tooth movement

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    Full Text Available Introduction: Mechanical force is not the only means to cause tooth movement, but just one kind of stimuli for it. Biological stimuli, with potential of accelerating alveolar bone remodeling, other than mechanical force, have been attracted by orthodontists who are combating prolonged treatment duration. It has been approved that some traditional Chinese medicines, such as Gu-Sui-Bu (Rhizoma Drynaria, affect the process of bone remodeling. The Hypothesis: We make the hypothesis that local use of iontophoresis with Gu-Sui-Bu (Rhizoma Drynaria as a non-invasive and safe drug delivery system with no trauma, risk of infection or damage to patients is a new potential approach for accelerating orthodontic tooth movement, and shorten the orthodontic treatment time. Evaluation of the Hypothesis: Gu-Sui-Bu is effective at inducing bone remodeling, and iontophoresis as a non-invasive technique for drug delivery, is suitable for the transmission of some traditional Chinese herbal medicines into periodontal tissues.

  18. Development, Hatching, and Intestinal Establishment of Trichuris suis, - in vivo and in vitro Studies

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    Vejzagic, Nermina

    Trichuris suis, the pig whipworm is a nematode parasite located in the large intestine of pigs. Embryonated eggs of T. suis (T. suis ova = TSO) constitute the active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) in a new medicinal product, which is currently tested in human clinical trials as a potential...... treatment against several immune-mediated disease. In order to ensure that TSO can induce the immunomodulatory effect (pharmaceutical potency) and ultimately the treatment effect, the contained eggs need to be biologically potent. Biological potency refers to the ability of eggs to hatch (measurement...... of viability) and for larvae to invade the intestinal tissue (measurement of biological infectivity). The current “gold standard” to test the biological potency is by larval establishment in the large intestine of Göttingen minipigs three weeks after inoculation. The minipig infectivity model is reliable, safe...

  19. Streptococcus suis Bacterin and Subunit Vaccine Immunogenicities and Protective Efficacies against Serotypes 2 and 9▿†

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    Baums, Christoph Georg; Kock, Christoph; Beineke, Andreas; Bennecke, Katharina; Goethe, Ralph; Schröder, Charlotte; Waldmann, Karl-Heinz; Valentin-Weigand, Peter

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    Streptococcus suis causes numerous diseases in pigs, most importantly, meningitis, arthritis, septicemia, and bronchopneumonia. One of the major problems in modern swine production is the lack of a vaccine protecting against more than one S. suis serotype. The objective of this study was to determine the protective efficacy of a serotype 2 murein-associated protein (MAP) fraction subunit vaccine in comparison to that of a bacterin against experimental challenge with serotype 2 (containing muramidase-released protein [MRP], extracellular factor, and suilysin [SLY]) and serotype 9 (containing MRP variant MRP* and SLY) strains. MAP was shown to include different surface-associated proteins, such as the MRP and surface antigen one (SAO) expressed by both pathotypes used for challenge. The results of this study demonstrated that the serotype 2 bacterin induced protective immunity against homologous challenge. In contrast, the protective efficacy of the MAP subunit vaccine was low, though MAP immunization resulted in high serum immunoglobulin G2 titers against MRP and SAO. Importantly, immunization with bacterin but not with MAP induced opsonizing antibody titers against the serotype 2 strain, and these antibody titers were found to correlate with protection. However, after absorption with a nonencapsulated isogenic mutant, the sera from bacterin-immunized piglets failed to facilitate neutrophil killing, indicating that antibodies directed against capsule may not have been essential for opsonophagocytosis. Furthermore, induction of opsonizing antibodies against serotype 9 was not detectable in the group receiving bacterin or in the group receiving the MAP vaccine. In agreement, protection against the heterologous serotype 9 strain was low in both groups. Thus, identification of an antigen protecting against these two important S. suis pathotypes remains an important goal of future studies. PMID:19109449

  20. A Streptococcus suis LysM domain surface protein contributes to bacterial virulence.

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    Wu, Zongfu; Shao, Jing; Ren, Haiyan; Tang, Huanyu; Zhou, Mingyao; Dai, Jiao; Lai, Liying; Yao, Huochun; Fan, Hongjie; Chen, Dai; Zong, Jie; Lu, Chengping

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    Streptococcus suis (SS) is a major swine pathogen, as well as a zoonotic agent for humans. Numerous factors contribute to SS virulence, but the pathogenesis of SS infection is poorly understood. Here, we show that a novel SS surface protein containing a LysM at the N-terminus (SS9-LysM) contributes to SS virulence. Homology analysis revealed that the amino acid sequence of SS9-LysM from the SS strain GZ0565 shares 99.8-68.7% identity with homologous proteins from other SS strains and 41.2% identity with Group B Streptococcal protective antigen Sip. Immunization experiments showed that 7 out of 30 mice immunized with recombinant SS9-LysM were protected against challenge with the virulent GZ0565 strain, while all of the control mice died within 48h following bacterial challenge. In mouse infection model, the virulence of the SS9-LysM deletion mutant (ΔSS9-LysM) was reduced compared with the wild-type (WT) strain GZ0565 and SS9-LysM complemented strain. In addition, ΔSS9-LysM was significantly more sensitive to killing by pig blood ex vivo and mouse blood in vivo compared with the WT strain and SS9-LysM complemented strain. In vivo transcriptome analysis in mouse blood showed that the WT strain reduced the expression of host genes related to iron-binding by SS9-LysM. Moreover, the total free iron concentration in blood from infected mice was significantly lower for the ΔSS9-LysM strain compared with the WT strain. Together, our data reveal that SS9-LysM facilitates SS survival within blood by releasing more free iron from the host. This represents a new mechanism of SS pathogenesis. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  1. Clinical utility of the MMPI-2-RF SUI items and scale in a forensic inpatient setting: Association with interview self-report and future suicidal behaviors.

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    Glassmire, David M; Tarescavage, Anthony M; Burchett, Danielle; Martinez, Jennifer; Gomez, Anthony

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    In this study, we examined whether the 5 Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2-Restructured Form (MMPI-2-RF; Ben-Porath & Tellegen, 2008/2011) Suicidal/Death Ideation (SUI) items (93, 120, 164, 251, and 334) would provide incremental suicide-risk assessment information after accounting for information garnered from clinical interview questions. Among 229 forensic inpatients (146 men, 83 women) who were administered the MMPI-2-RF, 34.9% endorsed at least 1 SUI item. We found that patients who endorsed SUI items on the MMPI-2-RF concurrently denied conceptually related suicide-risk information during the clinical interview. For instance, 8% of the sample endorsed Item 93 (indicating recent suicidal ideation), yet denied current suicidal ideation upon interview. Conversely, only 2.2% of the sample endorsed current suicidal ideation during the interview, yet denied recent suicidal ideation on Item 93. The SUI scale, as well as the MMPI-2-RF Demoralization (RCd) and Low Positive Emotions (RC2) scales, correlated significantly and meaningfully with conceptually related suicide-risk information from the interview, including history of suicide attempts, history of suicidal ideation, current suicidal ideation, and months since last suicide attempt. We also found that the SUI scale added incremental variance (after accounting for information garnered from the interview and after accounting for scores on RCd and RC2) to predictions of future suicidal behavior within 1 year of testing. Relative risk ratios indicated that both SUI-item endorsement and the presence of interview-reported risk information significantly and meaningfully increased the risk of suicidal behavior in the year following testing, particularly when endorsement of suicidal ideation occurred for both methods of self-report. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2016 APA, all rights reserved).

  2. Trichuris suis excretory secretory products (ESP) elicit interleukin-6 (IL-6) and IL-10 secretion from intestinal epithelial cells (IPEC-1).

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    Parthasarathy, G; Mansfield, L S

    2005-08-10

    Immune responses to gastrointestinal helminth infections have received increasing attention due to similarities to allergen-induced responses. In fact, the whipworm parasite of swine, Trichuris suis, has been used in beginning clinical trials as an antidote to inflammatory bowel disease. This strategy was based on this similarity and the recognition that other worms have been documented to induce anti-inflammatory responses in the host. In an effort to understand the basis for this response, we hypothesized that the proteins and peptides secreted by T. suis stimulate local intestinal epithelial cells to produce anti-inflammatory cytokines. To test this hypothesis in a correlate system of the natural swine host, T. suis excretory secretory products (ESP) were used to treat both differentiated and undifferentiated intestinal pig epithelial cells (IPEC-1) in vitro as a model for the effect on villus tip and crypt epithelial cells in the vicinity of the worms. IPEC-1 were exposed to low-level doses (0.3mg/ml) of T. suis ESP, and IL-4, IL-6 and IL-10 cytokine responses were measured by an enzyme-linked immunosorbant assay (ELISA). IL-6 was the predominant cytokine produced, accompanied by moderate IL-10 secretion from both differentiated and undifferentiated cells. As expected, IL-4 was not produced by IPEC-1. Additionally, IL-6 and IL-10 cytokines were produced within 24h, suggesting that these two cytokines form part of the primary host response to T. suis infections. These data suggest that T. suis ESP could enhance host immune responses and modulation through the induction of enteric IL-6 and IL-10.

  3. Evolution and Diversity of the Antimicrobial Resistance Associated Mobilome in Streptococcus suis: A Probable Mobile Genetic Elements Reservoir for Other Streptococci

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    Huang, Jinhu; Ma, Jiale; Shang, Kexin; Hu, Xiao; Liang, Yuan; Li, Daiwei; Wu, Zuowei; Dai, Lei; Chen, Li; Wang, Liping

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    Streptococcus suis is a previously neglected, newly emerging multidrug-resistant zoonotic pathogen. Mobile genetic elements (MGEs) play a key role in intra- and interspecies horizontal transfer of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) determinants. Although, previous studies showed the presence of several MGEs, a comprehensive analysis of AMR-associated mobilome as well as their interaction and evolution has not been performed. In this study, we presented the AMR-associated mobilome and their insertion hotspots in S. suis. Integrative conjugative elements (ICEs), prophages and tandem MGEs were located at different insertion sites, while 86% of the AMR-associated MGEs were inserted at rplL and rum loci. Comprehensive analysis of insertions at rplL and rum loci among four pathogenic Streptococcus species (Streptococcus agalactiae, Streptococcus pneumoniae, Streptococcus pyogenes, and S. suis) revealed the existence of different groups of MGEs, including Tn5252, ICESp1108, and TnGBS2 groups ICEs, Φm46.1 group prophage, ICE_ICE and ICE_prophage tandem MGEs. Comparative ICE genomics of ICESa2603 family revealed that module exchange and acquisition/deletion were the main mechanisms in MGEs' expansion and evolution. Furthermore, the observation of tandem MGEs reflected a novel mechanism for MGE diversity. Moreover, an in vitro competition assay showed no visible fitness cost was observed between different MGE-carrying isolates and a conjugation assay revealed the transferability of ICESa2603 family of ICEs. Our statistics further indicated that the prevalence and diversity of MGEs in S. suis is much greater than in other three species which prompted our hypothesis that S. suis is probably a MGEs reservoir for other streptococci. In conclusion, our results showed that acquisition of MGEs confers S. suis not only its capability as a multidrug resistance pathogen, but also represents a paradigm to study the modular evolution and matryoshkas of MGEs. PMID:27774436

  4. A randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of Trichuris suis ova (TSO) in active Crohn's disease

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    Schölmerich, Jürgen; Fellermann, Klaus; Seibold, Frank W

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    BACKGROUND & AIMS: To investigate the efficacy and safety of three different dosages of embryonated, viable eggs of Trichuris suis (TSO) versus placebo for induction of remission in mildly-to-moderately active ileocolonic, uncomplicated Crohn's disease (CD). METHODS: Adults with active CD (n=252......) randomly received six fortnightly doses of 250, 2500 or 7500 TSO/15 ml suspension/day (TSO 250, TSO 2500, TSO 7500), or 15ml placebo solution/day, in a double-blind fashion, with four weeks' follow-up. Primary endpoint was the rate of clinical remission (Crohn's disease activity index [CDAI

  5. Serological characterization and antimicrobial susceptibility of Streptococcus suis isolates from diagnostic samples in Denmark during 1995 and 1996

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    Aarestrup, Frank Møller; Jorsal, Sven Erik Lind; Jensen, N. E.

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    antimicrobial agents. The majority of cases were lung diseases (57%), followed by septicaemia (16%), meningitis (15%) and endocarditis (8%). Almost 96% of the isolates could be typed using the 28 antisera. The most common serotype was serotype 2 (29%), followed by serotype 7 (17%), and serotypes 3, 4 and 8 (9...... to lincomycin and spiramycin. The differences in susceptibility between isolates of serotype 2 and the other serotypes were statistically significant. Compared to a previous Danish study the distribution of serotypes of S. suis causing infections among pigs in Denmark has changed during the last 15 years....

  6. Caracterización de los sistemas de captación de zinc y de hierro en Streptococcus suis : potencial antigénico y protector

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    Consultable des del TDX Títol obtingut de la portada digitalitzada Streptococcus suis es un importante patógeno que causa grandes pérdidas económicas en la industria porcina a nivel mundial, siendo también un importante agente zoonótico. Aunque son varias las aproximaciones que se han desarrollado mediante vacunas vivas o recombinantes para prevenir las enfermedades provocadas por S. suis, los esfuerzos para controlar su infección se ven dificultados por la falta de herramientas efectiv...

  7. Characterization of Trichuris trichiura from humans and T. suis from pigs in China using internal transcribed spacers of nuclear ribosomal DNA.

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    Liu, G H; Zhou, W; Nisbet, A J; Xu, M J; Zhou, D H; Zhao, G H; Wang, S K; Song, H Q; Lin, R Q; Zhu, X Q

    2014-03-01

    Trichuris trichiura and Trichuris suis parasitize (at the adult stage) the caeca of humans and pigs, respectively, causing trichuriasis. Despite these parasites being of human and animal health significance, causing considerable socio-economic losses globally, little is known of the molecular characteristics of T. trichiura and T. suis from China. In the present study, the entire first and second internal transcribed spacer (ITS-1 and ITS-2) regions of nuclear ribosomal DNA (rDNA) of T. trichiura and T. suis from China were amplified by polymerase chain reaction (PCR), the representative amplicons were cloned and sequenced, and sequence variation in the ITS rDNA was examined. The ITS rDNA sequences for the T. trichiura and T. suis samples were 1222-1267 bp and 1339-1353 bp in length, respectively. Sequence analysis revealed that the ITS-1, 5.8S and ITS-2 rDNAs of both whipworms were 600-627 bp and 655-661 bp, 154 bp, and 468-486 bp and 530-538 bp in size, respectively. Sequence variation in ITS rDNA within and among T. trichiura and T. suis was examined. Excluding nucleotide variations in the simple sequence repeats, the intra-species sequence variation in the ITS-1 was 0.2-1.7% within T. trichiura, and 0-1.5% within T. suis. For ITS-2 rDNA, the intra-species sequence variation was 0-1.3% within T. trichiura and 0.2-1.7% within T. suis. The inter-species sequence differences between the two whipworms were 60.7-65.3% for ITS-1 and 59.3-61.5% for ITS-2. These results demonstrated that the ITS rDNA sequences provide additional genetic markers for the characterization and differentiation of the two whipworms. These data should be useful for studying the epidemiology and population genetics of T. trichiura and T. suis, as well as for the diagnosis of trichuriasis in humans and pigs.

  8. Amplified fragment length polymorphism of Streptococcus suis strains correlates with their profile of virulence-associated genes and clinical background.

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    Rehm, Thomas; Baums, Christoph G; Strommenger, Birgit; Beyerbach, Martin; Valentin-Weigand, Peter; Goethe, Ralph

    2007-01-01

    Amplified fragment length polymorphism (AFLP) typing was applied to 116 Streptococcus suis isolates with different clinical backgrounds (invasive/pneumonia/carrier/human) and with known profiles of virulence-associated genes (cps1, -2, -7 and -9, as well as mrp, epf and sly). A dendrogram was generated that allowed identification of two clusters (A and C) with different subclusters (A1, A2, C1 and C2) and two heterogeneous groups of strains (B and D). For comparison, three strains from each AFLP subcluster and group were subjected to multilocus sequence typing (MLST) analysis. The closest relationship and lowest diversity were found for patterns clustering within AFLP subcluster A1, which corresponded with sequence type (ST) complex 1. Strains within subcluster A1 were mainly invasive cps1 and mrp+ epf+ (or epf*) sly+ cps2+ strains of porcine or human origin. A new finding of this study was the clustering of invasive mrp* cps9 isolates within subcluster A2. MLST analysis suggested that A2 correlates with a single ST complex (ST87). In contrast to A1 and A2, subclusters C1 and C2 contained mainly pneumonia isolates of genotype cps7 or cps2 and epf- sly-. In conclusion, this study demonstrates that AFLP allows identification of clusters of S. suis strains with clinical relevance.

  9. ANALYSIS OF REMOTE SENSING ARCHAEOLOGY ON TRAFFIC FUNCTION TRANSFORMATION OF TONGJI GRAND CANAL IN SUI AND TANG DYNASTIES

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    WANG Xin-yuan; HE Hui; ZHOU Ying-qiu; GAO Chao; HAN Shuang-wang

    2006-01-01

    In China, most directions of river flowing are from west to east. During historic period, since the water traffic played an important role, it was very important to form a cross-horizontal net of water carriage route. Canals should be dug so as to make up the lack of north-south river. Tongji Grand Canal, dug in the first year of Daye (605 A.D.) in the Sui Dynasty, was the important component of north-south system of Grand Canals in China. It promoted economic and social development of the Sui, Tang and Song dynasties (605 A.D.-1279 A.D.). As Tongji Canal (i.e.Tongji Grand Canal) flowed across the Huaibei Plain, which is aggraded by abundant mud and sand deposit resulted from the Huanghe (Yellow) River flooding, many traces (such as old channel) and human culture heritages were buried under mud-sand. Tongji Canal was silted up, and disappeared in the Jin Dynasty (1115 A.D.-1234 A.D.). From then on, there were many different stories about the flowing route of the canal in historical literature. Based on space-bone and air-bone remote sensing imagery, we attempt to search the old channel of Tongji Canal, and supplement historical record. The paper discusses transformation process of Tongji Canal's traffic function, and resumptively summarizes the reasons of the transformation, which results from synthetic function of physical geographical, political, economic, and social conditions.

  10. The immunoglobulin M-degrading enzyme of Streptococcus suis, IdeSsuis, is involved in complement evasion.

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    Seele, Jana; Beineke, Andreas; Hillermann, Lena-Maria; Jaschok-Kentner, Beate; von Pawel-Rammingen, Ulrich; Valentin-Weigand, Peter; Baums, Christoph Georg

    2015-04-19

    Streptococcus (S.) suis is one of the most important pathogens in pigs causing meningitis, arthritis, endocarditis and serositis. Furthermore, it is also an emerging zoonotic agent. In our previous work we identified a highly specific IgM protease in S. suis, designated Ide(Ssuis) . The objective of this study was to characterize the function of Ide(Ssuis) in the host-pathogen interaction. Edman-sequencing revealed that Ide(Ssuis) cleaves the heavy chain of the IgM molecule between constant domain 2 and 3. As the C1q binding motif is located in the C3 domain, we hypothesized that Ide(Ssuis) is involved in complement evasion. Complement-mediated hemolysis induced by porcine hyperimmune sera containing erythrocyte-specific IgM was abrogated by treatment of these sera with recombinant Ide(Ssuis) . Furthermore, expression of Ide(Ssuis) reduced IgM-triggered complement deposition on the bacterial surface. An infection experiment of prime-vaccinated growing piglets suggested attenuation in the virulence of the mutant 10Δide(Ssuis). Bactericidal assays confirmed a positive effect of Ide(Ssuis) expression on bacterial survival in porcine blood in the presence of high titers of specific IgM. In conclusion, this study demonstrates that Ide(Ssuis) is a novel complement evasion factor, which is important for bacterial survival in porcine blood during the early adaptive (IgM-dominated) immune response.

  11. Los Censos históricos como fuente para el estudio de la participación femenina en el mercado: El caso de la provincia de Mendoza a comienzos del siglo XX

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    Juan Manuel Cerdá

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    Full Text Available La inserción femenina en el mercado de trabajo a comienzos del siglo XX es un espacio escasamente explorado por los historiadores tradicionales, que amerita un análisis particular no solo desde la visión de género sino también como un grupo social que se vio afectado por el desarrollo capitalista de la Argentina agroexportadora. El propósito del presente trabajo es analizar las posibilidades y las limitaciones que brindan los Censos Nacionales históricos (1869, 1895 y 1914 para la reconstrucción de la participación femenina en el mercado de trabajo. Este proceso implicó un cambio en el mercado de trabajo en general, que, según algunos estudios, significó la disminución de la participación femenina durante las primeras décadas del siglo XX. Este trabajo pone en duda estas conclusiones sobre la base del análisis del caso particular de Mendoza. Esta provincia es importante, ya que a comienzos del siglo XX la vitivinicultura se convirtió en la principal actividad productiva de la provincia y la más importante en su rubro a nivel nacional, transformando el mercado de trabajo en general e influyendo de manera muy particular sobre las mujeres.The insertion of women in the labor market in the early 20th century is an issue scarcely explored by traditional historians and it deserves an individual analysis, not only from the point of view of the gender, but also as a social group that was affected by the capitalist development of the agro-exporting Argentina. The purpose of this paper is to evaluate the potential and the limitations of the information provided by the national census of 1896, 1895, and 1914 in order to recreate the female contribution to the labor market. The forementioned process determined a change in the labor market as a whole that, according to some papers, brought along the reduction of the female share in the first decades of the 20th century. This paper aims to argue that point, based on the study of the province

  12. ¿Son diferentes las uniones consensuales y los matrimonios?. Comparación de los censos españoles de población de 1991 y 2001

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    Miret Gamundi, Pau

    2007-12-01

    Full Text Available The objective of this paper is to establish whether there are socio-demographic differences between young couples who are cohabiting and those who are married in Spain. Data sources are the 1991 and 2001 population censuses. The age range is 20-39 years. As the dependent variable is a binary variable (cohabiting versus being married, logistic regression will be used for the analysis. A separate model for each sex and for each year is estimated. Based on the results, it is observed that on average cohabitors have different characteristics than those who are married. Cohabiting couples have fewer children, are younger and show a higher age gap between the partners. Consensual unions are more likely to rent a dwelling. They present a higher proportion where just the woman is working or both partners are not working. They also have higher educational attainment and greater educational differences between the partners. While the structure of the cohabiting population has changed substantially between 1991 and 2001, the model has not.

    La pregunta que se plantea en este artículo es si existe en España una distinción entre las parejas jóvenes que se encuentran conviviendo en unión consensual y aquéllas que lo hacen legalmente casadas (variable dicotómica. Las fuentes de datos utilizadas son los censos de población de 1991 y de 2001. Se analiza el rango de edades 20-39 años. Se utiliza como técnica estadística la regresión logística. Se calcula un modelo por separado entre los sexos y para cada uno de los momentos temporales analizados. En conclusión, se observa que la cohabitación tiene unas características muy diferentes al matrimonio, pues los cohabitantes tienen menos hijos, son más jóvenes, presentan mayor distancia de edad entre miembros de la pareja, residen en mayor medida en una vivienda de alquiler, siguen en mayor medida un modelo en que sólo la mujer trabaja o no trabaja ninguno de los miembros de la pareja, tienen

  13. Assessment of protective efficacy of live and killed vaccines based on a non-encapsulated mutant of Streptococcus suis serotype 2

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    Wisselink, H.J.; Stockhofe Zurwieden, N.; Hilgers, L.A.T.; Smith, H.E.

