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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231312/analysis-of-the-t-cell-response-to-zika-virus-and-identification-of-a-novel-cd8-t-cell-epitope-in-immunocompetent-mice
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Ryan D Pardy, Maaran M Rajah, Stephanie A Condotta, Nathan G Taylor, Selena M Sagan, Martin J Richer
Zika virus (ZIKV) is an emerging arbovirus of the Flaviviridae family. Although ZIKV infection is typically mild and self-limiting in healthy adults, infection has been associated with neurological symptoms such as Guillain-Barré syndrome, and a causal link has been established between fetal microcephaly and ZIKV infection during pregnancy. These risks, and the magnitude of the ongoing ZIKV pandemic, have created an urgent need for the development of animal models to study the immune response to ZIKV infection...
February 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228126/hepatitis-c-virus-and-hiv-co-infection-among-pregnant-women-in-rwanda
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Mwumvaneza Mutagoma, Helene Balisanga, Dieudonné Sebuhoro, Aimable Mbituyumuremyi, Eric Remera, Samuel S Malamba, David J Riedel, Sabin Nsanzimana
BACKGROUND: Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is a pandemic causing disease; more than 185 million people are infected worldwide. An HCV antibody (Ab) prevalence of 6.0% was estimated in Central African countries. The study aimed at providing HCV prevalence estimates among pregnant women in Rwanda. METHODS: HCV surveillance through antibody screening test among pregnant women attending antenatal clinics was performed in 30 HIV sentinel surveillance sites in Rwanda...
February 22, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223351/in-vivo-and-in-vitro-proteome-analysis-of-hiv-1-infected-human-cd4-t-cells
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Johannes Nemeth, Valentina Vongrad, Karin J Metzner, Victoria Strouvelle, Rainer Weber, Patrick Pedrioli, Ruedi Aebersold, Huldrych Guenthard, Ben C Collins
Host directed therapies against HIV-1 are thought to be critical for long term containment of the HIV-1 pandemic but remain elusive. Since HIV-1 infects and manipulates important effectors of both the innate and adaptive immune system, identifying modulations of the host cell systems in humans during HIV-1 infection may be crucial for the development of immune based therapies. Here, we quantified the changes of the proteome in human CD4+ T cells upon HIV-1 infection, both in vitro and in vivo. A SWATH-MS approach was used to measure the proteome of human primary CD4+ T cells infected with HIV-1 in vitro as well as CD4+ T cells from HIV-1 infected patients with paired samples on and off antiretroviral treatment...
February 21, 2017: Molecular & Cellular Proteomics: MCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222682/a-statistical-method-utilizing-information-of-imported-cases-to-estimate-the-transmissibility-for-an-influenza-pandemic
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Ka Chun Chong, Benny Chung Ying Zee, Maggie Haitian Wang
BACKGROUND: In a new influenza pandemic, travel data such as arrival times of cases seeded by the originating country can be regarded as a combination of the epidemic size and the mobility networks of infections connecting the originating country with other regions. It can be a complete and timely source for estimating the basic reproduction number (R 0 ), a key indicator of disease transmissibility. METHOD: In this study, we developed a likelihood-based method using arrival times of infected cases in different countries to estimate R 0 for influenza pandemics...
February 21, 2017: BMC Medical Research Methodology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222368/direct-and-label-free-influenza-virus-detection-based-on-multisite-binding-to-sialic-acid-receptors
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Yukichi Horiguchi, Tatsuro Goda, Akira Matsumoto, Hiroaki Takeuchi, Shoji Yamaoka, Yuji Miyahara
A system to discriminate human or avian influenza A remains a highly sought-after tool for prevention of influenza pandemics in humans. Selective binding of the influenza A viral hemagglutinin (HA) to specific sialic acid (SA) receptors (Neu5Acα(2-6)Gal in humans, Neu5Acα(2-3)Gal in birds) is determined by the genotype of the HA and neuraminidase (NA) segments, making it one of the key characteristics that distinguishes human or avian influenza A virus. Here we demonstrate the direct detection of whole H1N1 influenza A virus using 6'-sialyllactose (Neu5Acα(2-6)Galβ(1-4)Glc, 6SL)-immobilized gold electrodes as biosensing surfaces...
