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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340453/seroprevalence-and-spatial-distribution-dynamics-of-yersinia-pestis-antibodies-in-dogs-and-cats-from-plague-foci-in-the-state-of-cear%C3%A3-northeastern-brazil
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Larissa Leão Ferrer de Sousa, Carlos Henrique Morais de Alencar, Alzira Maria Paiva de Almeida, Luciano Pamplona de Góes Cavalcanti
INTRODUCTION: In Brazil, the plague is established in several foci located mainly in the northeastern part of the country, where it alternates between active and quiescent periods. These foci in the State of Ceará have high epidemiological importance. In addition to other plague detection activities, plague areas can be monitored through serological surveys of dogs and cats (domestic carnivores), which, following feeding on plague-infected rodents, can develop mild to severe forms of the disease and produce long-lasting antibodies...
November 2017: Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Tropical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339508/human-ectoparasites-and-the-spread-of-plague-in-europe-during-the-second-pandemic
#2
Katharine R Dean, Fabienne Krauer, Lars Walløe, Ole Christian Lingjærde, Barbara Bramanti, Nils Chr Stenseth, Boris V Schmid
Plague, caused by the bacterium Yersinia pestis, can spread through human populations by multiple transmission pathways. Today, most human plague cases are bubonic, caused by spillover of infected fleas from rodent epizootics, or pneumonic, caused by inhalation of infectious droplets. However, little is known about the historical spread of plague in Europe during the Second Pandemic (14-19th centuries), including the Black Death, which led to high mortality and recurrent epidemics for hundreds of years. Several studies have suggested that human ectoparasite vectors, such as human fleas (Pulex irritans) or body lice (Pediculus humanus humanus), caused the rapidly spreading epidemics...
January 16, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29318122/the-resistance-to-plague-infection-among-meriones-persicus-from-endemic-and-non-endemic-regions-in-iran-the-role-of-gut-microbiota
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Mehdi Assmar, Marjan Keypour, Mehdi Rohani, Ehsan Mostafavi, Dariush Daneshvar Farhud
Background: The present study was conducted approximately 40 years ago, but its results have not been released. At the time of this study, the importance of the gut microbiota was not fully understood. Methods: Meriones persicus rodents, as one of the major reservoirs of Yersinia pestis bacterium in Iran, were compared in a disease endemic area (Akanlu, Hamadan, western Iran) and a non-endemic zone (Telo, Tehran, Iran) from 1977 to 1981. Results: This study was able to transmit the resistance to Y...
January 2018: Iranian Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29232397/distribution-and-prevalence-of-vector-borne-diseases-in-california-chipmunks-tamias-spp
#4
Mary H Straub, Austin N Roy, Amanda Martin, Kathleen E Sholty, Nicole Stephenson, Janet E Foley
California, with 13 chipmunk (Tamias) species, has more than any other state or country, occupying habitats ranging from chaparral to the high peaks of the Sierra Nevada. Chipmunks host zoonotic pathogens including Yersinia pestis, Anaplasma phagocytophilum, relapsing fever (RF) Borrelia spp., Borrelia burgdorferi, and spotted fever group (SFG) Rickettsia species. Chipmunk species are often not differentiated by public health workers, yet different species utilize different ecological niches and may have intrinsically different capacities for maintaining vector-borne pathogens and infecting vectors...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29227994/low-cost-low-tech-snp-genotyping-tools-for-resource-limited-areas-plague-in-madagascar-as-a-model
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Cedar L Mitchell, Voahangy Andrianaivoarimanana, Rebecca E Colman, Joseph Busch, Heidie Hornstra-O'Neill, Paul S Keim, David M Wagner, Minoarisoa Rajerison, Dawn N Birdsell
BACKGROUND: Genetic analysis of pathogenic organisms is a useful tool for linking human cases together and/or to potential environmental sources. The resulting data can also provide information on evolutionary patterns within a targeted species and phenotypic traits. However, the instruments often used to generate genotyping data, such as single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs), can be expensive and sometimes require advanced technologies to implement. This places many genotyping tools out of reach for laboratories that do not specialize in genetic studies and/or lack the requisite financial and technological resources...
