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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431212/dna-barcoding-and-traditional-taxonomy-an-integrated-approach-for-biodiversity-conservation
#1
Bhavisha P Sheth, Vrinda S Thaker
Biological diversity is depleting at an alarming rate. Additionally, a vast amount of biodiversity still remains undiscovered. Taxonomy has been serving the purpose of describing, naming, and classifying species for more than 250 years. DNA taxonomy and barcoding have accelerated the rate of this process, thereby providing a tool for conservation practice. DNA barcoding and traditional taxonomy have their own inherent merits and demerits. The synergistic use of both methods, in the form of integrative taxonomy, has the potential to contribute to biodiversity conservation in a pragmatic timeframe and overcome their individual drawbacks...
April 21, 2017: Genome Génome / Conseil National de Recherches Canada
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430889/accuracy-of-diagnostic-tests-for-schistosoma-mansoni-infection-in-asymptomatic-eritrean-refugees-serology-and-poc-cca-against-stool-microscopy
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Afona Chernet, Kerstin Kling, Véronique Sydow, Esther Kuenzli, Christoph Hatz, Jürg Utzinger, Lisette van Lieshout, Hanspeter Marti, Niklaus D Labhardt, Andreas Neumayr
Background: The unprecedented increase in number of African refugees arriving in Europe is confronting clinicians and general practitioners with the question of whether or not and how to screen migrants from endemic regions for Schistosoma mansoni infection. Methods: We assessed the accuracy of three different diagnostic tests for S.mansoni infection (stool microscopy [samples prepared by sedimentation technique], serology, and point-of-care circulating cathodic antigen [POC-CCA] urine cassette test) in 107 newly arrived asymptomatic Eritrean refugees in Switzerland...
April 19, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430748/immunogenicity-of-the-inactivated-japanese-encephalitis-virus-vaccine-ixiaro%C3%A2-n-children-from-a-japanese-encephalitis-virus-endemic-region
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Katrin L Dubischar, Vera Kadlecek, Benjamin Sablan, Charissa Fay Borja-Tabora, Salvacion Gatchalian, Susanne Eder-Lingelbach, Sigrid Kiermayr, Martin Spruth, Kerstin Westritschnig
BACKGROUND: Japanese encephalitis (JE) is a major public health concern in Asia and poses a small, but potentially fatal threat to travelers from non-endemic countries, including children. No JE vaccine for pediatric use has been available in Europe and the USA. METHODS: Age-stratified cohorts of children between 2 months and 17 years received 2 doses of Vero cell-derived inactivated JE virus vaccine (IXIARO) administered 28 days apart (<3 years 0.25 mL [half adult dose], ≥3 years 0...
April 19, 2017: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430168/classical-swine-fever-an-updated-review
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REVIEW
Sandra Blome, Christoph Staubach, Julia Henke, Jolene Carlson, Martin Beer
Classical swine fever (CSF) remains one of the most important transboundary viral diseases of swine worldwide. The causative agent is CSF virus, a small, enveloped RNA virus of the genus Pestivirus. Based on partial sequences, three genotypes can be distinguished that do not, however, directly correlate with virulence. Depending on both virus and host factors, a wide range of clinical syndromes can be observed and thus, laboratory confirmation is mandatory. To this means, both direct and indirect methods are utilized with an increasing degree of commercialization...
April 21, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430097/zika-virus-update-more-on-an-emerging-arboviral-disease-in-the-western-hemisphere
#5
Kelly G Vest
Zika virus has captivated the world with its quick spread throughout the Western Hemisphere. Increased emphasis has been placed on the infection of pregnant women and subsequent adverse and severe effects in the developing fetus and newborn. This article supplements a previous article and provides updated information on new and evolving evidence that strengthens the association between Zika virus and unique congenital and neurologic diseases, updates what is known about the epidemiology of the disease, and provides new and updated material for primary care providers as they counsel patients who may be exposed or infected...
