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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792223/culex-flavivirus-infection-in-a-culex-pipiens-mosquito-colony-and-its-effects-on-vector-competence-for-rift-valley-fever-phlebovirus
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Sandra Talavera, Lotty Birnberg, Ana I Nuñez, Francesc Muñoz-Muñoz, Ana Vázquez, Núria Busquets
BACKGROUND: Rift Valley fever is a mosquito-borne zoonotic disease that affects domestic ruminants and humans. Culex flavivirus is an insect-specific flavivirus that naturally exists in field mosquito populations. The influence of Culex flavivirus on Rift Valley fever phlebovirus (RVFV) vector competence of Culex pipiens has not been investigated. METHODS: Culex flavivirus infection in a Cx. pipiens colony was studied by Culex flavivirus oral feeding and intrathoracical inoculation...
May 23, 2018: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792190/novel-insights-into-neuroinflammation-bacterial-lipopolysaccharide-tumor-necrosis-factor-%C3%AE-and-ureaplasma-species-differentially-modulate-atypical-chemokine-receptor-3-responses-in-human-brain-microvascular-endothelial-cells
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Christine Silwedel, Christian P Speer, Axel Haarmann, Markus Fehrholz, Heike Claus, Mathias Buttmann, Kirsten Glaser
BACKGROUND: Atypical chemokine receptor 3 (ACKR3, synonym CXCR7) is increasingly considered relevant in neuroinflammatory conditions, in which its upregulation contributes to compromised endothelial barrier function and may ultimately allow inflammatory brain injury. While an impact of ACKR3 has been recognized in several neurological autoimmune diseases, neuroinflammation may also result from infectious agents, including Ureaplasma species (spp.). Although commonly regarded as commensals of the adult urogenital tract, Ureaplasma spp...
May 23, 2018: Journal of Neuroinflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792173/impact-of-growth-ph-and-glucose-concentrations-on-the-cody-regulatory-network-in-streptococcus-salivarius
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Jianing Geng, Szu-Chuan Huang, Yueh-Ying Chen, Cheng-Hsun Chiu, Songnian Hu, Yi-Ywan M Chen
BACKGROUND: Streptococcus salivarius is an abundant isolate of the human oral microbiota. Since both pH and glucose availability fluctuate frequently in the oral cavity, the goal of this study was to investigate regulation by CodY, a conserved pleiotropic regulator of Gram positive bacteria, in response to these two signals. The chemostat culture system was employed to precisely control the growth parameters, and the transcriptomes of wild-type S. salivarius 57.I and its CodY-null derivative (ΔcodY) grown at pH 7 and 5...
May 23, 2018: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792127/listeria-monocytogenes-infection-enhances-the-interaction-between-rat-non-classical-mhc-ib-molecule-and-ly49-receptors
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Hamid Shegarfi, Kevin P Kane, Janne Nestvold
Murine NK cell Ly49 receptors, functionally analogous to KIRs in humans recognize MHC class I molecules and play a key role in controlling NK cell function. We have previously shown that the paired activating Ly49s4 and inhibitory Ly49i4 receptors recognize undefined non-classical MHC-Ib ligands from the RT1-CE region in rats. Here, the RT1-CE16 gene of the RT1d haplotype was stably transfected into the mouse RAW macrophage cell line, termed RAW-CE16d cells. Combining RAW-CE16d cells with Ly49 expressing reporter cells demonstrated Ly49i4 and Ly49s4 specificity for CE16d ...
May 2018: Innate Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29791440/cost-effectiveness-of-dog-rabies-vaccination-programs-in-east-africa
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Rebekah H Borse, Charisma Y Atkins, Manoj Gambhir, Eduardo A Undurraga, Jesse D Blanton, Emily B Kahn, Jessie L Dyer, Charles E Rupprecht, Martin I Meltzer
BACKGROUND: Dog rabies annually causes 24,000-70,000 deaths globally. We built a spreadsheet tool, RabiesEcon, to aid public health officials to estimate the cost-effectiveness of dog rabies vaccination programs in East Africa. METHODS: RabiesEcon uses a mathematical model of dog-dog and dog-human rabies transmission to estimate dog rabies cases averted, the cost per human rabies death averted and cost per year of life gained (YLG) due to dog vaccination programs (US 2015 dollars)...
