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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934824/acid-fastness-of-histoplasma-in-surgical-pathology-practice
#1
Madhu Rajeshwari, Immaculata Xess, Mehar Chand Sharma, Deepali Jain
BACKGROUND: Histoplasmosis (HP) is diagnosed by visualizing intracellular microorganisms in biopsy and/or culture. Periodic-acid Schiff (PAS) and Gomori methenamine silver (GMS) staining methods are routinely used for identification. The acid-fast property of Histoplasma was identified decades ago, but acid-fast staining has not been practiced in current surgical pathology. Awareness of the acid-fast property of Histoplasma, which is due to mycolic acid in the cell wall, is important in distinguishing Histoplasma from other infective microorganisms...
September 2017: Journal of Pathology and Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934542/complications-associated-with-pelvic-external-fixation
#2
Christopher McDonald, Reza Firoozabadi, M L Routt, Conor Kleweno
An external fixator is an essential tool for treating unstable pelvic ring injuries but its use carries risks, including pin-site infections and injury to the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve (LFCN). Surgeons currently lack data regarding these risks for patient counseling. This study aimed to identify the incidence of and risk factors for superficial and deep pin-site infection and LFCN damage. Fifty-two patients who underwent pelvic external fixation with anterior pin placement as part of definitive treatment for unstable pelvic ring disruption were retrospectively evaluated to identify factors associated with the development of infection...
September 21, 2017: Orthopedics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934511/multi-drug-resistant-surgical-site-infection-due-to-mycobacterium-abscessus-complex
#3
Richa Misra, Vidhi Jain, Nidhi Tejan, Aarti Negi, Jyoti Umrao, Tapan Nirodhechand Dhole
M. abscessus complex is notoriously resistant to most antimicrobial agents. The complex is differentiated into 3 subspecies: M. abscessus subsp. abscessus, M. abscessus subsp. massiliense, and M. abscessus subsp. bolletii. Skin and soft tissue infections due to this organism can be acquired by direct contact with contaminated material through traumatic injury, surgical wound and environmental exposure or by secondary involvement of skin/soft tissue during disseminated disease. We report a case of Mycobacterium abscessus infection recovered from a post-operative mid-line abdominal wound to illustrate the diagnostic and management difficulties encountered in such patients...
August 1, 2017: Laboratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934357/from-bacterial-killing-to-immune-modulation-recent-insights-into-the-functions-of-lysozyme
#4
REVIEW
Stephanie A Ragland, Alison K Criss
Lysozyme is a cornerstone of innate immunity. The canonical mechanism for bacterial killing by lysozyme occurs through the hydrolysis of cell wall peptidoglycan (PG). Conventional type (c-type) lysozymes are also highly cationic and can kill certain bacteria independently of PG hydrolytic activity. Reflecting the ongoing arms race between host and invading microorganisms, both gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria have evolved mechanisms to thwart killing by lysozyme. In addition to its direct antimicrobial role, more recent evidence has shown that lysozyme modulates the host immune response to infection...
September 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934316/pathogenesis-of-oral-fiv-infection
#5
Craig Miller, Karen Boegler, Scott Carver, Martha MacMillan, Helle Bielefeldt-Ohmann, Sue VandeWoude
Feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) is the feline analogue of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and features many hallmarks of HIV infection and pathogenesis, including the development of concurrent oral lesions. While HIV is typically transmitted via parenteral transmucosal contact, recent studies prove that oral transmission can occur, and that saliva from infected individuals contains significant amounts of HIV RNA and DNA. While it is accepted that FIV is primarily transmitted by biting, few studies have evaluated FIV oral infection kinetics and transmission mechanisms over the last 20 years...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934297/molecular-and-biological-characterization-of-%C3%AF-rs551-a-filamentous-bacteriophage-isolated-from-a-race-3-biovar-2-strain-of-ralstonia-solanacearum
#6
Abdelmonim Ali Ahmad, Michael J Stulberg, John Patrick Mershon, Dimitre S Mollov, Qi Huang
A filamentous bacteriophage, designated ϕRs551, was isolated and purified from the quarantine and select agent phytopathogen Ralstonia solanacearum race 3 biovar 2 strain UW551 (phylotype IIB sequevar 1) grown under normal culture conditions. Electron microscopy suggested that ϕRs551 is a member of the family Inoviridae, and is about 1200 nm long and 7 nm wide. ϕRs551 has a genome of 7929 nucleotides containing 14 open reading frames, and is the first isolated virion that contains a resolvase (ORF13) and putative type-2 phage repressor (ORF14)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934206/estimating-the-prevalence-and-intensity-of-schistosoma-mansoni-infection-among-rural-communities-in-western-tanzania-the-influence-of-sampling-strategy-and-statistical-approach
#7
Jared S Bakuza, Matthew J Denwood, Gamba Nkwengulila, Barbara K Mable
BACKGROUND: Schistosoma mansoni is a parasite of major public health importance in developing countries, where it causes a neglected tropical disease known as intestinal schistosomiasis. However, the distribution of the parasite within many endemic regions is currently unknown, which hinders effective control. The purpose of this study was to characterize the prevalence and intensity of infection of S. mansoni in a remote area of western Tanzania. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: Stool samples were collected from 192 children and 147 adults residing in Gombe National Park and four nearby villages...
