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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816652/reoccurrence-of-botulinum-neurotoxin-subtype-a3-inducing-food-borne-botulism-slovakia-2015
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Lucia Mad'arová, Brigitte G Dorner, Lars Schaade, Vladimír Donáth, Mária Avdičová, Milota Fatkulinová, Jozef Strhársky, Ivana Sedliačiková, Cyril Klement, Martin B Dorner
A case of food-borne botulism occurred in Slovakia in 2015. Clostridium botulinum type A was isolated from three nearly empty commercial hummus tubes. The product, which was sold in Slovakia and the Czech Republic, was withdrawn from the market and a warning was issued immediately through the European Commission's Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF). Further investigation revealed the presence of botulinum neurotoxin (BoNT) subtype BoNT/A3, a very rare subtype implicated in only one previous outbreak (Loch Maree in Scotland, 1922)...
August 10, 2017: Euro Surveillance: Bulletin Européen sur les Maladies Transmissibles, European Communicable Disease Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809452/neurotoxin-synthesis-is-positively-regulated-by-the-sporulation-transcription-factor-spo0a-in-clostridium-botulinum-type-e
#2
Gerald Mascher, Anna Mertaoja, Hannu Korkeala, Miia Lindström
Clostridium botulinum produces the most potent natural toxin, the botulinum neurotoxin (BoNT), probably to create anaerobiosis and nutrients by killing the host, and forms endospores that facilitate survival in harsh conditions and transmission. Peak BoNT production coincides with initiation of sporulation in C. botulinum cultures, which suggests common regulation. Here we show that Spo0A, the master regulator of sporulation, positively regulates BoNT production. Insertional inactivation of spo0A in C. botulinum type E strain Beluga resulted in significantly reduced BoNT production and in abolished or highly reduced sporulation in relation to wild-type controls...
August 15, 2017: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805566/botulinum-toxin-therapy-for-nonmotor-aspects-of-parkinson-s-disease
#3
Jarosław Sławek, Mariusz Madaliński
The medical treatment of Parkinson's disease (PD) is symptomatic both in terms of motor and nonmotor aspects. The nonmotor symptoms therapy should be taken into account as many of them negatively influence the quality of life and are treatable. Botulinum neurotoxin (BoNT) offers effective treatment for drooling and bladder dysfunctions and alternative treatment for constipation and pain related to parkinsonism. BoNT for drooling is probably the best-documented therapy for nonmotor symptoms by clinical trials...
2017: International Review of Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803760/mechanism-of-action-of-botulinum-neurotoxin-unexpected-consequences
#4
REVIEW
Mark Hallett
Botulinum neurotoxin (BoNT) is a widely used therapeutic in part because its mechanism of action is much wider than initially expected. Since BoNT is taken up more avidly in active presynaptic terminals, there is some selectivity for weakening muscles involved in frequent involuntary movements. BoNT blocks gamma motoneurons as well as alpha motoneurons, hence reducing afferent spindle activity which appears to have a favorable effect. Some BoNT is retrogradely transported in the motor axons, leading at least to reduction in recurrent inhibition mediated by the Renshaw cell...
August 10, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802760/involvement-of-obliquus-capitis-inferior-muscle-in-dystonic-head-tremor
#5
A Schramm, D Huber, C Möbius, A Münchau, Z Kohl, T Bäumer
INTRODUCTION: Head tremor is a common feature in cervical dystonia (CD) and often less responsive to botulinum neurotoxin (BoNT) treatment than dystonic posturing. Ultrasound allows accurate targeting of deeper neck muscles. METHODS: In 35 CD patients with dystonic head tremor the depth and thickness of the splenius capitis (SPL), semispinalis capitis and obliquus capitis inferior muscles (OCI) were assessed using ultrasound. Ultrasound guided EMG recordings were performed from the SPL and OCI...
August 1, 2017: Parkinsonism & related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802703/identification-and-characterization-of-clostridium-botulinum-group-iii-field-strains-by-matrix-assisted-laser-desorption-ionization-time-of-flight-mass-spectrometry-maldi-tof-ms
#6
Luca Bano, Ilenia Drigo, Elena Tonon, Simone Pascoletti, Cinzia Puiatti, Fabrizio Anniballi, Bruna Auricchio, Florigio Lista, Cesare Montecucco, Fabrizio Agnoletti
Animal botulism is primarily due to botulinum neurotoxin (BoNT) types C, D or their chimeric variants C/D or D/C, produced by Clostridium botulinum group III, which appears to include the genetically indistinguishable Clostridium haemolyticum and Clostridium novyi. In the present study, we used matrix-assisted laser desorption-ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI TOF MS) to identify and characterize 81 BoNT-producing Clostridia isolated in 47 episodes of animal botulism. The instrument's default database, containing no entries for Clostridium botulinum, permitted reliable identification of 26 strains at the genus level...
