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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819651/never-let-a-crisis-go-to-waste-recruiting-the-next-generation-of-infectious-diseases-physicians
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Curtis J Donskey
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July 27, 2017: Pathogens & Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217763/impact-of-tigecycline-versus-other-antibiotics-on-the-fecal-metabolome-and-on-colonization-resistance-to-clostridium-difficile-in-mice
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Robin L P Jump, David Kraft, Kelly Hurless, Alex Polinkovsky, Curtis J Donskey
BACKGROUND: The glycylcycline antibiotic tigecycline may have a relatively low propensity to promote Clostridium difficile infection in part because it causes less disruption of the indigenous intestinal microbiota than other broad-spectrum antibiotics. We used a mouse model to compare the effects of tigecycline versus other commonly used antibiotics on colonization resistance to C. difficile and on the metabolic functions of the intestinal microbiota. METHODS: To assess in vivo colonization resistance to C...
January 18, 2017: Pathogens & Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936485/a-randomized-controlled-trial-of-lisinopril-to-decrease-lymphoid-fibrosis-in-antiretroviral-treated-hiv-infected-individuals
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Leslie R Cockerham, Steven A Yukl, Kara Harvill, Ma Somsouk, Sunil K Joshi, Elizabeth Sinclair, Teri Liegler, Rebecca Hoh, Sophie Lyons, Peter W Hunt, Adam Rupert, Irini Sereti, David R Morcock, Ajantha Rhodes, Claire Emson, Marc K Hellerstein, Jacob D Estes, Sharon Lewin, Steven G Deeks, Hiroyu Hatano
BACKGROUND: In HIV infection, lymphoid tissue is disrupted by fibrosis. Angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors have anti-fibrotic properties. We completed a pilot study to assess whether the addition of lisinopril to antiretroviral therapy (ART) reverses fibrosis of gut tissue, and whether this leads to reduction of HIV RNA and DNA levels. METHODS: Thirty HIV-infected individuals on ART were randomized to lisinopril at 20mg daily or matching placebo for 24 weeks...
2017: Pathogens & Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936484/cetylpyridinium-chloride-cpc-exhibits-potent-rapid-activity-against-influenza-viruses-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
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Daniel L Popkin, Sarah Zilka, Matthew Dimaano, Hisashi Fujioka, Cristina Rackley, Robert Salata, Alexis Griffith, Pranab K Mukherjee, Mahmoud A Ghannoum, Frank Esper
BACKGROUND: There is a continued need for strategies to prevent influenza. While cetylpyridinium chloride (CPC), a broad-spectrum antimicrobial agent, has an extensive antimicrobial spectrum, its ability to affect respiratory viruses has not been studied in detail. OBJECTIVES: Here, we evaluate the ability of CPC to disrupt influenza viruses in vitro and in vivo. METHODS: The virucidal activity of CPC was evaluated against susceptible and oseltamivir-resistant strains of influenza viruses...
2017: Pathogens & Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28868514/cd161-expression-on-mucosa-associated-invariant-t-cells-is-reduced-in-hiv-infected-subjects-undergoing-antiretroviral-therapy-who-do-not-recover-cd4-t-cells
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Michael L Freeman, Stephen R Morris, Michael M Lederman
BACKGROUND: Mucosa-associated invariant T (MAIT) cells are a recently identified class of innate-like T cells that are involved in the mucosal immune response. MAIT cells are characterized by expression of TCR Vα7.2 and CD161. In HIV infection, there is a profound early loss of MAIT cells from the circulation that never fully recovers, even after prolonged viral control with antiretroviral therapy (ART). METHODS: We analyzed PBMCs from fresh whole blood from HIV-negative or ART-treated HIV-positive donors with full (Immune Success) or impaired (Immune Failure) CD4(+) T- cell recovery by flow cytometry for T-cell markers, TCR Vα7...
