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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815647/wildlife-disease-ecology-from-the-individual-to-the-population-insights-from-a-long-term-study-of-a-naturally-infected-european-badger-population
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Jenni L McDonald, Andrew Robertson, Matthew J Silk
1. Long-term individual-based datasets on host-pathogen systems are a rare and valuable resource for understanding the infectious disease dynamics in wildlife. A study of European badgers (Meles meles) naturally infected with bovine tuberculosis (bTB) at Woodchester Park in Gloucestershire (UK) has produced a unique dataset, facilitating investigation of a diverse range of epidemiological and ecological questions with implications for disease management. 2. Since the 1970s this badger population has been monitored with a systematic mark-recapture regime yielding a dataset of >15,000 captures of >3000 individuals, providing detailed individual life-history, morphometric, genetic, reproductive and disease data...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Animal Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814792/genetic-regulatory-effects-modified-by-immune-activation-contribute-to-autoimmune-disease-associations
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Sarah Kim-Hellmuth, Matthias Bechheim, Benno Pütz, Pejman Mohammadi, Yohann Nédélec, Nicholas Giangreco, Jessica Becker, Vera Kaiser, Nadine Fricker, Esther Beier, Peter Boor, Stephane E Castel, Markus M Nöthen, Luis B Barreiro, Joseph K Pickrell, Bertram Müller-Myhsok, Tuuli Lappalainen, Johannes Schumacher, Veit Hornung
The immune system plays a major role in human health and disease, and understanding genetic causes of interindividual variability of immune responses is vital. Here, we isolate monocytes from 134 genotyped individuals, stimulate these cells with three defined microbe-associated molecular patterns (LPS, MDP, and 5'-ppp-dsRNA), and profile the transcriptomes at three time points. Mapping expression quantitative trait loci (eQTL), we identify 417 response eQTLs (reQTLs) with varying effects between conditions...
August 16, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814655/identifying-climate-drivers-of-infectious-disease-dynamics-recent-advances-and-challenges-ahead
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C Jessica E Metcalf, Katharine S Walter, Amy Wesolowski, Caroline O Buckee, Elena Shevliakova, Andrew J Tatem, William R Boos, Daniel M Weinberger, Virginia E Pitzer
Climate change is likely to profoundly modulate the burden of infectious diseases. However, attributing health impacts to a changing climate requires being able to associate changes in infectious disease incidence with the potentially complex influences of climate. This aim is further complicated by nonlinear feedbacks inherent in the dynamics of many infections, driven by the processes of immunity and transmission. Here, we detail the mechanisms by which climate drivers can shape infectious disease incidence, from direct effects on vector life history to indirect effects on human susceptibility, and detail the scope of variation available with which to probe these mechanisms...
August 16, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814513/escape-of-tick-borne-flavivirus-from-2-c-methylated-nucleoside-antivirals-is-mediated-by-a-single-conservative-mutation-in-ns5-that-has-a-dramatic-effect-on-viral-fitness
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Ludek Eyer, Hirofumi Kondo, Darina Zouharova, Minato Hirano, James J Valdés, Memi Muto, Tomas Kastl, Shintaro Kobayashi, Jan Haviernik, Manabu Igarashi, Hiroaki Kariwa, Marketa Vaculovicova, Jiri Cerny, Rene Kizek, Andrea Kröger, Stefan Lienenklaus, Milan Dejmek, Radim Nencka, Martin Palus, Jiri Salat, Erik De Clercq, Kentaro Yoshii, Daniel Ruzek
Tick-borne encephalitis virus (TBEV) causes a severe and potentially fatal neuroinfection in humans. Despite its high medical relevance, no specific antiviral therapy is currently available. Here we demonstrate that treatment with a nucleoside analog, 7-deaza-2' -C-methyladenosine (7-deaza-2' -CMA), substantially improved disease outcome, increased survival, and reduced signs of neuroinfection and viral titers in the brains of mice infected with a lethal dose of TBEV. To investigate the mechanism of action of 7-deaza-2' -CMA, two drug-resistant TBEV clones were generated and characterized...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813462/a-comprehensive-profiling-of-t-and-b-lymphocyte-receptor-repertoires-from-a-chinese-origin-rhesus-macaque-by-high-throughput-sequencing
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Longfei Fu, Xinyang Li, Wei Zhang, Changxi Wang, Jinghua Wu, Huanming Yang, Jian Wang, Xiao Liu
