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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095608/esx-1-and-phthiocerol-dimycocerosates-of-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-act-in-concert-to-cause-phagosomal-rupture-and-host-cell-apoptosis
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Jacques Augenstreich, Ainhoa Arbues, Roxane Simeone, Evert Haanappel, Alice Wegener, Fadel Sayes, Fabien Le Chevalier, Christian Chalut, Wladimir Malaga, Christophe Guilhot, Roland Brosch, Catherine Astarie-Dequeker
Although phthiocerol dimycocerosates (DIM) are major virulence factors of Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb), the causative agent of human tuberculosis, little is known about their mechanism of action. Localized in the outer membrane of mycobacterial pathogens, DIM are predicted to interact with host cell membranes. Interaction with eukaryotic membranes is a property shared with another virulence factor of Mtb, the early secretory antigenic target EsxA (also known as ESAT-6). This small protein, which is secreted by the type VII secretion system ESX-1 (T7SS/ESX-1), is involved in phagosomal rupture and cell death induced by virulent mycobacteria inside host phagocytes...
January 17, 2017: Cellular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087528/engineering-mycobacteria-for-the-production-of-self-assembling-biopolyesters-displaying-mycobacterial-antigens-for-use-as-tuberculosis-vaccine
#2
Jason W Lee, Natalie A Parlane, Bernd H A Rehm, Bryce M Buddle, Axel Heiser
: Tuberculosis (TB) is a disease caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis or Mycobacterium bovis and still remains one of the world's biggest global health burdens. Recently, engineered polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) biobeads produced in both E. coli and Lactococcus lactis displaying mycobacterial antigens were found to induce significant cell mediated immune responses in mice. We observed that such PHA beads contained host cell proteins as impurities which we hypothesized to have the potential to induce immunity...
January 13, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072845/tuberculosis-detection-in-paratuberculosis-vaccinated-calves-new-alternatives-against-interference
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Miriam Serrano, Natalia Elguezabal, Iker A Sevilla, María V Geijo, Elena Molina, Rakel Arrazuria, Alfonso Urkitza, Gareth J Jones, Martin Vordermeier, Joseba M Garrido, Ramón A Juste
Paratuberculosis vaccination in cattle has been restricted due to its possible interference with the official diagnostic methods used in tuberculosis eradication programs. To overcome this drawback, new possibilities to detect Mycobacterium bovis infected cattle in paratuberculosis vaccinated animals were studied under experimental conditions. Three groups of 5 calves each were included in the experiment: one paratuberculosis vaccinated group, one paratuberculosis vaccinated and M. bovis infected group and one M...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28043632/mycobacterial-coinfection-and-persisting-bovine-tuberculosis-has-the-time-arrived-for-a-policy-review
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Nader Mosavari, Morad Moradi Geravand, Keyvan Tadayon, Rohollah Keshavarz
OBJECTIVE/BACKGROUND: Bovine tuberculosis (BTb) is mainly a disease of cattle, although it continues to infect human populations across the world. Operation of a test and slaughter plan in Iran since 1981 has lowered the frequency of BTb from >5% to <0.14% at the national scale. In 2015, unusual uncontrollable epidemics of BTb were detected in two cattle farms in municipal suburbs of Qazvin and Isfahan. These farms had a tuberculin-test-certified record of BTb-free status for the past 5 consecutive years, with no new cattle registered with either of the two herds during this time period...
December 2016: International Journal of Mycobacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28043631/the-first-population-structure-and-comparative-genomics-analysis-of-mycobacterium-africanum-strains-from-ghana-reveals-higher-diversity-of-lineage-5
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Isaac D Otchere, Simon R Harris, Sanches L Busso, Adwoa Asante-Poku, Stephen Osei-Wusu, Kwadwo Koram, Julian Parkhill, Sebastien Gagneux, Dorothy Yeboah-Manu
OBJECTIVE/BACKGROUND: Mycobacterium africanum (MAF) remains an important TB causing pathogen in West Africa; however, little is known about its population structure and actual diversity which may have implications for diagnostics and vaccines. We carried out comparative genomics analysis of candidate Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB) and MAF using whole genome sequencing. METHODS: Clinical MTB complex strains (n=187) comprising L4 (n=22), L5 (n=126), and L6 (n=39) isolated over 8years from Ghana were whole genome sequenced...
