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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817724/from-the-animal-house-to-the-field-are-there-consistent-individual-differences-in-immunological-profile-in-wild-populations-of-field-voles-microtus-agrestis
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Elena Arriero, Klara M Wanelik, Richard J Birtles, Janette E Bradley, Joseph A Jackson, Steve Paterson, Mike Begon
Inbred mouse strains, living in simple laboratory environments far removed from nature, have been shown to vary consistently in their immune response. However, wildlife populations are typically outbreeding and face a multiplicity of challenges, parasitological and otherwise. In this study we seek evidence of consistent difference in immunological profile amongst individuals in the wild. We apply a novel method in this context, using longitudinal (repeated capture) data from natural populations of field voles, Microtus agrestis, on a range of life history and infection metrics, and on gene expression levels...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817714/insights-into-secular-trends-of-respiratory-tuberculosis-the-20th-century-maltese-experience
#2
Lianne Tripp, Larry A Sawchuk
Over half a century ago, McKeown and colleagues proposed that economics was a major contributor to the decline of infectious diseases, including respiratory tuberculosis, during the 19th and 20th centuries. Since then, there is no consensus among researchers as to the factors responsible for the mortality decline. Using the case study of the islands of Malta and Gozo, we examine the relationship of economics, in particular, the cost of living (Fisher index) and its relationship to the secular trends of tuberculosis mortality...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817682/experimental-study-of-tuberculosis-from-animal-models-to-complex-cell-systems-and-organoids
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REVIEW
Kaori L Fonseca, Pedro N S Rodrigues, I Anna S Olsson, Margarida Saraiva
Tuberculosis (TB) is a devastating disease to mankind that has killed more people than any other infectious disease. Despite many efforts and successes from the scientific and health communities, the prospect of TB elimination remains distant. On the one hand, sustainable public health programs with affordable and broad implementation of anti-TB measures are needed. On the other hand, achieving TB elimination requires critical advances in three areas: vaccination, diagnosis, and treatment. It is also well accepted that succeeding in advancing these areas requires a deeper knowledge of host-pathogen interactions during infection, and for that, better experimental models are needed...
August 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817647/caprine-brucellosis-a-historically-neglected-disease-with-significant-impact-on-public-health
#4
REVIEW
Carlos A Rossetti, Angela M Arenas-Gamboa, Estefanía Maurizio
Caprine brucellosis is a chronic infectious disease caused by the gram-negative cocci-bacillus Brucella melitensis. Middle- to late-term abortion, stillbirths, and the delivery of weak offspring are the characteristic clinical signs of the disease that is associated with an extensive negative impact in a flock's productivity. B. melitensis is also the most virulent Brucella species for humans, responsible for a severely debilitating and disabling illness that results in high morbidity with intermittent fever, chills, sweats, weakness, myalgia, abortion, osteoarticular complications, endocarditis, depression, anorexia, and low mortality...
August 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816966/causes-of-hematochezia-and-hemorrhagic-antibiotic-associated-colitis-in-children-and-adolescents
#5
Laura Stampfer, Andrea Deutschmann, Elisabeth Dür, Franz G Eitelberger, Theresia Fürpass, Gregor Gorkiewicz, Peter Heinz-Erian, Ingrid Heller, Kathrin Herzog, Barbara Hopfer, Reinhold Kerbl, Evelyn Klug, Robert Krause, Eva Leitner, Christoph Mache, Thomas Müller, Jasmin Pansy, Mirjam Pocivalnik, Eva Scheuba, Georg Schneditz, Gerolf Schweintzger, Edith Sterniczky, Ellen Zechner, Almuthe C Hauer, Christoph Högenauer, Karl Martin Hoffmann
Diseases causing hematochezia range from benign to potentially life-threatening. Systematic pediatric data on the causes of hematochezia are scarce. We studied the underlying causes and long-term outcome of hematochezia in children. We further investigated the relevance of antibiotic-associated hemorrhagic colitis in children, especially if caused by Klebsiella oxytoca.Infants, children, and adolescents with hematochezia were recruited prospectively. Patients were grouped according to age (<1 year, 1-5 years, 6-13 years, >14 years)...