August 9, 2017: Anaerobe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802641/enhanced-effects-of-dna-vaccine-against-botulinum-neurotoxin-serotype-a-by-targeting-antigen-to-dendritic-cells
#7
Bo-Yang Chen, Guo Zhou, Qing-Li Li, Jian-Sheng Lu, Dan-Yang Shi, Xiao-Bin Pang, Xiao-Wei Zhou, Yun-Zhou Yu, Pei-Tang Huang
As dendritic cells (DCs) play a critical role in priming antigen-specific immune responses, the efficacy of DNA vaccines may be enhanced by targeting the encoded antigen proteins to DCs. In this study, we constructed a DC-targeted DNA vaccine encoding the Hc domain of botulinum neurotoxin serotype A (AHc) fused with scDEC, a single-chain Fv antibody (scFv) specific for the DC-restricted antigen-uptake receptor DEC205. Intramuscular injections of mice with the DC-targeted DNA vaccine (pVAX1-scDEC-AHc) stimulated more DCs to mature than the non-targeted DNA vaccine (pVAX1-SAHc) in the splenocytes...
August 9, 2017: Immunology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800600/botulinum-neurotoxin-c-mutants-reveal-different-effects-of-syntaxin-or-snap-25-proteolysis-on-neuromuscular-transmission
#8
Giulia Zanetti, Stefan Sikorra, Andreas Rummel, Nadja Krez, Elisa Duregotti, Samuele Negro, Tina Henke, Ornella Rossetto, Thomas Binz, Marco Pirazzini
Botulinum neurotoxin serotype C (BoNT/C) is a neuroparalytic toxin associated with outbreaks of animal botulism, particularly in birds, and is the only BoNT known to cleave two different SNARE proteins, SNAP-25 and syntaxin. BoNT/C was shown to be a good substitute for BoNT/A1 in human dystonia therapy because of its long lasting effects and absence of neuromuscular damage. Two triple mutants of BoNT/C, namely BoNT/C S51T/R52N/N53P (BoNT/C α-51) and BoNT/C L200W/M221W/I226W (BoNT/C α-3W), were recently reported to selectively cleave syntaxin and have been used here to evaluate the individual contribution of SNAP-25 and syntaxin cleavage to the effect of BoNT/C in vivo...
August 11, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28783686/the-checkpoint-for-agonist-selection-precedes-conventional-selection-in-human-thymus
#9
Greet Verstichel, David Vermijlen, Liesbet Martens, Glenn Goetgeluk, Margreet Brouwer, Nicolas Thiault, Yasmine Van Caeneghem, Stijn De Munter, Karin Weening, Sarah Bonte, Georges Leclercq, Tom Taghon, Tessa Kerre, Yvan Saeys, Jo Van Dorpe, Hilde Cheroutre, Bart Vandekerckhove
The thymus plays a central role in self-tolerance, partly by eliminating precursors with a T cell receptor (TCR) that binds strongly to self-antigens. However, the generation of self-agonist-selected lineages also relies on strong TCR signaling. How thymocytes discriminate between these opposite outcomes remains elusive. Here, we identified a human agonist-selected PD-1(+) CD8αα(+) subset of mature CD8αβ(+) T cells that displays an effector phenotype associated with agonist selection. TCR stimulation of immature post-β-selection thymocyte blasts specifically gives rise to this innate subset and fixes early T cell receptor alpha variable (TRAV) and T cell receptor alpha joining (TRAJ) rearrangements in the TCR repertoire...
February 24, 2017: Science Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28783115/a-novel-surface-plasmon-resonance-biosensor-for-the-rapid-detection-of-botulinum-neurotoxins
#10
Kruti Patel, Shmuel Halevi, Paul Melman, John Schwartz, Shuowei Cai, Bal Ram Singh
Botulinum neurotoxins (BoNTs) are Category A agents on the NIAID (National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases) priority pathogen list owing to their extreme toxicity and the relative ease of production. These deadly toxins, in minute quantities (estimated human i.v. lethal dose LD50 of 1-2 ng/kg body weight), cause fatal flaccid paralysis by blocking neurotransmitter release. The current gold standard detection method, the mouse-bioassay, often takes days to confirm botulism. Furthermore, there are no effective antidotes known to reverse the symptoms of botulism, and as a result, patients with severe botulism often require meticulous care during the prolonged paralytic illness...
