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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719950/isolation-and-characterization-of-vaccine-candidate-genes-including-csp-and-msp1-in-plasmodium-yoelii
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Seon-Hee Kim, Young-An Bae, Ju-Young Seoh, Hyun-Jong Yang
Malaria is an infectious disease affecting humans, which is transmitted by the bite of Anopheles mosquitoes harboring sporozoites of parasitic protozoans belonging to the genus Plasmodium. Despite past achievements to control the protozoan disease, malaria still remains a significant health threat up to now. In this study, we cloned and characterized the full-unit Plasmodium yoelii genes encoding merozoite surface protein 1 (MSP1), circumsporozoite protein (CSP), and Duffy-binding protein (DBP), each of which can be applied for investigations to obtain potent protective vaccines in the rodent malaria model, due to their specific expression patterns during the parasite life cycle...
June 2017: Korean Journal of Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719659/dengue-prediction-by-the-web-tweets-are-a-useful-tool-for-estimating-and-forecasting-dengue-at-country-and-city-level
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Cecilia de Almeida Marques-Toledo, Carolin Marlen Degener, Livia Vinhal, Giovanini Coelho, Wagner Meira, Claudia Torres Codeço, Mauro Martins Teixeira
BACKGROUND: Infectious diseases are a leading threat to public health. Accurate and timely monitoring of disease risk and progress can reduce their impact. Mentioning a disease in social networks is correlated with physician visits by patients, and can be used to estimate disease activity. Dengue is the fastest growing mosquito-borne viral disease, with an estimated annual incidence of 390 million infections, of which 96 million manifest clinically. Dengue burden is likely to increase in the future owing to trends toward increased urbanization, scarce water supplies and, possibly, environmental change...
July 18, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719653/isolation-of-a-monoclonal-antibody-from-a-phage-display-library-binding-the-rhesus-macaque-mhc-class-i-allomorph-mamu-a1-001
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Nathan Holman, Jason T Weinfurter, Trevor R Harsla, Roger W Wiseman, Aaron J Belli, Anthony J Michaels, Keith A Reimann, Robert I DeMars, Matthew R Reynolds
Monoclonal antibodies that bind to human leukocyte antigen (HLA) are useful tools for HLA-typing, tracking donor-recipient chimerisms after bone marrow transplants, and characterizing specific major histocompatibility complexes (MHC) on cell surfaces. Unfortunately, equivalent reagents are not available for rhesus macaques, which are commonly used animal as models in organ transplant and infectious disease research. To address this deficiency, we isolated an antibody that recognizes the common Indian rhesus macaque MHC class I molecule, Mamu-A1*001...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719264/the-human-microbiome-in-the-fight-against-tuberculosis
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Madeleine R Wood, Elaine A Yu, Saurabh Mehta
AbstractThe human microbiome is an intriguing potentially modifiable risk factor in our arsenal against Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the leading infectious disease killer globally. Previous studies have shown associations between the human microbiome and pulmonary disease states; however, etiological links between the microbiome and tuberculosis (TB) infection or disease remain unclear. Immunomodulatory roles of the microbiome may prove to be a critical asset in the host response against TB, including in preventing TB infection, reducing progression from latency, mitigating disease severity, and lowering the incidence of drug resistance and coinfections...
