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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820708/clinical-spectrum-etiology-and-outcome-of-neurological-disorders-in-the-rural-hospital-of-mosango-the-democratic-republic-of-congo
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Deby Mukendi, Jean-Roger Lilo Kalo, Alain Mpanya, Luigi Minikulu, Tharcisse Kayembe, Pascal Lutumba, Barbara Barbé, Philippe Gillet, Jan Jacobs, Harry Van Loen, Cedric P Yansouni, François Chappuis, Raffaella Ravinetto, Kristien Verdonck, Marleen Boelaert, Andrea S Winkler, Emmanuel Bottieau
There is little published information on the epidemiology of neurological disorders in rural Central Africa, although the burden is considered to be substantial. This study aimed to investigate the pattern, etiology, and outcome of neurological disorders in children > 5 years and adults admitted to the rural hospital of Mosango, province of Kwilu, Democratic Republic of Congo, with a focus on severe and treatable infections of the central nervous system (CNS). From September 2012 to January 2015, 351 consecutive patients hospitalized for recent and/or ongoing neurological disorder were prospectively evaluated by a neurologist, subjected to a set of reference diagnostic tests in blood or cerebrospinal fluid, and followed-up for 3-6 months after discharge...
August 14, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819988/behavior-change-following-hiv-diagnosis-findings-from-a-cohort-of-los-angeles-msm
#2
Pamina M Gorbach, Marjan Javanbakht, Robert K Bolan
The effect of an HIV diagnosis on subsequent behavior of men who have sex with men (MSM) remains unclear. From 2009 to 2012 the NIDA funded Metromates Study enrolled and followed for one year MSM seeking testing for HIV in Los Angeles, assessing those with new HIV diagnoses for acute/recent HIV infection. Behavioral data were collected via Computer-Assisted Self-Interview from 321 men of whom 125 were classified as recently HIV infected, 91 as not recently HIV infected, and 105 as HIV-negative. Differences over time between those with recent HIV infection, not recent HIV infection, and no HIV were evaluated using bivariate and multivariable analyses for repeat measures to assess associations between HIV group, behaviors and condomless receptive (CRAI), intersertive (CIAI), or any condomless anal intercourse (CAI)...
August 18, 2017: AIDS Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819520/the-ban-on-blood-donation-on-men-who-have-sex-with-men-time-to-rethink-and-reassess-an-outdated-policy
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Georgios Karamitros, Nikolaos Kitsos, Ioanna Karamitrou
During the 1980s the HIV/AIDS epidemic outbreak occurred. Due to the high prevalence of the disease on men who had sex with men (MSM) a lifetime ban on blood donations on men who had sex with men (MSM) was implemented. In the recent years, organizations like the European Union (EU) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have established new guidelines introducing the term of "risky sexual behavior" without any reference to the sex orientation of the potential donor, however many countries are hesitant to review the ban on men who had sex with men (MSM)...
2017: Pan African Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818767/recent-advances-of-pyrazole-containing-derivatives-as-anti-tubercular-agents
#4
Zhi Xu, Chuan Gao, Qing-Cheng Ren, Xu-Feng Song, Lian-Shun Feng, Zao-Sheng Lv
One-third of the world's population infected tuberculosis (TB), and more than 1 million deaths annually. The co-infection between the mainly pathogen Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB) and HIV, and the incidence of drug-resistant TB, multi-drug resistant TB, extensively drug-resistant TB as well as totally drug-resistant TB have further aggravated the mortality and spread of this disease. Thus, there is an urgent need to develop novel anti-TB agents against both drug-susceptible and drug-resistant TB. The wide spectrum of biological activities and successful utilization of pyrazole-containing drugs in clinic have inspired more and more attention towards this kind of heterocycles...
August 3, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817445/the-safety-of-pembrolizumab-in-metastatic-melanoma-and-rheumatoid-arthritis
#5
Akshjot Puri, Jade Homsi
Immunotherapy has been in use for the treatment of melanoma since a very long time, but only recently have the cytotoxic T-lymphocyte antigen-4 (CTLA-4) antibody ipilimumab and programmed cell death-1 inhibitors such as nivolimumab and pembrolizumab been shown to induce marked improvements in survival in patients with metastatic melanoma. An important concern arises in terms of the safety of the use of these agents in patients with autoimmune diseases, solid organ transplant recipients on immunosuppression, patients with a history of previous hepatitis B or C, and patients with HIV infections as these patients were excluded from pivotal immunotherapy studies...
