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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163422/a-novel-inca-c1-group-conjugative-plasmid-encoding-vim-1-metallo-beta-lactamase-mediates-the-acquisition-of-carbapenem-resistance-in-st104-klebsiella-pneumoniae-isolates-from-neonates-in-the-intensive-care-unit-of-v-monaldi-hospital-in-naples
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Eliana P Esposito, Stefano Gaiarsa, Mariateresa Del Franco, Valeria Crivaro, Mariano Bernardo, Susanna Cuccurullo, Francesca Pennino, Maria Triassi, Piero Marone, Davide Sassera, Raffaele Zarrilli
The emergence of carbapenemase producing Enterobacteriaceae has raised major public health concern. The aim of this study was to investigate the molecular epidemiology and the mechanism of carbapenem resistance acquisition of multidrug-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae isolates from 20 neonates in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) of the V. Monaldi Hospital in Naples, Italy, from April 2015 to March 2016. Genotype analysis by pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) and multi-locus sequence typing (MLST) identified PFGE type A and subtypes A1 and A2 in 17, 2, and 1 isolates, respectively, and assigned all isolates to sequence type (ST) 104...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163023/perinatal-asphyxia-in-rat-alters-expression-of-novel-schizophrenia-risk-genes
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Alessandra Paparelli, Keiko Iwata, Tomoyasu Wakuda, Conrad Iyegbe, Robin M Murray, Nori Takei
Epidemiological studies suggest that obstetric complications, particularly those related to hypoxia during labor and delivery, are a risk factor for development of schizophrenia. The impact of perinatal asphyxia on postnatal life has been studied in a rodent model of global hypoxia, which is accompanied by cesarean section birth. This asphyxia model shows several behavioral, pharmacological, neurochemical, and neuroanatomical abnormalities in adulthood that have relevance to schizophrenia. Further, it is suggested that schizophrenia has a strong genetic component, and indeed novel candidate genes were recently identified by a genome-wide association study...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29162202/epidemiological-information-is-key-when-interpreting-whole-genome-sequence-data-lessons-learned-from-a-large-legionella-pneumophila-outbreak-in-warstein-germany-2013
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Markus Petzold, Karola Prior, Jacob Moran-Gilad, Dag Harmsen, Christian Lück
IntroductionWhole genome sequencing (WGS) is increasingly used in Legionnaires' disease (LD) outbreak investigations, owing to its higher resolution than sequence-based typing, the gold standard typing method for Legionella pneumophila, in the analysis of endemic strains. Recently, a gene-by-gene typing approach based on 1,521 core genes called core genome multilocus sequence typing (cgMLST) was described that enables a robust and standardised typing of L. pneumophila. Methods: We applied this cgMLST scheme to isolates obtained during the largest outbreak of LD reported so far in Germany...
November 2017: Euro Surveillance: Bulletin Européen sur les Maladies Transmissibles, European Communicable Disease Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161481/-eco-epidemiological-aspects-natural-detection-and-molecular-identification-of-leishmania-spp-in-lutzomyia-reburra-lutzomyia-barrettoi-majuscula-and-lutzomyia-trapidoi
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Jazzmín Arrivillaga-Henríquez, Sandra Enríquez, Vanessa Romero, Gustavo Echeverría, Jorge Pérez-Barrera, Ana Poveda, Juan-Carlos Navarro, Alon Warburg, Washington Benítez
INTRODUCTION: The province of Pichincha in Ecuador is an endemic area of cutaneous leishmaniasis, where anthropophilic sand flies with natural infection by Leishmania, have been reported as vectors. However, the role in transmission of zoophilic species has not been evaluated. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate natural infection by Leishmania in two zoophilic phlebotomine sand fly species, Lutzomyia reburra and Lu. barrettoi majuscula, and one anthropophilic species, Lu. trapidoi, as well as the endophagy and synanthropism of these species in the northwest of Pichincha...
