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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806786/an-economic-evaluation-of-vector-control-in-the-age-of-a-dengue-vaccine
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Christopher Fitzpatrick, Alexander Haines, Mathieu Bangert, Andrew Farlow, Janet Hemingway, Raman Velayudhan
INTRODUCTION: Dengue is a rapidly emerging vector-borne Neglected Tropical Disease, with a 30-fold increase in the number of cases reported since 1960. The economic cost of the illness is measured in the billions of dollars annually. Environmental change and unplanned urbanization are conspiring to raise the health and economic cost even further beyond the reach of health systems and households. The health-sector response has depended in large part on control of the Aedes aegypti and Ae...
August 14, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805689/visual-servoing-for-an-autonomous-hexarotor-using-a-neural-network-based-pid-controller
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Carlos Lopez-Franco, Javier Gomez-Avila, Alma Y Alanis, Nancy Arana-Daniel, Carlos Villaseñor
In recent years, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have gained significant attention. However, we face two major drawbacks when working with UAVs: high nonlinearities and unknown position in 3D space since it is not provided with on-board sensors that can measure its position with respect to a global coordinate system. In this paper, we present a real-time implementation of a servo control, integrating vision sensors, with a neural proportional integral derivative (PID), in order to develop an hexarotor image based visual servo control (IBVS) that knows the position of the robot by using a velocity vector as a reference to control the hexarotor position...
August 12, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805642/hytrosaviruses-current-status-and-perspective
#3
REVIEW
Henry M Kariithi, Irene K Meki, Drion G Boucias, Adly Mm Abd-Alla
Salivary gland hytrosaviruses (SGHVs) are entomopathogenic dsDNA, enveloped viruses that replicate in the salivary glands (SGs) of the adult dipterans, Glossina spp (GpSGHV) and Musca domestica (MdSGHV). Although belonging to the same virus family (Hytrosaviridae), SGHVs have distinct morphologies and pathobiologies. Two GpSGHV strains potentially account for the differential pathologies in lab-bred tsetse. New data suggest incorporation of host-derived cellular proteins and lipids into mature SGHVs. In addition to within the SGs, MdSGHV undergoes limited replication in the corpora allata, potentially disrupting hormone biosynthesis, and GpSGHV replicates in the milk glands providing a transmission conduit to progeny tsetse...
August 2017: Current Opinion in Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805630/implications-of-autophagy-on-arbovirus-infection-of-mosquitoes
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REVIEW
Doug E Brackney
Arthropod-borne (arbo-) viruses, like all viruses, are obligate intracellular parasites that have evolved mechanisms to subvert cellular processes and evade anti-viral defenses to replicate and persist. An increasing body of research is beginning to recognize the intimate relationship between arboviruses and the cellular autophagy pathway. As a result, new therapeutic approaches that modify the autophagic response to viral infection have shown great promise. The preponderance of work thus far, however, has originated from vertebrate systems...
August 2017: Current Opinion in Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805465/what-we-are-watching-top-global-infectious-disease-threats-2013-2016-an-update-from-cdc-s-global-disease-detection-operations-center
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Kira A Christian, A Danielle Iuliano, Timothy M Uyeki, Eric D Mintz, Stuart T Nichol, Pierre Rollin, J Erin Staples, Ray R Arthur
To better track public health events in areas where the public health system is unable or unwilling to report the event to appropriate public health authorities, agencies can conduct event-based surveillance, which is defined as the organized collection, monitoring, assessment, and interpretation of unstructured information regarding public health events that may represent an acute risk to public health. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC's) Global Disease Detection Operations Center (GDDOC) was created in 2007 to serve as CDC's platform dedicated to conducting worldwide event-based surveillance, which is now highlighted as part of the "detect" element of the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA)...
