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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346536/water-sanitation-and-hygiene-wash-and-environmental-risk-factors-for-soil-transmitted-helminth-intensity-of-infection-in-timor-leste-using-real-time-pcr
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Suzy J Campbell, Susana V Nery, Rebecca Wardell, Catherine A D'Este, Darren J Gray, James S McCarthy, Rebecca J Traub, Ross M Andrews, Stacey Llewellyn, Andrew J Vallely, Gail M Williams, Archie C A Clements
BACKGROUND: No investigations have been undertaken of risk factors for intensity of soil-transmitted helminth (STH) infection in Timor-Leste. This study provides the first analysis of risk factors for intensity of STH infection, as determined by quantitative PCR (qPCR), examining a broad range of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and environmental factors, among communities in Manufahi District, Timor-Leste. METHODS: A baseline cross-sectional survey of 18 communities was undertaken as part of a cluster randomised controlled trial, with additional identically-collected data from six other communities...
March 27, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346516/protective-immune-responses-against-schistosoma-mansoni-infection-by-immunization-with-functionally-active-gut-derived-cysteine-peptidases-alone-and-in-combination-with-glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate-dehydrogenase
#2
Hatem Tallima, Jan Dvořák, Sahira Kareem, Marwa Abou El Dahab, Nada Abdel Aziz, John Pius Dalton, Rashika El Ridi
BACKGROUND: Schistosomiasis, a severe disease caused by parasites of the genus Schistosoma, is prevalent in 74 countries, affecting more than 250 million people, particularly children. We have previously shown that the Schistosoma mansoni gut-derived cysteine peptidase, cathepsin B1 (SmCB1), administered without adjuvant, elicits protection (>60%) against challenge infection of S. mansoni or S. haematobium in outbred, CD-1 mice. Here we compare the immunogenicity and protective potential of another gut-derived cysteine peptidase, S...
March 27, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339472/vector-status-of-aedes-species-determines-geographical-risk-of-autochthonous-zika-virus-establishment
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Lauren Gardner, Nan Chen, Sahotra Sarkar
BACKGROUND: The 2015-16 Zika virus pandemic originating in Latin America led to predictions of a catastrophic global spread of the disease. Since the current outbreak began in Brazil in May 2015 local transmission of Zika has been reported in over 60 countries and territories, with over 750 thousand confirmed and suspected cases. As a result of its range expansion attention has focused on possible modes of transmission, of which the arthropod vector-based disease spread cycle involving Aedes species is believed to be the most important...
March 24, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339458/rapid-surveillance-for-vector-presence-rsvp-development-of-a-novel-system-for-detecting-aedes-aegypti-and-aedes-albopictus
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Brian L Montgomery, Martin A Shivas, Sonja Hall-Mendelin, Jim Edwards, Nicholas A Hamilton, Cassie C Jansen, Jamie L McMahon, David Warrilow, Andrew F van den Hurk
BACKGROUND: The globally important Zika, dengue and chikungunya viruses are primarily transmitted by the invasive mosquitoes, Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus. In Australia, there is an increasing risk that these species may invade highly urbanized regions and trigger outbreaks. We describe the development of a Rapid Surveillance for Vector Presence (RSVP) system to expedite presence- absence surveys for both species. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: We developed a methodology that uses molecular assays to efficiently screen pooled ovitrap (egg trap) samples for traces of target species ribosomal RNA...
March 24, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333957/immune-response-of-rats-vaccinated-orally-with-various-plant-expressed-recombinant-cysteine-proteinase-constructs-when-challenged-with-fasciola-hepatica-metacercariae
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Malgorzata Kesik-Brodacka, Agnieszka Lipiec, Monika Kozak Ljunggren, Luiza Jedlina, Katarzyna Miedzinska, Magdalena Mikolajczak, Andrzej Plucienniczak, Andrzej B Legocki, Halina Wedrychowicz
BACKGROUND: Cysteine proteinases of Fasciola hepatica are important candidates for vaccine antigens because of their role in fluke biology and host-parasite relationships. In our previous experiments, we found that a recombinant cysteine proteinase cloned from adult F. hepatica (CPFhW) can protect rats against liver fluke infections when it is administered intramuscularly or intranasally in the form of cDNA. We also observed considerable protection upon challenge following mucosal vaccination with inclusion bodies containing recombinant CPFhW produced in Escherichia coli...
