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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542441/dot-or-sat-for-rifampicin-resistant-tuberculosis-a-non-randomized-comparison-in-a-high-hiv-prevalence-setting
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Erika Mohr, Johnny Daniels, Busisiwe Beko, Petros Isaakidis, Vivian Cox, Sarah Jane Steele, Odelia Muller, Leigh Snyman, Virginia De Azevedo, Amir Shroufi, Laura Trivino Duran, Jennifer Hughes
BACKGROUND: Daily directly-observed therapy (DOT) is recommended for rifampicin-resistant tuberculosis (RR-TB) patients throughout treatment. We assessed the impact of self-administered treatment (SAT) in a South African township with high rates of RR-TB and HIV. METHODS: Community-supported SAT for patients who completed the intensive phase was piloted in five primary care clinics in Khayelitsha. We compared final treatment outcomes among RR-TB patients initiating treatment before (standard-of-care (SOC)-cohort, January 2010-July 2013) and after the implementation of the pilot (SAT-cohort, January 2012-December 2014)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541542/reducing-stock-outs-of-essential-tuberculosis-medicines-a-system-dynamics-modelling-approach-to-supply-chain-management
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L Bam, Z M McLaren, E Coetzee, K H von Leipzig
The under-performance of supply chains presents a significant hindrance to disease control in developing countries. Stock-outs of essential medicines lead to treatment interruption which can force changes in patient drug regimens, drive drug resistance and increase mortality. This study is one of few to quantitatively evaluate the effectiveness of supply chain policies in reducing shortages and costs. This study develops a systems dynamics simulation model of the downstream supply chain for amikacin, a second-line tuberculosis drug using 10 years of South African data...
May 24, 2017: Health Policy and Planning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536447/effects-of-hmasp-2-on-the-formation-of-bcg-infection-induced-granuloma-in-the-lungs-of-balb-c-mice
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Xiaoying Xu, Xiaoling Lu, Xingfang Dong, Yanping Luo, Qian Wang, Xun Liu, Jie Fu, Yuan Zhang, Bingdong Zhu, Xingming Ma
Tuberculosis, caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis, affects the functions of the lung and causes high morbidity and mortality rates worldwide. MASP-2 is an executioner enzyme, which plays an essential role in the activation of lectin pathway. In our previous studies, the MASP-2 played a dual role in promoting the progress of lesions in BCG-infected rabbit skin models. However, the really effects of MASP-2 on tuberculosis are unknown. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of MASP-2 in granuloma formation with BCG-infected mice...
May 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534476/effect-of-short-message-service-on-management-of-pulmonary-tuberculosis-patients-in-anhui-province-china-a-prospective-randomized-controlled-study
#4
Xue-Hui Fang, Shi-Yang Guan, Li Tang, Fang-Biao Tao, Zheng Zou, Ji-Xiang Wang, Xiao-Hong Kan, Quan-Zhi Wang, Zhi-Ping Zhang, Hong Cao, Dong-Chun Ma, Hai-Feng Pan
BACKGROUND To explore the significance of short message service (SMS) on the management of pulmonary tuberculosis (TB) patients in reinforcing the treatment adherence and health awareness, and provide scientific evidences for popularizing this model and formulating related polices and measures. MATERIAL AND METHODS Six counties (districts) were selected by stratified cluster sampling method, and randomly divided into control group and intervention group. Pulmonary TB patients eligible to the study criteria were included in the study...