March 29, 2017: Biomédica: Revista del Instituto Nacional de Salud
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158893/evaluation-of-a-stenotrophomonas-maltophilia-bacteremia-cluster-in-hematopoietic-stem-cell-transplantation-recipients-using-whole-genome-sequencing
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Stefanie Kampmeier, Mike H Pillukat, Aleksandra Pettke, Annelene Kossow, Evgeny A Idelevich, Alexander Mellmann
Background: Stenotrophomonas maltophilia ubiquitously occurs in the hospital environment. This opportunistic pathogen can cause severe infections in immunocompromised hosts such as hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) recipients. Between February and July 2016, a cluster of four patients on the HSCT unit suffered from S. maltophilia bloodstream infections (BSI). Methods: For epidemiological investigation we retrospectively identified the colonization status of patients admitted to the ward during this time period and performed environmental monitoring of shower heads, shower outlets, washbasins and toilets in patient rooms...
2017: Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158047/-fatal-case-of-enterovirus-a71%C3%A2-hand-foot-and-mouth-disease-infection
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V Corvest, C Archimbaud, A-S L'Honneur, C Henquell, H Peigue-Lafeuille, M Decobert, A Mirand
Hand, foot, and mouth disease associated with enterovirus (EV) infections is a common pediatric pathology that is usually considered as benign. However, neurological complications of varying severity, sometimes fatal, are possible, particularly when EV-A71 is involved. Several Asian countries are regularly affected by large-scale epidemics of EV infections with substantial morbidity and mortality, where early screening and appropriate therapeutic management are a public health challenge. In 2016, Europe experienced an epidemic of unusual magnitude, associated with increasing cases of severe neurological complications in Spain and France, mainly affecting children...
November 17, 2017: Archives de Pédiatrie: Organe Officiel de la Sociéte Française de Pédiatrie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29157198/independent-impacts-of-aging-on-mitochondrial-dna-quantity-and-quality-in-humans
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Ruoyu Zhang, Yiqin Wang, Kaixiong Ye, Martin Picard, Zhenglong Gu
BACKGROUND: The accumulation of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) mutations, and the reduction of mtDNA copy number, both disrupt mitochondrial energetics, and may contribute to aging and age-associated phenotypes. However, there are few genetic and epidemiological studies on the spectra of blood mtDNA heteroplasmies, and the distribution of mtDNA copy numbers in different age groups and their impact on age-related phenotypes. In this work, we used whole-genome sequencing data of isolated peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) from the UK10K project to investigate in parallel mtDNA heteroplasmy and copy number in 1511 women, between 17 and 85 years old, recruited in the TwinsUK cohorts...
November 21, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156539/epidemiological-investigations-of-four-cowpox-virus-outbreaks-in-alpaca-herds-germany
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Almut Prkno, Donata Hoffmann, Daniela Goerigk, Matthias Kaiser, Anne Catherine Franscisca van Maanen, Kathrin Jeske, Maria Jenckel, Florian Pfaff, Thomas W Vahlenkamp, Martin Beer, Rainer G Ulrich, Alexander Starke, Martin Pfeffer
Four cowpox virus (CPXV) outbreaks occurred in unrelated alpaca herds in Eastern Germany during 2012-2017. All incidents were initially noticed due to severe, generalized, and finally lethal CPXV infections, which were confirmed by testing of tissue and serum samples. As CPXV-infection has been described in South American camelids (SACs) only three times, all four herds were investigated to gain a deeper understanding of CPXV epidemiology in alpacas. The different herds were investigated twice, and various samples (serum, swab samples, and crusts of suspicious pox lesions, feces) were taken to identify additionally infected animals...
November 18, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153561/use-of-atrial-strain-to-predict-atrial-fibrillation-after-cerebral-ischemia
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Faraz Pathan, Eswar Sivaraj, Kazuaki Negishi, Rifly Rafiudeen, Shahab Pathan, Nicholas D'Elia, John Galligan, Samuel Neilson, Ricardo Fonseca, Thomas H Marwick
OBJECTIVES: This study sought to identify whether atrial strain could be used as an imaging biomarker to predict atrial fibrillation (AF). BACKGROUND: AF is found in up to 30% of cryptogenic cerebrovascular accidents (CVAs), which themselves account for 30% to 40% of ischemic CVA. METHODS: This observational study evaluated all patients who had an echocardiogram (transthoracic echocardiogram [TTE]) following presentation with cryptogenic CVA from 2010 to 2014...
