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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149530/proteases-and-protease-inhibitors-in-infectious-diseases
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REVIEW
Ayodeji A Agbowuro, Wilhelmina M Huston, Allan B Gamble, Joel D A Tyndall
There are numerous proteases of pathogenic organisms that are currently targeted for therapeutic intervention along with many that are seen as potential drug targets. This review discusses the chemical and biological makeup of some key druggable proteases expressed by the five major classes of disease causing agents, namely bacteria, viruses, fungi, eukaryotes, and prions. While a few of these enzymes including HIV protease and HCV NS3-4A protease have been targeted to a clinically useful level, a number are yet to yield any clinical outcomes in terms of antimicrobial therapy...
November 17, 2017: Medicinal Research Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149493/impact-of-chronic-hepatitis-c-virus-infection-on-the-survival-of-patients-with-oropharyngeal-cancer
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Minas P Economides, Moran Amit, Parag S Mahale, Jeff J Hosry, Ying Jiang, Uddalak Bharadwaj, Erich M Sturgis, Harrys A Torres
BACKGROUND: Although an association between hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection and oropharyngeal cancers (OPCs) has been reported, to the authors' knowledge the clinical significance of this epidemiological finding remains unknown. Therefore, the authors analyzed the oncologic outcomes of HCV-infected patients with OPCs. METHODS: In this retrospective cohort study, all patients with OPCs who were seen at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center between January 2004 and December 2015 were reviewed...
November 17, 2017: Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149474/interventions-for-old-world-cutaneous-leishmaniasis
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REVIEW
Julio Heras-Mosteiro, Begoña Monge-Maillo, Mariona Pinart, Patricia Lopez Pereira, Emely Garcia-Carrasco, Pedro Campuzano Cuadrado, Ana Royuela, Irene Mendez Roman, Rogelio López-Vélez
BACKGROUND: Cutaneous leishmaniasis, caused by a parasitic infection, is considered one of the most serious skin diseases in many low- and middle-income countries. Old World cutaneous leishmaniasis (OWCL) is caused by species found in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, the Mediterranean, and India. The most commonly prescribed treatments are antimonials, but other drugs have been used with varying success. As OWCL tends to heal spontaneously, it is necessary to justify the use of systemic and topical treatments...
November 17, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149439/trends-in-utilization-of-outpatient-respiratory-syncytial-virus-prophylaxis-with-palivizumab-among-medicaid-and-commercially-insured-infants
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Melissa Pavilack, Robert A Clifford, Tara Gonzales, Amanda M Kong, Sally Wade, Kimmie K McLaurin
INTRODUCTION: Palivizumab is indicated for the prevention of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infection in high-risk children. Previous palivizumab utilization studies examined prior authorization claims but did not examine utilization within insured populations as a whole. This study describes outpatient palivizumab utilization trends and characterizes high-risk infants receiving palivizumab within Medicaid- and commercially insured populations. METHODS: Infants born July 1, 2003 through June 30, 2013 were identified in the MarketScan(®) Multistate Medicaid and Commercial claims databases...
November 17, 2017: Infectious Diseases and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149205/kir-content-genotypes-associate-with-carriage-of-hepatitis-b-surface-antigen-e-antigen-and-hbv-viral-load-in-gambians
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Louis-Marie Yindom, Maimuna Mendy, Christopher Bodimeade, Caroline Chambion, Peter Aka, Hilton C Whittle, Sarah L Rowland-Jones, Robert Walton
BACKGROUND: Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) causes over 800,000 deaths worldwide annually, mainly in low income countries, and incidence is rising rapidly in the developed world with the spread of hepatitis B (HBV) and C (HCV) viruses. Natural Killer (NK) cells protect against viral infections and tumours by killing abnormal cells recognised by Killer-cell Immunoglobulin-like Receptors (KIR). Thus genes and haplotypes encoding these receptors may be important in determining both outcome of initial hepatitis infection and subsequent chronic liver disease and tumour formation...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148856/novel-applications-for-serum-procalcitonin-testing-in-clinical-practice
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Justin J Choi, Matthew W McCarthy
Procalcitonin has emerged as a reliable marker of acute bacterial infection in hospitalized patients and the assay has recently been incorporated into several clinical algorithms to reduce antimicrobial overuse, but its use in patients with end-organ dysfunction is controversial. Areas covered: In this review, the authors examine what is known about procalcitonin testing in patients with organ dysfunction, including those with end-stage renal disease, congestive heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and cirrhosis, and explore how the assay is now being used in the management of non-infectious diseases...
