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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934427/immunologic-profiling-of-human-metapneumovirus-for-the-development-of-targeted-immunotherapy
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Ifigeneia Tzannou, Sarah K Nicholas, Premal Lulla, Paibel I Aguayo-Hiraldo, Anisha Misra, Caridad A Martinez, Annette A Machado, Jordan S Orange, Pedro A Piedra, Juan F Vera, Ann M Leen
Human metapneumovirus (hMPV) is a respiratory virus detected in ≥9% of allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplant (HSCT) recipients, in whom it can cause significant morbidity and mortality. Given the lack of effective antivirals, we investigated the potential for immunotherapeutic intervention, using adoptively transferred T cells. Thus, we characterized the cellular immune response to the virus and identified F, N, M2-1, M, and P as immunodominant target antigens. Reactive T cells were polyclonal (ie, they expressed CD4 and CD8), T-helper type 1 polarized, and polyfunctional (ie, they produced interferon γ, tumor necrosis factor α, granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor, and granzyme B), and they were able to kill autologous antigen-loaded targets...
September 15, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933846/inhibition-of-calcium-dependent-protein-kinase-1-cdpk1-by-pyrazolopyrimidine-analogs-decreases-establishment-and-reoccurrence-of-central-nervous-system-disease-by-toxoplasma-gondii
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Florentine U Rutaganira, Jennifer Barks, Mary Savari Dhason, Qiuling Wang, Michael Steven Lopez, Shaojun Long, Joshua B Radke, Nathaniel G Jones, Amarendar R Maddirala, James W Janetka, Majida El Bakkouri, Raymond Hui, Kevan M Shokat, L David Sibley
Calcium dependent protein kinase 1 (CDPK1) is an essential enzyme in the opportunistic pathogen Toxoplasma gondii. CDPK1 controls multiple processes that are essential to the intracellular replicative cycle of T. gondii including secretion of adhesins, motility, invasion, and egress. Remarkably, CDPK1 contains a small glycine gatekeeper residue in the ATP binding pocket making it sensitive to ATP-competitive inhibitors with bulky substituents that complement this expanded binding pocket. Here we explored structure-activity relationships of a series of pyrazolopyrimidine inhibitors of CDPK1 with the goals of increasing selectivity over host enzymes, improving anti-parasite potency, and improving metabolic stability...
September 21, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933757/the-mechanisms-for-within-host-influenza-virus-control-affect-model-based-assessment-and-prediction-of-antiviral-treatment
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Pengxing Cao, James M McCaw
Models of within-host influenza viral dynamics have contributed to an improved understanding of viral dynamics and antiviral effects over the past decade. Existing models can be classified into two broad types based on the mechanism of viral control: models utilising target cell depletion to limit the progress of infection and models which rely on timely activation of innate and adaptive immune responses to control the infection. In this paper, we compare how two exemplar models based on these different mechanisms behave and investigate how the mechanistic difference affects the assessment and prediction of antiviral treatment...
July 26, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932610/pneumocystis-pneumonia-in-non-hiv-pregnant-women-receiving-chemotherapy-for-malignant-lymphoma-two-case-reports
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Yuki Fukutani, Yoshitsugu Chigusa, Eiji Kondoh, Kaoru Kawasaki, Shingo Io, Noriomi Matsumura
Pneumocystis pneumonia (PCP) is a life-threatening opportunistic infection that sometimes occurs in immunocompromised patients with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Here, we report two extremely rare cases of PCP in non-HIV pregnant women who underwent chemotherapy for malignant lymphoma. Case  1 is a 34-year-old primigravida who was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma. She received ABVD chemotherapy and developed PCP at 37 weeks of gestation. After the onset of PCP, emergent cesarean section was performed due to a nonreassuring fetal status...
2017: Case Reports in Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932346/insights-from-the-draft-genome-into-the-pathogenicity-of-a-clinical-isolate-of-elizabethkingia-meningoseptica-em3
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Shicheng Chen, Marty Soehnlen, Frances P Downes, Edward D Walker
Elizabethkingia meningoseptica is an emerging, healthcare-associated pathogen causing a high mortality rate in immunocompromised patients. We report the draft genome sequence of E. meningoseptica Em3, isolated from sputum from a patient with multiple underlying diseases. The genome has a length of 4,037,922 bp, a GC-content 36.4%, and 3673 predicted protein-coding sequences. Average nucleotide identity analysis (>95%) assigned the bacterium to the species E. meningoseptica. Genome analysis showed presence of the curli formation and assembly operon and a gene encoding hemagglutinins, indicating ability to form biofilm...
