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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545568/symbiont-dynamics-of-the-tibetan-tick-haemaphysalis-tibetensis-acari-ixodidae
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Rongrong Wang, Ningxin Li, Jiannan Liu, Tuo Li, Ming Liu, Zhijun Yu, Jingze Liu
BACKGROUND: Characterization of the microbial diversity and symbiont dynamics of ticks may help to understand the development of ticks and reveal new strategies to control tick-transmitted pathogens, which has not yet been explored in the Tibetan tick Haemaphysalis tibetensis. This tick species is widely distributed in the Tibetan Plateau, and is recognized as one of the primary parasites affecting domestic and wild animals. METHODS: In the present study, the endosymbionts of H...
May 25, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545549/detection-and-genetic-characterization-of-a-wide-range-of-infectious-agents-in-ixodes-pavlovskyi-ticks-in-western-siberia-russia
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Vera Rar, Natalia Livanova, Sergey Tkachev, Galina Kaverina, Artem Tikunov, Yuliya Sabitova, Yana Igolkina, Victor Panov, Stanislav Livanov, Nataliya Fomenko, Igor Babkin, Nina Tikunova
BACKGROUND: The Ixodes pavlovskyi tick species, a member of the I. persulcatus/I. ricinus group, was discovered in the middle of the 20(th) century in the Russian Far East. Limited data have been reported on the detection of infectious agents in this tick species. The aim of this study was to investigate the prevalence and genetic variability of a wide range of infectious agents in I. pavlovskyi ticks collected in their traditional and recently invaded habitats, the Altai Mountains and Novosibirsk Province, respectively, which are both located within the Western Siberian part of the I...
May 25, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544092/fever-and-multiple-eschars-after-an-african-safari-report-of-three-cases
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Fátima Albízuri Prado, Alba Sánchez, Marta Feito, Ander Mayor, Ana Rodriguez, Raúl de Lucas
African tick-bite fever (ATBF), a tickborne disease endemic in rural areas of sub-Saharan Africa and the West Indies caused by Rickettsia africae, has been recognized as an emerging health problem in recent years. ATBF has been reported as the second most commonly documented etiology of fever, after malaria, in travelers who return ill from sub-Saharan Africa. Most cases reported in the literature occurred in middle-aged adults, so the incidence of ATBF in children is unclear. We report a cluster of three cases of ATBF that occurred in children ages 7 to 16 years after returning from a game-hunting safari in South Africa...
May 25, 2017: Pediatric Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540487/importance-of-common-wall-lizards-in-the-transmission-dynamics-of-tick-borne-pathogens-in-the-northern-apennine-mountains-italy
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Laura Tomassone, L A Ceballos, C Ragagli, E Martello, R De Sousa, M C Stella, A Mannelli
During the investigations on ticks and tick-borne pathogens (TBP) range expansion in the Northern Apennines, we captured 107 Podarcis muralis lizards. Sixty-eight animals were infested by immature Ixodes ricinus, Haemaphysalis sulcata and H. punctata. Borrelia burgdorferi s.l. was detected in 3.7% of I. ricinus larvae and 8.0% of nymphs. Together with the species-specific B. lusitaniae, we identified B. garinii, B. afzelii and B. valaisiana. Rickettsia spp. (18.1% larvae, 12.0% nymphs), namely R. monacensis, R...
May 24, 2017: Microbial Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539197/candidatus-neoehrlichia-mikurensis-and-borrelia-burgdorferi-sensu-lato-detected-in-the-blood-of-norwegian-patients-with-erythema-migrans
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H Quarsten, A Grankvist, L Høyvoll, I B Myre, T Skarpaas, V Kjelland, C Wenneras, S Noraas
The most common tick-borne human disease in Norway is Lyme borreliosis. Ticks in Norway also harbour less known disease-causing agents such as Candidatus Neoehrlichia mikurensis, Borrelia miyamotoi and Rickettsia helvetica. However, human infections caused by these pathogens have never been described in Norway. The main aims of the study were to evaluate the contribution of several tick-borne bacterial agents, other than Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato, to zoonotic diseases in Norway and to determine their clinical pictures...