February 16, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222123/deriving-effective-vaccine-allocation-strategies-for-pandemic-influenza-comparison-of-an-agent-based-simulation-and-a-compartmental-model
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Özden O Dalgıç, Osman Y Özaltın, William A Ciccotelli, Fatih S Erenay
Individuals are prioritized based on their risk profiles when allocating limited vaccine stocks during an influenza pandemic. Computationally expensive but realistic agent-based simulations and fast but stylized compartmental models are typically used to derive effective vaccine allocation strategies. A detailed comparison of these two approaches, however, is often omitted. We derive age-specific vaccine allocation strategies to mitigate a pandemic influenza outbreak in Seattle by applying derivative-free optimization to an agent-based simulation and also to a compartmental model...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219461/evaluating-the-impact-of-pharmacies-on-pandemic-influenza-vaccine-administration
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Joy Schwerzmann, Samuel B Graitcer, Barbara Jester, David Krahl, Daniel Jernigan, Carolyn B Bridges, Joseph Miller
OBJECTIVES: The objective of this study was to quantify the potential retail pharmacy vaccine administration capacity and its possible impact on pandemic influenza vaccine uptake. METHODS: We developed a discrete event simulation model by use of ExtendSim software (Imagine That Inc, San Jose, CA) to forecast the potential effect of retail pharmacy vaccine administration on total weekly vaccine administration and the time needed to reach 80% vaccination coverage with a single dose of vaccine per person...
February 21, 2017: Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219321/genetic-characterization-of-vibrio-cholerae-o1-isolates-from-outbreaks-between-2011-and-2015-in-tanzania
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Yazid Kachwamba, A A Mohammed, H Lukupulo, L Urio, M Majigo, F Mosha, M Matonya, R Kishimba, J Mghamba, J Lusekelo, S Nyanga, M Almeida, S Li, D Domman, S Y Massele, O C Stine
BACKGROUND: Cholera outbreaks have occurred in Tanzania since 1974. To date, the genetic epidemiology of these outbreaks has not been assessed. METHODS: 96 Vibrio cholerae O1 isolates from five regions were characterized, and their genetic relatedness assessed using multi-locus variable-number tandem-repeat analysis (MLVA) and whole genome sequencing (WGS). RESULTS: Of the 48 MLVA genotypes observed, 3 were genetically unrelated to any others, while the remaining 45 genotypes separated into three MLVA clonal complexes (CCs) - each comprised of genotypes differing by a single allelic change...
February 20, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218160/research-misconduct-a-neglected-plague
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REVIEW
Manjiri A Deshmukh, Arun S Dodamani, Mahesh R Khairnar, Rahul G Naik
Truthfulness and honesty are absolute essentials of research. But to sustain in the not-so-pleasant "publish-or-perish" environment and "cut-throat" competition to increase the credibility associated with one's name, many individual researchers as well as research groups are turning towards research misconduct and this plague is gradually reaching epidemic and pandemic proportions. This overview highlights the various types and means of research misconduct and gives suggestions aiming to curb this academic menace so that research sanctity and integrity can be preserved and scientific research does not get polluted by the dirt of misreported or fabricated data...
January 2017: Indian Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216380/a-population-based-analysis-of-predictors-of-influenza-vaccination-uptake-in-pregnant-women-the-effect-of-gestational-and-calendar-time
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Luz Maria Vilca, Aman Verma, David Buckeridge, Magda Campins
Pregnant women are vaccinated against influenza less frequently than other high-risk groups. To design effective vaccination strategies, we must understand how decisions regarding vaccination may vary by trimester and over vaccination campaigns. We used a Cox model indexed by calendar time to estimate the effect of gestational trimester and other factors on vaccination uptake in a large cohort of pregnant women in Catalonia (Spain) during 2008-09 to 2012-13 influenza vaccination campaigns. We analyzed 247,316 pregnancies...