December 2016: International Journal of Mycobacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28043591/evaluation-of-specific-antibodies-against-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-recombinant-antigens-for-detection-of-recent-infection
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Majid Tebianian, Nader Mosavari, Morteza Taghizadeh, Seyyed Mahmoud Ebrahimi
INTRODUCTION: Since an accurate test for detection of Mycobacterium tuberculosis early infection is urgently needed, this study was designed for development of an efficient screening test in diagnosis of tuberculosis infection. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In the present study, two recombinant proteins CFP-10, ESAT-6 were tested as antigens for the diagnosis of recent tuberculosis. The proteins were produced in Escherichia coli, purified and tested in indirect ELISAs with sera from 63 subjects with positive clinical results...
December 2016: International Journal of Mycobacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28043588/characterization-of-the-cd4-and-cd8-t-cell-response-in-the-quantiferon-tb-gold-plus-kit
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Elisa Petruccioli, Teresa Chiacchio, Ilaria Pepponi, Valentina Vanini, Rocco Urso, Gilda Cuzzi, Lucia Barcellini, Fabrizio Palmieri, Daniela M Cirillo, Giuseppe Ippolito, Delia Goletti
OBJECTIVE/BACKGROUND: QuantiFERON-TB Gold In-Tube (QFT-GIT, Qiagen, Hilden, Germany) is an interferon-γ (IFN-γ) release assay designed to detect latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI). Although QFT-GIT has several advantages (mainly that it is not affected by the Bacille Calmette-Guérin vaccination), it has a poor sensitivity in immune-compromised individuals as it involves an immune response-based detection. Recently, QuantiFERON-TB Gold Plus (QFT-Plus) assay has been proposed as a new generation of QFT-GIT...
December 2016: International Journal of Mycobacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28025511/immunological-roles-of-elevated-plasma-levels-of-matricellular-proteins-in-japanese-patients-with-pulmonary-tuberculosis
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Beata Shiratori, Jingge Zhao, Masao Okumura, Haorile Chagan-Yasutan, Hideki Yanai, Kazue Mizuno, Takashi Yoshiyama, Tadashi Idei, Yugo Ashino, Chie Nakajima, Yasuhiko Suzuki, Toshio Hattori
Elevated matricellular proteins (MCPs), including osteopontin (OPN) and galectin-9 (Gal-9), were observed in the plasma of patients with Manila-type tuberculosis (TB) previously. Here, we quantified plasma OPN, Gal-9, and soluble CD44 (sCD44) by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA), and another 29 cytokines by Luminex assay in 36 patients with pulmonary TB, six subjects with latent tuberculosis (LTBI), and 19 healthy controls (HCs) from Japan for a better understanding of the roles of MCPs in TB. All TB subjects showed positive results of enzyme-linked immunospot assays (ELISPOTs)...
December 22, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28024452/positive-predictive-value-of-elispot-in-bal-and-pleural-fluid-from-patients-with-suspected-pulmonary-tuberculosis
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Regina W Hofland, Steven F T Thijsen, Anne S R van Lindert, Wiel C M de Lange, Tamara van Gorkom, Ingeborg van der Tweel, Jan-Willem J Lammers, Aik W J Bossink
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to evaluate the positive predictive value (PPV) of ELISpot in bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) and pleural fluid for the diagnosis of active tuberculosis (TB) in real-life clinical practice, together with the added value of a cut-off >1.0 for the ratio between the extra-sanguineous and systemic interferon-gamma responses in positive samples. METHODS: A retrospective, single-centre study was performed. Patients with positive ELISpot in BAL and pleural fluid were included...
December 26, 2016: Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27958509/diffraction-free-pulsed-optical-beams-via-space-time-correlations
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H Esat Kondakci, Ayman F Abouraddy
Diffraction places a fundamental limitation on the distance an optical beam propagates before its size increases and spatial details blur. We show here that imposing a judicious correlation between spatial and spectral degrees of freedom of a pulsed beam can render its transverse spatial profile independent of location along the propagation axis, thereby arresting the spread of the time-averaged beam. Such correlation introduced into a beam with arbitrary spatial profile enables spatio-temporal dispersion to compensate for purely spatial dispersion that underlies diffraction...
