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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432975/vaccination-strategies-against-zika-virus
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Estefania Fernandez, Michael S Diamond
The epidemic emergence of Zika virus (ZIKV) in 2015-2016 has been associated with congenital malformations and neurological sequela. Current efforts to develop a ZIKV vaccine build on technologies that successfully reduced infection or disease burden against closely related flaviviruses or other RNA viruses. Subunit-based (DNA plasmid and modified mRNA), viral vectored (adeno- and measles viruses) and inactivated viral vaccines are already advancing to clinical trials in humans after successful mouse and non-human primate studies...
April 19, 2017: Current Opinion in Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432664/human-perinatal-immunity-in-physiological-conditions-and-during-infection
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REVIEW
Gijs T J van Well, Leonie A Daalderop, Tim Wolfs, Boris W Kramer
The intrauterine environment was long considered sterile. However, several infectious threats are already present during fetal life. This review focuses on the postnatal immunological consequences of prenatal exposure to microorganisms and related inflammatory stimuli. Both the innate and adaptive immune systems of the fetus and neonate are immature, which makes them highly susceptible to infections. There is good evidence that prenatal infections are a primary cause of preterm births. Additionally, the association between antenatal inflammation and adverse neonatal outcomes has been well established...
December 2017: Molecular and Cellular Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431641/infections-a-possible-risk-factor-for-type-2-diabetes
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Surajit Chakraborty, Rajasri Bhattacharyya, Dibyajyoti Banerjee
Diabetes mellitus is one of the biggest challenges to human health globally, with an estimated 95% of the global diabetic population having type 2 diabetes. Classical causes for type 2 diabetes, such as genetics and obesity, do not account for the high incidence of the disease. Recent data suggest that infections may precipitate insulin resistance via multiple mechanisms, such as the proinflammatory cytokine response, the acute-phase response, and the alteration of the nutrient status. Even pathogen products, such as lipopolysaccharide and peptidoglycans, can be diabetogenic...
2017: Advances in Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429728/a-formulated-tlr7-8-agonist-is-a-flexible-highly-potent-and-effective-adjuvant-for-pandemic-influenza-vaccines
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Neal Van Hoeven, Christopher B Fox, Brian Granger, Tara Evers, Sharvari W Joshi, Ghislain I Nana, Sarah C Evans, Susan Lin, Hong Liang, Li Liang, Rie Nakajima, Philip L Felgner, Richard A Bowen, Nicole Marlenee, Airn Hartwig, Susan L Baldwin, Rhea N Coler, Mark Tomai, James Elvecrog, Steven G Reed, Darrick Carter
Since 1997, highly pathogenic avian influenza viruses of the H5N1 subtype have been transmitted from avian hosts to humans. The severity of H5N1 infection in humans, as well as the sporadic nature of H5N1 outbreaks, both geographically and temporally, make generation of an effective vaccine a global public health priority. An effective H5N1 vaccine must ultimately provide protection against viruses from diverse clades. Toll-like receptor (TLR) agonist adjuvant formulations have a demonstrated ability to broaden H5N1 vaccine responses in pre-clinical models...