March 23, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333935/dengue-seroprevalence-seroconversion-and-risk-factors-in-dhaka-bangladesh
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Parnali Dhar-Chowdhury, Kishor Kumar Paul, C Emdad Haque, Shakhawat Hossain, L Robbin Lindsay, Antonia Dibernardo, W Abdullah Brooks, Michael A Drebot
BACKGROUND: Dengue virus (DENV) activity has been reported in Dhaka, Bangladesh since the early 1960s with the greatest burden of dengue fever and dengue hemorrhagic fever cases observed in 2000. Since this time, the intensity of dengue activity has varied from year to year, and its determining factors remained relatively unknown. In light of such gaps in knowledge, the main objectives of this study were to determine the magnitude of seroprevalence and seroconversion among the surveyed population, and establish the individual/household level risk factors for the presence of DENV antibodies among all age groups of target populations in the city of Dhaka...
March 23, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333929/the-rise-and-fall-of-rabies-in-japan-a-quantitative-history-of-rabies-epidemics-in-osaka-prefecture-1914-1933
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Aiko Kurosawa, Kageaki Tojinbara, Hazumu Kadowaki, Katie Hampson, Akio Yamada, Kohei Makita
Japan has been free from rabies since the 1950s. However, during the early 1900s several large-scale epidemics spread throughout the country. Here we investigate the dynamics of these epidemics between 1914 and 1933 in Osaka Prefecture, using archival data including newspapers. The association between dog rabies cases and human population density was investigated using Mixed-effects models and epidemiological parameters such as the basic reproduction number (R0), the incubation and infectious period and the serial interval were estimated...
March 23, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333926/performance-of-tci-tcvi-tcii-chagas-flow-ate-igg2a-for-universal-and-genotype-specific-serodiagnosis-of-trypanosoma-cruzi-infection
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Glaucia Diniz Alessio, Fernanda Fortes de Araújo, Denise Fonseca Côrtes, Policarpo Ademar Sales Júnior, Daniela Cristina Lima, Matheus de Souza Gomes, Laurence Rodrigues do Amaral, Marcelo Antônio Pascoal Xavier, Andréa Teixeira-Carvalho, Olindo Assis Martins-Filho, Marta de Lana
Distinct Trypanosoma cruzi genotypes have been considered relevant for patient management and therapeutic response Chagas disease. However, typing strategies for genotype-specific serodiagnosis of Chagas disease are still unavailable and requires standardization for practical application. In this study, an innovative TcI/TcVI/TcII Chagas Flow ATE-IgG2a technique was developed with applicability for universal and genotype-specific diagnosis of T. cruzi infection. For this purpose, the reactivity of serum samples (percentage of positive fluorescent parasites-PPFP) obtained from mice chronically infected with TcI/Colombiana, TcVI/CL or TcII/Y strain as well as non-infected controls were determined using amastigote-AMA, trypomastigote-TRYPO and epimastigote-EPI in parallel batches of TcI, TcVI and TcII target antigens...
March 23, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333923/interdisciplinary-approach-at-the-primary-healthcare-level-for-bolivian-immigrants-with-chagas-disease-in-the-city-of-s%C3%A3-o-paulo
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Maria Aparecida Shikanai Yasuda, Camila Gonçalves Sátolo, Noemia Barbosa Carvalho, Magda Maya Atala, Rosario Quiroga Ferrufino, Ruth Moreira Leite, Célia Regina Furucho, Expedito Luna, Rubens Antonio Silva, Marcia Hage, Caroline Medeji Ramos de Oliveira, Felipe Delatorre Busser, Vera Lucia Teixeira de Freitas, Dalva Marli Valerio Wanderley, Luzia Martinelli, Sonia Regina Almeida, Pedro Albajar Viñas, Nivaldo Carneiro
BACKGROUND/METHODS: In a pioneering cross-sectional study among Bolivian immigrants in the city of São Paulo, Brazil, the epidemiological profile, clinical manifestations and morbidity of Chagas disease were described. The feasibility of the management of Chagas disease at primary healthcare clinics using a biomedical and psychosocial interdisciplinary approach was also tested. Previously, a Trypanosoma cruzi (T. cruzi) infection rate of 4.4% among 633 immigrants was reported. The samples were screened using two commercial enzyme-linked immunoassay (ELISA) tests generated with epimastigote antigens, and those with discrepant or seropositive results were analyzed by confirmatory tests: indirect immunofluorescence (IFI), TESA-blot and a commercial recombinant ELISA...
