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  1. Rickettsiosis cutáneo ganglionar por Rickettsia conorii en el Uruguay / Cutaneous-ganglionar rickettsiosis by Rickettsia conorii in Uruguay

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    Ismael A., Conti-Diaz; Ivonne, Rubio; Raúl E., Somma Moreira; Graciela, Pérez Bórmida.

    1990-10-01

    Full Text Available Se refieren 3 casos autóctonos de rickettsiosis cutáneo ganglionar trasmitidos por garrapatas de perros (Amblyomma maculatum, en uno de ellos) en el Uruguay. Dos de los 3 casos fueron seguramente provocados por Rickettsia conorii de acuerdo a los resultados de la reacción específica de inmunofluores [...] cencia indirecta - IgM, anti R. conorii. Se incluye un tercer paciente no estudiado con tal técnica, por la similitud clínico-epidemiológica, la reactividad del suero frente al Proteus OX 19 y la rápida respuesta a la tetraciclina. La no descripción previa de la rickettsiosis por R. conorii en forma autóctona en el área de las Américas confiere especial interés a la comunicación, recomendándose la búsqueda de la afección en otros países de la región. Abstract in english Three autochthonous cases of cutaneous-ganglionar rickettsiosis transmitted by dogs ticks (Amblyomma maculatum in one of them) are reported. Two of the three cases were undoubtely produced by Rickettsia conorii according to the results of the specific indirect immunofluorescence technique IEF-IgM an [...] ti R. conorii. A third case is included due to the clinical epidemiological similarity, the positive serum reactivity with Proteus O x 19 and the rapid response to tetracycline. Autochthonous rickettsiosis by R. conorii has not been previously registered in the American area what confers special interest to this communication. The search of the disease in the other countries of the region is suggested.

  2. Rickettsiosis cutáneo ganglionar por Rickettsia conorii en el Uruguay Cutaneous-ganglionar rickettsiosis by Rickettsia conorii in Uruguay

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    Ismael A. Conti-Diaz

    1990-10-01

    Full Text Available Se refieren 3 casos autóctonos de rickettsiosis cutáneo ganglionar trasmitidos por garrapatas de perros (Amblyomma maculatum, en uno de ellos en el Uruguay. Dos de los 3 casos fueron seguramente provocados por Rickettsia conorii de acuerdo a los resultados de la reacción específica de inmunofluorescencia indirecta - IgM, anti R. conorii. Se incluye un tercer paciente no estudiado con tal técnica, por la similitud clínico-epidemiológica, la reactividad del suero frente al Proteus OX 19 y la rápida respuesta a la tetraciclina. La no descripción previa de la rickettsiosis por R. conorii en forma autóctona en el área de las Américas confiere especial interés a la comunicación, recomendándose la búsqueda de la afección en otros países de la región.Three autochthonous cases of cutaneous-ganglionar rickettsiosis transmitted by dogs ticks (Amblyomma maculatum in one of them are reported. Two of the three cases were undoubtely produced by Rickettsia conorii according to the results of the specific indirect immunofluorescence technique IEF-IgM anti R. conorii. A third case is included due to the clinical epidemiological similarity, the positive serum reactivity with Proteus O x 19 and the rapid response to tetracycline. Autochthonous rickettsiosis by R. conorii has not been previously registered in the American area what confers special interest to this communication. The search of the disease in the other countries of the region is suggested.

  3. Enfermedades ganglionares

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    Pantoja, César A.

    2011-01-01

    Vamos a considerar las alteraciones patológicas del sistema ganglionar linfático, haciendo su estudio con los métodos de patología clínica, es decir, considerando las diversas enfermedades que pueden ocurrir en el sistema, a través del diagnóstico diferencial de los casos presentados.

  4. Caso probable de fiebre manchada ( Rickettsia felis) transmitida por pulgas / Probable case of flea-borne spotted fever ( Rickettsia felis )

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    Álvaro A, Faccini-Martínez; Elkin G, Forero-Becerra; Jesús A, Cortés-Vecino; Luis J, Polo-Teran; Jorge H, Jácome; Jimmy J, Vargas; Gustavo, Valbuena; Marylin, Hidalgo.

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available Rickettsia felis es el agente etiológico de la fiebre manchada transmitida por pulgas, cuyo principal vector y reservorio es Ctenocephalides felis . Típicamente, la enfermedad se presenta como fiebre aguda asociada a cefalea, astenia, exantema máculo-papular generalizado y, en algunos casos, con esc [...] ara de inoculación. En los últimos años, R. felis ha venido adquiriendo un papel importante en la etiología del síndrome febril agudo, calificándola como una enfermedad emergente y subdiagnosticada. La inmunofluorescencia indirecta es actualmente el método diagnóstico de referencia. Sin embargo, esta técnica presenta limitaciones relacionadas con la reacción cruzada que existe entre las diferentes especies del género Rickettsia . En el presente reporte se describe el caso de un paciente de 16 años con síndrome febril agudo secundario a infección probable por R. felis . Abstract in english Rickettsia felis is the etiologic agent of flea-borne spotted fever, with Ctenocephalides felis as its main vector and reservoir. Typically, the disease presents as acute fever associated with headache, asthenia, generalized maculo-papular rash, and in some cases, an inoculation eschar. In recent ye [...] ars, R. felis has acquired an important role in the etiology of the acute febrile syndrome; it is indeed an emerging infectious disease, albeit underdiagnosed. Indirect immunofluorescence assay (IFA) is currently the reference diagnostic method. However, this technique has limitations related to the cross reactivity among different species of rickettsiae. Herein, we describe a case of a 16 year-old patient with an acute febrile syndrome secondary to probable infection with R. felis.

  5. Micosis ganglionar: reporte de 7 casos en el Hospital Nacional Cayetano Heredia Lima-Perú y revisión de la literatura

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    Fernando Osores Plenge

    2004-10-01

    Full Text Available Objetivos: Describir las características clínicas, micológicas e histopatológicas de una serie de pacientes con micosis ganglionar y determinar si las afecciones ganglionares por hongos o micosis ganglionares pueden imitar otras patologías ganglionares infecciosas y no infecciosas. Material y Métodos: Se evaluaron 154 pacientes atendidos en el Departamento de enfermedades infecciosas y transmisibles del Hospital Nacional Cayetano Heredia de Lima entre enero del 2003 y enero del 2004. Estos pacientes participaron en un estudio de validación de una prueba diagnóstica para tuberculosis ganglionar pero tuvieron un diagnóstico definido de micosis ganglionar. Resultados: De 154 pacientes con linfadenopatía evaluados durante el tiempo de estudio, 7 tuvieron micosis ganglionar, dos de ellos eran pacientes inmunocompetentes y los cinco restantes inmunosuprimidos, uno por linfoma y los otros por VIH. Conclusiones: Las afecciones ganglionares por hongos o micosis ganglionares pueden ser grandes imitadoras de otras patologías ganglionares infecciosas y no infecciosas. (Rev Med Hered 2004;15:211-217.

  6. Infección por rickettsia en capibaras (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris de São Paulo, Brasil: evidencia serológica de infección por Rickettsia bellii y Rickettsia parkeri Rickettsial infection in capybaras (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris from São Paulo, Brazil: serological evidence for infection by Rickettsia bellii and Rickettsia parkeri

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    Marcelo B. Labruna

    2007-09-01

    Full Text Available Introducción. En Brasil, los capibaras (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris son importantes huéspedes para garrapatas del género Amblyomma, las cuales transmiten rickettsiosis a humanos y animales. Por lo tanto, estos roedores pueden ser potenciales centinelas para detectar infección por rickettsia.
    Objetivos. Este trabajo evaluó la infección por rickettsia en capibaras de diferentes regiones del estado de São Paulo, donde las rickettsiosis nunca han sido reportadas.
    Materiales y métodos. Se examinarion los sueros de 73 capibaras de seis localidades en São Paulo con la prueba de immunofluorescencia indirecta con antígenos de Rickettsia rickettsii, Rickettsia parkeri y Rickettsia bellii. Los bazos de los capibaras se extrajeron y se analizaron por reacción en cadena de la polimerasa para un fragmento del gene gltA de rickettsia. Las garrapatas se recolectaron de los capibaras y se identificaron hasta especie.
    Resultados. Diecinueve (26,0%, 25 (34,2% y 50 (68,5% sueros de los capibaras reaccionaron con R. rickettsii, R. parkeri y R. bellii, respectivamente. De los 50 sueros que reaccionaron con antígenos de R. bellii, 25 presentaron títulos, por lo menos, cuatro veces mayores que los otros dos antígenos. Estos sueros fueron considerados homólogos de R. bellii. Usando el mismo
    criterio, tres sueros de los capibaras se consideraron homólogos de R. parkeri. Ningún suero se consideró homólogo de R. rickettsii. No se detectó ADN de rickettsia en bazo. Las garrapatas
    recolectadas de los capibaras fueron identificadas como Amblyomma dubitatum y Amblyomma cajennense.
    Conclusiones. Este trabajo reporta la primera evidencia de infección natural por R. bellii en vertebrados y, también, la primera evidencia de infección por R. parkeri en capibaras. Se sabe que R. parkeri infecta y produce enfermedad en humanos; sin embargo, no hay evidencia de infección humana por R. bellii.Introduction. In Brazil, capybaras (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris are important hosts for Amblyomma ticks, which in turn can transmit rickettsiae to humans and animals. Therefore, capybaras are potential sentinels for rickettsial infection.
    Objective. The present study evaluated rickettsial infection in capybaras in different areas of the state of São Paulo, where rickettsiosis has never been reported.
    Materials and methods. Blood sera from 73 capybaras from six localities in São Paulo were tested by indirect immunofluorescence assay using Rickettsia rickettsii, Rickettsia parkeri, and Rickettsia bellii antigens. Capybara spleens were tested by PCR, targeting a fragment of the rickettsial gltA gene. Ticks were collected from each capybara sample and taxonomically identified to species.
    Results. A total of 94 positively reacting capybara samples, 19 (26.0%, 25 (34.2%, and 50 (68.5% capybara sera reacted to R. rickettsii, R. parkeri, and R. bellii, respectively. Twenty-five capybara sera showed titers to R. bellii at least four-fold higher than to any of the other two antigens. These sera were considered homologous to R. bellii. Using the same criteria, 3 capybara sera were considered homologous to R. parkeri. No sera were be considered homologous to R. rickettsii. No rickettsial DNA was detected in capybara spleen samples. Ticks collected on capybaras were Amblyomma dubitatum and Amblyomma cajennense.
    Conclusions. The first evidence is reported of R. bellii natural infection in vertebrate hosts, and the first evidence of R. parkeri infection in capybaras. While R. parkeri is known to infect and cause disease in humans, no similar evidence for human infection has been indicated by R. bellii.

  7. Pancreatoduodenectomía durante el embarazo por adenocarcinoma de ampolla de Vater y posterior resección de recurrencia ganglionar con buen resultado a corto y largo plazo / Pancreatoduodenectomy for ampullary adenocarcinoma and and re-intervention for ganglinonar recurrency

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    Gustavo, Reaño Paredes; José, De Vinatea De Cárdenas; Fernando, Revoredo Rego; Fritz, Kometter Barrios; Luis, Villanueva Alegre; José, Arenas Gamio; Mónica, Uribe León.

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available Mujer de 30 años con 13 semanas de su segunda gestación que se presentó con síntomas de anemia severa, hemorragia digestiva alta, dolor epigástrico y baja de peso. Mediante endoscopía alta se diagnosticó un adenocarcinoma bien diferenciado de ampolla de Vater. Se le practicó pancreato-duodenectomía [...] a las 16 semanas de su embarazo sin complicaciones. Durante el seguimiento se identificó recurrencia ganglionar loco-regional 4 meses después por lo que se le realizó parto por cesárea a las 34 semanas con neonato saludable de 2500 gr. Se decidió reintervención para resección de enfermedad ganglionar la cual se realizó con éxito. Lleva 36 meses de seguimiento sin evidencia de recidiva de la enfermedad. Su hija ha tenido un desarrollo normal. Abstract in english A 30 years old woman in the 13 week of her second pregnancy who had severe anemia, upper gastrointestinal bleeding and weight loss. She was given the endoscopic diagnosis of a well differentiated ampullary adenocarcinoma. She underwent a pancreato duodenectomy during the 16 week of pregnancy without [...] complications. After 4 months of follow up we identified a ganglionar local recurrence so that´s why she underwent a cesarean in the 34 week of pregnancy. The product was a healthy 2500 gr. newborn. We decided a reoperation for the resection of the recurrence and it was carried out successfully. Currently the patient has 36 months of follow up without evidence of recurrence and her baby has a normal grow up.

  8. Serological evidence of Rickettsia parkeri as the etiological agent of rickettsiosis in Uruguay / Evidência sorológica de Rickettsia parkeri como agente etiológico de rickettsiose no Uruguai

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    Ismael A., Conti-Díaz; Jonas, Moraes-Filho; Richard C., Pacheco; Marcelo B., Labruna.

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available São relatados três novos casos humanos de rickettsiose no Uruguai. Os três casos clínicos apresentam manifestações clínicas semelhantes às descritas em casos de infecção por Rickettsia parkeri previamente relatados nos Estados Unidos, tais como: febre moderada ([...] a, escara de inoculação no sítio de fixação do carrapato, linfadenopatia regional e ausência de letalidade. Testes sorológicos de absorção de anticorpos com antígenos de R. parkeri e Rickettsia rickettsii, associados à reação de imunofluorescência indireta, sugerem que os pacientes de dois casos foram infectados por R. parkeri. Evidências clínicas e epidemiológicas, associadas com nossas análises sorológicas, sugerem que R. parkeri é o agente etiológico de casos humanos de febre maculosa no Uruguai, uma doença que tem sido reconhecida naquele país como rickettsiose cutâneo-ganglionar. Abstract in english We report three new rickettsiosis human cases in Uruguay. The three clinical cases presented clinical manifestations similar to previous reported cases of Rickettsia parkeri in the United States; that is mild fever ([...] l lymphadenopathy, and no lethality. Serological antibody-absorption tests with purified antigens of R. parkeri and Rickettsia rickettsii, associated with immunofluorescence assay indicated that the patients in two cases were infected by R. parkeri. Epidemiological and clinical evidences, coupled with our serological analysis, suggest that R. parkeri is the etiological agent of human cases of spotted fever in Uruguay, a disease that has been recognized in that country as cutaneous-ganglionar rickettsiosis.

  9. Vigilancia de la infección por Rickettsia sp. en capibaras (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris) un modelo potencial de alerta epidemiológica en zonas endémicas / Surveillance of Rickettsia sp. infection in capybaras (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris) a potential model of epidemiological alert in endemic areas

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    Jorge, Miranda; Verónica, Contreras; Yésica, Negrete; Marcelo B, Labruna; Salim, Máttar.

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available Introducción. Los capibaras o chigüiros (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris) son huéspedes amplificadores de Rickettsia sp. Usualmente se encuentran parasitados por la garrapata Amblyomma cajennense, principal vector de rickettsiosis en Suramérica. Los capibaras pueden ser usados como potenciales centinelas [...] de la circulación de rickettsias. Objetivo. Detectar anticuerpos contra Rickettsia sp. del grupo de las fiebres manchadas en capibaras de una zona rural del municipio de Montería, departamento de Córdoba. Material y métodos. Se analizaron 36 sueros de capibaras de una zona rural de Montería (vereda San Jerónimo) en Córdoba. Para la detección de anticuerpos IgG se practicó inmunofluorescencia indirecta, que utilizó antígenos de la cepa Taiaçu de Rickettsia rickettsii de Brasil. Los sueros de los capibaras fueron diluidos 1:64. Se capturaron las garrapatas que se encontraban parasitando los capibaras y se clasificaron hasta su especie. Resultados. La seroprevalencia contra Rickettsia sp. del grupo de la fiebres manchadas encontrada fue de 22 % (8 capibaras); se encontraron cuatro sueros con título de 1:64, tres sueros con título 1:128 y un suero presentó titulación de 1:512. Todas las garrapatas (n=933) fueron identificadas taxonómicamente como A. cajennense. Conclusión. En Colombia existen zonas endémicas de rickettsiosis y la aparición de brotes anuales lo confirma (Necoclí, 2006; Los Córdobas, 2007, y Altos de Mulatos, 2008). El presente estudio reporta por primera vez la presencia de infección natural por rickettsia del grupo de las fiebres manchadas en capibaras de Colombia. Los hallazgos sugieren que los capibaras pueden ser usados como potenciales centinelas de la circulación de rickettsias y marcadores de las áreas de riesgo para la transmisión de rickettsiosis. Abstract in english Introduction. Capybaras (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris) are considered amplifying hosts of Rickettsia sp. These rodents are usually parasitized by the tick vector, Amblyomma cajennense, the main vector of rickettsioses in humans and animals in South America. Capybaras can be used as sentinels in detecti [...] on of circulation of rickettsiae. Objective. Antibodies to rickettsiae of spotted fever group were detected in capybaras in a rural area of Cordoba Province, northern Colombia. Materials and methods. Sera were analyzed from 36 capybaras in a rural area of Monteria (village of San Jeronimo) in Córdoba. For the detection of IgG antibodies, indirect immunofluorescence was performed. The antigens were derived from R. rickettsia strain Taiaçu isolated in Brazil. Capybara sera were diluted 1:64 for IFA analysis. Ticks were collected from each capybara (also known as chigüiro) and identified to species. Results. The seroprevalence of spotted fever group Rickettsia was 22% (8 capybaras). Four sera had a titer of 1:64, 3 had a titer of 1:128 and one serum had a titer of 1:512. All ticks removed from the capybaras (n=933) were taxonomically identified as Amblyomma cajennense. Conclusion. Colombia has areas endemic for rickettsioses, as indicated by confirmed annual outbreaks. The current study reports the first evidence of natural rickettsial infection of the spotted fever group in capybaras from Colombia. The findings suggest that capybaras can be used as sentinels for the circulation of rickettsiae and can identify endemic areas for the transmission of rickettsial diseases.

  10. Rickettsia parkeri: a Rickettsial pathogen transmitted by ticks in endemic areas for spotted fever rickettsiosis in southern Uruguay / Rickettsia parkeri: patógeno rickettsial transmitido por garrapatas en áreas endémicas de rickettsiosis por fiebre manchada en el sur de Uruguay

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    José M., Venzal; Agustín, Estrada-Peña; Aránzazu, Portillo; Atilio J., Mangold; Oscar, Castro; Carlos G. De, Souza; María L., Félix; Laura, Pérez-Martínez; Sonia, Santibánez; José A., Oteo.

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Inicialmente, Rickettsia conorii fue señalada como el agente causal de la fiebre manchada en Uruguay, diagnosticada mediante pruebas serológicas. Posteriormente, Rickettsia parkeri fue detectada mediante técnicas moleculares en garrapatas Amblyomma triste colectadas sobre humanos. El vector natural [...] de R. conorii, Rhipicephalus sanguineus, no ha sido estudiado en cuanto a rickettsias en Uruguay. Para abordar este tema, 180 R. sanguineus fueron colectados sobre perros y 245 A. triste sobre vegetación en tres localidades consideradas endémicas para fiebres manchadas en el sur de Uruguay. El ADN de las garrapatas fue extraído en pools y sometido a una primera PCR utilizando cebadores que amplifican un fragmento del gen gltA, presente en prácticamente todas las especies de Rickettsia. Las muestras positivas fueron sometidas a una segunda PCR con cebadores que amplifican un fragmento del gen ompA, presente sólo en rickettsias del grupo de las fiebres manchadas (GFM). No se detectó ADN rickettsial en R. sanguineus. Sin embargo, muestras de A. triste fueron positivas a rickettsiales en dos de las tres localidades estudiadas, con prevalencias de pools positivos del 11.8 y 37.5% respectivamente. La secuenciación del ADN evidenció la presencia de R. parkeri. Basados en estos resultados junto a los anteriores y la agresividad de A. triste hacia los humanos, se concluye que esta garrapata es vector de rickettsiosis humana por R. parkeri en Uruguay. Abstract in english At first Rickettsia conorii was implicated as the causative agent of spotted fever in Uruguay diagnosed by serological assays. Later Rickettsia parkeri was detected in human-biting Amblyomma triste ticks using molecular tests. The natural vector of R. conorii, Rhipicephalus sanguineus, has not been [...] studied for the presence of rickettsial organisms in Uruguay. To address this question, 180 R. sanguineus from dogs and 245 A. triste from vegetation (flagging) collected in three endemic localities were screened for spotted fever group (SFG) rickettsiosis in southern Uruguay. Tick extracted DNA pools were subjected to PCR using primers which amplify a fragment of the rickettsial gltA gene. Positive tick DNA pools with these primers were subjected to a second PCR round with primers targeting a fragment of the ompA gene, which is only present in SFG rickettsiae. No rickettsial DNA was detected in R. sanguineus. However, DNA pools of A. triste were found to be positive for a rickettsial organism in two of the three localities, with prevalences of 11.8% to 37.5% positive pools. DNA sequences generated from these PCR-positive ticks corresponded to R. parkeri. These findings, joint with the aggressiveness shown by A. triste towards humans, support previous data on the involvement of A. triste as vector of human infections caused by R. parkeri in Uruguay.

  11. Fiebre manchada por rickettsias en el Delta del Paraná: Una enfermedad emergente / Rickettsial spotted fever in the Paraná Delta: An emerging disease

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    Alfredo, Seijo; Marisa, Picollo; William, Nicholson; Christopher, Paddock.

    2007-12-01

    Full Text Available Se comunica un caso de fiebre manchada por rickettsia autóctono del delta del Paraná correspondiente a la provincia de Buenos Aires. Luego de cinco días de haber permanecido en una región cercana a la localidad de ingeniero Otamendi, partido de Campana, el paciente presentó un síndrome febril agudo [...] caracterizado por hipertermia con escalofríos y sudoración, mialgias, cefalea, astenia y discreta odinofagia, seguido a las 72 horas por un exantema maculopapuloso congestivo con elementos purpúricos, de distribución universal. En la región preauricular izquierda se observaba una lesión papuloerosiva, producida cinco días antes de iniciada la fiebre por una garrapata adquirida en el lugar. El cuadro clínico remitió rápidamente con la administración de doxiciclina. Por inmunofluorescencia indirecta se identificaron anticuerpos reactivos contra el grupo de rickettsias causantes de fiebres manchadas (CDC, Atlanta, EE.UU.). Se realizan consideraciones sobre la especie de rickettsia, el vector involucrado y la posibilidad que la enfermedad fuera debida a Rickettsia parkeri. Abstract in english We describe a case of rickettsial spotted fever in the Paraná Delta region of Buenos Aires province in Argentina. The patient developed an acute febrile syndrome characterized by myalgias, headache, asthenia and moderate odynophagia, followed by a diffuse macular, papular, and purpuric exanthema. Th [...] e patient had been bitten recently by a tick on the left preauricular region and an erosive papular lesion was evident at the bite site. An indirect immunofluorescence antibody assay identified antibodies reactive with spotted fever group rickettsiae in the patient's serum. The patient improved rapidly with doxycycline. Several considerations relating to the identity of the rickettsial species and tick vector are discussed, including the possibility that this patient's illness may have been caused by Rickettsia parkeri.

  12. Fiebre manchada por rickettsias en el Delta del Paraná: Una enfermedad emergente Rickettsial spotted fever in the Paraná Delta: An emerging disease

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    Alfredo Seijo

    2007-12-01

    Full Text Available Se comunica un caso de fiebre manchada por rickettsia autóctono del delta del Paraná correspondiente a la provincia de Buenos Aires. Luego de cinco días de haber permanecido en una región cercana a la localidad de ingeniero Otamendi, partido de Campana, el paciente presentó un síndrome febril agudo caracterizado por hipertermia con escalofríos y sudoración, mialgias, cefalea, astenia y discreta odinofagia, seguido a las 72 horas por un exantema maculopapuloso congestivo con elementos purpúricos, de distribución universal. En la región preauricular izquierda se observaba una lesión papuloerosiva, producida cinco días antes de iniciada la fiebre por una garrapata adquirida en el lugar. El cuadro clínico remitió rápidamente con la administración de doxiciclina. Por inmunofluorescencia indirecta se identificaron anticuerpos reactivos contra el grupo de rickettsias causantes de fiebres manchadas (CDC, Atlanta, EE.UU.. Se realizan consideraciones sobre la especie de rickettsia, el vector involucrado y la posibilidad que la enfermedad fuera debida a Rickettsia parkeri.We describe a case of rickettsial spotted fever in the Paraná Delta region of Buenos Aires province in Argentina. The patient developed an acute febrile syndrome characterized by myalgias, headache, asthenia and moderate odynophagia, followed by a diffuse macular, papular, and purpuric exanthema. The patient had been bitten recently by a tick on the left preauricular region and an erosive papular lesion was evident at the bite site. An indirect immunofluorescence antibody assay identified antibodies reactive with spotted fever group rickettsiae in the patient's serum. The patient improved rapidly with doxycycline. Several considerations relating to the identity of the rickettsial species and tick vector are discussed, including the possibility that this patient's illness may have been caused by Rickettsia parkeri.

  13. Fiebre manchada por Rickettsia rickettsii en las Américas: un problema creciente de salud pública

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    Gerardo Álvarez-Hernández

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available El comportamiento epidemiológico de la fiebre manchada por Rickettsia rickettsii constituye un desafío para los sistemas de salud del continente americano. Es un padecimiento de relevancia médica por la letalidad que provoca si no es diagnosticado ni tratado oportunamente. Aunque cualquier persona es susceptible a la infección, algunos grupos poblacionales son más vulnerables debido a un mayor contacto con la garrapata transmisora, entre ellos los niños, quienes tienen mayor morbilidad por lo que se asocian con resultados fatales. En su origen participa una multitud de factores biológicos, ecológicos y sociales, interrelacionados complejamente, y cuyo abordaje requiere de intervenciones integradas y multidisciplinarias. La incidencia de la enfermedad puede continuar aumentando en la región, de modo que su ocurrencia actual constituye un llamado urgente para la acción regional. Acciones preventivas que disminuyan el contacto con garrapatas e incrementen la sospecha temprana de la enfermedad, son prioritarias en la agenda de salud de varias naciones de las Américas.

  14. Serological evidence of Rickettsia parkeri as the etiological agent of rickettsiosis in Uruguay Evidência sorológica de Rickettsia parkeri como agente etiológico de rickettsiose no Uruguai

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    Ismael A. Conti-Díaz

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available We report three new rickettsiosis human cases in Uruguay. The three clinical cases presented clinical manifestations similar to previous reported cases of Rickettsia parkeri in the United States; that is mild fever (São relatados três novos casos humanos de rickettsiose no Uruguai. Os três casos clínicos apresentam manifestações clínicas semelhantes às descritas em casos de infecção por Rickettsia parkeri previamente relatados nos Estados Unidos, tais como: febre moderada (< 40 ºC, mal-estar, cefaléia, exantema, escara de inoculação no sítio de fixação do carrapato, linfadenopatia regional e ausência de letalidade. Testes sorológicos de absorção de anticorpos com antígenos de R. parkeri e Rickettsia rickettsii, associados à reação de imunofluorescência indireta, sugerem que os pacientes de dois casos foram infectados por R. parkeri. Evidências clínicas e epidemiológicas, associadas com nossas análises sorológicas, sugerem que R. parkeri é o agente etiológico de casos humanos de febre maculosa no Uruguai, uma doença que tem sido reconhecida naquele país como rickettsiose cutâneo-ganglionar.

  15. Larvas migrans ganglionar: Presentación de un caso

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    María del Carmen Luis Álvarez

    2003-04-01

    Full Text Available Las larvas migrans visceral cuya causa radica en la infestación con larvas de toxocara canis o cati, ocurre más frecuentemente en niños menores de 10 años. Se presenta el caso de un niño de 8 años de edad en el cual se diagnosticó larvas migrans ganglionar. Se comentan aspectos etioepidemiológicos de la enfermedad, su cuadro clínico y evolución. Se hace énfasis en las medidas higiénicas sanitarias de control y manipulación de excretas de animales domésticos, en este caso de perros y gatos.Visceral larvae migrans caused by the infestation with larvae of toxocara canis or cati are more frequent among children under 10. The case of an 8-year-old boy who was diagnosed ganglionar larva migrans is presented. Comments are made on some etioepidemiological aspects of the disease, as well as on his clinical picture and evolution. Emphasis is made on the hygienic and sanitary measures of control and manipulation of stools from pegs as dogs and cats. Las larvas migrans visceral cuya causa radica en la infestación con larvas de toxocara canis o cati, ocurre más frecuentemente en niños menores de 10 años. Se presenta el caso de un niño de 8 años de edad en el cual se diagnosticó larvas migrans ganglionar. Se comentan aspectos etioepidemiológicos de la enfermedad, su cuadro clínico y evolución. se hace énfasis en las medidas higiénicas sanitarias de control y manipulación de excretas de animales domésticos, en este caso de perros y gatos.

  16. Utilización del aclaramiento ganglionar Use of lymphatic node clearance

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    Sebastián Quintero

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available El aclaramiento ganglionar es una técnica por medio de la cual se logra disolver la emulsión y decolorar los tejidos grasos corporales con el fin de identificar fácilmente las estructuras ganglionares. Mediante esta técnica se logró identificar hasta el 100% de los ganglios adicionales en el estudio de las piezas anatomopatológicas de cáncer colorrectal. La técnica tuvo una importancia trascendental en el subgrupo de pacientes con tratamiento neoadyuvante que es el de mayor dificultad en el estudio convencional de patología. El 94% de los ganglios identificados con el aclaramiento eran menores de 5 mm. Existió un cambio de estadificación en 10% de los casos incluidos en el estudio piloto.Lymphatic node clearance is the technique that dissolves the emulsion and removes the color of the fat tissues for the easy identification of lymph node structures. By means of this technique it has been possible to identify up to 100% of the additional nodes in the study of colorectal cancer specimens. This technique has had capital importance in the subgroup of patients having neoadjuvant chemotherapy, the one that poses greater difficulties in the pathology study. 94% of nodes identified by the clearance method were 5 mm or less in diameter. Change in staging occurred in 10% of the cases included in this pilot study.

  17. Ecoepidemiología de la infección por rickettsias en roedores, ectoparásitos y humanos en el noroeste de Antioquia, Colombia / Ecoepidemiology of rickettsial infection in rodents, ectoparasites and humans in northeastern Antioquia, Colombia

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    Juan Carlos, Quintero; Andrés Felipe, Londoño; Francisco J, Díaz; Piedad, Agudelo-Flórez; Margarita, Arboleda; Juan David, Rodas.

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available Introducción. Las rickettsias son bacterias patógenas usualmente transmitidas por ectoparásitos, como garrapatas, piojos o pulgas. En la última década se presentaron tres brotes de rickettsiosis con casos fatales en la región noroccidental de Antioquia y en un municipio limítrofe de Córdoba. Objetiv [...] o. Describir la ecología y la epidemiología de las infecciones por Rickettsia spp. en el Urabá antioqueño. Materiales y métodos. Se obtuvieron muestras de 354 roedores y se recolectaron 839 ectoparásitos de estos en los municipios de Apartadó, Turbo y Necoclí. Asimismo, se obtuvieron 220 sueros humanos. Estas muestras fueron estudiadas por reacción en cadena de la polimerasa (PCR) e inmunofluorescencia indirecta (IFI) para la detección de infección por rickettsias. Resultados. Por IFI se detectaron anticuerpos antirickettsias en 130 (43 %) de los roedores y en 53 (24 %) de los sueros humanos estudiados. Además, se amplificaron secuencias del gen gltA específicas del género Rickettsia en 23 (6,8 %) muestras de hígado de roedores, las cuales mostraron una similitud del 98,7 % con R. prowazekii . Una secuencia de gltA obtenida de larvas de garrapatas del género Amblyomma sp., tuvo una identidad mayor de 99 % con las secuencias de R. tamurae . Conclusión. Estos resultados demuestran la circulación de rickettsias en roedores, ectoparásitos y humanos en los municipios estudiados. Abstract in english Introduction: Rickettsia spp. are tick, flea or lice-borne pathogenic bacterium, usually carried by rodents. In the last decade three outbreaks of rickettsial disease including fatalities, occurred in the provinces of Antioquia and Córdoba in northwestern Colombia. Objective: The purpose of this stu [...] dy was to perform an ecological and epidemiological description of the Rickettsia spp infection in the recently affected region of Colombia. Materials and methods: Samples were obtained from 354 rodents and their parasites captured in the municipalities of Apartadó, Turbo and Necoclí. Likewise, 220 human sera were also collected, for detection of infection by Rickettsia spp. Results: Indirect immunofluorescence assay (IFA) revealed that 130 (43%) of the rodents and 53 (24%) of the humans produced antibodies to Rickettsia spp. Additionally, rickettsial DNA was amplified by PCR from 23 (6.8%) rodent liver samples using primers directed to the genus specific gltA gene. While gltA sequences from rodent samples exhibited a 98.7% similitude with R . prowazekii, a sequence amplified from larvae of Amblyomma sp exhibited identities of >99% similarity with R. tamurae . Conclusion: These results demonstrate the presence of rickettsia in rodents, ectoparasites and humans throughout the municipalities studied.

  18. Surveillance of Rickettsia sp. infection in capybaras (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris a potential model of epidemiological alert in endemic areas Vigilancia de la infección por Rickettsia sp. en capibaras (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris un modelo potencial de alerta epidemiológica en zonas endémicas

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    Marcelo B. Labruna

    2011-03-01

    Full Text Available Introduction. Capybaras (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris are considered amplifying hosts of Rickettsia sp. These rodents are usually parasitized by the tick vector, Amblyomma cajennense, the main vector of rickettsioses in humans and animals in South America. Capybaras can be used as sentinels in detection of circulation of rickettsiae.
    Objective. Antibodies to rickettsiae of spotted fever group were detected in capybaras in a rural area of Cordoba Province, northern Colombia.
    Materials and methods. Sera were analyzed from 36 capybaras in a rural area of Monteria (village of San Jeronimo in Córdoba. For the detection of IgG antibodies, indirect immunofluorescence was performed. The antigens were derived from R. rickettsia strain Taiaçu isolated in Brazil. Capybara sera were diluted 1:64 for IFA analysis. Ticks were collected from each capybara (also known as chigüiro and identified to species.
    Results. The seroprevalence of spotted fever group Rickettsia was 22% (8 capybaras. Four sera had a titer of 1:64, 3 had a titer of 1:128 and one serum had a titer of 1:512. All ticks removed from the capybaras (n=933 were taxonomically identified as Amblyomma cajennense.
    Conclusion. Colombia has areas endemic for rickettsioses, as indicated by confirmed annual outbreaks. The current study reports the first evidence of natural rickettsial infection of the spotted fever group in capybaras from Colombia. The findings suggest that capybaras can be used as sentinels for the circulation of rickettsiae and can identify endemic areas for the transmission of rickettsial diseases.

    Introducción. Los capibaras o chigüiros (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris son huéspedes amplificadores de Rickettsia sp. Usualmente se encuentran parasitados por la garrapata Amblyomma cajennense, principal vector de rickettsiosis en Suramérica. Los capibaras pueden ser usados como potenciales centinelas de la circulación de rickettsias.
    Objetivo. Detectar anticuerpos contra Rickettsia sp. del grupo de las fiebres manchadas en capibaras de una zona rural del municipio de Montería, departamento de Córdoba.
    Material y métodos. Se analizaron 36 sueros de capibaras de una zona rural de Montería (vereda San Jerónimo en Córdoba. Para la detección de anticuerpos IgG se practicó inmunofluorescencia indirecta, que utilizó antígenos de la cepa Taiaçu de Rickettsia rickettsii de Brasil. Los sueros de los capibaras fueron diluidos 1:64. Se capturaron las garrapatas que se encontraban parasitando los capibaras y se clasificaron hasta su especie.
    Resultados. La seroprevalencia contra Rickettsia sp. del grupo de la fiebres manchadas encontrada fue de 22 % (8 capibaras; se encontraron cuatro sueros con título de 1:64, tres sueros con título 1:128 y un suero presentó titulación de 1:512. Todas las garrapatas (n=933 fueron identificadas taxonómicamente como A. cajennense.
    Conclusión. En Colombia existen zonas endémicas de rickettsiosis y la aparición de brotes anuales lo confirma (Necoclí, 2006; Los Córdobas, 2007, y Altos de Mulatos, 2008. El presente estudio reporta por primera vez la presencia de infección natural por rickettsia del grupo de las fiebres manchadas en capibaras de Colombia. Los hallazgos sugieren que los capibaras pueden ser usados como potenciales centinelas de la circulación de rickettsias y marcadores de las áreas de riesgo para la transmisión de rickettsiosis.

  19. Study of infection by Rickettsiae of the spotted fever group in humans and ticks in an urban park located in the City of Londrina, State of Paraná, Brazil / Estudo da infecção por Rickettsias do grupo da febre maculosa em humanos e carrapatos de um parque urbano na Cidade de Londrina, Estado do Paraná

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    Roberta Santos, Toledo; Katia, Tamekuni; Mauro de Freitas, Silva Filho; Valeska Bender, Haydu; Richard Campos, Pacheco; Marcelo Bahia, Labruna; John Stephen, Dumler; Odilon, Vidotto.

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available INTRODUÇÃO: A febre maculosa é uma zoonose emergente causada por espécies de Rickettsia do grupo febre maculosa (GFM). Rickettsia rickettsii é o principal agente etiológico da febre maculosa brasileira (FMB) e é transmitida por Amblyomma spp. MÉTODOS: Com o objetivo de obter informações sobre GFM Ri [...] ckettsiae no Parque Municipal Arthur Thomas em Londrina, PR, carrapatos de vida livre e de capivaras foram coletados, assim como amostras de sangue das pessoas que trabalham no parque. A. dubitatum e A. cajennense foram submetidos à PCR em pools para analises de Rickettsia spp. gltA (citrate synthase gene). RESULTADOS: Todos os pools de carrapatos analizados foram negativos. Soros de humanos foram testados pela imunofluorescência indireta com antigenos de R. rickettsii e R. parkeri. Entre os 34 soros analisados, 7 (20,6%) foram positivos para R. rickettsii. Destes, quatro apresentaram títulos iguais a 64, dois iguais a 128 e um, igual a 256, mas nenhum soro reagiu com R. parkeri. Não houve nenhuma associação, estatisticamente significante, entre as variáveis analisadas no questionário epidemiológico fornecido às pessoas que participaram da pesquisa. CONCLUSÕES: Os estudos sorológicos sugerem a presença de alguma Rickettsiae relacionada ao GFM que poderiam estar infectando a população humana estudada. Entretanto, as análises dos carrapatos foram inconclusivas para determinar qual espécie poderia estar envolvida na transmissão para os humanos. Abstract in english INTRODUCTION: Spotted fevers are emerging zoonoses caused by Rickettsia species in the spotted fever group (SFG). Rickettsia rickettsii is the main etiologic agent of Brazilian spotted fever (BSF) and it is transmitted by Amblyomma spp. ticks. METHODS: The study aimed to investigate SFG rickettsiae [...] in the Arthur Thomas Municipal Park in Londrina, PR, by collecting free-living ticks and ticks from capybaras and blood samples from personnel working in these areas. Samples from A. dubitatum and A. cajennense were submitted for PCR in pools to analyze the Rickettsia spp. gltA (citrate synthase gene). RESULTS: All the pools analyzed were negative. Human sera were tested by indirect immunofluorescence assay with R. rickettsii and R. parkeri as antigens. Among the 34 sera analyzed, seven (20.6%) were reactive for R. rickettsii: four of these had endpoint titers equal to 64, 2 titers were 128 and 1 titer was 256. None of the samples were reactive for R. parkeri. An epidemiological questionnaire was applied to the park staff, but no statistically significant associations were identified. CONCLUSIONS: The serological studies suggest the presence of Rickettsiae related to SFG that could be infecting the human population studied; however, analysis of the ticks collected was unable to determine which species may be involved in transmission to humans.

  20. Epidemiología de rickettsiosis por Rickettsia parkeri y otras especies emergentes o re-emergentes asociadas a la antropización en Latinoamérica

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    José M Venzal

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available Se describe la importancia regional de Rickettsia parkeri y sus respectivos vectores. Se hace énfasis en los factores de antropización que favorecen la aparición de hospedadores alternativos para las garrapatas en los entornos domésticos y peridomésticos, generando modificaciones en la epidemiología del agente etiológico. También se menciona las modificaciones ecológicas que pueden favorecen el incremento de poblaciones de reservorios para las garrapatas incrementando el riesgo para el ser humano de sufrir enfermedades rickettsiales.

  1. El género Rickettsia como agente de zoonosis en el Cono Sur de Sudamérica

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    José M, Venza; Santiago, Nava.

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available As rickettsioses são zoonoses causadas por bactérias do gênero Rickettsia que se classificam em dois grupos: o das febres maculosas e o da febre do tifo. As febres maculosas na maioria são transmitidas por carrapatos, embora algumas sejam transmitidas por pulgas e ácaros. Na febre do tifo os vetores [...] primários são o piolho humano do corpo e a pulga Xenopspylla cheopis. Até o final do século as únicas rickettsioses reconhecidas na América do Sul eram Rickettsia prowazekii, Rickettsia typhi (febre do tifo) e Rickettsia rickettsii (febres maculosas). Porém na última década, através do emprego de modernas técnicas de diagnóstico, foram identificadas varias espécies ou cepas de rickettsias do grupo das febres maculosas, algumas das quais são patogênicas para os seres humanos. No Cone Sul da América do Sul seis espécies de Rickettsia e ao menos quatro cepas de Rickettsia sp. foram detectadas em carrapatos e uma em pulgas. Quatro espécies destas rickettsias, R. rickettsii, Rickettsia parkeri, Rickettsia massiliae e Rickettsia felis e uma cepa de Rickettsia sp. (cepa Mata Atlântica) foram reconhecidas como patogênicas para os seres humanos. Neste trabalho se descrevem casos clínicos causados pelas três principais espécies de rickettsias com importância epidemiológica no Cone Sul da América do Sul: R. rickettsii, R. parkeri e R. massiliae. A informação deste trabalho compreende dados da Argentina, da metade meridional do Brasil, Chile e Uruguai. Paraguai não foi incluído devido à ausência de estudos sobre rickettsias. Abstract in spanish Las rickettsiosis son zoonosis causadas por bacterias del género Rickettsia que se clasifican en dos grupos: el de las fiebres manchadas y el de las fiebres tíficas. Las fiebres manchadas son en su mayoría transmitidas por garrapatas, aunque algunas son transmitidas por pulgas y ácaros. En las fiebr [...] es tíficas los vectores primarios son el piojo humano del cuerpo y la pulga Xenopspylla cheopis. Hasta finales del siglo XX las únicas rickettsiosis reconocidas en Sudamérica eran Rickettsia prowazekii, Rickettsia typhi (fiebres tíficas) y Rickettsia rickettsii (fiebres manchadas). Pero en la última década, mediante el empleo de modernas técnicas de diagnóstico, se han determinado en Sudamérica varias especies o cepas de rickettsias del grupo de las fiebres manchadas, algunas de las cuales son patógenas para humanos. En el Cono Sur de Sudamérica, seis especies de Rickettsia y al menos cuatro cepas de Rickettsia sp. fueron detectadas en garrapatas y una en pulgas. Cuatro especies de estas rickettsias, R. rickettsii, Rickettsia parkeri, Rickettsia massiliae y Rickettsia felis y una cepa de Rickettsia sp. (cepa Mata Atlántica) son reconocidas como patógenas para los humanos. En este trabajo se describen los casos clínicos causados por las tres principales especies de rickettsias con importancia epidemiológica en el Cono Sur de Sudamérica: R. rickettsii, R. parkeri y R. massiliae. La información del trabajo comprende Argentina, la mitad meridional de Brasil, Chile y Uruguay. Paraguay no se incluye debido a la falta absoluta de estudios sobre rickettsias. Abstract in english Rickettsiosis are zoonosis caused by bacterias of the Rickettsia species that are classified into two groups: that of the spotted fever and typhic fever. Spotted fever is mainly transmitted by ticks, although sometimes they are transmitted by fleas and mites. In the typhic fevers primary vectors are [...] the human body louse and the Xenopspylla cheopis flea. Until the end of the 20th century the only Rickettsiosis known in SouthAmerica were Rickettsia prowazekii, Rickettsia (typhic fevers) and Rickettsia Rickettsii (spotted fevers). But in the last decade, by using modern diagnostic techniques, several rickettsias species or strains have been identified in South America, six Rickettsia species and at least four Rickettsia sp. in the South American Southern Cone in ticks and one in fleas. Four of these Rickettsia species: R. rickettsii, Rickettsia

  2. Study of infection by Rickettsiae of the spotted fever group in humans and ticks in an urban park located in the City of Londrina, State of Paraná, Brazil Estudo da infecção por Rickettsias do grupo da febre maculosa em humanos e carrapatos de um parque urbano na Cidade de Londrina, Estado do Paraná

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    Roberta Santos Toledo

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available INTRODUCTION: Spotted fevers are emerging zoonoses caused by Rickettsia species in the spotted fever group (SFG. Rickettsia rickettsii is the main etiologic agent of Brazilian spotted fever (BSF and it is transmitted by Amblyomma spp. ticks. METHODS: The study aimed to investigate SFG rickettsiae in the Arthur Thomas Municipal Park in Londrina, PR, by collecting free-living ticks and ticks from capybaras and blood samples from personnel working in these areas. Samples from A. dubitatum and A. cajennense were submitted for PCR in pools to analyze the Rickettsia spp. gltA (citrate synthase gene. RESULTS: All the pools analyzed were negative. Human sera were tested by indirect immunofluorescence assay with R. rickettsii and R. parkeri as antigens. Among the 34 sera analyzed, seven (20.6% were reactive for R. rickettsii: four of these had endpoint titers equal to 64, 2 titers were 128 and 1 titer was 256. None of the samples were reactive for R. parkeri. An epidemiological questionnaire was applied to the park staff, but no statistically significant associations were identified. CONCLUSIONS: The serological studies suggest the presence of Rickettsiae related to SFG that could be infecting the human population studied; however, analysis of the ticks collected was unable to determine which species may be involved in transmission to humans.INTRODUÇÃO: A febre maculosa é uma zoonose emergente causada por espécies de Rickettsia do grupo febre maculosa (GFM. Rickettsia rickettsii é o principal agente etiológico da febre maculosa brasileira (FMB e é transmitida por Amblyomma spp. MÉTODOS: Com o objetivo de obter informações sobre GFM Rickettsiae no Parque Municipal Arthur Thomas em Londrina, PR, carrapatos de vida livre e de capivaras foram coletados, assim como amostras de sangue das pessoas que trabalham no parque. A. dubitatum e A. cajennense foram submetidos à PCR em pools para analises de Rickettsia spp. gltA (citrate synthase gene. RESULTADOS: Todos os pools de carrapatos analizados foram negativos. Soros de humanos foram testados pela imunofluorescência indireta com antigenos de R. rickettsii e R. parkeri. Entre os 34 soros analisados, 7 (20,6% foram positivos para R. rickettsii. Destes, quatro apresentaram títulos iguais a 64, dois iguais a 128 e um, igual a 256, mas nenhum soro reagiu com R. parkeri. Não houve nenhuma associação, estatisticamente significante, entre as variáveis analisadas no questionário epidemiológico fornecido às pessoas que participaram da pesquisa. CONCLUSÕES: Os estudos sorológicos sugerem a presença de alguma Rickettsiae relacionada ao GFM que poderiam estar infectando a população humana estudada. Entretanto, as análises dos carrapatos foram inconclusivas para determinar qual espécie poderia estar envolvida na transmissão para os humanos.

  3. First identification of natural infection of Rickettsia rickettsii in the Rhipicephalus sanguineus tick, in the State of Rio de Janeiro / Primeira identificação de infecção natural por Rickettsia rickettsii no carrapato Rhipicephalus sanguineus no Rio de Janeiro

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    Nathalie C., Cunha; Adivaldo H., Fonseca; Jania, Rezende; Tatiana, Rozental; Alexsandra R.M., Favacho; Jairo D., Barreira; Carlos L., Massard; Elba R.S., Lemos.

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    Full Text Available A Febre Maculosa Brasileira (FMB) é uma zoonose causada por Rickettsia rickettsii e transmitida por carrapatos do gênero Amblyomma, mais freqüentemente pela espécie Amblyomma cajennense. Este trabalho tem como objetivo relatar a primeira detecção molecular de R. rickettsii em Rhipicephalus sanguineu [...] s naturalmente infectado no Rio de Janeiro, Brasil. Carrapatos foram coletados de cães, procedentes de uma região rural do município de Resende, estado do Rio de Janeiro, Brasil (22º30'9.46"S, 44º42'44.29"WO), onde ocorreram cinco casos humanos de FMB em 2006. Todos os carrapatos foram identificados segundo chave dicotômica, utilizando-se lupa estereoscópica e separados de acordo com estágio, espécie e sexo. Para a extração de DNA utilizou-se o kit comercial QIAamp DNA (QIAGEN ®). O DNA foi submetido à técnica de PCR utilizando 04 conjuntos de iniciadores para a amplificação dos genes: Rr190.70p/Rr190.602n (OmpA, 532bp), BG1-21/BG2-20 (OmpB, 650bp), Tz15/Tz16 (17 kDa gene que codifica a proteína, 246bp) e RPCs .877p/RpCS.1258n (gltA, 381bp). Os produtos da PCR foram separados por eletroforese em gel agarose 1% corados com brometo de etídio e visualizados sob luz ultravioleta e, aqueles que apresentaram bandas amplificadas foram purificados utilizando-se o kit comercial QIAquick ® e seqüenciados pelo ABI PRISM®. As seqüências nucleotídicas foram geradas usando Bioedit®, editado em software e comparados os correspondentes homólogos com as sequências disponíveis através GenBank, utilizando Discontiguous Mega Blast (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov). Confirmou-se R. rickettsii (GenBank FJ356230) no seqüenciamento de apenas um espécime, adulto de carrapato R. sanguineus. A caracterização molecular de R. rickettsii em exemplar de carrapato R. sanguineus confirma que esta espécie pode ter importante papel na transmissão de R. rickettsii para humanos no território brasileiro. Abstract in english The Brazilian Spotted Fever (BSF) is a zoonotic disease caused by Rickettsia rickettsii and transmitted by ticks of the genus Amblyomma, more frequently, Amblyomma cajennense. The aim of this paper was to report the first molecular detection of R. rickettsii on R. sanguineus naturally infected in Ri [...] o de Janeiro, Brazil. Ticks were collected from dogs in a rural region of Resende municipality, Rio de Janeiro State, Brazil (22º30'9.46"S, 44º42'44.29"WO), where occurred five human cases of BSF in 2006. The ticks were identified under a stereoscopic microscope and separated in pools by stages, species and sex. DNA extraction was carried out using QIAamp DNA Mini Kit (QIAGEN®). The DNA was submitted to PCR amplification using 04 set of primers: Rr190.70p/Rr190.602n (OmpA, 532bp), BG1-21/BG2-20 (OmpB, 650bp), Tz15/Tz16 (17 kDa protein-encoding gene, 246bp) and RpCS.877p/RpCS.1258n (gltA, 381bp). PCR products were separated by electrophoresis on 1% agarose gels and visualized under ultraviolet light with ethidium bromide. PCR products of the expected sizes were purified by QIAquick® and sequenced by ABI PRISM®. The generated nucleotide sequences were edited with using Bioedit® software and compared with the corresponding homologous sequences available through GenBank, using Discontiguous Mega Blast (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov). It was confirmed R. rickettsii by sequencing of the material (GenBank FJ356230). The molecular characterization of R. rickettsii in the tick R. sanguineus emphasizes the role of dogs as carriers of ticks from the environment to home. Moreover, this result suggests that there is a considerable chance for active participation of R. sanguineus as one of tick species in the transmission of R. ricketsii to human being in the Brazilian territory.

  4. Factores predictores de metástasis ganglionar en el carcinoma diferenciado de tiroides

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    Jorge E, Falco; Alvaro, Otero Muñoz; Manuel R, Montesinos.

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Antecedentes: son necesarios factores pronósticos confiables de metástasis ganglionar para adaptar el tratamiento quirúrgico inicial de pacientes con carcinoma diferenciado de tiroides. Objetivo: determinar la frecuencia y factores pronósticos asociados con metástasis ganglionar en pacientes operado [...] s por carcinoma diferenciado de tiroides. Lugar de apicación: práctica privada. Diseño: retrospectivo observacional. Pobación: entre enero de 2000 y agosto de 2010, a 600 pacientes con 639 tumores (39 bilaterales) se les realizó tiroidectomía total y linfadenectomía terapéutica sólo cuando se demostró metástasis por biopsia ganglionar. Método: revisión de historias clínicas e informes patológicos. Resutados: 145 enfermos (22.7 %) tuvieron ganglios histológicamente positivos. El análisis multivariado mostró que la edad menor de 45 años (p = 0.001), adenopatías palpables (p = 0.0001), multicentricidad (p = 0.005) e invasión extracapsular (p = 0.0001) fueron factores de riesgo independientes de metástasis ganglionar. Estos factores, en conjunto, tuvieron una alta especificidad (97 %)y una baja sensibilidad (40 %). Se encontraron metástasis en ganglios yugulares con ganglios centrales negativos ("skip" metástasis) en 29 casos (5.54 %). Concusiones: a pesar de que algunos de los factores estudiados tuvieron valor pronóstico, se requieren variables adicionales para definir mejor el manejo quirúrgico. Abstract in english Background: reliable prognostic factors of lymph node metástasis are needed to adapt initial surgical treatment of patients with differentiated thyroid carcinoma. Objetive: to determine the frequency and predictive factors associated with lymph node metástasis in patients operated on for differentia [...] ted thyroid carcinoma. Setting: prívate practice. Design: retrospective observational. Popuation: between January 2000 and August 2010, 600 patients with 639 tumours (39 bilateral) underwent total thyroidectomy and therapeutic neck dissection only when there was biopsy proved lymph node metástasis. Method: review of clinical records and pathological reports. Resuts: 145 patients (22.7 %) had histologically positive lymph nodes. Multivariate analysis showed that lessthan 45 years (p = 0.001), palpable adenopathy (p = 0.0001), multicentricity (p = 0.005) and extracapsular invasión (p = 0.0001) were independent risk factors of lymph node metástasis. These factors, together, had high specificity (97 %) but low sensibility (40 %). Metástasis in jugular lymph nodes with normal central nodes (skip metástasis) was found in 29 (5.54 %) cases. Concusions: even though some of the factors studied proved to be of prognostic valué, additional variables are needed to better define surgical management.

  5. Epidemiología de rickettsiosis por Rickettsia parkeri y otras especies emergentes o re-emergentes asociadas a la antropización en Latinoamérica / Epidemiology of rickettsioses by Rickettsia parkeri andother emerging and reemerging species associated with anthropization in Latin America

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    José M, Venzal.

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    Full Text Available Se describe la importancia regional de Rickettsia parkeri y sus respectivos vectores. Se hace énfasis en los factores de antropización que favorecen la aparición de hospedadores alternativos para las garrapatas en los entornos domésticos y peridomésticos, generando modificaciones en la epidemiología [...] del agente etiológico. También se menciona las modificaciones ecológicas que pueden favorecen el incremento de poblaciones de reservorios para las garrapatas incrementando el riesgo para el ser humano de sufrir enfermedades rickettsiales. Abstract in english A description of the regional importance of Rickettsia parkeri and their vectors is presented. There is emphasis on the factors of anthropization that favor the development of alternative hosts for ticks in domestic and peridomestic environments, generating changes in the epidemiology of the etiolog [...] ical agent. The environmental changes that can promote the increase in populations of tick reservoirs, increasing the risk for humans for rickettsial diseases, is also mentioned.

  6. Environmental infestation and rickettsial infection in ticks in an area endemic for Brazilian spotted fever / Infestacao ambiental e infeccao por rickettsias em carrapatos de area endemica para Febre Maculosa Brasileira

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    Jose, Brites-Neto; Fernanda Aparecida, Nieri-Bastos; Jardel, Brasil; Keila Maria Roncato, Duarte; Thiago Fernandes, Martins; Cecilia Jose, Verissimo; Amalia Regina Mar, Barbieri; Marcelo Bahia, Labruna.

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    Full Text Available A Febre Maculosa Brasileira (FMB) é uma antropozoonose endêmica no município de Americana/SP, causada pela bactéria Rickettsia rickettsii e transmitida pelo carrapato Amblyomma cajennense. Este estudo avaliou a fauna de carrapatos e a infecção por riquétsias em carrapatos de vida livre capturados me [...] nsalmente com armadilhas de CO2, em áreas de risco para FMB de Americana, de julho de 2009 a junho de 2010. Duas espécies foram capturadas, A. cajennense (6.122 larvas; 4.265 ninfas; 2.355 adultos) e Amblyomma dubitatum (7.814 larvas; 3.364 ninfas; 1.193 adultos). Os estágios imaturos de A. cajennense e A. dubitatum apresentaram uma distribuição anual semelhante, com larvas de ambas as espécies sendo coletadas em maior número no período de abril a julho e ninfas de junho a outubro. Maior número de adultos de A. cajennense foi coletado de outubro a dezembro, enquanto que os adultos de A. dubitatum foram coletados em número relativamente semelhante durante todo o ano. A infecção por Rickettsia foi avaliada pela PCR em 1157 carrapatos A. cajennense e 1040 A. dubitatum, com apenas 41 (3,9%) A. dubitatum infectados com Rickettsia bellii. Este estudo demonstrou que as áreas de risco para FMB de Americana são caracterizadas por elevadas infestações ambientais de A. cajennense e A. dubitatum. Abstract in english Brazilian spotted fever (BSF), caused by Rickettsia rickettsii, is endemic in the municipality of Americana, southeastern Brazil, where the disease is transmitted by the tick Amblyomma cajennense. This study evaluated the tick fauna and rickettsial infection in free-living ticks that were captured m [...] onthly using dry ice traps in areas endemic for BSF in Americana, from July 2009 to June 2010. Two tick species were captured: A. cajennense (6,122 larvae; 4,265 nymphs; 2,355 adults) and Amblyomma dubitatum (7,814 larvae; 3,364 nymphs; 1,193 adults). The immature stages of A. cajennense and A. dubitatum had similar distribution through the 12-month period, with larvae of both species collected in highest numbers between April and July, and nymphs between June and October. The highest numbers of A. cajennense adults were collected between October and December, whereas A. dubitatum adults were collected in relatively similar numbers throughout the 12-month period. Rickettsial infection was evaluated by means of PCR in 1,157 A. cajennense and 1,040 A. dubitatum ticks; only 41 (3.9%) A. dubitatum were found to be infected by Rickettsia bellii. The present study showed that the areas of Americana that are endemic for BSF are characterized by high environmental burdens of A. cajennense and A. dubitatum.

