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Molecular Biology Of A Surface-Exposed Protein Family Of Bartonella Bacilliformis, Hannah Fay 2017 University of Montana

Molecular Biology Of A Surface-Exposed Protein Family Of Bartonella Bacilliformis, Hannah Fay

Undergraduate Theses and Professional Papers

Bartonella bacilliformis is a gram negative alpha-proteobacterium native to the Andes of South America. Bartonella causes Carrion’s disease, a potentially life threatening disease transmitted by the sand fly. It has a mortality rate of 88% when untreated and 10% when treated. Diagnostics and control measures for the disease are underdeveloped and no vaccine is available. Recent outbreaks indicate that the range of the pathogen is increasing with nearly 1.7 million people in western South America at risk. Little is known about the epidemiology and pathogenesis of B. bacilliformis. Recent research done by UC San Diego found a paralogous ...


A Fluorescent Reporter Mouse For Inflammasome Assembly Demonstrates An Important Role For Cell-Bound And Free Asc Specks During In Vivo Infection, Te-Chen Tzeng, Stefan A. Schattgen, Brian G. Monks, Donghai Wang, Anna M. Cerny, Eicke Latz, Katherine A. Fitzgerald, Douglas T. Golenbock 2016 University of Massachusetts Medical School

A Fluorescent Reporter Mouse For Inflammasome Assembly Demonstrates An Important Role For Cell-Bound And Free Asc Specks During In Vivo Infection, Te-Chen Tzeng, Stefan A. Schattgen, Brian G. Monks, Donghai Wang, Anna M. Cerny, Eicke Latz, Katherine A. Fitzgerald, Douglas T. Golenbock

Katherine A. Fitzgerald

Inflammasome activation is associated with numerous diseases. However, in vivo detection of the activated inflammasome complex has been limited by a dearth of tools. We have developed transgenic mice that ectopically express the fluorescent adaptor protein, apoptosis-associated speck-like protein containing a caspase recruitment domain (ASC) and characterized the formation of assembled inflammasome complexes ("specks") in primary cells and tissues. In addition to hematopoietic cells, we have found that a stromal population in the lung tissues formed specks during the early phase of influenza infection, whereas myeloid cells showed speck formation after 2 days. In a peritonitis and group B streptococcus ...


Human Monoclonal Antibodies To Plasmodium Falciparum Circumsporozoite Protein For Transient Passive Protection Of Malaria Travelers To Endemic Areas, Stuart Nelson, Douglas Golenbock, Ann M. Moormann, Colby A. Souders, Lisa Cavacini 2016 University of Massachusettts Medical School

Human Monoclonal Antibodies To Plasmodium Falciparum Circumsporozoite Protein For Transient Passive Protection Of Malaria Travelers To Endemic Areas, Stuart Nelson, Douglas Golenbock, Ann M. Moormann, Colby A. Souders, Lisa Cavacini

Ann M. Moormann

Plasmodium falciparum, is a protozoa that causes over 214 million cases of Malaria worldwide and the World Health Organization reported an estimated 438,000 deaths attributed to malaria in 2015. Current prevention strategies have reduced malaria cases but they are either costly, have poor efficacy or resistance has begun to develop. There is a global need for an effective pre-exposure prophylaxis treatment.

The leading Malaria vaccine candidate is RTS,S which contains a monovalent Plasmodium falciparum circumsporozoite protein (CSP). The goal of this vaccine is to induce anti-CSP antibodies that would block sporozoite invasion of hepatocytes and thereby hinder parasite ...


N-Methylation Of A Bactericidal Compound As A Resistance Mechanism In Mycobacterium Tuberculosis, Kenan C. Murphy, Carl F. Nathan 2016 University of Massachusetts Medical School

N-Methylation Of A Bactericidal Compound As A Resistance Mechanism In Mycobacterium Tuberculosis, Kenan C. Murphy, Carl F. Nathan

Open Access Articles

The rising incidence of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) makes it imperative to understand the underlying mechanisms. Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) is the single leading cause of death from a bacterial pathogen and estimated to be the leading cause of death from AMR. A pyrido-benzimidazole, 14, was reported to have potent bactericidal activity against Mtb. Here, we isolated multiple Mtb clones resistant to 14. Each had mutations in the putative DNA-binding and dimerization domains of rv2887, a gene encoding a transcriptional repressor of the MarR family. The mutations in Rv2887 led to markedly increased expression of rv0560c. We characterized Rv0560c as an S-adenosyl-L-methionine-dependent ...