    2002-01-01

    The protective efficacy of a live and killed non-encapsulated isogenic mutant of Streptococcus suis serotype 2 was determined in pigs, and compared with the efficacy of the capsulated wild-type strain. SPF pigs were vaccinated twice intramuscularly at 4 and 7 weeks of age with a dose of 1x109 formal

  14. Simultaneous Quantification and Differentiation of Streptococcus suis Serotypes 2 and 9 by Quantitative Real-Time PCR, Evaluated in Tonsillar and Nasal Samples of Pigs

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    Niels Dekker

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    Full Text Available Invasive Streptococcus suis (S. suis infections in pigs are often associated with serotypes 2 and 9. Mucosal sites of healthy pigs can be colonized with these serotypes, often multiple serotypes per pig. To unravel the contribution of these serotypes in pathogenesis and epidemiology, simultaneous quantification of serotypes is needed. A quantitative real-time PCR (qPCR targeting cps2J (serotypes 2 and 1/2 and cps9H (serotype 9 was evaluated with nasal and tonsillar samples from S. suis exposed pigs. qPCR specifically detected serotypes in all pig samples. The serotypes loads in pig samples estimated by qPCR showed, except for serotype 9 in tonsillar samples (correlation coefficient = 0.25, moderate to strong correlation with loads detected by culture (correlation coefficient > 0.65, and also in pigs exposed to both serotypes (correlation coefficient > 0.75. This qPCR is suitable for simultaneous differentiation and quantification of important S. suis serotypes.

  15. The analysis of the intramacrophagic virulome of Brucella suis deciphers the environment encountered by the pathogen inside the macrophage host cell

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    Köhler, Stephan; Foulongne, Vincent; Ouahrani-Bettache, Safia; Bourg, Gisèle; Teyssier, Jacques; Ramuz, Michel; Liautard, Jean-Pierre

    2002-01-01

    The pathogen Brucella suis resides and multiplies within a phagocytic vacuole of its host cell, the macrophage. The resulting complex relationship has been investigated by the analysis of the set of genes required for virulence, which we call intramacrophagic virulome. Ten thousand two hundred and seventy-two miniTn5 mutants of B. suis constitutively expressing gfp were screened by fluorescence microscopy for lack of intracellular multiplication in human macrophages. One hundred thirty-one such mutants affected in 59 different genes could be isolated, and a function was ascribed to 53 of them. We identified genes involved in (i) global adaptation to the intracellular environment, (ii) amino acid, and (iii) nucleotide synthesis, (iv) sugar metabolism, (v) oxidoreduction, (vi) nitrogen metabolism, (vii) regulation, (viii) disulphide bond formation, and (ix) lipopolysaccharide biosynthesis. Results led to the conclusion that the replicative compartment of B. suis is poor in nutrients and characterized by low oxygen tension, and that nitrate may be used for anaerobic respiration. Intramacrophagic virulome analysis hence allowed the description of the nature of the replicative vacuole of the pathogen in the macrophage and extended our understanding of the niche in which B. suis resides. We propose calling this specific compartment “brucellosome.” PMID:12438693

  16. Genetic analysis of Trichuris suis and Trichuris trichiura recovered from humans and pigs in a sympatric setting in Uganda

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    Nissen, Sofie; Al-Jubury, Azmi; Hansen, Tina Vicky Alstrup

    2012-01-01

    The whipworms Trichuris trichiura and Trichuris suis in humans and pigs, respectively, are believed to be two different species yet closely related. Morphologically, adult worms, eggs and larvae of the two species are indistinguishable. The aim of this study was to examine the genetic variation o...

  17. 猪链球菌的比较基因组学研究进展%Progress on research of comparative genomics of Streptococcus suis

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    郑霄

    2011-01-01

    Streptococcus suis is an important zoonotic agent and could cause outbreaks of the infections among pigs and humans. Over the past five years, great progress had been achieved in the field of S. suis genomics. By now six S. suis genomes have been sequenced and publicly available. Furthermore, the application of new comparative genomics technologies on such genomes had led to the identification of new pathogenicity islands and pathogenesis-related genes,which greatly boosted the research on pathogenic mechanisms of S. suis.%猪链球菌是一种重要的人兽共患病病原菌,可以引起人猪链球菌病暴发流行.近几年来,猪链球菌的基因组学研究发展迅速:共有6株猪链球菌的基因组全序列公布;采用多种比较基因组技术发现了高致病性猪链球菌相关的毒力岛和特异基因,为研究猪链球菌的致病机制提供了重要线索.

  18. How are women with SUI-symptoms treated with duloxetine in real life practice? Preliminary results from a large observational study in Germany

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    M. Manning; U. Gotsch; A. Minarzyk; D. Quail; A. Gross; I. Pages; H.D. Methfessel; M.C. Michel

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    Background: Duloxetine was found safe and effective in the treatment of moderate to severe female stress urinary incontinence (SUI) in controlled clinical trials; complementary data from routine clinical practice are still wanted. Objectives: To explore the use of various initial duloxetine doses by

  19. Protection of pigs against challenge with virulent Streptococcus suis serotype 2 strains by a muramidase-released protein and extracellular factor vaccine

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    Wisselink, H.J.; Vecht, U.; Stockhofe Zurwieden, N.; Smith, H.E.

    2001-01-01

    The efficacy of a muramidase-released protein (MRP) and extracellular factor (EF) vaccine in preventing infection and disease in pigs challenged either with a homologous or a heterologous Streptococcus suis serotype 2 strain (MRP EF ) was compared with the efficacy of a vaccine containing formalin-k

  20. Characterization of the immune response and evaluation of the protective capacity of rSsnA against Streptococcus suis infection in pigs

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    Gómez-Gascón, Lidia; Cardoso-Toset, Fernando; Tarradas, Carmen

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    The efforts made to develop vaccines against Streptococcus suis have failed because of lack of common antigens cross-reactive against different serotypes of this species. The cell wall-anchored proteins can be good vaccine candidates due to their high expression and accessibility to antibodies, a...

  1. Identification and characterization of two temperature-induced surface-associated proteins of Streptococcus suis with high homologies to members of the arginine deiminase system of Streptococcus pyogenes

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    Winterhoff, N.; Goethe, R.; Gruening, P.; Rohde, M.; Kalisz, H.; Smith, H.E.; Valentin-Weigand, P.

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    The present study was performed to identify stress-induced putative virulence proteins of Streptococcus suis. For this, protein expression patterns of streptococci grown at 32, 37, and 42°C were compared by one- and two-dimensional gel electrophoresis. Temperature shifts from 32 and 37 to 42°C induc

  2. Elimination of Mange Mites Sarcoptes scabiei var. suis from Two Naturally Infested Danish Sow Herds Using a Single Injection Regime with Doramectin

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    Arnason T

    2002-06-01

    Full Text Available Attempts to eliminate Sarcoptes scabiei var. suis were made in 2 naturally infested sow herds, by intramuscular (IM injection of doramectin (Dectomax®, Pfizer, New York, USA. A single injection strategy was used. In one of the herds, the environment was treated with an acaricide following dry cleaning of floors, walls and equipment. In the second herd, no environmental treatment was performed. Results were measured by skin lesion scoring, ear scrapings to show Sarcoptes scabiei var. suis, and calculating rubbing index throughout the observation period of 20 months following treatment. Skin lesion scores decreased and stayed low following treatment for the entire observation period. Live Sarcoptes scabiei var. suis mites were isolated prior to treatment from both herds, but not following treatment. Rubbing index decreased following treatment, but was occasionally at or above 0.4. The results of these studies indicate that elimination of Sarcoptes scabiei var. suis from 2 naturally infested herds was successful, using doramectin in a single injection strategy. Precautions must be taken to ensure adequate dosing of every pig, and to avoid reinfestation due to poor biosecurity.

  3. Quantitative susceptibility of Streptococcus suis strains isolated from diseased pigs in seven European countries to antimicrobial agents licenced in veterinary medicine

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    Wisselink, H.J.; Veldman, K.T.; Salmon, S.A.; Mevius, D.J.

    2006-01-01

    The susceptibility of Streptococcus suis strains (n = 384) isolated from diseased pigs in seven European countries to 10 antimicrobial agents was determined. For that purpose a microbroth dilution method was used according to CLSI recommendations. The following antimicrobial agents were tested: ceft

  4. The transcriptome of Trichuris suis--first molecular insights into a parasite with curative properties for key immune diseases of humans.

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    Cinzia Cantacessi

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Iatrogenic infection of humans with Trichuris suis (a parasitic nematode of swine is being evaluated or promoted as a biological, curative treatment of immune diseases, such as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD and ulcerative colitis, in humans. Although it is understood that short-term T. suis infection in people with such diseases usually induces a modified Th2-immune response, nothing is known about the molecules in the parasite that induce this response. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: As a first step toward filling the gaps in our knowledge of the molecular biology of T. suis, we characterised the transcriptome of the adult stage of this nematode employing next-generation sequencing and bioinformatic techniques. A total of ∼65,000,000 reads were generated and assembled into ∼20,000 contiguous sequences ( = contigs; ∼17,000 peptides were predicted and classified based on homology searches, protein motifs and gene ontology and biological pathway mapping. CONCLUSIONS: These analyses provided interesting insights into a number of molecular groups, particularly predicted excreted/secreted molecules (n = 1,288, likely to be involved in the parasite-host interactions, and also various molecules (n = 120 linked to chemokine, T-cell receptor and TGF-β signalling as well as leukocyte transendothelial migration and natural killer cell-mediated cytotoxicity, which are likely to be immuno-regulatory or -modulatory in the infected host. This information provides a conceptual framework within which to test the immunobiological basis for the curative effect of T. suis infection in humans against some immune diseases. Importantly, the T. suis transcriptome characterised herein provides a curated resource for detailed studies of the immuno-molecular biology of this parasite, and will underpin future genomic and proteomic explorations.

  5. ArgR is an essential local transcriptional regulator of the arcABC operon in Streptococcus suis and is crucial for biological fitness in an acidic environment.

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    Fulde, Marcus; Willenborg, Joerg; de Greeff, Astrid; Benga, Laurentiu; Smith, Hilde E; Valentin-Weigand, Peter; Goethe, Ralph

    2011-02-01

    Streptococcus suis is one of the most important pathogens in pigs and can also cause severe infections in humans. Despite its clinical relevance, very little is known about the factors that contribute to its virulence. Recently, we identified a new putative virulence factor in S. suis, the arginine deiminase system (ADS), an arginine catabolic enzyme system encoded by the arcABC operon, which enables S. suis to survive in an acidic environment. In this study, we focused on ArgR, an ADS-associated regulator belonging to the ArgR/AhrC arginine repressor family. Using an argR knockout strain we were able to show that ArgR is essential for arcABC operon expression and necessary for the biological fitness of S. suis. By cDNA expression microarray analyses and quantitative real-time RT-PCR we found that the arcABC operon is the only gene cluster regulated by ArgR, which is in contrast to the situation in many other bacteria. Reporter gene analysis with gfp under the control of the arcABC promoter demonstrated that ArgR is able to activate the arcABC promoter. Electrophoretic mobility shift assays with fragments of the arcABC promoter and recombinant ArgR, and chromatin immunoprecipitation with antibodies directed against ArgR, revealed that ArgR interacts with the arcABC promoter in vitro and in vivo by binding to a region from -147 to -72 bp upstream of the transcriptional start point. Overall, our results show that in S. suis, ArgR is an essential, system-specific transcriptional regulator of the ADS that interacts directly with the arcABC promoter in vivo.

  6. Establishment of mice model with Helicobacter suis infection and its significance%Helicobacter suis感染小鼠模型的建立及其意义

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    杨若明; 杨林; 田字彬; 于亚男; 毛涛; 李晓宇; 张帅庆

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    目的 建立Helicobacter suis (H.suis)感染小鼠模型并探究其意义.方法 将40只雌性C57BL/6小鼠随机分为模型组和对照组,模型组给予0.5 mL猪胃黏膜匀浆液(经PCR检测确定存在H.suis)灌胃,对照组给予0.5 mL PBS溶液灌胃.灌胃1个月及3个月后,各处死两组中半数小鼠,取其胃黏膜组织,分别行PCR、HE染色检测H.suis在小鼠胃内的定植与胃黏膜淋巴滤泡形成情况.结果 灌胃所用猪胃黏膜匀浆液中存在H.suis;H.suis可以在小鼠胃内定植,并且3个月后仍存在;感染H.suis 1个月及3个月后的小鼠胃黏膜均有淋巴滤泡的形成,并且后者的淋巴滤泡较前者明显增大.结论 成功建立了H.suis感染C57BL/6小鼠模型,H.suis可以诱导胃黏膜淋巴滤泡的形成,可能在胃黏膜相关淋巴组织(MALT)淋巴瘤的发生过程中发挥重要作用.

  7. Crystal Structure and Identification of Two Key Amino Acids Involved in AI-2 Production and Biofilm Formation in Streptococcus suis LuxS.

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    Full Text Available Streptococcus suis has emerged as an important zoonotic pathogen that causes meningitis, arthritis, septicemia and even sudden death in pigs and humans. Quorum sensing is the signaling network for cell-to-cell communication that bacterial cells can use to monitor their own population density through production and exchange of signal molecules. S-Ribosylhomocysteinase (LuxS is the key enzyme involved in the activated methyl cycle. Autoinducer 2 (AI-2 is the adduct of borate and a ribose derivative and is produced from S-adenosylhomocysteine (SAH. AI-2 can mediate interspecies communication and in some species facilitate the bacterial behavior regulation such as biofilm formation and virulence in both Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria. Here, we reported the overexpression, purification and crystallographic structure of LuxS from S. suis. Our results showed the catalytically active LuxS exists as a homodimer in solution. Inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (ICP-MS revealed the presence of Zn2+ in LuxS. Although the core structure shares the similar topology with LuxS proteins from other bacterial species, structural analyses and comparative amino acid sequence alignments identified two key amino acid differences in S. suis LuxS, Phe80 and His87, which are located near the substrate binding site. The results of site-directed mutagenesis and enzymology studies confirmed that these two residues affect the catalytic activity of the enzyme. These in vitro results were corroborated in vivo by expression of the LuxS variants in a S. suis ΔluxS strain. The single and two amino acid of LuxS variant decreased AI-2 production and biofilm formation significantly compared to that of the parent strain. Our findings highlight the importance of key LuxS residues that influence the AI-2 production and biofilm formation in S.suis.

  8. A escolarização das pessoas com deficiência no Brasil: atendimento, atraso e progressão no ensino fundamental segundo o Censo 2000 La escolarización de personas con discapacidad en Brasil: atención, atraso y progresión en la enseñanza fundamental según el Censo 2000 The schooling of disabled people in Brazil: attendance, retention and progression in primary education according to the 2000 Census

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    Tiago Henrique P. M. França

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    Full Text Available O presente artigo tem por objetivo evidenciar a implicação das deficiências sobre o atendimento, o atraso e a progressão escolar no ensino fundamental. Para tal, é utilizada a modelagem estatística logística binária. Após apresentação dos diferentes conceitos de deficiência, por meio do Censo 2000, transcorre-se a análise dos quesitos pretendidos. A progressão escolar é pesquisada por meio da medida nomeada probabilidade de progressão por série (PPS, dos três pontos de maior relevância no desenvolvimento do ensino fundamental. Os resultados indicam grande disparidade entre as deficiências na determinação dos elementos investigados. Em geral, todas as condições se mostram como fatores que desfavorecem o desenvolvimento na carreira escolar. Porém, a implicação das deficiências sobre as PPS se reduz com o avanço no ensino fundamental, sendo também menos significativa a cada etapa sequente. Entre os quesitos analisados, o atraso escolar demonstrou sofrer relevante variação, devido ao controle por fatores de natureza socioeconômica. No mais, este trabalho contém resultados e aponta contributos para o desenvolvimento científico dessa área de estudo.El presente artículo tiene como objetivo poner en evidencia la implicación de las diferentes discapacidades en áreas como la atención, el atraso y la progresión escolar en la enseñanza fundamental. Para ello, se utiliza el modelo estadístico logístico binario. Tras la presentación de los diferentes conceptos de discapacidad, usando como instrumento el Censo 2000, transcurre el análisis de las áreas mencionadas anteriormente. La progresión escolar se investiga por medio de una medida denominada Probabilidad de Progresión por Clase11 (PPS, tratándose, además, de uno de los tres puntos de mayor relevancia en el desarrollo de la enseñanza fundamental. Los resultados indican una gran disparidad entre las discapacidades en la determinación de los elementos

  9. Use of a Mycoplasma suis-PCR protocol for screening a population of captive peccaries (Tayassu tajacu and Tayassu pecari Uso de um protocolo de PCR para a detecção de Mycoplasma suis para avaliação de uma população de catetos e queixadas de cativeiro (Tayassu tajacu and Tayassu pecari

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    Rafael Felipe da Costa Vieira

    2011-03-01

    Full Text Available Mycoplasma suis is a hemotropic bacteria of red blood cells and the causative agent of swine eperythrozoonosis. Diagnosis of infection may be reached by direct examination of blood smears; however, the use of polymerase chain reaction (PCR of the 16S RNA gene of M. suis improves the sensitivity and specificity of detection. The aim of this study was to screen peccaries (Tayassu tajacu and T. pecari for M. suis infection using a specific conventional PCR. A total of 28 blood samples from captive collared and white-lipped peccaries were collected, DNA extracted and a specific M. suis PCR assay performed. All samples were negatives by both blood smear examination and PCR testing. To verify the presence of amplifiable DNA, PCR for beta-actin gene was performed in all samples. This study was part of an active surveillance program, which is crucial for monitoring animal health status, particularly in wildlife species.Mycoplasma suis é uma bactéria hemotrópica dos eritrócitos e é o agente causador da eperitrozoonose suína. O diagnóstico da infecção pode ser realizado pelo exame direto de esfregaços sanguíneos; entretanto, o uso da reação em cadeia da polimerase (PCR baseada no gene 16S RNA de M. suis aumenta a sensibilidade e especificidade da detecção. O objetivo deste estudo foi avaliar catetos e queixadas (Tayassu tajacu e T. pecari para a infecção por M. suis, utilizando PCR convencional específico. Um total de 28 amostras de sangue de catetos e queixadas de cativeiro foram coletadas, o DNA foi extraído e a PCR específica para a detecção de M. suis realizada. Todas as amostras foram negativas pelo esfregaço sanguíneo e PCR. Para verificar a presença de DNA amplificável, PCR para o gene da beta actina foi realizada em todas as amostras. Este estudo foi parte de um programa de vigilância ativa, o qual é crucial para o monitoramento do estado de saúde animal, particularmente em espécies selvagens.

  10. Actinobacillus suis and Actinobacillus equuli, emergent pathogens of septic embolic nephritis, a new challenge for the swine industry Actinobacillus suis y Actinobacillus equuli, patógenos emergentes de nefritis embólica séptica, un nuevo desafío para la industria porcina

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    CE Benavente

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Kidney lesions are an important cause of tissue condemnation in slaughterhouses. In addition to the potential public health implications, organ condemnations have a significant economic impact on the food animal industry. The condition classified broadly as "nephritis" is one of the main causes of tissue condemnation. Embolic nephritis resembling Actinobacillus equuli infection in foals has been recently detected in sows and market hogs. Actinobacillus suis is phenotypically and phylogenetically closely related to A. equuli. Both are Gram-negative bacteria, not easy to detect in routine exams. A. suis is an opportunistic pathogen that can produce fatal septicaemia in pigs, pneumonia, polyarthritis, septic embolic nephritis, abortion and mummified foetuses. Outbreaks of clinical disease appear to occur more frequently in high-health-status herds. In adult pigs the skin lesions may be confused with porcine erysipelas. A. suis and A. equuli are emerging opportunistic pathogens in the porcine industry and both have potential public health consequences to people that handles meat products. The objective of this paper is to present a literature review regarding the role of A. suis and A. equuli in the pathogenesis of nephritis in swine.Las lesiones renales son una causa importante de decomiso en los mataderos. Además de las posibles consecuencias en salud pública, el decomiso de órganos tiene un gran impacto económico en la industria de alimento animal. Recientemente, nefritis embólica séptica con lesiones semejantes a infecciones con Actinobacillus equuli en potrillos ha sido detectada en reproductoras y cerdos con peso de mercado. Actinobacillus equuli es fenotípica y genéticamente similar a Actinobacillus suis. Ambas son bacterias Gram-negativas difíciles de diagnosticar en exámenes de rutina. A. suis es un patógeno oportunista capaz de producir septicemia en cerdos, neumonía, poliartritis, nefritis embólica séptica, aborto y fetos

  11. Assessing the zoonotic potential of Ascaris suum and Trichuris suis: looking to the future from an analysis of the past.

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    Nejsum, P; Betson, M; Bendall, R P; Thamsborg, S M; Stothard, J R

    2012-06-01

    The two geohelminths, Ascaris lumbricoides and Trichuris trichiura, infect more than a billion people worldwide but are only reported sporadically in the developed part of the world. In contrast, the closely related species A. suum and T. suis in pigs have a truly global distribution, with infected pigs found in most production systems. In areas where pigs and humans live in close proximity or where pig manure is used as fertilizer on vegetables for human consumption, there is a potential risk of cross-infections. We therefore review this relationship between Ascaris and Trichuris in the human and pig host, with special focus on recent evidence concerning the zoonotic potential of these parasites, and identify some open questions for future research.

  12. Los apellidos de los gitanos españoles en los censos de 1783-85 (The family names of Gitanos or Spanish Romani in the listings of 1783-85

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    Gamella Mora, Juan F.

