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Luciana Nahar Dos Santos, Pedro Henrique Lopes da Silva, Iris Maria Peixoto Alvim, José Augusto da Costa Nery, Flávio Alves Lara, Euzenir Nunes Sarno, Danuza Esquenazi
In spite of hyporesponsivity to Mycobacterium leprae, borderline lepromatous (BL) patients show clinical and immunological instability, and undergo frequent acute inflammatory episodes such as type 1 reaction (T1R), which may cause nerve damages. This work focused on the participation of T cell subsets from blood and skin at T1R onset. We observed a significantly increased ex vivo frequency of both effector and memory CD4+ and CD8+ T cells in T1R group. Besides, ex vivo frequency of T cell homing receptor, the Cutaneous Leukocyte-associated Antigen (CLA) was significantly increased in T cells from T1R patients...
2016: PloS One
Mar Llamas-Velasco, Victoria Alegría, Ángel Santos-Briz, Lorenzo Cerroni, Heinz Kutzner, Luis Requena
We review the most characteristic clinical and histopathologic findings of the cutaneous manifestations of the occlusive nonvasculitic vasculopathic disorders. Clinically, most of these conditions are characterized by retiform purpura. Histopathologic findings consist of occlusion of the vessel lumina with no vasculitis. Different disorders may produce nonvasculitic occlusive vasculopathy in cutaneous blood and lymphatic vessels, including embolization due to cholesterol and oxalate emboli, cutaneous intravascular metastasis from visceral malignancies, atrial myxomas, intravascular angiosarcoma, intralymphatic histiocytosis, intravascular lymphomas, endocarditis, crystal globulin vasculopathy, hypereosinophilic syndrome, and foreign material...
October 18, 2016: American Journal of Dermatopathology
Prasan K Panda, Siddharth Jain, Rita Sood, Rajni Yadav, Naval K Vikram
Histoplasmosis is caused by a dimorphic fungus Histoplasma capsulatum in endemic areas, mainly America, Africa, and Asia. In India, it is being reported from most states; however, it is endemic along the Ganges belt. We report a case of an apparently immunocompetent male who presented with 3-month history of fever, cough, and weight loss with recent onset odynophagia and had hepatosplenomegaly and mucocutaneous lesions over the face. The differential diagnosis of leishmaniasis, tuberculosis, leprosy, fungal infection, lymphoproliferative malignancy, and other granulomatous disorders was considered, but he succumbed to his illness...
2016: Case Reports in Infectious Diseases
Carlos Wong-Baeza, Albany Reséndiz-Mora, Luis Donis-Maturano, Isabel Wong-Baeza, Luz Zárate-Neira, Juan Carlos Yam-Puc, Juana Calderón-Amador, Yolanda Medina, Carlos Wong, Isabel Baeza, Leopoldo Flores-Romo
Anti-lipid IgG antibodies are produced in some mycobacterial infections and in certain autoimmune diseases [such as anti-phospholipid syndrome, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)]. However, few studies have addressed the B cell responses underlying the production of these immunoglobulins. Anti-lipid IgG antibodies are consistently found in a murine model resembling human lupus induced by chlorpromazine-stabilized non-bilayer phospholipid arrangements (NPA). NPA are transitory lipid associations found in the membranes of most cells; when NPA are stabilized they can become immunogenic and induce specific IgG antibodies, which appear to be involved in the development of the mouse model of lupus...
2016: Frontiers in Immunology
Buka Samten, Stewart Fannin, Krishna Sarva, Na Yi, Murty Madiraju, Malini Rajagopalan
Mycobacterium tuberculosis secretes a number of proteins into the extracellular milieu during growth. Several of these proteins have been associated with modulation of the host immune response. Antigen 84, or Wag31, is one such protein that is conserved among all mycobacterial species and is recognized by the sera from tuberculosis and leprosy patients. Here, we examined the effect of Wag31 on the ability of activated human T cells to produce cytokines such as IL-10, IL-17 and IFN-γ in response to combined anti-CD3 and anti-CD28 stimulation...
September 28, 2016: Tuberculosis
Ahmed A Al-Qahtani, Mashael R Al-Anazi, Fahad A Al-Zoghaibi, Ayman A Abdo, Faisal M Sanai, Waleed K Al-Hamoudi, Khalid A Alswat, Hamad I Al-Ashgar, Mohammed Q Khan, Ali Albenmousa, Hanif Khalak, Mohammed N Al-Ahdal
:  Background. The protein encoded by PARK2 gene is a component of the ubiquitin-proteasome system that mediates targeting of proteins for the degradation pathway. Genetic variations at PARK2 gene were linked to various diseases including leprosy, typhoid and cancer. The present study investigated the association of single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in the PARK2 gene with the development of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection and its progression to severe liver diseases. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A total of 800 subjects, including 400 normal healthy subjects and 400 HCV-infected patients, were analyzed in this study...
