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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324595/recent-advances-in-developing-antiviral-therapies-for-respiratory-syncytial-virus
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REVIEW
Brian C Shook, Kai Lin
Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infection presents a significant health challenge in small children, the elderly and immunocompromised patients. There is still a high unmet medical need among patients with RSV infection, and no specific antiviral therapy is available. The only approved agents are palivizumab, which has to be given prophylactically, mainly in high-risk infants, and ribavirin, which is rarely used due to toxicity concerns and questionable benefits. Efforts to develop new antiviral agents have been hampered by the perceived need for high safety hurdles in pediatric patient populations use and the lack of well-characterized druggable targets...
April 2017: Topics in Current Chemistry (Journal)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317629/mycobacterium-kansasii-infection-in-a-patient-receiving-biologic-therapy-not-all-reactive-interferon-gamma-release-assays-are-tuberculosis
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Nasir Saleem, Raya Saba, Srikanth Maddika, Mitchell Weinstein
Mycobacterium kansasii, a nontuberculous mycobacterium, can lead to lung disease similar to tuberculosis. Immunotherapeutic biologic agents predispose to infections with mycobacteria, including M kansasii. T-cell-mediated interferon gamma release assays like QuantiFERON-TB Gold Test (QFT) are widely used by clinicians for the diagnosis of infections with Mycobacterium tuberculosis; however, QFT may also show positive result with certain nontuberculous mycobacterial infections. We report a case of M kansasii pulmonary infection, with a positive QFT, in an immunocompromised patient receiving prednisone, leflunomide and tocilizumab, a humanized anti-interleukin-6 receptor monoclonal antibody...
April 2017: American Journal of the Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317569/oral-fungal-infections-diagnosis-and-management
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David R Telles, Niraj Karki, Michael W Marshall
Oral and maxillofacial fungal infections can appear in high-risk patients, including those immunocompromised. This article explores common oral manifestations of fungal infections in the oral cavity as primary lesions or as a result of disseminated disease. By far the most common oral fungal infection experienced in dentistry is oral candidiasis, which is reviewed in depth from simple oral infections to invasive candidiasis. The review aids the dental practitioner in understanding the full scope of Candida infections and other fungal infections...
April 2017: Dental Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317567/oral-mucosal-infections-insights-into-specimen-collection-and-medication-management
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Arvind Babu Rajendra Santosh, Baddam Venkat Ramana Reddy
Oral mucosal infections appear as localized or generalized lesions. Symptoms range from almost unnoticeable lesions to severe pain. Systemic disease, age, immunocompromised condition, and medication use are common causes. Local causes include dentures, poor oral hygiene, traumatized epithelium, ulcerations, dentures, implants, oral piercing, and reduced salivary secretion. Oral mucosal infections are underdiagnosed and microbiological diagnosis should be more frequently used. Candidiasis is most frequently diagnosed...
April 2017: Dental Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317026/toxoplasma-gondii-ap2ix-4-regulates-gene-expression-during-bradyzoite-development
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Sherri Huang, Michael J Holmes, Joshua B Radke, Dong-Pyo Hong, Ting-Kai Liu, Michael W White, William J Sullivan
Toxoplasma gondii is a protozoan parasite of great importance to human and animal health. In the host, this obligate intracellular parasite persists as a tissue cyst that is imperceptible to the immune response and unaffected by current therapies. The tissue cysts facilitate transmission through predation and give rise to chronic cycles of toxoplasmosis in immunocompromised patients. Transcriptional changes accompany conversion of the rapidly replicating tachyzoites into the encysted bradyzoites, and yet the mechanisms underlying these alterations in gene expression are not well defined...