Due to the close genetic background, high similarity of physiology, and susceptibility to infectious and metabolic diseases with humans, rhesus macaques have been widely used as an important animal model in biomedical research, especially in the study of vaccine development and human immune-related diseases. In recent years, high-throughput sequencing based immune repertoire sequencing (IR-SEQ) has become a powerful tool to study the dynamic adaptive immune responses. Several previous studies had analyzed the responses of B cells to HIV-1 trimer vaccine or T cell repertoire of rhesus macaques using this technique, however, there are little studies that had performed a comprehensive analysis of immune repertoire of rhesus macaques, including T and B lymphocytes...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804246/the-role-of-functional-social-and-mobility-dynamics-in-facilitating-older-african-americans-participation-in-clinical-research
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Eve T Shapiro, Jay T Schamel, Kimberly A Parker, Laura A Randall, Paula M Frew
PURPOSE: Older African Americans experience disproportionately higher incidence of morbidity and mortality related to chronic and infectious diseases, yet are significantly underrepresented in clinical research compared to other racial and ethnic groups. This study aimed to understand the extent to which social support, transportation access, and physical impediments function as barriers or facilitators to clinical trial recruitment of older African Americans. METHODS: Participants (N=221) were recruited from six African American churches in Atlanta and surveyed on various influences on clinical trial participation...
2017: Open Access Journal of Clinical Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800624/destabilizing-polymorphism-in-cervid-prion-protein-hydrophobic-core-determines-prion-conformation-and-conversion-efficiency
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Samia Hannaoui, Sara Amidian, Yo Ching Cheng, Camilo Duque Velásquez, Lyudmyla Dorosh, Sampson Law, Glenn Telling, Maria Stepanova, Debbie McKenzie, Holger Wille, Sabine Gilch
Prion diseases are infectious neurodegenerative disorders of humans and animals caused by misfolded forms of the cellular prion protein PrPC. Prions cause disease by converting PrPC into aggregation-prone PrPSc. Chronic wasting disease (CWD) is the most contagious prion disease with substantial lateral transmission, affecting free-ranging and farmed cervids. Although the PrP primary structure is highly conserved among cervids, the disease phenotype can be modulated by species-specific polymorphisms in the prion protein gene...
August 11, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795407/parasite-metacommunities-evaluating-the-roles-of-host-community-composition-and-environmental-gradients-in-structuring-symbiont-communities-within-amphibians
#8
Joseph R Mihaljevic, Bethany J Hoye, Pieter T J Johnson
1.Ecologists increasingly report the structures of metacommunities for free-living species, yet far less is known about the composition of symbiont communities through space and time. Understanding the drivers of symbiont community patterns has implications ranging from emerging infectious disease to managing host microbiomes. 2.Using symbiont communities from amphibian hosts sampled from wetlands of California, USA, we quantified the effects of spatial, habitat filtering, and host community components on symbiont occupancy and overall metacommunity structure...
August 9, 2017: Journal of Animal Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795325/diseased-social-predators
#9
Frank M Hilker, Marta Paliga, Ezio Venturino
Social predators benefit from cooperation in the form of increased hunting success, but may be at higher risk of disease infection due to living in groups. Here, we use mathematical modeling to investigate the impact of disease transmission on the population dynamics benefits provided by group hunting. We consider a predator-prey model with foraging facilitation that can induce strong Allee effects in the predators. We extend this model by an infectious disease spreading horizontally and vertically in the predator population...
August 9, 2017: Bulletin of Mathematical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795263/dynamic-distribution-and-tissue-tropism-of-avian-encephalomyelitis-virus-isolate-xy-q-1410-in-experimentally-infected-korean-quail
#10
Lili Fan, Zhijun Li, Jiali Huang, Zengqi Yang, Sa Xiao, Xinglong Wang, Ruyi Dang, Shuxia Zhang
Avian encephalomyelitis (AE) is an important infectious poultry disease worldwide that is caused by avian encephalomyelitis virus (AEV). However, to date, the dynamic distribution of AEV in quails has not been well described. Quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) and immunohistochemistry (IHC) assays were used to investigate the dynamic distribution and tissue tropism of AEV in experimentally infected Korean quail. AEV was detected in the cerebrum, cerebellum, proventriculus, intestine, liver, pancreas, spleen, bursa, lung and kidney as early as 3 days post-infection (dpi)...
