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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346714/discrepant-serological-assays-for-pneumococcus-in-renal-transplant-recipients
#1
Jay A Fishman, David N Iklé, Robert A Wilkinson
Vaccine immunoprotection for Streptococcus pneumoniae is mediated by opsonizing antibodies targeting serotype-specific capsular polysaccharides. Quantitative antibody levels (ELISA) and antibody-mediated opsonophagcytic assays (OPA) measure vaccine-induced protection; correlation of these assays in transplantation requires investigation. This study examines the laboratory assessment of antibody titers in vaccinated renal recipients. Streptococcus pneumoniae 19A is common in immunocompromised hosts and is represented in protein-conjugate vaccines (PCV) and polysaccharide vaccines (PSV)...
March 27, 2017: Transplant International: Official Journal of the European Society for Organ Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346435/aav9-mediated-engineering-of-autotransplanted-kidney-of-non-human-primates
#2
S Tomasoni, P Trionfini, N Azzollini, L Zentilin, M Giacca, S Aiello, L Longaretti, E Cozzi, N Baldan, G Remuzzi, A Benigni
Ex vivo gene transfer to the graft before transplantation is an attractive option for circumventing systemic side effects of chronic anti-rejection therapy. Gene delivery of the immunomodulatory protein CTLA4-Ig prevented chronic kidney rejection in a rat model of allotransplantation without the need for systemic immunosuppression. Here, we generated AAV2 and AAV9 vectors encoding for LEA29Y, an optimized version of CTLA4-Ig. Both LEA29Y vectors were equally efficient for reducing T-cell proliferation in vitro...
March 27, 2017: Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346434/optimization-of-adeno-associated-virus-vector-mediated-gene-transfer-to-the-respiratory-tract
#3
F Kurosaki, R Uchibori, N Mato, Y Sehara, Y Saga, M Urabe, H Mizukami, Y Sugiyama, A Kume
An efficient adeno-associated virus (AAV) vector was constructed for the treatment of respiratory diseases. AAV serotypes, promoters, and routes of administration potentially influencing the efficiency of gene transfer to airway cells were examined in the present study. Among the nine AAV serotypes (AAV1-9) screened in vitro and four serotypes (AAV1, 2, 6, 9) evaluated in vivo, AAV6 showed the strongest transgene expression. As for promoters, the cytomegalovirus (CMV) early enhancer/chicken β-actin (CAG) promoter resulted in more robust transduction than the CMV promoter...
March 27, 2017: Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346275/committee-opinion-no-704-human-papillomavirus-vaccination
#4
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Human papillomavirus (HPV) is associated with anogenital cancer (including cervical, vaginal, vulvar, penile, and anal), oropharyngeal cancer, and genital warts. The HPV vaccination significantly reduces the incidence of anogenital cancer and genital warts. Despite the benefits of HPV vaccines, only 41.9% of girls in the recommended age group, and only 28.1% of males in the recommended age group have received all recommended doses. Compared with many other countries, HPV vaccination rates in the United States are unacceptably low...
March 24, 2017: Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345819/outbreak-investigations-and-molecular-characterization-of-foot-and-mouth-disease-viruses-circulating-in-south-west-niger
#5
B Souley Kouato, F M Elliot, D P King, J Hyera, N J Knowles, A B Ludi, V Mioulet, G Matlho, K De Clercq, E Thys, H Marichatou, S Issa, C Saegerman
In Niger, the epidemiological situation regarding foot-and-mouth disease is unclear as many outbreaks are unreported. This study aimed (i) to identify Foot-and-mouth disease virus (FMDV) strains currently circulating in cattle herds, and (ii) to identify risk factors associated with Foot-and-mouth disease (FMD)-seropositive animals in clinical outbreaks. Epithelial tissues (n = 25) and sera (n = 227) were collected from cattle in eight districts of the south-western part of Niger. Testing of clinical material revealed the presence of FMDV serotype O that was characterized within the O/WEST AFRICA topotype...
March 27, 2017: Transboundary and Emerging Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345563/chlamydial-eye-infections-current-perspectives
#6
Gita Satpathy, Himanshu Sekhar Behera, Nishat Hussain Ahmed
Chlamydia trachomatis, an obligate intraocular bacteria causing trachoma, adult and neonatal inclusion conjunctivitis, was the leading cause of blindness in the last century worldwide. Improvement in socioeconomic and living conditions, availability of antibiotics, and introduction of National Trachoma Control Programmes reduced the prevalence in developed countries, but it persisted in resource-poor settings of Africa and Asia, including India. In 2016, as per the WHO report, trachoma is restricted to 42 countries, causing blindness/visual impairment in ~1...
