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Sestrin 2 Attenuates Rat Hepatic Stellate Cell (HSC) Activation and Liver Fibrosis via an mTOR/AMPK-Dependent Mechanism.

Cell Physiol Biochem 2018 Dec 6;51(5):2111-2122. Epub 2018 Dec 6.

Department of Infectious Diseases, The Third Affiliated Hospital of Wenzhou Medical University, Rui'an,

Background/aims: Sestrin 2 is associated with the pathophysiology of several diseases. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects and potential mechanisms of Sestrin 2 in rat hepatic stellate cells (HSCs) during liver fibrogenesis.

Methods: In this study, Sestrin 2 protein expression was detected in rat HSC-T6 cells challenged with transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β) and in mice treated with carbon tetrachloride (CCl4), a well-known model of hepatic fibrosis. Read More

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December 2018
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Clostridium septicum: A usual suspect? Aortic rupture following right hemicolectomy: A case report.

Int J Surg Case Rep 2018 Nov 22;54:51-54. Epub 2018 Nov 22.

Department of Surgery, Epworth Health, Melbourne Australia; Gastrointestinal Clinical Institute, Epworth HealthCare, Melbourne Australia.

Introduction: There is a known association between Clostridium Septicum, mycotic aneurysm and colon neoplasm.

Case Presentation: We report the case of a 90 year old female admitted with abdominal pain to the general surgery unit. Admission CT scan demonstrated a thick walled caecum and pericaecal inflammation suspicious for a perforated carcinoma. Read More

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November 2018
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Pulmonary impairment following respiratory viral infections is associated with high mortality in allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplant recipients.

Biol Blood Marrow Transplant 2018 Dec 3. Epub 2018 Dec 3.

Infectious Diseases, Infection Control and Employee Health, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas.

Introduction: Pulmonary impairment predicts increased mortality in many settings, and respiratory viral infection (RVI) causes considerable morbidity and mortality in allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplant recipients (allo-HCT). We hypothesized that pulmonary impairment following respiratory viral infection, defined as a decline of forced expiratory volume in 1 second values by ≥10%, may identify allo-HCT recipients at high risk for mortality.

Methods: We studied all allo-HCT recipients at our institution who had RVI with respiratory syncytial virus, parainfluenza virus, or influenza from 2004-2013 and had pre-RVI and post-RVI pulmonary function tests. Read More

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December 2018

Differentiation between persistent infection/colonization and re-infection/re-colonization of Mycobacterium abscessus isolated from patients in Northeast Thailand.

Infect Genet Evol 2018 Dec 3. Epub 2018 Dec 3.

Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Medicine, Khon Kaen University, Khon Kaen, Thailand; Research and Diagnostic Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases, Khon Kaen University, Khon Kaen, Thailand. Electronic address:

Mycobacterium abscessus can cause true infection or be present in the host as a harmless colonist. The ability of M. abscessus to cause disease and develop drug resistance is known to have a genetic basis. Read More

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December 2018
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Influence of various uropathogens on crystallization of urine mineral components caused by Proteus mirabilis.

Res Microbiol 2018 Dec 3. Epub 2018 Dec 3.

Department of Biology of Bacteria, Faculty of Biology and Environmental Protection, University of Łódź, Banacha 12/16, 90-237 Łódź, Poland. Electronic address:

Infectious urolithiasis is a consequence of long-standing urinary tract infections with urease-positive bacteria, especially Proteus spp. However, because of the often mixed nature of urinary tract infections, in the case of urinary stones formation, several species of bacteria may be involved in the process. The purpose of the study was to determine the impact of the bacterial species: Escherichia coli, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Providencia stuartii, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Staphylococcus aureus on the crystallization caused by Proteus mirabilis. Read More

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December 2018
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Liver transplantation in patients with liver failure related to exertional heatstroke.

J Hepatol 2018 Dec 3. Epub 2018 Dec 3.

AP-HP Hôpital Paul-Brousse, Centre Hépato-Biliaire, Liver Intensive Care Unit, Villejuif, F-94800, France; INSERM, Unité 1193, Université Paris-Saclay, Villejuif, F-94800, France; DHU Hepatinov, Villejuif, F-94800, France.