  7. First identification of natural infection of Rickettsia rickettsii in the Rhipicephalus sanguineus tick, in the State of Rio de Janeiro Primeira identificação de infecção natural por Rickettsia rickettsii no carrapato Rhipicephalus sanguineus no Rio de Janeiro

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    Nathalie C. Cunha; ADIVALDO H FONSECA; Jania de Rezende; Tatiana Rozental; Favacho, Alexsandra R.m.; Jairo D. Barreira; Massard, Carlos L; Elba R.S. Lemos

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    The Brazilian Spotted Fever (BSF) is a zoonotic disease caused by Rickettsia rickettsii and transmitted by ticks of the genus Amblyomma, more frequently, Amblyomma cajennense. The aim of this paper was to report the first molecular detection of R. rickettsii on R. sanguineus naturally infected in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Ticks were collected from dogs in a rural region of Resende municipality, Rio de Janeiro State, Brazil (22º30'9.46"S, 44º42'44.29"WO), where occurred five human cases of BSF i...

  8. Seroprevalencia de la infección por Borrelia burgdorgferi y Rickettsia conorii en población humana y canina de la zona básica de salud de San Andrés del Rabanedo (León, España

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    Rojo Vázquez Jaime

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    Full Text Available FUNDAMENTOS: Se estudia la seroprevalencia de la infección por Borrelia burgdorferi y Rickettsia conorii en población humana y canina para conocer la situación de ambas en humanos, al mismo tiempo que la significación del perro, como indicador de la circulación de estos agentes entre aquéllos, en la Zona de Salud de San Andrés del Rabanedo, León. MÉTODO: Se realizó un estudio en 98 sueros humanos y 95 caninos (de diversas razas y aptitudes frente a B. burgdorferi (títulos de positividad > a 1/128 y > a 1/64 o superiores, respectivamente y 104 sueros humanos y 84 caninos frente a R. conorii (positividad a título > a 1/64 o superiores en ambas especies mediante inmunofluorescencia indirecta (IFI. RESULTADOS: Se halló positividad a las dos infecciones, tanto en personas como en perros. Frente a B. burgdorferi fue superior en humanos que en perros y frente a R. conorii fue superior en éstos que en humanos. En personas fue del 4,08% frente a B. burgdorferi y 1% frente a R. conorii; en perros fue del 2,10% frente a B. burgdorferi y del 14,28% frente a R. conorii. Los valores más altos se hallaron en los meses de primavera-verano, salvo en el caso de B. burgdorferi en perros. La seroprevalencia fue mayor en perros dedicados al cuidado de ganado (ovino que en los de caza y guarda. CONCLUSIONES: Los porcentajes de seroprevalencia hallados en nuestro trabajo, tanto en seres humanos como en caninos, considerados en el ámbito territorial de una zona geográfica semi-rural de la provincia de León, han sido iguales o inferiores a los reseñados para otras provincias, incluida la totalidad de la de León. En perros se halló mayor seroprevalencia frente a R. conorii que frente a B. burgdorferi, lo que indica que es el agente más extendido en nuestra Provincia, como han señalado otros autores. Los valores hallados en seres humanos frente a B. burgdorferi han sido más altos que en perros; la existencia de reacciones cruzadas con otros microorganismos ha podido influenciar estos resultados. Por ello, consideramos necesario realizar más estudios de prevalencia de estas infecciones para una vigilancia epidemiológica adecuada y control de estas zoonosis, dada su repercusión en salud pública.

  9. O estadiamento ganglionar na actualidade / Node staging today

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    José Luís, Fougo; Fernando, Osório; Susy, Costa; André, Magalhães.

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    Full Text Available A necessidade de realizar Esvaziamento Ganglionar Axilar quando o Gânglio Sentinela está metastizado, em doentes com Cancro da Mama, está a ser questionada. A maior parte dos doentes não apresenta metástases adicionais em Gânglios Não Sentinela e, em muito casos, a decisão de realizar tratamentos ad [...] juvantes não necessita da informação adicional fornecida pelo estudo dos gânglios axilares. A publicação recente do ensaio randomizado ACOSOG Z0011veio relançar a discussão sobre a necessidade e a utilidade do Esvaziamento Ganglionar Axilar. Abstract in english The need to perform an Axillary Dissection when the Sentinel Node is metastasized, in Breast Cancer patients, is being questioned. Most part of the patients do not have any additional metastasis in the Non Sentinel Nodes and, in many cases, the decision to perform adjuvant treatments is not dependen [...] t on the axillary nodes analysis. The recent publication of the randomized trial ACOSOG Z0011 launched the discussion on the need and usefulness of the axillary lymph node dissection.

  10. Species-specific monoclonal antibodies to Rickettsia japonica, a newly identified spotted fever group rickettsia.

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    Uchiyama, T.; Uchida, T.; Walker, D.H.

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    A total of 192 hybridomas were developed from mice immunized with Rickettsia japonica, a newly identified spotted fever group rickettsia pathogenic for humans. Of these hybridomas, 101 were species specific, 37 were spotted fever group reactive, and the other 54 were also reactive with one or more of the other pathogenic species of spotted fever group rickettsiae, Rickettsia akari, Rickettsia australis, Rickettsia conorii, Rickettsia rickettsii, and Rickettsia sibrica. Seven of the species-sp...

  11. Seroprevalence of Rickettsia bellii and Rickettsia felis in dogs, São José dos Pinhais, State of Paraná, Brazil / Soroprevalência de Rickettsia bellii e Rickettsia felis em cães, São José dos Pinhais, Paraná, Brasil

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    Fernanda Silva, Fortes; Iara, Silveira; Jonas, Moraes-Filho; Ronaldo Viana, Leite; José Edivaldo, Bonacim; Alexander Welker, Biondo; Marcelo Bahia, Labruna; Marcelo Beltrão, Molento.

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    Full Text Available A febre maculosa brasileira (FMB) é uma zoonose veiculada por carrapatos e causada pela bactéria Rickettsia rickettsii, podendo os cães ser hospedeiros sentinelas para essa bactéria. O objetivo do estudo foi determinar a presença de anticorpos contra Rickettsia spp. em cães de São José dos Pinhais, [...] estado do Paraná, Sul do Brasil. Entre fevereiro de 2006 e julho de 2007, amostras séricas de 364 cães foram coletadas e testadas na diluição de 1:64 por Reação de Imunofluorescência Indireta (RIFI) contra R. rickettsii e R. parkeri. Todos os soros reagentes para pelo menos uma espécie de Rickettsia foram testados contra as seis principais espécies de Rickettsia identificadas no Brasil: R. rickettsii, R. parkeri, R. bellii, R. rhipicephali, R. amblyommii e R. felis. Dezesseis amostras (4,4%) reagiram para pelo menos uma espécie de Rickettsia. Dos animais positivos, dois cães (15,5%) apresentaram títulos sugestivos de exposição a R. bellii. Uma amostra apresentou reação homóloga frente à R. felis, um agente patogênico confirmado para seres humanos. Muito embora os resultados demonstrem uma baixa prevalência de Rickettsia spp. em cães, sugerindo um baixo risco de infecção humana, este estudo relatou pela primeira vez a evidência de exposição a R. bellii e R. felis em cães no Sul do Brasil. Abstract in english Brazilian spotted fever (BSF) is a vector-borne zoonosis caused by Rickettsia rickettsii bacteria. Dogs can be host sentinels for this bacterium. The aim of the study was to determine the presence of antibodies against Rickettsia spp. in dogs from the city of São José dos Pinhais, State of Paraná, S [...] outhern Brazil, where a human case of BSF was first reported in the state. Between February 2006 and July 2007, serum samples from 364 dogs were collected and tested at 1:64 dilutions by indirect immunofluorescence assay (IFA) against R. rickettsii and R. parkeri. All sera that reacted at least to one of Rickettsia species were tested against the six main Rickettsia species identified in Brazil: R. rickettsii, R. parkeri, R. bellii, R. rhipicephali, R. amblyommii and R. felis. Sixteen samples (4.4%) reacted to at least one Rickettsia species. Among positive animals, two dogs (15.5%) showed suggestive titers for R. bellii exposure. One sample had a homologous reaction to R. felis, a confirmed human pathogen. Although Rickettsia spp. circulation in dogs in the area studied may be considered at low prevalence, suggesting low risk of human infection, the present data demonstrate for the first time the exposure of dogs to R. bellii and R. felis in Southern Brazil.

  12. Ganglio postcentinela en melanoma: nuevo método diagnóstico para la detección de metástasis ganglionares pélvicas Postsentinel lymph node in melanoma: a new diagnostic method for detection of metastatic pelvic lymph nodes

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    Eduardo Torregroza-Diazgranados

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    Full Text Available Los ganglios inguinales son el primer sitio de afectación metastásica del melanoma primario de las extremidades inferiores. Cuando se comprueba metástasis ganglionares inguinales no es claro si solamente se debe realizar linfadenectomía inguinal superficial (linfadenectomía ganglionar limitada o si por el contrario, se debe efectuar linfadenectomía pélvica (cadena ganglionar ilíaca externa y obturador, además de la linfadenectomía inguinal superficial (linfadenectomía ganglionar extendida o combinada. Se propone al ganglio postcentinela como nuevo método diagnóstico capaz de predecir el compromiso ganglionar pélvico y así reducir el número de vaciamientos pélvicos innecesarios.Inguinal nodes are the first site of metastatic location of a primary melanoma of the lower extremities. Once inguinal metastatic lymph nodes are demonstrated, it is still not clear if the best conduct is to perform a superficial inguinal lymphadenectomy (limited lymphadenectomy or, on the contrary, a pelvic lymphadenectomy (extended or combined inguinal lymphadenectomy. It is proposed the postsentinel node as anew diagnostic method capable of predicting pelvic node involvement and thus reducing the number of unnecessary pelvic dissections.

  13. Ganglio postcentinela en melanoma: nuevo método diagnóstico para la detección de metástasis ganglionares pélvicas / Postsentinel lymph node in melanoma: a new diagnostic method for detection of metastatic pelvic lymph nodes

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    Eduardo, Torregroza-Diazgranados; Javier Ángel, Aristizábal; Luis Fernando, Viaña; Juan David, Figueroa.

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    Full Text Available Los ganglios inguinales son el primer sitio de afectación metastásica del melanoma primario de las extremidades inferiores. Cuando se comprueba metástasis ganglionares inguinales no es claro si solamente se debe realizar linfadenectomía inguinal superficial (linfadenectomía ganglionar limitada) o si [...] por el contrario, se debe efectuar linfadenectomía pélvica (cadena ganglionar ilíaca externa y obturador), además de la linfadenectomía inguinal superficial (linfadenectomía ganglionar extendida o combinada). Se propone al ganglio postcentinela como nuevo método diagnóstico capaz de predecir el compromiso ganglionar pélvico y así reducir el número de vaciamientos pélvicos innecesarios. Abstract in english Inguinal nodes are the first site of metastatic location of a primary melanoma of the lower extremities. Once inguinal metastatic lymph nodes are demonstrated, it is still not clear if the best conduct is to perform a superficial inguinal lymphadenectomy (limited lymphadenectomy) or, on the contrary [...] , a pelvic lymphadenectomy (extended or combined inguinal lymphadenectomy). It is proposed the postsentinel node as anew diagnostic method capable of predicting pelvic node involvement and thus reducing the number of unnecessary pelvic dissections.

  14. Vaciamiento ganglionar en carcinoma escamoso transglótico Ganglionic drainage in scaly transglotic carcinoma

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    Full Text Available Introducción: El manejo de los ganglios cervicales es fundamental en el tratamiento y pronóstico de los pacientes con carcinoma escamoso de laringe. Existe consenso en realizar vaciamiento ganglionar cervical en ausencia de adenopatías clínicas (NO cuando el riesgo de adenopatías metastásicas ocultas supera el 20%. El carcinoma laríngeo transglótico (CTG se caracteriza por presentar una incidencia de metástasis cervicales ocultas de 30% a 40%. Objetivo: Evaluar los hallazgos histopatológicos en los ganglios cervicales de los pacientes portadores de CTG, analizando la incidencia de metástasis ocultas y su asociación con factores de riesgo. Material y métodos: Estudio retrospectivo mediante la revisión de las fichas clínicas de pacientes portadores de CTG, sin tratamiento previo, manejados quirúrgicamente en el Hospital San Juan de Dios entre los años 1994 y 2002. Resultados: Se evaluaron 20 pacientes, 4 (20% se presentaron con adenopatías clínicas, realizándose en 2 casos vaciamiento radical y en los 2 restantes disección funcional. Los pacientes NO fueron 16 y se les efectuó un vaciamiento funcional bilateral. Se detectaron metástasis ocultas en 12,5% de los pacientes NO. Conclusión: Los carcinomas de ubicación transglótica NO no se beneficiarían de un vaciamiento ganglionar cervicalIntroduction: The handling of the cervical ganglion is basic in the treatment and prognosis of patients with scaly carcinoma of the larynx. There is consensus on doing ganglionic cervical drainage in the absence of clinical adenopathies (NO when the risk of hidden metastasic adenopathies is over 20%. Laryngeal transglotic carcinoma (LTC is characterized for presenting an incidence of hidden cervical metastasis of 30 to 40%. Objective: To evaluate histopathological findings in the LTC patients' cervical ganglions, analyzing the incidence of hidden metastasis and their association with risk factors. Material and methods: Retrospective study through revision of the clinical files ofLTC carrier patients, without previous treatment, surgically treated at the San Juan de Dios Hospital between years 1994 and 2002. Results: 20 patients were evaluated, 4 (20% presented clinical adenopathies, undergoing in 2 cases radical drainage and in the other 2, functional dissection. The NO patients were 16 and a bilateral functional drainage was made. Hidden metastasis were detected in 12,5% on the NO patients. Conclusion: Carcinomas of NO transglotic location did not benefit from a cervical ganglionic drainage

  15. Rickettsia parkeri Rickettsiosis, Argentina

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    Romer, Yamila; Alfredo C. Seijo; Crudo, Favio; Nicholson, William L; Varela-Stokes, Andrea; Lash, R Ryan; Paddock, Christopher D.

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    Rickettsia parkeri, a recently identified cause of spotted fever rickettsiosis in the United States, has been found in Amblyomma triste ticks in several countries of South America, including Argentina, where it is believed to cause disease in humans. We describe the clinical and epidemiologic characteristics of 2 patients in Argentina with confirmed R. parkeri infection and 7 additional patients with suspected R. parkeri rickettsiosis identified at 1 hospital during 2004–2009. The frequenc...

  16. Rickettsia spp. in Ticks, Poland

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    Chmielewski, Tomasz; Podsiadly, Edyta; Karbowiak, Grzegorz; Tylewska-Wierzbanowska, Stanislawa

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    Ticks are recognized as the main vectors and reservoirs of spotted fever group rickettsiae. We searched for the most prevalent Rickettsia spp. in Poland and found R. slovaca and R. helvetica bacteria in ticks in southern and central Poland; R. raoulti was found in ticks in all parts of Poland.

  17. Fatty Acid Composition of Rickettsiae

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    The fatty acid compositions of selected strains of rickettsiae were studied by gas-liquid chromatography. The profiles of all the rickettsiae except Coxiella burnetii were qualitatively similar. The fatty acid composition of C. burnetii was similar to that of certain Legionella species.

  18. Febre maculosa: isolamento de Rickettsia em amostra de biópsia de pele / Spotted fever: Rickettsia isolation in skin biopsy sample

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    Heloisa Helana B., Melles; Silvia, Colombo; Marcos Vinícius da, Silva.

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    Full Text Available Presença de Rickettsia na pele de doente de Febre Maculosa foi evidenciada por inoculação intraperitoneal em cobaio. O diagnóstico sorológico por imunoflüorescência indireta revelou diferença de título de anticorpos específicos para Rickettsia rickettsii, de 4 vezes entre a 1º e a 3º amostra. Imunog [...] lobulina M (IgM) específica foi detectada nas amostras de sangue, evidência de infecção em atividade ou recente. Foi também detectada a presença de anticorpos específicos para R. rickettsii no soro dos cobaios inoculados. Abstract in english A 2 years old child living in an area of the State of São Paulo, known in the past as endemic for rickettsiosis developed clinical evidences of spotted fever after a tick bite. Rickettsiae were isolated from guinea pigs inoculated with a skin homogenate. In sera tested by indirect immunofluorescence [...] with Rickettsia rickettsii standard antigen, IgG specific antibody titers raised from 1:512 in the first sample to 1:2048 in the third one; IgM specific antibody titer was 1:128 in the three samples. Also positive were sera obtained from the inoculated guinea pigs. In the last 20 years no other case of rickettsial spotted fever has been confirmed by isolation of the agent in Brasil. To our knowlwdge, there are no previous reports of isolation of Rickettsiae through inoculation of skin biopsy homogenates.

  19. Immunoproteomic profiling of Rickettsia parkeri and Rickettsia amblyommii.

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    Pornwiroon, Walairat; Bourchookarn, Apichai; Paddock, Christopher D; Macaluso, Kevin R

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    Rickettsia parkeri is an Amblyomma-associated, spotted fever group Rickettsia species that causes an eschar-associated, febrile illness in multiple countries throughout the Western Hemisphere. Many other rickettsial species of known or uncertain pathogenicity have been detected in Amblyomma spp. ticks in the Americas, including Rickettsia amblyommii, "Candidatus Rickettsia andeanae" and Rickettsia rickettsii. In this study, we utilized an immunoproteomic approach to compare antigenic profiles of low-passage isolates of R. parkeri and R. amblyommii with serum specimens from patients with PCR- and culture-confirmed infections with R. parkeri. Five immunoreactive proteins of R. amblyommii and nine immunoreactive proteins of R. parkeri were identified by matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization tandem time-of-flight mass spectrometry. Four of these, including the outer membrane protein (Omp) A, OmpB, translation initiation factor IF-2, and cell division protein FtsZ, were antigens common to both rickettsiae. Serum specimens from patients with R. parkeri rickettsiosis reacted specifically with cysteinyl-tRNA synthetase, DNA-directed RNA polymerase subunit alpha, putative sigma (54) modulation protein, chaperonin GroEL, and elongation factor Tu of R. parkeri which have been reported as virulence factors in other bacterial species. Unique antigens identified in this study may be useful for further development of the better serological assays for diagnosing infection caused by R. parkeri. PMID:26234571

  20. Rickettsiae in Gulf Coast Ticks, Arkansas, USA

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    Trout, Rebecca; Steelman, C Dayton; Szalanski, Allen L.; Williamson, Phillip C

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    To determine the cause of spotted fever cases in the southern United States, we screened Gulf Coast ticks (Amblyomma maculatum) collected in Arkansas for rickettsiae. Of the screened ticks, 30% had PCR amplicons consistent with Rickettsia parkeri or Candidatus Rickettsia amblyommii.

  1. First identification of natural infection of Rickettsia rickettsii in the Rhipicephalus sanguineus tick, in the State of Rio de Janeiro Primeira identificação de infecção natural por Rickettsia rickettsii no carrapato Rhipicephalus sanguineus no Rio de Janeiro

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    Nathalie C. Cunha

    2009-02-01

    Full Text Available The Brazilian Spotted Fever (BSF is a zoonotic disease caused by Rickettsia rickettsii and transmitted by ticks of the genus Amblyomma, more frequently, Amblyomma cajennense. The aim of this paper was to report the first molecular detection of R. rickettsii on R. sanguineus naturally infected in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Ticks were collected from dogs in a rural region of Resende municipality, Rio de Janeiro State, Brazil (22º30'9.46"S, 44º42'44.29"WO, where occurred five human cases of BSF in 2006. The ticks were identified under a stereoscopic microscope and separated in pools by stages, species and sex. DNA extraction was carried out using QIAamp DNA Mini Kit (QIAGEN®. The DNA was submitted to PCR amplification using 04 set of primers: Rr190.70p/Rr190.602n (OmpA, 532bp, BG1-21/BG2-20 (OmpB, 650bp, Tz15/Tz16 (17 kDa protein-encoding gene, 246bp and RpCS.877p/RpCS.1258n (gltA, 381bp. PCR products were separated by electrophoresis on 1% agarose gels and visualized under ultraviolet light with ethidium bromide. PCR products of the expected sizes were purified by QIAquick® and sequenced by ABI PRISM®. The generated nucleotide sequences were edited with using Bioedit® software and compared with the corresponding homologous sequences available through GenBank, using Discontiguous Mega Blast (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov. It was confirmed R. rickettsii by sequencing of the material (GenBank FJ356230. The molecular characterization of R. rickettsii in the tick R. sanguineus emphasizes the role of dogs as carriers of ticks from the environment to home. Moreover, this result suggests that there is a considerable chance for active participation of R. sanguineus as one of tick species in the transmission of R. ricketsii to human being in the Brazilian territory.A Febre Maculosa Brasileira (FMB é uma zoonose causada por Rickettsia rickettsii e transmitida por carrapatos do gênero Amblyomma, mais freqüentemente pela espécie Amblyomma cajennense. Este trabalho tem como objetivo relatar a primeira detecção molecular de R. rickettsii em Rhipicephalus sanguineus naturalmente infectado no Rio de Janeiro, Brasil. Carrapatos foram coletados de cães, procedentes de uma região rural do município de Resende, estado do Rio de Janeiro, Brasil (22º30'9.46"S, 44º42'44.29"WO, onde ocorreram cinco casos humanos de FMB em 2006. Todos os carrapatos foram identificados segundo chave dicotômica, utilizando-se lupa estereoscópica e separados de acordo com estágio, espécie e sexo. Para a extração de DNA utilizou-se o kit comercial QIAamp DNA (QIAGEN ®. O DNA foi submetido à técnica de PCR utilizando 04 conjuntos de iniciadores para a amplificação dos genes: Rr190.70p/Rr190.602n (OmpA, 532bp, BG1-21/BG2-20 (OmpB, 650bp, Tz15/Tz16 (17 kDa gene que codifica a proteína, 246bp e RPCs .877p/RpCS.1258n (gltA, 381bp. Os produtos da PCR foram separados por eletroforese em gel agarose 1% corados com brometo de etídio e visualizados sob luz ultravioleta e, aqueles que apresentaram bandas amplificadas foram purificados utilizando-se o kit comercial QIAquick ® e seqüenciados pelo ABI PRISM®. As seqüências nucleotídicas foram geradas usando Bioedit®, editado em software e comparados os correspondentes homólogos com as sequências disponíveis através GenBank, utilizando Discontiguous Mega Blast (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov. Confirmou-se R. rickettsii (GenBank FJ356230 no seqüenciamento de apenas um espécime, adulto de carrapato R. sanguineus. A caracterização molecular de R. rickettsii em exemplar de carrapato R. sanguineus confirma que esta espécie pode ter importante papel na transmissão de R. rickettsii para humanos no território brasileiro.

  2. Rickettsia typhi IN RODENTS AND R. felis IN FLEAS IN YUCATÁN AS A POSSIBLE CAUSAL AGENT OF UNDEFINED FEBRILE CASES / Rickettsia typhi y R. felis en roedores y sus pulgas en Yucatán como posible agente causal de casos febriles indefinidos

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    Gaspar, PENICHE-LARA; Karla, DZUL-ROSADO; Carlos, PÉREZ-OSORIO; Jorge, ZAVALA-CASTRO.

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    Full Text Available Rickettsia typhi es el agente causal del tifo murino; una enfermedad zoonótica transmitida por vector mundialmente distribuida, comúnmente asociada con la presencia de roedores domésticos y silvestres. Los casos humanos de tifo murino en el Estado de Yucatán son frecuentes. Sin embargo, no existe ev [...] idencia de la presencia de Rickettsia typhi en mamíferos o vectores en Yucatán. En la búsqueda de vectores y reservorios de Rickettsia typhi, evaluamos la presencia de bacterias del género Rickettsia en roedores y sus ectoparásitos de un pequeño municipio del estado de Yucatán por medio de técnicas de PCR convencional y secuenciación de ADN. Se identificó la presencia de Rickettsia typhi en muestras de sangre obtenidas de Rattus rattus y reportamos por primera vez la presencia de Rickettsia felis en la pulga Polygenis odiosus colectado de Ototylomys phyllotis. Complementariamente, Rickettsia felis fue detectado en la pulga Ctenocephalides felis parasitando al roedor Peromyscus yucatanicus. No se identificó especie de Rickettsia en las muestras de sangre de O. phyllotis y P. yucatanicus analizados. Nuestros resultados contribuyen también en el conocimiento de ciclo de vida biológico del género Rickettsia. Abstract in english Rickettsia typhi is the causal agent of murine typhus; a worldwide zoonotic and vector-borne infectious disease, commonly associated with the presence of domestic and wild rodents. Human cases of murine typhus in the state of Yucatán are frequent. However, there is no evidence of the presence of Ric [...] kettsia typhi in mammals or vectors in Yucatán. The presence of Rickettsia in rodents and their ectoparasites was evaluated in a small municipality of Yucatán using the conventional polymerase chain reaction technique and sequencing. The study only identified the presence of Rickettsia typhi in blood samples obtained from Rattus rattus and it reported, for the first time, the presence of R. felis in the flea Polygenis odiosus collected from Ototylomys phyllotis rodent. Additionally, Rickettsia felis was detected in the ectoparasite Ctenocephalides felis fleas parasitizing the wild rodent Peromyscus yucatanicus. This study’s results contributed to a better knowledge of Rickettsia epidemiology in Yucatán.

  3. Seroprevalencia de la infección por Borrelia burgdorgferi y Rickettsia conorii en población humana y canina de la zona básica de salud de San Andrés del Rabanedo (León, España) / Seroprevalence of the infection caused by Borrelia burgdorferi and Rickettsia conorii in human and canine population in the basic health area of San Andrés del Rabanedo (León, Spain)

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    Jaime, Rojo Vázquez.

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    Full Text Available FUNDAMENTOS: Se estudia la seroprevalencia de la infección por Borrelia burgdorferi y Rickettsia conorii en población humana y canina para conocer la situación de ambas en humanos, al mismo tiempo que la significación del perro, como indicador de la circulación de estos agentes entre aquéllos, en la [...] Zona de Salud de San Andrés del Rabanedo, León. MÉTODO: Se realizó un estudio en 98 sueros humanos y 95 caninos (de diversas razas y aptitudes) frente a B. burgdorferi (títulos de positividad > a 1/128 y > a 1/64 o superiores, respectivamente) y 104 sueros humanos y 84 caninos frente a R. conorii (positividad a título > a 1/64 o superiores en ambas especies) mediante inmunofluorescencia indirecta (IFI). RESULTADOS: Se halló positividad a las dos infecciones, tanto en personas como en perros. Frente a B. burgdorferi fue superior en humanos que en perros y frente a R. conorii fue superior en éstos que en humanos. En personas fue del 4,08% frente a B. burgdorferi y 1% frente a R. conorii; en perros fue del 2,10% frente a B. burgdorferi y del 14,28% frente a R. conorii. Los valores más altos se hallaron en los meses de primavera-verano, salvo en el caso de B. burgdorferi en perros. La seroprevalencia fue mayor en perros dedicados al cuidado de ganado (ovino) que en los de caza y guarda. CONCLUSIONES: Los porcentajes de seroprevalencia hallados en nuestro trabajo, tanto en seres humanos como en caninos, considerados en el ámbito territorial de una zona geográfica semi-rural de la provincia de León, han sido iguales o inferiores a los reseñados para otras provincias, incluida la totalidad de la de León. En perros se halló mayor seroprevalencia frente a R. conorii que frente a B. burgdorferi, lo que indica que es el agente más extendido en nuestra Provincia, como han señalado otros autores. Los valores hallados en seres humanos frente a B. burgdorferi han sido más altos que en perros; la existencia de reacciones cruzadas con otros microorganismos ha podido influenciar estos resultados. Por ello, consideramos necesario realizar más estudios de prevalencia de estas infecciones para una vigilancia epidemiológica adecuada y control de estas zoonosis, dada su repercusión en salud pública. Abstract in english BACKGROUND: Positive results in infections of borrelia burgdorferi and Rickettsia conorii in human and canine population is studied in order to uderstand the situation of both in humans, and at the same time discover the importance of the dog as an indicator of these agents amongst those in the Heal [...] th Area of San Andrés del Rabanedo, León. METHODS: A study was made of 98 human serums and 95 canine serums (dogs of different breeds and capabilities) as regards B. burgdorferi (positive results > at 1/128 and > at 1/64 or above, respectively) and 104 human serums and 84 canine serums as regards R. conorii (postive results at range > at 1/64 or above in both species) by means of indirect Immunofluorescence (IFI). RESULTS: Positivity in both infections was discovered in both humans and dogs. With regard to B. burgdorferi it was higher in humans than in dogs and with regard to R. conorii it was higher in dogs than in humans. In humans it was 4,08% as regards B. burgdorferi and 1% with respect to R. conorii; in dogs it was 2,10% as regards B. burgdorferi and 14,28% regarding R. conorii. The highest values were discovered in the Spring-Summer months except in the case of B. burgdorferi in dogs. Serum prevalence was greater in dogs used to guard other animals (sheep) than those involved in hunting and security. CONCLUSIONS: The percentages of positive results discovered in our work, in humans as well as dogs, estimated in the territorial area of a geographical zone in a semi-rural León province, were equal or inferior to those discovered in other provinces, including ours. In dogs there were larger positive results regarding R. conorii than B. burgdorferi, which indicates that it is the most extended agent within our Province, as other authors have pointed out. The values discover

  4. Laboratory Maintenance of Rickettsia rickettsii

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    Ammerman, Nicole C; Beier-Sexton, Magda; Azad, Abdu F.

    2008-01-01

    This unit includes protocols for the laboratory maintenance of the obligate intracellular bacterium Rickettsia rickettsii, including propagation in mammalian cell cultures, as well as isolation, counting, and storage procedures. Regulations for working with R. rickettsii in biosafety level 3 containment are also discussed.

  5. Potassium permeability of Rickettsia prowazekii.

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    Winkler, H. H.

    1984-01-01

    The potassium permeability of Rickettsia prowazekii was characterized by chemical measurement of the intracellular sodium and potassium pools and isotopic flux measurements with 86Rb+ as a tracer. R. prowazekii, in contrast to Escherichia coli, did not maintain a high potassium-to-sodium ratio in their cytoplasm except when the potassium-to-sodium ratio in the extracellular medium was high or when the extracellular concentrations of both cations were low (ca. 1 mM). Both influx and efflux ass...

  6. Evolution and diversity of Rickettsia bacteria

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    Stone Graham N

    2009-02-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Rickettsia are intracellular symbionts of eukaryotes that are best known for infecting and causing serious diseases in humans and other mammals. All known vertebrate-associated Rickettsia are vectored by arthropods as part of their life-cycle, and many other Rickettsia are found exclusively in arthropods with no known secondary host. However, little is known about the biology of these latter strains. Here, we have identified 20 new strains of Rickettsia from arthropods, and constructed a multi-gene phylogeny of the entire genus which includes these new strains. Results We show that Rickettsia are primarily arthropod-associated bacteria, and identify several novel groups within the genus. Rickettsia do not co-speciate with their hosts but host shifts most often occur between related arthropods. Rickettsia have evolved adaptations including transmission through vertebrates and killing males in some arthropod hosts. We uncovered one case of horizontal gene transfer among Rickettsia, where a strain is a chimera from two distantly related groups, but multi-gene analysis indicates that different parts of the genome tend to share the same phylogeny. Conclusion Approximately 150 million years ago, Rickettsia split into two main clades, one of which primarily infects arthropods, and the other infects a diverse range of protists, other eukaryotes and arthropods. There was then a rapid radiation about 50 million years ago, which coincided with the evolution of life history adaptations in a few branches of the phylogeny. Even though Rickettsia are thought to be primarily transmitted vertically, host associations are short lived with frequent switching to new host lineages. Recombination throughout the genus is generally uncommon, although there is evidence of horizontal gene transfer. A better understanding of the evolution of Rickettsia will help in the future to elucidate the mechanisms of pathogenicity, transmission and virulence.

  7. Ganglionic Cells Apoptosis in Retinal Layer of Rat Offspring due to Gestational Diabetes / Células Ganglionares Apoptóticas en la Capa de la Retina de Crías de Ratas Debido a la Diabetes Gestacional

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    Simin, Najafdari; Noorallah, Rezaei; Majid Malekzadeh, Shafaroodi; Soraya, Ghafari; Mohammad Jafar, Golalipour.

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    Full Text Available Estudios previos en un modelo animal han demostrado los efectos adversos de la diabetes gestacional en la densidad neuronal del hipocampo. El objetivo fue determinar el efecto de la diabetes gestacional en la densidad de las células ganglionares de la retina, en el espesor de la capa de la retina y [...] en la densidad de las células apoptóticas ganglionares, en crías de ratas de 28 días. En este estudio experimental, 10 ratas Wistar fueron asignadas aleatoriamente en grupos control y diabéticos. La diabetes gestacional se indujo a partir de la administración de 40 mg/kg/peso corporal de estreptozotocina en el primer día de la gestación, por vía intraperitoneal. Al grupo control se administró un volumen equivalente de solución salina normal. En el día 28 luego del nacimiento, se seleccionaron aleatoriamente seis crías procedentes de los grupos con diabetes gestacional y controles, se eutanasiaron y se tomaron muestras de los ojos, en forma de secciones de 6 micrómetros, las cuales se tiñeron con H & E. La densidad de las células ganglionares y el número final de células dUTP positivas (TUNEL) se evaluaron a nivel de la capa ganglionar de la retina, en un área de 20.000 mm2. La densidad de las células ganglionares se redujo un 27,4% en la descendencia con diabetes gestacional en comparación con los controles (22,5±1,5 vs. 31,0±0,9, P Abstract in english Previous studies have shown the adverse effects of gestational diabetes on hippocampal neuronal density in animal models. This study was conducted to determine the effect of gestational diabetes on retinal ganglionic cell density, the thickness of the retinal layer and apoptotic ganglionic cell dens [...] ity in 28-day-old of rat offspring. In this experimental study, 10 Wistar rat dams were randomly allocated in control and diabetic groups. Gestational diabetes was induced by 40 mg/kg/body weight of streptozotocin at the first day of gestation, intraperitoneally, dams in control group received an equivalent volume normal saline. At postnatal day 28, six offspring of each gestational diabetes and controls were randomly selected, sacrificed and sections (6 micrometer) were taken from the eye and stained with hematoxylin and eosin. The density of ganglionic cells and the number of dUTP end-labeling (TUNEL)-positive cells were evaluated in 20000 mm2 area of ganglion layer of the retina. The ganglionic cells density were reduced (27.4%) in gestational diabetic offspring in compared to controls (22.5±1.5 vs. 31.0±0.9, P

  8. Rickettsia helvetica in Dermacentor reticulatus Ticks

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    Dobec, Marinko; Golubic, Dragutin; Punda-Polic, Volga; Kaeppeli, Franz; Sievers, Martin

    2009-01-01

    We report on the molecular evidence that Dermacentor reticulatus ticks in Croatia are infected with Rickettsia helvetica (10%) or Rickettsia slovaca (2%) or co-infected with both species (1%). These findings expand the knowledge of the geographic distribution of R. helvetica and D. reticulatus ticks.

  9. Malacoplaquia vesical con afectación ganglionar y curso agresivo / Bladder malacoplaquia with nodal involvement and agressive course

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    B., Pozo Mengual; F.J., Burgos Revilla; G., Briones Mardones; A., Linares Quevedo; M., García-Cosio Piqueras.

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    Full Text Available La malacoplaquia es un proceso inflamatorio granulomatoso crónico poco frecuente. En el tracto urinario es más frecuente en el sexo femenino, estando afectada la vejiga en el 75 % de los casos. La extensión pélvica de la malacoplaquia es muy poco frecuente y aún menos frecuente es la afectación gang [...] lionar a nivel pelviano y retroperitoneal. Se presenta el segundo caso en la literatura de malacoplaquia vesical con afectación extravesical y ganglionar pelviana. Abstract in english Malacoplakia is an unusual chronical granulomatous disorder. In the urinary tract is more frequent in female, in 75 percent of cases involve the bladder. Pelvis extension of this disease is infrequent, and even less frequent is the involvement of pelvic and retroperitoneal lymph nodes. We present th [...] e second case in the literature of bladder malacoplakia with extravesical and pelvic node involvement.

  10. Amiloidose ganglionar mediastinal em paciente com sarcoidose / Mediastinal lymph node amyloidosis in a patient with sarcoidosis

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    Lilian, Schade; Eliane Ribeiro, Carmes; João Adriano de, Barros.

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    Full Text Available Paciente masculino, 27 anos, com sintomas respiratórios, linfonodomegalia cervical anterior bilateral e hepatomegalia. Os estudos de imagem evidenciaram linfonodomegalia hilar bilateral e infiltrado pulmonar. O paciente foi submetido a biópsias pulmonar e hepática, que evidenciaram presença de granu [...] lomas não caseosos. Também foi submetido à biópsia de linfonodo hilar, que revelou a presença de material amilóide. Os achados clínicos, radiológicos e histopatológicos foram compatíveis com sarcoidose e amiloidose ganglionar. A associação entre sarcoidose e amiloidose é raramente descrita. Abstract in english A 27-year-old male patient presented with respiratory symptoms, bilateral enlargement of the cervical lymph nodes and enlarged liver. In the imaging studies, bilateral enlargement of the hilar nodes was observed, together with pulmonary infiltrate. The patient was submitted to lung and liver biopsie [...] s, which revealed noncaseating granulomas. The clinical, radiological and histopathological findings were consistent with sarcoidosis and lymph node amyloidosis. The combination of sarcoidosis and amyloidosis has rarely been reported.

  11. Large lymph node size harvested as prognostic factor in gastric cancer? ¿Es el diámetro ganglionar mayor un factor pronóstico en cáncer gástrico?

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    F. Espín

    2010-03-01

    Full Text Available Objective: knowledge regarding prognostic factors in gastric cancer is essential to decide on single patient management. We aim to establish the value of large lymph node size in order to improve perioperative approach. Material and methods: charts of one hundred and twenty-eight consecutive patients undergoing gastrectomy for resectable gastric cancer were reviewed between January 1996 and December 2005. Patients were split in two groups according to large lymph node size harvested, group I, lymph node size ? 10 mm and group II, lymph node size > 10 mm. Overall five-year survival related to cancer were analyzed as a main endpoint. Prognostic factors as TNM classification and degree of differentiation have been considered. Results: there were no differences regarding age and gender (67.4 vs. 64; p = 0.34 and 66,1 vs. 68,1%; p = 0.27, respectively. Nevertheless, a significant difference has been found according to T1-T2 of TNM stage (78.1 vs. 39.1% p = Objetivo: valorar el interés del diámetro del ganglio mayor extirpado como factor pronóstico en los pacientes intervenidos por cáncer gástrico, para determinar si su detección puede ser un factor de interés en el periodo preoperatorio, para indicar tratamiento neoadyuvante. Material y métodos: se analiza un registro de 128 casos consecutivos de pacientes afectos de adenocarcinoma gástrico resecable, durante un periodo de 10 años en los que en el estudio anatomopatológico se determinó el diámetro del ganglio mayor aislado. Se estudia la relación del mismo con factores pronósticos universalmente aceptados, el grado de penetración, la presencia y extensión de metástasis ganglionares y el estadio TNM, y con la supervivencia a 5 años, estudiándose dos grupos, el grupo I compuesto por aquellos enfermos con diámetro menor o igual a 10 mm, y el grupo II con diámetros superiores a 10 mm. Resultados: no se han detectado diferencias estadísticas respecto a edad y sexo (67,4 vs. 64; p = 0,34 y 66,1 vs. 68,1%; p = 0,27, respectivamente. Existen diferencias significativas entre ambos grupos en el grado de penetración tumoral, T1-T2, (78,1% por 39,1%, p < 0,001, en el porcentaje de pacientes sin metástasis ganglionares (62,7 vs. 30,5%; p < 0,001, así como en el porcentaje de estadios precoces (Ia y Ib, 57,6% por 17,4, p < 0,001. La supervivencia global acumulada a los 60 meses fue significativa entre ambos grupos (p log-rank = 0,0003, aunque sin alcanzar significación estadística en los pacientes N+ (p < 0,006. Conclusiones: la relación del diámetro ganglionar mayor puede ser un factor pronóstico útil y junto con otros factores pronósticos facilitaría la valoración de quimioterapia neoadyuvante. Su detección mediante exploraciones complementarias adquiriría por consiguiente un mayor interés.

  12. Rickettsia species infecting Amblyomma ticks from an area endemic for Brazilian spotted fever in Brazil / Rickettsia infectando carrapatos Amblyomma de uma área endêmica para febre maculosa Brasileira no Brasil

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    Elizângela, Guedes; Romário Cerqueira, Leite; Richard Campos, Pacheco; Iara, Silveira; Marcelo Bahia, Labruna.

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    Full Text Available Este trabalho relata infecção por Rickettsia em carrapatos Amblyomma cajennense e Amblyomma dubitatum, colhidos numa área do Estado de Minas Gerais, onde a febre maculosa brasileira (FMB) é considerada endêmica. Para esse estudo, 400 adultos de A. cajennense, 200 adultos de A. dubitatum, 2.000 larva [...] s e 2.000 ninfas de Amblyomma spp. foram colhidas de equinos e da vegetação. Os carrapatos foram testados para infecção por rickettsia através de reação em cadeia pela polimerase (PCR) direcionada a fragmentos de três genes de rickettsia (gltA, ompA, e ompB). Apenas 2 A. cajennense adultos de vida livre, e 4 grupos de ninfas de Amblyomma spp. continham DNA de rickettsia. Os produtos de PCR dos dois adultos de A. cajennense foram idênticos às sequências correspondentes de Rickettsia rickettsii cepa Sheila Smith. Sequências de DNA dos produtos provenientes dos quatro grupos de ninfas de Amblyomma spp. revelaram um novo genótipo, próximo (99,4%) à sequência correspondente de Rickettsia tamurae. Neste trabalho foram achados 2 carrapatos A. cajennense infectados por R. rickettsii que corroboram o caráter endêmico da área de estudo, em que casos de FMB ocorreram recentemente. Em adição, foi reportado, pela primeira vez, um novo genótipo de Rickettsia no Brasil. Abstract in english This study reports rickettsial infection in Amblyomma cajennense and Amblyomma dubitatum ticks collected in an area of the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil, where Brazilian spotted fever is considered endemic. For this purpose, 400 adults of A. cajenennse and 200 adults of A. dubitatum, plus 2,000 larv [...] ae and 2,000 nymphs of Amblyomma spp. were collected from horses and from the vegetation. The ticks were tested for rickettsial infection through polymerase chain reaction (PCR) protocols targeting portions of three rickettsial genes (gltA, ompA, and ompB). Only two free-living A. cajennense adult ticks, and four pools of free-living Amblyomma spp. nymphs were shown to contain rickettsial DNA. PCR products from the two A. cajennense adult ticks were shown to be identical to corresponding sequences of the Rickettsia rickettsii strain Sheila Smith. DNA sequences of gltA-PCR products of the four nymph pools of Amblyomma spp. revealed a new genotype, which was shown to be closest (99.4%) to the corresponding sequence of Rickettsia tamurae. Our findings of two R. rickettsii-infected A. cajennense ticks corroborate the endemic status of the study area, where human cases of BSF were reported recently. In addition, we report for the first time a new Rickettsia genotype in Brazil.

  13. Tuberculosis ganglionar cervical: ¿Pensamos en ella, o nos sorprende? / Neck node tuberculosis: Do we consider it... or does it pop up?

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    Miguel Alberto, Rodríguez-Pérez; Fernando, Aguirre-García.

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    Full Text Available Revisamos las características clínicas, diagnóstico y manejo de la tuberculosis (TB) cervical, así como resaltamos su importancia por su carácter epidémico. Presentamos dos pacientes afectados por tumoraciones laterocervicales subagudas, escasa sintomatología y excelente evolución tras su diagnóstic [...] o de TB ganglionar cervical y tratamiento antibiótico. La TB es una enfermedad que en la actual sociedad globalizada, puede encontrarse prácticamente cualquier especialista, por lo que debemos mantener un alto nivel de alerta y conocerla con detalle, para poder orientar su diagnóstico y facilitar su tratamiento precoz. Abstract in english We review tuberculosis clinical features, diagnosis and management as well as remark the importance of its epidemic nature. Study based on 2 patients suffering from eye-catching subacute neck lumps, sparsely symptomatic and excellent evolution after neck node TB diagnosis and antibiotic therapy TB r [...] epresents a disease that, given our present time globalization, may be faced by many different specialists. That is why we must be on alert and be aware of its profile, in order to guess the right diagnosis and offer therapy.

  14. Febre maculosa: isolamento de Rickettsia em amostra de biópsia de pele Spotted fever: Rickettsia isolation in skin biopsy sample

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    Heloisa Helana B. Melles

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    Full Text Available Presença de Rickettsia na pele de doente de Febre Maculosa foi evidenciada por inoculação intraperitoneal em cobaio. O diagnóstico sorológico por imunoflüorescência indireta revelou diferença de título de anticorpos específicos para Rickettsia rickettsii, de 4 vezes entre a 1º e a 3º amostra. Imunoglobulina M (IgM específica foi detectada nas amostras de sangue, evidência de infecção em atividade ou recente. Foi também detectada a presença de anticorpos específicos para R. rickettsii no soro dos cobaios inoculados.A 2 years old child living in an area of the State of São Paulo, known in the past as endemic for rickettsiosis developed clinical evidences of spotted fever after a tick bite. Rickettsiae were isolated from guinea pigs inoculated with a skin homogenate. In sera tested by indirect immunofluorescence with Rickettsia rickettsii standard antigen, IgG specific antibody titers raised from 1:512 in the first sample to 1:2048 in the third one; IgM specific antibody titer was 1:128 in the three samples. Also positive were sera obtained from the inoculated guinea pigs. In the last 20 years no other case of rickettsial spotted fever has been confirmed by isolation of the agent in Brasil. To our knowlwdge, there are no previous reports of isolation of Rickettsiae through inoculation of skin biopsy homogenates.

  15. Seroprevalence of Rickettsia bellii and Rickettsia felis in dogs, São José dos Pinhais, State of Paraná, Brazil Soroprevalência de Rickettsia bellii e Rickettsia felis em cães, São José dos Pinhais, Paraná, Brasil

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    Fernanda Silva Fortes

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available Brazilian spotted fever (BSF is a vector-borne zoonosis caused by Rickettsia rickettsii bacteria. Dogs can be host sentinels for this bacterium. The aim of the study was to determine the presence of antibodies against Rickettsia spp. in dogs from the city of São José dos Pinhais, State of Paraná, Southern Brazil, where a human case of BSF was first reported in the state. Between February 2006 and July 2007, serum samples from 364 dogs were collected and tested at 1:64 dilutions by indirect immunofluorescence assay (IFA against R. rickettsii and R. parkeri. All sera that reacted at least to one of Rickettsia species were tested against the six main Rickettsia species identified in Brazil: R. rickettsii, R. parkeri, R. bellii, R. rhipicephali, R. amblyommii and R. felis. Sixteen samples (4.4% reacted to at least one Rickettsia species. Among positive animals, two dogs (15.5% showed suggestive titers for R. bellii exposure. One sample had a homologous reaction to R. felis, a confirmed human pathogen. Although Rickettsia spp. circulation in dogs in the area studied may be considered at low prevalence, suggesting low risk of human infection, the present data demonstrate for the first time the exposure of dogs to R. bellii and R. felis in Southern Brazil.A febre maculosa brasileira (FMB é uma zoonose veiculada por carrapatos e causada pela bactéria Rickettsia rickettsii, podendo os cães ser hospedeiros sentinelas para essa bactéria. O objetivo do estudo foi determinar a presença de anticorpos contra Rickettsia spp. em cães de São José dos Pinhais, estado do Paraná, Sul do Brasil. Entre fevereiro de 2006 e julho de 2007, amostras séricas de 364 cães foram coletadas e testadas na diluição de 1:64 por Reação de Imunofluorescência Indireta (RIFI contra R. rickettsii e R. parkeri. Todos os soros reagentes para pelo menos uma espécie de Rickettsia foram testados contra as seis principais espécies de Rickettsia identificadas no Brasil: R. rickettsii, R. parkeri, R. bellii, R. rhipicephali, R. amblyommii e R. felis. Dezesseis amostras (4,4% reagiram para pelo menos uma espécie de Rickettsia. Dos animais positivos, dois cães (15,5% apresentaram títulos sugestivos de exposição a R. bellii. Uma amostra apresentou reação homóloga frente à R. felis, um agente patogênico confirmado para seres humanos. Muito embora os resultados demonstrem uma baixa prevalência de Rickettsia spp. em cães, sugerindo um baixo risco de infecção humana, este estudo relatou pela primeira vez a evidência de exposição a R. bellii e R. felis em cães no Sul do Brasil.

  16. Seroprevalencia de Hantavirus, Rickettsia y Chikungunya en población indígena del municipio de Tuchín, Córdoba / Seroprevalence of Hantavirus, Rickettsia y Chikungunya in the indigenous populationof Tuchín, Córdoba

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    Samia, Barrera; Surly, Martínez; Vaneza, Tique-Salleg; Jorge, Miranda; Camilo, Guzmán; Salim, Mattar.

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    Full Text Available Introducción: La vigilancia de las enfermedades transmitidas por vectores es importante para establecer medidas de control en salud pública. Las poblaciones indígenas de Córdoba viven en condiciones geoclimáticas que favorecen la presencia de vectores que podrían permitir la diseminación y aparición [...] de hantavirosis, rickettsiosis y fiebre por el virus Chikungunya. Objetivo: Establecer la seroprevalencia de Hantavirus, Rickettsia sp. y Chikungunya en la población indígena de Tuchín, Córdoba. Materiales y métodos: Se realizó un estudio descriptivo de corte transversal en 190 individuos del resguardo indígena del municipio de Tuchín; el muestreo fue realizado entre agosto y diciembre del 2012. La detección de anticuerpos IgG contra Hantavirus se llevó a cabo con la prueba IgG DxSelectTM (Focus Technologies, EL1600G, California, EE. UU.), anticuerpos IgG contra Rickettsia sp. se determinaron por inmunofluorescencia indirecta y se realizó detección de anticuerpos IgG contra el virus Chikungunya mediante ELISA de captura (Nova-Tec, inmunodiagnostica GmbH, CHIG0590, Alemania). Resultados: De 190 sueros analizados, el 5,2% (10/190) fueron positivos para Rickettsia sp. del grupo de la fiebre manchada, para Hantavirus 7 de 87 (8%) fueron positivos y no se encontraron positivos para Chikungunya. No se encontraron diferencias significativas (p = 0,05) entre los seropositivos de Hantavirus y Rickettsia sp. para las variables género, edad y ocupación. Conclusiones: Los hallazgos demuestran exposición previa a Rickettsia sp. y a Hantavirus en la población indígena de Tuchín. Los resultados pueden ser útiles para establecer una alerta sobre estas fiebres hemorrágicas. Aunque no se hallaron seropositivos para Chikungunya, este fue el primer trabajo de vigilancia epidemiológica realizado en Colombia sobre este virus. Abstract in english Introduction: Vector-borne disease surveillance is important for establishing control measuresin public health. Indigenous populations of Cordoba live in climate conditions that favor the presence of vectors that might allow the spread and emergence of hantavirus cases, rickettsial and Chikungunya f [...] ever. Objective: To establish the prevalence of Hantavirus, Rickettsia sp. and Chikungunya in theindigenous population of Tuchín, Cordoba. Materials and methods: A cross-sectional descriptive study on 190 individuals of the indigenous reservation of the municipality of Tuchín was carried out; the serum samples were collected between August and December of 2012. The following serology tests were performed: antibody IgG against Hantavirus IgG Dx Select TM (Focus Technologies, EL1600G, California, USA); indirect immunofluorescence technique for Rickettsia spotted fever group IgG and ELISA IgG antibodies against Chikungunya virus (Nova-Tec, diagnostic GmbH, CHIG0590, Germany). Results: Out of 190 analyzed sera, 5.2% (10/190) were positive for Rickettsia sp. spotted fever group, Hantavirus 7 of 87 (8.0%) and 0% for Chikungunya. Significant differences among those positive for Hantavirus and Rickettsia sp. for the variables gender, age and occupation were not found. Conclusions: The findings reveal the prevalence of Rickettsia sp. and Hantavirus in the indigenous population of Tuchín. These results are useful to establishing an alert regarding thesehemorrhagic fevers. Although no positive result for Chikungunya virus was found, this is the first epidemiological surveillance study conducted in Colombia on this virus.

  17. Febre maculosa: isolamento de Rickettsia em amostra de biópsia de pele Spotted fever: Rickettsia isolation in skin biopsy sample

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    Heloisa Helana B. Melles; Silvia Colombo; Marcos Vinícius da Silva

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    Presença de Rickettsia na pele de doente de Febre Maculosa foi evidenciada por inoculação intraperitoneal em cobaio. O diagnóstico sorológico por imunoflüorescência indireta revelou diferença de título de anticorpos específicos para Rickettsia rickettsii, de 4 vezes entre a 1º e a 3º amostra. Imunoglobulina M (IgM) específica foi detectada nas amostras de sangue, evidência de infecção em atividade ou recente. Foi também detectada a presença de anticorpos específicos para R. rickettsii no soro...

  18. Rickettsiae in questing Ixodes ricinus ticks in the Czech Republic.

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    Venclíková, Kristýna; Rudolf, Ivo; Mendel, Jan; Betášová, Lenka; Hubálek, Zden?k

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    Ro?. 5, ?. 2 (2014), s. 135-138. ISSN 1877-959X Institutional support: RVO:68081766 Keywords : Ixodes ricinus * Anaplasma phagocytophilum * Rickettsia spp. * Rickettsia helvetica * Rickettsia monacensis * Candidatus Neoehrlichia mikurensis Subject RIV: EE - Microbiology, Virology Impact factor: 2.718, year: 2014

  19. Rickettsia bellii infecting Amblyomma sabanerae ticks in El Salvador.

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    Barbieri, Amália R M; Romero, Luis; Labruna, Marcelo B

    2012-07-01

    Four Amblyomma sabanerae ticks collected from a turtle (Kinosternon sp.) in San Miguel, El Salvador, were found by molecular analysis to be infected by Rickettsia bellii. We provide the first report of Rickettsia bellii in Central America, and the first report of a Rickettsia species in El Salvador. PMID:23265378

  20. Seroprevalencia de Hantavirus, Rickettsia y Chikungunya en población indígena del municipio de Tuchín, Córdoba

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    Samia Barrera

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Introducción: La vigilancia de las enfermedades transmitidas por vectores es importante para establecer medidas de control en salud pública. Las poblaciones indígenas de Córdoba viven en condiciones geoclimáticas que favorecen la presencia de vectores que podrían permitir la diseminación y aparición de hantavirosis, rickettsiosis y fiebre por el virus Chikungunya. Objetivo: Establecer la seroprevalencia de Hantavirus, Rickettsia sp. y Chikungunya en la población indígena de Tuchín, Córdoba. Materiales y métodos: Se realizó un estudio descriptivo de corte transversal en 190 individuos del resguardo indígena del municipio de Tuchín; el muestreo fue realizado entre agosto y diciembre del 2012. La detección de anticuerpos IgG contra Hantavirus se llevó a cabo con la prueba IgG DxSelectTM (Focus Technologies, EL1600G, California, EE. UU., anticuerpos IgG contra Rickettsia sp. se determinaron por inmunofluorescencia indirecta y se realizó detección de anticuerpos IgG contra el virus Chikungunya mediante ELISA de captura (Nova-Tec, inmunodiagnostica GmbH, CHIG0590, Alemania. Resultados: De 190 sueros analizados, el 5,2% (10/190 fueron positivos para Rickettsia sp. del grupo de la fiebre manchada, para Hantavirus 7 de 87 (8% fueron positivos y no se encontraron positivos para Chikungunya. No se encontraron diferencias significativas (p = 0,05 entre los seropositivos de Hantavirus y Rickettsia sp. para las variables género, edad y ocupación. Conclusiones: Los hallazgos demuestran exposición previa a Rickettsia sp. y a Hantavirus en la población indígena de Tuchín. Los resultados pueden ser útiles para establecer una alerta sobre estas fiebres hemorrágicas. Aunque no se hallaron seropositivos para Chikungunya, este fue el primer trabajo de vigilancia epidemiológica realizado en Colombia sobre este virus.

