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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813462/a-comprehensive-profiling-of-t-and-b-lymphocyte-receptor-repertoires-from-a-chinese-origin-rhesus-macaque-by-high-throughput-sequencing
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Longfei Fu, Xinyang Li, Wei Zhang, Changxi Wang, Jinghua Wu, Huanming Yang, Jian Wang, Xiao Liu
Due to the close genetic background, high similarity of physiology, and susceptibility to infectious and metabolic diseases with humans, rhesus macaques have been widely used as an important animal model in biomedical research, especially in the study of vaccine development and human immune-related diseases. In recent years, high-throughput sequencing based immune repertoire sequencing (IR-SEQ) has become a powerful tool to study the dynamic adaptive immune responses. Several previous studies had analyzed the responses of B cells to HIV-1 trimer vaccine or T cell repertoire of rhesus macaques using this technique, however, there are little studies that had performed a comprehensive analysis of immune repertoire of rhesus macaques, including T and B lymphocytes...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812540/quantifying-transmission
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Mark Woolhouse
Transmissibility is the defining characteristic of infectious diseases. Quantifying transmission matters for understanding infectious disease epidemiology and designing evidence-based disease control programs. Tracing individual transmission events can be achieved by epidemiological investigation coupled with pathogen typing or genome sequencing. Individual infectiousness can be estimated by measuring pathogen loads, but few studies have directly estimated the ability of infected hosts to transmit to uninfected hosts...
July 2017: Microbiology Spectrum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808479/a-multiscale-model-for-the-world-s-first-parasitic-disease-targeted-for-eradication-guinea-worm-disease
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Rendani Netshikweta, Winston Garira
Guinea worm disease (GWD) is both a neglected tropical disease and an environmentally driven infectious disease. Environmentally driven infectious diseases remain one of the biggest health threats for human welfare in developing countries and the threat is increased by the looming danger of climate change. In this paper we present a multiscale model of GWD that integrates the within-host scale and the between-host scale. The model is used to concurrently examine the interactions between the three organisms that are implicated in natural cases of GWD transmission, the copepod vector, the human host, and the protozoan worm parasite (Dracunculus medinensis), and identify their epidemiological roles...
2017: Computational and Mathematical Methods in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806140/adherent-invasive-e-coli-enhances-colonic-hypersensitivity-and-p2x-receptors-expression-during-post-infectious-period
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Amandine Lashermes, Ludivine Boudieu, Julie Barbier, Benoit Sion, Agathe Gelot, Nicolas Barnich, Denis Ardid, Frédéric Antonio Carvalho
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) are related gastrointestinal disorders characterized by abdominal pain associated with colonic hypersensitivity (CHS). Studies in humans have reported an abnormal colonization of Adherent-Invasive E. coli (AIEC) in the ileum of Crohn's disease (CD) patients associated with overexpression of the bacterial colonizing receptor CEACAM6. The aim of the present study was to investigate whether AIEC reference strain LF82 could induce intestinal impairment during infectious and/or post-infectious periods and subsequently the development of CHS...
August 14, 2017: Gut Microbes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805017/estimating-the-between-farm-transmission-rates-for-highly-pathogenic-avian-influenza-subtype-h5n1-epidemics-in-bangladesh-between-2007-and-2013
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A Ssematimba, I Okike, G M Ahmed, M Yamage, G J Boender, T J Hagenaars, B Bett
Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) is classified by the World Organization for Animal Health as one of the notifiable diseases. Its occurrence is associated with severe socio-economic impacts and is also zoonotic. Bangladesh HPAI epidemic data for the period between 2007 and 2013 were obtained and split into epidemic waves based on the time lag between outbreaks. By assuming the number of newly infected farms to be binomially distributed, we fit a Generalized Linear Model to the data to estimate between-farm transmission rates (β)...
August 14, 2017: Transboundary and Emerging Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804246/the-role-of-functional-social-and-mobility-dynamics-in-facilitating-older-african-americans-participation-in-clinical-research
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Eve T Shapiro, Jay T Schamel, Kimberly A Parker, Laura A Randall, Paula M Frew
PURPOSE: Older African Americans experience disproportionately higher incidence of morbidity and mortality related to chronic and infectious diseases, yet are significantly underrepresented in clinical research compared to other racial and ethnic groups. This study aimed to understand the extent to which social support, transportation access, and physical impediments function as barriers or facilitators to clinical trial recruitment of older African Americans. METHODS: Participants (N=221) were recruited from six African American churches in Atlanta and surveyed on various influences on clinical trial participation...
2017: Open Access Journal of Clinical Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802833/new-pro-resolving-n-3-mediators-bridge-resolution-of-infectious-inflammation-to-tissue-regeneration
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REVIEW
Charles N Serhan, Nan Chiang, Jesmond Dalli
While protective, the acute inflammatory response when uncontrolled can lead to further tissue damage and chronic inflammation that is now widely recognized to play important roles in many commonly occurring diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, neurodegenerative diseases, metabolic syndrome, and many other diseases of significant public health concern. The ideal response to initial challenges of the host is complete resolution of the acute inflammatory response, which is now recognized to be a biosynthetically active process governed by specialized pro-resolving mediators (SPM)...