Severe acute liver injury (sALI) is a grave complication of exertional heatstroke (EH). Liver transplantation (LT) may be a therapeutic option, but the criteria for, and timing of transplantation have not been clearly established. The aim of this study was to define the profile of patients who require transplantation in this context. Read More

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December 2018
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Soluble mannose receptor levels in blood correlate to disease severity in patients with community-acquired pneumonia.

Immunol Lett 2018 Dec 3. Epub 2018 Dec 3.

Department of R&D, Hycult Biotechnology, Uden, the Netherlands. Electronic address:

Purpose: Community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) is the most common form of pneumonia and is a leading infectious cause worldwide. Identification of patients that are at risk to develop severe disease has proven to be a major challenge. Soluble mannose receptor (sMR; sCD206) is a new serum marker for macrophage activation. Read More

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December 2018
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A potent prolyl tRNA synthetase inhibitor antagonizes Chikungunya and Dengue viruses.

Antiviral Res 2018 Dec 3. Epub 2018 Dec 3.

Section of Infectious Diseases, Department of Internal Medicine, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT, USA; Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Chevy Chase, MD, USA.

Arboviruses represent a group of pathogens that can spread efficiently throughout human populations by hematophagous arthropod vectors. The mosquito-borne (re)emerging Chikungunya and Dengue viruses belong to the alphavirus and flavivirus genus, respectively, with no approved therapeutics or safe vaccines for humans. Transmitted by the same vector Aedes spp. Read More

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December 2018
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A Single-Step Gold Nanoparticle-Blood Serum Interaction Assay Reveals Humoral Immunity Development and Immune Status of Animals from Neonates to Adults.

ACS Infect Dis 2018 Dec 6. Epub 2018 Dec 6.

A well-developed, functional immune system is paramount to combat harmful attack from pathogenic organisms and prevent infectious diseases. Newborn animals and humans have only limited immunity upon birth, but their immune functions are expected to develop within weeks to months and eventually to reach a maturity that will provide full protection. Despite the importance of immune activity in animal and human health management, there is no convenient test available that allows for rapid assessment of the state of immune function in non-laboratory settings. Read More

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December 2018

Zika transmission ways, can it be transmitted from person to person?

Rev Med Inst Mex Seguro Soc 2018 11 30;56(4):410-413. Epub 2018 Nov 30.

Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social, Hospital General de Zona No. 71, Departamento de Medicina Interna. Veracruz, Veracruz, México

In this article we describe the main transmission mechanisms of the Zika virus, from those already known, such as zoonotic and anthroponotic transmission of the virus, perinatal, occupational transmission, by blood products and by sexual contact. Given the possibility of person-to-person transmission, some measures of attention are proposed as the necessary studies are advanced to confirm or discard it. Read More

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November 2018

[Syndrome of vertebral destruction: understanding to practice].

Acta Ortop Mex 2018 May-Jun;32(3):182-187

Hospital Centro Médico de Occidente. Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social (IMSS). Guadalajara, Jalisco. México.

The term «vertebral destruction syndrome» comprises pathologies causing structural changes in the spine, mainly in the vertebral body, producing mechanical deformity and neurological involvement. The pathologies found in this definition may be infectious, metabolic or tumoral. Vertebral osteomyelitis is a disease that occurs mainly in adults > 50 years; we speak of spondylodiscitis when the condition affects the disc and vertebral body. Read More

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December 2018
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Immunogenic particles with a broad antigenic spectrum stimulate cytolytic T cells and offer increased protection against EBV infection ex vivo and in mice.

PLoS Pathog 2018 Dec 6;14(12):e1007464. Epub 2018 Dec 6.

German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) Unit F100, Heidelberg, Germany.

The ubiquitous Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) is the primary cause of infectious mononucleosis and is etiologically linked to the development of several malignancies and autoimmune diseases. EBV has a multifaceted life cycle that comprises virus lytic replication and latency programs. Considering EBV infection holistically, we rationalized that prophylactic EBV vaccines should ideally prime the immune system against lytic and latent proteins. Read More

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December 2018

Staphylococcus aureus from ocular and otolaryngology infections are frequently resistant to clinically important antibiotics and are associated with lineages of community and hospital origins.

PLoS One 2018 6;13(12):e0208518. Epub 2018 Dec 6.

Infectious Diseases Institute, Department of Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America.

Staphylococcus aureus is an important human pathogen that causes serious antibiotic-resistant infections. Its population structure is marked by the appearance and dissemination of successful lineages across different settings. To begin understanding the population structure of S. Read More

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December 2018
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Modelling Toxoplasma gondii infection in a 3D cell culture system In Vitro: Comparison with infection in 2D cell monolayers.