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    Full Text Available Resumen: Los registros de población gitana elaborados a raíz de la Real Pragmática de 1783 conforman el principal documento sobre esta minoría de todo el Antiguo Régimen. Este artículo analiza los apellidos o nombres de familia que tenían las 12.037 personas gitanas incluidas en esos censos, de las que 756 habían fallecido. En total aparecen 567 diferentes, una gran variedad, que se ve muy reducida si atendemos a los apellidos más comunes, pues 20 de ellos identifican a la mitad (53% de la población gitana y 57 (un 10%, al 75%. El peso de los apellidos más populares es mayor aún que el que se da en el total de la población española, que destaca en Europa por este rasgo. Los apellidos gitanos de 1785 eran todos españoles y en su mayoría, castellanos. Los más populares eran de dos tipos: primero, los patronímicos que compartían con la población mayoritaria, como Fernández, Jiménez, Rodríguez, Muñoz, García, etc., y segundo, aquellos que, aún siendo de origen español, se han ido asociando con la minoría gitana hasta percibirse como elementos de identidad étnica, sobre todo en algunas regiones: Heredia, Vargas, Cortés, Reyes, Maya, Montoya, Moreno, Santiago, Gabarri, etc. La mayoría de los apellidos pudieron haber sido adoptados por los gitanos en el bautismo y también como resultado de matrimonios mixtos. Seguramente, la mayor frecuencia de algunos apellidos se correlaciona con la antigüedad de su adopción. Este trabajo ofrece el más completo listado de apellidos gitanos del que se dispone hasta la fecha. Abstract: The last Royal Order addressed to Spanish Gypsies in 1783 required that local authorities listed all Gitanos residing in their counties ("partidos". By mid 1785 a Census had been collected that included data on 12.037 persons, 756 of whom had died. These lists form the most important document on the Gitano minority the Ancien Régime. Unfortunately, they have not been studied in depth. As a first

  13. Los apellidos de los gitanos españoles en los censos de 1783-85 (The family names of Gitanos or Spanish Romani in the listings of 1783-85

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    Juan F. Gamella

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Resumen: Los registros de población gitana elaborados a raíz de la Real Pragmática de 1783 conforman el principal documento sobre esta minoría de todo el Antiguo Régimen. Este artículo analiza los apellidos o nombres de familia que tenían las 12.037 personas gitanas incluidas en esos censos, de las que 756 habían fallecido. En total aparecen 567 diferentes, una gran variedad, que se ve muy reducida si atendemos a los apellidos más comunes, pues 20 de ellos identifican a la mitad (53% de la población gitana y 57 (un 10%, al 75%. El peso de los apellidos más populares es mayor aún que el que se da en el total de la población española, que destaca en Europa por este rasgo. Los apellidos gitanos de 1785 eran todos españoles y en su mayoría, castellanos. Los más populares eran de dos tipos: primero, los patronímicos que compartían con la población mayoritaria, como Fernández, Jiménez, Rodríguez, Muñoz, García, etc., y segundo, aquellos que, aún siendo de origen español, se han ido asociando con la minoría gitana hasta percibirse como elementos de identidad étnica, sobre todo en algunas regiones: Heredia, Vargas, Cortés, Reyes, Maya, Montoya, Moreno, Santiago, Gabarri, etc. La mayoría de los apellidos pudieron haber sido adoptados por los gitanos en el bautismo y también como resultado de matrimonios mixtos. Seguramente, la mayor frecuencia de algunos apellidos se correlaciona con la antigüedad de su adopción. Este trabajo ofrece el más completo listado de apellidos gitanos del que se dispone hasta la fecha.Abstract: The last Royal Order addressed to Spanish Gypsies in 1783 required that local authorities listed all Gitanos residing in their counties ("partidos". By mid 1785 a Census had been collected that included data on 12.037 persons, 756 of whom had died. These lists form the most important document on the Gitano minority the Ancien Régime. Unfortunately, they have not been studied in depth. As a first outcome

  14. Yangzhou City in the Sui-Tang Period%隋唐时代的扬州城

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    李裕群

    2003-01-01

    Yangzhou was the largest local city of the Sui-Tang period. It consisted of two parts: Zicheng (literally sub-city, but actually the quarter of government offices) and Luocheng (outer city, or the main body of Yangzhou City) . The former stood on Shugang Hill to the north of the latter. Origi- nally it was Jiangdu Palace-city built by Sui Emperor Yangdi, and was rebuilt into Zicheng in the Tang period. Being irregular in plan, it had four gates on the four sides respectively and two streets in a crisscross pattern within the city. The latter, Luocheng, was built below Shugang Hill in the full Tang or a little later. Rectangular in plan with the major axis pointing north and south, it had four gates on each of the eastern, western and southern sides and one gate on the northern side. The main streets led to the city gates respectively and formed a checkerboard-shaped layout with blocks arranged in the checks. Although its plan layout was designed in imitation of the block system in Chang'an and Luoyang, Yangzhou as a commercial city was developed on a gradually-progressing model with blocks emerging earlier than city walls, and the layout of Luocheng embodied the planning principle with mar- kets as the center. This might have reflected that the restrict block system of the Tang period had been relaxed or broken through in commercial cities. In the Northern Song period, the open-style street-and-lane layout in the capital of Bianjing, or the prefecture of Kaifeng, manifested the collapse of the old block system. This is of great significance in the history of Chinese cities, but its source can be traced to Yangzhou City of the Tang period.

  15. Recombination between Streptococcus suis ICESsu32457 and Streptococcus agalactiae ICESa2603 yields a hybrid ICE transferable to Streptococcus pyogenes.

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    Marini, Emanuela; Palmieri, Claudio; Magi, Gloria; Facinelli, Bruna

    2015-07-09

    Integrative conjugative elements (ICEs) are mobile genetic elements that reside in the chromosome but retain the ability to undergo excision and to transfer by conjugation. Genes involved in drug resistance, virulence, or niche adaptation are often found among backbone genes as cargo DNA. We recently characterized in Streptococcus suis an ICE (ICESsu32457) carrying resistance genes [tet(O/W/32/O), tet(40), erm(B), aphA, and aadE] in the 15K unstable genetic element, which is flanked by two ∼1.3kb direct repeats. Remarkably, ∼1.3-kb sequences are conserved in ICESa2603 of Streptococcus agalactiae 2603V/R, which carry heavy metal resistance genes cadC/cadA and mer. In matings between S. suis 32457 (donor) and S. agalactiae 2603V/R (recipient), transconjugants were obtained. PCR experiments, PFGE, and sequence analysis of transconjugants demonstrated a tandem array between ICESsu32457 and ICESa2603. Matings between tandem array-containing S. agalactiae 2603V/R (donor) and Streptococcus pyogenes RF12 (recipient) yielded a single transconjugant containing a hybrid ICE, here named ICESa2603/ICESsu32457. The hybrid formed by recombination of the left ∼1.3-kb sequence of ICESsu32457 and the ∼1.3-kb sequence of ICESa2603. Interestingly, the hybrid ICE was transferable between S. pyogenes strains, thus demonstrating that it behaves as a conventional ICE. These findings suggest that both tandem arrays and hybrid ICEs may contribute to the evolution of antibiotic resistance in streptococci, creating novel mobile elements capable of disseminating new combinations of antibiotic resistance genes.

  16. Draft Genome Sequences of Brucella suis Biovar 4 Strain NCTC 10385, Brucella ceti Strain NCTC 12891T , Brucella inopinata Strain CAMP 6436T, and Brucella neotomae Strain ATCC 23459T

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    With the aim of developing quantitative PCR methods for the detection and differentiation of Brucella species, the genomes of Brucella ceti, Brucella inopinata, Brucella netotomae, and Brucella suis biovar 4 were sequenced and analyzed.

  17. Draft Genome Sequences of Brucella suis Biovar 4 Strain NCTC 10385, Brucella ceti Strain NCTC 12891T, Brucella inopinata Strain CAMP 6436T, and Brucella neotomae Strain ATCC 23459T

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    Wahab, Tara; Ferrari, Sevinc; Lindberg, Martina; Bäckman, Stina; Kaden, Rene

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    With the aim of developing quantitative PCR methods for the detection and differentiation of Brucella species, the genomes of Brucella ceti, Brucella inopinata, Brucella netotomae, and Brucella suis biovar 4 were sequenced and analyzed.

  18. The effect of dietary carbohydrates and Trichuris suis infection on pig large intestine tissue structure, epithelial cell proliferation and mucin characteristics.

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    Thomsen, L E; Knudsen, K E Bach; Hedemann, M S; Roepstorff, A

    2006-11-30

    Two experiments (Exps. 1 and 2) were performed to study the influence of Trichuris suis infection and type of dietary carbohydrates on large intestine morphology, epithelial cell proliferation and mucin characteristics. Two experimental diets based on barley flour were used; Diet 1 was supplemented with resistant carbohydrates from oat hull meal, while Diet 2 was supplemented with fermentable carbohydrates from sugar beet fibre and inulin. In Experiment 1, 32 pigs were allocated randomly into four groups. Two groups were fed Diet 1 and two groups Diet 2. Pigs from one of each diet group were inoculated with a single dose of 2000 infective T. suis eggs and the other two groups remained uninfected controls. In Experiment 2, 12 pigs were allocated randomly into two groups and fed Diet 1 or Diet 2, respectively, and inoculated with a single dose of 2000 infective T. suis eggs. All the pigs were slaughtered 8 weeks post inoculation (p.i.). The worm counts were lower in pigs fed Diet 2 in both experiments, but not significantly so. Both diet and infection status significantly influenced the tissue weight of the large intestine. In both experiments, pigs fed Diet 2 had heavier large intestines than pigs fed Diet 1 and in Experiment1 the infected pigs of both diets had heavier large intestines than their respective control groups. Diet and infection also significantly affected the morphological architecture and mucin production in both experiments. Pigs fed Diet 1 had larger crypts both in terms of area and height than pigs fed Diet 2 and T. suis infected pigs on both diets in Experiment 1 had larger crypts than their respective control groups. The area of the mucin granules in the crypts constituted 22-53% of the total crypt area and was greatest in the T. suis infected pigs fed Diet 1. Epithelial cell proliferation was affected neither by diet nor infection in any of the experiments. The study showed that both T. suis infection and dietary carbohydrates significantly

  19. High Incidence of Respiratory Involvement in a Cluster of Brucella suis-Infected Workers from a Pork Processing Plant in Argentina.

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    Wallach, J C; García, J L; Cardinali, P S; Seijo, A P; Benchetrit, A G; Echazarreta, S E; Garro, S L; Deodato, B; Baldi, P C

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    Epidemiological and clinical aspects of Brucella suis infection in 17 workers from a pork processing plant in Argentina occurring between January 2014 and July 2015 are presented. All patients reported working 9 h daily without adequate personal protection garment. Blood cultures were positive for Brucella spp. in 14 of the 17 patients (82.3%). All isolates were identified as B. suis biovar 1. Although fever, sweats, asthenia, myalgia and hepatic involvement were the most frequent clinical manifestations, an unusually high incidence of respiratory involvement was found. From 13 patients in which chest radiography was performed, four (30%) had radiological abnormalities, including lobar pneumonia in two cases (one with pleural effusion) and interstitial involvement in other two. The high frequency of respiratory involvement in our series makes necessary to consider brucellosis in the differential diagnosis of respiratory diseases in pork processing plant employees.

  20. Evaluation of the ability of two multiplex PCR assays (Bruce-ladder and Suis-ladder) to distinguish six Brucella species and Brucella suis at the biovar level%应用多重PCR鉴别布鲁氏菌种及猪种5个生物型研究

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    陈军; 崔步云; 赵鸿雁; 朴东日; 姜海; 邰新平; 田国忠

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    Objective To evaluate the ability of two types of multiplex PCR assays (Bruce-ladder and Suis-ladder) to distinguish six Brucella species and five biovars of Brucella suis. Methods A Bruce-ladder multiplex PCR assay was performed using 8 pairs of primers to distinguish six Brucella species. A Suis-ladder multiplex PCR assay was performed using 4 pairs of primers to distinguish five biovars of B. suis. The tested strains, which consisted of 27 reference strains of six Brucella species and 239 Brucella isolates, were examined using PCR assays and methods of biological identification. Results The Bruce-ladder multiplex PCR assay differentiated six Brucella species, including Brucella abortus, Brucella melitensis , Brucella suis , Brucella canis , Brucella ovis , and Brucella neotomae , in a single step. The Suis-ladder multiplex PCR assay differentiated five biovars of B. suis in a single step. The electrophoresis patterns of the vaccine strain S2 and biovar 1 of B. suis were identical. The total rate of concordance between methods of biological identification and multiplex PCR assays was 100%. Conclusion The Bruce-ladder and Suis-ladder multiplex PCR assays are rapid and specific methods of respectively identifying Brucella species and B. suis at the biovar level.%目的 应用布鲁氏菌种多重PCR和猪种多重PCR对布鲁氏菌进行鉴定. 方法 对两套多重PCR方法进行条件优化,应用布鲁氏菌参考菌株、疫苗株和临床分离菌株进行评价,并与生物学分型方法进行比较. 结果 布鲁氏菌种多重PCR扩增(包括牛种布鲁氏菌8个生物型,猪种5个生物型,羊种3个生物型,以及绵羊附睾、犬和沙漠森林野鼠种各1个生物型)可获得152~1 682 bp的8个DNA片段,但种间DNA片段数不一.猪种多重PCR扩增猪种5个生物型菌株得到197~774 bp的7个DNA片段,不同生物型的DNA扩增图谱不同;猪种疫苗株S2扩增图谱与猪种生物1型相同,多重PCR分型方法与生物学

  1. Screening of virulence-associated genes as a molecular typing method for characterization of Streptococcus suis isolates recovered from wild boars and pigs.

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    Sánchez del Rey, Verónica; Fernández-Garayzábal, José F; Domínguez, Lucas; Gottschalk, Marcelo; Vela, Ana I

    2016-03-01

    Streptococcus suis is an important zoonotic pathogen associated with a wide range of diseases in pigs, but has also been isolated from wild animals such as rabbits and wild boars. In the current study, 126 S. suis isolates recovered from pigs (n = 85) and wild boars (n = 41) were tested by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) for the presence of nine virulence-associated genes. S. suis isolates from wild boars were differentiated by the lower detection rates of the epf, sly, mrp, sao and dltA genes (0%, 2.4%, 2.4%, 4.8% and 21.9%, respectively) compared with the isolates from pigs (56.5%, 75.3%, 56.5%, 88.2.0% and 88.2%, respectively). The differences in the content of these virulence-associated genes were statistically significant (P wild boar isolates and 22 VPs among pig isolates, with only two VPs common to wild boars and pigs. The predominant VPs among isolates from wild boars (VP1, VP7) were different from those observed in pig isolates (VP16 and VP26). VP16 was detected exclusively in clinical pig isolates of serotype 9 and VP26 was detected in 71.4% of the serotype 2 clinical pig isolates. Further multilocus sequence typing (MLST) analysis showed a significant correlation association between certain VPs and STs (VP16 and VP17 with ST123 and ST125 and VP26 with ST1). In conclusion, the current study showed that combination of virulence-associated gene profiling and MLST analysis may provide more information of the relatedness of the S. suis strains from different animal species that could be useful for epidemiological purposes.

  2. 南阳发现隋高士莲造像碑%Image Stele Made by Gao Shilian of the Sui Period Discovered in Nanyang

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    柳玉东

    2001-01-01

    This figure stele was unearthed from the late 1970s and was now broken into three pieces. On the face of the table, there are three Buddhas images in the three niches from the top to the seat. On the back of the tablet, there are some graffiti but most of them are indistinguishable. The stele is marked by its relief technique and adds new material to the studies on the Sui tablets.

  3. Functional definition and global regulation of Zur, a zinc uptake regulator in a Streptococcus suis serotype 2 strain causing streptococcal toxic shock syndrome.

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    Feng, Youjun; Li, Ming; Zhang, Huimin; Zheng, Beiwen; Han, Huiming; Wang, Changjun; Yan, Jinghua; Tang, Jiaqi; Gao, George F

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    Zinc is an essential trace element for all living organisms and plays pivotal roles in various cellular processes. However, an excess of zinc is extremely deleterious to cells. Bacteria have evolved complex machineries (such as efflux/influx systems) to control the concentration at levels appropriate for the maintenance of zinc homeostasis in cells and adaptation to the environment. The Zur (zinc uptake regulator) protein is one of these functional members involved in the precise control of zinc homeostasis. Here we identified a zur homologue designated 310 from Streptococcus suis serotype 2, strain 05ZYH33, a highly invasive isolate causing streptococcal toxic shock syndrome. Biochemical analysis revealed that the protein product of gene 310 exists as a dimer form and carries zinc ions. An isogenic gene replacement mutant of gene 310, the Delta310 mutant, was obtained by homologous recombination. Physiological tests demonstrated that the Delta310 mutant is specifically sensitive to Zn(2+), while functional complementation of the Delta310 mutant can restore its duration capability, suggesting that 310 is a functional member of the Zur family. Two-dimensional electrophoresis indicated that nine proteins in the Delta310 mutant are overexpressed in comparison with those in the wild type. DNA microarray analyses suggested that 121 genes in the Delta310 mutant are affected, of which 72 genes are upregulated and 49 are downregulated. The transcriptome of S. suis serotype 2 with high Zn(2+) concentrations also showed 117 differentially expressed genes, with 71 upregulated and 46 downregulated. Surprisingly, more than 70% of the genes differentially expressed in the Delta310 mutant were the same as those in S. suis serotype 2 that were differentially expressed in response to high Zn(2+) concentration, consistent with the notion that 310 is involved in zinc homeostasis. We thus report for the first time a novel zinc-responsive regulator, Zur, from Streptococcus suis

  4. Prevalência de Streptococcus suis tipo 2 por meio da técnica de reação em cadeia da polimerase em suínos abatidos no Estado do Mato Grosso Prevalence of Streptococcus suis type 2 using the polimerase chain reaction in slaughtered pigs in the State of Mato Grosso, Brazil

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    Ana Carolina Silva de Faria

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    Full Text Available Streptococcus suis é um patógeno que a afeta a produção industrial de suínos em todo o mundo. É de extrema importância, pois está associado a doenças em suínos e humanos. O objetivo deste estudo foi determinar a prevalência do Streptococcus suis tipo 2 em 201 amostras de tonsilas de animais clinicamente sadios a partir da técnica de PCR. As amostras positivas foram submetidas à pesquisa do gene codificador do fator extracelular (ef. Os resultados demonstraram que a prevalência (23,38% foi maior que em outro estudo recentemente realizado no mesmo Estado, indicando que a PCR é um método mais sensível em relação ao isolamento bacteriano. Houve baixa ocorrência do gene ef* (1,49%, o que mostra uma grande importância para população analisada, pois cepas negativas são potencialmente menos virulentas que cepas positivas.Streptococcus suis is a pathogen that affects the industrial production of swine worldwide. It is extremely important, because it is associated with pigs and humans diseases. The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence of Streptococcus suis type 2 in 201 samples of tonsils from clinically healthy animals by the PCR technique. The samples positive for S. suis type 2 were tested for the gene encoding extracellular factors (ef. The results showed that the prevalence (23.38% was higher than other recent survey in the State, demonstrating that the PCR is a more sensitive method in relation to the bacterial isolation. There was a low occurrence of ef* gene in samples (1.49% showing great importance to local swine population, because negative strains are potentially less virulent that positive strains.

  5. A Hashtag Worth a Thousand Words: Discursive Strategies Around #JeNeSuisPasCharlie After the 2015 Charlie Hebdo Shooting

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    Fabio Giglietto

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    Full Text Available Following a shooting attack by two self-proclaimed Islamist gunmen at the offices of French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo on 7 January 2015, there emerged the hashtag #JeSuisCharlie on Twitter as an expression of solidarity and support for the magazine’s right to free speech. Almost simultaneously, however, there was also #JeNeSuisPasCharlie explicitly countering the former, affirmative hashtag. Based on a multimethod analysis of 74,047 tweets containing #JeNeSuisPasCharlie posted between 7 and 11 January, this article reveals that users of the hashtag under study employed various discursive strategies and tactics to challenge the mainstream framing of the shooting as the universal value of freedom of expression being threatened by religious extremism, while protecting themselves from the risk of being viewed as disrespecting victims or endorsing the violence committed. The significance of this study is twofold. First, it extends the literature on strategic speech acts by examining how such acts take place in a social media context. Second, it highlights the need for a multidimensional and reflective methodology when dealing with data mined from social media.

  6. First insights into the protective effects of a recombinant swinepox virus expressing truncated MRP of Streptococcus suis type 2 in mice.

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    Huang, Dongyan; Zhu, Haodan; Lin, Huixing; Xu, Jiarong; Lu, Chengping

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    To explore the potential of the swinepox virus (SPV) as vector for Streptococcus suis vaccines, a vector system was developed for the construction of a recombinant SPV carrying bacterial genes. Using this system, a recombinant virus expressing truncated muramidase-released protein (MRP) of S. suis type 2 (SS2), designated rSPV-MRP, was produced and identified by PCR, western blotting and immunofluorescence assays. The rSPV-MRP was found to be only slightly attenuated in PK-15 cells, when compared with the wild-type virus. After immunization intramuscularly with rSPV-MRP, SS2 inactive vaccine (positive control), wild-type SPV (negative control) and PBS (blank control) respectively, all CD1 mice were challenged with a lethal dose or a sublethal dose of SS2 highly virulent strain ZY05719. While SS2 inactive vaccine protected all mice, immunization with rSPV-MRP resulted in 60% survival and protected mice against a lethal dose of the highly virulent SS2 strain, compared with the negative control (P MRP had a significantly reduced bacterial burden in all organs examined, compared to negative controls and blank controls (P MRP-vaccinated group were significantly higher (P MRP provided mice with protection from systemic SS2 infection. If SPV recombinants have the potential as S. suis vaccines for the use in pigs has to be evaluated in further studies.

  7. The roles of RelA/(p)ppGpp in glucose-starvation induced adaptive response in the zoonotic Streptococcus suis.

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    Zhang, Tengfei; Zhu, Jiawen; Wei, Shun; Luo, Qingping; Li, Lu; Li, Shengqing; Tucker, Alexander; Shao, Huabin; Zhou, Rui

    2016-06-03

    The (p)ppGpp signal molecules play a central role in the stringent response (SR) to adapt to nutrient starvation in bacteria, yet the carbohydrate starvation induced adaptive response and the roles of SR in this response is not well characterized, especially in Gram-positives. Here, two (p)ppGpp synthetases RelA and RelQ are identified in Streptococcus suis, an important emerging zoonotic Gram-positive bacterium, while only RelA is functional under glucose starvation. To characterize the roles of RelA/(p)ppGpp in glucose starvation response in S. suis, the growth curves and transcriptional profiles were compared between the mutant strain ΔrelA [a (p)ppGpp(0) strain under glucose starvation] and its parental strain SC-19 [(p)ppGpp(+)]. The results showed great difference between SC-19 and ΔrelA on adaptive responses when suffering glucose starvation, and demonstrated that RelA/(p)ppGpp plays important roles in adaptation to glucose starvation. Besides the classic SR including inhibition of growth and related macromolecular synthesis, the extended adaptive response also includes inhibited glycolysis, and carbon catabolite repression (CCR)-mediated carbohydrate-dependent metabolic switches. Collectively, the pheno- and genotypic characterization of the glucose starvation induced adaptive response in S. suis makes a great contribution to understanding better the mechanism of SR.

  8. Serological patterns of Actinobacillus pleuropneumoniae, Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae, Pasteurella multocida and Streptococcus suis in pig herds affected by pleuritis.

