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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142017/modelling-the-effects-of-phylogeny-and-body-size-on-within-host-pathogen-replication-and-immune-response
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Soumya Banerjee, Alan S Perelson, Melanie Moses
Understanding how quickly pathogens replicate and how quickly the immune system responds is important for predicting the epidemic spread of emerging pathogens. Host body size, through its correlation with metabolic rates, is theoretically predicted to impact pathogen replication rates and immune system response rates. Here, we use mathematical models of viral time courses from multiple species of birds infected by a generalist pathogen (West Nile Virus; WNV) to test more thoroughly how disease progression and immune response depend on mass and host phylogeny...
November 2017: Journal of the Royal Society, Interface
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141869/human-stem-cell-derived-astrocytes-replicate-human-prions-in-a-prnp-genotype-dependent-manner
#2
Zuzana Krejciova, James Alibhai, Chen Zhao, Robert Krencik, Nina M Rzechorzek, Erik M Ullian, Jean Manson, James W Ironside, Mark W Head, Siddharthan Chandran
Prions are infectious agents that cause neurodegenerative diseases such as Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD). The absence of a human cell culture model that replicates human prions has hampered prion disease research for decades. In this paper, we show that astrocytes derived from human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) support the replication of prions from brain samples of CJD patients. For experimental exposure of astrocytes to variant CJD (vCJD), the kinetics of prion replication occur in a prion protein codon 129 genotype-dependent manner, reflecting the genotype-dependent susceptibility to clinical vCJD found in patients...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Experimental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140936/increased-kawasaki-disease-incidence-associated-with-higher-precipitation-and-lower-temperatures-japan-1991-2004
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Joseph Y Abrams, Jennifer L Blase, Ermias B Belay, Ritei Uehara, Ryan A Maddox, Lawrence B Schonberger, Yosikazu Nakamura
BACKGROUND: Kawasaki disease (KD) is an acute febrile vasculitis which primarily affects children. The etiology of KD is unknown: while certain characteristics of the disease suggest an infectious origin, genetic or environmental factors may also be important. Seasonal patterns of KD incidence are well-documented, but it is unclear whether these patterns are caused by changes in climate or by other unknown seasonal effects. METHODS: The relationship between KD incidence and deviations from expected temperature and precipitation were analyzed using KD incidence data from Japanese nationwide epidemiological surveys (1991-2004) and climate data from 136 weather stations of the Japan Meteorological Agency...
November 14, 2017: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140265/anti-inflammatory-potential-of-1-nitro-2-phenylethylene
#4
Michelle A Sugimoto, Márcia de Jesus Amazonas da Silva, Larissa Froede Brito, Rosivaldo Dos Santos Borges, Flávio Almeida Amaral, Ana Paula de Araujo Boleti, Maritza Echevarria Ordoñez, Jose Carlos Tavares, Lirlandia Pires Sousa, Emerson Silva Lima
Inflammation is a reaction of the host to infectious or sterile stimuli and has the physiological purpose of restoring tissue homeostasis. However, uncontrolled or unresolved inflammation can lead to tissue damage, giving rise to a plethora of chronic inflammatory diseases, including metabolic syndrome and autoimmunity pathologies with eventual loss of organ function. Beta-nitrostyrene and its derivatives are known to have several biological activities, including anti-edema, vasorelaxant, antiplatelet, anti-inflammatory, and anticancer...
November 15, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138302/disruption-of-the-opal-stop-codon-attenuates-chikungunya-virus-induced-arthritis-and-pathology
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Jennifer E Jones, Kristin M Long, Alan C Whitmore, Wes Sanders, Lance R Thurlow, Julia A Brown, Clayton R Morrison, Heather Vincent, Kayla M Peck, Christian Browning, Nathaniel Moorman, Jean K Lim, Mark T Heise
Chikungunya virus (CHIKV) is a mosquito-borne alphavirus responsible for several significant outbreaks of debilitating acute and chronic arthritis and arthralgia over the past decade. These include a recent outbreak in the Caribbean islands and the Americas that caused more than 1 million cases of viral arthralgia. Despite the major impact of CHIKV on global health, viral determinants that promote CHIKV-induced disease are incompletely understood. Most CHIKV strains contain a conserved opal stop codon at the end of the viral nsP3 gene...