December 12, 2016: Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27951621/qualitative-and-quantitative-results-of-interferon-%C3%AE-release-assays-for-monitoring-the-response-to-anti-tuberculosis-treatment
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I-Nae Park, Tae Sun Shim
Background/Aims: The usefulness of interferon-γ release assays (IGRAs) in monitoring to responses to anti-tuberculosis (TB) treatment is controversial. We compared the results of two IGRAs before and after anti-TB treatment in same patients with active TB. Methods: From a retrospective review, we selected patients with active TB who underwent repeated QuantiFERON-TB Gold (QFN-Gold, Cellestis Limited) and T-SPOT.TB (Oxford Immunotec) assays before and after anti-TB treatment with first-line drugs...
December 13, 2016: Korean Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27941703/bent-fiber-sensor-for-preservative-detection-in-milk
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Omer Galip Saracoglu, Sekip Esat Hayber
A fiber optic sensor sensitive to refractive index changes of the outer region of the fiber cladding is presented. The sensor uses bent plastic optical fibers in different bending lengths to increase sensitivity. Measurements were made for low-fat milk, the refractive index of which is altered by some preservatives such as formaldehyde, hydrogen peroxide, and sodium carbonate. Concentrations of the preservatives in the milk were changed between 0% and 14.3% while the refractive indices occurred between 1.34550 and 1...
December 9, 2016: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923543/mid-term-radiological-and-clinical-results-of-incomplete-triple-pelvic-osteotomy
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Engin Eceviz, Mehmet Salih Söylemez, Mehmet Esat Uygur, Korhan Ozkan, Afsar Timucin Ozkut, Abdullah Eren
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to assess clinical and radiological results of incomplete triple pelvic osteotomy in acetabular dysplasia. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Twenty-six hips of 24 patients (5 males, 19 females) treated with incomplete triple pelvic osteotomy by a single surgeon from February 1995 to October 2001 were retrospectively reviewed at an average follow-up time of 12 years. The mean age at the time of surgery was 21.6 years (range: 14-41). Radiological evaluation was based on the central edge angle, acetabular angle, acetabular index, acetabular head index and lateralisation...
December 3, 2016: Acta Orthopaedica et Traumatologica Turcica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27866772/h1-ic31-vaccination-is-safe-and-induces-long-lived-tnf-%C3%AE-il-2-cd4-t-cell-responses-in-m-tuberculosis-infected-and-uninfected-adolescents-a-randomized-trial
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Helen Mearns, Hennie D Geldenhuys, Benjamin M Kagina, Munyaradzi Musvosvi, Francesca Little, Frances Ratangee, Hassan Mahomed, Willem A Hanekom, Søren T Hoff, Morten Ruhwald, Ingrid Kromann, Peter Bang, Mark Hatherill, Peter Andersen, Thomas J Scriba
BACKGROUND: Control of the tuberculosis epidemic requires a novel vaccine that is effective in preventing tuberculosis in adolescents, a key target population for vaccination against TB. METHODS: Healthy adolescents, stratified by M. tuberculosis-infection status, were enrolled into this observer-blinded phase II clinical trial of the protein-subunit vaccine candidate, H1:IC31, comprising a fusion protein (H1) of Ag85B and ESAT-6, formulated with the IC31 adjuvant...
January 3, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27862137/t-cell-responses-and-regulation-and-the-impact-of-in-vitro-il-10-and-tgf-%C3%AE-modulation-during-treatment-of-active-tuberculosis
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Siri L Feruglio, Dag Kvale, Anne Ma Dyrhol-Riise
Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) is particularly challenging for the immune system being an intracellular pathogen, and a variety of T cell subpopulations are activated by the host defense mechanism. In the present study we investigated T cell responses and regulation in active TB patients with drug-sensitive Mtb (n=18) during 24 weeks of efficient anti-TB therapy. T cell activation, differentiation, regulatory T cell (Treg) subsets, Mtb induced T cell proliferation and in vitro IL-10 and TGF-β modulation were analysed by flow cytometry at baseline and after 8 and 24 weeks of therapy, while soluble cytokines in culture supernatants were analysed by a 9-plex Luminex assay...