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    Wallgren, Per; Nörregård, Erik; Molander, Benedicta; Persson, Maria; Ehlorsson, Carl-Johan

    2016-10-04

    Respiratory illness is traditionally regarded as the disease of the growing pig, and has historically mainly been associated to bacterial infections with focus on Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae and Actinobacillus pleuropneumoniae. These bacteria still are of great importance, but continuously increasing herd sizes have complicated the scenario and the influence of secondary invaders may have been increased. The aim of this study was to evaluate the presence of A. pleuropneumoniae and M. hyopneumoniae, as well as that of the secondary invaders Pasteurella multocida and Streptococcus suis by serology in four pig herds (A-D) using age segregated rearing systems with high incidences of pleuritic lesions at slaughter. Pleuritic lesions registered at slaughter ranged from 20.5 to 33.1 % in the four herds. In herd A, the levels of serum antibodies to A. pleuropneumoniae exceeded A450 > 1.5, but not to any other microbe searched for. The seroconversion took place early during the fattening period. Similar levels of serum antibodies to A. pleuropneumoniae were also recorded in herd B, with a subsequent increase in levels of antibodies to P. multocida. Pigs seroconverted to both agents during the early phase of the fattening period. In herd C, pigs seroconverted to P. multocida during the early phase of the fattening period and thereafter to A. pleuropneumoniae. In herd D, the levels of antibodies to P. multocida exceeded A450 > 1.0 in absence (A450 pleuropneumoniae. The levels of serum antibodies to M. hyopneumoniae and to S. suis remained below A450 pleuropneumoniae and P. multocida, either alone or in combination with each other. Seroconversion to M. hyopneumoniae late during the rearing period or not at all, confirmed the positive effect of age segregated rearing in preventing or delaying infections with M. hyopneumoniae. The results obtained highlight the necessity of diagnostic investigations to define the true disease pattern in herds with a high incidence

  9. RegA Plays a Key Role in Oxygen-Dependent Establishment of Persistence and in Isocitrate Lyase Activity, a Critical Determinant of In vivo Brucella suis Pathogenicity

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    Elias Abdou

    2017-05-01

    Full Text Available For aerobic human pathogens, adaptation to hypoxia is a critical factor for the establishment of persistent infections, as oxygen availability is low inside the host. The two-component system RegB/A of Brucella suis plays a central role in the control of respiratory systems adapted to oxygen deficiency, and in persistence in vivo. Using an original “in vitro model of persistence” consisting in gradual oxygen depletion, we compared transcriptomes and proteomes of wild-type and ΔregA strains to identify the RegA-regulon potentially involved in the set-up of persistence. Consecutive to oxygen consumption resulting in growth arrest, 12% of the genes in B. suis were potentially controlled directly or indirectly by RegA, among which numerous transcriptional regulators were up-regulated. In contrast, genes or proteins involved in envelope biogenesis and in cellular division were repressed, suggesting a possible role for RegA in the set-up of a non-proliferative persistence state. Importantly, the greatest number of the RegA-repressed genes and proteins, including aceA encoding the functional IsoCitrate Lyase (ICL, were involved in energy production. A potential consequence of this RegA impact may be the slowing-down of the central metabolism as B. suis progressively enters into persistence. Moreover, ICL is an essential determinant of pathogenesis and long-term interactions with the host, as demonstrated by the strict dependence of B. suis on ICL activity for multiplication and persistence during in vivo infection. RegA regulates gene or protein expression of all functional groups, which is why RegA is a key regulator of B. suis in adaptation to oxygen depletion. This function may contribute to the constraint of bacterial growth, typical of chronic infection. Oxygen-dependent activation of two-component systems that control persistence regulons, shared by several aerobic human pathogens, has not been studied in Brucella sp. before. This work

  10. PREVALENCE AND CORRELATION BETWEEN URINARY TRACT INFECTIONS AND THE PRESENCE OF Actinomyces suis IN THE URINE OF PREGNANT SOWS FROM SOUTH BRAZIL PREVALÊNCIA E CORRELAÇÃO ENTRE INFECÇÃO URINÁRIA E PRESENÇA DE Actinomyces suis NA URINA DE PORCAS GESTANTES DA REGIÃO SUL DO BRASIL

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    Geraldo Camilo Alberton

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    The main objective of this work was to determine the prevalence and correlation between urinary tract infections and the presence of Actinomyces suis in the urine of 1,745 pregnant sows in southern Brazil. Urinary infections were present in 29.54 % of the sows raised in confinement and in 16.46% of the sows raised outdoors. The overall prevalence of urinary infections was 28.31%. For the presence of A. suis, 22.24% of the sows raised in confinement and 6.71% of the sows raised outdoors had the bacteria in their urine. The prevalence of A. suis in all sows was 20.63%. Negative correlation was demonstrated between the presence of urinary infections and the presence of A. suis. In other words, sows which had urinary infections had lesser prevalence of A. suis (13.67% than those sows without urinary infections (23.12%. In the same way, sows positive for A. suis had lesser prevalence of urinary infections (17.43% than those negative for the bacteria (28.62%. Only 3.60% of the sows had urinary infection and A. suis in the urine simultaneously.

    KEY-WORDS: Swine; cystitis; reproductive disorders; pielocystitis; epidemiology.

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  11. La protección jurídica en los fabricantes de bases de datos en el Derecho comunitario y en el Derecho español.

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    Pajuelo Macías, Antonio

    2000-03-01

    Full Text Available This article concerns the protection, by the sui generis right, of the substantial investments of the maker or producer of electronic and non electronic databases. For this reason, this article defines the concepts of «substantial investments» and «maker» and also the words «extraction», «reutilization» and «substantial part» (that is to say, the concepts of the content of the sui generis right; analyzes the independence of this right with regard to the copyright of database, so that the maker of non original database may be protected by this special right; studies the rights and obligations of lawful users of the database and, finally, the exceptions to the sui generis right.

    El artículo trata de la protección, mediante el derecho sui generis, de las inversiones sustanciales o importantes del fabricante o productor de las bases de datos tanto electrónicas como no electrónicas. Por ello, define el término de «inversión sustancial», el de «fabricante» y los de «extracción», «reutilización» y «parte sustancial» (ya que estos términos forman parte del contenido del derecho sui generis; analiza la independencia de este derecho de los derechos de autor de una base de datos, de modo que los fabricantes o productores de una base de datos no original pueden estar protegidos por este derecho especial; y estudia los derechos y obligaciones del usuario legítimo de una base de datos, y, finalmente, las excepciones o limitaciones del derecho sui generis.

  12. Helicobacter suis-Infected Nodular Gastritis and a Review of Diagnostic Sensitivity for Helicobacter heilmannii-Like Organisms

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    Shigeki Goji

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    Full Text Available Helicobacter heilmannii-like organisms (HHLOs are associated with mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue lymphoma and peptic ulcer. However, the sensitivity of diagnostic tests for HHLOs, such as rapid urease test (RUT, urea breath test (UBT and blood antibody, is not high. Tightly coiled spiral microorganisms were found in the gastric mucosal biopsy specimen of a 48-year-old asymptomatic woman. Her findings were positive for RUT and UBT, but negative for blood antibody and stool antigen against H. pylori. A 7-day course of esomeprazole, amoxicillin and clarithromycin was administered, resulting in the successful eradication of the HHLOs. Analysis of the 16S rRNA and urease genes suggested a diagnosis of the HHLO H. suis. The sensitivity results of RUT, UBT, culture, blood antibody, immunohistochemistry and stool antigen were 40.0, 14.8, 0, 23.1, 40.0 and 0%, respectively. We report asymptomatic nodular gastritis due to an HHLO. Histological techniques, most likely with smears, are expected to be the most effective method for diagnosing infections by HHLOs, and genetic diagnosis by polymerase chain reaction can be very useful to identify the species of HHLOs.

  13. GidA, a tRNA modification enzyme, contributes to the growth and virulence of Streptococcus suis serotype 2

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    Ting eGao

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available Glucose-inhibited division protein (GidA, is a tRNA modification enzyme functioning together with MnmE in the addition of a carboxymethylaminomethyl group to position 5 of the anticodon wobble uridine of tRNA. Here, we report a GidA homologue from a Chinese isolate SC-19 of the zoonotic Streptococcus suis serotype 2 (SS2. gidA disruption led to a defective growth, increased capsule thickness, and reduced hemolytic activity. Moreover, the gidA deletion mutant (ΔgidA displayed reduced mortality and bacterial loads in mice, reduced ability of adhesion to and invasion in epithelial cells, and increased sensitivity to phagocytosis. The iTRAQ analysis identified 372 differentially expressed (182 up- and 190 down-regulated proteins in ΔgidA and SC-19. Numerous DNA replication, cell division and virulence associated proteins were downregulated, whereas many capsule synthesis enzymes were upregulated by gidA disruption. This is consistent with the phenotypes of the mutant. Thus, GidA is a translational regulator that plays an important role in the growth, cell division, capsule biosynthesis, and virulence of SS2. Our findings provide new insight into the regulatory function of GidA in bacterial pathogens.

  14. La media literacy in Europa. Dalla promozione della digital literacy alla Direttiva sui servizi dei media audiovisivi europei

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    Josè Manuel Pérez Tornero

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    Full Text Available Questo contributo si concentra sulle iniziative e sulle politiche che la Commissione Europea (CE ha sviluppato in rapporto al nuovo ambiente digitale nel quale i mezzi di comunicazione e informazione hanno causato cambiamenti significativi nell’acquisizione della conoscenza e nell’instaurazione di nuove forme di relazione sociale e di partecipazione pubblica. Queste iniziative hanno caratterizzato le azioni dell’Unione Europea nella promozione della digital e della media literacy come strategia per sviluppare un’economia delle conoscenza competitiva e dinamica. In questo contributo si riportano le principali iniziative promosse dalla CE: programmi come Safer Internet, e-Learning, e-Inclusion e MEDIA; gruppi di esperti per affinare le conoscenze e proporre azioni, l’High-Level Experts Group e il Media Literacy Expert Group; studi e ricerche come Promoting digital literacy. Understanding digital literacy, Public Consultation, Current trends and approaches to media literacy in Europe. Tutti questi sforzi per rendere la media literacy un elemento chiave dello sviluppo della Società dell’Informazione in Europa sono confluiti nella Direttiva sui servizi dei media audiovisivi europei, incorporata nelle legislazione di tutti i Paesi membri.

  15. Contribution of eukaryotic-type serine/threonine kinase to stress response and virulence of Streptococcus suis.

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    Full Text Available Streptococcus suis serotype 2 (SS2 is an important swine and human pathogen responsible for septicemia and meningitis. The bacterial homologues of eukaryotic-type serine/threonine kinases (ESTKs have been reported to play critical roles in various cellular processes. To investigate the role of STK in SS2, an isogenic stk mutant strain (Δstk and a complemented strain (CΔstk were constructed. The Δstk showed a significant decrease in adherence to HEp-2 cells, compared with the wild-type strain, and a reduced survival ratio in whole blood. In addition, the Δstk exhibited a notable reduced tolerance of environmental stresses including high temperature, acidic pH, oxidative stress, and high osmolarity. More importantly, the Δstk was attenuated in both the CD1 mouse and piglet models of infection. The results of quantitative reverse transcription-PCR (qRT-PCR analysis indicated that the expressions of a few genes involving in adherence, stress response and virulence were clearly decreased in the Δstk mutant strain. Our data suggest that SsSTK is required for virulence and stress response in SS2.

  16. "A chiare lettere” - Transizioni" • Nel primo anniversario della "Dichiarazione sui diritti delle minoranze religiose nei Paesi a maggioranza musulmana"

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    Giuseppe Casuscelli

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    Full Text Available Tra pochi giorni sarà trascorso un anno da quel 27 gennaio 2016 in cui 250 eminenti studiosi islamici, riuniti a Marrakech e provenienti da oltre 120 nazioni, hanno sottoscritto una “Dichiarazione sui diritti delle minoranze religiose nei Paesi a maggioranza musulmana” rivolgendo l’appello a sviluppare una giurisprudenza islamica sul concetto di cittadinanza inclusiva di tutti i gruppi religiosi. L’incontro si era tenuto su invito del Ministero della Promozione e degli Affari Islamici del Regno del Marocco e del Forum per la Promozione della Pace nelle società islamiche, con sede negli Emirati Arabi Uniti. All’evento avevano partecipato cinquanta leader di altre religioni e rappresentanti delle organizzazioni islamiche e internazionali. L’incontro proseguiva lungo il cammino tracciato ad Abu Dhabi nel 2014 con la nascita del Forum for peace, inteso a mostrare al mondo che l’Islam “is a religion of peace and justice”, cui aveva fatto seguito nel 2015 un secondo Forum inteso a ristabilire “the priorities of Muslim societies by rehabilitating hearts and intellects to a more thorough understanding of the salience of peace in Islam, the shariah, and our tradition”.

  17. Arcobacter cloacae sp. nov. and Arcobacter suis sp. nov., two new species isolated from food and sewage.

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    Levican, Arturo; Collado, Luis; Figueras, María José

    2013-02-01

    Three strains recovered from mussels (F26), sewage (SW28-13(T)) and pork meat (F41(T)) were characterized as Arcobacter. They did not appear to resemble any known species on the basis of their 16S rDNA-RFLP patterns and the rpoB gene analyses. However, strains F26 and SW28-13(T) appeared to be the same species. The 16S rRNA gene sequence similarity of strains SW28-13(T) and F41(T) to the type strains of all other Arcobacter species ranged from 94.1% to 99.6% and 93.4% to 98.8%, respectively. Phenotypic characteristics and the DNA-DNA hybridization (DDH) results showed that they belonged to 2 new Arcobacter species. A multilocus phylogenetic analysis (MLPA) with the concatenated sequences of 5 housekeeping genes (gyrA, atpA, rpoB, gyrB and hsp60) was used for the first time in the genus, showing concordance with the 16S rRNA gene phylogenetic analysis and DDH results. The MALDI-TOF mass spectra also discriminated these strains as two new species. The names proposed for them are Arcobacter cloacae with the type strain SW28-13(T) (=CECT 7834(T)=LMG 26153(T)) and Arcobacter suis with the type strain F41(T) (=CECT 7833(T)=LMG 26152(T)).

  18. Development of fluorescent amplified fragment length polymorphism for Streptococcus suis%猪链球菌荧光DNA扩增片段长度多态性检测方法的建立

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    王楷成; Linda van der Graaf; 陆承平; 黄保续; 范伟兴

    2012-01-01

    The fluorescent amplified fragment length for Streptococcus suis was developed using 2 pairs of primers.51 to 98 fragments of highly polymorphic products were obtained by 2 pairs of primers in 12 Streptococcus suis isolates.The fluorescent amplified fragment length technique can be used to detect the DNA polymorphism of Streptococcus suis.Different serotypes or different isolates of the same serotype in Streptococcus suis can be distinguished by the method.It is available in identification or tracking for Streptococcus suis strains.%利用荧光标记技术,采用2对引物初步建立检测猪链球菌荧光DNA扩增片段长度多态性方法,结果表明12株猪链球菌扩增的多态性位点数从51~98条不等,该方法能够检测猪链球菌的多态性,区分不同血清型以及同一血清型不同特性的菌株,可用于菌株鉴定及流行病学研究中细菌源的追踪。

  19. Wikipedia as Open Science: non-expert involvement in controversial scientific issues

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    2016-01-01

    This study considers Wikipedia as a sui generis instance of Open Science and analyses how the non-expert or lay character of the average Wikipedia editor and the open and collaborative model of this free encyclopaedia are actually shaping the way controversial scientific issues are presented. Aquest estudi considera la Viquipèdia com un exemple sui generis de la ciència oberta, i analitza cóm el no expert o el caràcter laic de l'editor de Viquipèdia i el model col·laboratiu i obert d'aques...

  20. New Issues in Intellectual Property Law in Indonesia

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    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available This article compares the provisions on moral rights in Indonesian Copyright Act, Copyright Bill, and The Berne Convention. The legality of parallel importation and the sui generis protection of traditional knowledge are also observed by referring to the Copyright Bill and Traditional Knowledge Bill. Tulisan ini membandingkan pengaturan mengenai hak moral menurut Undangundang Hak Cipta, RUU Hak Cipta dan Konvensi Berne. Selain itu, tulisan ini juga mengkaji legalitas impor paralel dan perlindungan sui generis terhadap pengetahuan tradisional dengan merujuk kepada RUU Hak Cipta dan RUU Pengetahuan Tradisional.

  1. Sorotipagem de amostras de Streptococcus suis isoladas de suínos em granjas dos Estados de São Paulo, Minas Gerais e Paraná Serotyping of Streptococcus suis strains isolated from pigs in the States of São Paulo, Minas Gerais e Paraná, Brazil

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    Keila J.R. Pagnani

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available Infecções causadas por Streptococcus suis são muito comuns em países onde a indústria de carne suína é desenvolvida. Estas infecções estão relacionadas a casos clínicos de broncopneumonia, meningite, artrite, pericardite, miocardite, endocardite, poliserosite fibrinosa, septicemia, rinite e aborto. Esta bactéria também foi descrita como patógeno de ruminantes e humanos. No Brasil há evidências clínicas da existência de processos infecciosos causados por S. suis afetando mais de 50% das granjas em Estados como São Paulo, Minas Gerais e Paraná. No presente estudo foram isoladas 51 amostras de S. suis de granjas do Estados acima referidos, coletadas de diferentes casos clínicos como septicemia, meningite, artrite e pneumonia, tendo sido obtidas ou em cultura pura ou como patógeno de maior predominância nos tecidos de suínos. Este material foi semeado em Columbia ágar sangue adicionado de 5% de sangue bovino e incubado a 37°C por 24 horas. Para a identificação bioquímica as colônias que apresentavam a-hemólise, bem como as amostras padrão, foram submetidas a testes convencionais para a confirmação da espécie S. suis, tais como: hidrólise de arginina, teste de Voges-Proskauer, e produção de ácido a partir de vários carboidratos (inulina, salicina, trealose, lactose, sacarose, sorbitol, manitol e glicerol. As amostras também foram testadas para habilidade de crescimento em meio de TSA com 6,5% de NaCl e para a produção de amilase. Todas as amostras que fizeram parte desta pesquisa foram testadas pelo sistema Api 20 Strep para confirmação dos resultados obtidos nos testes convencionais. Para a sorotipagem foram produzidos antissoros de 1 a 8. Outras amostras não pertencentes a estes sorotipos também foram sorotipadas. O antissoro produzido em coelhos foi titulado pelo teste de aglutinação em tubo com 2-mercaptoetanol e pelo teste de reação capsular e, quando adequados, foram usados no teste de co

  2. HP1330 Contributes to Streptococcus suis Virulence by Inducing Toll-Like Receptor 2- and ERK1/2-Dependent Pro-inflammatory Responses and Influencing In Vivo S. suis Loads.

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    Zhang, Qiang; Huang, Jingjing; Yu, Junping; Xu, Zhongmin; Liu, Liang; Song, Yajing; Sun, Xiaomei; Zhang, Anding; Jin, Meilin

    2017-01-01

    Streptococcus suis 2 (SS2) has evolved into a highly invasive pathogen responsible for two large-scale outbreaks of streptococcal toxic shock-like syndrome (STSLS) in China. Excessive inflammation stimulated by SS2 is considered a hallmark of STSLS, even it also plays important roles in other clinical symptoms of SS2-related disease, including meningitis, septicemia, and sudden death. However, the mechanism of SS2-caused excessive inflammation remains poorly understood. Here, a novel pro-inflammatory protein was identified (HP1330), which could induce robust expression of pro-inflammatory cytokines (TNF-α, MCP-1, and IL-1β) in RAW264.7 macrophages. To evaluate the role of HP1330 in SS2 virulence, an hp1330-deletion mutant (Δhp1330) was constructed. In vitro, hp1330 disruption led to a decreased pro-inflammatory ability of SS2 in RAW 264.7 macrophages. In vivo, Δhp1330 showed reduced lethality, pro-inflammatory activity, and bacterial loads in mice. To further elucidate the mechanism of HP1330-induced pro-inflammatory cytokine production, antibody blocking and gene-deletion experiments with macrophages were performed. The results revealed that the pro-inflammatory activity of HP1330 depended on the recognition of toll-like receptor 2 (TLR2). Furthermore, a specific inhibitor of the extracellular signal-regulated kinase 1/2 (ERK1/2) pathways could significantly decrease HP1330-induced pro-inflammatory cytokine production, and western blot analysis showed that HP1330 could induce activation of the ERK1/2 pathway. Taken together, our findings demonstrate that HP1330 contributes to SS2 virulence by inducing TLR2- and ERK1/2-dependent pro-inflammatory cytokine production and influencing in vivo bacterial loads, implying that HP1330 may be associated with STSLS caused by SS2.

  3. HP1330 Contributes to Streptococcus suis Virulence by Inducing Toll-Like Receptor 2- and ERK1/2-Dependent Pro-inflammatory Responses and Influencing In Vivo S. suis Loads

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    Qiang Zhang

    2017-07-01

    Full Text Available Streptococcus suis 2 (SS2 has evolved into a highly invasive pathogen responsible for two large-scale outbreaks of streptococcal toxic shock-like syndrome (STSLS in China. Excessive inflammation stimulated by SS2 is considered a hallmark of STSLS, even it also plays important roles in other clinical symptoms of SS2-related disease, including meningitis, septicemia, and sudden death. However, the mechanism of SS2-caused excessive inflammation remains poorly understood. Here, a novel pro-inflammatory protein was identified (HP1330, which could induce robust expression of pro-inflammatory cytokines (TNF-α, MCP-1, and IL-1β in RAW264.7 macrophages. To evaluate the role of HP1330 in SS2 virulence, an hp1330-deletion mutant (Δhp1330 was constructed. In vitro, hp1330 disruption led to a decreased pro-inflammatory ability of SS2 in RAW 264.7 macrophages. In vivo, Δhp1330 showed reduced lethality, pro-inflammatory activity, and bacterial loads in mice. To further elucidate the mechanism of HP1330-induced pro-inflammatory cytokine production, antibody blocking and gene-deletion experiments with macrophages were performed. The results revealed that the pro-inflammatory activity of HP1330 depended on the recognition of toll-like receptor 2 (TLR2. Furthermore, a specific inhibitor of the extracellular signal-regulated kinase 1/2 (ERK1/2 pathways could significantly decrease HP1330-induced pro-inflammatory cytokine production, and western blot analysis showed that HP1330 could induce activation of the ERK1/2 pathway. Taken together, our findings demonstrate that HP1330 contributes to SS2 virulence by inducing TLR2- and ERK1/2-dependent pro-inflammatory cytokine production and influencing in vivo bacterial loads, implying that HP1330 may be associated with STSLS caused by SS2.

  4. Detección de Mycoplasma suis en casos clínicos de síndrome del desmedro multisistémico posdestete en porcinos Detection of Mycoplasma suis in clinical cases with postweaning multisystemic wasting syndrome in swine

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    N. B. Pereyra

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    Full Text Available Mycoplasma suis es un parásito obligado de los eritrocitos del cerdo. Produce anemia aguda o crónica y afecta a distintas categorías de animales. El síndrome del desmedro multisistémico posdestete (PMWS se considera causado por el circovirus porcino tipo 2 (PCV-2, aunque muchos aspectos de la patogenia del síndrome permanecen sin aclarar. Se manifiesta a través de retraso del crecimiento, anemia e ictericia en cerdos de 5 a 12 semanas de edad, en los que se produce una inmunosupresión que deriva en coinfecciones bacterianas. Se estudiaron tres granjas porcinas con sintomatología asociada a la presencia de estos dos agentes etiológicos. Se observaron formas compatibles con M. suis en extendidos de sangre y en lesiones histopatológicas indicativas de PMWS, en cortes de tejidos. Esta es la primera comunicación acerca de la asociación clínica entre las dos entidades mencionadas.Mycoplasma suis is a swine erythrocyte obligatory parasite. Its presence may result in chronic or acute anaemia in different pig categories. It is considered that the postweaning multisystemic wasting syndrome (PMWS is caused by porcine circovirus type 2, but some aspects of the pathogenesis remain unknown. PMWS signs are impaired weight gain, anaemia and jaundice in 5 to 12 week-old pigs that suffer from immunosuppression and bacterial co-infections. The pigs with signs of these diseases on three porcine farms were studied. Compatible M. suis forms in blood smears and typical PMWS lesions in tissue cuts were seen. This is the first communication of the clinical association between these two entities.

  5. Excavation of City-walls of Sui-Tang Luoyang City in 1995~1997%隋唐洛阳城城垣1995~1997年发掘简报

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    In 1995~1997, the Tang Luoyang City Archaeological Team of IA, CASS, excavated within the palace city on the site of Sui-Tang Luoyang City. They revealed the southern palace-city wall, the eastern and western walls of the west partitioned city, the eastern wall of the east partitioned city, the southern wall of the Xuanwu City, and the eastern and western walls of the east city. The results show that the palace-city walls can be divided into two phases and the palace-city of Sui-Tang Luoyang was built at least twice, and that the walls of the partitioned cities are thinner, ordinary partitions. The discoveries provided important material data for clarifying the plan layout of the palace-city of Sui-Tang Luoyang and its changes.