May 23, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534009/genomic-insight-into-mechanisms-of-reversion-of-antibiotic-resistance-in-multidrug-resistant-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-induced-by-a-nanomolecular-iodine-containing-complex-fs-1
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Aleksandr I Ilin, Murat E Kulmanov, Ilya S Korotetskiy, Rinat A Islamov, Gulshara K Akhmetova, Marina V Lankina, Oleg N Reva
Drug induced reversion of antibiotic resistance is a promising way to combat multidrug resistant infections. However, lacking knowledge of mechanisms of drug resistance reversion impedes employing this approach in medicinal therapies. Induction of antibiotic resistance reversion by a new anti-tuberculosis drug FS-1 has been reported. FS-1 was used in this work in combination with standard anti-tuberculosis antibiotics in an experiment on laboratory guinea pigs infected with an extensively drug resistant (XDR) strain Mycobacterium tuberculosis SCAID 187...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533426/a-reappraised-meta-analysis-of-the-genetic-association-between-vitamin-d-receptor-bsm-i-rs1544410-polymorphism-and-pulmonary-tuberculosis-risk
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Mohammed Y Areeshi, Raju K Mandal, Sajad Ahmad Dar, Abdulrahman M Alshahrani, Aqeel Ahmad, Arshad Jawed, Mohd Wahid, Mohtashim Lohani, Aditya K Panda, Shafiul Haque
BsmI (rs1544410) polymorphism located in intron 8 at the 3' end of the VDR gene is known to be involved in the regulation of mRNA stability. Many studies evaluated the possible correlation between VDR Bsm I polymorphism and the risk of pulmonary tuberculosis (PTB), and reported conflicting results. In this study, an updated meta-analysis was performed to evaluate the above said association. PubMed, EMBASE, and Google Scholar web-databases were searched for the relevant studies and a meta-analysis was performed by calculating pooled odds ratios (ORs) and 95% confidence intervals (95% CIs) for all the genetic models...
May 22, 2017: Bioscience Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532992/assessment-of-concurrent-infection-with-bovine-viral-diarrhoea-virus-bvdv-and-mycobacterium-bovis-a-herd-level-risk-factor-analysis-from-northern-ireland
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A W Byrne, M Guelbenzu-Gonzalo, S A J Strain, S McBride, J Graham, A Lahuerta-Marin, R Harwood, D A Graham, S McDowell
Bovine viral diarrhoea virus (BVDV) is a significant pathogen of cattle, leading to severe economic and animal-welfare impacts. Furthermore, the pathogen has been associated with impacting the progression or spread of other pathogens (e.g. Mycobacterium bovis, the causative agent of bovine tuberculosis (bTB)). During this study we investigated (i) risk factors for BVDV at a herd-level and (ii) whether there was any association between BVDV and herd-level bTB risk. The data for this study were gathered from a voluntary BVDV control programme in Northern Ireland (2013-2015) based on the identification of virus positive animals through tissue tag testing of calves...
June 1, 2017: Preventive Veterinary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532210/the-linear-nonthreshold-lnt-model-as-used-in-radiation-protection-an-ncrp-update
#8
John D Boice
Purpose/Objective(s): The linear non-threshold (LNT) model has been used in radiation protection for over 40 years and has been hotly debated! It relies heavily on human epidemiology, with support from radiobiology. The scientific underpinnings include NCRP Report No. 136 ("Evaluation of the Linear-Nonthreshold Dose-Response Model for Ionizing Radiation"), UNSCEAR 2000, ICRP Publication 99 (2004) and the National Academies BEIR VII Report (NRC 2006). NCRP Scientific Committee 1-25 is reviewing recent epidemiologic studies focusing on dose-response models, including threshold, and the relevance to radiation protection...
May 23, 2017: International Journal of Radiation Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531291/a-novel-virus-vectored-respiratory-mucosal-vaccine-enhances-anti-tuberculosis-immunity-in-a-humanized-model-system
#9
Yushi Yao, Rocky Lai, Sam Afkhami, Siamak Haddadi, Anna Zganiacz, Fatemeh Vahedi, Ali A Ashkar, Charu Kaushic, Mangalakumari Jeyanathan, Zhou Xing
Background: The translation of pre-clinically promising novel tuberculosis (TB) vaccines to ultimate human applications has met with the challenge of lacking markedly improved animal models for vaccine testing with an immune system of human equivalent in its genetic diversity and level of susceptibility to TB. Methods: We have developed a humanized mice (Hu-mice) TB model system to investigate the clinical relevance of a novel virus-vectored (VV) TB vaccine administered via respiratory mucosal (RM) or parenteral route...
May 20, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529300/yi-kwang-su-s-love-and-history-records-of-modern-hospital-under-the-japanese-colonial-period
#10
Byoung Hoon Lee
This article aims to evaluate and analyze the description of the modern hospital as history record, which appeared in YI Kwang Su's novel Love. This novel has mentioned in detail western style clinic, Bukgando Catholic hospital, tuberculosis sanitarium as its main space. Modern hospitals are depicted in the novel has a great significance in historical aspect as well as in literary aspect. The most data on modern hospital is laws, statistics and newspaper archives. These materials are a great help to understand the history and status of the modern hospital...
