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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547076/purinergic-signaling-during-intestinal-inflammation
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REVIEW
Maria Serena Longhi, Alan Moss, Zhenghui Gordon Jiang, Simon C Robson
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a devastating disease that is associated with excessive inflammation in the intestinal tract in genetically susceptible individuals and potentially triggered by microbial dysbiosis. This illness markedly predisposes patients to thrombophilia and chronic debility as well as bowel, lymphatic, and liver cancers. Development of new therapies is needed to re-establish long-term immune tolerance in IBD patients without increasing the risk of opportunistic infections and cancer...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Molecular Medicine: Official Organ of the "Gesellschaft Deutscher Naturforscher und Ärzte"
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544570/relative-susceptibility-of-airway-organisms-to-antimicrobial-effects-of-nitric-oxide
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Alan D Workman, Ryan M Carey, Michael A Kohanski, David W Kennedy, James N Palmer, Nithin D Adappa, Noam A Cohen
BACKGROUND: Nitric oxide (NO) is released in the airway as a critical component of innate immune defense against invading pathogenic organisms. It is well documented that bacteriostatic and bactericidal effects of NO are concentration-dependent. However, few data exist comparing relative susceptibility of common pathogens to NO at physiologic concentrations. In this study we evaluated the effects of NO on 4 common airway bacteria and 1 fungus, and examined the potential implications of discrepancies in sensitivity...
May 25, 2017: International Forum of Allergy & Rhinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542796/interleukin-2-as-an-adjunct-to-antiretroviral-therapy-for-hiv-positive-adults
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Jennifer Onwumeh, Charles I Okwundu, Tamara Kredo
BACKGROUND: Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) continues to be a leading cause of morbidity and mortality, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa. Although antiretroviral drugs have helped to improve the quality of life and life expectancy of HIV-positive individuals, there is still a need to explore other interventions that will help to further reduce the disease burden. One potential strategy is the use of interleukin-2 (IL-2) in combination with antiretroviral therapy (ART). IL-2 is a cytokine that regulates the proliferation and differentiation of lymphocytes and may help to boost the immune system...
May 25, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542452/the-role-of-aspartyl-aminopeptidase-ape4-in-cryptococcus-neoformans-virulence-and-authophagy
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Fabiano de Assis Gontijo, Amanda Teixeira de Melo, Renata C Pascon, Larissa Fernandes, Hugo Costa Paes, J Andrew Alspaugh, Marcelo A Vallim
In order to survive and cause disease, microbial pathogens must be able to proliferate at the temperature of their infected host. We identified novel microbial features associated with thermotolerance in the opportunistic fungal pathogen Cryptococcus neoformans using a random insertional mutagenesis strategy, screening for mutants with defective growth at 37°C. Among several thermosensitive mutants, we identified one bearing a disruption in a gene predicted to encode the Ape4 aspartyl aminopeptidase protein...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542110/pneumonia-after-liver-transplantation
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Stephanie A K Angarita, Tara A Russell, Fady M Kaldas
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Pneumonia occurs in 8-23% of patients after liver transplantation and contributes considerably to their morbidity and mortality. With the increasing acuity of liver transplantation patients in the current era, pneumonias, particularly ventilator-associated pneumonias, and multidrug-resistant pathogens, are of growing concern. RECENT FINDINGS: Postliver transplantation pneumonia cause varies with the timing of infection. In the early period (<1 month postliver transplantation), nosocomial pneumonias, including ventilator-associated pneumonias and multidrug-resistant species are most common...
May 24, 2017: Current Opinion in Organ Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541806/atypical-wound-pathogens
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Philip S Barie
BACKGROUND: Atypical wound pathogens may be so described because they are uncommon pathogens of soft tissue among human beings, or because they may be fastidious and difficult to recover/isolate in the laboratory. METHODS: A review of pertinent English-language literature was performed. RESULTS: These wound pathogens are a diverse lot, including aerobic and anaerobic gram-positive and gram-negative bacilli, non-tuberculous mycobacteria, and bacteria that cannot be characterized conventionally because they lack a cell wall (the Mycoplasmataceae)...
