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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735461/pneumonia-and-streptococcus-pneumoniae-vaccine
#1
REVIEW
Gyu-Lee Kim, Seung-Han Seon, Dong-Kwon Rhee
Pneumonia is an inflammatory disease of the lung, responsible for high morbidity and mortality worldwide. It is caused by bacteria, viruses, fungi, or other microorganisms. Streptococcus pneumoniae, a gram-positive bacterium with over 90 serotypes, is the most common causative agent. Moreover, comorbid factors including heart failure, renal disease, and pulmonary disease could increase the risk of pneumococcal pneumonia. Since the advent of the pneumococcal vaccine in the 1980s, the incidence of pneumonia has decreased significantly...
July 22, 2017: Archives of Pharmacal Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735348/analysis-of-the-cd8-t-cell-anti-hiv-activity-in-heterologous-cell-co-cultures-reveals-the-benefit-of-multiple-hla-class-i-matches
#2
M Scott Killian, Fernando Teque, Ramu Sudhagoni
CD8(+) T lymphocytes can reduce the production of human immunodeficiency virus 1 (HIV-1) by CD4(+) T cells by cytotoxic and non-cytotoxic mechanisms. To investigate the involvement of human leukocyte antigen (HLA) class I compatibility in anti-HIV responses, we co-cultured primary CD8(+) T cells, isolated from the peripheral blood of HIV-1-infected individuals, with panels of autologous and heterologous acutely HIV-1-infected primary CD4(+) T cells. Altogether, CD8(+) T cell anti-HIV activity was evaluated in more than 200 co-cultures...
July 22, 2017: Immunogenetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735334/detection-of-polioviruses-in-sewage-using-cell-culture-and-molecular-methods
#3
Agnieszka Figas, Magdalena Wieczorek, Bogumiła Litwińska, Włodzimierz Gut
The work presented here demonstrates the utility of a two-step algorithm for environmental poliovirus surveillance based on: preselection of sewage samples tested for the presence of enteroviral genetic material-RT-PCR assay and detection of infectious viruses by cell culture technique (L20B for polioviruses and RD for polio and other non-polio enteroviruses). RD and L20B cell lines were tested to determine their sensitivity for isolation of viruses from environmental samples (sewage). Finally, we wanted to determine if sewage concentration affects the results obtained for RT-PCR and cell cultures...
January 2, 2017: Polish Journal of Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735322/viral-infection-of-the-heart-pathogenesis-and-diagnosis
#4
Mateusz Kuffner, Agnieszka Pawlak, Maciej Przybylski
Viral infections of the heart cause serious clinical problems, either as infectious myocarditis, which usually is a consequence of acute infection or as idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy, resulting rather from a chronic infection. This minireview presents an up-to-date view on pathomechanisms of viral infection of the heart tissues, the role of immune system in controlling infectious process at its various stages and current possibilities of recognizing viral infection of the heart with use of both cardiological and virological methods...
January 2, 2017: Polish Journal of Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735306/the-serological-surveillance-of-hepatitis-e-virus-among-hunters-and-foresters-in-eastern-poland
#5
Marcin Weiner, Małgorzata Tokarska-Rodak, Dorota Plewik, Anna Pańczuk, Adam Szepeluk, Monika Krajewska
The aim of the study was the analysis of the occurrence of specific antibodies against HEV among hunters and foresters who are at risk to be exposed. The study group consisted of 210 hunters (23-80 years old) and 60 foresters (22-64 years old). Anti-HEV IgG were present in 3.81% of the samples of the hunters and in 5% of the samples of the foresters. The statistical analysis shows no significant differences in the results anti-HEV IgG between the groups of hunters and foresters (p = 0.5278). Significantly higher anti-HEV IgG titers were found in the older age group (> 55 years old)...
