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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651337/preliminary-validation-of-a-method-combining-cultivation-and-cloning-based-approaches-to-monitor-airborne-bacteria
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Jenny Schäfer, Sarah Weiß, Udo Jäckel
It is already known that occupational exposure to bioaerosols or organic dust could be harmful for occupants, but mostly the correlation to occurring bacteria is missing. Especially, cultivation of bacteria from bioaerosols is important to get an insight on occurring and possibly infectious bacteria. These measures are highly time consuming and cost intensive. Therefore, to monitor bacterial diversity in bioaerosol samples and to avoid isolation procedures, an approach was applied using a combination of cultivation and cloning-based approach...
June 23, 2017: Annals of Work Exposures and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651016/enhanced-light-microscopy-visualization-of-virus-particles-from-zika-virus-to-filamentous-ebolaviruses
#2
George G Daaboul, David S Freedman, Steven M Scherr, Erik Carter, Alexandru Rosca, David Bernstein, Chad E Mire, Krystle N Agans, Thomas Hoenen, Thomas W Geisbert, M Selim Ünlü, John H Connor
Light microscopy is a powerful tool in the detection and analysis of parasites, fungi, and prokaryotes, but has been challenging to use for the detection of individual virus particles. Unlabeled virus particles are too small to be visualized using standard visible light microscopy. Characterization of virus particles is typically performed using higher resolution approaches such as electron microscopy or atomic force microscopy. These approaches require purification of virions away from their normal millieu, requiring significant levels of expertise, and can only enumerate small numbers of particles per field of view...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650996/whole-transcriptomic-and-proteomic-analyses-of-an-isogenic-m-tuberculosis-clinical-strain-with-a-naturally-occurring-15-kb-genomic-deletion
#3
Carla Duncan, Frances B Jamieson, JoLynn Troudt, Linda Izzo, Helle Bielefeldt-Ohmann, Angelo Izzo, Carolina Mehaffy
Tuberculosis remains one of the most difficult to control infectious diseases in the world. Many different factors contribute to the complexity of this disease. These include the ability of the host to control the infection which may directly relate to nutritional status, presence of co-morbidities and genetic predisposition. Pathogen factors, in particular the ability of different Mycobacterium tuberculosis strains to respond to the harsh environment of the host granuloma, which includes low oxygen and nutrient availability and the presence of damaging radical oxygen and nitrogen species, also play an important role in the success of different strains to cause disease...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650959/peridomestic-aedes-malayensis-and-aedes-albopictus-are-capable-vectors-of-arboviruses-in-cities
#4
Ian H Mendenhall, Menchie Manuel, Mahesh Moorthy, Theodore T M Lee, Dolyce H W Low, Dorothée Missé, Duane J Gubler, Brett R Ellis, Eng Eong Ooi, Julien Pompon
BACKGROUND: Dengue and chikungunya are global re-emerging mosquito-borne diseases. In Singapore, sustained vector control coupled with household improvements reduced domestic mosquito populations for the past 45 years, particularly the primary vector Aedes aegypti. However, while disease incidence was low for the first 30 years following vector control implementation, outbreaks have re-emerged in the past 15 years. Epidemiological observations point to the importance of peridomestic infection in areas not targeted by control programs...
June 26, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650734/clostridium-difficile-associated-colitis-post-transplant-is-not-associated-with-elevation-of-tacrolimus-concentrations
#5
Hugo J R Bonatti, Karim W Sadik, Elizabeth Krebs, Costi D Sifri, Timothy L Pruett, Robert G Sawyer
BACKGROUND: Diarrhea is a common condition after solid organ transplant (SOT); Clostridium difficile-associated colitis (CDAC) is one of the most common infections after SOT. We documented previously that some types of enteritis are associated with an elevation of tacrolimus (TAC) trough concentrations by interfering with the drug's complex metabolism. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Tacrolimus concentrations of 25 SOT recipients including 12 renal and 13 liver recipients before, during, and after CDAC were analyzed retrospectively...
June 26, 2017: Surgical Infections
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650648/indian-ocean-dipole-and-cryptosporidiosis-in-australia-short-term-and-nonlinear-associations
#6
Aparna Lal, Masahiro Hashizume, Simon Hales
The Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD) is a global climate phenomenon that influences the spread of human infectious diseases through climate extremes including droughts and floods. The Dipole Mode Index (DMI), which measures the strength of the IOD, is one of the main indicators of rainfall variability across Australia. Using an ecological, time-series approach we examined the short-term and nonlinear relationship between the DMI and weekly cryptosporidiosis reported from 2001 to 2012 across the temperate, subtropical, and tropical climate zones in Australia, controlling for season, long-term trends, and cryptosporidiosis counts from the past week...
