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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217558/the-scid-mouse-model-for-identifying-virulence-determinants-in-coxiella-burnetii
#1
Erin J van Schaik, Elizabeth D Case, Eric Martinez, Matteo Bonazzi, James E Samuel
Coxiella burnetii is an intracellular, zoonotic pathogen that is the causative agent of Q fever. Infection most frequently occurs after inhalation of contaminated aerosols, which can lead to acute, self-limiting febrile illness or more serve chronic infections such as hepatitis or endocarditis. Macrophages are the principal target cells during infection where C. burnetii resides and replicates within a unique phagolysosome-like compartment, the Coxiella-containing vacuole (CCV). The first virulence determinant described as necessary for infection was full-length lipopolysaccarride (LPS); spontaneous rough mutants (phase II) arise after passage in immuno-incompetent hosts...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203574/resolution-of-q-fever-associated-cryoglobulinemia-with-anti-cd20-monoclonal-antibody-treatment
#2
Kellie L Hawkins, Edward N Janoff, Robert W Janson
Immunologic phenomena can complicate chronic infections with Coxiella burnetii (Q fever), including immune complex deposition causing vasculitis, neuropathy, and glomerulonephritis. We describe the case of a man with Q fever endocarditis, mixed cryoglobulinemia, and life-threatening vasculitis driven by immune complex deposition who was successfully treated with B cell depleting therapy (rituximab).
January 2017: Journal of Investigative Medicine High Impact Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193163/prevalence-and-clinical-presentation-of-rickettsia-coxiella-leptospira-bartonella-and-chikungunya-virus-infections-among-hospital-based-febrile-patients-from-december-2008-to-november-2009-in-bangladesh
#3
Labib Imran Faruque, Rashid Uz Zaman, Emily S Gurley, Robert F Massung, A S M Alamgir, Renee L Galloway, Ann M Powers, Ying Bai, Michael Kosoy, William L Nicholson, Mahmudur Rahman, Stephen P Luby
BACKGROUND: We conducted a study to identify Rickettsia, Coxiella, Leptospira, Bartonella, and Chikungunya virus infections among febrile patients presenting at hospitals in Bangladesh. METHODS: We collected blood samples from patients at six tertiary hospitals from December 2008 to November 2009 and performed laboratory tests at the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). RESULTS: Out of 720 enrolled patients, 263 (37%) were infected with Rickettsia; 132 patients had immunofluorescence antibody titer >64 against spotted fever, 63 patients against scrub typhus fever and 10 patients against typhus fever...
February 13, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179203/involvement-of-matrix-metalloproteinases-in-chronic-q-fever
#4
Anne F M Jansen, Teske Schoffelen, Julien Textoris, Jean Louis Mege, Chantal P Bleeker-Rovers, Hendrik I J Roest, Peter C Wever, Leo A B Joosten, Mihai G Netea, Esther van de Vosse, Marcel van Deuren
OBJECTIVES: Chronic Q fever is a persistent infection with the intracellular Gram-negative bacterium Coxiella burnetii, which can lead to complications of infected aneurysms. Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) cleave extracellular matrix and are involved in infections as well as aneurysms. We aimed to study the role of MMPs in the pathogenesis of chronic Q fever. METHODS: We investigated gene expression of MMPs through microarray analysis and MMP production with enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay in C...
February 4, 2017: Clinical Microbiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28176495/serosurvey-of-coxiella-burnetii-q-fever-in-dromedary-camels-camelus-dromedarius-in-laikipia-county-kenya
#5
A S Browne, E M Fèvre, M Kinnaird, D M Muloi, C A Wang, P S Larsen, T O'Brien, S L Deem
Dromedary camels (Camelus dromedarius) are an important protein source for people in semi-arid and arid regions of Africa. In Kenya, camel populations have grown dramatically in the past few decades resulting in the potential for increased disease transmission between humans and camels. An estimated four million Kenyans drink unpasteurized camel milk, which poses a disease risk. We evaluated the seroprevalence of a significant zoonotic pathogen, Coxiella burnetii (Q fever), among 334 camels from nine herds in Laikipia County, Kenya...