April 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428786/challenge-of-humans-with-wild-type-salmonella-enterica-serovar-typhi-elicits-changes-in-the-activation-and-homing-characteristics-of-mucosal-associated-invariant-t-cells
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Rosângela Salerno-Goncalves, David Luo, Stephanie Fresnay, Laurence Magder, Thomas C Darton, Claire Jones, Claire S Waddington, Christoph J Blohmke, Brian Angus, Myron M Levine, Andrew J Pollard, Marcelo B Sztein
Gastrointestinal infections by Salmonella enterica serovar Typhi (S. Typhi) are rare in industrialized countries. However, they remain a major public health problem in the developing world with an estimated 26.9 million new cases annually and significant mortality when untreated. Recently, we provided the first direct evidence that CD8(+) MAIT cells are activated and have the potential to kill cells exposed to S. Typhi, and that these responses are dependent on bacterial load. However, MAIT cell kinetics and function during bacterial infections in humans remain largely unknown...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428779/application-of-%C3%AE-resorcylic-acid-as-potential-antimicrobial-feed-additive-to-reduce-campylobacter-colonization-in-broiler-chickens
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Basanta R Wagle, Abhinav Upadhyay, Komala Arsi, Sandip Shrestha, Kumar Venkitanarayanan, Annie M Donoghue, Dan J Donoghue
Campylobacter is one of the major foodborne pathogens that result in severe gastroenteritis in humans, primarily through consumption of contaminated poultry products. Chickens are the reservoir host of Campylobacter, where the pathogen colonizes the ceca, thereby leading to contamination of carcass during slaughter. A reduction in cecal colonization by Campylobacter would directly translate into reduced product contamination and risk of human infections. With increasing consumer demand for antibiotic free chickens, significant research is being conducted to discover natural, safe and economical antimicrobials that can effectively control Campylobacter colonization in birds...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428342/lysibodies-are-igg-fc-fusions-with-lysin-binding-domains-targeting-staphylococcus-aureus-wall-carbohydrates-for-effective-phagocytosis
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Assaf Raz, Anna Serrano, Christine Lawson, Maneesha Thaker, Tricia Alston, Stylianos Bournazos, Jeffrey V Ravetch, Vincent A Fischetti
The cell wall of Gram-positive bacteria contains abundant surface-exposed carbohydrate molecules that are highly conserved within and often across species. The potential therapeutic usefulness of high-affinity antibodies to cell wall carbohydrates is unquestioned, however obtaining such antibodies is challenging due to the poor overall immunogenicity of these bacterial targets. Autolysins and phage lysins are peptidoglycan hydrolases, enzymes that have evolved over a billion years to degrade bacterial cell wall...
April 20, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428160/simulated-conversations-with-virtual-humans-to-improve-patient-provider-communication-and-reduce-unnecessary-prescriptions-for-antibiotics-a-repeated-measure-pilot-study
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Antoinette Schoenthaler, Glenn Albright, Judith Hibbard, Ron Goldman
BACKGROUND: Despite clear evidence that antibiotics do not cure viral infections, the problem of unnecessary prescribing of antibiotics in ambulatory care persists, and in some cases, prescribing patterns have increased. The overuse of antibiotics for treating viral infections has created numerous economic and clinical consequences including increased medical costs due to unnecessary hospitalizations, antibiotic resistance, disruption of gut bacteria, and obesity. Recent research has underscored the importance of collaborative patient-provider communication as a means to reduce the high rates of unnecessary prescriptions for antibiotics...
April 19, 2017: JMIR Medical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427454/cryptosporidium-and-giardia-in-africa-current-and-future-challenges
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REVIEW
Sylvia Afriyie Squire, Una Ryan
Cryptosporidium and Giardia are important causes of diarrhoeal illness. Adequate knowledge of the molecular diversity and geographical distribution of these parasites and the environmental and climatic variables that influence their prevalence is important for effective control of infection in at-risk populations, yet relatively little is known about the epidemiology of these parasites in Africa. Cryptosporidium is associated with moderate to severe diarrhoea and increased mortality in African countries and both parasites negatively affect child growth and development...
April 20, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424887/a-metagenomics-study-for-the-identification-of-respiratory-viruses-in-mixed-clinical-specimens-an-application-of-the-iterative-mapping-approach
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Yu-Nong Gong, Shu-Li Yang, Guang-Wu Chen, Yu-Wen Chen, Yhu-Chering Huang, Hsiao-Chen Ning, Kuo-Chien Tsao
Metagenomic approaches to detect viral genomes and variants in clinical samples have various challenges, including low viral titers and bacterial and human genome contamination. To address these limitations, we examined a next-generation sequencing (NGS) and iterative mapping approach for virus detection in clinical samples. We analyzed 40 clinical specimens from hospitalized children diagnosed with acute bronchiolitis, croup, or respiratory tract infections in which virus identification by viral culture or polymerase chain reaction (PCR) was unsuccessful...
April 19, 2017: Archives of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424794/study-design-and-baseline-results-of-an-open-label-cluster-randomized-community-intervention-trial-to-assess-the-effectiveness-of-a-modified-mass-deworming-program-in-reducing-hookworm-infection-in-a-tribal-population-in-southern-india
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Rajiv Sarkar, Anuradha Rose, Venkata R Mohan, Sitara S R Ajjampur, Vasanthakumar Veluswamy, Rajan Srinivasan, Jayaprakash Muliyil, Vedantam Rajshekhar, Kuryan George, Vinohar Balraj, Nicholas C Grassly, Roy M Anderson, Simon J Brooker, Gagandeep Kang
INTRODUCTION: Hookworm infection is a leading cause of iron deficiency anemia and malnutrition in resource-poor settings. Periodic mass deworming with anthelminthic drugs remains the cornerstone of hookworm control efforts worldwide. Reinfection following treatment occurs, reflecting the human host's inability to acquire immunity following exposure to an untreated reservoir of infection. This cluster randomized trial will evaluate the effectiveness of a modified, population-based, mass deworming strategy in reducing hookworm infection in an endemic southern Indian population...
