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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107198/meta-analysis-of-the-actions-of-antithymocyte-globulin-in-patients-undergoing-allogeneic-hematopoietic-cell-transplantation
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Jiaojiao Yuan, Renzhi Pei, Wensi Su, Junjie Cao, Ying Lu
Graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) is a serious complication associated with allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (allo-HCT). Antithymocyte globulin (ATG) is widely used prior to allo-HCT for GVHD prevention, though evidence of its efficacy remains unclear. We therefore identified nine randomized controlled trials (RCTs), enrolling 1089 patients (554 in the ATG group and 535 in the non-ATG group) to conduct a meta-analysis of the actions of ATG in allo-HCT. A relative risk or risk ratio (RR) and 95% confidence interval (CI) were calculated for each outcome...
January 18, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087925/host-responses-to-urinary-tract-infections-and-emerging-therapeutics-sensation-and-pain-within-the-urinary-tract
#2
Lori A Birder, David J Klumpp
Urinary tract infection (UTI) pathogenesis is understood increasingly at the level of the uropathogens and the cellular and molecular mediators of host inflammatory responses. However, little is known about the mediators of symptoms during UTI and what distinguishes symptomatic events from asymptomatic bacteriuria. Here, we review bladder physiology and sensory pathways in the context of an emerging literature from murine models dissecting the host and pathogen factors mediating pain responses during UTI. The bladder urothelium is considered a mediator of sensory responses and appears to play a role in UTI pain responses...
October 2016: Microbiology Spectrum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081143/engineered-aedes-aegypti-jak-stat-pathway-mediated-immunity-to-dengue-virus
#3
Natapong Jupatanakul, Shuzhen Sim, Yesseinia I Angleró-Rodríguez, Jayme Souza-Neto, Suchismita Das, Kristin E Poti, Shannan L Rossi, Nicholas Bergren, Nikos Vasilakis, George Dimopoulos
We have developed genetically modified Ae. aegypti mosquitoes that activate the conserved antiviral JAK/STAT pathway in the fat body tissue, by overexpressing either the receptor Dome or the Janus kinase Hop by the blood feeding-induced vitellogenin (Vg) promoter. Transgene expression inhibits infection with several dengue virus (DENV) serotypes in the midgut as well as systemically and in the salivary glands. The impact of the transgenes Dome and Hop on mosquito longevity was minimal, but it resulted in a compromised fecundity when compared to wild-type mosquitoes...
January 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28080916/aerobic-microflora-and-endoparasites-of-freshly-shot-wild-agouti-dasyprocta-leporina-in-trinidad-west-indies
#4
Rod Suepaul, Roxanne Charles, Francis Dziva
The agouti ( Dasyprocta leporina ) is a New World wild rodent hunted for its meat in Trinidad and other Latin American countries. Studies on agouti under captive conditions have yielded some data on health-related aspects, but relatively very little is known about their wild counterparts. The environment of the agouti can influence the microflora and parasites harbored by the animals, which may contain zoonotic pathogens. Here, the microflora found on the nasal mucosa and sections of the intestinal tract and endoparasites of freshly shot agouti from various areas of Trinidad are described...
December 2016: Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine: Official Publication of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077791/carcinoma-risk-variant-of-ebna1-deregulates-epstein-barr-virus-episomal-latency
#5
Jayaraju Dheekollu, Kimberly Malecka, Andreas Wiedmer, Henri-Jacques Delecluse, Alan Ks Chiang, Dario C Altieri, Troy E Messick, Paul M Lieberman
Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV) latent infection is a causative co-factor for endemic Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma (NPC). NPC-associated variants have been identified in EBV-encoded nuclear antigen EBNA1. Here, we solve the X-ray crystal structure of an NPC-derived EBNA1 DNA binding domain (DBD) and show that variant amino acids are found on the surface away from the DNA binding interface. We show that NPC-derived EBNA1 is compromised for DNA replication and episome maintenance functions. Recombinant virus containing the NPC EBNA1 DBD are impaired in their ability to immortalize primary B-lymphocytes and suppress lytic transcription during early stages of B-cell infection...
