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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526307/risk-factors-of-cardiac-device-infection-glove-contamination-during-device-procedures
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Isabella Kozon, Sam Riahi, Søren Lundbye-Christensen, Anna Margrethe Thøgersen, Tove Ejlertsen, Dorthe Aaen, Kirsten I Paulsen, Søren Hjortshøj
BACKGROUND: Infections in cardiac implantable electronic devices (CIEDs) constitute a serious complication. We sought to identify contamination of gloves before handling the device in primary and replacement CIED procedures. METHODS: Two groups of 30 patients underwent primary CIED implantation or replacement. Before the device entered the surgical field, surgeon and assistant imprinted their outer gloves on aerobe and anaerobe agar plates, and a wound swab was performed...
May 16, 2017: American Journal of Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525592/neurosyphilis-increases-hiv-associated-central-nervous-system-inflammation-but-does-not-explain-cognitive-impairment-in-hiv-infected-individuals-with-syphilis
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Emily L Ho, Clare L Maxwell, Shelia B Dunaway, Sharon K Sahi, Lauren C Tantalo, Sheila A Lukehart, Christina M Marra
Background: HIV-infected individuals with previous syphilis have cognitive impairment. We tested the hypothesis that neurosyphilis causes cognitive impairment in HIV by amplifying HIV-related CNS inflammation. Methods: 132 HIV-infected participants enrolled in a study of CSF abnormalities in syphilis underwent the mental alternation test (MAT), venipuncture and lumbar puncture. CSF concentrations of chemokine (C-X-C motif) ligand 10 (CXCL10), chemokine (C-C motif) ligand 2 (CCL2) and neurofilament light (NFL) were determined by commercial assays...
May 19, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524019/in-vitro-ability-of-mastitis-causing-pathogens-to-form-biofilms
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Sarah Schönborn, Nicole Wente, Jan-Hendrik Paduch, Volker Krömker
This Research Communication describes the study of in vitro biofilm formation of mastitis causing pathogens. Biofilms are communities of bacteria that are attached to a surface and to each other and are embedded in a self-produced matrix of extracellular polymeric substances. Biofilm formation is an important virulence factor that may result in recurrent or persistent udder infections and treatment failure through increased resistance to antibiotics and protection against host defences. In the present study 252 bacterial isolates from milk samples from bovine udder quarters with intramammary infections were examined with Congo Red agar (CRA) method and tube method (TM) for their ability to form biofilms...
May 2017: Journal of Dairy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516065/mir-142-5p-disrupts-neuronal-morphogenesis-underlying-porcine-hemagglutinating-encephalomyelitis-virus-infection-by-targeting-ulk1
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Zi Li, Yungang Lan, Kui Zhao, Xiaoling Lv, Ning Ding, Huijun Lu, Jing Zhang, Huiqing Yue, Junchao Shi, Deguang Song, Feng Gao, Wenqi He
Porcine hemagglutinating encephalomyelitis virus (PHEV) invades the central nervous system (CNS) and causes neurodegenerative disease in suckling piglets, but the understanding of its neuropathogenicity for neurological dysfunction remains limited. Here, we report that miR-142-5p is localized to neurons and negatively regulates neuronal morphogenesis in porcine hemagglutinating encephalomyelitis (PHE). This phenotype was mediated by miR-142-5p inhibition of an mRNA encoding unc-51-like-kinase1 (Ulk1), which controls axon outgrowth and dendrite formation...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513566/neurophysiological-changes-induced-by-chronic-toxoplasma-gondii-infection
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Ellen Tedford, Glenn McConkey
Although the parasite Toxoplasma gondii is one of the most pervasive neurotropic pathogens in the world, the host-parasite interactions during CNS infection and the consequences of neurological infection are just beginning to be unraveled. The chronic stages of infection have been considered dormant, although several studies have found correlations of infection with an array of host behavioral changes. These may facilitate parasite transmission and impact neurological diseases. During infection, in addition to the presence of the parasites within neurons, host-mediated neuroimmune and hormonal responses to infection are also present...