May 2017: Surgical Infections
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539863/pulmonary-aspergillosis-as-opportunistic-mycoses-in-a-cohort-of-human-immunodeficiency-virus-infected-patients-report-from-a-tertiary-care-hospital-in-north-india
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Ravinder Kaur, Bhanu Mehra, Megh Singh Dhakad, Ritu Goyal, Richa Dewan
OBJECTIVE: The incidence of pulmonary aspergillosis in human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected persons is rising. This study was designed to determine the prevalence of pulmonary aspergillosis in a cohort of HIV-positive patients (n = 71) presenting with lower respiratory tract infection at a tertiary care medical center in India. METHODS: Sputum samples were collected, and potassium hydroxide mount, cultural characteristics, and lactophenol cotton blue preparations were employed to aid in the identification of Aspergillus species...
April 2017: International Journal of Health Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539558/a-case-of-new-onset-rheumatoid-vasculitis-becoming-evident-in-the-course-of-treatment-for-pneumocystis-jirovecii-pneumonia
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Daisuke Ikuma, Kazuhiro Yokota, Kojiro Sato, Toshihide Mimura
  When patients with autoimmune diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA), are treated with potent immunosuppressive therapy, the risk of opportunistic diseases inevitably increases. If patients have the misfortune to suffer from both opportunistic and active autoimmune diseases, correct diagnosis could sometimes be difficult since both diseases have inflammatory nature. The choice of treatment is another challenge in that aggressive immunosuppressive therapy can fuel the opportunistic infection. Here we report a case of RA patient with new onset rheumatoid vasculitis that was diagnosed in the process of treatment of Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia...
2017: Nihon Rinshō Men'eki Gakkai Kaishi, Japanese Journal of Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538498/ghrelin-protects-the-thymic-epithelium-from-conditioning-regimen-induced-damage-and-promotes-the-restoration-of-cd4-t-cells-in-mice-after-bone-marrow-transplantation
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Jingxia Xu, Junyu S Zhu, Xianyu Tian, Qixin Sun, Jianhui Xu, Yuxian Huang, Yingzhi He, Zhiwei Huang, Bingyi Wu
BACKGROUND: The delay in immune reconstitution after hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT), especially a delay in central immune reconstitution, leads to opportunistic infections and disease relapse after transplantation and affects the long-term outcome of HSCT. This delay is mainly attributable to thymic damage after myeloablative chemotherapy and radiotherapy METHODS: We established a model of allogeneic bone marrow transplantation (BMT) in mice and administered ghrelin (GRL) 7 days before the conditioning regimen or the day after BMT...
May 24, 2017: Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538426/managing-kidney-transplant-recipients-in-primary-care
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Shira Roth
Patients who have undergone kidney transplant are at increased risk for heart disease, new-onset diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and certain malignancies, in addition to opportunistic infections associated with immunosuppression. This article describes guidelines for routine management of kidney transplant recipients in primary care, as well as how to recognize risk factors and complications.
June 2017: JAAPA: Official Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536684/gastrointestinal-cytomegalovirus-disease-in-a-patient-with-pemphigus-vulgaris-treated-with-corticosteroid-and-mycophenolate-mofetil
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Luiza Barbosa Oliveira, Celina Wakisaka Maruta, Denise Miyamoto, Fernanda Aburesi Salvadori, Claudia Giuli Santi, Valeria Aoki, Amaro Nunes Duarte-Neto
Pemphigus vulgaris is an autoimmune disease characterized by the formation of suprabasal intra-epidermal blisters on the skin and mucosal surfaces. Infectious diseases are the main cause of death in patients with pemphigus due to the disrupture of the physiological skin barrier, immune dysregulation, and the use of immunosuppressive medications leaving the patient prone to acquire opportunistic infections. We report the case of a 67-year-old woman diagnosed with pemphigus vulgaris, who was irregularly taking prednisone and mycophenolate mofetil...
