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A A Abbas, J M Diamond, C Chehoud, B Chang, J J Kotzin, J C Young, I Imai, A R Haas, E Cantu, D J Lederer, K Meyer, R K Milewski, K M Olthoff, A Shaked, J D Christie, F D Bushman, R G Collman
Primary graft dysfunction (PGD) is a principal cause of early morbidity and mortality after lung transplantation, but its pathogenic mechanisms are not fully clarified. Thus far, studies using standard clinical assays have not linked microbial factors to PGD. We previously used comprehensive metagenomic methods to characterize viruses in lung allografts >1 month post-transplant and found that levels of Anellovirus, mainly Torque teno viruses (TTV), were significantly higher than in non-transplant healthy controls...
October 12, 2016: American Journal of Transplantation
Thuy Doan, Lakshmi Akileswaran, Dallin Andersen, Benjamin Johnson, Narae Ko, Angira Shrestha, Valery Shestopalov, Cecilia S Lee, Aaron Y Lee, Russell N Van Gelder
Purpose: To characterize the ocular surface microbiome of healthy volunteers using a combination of microbial culture and high-throughput DNA sequencing techniques. Methods: Conjunctival swab samples from 107 healthy volunteers were analyzed by bacterial culture, 16S rDNA gene deep sequencing (n = 89), and biome representational in silico karyotyping (BRiSK; n = 80). Swab samples of the facial skin (n = 42), buccal mucosa (n = 50), and environmental controls (n = 27) were processed in parallel...
October 1, 2016: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
Asha Rani, Ravi Ranjan, Halvor S McGee, Ahmed Metwally, Zahraa Hajjiri, Daniel C Brennan, Patricia W Finn, David L Perkins
Recent studies have established that the human urine contains a complex microbiome, including a virome about which little is known. Following immunosuppression in kidney transplant patients, BK polyomavirus (BKV) has been shown to induce nephropathy (BKVN), decreasing graft survival. In this study we investigated the urine virome profile of BKV+ and BKV- kidney transplant recipients. Virus-like particles were stained to confirm the presence of VLP in the urine samples. Metagenomic DNA was purified, and the virome profile was analyzed using metagenomic shotgun sequencing...
2016: Scientific Reports
Martin Schiemann, Elisabeth Puchhammer-Stöckl, Farsad Eskandary, Philip Kohlbeck, Susanne Rasoul-Rockenschaub, Andreas Heilos, Nicolas Kozakowski, Irene Görzer, Željko Kikić, Harald Herkner, Georg A Böhmig, Gregor Bond
BACKGROUND: Antibody-mediated rejection (ABMR) represents 1 of the cardinal causes of late allograft loss after kidney transplantation and there is great need for noninvasive tools improving early diagnosis of this rejection type. One promising strategy might be the quantification of peripheral blood DNA levels of the highly prevalent and apathogenic Torque Teno virus (TTV), which might mirror the overall level of immunosuppression and thus help determine the risk of alloimmune response...
August 12, 2016: Transplantation
Florencia Cancela, Natalia Ramos, Santiago Mirazo, Victoria Mainardi, Solange Gerona, Juan Arbiza
Torque Teno Virus (TTV), member of Anelloviridae family, is considered a worldwide distributed emergent virus and is currently classified into seven genogroups. Interestingly, the pathogenicity of TTV remains unclear. However, it has been constantly associated to hepatitis cases of unknown etiology (HUE) as well as extensively studied in concurrent infections with Hepatitis B Virus (HBV), Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) and Human Immunodeficiency Virus type 1 (HIV-1). In South America, TTV epidemiological data is scant, involving some studies from Brazil, Venezuela, Colombia and Bolivia...
October 2016: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
Frances P Churcher, Jeremy F Mills, Adelle E Forth
Over the past few decades many structured risk appraisal measures have been created to respond to this need. The Two-Tiered Violence Risk Estimates Scale (TTV) is a measure designed to integrate both an actuarial estimate of violence risk with critical risk management indicators. The current study examined interrater reliability and the predictive validity of the TTV in a sample of violent offenders (n = 120) over an average follow-up period of 17.75 years. The TTV was retrospectively scored and compared with the Violence Risk Appraisal Guide (VRAG), the Statistical Information of Recidivism Scale-Revised (SIR-R1), and the Psychopathy Checklist-Revised (PCL-R)...
August 2016: Psychological Services
Parveen Ahlawat, Sheh Rawat, Anjali Kakria, Manoj Pal, Deepika Chauhan, Sarthak Tandon, Shraddha Jain
AIM: To analyse and predict early response 3 months post definitive chemoradiation (CCRT) utilising tumour volume (TV) measurement in locally advanced head and neck cancers (LAHNC). BACKGROUND: LAHNC are 3-dimentional lesions. The largest diameter of these tumours measured for T-classification may not necessarily reflect the true tumour dimensions. TV accurately reflects the tumour burden because it is a measurement of tumour burden in all three dimensions. MATERIALS AND METHODS: It is a single institutional prospective study including 101 patients with LAHNC treated with definitive CCRT...
