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Comparative Immunology, Microbiology and Infectious Diseases

Ravi Holani, Chaitanya Shah, Qahir Haji, G Douglas Inglis, Richard R E Uwiera, Eduardo R Cobo
Proline-Arginine-39 (PR-39) is a small cationic, proline and arginine rich, cathelicidin that plays an important role in the porcine innate immune system. Although PR-39 was first discovered in intestinal cell lysates of pigs, subsequent research has indicated that it is primarily expressed in bone marrow and other lymphoid tissues including the thymus and spleen, as well as in leukocytes. Mature PR-39 cathelicidin has anti-microbial activity against many gram-negative and some gram-positive bacteria. PR-39 is also a bridge between the innate and adaptive immune system with recognized immunomodulatory, wound healing, anti-apoptotic, and pro-angiogenic functions...
December 2016: Comparative Immunology, Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
Talia Moyle, Kelly Drake, Vaibhav Gole, Kapil Chousalkar, Susan Hazel
The free range production system is becoming more common in Australia and is expected to increase. Free range hens are exposed to more stressors in comparison to hens from barn and cage systems and it is suggested that stress can increase bacterial shedding on eggs. The aims of this study were to examine the level of total bacteria and Enterobacteriaceae populations, as well as the presence of Salmonella and Campylobacter, in eggs collected from two free range flocks on two different farms and to conduct longitudinal observations of the behaviour and welfare of hens in the free range production system...
December 2016: Comparative Immunology, Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
Damián Escribano, Asta Tvarijonaviciute, Meric Kocaturk, Jose Joaquín Cerón, Luis Pardo-Marín, Alejandro Torrecillas, Zeki Yilmaz, Silvia Martínez-Subiela
The aims of this study were: the identification of proteins differentially represented in the serum proteome of dogs with leishmaniosis after treatment and the verification of one selected protein as a possible biomarker for treatment monitoring. Serum samples from five dogs with leishmaniosis, before and after treatment were pooled into two groups and analysed using 2-dimensional electrophoresis followed by mass spectrometry analysis (MS). The MS analysis allowed the identification of 8 proteins differently expressed...
December 2016: Comparative Immunology, Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
P B Hill, A Imai
Staphylococcus aureus and S. pseudintermedius are the major causes of bacterial skin disease in humans and dogs. These organisms can exist as commensals on the skin, but they can also cause severe or even devastating infections. The immune system has evolved mechanisms to deal with pathogenic microorganisms and has strategies to combat bacteria of this type. What emerges is a delicate "peace" between the opposing sides, but this balance can be disrupted leading to a full blown "war". In the ferocious battle that ensues, both sides attempt to get the upper hand, using strategies that are comparable to those used by modern day armies...
December 2016: Comparative Immunology, Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
Hung-Yueh Yeh, Arife Ezgi Telli, Jarra F Jagne, Christopher L Benson, Kelli L Hiett, John E Line
Campylobacter jejuni, a Gram-negative rod, is a zoonotic pathogen associated with human acute bacterial gastroenteritis worldwide. The flagellum, composed of more than 35 proteins, is responsible for colonization of C. jejuni in the host gastrointestinal tract as well as inducing protective antibodies against the homologous serotype. In our previous study, we demonstrated that the flagellar capping protein (FliD) is an immunodominant protein that reacted strongly to sera from field chickens. In this communication, we mapped linear immunoreactive epitopes on FliD using a set of 158 synthetic peptides of 15-mer overlapping with 11 amino acid residues on peptide microarrays with sera from field chickens...
December 2016: Comparative Immunology, Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
Pedro A Alves, Poliana O Figueiredo, Cairo H S de Oliveira, José D Barbosa, Danillo H S Lima, Henrique A Bomjardim, Natália S Silva, Karinny F Campos, Carlos Magno C Oliveira, Edel Figueiredo Barbosa-Stancioli, Jônatas S Abrahão, Erna G Kroon, Giliane de Souza Trindade
In 2011, an outbreak of severe vesicular disease occurred in the state of Pará, Amazon region. Besides proliferative or verrucous lesions, cattle showed atypical clinical signs such as diarrhea and leading to death. The animals were submitted to clinical, pathological and molecular diagnosis, and laboratory tests have confirmed the presence of Pseudocowpox virus (PCPV), a Parapoxvirus genus member, and have also found Bovine viral diarrhea virus-1 (BVDV-1), probably causing persistent infection. The results of molecular diagnostics, followed by sequencing data demonstrated the circulation of both viruses (PCPV and BVDV-1) in an area previously affected by another poxvirus, as Vaccinia virus...
December 2016: Comparative Immunology, Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
C F Baker, J W McCall, S D McCall, M D Drag, E B Mitchell, S T Chester, D Larsen
A randomized, blinded, negative controlled study was conducted to determine whether treatment with afoxolaner (NexGard(®), Merial, Inc.) would prevent the transmission of Borrelia burgdorferi to dogs by wild caught Ixodes scapularis ticks. Twenty healthy dogs were randomly assigned to two groups of ten dogs each. Ten dogs were treated orally on Day 0 at a dose near the minimum recommended dose of afoxolaner of 2.5mg/kg (actual doses 2.5-3.1mg/kg) and ten control dogs were not treated. On Day 28, each dog was infested with approximately 50 adult unfed wild caught I...