May 17, 2017: Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511921/myeloperoxidase-a-new-player-in-autoimmunity
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REVIEW
Anna Strzepa, Kirkwood A Pritchard, Bonnie N Dittel
Myeloperoxidase (MPO) is the most toxic enzyme found in the azurophilic granules of neutrophils. MPO utilizes H2O2 to generate hypochlorous acid (HClO) and other reactive moieties, which kill pathogens during infections. In contrast, in the setting of sterile inflammation, MPO and MPO-derived oxidants are thought to be pathogenic, promoting inflammation and causing tissue damage. In contrast, evidence also exists that MPO can limit the extent of immune responses. Elevated MPO levels and activity are observed in a number of autoimmune diseases including in the central nervous system (CNS) of multiple sclerosis (MS) and the joints of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients...
May 10, 2017: Cellular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508343/cytomegalovirus-infection-in-pregnancy
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Karl Oliver Kagan, Klaus Hamprecht
PURPOSE: Due to the severe risk of long-term sequelae, prenatal cytomegalovirus infection is of particular importance amongst intrauterine viral infections. This review summarizes the current knowledge about CMV infection in pregnancy. METHODS: A search of the Medline and Embase database was done for articles about CMV infection in pregnany. We performed a detailed review of the literature in view of diagnosis, epidemiology and management of CMV infection in pregnancy...
May 15, 2017: Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505965/determining-the-igm-and-igg-antibody-titer-against-cmv-and-helicobacter-pylori-in-the-serum-of-multiple-sclerosis-patients-comparing-to-the-control-group-in-hamadan
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Masome Afiati Salim, Mohammad Mahdi Eftekharian, Mohammad Taheri, Mohammad Yousef Alikhani
BACKGROUND: Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic autoimmune disease that disables Central nervous system (CNS) system. Cytomegalovirus (CMV) probably has an important role in the MS pathology. The infection with helicobacter pylori also is recognized as a protective agent against MS in female. METHODS: Serum samples were isolated and frozen at -70°C. The earlier mentioned anti-virus antibodies and antibacterial antibodies were quantified by Elisa kit. RESULTS: The results showed that IgG antibody average value against cytomegalovirus in the blood of multiple sclerosis patients not only decreased but also was significant statistically (p< 0...
May 5, 2017: Human Antibodies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502694/phase-ii-trial-of-the-pi3-kinase-inhibitor-buparlisib-bkm-120-with-or-without-enzalutamide-in-men-with-metastatic-castration-resistant-prostate-cancer
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Andrew J Armstrong, Susan Halabi, Patrick Healy, Joshi J Alumkal, Carolyn Winters, Julie Kephart, Rhonda L Bitting, Carey Hobbs, Colleen F Soleau, Tomasz M Beer, Rachel Slottke, Kelly Mundy, Evan Y Yu, Daniel J George
BACKGROUND: Phosphatidylinositol-3-kinase (PI3K) and androgen receptor pathway activation is common in metastatic castration resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC). Buparlisib is an oral, pan-class I PI3 kinase inhibitor. METHODS: This was a multisite single arm phase II trial of buparlisib 100 mg ± enzalutamide daily in men with mCRPC whose disease progressed on or who were not candidates for docetaxel. The primary end-point was the rate of radiographic/clinical progression-free survival (PFS) at 6 months...
May 11, 2017: European Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502321/cytomegalovirus-in-the-human-dentate-gyrus-and-its-impact-on-neural-progenitor-cells-report-of-two-cases
#10
Ju-Yoon Yoon, Brett Danielson, Derek Mathis, Jason Karamchandani, David G Munoz
Congenital cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection in the 2nd and 3rd trimester results in catastrophic CNS abnormalities. This susceptibility is thought to result from the high proportion of neural stem cells in the developing brain. In immunocompromised adults, CNS infection by CMV preferentially affects ependymal surfaces, from where it expands to involve the parenchyma. Experimental models of murine CMV infection demonstrate viral tropism for the dentate gyrus (DG) and subventricular zone, the areas in which adult neurogenesis occurs...