February 2017: Indian Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345021/oncolytic-group-b-adenovirus-enadenotucirev-mediates-non-apoptotic-cell-death-with-membrane-disruption-and-release-of-inflammatory-mediators
#7
Arthur Dyer, Ying Di, Hugo Calderon, Sam Illingworth, Gray Kueberuwa, Alison Tedcastle, Phil Jakeman, Suet Lin Chia, Alice Brown, Michael A Silva, David Barlow, John Beadle, Terry Hermiston, David J P Ferguson, Brian Champion, Kerry D Fisher, Leonard W Seymour
Enadenotucirev (EnAd) is a chimeric group B adenovirus isolated by bioselection from a library of adenovirus serotypes. It replicates selectively in and kills a diverse range of carcinoma cells, shows effective anticancer activity in preclinical systems, and is currently undergoing phase I/II clinical trials. EnAd kills cells more quickly than type 5 adenovirus, and speed of cytotoxicity is dose dependent. The EnAd death pathway does not involve p53, is predominantly caspase independent, and appears to involve a rapid fall in cellular ATP...
March 17, 2017: Molecular Therapy Oncolytics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344872/intravenously-usable-fully-serotype-3-oncolytic-adenovirus-coding-for-cd40l-as-an-enabler-of-dendritic-cell-therapy
#8
Sadia Zafar, Suvi Parviainen, Mikko Siurala, Otto Hemminki, Riikka Havunen, Siri Tähtinen, Simona Bramante, Lotta Vassilev, Hongjie Wang, Andre Lieber, Silvio Hemmi, Tanja de Gruijl, Anna Kanerva, Akseli Hemminki
Vaccination with dendritic cells (DCs), the most potent professional antigen-presenting cells in the body, is a promising approach in cancer immunotherapy. However, tumors induce immunosuppression in their microenvironment that suppresses and impairs the function of DCs. Therefore, human clinical trials with DC therapy have often been disappointing. To improve the therapeutic efficacy and to overcome the major obstacles of DC therapy, we generated a novel adenovirus, Ad3-hTERT-CMV-hCD40L, which is fully serotype 3 and expresses hCD40L for induction of antitumor immune response...
2017: Oncoimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344409/outbreak-of-foot-and-mouth-disease-and-peste-des-petits-ruminants-in-sheep-flock-imported-for-immediate-slaughter-in-riyadh
#9
M A Mahmoud, S A Galbat
AIM: To detect and identify the causative agent or agents of the following clinical symptoms which were fever, lack of appetite, salivation, vesiculation, erosions of the buccal mucosa, nose, and feet. The signs vary from mild to severe. The mortality rate of the disease is high. The morbidity rate reaches up to 100%. Sheep also show bloody diarrhea and rapid respiration. Sheep flock resident in El-Kharje Governorate. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 50 serum samples and 50 buffy coat samples were collected from Marino sheep flock suffered from high mortalities, fever, lameness, diarrhea, stomatitis, and respiratory distress...
February 2017: Veterinary World
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344395/characterization-of-salmonella-gallinarum-from-an-outbreak-in-raigarh-chhattisgarh
#10
Chandrahas Sannat, Anil Patyal, Nidhi Rawat, R C Ghosh, D K Jolhe, R K Shende, S D Hirpurkar, Sanjay Shakya
AIM: The present investigation was conducted to isolate and characterize Salmonella Gallinarum from an outbreak of fowl typhoid in layer birds. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Clinically ill and dead layer birds from an outbreak were investigated. History, clinical signs, and postmortem lesions were suggestive of fowl typhoid. Postmortem samples including heart blood, intestinal contents, pieces of ovary, and liver were collected and processed immediately for bacterial culture, serotyping and antibiotic sensitivity tests...
