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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426172/distinct-roles-of-th17-and-th1-cells-in-inflammatory-responses-associated-with-the-presentation-of-paucibacillary-leprosy-and-leprosy-reactions-th17-immune-response-in-leprosy
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Márcio Bezerrra Santos, Daniela Teles de Oliveira, Rodrigo Anselmo Cazzaniga, Crisuelle Santana Varjão, Priscila Lima Dos Santos, Micheli L B Santos, Cristiane Bane Correia, Daniela R Faria, Marise do Vale Simon, João Santana Silva, Walderez O Dutra, Steven G Reed, Malcolm S Duthie, Roque Pahceco de Almeida, Amélia Ribeiro de Jesus
It is well established that helper T cell responses influence resistance or susceptibility to Mycobacterium leprae infection, but the role of more recently described helper T cell subsets in determining severity is less clear. To investigate the involvement of Th17 cells in the pathogenesis of leprosy, we determined the immune profile with variant presentations of leprosy. Firstly, IL-17A, IFN-γ and IL-10 were evaluated in conjunction with CD4(+) T cell staining by confocal microscopy of lesion biopsies from tuberculoid (TT) and lepromatous (LL) patients...
April 20, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423139/trend-of-leprosy-in-individuals-under-the-age-of-15-in-mato-grosso-brazil-2001-2013
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Bruna Hinnah Borges Martins de Freitas, Denise da Costa Boamorte Cortela, Silvana Margarida Benevides Ferreira
OBJECTIVE: To identify the historical trend of leprosy epidemiological indicators in individuals under the age of 15 in the state of Mato Grosso. METHODS: Descriptive study with trend analysis of leprosy indicators in individuals under the age of fifteen registered in the Mato Grosso's System for Notifiable Diseases between 2001 and 2013. We used the Prais-Winsten procedure for analyzing generalized linear regression at a significance level of 5%. We considered as increasing time series when the annual percent change was positive, decreasing when negative and stationary when there was no significant difference between its value and zero...
April 10, 2017: Revista de Saúde Pública
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419120/structural-and-functional-changes-in-the-microcirculation-of-lepromatous-leprosy-patients-observation-using-orthogonal-polarization-spectral-imaging-and-laser-doppler-flowmetry-iontophoresis
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Curt Treu, Maria das Graças Coelho de Souza, Omar Lupi, Fernando Lencastre Sicuro, Priscila Alves Maranhão, Luiz Guilherme Kraemer-Aguiar, Eliete Bouskela
Leprosy is a chronic granulomatous infection of skin and peripheral nerves caused by Mycobacterium leprae and is considered the main infectious cause of disability worldwide. Despite the several studies regarding leprosy, little is known about its effects on microvascular structure and function in vivo. Thus, we have aimed to compare skin capillary structure and functional density, cutaneous vasomotion (spontaneous oscillations of arteriolar diameter), which ensures optimal blood flow distribution to skin capillaries) and cutaneous microvascular blood flow and reactivity between ten men with lepromatous leprosy (without any other comorbidity) and ten age- and gender-matched healthy controls...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417702/quinolone-resistance-associated-amino-acid-substitutions-affect-enzymatic-activity-of-mycobacterium-leprae-dna-gyrase
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Tomoyuki Yamaguchi, Kazumasa Yokoyama, Chie Nakajima, Yasuhiko Suzuki
Quinolones are important antimicrobials for treatment of leprosy, a chronic infectious disease caused by Mycobacterium leprae. Although it is well known that mutations in DNA gyrase are responsible for quinolone resistance, the effect of those mutations on the enzymatic activity is yet to be studied in depth. Hence, we conducted in vitro assays to observe supercoiling reactions of wild type and mutated M. leprae DNA gyrases. DNA gyrase with amino acid substitution Ala91Val possessed the highest activity among the mutants...
