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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161804/importance-of-biological-ultrafine-particles-in-indoor-dust-as-a-pathogenesis-of-chronic-inflammatory-lung-diseases
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Young-Koo Jee, Jinho Yang, Yoon-Keun Kim, You-Young Kim, Tae Soo Kang
The role of infectious agents in the etiology of inflammatory diseases once believed to be non-infectious is increasingly being recognized. Many bacterial components in the indoor dust can evoke inflammatory lung diseases. Bacteria secrete nanometer-sized vesicles into the extracellular milieu, so-called extracellular vesicles (EVs). which are pathophysiologically related to inflammatory diseases. Microbiota compositions in the indoor dust revealed the presence of both gram-negative and gram-positive bacteria...
November 17, 2017: Environmental Health and Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161093/b-cells-producing-type-i-interferon-modulate-macrophage-polarization-in-tuberculosis
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Alan Bénard, Imme Sakwa, Pablo Schierloh, André Colom, Ingrid Mercier, Ludovic Tailleux, Luc Jouneau, Pierre Boudinot, Talal Al-Saati, Roland Lang, Jan Rehwinkel, Andre G Loxton, Stefan He Kaufmann, Véronique Anton-Leberre, Anne O'Garra, Maria Del Carmen Sasiain, Brigitte Gicquel, Simon Fillatreau, Olivier Neyrolles, Denis Hudrisier
RATIONALE: In addition to their well-known function as antibody-producing cells, B lymphocytes can markedly influence the course of infectious or non-infectious diseases via antibody-independent mechanisms. In tuberculosis, B cells accumulate in lungs, yet their functional contribution to the host response remains poorly understood. OBJECTIVES: To document the role of B cells in tuberculosis in an unbiased manner. METHODS: We generated the transcriptome of B cells isolated from Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb)-infected mice, and validated the identified key pathways using in vitro and in vivo assays...
November 21, 2017: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160199/marmosets-callithrix-jacchus-as-a-non-human-primate-model-for-evaluation-of-candidate-dengue-vaccines-induction-and-maintenance-of-specific-protective-immunity-against-challenges-with-clinical-isolates
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Meng Ling Moi, Yasushi Ami, Nor Azila Muhammad Azami, Kenji Shirai, Sutee Yoksan, Yuriko Suzaki, Kazutaka Kitaura, Chang-Kweng Lim, Masayuki Saijo, Ryuji Suzuki, Tomohiko Takasaki, Ichiro Kurane
Dengue virus (DENV) is one of the major infectious diseases in tropical regions and approximately half of the world population is at risk of infection. Vaccines would offer an effective control measure against this disease. We previously reported on the utility of marmosets as an animal model for studying primary and secondary dengue infections. Infected marmosets consistently develop viraemia and antibody kinetics that reflect those of patients with dengue. Thus, it is important to determine the utility of marmosets as an animal model for demonstrating vaccine efficacy...
November 21, 2017: Journal of General Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160177/neurological-examination-in-healthy-chinchillas-chinchilla-lanigera
#4
Renata Snow, Christoph Mans, Helena Rylander
Chinchillas are popular as laboratory models and companion animals, and they can be affected by a variety of infectious and non-infectious neurological diseases. Little information is available on making a neurological diagnosis in this species, in part because the neurological examination has not been standardized in chinchillas and the expected physiological findings in healthy chinchillas have not been reported. In this study, a standardized neurological examination was performed on 30 clinically normal chinchillas...
December 2017: Laboratory Animals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159785/improving-the-hospital-quality-of-care-during-winter-periods-by-optimizing-budget-allocation-between-rotavirus-vaccination-and-bed-expansion
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Thibaut Dort, Nadia Schecroun, Baudouin Standaert
BACKGROUND: During each winter the hospital quality of care (QoC) in pediatric wards decreases due to a surge in pediatric infectious diseases leading to overcrowded units. Bed occupancy rates often surpass the good hospital bed management threshold of 85%, which can result in poor conditions in the workplace. This study explores how QoC-scores could be improved by investing in additional beds and/or better vaccination programs against vaccine-preventable infectious diseases. METHODS: The Cobb-Douglas model was selected to define the improvement in QoC (%) as a function of two strategies (rotavirus vaccination coverage [%] and addition of extra hospital beds [% of existing beds]), allowing improvement-isocurves to be produced...