January 6, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077630/mavs-is-essential-for-primary-cd4-t-cell-immunity-but-not-for-recall-t-cell-responses-following-an-attenuated-west-nile-virus-infection
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Huanle Luo, Evandro Winkelmann, Guorui Xie, Rong Fang, Bi-Hung Peng, Li Li, Helen M Lazear, Slobodan Paessler, Michael S Diamond, Michael Gale, Alan D Barrett, Tian Wang
: The use of pathogen recognition receptor (PRR) agonists and the molecular mechanisms involved have been the major focus of research in individual vaccine development. West Nile virus (WNV) nonstructural (NS) 4B-P38G mutant has several features for an ideal vaccine candidate, including significantly reduced neuroinvasiveness, induction of strong adaptive immunity, and protection of mice from wild-type (WT) WNV infection. Here, we determined the role of mitochondrial antiviral-signaling (MAVS), the adaptor protein for RIG-I like receptor in regulating host immunity against the NS4B-P38G vaccine...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077629/sun2-silencing-impairs-cd4-t-cell-proliferation-and-alters-sensitivity-to-hiv-1-infection-independently-of-cyclophilin-a
#7
Daniel A Donahue, Françoise Porrot, Norbert Couespel, Olivier Schwartz
: Linker of nucleoskeleton and cytoskeleton (LINC) complexes connect the nucleus to the cytoskeleton in eukaryotic cells. We previously reported that overexpression of SUN2, an inner nuclear membrane protein and LINC complex component, inhibits HIV infection between reverse transcription and nuclear import in a capsid-specific manner. We also reported that SUN2 silencing does not modulate HIV infection in several cell lines. Silencing of SUN2 was recently reported to decrease HIV infection of CD4 T cells, an effect suggested to result from modulation of CypA-dependent steps of HIV infection...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077609/travellers-and-influenza-risks-and-prevention
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M Goeijenbier, P van Genderen, B J Ward, A Wilder-Smith, R Steffen, A D M E Osterhaus
BACKGROUND: Influenza viruses are among the major causes of serious human respiratory tract infection worldwide. In line with the high disease burden attributable to influenza, these viruses play an important, but often neglected, role in travel medicine. Guidelines and recommendations regarding prevention and management of influenza in travellers are scarce. Of special interest for travel medicine are risk populations and also circumstances that facilitate influenza virus transmission and spread, like travel by airplane or cruise ship and mass gatherings...
January 2017: Journal of Travel Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065517/peritoneal-macrophage-heterogeneity-is-associated-with-different-peritoneal-dialysis-outcomes
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Chia-Te Liao, Robert Andrews, Leah E Wallace, Mohd Wajid A Khan, Ann Kift-Morgan, Nicholas Topley, Donald J Fraser, Philip R Taylor
Peritonitis remains the major obstacle for the maintenance of long-term peritoneal dialysis and dysregulated host peritoneal immune responses may compromise local anti-infectious defense, leading to treatment failure. Whilst, tissue mononuclear phagocytes, comprising macrophages and dendritic cells, are central to a host response to pathogens and the development of adaptive immune responses, they are poorly characterized in the human peritoneum. Combining flow cytometry with global transcriptome analysis, the phenotypic features and lineage identity of the major CD14(+) macrophage and CD1c(+) dendritic cell subsets in dialysis effluent were defined...
January 5, 2017: Kidney International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062578/gmp-synthase-is-required-for-virulence-factor-production-and-infection-by-cryptococcus-neoformans
#10
Jessica L Chitty, Tayla L Tatzenko, Simon J Williams, Y Q Andre E Koh, Elizabeth C Corfield, Mark S Butler, Avril A B Robertson, Matthew A Cooper, Ulrike Kappler, Bostjan Kobe, James A Fraser
Over the last four decades the HIV pandemic and advances in medical treatments that also cause immunosuppression have produced an ever-growing cohort of individuals susceptible to opportunistic pathogens. Of these, AIDS patients are particularly vulnerable to infection by the encapsulated yeast Cryptococcus neoformans Most commonly found in the environment in purine-rich bird guano, C. neoformans experiences a drastic change in nutrient availability during host infection, ultimately disseminating to colonize the purine-poor central nervous system...
