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Tatiane Sott, Carina Franciscato, Adolfo Firmino da Silva, Iucif Abrão Nascif, Fagner Luiz da Costa Freitas
The objective of this study was to assess the occurence of animals seropositive for Anaplasma marginale in the municipality of Realeza, Paraná State, Brazil. Blood samples were collected from 344 cows on 18 small farms in the municipality of Realeza-PR. The animals'serum samples were forwarded to the Federal University of Fronteira do Sul, in order to investigate the occurrence of anti-A. marginale IgG antibodies by an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay commercial kit. IgG antibodies to A. marginale were detected in cattle from 77...
October 13, 2016: Revista Brasileira de Parasitologia Veterinária, Brazilian Journal of Veterinary Parasitology
Satoru Konnai, Shiro Murata, Kazuhiko Ohashi
Recently, dysfunction of antigen-specific T cells is well documented as T-cell exhaustion and has been defined by the loss of effector functions during chronic infections and cancer in human. The exhausted T cells are characterized phenotypically by the surface expression of immunoinhibitory receptors, such as programmed death 1 (PD-1), lymphocyte activation gene 3 (LAG-3), T-cell immunoglobulin and mucin domain-containing protein 3 (Tim-3) and cytotoxic T-lymphocyte antigen 4 (CTLA-4). However, there is still a fundamental lack of knowledge about the immunoinhibitory receptors in the fields of veterinary medicine...
October 8, 2016: Journal of Veterinary Medical Science
Aminat T Oki, Bernice Huang, Andrea R Beyer, Levi J May, Hilary K Truchan, Naomi J Walker, Nathan L Galloway, Dori L Borjesson, Jason A Carlyon
Anaplasma phagocytophilum, a member of the family Anaplasmataceae and the obligate intracellular bacterium that causes granulocytic anaplasmosis, resides in a host cell-derived vacuole. Bacterial proteins that localize to the A. phagocytophilum-occupied vacuole membrane (AVM) are critical host-pathogen interfaces. Of the few bacterial AVM proteins that have been identified, the domains responsible for AVM localization and the host cell pathways that they co-opt are poorly defined. APH0032 is an effector that is expressed and localizes to the AVM late during the infection cycle...
2016: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
Mustapha Dahmani, Bernard Davoust, Frédéric Rousseau, Didier Raoult, Florence Fenollar, Oleg Mediannikov
Rhipicephalus bursa is one of 79 species of the genus Rhipicephalus in the family of Ixodidae. In this study, we investigated Anaplasmataceae bacteria associated with R. bursa collected after an epizootic outbreak of ovine anaplasmosis. 76 adult ticks, (60 male and 16 female ticks), were removed from sheep in two farms and all identified as R. bursa, all females were partially engorged. We found that 50% of the ticks were positive in the initial Anaplasmataceae qPCR screening. Bacterial species was identified by analyzing the sequences of amplicons of 23S rRNA, groEL and rpoB genes...
September 19, 2016: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
Gary P Wormser
In 2008, human granulocytic anaplasmosis (HGA) was reported from China. However, the clinical and laboratory findings, including reports of nosocomial transmission, were inconsistent with those reported for HGA in the United States. In 2012, it was demonstrated that the patients described in the 2008 report had all been infected with a newly discovered bunyavirus, severe fever with thrombocytopenia syndrome virus, which causes an illness with the same clinical features described for the patients in the 2008 report...
October 2016: Emerging Infectious Diseases
Rosa Estela Quiroz-Castañeda, Itzel Amaro-Estrada, Sergio Darío Rodríguez-Camarillo
In order to understand the genetic diversity of A. marginale, several efforts have been made around the world. This rickettsia affects a significant number of ruminants, causing bovine anaplasmosis, so the interest in its virulence and how it is transmitted have drawn interest not only from a molecular point of view but also, recently, some genomics research have been performed to elucidate genes and proteins with potential as antigens. Unfortunately, so far, we still do not have a recombinant anaplasmosis vaccine...
2016: BioMed Research International
Daniela Pothmann, Sven Poppert, Raphael Rakotozandrindrainy, Benedikt Hogan, Mariano Mastropaolo, Claudia Thiel, Cornelia Silaghi
Tick-borne bovine anaplasmosis, caused by the obligate intracellular pathogen Anaplasma marginale (Rickettsiales: Anaplasmataceae), is a major constraint to cattle production in tropical and subtropical regions. From Madagascar, clinical cases were published but data based on molecular methods regarding the prevalence and genetic diversity of this pathogen on the island are lacking. The aims of this study were to investigate (1) the prevalence of A. marginale in Malagasy zebu cattle (Bos indicus) and their ticks with a species-specific real-time PCR, (2) the genetic diversity of A...
