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Choroba niedokrwienna serca a zakażenia bakteryjne Helicobacter pylori i Chlamydophila pneumoniae – rola białek szoku cieplnego i zjawisko mimikry antygenowej

Coronary heart disease versus Helicobacter pylori and Chlamydophila pneumoniae bacterial infections – the role of heat shock proteins and the phenomenon of antigenic mimicry
A. Matusiak, M. Chmiela

1. Patogeneza choroby niedokrwiennej serca. 2. Choroba niedokrwienna serca jako proces zapalny. 3. Markery reakcji zapalnej w chorobie niedokrwiennej serca. 4. Czynniki bakteryjne a choroba niedokrwienna serca. 5. Podłoże autoimmunizacyjne choroby niedokrwiennej serca. 6. Białka szoku cieplnego (Hsp) – bodźce i tarcze w procesach z autoimmunizacji w chorobie niedokrwiennej serca.  7. Prozapalne działanie białek Hsp w chorobie niedokrwiennej serca. 8. Hipoteza cytotoksycznego działania przeciwciał przeciwko bakteryjnym białkom szoku cieplnego o masie cząsteczkowej 60 i 65 kDa w chorobie niedokrwiennej serca. 9. Podsumowanie

Abstract: The end of the previous century brought new findings concerning the role of inflammation and the infectious agents in the development of atherosclerosis. However, it is still not clear whether and how the infectious agents participate in the formation and the development of the atherosclerotic plaque. This article discusses the findings which to confirm the hypothesis that the bacterial Hsp proteins are factors promoting the autoimmune reactions and pathological processes leading to coronary heart disease. The involvement of bacterial Hsp proteins in the atherosclerotic processes is probably based on the upregulation of anti-Hsp60 autoantibodies produced in response to infection with a pathogen which produces Hsp60. Since the Hsp proteins are very conservative, the antibodies produced in response to bacterial Hsp60 may react with the human analogue Hsp60 exposed on the surface of endothelium. The complexes of autoantibodies and human Hsp60 proteins may induce the complement dependent cytotoxicity and promote inflammatory damage of the vessels.

1. Pathogenesis of coronary heart disease. 2. Coronary heart disease as an inflammatory process. 3. Markers of inflammation in coronary heart disease. 4. Bacterial factors and coronary heart disease. 5. Autoimmune background of coronary heart disease. 6. Heat shock proteins (Hsp) – the stimuli and the targets of autoimmune processes in coronary heart disease 7. Proinflammatory action of Hsp proteins in coronary heart disease. 8. The hypothesis of the cytotoxic effect of antibodies against bacterial Hsp60 and Hsp65 proteins in coronary heart disease. 9. Summary

Oporność bakterii z rodziny Enterobacteriaceae na antybiotyki β-laktamowe wynikająca z wytwarzania β-laktamaz

β-Lactamase-mediated resistance in Enterobacteriaceae
E. Nikonorow, A. Baraniak, M. Gniadkowski

1. Wprowadzenie. 2. Mechanizmy oporności bakterii na antybiotyki β-laktamowe. 3. Klasyfikacja β-laktamaz. 4. β-Laktamazy gatunkowo-specyficzne. 5. β-Laktamazy nabyte. 6. Ekspresja β-laktamaz. 7. Najważniejsze grupy β-laktamaz nabytych. 7.1. β-Laktamazy o rozszerzonym spektrum substratowym, ESBL. 7.2. Cefalosporynazy AmpC. 7.3. Karbapenemazy. 7.3.1. Karbapenemazy klasy A 7.3.2. Karbapenemazy klasy B. 7.3.3. Karbapenemazy klasy D. 8. Podsumowanie

Abstract: Production is β-Lactamase the major mechanism of resistance to β-lactams in Gram-negative bacteria. In recent years, resistance due to production of β-lactamases has been increasing at on alarming rate. It refers mostly to extended-spectrum β-lactamases (ESBLs) that are the main problem in microorganisms of the family Enterobacteriaceae, conferring resistance to all penicillins, cephalosporins (except for cephamycins) and monobactams. Acquired cephalosporinases of the AmpC type also have become a significant factor of enterobacterial resistance to newer generation of β-lactams. The effect of AmpCs is largely strengthened by this mutational overexpression in such pathogens as Enterobacter spp. or Citrobacter freundii. β-Lactamase-mediated resistance to carbapenems in the members of the family Enterobacteriaceae has become a matter of highest concern over the last decade. It has been associated with various carbapenemhydrolyzing enzymes, including the so-called KPC, MBL or OXA-48 types. Antimicrobial resistance in bacteria has been a key issue in public health, requiring constant monitoring at the hospital, country and global level.