Genomic Insights Into The Ixodes Scapularis Tick Vector Of Lyme Disease, Monika Gulia-Nuss,, Daniel R. Caffrey, Neal S. Silverman, Adam R. Wespiser, Catherine A. Hill 2016 Purdue University

Genomic Insights Into The Ixodes Scapularis Tick Vector Of Lyme Disease, Monika Gulia-Nuss,, Daniel R. Caffrey, Neal S. Silverman, Adam R. Wespiser, Catherine A. Hill

Neal Silverman

Ticks transmit more pathogens to humans and animals than any other arthropod. We describe the 2.1 Gbp nuclear genome of the tick, Ixodes scapularis (Say), which vectors pathogens that cause Lyme disease, human granulocytic anaplasmosis, babesiosis and other diseases. The large genome reflects accumulation of repetitive DNA, new lineages of retro-transposons, and gene architecture patterns resembling ancient metazoans rather than pancrustaceans. Annotation of scaffolds representing approximately 57% of the genome, reveals 20,486 protein-coding genes and expansions of gene families associated with tick-host interactions. We report insights from genome analyses into parasitic processes unique to ticks, including host 'questing ...


Tlr3 Signaling In Human Bdca-3 Dendritic Cells Results In The Formation Of Several Ilt3 And Ilt4 Populations, Nicholas J. Colletti 2016 Seton Hall University

Tlr3 Signaling In Human Bdca-3 Dendritic Cells Results In The Formation Of Several Ilt3 And Ilt4 Populations, Nicholas J. Colletti

Seton Hall University Dissertations and Theses (ETDs)

Dendritic cells (DCs) represent a population of innate immune cells that are highly efficient at promoting immune responses. DCs are capable of presenting antigens to both CD4 and CD8 T cells. DC presentation and interaction with T cells can result in either immune stimulation or tolerance. This study intends to phenotype a rare subset of DCs found in the human blood and is distinguishable by the expression of various surface markers including: lineage markers (Lin), HLADR, CD1c, and CD141 or BDCA-3. Stimulating BDCA-3 DCs with Poly I:C, a toll-like receptor (TLR) 3 agonist, resulted in the up-regulation of various ...


Cryptosporidium Parvum Among Coprolites From La Cueva De Los Muertos Chiquitos (600–800 Ce), Rio Zape Valley, Durango, Mexico, Johnica J. Morrow, Karl Reinhard 2016 University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Cryptosporidium Parvum Among Coprolites From La Cueva De Los Muertos Chiquitos (600–800 Ce), Rio Zape Valley, Durango, Mexico, Johnica J. Morrow, Karl Reinhard

Karl Reinhard Papers/Publications

In the present study, 90 coprolites from La Cueva de los Muertos Chiquitos (CMC) were subjected to enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) tests for 3 diarrhea-inducing protozoan parasites, Entamoeba histolytica, Giardia duodenalis, and Cryptosporidium parvum, to determine whether these parasites were present among the people who utilized this cave 1,200–1,400 yr ago. These people, the Loma San Gabriel, developed as a culture out of the Archaic Los Caracoles population and lived throughout much of present-day Durango and Zacatecas in Mexico. The Loma San Gabriel persisted through a mixed subsistence strategy of hunting-gathering and agricultural production. The results of ...


Dietary Weight Loss Advice In Us Health Magazines And Its Relation To Ancestral Diet, Risa J. Stein, Marium A. Choudhry, Thomas J. Murray Jr. 2016 Rockhurst University

Dietary Weight Loss Advice In Us Health Magazines And Its Relation To Ancestral Diet, Risa J. Stein, Marium A. Choudhry, Thomas J. Murray Jr.

Journal of Evolution and Health

As rates of overweight and obesity have risen in the US, the public has sought effective strategies for weight loss through dietary modification. A proliferation of processed foods and changing governmental nutrition guidelines have both impacted dietary intake patterns. While physicians are considered respectable sources of weight-loss information, increasingly the public has turned to the media, particularly magazines, for weight loss advice. This study investigated the dietary recommendations found in the five leading US health-related magazines and compared those recommendations to ancestral diets. With a couple notable exceptions, leading health magazines present consistent recommendations for dietary modifications to promote weight ...