August 14, 2017: Health Security
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805302/torix-group-rickettsia-are-widespread-in-culicoides-biting-midges-diptera-ceratopogonidae-reach-high-frequency-and-carry-unique-genomic-features
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Jack Pilgrim, Mats Ander, Claire Garros, Matthew Baylis, Gregory D D Hurst, Stefanos Siozios
There is increasing interest in the heritable bacteria of invertebrate vectors of disease as they present novel targets for control initiatives. Previous studies on biting midges (Culicoides spp.), known to transmit several RNA viruses of veterinary importance, have revealed infections with the endosymbiotic bacteria, Wolbachia and Cardinium. However, rickettsial symbionts in these vectors are underexplored. Here, we present the genome of a previously uncharacterized Rickettsia endosymbiont from Culicoides newsteadi (RiCNE)...
August 14, 2017: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805165/repurposing-as-a-strategy-for-the-discovery-of-new-anti-leishmanials-the-state-of-the-art
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Rebecca L Charlton, Bartira Rossi-Bergmann, Paul W Denny, Patrick G Steel
Leishmaniasis is a vector-borne neglected tropical disease caused by protozoan parasites of the genus Leishmania for which there is a paucity of effective viable non-toxic drugs. There are 1·3 million new cases each year causing considerable socio-economic hardship, best measured in 2·4 million disability adjusted life years, with greatest impact on the poorest communities, which means that desperately needed new antileishmanial treatments have to be both affordable and accessible. Established medicines with cheaper and faster development times may hold the cure for this neglected tropical disease...
August 14, 2017: Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804714/reduction-of-mosquito-survival-in-mice-vaccinated-with-anopheles-stephensi-glucose-transporter
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J Couto, S Antunes, J Ferrolho, J de la Fuente, A Domingos
Despite the fact that recent efforts to control/eradicate malaria have contributed to a significant decrease in the number of cases and deaths, the disease remains a global health challenge. Vaccines based on mosquito salivary gland antigens are a potential approach for reducing vector populations and malaria parasites. The Anopheles AGAP007752 gene encodes for a glucose transporter that is upregulated during Plasmodium infection, and its knockdown decreases the number of sporozoites in mosquito salivary glands...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804565/thrombospondin-1-inhibits-ossification-of-tissue-engineered-cartilage-constructed-by-adscs
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Aiguo Xie, Jixin Xue, Gan Shen, Lanjun Nie
Cartilage tissue engineering provides a new method in the treatment of cartilage defects, and adipose derived stem cells seem to be an ideal seed cell in cartilage tissue engineering because of its characteristics. However, ossification after in vivo implantation of tissue engineered cartilage remains a challenge. Thrombospondin-1 which has been reported to have an inhibitory effect on angiogenesis, may play an important role in inhibiting the ossification of tissue engineered cartilage constructed by adipose derived stem cells...
2017: American Journal of Translational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804485/transcriptional-profiling-of-midguts-prepared-from-trypanosoma-t-congolense-positive-glossina-palpalis-palpalis-collected-from-two-distinct-cameroonian-foci-coordinated-signatures-of-the-midguts-remodeling-as-t-congolense-supportive-niches
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Jean M Tsagmo Ngoune, Flobert Njiokou, Béatrice Loriod, Ginette Kame-Ngasse, Nicolas Fernandez-Nunez, Claire Rioualen, Jacques van Helden, Anne Geiger
Our previous transcriptomic analysis of Glossina palpalis gambiensis experimentally infected or not with Trypanosoma brucei gambiense aimed to detect differentially expressed genes (DEGs) associated with infection. Specifically, we selected candidate genes governing tsetse fly vector competence that could be used in the context of an anti-vector strategy, to control human and/or animal trypanosomiasis. The present study aimed to verify whether gene expression in field tsetse flies (G. p. palpalis) is modified in response to natural infection by trypanosomes (T...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803981/first-report-of-coelomomyces-santabrancae-sp-nov-blastocladiomycetes-blastocladiales-infecting-mosquito-larvae-diptera-culicidae-in-central-brazil
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M E Rueda-Páramo, C Montalva, W Arruda, É K K Fernandes, C Luz, R A Humber
A project from 2013-2017 to discover pathogenic fungi and oomycetes from dipteran species that are vectors of major diseases of humans and animals in central Brazil and to begin evaluating the potential of these pathogens as potential biological control agents concentrated on mosquito larvae. Some collecting sites proved to be especially productive for pathogens of naturally occurring mosquito species and for placements of healthy sentinel larvae of Aedes aegypti in various sorts of containers in a gallery forest in the Santa Branca Ecoturismo Private Reserve of Natural Patrimony (RPPN) near Terezópolis de Goiás (GO)...
