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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649326/viral-gut-metagenomics-of-sympatric-wild-and-domestic-canids-and-monitoring-of-viruses-insights-from-an-endangered-wolf-population
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Nádia Conceição-Neto, Raquel Godinho, Francisco Álvares, Claude K Yinda, Ward Deboutte, Mark Zeller, Lies Laenen, Elisabeth Heylen, Sara Roque, Francisco Petrucci-Fonseca, Nuno Santos, Marc Van Ranst, João R Mesquita, Jelle Matthijnssens
Animal host-microbe interactions are a relevant concern for wildlife conservation, particularly regarding generalist pathogens, where domestic host species can play a role in the transmission of infectious agents, such as viruses, to wild animals. Knowledge on viral circulation in wild host species is still scarce and can be improved by the recent advent of modern molecular approaches. We aimed to characterize the fecal virome and identify viruses of potential conservation relevance of diarrheic free-ranging wolves and sympatric domestic dogs from Central Portugal, where a small and threatened wolf population persists in a highly anthropogenically modified landscape...
June 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646948/generalized-herd-effects-and-vaccine-evaluation-impact-of-live-influenza-vaccine-on-off-target-bacterial-colonisation
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Michael J Mina
Interactions between pathogens and commensal microbes are major contributors to health and disease. Infectious diseases however are most often considered independent, viewed within a one-host one-pathogen paradigm and, by extension, the interventions used to treat and prevent them are measured and evaluated within this same paradigm. Vaccines, especially live vaccines, by stimulating immune responses or directly interacting with other microbes can alter the environment in which they act, with effects that span across pathogen species...
June 2017: Journal of Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642863/friends-enemies-endogenous-retroviruses-are-major-transcriptional-regulators-of-human-dna
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REVIEW
Anton A Buzdin, Vladimir Prassolov, Andrew V Garazha
Endogenous retroviruses are mobile genetic elements hardly distinguishable from infectious, or "exogenous," retroviruses at the time of insertion in the host DNA. Human endogenous retroviruses (HERVs) are not rare. They gave rise to multiple families of closely related mobile elements that occupy ~8% of the human genome. Together, they shape genomic regulatory landscape by providing at least ~320,000 human transcription factor binding sites (TFBS) located on ~110,000 individual HERV elements. The HERVs host as many as 155,000 mapped DNaseI hypersensitivity sites, which denote loci active in the regulation of gene expression or chromatin structure...
2017: Frontiers in Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638743/type-i-interferons-in-infection-and-cancer-unanticipated-dynamics-with-therapeutic-implications
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REVIEW
Martina Musella, Gwenola Manic, Ruggero De Maria, Ilio Vitale, Antonella Sistigu
If there is a great new hope in the treatment of cancer, the immune system is it. Innate and adaptive immunity either promote or attenuate tumorigenesis and so can have opposing effects on the therapeutic outcome. Originally described as potent antivirals, Type-I interferons (IFNs) were quickly recognized as central coordinators of tumor-immune system interactions. Type-I-IFNs are produced by, and act on, both tumor and immune cells being either host-protecting or tumor-promoting. Here, we discuss Type-I-IFNs in infectious and cancer diseases highlighting their dichotomous role and raising the importance to deeply understand the underlying mechanisms so to reshape the way we can exploit Type-I-IFNs therapeutically...
2017: Oncoimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637861/epidemic-and-endemic-pathogen-dynamics-correspond-to-distinct-host-population-microbiomes-at-a-landscape-scale
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Andrea J Jani, Roland A Knapp, Cheryl J Briggs
Infectious diseases have serious impacts on human and wildlife populations, but the effects of a disease can vary, even among individuals or populations of the same host species. Identifying the reasons for this variation is key to understanding disease dynamics and mitigating infectious disease impacts, but disentangling cause and correlation during natural outbreaks is extremely challenging. This study aims to understand associations between symbiotic bacterial communities and an infectious disease, and examines multiple host populations before or after pathogen invasion to infer likely causal links...
June 28, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631108/reproduction-number-and-asymptotic-stability-for-the-dynamics-of-a-honey-bee-colony-with-continuous-age-structure
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M I Betti, L M Wahl, M Zamir
A system of partial differential equations is derived as a model for the dynamics of a honey bee colony with a continuous age distribution, and the system is then extended to include the effects of a simplified infectious disease. In the disease-free case, we analytically derive the equilibrium age distribution within the colony and propose a novel approach for determining the global asymptotic stability of a reduced model. Furthermore, we present a method for determining the basic reproduction number [Formula: see text] of the infection; the method can be applied to other age-structured disease models with interacting susceptible classes...