July 6, 2017: Polish Journal of Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735115/the-c-terminal-region-of-the-turnip-mosaic-virus-p3-protein-is-essential-for-viral-infection-via-targeting-p3-to-the-viral-replication-complex
#6
Xiaoyan Cui, Hoda Yaghmaiean, Guanwei Wu, Xiaoyun Wu, Xin Chen, Greg Thorn, Aiming Wang
Like other positive-strand RNA viruses, plant potyviruses assemble viral replication complexes (VRCs) on modified cellular membranes. Potyviruses encode two membrane proteins, 6K2 and P3. The former is known to play pivotal roles in the formation of membrane-associated VRCs. However, P3 remains to be one of the least characterized potyviral proteins. The P3 cistron codes for P3 as well as P3N-PIPO which results from RNA polymerase slippage. In this study, we show that the P3N-PIPO of Turnip mosaic virus (TuMV) is required for viral cell-to-cell movement but not for viral replication...
July 20, 2017: Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735059/too-young-to-be-vaccinated-hospitalizations-caused-by-varicella-among-children-in-the-first-year-of-life
#7
Ewelina Gowin, Jacek Wysocki, Michał Michalak, Danuta Januszkiewicz-Lewandowska
AIM: The aim of this study was to analyse the causes of hospitalization in the course of varicella in children during the first year of life. METHODS: We have analysed the medical documentation of 359 children hospitalized for varicella at the Infectious Diseases Ward in Children's Hospital in Poznan (Poland) between January 2007 and August 2015. RESULTS: In the study group there were 96 children younger than one year. The most common cause of hospitalization was respiratory infections, found in 31 (32%) children...
July 19, 2017: International Journal of Infectious Diseases: IJID
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734938/hepatitis-e-virus-infection-and-acute-non-traumatic-neurological-injury-a-prospective-multicentre-study
#8
Harry R Dalton, Jeroen J J van Eijk, Pascal Cintas, Richie G Madden, Catherine Jones, Glynn W Webb, Benjamin Norton, Julie Pique, Suzanne Lutgens, Nikki Devooght-Johnson, Kathy Woolson, John Baker, Maria Saunders, Liz Househam, James Griffiths, Florence Abravanel, Jacques Izopet, Nassim Kamar, Nens van Alfen, Baziel G M van Engelen, Jeremy G Hunter, Annemiek A van der Eijk, Richard P Bendall, Brendan N Mclean, Bart C Jacobs
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: HEV has been associated with a number of neurological syndromes, but causality has not yet been established. AIM: to explore the relationship between HEV and neurological illness by prospective HEV-testing of patients presenting with acute non-traumatic neurological injury. METHODS: 464 consecutive patients presenting to hospital with acute non-traumatic neurological illnesses were tested for HEV by serology and PCR from 4 centres in the UK, France and the Netherlands...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734862/respiratory-infections-and-antibiotic-usage-in-common-variable-immunodeficiency
#9
Johannes M Sperlich, Bodo Grimbacher, Sarita Workman, Tanzina Haque, Suranjith L Seneviratne, Siobhan O Burns, Veronika Reiser, Werner Vach, John R Hurst, David M Lowe
BACKGROUND: Patients with common variable immunodeficiency (CVID) suffer frequent respiratory tract infections despite immunoglobulin replacement and are prescribed significant quantities of antibiotics. The clinical and microbiological nature of these exacerbations, the symptomatic triggers to take antibiotics, and the response to treatment have not been previously investigated. OBJECTIVES: To describe the nature, frequency, treatment, and clinical course of respiratory tract exacerbations in patients with CVID and to describe pathogens isolated during respiratory tract exacerbations...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology in Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734843/a-high-resolution-melting-hrm-technology-based-assay-for-cost-efficient-clinical-detection-and-genotyping-of-herpes-simplex-virus-hsv-1-and-hsv-2
#10
M Lieveld, A Carregosa, I Benoy, N Redzic, M Berth, D Vanden Broeck
Genital herpes can be caused by two very similar viruses, herpes simplex virus (HSV)-1 or HSV-2. These two HSV types cannot be distinguished clinically, but genotyping is recommended in the first-episodes of genital herpes to guide counselling and management. Quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) is the preferred diagnostic method for HSV typing. However, commercial qPCR methods use expensive fluorescent labeled probes for detection. Furthermore, most low-cost methods are not able to differentiate between HSV-1 and -2...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Virological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734831/effects-of-all-oral-anti-viral-therapy-on-hvpg-and-systemic-hemodynamics-in-patients-with-hepatitis-c-virus-associated-cirrhosis
#11
Sabela Lens, Edilmar Alvarado, Zoe Mariño, María-Carlota Londoño, Elba LLop, Javier Martinez, Jose Ignacio Fortea, Luís Ibañez, Xavier Ariza, Anna Baiges, Adolfo Gallego, Rafael Bañares, Angela Puente, Agustín Albillos, Jose Luís Calleja, Xavier Torras, Virginia Hernández-Gea, Jaume Bosch, Cándid Villanueva, Xavier Forns, Juan Carlos García-Pagán
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Patients with hepatitis C virus (HCV)-associated cirrhosis and clinical significant portal hypertension (CSPH, hepatic venous pressure gradient [HVPG] 10 mmHg or greater), despite achieving sustained virological response (SVR) to therapy, remain at risk of liver decompensation. We investigated hemodynamic changes following SVR in patients with CSPH and whether liver stiffness measurements (LSMs) can rule out the presence of CSPH. METHODS: We performed a multicenter prospective study of 226 patients with HCV-associated cirrhosis and CSPH who had SVR to interferon-free therapy at 6 Liver Units in Spain...
