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Human isolates of Streptococcus pyogenes, a Gram-positive bacterium, are characterized by significant genetic and phenotypic variation. The rgg locus, also known as ropB, is a global transcriptional regulator of genes associated with metabolism, stress responses, and virulence in S. pyogenes strain NZ131 (serotype M49). To assess the breadth of the Rgg(More)
Streptococcus pyogenes Rgg is a transcriptional regulator that interacts with the cofactor LacD.1 to control growth phase-dependent expression of genes, including speB, which encodes a secreted cysteine protease. LacD.1 is thought to interact with Rgg when glycolytic intermediates are abundant in a manner that prevents Rgg-mediated activation of speB(More)
BACKGROUND & OBJECTIVES The goal of the present study was to improve and simplify the diagnosis of Streptococcus agalactiae (group B Streptococcus, GBS) infection for routine clinical practice. METHODS A total of 71 clinical samples were tested by microbiologic culture, counter immunoelectrophoresis (CIE) and PCR described in the literature. Southern(More)
The presence and restriction fragment length polymorphism (RFLP) of DNA fragments hybridizing with virulence and "house keeping" gene probes were analyzed for 87 group B streptococcal (GBS) strains of human and bovine origin. Most characteristics obtained for bovine strains were similar when compared with those for human strains. The most significant degree(More)
Streptococcus agalactiae genome encodes 21 two-component systems (TCS) and a variety of regulatory proteins in order to control gene expression. One of the TCS, BgrRS, comprising the BgrR DNA-binding regulatory protein and BgrS sensor histidine kinase, was discovered within a putative virulence island. BgrRS influences cell metabolism and positively control(More)
The expression of many virulence-associated genes in Streptococcus pyogenes is controlled in a growth phase-dependent manner. Unlike the model organisms Escherichia coli and Bacillus subtilis, such regulation is apparently not dependent upon alternative sigma factors but appears to rely on complex interactions among several transcriptional regulators,(More)
The program PASS-BioTransfo is presented, which is capable of predicting many classes of biotransformation for chemical compounds. A particular class of biotransformation is defined by the chemical transformation type and may additionally include the name of the enzyme involved in a transformation. An evaluation of the approach is presented, using(More)
A new ligand-based method for the prediction of sites of metabolism (SOMs) for xenobiotics has been developed on the basis of the LMNA (labeled multilevel neighborhoods of atom) descriptors and the PASS (prediction of activity spectra for substances) algorithm and applied to predict the SOMs of the 1A2, 2C9, 2C19, 2D6, and 3A4 isoforms of cytochrome P450.(More)
CovR/S is a two-component signal transduction system (TCS) that controls the expression of various virulence related genes in many streptococci. However, in the dental pathogen Streptococcus mutans, the response regulator CovR appears to be an orphan since the cognate sensor kinase CovS is absent. In this study, we explored the global transcriptional(More)
A collection of 45 epidemiologically unrelated Streptococcus agalactiae strains (group B Streptococcus, GBS), belonging to different serotypes, isolated from pregnant women in China and Russia was studied. Strains were characterized by pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) employing hybridization with nine genes potentially involved in virulence.(More)