December 2016: Comparative Immunology, Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
E Jurado-Tarifa, S Napp, S Lecollinet, A Arenas, C Beck, M Cerdà-Cuéllar, M Fernández-Morente, I García-Bocanegra
In the last decade, the number of emerging flaviviruses described worldwide has increased considerably, with wild birds acting as the main reservoir hosts of these viruses. We carried out an epidemiological survey to determine the seroprevalence of antigenically related flaviviruses, particularly West Nile virus (WNV), Usutu virus (USUV) and Meaban virus (MBV), in waterfowl used as decoys and wild raptors in Andalusia (southern Spain), the region considered to have the highest risk of flaviviruses circulation in Spain...
December 2016: Comparative Immunology, Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
Camila Peres Rubio, Silvia Martinez-Subiela, Asta Tvarijonaviciute, Josefa Hernández-Ruiz, Luis Pardo-Marin, Sergi Segarra, José Joaquín Ceron
Canine leishmaniosis (CanL) is a zoonotic disease being endemic in several parts of the world. In this study we investigated the behavior of a panel of biomarkers of oxidative stress in 12 sick dogs naturally infected by CanL before and at days 30 and 180 of a successful therapy with a standard treatment. The assays total oxidant status (TOS), trolox equivalent antioxidant capacity (TEAC), ferric reducing ability of plasma (FRAP), cupric reducing antioxidant capacity (CUPRAC), serum thiol and paraoxonase 1 (PON1) were included in the panel...
December 2016: Comparative Immunology, Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
Isis Indaiara Gonçalves Granjeiro Taques, Tatiane Rodrigues Barbosa, Andresa de Cássia Martini, Letícia Camara Pitchenin, Ísis Assis Braga, Andréia Lima Tomé de Melo, Luciano Nakazato, Valéria Dutra, Daniel Moura de Aguiar
Given the fact that numerous microbial species can be detected in pregnant female dogs, the objective of this study was to assess the transplacental transmission of Brucella canis, Ehrlichia canis, Neospora caninum and Toxoplasma gondii in stillborn puppies. This study involved 41 stillborn puppies, 78.6% of which were positive for T. gondii, 52.4% for N. caninum and 59.5% for B. canis. E. canis was not detected in any of the analyzed puppies. Pregnancy is an important physiological condition for the transmission of infectious agents to puppies and transplacental transmission may be epidemiologically relevant in the spread of these opportunistic agents...
December 2016: Comparative Immunology, Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
Nidal Alzamel, Calixte Bayrou, Annabelle Decreux, Daniel Desmecht
The pestivirus bovine viral diarrhea virus (BVDV) is known to bind to the CD46 molecule, which subsequently promotes entry of the virus. Mapping of the BVD-virion-binding site has shown that two peptides, 66EQIV69 and 82GQVLAL87, located on antiparallel beta sheets in the most distal complement control protein module (CCP1), provide the attachment platform. In the present study, we reveal new CD46-encoding transcripts that are predicted to encode CCP1-containing soluble forms. Further, we show that the serum of most adult cattle contains soluble CD46 (sCD46) and that a recombinant soluble isoform neutralizes BVDV infectivity in an in vitro assay...
December 2016: Comparative Immunology, Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
W Ernst
The pathogenesis of infectious agents with human tropism can only be properly studied in an in vivo model featuring human cells or tissue. Humanized mice represent a small animal model featuring human cells or tissue that can be infected by human-specific viruses, bacteria, and parasites and also providing a functional human immune system. This makes the analysis of a human immune response to infection possible and allows for preclinical testing of new vaccines and therapeutic agents. Results of various studies using humanized mice to investigate pathogens with human tropism are presented in this review...
December 2016: Comparative Immunology, Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
Salma Bessalah, John Morris Fairbrother, Imed Salhi, Ghyslaine Vanier, Touhami Khorchani, Mouldi Mabrouk Seddik, Mohamed Hammadi
This study was conducted to determine the prevalence of virulence genes, serogroups, antimicrobial resistance and phylogenetic groups of Escherichia coli strains isolated from diarrheic and healthy camel calves in Tunisia. From 120 fecal samples (62 healthy and 58 diarrheic camel calves aged less than 3 months), 70 E. coli isolates (53 from diarrheic herds and 17 from healthy herds) were examined by PCR for detection of the virulence genes associated with pathogenic E. coli in animals. A significantly greater frequency of the f17 gene was observed in individual camels and in herds with diarrhea, this gene being found in 44...