June 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719212/proteochemometrics-based-prediction-of-peptide-binding-to-hla-dp-proteins
#5
Ventsislav Yordanov, Ivan Dimitrov, Irini Doytchinova
Human leukocyte antigens (HLA) class II proteins are involved in the antigen processing in the antigen presenting cells. They form complexes with antigen peptide fragments. The peptide-HLA protein complexes are presented on the cell surface where they are recognized by helper T cells (Th cells). HLA-DP is one of the three HLA class II loci. The HLA-DP proteins are associated with a significant number of autoimmune diseases, as well as with a susceptibility or resistance to a number of infectious agents. In the present study, we apply proteochemometrics - a method for bioactivity modeling of multiple ligands binding to multiple target proteins - to derive and validate a robust model for peptide binding prediction to 7 most frequent HLA-DP proteins...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717729/middle-eastern-conflicts-implications-for-refugee-health-in-the-european-union-and-middle-eastern-host-countries
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Michael Silbermann, Michel Daher, Rejin Kebudi, Omar Nimri, Mazin Al-Jadiry, Lea Baider
Until very recently, health care in conflict settings was based on a model developed in the second half of the twentieth century. Things have changed, and present civil wars, such as those that are currently taking place in the Middle East, do not address the complexity of the ongoing armed conflicts in countries such as Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan. These conflicts have caused a significant increase in the number of refugees in the region, as well as in Europe. Hundreds of thousands of refugees succeed in settling in mid- and north-European countries, and their health issues are becoming of great importance...
December 2016: Journal of Global Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716192/impact-of-fmd-outbreak-on-milk-production-and-heifers-growth-on-a-dairy-herd-in-southern-iran
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Maryam Ansari-Lari, Mehdi Mohebbi-Fani, Nicholas A Lyons, Nezamaddin Azizi
Foot and mouth disease is endemic in Middle Eastern countries including Iran but its impact is poorly characterized. The present study was conducted to evaluate the impact of FMD outbreak on milk production and heifers' growth in an industrial dairy herd located in Fars province, southern Iran. Data about individual milk production, heifers' growth and total daily milk (sold for manufacturing), its fat and protein content and somatic cell counts were collected from the herd database. Based on the results of the linear mixed models, a significant decline in individual milk production after the outbreak was observed compared with before the outbreak...
September 1, 2017: Preventive Veterinary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716140/modelling-infectious-diseases-with-relapse-a-case-study-of-hsv-2
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Jinliang Wang, Xiaoqing Yu, Heidi L Tessmer, Toshikazu Kuniya, Ryosuke Omori
BACKGROUND: Herpes Simplex Virus Type 2 (HSV-2) is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases. Although there is still no licensed vaccine for HSV-2, a theoretical investigation of the potential effects of a vaccine is considered important and has recently been conducted by several researchers. Although compartmental mathematical models were considered for each special case in the previous studies, as yet there are few global stability results. RESULTS: In this paper, we formulate a multi-group SVIRI epidemic model for HSV-2, which enables us to consider the effects of vaccination, of waning vaccine immunity, and of infection relapse...
July 17, 2017: Theoretical Biology & Medical Modelling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714879/the-influence-of-spatial-configuration-of-residential-area-and-vector-populations-on-dengue-incidence-patterns-in-an-individual-level-transmission-model
#9
Jeon-Young Kang, Jared Aldstadt
Dengue is a mosquito-borne infectious disease that is endemic in tropical and subtropical countries. Many individual-level simulation models have been developed to test hypotheses about dengue virus transmission. Often these efforts assume that human host and mosquito vector populations are randomly or uniformly distributed in the environment. Although, the movement of mosquitoes is affected by spatial configuration of buildings and mosquito populations are highly clustered in key buildings, little research has focused on the influence of the local built environment in dengue transmission models...
July 15, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712668/treatment-outcomes-of-multidrug-resistant-tuberculosis-patients-in-zhejiang-china-2009-2013
#10
Le Zhang, Qiong Meng, Songhua Chen, Minwu Zhang, Bin Chen, Beibei Wu, Guangsen Yan, Xiaomeng Wang, Zhongwei Jia
OBJECTIVES: To examine treatment outcomes and factors associated with poor outcome of MDR-TB in China. METHODS: Prospective observational cohort study including consecutive patients with MDR-TB between 2009-2013 in six regions of Zhejiang province. Patients were prescribed treatments by infectious disease specialists and treatment outcomes were recorded. Sociodemographic characteristics were obtained through a structured questionnaire. The primary endpoint was poor treatment outcomes, defined as treatment failure based on microbiological persistence, default (lost to follow-up) or death at 24 months...
