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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333751/identification-of-the-minimal-glycotope-of-streptococcus-pneumoniae-7f-capsular-polysaccharide-using-synthetic-oligosaccharides
#1
Petra Menova, Mauro Sella, Katrin Sellrie, Claney Pereira, Peter H Seeberger
Streptococcus pneumoniae causes life-threatening diseases including meningitis, pneumonia and sepsis. Existing glycoconjugate vaccines based on purified capsular polysaccharides are widely used and help to prevent millions of deaths every year. Here, we report total synthesis of oligosaccharides resembling portions of the S. pneumoniae serotype 7F (ST7F) capsular polysaccharide repeating unit. To define minimal glycan epitopes, glycan microarrays containing the synthetic oligosaccharides were used to screen human reference serum and revealed that both side chains of the ST7F play a key role in antigen recognition...
January 14, 2018: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333678/supplementary-feeding-as-a-source-of-multiresistant-salmonella-in-endangered-egyptian-vultures
#2
Guillermo Blanco
Wild birds have repeatedly been highlighted as vectors in the dissemination of livestock and human pathogens. Here, the occurrence, serotypes and antimicrobial resistance of Salmonella were assessed in adult Egyptian vultures (Neophron percnopterus), to test the hypothesis that infection is associated with the consumption of swine carcasses provided at supplementary feeding stations (SFSs). Faeces of year-round resident griffon vultures (Gyps fulvus) were also tested to assess whether infection was acquired in the breeding grounds of both species or in the African wintering quarters of Egyptian vultures...
January 14, 2018: Transboundary and Emerging Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329287/isolation-and-complete-genome-analysis-of-neurotropic-dengue-virus-serotype-3-from-the-cerebrospinal-fluid-of-an-encephalitis-patient
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Rama Dhenni, Mulya Rahma Karyanti, Nina Dwi Putri, Benediktus Yohan, Frilasita A Yudhaputri, Chairin Nisa Ma'roef, Araniy Fadhilah, Aditya Perkasa, Restuadi Restuadi, Hidayat Trimarsanto, Irawan Mangunatmadja, Jeremy P Ledermann, Ronald Rosenberg, Ann M Powers, Khin Saw Aye Myint, R Tedjo Sasmono
Although neurological manifestations associated with dengue viruses (DENV) infection have been reported, there is very limited information on the genetic characteristics of neurotropic DENV. Here we describe the isolation and complete genome analysis of DENV serotype 3 (DENV-3) from cerebrospinal fluid of an encephalitis paediatric patient in Jakarta, Indonesia. Next-generation sequencing was employed to deduce the complete genome of the neurotropic DENV-3 isolate. Based on complete genome analysis, two unique and nine uncommon amino acid changes in the protein coding region were observed in the virus...
January 12, 2018: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29326391/zoonotic-bacteria-and-parasites-found-in-raw-meat-based-diets-for-cats-and-dogs
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Freek P J van Bree, Gertie C A M Bokken, Robin Mineur, Frits Franssen, Marieke Opsteegh, Joke W B van der Giessen, Len J A Lipman, Paul A M Overgaauw
Feeding raw meat-based diets (RMBDs) to companion animals has become increasingly popular. Since these diets may be contaminated with bacteria and parasites, they may pose a risk to both animal and human health. The purpose of this study was to test for the presence of zoonotic bacterial and parasitic pathogens in Dutch commercial RMBDs. We analysed 35 commercial frozen RMBDs from eight different brands. Escherichia coli serotype O157:H7 was isolated from eight products (23 per cent) and extended-spectrum beta-lactamases-producing E coli was found in 28 products (80 per cent)...
