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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732085/point-of-care-screening-for-hepatitis-b-virus-infection-in-pregnant-women-at-an-antenatal-clinic-a-south-african-experience
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Nafiisah Chotun, Wolfgang Preiser, Christoffel Johannes van Rensburg, Pedro Fernandez, Gerhard Barnard Theron, Dieter Glebe, Monique Ingrid Andersson
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Elimination of HIV and syphilis mother-to-child transmission (MTCT) has received much attention but little consideration has been given to the possibility of elimination of HBV MTCT. In sub-Saharan Africa, HBV vertical transmission continues to be reported and it remains an important public health problem. This study aimed to assess the feasibility of screening pregnant women for HBV using a point-of-care (POC) test and implementing interventions to prevent HBV MTCT...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732068/effects-of-liver-stage-clearance-by-primaquine-on-gametocyte-carriage-of-plasmodium-vivax-and-p-falciparum
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Rahel Wampfler, Natalie E Hofmann, Stephan Karl, Inoni Betuela, Benson Kinboro, Lina Lorry, Mariabeth Silkey, Leanne J Robinson, Ivo Mueller, Ingrid Felger
BACKGROUND: Primaquine (PQ) is the only currently licensed antimalarial that prevents Plasmodium vivax (Pv) relapses. It also clears mature P. falciparum (Pf) gametocytes, thereby reducing post-treatment transmission. Randomized PQ treatment in a treatment-to-reinfection cohort in Papua New Guinean children permitted the study of Pv and Pf gametocyte carriage after radical cure and to investigate the contribution of Pv relapses. METHODS: Children received radical cure with Chloroquine, Artemether-Lumefantrine plus either PQ or placebo...
July 21, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732046/qualitative-differences-in-cellular-immunogenicity-elicited-by-hepatitis-c-virus-t-cell-vaccines-employing-prime-boost-regimens
#3
Wendy G Tan, Iryna Zubkova, Alla Kachko, Frances Wells, Heiko Adler, Gerd Sutter, Marian E Major
T-cell based vaccines have been considered as attractive candidates for prevention of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infections. In this study we compared the magnitude and phenotypic characteristics of CD8+ T-cells induced by three commonly used viral vectors, Adenovirus-5 (Ad5), Vaccinia virus (VV) and Modified Vaccinia Ankara (MVA) expressing the HCV NS3/4A protein. C57/BL6 mice were primed with DNA expressing NS3/4A and boosted with each of the viral vectors in individual groups of mice. We then tracked the vaccine-induced CD8+ T-cell responses using pentamer binding and cytokine production analysis...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732045/the-exported-chaperone-hsp70-x-supports-virulence-functions-for-plasmodium-falciparum-blood-stage-parasites
#4
Sarah C Charnaud, Matthew W A Dixon, Catherine Q Nie, Lia Chappell, Paul R Sanders, Thomas Nebl, Eric Hanssen, Matthew Berriman, Jo-Anne Chan, Adam J Blanch, James G Beeson, Julian C Rayner, Jude M Przyborski, Leann Tilley, Brendan S Crabb, Paul R Gilson
Malaria is caused by five different Plasmodium spp. in humans each of which modifies the host erythrocyte to survive and replicate. The two main causes of malaria, P. falciparum and P. vivax, differ in their ability to cause severe disease, mainly due to differences in the cytoadhesion of infected erythrocytes (IE) in the microvasculature. Cytoadhesion of P. falciparum in the brain leads to a large number of deaths each year and is a consequence of exported parasite proteins, some of which modify the erythrocyte cytoskeleton while others such as PfEMP1 project onto the erythrocyte surface where they bind to endothelial cells...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732019/rate-of-hepatitis-c-viral-clearance-by-human-livers-in-human-patients-liver-transplantation-modeling-primary-infection-and-implications-for-studying-entry-inhibition
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Michael G Hughes, William W Tucker, Sreelatha Reddy, Michael E Brier, David Koch, Craig J McClain, Colleen B Jonsson, Nobuyuki Matoba, Donghoon Chung
To better understand the dynamics of early hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection, we determined how rapidly non-cirrhotic HCV-uninfected liver allografts clear HCV from the circulation of cirrhotic HCV-infected patients at the time of transplantation but before administration of immunosuppression. Specifically, we characterized serum HCV kinetics during the first 90 min of reperfusion for 19 chronically HCV-infected patients transplanted with an HCV-uninfected liver by measuring serum viral load immediately prior to reperfusion (t = 0) and then every 15 min for a total of 90 min (t = 90)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731954/laparoscopic-pancreaticoduodenectomy-a-single-team-preliminary-experience
#6
Xiaohui Duan, Bo Jiang, Lixue Zhou, Jianhui Yang, Bingzhang Tian, Huiming Wen, Xianhai Mao
OBJECTIVE: The present study aimed to describe the authors' experience and the perioperative outcome for laparoscopic pancreaticoduodenectomy (LPD). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Perioperative clinical data of 57 consecutive pancreaticoduodenectomy (PD) procedures performed from January 2014 to May 2016 in the Department of Hepatobiliary Surgery, Hunan Provincial People's Hospital were retrospectively analyzed. RESULTS: The median of operative time was 315 minutes (range, 220 to 575 min) and the median of intraoperative estimated blood loss was 200 mL (range, 100 to 550 mL)...