PLoS One 2018 6;13(12):e0208558. Epub 2018 Dec 6.

Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD, United States of America.

Three-dimensional (3D) cell culture models bridge the gap between two-dimensional (2D) monolayer cultures and animal models. Physiologically relevant, 3D culture models have significantly advanced basic cell science and provide unique insights into host-pathogen interactions intrinsically linked to cell morphology. Toxoplasma gondii is an obligate intravacuolar parasite that chronically infects a large portion of the global human population. Read More

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December 2018

Identifying missed clinical opportunities for the earlier diagnosis of HIV in Australia, a retrospective cohort data linkage study.

PLoS One 2018 6;13(12):e0208323. Epub 2018 Dec 6.

Infectious Diseases, Prince of Wales Hospital, Sydney, NSW, Australia.

Background: Treatment as prevention approaches for HIV require optimal HIV testing strategies to reduce undiagnosed HIV infections. In most settings, HIV testing strategies still result in unacceptably high rates of missed and late diagnoses. This study aimed to identify clinical opportunities for targeted HIV testing in persons at risk to facilitate earlier HIV diagnosis in New South Wales, Australia; and to assess the duration between the diagnosis of specific conditions and HIV diagnosis. Read More

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December 2018

Atypical and severe manifestations of chikungunya virus infection in French Guiana: A hospital-based study.

PLoS One 2018 6;13(12):e0207406. Epub 2018 Dec 6.

Tropical and Infectious Diseases Department, Centre Hospitalier Andrée Rosemon, Cayenne, French Guiana.

Background: French Guiana (FG) was the first country in South America to declare chikungunya virus infection (CHIKV). The outbreak affected about 16,000 persons between February 2014 and October 2015, with several atypical cases, but only two fatal cases. We aimed to describe the clinical presentation of patients hospitalized for CHIKV infection, to estimate and identify risk factors of unusual and severe forms in adult patients. Read More

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December 2018

Determination of the minimum protective dose of a glycoprotein-G-deficient infectious laryngotracheitis virus vaccine delivered via eye-drop to week-old chickens.

PLoS One 2018 6;13(12):e0207611. Epub 2018 Dec 6.

Asia-Pacific Centre for Animal Health, Melbourne Veterinary School, Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences, The University of Melbourne, Parkville, Victoria, Australia.

Infectious laryngotracheitis (ILT) is an upper respiratory tract disease of chickens that is caused by infectious laryngotracheitis virus (ILTV), an alphaherpesvirus. This disease causes significant economic loses in poultry industries worldwide. Despite widespread use of commercial live attenuated vaccines, many poultry industries continue to experience outbreaks of disease caused by ILTV. Read More

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December 2018
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Effectiveness of influenza and pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccines against influenza-related outcomes including pneumonia and acute exacerbation of cardiopulmonary diseases: Analysis by dominant viral subtype and vaccine matching.

PLoS One 2018 6;13(12):e0207918. Epub 2018 Dec 6.

Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Internal Medicine, Korea University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.

Background: Influenza and pneumonia are leading causes of morbidity and mortality among the elderly. Although vaccination is a main strategy to prevent these infectious diseases, concerns remain with respect to vaccine effectiveness.

Methods: During three influenza seasons (2014-2015, 2015-2016 and 2016-2017), we evaluated the effectiveness of the influenza and pneumococcal vaccines against pneumonia and acute exacerbation of cardiopulmonary diseases among the elderly aged ≥65 years with influenza-like illness (ILI). Read More

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December 2018

Molecular epidemiology of HIV-1 infection among men who have sex with men in Taiwan from 2013 to 2015.

PLoS One 2018 6;13(12):e0202622. Epub 2018 Dec 6.

Center for Infectious Disease and Cancer Research, Kaohsiung Medical University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan.

Men who have sex with men (MSM) is the major risk population of HIV-1 infection in Taiwan, and its surveillance has become critical in HIV-1 prevention. We recruited MSM subjects from 17 high-risk venues and 4 community centers in northern and southern Taiwan for anonymous HIV-1 screening during 2013-2015. Blood samples were obtained for genotyping and phylogenetic analysis, and a questionnaire survey covering demographic variables and social behavior was conducted. Read More

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December 2018
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Age trends in asymptomatic and symptomatic Leishmania donovani infection in the Indian subcontinent: A review and analysis of data from diagnostic and epidemiological studies.

