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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097845/-fatal-case-of-rickettsiosis-in-a-toddler-from-southeastern-mexico
#1
César Lugo-Caballero, Karla Dzul-Rosado, Georgina Rodríguez-Moreno, Raúl Tello-Martín, Karina López-Ávila, Jorge Zavala-Castro
Rocky Mountain spotted fever is a disease caused by Rickettsia rickettsii, a bacteria transmitted by infected ticks. It is characterized by fever, exanthema, arthralgias and myalgias; but sometimes its clinical presentation is non specific. Due to its similarities with other exanthematic diseases like dengue or chikungunya, Rocky Mountain spotted fever is not a first line diagnosis, even though countries like Mexico show the ecologic and socioeconomic characteristics that favor its transmission, with a 30% mortality rate among pediatric patients...
1, 2017: Archivos Argentinos de Pediatría
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095503/detection-of-a-potential-new-bartonella-species-candidatus-bartonella-rondoniensis-in-human-biting-kissing-bugs-reduviidae-triatominae
#2
Maureen Laroche, Jean-Michel Berenger, Oleg Mediannikov, Didier Raoult, Philippe Parola
BACKGROUND: Among the Reduviidae family, triatomines are giant blood-sucking bugs. They are well known in Central and South America where they transmit Trypanosoma cruzi to mammals, including humans, through their feces. This parasitic protozoan is the causative agent of Chagas disease, a major public health issue in endemic areas. Because of the medical and economic impact of Chagas disease, the presence of other arthropod-borne pathogens in triatomines was rarely investigated. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: In this study, seven triatomines species involved in the transmission of T...
January 17, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089350/rickettsia-prowazekii-methionine-aminopeptidase-as-a-promising-target-for-the-development-of-antibacterial-agents
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Travis R Helgren, Congling Chen, Phumvadee Wangtrakuldee, Thomas E Edwards, Bart L Staker, Jan Abendroth, Banumathi Sankaran, Nicole A Housley, Peter J Myler, Jonathon P Audia, James R Horn, Timothy J Hagen
Methionine aminopeptidase (MetAP) is a class of ubiquitous enzymes essential for the survival of numerous bacterial species. These enzymes are responsible for the cleavage of N-terminal formyl-methionine initiators from nascent proteins to initiate post-translational modifications that are often essential to proper protein function. Thus, inhibition of MetAP activity has been implicated as a novel antibacterial target. We tested this idea in the present study by targeting the MetAP enzyme in the obligate intracellular pathogen Rickettsia prowazekii...
November 10, 2016: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077317/zoonotic-pathogens-in-atlantic-forest-wild-rodents-in-brazil-bartonella-and-coxiella-infections
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Tatiana Rozental, Michelle Santos Ferreira, Alexandro Guterres, Maria Angélica Mares-Guia, Bernardo R Teixeira, Jonathan Gonçalves, Cibele Rodrigues Bonvicino, Paulo Sergio D'Andrea, Elba Regina Sampaio de Lemos
Zoonotic pathogens comprise a significant and increasing fraction of all emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases that plague humans. Identifying host species is one of the keys to controlling emerging infectious diseases. From March 2007 until April 2012, we collected a total of 131 wild rodents in eight municipalities of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. We investigated these rodents for infection with Coxiella burnetii, Bartonella spp. and Rickettsia spp. In total, 22.1% (29/131) of the rodents were infected by at least one pathogen; co-infection was detected in 1...
January 8, 2017: Acta Tropica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073909/the-detection-of-spotted-fever-group-rickettsia-dna-in-tick-samples-from-pastoral-communities-in-kenya
#5
Hellen Koka, Rosemary Sang, Helen Lydia Kutima, Lillian Musila
In this study, ticks from pastoral communities in Kenya were tested for Rickettsia spp. infections in geographical regions where the presence of tick-borne arboviruses had previously been reported. Rickettsial and arbovirus infections have similar clinical features which makes differential diagnosis challenging when both diseases occur. The tick samples were tested for Rickettsia spp. by conventional PCR using three primer sets targeting the gltA, ompA, and ompB genes followed by amplicon sequencing. Of the tick pools screened, 25% (95/380) were positive for Rickettsia spp...