December 2016: Ŭi Sahak
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527127/evaluation-of-heparg-cells-for-the-assessment-of-indirect-drug-induced-hepatotoxicity-using-inh-as-a-model-substance
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Anika Mann, Thomas Pelz, Knut Rennert, Alexander Mosig, Michael Decker, Amelie Lupp
HepaRG cells are widely used as an in vitro model to assess drug-induced hepatotoxicity. However, only few studies exist so far regarding their suitability to detect the effects of drugs requiring a preceding activation via the cytochrome P450 (CYP) system. A prototypic substance is the anti-tuberculosis agent INH, which is metabolized into N-acetylhydrazine, which then triggers hepatotoxicity. Therefore, the aim of the present study was to test if this effect can also be detected in HepaRG cells and if it can be counteracted by the known hepatoprotectant silibinin...
May 19, 2017: Human Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526681/adoptive-transfer-of-phosphoantigen-specific-%C3%AE-%C3%AE-t-cell-subset-attenuates-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-infection-in-nonhuman-primates
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Arwa Qaqish, Dan Huang, Crystal Y Chen, Zhuoran Zhang, Richard Wang, Shengpu Li, Enzhuoa Yang, Yang Lu, Michelle H Larsen, William R Jacobs, Lixia Qian, James Frencher, Ling Shen, Zheng W Chen
The dominant Vγ2Vδ2 T cell subset recognizes phosphoantigen and exists only in humans and nonhuman primates. Despite the discovery of γδ T cells >30 y ago, a proof-of-concept study has not been done to prove the principle that the Vγ2Vδ2 T cell subset is protective against Mycobacterium tuberculosis and other infections. In this study, we used an adoptive cell-transfer strategy to define the protective role of Vγ2Vδ2 T cells in a primate tuberculosis (TB) model. Vγ2Vδ2 T cells for adoptive transfer displayed central/effector memory and mounted effector functions, including the production of anti-M...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525582/challenges-in-the-estimation-of-the-annual-risk-of-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-infection-in-children-aged-under-5-years
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P Y Khan, J R Glynn, T Mzembe, D Mulawa, R Chiumya, A C Crampin, K Kranzer, K L Fielding
Accurate estimates of Mycobacterium tuberculosis (M.tb) infection in young children provide a critical indicator of on-going community M.tb transmission. Cross reactions due to infection with environmental mycobacteria and/or Bacille Calmette-Guérin (BCG) vaccination compromise the estimates derived from population-level tuberculin skin test surveys using traditional cut-off methods. Newer statistical approaches are prone to failure of model convergence, especially in settings where the prevalence of M.tb infection is low and environmental sensitisation is high...
May 19, 2017: American Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523507/tof-sims-parallel-imaging-ms-ms-of-lipid-species-in-thin-tissue-sections
#14
Anne Lisa Bruinen, Gregory L Fisher, Ron M A Heeren
Unambiguous identification of detected species is essential in complex biomedical samples. To date, there are not many mass spectrometry imaging techniques that can provide both high spatial resolution and identification capabilities. A new and patented imaging tandem mass spectrometer, exploiting the unique characteristics of the nanoTOF II (Physical Electronics, USA) TOF-SIMS TRIFT instrument, was developed to address this.Tandem mass spectrometry is based on the selection of precursor ions from the full secondary ion spectrum (MS(1)), followed by energetic activation and fragmentation, and collection of the fragment ions to obtain a tandem MS spectrum (MS(2))...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522990/animal-models-for-tuberculosis-in-translational-and-precision-medicine
#15
REVIEW
Lingjun Zhan, Jun Tang, Mengmeng Sun, Chuan Qin
Tuberculosis (TB) is a health threat to the global population. Anti-TB drugs and vaccines are key approaches for TB prevention and control. TB animal models are basic tools for developing biomarkers of diagnosis, drugs for therapy, vaccines for prevention and researching pathogenic mechanisms for identification of targets; thus, they serve as the cornerstone of comparative medicine, translational medicine, and precision medicine. In this review, we discuss the current use of TB animal models and their problems, as well as offering perspectives on the future of these models...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520909/large-scale-data-driven-integrative-framework-for-extracting-essential-targets-and-processes-from-disease-associated-gene-data-sets
#16
Gaston K Mazandu, Emile R Chimusa, Kayleigh Rutherford, Elsa-Gayle Zekeng, Zoe Z Gebremariam, Maryam Y Onifade, Nicola J Mulder
Populations worldwide currently face several public health challenges, including growing prevalence of infections and the emergence of new pathogenic organisms. The cost and risk associated with drug development make the development of new drugs for several diseases, especially orphan or rare diseases, unappealing to the pharmaceutical industry. Proof of drug safety and efficacy is required before market approval, and rigorous testing makes the drug development process slow, expensive and frequently result in failure...