March 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303545/low-prevalence-of-dhfr-and-dhps-mutations-in-pneumocystis-jirovecii-strains-obtained-from-a-german-cohort
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Isabelle Suárez, Lisa Roderus, Edeltraud van Gumpel, Norma Jung, Clara Lehmann, Gerd Fätkenheuer, Pia Hartmann, Georg Plum, Jan Rybniker
BACKGROUND: Pneumocystis pneumonia (PCP) is an opportunistic and potentially life-threatening infection of immunocompromised individuals. A combination of trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole is widely used for prophylaxis and treatment of PCP. Polymorphisms in the drug targets, the dihydropteroate synthase (DHPS) or the dihydrofolate reductase (DHFR) are presumably a reason for treatment failure. METHODS: We retrospectively examined the prevalence of DHPS and DHFR mutations in Pneumocystis jirovecii isolates obtained from HIV-infected and non-HIV-infected PCP patients...
March 16, 2017: Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301918/pseudomonas-aeruginosa-biofilm-a-programmed-bacterial-life-for-fitness
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Keehoon Lee, Sang Sun Yoon
Biofilm is a community of microbes that typically inhabits on surfaces and is encased in an extracellular matrix. Biofilms display very dissimilar characteristics to their planktonic counterparts. Biofilms are ubiquitous in the environments and influence our life tremendously in both positive and negative ways. Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a bacterium, known to produce robust biofilms. P. aeruginosa biofilms cause severe problems in immunocompromised patients including those with cystic fibrosis or wound infection...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300886/disseminated-cryptococcosis-manifested-as-a-single-tumor-in-an-immunocompetent-patient-similar-to-the-cutaneous-primary-forms
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Danielle Mechereffe do Amaral, Ritha de Cássia Capelato Rocha, Luiz Euribel Prestes Carneiro, Dewton Moraes Vasconcelos, Marilda Aparecida Milanez Morgado de Abreu
Cryptococcosis is a fungal infection caused by Cryptococcus neoformans that tends to affect immunocompromised individuals. The fungi are mostly acquired by inhalation, which leads to an initial pulmonary infection. Later, other organs - such as the central nervous system and the skin - can be affected by hematogenous spread. In addition, cutaneous contamination can occur by primary inoculation after injuries (primary cutaneous cryptococcosis), whose diagnosis is defined based on the absence of systemic involvement...
September 2016: Anais Brasileiros de Dermatologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300793/-estimates-of-target-population-for-pneumococcal-vaccination-in-people-over-50-years-in-catalonia-and-spain
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Angel Vila-Córcoles, Olga Ochoa-Gondar, Eva Satué, Cinta de Diego, Marc Vila-Rovira, Manel Jariod
OBJECTIVE: Published data about prevalence of distinct risk condictions for pneumococcal disease is scarce. This study investigated the prevalence of distinct risk conditions for pneumococal disease in Catalonian adults and stimated the potential size of target population for pneumococcal vaccination in Catalonia and Spain. METHODS: Cross-sectional population-based study that included 2,033,465 individuals older than 49 years-old assigned to the Catalonian Health Institute (Catalonia, Spain) at 01/01/2015...
March 15, 2017: Revista Española de Salud Pública
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299723/mold-and-human-health-a-reality-check
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Andrea T Borchers, Christopher Chang, M Eric Gershwin
There are possibly millions of mold species on earth. The vast majority of these mold spores live in harmony with humans, rarely causing disease. The rare species that does cause disease does so by triggering allergies or asthma, or may be involved in hypersensitivity diseases such as allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis or allergic fungal sinusitis. Other hypersensitivity diseases include those related to occupational or domiciliary exposures to certain mold species, as in the case of Pigeon Breeder's disease, Farmer's lung, or humidifier fever...
