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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350867/dissociation-between-skin-test-reactivity-and-anti-aeroallergen-ige-determinants-among-urban-brazilian-children
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Neuza M Alcantara-Neves, Rafael V Veiga, João C M Ponte, Sérgio S da Cunha, Silvia M Simões, Álvaro A Cruz, Maria Yazdanbakhsh, Sheila M Matos, Thiago Magalhães Silva, Camila A Figueiredo, Lain C Pontes-de-Carvalho, Laura C Rodrigues, Rosemeire L Fiaccone, Philip J Cooper, Maurício L Barreto
BACKGROUND: The dissociation between specific IgE and skin prick test reactivity to aeroallergens, a common finding in populations living in low and middle-income countries, has important implications for the diagnosis and treatment of allergic diseases. Few studies have investigated the determinants of this dissociation. In the present study, we explored potential factors explaining this dissociation in children living in an urban area of Northeast Brazil, focusing in particular on factors associated with poor hygiene...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350860/uniquely-altered-transcripts-are-associated-with-immune-preservation-in-hiv-infection
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Michelle Zanoni, Ítalo Karmann Aventurato, James Hunter, Maria Cecilia Araripe Sucupira, Ricardo Sobhie Diaz
The mechanisms underlying host HIV control hold much promise in the search for a functional HIV cure. We investigated the host genomic signatures in elite controllers or rapid progressors following recent infection and the correlates of immune reconstitution during combination antiretroviral therapy. We characterized the HIV-specific longitudinal host transcriptional response of peripheral blood mononuclear cells from elite controllers, rapid progressors, immune responders and non-responders using a RT-qPCR array in a cohort of recently HIV-infected Brazilian individuals...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350810/risky-sexual-practice-and-associated-factors-among-hiv-positive-adults-attending-anti-retroviral-treatment-clinic-at-gondar-university-referral-hospital-northwest-ethiopia
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Abiyot Abeje Molla, Abebaw Addis Gelagay
INTRODUCTION: Risky sexual practice among people living with HIV/AIDS is a public health concern because of the risk of transmission of the virus to sero-discordant partner/s. There is also the risk of re-infection with new, drug resistant viral strains between sero-concordant partners. However, there is lack of information on risky sexual practices among HIV positive adults. Therefore, this study aimed to assess risky sexual practice and associated factors among adult HIV positive clients at Gondar University Referral Hospital, Northwest Ethiopia, 2015...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350760/involvement-of-hsp70-and-ho-1-in-the-protective-effects-of-raloxifene-on-multiple-organ-dysfunction-syndrome-by-endotoxemia-in-ovariectomized-rats
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Hsin-Hsueh Shen, Shieh-Yang Huang, Pao-Yun Cheng, Yen-Ju Chu, Shu-Ying Chen, Kwok-Keung Lam, Yen-Mei Lee
OBJECTIVE: Accumulating evidence demonstrates that raloxifene, a selective estrogen receptor modulator, possesses anti-inflammatory action. This study evaluates the preventive effects of long-term treatment of raloxifene on acute inflammation and multiple organ dysfunction syndrome (MODS) in ovariectomized (OVX) rats with endotoxemia and its underlying mechanism of action. METHODS: Adult female rats were OVX bilaterally to induce estrogen insufficiency. OVX rats were administered with raloxifene (1 mg/kg, gavage, once daily) for 8 weeks, beginning 1 week after surgery, followed by induction of sepsis via intravenous infusion of lipopolysaccharides (LPS; 30 mg/kg) for 4 hours...
March 27, 2017: Menopause: the Journal of the North American Menopause Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350454/structural-optimizations-of-thieno-3-2-b-pyrrole-derivatives-for-the-development-of-metabolically-stable-inhibitors-of-chikungunya-virus
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Kuan Chieh Ching, Thi Ngoc Quy Tran, Siti Naqiah Amrun, Yiu Wing Kam, Lisa F P Ng, Christina Li Lin Chai
Chikungunya virus (CHIKV) is a re-emerging vector-borne alphavirus and there is no approved effective antiviral treatment currently available for CHIKV. We previously reported the discovery of thieno[3,2-b]pyrrole 1b that displayed good antiviral activity against CHIKV infection in vitro. However, it has a short half-life in the presence of human liver microsomes (HLMs) (T1/2 = 2.91 min). Herein, we report further optimization studies in which potential metabolically labile sites on compound 1b were removed or modified, resulting in the identification of thieno[3,2-b]pyrrole 20 and pyrrolo[2,3-d]thiazole 23c possessing up to 17-fold increase in metabolic half-lives in HLMs and good in vivo pharmacokinetic properties...
