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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452292/prevalence-risk-factors-and-genetic-characterization-of-toxoplasma-gondii-in-sick-pigs-and-stray-cats-in-jiangsu-province-eastern-china
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Zhao-Feng Hou, Shi-Jie Su, Dan-Dan Liu, Le-le Wang, Chuan-Li Jia, Zhen-Xing Zhao, Yi-Fei Ma, Qiao-Qiao Li, Jin-Jun Xu, Jian-Ping Tao
Toxoplasma gondii is an obligate intracellular parasitic protozoan with a worldwide distribution. The parasites in edible tissues of pigs and oocysts from cats are the major sources of T. gondii infection in humans. However, there are no data from sick pigs in veterinary clinics or from stray cats in Jiangsu Province, eastern China. In total, biological samples from 141 sick pigs and 64 stray cats were collected from this region. The rate of T. gondii infection in sick pigs was 46.81% using a polymerase chain reaction (PCR), and the overall prevalence of toxoplasmosis in stray cats was 34...
February 13, 2018: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29398460/a-novel-chemiluminescent-immunoassay-based-on-original-acridinium-ester-labels-as-better-solution-for-diagnosis-of-human-toxoplasmosis-than-conventional-elisa-test
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Lucyna Holec-Gąsior, Bartłomiej Ferra, Justyna Czechowska, Illia E Serdiuk, Karol Krzymiński
Toxoplasma gondii infection is one of the most common human zoonosis. Laboratory diagnosis of this disease is mainly based on the results of serological methods detecting specific antibodies in the patient's sera. In this study we aimed to evaluate the performance of a chemiluminescence immunoassay (CLIA) based on the use of a novel immunochemical reagent in the form of the conjugate of original acridinium label (AL) attached to secondary antibody (IgG-AL) and SAG2-GRA1-ROP1L chimeric antigen for T. gondii specific antibodies detection...
January 6, 2018: Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29373837/evaluation-of-five-automated-and-one-manual-methods-for-toxoplasma-and-human-dna-extraction-from-artificially-spiked-amniotic-fluid
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Hélène Yera, Louise Ménégaut, Marie-Pierre Brenier-Pinchart, Feriel Touafek, Patrick Bastien, Frédéric Dalle
OBJECTIVES: Molecular detection of Toxoplasma gondii plays a crucial role in the prenatal and neonatal diagnosis of congenital toxoplasmosis (CT). Sensitivity of this diagnosis is partly related to the efficiency of parasite DNA extraction and amplification. DNA extraction methods with automated platforms have been developed. Therefore, it is essential to evaluate them in combination with adequate PCR amplification assays. METHODS: In this multisite study, we investigated the suitability of two recent automated procedures for the isolation of Toxoplasma DNA from amniotic fluid (AF) (Magtration system 12GC, PSS® and Freedom EVO VacS, Tecan®), as compared to three other automated procedures (MagNAPure Compact, Roche®, BioRobot EZ1, Qiagen® and modified NucliSens easyMAG, bioMérieux®) and to the manual DNA extraction QIAamp DNA Mini kit (Qiagen®)...
January 23, 2018: Clinical Microbiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29373741/high-rates-of-cerebral-toxoplasmosis-in-hiv-patients-presenting-with-meningitis-in-accra-ghana
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Japheth A Opintan, Benedict K Awadzi, Isaac J K Biney, Vincent Ganu, Richard Doe, Ernest Kenu, Rita F Adu, Mary M Osei, Amos Akumwena, Michael E Grigg, Gary A Fahle, Mercy J Newman, Peter R Williamson, Margaret Lartey
Background: Data on adult meningitis among patients infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is scarce in western sub-Saharan Africa, including Ghana. Methods: HIV-infected adults with a provisional diagnosis of meningitis were consecutively enrolled, between August 2014 and January 2016. After patient data collection, cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) was obtained and evaluated for microbiological aetiologies, cell counts and biochemistry. Caregiver clinicians provided limited data for inpatients at the end-point of discharge or death...
January 24, 2018: Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353306/toxoplasma-gondii-antigen-sag2a-differentially-modulates-il-1%C3%AE-expression-in-resistant-and-susceptible-murine-peritoneal-cells
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Jamilly Azevedo Leal-Sena, Jane Lima Dos Santos, Thaise Anne Rocha Dos Santos, Edson Mário de Andrade, Tiago Antônio de Oliveira Mendes, Juliano Oliveira Santana, Tiago Wilson Patriarca Mineo, José Roberto Mineo, Jair Pereira da Cunha-Júnior, Carlos Priminho Pirovani
The cell surface of Toxoplasma gondii is covered by antigens (SAGs) from the SRS family anchored by glycosylphosphatidylinositol (GPI) and includes antigens from the SAG2 family. Among these, the SAG2A surface antigen shows great potential in activating humoral responses and has been used in characterizing the acute phase of infection and in the serological diagnosis of toxoplasmosis. In this study, we aimed to evaluate rSAG2A-induced proteins in BALB/c and C57BL/c mice macrophages and to evaluate the phenotypic polarization induced in the process...