March 2017: Contemporary Clinical Trials Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424697/regulation-of-the-functions-of-natural-cytotoxicity-receptors-by-interactions-with-diverse-ligands-and-alterations-in-splice-variant-expression
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REVIEW
Tatiana Pazina, Avishai Shemesh, Michael Brusilovsky, Angel Porgador, Kerry S Campbell
The natural cytotoxicity receptor (NCR) family is constituted by NKp46, NKp44, and NKp30 in humans, which are expressed mainly on natural killer (NK) cells and are encoded by the ncr1, ncr2, and ncr3 genes, respectively. NCRs have classically been defined as activating receptors that trigger cytotoxicity and cytokine responses by NK cells upon engaging with ligands on tumor cells. Several new findings, however, have challenged this model and identified alternative mechanisms regulating the function of NCRs...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424686/mucosal-and-systemic-immune-responses-to-influenza-h7n9-antigen-ha1-2-co-delivered-intranasally-with-flagellin-or-polyethyleneimine-in-mice-and-chickens
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Li Song, Dan Xiong, Hongqin Song, Lili Wu, Meihua Zhang, Xilong Kang, Zhiming Pan, Xinan Jiao
Consecutive cases of human infection with H7N9 influenza viruses since 2013 in China have prompted efforts to develop an effective treatment. Subunit vaccines introduced by intranasal administration can block an infection at its primary site; flagellin (fliC) and polyethyleneimine (PEI) have been shown to be potent adjuvants. We previously generated the hemagglutinin (HA)1-2-fliC fusion protein consisting of the globular head domain (HA1-2; amino acids 62-284) of HA fused with Salmonella typhimurium fliC. In the present study, we investigated its effectiveness of both flagellin and PEI as mucosal adjuvants for the H7N9 influenza subunit vaccine...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424287/protective-efficacy-of-formaldehyde-inactivated-whole-virus-vaccine-and-antivirals-in-a-murine-model-of-coxsackievirus-a10-infection
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Zhenjie Zhang, Zhaopeng Dong, Juan Li, Michael J Carr, Dongming Zhuang, Jianxing Wang, Yawei Zhang, Shujun Ding, Yigang Tong, Dong Li, Weifeng Shi
Coxsackievirus A10 (CVA10) is one of the major pathogens associated with hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD). CVA10 infection can cause herpangina and viral pneumonia, which can be complicated by severe neurological sequelae. Morbidity and mortality of CVA10-associated HFMD has been increasing in recent years, particularly in the pan-Pacific region. There are limited studies however on the pathogenesis and immunology of CVA10-associated HFMD infections, and few antiviral drugs or vaccines have been reported...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424239/aim2-inflammasome-is-critical-for-influenza-induced-lung-injury-and-mortality
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Hongbo Zhang, Jiadi Luo, John F Alcorn, Kong Chen, Songqing Fan, Joseph Pilewski, Aizhong Liu, Wei Chen, Jay K Kolls, Jieru Wang
The absent in melanoma 2 (AIM2) inflammasome plays an important role in many viral and bacterial infections, but very little is known about its role in RNA virus infection, including influenza A virus (IAV). In this study, we have designed in vivo and in vitro studies to determine the role of AIM2 in infections with lethal doses of IAVs A/PR8/34 and A/California/07/09. In wild-type mice, IAV infection enhanced AIM2 expression, induced dsDNA release, and stimulated caspase-1 activation and release of cleaved IL-1β in the lung, which was significantly reduced in AIM2-deficient mice...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422754/mpeg1-perforin-2-mutations-in-human-pulmonary-nontuberculous-mycobacterial-infections
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Ryan M McCormack, Eva P Szymanski, Amy P Hsu, Elena Perez, Kenneth N Olivier, Eva Fisher, E Brook Goodhew, Eckhard R Podack, Steven M Holland
Perforin-2 is a highly conserved pore-forming protein encoded by macrophage expressed gene 1 (MPEG1). A number of studies have shown that Perforin-2-deficient mice are unable to survive following a bacterial challenge that is nonlethal in WT mice. There is also recent evidence that Mpeg1+/- heterozygous mice display an intermediate killing ability compared with Mpeg1 WT and Mpeg1-/- mice. Despite these in vivo findings, to date, no perforin-2 deficiencies have been associated with human disease. Here, we report four patients with persistent nontuberculous mycobacterial infection who had heterozygous MPEG1 mutations...
