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Histomonas Elisa, Jessica L Martinez 2017 University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Histomonas Elisa, Jessica L Martinez

EURēCA: Exhibition of Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement

Histomonas meleagridis is a protozoan parasite of avians and is the causative agent in Histomonosis, commonly known as Blackhead Disease. Current methods for diagnosing the presence of H. meleagridis are limited to parasite culture or Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) to amplify target DNA. This project aims to develop an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) for faster and more sensitive diagnosis of Histomonas infections. Cultures of H. meleagridis parasites were purified, and surface antigens were extracted using a spectrum of chemical solutions. The various antigen solutions were subjected to an ELISA, with serum from birds immunized for H. meleagridis as positive controls ...


Molecular Evolution Of Dengue Type 2 Virus In Thailand, Rebeca Rico-Hesse, Lisa M. Harrison, Ananda Nisalak, David W. Vaughn, Siripen Kalayanarooj, Sharone Green, Alan L. Rothman, Francis A. Ennis 2017 Yale University School of Medicine

Molecular Evolution Of Dengue Type 2 Virus In Thailand, Rebeca Rico-Hesse, Lisa M. Harrison, Ananda Nisalak, David W. Vaughn, Siripen Kalayanarooj, Sharone Green, Alan L. Rothman, Francis A. Ennis

Sharone Green

Dengue is a mosquito-borne viral infection that in recent years has become a major international public health concern. Dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF), first recognized in Southeast Asia in the 1950s, is today a leading cause of childhood death in many countries. The pathogenesis of this illness is poorly understood, mainly because there are no laboratory or animal models of disease. We have studied the genetic relationships of dengue viruses of serotype 2, one of four antigenically distinct dengue virus groups, to determine if viruses obtained from cases of less severe dengue fever (DF) have distinct evolutionary origins from those obtained ...


Rapid Diagnosis Of Dengue Viremia By Reverse Transcriptase-Polymerase Chain Reaction Using 3'-Noncoding Region Universal Primers, T. Mirawati Sudiro, Hiroaki Ishiko, Sharone Green, Ananda Nisalak, David W. Vaughn, Siripen Kalayanarooj, Alan L. Rothman, Boonyos Raengsakulrach, Jurand Janus, Ichiro Kurane, Francis A. Ennis 2017 University of Massachusetts Medical School

Rapid Diagnosis Of Dengue Viremia By Reverse Transcriptase-Polymerase Chain Reaction Using 3'-Noncoding Region Universal Primers, T. Mirawati Sudiro, Hiroaki Ishiko, Sharone Green, Ananda Nisalak, David W. Vaughn, Siripen Kalayanarooj, Alan L. Rothman, Boonyos Raengsakulrach, Jurand Janus, Ichiro Kurane, Francis A. Ennis

Sharone Green

A reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) method was developed as a rapid diagnostic test of dengue viremia. To detect dengue viruses in serum or plasma specimens, a pair of universal primers was designed for use in the RT-PCR. Using these primers, the 3'-noncoding region of dengue virus types 1, 2, 3, and 4 could be amplified, but not those of other flaviviruses, such as West Nile virus, Japanese encephalitis virus, and yellow fever virus, or the alphavirus Sindbis virus. The sensitivity of the RT-PCR assay was similar to that of a quantitative fluorescent focus assay of dengue viruses in ...


The Kinetics Of Type I Interferons During Influenza A Virus Infection, Margaret A. Myers 2017 St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

The Kinetics Of Type I Interferons During Influenza A Virus Infection, Margaret A. Myers

Annual Symposium on Biomathematics and Ecology: Education and Research

No abstract provided.


Markov Models Reveal Host Controls Of Within-Host Disease Dynamics, Tara Stewart, Zoi Rapti, Carla E. Cáceres 2017 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Markov Models Reveal Host Controls Of Within-Host Disease Dynamics, Tara Stewart, Zoi Rapti, Carla E. Cáceres

Annual Symposium on Biomathematics and Ecology: Education and Research

No abstract provided.


Different Journeys, Same Destination: Exploring The Role Of A Pyhin Protein And Involvement Of Caspase-8 In The Regulation And Activation Of Inflammasomes, Sreya Ghosh 2017 University of Massachusetts Medical School

Different Journeys, Same Destination: Exploring The Role Of A Pyhin Protein And Involvement Of Caspase-8 In The Regulation And Activation Of Inflammasomes, Sreya Ghosh

GSBS Dissertations and Theses

Interferon-inducible PYHIN protein family includes the DNA-binding proteins, AIM2 and IFI16, which form ASC-caspase 1 dependent inflammasomes, important in immunity against cytosolic bacteria, DNA viruses and HIV. The role of other members of this family in the recognition of DNA and/or regulation of immune responses is unclear. We identified an immune regulatory function of p205, another member of the PYHIN family, in the transcriptional control of immune genes. Knockdown of p205 in macrophages revealed that inflammasome activation due to dsDNA and ligands that engage the NLRP3 inflammasome were severely compromised. Detailed mechanistic analysis showed that loss of p205 was ...