May 23, 2018: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29791438/identity-by-descent-analyses-for-measuring-population-dynamics-and-selection-in-recombining-pathogens
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Lyndal Henden, Stuart Lee, Ivo Mueller, Alyssa Barry, Melanie Bahlo
Identification of genomic regions that are identical by descent (IBD) has proven useful for human genetic studies where analyses have led to the discovery of familial relatedness and fine-mapping of disease critical regions. Unfortunately however, IBD analyses have been underutilized in analysis of other organisms, including human pathogens. This is in part due to the lack of statistical methodologies for non-diploid genomes in addition to the added complexity of multiclonal infections. As such, we have developed an IBD methodology, called isoRelate, for analysis of haploid recombining microorganisms in the presence of multiclonal infections...
May 23, 2018: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29790789/assessment-of-the-association-between-the-frequency-of-micronucleus-and-p-16ink4a-ki-67-co-expression-in-patients-with-cervical-intraepithelial-lesions
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G Gashi, V Mahovlić, E Bahtiri, F Kurshumliu, A Podrimaj-Bytyqi, I R Elezaj
Human papilloma virus (HPV) infection is the main etiological factor for cervical intraepithelial lesions (CIN). An important characteristic of this process is the loss of genome stability. Therefore, it is imperative to use biomarkers of DNA damage caused by genomic instability to identify high risk individuals. We investigated the frequency of micronuclei (MN) in peripheral blood lymphocytes (PBL) of 20 patients, diagnosed as histologically CIN 1 and 10 healthy controls. We also examined the frequency of other nuclear anomalies including nucleoplasmic bridges (NPBs) and nuclear buds (NBUDs) in PBL of patients with CIN 1 and healthy controls, and evaluated the benefits of p16INK4a and Ki-67 (p16INK4a /Ki-67) immunohistochemical double staining for identifying cervical squamous cells that express HPV E6/E7 oncogenes...
May 23, 2018: Biotechnic & Histochemistry: Official Publication of the Biological Stain Commission
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29789784/canine-leishmaniasis-an-overview-of-the-current-status-and-strategies-for-control
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REVIEW
Raul Rio Ribeiro, Marilene Suzan Marques Michalick, Manoel Eduardo da Silva, Cristiano Cheim Peixoto Dos Santos, Frédéric Jean Georges Frézard, Sydnei Magno da Silva
Canine leishmaniasis (CanL) is a vector-borne disease caused by Leishmania infantum and is transmitted by female phlebotomine sand flies primarily between animals and secondarily to humans. The course of infection may be different from one individual dog to another, ranging from spontaneous cure to acute evolution that leads to death, if proper management and therapy are not adopted. A parasitological cure is rarely achieved and clinical recurrences in CanL are frequent. Vaccination associated with the use of topical insecticides is undoubtedly the most effective form of prevention and control of the disease...
2018: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29789389/lrrk2-is-a-negative-regulator-of-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-phagosome-maturation-in-macrophages
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Anetta Härtlova, Susanne Herbst, Julien Peltier, Angela Rodgers, Orsolya Bilkei-Gorzo, Antony Fearns, Brian D Dill, Heyne Lee, Rowan Flynn, Sally A Cowley, Paul Davies, Patrick A Lewis, Ian G Ganley, Jennifer Martinez, Dario R Alessi, Alastair D Reith, Matthias Trost, Maximiliano G Gutierrez
Mutations in the leucine-rich repeat kinase 2 (LRRK2) are associated with Parkinson's disease, chronic inflammation and mycobacterial infections. Although there is evidence supporting the idea that LRRK2 has an immune function, the cellular function of this kinase is still largely unknown. By using genetic, pharmacological and proteomics approaches, we show that LRRK2 kinase activity negatively regulates phagosome maturation via the recruitment of the Class III phosphatidylinositol-3 kinase complex and Rubicon to the phagosome in macrophages...
May 22, 2018: EMBO Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29788909/whole-genome-analysis-reveals-the-diversity-and-evolutionary-relationships-between-necrotic-enteritis-causing-strains-of-clostridium-perfringens
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Jake A Lacey, Theodore R Allnutt, Ben Vezina, Thi Thu Hao Van, Thomas Stent, Xiaoyan Han, Julian I Rood, Ben Wade, Anthony L Keyburn, Torsten Seemann, Honglei Chen, Volker Haring, Priscilla A Johanesen, Dena Lyras, Robert J Moore
BACKGROUND: Clostridium perfringens causes a range of diseases in animals and humans including necrotic enteritis in chickens and food poisoning and gas gangrene in humans. Necrotic enteritis is of concern in commercial chicken production due to the cost of the implementation of infection control measures and to productivity losses. This study has focused on the genomic analysis of a range of chicken-derived C. perfringens isolates, from around the world and from different years. The genomes were sequenced and compared with 20 genomes available from public databases, which were from a diverse collection of isolates from chickens, other animals, and humans...