  1. Assessment of real-time PCR assay for detection of Rickettsia spp. and Rickettsia rickettsii in banked clinical samples.

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    Kato, Cecilia Y; Chung, Ida H; Robinson, Lauren K; Austin, Amy L; Dasch, Gregory A; Massung, Robert F

    2013-01-01

    Two novel real-time PCR assays were developed for the detection of Rickettsia spp. One assay detects all tested Rickettsia spp.; the other is specific for Rickettsia rickettsii. Evaluation using DNA from human blood and tissue samples showed both assays to be more sensitive than nested PCR assays currently in use at the CDC. PMID:23135935

  2. Assessment of Real-Time PCR Assay for Detection of Rickettsia spp. and Rickettsia rickettsii in Banked Clinical Samples

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    Cecilia Y. Kato; Chung, Ida H.; Robinson, Lauren K.; Austin, Amy L.; Dasch, Gregory A.; Massung, Robert F.

    2013-01-01

    Two novel real-time PCR assays were developed for the detection of Rickettsia spp. One assay detects all tested Rickettsia spp.; the other is specific for Rickettsia rickettsii. Evaluation using DNA from human blood and tissue samples showed both assays to be more sensitive than nested PCR assays currently in use at the CDC.

  3. Molecular detection of Rickettsia conorii and other zoonotic spotted fever group rickettsiae in ticks, Romania.

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    Ionita, Mariana; Silaghi, Cornelia; Mitrea, Ioan Liviu; Edouard, Sophie; Parola, Philippe; Pfister, Kurt

    2016-02-01

    The diverse tick fauna as well as the abundance of tick populations in Romania represent potential risks for both human and animal health. Spotted fever group (SFG) rickettsiae are recognized as important agents of emerging human tick-borne diseases worldwide. However, the epidemiology of rickettsial diseases has been poorly investigated in Romania. In urban habitats, companion animals which are frequently exposed to tick infestation, play a role in maintenance of tick populations and as reservoirs of tick-borne pathogens. Therefore, the aim of the present study was to investigate the occurrence of SFG rickettsiae in ticks infesting dogs in a greater urban area in South-eastern Romania. Adult ixodid ticks (n=205), including Rhipicephalus sanguineus sensu lato (n=120), Dermacentor reticulatus (n=76) and Ixodes ricinus (n=9) were collected from naturally infested dogs and were screened for SFG rickettsiae using conventional PCR followed by sequencing. Additionally, ticks were screened for DNA of Babesia spp., Hepatozoon spp., Ehrlichia canis, and Anaplasma platys. Four zoonotic SFG rickettsiae were identified: Rickettsia raoultii (16%) and Rickettsia slovaca (3%) in D. reticulatus, Rickettsia monacensis (11%) in I. ricinus, and Rickettsia conorii (0.8%) in Rh. sanguineus s.l. Moreover, pathogens of veterinary importance, such as B. canis (21%) in D. reticulatus and E. canis (7.5%) in Rh. sanguineus s.l. were identified. The findings expand the knowledge on distribution of SFG rickettsiae as well as canine pathogens in Romania. Additionally, this is the first report describing the molecular detection of R. conorii in ticks from Romania. PMID:26507182

  4. Detección molecular de Rickettsia massiliae y Anaplasma platys en garrapatas Rhipicephalus sanguineus y caninos domésticos del municipio de Bahía Blanca (Argentina) / Molecular detection of Rickettsia massiliae and Anaplasma platys infecting Rhipicephalus sanguineus ticks and dogs, Bahía Blanca (Argentina)

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    Gabriel L, Cicuttin; Pablo, Vidal; M, Nazarena De Salvo; Fernando J, Beltrán; Federico E, Gury Dohmen.

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available Introducción: Las rickettsiosis, ehrlichiosis y anaplasmosis son causadas por bacterias gramnegativas, intracelulares obligadas y transmitidas principalmente por artrópodos. Objetivo: Detectar y caracterizar molecularmente estos patógenos en garrapatas y caninos domésticos del municipio de Bahía Bla [...] nca (provincia de Buenos Aires, Argentina). Material y Métodos: Se estudiaron 56 muestras sanguíneas de caninos, 75 garrapatas Rhipicephalus sanguineus y 7 Amblyomma tigrinum. Las muestras fueron analizadas por RPC para Rickettsia (espacio intergénico 23S-5S ARNr), Ehrlichia y Anaplasma (16S ARNr), y Anaplasma platys (16S ARNr). Resultados: Se detectó positividad a Rickettsia en 12% de R. sanguineus, identificándose por secuenciación a Rickettsia massiliae. Las muestras sanguíneas de los caninos resultaron en 37,5% positivas a A. platys. También se caracterizaron molecularmente por la amplificación del fragmento del gen citrato sintasa (gltA) (género Rickettsia) y del gen groESL (A. platys). Se construyeron árboles filogenéticos utilizando el método del vecino más cercano (neighbor-joining) revelando que las secuencias obtenidas son similares a las de otras regiones geográficas. Conclusión: Los resultados indican la presencia de R. massiliae en garrapatas R. sanguineus en una segunda zona urbana de Sudamérica y la infección por A. platys en caninos, siendo la región más austral de Argentina donde ha sido notificada. Abstract in english Background: Rickettsioses, ehrlichioses and anaplasmoses are caused by Gram negative obligate intracellular bacteria and transmitted mainly by arthropods. Aim: To detect and perform the molecular characterization of these pathogens in ticks and domestic dogs in Bahia Blanca City (Buenos Aires, Argen [...] tina). Methods: Fifty six blood samples from dogs and 82 ticks (75 Rhipicephalus sanguineus and 7 Amblyomma tigrinum) were studied. The samples were analyzed by PCR for Rickettsia (intergenic space 23S-5S rRNA), Ehrlichia/Anaplasma (16S rRNA), and Anaplasma platys (16S rRNA). Results: 12% of R. sanguineus resulted positive for Rickettsia, identified by sequencing as Rickettsia massiliae; and 37.5% of the canine blood samples analyzed were positive for A. platys. Molecular characterization was also performed by amplification of the fragment of the citrate synthase gene (gltA) (Rickettsia genus) and the groESL gene (A. platys). Phylogenetic trees were constructed using the neighbor-joining method. These trees revealed that sequences obtained are similar to those from other geographical regions. Conclusion: The results indicate the presence of R. massiliae in R. sanguineus ticks for the second time in an urban area of South America and A. platys infection in dogs, being the southernmost region of Argentina where it has been notified.

  5. Spotted fever group Rickettsiae in ticks in Cyprus.

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    Chochlakis, Dimosthenis; Ioannou, Ioannis; Sandalakis, Vassilios; Dimitriou, Theodoros; Kassinis, Nikolaos; Papadopoulos, Byron; Tselentis, Yannis; Psaroulaki, Anna

    2012-02-01

    In two surveys conducted from March 1999 to March 2001 and from January 2004 to December 2006, a total of 3,950 ticks (belonging to ten different species) were collected from seven domestic and wild animals (goat, sheep, cattle, dog, fox, hare, and mouflon) from different localities throughout Cyprus. In order to establish their infection rate with Spotted Fever Rickettsiae (SFG), ticks were pooled and tested by polymerase chain reaction targeting gltA and ompA genes, followed by sequencing analysis. When tick pools tested positive, individual ticks were then tested one by one, and of the 3,950 ticks screened, rickettsial DNA was identified in 315 ticks (infection rate, 8%). Five SFG Rickettsiae were identified: Rickettsia aeschlimannii in Hyalomma marginatum marginatum, Rickettsia massiliae in Rhipicephalus turanicus and Rhipicephalus sanguineus, Rickettsia sibirica mongolotimonae in Hyalomma anatolicum excavatum, and a Rickettsia endosymbiont of Haemaphysalis sulcata (later described as Rickettsia hoogstraalii) in Haemaphysalis punctata. Two additional genes, 17 kDa and ompB, were targeted to characterize a new genotype of "Candidatus Rickettsia barbariae" genotype in R. turanicus, designated here as "Candidatus Rickettsia barbariae" Cretocypriensis. These results confirm the presence of a spectrum of SFG Rickettsiae on the island. Further studies are necessary to gain better knowledge on the epidemiology of SFG Rickettsiae in Cyprus. PMID:21833539

  6. Isolamento de Rickettsia em cultura de células vero Isolation of Rickettsia in vero cell culture

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    Heloisa Helena Barbosa Melles

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    Full Text Available Embora o diagnóstico da febre maculosa baseie-se em sinais e sintomas característicos, o mesmo requer confirmação laboratorial, pois existem alguns diagnósticos diferenciais possíveis como meningococcemia, leptospirose, infecção por enterovírus e febre tifóide. A confirmação laboratorial pode ser feita através da pesquisa de anticorpos específicos, possível somente alguns dias após o aparecimento da doença, através do isolamento do agente em amostras de sangue e/ou biópsia de pele, e ainda, de amostras de carrapatos coletados do paciente ou de animais reservatório. O isolamento a partir de sangue ou biópsia de pele resulta em diagnóstico precoce da doença, pois na fase de rickettsemia ainda não há anticorpos detectáveis no sangue. Assim, com o objetivo de facilitar o diagnóstico precoce da febre maculosa, estabelecemos um método de isolamento de rickettsia em cultura de células vero. Para a padronização foi inoculada amostra padrão de Rickettsia rickettsii, cepa Sheyla Smith, cedida pelo CDC. A identificação foi feita através da reação de imunofluorescência indireta. A presença de microrganismos verdes fluorescentes visualizados no interior do citoplasma das células caracterizou o crescimento do agente. Posteriormente, a metodologia foi confirmada pelo isolamento do agente da febre maculosa em amostras de biópsia de pele de paciente proveniente de área endêmica no Estado de São Paulo, bem como, de amostras de carrapato do gênero Amblyomma, considerado o reservatório e transmissor da doença no Brasil.The diagnosis of spotted fever is based on characteristic signs and symptoms but requires laboratorial confirmation because of the possible differencial diagnosis from other diseases like leptospirosis, enterovirosis, meningococcemia and tiphoid fever. Laboratorial confirmation may be done by detection of specific antibodies which is possible only 5-10 days after the onset of the symptoms or by the isolation of Rickettsiae from blood and/or skin biopsy and from ticks collected in the patient or in the animal reservoir. The isolation of Rickettsiae from blood or skin biopsy results in an early diagnosis of spotted fever since in the rickettsiemic phase of the disease there is no detectable level of antibodies in the serum. With the purpose of facilitating the diagnosis of Spotted Fever we have standardized the isolation of Rickettsiae in cell culture by a method that is less time consuming and that reduces the biological risks than isolation in guinea pigs. vero cell cultures were inoculated with the Sheyla Smith strain of Rickettsia rickettsii provided by CDC (Atlanta-USA. The identification was performed by indirect immunofluorescence technique. The presence of green fluorescent organisms characterized the growth of the agent. Ulterior confirmation of the methodology was done by isolation of the spotted fever agent from skin biopsy of a patient from an endemic area and from Amblyomma ticks that are the reservoir and vector of the Brazilian spotted fever.

  7. Identificación de Rickettsia andeanae en dos regiones de Chile

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    Katia Abarca

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    Full Text Available Introducción: Candidatus 'Rickettsia andeanae', especie de reciente reconocimiento y rol patógeno no precisado, ha sido identificada en garrapatas del género Amblyomma en Perú, E.U.A. y AArgentina y recientemente en Chile, en un espécimen de Amblyomma triste de un sector rural de Arica. Objetivo: Determinar presencia de agentes rickettsiales en garrapatas de perros domésticos de dos regiones de Chile. Métodos: Estudio transversal, descriptivo, en las regiones de Coquimbo y La Araucanía, con muestreo domiciliario en las ciudades de Coquimbo y AAngol y localidades rurales cercanas, en primavera-verano 2011-2012. Se examinó un perro por vivienda, recolectando garrapatas si estaban presentes; luego de su identificación taxonómica fueron sometidas a amplificación y secuenciación de los genes gltA y ompA. Resultados: Se examinaron 462 perros, 255 tenían garrapatas (55%. En las ciudades se encontró exclusivamente Rhipicephalus sanguineus; en las localidades rurales además Amblyomma tigrinum. Las secuencias obtenidas en 12 especímenes de A. tigrinum correspondieron a Candidatus 'Rickettsia andeanae'. Conclusiones: Se documenta presencia de R. andeanae en dos regiones distantes de Chile, lo que se suma a su reciente hallazgo en el extremo norte del país. Este nuevo agente rickettsial se limita a garrapatas del género Amblyomma y a zonas rurales, lo que concuerda con lo documentado en otros países y con el hábitat de esta garrapata.

  8. Identificación de Rickettsia andeanae en dos regiones de Chile / Detection of Rickettsia andeanae in two regions of Chile

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    Katia, Abarca; Javier, López; Gerardo, Acosta-Jamett; Constanza, Martinez-Valdebenito.

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    Full Text Available Introducción: Candidatus 'Rickettsia andeanae', especie de reciente reconocimiento y rol patógeno no precisado, ha sido identificada en garrapatas del género Amblyomma en Perú, E.U.A. y AArgentina y recientemente en Chile, en un espécimen de Amblyomma triste de un sector rural de Arica. Objetivo: De [...] terminar presencia de agentes rickettsiales en garrapatas de perros domésticos de dos regiones de Chile. Métodos: Estudio transversal, descriptivo, en las regiones de Coquimbo y La Araucanía, con muestreo domiciliario en las ciudades de Coquimbo y AAngol y localidades rurales cercanas, en primavera-verano 2011-2012. Se examinó un perro por vivienda, recolectando garrapatas si estaban presentes; luego de su identificación taxonómica fueron sometidas a amplificación y secuenciación de los genes gltA y ompA. Resultados: Se examinaron 462 perros, 255 tenían garrapatas (55%). En las ciudades se encontró exclusivamente Rhipicephalus sanguineus; en las localidades rurales además Amblyomma tigrinum. Las secuencias obtenidas en 12 especímenes de A. tigrinum correspondieron a Candidatus 'Rickettsia andeanae'. Conclusiones: Se documenta presencia de R. andeanae en dos regiones distantes de Chile, lo que se suma a su reciente hallazgo en el extremo norte del país. Este nuevo agente rickettsial se limita a garrapatas del género Amblyomma y a zonas rurales, lo que concuerda con lo documentado en otros países y con el hábitat de esta garrapata. Abstract in english Introduction: Candidatus 'Rickettsia andeanae' is recently recognized specie, with no attributed pathogenic role so far. It has been reported in Amblyomma ticks from Peru, USA and Argentina, and recently in Chile, in one specimen of Amblyomma triste from a rural locality in Arica. Objective: To dete [...] rmine the presence of rickettsial agents in ticks from domestic dogs from two Chilean regions. Methods: A transversal descriptive study in Coquimbo and La Araucanía regions, consisted in households sampling in the cities of Coquimbo and Aingol and nearby rural localities, in spring-summer 2011-2012. One dog per house was examined and ticks were collected when present; after taxonomic identification, gltA and ompA genes were amplified and sequenced. Results: 462 dogs were examined, 255 had ticks (55%). In the cities just Rhipicephalus sanguineus was found; in rural localities also Amblyomma tigrinum. Obtained sequences in 12 specimens from A. tigrinum corresponded to Candidatus 'Rickettsia andeanae'. Conclusions: We documented the presence of R. andeanae in two distant Chilean regions, which is added to its recently finding in the Northern extreme of the country. This new rickettsial agent limits to Amblyomma ticks and rural areas, as it was reported in other American countries and corresponds with this tick habitat.

  9. Kinetics of Antibody Responses in Rickettsia africae and Rickettsia conorii Infections

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    African tick-bite fever, caused by Rickettsia africae, is the most common tick-borne rickettsiosis in sub-Saharan Africa. Mediterranean spotted fever due to Rickettsia conorii also occurs in the region but is more prevalent in Mediterranean countries. Using microimmunofluorescence, we compared the development of immunoglobulin G (IgG) and IgM titers in 48 patients with African tick-bite fever and 48 patients with Mediterranean spotted fever. Doxycycline treatment within 7 days from the onset ...

  10. Molecular detection of Rickettsia felis and Candidatus Rickettsia asemboensis in fleas from human habitats, Asembo, Kenya

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    Jiang, Ju; Maina, Alice N.; Knobel, Darryn Leslie; Cleaveland, Sarah; Laudisoit, Anne; Wamburu, Kabura; Ogola, Eric; Parola, Philippe; Breiman, Robert F; Njenga, M Kariuki; Richards, Allen L.

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    The flea-borne rickettsioses murine typhus (Rickettsia typhi) and flea-borne spotted fever (FBSF) (Rickettsia felis) are febrile diseases distributed among humans worldwide. Murine typhus has been known to be endemic to Kenya since the 1950s, but FBSF was only recently documented in northeastern (2010) and western (2012) Kenya. To characterize the potential exposure of humans in Kenya to flea-borne rickettsioses, a total of 330 fleas (134 pools) including 5 species (Xenopsylla che...

  11. Reactivity of monoclonal antibodies to Rickettsia rickettsii with spotted fever and typhus group rickettsiae.

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    Anacker, R L; Mann, R E; Gonzales, C. (collab.)

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    Analysis of 15 spotted fever group (SFG) and 2 typhus group strains of rickettsiae with a panel of monoclonal antibodies revealed a number of shared and unique epitopes of the 120- and 155-kilodalton surface proteins. All of the SFG strains but neither of the typhus group strains reacted with antibody to the lipopolysaccharidelike antigen of Rickettsia rickettsii; possibly the lipopolysaccharidelike antigen is the common antigen which defines the SFG. North Carolina and Montana strains of R. ...

  12. First report on the occurrence of Rickettsia slovaca and Rickettsia raoultii in Dermacentor silvarum in China

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    Tian Zhan-Cheng

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Rickettsioses are among both the longest known and most recently recognized infectious diseases. Although new spotted fever group rickettsiae have been isolated in many parts of the world including China, Little is known about the epidemiology of Rickettsia pathogens in ticks from Xinjiang Autonomous Region of China. Methods In an attempt to assess the potential risk of rickettsial infection after exposure to ticks in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region of China, a total of 200 Dermacentor silvarum ticks collected in Xinyuan district were screened by polymerase chain reaction based on the outer membrane protein A gene. Results 22 of the 200 specimens (11% were found to be positive by PCR. Phylogenetic analysis of OmpA sequences identified two rickettsial species, Rickettsia raoultii (4.5% and Rickettsia slovaca (6.5%. Conclusions This study has reported the occurrence of Rickettsia raoultii and Rickettsia slovaca in Xinjiang Autonomous Region of China and suggests that Dermacentor silvarum could be involved in the transmission of rickettsial agents in China. Further studies on the characterization and culture of rickettsial species found in Dermacentor silvarum should be performed to further clarify this. Additionally, the screening of human specimens for rickettsial disease in this region will define the incidence of infection.

  13. Rickettsia honei Infection in Human, Nepal, 2009

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    Murphy, Holly; Renvoisé, Aurélie; Pandey, Prativa; Parola, Philippe; Raoult, Didier

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    We report a case of Rickettsia honei infection in a human in Nepal. The patient had severe illness and many clinical features typical of Flinders Island spotted fever. Diagnosis was confirmed by indirect immunofluorescent assay with serum and molecular biological techniques. Flinders Island spotted fever may be an endemic rickettsiosis in Nepal.

  14. In Vitro Activities of Telithromycin (HMR 3647) against Rickettsia rickettsii, Rickettsia conorii, Rickettsia africae, Rickettsia typhi, Rickettsia prowazekii, Coxiella burnetii, Bartonella henselae, Bartonella quintana, Bartonella bacilliformis, and Ehrlichia chaffeensis

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    Rolain, Jean-Marc; Maurin, Max; Bryskier, André; Raoult, Didier

    2000-01-01

    In vitro activities of telithromycin compared to those of erythromycin against Rickettsia spp., Bartonella spp., Coxiella burnetii, and Ehrlichia chaffeensis were determined. Telithromycin was more active than erythromycin against Rickettsia, Bartonella, and Coxiella burnetii, with MICs of 0.5 ?g/ml, 0.003 to 0.015 ?g/ml, and 1 ?g/ml, respectively, but was inactive against Ehrlichia chaffeensis.

  15. Comparación de la Tomografía Axial Computarizada con el estudio anatomopatológico en el estadiaje ganglionar del cáncer de pulmón

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    M., López Mata; J., Valencia Julve; N., Bascón Santaló; C., Velilla Millán; R., Escó Barón; M., García Álvarez.

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    Full Text Available PROPÓSITO: Evaluar la Sensibilidad, Especificidad, Valor predictivo positivo y Valor Predictivo Negativo de la Tomografia Axial Computarizada (TAC) en el estadiaje ganglionar del cáncer de pulmón. MATERIAL Y MÉTODOS: Se han analizado 30 pacientes diagnosticados de carcinoma pulmonar entre Mayo de 20 [...] 03 y Mayo de 2004. A todos los pacientes se les realizó una TAC torácica, valorando la afectación ganglionar mediastínica. A su vez, se les realizó o una mediastinoscopia o una resección pulmonar más linfadenectomía mediastínica, obteniendo así material para el estudio anatomo-patológico para confirmar o no la afectación ganglionar mediastínica y correlacionarla con los hallazgos de la TAC. RESULTADOS: Hemos obtenido una Sensibilidad del 72,2%, una Especificidad del 100%, un valor predictivo positivo del 100% y un valor predictivo negativo del 70,6% para la TAC, utilizando como "gold standar" el estudio anatomopatológico. CONCLUSIONES: La TAC torácica se considera una prueba de imagen de rutina en el diagnóstico del cáncer de pulmón; pero en muchos casos no es capaz de estadiar correctamente la afectación ganglionar mediastínica. Es en estos casos, donde es necesario realizar pruebas invasivas como la mediastinoscopia. Actualmente, la aparición de la PET permite estadiar mejor el tumor, ofreciendo mejor tratamiento a cada paciente, y en determinados casos evitar técnicas diagnósticas invasivas. Abstract in english PURPOSE: To analise the sensitivity, specificity, and positive and negative predictive values of the computerized axial tomography (CT) in nodal stages of lung carcinoma. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Thirty patients suffering from lung carcinoma were analysed between May 2003 and May 2004. CT screening of [...] the thorax was made to all the patients. Mediastinoscopy or lung resection samples plus systematic node dissection were performed, and the efficiency of CT analysed by comparing the obtained data with the histopathology results of nodal affection shown by mediastinoscopy and lymph node dissection. RESULTS: The sensitivity, specificity, and positive and negative predictive value of the computerized axial tomography (CT) for nodal staging involved in lung carcinoma were 72.2%, 100%, 100% and 70,6% respectively. CONCLUSIONS: CT of the thorax is considered a usual imaging technique in lung carcinoma diagnosis; but in some cases it does not focalise correctly the nodal staging involved in lung carcinoma. In theses cases, it is necessarry to perform invasive techniques such as mediastinoscopy. At present, positron emission tomography (PET) is the technique that better permits to focalise the tumor offering the best data for the therapy of each patient, and avoiding invasive diagnosis techniques.

  16. Detection of Rickettsia and Anaplasma from hard ticks in Thailand.

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    Malaisri, Premnika; Hirunkanokpun, Supanee; Baimai, Visut; Trinachartvanit, Wachareeporn; Ahantarig, Arunee

    2015-12-01

    We collected a total of 169 adult hard ticks and 120 nymphs from under the leaves of plants located along tourist nature trails in ten localities. The results present data examining the vector competence of ticks of different genera and the presence of Rickettsia and Anaplasma species. The ticks belonged to three genera, Amblyomma, Dermacentor, and Haemaphysalis, comprising 11 species. Rickettsia bacteria were detected at three collection sites, while Anaplasma bacteria were detected at only one site. Phylogenetic analysis revealed new rickettsia genotypes from Thailand that were closely related to Rickettsia tamurae, Rickettsia monacensis, and Rickettsia montana. This study was also the first to show that Anaplasma bacteria are found in Haemaphysalis shimoga ticks and are closely related evolutionarily to Anaplasma bovis. These results provide additional information for the geographical distribution of tick species and tick-borne bacteria in Thailand and can therefore be applied for ecotourism management. PMID:26611960

  17. Serologic evidence of human Rickettsia infection found in three locations in Panamá / Evidencia serológica de infecciones de Rickettsia en humanos provenientes de tres localidades de Panamá

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    Sergio E, Bermúdez; Cirilo R, Lyons; Gleydis G, García; Yamitzel L, Zaldíva; Amanda, Gabster; Griselda B, Arteaga.

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available Introducción. Desde mediados del siglo pasado, se conocen en Panamá casos de rickettsiosis, cuando fueron reportados brotes de tifus en ratones y de fiebres manchadas. A partir de entonces, poca información se tiene sobre su prevalencia en este país, lo cual se debe principalmente a que son confundi [...] dos con otras enfermedades. Objetivos. El objetivo de este trabajo fue demostrar la presencia de rickettsiosis en humanos provenientes de tres localidades de Panamá, que corresponden a zonas agropecuarias, cercanas a bosques, o que trabajaban en zoológicos. Materiales y métodos. Se escogieron tres localidades para este estudio: Tortí (provincia de Panamá), El Valle de Antón (provincia de Coclé) y el Parque Municipal Summit en Ciudad de Panamá. Los voluntarios firmaron un consentimiento informado, además de responder un cuestionario. De cada voluntario se extrajo sangre venosa, la que fue analizada por medio de inmunoflorescencia indirecta, utilizando kits comerciales y láminas sensibilizadas con antígenos cultivados de Rickettsia rickettsii y Rickettsia amblyommii . Resultados. Se tomaron muestras de 97 voluntarios, 25 en Tortí, 37 en El Valle de Antón y 35 en el Parque Municipal Summit. De estos, 38 (39 %) de las muestras fueron positivas en algunas de las dos técnicas practicadas: 8 (32 %) en Tortí, 18 (48 %) en El Valle y 12 (34 %) en el Parque Municipal Summit. Conclusión. Se demuestra una alta prevalencia de anticuerpos contra Rickettsia del grupo de las fiebres manchadas en las tres áreas de estudio, además de presentarse evidencia de títulos para Rickettsia del grupo tifus en El Valle de Antón. Estas zonas podrían considerarse como endémicas por rickettsiosis, ya que existen condiciones que permiten el mantenimiento de las mismas. Abstract in english Introduction: Since the middle of last century, cases of rickettsiosis have been found in Panamá when outbreaks of murine typhus and spotted fever were reported. Since then, little information exists about its prevalence in this country, since it is most often is misdiagnosed as another disease. Obj [...] ectives: The aim of this paper is to demonstrate the presence of Rickettsia infections in humans in three locations in Panamá. These locations are agricultural areas, near forested areas or those who work in zoo. Materials and methods: Three locations where chosen for this study: Tortí, El Valle de Antón and workers in the Summit Municipal Park in Panamá City. All volunteers signed an informed consent and answered a questionnaire. The samples were analyzed for the detection of rickettsial spotted fever and typhus group by the indirect immunofluorescence (using commercial kits) and antigens of Rickettsia rickettsii and R. amblyommii. Results: Blood samples were taken from 97 volunteers in Tortí (25), El Valle de Anton (37) and Summit Municipal Park (35). Of these, a total of 38 (39%) samples reacted to one of the two methods: eight (32%) in Tortí, 18 (48%) in El valle and 12 (34%) in Summit Municipal Park. Conclusion: The results show a high prevalence of antibodies to Rickettsia belonging to the spotted fever group in each of the three study areas, in addition to presenting evidence of the typhus group Rickettsia in El Valle de Anton. These areas could be considered endemic for rickettsiosis as there are conditions for maintaining them.

  18. Properties of selected rickettsiae of the spotted fever group.

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    Anacker, R L; McCaul, T. F.; Burgdorfer, W; Gerloff, R. K.

    1980-01-01

    Eight strains of spotted fever group rickettsiae were studied to gain insight into the extent of variation of their properties. Two standard strains of Rickettsia rickettsii and one strain of Rickettsia conorii were included among the eight for comparison. The molar percentage of guanine plus cytosine for each strain did not differ significantly from that for R. rickettsii, 32.6 +/- 0.7%. Two strains caused extended fever in guinea pigs, one strain caused fever of short duration, and the othe...

  19. Isolation of Rickettsia prowazekii with reduced sensitivity to gamma interferon.

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    Turco, J.; Winkler, H. H.

    1989-01-01

    The growth of Rickettsia prowazekii Madrid E was monitored in mouse L929 cells subcultured for several weeks in the presence of gamma interferon (IFN-gamma) to determine whether the rickettsiae would be eliminated from or would persist in these cultures. R. prowazekii exhibited two distinct patterns in these IFN-gamma-treated cultures. In some cases, IFN-gamma-induced inhibition of rickettsial growth led to elimination of the rickettsiae from the L929 cell cultures; in other cases, the initia...

  20. Molecular detection of Rickettsia felis and Candidatus Rickettsia asemboensis in fleas from human habitats, Asembo, Kenya.

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    Jiang, Ju; Maina, Alice N; Knobel, Darryn L; Cleaveland, Sarah; Laudisoit, Anne; Wamburu, Kabura; Ogola, Eric; Parola, Philippe; Breiman, Robert F; Njenga, M Kariuki; Richards, Allen L

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    The flea-borne rickettsioses murine typhus (Rickettsia typhi) and flea-borne spotted fever (FBSF) (Rickettsia felis) are febrile diseases distributed among humans worldwide. Murine typhus has been known to be endemic to Kenya since the 1950s, but FBSF was only recently documented in northeastern (2010) and western (2012) Kenya. To characterize the potential exposure of humans in Kenya to flea-borne rickettsioses, a total of 330 fleas (134 pools) including 5 species (Xenopsylla cheopis, Ctenocephalides felis, Ctenocephalides canis, Pulex irritans, and Echidnophaga gallinacea) were collected from domestic and peridomestic animals and from human dwellings within Asembo, western Kenya. DNA was extracted from the 134 pooled flea samples and 89 (66.4%) pools tested positively for rickettsial DNA by 2 genus-specific quantitative real-time PCR (qPCR) assays based upon the citrate synthase (gltA) and 17-kD antigen genes and the Rfelis qPCR assay. Sequences from the 17-kD antigen gene, the outer membrane protein (omp)B, and 2 R. felis plasmid genes (pRF and pRFd) of 12 selected rickettsia-positive samples revealed a unique Rickettsia sp. (n=11) and R. felis (n=1). Depiction of the new rickettsia by multilocus sequence typing (MLST) targeting the 16S rRNA (rrs), 17-kD antigen gene, gltA, ompA, ompB, and surface cell antigen 4 (sca4), shows that it is most closely related to R. felis but genetically dissimilar enough to be considered a separate species provisionally named Candidatus Rickettsia asemboensis. Subsequently, 81 of the 134 (60.4%) flea pools tested positively for Candidatus Rickettsia asemboensis by a newly developed agent-specific qPCR assay, Rasemb. R. felis was identified in 9 of the 134 (6.7%) flea pools, and R. typhi the causative agent of murine typhus was not detected in any of 78 rickettsia-positive pools assessed using a species-specific qPCR assay, Rtyph. Two pools were found to contain both R. felis and Candidatus Rickettsia asemboensis DNA and 1 pool contained an agent, which is potentially new. PMID:23675818

  1. Rickettsia felis in Ctenocephalides felis from Guatemala and Costa Rica

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    Troyo, Adriana; Álvarez, Danilo; Taylor, Lizeth; Abdalla, Gabriela; Calderón-Arguedas, Ólger; Zambrano, Maria L.; Dasch, Gregory A; Lindblade, Kim; Hun, Laya; Eremeeva, Marina E.; Estévez, Alejandra

    2012-01-01

    Rickettsia felis is an emerging human pathogen associated primarily with the cat flea Ctenocephalides felis. In this study, we investigated the presence of Rickettsia felis in C. felis from Guatemala and Costa Rica. Ctenocephalides felis were collected directly from dogs and cats, and analyzed by polymerase chain reaction for Rickettsia-specific fragments of 17-kDa protein, OmpA, and citrate synthase genes. Rickettsia DNA was detected in 64% (55 of 86) and 58% (47 of 81) of flea pools in Guat...

  2. Genome Sequence of the Endosymbiont Rickettsia peacockii and Comparison with Virulent Rickettsia rickettsii: Identification of Virulence Factors

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    Felsheim, Roderick F.; Kurtti, Timothy J; MUNDERLOH, ULRIKE G.

    2009-01-01

    Rickettsia peacockii, also known as the East Side Agent, is a non-pathogenic obligate intracellular bacterium found as an endosymbiont in Dermacentor andersoni ticks in the western USA and Canada. Its presence in ticks is correlated with reduced prevalence of Rickettsia rickettsii, the agent of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. It has been proposed that a virulent SFG rickettsia underwent changes to become the East Side Agent. We determined the genome sequence of R. peacockii and provide a compar...

  3. Detection of "Rickettsia sp. strain Uilenbergi" and "Rickettsia sp. strain Davousti" in Amblyomma tholloni ticks from elephants in Africa

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    Jeffery Kathryn

    2007-08-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background To date, 6 tick-borne rickettsiae pathogenic for humans are known to occur in Africa and 4 of them were first identified in ticks before being recognized as human pathogens. Results We examined 33 and 5 Amblyomma tholloni ticks from African elephants in the Central African Republic and Gabon, respectively, by PCR amplification and sequencing of a part of gltA and ompA genes of the genus Rickettsia. The partial sequences of gltA and ompA genes detected in tick in Gabon had 99.1% similarity with those of R. heilongjiangensis and 97.1% with those of Rickettsia sp. HL-93 strain, respectively. The partial gltA and ompA gene sequences detected in tick in the Central African Republic were 98.9% and 95.1% similar to those of Rickettsia sp. DnS14 strain and R. massiliae, respectively. Phylogenetic analysis showed Rickettsia sp. detected in Gabon clusters with R. japonica and R. heilongjiangensis in a phylogenetic tree based on the partial gltA and ompA genes. The genotype of the Rickettsia sp. detected in the Central African Republic is close to those of R. massiliae group in the phylogenetic tree based on partial gltA gene sequences, and distantly related to other rickettsiae in the tree based on partial ompA gene. Conclusion The degrees of similarity of partial gltA and ompA genes with recognized species indicate the rickettsiae detected in this study may be new species although we could only study the partial sequences of 2 genes regarding the amount of DNA that was available. We propose the Rickettsia sp. detected in Gabon be provisionally named "Rickettsia sp. stain Davousti" and Rickettsia sp. detected in the Central African Republic be named "Rickettsia sp. strain Uilenbergi".

  4. The realities of biodefense vaccines against Rickettsia

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    David H Walker

    2009-01-01

    Rickettsia prowazekii, R. rickettsii, R. conorii, and R. typhi are serious biologic weapon threats because of high infectivity of low dose aerosols, stable small particle aerosol infectivity, virulence causing severe disease, difficulty in establishing a timely diagnosis, ineffectiveness of usual empiric treatments, potential for engineered complete antimicrobial resistance, lower level of immunity, availability of the agents in nature, and feasibility of propagation, stabilization, and dispe...

  5. Permeability of Rickettsia prowazekii to NAD

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    Rickettsia prowazekii accumulated radioactivity from [adenine-2,8-3H]NAD but not from [nicotinamide-4-3H]NAD, which demonstrated that NAD was not taken up intact. Extracellular NAD was hydrolyzed by rickettsiae with the products of hydrolysis, nicotinamide mononucleotide and AMP, appearing in the incubation medium in a time- and temperature-dependent manner. The particulate (membrane) fraction contained 90% of this NAD pyrophosphatase activity. Rickettsiae which had accumulated radiolabel after incubation with [adenine-2,8-3H]NAD were extracted, and the intracellular composition was analyzed by chromatography. The cells contained labeled AMP, ADP, ATP, and NAD. The NAD-derived intracellular AMP was transported via a pathway distinct from and in addition to the previously described AMP translocase. Exogenous AMP (1 mM) inhibited uptake of radioactivity from [adenine-2,8-3H]NAD and hydrolysis of extracellular NAD. AMP increased the percentage of intracellular radiolabel present as NAD. Nicotinamide mononucleotide was not taken up by the rickettsiae, did not inhibit hydrolysis of extracellular NAD, and was not a good inhibitor of the uptake of radiolabel from [adenine-2,8-3H]NAD. Neither AMP nor ATP (both of which are transported) could support the synthesis of intracellular NAD. The presence of intracellular [adenine-2,8-3H]NAD within an organism in which intact NAD could not be transported suggested the resynthesis from AMP of [adenine-2,8-3H]NAD at the locus of NAD hydrolysis and translocation

  6. Race and Rickettsiae: A United States Perspective

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    Dahlgren, F. Scott; Moonesinghe, Ramal; McQuiston, Jennifer H.

    2011-01-01

    US surveillance programs for Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF), ehrlichiosis, and anaplasmosis collect demographic data on patients, including race and ethnicity. Reporting of these diseases among race groups is not uniform across the United States. Because a laboratory confirmation is required to meet the national surveillance case definition, reporting may be influenced by a patient's access to healthcare. Determining the association between race and ethnicity with incidence of rickettsia...

  7. Rickettsiae and Borrelia burgdorferi in ixodid ticks.

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    Magnarelli, L A; Andreadis, T. G.; Stafford, K C; Holland, C J

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    Nymphs and adults of hard-bodied ticks were collected in Connecticut and tested by direct and indirect immunofluorescence staining methods for rickettsiae and Borrelia burgdorferi. Of the 609 Ixodes dammini ticks examined, 59 (9.7%) harbored rickettsialike microorganisms in hemocytes (blood cells). These bacteria reacted with fluorescein-conjugated antiserum to Ehrlichia canis, the etiologic agent of with fluorescein-conjugated antiserum to Ehrlichia canis, the etiologic agent of canine ehrli...

  8. In vitro susceptibilities of Coxiella burnetii, Rickettsia rickettsii, and Rickettsia conorii to the fluoroquinolone sparfloxacin.

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    Raoult, D; Bres, P; Drancourt, M.; Vestris, G.

    1991-01-01

    In vitro susceptibilities of Rickettsia rickettsii, Rickettsia conorii, and Coxiella burnetii to the new fluoroquinolone sparfloxacin (AT-4140; RP 64206) were determined. Plaque and dye uptake assays were used to measure the MICs against R. rickettsii and R. conorii. The susceptibilities of C. burnetii Nine Mile and Q 212 were determined in two acute-infection models and in two chronic-infection models. The MICs were 0.125 to 0.25 microgram/ml for R. rickettsii and 0.25 to 0.5 microgram/ml fo...

  9. Rickettsia felis: a new species of pathogenic rickettsia isolated from cat fleas.

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    Higgins, J. A.; Radulovic, S.; Schriefer, M E; Azad, A. F.

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    A flea-borne rickettsia, previously referred to as ELB, has been implicated as a cause of human illness. Using sequence data obtained from a fragment of the citrate synthase gene, we compared ELB, Rickettsia australis, R. rickettsii, and R. akari with the louse-borne R. prowazekii. We tallied 24 base pair differences between ELB and R. prowazekii and 25 between R. rickettsii and R. prowazekii; there were 30 base pair differences between R. australis and R. prowazekii and 29 between R. akari a...

  10. In vitro susceptibilities of Rickettsia rickettsii and Rickettsia conorii to roxithromycin and pristinamycin.

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    Drancourt, M.; Raoult, D

    1989-01-01

    In vitro susceptibilities of Rickettsia rickettsii and Rickettsia conorii to roxithromycin, pristinamycin, and the pristinamycin compounds, P1 and P2, were determined by a dye uptake assay and a plaque assay. The MICs were 1 microgram/ml for roxithromycin, 2 micrograms/ml for pristinamycin, greater than 256 micrograms/ml for P1, and 2 micrograms/ml for P2. Compounds P1 and P2 did not share synergetic activity. The toxicity of each compound was determined by a dye uptake assay. Toxic concentra...

  11. Simultaneous Detection of “Rickettsia mongolotimonae” in a Patient and in a Tick in Greece

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    Psaroulaki, Anna; Germanakis, Antonis; Gikas, Achilleas; Scoulica, Efstathia; Tselentis, Yannis

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    Rickettsia conorii, a spotted fever group rickettsia which is transmitted by Rhipicephalus sp. complex ticks, was considered until now the only pathogenic rickettsia prevalent in Greece. Here, we report the presence of “Rickettsia mongolotimonae” (proposed name) detected simultaneously in a patient and in a Hyalomma anatolicum excavatum tick, sampled on the patient.

  12. Prevalence of Rickettsia Species in Canadian Populations of Dermacentor andersoni and D. variabilis▿

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    Dergousoff, Shaun J.; Gajadhar, Andrew J. A.; Chilton, Neil B.

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    We determined the prevalence of rickettsiae in Dermacentor adults at 15 localities in Canada. Rickettsia rickettsii was not detected in any tick, whereas Rickettsia peacockii was present in 76% of Dermacentor andersoni adults and Rickettsia montanensis in 8% of Dermacentor variabilis adults. This host specificity was maintained in localities where both tick species occurred in sympatry.

  13. Whole-Genome Sequence of “Candidatus Rickettsia asemboensis” Strain NMRCii, Isolated from Fleas of Western Kenya

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    Jima, Dereje D.; Luce-Fedrow, Alison; Yang, Yu; Maina, Alice N.; Snesrud, Erik C.; Otiang, Elkanah; Njenga, Kariuki; Jarman, Richard G.

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    Herein we present the draft genome sequence and annotation of “Candidatus Rickettsia asemboensis” strain NMRCii. “Ca. Rickettsia asemboensis” is phylogenetically related to but distinct from the flea-borne spotted fever pathogen Rickettsia felis. “Ca. Rickettsia asemboensis” was initially identified in and subsequently isolated from Ctenocephalides cat and dog fleas from Kenya. PMID:25767219

  14. Whole-Genome Sequence of "Candidatus Rickettsia asemboensis" Strain NMRCii, Isolated from Fleas of Western Kenya.

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    Jima, Dereje D; Luce-Fedrow, Alison; Yang, Yu; Maina, Alice N; Snesrud, Erik C; Otiang, Elkanah; Njenga, Kariuki; Jarman, Richard G; Richards, Allen L; Hang, Jun

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    Herein we present the draft genome sequence and annotation of "Candidatus Rickettsia asemboensis" strain NMRCii. "Ca. Rickettsia asemboensis" is phylogenetically related to but distinct from the flea-borne spotted fever pathogen Rickettsia felis. "Ca. Rickettsia asemboensis" was initially identified in and subsequently isolated from Ctenocephalides cat and dog fleas from Kenya. PMID:25767219

  15. Spotted-Fever Group Rickettsia in Dermacentor variabilis, Maryland

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    Ammerman, Nicole C; SWANSON, KATHERINE I.; Anderson, Jennifer M.; Schwartz, Timothy R; Seaberg, Eric C.; Glass, Gregory E.; Norris, Douglas E

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    Three-hundred ninety-two adult Dermacentor variabilis were collected from six Maryland counties during the spring, summer, and fall of 2002. Infection prevalence for spotted fever group Rickettsia was 3.8%, as determined by polymerase chain reaction. Single strand conformational polymorphism (SSCP) analysis followed by sequencing indicated that all infections represented a single rickettsial taxon, Rickettsia montanensis.

  16. Detección molecular de Rickettsia massiliae y Anaplasma platys en garrapatas Rhipicephalus sanguineus y caninos domésticos del municipio de Bahía Blanca (Argentina

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    Gabriel L Cicuttin

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    Full Text Available Introducción: Las rickettsiosis, ehrlichiosis y anaplasmosis son causadas por bacterias gramnegativas, intracelulares obligadas y transmitidas principalmente por artrópodos. Objetivo: Detectar y caracterizar molecularmente estos patógenos en garrapatas y caninos domésticos del municipio de Bahía Blanca (provincia de Buenos Aires, Argentina. Material y Métodos: Se estudiaron 56 muestras sanguíneas de caninos, 75 garrapatas Rhipicephalus sanguineus y 7 Amblyomma tigrinum. Las muestras fueron analizadas por RPC para Rickettsia (espacio intergénico 23S-5S ARNr, Ehrlichia y Anaplasma (16S ARNr, y Anaplasma platys (16S ARNr. Resultados: Se detectó positividad a Rickettsia en 12% de R. sanguineus, identificándose por secuenciación a Rickettsia massiliae. Las muestras sanguíneas de los caninos resultaron en 37,5% positivas a A. platys. También se caracterizaron molecularmente por la amplificación del fragmento del gen citrato sintasa (gltA (género Rickettsia y del gen groESL (A. platys. Se construyeron árboles filogenéticos utilizando el método del vecino más cercano (neighbor-joining revelando que las secuencias obtenidas son similares a las de otras regiones geográficas. Conclusión: Los resultados indican la presencia de R. massiliae en garrapatas R. sanguineus en una segunda zona urbana de Sudamérica y la infección por A. platys en caninos, siendo la región más austral de Argentina donde ha sido notificada.

  17. Serological cross-reaction and cross-protection in guinea pigs infected with Rickettsia rickettsii and Rickettsia montana.

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    Feng, W C; Waner, J. L.

    1980-01-01

    Antisera produced in guinea pigs inoculated with Rickettsia rickettsii or Rickettsia montana were cross-reactive but sufficiently specific to identify the primary infecting agent. Guinea pigs immunized with R. montana were protected from fatal infection with R. rickettsii, although a few (25%) developed mild fever of short duration.

  18. Experimental infection with Rickettsia rickettsii in an Amblyomma dubitatum tick colony, naturally infected by Rickettsia bellii.

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    Sakai, Renata K; Costa, Francisco B; Ueno, Tatiana E H; Ramirez, Diego G; Soares, João F; Fonseca, Adivaldo H; Labruna, Marcelo B; Barros-Battesti, Darci M

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    Amblyomma dubitatum engorged females, naturally infected by Rickettsia bellii, were used to establish a laboratory colony. Larvae, nymphs, and adults were exposed to two strains of Rickettsia rickettsii by feeding on needle-inoculated guinea pigs, and thereafter reared on uninfected guinea pigs. After acquisition feeding, engorged larvae and nymphs molted to nymphs and adults, respectively, which were shown to be infected (confirming transstadial perpetuation), and were able to transmit both strains of R. rickettsii to uninfected animals, as demonstrated by clinical, serological, and molecular analyses. However, the larval, nymphal, and adult stages of A. dubitatum showed to be only partially susceptible to R. rickettsii infection, since in all cases, only part of the ticks became infected by this agent, after being exposed to rickettsemic animals. While transovarial transmission of R. rickettsii was inefficient in the A. dubitatum engorged females of the present study, 100% of these females passed R. bellii transovarially. Because it has been reported that a primary infection by a Rickettsia species would preclude transovarial transmission of a second Rickettsia species, it is likely that the ineffectiveness of A. dubitatum to perpetuate R. rickettsii by transovarial transmission was related to its primary infection by R. bellii; however, it could also be related to unknown factors inherent to A. dubitatum. The relevance of A. dubitatum as a natural vector of R. rickettsii to humans or animals is discussed. PMID:25108783

  19. Directional actin polymerization associated with spotted fever group Rickettsia infection of Vero cells.

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    Heinzen, R. A.; Hayes, S F; Peacock, M.G.; Hackstadt, T

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    Members of the spotted fever group (SFG) of rickettsiae spread rapidly from cell to cell by an unknown mechanism(s). Staining of Rickettsia rickettsii-infected Vero cells with rhodamine phalloidin demonstrated unique actin filaments associated with one pole of intracellular rickettsiae. F-actin tails greater than 70 microns in length were seen extending from rickettsiae. Treatment of infected cells with chloramphenicol eliminated rickettsia-associated F-actin tails, suggesting that de novo pr...

  20. Production of antibody to and cellular localization of erythrocyte-sensitizing substance from Rickettsia rickettsii.

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    Hechemy, K E; Fox, J.(SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, Stanford University, 94025, Menlo Park, California, USA); Samsonoff, W A; Anacker, R; Silverman, D.; Eisemann, C; Green, I S

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    Antibodies to Rickettsia rickettsii erythrocyte-sensitizing substance (ESS) were raised in rabbits by using a derivatized ESS. The resulting antibodies reacted with R. rickettsii and cross-reacted with Rickettsia conorii, a member of the spotted fever group rickettsiae, but did not react with Rickettsia typhi, a member of the typhus group rickettsiae, Legionella bozemanii, or Proteus vulgaris OX19 or OX2. Immunoblot analysis indicated that ESS was present in more than one fraction and that th...

  1. Rickettsia species infecting Amblyomma ticks from an area endemic for Brazilian spotted fever in Brazil Rickettsia infectando carrapatos Amblyomma de uma área endêmica para febre maculosa Brasileira no Brasil

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    Full Text Available This study reports rickettsial infection in Amblyomma cajennense and Amblyomma dubitatum ticks collected in an area of the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil, where Brazilian spotted fever is considered endemic. For this purpose, 400 adults of A. cajenennse and 200 adults of A. dubitatum, plus 2,000 larvae and 2,000 nymphs of Amblyomma spp. were collected from horses and from the vegetation. The ticks were tested for rickettsial infection through polymerase chain reaction (PCR protocols targeting portions of three rickettsial genes (gltA, ompA, and ompB. Only two free-living A. cajennense adult ticks, and four pools of free-living Amblyomma spp. nymphs were shown to contain rickettsial DNA. PCR products from the two A. cajennense adult ticks were shown to be identical to corresponding sequences of the Rickettsia rickettsii strain Sheila Smith. DNA sequences of gltA-PCR products of the four nymph pools of Amblyomma spp. revealed a new genotype, which was shown to be closest (99.4% to the corresponding sequence of Rickettsia tamurae. Our findings of two R. rickettsii-infected A. cajennense ticks corroborate the endemic status of the study area, where human cases of BSF were reported recently. In addition, we report for the first time a new Rickettsia genotype in Brazil.Este trabalho relata infecção por Rickettsia em carrapatos Amblyomma cajennense e Amblyomma dubitatum, colhidos numa área do Estado de Minas Gerais, onde a febre maculosa brasileira (FMB é considerada endêmica. Para esse estudo, 400 adultos de A. cajennense, 200 adultos de A. dubitatum, 2.000 larvas e 2.000 ninfas de Amblyomma spp. foram colhidas de equinos e da vegetação. Os carrapatos foram testados para infecção por rickettsia através de reação em cadeia pela polimerase (PCR direcionada a fragmentos de três genes de rickettsia (gltA, ompA, e ompB. Apenas 2 A. cajennense adultos de vida livre, e 4 grupos de ninfas de Amblyomma spp. continham DNA de rickettsia. Os produtos de PCR dos dois adultos de A. cajennense foram idênticos às sequências correspondentes de Rickettsia rickettsii cepa Sheila Smith. Sequências de DNA dos produtos provenientes dos quatro grupos de ninfas de Amblyomma spp. revelaram um novo genótipo, próximo (99,4% à sequência correspondente de Rickettsia tamurae. Neste trabalho foram achados 2 carrapatos A. cajennense infectados por R. rickettsii que corroboram o caráter endêmico da área de estudo, em que casos de FMB ocorreram recentemente. Em adição, foi reportado, pela primeira vez, um novo genótipo de Rickettsia no Brasil.

  2. Large lymph node size harvested as prognostic factor in gastric cancer? / ¿Es el diámetro ganglionar mayor un factor pronóstico en cáncer gástrico?

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    F., Espín; A., Bianchi; S., Llorca; L., Pulido; J., Feliu; J. de-la, Cruz; E., Palomera; O., García; J., Remon; X., Suñol.

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    Full Text Available Objetivo: valorar el interés del diámetro del ganglio mayor extirpado como factor pronóstico en los pacientes intervenidos por cáncer gástrico, para determinar si su detección puede ser un factor de interés en el periodo preoperatorio, para indicar tratamiento neoadyuvante. Material y métodos: se an [...] aliza un registro de 128 casos consecutivos de pacientes afectos de adenocarcinoma gástrico resecable, durante un periodo de 10 años en los que en el estudio anatomopatológico se determinó el diámetro del ganglio mayor aislado. Se estudia la relación del mismo con factores pronósticos universalmente aceptados, el grado de penetración, la presencia y extensión de metástasis ganglionares y el estadio TNM, y con la supervivencia a 5 años, estudiándose dos grupos, el grupo I compuesto por aquellos enfermos con diámetro menor o igual a 10 mm, y el grupo II con diámetros superiores a 10 mm. Resultados: no se han detectado diferencias estadísticas respecto a edad y sexo (67,4 vs. 64; p = 0,34 y 66,1 vs. 68,1%; p = 0,27, respectivamente). Existen diferencias significativas entre ambos grupos en el grado de penetración tumoral, T1-T2, (78,1% por 39,1%, p Abstract in english Objective: knowledge regarding prognostic factors in gastric cancer is essential to decide on single patient management. We aim to establish the value of large lymph node size in order to improve perioperative approach. Material and methods: charts of one hundred and twenty-eight consecutive patient [...] s undergoing gastrectomy for resectable gastric cancer were reviewed between January 1996 and December 2005. Patients were split in two groups according to large lymph node size harvested, group I, lymph node size ? 10 mm and group II, lymph node size > 10 mm. Overall five-year survival related to cancer were analyzed as a main endpoint. Prognostic factors as TNM classification and degree of differentiation have been considered. Results: there were no differences regarding age and gender (67.4 vs. 64; p = 0.34 and 66,1 vs. 68,1%; p = 0.27, respectively). Nevertheless, a significant difference has been found according to T1-T2 of TNM stage (78.1 vs. 39.1% p =

  3. Caracterização de Rickettsia spp. circulante em foco silencioso de febre maculosa brasileira no Município de Caratinga, Minas Gerais, Brasil Characterization of Rickettsia spp. circulating in a silent peri-urban focus for Brazilian spotted fever in Caratinga, Minas Gerais, Brazil

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    Luciane Daniele Cardoso; Renata Nascimento Freitas; Cláudio Lísias Mafra; Cristiane Vilas Boas Neves; Fátima Cristina Bacellar Figueira; Marcelo Bahia Labruna; Gennari, Solange M.; David Hughes Walker; Márcio Antônio Moreira Galvão

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    O objetivo deste trabalho foi caracterizar Rickettsia spp. circulante em artrópodes vetores no Município de Caratinga, Minas Gerais, Brasil, por meio da PCR, e investigar a presença de anticorpos para riquétsias do grupo da febre maculosa em cães e eqüinos. 2.610 ectoparasitos foram coletados e identificados taxonomicamente. Amostras de DNA obtidas desses vetores foram submetidas à PCR e seqüenciamento. Em pulgas do gênero Ctenocephalides e em carrapatos Amblyomma cajennense foram identificad...

  4. A serological and molecular survey of Babesia vogeli, Ehrlichia canis and Rickettsia spp. among dogs in the state of Maranhão, northeastern Brazil / Detecção sorológica e molecular de Babesia vogeli, Ehrlichia canis e Rickettsia spp. em cães do Estado do Maranhão, Nordeste do Brasil

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    Andréa Pereira da, Costa; Francisco Borges, Costa; Marcelo Bahia, Labruna; Iara, Silveira; Jonas, Moraes-Filho; João Fábio, Soares; Mariana Granziera, Spolidorio; Rita de Maria Seabra Nogueira de Candanedo, Guerra.

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    Full Text Available Este estudo avaliou por métodos sorológicos e moleculares a exposição e infecção por agentes transmitidos por carrapatos (Babesia vogeli, Ehrlichia canis, and Rickettsia spp.) em 172 cães de áreas rurais e 150 cães de áreas urbanas do município de Chapadinha, Estado do Maranhão, Nordeste do Brasil. [...] No geral, 16,1% dos cães amostrados (52/322) apresentaram soros reagentes para B. vogeli, com títulos finais variando de 40 a 640. Para E. canis, 14,6% cães (47/322) apresentaram soros reagentes com títulos finais de 80 a 163,840. Anticorpos reativos para pelo menos uma das cinco espécies de Rickettsia foram detectados em 18,9% dos cães (61/322), com os títulos que variam de 64 a 4096. Foram observados altos títulos para Rickettsia amblyommii. Três amostras de sangue canino (0,9%) e 9 (2,8%) foram PCR positivas para Babesia spp e E. canis. Os carrapatos coletados de cães urbanos eram todos Rhipicephalus sanguineus sensulato, e os cães rurais estavam infestados por R. sanguineus s.l , Amblyomma cajennense sensu lato e Amblyomma ovale. Um carrapato A. ovale foi encontrado infectado por Rickettsia bellii. Este estudo fornece um conhecimento epidemiológico para o controle e prevenção de doenças transmitidas por carrapatos de cães em uma região negligenciada do Brasil. Abstract in english This study evaluated exposure and infection by tick-borne agents (Babesia vogeli, Ehrlichia canis and Rickettsia spp.) in 172 dogs in rural areas and 150 dogs in urban areas of the municipality of Chapadinha, state of Maranhão, northeastern Brazil, using molecular and serological methods. Overall, 1 [...] 6.1% of the sampled dogs (52/322) were seroreactive to B. vogeli, with endpoint titers ranging from 40 to 640. For E. canis, 14.6% of the dogs (47/322) were seroreactive, with endpoint titers from 80 to 163,840. Antibodies reactive to at least one of the five species of Rickettsia were detected in 18.9% of the dogs (61/322), with endpoint titers ranging from 64 to 4,096. High endpoint titers were observed for Rickettsia amblyommii. Three (0.9%) and nine (2.8%) canine blood samples were PCR-positive for Babesia spp. and E. canis. The ticks collected from urban dogs were all Rhipicephalus sanguineus sensu lato, whereas the rural dogs were infested by R. sanguineus s.l, Amblyomma cajennense sensu lato and Amblyomma ovale. One A. ovale tick was found to be infected by Rickettsia bellii. This study provides an epidemiological background for controlling and preventing canine tick-borne diseases in a neglected region of Brazil.