July 20, 2017: Surgical Laparoscopy, Endoscopy & Percutaneous Techniques
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731901/should-first-line-empiric-treatment-strategies-for-neonates-cover-coagulase-negative-staphylococcal-infections-in-kenya
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Anna C Seale, Christina W Obiero, Kelsey Jones, Hellen C Barsosio, Johnstone Thitiri, Moses Ngari, Susan Morpeth, Shebe Mohammed, Greg Fegan, Neema Mturi, James A Berkley
BACKGROUND: Neonatal mortality remains high in sub-Saharan Africa, and a third of deaths are estimated to result from infection. Whilst coagulase negative staphylococci (CoNS) are leading neonatal pathogens in resource-rich settings, their role, and the need for early anti-staphylococcal treatment in empiric antibiotic guidelines, is unknown in sub-Saharan Africa. METHODS: We examined systematic clinical and microbiologic surveillance data from all neonatal admissions to Kilifi County Hospital (1998-2013) to determine associated case fatality and/or prolonged duration of admission associated with CoNS in neonates treated according to standard WHO guidelines...
July 18, 2017: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731668/-azathioprine-induced-pancytopenia-case-series
#8
Cristina Martínez Faci, Ignacio Ros Arnal, José M Martínez de Zabarte Fernández, Jordi Sorribes Estorch, Mónica López Campos, Carmen Rodríguez-Vigil Iturrate
Azathioprine is an immunosuppressive drug that has shown effectiveness in inflammatory bowel disease treatment. Its metabolite, 6-mercaptopurine, is metabolized through thiopurine methyltransferase. Patients with low enzyme activity may have more frequent and severe side effects. The most common is leukopenia, and rarely pancytopenia. The thiopurine methyltransferase activity monitoring shows an individualized profile of enzymatic activity but it should not replace monitoring by performing serial blood counts...
August 1, 2017: Archivos Argentinos de Pediatría
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731656/are-red-blood-cell-transfusions-associated-with-nosocomial-infections-in-critically-ill-children
#9
Omar E Naveda Romero, Andrea F Naveda Meléndez
Although the transfusionofblood products is common practice, its effects on the immune system have not been adequately studied. A prospective cohort study was conducted in critically ill children followed up until their death, transfer or discharge to establish an association between red blood cell transfusions (RBCTs) and nosocomial infections. A nosocomial infection was considered to be post-transfusional if it occurred within 14 days after RBCT. A total of 162 children were included in the study, 35 (21...
August 1, 2017: Archivos Argentinos de Pediatría
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731615/the-prevalence-of-ccr5-%C3%AE-32-mutation-in-a-cohort-of-saudi-stem-cell-donors
#10
M Alarifi, F Al-Amro, A Alalwan, A Al-Turki, H Fakhoury, N Atallah, M Al Muallimi, M Al-Balwi, M ALzahrani, A Alaskar, A Hajeer, D Jawdat
CCR5 is a chemokine receptor that also was found to be used by HIV as a co-receptor for entering target cells. A 32 bp deletion was described in certain people that rendered CCR5 non-functional. The mutant allele CCR5-Δ32 has been shown to prevent HIV infection. In addition, stem cell transplantation with the CCR5-Δ32 homozygous genotype can lead to clearance of HIV infection. In this study, our aim was to investigate the frequency of CCR5-Δ32 mutation in a cohort of stem cell donors from cord blood bank and stem cell donor registry...