December 2016: Comparative Immunology, Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
Silvana Ornelas Santos, Jonathan L M Fontes, Daniela F Laranjeira, José Vassallo, Stella Maria Barrouin-Melo, Washington L C Dos-Santos
Severe forms of zoonotic visceral leishmaniosis (ZVL) are associated with disruption of the spleen structure. However, the study of spleen histology requires splenectomy or necropsy. In this work, we present a minimally invasive cell-block technique for studying spleen tissue histology in dogs with ZVL. We examined 13 dogs with and seven dogs without Leishmania infantum infection. The dogs with Leishmania infection had a lower frequency of lymphoid follicles (2/13, Fisher's test, P<0.02) and a higher density of plasma cells (score 3, Fisher's test, P<0...
October 2016: Comparative Immunology, Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
Luciene Airy Nagashima, Ayako Sano, Eduardo José de Almeida Araújo, Paula Leonello Álvares E Silva, João Paulo Assolini, Eiko Nakagawa Itano
Arthrographis kalrae is occasionally described as an opportunistic human pathogen. This study investigated the immune response to A. kalrae during murine experimental infection (7, 14, 28 and 56 days post infection). The fungal load was higher in the early phase and mice presented with neurological syndrome over the course of the infection. There was a gradual increase in the level of anti-A. kalrae IgG and increased levels of DTH at 14 days. There was decreased IFN-γ (14-56 days) and an increase in IL-4 (7 and 56 days)...
October 2016: Comparative Immunology, Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
S Martínez-Martínez, E F Rodríguez-Ferri, R Frandoloso, J J Garrido-Pavón, S Zaldívar-López, C Barreiro, C B Gutiérrez-Martín
The molecular analysis of pigs vaccinated with a mutant transferrin-binding protein B (Y167A) from Haemophilus parasuis was compared with that performed for unvaccinated challenged (UNCH) and unvaccinated unchallenged (UNUN) pigs. Microarray analysis revealed that UNCH group showed the most distinct expression profile for immune response genes, mainly for those genes involved in inflammation or immune cell trafficking. This fact was confirmed by real-time PCR, in which the greatest level of differential expression from this group were CD14, CD163, IL-8 and IL-12...
October 2016: Comparative Immunology, Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
Semmannan Kalaiyarasu, Niranjan Mishra, Rohit Kumar Khetan, Vijendra Pal Singh
Birds can act as reservoirs of West Nile virus (WNV) with a key role in its epidemiology. WNV lineage 1 associated fatal cases of human encephalitis in 2011 and acute flaccid paralysis in 2013 were reported in Alappuzha district, Kerala, India. But no information is available on WNV circulation in domestic ducks, which are abundant, cohabit with humans and occupy wetlands and water bodies in the region. To determine the extent of WNV infection, we investigated 209 sera, 250 oral and 350 cloacal swab samples from local Chara and Chemballi domestic ducks (Anas platyrhynchos var domesticus) in the districts of Alappuzha, Kottayam, Kollam and Pathanamthitta collected during January and March 2015...
October 2016: Comparative Immunology, Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
Anja Sipka, Brianna Pomeroy, Suzanne Klaessig, Ynte Schukken
Natural killer (NK) cells are early responders in bacterial infections but their role in bovine mastitis has not been characterized. For the first time, we show the presence of NK cells (NKp46(+)/CD3(-)) in bovine mammary gland tissue after an intramammary challenge with Escherichia (E.) coli. A small number of NK cells was detected in milk from quarters before and during an E. coli challenge. In vitro cultures of primary bovine mammary gland epithelial cells stimulated with UV irradiated E. coli induced significant migration of peripheral blood NK cells (pbNK) within 2h...
October 2016: Comparative Immunology, Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
Juscivete F Fávero, Claiton I Schwertz, Pedro H Doleski, Daniela B R Leal, Gustavo Machado, Alessandra G Manzoni, Ester S da Silva, Mateus E Gabriel, Fernanda A Stedille, Ricardo Christ, Lenita M Stefani, Ricardo E Mendes, Aleksandro S da Silva
The aim of this study was to evaluate seric NTPDase and 5'nucleotidase activities of cattle naturally infected by Eurytrema coelomanticum, as well as to correlate them to histopathological lesions in the pancreas and the degree of parasitism. Blood samples and pancreas of 51 bovines were collected on a slaughterhouse in Southern Brazil: 33 from cattle naturally infected by E. coelomanticum (the Group A), and 18 from uninfected animals (the Group B). Infected animals showed an average of 532 parasites per pancreas...
October 2016: Comparative Immunology, Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
Filomena Fiorito, Antonietta Cantiello, Giovanna Elvira Granato, Luigi Navas, Carmine Diffidenti, Luisa De Martino, Veeramani Maharajan, Fabio Olivieri, Ugo Pagnini, Giuseppe Iovane
Feline herpesvirus 1 (FHV-1) is a widespread cat pathogen inducing rhinitis, conjunctivitis and corneal ulcers. To alleviate acute FHV-1-induced disease, antiviral agents are used often with antibiotics. But sometimes, these treatments, as well as conventional doses of cytokines have moderate efficacy and/or collateral effects. Herein we have investigated the effects of low dose interleukin (IL)-12 plus interferon (IFN)-gamma, prepared by Sequential Kinetic Activated (SKA), on the treatment of FHV-1 infection...
October 2016: Comparative Immunology, Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
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