1. Introduction. 2. Mechanisms of resistance to β-lactam antibiotics. 3. Classification of β-lactamases. 4. Natural β-lactamases. 5. Acquired β-lactamases. 6. Expression of β-lactamases. 7. Main groups of the acquired β-lactamases. 7.1. Extended-spectrum β-lactamases, ESBLs. 7.2. AmpC-type cephalosporinases. 7.3. Carbapenemases. 7.3.1. Class A carbapenemases. 7.3.2. Class  B
carbapenemases. 7.3.3. Class D carbapenemases. 8. Conclusions

Immunoprofilaktyka zakażeń Campylobacter

Anti-Campylobacter immunoprophylaxis
P. Łaniewski, E. K. Jagusztyn - Krynicka

1. Charakterystyka patogenu i epidemiologia zakażeń. 2. Objawy chorobowe i źródła zakażeń. 3. Szczepionki anty-Campylobacter. 4. Podjednostkowe szczepionki anty-Campylobacter skonstruowane z użyciem atenuowanych szczepów S.enterica. 5. Podsumowanie

Abstract: Campylobacter jejuni is currently recognized as a major cause of food-borne human gastroenteritis worldwide. In developed countries the majority of Campylobacter infections are associated with the consumption of undercooked poultry meat. Although a  disease lasts only several days and is very often self-limiting, campylobacteriosis constitutes a serious medical and socioeconomic problem. In patients, especially from developed countries, who have not encountered the pathogen before the infection can result in severe gastroenteritis accompanied with long-lasting bloody or mucus diarrhea. Moreover, C. jejuni can cause septicemia in immunocompromised individuals or induce autoimmune neurological disorders. Rapidly increasing antibiotic resistance of Campylobacter strains compels us to develop alternative therapeutic strategies. Implementation of immunoprophylaxis for humans or chickens seems to be the most effective strategy to decrease the number of human infections. Subunit vaccines are the safest, but mildly immunogenic, prophylactic method therefore, heterologous antigens are frequently delivered to a host by special delivery vectors i.e. attenuated Salmonella strains, to induce protective immune response. Avirulent Salmonella strains were also successfully used as a carrier to construct anti-Campylobacter subunit vaccines. Up till now, only several Campylobacter genes encoding immunogenic proteins: Peb1A, CjaA, Pal, Cj0420 and bacterioferritin, were cloned in Salmonella cells and the immune response and protection efficiency of constructed vaccine were determined on animal models. Here, we discuss the recent developments in the field of Salmonella-based anti-Campylobacter vaccines.

1. Pathogen characteristics and infection epidemiology. 2. The symptoms and source of infections. 3. Anti-Campylobacter vaccines. 4. Anti-Campylobacter subunit vaccines constructed with attenuated S.enterica cells. 5. Conclusions

Konstrukcja szczepionek podjednostkowych z wykorzystaniem komórek Salmonella enterica jako nośnika heterologicznych genów

Subunit vaccine construction using Salmonella enterica cells as a carrier of heterologous genes
P. Łaniewski, E. K. Jagusztyn - Krynicka

1. Salmonella jako idealny nośnik heterologicznych antygenów. 2. Atenuacja komórek S.enterica. 3. Stabilność utrzymania transgenu. 4. Poziom ekspresji transgenu. 5. Lokalizacja antygenu a typ odpowiedzi immunologicznej. 6. Podsumowanie