May 22, 2018: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29788070/vt-1598-inhibits-the-in-vitro-growth-of-mucosal-candida-strains-and-protects-against-fluconazole-susceptible-and-resistant-oral-candidiasis-in-il-17-signalling-deficient-mice
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Timothy J Break, Jigar V Desai, Kelley R Healey, Mukil Natarajan, Elise M N Ferre, Christina Henderson, Adrian Zelazny, Ulrich Siebenlist, Christopher M Yates, Oren J Cohen, Robert J Schotzinger, David S Perlin, Edward P Garvey, Michail S Lionakis
Background: Chronic mucocutaneous candidiasis (CMC) treatment often induces drug resistance, posing long-term challenges. A novel broad-spectrum fungal CYP51 inhibitor, VT-1598, specifically targets fungal CYP51, but not human CYP enzymes. Objectives: To determine the efficacy of VT-1598 in the treatment of oral Candida infection caused by fluconazole-susceptible and -resistant clinical isolates. Methods: The MICs of VT-1598 and fluconazole for 28 Candida isolates recovered from patients with inherited CMC were determined using CLSI M27-A3 and M27-S4 guidelines...
May 16, 2018: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786935/evaluation-of-pcr-primers-targeting-the-groel-gene-for-the-specific-detection-of-streptococcus-agalactiae-in-the-context-of-aquaculture
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W J Leigh, R N Zadoks, A Jaglarz, J Z Costa, G Foster, K D Thompson
AIMS: The aim of this study was to design a set of primers for specific detection and identification of Streptococcus agalactiae in polymerase chain reaction (PCR) that can detect a diverse range of S. agalactiae isolates from different hosts and that it is capable of discriminating between S. agalactiae and other species that are closely related or potentially present in aquaculture environments, notably Streptococcus iniae. METHODS AND RESULTS: Primers, based on the groEL2 gene of S...
May 22, 2018: Journal of Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785215/mycobacteriosis-and-tuberculosis-laboratory-diagnosis
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REVIEW
Davood Azadi, Tahereh Motallebirad, Kazem Ghaffari, Hasan Shojaei
Background: Tuberculosis is one of the most important infectious diseases that has claimed its victims throughout much of known human history. With Koch's discovery of the tubercle bacillus as the etiologic agent of the disease, his sanitary and hygienic measures, which were based on his discovery and the development of a vaccine against tuberculosis by Albert Calmette and Camille Guérin in 1921, an attenuated Mycobacterium bovis strain, bacilli Calmette-Guérin (BCG), and the discovery of the first antibiotic against tuberculosis, streptomycin by Selman Waksman in 1943, soon led to the opinion that appropriate control measures had become available for tuberculosis and it had been assumed that the disease could ultimately be eradicated...
2018: Open Microbiology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783172/headspace-sorptive-extraction-gas-chromatography-mass-spectrometry-method-to-measure-volatile-emissions-from-human-airway-cell-cultures
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Mei S Yamaguchi, Mitchell M McCartney, Angela L Linderholm, Susan E Ebeler, Michael Schivo, Cristina E Davis
The human respiratory tract releases volatile metabolites into exhaled breath that can be utilized for noninvasive health diagnostics. To understand the origin of this metabolic process, our group has previously analyzed the headspace above human epithelial cell cultures using solid phase microextraction-gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (SPME-GC-MS). In the present work, we improve our model by employing sorbent-covered magnetic stir bars for headspace sorptive extraction (HSSE). Sorbent-coated stir bar analyte recovery increased by 52 times and captured 97 more compounds than SPME...
May 12, 2018: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782820/onchocerciasis-prevalence-human-migration-and-risks-for-onchocerciasis-elimination-in-the-upper-mouhoun-nakamb%C3%A3-and-nazinon-river-basins-in-burkina-faso
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Achille S Nikièma, Lassane Koala, Rory J Post, Alain B Paré, Claude Montant Kafando, François Drabo, Adrien M G Belem, Roch K Dabiré, Soungalo Traoré
Historically, the whole of Burkina Faso was considered to be endemic for onchocerciasis (except a small area in the far north of the country) with prevalence rates 60-80%, but all endemic areas were included in the World Health Organisation Onchocerciasis Control Programme, which operated a system of vector control by larviciding beginning in 1974. In Burkina Faso larviciding had been phased out by 1989 when it was considered that onchocerciasis had been reduced to levels below the transmission breakpoint (and any residual infections would disappear without further intervention)...