September 21, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933705/durability-of-antiretroviral-therapy-regimens-and-determinants-for-change-in-hiv-1-infected-patients-in-the-treat-asia-hiv-observational-database-tahod-lite
#8
Rosario Martinez-Vega, Nicole L De La Mata, Nagalingeswaran Kumarasamy, Penh Sun Ly, Kinh Van Nguyen, Tuti P Merati, Thi Thanh Pham, Man Po Lee, Jun Yong Choi, Jeremy L Ross, Oon Tek Ng
BACKGROUND: The durability of first line regimen is important to achieve long term treatment success for the management of HIV infection. Our analysis describes the duration of sequential ART regimens and identifies the determinants leading to treatment change in HIV-positive patients initiating in Asia. METHODS: All HIV-positive adult patients initiating first-line ART in 2003-2013, from eight clinical sites among seven countries in Asia. Patient follow-up was to May 2014...
September 21, 2017: Antiviral Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933214/magnetic-enhancement-of-stem-cell-targeted-delivery-into-the-brain-following-mr-guided-focused-ultrasound-for-opening-the-blood-brain-barrier
#9
Wei-Bin Shen, Pavlos Anastasiadis, Ben Nguyen, Deborah Yarnell, Paul J Yarowsky, Victor Frenkel, Paul S Fishman
Focused ultrasound (FUS)-mediated blood-brain barrier disruption (BBBD) can enable even large therapeutics such as stem cells to enter the brain from the bloodstream. However, the efficiency is relatively low. Our previous study showed that human neural progenitor cells (hNPCs) loaded with superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (SPIONs) in culture were attracted by an external magnetic field. In vivo, enhanced brain retention was observed near a magnet mounted on the skull in a rat model of traumatic brain injury, where BBBD also occurs...
July 2017: Cell Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932816/a-quorum-sensing-system-that-regulates-streptococcus-pneumoniae-biofilm-formation-and-surface-polysaccharide-production
#10
Roger Junges, Gabriela Salvadori, Sudhanshu Shekhar, Heidi A Åmdal, Jimstan N Periselneris, Tsute Chen, Jeremy S Brown, Fernanda C Petersen
Despite vaccines, Streptococcus pneumoniae kills more than a million people yearly. Thus, understanding how pneumococci transition from commensals to pathogens is particularly relevant. Quorum sensing regulates collective behaviors and thus represents a potential driver of commensal-to-pathogen transitions. Rgg/small hydrophobic peptide (SHP) quorum-sensing systems are widespread in streptococci, yet they remain largely uncharacterized in S. pneumoniae. Using directional transcriptome sequencing, we show that the S...
September 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932812/comparison-of-the-microbiota-of-older-adults-living-in-nursing-homes-and-the-community
#11
Mary-Claire Roghmann, Alison D Lydecker, Lauren Hittle, Robert T DeBoy, Rebecca G Nowak, J Kristie Johnson, Emmanuel F Mongodin
Our objective for this study was to characterize the microbial communities of the anterior nares (nose), posterior pharynx (throat), and skin of the femoral and subclavian areas in older adults from nursing homes and the community. Older adults (≥65 years) without antibiotic use for the past 3 months were recruited from nursing homes (NH; n = 16) and from the community (CB; n = 51). Specimens were taken from nose, throat, and skin sites for culture and bacterial profiling using 16S rRNA gene sequencing...
