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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424283/simian-immunodeficiency-virus-targeting-of-cxcr3-cd4-t-cells-in-secondary-lymphoid-organs-is-associated-with-robust-cxcl10-expression-in-monocyte-macrophage-subsets
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Masayuki Fujino, Hirotaka Sato, Tomotaka Okamura, Akihiko Uda, Satoshi Takeda, Nursarat Ahmed, Shigeyuki Shichino, Teiichiro Shiino, Yohei Saito, Satoru Watanabe, Chie Sugimoto, Marcelo Kuroda, Manabu Ato, Yoshiyuki Nagai, Shuji Izumo, Kouji Matsushima, Masaaki Miyazawa, Aftab A Ansari, Francois Villinger, Kazuyasu Mori
Glycosylation of Env defines pathogenic properties of SIV. We previously demonstrated that pathogenic SIVmac239 and live-attenuated, quintuple deglycosylated Env mutant (Δ5G) target CD4(+) T cells residing in different tissues during acute infection. SIVmac239 and Δ5G preferentially infected distinct CD4(+) T cells in secondary lymphoid organs (SLOs) and within the lamina propria of the small intestine, respectively (C. Sugimoto et al., J Virol 86:9323-9336, 2012). Herein, we studied the host responses relevant to SIV targeting of CXCR3(+)CCR5(+) CD4(+) T cells in SLOs...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424239/aim2-inflammasome-is-critical-for-influenza-induced-lung-injury-and-mortality
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Hongbo Zhang, Jiadi Luo, John F Alcorn, Kong Chen, Songqing Fan, Joseph Pilewski, Aizhong Liu, Wei Chen, Jay K Kolls, Jieru Wang
The absent in melanoma 2 (AIM2) inflammasome plays an important role in many viral and bacterial infections, but very little is known about its role in RNA virus infection, including influenza A virus (IAV). In this study, we have designed in vivo and in vitro studies to determine the role of AIM2 in infections with lethal doses of IAVs A/PR8/34 and A/California/07/09. In wild-type mice, IAV infection enhanced AIM2 expression, induced dsDNA release, and stimulated caspase-1 activation and release of cleaved IL-1β in the lung, which was significantly reduced in AIM2-deficient mice...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416183/inhibition-of-the-in-vitro-growth-of-babesia-bigemina-babesia-caballi-and-theileria-equi-parasites-by-trifluralin-analogues
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Marta G Silva, Donald P Knowles, Sandra Antunes, Ana Domingos, Maria A Esteves, Carlos E Suarez
Bovine and equine babesiosis caused by Babesia bovis, Babesia bigemina and Babesia caballi, along with equine theileriosis caused by Theileria equi are global tick-borne hemoprotozoan diseases characterized by fever, anemia, weight losses and abortions. A common feature of these diseases are transition from acute to chronic phases, in which parasites may persist in the hosts for life. Antiprotozoal drugs are important for managing infection and disease. Previous research demonstrated that trifluralin analogues, designated (TFLAs) 1-15, which specifically bind to regions of alpha-tubulin protein in plants and protozoan parasites, have the ability to inhibit the in vitro growth of B...
April 10, 2017: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28391509/changes-in-environmental-conditions-modify-infection-kinetics-of-dairy-phages
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Delfina Zaburlin, Andrea Quiberoni, Diego Mercanti
Latent period, burst time, and burst size, kinetic parameters of phage infection characteristic of a given phage/host system, have been measured for a wide variety of lactic acid bacteria. However, most studies to date were conducted in optimal growth conditions of host bacteria and did not consider variations due to changes in external factors. In this work, we determined the effect of temperature, pH, and starvation on kinetic parameters of phages infecting Lactobacillus paracasei, Lactobacillus plantarum, and Leuconostoc mesenteroides...
April 8, 2017: Food and Environmental Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28391495/boric-acid-inhibition-of-trichophyton-rubrum-growth-and-conidia-formation
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Martin Schmidt
Trichophyton rubrum is a common human dermatophyte that is the causative agent of 80-93% of fungal infections of the skin and nails. While dermatophyte infections in healthy people are easily treatable with over-the-counter medications, such infections pose a higher risk for patients with compromised immune function and impaired regenerative potential. The efficacy of boric acid (BA) for the treatment of vaginal yeast infections prompted an investigation of the effect of BA on growth and morphology of T. rubrum...