November 2016: Annals of Hepatology
Michele R Colonna, Giuseppe Tallarida, Francesco Stagno d'Alcontres, Salvatore Noto, Aurora Parodi, Alberto Tagliafico
Five years after both right ulnar and median nerve decompression for paraesthesias and palsy, a patient, coming from Nigeria but living in Italy, came to our unit claiming to have persistent pain and combined median and ulnar palsy. Under suspicion of leprosy, skin and left sural nerve biopsy were performed. Skin tests were negative, but Schwann cells resulted as positive for acid-fast bacilli (AFB), leading to the diagnosis of Pure Neuritic Leprosy (PNL). The patient was given PB multidrug therapy and recovered from pain in two months...
2016: Case Reports in Neurological Medicine
Raquel Rodrigues Barbieri, Anna Maria Sales, Mariana Andrea Hacker, José Augusto da Costa Nery, Nádia Cristina Duppre, Alice de Miranda Machado, Milton Ozório Moraes, Euzenir Nunes Sarno
OBJECTIVE: We evaluated the profile of patients referred to the Fiocruz Outpatient Clinic, a reference center for the diagnosis and treatment of leprosy in Rio de Janeiro, RJ, and analyzed the origins and outcomes of these referrals. METHODS: This is an observational retrospective study based on information collected from the Leprosy Laboratory database at Fiocruz, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil. A total of 1,845 suspected leprosy cases examined at the reference center between 2010 and 2014 were included...
October 2016: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
Earnest Njih Tabah, Dickson Shey Nsagha, Anne-Cecile Zoung-Kanyi Bissek, Martin W Bratschi, Theophilus Ngeh Njamnshi, Gerd Plushke, Alfred Kongnyu Njamnshi
BACKGROUND: Cameroon achieved the elimination target of leprosy in 2000, and has maintained this status ever since. However, a number of health districts in the country continue to report significant numbers of leprosy cases. The aim of this study was to assess the burden of leprosy in Cameroon from 2000 to 2014. METHODS: We obtained and analysed using the new leprosy burden concept of analysis, leprosy surveillance data collected between 2000 and 2014 from the National Leprosy Control Programme...
October 2016: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
Claudia Manzoni, Adamantios Mamais, Dorien A Roosen, Sybille Dihanich, Marc P M Soutar, Helene Plun-Favreau, Rina Bandopadhyay, John Hardy, Sharon A Tooze, Mark R Cookson, Patrick A Lewis
Leucine rich repeat kinase 2 is a complex enzyme with both kinase and GTPase activities, closely linked to the pathogenesis of several human disorders including Parkinson's disease, Crohn's disease, leprosy and cancer. LRRK2 has been implicated in numerous cellular processes; however its physiological function remains unclear. Recent reports suggest that LRRK2 can act to regulate the cellular catabolic process of macroautophagy, although the precise mechanism whereby this occurs has not been identified. To investigate the signalling events through which LRRK2 acts to influence macroautophagy, the mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR)/Unc-51-like kinase 1 (ULK1) and Beclin-1/phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3K) pathways were evaluated in astrocytic cell models in the presence and absence of LRRK2 kinase inhibitors...
October 12, 2016: Scientific Reports
Jacob Mareen, Jithendriya Madhukara
Lucio phenomenon (LP) or erythema necroticans is a rare type of reaction pattern found in untreated patients with diffuse non-nodular leprosy. It is important to distinguish this from vasculonecrotic erythema nodosum because thalidomide with high-dose steroids is the mainstay of treatment for the latter, whereas LP shows no response to thalidomide. We report a case of a 60-year-old man who presented with purpuric patches, hemorrhagic blisters, and ulcers over extremities of 15 days duration. On cutaneous examination, there were multiple stellate purpuric patches, hemorrhagic bullae, and deep necrotic ulcers, mainly over extremities...
September 2016: Indian Dermatology Online Journal
Olivier Dutour
Paleopathology studies the traces of disease on human and animal remains from ancient times. Infectious diseases have been, for over a century, one of its main fields of interest. The applications of paleogenetics methods to microbial aDNA, that started in the 90s combined to the recent development of new sequencing techniques allowing 'paleogenomics' approaches, have completely renewed the issue of the infections in the past. These advances open up new challenges in the understanding of the evolution of human-pathogen relationships, integrated in "One Health" concept...
August 2016: Microbiology Spectrum
Mark Spigelman, Mauro Rubini
The use of paleomicrobiological techniques in leprosy has the potential to assist paleopathologists in many important aspects of their studies on the bones of victims, solving at times diagnostic problems. With Mycobacterium leprae, because of the unique nature of the organism, these techniques can help solve problems of differential diagnosis. In cases of co-infection with Mycobacterium tuberculosis, they can also suggest a cause of death and possibly even trace the migratory patterns of people in antiquity, as well as explain changes in the rates and level of infection within populations in antiquity...