May 13, 2017: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538849/-epidemiological-and-molecular-profile-of-rickettsiosis-in-peruvian-border-locations
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Rosa Palacios-Salvatierra, Elizabeth Anaya-Ramírez, Julio Juscamayta-López, Omar Cáceres-Rey, Leonardo Mendoza-Uribe, Patricia Mosquera-Visaloth, Fátima Conceição-Silva
Objectives.: To determine the circulation of Rickettsia in the years 2010 and 2011 in border locations in four regions ofPeru and their clinical epidemiological and molecular characteristics. Materials and Methods.: A cross-sectional study was carried out in Tumbes, Tacna, Madre de Dios, and Loreto. Whole blood samples were obtained from participants for culture and indirect immunofluorescence (IIF) testing. The DNA taken from leukocytes and ectoparasite cultures was used, and those genes detected for Rickettsia that were successfully amplified were sequenced and analyzed...
January 2017: Revista Peruana de Medicina Experimental y Salud Pública
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535905/rickettsia-rickettsii-infecting-rhipicephalus-sanguineus-sensu-latu-latreille-1806-in-high-altitude-atlantic-forest-fragments-ceara-state-brazil
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Arannadia Barbosa Silva, Myrian Morato Duarte, Robson da Costa Cavalcante, Stefan Vilges de Oliveira, Vinicius Figueiredo Vizzoni, Ana Íris de Lima Duré, Felipe Campos de Melo Iani, Erik Machado-Ferreira, Gilberto Salles Gazêta
In Brazil, Spotted Fever (SF) is caused by Rickettsia rickettsii and Rickettsia parkeri strain Atlantic Forest. In recent years, several human cases of a milder SF have been reported from the Maciço de Baturité region of Ceará State. Previous studies in this region found R. parkeri strain Atlantic Forest to be present in Rhipicephalus sanguineus sensu lato and Amblyomma ovale ticks. The present study isolated and identified the Rickettsia spp. present in this new endemic area in Brazil. In March 2015, R...
May 20, 2017: Acta Tropica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529926/manipulation-of-host-cholesterol-by-obligate-intracellular-bacteria
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Dhritiman Samanta, Minal Mulye, Tatiana M Clemente, Anna V Justis, Stacey D Gilk
Cholesterol is a multifunctional lipid that plays important metabolic and structural roles in the eukaryotic cell. Despite having diverse lifestyles, the obligate intracellular bacterial pathogens Chlamydia, Coxiella, Anaplasma, Ehrlichia, and Rickettsia all target cholesterol during host cell colonization as a potential source of membrane, as well as a means to manipulate host cell signaling and trafficking. To promote host cell entry, these pathogens utilize cholesterol-rich microdomains known as lipid rafts, which serve as organizational and functional platforms for host signaling pathways involved in phagocytosis...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529271/evidence-of-infection-with-leptospira-interrogans-and-spotted-fever-group-rickettsiae-among-rodents-in-an-urban-area-of-osaka-city-japan
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Kenta Shimizu, Rie Isozumi, Kazutoshi Takami, Isao Kimata, Kanae Shiokawa, Kumiko Yoshimatsu, Yoshimi Tsuda, Sanae Nishio, Jiro Arikawa
We examined 33 rodents captured in an urban area of Osaka City, Japan for IgG antibodies against Seoul virus, severe fever with thrombocytopenia syndrome virus, hepatitis E virus, Leptospira interrogans, Yersinia pestis, spotted fever, typhus and scrub typhus group rickettsiae. We found that 3 (9.1%) and 1 (3.0%) of the 33 rodents had antibodies against L. interrogans and spotted fever group rickettsiae, respectively. DNAs of leptospires were detected from 2 of the 3 seropositive rodents, but DNA of rickettsia was not detected...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505238/analysis-of-species-subgroups-and-endosymbionts-of-bemisia-tabaci-hemiptera-aleyrodidae-from-southwestern-cotton-fields-in-turkey
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Kamil Karut, M Mete Karaca, Ismail Döker, Cengiz Kazak
Bemisia tabaci (Gennadius) (Hemiptera: Aleyrodidae) is one of the most important insect pests worldwide including Turkey. Although there are substantial data regarding species composition of Turkish B. tabaci populations, the situation is still not clear and further investigations are needed. Therefore, in this study, species and subgroups of B. tabaci collected from cotton fields in southwestern part of Turkey (Antalya, Aydın, Denizli, and Muğla) were determined using microsatellite analysis, AluI-based mtCOI polymerase chain reaction-random length polymorphism, and sequencing...
