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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333986/building-the-road-to-a-regional-zoonoses-strategy-a-survey-of-zoonoses-programmes-in-the-americas
#1
Melody J Maxwell, Mary H Freire de Carvalho, Armando E Hoet, Marco A N Vigilato, Julio C Pompei, Ottorino Cosivi, Victor J Del Rio Vilas
BACKGROUND: In recent years, global public health security has been threatened by zoonotic disease emergence as exemplified by outbreaks of H5N1 and H1N1 influenza, SARS, and most recently Ebola and Zika. Additionally, endemic zoonoses, such as rabies, burden countries year after year, placing demands on limited finances and personnel. To survey the baseline status of the emerging and endemic zoonoses programmes of the Latin American and the Caribbean (LAC) countries, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) conducted a survey of priority emerging and endemic zoonoses, countries´ prioritization criteria and methodologies, and suggestions to strengthen countries capacities and regional approaches to zoonoses control...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324664/limited-understanding-of-the-functional-diversity-of-n-linked-glycans-as-a-major-gap-of-prion-biology
#2
Ilia V Baskakov
Among a broad range of hypotheses on the molecular nature of transmissible spongiform encephalopathy or scrapie agents discussed in 1960s was a hypothesis of self-replicating polysaccharides. While the studies of the past 40 years provided unambiguous proof that this is not the case, emerging evidence suggests that carbohydrates in the form of sialylated N-linked glycans, which are a constitutive part of mammalian prions or PrP(Sc), are essential in determining prion fate in an organism. The current extra-view article discusses recent advancements on the role of N-linked glycans and specifically their sialylation status in controlling prion fate...
March 21, 2017: Prion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28294542/pras40-alleviates-neurotoxic-prion-peptide-induced-apoptosis-via-mtor-akt-signaling
#3
Wei Yang, Li-Feng Yang, Zhi-Qi Song, Syed Zahid Ali Shah, Yong-Yong Cui, Chao-Si Li, Hua-Fen Zhao, Hong-Li Gao, Xiang-Mei Zhou, De-Ming Zhao
AIMS: The proline-rich Akt substrate of 40-kDa (PRAS40) protein is a direct inhibitor of mTORC1 and an interactive linker between the Akt and mTOR pathways. The mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) is considered to be a central regulator of cell growth and metabolism. Several investigations have demonstrated that abnormal mTOR activity may contribute to the pathogenesis of several neurodegenerative disorders and lead to cognitive deficits. METHODS: Here, we used the PrP peptide 106-126 (PrP(106-126) ) in a cell model of prion diseases (also known as transmissible spongiform encephalopathies, TSEs) to investigate the mechanisms of mTOR-mediated cell death in prion diseases...
March 14, 2017: CNS Neuroscience & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290153/viral-infections-and-obesity
#4
REVIEW
Jameson D Voss, Nikhil V Dhurandhar
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Obesity is a multifactorial disease that is now endemic throughout most of the world. Although addressing proximate causes of obesity (excess energy intake and reduced energy expenditure) have been longstanding global health priorities, the problem has continued to worsen at the global level. RECENT FINDINGS: Numerous microbial agents cause obesity in various experimental models-a phenomena known as infectobesity. Several of the same agents alter metabolic function in human cells and are associated with human obesity or metabolic dysfunction in humans...
March 13, 2017: Current Obesity Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28281929/in-vitro-amplification-of-h-type-atypical-bovine-spongiform-encephalopathy-by-protein-misfolding-cyclic-amplification
#5
Matthew J O'Connor, Keith Bishop, Robert G Workman, Ben C Maddison, Kevin C Gough
The in vitro amplification of prions by serial protein misfolding cyclic amplification has been shown to detect PrP(Sc) to levels at least as sensitive as rodent bioassay but in a fraction of the time. Bovine spongiform encephalopathy is a zoonotic prion disease in cattle and has been shown to occur in 3 distinct forms, classical BSE (C-BSE) and 2 atypical BSE forms (L-BSE and H-BSE). Atypical forms are usually detected in asymptomatic, older cattle and are suggested to be spontaneous forms of the disease. Here, we show the development of a serial protein misfolding cyclic amplification method for the detection of H-BSE...
