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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220718/the-big-imitator-strikes-again-a-case-report-of-neurosyphilis-in-a-patient-with-newly-diagnosed-hiv
#1
Sévérine de Bruijn, Chris Kenyon, Nicolas Léonard, Erika Vlieghe
BACKGROUND: Neurosyphilis is the result of an infection of the central nervous system caused by the spirochete Treponema pallidum. Its clinical presentation includes meningovascular syphilis, tabes dorsalis, and dementia paralytica, resulting in a wide range of symptoms such as psychosis, Parkinsonism, and depression. CASE REPORT: A 49-year-old male was admitted to a psychiatric hospital because of social withdrawal and self-neglect, indicative of a major depression...
February 21, 2017: Acta Clinica Belgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216574/an-in-silico-identification-of-common-putative-vaccine-candidates-against-treponema-pallidum-a-reverse-vaccinology-and-subtractive-genomics-based-approach
#2
Arun Kumar Jaiswal, Sandeep Tiwari, Syed Babar Jamal, Debmalya Barh, Vasco Azevedo, Siomar C Soares
Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are caused by a wide variety of bacteria, viruses, and parasites that are transmitted from one person to another primarily by vaginal, anal, or oral sexual contact. Syphilis is a serious disease caused by a sexually transmitted infection. Syphilis is caused by the bacterium Treponema pallidum subspecies pallidum. Treponema pallidum (T. pallidum) is a motile, gram-negative spirochete, which can be transmitted both sexually and from mother to child, and can invade virtually any organ or structure in the human body...
February 14, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196664/new-records-of-ornithodoros-puertoricensis-fox-1947-ixodida-argasidae-parasitizing-humans-in-rural-and-urban-dwellings-panama
#3
Sergio E Bermúdez, Eduardo Castillo, Tyler D Pohlenz, Alexander Kneubehl, Aparna Krishnavajhala, Lillian Domínguez, Antonio Suárez, Job E López
The presence of ticks inside human constructions was evaluated in two localities from Colon province (Charco La Piedra and Espinar) and one from Panama province (Ancon, City of Panama). In two of houses, eight people from Charco La Piedra and one from Ancón reported "insect bites," which produced blisters for several weeks. The investigation resulted in the collection of argasid ticks, which were identified by morphology and sequencing the 16s ribosomal RNA gene, and later evaluated for the presence of relapsing fever Borrelia DNA...
February 5, 2017: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195158/infection-derived-lipids-elicit-an-immune-deficiency-circuit-in-arthropods
#4
Dana K Shaw, Xiaowei Wang, Lindsey J Brown, Adela S Oliva Chávez, Kathryn E Reif, Alexis A Smith, Alison J Scott, Erin E McClure, Vishant M Boradia, Holly L Hammond, Eric J Sundberg, Greg A Snyder, Lei Liu, Kathleen DePonte, Margarita Villar, Massaro W Ueti, José de la Fuente, Robert K Ernst, Utpal Pal, Erol Fikrig, Joao H F Pedra
The insect immune deficiency (IMD) pathway resembles the tumour necrosis factor receptor network in mammals and senses diaminopimelic-type peptidoglycans present in Gram-negative bacteria. Whether unidentified chemical moieties activate the IMD signalling cascade remains unknown. Here, we show that infection-derived lipids 1-palmitoyl-2-oleoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphoglycerol (POPG) and 1-palmitoyl-2-oleoyl diacylglycerol (PODAG) stimulate the IMD pathway of ticks. The tick IMD network protects against colonization by three distinct bacteria, that is the Lyme disease spirochete Borrelia burgdorferi and the rickettsial agents Anaplasma phagocytophilum and A...
February 14, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188751/r1-immunohistochemical-study-of-mucins-in-human-intestinal-spirochetosis
#5
Sho Ogata, Ken Shimizu, Susumu Tominaga, Kuniaki Nakanishi
Most patients with human intestinal spirochetosis (HIS; a colorectal bacterial infection caused by Brachyspira species) seem asymptomatic, and its pathogenicity remains unclear. Recently, alterations in mucin expression were reported in animal Brachyspira infection. The present question was "Is mucin expression altered in HIS?". Using antibodies for MUCs 1, 2, 4, 5 AC, and 6, we immunohistochemically compared 215 specimens from 83 histology-confirmed HIS cases with 106 specimens from 26 non-HIS cases. Positive staining (which included even focal positive staining) was rated "high (+)" or "low (+)"...
February 8, 2017: Human Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28175945/-neuroborreliosis-diagnostics-treatment-and-course
#6
R Dersch, S Rauer
Lyme neuroborreliosis is a tick-borne infectious disease caused by the spirochete bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato. Clinical manifestations are classified as early and late Lyme neuroborreliosis. Early manifestations are much more common than late manifestations. Serological testing should only be performed when typical neurological symptoms are present because false positive results are common due to a high seroprevalence in the population. Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) analysis should be performed if Lyme neuroborreliosis is suspected...