January 20, 2018: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343531/comparison-of-immunoblotting-iga-and-igg-and-the-goldmann-witmer-coefficient-for-diagnosis-of-ocular-toxoplasmosis-in-immunocompetent-patients
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Thibaud Mathis, Sylvain Beccat, Pascal Sève, François Peyron, Martine Wallon, Laurent Kodjikian
BACKGROUND: Ocular toxoplasmosis (OT) is a common cause of posterior uveitis worldwide. The diagnosis of OT is based on clinical findings, but in most cases, laboratory tests are required to confirm the aetiology, especially when other diseases are suspected. The aim of this study was to evaluate which methods, between the Goldmann-Witmer coefficient (GWC) and immunoblotting (IB) with both IgG and IgA, in aqueous humour (AH) samples, can be the most sensitive to diagnose OT, in current practice, especially in the first three weeks...
January 17, 2018: British Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341953/lethality-among-patients-with-hiv-aids-monitored-in-the-clinic-of-infectious-diseases-in-st-george-university-hospital-plovdiv-2010-2014
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Mariyana V Stoycheva, Nikolay T Vatev, Vania B Georgieva, Antonina P Dineva, Maria V Atanasova, Tatiana A Popova
BACKGROUND: The introduction of complex antiretroviral therapy has resulted in signifi cant decrease in the mortality rate of HIV positive patients, but it still remains unacceptably high, especially in some groups of patients. AIM: To investigate the death rate in patients with HIV/AIDS, lethality and mortality in co-infection, and the most common causes and predictors of fatal outcome, focused on early diagnosis and appropriate therapy. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The study included 53 deceased patients with HIV/AIDS, monitored at the Clinic of Infectious Diseases in St George University Hospital, Plovdiv between 01...
December 20, 2017: Folia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330674/advances-in-serological-imaging-techniques-and-molecular-diagnosis-of-toxoplasma-gondii-infection
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REVIEW
Ali Rostami, Panagiotis Karanis, Shirzad Fallahi
BACKGROUND: Toxoplasmosis is worldwide distributed zoonotic infection disease with medical importance in immunocompromised patients, pregnant women and congenitally infected newborns. Having basic information on the traditional and new developed methods is essential for general physicians and infectious disease specialists for choosing a suitable diagnostic approach for rapid and accurate diagnosis of the disease and, consequently, timely and effective treatment. METHODS: We conducted English literature searches in PubMed from 1989 to 2016 using relevant keywords and summarized the recent advances in diagnosis of toxoplasmosis...
January 12, 2018: Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321415/cerebral-toxoplasmosis-diagnosed-by-nested-polymerase-chain-reaction-in-a-patient-with-rheumatoid-arthritis
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Jun Matsuura, Akihiro Fujii, Ikuko Mizuta, Kazumi Norose, Toshiki Mizuno
A 65-year-old woman with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) visited our hospital because of right facial sensory hypoesthesia. Cerebral toxoplasmosis was suspected on brain magnetic resonance imaging. We discontinued methotrexate for RA and started a sulfamethoxazole/trimethoprim (ST) mixture. Although ST treatment was interrupted because of adverse reactions, her prognosis was favorable. The Toxoplasma 18S rDNA gene was detected by nested-polymerase chain reaction (PCR) from blood and cerebrospinal fluid. Detecting the Toxoplasma 18S rDNA gene by nested-PCR is useful for the diagnosis and safer than a brain biopsy...
January 11, 2018: Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29314762/opportunistic-infections-in-patients-with-idiopathic-inflammatory-myopathies
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Ada Redondo-Benito, Adrian Curran, Ana Villar-Gomez, Ernesto Trallero-Araguas, Andreu Fernández-Codina, Iago Pinal-Fernandez, Jose Ángel Rodrigo-Pendás, Albert Selva-O'Callaghan
AIM: To describe the prevalence, clinical characteristics and risk factors of opportunistic infection (OI) in a cohort of patients with inflammatory myopathies, and compare mortality rates between those with and without OIs. METHODS: In total, 204 patients from our myositis cohort were reviewed to identify patients who had experienced an OI during the period 1986-2014. The patients' clinical characteristics, treatments received, and outcomes were systematically recorded...
