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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092214/treatment-of-delta-hepatitis-today-and-in-the-future-a-review
#1
Ibrahim Halil Bahcecioglu, Abdurrahman Sahin
Hepatitis delta virus (HDV) is a defective satellite virus and propagates in the presence of Hepatitis B virus (HBV) surface antigen (HBsAg). Approximately 5% of the people who infected with HBV are also infected with HDV. Chronic hepatitis caused by delta is the most severe form of chronic viral hepatitis including accelerated fibrosis, liver decompensation and development of hepatocellular carcinoma. Interferon-based therapies still remain the only treatment option of the hepatitis delta. The beneficiary effects of the interferon-based therapies, however, stop frequently with termination of the given therapy and relapse rate is very high...
January 16, 2017: Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087924/clinical-testing-of-tuberculosis-vaccine-candidates
#2
Mark Hatherill, Dereck Tait, Helen McShane
It is almost 100 years since the development of bacille Calmette-Guérin (BCG), the only licensed vaccine against tuberculosis (TB). While BCG does confer consistent protection against disseminated disease, there is an urgent need for a more effective vaccine against pulmonary disease. There are several indications for such an improved vaccine, including prevention of infection, prevention of disease, and a therapeutic vaccine to prevent recurrent disease. The two main approaches to TB vaccine development are developing an improved whole mycobacterial priming agent to replace BCG and/or developing a subunit booster vaccine to be administered after a BCG or BCG replacement priming vaccination...
October 2016: Microbiology Spectrum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086991/does-waterfall-aerosol-influence-mucosal-immunity-and-chronic-stress-a-randomized-controlled-clinical-trial
#3
Carina Grafetstätter, Martin Gaisberger, Johanna Prossegger, Markus Ritter, Predrag Kolarž, Christina Pichler, Josef Thalhamer, Arnulf Hartl
BACKGROUND: The specific microclimate of alpine waterfalls with high levels of ionized water aerosols has been suggested to trigger beneficial immunological and psychological effects. In the present three-armed randomized controlled clinical study, we focused on effects on (i) immunological reagibility, on (ii) physiological stress responses, and on (iii) stress-related psychological parameters. METHODS: People with moderate to high stress levels (n = 65) spent an active sojourn with daily hiking tours in the National Park Hohe Tauern (Großkirchheim, Austria)...
January 13, 2017: Journal of Physiological Anthropology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081056/guidance-for-assessment-of-poliovirus-vaccination-status-and-vaccination-of-children-who-have-received-poliovirus-vaccine-outside-the-united-states
#4
Mona Marin, Manisha Patel, Steve Oberste, Mark A Pallansch
In 1988, the World Health Assembly resolved to eradicate poliomyelitis (polio). Since then, wild poliovirus (WPV) cases have declined by >99.9%, from an estimated 350,000 cases of polio each year to 74 cases in two countries in 2015 (1). This decrease was achieved primarily through the use of trivalent oral poliovirus vaccine (tOPV), which contains types 1, 2, and 3 live, attenuated polioviruses. Since 2000, the United States has exclusively used inactivated polio vaccine (IPV), which contains all three poliovirus types (2,3)...
January 13, 2017: MMWR. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076428/does-measles-vaccination-reduce-the-risk-of-acute-respiratory-infection-ari-and-diarrhea-in-children-a-multi-country-study
#5
Rahul Bawankule, Abhishek Singh, Kaushalendra Kumar, Sadanand Shetye
BACKGROUND: Pneumonia and diarrhea occur either as complications or secondary infections in measles affected children. So, the integrated Global Action Plan for Pneumonia and Diarrhea (GAPPD) by WHO and UNICEF includes measles vaccination as preventive measure in children. The objective of the study is to examine the effect of measles vaccination on Acute Respiratory Infection (ARI) and diarrhea in children in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, India, Nigeria, and Pakistan. METHODS: We analyzed data from the most recent rounds of Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) in the selected countries...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069087/active-surveillance-for-influenza-reduces-but-does-not-eliminate-hospital-exposure-to-patients-with-influenza
#6
Brenda L Coleman, Wil Ng, Vinaya Mahesh, Maja McGuire, Kazi Hassan, Karen Green, Shelly McNeil, Allison J McGeer, Kevin Katz
OBJECTIVE To describe the frequency, characteristics, and exposure associated with influenza in hospitalized patients in a Toronto hospital DESIGN/METHOD Prospective data collected for consenting patients with laboratory-confirmed influenza and a retrospective review of infection control charts for roommates of cases over 3 influenza seasons RESULTS Of the 661 patients with influenza (age range: 1 week-103 years), 557 were placed on additional precautions upon admission. Of 104 with symptoms detected after admission, 57 cases were community onset and 47 were nosocomial (10 nosocomial were part of outbreaks)...