January 2, 2017: Prion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28281925/infectious-prions-and-proteinopathies
#6
Rona M Barron
Transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs) are caused by an infectious agent that is thought to consist of only misfolded and aggregated prion protein (PrP). Unlike conventional micro-organisms, the agent spreads and propagates by binding to and converting normal host PrP into the abnormal conformer, increasing the infectious titre. Synthetic prions, composed of refolded fibrillar forms of recombinant PrP (rec-PrP) have been generated to address whether PrP aggregates alone are indeed infectious prions...
January 2, 2017: Prion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28278413/creutzfeldt-jakob-disease-surveillance-in-australia-update-to-december-2015
#7
Genevieve M Klug, Alison Boyd, Shannon Sarros, Christiane Stehmann, Marion Simpson, Catriona A McLean, Colin L Masters, Steven J Collins
Nation-wide surveillance of human transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (also known as prion diseases), the most common being Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, is performed by the Australian National Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease Registry, based at the University of Melbourne. Prospective surveillance has been undertaken since 1993 and over this dynamic period in transmissible spongiform encephalopathy research and understanding, the unit has evolved and adapted to changes in surveillance practices and requirements concomitant with the delineation of new disease subtypes, improvements in diagnostic capabilities and the overall heightened awareness of prion diseases in the health care setting...
September 30, 2016: Communicable Diseases Intelligence Quarterly Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28276094/pathology-of-toxic-leucoencephalopathy-in-drug-abuse-supports-hypoxic-ischemic-pathophysiology-etiology
#8
Murad Alturkustani, Lee-Cyn Ang, David Ramsay
The histopathological features of leucoencephalopathy caused by illicit drugs (such as opioids and cocaine) are well documented in acute cases but not in long-survival cases. There are several hypotheses about the pathogenesis of this disorder, including hypoperfusion, direct drug toxicity resulting from the neurotoxic effects of the drug itself or contaminants in the illicit drug vehicle. We reviewed the post mortem findings in five males (aged 24 to 56 years, with survival intervals ranging from 7 days to 5 months) with a history of illicit drug use and concomitant fatal white matter changes...
March 9, 2017: Neuropathology: Official Journal of the Japanese Society of Neuropathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28271922/prion-like-proteins-and-their-computational-identification-in-proteomes
#9
Cristina Batlle, Valentin Iglesias, Susanna Navarro, Salvador Ventura
The aberrant or misfolded forms of the prion protein have been described as the causative agents of rare transmissible spongiform encephalopathies. In addition, proteins associated with frequently occurring neurodegenerative disorders, such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's, are shown to share prion-like properties and to spread the disease in the brain. Areas covered: Interest in the prion phenomenon has crystallized in a series of computational methods aimed at uncovering prion-like proteins at the proteome level...
March 20, 2017: Expert Review of Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28268246/cerebellar-compartmentation-of-prion-pathogenesis
#10
Audrey Ragagnin, Juliette Ezpeleta, Aurélie Guillemain, François Boudet-Devaud, Anne-Marie Haeberlé, Valérie Demais, Catherine Vidal, Stanislas Demuth, Vincent Béringue, Odile Kellermann, Benoit Schneider, Nancy J Grant, Yannick Bailly
In prion diseases, the brain lesion profile is influenced by the prion "strain" properties, the invasion route to the brain, and still unknown host cell-specific parameters. To gain insight into those endogenous factors, we analyzed the histopathological alterations induced by distinct prion strains in the mouse cerebellum. We show that 22L and ME7 scrapie prion proteins (PrP(22L) , PrP(ME7) ), but not bovine spongiform encephalopathy PrP(6PB1) , accumulate in a reproducible parasagittal banding pattern in the cerebellar cortex of infected mice...