August 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816862/unilateral-optic-neuritis-and-central-retinal-vasculitis-due-to-ocular-syphilis
#6
Murtaza S Khan, Dulanji K Kuruppu, Tanav A Popli, Ramana S Moorthy, Devin D Mackay
PURPOSE: Report a case of concurrent unilateral optic neuritis and central retinal artery occlusion as the presenting signs of syphilis. METHODS: A case report of a 22-year-old man with progressive unilateral vision loss. RESULTS: With no known previous history of syphilis, genital lesions, or other extraocular manifestations, the patient presented with pain with eye movements and decreased color vision. His vision dramatically worsened after a course of oral steroids...
August 14, 2017: Retinal Cases & Brief Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816552/the-role-of-biopsy-in-lacrimal-gland-inflammation-a-clinicopathologic-study
#7
Panitee Luemsamran, Jack Rootman, Valerie A White, Nariman Nassiri, Manraj K S Heran
PURPOSE: To determine the causes of lacrimal gland inflammation based on histopathology and systemic evaluation. METHODS: This is a retrospective case series study. From the University of British Columbia Orbit Clinic between January 1976 and December 2008, we reviewed the medical records of 60 patients who presented with inflammatory features of the lacrimal gland (i.e., erythema, edema, or tenderness) in which the diagnoses were not possible clinically and on imaging alone...
August 17, 2017: Orbit
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816372/in-vitro-antitubercular-activity-of-3-deoxysappanchalcone-isolated-from-the-heartwood-of-caesalpinia-sappan-linn
#8
Hoonhee Seo, Sukyung Kim, Hafij Al Mahmud, Md Imtiazul Islam, Kung-Woo Nam, Byung-Eui Lee, Hanna Lee, Myoung-Lae Cho, Heung-Mook Shin, Ho-Yeon Song
Responsible for nearly 1.5 million deaths every year, the infectious disease tuberculosis remains one of the most serious challenges to global health. The emergence of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis and, more recently, extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis poses a significant threat in our effort to control this epidemic. New drugs are urgently needed to combat the growing threat of antimicrobial resistance. To achieve this goal, we screened approximately 500 species of medicinal plant methanol extracts and their solvent partitioned fractions for potential inhibitors of Mycobacterium tuberculosis growth...
August 17, 2017: Phytotherapy Research: PTR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816369/in-vitro-study-of-five-herbs-used-against-microbial-infections-in-burundi
#9
Jérémie Ngezahayo, Sofia Oliveira Ribeiro, Véronique Fontaine, Léonard Hari, Caroline Stévigny, Pierre Duez
The emergence of antimicrobial resistant infectious diseases remains a major threat to worldwide public health, in developed and in developing countries. Therefore, new antimicrobial agents acting by new mechanisms of action are urgently needed. As plants used in traditional medicine may help to overcome these problems, Justicia subsessilis, Platostoma rotundifolium, Pavetta ternifolia, Stomatanthes africanus, and Virectaria major (plants highly cited to be used against microbial infections in traditional Burundian medicine) were studied to assess their traditional use efficacy...
August 17, 2017: Phytotherapy Research: PTR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815917/hiv-infected-patients-beliefs-about-their-chronic-co-treatments-in-comparison-with-their-combined-antiretroviral-therapy
#10
S Kamal, O Bugnon, M Cavassini, M P Schneider
OBJECTIVES: Thanks to the success of combination antiretroviral therapy (cART), HIV-infected patients can have almost a normal life expectancy. This has resulted in an aging HIV-infected population with other chronic comorbidities such as cardiovascular diseases, osteoporosis, and depression. Our hypothesis is that patients' perceptions of and attitudes towards their cART, which is perceived as crucial to their survival, differ from their beliefs about their co-treatments, and this may have an impact on their medication adherence...
