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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778876/genome-sequence-analysis-of-a-novel-bacillus-thuringiensis-strain-blb406-active-against-aedes-aegypti-larvae-a-novel-potential-bioinsecticide
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Raida Zribi Zghal, Kais Ghedira, Jihen Elleuch, Marwa Kharrat, Slim Tounsi
BLB406 is a novel isolate of Bacillus thuringiensis with a larvicidal activity against Aedes aegypti larvae. It displays original plasmidic and crystal protein patterns. The present work reported molecular and bioinformatic analyses for the genome sequence of BLB406 using MiSeq Illumina next-generation sequencing technology. The reads were assembled by Velvet tool. Using RAST program and PGAAP the genome of BLB406 strain was shown to contain 6297 genes corresponding to 5924 protein coding sequences. The BLB406 genome investigation with BtToxin_scanner program shows that this strain has an original and different combination of toxins compared to the published ones: five cry genes (cry11, cry22, cry2, cry60, cry64) and two distinct vegetative insecticidal vip4 genes...
May 17, 2018: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778846/efficacy-and-tolerability-of-treatment-with-lacosamide-postmarketing-experience-from-the-middle-east-region
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Maher Arabi, Taoufik Alsaadi, Wassim Nasreddine, Jasem Al-Hashel, Maya Dirani, Ahmad Beydoun
PURPOSE: Lacosamide (LCM) was recently introduced in the Middle East. The aim of this study was to evaluate the safety, tolerability, and efficacy of LCM in patients with focal onset seizures and determine if our results are comparable with those derived from Western countries. METHODS: This is a retrospective analysis from two medical centers on consecutive patients diagnosed as having focal onset seizures and treated with add-on LCM. The primary efficacy variables were the 50% responder and seizure-free rates, and the secondary outcome variables included the percentages of patients who achieved seizure remission during the last 6-month follow-up period and the percentages of discontinuation due to lack of efficacy or tolerability...
May 17, 2018: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777752/chemical-profile-and-pharmacological-effects-of-the-resin-and-essential-oil-from-bursera-slechtendalii-a-medicinal-copal-tree-of-southern-mexico
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Nemesio Villa-Ruano, Yesenia Pacheco-Hernández, Elvia Becerra-Martínez, José Alejo Zarate-Reyes, Ramiro Cruz-Duran
This study reports on the volatile profile and pharmacological activities of the essential oil and resin from Bursera slechtendalii, an aromatic medicinal tree commercialized in southern Mexico. The essential oil contained 25 volatiles including p-cymen-8-ol (25.4-35.7%), n-hexyl hexanoate (6.8-17.6%) and n-octyl hexanoate (7.6-14.8%), whereas the crystallized resin contained 14 volatiles, including n-octyl acetate (29.6-34.2%), limonene (15.8-18.7%) and n-octyl butyrate (12.6-17-6%). The inhalation of vapors from the resin and essential oil caused a significant anxiolytic-like effect (p < ...
May 16, 2018: Fitoterapia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777650/modeling-dengue-vector-population-using-remotely-sensed-data-and-machine-learning
#4
Juan M Scavuzzo, Francisco Trucco, Manuel Espinosa, Carolina B Tauro, Marcelo Abril, Carlos M Scavuzzo, Alejandro C Frery
Mosquitoes are vectors of many human diseases. In particular, Aedes ægypti (Linnaeus) is the main vector for Chikungunya, Dengue, and Zika viruses in Latin America and it represents a global threat. Public health policies that aim at combating this vector require dependable and timely information, which is usually expensive to obtain with field campaigns. For this reason, several efforts have been done to use remote sensing due to its reduced cost. The present work includes the temporal modeling of the oviposition activity (measured weekly on 50 ovitraps in a north Argentinean city) of Aedes ægypti (Linnaeus), based on time series of data extracted from operational earth observation satellite images...
