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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705271/molecular-and-epidemiological-characterization-of-infant-botulism-in-beijing-china
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Yin Ping Dong, Wei Wang, Tao Jiang, Jin Xu, Chun Hui Han, Shao Fei Yan, Séamus Fanning, Ying Li, Xiao Chen Ma, Di Zhang, Yao Zhao, Biao Zeng, Feng Qin Li
Laboratory-based pathogen isolation, identification, and toxicity determination were performed on samples from a suspected case of infant botulism. Mice injected with cultures generated from the enema sample and ingested Powered infant formula (PIF) presented typical signs of botulism. Antitoxins to polyvalent botulinum neurotoxins (BoNTs) and monovalent BoNT type B antitoxin had protective effects. Clostridium botulinum isolated from the enema and residual PIF samples were positive for type B toxin. Pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) revealed that the two strains of C...
June 2017: Biomedical and Environmental Sciences: BES
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698055/small-molecule-metalloprotease-inhibitor-with-in-vitro-ex-vivo-and-in-vivo-efficacy-against-botulinum-neurotoxin-serotype-a
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Alan R Jacobson, Michael Adler, Nicholas R Silvaggi, Karen N Allen, Genessa M Smith, Ross A Fredenburg, Ross L Stein, Jong-Beak Park, Xiaochuan Feng, Charles B Shoemaker, Sharad S Deshpande, Michael C Goodnough, Carl J Malizio, Eric A Johnson, Sabine Pellett, William H Tepp, Saul Tzipori
Botulinum neurotoxins (BoNTs) are the most toxic substances known to mankind and are the causative agents of the neuroparalytic disease botulism. Their ease of production and extreme toxicity have caused these neurotoxins to be classified as Tier 1 bioterrorist threat agents and have led to a sustained effort to develop countermeasures to treat intoxication in case of a bioterrorist attack. While timely administration of an approved antitoxin is effective in reducing the severity of botulism, reversing intoxication requires different strategies...
July 8, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28692343/pulsotype-diversity-of-clostridium-botulinum-strains-containing-serotypes-a-and-or-b-genes
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Jessica L Halpin, Lavin Joseph, Janet K Dykes, Loretta McCroskey, Elise Smith, Denise Toney, Steven Stroika, Kelley Hise, Susan Maslanka, Carolina Lúquez
Clostridium botulinum strains are prevalent in the environment and produce a potent neurotoxin that causes botulism, a rare but serious paralytic disease. In 2010, a national PulseNet database was established to curate C. botulinum pulsotypes and facilitate epidemiological investigations, particularly for serotypes A and B strains frequently associated with botulism cases in the United States. Between 2010 and 2014 we performed pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) using a PulseNet protocol, uploaded the resulting PFGE patterns into a national database, and analyzed data according to PulseNet criteria (UPGMA clustering, Dice coefficient, 1...
July 10, 2017: Foodborne Pathogens and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28667140/recognising-clinical-avian-botulism-in-wild-waterbirds
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This article has been prepared by Paul Duff and colleagues of the APHA Wildlife Expert Group.
July 1, 2017: Veterinary Record
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28667139/disease-surveillance-in-england-and-wales-june-2017
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Current and emerging issues: update on Schmallenberg virusHighlights from the scanning surveillance networkUpdate on international disease threatsFocus on recognising clinical avian botulism in wild waterbirdsThese are among matters discussed in the Animal and Plant Health Agency's (APHA's) disease surveillance report for June 2017.
July 1, 2017: Veterinary Record
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28661393/botulism-in-italy-1986-to-2015
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Fabrizio Anniballi, Bruna Auricchio, Alfonsina Fiore, Davide Lonati, Carlo Alessandro Locatelli, Florigio Lista, Silvia Fillo, Giuseppina Mandarino, Dario De Medici
Botulism is a rare but severe neuroparalytic disease caused by botulinum toxins. Because of its high potential impact on public health, botulism is a closely monitored communicable disease in Europe. In Italy, which has one of the highest incidence rates in Europe (0.03 cases per 100,000 population), botulism is monitored through a case-based passive surveillance system: the front-line physician who diagnoses a suspected case must notify the Local Health Units immediately, and the Ministry of Health's office within 12 hours...
June 15, 2017: Euro Surveillance: Bulletin Européen sur les Maladies Transmissibles, European Communicable Disease Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617306/characterization-of-hemagglutinin-negative-botulinum-progenitor-toxins
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Suzanne R Kalb, Jakub Baudys, Theresa J Smith, Leonard A Smith, John R Barr
Botulism is a disease involving intoxication with botulinum neurotoxins (BoNTs), toxic proteins produced by Clostridium botulinum and other clostridia. The 150 kDa neurotoxin is produced in conjunction with other proteins to form the botulinum progenitor toxin complex (PTC), alternating in size from 300 kDa to 500 kDa. These progenitor complexes can be classified into hemagglutinin positive or hemagglutinin negative, depending on the ability of some of the neurotoxin-associated proteins (NAPs) to cause hemagglutination...
