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Chuan Loo Wong, Chean Yeah Yong, Azira Muhamad, Amir Syahir, Abdul Rahman Omar, Chin Chin Sieo, Wen Siang Tan
Foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) is a major threat to the livestock industry worldwide. Despite constant surveillance and effective vaccination, the perpetual mutations of the foot-and-mouth disease virus (FMDV) pose a huge challenge to FMD diagnosis. The immunodominant region of the FMDV VP1 protein (residues 131-170) displayed on phage T7 has been used to detect anti-FMDV in bovine sera. In the present study, the functional epitope was further delineated using amino acid sequence alignment, homology modelling and phage display...
March 21, 2018: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
Rohollah Taghadosi, Mohammad Reza Shakibaie, Hesam Alizade, Hossein Hosseini-Nave, Asma Askari, Reza Ghanbarpour
Aim: The present study was conducted to detect the occurrence, serogroups, virulence genes and phylogenetic relationship of shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) in human, clave and goat in Kerman (southeast of Iran). Background: STEC have emerged as the important foodborne zoonotic pathogens causing human gastrointestinal disease and confirming the risk to public health. Methods: A total of 671 fecal samples were collected from diarrheic patients (n=395) and healthy calves (n=156) and goats (n=120) and screened for the presence of stx gene...
2018: Gastroenterology and Hepatology From Bed to Bench
Reza Ranjbar, Hedieh Rahmati, Leili Shokoohizadeh
Aim: The aims of this study were to investigate antibiotic resistance pattern and molecular characterization of Salmonella Infantis strains, isolated from human sources in Tehran hospitals from 2008 to 2010. Background: Infection caused by Salmonella is one of the major public health problems. Despite the clinical importance of Salmonella enteric subsp. enteric serovar Infantis in humans, there is no information available about the common clones of Salmonella Infantis in clinical isolates in Iran...
2018: Gastroenterology and Hepatology From Bed to Bench
Hua Zhao, Can Xu, Xiaoli Luo, Feng Wei, Ning Wang, Huiying Shi, Xiubao Ren
Since the preclinical results about chimpanzee adenovirus serotype-68 (AdC68)-based vaccine showed an encouraging results, it reminded us that AdC68 may be a suitable cancer vaccine vector. Previous study indicated that the seroprevalence of neutralizing antibodies (NAbs) against adenovirus was different between cancer patients and healthy volunteers. Knowledge regarding the prevalence rates of AdC68 NAbs for cancer patients is lacking. Therefore, assessing the preexistence of NAbs against AdC68 in cancer patients could provide useful insights for developing future AdC68-based cancer vaccines...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Alba Finocchiaro, Sara Marinelli, Federica De Angelis, Valentina Vacca, Siro Luvisetto, Flaminia Pavone
Clinical use of neurotoxins from Clostridium botulinum is well established and is continuously expanding, including in treatment of pain conditions. Background : The serotype A (BoNT/A) has been widely investigated, and current data demonstrate that it induces analgesia and modulates nociceptive processing initiated by inflammation or nerve injury. Given that data concerning the serotype B (BoNT/B) are limited, the aim of the present study was to verify if also BoNT/B is able not only to counteract neuropathic pain, but also to interfere with inflammatory and regenerative processes associated with the nerve injury...
March 18, 2018: Toxins
Alberto Berardi, Isotta Guidotti, Roberta Creti, Giovanna Alfarone, Antonella Grottola, Claudia Venturelli, Giulia Fregni Serpinid, Elisa Della Casa, Elena Vecchi, Alessandra Boncompagni, Carlotta Toffoli, Fabrizio Ferrari
OBJECTIVES: Current predominant routes of group B Streptococcus (GBS) transmission in preterm neonates admitted to neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) are poorly defined. We report two overlapping clusters of GBS late-onset disease (LOD) from June to September 2015 in an Italian NICU. METHODS: During the outbreak, possible sources of transmission (equipment, feeding bottles, breast pumps) were swabbed. Specimens from throat and rectum were collected on a weekly basis from all neonates admitted to NICU...
March 14, 2018: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
Kei Nakashima, Masahiro Aoshima, Satoko Ohfuji, Satoshi Yamawaki, Masahiro Nemoto, Shinya Hasegawa, Satoshi Noma, Masafumi Misawa, Naoto Hosokawa, Makito Yaegashi, Yoshihito Otsuka
It is unclear whether simultaneous administration of a 23-valent pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (PPSV23) and a quadrivalent influenza vaccine (QIV) produces immunogenicity in older individuals. This study tested the hypothesis that the pneumococcal antibody response elicited by simultaneous administration of PPSV23 and QIV in older individuals is not inferior to that elicited by sequential administration of PPSV23 and QIV. We performed a single-center, randomized, open-label, non-inferiority trial comprising 162 adults aged ≥65 years randomly assigned to either the simultaneous (simultaneous injections of PPSV23 and QIV) or sequential (control; PPSV23 injected 2 weeks after QIV vaccination) groups...
