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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647921/proteome-profile-of-aspergillus-terreus-conidia-at-germinating-stage-identification-of-probable-virulent-factors-and-enzymes-from-mycotoxin-pathways
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Raman Thakur, Jata Shankar
Aspergillus terreus is an emerging opportunistic fungal pathogen that causes invasive aspergillosis in immunocompromised individuals. The main risk group of individuals for this organism is leukopenic patients, individuals having cancers, bone marrow transplant persons and those who have immunological disorders. The lack of early diagnostic marker for A. terreus and intrinsic resistance to Amphotericin B, further limits the successful therapy of A. terreus-associated infections. The germination of inhaled conidia is the key step to establish successful invasion in host tissues or organs...
June 24, 2017: Mycopathologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647907/a-constant-companion-immune-recognition-and-response-to-cytomegalovirus-with-aging-and-implications-for-immune-fitness
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Aisha Souquette, Justin Frere, Megan Smithey, Delphine Sauce, Paul G Thomas
Approximately 50% of individuals aged 6-49 years in the United States are infected with cytomegalovirus (CMV), with seroprevalence increasing with age, reaching 85-90% by 75-80 years according to Bate et al. (Clin Infect Dis 50 (11): 1439-1447, 2010) and Pawelec et al. (Curr Opin Immunol 24:507-511, 2012). Following primary infection, CMV establishes lifelong latency with periodic reactivation. Immunocompetent hosts experience largely asymptomatic infection, but CMV can cause serious illness in immunocompromised populations, such as transplant patients and the elderly...
June 24, 2017: GeroScience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647517/proteomics-to-study-macrophage-response-to-viral-infection
#3
Tuula A Nyman, Sampsa Matikainen
Viral infections are a major burden to human and animal health. Immune response against viruses consists of innate and adaptive immunity which are both critical for the eradication of the viral infection. The innate immune system is the first line of defense against viral infections. Proper innate immune response is required for the activation of adaptive, humoral and cell-mediated immunity. Macrophages are innate immune cells which have a central role in detecting viral infections including influenza A and human immunodeficiency viruses...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647128/seasonal-dynamics-of-adult-dermacentor-reticulatus-in-a-peri-urban-park-in-southern-europe
#4
Emanuela Olivieri, Alessia Libera Gazzonis, Sergio Aurelio Zanzani, Fabrizia Veronesi, Maria Teresa Manfredi
Studies on the human-biting pathogen vectors Dermacentor reticulatus and Ixodes ricinus have been scarce in southern Europe. The aims of the present study were to determine the abundance of these ticks in a peri-urban park in northern Italy, describe the seasonal activity of D. reticulatus and examine the correlation between tick occurrence and environmental factors. Ticks were collected monthly from April 2015 to May 2016 using both dragging and flagging techniques. Various climatic variables (mean temperature, relative humidity and evapotranspiration for the collection dates; and 30-day moving averages preceding each collection date were calculated for rainfall, temperature, relative humidity and saturation deficit) also were recorded...
June 15, 2017: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646967/the-respiratory-microbiome-and-respiratory-infections
#5
Stefan A Unger, Debby Bogaert
Despite advances over the past ten years lower respiratory tract infections still comprise around a fifth of all deaths worldwide in children under five years of age with the majority in low- and middle-income countries. Known risk factors for severe respiratory infections and poor chronic respiratory health do not fully explain why some children become sick and others do not. The respiratory tract hosts bacteria that can cause respiratory infections but also normal commensal bacteria. Together, this microbial population is called the microbiome...
June 2017: Journal of Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646950/pertussis-disease-and-transmission-and-host-responses-insights-from-the-baboon-model-of-pertussis
#6
Marta V Pinto, Tod J Merkel
Whooping cough is a highly contagious, acute respiratory disease, caused by the Gram-negative bacterium Bordetella pertussis (Bp). Despite the introduction and widespread use of vaccines starting in the 1950s pertussis cases continue to be reported, with a significant global impact. The role of specific virulence factors in disease and the immune mechanisms associated with protection following natural infection or vaccination are still not completely understood. The recently-developed baboon model of clinical pertussis provides a valuable tool for the study of pertussis...