January 13, 2018: Veterinary Record
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325173/immunogenicity-and-safety-of-pneumococcal-vaccination-in-patients-with-systemic-sclerosis
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Roger Hesselstrand, Johanna Nagel, Tore Saxne, Pierra Geborek, Lillemor Skattum, Meliha C Kapetanovic
Objective: To study the impact of disease and treatment with DMARDs on antibody response elicited by either pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV13) or pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (PPV23) in patients with SSc. Methods: Forty-four SSc patients and 49 controls received a dose of either PCV13 or PPV23. Twelve patients were treated with DMARDs. Antibody levels to pneumococcal polysaccharides 6B and 23 F were measured before and 4-6 weeks after vaccination using ELISA...
January 8, 2018: Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325070/vaccine-induced-antibody-responses-modify-the-association-between-t-cell-immune-responses-and-hiv-1-infection-risk-in-hvtn-505
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Youyi Fong, Xiaoying Shen, Vicki C Ashley, Aaron Deal, Kelly E Seaton, Chenchen Yu, Shannon P Grant, Guido Ferrari, Allan C deCamp, Robert T Bailer, Richard A Koup, David Montefiori, Barton F Haynes, Marcella Sarzotti-Kelsoe, Barney S Graham, Lindsay N Carpp, Scott M Hammer, Magda Sobieszczyk, Shelly Karuna, Edith Swann, Edwin DeJesus, Mark Mulligan, Ian Frank, Susan Buchbinder, Richard M Novak, M Juliana McElrath, Spyros Kalams, Michael Keefer, Nicole A Frahm, Holly E Janes, Peter B Gilbert, Georgia D Tomaras
Background: HVTN 505 was an HIV-1 preventive vaccine efficacy trial of a DNA/recombinant adenovirus serotype 5 (rAd5) vaccine regimen. We assessed antibody responses measured one month post-final vaccination (Month 7) as correlates of HIV-1 acquisition risk. Methods: Binding antibody responses were quantified in serum samples from 25 primary endpoint vaccine cases (diagnosed with HIV-1 infection between Month 7 and 24) and 125 randomly sampled frequency-matched vaccine controls (HIV-1 negative at Month 24)...
January 8, 2018: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29324986/the-impact-of-the-13-valent-pneumococcal-conjugate-vaccine-on-pneumococcal-carriage-in-the-community-acquired-pneumonia-immunization-trial-in-adults-capita-study
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Anna M M van Deursen, Marlies A van Houten, Chris Webber, Michael Patton, Daniel Scott, Scott Patterson, Qin Jiang, William C Gruber, Beate Schmoele-Thoma, Diederick E Grobbee, Marc J M Bonten, Elisabeth A M Sanders
Background: The impact of pneumococcal conjugate vaccination on the prevalence of nasopharyngeal carriage with pneumococci and other bacteria in adults is unknown. The direct effects of the 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV13) in community dwelling older adults was investigated as part of the randomized controlled Community Acquired Pneumonia immunization Trial in Adults (CAPiTA). Methods: We determined the carriage of S. pneumoniae, S. aureus, H. influenzae, and M...
January 6, 2018: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29323107/serological-survey-of-neutralizing-antibodies-to-eight-major-enteroviruses-among-healthy-population
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Rui Zhu, Tong Cheng, Zhichao Yin, Dongxiao Liu, Longfa Xu, Yongchao Li, Wei Wang, Jian Liu, Yuqiong Que, Xiangzhong Ye, Qiyi Tang, Qinjian Zhao, Shengxiang Ge, Shuizhen He, Ningshao Xia
Human enteroviruses (EVs) are the most common causative agents infecting human, causing many harmful diseases, such as hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD), herpangina (HA), myocarditis, encephalitis, and aseptic meningitis. EV-related diseases pose a serious worldwide threat to public health. To gain comprehensive insight into the seroepidemiology of major prevalent EVs in humans, we firstly performed a serological survey for neutralizing antibodies (nAbs) against Enterovirus A71 (EV-A71), Coxsackie virus A16 (CV-A16), Coxsackie virus A6 (CV-A6), Coxsackie virus A10 (CV-A10), Coxsackie virus B3 (CV-B3), Coxsackie virus B5 (CV-B5), Echovirus 25 (ECHO25), and Echovirus 30 (ECHO30) among the healthy population in Xiamen City in 2016, using micro-neutralization assay...
