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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330517/genetic-characterization-of-spotted-fever-group-rickettsiae-in-questing-ixodid-ticks-collected-in-israel-and-environmental-risk-factors-for-their-infection
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Jessica Rose, Yaarit Nachum-Biala, Kosta Y Mumcuoglu, Moh A Alkhamis, Adi Ben-Nun, Itamar Lensky, Eyal Klement, Abedelmajeed Nasereddin, Ziad A Abdeen, Shimon Harrus
This study aimed to genetically characterize spotted fever group rickettsiae (SFGR) in questing ixodid ticks from Israel and to identify risk factors associated with SFGR-positive ticks using molecular techniques and geographic information systems (GIS) analysis. 1039 ticks from the genus Rhipicephalus were collected during 2014. 109/1039 (10·49%) carried SFGR-DNA of either Rickettsia massiliae (95), 'Candidatus Rickettsia barbariae' (8) or Rickettsia conorii (6). Higher prevalence of SFGR was found in Rhipicephalus turanicus (18·00%) compared with Rhipicephalus sanguineus sensu lato (3·22%)...
March 23, 2017: Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321389/host-fih-mediated-asparaginyl-hydroxylation-of-translocated-legionella-pneumophila-effectors
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Christopher Price, Michael Merchant, Snake Jones, Ashley Best, Juanita Von Dwingelo, Matthew B Lawrenz, Nawsad Alam, Ora Schueler-Furman, Yousef A Kwaik
FIH-mediated post-translational modification through asparaginyl hydroxylation of eukaryotic proteins impacts regulation of protein-protein interaction. We have identified the FIH recognition motif in 11 Legionella pneumophila translocated effectors, YopM of Yersinia, IpaH4.5 of Shigella and an ankyrin protein of Rickettsia. Mass spectrometry analyses of the AnkB and AnkH effectors of L. pneumophila confirm their asparaginyl hydroxylation. Consistent with localization of the AnkB effector to the Legionella-containing vacuole (LCV) membrane and its modification by FIH, our data show that FIH and its two interacting proteins, Mint3 and MT1-MMP are acquired by the LCV in a Dot/Icm type IV secretion-dependent manner...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319627/what-s-eating-you-lone-star-tick-amblyomma-americanum
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H Harris Reynolds, Dirk M Elston
Amblyomma americanum, also known as the lone star tick, is found in much of the eastern United States. Since the mid-20th century, the lone star tick has been implicated in human disease. Today, A americanum remains an important vector for tick-borne illness. In addition to others, species of Rickettsia, Ehrlichia, and Borrelia are all transmitted by the lone star tick. Recently described conditions such as Southern tick-associated rash illness and anaphylaxis to red meat following tick bites have been attributed to the lone star tick...
February 2017: Cutis; Cutaneous Medicine for the Practitioner
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299286/the-rickettsia-conorii-adr1-interacts-with-the-c-terminus-of-human-vitronectin-in-a-salt-sensitive-manner
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Abigail I Fish, Sean P Riley, Birendra Singh, Kristian Riesbeck, Juan J Martinez
Spotted fever group (SFG) Rickettsia species are inoculated into the mammalian bloodstream by hematophagous arthropods. Once in the bloodstream and during dissemination, the survival of these pathogens is dependent upon the ability of these bacteria to evade serum-borne host defenses until a proper cellular host is reached. Rickettsia conorii expresses an outer membrane protein, Adr1, which binds the complement inhibitory protein vitronectin to promote resistance to the anti-bacterial effects of the terminal complement complex...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298245/serological-and-molecular-prevalence-of-canine-vector-borne-diseases-cvbds-in-korea
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Guk-Hyun Suh, Kyu-Sung Ahn, Jong-Ho Ahn, Ha-Jung Kim, Christian Leutenegger, SungShik Shin
BACKGROUND: Previous surveys in dogs from Korea indicated that dogs are exposed to a variety of vector- borne pathogens, but perception for a nation-wide canine vector-borne disease (CVBD) occurrence has been missing. We report here results of both serological and molecular prevalence studies for major CVBDs of dogs from all over the South Korean Peninsula except for Jeju Island. RESULTS: Serological survey of 532 outdoor dogs revealed the highest prevalence for Dirofilaria immitis (25...