  5. Caracterização de Rickettsia spp. circulante em foco silencioso de febre maculosa brasileira no Município de Caratinga, Minas Gerais, Brasil

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    Cardoso Luciane Daniele; Freitas Renata Nascimento; Mafra Cláudio Lísias; Neves Cristiane Vilas Boas; Figueira Fátima Cristina Bacellar; Labruna Marcelo Bahia; Gennari Solange M.; Walker David Hughes; Galvão Márcio Antônio Moreira

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    O objetivo deste trabalho foi caracterizar Rickettsia spp. circulante em artrópodes vetores no Município de Caratinga, Minas Gerais, Brasil, por meio da PCR, e investigar a presença de anticorpos para riquétsias do grupo da febre maculosa em cães e eqüinos. 2.610 ectoparasitos foram coletados e identificados taxonomicamente. Amostras de DNA obtidas desses vetores foram submetidas à PCR e seqüenciamento. Em pulgas do gênero Ctenocephalides e em carrapatos Amblyomma cajennense foram identificad...

  6. Detección de Rickettsia spp. en Suero y Garrapatas de Mamíferos Silvestres en Cautiverio en Montería, Córdoba -resumen-

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    Full Text Available Las rickettsiosis transmitidas por garrapatas son causadas por bacterias intracelulares pertenecientes al grupo de las fiebres manchadas del género Rickettsia. Estas zoonosis son algunas de las enfermedades transmitidas por vectores de más antiguo conocimiento‚ e incluyen dentro de su ciclo de transmisión diversas especies de mamíferos. No obstante‚ en Colombia existen pocos trabajos enfocados a conocer la dinámica de las rickettsiosis en animales silvestres. El objetivo de este estudio fue detectar‚ por medio de la técnica de PCR en tiempo real‚ la presencia de Rickettsia spp.‚ en muestras de suero y garrapatas colectadas en mamíferos mantenidos en cautiverio en el Centro de Atención y Valoración de Fauna Silvestre de la Corporación autónoma Regional de los Valles del Sinú y San Jorge CAV-CVS‚ entre los años 2009 y 2014. Se obtuvieron muestras de sangre de 14 felinos‚ de las especies Leopardus pardalis (10‚ Puma concolor (3 y Panthera onca (1; de 58 primates‚ correspondientes a las especies Ateles geofroyii (17‚ Alouatta seniculus (14‚ Cebus capucinus (14‚ Saguinus oedipus (6‚ Cebus albifrons (4 Aotus sp. (2 y Ateles belzebuth (1; y de otros mamíferos: Tayassu pecari (1‚ Procyon cancrivorous (1 y Cerdocyon thous (1. En cuanto a las garrapatas‚ se colectaron e identificaron individuos del género Haemaphysalis sp. en un ejemplar de Sylvilagus sp.‚ y de las especies Amblyomma ovale‚ Riphicephalus microplus y Dermacentor nitens en P. concolor. Posteriormente fueron organizadas en pool. No se encontraron muestras de suero positivas a Rickettsia spp. (0/72. Se detectó un pool de garrapatas de la especie A. ovale positivo a este microorganismo. Este es el primer reporte en Colombia de ectoparásitos de Puma concolor positivos a Rickettsia spp. Se requiere continuar con los muestreos de ectoparásitos para determinar si este microorganismo se encuentra circulante entre mamíferos silvestres en el país.

  7. Evaluation of a PCR Assay for Quantitation of Rickettsia rickettsii and Closely Related Spotted Fever Group Rickettsiae

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    Eremeeva, Marina E.; Dasch, Gregory A.; Silverman, David J.

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    A spotted fever rickettsia quantitative PCR assay (SQ-PCR) was developed for the detection and enumeration of Rickettsia rickettsii and other closely related spotted fever group rickettsiae. The assay is based on fluorescence detection of SYBR Green dye intercalation in a 154-bp fragment of the rOmpA gene during amplification by PCR. As few as 5 copies of the rOmpA gene of R. rickettsii can be detected. SQ-PCR is suitable for quantitation of R. rickettsii and 10 other genotypes of spotted fev...

  8. Absorption of Rickettsia rickettsii antibodies by Rickettsia rickettsii antigens in four diagnostic tests.

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    Hechemy, K E; Anacker, R L; Carlo, N L; Fox, J A; Gaafar, H. A.

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    Immunoabsorption profiles were determined for Rickettsia rickettsii antigens used in four confirmatory tests for detection of antibodies to Rocky Mountain spotted fever. A human serum reactive in the four tests was absorbed with each test antigen and then reexamined by all four tests. The results indicated that the whole organism and complement-fixation antigen absorbed the whole array of antibodies to R. rickettsii, whereas erythrocyte-sensitizing substance coated on latex or erythrocytes di...

  9. Genomic Comparison of Virulent Rickettsia rickettsii Sheila Smith and Avirulent Rickettsia rickettsii Iowa▿

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    Ellison, Damon W.; Clark, Tina R.; Sturdevant, Daniel E.; Virtaneva, Kimmo; Porcella, Stephen F.; Hackstadt, Ted

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    Rickettsia rickettsii is an obligate intracellular pathogen that is the causative agent of Rocky Mountain spotted fever. To identify genes involved in the virulence of R. rickettsii, the genome of an avirulent strain, R. rickettsii Iowa, was sequenced and compared to the genome of the virulent strain R. rickettsii Sheila Smith. R. rickettsii Iowa is avirulent in a guinea pig model of infection and displays altered plaque morphology with decreased lysis of infected host cells. Comparison of th...

  10. A ocorrência de riquetsioses do grupo Rickettsia rickettsii Occurrence of rickettsiosis of the group Rickettsia rickettsii

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    Dalva A. Portari Mancini; Elvira M. Mendes Nascimento; Valéria Rosa Tavares; Murillo Adelino Soares

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    Foi realizada revisão da literatura com objetivo de atualizar as informações sobre a ocorrência de riquetsioses do grupo Rickettsia rickettsii. Verificou-se que nos EUA e Europa, a incidência da febre maculosa, vem aumentando desde 1970 até hoje. No Brasil, foi relatado um caso presuntivo, no estado da Bahia, em 1979. Com relação a prevenção, controle e tratamento dessa doença é salientada a importância de informações relacionadas com indivíduos expostos a picadas de carrapatos, notificação d...

  11. Candidatus ‘Rickettsia senegalensis’ in cat fleas in Senegal

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    O. Mediannikov

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    Full Text Available Epidemiological studies of Rickettsia felis and related bacteria are very important, because the natural cycle of this important infection has not yet been established. The recent emergence of R. felis-associated febrile diseases in West and East Africa demands insightful epidemiological studies of the vectors and reservoirs of this bacterium in Africa. Twenty-nine cat fleas, Ctenocephalides felis, were tested for the presence of rickettsiae, including R. felis, bartonellae, and borreliae, with specific quantitative real-time PCR assays. Supporting our previous studies, R. felis was not detected in the fleas collected. In addition, neither Bartonella nor Borrelia was found. In five (17% examined fleas, we found another species of rickettsia. We isolated three rickettsial strains, and genetic analysis demonstrated that these strains represent a probable new species, provisionally called Candidatus Rickettsia senegalensis here.

  12. Candidatus 'Rickettsia senegalensis' in cat fleas in Senegal.

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    Mediannikov, O; Aubadie-Ladrix, M; Raoult, D

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    Epidemiological studies of Rickettsia felis and related bacteria are very important, because the natural cycle of this important infection has not yet been established. The recent emergence of R. felis-associated febrile diseases in West and East Africa demands insightful epidemiological studies of the vectors and reservoirs of this bacterium in Africa. Twenty-nine cat fleas, Ctenocephalides felis, were tested for the presence of rickettsiae, including R. felis, bartonellae, and borreliae, with specific quantitative real-time PCR assays. Supporting our previous studies, R. felis was not detected in the fleas collected. In addition, neither Bartonella nor Borrelia was found. In five (17%) examined fleas, we found another species of rickettsia. We isolated three rickettsial strains, and genetic analysis demonstrated that these strains represent a probable new species, provisionally called Candidatus Rickettsia senegalensis here. PMID:25755888

  13. Candidatus ‘Rickettsia senegalensis’ in cat fleas in Senegal

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    Mediannikov, O.; Aubadie-Ladrix, M.; Raoult, D.

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    Epidemiological studies of Rickettsia felis and related bacteria are very important, because the natural cycle of this important infection has not yet been established. The recent emergence of R. felis-associated febrile diseases in West and East Africa demands insightful epidemiological studies of the vectors and reservoirs of this bacterium in Africa. Twenty-nine cat fleas, Ctenocephalides felis, were tested for the presence of rickettsiae, including R. felis, bartonellae, and borreliae, with specific quantitative real-time PCR assays. Supporting our previous studies, R. felis was not detected in the fleas collected. In addition, neither Bartonella nor Borrelia was found. In five (17%) examined fleas, we found another species of rickettsia. We isolated three rickettsial strains, and genetic analysis demonstrated that these strains represent a probable new species, provisionally called Candidatus Rickettsia senegalensis here. PMID:25755888

  14. Detection of Rickettsia in Rhipicephalus sanguineus ticks and Ctenocephalides felis fleas from southeastern Tunisia by reverse line blot assay.

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    Khrouf, Fatma; M'Ghirbi, Youmna; Znazen, Abir; Ben Jemaa, Mounir; Hammami, Adnene; Bouattour, Ali

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    Ticks (n = 663) and fleas (n = 470) collected from domestic animals from southeastern Tunisia were screened for Rickettsia infection using reverse line blot assay. Evidence of spotted fever group Rickettsia was obtained. We detected Rickettsia felis in fleas, Rickettsia massiliae Bar 29 and the Rickettsia conorii Israeli spotted fever strain in ticks, and Rickettsia conorii subsp. conorii and Rickettsia spp. in both arthropods. The sensitivity of the adopted technique allowed the identification of a new association between fleas and R. conorii subsp. conorii species. The presence of these vector-borne Rickettsia infections should be considered when diagnosing this disease in humans in Tunisia. PMID:24226919

  15. Genetic variation in Australian spotted fever group rickettsiae.

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    Baird, R W; Stenos, J; Stewart, R.; Hudson, B.; Lloyd, M.; Aiuto, S; Dwyer, B

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    Rickettsiae were isolated by cell culture of buffy coat blood from six patients with spotted fever from southeastern Australia and Flinders Island in Bass Strait. The isolates were genetically compared with two previous Rickettsia australis patient isolates. The genus-specific 17-kDA genes from the isolates were compared after DNA amplification and restriction fragment analysis of the amplified DNA. This comparison revealed that mainland rickettsial isolates from southeastern Australia were i...

  16. Production and characterization of monoclonal antibodies to Rickettsia rickettsii.

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    Lange, J. V.; Walker, D.H.

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    Five mouse ascitic fluids (MAFs) containing monoclonal antibody to Rickettsia rickettsii were produced from three original fusions by murine hybridoma technology. The five MAFs were fractionated and purified; each contained monoclonal antibody of the immunoglobulin G2a subclass. Each monoclonal antibody-containing MAF was titrated by indirect immunofluorescence against three R. rickettsii isolates from humans and four other spotted fever group rickettsiae. Each MAF was also titrated in the co...

  17. Human endothelial cell culture plaques induced by Rickettsia rickettsii.

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    Walker, D.H.; Firth, W T; Edgell, C J

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    Primary cultures of human umbilical vein endothelial cells were inoculated with plaque-purified Rickettsia rickettsii. After adsorption of rickettsiae, monolayers were overlaid with medium containing 0.5% agarose. Small plaques appeared on day 4 postinoculation, and distinct 1- to 2-mm plaques were observed on day 5. Plaquing efficiency was less than that of primary chicken embryo cells in the same medium. Human endothelial cell monolayers were susceptible to infection by R. rickettsii and un...

  18. First molecular detection of Rickettsia felis in fleas from Algeria.

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    Bitam, Idir; Parola, Philippe; De La Cruz, Katharina Dittmar; Matsumoto, Koutaro; Baziz, Belkacem; Rolain, Jean-Marc; Belkaid, Miloud; Raoult, Didier

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    Fleas collected in Algeria in the district of Oran between July and September 2003 were tested by polymerase chain reaction for the presence of Rickettsia spp. DNA using primers amplifying gltA and OmpA genes. Two gltA sequences identical to those of an emerging pathogen, Rickettsia felis, were detected including i) R. felis California 2 in Ctenocephalides canis from rodents and ii) R. felis RF2125 in Archeopsylla erinacei from hedgehogs. PMID:16606979

  19. Intraocular inflammation as the main manifestation of Rickettsia conorii infection

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    Full Text Available Archimedes LD Agahan1,3, Jenice Torres1, Graciana Fuentes-Páez1, Hernan Martínez-Osorio1, Antonio Orduña2, Margarita Calonge11Ocular Immunology and Uveitis Unit, Institute of Applied Ophthalmobiology (IOBA, 2Microbiology Department, University of Valladolid, Valladolid, Spain; 3Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, University of the Philippines, Philippine General Hospital, Manila, PhilippinesObjective: To report the clinical features and management of seven cases of intraocular inflammation caused by Rickettsia infection and review published literature.Methods: Rickettsia conorii or Rickettsia spp. infection was diagnosed based on the following criteria: (1 positive serology according to the European Guidelines, (2 titer normalization after specific treatment, and (3 complete resolution of ophthalmic disease and accompanying symptoms after antibiotic therapy.Results: Seven patients were referred for uveitis of unknown etiology. All came from regions where Mediterranean spotted fever is prevalent. One patient met the European guidelines criteria for Rickettsia spp. infection, while the other six cases met the criteria for R. conorii infection. The main symptoms were visual loss, floaters, eye redness, photophobia, and ocular pain. Predominant ophthalmic signs included vasculitis, choroiditis, vitritis, and macular edema. All patients required antibiotic treatment that resulted in the remission of the infection. Doxycycline was the first choice and the only antibiotic used to treat four patients. One patient needed ciprofloxacin as a second antibiotic after not responding to doxycycline. Two patients had doxycycline as a second antibiotic after not responding primarily to sulfonamides (which had been given after 2–3 days of doxycycline gastric intolerance; one of these patients needed ciprofloxacin as a third antibiotic.Conclusion: Intraocular inflammation can occur as the main manifestation of Rickettsia conorii or Rickettsia spp. infection. It should be considered as a differential diagnosis for uveitis especially for patients living in countries where this infection is endemic in the world. Antibiotic treatment remains effective in the management of Rickettsia infection.Keywords: intraocular inflammation, Mediterranean spotted fever, Rickettsia conorii, uveitis

  20. New records of spotted fever group rickettsiae in Baltic region.

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    Radzijevskaja, Jana; Paulauskas, Algimantas; Aleksandraviciene, Asta; Jonauskaite, Indre; Stanko, Michal; Karbowiak, Grzegorz; Petko, Branislav

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    Tick-borne rickettsiae are considered to be emerging, but there is still a lack of data on the occurrence and prevalence of the spotted fever group rickettsiae across Europe, especially in the Baltic countries. The aim of the present study was to investigate the presence of Rickettsia spp. in Dermacentor reticulatus and Ixodes ricinus ticks, as well as to determine their prevalence in various regions of Lithuania and Latvia. The prevalence of Rickettsia spp. in geographically distinct populations of D. reticulatus on transect Baltic-Adriatic regions was compared. The molecular analyses of 1859 D. reticulatus and 361 I. ricinus from 48 localities in Lithuania and Latvia revealed the presence of Rickettsia raoultii in D. reticulatus and Rickettsia helvetica in I. ricinus. The prevalence of pathogens in D. reticulatus (4.9%) and I. ricinus (17%) ranged in different locations from 0% to 36.9% and 0%-31.3%, respectively. Higher overall infection rates were detected in D. reticulatus collected in Poland (15.8%) and Slovakia (11.4%), with the prevalence range in different locations from 0% to 59.6%. Our study is the first demonstration of the presence of R. raoultii in D. reticulatus ticks in the Baltic countries and R. helvetica in questing I. ricinus ticks in Lithuania. PMID:26383013

  1. Rickettsia species in fleas collected from small mammals in Slovakia.

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    Špitalská, Eva; Boldiš, Vojtech; Mošanský, Ladislav; Sparagano, Olivier; Stanko, Michal

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    Epidemiological and epizootiological studies of Rickettsia felis and other Rickettsia spp. are very important, because their natural cycle has not yet been established completely. In total, 315 fleas (Siphonaptera) of 11 species of Ceratophyllidae, Hystrichopsyllidae and Leptopsyllidae families were tested for the presence of Rickettsia species and Coxiella burnetii with conventional and specific quantitative real-time PCR assays. Fleas were collected from five rodent hosts (Myodes glareolus, Apodemus flavicollis, Apodemus agrarius, Microtus subterraneus, Microtus arvalis) and three shrew species (Sorex araneus, Neomys fodiens, Crocidura suaveolens) captured in Eastern and Southern Slovakia. Overall, Rickettsia spp. was found in 10.8 % (34/315) of the tested fleas of Ctenophthalmus agyrtes, Ctenophthalmus solutus, Ctenophthalmus uncinatus and Nosopsyllus fasciatus species. Infected fleas were coming from A. flavicollis, A. agrarius, and M. glareolus captured in Eastern Slovakia. C. burnetii was not found in any fleas. R. felis, Rickettsia helvetica, unidentified Rickettsia, and rickettsial endosymbionts were identified in fleas infesting small mammals in the Košice region, Eastern Slovakia. This study is the first report of R. felis infection in C. solutus male flea collected from A. agrarius in Slovakia. PMID:26346455

  2. Comparative susceptibility to mouse interferons of Rickettsia tsutsugamushi strains with different virulence in mice and of Rickettsia rickettsii.

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    Three strains of Rickettsia tsutsugamushi (Karp, Gilliam, and TA716, representing three virulence types in mice) were examined for their sensitivity to the inhibitory effects of recombinant gamma interferon (IFN-gamma) and purified IFN-alpha/beta in two cultured mouse fibroblast cell lines. The susceptibilities of another species, Rickettsia rickettsii, and of encephalomyocarditis virus (EMCV) were also tested for comparative purposes. IFN-gamma inhibited rickettsial replication in only one o...

  3. Genetic variability of Rickettsia spp. in Ixodes persulcatus/Ixodes trianguliceps sympatric areas from Western Siberia, Russia: Identification of a new Candidatus Rickettsia species.

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    Igolkina, Yana P; Rar, Vera A; Yakimenko, Valeriy V; Malkova, Marina G; Tancev, Aleksey K; Tikunov, Artem Yu; Epikhina, Tamara I; Tikunova, Nina V

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    Rickettsia spp. are the causative agents of a number of diseases in humans. These bacteria are transmitted by arthropods, including ixodid ticks. DNA of several Rickettsia spp. was identified in Ixodes persulcatus ticks, however, the association of Ixodes trianguliceps ticks with Rickettsia spp. is unknown. In our study, blood samples of small mammals (n=108), unfed adult I. persulcatus ticks (n=136), and I. persulcatus (n=12) and I. trianguliceps (n=34) ticks feeding on voles were collected in two I. persulcatus/I. trianguliceps sympatric areas in Western Siberia. Using nested PCR, ticks and blood samples were studied for the presence of Rickettsia spp. Three distinct Rickettsia species were found in ticks, but no Rickettsia species were found in the blood of examined voles. Candidatus Rickettsia tarasevichiae DNA was detected in 89.7% of unfed I. persulcatus, 91.7% of engorged I. persulcatus and 14.7% of I. trianguliceps ticks. Rickettsia helvetica DNA was detected in 5.9% of I. trianguliceps ticks. In addition, a new Rickettsia genetic variant was found in 32.4% of I. trianguliceps ticks. Sequence analysis of the 16S rRNA, gltA, ompA, ?mpB and sca4 genes was performed and, in accordance with genetic criteria, a new Rickettsia genetic variant was classified as a new Candidatus Rickettsia species. We propose to name this species Candidatus Rickettsia uralica, according to the territory where this species was initially identified. Candidatus Rickettsia uralica was found to belong to the spotted fever group. The data obtained in this study leads us to propose that Candidatus Rickettsia uralica is associated with I. trianguliceps ticks. PMID:26190452

  4. Genome Sequence of Rickettsia conorii subsp. israelensis, the Agent of Israeli Spotted Fever

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    Sentausa, Erwin; El Karkouri, Khalid; Robert, Catherine; Raoult, Didier; Fournier, Pierre-Edouard

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    Rickettsia conorii subsp. israelensis is the agent of Israeli spotted fever. The present study reports the draft genome of Rickettsia conorii subsp. israelensis strain ISTT CDC1, isolated from a Rhipicephalus sanguineus tick collected in Israel.

  5. Detection of an undescribed Rickettsia sp. in Ixodes boliviensis from Costa Rica.

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    Troyo, Adriana; Moreira-Soto, Andrés; Carranza, Marco; Calderón-Arguedas, Olger; Hun, Laya; Taylor, Lizeth

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    Ixodes boliviensis is a tick of carnivores that is common on domestic dogs. The only Rickettsia that has been detected previously in this species is 'Candidatus Rickettsia andeanae'. We report the detection of an undescribed Rickettsia sp., named strain IbR/CRC, in I. boliviensis collected from dogs in Costa Rica. Analyses of gltA, ompA, and htrA partial sequences place Rickettsia sp. strain IbR/CRC in the group of R. monacensis, also close to an endosymbiont of Ixodes scapularis and other undescribed rickettsiae. It was not possible to isolate Rickettsia sp. strain IbR/CRC in Vero E6 or C6/36 cell lines. Isolation and further characterization of Rickettsia sp. strain IbR/CRC and the other undescribed rickettsiae are required to determine their taxonomic status and pathogenic potential. PMID:25132535

  6. Detección de Rickettsia spp. en Garrapatas de Myrmecophaga tridactyla de Vida Libre en la Sabana Inundable de Casanare‚ Colombia -resumen-

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    Full Text Available Las bacterias del género Rickettsia son organismos con distribución mundial‚ causantes de algunas enfermedades zoonóticas de gran importancia en salud pública. Sin embargo‚ en Colombia son pocos los estudios enfocados a conocer su distribución y los vectores involucrados. El objetivo de este estudio fue detectar la presencia de Rickettsia spp.‚ en garrapatas colectadas en nueve osos palmeros (Myrmecophaga tridactyla de vida libre en el municipio de Pore‚ Casanare‚ entre los años 2013 y 2014. Los osos palmeros fueron capturados con el método de búsqueda activa‚ para posteriormente ser anestesiados utilizando un dardo con una combinación anestésica consistente en Ketamina 12 mg/kg y Xilacina 0‚5 mg/kg por vía intramuscular. Las garrapatas fueron colectadas directamente de los individuos‚ con ayuda de pinzas. En total se obtuvieron 204 ectoparásitos‚ que fueron almacenados en alcohol al 70%‚ y posteriormente fueron identificados como pertenecientes a la especie Amblyomma cajennense. Las garrapatas se organizaron en 68 pool de tres individuos y fueron analizadas por medio de la técnica de PCR en tiempo real. Se detectaron 12 pool de garrapatas positivos a este microorganismo (17‚6%. Los resultados preliminares de este estudio muestran que Rickettsia spp.‚ bacteria intracelular importante en salud pública‚ se encuentra circulante entre ectoparásitos de animales silvestres en la sabana inundable del municipio de Pore‚ Casanare. Dado que diversos estudios han reportado que los rickettsiales tienen una mayor incidencia en ambientes húmedos‚ se recomienda continuar con los estudios en mamíferos silvestres y sus garrapatas en la sabana natural inundable.

  7. Rickettsia infection in dogs and Rickettsia parkeri in Amblyomma tigrinum ticks, Cochabamba Department, Bolivia

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    Only few published data are available on ticks and tick-borne zoonotic pathogens in Bolivia. To evaluate rickettsial seroprevalence and infection in dogs and ticks, during February–April 2007, we collected whole blood, sera, and ticks from dogs living in the rural, peri-urban, and urban areas of Cochabamba, Bolivia. Dog sera were subjected to enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay test to detect IgG antibodies against Rickettsia rickettsii and 68.2% of samples were found to be positive...

  8. ISOLATION OF Rickettsia bellii FROM Amblyomma ovale AND Amblyomma incisum TICKS FROM SOUTHERN BRAZIL / AISLAMIENTO DE Rickettsia bellii A PARTIR DE GARRAPATAS Amblyomma ovale Y Amblyomma incisum PROCEDENTES DEL SUR DE BRASIL

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    Richard, Pacheco; Simone, Rosa; Leonardo, Richtzenhain; Matias P. J., Szabó; Marcelo B, Labruna.

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    Full Text Available Objetivo. Aislar Rickettsias mediante cultivo celular a partir de muestras de garrapatas Amblyomma ovale y Amblyomma incisum del estado de São Paulo Materiales y métodos. A. ovale y A. incisum adultas de vida libre fueron colectadas en una área de selva tropical Atlántica en el estado de São Paulo, [...] Brazil. Cada garrapata fue sometida a la prueba de hemolinfa, las garrapatas positivas en esta prueba fueron evaluadas con la técnica de shell vial con el propósito de aislar rickettsias en cultivo de células Vero. Pasajes celulares de los aislados fueron identificados genotípicamente por la reacción en cadena por la polimerasa (PCR) dirigidos a fragmentos de tres genes de rickettsias (gltA, htrA y ompA), seguido por secuenciación de ADN. Resultados. Un total de 388 A. incisum y 50 A. ovale fueron colectadas. Por la prueba de hemolinfa, únicamente una A. incisum y una A. ovale fueron positivas. Las Rickettsias fueron exitosamente aisladas de estas garrapatas. Sin embargo, el cultivo continuo en células Vero fue posible sólo para la garrapata A. ovale, debido a contaminación bacteriana en el primer pasaje celular de la muestra de A. incisum. Los productos de PCR fueron obtenidos con los primers gltA y htrA para los dos aislados, no obstante, ningún producto fue obtenido con los primers ompA. Por análisis BLAST, secuencias parciales de gltA y htrA procedentes de los aislados de A. ovale y A. incisum fueron similares a las secuencias correspondientes a R. bellii. Conclusiones. Este es el primer reporte de R. bellii infectando A. incisum y el primer establecimiento exitoso de un aislado de A. ovale. Abstract in english Objective. To isolate and characterize rickettsiae from the ticks Amblyomma ovale and Amblyomma incisum collected in the state of São Paulo. Materials and methods. Adult, free-living A. ovale and A. incisum were collected in an Atlantic rainforest area in the state of São Paulo, Brazil. Each tick wa [...] s tested using the hemolymph assay; samples from positive ticks were placed in shell vials in order to isolate rickettsiae and subsequently grown in Vero cells. Amplification of three rickettsial genes (gltA, htrA and ompA) was attempted using polymerase chain reaction (PCR) for each isolate obtained. Amplicons were subsequently sequenced. Results. A total of 388 A. incisum and 50 A. ovale were collected. Only one A. incisum and one A. ovale were hemolymph-test positive. Rickettsiae were successfully isolated from these ticks; however establishment in Vero cell culture was successful only for the isolate from A. ovale. Bacterial contamination in the first cell passage of the A. incisum isolate precluded successful isolation of the organism. PCR products were obtained with the gltA and htrA primers for the two isolates, but no product was obtained with the ompA primers. By BLAST analysis, partial gltA and htrA sequences of isolates from A. ovale and A. incisum were similar to the corresponding sequences of R. bellii. Conclusions. This is the first report of R. bellii infecting A. incisum and the first successful isolation from A. ovale.

  9. Rickettsia conorii israelensis in Rhipicephalus sanguineus ticks, Sardinia, Italy.

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    Chisu, Valentina; Masala, Giovanna; Foxi, Cipriano; Socolovschi, Cristina; Raoult, Didier; Parola, Philippe

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    The presence of tick-borne Rickettsia spp. was examined by PCR using DNA samples extracted from 254 ticks collected from mammals originating from northern and eastern Sardinia, Italy. The spotted fever group rickettsial agent Rickettsia conorii israelensis was detected in 3 Rhipicephalus sanguineus ticks from a dog for the first time in this geographical area. In addition, Ri. massiliae, Ri. slovaca, and Ri. aeschlimannii were detected in Rh. turanicus, Rh. sanguineus, Dermacentor marginatus, and Hyalomma marginatum marginatum ticks from dogs, goats, wild boar, and horse. Moreover, Candidatus Rickettsia barbariae was detected in 2 Rh. turanicus ticks from goats. The detection of Ri. conorii israelensis, an emergent agent which causes Israeli spotted fever, increases our knowledge on tick-borne rickettsioses in Sardinia. PMID:24852264

  10. Demonstration and partial characterization of antigens of Rickettsia rhipicephali that induce cross-reactive cellular and humoral immune responses to Rickettsia rickettsii.

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    The relatively unrelated spotted fever group rickettsia Rickettsia rhipicephali conferred on guinea pigs protective immunity against challenge with virulent R. rickettsii. Immunity was conferred at all doses of R. rhipicephali used in the study. Because of the serologic unrelatedness of these two rickettsiae, determined by the use of microimmunofluorescence and other serological assays, further studies were performed to define the nature of the immune response elicited by R. rhipicephali and ...

  11. Detection of Borrelia lusitaniae, Rickettsia sp. IRS3, Rickettsia monacensis, and Anaplasma phagocytophilum in Ixodes ricinus collected in Madeira Island, Portugal.

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    de Carvalho, Isabel Lopes; Milhano, Natacha; Santos, Ana Sofia; Almeida, Victor; Barros, Silvia C; De Sousa, Rita; Núncio, Maria Sofia

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    A total of 300 Ixodes ricinus ticks were tested by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) for the presence of Borrelia spp., Rickettsia spp., and Anaplasma phagocytophilum. Sequence analysis demonstrated 8 (2.7%) ticks infected with B. lusitaniae, 60 (20%) with Rickettsia spp., and 1 (0.3%) with A. phagocytophilum. Seven (2.3%) ticks were coinfected with B. lusitaniae and Rickettsia spp., 2 (0.6%) with R. monacensis, and 5 (1.7%) with Rickettsia sp. IRS3. The results of this study suggest simultaneous transmission of multiple tick-borne agents on Madeira Island, Portugal. PMID:18454598

  12. Ixodes ricinus ticks are reservoir hosts for Rickettsia helvetica and potentially carry flea-borne Rickettsia species

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background Hard ticks have been identified as important vectors of rickettsiae causing the spotted fever syndrome. Tick-borne rickettsiae are considered to be emerging, but only limited data are available about their presence in Western Europe, their natural life cycle and their reservoir hosts. Ixodes ricinus, the most prevalent tick species, were collected and tested from different vegetation types and from potential reservoir hosts. In one biotope area, the annual and seasonal variability of rickettsiae infections of the different tick stages were determined for 9 years. Results The DNA of the human pathogen R. conorii as well as R. helvetica, R. sp. IRS and R. bellii-like were found. Unexpectedly, the DNA of the highly pathogenic R. typhi and R. prowazekii and 4 other uncharacterized Rickettsia spp. related to the typhus group were also detected in I. ricinus. The presence of R. helvetica in fleas isolated from small rodents supported our hypothesis that cross-infection can occur under natural conditions, since R. typhi/prowazekii and R. helvetica as well as their vectors share rodents as reservoir hosts. In one biotope, the infection rate with R. helvetica was ~66% for 9 years, and was comparable between larvae, nymphs, and adults. Larvae caught by flagging generally have not yet taken a blood meal from a vertebrate host. The simplest explanation for the comparable prevalence of R. helvetica between the defined tick stages is, that R. helvetica is vertically transmitted through the next generation with high efficiency. The DNA of R. helvetica was also present in whole blood from mice, deer and wild boar. Conclusion Besides R. helvetica, unexpected rickettsiae are found in I. ricinus ticks. We propose that I. ricinus is a major reservoir host for R. helvetica, and that vertebrate hosts play important roles in the further geographical dispersion of rickettsiae.

  13. Detection of "Rickettsia sp. strain Uilenbergi" and "Rickettsia sp. strain Davousti" in Amblyomma tholloni ticks from elephants in Africa

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    Jeffery Kathryn; Rolain Jean-Marc; Parola Philippe; Matsumoto Kotaro; Raoult Didier

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    Abstract Background To date, 6 tick-borne rickettsiae pathogenic for humans are known to occur in Africa and 4 of them were first identified in ticks before being recognized as human pathogens. Results We examined 33 and 5 Amblyomma tholloni ticks from African elephants in the Central African Republic and Gabon, respectively, by PCR amplification and sequencing of a part of gltA and ompA genes of the genus Rickettsia. The partial sequences of gltA and ompA genes detected in tick in Gabon had ...

  14. Seroprevalencia de Rickettsia sp. en indígenas Wayuü de la Guajira y Kankuamos del Cesar, Colombia / Seroprevalence of Rickettsia sp. in indigenous Wayuü of La Guajira and Kankuamos of Cesar, Colombia

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    Jully, Ortiz; Jorge, Miranda; Lisay, Ortiz; Yolidy, Navarro; Salim, Mattar.

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    Full Text Available Objetivo: Determinar la seroprevalencia de Rickettsia sp. del grupo de las fiebres manchadas en indígenas Wayuu (La Guajira) y Kankuamos (Cesar), Colombia. Materiales y métodos: Entre agosto de 2012 y mayo de 2013 se realizó un estudio descriptivo, prospectivo, de corte transversal donde se recolect [...] aron sueros de indígenas Wayuü (n = 171) y Kankuamos (n = 167). Los sueros fueron analizados por IFI para Rickettsia sp. Resultados: La población Wayuü presentó una seroprevalencia del 11% y la Kankuama, del 32%. La mayor seropositividad se obtuvo en mujeres Wayuü (89%), siendo del 65% en Kankuamas. En ambas poblaciones las amas de casa fueron seropositivas en un 34% (25/73). De los seropositivos de la población Wayuü, el 58% (11/19) estaban distribuidos en barrios periféricos de Maicao y el 42% (8/19) en pequeños conglomerados rurales cercanos (rancherías). Los seropositivos de la población Kankuama se distribuyeron de la siguiente forma: 52% (28/54) en Atánquez, 32% (17/54) en Valledupar, 9% (5/54) en La Mina y 7% (4/54) en Pontón. La presencia de garrapatas en los Wayuü fue reportada en el 42%, y en los Kankuamos, en el 96%. Conclusión: Este es el primer estudio de seroprevalencia de Rickettsia en poblaciones indígenas de los departamentos de La Guajira y el Cesar, que permitió demostrar la infección por Rickettsia sp., del grupo de las fiebres manchadas. Los resultados indican una alta seroprevalencia en la población Kankuama y moderada en la población Wayuü. Los datos pueden ser utilizados en los programas de vigilancia y control de síndromes febriles. Abstract in english Objective: To determine the seroprevalence of Rickettsia sp. of Spotted Fever Group (SFG) in indigenous Wayuu (La Guajira) and Kankuamos (Cesar), Colombia. Materials and methods: Between August 2012 and May 2013 a descriptive, prospective, crosssectional study was carried out. Sera from Wayuu (n = 1 [...] 71) and Kankuamos (n = 167) indigenous populations were collected. To determine Rickettsia sp., the samples were analyzed by IFI. Results: The Wayuu population showed a seroprevalence of 11% and Kankuama 32%. Most seropositives were women, 89% and 65% in the Wayuu and Kankuama populations respectively. In both indigenous populations, a seropositivity of 34% (25/73) in housewives was obtained. The highest percentage, 58% (11/19) of seropositives in the Wayuu population were distributed in neighborhoods of Maicao and 42% (8/19) were in nearby small rural settlements. The Kankuama seropositive population was distributed as follows: 52% (28/54) in Atánquez, 32% (17/54) in Valledupar, 9% (5/54) in La Mina and 7% (4/54) in Pontoon. The presence of ticks in the Wayuu population was reported in 42% and Kankuamos in 96% Conclusion: This is the first study on seroprevalence of Rickettsia in indigenous populations of the departments of La Guajira and Cesar. The results indicate a high seroprevalence in the Kankuama population and a moderate seroprevalence in the Wayuu. These data can be important for surveillance and control programs of febrile syndromes.

  15. A ocorrência de riquetsioses do grupo Rickettsia rickettsii / Occurrence of rickettsiosis of the group Rickettsia rickettsii

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    Dalva A. Portari, Mancini; Elvira M. Mendes, Nascimento; Valéria Rosa, Tavares; Murillo Adelino, Soares.

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    Full Text Available Foi realizada revisão da literatura com objetivo de atualizar as informações sobre a ocorrência de riquetsioses do grupo Rickettsia rickettsii. Verificou-se que nos EUA e Europa, a incidência da febre maculosa, vem aumentando desde 1970 até hoje. No Brasil, foi relatado um caso presuntivo, no estado [...] da Bahia, em 1979. Com relação a prevenção, controle e tratamento dessa doença é salientada a importância de informações relacionadas com indivíduos expostos a picadas de carrapatos, notificação de novos casos, fatores ecológicos, técnicas laboratoriais mais específicas para a identificação do agente etiológico, e a antibioticoterapia mais eficiente. A vacinação é ainda referida como meio mais favorável na prevenção da doença, devendo ser administrada aos indivíduos de alto risco. No Brasil, faltam informações precisas sobre a ocorrência de R. rickettsii. Abstract in english A search of the literature to update the available information on the occurrence of rickettsiosis caused by the Rickettsia rickettsii group was made. It was verified that the incidence of spotted fever has had an increase in the U.S.A. and Europe since 1970. In Brazil, a presumptive case was reporte [...] d in the State of Bahia, in 1979. Regarding the prevention, control and treatment of this disease, importance is given to data related to individuals exposed to tick bites, report of new cases, ecological factors, more specific laboratorial procedures for the identification of the etiological agent, and a more efficient antibiotic therapy. Vaccination is still regarded as the most adequate means for the prevention of the disease, and should be aimed at groups of individuals at high risk. In Brazil, there is a lack of more precise information on the occurrence of R. rickettsii.

  16. Facial nerve palsy associated with Rickettsia conorii infection

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    Bitsori, M; Galanakis, E.; Papadakis, C; Sbyrakis, S

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    Facial nerve palsy has been occasionally attributed to infectious agents, but Rickettsiae species have not been documented as causative agents. We report two adolescent girls with facial nerve palsy and serological evidence of R conorii infection. These cases indicate that rickettsioses should be included among the causes of facial nerve palsy, particularly in endemic areas.



  17. Rickettsia rickettsii Transmission by a Lone Star Tick, North Carolina

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    Breitschwerdt, Edward B; Barbara C. Hegarty; Maggi, Ricardo G; Lantos, Paul M.; Aslett, Denise M.; Bradley, Julie M

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    Only indirect or circumstantial evidence has been published to support transmission of Rickettsia rickettsii by Amblyomma americanum (lone star) ticks in North America. This study provides molecular evidence that A. americanum ticks can function, although most likely infrequently, as vectors of Rocky Mountain spotted fever for humans.

  18. Amblyomma imitator Ticks as Vectors of Rickettsia rickettsii, Mexico

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    Oliveira, Karla A.; Pinter, Adriano; Medina-Sanchez, Aaron; Boppana, Venkata D.; Wikel, Stephen K; Saito, Tais B; Shelite, Thomas; Blanton, Lucas; POPOV, Vsevolod; Teel, Pete D; David H Walker; Galvao, Marcio A.M.; Mafra, Claudio; BOUYER, DONALD H.

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    Real-time PCR of Amblyomma imitator tick egg masses obtained in Nuevo Leon State, Mexico, identified a Rickettsia species. Sequence analyses of 17-kD common antigen and outer membrane protein A and B gene fragments showed to it to be R. rickettsii, which suggested a potential new vector for this bacterium.

  19. Seroprevalence of Rickettsia spp. in Equids and Molecular Detection of 'Candidatus Rickettsia amblyommii' in Amblyomma cajennense Sensu Lato Ticks From the Pantanal Region of Mato Grosso, Brazil.

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    Alves, Alvair Da S; Melo, Andréia L T; Amorim, Marcus V; Borges, Alice M C M; Gaíva E Silva, Lucas; Martins, Thiago F; Labruna, Marcelo B; Aguiar, Daniel M; Pacheco, Richard C

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    The aim of the study was to evaluate exposure of equids to rickettsial agents (Rickettsia rickettsii, Rickettsia parkeri, 'Candidatus Rickettsia amblyommii', Rickettsia rhipicephali, and Rickettsia bellii) and rickettsial infection in ticks of a Pantanal region of Brazil. Sera of 547 equids (500 horses and 47 donkeys) were evaluated by indirect immunofluorescence assay. In total, 665 adults and 106 nymphal pools of Amblyomma cajennense F. sensu lato, 10 Dermacentor nitens Neumann ticks, and 88 larval pools of Amblyomma sp. were tested by polymerase chain reaction (PCR). Overall, 337 (61.6%) equids were reactive (titer ≥64) to at least one antigen of Rickettsia spp. The prevalence values for Rickettsia were 66%, and the highest endpoint titers were observed for 'Ca. R. amblyommii'. By PCR 3 (0.45%) A. cajennense s.l. females were positive for 'Ca. R. amblyommii'. Minimum infection rates of 0.75% for nymphs and 0.34% for larvae were calculated. Positive samples of ticks have had a fragment of the 16S mitochondrial rRNA gene sequenced and sequences showed 99% identity to Amblyomma sculptum Berlese. This study reports a wide exposure of equids to Rickettsia agents, and PCR evidence of infection with 'Ca. R. amblyommii', for the first time, in A. sculptum. PMID:26309313

  20. 'Candidatus Rickettsia mendelii', a novel basal group rickettsia detected in Ixodes ricinus ticks in the Czech Republic.

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    Hajduskova, Eva; Literak, Ivan; Papousek, Ivo; Costa, Francisco B; Novakova, Marketa; Labruna, Marcelo B; Zdrazilova-Dubska, Lenka

    2016-04-01

    A novel rickettsial sequence in the citrate synthase gltA gene indicating a novel Rickettsia species has been detected in 7 out of 4524 Ixodes ricinus ticks examined within several surveys performed in the Czech Republic from 2005 to 2009. This new Candidatus Rickettsia sp. sequence has been found in 2 nymphs feeding on wild birds (Luscinia megarhynchos and Erithacus rubecula), in a male tick from vegetation, and 4 ticks feeding on a dog (3 males, 1 female tick). Portions of the ompA, ompB, sca4, and htrA genes were not amplifiable in these samples. A maximum likelihood tree of rickettsiae based on comparisons of partial amino acid sequences of citrate synthase and nucleotide sequences of 16S rDNA genes and phylogenetic analysis revealed a basal position of the novel species in the proximity of R. bellii and R. canadensis. The novel species has been named 'Candidatus Rickettsia mendelii' after the founder of genetics, Gregor Mendel. PMID:26873811

  1. New Tick Defensin Isoform and Antimicrobial Gene Expression in Response to Rickettsia montanensis Challenge?

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    Ceraul, Shane M; Dreher-Lesnick, Sheila M.; Gillespie, Joseph J.; Rahman, M Sayeedur; Azad, Abdu F.

    2007-01-01

    Recent studies aimed at elucidating the rickettsia-tick interaction have discovered that the spotted fever group rickettsia Rickettsia montanensis, a relative of R. rickettsii, the etiologic agent of Rocky Mountain spotted fever, induces differential gene expression patterns in the ovaries of the hard tick Dermacentor variabilis. Here we describe a new defensin isoform, defensin-2, and the expression patterns of genes for three antimicrobials, defensin-1 (vsnA1), defensin-2, and lysozyme, in ...

  2. Rickettsia felis from Cat Fleas: Isolation and Culture in a Tick-Derived Cell Line

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    Pornwiroon, Walairat; Pourciau, Susan S.; Foil, Lane D; Macaluso, Kevin R

    2006-01-01

    Rickettsia felis, the etiologic agent of spotted fever, is maintained in cat fleas by vertical transmission and resembles other tick-borne spotted fever group rickettsiae. In the present study, we utilized an Ixodes scapularis-derived tick cell line, ISE6, to achieve isolation and propagation of R. felis. A cytopathic effect of increased vacuolization was commonly observed in R. felis-infected cells, while lysis of host cells was not evident despite large numbers of rickettsiae. Electron micr...

  3. Ultrastructure of Rickettsia rickettsii Actin Tails and Localization of Cytoskeletal Proteins

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    Van Kirk, Levi S.; Hayes, Stanley F.; Heinzen, Robert A.

    2000-01-01

    Actin-based motility (ABM) is a mechanism for intercellular spread that is utilized by vaccinia virus and the invasive bacteria within the genera Rickettsia, Listeria, and Shigella. Within the Rickettsia, ABM is confined to members of the spotted fever group (SFG), such as Rickettsia rickettsii, the agent of Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Infection by each agent induces the polymerization of host cell actin to form the typical F (filamentous)-actin comet tail. Assembly of the actin tail propel...

  4. In vitro susceptibilities of spotted fever group rickettsiae and Coxiella burnetti to clarithromycin.

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    MAURIN,M; Raoult, D

    1993-01-01

    The in vitro bacteriostatic activity of clarithromycin, a new macrolide derivative, against Rickettsia rickettsii, Rickettsia conorii, and "Rickettsia israeli" was determined by the plaque assay and the dye uptake assay. Both bacteriostatic and bactericidal activities of clarithromycin against the Nine Mile, Q212, Priscilla, and ME9 strains of Coxiella burnetti were evaluated by using three cell culture systems. Clarithromycin showed improved antibacterial activity compared with that of eryth...

  5. Detection of a novel Rickettsia (Alphaproteobacteria: Rickettsiales) in rotund ticks (Ixodes kingi) from Saskatchewan, Canada.

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    Anstead, Clare A; Chilton, Neil B

    2013-04-01

    A novel Rickettsia was detected in the rotund tick, Ixodes kingi Bishopp, 1911, based on comparative DNA sequence analyses of 4 genes; the rickettsial-specific 17-kDa antigen gene, citrate synthase gene (gltA), the outer surface membrane protein A gene (ompA), and the 16S rRNA gene. The rickettsiae in I. kingi differed in nucleotide sequence from those of other Rickettsia species by 5.8-18.3% for the 17-kDa gene, 0.9-13.9% for gltA, 5.5-22.8% for ompA, and 0.9-1.6% for the 16S rRNA gene. Phylogenetic analyses of the sequence data revealed that this putative new species of Rickettsia, provisionally named Candidatus Rickettsia kingi, does not belong to the spotted fever group or typhus group of rickettsiae, but represents a sister taxon to R. canadensis and Candidatus Rickettsia tarasevichiae. This novel Rickettsia was found in 60 of the 87 (69%) ticks examined, which included all feeding life cycle stages of I. kingi. Although adult I. kingi occasionally parasitize dogs and humans, it remains to be determined if this Rickettsia is pathogenic to these host species. PMID:23419865

  6. Seroprevalence of spotted fever group Rickettsiae in dogs in Germany.

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    Wächter, Miriam; Pfeffer, Martin; Schulz, Nicole; Balling, Anneliese; Chirek, Aleksandra; Bach, Jan-Peter; Moritz, Andreas; Kohn, Barbara; Pachnicke, Stefan; Silaghi, Cornelia

    2015-03-01

    Tick-transmitted spotted fever group Rickettsiae (SFGR) are considered emerging disease pathogens in Europe. To assess the situation in Germany, a seroepidemiologic survey of dogs (n=605, which have never left Germany) was conducted to determine the prevalence of antibodies to SFGR. For this purpose, a commercially available enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) test for all SFGR was used. A total of 78% of the dogs were positive for antibodies of the SFGR, and there was a positive correlation between age, tick-infestation, and seropositivity. There was no correlation between clinical state, location, and seropositivity, suggesting that infection with rickettsia is neither related to the health condition of the dogs nor to their abode in Germany. According to our results, all of Germany can be considered as an endemic area for SFGR. This should be taken into account when assessing the epidemiology of human rickettsioses and their impact on public health. PMID:25793474

  7. [Probable case of flea-borne spotted fever (Rickettsia felis)].

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    Faccini-Martínez, Álvaro A; Forero-Becerra, Elkin G; Cortés-Vecino, Jesús A; Polo-Teran, Luis J; Jácome, Jorge H; Vargas, Jimmy J; Valbuena, Gustavo; Hidalgo, Marylin

    2013-09-01

    Rickettsia felis is the etiologic agent of flea-borne spotted fever, with Ctenocephalides felis as its main vector and reservoir. Typically, the disease presents as acute fever associated with headache, asthenia, generalized maculo-papular rash, and in some cases, an inoculation eschar. In recent years, R. felis has acquired an important role in the etiology of the acute febrile syndrome; it is indeed an emerging infectious disease, albeit underdiagnosed. Indirect immunofluorescence assay (IFA) is currently the reference diagnostic method. However, this technique has limitations related to the cross reactivity among different species of rickettsiae. Herein, we describe a case of a 16 year-old patient with an acute febrile syndrome secondary to probable infection with R. felis. PMID:24652244

  8. Resultados comparativos de la disección ganglionar en cáncer de recto con y sin tratamiento previo del tejido adiposo Comparative results of ganglion dissection in cancer of the rectum with and without prior treatment with adipose tissue

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    2003-12-01

    Full Text Available Fundamento. El propósito de este estudio es describir los resultados obtenidos mediante dos técnicas de aislamiento de ganglios linfáticos en piezas quirúrgicas de resección anterior por adenocarcinoma de recto. Material y métodos. En una serie de 30 casos consecutivos de pacientes intervenidos por adenocarcinoma de recto hemos realizado una búsqueda de ganglios de forma manual convencional y una segunda tras 24 horas en una solución desengrasante a temperatura ambiente. Resultados. En la primera búsqueda se han aislado 335 ganglios linfáticos con una media que oscila entre 6,46 y 17,58, correspondiendo los valores más bajos a los grupos que habían recibido tratamiento adyuvante previo. En la segunda inclusión, tras la acción de la solución de aclaramiento hemos encontrado nuevos ganglios (85 en un 70% de los casos, en número y tamaño sensiblemente inferior al inicial. Conclusiones. La disección ganglionar manual del tejido adiposo es un método fiable para el aislamiento de ganglios linfáticos en las piezas de resección por adenocarcinoma de recto. La búsqueda de ganglios linfáticos tras la acción de una solución de aclaramiento debe reservarse para los casos en los que no se alcanza el mínimo aconsejado en el estadiaje TNM.Background. The aim of this study is to describe the result obtained through two techniques of isolation of lymphatic lymph nodes in surgical pieces of anterior resection due to adenocarcinoma of the rectum. Material and methods. We carried out a search in a series of 30 consecutive cases of patients operated on for adenocarcinoma of the rectum for lymph nodes first in a manual conventional way and second after 24 hours in a degreasing solution at room temperature. Results. In the first search 335 lymph nodes were lymph nodes isolated, with an average that oscillated between 6.46 and 17.58, with the lower values corresponding to the groups that had received prior adjuvant treatment. In the second inclusion, following the action of the clearing solution, we found new lymph nodes (85 in some 75% of the cases, appreciably lower in number and smaller in size than the initial search. Conclusions. Manual lymph nodes dissection of the adipose tissue is a reliable method for the isolation of lymphatic lymph nodes in pieces of resection due to adenocarcinoma of the rectum. The search for lymphatic ganglions following the action of a clearing solution should be reserved for cases in which the minimum recommended in the TNM staging is not reached.

  9. Experimental Infection of Amblyomma aureolatum Ticks with Rickettsia rickettsii

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    Labruna, Marcelo B.; Ogrzewalska, Maria; Soares, João F; Thiago F. Martins; Soares, Herbert S.; Moraes-Filho, Jonas; Nieri-Bastos, Fernanda A.; Almeida, Aliny P.; Pinter, Adriano

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    We experimentally infected Amblyomma aureolatum ticks with the bacterium Rickettsia rickettsii, the etiologic agent of Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF). These ticks are a vector for RMSF in Brazil. R. rickettsii was efficiently conserved by both transstadial maintenance and vertical (transovarial) transmission to 100% of the ticks through 4 laboratory generations. However, lower reproductive performance and survival of infected females was attributed to R. rickettsii infection. Therefore, ...

  10. Heparin protects human endothelial cells infected by Rickettsia rickettsii.

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    Silverman, D J; Santucci, L A; Sekeyova, Z.

    1991-01-01

    Routine culture of endothelial cells currently includes the use of heparin, which significantly reduces cell doubling time and increases cell population size. Heparin protects cultured arterial endothelial cells from damage by toxic oxygen metabolites produced by the action of xanthine and xanthine oxidase. Because of our hypothesis implicating free radicals in cell injury caused by Rickettsia rickettsii, we have carried out a series of experiments to examine the effects of heparin on injury ...

  11. Limited Transcriptional Responses of Rickettsia rickettsii Exposed to Environmental Stimuli

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    Ellison, Damon W.; Clark, Tina R.; Sturdevant, Daniel E.; Virtaneva, Kimmo; Hackstadt, Ted

    2009-01-01

    Rickettsiae are strict obligate intracellular pathogens that alternate between arthropod and mammalian hosts in a zoonotic cycle. Typically, pathogenic bacteria that cycle between environmental sources and mammalian hosts adapt to the respective environments by coordinately regulating gene expression such that genes essential for survival and virulence are expressed only upon infection of mammals. Temperature is a common environmental signal for upregulation of virulence gene expression altho...

  12. Latex-Rickettsia rickettsii test reactivity in seropositive patients.

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    Hechemy, K E; Rubin, B B

    1983-01-01

    In correlating results obtained from a new latex-Rickettsia rickettsii test with results obtained from a reference microimmunofluorescence test for Rocky Mountain spotted fever, we found that for seropositive patients each microimmunofluorescence titer (up to 4,096) was usually double the median titer obtained from the latex-R. rickettsii test. The pattern of immunoserological response indicated that latex-R. rickettsii is reactive with sera containing either anti-R. rickettsii immunoglobulin...

  13. Outbreaks of Rickettsia felis in Kenya and Senegal, 2010

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    This podcast describes the outbreak of Rickettsia felis in Kenya between August 2006 and June 2008, and in rural Senegal from November 2008 through July 2009. CDC infectious disease pathologist Dr. Chris Paddock discusses what researchers learned about this flea-borne disease and how to prevent infection.  Created: 6/9/2010 by National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID).   Date Released: 6/24/2010.

  14. Identification and partial characterization of Rickettsia tsutsugamushi major protein immunogens.

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    Hanson, B

    1985-01-01

    Strains of Rickettsia tsutsugamushi so far examined have either three or four quantitatively predominant proteins, which apparently are surface proteins and which range in size between 50 and 63 kilodaltons. These polypeptides also were the major immunogens detected by polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis of extracted rickettsial proteins which had been precipitated by hyperimmune rabbit sera. The major proteins from different rickettsial strains share some epitopes, as evidenced by the lack of...

  15. Rickettsia felis infection in cat fleas Ctenocephalides felis felis

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    Mauricio C. Horta

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available The present study evaluated the rickettsial infection in a laboratory colony of cat fleas, Ctenocephalides felis felis (Bouche in Brazil. All flea samples (30 eggs, 30 larvae, 30 cocoons, 30 males, and 30 females tested by polymerase chain reaction (PCR were shown to contain rickettsial DNA. PCR products, corresponding to the rickettsial gltA, htrA, ompA and ompB gene partial sequences were sequenced and showed to correspond to Rickettsia felis, indicating that the flea colony was 100% infected by R. felis. The immunofluorescence assay (IFA showed the presence of R. felis-reactive antibodies in blood sera of 7 (87.5% out of 8 cats that were regularly used to feed the flea colony. From 15 humans that used to work with the flea colony in the laboratory, 6 (40.0% reacted positively to R. felis by IFA. Reactive feline and human sera showed low endpoint titers against R. felis, varying from 64 to 256. With the exception of one human serum, all R. felis-reactive sera were also reactive to Rickettsia rickettsii and/or Rickettsia parkeri antigens at similar titers to R. felis. The single human serum that was reactive solely to R. felis had an endpoint titer of 256, indicating that this person was infected by R. felis.

  16. Rickettsia felis infection in cat fleas Ctenocephalides felis felis

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    Mauricio C., Horta; Fabio B., Scott; Thaís R., Correia; Julio I., Fernandes; Leonardo J., Richtzenhain; Marcelo B., Labruna.

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available The present study evaluated the rickettsial infection in a laboratory colony of cat fleas, Ctenocephalides felis felis (Bouche) in Brazil. All flea samples (30 eggs, 30 larvae, 30 cocoons, 30 males, and 30 females) tested by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) were shown to contain rickettsial DNA. PCR [...] products, corresponding to the rickettsial gltA, htrA, ompA and ompB gene partial sequences were sequenced and showed to correspond to Rickettsia felis, indicating that the flea colony was 100% infected by R. felis. The immunofluorescence assay (IFA) showed the presence of R. felis-reactive antibodies in blood sera of 7 (87.5%) out of 8 cats that were regularly used to feed the flea colony. From 15 humans that used to work with the flea colony in the laboratory, 6 (40.0%) reacted positively to R. felis by IFA. Reactive feline and human sera showed low endpoint titers against R. felis, varying from 64 to 256. With the exception of one human serum, all R. felis-reactive sera were also reactive to Rickettsia rickettsii and/or Rickettsia parkeri antigens at similar titers to R. felis. The single human serum that was reactive solely to R. felis had an endpoint titer of 256, indicating that this person was infected by R. felis.

  17. Spotted fever group rickettsiae detected in immature stages of ticks parasitizing on Iberian endemic lizard Lacerta schreiberi Bedriaga, 1878.