January 10, 2018: Emerging Microbes & Infections
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29322884/high-mortality-in-foals-associated-with-salmonella-enterica-subsp-enterica-abortusequi-infection-in-italy
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Erika Grandolfo, Antonio Parisi, Antonia Ricci, Eleonora Lorusso, Rocco de Siena, Adriana Trotta, Domenico Buonavoglia, Vito Martella, Marialaura Corrente
Salmonella enterica subsp. enterica serovar Abortusequi is frequently reported as a cause of abortion in mares and neonatal septicemia and polyarthritis in Asian and African countries, but only sporadically in Europe and the United States. We report an outbreak of S. Abortusequi in foals in Italy, characterized by high mortality. In a herd of Murgese horses, 10 of 34 newborns died at birth and a further 7 died, after developing severe clinical signs, during the first 10 d of life. Tissue specimens from different organs of 2 dead foals, synovial fluids from 4 sick foals, and vaginal and rectal swabs from their dams were cultured...
January 1, 2018: Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29322608/comparison-of-listeriolysin-o-and-phospholipases-plca-and-plcb-activities-and-initial-intracellular-growth-capability-among-food-and-clinical-strains-of-listeria-monocytogenes
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M Kanki, H Naruse, K Kawatsu
AIMS: We investigated whether Listeria monocytogenes strains differ in their ability to escape from the primary phagosome after internalization into human intestinal epithelial cells. METHODS AND RESULTS: Food and clinical strains were used to study specific alleles; the activities of listeriolysin O (LLO) and phospholipases PlcA and PlcB, which promote rupture of the phagocytic vacuole; and initial intracellular bacterial growth in Caco-2 cells. Results showed no difference in LLO activities between food and clinical strains or among serotypes...
January 11, 2018: Journal of Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321310/therapeutic-efficacy-of-vectored-pgt121-gene-delivery-in-hiv-1-infected-humanized-mice
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Alexander Badamchi-Zadeh, Lawrence J Tartaglia, Peter Abbink, Christine A Bricault, Po-Ting Liu, Michael Boyd, Marinela Kirilova, Noe B Mercado, Ovini S Nanayakkara, Vladimir D Vrbanac, Andrew M Tager, Rafael A Larocca, Michael S Seaman, Dan H Barouch
Broadly neutralizing antibodies (bNAbs) are being explored for HIV-1 prevention and cure strategies. However, administration of purified bNAbs poses challenges in resource poor settings, where the HIV-1 disease burden is greatest. In vivo vector-based production of bNAbs represents an alternative strategy. We investigated adenovirus serotype 5 (Ad5) and adeno-associated virus serotype 1 (AAV1) vectors to deliver the HIV-1 specific bNAb PGT121 in wildtype and immunocompromised C57Bl/6 mice as well as in HIV-1-infected bone marrow-liver-thymus (BLT) humanized mice...
January 10, 2018: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321001/dengue-virus-infection-enhancement-activity-in-neutralizing-antibodies-of-healthy-adults-before-dengue-season-as-determined-by-using-fc%C3%AE-r-expressing-cells
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Minh Huong Phu Ly, Meng Ling Moi, Thi Bich Hau Vu, Mya Myat Ngwe Tun, Todd Saunders, Cam Nhat Nguyen, Anh Kieu Thi Nguyen, Hung Manh Nguyen, Than Huu Dao, Do Quyen Pham, Thi Thu Thuy Nguyen, Thi Quynh Mai Le, Futoshi Hasebe, Kouichi Morita
BACKGROUND: Antibodies are critical responses to protect the host from dengue virus(DENV) infection. Antibodies target DENV by two pathologic mechanisms: virus neutralization and infection enhancement. In dengue patients, the absence of neutralizing activity in the presence of FcγR implies that infection-enhancing activity hampers the neutralizing activity of antibodies, which could potentially lead to symptomatic presentations and severe clinical outcomes. METHODS: A total of 100 pair serum samples from adult healthy volunteers were obtained during the dengue season in Ha Noi in 2015 for evaluation of neutralizing and infection-enhancing activity...