July 21, 2017: HLA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731539/interleukin-17a-gene-polymorphism-rs2275913-is-associated-with-osteitis-after-the-bacillus-calmette-gu%C3%A3-rin-vaccination
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Milla Liehu-Martiskainen, Matti Korppi, Johanna Teräsjärvi, Juho Vuononvirta, Heini Huhtala, Kirsi Nuolivirta, Liisa Kröger, Ville Peltola, Laura Pöyhönen, Qiushui He
AIM: Interleukin-17 (IL-17) appears to promote the host's defense against mycobacterial infections. This study evaluated the association between IL17A gene polymorphism and the risk of Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) osteitis after newborn vaccination and between IL17A gene polymorphism and IL-17A concentrations in serum. METHODS: IL17A rs2275913 gene polymorphisms and serum IL-17A concentrations were studied in 132 adults aged 21-49 years from across Finland, who had BCG osteitis in infancy after a newborn BCG vaccination...
July 21, 2017: Acta Paediatrica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731372/exploring-the-effect-of-vitamin-d3-supplementation-on-the-anti-ebv-antibody-response-in-relapsing-remitting-multiple-sclerosis
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Linda Rolf, Anne-Hilde Muris, Amandine Mathias, Renaud Du Pasquier, Inga Koneczny, Giulio Disanto, Jens Kuhle, Sreeram Ramagopalan, Jan Damoiseaux, Joost Smolders, Raymond Hupperts
BACKGROUND: Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) infection and vitamin D insufficiency are potentially interacting risk factors for multiple sclerosis (MS). OBJECTIVES: To investigate the effect of high-dose vitamin D3 supplements on antibody levels against the EBV nuclear antigen-1 (EBNA-1) in patients with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS) and to explore any underlying mechanism affecting anti-EBNA-1 antibody levels. METHODS: This study utilized blood samples from a randomized controlled trial in RRMS patients receiving either vitamin D3 (14,000 IU/day; n = 30) or placebo ( n = 23) over 48 weeks...
July 1, 2017: Multiple Sclerosis: Clinical and Laboratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731002/neuropathogenesis-by-chandipura-virus-an-acute-encephalitis-syndrome-in-india
#13
REVIEW
Sourish Ghosh, Anirban Basu
Chandipura virus (CHPV) has been contributing to the rising number of premature deaths due to acute encephalitis syndrome for over a decade in India. CHPV belongs to the family Rhabdoviridae. Neuropathogenesis of CHPV has been well established but the exact route of entry into the central nervous system (CNS) and the triggering factor for neuronal death are still unknown. Rabies virus and vesicular stomatitis virus, which are related closely to CHPV, enter the CNS retrogradely from peripheral or olfactory neurons...
January 2017: National Medical Journal of India
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730424/possible-immunomodulating-effect-of-retinol-on-cytokines-secretion-in-patients-with-recurrent-furunculosis
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Danuta Nowicka, Ewelina Grywalska, Anna Hymos, Michał Mielnik, Jacek Roliński
Recurrent furunculosis is an infection of hair follicles which results in formation of abscesses. Previous studies showed that the pathogenesis of the disease may include an immune-mediated component as the proliferative response of peripheral blood lymphocytes to staphylococcal antigen is depressed. The aim of our study was to evaluate cytokines concentration in the plasma of patients with recurrent furunculosis and to determine whether retinol affects the secretion of those cytokines in patients with recurrent furunculosis and healthy subjects...
July 20, 2017: Archivum Immunologiae et Therapiae Experimentalis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730407/venous-thromboembolism-thrombosis-inflammation-and-immunothrombosis-for-clinicians
#15
REVIEW
Eduardo Vazquez-Garza, Carlos Jerjes-Sanchez, Aline Navarrete, Jorge Joya-Harrison, David Rodriguez
Venous thromboembolism (VTE) is a worldwide disease related with mortality, cardiovascular disability, impaired quality of life and, cause major long-term complications. Clinicians related to the acute and long-term patients care must be involved in the molecular mechanisms of thrombosis. The vessel wall and its inner lining of the endothelium are critical to the maintenance of a patent vasculature. After endothelial disruption, collagen (first line of endothelial defense) and intravascular tissue factor (second line of endothelial defense) are exposed to blood flow, starting the formation of a thrombus...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Thrombosis and Thrombolysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730155/surveillance-study-of-influenza-occurrence-and-immunity-in-a-wisconsin-cohort-during-the-2009-pandemic
#16
Chia-Yun Lo, Susan L Strobl, Kimberly Dunham, Wei Wang, Lucy Stewart, Julia A Misplon, Mayra Garcia, Jin Gao, Tatsuhiko Ozawa, Graeme E Price, Jose Navidad, Steve Gradus, Sanjib Bhattacharyya, Cecile Viboud, Maryna C Eichelberger, Carol D Weiss, Jack Gorski, Suzanne L Epstein
BACKGROUND: Antibody and T-cell immunity to conserved influenza virus antigens can protect animals against infection with diverse influenza strains. Although immunity against conserved antigens occurs in humans, whether such responses provide cross-protection in humans and could be harnessed as the basis for universal influenza vaccines is controversial. The 2009 pandemic provided an opportunity to investigate whether pre-existing cross-reactive immunity affected susceptibility to infection...
