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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548881/constraints-drivers-and-implications-of-influenza-a-virus-reassortment
#1
Anice C Lowen
Influenza A viruses are constantly changing. This change accounts for seasonal epidemics, infrequent pandemics, and zoonotic outbreaks. A major mechanism underlying the genetic diversification of influenza A virus is reassortment of intact gene segments between coinfecting viruses. This exchange is possible because of the segmented nature of the viral genome. Here, I first consider the constraints and drivers acting on influenza A virus reassortment, including the likelihood of coinfection at the host and cellular levels, mixing and assembly of heterologous gene segments within coinfected cells, and the fitness associated with reassortant genotypes...
May 26, 2017: Annual Review of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548547/facing-a-health-threat-in-a-complex-information-environment-a-national-representative-survey-examining-american-adults-behavioral-responses-to-the-2009-2010-a-h1n1-pandemic
#2
Leesa Lin, Rachel F McCloud, Minsoo Jung, Kasisomayajula Viswanath
BACKGROUND: Recent A(H1N1) studies suggest that intrapersonal and interpersonal factors may exert influence on people's preventive behaviors for avoiding the flu during pandemics. AIMS: Nonpharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) and vaccinations play key roles in containing disease transmission during a pandemic. We examined how intrapersonal and interpersonal factors influenced adoption of NPIs and vaccine uptake during the A(H1N1) pandemic of 2009. METHOD: The data come from a nationally representative sample survey of 1,569 American adults...
May 1, 2017: Health Education & Behavior: the Official Publication of the Society for Public Health Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545432/the-impact-of-migratory-flyways-on-the-spread-of-avian-influenza-virus-in-north-america
#3
Mathieu Fourment, Aaron E Darling, Edward C Holmes
BACKGROUND: Wild birds are the major reservoir hosts for influenza A viruses (AIVs) and have been implicated in the emergence of pandemic events in livestock and human populations. Understanding how AIVs spread within and across continents is therefore critical to the development of successful strategies to manage and reduce the impact of influenza outbreaks. In North America many bird species undergo seasonal migratory movements along a North-South axis, thereby providing opportunities for viruses to spread over long distances...
May 25, 2017: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543817/influence-of-diabetes%C3%A2-mellitus-on-the-immunity-to-human-tuberculosis
#4
REVIEW
Nathella Pavan Kumar, Subash Babu
Type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM) is a major risk factor for the development of active pulmonary tuberculosis, with development of DM pandemic in countries where tuberculosis (TB) is also endemic. Understanding the impact of DM on TB and the determinants of co-morbidity is essential in responding to this growing public health problem with improved therapeutic approaches. Despite the clinical and public health significance posed by the dual burden of TB and DM, little is known about the immunological and biochemical mechanisms of susceptibility...
May 22, 2017: Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542565/promiscuous-signaling-by-a-regulatory-system-unique-to-the-pandemic-pmen1-pneumococcal-lineage
#5
Anagha Kadam, Rory A Eutsey, Jason Rosch, Xinyu Miao, Mark Longwell, Wenjie Xu, Carol A Woolford, Todd Hillman, Anfal Shakir Motib, Hasan Yesilkaya, Aaron P Mitchell, N Luisa Hiller
Streptococcus pneumoniae (pneumococcus) is a leading cause of death and disease in children and elderly. Genetic variability among isolates from this species is high. These differences, often the product of gene loss or gene acquisition via horizontal gene transfer, can endow strains with new molecular pathways, diverse phenotypes, and ecological advantages. PMEN1 is a widespread and multidrug-resistant pneumococcal lineage. Using comparative genomics we have determined that a regulator-peptide signal transduction system, TprA2/PhrA2, was acquired by a PMEN1 ancestor and is encoded by the vast majority of strains in this lineage...
May 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542255/detection-of-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-from-the-stool-of-hiv-sero-positive-individuals-suspected-of-pulmonary-tuberculosis
#6
Gizaw E Abaye, Tamrat Abebe, Adane Worku, Debela Tolessa, Gobena Ameni, Adane Mihret
BACKGROUND: The impact of tuberculosis (TB) is exacerbated in Africa because of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) pandemic. Pulmonary tuberculosis (PTB) diagnosis is difficult in HIV-infected patients and negative sputum results are more common which leads to diagnostic delay and increases morbidity and mortality. Extra-pulmonary samples such as stool may be easier to obtain and our approach may therefore significantly improve PTB detection in people living with HIV. OBJECTIVE: To detect Mycobacterium tuberculosis from the stool of HIV sero-positive individuals suspected of pulmonary TB...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540690/microrna-regulatory-networks-as-biomarkers-in-obesity-the-emerging-role
#7
Lihua Zhang, Daniel Miller, Qiuping Yang, Bin Wu
Even though it is a pandemic health problem worldwide, the pathogenesis of obesity is poorly understood. Recently, emerging studies verified that microRNAs (miRNAs) are involved in complicated metabolic processes including adipocyte differentiation, fat cell formation (adipogenesis), obesity-related insulin resistance and inflammation. Many regulatory networks have been identified in murine adipose tissue, but those in human adipose tissue are not as well known. In addition, miRNAs have been detected in circulation, and thus may be usable as diagnostic indicators...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540221/circumcision-and-its-effects-in-africa
#8
REVIEW
Taiwo Akeem Lawal, E Oluwabunmi Olapade-Olaopa
Male circumcision is one of the most commonly performed procedures in Africa, with a wide variation between the different regions on the practice. This is because circumcision is often done for religious and cultural or traditional reasons, which includes being part of rituals or rite of passage to adulthood. There had been few medical indications for the procedure until the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)/acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) pandemic, which is prevalent in many of the countries in the region...