March 28, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346540/fragment-library-screening-identifies-hits-that-bind-to-the-non-catalytic-surface-of-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-dsba1
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Biswaranjan Mohanty, Kieran Rimmer, Róisín M McMahon, Stephen J Headey, Mansha Vazirani, Stephen R Shouldice, Mathieu Coinçon, Stephanie Tay, Craig J Morton, Jamie S Simpson, Jennifer L Martin, Martin J Scanlon
At a time when the antibiotic drug discovery pipeline has stalled, antibiotic resistance is accelerating with catastrophic implications for our ability to treat bacterial infections. Globally we face the prospect of a future when common infections can once again kill. Anti-virulence approaches that target the capacity of the bacterium to cause disease rather than the growth or survival of the bacterium itself offer a tantalizing prospect of novel antimicrobials. They may also reduce the propensity to induce resistance by removing the strong selection pressure imparted by bactericidal or bacteriostatic agents...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346490/effect-of-hiv-and-malaria-parasites-co-infection-on-immune-hematological-profiles-among-patients-attending-anti-retroviral-treatment-art-clinic-in-infectious-disease-hospital-kano-nigeria
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Feyisayo Ebenezer Jegede, Tinuade Ibijoke Oyeyi, Surajudeen Abiola Abdulrahman, Henry Akwen Mbah, Titilope Badru, Chinedu Agbakwuru, Oluwasanmi Adedokun
BACKGROUND: Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and malaria co-infection may present worse health outcomes in the tropics. Information on HIV/malaria co-infection effect on immune-hematological profiles is critical for patient care and there is a paucity of such data in Nigeria. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate immune-hematological profiles among HIV infected patients compared to HIV/malaria co-infected for ART management improvement. METHODS: This was a cross sectional study conducted at Infectious Disease Hospital, Kano...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346095/identification-by-high-throughput-screening-of-pseudomonas-acyl-coenzyme-a-synthetase-inhibitors
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Lorenzo Turcano, Daniela Visaggio, Emanuela Frangipani, Antonino Missineo, Matteo Andreini, Sergio Altamura, Paolo Visca, Alberto Bresciani
Pseudomonas infections are common among hospitalized, immunocompromised, and chronic lung disease patients. These infections are recalcitrant to common antibacterial therapies due to inherent antibiotic resistance. To meet the need of new anti- Pseudomonas drugs, a sensitive, homogenous, and robust assay was developed with the aim of identifying inhibitors of acyl-coenzyme A synthetases (ACSs) from Pseudomonas. Given the importance of fatty acids for in vivo nutrition of Pseudomonas, such inhibitors might have the potential to reduce the bacterial fitness during infection...
January 1, 2017: SLAS Discov
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346018/antiretroviral-treatment-in-hiv-infected-children-who-require-a-rifamycin-containing-regimen-for-tuberculosis
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Helena Rabie, Eric H Decloedt, Anthony J Garcia-Prats, Mark F Cotton, Lisa Frigati, Marc Lallemant, Anneke Hesseling, H Simon Schaaf
In high prevalence settings, tuberculosis and HIV dual infection and co-treatment is frequent. Rifamycins, especially rifampicin, in combination with isoniazid, ethambutol and pyrazinamide are key components of short-course antituberculosis therapy. Areas covered: We reviewed available data, for which articles were identified by a Pubmed search, on rifamycin-antiretroviral interactions in HIV-infected children. Rifamycins have potent inducing effects on phase I and II drug metabolising enzymes and transporters...
March 27, 2017: Expert Opinion on Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346011/various-plus-unique-viral-protein-u-as-a-plurifunctional-protein-for-hiv-1-replication
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Andrew Soper, Guillermo Juarez-Fernandez, Hirofumi Aso, Miyu Moriwaki, Eri Yamada, Yusuke Nakano, Yoshio Koyanagi, Kei Sato
Human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1), the causative agent of acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, encodes four accessory genes, one of which is viral protein U (Vpu). Recently, the study of Vpu has been of great interest. For instance, various cellular proteins are degraded (e.g. CD4) and down-modulated (e.g. tetherin) by Vpu. Vpu also antagonizes the function of tetherin and inhibits NF-κB. Moreover, Vpu is a viroporin forming ion channels and may represent a promising target for anti-HIV-1 drugs. In this review, we summarize the domains/residues that are responsible for Vpu's functions, describe the current understanding of the role of Vpu in HIV-1-infected cells, and review the effect of Vpu on HIV-1 in replication and pathogenesis...