September 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932756/non-clinical-safety-and-efficacy-of-an-aav2-8-vector-administered-intravenously-for-treatment-of-mucopolysaccharidosis-type-vi
#12
Rita Ferla, Marialuisa Alliegro, Jean-Brice Marteau, Margherita Dell'Anno, Edoardo Nusco, Severine Pouillot, Stefania Galimberti, Maria Grazia Valsecchi, Vincent Zuliani, Alberto Auricchio
In vivo gene therapy with adeno-associated viral (AAV) vectors is safe and effective in humans. We recently demonstrated that AAV8-mediated liver gene transfer is effective in animal models of mucopolysaccharidosis type VI (MPS VI), a rare lysosomal storage disease that is caused by arylsulfatase B (ARSB) deficiency. In preparing for a first-in-human trial, we performed non-clinical studies to assess the safety of intravenous administrations of AAV2/8.TBG.hARSB produced under good manufacturing practice-like conditions...
September 15, 2017: Molecular Therapy. Methods & Clinical Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932266/risk-factors-for-surgical-site-infections-in-obstetrics-a-retrospective-study-in-an-ethiopian-referral-hospital
#13
Teshager Mamo, Tilaye Workneh Abebe, Tesfaye Yitna Chichiabellu, Antehun Alemayehu Anjulo
BACKGROUND: Pregnant women are at risk of infection during labor and delivery. Infection in obstetrics accounts for the second most common cause of maternal mortality next to post partum hemorrhage. Knowing the prevalence and associated risk factors would help to undertake optimal precautions and standard surgical techniques to reduce surgical site infection which poses increased hospital cost and total hospital stay of the patients. METHOD: Facility based retrospective observational study design was carried out purposively to assess the prevalence of surgical site infections and associated risk factors among mothers who had delivery related surgery at obstetric ward of Assela teaching referral hospital from April, 23, 2015 to September 5, 2015...
2017: Patient Safety in Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932244/does-microscope-assistance-in-cold-steel-tonsillectomy-reduce-the-risk-of-postoperative-hemorrhage-results-of-a-prospective-cohort-study
#14
Thomas Wilhelm, Jan Wittlinger, Robert Georgiew, Christian Güldner, Stephan Hoch, Afshin Teymoortash, Thomas Günzel, Petar Stankovic
BACKGROUND: Posttonsillectomy hemorrhage (PTH) is the most feared complication. Dissection near the tonsillar capsule under microscopic view (TEmic) could be assumed to decrease PTH compared to traditional tonsillectomy (TEtrad). METHODS: In this study, patients were evaluated with respect to the need for surgical control (R/N: return/no return to theater (RTT): the day of surgery [0] or thereafter [1]). The findings at resection site and pain were measured. RESULTS: 869 patients were included (183 TEmic; 686 TEtrad)...
2017: International Journal of Otolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932040/a-rare-coexistence-of-aspergillosis-with-actinomycosis
#15
B Hari Vinay, Aditya Mohan, P Haritha, K Roja Lakshmi
Aspergillosis is a common systemic mycosis which affects immunocompromised and immunocompetent hosts. Aspergillus spp. is wide spread in the environment in most countries, which renders an invasive form of disease. The presence conidial heads are pathognomic to aspergillosis in diagnosis. Actinomycosis is a subacute-to-chronic infection that causes sinus fistula, tract or abscess due to the invasion surrounding the soft tissue. Cervicofacial infection accounts for 50%-60% of all actinomycosis cases. The mandible and nasopharynx are the sites of predilection, but maxillary infection is rare...
May 2017: Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology: JOMFP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931922/efficacy-of-recombinant-measles-virus-expressing-highly-pathogenic-avian-influenza-virus-hpaiv-antigen-against-hpaiv-infection-in-monkeys
#16
Tomoko Fujiyuki, Ryo Horie, Misako Yoneda, Takeshi Kuraishi, Fumihiko Yasui, Hyun-Jeong Kwon, Keisuke Munekata, Fusako Ikeda, Miho Hoshi, Yuri Kiso, Mio Omi, Hiroki Sato, Hiroshi Kida, Shosaku Hattori, Michinori Kohara, Chieko Kai
Highly pathogenic avian influenza virus (HPAIV) is a serious threat not only to domestic fowls but also to humans. Vaccines inducing long-lasting immunity against HPAIV are required. In the present study, we generated recombinant measles virus (MV) expressing the hemagglutinin protein of HPAIV without the multibasic site necessary for its pathogenicity in chickens using the backbone of an MV vaccine strain (rMV-Ed-H5HA) or a wild-type MV-derived mutant (rMV-HL-Vko-H5HA). We examined protective efficacy of the candidate vaccines in the monkey infection model by the challenge with a HPAIV (H5N1)...