  6. Identification and characterization of two temperature-induced surface-associated proteins of Streptococcus suis with high homologies to members of the Arginine Deiminase system of Streptococcus pyogenes.

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    Winterhoff, Nora; Goethe, Ralph; Gruening, Petra; Rohde, Manfred; Kalisz, Henryk; Smith, Hilde E; Valentin-Weigand, Peter

    2002-12-01

    The present study was performed to identify stress-induced putative virulence proteins of Streptococcus suis. For this, protein expression patterns of streptococci grown at 32, 37, and 42 degrees C were compared by one- and two-dimensional gel electrophoresis. Temperature shifts from 32 and 37 to 42 degrees C induced expression of two cell wall-associated proteins with apparent molecular masses of approximately 47 and 53 kDa. Amino-terminal sequence analysis of the two proteins indicated homologies of the 47-kDa protein with an ornithine carbamoyltransferase (OCT) from Streptococcus pyogenes and of the 53-kDa protein with the streptococcal acid glycoprotein (SAGP) from S. pyogenes, an arginine deiminase (AD) recently proposed as a putative virulence factor. Cloning and sequencing the genes encoding the putative OCT and AD of S. suis, octS and adiS, respectively, revealed that they had 81.2 (octS) and 80.2% (adiS) identity with the respective genes of S. pyogenes. Both genes belong to the AD system, also found in other bacteria. Southern hybridization analysis demonstrated the presence of the adiS gene in all 42 serotype 2 and 9 S. suis strains tested. In 9 of these 42 strains, selected randomly, we confirmed expression of the AdiS protein, homologous to SAGP, by immunoblot analysis using a specific antiserum against the SAGP of S. pyogenes. In all strains AD activity was detected. Furthermore, by immunoelectron microscopy using the anti-S. pyogenes SAGP antiserum we were able to demonstrate that the AdiS protein is expressed on the streptococcal surface in association with the capsular polysaccharides but is not coexpressed with them.

  7. Investigation of Pathogenesis of H1N1 Influenza Virus and Swine Streptococcus suis Serotype 2 Co-Infection in Pigs by Microarray Analysis.

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    Lin, Xian; Huang, Canhui; Shi, Jian; Wang, Ruifang; Sun, Xin; Liu, Xiaokun; Zhao, Lianzhong; Jin, Meilin

    2015-01-01

    Swine influenza virus and Streptococcus suis are two important contributors to the porcine respiratory disease complex, and both have significant economic impacts. Clinically, influenza virus and Streptococcus suis co-infections in pigs are very common, which often contribute to severe pneumonia and can increase the mortality. However, the co-infection pathogenesis in pigs is unclear. In the present study, co-infection experiments were performed using swine H1N1 influenza virus and Streptococcus suis serotype 2 (SS2). The H1N1-SS2 co-infected pigs exhibited more severe clinical symptoms, serious pathological changes, and robust apoptosis of lungs at 6 days post-infection compared with separate H1N1 and SS2 infections. A comprehensive gene expression profiling using a microarray approach was performed to investigate the global host responses of swine lungs against the swine H1N1 infection, SS2 infection, co-infection, and phosphate-buffered saline control. Results showed 457, 411, and 844 differentially expressed genes in the H1N1, SS2, and H1N1-SS2 groups, respectively, compared with the control. Noticeably, genes associated with the immune, inflammatory, and apoptosis responses were highly overexpressed in the co-infected group. Pathway analysis indicated that the cytokine-cytokine receptor interactions, MAPK, toll-like receptor, complement and coagulation cascades, antigen processing and presentation, and apoptosis pathway were significantly regulated in the co-infected group. However, the genes related to these were less regulated in the separate H1N1 and SS2 infection groups. This observation suggested that a certain level of synergy was induced by H1N1 and SS2 co-infection with significantly stronger inflammatory and apoptosis responses, which may lead to more serious respiratory disease syndrome and pulmonary pathological lesion.

  8. [Serological detection of Brucella suis, influenza virus and Aujeszky's disease virus in backyard and small swine holders in Argentina].

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    Dibarbora, Marina; Cappuccio, Javier A; Aznar, María N; Bessone, Fernando A; Piscitelli, Hernán; Pereda, Ariel J; Pérez, Daniel R

    Farmers raising less than 100 sows represent more than 99% of swine producers in Argentina, although little is known about their sanitary status and productive characteristics in the country. Sanitary and productive information was obtained. Furthermore, samples for serological studies were taken to detect antibodies against Brucella suis (Bs), Aujeszky's disease virus (AV) and influenza virus (IV) in 68 backyard and small producers with less than 100 sows located in the north, central and south regions of Argentina. Antibodies against H1 pandemic were detected in 80% of the farms while 11%, 11.7% and 6.0% of the producers were positive to influenza H3 cluster 2, AV and Bs, respectively. None of the producers was aware of the risk factors concerning the transmission of diseases from pigs to humans. A percentage of 47% of them buy pigs for breeding from other farmers and markets. With regard to biosecurity measures, only 16% of the farms had perimeter fences. The results of this study demonstrate that productive characterization and disease surveys are important to improve productivity and to reduce the risk of disease transmission among animals and humans. The study of sanitary status and risk factors is necessary for better control and eradication of diseases in backyard or small producers. More representative studies at country level should be carried out to detect the pathogensthat circulate and, with this knowledge, to implement prevention and control measures. Copyright © 2017 Asociación Argentina de Microbiología. Publicado por Elsevier España, S.L.U. All rights reserved.

  9. Comparative proteomic analysis of Streptococcus suis biofilms and planktonic cells that identified biofilm infection-related immunogenic proteins.

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    Wang, Yang; Yi, Li; Wu, Zongfu; Shao, Jing; Liu, Guangjin; Fan, Hongjie; Zhang, Wei; Lu, Chengping

    2012-01-01

    Streptococcus suis (SS) is a zoonotic pathogen that causes severe disease symptoms in pigs and humans. Biofilms of SS bind to extracellular matrix proteins in both endothelial and epithelial cells and cause persistent infections. In this study, the differences in the protein expression profiles of SS grown either as planktonic cells or biofilms were identified using comparative proteomic analysis. The results revealed the existence of 13 proteins of varying amounts, among which six were upregulated and seven were downregulated in the Streptococcus biofilm compared with the planktonic controls. The convalescent serum from mini-pig, challenged with SS, was applied in a Western blot assay to visualize all proteins from the biofilm that were grown in vitro and separated by two-dimensional gel electrophoresis. A total of 10 immunoreactive protein spots corresponding to nine unique proteins were identified by MALDI-TOF/TOF-MS. Of these nine proteins, five (Manganese-dependent superoxide dismutase, UDP-N-acetylglucosamine 1-carboxyvinyltransferase, ornithine carbamoyltransferase, phosphoglycerate kinase, Hypothetical protein SSU05_0403) had no previously reported immunogenic properties in SS to our knowledge. The remaining four immunogenic proteins (glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate dehydrogenase, hemolysin, pyruvate dehydrogenase and DnaK) were identified under both planktonic and biofilm growth conditions. In conclusion, the protein expression pattern of SS, grown as biofilm, was different from the SS grown as planktonic cells. These five immunogenic proteins that were specific to SS biofilm cells may potentially be targeted as vaccine candidates to protect against SS biofilm infections. The four proteins common to both biofilm and planktonic cells can be targeted as vaccine candidates to protect against both biofilm and acute infections.

  10. Excepciones a la incapacidad de obrar del impuber y del minor sui iuris y su recepción en Derecho español

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    En el presente trabajo trataremos de analizar las fuentes jurídicas relacionadas con la limitación que, por su edad, sufrieron en Roma las personas sui iuris, en especial los varones, examinando las etapas en que se dividió la minoría de edad, para establecer qué relaciones jurídicas pudieron constituir y cuál fue su responsabilidad por los actos realizados, para posteriormente descubrir la proyección del derecho romano en el derecho histórico español, con especial referencia al Código de Las...

  11. Risk factors for contacts between wild boar and outdoor pigs in Switzerland and investigations on potential Brucella suis spill-over

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    Wu Natacha

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Due to the parallel increase of the number of free-ranging wild boar and domestic pigs reared outdoor, the risk that they interact has become higher. Contacts with wild boar can be the origin of disease outbreaks in pigs, as it has been documented for brucellosis in some European countries. This study aimed at quantifying the occurrence of contacts between wild boar and outdoor domestic pigs in Switzerland, and identifying risk factors for these contacts. Furthermore, exposed pigs were tested for pathogen spill-over, taking Brucella suis as an example because B. suis is widespread in Swiss wild boar while domestic pigs are officially free of brucellosis. Results Thirty-one percent of the game-wardens and 25% of the pig owners participating to a country-wide questionnaire survey reported contacts, including approaches of wild boar outside the fence, intrusions, and mating. Seventeen piggeries (5% reported the birth of cross-bred animals. Risk factors for contacts identified by a uni- and multivariable logistic regression approach were: distance between pig enclosure and buildings, proximity of a forest, electric fences, and fences ≤ 60 cm. Pigs of the Mangalitza breed were most at risk for mating with wild boar (births of cross-bred animals. Blood and tissues of 218 outdoor pigs from 13 piggeries were tested for an infection with Brucella suis, using rose bengal test, complement fixation test, and an IS711-based real-time PCR. One piggery with previous wild boar contacts was found infected with B. suis, however, epidemiological investigations failed to identify the direct source of infection. Conclusions Results show that interactions between wild boar and outdoor pigs are not uncommon, pointing at the existing risk of pathogen spill-over. Provided data on risk factors for these interactions could help the risk-based implementation of protection measures for piggeries. The documentation of a brucellosis outbreak in

  12. Co-operative suppression of inflammatory responses in human dendritic cells by plant proanthocyanidins and products from the parasitic nematode Trichuris suis

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    Williams, Andrew R; Klaver, Elsenoor J; Laan, Lisa C

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    , e.g. soluble products from the helminth parasite Trichuris suis (TsSP). We show that PAC are endocytosed by monocyte-derived DCs and selectively induce CD86 expression. Subsequently, PAC suppress the LPS-induced secretion of interleukin-6 (IL-6) and IL-12p70, while enhancing secretion of IL-10...... that selectively down-regulates Th1 response in naive T cells, and that they also act cooperatively with TsSP. Our results indicate a novel interaction between dietary compounds and parasite products to influence immune function, and may suggest that combinations of PAC and TsSP can have therapeutic potential...

  13. Diagnóstico de Mycoplasma suis con técnicas convencionales y de biología molecular : Su relación con circovirus porcino tipo 2

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    La hemoplasmosis porcina (HP), es una enfermedad de distribución mundial producida por Mycoplasma suis, que provoca anemia hemolítica en los cerdos. El objetivo del trabajo fue realizar el diagnóstico de M. suis, a través de estudios hematológicos y de técnicas de biología molecular así como determinar su relación con circovirus porcino tipo 2 (PCV-2). El estudio incluyó 482 cerdos de distintas categorías provenientes de 30 establecimientos. Además se realizaron estudios anatomopatológicos e ...

  14. Diagnóstico de Mycoplasma suis con técnicas convencionales y de biología molecular : Su relación con circovirus porcino tipo 2

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    Pintos, María Eugenia

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    La hemoplasmosis porcina (HP), es una enfermedad de distribución mundial producida por Mycoplasma suis, que provoca anemia hemolítica en los cerdos. El objetivo del trabajo fue realizar el diagnóstico de M. suis, a través de estudios hematológicos y de técnicas de biología molecular así como determinar su relación con circovirus porcino tipo 2 (PCV-2). El estudio incluyó 482 cerdos de distintas categorías provenientes de 30 establecimientos. Además se realizaron estudios anatomopatológicos e ...

  15. Fecundidade das mulheres autodeclaradas indígenas residentes em Minas Gerais, Brasil: uma análise a partir do Censo Demográfico 2000 Fertility of indigenous women in Minas Gerais State, Brazil: an analysis using the 2000 census

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    Cláudio Santiago Dias Júnior

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    Full Text Available As populações indígenas aldeadas no Brasil apresentam alta taxa de fecundidade total (TFT, sendo que em alguns casos é observado o crescimento destas taxas ao longo do tempo. Já os dados do Instituto Brasileiro de Geografia e Estatística (IBGE revelam um declínio da TFT da população autodeclarada indígena, independente da situação de domicílio (urbano, rural e rural específico. Este trabalho utiliza dados do Censo Demográfico 2000 para descrever e comparar a estrutura e o nível da fecundidade de período e coorte das mulheres autodeclaradas indígenas residentes em Minas Gerais, Brasil. Foram calculadas as taxas específicas de fecundidade (TEF, a TFT de período para o ano 2000 e a TFT de coorte para mulheres com cinqüenta anos e mais de idade. Os resultados mostram que as mulheres autodeclaradas indígenas residentes em Minas Gerais experimentaram um passado de alta fecundidade, independente da situação de domicílio. Concluiu-se que o uso do Censo Demográfico 2000 é uma importante fonte de dados para os estudos sobre populações indígenas no Brasil, tanto pelo seu alto grau de cobertura quanto pela riqueza das informações coletadas.Indigenous populations living in villages in Brazil have presented high total fertility rates (TFR that have increased over time in some cases. Meanwhile, data from the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE or National Census Bureau show a decline in the TFR for the total self-declared indigenous population (combining urban, rural, and specific rural residence. The current study uses data from the 2000 Population Census to describe and compare the structure and level of period fertility for the cohort of self-declared indigenous women living in the State of Minas Gerais. We calculated age-specific fertility rates (ASFR, the period TFR for 2000, and the cohort TFR for women 50 years and older. According to the findings, self-declared indigenous women living in Minas Gerais

  16. “A visão aérea e a do nadador”: reflexões sobre católicos e pentecostais no censo de 2010 (“The aerial vision and the vision of the swimmer”: reflections on Catholics and Pentecostals in 2010 Census - DOI: 10.5752/P.2175-5841.2012v10n28p1154

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    Paulo Gracino Junior

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    Full Text Available Este texto procura compreender algumas variáveis numéricas expostas pelo último Censo do Instituto Brasileiro de Geografia e Estatística (IBGE referentes à evolução de grupos pentecostais e católicos no território brasileiro. Dando continuidade a reflexões de trabalhos anteriores, concentraremos nossas atenções primordialmente na assimetria quanto à dispersão desses dois grupos religiosos pelo território nacional, enfatizando as conformações sócio-culturais locais imbricadas no binômio crescimento pentecostal / resistência católica. Mais especificamente, analisaremos, de um lado, os fatores que levam uma região a ser uma seara generosa para os pentecostais, ao passo que outras constituem reservas privilegiadas do catolicismo. Paralelamente, pretendemos analisar as possibilidades e os limites dos dados censitários produzidos pelo IBGE, como instrumentos úteis ao estudo da religião no Brasil. Neste ponto, levaremos em conta tanto a construção dos instrumentos de coleta de dados do IBGE – a criação de categorias censitárias para os tipos religiosos – quanto os limites destas categorias face à dinâmica do campo religioso brasileiro. Palavras-chave: Pentecostais. Católicos. Censo do IBGE.   Abstract This text aims to understand some numerical variables exposed by the last census of the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE regarding the evolution of Catholic and Pentecostal groups in Brazil. To continue the reflections of previous work, primarily regarding the asymmetry of the spread of these two religious groups throughout the country, we focus our attention particularly on the asymmetry of the spread of these two religious groups throughout the country, we emphasize the socio-cultural local conformations intertwined in the binomial Pentecostal growth / Catholic resistance. More specifically, we analyze the factors that lead some regions to become a receptive space to Pentecostals, while others

  17. Relatedness of Streptococcus suis isolates of various serotypes and clinical backgrounds as evaluated by macrorestriction analysis and expression of potential virulence traits.

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    Allgaier, A; Goethe, R; Wisselink, H J; Smith, H E; Valentin-Weigand, P

    2001-02-01

    We evaluated the genetic diversity of Streptococcus suis isolates of different serotypes by macrorestriction analysis and elucidated possible relationships between the genetic background, expression of potential virulence traits, and source of isolation. Virulence traits included expression of serotype-specific polysaccharides, muramidase-released protein (MRP), extracellular protein factor (EF), hemolysin activity, and adherence to epithelial cells. Macrorestriction analysis of streptococcal DNA digested with restriction enzymes SmaI and ApaI allowed differentiation of single isolates that could be assigned to four major clusters, named A1, A2, B1, and B2. Comparison of the genotypic and phenotypic features of the isolates with their source of isolation showed that (i) the S. suis population examined, which originated mainly from German pigs, exhibited a genetic diversity and phenotypic patterns comparable to those found for isolates from other European countries; (ii) certain phenotypic features, such as the presence of capsular antigens of serotypes 2, 1, and 9, expression of MRP and EF, and hemolysin activity (and in particular, combinations of these features), were strongly associated with the clinical background of meningitis and septicemia; and (iii) isolates from pigs with meningitis and septicemia showed a significantly higher degree of genetic homogeneity compared to that for isolates from pigs with pneumonia and healthy pigs. Since the former isolates are considered highly virulent, this supports the theory of a clonal relationship among highly virulent strains.

  18. Secondary infection with Streptococcus suis serotype 7 increases the virulence of highly pathogenic porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus in pigs

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    Xu Min

    2010-08-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV and Streptococcus suis are common pathogens in pigs. In samples collected during the porcine high fever syndrome (PHFS outbreak in many parts of China, PRRSV and S. suis serotype 7 (SS7 have always been isolated together. To determine whether PRRSV-SS7 coinfection was the cause of the PHFS outbreak, we evaluated the pathogenicity of PRRSV and/or SS7 in a pig model of single and mixed infection. Results Respiratory disease, diarrhea, and anorexia were observed in all infected pigs. Signs of central nervous system (CNS disease were observed in the highly pathogenic PRRSV (HP-PRRSV-infected pigs (4/12 and the coinfected pigs (8/10; however, the symptoms of the coinfected pigs were clearly more severe than those of the HP-PRRSV-infected pigs. The mortality rate was significantly higher in the coinfected pigs (8/10 than in the HP-PRRSV- (2/12 and SS7-infected pigs (0/10. The deceased pigs of the coinfected group had symptoms typical of PHFS, such as high fever, anorexia, and red coloration of the ears and the body. The isolation rates of HP-PRRSV and SS7 were higher and the lesion severity was greater in the coinfected pigs than in monoinfected pigs. Conclusion HP-PRRSV infection increased susceptibility to SS7 infection, and coinfection of HP-PRRSV with SS7 significantly increased the pathogenicity of SS7 to pigs.

  19. MLVA genotyping of Brucella melitensis and Brucella abortus isolates from different animal species and humans and identification of Brucella suis vaccine strain S2 from cattle in China.

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    Full Text Available In China, brucellosis is an endemic disease and the main sources of brucellosis in animals and humans are infected sheep, cattle and swine. Brucella melitensis (biovars 1 and 3 is the predominant species, associated with sporadic cases and outbreak in humans. Isolates of B. abortus, primarily biovars 1 and 3, and B. suis biovars 1 and 3 are also associated with sporadic human brucellosis. In this study, the genetic profiles of B. melitensis and B. abortus isolates from humans and animals were analyzed and compared by multi-locus variable-number tandem-repeat analysis (MLVA. Among the B. melitensis isolates, the majority (74/82 belonged to MLVA8 genotype 42, clustering in the 'East Mediterranean' group. Two B. melitensis biovar 1 genotype 47 isolates, belonging to the 'Americas' group, were recovered; both were from the Himalayan blue sheep (Pseudois nayaur, a wild animal. The majority of B. abortus isolates (51/70 were biovar 3, genotype 36. Ten B. suis biovar 1 field isolates, including seven outbreak isolates recovered from a cattle farm in Inner Mongolia, were genetically indistinguishable from the vaccine strain S2, based on MLVA cluster analysis. MLVA analysis provided important information for epidemiological trace-back. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report to associate Brucella cross-infection with the vaccine strain S2 based on molecular comparison of recovered isolates to the vaccine strain. MLVA typing could be an essential assay to improve brucellosis surveillance and control programs.

  20. Functional definition of LuxS, an autoinducer-2 (AI-2) synthase and its role in full virulence of Streptococcus suis serotype 2.

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    Cao, Min; Feng, Youjun; Wang, Changjun; Zheng, Feng; Li, Ming; Liao, Hui; Mao, Yinghua; Pan, Xiuzhen; Wang, Jing; Hu, Dan; Hu, Fuquan; Tang, Jiaqi

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    Quorum sensing is a widespread chemical communication in response to fluctuation of bacterial population density, and has been implicated into bacterial biofilm formation and regulation of expression of virulence factors. The luxS gene product, S-ribosylhomocysteinase, catalizes the last committed step in biosynthetic pathway of autoinducer 2 (AI-2), a signaling molecule for inter-species quorum sensing. We found a luxS homologue in 05ZYH33, an epidemic strain of Streptococcus suis serotype 2 (SS2) in China. A luxS null mutant (ΔluxS) of 05ZYH33 strain was obtained using an approach of homologous recombination. LuxS was determined to be required for AI-2 production in 05ZYH33 strain of S. suis 2. Inactivation of luxS gene led to a wide range of phenotypic changes including thinner capsular walls, increased tolerance to H(2)O(2), reduced adherence capacity to epithelial cells, etc. In particular, loss of LuxS impaired dramatically its full virulence of SS2 in experimental model of piglets, and functional complementation restored it nearly to the level of parent strain. Genome-wide transcriptome analyses suggested that some known virulence factors such as CPS are down-regulated in the ΔluxS mutant, which might in part explain virulence attenuation by luxS deletion. Similarly, 29 of 71 genes with different expression level were proposed to be targets candidate regulated by LuxS/AI-2-dependent quorum sensing.

  1. Overcoming function annotation errors in the Gram-positive pathogen Streptococcus suis by a proteomics-driven approach

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    Bárcena José A

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Annotation of protein-coding genes is a key step in sequencing projects. Protein functions are mainly assigned on the basis of the amino acid sequence alone by searching of homologous proteins. However, fully automated annotation processes often lead to wrong prediction of protein functions, and therefore time-intensive manual curation is often essential. Here we describe a fast and reliable way to correct function annotation in sequencing projects, focusing on surface proteomes. We use a proteomics approach, previously proven to be very powerful for identifying new vaccine candidates against Gram-positive pathogens. It consists of shaving the surface of intact cells with two proteases, the specific cleavage-site trypsin and the unspecific proteinase K, followed by LC/MS/MS analysis of the resulting peptides. The identified proteins are contrasted by computational analysis and their sequences are inspected to correct possible errors in function prediction. Results When applied to the zoonotic pathogen Streptococcus suis, of which two strains have been recently sequenced and annotated, we identified a set of surface proteins without cytoplasmic contamination: all the proteins identified had exporting or retention signals towards the outside and/or the cell surface, and viability of protease-treated cells was not affected. The combination of both experimental evidences and computational methods allowed us to determine that two of these proteins are putative extracellular new adhesins that had been previously attributed a wrong cytoplasmic function. One of them is a putative component of the pilus of this bacterium. Conclusion We illustrate the complementary nature of laboratory-based and computational methods to examine in concert the localization of a set of proteins in the cell, and demonstrate the utility of this proteomics-based strategy to experimentally correct function annotation errors in sequencing projects. This

  2. The CcpA regulon of Streptococcus suis reveals novel insights into the regulation of the streptococcal central carbon metabolism by binding of CcpA to two distinct binding motifs.