February 16, 2017: Preventive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216325/universal-influenza-virus-vaccines-and-therapeutic-antibodies
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REVIEW
Raffael Nachbagauer, Florian Krammer
BACKGROUND: Current influenza virus vaccines are effective when well matched to the circulating strains. Unfortunately, antigenic drift and the high diversity of potential emerging zoonotic and pandemic viruses make it difficult to select the right strains for vaccine production. This problem causes vaccine mismatches which lead to sharp drops in vaccine effectiveness and long response times in case of novel pandemic viruses. AIMS: To provide an overview of universal influenza virus vaccines and therapeutic antibodies in pre-clinical and clinical development...
February 12, 2017: Clinical Microbiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216292/evolutionary-constraints-shaping-streptococcus-pyogenes-host-interactions
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REVIEW
Reid V Wilkening, Michael J Federle
Research on the Gram-positive human-restricted pathogen Streptococcus pyogenes (Group A Streptococcus, GAS) has long focused on invasive illness, the most severe manifestations of GAS infection. Recent advances in descriptions of molecular mechanisms of GAS virulence, coupled with massive sequencing efforts to isolate genomes, have allowed the field to better understand the molecular and evolutionary changes leading to pandemic strains. These findings suggest that it is necessary to rethink the dogma involving GAS pathogenesis, and that the most productive avenues for research going forward may be investigations into GAS in its 'normal' habitat, the nasopharynx, and its ability to either live with its host in an asymptomatic lifestyle or as an agent of superficial infections...
February 16, 2017: Trends in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215994/safe-recombinant-outer-membrane-vesicles-that-display-m2e-elicit-heterologous-influenza-protection
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Hannah C Watkins, C Garrett Rappazzo, Jaclyn S Higgins, Xiangjie Sun, Nicole Brock, Annie Chau, Aditya Misra, Joseph P B Cannizzo, Michael R King, Taronna R Maines, Cynthia A Leifer, Gary R Whittaker, Matthew P DeLisa, David Putnam
Recombinant, Escherichia coli-derived outer membrane vesicles (rOMVs), which display heterologous protein subunits, have potential as a vaccine adjuvant platform. One drawback to rOMVs is their lipopolysaccharide (LPS) content, limiting their translatability to the clinic due to potential adverse effects. Here, we explore a unique rOMV construct with structurally remodeled lipids containing only the lipid IVa portion of LPS, which does not stimulate human TLR4. The rOMVs are derived from a genetically engineered B strain of E...
February 16, 2017: Molecular Therapy: the Journal of the American Society of Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212428/a-novel-hemagglutinin-protein-produced-in-bacteria-protects-chickens-against-h5n1-highly-pathogenic-avian-influenza-viruses-by-inducing-h5-subtype-specific-neutralizing-antibodies
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Violetta Sączyńska, Agnieszka Romanik, Katarzyna Florys, Violetta Cecuda-Adamczewska, Małgorzata Kęsik-Brodacka, Krzysztof Śmietanka, Monika Olszewska, Katarzyna Domańska-Blicharz, Zenon Minta, Bogusław Szewczyk, Grażyna Płucienniczak, Andrzej Płucienniczak
The highly pathogenic (HP) H5N1 avian influenza viruses (AIVs) cause a mortality rate of up to 100% in infected chickens and pose a permanent pandemic threat. Attempts to obtain effective vaccines against H5N1 HPAIVs have focused on hemagglutinin (HA), an immunodominant viral antigen capable of eliciting neutralizing antibodies. The vast majority of vaccine projects have been performed using eukaryotic expression systems. In contrast, we used a bacterial expression system to produce vaccine HA protein (bacterial HA) according to our own design...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210631/immunogenicity-and-cross-protection-in-mice-afforded-by-pandemic-h1n1-live-attenuated-influenza-vaccine-containing-wild-type-nucleoprotein
#15
Andrey Rekstin, Irina Isakova-Sivak, Galina Petukhova, Daniil Korenkov, Igor Losev, Tatiana Smolonogina, Tatiana Tretiak, Svetlana Donina, Svetlana Shcherbik, Tatiana Bousse, Larisa Rudenko
