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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212352/rta-occupancy-of-the-origin-of-lytic-replication-during-murine-gammaherpesvirus-68-reactivation-from-b-cell-latency
#1
Alexis L Santana, Darby G Oldenburg, Varvara Kirillov, Laraib Malik, Qiwen Dong, Roman Sinayev, Kenneth B Marcu, Douglas W White, Laurie T Krug
RTA, the viral Replication and Transcription Activator, is essential for rhadinovirus lytic gene expression upon de novo infection and reactivation from latency. Lipopolysaccharide (LPS)/toll-like receptor (TLR)4 engagement enhances rhadinovirus reactivation. We developed two new systems to examine the interaction of RTA with host NF-kappaB (NF-κB) signaling during murine gammaherpesvirus 68 (MHV68) infection: a latent B cell line (HE-RIT) inducible for RTA-Flag expression and virus reactivation; and a recombinant virus (MHV68-RTA-Bio) that enabled in vivo biotinylation of RTA in BirA transgenic mice...
February 16, 2017: Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212305/epigenetic-landscape-during-coronavirus-infection
#2
Alexandra Schäfer, Ralph S Baric
Coronaviruses (CoV) comprise a large group of emerging human and animal pathogens, including the highly pathogenic severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV) and Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) strains. The molecular mechanisms regulating emerging coronavirus pathogenesis are complex and include virus-host interactions associated with entry, replication, egress and innate immune control. Epigenetics research investigates the genetic and non-genetic factors that regulate phenotypic variation, usually caused by external and environmental factors that alter host expression patterns and performance without any change in the underlying genotype...
February 15, 2017: Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212285/transcriptomic-analysis-reveals-selective-metabolic-adaptation-of-streptococcus-suis-to-porcine-blood-and-cerebrospinal-fluid
#3
Anna Koczula, Michael Jarek, Christian Visscher, Peter Valentin-Weigand, Ralph Goethe, Jörg Willenborg
Streptococcus suis is a zoonotic pathogen that can cause severe pathologies such as septicemia and meningitis in its natural porcine host as well as in humans. Establishment of disease requires not only virulence of the infecting strain but also an appropriate metabolic activity of the pathogen in its host environment. However, it is yet largely unknown how the streptococcal metabolism adapts to the different host niches encountered during infection. Our previous isotopologue profiling studies on S. suis grown in porcine blood and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) revealed conserved activities of central carbon metabolism in both body fluids...
February 15, 2017: Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208721/evolution-and-divergence-of-h3n8-equine-influenza-viruses-circulating-in-the-united-kingdom-from-2013-to-2015
#4
Adam Rash, Rachel Morton, Alana Woodward, Olivia Maes, John McCauley, Neil Bryant, Debra Elton
Equine influenza viruses (EIV) are a major cause of acute respiratory disease in horses worldwide and occasionally also affect vaccinated animals. Like other influenza A viruses, they undergo antigenic drift, highlighting the importance of both surveillance and virus characterisation in order for vaccine strains to be kept up to date. The aim of the work reported here was to monitor the genetic and antigenic changes occurring in EIV circulating in the UK from 2013 to 2015 and to identify any evidence of vaccine breakdown in the field...
February 8, 2017: Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178213/neurotrophic-factors-ngf-gdnf-and-ntn-selectively-modulate-hsv1-and-hsv2-lytic-infection-and-reactivation-in-primary-adult-sensory-and-autonomic-neurons
#5
Andy A Yanez, Telvin Harrell, Heather J Sriranganathan, Angela M Ives, Andrea S Bertke
Herpes simplex viruses (HSV1 and HSV2) establish latency in peripheral ganglia after ocular or genital infection, and can reactivate to produce different patterns and frequencies of recurrent disease. Previous studies showed that nerve growth factor (NGF) maintains HSV1 latency in embryonic sympathetic and sensory neurons. However, adult sensory neurons are no longer dependent on NGF for survival, some populations cease expression of NGF receptors postnatally, and the viruses preferentially establish latency in different populations of sensory neurons responsive to other neurotrophic factors (NTFs)...
February 7, 2017: Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075410/is-toxoplasma-gondii-a-trigger-of-bipolar-disorder
#6
REVIEW
Claudia Del Grande, Luca Galli, Elisa Schiavi, Liliana Dell'Osso, Fabrizio Bruschi
Toxoplasma gondii, a ubiquitous intracellular parasite, has a strong tropism for the brain tissue, where it forms intracellular cysts within the neurons and glial cells, establishing a chronic infection. Although latent toxoplasmosis is generally assumed to be asymptomatic in immunocompetent individuals, it is now clear that it can induce behavioral manipulations in mice and infected humans. Moreover, a strong relation has emerged in recent years between toxoplasmosis and psychiatric disorders. The link between T...
January 10, 2017: Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075388/acknowledgement-to-reviewers-of-pathogens-in-2016
#7
EDITORIAL
Pathogens Editorial Office
The editors of Pathogens would like to express their sincere gratitude to the following reviewers for assessing manuscripts in 2016.[...].
