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See detailMycoplasma bovis shares insertion sequences with Mycoplasma agalactiae and Mycoplasma mycoides subsp mycoides SC: Evolutionary and developmental aspects
Thomas, Anne; Linden, Annick ULg; Mainil, Jacques ULg et al

in FEMS Microbiology Letters (2005), 245(2), 249-255

Three new insertion elements, IS Mbov1, ISMbov2 and ISMbov3, which are closely related to ISMag1 (Mycoplasma agalactiae), ISMmy1 and IS1634 (both Mycoplasma in mycoides subsp. in mycoides SC ... [more ▼]

Three new insertion elements, IS Mbov1, ISMbov2 and ISMbov3, which are closely related to ISMag1 (Mycoplasma agalactiae), ISMmy1 and IS1634 (both Mycoplasma in mycoides subsp. in mycoides SC), respectively, have been discovered in Mycoplasma bovis, an important pathogen of cattle. Southern blotting showed that the genome of M. bovis harbours 6-12 copies of ISMbov1, 11-15 copies of ISMbov2 and 4-10 copies of ISMbov3, depending on the strain. A fourth insertion element, the IS30-like element, is present in 4-8 copies. This high number of IS elements in AI bovis, which represent a substantial part of its genome, and their relatedness with IS elements of both M. agalactiae and M. mycoides subsp. mycoides SC suggest the occurrence of two evolutionary events: (i) a divergent evolution into ill. agalactiae and M. bovis upon infection of different hosts; (ii) a horizontal transfer of IS elements during co-infection with M. mycoides subsp. mycoides SC and Ad. bovis of a same bovine host. (c) 2005 Federation of European Microbiological Societies. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailGrote en kleine geschiedenis van de infectieziekten en micro-organismen
Mainil, Jacques ULg; De Graef, Evelyne

in Vlaams Diergeneeskundig Tijdschrift (2005), 74

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See detailA comparison of somatic cell count and antimicrobial susceptibility of subclinical mastitis pathogens in organic and conventional dairy herds
Boutet, Philippe; Detilleux, Johann ULg; Motkin, Michel ULg et al

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (2005), 149(3), 173-182

A comparison of somatic cell count and antimicrobial susceptibility of subclinical mastitis pathogens in organic and conventional dairy herds.Bovine subclinical mastitis is the most important disease ... [more ▼]

A comparison of somatic cell count and antimicrobial susceptibility of subclinical mastitis pathogens in organic and conventional dairy herds.Bovine subclinical mastitis is the most important disease affecting dairy cows. The fluctuating increase in somatic cell count (SCC) that occurs causes major economic losses in dairy industry. This comparative study between conventional and organic dairy herds was conducted in the aim to better characterize which consequences might have different management practices on SCC but also on the frequency of pathogens isolated and their antimicrobial susceptibility. Four conventional and four organic herds, with bulk milk SCC >300x103cells/ml were selected, in which respectively 47 and 44 cows were investigated. Each quarter was sampled 3 times at 15 days interval for SCC, microbiological analysis and antimicrobial susceptibility. In both herd categories, major pathogens isolated were by order of importance Streptococcus uberis, Staphylococcus aureus and Streptococcus dysgalactiae with a great impact on SCC. Coagulase negative staphylococci were the most frequent minor germs and had a moderated but real impact on SCC. In certified organic dairy farms, the three most frequently isolated major pathogens were significantly more susceptible to antimicrobials in vitro. This study suggests that the limited use of antibiotics in organic dairy herds could explain, at least in part, the lower resistance obtained from analysed isolates. [less ▲]

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See detailIdentification by two-dimensional electrophoresis of a new adhesin expressed by a low-passaged strain of Mycoplasma bovis
Thomas, Anne; Leprince, Pierre ULg; Dizier, Isabelle ULg et al

in Research in Microbiology (2005), 156(5-6, Jun-Jul), 713-718

A significant decrease in adherence rates of Mycoplasma bovis to bovine bronchial epithelial (BBE) cells has been observed after passage of the organism in artificial medium. Analysis of the proteins ... [more ▼]

