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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149637/antiviral-potential-of-natural-compounds-against-influenza-virus-hemagglutinin
#1
S Kannan, P Kolandaivel
Influenza virus of different subtypes H1N1, H2N2, H3N2 and H5N1 cause many human pandemic deaths and threatening the people worldwide. The Hemagglutinin (HA) protein mediates viral attachment to host receptors act as an attractive target. The sixteen natural compounds have been chosen to target the HA protein. Molecular docking studies have been performed to find binding affinity of the compounds. Out of the sixteen, three compounds CI, CII and CIII found to posses a higher binding affinity. The molecular dynamics (MD) simulation has been performed to study the structural, dynamical properties for the nine different complexes CI, CII, CIII bound with H1, H2, H3 proteins and the results were compared...
November 4, 2017: Computational Biology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149524/a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-fetal-outcomes-following-the-administration-of-influenza-a-h1n1-vaccination-during-pregnancy
#2
REVIEW
Chuan Zhang, Xiaodong Wang, Dan Liu, Lingli Zhang, Xin Sun
BACKGROUND: Pregnant women were identified as a population of priority for vaccination during the H1N1 influenza pandemic breaking out in 2009. OBJECTIVES: To assess adverse fetal outcomes following the administration of H1N1 pandemic vaccination during pregnancy. SEARCH STRATEGY: PubMed, Embase, and Cochrane Library were searched up to January 2017. SELECTION CRITERIA: Cohort studies investigating fetal outcomes after H1N1 influenza vaccination during pregnancy were eligible...
November 17, 2017: International Journal of Gynaecology and Obstetrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147975/batrachochytrium-salamandrivorans-and-the-risk-of-a-second-amphibian-pandemic
#3
REVIEW
Tiffany A Yap, Natalie T Nguyen, Megan Serr, Alexander Shepack, Vance T Vredenburg
Amphibians are experiencing devastating population declines globally. A major driver is chytridiomycosis, an emerging infectious disease caused by the fungal pathogens Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd) and Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans (Bsal). Bd was described in 1999 and has been linked with declines since the 1970s, while Bsal is a more recently discovered pathogen that was described in 2013. It is hypothesized that Bsal originated in Asia and spread via international trade to Europe, where it has been linked to salamander die-offs...
November 16, 2017: EcoHealth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145878/improving-readiness-for-recruitment-through-simulated-trial-activation-the-adjuvant-steroids-in-adults-with-pandemic-influenza-asap-trial
#4
Wei Shen Lim, Garry Meakin, Clare Brittain, Thomas Bewick, Lelia Duley
BACKGROUND: Research in public health emergencies requires trials to be set up in readiness for activation at short notice and in anticipation of limited timelines for patient recruitment. We conducted a simulated activation of a hibernating pandemic influenza clinical trial in order to test trial processes and to determine the value of such simulation in maintaining trial readiness. METHODS: The simulation involved the Nottingham Clinical Trials Unit, one participating hospital, one manufacturing unit and the Investigational Medicinal Product (IMP) supplier...
November 16, 2017: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145619/intranasal-immunization-with-an-attenuated-pep27-mutant-provides-protection-from-influenza-virus-and-secondary-pneumococcal-infections
#5
Seung Han Seon, Jung Ah Choi, Eunji Yang, Sukneung Pyo, Man Ki Song, Dong-Kwon Rhee
During influenza pandemics, secondary pneumococcal infections cause excessive mortality. However, the current pneumococcal polysaccharide conjugate vaccine, PCV 13, provides only limited protection against secondary infection. Therefore, a more effective pneumococcal vaccine is required to protect against secondary pneumococcal infections. Here, intranasal immunization with an attenuated pneumococcal pep27 mutant provides protection from influenza virus infection, and also from secondary pneumococcal challenge...
