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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435875/mandrills-use-olfaction-to-socially-avoid-parasitized-conspecifics
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Clémence Poirotte, François Massol, Anaïs Herbert, Eric Willaume, Pacelle M Bomo, Peter M Kappeler, Marie J E Charpentier
The evolutionary transition from a solitary to a social lifestyle entails an elevated parasite cost because the social proximity associated with group living favors parasite transmission. Despite this cost, sociality is widespread in a large range of taxonomic groups. In this context, hosts would be expected to have evolved behavioral mechanisms to reduce the risk of parasite infection. Few empirical studies have focused on the influence of pathogen-mediated selection on the evolution of antiparasitic behavior in wild vertebrates...
April 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434998/use-of-two-photon-microscopy-to-study-leishmania-major-infection-of-the-skin
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REVIEW
Matheus Batista Carneiro, Leah Shan Hohman, Jackson G Egen, Nathan C Peters
Intra-vital two-photon microscopy (2P-IVM) allows for in-situ investigation of tissue organization, cell behavior and the dynamic interactions between different cell types in their natural environment. This methodology has also expanded our understanding of the immune response against pathogens. Leishmania are protozoan intracellular parasites that have adapted to successfully establish infection within the context of an inflammatory response in the skin following transmission by the bite of an infected sand fly...
April 18, 2017: Methods: a Companion to Methods in Enzymology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431573/a-highly-pathogenic-simian-human-immunodeficiency-virus-effectively-produces-infectious-virions-compared-with-a-less-pathogenic-virus-in-cell-culture
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Shoya Iwanami, Yusuke Kakizoe, Satoru Morita, Tomoyuki Miura, Shinji Nakaoka, Shingo Iwami
BACKGROUND: The host range of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is quite narrow. Therefore, analyzing HIV-1 pathogenesis in vivo has been limited owing to lack of appropriate animal model systems. To overcome this, chimeric simian and human immunodeficiency viruses (SHIVs) that encode HIV-1 Env and are infectious to macaques have been developed and used to investigate the pathogenicity of HIV-1 in vivo. So far, we have many SHIV strains that show different pathogenesis in macaque experiments...
April 21, 2017: Theoretical Biology & Medical Modelling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431252/engineered-regulatory-systems-modulate-gene-expression-of-human-commensals-in-the-gut
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Bentley Lim, Michael Zimmermann, Natasha A Barry, Andrew L Goodman
The gut microbiota is implicated in numerous aspects of health and disease, but dissecting these connections is challenging because genetic tools for gut anaerobes are limited. Inducible promoters are particularly valuable tools because these platforms allow real-time analysis of the contribution of microbiome gene products to community assembly, host physiology, and disease. We developed a panel of tunable expression platforms for the prominent genus Bacteroides in which gene expression is controlled by a synthetic inducer...
April 20, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425998/drivers-of-salamander-extirpation-mediated-by-batrachochytrium-salamandrivorans
#5
Gwij Stegen, Frank Pasmans, Benedikt R Schmidt, Lieze O Rouffaer, Sarah Van Praet, Michael Schaub, Stefano Canessa, Arnaud Laudelout, Thierry Kinet, Connie Adriaensen, Freddy Haesebrouck, Wim Bert, Franky Bossuyt, An Martel
The recent arrival of Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans in Europe was followed by rapid expansion of its geographical distribution and host range, confirming the unprecedented threat that this chytrid fungus poses to western Palaearctic amphibians. Mitigating this hazard requires a thorough understanding of the pathogen's disease ecology that is driving the extinction process. Here, we monitored infection, disease and host population dynamics in a Belgian fire salamander (Salamandra salamandra) population for two years immediately after the first signs of infection...