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    Kubelová, M.; Papoušek, I.; B?lohlávek, T.; Goüy de Bellocq, Joëlle; Baird, Stuart J. E.; Široký, P.

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    Ro?. 6, ?. 6 (2015), s. 711-714. ISSN 1877-959X Institutional support: RVO:68081766 Keywords : Spotted fever group rickettsiae * Rickettsia monacensis * Rickettsia helvetica * Ixodes ricinus * Lacerta schreiberi Subject RIV: EG - Zoology Impact factor: 2.718, year: 2014

  18. Detection of Rickettsia bellii and Rickettsia amblyommii in Amblyomma longirostre (Acari: Ixodidae) from Bahia state, Northeast Brazil.

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    McIntosh, Douglas; Bezerra, Rodrigo Alves; Luz, Hermes Ribeiro; Faccini, João Luiz Horacio; Gaiotto, Fernanda Amato; Giné, Gastón Andrés Fernandez; Albuquerque, George Rego

    2015-01-01

    Studies investigating rickettsial infections in ticks parasitizing wild animals in the Northeast region of Brazil have been confined to the detection of Rickettsia amblyommii in immature stages of Amblyomma longirostre collected from birds in the state of Bahia, and in immatures and females of Amblyomma auricularium collected from the striped hog-nosed skunk (Conepatus semistriatus) and armadillos (Euphractus sexcinctus) in the state of Pernambuco. The current study extends the distribution of R. amblyommii (strain Aranha), which was detected in A. longirostre collected from the thin-spined porcupine Chaetomys subspinosus and the hairy dwarf porcupine Coendou insidiosus. In addition, we report the first detection of Rickettsia bellii in adults of A. longirostre collected from C. insidiosus in the state of Bahia. PMID:26413074

  19. A Kunitz Protease Inhibitor from Dermacentor variabilis, a Vector for Spotted Fever Group Rickettsiae, Limits Rickettsia montanensis Invasion ? †

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    Ceraul, Shane M; Chung, Ashley; Sears, Khandra T.; Popov, Vsevolod L.; Beier-Sexton, Magda; Rahman, M Sayeedur; Azad, Abdu F.

    2010-01-01

    A defining facet of tick-Rickettsia symbioses is the molecular strategy employed by each partner to ensure its own survival. Ticks must control rickettsial colonization to avoid immediate death. In the current study, we show that rickettsial abundance in the tick midgut increases once the expression of a Kunitz-type serine protease inhibitor from the American dog tick (Dermacentor variabilis) (DvKPI) is suppressed by small interfering RNA (siRNA). A series of in vitro invasion assays suggeste...

  20. Serological evidence for exposure of dogs to Rickettsia conorii, Rickettsia typhi, and Orientia tsutsugamushi in Sri Lanka.

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    Nanayakkara, Devathri M; Rajapakse, R P V J; Wickramasinghe, Susiji; Kularatne, Senanayaka A M

    2013-08-01

    Vector-borne rickettsial infection is a major cause of febrile illnesses throughout the world. Although vertebrates hosting the vectors play a vital role in the natural cycle of rickettsiae, studies have not been conducted on them in Sri Lanka. Therefore, the present study was designed to determine the exposure of dog population in Rajawatta, Thambavita, and areas of the Western Slopes and Unawatuna of Sri Lanka to rickettsial pathogens. A total of 123 dog blood samples were collected from those areas. Samples were tested for antibodies against Rickettsia conorii (RC) of the spotted fever group (SFG), Rickettsia typhi (RT) of the typhus group (TG), and Orientia tsutsugamushi (OT) of the scrub typhus group (ST) of rickettsiae by indirect immunofluorescence antibody test (IFA). Samples with titers ≥ 1:64 were considered as positive in this study. Collectively, 49% dogs were found to have antibodies against the rickettsial agents. Of the dogs, 42%, 24%, and 2% had antibodies against RC, OT, and RT, respectively. The seropositive rate of 100% was observed in areas of the Western Slopes, whereas the lowest rate of 20% was in Unawatuna. Among the positive samples, antibody titers against RC and OT ranged from 1/64 to 1/8192. In contrast, the few dogs that tested positive for RT showed very low titers of 1/64 and 1/128. Results of this study show the extent of exposure to the pathogen and its dispersion in the natural ecology. We suggest that dogs could be acting as reservoirs in the rickettsial transmission cycle or could be effective tracer animals that can be used to detect areas with potential for future outbreaks. PMID:23930973

  1. Anti-Rickettsia spp. antibodies in free-ranging and captive capybaras from southern Brazil / Anticorpos anti-Rickettsia spp. em capivaras de vida livre e de cativeiro no Sul do Brasil

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    Fernanda S., Fortes; Leonilda C., Santos; Zalmir S., Cubas; Ivan R., Barros-Filho; Alexander W., Biondo; Iara, Silveira; Marcelo B., Labruna; Marcelo B., Molento.

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    Full Text Available As capivaras (Hydrochaeris hydrochaeris) estão entre os principais hospedeiros do carrapato Amblyomma spp., o qual pode transmitir algumas espécies de riquétsias para seres humanos e animais. Como são frequentemente infestadas por carrapatos vetores potenciais, as capivaras podem ser usadas como sen [...] tinelas para riquetsioses, como a Febre Maculosa Brasileira. O objetivo do presente estudo foi determinar a soroprevalência de Rickettsia spp. por meio da reação de Imunofluorescência Indireta (RIFI) em 21 capivaras de vida livre e 10 capivaras de cativeiro do Zoológico do Refúgio Biológico Bela Vista, Itaipu Binacional, Foz do Iguaçu, Brasil. Antígenos de seis espécies de riquétsias já identi[1]icadas no Brasil (Rickettsia rickettsii, R. parkeri, R. bellii, R. rhipicephali, R. amblyommii e R. felis) foram utilizados para a RIFI. Carrapatos de cada capivara foram coletados para posterior identi[1]icação taxonômica. Um total de 19 (61,3%) amostras reagiu a pelo menos uma das espécies testadas. Foi encontrada soropositividade em 14 (45,2%), 12 (38,7%), 5 (16,1%), 4 (12,9%), 3 (9,7%) e 3 (9,7%) animais para R. rickettsii, R. bellii, R. parkeri, R. amblyommii, R. felis e R. rhipicephali, respectivamente. Duas capivaras de cativeiro apresentaram títulos sugestivos de infecção por R. rickettsii e uma amostra apresentou reação homóloga frente à R. parkeri. Apenas uma capivara de vida livre apresentou evidência de infecção por R. bellii. Os carrapatos coletados sobre as capivaras foram identificados como Amblyomma dubitatum e Amblyomma sp. Os resultados evidenciam a circulação de riquétsias na região, sugerindo uma potencial participação da capivara no ciclo de vida desta bactéria. Abstract in english Capybaras (Hydrochaeris hydrochaeris) are among the main hosts of Amblyomma spp. ticks, which is able to transmit Rickettsia species to human beings and animals. Since they are often infested with potential vector ticks, capybaras may be used as sentinels for rickettsiosis, such as the Brazilian Spo [...] tted Fever. The aim of the present study was to determine the prevalence of antibodies against Rickettsia spp. using the indirect immunofluorescence assay (IFA) in 21 free-ranging and 10 captive animals from the Zoological Park of the 'Bela Vista Biological Sanctuary' (BVBS), Itaipu Binational, Foz do Iguaçu, Southern Brazil. Antigens of six rickettsial species already identified in Brazil (Rickettsia rickettsii, R. parkeri, R. bellii, R. rhipicephali, R. amblyommii and R. felis) were used for IFA. Ticks from each capybara were collected for posterior taxonomic identification. A total of 19 (61.3%) samples reacted to at least one of tested species. Seropositivity was found in 14 (45.2%), 12 (38.7%), 5 (16.1%), 4 (12.9%), 3 (9.7%) and 3 (9.7%) animals for R. rickettsii, R. bellii, R. parkeri, R. amblyommii, R. felis and R. rhipicephali, respectively. Two captive capybaras presented suggestive titers of R. rickettsii infection and one sample showed homologous reaction to R. parkeri. Only one free-ranging capybara presented evidence R. bellii infection. Ticks collected on capybaras were identified as Amblyomma dubitatum e Amblyomma sp. Results evidenced the rickettsial circulation in the area, suggesting a potential role of capybaras on bacterial life cycle.

  2. Rickettsia spp. in Seabird Ticks from Western Indian Ocean Islands, 2011–2012

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    Dietrich, Muriel; Lebarbenchon, Camille; Jaeger, Audrey; Le Rouzic, Céline; Bastien, Matthieu; Lagadec, Erwan; McCoy, Karen D; Pascalis, Hervé; Le Corre, Matthieu; Dellagi, Koussay; Tortosa, Pablo

    2014-01-01

    We found a diversity of Rickettsia spp. in seabird ticks from 6 tropical islands. The bacteria showed strong host specificity and sequence similarity with strains in other regions. Seabird ticks may be key reservoirs for pathogenic Rickettsia spp., and bird hosts may have a role in dispersing ticks and tick-associated infectious agents over large distances.

  3. A novel fluorescent in situ hybridization technique for detection of Rickettsia spp. in archival samples

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    Svendsen, Claus Bo; Boye, Mette; Struve, Carsten; Krogfelt, Karen A

    2008-01-01

    A novel, sensitive and specific method for detecting Rickettsia spp. in archival samples is described. The method involves the use of fluorescently marked oligonucleotide probes for in situ hybridization. Specific hybridization of Rickettsia was found without problems of cross-reactions with bacterial species shown to cross-react serologically.

  4. Genome Sequence of Rickettsia hoogstraalii, a Geographically Widely Distributed Tick-Associated Bacterium

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    Sentausa, Erwin; El Karkouri, Khalid; Nguyen, Thi-Tien; Caputo, Aurélia; Raoult, Didier; Fournier, Pierre-Edouard

    2014-01-01

    Rickettsia hoogstraalii is a tick-associated member of the spotted fever group rickettsiae that is geographically widely distributed. We report here the draft genome of R. hoogstraalii strain CroaticaT (=DSM 22243 = UTMB 00003), which was isolated from Haemaphysalis sulcata ticks collected in Croatia.

  5. Rickettsia fells infection in febrile patients, Western Kenya, 2007-2010

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    Maina, Alice N.; Knobel, Darryn Leslie; Jiang, Ju; Halliday, Jo E.B; Feikin, Daniel R; Cleaveland, Sarah; Ng’ang’a, Zipporah; Junghae, Muthoni; Breiman, Robert F; Richards, Allen L.; Njenga, M Kariuki

    2012-01-01

    To determine previous exposure and incidence of rickettsial infections in western Kenya during 2007–2010, we conducted hospital-based surveillance. Antibodies against rickettsiae were detected in 57.4% of previously collected serum samples. In a 2008–2010 prospective study, Rickettsia felis DNA was 2.2× more likely to be detected in febrile than in afebrile persons.

  6. High prevalence of Rickettsia spp. infections in small mammals in Taiwan.

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    Kuo, Chi-Chien; Shu, Pei-Yun; Mu, Jung-Jung; Wang, Hsi-Chieh

    2015-01-01

    Surveillance for Rickettsia spp. is urgently needed due to the recent emergence of many novel rickettsioses around the globe, but previous studies in Taiwan have been limited to small areas and no investigation of infections in vertebrate hosts has ever been attempted. We surveyed rickettsial infections systematically in small-mammal hosts trapped between 2006 and 2010 throughout Taiwan. Fragments of ompB and gltA genes in the liver, spleen, and kidney of mammals were targeted by nested polymerase chain reaction. We trapped 1375 individuals of 10 species, among which Rattus losea was the most common (54.6%), followed by Suncus murinus (20.6%) and Mus caroli (10.6%). The overall rate of Rickettsia infections in the liver, spleen, or kidney of 309 assayed small mammals was 60.5%, with a rate of infection ≥50% for each mammal species. DNA nucleotide sequences of 184 successfully sequenced genes were most similar to nine Rickettsia species: Rickettsia conorii, R. felis, R. japonica, R. raoultii, R. rickettsii, Rickettsia sp. IG-1, Rickettsia sp. TwKM01, Rickettsia sp. TwKM02, and R. typhi. Our results suggest that several novel Rickettsia spp. are common and widespread across various habitats throughout Taiwan and suggest the need for further study of emerging rickettsioses in Taiwan. PMID:25629776

  7. Serological survey of Rickettsia sp. in horses and dogs in an non-endemic area in Brazil / Identificação sorológica de Rickettsia sp. em equinos e cães de área não endêmica no Brasil

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    Fernanda Gonçalves, Batista; Daniella Matos da, Silva; Kerriel Thandile, Green; Louise Boulsfield de Lorenzi, Tezza; Sâmara Pereira de, Vasconcelos; Suelen Graziele Soares de, Carvalho; Iara, Silveira; Jonas, Moraes-Filho; Marcelo Bahia, Labruna; Fernanda Silva, Fortes; Marcelo Beltrão, Molento.

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    Full Text Available A Febre Maculosa Brasileira (FMB) é uma riquetsiose letal para humanos, causada pela bactéria Rickettsia rickettsii, e é endêmica em algumas regiões brasileiras. Equinos e cães podem participar do ciclo da doença e podem também servir como sentinelas em estudos epidemiológicos. O primeiro caso human [...] o relatado no Estado do Paraná ocorreu em 2005. O presente estudo foi realizado no município de Almirante Tamandaré, região onde não há relatos de casos de FMB. Foram coletadas amostras de sangue de 71 cavalos e 20 cães em nove propriedades rurais na região. Carrapatos também foram colhidos dos animais. Todos os proprietários responderam a um questionário sobre o manejo sanitário dos animais e o conhecimento a respeito da FMB. As amostras de soro foram processadas pela técnica de Reação de Imunofluorescência Indireta (RIFI), utilizando-se os antígenos de R. rickettsii e R. parkeri. Os carrapatos foram analisados por PCR para Rickettsia sp. e todos foram negativos. Seis cavalos (8,45%) e 4 cães (20%) foram identificados como soropositivos. Todos os proprietários desconheciam a relação de carrapatos com a FMB. Embora considerada uma área não endêmica, Almirante Tamandaré é um ambiente vulnerável à FMB e um controle eficiente de carrapatos deve ser implementado. Abstract in english Brazilian Spotted Fever (BSF) is a lethal rickettsiosis in humans caused by the bacteria Rickettsia rickettsii, and is endemic in some areas of Brazil. Horses and dogs are part of the disease's life cycle and they may also serve as sentinel animals in epidemiological studies. The first human BSF cas [...] e in the State of Paraná was reported in 2005. The present study was conducted in the municipality of Almirante Tamandaré, where no previous case of BSF was reported. Serum samples were collected from 71 horses and 20 dogs from nine properties in the area. Ticks were also collected from these animals. All farmers completed a questionnaire about their knowledge of BSF and animal health management. Serum samples were analyzed by indirect immunofluorescent-antibody assay (IFA) using R. rickettsii and R. parkeri as antigens. Ticks were analyzed by PCR for Rickettsia sp., and all of them were PCR-negative. Six horses (8.45%) and 4 dogs (20%) were identified as seropositive. Farmers were not aware of the correlation between the presence of ticks and risk of BSF. Although a non-endemic area, Almirante Tamandaré is a vulnerable environment for BSF and effective tick control measures are required.

  8. Evidencia serológica de la presencia de Rickettsias del grupo de la fiebre manchada en la Amazonía del Perú / Serological evidence of spotted fever group-related Rickettsia transmission in the Peruvian Amazon jungle

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    Moisés, Sihuincha M; Elizabeth, Anaya F; Victoria, Carranza V; Salomón, Durand V.

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    Full Text Available Con el objetivo de demostrar la existencia de transmisión de Rickettsias del grupo de la fiebre manchada en la Amazonía peruana, se tomaron muestras de sangre a pacientes febriles agudos en establecimientos de salud de la ciudad de Iquitos, la ciudad más poblada de la Amazonía del Perú. Las muestras [...] fueron procesadas mediante inmunofluorescencia indirecta para medir anticuerpos totales e IgG específica para el grupo de fiebre de las manchadas. Entre enero y julio de 2006, se obtuvieron muestras de 250 pacientes. El 37% de las muestras tuvieron títulos positivos de IgG, demostrando así haber tenido contacto con el agente, de ellas, nueve fueron clasificadas como casos agudos, en los que se descartó otras infecciones endémicas como dengue, malaria y leptospirosis. Los casos presentaron una enfermedad febril acompañada de síntomas como tos, sarpullido y hemoptisis. Cuatro casos fueron hospitalizados, dos fueron graves y uno de ellos falleció. En conclusión, existe evidencia serológica de la circulación de Rickettsias del grupo de las fiebre manchada en la Amazonía peruana, por su frecuencia y potencial gravedad debería ser tomada en cuenta como diagnóstico diferencial del síndrome febril agudo en esta región. Abstract in english Blood samples were taken from acutely ill febrile patients in health centers in Iquitos, the most densely populated city in Peruvian Amazon jungle, in order to prove the transmission of spotted fever group-related Rickettsia transmission. Samples were processed using indirect immunofluorescence for [...] measuring total antibodies and specific IgG for the spotted fever group. Between January and July 2006, 250 patients had samples taken. 37% had positive IgG titers showing that these patients had contact with the agent; and out of them, nine were adjudicated as acute cases, where other endemic conditions were ruled out, such as dengue fever, malaria, and leptospirosis. Cases identified had a febrile illness with the following concomitant symptoms and signs: cough, skin rash, and hemoptysis. Four patients were hospitalized, two had severe illness, and one of them ultimately died. We conclude that there is evidence of spotted fever group-related Rickettsia circulation in the Peruvian Amazon jungle, so this condition should be taken into account as a differential diagnosis for acute febrile syndrome in this region.

  9. Molecular and Functional Analysis of the lepB Gene, Encoding a Type I Signal Peptidase from Rickettsia rickettsii and Rickettsia typhi

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    Rahman, M. Sayeedur; Simser, Jason A.; MaCaluso, Kevin R.; Azad, Abdu F.

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    The type I signal peptidase lepB genes from Rickettsia rickettsii and Rickettsia typhi, the etiologic agents of Rocky Mountain spotted fever and murine typhus, respectively, were cloned and characterized. Sequence analysis of the cloned lepB genes from R. rickettsii and R. typhi shows open reading frames of 801 and 795 nucleotides, respectively. Alignment analysis of the deduced amino acid sequences reveals the presence of highly conserved motifs that are important for the catalytic activity ...

  10. Transcriptional regulation in the obligate intracytoplasmic bacterium Rickettsia prowazekii.

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    Cai, J.; Winkler, H. H.

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    Transcriptional regulation was demonstrated in Rickettsia prowazekii, an obligate intracytoplasmic bacterium. The level of citrate synthase (gltA) mRNA II, from promoter P2, was greater in the total RNA isolated from heavily infected L929 cells than in moderately infected L929 cells; conversely, the level of ATP/ADP translocase (tlc) mRNA was greater in moderately infected cells. The level of gltA mRNA I, from promoter P1, did not change under these conditions. The chemical half-lives of gltA...

  11. Molecular Detection of Rickettsia Species Within Ticks (Acari: Ixodidae) Collected from Arkansas United States.

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    Trout Fryxell, R T; Steelman, C D; Szalanski, A L; Billingsley, P M; Williamson, P C

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    Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF), caused by the etiological agent Rickettsia rickettsii, is the most severe and frequently reported rickettsial illness in the United States, and is commonly diagnosed throughout the southeast. With the discoveries of Rickettsia parkeri and other spotted fever group rickettsiae (SFGR) in ticks, it remains inconclusive if the cases reported as RMSF are truly caused by R. rickettsii or other SFGR. Arkansas reports one of the highest incidence rates of RMSF in the country; consequently, to identify the rickettsiae in Arkansas, 1,731 ticks, 250 white-tailed deer, and 189 canines were screened by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) for the rickettsial genes gltA, rompB, and ompA. None of the white-tailed deer were positive, while two of the canines (1.1%) and 502 (29.0%) of the ticks were PCR positive. Five different tick species were PCR positive: 244 (37%) Amblyomma americanum L., 130 (38%) Ixodes scapularis Say, 65 (39%) Amblyomma maculatum (Koch), 30 (9%) Rhipicephalus sanguineus Latreille, 7 (4%) Dermacentor variabilis Say, and 26 (44%) unidentified Amblyomma ticks. None of the sequenced products were homologous to R. rickettsii. The most common Rickettsia via rompB amplification was Rickettsia montanensis and nonpathogenic Candidatus Rickettsia amblyommii, whereas with ompA amplification the most common Rickettsia was Ca. R. amblyommii. Many tick specimens collected in northwest Arkansas were PCR positive and these were commonly A. americanum harboring Ca. R. amblyommii, a currently nonpathogenic Rickettsia. Data reported here indicate that pathogenic R. rickettsii was absent from these ticks and suggest by extension that other SFGR are likely the causative agents for Arkansas diagnosed RMSF cases. PMID:26334827

  12. Shell-vial culture and real-time PCR applied to Rickettsia typhi and Rickettsia felis detection.

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    Segura, Ferran; Pons, Immaculada; Pla, Júlia; Nogueras, María-Mercedes

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    Murine typhus is a zoonosis transmitted by fleas, whose etiological agent is Rickettsia typhi. Rickettsia felis infection can produces similar symptoms. Both are intracellular microorganisms. Therefore, their diagnosis is difficult and their infections can be misdiagnosed. Early diagnosis prevents severity and inappropriate treatment regimens. Serology can't be applied during the early stages of infection because it requires seroconversion. Shell-vial (SV) culture assay is a powerful tool to detect Rickettsia. The aim of the study was to optimize SV using a real-time PCR as monitoring method. Moreover, the study analyzes which antibiotics are useful to isolate these microorganisms from fleas avoiding contamination by other bacteria. For the first purpose, SVs were inoculated with each microorganism. They were incubated at different temperatures and monitored by real-time PCR and classical methods (Gimenez staining and indirect immunofluorescence assay). R. typhi grew at all temperatures. R. felis grew at 28 and 32 °C. Real-time PCR was more sensitive than classical methods and it detected microorganisms much earlier. Besides, the assay sensitivity was improved by increasing the number of SV. For the second purpose, microorganisms and fleas were incubated and monitored in different concentrations of antibiotics. Gentamicin, sufamethoxazole, trimethoprim were useful for R. typhi isolation. Gentamicin, streptomycin, penicillin, and amphotericin B were useful for R. felis isolation. Finally, the optimized conditions were used to isolate R. felis from fleas collected at a veterinary clinic. R. felis was isolated at 28 and 32 °C. However, successful establishment of cultures were not possible probably due to sub-optimal conditions of samples. PMID:26289162

  13. Antibodies to Rickettsia spp. and Borrelia burgdorferi in Spanish Wild Red Foxes (Vulpes vulpes).

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    Lledó, Lourdes; Serrano, José Luis; Isabel Gegúndez, María; Giménez-Pardo, Consuelo; Vicente Saz, José

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    We examined 314 red foxes (Vulpes vulpes) from the province of Soria, Spain, for Rickettsia typhi, Rickettsia slovaca, and Borrelia burgdorferi infection. Immunofluorescence assays showed 1.9% had antibodies to R. typhi, 6.7% had antibodies to R. slovaca, and 8.3% had antibodies to B. burgdorferi. Serostatus was not correlated with sex or age. Because red foxes can be infected by Rickettsiae and B. burgdorferi, presence of red foxes may be and indicator for the presence of these pathogens. PMID:26540334

  14. Isolation of Candidatus Rickettsia asemboensis from Ctenocephalides Fleas.

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    Luce-Fedrow, Alison; Maina, Alice N; Otiang, Elkanah; Ade, Fredrick; Omulo, Sylvia; Ogola, Eric; Ochieng, Linus; Njenga, M Kariuki; Richards, Allen L

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    Candidatus Rickettsia asemboensis was identified molecularly in fleas collected in 2009 from Asembo, Kenya. Multilocus sequence typing using the 17-kD antigen gene, rrs, gltA, ompA, ompB, and sca4 demonstrated that Candidatus R. asemboensis is closely related to Rickettsia felis but distinct enough to be considered for separate species classification. Following this molecular characterization of Candidatus R. asemboensis, the in vitro cultivation of this bacterium was then performed. We used Ctenocephalides canis and Ctenocephalides felis fleas removed from dogs in Kenya to initiate the in vitro isolation of Candidatus R. asemboensis. Successful cultures were obtained using Drosophila melanogaster S2 and Aedes albopictus C6/36 cell lines. Cytological staining and quantitative real-time PCR (qPCR) assays were used to visualize/confirm the culture of the bacteria in both cell lines. Sequencing of fragments of the 17-kD antigen gene, gltA, and ompB genes confirmed the identity of our Candidatus R. asemboensis isolates. To date, we have passaged Candidatus R. asemboensis 12 times through S2 and C6/36 cells, and active and frozen cultures are currently being maintained. This is the first time that a R. felis-like organism has been grown and maintained in culture and is therefore the first time that one of them, Candidatus R. asemboensis, has been characterized beyond molecular typing. PMID:25897814

  15. An update on the detection and treatment of Rickettsia felis

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    Full Text Available Laya Hun, Adriana TroyoCentro de Investigación en Enfermedades Tropicales, Facultad de Microbiología, Universidad de Costa Rica, San José, Costa RicaAbstract: Rickettsia felis was described as a human pathogen almost two decades ago, and human infection is currently reported in 18 countries in all continents. The distribution of this species is worldwide, determined by the presence of the main arthropod vector, Ctenocephalides felis (Bouché. The list of symptoms, which includes fever, headache, myalgia, and rash, keeps increasing as new cases with unexpected symptoms are described. Moreover, the clinical presentation of R. felis infection can be easily confused with many tropical and nontropical diseases, as well as other rickettsial infections. Although specific laboratory diagnosis and treatment for this flea-borne rickettsiosis are detailed in the scientific literature, it is possible that most human cases are not being diagnosed properly. Furthermore, since the cat flea infests different common domestic animals, contact with humans may be more frequent than reported. In this review, we provide an update on methods for specific detection of human infection by R. felis described in the literature, as well as the treatment prescribed to the patients. Considering advances in molecular detection tools, as well as options for as-yet-unreported isolation of R. felis from patients in cell culture, increased diagnosis and characterization of this emerging pathogen is warranted.Keywords: Rickettsia felis, human cases, laboratory diagnosis, treatment

  16. Experimental infection of the opossum Didelphis aurita by Rickettsia felis, Rickettsia bellii, and Rickettsia parkeri and evaluation of the transmission of the infection to ticks Amblyomma cajennense and Amblyomma dubitatum.

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    Horta, Maurício C; Sabatini, Guilherme S; Moraes-Filho, Jonas; Ogrzewalska, Maria; Canal, Raoní B; Pacheco, Richard C; Martins, Thiago F; Matushima, Eliana R; Labruna, Marcelo B

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    This work evaluated the infection of opossums (Didelphis aurita) by Rickettsia felis, Rickettsia bellii, and Rickettsia parkeri and their role as amplifier hosts for horizontal transmission to Amblyomma cajennense and/or Amblyomma dubitatum ticks. Infection in D. aurita was induced by intraperitoneal inoculation with R. felis (n?=?4 opossums), R. bellii (n?=?4), and R. parkeri (n?=?2). Another group of six opossums were inoculated intraperitoneally with Leibovitz-15 sterile culture medium, representing the uninfected groups (n?=?2 opossums simultaneously to each infected group). Opossum blood samples collected during the study were used for DNA extraction, followed by real-time polymerase chain reaction targeting the rickettsial gene gltA, hematology, and detection of Rickettsia spp.-reactive antibodies by indirect immunofluorescence assay. Opossums were infested with uninfected A. cajennense and/or A. dubitatum for 30 days postinoculation (DPI). Flat ticks molted from ticks fed on opossums were allowed to feed on uninfected rabbits, which were tested for seroconversion by immunofluorescence assay. Samples of flat ticks were also tested by real-time polymerase chain reaction. Inoculated opossums showed no clinical abnormalities. Antibodies to Rickettsia spp. were first detected at the second to fourth DPI, with detectable titers until the 150th DPI. Rickettsemia was detected only in one opossum inoculated with R. parkeri, at the eighth DPI. Only one A. cajennense tick (2.0%) previously fed on a R. parkeri-inoculated opossum became infected. None of the rabbits infested with opossum-derived ticks seroconverted. The study demonstrated that R. felis, R. bellii, and R. parkeri were capable to produce antibody response in opossums, however, with undetectable rickettsemia for R. felis and R. bellii, and very low rickettsemia for R. parkeri. Further studies must be done with different strains of these rickettsiae, most importantly the strains that have never gone through in vitro passages. PMID:20455783

  17. Analysis of the Rickettsia africae genome reveals that virulence acquisition in Rickettsia species may be explained by genome reduction

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    2009-04-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The Rickettsia genus includes 25 validated species, 17 of which are proven human pathogens. Among these, the pathogenicity varies greatly, from the highly virulent R. prowazekii, which causes epidemic typhus and kills its arthropod host, to the mild pathogen R. africae, the agent of African tick-bite fever, which does not affect the fitness of its tick vector. Results We evaluated the clonality of R. africae in 70 patients and 155 ticks, and determined its genome sequence, which comprises a circular chromosome of 1,278,540 bp including a tra operon and an unstable 12,377-bp plasmid. To study the genetic characteristics associated with virulence, we compared this species to R. prowazekii, R. rickettsii and R. conorii. R. africae and R. prowazekii have, respectively, the less and most decayed genomes. Eighteen genes are present only in R. africae including one with a putative protease domain upregulated at 37°C. Conclusion Based on these data, we speculate that a loss of regulatory genes causes an increase of virulence of rickettsial species in ticks and mammals. We also speculate that in Rickettsia species virulence is mostly associated with gene loss. The genome sequence was deposited in GenBank under accession number [GenBank: NZ_AAUY01000001].

  18. Detection of Rickettsia parkeri from within Piura, Peru, and the first reported presence of Candidatus Rickettsia andeanae in the tick Rhipicephalus sanguineus.

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    Flores-Mendoza, Carmen; Florin, David; Felices, Vidal; Pozo, Edwar J; Graf, Paul C F; Burrus, Roxanne G; Richards, Allen L

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    Domestic farm animals (n=145) were sampled for the presence of ectoparasites in northwestern Peru during March, 2008. Ninety domestic animals (62%) were positive for the presence of an ectoparasite(s) and produced a total collection of the following: 728 ticks [Amblyomma maculatum, Anocentor nitens, Rhipicephalus (Boophilus) microplus, Rhipicephalus sanguineus, and Otobius megnini], 12 lice (Haematopinus suis), and 3 fleas (Ctenocephalides felis). A Rickettsia genus-specific qPCR assay was performed on nucleic acid preparations of the collected ectoparasites that resulted in 5% (37/743, 35 ticks and 2 fleas) of the ectoparasites positive for the presence of Rickettsia. DNA from the positive individual ticks was tested with 2 other qPCR assays for the presence of the ompB gene in Candidatus Rickettsia andeanae or Rickettsia parkeri. Candidatus R. andeanae was found in 25 A. maculatum ticks and in two Rh. sanguineus ticks, whereas R. parkeri was detected in 6 A. maculatum ticks. Two A. maculatum were co-infected with both Candidatus R. andeanae and R. parkeri. Rickettsia felis was detected in 2 fleas, Ctenocephalides felis, by multilocus sequence typing of the 17-kD antigen and ompA genes. These findings expand the geographic range of R. parkeri to include Peru as well as expand the natural arthropod vector of Candidatus R. andeanae to include Rhipicephalus sanguineus. PMID:23488453

  19. Spotted fever group rickettsiae in ticks collected from wild animals in Israel.

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    Keysary, Avi; Eremeeva, Marina E; Leitner, Moshe; Din, Adi Beth; Wikswo, Mary E; Mumcuoglu, Kosta Y; Inbar, Moshe; Wallach, Arian D; Shanas, Uri; King, Roni; Waner, Trevor

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    We report molecular evidence for the presence of spotted fever group rickettsiae (SFGR) in ticks collected from roe deer, addax, red foxes, and wild boars in Israel. Rickettsia aeschlimannii was detected in Hyalomma marginatum and Hyalomma detritum while Rickettsia massiliae was present in Rhipicephalus turanicus ticks. Furthermore, a novel uncultured SFGR was detected in Haemaphysalis adleri and Haemaphysalis parva ticks from golden jackals. The pathogenicity of the novel SFGR for humans is unknown; however, the presence of multiple SFGR agents should be considered when serological surveillance data from Israel are interpreted because of significant antigenic cross-reactivity among Rickettsia. The epidemiology and ecology of SFGR in Israel appear to be more complicated than was previously believed. PMID:22049050

  20. Complete Genome Sequence of Rickettsia heilongjiangensis, an Emerging Tick-Transmitted Human Pathogen

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    Duan, Changsong; Tong, Yigang; Yong HUANG; Wang, Xile; Xiong, Xiaolu; Wen, Bohai

    2011-01-01

    Rickettsia heilongjiangensis is an emerging tick-transmitted human pathogen causing far-Eastern spotted fever. Here we report the complete sequence and the main features of the genome of R. heilongjiangensis (strain 054).

  1. Prevalence and diversity of human pathogenic rickettsiae in urban versus rural habitats, Hungary.

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    Szekeres, Sándor; Docters van Leeuwen, Arieke; Rigó, Krisztina; Jablonszky, Mónika; Majoros, Gábor; Sprong, Hein; Földvári, Gábor

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    Tick-borne rickettsioses belong to the important emerging infectious diseases worldwide. We investigated the potential human exposure to rickettsiae by determining their presence in questing ticks collected in an urban park of Budapest and a popular hunting and recreational forest area in southern Hungary. Differences were found in the infectious risk between the two habitats. Rickettsia monacensis and Rickettsia helvetica were identified with sequencing in questing Ixodes ricinus, the only ticks species collected in the city park. Female I. ricinus had a particularly high prevalence of R. helvetica (45 %). Tick community was more diverse in the rural habitat with Dermacentor reticulatus ticks having especially high percentage (58 %) of Rickettsia raoultii infection. We conclude that despite the distinct eco-epidemiological traits, the risk (hazard and exposure) of acquiring human pathogenic rickettsial infections in both the urban and the rural study sites exists. PMID:26613759

  2. Molecular detection of Rickettsia species in Amblyomma ticks collected from snakes in Thailand.

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    Sumrandee, C.; Hirunkanokpun, S.; Doornbos, K.; Kitthawee, S.; Baimai, V.; Grubhoffer, Libor; Trinachartvanit, W.; Ahantarig, A.

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    Ro?. 5, ?. 6 (2014), s. 632-640. ISSN 1877-959X Institutional support: RVO:60077344 Keywords : Tick * Rickettsia spp. * Amblyomma varanense * Amblyomma helvolum * Snake * Thailand Subject RIV: EB - Genetics ; Molecular Biology Impact factor: 2.718, year: 2014

  3. Rickettsia typhi IN RODENTS AND R. felis IN FLEAS IN YUCATÁN AS A POSSIBLE CAUSAL AGENT OF UNDEFINED FEBRILE CASES

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    Gaspar PENICHE-LARA

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    Full Text Available Rickettsia typhi is the causal agent of murine typhus; a worldwide zoonotic and vector-borne infectious disease, commonly associated with the presence of domestic and wild rodents. Human cases of murine typhus in the state of Yucatán are frequent. However, there is no evidence of the presence of Rickettsia typhi in mammals or vectors in Yucatán. The presence of Rickettsia in rodents and their ectoparasites was evaluated in a small municipality of Yucatán using the conventional polymerase chain reaction technique and sequencing. The study only identified the presence of Rickettsia typhi in blood samples obtained from Rattus rattus and it reported, for the first time, the presence of R. felis in the flea Polygenis odiosus collected from Ototylomys phyllotis rodent. Additionally, Rickettsia felis was detected in the ectoparasite Ctenocephalides felis fleas parasitizing the wild rodent Peromyscus yucatanicus. This study’s results contributed to a better knowledge of Rickettsia epidemiology in Yucatán.

  4. Rickettsia typhi in rodents and R. felis in fleas in Yucatán as a possible causal agent of undefined febrile cases.

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    Peniche-Lara, Gaspar; Dzul-Rosado, Karla; Pérez-Osorio, Carlos; Zavala-Castro, Jorge

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    Rickettsia typhi is the causal agent of murine typhus; a worldwide zoonotic and vector-borne infectious disease, commonly associated with the presence of domestic and wild rodents. Human cases of murine typhus in the state of Yucatán are frequent. However, there is no evidence of the presence of Rickettsia typhi in mammals or vectors in Yucatán. The presence of Rickettsia in rodents and their ectoparasites was evaluated in a small municipality of Yucatán using the conventional polymerase chain reaction technique and sequencing. The study only identified the presence of Rickettsia typhi in blood samples obtained from Rattus rattus and it reported, for the first time, the presence of R. felis in the flea Polygenis odiosus collected from Ototylomys phyllotis rodent. Additionally, Rickettsia felis was detected in the ectoparasite Ctenocephalides felis fleas parasitizing the wild rodent Peromyscus yucatanicus. This study's results contributed to a better knowledge of Rickettsia epidemiology in Yucatán. PMID:25923891

  5. Characterization of Spotted Fever Group Rickettsiae in Flea and Tick Specimens from Northern Peru

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    Patrick J. Blair; Jiang, Ju; Schoeler, George B.; Moron, Cecilia; Anaya, Elizabeth; Cespedes, Manuel; Cruz, Christopher; Felices, Vidal; Guevara, Carolina; Mendoza, Leonardo; Villaseca, Pablo; Sumner, John W.; Richards, Allen L.; Olson, James G.

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    Evidence of spotted fever group (SFG) rickettsiae was obtained from flea pools and individual ticks collected at three sites in northwestern Peru within the focus of an outbreak of febrile disease in humans attributed, in part, to SFG rickettsia infections. Molecular identification of the etiologic agents from these samples was determined after partial sequencing of the 17-kDa common antigen gene (htrA) as well as pairwise nucleotide sequence homology with one or more of the following genes: ...

  6. Feeding by Amblyomma maculatum (Acari: Ixodidae) Enhances Rickettsia parkeri (Rickettsiales: Rickettsiaceae) Infection in the Skin

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    Grasperge, Britton J.; Timothy W. Morgan; Paddock, Christopher D.; Peterson, Karin E.; Macaluso, Kevin R

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    Rickettsia parkeri Luckman (Rickettsiales: Rickettsiaceae), a member of the spotted fever group of Rickettsia, is the tick-borne causative agent of a newly recognized, eschar-associated rickettsiosis. Because of its relatively recent designation as a pathogen, few studies have examined the pathogenesis of transmission of R. parkeri to the vertebrate host. To further elucidate the role of tick feeding in rickettsial infection of vertebrates, nymphal Amblyomma maculatum Koch (Acari: Ixodidae) w...

  7. Spotted fever group Rickettsia in brown dog ticks Rhipicephalus sanguineus in southwestern Spain

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    Márquez, F.J.; Rodríguez-Liébana, J.J.; Soriguer, Ramón C; Muniain, M.A.; Bernabeu-Wittel, M; Caruz, Antonio; Contreras-Chova, F.

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    A total of 2,229 adults ticks (1,428 males and 801 females) belonging to the brown dog tick, Rhipicephalus sanguineus Latreille, 1806, collected from dogs in Seville province (Andalusia), distributed in 500 lots ranging from one to eight specimens per lot, were examined for the presence of rickettsiae by molecular techniques. Specific rickettsiae DNA were detected in 90 lots (18%) of ticks tested. Sequence analysis of amplicons revealed that R. sanguineus ticks were infected exclusively with ...

  8. Seroepidemiologic Study of Human Infections with Spotted Fever Group Rickettsiae in North Carolina

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    Vaughn, Meagan F.; Delisle, Josie; Johnson, Joey; Daves, Gaylen; Williams, Carl; Reber, Jodi; Mendell, Nicole L; BOUYER, DONALD H.; Nicholson, William L; Moncayo, Abelardo C.; Meshnick, Steven R.

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    Increasing entomologic and epidemiologic evidence suggests that spotted fever group rickettsiae (SFGR) other than Rickettsia rickettsii are responsible for spotted fever rickettsioses in the United States. A retrospective seroepidemiologic study was conducted on stored acute- and convalescent-phase sera that had been submitted for Rocky Mountain spotted fever testing to the North Carolina State Laboratory of Public Health. We evaluated the serologic reactivity of the paired sera to R. rickett...

  9. Identification of Novel Surface-Exposed Proteins of Rickettsia rickettsii by Affinity Purification and Proteomics

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    Gong, Wenping; Xiong, Xiaolu; Qi, Yong; Jiao, Jun; Duan, Changsong; Wen, Bohai

    2014-01-01

    Rickettsia rickettsii, the causative agent of Rocky Mountain spotted fever, is the most pathogenic member among Rickettsia spp. Surface-exposed proteins (SEPs) of R. rickettsii may play important roles in its pathogenesis or immunity. In this study, R. rickettsii organisms were surface-labeled with sulfo-NHS-SS-biotin and the labeled proteins were affinity-purified with streptavidin. The isolated proteins were separated by two-dimensional electrophoresis, and 10 proteins were identified among...

  10. Dynamics of Actin-Based Movement by Rickettsia rickettsii in Vero Cells

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    Heinzen, Robert A.; Grieshaber, Scott S; Van Kirk, Levi S.; Devin, Clinton J

    1999-01-01

    Actin-based motility (ABM) is a virulence mechanism exploited by invasive bacterial pathogens in the genera Listeria, Shigella, and Rickettsia. Due to experimental constraints imposed by the lack of genetic tools and their obligate intracellular nature, little is known about rickettsial ABM relative to Listeria and Shigella ABM systems. In this study, we directly compared the dynamics and behavior of ABM of Rickettsia rickettsii and Listeria monocytogenes. A time-lapse video of moving intrace...

  11. Host Defenses to Rickettsia rickettsii Infection Contribute to Increased Microvascular Permeability in Human Cerebral Endothelial Cells

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    Woods, Michael E; Olano, Juan P

    2007-01-01

    Rickettsiae are arthropod-borne intracellular bacterial pathogens that primarily infect the microvascular endothelium leading to systemic spread of the organisms and the major pathophysiological effect, increased microvascular permeability, and edema in vital organs such as the lung and brain. Much work has been done on mechanisms of immunity to rickettsiae, as well as the responses of endothelial cells to rickettsial invasion. However, to date, no one has described the mechanisms of increase...

  12. Primary isolation of spotted fever group rickettsiae from Amblyomma cooperi collected from Hydrochaeris hydrochaeris in Brazil

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    Elba Regina Sampaio de Lemos

    1996-06-01

    Full Text Available This paper reports the first isolation of a spotted fever group rickettsia from an Amblyomma cooperi ixodid collected from a capybara (Hydrochaeris hydrochaeris in an endemic area of spotted fever in the County of Pedreira, State of São Paulo, Brazil. Isolation was performed in Vero cell culture and submitted to immunofluorescence, using antibody from Rickettsia rickettsii-positive human serum.

  13. Detection of Rickettsia rickettsii antibodies in human sera by crossed immunoelectrophoresis.

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    Anacker, R L; Philip, R N; Wilfert, C. M.; Kleeman, K T; L.; Turner; MacCormack, J N; Hechemy, K E

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    To identify Rickettsia rickettsii antigens of immunological importance, we examined sera from patients with serologically confirmed cases of Rocky Mountain spotted fever by crossed immunoelectrophoresis for antibodies to antigens extracted from the R strain of R. rickettsii with the detergent Triton X-100. Sixteen antigens were identified in the detergent extract by crossed immunoelectrophoresis with a hyperimmune rabbit serum raised against whole rickettsiae. When the rabbit antiserum was pl...

  14. Transovarial Transmission of Rickettsia spp. and Organ-Specific Infection of the Whitefly Bemisia tabaci

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    Brumin, Marina; Levy, Maggie; Ghanim,Murad

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    The whitefly Bemisia tabaci is a cosmopolitan insect pest that harbors Portiera aleyrodidarum, the primary obligatory symbiotic bacterium, and several facultative secondary symbionts. Secondary symbionts in B. tabaci are generally associated with the bacteriome, ensuring their vertical transmission; however, Rickettsia is an exception and occupies most of the body cavity, except the bacteriome. The mode of Rickettsia transfer between generations and its subcellular localization in insect orga...

  15. Cloned mouse interferon-gamma inhibits the growth of Rickettsia prowazekii in cultured mouse fibroblasts

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    The effect of treating cultured mouse fibroblasts (L929 cells) with cloned mouse interferon-gamma on the growth of Rickettsia prowazekii within the fibroblasts was studied. Within 48 h after infection, rickettsiae were cleared from a substantial proportion of the initially infected cells and rickettsial growth was inhibited in those cells that remained infected, when L929 cells were treated with cloned mouse interferon-gamma both before and after infection. When L929 cells were treated with c...

  16. Phospholipase A and the interaction of Rickettsia prowazekii and mouse fibroblasts (L-929 cells).

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    Winkler, H. H.; Miller, E. T.

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    L-929 cells were killed when approximately 50 viable Rickettsia prowazekii organisms per L-cell were centrifuged onto a monolayer. The glycerophospholipids of the L-cell were hydrolyzed to lysophosphatides and free fatty acids. Concomitantly, there was a loss of membrane integrity as shown by release of lactate dehydrogenase and 86Rb and permeability to trypan blue dye. No glycerophospholipid hydrolysis or cytotoxicity occurred when the rickettsiae were inactivated by heat, UV irradiation, N-...

  17. Inhibition of the growth of Rickettsia prowazekii in cultured fibroblasts by lymphokines

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    The effect of lymphokine treatment of mouse and human fibroblast cell lines on the growth of Rickettsia prowazekii within the fibroblasts was studied. Treatment of mouse L929 cells with concanavalin A- or antigen- induced mouse lymphokines both before and after infection with R. prowazekii led to clearance of the rickettsiae from a substantial proportion of the cells and suppression of rickettsial growth in those cells which remained infected. Similar but less dramatic anti- rickettsial effec...

  18. Susceptibility of Rickettsia tsutsugamushi Gilliam to gamma interferon in cultured mouse cells.

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    Hanson, B

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    Recombinant rodent gamma interferon (IFN-gamma) inhibited the infection of cultured BALB/3T3 mouse fibroblasts by Rickettsia tsutsugamushi Gilliam, apparently mainly by clearance of intracellular rickettsiae. No significant effect on rickettsial entry into the cells was noted; IFN-gamma was toxic to infected cells, as measured by the capacity of treated, infected cells to attach to the surfaces of culture vessels. In a small proportion of IFN-gamma-treated cells, rickettsial replication appea...

  19. Índice ganglionar y número de linfonodos metastásicos como factores pronósticos en cáncer de colon Lymph node index as a prognostic factor for survival in stage III colon cancer

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    GUILLERMO BANNURA C

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    Full Text Available Introducción: El índice ganglionar (IG se ha propuesto como un factor pronóstico mejor que el número de LN positivos en cáncer de colon estadio III. El objetivo es comparar estos factores en una serie clínica. Pacientes y Método: Se incluyen todos los pacientes estadio III resecados con intención curativa (R0. Se compara la sobrevida según el número de LN positivos y el IG mediante el análisis de las curvas ROC. Resultados: Se trata de 115 pacientes con un promedio de edad de 67,9 años (extremos 25-91, el 63,4% mujeres. El compromiso en profundidad del tumor fue T2 en 3 casos, T3 en 93 casos y T4 en 19. El promedio de ganglios positivos fue 3,4 (extremos 1-34. El índice ganglionar promedio fue 0,237 (DE: 0,197; extremos 0,031-0,882 y la mediana fue 0,1666. El 74% de los pacientes tenía 1 a 3 ganglios positivos (N1 y el 26% 4 o más ganglios positivos (N2. El seguimiento promedio fue de 67 meses (extremos 5-216, durante el cual fallecen 29 pacientes. El área bajo la curva ROC del número de LN afectados (0,703; IC 95%:0,58-082 fue levemente mayor que el área bajo la curva ROC del IG (0,690; IC 95%:0,57-0,81 (p = 0,63. Al compararlas en forma dicotómica, el IG (OR: 19,96; IC 95%:1,51-253,6 muestra una mayor capacidad de discriminación que el número de LN afectados (OR: 2,55; IC 95%: 0,86-7,55. Conclusión: El número de LN metastásicos y el IG son factores pronósticos relevantes en la planificación de la adyuvancia del cáncer de colon estadio III.Background: The lymph node ratio in malignant tumors corresponds to the ratio between the number of involved lymph nodes and the number of examined lymph nodes. This ratio may be a good prognostic index in stage III colon cancer. Aim: To compare the lymph node ratio with the absolute number of positive lymph nodes as prognostic factors in stage III colon cancer. Material and Methods: Analysis of 115 patients aged 25 to 91 years (63% women with a stage III colon cancer operated between 1991 and 2007. Survival according to the absolute number of positive lymph nodes and the lymph node index was calculated. The area under receiver operating characteristic (ROC curves obtained after a COX regression analysis of survival, was used to analyze the prognostic value of each parameter. Results: Lymph node involvement was classified as T2 in three, T3 in 93 and T4 in 19 patients. The mean number of positive lymph nodes was 3.4 (range 1 to 34 and the mean lymph node index was 0.237 ± 0.197 (range 0.031-0.882. Seventy four percent of patients had one to three positive lymph nodes and 24% had more than three. During a mean follow up of 67 months (range 5-216, 29 patients died. In survival analysis, the area under the ROC curve for the number of involved lymph nodes (0.703, 95 confidence intervals (CI 0.58-0.82 was slightly better than the area for lymph node index (0.69, 95% CI 0.57-0.81. Using a dichotomy analysis, a lymph node index over 0.31 had a higher discriminating value for survival (odds ratio (OR 19.96 91% CI 1.51-253.6 than the presence of 12 or more involved lymph nodes (OR 2.55 95% CI 0.86-7.55. Conclusions: The lymph node index and the absolute number of involved lymph nodes are prognostic factors in stage III colon cancer.

  20. Detección de Rickettsia spp. en ectoparásitos de animales domésticos y silvestres de la Reserva Natural Privada Cerro Chucantí y comunidades aledañas, Panamá, 2007-2010 / Detection of Rickettsia in ectoparasites of wild and domestic mammals from the Cerro Chucanti private reserve and from neighboring towns, Panamá, 2007-2010

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    Sergio, Bermúdez; Roberto, Miranda; Yamitze, Zaldívar; Publio, González; Guido, Berguido; Diomedes, Trejos; Juan M, Pascale; Marcelo, Labruna.

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    Full Text Available Introducción. Los ectoparásitos son los principales vectores de rickettsiosis. En Panamá se tienen escasos datos sobre los artrópodos que pudieran considerarse vectores o reservorios. Objetivos. Presentar datos sobre la presencia de Rickettsia spp. en ectoparásitos de fauna silvestre y animales domé [...] sticos en la Reserva Natural Privada Cerro Chucantí y poblados vecinos. Materiales y métodos. Se revisaron 9 personas, 95 mamíferos domésticos y 48 silvestres. Los animales domésticos se examinaron con anuencia del propietario, mientras que la fauna silvestre se capturó con trampas Sherman y Tomahawk. Se extrajeron 21 especies de ectoparásitos: pulgas, piojos, garrapatas y otros ácaros, los cuales se preservaron en etanol al 95 %. Se extrajo material genético de garrapatas y pulgas para ser analizado por técnicas moleculares en la detección de Rickettsia spp. Resultados. Se practicaron 425 reacciones de PCR, de las cuales, 270 resultaron negativas y 155 positivas. De las positivas, 86 amplificaron para el gen gltA (55 % de las positivas); de estos también amplificaron 41 (26 %) para ompA. Se encontró material genético de Rickettsia amblyommii, en garrapatas de caballos (Amblyomma cajennense, Dermacentor nitens), de perros (Rhipicephalus sanguineus) y ninfas de Amblyomma recolectadas en el bosque. Además, se detectó ADN de R. felis en pulgas Ctenocephalides felis de perros. Conclusiones. Se pudo detectar la presencia de R. amblyommii y R. felis en garrapatas y pulgas de animales domésticos de los poblados cercanos a Cerro Chucantí, aun cuando no se pudo encontrar material genético de Rickettsia en ectoparásitos de la fauna silvestre. Abstract in english Introduction. Ectoparasites are the main vectors of rickettsiosis. In Panama, however, limited data are available concerning the arthropod species that serve as vectors or reservoirs. Objectives. Data are presented concerning the presence of Rickettsia in ectoparasites of wildlife and domestic anima [...] ls in the Cerro Chucantí private nature reserve and in neighboring villages. Materials and methods. Nine humans, 95 domestic mammals and 48 wild mammals were examined. Twenty-one species of ectoparasites were obtained, including fleas, lice, ticks and mites. These were preserved in 95% ethanol. Later, the DNA was extracted from the ticks and fleas and analyzed by molecular techniques to detect presence of Rickettsia. Results. Of a total of 425 PCR reactions, 270 were positive for Rickettsia and 155 negative. Among the positive samples, 86 PCR amplified for the gltA gene (55% of positives) and 41 of these also amplified the ompA gene. DNA of Rickettsiaamblyommii was found in horses ticks (Amblyomma cajennense, Dermacentor nitens), dogs ticks (Rhipicephalus sanguineus) and free living nymphs in the forest. Additionally, DNA of R. felis was found in fleas from dogs Ctenocephalides felis. Conclusions. The presence of R. amblyommii and R. felis was detected in ticks and fleas of domestic animals in villages near Cerro Chucanti; however no Rickettsia DNA was found in ectoparasites of non-domestic wildlife.

  1. Detection of Rickettsia in ectoparasites of wild and domestic mammals from the Private Reserve Cerro Chucanti and neighboring towns, Panamá (2007-2010 Detección de Rickettsia sp. en ectoparásitos de animales domésticos y silvestres de la Reserva Natural Privada Cerro Chucantí y comunidades aledañas, Panamá (2007-2010

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    Sergio Eduardo Bermúdez

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available Introduction. Ectoparasites are the main vectors of rickettsiosis. In Panama, have limited data on the arthropods that may be considered vectors or reservoirs.
    Objectives. The aim is to present data on the presence of Rickettsia in ectoparasites of wildlife and domestic animals in the Private Natural Reserve Cerro Chucantí and neighboring villages.
    Materials and methods. We evaluated 9 humans, 95 domestic mammals and 48 wild. From these, were 21 species of ectoparasites, including fleas, lice, ticks and mites, which were preserved in 95% ethanol. Genetic material was extracted from ticks and fleas to be analyzed by molecular techniques in the detection of Rickettsia.
    Results. A total of 425 were carried out PCR reactions, of which 270 were positive and 155 negative. The positive, 86 PCR amplified for the gltA gene (55% of positives of these also amplified 41 (26% for ompA. DNA of Rickettsia amblyommii was found in horses ticks (Amblyomma cajennense, Dermacentor nitens, dogs ticks (Rhipicephalus sanguineus and free living nymph in forest. Adicionally, DNA of R. felis was found in dogs fleas Ctenocephalides felis.
    Conclusions. Detected the presence of R. amblyommii and R. felis in ticks and fleas of domestic animals of the villages near Cerro Chucanti, even if they were unable to find genetic material from Rickettsia in ectoparasites of wildlife.

    Introducción. Los ectoparásitos son los principales vectores de rickettsiosis. En Panamá se tienen escasos datos sobre los artrópodos que pudieran ser considerados vectores o reservorios.
    Objetivos. Presentar datos sobre la presencia de Rickettsia en ectoparásitos de fauna silvestre y animales domésticos en la Reserva Natural Privada Cerro Chucantí y poblados vecinos.
    Materiales y métodos. Se revisaron 9 personas, 95 mamíferos domésticos y 48 silvestres. Los animales domésticos fueron revisados con anuencia del propietario, mientras que para la captura de fauna silvestre se capturaron con trampas Sherman y Tomahawk. De estos se extrajeron 21 especies de ectoparásitos: pulgas, piojos, garrapatas y otros ácaros, los cuales fueron preservados en etanol al 95%. Se extrajo material genético de garrapatas y pulgas para ser analizados por técnicas moleculares en la detección de Rickettsia.
    Resultados. Se realizaron 425 reacciones de PCR, de los cuales 270 resultaron negativos y 155 positivos. De los positivos, 86 amplificaron para el gen gltA (55% de los positivos, de estos también amplificaron 41 (26% para ompA. Se encontró material genético de Rickettsia amblyommii, en garrapatas de caballos (Amblyomma cajennense, Dermacentor nitens, de perros (Rhipicephalus sanguineus y ninfas de Amblyomma recolectadas en el bosque. Adicionalmente se detectó ADN de R. felis en pulgas Ctenocephalides felis de perros.
    Conclusiones. Se pudo detectar la presencia de R. amblyommii y R. felis en garrapatas y pulgas de animales domésticos de los poblados cercanos a Cerro Chucanti, aun cuando no se pudo encontrar material genético de Rickettsia en ectoparásitos de fauna silvestre.