November 14, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145498/antigenicity-of-the-2015-2016-seasonal-h1n1-human-influenza-virus-ha-and-na-proteins
#6
Amelia M Clark, Marta L DeDiego, Christopher S Anderson, Jiong Wang, Hongmei Yang, Aitor Nogales, Luis Martinez-Sobrido, Martin S Zand, Mark Y Sangster, David J Topham
Antigenic drift of the hemagglutinin (HA) and neuraminidase (NA) influenza virus proteins contributes to reduced vaccine efficacy. To analyze antigenic drift in human seasonal H1N1 viruses derived from the 2009 pandemic H1N1 virus (pH1N1-like viruses) accounts for the limited effectiveness (around 40%) of vaccination against pH1N1-like viruses during the 2015-2016 season, nasal washes/swabs collected from adult subjects in the Rochester, NY area, were used to sequence and isolate the circulating viruses. The HA and NA proteins from viruses circulating during the 2015-2016 season encoded eighteen and fourteen amino acid differences, respectively, when compared to A/California/04/2009, a strain circulating at the origin of the 2009 pandemic...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145441/distinct-t-and-nk-cell-populations-may-serve-as-immune-correlates-of-protection-against-symptomatic-pandemic-influenza-a-h1n1-virus-infection-during-pregnancy
#7
Miloje Savic, Jennifer L Dembinski, Ida Laake, Olav Hungnes, Rebecca Cox, Fredrik Oftung, Lill Trogstad, Siri Mjaaland
Maternal influenza infection during pregnancy is associated with increased risk of morbidity and mortality. However, the link between the anti-influenza immune responses and health-related risks during infection is not well understood. We have analyzed memory T and NK cell mediated immunity (CMI) responses in pandemic influenza A(H1N1)pdm09 (pdm09) virus infected non-vaccinated pregnant women participating in the Norwegian Influenza Pregnancy Cohort (NorFlu). The cohort includes information on immunization, self-reported health and disease status, and biological samples (plasma and PBMC)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142593/prevailing-clone-st69-of-vibrio-cholerae-o139-in-india-over-10%C3%A2-years
#8
Shalini Anandan, Naveen Kumar Devanga Ragupathi, Dhiviya Prabaa Muthuirulandi Sethuvel, Suji Thangamani, Balaji Veeraraghavan
Vibrio cholerae is responsible for the cause of severe life-threatening infection known as cholera. The study aimed to analyze the genetic make-up of V. cholerae O139 isolates from India and compare its phylogeny with the global strains. The genome data revealed that all isolates were of same sequence type (ST69) which belongs to seventh pandemic clone, with same virulence gene profile and, antimicrobial resistance gene profile except for two isolates. No known CRISPR repeats were identified in any of these isolates...
2017: Gut Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141723/emergence-epidemiology-and-transmission-dynamics-of-2009-pandemic-a-h1n1-influenza-in-kampala-uganda-2009-2015
#9
Matthew J Cummings, Barnabas Bakamutumaho, Wan Yang, Joseph F Wamala, John Kayiwa, Nicholas Owor, Barbara Namagambo, Timothy Byaruhanga, Allison Wolf, Julius J Lutwama, Jeffrey Shaman, Max R O'Donnell
In sub-Saharan Africa, little is known about the epidemiology of pandemic-prone influenza viruses in urban settings. Using data from a prospective sentinel surveillance network, we characterized the emergence, epidemiology, and transmission dynamics of 2009 pandemic A/H1N1 influenza (H1N1pdm09) in Kampala, Uganda. After virus introduction via international air travel from England in June 2009, we estimated the basic reproductive number in Kampala to be 1.06-1.13, corresponding to attack rates of 12-22%. We subsequently identified 613 cases of influenza in Kampala from 2009 to 2015, of which 191 (31...