May 12, 2017: Environmental Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504633/-tick-borne-infections-in-denmark
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Bo Bødker Jensen, Lukas Frans Ocias, Nanna Skaarup Andersen, Ram Benny Dessau, Karen Angeliki Krogfelt, Sigurdur Skarphedinsson
The castor bean tick, Ixodes ricinus, is common in woodlands in most of Denmark. Besides Borrelia burgdorferi, it can harbour a number of pathogenic microorganisms such as tick-borne encephalitis virus, Anaplasma phagocytophilum, Rickettsia helvetica, Francisella tularensis, Candidatus Neoehrlichia mikurensis, Bartonella spp., Borrelia miyamotoi and Babesia spp. These tick-borne infections should be a differential diagnostic consideration during the tick season in Denmark. We review the distribution, clinical manifestations, diagnosis and treatment of these microorganisms...
May 15, 2017: Ugeskrift for Laeger
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504429/species-composition-and-temporal-distribution-of-adult-ixodid-ticks-and-prevalence-of-borrelia-burgdorferi-sensu-lato-and-rickettsia-species-in-orange-county-california
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Sarah A Billeter, Melissa Hardstone Yoshimizu, Renjie Hu
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June 2017: Journal of Vector Ecology: Journal of the Society for Vector Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504099/zoonotic-intestinal-parasites-and-vector-borne-pathogens-in-italian-shelter-and-kennel-dogs
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Donato Traversa, Angela Di Cesare, Giulia Simonato, Rudi Cassini, Carmine Merola, Anastasia Diakou, Lénaïg Halos, Frederic Beugnet, Antonio Frangipane di Regalbono
This study investigated the presence of zoonotic parasites and vector-borne pathogens in dogs housed in kennels and shelters from four sites of Italy. A total of 150 adoptable dogs was examined with different microscopic, serological and molecular methods. Overall 129 dogs (86%) were positive for one or more parasites and/or pathogens transmitted by ectoparasites. Forty-eight (32%) were positive for one infection, while 81 (54%) for more than one pathogen. The most common zoonotic helminths recorded were hookworms, roundworms and Capillaria aerophila, followed by mosquito-borne Dirofilaria spp...
April 2017: Comparative Immunology, Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503490/the-distinct-transcriptional-response-of-the-midgut-of-amblyomma-sculptum-and-amblyomma-aureolatum-ticks-to-rickettsia-rickettsii-correlates-to-their-differences-in-susceptibility-to-infection
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Larissa A Martins, Maria F B de Melo Galletti, José M Ribeiro, André Fujita, Francisco B Costa, Marcelo B Labruna, Sirlei Daffre, Andréa C Fogaça
Rickettsia rickettsii is a tick-borne obligate intracellular bacterium that causes Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (RMSF). In Brazil, two species of ticks in the genus Amblyomma, A. sculptum and A. aureolatum, are incriminated as vectors of this bacterium. Importantly, these two species present remarkable differences in susceptibility to R. rickettsii infection, where A. aureolatum is more susceptible than A. sculptum. In the current study, A. aureolatum and A. sculptum ticks were fed on suitable hosts previously inoculated with R...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503372/endosymbiont-interference-and-microbial-diversity-of-the-pacific-coast-tick-dermacentor-occidentalis-in-san-diego-county-california
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Nikos Gurfield, Saran Grewal, Lynnie S Cua, Pedro J Torres, Scott T Kelley
The Pacific coast tick, Dermacentor occidentalis Marx, is found throughout California and can harbor agents that cause human diseases such as anaplasmosis, ehrlichiosis, tularemia, Rocky Mountain spotted fever and rickettsiosis 364D. Previous studies have demonstrated that nonpathogenic endosymbiotic bacteria can interfere with Rickettsia co-infections in other tick species. We hypothesized that within D. occidentalis ticks, interference may exist between different nonpathogenic endosymbiotic or nonendosymbiotic bacteria and Spotted Fever group Rickettsia (SFGR)...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500808/seroprevalence-of-scrub-typhus-typhus-and-spotted-fever-among-rural-and-urban-populations-of-northern-vietnam
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Nguyen Vu Trung, Le Thi Hoi, Nguyen Thi Hong Thuong, Tran Khanh Toan, Tran Thi Kieu Huong, Tran Mai Hoa, Annette Fox, Nguyen van Kinh, H Rogier van Doorn, Heiman F L Wertheim, Juliet E Bryant, Behzad Nadjm
AbstractRickettsial infections are recognized as important causes of fever throughout southeast Asia. Herein, we determined the seroprevalence to rickettsioses within rural and urban populations of northern Vietnam. Prevalence of individuals with evidence of prior rickettsial infections (IgG positive) was surprisingly low, with 9.14% (83/908) testing positive to the three major rickettsial serogroups thought to circulate in the region. Prevalence of typhus group rickettsiae (TG)-specific antibodies (6.5%, 58/908) was significantly greater than scrub typhus group orientiae (STG)- or spotted fever group rickettsiae (SFG)-specific antibodies (P < 0...