  2. Molecular evidence of spotted fever group rickettsiae and Anaplasmataceae from ticks and stray dogs in Bangladesh.

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    Qiu, Yongjin; Nakao, Ryo; Thu, May June; Akter, Shirin; Alam, Mohammad Zahangir; Kato, Satomi; Katakura, Ken; Sugimoto, Chihiro

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    Emerging tick-borne diseases (TBDs) are important foci for human and animal health worldwide. However, these diseases are sometimes over looked, especially in countries with limited resources to perform molecular-based surveys. The aim of this study was to detect and characterize spotted fever group (SFG) rickettsiae and Anaplasmataceae in Bangladesh, which are important tick-borne pathogens for humans and animals worldwide. A total of 50 canine blood samples, 15 ticks collected from dogs, and 154 ticks collected from cattle were screened for the presence of SFG rickettsiae and Anaplasmataceae using molecular-based methods such as PCR and real-time PCR. The sequence analysis of the amplified products detected two different genotypes of SFG rickettsiae in ticks from cattle. The genotype detected in Rhipicephalus microplus was closely related to Rickettsia monacensis, while the genotype detected in Haemaphysalis bispinosa was closely related to Rickettsia sp. found in Korea and Japan. Anaplasma bovis was detected in canine blood and ticks (Rhipicephalus sanguineus and H. bispinosa). Unexpectedly, the partial genome sequence of Wolbachia sp., presumably associated with the nematode Dirofilaria immitis, was identified in canine blood. The present study provides the first molecular evidence of SFG rickettsiae and A. bovis in Bangladesh, indicating the possible emergence of previously unrecognized TBDs in this country. PMID:26573516

  3. Genome sequence of Rickettsia bellii illuminates the role of amoebae in gene exchanges between intracellular pathogens.

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    Full Text Available The recently sequenced Rickettsia felis genome revealed an unexpected plasmid carrying several genes usually associated with DNA transfer, suggesting that ancestral rickettsiae might have been endowed with a conjugation apparatus. Here we present the genome sequence of Rickettsia bellii, the earliest diverging species of known rickettsiae. The 1,552,076 base pair-long chromosome does not exhibit the colinearity observed between other rickettsia genomes, and encodes a complete set of putative conjugal DNA transfer genes most similar to homologues found in Protochlamydia amoebophila UWE25, an obligate symbiont of amoebae. The genome exhibits many other genes highly similar to homologues in intracellular bacteria of amoebae. We sought and observed sex pili-like cell surface appendages for R. bellii. We also found that R. bellii very efficiently multiplies in the nucleus of eukaryotic cells and survives in the phagocytic amoeba, Acanthamoeba polyphaga. These results suggest that amoeba-like ancestral protozoa could have served as a genetic "melting pot" where the ancestors of rickettsiae and other bacteria promiscuously exchanged genes, eventually leading to their adaptation to the intracellular lifestyle within eukaryotic cells.

  4. Conditional fitness benefits of the Rickettsia bacterial symbiont in an insect pest.

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    Cass, Bodil N; Himler, Anna G; Bondy, Elizabeth C; Bergen, Jacquelyn E; Fung, Sierra K; Kelly, Suzanne E; Hunter, Martha S

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    Inherited bacterial symbionts are common in arthropods and can have strong effects on the biology of their hosts. These effects are often mediated by host ecology. The Rickettsia symbiont can provide strong fitness benefits to its insect host, Bemisia tabaci, under laboratory and field conditions. However, the frequency of the symbiont is heterogeneous among field collection sites across the USA, suggesting that the benefits of the symbiont are contingent on additional factors. In two whitefly genetic lines collected from the same location, we tested the effect of Rickettsia on whitefly survival after heat shock, on whitefly competitiveness at different temperatures, and on whitefly competitiveness at different starting frequencies of Rickettsia. Rickettsia did not provide protection against heat shock nor affect the competitiveness of whiteflies at different temperatures or starting frequencies. However, there was a strong interaction between Rickettsia infection and whitefly genetic line. Performance measures indicated that Rickettsia was associated with significant female bias in both whitefly genetic lines, but in the second whitefly genetic line it conferred no significant fitness benefits nor conferred any competitive advantage to its host over uninfected whiteflies in population cages. These results help to explain other reports of variation in the phenotype of the symbiosis. Furthermore, they demonstrate the complex nature of these close symbiotic associations and the need to consider these interactions in the context of host population structure. PMID:26376661

  5. Detection of antibodies anti-Rickettsia spp. in dogs and horses in the state of Mato Grosso, Brazil

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    Marcus Vinicius de Amorim

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    Full Text Available This study evaluated the infection caused by Rickettsia spp. among dogs and horses from Mato Grosso State. A total of 384 dogs and 460 horses were tested by the Indirect Immunofluorescence Assay (IFA for Rickettsia rickettsii, Rickettsia parkeri, Rickettsia amblyommii, Rickettsia rhipicephali and Rickettsia bellii Overall, 3.12% (12/384 of the dogs were seroreactive for at least one Rickettsia species. A total of 7 (1.82% canine sera showed titers to R. bellii at least 4-fold higher than those to any of the other rickettsial antigens, allowing us to consider that these dogs were infected by R. bellii. In horses, 273 (59.34 % samples were positives for at least one antigen tested, and highest anti-Rickettsia spp. endpoint titers were observed for R. amblyommii, suggesting homologous reactions to this agent or a very closely related organism. The results showed that dogs are under low exposition to ticks infected with spotted fever group Rickettsia, indicating low risk of human infection by these agents. However, R. amblyommii is widely distributed in the State.

  6. ESCCAR international congress on Rickettsia and other intracellular bacteria.

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    de Barsy, Marie; Bertelli, Claire; Jacquier, Nicolas; Kebbi-Beghdadi, Carole; Greub, Gilbert

    2015-10-01

    The European Society for the study of Chlamydia, Coxiella, Anaplasma and Rickettsia (ESCCAR) held his triennial international meeting in Lausanne. This meeting gathered 165 scientists from 28 countries and all 5 continents, allowing efficient networking and major scientific exchanges. Topics covered include molecular and cellular microbiology, genomics, as well as epidemiology, veterinary and human medicine. Several breakthroughs have been revealed at the meeting, such as (i) the presence of CRISPR (the "prokaryotic immune system") in chlamydiae, (ii) an Anaplasma effector involved in host chromatin remodelling, (iii) the polarity of the type III secretion system of chlamydiae during the entry process revealed by cryo-electron tomography. Moreover, the ESCCAR meeting was a unique opportunity to be exposed to cutting-edge science and to listen to comprehensive talks on current hot topics. PMID:26297854

  7. Rickettsia retinitis cases in India: a few comments.

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    Tripathy, Koushik; Chawla, Rohan; Sharma, Yog Raj; Vohra, Rajpal

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    An important cause of infectious retinitis, not well-described in Indian literature, has been analyzed in detail systematically by Kawali A. and colleagues. However, Rickettsia retinitis (RR) was diagnosed at titres of 1:160 by the Weil-Felix test (WFT). The sensitivity and specificity of WFT at this level are poor compared to the gold standard immunofluorescent antibody assay. However, we understand that financial constraints of the Indian patients limit the availability of more definite tests. In our opinion, the optical coherence tomography features of RR described by the authors may be mimicked by other causes of retinitis, such as toxoplasma retinitis or even cotton wool spots. Infectious retinitis including RR should be treated by an antimicrobial agent with or without oral steroids until larger series or randomized controlled trials prove otherwise. PMID:26920002

  8. Rickettsia felis, an emerging flea-transmitted human pathogen

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    Full Text Available Rickettsia felis was first recognised two decades ago and has now been described as endemic to all continents except Antarctica. The rickettsiosis caused by R. felis is known as flea-borne spotted fever or cat-flea typhus. The large number of arthropod species found to harbour R. felis and that may act as potential vectors support the view that it is a pan-global microbe. The main arthropod reservoir and vector is the cat flea, Ctenocephalides felis, yet more than 20 other species of fleas, ticks, and mites species have been reported to harbour R. felis. Few bacterial pathogens of humans have been found associated with such a diverse range of invertebrates. With the projected increase in global temperature over the next century, there is concern that changes to the ecology and distribution of R. felis vectors may adversely impact public health.

  9. Ticks and spotted fever group rickettsiae of southeastern Virginia.

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    Nadolny, Robyn M; Wright, Chelsea L; Sonenshine, Daniel E; Hynes, Wayne L; Gaff, Holly D

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    The incidence of tick-borne rickettsial disease in the southeastern United States has been rising steadily through the past decade, and the range expansions of tick species and tick-borne infectious agents, new and old, has resulted in an unprecedented mix of vectors and pathogens. The results of an ongoing 4-year surveillance project describe the relative abundance of questing tick populations in southeastern Virginia. Since 2009, more than 66,000 questing ticks of 7 species have been collected from vegetation in a variety of habitats, with Amblyomma americanum constituting over 95% of ticks collected. Other species represented included Ixodes scapularis, Dermacentor variabilis, Amblyomma maculatum, Ixodes affinis, Haemaphysalis leporispalustris, and Ixodes brunneus. We found that 26.9-54.9% of A. americanum ticks tested were positive for Rickettsia amblyommii, a non-pathogenic symbiont of this tick species. We also found no evidence of R. rickettsii in D. variabilis ticks, although they did show low infection rates of R. montanensis (1.5-2.0%). Rickettsia parkeri and Candidatus R. andeanae were found in 41.8-55.7% and 0-1.5% A. maculatum ticks, respectively. The rate of R. parkeri in A. maculatum ticks is among the highest in the literature and has increased in the 2 years since R. parkeri and A. maculatum were first reported in southeastern Virginia. We conclude that tick populations in southeastern Virginia have recently undergone dramatic changes in species and abundance and that these populations support a variety of rickettsial agents with the potential for increased risk to human health. PMID:24201057

  10. Development of three quantitative real-time PCR assays for the detection of Rickettsia raoultii, Rickettsia slovaca, and Rickettsia aeschlimannii and their validation with ticks from the country of Georgia and the Republic of Azerbaijan.

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    Jiang, Ju; You, Brian J; Liu, Evan; Apte, Anisha; Yarina, Tamasin R; Myers, Todd E; Lee, John S; Francesconi, Stephen C; O'Guinn, Monica L; Tsertsvadze, Nikoloz; Vephkhvadze, Nino; Babuadze, Giorgi; Sidamonidze, Ketevan; Kokhreidze, Maka; Donduashvili, Marina; Onashvili, Tinatin; Ismayilov, Afrail; Agayev, Nigar; Aliyev, Mubariz; Muttalibov, Nizam; Richards, Allen L

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    A previous surveillance study of human pathogens within ticks collected in the country of Georgia showed a relatively high infection rate for Rickettsia raoultii, R. slovaca, and R. aeschlimannii. These 3 spotted fever group rickettsiae are human pathogens: R. raoultii and R. slovaca cause tick-borne lymphadenopathy (TIBOLA), and R. aeschlimannii causes an infection characterized by fever and maculopapular rash. Three quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) assays, Rraoul, Rslov, and Raesch were developed and optimized to detect R. raoultii, R. slovaca, and R. aeschlimannii, respectively, by targeting fragments of the outer membrane protein B gene (ompB) using species-specific molecular beacon or TaqMan probes. The 3 qPCR assays showed 100% specificity when tested against a rickettsiae DNA panel (n=20) and a bacteria DNA panel (n=12). The limit of detection was found to be at least 3 copies per reaction for all assays. Validation of the assays using previously investigated tick nucleic acid preparations, which included Rickettsia-free tick samples, tick samples that contain R. raoultii, R. slovaca, R. aeschlimannii, and other Rickettsia spp., gave 100% sensitivity for all 3 qPCR assays. In addition, a total of 65 tick nucleic acid preparations (representing 259 individual ticks) collected from the country of Georgia and the Republic of Azerbaijan in 2009 was tested using the 3 qPCR assays. R. raoultii, R. slovaca, and R. aeschlimannii were not detected in any ticks (n=31) from the Republic of Azerbaijan, but in the ticks from the country of Georgia (n=228) the minimal infection rate for R. raoultii and R. slovaca in Dermacentor marginatus was 10% and 4%, respectively, and for R. aeschlimannii in Haemaphysalis sulcata and Hyalomma spp. it was 1.9% and 20%, respectively. PMID:23182543

  11. Sequence and Expression Analysis of the ompA Gene of Rickettsia peacockii, an Endosymbiont of the Rocky Mountain Wood Tick, Dermacentor andersoni

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    The transmission dynamics of Rocky Mountain spotted fever in Montana appears to be regulated by Rickettsia peacockii, a tick symbiotic rickettsia that interferes with transmission of virulent Rickettsia rickettsii. To elucidate the molecular relationships between the two rickettsiae and glean information on how to possibly exploit this interference phenomenon, we studied a major rickettsial outer membrane protein gene, ompA, presumed to be involved in infection and pathogenesis of spotted fev...

  12. Proposal to create subspecies of Rickettsia conorii based on multi-locus sequence typing and an emended description of Rickettsia conorii

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    Raoult Didier

    2005-03-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Rickettsiae closely related to the Malish strain, the reference Rickettsia conorii strain, include Indian tick typhus rickettsia (ITTR, Israeli spotted fever rickettsia (ISFR, and Astrakhan fever rickettsia (AFR. Although closely related genotypically, they are distinct serotypically. Using multilocus sequence typing (MLST, we have recently found that distinct serotypes may not always represent distinct species within the Rickettsia genus. We investigated the possibility of classifying rickettsiae closely related to R. conorii as R. conorii subspecies as proposed by the ad hoc committee on reconciliation of approaches to bacterial systematics. For this, we first estimated their genotypic variability by using MLST including the sequencing of 5 genes, of 31 rickettsial isolates closely related to R. conorii strain Malish, 1 ITTR isolate, 2 isolates and 3 tick amplicons of AFR, and 2 ISFR isolates. Then, we selected a representative of each MLST genotype and used multi-spacer typing (MST and mouse serotyping to estimate their degree of taxonomic relatedness. Results Among the 39 isolates or tick amplicons studied, four MLST genotypes were identified: i the Malish type; ii the ITTR type; iii the AFR type; and iv the ISFR type. Among these four MLST genotypes, the pairwise similarity in nucleotide sequence varied from 99.8 to 100%, 99.4 to 100%, 98.2 to 99.8%, 98.4 to 99.8%, and 99.2 to 99.9% for 16S rDNA, gltA, ompA, ompB, and sca4 genes, respectively. Representatives of the 4 MLST types were also classified within four types using MST genotyping as well as mouse serotyping. Conclusion Although homogeneous genotypically, strains within the R. conorii species show MST genotypic, serotypic, and epidemio-clinical dissimilarities. We, therefore, propose to modify the nomenclature of the R. conorii species through the creation of subspecies. We propose the names R. conorii subsp. conorii subsp. nov. (type strain = Malish, ATCC VR-613, R. conorii subspecies indica subsp. nov. (type strain = ATCC VR-597, R. conorii subspecies caspia subsp. nov. (type strain = A-167, and R. conorii subspecies israelensis subsp. nov. (type strain = ISTT CDC1. The description of R. conorii is emended to accomodate the four subspecies.

  13. Molecular detection of the human pathogenic Rickettsia sp. strain Atlantic rainforest in Amblyomma dubitatum ticks from Argentina.

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    Monje, Lucas D; Nava, Santiago; Eberhardt, Ayelen T; Correa, Ana I; Guglielmone, Alberto A; Beldomenico, Pablo M

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    To date, three tick-borne pathogenic Rickettsia species have been reported in different regions of Argentina, namely, R. rickettsii, R. parkeri, and R. massiliae. However, there are no reports available for the presence of tick-borne pathogens from the northeastern region of Argentina. This study evaluated the infection with Rickettsia species of Amblyomma dubitatum ticks collected from vegetation and feeding from capybaras (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris) in northeastern Argentina. From a total of 374 A. dubitatum ticks collected and evaluated by PCR for the presence of rickettsial DNA, 19 were positive for the presence of Rickettsia bellii DNA, two were positive for Rickettsia sp. strain COOPERI, and one was positive for the pathogenic Rickettsia sp. strain Atlantic rainforest. To our knowledge, this study is the first report of the presence of the human pathogen Rickettsia sp. strain Atlantic rainforest and Rickettsia sp. strain COOPERI in Argentina. Moreover, our findings posit A. dubitatum as a potential vector for this pathogenic strain of Rickettsia. PMID:25700048

  14. Identification of rickettsiae from wild rats and cat fleas in Malaysia.

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    Tay, S T; Mokhtar, A S; Low, K C; Mohd Zain, S N; Jeffery, J; Abdul Aziz, N; Kho, K L

    2014-08-01

    Rickettsioses are emerging zoonotic diseases reported worldwide. In spite of the serological evidence of spotted fever group rickettsioses in febrile patients in Malaysia, limited studies have been conducted to identify the animal reservoirs and vectors of rickettsioses. This study investigated the presence of rickettsiae in the tissue homogenates of 95 wild rats and 589 animal ectoparasites. Using PCR assays targeting the citrate synthase gene (gltA), rickettsial DNA was detected in the tissue homogenates of 13 (13.7%) wild rats. Sequence analysis of the gltA amplicons showed 98.6-100% similarity with those of Rickettsia honei/R. conorii/R. raoultii (Rickettsiales: Rickettsiaceae). Sequence analysis of outer membrane protein A gene (ompA) identified Rickettsia sp. TCM1 strain from two rats. No rickettsia was detected from Laelaps mites, Rhipicephalus sanguineus and Haemaphysalis bispinosa ticks, and Felicola subrostratus lice in this study. R. felis was identified from 32.2% of 177 Ctenocephalides felis fleas. Sequence analysis of the gltA amplicons revealed two genotypes of R. felis (Rf31 and RF2125) in the fleas. As wild rats and cat fleas play an important role in the enzoonotic maintenance of rickettsiae, control of rodent and flea populations may be able to reduce transmission of rickettsioses in the local setting. PMID:25171613

  15. Rickettsia parkeri infecting free-living Amblyomma triste ticks in the Brazilian Pantanal.

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    Melo, Andréia L T; Alves, Alvair S; Nieri-Bastos, Fernanda A; Martins, Thiago F; Witter, Rute; Pacheco, Thábata A; Soares, Herbert S; Marcili, Arlei; Chitarra, Cristiane S; Dutra, Valéria; Nakazato, Luciano; Pacheco, Richard C; Labruna, Marcelo B; Aguiar, Daniel M

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    The present study evaluated the infection of rickettsiae in 151 Rhipicephalus sanguineus, 59 Amblyomma ovale, 166 Amblyomma triste, one Amblyomma dissimile and four Amblyomma dubitatum ticks collected in the municipality of Poconé, State of Mato Grosso, within the Pantanal biome of Brazil. Ticks were individually processed by the hemolymph test with Gimenez staining, isolation of rickettsia in Vero cell culture by the shell vial technique, and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) targeting the citrate synthase rickettsial gene. Through the shell vial technique, rickettsiae were successfully isolated and established in Vero cell culture from one free-living A. triste female tick, which previously showed to contain Rickettsia-like organisms by the hemolymph test. Molecular characterization of the rickettsial isolate was achieved through DNA partial sequences of three rickettsial genes (gltA, ompA, ompB), which showed to be all 100% identical to Rickettsia parkeri. After testing all ticks by PCR, the frequency of R. parkeri infection was 7.23% (12/166) in A. triste adult ticks. The remaining ticks were negative by PCR. This is the first report of in vitro isolation of R. parkeri in the Pantanal biome, confirming the occurrence of this emerging rickettsial pathogen in this natural area of South America. PMID:25650348

  16. Molecular characterization of 'Candidatus Rickettsia vini' in Ixodes arboricola from the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

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    Novakova, Marketa; Bulkova, Alexandra; Costa, Francisco B; Kristin, Anton; Krist, Milos; Krause, Frantisek; Liznarova, Eva; Labruna, Marcelo B; Literak, Ivan

    2015-04-01

    The aim of this study was to analyze the prevalence of rickettsiae in the tree-hole tick Ixodes arboricola in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. During May to September of 2009 and 2013, bird boxes belonging to three different areas were screened for ticks. In total, 454 nestlings and 109 nests of 10 hole-breeding bird species were examined. Ticks were found on Ficedula albicollis, Parus major, Cyanistes caeruleus and Sitta europaea and/or in their nests. In total, 166 ticks (17 nymphs, 10 males and 139 females) were found at 3 areas (arithmetic mean±standard error: 55.3±45.9). All ticks were tested for the presence of Rickettsia species by polymerase chain reaction targeting the rickettsial genes gltA, ompA, ompB and htrA and amplicon sequencing. All individuals except 3 nymphs were infected with 'Candidatus Rickettsia vini'. Multilocus sequence typing showed closest proximity to Rickettsia japonica and Rickettsia heilongjiangensis cluster. The presence of 'Ca. R. vini' is reported for the first time in Slovakia. PMID:25769386

  17. Molecular Detection and Identification of Spotted Fever Group Rickettsiae in Ticks Collected from the West Bank, Palestinian Territories

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    Ereqat, Suheir; Nasereddin, Abedelmajeed; Al-Jawabreh, Amer; Azmi, Kifaya; Harrus, Shimon; Mumcuoglu, Kosta; Apanaskevich, Dimtry; Abdeen, Ziad

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    Background Tick-borne rickettsioses are caused by obligate intracellular bacteria belonging to the spotted fever group (SFG) rickettsiae. Although Spotted Fever is prevalent in the Middle East, no reports for the presence of tick-borne pathogens are available or any studies on the epidemiology of this disease in the West Bank. We aimed to identify the circulating hard tick vectors and genetically characterize SFG Rickettsia species in ixodid ticks from the West Bank-Palestinian territories. Methodology/Principal Findings A total of 1,123 ixodid ticks belonging to eight species (Haemaphysalis parva, Haemaphysalis adleri, Rhipicephalus turanicus, Rhipicephalus sanguineus, Rhipicephalus bursa, Hyalomma dromedarii, Hyalomma aegyptium and Hyalomma impeltatum) were collected from goats, sheep, camels, dogs, a wolf, a horse and a tortoise in different localities throughout the West Bank during the period of January-April, 2014. A total of 867 ticks were screened for the presence of rickettsiae by PCR targeting a partial sequence of the ompA gene followed by sequence analysis. Two additional genes, 17 kDa and 16SrRNA were also targeted for further characterization of the detected Rickettsia species. Rickettsial DNA was detected in 148 out of the 867 (17%) tested ticks. The infection rates in Rh. turanicus, Rh. sanguineus, H. adleri, H. parva, H. dromedarii, and H. impeltatum ticks were 41.7, 11.6, 16.7, 16.2, 11.8 and 20%, respectively. None of the ticks, belonging to the species Rh. bursa and H. aegyptium, were infected. Four SFG rickettsiae were identified: Rickettsia massiliae, Rickettsia africae, Candidatus Rickettsia barbariae and Candidatus Rickettsia goldwasserii. Significance The results of this study demonstrate the geographic distribution of SFG rickettsiae and clearly indicate the presence of at least four of them in collected ticks. Palestinian clinicians should be aware of emerging tick-borne diseases in the West Bank, particularly infections due to R. massiliae and R. africae. PMID:26771654

  18. Ectoparasite Infestations and Canine Infection by Rickettsiae and Ehrlichiae in a Semi-Arid Region of Northeastern Brazil.

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    Araes-Santos, Ana Isabel; Moraes-Filho, Jonas; Peixoto, Renata M; Spolidorio, Mariana G; Azevedo, Sérgio S; Costa, Mateus M; Labruna, Marcelo B; Horta, Mauricio C

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    This study investigated the prevalence of Rickettsia spp. and Ehrlichia canis infection in dogs and their ectoparasites from rural and urban areas of two municipalities, Petrolina and Juazeiro, within a semiarid region (Caatinga biome) of northeastern Brazil, by immunofluorescence assay (IFA) and polymerase chain reaction (PCR). Overall, 12.1% (61/504) and 23.0% (116/504) of canine plasma samples had antibodies reactive to Rickettsia spp. and E. canis. E. canis DNA was detected by PCR in 8.3% (42/504) of canine blood samples, whereas no blood sample was positive for Rickettsia spp. The infection by E. canis was determined by PCR in 4.9% (14/285) Rhipicephalus sanguineus sensu lato (s.l.) ticks and by Rickettsia felis in 1.1% (3/285) and 40.6% (74/182) ticks and fleas, respectively. Multivariate regression analyses revealed that canine seropositivity to Rickettsia spp. was associated statistically with the variables "to reside in Petrolina" and "presence of ectoparasites." Our results indicate that canine infection by E. canis might be endemic in the Caatinga biome as it is in other Brazilian biomes. Although no previous serosurvey for Rickettsia spp. has been conducted on dogs from the Caatinga biome, our values are much lower than the ones reported for rural dogs from other Brazilian biomes. These differences are likely related to the semiarid climate of the aatinga biome, which minimizes the exposure of rural dogs to Amblyomma spp. ticks, the most common vectors of Rickettsia spp. in Brazil. Considering that dogs are excellent sentinels for human exposure to Rickettsia spp., we can infer that the risks of human acquiring tick-borne rickettsiosis in the Caatinga region of the present study are low. The rickettsial infection rates in fleas and ticks were not related to canine seropositivity; i.e., areas with higher Rickettsia infection rates in fleas had the lowest canine seroreactivity to Rickettsia spp. PMID:26565771

  19. Linfadenitis por micobacterias en pediatría

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    Griselda, Berberian; Alejandro, Santillán Iturrez; Lidia, Casimir; María Teresa, Rosanova.

    2005-02-01

    Full Text Available Introducción. La linfadenitis es un problema común en niños y adolescentes. Entre las causas infecciosas se encuentran las micobacterias; por lo tanto, es importante establecer el tipo prevalente de acuerdo con la epidemiología local, ya que estudios realizados en EE.UU. y Europa muestran un franco [...] predominio de las micobacterias atípicas como causa de linfadenitis en menores de 5 años. Este estudio se realizó con el objetivo de conocer las características epidemiológicas, clínicas, microbiológicas y evolutivas de las linfadenitis por micobacterias en pediatría. Población, material y métodos. Estudio retrospectivo descriptivo realizado durante el período comprendido entre febrero de 1989 y diciembre de 2001, cuyo criterio de inclusión fueron niños con muestras ganglionares periféricas con aislamiento de micobacterias entre el primer mes mes y los 18 años de edad. Resultados. De los 29 pacientes, 70% fueron mujeres, con un rango de 7 a 228 meses (mediana: 101meses). El 70% provenía de la provincia de Buenos Aires; 24 pacientes (83%) eran huéspedes normales, 15 pacientes (52%) presentaron síntomas sistémicos. El tiempo de evolución hasta el diagnóstico tuvo una mediana de 60 días; 16 pacientes (55%) habían recibido antibióticos previamente. La linfadenopatía unilateral cervical fue la forma más común de presentación, en 22 pacientes (75%). Se halló otra localización extraganglionar en 16 (55%); la pulmonar fue la más frecuente, en 15 pacientes (94%). La PPD fue positiva en 12 (41%). La eritrosedimentación estaba acelerada en 21 (73%). Se realizó exéresis ganglionar en 23 pacientes (80%), y la punción para el diagnóstico en los 6 niños restantes. El aislamiento microbiológico se realizó a partir de muestras ganglionares exclusivas en 21 pacientes (72%) y asociadas a muestras pulmonares en 8 (27%). Se aisló Mycobacterium tuberculosis en 25 pacientes (86%), todos sensibles a tuberculostáticos de primera línea. Se halló Mycobacterium avium intracellulare en 3 de los 4 niños restantes. La evolución fue favorable en todos los casos. Conclusiones. La localización cervical unilateral fue la más frecuente. El hallazgo de Mycobacterium tuberculosis fue prevalernte, independientemente de la edad. Abstract in english Lymphadenitis is a common problem in children and adolescents. Mycobacteria are an important cause of lymphadenitis. In the USA and Europe, lymphadenitis due to atypical mycobacteria are more common in children younger than 5 years old. It is important to assess the epidemiology of mycobacterial lym [...] phadenitis for every country. Population, material and methods. All patients admitted to the Hospital de Pediatría J.P. Garrahan from January 1989 to December 2001, between one month and 18 years of age, with lymphadenitis with positive cultures for mycobacteria were included. Results. Twenty nine patients were included. Seventy percent were female. The median age was 101 months (r: 7-228 months). 24 patients (83%) were normal hosts. Systemic syntoms were present in 15 (52%). The median time from the onset of the disease to diagnosis was 60 days. Sixteen patients had received previous antibiotics. Cervical localization was seen most frequently in 22 patients (75%). Lung involvment was detected in 15 (94%). PPD was positive in 12 (41%). VSG was accelerated in 21 patients (73%). Complete excision of the enlarged lymph node was performed in 23 patients (80%), and needle biopsy in 6. In 21 (72%), the causative Mycobacterium could be cultured in the lymph node alone. Mycobacterium tuberculosis was isolated in 25 patients (86%). All strains were sensitive to first-line drugs. Mycobacterium aviumintracellulare was isolated in 3 patients. Outcome was good in all cases. Conclusions. Cervical localization was the most frequent. Mycobacterium tuberculosis was the most common pathogen in all ages.

  20. A ocorrência de riquetsioses do grupo Rickettsia rickettsii Occurrence of rickettsiosis of the group Rickettsia rickettsii

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    Dalva A. Portari Mancini

    1983-12-01

    Full Text Available Foi realizada revisão da literatura com objetivo de atualizar as informações sobre a ocorrência de riquetsioses do grupo Rickettsia rickettsii. Verificou-se que nos EUA e Europa, a incidência da febre maculosa, vem aumentando desde 1970 até hoje. No Brasil, foi relatado um caso presuntivo, no estado da Bahia, em 1979. Com relação a prevenção, controle e tratamento dessa doença é salientada a importância de informações relacionadas com indivíduos expostos a picadas de carrapatos, notificação de novos casos, fatores ecológicos, técnicas laboratoriais mais específicas para a identificação do agente etiológico, e a antibioticoterapia mais eficiente. A vacinação é ainda referida como meio mais favorável na prevenção da doença, devendo ser administrada aos indivíduos de alto risco. No Brasil, faltam informações precisas sobre a ocorrência de R. rickettsii.A search of the literature to update the available information on the occurrence of rickettsiosis caused by the Rickettsia rickettsii group was made. It was verified that the incidence of spotted fever has had an increase in the U.S.A. and Europe since 1970. In Brazil, a presumptive case was reported in the State of Bahia, in 1979. Regarding the prevention, control and treatment of this disease, importance is given to data related to individuals exposed to tick bites, report of new cases, ecological factors, more specific laboratorial procedures for the identification of the etiological agent, and a more efficient antibiotic therapy. Vaccination is still regarded as the most adequate means for the prevention of the disease, and should be aimed at groups of individuals at high risk. In Brazil, there is a lack of more precise information on the occurrence of R. rickettsii.

  1. "Rickettsia amblyommii" induces cross protection against lethal Rocky Mountain spotted fever in a guinea pig model.

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    Blanton, Lucas S; Mendell, Nicole L; Walker, David H; Bouyer, Donald H

    2014-08-01

    Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF) is a severe illness caused by Rickettsia rickettsii for which there is no available vaccine. We hypothesize that exposure to the highly prevalent, relatively nonpathogenic "Rickettsia amblyommii" protects against R. rickettsii challenge. To test this hypothesis, guinea pigs were inoculated with "R. amblyommii." After inoculation, the animals showed no signs of illness. When later challenged with lethal doses of R. rickettsii, those previously exposed to "R. amblyommii" remained well, whereas unimmunized controls developed severe illness and died. We conclude that "R. amblyommii" induces an immune response that protects from illness and death in the guinea pig model of RMSF. These results provide a basis for exploring the use of low-virulence rickettsiae as a platform to develop live attenuated vaccine candidates to prevent severe rickettsioses. PMID:25072985

  2. Thoracic radiographic findings in dogs infected with Rickettsia rickettsii

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    Sixteen beagle dogs were injected intradermally with Rickettsia rickettsii. The dogs were divided into four groups (n = 4): 1) infected, non-treated control; 2) infected, treated with doxycycline; 3) infected, treated with doxycycline and an anti-inflammatory dose of corticosteroid; and 4) infected, treated with doxycycline and an immunosuppressive dose of corticosteroid. Thoracic radiographs were made and ocular fluorescein angiography was performed on days 6, 10, 17 post-inoculation. A mild interstitial lung opacity was noted in 4/16 dogs on day 6, 5/16 on day 10 and 3/16 on day 17 post-inoculation. Increased retinal vascular permeability was noted in 8/16 dogs on day 6, 3/16 on day 10 and 1/16 on day 17 post-inoculation. Correlation between the presence of radiographic and retinal lesions was not significant (p = 0.08). Eleven, naturally infected, dogs with thoracic radiographs and a final diagnosis of RMSF were also evaluated. Four of the 11 dogs had an unstructured interstitial pattern. Dogs with acute, experimentally-infected or naturally-occurring RMSF may have subtle pulmonary changes characterized by an unstructured interstitial pattern

  3. Transmission potential of Rickettsia felis infection by Anopheles gambiae mosquitoes.

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    Dieme, Constentin; Bechah, Yassina; Socolovschi, Cristina; Audoly, Gilles; Berenger, Jean-Michel; Faye, Ousmane; Raoult, Didier; Parola, Philippe

    2015-06-30

    A growing number of recent reports have implicated Rickettsia felis as a human pathogen, paralleling the increasing detection of R. felis in arthropod hosts across the globe, primarily in fleas. Here Anopheles gambiae mosquitoes, the primary malarial vectors in sub-Saharan Africa, were fed with either blood meal infected with R. felis or infected cellular media administered in membrane feeding systems. In addition, a group of mosquitoes was fed on R. felis-infected BALB/c mice. The acquisition and persistence of R. felis in mosquitoes was demonstrated by quantitative PCR detection of the bacteria up to day 15 postinfection. R. felis was detected in mosquito feces up to day 14. Furthermore, R. felis was visualized by immunofluorescence in salivary glands, in and around the gut, and in the ovaries, although no vertical transmission was observed. R. felis was also found in the cotton used for sucrose feeding after the mosquitoes were fed infected blood. Natural bites from R. felis-infected An. gambiae were able to cause transient rickettsemias in mice, indicating that this mosquito species has the potential to be a vector of R. felis infection. This is particularly important given the recent report of high prevalence of R. felis infection in patients with "fever of unknown origin" in malaria-endemic areas. PMID:26056256

  4. Detection of Rickettsia massiliae in Rhipicephalus sanguineus from the eastern United States.

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    Fornadel, Christen M; Smith, Joshua D; Zawada, Sonya E; Arias, Jorge R; Norris, Douglas E

    2013-01-01

    We report the first evidence of Rickettsia massiliae in the brown dog tick, Rhipicephalus sanguineus, from the East Coast of the United States. As part of routine pathogen surveillance, DNA samples from ixodid ticks were tested for spotted fever group rickettsiae by nested PCR. A R. massiliae-positive tick was collected off a beagle mix recently rescued from North Carolina. Infection was confirmed by partial sequence analysis of the htrA, gltA, ompB, ompA, and sca4 genes, which had 100% identity to a R. massiliae isolate from Arizona. PMID:23199270

  5. Detection of Rickettsia massiliae in Rhipicephalus sanguineus from the Eastern United States

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    FORNADEL, CHRISTEN M.; Smith, Joshua D.; Zawada, Sonya E.; ARIAS, JORGE R.; Norris, Douglas E

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    We report the first evidence of Rickettsia massiliae in the brown dog tick, Rhipicephalus sanguineus, from the East Coast of the United States. As part of routine pathogen surveillance, DNA samples from ixodid ticks were tested for spotted fever group rickettsiae by nested PCR. A R. massiliae-positive tick was collected off a beagle mix recently rescued from North Carolina. Infection was confirmed by partial sequence analysis of the htrA, gltA, ompB, ompA, and sca4 genes, which had 100% ident...

  6. Probe directed at a segment of Rickettsia rickettsii rRNA amplified with polymerase chain reaction.

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    Wilson, K H; Blitchington, R; Shah, P.; Mcdonald, G; Gilmore, R D; Mallavia, L P

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    In an effort to explore a sensitive taxon-specific detection system for bacteria, we sequenced the 16S rRNA from two strains of Rickettsia rickettsii, five other rickettsiae, and Coxiella burnetti to find a probe site unique to R. rickettsii. We then synthesized a 16-mer that hybridized only to the rRNA of R. rickettsii. Using a primer complementary to a sequence found only in rickettsial rRNA, we then generated a cDNA. We amplified the probe site in a 180-base segment of the cDNA by using th...

  7. Survey for hantaviruses, tick-borne encephalitis virus, and Rickettsia spp. in small rodents in Croatia.

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    Svoboda, Petra; Dobler, Gerhard; Markoti?, Alemka; Kurolt, Ivan-Christian; Speck, Stephanie; Habuš, Josipa; Vucelja, Marko; Krajinovi?, Lidija Cvetko; Tadin, Ante; Margaleti?, Josip; Essbauer, Sandra

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    In Croatia, several rodent- and vector-borne agents are endemic and of medical importance. In this study, we investigated hantaviruses and, for the first time, tick-borne encephalitis virus (TBEV) and Rickettsia spp. in small wild rodents from two different sites (mountainous and lowland region) in Croatia. In total, 194 transudate and tissue samples from 170 rodents (A. flavicollis, n=115; A. agrarius, n=2; Myodes glareolus, n=53) were tested for antibodies by indirect immunofluorescence assays (IIFT) and for nucleic acids by conventional (hantaviruses) and real-time RT-/PCRs (TBEV and Rickettsia spp.). A total of 25.5% (24/94) of the rodents from the mountainous area revealed specific antibodies against hantaviruses. In all, 21.3% (20/94) of the samples from the mountainous area and 29.0% (9/31) from the lowland area yielded positive results for either Puumala virus (PUUV) or Dobrava-Belgrade virus (DOBV) using a conventional RT-PCR. All processed samples (n=194) were negative for TBEV by IIFT or real-time RT-PCR. Serological evidence of rickettsial infection was detected in 4.3% (4/94) rodents from the mountainous region. Another 3.2% (3/94) rodents were positive for Rickettsia spp. by real-time PCR. None of the rodents (n=76) from the lowland area were positive for Rickettsia spp. by real-time PCR. Dual infection of PUUV and Rickettsia spp. was found in one M. glareolus from the mountainous area by RT-PCR and real-time PCR, respectively. To our knowledge, this is the first detection of Rickettsia spp. in small rodents from Croatia. Phylogenetic analyses of S- and M-segment sequences obtained from the two study sites revealed well-supported subgroups in Croatian PUUV and DOBV. Although somewhat limited, our data showed occurrence and prevalence of PUUV, DOBV, and rickettsiae in Croatia. Further studies are warranted to confirm these data and to determine the Rickettsia species present in rodents in these areas. PMID:24866325

  8. Transmembrane electrical potential in Rickettsia prowazekii and its relationship to lysine transport.

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    Zahorchak, R J; Winkler, H. H.

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    The transmembrane electrical potential (delta psi) generated by Rickettsia prowazekii metabolizing glutamic acid or ATP was determined by flow dialysis with the lipophilic cation tetraphenylphosphonium and with lysine. At pH 7.0, the rickettsiae generated a delta psi as measured by tetraphenylphosphonium distribution of 90 mV. Under similar conditions, cells of R.prowazekii concentrated lysine to a gradient indicating a delta psi of 90 mV. Energy-starved cells of R. prowazekii were able to ut...

  9. Rickettsia amblyommii infecting Amblyomma sculptum in endemic spotted fever area from southeastern Brazil

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    Nunes, Emília de Carvalho; Vizzoni, Vinicius Figueiredo; Navarro, Daniel Leal; Iani, Felipe Campos de Melo; Durães, Liliane Silva; Daemon, Erik; Soares, Carlos Augusto Gomes; Gazeta, Gilberto Salles

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    The Rickettsia bacteria include the aetiological agents for the human spotted fever (SF) disease. In the present study, a SF groupRickettsia amblyommii related bacterium was detected in a field collected Amblyomma sculptum (Amblyomma cajennense species complex) tick from a Brazilian SF endemic site in southeastern Brazil, in the municipality of Juiz de Fora, state of Minas Gerais. Genetic analysis based on genes ompA,ompB and htrA showed that the detected strain, named R. amblyommii str. JF, is related to the speciesR. amblyommii. PMID:26676317

  10. Molecular evidence of Rickettsia felis infection in dogs from northern territory, Australia

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    Rees Robert L

    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract The prevalence of spotted fever group rickettsial infection in dogs from a remote indigenous community in the Northern Territory (NT was determined using molecular tools. Blood samples collected from 130 dogs in the community of Maningrida were subjected to a spotted fever group (SFG-specific PCR targeting the ompB gene followed by a Rickettsia felis-specific PCR targeting the gltA gene of R. felis. Rickettsia felis ompB and gltA genes were amplified from the blood of 3 dogs. This study is the first report of R. felis infection in indigenous community dogs in NT.

  11. Effects of Monocular Deprivation on the Dendritic Features of Retinal Ganglion Cells / Efectos de la Privación Monocular sobre las Características Dendríticas de las Células Ganglionares de la Retina

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    Philip, Mwachaka; Hassan, Saidi; Paul, Odula; Pamela, Mandela.

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    Full Text Available La privación monocular de la visión resulta en cambios anatómicos en la corteza visual en favor del ojo no privado. Aunque la retina forma parte de la vía visual, hay escasez de datos sobre el efecto de la privación monocular en su estructura. El objetivo de esta investigación fue describir los efec [...] tos de la privación monocular en las características de las dendritas de las células ganglionares de la retina. Se diseñó un estudio cuasi-experimental. Se examinaron 30 conejos (18 experimentales, 12 controles). La privación monocular se logró a través de la sutura unilateral del párpado en los animales de experimentación. Los conejos fueron observados durante tres semanas. Cada semana, 6 animales experimentales y 3 control fueron eutanasiados, donde se obtuvo la retina y fue procesada para realizar microscopía óptica. Las microfotografías de la retina fueron tomadas con una cámara digital y luego se utilizó el software FIJI para su análisis. El número de dendritas primarias, terminales y el área del campo de dendritas en los ojos no privados aumentó un 66,7% (p=0,385), 400% (p=0,002), y 88,4% (p=0,523), respectivamente. Los ojos no privados, tenían 114,3% más dendritas terminales (p=0,002) en comparación con los controles. Entre los ojos privados, todas las variables medidas tuvieron un aumento gradual en las dos primeras semanas, seguido de descenso con mayor privación. No se observaron diferencias estadísticamente significativas entre los ojos privados y el grupo control. En conclusion, la privación monocular produce un aumento de los contactos sinápticos en los ojos no privados, con cambios recíprocos que se manifiestan en los ojos privados de la visión. Abstract in english Monocular deprivation results in anatomical changes in the visual cortex in favor of the non-deprived eye. Although the retina forms part of the visual pathway, there is scarcity of data on the effect of monocular deprivation on its structure. The objective of this study was to describe the effects [...] of monocular deprivation on the retinal ganglion cell dendritic features. The study design was quasi-experimental. 30 rabbits (18 experimental, 12 controls) were examined. Monocular deprivation was achieved through unilateral lid suture in the experimental animals. The rabbits were observed for three weeks. Each week, 6 experimental and 3 control animals were euthanized, their retina harvested and processed for light microscopy. Photomicrographs of the retina were taken using a digital camera then entered into FIJI software for analysis. The number of primary branches, terminal branches and dendritic field area among the non-deprived eyes increased by 66.7%(p=0.385), 400%(p=0.002), and 88.4%(p=0.523) respectively. Non-deprived eyes had 114.3% more terminal dendrites (p=0.002) compared to controls. Among deprived eyes, all variables measured had a gradual rise in the first two weeks followed by decline with further deprivation. There were no statistically significant differences noted between the deprived and control eyes. Monocular deprivation results in increase in synaptic contacts in the non-deprived eye, with reciprocal changes occurring in the deprived eye.

  12. High Rates of Rickettsia parkeri Infection in Gulf Coast Ticks (Amblyomma maculatum) and Identification of “Candidatus Rickettsia Andeanae” from Fairfax County, Virginia

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    FORNADEL, CHRISTEN M.; Zhang, Xing; Smith, Joshua D.; Paddock, Christopher D.; ARIAS, JORGE R.; Norris, Douglas E

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    The Gulf Coast tick, Amblyomma maculatum, is a vector of Rickettsia parkeri, a recently identified human pathogen that causes a disease with clinical symptoms that resemble a mild form of Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Because the prevalence of R. parkeri infection in geographically distinct populations of A. maculatum is not fully understood, A. maculatum specimens collected as part of a tick and pathogen surveillance system in Fairfax County, Virginia, were screened to determine pathogen inf...

  13. Antibodies to Rickettsia rickettsii, Rickettsia typhi, Coxiella burnetii, Bartonella henselae, Bartonella quintana, and Ehrlichia chaffeensis among healthy population in Minas Gerais, Brazil

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    Paulo Sérgio Gonçalves da Costa; Marcos Emilio Brigatte; Dirceu Bartolomeu Greco

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    Rickettsial diseases except those belonging to spotted fever group rickettsioses are poorly studied in South America particularly in Brazil where few epidemiological reports have been published. We describe a serosurvey for Rickettsia rickettsii, R. typhi, Coxiella burnetii, Bartonella henselae, B. quintana, and Ehrlichia chaffeensis in 437 healthy people from a Brazilian rural community. The serum samples were tested by indirected micro-immunoflourescence technique and a cutoff titer of 1:64...

  14. Evidence of spotted fever group rickettsiae in state of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Evidência de rickettsiae do grupo da febre maculosa no Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Brasil

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    ROZENTAL Tatiana; Maria Cristina BUSTAMANTE; Amorim, Marinete; Serra-Freire, Nicolau Maués; Elba Regina Sampaio de LEMOS

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    Ticks were obtained from dogs from February to September of 1999 at weekly intervals, in the County of Piraí, State of Rio de Janeiro. Four hundred seventy four ixodids were taxonomically identified, 103 Amblyomma cajennense, seven Amblyomma ovale, 209 Rhipicephalus sanguineus, and 155 Amblyomma sp. An hemolymph test associated with Giemsa's stain revealed two specimens in 163 ticks tested (R. sanguineus and Amblyomma sp), containing rickettsia-like organisms. Direct immunofluorescence verifi...

  15. Selection of Alpha/Beta Interferon- and Gamma Interferon-Resistant Rickettsiae by Passage of Rickettsia prowazekii in L929 Cells

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    The ability of endogenously produced alpha/beta interferon (IFN-alpha/beta) to inhibit rickettsial growth in infected L929 cell cultures was evaluated by comparing the growth of Rickettsia prowazekii Madrid E in untreated cultures and cultures treated with anti-mouse IFN (alpha + beta) serum. The endogenously produced IFN was neutralized, and rickettsial growth was enhanced in the antiserum-treated cultures. This inhibitory effect of endogenously produced IFN-alpha/beta was used to select ric...

  16. Interferencia de la tiroglobulina en la determinación de anticuerpos antitiroglobulina en el líquido de lavado de aguja de punción ganglionar / Thyroglobulin Interference in the Determination of Thiroglobulin Antibody in Wash-Out Fluid from Fine Needle Aspiration Biopsy of Lymph Node

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    N, Ibáñez; A.C, Cavallo; F, Smithuis; M, Negueruela; E, Beattie; R, Lambertini; C, Aranda; A, Oneto.

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    Full Text Available La interferencia producida por los anticuerpos antitiroglobulina (aTg) en la determinación de Tiroglobulina (Tg) ha sido bien estudiada, sin embargo la interferencia que puede producir esta última sobre la determinación de los anticuerpos no está clara. Objetivo: Investigar la interferencia que la T [...] g puede producir sobre la determinación de los aTg en el líquido de lavado de aguja de punción ganglionar. Material y Métodos: Se estudiaron retrospectivamente las muestras provenientes de la punción de adenopatías cervicales sospechosas de 19 pacientes tiroidectomizados por Cáncer Diferenciado de Tiroides (CDT). La punción se realizó con aguja 22 G bajo guía ecográfica y luego de la preparación del extendido para el estudio citológico se procedió al lavado de la aguja con 500 µl de solución fisiológica para determinar Tg y aTg. La medición de Tg se hizo por ensayo quimioluminiscente. Los aTg se midieron utilizando dos ensayos uno no competitivo quimioluminiscente (Q) y otro competitivo electroquimioluminiscente (Eq). Se consideraron aTg negativos valores 4.000 UI/ml cuando se midieron por el método competitivo (Eq), siendo estos valores proporcionales a la concentración de Tg en la muestra. Se observó una falta de linealidad cuando se realizó ensayo de dilución a muestras de concentración elevada de aTg medidas por Eq. Los aTg por Eq se negativizaron a concentraciones de Tg inferiores a 3.000 ng/ml. Los aTg medidos por Q arrojaron valores negativos en todas las diluciones. Todos estos pacientes presentaban aTg negativos en suero por Q y Eq. Conclusión: Las altas concentraciones de Tg interfieren en la medición de aTg cuando los mismos son medidos por un método competitivo. La interferencia es proporcional a las concentraciones de Tg presentes en la muestra. Se recomienda que en los líquidos de lavado de aguja de punción ganglionar los aTg sean medidos por un método no competitivo ya que no parece estar interferido por las altas concentraciones de Tg característica de los ganglios metastásicos. La detección de esta interferencia no modificó el diagnóstico ni la conducta clínica en ningún caso, sin embargo es importante conocerla con el fin de no concluir erróneamente sobre la positividad de los anticuerpos en los ganglios cuando estos son medidos por un ensayo competitivo. Rev Argent Endocrinol Metab 51:1-7, 2014 Los autores declaran no poseer conflictos de interés. Abstract in english Thyroglobulin antibodies (TgAb) interference with thyroglobulin (Tg) measurements has been well studied; however, Tg interference with TgAb is unclear. Objective: To investigate how TgAb may interfere with Tg measurement in the washout fluid from lymph node fine-needle aspiration biopsy. Materials a [...] nd Methods: We retrospectively studied the samples obtained by aspiration of suspicious cervical lymph nodes from 19 patients post thyroidectomy for Differentiated Thyroid Cancer (DTC). The puncture was performed with a 22 G needle under ultrasound guidance. After preparation of cytological specimens, the needle was washed with 500 ul of saline solution to determine Tg and TgAb. Tg was measured by chemilumi­nescent assay and TgAb was measured using two assays: a non-competitive chemiluminescent assay (Q) and a competitive electrochemiluminescence assay (Eq). Values of TgAb below 20 UI/ml were considered negative. Appropriate dilutions of the sample of one of the patients were performed in order to study interference. Results: In all samples tested, concentrations showed very high Tg values (range: 15.185 - 1.141.275 ng/ml). TgAb results were negative in all the samples measured by the non-competitive method. Results were clearly positive in a range of 106 to > 4.000 IU/ml when the competitive assay (Eq) was used, being proportional to Tg concentrations in the samples. A lack of linearity was observed when a dilution assay was performed in samples of high TgAb concentrations measured by Eq. When Tg concentrations were below 3.000 ng / ml, TgAb became negative when measured by

  17. Frequency and Distribution of Rickettsiae, Borreliae, and Ehrlichiae Detected in Human-Parasitizing Ticks, Texas, USA.

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    Mitchell, Elizabeth A; Williamson, Phillip C; Billingsley, Peggy M; Seals, Janel P; Ferguson, Erin E; Allen, Michael S

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    To describe the presence and distribution of tickborne bacteria and their vectors in Texas, USA, we screened ticks collected from humans during 2008-2014 for Rickettsia, Borrelia, and Ehrlichia spp. Thirteen tick species were identified, and 23% of ticks carried bacterial DNA from at least 1 of the 3 genera tested. PMID:26811941

  18. A novel fluorescent in situ hybridization technique for detection of Rickettsia spp. in archival samples

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    Svendsen, Claus Bo; Boye, Mette; Struve, Carsten; Krogfelt, Karen A.

    2009-01-01

    A novel, sensitive and specific method for detecting Rickettsia spp. in archival samples is described. The method involves the use of fluorescently marked oligonucleotide probes for in situ hybridization. Specific hybridization of Ricekttsia was found without problems of cross-reactions with bacterial species shown to cross-react serologically.

  19. Aneruptive Fever Associated with Antibodies to Rickettsia helvetica in Europe and Thailand†

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    Fournier, Pierre-Edouard; Allombert, Caroline; Supputamongkol, Yupin; Caruso, Giuseppe; Brouqui, Philippe; Raoult, Didier

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    We report that eight patients from France, Italy, and Thailand had serological evidence of Rickettsia helvetica infection. The infection presented as a mild disease in the warm season and was associated with fever, headache, and myalgia but not with a cutaneous rash. R. helvetica should be suspected in patients with unexplained fever, especially following a bite from an Ixodes sp. tick.

  20. Rickettsia buchneri sp. nov., a rickettsial endosymbiont of the blacklegged tick Ixodes scapularis.

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    Kurtti, Timothy J; Felsheim, Roderick F; Burkhardt, Nicole Y; Oliver, Jonathan D; Heu, Chan C; Munderloh, Ulrike G

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    We obtained a rickettsial isolate from the ovaries of the blacklegged tick, Ixodes scapularis. The isolate (ISO7(T)) was grown in the Ixodes ricinus embryonic cell line IRE11. We characterized the isolate by transmission electron microscopy and gene sequencing. Phylogenetic analysis of 11 housekeeping genes demonstrated that the isolate fulfils the criteria to be classified as a representative of a novel rickettsial species closely related to 'Rickettsia monacensis'. These rickettsiae form a clade separate from other species of rickettsiae. Gene sequences indicated that several genes important in rickettsial motility, invasiveness and temperature adaptation were mutated (e.g. sca2, rickA, hsp22, pldA and htrA). We propose the name Rickettsia buchneri sp. nov. for this bacterium that infects the ovaries of the tick I. scapularis to acknowledge the pioneering contributions of Professor Paul Buchner (1886-1978) to research on bacterial symbionts. The type strain of R. buchneri sp. nov. is strain ISO-7(T) (?=?DSM 29016(T)?=?ATCC VR-1814(T)). PMID:25563918

  1. Fatal Human Infection with Rickettsia rickettsii, Yucatán, Mexico

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    Jorge E. Zavala-Castro; Zavala-Velázquez, Jorge E.; David H Walker; Arcila, Edgar E. Ruiz; Hugo LAVIADA-MOLINA; Olano, Juan P; Ruiz-Sosa, José A.; Small, Melissa A.; Karla R. Dzul-Rosado

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    The first fatal Rickettsia rickettsii infection was diagnosed in the southwest of Mexico. The patient had fever, erythematous rash, abdominal pain, and severe central nervous system involvement with convulsive crisis. The diagnosis of R. rickettsii infection was established by immunohistochemistry and specific polymerase chain reaction.

  2. Tick infestation and spotted-fever group Rickettsia in shelter dogs, California, 2009.

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    Fritz, C L; Kriner, P; Garcia, D; Padgett, K A; Espinosa, A; Chase, R; Hu, R; Messenger, S L

    2012-02-01

    In response to an outbreak of Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF) in Baja California in early 2009, dogs at two shelters in neighbouring Imperial County, California, were evaluated for ectoparasites. Brown dog ticks (Rhipicephalus sanguineus), a recognized vector for RMSF, were found on 35 (30%) of 116 dogs but all ticks tested negative for Rickettsia rickettsii by PCR. PMID:21824367

  3. Rickettsia infection in five areas of the state of São Paulo, Brazil

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    Maurício C Horta

    2007-11-01

    Full Text Available This study investigated rickettsial infection in animals, humans, ticks, and fleas collected in five areas of the state of São Paulo. Eight flea species (Adoratopsylla antiquorum antiquorum, Ctenocephalides felis felis, Polygenis atopus, Polygenis rimatus, Polygenis roberti roberti, Polygenis tripus, Rhopalopsyllus lugubris, and Rhopalopsyllus lutzi lutzi, and five tick species (Amblyomma aureolatum, Amblyomma cajennense, Amblyomma dubitatum, Ixodes loricatus, and Rhipicephalus sanguineus were collected from dogs, cats, and opossums. Rickettsia felis was the only rickettsia found infecting fleas, whereas Rickettsia bellii was the only agent infecting ticks, but no animal or human blood was shown to contain rickettsial DNA. Testing animal and human sera by indirect immunofluorescence assay against four rickettsia antigens (R. rickettsii, R. parkeri, R. felis, and R. bellii, some opossum, dog, horse, and human sera reacted to R. rickettsii with titers at least four-fold higher than to the other three rickettsial antigens. These sera were considered to have a predominant antibody response to R. rickettsii. Using the same criteria, opossum, dog, and horse sera showed predominant antibody response to R. parkeri or a very closely related genotype. Our serological results suggest that both R. rickettsii and R. parkeri infected animals and/or humans in the studied areas.

  4. Seroepidemiologic study of human infections with spotted fever group Rickettsiae in North Carolina.

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    Vaughn, Meagan F; Delisle, Josie; Johnson, Joey; Daves, Gaylen; Williams, Carl; Reber, Jodi; Mendell, Nicole L; Bouyer, Donald H; Nicholson, William L; Moncayo, Abelardo C; Meshnick, Steven R

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    Increasing entomologic and epidemiologic evidence suggests that spotted fever group rickettsiae (SFGR) other than Rickettsia rickettsii are responsible for spotted fever rickettsioses in the United States. A retrospective seroepidemiologic study was conducted on stored acute- and convalescent-phase sera that had been submitted for Rocky Mountain spotted fever testing to the North Carolina State Laboratory of Public Health. We evaluated the serologic reactivity of the paired sera to R. rickettsii, Rickettsia parkeri, and Rickettsia amblyommii antigens. Of the 106 eligible pairs tested, 21 patients seroconverted to one or more antigens. Cross-reactivity to multiple antigens was observed in 10 patients, and seroconversions to single antigens occurred in 11 patients, including 1 against R. rickettsii, 4 against R. parkeri, and 6 against R. amblyommii. Cross-absorption of cross-reactive sera and/or Western blots identified two presumptive cases of infection with R. parkeri, two presumptive cases of infection with R. rickettsii, and one presumptive case of infection with R. amblyommii. These findings suggest that species of SFGR other than R. rickettsii are associated with illness among North Carolina residents and that serologic testing using R. rickettsii antigen may miss cases of spotted fever rickettsioses caused by other species of SFGR. PMID:25187639

  5. Co-Infection of Rickettsia rickettsii and Streptococcus pyogenes: Is Fatal Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever Underdiagnosed?