August 9, 2017: Archives of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794040/pathobiology-of-clade-2-3-4-4-h5nx-high-pathogenicity-avian-influenza-virus-infections-in-minor-gallinaceous-poultry-supports-early-backyard-flock-introductions-in-western-u-s-2014-2015
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Kateri Bertran, Dong-Hun Lee, Mary J Pantin-Jackwood, Erica Spackman, Charles Balzli, David L Suarez, David E Swayne
In 2014-2015, the U.S. experienced an unprecedented outbreak of Eurasian clade 2.3.4.4 H5 highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) virus. Initial cases affected mainly wild birds and mixed backyard poultry species, while later outbreaks affected mostly commercial chickens and turkeys. The pathogenesis, transmission, and intra-host evolutionary dynamics of initial Eurasian H5N8 and reassortant H5N2 clade 2.3.4.4 HPAI viruses in the U.S. were investigated in minor gallinaceous poultry species (i.e. species for which the U...
August 9, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794032/recombinant-origins-of-pathogenic-and-nonpathogenic-mouse-gammaretroviruses-of-polytropic-host-range
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Devinka Bamunusinghe, Qingping Liu, Ronald Plishka, Michael A Dolan, Matthew Skorski, Andrew J Oler, Venkat R K Yedavalli, Alicia Buckler-White, Janet W Hartley, Christine A Kozak
Ecotropic, xenotropic and polytropic mouse leukemia viruses (E-, X-, P-MLVs) exist in mice as infectious viruses and endogenous retroviruses (ERVs) inserted into mouse chromosomes. All 3 MLV subgroups are linked to leukemogenesis, which involves generation of recombinants with polytropic host range. Although P-MLVs are deemed to be the proximal agents of disease induction, few biologically characterized infectious P-MLVs have been sequenced for comparative analysis. We analyzed the complete genomes of 16 naturally occurring infectious P-MLVs, 12 of which were typed for pathogenic potential...
August 9, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28790983/nitrate-sensing-and-metabolism-inhibit-biofilm-formation-in-the-opportunistic-pathogen-burkholderia-pseudomallei-by-reducing-the-intracellular-concentration-of-c-di-gmp
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Mihnea R Mangalea, Brooke A Plumley, Bradley R Borlee
The opportunistic pathogen Burkholderia pseudomallei is a saprophytic bacterium and the causative agent of melioidosis, an emerging infectious disease associated with high morbidity and mortality. Although melioidosis is most prevalent during the rainy season in endemic areas, domestic gardens and farms can also serve as a reservoir for B. pseudomallei during the dry season, in part due to irrigation and fertilizer use. In the environment, B. pseudomallei forms biofilms and persists in soil near plant root zones...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28781151/2016-guideline-strategies-for-the-use-of%C3%A2-antifungal-agents-in-patients-with-hematological-malignancies-or-hematopoietic-stem-cell-transplantation-recipients-in-taiwan
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REVIEW
Bor-Sheng Ko, Wei-Ting Chen, Hsiang-Chi Kung, Un-In Wu, Jih-Luh Tang, Ming Yao, Yee-Chun Chen, Hwei-Fang Tien, Shan-Chwen Chang, Yin-Ching Chuang, Dong-Tsamn Lin
The Infectious Diseases Society of Taiwan (IDST), the Hematology Society of Taiwan, the Taiwan Society of Blood and Marrow Transplantation, Medical Foundation in Memory of Dr. Deh-Lin Cheng, Foundation of Professor Wei-Chuan Hsieh for Infectious Diseases Research and Education, and CY Lee's Research Foundation for Pediatric Infectious Diseases and Vaccines cooperatively published this guideline for the use of antifungal agents in hematological patients with invasive fungal diseases (IFDs) in Taiwan. The guideline is the first one endorsed by IDST focusing on selection of antifungal strategies, including prophylaxis, empirical (or symptom-driven) and pre-emptive (or diagnostic-driven) strategy...
