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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439515/endogenous-retroviruses-with-us-and-against-us
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Thomas J Meyer, Jimi L Rosenkrantz, Lucia Carbone, Shawn L Chavez
Mammalian genomes are scattered with thousands of copies of endogenous retroviruses (ERVs), mobile genetic elements that are relics of ancient retroviral infections. After inserting copies into the germ line of a host, most ERVs accumulate mutations that prevent the normal assembly of infectious viral particles, becoming trapped in host genomes and unable to leave to infect other cells. While most copies of ERVs are inactive, some are transcribed and encode the proteins needed to generate new insertions at novel loci...
2017: Frontiers in Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439072/fecal-microbial-characterization-of-hospitalized-patients-with-suspected-infectious-diarrhea-shows-significant-dysbiosis
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Tzipi Braun, Ayelet Di Segni, Marina BenShoshan, Roy Asaf, James E Squires, Sarit Farage Barhom, Efrat Glick Saar, Karen Cesarkas, Gill Smollan, Batia Weiss, Sharon Amit, Nathan Keller, Yael Haberman
Hospitalized patients are at increased risk for acquiring healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) and inadequate nutrition. The human intestinal microbiota plays vital functions in nutrient supply and protection from pathogens, yet characterization of the microbiota of hospitalized patients is lacking. We used 16S rRNA amplicon sequencing to characterize the global pattern of microbial composition of fecal samples from 196 hospitalized patients with suspected infectious diarrhea in comparison to healthy, non-hospitalized subjects (n = 881), and to traditional culture results...
April 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433336/the-association-of-postoperative-glycemic-control-and-lower-extremity-procedure-outcomes
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Todd R Vogel, Jamie B Smith, Robin L Kruse
OBJECTIVE: The effect of postoperative hyperglycemia in patients undergoing open and endovascular procedures on the lower extremities has not been fully characterized with regard to associated admission diagnoses, hospital complications, mortality, and 30-day readmission. This study evaluated the relationship of postoperative hyperglycemia on outcomes after lower extremity vascular procedures for peripheral artery disease. METHODS: Patients with peripheral artery disease admitted for elective lower extremity procedures between September 2008 and March 2014 were selected from the Cerner Health Facts (Cerner Corporation, Kansas City, Mo) database using International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Edition, Clinical Modification diagnosis and procedure codes...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433154/non-immunogenic-porous-and-antibacterial-chitosan-and-antheraea-mylitta-silk-sericin-hydrogels-as-potential-dermal-substitute
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Sunaina Sapru, Ananta K Ghosh, Subhas C Kundu
Limitation of existing grafts including restricted donor site, risks of immune reactions, infectious diseases and high cost alarms the growing need of natural, cost effective and functional graft as the dermal substitute. We fabricate stable (>6 weeks) and porous (57.23-75.22μm) yet flexible (in variable pH) matrices using Antheraea mylitta sericin crosslinked with well known biocompatible polysaccharide chitosan by natural crosslinker (genipin) without using any harsh chemical. The fabricated matrices are characterized in terms of chemical modifications (Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy), crystallinity (X-ray diffraction), swelling, degradability and thermal stability...
July 1, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426952/plant-viruses-and-bacteriophages-for-delivery-in-medicine-and-biotechnology
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Anna E Czapar, Nicole F Steinmetz
There are a wide variety of synthetic and naturally occurring nanomaterials under development for nanoscale cargo-delivery applications. Viruses play a special role in these developments, because they can be regarded as naturally occurring nanomaterials evolved to package and deliver cargos. While any nanomaterial has its advantage and disadvantages, viral nanoparticles (VNPs), in particular the ones derived from plant viruses and bacteriophages, are attractive options for cargo-delivery as they are biocompatible, biodegradable, and non-infectious to mammals...
