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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922428/diminished-neutrophil-extracellular-trap-net-formation-is-a-novel-innate-immune-deficiency-induced-by-acute-ethanol-exposure-in-polymicrobial-sepsis-which-can-be-rescued-by-cxcl1
#1
Liliang Jin, Sanjay Batra, Samithamby Jeyaseelan
Polymicrobial sepsis is the result of an exaggerated host immune response to bacterial pathogens. Animal models and human studies demonstrate that acute alcohol intoxication is a key risk factor for sepsis-induced mortality. Multiple chemokines, such as CXCL1, CXCL2 and CXCL5 are critical for neutrophil recruitment and proper function of neutrophils. However, it is not quite clear the mechanisms by which acute alcohol suppresses immune responses and whether alcohol-induced immunosuppression can be rescued by chemokines...
September 18, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916316/the-brucella-melitensis-m5-90%C3%AE-manb-live-vaccine-candidate-is-safer-than-m5-90-and-confers-protection-against-wild-type-challenge-in-balb-c-mice
#2
Junbo Zhang, Shuanghong Yin, Dewu Yi, Hong Zhang, Zhiqiang Li, Fei Guo, Chuangfu Chen, Weihuan Fang, Jiafu Wang
Brucellosis is a globally distributed zoonotic disease that causes animal and human diseases. Although effective, the current Brucella vaccines (strain M5-90 or others) have several drawbacks. The first is their residual virulence for animals and humans and the second is their inability to differentiate natural infection from that caused by vaccination. In the present study, Brucella melitensis M5-90 manB mutant (M5-90ΔmanB) was generated to overcome these drawbacks. M5-90ΔmanB showed significantly reduced survival in macrophages and mice, and induced strong protective immunity in BALB/c mice...
September 12, 2017: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912760/immunization-with-live-human-rhinovirus-hrv-16-induces-protection-in-cotton-rats-against-hrv14-infection
#3
Mira C Patel, Lioubov M Pletneva, Marina S Boukhvalova, Stefanie N Vogel, Adriana E Kajon, Jorge C G Blanco
Human rhinoviruses (HRVs) are the main cause of cold-like illnesses, and currently no vaccine or antiviral therapies against HRVs are available to prevent or mitigate HRV infection. There are more than 150 antigenically heterogeneous HRV serotypes, with ∼90 HRVs belonging to major group species A and B. Development of small animal models that are susceptible to infection with major group HRVs would be beneficial for vaccine research. Previously, we showed that the cotton rat (Sigmodon hispidus) is semi-permissive to HRV16 (major group, species HRV-A virus) infection, replicating in the upper and lower respiratory tracts with measurable pathology, mucus production, and expression of inflammatory mediators...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912070/recombinant-influenza-h7-hemagglutinin-containing-cfllc-minidomain-in-the-transmembrane-domain-showed-enhanced-cross-protection-in-mice
#4
Yang Wang, Yun Zhang, Jialing Wu, Ying Lin, Zhihui Wu, Ying Wei, Xiaona Wei, Jianru Qin, Chunyi Xue, George Dacai Liu, Yongchang Cao
Since February 2013, H7N9 influenza virus, causing human infections with high mortality in China, has been a potential pandemic threat. The H7N9 viruses are found to diverge into distinct genotypes as other influenza viruses; thus a vaccine that can provide sufficient cross-protection against different genotypes of H7N9 viruses is urgently needed. Our previous studies demonstrated that the HA-based structural design approach by introducing a CFLLC minidomain into transmembrane domain (TM) of H1, H5 or H9 hemagglutinin (HA) proteins by replacing with H3 subtype HA TM could enhance their cross-protection...
September 11, 2017: Virus Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911358/performance-of-nested-rt-pcr-on-csf-for-tuberculous-meningitis-diagnosis-in-hiv-infected-patients
#5
F A S Gualberto, M G Gonçalves, L O Fukasawa, A M Ramos Dos Santos, C T Sacchi, L H Harrison, D R Boulware, J E Vidal
SETTING: Timely diagnosis of tuberculous meningitis (TBM) in patients with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection remains a challenge. Despite the current scale-up of the Xpert® MTB/RIF assay, other molecular diagnostic tools are necessary, particularly in referral centres in low- and middle-income countries without Xpert testing. OBJECTIVE: To determine the diagnostic performance of nested real-time polymerase chain reaction (nRT-PCR) in HIV-infected TBM patients categorised according to standardised clinical case definitions...
