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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087455/correlation-between-antigenicity-and-variability-in-the-vls-antigenic-variation-system-of-borrelia-burgdorferi
#1
Wei Zhou, Dustin Brisson
Many parasites have evolved antigenic variation systems that alter surface proteins in order to evade recognition by presently expressed antibodies and subsequent death. Although the amino acid positions in antigens to which antibodies most commonly target are expected to be the most variable, this assumption has not been investigated. Using the vls antigenic variation system of Borrelia burgdorferi as a model, we first investigated this assumption computationally and then developed a sensitive immunoassay to experimentally validate the computational results...
January 10, 2017: Microbes and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077149/plasmodium-falciparum-malaria-co-infection-with-tick-borne-relapsing-fever-in-dakar
#2
Mamadou A Diallo, Baidy S Kane, Mouhamadou Ndiaye, Mouhamed Dieng, Khadim Diongue, Aida S Badiane, Mame Cheikh Seck, Daouda Ndiaye
BACKGROUND: West African tick-borne relapsing fever (TBRF) due to Borrelia crocidurae and malaria are co-endemics in Senegal. Although expected to be high, co-infections are rarely reported. A case of falciparum malaria and B. crocidurae co-infection in a patient from Velingara (South of Senegal) is discussed. CASE: A 28 year-old-male patient presented to Aristide Le Dantec Hospital for recurrent fever. He initially presented to a local post health of Pikine (sub-urban of Dakar) and was diagnosed for malaria on the basis of positive malaria rapid diagnostic test (RDT) specific to Plamodium falciparum...
January 11, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076897/microrna-expression-shows-inflammatory-dysregulation-and-tumor-like-proliferative-responses-in-joints-of-patients-with-post-infectious-lyme-arthritis
#3
Robert B Lochhead, Klemen Strle, Nancy D Kim, Minna J Kohler, Sheila L Arvikar, John M Aversa, Allen C Steere
OBJECTIVE: Lyme arthritis (LA) is caused by infection with Borrelia burgdorferi and usually resolves following spirochetal killing with antibiotics. However, in some patients, arthritis persists after antibiotic therapy. To provide insights into underlying pathogenic processes associated with post-infectious LA, we analyzed differences in microRNA expression between LA patients with active infection compared with those with post-infectious LA. METHODS: MicroRNA expression was assayed in synovial fluid (SF) from LA patients before and after oral and IV antibiotic therapy, and from synovial tissue from post-infectious LA patients obtained months after antibiotic therapy...
January 11, 2017: Arthritis & Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069820/comprehensive-spatial-analysis-of-the-borrelia-burgdorferi-lipoproteome-reveals-a-compartmentalization-bias-toward-the-bacterial-surface
#4
Alexander S Dowdell, Maxwell D Murphy, Christina Azodi, Selene K Swanson, Laurence Florens, Shiyong Chen, Wolfram R Zückert
: The Lyme disease spirochete Borrelia burgdorferi is unique among bacteria in its large number of lipoproteins that are encoded by a small, exceptionally fragmented and predominantly linear genome. Peripherally anchored in either the inner or outer membrane and facing either the periplasm or the external environment, these lipoproteins assume varied roles. A prominent subset functioning as the apparent linchpins of the enzootic tick-vertebrate infection cycle has been explored as vaccine targets...
January 9, 2017: Journal of Bacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068192/induction-of-apoptosis-in-normal-human-dermal-fibroblasts-infected-with-borrelia-burgdorferi-sensu-lato
#5
Beata Rozwadowska, Marta Albertyńska, Hubert Okła, Krzysztof P Jasik, Andrzej S Swinarew, Urszula Mazurek, Sławomir Dudek, Danuta Urbańska-Jasik, Izabela Poprawa
The spirochete Borrelia burgdorferi s.l. can enter into different eukaryotic cells. Intracellular localization of bacteria may cause many changes in different cell pathways like apoptosis-mediated caspase cascade. The present studies focused on gene expression associated with caspase cascade after normal human dermal fibroblasts (NHDF) infection with Borrelia garinii, Borrelia afzelii, and B. burgdorferi s.s. The use of oligonucleotide microarray technique enabled an expression level comparison of genes associated with caspase cascade in NHDF infected with spirochetes...