April 19, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424893/diversity-in-growth-patterns-among-strains-of-the-lethal-fungal-pathogen-batrachochytrium-dendrobatidis-across-extended-thermal-optima
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Jamie Voyles, Leah R Johnson, Jason Rohr, Rochelle Kelly, Carley Barron, Delaney Miller, Josh Minster, Erica Bree Rosenblum
The thermal sensitivities of organisms regulate a wide range of ecological interactions, including host-parasite dynamics. The effect of temperature on disease ecology can be remarkably complex in disease systems where the hosts are ectothermic and where thermal conditions constrain pathogen reproductive rates. Amphibian chytridiomycosis, caused by the pathogen Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd), is a lethal fungal disease that is influenced by temperature. However, recent temperature studies have produced contradictory findings, suggesting that our current understanding of thermal effects on Bd may be incomplete...
April 19, 2017: Oecologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424664/spotted-fever-epidemiology-and-vector-rickettsia-host-relationship-in-rio-de-janeiro-state
#7
Diego C Montenegro, Karla Bitencourth, Stefan V de Oliveira, Ana P Borsoi, Karen M Cardoso, Maria S B Sousa, Cristina Giordano-Dias, Marinete Amorim, Nicolau M Serra-Freire, Gilberto S Gazêta, Reginaldo P Brazil
The eco-epidemiological scenario of spotted fever (SF), a tick-borne disease that affects humans and other animals in several countries around the world, was analyzed in Rio de Janeiro (RJ) State, Brazil. During the last 34 years, 990 SF cases were reported in RJ (the Brazilian state with the highest population density), including 116 cases confirmed by serology (RIFI) or PCR, among 42.39% of the municipalities with reported cases of SF. The epidemiologic dynamics of SF in RJ State are very heterogeneous in time and space, with outbreaks, high mortality rates and periods of epidemiological silence (no SF cases reported)...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424085/the-within-host-population-dynamics-of-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-vary-with-treatment-efficacy
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Andrej Trauner, Qingyun Liu, Laura E Via, Xin Liu, Xianglin Ruan, Lili Liang, Huimin Shi, Ying Chen, Ziling Wang, Ruixia Liang, Wei Zhang, Wang Wei, Jingcai Gao, Gang Sun, Daniela Brites, Kathleen England, Guolong Zhang, Sebastien Gagneux, Clifton E Barry, Qian Gao
BACKGROUND: Combination therapy is one of the most effective tools for limiting the emergence of drug resistance in pathogens. Despite the widespread adoption of combination therapy across diseases, drug resistance rates continue to rise, leading to failing treatment regimens. The mechanisms underlying treatment failure are well studied, but the processes governing successful combination therapy are poorly understood. We address this question by studying the population dynamics of Mycobacterium tuberculosis within tuberculosis patients undergoing treatment with different combinations of antibiotics...
April 19, 2017: Genome Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421042/mosquito-microbiome-dynamics-a-background-for-prevalence-and-seasonality-of-west-nile-virus
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Eva Novakova, Douglas C Woodhams, Sonia M Rodríguez-Ruano, Robert M Brucker, Jonathan W Leff, Amin Maharaj, Amnon Amir, Rob Knight, James Scott
Symbiotic microbial communities augment host phenotype, including defense against pathogen carriage and infection. We sampled the microbial communities in 11 adult mosquito host species from six regions in southern Ontario, Canada over 3 years. Of the factors examined, we found that mosquito species was the largest driver of the microbiota, with remarkable phylosymbiosis between host and microbiota. Seasonal shifts of the microbiome were consistently repeated over the 3-year period, while region had little impact...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420390/a-novel-viewrna-in-situ-hybridization-method-for-the-detection-of-the-dynamic-distribution-of-classical-swine-fever-virus-rna-in-pk15-cells
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COMPARATIVE STUDY
Qianyi Zhang, Lu Xu, Yujie Zhang, Tuanjie Wang, Xingqi Zou, Yuanyuan Zhu, Yan Zhao, Cui Li, Kai Chen, Yongfang Sun, Junxiang Sun, Qizu Zhao, Qin Wang
BACKGROUND: Classical swine fever (CSF) is a highly contagious fatal infectious disease caused by classical swine fever virus (CSFV). A better understanding of CSFV replication is important for the study of pathogenic mechanism of CSF. With the development of novel RNA in situ Hybridization method, quantitatively localization and visualization of the virus RNA molecular in cultured cell or tissue section becomes very important tool to address these pivotal pathogenic questions. In this study, we established ViewRNA ISH method to reveal the dynamic distribution of CSFV RNA in PK15 cells...