2017: Pathogens & Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28835931/t-cell-responses-in-individuals-infected-with-zika-virus-and-in-those-vaccinated-against-dengue-virus
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Dominic Paquin-Proulx, Fabio E Leal, Cassia G Terrassani Silveira, Alvino Maestri, Claudia Brockmeyer, Shannon M Kitchen, Vinicius D Cabido, Esper G Kallas, Douglas F Nixon
BACKGROUND: The outbreak of Zika virus (ZIKV) infection in Brazil has raised concerns that infection during pregnancy could cause microcephaly and other severe neurodevelopmental malformations in the fetus. The mechanisms by which ZIKV causes fetal abnormalities are largely unknown. The importance of pre-infection with dengue virus (DENV), or other flaviviruses endemic to Brazil, remains to be investigated. It has been reported that antibodies directed against DENV can increase ZIKV infectivity by antibody dependent enhancement (ADE), suggesting that a history of prior DENV infection might worsen the outcome of ZIKV infection...
2017: Pathogens & Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782046/circulating-loxl2-levels-reflect-severity-of-intestinal-fibrosis-and-galt-cd4-t-lymphocyte-depletion-in-treated-hiv-infection
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Sophie Seang, Anoma Somasunderam, Maitreyee Nigalye, Ma Somsouk, Timoty W Schacker, Joyce L Sanchez, Peter W Hunt, Netanya S Utay, Jordan E Lake
BACKGROUND: Incomplete immune reconstitution may occur despite successful antiretroviral therapy (ART). Gut-associated lymphoid tissue (GALT) fibrosis may contribute via local CD4(+) T lymphocyte depletion, intestinal barrier disruption, microbial translocation, and immune activation. METHODS: In a cross-sectional analysis, we measured circulating fibrosis biomarker levels on cryopreserved plasma from adult HIV-infected (HIV+) SCOPE study participants on suppressive ART who also had fibrosis quantification on recto-sigmoid biopsies...
2017: Pathogens & Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28776046/jak-inhibitors-modulate-production-of-replication-competent-zika-virus-in-human-hofbauer-trophoblasts-and-neuroblastoma-cells
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Christina Gavegnano, Leda C Bassit, Bryan D Cox, Hui-Mien Hsiao, Erica L Johnson, Mehul Suthar, Rana Chakraborty, Raymond F Schinazi
Zika Virus (ZIKV) is a flavivirus that has been implicated in causing brain deformations, birth defects, and microcephaly in fetuses, and associated with Guillain-Barre syndrome. Mechanisms responsible for transmission of ZIKV across the placenta to the fetus are incompletely understood. Herein, we define key events modulating infection in clinically relevant cells, including primary placental macrophages (human Hofbauer cells; HC), trophoblasts, and neuroblastoma cells. Consistent with previous findings, HC and trophoblasts are permissive to ZIKV infection...
2017: Pathogens & Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28758156/varicella-zoster-virus-and-large-vessel-vasculitis-the-absence-of-an-association
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Gary W Procop, Charis Eng, Alison Clifford, Alexandra Villa-Forte, Leonard H Calabrese, Eric Roselli, Lars Svensson, Douglas Johnston, Gosta Pettersson, Edward Soltesz, Lisa Lystad, Julian D Perry, Alexander Blandford, Deborah A Wilson, Gary S Hoffman
OBJECTIVE: It is controversial whether microorganisms play a role in the pathogenesis of large and medium vessel vasculitides (eg, giant cell arteritis [GCA], Takayasu arteritis [TAK] and focal idiopathic aortitis [FIA]). Recent studies have reported the presence of Varicella Zoster Virus (VZV) within formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded temporal arteries and aortas of about three-quarters or more of patients with these conditions, and in a minority of controls. In a prospective study, we sought to confirm these findings using DNA extracted from vessels that were harvested under surgically aseptic conditions and snap frozen...
2017: Pathogens & Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28752134/hiv-infection-of-macrophages-implications-for-pathogenesis-and-cure
#10
Kiera L Clayton, J Victor Garcia, Janice E Clements, Bruce D Walker
Although CD4(+) T cells represent the major reservoir of persistent HIV and SIV infection, accumulating evidence suggests that macrophages also contribute. However, investigations of the role of macrophages are often underrepresented at HIV pathogenesis and cure meetings. This was the impetus for a scientific workshop dedicated to this area of study, held in Cambridge, MA in January 2017. The workshop brought together experts in the fields of HIV/SIV immunology and virology, macrophage biology and immunology, and animal models of HIV/SIV infection to discuss the role of macrophages as a physiologically relevant viral reservoir, and the implications of macrophage infection for HIV pathogenesis and strategies for cure...
