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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28234952/endomyocardial-involvement-in-asymptomatic-sub-saharan-immigrants-with-helminth-related-eosinophilia
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Cristina Carranza-Rodríguez, Daniel San-Román-Sánchez, Héctor Marrero-Santiago, Michele Hernández-Cabrera, Carlos Gil-Guillén, Elena Pisos-Álamo, Nieves Jaén-Sánchez, José-Luis Pérez-Arellano
BACKGROUND: Among immigrants of sub-Saharan origin, parasitic infection is the leading cause of eosinophilia, which is generally interpreted as a defense mechanism. A side effect of the inflammatory mediators released by eosinophils is damage to host organs, especially the heart. The main objectives of this study were to i) assess cardiac involvement in asymptomatic sub-Saharan immigrants with eosinophilia, ii) relate the presence of lesions with the degree of eosinophilia, and iii) study the relationship between cardiac involvement and the type of causative parasite...
February 24, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28234913/experimental-infection-and-transmission-of-leishmania-by-lutzomyia-cruzi-diptera-psychodidae-aspects-of-the-ecology-of-parasite-vector-interactions
#2
Everton Falcão de Oliveira, Elisa Teruya Oshiro, Wagner Souza Fernandes, Paula Guerra Murat, Márcio José de Medeiros, Alda Izabel Souza, Alessandra Gutierrez de Oliveira, Eunice Aparecida Bianchi Galati
Several parameters should be addressed before incriminating a vector for Leishmania transmission. Those may include its ability to become infected by the same Leishmania species found in humans, the degree of attractiveness for reservoirs and humans and capacity to sustain parasite infection under laboratory conditions. This study evaluated the vectorial capacity of Lutzomyia cruzi for Leishmania infantum and gathered information on its ability to harbor L. amazonensis. Laboratory-reared Lu. cruzi were infected experimentally by feeding them on dogs infected naturally with L...
February 24, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28234897/immunization-with-tc52-or-its-amino-terminal-domain-adjuvanted-with-c-di-amp-induces-th17-th1-specific-immune-responses-and-confers-protection-against-trypanosoma-cruzi
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Marina N Matos, Silvia I Cazorla, Kai Schulze, Thomas Ebensen, Carlos A Guzmán, Emilio L Malchiodi
The development of new adjuvants enables fine modulation of the elicited immune responses. Ideally, the use of one or more adjuvants should result in the induction of a protective immune response against the specific pathogen. We have evaluated the immune response and protection against Trypanosoma cruzi infection in mice vaccinated with recombinant Tc52 or its N- and C-terminal domains (NTc52 and CTc52) adjuvanted either with the STING (Stimulator of Interferon Genes) agonist cyclic di-AMP (c-di-AMP), a pegylated derivative of α-galactosylceramide (αGC-PEG), or oligodeoxynucleotides containing unmethylated CpG motifs (ODN-CpG)...
February 24, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231247/favipiravir-pharmacokinetics-in-ebola-infected-patients-of-the-jiki-trial-reveals-concentrations-lower-than-targeted
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Thi Huyen Tram Nguyen, Jérémie Guedj, Xavier Anglaret, Cédric Laouénan, Vincent Madelain, Anne-Marie Taburet, Sylvain Baize, Daouda Sissoko, Boris Pastorino, Anne Rodallec, Géraldine Piorkowski, Sara Carazo, Mamoudou N Conde, Jean-Luc Gala, Joseph Akoi Bore, Caroline Carbonnelle, Frédéric Jacquot, Hervé Raoul, Denis Malvy, Xavier de Lamballerie, France Mentré
BACKGROUND: In 2014-2015, we assessed favipiravir tolerance and efficacy in patients with Ebola virus (EBOV) disease (EVD) in Guinea (JIKI trial). Because the drug had never been used before for this indication and that high concentrations of the drugs were needed to achieve antiviral efficacy against EBOV, a pharmacokinetic model had been used to propose relevant dosing regimen. Here we report the favipiravir plasma concentrations that were achieved in participants in the JIKI trial and put them in perspective with the model-based targeted concentrations...