2017: Standards in Genomic Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932040/a-rare-coexistence-of-aspergillosis-with-actinomycosis
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B Hari Vinay, Aditya Mohan, P Haritha, K Roja Lakshmi
Aspergillosis is a common systemic mycosis which affects immunocompromised and immunocompetent hosts. Aspergillus spp. is wide spread in the environment in most countries, which renders an invasive form of disease. The presence conidial heads are pathognomic to aspergillosis in diagnosis. Actinomycosis is a subacute-to-chronic infection that causes sinus fistula, tract or abscess due to the invasion surrounding the soft tissue. Cervicofacial infection accounts for 50%-60% of all actinomycosis cases. The mandible and nasopharynx are the sites of predilection, but maxillary infection is rare...
May 2017: Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology: JOMFP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931801/elizabethkingia-meningoseptica-in-a-case-of-biliary-tract-infection-following-liver-transplantation
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Hebah M Musalem, Yazan N Honjol, Lin M Tuleimat, Saleh I Al Abbad, Fahad I Alsohaibani
BACKGROUND Elizabethkingia meningoseptica (E. meningoseptica) is an aerobic Gram-negative bacillus known to thrive in moist environments, and is now recognized as a hospital-acquired infection, being found to contaminate hospital equipment, respiratory apparatus, hospital solutions, water, and drainage systems. Nosocomial infection with E. meningoseptica occurs in immunocompromised patients, requires specialized identification methods, and is resistant to conventional antibiotics. We report a case of E. meningoseptica infection arising from a percutaneous transhepatic biliary drainage (PTBD) tube...
September 21, 2017: American Journal of Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931394/the-efficacy-of-initial-ventilation-strategy-for-adult-immunocompromised-patients-with-severe-acute-hypoxemic-respiratory-failure-study-protocol-for-a-multicentre-randomized-controlled-trial-venim
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Tao Wang, Gang Liu, Kun He, Xin Lu, Xianquan Liang, Meng Wang, Rong Zhu, Zongru Li, Feng Chen, Jun Ke, Qingming Lin, Chuanyun Qian, Bo Li, Jie Wei, Jingjun Lv, Li Li, Yanxia Gao, Guofeng Wu, Xiaohong Yu, Weiqin Wei, Ying Deng, Fengping Wang, Hong Zhang, Yun Zheng, Hong Zhan, Jinli Liao, Yingping Tian, Dongqi Yao, Jingsong Zhang, Xufeng Chen, Lishan Yang, Jiali Wu, Yanfen Chai, Songtao Shou, Muming Yu, Xudong Xiang, Dongshan Zhang, Fengying Chen, Xiufeng Xie, Yong Li, Bo Wang, Wenzhong Zhang, Yongli Miao, Michael Eddleston, Jianqiang He, Yong Ma, Shengyong Xu, Yi Li, Huadong Zhu, Xuezhong Yu
BACKGROUND: Acute respiratory failure (ARF) is still one of the most severe complications in immunocompromised patients. Our previous systematic review showed noninvasive mechanical ventilation (NIV) reduced mortality, length of hospitalization and ICU stay in AIDS/hematological malignancy patients with relatively less severe ARF, compared to invasive mechanical ventilation (IMV). However, this systematic review was based on 13 observational studies and the quality of evidence was low to moderate...
September 20, 2017: BMC Pulmonary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931216/emergence-of-oseltamivir-resistant-h7n9-influenza-viruses-in-immunosuppressed-cynomolgus-macaques
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Maki Kiso, Kiyoko Iwatsuki-Horimoto, Seiya Yamayoshi, Ryuta Uraki, Mutsumi Ito, Noriko Nakajima, Shinya Yamada, Masaki Imai, Eiryo Kawakami, Yuriko Tomita, Satoshi Fukuyama, Yasushi Itoh, Kazumasa Ogasawara, Tiago J S Lopes, Tokiko Watanabe, Louise H Moncla, Hideki Hasegawa, Thomas C Friedrich, Gabriele Neumann, Yoshihiro Kawaoka
Antiviral compounds (eg, the neuraminidase inhibitor oseltamivir) are invaluable for the treatment of individuals infected with influenza A viruses of the H7N9 subtype (A[H7N9]), which have infected and killed hundreds of persons. However, oseltamivir treatment often leads to the emergence of resistant viruses in immunocompromised individuals. To better understand the emergence and properties of oseltamivir-resistant A(H7N9) viruses in immunosuppressed individuals, we infected immunosuppressed cynomolgus macaques with an A(H7N9) virus and treated them with oseltamivir...