June 26, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650322/in-vivo-antiviral-potential-of-glycyrrhiza-glabra-extract-against-newcastle-disease-virus
#7
Asma Ashraf, Muhammad Mudassar Ashraf, Azhar Rafiqe, Bilal Aslam, Saddia Galani, Shoaib Zafar, Farkhanda Asad, Rana Dawood Asghar, Sidra Akram, Hamad Ahmed, Syed Muhammad Ali Shah, Rizwan Asif
Newcastle disease is highly infectious viral disease causing huge economic losses worldwide. These losses can be prevented by control of viral diseases. Medicinal plants have been traditionally used for treatment of different diseases since long. In this study the effect of extracts from Glycyrrhiza glabra leaves are investigated against Newcastle disease virus (NDV) by an in-vivo assay. Seven groups of nine-day-old embryonated chicken eggs were inoculated with various treatments of different plant extracts...
March 2017: Pakistan Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650258/helper-t-cell-responses-to-respiratory-viruses-in-the-lung-development-virus-suppression-and-pathogenesis
#8
Kosuke Miyauchi
The lung is an important line of defense that is exposed to respiratory infectious pathogens, including viruses. Lung epithelial cells and/or alveolar macrophages are initially targeted by respiratory viruses. Once respiratory viruses invade the cells of the lung, innate immunity is activated to inhibit viral replication. Innate immune signaling also activates virus-specific adaptive immune responses. The helper T cells play pivotal roles in the humoral and cellular adaptive immune responses. Helper T cells are categorized into several distinct subsets (e...
June 26, 2017: Viral Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650137/how-to-manage-the-biological-risk-in-a-dental-clinic-state-of-the-art-and-future-perspectives
#9
Matteo Saccucci, Gaetano Ierardo, Carmela Protano, Matteo Vitali, Antonella Polimeni
Dental Personnel (DP) may be exposed to pathogens during dental treatment, either through contact contaminated equipment, or with blood and respiratory secretion. On the other hand, health care professionals are constantly exposed to pathogens and opportunists in their work environment. Consequently, the dental healthcare environment is connected with the risk of exposure to biological agents both for patients and dental workers, and involves a wide number of microorganisms that can be present in biological matrices (gingival fluids, saliva, blood), contaminated and/or non-sanitized surfaces, water used in the dental unit, or emitted by patients suffering or carrier of a transmissible disease...
June 23, 2017: Minerva Stomatologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649982/structural-and-regulatory-diversity-shape-hla-c-protein-expression-levels
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Gurman Kaur, Stephanie Gras, Jesse I Mobbs, Julian P Vivian, Adrian Cortes, Thomas Barber, Subita Balaram Kuttikkatte, Lise Torp Jensen, Kathrine E Attfield, Calliope A Dendrou, Mary Carrington, Gil McVean, Anthony W Purcell, Jamie Rossjohn, Lars Fugger
Expression of HLA-C varies widely across individuals in an allele-specific manner. This variation in expression can influence efficacy of the immune response, as shown for infectious and autoimmune diseases. MicroRNA binding partially influences differential HLA-C expression, but the additional contributing factors have remained undetermined. Here we use functional and structural analyses to demonstrate that HLA-C expression is modulated not just at the RNA level, but also at the protein level. Specifically, we show that variation in exons 2 and 3, which encode the α1/α2 domains, drives differential expression of HLA-C allomorphs at the cell surface by influencing the structure of the peptide-binding cleft and the diversity of peptides bound by the HLA-C molecules...
June 26, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649945/how-noise-and-coupling-influence-leading-indicators-of-population-extinction-in-a-spatially-extended-ecological-system
#11
Suzanne M O'Regan
Anticipating critical transitions in spatially extended systems is a key topic of interest to ecologists. Gradually declining metapopulations are an important example of a spatially extended biological system that may exhibit a critical transition. Theory for spatially extended systems approaching extinction that accounts for environmental stochasticity and coupling is currently lacking. Here, we develop spatially implicit two-patch models with additive and multiplicative forms of environmental stochasticity that are slowly forced through population collapse, through changing environmental conditions...
June 25, 2017: Journal of Biological Dynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649922/in-vivo-imaging-of-lyme-arthritis-in-mice-by-18-f-fluorodeoxyglucose-positron-emission-tomography-computed-tomography
#12
A Pietikäinen, R Siitonen, H Liljenbäck, O Eskola, M Söderström, A Roivainen, J Hytönen
OBJECTIVE: Lyme borreliosis (LB) is a tick-borne infectious disease caused by Borrelia burgdorferi spirochaetes, which are able to disseminate from the tick-bite site to distant organs. Mouse models are widely used to study LB and especially Lyme arthritis (LA), but only a few whole-animal in vivo imaging studies on the pathogenesis of B. burgdorferi infection in mice have been published so far. The existing imaging techniques have their drawbacks and, therefore, novel tools to complement the array of available LB imaging methodologies are needed...
June 26, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649801/vaccinia-virus-detection-in-dairy-products-made-with-milk-from-experimentally-infected-cows
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T M L de Oliveira, M I M C Guedes, I S Rehfeld, A C D Matos, A V Rivetti Júnior, A F da Cunha, M M O P Cerqueira, J S Abrahão, Z I P Lobato
Vaccinia virus (VACV) is the agent of bovine vaccinia (BV), an emerging zoonosis that causes exanthematic lesions on the teats of dairy cows and on the hands of milkers. The virus has been detected in the milk of naturally infected cows. The objective of this study was to investigate and quantify VACV DNA as well as the presence of infectious virus particles in samples of cheese curd, cheese whey and pasteurized milk produced using milk from cows experimentally inoculated with VACV-GP2, a Brazilian isolate of VACV (VACV-BR)...