PLoS Negl Trop Dis 2018 Dec 6;12(12):e0006803. Epub 2018 Dec 6.

Zeeman Institute, University of Warwick, Coventry, United Kingdom.

Background: Age patterns in asymptomatic and symptomatic infection with Leishmania donovani, the causative agent of visceral leishmaniasis (VL) in the Indian subcontinent (ISC), are currently poorly understood. Age-stratified serology and infection incidence have been used to assess transmission levels of other diseases, which suggests that they may also be of use for monitoring and targeting control programmes to achieve elimination of VL and should be included in VL transmission dynamic models. We therefore analysed available age-stratified data on both disease incidence and prevalence of immune markers with the aim of collating the currently available data, estimating rates of infection, and informing modelling and future data collection. Read More

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December 2018
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Doping in sport - attitude and professional experience among physicians in Poland.

Folia Med Cracov 2018 ;58(3):35-47

Department of Food Chemistry and Nutrition, Faculty of Pharmacy Jagiellonian University Medical College, Kraków; Henryk Niewodniczański Institute of Nuclear Physics, Polish Academy of Science, Kraków, Poland.

Introduction: The history of using performance-enhancing substances (PES) is long and it goes back to ancient times. At present, PES are employed at all levels of sport competition, starting from Olympic level contestants to individuals recreationally involved in various sports disciplines.

Purpose: e objective of the study was examining the views on doping in sports in a group of physicians, together with evaluating the frequency of their contacts with this phenomenon, in their professional activities. Read More

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January 2018

Building the evidence base for dengue vector control: searching for certainty in an uncertain world.

Pathog Glob Health 2018 Dec 6:1-9. Epub 2018 Dec 6.

a Heidelberg Institute of Global Health , University of Heidelberg , Germany.

This review discusses biological and chemical methods for dengue vector control, using recently emerging summary evidence, meta-analyses and systematic reviews to conclude on practical public health recommendations for Aedes control, which is increasingly relevant in an era of widespread Chikungunya, yellow feer and Zika outbreaks. The analysis follows an a priori framework of systematic reviews by the authors on vector control methods, distinguishing vector control methods into biological, chemical and environmental methods. Findings of each published systematic review by the authors, following each individual vector control method, are summarised and compared in the discussion against the findings of existing meta-analyses covering all vector control methods. Read More

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December 2018
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Development of a host-microbiome model of the small intestine.

FASEB J 2018 Dec 6:fj201801414R. Epub 2018 Dec 6.

Center for Microbial Ecology and Technology (CMET), Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium.

The intestinal epithelium plays an essential role in the balance between tolerant and protective immune responses to infectious agents. In vitro models do not typically consider the innate immune response and gut microbiome in detail, so these models do not fully mimic the physiologic aspects of the small intestine. We developed and characterized a long-term in vitro model containing enterocyte, goblet, and immune-like cells exposed to a synthetic microbial community representative of commensal inhabitants of the small intestine. Read More

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December 2018

Abdominal tuberculosis in renal transplant recipient. Presentation of a case and literature review

Rev Med Inst Mex Seguro Soc 2018 11 30;56(4):414-417. Epub 2018 Nov 30.

Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social, Hospital de Especialidades "Dr. Bernardo Sepúlveda Gutiérrez", Unidad de Investigación Médica en Enfermedades Nefrológicas. Ciudad de México, México

Background: Kidney transplantation presents a susceptible point, and is related to infections; tuberculosis is a common and endemic etiology in a country like Mexico, where the most frequent presentation is the respiratory condition, the extrapulmonary is extremely rare and it is derived from immunosuppression conditions.

Case Report: 33-year-old man with kidney disease of undetermined etiology, kidney transplant in 2003 (donor mother) with adequate evolution; presented with chronic graft nephropathy, with baseline creatinine of 1.8 mg / dL, immunosuppression with prednisone 10 mg every 24 hours, mycophenolate mofetil 500 mg every 8 hours and ciclosporin 100 mg every 12 hours; surgical intervention was performed due to acute abdomen, appendectomy and omentectomy with histopathological finding of tuberculosis, Dotbal, antiproliferative in suspension was started and decrease of calcineurin inhibitor. Read More

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November 2018

Efficient production of antifungal proteins in plants using a new transient expression vector derived from tobacco mosaic virus.