February 8, 2017: Zoonoses and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167053/seroprevalence-and-risk-factors-of-coxiella-burnetii-infection-among-high-risk-population-in-center-of-iran-a-neglected-health-problem
#6
Zary Nokhodian, Behrooz Ataei, Abdolreza Moradi, Majid Yaran, Shervin Gaffari Hoseini, Awat Feizi, Roya Sherkat
In order to evaluate the prevalence of antibodies against phase I and II antigens of Coxiella Burnetii and to identify related risk factors among high-risk groups in the center of Iran, a serological survey was performed in Isfahan County. In a cross-sectional study, 401 sera were collected from slaughterhouse workers, butchers, farmers and veterinarians in spring 2015. Samples were tested for specific immunoglobulin G (IgG) antibodies against phase I and II of C. burnetii by indirect immunofluorescence assay...
February 5, 2017: Acta Tropica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28131376/molecular-evidence-of-tick-borne-hemoprotozoan-parasites-theileria-ovis-and-babesia-ovis-and-bacteria-in-ticks-and-blood-from-small-ruminants-in-northern-algeria
#7
Atef Aouadi, Hamza Leulmi, Mehdi Boucheikhchoukh, Ahmed Benakhla, Didier Raoult, Philippe Parola
Using qPCR, standard PCR and/or sequencing, we investigated the presence of tick-associated microorganisms in ticks and blood from sheep and goats from Souk Ahras, Algeria. Borrelia theileri, was detected in (7/120, 5.8%) blood from sheep and (13/120, 10.8%) goats. Anaplasma ovis was screened in (38/73, 52%) Rhipicephalus bursa and (5/22, 22.7%) R. turanicus and in (74/120, 61.7%), (65/120, 54.2%) blood of sheep and goats respectively. Coxiella burnetii tested positive in R. bursa (4/73, 5.5%) and (7/120, 5...
February 2017: Comparative Immunology, Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28131375/transmission-of-coxiella-burnetii-to-cage-mates-using-murine-animal-model
#8
Yassina Bechah, Didier Raoult
Aerosols from the products of abortions of infected animals with Coxiella burnetii were known to be the main source of infection in humans with this bacterium. However, little is known about the excretion of C. burnetii in the feces and urine of infected mice, or the dynamic of transmission between infected and healthy mice. To investigate whether C. burnetii can be excreted in the feces and urine of infected mice and whether transmission to uninfected cage mates occurs, male mice were inoculated with C. burnetii using a "whole body aerosol system" and feces and urine were collected different time points post-infection from these mice...
February 2017: Comparative Immunology, Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28117947/seroprevalence-and-factors-associated-with-coxiella-burnetii-infection-in-small-ruminants-in-baringo-county-kenya
#9
J Muema, S M Thumbi, M Obonyo, S Wanyoike, M Nanyingi, E Osoro, A Bitek, S Karanja
To improve estimates of C. burnetii epidemiology in Kenya, a survey was undertaken in small ruminants in Baringo County, where acute cases of Q fever in humans had been reported in 2014. From 140 household herds selected, 508 (60.5%) goats and 332 (39.5%) sheep were included and an indirect ELISA assay for C. burnetii IgG antibodies performed. In addition, epidemiological information at both herd and animal level was collected. Generalized mixed-effects multivariable logistic model using herd as the random effect was used to determine variables correlated to the outcome...
January 24, 2017: Zoonoses and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28115661/seroprevalence-of-coxiella-burnetii-antibodies-among-ruminants-and-occupationally-exposed-people-in-thailand-2012-2013
#10
Pawinee Doung-Ngern, Teerasak Chuxnum, Decha Pangjai, Pattarin Opaschaitat, Nattinee Kittiwan, Pranee Rodtian, Noppawan Buameetoop, Gilbert J Kersh, Pawin Padungtod
Little is known about the burden of Q fever in Thailand. We conducted a serological study to describe the prevalence of anti-Coxiella burnetii antibodies among ruminants and occupationally exposed persons in response to the report of the first two Q fever endocarditis patients in Thailand in 2012. We randomly selected ruminant sera from brucellosis surveillance and examined sera of 661 occupationally exposed subjects from two provinces of Thailand: Chiangmai and Nakornratchasima. Animal and human sera were tested using commercial enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA)...