March 7, 2017: Brain Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28261810/geographic-exposure-risk-of-variant-creutzfeldt-jakob-disease-in-us-blood-donors-a-risk-ranking-model-to-evaluate-alternative-donor-deferral-policies
#11
Hong Yang, Yin Huang, Luisa Gregori, David M Asher, Travis Bui, Richard A Forshee, Steven A Anderson
BACKGROUND: Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) has been transmitted by blood transfusion (TTvCJD). The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommends deferring blood donors who resided in or traveled to 30 European countries where they may have been exposed to bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) through beef consumption. Those recommendations warrant re-evaluation, because new cases of BSE and vCJD have markedly abated. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: The FDA developed a risk-ranking model to calculate the geographic vCJD risk using country-specific case rates and person-years of exposure of US blood donors...
March 5, 2017: Transfusion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28250130/pathways-of-prion-spread-during-early-chronic-wasting-disease-in-deer
#12
Clare E Hoover, Kristen A Davenport, Davin M Henderson, Nathaniel D Denkers, Candace K Mathiason, Claudio Soto, Mark D Zabel, Edward A Hoover
Among prion infections, two scenarios of prion spread are generally observed: (a) early lymphoid tissue replication or (b) direct neuroinvasion without substantial antecedent lymphoid amplification. In nature, cervids are infected with chronic wasting disease (CWD) prions by oral and nasal mucosal exposure, and studies of early CWD pathogenesis have implicated pharyngeal lymphoid tissue as the earliest sites of prion accumulation. However, knowledge of chronological events in prion spread during early infection remains incomplete...
March 1, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28247337/widening-the-heterogeneity-of-leigh-syndrome-clinical-biochemical-and-neuroradiologic-features-in-a-patient-harboring-a-ndufa10-mutation
#13
Francesca Minoia, Marta Bertamino, Paolo Picco, Mariasavina Severino, Andrea Rossi, Chiara Fiorillo, Carlo Minetti, Claudia Nesti, Filippo Maria Santorelli, Maja Di Rocco
Leigh syndrome (LS) is an early-onset progressive neurodegenerative disorder, characterized by a wide clinical and genetic heterogeneity, and is the most frequent disorder of mitochondrial energy production in children. Beside its great variability in clinical, biochemical, and genetic features, LS is pathologically uniformly characterized by multifocal bilateral and symmetric spongiform degeneration of the basal ganglia, brainstem, thalamus, cerebellum, spinal cord, and optic nerves. Isolated complex I deficiency is the most common defect identified in Leigh syndrome...
March 1, 2017: JIMD Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28244340/lack-of-germline-mutation-at-codon-211-of-the-prion-protein-gene-prnp-in-korean-native-cattle-short-communication
#14
Yong-Chan Kim, Byung-Hoon Jeong
Bovine prion diseases are composed of two types of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), classical BSE and atypical BSE. Recent studies have identified one case of atypical BSE with an E211K mutation. E211K is homologous to the human E200K mutation, which is related to familial Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD), one of the familial forms of human prion diseases. To date, familial forms of prion diseases have not been reported in non-human animals. Because the familial forms of human prion diseases account for more than 10% of all human prion disease cases, the detection of the E211K mutation in healthy cattle is very important for verifying the role of this mutation as a familial form of BSE...
March 2017: Acta Veterinaria Hungarica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28242094/amicrobial-pustulosis-of-the-folds-where-have-we-gone-25years-after-its-original-description
#15
REVIEW
C Schissler, C Velter, D Lipsker
BACKGROUND: Twenty-five years ago at the Journées Dermatologiques de Paris, Prof. Béatrice Crickx described a new association, "antimicrobial pustulosis and systemic lupus erythematosus", a condition now known as amicrobial pustulosis of the folds (APF). The aim of this study is to analyse the clinical and laboratory characteristics of APF and to outline the gradual advancement of knowledge regarding this disease. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Based on a case of APF seen in our department, we carried out a review of the literature since 1991 by searching the Medline database for scientific articles using the following keywords: "Amicrobial Pustulosis" or "Pustular Dermatosis" and "Folds"...
