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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
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...
October 10, 2016: Nature Reviews. Microbiology
C Legoupil, A Peltier, V Henry Kagan, C Segouin, C Alberti, Luc de Massé, M Shelly, E Krastinova
We explored rates of Hepatitis B virus (HBV), Human Immunodeficiency Virus, Hepatitis C virus and Syphilis in a vulnerable population (mostly intravenous drug users, sex workers and homeless people) and focused on factors associated with failure to return for results (FTR) and with having a false perception (FP) of Immunization against HBV. We performed a prospective multicenter observational study in nine mobile (Out-of-Hospital) areas of screening located in Paris from 1 January 2014 through 31 December 2014...
September 14, 2016: AIDS Care
Simona Frunza-Stefan, Gyanendra Acharya, Viktoryia Kazlouskaya, Paunel Vukasinov, Yushan Chiou, Zeyar Thet
Immune reconstitution inflammatory syndrome (IRIS) is a condition associated with paradoxical worsening and/or new onset of an opportunistic infection in HIV patients following the initiation of anti-retroviral therapy or switching to more potent antiretroviral therapy (ART) regimen. Although IRIS associated with many opportunistic infections (OIs) has been well reported, syphilis has very rarely been mentioned in this regard. A 52-year-old male, diagnosed with AIDS six weeks ago, presented with the disseminated non-pruritic painless skin rash...
August 26, 2016: International Journal of STD & AIDS
Mihail Alexandru Badea, Corneliu Florin Buicu, Anca Ileana Sin, Ovidiu Simion Cotoi, Iudita Maria Badea, Andreea Luciana Chiotoroiu, Silviu Horia Morariu
Granulomatous inflammations are a particular type of chronic septic or aseptic inflammation, in which infectious or non-infectious agents are difficult to eliminate by the immune system. These are type IV hypersensitivity reactions mediated by pre-sensitized T-lymphocytes cells CD4+ and CD8+ lymphocytes. Disorders included in this category are: tuberculosis, leprosy, syphilis, sarcoidosis, type I diabetes, multiple sclerosis, Crohn's disease and rheumatoid arthritis. At cutaneous level, this pattern of granulomatous reaction is characterized by a chronic inflammation with formation of granulomas consisting of a variable number of histiocytes, multinucleated giant cells and lymphocytes...
2016: Romanian Journal of Morphology and Embryology, Revue Roumaine de Morphologie et Embryologie
Hans Wolff, Tobias W Fischer, Ulrike Blume-Peytavi
BACKGROUND: Hair loss is caused by a variety of hair growth disorders, each with its own pathogenetic mechanism. METHODS: This review is based on pertinent articles retrieved by a selective search in PubMed, on the current German and European guidelines, and on the authors' clinical and scientific experience. RESULTS: Excessive daily hair loss (effluvium) may be physiological, as in the postpartum state, or pathological, due for example to thyroid disturbances, drug effects, iron deficiency, or syphilis...
May 27, 2016: Deutsches Ärzteblatt International
Crispian Scully, Jane F Setterfield
Syphilis is on the increase globally. While recognized more frequently in patients with, HIV/AIDS, it is not unusual among immune competent individuals sometimes presenting with unusual manifestations and/or behaviour. This paper reviews the history and clinical features of syphilis and draws attention to the oral manifestations. CPD/Clinical Relevance: Syphilis should be in the differential diagnosis of oral ulcers or unusual oral lesions.
April 2016: Dental Update
Herbert B Allen
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is an infectious disease caused by spirochetes, and these spirochetes form biofilms, which attract the innate immune system. The innate immune system first responder, Toll-like receptor 2, generates both NF-κB and TNF-α which try to kill the spirochetes in the biofilm, but cannot penetrate the "slime". NF-κB is also responsible for the generation of amyloid-β (Aβ) which itself is anti-microbial. Aβ cannot penetrate the biofilm either, and its accumulation leads to destruction of the cerebral neurocircuitry...
June 27, 2016: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
Maciej Pastuszczak, Anna Gozdzialska, Bogdan Jakiela, Aleksander Obtulowicz, Jerzy Jaskiewicz, Anna Wojas-Pelc
OBJECTIVES: Approximately 15% of adequately treated patients with early syphilis remain serofast. Pathogenesis and clinical significance of this phenomenon is unclear. The objective of this study was to determine whether there is any association between host immune response and treatment outcome (serofast state or proper serological response). METHODS: Forty-four patients with secondary syphilis were enrolled to this study. Levels of pro-inflammatory cytokines such as interferon-γ, tumour necrosis factor-α and interleukin-6 were measured before treatment and 8 hours after injection of antibiotic...
June 29, 2016: Sexually Transmitted Infections
F Xia, Y H Xu, X L Wang
OBJECTIVE: To explore the clinical value of five methods commonly used for the detection of clinical syphilis antibody. METHODS: A total of 160 confirmed syphilis cases were chosen as the experimental group while 200 non-syphilis cases were set as the control group. Serum specimens were detected by methods as Treponema pallidum particle agglutination assay (TPPA), chemiluminescent microparticle immune assay (CMIA), enzyme linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA), emulsion method (TP-AD) and toluidine red unheated serum test (TRUST)...
June 2016: Zhonghua Liu Xing Bing Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Liuxingbingxue Zazhi
Kamfai Chan, Thayer Nasereddin, Laura Alter, Arturo Centurion-Lara, Lorenzo Giacani, Nikhat Parveen
The ability of Treponema pallidum, the syphilis spirochete to colonize various tissues requires the presence of surface-exposed adhesins that have been difficult to identify due to the inability to culture and genetically manipulate T. pallidum. Using a Borrelia burgdorferi-based heterologous system and gain-in-function approach, we show for the first time that a highly immunogenic lipoprotein TP0435 can be differentially processed into multiple isoforms with one variant stochastically displayed on the spirochete surface...