January 10, 2017: Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065204/risk-factors-for-pertussis-in-adults-and-teenagers-in-england
#7
A Wensley, G J Hughes, H Campbell, G Amirthalingam, N Andrews, N Young, L Coole
Pertussis is a vaccine-preventable respiratory infection caused by Bordetella pertussis which can be fatal in infants. Although high vaccine coverage led to prolonged disease control in England, a national outbreak of pertussis in 2011 led to the largest increase in over two decades, including a marked increase in cases aged ⩾15 years. A case-control study in four regions of England was undertaken to investigate risk factors for pertussis in adolescents and adults, specifically employment type and professional and household contact with children...
January 9, 2017: Epidemiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057386/nanoparticles-decorated-with-viral-antigens-are-more-immunogenic-at-low-surface-density
#8
Matthew G Brewer, Anthony DiPiazza, Joshua Acklin, Changyong Feng, Andrea J Sant, Stephen Dewhurst
There is an urgent need to develop protective vaccines for high priority viral pathogens. One approach known to enhance immune responses to viral proteins is to display them on a nanoparticle (NP) scaffold. However, little is known about the effect of protein density on the B cell response to antigens displayed on NPs. To address this question HIV-1 Envelope (Env) and influenza hemagglutinin (HA) were displayed on a polystyrene-based NP scaffold at various densities - corresponding to mean antigen distances that span the range encountered on naturally occurring virions...
January 3, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056224/recombinant-fowlpox-virus-vector-based-vaccines-expression-kinetics-dissemination-and-safety-profile-following-intranasal-delivery
#9
David G Townsend, Shubhanshi Trivedi, Ronald J Jackson, Charani Ranasinghe
We have previously established that mucosal uptake of recombinant fowlpox virus (rFPV) vaccines is far superior to other vector-based vaccines. Specifically, intranasal (i.n.) priming with rFPV vaccines can recruit unique antigen presenting cells (APC), which induce excellent mucosal and systemic HIV-specific CD8+ T cell immunity. In this study, we have for the first time investigated the in-vivo dissemination, safety and expression kinetics of rFPV post i.n. delivery using recombinant viruses expressing green fluorescent protein (GFP) or mCherry...
January 5, 2017: Journal of General Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28049151/modulation-of-microrna-mrna-target-pairs-by-human-papillomavirus-16-oncoproteins
#10
Mallory E Harden, Nripesh Prasad, Anthony Griffiths, Karl Munger
: The E6 and E7 proteins are the major oncogenic drivers encoded by high-risk human papillomaviruses (HPVs). While many aspects of the transforming activities of these proteins have been extensively studied, there are fewer studies that have investigated how HPV E6/E7 expression affects the expression of cellular noncoding RNAs. The goal of our study was to investigate HPV16 E6/E7 modulation of cellular microRNA (miR) levels and to determine the potential consequences for cellular gene expression...
January 3, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28042619/beating-the-odds-successful-establishment-of-a-phase-ii-iii-clinical-research-trial-in-resource-poor-liberia-during-the-largest-ever-ebola-outbreak
#11
J Doe-Anderson, B Baseler, P Driscoll, M Johnson, J Lysander, L McNay, W S Njoh, M Smolskis, L Wehrlen, J Zuckerman
It has been argued that a country such as Liberia, not fully recovered from the devastation of decades of civil unrest, lacked the appropriate ethical and regulatory framework, basic human and health care services, and infrastructure to carry out clinical trials according to international standards of quality during a public health emergency. However, as Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea were being ravaged by the largest and most devastating Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak ever recorded, the topic of conducting clinical trials of experimental vaccine and treatment candidates in these resource-poor countries generated the keen interest and concern of scientists, researchers, physicians, bioethicists, philanthropists, and even politicians...