August 16, 2017: Melanoma Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811349/brain-macrophages-in-simian-immunodeficiency-virus-infected-antiretroviral-suppressed-macaques-a-functional-latent-reservoir
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Claudia R Avalos, Celina M Abreu, Suzanne E Queen, Ming Li, Sarah Price, Erin N Shirk, Elizabeth L Engle, Ellen Forsyth, Brandon T Bullock, Feilim Mac Gabhann, Stephen W Wietgrefe, Ashley T Haase, M Christine Zink, Joseph L Mankowski, Janice E Clements, Lucio Gama
A human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection cure requires an understanding of the cellular and anatomical sites harboring virus that contribute to viral rebound upon treatment interruption. Despite antiretroviral therapy (ART), HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders (HAND) are reported in HIV-infected individuals on ART. Biomarkers for macrophage activation and neuronal damage in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) of HIV-infected individuals demonstrate continued effects of HIV in brain and suggest that the central nervous system (CNS) may serve as a viral reservoir...
August 15, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810166/humanized-mouse-models-of-latent-hiv-infection
#7
REVIEW
Maud Deruaz, Andrew M Tager
Antiretroviral therapy can efficiently control HIV viral replication, resulting in low viral loads and sustained CD4(+) T cell counts in HIV-infected persons. However, fast viral rebound occurs in most infected persons when therapy is interrupted. The principal component of persistent infection is a latent but replication-competent HIV reservoir. The long half-life of this reservoir is a major barrier to cure, and its elimination is the target of important research efforts. Animal models that can recapitulate this aspect of human infection are needed to examine the HIV reservoir in tissues in vivo, and to test eradication strategies...
August 12, 2017: Current Opinion in Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809479/natural-seminal-amyloids-as-targets-for-development-of-synthetic-inhibitors-of-hiv-transmission
#8
Daniel A Sheik, Stephen Dewhurst, Jerry Yang
Amyloids refer to a class of protein or peptide aggregates that are heterogeneous in size, morphology, and composition, and are implicated to play a central role in many neurodegenerative and systemic diseases. The strong correlation between biological activity and extent of aggregation of amyloidogenic proteins and peptides has led to an explosion of research efforts to target these materials with synthetic molecules or engineered antibodies to try to attenuate their function in disease pathology. Although many of these efforts to attenuate amyloid function have shown great promise in laboratory settings, the vast majority of work has been focused on targeting amyloids associated with neurologic diseases, which has been met with significant additional challenges that preclude clinical evaluation...
August 15, 2017: Accounts of Chemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805676/inhibitors-of-deubiquitinating-enzymes-block-hiv-1-replication-and-augment-the-presentation-of-gag-derived-mhc-i-epitopes
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Christian Setz, Melanie Friedrich, Pia Rauch, Kirsten Fraedrich, Alina Matthaei, Maximilian Traxdorf, Ulrich Schubert
In recent years it has been well established that two major constituent parts of the ubiquitin proteasome system (UPS)-the proteasome holoenzymes and a number of ubiquitin ligases-play a crucial role, not only in virus replication but also in the regulation of the immunogenicity of human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1). However, the role in HIV-1 replication of the third major component, the deubiquitinating enzymes (DUBs), has remained largely unknown. In this study, we show that the DUB-inhibitors (DIs) P22077 and PR-619, specific for the DUBs USP7 and USP47, impair Gag processing and thereby reduce the infectivity of released virions without affecting viral protease activity...
August 12, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802410/evaluation-of-24-locus-miru-vntr-genotyping-in-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-cluster-investigations-in-four-jurisdictions-in-the-united-states-2006-2010
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Larry D Teeter, J Steven Kammerer, Smita Ghosh, Duc T M Nguyen, Padmaja Vempaty, Jane Tapia, Roque Miramontes, Wendy A Cronin, Edward A Graviss
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) uses a combination of spacer oligonucleotide typing (spoligotyping) and mycobacterial interspersed repetitive units-variable number of tandem repeats (MIRU-VNTR) analyses as part of the National TB Genotyping Service (NTGS). The NTGS expansion from 12-locus MIRU-VNTR (MIRU12) to 24-locus MIRU-VNTR (MIRU24) in 2009 enhanced the ability to discriminate Mycobacterium tuberculosis strains. In the current study, we investigated the MIRU24 concordance among epidemiologic-linked tuberculosis (TB) patients in four U...