Plant Biotechnol J 2018 Nov 22. Epub 2018 Nov 22.

Centre for Research in Agricultural Genomics (CRAG, CSIC-IRTA-UAB-UB), Cerdanyola del Vallès, Spain.

Fungi that infect plants, animals or humans pose a serious threat to human health and food security. Antifungal proteins (AFPs) secreted by filamentous fungi are promising biomolecules that could be used to develop new antifungal therapies in medicine and agriculture. They are small highly stable proteins with specific potent activity against fungal pathogens. Read More

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November 2018
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Antibiotic allergy labels in hospitalised and critically ill adults: a review of current impacts of inaccurate labelling.

Br J Clin Pharmacol 2018 Dec 6. Epub 2018 Dec 6.

Department of Infectious Diseases, Austin Health, Heidelberg, VIC, Australia.

Antibiotic Allergy Labels (AAL) are reported by approximately 20% of hospitalised patients, yet over 85% will be negative on formal allergy testing. Hospitalised patients with an AAL have inferior patient outcomes, increased colonization with multidrug resistant organisms and frequently receive inappropriate antimicrobials. Hospitalised populations have been well studied, yet to date the impact of AALs on patients with critical illness remain less well defined. Read More

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December 2018
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Coexistence of systemic lupus erythematosus with Kikuchi-Fujimoto disease involving the salivary gland, initially disguised as lymphoma.

Rheumatology (Oxford) 2018 Dec 5. Epub 2018 Dec 5.

Division of Rheumatology, Department of Internal Medicine, Jeonju, Republic of Korea.

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December 2018

CG258 Klebsiella pneumoniae isolates without β-lactam resistance at the onset of the carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae epidemic in New York City-author response.

J Antimicrob Chemother 2018 Dec 5. Epub 2018 Dec 5.

Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, State University of New York Downstate, New York, NY, USA.

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December 2018
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Yeast-like filamentous fungi: Molecular identification and in vitro susceptibility study.

Med Mycol 2018 Dec 6. Epub 2018 Dec 6.

Department of Biomedical Sciences for Health, Università degli Studi di Milano.

Yeast-like filamentous fungi, collected in Italy from 1985 to 2018, were submitted to molecular identification and antifungal susceptibility testings. Clinical isolates were identified as Magnusiomyces capitatus (28), M. clavatus (18), and Geotrichum candidum (2). Read More

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December 2018

Venezuela's migration crisis: a growing health threat to the region requiring immediate attention.

J Travel Med 2018 Dec 6. Epub 2018 Dec 6.

Infectious Diseases Section, Tropical Medicine Institute, Universidad Central de Venezuela.

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December 2018

Reply to Ambrosioni et al.

Clin Infect Dis 2018 Dec 6. Epub 2018 Dec 6.

Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System and University of California San Diego, San Diego, California.

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December 2018

Resistance testing for integrase-strand-transfer inhibitors in naïve HIV infected individuals.

Clin Infect Dis 2018 Dec 6. Epub 2018 Dec 6.

Infectious Diseases Service, Hospital Clínic de Barcelona, Spain.

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December 2018

Inflammatory and Infectious Syndromes Associated with Cancer Immunotherapies.

Clin Infect Dis 2018 Dec 6. Epub 2018 Dec 6.

Department of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA.

Immunotherapy using antibodies to immune checkpoint molecules or targeted chimeric antigen receptor-modified T (CAR-T) cells represent dramatic advances in cancer treatment. These therapies mediate immune-related adverse events (irAEs) which may mimic or amplify infectious presentations. Checkpoint inhibitor therapy may be associated with diverse irAEs including mild skin, endocrine and autoimmune manifestations or severe inflammatory processes including colitis, pneumonitis, myocarditis, and shock. Read More

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December 2018
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Everything in its right place: resident memory CD8+ T cell immunosurveillance of HIV infection.

Curr Opin HIV AIDS 2018 Dec 4. Epub 2018 Dec 4.

Department of Microbiology, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.

Purpose Of Review: To introduce emerging concepts in tissue resident CD8 T cell immunosurveillance and their relevance to control HIV infection.