Pathways Involved In Recognition And Induction Of Trained Innate Immunity By Plasmodium Falciparum, Jacob E. Schrum 2017 University of Massachusetts Medical School

Pathways Involved In Recognition And Induction Of Trained Innate Immunity By Plasmodium Falciparum, Jacob E. Schrum

GSBS Dissertations and Theses

Malarial infection in naïve individuals induces a robust innate immune response, but our understanding of the mechanisms by which the innate immune system recognizes malaria and regulates its response remain incomplete. Our group previously showed that stimulation of macrophages with Plasmodium falciparum genomic DNA (gDNA) and AT-rich oligodeoxynucleotides (ODNs) derived from this gDNA induces the production of type I interferons (IFN-I) through a STING/TBK1/IRF3-dependent pathway; however, the identity of the upstream cytosolic DNA receptor remained elusive. Here, we demonstrate that this IFN-I response is dependent on cyclic GMP-AMP synthase (cGAS). cGAS produced the cyclic dinucleotide 2’3’-cGAMP ...


T Cell Factor-1 Regulates Cd4+ And Cd8+ T Cell Responses In A Stage-Specific Manner, Jodi Ann Gullicksrud 2017 University of Iowa

T Cell Factor-1 Regulates Cd4+ And Cd8+ T Cell Responses In A Stage-Specific Manner, Jodi Ann Gullicksrud

Theses and Dissertations

CD4+ and CD8+ T cells are critical components of the adaptive arm of immune responses. During viral infection, CD8+ T cells utilize their cytotoxic function to kill infected cells and clear the infection. In addition, CD4+ T cells differentiate into either T helper 1 (Th1) or T follicular helper (Tfh) cells, which provide essential help to enhance the efficacy of other response immune cells, including macrophages, CD8+ T cells, and B cells. The transcription factor, T cell factor-1 (TCF1), and its homologue, Lymphoid enhancer-binding factor-1 (LEF1), have critical roles in the development, differentiation, and persistence of both CD4+ and CD8 ...


Infection With Neuroantigen-Encoding Listeria: Induction Of Cd8 T Cell Responses And Suppression Of Demyelinating Disease, Farah R. Itani 2017 University of Iowa

Infection With Neuroantigen-Encoding Listeria: Induction Of Cd8 T Cell Responses And Suppression Of Demyelinating Disease, Farah R. Itani

Theses and Dissertations

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune demyelinating disorder of the central nervous system (CNS) with characteristic multifocal lesions or ‘ plaques’ of demyelination mainly in the white matter of the brain ( involving cerebral cortex, cerebellar, brain stem and spinal cord). These MS plaques vary in size and shape, and are composed of infiltrates of lymphocytes and macrophages - which contain myelin debris. CD8 T cells are more prevalent in CNS lesions and display oligoclonal expansion. However, their role in disease remains unclear with studies showing both protective and pathogenic roles for myelin-specific CD8 T cells in the experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE) model ...


Characterization Of Filifactor Alocis And Its Immune Evasion Strategies Employed Against Human Neutrophils., Cortney Linn Armstrong 2017 University of Louisville

Characterization Of Filifactor Alocis And Its Immune Evasion Strategies Employed Against Human Neutrophils., Cortney Linn Armstrong

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Periodontal disease is among the most common of inflammatory conditions and is caused by bacterial and host derived factors. The presence of bacteria drives the recruitment of neutrophils, professional phagocytes, to migrate to specific oral sites where they produce potent antimicrobials to kill their target. However, this inflammation and production of antimicrobials must be strictly regulated to minimize collateral host tissue damage. Human neutrophils recognized the oral pathogen Filifactor alocis through Toll-like receptor (TLR) 2 and upon binding, activated both p38 MAPK and ERK signaling pathways, known to be involved in neutrophil cell migration and degranulation. F. alocis also stimulated ...


Traf3 As A Regulator Of T Lymphocyte Activation, Alicia M. Wallis 2017 University of Iowa

Traf3 As A Regulator Of T Lymphocyte Activation, Alicia M. Wallis

Theses and Dissertations

T cells are an essential component of the adaptive immune system, which evolved to facilitate development of long-term, effective protection against infectious diseases. Upon activation, T cells play an important role in clearing infections, and especially, in preventing establishment of subsequent infections with the same pathogen. Because this is such a powerful response, it must be tightly regulated. Our lab has long been interested in how signaling molecules regulate the function of T and B lymphocytes. Our prior studies stimulated an interest in the signaling adapter molecule, Tumor necrosis factor receptor (TNFR)-associated factor 3 (TRAF3). Our group previously produced ...