September 2016: Reports of Practical Oncology and Radiotherapy
Girish Bathla, Brendan M Case, Kevin Berbaum, Marlan R Hansen, Bruno Policeni
PURPOSE: To determine if two-dimensional and volumetric imaging parameters in vestibular schwannomas (VS) correlate with hearing loss at presentation. STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective. METHODS: Forty-one cases of pathologically confirmed sporadic VS were analyzed. Maximal tumor dimensions in anteroposterior (AP), coronal (ML), and craniocaudal (CC) dimensions were obtained along with tumor-fundus distance and internal auditory canal (IAC) porus diameters...
September 2016: Otology & Neurotology
Marina Monini, Edoardo Vignolo, Giovanni Ianiro, Fabio Ostanello, Franco Maria Ruggeri, Ilaria Di Bartolo
Torque teno viruses (TTV) are small DNA viruses widespread among humans and pigs. The clinical significance of TTV infections in either humans or pigs is uncertain. In fact, TTV viremia is highly prevalent in patients with different pathologies, but it can also be frequently observed in healthy subjects. Virus infection in pigs is considered a putative cofactor in several diseases; despite being detected frequently in healthy animals, its role still remains unknown. The present study aimed to investigate the presence of Torque teno sus virus (TTSuV) in 62 bile samples collected from pigs at slaughterhouse and in 36 fresh pork liver sausages bought at point of sale...
June 13, 2016: Food and Environmental Virology
Afiono Agung Prasetyo, Ruben Dharmawan, Irvan Raharjo, Hudiyono
CONTEXT: Data regarding the distribution of Human Leukocyte Antigen (HLA)-E alleles and their association with blood-borne pathogen infections/co-infections are limited for many populations, including Indonesia. AIMS: The aim of this study was to analyze the association between HLA-E allelic variants and infection with blood-borne pathogens such as hepatitis B virus (HBV), hepatitis C virus (HCV), hepatitis D virus (HDV), torque teno virus (TTV), GB virus C (GBV-C), and Toxoplasma gondii (T...
April 2016: Journal of Global Infectious Diseases
Elizabeth A Cody, Harry G Greditzer, Aoife MacMahon, Jayme C Burket, Carolyn M Sofka, Scott J Ellis
BACKGROUND: Tarsal tunnel syndrome is a known complication of lateralizing calcaneal osteotomy. A Malerba Z-type osteotomy may preserve more tarsal tunnel volume (TTV) and decrease risk of neurovascular injury. We investigated 2 effects on the tarsal tunnel of the Malerba osteotomy compared to a standard lateralizing osteotomy using a cadaveric model: (1) the effect on TTV as measured by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and (2) the proximity of the osteotomy saw cuts to the tibial nerve...
September 2016: Foot & Ankle International
Kumari Anita, Mallela Martha Premlatha, Murugesan Kanagavel, Charles Solomon Akino Mercy, Veerapandian Raja, Santhanam Shanmughapriya, Kalimuthusamy Natarajaseenivasan
Leptospiral outer membrane protein LipL21 and its truncated N-terminal immunogenic region (I-LipL21) were evaluated for diagnosis of leptospirosis. The complete coding sequence of LipL21 nucleotide sequence was subjected to BCPred and VaxiJen analysis for determination of B cell specific immunogenic epitopes. Epitope1 ACS STD TGQ KDA TTV GDG (1.8837), Epitope2 WGG PPE QRN DGK TPR DTN (0.9483), Epitope3 VKG VGV YEC KAT GSG SDP (1.4077) and Epitope4 NEW ECQ CVI YAK FPG GKD (0.4462) were predicted. LipL21 and N-terminal fragment having B-cell specific epitopes with higher VaxiJen score >0...
October 2016: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
Marvin A Ssemadaali, Karl Effertz, Pankaj Singh, Oleksandr Kolyvushko, Sheela Ramamoorthy
Torque Teno Viruses (TTVs) are ubiquitous viruses which are highly prevalent in several mammalian species. Human TTV's are epidemiologically associated with several human disease conditions such as respiratory illnesses, auto-immune disorders and hepatitis. Recently it was found that swine TTV's (TTSuVs) can act as primary pathogens. The common occurrence of TTVs as environmental contaminants and the increasing interest in the use of swine organs for xenotransplantation lend importance to the question of whether TTV's can cross-infect across species...