Mcnamara 20160717 - The Chase - Rogers Pmn Panorama With Metamatters Link At Bottom - Mv1 Codec Q095, Tqr095.Avi, George McNamara 2016 M.D. Anderson Cancer Center

Mcnamara 20160717 - The Chase - Rogers Pmn Panorama With Metamatters Link At Bottom - Mv1 Codec Q095, Tqr095.Avi, George Mcnamara

George McNamara

2016 update of my panoramic movie of "The Chase". this adds a new bottom text to
https://works.bepress.com/gmcnamara/73/
that contains a download of my four MetaMatters newsletter articles about this movie.

Bottom left: original movie (jumpy as cells move to new fields of view).

Top has four segments: 1. Panorama version of David Rogers 1950's timelapse movie. 2. Addition of white cell outlines for the neutrophil. 3. Topographic surface map (TSM) with outlines. Made using MetaMorph Imaging System version 7.7. TSM command was present in version 1.0 of MetaMorph, released in 12/1992 ...


A Fluorescent Reporter Mouse For Inflammasome Assembly Demonstrates An Important Role For Cell-Bound And Free Asc Specks During In Vivo Infection, Te-Chen Tzeng, Stefan A. Schattgen, Brian G. Monks, Donghai Wang, Anna M. Cerny, Eicke Latz, Katherine A. Fitzgerald, Douglas T. Golenbock 2016 University of Massachusetts Medical School

A Fluorescent Reporter Mouse For Inflammasome Assembly Demonstrates An Important Role For Cell-Bound And Free Asc Specks During In Vivo Infection, Te-Chen Tzeng, Stefan A. Schattgen, Brian G. Monks, Donghai Wang, Anna M. Cerny, Eicke Latz, Katherine A. Fitzgerald, Douglas T. Golenbock

Open Access Articles

Inflammasome activation is associated with numerous diseases. However, in vivo detection of the activated inflammasome complex has been limited by a dearth of tools. We have developed transgenic mice that ectopically express the fluorescent adaptor protein, apoptosis-associated speck-like protein containing a caspase recruitment domain (ASC) and characterized the formation of assembled inflammasome complexes ("specks") in primary cells and tissues. In addition to hematopoietic cells, we have found that a stromal population in the lung tissues formed specks during the early phase of influenza infection, whereas myeloid cells showed speck formation after 2 days. In a peritonitis and group B streptococcus ...


Closing The Net On Retroviruses, Jeremy Luban 2016 University of Massachusetts Medical School

Closing The Net On Retroviruses, Jeremy Luban

Open Access Articles

Structural studies reveal how an antiviral factor forms a molecular net to restrict retroviruses including HIV-1.


Biliary Microbiota, Gallstone Disease And Infection With Opisthorchis Felineus., Irina V. Saltykova, Vjacheslav A Petrov, Maria D Logacheva, Polina G Ivanova, Nikolay V Merzlikin, Alexey E Sazonov, Ludmila M Ogorodova, Paul J. Brindley 2016 George Washington University

Biliary Microbiota, Gallstone Disease And Infection With Opisthorchis Felineus., Irina V. Saltykova, Vjacheslav A Petrov, Maria D Logacheva, Polina G Ivanova, Nikolay V Merzlikin, Alexey E Sazonov, Ludmila M Ogorodova, Paul J. Brindley

Microbiology, Immunology, and Tropical Medicine Faculty Publications

BACKGROUND: There is increasing interest in the microbiome of the hepatobiliary system. This study investigated the influence of infection with the fish-borne liver fluke, Opisthorchis felineus on the biliary microbiome of residents of the Tomsk region of western Siberia.

METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: Samples of bile were provided by 56 study participants, half of who were infected with O. felineus, and all of who were diagnosed with gallstone disease. The microbiota of the bile was investigated using high throughput, Illumina-based sequencing targeting the prokaryotic 16S rRNA gene. About 2,797, discrete phylotypes of prokaryotes were detected. At the level of phylum ...


Global Assessment Of Schistosomiasis Control Over The Past Century Shows Targeting The Snail Intermediate Host Works Best., Susanne H Sokolow, Chelsea L Wood, Isabel J Jones, Scott J Swartz, Melina Lopez, Michael H. Hsieh, Kevin D Lafferty, Armand M Kuris, Chloe Rickards, Giulio A De Leo 2016 George Washington University

Global Assessment Of Schistosomiasis Control Over The Past Century Shows Targeting The Snail Intermediate Host Works Best., Susanne H Sokolow, Chelsea L Wood, Isabel J Jones, Scott J Swartz, Melina Lopez, Michael H. Hsieh, Kevin D Lafferty, Armand M Kuris, Chloe Rickards, Giulio A De Leo

Urology Faculty Publications

BACKGROUND: Despite control efforts, human schistosomiasis remains prevalent throughout Africa, Asia, and South America. The global schistosomiasis burden has changed little since the new anthelmintic drug, praziquantel, promised widespread control.