October 2016: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
Saraniya Sathiamoorthi, Wendy M Smith
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Tick-borne diseases are increasing in incidence and geographic distribution. Several diseases endemic to the United States have ophthalmic manifestations, including the most common tick-borne disease, Lyme borreliosis. As ocular complaints may lead a patient to seek medical evaluation, it is important to be aware of the systemic and ophthalmic manifestations of tick-borne diseases in order to make the correct diagnosis. RECENT FINDINGS: Vision-threatening ophthalmic manifestations are relatively common in Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever...
November 2016: Current Opinion in Ophthalmology
A Russell Moore, Emily Coffey, Sarah E Leavell, Greta Krafsur, Colleen Duncan, Kristy Dowers, Kelly S Santangelo
A 6-year-old, male castrated, mixed-breed dog was referred to the James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital at Colorado State University for bicavitary effusion. On examination, the dog was tachycardic and tachypneic with bilaterally decreased lung sounds. Thoracic and abdominal ultrasonic examination revealed pleural and peritoneal effusions, which were aspirated and submitted for fluid analysis and cytology. Both cavity fluids were classified as exudates with a large population of vacuolated mononuclear cells...
September 2016: Veterinary Clinical Pathology
Margarita Villar, Vladimir López, Nieves Ayllón, Alejandro Cabezas-Cruz, Juan A López, Jesús Vázquez, Pilar Alberdi, José de la Fuente
BACKGROUND: The intracellular bacteria Anaplasma phagocytophilum are emerging zoonotic pathogens affecting human and animal health, and a good model for the study of tick-host-pathogen interactions. This tick-borne pathogen is transmitted by Ixodes scapularis in the United States where it causes human granulocytic anaplasmosis. Tick midguts and salivary glands play a major role during tick feeding and development, and in pathogen acquisition, multiplication and transmission. Vertebrate host proteins are found in tick midguts after feeding and have been described in the salivary glands of fed and unfed ticks, suggesting a role for these proteins during tick feeding and development...
2016: Parasites & Vectors
I I Ben, H V Biletska
This article presents data of complex study of human granulocytic anaplasmosis the human granulocytic anaplasmosis (HGA) in the western region of Ukraine. Natural HGA foci were identified, where the prevalence of A. phagocytophilum in the main vector (I. ricinus) amount to (12.0 +/- 0.7) %, and seroprevalence of HGA among the healthy population--(28.6 +/- 1.6) %. It's shown that A. phagocytophilum is the etiologic agent of (33.7 +/- 4.9) % of undiagnosed cases of seasonal febrile diseases. Principal characteristics of HGA epidemiology: spring-summer scasonality, the prevalence of disease in the age structure of people of active age (45...
October 2015: Likars'ka Sprava
Dimath Alyemni, Guldeep Uppal, Nneamaka Nwaoduah, Vandi Ly
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August 4, 2016: British Journal of Haematology
Rebeca Movilla, Carlos García, Susanne Siebert, Xavier Roura
BACKGROUND: Canine vector-borne diseases (CVBD) have become a major concern for canine and human public health. The aim of the study described here is to add epidemiological data regarding four pathogens responsible for CVBD, namely anaplasmosis, borreliosis, dirofilariosis and ehrlichiosis in a national survey conducted in Mexico. METHODS: Seventy-four veterinary centres located in 21 federal Mexican states were asked to test dogs with clinical signs suspect for CVBD and healthy dogs, for detection of Dirofilaria immitis antigen and antibodies against Anaplasma spp...
2016: Parasites & Vectors
Yan Zhang, Yali Lv, Feifei Zhang, Wenjing Zhang, Jinhong Wang, Yanyan Cui, Fuchun Jian, Rongjun Wang, Longxian Zhang, Changshen Ning
Members of the genus Anaplasma are important emerging tick-borne pathogens in both humans and animals in tropical and subtropical areas. Here, we investigated the presence of Anaplasma spp. in 621 sheep and 710 goats from six provinces of China. Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and DNA sequencing were performed to determine the prevalence of A. phagocytophilum, A. ovis and A. bovis based on the 16S ribosomal RNA (rRNA) or major surface protein 4 (msp4) genes. By PCR, Anaplasma were detected in 39.0% (240/621) of sheep and 45...