April 2017: Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429304/new-perspectives-on-the-diagnosis-of-allergy-to-anisakis-spp
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REVIEW
Ignacio Moneo, Noelia Carballeda-Sangiao, Miguel González-Muñoz
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: To compare the prevalence of sensitization in different countries based on specific IgE values and to evaluate the use of isolated native or recombinant allergens for diagnosis. RECENT FINDINGS: Isolated allergens help in the diagnosis of truly sensitized patients avoiding false positives due to cross-reactions. Their use is therefore highly recommended, especially when used as a combination of several relevant allergens. The use of purified allergens allows an accurate diagnosis and this has led to three important findings: (1) in addition to the digestive route of sensitization, occupational and non-digestive exposure seems to be clinically relevant...
May 2017: Current Allergy and Asthma Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429036/a-review-of-zika-virus-infections-in-pregnancy-and-implications-for-antenatal-care-in-singapore
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Harvard Zhenjia Lin, Paul Anantharajah Tambyah, Eu Leong Yong, Arijit Biswas, Shiao-Yng Chan
Given the consensus that there is a causal relationship between Zika virus (ZIKV) infection in pregnancy and congenital Zika syndrome (CZS), clinicians must be prepared to manage affected patients despite the numerous gaps in current knowledge. The clinical course in pregnancy appears similar to that in non-pregnant women, although viraemia may be prolonged. ZIKV infection can be diagnosed by serum and urine reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction, but commercially available serological tests are currently unreliable in dengue-endemic regions...
April 2017: Singapore Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428989/generation-and-characterization-of-the-blood-transcriptome-of-macaca-thibetana-and-comparative-analysis-with-m-mulatta
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Peng Li, Lianming Du, Wujiao Li, Zhenxin Fan, Daiwen Zeng, Hui Chen, Liang Zhou, Yong Yi, Na Yang, Kefeng Dou, Bisong Yue, Jing Li
Transcriptome profiles provide a large transcript sequence data set for genomic study, particularly in organisms that have no accurate genome data published. The Tibetan macaque (Macaca thibetana) is commonly considered to be an endemic species to China and an important animal in biomedical research in the present day. In the present study, we report the de novo assembly and characterization of the blood transcriptome of the Tibetan macaque from three individuals, and we also sequenced the blood transcriptome of the rhesus macaque (Macaca mulatta) for comparison...
April 21, 2017: Molecular BioSystems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428561/a-general-framework-for-predicting-delayed-responses-of-ecological-communities-to-habitat-loss
#9
Youhua Chen, Tsung-Jen Shen
Although biodiversity crisis at different spatial scales has been well recognised, the phenomena of extinction debt and immigration credit at a crossing-scale context are, at best, unclear. Based on two community patterns, regional species abundance distribution (SAD) and spatial abundance distribution (SAAD), Kitzes and Harte (2015) presented a macroecological framework for predicting post-disturbance delayed extinction patterns in the entire ecological community. In this study, we further expand this basic framework to predict diverse time-lagged effects of habitat destruction on local communities...
April 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428122/challenges-in-the-management-of-chagas-disease-in-latin-american-migrants-in-europe
#10
REVIEW
B Monge-Maillo, R López-Vélez
 Chagas disease (CD) is endemic in Latin America. Due to migration, the infection has crossed borders and it is estimated that 68 000-120 000 people with CD are currently living in Europe and 30% of them may develop visceral involvement. However, up to 90% of CD cases in Europe remain undiagnosed. The challenges which have to be overcome in CD are related to screening, diagnostic tools and therapeutic management in non-endemic countries. AIMS : The aim of this review is to highlight how healthcare management for Latin American migrants with CD in Europe may be improved...
