[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: A large pertussis epidemic occurred between 2008 and 2010 in Japan. To investigate epidemic strains, we analyzed 33 Bordetella pertussis isolates from the epidemic period by sequencing virulence-associated genes (fim3, ptxP, ptxA, and prn) and performing multilocus variable-number tandem repeat analysis (MLVA), and compared these results with those of 101 isolates from non-epidemic, earlier and later time periods. DNA sequencing of the fim3 allele revealed that the frequency of fim3B was 4.3%, 12.8%, 30.3%, and 5.1% within isolates in 2002-2004, 2005-2007, 2008-2010, and 2011-2012, respectively. The isolation rate of the fim3B strain therefore temporarily increased during the epidemic period 2008-2010. In contrast, the frequencies of the virulence-associated allelic variants, ptxP3, ptxA1, and prn2, increased with time during overall study period, indicating that these variants were not directly involved in the occurrence of the 2008-2010 epidemic. MLVA genotyping in combination with analysis of allele types showed that the prevalence of an MT27d strain temporarily increased in the epidemic period, and that this strain carried virulence-associated allelic variants (fim3B, ptxP3, ptxA1, and prn2) also identified in recent epidemic strains of Australia, Europe, and the US. Phenotypic analyses revealed that the serotype Fim3 strain was predominant (≥87%) during all the periods studied, and that the frequency of adhesion pertactin (Prn) non-expressing B. pertussis decreased by half in the epidemic period. All MT27d strains expressed Prn and Fim3 proteins, suggesting that B. pertussis MT27d strains expressing Prn and Fim3B have the potential to cause large epidemics worldwide.
PLoS ONE 01/2013; 8(10):e77165. · 3.53 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: We report a case of a bronchitis caused by Bordetella holmesii in a 2-year-old girl with asthma. The patient had a moderate fever and productive cough, and her condition was initially diagnosed as mycoplasmal bronchitis on the basis of her clinical symptoms and rapid serodiagnosis of mycoplasmal infection. She was treated with a bronchodilator and clarithromycin, which resulted in complete recovery. However, after the initial diagnosis, nucleic acid amplification tests of her sputum showed the absence of both Mycoplasma pneumoniae and Bordetella pertussis infections. Sputum culture showed the presence of a slow-growing, gram-negative bacillus in pure culture on Bordetella agar plates; the bacillus was later identified as B. holmesii. B. holmesii infection is rare in immunocompetent children; however, the organism is a true pathogen that can cause bronchitis in young children with asthma.
Journal of Infection and Chemotherapy 10/2012; · 1.55 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: We describe the epidemiology of a pertussis outbreak in Japan in 2010-2011 and Bordetella holmesii transmission. Six patients were infected; 4 patients were students and a teacher at the same junior high school. Epidemiologic links were found between 5 patients. B. holmesii may have been transmitted from person to person.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: A loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) assay for simple detection of Bordetella holmesii was developed. This assay discriminates between B. holmesii and other Bordetella species and successfully detect B. holmesii DNA in nasopharyngeal swab samples from subjects with suspected pertussis. The LAMP assay results were in complete agreement with the results of previously published real-time PCR assay, indicating that the former is a powerful tool for the accurate diagnosis and surveillance of B. holmesii.
Microbiology and Immunology 04/2012; 56(7):486-9. · 1.55 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The adhesin pertactin (Prn) is one of the major virulence factors of Bordetella pertussis, the etiological agent of whooping cough. However, a significant prevalence of Prn-deficient (Prn(-)) B. pertussis was observed in Japan. The Prn(-) isolate was first discovered in 1997, and 33 (27%) Prn(-) isolates were identified among 121 B. pertussis isolates collected from 1990 to 2009. Sequence analysis revealed that all the Prn(-) isolates harbor exclusively the vaccine-type prn1 allele and that loss of Prn expression is caused by 2 different mutations: an 84-bp deletion of the prn signal sequence (prn1ΔSS, n = 24) and an IS481 insertion in prn1 (prn1::IS481, n = 9). The frequency of Prn(-) isolates, notably those harboring prn1ΔSS, significantly increased since the early 2000s, and Prn(-) isolates were subsequently found nationwide. Multilocus variable-number tandem repeat analysis (MLVA) revealed that 24 (73%) of 33 Prn(-) isolates belong to MLVA-186, and 6 and 3 Prn(-) isolates belong to MLVA-194 and MLVA-226, respectively. The 3 MLVA types are phylogenetically closely related, suggesting that the 2 Prn(-) clinical strains (harboring prn1ΔSS and prn1::IS481) have clonally expanded in Japan. Growth competition assays in vitro also demonstrated that Prn(-) isolates have a higher growth potential than the Prn(+) back-mutants from which they were derived. Our observations suggested that human host factors (genetic factors and immune status) that select for Prn(-) strains have arisen and that Prn expression is not essential for fitness under these conditions.