Recent Findings: It is well appreciated that HIV preferentially infects and persists in CD4 T cells located in gut and in lymphoid tissue, yet the majority of known immunological correlates of HIV control are derived from peripheral blood. Instead, tissue-based immunological surveillance likely dictates the course of infection. Read More

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December 2018
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Managing Acinetobacter baumannii infections.

Curr Opin Infect Dis 2018 Dec 4. Epub 2018 Dec 4.

Medical and infectious diseases ICU (MI2) APHP Bichat University Hospital.

Purpose Of Review: We reviewed recent data about epidemiology of Acinetobacter baumannii, resistance mechanisms, and therapeutic options for severe infections caused by multidrug-resistant strains.

Recent Findings: A. baumannii is a major cause of nosocomial infections affecting mainly to debilitating patients in the ICU, although the spread to regular wards and to long-term care facilities is increasing. Read More

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December 2018
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Protein gradients on the nucleoid position the carbon-fixing organelles of cyanobacteria.

Elife 2018 Dec 6;7. Epub 2018 Dec 6.

Department of Biochemistry, Michigan State University, East Lansing, United States.

Carboxysomes are protein-based bacterial organelles encapsulating key enzymes of the Calvin-Benson-Bassham cycle. Previous work has implicated a ParA-like protein (hereafter McdA) as important for spatially organizing carboxysomes along the longitudinal axis of the model cyanobacterium PCC 7942. Yet, how self-organization of McdA emerges and contributes to carboxysome positioning is unknown. Read More

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December 2018
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A virus-packageable CRISPR screen identifies host factors mediating interferon inhibition of HIV.

Elife 2018 Dec 6;7. Epub 2018 Dec 6.

Divisions of Human Biology and Basic Sciences, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Washington, United States.

Interferon (IFN) inhibits HIV replication by inducing antiviral effectors. To comprehensively identify IFN-induced HIV restriction factors, we assembled a CRISPR sgRNA library of Interferon Stimulated Genes (ISGs) into a modified lentiviral vector that allows for packaging of sgRNA-encoding genomes into budding HIV-1 particles. We observed that knockout of Zinc Antiviral Protein (ZAP) improved the performance of the screen due to ZAP-mediated inhibition of the vector. Read More

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December 2018

Prevalence of macrolide resistance in Treponema pallidum is associated with macrolide consumption.

Authors:
Chris Kenyon

J Med Microbiol 2018 Dec 6. Epub 2018 Dec 6.

1​HIV/STI Unit, Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp, Belgium.

We hypothesized that the large global variations in the prevalence of macrolide resistance in Treponema pallidum are related to differences in population-level macrolide consumption. The hypothesis was tested by, at a country-level, regressing the peak prevalence of macrolide resistance against the national macrolide consumption in the year prior to this, controlling for the year of the resistance prevalence estimate. A strong association was found between the per capita consumption of macrolides and macrolide resistance (coefficient 0. Read More

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December 2018
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How actively should we screen for chlamydia and gonorrhoea in MSM and other high-ST-prevalence populations as we enter the era of increasingly untreatable infections? A viewpoint.

Authors:
Chris Kenyon

J Med Microbiol 2018 Dec 6. Epub 2018 Dec 6.

2​Division of Infectious Diseases and HIV Medicine, University of Cape Town, Anzio Road, Observatory 7700, South Africa.

A number of national and international organizations are advocating more intensive screening for Chlamydia trachomatis and Neisseria gonorrhoeae in high-prevalence populations as a way to reduce the prevalence of these infections. In this article, we review the available evidence and conclude that there is a paucity of evidence to support this approach. We further hypothesize that increasing screening intensity in high-prevalence populations will result in a considerable risk for the emergence of antimicrobial resistance in Neisseria gonorrhoeae and other pathobionts. Read More

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December 2018

Cryptococcus neoformans and Cryptococcus gattii clinical isolates from Thailand display diverse phenotypic interactions with macrophages.

Virulence 2018 Dec 6. Epub 2018 Dec 6.

a Department of Medical Technology, Faculty of Allied Health Sciences , Thammasat University , Pathumthani 12120 Thailand.

Cryptococcus-macrophage interaction is crucial in the development of cryptococcocal diseases. C. neoformans and C. Read More

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December 2018

Biallelic loss of function variants in PPP1R21 cause a neurodevelopmental syndrome with impaired endocytic function.

Hum Mutat 2018 Dec 6. Epub 2018 Dec 6.