April 17, 2017: Current Opinion in Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423486/tick-host-conflict-immunoglobulin-e-antibodies-to-tick-proteins-in-patients-with-anaphylaxis-to-tick-bite
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Lourdes Mateos-Hernández, Margarita Villar, Angel Moral, Carmen García Rodríguez, Teresa Alfaya Arias, Verónica de la Osa, Francisco Feo Brito, Isabel G Fernández de Mera, Pilar Alberdi, Francisco Ruiz-Fons, Alejandro Cabezas-Cruz, Agustín Estrada-Peña, José de la Fuente
Tick-borne infectious diseases and allergies are a growing problem worldwide. Tick bite allergy has been associated with the direct effect of immunoglobulin E (IgE) response to tick salivary antigens, or secondary to the induction of allergy to red meat consumption through IgE antibodies against the carbohydrate α-Gal (Gal α 1-3Gal β 1-(3)4GlcNAc-R). However, despite the growing burden of this pathology, the proteins associated with anaphylaxis to tick bite have not been characterized. To address this question, a comparative proteomics approach was used to characterize tick proteins producing an IgE antibody response in a healthy individual with record of tick bites, which had not resulted in any allergic reactions, and two patients with anaphylactic reactions to Rhipicephalus bursa or Hyalomma marginatum tick bites...
March 28, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418745/taiwan-s-experience-in-hospital-preparedness-and-response-for-emerging-infectious-diseases
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Hui-Yun Kao, Hai-Yun Ko, Peng Guo, Chang-Hsun Chen, Su-Mei Chou
The Communicable Disease Control Medical Network (CDCMN), established in 2003 after the SARS outbreak in Taiwan, has undergone several phases of modification in structure and activation. The main organizing principles of the CDCMN are centralized isolation of patients with severe highly infectious diseases and centralization of medical resources, as well as a network of designated regional hospitals like those in other countries. The CDCMN is made up of a command system, responding hospitals, and supporting hospitals...
March 2017: Health Security
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414785/the-epstein-barr-virus-mir-bhrf1-1-targets-rnf4-during-productive-infection-to-promote-the-accumulation-of-sumo-conjugates-and-the-release-of-infectious-virus
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Jinlin Li, Simone Callegari, Maria G Masucci
Post-translational modification by the Small Ubiquitin-like Modifier (SUMO) regulates a variety of cellular functions, and is hijacked by viruses to remodel the host cell during latent and productive infection. Here we have monitored the activity of the SUMO conjugation machinery in cells productively infected with Epstein-Barr virus (EBV). We found that SUMO2/3 conjugates accumulate during the late phase of the productive virus cycle, and identified several viral proteins as bone fide SUMOylation substrates...
April 17, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407243/simulations-of-membrane-bound-diglycosylated-human-prion-protein-reveal-potential-protective-mechanisms-against-misfolding
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Chin Jung Cheng, Heidi Koldsø, Marc W Van der Kamp, Birgit Schiøtt, Valerie Daggett
Prion diseases are associated with the misfolding of the prion protein (PrP) from its normal cellular form (PrP(C) ) to its infectious scrapie form (PrP(S)(c) ). Posttranslational modifications of PrP in vivo can play an important role in modulating the process of misfolding. To gain more insight into the effects of posttranslational modifications on PrP structure and dynamics and to test the hypothesis that such modifications can interact with the protein, we have performed molecular dynamics simulations of diglycosylated human PrP(C) bound to a lipid bilayer via a glycophosphatidylinositol anchor...
April 13, 2017: Journal of Neurochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402740/patients-at-high-risk-for-surgical-site-infection
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Krislynn M Mueck, Lillian S Kao
BACKGROUND: Surgical site infections (SSIs) are a significant healthcare quality issue, resulting in increased morbidity, disability, length of stay, resource utilization, and costs. Identification of high-risk patients may improve pre-operative counseling, inform resource utilization, and allow modifications in peri-operative management to optimize outcomes. METHODS: Review of the pertinent English-language literature. RESULTS: High-risk surgical patients may be identified on the basis of individual risk factors or combinations of factors...