July 19, 2017: Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734805/c-reactive-protein-mediating-immunopathological-lesions-a-potential-treatment-option-for-severe-influenza-a-diseases
#12
Rongbao Gao, Lijie Wang, Tian Bai, Ye Zhang, Hong Bo, Yuelong Shu
Severe influenza diseases with high mortality have been frequently reported, especially in those patients infected with avian influenza A (H5N1, H7N9 or H10N8) or during a pandemic. Respiratory distress, which is attributed to alveolar damage associated with immunopathological lesions, is the most common cause of death. There is a wealth of information on pathogenesis or treatment options. In this study, we showed that high levels of C-reactive protein (CRP) were induced and correlated with complement activation in patients infected with severe influenza A (H5N1, H7N9 or H10N8), and higher levels were induced in fatal patients than in survivors...
July 13, 2017: EBioMedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734763/uncleaved-2a-peptide-of-foot-and-mouth-disease-virus-can-display-foreign-epitope-tag-at-the-virion-surface
#13
Jitendra K Biswal, Saravanan Subramaniam, Rajeev Ranjan, Bramhadev Pattnaik
Foot-and-mouth disease virus (FMDV) capsid precursor protein P1-2A is cleaved by viral-encoded 3C protease (3C(pro)) to generate VP0, VP3, VP1 and 2A proteins. It was reported earlier that substitution of a single amino acid residue within the 2A peptide sequence (L2P) blocked the 3C(pro) mediated VP1/2A cleavage and produced 'self-tagged' FMDV particles containing uncleaved 2A-peptide. To determine whether the uncleaved 2A-peptide can function as a target structure to harbour and display exogenous epitope on FMDV particles, a full-length FMDV cDNA clone containing a HA-tag within the uncleaved 2A-peptide sequence was constructed...
July 19, 2017: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734743/adjuvantation-of-inactivated-foot-and-mouth-disease-virus-vaccine-with-il-15-expressing-plasmid-improves-the-immune-response-in-guinea-pigs
#14
Vijay Nagaraj, Lijo John, Singaram Bharatiraja, Hosur Joyappa Dechamma, Golla Ramalinga Reddy
Foot and mouth disease is a highly contagious disease affecting cloven footed animals. Vaccination using inactivated virus is followed to control the disease. As the immune response conferred by the inactivated vaccine is short lived, there is a need for an alternate vaccine with increased duration of immunity. Inclusion of adjuvant which enhances B and T cell responses is one of the strategies to increase the duration of immune responses of the vaccine. Interleukin 15 is one such a cytokine which improves the cell mediated immune response and also involved in the maintenance of memory T and B cells...
July 19, 2017: Biologicals: Journal of the International Association of Biological Standardization
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734654/schlafen-14-slfn14-is-a-novel-antiviral-factor-involved-in-the-control-of-viral-replication
#15
Rak-Kyun Seong, Seong-Wook Seo, Ji-Ae Kim, Sarah J Fletcher, Neil V Morgan, Mukesh Kumar, Young-Ki Choi, Ok Sarah Shin
Schlafen (SLFN) proteins have been suggested to play important functions in cell proliferation and immune cell development. In this study, we determined the antiviral activities of putative RNA-helicase domain-containing SLFN14. Murine SLFN14 expression was specifically induced by TLR3-mediated pathways and type I interferon (IFN) in RAW264.7 mouse macrophages. To examine the role of SLFN during viral infection, cells were infected with either wild-type PR8 or delNS1/PR8 virus. SLFN14 expression was specifically induced following influenza virus infection...