April 2017: Translational Andrology and Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537707/the-tyrosine-kinase-inhibitor-gefitinib-restricts-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-growth-through-increased-lysosomal-biogenesis-and-modulation-of-cytokine-signaling
#9
Kimberly M Sogi, Katie A Lien, Jeffrey Johnson, Nevan J Krogan, Sarah Stanley
Host-directed therapeutics have the potential to combat the global tuberculosis pandemic. We previously identified gefitinib, an inhibitor of EGFR, as a potential host-targeted therapeutic effective against M. tuberculosis infection of macrophages and mice. Here we examine the functional consequences of gefitinib treatment on M. tuberculosis infected macrophages. Using phosphoproteomic and transcriptional profiling, we identify two mechanisms by which gefitinib influences macrophage responses to infection to impact cytokine responses and limit replication of M...
May 24, 2017: ACS Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536429/a-novel-neutralizing-monoclonal-antibody-targeting-the-n-terminal-domain-of-the-mers-cov-spike-protein
#10
Yingzhu Chen, Shuai Lu, Hao Jia, Yao Deng, Jianfang Zhou, Baoying Huang, Yueyang Yu, Jiaming Lan, Wenling Wang, Yongliang Lou, Kun Qin, Wenjie Tan
Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) has caused fatal infections, some through hospital-acquired transmission, in affected regions since its emergence in 2012. Although the virus is not pandemic among humans, it poses a great threat to public health due to its zoonotic origin. Thus, both preventative and therapeutic countermeasures are urgently needed. In this study, we discovered a panel of neutralizing monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) against MERS-CoV, which mapped to a wide range of regions on the spike (S) protein of the virus...
May 24, 2017: Emerging Microbes & Infections
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533297/diabetes-leveraging-the-tipping-point-of-the-diabetes-pandemic
#11
Jian-Ping Weng, Gang Hu
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 2017: Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533294/type-2-diabetes-demystifying-the-global-epidemic
#12
Ranjit Unnikrishnan, Rajendra Pradeepa, Shashank R Joshi, Viswanathan Mohan
Type 2 diabetes (T2D) has attained the status of a global pandemic, spreading from affluent industrialized nations to the emerging economies of Asia, Latin America, and Africa. There is significant global variation in susceptibility to T2D, with Pacific Islanders, Asian Indians, and Native Americans being considerably more prone to develop the disorder. Although genetic factors may play a part, the rapidity with which diabetes prevalence has risen among these populations reflects the far-ranging and rapid socioeconomic changes to which they have been exposed over the past few decades...
June 2017: Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533245/clonal-dissemination-of-oxa-232-carbapenenase-producing-klebsiella-pneumoniae-in-neonates
#13
Dandan Yin, Dong Dong, Ke Li, Lei Zhang, Jianliang Liang, Yang Yang, Nana Wu, Yiyan Bao, Chuanqing Wang, Fupin Hu
Five OXA-232 carbapenemase-producing Klebsiella pneumoniae were isolated from neonates, belonging to the pandemic clone ST15, and co-produced blaCTX-M-15 and blaSHV-1 genes. All isolates were resistant to ertapenem (MIC>32μg/mL) and meropenem (4-8μg/mL), susceptible or intermediate to impenem (1-2μg/mL). The blaOXA-232 was located on a ColE-type transformable plasmid of 6,141 bp. To our best knowledge, this is the first report of OXA-232 carbapenemase among clinical isolates in China.
May 22, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533172/new-drug-strategies-to-tackle-viral-host-interactions-for-the-treatment-of-influenza-virus-infections
#14
REVIEW
Simonides I van de Wakker, Marcel J E Fischer, Ronald S Oosting
The influenza virus (IV) is a highly contagious virus causing seasonal global outbreaks affecting annually up to 20% of the world's population and leading to 250,000-500,000 deaths worldwide. Current vaccines have variable effectiveness, and, in particular during a pandemic outbreak, they are probably not available in the amounts needed to protect the world population. Therefore we need effective small molecule drugs to combat an IV infection and that can be produced, in case of pandemic, rapidly and in large quantities...