December 15, 2016: Contemporary Clinical Trials Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28036287/n-glycosylation-converts-non-glycoproteins-into-mannose-receptor-ligands-and-reveals-antigen-specific-t-cell-responses-in-vivo
#12
Christoph Kreer, Janina M Kuepper, Matthias Zehner, Thomas Quast, Waldemar Kolanus, Beatrix Schumak, Sven Burgdorf
N-glycosylation is generally accepted to enhance the immunogenicity of antigens because of two main reasons. First, the attachment of glycans enables recognition by endocytic receptors like the mannose receptor (MR) and hence increased uptake by dendritic cells (DCs). Second, foreign glycans are postulated to be immunostimulatory and their recognition could induce DC activation. However, a direct comparison between the immunogenicity of N-glycosylated vs. de-glycosylated proteins in vivo and a direct effect of N-glycosylated antigens on the intrinsic capacity of DCs to activate T cells have not been assessed so far...
December 28, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28034476/defining-cases-of-severe-pediatric-diarrhea-for-an-efficacy-trial-of-an-enterotoxigenic-escherichia-coli-etec-vaccine-report-on-an-international-workshop-washington-dc-march-2016
#13
Thomas F Wierzba, Alexandra Bourgis
Enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli (ETEC) causes severe acute watery diarrhea. No ETEC vaccine is available but candidates are in development, including ETVAX, an oral, whole-cell inactivated vaccine. ETVAX is being tested in a descending-age trial in Bangladesh. If found safe and immunogenic, investigators may test it for efficacy in children. Like oral rotavirus vaccines, we expect that ETVAX will be most effective at decreasing the incidence of moderate-to-severe ETEC episodes. Thus, for an efficacy trial outcome, it will be necessary to triage patients into moderate-to-severe versus mild disease...
December 26, 2016: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28031339/staphylococcus-aureus-protein-a-disrupts-immunity-mediated-by-long-lived-plasma-cells
#14
Amanda B Keener, Lance T Thurlow, SunAh Kang, Nicholas A Spidale, Stephen H Clarke, Kenji M Cunnion, Roland Tisch, Anthony R Richardson, Barbara J Vilen
Infection with Staphylococcus aureus does not induce long-lived protective immunity for reasons that are not completely understood. Human and murine vaccine studies support a role for Abs in protecting against recurring infections, but S. aureus modulates the B cell response through expression of staphylococcus protein A (SpA), a surface protein that drives polyclonal B cell expansion and induces cell death in the absence of costimulation. In this murine study, we show that SpA altered the fate of plasmablasts and plasma cells (PCs) by enhancing the short-lived extrafollicular response and reducing the pool of bone marrow (BM)-resident long-lived PCs...
December 28, 2016: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28027283/divergent-memory-b-cell-responses-in-a-mixed-infant-pneumococcal-conjugate-vaccine-schedule
#15
Johannes Trück, Ruth Mitchell, Sena Jawad, Elizabeth A Clutterbuck, Matthew D Snape, Dominic F Kelly, Merryn Voysey, Andrew J Pollard
BACKGROUND: Vaccine-induced immunity against pneumococcal infection relies on the generation of high concentrations of antibody and B-cell memory. Both the 10- and the 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccines (PCV-10 and PCV-13) effectively reduce disease caused by vaccine serotypes. It is unknown whether the generation of B-cell memory requires several doses of the same vaccine or whether different PCVs are interchangeable. METHODS: Children in the UK (n=178) who had previously received PCV-13 at 2 and 4 months were randomized 1:1 to receive a PCV-13 or PCV-10 booster at age 12 months...