September 2017: Tuberculosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800366/proceedings-of-the-isev-symposium-on-hiv-neuroaids-drug-abuse-evs
#11
Guoku Hu, Kenneth W Witwer, Vincent C Bond, Norman Haughey, Fatah Kashanchi, Lynn Pulliam, Shilpa Buch
Extracellular vesicles (EVs) are globular, membrane bound nanovesicles (30-100 nm range) that are shed both during normal cellular functioning and under pathological conditions by most cell types. In recent years, there has been significant interest in the study of these vesicles as conduits for the delivery of information between cells from both analogous and disparate tissues. Their ability to carry specialised cargo including signalling mediators, proteins, messenger RNA and miRNAs characterises these vesicles as primary facilitators of cell-to-cell communication and regulation...
2017: Journal of Extracellular Vesicles
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799997/epidemiology-of-ischemic-heart-disease-in-hiv
#12
Virginia A Triant, Steven K Grinspoon
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The purpose of this review is to summarize and synthesize recent data on the risk of ischemic heart disease (IHD) in HIV-infected individuals. RECENT FINDINGS: Recent studies in the field demonstrate an increasing impact of cardiovascular disease (CVD) on morbidity and mortality in HIV relative to AIDS-related diagnoses. Studies continue to support an approximately 1.5 to two-fold increased risk of IHD conferred by HIV, with specific risk varying by sex and virologic/immunologic status...
August 10, 2017: Current Opinion in HIV and AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799906/of-mice-macaques-and-men-broadly-neutralizing-antibody-immunotherapy-for-hiv-1
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REVIEW
Yoshiaki Nishimura, Malcolm A Martin
The neutralizing antibodies targeting the HIV-1 envelope protein have been a major focus for HIV therapy. Early studies with anti-HIV-1 neutralizing monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) administered to infected individuals showed some promise, as they resulted in transient reductions in plasma viremia in some recipients. However, resistant viral variants rapidly emerged. A major development during the past 6 to 7 years has been the isolation and characterization of highly potent and broadly neutralizing mAbs (bNAbs) from infected individuals known as "elite neutralizers...
August 9, 2017: Cell Host & Microbe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799325/comparison-between-next-generation-and-sanger-based-sequencing-for-the-detection-of-transmitted-drug-resistance-mutations-among-recently-infected-hiv-1-patients-in-israel-2000-2014
#14
Roy Moscona, Daniela Ram, Marina Wax, Efrat Bucris, Itzchak Levy, Ella Mendelson, Orna Mor
INTRODUCTION: Transmitted drug-resistance mutations (TDRM) may hamper successful anti-HIV-1 therapy and impact future control of the HIV-1 epidemic. Recently infected, therapy-naïve individuals are best suited for surveillance of such TDRM. In this study, TDRM, detected by next-generation sequencing (NGS) were compared to those identified by Sanger-based population sequencing (SBS) in recently infected HIV-1 patients. METHODS: Historical samples from 80 recently infected HIV-1 patients, diagnosed between 2000 and 2014, were analysed by MiSeq (NGS) and ABI (SBS)...
August 11, 2017: Journal of the International AIDS Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797181/hiv-resistance-with-correlation-to-pmtct-regimen-in-hiv-infected-infants-in-northern-tanzania
#15
Dorothy Elizabeth Dow, Werner Schimana, Balthazar M Nyombi, Blandina T Mmbaga, Aisa M Shayo, John A Bartlett, Charles G Massambu, Emmanuel G Kifaro, Elizabeth L Turner, Todd DeMarco, Fangping Cai, Coleen Cunningham, Ann M Buchanan
Prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) guidelines recommend that all HIV-infected pregnant woman receive antiretroviral therapy (Option B) and HIV-infected infants should initiate therapy with a protease inhibitor based regimen; however, implementation of these guidelines has lagged in many resource-limited settings. Tanzania only recently implemented these guidelines with little country specific data to inform whether HIV non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor (NNRTI) resistance was present among infected infants under the Option A guidelines...
