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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820014/postinfectious-anti-myelin-oligodendrocyte-glycoprotein-antibody-positive-optic-neuritis-and-myelitis
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J P Vieira, J Sequeira, M J Brito
We report the case of a 9-year-old girl admitted with fever, headache, and a cerebrospinal fluid lymphocytic pleocytosis. Polymerase chain reaction was positive for human herpes virus 6. She subsequently developed ataxia and bilateral loss of vision. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) showed bilateral optic nerve lesions with extension to optic chiasm and a short-segment myelitis. Serologic studies were positive for Borrelia burgdorferi IgM. Anti-aquaporin 4 antibody was negative and anti-myelin oligodendrocyte glycoprotein antibody (MOG) positive...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Child Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814545/metabolic-differentiation-of-early-lyme-disease-from-southern-tick-associated-rash-illness-stari
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Claudia R Molins, Laura V Ashton, Gary P Wormser, Barbara G Andre, Ann M Hess, Mark J Delorey, Mark A Pilgard, Barbara J Johnson, Kristofor Webb, M Nurul Islam, Adoracion Pegalajar-Jurado, Irida Molla, Mollie W Jewett, John T Belisle
Lyme disease, the most commonly reported vector-borne disease in the United States, results from infection with Borrelia burgdorferi. Early clinical diagnosis of this disease is largely based on the presence of an erythematous skin lesion for individuals in high-risk regions. This, however, can be confused with other illnesses including southern tick-associated rash illness (STARI), an illness that lacks a defined etiological agent or laboratory diagnostic test, and is coprevalent with Lyme disease in portions of the eastern United States...
August 16, 2017: Science Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807290/exposure-to-vector-borne-pathogens-in-privately-owned-dogs-living-in-different-socioeconomic-settings-in-brazil
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Luciana Aguiar Figueredo, Kamila Gaudêncio da Silva Sales, Katrin Deuster, Matthias Pollmeier, Domenico Otranto, Filipe Dantas-Torres
This survey was conducted in four Brazilian cities, from three federative units (Pernambuco, Minas Gerais, and Federal District), representing different socioeconomic settings, to determine the presence of antibodies to or antigens and DNA of selected pathogens in privately owned dogs. From January to April 2015, blood and serum samples were collected and assayed using different tests. In particular, antibodies to Anaplasma spp., Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato, and Ehrlichia spp., and antigens of Dirofilaria immitis were detected using a rapid enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay, whereas antibodies to Babesia spp...
August 30, 2017: Veterinary Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802273/evidence-for-borrelia-bavariensis-infections-of-ixodes-uriae-within-seabird-colonies-of-the-north-atlantic-ocean
#4
Hannah J Munro, Nicholas H Ogden, L Robbin Lindsay, Gregory J Robertson, Hugh Whitney, Andrew S Lang
The first report of members of the spirochete genus Borrelia in the seabird tick, Ixodes uriae, and seabird colonies occurred during the early 1990s. Since then, Borrelia spp. have been detected in these ticks and seabird colonies around the world. To-date, the primary species detected has been B. garinii, with rare occurrences of B. burgdorferi sensu stricto and B. lusitaniae. During our research on Borrelia and I. uriae in seabird colonies of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, we have identified B. bavariensis in I...
August 11, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799685/ecological-factors-influencing-small-mammal-infection-by-anaplasma-phagocytophilum-and-borrelia-burgdorferi-s-l-in-agricultural-and-forest-landscapes
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Grégoire Perez, Suzanne Bastian, Amélie Chastagner, Albert Agoulon, Olivier Plantard, Gwenaël Vourc'h, Alain Butet
Small mammals are key components of numerous tick-borne disease systems, as hosts for immature ticks and pathogen reservoirs. To study the factors influencing tick-borne infection in small mammals, we trapped small mammals and collected questing ticks in spring and autumn in 2012 and 2013 at 24 sites in a 10x15 km rural landscapes (Brittany, France). Tissue samples were screened by real-time PCR for Anaplasma phagocytophilum and Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato. Of the two dominant small mammal species captured, bank voles (Myodes glareolus) had higher prevalence than wood mice (Apodemus sylvaticus) for both infections, presumably because of specific differences in immunological defenses...