April 18, 2017: Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417249/virus-vector-relationship-in-the-citrus-leprosis-pathosystem
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Aline Daniele Tassi, Laura Cristina Garita-Salazar, Lilian Amorim, Valdenice Moreira Novelli, Juliana Freitas-Astúa, Carl C Childers, Elliot W Kitajima
Citrus leprosis has been one of the most destructive diseases of citrus in the Americas. In the last decade important progress has been achieved such as the complete genome sequencing of its main causal agent, Citrus leprosis virus C (CiLV-C), belonging to a new genus Cilevirus. It is transmitted by Brevipalpus yothersi Baker (Acari: Tenuipalpidae), and is characterized by the localized symptoms it induces on the leaves, fruits and stems. It occurs in the American continents from Mexico to Argentina. The virus was until recently considered restricted to Citrus spp...
April 17, 2017: Experimental & Applied Acarology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411068/protective-effect-of-dapsone-on-cognitive-impairment-induced-by-propofol-involves-hippocampal-autophagy
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Ning Yang, Lunxu Li, Zhengqian Li, Cheng Ni, Yiyun Cao, Taotao Liu, Miao Tian, Dehua Chui, Xiangyang Guo
Post-operative cognitive dysfunction (POCD) is a commonly seen postoperative complication in elderly patients and its underlying mechanisms are still unclear. Autophagy, a degradation mechanism of cellular components, is required for cell survival and many physiological processes. Although propofol is one of the most commonly used intravenous anesthetics, investigations into its mechanisms and effects on cognition in aged rodents are relatively scarce. In this study, we evaluate the influence of propofol on learning and memory, and identify the potential role of hippocampal autophagy in propofol-induced cognitive alterations in aged rats...
April 12, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28403695/leprosy-case-detection-campaign-lcdc-for-active-surveillance
#7
Pugazhenthan Thangaraju, Sajitha Venkatesan, M K Showkath Ali
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 1, 2017: Tropical Doctor
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28398876/citrus-leprosis-virus-n-a-new-dichorhavirus-causing-citrus-leprosis-disease
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Pedro Ramos-Gonzalez, Camila Chabi-Jesus, Orlene Guerra-Peraza, Aline D Tassi, Elliot Kitajima, Ricardo Harakava, Renato B Salaroli, Juliana Freitas-Astua
Citrus leprosis (CL) is a viral disease endemic to the Western Hemisphere that produces local-necrotic and -chlorotic lesions on leaves, branches and fruits and causes serious yield reduction in citrus orchards. Samples of sweet orange (Citrus × sinensis) trees showing CL symptoms were collected during a survey in non-commercial citrus areas in the southeast region of Brazil in 2013-2016. Transmission electron microscopy analyses of foliar lesions confirmed the presence of rod-like viral particles commonly associated with CL in the nucleus and cytoplasm of infected cells...
April 11, 2017: Phytopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28398668/-the-legacy-of-thalidomide-a-multidisciplinary-meeting-held-at-the-university-of-york-united-kingdom-on-september-30-2016
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Elizabeth Newbronner, Neil Vargesson, Karl Atkin
BACKGROUND: Between 1957 and 1962 thalidomide was used as a nonaddictive, nonbarbiturate sedative that also was successful in relieving the symptoms of morning sickness in early pregnancy. Infamously, thousands of babies were subsequently born with severe birth defects. The drug is used again, today, to successfully treat leprosy, and tragically, there is a new generation of thalidomide damaged children in Brazil. While the outward damage in babies has been documented, the effects of the damage upon the survivors as they grow up, the lifestyle changes and adaptations required to be made, as well as studies into ageing in survivors, has received little attention and remains understudied...