May 15, 2017: Clinical Neuropathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501330/virus-entry-and-replication-in-the-brain-precedes-blood-brain-barrier-disruption-during-intranasal-alphavirus-infection
#11
Matthew D Cain, Hamid Salimi, Yongfeng Gong, Lihua Yang, Samantha L Hamilton, James R Heffernan, Jianghui Hou, Mark J Miller, Robyn S Klein
Viral infections of the central nervous system (CNS) are often associated with blood-brain barrier (BBB) disruption, yet the impact of virus replication and immune cell recruitment on BBB integrity are incompletely understood. Using two-photon microscopy, we demonstrate that Venezuelan equine encephalitis virus (VEEV) strain TC83-GFP, a GFP expressing, attenuated strain with a G3A mutation within the 5' UTR that is associated with increased sensitivity to type I interferons (IFNs), does not directly impact BBB permeability...
May 1, 2017: Journal of Neuroimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495370/an-optimized-method-for-enumerating-cns-derived-memory-b-cells-during-viral-induced-inflammation
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Krista D DiSano, Stephen A Stohlman, Cornelia C Bergmann
BACKGROUND: CNS inflammation resulting from infection, injury, or neurodegeneration leads to accumulation of diverse B cell subsets. Although antibody secreting cells (ASC) within the inflamed CNS have been extensively examined, memory B cell (Bmem) characterization has been limited as they do not secrete antibody without stimulation. Moreover, unlike human Bmem, reliable surface markers for murine Bmem remain elusive. NEW METHOD: Using a viral encephalomyelitis model we developed a modified limiting dilution in vitro stimulation assay to convert CNS-derived virus specific Bmem into ASC...
May 8, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28494216/cough-reflex-hypersensitivity-a-role-for-neurotrophins
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Ahmed Z El-Hashim, Sahar M Jaffal
Cough is one of the most common complaints for which sufferers seek medical assistance. However, currently available drugs are not very effective in treating cough, particularly that which follows an upper respiratory tract infection. Nonetheless, there has been a significant increase in our understanding of the mechanisms and pathways of the defensive cough as well as the hypersensitive/pathophysiological cough, both at airway and central nervous system (CNS) levels. Numerous molecules and signaling pathways have been identified as potential targets for antitussive drugs, including neurotrophins (NTs)...
March 2017: Experimental Lung Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490582/congenital-hcmv-infection-and-the-enigma-of-maternal-immunity
#14
William J Britt
Human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) is the most common viral infection acquired by the developing human fetus and can result in damage to the developing CNS. Although vaccine development to modify this congenital infection is ongoing, the unique epidemiology of maternal HCMV infections appears discordant with strategies for vaccine development. Several characteristics of congenital HCMV infections suggest that the efficacy of vaccines designed to induce responses similar to those that follow natural infection will be limited...
May 10, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28487153/prognostic-factors-of-infective-endocarditis-in-patients-on-hemodialysis-a-case-series-from-a-national-multicenter-registry
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Antonio Ramos-Martínez, Fernado Roque, Maria Carmen Fariñas, Patricia Muñoz, Eduardo Verde, Gregorio Pablo Cuerpo, Arístides de Alarcón, José Antonio Lepe, José María Miró, Antonio Plata, Miguel Ángel Goenaga, Dácil García-Rosado, Amparo Martínez-Monzonis, Javier de la Torre, Pablo García-Pavía
BACKGROUND: Infective endocarditis (IE) is a severe complication associated with high mortality. OBJECTIVES: To examine the clinical characteristics of IE in hemodialysis (HD) patients and to determine prognostic factors related to HD. METHODS: From January 2008 to April 2015, 2488 consecutive patients with definite IE were included. Clinical characteristics of IE patients on HD were compared with those of IE patients who were not on HD. RESULTS: A total of 126 patients (63% male, median age: 66years; IQR: 54-74years) with IE (5...
April 29, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28484224/suppression-of-autoimmune-demyelinating-disease-by-preferential-stimulation-of-cns-specific-cd8-t-cells-using-listeria-encoded-neuroantigen
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Farah R Itani, Sushmita Sinha, Ashley A Brate, Lecia L Pewe, Katherine N Gibson-Corley, John T Harty, Nitin J Karandikar
CD8 T-cells predominate in CNS lesions of MS patients and display oligoclonal expansion. However, the role of myelin-specific CD8 T-cells in disease remains unclear, with studies showing protective and pathogenic roles in EAE. We demonstrated a disease-suppressive function for CNS-specific CD8 T-cells in a model where the antigen is exogenously administered in vivo and used for in vitro activation. To probe the nature of the CD8 response elicited by endogenously presented myelin antigens in vivo, we developed a novel approach utilizing infection with Listeria monocytogenes (LM) encoding proteolipid protein peptide (PLP) amino acids 178-191 (LM-PLP)...