January 10, 2017: Journal of Medical Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072914/presence-of-pathogenic-rickettsiae-and-protozoan-in-samples-of-raw-milk-from-cows-goats-and-sheep
#6
Ewa Cisak, Violetta Zając, Jacek Sroka, Anna Sawczyn, Anna Kloc, Jacek Dutkiewicz, Angelina Wójcik-Fatla
OBJECTIVE: The aim of the present work was to determine the presence of various rickettsiae and protozoan in raw milk and the assessment the potential, milk-borne route in the spread of selected zoonotic pathogens. MATERIALS: A total of 119 raw milk samples collected randomly from 63 cows, 29 goats, and 27 sheep bred on 34 farms situated on eight communities in eastern Poland were examined by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) method for the presence of pathogenic rickettsiae (Coxiella burnetii, Anaplasma phagocytophilum, and Rickettsia spp...
January 10, 2017: Foodborne Pathogens and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069059/molecular-detection-of-rickettsia-species-in-ticks-collected-from-the-southwestern-provinces-of-the-republic-of-korea
#7
Yoontae Noh, Yeong Seon Lee, Heung-Chul Kim, Sung-Tae Chong, Terry A Klein, Ju Jiang, Allen L Richards, Hae Kyeong Lee, Su Yeon Kim
BACKGROUND: Rickettsiae constitute a group of arthropod-borne, Gram-negative, obligate intracellular bacteria that are the causative agents of diseases ranging from mild to life threatening that impact on medical and veterinary health worldwide. METHODS: A total of 6,484 ticks were collected by tick drag from June-October 2013 in the southwestern provinces of the Republic of Korea (ROK) (Jeollanam, n = 3,995; Jeollabuk, n = 680; Chungcheongnam, n = 1,478; and Chungcheongbuk, n = 331)...
January 10, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068343/the-fleas-siphonaptera-in-iran-diversity-host-range-and-medical-importance
#8
Naseh Maleki-Ravasan, Samaneh Solhjouy-Fard, Jean-Claude Beaucournu, Anne Laudisoit, Ehsan Mostafavi
BACKGROUND: Flea-borne diseases have a wide distribution in the world. Studies on the identity, abundance, distribution and seasonality of the potential vectors of pathogenic agents (e.g. Yersinia pestis, Francisella tularensis, and Rickettsia felis) are necessary tools for controlling and preventing such diseases outbreaks. The improvements of diagnostic tools are partly responsible for an easier detection of otherwise unnoticed agents in the ectoparasitic fauna and as such a good taxonomical knowledge of the potential vectors is crucial...
January 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063832/the-risk-of-exposure-to-rickettsial-infections-and-human-granulocytic-anaplasmosis-associated-with-ixodes-ricinus-tick-bites-in-humans-in-romania-a-multiannual-study
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Ioana Adriana Matei, Zsuzsa Kalmár, Mihaela Lupşe, Gianluca D'Amico, Angela Monica Ionică, Mirabela Oana Dumitrache, Călin Mircea Gherman, Andrei Daniel Mihalca
Anaplasma phagocytophilum and spotted fever group Rickettsia are obligate intracellular Gram-negative tick-borne bacteria, among which several may cause clinical infections in humans. Several Rickettsia spp. and A. phagocytophilum are transmitted in Europe by Ixodes ricinus, the most common tick species feeding on humans in this area. The aim of this study was to evaluate the annual prevalence of Rickettsia spp. and A. phagocytophilum in I. ricinus collected from humans during three consecutive years. The mean prevalences of the infection with the investigated pathogens in I...
December 29, 2016: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060928/synanthropic-mammals-as-potential-hosts-of-tick-borne-pathogens-in-panama
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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/28057731/extremely-low-genomic-diversity-of-rickettsia-japonica-distributed-in-japan
#11
Arzuba Akter, Tadasuke Ooka, Yasuhiro Gotoh, Seigo Yamamoto, Hiromi Fujita, Fumio Terasoma, Kouji Kida, Masakatsu Taira, Fumiko Nakadouzono, Mutsuyo Gokuden, Manabu Hirano, Mamoru Miyashiro, Kouichi Inari, Yukie Shimazu, Kenji Tabara, Atsushi Toyoda, Dai Yoshimura, Takehiko Itoh, Tomokazu Kitano, Mitsuhiko P Sato, Keisuke Katsura, Shakhinur Islam Mondal, Yoshitoshi Ogura, Shuji Ando, Tetsuya Hayashi
Rickettsiae are obligate intracellular bacteria that have small genomes as a result of reductive evolution. Many Rickettsia species of the spotted fever group (SFG) cause tick-borne diseases known as "spotted fevers." The life cycle of SFG rickettsiae is closely associated with that of the tick, which is generally thought to act as a bacterial vector and reservoir that maintains the bacterium through transstadial and transovarial transmission. Each SFG member is thought to have adapted to a specific tick species, thus restricting the bacterial distribution to a relatively limited geographic region...
