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F L Nowrouzian, G Lina, E Hodille, E Lindberg, B Hesselmar, R Saalman, I Adlerberth, A E Wold
According to the hygiene hypothesis, insufficient immune activation by microbes increases the risk of allergy development. Staphylococcus aureus, which is part of the skin and gut microbiota of infants in Western countries, produces a variety of T-cell-activating enterotoxins, called superantigens. We investigated whether early (0-2 months of age) gut colonisation by S. aureus strains that carry specific superantigens and adhesins was related to subsequent development of atopic eczema in a Swedish birth-cohort...
October 19, 2016: British Journal of Dermatology
Todd Hagobian, Allison Smouse, Mikaela Streeter, Chloe Wurst, Andrew Schaffner, Suzanne Phelan
BACKGROUND: Previous studies have shown that women have higher concentrations of the endocrine disruptor bisphenol A (BPA), but an intervention to reduce BPA is lacking in women. To test the hypothesis that an intervention to reduce BPA would decrease urinary BPA concentrations over 3 weeks, 24 women (mean ± standard deviation [SD]; 22.1 ± 2.8 kg/m(2) body mass index, 20.9 ± 1.5 years) were randomly assigned to an intervention or control. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The intervention included weekly face-to-face meetings to reduce BPA exposures from food, cosmetics, and other packaged products...
October 11, 2016: Journal of Women's Health
Maciej R Czerniuk, Zbigniew Bartoszewicz, Krzysztof J Filipiak, Iwona Dudzik-Niewiadomska, Tomasz Pilecki, Renata Górska
BACKGROUND: Presented pilot study was conducted in order to evaluate dynamic fluctuations of blood inflammation markers among patients with congestive heart failure (CHF) and coexistent periodontitis (PDis). AIM: Study hypothesis stated that elimination of chronic inflammation caused by PDis has a significant impact on inflammation markers and, secondarily, also on course and prognosis of CHF. NT-proBNP and TNF-alpha markers were assessed due to their proven diagnostic significance...
October 7, 2016: Kardiologia Polska
Shadike Apaer, Tuerhongjiang Tuxun, Hai-Zhang Ma, Heng Zhang, Amina Aierken, Abudusalamu Aini, Yu-Peng Li, Ren-Yong Lin, Hao Wen
Parasites, which are a recently discovered yet ancient dweller in human hosts, remain a great public health burden in underdeveloped countries, despite preventative efforts. Rheumatoid arthritis is a predominantly cosmopolitan health problem with drastic morbidity rates, although encouraging progress has been achieved regarding treatment. However, although various types of methods and agents have been applied clinically, their broad usage has been limited by their adverse effects and/or high costs. Sustained efforts have been exerted on the 'hygiene hypothesis' since the 1870s...
October 2016: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Gautam Ray
There is rising incidence and prevalence of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) in India topping the Southeast Asian (SEA) countries. The common genes implicated in disease pathogenesis in the West are not causal in Indian patients and the role of "hygiene hypothesis" is unclear. There appears to be a North-South divide with more ulcerative colitis (UC) in north and Crohn's disease (CD) in south India. IBD in second generation Indian migrants to the West takes the early onset and more severe form of the West whereas it retains the nature of its country of origin in migrants to SEA countries...
September 28, 2016: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
Neima Briggs, Jill Weatherhead, K Jagannadha Sastry, Peter J Hotez
Current iterations of the hygiene hypothesis suggest an adaptive role for helminth parasites in shaping the proper maturation of the immune system. However, aspects of this hypothesis are based on assumptions that may not fully account for realities about human helminth infections. Such realities include evidence of causal associations between helminth infections and asthma or inflammatory bowel disease as well as the fact that helminth infections remain widespread in the United States, especially among populations at greatest risk for inflammatory and autoimmune diseases...