April 18, 2017: Virology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412980/arctic-systems-in-the-quaternary-ecological-collision-faunal-mosaics-and-the-consequences-of-a-wobbling-climate
#11
E P Hoberg, J A Cook, S J Agosta, W Boeger, K E Galbreath, S Laaksonen, S J Kutz, D R Brooks
Climate oscillations and episodic processes interact with evolution, ecology and biogeography to determine the structure and complex mosaic that is the biosphere. Parasites and parasite-host assemblages are key components in a general explanatory paradigm for global biodiversity. We explore faunal assembly in the context of Quaternary time frames of the past 2.6 million years, a period dominated by episodic shifts in climate. Climate drivers cross a continuum from geological to contemporary timescales and serve to determine the structure and distribution of complex biotas...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Helminthology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410528/modeling-the-spread-of-avian-influenza-viruses-in-aquatic-reservoirs-a-novel-hydrodynamic-approach-applied-to-the-rh%C3%A3-ne-delta-southern-france
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Marion Vittecoq, Hermann Gauduin, Thibault Oudart, Olivier Bertrand, Benjamin Roche, Matthieu Guillemain, Olivier Boutron
Wild aquatic birds represent a natural reservoir of avian influenza viruses (AIV) that can be spread to poultry. AIV epizootics were associated with huge economic impacts during the last decades and are still of major concern. Within aquatic bird populations AIV are transmitted either by direct contact or through the ingestion of water that has been contaminated by infected individuals. This second route involving environmental transmission is of utmost importance in AIV dynamics, yet it has received far less attention than direct bird-to-bird contamination...
April 11, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408285/from-epigenetic-landscape-to-phenotypic-fitness-landscape-evolutionary-effect-of-pathogens-on-host-traits
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Mark Jayson V Cortez, Jomar F Rabajante, Jerrold M Tubay, Ariel L Babierra
The epigenetic landscape illustrates how cells differentiate through the control of gene regulatory networks. Numerous studies have investigated epigenetic gene regulation but there are limited studies on how the epigenetic landscape and the presence of pathogens influence the evolution of host traits. Here, we formulate a multistable decision-switch model involving several phenotypes with the antagonistic influence of parasitism. As expected, pathogens can drive dominant (common) phenotypes to become inferior through negative frequency-dependent selection...
April 10, 2017: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405379/human-mobility-networks-and-persistence-of-rapidly-mutating-pathogens
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Alberto Aleta, Andreia N S Hisi, Sandro Meloni, Chiara Poletto, Vittoria Colizza, Yamir Moreno
Rapidly mutating pathogens may be able to persist in the population and reach an endemic equilibrium by escaping hosts' acquired immunity. For such diseases, multiple biological, environmental and population-level mechanisms determine the dynamics of the outbreak, including pathogen's epidemiological traits (e.g. transmissibility, infectious period and duration of immunity), seasonality, interaction with other circulating strains and hosts' mixing and spatial fragmentation. Here, we study a susceptible-infected-recovered-susceptible model on a metapopulation where individuals are distributed in sub-populations connected via a network of mobility flows...
March 2017: Royal Society Open Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405365/dynamics-of-host-populations-affected-by-the-emerging-fungal-pathogen-batrachochytrium-salamandrivorans
#15
Benedikt R Schmidt, Claudio Bozzuto, Stefan Lötters, Sebastian Steinfartz
Emerging infectious diseases cause extirpation of wildlife populations. We use an epidemiological model to explore the effects of a recently emerged disease caused by the salamander-killing chytrid fungus Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans (Bsal) on host populations, and to evaluate which mitigation measures are most likely to succeed. As individuals do not recover from Bsal, we used a model with the states susceptible, latent and infectious, and parametrized the model using data on host and pathogen taken from the literature and expert opinion...
