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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168761/functional-clues-from-the-crystal-structure-of-an-orphan-periplasmic-ligand-binding-protein-from-treponema-pallidum
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Chad A Brautigam, Ranjit K Deka, Wei Z Liu, Diana R Tomchick, Michael V Norgard
The spirochete Treponema pallidum is the causative agent of syphilis, a sexually transmitted infection of major global importance. Other closely related subspecies of Treponema also are the etiological agents of the endemic treponematoses, such as yaws, pinta, and bejel. The inability of T. pallidum and its close relatives to be cultured in vitro has prompted efforts to characterize T. pallidum's proteins structurally and biophysically, particularly those potentially relevant to treponemal membrane biology, with the goal of possibly revealing the functions of those proteins...
February 7, 2017: Protein Science: a Publication of the Protein Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161356/a-retrospective-cross-sectional-quantitative-molecular-approach-in-biological-samples-from-patients-with-syphilis
#2
Miguel Pinto, Minia Antelo, Rita Ferreira, Jacinta Azevedo, Irene Santo, Maria José Borrego, João Paulo Gomes
Syphilis is the sexually transmitted disease caused by Treponema pallidum, a pathogen highly adapted to the human host. As a multistage disease, syphilis presents distinct clinical manifestations that pose different implications for diagnosis. Nevertheless, the inherent factors leading to diverse disease progressions are still unknown. We aimed to assess the association between treponemal loads and dissimilar disease outcomes, to better understand syphilis. We retrospectively analyzed 309 DNA samples distinct anatomic sites associated with particular syphilis manifestations...
February 2, 2017: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28145405/a-defined-syphilis-vaccine-candidate-inhibits-dissemination-of-treponema-pallidum-subspecies-pallidum
#3
Karen V Lithgow, Rebecca Hof, Charmaine Wetherell, Drew Phillips, Simon Houston, Caroline E Cameron
Syphilis is a prominent disease in low- and middle-income countries, and a re-emerging public health threat in high-income countries. Syphilis elimination will require development of an effective vaccine that has thus far remained elusive. Here we assess the vaccine potential of Tp0751, a vascular adhesin from the causative agent of syphilis, Treponema pallidum subsp. pallidum. Tp0751-immunized animals exhibit a significantly reduced bacterial organ burden upon T. pallidum challenge compared with unimmunized animals...
February 1, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28126263/treponema-pallidum-flagellins-elicit-proinflammatory-cytokines-from-human-monocytes-via-tlr5-signaling-pathway
#4
Man Xu, Yafeng Xie, Chuanhao Jiang, Yongjian Xiao, Xingxing Kuang, Yating Wen, Yuan Tan, Manyi Tan, Feijun Zhao, Tiebing Zeng, Yimou Wu
The tissue damage caused by syphilis infection may be associated with inflammation. However, the virulence factors of Treponema pallidum are still unclear, nor are the molecular mechanisms for leading to the productions of proinflammatory cytokines. Flagellin, a classic pathogen-associated molecular pattern (PAMP), is a potent immunogen that induces inflammation. In the present study, we have demonstrated that stimulations of human monocytes with Treponema pallidum FlaB1, FlaB2, and FlaB3 result in the up regulation of interleukin (IL)-6 and IL-8...
January 21, 2017: Immunobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28122879/18f-av-1451-positron-emission-tomography-in-alzheimer-s-disease-and-progressive-supranuclear-palsy
#5
Luca Passamonti, Patricia Vázquez Rodríguez, Young T Hong, Kieren S J Allinson, David Williamson, Robin J Borchert, Saber Sami, Thomas E Cope, W Richard Bevan-Jones, P Simon Jones, Robert Arnold, Ajenthan Surendranathan, Elijah Mak, Li Su, Tim D Fryer, Franklin I Aigbirhio, John T O'Brien, James B Rowe
The ability to assess the distribution and extent of tau pathology in Alzheimer's disease and progressive supranuclear palsy in vivo would help to develop biomarkers for these tauopathies and clinical trials of disease-modifying therapies. New radioligands for positron emission tomography have generated considerable interest, and controversy, in their potential as tau biomarkers. We assessed the radiotracer (18)F-AV-1451 with positron emission tomography imaging to compare the distribution and intensity of tau pathology in 15 patients with Alzheimer's pathology (including amyloid-positive mild cognitive impairment), 19 patients with progressive supranuclear palsy, and 13 age- and sex-matched controls...