December 11, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29180033/bioluminescent-tracing-of-a-yersinia-pestis-pcd1-mutant-and-yersinia-pseudotuberculosis-in-subcutaneously-infected-mice
#6
Yazhou Zhou, Jiyuan Zhou, Yuxin Ji, Lu Li, Yafang Tan, Guang Tian, Ruifu Yang, Xiaoyi Wang
Yersinia pestis has evolved from Y. pseudotuberculosis serotype O:1b. A typical Y. pestis contains three plasmids: pCD1, pMT1 and pPCP1. However, some isolates only harbor pCD1 (pCD1+-mutant). Y. pestis and Y. pseudotuberculosis share a common plasmid (pCD1 or pYV), but little is known about whether Y. pseudotuberculosis exhibited plague-inducing potential before it was evolved into Y. pestis. Here, the luxCDABE::Tn5::kan was integrated into the chromosome of the pCD1+-mutant, Y. pseudotuberculosis or E. coli K12 to construct stable bioluminescent strains for investigation of their dissemination in mice by bioluminescence imaging technology...
November 24, 2017: Microbes and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29177091/phylogeographic-separation-and-formation-of-sexually-discrete-lineages-in-a-global-population-of-yersinia-pseudotuberculosis
#7
Tristan Seecharran, Laura Kalin-Manttari, Katja Koskela, Simo Nikkari, Benjamin Dickins, Jukka Corander, Mikael Skurnik, Alan McNally
Yersinia pseudotuberculosis is a Gram-negative intestinal pathogen of humans and has been responsible for several nationwide gastrointestinal outbreaks. Large-scale population genomic studies have been performed on the other human pathogenic species of the genus Yersinia, Yersinia pestis and Yersinia enterocolitica allowing a high-resolution understanding of the ecology, evolution and dissemination of these pathogens. However, to date no purpose-designed large-scale global population genomic analysis of Y. pseudotuberculosis has been performed...
October 2017: Microbial Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29174893/the-stone-age-plague-and-its-persistence-in-eurasia
#8
Aida Andrades Valtueña, Alissa Mittnik, Felix M Key, Wolfgang Haak, Raili Allmäe, Andrej Belinskij, Mantas Daubaras, Michal Feldman, Rimantas Jankauskas, Ivor Janković, Ken Massy, Mario Novak, Saskia Pfrengle, Sabine Reinhold, Mario Šlaus, Maria A Spyrou, Anna Szécsényi-Nagy, Mari Tõrv, Svend Hansen, Kirsten I Bos, Philipp W Stockhammer, Alexander Herbig, Johannes Krause
Yersinia pestis, the etiologic agent of plague, is a bacterium associated with wild rodents and their fleas. Historically it was responsible for three pandemics: the Plague of Justinian in the 6th century AD, which persisted until the 8th century [1]; the renowned Black Death of the 14th century [2, 3], with recurrent outbreaks until the 18th century [4]; and the most recent 19th century pandemic, in which Y. pestis spread worldwide [5] and became endemic in several regions [6]. The discovery of molecular signatures of Y...
November 20, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159477/factors-influencing-uptake-of-sylvatic-plague-vaccine-baits-by-prairie-dogs
#9
Rachel C Abbott, Robin E Russell, Katherine L D Richgels, Daniel W Tripp, Marc R Matchett, Dean E Biggins, Tonie E Rocke
Sylvatic plague vaccine (SPV) is a virally vectored bait-delivered vaccine expressing Yersinia pestis antigens that can protect prairie dogs (Cynomys spp.) from plague and has potential utility as a management tool. In a large-scale 3-year field trial, SPV-laden baits containing the biomarker rhodamine B (used to determine bait consumption) were distributed annually at a rate of approximately 100-125 baits/hectare along transects at 58 plots encompassing the geographic ranges of four species of prairie dogs...
November 20, 2017: EcoHealth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155827/the-asian-house-shrew-suncus-murinus-as-a-reservoir-and-source-of-human-outbreaks-of-plague-in-madagascar
#10
Soanandrasana Rahelinirina, Minoarisoa Rajerison, Sandra Telfer, Cyril Savin, Elisabeth Carniel, Jean-Marc Duplantier
Identifying key reservoirs for zoonoses is crucial for understanding variation in incidence. Plague re-emerged in Mahajanga, Madagascar in the 1990s but there has been no confirmed case since 1999. Here we combine ecological and genetic data, from during and after the epidemics, with experimental infections to examine the role of the shrew Suncus murinus in the plague epidemiological cycle. The predominance of S. murinus captures during the epidemics, their carriage of the flea vector and their infection with Yersinia pestis suggest they played an important role in the maintenance and transmission of plague...