January 23, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28111714/pyrosequencing-based-assessment-of-bacterial-diversity-in-turkish-rhipicephalus-annulatus-and-dermacentor-marginatus-ticks-acari-ixodidae
#11
Saban Tekin, Scot E Dowd, Marko Davinic, Ahmet Bursali, Adem Keskin
Ticks continue to be a threat to human and animal health in Turkey, as they are considered important vectors of human and animal diseases. The objectives of this investigation are to characterize the microbial communities of two tick species, Rhipicephalus annulatus and Dermacenter marginatus, analyze patterns of co-occurrence among microbial taxa, identify and compare pathogens contributing human diseases, and determine whether avirulent symbionts could exclude human pathogens from tick communities. Furthermore, this study explores a microbiome of the R...
January 22, 2017: Parasitology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099077/disease-complexity-in-a-declining-alaskan-muskox-ovibos-moschatus-population
#12
Josephine A Afema, Kimberlee B Beckmen, Stephen M Arthur, Kathy Burek Huntington, Jonna A K Mazet
The muskox ( Ovibos moschatus ) population inhabiting the eastern North Slope (ENS) of Alaska declined dramatically during 1999-2006, whereas populations in western Alaska (WA) were stable or increasing. To understand morbidity and mortality factors contributing to the decline, Alaska Department of Fish and Game conducted pathologic investigations of carcasses from 2005 until 2008. Additionally, archived sera from both ENS and WA muskoxen collected during 1984-1992, before the documented beginning of the ENS decline; sera collected during 2000, near the beginning of the decline; and contemporary sera (from live capture-release, adult females) collected during 2006, 2007, and 2008 were analyzed to determine whether prevalence of antibody to potential pathogens differed in the two areas or changed over time...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Wildlife Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095503/detection-of-a-potential-new-bartonella-species-candidatus-bartonella-rondoniensis-in-human-biting-kissing-bugs-reduviidae-triatominae
#13
Maureen Laroche, Jean-Michel Berenger, Oleg Mediannikov, Didier Raoult, Philippe Parola
BACKGROUND: Among the Reduviidae family, triatomines are giant blood-sucking bugs. They are well known in Central and South America where they transmit Trypanosoma cruzi to mammals, including humans, through their feces. This parasitic protozoan is the causative agent of Chagas disease, a major public health issue in endemic areas. Because of the medical and economic impact of Chagas disease, the presence of other arthropod-borne pathogens in triatomines was rarely investigated. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: In this study, seven triatomines species involved in the transmission of T...
January 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077317/zoonotic-pathogens-in-atlantic-forest-wild-rodents-in-brazil-bartonella-and-coxiella-infections
#14
Tatiana Rozental, Michelle Santos Ferreira, Alexandro Guterres, Maria Angélica Mares-Guia, Bernardo R Teixeira, Jonathan Gonçalves, Cibele Rodrigues Bonvicino, Paulo Sergio D'Andrea, Elba Regina Sampaio de Lemos
Zoonotic pathogens comprise a significant and increasing fraction of all emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases that plague humans. Identifying host species is one of the keys to controlling emerging infectious diseases. From March 2007 until April 2012, we collected a total of 131 wild rodents in eight municipalities of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. We investigated these rodents for infection with Coxiella burnetii, Bartonella spp. and Rickettsia spp. In total, 22.1% (29/131) of the rodents were infected by at least one pathogen; co-infection was detected in 1...
January 8, 2017: Acta Tropica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072914/presence-of-pathogenic-rickettsiae-and-protozoan-in-samples-of-raw-milk-from-cows-goats-and-sheep
#15
Ewa Cisak, Violetta Zając, Jacek Sroka, Anna Sawczyn, Anna Kloc, Jacek Dutkiewicz, Angelina Wójcik-Fatla
OBJECTIVE: The aim of the present work was to determine the presence of various rickettsiae and protozoan in raw milk and the assessment the potential, milk-borne route in the spread of selected zoonotic pathogens. MATERIALS: A total of 119 raw milk samples collected randomly from 63 cows, 29 goats, and 27 sheep bred on 34 farms situated on eight communities in eastern Poland were examined by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) method for the presence of pathogenic rickettsiae (Coxiella burnetii, Anaplasma phagocytophilum, and Rickettsia spp...
