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Geoffrey Foster, Ingebjørg H Nymo, Kit M Kovacs, Kimberlee B Beckmen, Andrew C Brownlow, Johanna L Baily, Mark P Dagleish, Jakub Muchowski, Lorraine L Perrett, Morten Tryland, Christian Lydersen, Jacques Godfroid, Barry McGovern, Adrian M Whatmore
Brucella species infecting marine mammals was first reported in 1994 and in the years since has been documented in various species of pinnipeds and cetaceans. While these reports have included species that inhabit Arctic waters, the few available studies on bearded seals Erignathus barbatus have failed to detect Brucella infection to date. We report the first isolation of Brucella pinnipedialis from a bearded seal. The isolate was recovered from the mesenteric lymph node of a bearded seal that stranded in Scotland and typed as ST24, a sequence type associated typically with pinnipeds...
March 22, 2018: Diseases of Aquatic Organisms
Camille de Seynes, Bertille de Barbeyrac, Hervé Dutronc, Clément Ribes, Paul Crémer, Véronique Dubois, Thierry Fabre, Michel Dupon, Frédéric-Antoine Dauchy
BACKGROUND: Prosthetic joint infection (PJI) is a severe complication of orthopaedic surgery. Preoperative diagnosis, although sometimes difficult, is key to choose the relevant treatment. METHODS: We conducted a prospective study aimed at evaluating the diagnostic performance of a multiplex serological test for the pre-operative diagnosis of PJI. Blood samples were collected between 1 July 2016 and 31 July 2017 among patients referred for suspected PJI that occurred at least six weeks prior...
March 22, 2018: Infectious Diseases
Takaya Handa, Hiroko Kakita, Yu Tateishi, Tomomi Endo, Hiroyuki Suzuki, Toshiro Katayama, Tatsuo Tsukamoto, Eri Muso
BACKGROUND: IgA-dominant infection-related glomerulonephritis (IgA-IRGN) is a unique form of IRGN, which needs to be distinguished from IgA nephropathy (IgAN). METHODS: Thirteen patients with IgA-IRGN (IgA-IRGN group) and 122 with IgAN (IgAN group) were selected from 1788 patients who underwent kidney biopsy between 2000 and 2015 in Kitano Hospital. Data selected included clinical and serological parameters; light and electron microscope findings; immunofluorescence findings; and prognostic parameters like renal and overall survival and creatinine increase by > 50%...
March 21, 2018: Clinical and Experimental Nephrology
Wee Ming Koh, Hishamuddin Badaruddin, Hanh La, Mark I-Cheng Chen, Alex R Cook
Background: Hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) affects millions of children across Asia annually, leading to an increase in implemented control policies such as surveillance, isolation and social distancing in affected jurisdictions. However, limited knowledge of disease burden and severity causes difficulty in policy optimisation as the associated economic cost cannot be easily estimated. We use a data synthesis approach to provide a comprehensive picture of HFMD disease burden, estimating infection risk, symptomatic rates, the risk of complications and death, and overall disability-adjusted life-year (DALY) losses, along with associated uncertainties...
2018: BMJ Global Health
Reza Ranjbar, Hedieh Rahmati, Leili Shokoohizadeh
Aim: The aims of this study were to investigate antibiotic resistance pattern and molecular characterization of Salmonella Infantis strains, isolated from human sources in Tehran hospitals from 2008 to 2010. Background: Infection caused by Salmonella is one of the major public health problems. Despite the clinical importance of Salmonella enteric subsp. enteric serovar Infantis in humans, there is no information available about the common clones of Salmonella Infantis in clinical isolates in Iran...
2018: Gastroenterology and Hepatology From Bed to Bench
Jean Publicover, Anuj Gaggar, Jillian M Jespersen, Ugur Halac, Audra J Johnson, Amanda Goodsell, Lia Avanesyan, Stephen L Nishimura, Meghan Holdorf, Keith G Mansfield, Joyce Bousquet Judge, Arya Koshti, Michael Croft, Adil E Wakil, Philip Rosenthal, Eric Pai, Stewart Cooper, Jody L Baron
Depending on age of acquisition, hepatitis B virus (HBV) can induce a cell-mediated immune response that results in either cure or progressive liver injury. In adult-acquired infection, HBV antigens are usually cleared, whereas in infancy-acquired infection, they persist. Individuals infected during infancy therefore represent the majority of patients chronically infected with HBV (CHB). A therapy that can promote viral antigen clearance in most CHB patients has not been developed and would represent a major health care advance and cost mitigator...