May 18, 2017: Briefings in Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520768/mobile-phone-reminders-and-peer-counseling-improve-adherence-and-treatment-outcomes-of-patients-on-art-in-malaysia-a-randomized-clinical-trial
#17
Surajudeen Abiola Abdulrahman, Lekhraj Rampal, Faisal Ibrahim, Anuradha P Radhakrishnan, Hayati Kadir Shahar, Norlijah Othman
BACKGROUND: Adherence to treatment remains the cornerstone of long term viral suppression and successful treatment outcomes among patients receiving Antiretroviral Therapy (ART). OBJECTIVE(S): Evaluate the effectiveness of mobile phone reminders and peer counseling in improving adherence and treatment outcomes among HIV positive patients on ART in Malaysia. METHODS: A single-blind, parallel group RCT conducted in Hospital Sungai Buloh, Malaysia in which 242 adult Malaysian patients were randomized to intervention or control groups...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520704/adverse-events-associated-with-treatment-of-multidrug-resistant-tuberculosis-in-china-an-ambispective-cohort-study
#18
Yang Zhang, Shanshan Wu, Yinyin Xia, Ni Wang, Lin Zhou, Jing Wang, Renfei Fang, Feng Sun, Mingting Chen, Siyan Zhan
BACKGROUND Adverse events are under-appreciated negative consequences that are significant clinical problems for patients undergoing anti-MDR-TB treatment due to longer duration of treatment and more need for concurrent use of multiple second-line drugs. The aim of this study was to determine the incidence of adverse events and their impact on MDR-TB therapy and treatment outcome, and to identify possible drug-event pairs in China. MATERIAL AND METHODS An ambispective cohort study was conducted based on hospital medical records, which included a retrospective study that enrolled 751 MDR-TB patients receiving standardized regimen between May 2009 and July 2013, and a follow-up investigation of treatment outcome conducted in December 2016 in China...
May 18, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28517109/the-studies-of-para-and-parb-dynamics-reveal-asymmetry-of-chromosome-segregation-in-mycobacteria
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Katarzyna Ginda, Isabella Santi, Djenet Bousbaine, Jolanta Zakrzewska-Czerwińska, Dagmara Jakimowicz, John McKinney
Active segregation of bacterial chromosomes usually involves the action of ParB proteins, which bind in proximity of chromosomal origin (oriC) regions forming nucleoprotein complexes - segrosomes. Newly duplicated segrosomes are moved either uni- or bidirectionally by the action of ATPases - ParA proteins. In Mycobacterium smegmatis the oriC region is located in an off-centred position and newly replicated segrosomes are segregated toward cell poles. The elimination of M. smegmatis ParA and/or ParB leads to chromosome segregation defects...
May 18, 2017: Molecular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515317/characterization-of-a-secretory-hydrolase-from-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-sheds-critical-insight-into-host-lipid-utilization-by-m-tuberculosis
#20
Khundrakpam Herojit Singh, Bhavya Jha, Abhisek Dwivedy, Eira Choudhary, Arpitha G N, Anam Ashraf, Nisheeth Agarwal, Bichitra Kumar Biswal
Mycobacterium tuberculosis causes tuberculosis in humans and predominantly infects alveolar macrophages. To survive inside host lesions and to evade immune surveillance, this pathogen has developed many strategies. For example, M. tuberculosis uses host-derived lipids/fatty acids as nutrients for prolonged persistence within hypoxic host microenvironments. M. tuberculosis imports these metabolites through its respective transporters, and in the case of host fatty acids, a pertinent question arises: does M. tuberculosis have the enzyme(s) for cleavage of fatty acids from host lipids? We show herein that a previously uncharacterized membrane-associated M...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
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