May 16, 2018: Acta Tropica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777177/controlling-vector-borne-diseases-by-releasing-modified-mosquitoes
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REVIEW
Heather A Flores, Scott L O'Neill
Aedes mosquito-transmitted diseases, such as dengue, Zika and chikungunya, are becoming major global health emergencies while old threats, such as yellow fever, are re-emerging. Traditional control methods, which have focused on reducing mosquito populations through the application of insecticides or preventing breeding through removal of larval habitat, are largely ineffective, as evidenced by the increasing global disease burden. Here, we review novel mosquito population reduction and population modification approaches with a focus on control methods based on the release of mosquitoes, including the release of Wolbachia-infected mosquitoes and strategies to genetically modify the vector, that are currently under development and have the potential to contribute to a reversal of the current alarming disease trends...
May 18, 2018: Nature Reviews. Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776384/competence-of-mosquitoes-native-to-the-united-kingdom-to-support-replication-and-transmission-of-rift-valley-fever-virus
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Sarah Lumley, Luis M Hernández-Triana, Daniel L Horton, Maria Del Mar Fernández de Marco, Jolyon M Medlock, Roger Hewson, Anthony R Fooks, Nicholas Johnson
BACKGROUND: Rift Valley fever phlebovirus (RVFV) is a mosquito-borne arbovirus causing severe disease in humans and livestock. It is endemic in Africa and spread to the Arabian Peninsula in 2000 raising concerns it could emerge in Europe. The ability of temperate mosquitoes from the United Kingdom (UK) to support replication and transmission of RVFV is unknown. METHODS: In this study, two colonised lines of Culex pipiens, wild-caught Aedes detritus and Ae. rusticus from the UK were infected with pathogenic strains of RVFV to assess their vector competence...
May 18, 2018: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774861/use-of-bead-based-serologic-assay-to-evaluate-chikungunya-virus-epidemic-haiti
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Eric W Rogier, Delynn M Moss, Kimberly E Mace, Michelle Chang, Samuel E Jean, Stevan M Bullard, Patrick J Lammie, Jean Frantz Lemoine, Venkatachalam Udhayakumar
The index case of chikungunya virus (CHIKV) in Haiti was reported during early 2014; the vector, the pervasive Aedes aegypti mosquito, promoted rapid spread throughout the country. During December 2014-February 2015, we collected blood samples from 4,438 persons at 154 sites (62 urban, 92 rural) throughout Haiti and measured CHIKV IgG by using a multiplex bead assay. Overall CHIKV seroprevalence was 57.9%; differences between rural (mean 44.9%) and urban (mean 78.4%) areas were pronounced. Logistic modeling identified the urban environment as a strong predictor of CHIKV exposure (adjusted odds ratio 3...
June 2018: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774292/evaluation-of-phytosynthesised-silver-nanoparticles-from-leaf-extracts-of-leucas-aspera-and-hyptis-suaveolens-and-their-larvicidal-activity-against-malaria-dengue-and-filariasis-vectors
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Devan Elumalai, Maduraiveeran Hemavathi, Chandrasekar Vijayalakshmi Deepaa, Patheri Kunyil Kaleena
The present study deals with the green synthesis of silver nanoparticle from the aqueous leaf extracts of Leucas aspera and Hyptis suaveolens as reducing agent and to investigate the larvicidal activity of synthesized silver nanoparticles. The synthesized silver nanoparticles were characterized by Ultraviolet and visible absorption spectroscopy (UV), Fourier transform-infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), X-ray spectroscopy (XRD), Field emission scanning electron microscope (FESEM) and High-resonance transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) analysis...
November 2017: Parasite Epidemiology and Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774286/biological-control-of-anopheles-darlingi-aedes-aegypti-and-culex-quinquefasciatus-larvae-using-shrimps
#9
Willian Marinho Dourado Coelho, Juliana de Carvalho Apolinário Coêlho, Katia Denise Saraiva Bresciani, Wilma Aparecida Starke Buzetti
Mosquitoes can act as vectors of important diseases such as malaria, dengue, Zika virus, yellow fever, Chikungunya and Mayaro fever, in addition to filariasis. The use of insecticides, larvicides, bed nets and repellents, besides the use of drugs as chemoprevention and the treatment of the sick are currently the pillars of the control of these vectors. We studied the biological control against of Anopheles darlingi , Aedes aegypti and Culex quinquefasciatus larvae using shrimps of the species M. pantanalense , M...