January 6, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060229/repeat-two-stage-exchange-arthroplasty-for-periprosthetic-knee-infection-is-dependent-on-host-grade
#11
Keith A Fehring, Matthew P Abdel, Matthieu Ollivier, Tad M Mabry, Arlen D Hanssen
BACKGROUND: Two-stage exchange arthroplasty after a previous, failed 2-stage exchange procedure is fraught with difficulties, and there are no clear guidelines for treatment or prognosis given the heterogeneous group of patients in whom this procedure has been performed. The Musculoskeletal Infection Society (MSIS) staging system was developed in an attempt to stratify patients according to infection type, host status, and local soft-tissue status. The purpose of this study was to report the results of 2-stage exchange arthroplasty following a previous, failed 2-stage exchange protocol for periprosthetic knee infection as well as to identify risk factors for failure...
January 4, 2017: Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. American Volume
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056867/risk-factors-and-characteristics-of-blood-stream-infections-in-patients-with-newly-diagnosed-multiple-myeloma
#12
Chun-Teng Huang, Chia-Jen Liu, Po-Shen Ko, Han-Tsung Liu, Yuan-Bin Yu, Liang-Tsai Hsiao, Jyh-Pyng Gau, Cheng-Hwai Tzeng, Tzeon-Jye Chiou, Jin-Hwang Liu, Muh-Hwa Yang, Ling-Ju Huang, Chun-Yu Liu
BACKGROUND: Patients with multiple myeloma are generally immune-compromised either due to pronounced depression in primary antibody responses or because of anti-myeloma therapy. Infection is a major risk factor for early deaths among these patients. The impact of blood stream infections (BSI) on newly diagnosed myeloma patients has been less studied. We aimed to study the incidence and risk factors of BSI within 3 months after diagnosis of multiple myeloma in a tertiary referral center...
January 6, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28018859/autophagy-tgf-%C3%AE-and-smad-2-3-signaling-regulates-interferon-%C3%AE-response-in-respiratory-syncytial-virus-infected-macrophages
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Swechha M Pokharel, Niraj K Shil, Santanu Bose
Human respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is a lung tropic virus causing severe airway diseases including bronchiolitis and pneumonia among infants, children, and immuno-compromised individuals. RSV triggers transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β) production from lung epithelial cells and TGF-β facilitates RSV infection of these cells. However, it is still unknown whether RSV infected myeloid cells like macrophages produce TGF-β and the role of TGF-β if any during RSV infection of these cells. Our study revealed that RSV infected macrophages produce TGF-β and as a consequence these cells activate TGF-β dependent SMAD-2/3 signaling pathway...
2016: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27995096/the-amino-terminal-part-of-the-needle-tip-translocator-lcrv-of-yersinia-pseudotuberculosis-is-required-for-early-targeting-of-yoph-and-in-vivo-virulence
#14
Sofie Ekestubbe, Jeanette E Bröms, Tomas Edgren, Maria Fällman, Matthew S Francis, Åke Forsberg
Type III secretion systems (T3SS) are dedicated to targeting anti-host effector proteins into the cytosol of the host cell to promote bacterial infection. Delivery of the effectors requires three specific translocator proteins, of which the hydrophilic translocator, LcrV, is located at the tip of the T3SS needle and is believed to facilitate insertion of the two hydrophobic translocators into the host cell membrane. Here we used Yersinia as a model to study the role of LcrV in T3SS mediated intracellular effector targeting...
2016: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27993618/the-role-of-viruses-in-coral-health-and-disease
#15
Michael Sweet, John Bythell
Metagenomic and electron microscopy studies confirm that the coral microbiome contains a rich diversity and abundance of viruses. Although no viral pathogen of the coral host animal has been formally identified, the detection of a number of known invertebrate viruses including those related to Oyster herpesvirus (OsHV-1) suggests that viral pathogens of specific coral diseases likely exist. Growing evidence also indicates that latent viral infections can compromise the integrity of the algal symbionts under environmental stress and may be involved in the coral bleaching response...