August 10, 2017: Journal of Invertebrate Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803853/developmental-suppression-of-forebrain-trka-receptors-and-attentional-capacities-in-aging-rats-a-longitudinal-study
#12
Brittney Yegla, Vinay Parikh
Basal forebrain (BF) cholinergic neurons innervating the cortex regulate cognitive, specifically attentional, processes. Cholinergic atrophy and cognitive decline occur at an accelerated pace in age-related neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer's disease; however, the mechanism responsible for this phenomenon remains unknown. Here we hypothesized that developmental suppression of nerve growth factor signaling, mediated via tropomyosin-related kinase A (trkA) receptors, would escalate age-related attentional vulnerability...
August 10, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803685/quantification-of-pulmonary-regurgitation-by-vector-flow-mapping-in-congenital-heart-patients-after-repair-of-right-ventricular-outflow-obstruction-a-preliminary-study
#13
Ashley Hoi-Man To, Vivian Wing-Yi Li, Ming-Yen Ng, Yiu-Fai Cheung
BACKGROUND: Vector flow mapping (VFM) enables direct visualization of flow pattern and estimation of flow volume. The aim of this study was to determine its accuracy in the quantification of pulmonary regurgitation (PR) in congenital heart patients after repair of right ventricular (RV) outflow obstruction. METHODS: This study comprised two parts: (1) validation of VFM in the quantification of PR in patients with repaired tetralogy of Fallot by cardiac magnetic resonance and (2) clinical application of VFM to determine PR in patients after biventricular repair of pulmonary atresia and stenosis with intact ventricular septum...
August 10, 2017: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802807/acute-phase-response-in-babesia-canis-and-dirofilaria-immitis-co-infections-in-dogs
#14
Zorana Milanović, Anja Ilić, Jelena Francuski Andrić, Vladimir Radonjić, Anđelo Beletić, Milica Kovačević Filipović
Babesia canis and Dirofilaria immitis are emerging and geographically overlapping vector-borne pathogens in dogs. Infection with B. canis leads to acute-phase response (APR) that can be mild to severe and results in either non-complicated or complicated forms of the disease. The aim of this study was to determine whether acute B. canis infection is more severe in dogs with underlying asymptomatic D. immitis infection. Dogs of both sexes, different ages and breeds, with naturally occurring mono-infections with B...
August 2, 2017: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801798/downregulation-of-paralemmin-3-ameliorates-lipopolysaccharide-induced-acute-lung-injury-in-rats-by-regulating-inflammatory-response-and-inhibiting-formation-of-tlr4-myd88-and-tlr4-trif-complexes
#15
Xuxin Chen, Lu Tang, Jian Feng, Yi Wang, Zhihai Han, Jiguang Meng
Previous studies have demonstrated paralemmin-3 (PALM3) participates in Toll-like receptor (TLR) signaling. This study investigated the effect of PALM3 knockdown on lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced acute lung injury (ALI) and its underlying mechanisms. We constructed a recombinant adenoviral vector containing short hairpin RNA for PALM3 to knockdown PALM3 expression. A transgene-free adenoviral vector was used as a negative control. The ALI rat model was established by LPS peritoneal injection at 48-h post-transfection...