A significant decrease in adherence rates of Mycoplasma bovis to bovine bronchial epithelial (BBE) cells has been observed after passage of the organism in artificial medium. Analysis of the proteins expressed by M. bovis isolate 2610 by two-dimensional (2-D) electrophoresis demonstrated differences between the cells harvested after the 7th and 116th passage. Three silver-stained prominent spots observed in 2-D electrophoretic separation of protein extracts of the lower-passaged cells were considerably less strongly expressed in the sample from higher-passaged cells. These spots had a molecular mass of approximately 24 kDa and an isoelectric point of about 5. The mass spectrometry analysis of these trypsin-sensitive proteins led to their identification as a unique new member of the Vsps family of membrane-associated proteins. Serum from a mouse immunized with these proteins significantly reduced adherence of M. bovis to BBE cells. This result underlines the function of this new Vsp in adherence of M. bovis to host cells. (c) 2005 Elsevier SAS. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailSynergistic action of E. coli endotoxin and Pasteurella multocida type A for the induction of bronchopneumonia in pigs
Halloy, David J.; Kirschvink, Nathalie A.; Mainil, Jacques ULg et al

in Veterinary Journal (2005), 169(3), 417-426

This study aimed to investigate whether Escherichia coli endotoxin (LPS) may predispose the lung to an infection with Pasteurella multocida type A (Pma) and to determine the LPS concentration needed to ... [more ▼]

This study aimed to investigate whether Escherichia coli endotoxin (LPS) may predispose the lung to an infection with Pasteurella multocida type A (Pma) and to determine the LPS concentration needed to reproduce clinical signs of bronchopneumonia. Twenty-four hours before inoculating Pma or sterile growth medium, piglets were tracheally instilled with 10, 100 or 400 microg/kg LPS. Cough, body temperature, daily weight gain (DWG) bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF) cells and volume of pneumonic lung were measured. Changes in breathing pattern (Penh) were assessed by whole body barometric plethysmography. No significant changes were observed in Pma-treated or in control animals. Each LPS doses induced DWG reduction while the higher generated a severe subacute interstitial pneumonia causing hyperthermia and an increase in Penh. The combination of the lower LPS doses with Pma produced an asymptomatic bronchopneumonia leading to DWG reduction, rise in Penh and an increase in BALF macrophages and neutrophils. With 400 microg/kg LPS, Pma worsened the inflammatory process as illustrated by cough, hyperthermia, major DWG reduction and by a greater Penh response. Lung lesions consisted of severe exudative bronchopneumonia. We concluded that LPS may negatively influence growth, predispose to persisting lung inflammatory process and promote Pma infection depending on the dose previously administered. [less ▲]

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See detailVerotoxigenic Escherichia coli from animals, humans and foods: who's who?
Mainil, Jacques ULg; Daube, Georges ULg

in Journal of Applied Microbiology (2005), 98(6), 1332-1344

Verocytotoxigenic (shigatoxigenic) and enterohaemorrhagic Escherichia coli, VTEC ( STEC) and EHEC, produce a toxin active on Vero cells in vitro. VTEC and EHEC have been isolated from humans and different ... [more ▼]

Verocytotoxigenic (shigatoxigenic) and enterohaemorrhagic Escherichia coli, VTEC ( STEC) and EHEC, produce a toxin active on Vero cells in vitro. VTEC and EHEC have been isolated from humans and different animal species, mainly ruminants and pigs. The verocytotoxins, also named shiga toxins (Stx), are active in vivo on the endothelial cells of the blood vessels of the gastro-intestinal mucosa, the kidneys, the brain, and other tissues of humans and piglets, leading to fluid leakage or haemorrhages. Conversely, their role in diseases of young ruminants remains unclear. Adult ruminants can also act as asymptomatic carriers of VTEC and EHEC strains similar to those causing diseases in humans. And they are incriminated as an important source of direct or indirect contamination of humans by the most famous EHEC strain belonging to the O157: H7 serotype, through faecal contamination of either foods of animal origin, or other foodstuffs ( fruit, vegetables, etc.), or the environment. But dozens of non-O157 human and ruminant VTEC and EHEC strains with similar general and virulence-associated properties, have been described, whose epidemiology is much less well understood. The purpose of this review manuscript is to describe and compare the properties of human, ruminant and food VTEC and EHEC strains. [less ▲]

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See detailRegulation of virulence gene expression by "quorum-sensing": science or science-fiction?
Mainil, Jacques ULg