October 1, 2017: International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911042/novel-agents-and-drug-targets-to-meet-the-challenges-of-resistant-fungi
#6
Matthew W McCarthy, Dimitrios P Kontoyiannis, Oliver A Cornely, John R Perfect, Thomas J Walsh
The emergence of drug-resistant fungi poses a major threat to human health. Despite advances in preventive, diagnostic, and therapeutic interventions, resistant fungal infections continue to cause significant morbidity and mortality in patients with compromised immunity, underscoring the urgent need for new antifungal agents. In this article, we review the challenges associated with identifying broad-spectrum antifungal drugs and highlight novel targets that could enhance the armamentarium of agents available to treat drug-resistant invasive fungal infections...
August 15, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910299/access-to-benznidazole-for-chagas-disease-in-the-united-states-cautious-optimism
#7
Jonathan D Alpern, Rogelio Lopez-Velez, William M Stauffer
Drugs for neglected tropical diseases (NTD) are being excessively priced in the United States. Benznidazole, the first-line drug for Chagas disease, may become approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and manufactured by a private company in the US, thus placing it at risk of similar pricing. Chagas disease is an NTD caused by Trypanosoma cruzi; it is endemic to Latin America, infecting 8 million individuals. Human migration has changed the epidemiology causing nonendemic countries to face increased challenges in diagnosing and managing patients with Chagas disease...
September 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904201/heterogeneity-of-the-epstein-barr-virus-major-internal-repeat-reveals-evolutionary-mechanisms-of-ebv-and-a-functional-defect-in-the-prototype-ebv-strain-b95-8
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Mohammed Ba Abdullah, Richard Palermo, Anne Palser, Nicholas E Grayson, Paul Kellam, Samantha Correia, Agnieszka Szymula, Rob White
Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) is a ubiquitous pathogen of humans that can cause several types of lymphoma and carcinoma. Like other herpesviruses, EBV has diversified both through co-evolution with its host, and genetic exchange between virus strains. Sequence analysis of the EBV genome is unusually challenging, because of the large number and length of repeat regions within the virus. Here we describe the sequence assembly and analysis of the large internal repeat of EBV (IR1 or BamW repeats) from over 70 strains...
September 13, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904056/simultaneously-monitoring-immune-response-and-microbial-infections-during-pregnancy-through-plasma-cfrna-sequencing
#9
Wenying Pan, Thuy T M Ngo, Joan Camunas-Soler, Chun-Xiao Song, Mark Kowarsky, Yair J Blumenfeld, Ronald J Wong, Gary M Shaw, David K Stevenson, Stephen R Quake
BACKGROUND: Plasma cell-free RNA (cfRNA) encompasses a broad spectrum of RNA species that can be derived from both human cells and microbes. Because cfRNA is fragmented and of low concentration, it has been challenging to profile its transcriptome using standard RNA-seq methods. METHODS: We assessed several recently developed RNA-seq methods on cfRNA samples. We then analyzed the dynamic changes of both the human transcriptome and the microbiome of plasma during pregnancy from 60 women...
September 13, 2017: Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28903988/the-use-of-reverse-vaccinology-in-the-design-and-construction-of-nano-glycoconjugate-vaccines-against-burkholderia-pseudomallei
#10
Laura A Muruato, Daniel Tapia, Christopher L Hatcher, Mridul Kalita, Paul J Brett, Anthony E Gregory, James E Samuel, Richard W Titball, Alfredo G Torres
Burkholderia pseudomallei (Bpm) is a Gram negative, facultative intracellular pathogen that causes the disease melioidosis in humans and other mammals. Respiratory infection with B. pseudomallei leads to a fulminant and often fatal disease. It has previously been shown that glycoconjugate vaccines can provide significant protection against lethal challenge; however, the limited number of known Burkholderia antigens has slowed progress towards vaccine development. The objective of this study was to identify novel antigens and evaluate their protective capacity when incorporated into a nano-glycoconjugate vaccine platform...
September 13, 2017: Clinical and Vaccine Immunology: CVI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28903890/human-parasitic-diseases-in-bulgaria-2013-2014
#11
Iskra Rainova, Rumen Harizanov, Iskren Kaftandjiev, Nina Tsvetkova, Ognyan Mikov, Eleonora Kaneva
BACKGROUND: In Bulgaria, more than 20 autochthonous human parasitic infections have been described and some of them are widespread. Over 50 imported protozoan and helminthic infections represent diagnostic and therapeutic challenge and pose epidemiological risk due to the possibility of local transmission. AIMS: To establish the distribution of autochthonous and imported parasitic diseases among the population of the country and to evaluate their significance for the public health system...
