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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734839/recombinant-expression-of-ixolaris-a-kunitz-type-inhibitor-from-the-tick-salivary-gland-for-nmr-studies
#1
V S De Paula, F H S Silva, I M B Francischetti, R Q Monteiro, A P Valente
Ixolaris is an anticoagulant protein identified in the tick saliva of Ixodes scapularis. Ixolaris contains 2 Kunitz like domains and binds to Factor Xa or Factor X as a scaffold for inhibition of the Tissue Factor (TF)/Factor VIIa (FVIIa). In contrast to tissue factor pathway inhibitor (TFPI), however, Ixolaris does not bind to the active site cleft of FXa. Instead, complex formation is mediated by the FXa heparin-binding exosite. Due to its potent and long-lasting antithrombotic activity, Ixolaris is a promising agent for anticoagulant therapy...
July 19, 2017: Protein Expression and Purification
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733336/dna-methylation-predicts-stroke-outcome-better-the-epigenetic-clock-is-ticking
#2
EDITORIAL
Liyong Wang, Guillaume Paré, Tatjana Rundek
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
July 21, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730326/infectious-diseases-causing-autonomic-dysfunction
#3
REVIEW
Francisco Javier Carod Artal
OBJECTIVES: To review infectious diseases that may cause autonomic dysfunction. METHODS: Review of published papers indexed in medline/embase. RESULTS: Autonomic dysfunction has been reported in retrovirus (human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), human T-lymphotropic virus), herpes viruses, flavivirus, enterovirus 71 and lyssavirus infections. Autonomic dysfunction is relatively common in HIV-infected patients and heart rate variability is reduced even in early stages of infection...
July 20, 2017: Clinical Autonomic Research: Official Journal of the Clinical Autonomic Research Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728938/didelphis-albiventris-naturally-infected-with-hepatozoon-canis-in-southeastern-brazil
#4
Maria Regina Lucas da Silva, Felipe Fornazari, Larissa de Castro Demoner, Carlos Roberto Teixeira, Helio Langoni, Lucia Helena O'Dwyer
Hepatozoon species are vector-borne pathogens that infect domestic and wild animals. Marsupials of the species Didelphis albiventris are adapted to urban and peri-urban areas and act as reservoir hosts for several parasites. The present study evaluated the occurrence of infection by Hepatozoon species in synantropic D. albiventris from Botucatu, São Paulo, Brazil. Blood samples and ectoparasites from 19 D. albiventris were collected from urban and peri-urban areas. Hepatozoon spp. detection was performed by microscopy and molecular analysis...
July 14, 2017: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728557/the-impact-of-illegal-waste-sites-on-a-transmission-of-zoonotic-viruses
#5
Darja Duh, Sandra Hasic, Elena Buzan
BACKGROUND: Illegal waste disposal impacts public health and causes aesthetic and environmental pollution. Waste disposed in places without permitted and controlled facilities can provide a ready source of nutrition and shelter for rodents and thus promote the spread of their ecto- and endoparasites. The presence of two distinct zoonotic viruses, lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus (LCMV) and tick-borne encephalitis virus (TBEV), was searched at illegal waste sites. The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence of infection with both viruses in rodents and to discuss the virus-rodent relations in such environments...
July 20, 2017: Virology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727515/brave-new-worlds-the-expanding-universe-of-lyme-disease
#6
Brandee L Stone, Yvonne Tourand, Catherine A Brissette
Projections around the globe suggest an increase in tick-vectored disease incidence and distribution, and the potential for emergence of novel tick-borne pathogens. Lyme disease is the most common reported tick-borne illness in the Unites States and is prevalent throughout much of central Europe. In recent years, the worldwide burden of Lyme disease has increased and extended into regions and countries where the disease was not previously reported. In this review, we discuss the trends for increasing Lyme disease, and examine the factors driving Lyme disease expansion, including the effect of climate change on the spread of vector Ixodid ticks and reservoir hosts; and the impacts of increased awareness on disease reporting and diagnosis...