August 11, 2017: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782459/leptospira-spp-vaccinal-antibodies-do-not-react-with-borrelia-burgdorferi-peptides-used-in-the-accuplex-4
#6
Amber L Caress, Scott Moroff, Michael R Lappin
We attempted to determine if Leptospira spp. antibodies induced by vaccination would cross-react with Borrelia burgdorferi antigens used in a commercial automated immunofluorescent assay (AccuPlex 4 BioCD; Antech). Staff- and student-owned dogs ( n = 31) were recruited at a veterinary teaching hospital in a B. burgdorferi nonendemic area. The dogs were randomized and administered 1 of 4 commercial Leptospira spp. vaccines that contained serovars Canicola, Grippotyphosa, Icterohaemorrhagiae, and Pomona, then booster vaccinated 3 wk later...
August 1, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28776227/seroprevalence-and-risk-factors-associated-with-ehrlichia-canis-anaplasma-spp-borrelia-burgdorferi-sensu-lato-and-d-immitis-in-hunting-dogs-from-southern-italy
#7
Diego Piantedosi, Benedetto Neola, Nicola D'Alessio, Francesca Di Prisco, Mario Santoro, Laura Pacifico, Giovanni Sgroi, Luigi Auletta, Jesse Buch, Ramaswamy Chandrashekar, Edward B Breitschwerdt, Vincenzo Veneziano
Canine vector-borne diseases (CVBDs) are caused by a range of pathogens transmitted to dogs by arthropods. The present study investigates Ehrlichia canis, Anaplasma spp., Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato, and Dirofilaria immitis seroprevalences in hunting dogs from southern Italy. Dogs (no. 1335) were tested using a commercial in-clinic enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay kit. Odds ratios (ORs) were calculated by logistic regression analysis to identify risk factors. Overall, 138/1335 dogs (10.3%) were seroreactive to at least one CVBD pathogen...
August 4, 2017: Parasitology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28775250/modulation-of-the-tick-gut-milieu-by-a-secreted-tick-protein-favors-borrelia-burgdorferi-colonization
#8
Sukanya Narasimhan, Tim J Schuijt, Nabil M Abraham, Nallakkandi Rajeevan, Jeroen Coumou, Morven Graham, Andrew Robson, Ming-Jie Wu, Sirlei Daffre, Joppe W Hovius, Erol Fikrig
The Lyme disease agent, Borrelia burgdorferi, colonizes the gut of the tick Ixodes scapularis, which transmits the pathogen to vertebrate hosts including humans. Here we show that B. burgdorferi colonization increases the expression of several tick gut genes including pixr, encoding a secreted gut protein with a Reeler domain. RNA interference-mediated silencing of pixr, or immunity against PIXR in mice, impairs the ability of B. burgdorferi to colonize the tick gut. PIXR inhibits bacterial biofilm formation in vitro and in vivo...
August 4, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28771127/interactions-between-host-immune-response-and-antigenic-variation-that-control-borrelia-burgdorferi-population-dynamics
#9
Wei Zhou, Dustin Brisson
The population dynamics of pathogens within hosts result from interactions between host immune responses and mechanisms of the pathogen to evade or resist immune responses. Vertebrate hosts have evolved adaptive immune responses to eliminate the infection, while many pathogens evade immune clearance through altering surface antigens. Such interactions can result in a characteristic pattern of pathogen population dynamics within hosts consisting of population growth after infection, rapid population decline following specific immune responses, followed by persistence at low densities during a chronic infection stage...
August 4, 2017: Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28768731/improved-serodiagnostic-performance-for-lyme-disease-by-use-of-two-recombinant-proteins-in-elisa-as-compared-to-standardized-two-tier-testing
#10
Gary L Bradshaw, R Kelley Thueson, Todd J Uriona
The most reliable test method for the serological confirmation of Lyme Disease (LD) is a 2-tiered method recommended by the CDC in 1995. The first-tier test is a low specificity ELISA test and the second-tier tests are higher specificity IgG and IgM Western blots. This study describes the selection of two Borrelia burgdorferi-recombinant proteins and evaluation of their performance in a simple 1-tier test for the serological confirmation of LD. These two proteins were generated from (a) the full length dbpA gene combined with the invariable region 6 of the VlsE gene (dbpA/C6) and (b) the full length OspC gene...