2017: Open Forum Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729430/imaging-chemokine-receptor-cxcr4-in-chronic-infection-of-the-bone-with-68-ga-pentixafor-pet-ct-first-insights
#17
Caroline Bouter, Birgit Meller, Carsten Oliver Sahlmann, Wieland Staab, Hans Jürgen Wester, Saskia Kropf, Johannes Meller
Due to its role in infection and inflammatory processes the chemokine receptor CXCR4 might be a potent target in imaging of infectious and inflammatory diseases. The aim of this pilot study was to determine whether the CXCR4 ligand (68)Ga-Pentixafor is suitable for imaging chronic infection of the bone. Methods: The study comprises 14 patients with suspected infection of the skeleton that underwent (68)Ga-Pentixafor-(68)Ga-Pentixafor-Positron emission tomography/computed tomography(PET/CT) between 04/2015 and 02/2017 in our facility...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Medicine: Official Publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729382/recommended-clinical-trial-end-points-for-dialysis-catheters
#18
Michael Allon, Deborah J Brouwer-Maier, Kenneth Abreo, Kevin M Baskin, Kay Bregel, Deepa H Chand, Andrea M Easom, Leonard Mermel, Michele H Mokrzycki, Priti R Patel, Prabir Roy-Chaudhury, Surendra Shenoy, Rudolph P Valentini, Haimanot Wasse
Central venous catheters are used frequently in patients on hemodialysis as a bridge to a permanent vascular access. They are prone to frequent complications, including catheter-related bloodstream infection, catheter dysfunction, and central vein obstruction. There is a compelling need to develop new drugs or devices to prevent central venous catheter complications. We convened a multidisciplinary panel of experts to propose standardized definitions of catheter end points to guide the design of future clinical trials seeking approval from the Food and Drug Administration...
July 20, 2017: Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: CJASN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729347/lethal-avian-influenza-a-h5n1-virus-induces-ataxic-breathing-in-mice-with-apoptosis-of-pre-botzinger-complex-neurons-expressing-neurokinin-1-receptor
#19
Jianguo Zhuang, Na Zang, Chunyan Ye, Fadi Xu
BACKGROUND: Lethal influenza A (H5N1) induces respiratory failure in humans. Although it also causes death at 7 day postinfection (dpi) in mice, the development of the respiratory failure and the viral impact on pre-Botzinger complex (PBC) neurons expressing neurokinin 1 receptor (NK1R), the respiratory rhythm-generator, have not been explored. METHODS: Body temperature, weight, ventilation, arterial blood pH and gases were measured at 0, 2, 4, and 6 dpi in control, lethal HK483 and non-lethal HK486 viral infected mice...
July 20, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729206/antimicrobial-resistance-patterns-of-gram-negative-bacteria-isolated-from-bloodstream-infections-in-an-iranian-referral-pediatric-hospital-a-six-year-study
#20
Shima Mahmoudi, Masoumeh Mahzari, Maryam Banar, Babak Pourakbari, Mohammad Taghi Haghi Ashtiani, Mohsen Mohammadi, Sepideh Keshavarz Valian, Setareh Mamishi
INTRODUCTION: Bloodstream infections (BSIs) are considered as a major cause of morbidity and mortality in children all over the world. The aim of this study was to describe the epidemiology and antimicrobial resistance patterns of Gram-negative bacteria (GNB) isolated from bloodstream infections (BSIs) in children admitted to the Children Medical Center Hospital (CMC), Tehran, Iran. METHODS: Clinical and microbiological data of the patients with positive blood cultures was collected from March 2011 to September 2016...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Global Antimicrobial Resistance
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