November 20, 2017: Applied Health Economics and Health Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158470/comparative-oncology-evaluation-of-intravenous-recombinant-oncolytic-vesicular-stomatitis-virus-therapy-in-spontaneous-canine-cancer
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Shruthi Naik, Gina D Galyon, Nathan J Jenks, Michael B Steele, Amber C Miller, Sara D Allstadt, Lukkana Suksanpaisan, Kah Whye Peng, Mark J Federspiel, Stephen J Russell, Amy K LeBlanc
Clinical translation of intravenous therapies to treat disseminated or metastatic cancer is imperative. Comparative oncology, the evaluation of novel cancer therapies in animals with spontaneous cancer, can be utilized to inform and accelerate clinical translation. Preclinical murine studies demonstrate that single shot systemic therapy with a VSV-IFNβ-NIS, a novel recombinant oncolytic Vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV), can induce curative remission in tumor bearing mice. Clinical translation of VSV-IFNβ-NIS therapy is dependent on comprehensive assessment of clinical toxicities, virus shedding, pharmacokinetics, and efficacy in clinically relevant models...
November 20, 2017: Molecular Cancer Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158208/syndromic-surveillance-models-using-web-data-the-case-of-influenza-in-greece-and-italy-using-google-trends
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Loukas Samaras, Elena García-Barriocanal, Miguel-Angel Sicilia
BACKGROUND: An extended discussion and research has been performed in recent years using data collected through search queries submitted via the Internet. It has been shown that the overall activity on the Internet is related to the number of cases of an infectious disease outbreak. OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study was to define a similar correlation between data from Google Trends and data collected by the official authorities of Greece and Europe by examining the development and the spread of seasonal influenza in Greece and Italy...
November 20, 2017: JMIR Public Health and Surveillance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29157368/livestock-as-sentinels-for-an-infectious-disease-in-a-sympatric-or-adjacent-living-wildlife-reservoir-host
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D P Anderson, A M Gormley, M Bosson, P G Livingstone, G Nugent
A central question to address in managing wildlife diseases is how much effort and resources are required to reduce infection prevalence to below a requisite threshold? This requires surveillance for infection in at least one species involved in the infection cycle, a process that is often expensive and time-consuming but one which could be enhanced using additional sources of readily-obtainable surveillance data. We demonstrate how surveillance data from ruminant livestock monitored for bovine tuberculosis (bTB) in New Zealand can be employed in spatially-explicit modelling to help predict the probability of freedom from Mycobacterium bovis infection in a sympatric wildlife reservoir species, the brushtail possum (Trichosurus vulpecula)...
December 1, 2017: Preventive Veterinary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29157162/discrete-stochastic-analogs-of-erlang-epidemic-models
#9
Wayne M Getz, Eric R Dougherty
Erlang differential equation models of epidemic processes provide more realistic disease-class transition dynamics from susceptible (S) to exposed (E) to infectious (I) and removed (R) categories than the ubiquitous SEIR model. The latter is itself is at one end of the spectrum of Erlang SE[Formula: see text]I[Formula: see text]R models with [Formula: see text] concatenated E compartments and [Formula: see text] concatenated I compartments. Discrete-time models, however, are computationally much simpler to simulate and fit to epidemic outbreak data than continuous-time differential equations, and are also much more readily extended to include demographic and other types of stochasticity...
December 2018: Journal of Biological Dynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156618/optimized-lateral-flow-immunoassay-reader-for-the-detection-of-infectious-diseases-in-developing-countries
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Evdokia Pilavaki, Andreas Demosthenous
Detection and control of infectious diseases is a major problem, especially in developing countries. Lateral flow immunoassays can be used with great success for the detection of infectious diseases. However, for the quantification of their results an electronic reader is required. This paper presents an optimized handheld electronic reader for developing countries. It features a potentially low-cost, low-power, battery-operated device with no added optical accessories. The operation of this proof of concept device is based on measuring the reflected light from the lateral flow immunoassay and translating it into the concentration of the specific analyte of interest...
