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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922023/systematic-site-directed-mutagenesis-of-the-helicobacter-pylori-cagl-protein-of-the-cag-type-iv-secretion-system-identifies-novel-functional-domains
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Tobias Bönig, Patrick Olbermann, Simon H Bats, Wolfgang Fischer, Christine Josenhans
The Cag Type IV secretion system, which contributes to inflammation and cancerogenesis during chronic infection, is one of the major virulence factors of the bacterial gastric pathogen Helicobacter pylori. We have generated and characterized a series of non-marked site-directed chromosomal mutants in H. pylori to define domains of unknown function of the essential tip protein CagL of the Cag secretion system. Characterizing the CagL mutants, we determined that their function to activate cells and transport the effector CagA was reduced to different extents...
December 6, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921442/nebulized-antibiotics-in-mechanically-ventilated-patients-roadmap-and-challenges
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G Poulakou, G Siakallis, S Tsiodras, A Arfaras Melainis, G Dimopoulos
Nebulized antibiotics use has become common practice in the therapeutics of pneumonia in cystic fibrosis patients. There is an increasing interest in their use for respiratory infections in mechanically ventilated (MV) patients in order to a) overcome pharmacokinetic issues in the lung compartment with traditional systemic antibiotic use and b) prevent the emergence of multi-drug-resistant (MDR) pathogens. Areas covered: The beneficial effects of antibiotic nebulization in MV patients e.g. increasing efficacy, reduced toxicity and prevention of resistance are described...
December 6, 2016: Expert Review of Anti-infective Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921424/-mind-as-an-immunomodulator
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Cyril Höschl, Jiří Horáček
Review paper highlights the connection between psyche and the bodys immune defense mechanisms and summarizes new findings on the relations between nervous and immune systems. The article also briefly describes the outcome of authors own original works on the relationship between infections and schizophrenia, and their notice about possible immunomodulatory effects of antipsychoticsKey words: antipsychotics - immunity - infection - inflammation - mind - pain - schizophrenia.
2016: Vnitr̆ní Lékar̆ství
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921149/a-case-of-urticarial-vasculitis-in-a-female-patient-with-lupus-mycoplasma-pneumoniae-infection-or-lupus-reactivation
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Mario Diplomatico, Maria Francesca Gicchino, Orsola Ametrano, Pierluigi Marzuillo, Alma Nunzia Olivieri
A 17-year-old female patient affected by systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) (who had been taking 300 mg/die of hydroxychloroquine for 3 years), Graves' disease (treated with 10 mg/die of tapazole), and celiac disease came to our attention for urticarial vasculitis. She had been taking prednisone (25 mg/die) for 3 days, and her blood tests showed high levels of Mycoplasma pneumoniae IgM and IgG antibodies. The association between urticaria and M. pneumoniae infections can be present in up to 7% of the cases and, to the best of our knowledge, only two reports of urticarial vasculitis and M...
December 5, 2016: Rheumatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921082/global-role-of-cyclic-amp-signaling-in-ph-dependent-responses-in-candida-albicans
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Jeffrey M Hollomon, Nora Grahl, Sven D Willger, Katja Koeppen, Deborah A Hogan
Candida albicans behaviors are affected by pH, an important environmental variable. Filamentous growth is a pH-responsive behavior, where alkaline conditions favor hyphal growth and acid conditions favor growth as yeast. We employed filamentous growth as a tool to study the impact of pH on the hyphal growth regulator Cyr1, and we report that downregulation of cyclic AMP (cAMP) signaling by acidic pH contributes to the inhibition of hyphal growth in minimal medium with GlcNAc. Ras1 and Cyr1 are generally required for efficient hyphal growth, and the effects of low pH on Ras1 proteolysis and GTP binding are consistent with diminished cAMP output...