January 10, 2018: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29320565/the-absence-of-n-acetylglucosamine-in-wall-teichoic-acids-of-listeria-monocytogenes-modifies-biofilm-architecture-and-tolerance-to-rinsing-and-cleaning-procedures
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Thomas Brauge, Christine Faille, Irina Sadovskaya, Alain Charbit, Thierry Benezech, Yang Shen, Martin J Loessner, Jean Romain Bautista, Graziella Midelet-Bourdin
The wall teichoic acid (WTA) is the major carbohydrate found within the extracellular matrix of the Listeria monocytogenes biofilm. We first addressed the frequency of spontaneous mutations in two genes (lmo2549 and lmo2550) responsible for the GlcNAcylation in 93 serotype 1/2a strains that were mainly isolated from seafood industries. We studied the impact of mutations in lmo2549 or lmo2550 genes on biofilm formation by using one mutant carrying a natural mutation inactivating the lmo2550 gene (DSS 1130 BFA2 strain) and two EGD-e mutants that lack respective genes by in-frame deletion of lmo2549 or lmo2550 using splicing-by-overlap-extension PCR, followed by allelic exchange mutagenesis...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29320233/antibacterial-activities-of-hibiscus-sabdariffa-extracts-and-chemical-sanitizers-directly-on-green-leaves-contaminated-with-foodborne-pathogens
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Carlos A Gómez-Aldapa, Esmeralda Rangel-Vargas, Ma Refugio Torres-Vitela, Angélica Villarruel-López, Otilio A Acevedo-Sandoval, Alberto J Gordillo-Martínez, Angélica Godínez-Oviedo, Javier Castro-Rosas
Leafy greens have been associated with foodborne disease outbreaks in different countries. To decrease microbial contamination of leafy greens, chemical agents are commonly used; however, a number of studies have shown these agents to have limited antimicrobial effect against pathogenic bacteria on vegetables. The objective of this study was to compare the antibacterial effect of Hibiscus sabdariffa calyx extracts (water, methanol, acetone, and ethyl acetate), sodium hypochlorite, acetic acid, and colloidal silver against foodborne bacteria on leafy greens...
January 10, 2018: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29319934/identification-and-functional-characterization-of-type-ii-toxin-antitoxin-systems-in-aggregatibacter-actinomycetemcomitans
#15
Blair Schneider, Whitney Weigel, Maryta Sztukowska, Donald R Demuth
Type II toxin/antitoxin (TA) systems contribute to the formation of persister cells and biofilm formation for many organisms. A. actinomycetemcomitans thrives in the complex oral microbial community subjected to continual environmental flux. Little is known regarding the presence and function of type II TA systems in this organism or their contribution to adaptation and persistence in the biofilm. We identified 11 TA systems that are conserved across all seven serotypes of A. actinomycetemcomitans and represent the RelBE, MazEF and HipAB families of type II TA systems...
January 10, 2018: Molecular Oral Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29319426/dengue-hemorrhagic-fever-virus-in-saudi-arabia-a-review
#16
Jaffar A Al-Tawfiq, Ziad A Memish
Dengue fever is a global disease with a spectrum of clinical manifestation ranging from mild febrile disease to a severe disease in the form of dengue hemorrhagic fever and dengue shock syndrome. Dengue virus is one viral hemorrhagic fever that exists in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in addition to Alkhurma (Alkhurma) Hemorrhagic Fever, Chikungunya virus, Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever, and Rift Valley Fever. The disease is limited to the Western and South-western regions of Saudi Arabia, where Aedes aegypti exists...