August 7, 2017: Biosensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782631/cdhr3-gene-variation-and-childhood-bronchiolitis
#11
A Husby, A Pasanen, J Waage, A Sevelsted, H Hodemaekers, R Janssen, M K Karjalainen, J Stokholm, B L Chawes, M Korppi, G Wennergren, A Heinzmann, L Bont, H Bisgaard, K Bønnelykke
This genetic study combining data from five countries shows that the CDHR3 rs6967330 polymorphism is not associated to bronchiolitis triggered by RSV but might increase risk of bronchiolitis triggered by other infectious agents.
August 3, 2017: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780341/the-effects-of-botulinum-toxin-injection-in-an-elite-sportsman-with-functional-popliteal-artery-entrapment-syndrome-a-case-report
#12
Myles Murphy, Jonathon Charlesworth, Eamon Koh
BACKGROUND: Botulinum Toxin-A (BoNT-A) is an effective intervention for Functional Popliteal Artery Entrapment Syndrome (FPAES) however, concerns with this intervention include reductions in strength and performance. CASE REPORT: This case presents an elite male athlete with FPAES who underwent BoNT-A injection and the results of testing before and after injection. The athlete experienced a decrease in strength and performance at one week post-injection however, he returned to baseline levels within four weeks...
June 17, 2017: Physical Therapy in Sport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28776950/genetics-of-dispersal
#13
Marjo Saastamoinen, Greta Bocedi, Julien Cote, Delphine Legrand, Frédéric Guillaume, Christopher W Wheat, Emanuel A Fronhofer, Cristina Garcia, Roslyn Henry, Arild Husby, Michel Baguette, Dries Bonte, Aurélie Coulon, Hanna Kokko, Erik Matthysen, Kristjan Niitepõld, Etsuko Nonaka, Virginie M Stevens, Justin M J Travis, Kathleen Donohue, James M Bullock, Maria Del Mar Delgado
Dispersal is a process of central importance for the ecological and evolutionary dynamics of populations and communities, because of its diverse consequences for gene flow and demography. It is subject to evolutionary change, which begs the question, what is the genetic basis of this potentially complex trait? To address this question, we (i) review the empirical literature on the genetic basis of dispersal, (ii) explore how theoretical investigations of the evolution of dispersal have represented the genetics of dispersal, and (iii) discuss how the genetic basis of dispersal influences theoretical predictions of the evolution of dispersal and potential consequences...
August 3, 2017: Biological Reviews of the Cambridge Philosophical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28774501/synaptic-vesicle-2c-and-its-synaptic-related-function
#14
REVIEW
Yan-Wei Hu, Lei Xiao, Lei Zheng, Qian Wang
Synaptic vesicle 2 C (SV2C) is a novel isoform belonging to the synaptic vesicle 2 (SV2) protein superfamily; a family of proteins known to have roles in vesicle trafficking, exocytosis and neurotransmission. In humans, SV2C is expressed in evolutionarily older brain regions, and is a known receptor for botulinum neurotoxin/A (BoNT/A), controlling glucose-evoked granule recruitment and regulating dopamine release, thus serving as a potential target molecule in the treatment of psychosis. In addition, recent researches have shown that SV2C regulates hypertension and accelerates venous thromboembolism (VTE) and coagulation pathways and may play roles in several non-nervous system diseases...
July 31, 2017: Clinica Chimica Acta; International Journal of Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28770820/identification-and-characterization-of-a-novel-botulinum-neurotoxin
#15
Sicai Zhang, Geoffrey Masuyer, Jie Zhang, Yi Shen, Daniel Lundin, Linda Henriksson, Shin-Ichiro Miyashita, Markel Martínez-Carranza, Min Dong, Pål Stenmark
Botulinum neurotoxins are known to have seven serotypes (BoNT/A-G). Here we report a new BoNT serotype, tentatively named BoNT/X, which has the lowest sequence identity with other BoNTs and is not recognized by antisera against known BoNTs. Similar to BoNT/B/D/F/G, BoNT/X cleaves vesicle-associated membrane proteins (VAMP) 1, 2 and 3, but at a novel site (Arg66-Ala67 in VAMP2). Remarkably, BoNT/X is the only toxin that also cleaves non-canonical substrates VAMP4, VAMP5 and Ykt6. To validate its activity, a small amount of full-length BoNT/X was assembled by linking two non-toxic fragments using a transpeptidase (sortase)...