June 19, 2017: Bulletin of Mathematical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625842/dynamics-of-scientific-publications-on-the-mers-cov-outbreaks-in-saudi-arabia
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REVIEW
Ali Rabaan, Shamsah H Al-Ahmed, Ali M Bazzi, Jaffar A Al-Tawfiq
Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) is an emerging disease with a relatively high case fatality rate. Most cases have been reported from Saudi Arabia, and the disease epidemic potential is considered to be limited. However, human-human transmission has occurred, usually in the context of healthcare facility-associated outbreaks. The scientific and medical community depends on timely publication of epidemiological information on emerging diseases during outbreaks to appropriately target public health responses...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Infection and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625783/probabilistic-invasion-underlies-natural-gut-microbiome-stability
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Benjamin Obadia, Z T Güvener, Vivian Zhang, Javier A Ceja-Navarro, Eoin L Brodie, William W Ja, William B Ludington
Species compositions of gut microbiomes impact host health [1-3], but the processes determining these compositions are largely unknown. An unexplained observation is that gut species composition varies widely between individuals but is largely stable over time within individuals [4, 5]. Stochastic factors during establishment may drive these alternative stable states (colonized versus non-colonized) [6, 7], which can influence susceptibility to pathogens, such as Clostridium difficile. Here we sought to quantify and model the dose response, dynamics, and stability of bacterial colonization in the fruit fly (Drosophila melanogaster) gut...
June 9, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623923/making-hiv-testing-work-at-the-point-of-care-in-south-africa-a-qualitative-study-of-diagnostic-practices
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Nora Engel, Malika Davids, Nadine Blankvoort, Keertan Dheda, Nitika Pant Pai, Madhukar Pai
BACKGROUND: Point of care testing promises to reduce delays in diagnosing and initiating treatment for infectious diseases such as Human Immuno-deficiency Virus (HIV). In South Africa, decentralized HIV testing with rapid tests offers important lessons for point of care testing programs. Yet, little is known about the strategies of providers and clients to make HIV testing successful in settings short of equipment, human resources and space. We aimed at examining these strategies. METHODS: This paper is based on a larger qualitative study of diagnostic practices across major diseases and actors in homes, clinics, communities, hospitals and laboratories in South Africa...
June 17, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622980/how-do-hospital-respiratory-clinicians-perceive-antimicrobial-stewardship-ams-a-qualitative-study-highlighting-barriers-to-ams-in-respiratory-medicine
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J Broom, A Broom, E Kirby, A F Gibson, J J Post
BACKGROUND: Suboptimal antibiotic use in respiratory infections is widespread in hospital medicine and primary care. Antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) teams within hospitals, commonly led by infectious diseases physicians, are frequently charged with optimizing the use of respiratory antibiotics, but there is limited information on what drives antibiotic use in this area of clinical medicine, or on how AMS is perceived. AIM: To explore the perceptions of hospital respiratory clinicians on AMS in respiratory medicine...
May 5, 2017: Journal of Hospital Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620378/nature-and-consequences-of-biological-reductionism-for-the-immunological-study-of-infectious-diseases
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REVIEW
Ariel L Rivas, Gabriel Leitner, Mark D Jankowski, Almira L Hoogesteijn, Michelle J Iandiorio, Stylianos Chatzipanagiotou, Anastasios Ioannidis, Shlomo E Blum, Renata Piccinini, Athos Antoniades, Jane C Fazio, Yiorgos Apidianakis, Jeanne M Fair, Marc H V Van Regenmortel
Evolution has conserved "economic" systems that perform many functions, faster or better, with less. For example, three to five leukocyte types protect from thousands of pathogens. To achieve so much with so little, biological systems combine their limited elements, creating complex structures. Yet, the prevalent research paradigm is reductionist. Focusing on infectious diseases, reductionist and non-reductionist views are here described. The literature indicates that reductionism is associated with information loss and errors, while non-reductionist operations can extract more information from the same data...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618588/multiscale-model-for-pedestrian-and-infection-dynamics-during-air-travel
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Sirish Namilae, Pierrot Derjany, Anuj Mubayi, Mathew Scotch, Ashok Srinivasan
In this paper we develop a multiscale model combining social-force-based pedestrian movement with a population level stochastic infection transmission dynamics framework. The model is then applied to study the infection transmission within airplanes and the transmission of the Ebola virus through casual contacts. Drastic limitations on air-travel during epidemics, such as during the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa, carry considerable economic and human costs. We use the computational model to evaluate the effects of passenger movement within airplanes and air-travel policies on the geospatial spread of infectious diseases...
May 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616660/arenavirus-dynamics-in-experimentally-and-naturally-infected-rodents
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Joachim Mariën, Benny Borremans, Sophie Gryseels, Bram Vanden Broecke, Beate Becker-Ziaja, Rhodes Makundi, Apia Massawe, Jonas Reijniers, Herwig Leirs
Infectious diseases of wildlife are typically studied using data on antibody and pathogen levels. In order to interpret these data, it is necessary to know the course of antibodies and pathogen levels after infection. Such data are typically collected using experimental infection studies in which host individuals are inoculated in the laboratory and sampled over an extended period, but because laboratory conditions are controlled and much less variable than natural conditions, the immune response and pathogen dynamics may differ...