September 13, 2017: Balkan Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28903777/modest-heterologous-protection-after-plasmodium-falciparum-sporozoite-immunization-a-double-blind-randomized-controlled-clinical-trial
#12
Jona Walk, Isaie J Reuling, Marije C Behet, Lisette Meerstein-Kessel, Wouter Graumans, Geert-Jan van Gemert, Rianne Siebelink-Stoter, Marga van de Vegte-Bolmer, Thorsten Janssen, Karina Teelen, Johannes H W de Wilt, Quirijn de Mast, André J van der Ven, Ernest Diez Benavente, Susana Campino, Taane G Clark, Martijn A Huynen, Cornelus C Hermsen, Else M Bijker, Anja Scholzen, Robert W Sauerwein
BACKGROUND: A highly efficacious vaccine is needed for malaria control and eradication. Immunization with Plasmodium falciparum NF54 parasites under chemoprophylaxis (chemoprophylaxis and sporozoite (CPS)-immunization) induces the most efficient long-lasting protection against a homologous parasite. However, parasite genetic diversity is a major hurdle for protection against heterologous strains. METHODS: We conducted a double-blind, randomized controlled trial in 39 healthy participants of NF54-CPS immunization by bites of 45 NF54-infected (n = 24 volunteers) or uninfected mosquitoes (placebo; n = 15 volunteers) against a controlled human malaria infection with the homologous NF54 or the genetically distinct NF135...
September 13, 2017: BMC Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28902297/the-influence-of-serial-fecal-sampling-on-the-diagnosis-of-giardiasis-in-humans-dogs-and-cats
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Flávia Fernandes de Mendonça Uchôa, Adriana Pittella Sudré, Daniel de Barros Macieira, Nádia Regina Pereira Almosny
Giardia infection is a common clinical problem in humans and pets. The diagnosis of giardiasis is challenging as hosts intermittently excrete protozoan cysts in their feces. In the present study, we comparatively evaluated two methods of serial fecal sampling in humans, dogs, and cats from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The Faust et al. technique was used to examine fecal specimens collected in triplicate from 133 patients (52 humans, 60 dogs, and 21 cats). Specimens from 74 patients were received from the group assigned to carry out sampling on consecutive days - 34 humans, 35 dogs, and 5 cats, and specimens from 59 patients were received from the group assigned to carry out sampling on non-consecutive, separate days - 18 human beings, 25 dogs, and 16 cats...
August 24, 2017: Revista do Instituto de Medicina Tropical de São Paulo
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28899815/blockage-of-regulatory-t-cells-augments-induction-of-protective-immune-responses-by-influenza-virus-like-particles-in-aged-mice
#14
Zhiyuan Wen, Xi Wang, Ke Dong, Huizhong Zhang, Zhigao Bu, Ling Ye, Chinglai Yang
Elderly humans over 65 years old are at great risk to pathogenesis by influenza virus infection. However, although influenza vaccines provide effective protection in healthy young adults, protection of elderly adults is substantially lower even with a good match between the vaccine and the circulating influenza virus. To gain insight of the underlying mechanism for the reduced immunogenicity of influenza vaccines in the aged population, we investigated immunogenicity of influenza virus-like particle vaccines in aged mice, which represent a useful model for studying aging associated impairment in immune responses...
September 9, 2017: Microbes and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28899814/single-immunization-with-mf59-adjuvanted-inactivated-whole-virion-h7n9-influenza-vaccine-provides-early-protection-against-h7n9-virus-challenge-in-mice
#15
Haiyan Chang, Jie Duan, Peng Zhou, Ling Su, Dan Zheng, Fenghua Zhang, Fang Fang, Xiaoman Li, Ze Chen
H7N9 influenza infection in humans would result in severe respiratory illness. Vaccination is the best way to prevent influenza virus. In this paper, we investigated the effect of early protection provided by inactivated whole-virion H7N9 influenza vaccine in a mouse model. Mice were immunized intramuscularly once with different doses of inactivated whole-virion H7N9 influenza vaccine alone or in combination with MF59 adjuvant. Specific IgM and IgG antibody titers in sera of mice were detected by ELISA 3, 5 and 7days after immunization...