Role Of Tim3 In Mediating T Cell Exhaustion During Chronic Mycobacterium Tuberculosis Infection, Miye K. Jacques 2017 University of Massachusetts Medical School

Role Of Tim3 In Mediating T Cell Exhaustion During Chronic Mycobacterium Tuberculosis Infection, Miye K. Jacques

GSBS Dissertations and Theses

Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection is one of the leading causes of mortality worldwide. One third of the population is estimated to be infected, however only 5-10% of those individuals can transmit the disease. While T cell immunity initially limits mycobacterium growth, it is unclear why T cell immunity fails to sterilize the infection and prevent subsequent recrudescence. One hypothesis is T cell exhaustion is mediating the failure of T cell immunity late during infection. Here we show the development of T cell exhaustion during chronic infection, and that the inhibitory receptor T cell-immunoglobulin and mucin domain containing 3 (TIM3) mediates the ...


The Antiviral Rna Interference Response Provides Resistance To Lethal Arbovirus Infection And Vertical Transmission In Caenorhabditis Elegans, Don B. Gammon, Takao Ishidate, Lichao Li, Weifeng Gu, Neal S. Silverman, Craig C. Mello 2017 University of Massachusetts Medical School

The Antiviral Rna Interference Response Provides Resistance To Lethal Arbovirus Infection And Vertical Transmission In Caenorhabditis Elegans, Don B. Gammon, Takao Ishidate, Lichao Li, Weifeng Gu, Neal S. Silverman, Craig C. Mello

Neal Silverman

The recent discovery of the positive-sense single-stranded RNA (ssRNA) Orsay virus (OV) as a natural pathogen of the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans has stimulated interest in exploring virus-nematode interactions. However, OV infection is restricted to a small number of intestinal cells, even in nematodes defective in their antiviral RNA interference (RNAi) response, and is neither lethal nor vertically transmitted. Using a fluorescent reporter strain of the negative-sense ssRNA vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV), we show that microinjection of VSV particles leads to a dose-dependent, muscle tissue-tropic, lethal infection in C. elegans. Furthermore, we find nematodes deficient for components of the antiviral RNAi ...


Central Role Of Il-23 And Il-17 Producing Eosinophils As Immunomodulatory Effector Cells In Acute Pulmonary Aspergillosis And Allergic Asthma, Evelyn V. Santos Guerra, Chrono K. Lee, Charles A. Specht, Bhawna Yadav, Haibin Huang, Ali Akalin, Jun R. Huh, Christian Mueller, Stuart M. Levitz 2017 University of Massachusetts Medical School

Central Role Of Il-23 And Il-17 Producing Eosinophils As Immunomodulatory Effector Cells In Acute Pulmonary Aspergillosis And Allergic Asthma, Evelyn V. Santos Guerra, Chrono K. Lee, Charles A. Specht, Bhawna Yadav, Haibin Huang, Ali Akalin, Jun R. Huh, Christian Mueller, Stuart M. Levitz

Christian Mueller

Aspergillus fumigatus causes invasive pulmonary disease in immunocompromised hosts and allergic asthma in atopic individuals. We studied the contribution of lung eosinophils to these fungal diseases. By in vivo intracellular cytokine staining and confocal microscopy, we observed that eosinophils act as local sources of IL-23 and IL-17. Remarkably, mice lacking eosinophils had a >95% reduction in the percentage of lung IL-23p19+ cells as well as markedly reduced IL-23 heterodimer in lung lavage fluid. Eosinophils killed A. fumigatus conidia in vivo. Eosinopenic mice had higher mortality rates, decreased recruitment of inflammatory monocytes, and decreased expansion of lung macrophages after challenge with ...


Balb/C Mice Immunized With A Combination Of Virus-Like Particles Incorporating Kaposi Sarcoma-Associated Herpesvirus (Kshv) Envelope Glycoproteins Gpk8.1, Gb, And Gh/Gl Induced Comparable Serum Neutralizing Antibody Activity To Uv-Inactivated Kshv, Anne K. Barasa, Peng Ye, Meredith Phelps, Ganapathiram T. Arivudainambi, Timelia Tison, Javier Gordon Ogembo 2017 Beckman Research Institute of City of Hope, CA

Balb/C Mice Immunized With A Combination Of Virus-Like Particles Incorporating Kaposi Sarcoma-Associated Herpesvirus (Kshv) Envelope Glycoproteins Gpk8.1, Gb, And Gh/Gl Induced Comparable Serum Neutralizing Antibody Activity To Uv-Inactivated Kshv, Anne K. Barasa, Peng Ye, Meredith Phelps, Ganapathiram T. Arivudainambi, Timelia Tison, Javier Gordon Ogembo