February 23, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231244/unexpectedly-high-leprosy-seroprevalence-detected-using-a-random-surveillance-strategy-in-midwestern-brazil-a-comparison-of-elisa-and-a-rapid-diagnostic-test
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Marco Andrey C Frade, Natália A de Paula, Ciro M Gomes, Sebastian Vernal, Fred Bernardes Filho, Helena B Lugão, Marilda M M de Abreu, Patrícia Botini, Malcolm S Duthie, John S Spencer, Rosa Castália F R Soares, Norma T Foss
BACKGROUND: Leprosy diagnosis is mainly based on clinical evaluation, although this approach is difficult, especially for untrained physicians. We conducted a temporary campaign to detect previously unknown leprosy cases in midwestern Brazil and to compare the performance of different serological tests. METHODS: A mobile clinic was stationed at the main bus terminal in Brasília, Brazil. Volunteers were quizzed and given a clinical exam to allow categorization as either patients, known contacts of patients or non-contacts, and blood was collected to determine anti-PGL-I and anti-LID-1 antibody titers by ELISA and by the NDO-LID rapid test...
February 23, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222149/ultrasonographic-evaluation-of-urinary-tract-morbidity-in-school-aged-and-preschool-aged-children-infected-with-schistosoma-haematobium-and-its-evolution-after-praziquantel-treatment-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Beatrice Barda, Jean T Coulibaly, Christoph Hatz, Jennifer Keiser
BACKGROUND: Schistosoma haematobium infections are responsible for significant urinary tract (UT) complications. Schistosomiasis control programs aim to reduce morbidity, yet the extent of morbidity in preschool-aged children and the impact of treatment on morbidity reduction are not well studied. METHODOLOGY: Our study was embedded in a randomized, placebo-controlled, single-blind trial in Côte d'Ivoire, which evaluated the efficacy and safety of three doses (20, 40 and 60 mg/kg) of praziquantel in school-aged (SAC) and preschool-aged (PSAC) children infected with S...
February 21, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222146/cytotoxic-effector-functions-of-t-cells-are-not-required-for-protective-immunity-against-fatal-rickettsia-typhi-infection-in-a-murine-model-of-infection-role-of-th1-and-th17-cytokines-in-protection-and-pathology
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Kristin Moderzynski, Liza Heine, Jessica Rauch, Stefanie Papp, Svenja Kuehl, Ulricke Richardt, Bernhard Fleischer, Anke Osterloh
Endemic typhus caused by Rickettsia (R.) typhi is an emerging febrile disease that can be fatal due to multiple organ pathology. Here we analyzed the requirements for protection against R. typhi by T cells in the CB17 SCID model of infection. BALB/c wild-type mice generate CD4+ TH1 and cytotoxic CD8+ T cells both of which are sporadically reactivated in persistent infection. Either adoptively transferred CD8+ or CD4+ T cells protected R. typhi-infected CB17 SCID mice from death and provided long-term control...
February 21, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222139/leprosy-reactions-the-predictive-value-of-mycobacterium-leprae-specific-serology-evaluated-in-a-brazilian-cohort-of-leprosy-patients-u-mdt-ct-br
#8
Emerith Mayra Hungria, Samira Bührer-Sékula, Regiane Morillas de Oliveira, Lúcio Cartaxo Aderaldo, Araci de Andrade Pontes, Rossilene Cruz, Heitor de Sá Gonçalves, Maria Lúcia Fernandes Penna, Gerson Oliveira Penna, Mariane Martins de Araújo Stefani
BACKGROUND: Leprosy reactions, reversal reactions/RR and erythema nodosum leprosum/ENL, can cause irreversible nerve damage, handicaps and deformities. The study of Mycobacterium leprae-specific serologic responses at diagnosis in the cohort of patients enrolled at the Clinical Trial for Uniform Multidrug Therapy Regimen for Leprosy Patients in Brazil/U-MDT/CT-BR is suitable to evaluate its prognostic value for the development of reactions. METHODOLOGY: IgM and IgG antibody responses to PGL-I, LID-1, ND-O-LID were evaluated by ELISA in 452 reaction-free leprosy patients at diagnosis, enrolled and monitored for the development of leprosy reactions during a total person-time of 780,930 person-days, i...