August 3, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28766025/determinants-of-botulinum-toxin-discontinuation-in-multiple-sclerosis-a-retrospective-study
#16
Pamela Latino, Letizia Castelli, Luca Prosperini, Maria Rita Marchetti, Carlo Pozzilli, Morena Giovannelli
The purpose of the present study was to investigate the long-term persistence to treatment with botulinum toxin type A (BoNT-A) for multiple sclerosis (MS)-related spasticity and the determinants of BoNT-A discontinuation in daily clinical setting. We retrospectively collected data of patients who started BoNT-A injections and underwent regular follow-up visits. Determinants of BoNT-A discontinuation were explored in a time-to-event Cox regression analysis which included as independent variables a large set of demographic and clinical characteristics...
August 1, 2017: Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28761348/depression-in-blepharospasm-a-question-of-facial-feedback
#17
Janis Rebecca Bedarf, Sied Kebir, Joan Philipp Michelis, Bettina Wabbels, Sebastian Paus
Depression is the most important nonmotor symptom in blepharospasm (BL). As facial expression influences emotional perception, summarized as the facial feedback hypothesis, we investigated if patients report fewer depressive symptoms if injections of botulinum neurotoxin (BoNT) include the "grief muscles" of the glabellar region, compared to treatment of orbicularis oculi muscles alone. Ninety BL patients were included, half of whom had BoNT treatment including the frown lines. While treatment pattern did not predict depressive symptoms overall, subgroup analysis revealed that in male BL patients, BoNT injections into the frown lines were associated with remarkably less depressive symptoms...
2017: Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28759544/minimally-invasive-access-aortic-arch-surgery
#18
Nora Goebel, Daniel Bonte, Schahriar Salehi-Gilani, Ragi Nagib, Adrian Ursulescu, Ulrich F W Franke
OBJECTIVE: Median sternotomy is still the standard approach for aortic arch surgery. Minimally invasive techniques promise faster recovery with shorter hospital stay due to thoracic stability, reduced pain, and superior cosmetic results. However, safety is a concern in complex aortic surgery. The aim of our study was to demonstrate that aortic arch surgery via partial upper sternotomy is viable, safe, and equivalent to standard procedure both in terms of its safety and the risk of major adverse cardiac and cerebrovascular events...
July 28, 2017: Innovations: Technology and Techniques in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28756006/upfront-vs-no-upfront-neck-dissection-in-primary-head-and-neck-cancer-radio-chemo-therapy-tumor-control-and-late-toxicity
#19
Daan Nevens, Fréderic Duprez, Katrien Bonte, Philippe Deron, Wouter Huvenne, Annouschka Laenen, Wilfried De Neve, Sandra Nuyts
PURPOSE/OBJECTIVE: The benefit of upfront neck dissection (ND) in locally advanced head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) treated with primary (chemo-) radiotherapy (R(C)T) is debated. Therefore, we retrospectively compared disease control and toxicity between patients who were treated with and without upfront ND followed by R(C)T. MATERIAL/METHODS: Two-hundred sixty-four consecutive patients with HNSCC without distant metastases at diagnosis and with lymph node stage N2-N3 were included in 2 centers...
July 26, 2017: Radiotherapy and Oncology: Journal of the European Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28748610/using-family-and-staff-experiences-of-a-botulinum-toxin-a-service-to-improve-service-quality
#20
K L O Burton, K Bau, J Lewis, K R Aroyan, B Botha, A G M Botman, K Stewart, M-C A Waugh, S P Paget
BACKGROUND: The decision for families to proceed with botulinum toxin-A (BoNT-A) injections for managing childhood conditions involving hypertonia can be complex. Family-centred care is a service model that facilitates supporting families in this decision-making process. Understanding families' experiences of services is critical to developing family-centred care. The aim of this project was therefore to increase understanding of the experiences of families of children attending a BoNT-A service in order to improve the service and its family-centred approach to care...
July 26, 2017: Child: Care, Health and Development
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