October 30, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139346/in-vivo-mallard-experiments-indicate-that-zanamivir-has-less-potential-for-environmental-influenza-a-virus-resistance-development-than-oseltamivir
#10
Marie Nykvist, Anna Gillman, Hanna Söderström Lindström, Chaojun Tang, Ganna Fedorova, Åke Lundkvist, Neus Latorre-Margalef, Michelle Wille, Josef D Järhult
Neuraminidase inhibitors are a cornerstone of influenza pandemic preparedness before vaccines can be mass-produced and thus a neuraminidase inhibitor-resistant pandemic is a serious threat to public health. Earlier work has demonstrated the potential for development and persistence of oseltamivir resistance in influenza A viruses exposed to environmentally relevant water concentrations of the drug when infecting mallards, the natural influenza reservoir that serves as the genetic base for human pandemics. As zanamivir is the major second-line neuraminidase inhibitor treatment, this study aimed to assess the potential for development and persistence of zanamivir resistance in an in vivo mallard model; especially important as zanamivir will probably be increasingly used...
November 15, 2017: Journal of General Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138301/genomic-variation-and-evolution-of-vibrio-parahaemolyticus-st36-over-the-course-of-a-transcontinental-epidemic-expansion
#11
Jaime Martinez-Urtaza, Ronny van Aerle, Michel Abanto, Julie Haendiges, Robert A Myers, Joaquin Trinanes, Craig Baker-Austin, Narjol Gonzalez-Escalona
Vibrio parahaemolyticus is the leading cause of seafood-related infections with illnesses undergoing a geographic expansion. In this process of expansion, the most fundamental change has been the transition from infections caused by local strains to the surge of pandemic clonal types. Pandemic clone sequence type 3 (ST3) was the only example of transcontinental spreading until 2012, when ST36 was detected outside the region where it is endemic in the U.S. Pacific Northwest causing infections along the U.S. northeast coast and Spain...
November 14, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137713/trpv1-a-potential-therapeutic-target-in-type-2-diabetes-and-comorbidities
#12
REVIEW
Dorte X Gram, Jens J Holst, Arpad Szallasi
With an estimated 422 million affected patients worldwide in 2016, type 2 diabetes (T2D) has reached pandemic proportions and represents a major unmet medical need. T2D is a polygenic disease with a chronic, low-grade inflammatory component. Second-generation transient receptor potential vanilloid-1 (TRPV1) antagonists are potent anti-inflammatory agents with proven clinical safety. In rodent models of T2D, TRPV1 blockade was shown to halt disease progression and improve glucose metabolism. Thus, we propose that TRPV1 antagonists merit further study as novel therapeutic approaches to potentially treat T2D and its comorbidities...
November 2017: Trends in Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135340/generation-and-testing-anti-influenza-human-monoclonal-antibodies-in-a-new-humanized-mouse-model-draga-hla-a2-hla-dr4-rag1-ko-il-2r%C3%AE-c-ko-nod
#13
Mirian Mendoza, Angela Ballesteros, Qiu Qi, Luis Pow Sang, Soumya Shashikumar, Sofia Casares, Teodor-D Brumeanu
Pandemic outbreaks of influenza type A viruses have resulted in numerous fatalities around the globe. Since the conventional influenza vaccines (CIV) provide less than 20% protection for individuals with weak immune system, it has been considered that broadly cross-neutralizing antibodies may provide a better protection. Herein, we showed that a recently generated humanized mouse (DRAGA mouse; HLA-A2. HLA-DR4. Rag1KO. IL-2Rγc KO. NOD) that lacks the murine immune system and expresses a functional human immune system can be used to generate cross-reactive, human anti-influenza monoclonal antibodies (hu-mAb)...
