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Michelle Barbieri, Colleen Duncan, Albert L Harting, Kristy L Pabilonia, Thea C Johanos, Tracey Goldstein, Stacie J Robinson, Charles L Littnan
There is considerable temporal and spatial variability in the reproductive rates of Hawaiian monk seals (HMS; Neomonachus schauinslandi). Poor reproductive performance limits the recovery of this endangered species; however, causal factors are not fully understood. There is serologic evidence that HMS are exposed to pathogens that can impact reproductive success, but the prevalence of placental infections in HMS has not been evaluated. Placental tissues ( n=50), including tissues from 25% of known HMS births, were opportunistically collected in 2011 from six Northwestern Hawaiian Islands and three main Hawaiian Islands...
March 21, 2018: Journal of Wildlife Diseases
Yaowarin Nakornpakdee, Rasana W Sermswan, Santi Maneewatchararangsri, Surasakdi Wongratanacheewin
BACKGROUND: Leptospirosis is a bacterial disease caused by the Leptospira interrogans. The hamster is considered a susceptible host while the mouse is resistant. The knowledge of hamster T cell immunity is limited compared to the mouse. The reason why the hamster and the mouse give different responses to leptospires remains unclear. OBJECTIVE: To determine the differential responses of CD4+ T cells between hamsters and mice using Leptospira interrogans as an infectious model...
March 12, 2018: Asian Pacific Journal of Allergy and Immunology
Luisa Z Moreno, Fabiana Miraglia, Ana P Loureiro, Frederico S Kremer, Marcus R Eslabao, Odir A Dellagostin, Walter Lilenbaum, Silvio A Vasconcellos, Marcos B Heinemann, Andrea M Moreno
Leptospira inadai is classified as a species of the Leptospira intermediate group that has been poorly studied due to its apparent insignificance to human and animal health. Nevertheless, over the last two decades the species has been described in human cases in India and in carrier animals in Ecuador. Here, we present the first identification and genomic characterisation of L. inadai serogroup Lyme isolated from captured rodent in Brazil. Even though the M34/99 strain was not pathogenic for hamsters, it was able to establish renal colonisation...
March 12, 2018: Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz
Aurélie Marquez, Zoheira Djelouadji, Virginie Lattard, Angéli Kodjo
Leptospirosis is a virulent zoonosis with a global distribution. Pathogenic spirochetes of the genus Leptospira are responsible for this disease, and the primary animal reservoirs are rodentvvvs. Direct and indirect contact with infected urine constitutes the main route of transmission. Renal failure and advanced abortions are frequently observed in animals affected by leptospirosis, causing serious problems for farms. In humans, there is a high rate of mortality (10 percent), and farmers and persons in contact with water are frequently exposed...
December 2017: International Microbiology: the Official Journal of the Spanish Society for Microbiology
S F Lau, J Y Wong, K H Khor, M A Roslan, M S Abdul Rahman, S K Bejo, R Radzi, A R Bahaman
Working dogs are canine animals that have been trained to assist human beings in carrying out various tasks. They help in guarding property, performing rescues, assisting the visually impaired or physically handicapped, searching for drugs, explosives, and others. Leptospirosis is one of the most widespread zoonotic diseases in the world and a commonly occurring disease of the tropics and subtropics. In Malaysia, all working dogs are normally vaccinated with serovars, Pomona, Icterohaemorrhagiae, Canicola, and Grippotyphosa based on protocols recommended from other countries...
December 2017: Topics in Companion Animal Medicine
Mohammad Ridhuan Mohd Ali, Amira Wahida Mohd Safee, Nor Hayati Ismail, Roslinda Abu Sapian, Hani Mat Hussin, Nabilah Ismail, Chan Yean Yean
BACKGROUND: Early diagnosis of leptospirosis is important for ensuring better clinical management and achieving better outcomes. Currently, serological assays suffer from inconsistent performance and are less useful for early diagnosis of leptospirosis. As an alternative, qPCR is more sensitive, specific and able to detect the presence of leptospiral DNA during the acute phase of the infection. Meanwhile, most molecular assays do not detect the non-pathogenic group of Leptospira, even though these groups may also infect humans, although less frequently and less severely...
March 7, 2018: Molecular and Cellular Probes
Prasannan V Anu, Madathiparambil G Madanan, Ananthakrishnan J Nair, Gangaprasad A Nair, Govinda Pillai M Nair, Perumana R Sudhakaran, Padikara K Satheeshkumar
Oligopeptidases are enzymes involved in the degradation of short peptides (generally less than 30 amino acids in size) which help pathogens evade the host defence mechanisms. Leptospira is a zoonotic pathogen and causes leptospirosis in mammals. Proteome analysis of Leptospira revealed the presence of oligopeptidase A (OpdA) among other membrane proteins. To study the role of oligopeptidase in leptospirosis, the OpdA of L. interrogans was cloned and expressed in Escherichia coli with a histidine tag (His-tag)...
