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Osman Yeşilbaş, Hasan Serdar Kıhtır, Hamdi Murat Yıldırım, Nevin Hatipoğlu, Esra Şevketoğlu
BACKGROUND: Leptospirosis is a zoonotic infectious disease caused by pathogenic spirochetes of the genus Leptospira. Although it is usually asymptomatic and self-limited, severe potentially fatal illness accompanied by multi-organ failure may occur. CASE REPORT: Here we report an unusual case of severe leptospirosis successfully treated with continuous venovenous hemofiltration (CVVHF) and therapeutic plasma exchange (TPE). The patient presented with pericardial tamponade, renal failure and macrophage activation syndrome, and later suffered prolonged jaundice and sclerosing cholangitis during hospitalization in the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU)...
September 2016: Balkan Medical Journal
Thaís L Oliveira, Kátia L Bacelo, Rodrigo A Schuch, Fabiana K Seixas, Tiago Collares, Oscar Ed Rodrigues, Josimar Vargas, Rafaella O do Nascimento, Odir A Dellagostin, Daiane D Hartwig
Immunisation with the C-terminal region of leptospiral immunoglobulin-like A protein (LigANI) has shown promising results against leptospirosis. We evaluated the humoral immune response and protection induced by LigANI associated with carboxyl multi-walled carbon nanotubes (COOH-MWCNTs), CpG oligodeoxynucleotides (CpG ODNs), or Alhydrogel. Animals immunised with CpG ODNs were unable to develop a humoral immune response, whereas immunisation with LigANI and COOH-MWCNTs produced a high level of IgG antibodies, similar to that with LigANI and Alhydrogel, but it was not protective...
October 13, 2016: Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz
L Tyler Mix, Julia Kirpich, Masato Kumauchi, Jie Ren, Mikas Vengris, Wouter D Hoff, Delmar S Larsen
We explored the photoisomerization mechanisms in novel homologs of Photoactive Yellow Protein (PYP) from Leptospira biflexa to identify conserved features and functional diversity in the primary photochemistry of this family of photoreceptors. In close agreement with the prototypical PYP from Halorhodospira halophila, we observe excited state absorbance near 375 nm and stimulated emission near 500 nm, with triphasic excited state decay. While the excited state decay for Lbif PYP is the slowest among known PYPs due to the redistribution of the amplitudes of the three decay components, the quantum yield for productive photocycle entry is very similar to that of Hhal PYP...
October 17, 2016: Biochemistry
Chinh Dang Van, Galayanee Doungchawee, Sutas Suttiprapa, Yuji Arimatsu, Sasithorn Kaewkes, Banchob Sripa
Opisthorchiasis caused by Opisthorchis viverrini is an important foodborne trematodiasis in Thailand, Laos and Cambodia. Interestingly, the opisthorchiasis endemic region overlaps with an area of leptospirosis emergence. Here we report an association between opisthorchiasis and leptospirosis in Thailand. Of 280 sera collected from villagers living around the Lawa wetland complex in Khon Kaen province, 199 (71%) were seropositive for leptospirosis by immunochromatography. Individuals with O. viverrini infection had a significantly higher rate of leptospirosis than those without (P=0...
October 13, 2016: Parasitology International
Momal Mazhar, Janet J Kao, Dennis Thomas Bolger
Leptospirosis is a zoonosis caused by the spirochete Leptospira interrogans. Most cases of leptospirosis are mild to moderate, and self-limited. The course of disease, however, may be complicated by multiorgan dysfunction such as in Weil's disease. We present a case of Weil's disease with pancreatitis in a young Caucasian man residing in Hawai'i. Although leptospirosis is common in Hawai'i, few patients present with pancreatitis. This report of leptospirosis-induced pancreatitis should help raise awareness of clinicians to assess for pancreatitis when evaluating a patient with leptospirosis and acute abdominal pain...
October 2016: Hawai'i Journal of Medicine & Public Health: a Journal of Asia Pacific Medicine & Public Health
Xu'ai Lin, Guohui Xiao, Dongjiao Luo, Liangliang Kong, Xu Chen, Dexter Sun, Jie Yan
BACKGROUND: Leptospirosis is an important reemerging zoonosis, with more than half a million cases reported annually, and is caused by pathogenic Leptospira species. Development of a universal vaccine is one of the major strategic goals to overcome the disease burden of leptospirosis. In this study, a chimeric multi-epitope protein-based vaccine was designed and tested for its potency to induce a specific immune response and provide protection against L. interrogans infection. RESULTS: The protein, containing four repeats of six T- and B-cell combined epitopes from the leptospiral outer membrane proteins, OmpL1, LipL32 and LipL21, was expressed and purified...