January 4, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28055574/guidelines-for-the-detection-of-rickettsia-spp
#12
Aránzazu Portillo, Rita de Sousa, Sonia Santibáñez, Ana Duarte, Sophie Edouard, Isabel P Fonseca, Cátia Marques, Marketa Novakova, Ana M Palomar, Marcos Santos, Cornelia Silaghi, Laura Tomassone, Sara Zúquete, José A Oteo
The genus Rickettsia (Rickettsiales: Rickettsiaceae) includes Gram-negative, small, obligate intracellular, nonmotile, pleomorphic coccobacilli bacteria transmitted by arthropods. Some of them cause human and probably also animal disease (life threatening in some patients). In these guidelines, we give clinical practice advices (microscopy, serology, molecular tools, and culture) for the microbiological study of these microorganisms in clinical samples. Since in our environment rickettsioses are mainly transmitted by ticks, practical information for the identification of these arthropods and for the study of Rickettsia infections in ticks has also been added...
January 2017: Vector Borne and Zoonotic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28031351/evaluation-of-gulf-coast-ticks-acari-ixodidae-for-ehrlichia-and-anaplasma-species
#13
Michelle E J Allerdice, Joy A Hecht, Sandor E Karpathy, Christopher D Paddock
Amblyomma maculatum Koch (the Gulf Coast tick) is an aggressive, human-biting ixodid tick distributed throughout much of the southeastern United States and is the primary vector for Rickettsia parkeri, an emerging human pathogen. Amblyomma maculatum has diverse host preferences that include white-tailed deer, a known reservoir for Ehrlichia and Anaplasma species, including the human pathogens E. ewingii and E. chaffeensis To examine more closely the potential role of A. maculatum in the maintenance of various pathogenic Ehrlichia and Anaplasma species, we screened DNA samples from 493 questing adult A...
December 28, 2016: Journal of Medical Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28031350/a-molecular-survey-for-francisella-tularensis-and-rickettsia-spp-in-haemaphysalis-leporispalustris-acari-ixodidae-in-northern-california
#14
Tara Roth, Robert S Lane, Janet Foley
Francisella tularensis and Rickettsia spp. have been cultured from Haemaphysalis leporispalustris Packard, but their prevalence in this tick has not been determined using modern molecular methods. We collected H. leporispalustris by flagging vegetation and leaf litter and from lagomorphs (Lepus californicus Gray and Sylvilagus bachmani (Waterhouse)) in northern California. Francisella tularensis DNA was not detected in any of 1,030 ticks tested by polymerase chain reaction (PCR), whereas 0.4% of larvae tested in pools, 0 of 117 individual nymphs, and 2...
December 28, 2016: Journal of Medical Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28031280/proteolytic-cleavage-of-the-immunodominant-outer-membrane-protein-rompa-in-rickettsia-rickettsii
#15
Nicholas F Noriea, Tina R Clark, David Mead, Ted Hackstadt
: Rickettsia rickettsii, the causative agent of Rocky Mountain spotted fever, contains two immunodominant proteins, rOmpA and rOmpB, in the outer membrane. Both rOmpA and rOmpB are conserved throughout spotted fever group rickettsiae as members of a family of autotransporter proteins. Previously, it was demonstrated that rOmpB is proteolytically processed with the cleavage site residing near the autotransporter domain at the carboxy-terminal end of the protein, cleaving the 168 kDa precursor into apparent 120 kDa and 32 kDa fragments...