March 3, 2018: Molecular Biotechnology
Edson G Nascimento Filho, Monica L Vieira, Aline F Teixeira, Jademilson C Santos, Luis G V Fernandes, Felipe J Passalia, Brenda Daroz, Amanda Rossini, Leandro T Kochi, Maria F Cavenague, Daniel C Pimenta, Ana L T O Nascimento
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March 1, 2018: Journal of Proteomics
Tippawan Pissawong, Santi Maneewatchararangsri, Nonglucksanawan Ritthisunthorn, Ngamphol Soonthornworasiri, Onrapak Reamtong, Poom Adisakwattana, Thareerat Kalambaheti, Urai Chaisri, Galayanee Doungchawee
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: Leptospirosis is a neglected zoonosis, imposing significant human and veterinary public health burdens. In this study, recombinant LipL3293-147 and LipL32148-184 middle domain of LipL3293-184 , and LipL32171-214 , and LipL32215-272 of c-terminal LipL32171-272 truncations were defined for immunodominance of the molecule during Leptospira infections revealed by leptospirosis sera. RESULTS: IgM-dominant was directed to highly surface accessible LipL32148-184 and Lipl32171-214 ...
February 14, 2018: Journal of Microbiology, Immunology, and Infection, Wei Mian Yu Gan Ran za Zhi
Yoshiko Kudo, Ket Vansith, En Rin, Kohdai Uchida, Sumika Kodama, Takashi Fukui, Sho Masuda, Toshiyuki Masuzawa
INTRODUCTION: Leptospirosis remains a major public health threat in Cambodia. In this study, we aimed at facilitating the development of preventive strategies against leptospirosis in Cambodia by conducting molecular epidemiological surveys of Leptospira infection among wild rodents. MATERIALS AND METHODS: One hundred sixty-three wild rodents were captured in the capital Phnom Penh and surrounding areas, and their kidneys and bladders were collected for analysis...
March 2018: Vector Borne and Zoonotic Diseases
Sabine Dittrich, Latsaniphone Boudthasavong, Dala Keokhamhoung, Weerawat Phuklia, Scott B Craig, Suhella M Tulsiani, Mary-Anne Burns, Steven L Weier, David A B Dance, Viengmon Davong, Manivanh Vongsouvath, Mayfong Mayxay, Rattanaphone Phetsouvanh, Paul N Newton, Kate Woods
Leptospirosis is a globally important cause of acute febrile illness, and a common cause of non-malarial fever in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Simple rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) are needed to enable health-care workers, particularly in low resource settings, to diagnose leptospirosis early and give timely targeted treatment. This study compared four commercially available RDTs to detect human IgM against Leptospira spp. in a head-to-head prospective evaluation in Mahosot Hospital, Lao PDR. Patients with an acute febrile illness consistent with leptospirosis ( N = 695) were included in the study during the 2014 rainy season...
February 26, 2018: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Paul L Wood, Margaret Steinman, Erdal Erol, Craig Carter, Undine Christmann, Ashutosh Verma
Currently available diagnostic assays for leptospirosis cannot differentiate vaccine from infection serum antibody. Several leptospiral proteins that are upregulated during infection have been described, but their utility as a diagnostic marker is still unclear. In this study, we undertook a lipidomics approach to determine if there are any differences in the serum lipid profiles of horses naturally infected with pathogenic Leptospira spp. and horses vaccinated against a commercially available bacterin. Utilizing a high-resolution mass spectrometry serum lipidomics analytical platform, we demonstrate that cyclic phosphatidic acids, diacylglycerols, and hydroperoxide oxidation products of choline plasmalogens are elevated in the serum of naturally infected as well as vaccinated horses...
2018: PloS One
Stefan Fischer, Anne Mayer-Scholl, Christian Imholt, Nastasja G Spierling, Elisa Heuser, Sabrina Schmidt, Daniela Reil, Ulrike M Rosenfeld, Jens Jacob, Karsten Nöckler, Rainer G Ulrich
Leptospirosis is a worldwide emerging infectious disease caused by zoonotic bacteria of the genus Leptospira. Numerous mammals, including domestic and companion animals, can be infected by Leptospira spp., but rodents and other small mammals are considered the main reservoir. The annual number of recorded human leptospirosis cases in Germany (2001-2016) was 25-166. Field fever outbreaks in strawberry pickers, due to infection with Leptospira kirschneri serovar Grippotyphosa, were reported in 2007 and 2014. To identify the most commonly occurring Leptospira genomospecies, sequence types (STs), and their small mammal host specificity, a monitoring study was performed during 2010-2014 in four federal states of Germany...