November 20, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141768/rat-fall-surveillance-coupled-with-vector-control-and-community-education-as-a-plague-prevention-strategy-in-the-west-nile-region-uganda
#11
Karen A Boegler, Linda A Atiku, Russell E Enscore, Titus Apangu, Joseph Tendo Mpanga, Sarah Acayo, John Kaggwa, Paul S Mead, Brook M Yockey, Kiersten J Kugeler, Martin E Schriefer, Kalanthe Horiuchi, Kenneth L Gage, Rebecca J Eisen
Plague, primarily a disease of rodents, is most frequently transmitted by fleas and causes potentially fatal infections in humans. In Uganda, plague is endemic to the West Nile region. Primary prevention for plague includes control of rodent hosts or flea vectors, but targeting these efforts is difficult given the sporadic nature of plague epizootics in the region and limited resource availability. Here, we present a community-based strategy to detect and report rodent deaths (rat fall), an early sign of epizootics...
October 23, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141705/phenotypic-and-molecular-genetic-characteristics-of-yersinia-pestis-at-an-emerging-natural-plague-focus-junggar-basin-china
#12
Yujiang Zhang, Tao Luo, Chao Yang, Xihong Yue, Rong Guo, Xinhui Wang, Mingde Buren, Yuqin Song, Ruifu Yang, Hanli Cao, Yujun Cui, Xiang Dai
The 15th natural plague focus in China, the Junggar Basin plague focus, is located near an important communication route connecting China and Central Asia and was discovered after 2005. To characterize the phenotypic and genetic diversity of the Yersinia pestis population in this newly established focus, we collected 25 Y. pestis strains from six counties across Junggar Basin in 2005-2006, and determined their biochemical features and genotypes based on multiple-locus variable number of tandem repeats analysis and clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats analysis...
October 23, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136087/the-utility-and-perspectives-of-ngs-based-methods-in-bsl-3-and-bsl-4-laboratory-sequencing-and-analysis-strategies
#13
Tomasz Wolkowicz
Modern diagnostics is in general based on molecular biology methods. Nowadays sequencing-based methods, especially whole genome sequencing, are becoming increasingly important. Implementation of such methods into routine diagnostic of highly dangerous pathogens, like Bacillus anthracis, Francisella tularensis, Yersinia pestis, Ebola virus, MERS, Lassa virus etc. would be very helpful. The best diagnostic strategy would be the metagenomic sequencing directly from the clinical sample. Implementation of majority of currently available WGS platforms inside the BSL-3 or 4 laboratory is impractical because of the size of the equipment and time consuming wet lab part (e...
November 10, 2017: Briefings in Functional Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29129538/pneumonia-in-the-tropics-report-from-the-task-force-on-tropical-diseases-by-the-world-federation-of-societies-of-intensive-and-critical-care-medicine
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Mohd Basri Mat Nor, Guy A Richards, Steve McGloughlin, Pravin R Amin
The aetiology of community acquired pneumonia varies according to the region in which it is acquired. This review discusses those causes of CAP that occur in the tropics and might not be readily recognizable when transplanted to other sites. Various forms of pneumonia including the viral causes such as influenza (seasonal and avian varieties), the coronaviruses and the Hantavirus as well as bacterial causes, specifically the pneumonic form of Yersinia pestis and melioidosis are discussed.
November 3, 2017: Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128818/comparison-of-2d-and-3d-neural-induction-methods-for-the-generation-of-neural-progenitor-cells-from-human-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells
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Abinaya Chandrasekaran, Hasan X Avci, Anna Ochalek, Lone N Rösingh, Kinga Molnár, Lajos László, Tamás Bellák, Annamária Téglási, Krisztina Pesti, Arpad Mike, Phetcharat Phanthong, Orsolya Bíró, Vanessa Hall, Narisorn Kitiyanant, Karl-Heinz Krause, Julianna Kobolák, András Dinnyés
Neural progenitor cells (NPCs) from human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) are frequently induced using 3D culture methodologies however, it is unknown whether spheroid-based (3D) neural induction is actually superior to monolayer (2D) neural induction. Our aim was to compare the efficiency of 2D induction with 3D induction method in their ability to generate NPCs, and subsequently neurons and astrocytes. Neural differentiation was analysed at the protein level qualitatively by immunocytochemistry and quantitatively by flow cytometry for NPC (SOX1, PAX6, NESTIN), neuronal (MAP2, TUBB3), cortical layer (TBR1, CUX1) and glial markers (SOX9, GFAP, AQP4)...