November 2016: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921039/clinical-manifestation-and-management-of-adpkd-in-western-countries
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REVIEW
Claudia Sommerer, Martin Zeier
BACKGROUND: Autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD) is the most common hereditary kidney disease in Western countries. The prevalence is between 2.4/10,000 and 3.9/10,000. ADPKD represents a systemic disease resulting in deterioration in renal function. Until now, mutations in two genes (PKD1 and PKD2) have been identified. Recently, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) approved the use of the vasopressin V2 receptor antagonist tolvaptan to slow the progression of cyst development and renal insufficiency connected with ADPKD in adult patients with chronic kidney disease stages 1-3 at initiation of treatment with evidence of rapidly progressing disease...
October 2016: Kidney Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921011/mechanisms-of-infectivity-and-evasion-derived-from-microvesicles-cargo-produced-by-trypanosoma-cruzi
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REVIEW
Bruna C Borges, Isadora A Uehara, Laysa O S Dias, Paula C Brígido, Claudio V da Silva, Marcelo J B Silva
Cell invasion by the intracellular protozoans requires interaction of proteins from both the host and the parasite. Many parasites establish chronic infections, showing they have the potential to escape the immune system; for example, Trypanosoma cruzi is an intracellular parasite that causes Chagas disease. Parasite internalization into host cell requires secreted and surface molecules, such as microvesicles. The release of microvesicles and other vesicles, such as exosomes, by different eukaryotic organisms was first observed in the late twentieth century...
2016: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920885/cloning-and-expression-of-soluble-recombinant-hiv-1-crf35-protease-hp-thioredoxin-fusion-protein
#8
Asaad Azarnezhad, Zohreh Sharifi, Rahmatollah Seyedabadi, Arshad Hosseini, Behrooz Johari, Mahsa Sobhani Fard
BACKGROUND: As a drug target and an antigenic agent, HIV-1 protease (HIV-1 PR) is at the center of attention for designing anti-AIDS inhibitors and diagnostic tests. In previous studies, the production of the recombinant protease has been faced with several difficulties; therefore, the aims of this study were the easy production, purification of the soluble form of protease in E. coli and investigation of its immunoreactivity. METHODS: Protease coding region was isolated from the serum of an infected individual, amplified by RT-PCR and cloned into PTZ57R using TA-cloning...
October 2016: Avicenna Journal of Medical Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920854/recurrent-urinary-tract-infections-in-an-adult-with-a-duplicated-renal-collecting-system
#9
Junaid Raja, Amir M Mohareb, Bilori Bilori
Because of advancements in fetal imaging, anatomic variants of the genitourinary tract are most often discovered in the antenatal period. As such, general internists are less likely to encounter adult patients with previously undiagnosed anatomic abnormalities of the renal collecting system, such as duplicated kidneys. These abnormalities put patients at risk for urinary obstruction and recurrent infections of the urinary tract. We report the case of a 40-year-old diabetic patient with a previously undiagnosed duplex kidney who had recurrent episodes of diabetic ketoacidosis triggered by urinary tract infections...
December 2016: Radiology case reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920775/human-papillomavirus-downregulates-the-expression-of-ifitm1-and-ripk3-to-escape-from-ifn%C3%AE-and-tnf%C3%AE-mediated-antiproliferative-effects-and-necroptosis
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Wenbo Ma, Bart Tummers, Edith M G van Esch, Renske Goedemans, Cornelis J M Melief, Craig Meyers, Judith M Boer, Sjoerd H van der Burg
The clearance of a high-risk human papillomavirus (hrHPV) infection takes time and requires the local presence of a strong type 1 cytokine T cell response, suggesting that hrHPV has evolved mechanisms to resist this immune attack. Using an unique system for non, newly, and persistent hrHPV infection, we show that hrHPV infection renders keratinocytes (KCs) resistant to the antiproliferative- and necroptosis-inducing effects of IFNγ and TNFα. HrHPV-impaired necroptosis was associated with the upregulation of several methyltransferases, including EZH2, and the downregulation of RIPK3 expression...