January 2017: Autopsy & case reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536672/response-to-bile-salts-in-clinical-strains-of-acinetobacter-baumannii-lacking-the-adeabc-efflux-pump-virulence-associated-with-quorum-sensing
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Maria López, Lucia Blasco, Eva Gato, Astrid Perez, Laura Fernández-Garcia, Luis Martínez-Martinez, Felipe Fernández-Cuenca, Jesús Rodríguez-Baño, Alvaro Pascual, German Bou, Maria Tomás
Introduction:Acinetobacter baumannii is an opportunistic nosocomial pathogen associated with multiple infections. This pathogen usually colonizes (first stage of microbial infection) host tissues that are in contact with the external environment. As one of the sites of entry in human hosts is the gastrointestinal tract, the pathogen must be capable of tolerating bile salts. However, studies analyzing the molecular characteristics involved in the response to bile salts in clinical strains of A. baumannii are scarce...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536572/the-bacteriophage-ef-p29-efficiently-protects-against-lethal-vancomycin-resistant-enterococcus-faecalis-and-alleviates-gut-microbiota-imbalance-in-a-murine-bacteremia-model
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Mengjun Cheng, Jiaming Liang, Yufeng Zhang, Liyuan Hu, Pengjuan Gong, Ruopeng Cai, Lei Zhang, Hao Zhang, Jinli Ge, Yalu Ji, Zhimin Guo, Xin Feng, Changjiang Sun, Yongjun Yang, Liancheng Lei, Wenyu Han, Jingmin Gu
Enterococcus faecalis is becoming an increasingly important opportunistic pathogen worldwide, especially because it can cause life-threatening nosocomial infections. Treating E. faecalis infections has become increasingly difficult because of the prevalence of multidrug-resistant E. faecalis strains. Because bacteriophages show specificity for their bacterial hosts, there has been a growth in interest in using phage therapies to combat the rising incidence of multidrug-resistant bacterial infections. In this study, we isolated a new lytic phage, EF-P29, which showed high efficiency and a broad host range against E...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536292/capsule-production-and-glucose-metabolism-dictate-fitness-during-serratia-marcescens-bacteremia
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Mark T Anderson, Lindsay A Mitchell, Lili Zhao, Harry L T Mobley
Serratia marcescens is an opportunistic pathogen that causes a range of human infections, including bacteremia, keratitis, wound infections, and urinary tract infections. Compared to other members of the Enterobacteriaceae family, the genetic factors that facilitate Serratia proliferation within the mammalian host are less well defined. An in vivo screen of transposon insertion mutants identified 212 S. marcescens fitness genes that contribute to bacterial survival in a murine model of bloodstream infection...
May 23, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533919/combination-therapy-for-inflammatory-bowel-disease
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REVIEW
Keith S Sultan, Joshua C Berkowitz, Sundas Khan
Biologic therapies such as infliximab and adalimumab have become mainstays of treatment for inflammatory bowel disease. Early studies suggested that combination therapy (CT) with infliximab and an immunomodulator drug such as azathioprine may help optimize biologic pharmacokinetics, minimize immunogenicity, and improve outcomes. The landmark SONIC trial in Crohn's disease and the UC SUCCESS trial in ulcerative colitis demonstrated CT with infliximab and azathioprine to be superior to monotherapy with either agent alone at inducing clinical remission in treatment naïve patients with moderate to severe disease...
May 6, 2017: World Journal of Gastrointestinal Pharmacology and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533471/the-atypical-response-regulator-atvr-is-a-new-player-in-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-response-to-hypoxia-and-virulence
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Gilberto Hideo Kaihami, Leandro Carvalho Dantas Breda, José Roberto Fogaça de Almeida, Thays de Oliveira Pereira, Gianlucca Gonçalves Nicastro, Ana Laura Boechat, Sandro Rogério de Almeida, Regina Lúcia Baldini
Two-component systems are widespread in bacteria, allowing adaptation to environmental changes. The classical pathway is composed by a histidine kinase that phosphorylates an aspartate residue in the cognate response regulator (RR). RRs lacking the phosphorylable aspartate also occur, but their function and contribution during host-pathogen interaction are poorly characterized. AtvR (PA14_26570) is the only atypical response regulator with a DNA-binding domain in the opportunistic pathogen Pseudomonas aeruginosa Macrophage infection with the atvR mutant strain resulted in higher TNF-α secretion as well as increased bacterial clearance as compared to macrophages infected with the wild-type strain...