2016: Scientific Reports
Zhong Tang, Zhisheng Liang, Yi Nong, Xiaochun Wu, Hui Luo, Kun Gao
The purpose of this study was to apply goldmag immunoprobes into establishment of nanoparticles-based colorimetric assay as well as construction of immunochromatography quantitative and qualitative system by exploring point-of-care testing of syphilis with goldmag particles carrier-based immunoprobe and analysis of spatial data of Geographic Information System (GIS) platform. Goat anti-rabbit immunoglobulin G (IgG) was coupled on the surface of modified nanoparticles, taking N-(3-dimethylaminopropyl)-N'-ethyl-carbodiimide as the connector...
May 6, 2016: Artificial Cells, Nanomedicine, and Biotechnology
Leigh F Johnson, Nathan Geffen
BACKGROUND: Different models of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) can yield substantially different conclusions about STI epidemiology, and it is important to understand how and why models differ. Frequency-dependent models make the simplifying assumption that STI incidence is proportional to STI prevalence in the population, whereas network models calculate STI incidence more realistically by classifying individuals according to their partners' STI status. METHODS: We assessed a deterministic frequency-dependent model approximation to a microsimulation network model of STIs in South Africa...
March 2016: Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Martin Singer, Sander Ouburg
Bacterial urogenital infections such as chlamydia, gonorrhoea and syphilis are widespread inflammatory diseases, which may be accompanied by severe complications. These complications can range from basic inflammation to tubal pathology, infertility and neurological dysfunction, though infections go unnoticed in the majority of cases. Cytokines in the host play a vital role in both the initial and long-term immune response and inflammation. However, levels of cytokine expression vary between individuals. A meta-analysis was performed to evaluate the effect of cytokine expression differences on severity of infections with these pathogens...
March 2016: Pathogens and Disease
Christina M Marra, Lauren C Tantalo, Sharon K Sahi, Shelia B Dunaway, Sheila A Lukehart
BACKGROUND: Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected individuals may have poorer serological responses to syphilis treatment and may be more likely to experience neurosyphilis. Treponema pallidum is cleared from sites of infection by opsonization, ingestion, and killing by macrophages. METHODS: Serum samples from 235 individuals with syphilis were tested for T. pallidum-specific opsonic activity. Blood T. pallidum concentrations were determined by real-time polymerase chain reaction amplification of the tp0574 gene, and T...
April 15, 2016: Journal of Infectious Diseases
Jordan Smith Darr, David Bruce Conn
Each year, hundreds of millions of people travel across international borders or even oceans, and up to 230 million may remain for long periods. Among these, 3-5 million settle permanently in their new homes, with about 1 million migrating permanently to the United States of America. This may result in transport of parasites and other pathogens, which might become established, infecting individuals in the new location. Beyond concern of disease spread, the health of migrants is of concern since the rigors, circumstances, and living conditions surrounding migrations may increase the vulnerability of migrants to infections...
2015: BioMed Research International
Arlene C Seña, Xiao-Hui Zhang, Trudy Li, He-Ping Zheng, Bin Yang, Li-Gang Yang, Juan C Salazar, Myron S Cohen, M Anthony Moody, Justin D Radolf, Joseph D Tucker
BACKGROUND: Syphilis remains a global public health threat and can lead to severe complications. In addition to resolution of clinical manifestations, a reduction in nontreponemal antibody titers after treatment is regarded as "proof of cure." However, some patients manifest < 4-fold decline ("serological non-response") or persistently positive nontreponemal titers despite an appropriate decline ("serofast") that may represent treatment failure, reinfection, or a benign immune response...
October 28, 2015: BMC Infectious Diseases
Anthony Kodzo-Grey Venyo
Background. Tuberculosis of the penis (TBP) is rare. Aim. To review the literature. Method. Various internet data bases were searched. Literature Review. TBP could be primary or secondary, may develop following circumcision performed by a person who had pulmonary Tb, and may be transmitted to the penis from ejaculation, contamination from clothing, or from contact with endometrial secretions, following an earlier pulmonary Tb or Tb elsewhere. TBP presents with a painless/painful small nodule, ulcer, mass on penis which gradually enlarges, and induration/swelling of penis, with or without erectile dysfunction...
2015: Scientifica
Michael T Bretscher, Nicolas Maire, Ingrid Felger, Seth Owusu-Agyei, Tom Smith
BACKGROUND: The duration of untreated Plasmodium falciparum infections is a defining characteristic of the parasite's biology. It is not clear whether naturally acquired immunity (NAI) can shorten infections, despite the potential implications for malaria control and elimination as well as for basic research. METHODS: Data on the presence of P. falciparum msp2 genotypes in six blood samples collected over one year was analysed, together with four samples collected over 1 week, from a cohort in Navrongo (Ghana)...
2015: Malaria Journal
Wei-Qiang He, Huan-Li Wang, Dao-Qing Zhong, Lu-Yang Lin, Xiao-Shan Qiu, Ri-Dong Yang
The ratio of patients with RPR constant positive more than 2 years despite receiving standard syphilis treatment has been reported to be 11.54%~31.3%. The current interpretations on this phenomenon are cellular immune function restrained and the existence of neurosyphilis or asymptomatic neurosyphilis. We conducted this study to detect the treponemal antibody in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) and lymphocyte subsets in peripheral blood of syphilis patients with persisting RPR positive more than 2 years without neurologic signs, and then explore their relationship...
2015: International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Pathology
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