February 21, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222138/anti-trypanosomal-activity-of-non-peptidic-nitrile-based-cysteine-protease-inhibitors
#9
Antonio C B Burtoloso, Sérgio de Albuquerque, Mark Furber, Juliana C Gomes, Cristiana Gonçalez, Peter W Kenny, Andrei Leitão, Carlos A Montanari, José Carlos Quilles, Jean F R Ribeiro, Josmar R Rocha
The cysteine protease cruzipain is considered to be a validated target for therapeutic intervention in the treatment of Chagas disease. Anti-trypanosomal activity against the CL Brener strain of T. cruzi was observed in the 0.1 μM to 1 μM range for three nitrile-based cysteine protease inhibitors based on two scaffolds known to be associated with cathepsin K inhibition. The two compounds showing the greatest potency against the trypanosome were characterized by EC50 values (0.12 μM and 0.25 μM) that were an order of magnitude lower than the corresponding Ki values measured against cruzain, a recombinant form of cruzipain, in an enzyme inhibition assay...
February 21, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222130/dengue-virus-antibody-database-systematically-linking-serotype-specificity-with-epitope-mapping-in-dengue-virus
#10
Sidhartha Chaudhury, Gregory D Gromowski, Daniel R Ripoll, Ilja V Khavrutskii, Valmik Desai, Anders Wallqvist
BACKGROUND: A majority infections caused by dengue virus (DENV) are asymptomatic, but a higher incidence of severe illness, such as dengue hemorrhagic fever, is associated with secondary infections, suggesting that pre-existing immunity plays a central role in dengue pathogenesis. Primary infections are typically associated with a largely serotype-specific antibody response, while secondary infections show a shift to a broadly cross-reactive antibody response. METHODS/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: We hypothesized that the basis for the shift in serotype-specificity between primary and secondary infections can be found in a change in the antibody fine-specificity...
February 21, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222127/unusual-pattern-of-chikungunya-virus-epidemic-in-the-americas-the-panamanian-experience
#11
Jean-Paul Carrera, Yamilka Díaz, Bernardino Denis, Itza Barahona de Mosca, Dennys Rodriguez, Israel Cedeño, Dimelza Arauz, Publio González, Lizbeth Cerezo, Lourdes Moreno, Lourdes García, Lisseth E Sáenz, María Aneth Atencio, Eddy Rojas-Fermin, Fernando Vizcaino, Nicolas Perez, Brechla Moreno, Sandra López-Vergès, Anayansi Valderrama, Blas Armién
BACKGROUND: Chikungunya virus (CHIKV) typically causes explosive epidemics of fever, rash and polyarthralgia after its introduction into naïve populations. Since its introduction in Panama in May of 2014, few autochthonous cases have been reported; most of them were found within limited outbreaks in Panama City in 2014 and Puerto Obaldia town, near the Caribbean border with Colombia in 2015. In order to confirm that Panama had few CHIKV cases compared with neighboring countries, we perform an epidemiological analysis of chikungunya cases reported from May 2014 to July 2015...
February 21, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212414/decline-in-infection-related-morbidities-following-drug-mediated-reductions-in-the-intensity-of-schistosoma-infection-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#12
Gisele Andrade, David J Bertsch, Andrea Gazzinelli, Charles H King
BACKGROUND: Since 1984, WHO has endorsed drug treatment to reduce Schistosoma infection and its consequent morbidity. Cross-sectional studies suggest pre-treatment correlation between infection intensity and risk for Schistosoma-related pathology. However, evidence also suggests that post-treatment reduction in intensity may not reverse morbidity because some morbidities occur at all levels of infection, and some reflect permanent tissue damage. The aim of this project was to systematically review evidence on drug-based control of schistosomiasis and to develop a quantitative estimate of the impact of post-treatment reductions in infection intensity on prevalence of infection-associated morbidity...