September 9, 2017: Microbes and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28899628/a-novel-approach-to-a-rabies-vaccine-based-on-a-recombinant-single-cycle-flavivirus-vector
#16
Maryann Giel-Moloney, Alexander A Rumyantsev, Fred David, Monica Figueiredo, Brad Feilmeier, Teshome Mebatsion, Mark Parrington, Harry Kleanthous, Konstantin V Pugachev
The RepliVax® vaccine (RV) platform is based on flavivirus genomes that are rationally attenuated by deletion. These single-cycle RV vaccine candidates targeting flavivirus pathogens have been demonstrated to be safe, highly immunogenic, and efficacious in animal models, including non-human primates. Here we show utility of the technology for delivery of a non-flavivirus immunogen by engineering several West Nile-based RV vectors to express full-length rabies virus G protein. The rabies virus G protein gene was incorporated in place of different West Nile structural protein gene deletions...
September 9, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28898610/-visceral-leishmaniasis-in-hiv-infected-patients-the-challenge-of-relapse-and-treatment-failure
#17
Patrícia Cipriano, Ana Cláudia Miranda, Isabel Antunes, Kamal Mansinho
INTRODUCTION: Visceral leishmaniasis is an endemic disseminated infection, considered to be the third most frequent opportunistic parasitic infection in Europe. It is especially prevalent in patients co-infected with human immunodeficiency virus, in whom it poses a great therapeutic challenge due to increased risk of relapse. The goal of this study is to characterize a population of co-infected patients, as well as the efficiency of the adopted treatment strategies. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Retrospective study with a sample composed of all patients with visceral leishmaniasis and human immunodeficiency virus admitted in an Infectious Diseases ward over a period of 10 years...
June 30, 2017: Acta Médica Portuguesa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28893369/virulence-determinants-of-moraxella-catarrhalis-distribution-and-considerations-for-vaccine-development
#18
Luke V Blakeway, Aimee Tan, Ian R A Peak, Kate L Seib
Moraxella catarrhalis is a human-restricted opportunistic bacterial pathogen of the respiratory mucosa. It frequently colonizes the nasopharynx asymptomatically, but is also an important causative agent of otitis media (OM) in children, and plays a significant role in acute exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in adults. As the current treatment options for M. catarrhalis infection in OM and exacerbations of COPD are often ineffective, the development of an efficacious vaccine is warranted...
September 12, 2017: Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28893272/killed-whole-hiv-vaccine-employing-a-well-established-strategy-for-antiviral-vaccines
#19
REVIEW
C Yong Kang, Yong Gao
The development of an efficient prophylactic HIV vaccine has been one of the major challenges in infectious disease research during the last three decades. Here, we present a mini review on strategies employed for the development of HIV vaccines with an emphasis on a well-established vaccine technology, the killed whole-virus vaccine approach. Recently, we reported an evaluation of the safety and the immunogenicity of a genetically modified and killed whole-HIV-1 vaccine designated as SAV001 [1]. HIV-1 Clade B NL4-3 was genetically modified by deleting the nef and vpu genes and substituting the coding sequence of the Env signal peptide with that of honeybee melittin to produce an avirulent and replication efficient HIV-1...
September 12, 2017: AIDS Research and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28892515/strong-interferon-gamma-mediated-cellular-immunity-to-scrub-typhus-demonstrated-using-a-novel-whole-cell-antigen-elispot-assay-in-rhesus-macaques-and-humans
#20
Manutsanun Sumonwiriya, Daniel H Paris, Piyanate Sunyakumthorn, Tippawan Anantatat, Kemajittra Jenjaroen, Suchintana Chumseng, Rawiwan Im-Erbsin, Ampai Tanganuchitcharnchai, Suthatip Jintaworn, Stuart D Blacksell, Fazle R Chowdhury, Barbara Kronsteiner-Dobramysl, Prapit Teparrukkul, Robin L Burke, Eric D Lombardini, Allen L Richards, Carl J Mason, James W Jones, Nicholas P J Day, Susanna J Dunachie
Scrub typhus is a febrile infection caused by the obligate intracellular bacterium Orientia tsutsugamushi, which causes significant morbidity and mortality across the Asia-Pacific region. The control of this vector-borne disease is challenging due to humans being dead-end hosts, vertical maintenance of the pathogen in the vector itself, and a potentially large rodent reservoir of unclear significance, coupled with a lack of accurate diagnostic tests. Development of an effective vaccine is highly desirable. This however requires better characterization of the natural immune response of this neglected but important disease...
September 11, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
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