March 1, 2017: Birth Defects Res
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28388655/functional-toll-like-receptor-tlr-2-polymorphisms-in-the-susceptibility-to-inflammatory-bowel-disease
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Helga Paula Török, Victor Bellon, Astrid Konrad, Martin Lacher, Laurian Tonenchi, Matthias Siebeck, Stephan Brand, Enrico Narciso De Toni
BACKGROUND: The recent genome-wide association studies (GWAS) in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) suggest significant genetic overlap with complex mycobacterial diseases like tuberculosis or leprosy. TLR variants have previously been linked to susceptibility for mycobacterial diseases. Here we investigated the contribution to IBD risk of two TLR2 polymorphisms, the low-prevalence variant Arg753Gln and the GTn microsatellite repeat polymorphism in intron 2. We studied association with disease, possible correlations with phenotype and gene-gene interactions...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28358815/azalep-a-randomized-controlled-trial-of-azathioprine-to-treat-leprosy-nerve-damage-and-type-1-reactions-in-india-main-findings
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Diana N J Lockwood, Joydeepa Darlong, Pitchaimani Govindharaj, Royce Kurian, Pamidipani Sundarrao, Annamma S John
BACKGROUND: Leprosy Type 1 reactions are difficult to treat and only 70% of patients respond to steroid treatment. Azathioprine has been used as an immune-suppressant and we tested its efficacy in treating leprosy T1R. METHODOLOGY: Randomised controlled trial adding azathioprine to steroid treatment for leprosy reactions. This trial was conducted in four leprosy hospitals in India. Patients with a new leprosy Type 1 reaction affecting either skin or nerve were recruited...
March 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28355218/scd163-levels-as-a-biomarker-of-disease-severity-in-leprosy-and-visceral-leishmaniasis
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Ricardo Luís Louzada Silva, Marcio B Santos, Priscila L S Almeida, Thayse S Barros, Lucas Magalhães, Rodrigo A Cazzaniga, Patrícia R M Souza, Nívea F Luz, Jaqueline França-Costa, Valeria M Borges, Djalma S Lima-Junior, Michael W Lipscomb, Malcolm S Duthie, Steven G Reed, Roque Pacheco Almeida, Amélia Ribeiro Jesus
BACKGROUND: CD163, receptor for the haptoglobin-hemoglobin complex, is expressed on monocytes/macrophages and neutrophils. A soluble form of CD163 (sCD163) has been associated with the M2 macrophage phenotype, and M2 macrophages have been shown to down-modulate inflammatory responses. In particular, previous studies have shown that M2 is closely associated with the most severe clinical presentation of leprosy (i.e. lepromatous leprosy (LL)), as well as tuberculosis. We hypothesized that sCD163 correlates with severity of diseases caused by intracellular pathogens...
March 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28353282/lrrk2-and-the-immune-system
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Nicolas L Dzamko
Polymorphisms in leucine-rich repeat kinase 2 (LRRK2) have been linked to familial Parkinson's disease, increased risk of sporadic Parkinson's disease, increased risk of Crohn's inflammatory bowel disease, and increased susceptibility to leprosy. As well as LRRK2 mutations, these diseases share in common immune dysfunction and inflammation. LRRK2 is highly expressed in particular immune cells and has been biochemically linked to the intertwined pathways regulating inflammation, mitochondrial function, and autophagy/lysosomal function...
2017: Advances in Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28348555/a-systematic-review-of-immunological-studies-of-erythema-nodosum-leprosum
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REVIEW
Anastasia Polycarpou, Stephen L Walker, Diana N J Lockwood
Erythema nodosum leprosum (ENL) is a painful inflammatory complication of leprosy occurring in 50% of lepromatous leprosy patients and 5-10% of borderline lepromatous patients. It is a significant cause of economic hardship, morbidity and mortality in leprosy patients. Our understanding of the causes of ENL is limited. We performed a systematic review of the published literature and critically evaluated the evidence for the role of neutrophils, immune complexes (ICs), T-cells, cytokines, and other immunological factors that could contribute to the development of ENL...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340061/venous-thrombo-embolism-thalidomide-leprosy
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Bharath A Chhabria, Ashok Kumar Pannu, Ashish Bhalla
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 11, 2017: QJM: Monthly Journal of the Association of Physicians
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328616/borderline-tuberculoid-leprosy-masquerading-as-granuloma-annulare-a-clinical-and-histological-pitfall
#16
Tian Hao Zhu, Faranak Kamangar, Marc Silverstein, Maxwell A Fung
INTRODUCTION: Leprosy is a chronic granulomatous disease caused by Mycobacterium leprae, an intracellular acid-fast bacillus that tends to infect the skin and peripheral nerves. Because of the wide array of cutaneous manifestation, diagnosis is not always straightforward, especially in nonendemic regions of the world such as the United States. CASE REPORT: The authors report an unusual case of borderline tuberculoid leprosy in an 80-year-old white woman from California...