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    Willenborg, Jörg; de Greeff, Astrid; Jarek, Michael; Valentin-Weigand, Peter; Goethe, Ralph

    2014-04-01

    Streptococcus suis (S. suis) is a neglected zoonotic streptococcus causing fatal diseases in humans and in pigs. The transcriptional regulator CcpA (catabolite control protein A) is involved in the metabolic adaptation to different carbohydrate sources and virulence of S. suis and other pathogenic streptococci. In this study, we determined the DNA binding characteristics of CcpA and identified the CcpA regulon during growth of S. suis. Electrophoretic mobility shift analyses showed promiscuous DNA binding of CcpA to cognate cre sites in vitro. In contrast, sequencing of immunoprecipitated chromatin revealed two specific consensus motifs, a pseudo-palindromic cre motif (WWGAAARCGYTTTCWW) and a novel cre2 motif (TTTTYHWDHHWWTTTY), within the regulatory elements of the genes directly controlled by CcpA. Via these elements CcpA regulates expression of genes involved in carbohydrate uptake and conversion, and in addition in important metabolic pathways of the central carbon metabolism, like glycolysis, mixed-acid fermentation, and the fragmentary TCA cycle. Furthermore, our analyses provide evidence that CcpA regulates the genes of the central carbon metabolism by binding either the pseudo-palindromic cre motif or the cre2 motif in a HPr(Ser)∼P independent conformation.

  3. Epidemiology Investigation of Streptococcus suis Type 2 in slaughtered Swine in Hechi of Guangxi%河池市屠宰猪群中猪链球菌2型的流行病学调查

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    谢婷; 韦瑛; 廖安翠; 姚伟

    2012-01-01

      从我市4个县区的屠宰场采集屠宰猪扁桃体426份,其中东兰195份、宜州78份、环江35份、巴马118份.采用多重PCR方法检测样品中猪链球菌2型的流行病学情况.检出240份(56.34%)样品猪链球菌(SS)阳性,其中7份(1.64%)携带猪链球菌2型(SS2).表明河池市屠宰猪群中广泛存在猪链球菌,但猪链球菌2型带菌率较低.%  In order to investigate the presence of Streptococcus suis serotype 2 in slaughtered swine in Hechi,426 tonsils collected from slaughtered swine were detected by multiple PCR. The positive rates for Streptococcus,Streptococcus suis,Streptococcus suis serotype 2 were 78.87%,56.34%,1.64%,respectively. The results showed that in the carrier rate of Streptococcus suis serotype 2 slaughtered swine was lower in Hechi of Guangxi.

  4. Estimación de la sensibilidad y especificidad de dos pruebas diagnósticas para la detección de Mycoplasma suis en Argentina utilizando un modelo bayesiano Estimation of the sensitibity and specificity of two Mycoplasma suis diagnostic tests in Argentina using a Bayesian model

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    Full Text Available Para comprender el impacto de la infección por Mycoplasma suis en la producción de cerdos, así como la dinámica epidemiológica en las regiones infectadas, se necesita desarrollar métodos diagnósticos capaces de diferenciar los individuos infectados de los no infectados. Los objetivos del estudio fueron confirmar la presencia de la infección por M. suis en la Argentina y estimar la sensibilidad (S y la especificidad (E de las pruebas de inmunofluorescencia indirecta (IFI y de la reacción en cadena de la polimerasa (PCR para la detección del agente. Se recolectó sangre de 282 cerdos pertenecientes a 38 granjas. La S y la E de los tests fueron estimadas utilizando un modelo Bayesiano para resultados condicionalmente dependientes y en ausencia de una prueba de oro. Se estimó que la PCR era un método con una S y E elevadas (S = 0,982, IC95% = 0,942-0,997; E = 0,946, IC95% = 0,873-0,984. Para la prueba de IFI se estimaron una S y E significativamente (P A prerequisite for understanding the impact of Mycoplasma suis infection on pig production and its epidemiological dynamics in infected regions, is the development of diagnostic techniques to discriminate infected from non-infected populations. The objectives of this study were to confirm the presence of M. suis infection in Argentina, and to estimate the sensitivity and specificity of both an Indirect Immunofluorescent Assay (IIFA and a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR for the detection of the agent. Blood was collected from 282 pigs belonging to 38 farms. Sensitivity (Se and specificity (Sp of the tests were estimated using a Bayesian model for conditional dependant results and without assuming a gold standard. PCR was estimated to be a highly sensitive (Se = 0.982, CI95% = 0.942-0.997 and highly specific (Sp = 0.946; CI95% = 0.873-0.984 method for diagnosis of M. suis infection in the assessed population. A significantly (P < 0.05 lower sensitivity (Se = 0.682, CI95% = 0.615-0.753 and

  5. Husserl and Stein on the Phenomenology of Empathy: Perception and Explication

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    Within the phenomenological tradition, one frequently finds the bold claim that interpersonal understanding is rooted in a sui generis form of intentional experience, most commonly labeled empathy (Einfühlung). The following paper explores this claim, emphasizing its distinctive character, and ex...

  6. Protection for databases : the European Database Directive and its effects in the Netherlands, France and the United Kingdom

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    2007-01-01

    The European Database Directive introduced a new protection regime for database producers in 1996. This was to complement the already existing copyright protection for collections. This new sui generis right offers protection to producers who undertake a substantial investment in the production of a

  7. Crystallography from Hauy to Laue : controversies on the molecular and atomistic nature of solids

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    Kubbinga, Henk

    2012-01-01

    The history of crystallography has been assessed in the context of the emergence and spread of the molecular theory. The present paper focuses on the 19th century, which saw the emancipation of crystallography as a science sui generis. Around 1800, Laplace's molecularism called the tune in the

  8. Crystallography from Hauy to Laue : controversies on the molecular and atomistic nature of solids

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    Kubbinga, Henk

    The history of crystallography has been assessed in the context of the emergence and spread of the molecular theory. The present paper focuses on the 19th century, which saw the emancipation of crystallography as a science sui generis. Around 1800, Laplace's molecularism called the tune in the

  9. La Orden de Malta en el ordenamiento jurídico internacional: evolución histórico-jurídica

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    El presente trabajo expone un análisis de los conceptos de comunidad internacional, personalidad jurídica internacional, soberanía y sujetos sui generis de derecho internacional, para pasar a examinar la singularidad de la Orden de Malta y su relación

  10. Psychic blindness or visual agnosia: early descriptions of a nervous disorder.

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    Baumann, Christian

    2011-01-01

    This article briefly reports on three early contributions to the understanding of visual agnosia as a syndrome sui generis. The authors of the respective papers worked in different fields such as physiology, ophthalmology, and neurology, and, although they were not in direct contact with each other, their results converged upon a consistent view of a nervous disorder that they called psychic blindness.

  11. Interest in Subject Matter: The Mathematics Predicament

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    Rotgans, Jerome I.; Schmidt, Henk G.

    2014-01-01

    The present study sought to explore (a) the extent to which certain school subjects are perceived "sui generis" more interesting than others and (b) the extent to which students' interest in a subject is related to their study choices. A mixed-methods approach was chosen in which an individual interest questionnaire and an open-ended…

  12. Crystallography from Hauy to Laue : controversies on the molecular and atomistic nature of solids

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    Kubbinga, Henk

    2012-01-01

    The history of crystallography has been assessed in the context of the emergence and spread of the molecular theory. The present paper focuses on the 19th century, which saw the emancipation of crystallography as a science sui generis. Around 1800, Laplace's molecularism called the tune in the vario

  13. Wahrnehmung und Explikation

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    Within the phenomenological tradition, one frequently finds the bold claim that interpersonal understanding is rooted in a sui generis form of intentional experience, most commonly labelled empathy (Einfühlung). The following paper explores this claim, emphasizing its distinctive character...

  14. The Enigmatic Nature of the Israeli Legal System

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    enhancing economic development.1 Part of this positive role has been ..... of these countries, as it has proven to do in countries like the United States of America. ...... sui generis solution in respect of the protection of databases was because ...

  15. Brucella suis urease encoded by ure1 but not ure2 is necessary for intestinal infection of BALB/c mice

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    2007-06-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background In prokaryotes, the ureases are multi-subunit, nickel-containing enzymes that catalyze the hydrolysis of urea to carbon dioxide and ammonia. The Brucella genomes contain two urease operons designated as ure1 and ure2. We investigated the role of the two Brucella suis urease operons on the infection, intracellular persistence, growth, and resistance to low-pH killing. Results The deduced amino acid sequence of urease-α subunits of operons-1 and -2 exhibited substantial identity with the structural ureases of alpha- and beta-proteobacteria, Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria, fungi, and higher plants. Four ure deficient strains were generated by deleting one or more of the genes encoding urease subunits of B. suis strain 1330 by allelic exchange: strain 1330Δure1K (generated by deleting ureD and ureA in ure1 operon, strain 1330Δure2K (ureB and ureC in ure2 operon, strain 1330Δure2C (ureA, ureB, and ureC in ure2 operon, and strain 1330Δure1KΔure2C (ureD and ureA in ure1 operon and ureA, ureB, and ureC in ure2 operon. When grown in urease test broth, strains 1330, 1330Δure2K and 1330Δure2C displayed maximal urease enzyme activity within 24 hours, whereas, strains 1330Δure1K and 1330Δure1KΔure2C exhibited zero urease activity even 96 h after inoculation. Strains 1330Δure1K and 1330Δure1KΔure2C exhibited slower growth rates in tryptic soy broth relative to the wild type strain 1330. When the BALB/c mice were infected intraperitoneally with the strains, six weeks after inoculation, the splenic recovery of the ure deficient strains did not differ from the wild type. In contrast, when the mice were inoculated by gavage, one week after inoculation, strain 1330Δure1KΔure2C was cleared from livers and spleens while the wild type strain 1330 was still present. All B. suis strains were killed when they were incubated in-vitro at pH 2.0. When the strains were incubated at pH 2.0 supplemented with 10 mM urea, strain

  16. Quantitative susceptibility of Streptococcus suis strains isolated from diseased pigs in seven European countries to antimicrobial agents licensed in veterinary medicine.

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    Wisselink, Henk J; Veldman, Kees T; Van den Eede, Chris; Salmon, Sarah A; Mevius, Dik J

    2006-03-10

    The susceptibility of Streptococcus suis strains (n=384) isolated from diseased pigs in seven European countries to 10 antimicrobial agents was determined. For that purpose a microbroth dilution method was used according to CLSI recommendations. The following antimicrobial agents were tested: ceftiofur, cefquinome, enrofloxacin, florfenicol, gentamicin, penicillin, spectinomycin, tetracycline, tilmicosin and trimethoprim/sulphamethoxazole. Using breakpoints established by CLSI for veterinary pathogens, all strains were susceptible to ceftiofur, florfenicol, enrofloxacin and penicillin. MIC-90 values of these antibiotics were MIC-90 values of these antibiotics were 8, 16 and 2 microg/mL, respectively. A high level of resistance was observed for tetracycline (75.1%). A MIC-90 value of 64 microg/mL was found for this antibiotic. Serotype-associated differences in MIC-90 values were observed for tetracycline, tilmicosin and trimethoprim/suphamethoxazole.

  17. Italy, Kyoto Protocol and Emission Trading; L'Italia, Kyoto e la Direttiva Emissions Trading: alcune riflessioni quantitative sui costi

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    Di Giulio, Enzo; Migliavacca, Stefania [ENI Corporate Univ., San Donato Milanese (Italy)

    2005-09-01

    The aims of this article is to make the point on energetic environmental scenario of italian policy and the cost of performance of the Protocol. The actual situation of emissions is very critic and the policies have a low realism degree. [Italian] L'obiettivo di questo articolo e' fare il punto sullo scenario di politica energetico-ambientale italiano e sui costi di attuazione del Protocollo. L'articolo mostra come la situazione attuale delle emissioni sia piuttosto critica e come le politiche varate per affrontare il problema abbiano un basso grado di realismo: l'imminente inizio del commitment period potrebbe coincidere per l'Italia con un amaro risveglio.

  18. An Exploration of the Government's Plan and Control of Jiangnan in Sui Dynasty%隋代经略江南探析

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    蒋聚缘

    2015-01-01

    隋文帝承袭北周政权后,既有并吞江南之志。通过详细规划,标榜正义之师的身份,迅速统一江南的陈政权,武力平定江南士族豪强反抗,保证江南的政治稳定。杨广在江南推崇儒学,诉诸佛教,实施文化战略。任用南士参与国家政治,减免赋税,优待江南,发展南方。隋代的经略举措适应了江南的地域社会,促进了江南的发展。%After inheritng the political power of Northern Zhou,Emperor Wen of Sui was ambitious to take possession of Jiangnan (south of the Yangtze River).Through detailed planning,and parading his force as the force of justice,he quickly unified Chen regime of Jiangnan and conquered Jiangnan gentry and strongmen by force so as to ensure the political stability of Jiangnan.Yang Guang held in esteem for Confucianism in Jiangnan,resorted to Buddhism,implemented the strategy of culture,appointed bachelors from the South to participate in national politics,reduced or remitted taxes,and developed the South.The plans and measures of Sui Dynasty adapted to Jiangnan society and promoted its development.

  19. Performance Simulation and Research on Turbo Equalization over SUI Channels%SUI信道下Turbo均衡性能仿真研究

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    邓晓平; 马路娟

    2014-01-01

    Turbo均衡能够通过迭代的方式对接收信号进行多次均衡与信道解码处理,从而提高接收机性能。在SUI信道下,对采用单载波调制体制进行信息传输的Turbo均衡性能进行了仿真研究。系统通过对引导符号序列在频域进行基于MMSE准则的信道估计,获取SUI信道的信息,在时域进行基于线性MMSE准则的Turbo均衡处理。 Matlab仿真结果表明,相对于传统的单载波频域均衡方案, Turbo均衡的方案显著提高了整个传输系统的抗衰落性能。%Turbo equalization is an iterative process that repeats equalization and channel decoding to improve receiver perform-ance.The performance of Turbo equalization over SUI channels when using single carrier modulation to transmit information is simulated and researched.The information of SUI channel is obtained through MMSE criterion based channel estimation in frequency domain over pilot symbol sequence,and linear MMSE based Turbo equalization in time domain is carried out.The results of Matlab simulation indi-cate that Turbo equalization can apparently improve the anti-fading performance of the transmission system compared with the traditional solution of SC-FDE.

  20. Como tratar os dados da amostra do Censo Demográfico 2000 na obtenção de estimativas para os "indígenas"? Um estudo a partir das Terras Indígenas Xavante, Mato Grosso ¿Cómo tratar los datos de la muestra del Censo Demográfico 2000 en la obtención de estimativas para los "indígenas"? Un estudio a partir de las Tierras Indígenas Xavante, Mato Grosso How to treat data from the sample of the 2000 Demographic Census to obtain estimates for native peoples in Brazil? A study based on the Lands of the Xavante Indians in the State of Mato Grosso, Brazil

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    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available A demografia dos povos indígenas no Brasil é ainda muito pouco conhecida nos seus mais diversos aspectos. Nos últimos anos, vem acontecendo uma ampliação de interesse pelo tema, com a publicação de diversos estudos sobre demografia dos "indígenas" com base nos dados censitários. Uma dificuldade metodológica importante diz respeito à expansão da amostra dos censos, já que as terras indígenas não foram definidas originalmente como áreas de ponderação. Este trabalho apresenta estimativas para as variáveis do questionário da "amostra", considerando um conjunto de setores censitários pertencentes a terras indígenas e utilizando como estudo de caso as Terras Xavante localizadas no leste de Mato Grosso, constituídas por seis áreas não-contíguas. Trata-se de um exercício metodológico que visa comparar e avaliar as estimativas produzidas segundo os pesos gerados na época de divulgação do Censo 2000 e os novos pesos calculados a partir de metodologia aqui apresentada. Do ponto de vista metodológico, esse procedimento é inovador, pois pode ser útil para estimar, com base nos dados da amostra do Censo 2000, características de áreas não-contíguas e diferentes daquelas definidas para a expansão da amostra como originalmente realizada e divulgada pelo IBGE.La demografía de los pueblos indígenas en Brasil es aún muy poco conocida en sus más diversos aspectos. En los últimos años, se viene dando una ampliación de interés por el tema, con la publicación de diversos estudios sobre demografía de los "indígenas" con base en los dados censales. Una dificultad metodológica importante habla respecto de la expansión de la muestra de los censos, ya que las tierras indígenas no fueron definidas originalmente como áreas de ponderación. Este trabajo presenta estimativas para las variables del cuestionario de la "muestra", considerando un conjunto de sectores censales pertenecientes a tierras indígenas y utilizando como

  1. Requirement of MgtC for Brucella suis Intramacrophage Growth: a Potential Mechanism Shared by Salmonella enterica and Mycobacterium tuberculosis for Adaptation to a Low-Mg2+ Environment

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    Lavigne, Jean-Philippe; O'Callaghan, David; Blanc-Potard, Anne-Béatrice

    2005-01-01

    A Brucella suis mgtC mutant is defective for growth within macrophages and in low-Mg2+ medium. These phenotypes are strikingly similar to those observed with mgtC mutants from Salmonella enterica and Mycobacterium tuberculosis, two other pathogens that proliferate within phagosomes. MgtC appears as a remarkable virulence factor that would have been acquired by distantly related intracellular pathogens to contribute to the adaptation to a low-Mg2+ environment in the phagosome. PMID:15845525

  2. 《隋书》列传所见官员地域来源探析%The Study of Geographical Origin of the Sui Dynasty Bureaucratic Group in Suishu

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    曾桐强

    2016-01-01

    Sui Dynasty bureaucratic group is the most important key elements of political rule and govern-ance of the country in Sui Dynasty,and the geographical origin of bureaucrat has an important influence on the future career development of bureaucratic itself and the formation of various political groups.There are outstanding unbalance in geographical origin distribution of the bureaucratic group in Sui Dynasty both from a macro point view of the whole country and from the microcosmic perspective of counties.This un-balance is closely related to the environment and the level of development of politics,economy and culture in different regions of Sui Dynasty at that time.%隋朝官僚群体是隋王朝政治统治和国家治理中最为重要的关键组成要素,官僚群体的地域来源对官僚本身在日后仕途的发展和各个政治集团的形成具有重要影响。隋朝官僚群体地域来源的分布无论是从宏观的全国范围来看,还是从微观的州郡角度出发,都存在突出的不均衡性。这种不均衡性是与隋朝当时不同地区的政治、经济、文化环境和发展水平息息相关的。

  3. Cui Family Graveyard of the Sui and Tang period at Xiyue Village in Pingshan,Hebei%河北平山县西岳村隋唐崔氏墓

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    河北省文物研究所; 平山县博物馆

    2001-01-01

    In April-June 1998, three brick-chambered tombs of the Sui and Tang period were discovered to the north of Xiyue village in Lianghe township, Pingshan county, Hebei. Tomb M1 faces to the south and consists of a tomb-passage, a corridor and a chamber. It yielded a celadon jar and an epitaph. Tomb M2 is unclear in shape and contains an epitaph and 17 remaining funeral objects, such as terra-cotta tomb figurines, domestic animals and other models, tomb-guarding creatures and vessels.Tomb M3 is in the best condition and close to M1 in shape. Its funeral objects include an epitaph and more than 160 terra-cotta tomb figurines, tomb-guarding creatures, domestic animals and other models.The three unearthed epitaphs indicate that M1 belonged to Li Liyi of the Sui period, M2 to Li's husband Cui Zhongfang dying in the Tang period, M3 to Cui Zhongfang's son Cui Dashan who died in the Sui dynasty, and the whole burial ground was the graveyard of Cui, a noble family in Boling.

  4. (Puerto Rico según el censo poblacional

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    Ángel David Cruz Báez

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available Este trabajo trata sobre la isla-municipio de Vieques, cuyas tres cuartas partes de su territorio fue convertido en base militar por la Marina de Guerra de Estados Unidos entre 1940 y 2002. Por la belleza de sus recursos naturales, la isla se visualiza como un excelente lugar para promover el desarrollo turístico sostenible. Para que se pueda desarrollar un plan realista que benefi cie a los residentes, es necesario tener en cuenta el perfi l social y económico de Vieques. De ahí que se haya analizado mediante gráfi cos y estadísticas descriptivas su desarrollo poblacional, los efectos de la migración, niveles de educación de su población adulta, características de la fuerza laboral, estructura ocupacional, ingreso y el estado de las unidades de vivienda en la isla.

  5. Factors associated with the occurrence and level of Isospora suis oocyst excretion in nursing piglets of Greek farrow-to-finish herds

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background Piglet isosporosis is one of the most common parasitic diseases in modern pig production. To prevent clinical disease, prophylactic treatment of piglets with toltrazuril (BAYCOX® 5%, Bayer HealthCare, Animal Health, Monheim, Germany is widely practiced in the past 20 years. There are only very few reports documenting the likely effect of managerial practices, such as hygiene measures, all-in-all-out management of farrowing facilities and piglet manipulations, and/or farm-specific environment - i.e. design and materials of the farrowing pen and room - in the risk of disease occurrence and transmission. Therefore, in this cross-sectional study, we identified litter- and herd-level factors associated with the odds and the level of Isospora suis oocyst excretion in nursing piglets of Greek farrow-to-finish pig herds. Faecal samples were collected from 314 liters of 55 randomly selected herds. Oocyst counts were determined by a modified McMaster technique and possible risk-factor data were collected through a questionnaire. In the analysis, we employed a two-part model that simultaneously assessed the odds and the level of oocyst excretion. Results Factors associated with lower odds of oocyst excretion were: use of toltrazuril treatment, all-in all-out management of the farrowing rooms, no cross-fostering or fostering during the first 24 hours after farrowing, plastic flooring in the farrowing pens, farrowing rooms with more than fourteen farrowing pens and employment of more than two caretakers in the farrowing section. Factors associated with lower oocyst excretion level were: use of toltrazuril treatment and caretakers averting from entering into farrowing pens. Conclusion Apart from prophylactic treatment with toltrazuril, the risk and the level of I. suis oocyst excretion from piglets in their second week of life, was associated with managerial and environmental factors. Changes in these factors, which may enhance prevention

  6. 猪链球菌脉冲场凝胶电泳分析方法的建立%Development of a protocol on pulsed field gel electrophoresis analysis for Streptococcus suis

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    王丽丽; 赵爱兰; 徐建国; 叶长芸; 许彦梅; 崔志刚; 景怀琦; 金东; 杜华茂; 张守印; 白雪梅

    2008-01-01

    Objective To develop a PFGE protocol for Streptococcus suis.Methods We developed and optimized a PFGE protocol for S.suis,in terms of plug preparation,choice of restriction endonucleases and optimized electrophoresis parameters.By analyzing the genome sequences of S.suis P1/7 with Mapdraw of DNAStar.we found three restriction enzymes,Swa Ⅰ,Sma Ⅰ and Apa Ⅰ,were more suitable than others.Results Analysis of 100 isolates of S.suis including 34 of 35 serotypes identified,59,53 and 43 patterns were obtained from Swa Ⅰ,Sma Ⅰ and Apa Ⅰ restriction,respectively.The enzyme Swa Ⅰ had the greatest power for discrimination ability.Conclusion By optimization of the protocol at various conditions,a rapid,reproducible,economic and practical PFGE method for S.suis was developed.%目的 建立一种可共享的猪链球菌脉冲场凝胶电泳分析(PFGE)方法.方法 利用PulseNet技术优化猪链球菌PFGE分子分型方法,提出新的分析方案,包括胶块的制备、内切酶的选择、电泳条件等.利用DNAStar的Mapdraw软件对猪链球菌基因组序列进行分析,发现在242种内切酶中,Swa Ⅰ、Sma Ⅰ、Apa Ⅰ种酶比较适合.结果 通过对34个血清型共100株菌的分析,发现使用Swa Ⅰ可获得59种带型,使用Sma Ⅰ可获得53种带型,使用Apa Ⅰ可获得43种带型.其中以Swa Ⅰ的分辨率最好.结论 提出猪链球菌的Swa Ⅰ PFGE分析方法,并对条件进行优化,较原方法所需时间短、图像清晰,更具有可重复性,基本具备推广的条件.