June 15, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28597722/foodborne-botulism-in-the-faroe-islands-in-atwo-decade-period
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Anirban Nandy, Høgni Djurhuus, Shahin Gaini
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 9, 2017: Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28584101/deubiquitinating-enzyme-vcip135-dictates-the-duration-of-botulinum-neurotoxin-type-a-intoxication
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Yien Che Tsai, Archana Kotiya, Erkan Kiris, Mei Yang, Sina Bavari, Lino Tessarollo, George A Oyler, Allan M Weissman
Botulism is characterized by flaccid paralysis, which can be caused by intoxication with any of the seven known serotypes of botulinum neurotoxin (BoNT), all of which disrupt synaptic transmission by endoproteolytic cleavage of SNARE proteins. BoNT serotype A (BoNT/A) has the most prolonged or persistent effects, which can last several months, and exerts its effects by specifically cleaving and inactivating SNAP25. A major factor contributing to the persistence of intoxication is the long half-life of the catalytic light chain, which remains enzymatically active months after entry into cells...
June 27, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28573317/further-optimization-of-peptide-substrate-enhanced-assay-performance-for-bont-a-detection-by-maldi-tof-mass-spectrometry
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Dongxia Wang, Jakub Baudys, Kaitlin M Hoyt, John R Barr, Suzanne R Kalb
Rapid and sensitive detection of botulinum neurotoxins (BoNTs), which cause botulism, is essential in a public health emergency or bioterrorism event. We have previously developed a mass spectrometry (MS)-based functional method, Endopep-MS assay, for the fast detection and differentiation of all BoNT serotypes by affinity enriching the toxin and detecting the serotype-specific cleavage products of peptide substrates derived from the in vivo targets. To improve the performance of the Endopep-MS assay, we report here the further optimization of the peptide substrate for the detection of serotype A botulinum neurotoxins...
June 2, 2017: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28569348/black-tar-heroin-skin-popping-as-a-cause-of-wound-botulism
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Ihtesham A Qureshi, Mohtashim A Qureshi, Mohammad Rauf Afzal, Alberto Maud, Gustavo J Rodriguez, Salvador Cruz-Flores, Darine Kassar
BACKGROUND: Botulism is a rare potentially fatal and treatable disorder caused by a bacteria-produced toxin that affects the presynaptic synaptic membrane resulting in a characteristic neuromuscular dysfunction. It is caused by either the ingestion of the toxin or the bacteria, inhalation, or wound infection. We present our observations with a descriptive case series of wound botulism secondary to black tar heroin (BTH) injection. METHODS: We report a retrospective single-center case series of 15 consecutive cases of wound botulism presenting to University Medical Center of El Paso...
May 31, 2017: Neurocritical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28555060/role-of-homologous-fc-fragment-in-the-potency-and-efficacy-of-anti-botulinum-antibody-preparations
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Amram Torgeman, Eyal Ozeri, Alon Ben David, Eran Diamant, Osnat Rosen, Arieh Schwartz, Ada Barnea, Arik Makovitzki, Avishai Mimran, Ran Zichel
The only approved treatment for botulism relies on passive immunity which is mostly based on antibody preparations collected from hyper-immune horses. The IgG Fc fragment is commonly removed from these heterologous preparations to reduce the incidence of hyper-sensitivity reactions. New-generation therapies entering the pipeline are based on a combination of humanized monoclonal antibodies (MAbs), which exhibit improved safety and pharmacokinetics. In the current study, a systematic and quantitative approach was applied to measure the direct contribution of homologous Fc to the potency of monoclonal and polyclonal antitoxin preparations in mice...
May 29, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534855/rbc-adherence-of-immune-complexes-containing-botulinum-toxin-improves-neutralization-and-macrophage-uptake
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Fetweh H Al-Saleem, Rashmi Sharma, Rama Devudu Puligedda, Md Elias, Chandana Devi Kattala, Paul M Simon, Lance L Simpson, Scott K Dessain
In the paralytic disease botulism, the botulinum neurotoxin (BoNT) passes through the bloodstream to reach and inactivate neuromuscular junctions. Monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) may be useful BoNT countermeasures, as mAb combinations can rapidly clear BoNT from the blood circulation. We have previously shown that the BoNT-neutralizing potency of mAbs can be improved through red blood cell (RBC) immunoadherence. For example, a fusion protein (FP) that adheres biotinylated mAbs to the RBC surface enabled a pair of mAbs to neutralize 5000 LD50 BoNT/A in the mouse protection assay...