November 10, 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153405/describing-genomic-and-epigenomic-traits-underpinning-emerging-fungal-pathogens
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Rhys A Farrer, Matthew C Fisher
An unprecedented number of pathogenic fungi are emerging and causing disease in animals and plants, putting the resilience of wild and managed ecosystems in jeopardy. While the past decades have seen an increase in the number of pathogenic fungi, they have also seen the birth of new big data technologies and analytical approaches to tackle these emerging pathogens. We review how the linked fields of genomics and epigenomics are transforming our ability to address the challenge of emerging fungal pathogens. We explore the methodologies and bioinformatic toolkits that currently exist to rapidly analyze the genomes of unknown fungi, then discuss how these data can be used to address key questions that shed light on their epidemiology...
2017: Advances in Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150903/phylogenetic-and-genetic-variation-analyses-of-porcine-circovirus-type-2-isolated-from-china
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S Yang, S Yin, Y Shang, B Liu, L Yuan, M U Zafar Khan, X Liu, J Cai
Porcine circovirus type 2 (PCV2) is a causative agent of PCV2-associated disease, which is a growing problem in the swine industry worldwide. High nucleotide substitution occurs in the capsid (Cap) gene of PCV2, which allows the continuous evolution and the emergence of novel PCV2 strains. In this study, we sequenced 24 Chinese PCV2 strains collected from healthy and diseased pigs between 2013 and 2015. Analyses of the genome, Cap and phylogeny classified the 24 Chinese PCV2 strains as PCV-2a (four of 24), PCV-2b (five of 24) and PCV-2d (15 of 24)...
November 17, 2017: Transboundary and Emerging Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150513/high-prevalence-and-genetic-diversity-of-large-phicd211-phicdif1296t-like-prophages-in-clostridioides-difficile
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Julian R Garneau, Ognjen Sekulovic, Bruno Dupuy, Olga Soutourina, Marc Monot, Louis-Charles Fortier
Clostridioides difficile (formerly Clostridium difficile) is a pathogenic bacterium displaying great genetic diversity. A significant proportion of this diversity is due to the presence of integrated prophages. Here, we provide an in-depth analysis of phiCD211, also known as phiCDIF1296T, the largest phage identified in C. difficile so far, with a genome of 131-kbp. It shares morphological and genomic similarity with other large siphophages like phage 949 infecting Lactococcus lactis and phage c-st infecting Clostridium botulinum...
November 17, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149252/shared-genomic-variants-identification-of-transmission-routes-using-pathogen-deep-sequence-data
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Colin J Worby, Marc Lipsitch, William P Hanage
Sequencing pathogen samples during a communicable disease outbreak is becoming an increasingly common procedure in epidemiologic investigations. Identifying who infected whom sheds considerable light on transmission patterns, high-risk settings and subpopulations, and the effectiveness of infection control. Genomic data shed new light on transmission dynamics and can be used to identify clusters of individuals likely to be linked by direct transmission. However, identification of individual routes of infection via single genome samples typically remains uncertain...
November 15, 2017: American Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149250/modeling-the-causal-role-of-dna-methylation-in-the-association-between-cigarette-smoking-and-inflammation-in-african-americans-a-2-step-epigenetic-mendelian-randomization-study
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Min A Jhun, Jennifer A Smith, Erin B Ware, Sharon L R Kardia, Thomas H Mosley, Stephen T Turner, Patricia A Peyser, Sung Kyun Park
The association between cigarette smoking and inflammation is well known. However, the biological mechanisms behind the association are not fully understood, particularly the role of DNA methylation, which is known to be affected by smoking. Using 2-step epigenetic Mendelian randomization, we investigated the role of DNA methylation in the association between cigarette smoking and inflammation. In 822 African Americans from the Genetic Epidemiology Network of Arteriopathy, phase 2 (Jackson, Mississippi; 2000-2005), study population, we examined the association of cigarette smoking with DNA methylation using single nucleotide polymorphisms identified in previous genome-wide association studies of cigarette smoking...
November 15, 2017: American Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146856/complete-genome-sequence-of-xanthomonas-campestris-pv-viticola-strain-ccrmxcv-80-from-brazil
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Nelson B Lima, Marco A S Gama, Rosa L R Mariano, Wilson J Silva, Antônio R G Farias, Raul M Falcão, Lucas C Sousa-Paula, Ana M Benko-Iseppon, Sérgio S L Paiva, Valdir Q Balbino, Elineide B Souza
Here, we report the complete 5.3-Mb genome sequence of Xanthomonas campestris pv. viticola (CCRMXCV 80), which causes grapevine (Vitis vinifera L.) bacterial canker. Genome data will improve our understanding of the strain's comparative genomics and epidemiology, and help to further define plant protection and quarantine procedures.