November 20, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155867/spectrum-of-pathogen-and-model-specific-histopathologies-in-mouse-models-of-acute-pneumonia
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Kristina Dietert, Birgitt Gutbier, Sandra M Wienhold, Katrin Reppe, Xiaohui Jiang, Ling Yao, Catherine Chaput, Jan Naujoks, Markus Brack, Alexandra Kupke, Christin Peteranderl, Stephan Becker, Carolin von Lachner, Nelli Baal, Hortense Slevogt, Andreas C Hocke, Martin Witzenrath, Bastian Opitz, Susanne Herold, Holger Hackstein, Leif E Sander, Norbert Suttorp, Achim D Gruber
Pneumonia may be caused by a wide range of pathogens and is considered the most common infectious cause of death in humans. Murine acute lung infection models mirror human pathologies in many aspects and contribute to our understanding of the disease and the development of novel treatment strategies. Despite progress in other fields of tissue imaging, histopathology remains the most conclusive and practical read out tool for the descriptive and semiquantitative evaluation of mouse pneumonia and therapeutic interventions...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155705/identification-and-characterization-of-metastatic-factors-by-gene-transfer-into-the-novel-rip-tag-rip-tva-murine-model
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George Zhang, Yudan Chi, Yi-Chieh Nancy Du
Metastatic cancer accounts for 90% of deaths in patients with solid tumors. There is an urgent need to better understand the drivers of cancer metastasis and to identify novel therapeutic targets. To investigate molecular events that drive the progression from primary cancer to metastasis, we have developed a bitransgenic mouse model, RIP-Tag; RIP-tva. In this mouse model, the rat insulin promoter (RIP) drives the expression of the SV40 T antigen (Tag) and the receptor for subgroup A avian leukosis virus (tva) in pancreatic β cells...
October 16, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155653/enhancing-laboratory-response-network-capacity-in-south-korea
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J Todd Parker, Ann-Christian Juren, Luis Lowe, Scott Santibañez, Gi-Eun Rhie, Toby L Merlin
Laboratory Response Network (LRN) laboratories help protect populations from biological and chemical public health threats. We examined the role of LRN biological laboratories in enhancing capacity to detect and respond to public health infectious disease emergencies in South Korea. The model for responding to infectious disease emergencies leverages standardized laboratory testing procedures, a repository of standardized testing reagents, laboratory testing cooperation among hospital sentinel laboratories and reference laboratories, and maintenance of a trained workforce through traditional and on-demand training...
October 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155018/emerging-infections-are-an-increasingly-important-topic
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REVIEW
Eskild Petersen, Nicola Petrosillo, Marion Koopmans
OBJECTIVES: This paper review trends in emerging infections and the need for increased clinical and laboratory surveillance. METHODS: Factors that contributed to the emergence of recent outbreaks have been reviewed. Known, major outbreaks over the past two decades were reviewed. RESULTS: We identified at least four major drivers of emergent infections: i. increasing density of the human population; ii. stress from farmland expansion on the environment; iii...
November 15, 2017: Clinical Microbiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154745/differential-gene-expression-in-chicken-primary-b-cells-infected-ex-vivo-with-attenuated-and-very-virulent-strains-of-infectious-bursal-disease-virus-ibdv
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Katherine L Dulwich, Efstathios S Giotis, Alice Gray, Venugopal Nair, Michael A Skinner, Andrew J Broadbent
Infectious bursal disease virus (IBDV) belongs to the family Birnaviridae and is economically important to the poultry industry worldwide. IBDV infects B cells in the bursa of Fabricius (BF), causing immunosuppression and morbidity in young chickens. In addition to strains that cause classical Gumboro disease, the so-called 'very virulent' (vv) strain, also in circulation, causes more severe disease and increased mortality. IBDV has traditionally been controlled through the use of live attenuated vaccines, with attenuation resulting from serial passage in non-lymphoid cells...