July 13, 2017: Clinical Microbiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711261/the-effect-of-mycobacterium-avium-subspecies-paratuberculosis-infection-on-clinical-mastitis-occurrence-in-dairy-cows
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G Rossi, Y T Grohn, Y H Schukken, R L Smith
Endemic diseases can be counted among the most serious sources of losses for livestock production. In dairy farms in particular, one of the most common diseases is Johne's disease, caused by Mycobacterium avium ssp. paratuberculosis (MAP). Infection with MAP causes direct costs because it affects milk production, but it has also been suspected to increase the risk of clinical mastitis (CM) among infected animals. This might contribute to further costs for farmers. We asked whether MAP infection represents a risk factor for CM and, in particular, whether CM occurrences were more common in MAP-infected animals...
July 12, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710581/validation-of-a-model-for-predicting-smear-positive-active-pulmonary-tuberculosis-in-patients-with-initial-acid-fast-bacilli-smear-negative-sputum
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Jun -Jun Yeh
OBJECTIVES: The objective of this study was to develop a predictive model for final smear-positive (SP) active pulmonary tuberculosis (aPTB) in patients with initial negative acid fast bacilli (AFB) sputum smears (iSN-SP-aPTB) based on high-resolution computed tomography (HRCT). METHOD AND MATERIALS: Eighty (126, 21) patients of iSN-SP-aPTB and 402 (459, 876) patients of non-initial positive acid fast bacilli (non-iSP) pulmonary disease without iSN-SP-aPTB were included in a derivation (validation, prospective) cohort...
July 14, 2017: European Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709290/stochastic-dynamics-for-reinfection-by-transmitted-diseases
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Alessandro S Barros, Suani T R Pinho
The use of stochastic models to study the dynamics of infectious diseases is an important tool to understand the epidemiological process. For several directly transmitted diseases, reinfection is a relevant process, which can be expressed by endogenous reactivation of the pathogen or by exogenous reinfection due to direct contact with an infected individual (with smaller reinfection rate σβ than infection rate β). In this paper, we examine the stochastic susceptible, infected, recovered, infected (SIRI) model simulating the endogenous reactivation by a spontaneous reaction, while exogenous reinfection by a catalytic reaction...
June 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28706037/opportunities-and-challenges-in-modeling-emerging-infectious-diseases
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REVIEW
C Jessica E Metcalf, Justin Lessler
The term "pathogen emergence" encompasses everything from previously unidentified viruses entering the human population to established pathogens invading new populations and the evolution of drug resistance. Mathematical models of emergent pathogens allow forecasts of case numbers, investigation of transmission mechanisms, and evaluation of control options. Yet, there are numerous limitations and pitfalls to their use, often driven by data scarcity. Growing availability of data on pathogen genetics and human ecology, coupled with computational and methodological innovations, is amplifying the power of models to inform the public health response to emergence events...
July 14, 2017: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704538/intestinal-calcium-and-bile-salts-facilitate-germination-of-clostridium-difficile-spores
#15
Travis J Kochan, Madeline J Somers, Alyssa M Kaiser, Michelle S Shoshiev, Ada K Hagan, Jessica L Hastie, Nicole P Giordano, Ashley D Smith, Alyxandria M Schubert, Paul E Carlson, Philip C Hanna
Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) is an anaerobic gram-positive pathogen that is the leading cause of nosocomial bacterial infection globally. C. difficile infection (CDI) typically occurs after ingestion of infectious spores by a patient that has been treated with broad-spectrum antibiotics. While CDI is a toxin-mediated disease, transmission and pathogenesis are dependent on the ability to produce viable spores. These spores must become metabolically active (germinate) in order to cause disease. C. difficile spore germination occurs when spores encounter bile salts and other co-germinants within the small intestine, however, the germination signaling cascade is unclear...