March 23, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328984/using-simulation-to-aid-trial-design-ring-vaccination-trials
#10
Matt David Thomas Hitchings, Rebecca Freeman Grais, Marc Lipsitch
BACKGROUND: The 2014-6 West African Ebola epidemic highlights the need for rigorous, rapid clinical trial methods for vaccines. A challenge for trial design is making sample size calculations based on incidence within the trial, total vaccine effect, and intracluster correlation, when these parameters are uncertain in the presence of indirect effects of vaccination. METHODS AND FINDINGS: We present a stochastic, compartmental model for a ring vaccination trial. After identification of an index case, a ring of contacts is recruited and either vaccinated immediately or after 21 days...
March 22, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319196/h-channels-in-embryonic-biomphalaria-glabrata-cell-membranes-putative-roles-in-snail-host-schistosome-interactions
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Brandon J Wright, Utibe Bickham-Wright, Timothy P Yoshino, Meyer B Jackson
The human blood fluke Schistosoma mansoni causes intestinal schistosomiasis, a widespread neglected tropical disease. Infection of freshwater snails Biomphalaria spp. is an essential step in the transmission of S. mansoni to humans, although the physiological interactions between the parasite and its obligate snail host that determine success or failure are still poorly understood. In the present study, the B. glabrata embryonic (Bge) cell line, a widely used in vitro model for hemocyte-like activity, was used to investigate membrane properties, and assess the impact of larval transformation proteins (LTP) on identified ion channels...
March 20, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306730/evaluation-of-radiation-sensitivity-and-mating-performance-of-glossina-brevipalpis-males
#12
Chantel J de Beer, Percy Moyaba, Solomon N B Boikanyo, Daphney Majatladi, Hanano Yamada, Gert J Venter, Marc J B Vreysen
BACKGROUND: Area-wide integrated pest management strategies that include a sterile insect technique component have been successfully used to eradicate tsetse fly populations in the past. To ensure the success of the sterile insect technique, the released males must be adequately sterile and be able to compete with their native counterparts in the wild. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: In the present study the radiation sensitivity of colonised Glossina brevipalpis Newstead (Diptera; Glossinidae) males, treated either as adults or pupae, was assessed...
March 17, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306721/developing-photoreceptor-based-models-of-visual-attraction-in-riverine-tsetse-for-use-in-the-engineering-of-more-attractive-polyester-fabrics-for-control-devices
#13
Roger D Santer
Riverine tsetse transmit the parasites that cause the most prevalent form of human African trypanosomiasis, Gambian HAT. In response to the imperative for cheap and efficient tsetse control, insecticide-treated 'tiny targets' have been developed through refinement of tsetse attractants based on blue fabric panels. However, modern blue polyesters used for this purpose attract many less tsetse than traditional phthalogen blue cottons. Therefore, colour engineering polyesters for improved attractiveness has great potential for tiny target development...
March 17, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306718/experimental-bothrops-atrox-envenomation-efficacy-of-antivenom-therapy-and-the-combination-of-bothrops-antivenom-with-dexamethasone
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Gabriella Neves Leal Santos Barreto, Sâmella Silva de Oliveira, Isabelle Valle Dos Anjos, Hipocrates de Menezes Chalkidis, Rosa Helena Veras Mourão, Ana Maria Moura da Silva, Ida Sigueko Sano-Martins, Luis Roberto de Camargo Gonçalves
Bothrops atrox snakes are the leading cause of snake bites in Northern Brazil. The venom of this snake is not included in the antigen pool used to obtain the Bothrops antivenom. There are discrepancies in reports on the effectiveness of this antivenom to treat victims bitten by B. atrox snakes. However, these studies were performed using a pre-incubation of the venom with the antivenom and, thus, did not simulate a true case of envenomation treatment. In addition, the local lesions induced by Bothrops venoms are not well resolved by antivenom therapy...
March 17, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306717/barriers-to-dog-rabies-vaccination-during-an-urban-rabies-outbreak-qualitative-findings-from-arequipa-peru
#15
Ricardo Castillo-Neyra, Joanna Brown, Katty Borrini, Claudia Arevalo, Michael Z Levy, Alison Buttenheim, Gabrielle C Hunter, Victor Becerra, Jere Behrman, Valerie A Paz-Soldan
BACKGROUND: Canine rabies was reintroduced to the city of Arequipa, Peru in March 2015. The Ministry of Health has conducted a series of mass dog vaccination campaigns to contain the outbreak, but canine rabies virus transmission continues in Arequipa's complex urban environment, putting the city's 1 million inhabitants at risk of infection. The proximate driver of canine rabies in Arequipa is low dog vaccination coverage. Our objectives were to qualitatively assess barriers to and facilitators of rabies vaccination during mass campaigns, and to explore strategies to increase participation in future efforts...