April 2017: Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345265/cytokine-and-antioxidant-gene-profiles-from-peripheral-blood-mononuclear-cells-of-pelibuey-lambs-after-haemonchus-contortus-infection
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Zaira Estrada-Reyes, Ma Eugenia López-Arellano, Felipe Torres-Acosta, Alberto López-Reyes, Alfredo Lagunas-Martínez, Pedro Mendoza-de-Gives, Roberto González-Garduño, Sara Olazarán-Jenkins, David Reyes-Guerrero, Gabriel Ramírez-Vargas
The expression profiles of cytokines and anti-oxidant genes were determined from an experimental infection with H. contortus in Pelibuey lambs. The infection was followed for 34 days (d) to determine the number of eggs per gram (epg) and the packed cell volume (PCV). Differential white cell counts and expression profile estimations of IL2, IL4, IL5, IL6, IL8, IL10, IL13, FCεR1A, GPX and SOD1 were determined at 0 h, 4 h, 2 d and 14 d post-infection (PI) in infected and control groups. Comparison of the fold-change between 0 and 4 h, 4 h and 2 d, and 2 and 14 d periods was performed...
March 27, 2017: Parasite Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345112/experience-with-direct-acting-anti-viral-agents-for-treating-hepatitis-c-virus-infection-in-renal-transplant-recipients
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Amit Goel, Dharmendra Singh Bhadauria, Anupma Kaul, Narayan Prasad, Amit Gupta, Raj Kumar Sharma, Praveer Rai, Rakesh Aggarwal
In recent past, direct-acting anti-viral drugs (DAAs) have become the standard of care for the treatment of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. However, the experience with the use of these drugs in Indian renal transplant recipients is limited. We retrospectively reviewed our experience with DAA-based treatment for HCV infection in such patients. Between April 2015 and December 2016, six adults (median age 41 [range 34-52] years, male 5; GT1 2, GT3 3, and GT4 1; including three with prior failed interferon-based treatment) had received genotype-guided, DAA-based anti-HCV treatment 1 to 158 (median 15) months after renal transplantation...
March 27, 2017: Indian Journal of Gastroenterology: Official Journal of the Indian Society of Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345022/ex%C3%A2-vivo-oncolytic-virotherapy-with-myxoma-virus-arms-multiple-allogeneic-bone-marrow-transplant-leukocytes-to-enhance-graft-versus-tumor
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Cameron L Lilly, Nancy Y Villa, Ana Lemos de Matos, Haider M Ali, Jess-Karan S Dhillon, Tom Hofland, Masmudur M Rahman, Winnie Chan, Bjarne Bogen, Christopher Cogle, Grant McFadden
Allogeneic stem cell transplant-derived T cells have the potential to seek and eliminate sites of residual cancer that escaped primary therapy. Oncolytic myxoma virus (MYXV) exhibits potent anti-cancer efficacy against human cancers like multiple myeloma (MM) and can arm transplant-derived T cells to become more effective cancer killers in vitro and in an immunodeficient xenotransplant murine model. Here, we tested ex vivo MYXV virotherapy against residual murine MM in immunocompetent mice using an allogeneic mouse-mouse model...
March 17, 2017: Molecular Therapy Oncolytics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345004/homology-directed-recombination-for-enhanced-engineering-of-chimeric-antigen-receptor-t-cells
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Malika Hale, Baeckseung Lee, Yuchi Honaker, Wai-Hang Leung, Alexandra E Grier, Holly M Jacobs, Karen Sommer, Jaya Sahni, Shaun W Jackson, Andrew M Scharenberg, Alexander Astrakhan, David J Rawlings
Gene editing by homology-directed recombination (HDR) can be used to couple delivery of a therapeutic gene cassette with targeted genomic modifications to generate engineered human T cells with clinically useful profiles. Here, we explore the functionality of therapeutic cassettes delivered by these means and test the flexibility of this approach to clinically relevant alleles. Because CCR5-negative T cells are resistant to HIV-1 infection, CCR5-negative anti-CD19 chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cells could be used to treat patients with HIV-associated B cell malignancies...
March 17, 2017: Molecular Therapy. Methods & Clinical Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344769/application-of-antibodies-to-recombinant-heat-shock-protein-70-in-immunohistochemical-diagnosis-of-mycobacterium-avium-subspecies-paratuberculosis-in-tissues-of-naturally-infected-cattle
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Julius Boniface Okuni, David Patrick Kateete, Moses Okee, Anna Nanteza, Moses Joloba, Lonzy Ojok
BACKGROUND: Detection of Mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis (MAP) infection is key to the control of Johne's disease. Immunohistochemistry is one of the methods of detection of MAP infection in tissues. However, unavailability of commercial antibodies that can detect the organism is a limiting factor for the use of immunohistochemistry. This study was aimed at developing an immunohistochemistry method to diagnose MAP in infected tissues using antibodies against MAP recombinant heat shock protein 70kd...