Open Access Articles

Infection with Kaposi sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KSHV) is estimated to account for over 44,000 new cases of Kaposi sarcoma annually, with 84% occurring in Africa, where the virus is endemic. To date, there is no prophylactic vaccine against KSHV. KSHV gpK8.1, gB, and gH/gL glycoproteins, implicated in the virus entry into host cells, are attractive vaccine targets for eliciting potent neutralizing antibodies (nAbs) against virus infection. We incorporated gpK8.1, gB, or gH/gL on the surface of virus-like particles (VLPs) and characterized these VLPs for their composition, size, and functionality. To determine which viral glycoprotein(s) elicit ...


Modeling Hiv Dynamics Following 3bnc117 Antibody Infusion, Samantha Erwin 2017 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Modeling Hiv Dynamics Following 3bnc117 Antibody Infusion, Samantha Erwin

Biology and Medicine Through Mathematics Conference

No abstract provided.


Characterization Of Severe Malaria In Liberian Children 5 Years Old And Younger, Patricia A. McQuilkin 2017 University of Massachusetts Medical School

Characterization Of Severe Malaria In Liberian Children 5 Years Old And Younger, Patricia A. Mcquilkin

GSBS Dissertations and Theses

Malaria continues to be a challenging problem in the developing world, and the burden of this life threatening disease continues to be borne by young children living in Sub Saharan Africa. One of the biggest challenges to the prevention and control of this problem lies in accurately diagnosing malaria, and distinguishing it from the many other febrile illnesses which present in children in this age group.

Liberia is a West African country with a high burden of malaria. Very little is known about the presentation of severe malaria in children aged 5 years old and younger in Liberia. We undertook ...


Mathematical Modeling For The Transmission Dynamics Of {\It Mycobacterium Marinum} Incorporating Intra-Host Variability, Lihong Zhao 2017 University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Mathematical Modeling For The Transmission Dynamics Of {\It Mycobacterium Marinum} Incorporating Intra-Host Variability, Lihong Zhao

Biology and Medicine Through Mathematics Conference

No abstract provided.


Systems Immunology Of Diabetes-Tuberculosis Comorbidity Reveals Signatures Of Disease Complications, Cesar A. Prada-Medina, Kiyoshi F. Fukutani, Nathella Pavan Kumar, Leonardo Gil-Santana, Subash Babu, Flavio Lichtenstein, Kim West, Shanmugam Sivakumar, Pradeep A. Menon, Vijay Viswanathan, Bruno B. Andrade, Helder I. Nakaya, Hardy Kornfeld 2017 University of São Paulo, Brazil

Systems Immunology Of Diabetes-Tuberculosis Comorbidity Reveals Signatures Of Disease Complications, Cesar A. Prada-Medina, Kiyoshi F. Fukutani, Nathella Pavan Kumar, Leonardo Gil-Santana, Subash Babu, Flavio Lichtenstein, Kim West, Shanmugam Sivakumar, Pradeep A. Menon, Vijay Viswanathan, Bruno B. Andrade, Helder I. Nakaya, Hardy Kornfeld

Open Access Articles

Comorbid diabetes mellitus (DM) increases tuberculosis (TB) risk and adverse outcomes but the pathological interactions between DM and TB remain incompletely understood. We performed an integrative analysis of whole blood gene expression and plasma analytes, comparing South Indian TB patients with and without DM to diabetic and non-diabetic controls without TB. Luminex assay of plasma cytokines and growth factors delineated a distinct biosignature in comorbid TBDM in this cohort. Transcriptional profiling revealed elements in common with published TB signatures from cohorts that excluded DM. Neutrophil count correlated with the molecular degree of perturbation, especially in TBDM patients. Body mass index ...


Lymphoid Hematopoiesis And The Role Of B-Cells In Transgenic Mouse Model Of Sickle Cell Disease, Christina Cotte 2017 University of Connecticut - Storrs

Lymphoid Hematopoiesis And The Role Of B-Cells In Transgenic Mouse Model Of Sickle Cell Disease, Christina Cotte

University Scholar Projects

Sickle cell disease (SCD) has been shown to be associated with decreased baseline immunity and thus increased susceptibility to infection. I sought to discern possible causes of this by looking into the correlations between SCD and hematopoiesis, the immune system and the neuroendocrine system, and ultimately by conducting experiments surrounding the impaired immune system of SCD. These experiments focused on the potential causes and effects of the diminution of B-1a cells in the SCD spleen. Adoptive transfers, infections with Streptococcus pneumoniae, and histologic imaging were conducted to establish if the diminution of the B-1a cells in the SCD spleen is ...


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