January 10, 2017: Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28036046/herpesviruses-dutpases-a-new-family-of-pathogen-associated-molecular-pattern-pamp-proteins-with-implications-for-human-disease
#8
REVIEW
Marshall V Williams, Brandon Cox, Maria Eugenia Ariza
The human herpesviruses are ubiquitous viruses and have a prevalence of over 90% in the adult population. Following a primary infection they establish latency and can be reactivated over a person's lifetime. While it is well accepted that human herpesviruses are implicated in numerous diseases ranging from dermatological and autoimmune disease to cancer, the role of lytic proteins in the pathophysiology of herpesvirus-associated diseases remains largely understudies. Only recently have we begun to appreciate the importance of lytic proteins produced during reactivation of the virus, in particular the deoxyuridine triphosphate nucleotidohydrolases (dUTPase), as key modulators of the host innate and adaptive immune responses...
December 28, 2016: Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28025556/detection-of-campylobacter-jejuni-in-lizard-faeces-from-central-australia-using-quantitative-pcr
#9
Harriet Whiley, Ryan McLean, Kirstin Ross
Worldwide, Campylobacter is a significant cause of gastrointestinal illness. It is predominately considered a foodborne pathogen, with human exposure via non-food transmission routes generally overlooked. Current literature has been exploring environmental reservoirs of campylobacteriosis including potential wildlife reservoirs. Given the close proximity between lizards and human habitats in Central Australia, this study examined the presence of Campylobacter jejuni from lizard faeces collected from this region...
December 23, 2016: Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27983716/the-optimisation-of-pseudotyped-viruses-for-the-characterisation-of-immune-responses-to-equine-influenza-virus
#10
Simon D Scott, Rebecca Kinsley, Nigel Temperton, Janet M Daly
Pseudotyped viruses (PVs) produced by co-transfecting cells with plasmids expressing lentiviral core proteins and viral envelope proteins are potentially powerful tools for studying various aspects of equine influenza virus (EIV) biology. The aim of this study was to optimise production of equine influenza PVs. Co-transfection of the HAT protease to activate the haemagglutinin (HA) yielded a higher titre PV than TMPRSS2 with the HA from A/equine/Richmond/1/2007 (H3N8), whereas for A/equine/Newmarket/79 (H3N8), both proteases resulted in equivalent titres...
December 15, 2016: Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27973418/varicella-zoster-virus-infectious-cycle-er-stress-autophagic-flux-and-amphisome-mediated-trafficking
#11
REVIEW
Charles Grose, Erin M Buckingham, John E Carpenter, Jeremy P Kunkel
Varicella-zoster virus (VZV) induces abundant autophagy. Of the nine human herpesviruses, the VZV genome is the smallest (~124 kbp), lacking any known inhibitors of autophagy, such as the herpes simplex virus ICP34.5 neurovirulence gene. Therefore, this review assesses the evidence for VZV-induced cellular stress, endoplasmic-reticulum-associated degradation (ERAD), and autophagic flux during the VZV infectious cycle. Even though VZV is difficult to propagate in cell culture, the biosynthesis of the both N- and O-linked viral glycoproteins was found to be abundant...
December 10, 2016: Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27929449/reviewing-the-history-of-pandemic-influenza-understanding-patterns-of-emergence-and-transmission
#12
REVIEW
Patrick R Saunders-Hastings, Daniel Krewski
For centuries, novel strains of influenza have emerged to produce human pandemics, causing widespread illness, death, and disruption. There have been four influenza pandemics in the past hundred years. During this time, globalization processes, alongside advances in medicine and epidemiology, have altered the way these pandemics are experienced. Drawing on international case studies, this paper provides a review of the impact of past influenza pandemics, while examining the evolution of our understanding of, and response to, these viruses...
December 6, 2016: Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916925/microbial-biofilms-in-urinary-tract-infections-and-prostatitis-etiology-pathogenicity-and-combating-strategies
#13
REVIEW
Cristina Delcaru, Ionela Alexandru, Paulina Podgoreanu, Mirela Grosu, Elisabeth Stavropoulos, Mariana Carmen Chifiriuc, Veronica Lazar
Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are one of the most important causes of morbidity and health care spending affecting persons of all ages. Bacterial biofilms play an important role in UTIs, responsible for persistent infections leading to recurrences and relapses. UTIs associated with microbial biofilms developed on catheters account for a high percentage of all nosocomial infections and are the most common source of Gram-negative bacteremia in hospitalized patients. The purpose of this mini-review is to present the role of microbial biofilms in the etiology of female UTI and different male prostatitis syndromes, their consequences, as well as the challenges for therapy...