July 20, 2017: Vector Borne and Zoonotic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725639/anaplasma-phagocytophilum-msp4-and-hsp70-proteins-are-involved-in-interactions-with-host-cells-during-pathogen-infection
#7
Marinela Contreras, Pilar Alberdi, Lourdes Mateos-Hernández, Isabel G Fernández de Mera, Ana L García-Pérez, Marie Vancová, Margarita Villar, Nieves Ayllón, Alejandro Cabezas-Cruz, James J Valdés, Snorre Stuen, Christian Gortazar, José de la Fuente
Anaplasma phagocytophilum transmembrane and surface proteins play a role during infection and multiplication in host neutrophils and tick vector cells. Recently, A. phagocytophilum Major surface protein 4 (MSP4) and Heat shock protein 70 (HSP70) were shown to be localized on the bacterial membrane, with a possible role during pathogen infection in ticks. In this study, we hypothesized that A. phagocytophilum MSP4 and HSP70 have similar functions in tick-pathogen and host-pathogen interactions. To address this hypothesis, herein we characterized the role of these bacterial proteins in interaction and infection of vertebrate host cells...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725412/corticosterone-a-costly-mediator-of-signal-honesty-in-sand-lizards
#8
Willow R Lindsay, Erik Wapstra, Bengt Silverin, Mats Olsson
The mechanisms underlying honest signal expression remain elusive and may involve the integration of social and physiological costs. Corticosterone is a socially modulated metabolic hormone that mediates energy investment and behavior and may therefore function to deter dishonest signal expression. We examined the relationship between corticosterone and green badge coloration in male sand lizards (Lacerta agilis), hypothesizing that physiological and behavioral costs resulting from elevated baseline glucocorticoids function in maintenance of honest signal expression...
October 2016: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724731/cascading-effects-of-predator-activity-on-tick-borne-disease-risk
#9
Tim R Hofmeester, Patrick A Jansen, Hendrikus J Wijnen, Elena C Coipan, Manoj Fonville, Herbert H T Prins, Hein Sprong, Sipke E van Wieren
Predators and competitors of vertebrates can in theory reduce the density of infected nymphs (DIN)-an often-used measure of tick-borne disease risk-by lowering the density of reservoir-competent hosts and/or the tick burden on reservoir-competent hosts. We investigated this possible indirect effect of predators by comparing data from 20 forest plots across the Netherlands that varied in predator abundance. In each plot, we measured the density of questing Ixodes ricinus nymphs (DON), DIN for three pathogens, rodent density, the tick burden on rodents and the activity of mammalian predators...
July 26, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722598/risk-factors-for-severe-infection-hospitalization-and-prolonged-antimicrobial-therapy-in-patients-with-babesiosis
#10
Neeharik Mareedu, Anna M Schotthoefer, Jason Tompkins, Matthew C Hall, Thomas R Fritsche, Holly M Frost
Babesiosis is an emerging tick-borne disease transmitted by the hard tick Ixodes scapularis, which also transmits Lyme disease. Better gradation of prognostic indicators are needed to determine which patients may develop serious complications requiring hospitalization, and to provide early guidance on appropriate therapy. In this study, we evaluated 128 patients with smear or real time polymerase chain reaction-confirmed Babesia microti infections over a period of 16 years. Patients with asplenia or immunocompromising conditions were more likely to have severe infection (P < 0...
July 10, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722592/a-cluster-of-symptomatic-and-asymptomatic-infections-of-severe-fever-with-thrombocytopenia-syndrome-caused-by-person-to-person-transmission
#11
Deyu Huang, Yueping Jiang, Xiaoping Liu, Bo Wang, Junming Shi, Zhan Su, Hui Wang, Ting Wang, Shuang Tang, Hanyun Liu, Zhihong Hu, Fei Deng, Shu Shen
Severe fever with thrombocytopenia syndrome virus (SFTSV) is a novel phlebovirus that was identified to be the etiological pathogen of the emerging infectious disease, severe fever with thrombocytopenia syndrome (SFTS). SFTSV could be transmitted through tick bite. Transmission of SFTSV among humans has also been reported mainly through direct blood contact. In July 2014, a cluster of six suspected SFTS cases occurred in Shandong Province, China. In this cluster, both symptomatic and asymptomatic persons were included...