2017: Pathogens & Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736763/immunologic-effects-of-maraviroc-in-hiv-infected-patients-with-severe-cd4-lymphopenia-starting-antiretroviral-therapy-a-sub-study-of-the-cadiris-trial
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Pablo F Belaunzarán-Zamudio, Livio Azzoni, David H Canaday, Yanink N Caro-Vega, Brian Clagget, Mohammed S Rassool, Benigno Rodriguez, Ian Sanne, Irini Sereti, Juan G Sierra-Madero, Michael M Lederman
BACKGROUND: We aimed to describe the mechanisms of immunological recovery and the effects of blocking CCR5 in patients starting ART with advanced HIV-infection. METHODS: This was a sub-study of a 48 week double-blind, clinical trial where patients starting ART with CD4+ cell counts <100 cells/uL were randomized to receive maraviroc or a placebo. CD4+ and CD8+ cell maturation phenotypes, expression of PD-1 and CCR5, and activation indices were measured at weeks 0, 4, 12, 24, and 48...
2017: Pathogens & Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736762/confusion-in-the-study-of-immune-reconstitution-inflammatory-syndrome
#12
Claudia Alvarado-de la Barrera, Gustavo Reyes-Terán
As a consequence of late presentation for HIV care, a significant proportion of individuals develop immune reconstitution inflammatory syndrome (IRIS) soon after initiation of antiretroviral therapy. Incidence, predictors, and models of pathogenesis of IRIS vary in the literature. Here we discuss factors that may contribute to this lack of consensus. We propose that different pathogens drive different types of IRIS and suggest that these clinical conditions should be studied individually and not grouped under the general heading of "IRIS...
2017: Pathogens & Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713869/association-of-anisocytosis-with-markers-of-immune-activation-and-exhaustion-in-treated-hiv
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Sadeer G Al-Kindi, David A Zidar, Grace A McComsey, Chris T Longenecker
BACKGROUND: Treated HIV infection is associated with heightened inflammation which can contribute to increased risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD). We have previously shown that anisocytosis, as measured by red cell distribution width (RDW), is independently associated with prevalent CVD in people living with HIV (PLHIV). In this study, we sought to identify immune correlates of RDW in PLHIV receiving antiretroviral therapy. METHODS: We performed a cross-sectional and longitudinal analysis of 147 virally-suppressed PLHIV, who had LDL < 130 mg/dL and evidence of heightened inflammation, in a randomized trial of statin therapy...
2017: Pathogens & Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28664194/hurdles-to-the-development-of-effective-hbv-immunotherapies-and-hcv-vaccines
#14
Almudena Torres-Cornejo, Georg M Lauer
Chronic infections with HBV and HCV continue to be major public health problems, with hundreds of millions of people infected worldwide; this is despite the availability of both an effective prophylactic HBV vaccine for more than 3 decades and potent direct antivirals for HBV and, more recently, HCV infection. Consequently, development of HBV immunotherapies and prophylactic HCV vaccines remains extremely urgent, but limited funding and significant gaps in our understanding of the correlates of immune protection pose serious hurdles for the development of novel immune-based interventions...
2017: Pathogens & Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28603782/socioeconomic-determinants-of-cipro-floxacin-resistant-shigella-infections-in-bangladeshi-children
#15
Randon J Gruninger, Russell A Johnson, Sumon K Das, Eric J Nelson, Emily S Spivak, John R Contreras, A S G Faruque, Daniel T Leung
BACKGROUND: Shigella species (spp.) are a leading cause of moderate to severe diarrhea in children worldwide. The recent emergence of quinolone-resistant Shigella spp. gives cause for concern, and South Asia has been identified as a reservoir for global spread. The influence of socioeconomic status on antimicrobial resistance in developing countries, such as those in South Asia, remains unknown. METHODS: We used data collected from 2009 to 2014 from a hospital specializing in the treatment of diarrhea in Dhaka, Bangladesh, to determine the relationship between Ciprofloxacin-resistant Shigella spp...