November 16, 2017: Genome Announcements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143492/molecular-epidemiological-survey-and-phylogenetic-analysis-of-bovine-influenza-d-virus-in-japan
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H Mekata, M Yamamoto, S Hamabe, H Tanaka, T Omatsu, T Mizutani, B M Hause, T Okabayashi
The influenza D virus, a new member of the Orthomyxoviridae family, is predominantly found in cattle. Although viral pathology and clinical disease in cattle appear mild, this virus plays an important role as a trigger of bovine respiratory disease (BRD). BRD is a costly illness worldwide. Thus, epidemiological surveys of the influenza D virus are necessary. Here, we conducted a molecular epidemiological survey for the influenza D virus in healthy and respiratory-diseased cattle in Japan. We found that 2.1% (8/377) of the cattle were infected with influenza D...
November 16, 2017: Transboundary and Emerging Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143489/spatial-variation-in-the-parasite-communities-and-genomic-structure-of-urban-rats-in-new-york-city
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L P Angley, M Combs, C Firth, M J Frye, I Lipkin, J L Richardson, J Munshi-South
Brown rats (Rattus norvegicus) are a globally distributed pest. Urban habitats can support large infestations of rats, posing a potential risk to public health from the parasites and pathogens they carry. Despite the potential influence of rodent-borne zoonotic diseases on human health, it is unclear how urban habitats affect the structure and transmission dynamics of ectoparasite and microbial communities (all referred to as "parasites" hereafter) among rat colonies. In this study, we use ecological data on parasites and genomic sequencing of their rat hosts to examine associations between spatial proximity, genetic relatedness and the parasite communities associated with 133 rats at five sites in sections of New York City with persistent rat infestations...
November 16, 2017: Zoonoses and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143350/dna-variants-and-organophosphate-neurotoxicity-among-emerging-farmers-in-the-western-cape-of-south-africa
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Tracy Glass, Mohamed A Dalvie, Zelda Holtman, Anna A Vorster, Rajkumar S Ramesar, Leslie London
BACKGROUND: Previous epidemiological studies investigating modification of organophosphate (OP) neurotoxicity by xenobiotic metabolizing enzymes (XMEs) polymorphisms have produced inconsistent results. METHODS: A cross-sectional study of 301 emerging farmers was conducted. Neurotoxicity testing included forward and backward recall, digit span, and vibration sensitivity testing. Questionnaire data included demography, potential confounders, and work history of pesticide exposures...
November 16, 2017: American Journal of Industrial Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142962/what-genetics-tells-us-about-the-pathogenesis-of-iga-nephropathy-the%C3%A2-role%C3%A2-of-immune-factors-and-infection
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Yue-Miao Zhang, Xu-Jie Zhou, Hong Zhang
Immunoglobulin A nephropathy (IgAN) is the most common type of primary glomerulonephritis, which is characterized by IgA1-containing immune-deposits in the glomerular mesangium. The epidemiologic observations of familial clustering as well as ethnic and regional discrepancies indicate a genetic component to IgAN. Large, international, genome-wide association studies have identified several susceptibility genes and loci for IgAN, many of which have been implicated in immune regulation and are shared with other autoimmune diseases...
May 2017: KI Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142049/the-occurrence-and-nature-of-double-alleles-in-vntr-patterns-of-more-than-8-000-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-complex-isolates-in-the-netherlands
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Rana Jajou, Miranda Kamst, Rianne van Hunen, Carolina Catherina de Zwaan, Arnout Mulder, Philip Supply, Richard Anthony, Wim van der Hoek, Dick van Soolingen
Background: Since 2004, variable number of tandem repeat (VNTR) typing of Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex isolates has been applied on a structural basis in The Netherlands to study the epidemiology of tuberculosis (TB). Although this technique is faster and technically less demanding than the previously used restriction fragment length polymorphism (RFLP) typing, reproducibility remains a concern.Methods/results: In the period 2004 -- 2015, 8,532 isolates were subjected to VNTR typing in The Netherlands, of which 186 (2...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
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