August 12, 2017: Inflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801289/-lkb1-regulates-epithelial-mesenchymal-transition-in-peutz-jeghers-hamartoma-and-intestinal-epithelial-cells
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Chao Zhong, Liang Peng, Ran Li, Jing Chen, Xin-Qi Chen, Di Zeng, Xiao-Ping Xu, Zhi-Qing Wang, Chu-di Chen, Ya-Dong Wang, Ai-Min Li, Si-de Liu, Bao-Ping Wu
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the molecular mechanism by which LKB1 regulates epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) in Peutz-Jeghers hamartoma and intestinal epithelial cells. METHODS: Immunohistochemistry was used to detect gene expression of LKB1, E-cadherin, and vimentin in 20 hamartoma tissues and 10 normal intestinal tissues, and collagen fiber deposition was analyzed using Masson trichrome staining. Normal intestinal epithelial NCM460 cells were transfected with LKB1 shRNA plasmid or negative control via lentiviral vectors, and the role of LKB1 in cell polarization and migration were determined using CCK8 and Transwell assays...
August 20, 2017: Nan Fang Yi Ke da Xue Xue Bao, Journal of Southern Medical University
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801282/-sost-knockdown-promotes-differentiation-of-osteoblasts-mg63-and-mesenchymal-stem-cells-c3h10-in-an-in-vitro-model-of-bone-metastasis-of-breast-cancer
#17
Jia-Yi Huang, Dan Guo
OBJECTIVE: To investigate whether SOST is involved in breast cancer MDA-MB-231 cells-induced suppression of differentiation of osteoblast MG63 cells and mesenchymal stem C3H10 cells. METHODS: SOST-specific small interfering RNA (siRNA) was transfected into breast cancer MDA-MB-231 cells, and the interfering efficiency was verified by RT-PCR. The supernatants were collected from MDA-MB-231 cells in routine culture, cells transfected with SOST siRNA via adenovirus, and cells transfected with empty adenoviral vectors and added in MG63 or C3H10 cell cultures...
August 20, 2017: Nan Fang Yi Ke da Xue Xue Bao, Journal of Southern Medical University
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800614/optimization-of-recombinant-bacteria-expressing-dsrna-to-enhance-insecticidal-activity-against-a-lepidopteran-insect-spodoptera-exigua
#18
Mohammad Vatanparast, Yonggyun Kim
Double-stranded RNA (dsRNA) has been applied to control insect pests due to its induction of RNA interference (RNAi) of a specific target gene expression. However, developing dsRNA-based insecticidal agent has been a great challenge especially against lepidopteran insect pests due to variations in RNAi efficiency. The objective of this study was to screen genes of chymotrypsins (SeCHYs) essential for the survival of the beet armyworm, Spodoptera exigua, to construct insecticidal dsRNA. In addition, an optimal oral delivery method was developed using recombinant bacteria...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800325/classification-of-alzheimer-s-disease-and-prediction-of-mild-cognitive-impairment-conversion-using-histogram-based-analysis-of-patient-specific-anatomical-brain-connectivity-networks
#19
Iman Beheshti, Norihide Maikusa, Morteza Daneshmand, Hiroshi Matsuda, Hasan Demirel, Gholamreza Anbarjafari
In this study, we investigated the early detection of Alzheimer's disease (AD) and mild cognitive impairment (MCI) conversion to AD through individual structural connectivity networks using structural magnetic resonance imaging (sMRI) data. In the proposed method, the cortical morphometry of individual gray matter images were used to construct structural connectivity networks. A statistical feature generation approach based on histogram-based feature generation procedure was proposed to represent a statistical-pattern of connectivity networks from a high-dimensional space into low-dimensional feature vectors...
August 8, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799926/daily-runoff-prediction-using-the-linear-and-non-linear-models
#20
Alireza Sharifi, Yagob Dinpashoh, Rasoul Mirabbasi
Runoff prediction, as a nonlinear and complex process, is essential for designing canals, water management and planning, flood control and predicting soil erosion. There are a number of techniques for runoff prediction based on the hydro-meteorological and geomorphological variables. In recent years, several soft computing techniques have been developed to predict runoff. There are some challenging issues in runoff modeling including the selection of appropriate inputs and determination of the optimum length of training and testing data sets...
August 2017: Water Science and Technology: a Journal of the International Association on Water Pollution Research
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