February 2017: Veterinary World
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343993/discovering-key-residues-of-dengue-virus-ns2b-ns3-protease-new-binding-sites-for-antiviral-inhibitors-design
#11
D Aguilera-Pesantes, L E Robayo, P E Méndez, D Mollocana, Y Marrero-Ponce, F J Torres, M A Méndez
The NS2B-NS3 protease is essential for the Dengue Virus (DENV) replication process. This complex constitutes a target for efficient antiviral discovery because a drug could inhibit the viral polyprotein processing. Furthermore, since the protease is highly conserved between the four Dengue virus serotypes, it is probable that a drug would be equally effective against all of them. In this article, a strategy is reported that allowed us to identify influential residues on the function of the Dengue NS2b-NS3 Protease...
March 23, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343771/characterization-of-human-monoclonal-antibodies-that-neutralize-multiple-poliovirus-serotypes
#12
Rama Devudu Puligedda, Diana Kouiavskaia, Fetweh H Al-Saleem, Chandana Devi Kattala, Usman Nabi, Hamid Yaqoob, V Sandeep Bhagavathula, Rashmi Sharma, Konstantin Chumakov, Scott K Dessain
Following the eradication of wild poliovirus (PV), achieving and maintaining a polio-free status will require eliminating potentially pathogenic PV strains derived from the oral attenuated vaccine. For this purpose, a combination of non-cross-resistant drugs, such as small molecules and neutralizing monoclonal antibodies (mAbs), may be ideal. We previously isolated chimpanzee and human mAbs capable of neutralizing multiple PV types (cross-neutralization). Here, we describe three additional human mAbs that neutralize types 1 and 2 PV and one mAb that neutralizes all three types...
March 23, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343354/unusual-severe-case-of-hemolytic-uremic-syndrome-due-to-shiga-toxin-2d-producing-e-coli-o80-h2
#13
Kioa L Wijnsma, Anne M Schijvens, John W A Rossen, A M D Mirjam Kooistra-Smid, Michiel F Schreuder, Nicole C A J van de Kar
BACKGROUND: Hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) is one of the most common causes of acute renal failure in children, with the majority of cases caused by an infection with Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC). Whereas O157 is still the predominant STEC serotype, non-O157 serotypes are increasingly associated with STEC-HUS. However, little is known about this emerging and highly diverse group of non-O157 serotypes. With supportive therapy, STEC-HUS is often self-limiting, with occurrence of chronic sequelae in just a small proportion of patients...
March 25, 2017: Pediatric Nephrology: Journal of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342740/the-development-of-a-real-time-reverse-transcription-polymerase-chain-reaction-rrt-pcr-assay-using-taqman-technology-for-the-pan-detection-of-bluetongue-virus-btv
#14
Catherine Mulholland, Michael J McMenamy, Bernd Hoffmann, Bernadette Earley, Bryan Markey, Joseph Cassidy, Gordon Allan, Michael D Welsh, John McKillen
Bluetongue virus (BTV) is an infectious, non-contagious viral disease of domestic and wild ruminants that is transmitted by adult females of certain Culicoides species. Since 2006, several serotypes including BTV-1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 9 and 16, have spread from the Mediterranean basin into Northern Europe for the first time. BTV-8 in particular, caused a major epidemic in northern Europe. As a result, it is evident that most European countries are at risk of BTV infection. The objective of this study was to develop and validate a real-time reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction (rRT-PCR) assay based on TaqMan technology for the detection of representative strains of all BTV serotypes...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Virological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342668/the-herd-effects-of-infant-pcv7-pcv13-sequential-implementation-on-adult-invasive-pneumococcal-disease-six-years-post-implementation-a-nationwide-study-in-israel
#15
Gili Regev-Yochay, Michal Katzir, Jacob Strahilevitz, Galia Rahav, Talya Finn, Dan Miron, Yasmin Maor, Bibiana Chazan, Yehudith Schindler, Ron Dagan
BACKGROUND: Introduction of pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV) has nearly eliminated vaccine-type (VT) invasive pneumococcal disease (IPD) in children, yet the reported resulting reduction of adult IPD is variable. We present the indirect impact of sequential PCV7/PCV13 implementation in Israel on adult IPD. METHODS: An ongoing nationwide active surveillance was initiated on July 2009 when PCV7 was implemented (with Catch-up). PCV7 was gradually replaced by PCV13 since November 2010...