March 17, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306713/trypanocidal-effect-of-isotretinoin-through-the-inhibition-of-polyamine-and-amino-acid-transporters-in-trypanosoma-cruzi
#16
Chantal Reigada, Edward A Valera-Vera, Melisa Sayé, Andrea E Errasti, Carla C Avila, Mariana R Miranda, Claudio A Pereira
Polyamines are essential compounds to all living organisms and in the specific case of Trypanosoma cruzi, the causative agent of Chagas disease, they are exclusively obtained through transport processes since this parasite is auxotrophic for polyamines. Previous works reported that retinol acetate inhibits Leishmania growth and decreases its intracellular polyamine concentration. The present work describes a combined strategy of drug repositioning by virtual screening followed by in vitro assays to find drugs able to inhibit TcPAT12, the only polyamine transporter described in T...
March 17, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301479/ligb-subunit-vaccine-confers-sterile-immunity-against-challenge-in-the-hamster-model-of-leptospirosis
#17
Neida L Conrad, Flávia W Cruz McBride, Jéssica D Souza, Marcelle M Silveira, Samuel Félix, Karla S Mendonça, Cleiton S Santos, Daniel A Athanazio, Marco A Medeiros, Mitermayer G Reis, Odir A Dellagostin, Alan J A McBride
Neglected tropical diseases, including zoonoses such as leptospirosis, have a major impact on rural and poor urban communities, particularly in developing countries. This has led to major investment in antipoverty vaccines that focus on diseases that influence public health and thereby productivity. While the true, global, impact of leptospirosis is unknown due to the lack of adequate laboratory diagnosis, the WHO estimates that incidence has doubled over the last 15 years to over 1 million cases that require hospitalization every year...
March 16, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296884/increased-von-willebrand-factor-decreased-adamts13-and-thrombocytopenia-in-melioidosis
#18
Emma Birnie, Gavin C K W Koh, Ester C Löwenberg, Joost C M Meijers, Rapeephan R Maude, Nicholas P J Day, Sharon J Peacock, Tom van der Poll, W Joost Wiersinga
BACKGROUND: Melioidosis, caused by bioterror treat agent Burkholderia pseudomallei, is an important cause of community-acquired Gram-negative sepsis in Southeast Asia and Northern Australia. New insights into the pathogenesis of melioidosis may help improve treatment and decrease mortality rates from this dreadful disease. We hypothesized that changes in Von Willebrand factor (VWF) function should occur in melioidosis, based on the presence of endothelial stimulation by endotoxin, pro-inflammatory cytokines and thrombin in melioidosis, and investigated whether this impacted on outcome...
March 15, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288154/epidemiology-of-cholera-outbreaks-and-socio-economic-characteristics-of-the-communities-in-the-fishing-villages-of-uganda-2011-2015
#19
Godfrey Bwire, Aline Munier, Issaka Ouedraogo, Leonard Heyerdahl, Henry Komakech, Atek Kagirita, Richard Wood, Raymond Mhlanga, Berthe Njanpop-Lafourcade, Mugagga Malimbo, Issa Makumbi, Jennifer Wandawa, Bradford D Gessner, Christopher Garimoi Orach, Martin A Mengel
BACKGROUND: The communities in fishing villages in the Great Lakes Region of Africa and particularly in Uganda experience recurrent cholera outbreaks that lead to considerable mortality and morbidity. We evaluated cholera epidemiology and population characteristics in the fishing villages of Uganda to better target prevention and control interventions on cholera and contribute to its elimination from those communities. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: We conducted a prospective study between 2011-15 in fishing villages in Uganda...
March 13, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333938/the-relationship-between-entomological-indicators-of-aedes-aegypti-abundance-and-dengue-virus-infection
#20
Elizabeth A Cromwell, Steven T Stoddard, Christopher M Barker, Annelies Van Rie, William B Messer, Steven R Meshnick, Amy C Morrison, Thomas W Scott
Routine entomological monitoring data are used to quantify the abundance of Ae. aegypti. The public health utility of these indicators is based on the assumption that greater mosquito abundance increases the risk of human DENV transmission, and therefore reducing exposure to the vector decreases incidence of infection. Entomological survey data from two longitudinal cohort studies in Iquitos, Peru, linked with 8,153 paired serological samples taken approximately six months apart were analyzed. Indicators of Ae...
March 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
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