August 2017: Parasite Epidemiology and Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773481/comparison-of-thermophilic-anaerobic-and-aerobic-treatment-processes-for-stabilization-of-green-and-food-wastes-and-production-of-soil-amendments
#10
Jesus D Fernandez-Bayo, Ramin Yazdani, Christopher W Simmons, Jean S VanderGheynst
The management of organic wastes is an environmental and social priority. Aerobic digestion (AED) or composting and anaerobic digestion (AD) are two organic waste management practices that produce a value-added final product. Few side-by-side comparisons of both technologies and their digestate products have been performed. The objective of this study was to compare the impact of initial feedstock properties (moisture content and/or C/N ratio) on stabilization rate by AED and AD and soil amendment characteristics of the final products...
May 14, 2018: Waste Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773077/aedes-vittatus-in-spain-current-distribution-barcoding-characterization-and-potential-role-as-a-vector-of-human-diseases
#11
Alazne Díez-Fernández, Josué Martínez-de la Puente, Santiago Ruiz, Rafael Gutiérrez-López, Ramón Soriguer, Jordi Figuerola
BACKGROUND: Aedes vittatus is currently found in Africa, Asia and Europe, where it acts as a vector of pathogens causing animal and human diseases (e.g. chikungunya, Zika and dengue). Like other Aedes species, Ae. vittatus is able to breed in artificial containers. The ECDC has recently highlighted the need for molecular tools (i.e. barcoding characterization) that enable Aedes species to be identified in entomological surveys. RESULTS: We sampled mosquito larvae and adults in southern Spain and used a molecular approach to amplify and sequence a fragment of the cytochrome c oxidase subunit 1 gene (barcoding region) of the mosquitoes...
May 18, 2018: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772891/the-influence-of-urban-heat-islands-and-socioeconomic-factors-on-the-spatial-distribution-of-aedes-aegypti-larval-habitats
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Thiago S De Azevedo, Brian Patrick Bourke, Rafael Piovezan, Maria Anice M Sallum
We addressed the potential associations among the temporal and spatial distribution of larval habitats of Aedes (Stegomyia) aegypti, the presence of urban heat islands and socioeconomic factors. Data on larval habitats were collected in Santa Bárbara d'Oeste, São Paulo, Brazil, from 2004 to 2006, and spatial and temporal variations were analysed using a wavelet-based approach. We quantified urban heat islands by calculating surface temperatures using the results of wavelet analyses and grey level transformation from Thematic Mapper images (Landsat 5)...
May 8, 2018: Geospatial Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772886/urban-environmental-clustering-to-assess-the-spatial-dynamics-of-aedes-aegypti-breeding-sites
#13
Guillermo Albrieu-Llinás, Manuel O Espinosa, Agustín Quaglia, Marcelo Abril, Carlos Marcelo Scavuzzo
The identification of Aedes aegypti breeding hotspots in urban areas is crucial for the rational design of control strategies against this disease vector. Remote sensing and geographic information systems offer valuable tools for mapping habitat suitability of a given area. However, predicting species occurrences by means of probability distribution maps based on transversal entomological surveys has limited utility for local authorities. The aim of the present study was to carefully examine the temporal evolution of the number of houses infested with immature stages of Ae...
May 7, 2018: Geospatial Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772674/encapsidated-host-factors-in-alphavirus-particles-influence-midgut-infection-of-aedes-aegypti
#14
David Mackenzie-Liu, Kevin J Sokoloski, Sarah Purdy, Richard W Hardy
Transmission of mosquito-borne viruses requires the efficient infection of both a permissive vertebrate host and a competent mosquito vector. The infectivity of Sindbis virus (SINV), the type species of the Alphavirus genus, is influenced by both the original and new host cell. We have shown that infection of vertebrate cells by SINV, chikungunya virus (CHIKV), and Ross River virus (RRV) produces two subpopulations of virus particles separable based on density. In contrast, a single population of viral particles is produced by mosquito cells...
May 16, 2018: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29771372/tracking-aedes-aegypti-diptera-culicidae-larval-behavior-across-development-effects-of-temperature-and-nutrients-on-individuals-foraging-behavior
#15
Michael H Reiskind, M Shawn Janairo
Immature mosquitoes alter their foraging behavior in response to variation in nutrients, predators, and temperature, with consequences on the adult stage where pathogens are transmitted. These patterns of behavior have not been described with respect to both developmental stage and environmental variation, nor has behavior been examined within an individual across instars. We hypothesized that individual larvae have distinct behavioral syndromes, and predict that the rank of foraging activity in the third instar will be correlated with foraging activity in the fourth instar for an individual across all conditions...