November 17, 2017: Expert Review of Molecular Diagnostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148398/investigation-of-acute-flaccid-paralysis-reported-with-la-crosse-virus-infection-ohio-usa-2008-2014
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Morgan J Hennessey, Daniel M Pastula, Kimberly Machesky, Marc Fischer, Nicole P Lindsey, Mary DiOrio, J Erin Staples, Sietske de Fijter
Infection with La Crosse virus can cause meningoencephalitis, but it is not known to cause acute flaccid paralysis (AFP). During 2008-2014, nine confirmed or probable La Crosse virus disease cases with possible AFP were reported in Ohio, USA. After an epidemiologic and clinical investigation, we determined no patients truly had AFP.
December 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148391/outbreaks-of-neuroinvasive-astrovirus-associated-with-encephalomyelitis-weakness-and-paralysis-among-weaned-pigs-hungary
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Ákos Boros, Mihály Albert, Péter Pankovics, Hunor Bíró, Patricia A Pesavento, Tung Gia Phan, Eric Delwart, Gábor Reuter
A large, highly prolific swine farm in Hungary had a 2-year history of neurologic disease among newly weaned (25- to 35-day-old) pigs, with clinical signs of posterior paraplegia and a high mortality rate. Affected pigs that were necropsied had encephalomyelitis and neural necrosis. Porcine astrovirus type 3 was identified by reverse transcription PCR and in situ hybridization in brain and spinal cord samples in 6 animals from this farm. Among tissues tested by quantitative RT-PCR, the highest viral loads were detected in brain stem and spinal cord...
December 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148374/pathogenic-elizabethkingia-miricola-infection-in-cultured-black-spotted-frogs-china-2016
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Ruixue Hu, Junfa Yuan, Yin Meng, Zhe Wang, Zemao Gu
Multiregional outbreaks of meningitis-like disease caused by Elizabethkingia miricola were confirmed in black-spotted frog farms in China in 2016. Whole-genome sequencing revealed that this amphibian E. miricola strain is closely related to human clinical isolates. Our findings indicate that E. miricola can be epizootic and may pose a threat to humans.
December 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148267/detection-of-teschovirus-type-13-from-two-swine-herds-exhibiting-nervous-clinical-signs-in-growing-pigs
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J Carnero, C Prieto, L Polledo, F J Martínez-Lobo
Recently, the number of clinical reports of growing pigs showing neurological signs possibly related to viral infections has increased. The objective of this report was to describe two outbreaks of an atypical condition observed in 6- to 7-week-old pigs with a morbidity of 20% and a fatality rate of 60% in two unrelated farms of the same company. During the acute phase of the disease, fever, sudden death, neurological signs, ear necrosis and occasional corneal opacity were observed. Histopathological examination revealed interstitial pneumonia, lymphoid depletion and lymphocytic vasculitis in different organs and mild polioencephalomyelitis suggesting a potential viral infection...
November 16, 2017: Transboundary and Emerging Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147974/genotype-related-variations-in-proinflammatory-and-regulatory-cytokine-levels-in-treated-and-treatment-naive-hcv-infected-patients
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Rasoul Baharlou, Bizhan Romani, Seyed Jalal Kiani, Kaveh Sadeghi, Enayatollah Shadmand, Hadi Fazel, Farid Azizi Jalilian, Ebrahim Kord, Sajad Yaghoubi, Yousef Nikmanesh, Abbas Ahmadi Vasmehjani
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) modulates immune-related inflammatory responses to induce milder reactions leading to virus persistence. In this regard, the present study aimed to investigate the link between the HCV genotypes and the proinflammatory and regulatory cytokine levels. Ninety patients with hepatitis C infection (68 treatment-naive and 22 treated patients) and 76 healthy blood donors were studied. The serum levels of IFN-γ, IL-10, IL-17A, and IL-21 were measured by ELISA in the patients and healthy controls...