August 2016: Microbiology Spectrum
Tehmina Bharucha, Diana Lockwood
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October 2016: British Journal of Hospital Medicine
Guo-Dong Li, Dong Wang, Deng-Feng Zhang, Qun Xiang, Jia-Qi Feng, Xiao-An Li, Yu-Ye Li, Yong-Gang Yao
BACKGROUND: Previous genome-wide association study (GWAS) identified two new leprosy associated loci (1p31.3 [rs3762318] and 6q24.3 [rs2275606]). However, there were insufficient validations in independent populations. OBJECTIVE: To validate the association and to map the potentially causal variants/genes underlying the association between the confirmed GWAS hit and leprosy. METHODS: We genotyped 10 variants in the regions encompassing the two loci in 1110 Han Chinese subjects with and without leprosy, followed by expression quantitative trait loci (eQTL), mRNA expression profiling, and network analysis...
September 28, 2016: Journal of Dermatological Science
Maria Renata Sales Nogueira, Ana Carla Pereira Latini, Maria Esther Salles Nogueira
Leprosy is a chronic infectious disease that requires better understanding since it continues to be a significant health problem in many parts of the world. Leprosy reactions are acute inflammatory episodes regarded as the central etiology of nerve damage in the disease. The activation of endothelium is a relevant phenomenon to be investigated in leprosy reactions. The present study evaluated the expression of endothelial factors in skin lesions and serum samples of leprosy patients. Immunohistochemical analysis of skin samples and serum measurements of VCAM-1, VEGF, tissue factor and thrombomodulin were performed in 77 leprosy patients and 12 controls...
October 3, 2016: Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz
Camilo Beltrán-Alzate, Fernando López Díaz, Marcela Romero-Montoya, Rama Sakamuri, Wei Li, Miyako Kimura, Patrick Brennan, Nora Cardona-Castro
An active search for Mycobacterium leprae drug resistance was carried out, 243 multibacillary patients from endemic regions of Colombia were included from 2004 to 2013 in a surveillance program. This program was a World Health Organization initiative for drug resistance surveillance in leprosy, where Colombia is a sentinel country. M. leprae DNA from slit skin smear and/or skin biopsy samples was amplified and sequenced to identify mutations in the drug resistance determining region (DRDR) in rpoB, folP1, gyrA, and gyrB, the genes responsible for rifampicin, dapsone and ofloxacin drug-resistance, respectively...
October 2016: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
Fabian A Crespo, Christopher K Klaes, Andrew E Switala, Sharon N DeWitte
: It is possible that during long lasting chronic infections such as tuberculosis (TB) and leprosy individuals who generate a stronger immune response will produce a chronic shift in the systemic levels of inflammatory proteins. Consequently, the systemic immunological shift could affect inflammatory responses against other persistent pathogens such as Porphyromonas gingivalis associated with periodontal disease (PD). OBJECTIVE: To determine if in vitro exposure to Mycobacterium tuberculosis or M...
October 5, 2016: American Journal of Physical Anthropology
Megan S Inkeles, Rosane M B Teles, Delila Pouldar, Priscila R Andrade, Cressida A Madigan, David Lopez, Mike Ambrose, Mahdad Noursadeghi, Euzenir N Sarno, Thomas H Rea, Maria T Ochoa, M Luisa Iruela-Arispe, William R Swindell, Tom H M Ottenhoff, Annemieke Geluk, Barry R Bloom, Matteo Pellegrini, Robert L Modlin
Transcriptome profiles derived from the site of human disease have led to the identification of genes that contribute to pathogenesis, yet the complex mixture of cell types in these lesions has been an obstacle for defining specific mechanisms. Leprosy provides an outstanding model to study host defense and pathogenesis in a human infectious disease, given its clinical spectrum, which interrelates with the host immunologic and pathologic responses. Here, we investigated gene expression profiles derived from skin lesions for each clinical subtype of leprosy, analyzing gene coexpression modules by cell-type deconvolution...
September 22, 2016: JCI Insight
Bruna Burko Rocha Chu, Giorgina Falcão Brandão Côrtes Gobbo, Rafaela Copês, Glênio Gutjahr, Erick Cavalcanti Cossa, Eduardo Dos Santos Paiva
Leprosy is a chronic infectious disease with a wide spectrum of clinical manifestations. Musculoskeletal impairment is the third most frequent clinical manifestation, the most common being arthritis. Cases misdiagnosed as lupus erythematosus, vasculitis, rheumatoid arthritis, and systemic sclerosis have already been described. We report a case of leprosy with skin thickening, distal phalanx resorption and facial telangiectasia, simulating systemic sclerosis. Due to a considerable prevalence in Brazil, and also considering the deformities that can be caused by a delay in diagnosis and treatment, leprosy should be put forward by the rheumatologist as a diagnostic hypothesis in patients with musculoskeletal involvement...
September 17, 2016: Revista Brasileira de Reumatologia
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