March 2017: Royal Society Open Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28404843/overactive-egfr-signaling-leads-to-increased-fibrosis-after-sars-cov-infection
#16
Thiagarajan Venkataraman, Christopher Coleman, Matthew Frieman
Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (SARS-CoV) is a highly pathogenic respiratory virus that causes morbidity and mortality in humans. After infection with SARS-CoV, the acute lung injury caused by the virus must be repaired to regain lung function. A dysregulation in this wound healing process leads to fibrosis. Many survivors of SARS-CoV infection develop pulmonary fibrosis (PF) with higher prevalence in older patients. Using mouse models of SARS-CoV pathogenesis, we have identified that the wound repair pathway, controlled by the Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor (EGFR) is critical to recovery from SARS-CoV induced tissue damage...
April 12, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28403814/divergent-and-convergent-modes-of-interaction-between-wheat-and-puccinia-graminis-f-sp-tritici-isolates-revealed-by-the-comparative-gene-co-expression-network-and-genome-analyses
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COMPARATIVE STUDY
William B Rutter, Andres Salcedo, Alina Akhunova, Fei He, Shichen Wang, Hanquan Liang, Robert L Bowden, Eduard Akhunov
BACKGROUND: Two opposing evolutionary constraints exert pressure on plant pathogens: one to diversify virulence factors in order to evade plant defenses, and the other to retain virulence factors critical for maintaining a compatible interaction with the plant host. To better understand how the diversified arsenals of fungal genes promote interaction with the same compatible wheat line, we performed a comparative genomic analysis of two North American isolates of Puccinia graminis f. sp...
April 12, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396664/unraveling-the-differences-between-gram-positive-and-gram-negative-probiotics-in-modulating-protective-immunity-to-enteric-infections
#18
REVIEW
Sukumar Kandasamy, Anastasia N Vlasova, David D Fischer, Kuldeep S Chattha, Lulu Shao, Anand Kumar, Stephanie N Langel, Abdul Rauf, Huang-Chi Huang, Gireesh Rajashekara, Linda J Saif
The role of intestinal microbiota and probiotics in prevention and treatment of infectious diseases, including diarrheal diseases in children and animal models, is increasingly recognized. Intestinal commensals play a major role in development of the immune system in neonates and in shaping host immune responses to pathogens. Lactobacilli spp. and Escherichia coli Nissle 1917 are two probiotics that are commonly used in children to treat various medical conditions including human rotavirus diarrhea and inflammatory bowel disease...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28394025/quantitative-analysis-of-the-tomato-nuclear-proteome-during-phytophthora-capsici-infection-unveils-regulators-of-immunity
#19
Andrew J M Howden, Remco Stam, Victor Martinez Heredia, Graham B Motion, Sara Ten Have, Kelly Hodge, Tiago M Marques Monteiro Amaro, Edgar Huitema
Plant-pathogen interactions are complex associations driven by the interplay of host and microbe-encoded factors. With secreted pathogen proteins (effectors) and immune signalling components found in the plant nucleus, this compartment is a battleground where susceptibility is specified. We hypothesized that, by defining changes in the nuclear proteome during infection, we can pinpoint vital components required for immunity or susceptibility. We tested this hypothesis by documenting dynamic changes in the tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) nuclear proteome during infection by the oomycete pathogen Phytophthora capsici...
April 10, 2017: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28387770/amphibian-skin-microbiota-exhibits-temporal-variation-in-community-structure-but-stability-of-predicted-bd-inhibitory-function
#20
Molly C Bletz, R G Bina Perl, Bianca Tc Bobowski, Laura M Japke, Christoph C Tebbe, Anja B Dohrmann, Sabin Bhuju, Robert Geffers, Michael Jarek, Miguel Vences
Host-associated microbiomes are increasingly recognized to contribute to host disease resistance; the temporal dynamics of their community structure and function, however, are poorly understood. We investigated the cutaneous bacterial communities of three newt species, Ichthyosaura alpestris, Lissotriton vulgaris and Triturus cristatus, at approximately weekly intervals for 3 months using 16S ribosomal RNA amplicon sequencing. We hypothesized cutaneous microbiota would vary across time, and that such variation would be linked to changes in predicted fungal-inhibitory function...
April 7, 2017: ISME Journal
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