January 9, 2017: Vector Borne and Zoonotic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065617/borrelia-miyamotoi-in-vectors-and-hosts-in-the-netherlands
#6
Alex Wagemakers, Seta Jahfari, Bob de Wever, Lodewijk Spanjaard, Markus V Starink, Henry J C de Vries, Hein Sprong, Joppe W Hovius
Ixodes ticks transmit Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato (s.l.), the causative agent of Lyme borreliosis (LB). These tick species also transmit Borrelia miyamotoi, which was recently found to cause infections in humans. We were interested in the prevalence of B. miyamotoi infection in ticks and natural hosts in The Netherlands, and to what extent ticks are co-infected with B. burgdorferi. In addition, erythema migrans has been sporadically described in B. miyamotoi-infected patients, but these skin lesions might as well represent co-infections with B...
December 30, 2016: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060928/synanthropic-mammals-as-potential-hosts-of-tick-borne-pathogens-in-panama
#7
Sergio E Bermúdez, Nicole Gottdenker, Aparna Krishnvajhala, Amy Fox, Hannah K Wilder, Kadir González, Diorene Smith, Marielena López, Milixa Perea, Chystrie Rigg, Santiago Montilla, José E Calzada, Azael Saldaña, Carlos M Caballero, Job E Lopez
Synanthropic wild mammals can be important hosts for many vector-borne zoonotic pathogens. The aim of this study was determine the exposure of synanthropic mammals to two types of tick-borne pathogens in Panama, spotted fever group Rickettsia (SFGR) and Borrelia relapsing fever (RF) spirochetes. One hundred and thirty-one wild mammals were evaluated, including two gray foxes, two crab-eating foxes (from zoos), four coyotes, 62 opossum and 63 spiny rats captured close to rural towns. To evaluate exposure to SFGR, serum samples from the animals were tested by indirect immunofluorescence assay (IFA) using Rickettsia rickettsii and Candidatus Rickettsia amblyommii antigen...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060695/-extensive-myelitis-as-a-manifestation-of-neuroborreliosis
#8
Ana Brás, Nuno Marques, Beatriz Santiago, Anabela Matos, Fradique Moreira
Neurological manifestations of Lyme disease are reported in 3% - 12% of patients, with the most common form of presentation being meningoradiculitis. Other symptoms involving the central nervous system, such as myelitis or encephalitis, are rare (< 5 %). We report a case of a 66-year-old male, with a subacute extensive transverse myelitis, secondary to Borrelia burgdorferi infection. The patient underwent antibiotic therapy filed for neuroborreliosis with a good clinical outcome. The rareness in clinical symptoms and imaging presentation, based on a treatable infectious disease, highlights the importance of the inclusion of neuroborreliosis in the differential diagnosis of longitudinally extensive transverse myelitis...
September 2016: Acta Médica Portuguesa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057067/lyme-disease-risk-in-southern-california-abiotic-and-environmental-drivers-of-ixodes-pacificus-acari-ixodidae-density-and-infection-prevalence-with-borrelia-burgdorferi
#9
Andrew J MacDonald, David W Hyon, John B Brewington, Kerry E O'Connor, Andrea Swei, Cheryl J Briggs
BACKGROUND: Tick-borne diseases, particularly Lyme disease, are emerging across the northern hemisphere. In order to manage emerging diseases and predict where emergence will likely occur, it is necessary to understand the factors influencing the distribution, abundance and infection prevalence of vector species. In North America, Lyme disease is the most common vector-borne disease and is transmitted by blacklegged ticks. This study aimed to explore the abiotic and environmental drivers of density and infection prevalence of western blacklegged ticks (Ixodes pacificus) in southern California, an understudied and densely populated region of North America...
January 5, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056764/temperature-dependent-srna-transcriptome-of-the-lyme-disease-spirochete
#10
Niko Popitsch, Ivana Bilusic, Philipp Rescheneder, Renée Schroeder, Meghan Lybecker
BACKGROUND: Transmission of Borrelia burgdorferi from its tick vector to a vertebrate host requires extensive reprogramming of gene expression. Small regulatory RNAs (sRNA) have emerged in the last decade as important regulators of bacterial gene expression. Despite the widespread observation of sRNA-mediated gene regulation, only one sRNA has been characterized in the Lyme disease spirochete B. burgdorferi. We employed an sRNA-specific deep-sequencing approach to identify the small RNA transcriptome of B...