January 5, 2018: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29245273/a-delayed-diagnosis-of-x-linked-hyper-igm-syndrome-complicated-with-toxoplasmic-encephalitis-in-a-child-a-case-report-and-literature-review
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Xiaoliang Liu, Kaiyu Zhou, Dan Yu, Xiaotang Cai, Yimin Hua, Hui Zhou, Chuan Wang
INTRODUCTION: The X-linked hyper-immunoglobulin M syndrome (XHIGM) is an uncommon primary combined immunodeficiency disease caused by CD40L gene mutations. A delayed or missed diagnosis of XHIGM is common and concerning, owing to atypical immunoglobulin profile and phenotype of some patients, low recognition, and limited knowledge of clinicians on XHIGM in some underdeveloped areas. Opportunistic infections are a prominent clinical feature of XHIGM. However, toxoplasma encephalitis occurs sporadically and is extremely rare in patients with XHIGM...
December 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29240037/fetal-anemia-causing-hydrops-fetalis-from-an-alpha-globin-variant-homozygous-hemoglobin-constant-spring
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Patcharee Komvilaisak, Ratana Komvilaisak, Arunee Jetsrisuparb, Surapon Wiangnon, Junya Jirapradittha, Pakaphan Kiatchoosakun, Goonapa Fucharoen
BACKGROUND: Fetal anemia is often assumed to be due to red cell alloimmunization and Parvovirus infection, and can lead to hydrops fetalis and death in utero. Other causes, such as mutations of hemoglobin alpha, are less commonly considered. METHODS: We report 7 cases with fetal anemia causing hydrops fetalis. Serial Doppler ultrasound for measurement peak systolic velocity (PSV) of middle cerebral artery (MCA) was used for evaluation of fetal anemia. Fetal anemia is suggested if the MCA/PSV ratio is >1...
December 12, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Hematology/oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29229361/an-updated-literature-review-on-maternal-fetal-and-reproductive-disorders-of-toxoplasma-gondii-infection
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REVIEW
S Fallahi, A Rostami, M Nourollahpour Shiadeh, H Behniafar, S Paktinat
BACKGROUND: Toxoplasma gondii infection is one of the most prevalent infectious disease with worldwide distribution. Congenital toxoplasmosis is annually responsible for 1.20 million disability-adjusted life years around the world, but often it is overlooked many countries. METHODS: We performed an updated review to summarize the current researches on fetal, neonatal and maternal consequences of T. gondii infection and also adverse effects of toxoplasmosis on women reproductive organs...
December 8, 2017: Journal of Gynecology Obstetrics and Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29203146/toward-detection-of-toxoplasmosis-from-urine-in-mice-using-hydro-gel-nanoparticles-concentration-and-parallel-reaction-monitoring-mass-spectrometry
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Hannah E Steinberg, Paul Russo, Noelia Angulo, Raúl Ynocente, Cristina Montoya, Andrea Diestra, Cusi Ferradas, Francesca Schiaffino, Edgar Florentini, Juan Jimenez, Maritza Calderón, Vern B Carruthers, Robert H Gilman, Lance Liotta, Alessandra Luchini
Diagnosis of clinical toxoplasmosis remains a challenge, thus limiting the availability of human clinical samples. Though murine models are an approximation of human response, their definitive infection status and tissue availability makes them critical to the diagnostic development process. Hydrogel mesh nanoparticles were used to concentrate antigen to detectable levels for mass spectrometry. Seven T. gondii isolates were used to develop a panel of potential peptide sequences for detection by parallel reaction monitoring (PRM) mass spectrometry...
December 1, 2017: Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology, and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29201121/assessment-of-toxoplasma-seropositivity-in-children-suffering-from-anxiety-disorders
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Shahla Afsharpaiman, Mohammad Hossein Khosravi, Mojtaba Mahmoodinejad, Shahnaz Shirbazoo, Susan Amirsalari, Mohammad Torkaman, Shokoofeh Radfar
Objective: This study aimed to assess the seroprevalence of Toxoplasma gondii in children with anxiety disorders. Materials & Methods: This cross-sectional study was conducted between Sep 2012 and May 2013 in Pediatrics Clinic of Baqiyatallah Hospital, Tehran, Iran. Children were assessed clinically. Diagnosis of patients with anxiety disorders was based on DSM-4 system, performed by child psychiatrist. Then their anti-Toxoplasma antibodies were measured. A questionnaire was verbally administered to all individuals' parents including demographic information and questions about life style, family history, medical history, economic situation, residence, nutritional patterns and contact with animals...