June 2017: Journal of Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646884/the-increased-concentration-of-macrophage-migration-inhibitory-factor-in-serum-and-cerebrospinal-fluid-of-patients-with-tick-borne-encephalitis
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Sambor Grygorczuk, Miłosz Parczewski, Renata Świerzbińska, Piotr Czupryna, Anna Moniuszko, Justyna Dunaj, Maciej Kondrusik, Sławomir Pancewicz
BACKGROUND: Host factors determining the clinical presentation of tick-borne encephalitis (TBE) are not fully elucidated. The peripheral inflammatory response to TBE virus is hypothesized to facilitate its entry into central nervous system by disrupting the blood-brain barrier with the involvement of a signaling route including Toll-like receptor 3 (TLR3) and pro-inflammatory cytokines macrophage migration inhibitory factor (MIF), tumor necrosis factor-α (TNFα), and interleukin-1 beta (IL-1β)...
June 24, 2017: Journal of Neuroinflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646650/requirement-for-eukaryotic-translation-initiation-factors-in-cap-independent-translation-differs-between-bipartite-genomic-rnas-of-red-clover-necrotic-mosaic-virus
#8
Yuri Tajima, Hiro-Oki Iwakawa, Kiwamu Hyodo, Masanori Kaido, Kazuyuki Mise, Tetsuro Okuno
The bipartite genomic RNAs of red clover necrotic mosaic virus (RCNMV) lack a 5' cap and a 3' poly(A) tail. RNA1 encodes viral replication proteins, and RNA2 encodes a movement protein (MP). These proteins are translated in a cap-independent manner. We previously identified two cis-acting RNA elements that cooperatively recruit eukaryotic translation initiation factor (eIF) complex eIF4F or eIFiso4F to RNA1. Such cis-acting RNA elements and host factors have not been identified in RNA2. Here we found that translation of RNA1 was significantly compromised in Arabidopsis thaliana carrying eif4f mutation...
June 21, 2017: Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646400/a-brief-assessment-tool-for-investigating-facets-of-moral-judgment-from-realistic-vignettes
#9
Michael Kruepke, Erin K Molloy, Konrad Bresin, Aron K Barbey, Edelyn Verona
Humans make moral judgments every day, and research demonstrates that these evaluations are based on a host of related event features (e.g., harm, legality). In order to acquire systematic data on how moral judgments are made, our assessments need to be expanded to include real-life, ecologically valid stimuli that take into account the numerous event features that are known to influence moral judgment. To facilitate this, Knutson et al. (in Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 5(4), 378-384, 2010) developed vignettes based on real-life episodic memories rated concurrently on key moral features; however, the method is time intensive (~1...
June 23, 2017: Behavior Research Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646360/does-the-risk-of-rerevision-vary-between-porous-tantalum-cups-and-other-cementless-designs-after-revision-hip-arthroplasty
#10
Inari Laaksonen, Michelle Lorimer, Kirill Gromov, Ola Rolfson, Keijo T Mäkelä, Stephen E Graves, Henrik Malchau, Maziar Mohaddes
BACKGROUND: Earlier results with porous tantalum acetabular cups in revision THA generally have been favorable. Recently there has been some evidence presented that porous tantalum cups might decrease the risk of rerevision in the setting of revision hip surgery performed owing to prosthetic joint infection (PJI). As the data supporting this assertion come from a study with a limited study population, examining this issue with a large registry approach may be enlightening. QUESTIONS/PURPOSES: By combining results from two large, national registries, we asked: (1) Do porous tantalum cups show improved survival after revision THA compared with other cementless designs? (2) Does the use of porous tantalum cups influence survivorship when rerevision for PJI is the endpoint? METHODS: A total of 2442 first-time THA revisions with porous tantalum cups and 4401 first-time revisions with other uncemented cups were included in this collaborative study between the Australian and Swedish national joint registries...