August 2, 2017: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742149/predicting-the-risk-of-lyme-borreliosis-after-a-tick-bite-using-a-structural-equation-model
#11
Agnetha Hofhuis, Jan van de Kassteele, Hein Sprong, Cees C van den Wijngaard, Margriet G Harms, Manoj Fonville, Arieke Docters van Leeuwen, Mariana Simões, Wilfrid van Pelt
BACKGROUND: Understanding and quantification of the risk of Lyme borreliosis after a tick bite can aid development of prevention strategies against Lyme borreliosis. METHODS: We used 3,525 single tick bite reports from three large prospective studies on the transmission risk of tick-borne pathogens to humans, with 50 reports of Lyme borreliosis during the follow-up period, among 1,973 reports with known outcome. A structural equation model was applied to estimate the risk of Lyme borreliosis after a tick bite, and quantify the influence of: developmental stage of the tick, detection of Borrelia burgdorferi s...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735308/bactericidal-activity-of-octenidine-to-various-genospecies-of-borrelia-burgdorferi-sensu-lato-spirochetes-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
#12
Stanisława Tylewska-Wierzbanowska, Urszula Rogulska, Grażyna Lewandowska, Tomasz Chmielewski
The aim of our studies was to invent a reliable method for detection of the bactericidal activity of disinfectants against Borrelia burgdorferi in suspension (in vitro) and in cell line cultures (in vivo). In the suspension method, 0.01% octenidine at 20°C and 35°C was bactericidal to Borrelia afzeli; Borrelia garini, B. burgdorferi sensu stricto after 5 minutes treatment. Increase of the temperature to 35°C speed up the bactericidal effect to 1 minute. The bactericidal action of octenidine towards B. burgdorferi spirochetes growing in fibroblasts was less effective and needed a longer time to kill them than in the suspension...
July 6, 2017: Polish Journal of Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717031/phagocytic-receptors-activate-syk-and-src-signaling-during-borrelia-burgdorferi-phagocytosis
#13
Tess L Killpack, Maria Ballesteros, Stephen C Bunnell, Alice Bedugnis, Lester Kobzik, Linden T Hu, Tanja Petnicki-Ocwieja
Phagocytosis of the Lyme disease causing pathogen Borrelia burgdorferi has been shown to be important in generating an inflammatory response to the pathogen. As a result, understanding the mechanisms of phagocytosis has been an area of great interest in the field of Lyme disease. Several cell surface receptors that participate in B. burgdorferi phagocytosis have been reported, including scavenger receptor MARCO and integrin α3β1. We sought to define the mechanisms by which these receptors mediated phagocytosis and to identify signaling pathways activated downstream of these receptors upon contact with B...
July 17, 2017: Infection and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714333/-borrelia-miyamotoi-a-recently-identified-human-pathogenic-tick-borne-relapsing-fever-spirochete
#14
Sándor Szekeres, András Lakos, Gábor Földvári
Borrelia miyamotoi is a recently described relapsing fever spirochete transmitted by ticks of the Ixodes ricinus complex. This pathogen is different from Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato (the Lyme borreliosis spirochetes) in its epidemiology, ecology and also genetics. Over 50 patients have been described worldwide with Borrelia miyamotoi disease, and three immunocompromised patients were reported with neurological symptoms. Our knowledge about Borrelia miyamotoi infection in ticks and its distribution in different habitats and also the mechanism of the infection is limited...
July 2017: Orvosi Hetilap
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713599/lyme-carditis-buried-beneath-st-segment-elevations
#15
Basia Michalski, Adrian Umpierrez De Reguero
Lyme disease is caused by the spirochete Borrelia burgdorferi and is carried to human hosts by infected ticks. There are nearly 30,000 cases of Lyme disease reported to the CDC each year, with 3-4% of those cases reporting Lyme carditis. The most common manifestation of Lyme carditis is partial heart block following bacterial-induced inflammation of the conducting nodes. Here we report a 45-year-old gentleman that presented to the hospital with intense nonradiating chest pressure and tightness. Lab studies were remarkable for elevated troponins...