May 30, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722568/epidemiology-of-spotted-fever-group-rickettsioses-and-acute-undifferentiated-febrile-illness-in-villeta-colombia
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Álvaro A Faccini-Martínez, Alejandro Ramírez-Hernández, Christian Barreto, Elkin Forero-Becerra, Diego Millán, Elkin Valbuena, Andrea C Sánchez-Alfonso, Wilson O Imbacuán-Pantoja, Jesús A Cortés-Vecino, Luis J Polo-Terán, Néstor Yaya-Lancheros, Jorge Jácome, Ana M Palomar, Sonia Santibáñez, Aránzazu Portillo, José A Oteo, Marylin Hidalgo
Etiology of acute undifferentiated febrile syndrome (AUFS) is often unknown, leading to inaccurate diagnosis and treatment. Villeta town has been identified as an endemic area for spotted fever group (SFG) rickettsioses but little is known about possible amplifier hosts and other Rickettsia species different from Rickettsia rickettsii. Besides, few studies have approached other AUFS etiologies in the region. We investigated the role of dengue, leptospirosis, rickettsioses, human anaplasmosis, and Q fever as possible causes of AUFS in patients from Villeta...
June 19, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722283/comparative-analysis-of-storage-conditions-and-homogenization-methods-for-tick-and-flea-species-for-identification-by-maldi-tof-ms
#13
A Nebbak, B El Hamzaoui, J-M Berenger, I Bitam, D Raoult, L Almeras, P Parola
Ticks and fleas are vectors for numerous human and animal pathogens. Controlling them, which is important in combating such diseases, requires accurate identification, to distinguish between vector and non-vector species. Recently, matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF-MS) was applied to the rapid identification of arthropods. The growth of this promising tool, however, requires guidelines to be established. To this end, standardization protocols were applied to species of Rhipicephalus sanguineus (Ixodida: Ixodidae) Latreille and Ctenocephalides felis felis (Siphonaptera: Pulicidae) Bouché, including the automation of sample homogenization using two homogenizer devices, and varied sample preservation modes for a period of 1-6 months...
July 19, 2017: Medical and Veterinary Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719484/amitraz-a-perpetual-silent-menace-among-children-in-developing-countries-a-case-report
#14
Sowmya Shashidhara, Suneel C Mundkur, Shrikiran A Hebbar, Ashwini Kumar, Vaisakh Sambasivan
Amitraz is an acaricide and insecticide used to treat ticks, which infest domestic animals in developing countries. Because of its widespread use, it is one of the common poisons unintentionally consumed by infants and children when left unsupervised. A 3-year-old boy was brought with unintentional consumption of Amitraz. On examination, he was found to be progressively drowsy, with an irregular pulse, bradycardia, and hypotension. He was treated with atropine, intravenous fluids, and dopamine infusion; hemodynamic stability was achieved within 36 hours after ingestion...
July 17, 2017: Pediatric Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719297/rickettsia-australis-and-queensland-tick-typhus-a-rickettsial-spotted-fever-group-infection-in-australia
#15
Adam Stewart, Mark Armstrong, Stephen Graves, Krispin Hajkowicz
Rickettsia australis, the etiologic agent of Queensland tick typhus (QTT), is increasingly being recognized as a cause of community-acquired acute febrile illness in eastern Australia. Changing human population demographics, climate change, and increased understanding of expanding vector distribution indicate QTT is an emerging public health threat. This review summarizes the epidemiology, pathogenesis, clinical features, treatment principles, and future directions of this disease. Increased recognition of QTT will enable consideration of and prompt treatment of R...