September 1, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930136/methanol-extract-from-anogeissus-leiocarpus-dc-guill-et-perr-combretaceae-stem-bark-quenches-the-quorum-sensing-of-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-pao1
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Vincent Ouedraogo, Martin Kiendrebeogo
Background: Due to its extensive arsenal of virulence factors and inherent resistance to antibiotics, Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a threat particularly in immunocompromised patients. Considering the central role of quorum sensing in the production of virulence factors, inhibition of bacterial communication mechanism constitute an opportunity to attenuate pathogenicity of bacteria resistant to available antibiotics. Our study aimed to assess the anti-quorum sensing activity of Anogeissus leiocarpus, traditionally used in Burkina Faso, for the treatment of infected burn wounds...
October 6, 2016: Medicines (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929957/-serotype-distribution-and-antibiotic-resistance-of-streptococcus-pneumoniae-strains-isolated-from-the-adult-patients-in-a-turkish-%C3%A3-niversity-hospital
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Lütfiye Öksüz, Nezahat Gürler
Infections caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae are the most important cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. S.pneumoniae is the most common cause of community-acquired pneumonia, especially in adults. Invasive pneumococcal disease can usually occur in the elderly, children and immunocompromised individuals. Usage of the vaccines for the protection against S.pneumoniae infections, is an effective method to reduce the burden of disease in both children and adults. Serotypes frequently isolated from purified capsular polysaccharides of S...
July 2017: Mikrobiyoloji Bülteni
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928998/early-onset-prosthetic-joint-infection-and-bacteremia-due-to-campylobacter-fetus-subspecies-fetus
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Igor Dumic, Mohan Sengodan, Joni J Franson, Diego Zea, Poornima Ramanan
Campylobacter fetus is a zoonotic pathogen that occasionally causes serious, relapsing, invasive disease, especially in immunocompromised hosts. We report a case of relapsing C. fetus diarrheal illness in a 75-year-old woman which resulted in secondary bacteremia and seeding of the left knee prosthetic joint. Patient responded favorably to debridement and retention of prosthesis in addition to six weeks of meropenem followed by chronic oral doxycycline suppressive therapy.
2017: Case Reports in Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928729/high-throughput-genetic-screen-reveals-that-early-attachment-and-biofilm-formation-are-necessary-for-full-pyoverdine-production-by-pseudomonas-aeruginosa
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Donghoon Kang, Natalia V Kirienko
Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a re-emerging, multidrug-resistant, opportunistic pathogen that threatens the lives of immunocompromised patients, patients with cystic fibrosis, and those in critical care units. One of the most important virulence factors in this pathogen is the siderophore pyoverdine. Pyoverdine serves several critical roles during infection. Due to its extremely high affinity for ferric iron, pyoverdine gives the pathogen a significant advantage over the host in their competition for iron. In addition, pyoverdine can regulate the production of multiple bacterial virulence factors and perturb host mitochondrial homeostasis...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927203/diagnostic-imaging-and-invasive-fungal-diseases-in-children
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Aspasia Katragkou, Brian T Fisher, Andreas H Groll, Emmanuel Roilides, Thomas J Walsh
Invasive fungal disease (IFD) is a life-threatening condition, especially in immunocompromised children. The role of diagnostic imaging in children at risk for an IFD is multifactorial, including initially detecting it, evaluating for dissemination of infection beyond the primary site of disease, monitoring the response to antifungal therapy, and assessing for potential relapse. The objective of this review was to synthesize the published literature relevant to the use of various imaging modalities for the diagnosis and management of IFD in children...
September 1, 2017: Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925576/is-there-an-increased-risk-of-cervical-neoplasia-in-atopic-dermatitis-patients-treated-with-oral-immunosuppressive-drugs
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F M Garritsen, R H M Verheijen, C G Gerestein, A D van Zuilen, J A F Oosterhaven, M van Dijk, C A F Bruijnzeel-Koomen, M L Schuttelaar, M S de Bruin-Weller
BACKGROUND: Oral immunosuppressive drugs are frequently prescribed in young women with atopic dermatitis (AD). Immunocompromised patients may have a higher risk of developing high risk HPV infections, CIN and cervical carcinoma. Most literature on patients using oral immunosuppressive drugs is available in organ transplant patients. Literature on the risk of developing cervical carcinoma in AD patients treated with oral immunosuppressive drugs is lacking. At this moment there is no clear guideline/consensus on this topic, but in daily practice, questions arise concerning whether this risk is increased and whether more intensive screening in women using immunosuppressive drugs should take place...