December 18, 2016: Journal of Invertebrate Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27984060/identification-of-drug-resistance-and-immune-driven-variations-in-hepatitis-c-virus-hcv-ns3-4a-ns5a-and-ns5b-regions-reveals-a-new-approach-toward-personalized-medicine
#16
Aqsa Ikram, Ayesha Obaid, Faryal Mehwish Awan, Rumeza Hanif, Anam Naz, Rehan Zafar Paracha, Amjad Ali, Hussnain Ahmed Janjua
Cellular immune responses (T cell responses) during hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection are significant factors for determining the outcome of infection. HCV adapts to host immune responses by inducing mutations in its genome at specific sites that are important for HLA processing/presentation. Moreover, HCV also adapts to resist potential drugs that are used to restrict its replication, such as direct-acting antivirals (DAAs). Although DAAs have significantly reduced disease burden, resistance to these drugs is still a challenge for the treatment of HCV infection...
January 2017: Antiviral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27965705/characterization-and-genetic-analysis-of-rice-mutant-crr1-exhibiting-compromised-non-host-resistance-to-puccinia-striiformis-f-sp-tritici-pst
#17
Jing Zhao, Yuheng Yang, Donghe Yang, Yulin Cheng, Min Jiao, Gangming Zhan, Hongchang Zhang, Junyi Wang, Kai Zhou, Lili Huang, Zhensheng Kang
Wheat stripe rust, caused by Puccinia striiformis f. sp. tritici (Pst), is one of the most devastating diseases of wheat in China. Rapid change to virulence following release of resistant cultivars necessitates ongoing discovery and exploitation of new resistance resources. Considerable effort has been directed at non-host resistance (NHR) which is believed to be durable. In the present study we identified rice mutant crr1 (compromised resistance to rust 1) that exhibited compromised NHR to Pst. Compared with wild type rice variety Nipponbare, crr1 mutant displayed a threefold increase in penetration rate by Pst, and enhanced hyphal growth...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27957349/a-case-of-buccal-abscess-from-an-impacted-wisdom-tooth-in-an-elderly-person-with-malnutrition
#18
Yuki Kojima, Mizuha Kojima, Kazuhiro Sakaguchi, Yutaka Sakaguchi
We report a case of buccal abscess caused by an impacted wisdom tooth in an extremely elderly person with malnutrition. The patient was a 94-year-old man, who complained that he had found it hard to open his mouth and that his cheek had been swollen for the previous 2 weeks. He had a shallow oral wound caused by an improperly fitting denture; however, the wound became infected. We performed incisional drainage of the abscess under local anesthesia. The swelling disappeared and he was able to open his mouth 55 mm...
2016: Case Reports in Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936166/increased-age-but-not-parity-predisposes-to-higher-bacteriuria-burdens-due-to-streptococcus-urinary-tract-infection-and-influences-bladder-cytokine-responses-which-develop-independent-of-tissue-bacterial-loads
#19
Matthew J Sullivan, Alison J Carey, Sophie Y Leclercq, Chee K Tan, Glen C Ulett
Streptococcus agalactiae causes urinary tract infection (UTI) in pregnant adults, non-pregnant adults, immune-compromised individuals and the elderly. The pathogenesis of S. agalactiae UTI in distinct patient populations is poorly understood. In this study, we used murine models of UTI incorporating young mice, aged and dam mice to show that uropathogenic S. agalactiae causes bacteriuria at significantly higher levels in aged mice compared to young mice and this occurs coincident with equivalent levels of bladder tissue colonisation at 24 h post-infection (p...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27927647/gvhd-prevents-nk-cell-dependent-leukemia-and-virus-specific-innate-immunity
#20
Mark D Bunting, Antiopi Varelias, Fernando Souza-Fonseca-Guimaraes, Iona S Schuster, Katie E Lineburg, Rachel D Kuns, Peter Fleming, Kelly R Locke, Nicholas D Huntington, Bruce R Blazar, Steven W Lane, Siok-Keen Tey, Kelli P A MacDonald, Mark J Smyth, Mariapia A Degli-Esposti, Geoffrey R Hill
Allogeneic bone marrow transplantation (allo-BMT) is a curative therapy for hematological malignancies, but is associated with significant complications, principally graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) and opportunistic infections. Natural killer (NK) cells mediate important innate immunity that provides a temporal bridge until the reconstruction of adaptive immunity. Here we show that the development of GVHD after allo-BMT prevented NK-cell reconstitution, particularly within the maturing M1 and M2 NK-cell subsets in association with exaggerated activation, apoptosis and autophagy...
December 7, 2016: Blood
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