January 24, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093460/a-double-edged-sword-does-highly-active-antiretroviral-therapy-contribute-to-syphilis-incidence-by-impairing-immunity-to-treponema-pallidum
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REVIEW
Michael L Rekart, Wilfred Ndifon, Robert C Brunham, Jonathan Dushoff, Sang Woo Park, Sanjana Rawat, Caroline E Cameron
BACKGROUND AND HYPOTHESIS: Recently, the world has experienced a rapidly escalating outbreak of infectious syphilis primarily affecting men who have sex with men (MSM); many are taking highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) for HIV-1 infection. The prevailing hypothesis is that HAART availability and effectiveness have led to the perception among both individuals who are HIV-1 infected and those who are uninfected that HIV-1 transmission has become much less likely, and the effects of HIV-1 infection less deadly...
January 16, 2017: Sexually Transmitted Infections
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079920/serum-microrna-profiles-in-patients-with-syphilis
#7
Ping Lu, Chang Fang, Qing Cheng, Wu-Jian Ke, Tao Huang, Jun Zhang, He-Ping Zheng, Bin Yang
Syphilis is an acute and chronic inflammatory disorder caused by the non-cultivatable spirochete Treponema pallidum subsp. pallidum (T. pallidum).(1,2) T. pallidum does not produce any known toxic proteins; therefore, most of the symptoms and tissue damage related to syphilis are caused by activation of the host's inflammatory and immune responses,(3) thus suggesting that host genetics play an important role in regulating the progression of syphilis infection. MiRNAs are a class of 19- to 24-nt noncoding RNAs that influence many biological systems, including development, cellular differentiation, proliferation, apoptosis, metabolism, and the immune response;(4-6) they also play crucial roles during microbial infection...
January 12, 2017: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28019101/subtypes-and-risk-behaviors-among-incident-hiv-cases-in-the-bangkok-men-who-have-sex-with-men-cohort-study-thailand-2006-2014
#8
Caitlin R Lam, Timothy H Holtz, Wanna Leelawiwat, Philip A Mock, Wannee Chonwattana, Wipas Wimonsate, Anchalee Varangrat, Warunee Thienkrua, Charles Rose, Anupong Chitwarakorn, Marcel E Curlin
HIV-1 incidence and prevalence remain high among men who have sex with men (MSM), and transgender women (TGW), in Thailand. To examine the link between epidemiologic factors and HIV-1 subtype transmission among Thai MSM, we compared covariates of infection with HIV CRF01_AE and other HIV strains among participants in the Bangkok MSM Cohort Study (BMCS). The BMCS was an observational cohort study of Thai MSM and TGW with up to 60 months of follow-up at 4 monthly intervals. Participants underwent HIV/sexually transmitted infections testing and provided behavioral data at each visit...
January 27, 2017: AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28009086/1-2-diacylglycerol-choline-phosphotransferase-catalyzes-the-final-step-in-the-unique-treponema-denticola-phosphatidylcholine-biosynthesis-pathway
#9
Miguel Ángel Vences-Guzmán, M Paula Goetting-Minesky, Ziqiang Guan, Santiago Castillo-Ramirez, Luz América Córdoba-Castro, Isabel M López-Lara, Otto Geiger, Christian Sohlenkamp, J Christopher Fenno
Treponema denticola synthesizes phosphatidylcholine through a licCA-dependent CDP-choline pathway identified only in the genus Treponema. However, the mechanism of conversion of CDP-choline to phosphatidylcholine remained unclear. We report here characterization of TDE0021 (herein designated cpt) encoding a 1,2-diacylglycerol choline phosphotransferase homologous to choline phosphotransferases that catalyze the final step of the highly conserved Kennedy pathway for phosphatidylcholine synthesis in eukaryotes...
December 23, 2016: Molecular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27995270/schnelltest-diagnostik-sexuell-%C3%A3-bertragbarer-infektionen-in-niedrigschwelligen-einrichtungen-gemeinsame-stellungnahme-des-rki-pei-und-der-dstig
#10
Thomas Meyer, Christian G Schüttler, Eberhard Straube, R Stefan Roß, Martin Stürmer, Klaus Jansen, Susanne Buder, Sigrid Nick, Hans-Jochen Hagedorn, Viviane Bremer, Norbert H Brockmeyer
On February 5th, 2016 an expert meeting on rapid diagnostic tests (RDT) for sexually transmitted infections (STI) was held in Berlin at the Robert-Koch-Institute. The aim of the conference was to update a former evaluation of RDTs for diagnosis of HIV, HBV, HCV, T. pallidum, C. trachomatis and N. gonorrhoeae in low-threshold counseling services for STI that had been published after the previous meeting in 2012. According to the strategy to control HIV, hepatitis B and C and other STI, recently adopted by the German Government, there is a lack of test capabilities and a demand for more testing services as well as improved access to testing...