May 22, 2017: Infection and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533370/insect-pathogenic-fungus-interacts-with-the-gut-microbiota-to-accelerate-mosquito-mortality
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Ge Wei, Yiling Lai, Guandong Wang, Huan Chen, Fang Li, Sibao Wang
The insect gut microbiota plays crucial roles in modulating the interactions between the host and intestinal pathogens. Unlike viruses, bacteria, and parasites, which need to be ingested to cause disease, entomopathogenic fungi infect insects through the cuticle and proliferate in the hemolymph. However, interactions between the gut microbiota and entomopathogenic fungi are unknown. Here we show that the pathogenic fungus Beauveria bassiana interacts with the gut microbiota to accelerate mosquito death. After topical fungal infection, mosquitoes with gut microbiota die significantly faster than mosquitoes without microbiota...
May 22, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533240/heterocycle-thiazole-compounds-exhibit-antifungal-activity-through-increase-in-the-production-of-reactive-oxygen-species-in-cryptococcus-neoformans-cryptococcus-gattii-species-complex
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Nívea Pereira de Sá, Caroline Miranda de Lima, Cleudiomar Inácio Lino, Paulo Jorge Sanches Barbeira, Ludmila de Matos Baltazar, Daniel Assis Santos, Renata Barbosa de Oliveira, Eleftherios Mylonakis, Beth Burgwyn Fuchs, Susana Johann
Human cryptococcosis can occur as a primary or opportunistic infection and develops as an acute, sub-acute, or chronic systemic infection, involving different organs of the host. Given the limited therapeutic options and the occasional resistance to fluconazole, there is a need to develop novel drugs for the treatment of cryptococcosis. In this report, we describe promising thiazoles 1, 2, 3, and 4 and explore their possible modes of action against Cryptococcus. To this end, we show evidence of interference in the Cryptococcus antioxidant system...
May 22, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532134/assessing-the-efficacy-of-second-line-antiretroviral-treatment-for-hiv-patients-failing-first-line-antiretroviral-therapy-in-iran-a-cohort-study
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Mehrnaz Rasooli-Nejad, Maryam Khazaee-Pool, Ladan Abbasian, Zahra Bayat Jozani, Sara Ahsani-Nasab, Banafsheh Moradmand Badie, Afsaneh Pargar, Gholamreza Esmaeeli Djavid
There are limited documents about HIV patients switched to second-line antiretroviral therapy (ART) in resource-limited countries. We aimed to assess the efficacy of second-line ART for HIV patients following first-line ART failure. This was a cohort study of HIV/AIDS patients with first-line ART treatment failure switched to second-line ART between January 2004 and March 2014, who followed for at least 12 months after switching. Fifty of studied patients (85%) were treated with regimens containing lopinavir/ritonavir (Kaletra) and nine of them (15%) treated with other regimes...
April 2017: Acta Medica Iranica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527284/-new-multiplex-pcr-for-species-specific-diagnosis-of-human-candidiasis
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Liliana Torcoroma García, Liany Johanna Luna, Tania Katherine Velasco, Beatriz Elena Guerra
INTRODUCTION: Candidiases is a group of opportunistic infections caused by yeasts belonging to the genus Candida. Candida albicans is the most prevalent species in both superficial and deep infections, however, the clinical importance of non-albicans Candida has increased during the last decade, driving an urgent need for diagnostic tests that allow for species-level resolution and selection of the optimum therapeutic approach. OBJECTIVE: To design and to optimize a new multiplex PCR assay for the simultaneous identification of the five most relevant species of Candida involved in human candidiasis etiology...
June 1, 2017: Biomédica: Revista del Instituto Nacional de Salud
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