July 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704326/single-marital-status-and-infectious-mortality-in-women-with-cervical-cancer-in-the-united-states
#16
Hiroko Machida, Sarah E Eckhardt, Castaneda Antonio, Erin A Blake, Huyen Q Pham, Lynda D Roman, Koji Matsuo
OBJECTIVE: Unmarried status including single marital status is associated with increased mortality in women bearing malignancy. Infectious disease weights a significant proportion of mortality in patients with malignancy. Here, we examined an association of single marital status and infectious mortality in cervical cancer. METHODS: This is a retrospective observational study examining 86,555 women with invasive cervical cancer identified in the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results Program between 1973 and 2013...
July 12, 2017: International Journal of Gynecological Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28697286/annual-burden-of-occupationally-acquired-influenza-infections-in-hospitals-and-emergency-departments-in-the-united-states
#17
Rachael M Jones, Yulin Xia
Infections among health-care personnel (HCP) occur as a result of providing care to patients with infectious diseases, but surveillance is limited to a few diseases. The objective of this study is to determine the annual number of influenza infections acquired by HCP as a result of occupational exposures to influenza patients in hospitals and emergency departments (EDs) in the United States. A risk analysis approach was taken. A compartmental model was used to estimate the influenza dose received in a single exposure, and a dose-response function applied to calculate the probability of infection...
July 11, 2017: Risk Analysis: An Official Publication of the Society for Risk Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28696241/ethambutol-partitioning-in-tuberculous-pulmonary-lesions-explains-its-clinical-efficacy
#18
Matthew Zimmerman, Jodi Lestner, Brendan Prideaux, Paul O'Brien, Isabela Freedman, Chao Chen, Jillian Dietzold, Isaac Daudelin, Firat Kaya, Landry Blanc, Pei-Yu Chen, Steven Park, Padmini Salgame, Jansy Sarathy, Véronique Dartois
Clinical trials and practice have shown that ethambutol is an important component of the first line tuberculosis (TB) regime. This contrasts the drug's rather modest potency and lack of activity against non-growing persister mycobacteria. The standard plasma-based pharmacokinetic-pharmacodynamic profile of ethambutol suggests that the drug may be of limited clinical value. Here we hypothesized that this apparent contradiction may be explained by favorable penetration of the drug into TB lesions. First we utilized novel in vitro lesion pharmacokinetic assays and predicted good penetration of the drug into lesions...
July 10, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28695899/innate-scavenger-receptor-a-regulates-adaptive-t-helper-cell-responses-to-pathogen-infection
#19
Zhipeng Xu, Lei Xu, Wei Li, Xin Jin, Xian Song, Xiaojun Chen, Jifeng Zhu, Sha Zhou, Yong Li, Weiwei Zhang, Xiaoxiao Dong, Xiaowei Yang, Feng Liu, Hui Bai, Qi Chen, Chuan Su
The pattern recognition receptor (PRR) scavenger receptor class A (SR-A) has an important function in the pathogenesis of non-infectious diseases and in innate immune responses to pathogen infections. However, little is known about the role of SR-A in the host adaptive immune responses to pathogen infection. Here we show with mouse models of helminth Schistosoma japonicum infection and heat-inactivated Mycobacterium tuberculosis stimulation that SR-A is regulated by pathogens and suppresses IRF5 nuclear translocation by direct interaction...
July 11, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28694065/the-power-of-bioluminescence-imaging-in-understanding-host-pathogen-interactions
#20
REVIEW
Natalie Suff, Simon N Waddington
Infectious diseases are one of the leading causes of death worldwide. Modelling and understanding human infection is imperative to developing treatments to reduce the global burden of infectious disease. Bioluminescence imaging is a highly sensitive, non-invasive technique based on the detection of light, produced by luciferase-catalysed reactions. In the study of infectious disease, bioluminescence imaging is a well-established technique; it can be used to detect, localize and quantify specific immune cells, pathogens or immunological processes...
July 8, 2017: Methods: a Companion to Methods in Enzymology
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