November 14, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138086/eugenol-derivatives-prospectively-inhibit-l-asparaginase-a-heady-target-protein-of%C3%A2-salmonella-typhimurium
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Archana Vimal, Anubhuti Jha, Awanish Kumar
Salmonella typhimurium is the causative agent of severe human infections and mortality throughout the world. Pacing advent of new resistance mechanisms in this microorganism exists, rendering treatment of infectious disease difficult. Ciprofloxacin is no longer considered the first choice of antimicrobial agent due to the emergence of resistance. Therefore, the need for scenario is to find out novel drug target and its potential inhibitor to fight against this pathogen. The present study was undertaken to find out a novel drug target and its inhibitor for improving the current therapeutic methods for treating Salmonella infections...
November 11, 2017: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29134258/novel-full-length-major-histocompatibility-complex-class-i-allele-discovery-and-haplotype-definition-in-pig-tailed-macaques
#7
Matthew R Semler, Roger W Wiseman, Julie A Karl, Michael E Graham, Samantha M Gieger, David H O'Connor
Pig-tailed macaques (Macaca nemestrina, Mane) are important models for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) studies. Their infectability with minimally modified HIV makes them a uniquely valuable animal model to mimic human infection with HIV and progression to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). However, variation in the pig-tailed macaque major histocompatibility complex (MHC) and the impact of individual transcripts on the pathogenesis of HIV and other infectious diseases is understudied compared to that of rhesus and cynomolgus macaques...
November 13, 2017: Immunogenetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29134111/periodontitis-induced-by-bacterial-infection-exacerbates-features-of-alzheimer-s-disease-in-transgenic-mice
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Naoyuki Ishida, Yuichi Ishihara, Kazuto Ishida, Hiroyuki Tada, Yoshiko Funaki-Kato, Makoto Hagiwara, Taslima Ferdous, Mohammad Abdullah, Akio Mitani, Makoto Michikawa, Kenji Matsushita
Periodontitis is a localized infectious disease caused by periodontopathic bacteria, such as Porphyromonas gingivalis. Recently, it has been suggested that bacterial infections may contribute to the onset and the progression of Alzheimer's disease (AD). However, we do not have any evidence about a causative relationship between periodontitis and AD. In this study, we investigated by using a transgenic mouse model of AD whether periodontitis evoked by P. gingivalis modulates the pathological features of AD. Cognitive function was significantly impaired in periodontitis-induced APP-Tg mice, compared to that in control APP-Tg mice...
2017: NPJ Aging and Mechanisms of Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132146/identification-of-unique-neoantigen-qualities-in-long-term-survivors-of-pancreatic-cancer
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Vinod P Balachandran, Marta Łuksza, Julia N Zhao, Vladimir Makarov, John Alec Moral, Romain Remark, Brian Herbst, Gokce Askan, Umesh Bhanot, Yasin Senbabaoglu, Daniel K Wells, Charles Ian Ormsby Cary, Olivera Grbovic-Huezo, Marc Attiyeh, Benjamin Medina, Jennifer Zhang, Jennifer Loo, Joseph Saglimbeni, Mohsen Abu-Akeel, Roberta Zappasodi, Nadeem Riaz, Martin Smoragiewicz, Z Larkin Kelley, Olca Basturk, Mithat Gönen, Arnold J Levine, Peter J Allen, Douglas T Fearon, Miriam Merad, Sacha Gnjatic, Christine A Iacobuzio-Donahue, Jedd D Wolchok, Ronald P DeMatteo, Timothy A Chan, Benjamin D Greenbaum, Taha Merghoub, Steven D Leach
Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma is a lethal cancer with fewer than 7% of patients surviving past 5 years. T-cell immunity has been linked to the exceptional outcome of the few long-term survivors, yet the relevant antigens remain unknown. Here we use genetic, immunohistochemical and transcriptional immunoprofiling, computational biophysics, and functional assays to identify T-cell antigens in long-term survivors of pancreatic cancer. Using whole-exome sequencing and in silico neoantigen prediction, we found that tumours with both the highest neoantigen number and the most abundant CD8(+) T-cell infiltrates, but neither alone, stratified patients with the longest survival...
November 8, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29131878/association-of-brain-structure-changes-and-cognitive-function-with-combination-antiretroviral-therapy-in-hiv-positive-individuals
#10
Ryan Sanford, Lesley K Fellows, Beau M Ances, D Louis Collins
Importance: Despite the introduction of combination antiretroviral therapy (cART), HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders continue to be a problem for treated HIV-positive individuals. The cause of this impairment remains unclear. Objective: To determine if detectable brain changes occur during a 2-year period in HIV-positive individuals who were aviremic and treated with cART. Design, Setting, and Participants: In this longitudinal case-control study, participants underwent neuroimaging and neuropsychological assessment approximately 2 years apart...