July 25, 2016: Journal of Veterinary Science
Zamantungwa T H Khumalo, Helen N Catanese, Nicole Liesching, Paidashe Hove, Nicola E Collins, Mamohale E Chaisi, Assefaw H Gebremedhin, Marinda C Oosthuizen, Kelly A Brayton
Bovine anaplasmosis caused by the intraerythrocytic rickettsial pathogen Anaplasma marginale is endemic in South Africa. Anaplasma marginale subspecies centrale also infects cattle; however, it causes a milder form of anaplasmosis and is used as a live vaccine against A. marginale There has been less interest in the epidemiology of A. marginale subsp. centrale, and, as a result, there are few reports detecting natural infections of this organism. When detected in cattle, it is often assumed that it is due to vaccination, and in most cases, it is reported as coinfection with A...
October 2016: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
Tomohiro Okagawa, Satoru Konnai, James R Deringer, Massaro W Ueti, Glen A Scoles, Shiro Murata, Kazuhiko Ohashi, Wendy C Brown
The CD4(+) T-cell response is central for the control of Anaplasma marginale infection in cattle. However, the infection induces a functional exhaustion of antigen-specific CD4(+) T cells in cattle immunized with A. marginale outer membrane proteins or purified outer membranes (OMs), which presumably facilitates the persistence of this rickettsia. In the present study, we hypothesize that T-cell exhaustion following infection is induced by the upregulation of immunoinhibitory receptors on T cells, such as programmed death 1 (PD-1) and lymphocyte activation gene 3 (LAG-3)...
October 2016: Infection and Immunity
Nicole Stephenson, Johnny Wong, Janet Foley
The Holarctic tick Ixodes angustus is a competent vector for Borrelia burgdorferi, the etiologic agent of Lyme disease, and possibly Anaplasma phagocytophilum, the etiologic agent of granulocytic anaplasmosis, as well. From 2005 to 2013, we collected host-feeding I. angustus individuals from live-trapped small mammals and by flagging vegetation from 12 study sites in northern and central California, and tested for B. burgdorferi sensu lato, A. phagocytophilum, and Rickettsia spp. DNA by real-time PCR. Among 261 I...
October 2016: Experimental & Applied Acarology
Kalyan Sarma, D B Mondal, M Saravanan
Tick-borne infectious diseases constitute an emerging problem in Veterinary Medicine. The study was undertaken to find out the ultrasonographic changes of liver and spleen in 101 positive cases of tick borne intracellular haemoparasitic diseases in dogs. Abdominal survey of ultrasonography revealed hypo echogenicity of liver, gall bladder distension, splenomegaly, hepato-splenomegaly and ascites in various tick born intracellular diseases viz. ehrlichiosis, babesiosis, anaplasmosis, hepatozoonosis and in mixed infection...
June 2016: Journal of Parasitic Diseases: Official Organ of the Indian Society for Parasitology
E K Schiffman, C McLaughlin, J A E Ray, M M Kemperman, A F Hinckley, H G Friedlander, D F Neitzel
Lyme disease (LD), anaplasmosis, babesiosis and other tick-borne diseases (TBDs) attributed to Ixodes ticks are thought to be widely underreported in the United States. To identify TBD cases diagnosed in 2009, but not reported to the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), diagnostic and procedural billing codes suggestive of tick-borne diseases were used to select medical charts for retrospective review in medical facilities serving residents of a highly endemic county in Minnesota. Of 444 illness events, 352 (79%) were not reported...
July 8, 2016: Zoonoses and Public Health
Alan G Barbour
The widely-distributed North American species Peromyscus leucopus and P. maniculatus of cricetine rodents are, between them, important natural reservoirs for several zoonotic diseases of humans: Lyme disease, human granulocytic anaplasmosis, babesiosis, erhlichiosis, hard tickborne relapsing fever, Powassan virus encephalitis, hantavirus pulmonary syndrome, and plague. While these infections are frequently disabling and sometimes fatal for humans, the peromyscines display little pathology and apparently suffer few consequences, even when prevalence of persistent infection in a population is high...
July 2, 2016: Seminars in Cell & Developmental Biology
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