August 9, 2017: Molecular Aspects of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802396/host-genetics-in-susceptibility-to-and-severity-of-mycobacterial-diseases
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REVIEW
A S Apt, N N Logunova, T K Kondratieva
The genetic analysis of susceptibility to infections has proven to be extremely useful for identification of key cells, molecules, pathways, and genes involved in the battle between two genomes - the essence of the infectious process. This is particularly true for tuberculosis and other mycobacterial infections which traditionally attracted much attention from both immunologists and geneticists. In this short review, we observe results of genetic studies performed in human populations and in animal models and compare relative input of forward and reverse genetic approaches in our knowledge about genetic control of and immune responses to mycobacterial infections...
September 2017: Tuberculosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801740/a-statistical-classifier-to-support-diagnose-meningitis-in-less-developed-areas-of-brazil
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Viviane-Maria Lélis, Eduardo Guzmán, María-Victoria Belmonte
This paper describes the development of statistical classifiers to help diagnose meningococcal meningitis, i.e. the most sever, infectious and deadliest type of this disease. The goal is to find a mechanism able to determine whether a patient has this type of meningitis from a set of symptoms that can be directly observed in the earliest stages of this pathology. Currently, in Brazil, a country that is heavily affected by meningitis, all suspected cases require immediate hospitalization and the beginning of a treatment with invasive tests and medicines...
August 11, 2017: Journal of Medical Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801623/social-contact-patterns-relevant-to-the-spread-of-respiratory-infectious-diseases-in-hong-kong
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Kathy Leung, Mark Jit, Eric H Y Lau, Joseph T Wu
The spread of many respiratory infections is determined by contact patterns between infectious and susceptible individuals in the population. There are no published data for quantifying social contact patterns relevant to the spread of respiratory infectious diseases in Hong Kong which is a hotspot for emerging infectious diseases due to its high population density and connectivity in the air transportation network. We adopted a commonly used diary-based design to conduct a social contact survey in Hong Kong in 2015/16 using both paper and online questionnaires...
August 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801246/time-optimal-control-strategies-in-sir-epidemic-models
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Luca Bolzoni, Elena Bonacini, Cinzia Soresina, Maria Groppi
We investigate the time-optimal control problem in SIR (Susceptible-Infected-Recovered) epidemic models, focusing on different control policies: vaccination, isolation, culling, and reduction of transmission. Applying the Pontryagins Minimum Principle (PMP) to the unconstrained control problems (i.e. without costs of control or resource limitations), we prove that, for all the policies investigated, only bang-bang controls with at most one switch are admitted. When a switch occurs, the optimal strategy is to delay the control action some amount of time and then apply the control at the maximum rate for the remainder of the outbreak...
August 8, 2017: Mathematical Biosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800135/network-analysis-of-gut-microbiota-literature-an-overview-of-the-research-landscape-in-non-human-animal-studies
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Emily L Pascoe, Heidi C Hauffe, Julian R Marchesi, Sarah E Perkins
A wealth of human studies have demonstrated the importance of gut microbiota to health. Research on non-human animal gut microbiota is now increasing, but what insight does it provide? We reviewed 650 publications from this burgeoning field (2009-2016) and determined that animals driving this research were predominantly 'domestic' (48.2%), followed by 'model' (37.5%), with least studies on 'wild' (14.3%) animals. Domestic studies largely experimentally perturbed microbiota (81.8%) and studied mammals (47.9%), often to improve animal productivity...
August 11, 2017: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797710/a-bayesian-system-to-detect-and-characterize-overlapping-outbreaks
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John M Aronis, Nicholas E Millett, Michael M Wagner, Fuchiang Tsui, Ye Ye, Jeffrey P Ferraro, Peter J Haug, Per H Gesteland, Gregory F Cooper
Outbreaks of infectious diseases such as influenza are a significant threat to human health. Because there are different strains of influenza which can cause independent outbreaks, and influenza can affect demographic groups at different rates and times, there is a need to recognize and characterize multiple outbreaks of influenza. This paper describes a Bayesian system that uses data from emergency department patient care reports to create epidemiological models of overlapping outbreaks of influenza. Clinical findings are extracted from patient care reports using natural language processing...
August 7, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795407/parasite-metacommunities-evaluating-the-roles-of-host-community-composition-and-environmental-gradients-in-structuring-symbiont-communities-within-amphibians
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Joseph R Mihaljevic, Bethany J Hoye, Pieter T J Johnson
1.Ecologists increasingly report the structures of metacommunities for free-living species, yet far less is known about the composition of symbiont communities through space and time. Understanding the drivers of symbiont community patterns has implications ranging from emerging infectious disease to managing host microbiomes. 2.Using symbiont communities from amphibian hosts sampled from wetlands of California, USA, we quantified the effects of spatial, habitat filtering, and host community components on symbiont occupancy and overall metacommunity structure...