November 13, 2017: JAMA Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29131825/a-model-based-clustering-method-to-detect-infectious-disease-transmission-outbreaks-from-sequence-variation
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Rosemary M McCloskey, Art F Y Poon
Clustering infections by genetic similarity is a popular technique for identifying potential outbreaks of infectious disease, in part because sequences are now routinely collected for clinical management of many infections. A diverse number of nonparametric clustering methods have been developed for this purpose. These methods are generally intuitive, rapid to compute, and readily scale with large data sets. However, we have found that nonparametric clustering methods can be biased towards identifying clusters of diagnosis-where individuals are sampled sooner post-infection-rather than the clusters of rapid transmission that are meant to be potential foci for public health efforts...
November 13, 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29130991/pre-end-stage-renal-disease-hemoglobin-variability-predicts-post-end-stage-renal-disease-mortality-in-patients-transitioning-to-dialysis
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Keiichi Sumida, Charles Dyer Diskin, Miklos Z Molnar, Praveen K Potukuchi, Fridtjof Thomas, Jun Ling Lu, Connie M Rhee, Elani Streja, Kunihiro Yamagata, Kamyar Kalantar-Zadeh, Csaba P Kovesdy
BACKGROUND: Hemoglobin variability (Hb-var) has been associated with increased mortality both in non-dialysis dependent chronic kidney disease (NDD-CKD) and end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients. However, the impact of Hb-var in advanced NDD-CKD on outcomes after dialysis initiation remains unknown. METHODS: Among 11,872 US veterans with advanced NDD-CKD transitioning to dialysis between October 2007 through September 2011, we assessed Hb-var calculated from the residual SD of at least 3 Hb values during the last 6 months before dialysis initiation (prelude period) using within-subject linear regression models, and stratified into quartiles...
November 7, 2017: American Journal of Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29130157/target-discovery-for-precision-medicine-using-high-throughput-genome-engineering
#13
Xinyi Guo, Poonam Chitale, Neville E Sanjana
Over the past few years, programmable RNA-guided nucleases such as the CRISPR/Cas9 system have ushered in a new era of precision genome editing in diverse model systems and in human cells. Functional screens using large libraries of RNA guides can interrogate a large hypothesis space to pinpoint particular genes and genetic elements involved in fundamental biological processes and disease-relevant phenotypes. Here, we review recent high-throughput CRISPR screens (e.g. loss-of-function, gain-of-function, and targeting noncoding elements) and highlight their potential for uncovering novel therapeutic targets, such as those involved in cancer resistance to small molecular drugs and immunotherapies, tumor evolution, infectious disease, inborn genetic disorders, and other therapeutic challenges...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29129626/clinical-significance-of-the-serum-biomarker-index-detection-in-children-with-henoch-schonlein-purpura
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Narangerel Purevdorj, Yun Mu, Yajun Gu, Fang Zheng, Ran Wang, Jinwei Yu, Xuguo Sun
OBJECTIVE: To explore a panel of serum biomarkers for laboratory diagnosis of pediatric Henoch-Schönlein purpura (HSP). METHODS: The blood white blood cells (WBC) and serum levels of serum amyloid A (SAA), interleukin 6 (IL-6), immunoglobulin A (IgA), immunoglobulin G (IgG), immunoglobulin M (IgM), immunoglobulin E (IgE), C-reactive protein (CRP), complement component 3 (C3), complement component 4 (C4), and ASO (anti-streptolysin O) were detected in 127 patients with Henoch-Schonlein purpura (HSP), 110 cases of septicemia patients, and 121 healthy volunteers...
November 9, 2017: Clinical Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29129607/polymorphisms-in-hla-c-and-kir-alleles-are-not-associated-with-ham-tsp-risk-in-htlv-1-infected-subjects
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Tatiane Assone, Fernanda M Malta, Sonia Bakkour, Leilani Montalvo, Arthur M Paiva, Jerusa Smid, Augusto César Penalva de Oliveira, Fernanda de Toledo Gonçalves, Olinda do Carmo Luiz, Luiz Augusto M Fonseca, Philip J Norris, Jorge Casseb
INTRODUCTION: Several genetic polymorphisms may be related to susceptibility or resistance to viral disease outcomes. Immunological or genetic factors may act as major triggers of the immune pathogenesis of HAM/TSP. This study investigated the association of immune related genetic polymorphisms with viral and immunological markers. METHODS: 247 HTLV-1-infected volunteers, drawn from a larger group of HTLV-infected subjects followed at the Institute of Infectious Diseases "Emilio Ribas" (IIER) for up to 19 years, participated in this study, which ran from June 2011 to July 2016...