March 16, 2017: Clinical Reviews in Allergy & Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298602/a-single-dose-recombinant-piv5-expressing-respiratory-syncytial-virus-f-and-g-proteins-protected-cotton-rats-and-african-green-monkeys-from-rsv-challenge
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Dai Wang, Shannon Phan, Daniel J DiStefano, Michael P Citron, Cheryl L Callahan, Lani Indrawati, Sheri A Dubey, Gwendolyn J Heidecker, Dhanasekaran Govindarajan, Xiaoping Liang, Biao He, Amy S Espeseth
Human respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is a common cause of severe respiratory disease among infants, immunocompromised individuals and the elderly. No licensed vaccine is currently available. In this study, we evaluated two parainfluenza virus 5 (PIV5)-vectored vaccines expressing RSV F (PIV5/F) or G (PIV5/G) proteins in the cotton rat and African green monkey models for their replication, immunogenicity and efficacy of protection against RSV challenge. Following a single intranasal inoculation, both animal species shed the vaccine viruses for a limited time but without noticeable clinical symptoms...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298521/the-interaction-of-pneumocystis-with-the-c-type-lectin-receptor-mincle-exerts-a-significant-role-in-host-defense-against-infection
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Theodore J Kottom, Deanne M Hebrink, Paige E Jenson, Vijayalakshmi Nandakumar, Marcel Wüthrich, Huafeng Wang, Bruce Klein, Sho Yamasaki, Bernd Lepenies, Andrew H Limper
Pneumocystis pneumonia (PCP) remains a major cause of morbidity and mortality within immunocompromised patients. In this study, we examined the potential role of macrophage-inducible C-type lectin (Mincle) for host defense against Pneumocystis Binding assays implementing soluble Mincle carbohydrate recognition domain fusion proteins demonstrated binding to intact Pneumocystis carinii as well as to organism homogenates, and they purified major surface glycoprotein/glycoprotein A derived from the organism. Additional experiments showed that rats with PCP expressed increased Mincle mRNA levels...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298471/bk-polyomavirus-clinical-aspects-immune-regulation-and-emerging-therapies
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George R Ambalathingal, Ross S Francis, Mark J Smyth, Corey Smith, Rajiv Khanna
BK polyomavirus (BKV) causes frequent infections during childhood and establishes persistent infections within renal tubular cells and the uroepithelium, with minimal clinical implications. However, reactivation of BKV in immunocompromised individuals following renal or hematopoietic stem cell transplantation may cause serious complications, including BKV-associated nephropathy (BKVAN), ureteric stenosis, or hemorrhagic cystitis. Implementation of more potent immunosuppression and increased posttransplant surveillance has resulted in a higher incidence of BKVAN...
April 2017: Clinical Microbiology Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296681/adenovirus-hepatitis-clinicopathologic-analysis-of-12-consecutive-cases-from-a-single-institution
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Kurt B Schaberg, Neeraja Kambham, Richard K Sibley, John P T Higgins
Adenoviruses are common pathogens that usually cause self-limited infections. However, in the immunocompromised host they can cause severe infections involving multiple organs including the liver. A search of the pathology database at Stanford University Medical Center (1995 to 2016) identified 12 cases of adenovirus hepatitis including biopsy and autopsy specimens. There were 8 pediatric patients, 7 of which had received orthotropic liver transplants and 1 of which was receiving chemotherapy for lymphoblastic leukemia...
March 14, 2017: American Journal of Surgical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295889/acute-hepatitis-e-virus-infection-causing-acute-liver-failure-requiring-living-donor-liver-transplantation-in-a-non-pregnant-immunocompetent-woman
#15
Wai Sum Li, Kenneth Chok
We report a rare case of acute liver failure from acute hepatitis E virus (HEV) in a non-pregnant woman without comorbidities who survived after liver transplantation. The source was likely consumption of partially cooked pig liver. HEV genotype 3 is the second most common genotype causing acute hepatitis E in developed countries. Fulminant hepatitis E rarely occurs without a risk factor, as in our patient. Vigilant monitoring for chronic hepatitis E in post-transplant immunocompromised patients is needed. This article is protected by copyright...