2016: Scientific Reports
P Singh, S Ramamoorthy
While recent findings suggest that swine TTVs (TTSuVs) can act as primary or co-infecting pathogens, very little is known about viral immunity. To determine whether TTSuVs downregulate key host immune responses to facilitate their own survival, a swine macrophage cell line, 3D4/31, was used to over-express recombinant TTSuV1 viral particles or the ORF3 protein. Immune gene expression profiles were assessed by a quantitative PCR panel consisting of 22 immune genes, in cell samples collected at 6, 12, 24 and 48h post-transfection...
August 2016: Virology
D Focosi, G Antonelli, M Pistello, F Maggi
Torquetenovirus (TTV) is the most abundant component of human virome. Virologists have long ignored this orphan and highly divergent virus, in part because TTV cannot be cultured and because it lacks serology reagents and animal models. Nevertheless, it is almost endemic worldwide and is insensitive to current antiviral drugs, so its monitoring is useful in various conditions. To date, TTV as a marker has proved useful in at least two circumstances: to identify anthropogenic pollution and to assess functional immune competence in immunosuppressed individuals...
July 2016: Clinical Microbiology and Infection
Tiziano Vignolini, Lisa Macera, Guido Antonelli, Mauro Pistello, Fabrizio Maggi, Simone Giannecchini
Torquetenovirus (TTV) is a widespread anellovirus that establishes persistent infections in human showing an increased viremia in immunosuppressed patients. TTV possesses microRNA (miRNA)-coding sequences that might be involved in viral immune evasion. Here, the presence of TTV DNA and miRNAs expression was investigated in plasma samples of 77 diseased (20 infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), 18 infected with hepatitis B (HBV) virus, 18 infected with hepatitis C (HCV) virus, 21 solid organ transplanted) patients, and 25 healthy controls...
June 2, 2016: Virus Research
Kuang-Liang Hsiao, Li-Yu Wang, Chiung-Ling Lin, Hsin-Fu Liu
Torque teno virus (TTV) is a single-stranded DNA virus highly prevalent in the world. It has been detected in eastern Taiwan indigenes with a low prevalence of 11% by using N22 region of which known to underestimate TTV prevalence excessively. In order to clarify their realistic epidemiology, we re-analyzed TTV prevalence with UTR region. One hundred and forty serum samples from eastern Taiwanese indigenous population were collected and TTV DNA was detected in 133 (95%) samples. Direct sequencing revealed an extensive mix-infection of different TTV strains within the infected individual...
2016: PloS One
Mu-Xing Li, Hong Zhao, Xin-Yu Bi, Zhi-Yu Li, Zhen Huang, Yue Han, Jian-Guo Zhou, Jian-Jun Zhao, Ye-Fan Zhang, Wen-Qiang Wei, Dong-Bin Zhao, Jian-Qiang Cai
Assessing the prognosis of patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) by the number and size of tumors is sometimes difficult. The main purpose of the study was to evaluate the prognostic value of total tumor volume (TTV), which combines the two factors, in patients with HCC who underwent liver resection. We retrospectively reviewed 521 HCC patients from January 2001 to December 2008 in our center. Patients were categorized using the tertiles of TTV. The prognostic value of TTV was assessed. With a median follow-up of 116 months, the 1-, 3-, and 5-year overall survival (OS) rates of the patients were 93...
July 2016: Tumour Biology: the Journal of the International Society for Oncodevelopmental Biology and Medicine
Oleksandr N Kryvenko, Mireya Diaz, Andres Matoso, Max Kates, Jason Cohen, Gregory P Swanson, Jonathan I Epstein
OBJECTIVE: To test prostate-specific antigen mass density (PSAMD) as a predictor of total tumor volume (TTV) at radical prostatectomy (RP). METHODS: We conducted a detailed pathologic analysis of 469 RP from men with NCCN low-risk prostate cancer who had Gleason score of 3 + 3 = 6 (grade group 1) at RP. We then compared the ability of PSA, PSA density (PSAD), PSA mass (PSAM-absolute amount of PSA in patient's circulation), and PSAM density (PSAM divided by prostate weight without seminal vesicles) to predict TTV at RP...
April 2016: Urology
S K Magu, A T Kalghatgi, M R Bhagat
BACKGROUND: Transfusion Transmitted Virus (TTV), also known as Torque Teno Virus is a new novel viral agent which appears to correlate with some acute and chronic hepatitis cases and may produce liver damage under specific circumstances. Aim of this study was to detect TT virus by real-time PCR, study its clinical implications and effects of its co-infection in HBV and HCV chronic liver diseases. METHODS: The study population comprised 50 acute hepatitis, 50 chronic hepatitis patients and 100 voluntary blood donors...
October 2015: Medical Journal, Armed Forces India
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