March 21, 2018: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
Richter Razafindratsimandresy, Ondrej Mach, Jean-Michel Heraud, Barivola Bernardson, William C Weldon, M Steven Oberste, Roland W Sutter
Background: Vaccine-derived polioviruses (VDPV) outbreaks typically occur in areas of low poliovirus immunity. Madagascar successfully eradicated wild poliovirus in 1997; however, multiple VDPV outbreaks have occurred since then, and numerous vaccination campaigns have been carried out to control the VDPV outbreaks. We conducted a survey of poliovirus neutralizing antibodies among Malagasy children to assess performance of vaccination campaigns and estimate the risk of future VDPV outbreaks...
March 2018: Heliyon
Susan J Ermlich, Charles P Andrews, Steven Folkerth, Richard Rupp, David Greenberg, Richard D McFetridge, Jonathan Hartzel, Rocio D Marchese, Jon E Stek, Chitrananda Abeygunawardana, Luwy K Musey
BACKGROUND: Pneumococcal disease remains a public health priority in adults. Safety and immunogenicity of 15-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV15) containing 13 serotypes included in 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV13) plus 2 additional serotypes (22F and 33F) was evaluated in adults ≥50 years old (NCT01513551). METHODS: 691 adults received one dose of PCV15, PCV13, or 23-valent pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (PPV23) and were followed 14 days for safety...
March 17, 2018: Vaccine
Yarden Shalev, Shannon M Soucy, R Thane Papke, J Peter Gogarten, Jerry Eichler, Uri Gophna
Within the Haloferax genus, both the surface (S)-layer protein, and the glycans that can decorate it, vary between species, which can potentially result in many different surface types, analogous to bacterial serotypes. This variation may mediate phenotypes, such as sensitivity to different viruses and mating preferences. Here, we describe S-layer glycoproteins found in multiple Haloferax strains and perform comparative genomics analyses of major and alternative glycosylation clusters of isolates from two coastal sites...
March 20, 2018: Genes
Rajendra-Prasad Janapatla, Chyi-Liang Chen, Mei-Hua Hsu, Wan-Ting Liao, Cheng-Hsun Chiu
PURPOSE: Pneumococcal virulence protein-based vaccines can provide serotype-independent protection against pneumococcal infections. Many studies, including clinical observational studies on Thomsen-Friedenrich antigen exposure and haemolytic uremic syndrome, defined the role of neuraminidases NanA, NanB and NanC in host-pneumococcus interaction. Since neuraminidases are major virulence proteins, they are potential targets for both vaccines and small molecule inhibitors. Here we explored the utility of three neuraminidases as protein vaccine antigens to generate neutralizing antibodies and to increase survival following pneumococcal infections...
March 20, 2018: Journal of Medical Microbiology
Daisuke Kobayashi, Katsunori Murota, Ryosuke Fujita, Kentaro Itokawa, Akira Kotaki, Meng Ling Moi, Hiroko Ejiri, Yoshihide Maekawa, Kohei Ogawa, Yoshio Tsuda, Toshinori Sasaki, Mutsuo Kobayashi, Tomohiko Takasaki, Haruhiko Isawa, Kyoko Sawabe
In 2014 in Japan, 162 autochthonous dengue cases were reported for the first time in nearly 70 years. Here, we report the results of the detection and isolation of dengue virus (DENV) from mosquitoes collected in Tokyo Metropolis in 2014 and 2015. The phylogenetic relationship among DENV isolates from mosquitoes and from patients based on both the entire envelope gene and whole coding sequences was evaluated. Herein, 2,298 female and 956 male Aedes albopictus mosquitoes were collected at six suspected locations of DENV infection in Tokyo Metropolis from August to October in 2014 and grouped into 124 and 35 pools, respectively, for viral genome detection and DENV isolation...
March 19, 2018: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Gopal R Gopinath, Hannah R Chase, Jayanthi Gangiredla, Athmanya Eshwar, Hyein Jang, Isha Patel, Flavia Negrete, Samantha Finkelstein, Eunbi Park, TaeJung Chung, YeonJoo Yoo, JungHa Woo, YouYoung Lee, Jihyeon Park, Hyerim Choi, Seungeun Jeong, Soyoung Jun, Mijeong Kim, Chaeyoon Lee, HyeJin Jeong, Séamus Fanning, Roger Stephan, Carol Iversen, Felix Reich, Günter Klein, Angelika Lehner, Ben D Tall
Background: Malonate utilization, an important differential trait, well recognized as being possessed by six of the seven Cronobacter species is thought to be largely absent in Cronobacter sakazakii (Csak). The current study provides experimental evidence that confirms the presence of a malonate utilization operon in 24 strains of sequence type (ST) 64, obtained from Europe, Middle East, China, and USA; it offers explanations regarding the genomic diversity and phylogenetic relatedness among these strains, and that of other C...