  7. Collection of main international documents on the ethical principles of research and the main regulations on bioethics of the United States and of European Community; Raccolta sui principali documenti internazionali sui principi etici della ricerca e dei principali documenti legislativi degli Stati Uniti e della Comunita` Europea sulla bioetica

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    Scuderi, G. [Istituto Superiore di Sanita`, Rome (Italy). Lab. di Immunologia

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    The collection includes an Italian translation of the main international documents on ethical principles of scientific research (the Nuremberg Code, the Helsinki Declaration, the Belmont Report) as well as the regulatory text of the United States (the Code of Federal Regulation Title 45, Part 46, that is the 45 Cfr 46) and the regulations of the European Community (the Good Clinical Practice and the Convention for the protection of human rights and dignity of the human being regards to the application of biology and medicine: convention on human rights and biomedicine). The informed consent and the human rights of human subjects involved in a clinical trial are discussed. Moreover, in the regulatory texts, legal rights of particular subjects, i.e. pregnant women, minors, fetuses, embrions, prisoners, are discussed; as well as the bioethics of organ transplantations. [Italiano] Contiene una traduzione in lingua italiana dei principali documenti internazionali sui principi etici della ricerca scientifica: il Codice di Norimberga, la dichiarazione di Helsinki e il rapporto Belmont; il testo legislativo degli Stati Uniti Code of Federal Regulation, capitolo 45 parte 46 (detto il 45 CFR 46) e la normativa della Comunita` Europea relativa alle norme di Good Clinical Practice e alla Convenzione per la protezione dei diritti dell`uomo e la dignita` dei soggetti umani relativamente alle applicazioni della biologia e medicina: Convenzione sui diritti dell`uomo e la biomedicina. Vengono trattati il consenso informato e i diritti umani delle persone che sono coinvolte in una sperimentazione clinica. Inoltre, nei testi normativi ci si riferisce anche ai diritti legali di soggetti particolari, ad esempio: donne in stato di gravidanza, minori, feti, embrioni, prigionieri; viene trattata, infine, l`etica dei trapianti d`organo.

  8. The statistic caption of agrarian salary men: Reflexions on its problems through an exercise of comparation between inhabitans and agrarian censuses (Argentina, 2001/2002 La captación estadística de los asalariados agropecuarios: Reflexiones en torno a sus problemas mediante un ejercicio de comparación entre censos de población y agropecuarios (Argentina, 2001/2002

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    procesos más recientes que atraviesan a esta fracción social (urbanización, acortamiento de ciclos productivos y ocupacionales, disminución de requerimientos de fuerza de trabajo por la mecanización de ciertas cosechas, etc. parecen haber incrementado dichas dificultades. Trabajos previos realizados demuestran que los censos de población y agropecuarios arrojan diferentes resultados en la cuantificación de los asalariados del sector. Se presenta en este documento un análisis comparado de los resultados obtenidos en Argentina, por el Censo Nacional de Población y Vivienda de 2001 y el Censo Nacional Agropecuario de 2002. El objetivo buscado es realizar una aproximación a las diferentes cifras de asalariados en el agro que arrojan ambos relevamientos en todos los departamentos del país. A su vez, se intentará vincular dichas diferencias con los distintos territorios y distintas estructuras sociales y agrarias, buscando descubrir si permiten aportar a la explicación de aquellos resultados divergentes. Para ello se confeccionó una base de datos del total del país, desagregada a nivel provincial y departamental (máximo nivel de desagregación permitida por las fuentes publicadas de la cantidad total de asalariados agropecuarios y diversos indicadores de la estructura social y agraria (cantidad de explotaciones pobres, niveles de urbanización, distribución de la tierra, etc..

  9. Expression, purification, crystallization and structure determination of the N terminal domain of Fhb, a factor H binding protein from Streptococcus suis

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    Zhang, Chunmao [State Key Laboratory of Pathogen and Biosecurity, Beijng Institute of Microbiology and Infectious Disease, No. 20 Dongda Street, Fengtai District, Beijing 100071 (China); Yu, You [Key Laboratory for Protein Sciences of Ministry of Education, Tsinghua-Peking Center for Life Sciences, School of Life Sciences, Tsinghua University, 100084, Beijing (China); Yang, Maojun, E-mail: maojunyang@tsinghua.edu.cn [Key Laboratory for Protein Sciences of Ministry of Education, Tsinghua-Peking Center for Life Sciences, School of Life Sciences, Tsinghua University, 100084, Beijing (China); Jiang, Yongqiang, E-mail: jiangyq@bmi.ac.cn [State Key Laboratory of Pathogen and Biosecurity, Beijng Institute of Microbiology and Infectious Disease, No. 20 Dongda Street, Fengtai District, Beijing 100071 (China)

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    Fhb is a surface virulence protein from Streptococcus suis, which could aid bacterial evasion of host innate immune defense by recruiting complement regulator factor H to inactivate C3b deposited on bacterial surface in blood. Here we successfully expressed and purified the N terminal domain of Fhb (N-Fhb) and obtained crystals of the N-Fhb by sitting-drop vapor diffusion method with a resolution of 1.50 Å. The crystals belong to space group C2 with unit cell parameters a = 127.1 Å, b = 77.3 Å, c = 131.6 Å, α = 90°, β = 115.9°, γ = 90°. The structure of N-Fhb was determined by SAD method and the core structure of N-Fhb is a β sandwich. We speculated that binding of Fhb to human factor H may be mainly mediated by surface amino acids with negative charges. - Highlights: • We expressed N-Fhb as the soluble protein in Escherichia coli. • Crystals of N-Fhb were grown by sitting drop vapor diffusion method. • Crystals of N-Fhb could diffracted to 1.5 Å. • The core structure of N-Fhb was a β sandwich. • A part of the surface of N-Fhb was rich with negative charges.

  10. About Book Collecting of Eastern Zhejiang in the Sui and Tang Dynasties%隋唐五代时期的浙东藏书

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    冯晓霞

    2014-01-01

    隋唐五代时期,浙东地区的社会经济得到实质性开发,因而推动了文化事业发展,与此相应浙东藏书的事业也在前人基础上进入一个新阶段。这突出表现在浙东众多士人任职朝廷秘书省,参与国家的图书整理和编纂;浙东私人藏书的丰富以及佛教寺院藏书的兴盛。%During the Sui and Tang dynasties, East Zhejiang witnessed a substantial social and economic development, which promoted the development of cultural undertakings. As a result, book collecting entered a new stage. Many scholars of East Zhejiang had posts of book collecting in the court;East Zhejiang had a prosperous time in book collectiing by individuals and temples.

  11. Role of the Brucella suis Lipopolysaccharide O Antigen in Phagosomal Genesis and in Inhibition of Phagosome-Lysosome Fusion in Murine Macrophages

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    Porte, Françoise; Naroeni, Aroem; Ouahrani-Bettache, Safia; Liautard, Jean-Pierre

    2003-01-01

    Brucella species are gram-negative, facultative intracellular bacteria that infect humans and animals. These organisms can survive and replicate within a membrane-bound compartment inside professional and nonprofessional phagocytic cells. Inhibition of phagosome-lysosome fusion has been proposed as a mechanism for intracellular survival in both cell types. However, the molecular mechanisms and the microbial factors involved are poorly understood. Smooth lipopolysaccharide (LPS) of Brucella has been reported to be an important virulence factor, although its precise role in pathogenesis is not yet clear. In this study, we show that the LPS O side chain is involved in inhibition of the early fusion between Brucella suis-containing phagosomes and lysosomes in murine macrophages. In contrast, the phagosomes containing rough mutants, which fail to express the O antigen, rapidly fuse with lysosomes. In addition, we show that rough mutants do not enter host cells by using lipid rafts, contrary to smooth strains. Thus, we propose that the LPS O chain might be a major factor that governs the early behavior of bacteria inside macrophages. PMID:12595466

  12. Antioxidant Activity and Antibacterial Effects on Clinical Isolated Streptococcus suis and Staphylococcus intermedius of Extracts from Several Parts of Cladogynos orientalis and Their Phytochemical Screenings

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    Pongtip Sithisarn

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The in vitro antioxidant and antibacterial assays against clinically isolated Streptococcus suis and Staphylococcus intermedius of the extracts prepared by decoction and ethanolic reflux of different parts of Chettaphangki (Cladogynos orientalis Zipp. ex Span, including the leaves, roots, and stems, using 1,1-diphenyl-2-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH scavenging assay and disc diffusion method were conducted. Quantitative analysis of total phenolic and total flavonoid contents in the extracts using spectrophotometric methods was also performed. Finally, phytochemical screening by thin layer chromatography (TLC and high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC was conducted. Leaf ethanolic reflux extract (100 g contained the highest total phenolic and total flavonoid contents of 7.21 ± 0.28 μg gallic acid equivalent (GAE and 11.51 ± 2.02 μg rutin equivalent (RE, respectively. Chettaphangki extracts promoted low antioxidant activity with EC50 values in the range of 0.27–0.48 mg/mL. Extracts and fractions from the roots and stems of this plant promoted low to intermediate antibacterial activity against S. intermedius with the inhibition zones between 7 and 14 mm. The chromatographic data suggested that the leaf extracts of C. orientalis contained rutin while the root and stem extracts contained scopoletin and chettaphanin I. Rutin promoted strong antioxidant activity while chettaphanin I showed low antibacterial activity against Staphylococcus intermedius.

  13. Polar invasion and translocation of Neisseria meningitidis and Streptococcus suis in a novel human model of the blood-cerebrospinal fluid barrier.

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    Christian Schwerk

    Full Text Available Acute bacterial meningitis is a life-threatening disease in humans. Discussed as entry sites for pathogens into the brain are the blood-brain and the blood-cerebrospinal fluid barrier (BCSFB. Although human brain microvascular endothelial cells (HBMEC constitute a well established human in vitro model for the blood-brain barrier, until now no reliable human system presenting the BCSFB has been developed. Here, we describe for the first time a functional human BCSFB model based on human choroid plexus papilloma cells (HIBCPP, which display typical hallmarks of a BCSFB as the expression of junctional proteins and formation of tight junctions, a high electrical resistance and minimal levels of macromolecular flux when grown on transwell filters. Importantly, when challenged with the zoonotic pathogen Streptococcus suis or the human pathogenic bacterium Neisseria meningitidis the HIBCPP show polar bacterial invasion only from the physiologically relevant basolateral side. Meningococcal invasion is attenuated by the presence of a capsule and translocated N. meningitidis form microcolonies on the apical side of HIBCPP opposite of sites of entry. As a functionally relevant human model of the BCSFB the HIBCPP offer a wide range of options for analysis of disease-related mechanisms at the choroid plexus epithelium, especially involving human pathogens.

  14. Factor H specifically capture novel Factor H-binding proteins of Streptococcus suis and contribute to the virulence of the bacteria.

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    Li, Quan; Ma, Caifeng; Fu, Yang; He, Yanan; Yu, Yanfei; Du, Dechao; Yao, Huochun; Lu, Chengping; Zhang, Wei

    2017-03-01

    Factor H (FH), a regulatory protein of the complement system, can bind specifically to factor H-binding proteins (FHBPs) of Streptococcus suis serotype 2 (SS2), which contribute to evasion of host innate immune defenses. In the present study, we aimed to identify novel FHBPs and characterize the biological functions of FH in SS2 pathogenesis. Here, a method that combined proteomics and Far-western blotting was developed to identify the surface FHBPs of SS2. With this method, fourteen potential novel FHBPs were identified among SS2 surface proteins. We selected eight newly identified proteins and further confirmed their binding activity to FH. The binding of SS2 to immobilized FH decreased dramatically after pre-incubation with anti-FHBPs polyclonal antibodies. We showed for the first time that SS2 also interact specifically with mouse FH. Furthermore, we found that FH play an important role in adherence and invasion of SS2 to HEp-2 cells. Additionally, using a mouse model of intraperitoneal challenge, we confirmed that SS2 pre-incubated with FH enhanced bacteremia and brain invasion, compared with SS2 not pretreated with FH. Taken together, this study provides a useful method to characterize the host-bacteria interactions. These results first indicated that binding of FH to the cell surface improved the adherence and invasion of SS2 to HEp-2 cells, promoting SS2 to resist killing and leading to enhance virulence. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier GmbH. All rights reserved.

  15. De la dominación colonial a la fabricación de la nación: Las categorías étnico-raciales en los censos e informes y sus usos políticos en Belice, siglos XIX-XX From Colonial Domination to the Forging of a Nation: Ethnic-racial Categories in Censuses and Reports and their Political Uses in Belize, 19th-20th Centuries

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    Elisabeth Cunin

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    Full Text Available Este texto presenta un análisis de los procesos de clasificación y categorización étnico-raciales de la población de Belice a lo largo de los siglos XIX y XX, apoyándose en los censos demográficos y en los informes de gobierno. No nos interesamos tanto en las cifras como tales, sino en las categorías de conteo y su evolución, como indicadores de las lógicas políticas de construcción de una sociedad colonial y luego nacional. Mientras que para el XIX los censos dan cuenta de las distintas formas de manejo de la población (transición de la esclavitud a la libertad, afirmación o negación de la diversidad étnico-racial, los informes administrativos dibujan un modelo demográfico-territorial estático y estereotipado como herramienta de gestión política. Para el siglo XX, se analiza el difícil camino hacia la independencia y los cambios introducidos por el nuevo Estado beliceño (categorías, metodología, actores en el proceso de construcción de una "identidad nacional".This text presents an analysis of the processes of erhnic-racial classification and categorization of the population of Belize in the 19th and 20th centuries, based on demographic censuses and government reports. We are not so much interested in figures as such as in the counting categories and their evolution, as indicators of the political logics of constructing a colonial and then a national society. By the 19th century, censuses reflect the different ways of managing the population (transition from slavery to freedom, affirmation or denial of ethnic-racial diversity, the administrative reports outline a static demographic-territorial model stereotypes as a tool for political management. In the 20th century, they analyze the difficult road co independence and the changes introduced by the new Belize state (categories, methodology, actors in the process of constructing a "national identity."

  16. 抗猪链球菌戊糖乳杆菌素的纯化及特性研究%Purification and characterization of pentocin against streptococcus suis

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    武朋朋; 刘国荣; 畅晓渊; 张香美; 李平兰

    2011-01-01

    对分离自健康未断奶仔猪粪便的抗猪链球菌的戊糖乳杆菌LPL1—5所产细菌素进行提取、纯化,以及理化和生物学特性研究。戊糖乳杆菌LPL15所产细菌素经饱和度为80%的硫酸铵盐析、葡聚糖凝胶树脂G-10层析和SPSepharoseFastFlow阳离子树脂交换层析可得到纯化的细菌素,其比活力为1732.16AU/mg,纯度较发酵液提高了26.37倍;Tricine—SDS-PAGE凝胶电泳及活性检测试验结果显示,3313~5856u范围内存在1条活性蛋白带;纯化后细菌素特性分析发现,该细菌素具有良好的热稳定性、酸耐受性及溶解性,并基本确定其等电点为8.7;胃蛋白酶、胰蛋白酶、中性蛋白酶和蛋白酶K处理可使细菌素完全失活;该细菌素抑菌谱较广,不仅对猪链球菌(Sreptococcussuis)、单核细胞增生李斯特氏菌(Listeriamonocytogenes)、金黄色葡萄球菌(sfnphylococcus aereu)等革兰氏阳性菌有明显抑制作用,同时对大肠杆菌(Escherichiacoli)及假单胞菌(Pseudomonasspp.)等革兰氏阴性菌也表现出抑菌活性,具有作为食品防腐剂良好的应用前景。%Purification and characterization of an anti-streptococcus suis bacteriocin produced by Lactobacillus pentosus LPL1-5,isolated from faeces of healthy piglets,were studied. The bacteriocin was purified by 80% ammonium sulphate precipitation, Sephadex G-10 gel filtration chromatography and SP Sepharose Fast Flow cation exchange chromatography. And the specific activity of purified bacteriocin reached 1 732.16 AU/mg and the purity was increased by 26.37 fold. Tricine- SDS-PAGE of the purified bacteriocin contained only one active protein band between 3.3 and 5.8 ku. Purified bacteriocin was heat resistant, active at pH values between 2.0 - 8.0 and inactivated by pepsin, trypsin,neutro-proteinase and proteinase K. It also could easily be dissorved in different media and its isoelectric point was 8.7. In

  17. 可视化2型猪链球菌LAMP检测方法的建立%Establishment of a Visible LAMP Method for the Detection of Streptococcus suis Serotype 2

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    熊炜; 魏晓锋; 王艳; 林颖峥; 张强; 李春阳; 黄忠荣; 胡建华; 李健

    2016-01-01

    由2型猪链球菌(Streptococcus suis serotype 2)引起的猪链球菌病(Swine streptococosis)是一种重要的人兽共患疾病,具有高感染率、高死亡率的特点。为加强口岸动物源性产品中2型猪链球菌的现场查验力度,建立了2型猪链球菌LAMP检测方法,并对方法的特异性、敏感性和稳定性进行了测试。通过在LAMP反应产物中加入显色液,提高了对检测结果肉眼判定的准确性,实现了结果判定可视化的目标,有助于在出入境口岸货物查验现场及猪场等一线实验室使用。%Swine streptococosis is caused by Streptococcus suis serotype 2,which is one of the important zoonosis diseases with characteristics of high infection and high mortality rate. In order to strengthen the spot inspection of the Streptococcus suis serotype 2 carried by animal-derived products at each entry-exit port,a loop-mediated isothermal amplification(LAMP)method was established. Then its specificity,sensitivity and stability were tested. With the entry of SYBR Green into LAMP reaction products,the accuracy of the testing results judged by naked eyes has been enhanced,and the objective of visibility of result judging was realized. The LAMP method would offer help to the front-line laboratories,such as in the goods inspection spots belonging to the entry-exit ports and the pig farms.

  18. A novel pro-inflammatory protein of Streptococcus suis 2 induces the Toll-like receptor 2-dependent expression of pro-inflammatory cytokines in RAW 264.7 macrophages via activation of ERK1/2 pathway.

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    Zhang, Qiang; Yang, Yujie; Yan, Shuxian; Liu, Jiantao; Xu, Zhongmin; Yu, Junping; Song, Yajing; Zhang, Anding; Jin, Meilin

    2015-01-01

    Streptococcus suis 2 is an important swine pathogen and an emergent zoonotic pathogen. Excessive inflammation caused by S. suis is responsible for the high levels of early mortality observed in septic shock-like syndrome cases. However, the mechanisms through which S. suis 2 (SS2) causes excessive inflammation remain unclear. Thus, this study aimed to identify novel pro-inflammatory mediators that play important roles in the development of therapies against SS2 infection. In this study, the novel pro-inflammatory protein HP0459, which was encoded by the SSUSC84_0459 gene, was discovered. The stimulation of RAW 264.7 macrophages with recombinant HP0459 protein induced the expression of pro-inflammatory cytokines (IL-1β, MCP-1 and TNF-α). Compared with the wild-type (WT) strain, the isogenic knockout of HP0459 in SS2 led to reduced production of pro-inflammatory cytokines in RAW264.7 macrophages and in vivo. The pro-inflammatory activity of HP0459 was significantly reduced by an antibody against Toll-like receptor 2 (TLR2) in RAW264.7 macrophages and was lower in TLR2-deficient (TLR2-/-) macrophages than in WT macrophages. Furthermore, specific inhibitors of the extracellular signal-regulated kinase 1/2 (ERK1/2) pathways significantly decreased the HP0459-induced pro-inflammatory cytokine production, and a western blot assay showed that HP0459 stimulation induced the activation of the ERK1/2 pathway. Taken together, our data indicate that HP0459 is a novel pro-inflammatory mediator of SS2 and induces TLR2-dependent pro-inflammatory activity in RAW264.7 macrophages through the ERK1/2 pathway.

  19. Ten of the Jin Dynasty of Ancestor Research "Sui Ke" Issue Brief Explorations%金代十始祖研究之“绥可”问题略考

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    綦岩

    2011-01-01

    "绥可"也作"随阔"始祖函普的第四代孙,生卒及当政时间不详。完颜部到绥可时期迁部定居于安出虎水(今阿什河)沿岸,耕垦树艺,建筑房屋,山随水草而居徙变为定居,烧炭炼铁,带动了社会发展。本文对绥可个人及家室特别是迁部定居原因、措施、意义加以详尽探讨,为弄清金代来源演变以及朝鲜半岛与中国关系问题有着重要意义。%"Sui Ke" also be "With the wide" common ancestor of the fourth generation descendant of letters,birth and death and the unknown time in power.Ministry period Jurchen be moved to the Department of Sui ke settled in the water security of the tiger(now Ash River) along the coast,till arboriculture,building houses,door to migration into a mountain with the plants to settle,charcoal iron,led to social development.In this paper,Sui and married individuals in particular can be moved to settle in the Department of reasons,measures should be detailed to explore the meaning,order to clarify the source of the evolution of the Jin Dynasty and the Korean Peninsula and China relations is of great significance.

  20. The Investigation of Buddhist Nunneries in Sui and Tang Dynasty in Chang'an%隋唐长安地区尼寺杂考

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    郭海文; 程悦然; 张雯迪

    2012-01-01

    In Sui and Tang Dynasty period , the development of Buddhism was very prosperous. There were lots of temples and monks in the eaptial city of Chang'an which was known as the Buddhistic kingdom. Among the temples , there are 40 buddhist nunneries. But the historical documents exist some gaps, leaving a lot of controversial topics. Some of issues have had clear conclusions, however, the others are not,such as the discussion about the buddhist nunneries of Fayun, Zijing, Fajie,Chongjing, Longhua, etc. A correct under- standing of these issues are very important for the history of Buddhism study and Research on the historical geography.%隋唐时期,佛教发展极为鼎盛,都城长安名僧汇集、寺庙林立,有"佛都"之称。其间,尼寺共计40座之多,却由于种种原因资料甚简且错漏诸多,许多问题众说纷纭。其中部分寺庙已有定论,然法云尼寺、资敬尼寺、法界尼寺、崇敬尼寺、龙华尼寺的相关问题仍旧不甚明确,然而对于这些问题的正确认识无论在对佛教史或是历史地理研究方面都是十分必要的。

  1. Streptococcus suis small RNA rss04 contributes to the induction of meningitis by regulating capsule synthesis and by inducing biofilm formation in a mouse infection model.