September 19, 2017: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924031/cytoplasmic-copper-detoxification-in-salmonella-can-contribute-to-sodc-metalation-but-is-dispensable-during-systemic-infection
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Luke A Fenlon, James M Slauch
Salmonella Typhimurium is a leading cause of foodborne disease worldwide. Severe infections result from the ability of S. Typhimurium to survive within host immune cells, despite being exposed to various host antimicrobial factors. SodCI, a copper-zinc cofactored superoxide dismutase, is required to defend against phagocytic superoxide. SodCII, an additional periplasmic superoxide dismutase, although produced during infection, does not function in the host. Previous studies suggested that CueP, a periplasmic copper binding protein, facilitates acquisition of copper by SodCII...
September 18, 2017: Journal of Bacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923373/outbreak-of-burkholderia-cepacia-bacteraemia-in-a-tertiary-care-centre-due-to-contaminated-ultrasound-probe-gel
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Rehab Abdelfattah, Suliman Aljumaah, Ahmed Alqahtani, Sahar Althawadi, Irene Barron, Saleh Almofada
BACKGROUND: Burkholderia cepacia is a significant opportunistic organism in hospitalized and immunocompromised patients, particularly in cystic fibrosis [1] AIMS: We describe the epidemiological investigation of an outbreak of B. cepacia bacteraemia. METHODS: The study examined 14 patients during their admission to three ICUs (Intensive Care Units) in a tertiary care hospital between January-June 2016. The outbreak involved 9 (57%) female and 6 (43%) male patients...
September 15, 2017: Journal of Hospital Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923072/a-childhood-onset-intestinal-toxemia-botulism-during-chemotherapy-for-relapsed-acute-leukemia
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Noriko Ohyama, Michiko Torio, Kentaro Nakashima, Yuuki Koga, Shunsuke Kanno, Hisanori Nishio, Kei Nishiyama, Momoko Sasazuki, Haru Kato, Hiroshi Asakura, Satoshi Akamine, Masafumi Sanefuji, Yoshito Ishizaki, Yasunari Sakai, Shouichi Ohga
BACKGROUND: Botulism is a potentially fatal infection characterized by progressive muscle weakness, bulbar paralysis, constipation and other autonomic dysfunctions. A recent report suggested that cancer chemotherapy might increase the risk for the intestinal toxemia botulism in both adults and children. CASE PRESENTATION: We report a 5-year-old boy, who developed general muscle weakness, constipation, ptosis and mydriasis during the third induction therapy for relapsed acute myeloid leukemia...
September 18, 2017: Annals of Clinical Microbiology and Antimicrobials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922488/isolation-of-rhodotorula-mucilaginosa-from-blood-cultures-in-a-tertiary-care-hospital
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Iker Falces-Romero, Emilio Cendejas-Bueno, María Pilar Romero-Gómez, Julio García-Rodríguez
BACKGROUND: Rhodotorula species have traditionally been considered as one of common non-virulent environmental inhabitant. They have emerged as an opportunistic pathogen, particularly in immunocompromised hosts and most infections have been associated with intravenous catheters in these patients. OBJECTIVE: We review the isolates in blood cultures of Rhodotorula mucilaginosa in our Hospital. We describe the demographic and clinical features of the cases and the antifungal susceptibility profiles of the isolates...
September 18, 2017: Mycoses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922285/what-where-and-why-exploring-fluorodeoxyglucose-pet-s-ability-to-localise-and-differentiate-infection-from-cancer
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Abby Douglas, Eddie Lau, Karin Thursky, Monica Slavin
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: To review the utility of FDG-PET imaging in detecting the cause of fever and infection in patients with cancer. RECENT FINDINGS: FDG-PET has been shown to have high sensitivity and accuracy for causes of neutropenic fever, leading to higher diagnostic certainty in this group. Recent advances in pathogen-specific labelling in PET to identify Aspergillus spp. and Yersinia spp. infections in mice, as well as differentiating between Gram-positive, Gram-negative and mycobacterial infections are promising...
September 15, 2017: Current Opinion in Infectious Diseases
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