February 7, 2017: Der Nervenarzt
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168761/functional-clues-from-the-crystal-structure-of-an-orphan-periplasmic-ligand-binding-protein-from-treponema-pallidum
#7
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/28154563/host-immune-evasion-by-lyme-and-relapsing-fever-borreliae-findings-to-lead-future-studies-for-borrelia-miyamotoi
#8
REVIEW
Brandee L Stone, Catherine A Brissette
The emerging pathogen, Borrelia miyamotoi, is a relapsing fever spirochete vectored by the same species of Ixodes ticks that carry the causative agents of Lyme disease in the US, Europe, and Asia. Symptoms caused by infection with B. miyamotoi are similar to a relapsing fever infection. However, B. miyamotoi has adapted to different vectors and reservoirs, which could result in unique physiology, including immune evasion mechanisms. Lyme Borrelia utilize a combination of Ixodes-produced inhibitors and native proteins [i...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28153903/toward-a-complete-north-american-borrelia-miyamotoi-genome
#9
Luke C Kingry, Adam Replogle, Dhwani Batra, Lori A Rowe, Christopher Sexton, Marc Dolan, Neeta Connally, Jeannine M Petersen, Martin E Schriefer
Borrelia miyamotoi, of the relapsing-fever spirochete group, is an emerging tick-borne pathogen causing human illness in the northern hemisphere. Here, we present the chromosome, eight extrachromosomal linear plasmids, and a draft sequence for five circular and one linear plasmid of a Borrelia miyamotoi strain isolated from an Ixodes sp. tick from Connecticut, USA.
February 2, 2017: Genome Announcements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28153013/effects-of-dexamethasone-and-meloxicam-on-borrelia-burgdorferi-induced-inflammation-in-glial-and-neuronal-cells-of-the-central-nervous-system
#10
Geeta Ramesh, Alejandra N Martinez, Dale S Martin, Mario T Philipp
BACKGROUND: Lyme neuroborreliosis (LNB), caused by the spirochete Borrelia burgdorferi (Bb), affects both the central and peripheral nervous systems. Previously, we reported that in a model of acute LNB in rhesus monkeys, treatment with the anti-inflammatory drug dexamethasone significantly reduced both pleocytosis and levels of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) immune mediators that were induced by Bb. Dexamethasone also inhibited the formation of inflammatory, neurodegenerative, and demyelinating lesions in the brain and spinal cord of these animals...
February 2, 2017: Journal of Neuroinflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152581/bridging-of-cryptic-borrelia-cycles-in-european-songbirds
#11
Dieter Heylen, Aleksandra Krawczyk, Isabel Lopes de Carvalho, Maria Sofia Núncio, Hein Sprong, Ana Cláudia Norte
The principal European vector for Borrelia burgdorferi s.l., the causative agents of Lyme disease, is the host-generalist tick Ixodes ricinus. Almost all terrestrial host-specialist ticks have been supposed not to contribute to the terrestrial Borrelia transmission cycles. Through an experiment with blackbirds, we show successful transmission by the widespread I. frontalis, an abundant bird-specialized tick that infests a broad range of songbirds. In the first phase of the experiment, we obtained Borrelia-infected I...
February 2, 2017: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28115662/jarisch-herxheimer-reaction-among-patients-with-leptospirosis-incidence-and-risk-factors
#12
Gilles Guerrier, Patrick Lefèvre, Chantal Chouvin, Eric D'Ortenzio
A Jarisch-Herxheimer reaction (JHR) may be precipitated after initiation of chemotherapy in spirochetal diseases, including leptospirosis. However, a clear idea of the importance of JHR in this disease is lacking. The incidence of and risk factors for JHR were investigated retrospectively among 262 patients with confirmed leptospirosis who received amoxicillin treatment in New Caledonia and Futuna. The overall rate of JHR was 21% (12% in New Caledonia and 44% in Futuna). Two risk factors were independently associated with JHR occurrence: Leptospira interrogans serogroup Australis as the infecting strain (odds ratio [OR] = 2...
January 23, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28115508/eye-drop-inoculation-leads-to-sublethal-leptospirosis-in-mice
#13
Joseph Pierce Sullivan, Nisha Nair, Hari-Hara Potula, Maria Gomes-Solecki
Leptospirosis is potentially a fatal zoonosis acquired by contact of skin and mucosal surfaces with soil and water contaminated with infected urine. We analyzed the outcome of infection of C3H-HeJ mice with Leptospira interrogans serovar Copenhageni, using an enzootic mode of transmission, the conjunctival route. Infection led to weight loss and L. interrogans dissemination from blood to urine. However, the sequence of these events occurred later and were not as clearly separated in time given that spirochete detection overlapped in both tissues...
