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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933544/dissection-of-host-susceptibility-to-bacterial-infections-and-its-toxins
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Aysar Nashef, Mahmoud Agbaria, Ariel Shusterman, Nicola Ivan Lorè, Alessandra Bragonzi, Ervin Wiess, Yael Houri-Haddad, Fuad A Iraqi
Infection is one of the leading causes of human mortality and morbidity. Exposure to microbial agents is obviously required. However, also non-microbial environmental and host factors play a key role in the onset, development and outcome of infectious disease, resulting in large of clinical variability between individuals in a population infected with the same microbe. Controlled and standardized investigations of the genetics of susceptibility to infectious disease are almost impossible to perform in humans whereas mouse models allow application of powerful genomic techniques to identify and validate causative genes underlying human diseases with complex etiologies...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933401/improvement-of-abnormal-vaginal-flora-in-ugandan-women-by-self-testing-and-short-use-of-intravaginal-antimicrobials
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G Donders, G Bellen, F Donders, J Pinget, I Vandevelde, T Michiels, J Byamughisa
The vaginal composition of African women is more often lactobacillus-deficient compared to that of women from other areas around the world. Lactobacillus-deficient microflora is a known risk factor for serious health problems, such as preterm birth, cervix cancer, and entrapment of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs). The aim of this study was to assess the effect of local vaginal antibiotic or antiseptic treatment on abnormal vaginal flora (AVF), aerobic vaginitis (AV), and bacterial vaginosis (BV) among women in rural, semi-urban, and urban areas in Uganda, as compared to placebo...
December 8, 2016: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933275/an-in-vitro-co-culture-mouse-model-demonstrates-efficient-vaccine-mediated-control-of-francisella-tularensis-schu-s4-and-identifies-nitric-oxide-as-a-predictor-of-efficacy
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Igor Golovliov, Helena Lindgren, Kjell Eneslätt, Wayne Conlan, Amandine Mosnier, Thomas Henry, Anders Sjöstedt
Francisella tularensis is a highly virulent intracellular bacterium and cell-mediated immunity is critical for protection, but mechanisms of protection against highly virulent variants, such as the prototypic strain F. tularensis strain SCHU S4, are poorly understood. To this end, we established a co-culture system, based on splenocytes from naïve, or immunized mice and in vitro infected bone marrow-derived macrophages that allowed assessment of mechanisms controlling infection with F. tularensis. We utilized the system to understand why the clpB gene deletion mutant, ΔclpB, of SCHU S4 shows superior efficacy as a vaccine in the mouse model as compared to the existing human vaccine, the live vaccine strain (LVS)...
2016: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933184/coxsackie-adenovirus-receptor-expression-is-enhanced-in-pancreas-from-patients-with-type-1-diabetes
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M Hodik, M Anagandula, J Fuxe, L Krogvold, K Dahl-Jørgensen, H Hyöty, L Sarmiento, G Frisk
OBJECTIVES: One of the theories connecting enterovirus (EV) infection of human islets with type 1 diabetes (T1D) is the development of a fertile field in the islets. This implies induction of appropriate proteins for the viral replication such as the coxsackie-adenovirus receptor (CAR). The aim of this study was to investigate to what extent CAR is expressed in human islets of Langerhans, and what conditions that would change the expression. DESIGN: Immunohistochemistry for CAR was performed on paraffin-embedded pancreatic tissue from patients with T1D (n=9 recent onset T1D, n=4 long-standing T1D), islet autoantibody-positive individuals (n=14) and non-diabetic controls (n=24) individuals...
2016: BMJ Open Diabetes Research & Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933059/formation-of-neutrophil-extracellular-traps-under-low-oxygen-level
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Katja Branitzki-Heinemann, Helene Möllerherm, Lena Völlger, Diab M Husein, Nicole de Buhr, Stefanie Blodkamp, Friederike Reuner, Graham Brogden, Hassan Y Naim, Maren von Köckritz-Blickwede
Since their discovery, neutrophil extracellular traps (NETs) have been characterized as a fundamental host innate immune defense mechanism. Conversely, excessive NET-release may have a variety of detrimental consequences for the host. A fine balance between NET formation and elimination is necessary to sustain a protective effect during an infectious challenge. Our own recently published data revealed that stabilization of hypoxia-inducible factor 1α (HIF-1α) by the iron chelating HIF-1α-agonist desferoxamine or AKB-4924 enhanced the release of phagocyte extracellular traps...