May 8, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28483796/imaging-of-viral-neuroinvasion-in-the-zebrafish-reveals-that-sindbis-and-chikungunya-viruses-favour-different-entry-routes
#17
Gabriella Passoni, Christelle Langevin, Nuno Palha, Bryan C Mounce, Valérie Briolat, Pierre Affaticati, Elodie De Job, Jean-Stéphane Joly, Marco Vignuzzi, Maria-Carla Saleh, Philippe Herbomel, Pierre Boudinot, Jean-Pierre Levraud
Alphaviruses, such as chikungunya (CHIKV) and Sindbis virus (SINV), are vector‑borne pathogens that cause acute illnesses in humans and are sometimes associated with neuropathies, especially in infants and elderly patients. Little is known about their entry mechanism in the central nervous system (CNS), even for SINV, which has been used extensively as a model for viral encephalopathies. We previously established a CHIKV infection model in the optically transparent zebrafish larva; here we describe a new SINV infection model in this host...
May 8, 2017: Disease Models & Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28482001/crimean-congo-hemorrhagic-fever-in-humanized-mice-reveals-glial-cells-as-primary-targets-of-neurological-infection
#18
Jessica R Spengler, M Kelly Keating, Anita K McElroy, Marko Zivcec, JoAnn D Coleman-McCray, Jessica R Harmon, Brigid C Bollweg, Cynthia S Goldsmith, Éric Bergeron, James G Keck, Sherif R Zaki, Stuart T Nichol, Christina F Spiropoulou
Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever (CCHF) is a tick-borne viral hemorrhagic disease seen exclusively in humans. Central nervous system (CNS) infection and neurological involvement have also been reported in CCHF. Here we inoculated NSGTM-SGM3 mice engrafted with human hematopoietic CD34+ stem cells with low passage CCHF virus strains isolated from human patients. Humanized mice develop lethal disease characterized by histopathological change in the liver and brain. To date, targets of neuroinfection and neuropathology have not been investigated in CCHF...
May 8, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28476103/intracranial-lesion-as-onset-symptom-in-a-patient-with-early-undifferentiated-connective-tissue-disease-a-case-report
#19
Ying Du, Chuan Li, Dai-di Zhao, Jia-Rui Lu, Wei Zhang, Zhu-Yi Li
BACKGROUND: Undifferentiated connective tissue disease (UCTD) is widely considered to be a distinct clinical entity, and now divided into two subgroups: stable UCTD and early UCTD. The most frequent onset symptoms of UCTD include arthralgias, arthritis, Raynaud's phenomenon, mucocutaneous involvement, and sicca symptoms. However, Neurologic involvement is rare, and intracranial lesion as onset symptom in a patient with early UCTD has not yet been reported. CASE PRESENTATION: A 51-year-old Chinese female experienced progressive left leg weakness for 14 days before hospitalizing in our department...
May 5, 2017: BMC Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28475999/prevalence-and-risk-factors-of-seizure-clusters-in-adult-patients-with-epilepsy
#20
Baibing Chen, Hyunmi Choi, Lawrence J Hirsch, Austen Katz, Alexander Legge, Rebecca A Wong, Alfred Jiang, Kenneth Kato, Richard Buchsbaum, Kamil Detyniecki
PURPOSE: In the current study, we explored the prevalence of physician-confirmed seizure clusters. We also investigated potential clinical factors associated with the occurrence of seizure clusters overall and by epilepsy type. METHODS: We reviewed medical records of 4116 adult (≥16years old) outpatients with epilepsy at our centers for documentation of seizure clusters. Variables including patient demographics, epilepsy details, medical and psychiatric history, AED history, and epilepsy risk factors were then tested against history of seizure clusters...
April 27, 2017: Epilepsy Research
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