January 5, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28055580/diagnosing-borreliosis
#11
Sally J Cutler, Nataliia Rudenko, Maryna Golovchenko, Wibke J Cramaro, Josiane Kirpach, Sara Savic, Iva Christova, Ana Amaro
Borrelia species fall into two groups, the Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato (Bbsl) complex, the cause of Lyme borreliosis (also known as Lyme disease), and the relapsing fever group. Both groups exhibit inter- and intraspecies diversity and thus have variations in both clinical presentation and diagnostic approaches. A further layer of complexity is derived from the fact that ticks may carry multiple infectious agents and are able to transmit them to the host during blood feeding, with potential overlapping clinical manifestations...
January 2017: Vector Borne and Zoonotic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28054584/inefficient-co-feeding-transmission-of-borrelia-afzelii-in-two-common-european-songbirds
#12
Dieter J A Heylen, Hein Sprong, Aleksandra Krawczyk, Natalie Van Houtte, Dolores Genné, Andrea Gomez-Chamorro, Kees van Oers, Maarten J Voordouw
The spirochete bacterium Borrelia afzelii is the most common cause of Lyme borreliosis in Europe. This tick-borne pathogen can establish systemic infections in rodents but not in birds. However, several field studies have recovered larval Ixodes ricinus ticks infected with B. afzelii from songbirds suggesting successful transmission of B. afzelii. We reviewed the literature to determine which songbird species were the most frequent carriers of B. afzelii-infected I. ricinus larvae and nymphs. We tested experimentally whether B...
January 5, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28053185/macrophage-ltb4-drives-efficient-phagocytosis-of-borrelia-burgdorferi-via-blt1-or-blt2
#13
Yan Zhang, Rachel M Olson, Charles R Brown
Unresolved experimental Lyme arthritis in C3H 5-LOX-/- mice is associated with impaired macrophage phag-ocytosis of Borrelia burgdorferi. In the present study, we further investigated the effects of the 5-LOX metabolite, LTB4, on phagocytosis of B. burgdorferi. Bone marrow-derived macrophages (BMDM) from 5-LOX-/- mice were defective in the uptake and killing of B. burgdorferi from the earliest stages of spirochete internali-zation. BMDM from mice deficient for the LTB4 high-affinity receptor (BLT1-/-) were also unable to efficiently phagocytose B...
January 4, 2017: Journal of Lipid Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28052993/spermine-and-spermidine-alter-gene-expression-and-antigenic-profile-of-borrelia-burgdorferi
#14
Ying-Han Lin, Jesus A Romo, Trever C Smith, Ann N Reyes, S L Rajasekhar Karna, Christine L Miller, Tricia A Van Laar, Raghunandan Yendapally, James P Chambers, J Seshu
Borrelia burgdorferi, the agent of Lyme disease, responds to numerous host-derived signals to alter adaptive capabilities during its enzootic cycle in an arthropod vector and mammalian host. Molecular mechanisms that enable B. burgdorferi to detect, channel, and respond to these signals have become an intense area of study for developing strategies to limit transmission/infection. Bioinformatic analysis of the borrelial genome revealed the presence of polyamine transport components (PotA, B, C and D) while homologs for polyamine biosynthesis were conspicuously absent...
January 4, 2017: Infection and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28049398/infectious-agents-and-neurodegenerative-diseases-exploring-the-links
#15
Mohammad Zubair Alam, Qamre Alam, Mohammad Amjad Kamal, Asif Ahmad Jiman-Fatani, Esam I Azhar, Mohammad Azhar Khan, Absarul Haque
Recent studies have shown that bacterial and viral infections are risk factors for various neurodegenerative diseases such as Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Alzheimer's disease (AD), and Lyme disease (LD). However, it is still controversial how the infections play a role in neurological diseases progression. Infections in central nervous system may lead multiple damages in infected and neighboring cells. The infection leads to the activation of inflammatory processes and host immune responses, which acts as defense mechanism and also causes damage to the host neuronal functions and viability...