June 23, 2017: Clinical Orthopaedics and related Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646302/t-regulatory-cells-exhibit-a-biphasic-response-to-prolonged-endurance-exercise-in-humans
#11
Tom Clifford, Matthew J Wood, Philip Stocks, Glyn Howatson, Emma J Stevenson, Catharien M U Hilkens
PURPOSE: T-regulatory cells (Tregs) are a sub-population of lymphocytes that act to suppress aberrant immune responses. We investigated changes in the numbers of naïve and terminally differentiated Tregs in the peripheral blood to establish their role in the immuno-suppressive response to prolonged exercise. METHODS: Blood was drawn from seventeen experienced runners (age 40 ± 12 years; height 1.75 ± 0.08 m; mass 71.4 ± 10.8 kg) before, ~1 h after (POST-1h), and on the day following the marathon (POST-1d)...
June 23, 2017: European Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646079/identification-of-flavin-containing-monooxygenase-5-fmo5-as-a-regulator-of-glucose-homeostasis-and-a-potential-sensor-of-gut-bacteria
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Flora Scott, Sandra G Gonzalez Malagon, Brett A O'Brien, Diede Fennema, Sunil Veeravalli, Clarissa R Coveney, Ian R Phillips, Elizabeth A Shephard
We have previously identified flavin-containing monooxygenase 5 (FMO5) as a regulator of metabolic ageing. The aim of the present study was to investigate the role of FMO5 in glucose homeostasis and the impact of diet and gut flora on the phenotype of mice in which the Fmo5 gene has been disrupted (Fmo5(-/-) mice). In comparison with wild-type (WT) counterparts, Fmo5(-/-) mice are resistant to age-related changes in glucose homeostasis and maintain the higher glucose tolerance and insulin sensitivity characteristic of young animals...
June 23, 2017: Drug Metabolism and Disposition: the Biological Fate of Chemicals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645898/dna-pk-facilitates-piggybac-transposition-by-promoting-paired-end-complex-formation
#13
Yan Jin, Yaohui Chen, Shimin Zhao, Kun-Liang Guan, Yuan Zhuang, Wenhao Zhou, Xiaohui Wu, Tian Xu
The involvement of host factors is critical to our understanding of underlying mechanisms of transposition and the applications of transposon-based technologies. Modified piggyBac (PB) is one of the most potent transposon systems in mammals. However, varying transposition efficiencies of PB among different cell lines have restricted its application. We discovered that the DNA-PK complex facilitates PB transposition by binding to PB transposase (PBase) and promoting paired-end complex formation. Mass spectrometry analysis and coimmunoprecipitation revealed physical interaction between PBase and the DNA-PK components Ku70, Ku80, and DNA-PKcs Overexpression or knockdown of DNA-PK components enhances or suppresses PB transposition in tissue culture cells, respectively...
June 23, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645233/adaptation-to-the-host-environment-by-plant-pathogenic-fungi
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H Charlotte van der Does, Martijn Rep
Many fungi can live both saprophytically and as endophyte or pathogen inside a living plant. In both environments, complex organic polymers are used as sources of nutrients. Propagation inside a living host also requires the ability to respond to immune responses of the host. We review current knowledge of how plant-pathogenic fungi do this. First, we look at how fungi change their global gene expression upon recognition of the host environment, leading to secretion of effectors, enzymes, and secondary metabolites; changes in metabolism; and defense against toxic compounds...
June 23, 2017: Annual Review of Phytopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645188/temporal-variation-of-the-microbiome-is-dependent-on-body-region-in-a-wild-mammal-tamiasciurus-hudsonicus
#15
Colleen B Bobbie, Nadia C S Mykytczuk, Albrecht I Schulte-Hostedde
Microbial communities are increasingly being recognized as important to host health in wild mammals, but how these communities are characterized can have important consequences on the results of these studies. Previous research has explored temporal variation in microbial communities in humans and lab mammals, but few have investigated how microbiomes fluctuate in wild populations and none have examined the temporal dynamics of these fluctuations in different body regions on a wild mammal. Using Illumina MiSeq sequencing of the V3-V4 16S rRNA gene regions, we characterized the buccal and gut microbiomes of wild North American red squirrels, Tamiasciurus hudsonicus, to measure changes in these two microbiomes over short (< 2 weeks), medium (2-4 weeks) and long (> 1 month) term sampling periods...