September 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931890/pathogenesis-of-lethal-aspiration-pneumonia-in-mecp2-null-mouse-model-for-rett-syndrome
#17
Hiroshi Kida, Tomoyuki Takahashi, Yuki Nakamura, Takashi Kinoshita, Munetsugu Hara, Masaki Okamoto, Satoko Okayama, Keiichiro Nakamura, Ken-Ichiro Kosai, Takayuki Taniwaki, Yushiro Yamashita, Toyojiro Matsuishi
Rett syndrome (RTT) is a neurodevelopmental disorder mainly caused by mutations in the gene encoding the transcriptional regulator Methyl-CpG-binding protein 2 (MeCP2), located on the X chromosome. Many RTT patients have breathing abnormalities, such as apnea and breathing irregularity, and respiratory infection is the most common cause of death in these individuals. Previous studies showed that MeCP2 is highly expressed in the lung, but its role in pulmonary function remains unknown. In this study, we found that MeCP2 deficiency affects pulmonary gene expression and structures...
September 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931863/thp-1-derived-macrophages-render-lung-epithelial-cells-hypo-responsive-to-legionella-pneumophila-a-systems-biology-study
#18
Christine Schulz, Xin Lai, Wilhelm Bertrams, Anna Lena Jung, Alexandra Sittka-Stark, Christina Elena Herkt, Harshavadhan Janga, Katja Zscheppang, Christina Stielow, Leon Schulte, Stefan Hippenstiel, Julio Vera, Bernd Schmeck
Immune response in the lung has to protect the huge alveolar surface against pathogens while securing the delicate lung structure. Macrophages and alveolar epithelial cells constitute the first line of defense and together orchestrate the initial steps of host defense. In this study, we analysed the influence of macrophages on type II alveolar epithelial cells during Legionella pneumophila-infection by a systems biology approach combining experimental work and mathematical modelling. We found that L. pneumophila-infected THP-1-derived macrophages provoke a pro-inflammatory activation of neighboring lung epithelial cells, but in addition render them hypo-responsive to direct infection with the same pathogen...
September 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931689/vaccination-with-recombinant-parainfluenza-virus-5-expressing-neuraminidase-protects-against-homologous-and-heterologous-influenza-virus-challenge
#19
Alaina J Mooney, Jon D Gabbard, Zhuo Li, Daniel A Dlugolenski, Scott K Johnson, Ralph A Tripp, Biao He, S Mark Tompkins
Seasonal human influenza virus continues to cause morbidity and mortality annually, and highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) along with other emerging influenzas continue to pose pandemic threats. Vaccination is considered the most effective measure for controlling influenza; however, current strategies rely on a precise vaccine match with currently circulating virus strains for efficacy, requiring constant surveillance and regular development of matched vaccines. Current vaccines focus on eliciting specific antibody responses against the hemagglutinin (HA) surface glycoprotein; however, the diversity of HAs across species and antigenic drift of circulating strains enables evasion of virus-inhibiting antibody responses, resulting in vaccine failure...
September 20, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931688/a-selective-bottleneck-shapes-the-evolutionary-mutant-spectra-of-enterovirus-a71-during-viral-dissemination-in-humans
#20
Sheng-Wen Huang, Yi-Hui Huang, Huey-Pin Tsai, Pin-Hwa Kuo, Shih-Min Wang, Ching-Chuan Liu, Jen-Ren Wang
RNA viruses accumulate mutations to rapidly adapt to environmental changes. Enterovirus A71 (EV-A71) causes various clinical manifestations with occasional severe neurological complications. However, the mechanism by which EV-A71 evolves within the human body is unclear. Utilizing deep sequencing and haplotype analyses of viruses from various tissues of an autopsy patient, we sought to define the evolutionary pathway by which enterovirus A71 evolves fitness for invading the central nervous system in humans...
September 20, 2017: Journal of Virology
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