November 10, 2017: Virus Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128757/lethal-murine-infection-model-for-human-respiratory-disease-associated-pteropine-orthoreovirus
#16
Yuta Kanai, Takahiro Kawagishi, Minoru Okamoto, Yusuke Sakai, Yoshiharu Matsuura, Takeshi Kobayashi
Pteropine orthoreovirus (PRV) is an emerging bat-borne human pathogen causing severe respiratory illness. To date, however, the evaluation of PRV virulence has largely depended on the limited numbers of clinical cases owing to the lack of animal models. To develop an in vivo model of PRV infection, an inbred C3H mouse strain was infected intranasally with pathogenic PRV strain Miyazaki-Bali/2007. C3H mice suffered severe lung infection with significant body weight reduction and died within 7 days after intranasal infection...
November 9, 2017: Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29125835/a-large-ongoing-outbreak-of-hepatitis-a-predominantly-affecting-young-males-in-lazio-italy-august-2016-march-2017
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Simone Lanini, Claudia Minosse, Francesco Vairo, Annarosa Garbuglia, Virginia Di Bari, Alessandro Agresta, Giovanni Rezza, Vincenzo Puro, Alessio Pendenza, Maria Rosaria Loffredo, Paola Scognamiglio, Alimuddin Zumla, Vincenzo Panella, Giuseppe Ippolito, Maria Rosaria Capobianchi
The hepatitis A virus (HAV) is mainly transmitted through the faecal-oral route. In industrialized countries HAV infection generally occurs as either sporadic cases in travelers from endemic areas, local outbreak within closed/semi-closed population and as foodborne community outbreak. Recently, an increasing number of HAV infection clusters have been reported among young men-who-have-sex-with-men (MSM). The Lazio Regional Service for the epidemiology and control for infectious diseases (SeRESMI) has noticed an increase of acute hepatitis A (AHA) since September 2016...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29121600/use-of-surrogate-indicators-for-the-evaluation-of-potential-health-risks-due-to-poor-urban-water-quality-a-bayesian-network-approach
#18
Buddhi Wijesiri, Kaveh Deilami, James McGree, Ashantha Goonetilleke
Urban water pollution poses risks of waterborne infectious diseases. Therefore, in order to improve urban liveability, effective pollution mitigation strategies are required underpinned by predictions generated using water quality models. However, the lack of reliability in current modelling practices detrimentally impacts planning and management decision making. This research study adopted a novel approach in the form of Bayesian Networks to model urban water quality to better investigate the factors that influence risks to human health...
November 6, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29121060/the-effects-of-demographic-social-and-environmental-characteristics-on-pathogen-prevalence-in-wild-felids-across-a-gradient-of-urbanization
#19
Jesse S Lewis, Kenneth A Logan, Mat W Alldredge, Scott Carver, Sarah N Bevins, Michael Lappin, Sue VandeWoude, Kevin R Crooks
Transmission of pathogens among animals is influenced by demographic, social, and environmental factors. Anthropogenic alteration of landscapes can impact patterns of disease dynamics in wildlife populations, increasing the potential for spillover and spread of emerging infectious diseases in wildlife, human, and domestic animal populations. We evaluated the effects of multiple ecological mechanisms on patterns of pathogen exposure in animal populations. Specifically, we evaluated how ecological factors affected the prevalence of Toxoplasma gondii (Toxoplasma), Bartonella spp...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29120154/predisposing-factors-responsible-for-the-occurrence-of-bacterial-purulent-meningoencephalitis
#20
Brankica Dupanović, Olgica Gajović, Dragica Terzić, Bogdanka Andrić, Zoran Todorović, Branko Jakovljević, Danko Živković
Bacterial purulent meningoencephalitis (BPME) is a life-threatening infectious disease caused by various pyogenic bacteria. The disease is defined as the inflammatory process of leptomeninges (visceral layer, pia mater and arachnoid membrane) and brain parenchyma with exudates in the subarachnoid space and surrounding brain structures. The aim of the study was to define the predisposing factors responsible for the occurrence of BPME, as well as the possible correlation between the presence of predisposing factors and patient demographic characteristics, etiology and outcome of the disease...
March 2017: Acta Clinica Croatica
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