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See detailInfectious diseases and microorganisms: from prehistory to Koch's postulates - history and anecdotes
Mainil, Jacques ULg

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See detailDevelopment of disease : bacterial toxins and their interaction with host cells
Mainil, Jacques ULg

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See detailColonisation of the mucosae - Adherence factors and their interaction with host cells
Mainil, Jacques ULg

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See detailGenetics and regulation of bacterial virulence: towards the molecular version of Koch's postulates
Mainil, Jacques ULg

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See detailNecrotoxigenic Escherichia coli : study of the roles of CNF2 and CDT-III toxins in an experimental model of infection in calves
Mainil, Jacques ULg

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (2005), 149(Sp. Iss. SI), 46-48

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See detailThe p40* adhesin pseudogene of Mycoplasma bovis
Thomas, Anne; Linden, Annick ULg; Mainil, Jacques ULg et al

in Veterinary Microbiology (2004), 104(3-4), 213-217

An analogue of the adhesin gene p40 of Mycoplasma agalactiae was found in Mycoplasma bovis. Nucleotide sequence analysis of the p40* gene in M. bovis revealed the presence of a large deletion involving a ... [more ▼]

An analogue of the adhesin gene p40 of Mycoplasma agalactiae was found in Mycoplasma bovis. Nucleotide sequence analysis of the p40* gene in M. bovis revealed the presence of a large deletion involving a frameshift that causes premature truncation of the translated protein, indicating that p40* exists as a pseudogene in M. bovis. (C) 2004 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailConservation of the uvrC gene sequence in Mycoplasma bovis and its use in routine PCR diagnosis
Thomas, Anne; Dizier, Isabelle ULg; Linden, Annick ULg et al

in Veterinary Journal (2004), 168(1), 100-102

Mycoplasma bovis is a major cause of pneumonia and arthritis in calves, and of mastitis and genital infections in adult cows. It is responsible for high economic loss in feedlot cattle although it is ... [more ▼]

Mycoplasma bovis is a major cause of pneumonia and arthritis in calves, and of mastitis and genital infections in adult cows. It is responsible for high economic loss in feedlot cattle although it is often underestimated and is widely spread within the bovine population in enzootically infected areas. [less ▲]

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See detailPathogenicity of pap-negative avian Escherichia coli isolated from septicaemic lesions
Stordeur, P.; Bree, A.; Mainil, Jacques ULg et al

in Microbes & Infection (2004), 6(7), 637-645

Recent studies by DNA-DNA hybridisation assays conducted on a large collection of Escherichia coli strains isolated from chickens, ducks and turkeys suffering from colibacillosis, showed that 76% of the ... [more ▼]

Recent studies by DNA-DNA hybridisation assays conducted on a large collection of Escherichia coli strains isolated from chickens, ducks and turkeys suffering from colibacillosis, showed that 76% of the strains were negative for the presence of the pap gene cluster. The objective of this paper was to study the virulence associated with the avian E. coli strains negative for the P fimbriae, but carrying the f17 or the afa-8 gene cluster coding for adhesins associated with strains pathogenic for mammals. Three strains carrying the f17 fimbriae and three carrying the afa-8 adhesin-encoding gene cluster were studied in three in vivo experimental models of avian colibacillosis: subcutaneous inoculation of 1-day-old chicks, inoculation of specific-pathogen-free (SPF) chickens via the intra-thoracic air sac, and intra-tracheal inoculation of axenic chickens. The results showed that the six P-negative E. coli isolates carrying the f17 or the afa-8 gene cluster were lethal for 1-day-old chicks. They were also able to reproduce clinical signs and lesions of colibacillosis (aerosacculitis, pericarditis, perihepathitis), with bacteraemia and septicaemia, in SPF chickens inoculated via the thoracic air sacs as well as in axenic chickens inoculated by the intra-tracheal route. Further studies with f17 and afa-8 allelic mutants constructed by disruption must be performed to confirm a role of F17 fimbrial and Afa-VIII afimbrial adhesins in the pathogenesis of avian colibacillosis. (C) 2004 Elsevier SAS. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detail2F3 Monoclonal Antibody Recognizes the O26 O-Antigen Moiety of the Lipopolysaccharide of Enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli Strain 4276
Szalo, Ioan Mihai ULg; Taminiau, Bernard ULg; Goffaux, Frédéric et al

in Clinical and Diagnostic Laboratory Immunology (2004), 11(3), 532-537

Enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli (EHEC) and enteropathogenic E. coli (EPEC) organisms are groups of pathogenic strains whose infections are characterized by a typical lesion of enterocyte attachment and ... [more ▼]

Enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli (EHEC) and enteropathogenic E. coli (EPEC) organisms are groups of pathogenic strains whose infections are characterized by a typical lesion of enterocyte attachment and effacement. They are involved in enteric diseases both in humans and in animals, and EHEC strains can be responsible for hemolytic uremic syndrome in humans. Previously, it was shown that the 2F3 monoclonal antibody (MAb) is specific for the O26 EHEC and EPEC strains (P. Kerr, H. Ball, B. China, J. Mainil, D. Finlay, D. Pollock, I. Wilson, and D. Mackie, Clin. Diagn. Lab. Immunol. 6:610–614, 1999). As these groups of bacteria play an important role in pathology, the aim of this paper was to characterize the antigen recognized by the 2F3 MAb and its genetic determinant. A genomic locus containing the entire O-antigen gene cluster and half of the colanic acid gene cluster from an O26 EHEC strain was shown to be sufficient for the production of the antigen recognized by the 2F3 MAb in an E. coli DH5 strain. By transposon mutagenesis performed on the recombinant plasmid, all 2F3 enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay-negative mutants had their transposons inserted into the O-antigen gene cluster. The O-antigen gene cluster was also cloned from an O26 EHEC strain into the E. coli DH5 strain, which then produced a positive result with the 2F3 MAb. Further analysis of the type of lipopolysaccharides (smooth or rough) produced by the clones and mutants and of the O antigen of the 2F3-positive clones confirmed that the epitope recognized by the 2F3 MAb is located on the O antigen in the O26 EHEC and EPEC strains and that its genetic determinant is located inside the O-antigen gene cluster. [less ▲]

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See detailEtude de l'entérotoxémie bovine en Belgique. III. Comparaison de différents protocoles d'immunisation contre la toxine alpha de Clostridium perfringens
Manteca, Christophe; Ginter, Annita; Limbourg, Bernard et al

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (2004), 148(3), 147-152

Previous surveys demonstrated the association between the bovine enterotoxaemia syndrome and proliferation of Clostridium perfringens toxintype A. The purpose of this study was to establish rules for ... [more ▼]

Previous surveys demonstrated the association between the bovine enterotoxaemia syndrome and proliferation of Clostridium perfringens toxintype A. The purpose of this study was to establish rules for vaccination of calves against the a toxin. Bovines were Belgian Blue (BBB) or BBB x Charolais originating from 6 farms with no history of clostridial vaccination. One hundred and thirty-three calves were injected with Tasvax (R) and 70 with Miloxan (R) at one and two months of age, while 94 calves received no vaccine. To study sero-conversion in calves born from vaccinated dams, 67 cows were vaccinated with Tasvax at 7 and 8 months pregnancy. Twenty-nine calves born from these cows were vaccinated at one and two months of age with the same vaccine while 38 calves were not vaccinated. The results of these 67 calves were also compared to the results obtained from the calves born from non-vaccinated cows and vaccinated with Tasvax. Anti-alpha toxin antibodies were measured using an indirect ELISA assay. Anti-alpha toxin antibodies are naturally present in the serums of non vaccinated animals and are transferred to the newborn calf by the colostrum. The two vaccinal injections cause sero-conversions in proportion of the total amount of immunogen received. The best protocol for calf vaccination is a first injection at one month of age, followed by a booster injection four weeks later. Boosters every six months are necessary to maintain a high level of antibody. In case of early problems (< 2 months of age) of enterotoxaemia in a farm, high antibody titres are obtained only following the vaccination of the pregnant cow and colostral transfer. Unfortunately this protocol is not compatible with vaccination of the calf itself. [less ▲]

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See detailCaseuse lymfadenitis bij kleine herkauwers
Imberechts, H.; Decostere, A.; Dierickx, K. et al

in Vlaams Diergeneeskundig Tijdschrift (2004), 73

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