December 28, 2016: Journal of Bacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28027580/effects-of-predation-and-nutrient-enrichment-on-the-success-and-microbiome-of-a-foundational-coral
#16
Elizabeth C Shaver, Andrew A Shantz, Ryan McMinds, Deron E Burkepile, Rebecca L Vega Thurber, Brian R Silliman
By inflicting damage to prey tissues, consumer species may increase stress in prey hosts and reduce overall fitness (i.e., primary effects, such as growth or reproduction) or cause secondary effects by affecting prey interactions with other species such as microbes. However, little is known about how abiotic conditions affect the outcomes of these biotic interactions. In coral reef communities, both nutrient enrichment and predation have been linked to reduced fitness and disease facilitation in corals, yet no study to date has tested their combined effects on corals or their associated microbial communities (i...
December 27, 2016: Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28026894/by-their-own-devices-invasive-argentine-ants-have-shifted-diet-without-clear-aid-from-symbiotic-microbes
#17
Yi Hu, David A Holway, Piotr Łukasik, Linh Chau, Adam D Kay, Edward G LeBrun, Katie A Miller, Jon G Sanders, Andrew V Suarez, Jacob A Russell
The functions and compositions of symbiotic bacterial communities often correlate with host ecology. Yet cause-and-effect relationships, and the order of symbiont versus host change, remain unclear in the face of ancient symbioses and conserved host ecology. Several groups of ants exemplify this challenge, as their low-nitrogen diets and specialized symbioses appear conserved and ancient. To address whether nitrogen-provisioning symbionts might be important in the early stages of ant trophic shifts we studied bacteria from the Argentine ant, Linepithema humile-an invasive species that has transitioned toward greater consumption of sugar-rich, nitrogen-poor foods in parts of its introduced range...
December 27, 2016: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28012903/multiple-host-pathogens-in-domestic-hunting-dogs-in-nicaragua-s-bosaw%C3%A3-s-biosphere-reserve
#18
Christine V Fiorello, Mary H Straub, Laura M Schwartz, James Liu, Amanda Campbell, Alexa K Kownacki, Janet E Foley
Nicaragua's Bosawás Biosphere Reserve is a vast forested area inhabited largely by indigenous Mayangna and Miskitu people. Most Bosawás residents rely on subsistence hunting and swidden agriculture, and hunting dogs are important for finding and securing wild game. We investigated the health of hunting dogs in three communities differing in location, size, and economy. Dogs in all communities were nutritionally compromised and experienced a heavy burden of disease. Seroprevalence of canine distemper, canine parvovirus, Rickettsia rickettsii, and Leptospira spp...
December 21, 2016: Acta Tropica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28011185/novel-rickettsia-and-emergent-tick-borne-pathogens-a-molecular-survey-of-ticks-and-tick-borne-pathogens-in-shimba-hills-national-reserve-kenya
#19
Micky M Mwamuye, Edward Kariuki, David Omondi, James Kabii, David Odongo, Daniel Masiga, Jandouwe Villinger
Ticks are important vectors of emerging and re-emerging zoonoses, the majority of which originate from wildlife. In recent times, this has become a global public health concern that necessitates surveillance of both known and unknown tick-borne pathogens likely to be future disease threats, as well as their tick vectors. We carried out a survey of the diversity of ticks and tick-borne pathogens in Kenya's Shimba Hills National Reserve (SHNR), an area with intensified human-livestock-wildlife interactions, where we collected 4297 questing ticks (209 adult ticks, 586 nymphs and 3502 larvae)...
September 5, 2016: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28000601/isolation-of-tasmanian-rickettsia-like-organism-rlo-from-farmed-salmonids-identification-of-multiple-serotypes-and-confirmation-of-pathogenicity
#20
R N Morrison, N D Young, G Knowles, M C Cornish, J Carson
Atlantic salmon Salmo salar L. farmed in south-east Tasmania, Australia, are susceptible to infection by the Tasmanian Rickettsia-like organism (TRLO), a Gram-negative bacterium. Here, we report the first isolation of TRLO from south-east Tasmania in pure culture and show that the bacterium is culturable on both specialised enriched agar and in cell culture using the CHSE-214 cell line. In vitro cultured TRLO was used to reproducibly elicit disease in Atlantic salmon parr held in fresh water. In inoculated fish, TRLO was observed intracytoplasmically in peripheral blood leucocytes, suggesting that these cells are responsible for haematogenous dispersal of the bacterium within the host...
December 21, 2016: Diseases of Aquatic Organisms
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