PLoS ONE 01/2012; 7(2):e31985. · 3.53 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Bordetella pertussis is the aetiologic agent of whooping cough, a common cause of severe respiratory illness in children and prolonged mild cough in adults. To understand some of the reasons for differences in clinical symptoms between adults and children, we measured B. pertussis DNA loads in nasopharyngeal swabs (NPS) from 19 adults and 40 children (including 14 infants) by quantitative IS481 real-time PCR. All cases had been pre-diagnosed with the B. pertussis-specific loop-mediated isothermal amplification method. The mean PCR threshold cycles for adult and child NPS were 34.9 and 27.1, respectively, indicating a significantly lower B. pertussis DNA load in adults than in children (p <0.001). Moreover, adults had very low DNA loads during both early and later stages of the disease. When corresponding bacterial loads in NPS were calculated for B. pertussis Tohama cells using a standard curve, the mean number of bacterial cells taken with a rayon-tipped swab from an adult, older child and infant was estimated to be 320 (95% CI 120-910), 2.1 × 10⁴(95% CI 5.3 × 10³ to 8.3 × 10⁴) and 1.1 × 10⁶ cells (95% CI 1.2 × 10⁵ to 8.9 × 10⁶), respectively. This indicates that the B. pertussis load in NPS is closely correlated with patient age. Our observations suggest that adult pertussis is characterized by a lower bacterial load in the nasopharynx, resulting in milder symptoms and negative cultures.
Clinical Microbiology and Infection 04/2010; 17(3):365-70. · 4.58 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: In Japan, the Bordetella pertussis strain Tohama provided by the National Institute of Health, Japan has been used for the production of acellular pertussis (aP) vaccines since 1981. In the present study, in order to verify the genetic consistency of B. pertussis vaccine seed strains, we analyzed the genetic properties of the working seeds obtained from five Japanese vaccine manufacturers, and compared them with those of B. pertussis Tohama reference strains (NIID L-7 and ATCC BAA-589). Genetic analyses with pulsed-field gel electrophoresis and allele typing showed 100% genetic identity among the five seed strains and the Tohama reference strains. In addition, Southern blot analyses revealed the absence of four orthologous genes (BB0537, BB0920, BB1149 and BB4885), which are specifically absent in the strain Tohama, and in the genome of all seed strains tested, suggesting that the regions of difference (RD11-RD14) are absent in their genomes. Consequently, no genetic difference was observed among the working seeds and Tohama reference strains. Our observations indicate that B. pertussis seed strains for Japanese aP vaccine production are genetically comparable with B. pertussis Tohama.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Recently, the incidence of reported pertussis cases of adults has dramatically increased in Japan. In the present study, we analyzed seven Bordetella pertussis isolates recovered from adults in Japan using pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) and sequencing of their antigenic and virulence-associated proteins, compared with those from children. PFGE analysis demonstrated that the adult strains were closely related to the child strains (78-100% genetic similarity). On the other hand, the genotyping revealed that 71% (5/7) of the adult strains and 47% (25/53) of the child strains had the same combination of antigenic/virulence-associated allelic variants (ptxS1B/prn1/fim2-1/fim3A/fhaB1/tcfA2) as the Japanese vaccine strain Tohama, respectively. In comparison to the child strains, there was no apparent antigenic and genetic shift in the adult strains. Our result suggests that (i) there is no B. pertussis circulating strain specific to adults and (ii) the antigenic/virulence-associated proteins are unrelated to the rise in adult pertussis incidence in Japan.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: We developed a loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) method to detect Bordetella pertussis infection. This LAMP assay detected B. pertussis with high sensitivity, but not other Bordetella species. Among nasopharyngeal swab samples from subjects with suspected pertussis, LAMP results showed a high level of agreement with results of conventional PCR. This method is a rapid, sensitive, and specific method for diagnosis of B. pertussis infection even in clinical laboratories with no specific equipment.
Journal of Clinical Microbiology 06/2006; 44(5):1899-902. · 4.07 Impact Factor