November 20, 2017: Journal of General Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151426/-effects-of-antibiotics-on-intestinal-microflora-and-intestinal-mucosal-barrier-function-and-its-mechanisms
#16
Yue Han, Yuxin Leng, Gaiqi Yao
Antibiotics are the cornerstone to cure infectious diseases, however, it also destroys the intestinal inherent microflora, and may cause serious gastrointestinal dysfunction, such as abdominal distension, diarrhea, mucosal barrier damage etc. In severe conditions, it may induce intestinal sepsis. With the development of the human microbiology group program and the popularity of microbial sequencing technology, people can comprehend the effects of antibiotics on intestinal flora deeply, meanwhile the traditional biomedical model (the basis of bacterial disease) is questioned...
November 2017: Zhonghua Wei Zhong Bing Ji Jiu Yi Xue
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150834/il-22-neutralizing-autoantibodies-impair-fungal-clearance-in-murine-oropharyngeal-candidiasis-model
#17
Rudolf Bichele, Jaanika Kärner, Kai Truusalu, Imbi Smidt, Reet Mändar, Heather R Conti, Sarah L Gaffen, Pärt Peterson, Martti Laan, Kai Kisand
Protection against mucocutaneous candidiasis depends on the T helper (Th)17 pathway, as gene defects affecting its integrity result in inability to clear Candida albicans infection on body surfaces. Moreover, autoantibodies neutralizing Th17 cytokines have been related to chronic candidiasis in a rare inherited disorder called autoimmune polyendocriopathy candidiasis ectodermal dystrophy (APECED) caused by mutations in autoimmune regulator (AIRE) gene. However, the direct pathogenicity of these autoantibodies has not yet been addressed...
November 17, 2017: European Journal of Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149706/exploring-the-impact-of-route-of-administration-on-medication-acceptance-in-hospitalized-patients-implications-for-venous-thromboembolism-prevention
#18
Victor O Popoola, Farrah Tavakoli, Brandyn D Lau, Matthew Lankiewicz, Patricia Ross, Peggy Kraus, Dauryne Shaffer, Deborah B Hobson, Jonathan K Aboagye, Norma A Farrow, Elliott R Haut, Michael B Streiff
BACKGROUND: Non-administration of venous thromboembolism (VTE) prophylaxis contributes to preventable patient harm. We hypothesized that non-administration would be more common for parenteral VTE prophylaxis than oral infectious disease or cardiac prophylaxis or for treatment medications. The primary study goal was to determine if non-administration of parenteral VTE prophylaxis is more frequent than other prophylactic or treatment medications. METHODS: In this retrospective cohort study of consecutive admissions we used descriptive statistics and risk ratios (RR) to compare the number of non-administered doses of VTE prophylaxis, oral infectious disease and cardiovascular prophylaxis and treatment medications...
October 21, 2017: Thrombosis Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149602/specification-of-physiologic-and-disease-states-by-distinct-proteins-and-protein-conformations
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REVIEW
Daniel F Jarosz, Vikram Khurana
Protein conformational states-from intrinsically disordered ensembles to amyloids that underlie the self-templating, infectious properties of prion-like proteins-have attracted much attention. Here, we highlight the diversity, including differences in biophysical properties, that drive distinct biological functions and pathologies among self-templating proteins. Advances in chemical genomics, gene editing, and model systems now permit deconstruction of the complex interplay between these protein states and the host factors that react to them...
November 16, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149377/multi-patch-and-multi-group-epidemic-models-a-new-framework
#20
Derdei Bichara, Abderrahman Iggidr
We develop a multi-patch and multi-group model that captures the dynamics of an infectious disease when the host is structured into an arbitrary number of groups and interacts into an arbitrary number of patches where the infection takes place. In this framework, we model host mobility that depends on its epidemiological status, by a Lagrangian approach. This framework is applied to a general SEIRS model and the basic reproduction number [Formula: see text] is derived. The effects of heterogeneity in groups, patches and mobility patterns on [Formula: see text] and disease prevalence are explored...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Mathematical Biology
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