November 30, 2016: Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27897990/how-to-meet-the-last-oie-expert-surveillance-panel-recommendations-on-equine-influenza-ei-vaccine-composition-a-review-of-the-process-required-for-the-recombinant-canarypox-based-ei-vaccine
#14
REVIEW
Romain Paillot, Nicola L Rash, Dion Garrett, Leah Prowse-Davis, Fernando Montesso, Ann Cullinane, Laurent Lemaitre, Jean-Christophe Thibault, Sonia Wittreck, Agnes Dancer
Vaccination is highly effective to prevent, control, and limit the impact of equine influenza (EI), a major respiratory disease of horses. However, EI vaccines should contain relevant equine influenza virus (EIV) strains for optimal protection. The OIE expert surveillance panel annually reviews EIV evolution and, since 2010, the use of Florida clade 1 and 2 sub-lineages representative vaccine strains is recommended. This report summarises the development process of a fully- updated recombinant canarypox-based EI vaccine in order to meet the last OIE recommendations, including the vaccine mode of action, production steps and schedule...
November 25, 2016: Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27869756/a-review-of-temperature-ph-and-other-factors-that-influence-the-survival-of-salmonella-in-mayonnaise-and-other-raw-egg-products
#15
REVIEW
Thilini Piushani Keerthirathne, Kirstin Ross, Howard Fallowfield, Harriet Whiley
Salmonellosis is one of the main causes of foodborne illnesses worldwide, with outbreaks predominately linked to contamination of eggs and raw egg products, such as mayonnaise. This review explores previous studies that have investigated Salmonella control mechanisms utilized in the production of raw egg mayonnaise and other food products. Apart from the use of pasteurized eggs, the main control mechanism identified is the pH of the raw egg products, which plays an important role in the consistency and stability while affecting the survival of Salmonella spp...
November 18, 2016: Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27869755/distribution-of-type-i-restriction-modification-systems-in-streptococcus-suis-an-outlook
#16
Niels Willemse, Constance Schultsz
Streptococcus suis is a porcine commensal and pathogen with zoonotic potential. We recently identified a novel Type I restriction-modification (R-M) system in a zoonotic S. suis clone which has emerged in the Netherlands. Here, we describe the DNA inversions in the specificity subunit of this system in S. suis serotype 2, clonal complex 20 and explain the absence of domain movement by the absence of repeats. In addition, we identified a core Type I R-M system present in 95% of the isolates and found an association of the distribution of Type I R-M systems in the S...
November 18, 2016: Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27754468/molecular-epidemiology-and-spatio-temporal-dynamics-of-the-h3n8-equine-influenza-virus-in-south-america
#17
Cecilia Olguin Perglione, Marcelo D Golemba, Carolina Torres, Maria Barrandeguy
Equine influenza virus (EIV) is considered the most important respiratory pathogen of horses as outbreaks of the disease lead to substantial economic losses. The H3N8 EIV has caused respiratory disease in horses across the world, including South American countries. Nucleotide and deduced amino acid sequences for the complete haemagglutinin gene of the H3N8 EIV detected in South America since 1963 were analyzed. Phylogenetic and Bayesian coalescent analyses were carried out to study the origin, the time of the most recent common ancestors (tMRCA), the demographic and the phylogeographic patterns of the H3N8 EIV...
October 16, 2016: Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27706070/rt-qpcr-analysis-of-15-genes-encoding-putative-surface-proteins-involved-in-adherence-of-listeria-monocytogenes
#18
Hung King Tiong, Peter M Muriana
L. monocytogenes adherence to food-associated abiotic surfaces and the development of biofilms as one of the underlying reasons for the contamination of ready-to-eat products is well known. The over-expression of internalins that improves adherence has been noted in cells growing as attached cells or at elevated incubation temperatures. However, the role of other internalin-independent surface proteins as adhesins has been uncharacterized to date. Using two strains each of weakly- and strongly-adherent L. monocytogenes as platforms for temperature-dependent adherence assays and targeted mRNA analyses, these observations (i...
October 1, 2016: Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27706031/advocating-for-both-environmental-and-clinical-approaches-to-control-human-strongyloidiasis
#19
Meruyert Beknazarova, Harriet Whiley, Kirstin Ross
Strongyloidiasis is an underestimated disease caused by the soil-transmitted parasite of the genus Strongyloides. It is prevalent in socioeconomically disadvantaged communities and it is estimated that global infection could be as high as 370 million people. This paper explores current methods of strongyloidiasis treatment, which rely on administration of anthelminthic drugs. However these drugs cannot prevent reinfection and drug resistance has already been observed in veterinary models. This highlights the need for a combined approach for controlling Strongyloides that includes both clinical treatment and environmental control methods...
September 30, 2016: Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27649248/parasitic-nematode-immunomodulatory-strategies-recent-advances-and-perspectives
#20
REVIEW
Dustin Cooper, Ioannis Eleftherianos
More than half of the described species of the phylum Nematoda are considered parasitic, making them one of the most successful groups of parasites. Nematodes are capable of inhabiting a wide variety of niches. A vast array of vertebrate animals, insects, and plants are all identified as potential hosts for nematode parasitization. To invade these hosts successfully, parasitic nematodes must be able to protect themselves from the efficiency and potency of the host immune system. Innate immunity comprises the first wave of the host immune response, and in vertebrate animals it leads to the induction of the adaptive immune response...
September 14, 2016: Pathogens
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