June 22, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645160/chronic-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-biofilm-infection-impairs-murine-s100a8-a9-and-neutrophil-effector-cytokines-implications-for-delayed-wound-closure
#16
Hannah Trøstrup, Christian Johann Lerche, Lars Jackie Christophersen, Kim Thomsen, Peter Østrup Jensen, Hans Petter Hougen, Niels Høiby, Claus Moser
The impact of Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilm infections in chronic wounds and clinical implication for healing is receiving increased attention. However, the pathophysiology of host/pathogen interplay is not fully understood. By further revealing the mechanisms, necessary new treatment strategies may be identified. Since the background for chronic wounds is diverse, representative animal models are important. We assessed host response and spontaneous wound closure in the relatively resistant C3H/HeN and the susceptible BALB/c mouse strain...
June 22, 2017: Pathogens and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644553/structural-insights-into-the-inclusion-complexes-between-clomiphene-citrate-and-%C3%AE-cyclodextrin-the-mechanism-of-preferential-isomeric-selection
#17
Arti Maheshwari, Harish Saraswat, Santosh Kumar Upadhyay
A major challenge in pharmaceuticals for clinical applications is to alter the solubility, stability, and toxicity of drug molecules in living systems. Cyclodextrins (CDs) have the ability to form host-guest inclusion complexes with pharmaceuticals for further development of new drug formulations. The inclusion complex of clomiphene citrate (CL), a poorly water-soluble drug, with native β-cyclodextrin (β-CD) was characterized by a one and two-dimensional nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopic approach and also by molecular docking techniques...
June 23, 2017: Chirality
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644509/comparative-transcriptomic-analysis-of-two-important-life-stages-of-angiostrongylus-cantonensis-fifth-stage-larvae-and-female-adults
#18
Liang Yu, Binbin Cao, Ying Long, Meks Tukayo, Chonglv Feng, Wenzhen Fang, Damin Luo
The mechanisms involved in the fast growth of Angiostrongylus cantonensis from fifth-stage larvae (L5) to female adults and how L5 breaks through the blood-brain barrier in a permissive host remain unclear. In this work, we compared the transcriptomes of these two life stages to identify the main factors involved in the rapid growth and transition to adulthood. RNA samples from the two stages were sequenced and assembled de novo. Gene Ontology and Kyoto Encyclopedia of Genes and Genomes pathway analyses of 1,346 differentially expressed genes between L5 and female adults was then undertaken...
April 2017: Genetics and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644262/host-related-risk-factors-for-adherent-perinephric-fat-in-healthy-individuals-undergoing-laparoscopic-living-donor-nephrectomy
#19
Shintaro Narita, Teruaki Kumazawa, Norihiko Tsuchiya, Huang Mingguo, Mitsuru Saito, Takamitsu Inoue, Hiroshi Tsuruta, Kazuyuki Numakura, Atsushi Maeno, Hiroshi Nanjo, Shigeru Satoh, Tomonori Habuchi
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study is to assess the risk factors and characteristics of adherent perinephric fat (APF) in healthy individuals. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Men who underwent laparoscopic donor nephrectomy were included. Video review was used to divide patients on the basis of APF severity. Relationship between APF scores and clinical and radiographic features was evaluated. RESULTS: Of the 92 patients, 43 (46.7%) and 8 (8.7%) were categorized as APF and severe APF, respectively...
June 21, 2017: Surgical Laparoscopy, Endoscopy & Percutaneous Techniques
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643622/lung-microbiota-and-its-impact-on-the-mucosal-immune-phenotype
#20
Benjamin G Wu, Leopoldo N Segal
The use of culture-independent techniques has allowed us to appreciate that the upper and lower respiratory tract contain a diverse community of microbes in health and disease. Research has only recently explored the effects of the microbiome on the host immune response. The exposure of the human body to the bacterial environment is an important factor for immunological development; thus, the interaction between the microbiome and its host is critical to understanding the pathogenesis of disease. In this article, we discuss the mechanisms that determine the composition of the airway microbiome and its effects on the host immune response...
June 2017: Microbiology Spectrum
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