2017: Iranian Journal of Child Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29184607/-unilateral-macular-coloboma-about-a-case
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Meriem El Bahloul, Fouad Chraïbi, Marrakchi Mohammed, Meriem Abdellaoui, Idriss Benatiya
Macular coloboma is a congenital condition characterized by failure of closure of the fetal intraocular fissure which may have a hereditary origin. Clinically, it is characterized by decreased visual acuity with macular excavated lesion characterized by missing or rudimentary retinal tissue and scleral ectasia. Macular OCT strongly supports the diagnosis and electrophysiology examination, if requested, is altered. Differential diagnosis includes pathologies causing atrophic and excavated macular lesion, in particular congenital toxoplasmosis...
2017: Pan African Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29178248/no-indication-of-increased-infection-rates-using-low-dose-alemtuzumab-instead-of-anti-thymocyte-globulin-as-graft-versus-host-disease-prophylaxis-before-allogeneic-stem-cell-transplantation
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Thomas Neumann, Laila Schneidewind, Thomas Thiele, Daniel Pink, Meike Schulze, Christian Schmidt, William Krüger
BACKGROUND: Alemtuzumab as part of the conditioning protocol is effective in reducing graft-versus-host disease (GvHD), but may be associated with increased infection rates, especially when using high doses (ie, 100 mg). METHODS: We performed a retrospective, single-centre, case-control study analysing the rates of neutropenic fever, cytomegalovirus (CMV) reactivation, Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) reactivation, clinical manifest toxoplasmosis, and clinical manifest human herpesvirus-6 (HHV6) infection using low-dose alemtuzumab in comparison with anti-thymocyte globulin (ATG) as GvHD prophylaxis before allogeneic stem cell transplantation...
November 27, 2017: Transplant Infectious Disease: An Official Journal of the Transplantation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29177397/-not-everything-is-zika-congenital-toxoplasmosis-still-prevalent-in-colombia
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Jorge L Alvarado-Socarras, Keyla Meneses-Silvera, Andrea Carolina Zarate-Vergara, Carlos Guerrero-Gomez, Alfonso J Rodriguez-Morales
Congenital toxoplasmosis continues to be a public health threat. Even existing guidelines, publicly known, its implementation and lack of appropriate interpretation of serological tests in pregnancy is often observed. This leds to failure in opportunities for positive and known interventions to decrease the fetal risk due to Toxoplasma gondii infection. We reported herein a case series, with variable neurological and systemic compromise (respiratory distress, hepatosplenomegaly, enterocolitis, brain calcifications, thrombocytopenia, ascites, shock), even fatal, calling for awareness about the fact that despite the Zika epidemics in 2015-2016 in Brazil, Colombia and other countries, precisely toxoplasmosis, is a differential diagnosis still prevalent in these territories, that can leds to severe consequences, with neurological disability and risk of ocular damage, even lately...
April 2017: Revista Peruana de Medicina Experimental y Salud Pública
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29162597/prevalence-and-clinical-profile-of-microcephaly-in-south-america-pre-zika-2005-14-prevalence-and-case-control-study
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Iêda M Orioli, Helen Dolk, Jorge S Lopez-Camelo, Daniel Mattos, Fernando A Poletta, Maria G Dutra, Flavia M Carvalho, Eduardo E Castilla
Objective To describe the prevalence and clinical spectrum of microcephaly in South America for the period 2005-14, before the start of the Zika epidemic in 2015, as a baseline for future surveillance as the Zika epidemic spreads and as other infectious causes may emerge in future.Design Prevalence and case-control study.Data sources ECLAMC (Latin American Collaborative Study of Congenital Malformations) database derived from 107 hospitals in 10 South American countries, 2005 to 2014. Data on microcephaly cases, four non-malformed controls per case, and all hospital births (all births for hospital based prevalence, resident within municipality for population based prevalence)...
November 21, 2017: BMJ: British Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156547/knowledge-and-practices-of-toxoplasmosis-among-clinical-laboratory-professionals-a-cross-sectional-study-in-durango-mexico
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Cosme Alvarado-Esquivel, Luis Francisco Sánchez-Anguiano, Luis Omar Berumen-Segovia, Jesús Hernández-Tinoco, Yazmin Del Rosario Rico-Almochantaf, Alfredo Cisneros-Camacho, Jorge Arturo Cisneros-Martínez
Background: The aim of this study was to determine the level of knowledge and practices about toxoplasmosis in a sample of clinical laboratory professionals in Mexico. Methods: 192 clinical laboratory professionals were surveyed. They were asked about (1) Toxoplasma gondii; (2) clinical manifestations, diagnosis, treatment, and epidemiology of toxoplasmosis; and (3) their practices with respect to toxoplasmosis. Results: The range of animals infected by T. gondii was known by 44.8% of participants. Clinical aspects of toxoplasmosis were known by up to 44...
November 18, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
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