2016: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933042/the-role-of-stress-and-stress-adaptations-in-determining-the-fate-of-the-bacterial-pathogen-listeria-monocytogenes-in-the-food-chain
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REVIEW
Kerrie NicAogáin, Conor P O'Byrne
The foodborne pathogen Listeria monocytogenes is a highly adaptable organism that can persist in a wide range of environmental and food-related niches. The consumption of contaminated ready-to-eat foods can cause infections, termed listeriosis, in vulnerable humans, particularly those with weakened immune systems. Although these infections are comparatively rare they are associated with high mortality rates and therefore this pathogen has a significant impact on food safety. L. monocytogenes can adapt to and survive a wide range of stress conditions including low pH, low water activity, and low temperature, which makes it problematic for food producers who rely on these stresses for preservation...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932608/antiviral-activity-of-pocapavir-in-a-randomized-blinded-placebo-controlled-human-oral-poliovirus-vaccine-challenge-model
#7
Marc S Collett, Jeffrey R Hincks, Kimberley Benschop, Erwin Duizer, Harrie van der Avoort, Eric Rhoden, Hongmei Liu, M Steven Oberste, Mark A McKinlay, Marianne Hartford
BACKGROUND: Immunodeficient individuals who excrete vaccine-derived polioviruses threaten polio eradication. Antivirals address this threat. METHODS: In a randomized, blinded, placebo-controlled study, adults were challenged with oral poliovirus vaccine type 1 (mOPV1) and subsequently treated with capsid inhibitor pocapavir or placebo. Time to virus negativity in stool was determined. RESULTS: 144 participants were enrolled; 98% became infected upon OPV challenge...
December 8, 2016: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932595/the-relationship-between-acute-malnutrition-hygiene-practices-water-and-livestock-and-their-program-implications-in-eastern-chad
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Anastasia Marshak, Helen Young, Elizabeth N Bontrager, Erin M Boyd
BACKGROUND: The causes of acute malnutrition are complex and time and geography variant and need to be better understood in order to both design more effective nutrition programs and evaluate them. The findings reported here are part of an evaluation of a 4-year multisectoral nutrition program led by Concern Worldwide in the Sila Region of eastern Chad. OBJECTIVE: To present evidence and learning about the relationships between acute malnutrition and potential drivers in Sila, Chad...
December 8, 2016: Food and Nutrition Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932543/members-of-the-zinc-cluster-factor-family-alters-virulence-in-candida-albicans
#9
Luca Issi, Rhys A Farrer, Kelly Pastor, Benjamin Landry, Toni Delorey, George W Bell, Dawn A Thompson, Christina A Cuomo, Reeta P Rao
Virtually all humans are colonized with Candida albicans However, in immunocompromised individuals this benign commensal organism becomes a serious, life-threatening pathogen. Here, we describe and analyze the regulatory networks that modulate innate responses in the host niches. We identified Zcf15 and Zcf29, two Zinc Cluster transcription Factors (ZCF) that are required for C. albicans virulence. Previous sequence analysis of clinical C. albicans isolates from immunocompromised patients indicates that both ZCF genes diverged during clonal evolution...
December 7, 2016: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932207/the-current-state-of-therapeutic-and-t-cell-based-vaccines-against-human-papillomaviruses
#10
REVIEW
Andrew Yang, Emily Farmer, John Lin, T-C Wu, Chien-Fu Hung
Human papillomavirus (HPV) is known to be a necessary factor for many gynecologic malignancies and is also associated with a subset of head and neck malignancies. This knowledge has created the opportunity to control these HPV-associated cancers through vaccination. However, despite the availability of prophylactic HPV vaccines, HPV infections remain extremely common worldwide. In addition, while prophylactic HPV vaccines have been effective in preventing infection, they are ineffective at clearing pre-existing HPV infections...