August 16, 2017: HIV Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815647/wildlife-disease-ecology-from-the-individual-to-the-population-insights-from-a-long-term-study-of-a-naturally-infected-european-badger-population
#11
Jenni L McDonald, Andrew Robertson, Matthew J Silk
1. Long-term individual-based datasets on host-pathogen systems are a rare and valuable resource for understanding the infectious disease dynamics in wildlife. A study of European badgers (Meles meles) naturally infected with bovine tuberculosis (bTB) at Woodchester Park in Gloucestershire (UK) has produced a unique dataset, facilitating investigation of a diverse range of epidemiological and ecological questions with implications for disease management. 2. Since the 1970s this badger population has been monitored with a systematic mark-recapture regime yielding a dataset of >15,000 captures of >3000 individuals, providing detailed individual life-history, morphometric, genetic, reproductive and disease data...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Animal Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815486/staphylococcus-aureus-carriage-in-french-athletes-at-risk-of-ca-mrsa-infection-a-prospective-cross-sectional-study
#12
E Couvé-Deacon, D Postil, O Barraud, C Duchiron, D Chainier, A Labrunie, N Pestourie, P M Preux, B François, M C Ploy
BACKGROUND: Staphylococcus aureus (SA) is a leading cause of infectious diseases in sports teams. In recent decades, community-associated SA (CA-SA) strains have emerged worldwide and have been responsible for outbreaks in sports teams. There are very few data on the prevalence of these strains in France, and none on the carriage among athletes. METHODS: We conducted a cross-sectional study to determine the SA carriage proportion among athletes practicing sports at risk for CA-SA infection in a French county, and determined the methicillin-resistant and/or CA-SA proportion...
August 16, 2017: Sports Medicine—Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815318/-adrenal-crisis
#13
REVIEW
S Burger-Stritt, S Hahner
Patients with chronic adrenal insufficiency suffer from reduced quality of life and increased mortality. An association between mortality and adrenal crisis is assumed. The frequency of adrenal crisis is about 8/100 patient years. The main causes are infectious disease. Pathophysiology is poorly understood to date. An association with an exaggerated inflammatory response due to a lack of glucocorticoid modulation as well as mineralocorticoid deficiency and diminished adrenomedullary function are discussed. The therapy of adrenal crisis includes prompt parenteral administration of hydrocortisone combined with isotonic saline...
August 16, 2017: Der Internist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815119/extracting-geographic-locations-from-the-literature-for-virus-phylogeography-using-supervised-and-distant-supervision-methods
#14
Davy Weissenbacher, Abeed Sarker, Tasnia Tahsin, Matthew Scotch, Graciela Gonzalez
The field of phylogeography allows researchers to model the spread and evolution of viral genetic sequences. Phylogeography plays a major role in infectious disease surveillance, viral epidemiology and vaccine design. When conducting viral phylogeographic studies, researchers require the location of the infected host of the virus, which is often present in public databases such as GenBank. However, the geographic metadata in most GenBank records is not precise enough for many phylogeographic studies; therefore, researchers often need to search the articles linked to the records for more information, which can be a tedious process...
2017: AMIA Summits on Translational Science Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815049/multi-target-chimaeric-vlp-as-a-therapeutic-vaccine-in-a-model-of-colorectal-cancer
#15
Braeden Donaldson, Farah Al-Barwani, Simon J Pelham, Katie Young, Vernon K Ward, Sarah L Young
BACKGROUND: Colorectal cancer is responsible for almost 700,000 deaths annually worldwide. Therapeutic vaccination is a promising alternative to conventional treatment for colorectal cancer, using vaccines to induce targeted immune responses against tumour-associated antigens. In this study, we have developed chimaeric virus-like particles (VLP), a form of non-infectious non-replicative subunit vaccine consisting of rabbit haemorrhagic disease virus (RHDV) VP60 capsid proteins containing recombinantly inserted epitopes from murine topoisomerase IIα and survivin...