March 21, 2018: Science Translational Medicine
I K Ragan, A S Davis, D S McVey, J A Richt, R R Rowland, W C Wilson
Rift Valley Fever virus (RVFV) is a mosquito-borne zoonotic virus that infects ruminants including cattle, sheep, goats, camels and buffalo. Multiplexing diagnostic assays that can simultaneously detect antibodies against multiple RVFV antigens offer a high throughput test for disease surveillance and vaccine evaluations. We describe the improvement and evaluation of a previously developed fluorescence microsphere immunoassay (FMIA) for the detection of IgG and IgM antibodies against the RVFV glycoproteins (Gn) and the immunogenic nucleocapsid protein (Np)...
March 21, 2018: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
Paulo Afonso Medeiros Kanda, Aline de Almeida Xavier Aguiar, Jose Lucivan Miranda, Alexandre Loverde Falcao, Claudia Suenia Andrade, Luigi Neves Dos Santos Reis, Ellen White R Bacelar Almeida, Yanes Brum Bello, Arthur Monfredinho, Rafael Guimaraes Kanda
Microcephaly (MC), previously considered rare, is now a health emergency of international concern because of the devastating Zika virus pandemic outbreak of 2015. The authors describe the electroencephalogram (EEG) findings in sleep EEG of epileptic children who were born with microcephaly in areas of Brazil with active Zika virus transmission between 2014 and 2017. The authors reviewed EEGs from 23 children. Nine were females (39.2%), and the age distribution varied from 4 to 48 months. MC was associated with mother positive serology to toxoplasmosis (toxo), rubella (rub), herpes, and dengue (1 case); toxo (1 case); chikungunya virus (CHIKV) (1 case); syphilis (1 case); and Zika virus (ZIKV) (10 cases)...
2018: Neurodiagnostic Journal
Y Q Zhu, S P Ma, B Li, C Y Zheng, J Ma
Objective: To investigate the serum level of interleukin-38 (IL-38) and its clinical significance in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Methods: Totally 72 patients with acute exacerbation of COPD (AECOPD group) and 65 patients with stable COPD (S-COPD group) were recruited from Tianjin Chest Hospital from June 2016 to August 2017. In the same period 40 elderly healthy subjects were selected as control group (C group). The general data and laboratory examination results of these subjects were recorded...
March 13, 2018: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
A K Winter, M E Martinez, F T Cutts, W J Moss, M Ferrari, A McKee, J Lessler, K Hayford, J Wallinga, C J E Metcalf
Control efforts for measles and rubella are intensifying globally. It becomes increasingly important to identify and reach remaining susceptible populations as elimination is approached. Serological surveys for measles and rubella can potentially measure susceptibility directly, but their use remains rare. Here, using simulations, we outline key subtleties in interpretation associated with the dynamic context of age-specific immunity, highlighting how the patterns of immunity predicted from disease surveillance and vaccination coverage data may be misleading...
March 19, 2018: Journal of Infectious Diseases
Sherry Masoud, Stephen P McAdoo, Rachna Bedi, Thomas D Cairns, Liz Lightstone
Objective: B cell depletion, most commonly with rituximab, is an evolving therapeutic approach in SLE. Infusion reactions after rituximab are common, and may prevent re-treatment in patients who previously demonstrated beneficial response. We have used ofatumumab, a fully humanized anti-CD20 mAb, as an alternative B cell-depleting agent in patients with SLE who are rituximab-intolerant due to severe infusion reactions. Methods: A single-centre retrospective case series of 16 patients were treated with ofatumumab for SLE between 2012 and 2015...
March 19, 2018: Rheumatology
Gracinda Nogueira Oliveira, Rajiv Mohan, Andrew Fagbemi
BACKGROUND: Celiac disease is an immune-mediated disorder with a multiform presentation and therefore a challenging diagnosis. OBJECTIVE: Our purpose is to identify the epidemiological, clinical, laboratory and histologic characteristics of children with celiac disease at diagnosis and on follow-up. METHODS: Children with previously established or newly diagnosed celiac disease, admitted in a tertiary centre in a two-year period (2014-2016) were recruited...
January 2018: Arquivos de Gastroenterologia
Mahdi Shahriari, Naser Honar, Ali Yousefi, Hazhir Javaherizadeh
BACKGROUND: Celiac disease is an enteropathy caused by dietary gluten. The combination of serologic, genetic and histologic data has led to description of other categories of this disease. OBJECTIVE: There are a number of patients with iron deficiency anemia (IDA) that do not respond to iron treatment and may be repeated for many times, Therefore, we aimed to investigate celiac disease in this group. METHODS: In this cross sectional transverse prospective study from August 2011 to February 2013, in a Pediatric care clinic affiliated to Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, 184 children including 92 IDA patients who responded to treatment using iron supplement, 45 non-responding iron deficient patients, and 47 healthy individuals, with the maximum age of 18 years, with written consent from their parents, participated in serologic screening (with Anti-TTG antibody and anti-Endomysial antibody) for celiac disease...