March 16, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289147/gfpuv-expressing-recombinant-rickettsia-typhi-a-useful-tool-for-the-study-of-pathogenesis-and-cd8-t-cell-immunology-in-rickettsia-typhi-infection
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Matthias Hauptmann, Nicole Burkhardt, Ulrike Munderloh, Svenja Kuehl, Ulricke Richardt, Susanne Krasemann, Kristin Hartmann, Till Krech, Bernhard Fleischer, Christian Keller, Anke Osterloh
Rickettsia (R) typhi is the causative agent of endemic typhus, a disease that occurs wordwide with increasing incidence and can be fatal. Because of its obligate intracellular life style, genetic manipulation of this pathogen is difficult. Nonetheless, in recent years genetic manipulation tools have been successfully applied to rickettsiae. We describe here for the first time the transformation of R. typhi with the pRAM18dRGA plasmid that originally derives from R. amblyommatis and encodes for the expression of GFP(uv) Transformed R...
March 13, 2017: Infection and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285593/the-enzootic-life-cycle-of-borrelia-burgdorferi-sensu-lato-and-tick-borne-rickettsiae-an-epidemiological-study-on-wild-living-small-mammals-and-their-ticks-from-saxony-germany
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Anna Obiegala, Nina Król, Carolin Oltersdorf, Julian Nader, Martin Pfeffer
BACKGROUND: Borrelia burgdorferi (sensu lato) and rickettsiae of the spotted fever group are zoonotic tick-borne pathogens. While small mammals are confirmed reservoirs for certain Borrelia spp., little is known about the reservoirs for tick-borne rickettsiae. Between 2012 and 2014, ticks were collected from the vegetation and small mammals which were trapped in Saxony, Germany. DNA extracted from ticks and the small mammals' skin was analyzed for the presence of Rickettsia spp. and B...
March 13, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285586/serological-evidence-of-exposure-to-rickettsia-felis-and-rickettsia-typhi-in-australian-veterinarians
#8
Yen Thon Teoh, Sze Fui Hii, Mark A Stevenson, Stephen Graves, Robert Rees, John Stenos, Rebecca J Traub
BACKGROUND: Rickettsia felis and Rickettsia typhi are emerging arthropod-borne zoonoses causing fever and flu-like symptoms. Seroprevalence and risk factors associated with exposure to these organisms was explored in Australian veterinarians. METHODS: One hundred and thirty-one veterinarians from across Australia were recruited to participate in a cross-sectional survey. Veterinarians provided a single blood sample and answered a questionnaire on potential risk factors influencing their exposure to R...
March 13, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285583/molecular-detection-of-vector-borne-pathogens-in-blood-and-splenic-samples-from-dogs-with-splenic-disease
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Rebeca Movilla, Laura Altet, Lorena Serrano, María-Dolores Tabar, Xavier Roura
BACKGROUND: The spleen is a highly perfused organ involved in the immunological control and elimination of vector-borne pathogens (VBP), which could have a fundamental role in the pathogenesis of splenic disease. This study aimed to evaluate certain VBP in samples from dogs with splenic lesions. METHODS: Seventy-seven EDTA-blood and 64 splenic tissue samples were collected from 78 dogs with splenic disease in a Mediterranean area. Babesia spp., Bartonella spp., Ehrlichia/Anaplasma spp...
March 13, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28274808/diversity-of-rickettsiae-in-a-rural-community-in-northern-california
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Nicole Stephenson, Alexandra Blaney, Deana Clifford, Mourad Gabriel, Greta Wengert, Patrick Foley, Richard N Brown, Mark Higley, Sarah Buckenberger-Mantovani, Janet Foley
Far northern California forests are highly biodiverse in wildlife reservoirs and arthropod vectors that may propagate rickettsial pathogens in nature. The proximity of small rural communities to these forests puts people and domestic animals at risk of vector-borne infection due to spillover from wildlife. The current study was conducted to document exposure to rickettsial pathogens in people and domestic animals in a rural community, and identify which rickettsiae are present in sylvatic and peri-domestic environments near this community...