May 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500797/fatal-flea-borne-typhus-in-texas-a-retrospective-case-series-1985-2015
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Emily G Pieracci, Nicole Evert, Naomi A Drexler, Bonny Mayes, Inger Vilcins, Philip Huang, Jill Campbell, Casey Barton Behravesh, Christopher D Paddock
AbstractFlea-borne (murine) typhus is a global rickettsiosis caused by Rickettsia typhi. Although flea-borne typhus is no longer nationally notifiable, cases are reported for surveillance purposes in a few U.S. states. The infection is typically self-limiting, but may be severe or life-threatening in some patients. We performed a retrospective review of confirmed or probable cases of fatal flea-borne typhus reported to the Texas Department of State Health Services during 1985-2015. When available, medical charts were also examined...
May 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500468/rickettsia-spp-in-dermacentor-marginatus-ticks-analysis-of-the-host-vector-pathogen-interactions-in-a-northern-mediterranean-area
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Marco Selmi, Marco Ballardini, Laura Salvato, Enrica Ricci
In this work, we have analyzed the key features of Rickettsia spp. maintenance in Dermacentor marginatus ticks in four regions of the northern Mediterranean area, where extensive investigations are currently lacking. For this purpose, 380 adult D. marginatus ticks were collected from vegetation and wild ungulates during a 3-year study. A host-vector-pathogen interaction approach was applied to investigate the key components of the disease systems and evaluate their respective weight in the intensity of infection in natural foci...
May 12, 2017: Experimental & Applied Acarology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497122/the-microbiome-mitochondrion-connection-common-ancestries-common-mechanisms-common-goals
#19
Alfredo Franco-Obregón, Jack A Gilbert
Lynn Margulis in the 1960s elegantly proposed a shared phylogenetic history between bacteria and mitochondria; this relationship has since become a cornerstone of modern cellular biology. Yet, an interesting facet of the interaction between the microbiome and mitochondria has been mostly ignored, that of the systems biology relationship that underpins host health and longevity. The mitochondria are descendants of primordial aerobic pleomorphic bacteria (likely genus Rickettsia) that entered (literally and functionally) into a mutualistic partnership with ancient anaerobic microbes (likely Archaea)...
May 2017: MSystems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28491211/-rickettsiosis-associated-with-cerebral-infarction-a-new-case-study
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Tarik Boulahri, Abdellah Taous, Maha Aït Berri, Imane Traibi, Jalal Elbenaye, Abdelhadi Rouimi
Mediterranean spotted fever (MSF) is a rickettsiosis of the spotted fever group caused by rickettsia conorii. This zoonosis is benign but it can be complicated by severe neurological impairment (hence its severity). We report the case of a 49-year old patient hospitalized in the Department of Dermatology for rickettsiosis, who suffered from right massive hemiplegia of brutal onset. Magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) of the brain showed deep left sylvian fissure ischemic stroke. The diagnosis of conorii-type rickettsiosis has been retained based on the aspect of skin lesions and on positive sierologic testing with the indirect immunofluorescence method...
2017: Pan African Medical Journal
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