April 8, 2017: Biological Trace Element Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28390959/fever-after-peripheral-blood-stem-cell-infusion-in-haploidentical-transplantation-with-post-transplant-cyclophosphamide
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Marcos Arango, Juan F Combariza
OBJECTIVE/BACKGROUND: Noninfection-related fever can occur after peripheral blood stem cell infusion in haploidentical hematopoietic stem cell transplantation with post-transplant cyclophosphamide. The objective of this study was to analyze the incidence of fever and characterize some clinical features of affected patients. METHODS: A retrospective case-series study with 40 patients who received haploidentical hematopoietic stem cell transplantation was carried out...
April 3, 2017: Hematology/oncology and Stem Cell Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28386604/hypoxia-determines-survival-outcomes-of-bacterial-infection-through-hif-1alpha-dependent-re-programming-of-leukocyte-metabolism
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A A R Thompson, R S Dickinson, F Murphy, J P Thomson, H M Marriott, A Tavares, J Willson, L Williams, A Lewis, A Mirchandani, P Dos Santos Coelho, C Doherty, E Ryan, E Watts, N M Morton, S Forbes, R H Stimson, A G Hameed, N Arnold, J A Preston, A Lawrie, V Finisguerra, M Mazzone, P Sadiku, J Goveia, F Taverna, P Carmeliet, S J Foster, E R Chilvers, A S Cowburn, D H Dockrell, R S Johnson, R R Meehan, M K B Whyte, S R Walmsley
Hypoxia and bacterial infection frequently co-exist, in both acute and chronic clinical settings, and typically result in adverse clinical outcomes. To ameliorate this morbidity, we investigated the interaction between hypoxia and the host response. In the context of acute hypoxia, both S. aureus and S. pneumoniae infections rapidly induced progressive neutrophil mediated morbidity and mortality, with associated hypothermia and cardiovascular compromise. Preconditioning animals through longer exposures to hypoxia, prior to infection, prevented these pathophysiological responses and profoundly dampened the transcriptome of circulating leukocytes...
February 10, 2017: Science Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28386467/microbiota-composition-and-immune-responses-during-campylobacter-jejuni-infection-in-conventionally-colonized-il-10-mice-lacking-nucleotide-oligomerization-domain-2
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Markus M Heimesaat, Ursula Grundmann, Marie E Alutis, André Fischer, Stefan Bereswill
Host immune responses are pivotal for combating enteropathogenic infections. We here assessed the impact of the innate receptor nucleotide oligomerization domain protein 2 (NOD2) in murine Campylobacter jejuni-infection. Conventionally colonized IL-10(-/-) mice lacking NOD2 and IL-10(-/-) controls were perorally challenged with C. jejuni strain 81-176 and displayed comparable pathogenic colonization of intestines until day 14 postinfection (p.i.). Whereas overall intestinal microbiota compositions were comparable in naive mice, NOD2(-/-) IL-10(-/-) mice exhibited less fecal bifidobacteria and lactobacilli than IL-10(-/-) counterparts after infection...
March 2017: European Journal of Microbiology & Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339489/human-subtilisin-kexin-isozyme-1-ski-1-site-1-protease-s1p-regulates-cytoplasmic-lipid-droplet-abundance-a-potential-target-for-indirect-acting-anti-dengue-virus-agents
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Anastasia Hyrina, Fanrui Meng, Steven J McArthur, Sharlene Eivemark, Ivan R Nabi, François Jean
Viral hijacking and manipulation of host-cell biosynthetic pathways by human enveloped viruses are shared molecular events essential for the viral lifecycle. For Flaviviridae members such as hepatitis C virus and dengue virus (DENV), one of the key subsets of cellular pathways that undergo manipulation is the lipid metabolic pathways, underlining the importance of cellular lipids and, in particular, lipid droplets (LDs) in viral infection. Here, we hypothesize that targeting cellular enzymes that act as key regulators of lipid homeostasis and LD formation could represent a powerful approach to developing a novel class of broad-spectrum antivirals against infection associated with all DENV serotypes (1-4) circulating around the world...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326085/dectin-1-compromises-innate-responses-and-host-resistance-against-neospora-caninum-infection
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Murilo Vieira da Silva, Flávia Batista Ferreira França, Caroline Martins Mota, Arlindo Gomes de Macedo Júnior, Eliézer Lucas Pires Ramos, Fernanda Maria Santiago, José Roberto Mineo, Tiago Wilson Patriarca Mineo
Neospora caninum is an intracellular protozoan parasite that has drawn increasing interest due to its association with worldwide repetitive bovine abortions, which cause billionaire losses to the meat and dairy industries annually. Innate immunity plays an important role in infection control, and N. caninum activates the production of inflammatory mediators through toll-like receptors, NOD-like receptors, and mitogen-activated protein kinase signaling pathways. Advances in the knowledge of initial host-parasite interactions are desirable for the design of control measures against the infection, obliterating its pathogenesis...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322895/baicalin-benefits-the-anti-hbv-therapy-via-inhibiting-hbv-viral-rnas
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Hai Huang, Wei Zhou, Haiyan Zhu, Pei Zhou, Xunlong Shi
BACKGROUND: Although current antiviral treatments (nucleoside analogs, NAs) for chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection are effective in suppressing HBV-DNA replication, their clinical outcomes can be compromised by the increasing drug resistance and the inefficiency in promoting HBsAg/HBeAg seroconversion. OBJECTIVES: In this study, we will explore possible effects and mechanism of a natural product baicalin (BA) with the anti-HBV efficacy of entecavir (ETV), a first-line anti-HBV drug, in HBV-DNA, HBsAg/HBeAg seroconversion and drug-resistance...