March 2017: Annales de Dermatologie et de Vénéréologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28237235/assessing-the-time-taken-for-a-surveillance-system-to-detect-a-re-emergence-of-bovine-spongiform-encephalopathy-in-cattle
#16
Robin R L Simons, Mark E Arnold, Amie Adkin
During the bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) epidemic in July 2001 the European Commission established a surveillance scheme for the comprehensive sampling of all BSE clinical suspects, healthy slaughter (HS) animals >30months, and all emergency slaughter and fallen stock animals tested when >24months. With the exponential decline in classical BSE cases, this comprehensive surveillance system has been successively modified to become risk-based, targeting those exit streams and ages where cases from the original epidemic are most likely to be detected...
March 1, 2017: Preventive Veterinary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28236170/pathogen-safety-of-a-new-intravenous-immune-globulin-10-liquid
#17
Kai Uwe Radomski, Georg Lattner, Torben Schmidt, Jürgen Römisch
BACKGROUND: The manufacturing process of a new intravenous immune globulin (IVIG) 10% liquid product incorporates two dedicated pathogen safety steps: solvent/detergent (S/D) treatment and nanofiltration (20 nm). Ion-exchange chromatography (IEC) during protein purification also contributes to pathogen safety. The ability of these three process steps to inactivate/remove viruses and prions was evaluated. OBJECTIVES: The objective of this study was to evaluate the virus and prion safety of the new IVIG 10% liquid...
February 24, 2017: BioDrugs: Clinical Immunotherapeutics, Biopharmaceuticals and Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231300/detection-and-partial-discrimination-of-atypical-and-classical-bovine-spongiform-encephalopathies-in-cattle-and-primates-using-real-time-quaking-induced-conversion-assay
#18
Etienne Levavasseur, Anne-Gaëlle Biacabe, Emmanuel Comoy, Audrey Culeux, Katarina Grznarova, Nicolas Privat, Steve Simoneau, Benoit Flan, Véronique Sazdovitch, Danielle Seilhean, Thierry Baron, Stéphane Haïk
The transmission of classical bovine spongiform encephalopathy (C-BSE) through contaminated meat product consumption is responsible for variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) in humans. More recent and atypical forms of BSE (L-BSE and H-BSE) have been identified in cattle since the C-BSE epidemic. Their low incidence and advanced age of onset are compatible with a sporadic origin, as are most cases of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) in humans. Transmissions studies in primates and transgenic mice expressing a human prion protein (PrP) indicated that atypical forms of BSE may be associated with a higher zoonotic potential than classical BSE, and require particular attention for public health...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225797/use-of-bovine-recombinant-prion-protein-and-real-time-quaking-induced-conversion-to-detect-cattle-transmissible-mink-encephalopathy-prions-and-discriminate-classical-and-atypical-l-and-h-type-bovine-spongiform-encephalopathy
#19
Soyoun Hwang, Justin J Greenlee, Eric M Nicholson
Prions are amyloid-forming proteins that cause transmissible spongiform encephalopathies through a process involving conversion from the normal cellular prion protein to the pathogenic misfolded conformation (PrPSc). This conversion has been used for in vitro assays including serial protein misfolding amplification and real-time quaking induced conversion (RT-QuIC). RT-QuIC can be used for the detection of prions in a variety of biological tissues from humans and animals. Extensive work has been done to demonstrate that RT-QuIC is a rapid, specific, and highly sensitive prion detection assay...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221972/control-points-to-reduce-movement-of-central-nervous-system-tissue-during-beef-slaughter
#20
J L Aalhus, R D Thacker, I L Larsen, J C Roberts, M A Price, M Juárez
Consumption of central nervous system tissue (CNST) from cattle with bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) is thought to cause the human neurological disease, variant Creutzfeldt-Jacob disease. To identify points of cross-contamination of beef carcasses with CNST, 55 young beef cattle were slaughtered and processed through a federally inspected multispecies abattoir. The objectives of this study were to evaluate CNST spread following the placement of a plug in the penetration site of the skull after captive bolt stunning, to evaluate cross-contamination of carcasses before and after splitting, to compare the effects of hot water pasteurization (84°C for 10 s) versus cold water wash (10°C for 30 s) for reducing CNST on the carcass, and to examine other possible sources of cross-contamination in the abattoir...
February 2017: Journal of Food Protection
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