December 5, 2016: Virus Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931969/human-papillomaviruses-in-colorectal-cancers-a-case-control-study-in-western-patients
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Lucine Vuitton, Carine Jaillet, Elise Jacquin, Franck Monnien, Marine Heberle, Maria I Mihai, Catherine Lassabe, Johnny Raffoul, Marc Puyraveau, Zaher Lakkis, Najib Lamfichekh, Alain Picard, Jean-Luc Prétet, Christiane Mougin, Séverine Valmary-Degano
BACKGROUND: Colorectal cancer (CRC) is one of the most common cancers. As in other cancer locations, the involvement of human papillomaviruses (HPV) has been suggested but remains highly debated with wide differences among reported prevalence of HPV infection in CRCs. AIM: To determine the actual prevalence of high risk HPV16 and 18 in a large case-control study. METHODS: CRC specimens were used for analysis of both tumor and distant healthy tissue...
November 14, 2016: Digestive and Liver Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931921/risk-factors-for-taenia-saginata-cysticercus-infection-in-cattle-in-the-united-kingdom-a-farm-level-case-control-study-and-assessment-of-the-role-of-movement-history-age-and-sex
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L R Marshall, B Chengat Prakashbabu, J Pinto Ferreira, S N Buzdugan, K D C Stärk, J Guitian
Bovine cysticercosis is caused by Taenia saginata cysticercus, the larval stage of the human tapeworm Taenia saginata. Recent European initiatives have highlighted the poor sensitivity of current surveillance for this parasite in cattle at slaughter; calling for more targeted, risk based and cost effective methods of T. saginata cysticercus detection. The aim of this study was to provide evidence that could inform such improved meat inspection activities in the United Kingdom (UK). The study included three components: (i) a farm-level case control study; (ii) the characterization of the network of movements of T...
December 1, 2016: Preventive Veterinary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930979/hp91-immunoadjuvant-an-hmgb1-derived-peptide-for-development-of-therapeutic-hpv-vaccines
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Somayeh Talebi, Azam Bolhassani, Seyed Mehdi Sadat, Rouhollah Vahabpour, Elnaz Agi, Sepideh Shahbazi
BACKGROUND: High percentage of human cervical malignancy is related to human papillomavirus (HPV) infections. Thus, it is important to find novel non-invasive treatment strategies among various therapeutic HPV vaccines. In current study, we investigated the protective and therapeutic effects of DNA- and protein-based vaccines using HPV16 E7 as a model antigen in tumor mice model. In this line, the full length of high-mobility group box 1 (HMGB1) protein as well as an HMGB1-derived short peptide (Hp91) was used as an adjuvant for stimulating adaptive immunity and developing the potency of these vaccines...
December 5, 2016: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930316/structural-basis-for-glutathione-mediated-activation-of-the-virulence-regulatory-protein-prfa-in-listeria
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Michael Hall, Christin Grundström, Afshan Begum, Mikael J Lindberg, Uwe H Sauer, Fredrik Almqvist, Jörgen Johansson, A Elisabeth Sauer-Eriksson
Infection by the human bacterial pathogen Listeria monocytogenes is mainly controlled by the positive regulatory factor A (PrfA), a member of the Crp/Fnr family of transcriptional activators. Published data suggest that PrfA requires the binding of a cofactor for full activity, and it was recently proposed that glutathione (GSH) could fulfill this function. Here we report the crystal structures of PrfA in complex with GSH and in complex with GSH and its cognate DNA, the hly operator PrfA box motif. These structures reveal the structural basis for a GSH-mediated allosteric mode of activation of PrfA in the cytosol of the host cell...
December 5, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930093/kir-gene-content-diversity-in-a-zimbabwean-population-does-kir2dl2-have-a-role-in-protection-against-human-immunodeficiency-virus-infection
#15
Kudakwashe Mhandire, Lynn Sodai Zijenah, Louis-Marie Yindom, Kerina Duri, Tommy Mlambo, Mqondisi Tshabalala, Lovemore Ronald Mazengera, Doreen Zvipo Mhandire, Cuthbert Musarurwa, Collet Dandara, Sarah Rowland-Jones, Hilda Tendisa Matarira, Babill Stray-Pedersen
Killer cell immunoglobulin-like receptors (KIRs) mediate natural killer cell function through interaction with their cognate human leukocyte antigen ligands. Thus, KIR gene variants have been implicated in resistance or susceptibility to viral infections. However, research on the role of these variants remains contradictory and inconclusive. In the present study, we investigated KIR gene content diversity and its association with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection in an adult Black Zimbabwean population...