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    Raczniak, Gregory A.; Kato, Cecilia; Chung, Ida H.; Austin, Amy; McQuiston, Jennifer H.; Weis, Erica; Levy, Craig; Carvalho, Maria da Gloria S.; Mitchell, Audrey; Bjork, Adam; Regan, Joanna J.

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    Rocky Mountain spotted fever, a tick-borne disease caused by Rickettsia rickettsii, is challenging to diagnose and rapidly fatal if not treated. We describe a decedent who was co-infected with group A β-hemolytic streptococcus and R. rickettsii. Fatal cases of Rocky Mountain spotted fever may be underreported because they present as difficult to diagnose co-infections.

  6. Transformation Frequency of a mariner-Based Transposon in Rickettsia rickettsii ? §

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    Clark, Tina R.; Lackey, Amanda M.; Kleba, Betsy; Driskell, Lonnie O.; Lutter, Erika I.; Martens, Craig; Wood, David O.; Hackstadt, Ted

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    Transformation frequencies of a mariner-based transposon system in Rickettsia rickettsii were determined using a plaque assay system for enumeration and isolation of mutants. Sequence analysis of insertion sites in both R. rickettsii and R. prowazekii indicated that insertions were random. Transposon mutagenesis provides a useful tool for rickettsial research.

  7. Detection of flea-borne Rickettsia species in the Western Himalayan region of India.

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    Chahota, R; Thakur, S D; Sharma, M; Mittra, S

    2015-01-01

    Human infections by various rickettsial species are frequently reported globally. We investigated a flea-borne rickettsial outbreak infecting 300 people in Western Himalayan region of India. Arthropod vectors (ticks and fleas) and animal and human blood samples from affected households were analysed by gltA and ompB genes based polymerase chain reaction (PCR). Rat flea (Ceratophyllus fasciatus) samples were found harbouring a Rickettsia sp. Phylogenetic analysis based on gltA gene using PHYLIP revealed that the detected Rickettsia sp. has 100% identity with SE313 and RF2125 strains of Rickettsia sp. of flea origin from Egypt and Thai-Myanmar border, respectively and cf1 and 5 strains from fleas and lice from the USA. But, the nucleotide sequence of genetically variable gene ompB of R14 strain was found closely related to cf9 strain, reported from Ctenocephalides felis fleas. These results highlight the public health importance of such newly discovered or less recognised Rickettsia species/strains, harboured by arthropod vectors like fleas. PMID:26068348

  8. Rickettsia infection in five areas of the state of São Paulo, Brazil

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    Maurício C, Horta; Marcelo B, Labruna; Adriano, Pinter; Pedro M, Linardi; Teresinha T S, Schumaker.

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    Full Text Available This study investigated rickettsial infection in animals, humans, ticks, and fleas collected in five areas of the state of São Paulo. Eight flea species (Adoratopsylla antiquorum antiquorum, Ctenocephalides felis felis, Polygenis atopus, Polygenis rimatus, Polygenis roberti roberti, Polygenis tripus [...] , Rhopalopsyllus lugubris, and Rhopalopsyllus lutzi lutzi), and five tick species (Amblyomma aureolatum, Amblyomma cajennense, Amblyomma dubitatum, Ixodes loricatus, and Rhipicephalus sanguineus) were collected from dogs, cats, and opossums. Rickettsia felis was the only rickettsia found infecting fleas, whereas Rickettsia bellii was the only agent infecting ticks, but no animal or human blood was shown to contain rickettsial DNA. Testing animal and human sera by indirect immunofluorescence assay against four rickettsia antigens (R. rickettsii, R. parkeri, R. felis, and R. bellii), some opossum, dog, horse, and human sera reacted to R. rickettsii with titers at least four-fold higher than to the other three rickettsial antigens. These sera were considered to have a predominant antibody response to R. rickettsii. Using the same criteria, opossum, dog, and horse sera showed predominant antibody response to R. parkeri or a very closely related genotype. Our serological results suggest that both R. rickettsii and R. parkeri infected animals and/or humans in the studied areas.

  9. Rickettsia slovaca in Dermacentor marginatus ticks and Tick Borne Lymphadenopathy in Tuscany, central Italy

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    Mannelli, Alessandro; TOMASSONE, Laura; Bertolotti, Luigi

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    Of 263 patients in Tuscany, Italy, from whom ticks were removed during July 2005–May 2007, fi ve showed signs of tick-borne lymphadenopathy. Of the ticks, 17 were Dermacentor marginatus; 6 (35.3%) of these were identifi ed by sequence analysis as containing Rickettsia slovaca. Tickborne lymphadenopathy occurs in this area.

  10. Bacteria of the genus Rickettsia in ticks (Acari: Ixodidae) collected from birds in Costa Rica.

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    Ogrzewalska, M.; Literák, I.; ?apek, Miroslav; Sychra, O.; Calderón, V. Á.; Rodríguez, B. C.; Prudencio, C.; Martins, T. F.; Labruna, M. B.

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    Ro?. 6, ?. 4 (2015), s. 478-482. ISSN 1877-959X R&D Projects: GA AV ?R IAA601690901 Institutional support: RVO:68081766 Keywords : Rickettsia * Ticks * Birds * Ixodes * Amblyomma * Costa Rica Subject RIV: EG - Zoology Impact factor: 2.718, year: 2014

  11. Pesquisa de Rickettsia spp em carrapatos Amblyomma cajennense e Amblyomma dubitatum no Estado de São Paulo Survey of Rickettsia spp in the ticks Amblyomma cajennense and Amblyomma dubitatum in the State of São Paulo

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    Full Text Available Foi pesquisada a presença de riquétsias em 3.545 carrapatos Amblyomma cajennense e 2.666 Amblyomma dubitatum. Através do teste de hemolinfa, reação em cadeia pela polimerase e isolamento de rickettsia em cultivo celular, todos os Amblyomma cajennense foram negativos, sendo que 634 (23,8% Amblyomma dubitatum mostraram-se infectados com Rickettsia bellii.The presence of rickettsial infection was surveyed in 3,545 Amblyomma cajennense ticks and 2,666 Amblyomma dubitatum ticks. Using the hemolymph test, polymerase chain reaction and isolation of Rickettsia in cell cultures, all of the Amblyomma cajennense were negative, whereas 634 (23.8% of the Amblyomma dubitatum ticks were shown to be infected with Rickettsia bellii.

  12. Pathogenic potential of a Costa Rican strain of 'Candidatus Rickettsia amblyommii' in guinea pigs (Cavia porcellus) and protective immunity against Rickettsia rickettsii.

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    Rivas, Juan J; Moreira-Soto, Andrés; Alvarado, Gilberth; Taylor, Lizeth; Calderón-Arguedas, Olger; Hun, Laya; Corrales-Aguilar, Eugenia; Morales, Juan Alberto; Troyo, Adriana

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    'Candidatus Rickettsia amblyommii' is a spotted fever group rickettsia that is not considered pathogenic, although there is serologic evidence of possible infection in animals and humans. The aim of this study was to evaluate the pathogenic potential of a Costa Rican strain of 'Candidatus R. amblyommii' in guinea pigs and determine its capacity to generate protective immunity against a subsequent infection with a local strain of Rickettsia rickettsii isolated from a human case. Six guinea pigs were inoculated with 'Candidatus R. amblyommii' strain 9-CC-3-1 and two controls with cell culture medium. Health status was evaluated, and necropsies were executed at days 2, 4, and 13. Blood and tissues were processed by PCR to detect the gltA gene, and end titers of anti-'Candidatus R. amblyommii' IgG were determined by indirect immunofluorescence. To evaluate protective immunity, another 5 guinea pigs were infected with 'Candidatus R. amblyommii' (IGPs). After 4 weeks, these 5 IGPs and 3 controls (CGPs) were inoculated with pathogenic R. rickettsii. Clinical signs and titers of anti-Rickettsia IgG were determined. IgG titers reached 1:512 at day 13 post-infection with 'Candidatus R. amblyommii'. On day 2 after inoculation, two guinea pigs had enlarged testicles and 'Candidatus R. amblyommii' DNA was detected in testicles. Histopathology confirmed piogranulomatous orchitis with perivascular inflammatory infiltrate in the epididymis. In the protective immunity assay, anti-Rickettsia IgG end titers after R. rickettsii infection were lower in IGPs than in CGPs. IGPs exhibited only transient fever, while CGP showed signs of severe disease and mortality. R. rickettsii was detected in testicles and blood of CGPs. Results show that the strain 9-CC-3-1 of 'Candidatus R. amblyommii' was able to generate pathology and an antibody response in guinea pigs. Moreover, its capacity to generate protective immunity against R. rickettsii may modulate the epidemiology and severity of Rocky Mountain spotted fever in areas where both species circulate. PMID:26210090

  13. Orientia, rickettsia, and leptospira pathogens as causes of CNS infections in Laos: a prospective study

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    Dittrich, Sabine; Rattanavong, Sayaphet; Lee, Sue J; Panyanivong, Phonepasith; Craig, Scott B; Tulsiani, Suhella M; Blacksell, Stuart D; Dance, David A B; Dubot-Pérès, Audrey; Sengduangphachanh, Amphone; Phoumin, Phonelavanh; Paris, Daniel H; Newton, Paul N

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    Summary Background Scrub typhus (caused by Orientia tsutsugamushi), murine typhus (caused by Rickettsia typhi), and leptospirosis are common causes of febrile illness in Asia; meningitis and meningoencephalitis are severe complications. However, scarce data exist for the burden of these pathogens in patients with CNS disease in endemic countries. Laos is representative of vast economically poor rural areas in Asia with little medical information to guide public health policy. We assessed whether these pathogens are important causes of CNS infections in Laos. Methods Between Jan 10, 2003, and Nov 25, 2011, we enrolled 1112 consecutive patients of all ages admitted with CNS symptoms or signs requiring a lumbar puncture at Mahosot Hospital, Vientiane, Laos. Microbiological examinations (culture, PCR, and serology) targeted so-called conventional bacterial infections (Streptococcus pneumoniae, Neisseria meningitidis, Haemophilus influenzae, S suis) and O tsutsugamushi, Rickettsia typhi/Rickettsia spp, and Leptospira spp infections in blood or cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). We analysed and compared causes and clinical and CSF characteristics between patient groups. Findings 1051 (95%) of 1112 patients who presented had CSF available for analysis, of whom 254 (24%) had a CNS infection attributable to a bacterial or fungal pathogen. 90 (35%) of these 254 infections were caused by O tsutsugamushi, R typhi/Rickettsia spp, or Leptospira spp. These pathogens were significantly more frequent than conventional bacterial infections (90/1051 [9%] vs 42/1051 [4%]; pLeptospira spp combined, and 33% (13/39) for conventional bacterial infections (p=0·076). Interpretation Our data suggest that R typhi/Rickettsia spp, O tsutsugamushi, and Leptospira spp infections are important causes of CNS infections in Laos. Antibiotics, such as tetracyclines, needed for the treatment of murine typhus and scrub typhus, are not routinely advised for empirical treatment of CNS infections. These severely neglected infections represent a potentially large proportion of treatable CNS disease burden across vast endemic areas and need more attention. Funding Wellcome Trust UK. PMID:25617190

  14. "Rickettsia amblyommii" and R. montanensis infection in dogs following natural exposure to ticks.

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    Barrett, Anne; Little, Susan E; Shaw, Edward

    2014-01-01

    To determine the risk of canine infection with spotted fever group (SFG) Rickettsia spp. following natural tick exposure, 10 dogs determined to be free of evidence of exposure to or infection with tick-borne disease agents were exposed to ticks via weekly walks in a wooded area in north-central Oklahoma. After each walk, dogs were examined and the number and species of ticks present were recorded. The dogs were then returned to outdoor kennels to allow the infestations and subsequent transmission of any pathogens to proceed. Serum samples and whole blood were collected from each dog twice weekly for 121 days and evaluated via indirect fluorescence antibody (IFA) for antibodies reactive to Rickettsia rickettsii, R. montanensis, and "R. amblyommii," and by PCR for evidence of Rickettsia spp. Dogs became infested with a total of 57-108 ticks over the entire 8-week infestation period (weekly average tick infestation=12.0±4.1). The great majority of the ticks present were Amblyomma americanum (90.5%), with a small number of Dermacentor variabilis and A. maculatum also identified. All (10/10) dogs seroconverted to R. rickettsii, R. montanensis, and "R. amblyommii," with mean maximum inverse titers of 1176, 1448, and 6654, respectively, for all dogs in the study. Maximum inverse titers to "R. amblyommii" ranged from 4096 to 16,384 and were higher in 9/10 dogs than maximum inverse titers to R. rickettsii or R. montanensis. Sequence-confirmed SFG Rickettsia spp. (R. montanensis and "R. amblyommii") were occasionally, but not consistently, identified from whole blood by PCR. Taken together, our data suggest that, in areas where A. americanum is common, antibodies reactive to R. rickettsii in dogs may be due instead to infection with "R. amblyommii" or other, closely related SFG Rickettsia spp. PMID:24359419

  15. Serological evidence of Rickettsia parkeri as the etiological agent of rickettsiosis in Uruguay Evidência sorológica de Rickettsia parkeri como agente etiológico de rickettsiose no Uruguai

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    Ismael A. Conti-Díaz; Jonas Moraes-Filho; Pacheco, Richard C.; Labruna, Marcelo B.

    2009-01-01

    We report three new rickettsiosis human cases in Uruguay. The three clinical cases presented clinical manifestations similar to previous reported cases of Rickettsia parkeri in the United States; that is mild fever (< 40 ºC), malaise, headache, rash, inoculation eschar at the tick bite site, regional lymphadenopathy, and no lethality. Serological antibody-absorption tests with purified antigens of R. parkeri and Rickettsia rickettsii, associated with immunofluorescence assay indicated that th...

  16. Anti-Rickettsia spp. antibodies in free-ranging and captive capybaras from southern Brazil Anticorpos anti-Rickettsia spp. em capivaras de vida livre e de cativeiro no Sul do Brasil

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    Fernanda S. Fortes; Santos, Leonilda C.; Zalmir S. Cubas; Ivan R. Barros-Filho; Alexander W. Biondo; Iara Silveira; Labruna, Marcelo B.; Marcelo B. Molento

    2011-01-01

    Capybaras (Hydrochaeris hydrochaeris) are among the main hosts of Amblyomma spp. ticks, which is able to transmit Rickettsia species to human beings and animals. Since they are often infested with potential vector ticks, capybaras may be used as sentinels for rickettsiosis, such as the Brazilian Spotted Fever. The aim of the present study was to determine the prevalence of antibodies against Rickettsia spp. using the indirect immunofluorescence assay (IFA) in 21 free-ranging and 10 captive an...

  17. Rickettsiae of the spotted fever group associated with the host-parasite system Oryctolagus cuniculi/Rhipicephalus pusillus.

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    Ciceroni, L; Pinto, A; Rossi, C; Khoury, C; Rivosecchi, L; Stella, E; Cacciapuoti, B

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    Wild rabbits--Oryctolagus cuniculi--living in large numbers in a protected zone of Tuscany, the park of Migliarino--San Rossore--Massaciuccoli, showed to be carriers of the hard tick Rhipicephalus pusillus, previously observed in North Africa and Sicily. Antibodies to Rickettsia conorii and R. slovaca were detected in 78.9 per cent of the wild rabbits captured in that area. Seroconversion towards R. conorii was also observed in guinea pigs inoculated with homogenates of R. pusillus parasitizing the wild rabbits. These results identify an ecological niche of rickettsiae of the Spotted fever group in the host-parasite system O. cuniculi/R. pusillus. Attempts to isolate rickettsiae from the ticks and the wild rabbits were unsuccessful both in the egg yolk sac and in the guinea pig. This failure probably shows the low pathogenicity of the rickettsiae parasitizing the biosystem O. cuniculi/R. pusillus. PMID:3195257

  18. Molecular detection of Rickettsia felis and Bartonella henselae in dog and cat fleas in Central Oromia, Ethiopia.

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    Kumsa, Bersissa; Parola, Philippe; Raoult, Didier; Socolovschi, Cristina

    2014-03-01

    Fleas are important vectors of several Rickettsia and Bartonella spp. that cause emerging zoonotic diseases worldwide. In this study, 303 fleas collected from domestic dogs and cats in Ethiopia and identified morphologically as Ctenocephalides felis felis, C. canis, Pulex irritans, and Echidnophaga gallinacea were tested for Rickettsia and Bartonella DNA by using molecular methods. Rickettsia felis was detected in 21% of fleas, primarily C. felis, with a similar prevalence in fleas from dogs and cats. A larger proportion of flea-infested dogs (69%) than cats (37%) harbored at least one C. felis infected with R. felis. Rickettsia typhi was not detected. Bartonella henselae DNA was detected in 6% (2 of 34) of C. felis collected from cats. Our study highlights the likelihood of human exposure to R. felis, an emerging agent of spotted fever, and B. henselae, the agent of cat-scratch disease, in urban areas in Ethiopia. PMID:24445204

  19. Rickettsia in synanthropic and domestic animals and their hosts from two areas of low endemicity for Brazilian spotted fever in the eastern region of Minas Gerais, Brazil.

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    Milagres, Bruno S; Padilha, Amanda F; Barcelos, Rafael M; Gomes, Gabriel G; Montandon, Carlos E; Pena, Dárlen C H; Nieri Bastos, Fernanda A; Silveira, Iara; Pacheco, Richard; Labruna, Marcelo B; Bouyer, Donald H; Freitas, Renata N; Walker, David H; Mafra, Cláudio L; Galvao, Márcio A M

    2010-12-01

    The aim of this study was to understand the current epidemiology of rickettsial diseases in two rickettsial-endemic regions in Brazil. In the municipalities of Pingo D'Agua and Santa Cruz do Escalvado, among serum samples obtained from horses and dogs, reactivity by immunofluorescent assay against spotted fever group rickettsiae was verified. In some serum samples from opossums (Didelphis aurita) captured in Santa Cruz do Escalvado, serologic response against rickettsiae was also verified. Polymerase chain reaction identified rickettsiae only in ticks and fleas obtained in Santa Cruz do Escalvado. Rickettsiae in samples had 100% sequence homology with Rickettsia felis. These results highlight the importance of marsupials in maintenance of the sylvatic cycle of rickettsial disease and potential integration with the domestic cycle. Our data also support the importance of horses and dogs as sentinels in monitoring circulation of rickettsiae in an urban area. PMID:21118939

  20. RC1339/APRc from Rickettsia conorii Is a Novel Aspartic Protease with Properties of Retropepsin-Like Enzymes

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    Cruz, Rui; Huesgen, Pitter; Riley, Sean P; Wlodawer, Alexander; Faro, Carlos; Overall, Christopher M; Martinez, Juan J.; Simões, Isaura

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    Members of the species Rickettsia are obligate intracellular, gram-negative, arthropod-borne pathogens of humans and other mammals. The life-threatening character of diseases caused by many Rickettsia species and the lack of reliable protective vaccine against rickettsioses strengthens the importance of identifying new protein factors for the potential development of innovative therapeutic tools. Herein, we report the identification and characterization of a novel membrane-embedded retropepsi...

  1. Penetration of host cells by Rickettsia rickettsii appears to be mediated by a phospholipase of rickettsial origin.

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    Silverman, D J; Santucci, L A; Meyers, N.; Sekeyova, Z.

    1992-01-01

    Internalization of obligate intracellular bacteria belonging to the genus Rickettsia by eukaryotic cells requires participation of both the parasitized host and the microorganism. The term "induced phagocytosis" has been used specifically to describe the entry of Rickettsia prowazekii, although a similar mechanism is likely for R. rickettsii. A role for a phospholipase in the internalization process has been proposed for both of these organisms, with the strongest supporting evidence provided...

  2. Determination of genome sizes of Rickettsia spp. within the spotted fever group, using pulsed-field gel electrophoresis.

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    Roux, V.; Drancourt, M.; Raoult, D

    1992-01-01

    The chromosome lengths of six spotted fever group Rickettsia species (Rickettsia rickettsii, R. conorii, R. rhipicephali, R. sibirica, R. australis, and R. akari) were estimated by pulsed-field gel electrophoresis. The genome size of R. rickettsii was about 2,100 kb, but the chromosome lengths of the five other species were, surprisingly, much lower and ranged between 1,200 and 1,300 kb.

  3. Quantitative Analyses of Variations in the Injury of Endothelial Cells Elicited by 11 Isolates of Rickettsia rickettsii

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    Eremeeva, Marina E.; Dasch, Gregory A.; Silverman, David J.

    2001-01-01

    Eleven isolates of spotted fever group rickettsiae from the blood of patients or ixodid ticks from North and South America were characterized. All isolates were identified as Rickettsia rickettsii using restriction fragment length polymorphism analysis of a 532-bp rOmpA gene fragment obtained by PCR. The ability of the R. rickettsii isolates to elicit cytopathic effects and parameters of oxidative injury were examined in cultured human EA.hy 926 endothelial cells. Cytopathic effects were dete...

  4. Neutralizing activity of monoclonal antibodies to heat-sensitive and heat-resistant epitopes of Rickettsia rickettsii surface proteins.

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    Anacker, R L; McDonald, G A; List, R. H.; Mann, R E

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    Antiprotein monoclonal antibodies derived from mice inoculated with Rickettsia rickettsii heated at 56 degrees C for 15 min are of two types: one is type specific for epitopes denatured by moderate temperatures, and the other is specific for epitopes resistant to 100 degrees C for 5 min. The heat-resistant epitopes are found by immunoblotting on multiple polypeptides after solubilization of the rickettsiae at temperatures of 56 degrees C or higher. Most, but not all, antibodies to the heat-se...

  5. Dual Mechanisms of Metabolite Acquisition by the Obligate Intracytosolic Pathogen Rickettsia prowazekii Reveal Novel Aspects of Triose Phosphate Transport

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    Frohlich, Kyla M.; Audia, Jonathon P.

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    Rickettsia prowazekii is an obligate intracytosolic pathogen and the causative agent of epidemic typhus fever in humans. As an evolutionary model of intracellular pathogenesis, rickettsiae are notorious for their use of transport systems that parasitize eukaryotic host cell biochemical pathways. Rickettsial transport systems for substrates found only in eukaryotic cell cytoplasm are uncommon among free-living microorganisms and often possess distinctive mechanisms. We previously reported that...

  6. Nitric Oxide-Mediated Inhibition of the Ability of Rickettsia prowazekii To Infect Mouse Fibroblasts and Mouse Macrophagelike Cells

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    Turco, Jenifer; Liu, Hua; Gottlieb, Sheldon F.; Winkler, Herbert H.

    1998-01-01

    The role of the nitric oxide synthase (NOS) pathway in inhibiting the ability of Rickettsia prowazekii to initially infect (invade) mouse cytokine-treated, fibroblastic L929 cells and macrophagelike RAW264.7 cells and the ability of nitric oxide (NO) to damage isolated rickettsiae were investigated. Substantial amounts of nitrite (a degradation product of NO) were produced and the initial rickettsial infection was suppressed in cultures of L929 cells treated with crude lymphokine preparations...

  7. Isolation by a sensitive centrifugation cell culture system of 52 strains of spotted fever group rickettsiae from ticks collected in France.

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    Péter, O.; Raoult, D.; Gilot, B

    1990-01-01

    Boutonneuse fever caused by Rickettsia conorii is transmitted mainly by the brown dog tick, Rhipicephalus sanguineus. We collected 540 ticks in Marseille, France, and tried to isolate as many strains of rickettsia as possible. Ticks were evaluated for the presence of rickettsia by the hemolymph test and by a new culture system, the centrifugation-shell vial technique. We avoided contamination in the culture system. Prior to ticks being submitted to the hemolymph test, they were disinfected. O...

  8. Rickettsia Symbiont in the Pea Aphid Acyrthosiphon pisum: Novel Cellular Tropism, Effect on Host Fitness, and Interaction with the Essential Symbiont Buchnera

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    Sakurai, Makiko; Koga, Ryuichi; Tsuchida, Tsutomu; Meng, Xian-ying; Fukatsu, Takema

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    In natural populations of the pea aphid Acyrthosiphon pisum, a facultative bacterial symbiont of the genus Rickettsia has been detected at considerable infection frequencies worldwide. We investigated the effects of the Rickettsia symbiont on the host aphid and also on the coexisting essential symbiont Buchnera. In situ hybridization revealed that the Rickettsia symbiont was specifically localized in two types of host cells specialized for endosymbiosis: secondary mycetocytes and sheath cells...

  9. Orientia, rickettsia, and leptospira pathogens as causes of CNS infections in Laos : a prospective study

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    Dittrich, Sabine; Rattanavong, Sayaphet

    2015-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Scrub typhus (caused by Orientia tsutsugamushi), murine typhus (caused by Rickettsia typhi), and leptospirosis are common causes of febrile illness in Asia; meningitis and meningoencephalitis are severe complications. However, scarce data exist for the burden of these pathogens in patients with CNS disease in endemic countries. Laos is representative of vast economically poor rural areas in Asia with little medical information to guide public health policy. We assessed whether these pathogens are important causes of CNS infections in Laos. METHODS: Between Jan 10, 2003, and Nov 25, 2011, we enrolled 1112 consecutive patients of all ages admitted with CNS symptoms or signs requiring a lumbar puncture at Mahosot Hospital, Vientiane, Laos. Microbiological examinations (culture, PCR, and serology) targeted so-called conventional bacterial infections (Streptococcus pneumoniae, Neisseria meningitidis, Haemophilus influenzae, S suis) and O tsutsugamushi, Rickettsia typhi/Rickettsia spp, and Leptospira spp infections in blood or cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). We analysed and compared causes and clinical and CSF characteristics between patient groups. FINDINGS: 1051 (95%) of 1112 patients who presented had CSF available for analysis, of whom 254 (24%) had a CNS infection attributable to a bacterial or fungal pathogen. 90 (35%) of these 254 infections were caused by O tsutsugamushi, R typhi/Rickettsia spp, or Leptospira spp. These pathogens were significantly more frequent than conventional bacterial infections (90/1051 [9%] vs 42/1051 [4%]; p<0·0001) by use of conservative diagnostic definitions. CNS infections had a high mortality (236/876 [27%]), with 18% (13/71) for R typhi/Rickettsia spp, O tsutsugamushi, and Leptospira spp combined, and 33% (13/39) for conventional bacterial infections (p=0·076). INTERPRETATION: Our data suggest that R typhi/Rickettsia spp, O tsutsugamushi, and Leptospira spp infections are important causes of CNS infections in Laos. Antibiotics, such as tetracyclines, needed for the treatment of murine typhus and scrub typhus, are not routinely advised for empirical treatment of CNS infections. These severely neglected infections represent a potentially large proportion of treatable CNS disease burden across vast endemic areas and need more attention. FUNDING: Wellcome Trust UK.

  10. Aproximación clínica y principales rickettsiosis transmitidas por garrapatas presentes en Latinoamérica / Clinical approach and main tick-borne rickettsiosis present in Latin America

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    Katia, Abarca; José A, Oteo.

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available Las rickettsiosis transmitidas por garrapatas son infecciones potencialmente letales, que en Latinoamérica tienen carácter emergente y re-emergente. Hasta hace escasos años, la única rickettsiosis transmitida por garrapatas era causada por Rickettsia rickettsii, pero en la actualidad existen otras e [...] species como R. parkeri y R. massiliae que están provocando enfermedad en humanos en la región. Por otro lado, se están describiendo candidatos a nuevas especies de Rickettsia, que aunque no han probado su patogenicidad deben considerarse como potencialmente patógenos. Dado que el diagnóstico microbiológico puede tardar días o semanas, resulta fundamental una alta sospecha clínica y la instauración precoz de un tratamiento adecuado. En esta revisión se detalla la distribución y principales manifestaciones clínicas de las rickettsiosis transmitidas por garrapatas en Latinoamérica. Se ha incluido una sección sobre la infección por R. felis, por haberse encontrado esta especie en garrapatas, y no haberse aclarado el papel de este vector en su ciclo epidemiológico. Abstract in english Tick-borne rickettsial diseases are potentially life threatening infections that in Latin America have an emerging and reemerging character. Until few years ago, Rickettsia rickettsia was the only tick-borne rickettsia present in America; but nowadays several other species such as R. parkeri and R. [...] massiliae are causing disease in humans in the region. In addition, new species are being described; although their pathogenicity has not been confirmed they should be considered as potential pathogens. Since the microbiological diagnosis of rickettsioses can take days or weeks, a high clinical suspicion and early start of appropriate treatment are crucial. In this review the distribution and main clinical manifestations of tick-borne rickettsial diseases in Latin America are detailed. Since R. felis has been found in ticks and the role of this vector has not been clarified, we have included a section about this pathogen.

  11. Tests on ticks from wild birds collected in the eastern United States for rickettsiae and viruses

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    Clifford, C.M.; Sonenshine, D.E.; Atwood, E.L.; Robbins, C.S.; Hughes, L.E.

    1969-01-01

    Results of tests for rickettsiae and viruses on 4,266 ticks taken from more than 10,000 birds, comprising 150 species, in the eastern United States indicated the presence of two agents: Rickettsia rickettsii and an agent of the typhus group. Infection with R. rickettsii was indicated in 24 pools of Haemaphysalis leporispalustris, five pools of Ixodes dentatus, one pool of Ixodes brunneus, and two pools that contained both I. dentatus and H. leporispalustris. The pools positive for R. rickettsii were from a variety of locations in the eastern U. S. The typhus-group agent was demonstrated only once, in a single pool of H. leporispalustris taken at Kent Point, Maryland. A strain of R. rickettsii was isolated from a pool of 21 larval H. leporispalustris collected at Ocean City, Maryland. This agent possessed several characteristics of other strains of low virulence isolated previously in this region by various authors.

  12. Evidence of spotted fever group rickettsiae in state of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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    ROZENTAL Tatiana

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available Ticks were obtained from dogs from February to September of 1999 at weekly intervals, in the County of Piraí, State of Rio de Janeiro. Four hundred seventy four ixodids were taxonomically identified, 103 Amblyomma cajennense, seven Amblyomma ovale, 209 Rhipicephalus sanguineus, and 155 Amblyomma sp. An hemolymph test associated with Giemsa's stain revealed two specimens in 163 ticks tested (R. sanguineus and Amblyomma sp, containing rickettsia-like organisms. Direct immunofluorescence verified the presence of spotted fever group rickettsia in one specimen of R. sanguineus. Considering the limited information on rickettsiosis in Brazil, principally in relation to the vectors involved in perpetuating it in foci, these preliminary results give us an idea on the importance of infection in ticks, allowing to expand our knowledge on this zoonosis.

  13. First molecular detection of Rickettsia parkeri in Amblyomma tigrinum and Amblyomma dubitatum ticks from Uruguay.

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    Lado, Paula; Castro, Oscar; Labruna, Marcelo B; Venzal, José M

    2014-10-01

    Rickettsia parkei is the etiological agent of spotted fever in Uruguay, where is transmitted to humans by the tick Amblyomma triste. In the present study, ticks were collected from capybaras (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris) and domestic dogs during 2011-2012 in different parts of Uruguay. Three out of 11 (27.3%) Amblyomma dubitatum ticks collected from capybaras, and 4 out of 6 (66.7%) Amblyomma tigrinum ticks collected from dogs were shown by molecular analyses to be infected by Rickettsia parkeri strain Maculatum 20. Until the present work, A. triste was the only tick species that was found infected by R. parkeri in Uruguay. This is the first report of R. parkeri infecting these two tick species in Uruguay, expanding the current distribution of this rickettsial pathogen in the country. PMID:25108780

  14. Crystal structure of the N-terminal domains of the surface cell antigen 4 of Rickettsia.

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    Lee, Jun Hyuck; Vonrhein, Clemens; Bricogne, Gerard; Izard, Tina

    2013-10-01

    The obligate intracellular, gram-negative bacterium Rickettsia is the causative agent of spotted fevers and typhus in humans. Surface cell antigen (sca) proteins surround these bacteria. We recently reported the co-localization of one of these proteins, sca4, with vinculin in cells at sites of focal adhesions and demonstrated that two vinculin binding sites directed the sca4/vinculin interaction. Here we report the 2.2 Å crystal structure of the conserved N-terminal 38 kDa domain of sca4 from Rickettsia rickettsii. The structure reveals two subdomains. The first is an all-helical domain that is folded in a fashion similar to the dimeric assembly chaperone for rubisco, namely RbcX. The following and highly conserved β-strand domain lacks significant structural similarity with other known structures and to the best of our knowledge represents a new protein fold. PMID:23904352

  15. Genomic study of Rickettsia akari by pulsed-field gel electrophoresis.

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    Eremeeva, M; Balayeva, N; Ignatovich, V.; Raoult, D.

    1995-01-01

    Pulsed-field gel electrophoresis of SmaI-, EagI-, and BssHII-digested DNA was used to perform restriction fragment length polymorphism analysis of Rickettsia akari strains isolated from humans, rodents, and mites in the United States and Ukraine. Although some differences in biological and serological characteristics were present between strains, the genomic studies demonstrated a high degree of intraspecies homogeneity of R. akari isolates. Our results confirm the value of pulsed-field gel e...

  16. Seasonal analysis of Rickettsia species in ticks in an agricultural site of Slovakia.

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    Špitalská, Eva; Stanko, Michal; Mošanský, Ladislav; Kraljik, Jasna; Miklisová, Dana; Mahríková, Lenka; Bona, Martin; Kazimírová, Mária

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    Many rickettsiae of the spotted fever group are emerging pathogens causing serious diseases associated with vertebrate hosts. Ixodidae ticks are known as their vectors. Investigation of the relative abundance of questing Ixodes ricinus and their infection with Rickettsia spp. in an agricultural site comprising a game reserve in Slovakia was the aim of this study. In total, 2198 I. ricinus (492 larvae, 1503 nymphs and 203 adults) were collected by flagging the vegetation along 100 m(2) transects in Rozhanovce (eastern Slovakia): 334, 595 and 1269 in 2011, 2012 and 2013, respectively. Considering questing nymphs and adults, the highest relative density of 81 individuals/100 m(2) was observed in May 2013, the lowest of 0.3 individuals/100 m(2) in March 2012. A total of 1056 ticks (853 nymphs, 100 females and 103 males; 2011: n = 329, 2012: n = 509 and 2013: n = 218) were individually screened by PCR-based methods for the presence of Rickettsia spp. The overall prevalences were 7.3 % for nymphs, 15 % for females, 7.8 % for males; 7.0 % in 2011, 8.4 % in 2012, and 8.7 % in 2013. The maximum prevalences were observed in July in nymphs and in May in adults. Sequencing showed infection with R. helvetica in 73 ticks (72.6 % nymphs, 16.4 % females, 11 % males) and with R. monacensis in 11 ticks (8 nymphs, 3 females). The results showed the circulation of pathogenic Rickettsia species in the agricultural site and a potential risk for humans to encounter infected ticks. PMID:26119003

  17. Ehrlichia phagocytophila genogroup rickettsiae in ixodid ticks from California collected in 1995 and 1996.

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    Barlough, J E; Madigan, J.E.; Kramer, V L; Clover, J R; Hui, L T; Webb, J P; Vredevoe, L K

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    A total of 1,246 ixodid ticks collected in 1995 and 1996 from seven California counties were examined for the presence of Ehrlichia phagocytophila genogroup rickettsiae by using a nested PCR technique. Of 1,112 adult Ixodes pacificus Cooley and Kohls ticks tested, nine pools, each containing five ticks, were positive (minimum percentage of ticks harboring detectable ehrlichiae, 0.8%). Positive ticks were limited to four of the seven counties (Sonoma, El Dorado, Santa Cruz, and Orange). In San...

  18. [An indirect hemagglutinin test for Rickettsia prowazekii cultivated by the Weigl method].

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    Klymchuk, M D

    2001-01-01

    The technology of preparing of a new ready for use diagnosticum for IHAT on the basis of polysaccharide of Rickettsia prowazekii cultivated by the Weight method has been developed. Technological conditions have been worked out, experimental series of the diagnosticum have been made and tested, high stability during the storage was confirmed which allows it to be recommended for the epidemic typhus laboratory diagnostics. PMID:11785264

  19. Why Are There So Few Rickettsia conorii conorii-Infected Rhipicephalus sanguineus Ticks in the Wild?

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    Socolovschi, Cristina; Gaudart, Jean; Bitam, Idir; Huynh, Thi Phong; Raoult, Didier; Parola, Philippe

    2012-01-01

    The bacterium Rickettsia conorii conorii is the etiological agent of Mediterranean spotted fever (MSF), which is a life-threatening infectious disease that is transmitted by Rhipicephalus sanguineus, the brown dog tick. Rh. sanguineus-R. conorii conorii relationships in the wild are still poorly understood one century after the discovery of the disease. In this study, we collected naturally infected ticks from the houses of people afflicted by MSF in Algeria. Colonies of both infected and non...

  20. Feeding Period Required by Amblyomma aureolatum Ticks for Transmission of Rickettsia rickettsii to Vertebrate Hosts

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    Saraiva, Danilo G.; Soares, Herbert S.; Soares, João Fábio; Labruna, Marcelo B.

    2014-01-01

    Rocky Mountain spotted fever is endemic to the São Paulo metropolitan area, Brazil, where the etiologic agent, Rickettsia rickettsii, is transmitted to humans by adult Amblyomma aureolatum ticks. We determined the minimal feeding period required by A. aureolatum nymphs and adults to transmit R. rickettsii to guinea pigs. Unfed nymphs and unfed adult ticks had to be attached to the host for >10 hours to transmit R. rickettsii. In contrast, fed ticks needed a minimum of 10 minutes of attachment...

  1. Sequence analysis of the 17-kilodalton-antigen gene from Rickettsia rickettsii.

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    Anderson, B. E.; Regnery, R L; Carlone, G M; Tzianabos, T; McDade, J. E.; Fu, Z Y; Bellini, W J

    1987-01-01

    DNA obtained from the Sheila Smith strain of Rickettsia rickettsii was digested to completion with the restriction endonucleases BamHI and SalI and ligated with the plasmid vector pUC19. The ligation mixture was used to transform Escherichia coli. A total of 465 bacterial clones were screened for antigen production with hyperimmune rabbit serum. One of the reactive clones, containing a recombinant plasmid designated pSS124, was solubilized and subjected to immunoblot analysis and revealed exp...

  2. Superoxide Dismutase-Dependent, Catalase-Sensitive Peroxides in Human Endothelial Cells Infected by Rickettsia rickettsii

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    Hong, June E.; Santucci, Lisa A.; Tian, Xiaojiang; Silverman, David J.

    1998-01-01

    The generation and intracellular accumulation of reactive oxygen species have been shown to be associated with the infection of human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVEC) by Rickettsia rickettsii. In response to the oxidant superoxide, the activity of the enzyme superoxide dismutase (SOD) increases following infection by this obligate intracellular bacterium. Other oxidants which are capable of oxidizing the fluorescent probe 2′,7′-dichlorofluorescin (DCFH) also accumulate intracellularly...

  3. Lethal Effect of Rickettsia rickettsii on Its Tick Vector (Dermacentor andersoni)

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    Niebylski, Mark L.; Peacock, Mort G.; Schwan, Tom G.

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    Rickettsia rickettsii, the causative agent of Rocky Mountain spotted fever, was lethal for the majority of experimentally and transovarially infected Rocky Mountain wood ticks (Dermacentor andersoni). Overall, 94.1% of nymphs infected as larvae by feeding on rickettsemic guinea pigs died during the molt into adults and 88.3% of adult female ticks infected as nymphs died prior to feeding. In contrast, only 2.8% of uninfected larvae failed to develop into adults over two generations. Infected f...

  4. Phylogeography of Rickettsia rickettsii Genotypes Associated with Fatal Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever

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    Christopher D Paddock; Denison, Amy M; Lash, R. Ryan; Liu, Lindy; Bollweg, Brigid C.; Dahlgren, F. Scott; Kanamura, Cristina T.; Angerami, Rodrigo N; Pereira dos Santos, Fabiana C.; Brasil Martines, Roosecelis; Karpathy, Sandor E.

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    Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF), a tick-borne zoonosis caused by Rickettsia rickettsii, is among the deadliest of all infectious diseases. To identify the distribution of various genotypes of R. rickettsii associated with fatal RMSF, we applied molecular typing methods to samples of DNA extracted from formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded tissue specimens obtained at autopsy from 103 case-patients from seven countries who died of RMSF. Complete sequences of one or more intergenic regions were...

  5. Molecular Typing of Isolates of Rickettsia rickettsii by Use of DNA Sequencing of Variable Intergenic Regions▿

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    Karpathy, Sandor E.; Dasch, Gregory A.; Eremeeva, Marina E.

    2007-01-01

    Rickettsia rickettsii, the causative agent of Rocky Mountain spotted fever, is found throughout the Americas, where it is associated with different animal reservoirs and tick vectors. No molecular typing system currently exists to allow for the robust differentiation of isolates of R. rickettsii. Analysis of eight completed genome sequences of rickettsial species revealed a high degree of sequence conservation within the coding regions of chromosomes in the genus. Intergenic regions between c...

  6. Rickettsia rickettsii induces superoxide radical and superoxide dismutase in human endothelial cells.

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    Santucci, L A; Gutierrez, P L; Silverman, D J

    1992-01-01

    Human endothelial cells infected with Rickettsia rickettsii, the etiological agent of Rocky Mountain spotted fever, undergo striking morphological changes to the endoplasmic reticulum-outer nuclear envelope complex. These changes are accompanied by concurrent accumulation of intracellular peroxides. Both of these findings are consistent with the notion that cells undergo some form of oxidative stress. Since oxidant injury is often initiated or mediated through oxygen radicals, we examined sup...

  7. Biological properties of rabbit antibodies to a surface antigen of Rickettsia rickettsii.

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    Anacker, R L; Philip, R N; Casper, E.; Todd, W J; Mann, R E; Johnston, M.R.; Nauck, C J

    1983-01-01

    Because of the potential significance of external components of the obligate intracellular parasite Rickettsia rickettsii in host-parasite interactions, we have begun the first phase of a study to isolate and characterize surface antigens of this organism. An antiserum to a rickettsial surface component was obtained from rabbits inoculated with immune precipitates prepared by crossed immunoelectrophoresis of Triton X-100 extracts of R. rickettsii strain R. This antiserum (i) protected guinea ...

  8. Reactivation of Rickettsia rickettsii in Dermacentor andersoni ticks: an ultrastructural analysis.

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    Hayes, S F; Burgdorfer, W

    1982-01-01

    Virulent Rickettsia in Dermacentor andersoni lose their pathogenicity and virulence for guinea pigs when subjected to physiological stresses, such as starvation (overwintering), of its tick vector. However, incubation of infected ticks at an elevated temperature (37 degrees C) for 24 to 48 h or feeding for a time (usually greater than 10 h) induces R. rickettsii to revert to a virulent state, a phenomenon defined as "reactivation." Electron microscopy reveals that the microcapsular and slime ...

  9. Comparative Genome Sequencing of Rickettsia rickettsii Strains That Differ in Virulence

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    Clark, Tina R.; Noriea, Nicholas F.; BUBLITZ, DEANNA C.; Ellison, Damon W.; Martens, Craig; Lutter, Erika I; Hackstadt, Ted

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    Rickettsia rickettsii is an obligate intracellular pathogen that is the causative agent of Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Strains of R. rickettsii differ dramatically in virulence. In a guinea pig model of infection, the severity of disease as assessed by fever response varies from the most virulent, Sheila Smith, to Iowa, which causes no fever. To identify potential determinants of virulence in R. rickettsii, the genomes of two additional strains were sequenced for comparison to known sequenc...

  10. Detection of Rickettsia rickettsii DNA in clinical specimens by using polymerase chain reaction technology.

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    Tzianabos, T; Anderson, B. E.; McDade, J. E.

    1989-01-01

    A polymerase chain reaction (PCR) procedure for detecting rickettsial DNA was developed and shown to be specific for Rickettsia rickettsii and R. conorii, the etiologic agents of Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF) and Boutonneuse fever, respectively. Blood clots were obtained from nine confirmed RMSF patients and six controls and analyzed for the presence of rickettsial DNA by the PCR method. A defined region of the rickettsial genome was successfully amplified from seven of the nine clinica...

  11. Experimental infection of dogs with a Brazilian strain of Rickettsia rickettsii: clinical and laboratory findings

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    Eliane M. Piranda; João Luis H Faccini; Adriano Pinter; Saito, Tais B; Pacheco, Richard C.; Mitika K. Hagiwara; Labruna, Marcelo B.

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    The bacterium Rickettsia rickettsii is the etiological agent of an acute, severe disease called Rocky Mountain spotted fever in the United States or Brazilian spotted fever (BSF) in Brazil. In addition to these two countries, the disease has also been reported to affect humans in Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia and Argentina. Like humans, dogs are also susceptible to R. rickettsii infection. However, despite the wide distribution of R. rickettsii in the Western Hemisphere, reports of R. ...

  12. Effect of synthetic protease inhibitors of the amidine type on cell injury by Rickettsia rickettsii.

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    Walker, D.H.; Tidwell, R. R.; Rector, T M; Geratz, J. D.

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    To evaluate the importance of proteolytic activity in the pathogenesis of cell injury by Rickettsia rickettsii, a series of four aromatic amidine inhibitors of trypsin-like proteases were introduced into the plaque model. The compounds were shown to be active toward plaque reduction with their order of effectiveness parallel to their antitrypsin activity. One of the compounds, bis(5-amidino-2-benzimidazolyl)-methane, at a concentration of 10(-5) M demonstrated complete inhibition of plaque fo...

  13. High Prevalence of Rickettsia spp. Infections in Small Mammals in Taiwan

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    Kuo,Chi-Chien; Shu, Pei-Yun; Mu, Jung-Jung; Wang, Hsi-Chieh

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    Surveillance for Rickettsia spp. is urgently needed due to the recent emergence of many novel rickettsioses around the globe, but previous studies in Taiwan have been limited to small areas and no investigation of infections in vertebrate hosts has ever been attempted. We surveyed rickettsial infections systematically in small-mammal hosts trapped between 2006 and 2010 throughout Taiwan. Fragments of ompB and gltA genes in the liver, spleen, and kidney of mammals were targeted by nested polym...

  14. Orientia, rickettsia, and leptospira pathogens as causes of CNS infections in Laos

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    Dittrich, Sabine; Rattanavong, Sayaphet; Lee, Sue J; Panyanivong, Phonepasith; Craig, Scott B; Tulsiani, Suhella; Blacksell, Stuart D; Dance, David A B; Dubot-Pérès, Audrey; Sengduangphachanh, Amphone; Phoumin, Phonelavanh; Paris, Daniel H; Newton, Paul N

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    BACKGROUND: Scrub typhus (caused by Orientia tsutsugamushi), murine typhus (caused by Rickettsia typhi), and leptospirosis are common causes of febrile illness in Asia; meningitis and meningoencephalitis are severe complications. However, scarce data exist for the burden of these pathogens in patients with CNS disease in endemic countries. Laos is representative of vast economically poor rural areas in Asia with little medical information to guide public health policy. We assessed whether these ...

  15. Spotted fever group Rickettsia infecting ticks (Acari: Ixodidae) in the state of Santa Catarina, Brazil

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    Alessandra Pereira, Medeiros; Antonio Pereira de, Souza; Anderson Barbosa de, Moura; Marcia Sangaletti, Lavina; Valdomiro, Bellato; Amélia Aparecida, Sartor; Fernanda Aparecida, Nieri-Bastos; Leonardo José, Richtzenhain; Marcelo Bahia, Labruna.

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    Full Text Available During 2006-2008, a total of 260 adult ticks were collected from domestic and wild animals in different regions of the state of Santa Catarina (SC), Brazil, including areas where human cases of Brazilian spotted fever have been reported. Collected ticks belonging to nine species (Amblyomma aureolatu [...] m, Amblyomma cajennense, Amblyomma dubitatum, Amblyomma longirostre, Amblyomma ovale, Amblyomma tigrinum, Dermacentor nitens, Rhipicephalus microplus and Rhipicephalus sanguineus) were tested by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) for rickettsial infection. Overall, eight (3.1%) ticks were found to be infected with Rickettsia species. After sequencing the PCR products, we determined that the sequences generated from three A. aureolatum, one A. ovale and one R. sanguineus from the municipality of Blumenau, one A. ovale from the municipality of Águas Mornas and one A. ovale from the municipality of Urussanga were identical to the corresponding partial rickettsial ompA gene sequence of Rickettsia parkeri strain Atlantic rainforest. The sequence generated from one A. longirostre from Blumenau was 100% identical to the corresponding partial rickettsial ompA gene sequence of Rickettsia amblyommii strain AL. Because R. parkeri strain Atlantic rainforest was recently shown to have caused two cases of human spotted fever in other states of Brazil, the role of this rickettsial agent as a possible etiological agent of spotted fever in SC is discussed.

  16. Disrupting protein expression with Peptide Nucleic Acids reduces infection by obligate intracellular Rickettsia.

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    Pelc, Rebecca S; McClure, Jennifer C; Kaur, Simran J; Sears, Khandra T; Rahman, M Sayeedur; Ceraul, Shane M

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    Peptide Nucleic Acids (PNAs) are single-stranded synthetic nucleic acids with a pseudopeptide backbone in lieu of the phosphodiester linked sugar and phosphate found in traditional oligos. PNA designed complementary to the bacterial Shine-Dalgarno or start codon regions of mRNA disrupts translation resulting in the transient reduction in protein expression. This study examines the use of PNA technology to interrupt protein expression in obligate intracellular Rickettsia sp. Their historically intractable genetic system limits characterization of protein function. We designed PNA targeting mRNA for rOmpB from Rickettsia typhi and rickA from Rickettsia montanensis, ubiquitous factors important for infection. Using an in vitro translation system and competitive binding assays, we determined that our PNAs bind target regions. Electroporation of R. typhi and R. montanensis with PNA specific to rOmpB and rickA, respectively, reduced the bacteria's ability to infect host cells. These studies open the possibility of using PNA to suppress protein synthesis in obligate intracellular bacteria. PMID:25781160

  17. Detection of Leishmania infantum, Babesia canis, and rickettsiae in ticks removed from dogs living in Italy.

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    Trotta, Michele; Nicetto, Martina; Fogliazza, Alessandro; Montarsi, Fabrizio; Caldin, Marco; Furlanello, Tommaso; Solano-Gallego, Laia

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    The aims of this study were to determine natural infections by Anaplasma phagocytophilum/Anaplasma platys, Bartonella henselae, Ehrlichia canis, Leishmania infantum, Rickettsia spp., Babesia spp., and Hepatozoon spp. by molecular methods in ticks (n=91) removed from dogs with clinical signs and laboratory abnormalities compatible with tick-borne diseases (n=22) living in Italy and to assess the distribution and species of ticks encountered. Ticks from dogs living in southern Italy were all identified as Rhipicephalus sanguineus (n=25), ticks from central Italy included Rh. sanguineus (n=8) and Ixodes ricinus (n=9), ticks from northern Italy included Rh. sanguineus (n=45), Dermacentor marginatus (n=3), and one I. ricinus. Leishmania infantum, Rickettsia spp., and Babesia canis were the only pathogens detected in 7 (8%), 4 (4%), and 2 (2%) out of 91 ticks, respectively. L. infantum was detected in I. ricinus from central Italy and in Rh. sanguineus from northern and central Italy. Rickettsia conorii and Ri. massiliae were detected in Rh. sanguineus ticks from central and southern Italy (Sicily), respectively. Bab. canis was detected in D. marginatus ticks from northern Italy. PMID:23182545

  18. Arsenophonus nasoniae and Rickettsiae Infection of Ixodes ricinus Due to Parasitic Wasp Ixodiphagus hookeri

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    Bohacsova, Monika; Mediannikov, Oleg; Kazimirova, Maria; Raoult, Didier; Sekeyova, Zuzana

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    Arsenophonus nasoniae, a male-killing endosymbiont of chalcid wasps, was recently detected in several hard tick species. Following the hypothesis that its presence in ticks may not be linked to the direct occurrence of bacteria in tick's organs, we identified A. nasoniae in wasps emerging from parasitised nymphs. We confirmed that 28.1% of Ixodiphagus hookeri wasps parasitizing Ixodes ricinus ticks were infected by A. nasoniae. Moreover, in examined I. ricinus nymphs, A. nasoniae was detected only in those, which were parasitized by the wasp. However, in part of the adult wasps as well as in some ticks that contained wasp's DNA, we did not confirm A. nasoniae. We also found, that in spite of reported male-killing, some newly emerged adult wasp males were also infected by A. nasoniae. Additionally, we amplified the DNA of Rickettsia helvetica and Rickettsia monacensis (known to be Ixodes ricinus-associated bacteria) in adult parasitoid wasps. This may be related either with the digested bacterial DNA in wasp body lumen or with a role of wasps in circulation of rickettsiae among tick vectors. PMID:26901622

  19. Spotted fever group rickettsiae detected in immature stages of ticks parasitizing on Iberian endemic lizard Lacerta schreiberi Bedriaga, 1878.

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    Kubelová, Michaela; Papoušek, Ivo; B?lohlávek, Tomáš; de Bellocq, Joëlle Goüy; Baird, Stuart J E; Široký, Pavel

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    Spotted fever rickettsioses are tick-borne diseases of growing public health concern. The prevalence of rickettsia-infected ticks and their ability to parasitize humans significantly influence the risk of human infection. Altogether 466 Ixodes ricinus ticks (428 nymphs and 38 larvae) collected from 73 Lacerta schreiberi lizards were examined by PCR targeting the citrate synthetase gene gltA for the presence of Rickettsia spp. Rickettsial DNA was detected in 47% of nymphs and 31.6% of larvae. They were subsequently subjected to a second PCR reaction using primers derived from the outer membrane protein rOmpA encoding gene (ompA) to detect spotted fever group rickettsiae (SFG). This analysis shows that 41.4% of nymphs and 7.9% of larvae collected from the lizards contain DNA of SFG rickettsiae. Sequencing of 43 randomly selected samples revealed two different haplotypes, both closely related to R. monacensis (39 and 4 samples, respectively). The remaining ompA negative Rickettsia spp. samples were determined to be R. helvetica based on sequencing of ompB and gltA fragments. Our results indicate that the role of Iberian endemic lizard L. schreiberi and its ectoparasites in the ecology and epidemiology of zoonotic SFG rickettsioses may be appreciable. PMID:26141751

  20. Assessment of prevalence and distribution of spotted fever group rickettsiae in Manitoba, Canada, in the American dog tick, Dermacentor variabilis (Acari: Ixodidae).

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    Yunik, Matthew E M; Galloway, Terry D; Lindsay, L Robbin

    2015-02-01

    Little is known about the distribution and prevalence of the spotted fever group rickettsiae in Canada. We conducted active surveillance for tick-associated rickettsiae in 10 localities in Manitoba. A total of 1044 adult American dog ticks, Dermacentor variabilis (Acari: Ixodidae), were collected and screened for spotted fever group rickettsiae. Rickettsia montanensis was the only species of rickettsia detected. The mean prevalence of infection was 9.8% (range, 0.00-21.74% among localities). The proportion of infected male and female ticks was not significantly different; however, tick populations near the northern limit of D. variabilis distribution in Manitoba had a lower prevalence of infection compared to tick populations from more southern localities in the province. PMID:25700040

  1. Prevalence of vectors of the spotted fever group Rickettsiae and murine typhus in a Bedouin town in Israel.

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    Mumcuoglu, K Y; Ioffe-Uspensky, I; Alkrinawi, S; Sarov, B; Manor, E; Galun, R

    2001-05-01

    A survey of the vectors of spotted fever group Rickettsiae and of murine typhus was carried out in Rahat, a Bedouin town in the Negev Desert, where the diseases are endemic. Houses with known cases of spotted fever group Rickettsiae or murine typhus were compared with those without reported clinical cases. A neighboring Jewish community, Lehavim, where no cases of spotted fever group Rickettsiae and murine typhus were reported in recent years, was used as a control. In the houses of patients with spotted fever group Rickettsiae in Rahat, an average of 7.4 times more ticks were found than in control houses. Out of 190 ticks isolated from sheep and goats or caught by flagging in Rahat, 90% were Rhipicephalus sanguineus (Latreille), 7.9% Rhipicephalus turanicus Pomerantzev, and 2.1% were Hyalomma sp. In the houses of patients with murine typhus, three times more rats were caught and, on the average, each rat was infested with 2.2 times more fleas than rats in the control houses. Out of 323 fleas collected from 35 Norwegian rats (Rattus norvegicus Berkenhout), 191 were Xenopsylla cheopis Rothschild and 132 Echidnophaga murina Tiraboschi. Thus, there was a six to seven times higher probability of encountering a tick or flea vector where infections had occurred than in control houses in Rahat. The percentage of rats seropositive to Rickettsia typhi was similar in study and control households (78.3 and 76.2, respectively). In the control settlement, Lehavim, only three Mus musculus L. were caught, which were not infested with ectoparasites and their sera were negative for murine typhus. Out of 10 dogs examined in this settlement, 15 R. sanguineus and eight specimens of the cat flea (Ctenocephalides felis felis Bouché) were isolated. No rats were caught in this settlement. These data indicate that there is a correlation among the density of domestic animals, their ectoparasites, and the incidence of spotted fever group Rickettsiae and murine typhus in Rahat. PMID:11372975

  2. Natural infection, transovarial transmission, and transstadial survival of Rickettsia bellii in the Tick Ixodes loricatus (Acari: Ixodidae) from Brazil.