December 23, 2016: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28018344/adjunct-strategies-for-tuberculosis-vaccines-modulating-key-immune-cell-regulatory-mechanisms-to-potentiate-vaccination
#16
REVIEW
Lakshmi Jayashankar, Richard Hafner
Tuberculosis (TB) remains a global health threat of alarming proportions, resulting in 1.5 million deaths worldwide. The only available licensed vaccine, Bacillus Calmette-Guérin, does not confer lifelong protection against active TB. To date, development of an effective vaccine against TB has proven to be elusive, and devising newer approaches for improved vaccination outcomes is an essential goal. Insights gained over the last several years have revealed multiple mechanisms of immune manipulation by Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) in infected macrophages and dendritic cells that support disease progression and block development of protective immunity...
2016: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28017439/what-drivers-will-influence-global-immunizations-in-the-era-of-grand-convergence-in-global-health
#17
Orin S Levine
Recent projections suggest that by 2035 global health will look dramatically different than it does today. In what's called a 'grand convergence' the world is likely to be characterized by far more similarities than differences in the prevailing health and medical problems across populations. This manuscript considers how key drivers for vaccine use and uptake might change as a result of the grand convergence and how decisions taken now might anticipate those changes in ways that position immunizations to continue playing an important role in the future...
December 22, 2016: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28011813/does-oral-polio-vaccine-have-non-specific-effects-on-all-cause-mortality-natural-experiments-within-a-randomised-controlled-trial-of-early-measles-vaccine
#18
Peter Aaby, Andreas Andersen, Cesário L Martins, Ane B Fisker, Amabelia Rodrigues, Hilton C Whittle, Christine S Benn
BACKGROUND: BCG and measles vaccine (MV) may have beneficial non-specific effects (NSEs). If an unplanned intervention with a vaccine (a natural experiment) modifies the estimated effect in a randomised controlled trial (RCT), this suggests NSEs. We used this approach to test NSEs of triple oral polio vaccine (OPV). METHODS: During an RCT of 2 doses of MV at 4.5 and 9 months versus 1 dose of MV at 9 months of age, we experienced 2 natural experiments with OPV...
December 23, 2016: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28005904/epidemiologic-evaluation-of-human-papillomavirus-type-competition-and-the-potential-for-type-replacement-post-vaccination
#19
Joseph E Tota, Mengzhu Jiang, Agnihotram V Ramanakumar, Stephen D Walter, Jay S Kaufman, François Coutlée, Harriet Richardson, Ann N Burchell, Anita Koushik, Marie Hélène Mayrand, Luisa L Villa, Eduardo L Franco
BACKGROUND: Millions of women have been vaccinated with one of two first-generation human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines. Both vaccines remain in use and target two oncogenic types (HPVs 16 and 18); however, if these types naturally compete with others that are not targeted, type replacement may occur following reductions in the circulating prevalence of targeted types. To explore the potential for type replacement, we evaluated natural HPV type competition in unvaccinated females. METHODS: Valid HPV DNA typing information was available from five epidemiological studies conducted in Canada and Brazil (n = 14,685; enrollment across studies took place between1993 and 2010), which used similar consensus-primer PCR assays, capable of detecting up to 40 HPV types...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27998266/impact-of-pneumococcal-conjugate-vaccines-on-pneumococcal-meningitis-cases-in-france-between-2001-and-2014-a-time-series-analysis
#20
Anna Alari, Hélène Chaussade, Matthieu Domenech De Cellès, Lénaig Le Fouler, Emmanuelle Varon, Lulla Opatowski, Didier Guillemot, Laurence Watier
BACKGROUND: Pneumococcal meningitis (PM) is a major invasive pneumococcal disease. Two pneumococcal conjugate vaccines (PCVs) have been introduced in France: PCV7 was recommended in 2003 and replaced in 2010 by PCV13, which has six additional serotypes. The impact of introducing those vaccines on the evolution of PM case numbers and serotype distributions in France from 2001 to 2014 is assessed herein. METHODS: Data on 5166 Streptococcus pneumoniae strains isolated from cerebrospinal fluid between 2001 and 2014 in the 22 regions of France were obtained from the National Reference Center for Pneumococci...
December 21, 2016: BMC Medicine
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