December 19, 2016: Bundesgesundheitsblatt, Gesundheitsforschung, Gesundheitsschutz
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27938337/performance-of-syphilis-sentinel-surveillance-in-the-context-of-endemic-treponematoses-experience-from-ghana
#11
Edward Tieru Dassah, Yaw Adu-Sarkodie, Philippe Mayaud
BACKGROUND: Use of treponemal tests to screen for syphilis (caused by Treponema pallidum pallidum) poses challenges with infection status classification, especially in settings where other treponemal infections are endemic. This study aimed to determine the validity of the syphilis surveillance testing strategy implemented since 2004 using two treponemal tests, and estimate the seroprevalence of active syphilis infection in Ghana where yaws (caused by Treponema pallidum pertenue) is endemic...
December 9, 2016: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27928093/imported-disease-screening-prior-to-chemotherapy-and-bone-marrow-transplantation-for-oncohematological-malignancies
#12
Adrián Sánchez-Montalvá, Fernando Salvador, Isabel Ruiz-Camps, Pere Barba, David Valcárcel, Elena Sulleiro, Enrique Sanz-García, Israel Molina
Reactivation of latent imported infections has been periodically reported in migrant patients undergoing immunosuppression. We performed a prospective study at Vall d'Hebron University Hospital (Barcelona, Spain). Migrant patients over 16 years with the diagnosis of any oncohematologic disease were included. Patients were tested for soil-transmitted helminths, hepatitis virus, and human immunodeficiency virus, Treponema pallidum, human T-cell lymphotropic virus, latent tuberculosis infection, Toxoplasma spp...
December 7, 2016: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888719/treponema-pallidum-flagellin-flaa2-induces-il-6-secretion-in-thp-1-cells-via-the-toll-like-receptor-2-signaling-pathway
#13
Yafeng Xie, Man Xu, Yongjian Xiao, Zhuoran Liu, Chuanhao Jiang, Xingxing Kuang, Chuan Wang, Haiying Wu, Jing Peng, Chun Li, Yu Wang, Huaming Liu, Bin Liu, Xiaotuan Zhang, Feijun Zhao, Tiebing Zeng, Shuangquan Liu, Yimou Wu
Treponema pallidum subsp. pallidum membrane proteins are considered as potent inducers in the initiation and development of inflammation. In the present study, the mechanism that leads to the production of interleukin 6 (IL-6), one of the key proinflammatory cytokines, by human monocytic THP-1 cells when these cells are treated with T. pallidum flagellin FlaA2 was investigated. Stimulation with flagellin FlaA2 can induce IL-6 expression in human monocytes and augment the phosphorylation of ERK, p38, and NF-κB, but has no effect on the phosphorylation of JNK...
January 2017: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27876463/re-evaluating-the-sensitivity-of-the-rabbit-infectivity-test-for-treponema-pallidum-in-modern-era
#14
Man-Li Tong, Hui-Lin Zhang, Xiao-Zhen Zhu, Jin-Yi Fan, Kun Gao, Li-Rong Lin, Li-Li Liu, Shu-Lian Li, Hui-Ling Lin, Zhi-Feng Lin, Jian-Jun Niu, Wei-Hong Zheng, Tian-Ci Yang
BACKGROUND: The rabbit infectivity test (RIT) was previously described as a highly-sensitive method for clinically detecting Treponema pallidum. But our primary study indicated this result may have changed in current antibiotics era. METHODS: By inoculating rabbits testis with cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) (n=63) and exudate from hard chancre lesions (n=13), we re-evaluated the sensitivity of RIT in modern era. All isolated T. pallidum strains from the RIT were performed for the strain type based on "CDC subtype/tp0548" method...