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    Xiao, Genhui; Tang, Huanyu; Zhang, Shouming; Ren, Haiyan; Dai, Jiao; Lai, Liying; Lu, Chengping; Yao, Huochun; Fan, Hongjie; Wu, Zongfu

    2017-02-01

    Streptococcus suis (SS) is an important pathogen for pigs, and it is also considered as a zoonotic agent for humans. Meningitis is one of the most common features of the infection caused by SS, but little is known about the mechanisms of SS meningitis. Recent studies have revealed that small RNAs (sRNAs) have emerged as key regulators of the virulence in several bacteria. In the previous study, we reported that SS sRNA rss04 was up-regulated in pig cerebrospinal fluid and contributes to SS virulence in a zebrafish infection model. Here, we show that rss04 facilitates SS invasion of mouse brain and lung in vivo. Label-free quantitation mass spectrometry analysis revealed that rss04 regulates transcriptional regulator CcpA and several virulence factors including LuxS. Transmission electron microscope and Dot-blot analyses indicated that rss04 represses capsular polysaccharide (CPS) production, which in turn facilitates SS adherence and invasion of mouse brain microvascular endothelial cells bEnd.3 in vitro and activates the mRNA expression of TLR2, CCL2, IL-6 and TNF-α in mouse brain in vivo at 12h post-infection. In addition, rss04 positively regulates SS biofilm formation. Survival analysis of infected mice showed that biofilm state in brain contributes to SS virulence by intracranial subarachnoidal route of infection. Together, our data reveal that SS sRNA rss04 contributes to the induction of meningitis by regulating the CPS synthesis and by inducing biofilm formation, thereby increasing the virulence in a mouse infection model. To our knowledge, rss04 represents the first bacterial sRNA that plays definitive roles in bacterial meningitis.

  2. Detection of MRP of Streptococcus Suis Type 2 by PCR%检测猪链球菌2型的溶菌酶释放蛋白(MRP)的PCR方法的建立

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    倪艳秀; 何孔旺; 王继春; 何家惠; 还红华; 陆承平; 姚火春

    2001-01-01

    A PCR assay for the rapid and sensitive detection of MRP of Streptococcus suis type 2 was developed.The PCR primers based on the MRP gene of S.suis type 2 could extend a 885bp PCR product.With Xba I digestion,the PCR product could produce a 578bp and a 307bp DNA fragment as expected.Using the same pairs no PCR product was detected from S.equisimilis,E.rhusiopathiae,P.pneumotropica, and M.hyopneumoniae.The PCR could detect 100 bacteria.Of 9 strains of S. Suis type 2 isolated from diseased pigs,8 were positive.Of 15 porcine tonsillar specimens,1 was positive.The results demonstrated that the PCR is a highly specific and sensitive diagnostic tool for the detection of MRP from S.suis type 2 and can be used for fast diagnosis and epidemic survey.%根据猪链球菌2型的mrp基因自行设计和合成了一对可扩增长度为885bp目的片段的引物,成功地建立了检测溶菌酶释放蛋白(MRP)的PCR方法。用XbaⅠ内切酶进行酶切,获得了与预期一致的578bp和307bp的2个片段。并进行了PCR的特异性试验和敏感性试验。对马链球菌兽疫亚种、猪丹毒杆菌、猪肺疫巴氏杆菌和猪肺炎支原体的PCR检测结果均呈阴性;检测的敏感度可达100个细菌。另外,对9株从病猪体内分离的猪链球菌2型菌株进行了检测,8株呈阳性;对15份正常屠宰猪扁桃体分离物的检测结果是1份为阳性。结果表明此法特异性和敏感性均很高,可作为MRP快速诊断和流行病学调查的手段。

  3. Research Progress of Streptococcus suis Type 2, One Newly Found Zoonosis Pathogen%人畜共患新病原--猪链球菌2型的研究进展

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    董国英; 李敏; 向华

    2005-01-01

    @@ 猪链球菌2型(Streptococcus suis type 2,SS2)又称猪链球菌血清2型或荚膜2型猪链球菌,分类上属于兰氏(Lancefield)R群[1].1954年首先在英国从暴发败血症、脑膜炎和关节炎的乳猪中分离到,1968年Elliot按荚膜分类法将其命名为荚膜2型猪链球菌.

  4. 广东部分地区猪场猪链球菌的分离与鉴定%Isolation and identification of Streptococcus suis in some farms in Guangdong

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    陈国开; 李婉雁; 臧莹安

    2010-01-01

    对从广东省广州、韶关、增城、湛江、东莞、四会、河源、汕头等地规模猪场疑似猪链球菌病病猪中分离的细菌进行了鉴定,经纯化培养、菌落形态观察、革兰氏染色镜检及生化试验等传统检测方法并结合PCR检测,将20株分离菌株鉴定为猪链球菌(Streptococcus suis).

  5. hsp60 and 16S rRNA gene sequence relationships among species of the genus Bacteroides with the finding that Bacteroides suis and Bacteroides tectus are heterotypic synonyms of Bacteroides pyogenes.

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    Sakamoto, Mitsuo; Suzuki, Natsuko; Benno, Yoshimi

    2010-12-01

    hsp60 gene sequences were determined for members of the genus Bacteroides and sequence similarities were compared with those obtained for the 16S rRNA gene. Among the 29 Bacteroides type strains, the mean sequence similarity of the hsp60 gene (84.5 %) was significantly less than that of the 16S rRNA gene (90.7 %), indicating a high discriminatory power of the hsp60 gene. Species of the genus Bacteroides were differentiated well by hsp60 gene sequence analysis, except for Bacteroides pyogenes JCM 6294(T), Bacteroides suis JCM 6292(T) and Bacteroides tectus JCM 10003(T). The hsp60 gene sequence analysis and the levels of DNA-DNA relatedness observed demonstrated that these three type strains are a single species. Consequently, B. suis and B. tectus are heterotypic synonyms of B. pyogenes. This study suggests that the hsp60 gene is an alternative phylogenetic marker for the classification of species of the genus Bacteroides.

  6. 隋朝扬州都市文化的美学审视%The Urban Culture of Yanghzou in Sui Dynasty from Aesthetic Perspective

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    张兴龙

    2012-01-01

    隋朝扬州都市文化的发展,建立在国家统一、大运河的全线贯通、隋炀帝三下江都等特定的历史背景之下。大运河对扬州都市文化内涵的影响在于:一是开发运河的军事战争目的,提升了扬州高于一般地方城市的政治地位,促进扬州都市文化的商业经济基础;二是巡游扬州的作用,刺激了扬州都市文化的繁荣;三是大运河赋予扬州独特的运河都市文明。隋炀帝对于扬州都市文化内涵的影响则在于:一是在扬州大肆修建宫室建筑,促进了扬州都市建筑文化的发展;二是积极倡导文学活动,歌咏扬州都市繁华,为扬州都市文化积淀了浓郁的艺术底蕴;三是在扬州的风流韵事、荒淫无耻,赋予了扬州都市浮艳浪漫而又悲情怨愤的文化形象。%The development of Yangzhou urban culture in Sui Dynasty was based on the establishment of the national unity and the Grand Canal, the Emperor's inspection to Jiangdu for three times. The Grand Canal's influence on Yangzhou urban cuhural is as follows. Firstly, it is to develop the military function of the Grand Canal, and improve the political position of Yangzhou. Secondly, the inspection to Yangzhou stimulated the prosperity of Yangzhou urban culture. Thirdly, the Grand Canal gave birth to the unique Canal urban civilization of Yangzhou. The influence of the Emperor to the urban cultural connotation of Yanghzou is listed as follows. Firstly, it promoted the construction of royal buildings and developed the cityscape cultural development in Yangzhou. Secondly, the cultural activities exalted the prosperity of Yangzhou and laid a solid foundation for the urban culture of Yangzhou. Thirdly, the Emperor's love affairs shed romantic and discontent euhural elements on Yangzhou.

  7. hsdS, Belonging to the Type I Restriction-Modification System, Contributes to the Streptococcus suis Serotype 2 Survival Ability in Phagocytes

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    Xu, Bin; Zhang, Ping; Li, Weiyi; Liu, Rui; Tang, Jinsheng; Fan, Hongjie

    2017-01-01

    Streptococcus suis serotype 2 (SS2) is an important zoonotic agent in swine and humans. Anti-phagocytosis and survival in phagocytic cells and whole blood is essential for bacteria to be pathogenic. In this study, the host specificity determinant specificity subunit (coded by hsdS) of the Type I Restriction-Modification system and two peptidoglycan-binding proteins (coded by lysM and lysM′, respectively), which were simultaneously found to be subjected to transcript-level influence by hsdS, were identified to facilitate the anti-phagocytosis of SS2 to a microglia cell line BV2. Furthermore, they significantly enhanced its survival in BV2, whole blood, and a peroxidation environment (H2O2) (p < 0.05), yet not in the acidic condition based on statistical analysis of the characteristic differences between gene mutants and wild-type SS2. In contrast, another specificity subunit, coded by hsdS′, that belonged to the same Type I Restriction-Modification system, only significantly reduced the survival ability of SS2 in the acidic condition when in the form of a gene-deleted mutant (p < 0.05), but it did not significantly influence the survival ability in other conditions mentioned above or have enhanced anti-phagocytosis action when compared with wild-type SS2. In addition, the mutation of hsdS significantly enhanced the secretion of nitric oxide and TNF-α by BV2 with SS2 incubation (p < 0.05). The SS2 was tested, and it failed to stimulate BV2 to produce IFN-γ. These results demonstrated that hsdS contributed to bacterial anti-phagocytosis and survival in adverse host environments through positively impacting the transcription of two peptidoglycan-binding protein genes, enhancing resistance to reactive oxygen species, and reducing the secretion of TNF-α and nitric oxide by phagocytes. These findings revealed new mechanisms of SS2 pathogenesis. PMID:28848531

  8. hsdS, Belonging to the Type I Restriction-Modification System, Contributes to the Streptococcus suis Serotype 2 Survival Ability in Phagocytes

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    2017-08-01

    Full Text Available Streptococcus suis serotype 2 (SS2 is an important zoonotic agent in swine and humans. Anti-phagocytosis and survival in phagocytic cells and whole blood is essential for bacteria to be pathogenic. In this study, the host specificity determinant specificity subunit (coded by hsdS of the Type I Restriction-Modification system and two peptidoglycan-binding proteins (coded by lysM and lysM′, respectively, which were simultaneously found to be subjected to transcript-level influence by hsdS, were identified to facilitate the anti-phagocytosis of SS2 to a microglia cell line BV2. Furthermore, they significantly enhanced its survival in BV2, whole blood, and a peroxidation environment (H2O2 (p < 0.05, yet not in the acidic condition based on statistical analysis of the characteristic differences between gene mutants and wild-type SS2. In contrast, another specificity subunit, coded by hsdS′, that belonged to the same Type I Restriction-Modification system, only significantly reduced the survival ability of SS2 in the acidic condition when in the form of a gene-deleted mutant (p < 0.05, but it did not significantly influence the survival ability in other conditions mentioned above or have enhanced anti-phagocytosis action when compared with wild-type SS2. In addition, the mutation of hsdS significantly enhanced the secretion of nitric oxide and TNF-α by BV2 with SS2 incubation (p < 0.05. The SS2 was tested, and it failed to stimulate BV2 to produce IFN-γ. These results demonstrated that hsdS contributed to bacterial anti-phagocytosis and survival in adverse host environments through positively impacting the transcription of two peptidoglycan-binding protein genes, enhancing resistance to reactive oxygen species, and reducing the secretion of TNF-α and nitric oxide by phagocytes. These findings revealed new mechanisms of SS2 pathogenesis.

  9. 绥化市民俗旅游开发研究%Study on the development of SuiHua folke-tourism

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    孙晓; 赵华兰

    2013-01-01

    The folklore-touurism is the important component of the resources of the humanities travels.The folklore -tourism becomes an enormous allure and attraction. Then it is the top-choice of the ttravelers,based on bright folk charaeter,special cultural content, decorous historical atmosphere, obvious regional margin, and plenty of manifestation. Discus the Problem of local touring. According to the analysis this article put forward new idea of foIk lore-tourism resource development. develop rationally the folk custom tourism, Exploit Arean in line with local conditions, take a road to develop tourism with local characteristics, train first-class professional and technical personnel, improve the man-agement level and so on, to improve the level of SuiHua folke-tourism.%  民俗旅游是人文旅游资源的重要组成部分,它以鲜明的民俗品格,独特的文化内涵,厚重的历史氛围,显著的地域差距,以及丰富多彩的表现形式,对游客产生巨大的诱惑力和感召力,成为旅游者选择的一大热点。本文通过分析绥化市民俗旅游开发现状,发现绥化市民俗旅游开发中存在的问题,并提出了绥化市民俗旅游开发尊重传统民俗,因地制宜、提高游客的参与性、发挥地域优势,走特色旅游之路、培养专业人才,提高管理水平等对策,进而提升绥化市民俗旅游的发展水平。

  10. Comparation on Li Han women's rights of Sui and Tang dynasties%隋唐时期汉黎女性权利之比较

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    2011-01-01

    By the laws of Sui and Tang dynasties,especially the "Tang Code" reflects the characteristics of traditional Chinese legal culture.Three from the four virtues of the patriarchal family culture in a subordinate position of women in the Han made by changing the identity of the corresponding legal rights;The same period,traditional marriage in Li under customary law,Li women's rights in marriage and family despite the changes,but compared with the Han Chinese women,but have more freedom,and women have been in the high Li and was respected position.Han Li women's rights,although very different,but in the promotion of social harmony and development,but the same thing,transferring the rights of women through this path to achieve,which is perhaps the inevitable law of harmonious development of society.%隋唐时期的律条尤其是《唐律疏议》体现了中国传统法律文化的特征。在三从四德的宗法家族文化中,处于从属地位的汉族女性通过身份的变换取得了相应的法律权利;同时期,在黎族传统婚姻习惯法的作用下,黎族女性在婚姻家庭中的权利虽有所变化,但与汉族女性相比却拥有较多的自由的权利,且黎族女性一直是处于崇高并被人尊重的地位。汉黎女性权利虽有着很大的不同,但在促进社会和谐发展方面却殊途同归,都是通过女性让渡权利这条路径来实现,这也许正是社会和谐发展的必然规律。

  11. Hepatite A no Município do Rio de Janeiro, Brasil: padrão epidemiológico e associação das variáveis sócio-ambientais. Vinculando dados do SINAN aos do Censo Demográfico Hepatitis A in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: epidemiological pattern and socio-environmental variables. Cross-analysis of SINAN and population census data

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    Full Text Available Objetivamos discutir a vinculação do Sistema de Informações de Agravos de Notificação (SINAN e do Censo Demográfico para conhecer o contexto sócio-ambiental da hepatite A, analisando a contribuição das variáveis ambientais e sócio-demográficas para ocorrência de casos notificados e confirmados da infecção. Também, com base nas informações individuais sobre os casos de hepatite A notificados e confirmados, obtidos no SINAN, discutimos o padrão de endemicidade no Município do Rio de Janeiro, Brasil. No estudo agregado, a unidade de análise foi o setor censitário e as informações do Censo 2000, associadas à localização dos 1.553 casos notificados e confirmados de hepatite A ocorridos na cidade entre 1999-2001. Observou-se um padrão epidemiológico entre alta e média endemicidades, indicando situação menos favorável do que a observada nos estudos soro-epidemiológicos. A média rank do número de domicílios com condições sócio-ambientais desfavoráveis foi maior nos setores censitários de sobre-risco para hepatite A (dois ou mais casos com significância estatística pelo teste de Mann-Whitney. As variáveis sócio-demográficas mostraram ter maior influência do que as ambientais na ocorrência de casos: maior percentual de pobreza e de menores de cinco anos apresentou as maiores diferenças de médias rank.This article discusses the linking of data from SINAN (the Reportable Diseases Database and population census in Brazil to identify the socio-environmental context of hepatitis A, analyzing the contribution by environmental and socio-demographic variables to reported and confirmed cases of hepatitis A. Also, based on individual case data provided by SINAN, we discuss the pattern of hepatitis A endemicity in the city of Rio de Janeiro. At the aggregate level, the unit of analysis was the census tract and census data, associated with the location of 1,553 cases in the city from 1999 to 2001. The observed

  12. Identification and 16S rRNA phylogenetic analysis of 2 Streptococcus suis strains isolated in Changsha City%猪链球菌长沙分离株的鉴定与16S rRNA系统进化分析

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    苏良; 欧新华; 杨柳青; 张如胜; 刘如春; 陈田木; 李亚曼; 孙边成

    2013-01-01

    The aim of this study was to identify 2 strains of Streptococcus suis isolated in Changsha City and elucidate their phylogenetic relationship through the 16S rRNA . The 16S rRNA of 2 strains was amplified by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) through universal primer of 16S rRNA . The products of 16S rRNA of 2 strains were obtained successfully with length about 1 500 bp. The products were sequenced successfully then the sequences were submitted to GenBank . And the sequences were compared with related sequence through online BLAST in NCBI , showing the 2 strains of Streptococcus suis were Streptococcus suis type 2 . The identification result through the 16S rRNA was consistent with traditional method . Then the phylogenetic tree of 16S rRNA was constructed through the Mege 4.0 software. The phylogenetic tree showed that the 2 strains of Streptococcus suis were at the same evolutionary branch with most of Streptococcus suis type 2 and had the nearest phylogenetic relationship with Streptococcus suis 05ZYH33 in Sichuan Province . In conclusion , Streptococcus suis could be quickly and accurately identified through the 16S rRNA and this method could be applied in rapid detection . The 2 strains of Streptococcus suis isolated in Changsha City were Streptococcus suis type 2 and was not variable in 16S rRNA gene.%目的 对2株猪链球菌(Streptococcus suis,SS)长沙分离株进行分离培养和分子鉴定,并对其16S rRNA基因进行测序,阐明其系统进化关系.方法 利用分离培养法对2株 SS进行分离鉴定,同时对分离株16S rRNA 基因进行PCR扩增和核苷酸序列测定,将测序结果提交GenBank,通过在线Blast同源性分析进行菌株鉴定,并与传统培养鉴定方法进行比较,利用Mega4.0软件构建SS长沙分离株系统进化树.结果 成功扩增出2株菌的目的 片段,通过测序后Blast同源性分析,证实2株菌株均为SS,且与传统鉴定方法结果一致,进化树显示长沙2株SS和国内外2型位于同

  13. 猪链球菌2型毒力因子与MLST分型分析%Analysis of Virulence Factors and Multilocus Sequence Typing Scheme of Streptococcus Suis Serotype 2

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    王楷宬; 陈继明; 黄保续

    2016-01-01

    To understand the characterization of virulence factors and multilocus sequence typing scheme ofStreptococ-cus suis serotype 2,22Streptococcus suis serotype 2 isolates from Sichuan,Chongqing and Shandong were detected in the virulence factors and multilocus sequence typing scheme analysis. The results showed that 78%(17/22)isolates were high virulent withsly+mrp+epf+ genotype. Only 5 strains isolated from Shandong were low virulent. 89% isolates from Sichuan and Chongqing were high virulent ST7 type,but the isolates from Shandong were all lower virulent ST1 type. Comprehensive analysis of the research results and the occurrence situation of swine streptococcsis showed that the viru-lence factors and multilocus sequence typing scheme were related to the pathogenicity ofStreptococcus suis serotype 2.%为了解我国猪链球菌2型毒力因子和MLST型的特点,对四川、重庆和山东等地的22株猪链球菌2型进行毒力因子检测和ST型分析。结果显示,78%(17/22)的分离株为sly+ mrp+epf+基因型的强毒株,仅山东省的5株分离株为弱毒力型。四川省和重庆市89%(15/17)的分离株为毒力较强的ST7型,而山东省的分离株均为毒力稍弱的ST1型。结合这些地区的猪链球菌病发病情况,分析提示猪链球菌2型的毒力因子和ST分型与菌株的致病性有一定的相关性。

  14. Metamathematics of fuzzy logic

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    Hájek, Petr

    1998-01-01

    This book presents a systematic treatment of deductive aspects and structures of fuzzy logic understood as many valued logic sui generis. Some important systems of real-valued propositional and predicate calculus are defined and investigated. The aim is to show that fuzzy logic as a logic of imprecise (vague) propositions does have well-developed formal foundations and that most things usually named `fuzzy inference' can be naturally understood as logical deduction.

  15. Atrophoderma elastolytica discreta.

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    Carrington, P R; Altick, J A; Sanusi, I D

    1996-04-01

    Atrophoderma elastolytica discreta is the clinicopathologic name for a unique entity herein first described in a patient with cutaneous lesions simulating atrophoderma of Pasini and Pierini but coupled with histopathologic changes of anetoderma. The clinical and histological findings seen here have not been previously seen in the many variants of anetoderma, and, as such, they are sui generis evidence of a new entity in clinical dermatology.

  16. Cuba: Clearing Perilous Waters?

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    1996-01-01

    democratization was on permanent hold. Interviewed by Tele- mundo , a Spanish-language TV network in the United States, the Cuban president was...states in Eastern Europe and Asia is the same as that with Cuba. But Cuba is a sui generis case in which analogies drawn from other countries do...United States and the West would not necessarily abate the regime’s authoritarian character. As Latin America, China, and Southeast Asia have demon

  17. Homo oeconomicus vs. homo academicus - challenges and dilemmas in a globalized world

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    Hălăngescu, Constantin I.

    2011-01-01

    Structured as an essay, this workpaper aims to present sui generis one point of view on the relationship between two models of the social-human typology in the context of globalization: homo oeconomicus and homo academicus. Being only a starting point for futher research into a tripartite structure, the paper preliminary presents views on views of MAN’s multivalent positions between vocation and the adaptation to globalization flows, the dilemmas and paradoxes between the oeconomicus and acad...

  18. Tue Gutes und stifte darüber : Pflichtteilsreduzierende Zuwendungen in Form des Stifterbriefes - unter besonderer Berücksichtigung des BGH Urteils zur Dresdner Frauenkirche (BGH, Urt. v. 10.12.2003 - IV ZR 249/02) -

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    Pantaleon Stemberg, Gesa Carola

    2006-01-01

    Die Verfasserin widmet sich der Frage, inwieweit lebzeitige Zuwendungen eines Erblassers an eine gemeinnützige Stiftung einen Pflichtteilsergänzungsanspruch des Erben gegen den Beschenkten auslösen können. Dabei steht die Entscheidung des BGHs zur Dresdner Frauenkirche und die besondere Gestaltungsform des Stifterbriefes im Vordergrund. Das Stiftergeschäft wird von der Verfasserin als Rechtsgeschäft sui generis eingeordnet, das vom Pflichtteilsergänzungsanspruch nicht betroffen ist. Im zweite...

  19. Down to earth philosophy: an anti-exceptionalist essay on thought experiments and philosophical methodology

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    Sgaravatti, Daniele

    2012-01-01

    In the first part of the dissertation, chapters 1 to 3, I criticize several views which tend to set philosophy apart from other cognitive achievements. I argue against the popular views that 1) Intuitions, as a sui generis mental state, are involved crucially in philosophical methodology 2) Philosophy requires engagement in conceptual analysis, understood as the activity of considering thought experiments with the aim to throw light on the nature of our concepts, and 3) Much philosophical ...

  20. Je suis T-Rex

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    Jacobsen, Stefan Gaarsmand; Jørgensen, Eva Krause

    2016-01-01

    Vi lever nu i den antropocæne tidsalder. Det har sci-fi genren vidst i lang tid, og har flere gange vist de katastrofale følger af tidsrejser og genmanipulation. Som kaosteoretikeren i Jurrasic Park forudser, skaber menneskets påvirkning netop uforudsete følger, for »life will always find a way.«...