April 17, 2017: Clinical Microbiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427963/molecular-investigation-of-piroplasma-infection-in-white-yaks-bos-grunniens-in-gansu-province-china
#11
Sitong Li, Junlong Liu, Aihong Liu, Youquan Li, Shuqing Wang, Shufang Wang, Hong Yin, Jianxun Luo, Guiquan Guan
Piroplasmosis, including theileriosis and babesiosis, is a tick-borne haemoprotozoan disease responsible for huge economic losses to livestock industry. In China, the biology of piroplasms infective to cattle was well understood on the basis of pathogen detection isolations and molecular epidemiological surveys in the past few decades. But very limited information about the infection status of piroplasms in white yak (Bos grunniens), a semi-wild and endemic breed, has been recorded, so far. A total of 350 blood samples was collected from white yaks in 11 towns of Tianzhu Tibetan Autonomous County of Gansu province, China, during April to July, 2015...
April 17, 2017: Acta Tropica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427962/first-report-of-a-rickettsia-asembonensis-related-infecting-fleas-in-brazil
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Arannadia Barbosa Silva, Vinicius Figueiredo Vizzoni, Andréa Pereira Costa, Francisco Borges Costa, Jonas Moraes-Filho, Marcelo Bahia Labruna, Gilberto Salles Gazêta, Rita de Maria Seabra Nogueira
The present study was performed in a non-endemic area for spotted fever (SF) in Imperatriz microregion, state of Maranhão, Brazil. Blood samples and ectoparasites were collected from 300 dogs of the Imperatriz microregion. Canine serum samples were tested individually by indirect immunofluorescence assay (IFA), using five Rickettsia isolates from Brazil. Antibodies reactive to at least one of the five species of Rickettsia were detected in 1.6% of the dogs (5/300). These sera were considered reactive to Rickettsia rickettsii and Rickettsia amblyommatis or very closely related species...
April 17, 2017: Acta Tropica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427960/construct-and-expression-of-recombinant-domains-i-ii-of-dengue-virus-2-and-its-efficacy-to-evaluate-immune-response-in-endemic-area-possible-use-in-prognosis
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Alfredo Eduardo Montes-Gómez, Hector Vivanco-Cid, José Bustos-Arriaga, Mussaret Bano Zaidi, Jazmin Garcia Machorro, Benito Gutierrez-Castañeda, Leticia Cedillo-Barron
The envelope (E) protein from DENV, contain three functional and structural domains (DI, DII and DIII). Some studies suggest that neutralizing antibodies during natural DENV infection are predominantly against DI and DII, in contrast, low proportion of the antibodies were against DIII. Thus it is necessary to establish the proportion of human antibodies against DENV E protein that bind to DI and DII during the normal course of infection; as an indicator of the quality of the antibody response and to further design new vaccine candidates for DENV...
April 17, 2017: Acta Tropica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427455/comparison-of-methods-for-detecting-asymptomatic-malaria-infections-in-the-china-myanmar-border-area
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Yonghong Zhao, Yan Zhao, Yanmin Lv, Fei Liu, Qinghui Wang, Peipei Li, Zhenjun Zhao, Yingjie Liu, Liwang Cui, Qi Fan, Yaming Cao
BACKGROUND: Sensitive methods for detecting asymptomatic malaria infections are essential for identifying potential transmission reservoirs and obtaining an accurate assessment of malaria epidemiology in low-endemicity areas aiming to eliminate malaria. PCR techniques to detect parasite nucleic acids (DNA or RNA) are among the most commonly used molecular methods. However, most of these methods are of low throughput and cannot be used for large-scale molecular epidemiological studies...
April 20, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427437/efficacy-and-user-acceptability-of-transfluthrin-treated-sisal-and-hessian-decorations-for-protecting-against-mosquito-bites-in-outdoor-bars
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John P Masalu, Marceline Finda, Fredros O Okumu, Elihaika G Minja, Arnold S Mmbando, Maggy T Sikulu-Lord, Sheila B Ogoma
BACKGROUND: A number of mosquito vectors bite and rest outdoors, which contributes to sustained residual malaria transmission in endemic areas. Spatial repellents are thought to create a protective "bubble" within which mosquito bites are reduced and may be ideal for outdoor use. This study builds on previous studies that proved efficacy of transfluthrin-treated hessian strips against outdoor biting mosquitoes. The goal of this study was to modify strips into practical, attractive and acceptable transfluthrin treated sisal and hessian emanators that confer protection against potential infectious bites before people use bed nets especially in the early evening and outdoors...