March 22, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342208/serogroups-and-genotypes-of-leptospira-spp-strains-from-bovine-aborted-foetuses
#16
L Delooz, G Czaplicki, F Gregoire, F Dal Pozzo, F Pez, A Kodjo, C Saegerman
Leptospirosis is a global disease of animals, with potential major economic impact on livestock industry and important zoonotic capacities. The disease represents a major challenge in the developing countries as humans and animals frequently live in close association. The serovar Hardjo of Leptospira whose primary host is cattle has been studied extensively, but few data exist on other current circulating or emerging serotypes. To better understand the disease in cattle and how to prevent and/or control it, it is necessary to identify the genotype and the serotype of circulating Leptospira...
March 24, 2017: Transboundary and Emerging Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341545/novel-putative-bluetongue-virus-in-healthy-goats-from-sardinia-italy
#17
Giovanni Savini, Giantonella Puggioni, Giorgio Meloni, Maurilia Marcacci, Marco Di Domenico, Angela Maria Rocchigiani, Massimo Spedicato, Annalisa Oggiano, Daniela Manunta, Liana Teodori, Alessandra Leone, Ottavio Portanti, Francesca Cito, Annamaria Conte, Massimiliano Orsini, Cesare Cammà, Paolo Calistri, Armando Giovannini, Alessio Lorusso
In recent years, novel Bluetongue virus (BTV) serotypes have been isolated and/or sequenced by researchers within the field. During Bluetongue surveillance activities, we identified a putative novel BTV serotype in healthy goats from Sardinia, Italy. RNAs purified from blood and serum samples were positive for BTV by a generic real time RT-PCR and c-ELISA, respectively, whereas genotyping and serotyping were unsuccessful. By NGS, the whole genome sequence was obtained from two blood samples (BTV-X ITL2015 strains 34200 and 33531)...
March 21, 2017: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341517/enhancement-of-bactericidal-activity-against-group-b-streptococci-with-reduced-penicillin-susceptibility-by-uptake-of-gentamicin-into-cells-resulting-from-combination-with-%C3%AE-lactam-antibiotics
#18
Yoshifumi Ebara, Miyuki Morozumi, Mamiko Sato, Nobuko Moritoki, Meiwa Toyofuku, Misako Takata, Mitsuru Murata, Kimiko Ubukata, Satoshi Iwata
Combined effects of penicillin (PEN) and gentamicin (GM) against Streptococcus agalactiae, i.e. group B streptococci (GBS), are known to occur, but synergy has not been examined in strains with reduced PEN susceptibility, usually called PEN-resistant GBS (PRGBS). We therefore studied combined effects of β-lactam antibiotics and GM in cultures of 3 PRGBS strains belonging to serotype Ia or III that were isolated from Japanese adults with invasive infections. Killing kinetics were determined at 2-h intervals from 0 to 6 h after exposure to ampicillin (AMP) or cefotaxime (CTX) combined with GM...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Infection and Chemotherapy: Official Journal of the Japan Society of Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340428/vaccination-as-a-control-strategy-against-salmonella-infection-in-pigs-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-the-literature
#19
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M L de la Cruz, I Conrado, A Nault, A Perez, L Dominguez, J Alvarez
Consumption or handling of improperly processed or cooked pork is considered one of the top sources for foodborne salmonellosis, a common cause of intestinal disease worldwide. Asymptomatic carrier pigs may contaminate pork at slaughtering; therefore, pre-harvest reduction of Salmonella load can contribute to reduce public health risk. Multiple studies have evaluated the impact of vaccination on controlling Salmonella in swine farms, but results are highly variable due to the heterogeneity in vaccines and vaccination protocols...
March 11, 2017: Research in Veterinary Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339951/characterization-of-a-hypervirulent-fowl-adenovirus-4-with-the-novel-genotype-newly-prevalent-in-china-and-establishment-of-reproduction-infection-model-of-hydropericardium-syndrome-in-chickens
#20
Q Pan, L Liu, Y Gao, C Liu, X Qi, Y Zhang, Y Wang, K Li, L Gao, X Wang, H Cui
Severe hydropericardium syndrome (HPS) has been present in layers in the northeast of China since June 2015, with mortality rates varying from 30 to 90%. Dead layers had severe hydropericardium with pericardial volumes of 5 to 20 mL, as well as inclusion body hepatitis. Laboratory investigations led to the isolation of a fowl adenovirus strain, HLJFAd15, from the liver tissue of dead layers. Natural deletions of ORF19 and ORF27 were found in this clinical strain by complete genome sequencing, which was identified with the novel genotype recently prevalent in China...
March 4, 2017: Poultry Science
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