May 18, 2018: Acta Tropica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782500/the-human-snail-transmission-environment-shapes-long-term-schistosomiasis-control-outcomes-implications-for-improving-the-accuracy-of-predictive-modeling
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David Gurarie, Nathan C Lo, Martial L Ndeffo-Mbah, David P Durham, Charles H King
INTRODUCTION: Schistosomiasis is a chronic parasitic trematode disease that affects over 240 million people worldwide. The Schistosoma lifecycle is complex, involving transmission via specific intermediate-host freshwater snails. Predictive mathematical models of Schistosoma transmission have often chosen to simplify or ignore the details of environmental human-snail interaction in their analyses. Schistosome transmission models now aim to provide better precision for policy planning of elimination of transmission...
May 21, 2018: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781996/replication-of-the-ordered-nonredundant-library-of-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-strain-pa14-transposon-insertion-mutants
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Eliana Drenkard, Rhianna M Hibbler, D Alina Gutu, Alexander D Eaton, Amy L Silverio, Frederick M Ausubel, Bryan P Hurley, Lael M Yonker
Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a phenotypically and genotypically diverse and adaptable Gram-negative bacterium ubiquitous in human environments. P. aeruginosa is able to form biofilms, develop antibiotic resistance, produce virulence factors, and rapidly evolve in the course of a chronic infection. Thus P. aeruginosa can cause both acute and chronic, difficult to treat infections, resulting in significant morbidity in certain patient populations. P. aeruginosa strain PA14 is a human clinical isolate with a conserved genome structure that infects a variety of mammalian and nonvertebrate hosts making PA14 an attractive strain for studying this pathogen...
May 4, 2018: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780848/controlled-human-hookworm-infection-accelerating-human-hookworm-vaccine-development
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David Diemert, Doreen Campbell, Jill Brelsford, Caitlyn Leasure, Guangzhao Li, Jin Peng, Maria Zumer, Naji Younes, Maria Elena Bottazzi, Rojelio Mejia, David I Pritchard, John M Hawdon, Jeffrey M Bethony
Background: Controlled human hookworm infection (CHHI) is a central component of a proposed hookworm vaccination-challenge model (HVCM) to test the efficacy of candidate vaccines. Critical to CHHI is the manufacture of Necator americanus infective larvae ( Na L3) according to current Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP) and the determination of an inoculum of Na L3 that is safe and reliably induces patent infection. Methods: cGMP-grade Na L3 were produced for a phase 1 trial in 20 healthy, hookworm-naïve adults in the United States, who received either 25 or 50 Na L3...
May 2018: Open Forum Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780582/the-convergent-epidemiology-of-tuberculosis-and-human-cytomegalovirus-infection
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Frank Cobelens, Nico Nagelkerke, Helen Fletcher
Although several factors are known to increase the risk of tuberculosis, the occurrence of tuberculosis disease in an infected individual is difficult to predict. We hypothesize that active human cytomegalovirus infection due to recent infection, reinfection or reactivation plays an epidemiologically relevant role in the aetiology of tuberculosis by precipitating the progression from latent tuberculosis infection to disease. The most compelling support for this hypothesis comes from the striking similarity in age-sex distribution between the two infections, important because the age-sex pattern of tuberculosis disease progression has not been convincingly explained...
2018: F1000Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780384/discrimination-between-human-leukocyte-antigen-class-i-bound-and-co-purified-hiv-derived-peptides-in-immunopeptidomics-workflows
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Thomas Partridge, Annalisa Nicastri, Anna E Kliszczak, Louis-Marie Yindom, Benedikt M Kessler, Nicola Ternette, Persephone Borrow
Elucidation of novel peptides presented by human leukocyte antigen (HLA) class I alleles by immunopeptidomics constitutes a powerful approach that can inform the rational design of CD8+ T cell inducing vaccines to control infection with pathogens such as human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) or to combat tumors. Recent advances in the sensitivity of liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry instrumentation have facilitated the discovery of thousands of natural HLA-restricted peptides in a single measurement...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
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