May 19, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524037/-clinical-analysis-of-53-patients-with-clostridium-botulinum-food-poisoning
#14
Peng Zhang, Jianguang Dong, Lili Bai, Zewu Qiu
OBJECTIVE: To analyze the epidemiologic data of patients with Clostridium botulinum food poisoning, and to improve the understanding, diagnosis and treatment of food borne botulism. METHODS: A retrospective study was conducted. Fifty-three patients with Clostridium botulinum food poisoning admitted to Chinese PLA Center of Poisoning and Treatment from January 2009 to December 2016 were enrolled, and they were divided into mild, moderate, and severe groups according to the severity of disease...
May 2017: Zhonghua Wei Zhong Bing Ji Jiu Yi Xue
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522711/draft-genome-sequences-of-five-brazilian-clostridium-botulinum-group-iii-type-d-c-strains
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Cédric Woudstra, Roseane B Brito, Antônio A Fonseca Júnior, Rodrigo O S Silva, Francisco C F Lobato, Patrick Fach
Animal botulism is mainly associated with Clostridium botulinum group III-producing neurotoxin types C, C/D, D, and D/C. In this report, we present the draft genome sequences of the first five strains of Clostridium botulinum type D/C isolated in Brazil and used for vaccination purposes.
May 18, 2017: Genome Announcements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500638/adult-intestinal-colonization-botulism-mimicking-brain-death
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Brin Freund, Lindsey Hayes, Lucia Rivera-Lara, Charlotte Sumner, Vinay Chaudhry, Kevin Chatham-Stephens, Katharine Benedict, Suzanne Kalb, David Blythe, Richard Brooks, John C Probasco
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 13, 2017: Muscle & Nerve
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28489146/acute-muscular-weakness-in-children
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Ricardo Pablo Javier Erazo Torricelli
Acute muscle weakness in children is a pediatric emergency. During the diagnostic approach, it is crucial to obtain a detailed case history, including: onset of weakness, history of associated febrile states, ingestion of toxic substances/toxins, immunizations, and family history. Neurological examination must be meticulous as well. In this review, we describe the most common diseases related to acute muscle weakness, grouped into the site of origin (from the upper motor neuron to the motor unit). Early detection of hyperCKemia may lead to a myositis diagnosis, and hypokalemia points to the diagnosis of periodic paralysis...
April 2017: Arquivos de Neuro-psiquiatria
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28480790/wound-botulism-its-neurological-manifestations-treatment-and-outcomes-a-case-series-from-the-glasgow-outbreak-2015
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Sarah-Jane Martin, Gillian Penrice, Corinne Amar, Kathie Grant, George H Gorrie
Background and aims We examined the neurological manifestations, treatment and outcomes of a subset of 25 patients within the largest ever outbreak of wound botulism in Europe. Methods and results All 25 cases were intravenous drug users. The most common presenting symptom was dysarthria in 19/25 (76%), followed by dysphagia in 12/25 (48%), blurred vision in 10/25 (40%) and double vision in 8/25 (32%). Microbiological analysis confirmed the diagnosis in nine cases (36%). Duration of admission positively correlated with time to antitoxin, time to wound debridement and female sex...
January 1, 2017: Scottish Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28478747/creation-of-a-virtual-antidotes-network-between-pharmacy-departments-of-catalan-hospitals
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Raquel Aguilar-Salmerón, Edurne Fernández de Gamarra-Martínez, Milagros García-Peláez, Antoni Broto-Sumalla, Lidia Martínez-Sánchez, Santiago Nogué-Xarau
Objetive: To design a virtual antidote network between hospitals that could help to locate on-line those hospitals that stocked those antidotes with the highest difficulty in terms of availability, and ensured that the medication was loaned in case of necessity. METHODS: The application was developed by four hospital pharmacists and two clinical toxicologists with the support of a Healthcare Informatics Consultant Company. RESULTS: The antidotes network in Catalonia, Spain, was launched in July 2015...
May 1, 2017: Farmacia Hospitalaria
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28478553/electrochemical-aptamer-scaffold-biosensors-for-detection-of-botulism-and-ricin-proteins
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Jessica Daniel, Lisa Fetter, Susan Jett, Teisha J Rowland, Andrew J Bonham
Electrochemical DNA (E-DNA) biosensors enable the detection and quantification of a variety of molecular targets, including oligonucleotides, small molecules, heavy metals, antibodies, and proteins. Here we describe the design, electrode preparation and sensor attachment, and voltammetry conditions needed to generate and perform measurements using E-DNA biosensors against two protein targets, the biological toxins ricin and botulinum neurotoxin. This method can be applied to generate E-DNA biosensors for the detection of many other protein targets, with potential advantages over other systems including sensitive detection limits typically in the nanomolar range, real-time monitoring, and reusable biosensors...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
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