November 14, 2017: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135336/a-retrospective-observational-analysis-of-post-pandemic-influenza-related-outcomes-in-the-united-kingdom-2010-2014
#14
Sankarasubramanian Rajaram, Witold Wiecek, Richard Lawson, Betina Blak, Yanli Zhao, Judith Hackett, Robert Brody, Tehseen Salimi, Billy Amzal, Vishal Patel
This study set out to evaluate influenza- and respiratory-related illnesses recorded during primary care physician consultations in England following the H1N1 pandemic in 2009 and to enable the development of a dynamic disease model. Data were obtained from the Clinical Practice Research Datalink of primary care records over four influenza seasons (2010-2014). The primary outcome of the study was incidence of influenza- and respiratory-related diagnoses, calculated per practice and by season and age group. Upper respiratory tract infection diagnoses were most frequently recorded (mean seasonal practice level incidence; 3,762 consultations per 100,000 [SD = 1,989]), and influenza-related diagnoses were least frequently recorded across all seasons, except one...
November 14, 2017: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29134437/a-qualitative-stakeholder-analysis-of-avian-influenza-policy-in-bangladesh
#15
Kaushik Chattopadhyay, Guillaume Fournié, Md Abul Kalam, Paritosh K Biswas, Ahasanul Hoque, Nitish C Debnath, Mahmudur Rahman, Dirk U Pfeiffer, David Harper, David L Heymann
Avian influenza is a major animal and public health concern in Bangladesh. A decade after development and implementation of the first national avian influenza and human pandemic influenza preparedness and response plan in Bangladesh, a two-stage qualitative stakeholder analysis was performed in relation to the policy development process and the actual policy. This study specifically aimed to identify the future policy options to prevent and control avian influenza and other poultry-related zoonotic diseases in Bangladesh...
November 13, 2017: EcoHealth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132277/legal-responses-to-hiv-and-aids-lessons-from-swaziland
#16
Musa N Shongwe
Since 1999, the HIV and AIDS epidemic in Swaziland has been declared a national disaster, and today HIV and AIDS still pose a great threat to the survival and development of Swaziland and its people. The impact of the pandemic necessitated a multi-faceted response from the government. This paper critically evaluates the Swaziland legal response to HIV and AIDS. The objective is to assess whether and to what extent Swazi law addresses human rights issues related to HIV and AIDS. Through the application of a human rights based theory, the paper analyses the domestication of Swaziland's treaty commitments, and the constitutional and the statutory frameworks...
December 2017: African Journal of AIDS Research: AJAR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132162/what-recent-history-has-taught-us-about-responding-to-emerging-infectious-disease-threats
#17
Catharine I Paules, Robert W Eisinger, Hilary D Marston, Anthony S Fauci
Presidential administrations face any number of unexpected crises during their tenure, and global pandemics are among the most challenging. As of January 2017, one of the authors had served under 5 presidents as the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health. During each administration, the government faced unexpected pandemics, ranging from the HIV/AIDS pandemic, which began during the Reagan administration, to the recent Zika outbreak in the Americas, which started during the Obama administration...
November 14, 2017: Annals of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29131880/the-parkinson-pandemic-a-call-to-action
#18
E Ray Dorsey, Bastiaan R Bloem
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 13, 2017: JAMA Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29131781/cholera-ending-a-50-year-pandemic
#19
EDITORIAL
The Lancet
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October 7, 2017: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29130644/progress-towards-the-united-nations-90-90-90-and-95-95-95-targets-the-experience-in-british-columbia-canada
#20
Viviane D Lima, Martin St-Jean, Ignacio Rozada, Jean A Shoveller, Bohdan Nosyk, Robert S Hogg, Paul Sereda, Rolando Barrios, Julio S G Montaner
INTRODUCTION: Antiretroviral therapy (ART) scale-up is central to the global strategy to control the HIV/AIDS pandemic. To accelerate efforts towards ending the AIDS epidemic, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS released the 90-90-90 and 95-95-95 targets, which have recently been approved by the United Nations (UN). This study characterizes the province of British Columbia (BC)'s progress towards achieving the UN targets, predicts a trajectory up to 2030 according to each of the individual steps (i...
November 2017: Journal of the International AIDS Society
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