January 23, 2017: Infection and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110053/development-and-optimization-of-an-in-vitro-cultivation-protocol-allows-for-isolation-of-borrelia-miyamotoi-from-patients-with-hard-tick-borne-relapsing-fever
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Joris Koetsveld, Nadezhda M Kolyasnikova, Alex Wagemakers, Marina G Toporkova, Denis S Sarksyan, Anneke Oei, Alexander E Platonov, Joppe W Hovius
OBJECTIVES: Borrelia miyamotoi has been shown to infect humans in Eurasia and North America causing hard tick-borne relapsing fever (HTBRF). In vitro cultivation of B. miyamotoi was described recently; however, clinical isolation of relapsing fever Borrelia is cumbersome. Our aim was to develop a straightforward protocol enabling B. miyamotoi isolation directly from blood of patients. METHODS: MKP-F media, with or without anticoagulants, or blood from healthy human volunteers, was spiked with B...
January 18, 2017: Clinical Microbiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100313/rectinema-cohabitans-gen-nov-sp-nov-a-rod-shaped-spirochete-isolated-from-an-anaerobic-naphthalene-degrading-enrichment-culture
#15
Janina S Koelschbach, Housna Mouttaki, Carolin Pickl, Hermann J Heipieper, Reinhard Rachel, Paul A Lawson, Rainer U Meckenstock
The anaerobic, non-motile strain HMT was isolated from the naphthalene-degrading, sulfate-reducing enrichment culture N47. Since 20 years, strain HMT has been a stable member of culture N47 although it is neither able to degrade naphthalene nor to reduce sulfate in pure culture. The highest similarity of the 16S rRNA gene sequence of strain HMT (89%) is with a cultivated member of the family Spirochaetaceae, Treponema caldarium sp. strain H1T (DSM 7334T), an obligately anaerobic, thermophilic spirochete isolated from cyanobacterial mat samples collected at a freshwater hot spring in Oregon, USA...
January 18, 2017: International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079920/serum-microrna-profiles-in-patients-with-syphilis
#16
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/28077740/the-jarisch-herxheimer-reaction-after-antibiotic-treatment-of-spirochetal-infections-a-review-of-recent-cases-and-our-understanding-of-pathogenesis
#17
REVIEW
Thomas Butler
Within 24 hours after antibiotic treatment of the spirochetal infections syphilis, Lyme disease, leptospirosis, and relapsing fever (RF), patients experience shaking chills, a rise in temperature, and intensification of skin rashes known as the Jarisch-Herxheimer reaction (JHR) with symptoms resolving a few hours later. Case reports indicate that the JHR can also include uterine contractions in pregnancy, worsening liver and renal function, acute respiratory distress syndrome, myocardial injury, hypotension, meningitis, alterations in consciousness, seizures, and strokes...
January 11, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076897/microrna-expression-shows-inflammatory-dysregulation-and-tumor-like-proliferative-responses-in-joints-of-patients-with-post-infectious-lyme-arthritis
#18
Robert B Lochhead, Klemen Strle, Nancy D Kim, Minna J Kohler, Sheila L Arvikar, John M Aversa, Allen C Steere
OBJECTIVE: Lyme arthritis (LA) is caused by infection with Borrelia burgdorferi and usually resolves following spirochetal killing with antibiotics. However, in some patients, arthritis persists after antibiotic therapy. To provide insights into underlying pathogenic processes associated with post-infectious LA, we analyzed differences in microRNA expression between LA patients with active infection compared with those with post-infectious LA. METHODS: MicroRNA expression was assayed in synovial fluid (SF) from LA patients before and after oral and IV antibiotic therapy, and from synovial tissue from post-infectious LA patients obtained months after antibiotic therapy...
January 11, 2017: Arthritis & Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069820/comprehensive-spatial-analysis-of-the-borrelia-burgdorferi-lipoproteome-reveals-a-compartmentalization-bias-toward-the-bacterial-surface
#19
Alexander S Dowdell, Maxwell D Murphy, Christina Azodi, Selene K Swanson, Laurence Florens, Shiyong Chen, Wolfram R Zückert
: The Lyme disease spirochete Borrelia burgdorferi is unique among bacteria in its large number of lipoproteins that are encoded by a small, exceptionally fragmented and predominantly linear genome. Peripherally anchored in either the inner or outer membrane and facing either the periplasm or the external environment, these lipoproteins assume varied roles. A prominent subset functioning as the apparent linchpins of the enzootic tick-vertebrate infection cycle has been explored as vaccine targets...
January 9, 2017: Journal of Bacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068192/induction-of-apoptosis-in-normal-human-dermal-fibroblasts-infected-with-borrelia-burgdorferi-sensu-lato
#20
Beata Rozwadowska, Marta Albertyńska, Hubert Okła, Krzysztof P Jasik, Andrzej S Swinarew, Urszula Mazurek, Sławomir Dudek, Danuta Urbańska-Jasik, Izabela Poprawa
The spirochete Borrelia burgdorferi s.l. can enter into different eukaryotic cells. Intracellular localization of bacteria may cause many changes in different cell pathways like apoptosis-mediated caspase cascade. The present studies focused on gene expression associated with caspase cascade after normal human dermal fibroblasts (NHDF) infection with Borrelia garinii, Borrelia afzelii, and B. burgdorferi s.s. The use of oligonucleotide microarray technique enabled an expression level comparison of genes associated with caspase cascade in NHDF infected with spirochetes...
January 9, 2017: Vector Borne and Zoonotic Diseases
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