February 27, 2017: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28270232/melting-pot-of-tick-borne-zoonoses-the-european-hedgehog-contributes-to-the-maintenance-of-various-tick-borne-diseases-in-natural-cycles-urban-and-suburban-areas
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Setareh Jahfari, Sanne C Ruyts, Ewa Frazer-Mendelewska, Ryanne Jaarsma, Kris Verheyen, Hein Sprong
BACKGROUND: European hedgehogs (Erinaceus europaeus) are urban dwellers and host both Ixodes ricinus and Ixodes hexagonus. These ticks transmit several zoonotic pathogens like Borrelia burgdorferi (sensu lato), Anaplasma phagocytophilum, Rickettsia helvetica, Borrelia miyamotoi and "Candidatus Neoehrlichia mikurensis". It is unclear to what extent hedgehogs in (sub) urban areas contribute to the presence of infected ticks in these areas, which subsequently pose a risk for acquiring a tick-borne disease...
March 7, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28268195/-candidatus-rickettsia-nicoyana-a-novel-rickettsia-species-isolated-from-ornithodoros-knoxjonesi-in-costa-rica
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Rolando D Moreira-Soto, Andrés Moreira-Soto, Eugenia Corrales-Aguilar, Ólger Calderón-Arguedas, Adriana Troyo
Rickettsiae are intracellular bacteria commonly associated with hematophagous arthropods. Most of them have been described in hard ticks, but some have been found in soft ticks. Here we report the detection and isolation of a new Rickettsia from Ornithodoros knoxjonesi larvae collected from Balantiopteryx plicata (Emballonuridae) in Nicoya, Costa Rica. Two ticks were processed to detect Rickettsia spp. genes gltA, ompA, ompB, and htrA by PCR. Part of the macerate was also inoculated into Vero E6 and C6/36 cell lines, and cells were evaluated by Giménez stain, indirect immunofluorescence assay (IFA), and PCR...
February 27, 2017: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28267780/the-eurasian-otter-lutra-lutra-as-a-potential-host-for-rickettsial-pathogens-in-southern-italy
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Mario Santoro, Nicola D'Alessio, Anna Cerrone, Maria Gabriella Lucibelli, Giorgia Borriello, Gaetano Aloise, Clementina Auriemma, Nunzia Riccone, Giorgio Galiero
Canine monocytic ehrlichiosis and rickettsiosis are zoonotic tick-borne diseases of canids caused by the intracellular obligate bacteria Ehrlichia canis and Rickettsia species respectively. In this study, we investigated using standard and real-time PCR and sequencing, the occurrence and molecular characterization of E. canis and Rickettsia species in the Eurasian otter (Lutra lutra) from the southern Italian population. Samples were screened by using molecular assays also for Neospora caninum, Toxoplasma gondii, Clamydophyla spp...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28264003/significance-of-major-international-seaports-in-the-distribution-of-murine-typhus-in-taiwan
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Chi-Chien Kuo, Nicola Wardrop, Chung-Te Chang, Hsi-Chieh Wang, Peter M Atkinson
BACKGROUND: International seaports are hotspots for disease invasion and pathogens can persist in seaports even after ports are abandoned. Transmitted by fleas infected by Rickettsia typhi, murine typhus, a largely neglected and easily misdiagnosed disease, is known to occur primarily in large seaports. However, the significance of seaports in the occurrence of murine typhus has never been validated quantitatively. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: We studied the spatial distribution of murine typhus, a notifiable disease, in Taiwan...
March 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28261565/borrelia-diversity-and-co-infection-with-other-tick-borne-pathogens-in-ticks
#15
Cristian Raileanu, Sara Moutailler, Ionuţ Pavel, Daniela Porea, Andrei D Mihalca, Gheorghe Savuta, Muriel Vayssier-Taussat
Identifying Borrelia burgdorferi as the causative agent of Lyme disease in 1981 was a watershed moment in understanding the major impact that tick-borne zoonoses can have on public health worldwide, particularly in Europe and the USA. The medical importance of tick-borne diseases has long since been acknowledged, yet little is known regarding the occurrence of emerging tick-borne pathogens such as Borrelia spp., Anaplasma phagocytophilum, Rickettsia spp., Bartonella spp., "Candidatus Neoehrlichia mikurensis", and tick-borne encephalitis virus in questing ticks in Romania, a gateway into Europe...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28259176/molecular-and-serological-evidence-of-flea-associated-typhus-group-and-spotted-fever-group-rickettsial-infections-in-madagascar
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Rado J L Rakotonanahary, Alan Harrison, Alice N Maina, Ju Jiang, Allen L Richards, Minoarisoa Rajerison, Sandra Telfer
BACKGROUND: Rickettsiae are obligate intracellular bacteria responsible for many febrile syndromes around the world, including in sub-Saharan Africa. Vectors of these pathogens include ticks, lice, mites and fleas. In order to assess exposure to flea-associated Rickettsia species in Madagascar, human and small mammal samples from an urban and a rural area, and their associated fleas were tested. RESULTS: Anti-typhus group (TGR)- and anti-spotted fever group rickettsiae (SFGR)-specific IgG were detected in 24 (39%) and 21 (34%) of 62 human serum samples, respectively, using indirect ELISAs, with six individuals seropositive for both...