November 18, 2016: Scandinavian Journal of Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27859892/discovery-of-the-type-vii-esx-1-secretion-needle
#16
Louis S Ates, Roland Brosch
Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the etiological agent of human tuberculosis, harbours five ESAT-6/type VII secretion (ESX/T7S) systems. The first esx gene clusters were identified during the genome-sequencing project of M. tuberculosis H37Rv. Follow-up studies revealed additional genes playing important roles in ESX/T7S systems. Among the latter genes, one can find those that encode Pro-Glu (PE) and Pro-Pro-Glu (PPE) proteins as well as a gene cluster that is encoded >260 kb upstream of the esx-1 locus and encodes ESX-1 secretion-associated proteins EspA (Rv3616c), EspC (Rv3615c) and EspD (Rv3614c)...
January 2017: Molecular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27815271/immunogenic-properties-of-lactobacillus-plantarum-producing-surface-displayed-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-antigens
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Katarzyna Kuczkowska, Charlotte R Kleiveland, Rajna Minic, Lars F Moen, Lise Øverland, Rannei Tjåland, Harald Carlsen, Tor Lea, Geir Mathiesen, Vincent G H Eijsink
: Tuberculosis (TB) remains among the most deadly diseases in the world. The only available vaccine against tuberculosis is the bacille Calmette-Guérin (BCG) vaccine, which does not ensure full protection in adults. There is a global urgency for the development of an effective vaccine for preventing disease transmission, and it requires novel approaches. We are exploring the use of lactic acid bacteria (LAB) as a vector for antigen delivery to mucosal sites. Here, we demonstrate the successful expression and surface display of a Mycobacterium tuberculosis fusion antigen (comprising Ag85B and ESAT-6, referred to as AgE6) on Lactobacillus plantarum The AgE6 fusion antigen was targeted to the bacterial surface using two different anchors, a lipoprotein anchor directing the protein to the cell membrane and a covalent cell wall anchor...
January 15, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27811254/deep-sea-corals-feel-the-flow
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Yusuke Yokoyama, Tezer M Esat
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 4, 2016: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27810839/anatomical-region-specific-in-vivo-wireless-communication-channel-characterization
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Ali Fatih Demir, Qammer Abbasi, Zekeriyya Esat Ankarali, Akram Alomainy, Khalid Qaraqe, Erchin Serpedin, Huseyin Arslan
In vivo wireless body area networks (WBANs) and their associated technologies are shaping the future of healthcare by providing continuous health monitoring and noninvasive surgical capabilities, in addition to remote diagnostic and treatment of diseases. To fully exploit the potential of such devices, it is necessary to characterize the communication channel which will help to build reliable and high-performance communication systems. This paper presents an in vivo wireless communication channel characterization for male torso both numerically and experimentally (on a human cadaver) considering various organs at 915 MHz and 2...
October 19, 2016: IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27799930/increased-tnf-%C3%AE-ifn-%C3%AE-il-2-and-decreased-tnf-%C3%AE-ifn-%C3%AE-production-by-central-memory-t-cells-are-associated-with-protective-responses-against-bovine-tuberculosis-following-bcg-vaccination
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Mayara F Maggioli, Mitchell V Palmer, Tyler C Thacker, Hans Martin Vordermeier, Jodi L McGill, Adam O Whelan, Michelle H Larsen, William R Jacobs, W Ray Waters
Central memory T cell (Tcm) and polyfunctional CD4 T cell responses contribute to vaccine-elicited protection with both human and bovine tuberculosis (TB); however, their combined role in protective immunity to TB is unclear. To address this question, we evaluated polyfunctional cytokine responses by CD4 T cell effector/memory populations from bacille Calmette-Guerin (BCG) vaccinated and non-vaccinated calves by flow cytometry prior to and after aerosol challenge with virulent Mycobacterium bovis. Polyfunctional cytokine expression patterns in the response by Tcm, effector memory, and effector T cell subsets were similar between BCG-vaccinated and M...
2016: Frontiers in Immunology
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