April 20, 2017: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416558/in-vitro-discordance-with-in-vivo-activity-humanized-exposures-of-ceftazidime-avibactam-aztreonam-and-tigecycline-alone-and-in-combination-against-new-delhi-metallo-%C3%AE-lactamase-producing-klebsiella-pneumoniae-in-a-murine-lung-infection-model
#17
M L Monogue, L M Abbo, R Rosa, J F Camargo, O Martinez, R A Bonomo, D P Nicolau
The management of infections with New Delhi Metallo-beta-lactamase-1 (NDM) producing bacteria remains clinically challenging given the multi-drug resistant (MDR) phenotype associated with these bacteria. Despite resistance in vitro, ceftazidime-avibactam previously demonstrated in vivo activity against NDM+ Enterobacteriaceae. Herein, we observed in vitro synergy with ceftazidime-avibactam and aztreonam against a MDR K. pneumoniae harboring NDM. In vivo, humanized doses of ceftazidime-avibactam monotherapy resulted in > 2 log10CFU bacterial reduction, therefore, no in vivo synergy was observed...
April 17, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416007/disseminated-alveolar-echinococcosis-resembling-metastatic-malignancy-a-case-report
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Laura Caire Nail, Ezequiel Rodríguez Reimundes, Christelle Weibel Galluzzo, Dan Lebowitz, Yasmine Lucile Ibrahim, Johannes Alexander Lobrinus, François Chappuis
BACKGROUND: Alveolar echinococcosis is a potentially lethal zoonosis caused by larval forms of the tapeworm Echinococcus multilocularis. Humans are aberrant intermediate hosts who become infected by ingestion of egg-contaminated food or water or via physical contact with domestic or wild animals that carry the parasite in their small intestine. In humans, the disease usually affects the liver and can spread to other organs causing metastatic infiltration. In this report, we describe an advanced presentation of human alveolar echinococcosis mimicking metastatic malignancy...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Medical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415397/surface-modified-bioresorbable-electrospun-scaffolds-for-improving-hemocompatibility-of-vascular-grafts
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Pablo C Caracciolo, María Isabel Rial-Hermida, Florencia Montini-Ballarin, Gustavo A Abraham, Angel Concheiro, Carmen Alvarez-Lorenzo
The replacement of small-diameter vessels is one of the main challenges in tissue engineering. Moreover, the surface modification of small-diameter vascular grafts (SDVG) is a key factor in the success of the therapy due to their increased thrombogenicity and infection susceptibility caused by the lack of a functional endothelium. In this work, electrospun scaffolds were prepared from blends of poly(L-lactic acid) (PLLA) and segmented polyurethane (PHD) with a composition designed to perform as SDVG inner layer...
June 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413453/amelioration-of-intestinal-and-systemic-sequelae-of-murine-campylobacter-jejuni-infection-by-probiotic-vsl-3-treatment
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Ira Ekmekciu, Ulrike Fiebiger, Kerstin Stingl, Stefan Bereswill, Markus M Heimesaat
BACKGROUND: The incidence of human Campylobacter jejuni infections is progressively increasing worldwide. Probiotic compounds might open up valuable tools to decrease pathogen burden and subsequent pro-inflammatory immune responses, but in vivo data are scarce. METHODS AND RESULTS: Secondary abiotic mice generated by broad-spectrum antibiotic treatment were perorally challenged with the commercial probiotic compound VSL#3 consisting of Streptococcus thermophilus, Bifidobacterium breve, Bifidobacterium longum, Bifidobacterium infantis, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus plantarum, Lactobacillus paracasei, and Lactobacillus delbrueckii ssp...
2017: Gut Pathogens
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