March 18, 2017: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301312/identification-of-two-meloidogyne-hapla-genes-and-an-investigation-of-their-roles-in-the-plant-nematode-interaction
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Cynthia Gleason, Frederik Polzin, Samer S Habash, Lei Zhang, Jan Utermark, Florian M W Grundler, Abdelnaser Elashry
Root-knot nematodes are soil-borne pathogens that invade and establish feeding sites in plant roots. They have an extremely broad host range, including most vascular plants. During infection of a susceptible host, root-knot nematodes secrete molecules called effectors that help them establish an intimate interaction with the plant and, at the same time, allow them to evade or suppress plant immune responses. Despite the fact that Meloidogyne hapla is a significant pest on several food crops, no effectors have been characterized from this root-knot nematode species thus far...
February 2017: Molecular Plant-microbe Interactions: MPMI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293397/in-vitro-lymphoproliferative-response-and-cytokine-production-in-mice-with-experimental-disseminated-candidiasis
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Ali Reza Khosravi, Hojjatollah Shokri, Shahin Eshghi
OBJECTIVES: Systemic candidiasis is an infection of Candida albicans (C. albicans) causing disseminated disease and sepsis, invariably when host defenses are compromised. We investigated the histopathological changes as well as the lymphoproliferative responses and cytokine production of splenic cells after stimulation with Concanavalin A (Con A) and Pokeweed mitogen (PWM) in mice with disseminated candidiasis. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Lymphoproliferative responses were stimulated in vitro with Con A (1 µg/ml) and PWM (1 µg/ml) mitogens in Roswell Park Memorial Institute (RPMI) 1640 media, and the production of interferon (IFN)-γ and interleukin-4 (IL-4) in the supernatants was measured by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA)...
February 2017: Iranian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292546/novel-insights-into-host-responses-and-reproductive-pathophysiology-of-porcine-reproductive-and-respiratory-syndrome-caused-by-prrsv-2
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REVIEW
John C S Harding, Andrea Ladinig, Predrag Novakovic, Susan E Detmer, Jamie M Wilkinson, Tianfu Yang, Joan K Lunney, Graham S Plastow
A large challenge experiment using North American porcine reproductive and respiratory virus (PRRSV-2) provided new insights into the pathophysiology of reproductive PRRS. Deep phenotyping of dams and fetuses identified maternal and fetal predictors of PRRS severity and resilience. PRRSV infection resulted in dramatic decreases in all leukocyte subsets by 2days post inoculation. Apoptosis in the interface region was positively related to endometrial vasculitis, viral load in endometrium and fetal thymus, and odds of meconium staining...