April 12, 2017: Surgical Infections
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396548/click-chemistry-facilitated-structural-diversification-of-nitrothiazoles-nitrofurans-and-nitropyrroles-enhances-antimicrobial-activity-against-giardia-lamblia
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Wan Jung Kim, Keith Korthals, Suhua Li, Christine Le, Jaroslaw Kalisiak, K Barry Sharpless, Valery V Fokin, Yukiko Miyamoto, Lars Eckmann
Giardia lamblia is an important and ubiquitous cause of diarrheal disease. The primary agents in the treatment of giardiasis are nitroheterocyclic drugs, particularly the imidazoles metronidazole and tinidazole, and the thiazole, nitazoxanide. Although these drugs are generally effective, treatment failures occur in up to 20% of cases and resistance has been demonstrated in vivo and in vitro. Prior work had suggested that side chain modifications of the imidazole core can lead to effective new 5-nitroimidazole drugs that can combat nitro drug resistance, but the full potential of nitroheterocycles other than imidazole to yield effective new antigiardial agents has not been explored...
April 10, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396185/from-lymphopoiesis-to-plasma-cells-differentiation-the-age-related-modifications-of-b-cell-compartment-are-influenced-by-inflamm-ageing
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Matteo Bulati, Calogero Caruso, Giuseppina Colonna-Romano
Ageing is a complex process characterized by a general decline in physiological functions with increasing morbidity and mortality. The most important aspect of ageing is the chronic inflammatory status, named "inflamm-ageing", strictly associated with the deterioration of the immune function, termed "immunosenescence". Both are causes of increased susceptibility of elderly to infectious diseases, cancer, dementia, cardiovascular diseases and autoimmunity, and of a decreased response to vaccination. It has been widely demonstrated that ageing has a strong impact on the remodelling of the B cell branch of immune system...
April 7, 2017: Ageing Research Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28385138/community-acquired-syndromes-causing-morbidity-and-mortality-in-australia%C3%A2
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Shweta Sharma, Emmy Sneath, Allen C Cheng, N Deborah Friedman
The clinical and economic burden of infectious diseases is a substantial public health problem. The determination of the relative contributions of these diseases to the overall healthcare burden can inform priority setting, planning, and decision-making in healthcare and establish a baseline for future comparisons. Few recent studies have presented definitive data on the incidence of infectious diseases requiring hospitalisation in the Southern Hemisphere. We identified the age-specific number of hospitalisations and severe infections requiring intensive care unit admissions in the Geelong region...
March 31, 2017: Communicable Diseases Intelligence Quarterly Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28377902/role-of-glycosylation-deglycolysation-processes-in-francisella-tularensis-pathogenesis
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Monique Barel, Alain Charbit
Francisella tularensis is able to invade, survive and replicate inside a variety of cell types. However, in vivo F. tularensis preferentially enters host macrophages where it rapidly escapes to the cytosol to avoid phagosomal stresses and to multiply to high numbers. We previously showed that human monocyte infection by F. tularensis LVS triggered deglycosylation of the glutamine transporter SLC1A5. However, this deglycosylation, specifically induced by Francisella infection, was not restricted to SLC1A5, suggesting that host protein deglycosylation processes in general might contribute to intracellular bacterial adaptation...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28348067/proteomics-and-integrative-omic-approaches-for-understanding-host-pathogen-interactions-and-infectious-diseases
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Pierre M Jean Beltran, Joel D Federspiel, Xinlei Sheng, Ileana M Cristea
Organisms are constantly exposed to microbial pathogens in their environments. When a pathogen meets its host, a series of intricate intracellular interactions shape the outcome of the infection. The understanding of these host-pathogen interactions is crucial for the development of treatments and preventive measures against infectious diseases. Over the past decade, proteomic approaches have become prime contributors to the discovery and understanding of host-pathogen interactions that represent anti- and pro-pathogenic cellular responses...