June 26, 2017: Transboundary and Emerging Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649744/mannose-binding-lectin-deficient-donors-increase-the-risk-of-bacterial-infection-and-bacterial-infection-related-mortality-after-liver-transplantation
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J Lombardo, G Sanclemente, J Colmenero, M Español-Rego, M T Arias, P Ruiz, E Mauro, L Sastre, G Crespo, A Rimola, A Moreno, F Lozano, M Navasa
Mannose-binding lectin (MBL) is synthesized by the liver and binds to microbes. MBL2 gene polymorphisms produce intermediate/low/null- or normal-MBL serum levels (MBL-deficient or MBL-sufficient phenotypes, respectively). We aimed to evaluate the incidence and severity of infection, rejection and survival within 1 year after liver transplantation (LT) according to donor and recipient MBL2 gene polymorphisms. A repeated-event analysis for infection episodes (negative binomial regression, Andersen-Gill model) was performed in 240 LT...
June 26, 2017: American Journal of Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649706/improving-efficiency-of-viability-qpcr-for-selective-detection-of-infectious-hav-in-food-and-water-samples
#15
W Randazzo, Joaquín Piqueras, Jesús Rodríguez-Díaz, R Aznar, G Sánchez
AIM: To improve the efficacy of intercalating dyes to distinguishing between infectious and inactivated hepatitis A virus (HAV) in food. METHODS AND RESULTS: Different intercalating dyes were evaluated for the discrimination between infectious and thermally-inactivated HAV suspensions combining with the RT-qPCR proposed in the ISO 15216. Among them, PMAxx was the best dye in removing the RT-qPCR signal from inactivated HAV. Applied to lettuce and spinach, PMAxx-Triton pretreatment resulted in complete removal of the RT-qPCR signal from inactivated HAV...
June 26, 2017: Journal of Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649577/in%C3%A2-vivo-murine-matured-human-cd3-cells-as-a-preclinical-model-for-t-cell-based-immunotherapies
#16
Kevin G Haworth, Christina Ironside, Zachary K Norgaard, Willimark M Obenza, Jennifer E Adair, Hans-Peter Kiem
Adoptive cellular immunotherapy is a promising and powerful method for the treatment of a broad range of malignant and infectious diseases. Although the concept of cellular immunotherapy was originally proposed in the 1990s, it has not seen successful clinical application until recent years. Despite significant progress in creating engineered receptors against both malignant and viral epitopes, no efficient preclinical animal models exist for rapidly testing and directly comparing these engineered receptors...
September 15, 2017: Molecular Therapy. Methods & Clinical Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649409/bacillus-subtilis-utilizes-the-dna-damage-response-to-manage-multicellular-development
#17
Kevin Gozzi, Carly Ching, Srinand Paruthiyil, Yinjuan Zhao, Veronica Godoy-Carter, Yunrong Chai
Bacteria switch between free-living and a multicellular state, known as biofilms, in response to cellular and environmental cues. It is important to understand how these cues influence biofilm development as biofilms are not only ubiquitous in nature but are also causative agents of infectious diseases. It is often believed that any stress triggers biofilm formation as a means of bacterial protection. In this study, we propose a new mechanism for how cellular and environmental DNA damage may influence biofilm formation...
2017: NPJ Biofilms and Microbiomes
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
#18
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/28649237/outer-membrane-vesicles-omvs-of-gram-negative-bacteria-a-perspective-update
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Arif Tasleem Jan
Outer Membrane Vesicles (OMVs) of Gram-negative bacteria are spherical membrane-enclosed entities of endocytic origin. Reported in the consortia of different bacterial species, production of OMVs into extracellular milieu seems essential for their survival. Enriched with bioactive proteins, toxins, and virulence factors, OMVs play a critical role in the bacteria-bacteria and bacteria-host interactions. Emergence of OMVs as distinct cellular entities helps bacteria in adaptating to diverse niches, in competing with other bacteria to protect members of producer species and more importantly play a crucial role in host-pathogen interaction...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648932/federal-travel-restrictions-to-prevent-disease-transmission-in-the-united-states-an-analysis-of-requested-travel-restrictions
#20
M Robynne Jungerman, Laura A Vonnahme, Faith Washburn, Francisco Alvarado-Ramy
BACKGROUND: Individuals with certain communicable diseases may pose risks to the health of the traveling public; there has been documented transmission on commercial aircraft of tuberculosis (TB), measles, and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS). Federal public health travel restrictions (PHTR) prevent commercial air or international travel of persons with communicable diseases that pose a public health threat. METHODS: We described demographics and clinical characteristics of all cases considered for PHTR because of suspected or confirmed communicable disease from May 22, 2007, to December 31, 2015...
June 22, 2017: Travel Medicine and Infectious Disease
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