2017: Case Reports in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711274/clinical-association-lyme-disease-and-guillain-barre-syndrome
#16
Kinner Patel, Siddharth Shah, Dinesh Subedi
Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS) is a life-threatening condition in which patients may present to the Emergency Department in respiratory distress leading to death. The early identification and treatment of such a condition is paramount in preventing mortality. While there are many infections associated with GBS, the association with Lyme disease is uncommon. Through our case we aim to highlight Borrelia burgdorferi as an important antecedent infection associated with the development of GBS. In this case we report a 31-year-old male who was diagnosed with Lyme disease and GBS with relevant clinical presentation including progressive numbness and weakness in bilateral hands and feet for the past 1week along with areflexia...
July 8, 2017: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705983/completed-genome-sequences-of-borrelia-burgdorferi-sensu-stricto-b31-nrz-and-closely-related-patient-isolates-from-europe
#17
Gabriele Margos, Sabrina Hepner, Christoph Mang, Andreas Sing, Bernhard Liebl, Volker Fingerle
Borrelia burgdorferi sensu stricto is a causative agent of human Lyme borreliosis in the United States and Europe. We report here the completed genome sequences of strain B31 isolated from a tick in the United States and two closely related strains from Europe, PAli and PAbe, which were isolated from patients with erythema migrans and neuroborreliosis, respectively.
July 13, 2017: Genome Announcements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28691831/-diagnostic-relevance-of-the-chemokine-cxcl13-and-anti-c6-peptide-antibodies-in-patients-with-neuroborreliosis
#18
D Pícha, L Moravcová, D Smíšková
AIM OF THE STUDY: The study was focused on testing the diagnostic value of detection of the chemokine CXCL13 (B lymphocyte chemoattractant) and anti-C6 peptide (synthetic peptide derived from B. burdorferi VlsE protein) antibodies in patients with neuroborreliosis (NB). MATERIAL AND METHODS: One hundred and twenty-nine patients with clinical suspicion of neuroinfection were included in the study. Eighty patients with NB (positive for antibodies in serum and CSF) were subdivided into four groups (A1-A4) based on positivity/negativity of the antibody index (AI) and pleocytosis...
2017: Epidemiologie, Mikrobiologie, Imunologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28690096/modeling-the-effects-of-variable-feeding-patterns-of-larval-ticks-on-the-transmission-of-borrelia-lusitaniae-and-borrelia-afzelii
#19
Luca Ferreri, Silvia Perazzo, Ezio Venturino, Mario Giacobini, Luigi Bertolotti, Alessandro Mannelli
Spirochetes belonging to the Borrelia burgdoferi sensu lato (sl) group cause Lyme Borreliosis (LB), which is the most commonly reported vector-borne zoonosis in Europe. B. burgdorferi sl is maintained in nature in a complex cycle involving Ixodes ricinus ticks and several species of vertebrate hosts. The transmission dynamics of B. burgdorferi sl is complicated by the varying competence of animals for different genospecies of spirochetes that, in turn, vary in their capability of causing disease. In this study, a set of difference equations simplifying the complex interaction between vectors and their hosts (competent and not for Borrelia) is built to gain insights into conditions underlying the dominance of B...
July 6, 2017: Theoretical Population Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28676442/a-biochip-based-combined-immunoassay-for-detection-of-serological-status-of-borrelia-burgdorferi-in-lyme-borreliosis
#20
Na-Li Huang, Lei Ye, Hui Lv, Yi-Xin Du, Marion Schneider, Li-Bin Fan, Wei-Dong Du
BACKGROUND: Dithiobis (succinimidyl undecanoate) modified gold surface biochip were used as a combined immunoassay platform for concurrently detecting immune responses to Borrelia burgdorferi (B. burgdorferi) sensu lato antigens, flagellin, outer surface protein C, variable major protein-like sequence proteins, and 3 VlsE protein IR6 peptides. The peptides represented intrinsic Borrelia genospecies: B. burgdorferi sensu stricto, B. garinii, and B. afzelii, respectively. METHODS: Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy was utilized to validate the surface chemical characteristics on the modified gold surface...
July 1, 2017: Clinica Chimica Acta; International Journal of Clinical Chemistry
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