October 14, 2016: BMC Microbiology
Vikram Londhey, Sachee Agrawal, Nilima Vaidya, Seema Kini, J S Shastri, Sujatha Sunil
INTRODUCTION: There have been various studies from India describing the acute presentation and the long-term sequalae of Chikungunya (CHIKV) infection. However, there are very few studies discussing the Chikungunya-Dengue (DENV) co-infection from Western India. The present project was undertaken to study the clinical features of Dengue and Chikungunya co-infection and compare with Chikungunya mono-infection; correlate the clinical findings with seroprevalence and molecular identification of Dengue and Chikungunya using IgM ELISA and RTPCR...
March 2016: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
Falguni Parikh
Febrile patient with thrombocytopenia is commonly encountered by physicians especially during monsoon and perimonsoon period. Infections with protozoa, bacteria and viruses can cause thrombocytopenia with or without disseminated intravascular coagulation. Commonly dengue, malaria, scrub typhus and other rickettsial infections, meningococci, leptospira and certain viral infections present as fever with thrombocytopenia. Occasionally these patients can go on to develop a stormy course with multiorgan dysfunction requiring intensive care unit admission associated with high morbidity and mortality...
February 2016: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
Kay M Tomashek, Aidsa Rivera, Brenda Torres-Velasquez, Elizabeth A Hunsperger, Jorge L Munoz-Jordan, Tyler M Sharp, Irma Rivera, Dario Sanabria, Dianna M Blau, Renee Galloway, Jose Torres, Rosa Rodriguez, Javier Serrano, Carlos Chávez, Francisco Dávila, Janice Perez-Padilla, Esther M Ellis, Gladys Caballero, Laura Wright, Sherif R Zaki, Carmen Deseda, Edda Rodriguez, Harold S Margolis
BACKGROUND: Dengue is a leading cause of morbidity throughout the tropics; however, accurate population-based estimates of mortality rates are not available. METHODS/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: We established the Enhanced Fatal Acute Febrile Illness Surveillance System (EFASS) to estimate dengue mortality rates in Puerto Rico. Healthcare professionals submitted serum and tissue specimens from patients who died from a dengue-like acute febrile illness, and death certificates were reviewed to identify additional cases...
October 2016: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
D T H Denipitiya, N V Chandrasekharan, W Abeyewickreme, C M Hartskeerl, R A Hartskeerl, A M Jiffrey, M D Hapugoda
Leptospirosis has a major impact on health in Sri Lanka but is probably grossly under-recognized due to difficulties in clinical diagnosis and lack of diagnostic laboratory services. The objective of this study was to establish and evaluate a SYBR Green-based real-time Polymerase Chain Reaction (rt-PCR) assay for early, rapid and definitive laboratory diagnosis of leptospirosis in Sri Lanka. The rt-PCR assay was established and analytical specificity and sensitivity were determined using reference DNA samples...
October 2, 2016: Biologicals: Journal of the International Association of Biological Standardization
K Pedersen, T D Anderson, S N Bevins, K L Pabilonia, P N Whitley, D R Virchow, T Gidlewski
Leptospirosis is the most widespread zoonosis in humans worldwide. In the United States, widespread detection of antibodies to leptospirosis have been identified in feral swine (Sus scrofa) with the highest detection of serovars, Bratislava, Icterohaemorrhagiae, and Pomona. Over the past few years, feral swine populations have expanded their geographical range and distribution in the United States with reports in at least 39 of 50 states. Since feral swine serve as reservoirs for serovars that can infect humans, it is important to understand the risk of transmission...
October 4, 2016: Epidemiology and Infection
Ana Silva, Raquel M Moniz, Tânia Pereirinha, Maria J Brilhante, Sara Bulhões, Rita Cabral, Claudia C Branco, Luisa Mota-Vieira
INTRODUCTION: We performed a descriptive analysis of molecular diagnosis of infectious agents in the São Miguel Island population, in order to address questions like what is the frequency of clinical requests, is it observable seasonality of pathogens, and what is the positive rate for the clinical diagnosis. METHODOLOGY: This was a retrospective and descriptive study based on 878 individuals suspected of harboring infectious diseases during two consecutive years, 2012-2013...
September 30, 2016: Journal of Infection in Developing Countries
Kendra L Bauer, Caroline E C Goertz, Jane A Belovarac, Robert W Walton, J Lawrence Dunn, Pamela Tuomi
  Pacific harbor seals ( Phoca vitulina richardsi) and belugas ( Delphinapterus leucas ) eat many of the same prey species, occupy the same geographic area, and demonstrate site fidelity in Cook Inlet, Alaska. Although most direct research involving the critically endangered belugas is currently prohibited, studying harbor seals may provide important information about this beluga population. In recent years, harbor seal populations in Alaska have declined for unknown reasons. As part of its stranding program, the Alaska SeaLife Center (ASLC) managed 59 cases of live and dead stranded harbor seals from Cook Inlet between 1997 and 2011...