January 10, 2018: Vector Borne and Zoonotic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29318471/aav-mediated-gene-delivery-of-the-calreticulin-anti-angiogenic-domain-inhibits-ocular-neovascularization
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Leilei Tu, Jiang-Hui Wang, Veluchamy A Barathi, Selwyn M Prea, Zheng He, Jia Hui Lee, James Bender, Anna E King, Grant J Logan, Ian E Alexander, Youn-Shen Bee, Ming-Hong Tai, Gregory J Dusting, Bang V Bui, Jingxiang Zhong, Guei-Sheung Liu
Ocular neovascularization is a common pathological feature in diabetic retinopathy and neovascular age-related macular degeneration that can lead to severe vision loss. We evaluated the therapeutic efficacy of a novel endogenous inhibitor of angiogenesis, the calreticulin anti-angiogenic domain (CAD180), and its functional 112-residue fragment, CAD-like peptide 112 (CAD112), delivered using a self-complementary adeno-associated virus serotype 2 (scAAV2) in rodent models of oxygen-induced retinopathy and laser-induced choroidal neovascularization...
January 9, 2018: Angiogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29317173/identification-of-a-proteomic-biomarker-associated-with-invasive-st1-serotype-vi-group-b-streptococcus-by-maldi-tof-ms
#18
Hsiao-Chuan Lin, Jang-Jih Lu, Lee-Chung Lin, Cheng-Mao Ho, Kao-Pin Hwang, Yu-Ching Liu, Chao-Jung Chen
BACKGROUND: Group B Streptococcus (GBS) is an important invasive pathogen in neonates, pregnant women and the elderly. Serotype VI GBS, which has been rarely reported globally, has emerged as a significant pathogen in Asia. However, traditional serologic latex agglutination (LA) methods may fail to type isolates that lack of or low expression of CPS. METHODS: A total of 104 GBS strains were analyzed by MALDI-TOF MS. Multiplex PCR and multilocus sequence typing (MLST) were also performed to confirm their strains...
December 30, 2017: Journal of Microbiology, Immunology, and Infection, Wei Mian Yu Gan Ran za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29317018/outbreak-of-salmonella-bovismorbificans-associated-with-the-consumption-of-uncooked-ham-products-the-netherlands-2016-to-2017
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Diederik Brandwagt, Cees van den Wijngaard, Anna Dolores Tulen, Annemieke Christine Mulder, Agnetha Hofhuis, Rianne Jacobs, Max Heck, Anjo Verbruggen, Hans van den Kerkhof, Ife Slegers-Fitz-James, Lapo Mughini-Gras, Eelco Franz
In January 2017, an increase in reported Salmonellaenterica serotype Bovismorbificans cases in the Netherlands was observed since October 2016. We implemented a case-control study to identify the source, including all cases after December 2016. Adjusted odds ratios were calculated using logistic regression analysis. We traced back the distribution chain of suspected food items and sampled them for microbiological analysis. Human and food isolates were sequenced using whole genome sequencing (WGS). From October 2016 to March 2017, 54 S...
January 2018: Euro Surveillance: Bulletin Européen sur les Maladies Transmissibles, European Communicable Disease Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29316978/in-vivo-testing-of-novel-vaccine-prototypes-against-actinobacillus-pleuropneumoniae
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Fabio Antenucci, Cyrielle Fougeroux, Alannah Deeney, Cathrine Ørskov, Andrew Rycroft, Peter Johannes Holst, Anders Miki Bojesen
Actinobacillus pleuropneumoniae (A. pleuropneumoniae) is a Gram-negative bacterium that represents the main cause of porcine pleuropneumonia in pigs, causing significant economic losses to the livestock industry worldwide. A. pleuropneumoniae, as the majority of Gram-negative bacteria, excrete vesicles from its outer membrane (OM), accordingly defined as outer membrane vesicles (OMVs). Thanks to their antigenic similarity to the OM, OMVs have emerged as a promising tool in vaccinology. In this study we describe the in vivo testing of several vaccine prototypes for the prevention of infection by all known A...
January 9, 2018: Veterinary Research
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