July 25, 2017: Journal of Microbiology, Immunology, and Infection, Wei Mian Yu Gan Ran za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28771541/the-frontline-of-immune-response-in-peripheral-blood
#15
Fuhai Song, Ying Qian, Xing Peng, Xiuhui Li, Peiqi Xing, Dongqing Ye, Hongxing Lei
Peripheral blood is an attractive source for the discovery of disease biomarkers. Gene expression profiling of whole blood or its components has been widely conducted for various diseases. However, due to population heterogeneity and the dynamic nature of gene expression, certain biomarkers discovered from blood transcriptome studies could not be replicated in independent studies. In the meantime, it's also important to know whether a reliable biomarker is shared by several diseases or specific to certain health conditions...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28770071/dampening-of-population-cycles-in-voles-affects-small-mammal-community-structure-decreases-diversity-and-increases-prevalence-of-a-zoonotic-disease
#16
Frauke Ecke, David G Angeler, Magnus Magnusson, Hussein Khalil, Birger Hörnfeldt
Long-term decline and depression of density in cyclic small rodents is a recent widespread phenomenon. These observed changes at the population level might have cascading effects at the ecosystem level. Here, we assessed relationships between changing boreal landscapes and biodiversity changes of small mammal communities. We also inferred potential effects of observed community changes for increased transmission risk of Puumala virus (PUUV) spread, causing the zoonotic disease nephropatica epidemica in humans...
July 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28768560/transmission-dynamics-of-lumpy-skin-disease-in-ethiopia
#17
W Molla, K Frankena, M C M DE Jong
Lumpy skin disease (LSD) is a severe disease of cattle caused by a Capripoxvirus and often caused epidemics in Ethiopia and many other countries. This study was undertaken to quantify the transmission between animals and to estimate the infection reproduction ratio in a predominantly mixed crop-livestock system and in intensive commercial herd types. The transmission parameters were based on a susceptible-infectious-recovered (SIR) epidemic model with environmental transmission and estimated using generalized linear models...
August 3, 2017: Epidemiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28768556/estimation-of-the-transmission-dynamics-of-african-swine-fever-virus-within-a-swine-house
#18
J P Nielsen, T S Larsen, T Halasa, L E Christiansen
The spread of African swine fever virus (ASFV) threatens to reach further parts of Europe. In countries with a large swine production, an outbreak of ASF may result in devastating economic consequences for the swine industry. Simulation models can assist decision makers setting up contingency plans. This creates a need for estimation of parameters. This study presents a new analysis of a previously published study. A full likelihood framework is presented including the impact of model assumptions on the estimated transmission parameters...
August 3, 2017: Epidemiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28768542/early-rigorous-control-interventions-can-largely-reduce-dengue-outbreak-magnitude-experience-from-chaozhou-china
#19
Tao Liu, Guanghu Zhu, Jianfeng He, Tie Song, Meng Zhang, Hualiang Lin, Jianpeng Xiao, Weilin Zeng, Xing Li, Zhihao Li, Runsheng Xie, Haojie Zhong, Xiaocheng Wu, Wenbiao Hu, Yonghui Zhang, Wenjun Ma
BACKGROUND: Dengue fever is a severe public heath challenge in south China. A dengue outbreak was reported in Chaozhou city, China in 2015. Intensified interventions were implemented by the government to control the epidemic. However, it is still unknown the degree to which intensified control measures reduced the size of the epidemics, and when should such measures be initiated to reduce the risk of large dengue outbreaks developing? METHODS: We selected Xiangqiao district as study setting because the majority of the indigenous cases (90...
August 2, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28761501/threshold-dynamics-of-a-stochastic-sir-model-with-vertical-transmission-and-vaccination
#20
Anqi Miao, Jian Zhang, Tongqian Zhang, B G Sampath Aruna Pradeep
A stochastic SIR model with vertical transmission and vaccination is proposed and investigated in this paper. The threshold dynamics are explored when the noise is small. The conditions for the extinction or persistence of infectious diseases are deduced. Our results show that large noise can lead to the extinction of infectious diseases which is conducive to epidemic diseases control.
2017: Computational and Mathematical Methods in Medicine
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