March 27, 2017: Molecular Systems Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336786/-18-f-fdg-pet-ct-optimizes-treatment-in-staphylococcus-aureus-bacteremia-and-is-associated-with-reduced-mortality
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Marvin A H Berrevoets, Ilse J E Kouijzer, Erik H J G Aarntzen, Marcel J R Janssen, Lioe-Fee De Geus-Oei, Heiman F L Wertheim, Bart-Jan Kullberg, Jaap Ten Oever, Wim J G Oyen, Chantal P Bleeker-Rovers
Metastatic infection is an important complication of Staphylococcus aureus bacteremia (SAB). Early diagnosis of metastatic infection is crucial, as specific treatment is required. However, metastatic infection can be asymptomatic and difficult to detect. In this study, we investigated the role of (18)F-FDG-PET/CT in patients with SAB for detection of metastatic infection and its consequences for treatment and outcome. Methods: All patients with SAB at Radboud university medical center were included between January 2013 and April 2016...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Medicine: Official Publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332646/the-role-of-animal-reservoirs-in-social-environmental-landscapes-remarks-on-the-control-of-avian-influenza-and-preparedness-for-pandemics
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M P Ortiz-Rodríguez, G C Ramírez-Nieto, L C Villamil-Jiménez
Influenza viruses are well known for their ability to infect and cause disease in a broad range of hosts. Modern advances in reverse genetics have enabled scientists to probe the mutations that allow influenza viruses to perform host switching. Despite this detailed understanding of the molecular modifications that allow host switching and adaptation, there is a gap in knowledge regarding the factors external to the virus and their interactions that act as triggers leading to a pandemic. Studies on the ecology of zoonotic pathogens should be the new paradigm for understanding not only influenza viruses but any other infectious disease that can be a threat to animal and human health...
December 2016: Revue Scientifique et Technique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330758/regulation-of-type-i-interferon-signaling-in-immunity-and-inflammation-a-comprehensive-review
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REVIEW
Kun Chen, Juan Liu, Xuetao Cao
Type I interferons (IFNs) play essential roles in establishing and modulating host defense against microbial infection via induction of IFN-stimulated genes (ISGs) through Janus kinase (JAK)-signal transducer and activator of transcription (STAT) signaling pathway. However, dysregulation of IFNs production and function could also mediate immune pathogenesis such as inflammatory autoimmune diseases and infectious diseases via aberrantly activating inflammatory responses or improperly suppressing microbial controls...
March 19, 2017: Journal of Autoimmunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322935/early-pathogenesis-during-infectious-bursal-disease-in-susceptible-chickens-is-associated-with-changes-in-b-cell-genomic-methylation-and-loss-of-genome-integrity
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Nick A Ciccone, Lorraine P Smith, William Mwangi, Amy Boyd, Andrew J Broadbent, Adrian L Smith, Venugopal Nair
We propose a model by which an increase in the genomic modification, 5-hydroxymethylcytosine (5hmC), contributes to B cell death within the chicken bursa of Fabricus (BF) infected with infectious bursal disease virus (IBDV). Our findings indicate that, following an IBDV infection, Rhode Island Red (RIR) chickens have fewer surviving B cells and higher levels of 5hmC in the BF than the more resistant 15l line of birds. Elevated genomic 5hmC levels within the RIR BF are associated with markers of immune responses: infiltrating T cells and increased expression of CD40L, FasL and iNOS...
March 18, 2017: Developmental and Comparative Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315013/protective-vaccination-and-blood-stage-malaria-modify-dna-methylation-of-gene-promoters-in-the-liver-of-balb-c-mice
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Saleh Al-Quraishy, Mohamed A Dkhil, Abdel-Azeem S Abdel-Baki, Foued Ghanjati, Lars Erichsen, Simeon Santourlidis, Frank Wunderlich, Marcos J Araúzo-Bravo
Epigenetic mechanisms such as DNA methylation are increasingly recognized to be critical for vaccination efficacy and outcome of different infectious diseases, but corresponding information is scarcely available for host defense against malaria. In the experimental blood-stage malaria Plasmodium chabaudi, we investigate the possible effects of a blood-stage vaccine on DNA methylation of gene promoters in the liver, known as effector against blood-stage malaria, using DNA methylation microarrays. Naturally susceptible Balb/c mice acquire, by protective vaccination, the potency to survive P...
March 18, 2017: Parasitology Research
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