Since conserved viral proteins of influenza virus, such as nucleoprotein (NP) and matrix 1 protein, are the main targets for virus-specific CD8+ cytotoxic T-lymphocytes (CTLs), we hypothesized that introduction of the NP gene of wild-type virus into the genome of vaccine reassortants could lead to better immunogenicity and afford better protection. This paper describes in vitro and in vivo preclinical studies of two new reassortants of pandemic H1N1 live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV) candidates. One had the hemagglutinin (HA) and neuraminidase (NA) genes from A/South Africa/3626/2013 H1N1 wild-type virus on the A/Leningrad/134/17/57 master donor virus backbone (6 : 2 formulation) while the second had the HA, NA, and NP genes of the wild-type virus on the same backbone (5 : 3 formulation)...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208842/assessment-of-serum-vaspin-levels-among-type-2-diabetes-mellitus-patients-with-or-without-acute-coronary-syndrome
#16
Aswathy Jaya Sathyaseelan, Prashant Shankarrao Adole, Mukta Wyawahare, Rama Prakasha Saya
INTRODUCTION: Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (DM) is on the verge of becoming a pandemic in India. Type 2 DM patient have two to four times increased risk of carotid artery disease. Adipokines have been regarded recently as direct link between diabetes and atherosclerosis. Visceral Adipose Tissue Derived Serine Protease Inhibitor (VASPIN); one of the most recently discovered adipokine, inhibits the proteases responsible for insulin resistance, carotid plaque development and rupture. In literature, few studies have addressed the role of VASPIN in pathogenesis of Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS) in patients with type 2 DM...
December 2016: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208723/the-optimal-ethnic-specific-waist-circumference-cut-off-points-of-metabolic-syndrome-among-low-income-rural-uyghur-adults-in-far-western-china-and-implications-in-preventive-public-health
#17
Jia He, Rulin Ma, Jiaming Liu, Mei Zhang, Yusong Ding, Heng Guo, Lati Mu, Jingyu Zhang, Bin Wei, Yizhong Yan, Jiaolong Ma, Hongrui Pang, Shugang Li, Shuxia Guo
Background: Metabolic syndrome is pandemic; however, the cut-off values for waist circumference (WC) vary widely depending on the ethnic groups studied and the criteria applied for WC measurement. Previous studies for defining optimal WC cut-off points included high-income and urban settings, and did not cover low-income, rural settings, especially for ethnic minorities. This study aimed at defining optimal ethnic-specific WC cut-off points in a low-income, rural population comprising the largest inhabitant minority group residing in far Western China...
February 8, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208031/national-health-summit-on-obesity-calls-for-australia-to-take-action-to-stem-the-pandemic
#18
Nicholas J Talley
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February 20, 2017: Medical Journal of Australia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207989/predictors-of-influenza-a-molecular-viral-shedding-in-hutterites-communities
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Biao Wang, Margaret L Russell, Kevin Fonseca, David J D Earn, Gregory Horsman, Paul Van Caeseele, Khami Chokani, Mark Vooght, Lorne Babiuk, Stephen D Walter, Mark Loeb
BACKGROUND: Patterns of influenza molecular viral shedding following influenza infection have been well established; predictors of viral shedding however remain uncertain. OBJECTIVES: We sought to determine factors associated with peak molecular viral load, duration of shedding, and viral area under curve (AUC) in children and adult Hutterite colony members with laboratory confirmed influenza. METHODS: A cohort study was conducted in Hutterite colonies in Alberta, Canada...
February 16, 2017: Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207898/distinct-susceptibility-and-applicability-of-mdck-derivatives-for-influenza-virus-research
#20
Shih-Chao Lin, Matthew A Kappes, Mei-Chun Chen, Chi-Chen Lin, Tony T Wang
Madin-Darby Canine Kidney (MDCK) cells are widely utilized as a substrate for influenza virus isolation and propagation due to the high yields of virus. Here we compared the conventional MDCK cell line, MDCK-SIAT1 and MDCK-London for viral production, cell survival, and suitability in testing antivirals using six influenza strains including two H1N1 (pandemic and epidemic strains), three H3N2 and one influenza B strain. Overall our results suggest that MDCK-London cell line is superior for virus culturing and quantification, and hence an ideal platform to evaluate antiviral drug efficacy against multiple strains of influenza...
2017: PloS One
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