September 2016: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
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September 13, 2016: Archives of Disease in Childhood
Alison E Mather, Becki Lawson, Elizabeth de Pinna, Paul Wigley, Julian Parkhill, Nicholas R Thomson, Andrew J Page, Mark A Holmes, Gavin K Paterson
: Passerine salmonellosis is a well-recognised disease of birds in the order Passeriformes, including common songbirds such as finches and sparrows, caused by infection with Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium. Previous research has suggested that some subtypes of S. Typhimurium - definitive phage types (DT) 40, 56 variant, and 160 - are host-adapted to passerines, and that these birds may represent a reservoir of infection for humans and other animals. Here, we have used whole genome sequences of 11 isolates from British passerines, five isolates of similar DTs from humans and a domestic cat, and previously published S...
September 9, 2016: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
Johan Frostegård, WenJing Tao, Lennart Råstam, Ulf Lindblad, Staffan Lindeberg
BACKGROUND: We here study antibodies against phosphorylcholine (anti-PC) which we reported to be inversely associated with atherosclerosis, cardiovascular disease (CVD), and autoimmune conditions. In previous studies, we determined that this inverse association is more pronounced at low levels with high risk and at high levels, with decreased risk. We compare individuals from Kitava, New Guinea (with low risk of these conditions), with Swedish controls. METHODS: We studied a group of 178 individuals from Kitava (age 20-86), and compared those above age 40 (n = 108) with a group of age- and sex-matched individuals from a population based cohort in Sweden (n = 108)...
September 9, 2016: Immunological Investigations
Helton C Santiago, Thomas B Nutman
There is much debate about the interaction between helminths and allergic disease. The "Hygiene Hypothesis," a very popular concept among scientists and the lay public, states that infections, especially during childhood, can protect against allergic diseases. Indeed, helminth infections are known to induce regulatory responses in the host that can help the control of inflammation (including allergic inflammation). However, these infections also induce type-2-associated immune responses including helminth-specific IgE that can cross-react against environmental allergens and mediate IgE-driven effector responses...
October 5, 2016: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Xu Hu, Tao Wang, Feng Jin
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a most common neurodegenerative disorder, which associates with impaired cognition. Gut microbiota can modulate host brain function and behavior via microbiota-gut-brain axis, including cognitive behavior. Germ-free animals, antibiotics, probiotics intervention and diet can induce alterations of gut microbiota and gut physiology and also host cognitive behavior, increasing or decreasing risks of AD. The increased permeability of intestine and blood-brain barrier induced by gut microbiota disturbance will increase the incidence of neurodegeneration disorders...
October 2016: Science China. Life Sciences
Jun-Qi Yang, Yonghua Zhou, Ram Raj Singh
Invariant natural killer T (iNKT) cells are unique subset of innate-like T cells recognizing glycolipids. iNKT cells can rapidly produce copious amounts of cytokines upon antigen stimulation and exert potent immunomodulatory activities for a wide variety of immune responses and diseases. We have revealed the regulatory effect of iNKT cells on autoimmunity with a serial of publications. On the other hand, the role of iNKT cells in parasitic infections, especially in recently attractive topic "hygiene hypothesis," has not been clearly defined yet...
2016: Journal of Immunology Research
Gerhard Rogler, Jonas Zeitz, Luc Biedermann
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) has become a 'prototype disease' for chronic auto-inflammatory disorders with a polygenic background and important multifaceted environmental trigger components. The environmental factors contribute both to pathogenesis and disease flares. Thus, IBD is a disease par excellence to study the interactions between host genetics, environmental factors (such as infections or smoking) and 'in-vironmental' factors - for example, our intestinal microbiota. Longitudinal intercurrent events, including the impact of long-term medication on disease progression or stabilization, can exemplarily be studied in this disease group...
2016: Digestive Diseases
O V Voloshina, E A Shirshin, J Lademann, V V Fadeev, M E Darvin
We propose a fluorescence method for protein content assessment in fine house dust, which can be used as an indicator of the hygienic state of occupied rooms. The results of the measurements performed with 30 house dust samples, including ultrafiltration experiments, strongly suggest that the fluorescence emission of house dust extracts excited at 350 nm is mainly due to protein fragments, which are presumably keratin hydrolysates. This suggestion is supported by several facts: (i) Spectral band shapes for all the samples under investigation are close and correspond to that of keratin; (ii) fluorescence intensity correlates with the total protein content as provided by Lowry assay; (iii) treatment of the samples with proteinase K, which induces keratin hydrolysis, results in fluorescence enhancement without changing fluorescence band shape; and (iv) Raman spectra of keratin and fine house dust samples exhibit a very similar structure...