November 17, 2017: Medical Microbiology and Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147886/peromyscus-leucopus-mouse-brain-transcriptome-response-to-powassan-virus-infection
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Luwanika Mlera, Kimberly Meade-White, Eric Dahlstrom, Rachel Baur, Kishore Kanakabandi, Kimmo Virtaneva, Stephen F Porcella, Marshall E Bloom
Powassan virus (POWV) is a tick-borne Flavivirus responsible for life-threatening encephalitis in North America and some regions of Russia. The ticks that have been reported to transmit the virus belong to the Ixodes species, and they feed on small-to-medium-sized mammals, such as Peromyscus leucopus mice, skunks, and woodchucks. We previously developed a P. leucopus mouse model of POWV infection, and the model is characterized by a lack of clinical signs of disease following intraperitoneal or intracranial inoculation...
November 16, 2017: Journal of Neurovirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147813/noninvasive-induction-of-angiogenesis-in-tissues-by-external-suction-sequential-optimization-for-use-in-reconstructive-surgery
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G Giatsidis, L Cheng, A Haddad, K Ji, J Succar, L Lancerotto, J Lujan-Hernandez, P Fiorina, H Matsumine, D P Orgill
In reconstructive surgery, tissues are routinely transferred to repair a defect caused by trauma, cancer, chronic diseases, or congenital malformations; surgical transfer intrinsically impairs metabolic supply to tissues placing a risk of ischemia-related complications such as necrosis, impaired healing, or infection. Pre-surgical induction of angiogenesis in tissues (preconditioning) can limit postsurgical ischemic complications and improve outcomes, but very few preconditioning strategies have successfully been translated to clinical practice due to the invasiveness of most proposed approaches, their suboptimal effects, and their challenging regulatory approval...
November 17, 2017: Angiogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147793/pharmacophoric-characteristics-of-dengue-virus-ns2b-ns3pro-inhibitors-a-systematic-review-of-the-most-promising-compounds
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REVIEW
Camyla Alves Leonel, William Gustavo Lima, Michelli Dos Santos, Ariane Coelho Ferraz, Alex Gutterres Taranto, José Carlos de Magalhães, Luciana Lara Dos Santos, Jaqueline Maria Siqueira Ferreira
Dengue virus (DENV) infection can lead to a wide range of clinical manifestations, including fatal hemorrhagic complications. There is a need to find effective pharmacotherapies to treat this disease due to the lack of specific immunotherapies and antiviral drugs. That said, the DENV NS2B/NS3pro protease complex is essential in both the viral multiplication cycle and in disease pathogenesis, and is considered a promising target for new antiviral therapies. Here, we performed a systematic review to evaluate the pharmacophoric characteristics of promising compounds against NS2B/NS3pro reported in the past 10 years...
November 16, 2017: Archives of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147726/-radiculomyelopathy-in-schistosomiasis
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REVIEW
J Detzler, H Backes, J Guldner
The increasing migration of people from their homeland in far distant regions to Europe in the last few years has strongly influenced the rise of previously rarely seen diseases. They not only originate from the respective homeland but also from the transit countries during the migration process. We report the case of a 27-year-old male migrant from Eritrea, who after months of flight as a refugee travelling through various African countries, presented at our hospital with a progressive, painful radiculopathy...
November 16, 2017: Der Nervenarzt
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147722/-dengue-fever-symptoms-epidemiology-entomology-pathogen-diagnosis-and-prevention
#16
D Wiemer, H Frickmann, A Krüger
Dengue infections are among the most frequent causes of febrile disease in tropical climates. Infections are caused by a flavivirus transmitted by the Aedes mosquito. Aedes aegypti mosquitos are the main transmitters of Dengue viruses. Since these insects are both diurnal and container breeders, particular prevention and control measures are required. Symptom severity varies and can range from a mild, flu-like clinical picture to severe hemorrhage and shock. The most common symptoms experienced by travelers include fever, muscular pain, headaches and skin rash...