March 4, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28248955/first-identification-of-rickettsia-helvetica-in-questing-ticks-from-a-french-northern-brittany-forest
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Sarah I Bonnet, Richard E L Paul, Emmanuel Bischoff, Martine Cote, Evelyne Le Naour
Tick-borne rickettsiae are considered to be emerging, but data about their presence in western Europe are scarce. Ixodes ricinus ticks, the most abundant and widespread tick species in western Europe, were collected and tested for the presence of several tick-borne pathogens in western France, a region never previously explored in this context. There was a high tick abundance with a mean of 4 females, 4.5 males, and 23.3 nymphs collected per hour per collector. Out of 622 tested ticks, specific PCR amplification showed the presence of tick symbionts as well as low prevalence of Borrelia burgdorferi (0...
March 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28244333/seasonally-biased-or-single-habitat-sampling-is-not-informative-on-the-real-prevalence-of-dermacentor-reticulatus-borne-rickettsiae-a-pilot-study
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Sándor Hornok, Marina L Meli, Enikő Gönczi, Regina Hofmann-Lehmann
Dermacentor reticulatus is a tick species of high medical and veterinary importance, emerging in several parts of Europe. Up to now most studies focusing on zoonotic rickettsiae in D. reticulatus were based on ticks collected in a limited part of the questing period, and did not take into account the potential seasonal variations in the rate of infection with tick-borne rickettsiae. The aim of the present study was to investigate the latter phenomenon, i.e. to screen D. reticulatus adults, collected monthly in two urban habitats of Budapest, for the presence of three zoonotic Rickettsia spp...
March 2017: Acta Veterinaria Hungarica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223058/human-prevalence-of-the-spotted-fever-group-sfg-rickettsiae-in-endemic-zones-of-northwestern-colombia
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Andrés F Londoño, Leidy Y Acevedo-Gutiérrez, Diana Marín, Verónica Contreras, Francisco J Díaz, Gustavo Valbuena, Marcelo B Labruna, Marylin Hidalgo, Margarita Arboleda, Salim Mattar, Sergio Solari, Juan D Rodas
In February 2006, an outbreak of human rickettsiosis occurred in the municipality of Necoclí Colombia, with 35% of lethality. This episode was, followed by two more, one in the municipality of Los Cordobas in 2007 with a 54% of lethality and the other one in the municipality of Turbo in 2008 with 27% of lethality. The aim of this study was to perform serological tests in healthy persons to determine the seroprevalence of antibodies against spotted fever group (SFG) rickettsiae and develop a survey to study some infection risk-related factors...
February 9, 2017: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222146/cytotoxic-effector-functions-of-t-cells-are-not-required-for-protective-immunity-against-fatal-rickettsia-typhi-infection-in-a-murine-model-of-infection-role-of-th1-and-th17-cytokines-in-protection-and-pathology
#20
Kristin Moderzynski, Liza Heine, Jessica Rauch, Stefanie Papp, Svenja Kuehl, Ulricke Richardt, Bernhard Fleischer, Anke Osterloh
Endemic typhus caused by Rickettsia (R.) typhi is an emerging febrile disease that can be fatal due to multiple organ pathology. Here we analyzed the requirements for protection against R. typhi by T cells in the CB17 SCID model of infection. BALB/c wild-type mice generate CD4+ TH1 and cytotoxic CD8+ T cells both of which are sporadically reactivated in persistent infection. Either adoptively transferred CD8+ or CD4+ T cells protected R. typhi-infected CB17 SCID mice from death and provided long-term control...
February 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
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