February 22, 2018: Vector Borne and Zoonotic Diseases
Deborah A Grosenbaugh, Maria Camila Pardo
Forty-four specific pathogen-free beagles, median age 65 days, received two subcutaneous doses of either a commercially available, five-way combination vaccine or the same vaccine in combination with a tetravalent Leptospira bacterin (Canicola, Grippotyphosa, Icterohaemorrhagiae, Pomona). They were subsequently challenged with a pathogenic strain L kirschneri serovar Grippotyphosa 470 days following completion of the vaccination protocol. Titres of agglutinating serum antibodies were determined at various time points before and after both vaccination and challenge, along with postchallenge reisolation of the challenge organisms from blood and urine, and evaluation of renal histopathology...
February 19, 2018: Veterinary Record
Chin Vk, Lee Ty, Lim Wf, Wan Shahriman Ywy, Syafinaz An, Zamberi S, Maha A
Leptospirosis remains one of the most widespread zoonotic diseases caused by spirochetes of the genus Leptospira, which accounts for high morbidity and mortality globally. Leptospiral infections are often found in tropical and subtropical regions, with people exposed to contaminated environments or animal reservoirs are at high risk of getting the infection. Leptospirosis has a wide range of clinical manifestations with non-specific signs and symptoms and often misdiagnosed with other acute febrile illnesses at early stage of infection...
March 2018: Microbiological Research
Nicola Pratt, Sreekumari Rajeev
This systematic review summarises the data published on the Leptospira seroprevalence, serovar diversity and distribution among animal species in the Caribbean region. Following Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analysis (PRISMA) guidelines, and checklist, relevant articles were identified and data were extracted and recorded. The review provided Leptospira seroprevalence data from 16 Caribbean islands (Barbados, Trinidad, Grenada, Puerto Rico, Saint Croix, St. Kitts and Nevis, Jamaica, Antigua, Carriacou, Dominica, Guadalupe, Martinique, Monserrat, St...
February 16, 2018: Acta Tropica
W J Clough, P R Little, A Hodge, V C Chapman, D K Holz
AIMS: To evaluate a multivalent leptospiral and clostridial vaccine for prevention of renal colonisation and urinary shedding in sheep, following experimental challenge with New Zealand strains of Leptospira borgpetersenii serovar Hardjo type Hardjobovis and Leptospira interrogans serovar Pomona. METHODS: Two separate but similarly designed studies were conducted. In both studies, Romney cross lambs, aged 9-11 weeks, were randomly allocated to a vaccinated group and a control group...
February 19, 2018: New Zealand Veterinary Journal
Frédérique Vernel-Pauillac, Catherine Werts
What are the new approaches and emerging ideas to prevent leptospirosis, a neglected bacterial re-emerging zoonotic disease? How do Leptospira interrogans escape the host defenses? We aim here to review and discuss the most recent literature that provides some answers to these questions, in particular data related to a better understanding of adaptive and innate immunity towards leptospires, and design of vaccines. This is an opinion paper, not a comprehensive review. We will try to highlight the new strategies and technologies boosting the search for drugs and vaccines...
February 13, 2018: Microbes and Infection
Vinayagamurthy Balamurugan, Anusha Alamuri, K Bharathkumar, Sharanagouda Siddanagouda Patil, Gurrappa Naidu Govindaraj, Mohandoss Nagalingam, Paramanandham Krishnamoorthy, Habibur Rahman, Bibek Ranjan Shome
In this study, the seroprevalence and distribution of Leptospira in dairy cattle in endemic states of India were investigated in association with reproductive problems of the cattle. A total of 373 cattle serum samples from 45 farms in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Punjab, Haryana, Chhattisgarh, Sikkim and Uttarakhand states were collected from animals with a history of reproductive disorders like abortion, repeat breeding, anoestrus and endometritis, and also from apparently healthy animals...
February 14, 2018: Tropical Animal Health and Production
Ciamak Ghazaei
Leptospirosis is a common zoonotic disease has emerged as a major public health problem, with developing countries bearing disproportionate burdens. Although the diverse range of clinical manifestations of the leptospirosis in humans is widely documented, the mechanisms through which the pathogen causes disease remain undetermined. In addition, leptospirosis is a much-neglected life-threatening disease although it is one of the most important zoonoses occurring in a diverse range of epidemiological distribution...
2018: Open Veterinary Journal
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