January 2018: Arquivos de Gastroenterologia
Michelle Barbieri, Colleen Duncan, Albert L Harting, Kristy L Pabilonia, Thea C Johanos, Tracey Goldstein, Stacie J Robinson, Charles L Littnan
There is considerable temporal and spatial variability in the reproductive rates of Hawaiian monk seals (HMS; Neomonachus schauinslandi). Poor reproductive performance limits the recovery of this endangered species; however, causal factors are not fully understood. There is serologic evidence that HMS are exposed to pathogens that can impact reproductive success, but the prevalence of placental infections in HMS has not been evaluated. Placental tissues ( n=50), including tissues from 25% of known HMS births, were opportunistically collected in 2011 from six Northwestern Hawaiian Islands and three main Hawaiian Islands...
March 21, 2018: Journal of Wildlife Diseases
Alberto Berardi, Isotta Guidotti, Roberta Creti, Giovanna Alfarone, Antonella Grottola, Claudia Venturelli, Giulia Fregni Serpinid, Elisa Della Casa, Elena Vecchi, Alessandra Boncompagni, Carlotta Toffoli, Fabrizio Ferrari
OBJECTIVES: Current predominant routes of group B Streptococcus (GBS) transmission in preterm neonates admitted to neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) are poorly defined. We report two overlapping clusters of GBS late-onset disease (LOD) from June to September 2015 in an Italian NICU. METHODS: During the outbreak, possible sources of transmission (equipment, feeding bottles, breast pumps) were swabbed. Specimens from throat and rectum were collected on a weekly basis from all neonates admitted to NICU...
March 14, 2018: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
Aiessa Fedrigo, Thelma L Skare, André Luiz Bortoluzzi, Renato Nisihara
OBJECTIVES: The majority of scleroderma (SSc) patients present gastrointestinal involvement. Motility is usually compromised but few studies address permeability changes in the intestinal wall. ASCA (anti-Saccharomyces cerevisiae antibodies) positivity is associated with increased intestinal permeability. In this study we aimed to investigate ASCA positivity in SSc patients and its association with clinical, serological and epidemiological data. METHODS: Seventy-four SSc patients and 57 healthy controls were studied for ASCA (IgG and IgA) positivity by ELISA...
March 21, 2018: Journal of Clinical Rheumatology: Practical Reports on Rheumatic & Musculoskeletal Diseases
Bram Verstockt, Barbara Deleenheer, Filip Sermon, Kris Van Der Steen, Jo Vandervoort
We present two cases of patients with severe persistent diarrhoea, in whom duodenal biopsies revealed villous atrophy that could be attributed to the use of olmesartan. The differential diagnosis of villous atrophy without serological markers of celiac disease should include drugs as possible cause, with olmesartan as a recently discovered culprit. Gastroenterologist should be aware of this entity.
July 2017: Acta Gastro-enterologica Belgica
Nguyen Bao Quoc, Nguyen Doan Nguyen Phuong, Nguyen Ngoc Bao Chau, Do Thi Phuong Linh
Recently, many studies have demonstrated the significant advantages of loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) based methods over serological tests and PCR for rapid detection of microbial pathogens. Here, a rapid LAMP assay was developed to detect the hepatitis B virus (HBV) from DNA, and particularly, blood samples from infected patients using a commercially available master mix and portable real-time fluorometer. The final optimized fluorescence-based LAMP assay provided significant amplification time of less than 15 minutes compared with over 1 hour for PCR and an opened tube LAMP system described previously...
March 2018: Heliyon
Ahmad Piroozmand, Babak Soltani, Mohsen Razavizadeh, Amir Hasan Matini, Hamid Reza Gilasi, Abbas Nassaji Zavareh, Siamak Soltani
Background and aim: Helicobacter pylori ( H. pylori ) is an important and common contagious human pathogen which may cause peptic ulcer and also gastric cancer. The definite diagnosis of it is made through invasive tests. Recently, non-invasive tests including serologic tests of serum and saliva have been conducted for diagnosis of H. pylori infection. In this research, the diagnostic values of serum and salivary serology were compared together to use salivary anti- H. pylori test as an alternative method in the future...
December 2017: Electronic Physician
Vanessa V Sarathy, Mellodee White, Li Li, Jaclyn A Kaiser, Gerald A Campbell, Gregg N Milligan, Nigel Bourne, Alan D T Barrett
The mosquito-borne disease dengue is caused by four serologically- and genetically-related viruses, termed DENV-1 to DENV-4. Historical setbacks due to lack of human-like mouse models of dengue were partially remedied with characterization of lethal DENV-2 infection in immunocompromised AG129 mice (deficient in IFN-α/β/γ receptors). Recently, our group established lethal AG129 mouse infection models of DENV-1, DENV-3, and DENV-4 using human isolates. Here we compare a non-lethal, disseminated model of DENV-3 infection using strain D83-144 to that of the lethal outcome following infection by strain C0360/94...
March 20, 2018: Scientific Reports
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