2017: Pathogens & Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28580437/lower-baseline-germinal-center-activity-and-preserved-th1-immunity-are-associated-with-hepatitis-b-vaccine-response-in-treated-hiv-infection
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Robert M Paris, Lucimar G Milagres, Eirini Moysi, Jason F Okulicz, Brian K Agan, Anu Ganesan, Constantinos Petrovas, Richard A Koup
BACKGROUND: Why HIV-infected individuals have poor responses to standard dose and schedule hepatitis B virus immunization is not well understood. METHODS: We compared the serologic and cellular immune profiles of treated HIV-infected individuals with similar durations of infection and preserved CD4 counts (> 350 cells/microliter) by hepatitis B vaccine (HBV) response before and after vaccination. RESULTS: Similar levels of immune activation and plasma cytokine profile were found between non-responders and responders...
2017: Pathogens & Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529995/celebrating-more-than-a-century-of-research-on-antibodies-affirmation-through-negation-via-complex-formation
#17
Neil S Greenspan
In this brief commentary, I highlight the remarkable properties of antibodies (also known as immunoglobulins) revealed by more than 100 years of biomedical research. Since antibodies can be elicited through one or another means against almost any molecule or macromolecule, the universe of antibodies represents a sort of molecular mirror for the totality of molecules that make life possible. Consequently, as recounted below, antibodies play a role in almost every aspect of medicine and biomedical research.
2017: Pathogens & Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503671/hiv-hcv-co-infection-liver-disease-progression-and-age-related-igf-1-decline
#18
Jeffrey Quinn, Jacquie Astemborski, Shruti H Mehta, Gregory D Kirk, David L Thomas, Ashwin Balagopal
BACKGROUND: We have previously reported that persons co-infected with HIV and hepatitis C virus (HCV) had liver disease stages similar to HIV-uninfected individuals who were approximately 10 years older. Insulin-like growth factor 1(IGF-1) levels have long been known to decline with advancing age in humans and non-humans alike. We examined whether HIV infection affects the expected decline in IGF-1 in persons with chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection and if that alteration in IGF-1 decline contributes to the link between HIV, aging, and liver disease progression...
2017: Pathogens & Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428984/a-comparison-of-molecular-typing-methods-applied-to-enterobacter-cloacae-complex-hsp60-sequencing-rep-pcr-and-mlst
#19
Roberto A Viau, Lee M Kiedrowski, Barry N Kreiswirth, Mark Adams, Federico Perez, Dror Marchaim, Dubert M Guerrero, Keith S Kaye, Latania K Logan, Maria Virginia Villegas, Robert A Bonomo
Molecular typing using repetitive sequenced-based PCR (rep-PCR) and hsp60 sequencing were applied to a collection of diverse Enterobacter cloacae complex isolates. To determine the most practical method for reference laboratories, we analyzed 71 E. cloacae complex isolates from sporadic and outbreak occurrences originating from 4 geographic areas. While rep-PCR was more discriminating, hsp60 sequencing provided a broader and a more objective geographical tracking method similar to multilocus sequence typing (MLST)...
2017: Pathogens & Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317034/european-mitochondrial-dna-haplogroups-are-associated-with-cerebrospinal-fluid-biomarkers-of-inflammation-in-hiv-infection
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David C Samuels, Asha R Kallianpur, Ronald J Ellis, William S Bush, Scott Letendre, Donald Franklin, Igor Grant, Todd Hulgan
BACKGROUND: Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) haplogroups are ancestry-related patterns of single-nucleotide polymorphisms that are associated with differential mitochondrial function in model systems, neurodegenerative diseases in HIV-negative populations, and chronic complications of HIV infection, including neurocognitive impairment. We hypothesized that mtDNA haplogroups are associated with neuroinflammation in HIV-infected adults. METHODS: CNS HIV Antiretroviral Therapy Effects Research (CHARTER) is a US-based observational study of HIV-infected adults who underwent standardized neurocognitive assessments...
October 2016: Pathogens & Immunity
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