March 2, 2017: Veterinary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291780/removing-the-needle-from-the-haystack-enrichment-of-wolbachia-endosymbiont-transcripts-from-host-nematode-rna-by-cappable-seq%C3%A2
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Ashley N Luck, Barton E Slatko, Jeremy M Foster
Efficient transcriptomic sequencing of microbial mRNA derived from host-microbe associations is often compromised by the much lower relative abundance of microbial RNA in the mixed total RNA sample. One solution to this problem is to perform extensive sequencing until an acceptable level of transcriptome coverage is obtained. More cost-effective methods include use of prokaryotic and/or eukaryotic rRNA depletion strategies, sometimes in conjunction with depletion of polyadenylated eukaryotic mRNA. Here, we report use of Cappable-seq™ to specifically enrich, in a single step, Wolbachia endobacterial mRNA transcripts from total RNA prepared from the parasitic filarial nematode, Brugia malayi...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289428/inflammation-dna-damage-helicobacter-pylori-and-gastric-tumorigenesis
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REVIEW
Polyxeni Kalisperati, Evangelia Spanou, Ioannis S Pateras, Penelope Korkolopoulou, Anastasia Varvarigou, Ioannis Karavokyros, Vassilis G Gorgoulis, Panayiotis G Vlachoyiannopoulos, Stavros Sougioultzis
Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) is a Gram negative bacterium that colonizes the stomach of almost half human population. It has evolved to escape immune surveillance, establishes lifelong inflammation, predisposing to genomic instability and DNA damage, notably double strand breaks. The epithelial host cell responds by activation of DNA damage repair (DDR) machinery that seems to be compromised by the infection. It is therefore now accepted that genetic damage is a major mechanism operating in cases of H. pylori induced carcinogenesis...
2017: Frontiers in Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28279803/japanese-encephalitis-virus-disrupts-blood-brain-barrier-and-modulates-apoptosis-proteins-in-thbmec-cells
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Mazen M Jamil Al-Obaidi, Azadeh Bahadoran, Lee Sau Har, Wang Seok Mui, Jayakumar Rajarajeswaran, Keivan Zandi, Rishya Manikam, Shamala Devi Sekaran
Japanese encephalitis (JE) is a neurotropic flavivirus that causes inflammation in central nervous system (CNS), neuronal death and also compromises the structural and functional integrity of the blood-brain barrier (BBB). The aim of this study was to evaluate the BBB disruption and apoptotic process in Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV)-infected transfected human brain microvascular endothelial cells (THBMECs). THBMECs were overlaid by JEV with different MOIs (0.5, 1.0, 5.0 and 10.0) and monitored by electrical cell-substrate impedance sensing (ECIS) in a real-time manner in order to observe the barrier function of THBMECs...
March 6, 2017: Virus Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28275140/antibody-independent-function-of-human-b-cells-contributes-to-antifungal-t-cell-responses
#18
Rui Li, Ayman Rezk, Hulun Li, Jennifer L Gommerman, Alexandre Prat, Amit Bar-Or
Fungal infections (e.g., Candida albicans) can manifest as serious medical illnesses, especially in the elderly and immune-compromised hosts. T cells are important for Candida control. Whether and how B cells are involved in antifungal immunity has been less clear. Although patients with agammaglobulinemia exhibit normal antifungal immunity, increased fungal infections are reported following B cell-depleting therapy, together pointing to Ab-independent roles of B cells in controlling such infections. To test how human B cells may contribute to fungal-associated human T cell responses, we developed a novel Ag-specific human T cell/B cell in vitro coculture system and found that human B cells could induce C...
March 8, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28261252/rna-interference-rnai-as-a-potential-tool-for-control-of-mycotoxin-contamination-in-crop-plants-concepts-and-considerations
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REVIEW
Rajtilak Majumdar, Kanniah Rajasekaran, Jeffrey W Cary
Mycotoxin contamination in food and feed crops is a major concern worldwide. Fungal pathogens of the genera Aspergillus. Fusarium, and Penicillium are a major threat to food and feed crops due to production of mycotoxins such as aflatoxins, 4-deoxynivalenol, patulin, and numerous other toxic secondary metabolites that substantially reduce the value of the crop. While host resistance genes are frequently used to introgress disease resistance into elite germplasm, either through traditional breeding or transgenic approaches, such resistance is often compromised by the evolving pathogen over time...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28239912/verrucae-planae-within-previous-xenograft-sites-of-burn-wounds
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Olivia Chen, Michelle Vernali Pearlstein, Dean S Morrell, Sarah B Corley
Burn injuries are known to compromise host immune defenses through disruption of mucocutaneous barriers and suppression of cell-mediated immune responses, which may render patients with burn injuries susceptible to viral infections in the days to years after an initial insult. We report a case of verrucae planae developing as a secondary condition confined to former xenograft sites in a child, appearing more than 3.5 years after initial second-degree burn injuries. Only a few reports have previously described the development of verrucae in former burn sites, with most reporting latency to onset of verrucae appearance of months rather than years...
February 27, 2017: Pediatric Dermatology
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