2016: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920769/transcriptional-profiling-of-type-ii-toxin-antitoxin-genes-of-helicobacter-pylori-under-different-environmental-conditions-identification-of-hp0967-hp0968-system
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María G Cárdenas-Mondragón, Miguel A Ares, Leonardo G Panunzi, Sabino Pacheco, Margarita Camorlinga-Ponce, Jorge A Girón, Javier Torres, Miguel A De la Cruz
Helicobacter pylori is a Gram-negative bacterium that colonizes the human gastric mucosa and is responsible for causing peptic ulcers and gastric carcinoma. The expression of virulence factors allows the persistence of H. pylori in the stomach, which results in a chronic, sometimes uncontrolled inflammatory response. Type II toxin-antitoxin (TA) systems have emerged as important virulence factors in many pathogenic bacteria. Three type II TA systems have previously been identified in the genome of H. pylori 26695: HP0315-HP0316, HP0892-HP0893, and HP0894-HP0895...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920759/immune-responses-to-influenza-virus-and-its-correlation-to-age-and-inherited-factors
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REVIEW
Azadeh Bahadoran, Sau H Lee, Seok M Wang, Rishya Manikam, Jayakumar Rajarajeswaran, Chandramathi S Raju, Shamala D Sekaran
Influenza viruses belong to the family Orthomyxoviridae of enveloped viruses and are an important cause of respiratory infections worldwide. The influenza virus is able to infect a wide variety species as diverse as poultry, marine, pigs, horses, and humans. Upon infection with influenza virus the innate immunity plays a critical role in efficient and rapid control of viral infections as well as in adaptive immunity initiation. The humoral immune system produces antibodies against different influenza antigens, of which the HA-specific antibody is the most important for neutralization of the virus and thus prevention of illness...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920758/effectiveness-of-f18-fimbrial-antigens-released-by-a-novel-autolyzed-salmonella-expression-system-as-a-vaccine-candidate-against-lethal-f18-stec-infection
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Gayeon Won, John H Lee
Porcine edema disease (ED) caused by Shiga toxin 2e producing Escherichia coli expressing F18ab(+) fimbriae (F18ab(+)STEC) frequently occurs in post-weaned piglets, resulting in a significant economic loss in swine industries worldwide. In the present study, we proposed an efficient prevention scheme against ED in which the attenuated Salmonella Typhimurium inactivated by the E-mediated cell lysis to deliver target antigens, FedF and FedA, which function in fimbrial-mediated adhesion and as a major subunit of F18ab+fimbriae, respectively...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920756/salmonella-typhimurium-and-multidirectional-communication-in-the-gut
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REVIEW
Elena V Gart, Jan S Suchodolski, Thomas H Welsh, Robert C Alaniz, Ronald D Randel, Sara D Lawhon
The mammalian digestive tract is home to trillions of microbes, including bacteria, archaea, protozoa, fungi, and viruses. In monogastric mammals the stomach and small intestine harbor diverse bacterial populations but are typically less populated than the colon. The gut bacterial community (microbiota hereafter) varies widely among different host species and individuals within a species. It is influenced by season of the year, age of the host, stress and disease. Ideally, the host and microbiota benefit each other...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920755/finding-potential-therapeutic-targets-against-shigella-flexneri-through-proteome-exploration
#15
Mohammad Uzzal Hossain, Md Arif Khan, Abu Hashem, Md Monirul Islam, Mohammad Neaz Morshed, Chaman Ara Keya, Md Salimullah
Background:Shigella flexneri is a gram negative bacteria that causes the infectious disease "shigellosis." S. flexneri is responsible for developing diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps in human. Antibiotics are mostly given to patients infected with shigella. Resistance to antibiotics can hinder its treatment significantly. Upon identification of essential therapeutic targets, vaccine and drug could be effective therapy for the treatment of shigellosis. Methods: The study was designed for the identification and qualitative characterization for potential drug targets from S...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920655/deep-vein-thrombosis-as-initial-manifestation-of-whipple-disease
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Mônica Souza de Miranda Henriques, Alexandre Rolim da Paz, Ana Beatriz Person Gaertner, Cibelle Ingrid Stephen Melo, Priscyanne Lins Filgueiras, Rafaella Alencar Jerome
INTRODUCTION: Wipple disease (WD) is a rare chronic disease caused by the bacillus Tropheryma whipplei. Constitutive, rheumatologic, gastrointestinal, cardiac, cerebral, lymphatic, cutaneous, and ophthalmological signs are possible systemic symptoms. However, thrombotic manifestations are rarely described as "stroke-like syndrome" or arterial thrombosis. Diagnosis is based on clinical manifestations and pathological examination. Laboratory findings may include anemia, leukocytosis, and thrombocytosis...