January 2017: Clinica Chimica Acta; International Journal of Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27832149/the-structure-of-treponema-pallidum-tp0624-reveals-a-modular-assembly-of-divergently-functionalized-and-previously-uncharacterized-domains
#15
Michelle L Parker, Simon Houston, Charmaine Wetherell, Caroline E Cameron, Martin J Boulanger
Treponema pallidum subspecies pallidum is the causative agent of syphilis, a chronic, multistage, systemic infection that remains a major global health concern. The molecular mechanisms underlying T. pallidum pathogenesis are incompletely understood, partially due to the phylogenetic divergence of T. pallidum. One aspect of T. pallidum that differentiates it from conventional Gram-negative bacteria, and is believed to play an important role in pathogenesis, is its unusual cell envelope ultrastructure; in particular, the T...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27802246/morphometry-analysis-of-basal-ganglia-structures-in-children-with-obstructive-sleep%C3%A2-apnea
#16
Jian Lv, Lin Shi, Lei Zhao, Jian Weng, Vincent C T Mok, Winnie C W Chu, Defeng Wang
BACKGROUND: Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) affects both adults and children, likely mediated by the deficits of various brain regions. The association between structural alterations in the brain and OSA syndrome have been reported in adult patients, but the corresponding evidence for OSA children is still limited. OBJECTIVE: The proposed study aimed to investigate the structural alterations in the brain of children with OSA, with focus on basal ganglia structures...
October 6, 2016: Journal of X-ray Science and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27792884/altered-basal-ganglia-cortical-functional-connections-in-frontal-lobe-epilepsy-a-resting-state-fmri-study
#17
Li Dong, Pu Wang, Rui Peng, Sisi Jiang, Benjamin Klugah-Brown, Cheng Luo, Dezhong Yao
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to investigate alterations of basal ganglia-cortical functional connections in patients with frontal lobe epilepsy (FLE). METHOD: Resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) data were gathered from 19 FLE patients and 19 age- and gender-matched healthy controls. Functional connectivity (FC) analysis was used to assess the functional connections between basal ganglia and cerebral cortex. Regions of interest, including the left/right caudate, putamen, pallidum and thalamus, were selected as the seeds...
December 2016: Epilepsy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27779299/-neurosyphilis-in-the-21st-century-a-descriptive-study-in-a-tertiary-hospital-in-madrid
#18
R N Villar-Quiles, J Porta-Etessam
INTRODUCTION: Neurosyphilis can occur at any time following infection by Treponema pallidum and its incidence has increased over recent years. The epidemiological and clinical pattern has undergone a substantial change in the post-antibiotic era. AIMS: To describe and analyse the population of patients diagnosed with neurosyphilis at a tertiary hospital in Madrid from January to May 2015. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A retrospective analysis of the following data was performed: demographic, clinical, complementary tests -serology, cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), neuroimaging- and progression of 28 patients diagnosed between 2008 and 2015...
November 1, 2016: Revista de Neurologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27748767/genome-scale-analysis-of-the-non-cultivable-treponema-pallidum-reveals-extensive-within-patient-genetic-variation
#19
Miguel Pinto, Vítor Borges, Minia Antelo, Miguel Pinheiro, Alexandra Nunes, Jacinta Azevedo, Maria José Borrego, Joana Mendonça, Dina Carpinteiro, Luís Vieira, João Paulo Gomes
Insights into the genomic adaptive traits of Treponema pallidum, the causative bacterium of syphilis, have long been hampered due to the absence of in vitro culture models and the constraints associated with its propagation in rabbits. Here, we have bypassed the culture bottleneck by means of a targeted strategy never applied to uncultivable bacterial human pathogens to directly capture whole-genome T. pallidum data in the context of human infection. This strategy has unveiled a scenario of discreet T. pallidum interstrain single-nucleotide-polymorphism-based microevolution, contrasting with a rampant within-patient genetic heterogeneity mainly targeting multiple phase-variable loci and a major antigen-coding gene (tprK)...
October 17, 2016: Nature Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27721440/treponema-pallidum-the-syphilis-spirochete-making-a-living-as-a-stealth-pathogen
#20
Justin D Radolf, Ranjit K Deka, Arvind Anand, David Šmajs, Michael V Norgard, X Frank Yang
The past two decades have seen a worldwide resurgence in infections caused by Treponema pallidum subsp. pallidum, the syphilis spirochete. The well-recognized capacity of the syphilis spirochete for early dissemination and immune evasion has earned it the designation 'the stealth pathogen'. Despite the many hurdles to studying syphilis pathogenesis, most notably the inability to culture and to genetically manipulate T. pallidum, in recent years, considerable progress has been made in elucidating the structural, physiological, and regulatory facets of T...
December 2016: Nature Reviews. Microbiology
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