September 2016: Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine: Official Publication of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
Florence Ayral, Zoheira Djelouadji, Vincent Raton, Anne-Laure Zilber, Patrick Gasqui, Eva Faure, Florence Baurier, Gwenaël Vourc'h, Angeli Kodjo, Benoît Combes
Human leptospirosis is a zoonotic and potentially fatal disease that has increasingly been reported in both developing and developed countries, including France. However, our understanding of the basic aspects of the epidemiology of this disease, including the source of Leptospira serogroup Australis infections in humans and domestic animals, remains incomplete. We investigated the genetic diversity of Leptospira in 28 species of wildlife other than rats using variable number tandem repeat (VNTR) and multispacer sequence typing (MST)...
2016: PloS One
Tülin Güven Gökmen, Ayben Soyal, Yıldız Kalayci, Cansu Önlen, Fatih Köksal
Leptospirosis is still one of the most important health problems in developing countries located in humid tropical and subtropical regions. Human infections are generally caused by exposure to water, soil or food contaminated with the urine of infected wild and domestic animals such as rodents and dogs. The clinical course of leptospirosis is variable and may be difficult to distinguish from many other infectious diseases. The dark-field microscopy (DFM), serology and nucleic acid amplification techniques are used to diagnose leptospirosis, however, a distinctive standard reference method is still lacking...
2016: Revista do Instituto de Medicina Tropical de São Paulo
Michael R Miller, Kelly A Miller, Jiang Bian, Milinda E James, Sheng Zhang, Michael J Lynch, Patrick S Callery, Justin M Hettick, Andrew Cockburn, Jun Liu, Chunhao Li, Brian R Crane, Nyles W Charon
Spirochaetes are bacteria responsible for several serious diseases, including Lyme disease (Borrelia burgdorferi), syphilis (Treponema pallidum) and leptospirosis (Leptospira interrogans), and contribute to periodontal diseases (Treponema denticola)(1). These spirochaetes employ an unusual form of flagella-based motility necessary for pathogenicity; indeed, spirochaete flagella (periplasmic flagella) reside and rotate within the periplasmic space(2-11). The universal joint or hook that links the rotary motor to the filament is composed of ∼120-130 FlgE proteins, which in spirochaetes form an unusually stable, high-molecular-weight complex(9,12-17)...
2016: Nature Microbiology
S Velineni, J F Timoney
Immunogenic proteins of Leptospira interrogans serovar Pomona type kennewicki (Lk) including Sph1, LigA, Hsp15 and LipL45 (Qlp42) are up-regulated in infected horses but are undetectable or expressed in trace amounts on cultured organisms. In contrast, LipL32 is abundant on cultured Lk and elicits infection antibody responses. The aim of this study was to develop an ELISA based on LipL32 or Lk sonicate and host-induced proteins to differentiate vaccine from infection serum antibody. IgG specific for recombinant Sph1, LigA, Lk90 (LigA; 379-1225 a...
September 20, 2016: Veterinary Record
Vahideh Taghadosi, Saeid Hosseinzadeh, Seyed Shahram Shekarforoush, Azadeh Samiei
Renal diseases in cattle are frequently not recognized due to the subclinical conditions. Some species of Leptospira are the main cause of infectious agents that damage the kidneys and lead to abortion and economic losses in cattle and are also of major concern in the public health. This study was aimed to assess the prevalence of renal lesions of slaughtered cattle in the Shiraz abattoir and to determine the correlation between rejected kidneys and infection with Leptospira using nested PCR-restriction fragment length polymorphism (RFLP) techniques...
September 15, 2016: Tropical Animal Health and Production
Veronica Barragan, Jorge Chiriboga, Erin Miller, Sonora Olivas, Dawn Birdsell, Crystal Hepp, Heidie Hornstra, James M Schupp, Melba Morales, Manuel Gonzalez, Soraya Reyes, Carmen de la Cruz, Paul Keim, Rudy Hartskeerl, Gabriel Trueba, Talima Pearson
BACKGROUND: Leptospirosis is a zoonotic disease responsible for high morbidity around the world, especially in tropical and low income countries. Rats are thought to be the main vector of human leptospirosis in urban settings. However, differences between urban and low-income rural communities provide additional insights into the epidemiology of the disease. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: Our study was conducted in two low-income rural communities near the coast of Ecuador...
September 2016: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
Ching-Lin Hsieh, Eric Chang, Andrew Tseng, Christopher Ptak, Li-Chen Wu, Chun-Li Su, Sean P McDonough, Yi-Pin Lin, Yung-Fu Chang
The coagulation system provides a primitive but effective defense against hemorrhage. Soluble fibrinogen (Fg) monomers, composed of α, β and γ chains, are recruited to provide structural support for the formation of a hemostatic plug. Fg binds to platelets and is processed into a cross-linked fibrin polymer by the enzymatic clotting factors, thrombin and Factor XIII (FXIII). The newly formed fibrin-platelet clot can act as barrier to protect against pathogens from entering the bloodstream. Further, injuries caused by bacterial infections can be confined to the initial wound site...
September 2016: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
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