October 14, 2017: Stem Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29114402/comparative-scaffolding-and-gap-filling-of-ancient-bacterial-genomes-applied-to-two-ancient-yersinia-pestis-genomes
#16
Nina Luhmann, Daniel Doerr, Cedric Chauve
Yersinia pestis is the causative agent of the bubonic plague, a disease responsible for several dramatic historical pandemics. Progress in ancient DNA (aDNA) sequencing rendered possible the sequencing of whole genomes of important human pathogens, including the ancient Y. pestis strains responsible for outbreaks of the bubonic plague in London in the 14th century and in Marseille in the 18th century, among others. However, aDNA sequencing data are still characterized by short reads and non-uniform coverage, so assembling ancient pathogen genomes remains challenging and often prevents a detailed study of genome rearrangements...
September 2017: Microbial Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29095164/the-crystal-structure-of-the-yersinia-pestis-iron-chaperone-yiua-reveals-a-basic-triad-binding-motif-for-the-chelated-metal
#17
Christopher D Radka, Dongquan Chen, Lawrence J DeLucas, Stephen G Aller
Biological chelating molecules called siderophores are used to sequester iron and maintain its ferric state. Bacterial substrate-binding proteins (SBPs) bind iron-siderophore complexes and deliver these complexes to ATP-binding cassette (ABC) transporters for import into the cytoplasm, where the iron can be transferred from the siderophore to catalytic enzymes. In Yersinia pestis, the causative agent of plague, the Yersinia iron-uptake (Yiu) ABC transporter has been shown to improve iron acquisition under iron-chelated conditions...
November 1, 2017: Acta Crystallographica. Section D, Structural Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29090192/identification-of-new-virulence-factors-and-vaccine-candidates-for-yersinia-pestis
#18
Jourdan A Andersson, Jian Sha, Tatiana E Erova, Eric C Fitts, Duraisamy Ponnusamy, Elena V Kozlova, Michelle L Kirtley, Ashok K Chopra
Earlier, we reported the identification of new virulence factors/mechanisms of Yersinia pestis using an in vivo signature-tagged mutagenesis (STM) screening approach. From this screen, the role of rbsA, which encodes an ATP-binding protein of ribose transport system, and vasK, an essential component of the type VI secretion system (T6SS), were evaluated in mouse models of plague and confirmed to be important during Y. pestis infection. However, many of the identified genes from the screen remained uncharacterized...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29073248/yersinia-pestis-strains-of-ancient-phylogenetic-branch-0-ant-are-widely-spread-in-the-high-mountain-plague-foci-of-kyrgyzstan
#19
Galina A Eroshenko, Nikita Yu Nosov, Yaroslav M Krasnov, Yevgeny G Oglodin, Lyubov M Kukleva, Natalia P Guseva, Alexander A Kuznetsov, Sabyrzhan T Abdikarimov, Aigul K Dzhaparova, Vladimir V Kutyrev
Fifty six Yersinia pestis strains, isolated over the period of more than 50 years in three high-mountain foci of Kyrgyzstan (Tien Shan, Alai, and Talas), have been characterized by means of PCR and single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) typing methods. Seven of these strains were also characterized by means of whole genome sequencing and genome-wide SNP phylogenetic analysis. It was found that forty two strains belong to 0.ANT2, 0.ANT3 and 0.ANT5 phylogenetic branches. From these, strains of 0.ANT2 and 0.ANT3 branches were earlier detected in China only, whereas 0...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29070654/plague-recognition-treatment-and-prevention
#20
Ruifu Yang
Plague is caused by Yersinia pestis and not commonly encountered in clinics, although natural plague foci are widely distributed around the world. Y. pestis has been listed as a Category A bioterrorism agent. A neglected diagnosis will cause severe consequences. Therefore, this minireview briefly introduces the current understanding on Y. pestis, and then focuses on practical aspects of plague, including clinical manifestations, diagnosis, treatment and prevention, to alert clinicians about this notorious disease...
October 25, 2017: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
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