2017: Journal for Immunotherapy of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814792/genetic-regulatory-effects-modified-by-immune-activation-contribute-to-autoimmune-disease-associations
#16
Sarah Kim-Hellmuth, Matthias Bechheim, Benno Pütz, Pejman Mohammadi, Yohann Nédélec, Nicholas Giangreco, Jessica Becker, Vera Kaiser, Nadine Fricker, Esther Beier, Peter Boor, Stephane E Castel, Markus M Nöthen, Luis B Barreiro, Joseph K Pickrell, Bertram Müller-Myhsok, Tuuli Lappalainen, Johannes Schumacher, Veit Hornung
The immune system plays a major role in human health and disease, and understanding genetic causes of interindividual variability of immune responses is vital. Here, we isolate monocytes from 134 genotyped individuals, stimulate these cells with three defined microbe-associated molecular patterns (LPS, MDP, and 5'-ppp-dsRNA), and profile the transcriptomes at three time points. Mapping expression quantitative trait loci (eQTL), we identify 417 response eQTLs (reQTLs) with varying effects between conditions...
August 16, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814733/enhancing-immune-responses-to-cancer-vaccines-using-multi-site-injections
#17
Robert C Mould, Amanda W K AuYeung, Jacob P van Vloten, Leonardo Susta, Anthony J Mutsaers, James J Petrik, Geoffrey A Wood, Sarah K Wootton, Khalil Karimi, Byram W Bridle
For a vaccine to be effective it must induce a sufficiently robust and specific immune response. Multi-site injection protocols can increase the titers of rabies virus-neutralizing antibodies. Hypothetically, spreading a vaccine dose across multiple lymphatic drainage regions could also potentiate T cell responses. We used a replication-deficient adenovirus serotype 5-vectored cancer vaccine targeting the melanoma-associated antigen dopachrome tautomerase. Clinically, high numbers of tumor-infiltrating CD8(+) T cells are a positive prognostic indicator...
August 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814702/reorganizing-hospital-space-the-1894-plague-epidemic-in-hong-kong-and-the-germ-theory
#18
Kyu-Hwan Sihn
This paper examined whether the preventive measures taken by the Hong Kong's colonial authorities were legitimate during the 1894 Hong Kong plague epidemic, and illuminated the correlation between the plague epidemic and hospital space in Hong Kong in the late 19th century. The quarantine measures taken by the colonial authorities were neither a clear-cut victory for Western medicine nor for a rational quarantine based on scientific medical knowledge. Hong Kong's medical officials based on the miasma theory, and focused only on house-to-house inspections and forced quarantine or isolation, without encouraging people to wear masks and without conducting disinfection...
April 2017: Ŭi Sahak
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814655/identifying-climate-drivers-of-infectious-disease-dynamics-recent-advances-and-challenges-ahead
#19
REVIEW
C Jessica E Metcalf, Katharine S Walter, Amy Wesolowski, Caroline O Buckee, Elena Shevliakova, Andrew J Tatem, William R Boos, Daniel M Weinberger, Virginia E Pitzer
Climate change is likely to profoundly modulate the burden of infectious diseases. However, attributing health impacts to a changing climate requires being able to associate changes in infectious disease incidence with the potentially complex influences of climate. This aim is further complicated by nonlinear feedbacks inherent in the dynamics of many infections, driven by the processes of immunity and transmission. Here, we detail the mechanisms by which climate drivers can shape infectious disease incidence, from direct effects on vector life history to indirect effects on human susceptibility, and detail the scope of variation available with which to probe these mechanisms...
August 16, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814522/characterization-of-cis-acting-rna-elements-of-zika-virus-by-using-a-self-splicing-ribozyme-dependent-infectious-clone
#20
Zhong-Yu Liu, Jiu-Yang Yu, Xing-Yao Huang, Hang Fan, Xiao-Feng Li, Yong-Qiang Deng, Xue Ji, Meng-Li Cheng, Qing Ye, Hui Zhao, Jian-Feng Han, Xiao-Ping An, Tao Jiang, Bo Zhang, Yi-Gang Tong, Cheng-Feng Qin
Zika virus (ZIKV) has caused significant outbreaks and epidemics in the Americas recently, raising global concern due to its ability to cause microcephaly and other neurological complications. A stable and efficient infectious clone of ZIKV is urgently needed. However, the instability and toxicity of flavivirus cDNA clones in E. coli hosts has hindered the development of ZIKV infectious clones. Herein, using a novel self-splicing ribozyme-based strategy, we have generated a stable infectious cDNA clone of a contemporary ZIKV strain imported from Venezuela to China in 2016...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Virology
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