August 9, 2017: Journal of Animal Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795325/diseased-social-predators
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Frank M Hilker, Marta Paliga, Ezio Venturino
Social predators benefit from cooperation in the form of increased hunting success, but may be at higher risk of disease infection due to living in groups. Here, we use mathematical modeling to investigate the impact of disease transmission on the population dynamics benefits provided by group hunting. We consider a predator-prey model with foraging facilitation that can induce strong Allee effects in the predators. We extend this model by an infectious disease spreading horizontally and vertically in the predator population...
August 9, 2017: Bulletin of Mathematical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794121/changes-in-primary-noncardiac-diagnoses-over-time-among-elderly-cardiac-intensive-care-unit-patients-in-the-united-states
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Shashank S Sinha, Michael W Sjoding, Devraj Sukul, Hallie C Prescott, Theodore J Iwashyna, Hitinder S Gurm, Colin R Cooke, Brahmajee K Nallamothu
BACKGROUND: Early reports suggest the number of cardiac intensive care unit (CICU) patients with primary noncardiac diagnoses is rising in the United States, but no national data currently exist. We examined changes in primary noncardiac diagnoses among elderly patients admitted to a CICU during the past decade. METHODS AND RESULTS: Using 2003 to 2013 Medicare data, we grouped elderly patients admitted to CICUs into 2 categories based on principal diagnosis at discharge: (1) primary noncardiac diagnoses and (2) primary cardiac diagnoses...
August 2017: Circulation. Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28792412/evolutionary-public-health-introducing-the-concept
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REVIEW
Jonathan C K Wells, Randolph M Nesse, Rebecca Sear, Rufus A Johnstone, Stephen C Stearns
The emerging discipline of evolutionary medicine is breaking new ground in understanding why people become ill. However, the value of evolutionary analyses of human physiology and behaviour is only beginning to be recognised in the field of public health. Core principles come from life history theory, which analyses the allocation of finite amounts of energy between four competing functions-maintenance, growth, reproduction, and defence. A central tenet of evolutionary theory is that organisms are selected to allocate energy and time to maximise reproductive success, rather than health or longevity...
July 29, 2017: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791163/nonlinear-disease-tolerance-curves-reveal-distinct-components-of-host-responses-to-viral-infection
#18
Vanika Gupta, Pedro F Vale
The ability to tolerate infection is a key component of host defence and offers potential novel therapeutic approaches for infectious diseases. To yield successful targets for therapeutic intervention, it is important that the analytical tools employed to measure disease tolerance are able to capture distinct host responses to infection. Here, we show that commonly used methods that estimate tolerance as a linear relationship should be complemented with more flexible, nonlinear estimates of this relationship which may reveal variation in distinct components such as host vigour, sensitivity to increases in pathogen loads, and the severity of the infection...
July 2017: Royal Society Open Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791025/the-ido-ahr-axis-controls-th17-treg-immunity-in-a-pulmonary-model-of-fungal-infection
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Eliseu Frank de Araújo, Claudia Feriotti, Nayane Alves de Lima Galdino, Nycolas Willian Preite, Vera Lúcia Garcia Calich, Flávio Vieira Loures
In infectious diseases, the enzyme indoleamine 2,3 dioxygenase-1 (IDO1) that catalyzes the tryptophan (Trp) degradation along the kynurenines (Kyn) pathway has two main functions, the control of pathogen growth by reducing available Trp and immune regulation mediated by the Kyn-mediated expansion of regulatory T (Treg) cells via aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AhR). In pulmonary paracoccidioidomycosis (PCM) caused by the dimorphic fungus Paracoccidioides brasiliensis, IDO1 was shown to control the disease severity of both resistant and susceptible mice to the infection; however, only in resistant mice, IDO1 is induced by TGF-β signaling that confers a stable tolerogenic phenotype to dendritic cells (DCs)...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28783058/evolution-of-diagnostic-tests-for-chronic-wasting-disease-a-naturally-occurring-prion-disease-of-cervids
#20
REVIEW
Nicholas J Haley, Jürgen A Richt
Since chronic wasting disease (CWD) was first identified nearly 50 years ago in a captive mule deer herd in the Rocky Mountains of the United States, it has slowly spread across North America through the natural and anthropogenic movement of cervids and their carcasses. As the endemic areas have expanded, so has the need for rapid, sensitive, and cost effective diagnostic tests-especially those which take advantage of samples collected antemortem. Over the past two decades, strategies have evolved from the recognition of microscopic spongiform pathology and associated immunohistochemical staining of the misfolded prion protein to enzyme-linked immunoassays capable of detecting the abnormal prion conformer in postmortem samples...
August 5, 2017: Pathogens
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