February 17, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212398/modelling-the-risk-of-taenia-solium-exposure-from-pork-produced-in-western-kenya
#13
Lian F Thomas, William A de Glanville, Elizabeth A J Cook, Barend M De C Bronsvoort, Ian Handel, Claire N Wamae, Samuel Kariuki, Eric M Fèvre
The tapeworm Taenia solium is the parasite responsible for neurocysticercosis, a neglected tropical disease of public health importance, thought to cause approximately 1/3 of epilepsy cases across endemic regions. The consumption of undercooked infected pork perpetuates the parasite's life-cycle through the establishment of adult tapeworm infections in the community. Reducing the risk associated with pork consumption in the developing world is therefore a public health priority. The aim of this study was to estimate the risk of any one pork meal in western Kenya containing a potentially infective T...
February 17, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212379/distribution-and-abundance-of-key-vectors-of-rift-valley-fever-and-other-arboviruses-in-two-ecologically-distinct-counties-in-kenya
#14
Rosemary Sang, Samwel Arum, Edith Chepkorir, Gladys Mosomtai, Caroline Tigoi, Faith Sigei, Olivia Wesula Lwande, Tobias Landmann, Hippolyte Affognon, Clas Ahlm, Magnus Evander
BACKGROUND: Rift Valley fever (RVF) is a mosquito-borne viral zoonosis of ruminants and humans that causes outbreaks in Africa and the Arabian Peninsula with significant public health and economic consequences. Humans become infected through mosquito bites and contact with infected livestock. The virus is maintained between outbreaks through vertically infected eggs of the primary vectors of Aedes species which emerge following rains with extensive flooding. Infected female mosquitoes initiate transmission among nearby animals, which amplifies virus, thereby infecting more mosquitoes and moving the virus beyond the initial point of emergence...
February 17, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207905/the-one-health-approach-to-identify-knowledge-attitudes-and-practices-that-affect-community-involvement-in-the-control-of-rift-valley-fever-outbreaks
#15
Osama Ahmed Hassan, Hippolyte Affognon, Joacim Rocklöv, Peter Mburu, Rosemary Sang, Clas Ahlm, Magnus Evander
Rift Valley fever (RVF) is a viral mosquito-borne disease with the potential for global expansion, causes hemorrhagic fever, and has a high case fatality rate in young animals and in humans. Using a cross-sectional community-based study design, we investigated the knowledge, attitudes and practices of people living in small village in Sudan with respect to RVF outbreaks. A special One Health questionnaire was developed to compile data from 235 heads of household concerning their knowledge, attitudes, and practices with regard to controlling RVF...
February 16, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207792/partnering-for-impact-integrated-transmission-assessment-surveys-for-lymphatic-filariasis-soil-transmitted-helminths-and-malaria-in-haiti
#16
Alaine Kathryn Knipes, Jean Frantz Lemoine, Franck Monestime, Carl R Fayette, Abdel N Direny, Luccene Desir, Valery E Beau de Rochars, Thomas G Streit, Kristen Renneker, Brian K Chu, Michelle A Chang, Kimberly E Mace, Kimberly Y Won, Patrick J Lammie
BACKGROUND: Since 2001, Haiti's National Program for the Elimination of Lymphatic Filariasis (NPELF) has worked to reduce the transmission of LF through annual mass drug administration with diethylcarbamazine and albendazole. The NPELF reached full national coverage with MDA for LF in 2012, and by 2014, a total of 14 evaluation units (48 communes) had met WHO eligibility criteria to conduct LF transmission assessment surveys (TAS) to determine whether prevalence had been reduced to below a threshold, such that transmission is assumed to be no longer sustainable...