2018: Gut Pathogens
Xing He, Jun Xie, Yange Wang, Xiaobin Fan, Qin Su, Yue Sun, Nanhang Lei, Dongmei Zhang, Guangping Gao, Weiqing Pan
The type 2 immune response is the central mechanism of disease progression in schistosomiasis, but the signals that induce it after infection remain elusive. Aberrant microRNA (miRNA) expression is a hallmark of human diseases including schistosomiasis, and targeting the deregulated miRNA can mitigate disease outcomes. Here, we demonstrate that efficient and sustained elevation of miR-203-3p in liver tissues, using the highly hepatotropic recombinant adeno-associated virus serotype 8 (rAAV8), protects mice against lethal schistosome infection by alleviating hepatic fibrosis...
March 19, 2018: PLoS Pathogens
Alicia Arnott, Qinning Wang, Nathan Bachmann, Rosemarie Sadsad, Chayanika Biswas, Cristina Sotomayor, Peter Howard, Rebecca Rockett, Agnieszka Wiklendt, Jon R Iredell, Vitali Sintchenko
Multidrug- and colistin-resistant Salmonella enterica serotype 4,[5],12:i:- sequence type 34 is present in Europe and Asia. Using genomic surveillance, we determined that this sequence type is also endemic to Australia. Our findings highlight the public health benefits of genome sequencing-guided surveillance for monitoring the spread of multidrug-resistant mobile genes and isolates.
April 2018: Emerging Infectious Diseases
Aziza Alrafiah, Evangelia Karyka, Ian Coldicott, Kayleigh Iremonger, Katherin E Lewis, Ke Ning, Mimoun Azzouz
Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is a devastating childhood motor neuron disease. SMA is caused by mutations in the survival motor neuron gene ( SMN1 ), leading to reduced levels of SMN protein in the CNS. The actin-binding protein plastin 3 (PLS3) has been reported as a modifier for SMA, making it a potential therapeutic target. Here, we show reduced levels of PLS3 protein in the brain and spinal cord of a mouse model of SMA. Our study also revealed that lentiviral-mediated PLS3 expression restored axonal length in cultured Smn-deficient motor neurons...
June 15, 2018: Molecular Therapy. Methods & Clinical Development
Danica M Sutherland, Pavithra Aravamudhan, Terence S Dermody
Viruses are constantly engaged in a molecular arms race with the host, where efficient and tactical use of cellular receptors benefits critical steps in infection. Receptor use dictates initiation, establishment, and spread of viral infection to new tissues and hosts. Mammalian orthoreoviruses (reoviruses) are pervasive pathogens that use multiple receptors to overcome protective host barriers to disseminate from sites of initial infection and cause disease in young mammals. In particular, reovirus invades the central nervous system (CNS) with serotype-dependent tropism and disease...
2018: Advances in Virus Research
Jing Han, Sean J Pendleton, Joanna Deck, Ruby Singh, Jeffrey Gilbert, Timothy J Johnson, Yasser M Sanad, Rajesh Nayak, Steven L Foley
BACKGROUND: Antimicrobial resistance in Salmonella enterica is often plasmid encoded. A key resistance plasmid group is the incompatibility group (Inc) A/C plasmids that often carry multiple resistance determinants. Previous studies showed that IncA/C plasmids were often co-located with other plasmids. The current study was undertaken to evaluate the impact of plasmid co-carriage on antimicrobial resistance and plasmid transfer. METHODS: A total of 1267 Salmonella isolates, representing multiple serotypes and sources were previously subjected to susceptibility testing and 251 isolates with resistance to at least 5 antimicrobial agents were identified for further study...
January 31, 2018: International Journal of Food Microbiology
Cynthia Chapel, Nathalie Rocher-Hélion, Nathalie Mantel, Sandy Imbert, Eric Deshaies, Véronique Barban, Alain Sabouraud, Jean-Philippe Barbe, Laurent Mallet
Absence of 'live' residual poliovirus in Inactivated Poliovirus Vaccine (IPV) is routinely checked using Primary Monkey Kidney Cells (PMKC). However, the increasing demand for IPV and the ethical, technical and safety issues associated with the use of non-human primates in research and quality control, has made the replacement of primary cells with an established cell line a priority, in line with the principles of the 3Rs (Replacement, Reduction and Refinement in animal testing). As an alternative to PMKC, we evaluated the L20B cell line; a mouse cell-line genetically engineered to express human poliovirus receptor, CD155...
March 13, 2018: Journal of Virological Methods
C Chen, P Beutels, A T Newall
In many settings, serotype changes as a result of infant 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV13) programs are likely to continue after the introduction of adult PCV13 programs. We applied a multi-cohort model to explore how potential serotype changes may impact on the cost-effectiveness of PCV13 use in Australian adults aged over 65 years. We found assumptions around continued herd protection from infant PCV13 programs to be critical when assessing the cost-effectiveness of adult PCV13 vaccination in Australia...
March 13, 2018: Vaccine
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