METHODOLOGY: We evaluated large-scale schistosomiasis control attempts over the past century and across the globe by identifying factors that predict control program success: snail control (e.g., molluscicides or biological control), mass drug administrations (MDA) with praziquantel, or a combined strategy using both. For data, we compiled historical information on control tactics and their quantitative outcomes for all 83 countries and territories in which: (i) schistosomiasis was allegedly endemic during ...


Infectious Spleen And Kidney Necrosis Virus (Isknv) Used A Novel Strategy To Modulate The Mitochondria/ Caspases -Mediated Cell Death Pathway Via Ros Signaling In A Fish Cell Line, Jiann R. Hong 2016 Institute of Biotechnology, NCKU, Taiwan

Infectious Spleen And Kidney Necrosis Virus (Isknv) Used A Novel Strategy To Modulate The Mitochondria/ Caspases -Mediated Cell Death Pathway Via Ros Signaling In A Fish Cell Line, Jiann R. Hong

2nd International Conference of Fish & Shellfish Immunology

No abstract provided.


Mannose-Specific Immunoglobulin M In The Mucus Of Fugu Takifugu Rubripes Is Utilized By A Monogenean Parasite Heterobothrium Okamotoi For Host Recognition, Shigeyuki Tsutsui 2016 Kitasato University

Mannose-Specific Immunoglobulin M In The Mucus Of Fugu Takifugu Rubripes Is Utilized By A Monogenean Parasite Heterobothrium Okamotoi For Host Recognition, Shigeyuki Tsutsui

2nd International Conference of Fish & Shellfish Immunology

No abstract provided.


Effects Of Piscine Reovirus Infection On Innate Immune Signalling In Salmon, Mark Polinski 2016 Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Effects Of Piscine Reovirus Infection On Innate Immune Signalling In Salmon, Mark Polinski

2nd International Conference of Fish & Shellfish Immunology

No abstract provided.


Disparate Developmental Patterns Of Immune Responses To Bacterial And Viral Infections In Fish, Pierre Boudinot 2016 pierre.boudinot@jouy.inra.fr

Disparate Developmental Patterns Of Immune Responses To Bacterial And Viral Infections In Fish, Pierre Boudinot

2nd International Conference of Fish & Shellfish Immunology

No abstract provided.


Immune Responses To Alum In The Japanese Pufferfish (Takifugu Rubripes), Masahiro Sakai, Takashi Morimoto, Gouranga Biswas, Tomoya Kono, Jun-ichi Hikima Dr. 2016 University of Miyazaki, Faculty of Agriculture

Immune Responses To Alum In The Japanese Pufferfish (Takifugu Rubripes), Masahiro Sakai, Takashi Morimoto, Gouranga Biswas, Tomoya Kono, Jun-Ichi Hikima Dr.

2nd International Conference of Fish & Shellfish Immunology

No abstract provided.


Looking Through Transgenic Zebrafish To Reveal Novel Mechanisms Of Host-Parasite Interaction: In Vivo Real-Time Imaging Of A Trypanosome Infection, Maria Forlenza 2016 Wageningen Agricultural University

Looking Through Transgenic Zebrafish To Reveal Novel Mechanisms Of Host-Parasite Interaction: In Vivo Real-Time Imaging Of A Trypanosome Infection, Maria Forlenza

2nd International Conference of Fish & Shellfish Immunology

No abstract provided.


Aquaculture Of Russian Sturgeon In Uruguay: Decrease Of The Innate Defenses In Summer And Its Association With High Temperatures, Mauricio Castellano, Valeria Silva-Alvarez, Elena Fernández-López, Verónica Mauris, Daniel Conijeski, Andrea Villarino, Ana María Ferreira 2016 Universidad de la República, Uruguay

Aquaculture Of Russian Sturgeon In Uruguay: Decrease Of The Innate Defenses In Summer And Its Association With High Temperatures, Mauricio Castellano, Valeria Silva-Alvarez, Elena Fernández-López, Verónica Mauris, Daniel Conijeski, Andrea Villarino, Ana María Ferreira

2nd International Conference of Fish & Shellfish Immunology

No abstract provided.


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