February 16, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192438/advances-in-neglected-tropical-disease-vaccines-developing-relative-potency-and-functional-assays-for-the-na-gst-1-alhydrogel-hookworm-vaccine
#17
Jill B Brelsford, Jordan L Plieskatt, Anna Yakovleva, Amar Jariwala, Brian P Keegan, Jin Peng, Pengjun Xia, Guangzhao Li, Doreen Campbell, Maria Victoria Periago, Rodrigo Correa-Oliveira, Maria Elena Bottazzi, Peter J Hotez, David Diemert, Jeffrey M Bethony
A new generation of vaccines for the neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) have now advanced into clinical development, with the Na-GST-1/Alhydrogel Hookworm Vaccine already being tested in Phase 1 studies in healthy adults. The current manuscript focuses on the often overlooked critical aspects of NTD vaccine product development, more specifically, vaccine stability testing programs. A key measure of vaccine stability testing is "relative potency" or the immunogenicity of the vaccine during storage. As with most NTD vaccines, the Na-GST-1/Alhydrogel Hookworm Vaccine was not developed by attenuation or inactivation of the pathogen (Necator americanus), so conventional methods for measuring relative potency are not relevant for this investigational product...
February 13, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192437/species-dependent-impact-of-helminth-derived-antigens-on-human-macrophages-infected-with-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-direct-effect-on-the-innate-anti-mycobacterial-response
#18
Naomi Aira, Anna-Maria Andersson, Susmita K Singh, Derek M McKay, Robert Blomgran
BACKGROUND: In countries with a high prevalence of tuberculosis there is high coincident of helminth infections that might worsen disease outcome. While Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) gives rise to a pro-inflammatory Th1 response, a Th2 response is typical of helminth infections. A strong Th2 response has been associated with decreased protection against tuberculosis. PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: We investigated the direct effect of helminth-derived antigens on human macrophages, hypothesizing that helminths would render macrophages less capable of controlling Mtb...
February 13, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192433/review-of-21-cases-of-mycetoma-from-1991-to-2014-in-rio-de-janeiro-brazil
#19
Felipe Maurício Soeiro Sampaio, Bodo Wanke, Dayvison Francis Saraiva Freitas, Janice Mery Chicarino de Oliveira Coelho, Maria Clara Gutierrez Galhardo, Marcelo Rosandiski Lyra, Maria Cristina da Silva Lourenço, Rodrigo de Almeida Paes, Antonio Carlos Francesconi do Valle
Mycetoma is caused by the subcutaneous inoculation of filamentous fungi or aerobic filamentous bacteria that form grains in the tissue. The purpose of this study is to describe the epidemiologic, clinic, laboratory, and therapeutic characteristics of patients with mycetoma at the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, between 1991 and 2014. Twenty-one cases of mycetoma were included in the study. There was a predominance of male patients (1.3:1) and the average patient age was 46 years. The majority of the cases were from the Southeast region of Brazil and the feet were the most affected anatomical region (80...
February 13, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192431/comparative-genome-analysis-of-vsp-ii-and-snps-reveals-heterogenic-variation-in-contemporary-strains-of-vibrio-cholerae-o1-isolated-from-cholera-patients-in-kolkata-india
#20
Daisuke Imamura, Masatomo Morita, Tsuyoshi Sekizuka, Tamaki Mizuno, Taichiro Takemura, Tetsu Yamashiro, Goutam Chowdhury, Gururaja P Pazhani, Asish K Mukhopadhyay, Thandavarayan Ramamurthy, Shin-Ichi Miyoshi, Makoto Kuroda, Sumio Shinoda, Makoto Ohnishi
Cholera is an acute diarrheal disease and a major public health problem in many developing countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Since the Bay of Bengal is considered the epicenter for the seventh cholera pandemic, it is important to understand the genetic dynamism of Vibrio cholerae from Kolkata, as a representative of the Bengal region. We analyzed whole genome sequence data of V. cholerae O1 isolated from cholera patients in Kolkata, India, from 2007 to 2014 and identified the heterogeneous genomic region in these strains...
February 13, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
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