April 2017: American Journal of Dermatopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327791/a-tale-of-two-neglected-tropical-infections-using-gis-to-assess-the-spatial-and-temporal-overlap-of-schistosomiasis-and-leprosy-in-a-region-of-minas-gerais-brazil
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David Alexander Phillips, José Antonio Ferreira, Deidra Ansah, Herica Sa Teixeira, Uriel Kitron, Thelma de Filippis, Marcelo H de Alcântara, Jessica K Fairley
BACKGROUND: Despite public health efforts to reduce the global burden of leprosy, gaps remain in the knowledge surrounding transmission of infection. Helminth co-infections have been associated with a shift towards the lepromatous end of the disease spectrum, potentially increasing transmission in co-endemic areas. OBJECTIVES: Using this biologically plausible association, we conducted a geographic information systems (GIS) study to investigate the spatial associations of schistosomiasis and leprosy in an endemic area of Minas Gerais (MG), Brazil...
April 2017: Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327786/polymorphisms-in-genes-tlr1-2-and-4-are-associated-with-differential-cytokine-and-chemokine-serum-production-in-patients-with-leprosy
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Nadja de Lima Santana, Jamile Leão Rêgo, Joyce Moura Oliveira, Lucas Frederico de Almeida, Marcos Braz, Lídia Maria Medeiros Machado, Paulo Roberto Lima Machado, Léa Cristina Castellucci
BACKGROUND: Leprosy or hansen's disease is a spectral disease whose clinical forms mostly depends on host's immune and genetic factors. Different Toll-like receptors (TLR) variants have been described associated with leprosy, but with some lack of replication across different populations. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the role of polymorphisms in genes TLR1, TLR2 and TLR4 and susceptibility to leprosy in a genetic case control study; to verify the association between genotypes of these markers and the immunological profile in the serum of patients with leprosy...
April 2017: Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327412/response-of-inos-and-its-relationship-with-il-22-and-stat3-in-macrophage-activity-in-the-polar-forms-of-leprosy
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Jorge Rodrigues de Sousa, Raphael Primo Martins de Sousa, Tinara Leila de Souza Aarão, Leonidas Braga Dias, Francisca Regina Oliveira Carneiro, Juarez Antonio Simões Quaresma
Leprosy is a chronic granulomatous infection that manifests as different clinical forms related to the immunological response. The aim of the study was to evaluated the response of IL-22, STAT3, CD68 and iNOS in leprosy skin lesions. The mean number IL-22 positive cells was 12.12±1.90cells/field in the TT form and 31.31±2.91cells/field in the LL form. STAT3 positive cells was 5.29±1.96 cells/field in the TT form, while this number was 11.13±3.48cells/field in the LL form. The mean number of CD68 positive cells was 25...
March 19, 2017: Acta Tropica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323068/vitamin-d-receptor-expression-and-hepcidin-levels-in-the-protection-or-severity-of-leprosy-a-systematic-review
#20
Ana Laura Grossi de Oliveira, Ana Thereza Chaves, Cristiane Alves Silva Menezes, Nathalia Sernizon Guimarães, Lilian Lacerda Bueno, Ricardo Toshio Fujiwara, Manoel Otávio da Costa Rocha
Leprosy is a chronic infectious disease whose disequilibrium in the host's genetic, immunological and clinical mechanisms leads to distinct manifestations defining the type of immunological response. This review focuses its attention on the influence of the Vitamin D Receptor and hepcidin expressions that can suggest the protection or severity of leprosy.
March 16, 2017: Microbes and Infection
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