July 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719293/case-report-clinical-features-of-a-case-of-suspected-borrelia-miyamotoi-disease-in-hokkaido-japan
#16
Kimiaki Yamano, Takuya Ito, Kaori Kiyanagi, Hirotaka Yamazaki, Mutsubu Sugawara, Takashige Saito, Norio Ohashi, Aya Zamoto-Niikura, Kozue Sato, Hiroki Kawabata
We herein report a case of suspected Borrelia miyamotoi disease in Hokkaido, Japan. The patient complained of lassitude, arthralgia, and high fever after a tick bite. Furthermore, at the time of consultation, the patient exhibited momentary loss of consciousness and low blood pressure. Laboratory tests revealed elevation of liver enzymes, thrombocytopenia, and increased C-reactive protein. Seroconversion to B. miyamotoi glycerophosphoryl diester phosphodiesterase antigen suggested the patient was infected with a relapsing fever group Borrelia species...
July 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719259/serosurvey-of-crimean-congo-hemorrhagic-fever-virus-in-cattle-mali-west-africa
#17
Ousmane Maiga, Miriam Andrada Sas, Kyle Rosenke, Badian Kamissoko, Marc Mertens, Nafomon Sogoba, Abdallah Traore, Modibo Sangare, Mamadou Niang, Tom G Schwan, Hamidou Moussa Maiga, Sekou F Traore, Heinz Feldmann, David Safronetz, Martin H Groschup
AbstractCrimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever is a tick-borne disease caused by the arbovirus Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever virus (CCHFV, family Bunyaviridae, genus Nairovirus). CCHFV can cause a severe hemorrhagic fever with high-case fatality rates in humans. CCHFV has a wide geographic range and has been described in around 30 countries in the Middle East, Asia, Europe, and Africa including Mali and neighboring countries. To date, little is known about the prevalence rates of CCHFV in Mali. Here, using banked bovine serum samples from across the country, we describe the results of a seroepidemiological study for CCHFV aimed at identifying regions of circulation in Mali...
June 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719252/severe-fever-with-thrombocytopenia-syndrome-virus-in-humans-domesticated-animals-ticks-and-mosquitoes-shaanxi-province-china
#18
Huaiyu Tian, Pengbo Yu, Gerardo Chowell, Shen Li, Jing Wei, Hui Tian, Wen Lv, Zongqi Han, Jing Yang, Shanqian Huang, Sen Zhou, John S Brownstein, Jingjun Wang, Bing Xu
AbstractThe first human infection with severe fever with thrombocytopenia syndrome virus (SFTSV) was detected in Shaanxi Province, China, in 2013, although the virus had been reported in 13 other provinces of China since 2010. We collected and analyzed a total of 4,011 samples, including 936 human serum samples, 155 animal serum samples, 895 ticks, 1,950 mosquitoes, 30 midges, and 20 sandflies. SFTSV antibodies were found in 44 human samples (4.7%) with no significant differences between males and females or across counties...
June 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718821/tick-haller-s-organ-a-new-paradigm-for-arthropod-olfaction-how-ticks-differ-from-insects
#19
Ann L Carr, Robert D Mitchell Iii, Anirudh Dhammi, Brooke W Bissinger, Daniel E Sonenshine, R Michael Roe
Ticks are the vector of many human and animal diseases; and host detection is critical to this process. Ticks have a unique sensory structure located exclusively on the 1st pairs of legs; the fore-tarsal Haller's organ, not found in any other animals, presumed to function like the insect antennae in chemosensation but morphologically very different. The mechanism of tick chemoreception is unknown. Utilizing next-generation sequencing and comparative transcriptomics between the 1st and 4th legs (the latter without the Haller's organ), we characterized 1st leg specific and putative Haller's organ specific transcripts from adult American dog ticks, Dermacentor variabilis...
July 18, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717957/repellency-effect-of-an-imidacloprid-flumethrin-seresto-%C3%A2-controlled-release-polymer-matrix-collar-against-the-australian-paralysis-tick-ixodes-holocyclus-in-dogs
#20
Susan de Burgh, Kasia Hunter, Chrissie Jackson, Michael Chambers, Corinna Klupiec, Veronica Smith
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
July 17, 2017: Parasitology Research
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