September 2016: Case Reports in Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920557/effect-of-smoking-on-the-genetic-makeup-of-toll-like-receptors-2-and-6
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Muhammad Kohailan, Mohammad Alanazi, Mahmoud Rouabhia, Abdullah Alamri, Narasimha Reddy Parine, Abdullah Alhadheq, Santhosh Basavarajappa, Abdul Aziz Abdullah Al-Kheraif, Abdelhabib Semlali
BACKGROUND: Cigarette smoking is a major risk factor for lung cancer, asthma, and oral cancer, and is central to the altered innate immune responsiveness to infection. Many hypotheses have provided evidence that cigarette smoking induces more genetic changes in genes involved in the development of many cigarette-related diseases. This alteration may be from single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in innate immunity genes, especially the toll-like receptors (TLRs). OBJECTIVE: In this study, the genotype frequencies of TLR2 and TLR6 in smoking and nonsmoking population were examined...
2016: OncoTargets and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920489/bleb-related-infections-clinical-characteristics-risk-factors-and-outcomes-in-an-asian-population
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Zhu Li Yap, You Chuen Chin, Judy Yu-Fen Ku, Tat Keong Chan, Gillian Teh, Monisha Esther Nongpiur, Tin Aung, Shamira A Perera
PURPOSE: Comparison of the demographic, ocular, systemic and microbiological characteristics of eyes with bleb related infection (BRI) and bleb related endophthalmitis (BRE). METHODS: Retrospective chart review of patients with BRI from January 1996-July 2013. Identification done via the center's longstanding endophthalmitis audit, BRI audit and laboratory database identifying all conjunctival swabs from blebs. Blebitis was defined as anterior segment inflammation with mucopurulent material in or around the bleb, with anterior chamber cells but no hypopyon...
2016: Clinical Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920388/human-drivers-of-ecological-and-evolutionary-dynamics-in-emerging-and-disappearing-infectious-disease-systems
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REVIEW
Mary A Rogalski, Camden D Gowler, Clara L Shaw, Ruth A Hufbauer, Meghan A Duffy
Humans have contributed to the increased frequency and severity of emerging infectious diseases, which pose a significant threat to wild and domestic species, as well as human health. This review examines major pathways by which humans influence parasitism by altering (co)evolutionary interactions between hosts and parasites on ecological timescales. There is still much to learn about these interactions, but a few well-studied cases show that humans influence disease emergence every step of the way. Human actions significantly increase dispersal of host, parasite and vector species, enabling greater frequency of infection in naive host populations and host switches...
January 19, 2017: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920299/the-type-iii-secretion-system-effector-sptp-of-salmonella-enterica-serovar-typhi
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Rebecca Johnson, Alexander Byrne, Cedric N Berger, Elizabeth Klemm, Valerie F Crepin, Gordon Dougan, Gad Frankel
: Salmonella enterica serovars causes gastroenteritis or typhoid fever in humans, with virulence depending on the action of two type III secretion systems (SPI-1 and SPI-2). SptP is a Salmonella SPI-1 effector, involved in mediating recovery of the host cytoskeleton post-infection. SptP requires a chaperone, SicP, for stability and secretion. SptP has 94% identity between S Typhimurium and S Typhi; direct comparison of the protein sequences revealed that S Typhi SptP has numerous amino acid changes within its chaperone-binding domain...
December 5, 2016: Journal of Bacteriology
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