August 19, 2016: Indoor Air
Derek Headey, Kalle Hirvonen
Although strategic thinking on water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) has prioritized reducing exposure to human feces in order to limit diarrheal infections, recent research suggests that elevated exposure to livestock-particularly poultry and poultry feces-may be an important risk factor for diarrhea, environmental enteric disorder (EED) and respiratory infections, all of which may seriously retard linear growth in young children. Yet a very different literature on nutrition-sensitive agriculture suggests that livestock ownership is highly beneficial for child growth outcomes through its importance for increasing consumption of nutrient-rich animal sourced foods, such as eggs...
2016: PloS One
Paula K Friedman, Ira B Lamster
Many factors contribute to human tooth loss, including oral hygiene practices, trauma, smoking, health status, socio-economic status and individual preferences. Loss of teeth impairs quality-of-life measures, including the eating of most foods that require full masticatory function. A recent study of centenarians found that at age 65-74 years, those who lived to be 100 had a lower rate of edentulism than did younger members of their birth cohort at ages 65-74 years. Oral health was consistent with compression of morbidity toward the end of life...
October 2016: Periodontology 2000
Christine C Johnson, Dennis R Ownby
Among the many areas being revolutionized by the recent introduction of culture-independent microbial identification techniques is investigation of the relationship between close contact with large animals, antibiotics, breast feeding, mode of birth, and other exposures during infancy as related to a reduced risk of asthma and allergic disease. These exposures were originally clustered under the "Hygiene Hypothesis" which has evolved into the "Microbiota Hypothesis". This review begins by summarizing epidemiologic studies suggesting that the common feature of these allergy risk-related exposures is their influence on the founding and early development of a child's gut microbiota...
July 9, 2016: Translational Research: the Journal of Laboratory and Clinical Medicine
Michael J Doenhoff, Marwa El-Faham, Susan Liddell, Heidi R Fuller, Ronald G Stanley, Gabriele Schramm, Joseph E Igetei
IgG antibodies produced by rabbits immunized against S. mansoni antigens cross-reacted with aqueous soluble constituents of a variety of allergens. The antibody cross-reactivity was largely sensitive to degradation by treatment of the target antigens with sodium meta-periodate, suggesting the cross-reactivity was due to carbohydrate determinants that were common to both the schistosome and the allergens (CCDs). The reaction between the rabbit antibodies and a 43 kDa molecule in a rubber latex extract was analysed further: tandem mass spectrometry identified the latex molecule as allergen Hev b 7...
2016: PloS One
Moritz Fritzenwanker, Torsten Hain, Dörthe A Kesper, Hani Harb, Harald Renz, Eugen Domann
The hygiene hypothesis states that the tremendous increase in atopic diseases correlates significantly with less contact to microbes in childhood. Here, we report the draft genome sequence of Acinetobacter lwoffii F78, a rural cowshed isolate with strong allergy-protective properties that contains an 8,579-bp plasmid.
2016: Genome Announcements
Christopher A Lowry, David G Smith, Philip H Siebler, Dominic Schmidt, Christopher E Stamper, James E Hassell, Paula S Yamashita, James H Fox, Stefan O Reber, Lisa A Brenner, Andrew J Hoisington, Teodor T Postolache, Kerry A Kinney, Dante Marciani, Mark Hernandez, Sian M J Hemmings, Stefanie Malan-Muller, Kenneth P Wright, Rob Knight, Charles L Raison, Graham A W Rook
The hygiene or "Old Friends" hypothesis proposes that the epidemic of inflammatory disease in modern urban societies stems at least in part from reduced exposure to microbes that normally prime mammalian immunoregulatory circuits and suppress inappropriate inflammation. Such diseases include but are not limited to allergies and asthma; we and others have proposed that the markedly reduced exposure to these Old Friends in modern urban societies may also increase vulnerability to neurodevelopmental disorders and stress-related psychiatric disorders, such as anxiety and affective disorders, where data are emerging in support of inflammation as a risk factor...
September 2016: Current Environmental Health Reports
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