January 10, 2017: Foodborne Pathogens and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070491/presentation-and-diagnosis-of-acute-q-fever-in-portugal-a-case-series
#16
Joana Alves, Francisco Almeida, Raquel Duro, Rita Ferraz, Susana Silva, Joana Sobrinho-Simões, António Sarmento
Q fever is a worldwide zoonotic infection caused by the obligate intracellular bacterium Coxiella burnetii that can course with acute or chronic disease. This series describes 7 cases of acute Q fever admitted in a Portuguese University Hospital between 2014 and 2015. All cases presented with hepatitis and had epidemiological history. Diagnosis was done by PCR on majority (5) and by serology and PCR in only 2. Serological tests can be negative in the initial period of the disease. Molecular biology methods by polymerase chain-reaction are extremely important in acute disease, allowing timely diagnosis and treatment...
2017: IDCases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068185/prevalence-of-antibodies-against-coxiella-burnetii-in-korean-native-cattle-dairy-cattle-and-dogs-in-south-korea
#17
Kwang-Soo Lyoo, Doo Kim, Hyung Gwan Jang, Seung-Joon Lee, Mi Yeoun Park, Tae-Wook Hahn
Coxiella burnetii is a zoonotic agent and causes coxiellosis, which is a cause of reproductive failure in a range of animal species, including abortion and stillbirth and Q fever, which is most often characterized by an acute flu-like illness, mild pneumonia, and/or hepatitis in humans. While livestock are well recognized worldwide as a source of infection, the zoonotic risk of C. burnetii infection in companion animals such as dogs may be overlooked. For serological diagnosis, indirect immunofluorescent assay (IFA) and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) are generally considered good methods for prevalence surveys of coxiellosis...
January 9, 2017: Vector Borne and Zoonotic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28055578/critical-aspects-for-detection-of-coxiella-burnetii
#18
Marcella Mori, Katja Mertens, Sally J Cutler, Ana Sofia Santos
Coxiella burnetii is a globally distributed zoonotic γ-proteobacterium with an obligatory intracellular lifestyle. It is the causative agent of Q fever in humans and of coxiellosis among ruminants, although the agent is also detected in ticks, birds, and various other mammalian species. Requirements for intracellular multiplication together with the necessity for biosafety level 3 facilities restrict the cultivation of C. burnetii to specialized laboratories. Development of a novel medium formulation enabling axenic growth of C...
January 2017: Vector Borne and Zoonotic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28051196/perioperative-occupational-exposure-to-coxiella-burnetii-infected-thoracic-endovascular-aneurysm-stent-graft
#19
Adebisi Idowu Obafemi, Jade Le
We conducted this study to determine the risk of transmission of Q fever to health care workers (HCWs) during perioperative exposure to Coxiella burnetii-infected thoracic endovascular aneurysm stent graft. Pre-operative and 6-week post-operative phase I and II IgG Q fever antibody titers were determined in 14 staff members of an operation room. The room had a negative pressure and all the members of the surgical team wore either a fitted N-95 mask or a powered purified air respirator. Phase I and II IgG antibody titers were <1:16 for 11 of the 14 studied HCWs; 2 HCWs did not follow up at 6 weeks and 1 had a pre-exposure phase II IgG titer of 1:128 with no change 6 weeks later...
January 2017: International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28051025/retrospective-examination-of-q-fever-endocarditis-an-underdiagnosed-disease-in-the-mainland-of-china
#20
Xiao Han, Jeffrey Hsu, Qi Miao, Bao-Tong Zhou, Hong-Wei Fan, Xiao-Lu Xiong, Bo-Hai Wen, Lian Wu, Xiao-Wei Yan, Quan Fang, Wei Chen
BACKGROUND: Q fever endocarditis, a chronic illness caused by Coxiella burnetii, can be fatal if misdiagnosed or left untreated. Despite a relatively high positive rate of Q fever serology in healthy individuals in the mainland of China, very few cases of Q fever endocarditis have been reported. This study summarized cases of Q fever endocarditis among blood culture negative endocarditis (BCNE) patients and discussed factors attributing to the low diagnostic rate. METHODS: We identified confirmed cases of Q fever endocarditis among 637 consecutive patients with infective endocarditis (IE) in the Peking Union Medical College Hospital between 2006 and 2016...
2017: Chinese Medical Journal
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