May 19, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533093/safety-and-immunogenicity-of-a-live-attenuated-influenza-h5-candidate-vaccine-strain-a-17-turkey-turkey-05-133-h5n2-and-its-priming-effects-for-potential-pre-pandemic-use-a-randomised-double-blind-placebo-controlled-trial
#15
Punnee Pitisuttithum, Kobporn Boonnak, Supat Chamnanchanunt, Pilaipan Puthavathana, Viravarn Luvira, Hatairat Lerdsamran, Jaranit Kaewkungwal, Saranath Lawpoolsri, Vipa Thanachartwet, Udomsak Silachamroon, Wanibtisam Masamae, Alexandra Schuetz, Ponthip Wirachwong, Sit Thirapakpoomanunt, Larisa Rudenko, Erin Sparrow, Martin Friede, Marie-Paule Kieny
BACKGROUND: The emergence of highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N1 viruses has raised concerns about their pandemic potential. Vaccination is the most effective way of preventing influenza. In this study, we investigated the safety and immunogenicity of an avian H5N2 live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV H5N2) in healthy Thai adults and its priming immune responses with an H5N1 inactivated vaccine boost. METHODS: This study was done at the Vaccine Trial Centre at Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand and was divided into two parts...
May 19, 2017: Lancet Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532182/tackling-a-novel-lethal-virus-a-focus-on-h7n9-vaccine-development
#16
Irina Isakova-Sivak, Larisa Rudenko
Avian-origin H7N9 influenza viruses first detected in humans in China in 2013 continue to cause severe human infections with a mortality rate close to 40%. These viruses are acknowledged as the subtype most likely to cause the next influenza pandemic. Areas covered: Here we review published data on the development of H7N9 influenza vaccine candidates and their evaluation in preclinical and clinical trials identified on PubMed database with the term 'H7N9 influenza vaccine'. In addition, a search with the same term was done on ClinicalTrials...
May 26, 2017: Expert Review of Vaccines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530544/the-second-generation-of-highly-potent-hepatitis-c-virus-hcv-ns3-4a-protease-inhibitors-evolutionary-design-based-on-tailor-made-amino-acids-synthesis-and-major-features-of-bio-activity
#17
Shuni Wang, Yibing Wang, Jiang Wang, Tatsunori Sato, Kunisuke Izawa, Vadim A Soloshonok, Hong Liu
Hepatitis C is a current pandemic liver disease caused by the hepatitis C virus (HCV) with high morbidity and mortality. Recently, the direct-acting antiviral agents (DAAs) targeting HCV NS3/4A, NS5A and NS5B have become the most effective therapies against HCV infection in the clinical treatment. Among them, the second-generation of NS3/4A inhibitors have emerged as the mainstay of the DAA therapies, which are derived from the peptide substrate of NS3/4A protease and modified with various tailor-made amino acids in order to achieve high sustained virologic response (SVR) against HCV...
May 22, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530022/development-of-a-reverse-transcription-quantitative-polymerase-chain-reaction-based-assay-for-broad-coverage-detection-of-african-and-asian-zika-virus-lineages
#18
Yang Yang, Gary Wong, Baoguo Ye, Shihua Li, Shanqin Li, Haixia Zheng, Qiang Wang, Mifang Liang, George F Gao, Lei Liu, Yingxia Liu, Yuhai Bi
The Zika virus (ZIKV) is an arbovirus that has spread rapidly worldwide within recent times. There is accumulating evidence that associates ZIKV infections with Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS) and microcephaly in humans. The ZIKV is genetically diverse and can be separated into Asian and African lineages. A rapid, sensitive, and specific assay is needed for the detection of ZIKV across various pandemic regions. So far, the available primers and probes do not cover the genetic diversity and geographic distribution of all ZIKV strains...
May 19, 2017: Virologica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528866/financing-of-international-collective-action-for-epidemic-and-pandemic-preparedness
#19
Gavin Yamey, Marco Schäferhoff, Ole Kristian Aars, Barry Bloom, Dennis Carroll, Mukesh Chawla, Victor Dzau, Ricardo Echalar, Indermit Singh Gill, Tore Godal, Sanjeev Gupta, Dean Jamison, Patrick Kelley, Frederik Kristensen, Ceci Mundaca-Shah, Ben Oppenheim, Julie Pavlin, Rodrigo Salvado, Peter Sands, Rocio Schmunis, Agnes Soucat, Lawrence H Summers, Anas El Turabi, Ron Waldman, Ed Whiting
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 18, 2017: Lancet Global Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523521/in-vitro-and-in-vivo-characterization-of-a-novel-h1n1-2009-influenza-virus-reassortant-with-an-ns-gene-from-a-highly-pathogenic-h5n1-virus-isolated-from-a-human
#20
Shengbing Liu, Liangyan Zhang, Zhidong Yao, Li Xing, Kun Liu
The triple-reassortant H1N1/2009 influenza A virus, which caused the first influenza pandemic of the 21(st) century, is generally associated with mild disease and a relatively low mortality rate comparable to that of seasonal influenza virus outbreaks. There is a growing concern about the potential for reassortment between the low-mortality H1N1/2009 and other high-mortality influenza viruses. Here, we describe and characterize a novel reassortant H1N1/2009 influenza virus, isolated from a human sample, that contained an NS gene from a highly pathogenic H5N1 virus...
May 18, 2017: Archives of Virology
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