July 11, 2017: Immunobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734617/epidemiology-evolution-and-pathogenesis-of-h7n9-influenza-viruses-in-five-epidemic-waves-since-2013-in-china
#16
REVIEW
Shuo Su, Min Gu, Di Liu, Jie Cui, George F Gao, Jiyong Zhou, Xiufan Liu
H7N9 influenza viruses were first isolated in 2013 and continue to cause human infections. H7N9 infections represent an ongoing public health threat that has resulted in 1344 cases with 511 deaths as of April 9, 2017. This highlights the continued threat posed by the current poultry trade and live poultry market system in China. Until now, there have been five H7N9 influenza epidemic waves in China; however, the steep increase in the number of humans infected with H7N9 viruses observed in the fifth wave, beginning in October 2016, the spread into western provinces, and the emergence of highly pathogenic (HP) H7N9 influenza outbreaks in chickens and infection in humans have caused domestic and international concern...
July 19, 2017: Trends in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734599/short-communication-survival-of-vaccinia-virus-in-inoculated-cheeses-during-60-day-ripening
#17
Izabelle S Rehfeld, Ana Luiza S Fraiha, Ana Carolina D Matos, Maria Isabel M C Guedes, Erica A Costa, Marcelo R de Souza, Luigi F L Cavalcante, Zélia I P Lobato
Bovine vaccinia is a neglected zoonosis caused by Vaccinia virus (VACV) and has a major economic and public health effect in Brazil. Previous studies showed infectious VACV particles in milk from either experimentally or naturally infected cows and in fresh cheeses prepared with experimentally contaminated milk. Ripening is a process that leads to major changes in the physical and chemical characteristics of cheese, reducing contamination by spoilage, pathogenic microorganisms, or both. However, it is not known if VACV infectious particles persist after the ripening process...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734519/zika-virus-infection
#18
REVIEW
Debbie-Ann T Shirley, James P Nataro
In less than 2 years since entry into the Americas, we have witnessed the emergent spread of Zika virus into large subsets of immunologically naïve human populations and then encountered the devastating effects of microcephaly and brain anomalies that can arise from in utero infection with the virus. Diagnostic evaluation and management of affected infants continues to evolve as our understanding of Zika virus rapidly advances. The development of a safe and effective vaccine holds the potential to attenuate the spread of infection and limit the impact of congenital infection...
August 2017: Pediatric Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734516/pediatric-human-immunodeficiency-virus-continuum-of-care-a-concise-review-of-evidence-based-practice
#19
REVIEW
Megan E Gray, Phillip Nieburg, Rebecca Dillingham
Children and adolescents living with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) represent a population that requires a unique approach to HIV care. Prevention, testing, initiation of antiretroviral therapy (ART), and retention and engagement in care are critical steps. Each step requires providers to address age-specific barriers, so that successful and prolonged viral suppression can occur. Adherence to ART, disclosure of HIV-positive status, and stigma are examples of struggles faced by youth, their families, and health care providers...
August 2017: Pediatric Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734478/ph-dependent-membrane-interactions-of-the-histidine-rich-cell-penetrating-peptide-lah4-l1
#20
Justine Wolf, Christopher Aisenbrey, Nicole Harmouche, Jesus Raya, Philippe Bertani, Natalia Voievoda, Regine Süss, Burkhard Bechinger
The histidine-rich designer peptide LAH4-L1 exhibits antimicrobial and potent cell-penetrating activities for a wide variety of cargo including nucleic acids, polypeptides, adeno-associated viruses, and nanodots. The non-covalent complexes formed between the peptide and cargo enter the cell via an endosomal pathway where the pH changes from neutral to acidic. Here, we investigated the membrane interactions of the peptide with phospholipid bilayers and its membrane topology using static solid-state NMR spectroscopy...
July 19, 2017: Biophysical Journal
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