2017: Irish Veterinary Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344684/splenic-vein-thrombosis-as-a-rare-complication-of-disseminated-tuberculosis-imaging-diagnosis-and-case-report
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Satarupa Roy, Shuchi Bhatt, Rajesh Rawal, Anupama Tandon, Neha Meena
BACKGROUND: Venous thromboembolism is a known but rare complication associated with Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection. The reported incidence of venous thromboembolism is 1.5-3.4% of infected patients, and it occurs due to a hypercoagulable state induced by the associated inflammation. CASE REPORT: A young woman with pulmonary tuberculosis was found to have disseminated tuberculosis and a clinically unsuspected partial thrombus in the splenic vein on imaging...
2017: Polish Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344639/aflatoxin-b1-inhibits-the-type-1-interferon-response-pathway-via-stat1-suggesting-another-mechanism-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma
#17
Patrick W Narkwa, David J Blackbourn, Mohamed Mutocheluh
BACKGROUND: Aflatoxin B1 (AFB1) contamination of food is very high in most sub-Saharan African countries. AFB1 is known to cause hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) by inducing mutation in the tumour suppressor gene TP53. The number of new HCC cases is high in West Africa with an accompanying high mortality. The type I interferon (IFN) pathway of the innate immune system limits viral infections and exerts its anti-cancer property by up-regulating tumour suppressor activities and pro-apoptotic pathways...
2017: Infectious Agents and Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344493/volatile-constituents-and-biological-activities-of-the-leaf-and-root-of-echinacea-species-from-south-africa
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M Nyalambisa, I A Oyemitan, R Matewu, O O Oyedeji, O S Oluwafemi, S P Songca, B N Nkeh-Chungag, A O Oyedeji
Echinacea is used ethnomedicinally for the treatment of various diseases such as cough, respiratory infections, and bronchitis among other uses in Eastern Cape region of South Africa. This study evaluated the volatile components of the essential oil of the plant, its toxicity, anti-inflammatory and analgesic activities in rodents. Dried leaf and root of the plant were separately processed by hydrodistillation for 4 h and their essential oils (EOs) were collected. Extracted oils were subjected to GC/GC-MS analysis...
March 2017: Saudi Pharmaceutical Journal: SPJ: the Official Publication of the Saudi Pharmaceutical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344403/toxoplasma-gondii-infection-in-meat-animals-from-africa-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-sero-epidemiological-studies
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Aretas Babatoundé Nounnagnon Tonouhewa, Yao Akpo, Philippe Sessou, Camus Adoligbe, Eric Yessinou, Yaovi Gildas Hounmanou, Marc Napoléon Assogba, Issaka Youssao, Souaïbou Farougou
AIM: Toxoplasma gondii is an ubiquitous apicomplexan parasite which causes toxoplasmosis in humans and animals. Felids especially cats are definitive hosts and almost all warm-blooded mammals, including livestock and human can serve as intermediate hosts. Food animals can be reservoirs for T. gondii and act as one of the sources for parasite transmission to humans. The objective of this study is to collect serological data on the prevalence of anti-T. gondii antibody, and risk factors for certain food animals from Africa to provide a quantitative estimate of T...
February 2017: Veterinary World
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344312/a-case-of-anti-glomerular-basement-membrane-glomerulonephritis-complicated-by-type-1-diabetes-mellitus-mimicking-urinary-tract-infection
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Yoshihiro Aoki, Izumi Tanimoto, Yoshihiro Miyauchi, Yoshio Suzuki, Toshiaki Shiojiri
BACKGROUND Type 1 diabetes mellitus (DM) tends to complicate other autoimmune diseases. When considering renal dysfunction in patients with DM, diabetic nephropathy is a likely diagnosis. By contrast, anti-glomerular basement membrane (GBM) glomerulonephritis, an autoimmune disease, is one cause of rapidly progressive glomerulonephritis. CASE REPORT We report the case of a 44-year-old woman diagnosed with anti-glomerular basement membrane (GBM) glomerulonephritis. The diagnosis was made on the basis of serological test results and pathological findings of a renal biopsy...
March 27, 2017: American Journal of Case Reports
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