May 15, 2018: Journal of Medical Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29769652/niche-conservatism-of-aedes-albopictus-and-aedes-aegypti-two-mosquito-species-with-different-invasion-histories
#16
Sarah Cunze, Judith Kochmann, Lisa K Koch, Sven Klimpel
Biological invasions have been associated with niche changes; however, their occurrence is still debated. We assess whether climatic niches between native and non-native ranges have changed during the invasion process using two globally spread mosquitoes as model species, Aedes albopictus and Aedes aegypti. Considering the different time spans since their invasions (>300 vs. 30-40 years), niche changes were expected to be more likely for Ae. aegypti than for Ae. albopictus. We used temperature and precipitation variables as descriptors for the realized climatic niches and different niche metrics to detect niche dynamics in the native and non-native ranges...
May 16, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29769105/ornamental-bromeliads-of-miami-dade-county-florida-are-important-breeding-sites-for-aedes-aegypti-diptera-culicidae
#17
André B B Wilke, Chalmers Vasquez, Paul J Mauriello, John C Beier
BACKGROUND: A major public health concern is the emergence and geographical spread of vector-borne diseases such as Zika and yellow fever. Ornamental bromeliads retaining water in their leaf axils represent potential breeding sites for mosquitoes. As the role of ornamental bromeliads in breeding Aedes aegypti in Miami-Dade County, Florida is unknown, we hypothesize that ornamental bromeliads are important breeding sites for Ae. aegypti. Our objective was to survey bromeliads in areas with high densities of adult Ae...
May 17, 2018: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29769098/wing-morphometrics-of-aedes-ochlerotatus-albifasciatus-macquart-1838-diptera-culicidae-from-different-climatic-regions-of-argentina
#18
Maximiliano J Garzón, Nicolás Schweigmann
BACKGROUND: Gene flow restrictions between populations of Aedes albifasciatus, the vector of Western equine encephalitis and Dirophilaria immitis, have been described in the central region of Argentina. Genetic and eco-physiological variations usually result in local forms reflecting the climatic regions. Mosquito wings and their different parts have ecological functions in flight and communication. Therefore, wing shape could be considered an aspect of sexual dimorphism, and its eco-physiological responses can be expressed as morphological changes induced by the environment...
May 16, 2018: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768530/ns1-codon-usage-adaptation-to-humans-in-pandemic-zika-virus
#19
Caio César de Melo Freire, Giuseppe Palmisano, Carla T Braconi, Fernanda R Cugola, Fabiele B Russo, Patricia Cb Beltrão-Braga, Atila Iamarino, Daniel Ferreira de Lima Neto, Amadou Alpha Sall, Livia Rosa-Fernandes, Martin R Larsen, Paolo Marinho de Andrade Zanotto
BACKGROUND: Zika virus (ZIKV) was recognised as a zoonotic pathogen in Africa and southeastern Asia. Human infections were infrequently reported until 2007, when the first known epidemic occurred in Micronesia. After 2013, the Asian lineage of ZIKV spread along the Pacific Islands and Americas, causing severe outbreaks with millions of human infections. The recent human infections of ZIKV were also associated with severe complications, such as an increase in cases of Guillain-Barre syndrome and the emergence of congenital Zika syndrome...
May 10, 2018: Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768077/strategy-to-address-private-location-cardiac-arrest-a-public-safety-survey
#20
Jennifer Blackwood, Mickey Eisenberg, Dawn Jorgenson, James Nania, Bryan Howard, Bryan Collins, Peter Connell, Tim Day, Cody Rohrbach, Thomas Rea
OBJECTIVE: Most cardiac arrests occur in the private setting where response is often delayed and outcomes are poor. We surveyed public safety personnel to determine if they would volunteer to respond into private locations and/or be equipped with a personal automated external defibrillator (AED) as part of a vetted responder program that would use smart geospatial technology. METHODS: We conducted an anonymized survey among personnel from fire-based emergency medical services (EMS) and search and rescue organizations from Washington State...
May 16, 2018: Prehospital Emergency Care
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