November 16, 2017: Der Hautarzt; Zeitschrift Für Dermatologie, Venerologie, und Verwandte Gebiete
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147593/rapidly-progressive-disseminated-sporotrichosis-as-the-first-presentation-of-hiv-infection-in-a-patient-with-a-very-low-cd4-cell-count
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Isis Cristine Morávia Ribeiro de Oliveira-Esteves, Guilherme Almeida Rosa da Silva, Walter de Araujo Eyer-Silva, Rodrigo Panno Basílio-de-Oliveira, Luciana Ferreira de Araujo, Carlos José Martins, Rogério Neves-Motta, Marcelo Costa Velho Mendes de Azevedo, Dario José Hart Pontes Signorini, Jorge Francisco da Cunha Pinto, Lívia Machado Moura, Rafael Jacyntho Laterça, Diogo Raphael Garcia de Oliveira Pereira, Isabela Vieira do Lago, Fernando Raphael de Almeida Ferry
Sporotrichosis is a human and animal disease caused by species of the Sporothrix schenckii complex. It is classically acquired through traumatic inoculation of fungal elements. Most frequently, sporotrichosis presents as a fixed cutaneous or as a lymphocutaneous form. A much smaller number of cases occur as cutaneous disseminated and disseminated forms. These cases require immediate diagnosis and management to reduce morbidity and mortality. We present the case of a 34-year-old male patient in whom the first presentation of HIV infection was a rapidly progressive sporotrichosis with multiple cutaneous lesions, a high fungal burden in tissues, and pulmonary involvement...
2017: Case Reports in Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146948/a-rapid-response-ultrasensitive-biosensor-for-influenza-virus-detection-using-antibody-modified-boron-doped-diamond
#18
Dawid Nidzworski, Katarzyna Siuzdak, Paweł Niedziałkowski, Robert Bogdanowicz, Michał Sobaszek, Jacek Ryl, Paulina Weiher, Mirosław Sawczak, Elżbieta Wnuk, William A Goddard, Andrés Jaramillo-Botero, Tadeusz Ossowski
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), almost 2 billion people each year are infected worldwide with flu-like pathogens including influenza. This is a contagious disease caused by viruses belonging to the family Orthomyxoviridae. Employee absenteeism caused by flu infection costs hundreds of millions of dollars every year. To successfully treat influenza virus infections, detection of the virus during the initial development phase of the infection is critical, when tens to hundreds of virus-associated molecules are present in the patient's pharynx...
November 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146575/lumacaftor-vx-809-restores-the-ability-of-cf-macrophages-to-phagocytose-and-kill-pseudomonas-aeruginosa
#19
Roxanna Barnaby, Katja Koeppen, Amanda Nymon, Thomas H Hampton, Brent Berwin, Alix Ashare, Bruce Stanton
Cystic Fibrosis (CF), the most common lethal genetic disease in Caucasians, is characterized by chronic bacterial lung infection and excessive inflammation, which leads to progressive loss of lung function, and premature death. Although ivacaftor (VX-770) and the combination of ivacaftor and lumacaftor (VX-809) improve lung function in CF patients with the Gly551Asp and del508Phe mutation, respectively, the effects of these drugs on the function of human CF macrophages are unknown. Thus, studies were conducted to examine the effects of lumacaftor alone and in combination with ivacaftor (i...
November 16, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146139/how-to-prevent-renal-cachexia-a-clinical-randomized-pilot-study-testing-oral-supplemental-nutrition-in-hemodialysis-patients-with-and-without-human-immunodeficiency-virus-infection
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Michael Zilles, Christoph Betz, Oliver Jung, Stefan Gauer, Renate Hammerstingl, Astrid Wächtershäuser, Thomas J Vogl, Helmut Geiger, Aida Asbe-Vollkopf, Rainer U Pliquett
OBJECTIVE: End-stage renal disease associates with catabolism and sarcopenia. Hypothetically, peroral supplemental nutrition over 6 months prevents catabolism in hemodialysis patients. DESIGN: Prospective randomized pilot study (ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00687050). SUBJECTS: Twenty-three hemodialysis patients (15 males and 7 females) with or without human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection of 2 ambulatory hemodialysis centers...
November 14, 2017: Journal of Renal Nutrition
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