March 14, 2017: Transplant Infectious Disease: An Official Journal of the Transplantation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295235/cutaneous-manifestations-of-subcutaneous-and-systemic-fungal-infections-in-tropical-regions-a-retrospective-study-from-a-referral-center-in-southern-taiwan
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Wen-Chien Tsai, Chih-Hung Lee, Wei-Min Wu, Shang-Hung Lin, Yi-Chien Yang, Yu-Wen Cheng, Ji-Chen Ho, Kwei-Lan Liu
BACKGROUND: Deep cutaneous fungal infections, including subcutaneous mycoses and systemic fungal infection with cutaneous involvement, cause significant morbidity and mortality in light of increasing immunocompromised patients and global warming. Although a few studies reviewed deep fungal infections in temperate regions, a relevant study in tropical regions is lacking. We evaluated features of deep cutaneous fungal infections in southern Taiwan among the tropical regions. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed all histopathological specimens with deep cutaneous fungal infections in a single referral center from 2001 to 2014 and successfully identified 23 cases...
March 13, 2017: International Journal of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293226/cronobacter-sakazakii-atcc-29544-autoaggregation-requires-flic-flagellation-not-motility
#17
Jennifer L Hoeflinger, Michael J Miller
Cronobacter sakazakii is an opportunistic nosocomial and foodborne pathogen that causes severe infections with high morbidity and mortality rates in neonates, the elderly, and immunocompromised individuals. Little is known about the pathogenesis mechanism of this pathogen and if there are any consequences of C. sakazakii colonization in healthy individuals. In this study, we characterized the mechanisms of autoaggregation in C. sakazakii ATCC 29544 (CS29544). Autoaggregation in CS29544 occurred rapidly, within 30 min, and proceeded to a maximum of 70%...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293045/a-narrative-review-of-influenza-a-seasonal-and-pandemic-disease
#18
REVIEW
Mohsen Moghadami
Influenza is an acute respiratory disease caused by the influenza A or B virus. It often occurs in outbreaks and epidemics worldwide, mainly during the winter season. Significant numbers of influenza virus particles are present in the respiratory secretions of infected persons, so infection can be transmitted by sneezing and coughing via large particle droplets. The mean duration of influenza virus shedding in immunocompetent adult patients is around 5 days but may continue for up to 10 days or more-particularly in children, elderly adults, patients with chronic illnesses, and immunocompromised hosts...
January 2017: Iranian Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292986/arginine-is-a-critical-substrate-for-the-pathogenesis-of-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-in-burn-wound-infections
#19
Jake Everett, Keith Turner, Qiuxian Cai, Vernita Gordon, Marvin Whiteley, Kendra Rumbaugh
Environmental conditions affect bacterial behavior and can greatly influence the course of an infection. However, the environmental cues that elicit bacterial responses in specific infection sites are relatively unknown. Pseudomonas aeruginosa is ubiquitous in nature and typically innocuous. However, it is also one of the most prevalent causes of fatal sepsis in burn wound patients. The aim of this study was to determine the impact of environmental factors, specifically the availability of arginine, on the pathogenesis of P...
March 14, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292985/binding-of-candida-albicans-to-human-ceacam1-and-ceacam6-modulates-the-inflammatory-response-of-intestinal-epithelial-cells
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Esther Klaile, Mario M Müller, Miriam R Schäfer, Ann-Katrin Clauder, Sabina Feer, Kerstin A Heyl, Magdalena Stock, Tilman E Klassert, Peter F Zipfel, Bernhard B Singer, Hortense Slevogt
Candida albicans colonizes human mucosa, including the gastrointestinal tract, as a commensal. In immunocompromised patients, C. albicans can breach the intestinal epithelial barrier and cause fatal invasive infections. Carcinoembryonic antigen-related cell adhesion molecule 1 (CEACAM1; CD66a), CEACAM5 (CEA), and CEACAM6 (CD66c) are immunomodulatory receptors expressed on human mucosa and are recruited by bacterial and viral pathogens. Here we show for the first time that a fungal pathogen (i.e., C. albicans) also binds directly to the extracellular domain of human CEACAM1, CEACAM3, CEACAM5, and CEACAM6...
March 14, 2017: MBio
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