April 20, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427418/immunity-as-a-predictor-of-anti-malarial-treatment-failure-a-systematic-review
#16
Katherine O'Flaherty, Julia Maguire, Julie A Simpson, Freya J I Fowkes
BACKGROUND: Naturally acquired immunity can reduce parasitaemia and potentially influence anti-malarial treatment outcomes; however, evidence for this in the current literature provides conflicted results. The available evidence was synthesized to determine and quantify the association between host immunity and anti-malarial treatment failure. METHODS: Four databases were searched to identify studies investigating malaria antibody levels in patients receiving anti-malarial treatment for symptomatic malaria with treatment failure recorded according to the World Health Organization classification...
April 20, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427406/latent-membrane-protein-1-lmp1-expression-in-hodgkin-lymphoma-and-its-correlation-with-clinical-and-histologic-parameters
#17
Atif Ali Hashmi, Zubaida Fida Hussain, Kashif Ali Hashmi, Muhammad Irfan Zafar, Muhammad Muzzammil Edhi, Naveen Faridi, Mehmood Khan
BACKGROUND: Hodgkin lymphoma is one of the most prevalent lymphoproliferative disorders in Pakistan; however, no risk factors for this disease have yet to be established in our population. Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) is a well-known risk factor for Hodgkin lymphoma in endemic regions of the world; however, frequency of its association in our population has not been widely studied. Latent membrane protein 1 (LMP1) expression by immunohistochemistry (IHC) is a surrogate marker of EBV in Hodgkin lymphoma...
April 20, 2017: World Journal of Surgical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427389/defining-micro-epidemiology-for-malaria-elimination-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#18
Melanie Bannister-Tyrrell, Kristien Verdonck, Susanna Hausmann-Muela, Charlotte Gryseels, Joan Muela Ribera, Koen Peeters Grietens
BACKGROUND: Malaria risk can vary markedly between households in the same village, or between villages, but the determinants of this "micro-epidemiological" variation in malaria risk remain poorly understood. This study aimed to identify factors that explain fine-scale variation in malaria risk across settings and improve definitions and methods for malaria micro-epidemiology. METHODS: A systematic review of studies that examined risk factors for variation in malaria infection between individuals, households, clusters, hotspots, or villages in any malaria-endemic setting was conducted...
April 20, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427337/treatment-seeking-behaviour-in-low-and-middle-income-countries-estimated-using-a-bayesian-model
#19
Victor A Alegana, Jim Wright, Carla Pezzulo, Andrew J Tatem, Peter M Atkinson
BACKGROUND: Seeking treatment in formal healthcare for uncomplicated infections is vital to combating disease in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Healthcare treatment-seeking behaviour varies within and between communities and is modified by socio-economic, demographic, and physical factors. As a result, it remains a challenge to quantify healthcare treatment-seeking behaviour using a metric that is comparable across communities. Here, we present an application for transforming individual categorical responses (actions related to fever) to a continuous probabilistic estimate of fever treatment for one country in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA)...
April 20, 2017: BMC Medical Research Methodology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426700/southern-tunisia-a-still-high-endemicity-area-for-hepatitis-a
#20
Houcine Neffatti, Patricia Lebraud, Corinne Hottelet, Jawher Gharbi, Taieb Challouf, Anne-Marie Roque-Afonso
BACKGROUND: Hepatitis A (HAV) and E (HEV) viruses are responsible for enterically transmitted hepatitis. Tunisia is reported to be of intermediate endemicity for HAV and of low seroprevalence for HEV; however, data from rural areas of South Tunisia are lacking. METHODS: Sera from 216 asymptomatic pregnant women and from 92 patients with acute hepatitis were collected between October 2014 and November 2015. Total and IgM anti-HAV immunoglobulins and anti-HEV IgG and IgM were investigated...
2017: PloS One
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