August 11, 2017: AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797039/impact-of-pnpla3-and-ifnl3-polymorphisms-on-hepatic-steatosis-in-asian-patients-with-chronic-hepatitis-c
#16
Chao-Min Huang, Kuo-Chin Chang, Chao-Hung Hung, King-Wah Chiu, Sheng-Nan Lu, Jing-Houng Wang, Chien-Hung Chen, Kwong-Ming Kee, Yuan-Hung Kuo, Ming-Chao Tsai, Po-Lin Tseng, Ming-Tsung Lin, Cheng-Kun Wu, Tsung-Hui Hu, Chung-Lung Cho, Yi-Hao Yen
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: A recent meta-analysis revealed that the genotype PNPLA3 rs738409 GG is associated with a higher risk of hepatic steatosis (HS) in Caucasian patients with chronic hepatitis C (CHC). However, controversial results were found regarding Asian populations. Furthermore, previous studies have shown a negative association between interferon lambda 3 (IFNL3) rs12979860 CC and HS in Caucasian CHC patients, but there have been no reports indicating any such association in Asian populations...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796679/delivery-after-40-weeks-of-gestation-in-pregnant-women-with-well-controlled-human-immunodeficiency-virus
#17
Rachel K Scott, Nahida Chakhtoura, Margaret M Burke, Rachel A Cohen, Regis Kreitchmann
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate whether there is increased mother-to-child transmission of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-1 associated with deliveries at 40 weeks of estimated gestational age (EGA) or greater in pregnant women with HIV-1 viral loads of 1,000 copies/mL or less. METHODS: We performed a secondary analysis of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development International Site Development Initiative Perinatal and Longitudinal Study in Latin American Countries and International Maternal Pediatric Adolescent AIDS Clinical Trials P1025 cohorts...
August 4, 2017: Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794125/unexplained-abnormal-liver-function-in-patients-with-primary-antibody-deficiency-could-it-be-chronic-hepatitis-e-infection
#18
Omar E Mohamed, Julie Jones, Husam Osman, Aarnoud P Huissoon
Data from recent studies suggest rising incidence rate of hepatitis E virus (HEV) infection in the UK. HEV infection may take a severe and persistent course in immunocompromised patients, including transplant recipients on immunosuppressives, patients with HIV, haematological malignancies and in idiopathic CD4(+) T lymphocytopenia. The prevalence of HEV in primary antibody deficiency (PAD) disorders is still unknown. The aim of this study was to investigate HEV infection in 27 patients with PAD with unexplained, persistently elevated liver enzymes...
August 9, 2017: Journal of Clinical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794047/no-substantial-evidence-for-sexual-transmission-of-minority-hiv-drug-resistance-mutations-in-men-who-have-sex-with-men
#19
Antoine Chaillon, Masato Nakazawa, Joel O Wertheim, Susan J Little, Davey M Smith, Sanjay R Mehta, Sara Gianella
During primary HIV-infection, the presence of minority drug resistant mutations (DRM) may be a consequence of sexual transmission, de novo mutations or technical errors. Baseline blood samples were collected from 24 HIV-infected antiretroviral-naive, genetically- and epidemiologically- linked source and recipient partners, shortly after the recipient's estimated date of infection. An additional 32 longitudinal samples were available from 11 recipients. Deep-sequencing of HIV reverse transcriptase (RT) was performed (Roche/454) and screened for nucleoside and non-nucleoside RT inhibitor DRM...
August 9, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794041/interferon-inducible-cd169-siglec1-attenuates-anti-hiv-1-effects-of-ifn-%C3%AE
#20
Hisashi Akiyama, Nora-Guadalupe Pina Ramirez, Gregory Gibson, Christopher Kline, Simon Watkins, Zandrea Ambrose, Suryaram Gummuluru
A hallmark of HIV-1 infection in vivo is chronic immune activation concomitant with type I interferon (IFN) production. Although type I IFN induces an antiviral state in many cell types, HIV-1 can replicate in vivo via mechanisms that have remained unclear. We have recently identified a type I IFN-inducible protein CD169 as the HIV-1 attachment factor on dendritic cells (DCs) that can mediate robust infection of CD4(+) T cells in trans. Since CD169 expression on macrophages is also induced by type I IFN, we hypothesized that type I IFN-inducible CD169 could facilitate productive HIV-1 infection in myeloid cells in cis and CD4(+) T cells in trans and thus offset antiviral effects of type I IFN...
August 9, 2017: Journal of Virology
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