Genome Research Division, Human Genetics department, Radboud University Medical Center Nijmegen and Radboud Institute for Molecular Life Sciences, Nijmegen, The Netherlands.

Next-generation sequencing has been instrumental in solving the genetic basis of rare inherited diseases, especially neurodevelopmental syndromes. However, functional workup is essential for precise phenotype definition and to understand the underlying disease mechanisms. Using whole exome and whole genome sequencing in 4 independent families with hypotonia, neurodevelopmental delay, facial dysmorphism, loss of white matter and thinning of the corpus callosum, we identified 4 previously unreported homozygous truncating PPP1R21 alleles: c. Read More

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December 2018

BCG Vaccination for bovine tuberculosis; conclusions from the jersusalem one health workshop.

Transbound Emerg Dis 2018 Dec 6. Epub 2018 Dec 6.

Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, IMRIC Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Israel.

The global burden of bovine tuberculosis (bTB) remains poorly characterized, with spill-over impacts on multiple species. The "One Health" concept is especially relevant given the bidirectional risk of cattle infecting humans with Mycobacterium bovis and humans infecting cattle with M. tuberculosis. Read More

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December 2018
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Management of adverse reactions to high-dose moxifloxacin used in multidrug-resistant tuberculosis treatment programmes.

Respirology 2018 Dec 6. Epub 2018 Dec 6.

Tuberculosis and Chest Service, Centre for Health Protection, Department of Health, Hong Kong, China.

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December 2018

Case Reports: Late Emergence of Cutaneous Leishmaniasis in an Immunocompromised Patient in a Non-Endemic Setting.

Am J Trop Med Hyg 2018 Dec 3. Epub 2018 Dec 3.

Monash Medical Centre, School of Clinical Sciences, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia.

We report a case of reactivation of cutaneous leishmaniasis caused by in a 40-year-old man from Afghanistan, in the context of immune suppression. His last potential exposure was 7 years before the clinical presentation. To our knowledge, this is the most temporally distant reactivation of cutaneous leishmaniasis reported in a non-endemic country. Read More

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December 2018

Measurement of Tunic Hardness in an Edible Ascidian, Halocynthia roretzi, with Remarks on Soft Tunic Syndrome.

Zoolog Sci 2018 Dec;35(6):548-552

2 Center for Marine Environmental Studies (CMES), Ehime University, Matsuyama, Ehime 790-8577, Japan.

The infection caused by a kinetoplastid flagellate, Azumiobodo hoyamushi, in an ascidian, Halocynthia roretzi, results in softening of the tunic, and finally death. This disease is usually recognized using palpation of the softening tunic, and A. hoyamushi infection is detectable using microscopy or PCR amplification of specific gene fragments. Read More

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December 2018

The interaction of HIV set-point viral load and subtype on disease progression.

AIDS Res Hum Retroviruses 2018 Dec 6. Epub 2018 Dec 6.

NIAID, LIR , 855 North Wolfe St. , Rangos Building, Room 538A , Baltimore, Maryland, United States , 21205.

HIV-1 subtype and viral load set-point have been implicated as strong predictors of HIV-1 disease progression; however the relationship between these two variables has not been investigated. We used data from the Rakai Community Cohort Study to investigate whether the association between viral load set-point and disease progression is modified by HIV subtype. Time to AIDS or AIDS-related death was investigated through Cox proportional hazards regression with an interaction term between viral load set point and HIV subtype. Read More

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December 2018
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Optimization strategies for HIV, hepatitis and syphilis testing in Infectious Disease Clinic and Dermatology Unit of Modena: seven-years results of collaboration experience.

J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol 2018 Dec 6. Epub 2018 Dec 6.

Clinic of Infectious Diseases, Azienda Ospedaliero-Universitaria Policlinico, Modena, Italy.

Background: Screening tests for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), hepatitis B virus (HBV), hepatitis C virus (HCV) and syphilis infections performed in at-risk population show a higher number of positive tests compared to those carried out in the general population. "Test & Counselling" Ambulatory of Infectious Disease Clinic (T&C-IDC) and Sexually Transmitted Diseases Ambulatory of Dermatology Unit (STDs-DU) of Modena began collaboration in 2010 and adopted a common diagnostic serological profile since 2013.

Objectives: The main objective was to analyse the number of screening tests performed in the T&C-IDC and STDs-DU, comparing the results obtained after the adoption of the shared protocol with the previous period. Read More

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December 2018