January 3, 2017: Current Topics in Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28049383/a-lyme-borreliosis-diagnosis-probability-score-no-relation-with-antibiotic-treatment-response
#16
Violeta T Briciu, Mirela Flonta, Daniel Leucuţa, Dumitru Cârstina, Doina F Ţăţulescu, Mihaela Lupşe
OBJECTIVES: (1) To describe epidemiological and clinical data of patients that present with the suspicion of Lyme borreliosis (LB); (2) to evaluate a previous published score that classifies patients on the probability of having LB, following-up patients' clinical outcome after antibiotherapy. METHODS: Inclusion criteria: patients with clinical manifestations compatible with LB and Borrelia (B.) burgdorferi positive serology, hospitalized in a Romanian hospital between January 2011 and October 2012...
January 3, 2017: Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28040562/enzootic-origins-for-clinical-manifestations-of-lyme-borreliosis
#17
Setareh Jahfari, Aleksandra Krawczyk, E Claudia Coipan, Manoj Fonville, Joppe W Hovius, Hein Sprong, Katsuhisa Takumi
Both early localized and late disseminated forms of Lyme borreliosis are caused by Borrelia burgdorferi senso lato. Differentiating between the spirochetes that only cause localized skin infection from those that cause disseminated infection, and tracing the group of medically-important spirochetes to a specific vertebrate host species, are two critical issues in disease risk assessment and management. Borrelia burgdorferi senso lato isolates from Lyme borreliosis cases with distinct clinical manifestations (erythema migrans, neuroborreliosis, acrodermatitis chronica atrophicans, and Lyme arthritis) and isolates from Ixodes ricinus ticks feeding on rodents, birds and hedgehogs were typed to the genospecies level by sequencing part of the intergenic spacer region...
December 28, 2016: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28035113/serological-surveillance-of-vector-borne-and-zoonotic-diseases-among-hunters-in-eastern-poland
#18
Małgorzata Tokarska-Rodak, Dorota Plewik, Aleksander J Michalski, Marcin Kołodziej, Alicja Mełgieś, Anna Pańczuk, Henryk Konon, Marcin Niemcewicz
BACKGROUND & OBJECTIVES: Many etiological agents of zoonoses are considered as significant biological hazard to people visiting forested areas frequently, for instance, hunters. They may be exposed to ticks, rodents, and birds as well as excreta/secretions of wild animals or contaminated water and soil. Hence, this population is at risk of contracting infection with pathogens such as Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato (s.l.), Anaplasma phagocytophilum, Babesia spp., tick-borne encephalitis virus, Bartonella spp...
October 2016: Journal of Vector Borne Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28035112/the-incidence-of-borrelia-burgdorferi-anaplasma-phagocytophilum-and-babesia-microti-coinfections-among-foresters-and-farmers-in-eastern-poland
#19
Anna Pañczuk, Małgorzata Tokarska-Rodak, Maria Kozioł-Montewka, Dorota Plewik
BACKGROUND & OBJECTIVES: Lyme borreliosis is the most common tick-borne disease in Europe and the USA. However, a great variety of pathogens are transmitted by ticks, which results in mixed infections, with Lyme borreliosis. The aim of the present study was to show the incidence of Borrelia burgdorferi, Anaplasma phagocytophilum, and Babesia microti coinfections among the population of foresters and farmers, as these people, due to their profession, are particularly exposed to tick contact...
October 2016: Journal of Vector Borne Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28030649/whole-genome-sequence-and-comparative-genomics-of-the-novel-lyme-borreliosis-causing-pathogen-borrelia-mayonii
#20
Luke C Kingry, Dhwani Batra, Adam Replogle, Lori A Rowe, Bobbi S Pritt, Jeannine M Petersen
Borrelia mayonii, a Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato (Bbsl) genospecies, was recently identified as a cause of Lyme borreliosis (LB) among patients from the upper midwestern United States. By microscopy and PCR, spirochete/genome loads in infected patients were estimated at 105 to 106 per milliliter of blood. Here, we present the full chromosome and plasmid sequences of two B. mayonii isolates, MN14-1420 and MN14-1539, cultured from blood of two of these patients. Whole genome sequencing and assembly was conducted using PacBio long read sequencing (Pacific Biosciences RSII instrument) followed by hierarchical genome-assembly process (HGAP)...
2016: PloS One
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