Abstract: Salmonella enterica strains are widely employed as a live delivery vector for subunit vaccine construction. Vaccine strains must be safe but still immunogenic; therefore, it is crucial to obtain a proper balance between the attenuation and the reactogenicity of the constructed strains. Salmonella strains used in immunoprophylaxis are mainly constitutively disrupted in genes involved in auxotrophy, virulence or regulation. A novel promising concept of the Salmonella-based vaccine design is a regulated delayed attenuation in vivo combined with a delayed antigen expression system. Using this approach bacteria display features of a wild-type strain at the time of oral vaccination to effectively colonize the lymphoid tissue and the fully attenuated phenotype after host tissue colonization. Expression of heterelogous genes in Salmonella cells is mainly achieved by introducing recombinant plasmids harboring gene of interest. Alternatively, a transgene can be integrated into a chromosomal DNA. Diverse strategies were developed to control plasmid maintenance and foreign gene expression. Among them the most frequently used are the balanced-lethal and toxin-antidote systems or operator-repressor titration technology. Overproduction of a recombinant protein often causes a metabolic burden in vaccine cells resulting in the loss of their viability. To overwhelm the problem, the transgene expression is kept under control of an in vivo inducible promoter or a promoter which activity is regulated by appropriate small molecules. Alternatively, plasmids with a regulated copy number or a delayed antigen synthesis system have been employed by various research groups. Localization of an antigen in a carrier cell is also critical for the strength and type of immune response. A programmed lysis of carrier cells is used to deliver the antigen to host immune cells. Moreover, Salmonella is used to carry DNA vaccines. Here, we review the latest strategies in the design of Salmonella-based subunit vaccines.

1. Salmonella as a perfect carrier of heterologous antigens. 2. Attenuation of S.enterica cells. 3. Transgene stability. 4. Transgene expression level. 5. Antigen localization and the type of immune response. 6. Conclusions

Charakterystyka grzybów z rodzaju Malassezia. I. Aspekty mikrobiologiczne i immunologiczne

Characterization of fungi of the Malassezia genus. I. Microbiological and immunological aspects
T. Jagielski, E. Rup, A. B. Macura, J. Bielecki

1. Wprowadzenie. 2..Taksonomia i klasyfikacja grzybów z rodzaju Malassezia. 3. Mikrobiologia grzybów z rodzaju Malassezia. 3.1. Charakterystyka ogólna. 3.2. Metabolizm. 3.3. Aktywność enzymatyczna. 4. Interakcje grzybów Malassezia sp. z  innymi mikroorganizmami. 5. Interakcje grzybów Malassezia sp. z układem immunologicznym. 5.1. Serologia i budowa antygenowa. 5.2. Interakcje z układem dopełniacza. 5.3. Wpływ grzybów Malassezia sp. na różne populacje komórek w skórze. 6. Podsumowanie

Abstract: The yeasts of the Malassezia genus, first described over a century ago, belong to the physiological microflora of the human skin. However, they may occasionally act as opportunistic pathogens resulting in different dermatological pathologies, of which pityriasis versicolor is most frequently diagnosed. Two principle features of the genus Malassezia are distinctive morphology and requirement for external lipid source for growth. To date, the genus accommodates 14 species, all but one being lipid-dependent species. The very recently completed sequencing of the M. globosa genome disclosed the presence of multiple secreted lipases to help the yeasts to utilize cutaneous lipids. Very little is known about interactions between Malassezia organisms and the human host. It is clear however that Malassezia fungi display two phenotypes within the skin, one – immunostimulatory, and the other immunosuppressive, which are responsible for commensal and pathogenic behavior of the fungi, respectively.
This article provides a concise and up-to-date description of the Malassezia genus, with particular attention to the microbiology of the fungi and their interactions with the immune system of the human host.

1. Introduction. 2. Taxonomy and classification of Malassezia fungi. 3. Microbiology of Malassezia fungi. 3.1. General characteristics. 3.2. Metabolism. 3.3. Enzymatic activity. 4. Interactions of Malassezia fungi with oher microorganisms. 5. Interactions of Malassezia fungi with the immune system. 5.1. Serology and antigenic structure. 5.2. Interactions with the complement system.
5.3. Influence of Malassezia fungi on different cel populations within the skin. 6. Conclusions

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