June 14, 2017: EcoHealth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608708/global-stability-of-infectious-disease-models-with-contact-rate-as-a-function-of-prevalence-index
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Cruz Vargas-De-Leon, Alberto d'Onofrio
In this paper, we consider a SEIR epidemiological model with information--related changes in contact patterns. One of the main features of the model is that it includes an information variable, a negative feedback on the behavior of susceptible subjects, and a function that describes the role played by the infectious size in the information dynamics. Here we focus in the case of delayed information. By using suitable assumptions, we analyze the global stability of the endemic equilibrium point and disease--free equilibrium point...
August 1, 2017: Mathematical Biosciences and Engineering: MBE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606751/risk-stratification-in-compartmental-epidemic-models-where-to-draw-the-line
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Sze-Chuan Suen, Jeremy D Goldhaber-Fiebert, Margaret L Brandeau
Economic evaluations of infectious disease control interventions frequently use dynamic compartmental epidemic models. Such models capture heterogeneity in risk of infection by stratifying the population into discrete risk groups, thus approximating what is typically continuous variation in risk. An important open question is whether and how different risk stratification choices influence model predictions of intervention effects. We develop equivalent Susceptible-Infected-Susceptible (SIS) dynamic transmission models: an unstratified model, a model stratified into a high-risk and low-risk group, and a model with an arbitrary number of risk groups...
June 9, 2017: Journal of Theoretical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28604735/fungal-dysbiosis-immunity-and-interactions-at-mucosal-barriers
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REVIEW
Iliyan D Iliev, Irina Leonardi
Fungi and mammals share a co-evolutionary history and are involved in a complex web of interactions. Studies focused on commensal bacteria suggest that pathological changes in the microbiota, historically known as dysbiosis, are at the root of many inflammatory diseases of non-infectious origin. However, the importance of dysbiosis in the fungal community - the mycobiota - was only recently acknowledged to have a pathological role, as novel findings have suggested that mycobiota disruption can have detrimental effects on host immunity...
June 12, 2017: Nature Reviews. Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28599000/modeling-the-live-pig-trade-network-in-georgia-implications-for-disease-prevention-and-control
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Esther Andrea Kukielka, Beatriz Martínez-López, Daniel Beltrán-Alcrudo
Live pig trade patterns, drivers and characteristics, particularly in backyard predominant systems, remain largely unexplored despite their important contribution to the spread of infectious diseases in the swine industry. A better understanding of the pig trade dynamics can inform the implementation of risk-based and more cost-effective prevention and control programs for swine diseases. In this study, a semi-structured questionnaire elaborated by FAO and implemented to 487 farmers was used to collect data regarding basic characteristics about pig demographics and live-pig trade among villages in the country of Georgia, where very scarce information is available...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28598541/the-time-dependent-cure-death-model-investigating-two-equally-important-endpoints-simultaneously-in-trials-treating-high-risk-patients-with-resistant-pathogens
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Harriet Sommer, Martin Wolkewitz, Martin Schumacher
A variety of primary endpoints are used in clinical trials treating patients with severe infectious diseases, and existing guidelines do not provide a consistent recommendation. We propose to study simultaneously two primary endpoints, cure and death, in a comprehensive multistate cure-death model as starting point for a treatment comparison. This technique enables us to study the temporal dynamic of the patient-relevant probability to be cured and alive. We describe and compare traditional and innovative methods suitable for a treatment comparison based on this model...
June 9, 2017: Pharmaceutical Statistics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28595581/a-strategy-to-estimate-the-rate-of-recruitment-of-inflammatory-cells-during-bovine-intramammary-infection-under-field-management
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J Detilleux
BACKGROUND: In most infectious diseases, among which bovine mastitis, promptness of the recruitment of inflammatory cells (mainly neutrophils) in inflamed tissues has been shown to be of prime importance in the resolution of the infection. Although this information should aid in designing efficient control strategies, it has never been quantified in field studies. METHODS: Here, a system of ordinary differential equations is proposed that describes the dynamic process of the inflammatory response to mammary pathogens...
June 8, 2017: BMC Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28593730/dynamics-of-cytokine-gene-expression-in-peripheral-blood-mononuclear-cells-of-indigenous-and-exotic-breeds-of-pigs-in-india
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Perumalraja Kirthika, Mohammad Ayub Ali, Parthasarathi Behera, Prasant Kumar Subudhi, Thingujam Chaa Tolenkhomba, Jagan Mohanarao Gali
To incorporate immune competence traits in swine breeding programs, association between immune responsiveness and susceptibility to specific infectious diseases must be established. In order to understand the differences in immune competence between indigenous (Zovawk) and exotic (Large White Yorkshire: LWY) pigs reared in India, we carried out a time course expression analysis of immune-regulating key cytokine genes (interleukin (IL)-2, interferon (IFN)-γ, IL-4 and IL-10) in the phytohemagglutinin-P stimulated peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs)...
June 8, 2017: Animal Science Journal, Nihon Chikusan Gakkaihō
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