December 2016: Omics: a Journal of Integrative Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27929745/an-elaborate-landscape-of-the-human-antibody-repertoire-against-enterovirus-71-infection-is-revealed-by-phage-display-screening-and-deep-sequencing
#16
Zhe Chen, Xianwen Ren, Jian Yang, Jie Dong, Ying Xue, Lilian Sun, Yafang Zhu, Qi Jin
Enterovirus 71 (EV71) causes outbreaks of hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD), primarily in the Asia-Pacific area, that are often associated with complications of severe to fatal neurological symptoms. There are currently no anti-viral therapies or vaccines available for the treatment of EV71 infection. Illustrating human antibody responses neutralizing EV71 infection could potentially provide valuable information for the development of effective therapies and vaccines. Here, we constructed a comprehensive phage display library based on peripheral blood of eight EV71-infected donors and identified 27 EV71-specific human antibodies, of which four have neutralizing activity in in vitro experiments...
December 8, 2016: MAbs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27929396/detection-of-ciprofloxacin-in-urine-through-sensitized-lanthanide-luminescence
#17
Subhankar Singha, Kyo Han Ahn
Ciprofloxacin, a fluoroquinolone antibiotic, is widely used for the treatment of bacterial infection in humans due to its broad antibacterial spectrum. An excessive use or overdose of ciprofloxacin on the other hand can cause several adverse effects not only to humans but also to microorganisms. Unabsorbed ciprofloxacin in the body is mostly excreted through urine and finally goes to the environment, providing a drug resistance pressure on bacteria. Hence a simple and efficient detection method of ciprofloxacin is necessary, which, for example, can be used to analyze ciprofloxacin content in urine...
December 5, 2016: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27929279/pet-related-infections
#18
Michael J Day
Physicians and veterinarians have many opportunities to partner in promoting the well-being of people and their pets, especially by addressing zoonotic diseases that may be transmitted between a pet and a human family member. Common cutaneous pet-acquired zoonoses are dermatophytosis (ringworm) and sarcoptic mange (scabies), which are both readily treated. Toxoplasmosis can be acquired from exposure to cat feces, but appropriate hygienic measures can minimize the risk to pregnant women. Persons who work with animals are at increased risk of acquiring bartonellosis (e...
November 15, 2016: American Family Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27929101/hookworm-infection
#19
Alex Loukas, Peter J Hotez, David Diemert, Maria Yazdanbakhsh, James S McCarthy, Rodrigo Correa-Oliveira, John Croese, Jeffrey M Bethony
Hookworms are soil-transmitted nematode parasites that can reside for many years in the small intestine of their human hosts; Necator americanus is the predominant infecting species. Adult worms feed on the blood of a host and can cause iron deficiency anaemia, especially in high-risk populations (children and women of childbearing age). Almost 500 million people in developing tropical countries are infected, and simulation models estimate that hookworm infection is responsible for >4 million disability-adjusted life years lost annually...
December 8, 2016: Nature Reviews. Disease Primers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27928852/prevalence-of-high-risk-human-papillomavirus-infection-in-women-with-ovarian-endometriosis
#20
Mitra Heidarpour, Maryam Derakhshan, Marzieh Derakhshan-Horeh, Majid Kheirollahi, Sepideh Dashti
AIM: In this study, we aimed to determine the prevalence of human papillomavirus (HPV) in ovarian endometriosis and ovarian tissue from women without endometriosis. Understanding the pathogenesis of the disease could help us design preventative strategies as well as novel and appropriate treatment approaches in this regard. METHODS: In this cross-sectional study, formalin-fixed and paraffin-embedded tissue sections from 50 and 49 ovaries with and without endometriosis, respectively, were evaluated for the presence of high-risk HPV using the polymerase chain reaction technique...
December 8, 2016: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research
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