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    Horta, Mauricio C; Pinter, Adriano; Schumaker, Teresinha T S; Labruna, Marcelo B

    2006-10-01

    An Ixodes loricatus engorged female, infected with Rickettsia bellii, was collected from an opossum (Didelphis aurita) in Mogi das Cruzes, São Paulo State, Brazil. Two consecutive laboratory tick generations (F(1) and F(2)) reared from this single engorged female were evaluated for Rickettsia infection by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) targeting specific Rickettsia genes. Immature ticks fed on naïve Wistar rats (Rattus norvegicus) and adult ticks fed on opossum (D. aurita), both free of ticks and rickettsial infection. PCR performed on individual ticks from the F(1) (20 larvae, 10 nymphs, and 10 adults) and the F(2) (30 larvae, 30 nymphs, and 15 adults) yielded expected bands compatible with Rickettsia. All the PCR products that were sequenced, targeting gltA gene, resulted in sequences identical to each other and 99.7% (349/350) similar to the corresponding sequence of R. bellii in GenBank. The R. bellii infection on ticks from the second laboratory generation (F(2)) was confirmed by other PCR protocols and successful isolation of R. bellii in cell culture. We report for the first time a Rickettsia species infecting I. loricatus, and the first report of R. bellii in the tick genus Ixodes. We conclude that there was an efficient transovarial transmission and transstadial survival of this Rickettsia species in the tick I. loricatus. Our results suggest that R. bellii might be maintained in nature solely by transovarial transmission and transstadial survival in ticks (no amplifier vertebrate host is needed), since there has been no direct or indirect evidence of infection of vertebrate hosts by R. bellii. PMID:17114723

  3. Rickettsia rickettsii isolation from naturally infected Amblyomma parvum ticks by centrifugation in a 24-well culture plate technique.

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    Dzul-Rosado, K; Peniche-Lara, G; Tello-Martín, R; Zavala-Velázquez, J; Pacheco, R de Campos; Labruna, M B; Sánchez, E C; Zavala-Castro, J

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    Rocky Mountain spotted fever is an acute illness caused by Rickettsia rickettsii (R. rickettsii) and is transmitted by the bite of ticks of the genera Dermacentor, Amblyomma and Rhipicephalus. The illness results in a high mortality rate and may be easily confused with other febrile syndromes. In Yucatan State, Mexico, childhood cases with a high mortality have been reported. In this work we report the isolation of a Mexican R. rickettsii strain from a tick egg mass using an alternative method for Rickettsia isolation with 24-well plates. We also identified a potential vector of R. rickettsii in the southeast of Mexico, which is Amblyomma parvum. PMID:26623321

  4. Rickettsia rickettsii isolation from naturally infected Amblyomma parvum ticks by centrifugation in a 24-well culture plate technique

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    K. Dzul-Rosado

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    Full Text Available Rocky Mountain spotted fever is an acute illness caused by Rickettsia rickettsii (R. rickettsii and is transmitted by the bite of ticks of the genera Dermacentor, Amblyomma and Rhipicephalus. The illness results in a high mortality rate and may be easily confused with other febrile syndromes. In Yucatan State, Mexico, childhood cases with a high mortality have been reported. In this work we report the isolation of a Mexican R. rickettsii strain from a tick egg mass using an alternative method for Rickettsia isolation with 24-well plates. We also identified a potential vector of R. rickettsii in the southeast of Mexico, which is Amblyomma parvum.

  5. Experimental infection of dogs with a Brazilian strain of Rickettsia rickettsii: clinical and laboratory findings

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    Eliane M, Piranda; João Luis H, Faccini; Adriano, Pinter; Tais B, Saito; Richard C, Pacheco; Mitika K, Hagiwara; Marcelo B, Labruna.

    2008-11-01

    Full Text Available The bacterium Rickettsia rickettsii is the etiological agent of an acute, severe disease called Rocky Mountain spotted fever in the United States or Brazilian spotted fever (BSF) in Brazil. In addition to these two countries, the disease has also been reported to affect humans in Mexico, Costa Rica, [...] Panama, Colombia and Argentina. Like humans, dogs are also susceptible to R. rickettsii infection. However, despite the wide distribution of R. rickettsii in the Western Hemisphere, reports of R. rickettsii-induced illness in dogs has been restricted to the United States. The present study evaluated the pathogenicity for dogs of a South American strain of R. rickettsii. Three groups of dogs were evaluated: group 1 (G1) was inoculated ip with R. rickettsii; group 2 (G2) was infested by R. rickettsii-infected ticks; and the control group (G3) was infested by uninfected ticks. During the study, no clinical abnormalities, Rickettsia DNA or R. rickettsii-reactive antibodies were detected in G3. In contrast, all G1 and G2 dogs developed signs of rickettsial infection, i.e., fever, lethargy, anorexia, ocular lesions, thrombocytopenia, anemia and detectable levels of Rickettsia DNA and R. rickettsii-reactive antibodies in their blood. Rickettsemia started 3-8 days after inoculation or tick infestation and lasted for 3-13 days. Our results indicate that a Brazilian strain of R. rickettsii is pathogenic for dogs, suggesting that canine clinical illness due to R. rickettsii has been unreported in Brazil and possibly in the other South American countries where BSF has been reported among humans.

  6. Experimental infection of dogs with a Brazilian strain of Rickettsia rickettsii: clinical and laboratory findings

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    Eliane M Piranda

    2008-11-01

    Full Text Available The bacterium Rickettsia rickettsii is the etiological agent of an acute, severe disease called Rocky Mountain spotted fever in the United States or Brazilian spotted fever (BSF in Brazil. In addition to these two countries, the disease has also been reported to affect humans in Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia and Argentina. Like humans, dogs are also susceptible to R. rickettsii infection. However, despite the wide distribution of R. rickettsii in the Western Hemisphere, reports of R. rickettsii-induced illness in dogs has been restricted to the United States. The present study evaluated the pathogenicity for dogs of a South American strain of R. rickettsii. Three groups of dogs were evaluated: group 1 (G1 was inoculated ip with R. rickettsii; group 2 (G2 was infested by R. rickettsii-infected ticks; and the control group (G3 was infested by uninfected ticks. During the study, no clinical abnormalities, Rickettsia DNA or R. rickettsii-reactive antibodies were detected in G3. In contrast, all G1 and G2 dogs developed signs of rickettsial infection, i.e., fever, lethargy, anorexia, ocular lesions, thrombocytopenia, anemia and detectable levels of Rickettsia DNA and R. rickettsii-reactive antibodies in their blood. Rickettsemia started 3-8 days after inoculation or tick infestation and lasted for 3-13 days. Our results indicate that a Brazilian strain of R. rickettsii is pathogenic for dogs, suggesting that canine clinical illness due to R. rickettsii has been unreported in Brazil and possibly in the other South American countries where BSF has been reported among humans.

  7. Anti-Rickettsia spp. antibodies in free-ranging and captive capybaras from southern Brazil

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    Fernanda S. Fortes

    2011-11-01

    Full Text Available Capybaras (Hydrochaeris hydrochaeris are among the main hosts of Amblyomma spp. ticks, which is able to transmit Rickettsia species to human beings and animals. Since they are often infested with potential vector ticks, capybaras may be used as sentinels for rickettsiosis, such as the Brazilian Spotted Fever. The aim of the present study was to determine the prevalence of antibodies against Rickettsia spp. using the indirect immunofluorescence assay (IFA in 21 free-ranging and 10 captive animals from the Zoological Park of the 'Bela Vista Biological Sanctuary' (BVBS, Itaipu Binational, Foz do Iguaçu, Southern Brazil. Antigens of six rickettsial species already identified in Brazil (Rickettsia rickettsii, R. parkeri, R. bellii, R. rhipicephali, R. amblyommii and R. felis were used for IFA. Ticks from each capybara were collected for posterior taxonomic identification. A total of 19 (61.3% samples reacted to at least one of tested species. Seropositivity was found in 14 (45.2%, 12 (38.7%, 5 (16.1%, 4 (12.9%, 3 (9.7% and 3 (9.7% animals for R. rickettsii, R. bellii, R. parkeri, R. amblyommii, R. felis and R. rhipicephali, respectively. Two captive capybaras presented suggestive titers of R. rickettsii infection and one sample showed homologous reaction to R. parkeri. Only one free-ranging capybara presented evidence R. bellii infection. Ticks collected on capybaras were identified as Amblyomma dubitatum e Amblyomma sp. Results evidenced the rickettsial circulation in the area, suggesting a potential role of capybaras on bacterial life cycle.

  8. Genomic and comparative genomic analyses of Rickettsia heilongjiangensis provide insight into its evolution and pathogenesis.

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    Duan, Changsong; Xiong, Xiaolu; Qi, Yong; Gong, Wenping; Jiao, Jun; Wen, Bohai

    2014-08-01

    Rickettsia heilongjiangensis, the causative agent of far eastern spotted fever, is an obligate intracellular gram-negative bacterium that belongs to the spotted fever group rickettsiae. To understand the evolution and pathogenesis of R. heilongjiangensis, we analyzed its genome and compared it with other rickettsial genomes available in GenBank. The R. heilongjiangensis chromosome contains 1333 genes, including 1297 protein coding genes and 36 RNA coding genes. The genome also contains 121 pseudogenes, 54 insertion sequences, and 39 tandem repeats. Sixteen genes encoding the major components of the type IV secretion systems were identified in the R. heilongjiangensis genome. In total, 37 β-barrel outer membrane proteins were predicted in the genome, eight of which have been previously confirmed to be outer membrane proteins. In addition, 266 potential virulence factor genes, seven partially deleted antibiotic resistance genes, and a genomic island were identified in the genome. The codon usage in the genome is compatible with its low GC content, and the amino acid usage shows apparent bias. A comparative genomic analysis showed that R. heilongjiangensis and R. japonica share one unique fragment that may be a target sequence for a diagnostic assay. The orthologs of 37 genes of R. heilongjiangensis were found in pathogenic R. rickettsii str. Sheila Smith but not in non-pathogenic R. rickettsii str. Iowa, which may explain why R. heilongjiangensis is pathogenic. Pan-genome analysis showed that R. heilongjiangensis and 42 other rickettsiae strains share 693 core genes with a pan-genome size of 4837 genes. The pan-genome-based phylogeny showed that R. heilongjiangensis was closely related to R. japonica. PMID:24924907

  9. Serosurvey for tick-borne diseases in dogs from the Eastern Amazon, Brazil / Pesquisa Sorologica por doencas transmitidas por carrapatos em caes da Amazonia oriental, Brasil

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    Mariana Granziera, Spolidorio; Antonio Humberto Hamad, Minervino; Samantha Yuri Oshiro Branco, Valadas; Herbert Sousa, Soares; Kedson Alessandri Lobo, Neves; Marcelo Bahia, Labruna; Mucio Flavio Barbosa, Ribeiro; Solange Maria, Gennari.

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    Full Text Available Ehrliquiose canina e babesiose canina são as doenças parasitárias transmitidas por carrapatos de maior prevalência em cães do Brasil. Poucos estudos pesquisaram doenças transmitidas por carrapatos na região da Amazônia brasileira. Um total de 129 amostras de sangue foram colhidas de cães da Amazônia [...] oriental brasileira. Setenta e dois cães eram de áreas rurais de 19 municípios do Estado do Pará, e 57 amostras foram colhidas de cães errantes vadios da área urbana do município de Santarém-PA. As amostras de soro foram submetidas ao ensaio de imunofluorescência indireta, com antígenos de Babesia canis vogeli, Ehrlichia canis, e seis espécies de Rickettsia. A frequência de cães com anticorpos anti-B. canis vogeli, anti-E. canis, e anti-Rickettsia spp. foi de 42,6%, 16,2% e 31,7%, respectivamente. Anticorpos anti-B. canis vogeli foram detectados em 59,6% dos cães urbanos, e em 29,1% dos cães rurais (P Abstract in english Canine ehrlichiosis and babesiosis are the most prevalent tick-borne diseases in Brazilian dogs. Few studies have focused attention in surveying tick-borne diseases in the Brazilian Amazon region. A total of 129 blood samples were collected from dogs living in the Brazilian eastern Amazon. Seventy-t [...] wo samples from dogs from rural areas of 19 municipalities and 57 samples from urban stray dogs from Santarém municipality were collected. Serum samples were submitted to Indirect Immunofluorescence Assay (IFA) with antigens of Babesia canis vogeli, Ehrlichia canis, and six Rickettsia species. The frequency of dogs containing anti-B. canis vogeli, anti-E. canis, and anti-Rickettsia spp. antibodies was 42.6%, 16.2%, and 31.7%, respectively. Anti-B. canis vogeli antibodies were detected in 59.6% of the urban dogs, and in 29.1% of the rural dogs (P

  10. In vitro evaluation of josamycin, spiramycin, and erythromycin against Rickettsia rickettsii and R. conorii.

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    The antimicrobial activities of josamycin, erythromycin, and spiramycin against Rickettsia conorii and R. rickettsii were evaluated in two tests: a dye-uptake assay and a plaque assay. The MIC of josamycin was 1 microgram/ml for both species; the MICs of erythromycin and spiramycin were 4 to 8 and 16 to 32 micrograms/ml, respectively, for both species. Only josamycin may be of clinical use in treating spotted fever rickettsiosis. It may be useful in treating pregnant women and young children.

  11. Solution structure of the cold-shock-like protein from Rickettsia rickettsii

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    Gerarden, Kyle P.; Fuchs, Andrew M.; Koch, Jonathan M.; Mueller, Melissa M.; Graupner, David R.; O’Rorke, Justin T.; Frost, Caleb D.; Heinen, Heather A.; Lackner, Emily R.; Schoeller, Scott J.; House, Paul G.; Francis C. Peterson; Veldkamp, Christopher T

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    Rocky Mountain spotted fever is caused by Rickettsia rickettsii infection. R. rickettsii can be transmitted to mammals, including humans, through the bite of an infected hard-bodied tick of the family Ixodidae. Since the R. rickettsii genome contains only one cold-shock-like protein and given the essential nature of cold-shock proteins in other bacteria, the structure of the cold-shock-like protein from R. rickettsii was investigated. With the exception of a short α-helix found between β-stra...

  12. Evaluation of latex-Rickettsia rickettsii test for Rocky Mountain spotted fever in 11 laboratories.

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    Hechemy, K E; Michaelson, E E; Anacker, R L; Zdeb, M; Sasowski, S J; Kleeman, K T; Joseph, J. M.; Patel, J; Kudlac, J; Elliott, L B

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    A latex-Rickettsia rickettsii test for detection of antibodies to Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF) was evaluated during the 1980 RMSF season in 11 laboratories in nine states where the disease is endemic. In a double-blind study, all sera submitted to each laboratory for RMSF testing were also examined by the latex-R. rickettsii test. A portion of each specimen was then sent to the New York State laboratory for testing by latex-R. rickettsii and by the reference microimmunofluorescence tes...

  13. Fatal Brazilian spotless fever caused by Rickettsia rickettsii in a dark-skinned patient

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    Full Text Available Brazilian spotted fever (BSF is the most important and frequent rickettsial disease in Brazil. A fatal case of BSF is reported in a 32-year-old black man, who died of irreversible shock after five days of fever, severe headache and abdominal pain with no rash. Spleen, kidney and heart samples collected at autopsy were positive for Rickettsia rickettsii by PCR and sequencing. The authors emphasize the need for a high index of diagnostic suspicion for spotted fever in black patients. Absence of a skin rash should not dissuade clinicians from considering the possibility of BSF and initiating empirical therapy.

  14. Differentiation Between Virulent and Avirulent Strains of Rickettsia prowazekii by Macrophage-Like Cell Lines

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    The growth of avirulent (E) and virulent (Breinl) strains of Rickettsia prowazekii was compared in four mouse macrophage-like cell lines (RAW264.7, J774.1, P388D1, and PU5), one human macrophage-like cell line (U937-1), and the mouse fibroblast line L929. The E and Breinl strains grew equally well in L929 cells. However, all of the mouse macrophage-like cell lines clearly differentiated between the two strains by restricting the growth of the E strain relative to that of the Breinl strain. A ...

  15. Rickettsia Species Infecting Amblyomma cooperi Ticks from an Area in the State of São Paulo, Brazil, Where Brazilian Spotted Fever Is Endemic

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    Labruna, Marcelo B.; Whitworth, Ted; Horta, Maurício C.; BOUYER, DONALD H.; McBride, Jere W.; Pinter, Adriano; POPOV, Vsevolod; Gennari, Solange M.; David H Walker

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    Owing to the potential role of the tick Amblyomma cooperi in the enzootic cycle of Rickettsia rickettsii, the etiologic agent of Brazilian spotted fever (BSF), this study evaluated infection by Rickettsia species in A. cooperi ticks collected from an area in Brazil where BSF is endemic. Among a total of 40 A. cooperi adult ticks collected in an area of BSF endemicity in the state of São Paulo, PCR analysis detected DNA of Rickettsia bellii in 16 ticks (40%), and 3 other ticks (7.5%) were posi...

  16. Evidence for proteolytic cleavage of the 120-kilodalton outer membrane protein of rickettsiae: identification of an avirulent mutant deficient in processing.

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    The 120-kDa rickettsial outer membrane protein (rOmpB) is encoded by a gene with the capacity to encode a protein of approximately 168 kDa. The carboxy-terminal end of the molecule is apparently cleaved to yield 120- and 32-kDa products. Both polypeptides are surface exposed and remain associated with the outer membrane of intact rickettsiae. All species of rickettsiae examined display similar cleavage of rOmpB. Comparison of diverse species of rickettsiae demonstrate a conserved N terminus o...

  17. Serological survey of Rickettsia sp. in horses and dogs in an non-endemic area in Brazil Identificação sorológica de Rickettsia sp. em equinos e cães de área não endêmica no Brasil

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    Fernanda Gonçalves Batista

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    Full Text Available Brazilian Spotted Fever (BSF is a lethal rickettsiosis in humans caused by the bacteria Rickettsia rickettsii, and is endemic in some areas of Brazil. Horses and dogs are part of the disease's life cycle and they may also serve as sentinel animals in epidemiological studies. The first human BSF case in the State of Paraná was reported in 2005. The present study was conducted in the municipality of Almirante Tamandaré, where no previous case of BSF was reported. Serum samples were collected from 71 horses and 20 dogs from nine properties in the area. Ticks were also collected from these animals. All farmers completed a questionnaire about their knowledge of BSF and animal health management. Serum samples were analyzed by indirect immunofluorescent-antibody assay (IFA using R. rickettsii and R. parkeri as antigens. Ticks were analyzed by PCR for Rickettsia sp., and all of them were PCR-negative. Six horses (8.45% and 4 dogs (20% were identified as seropositive. Farmers were not aware of the correlation between the presence of ticks and risk of BSF. Although a non-endemic area, Almirante Tamandaré is a vulnerable environment for BSF and effective tick control measures are required.A Febre Maculosa Brasileira (FMB é uma riquetsiose letal para humanos, causada pela bactéria Rickettsia rickettsii, e é endêmica em algumas regiões brasileiras. Equinos e cães podem participar do ciclo da doença e podem também servir como sentinelas em estudos epidemiológicos. O primeiro caso humano relatado no Estado do Paraná ocorreu em 2005. O presente estudo foi realizado no município de Almirante Tamandaré, região onde não há relatos de casos de FMB. Foram coletadas amostras de sangue de 71 cavalos e 20 cães em nove propriedades rurais na região. Carrapatos também foram colhidos dos animais. Todos os proprietários responderam a um questionário sobre o manejo sanitário dos animais e o conhecimento a respeito da FMB. As amostras de soro foram processadas pela técnica de Reação de Imunofluorescência Indireta (RIFI, utilizando-se os antígenos de R. rickettsii e R. parkeri. Os carrapatos foram analisados por PCR para Rickettsia sp. e todos foram negativos. Seis cavalos (8,45% e 4 cães (20% foram identificados como soropositivos. Todos os proprietários desconheciam a relação de carrapatos com a FMB. Embora considerada uma área não endêmica, Almirante Tamandaré é um ambiente vulnerável à FMB e um controle eficiente de carrapatos deve ser implementado.

  18. Antibodies against rickettsiae from spotted fever groups in horses from two mesoregions in the state of Santa Catarina, Brazil

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    Full Text Available Bacteria of the Rickettsia genus are agents of Brazilian Spotted Fever (BSF, a zoonotic disease which is difficult to diagnose, evolves quickly and can result in death. Antibodies against Rickettsia spp. in horses were studied, by means of Indirect Immunofluorescence Assay (IFAT ≥64, in 150 blood samples taken from animals in two Santa Catarina mesoregions (Planalto Serrano and Vale do Itajaí. The overall occurrence of Rickettsia spp. antibodies in horses was 18.66%, with cross-reactivity occurring in all positive samples for at least two of the species tested. Separately, according to the species, 25 (16.66% samples were positive for R. rickettsii, 15 (10% for R. parkeri, 22 (14.66% for R. amblyommii, 23 (15.33% for R. rhipicephali, 16 (10.66% for R. bellii and 19 (12.66% for R. felis. Only two animals resulted in a conclusive serodiagnosis, one for R. bellii and the other for R. rickettsii, at maximum dilutions of 1:4096 and 1:512, respectively. The occurrence of antibodies against Rickettsia spp. in horses from two mesoregions in the state of Santa Catarina indicates the movement of BSF agents in these sentinel animals and confirms the importance of studying spotted fever in the state of Santa Catarina.

  19. Multispacer Typing (MST) of Spotted Fever Group Rickettsiae Isolated from Humans and Rats in Chengmai County, Hainan Province, China.

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    Cheng, Xueqin; Jin, Yuming; Lao, Shijun; Huang, Changhe; Huang, Fang; Jia, Pengben; Zhang, Lijuan

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    Spotted fever caused by spotted fever group rickettsiae (SFGR) is found throughout China. During 2007-2008, 28 human SFGR isolates and 34 rat SFGR isolates including 15 isolates from Rattus fulvescens, 5 isolates from R. edwardsi, 7 isolates from Callosciurus erythraeus roberti and 7 isolates from Dremomys rufigenis) were obtained from L929 cell culture. Previous research indicated that the 62 strains of SFGR mentioned above shared not only the same serophenotype but also 100% of identity sequences of 16S rRNA, gltA, ompA, groEL and 17KD, which enabled us to apply multispacer typing (MST) to the 62 SFGR isolates in the study. Six primer pairs, which were used for typing of Rickettsia rickettsii and Rickettsia conorii, were chosen, and the results exhibited greater nucleotide polymorphisms among the 62 isolates tested. A total of 48 distinct genotypes were identified. The dominant genotype, represented by h3 isolates, accounted for 21.7% (13/60) of the isolates tested, and the remaining 47 genotypes were all unique. Phylogenetic analysis showed that all the 48 genotypes could be classified in the same clade, while the genetically related strain, R. heilongjiangensis, was close but not the same as the cluster. We concluded that the genetically diverse of spotted fever group rickettsiae strains are endemic in Chengmai County, Hainan Province, China. PMID:25324688

  20. Case report: Co-infection of Rickettsia rickettsii and Streptococcus pyogenes: is fatal Rocky Mountain spotted fever underdiagnosed?

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    Raczniak, Gregory A; Kato, Cecilia; Chung, Ida H; Austin, Amy; McQuiston, Jennifer H; Weis, Erica; Levy, Craig; Carvalho, Maria da Gloria S; Mitchell, Audrey; Bjork, Adam; Regan, Joanna J

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    Rocky Mountain spotted fever, a tick-borne disease caused by Rickettsia rickettsii, is challenging to diagnose and rapidly fatal if not treated. We describe a decedent who was co-infected with group A β-hemolytic streptococcus and R. rickettsii. Fatal cases of Rocky Mountain spotted fever may be underreported because they present as difficult to diagnose co-infections. PMID:25331804

  1. Molecular identification of Rickettsia felis in ticks and fleas from an endemic area for Brazilian Spotted Fever

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    Full Text Available Rickettsioses are arthropod-borne diseases caused by parasites from the Order Rickettsiales. The most prevalent rickettsial disease in Brazil is Brazilian Spotted Fever (BSF. This work intends the molecular detection of those agents in ectoparasites from an endemic area of BSF in the state of Espírito Santo. A total of 502 ectoparasites, among them Amblyomma cajennense, Amblyomma dubitatum (A. cooperi, Riphicephalus sanguineus, Anocentor nitens and Ctenocephalides felis, was collected from domestic animals and the environment and separated in 152 lots according to the origin. Rickettsia sp. was detected in pools of all collected species by amplification of 17kDa protein-encoding gene fragments. The products of PCR amplification of three samples were sequenced, and Rickettsia felis was identified in R. sanguineus and C. felis. These results confirm the presence of Rickettsia felis in areas previously known as endemic for BSF, disease caused by Rickettsia rickettsii. Moreover, they show the needing of further studies for deeper knowledge of R. felis-spotted fever epidemiology and differentiation of these diseases in Brazil.

  2. Detección de Rickettsia sp. en la garrapata café del perro Rhipicephalus sanguineus (Acari: Ixodidae en Matamoros, Coahuila, México

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    Antonio Castillo-Martínez

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    Full Text Available Se colectaron al azar 217 garrapatas sobre 72 perros domésticos en el municipio de Matamoros, Coahuila, éstas fueron identificadas como Rhipicephalus sanguineus Latreille. Con la intención de determinar la presencia de la bacteria (Rickettsia sp. causante de la fiebre manchada de las Montañas Rocosas (FMMR, las garrapatas se agruparon en muestras (n = 100 para pruebas moleculares, las hembras repletas de sangre fueron diseccionadas para obtener el contenido estomacal y los órganos internos. Las ninfas y los machos se maceraron para exponer el contenido interno. Empleando la técnica de CTAB se obtuvo ADN de cada pool, el cual fue sometido a ensayos de PCR para amplificar el gen gltA para la detección de Rickettsias. Se reporta la presencia de Rickettsia sp. en una frecuencia del 4% (4. El presente trabajo constituye el primer registro del agente causal de la fiebre manchada Rickettsia sp. en órganos internos de la garrapata café del perro, R. sanguineus a través de técnicas moleculares en el municipio de Matamoros, Coahuila, región endémica de esta enfermedad.

  3. Molecular identification of Rickettsia felis in ticks and fleas from an endemic area for Brazilian Spotted Fever.

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    Oliveira, K A; Oliveira, L S; Dias, C C A; Silva, A; Almeida, M R; Almada, G; Bouyer, D H; Galvão, M A M; Mafra, Cl

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    Rickettsioses are arthropod-borne diseases caused by parasites from the Order Rickettsiales. The most prevalent rickettsial disease in Brazil is Brazilian Spotted Fever (BSF). This work intends the molecular detection of those agents in ectoparasites from an endemic area of BSF in the state of Espírito Santo. A total of 502 ectoparasites, among them Amblyomma cajennense, Amblyomma dubitatum (A. cooperi), Riphicephalus sanguineus, Anocentor nitens and Ctenocephalides felis, was collected from domestic animals and the environment and separated in 152 lots according to the origin. Rickettsia sp. was detected in pools of all collected species by amplification of 17 kDa protein-encoding gene fragments. The products of PCR amplification of three samples were sequenced, and Rickettsia felis was identified in R. sanguineus and C. felis. These results confirm the presence of Rickettsia felis in areas previously known as endemic for BSF, disease caused by Rickettsia rickettsii. Moreover, they show the needing of further studies for deeper knowledge of R. felis-spotted fever epidemiology and differentiation of these diseases in Brazil. PMID:18425272

  4. A cluster of Rickettsia rickettsii infection at an animal shelter in an urban area of Brazil.

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    Rozental, T; Ferreira, M S; Gomes, R; Costa, C M; Barbosa, P R A; Bezerra, I O; Garcia, M H O; Oliveira E Cruz, D M; Galliez, R; Oliveira, S; Brasil, P; Rezende, T; De Lemos, E R S

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    Rickettsia rickettsii infection is being increasingly recognized as an important cause of fatal acute illness in Brazil, where this tick-borne disease is designated Brazilian spotted fever (BSF). In this study we report five fatal cases of BSF in employees of an animal shelter in an urban area in the municipality of Rio de Janeiro in southeast Brazil after a natural disaster on 11 January 2011. Four of the cases occurred from 27 January to 11 April 2011, while the fifth fatal case was identified in April 2012. Three cases were confirmed by molecular analysis and two by epidemiological linkage. An investigation of BSF was performed in the animal shelter, and blood samples were collected from 115 employees and 117 randomly selected dogs. The presence of high levels (1024-4096) of antibodies against spotted fever group rickettsiae was found in three (2·6%) employees and 114 (97·5%) dogs. These findings emphasize the need to consider BSF as a possible cause of undifferentiated febrile illness, especially dengue and leptospirosis, in patients occupationally exposed to dogs heavily infested by ticks, mainly working at kennels and animal shelters that have inadequate space for the animals housed and frequently providing an environment conducive to exposure to pathogens such as R. rickettsii. PMID:25483025

  5. Spotted fever group rickettsiae in ticks and fleas from the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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    Mediannikov, Oleg; Davoust, Bernard; Socolovschi, Cristina; Tshilolo, Léon; Raoult, Didier; Parola, Philippe

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    Little is known about the prevalence of spotted fever group (SFG) rickettsiae in ticks and fleas in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. In 2008, 12 Amblyomma compressum ticks were collected from 3 pangolins (Manis gigantea). Two Haemaphysalis punctaleachi ticks were collected from 2 African civets (Civettictis civetta congica), and one was collected from an antelope (Onotragus leche). A total of 111 Rhipicephalus sanguineus ticks, 23 Ctenocephalides canis fleas, 39 C. felis fleas, and 5 Trichodectes canis lice were sampled from 19 dogs. One C. canis flea was collected from a human. Six of the 12 A. compressum ticks were positive for rickettsial DNA, as determined by genus-specific qPCR. The ompA gene sequences amplified from positive samples showed 100% homology with Rickettsia africae (GenBank accession number CP001612). The detection of Ri. africae in A. compressum ticks, which are highly specialized parasites of pangolins, is consistent with our previous data showing the presence of Ri. africae in A. compressum ticks from Liberia. No other ticks contained rickettsial DNA. A total of 9 C. canis fleas (39%, 9/23) and 37 C. felis fleas (95%, 37/39) that was collected from dogs and one C. canis flea collected from a human harbored Ri. felis. PMID:23137572

  6. Bartonella and Rickettsia in arthropods from the Lao PDR and from Borneo, Malaysia.

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    Kernif, Tahar; Socolovschi, Cristina; Wells, Konstans; Lakim, Maklarin B; Inthalad, Saythong; Slesak, Günther; Boudebouch, Najma; Beaucournu, Jean-Claude; Newton, Paul N; Raoult, Didier; Parola, Philippe

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    Rickettsioses and bartonelloses are arthropod-borne diseases of mammals with widespread geographical distributions. Yet their occurrence in specific regions, their association with different vectors and hosts and the infection rate of arthropod-vectors with these agents remain poorly studied in South-east Asia. We conducted entomological field surveys in the Lao PDR (Laos) and Borneo, Malaysia by surveying fleas, ticks, and lice from domestic dogs and collected additional samples from domestic cows and pigs in Laos. Rickettsia felis was detected by real-time PCR with similar overall flea infection rate in Laos (76.6%, 69/90) and Borneo (74.4%, 268/360). Both of the encountered flea vectors Ctenocephalides orientis and Ctenocephalides felis felis were infected with R. felis. The degrees of similarity of partial gltA and ompA genes with recognized species indicate the rickettsia detected in two Boophilus spp. ticks collected from a cow in Laos may be a new species. Isolation and further characterization will be necessary to specify it as a new species. Bartonella clarridgeiae was detected in 3/90 (3.3%) and 2/360 (0.6%) of examined fleas from Laos and Borneo, respectively. Two fleas collected in Laos and one flea collected in Borneo were co-infected with both R. felis and B. clarridgeiae. Further investigations are needed in order to isolate these agents and to determine their epidemiology and aetiological role in unknown fever in patients from these areas. PMID:22153360

  7. Serological evidence of Rickettsia and Coxiella burnetii in humans of Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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    Cicuttin, Gabriel Leonardo; Degiuseppe, Juan Ignacio; Mamianetti, Andrea; Corin, Marcela Viviana; Linares, María Cielo; De Salvo, María Nazarena; Dohmen, Federico Eugenio Gury

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    In Buenos Aires city (Argentina), the circulation of these agents has been detected mainly in vectors and animals, few human cases having been described. The aim of our study was to determine the seroprevalence of Rickettsia (spotted fever - SFG - and typhus - TG - groups) and Coxiella burnetii (Q fever agent) in residents of Buenos Aires city. The study involved 99 participants. Rickettsia IgG antibodies against SFG and TG were detected by IFA in 28.3% and 16.2% of serum samples, respectively. SFG titers were mostly 1/64 (53.6%) with a maximum of 1/512 (3.5%) whereas TG titers ranged between 1/64 (62.5%) and 1/256 (6.3%). Only one sample showed a titer of 1/32 for C. burnetii (phases I and II). The circulation of these pathogens in urban areas such as the city of Buenos Aires should be considered by health services, especially at the primary care level. PMID:26616661

  8. Molecular detection of Rickettsia felis in different flea species from Caldas, Colombia.

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    Ramírez-Hernández, Alejandro; Montoya, Viviana; Martínez, Alejandra; Pérez, Jorge E; Mercado, Marcela; de la Ossa, Alberto; Vélez, Carolina; Estrada, Gloria; Correa, Maria I; Duque, Laura; Ariza, Juan S; Henao, Cesar; Valbuena, Gustavo; Hidalgo, Marylin

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    Rickettsioses caused by Rickettsia felis are an emergent global threat. Historically, the northern region of the province of Caldas in Colombia has reported murine typhus cases, and recently, serological studies confirmed high seroprevalence for both R. felis and R. typhi. In the present study, fleas from seven municipalities were collected from dogs, cats, and mice. DNA was extracted and amplified by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) to identify gltA, ompB, and 17kD genes. Positive samples were sequenced to identify the species of Rickettsia. Of 1,341 fleas, Ctenocephalides felis was the most prevalent (76.7%). Positive PCR results in the three genes were evidenced in C. felis (minimum infection rates; 5.3%), C. canis (9.2%), and Pulex irritans (10.0%). Basic Local Alignment Search Tool (BLAST) analyses of sequences showed high identity values (> 98%) with R. felis, and all were highly related by phylogenetic analyses. This work shows the first detection of R. felis in fleas collected from animals in Colombia. PMID:23878183

  9. Molecular Detection of Rickettsia felis in Different Flea Species from Caldas, Colombia

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    Ramírez-Hernández, Alejandro; Montoya, Viviana; Martínez, Alejandra; Pérez, Jorge E.; Mercado, Marcela; de la Ossa, Alberto; Vélez, Carolina; Estrada, Gloria; Correa, Maria I.; Duque, Laura; Ariza, Juan S.; Henao, Cesar; Valbuena, Gustavo; Hidalgo, Marylin

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    Rickettsioses caused by Rickettsia felis are an emergent global threat. Historically, the northern region of the province of Caldas in Colombia has reported murine typhus cases, and recently, serological studies confirmed high seroprevalence for both R. felis and R. typhi. In the present study, fleas from seven municipalities were collected from dogs, cats, and mice. DNA was extracted and amplified by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) to identify gltA, ompB, and 17kD genes. Positive samples were sequenced to identify the species of Rickettsia. Of 1,341 fleas, Ctenocephalides felis was the most prevalent (76.7%). Positive PCR results in the three genes were evidenced in C. felis (minimum infection rates; 5.3%), C. canis (9.2%), and Pulex irritans (10.0%). Basic Local Alignment Search Tool (BLAST) analyses of sequences showed high identity values (> 98%) with R. felis, and all were highly related by phylogenetic analyses. This work shows the first detection of R. felis in fleas collected from animals in Colombia. PMID:23878183

  10. Molecular detection of Rickettsia bellii in Amblyomma rotundatum from imported red-footed tortoise (Chelonoides carbonaria).

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    Erster, Oran; Roth, Asael; Avni, Zvi; King, Rony; Shkap, Varda

    2015-06-01

    Introduction of exotic ticks and pathogens through international animal trade (farm animals and pets) is a serious threat to public health and local fauna. Rapid and correct identification of potential threats is an important step on the way to conduct an efficient control of imported pests. In this report we describe the molecular identification of the neotropic tick Amblyomma rotundatum intercepted from red-footed tortoise (Chelonoides carbonaria), imported to Israel from Florida, USA. Molecular analysis of the ticks conducted upon their identification, revealed that they were infected with Rickettsia bellii. Following their collection, the ticks were examined morphologically and five molecular markers were used to determine their taxonomic identity: cytochrome c oxidase subunit 1 (COX1), cytochrome b (CytB), 12S rRNA, 16S rRNA and internal transcribed sequence 2 (ITS-2). Molecular analysis indicated that all of the collected ticks were Amblyomma rotundatum. Using rickettsial gltA (citrate synthase) gene in real-time PCR analysis we found that approximately 25% of the intercepted ticks (8 of 33) were infected with Rickettsia bellii. It is concluded that accurate and timely identification of imported exotic ticks prevented their introduction to Israel, and that use of molecular tools may further improve the response to such potential threats. PMID:25865033

  11. Serosurvey for tick-borne diseases in dogs from the Eastern Amazon, Brazil Pesquisa Sorológica por doenças transmitidas por carrapatos em cães da Amazônia oriental, Brasil

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    Mariana Granziera Spolidorio

    Full Text Available Canine ehrlichiosis and babesiosis are the most prevalent tick-borne diseases in Brazilian dogs. Few studies have focused attention in surveying tick-borne diseases in the Brazilian Amazon region. A total of 129 blood samples were collected from dogs living in the Brazilian eastern Amazon. Seventy-two samples from dogs from rural areas of 19 municipalities and 57 samples from urban stray dogs from Santarém municipality were collected. Serum samples were submitted to Indirect Immunofluorescence Assay (IFA with antigens of Babesia canis vogeli, Ehrlichia canis, and six Rickettsia species. The frequency of dogs containing anti-B. canis vogeli, anti-E. canis, and anti-Rickettsia spp. antibodies was 42.6%, 16.2%, and 31.7%, respectively. Anti-B. canis vogeli antibodies were detected in 59.6% of the urban dogs, and in 29.1% of the rural dogs (P Ehrliquiose canina e babesiose canina são as doenças parasitárias transmitidas por carrapatos de maior prevalência em cães do Brasil. Poucos estudos pesquisaram doenças transmitidas por carrapatos na região da Amazônia brasileira. Um total de 129 amostras de sangue foram colhidas de cães da Amazônia oriental brasileira. Setenta e dois cães eram de áreas rurais de 19 municípios do Estado do Pará, e 57 amostras foram colhidas de cães errantes vadios da área urbana do município de Santarém-PA. As amostras de soro foram submetidas ao ensaio de imunofluorescência indireta, com antígenos de Babesia canis vogeli, Ehrlichia canis, e seis espécies de Rickettsia. A frequência de cães com anticorpos anti-B. canis vogeli, anti-E. canis, e anti-Rickettsia spp. foi de 42,6%, 16,2% e 31,7%, respectivamente. Anticorpos anti-B. canis vogeli foram detectados em 59,6% dos cães urbanos, e em 29,1% dos cães rurais (P < 0.05. Para E. canis, a soroprevalência foi parecida entre os cães urbanos (15,7% e rurais (16,6%. Para Rickettsia spp., cães rurais apresentaram prevalência (P < 0.05 significativamente maior (40,3% do que os cães urbanos (21,1%. Esse primeiro estudo sobre agentes transmitidos por carrapatos entre cães da Amazônia oriental brasileira indica que estes animais estão expostos a vários agentes. Estes incluem Babesia principalmente na área urbana, Riquétsias do grupo da Febre Maculosa principalmente nas áreas rurais, e Erliquia em cães de ambas as áreas, rural e urbana.

  12. Epidemiology of Rickettsia sp. strain Atlantic rainforest in a spotted fever-endemic area of southern Brazil.

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    Barbieri, Amalia R M; Filho, Jonas M; Nieri-Bastos, Fernanda A; Souza, Julio C; Szabó, Matias P J; Labruna, Marcelo B

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    The present study was performed in Vila Itoupava, an area of the state of Santa Catarina, southern Brazil, in which a tick-borne spotted fever illness has been endemic since 2003. Notably, both the etiological agent and the vector of these spotted fever cases remain unknown. During January 2011, humans, domestic dogs, and their ticks were sampled in households that are typically surrounded by highly preserved Atlantic rainforest fragments. Ticks collected from dogs were Amblyomma ovale (34% prevalence), Amblyomma aureolatum (18.9%), and Rhipicephalus sanguineus (3.8%). A total of 7.8% (6/77) A. ovale and 9.3% (4/43) A. aureolatum were infected by Rickettsia sp. strain Atlantic rainforest, a Rickettsia parkeri-like agent recently shown to cause spotted fever illness in southeastern Brazil. Overall, 67.3% (35/52) of the dogs were seroreactive to spotted fever group rickettsiae, mostly with highest endpoint titers to R. parkeri. Among humans, 46.7% (7/15) reacted serologically to rickettsiae at low to moderate endpoint titers. Because canine seroreactivity to R. parkeri was strongly associated with frequent contact with forests (the preferred habitat for A. ovale and A. aureolatum), it is concluded that sampled dogs have been infected by strain Atlantic rainforest through the parasitism of these tick species. The present study provides epidemiological evidence that the spotted fever in the study area has been caused by Rickettsia sp. strain Atlantic rainforest, transmitted to humans by either A. ovale or A. aureolatum. Further studies encompassing direct diagnostic methods on clinical specimens from patients are needed to confirm the above epidemiological evidence. PMID:25108786

  13. Effects of homologous and heterologous immunization on the reservoir competence of domestic dogs for Rickettsia conorii (israelensis).

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    Levin, M L; Zemtsova, G E; Montgomery, M; Killmaster, L F

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    A number of spotted fever group (SFG) rickettsiae cause serious infections in humans. Several antigenically related rickettsial agents may coexist within the same geographical area, and humans or vertebrate hosts may be sequentially exposed to multiple SFG agents. We assessed whether exposure of a vertebrate reservoir to one SFG Rickettsia will affect the host's immune response to a related pathogen and the efficiency of transmission to uninfected ticks. Two pairs of dogs were each infected with either Rickettsia massiliae or Rickettsia conorii israelensis, and their immune response was monitored twice weekly by IFA. The four immunized dogs and a pair of naïve dogs were each challenged with R. conorii israelensis-infected Rhipicephalus sanguineus nymphs. Uninfected Rh. sanguineus larvae were acquisition-fed on the dogs on days 1, 7, and 14 post-challenge. These ticks were tested for the presence of rickettsial DNA after molting to the nymphal stage. The naive dogs became infected with R. conorii israelensis and were infectious to ticks for at least 3 weeks, whereas reservoir competence of dogs previously infected with either R. massiliae or R. conorii was significantly diminished. This opens an opportunity for decreasing the efficiency of transmission and propagation of pathogenic Rickettsia in natural foci by immunizing the primary hosts with closely related nonpathogenic SFG bacteria. However, neither homologous immunization nor cross-immunization significantly affected the efficiency of R. conorii transmission between cofeeding infected nymphs and uninfected larvae. At high densities of ticks, the efficiency of cofeeding transmission may be sufficient for yearly amplification and persistent circulation of a rickettsial pathogen in the vector population. PMID:24201056

  14. RC1339/APRc from Rickettsia conorii is a novel aspartic protease with properties of retropepsin-like enzymes.

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    Cruz, Rui; Huesgen, Pitter; Riley, Sean P; Wlodawer, Alexander; Faro, Carlos; Overall, Christopher M; Martinez, Juan J; Simões, Isaura

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    Members of the species Rickettsia are obligate intracellular, gram-negative, arthropod-borne pathogens of humans and other mammals. The life-threatening character of diseases caused by many Rickettsia species and the lack of reliable protective vaccine against rickettsioses strengthens the importance of identifying new protein factors for the potential development of innovative therapeutic tools. Herein, we report the identification and characterization of a novel membrane-embedded retropepsin-like homologue, highly conserved in 55 Rickettsia genomes. Using R. conorii gene homologue RC1339 as our working model, we demonstrate that, despite the low overall sequence similarity to retropepsins, the gene product of rc1339 APRc (for Aspartic Protease from Rickettsia conorii) is an active enzyme with features highly reminiscent of this family of aspartic proteases, such as autolytic activity impaired by mutation of the catalytic aspartate, accumulation in the dimeric form, optimal activity at pH 6, and inhibition by specific HIV-1 protease inhibitors. Moreover, specificity preferences determined by a high-throughput profiling approach confirmed common preferences between this novel rickettsial enzyme and other aspartic proteases, both retropepsins and pepsin-like. This is the first report on a retropepsin-like protease in gram-negative intracellular bacteria such as Rickettsia, contributing to the analysis of the evolutionary relationships between the two types of aspartic proteases. Additionally, we have also shown that APRc is transcribed and translated in R. conorii and R. rickettsii and is integrated into the outer membrane of both species. Finally, we demonstrated that APRc is sufficient to catalyze the in vitro processing of two conserved high molecular weight autotransporter adhesin/invasion proteins, Sca5/OmpB and Sca0/OmpA, thereby suggesting the participation of this enzyme in a relevant proteolytic pathway in rickettsial life-cycle. As a novel bona fide member of the retropepsin family of aspartic proteases, APRc emerges as an intriguing target for therapeutic intervention against fatal rickettsioses. PMID:25144529

  15. Differential requirements for enriched atmospheric carbon dioxide content for intracellular growth in cell culture among selected members of the genus Rickettsia.

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    Kopmans-Gargantiel, A I; Wisseman, C. L.

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    In an in vitro chicken embryo cell culture system, strains of Rickettsia prowazekii, R. mooseri, and R. rickettsii, but not of R. tsutsugamushi, required an atmosphere enriched in CO2 for intracellular growth.

  16. Survey of rickettsiae in humans, dogs, horses, and ticks in Northern Paraná, BrazilLevantamento de riquétsias em humanos, cães, cavalos e carrapatos no Norte do Paraná, Brasil

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    Full Text Available Brazilian Spotted Fever is a disease caused by Rickettsia rickettsii, and is transmitted to humans and animals by Amblyomma spp. The objective of this work was to study the epidemiology of spotted fever group rickettsiae in rural areas of Northern Parana. In Alvorada do Sul municipality, 88 humans, 83 dogs, and 18 horses were sampled, and in Arapongas municipality, 138 humans, 90 dogs and 18 horses were studied. All the sera were tested by IFA in which R. rickettsii and R. parkeri were used as antigens, considering titers ? 64 positive. Ticks collected from dogs and horses were tested by PCR. In Alvorada do Sul, 24% and 16.1% of humans, 55.6% and 22.2% of horses and, 22.9% and 18.1% of dogs were seropositive for R rickettsii and R. parkeri, respectively. In Arapongas, 9.4% and 4.3% of the humans, 5.6% and 5.6% of horses and, 13.3% and 12.2% of the dogs were seropositive for R. rickettsii and R. parkeri, respectively. PCR detected seven ticks with gltA sequences that showed similarity with R. bellii. The presence of antibodies to R. parkeri and R. rickettsii in dogs, horses and humans demonstrates a potential risk for spotted fever group rickettsiae in these areas.Febre Maculosa Brasileira é uma doença causada por Rickettsia rickettsii, e é transmitida para humanos e animais por Amblyomma spp. O objetivo deste trabalho foi estudar a epidemiologia de riquétsias do grupo da febre em áreas rurais do Norte do Paraná. No município de Alvorada do Sul, 88 pessoas, 83 cães e 18 cavalos foram amostrados, e no município de Arapongas, 138 seres humanos, 90 cães e 18 cavalos foram estudados. Todos os soros foram testados por IFI com R. rickettsii e R. parkeri como antígenos, considerando-se os títulos ? 64 positivos. Carrapatos coletados de cães e cavalos foram testados por PCR. Em Alvorada do Sul, 24% e 16,1% dos seres humanos, 55,6% e 22,2% de cavalos e, 22,9% e 18,1% de cães foram soropositivos para R. rickettsii e R. parkeri, respectivamente. Em Arapongas, 9,4% e 4,3% dos seres humanos, 5,6% e 5,6% de cavalos e, 13,3% e 12,2% dos cães foram soropositivos para R. rickettsii e R. parkeri, respectivamente. A PCR detectou 7 carrapatos com seqüências gltA que mostrou semelhança com R. bellii. A presença de anticorpos para R. rickettsii e R. parkeri em cães, cavalos e seres humanos demonstra um risco potencial para riquétsias do grupo da febre maculosa nestas áreas.

  17. High Prevalence of Rickettsia africae Variants in Amblyomma variegatum Ticks from Domestic Mammals in Rural Western Kenya: Implications for Human Health

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    Maina, Alice N.; Jiang, Ju; Omulo, Sylvia A.; Cutler, Sally J.; Ade, Fredrick; Ogola, Eric; Feikin, Daniel R; Njenga, M Kariuki; Cleaveland, Sarah; Mpoke, Solomon; Ng'ang'a, Zipporah; Breiman, Robert F; Knobel, Darryn L; Richards, Allen L.

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    Tick-borne spotted fever group (SFG) rickettsioses are emerging human diseases caused by obligate intracellular Gram-negative bacteria of the genus Rickettsia. Despite being important causes of systemic febrile illnesses in travelers returning from sub-Saharan Africa, little is known about the reservoir hosts of these pathogens. We conducted surveys for rickettsiae in domestic animals and ticks in a rural setting in western Kenya. Of the 100 serum specimens tested from each species of domesti...

  18. Hemocytic rickettsia-like organisms in ticks: serologic reactivity with antisera to Ehrlichiae and detection of DNA of agent of human granulocytic ehrlichiosis by PCR.

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    Magnarelli, L A; Stafford, K C; Mather, T.N.; Yeh, M T; Horn, K D; Dumler, J S

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    Ixodid ticks were collected from Connecticut, Massachusetts, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and British Columbia (Canada) during 1991 to 1994 to determine the prevalence of infection with hemocytic (blood cell), rickettsia-like organisms. Hemolymph obtained from these ticks was analyzed by direct and indirect fluorescent antibody (FA) staining methods with dog, horse, or human sera containing antibodies to Ehrlichia canis, Ehrlichia equi, or Rickettsia rickettsii. Of the 693 nymphal an...

  19. First Report of Rickettsia Identical to R. slovaca in Colony-Originated D. variabilis in the United States: Detection, Laboratory Animal Model, and Vector Competence of Ticks.

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    Zemtsova, Galina E; Killmaster, Lindsay F; Montgomery, Merrill; Schumacher, Lauren; Burrows, Matt; Levin, Michael L

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    Ticks of the genus Dermacentor are known vectors of rickettsial pathogens in both the Old World and New World. In North America, Dermacentor variabilis and D. andersoni are vectors of Rickettsia rickettsii, while in Europe, D. marginatus and D. reticulatus transmit R. slovaca and R. raoultii, respectively. Neither the presence of R. slovaca in the Americas nor the ability of American tick species to maintain this pathogen have been reported. Here we describe detection of Rickettsia genetically identical to R. slovaca in D. variabilis, its molecular characterization, assessment of pathogenicity to guinea pigs, and vector competence of D. variabilis ticks. Ticks from a laboratory colony of D. variabilis, established from wild ticks and maintained on naïve NZW rabbits, tested positive for spotted fever group (SFG) Rickettsia by PCR. Analysis of 17 kDa gltA, rpoB, ompA, ompB, and sca4 genes revealed 100% identity to R. slovaca sequences available in the GenBank. New Zealand white rabbits fed upon by infected ticks seroconverted to SFG Rickettsia. Guinea pigs inoculated with the Rickettsia culture or infested by the infected ticks developed antibodies to SFG Rickettsia. The intensity of clinical signs and immune response were dependent on dose and route of infection. The identified Rickettsia was detected in all life stages of D. variabilis ticks, confirming transstadial and transovarial transmission. Thirty-six percent of uninfected larvae co-fed with infected nymphs on guinea pigs were PCR-positive and able to pass rickettsia to at least 11.7% of molted nymphs. To our knowledge, this is a first report of identification of a European pathogen R. slovaca or a highly similar agent in the American dog tick, D. variabilis. Considering pathogenicity of R. slovaca in humans, further laboratory and field studies are warranted to assess the relevance of the above findings to the public health and epidemiology of SFG rickettsioses in the United States. PMID:26808054

  20. Rickettsia in Synanthropic and Domestic Animals and Their Hosts from Two Areas of Low Endemicity for Brazilian Spotted Fever in the Eastern Region of Minas Gerais, Brazil

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    Milagres, Bruno S.; Padilha, Amanda F.; Barcelos, Rafael M.; Gomes, Gabriel G.; Montandon, Carlos E.; Pena, Dárlen C. H.; Nieri Bastos, Fernanda A.; Silveira, Iara; Pacheco, Richard; Labruna, Marcelo B.; BOUYER, DONALD H.; Freitas, Renata N.; Walker, David H; Cláudio L. Mafra; Galvao, Márcio A. M.

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    The aim of this study was to understand the current epidemiology of rickettsial diseases in two rickettsial-endemic regions in Brazil. In the municipalities of Pingo D'Agua and Santa Cruz do Escalvado, among serum samples obtained from horses and dogs, reactivity by immunofluorescent assay against spotted fever group rickettsiae was verified. In some serum samples from opossums (Didelphis aurita) captured in Santa Cruz do Escalvado, serologic response against rickettsiae was also verified. Po...

  1. Evaluación de dos técnicas para la detección molecular de rickettsia asociada a la enfermedad del cogollo arrepollado del papayo en Cuba / Evaluation of two techniques for the molecular diagnosis of rickettsia associated to papaya bunchy top disease in Cuba

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    Lester, Hernández-Rodríguez; Edel, Pérez López; Maritza, Luis Pantoja; Inés, Peña Bárzaga.

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    Full Text Available El objetivo de este estudio fue optimizar una técnica de diagnóstico para rickettsia-PBT, bacteria asociada a la enfermedad cogollo arrepollado del papayo (PBT), basada en la hibridación de ácidos nucleicos no radiactiva (HANS-PBT), y comparar la factibilidad de su uso con respecto a la PCR convenci [...] onal. Se optimizó un procedimiento de HANS-PBT que permitió la detección específica de hasta 15 pg de ADN del gen sdhA de rickettsia-PBT. La evaluación de 141 controles caracterizados mediante PCR convencional (PCR-PBT), mostró parámetros de desempeño de la HANS-PBT favorables, con una especificidad diagnóstica (ED) de 97,2% y sensibilidad diagnóstica (SD) de 98,5%. Los análisis simultáneos mediante las dos técnicas de 179 muestras colectadas mayormente en plantaciones del occidente de Cuba evidenciaron la presencia de rickettsia-PBT en 118 plantas. Los parámetros de desempeño de la PCR-PBT y HANS-PBT en la evaluación de estas muestras fueron similares, 96% y 98% de ED, 89% y 75% de SD, respectivamente. Aunque la HANS-PBT mostró valores de sensibilidad menores a la PCR-PBT, es factible su uso para programas de mejoramiento genético o prospecciones en estudios epidemiológicos de la diseminación de la bacteria. Abstract in english The aim of this study was to develop a technique based on non radioactive nucleic acid hybridization for the diagnosis of rickettsia-PBT bacterium associated to the papaya bunchy top disease (NASH-PBT), and to evaluate its use compared with the conventional PCR. The optimized NASH-PBT method allowed [...] the specific detection of 15 pg of sdhA gen DNA of rickettsia-PBT. The validation parameters in the evaluation of 141 controls previously characterized by PCR evidenced the reliability of the technique, showing diagnosis sensitivity (DS) of 97.2% and diagnosis specificity (DE) of 98.5%. The simultaneous analysis by the NASH-PBT and conventional PCR (PCR-PBT) of 179 samples recovered from commercial fields, mostly of the western region of Cuba, evidenced the presence of rickettsia-PBT in 118 plants. The parameters of validations of PCR-PBT and NASH-PBT in the analysis of these samples were 89% and 75% for DS and 96% and 98% for DE, respectively. Despite the lower sensibility value showed respect to NASH-PBT PCR-PBT, its use for genetic improvement programs or surveys in epidemiological studies of this pathogen is realiable.

  2. Validación de la punción aspiración con aguja fina (PAAF) en el diagnóstico de linfadenitis tuberculosa en pacientes con infección por el virus de la inmunodeficiencia humana (VIH)

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    Susana G, Cabrera; Virginia, Ortega; Julio C, Medina; Gabriela, Gualco; Marcelo, Viola; Graciela, Pérez; María L., Musto; Justino, Zeballos; Eduardo, Savio.

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    Full Text Available Resumo Introdução: a punção-aspiração com agulha fina (PAAF) de gânglio linfático é uma técnica simples, rápida e de baixo custo para a obtenção de amostras para diagnóstico. Objetivo: o objetivo deste trabalho foi validar a PAAF no diagnóstico de linfadenite tuberculosa (TB) em pacientes infectados [...] pelo vírus da imunodeficiência humana (VIH), utilizando como "gold standard" o cultivo de Mycobacterium tuberculosis em biopsia ganglionar ou a histopatologia com resposta ao tratamento específico. Material e método: estudo clínico-patológico prospectivo. Foram incluídos pacientes portadores de VIH, com consentimento informado prévio, maiores de 18 anos, com adenomegalias superficiais maiores que 2 cm, atendidos na Cátedra de Doenças Infecciosas entre outubro de 2004 e dezembro de 2006. Em cada gânglio foi realizada PAAF e biopsia. Nas amostras citológicas e histopatológicas foram realizadas as colorações habituais, Ziehl-Neelsen e cultivos para micobacterias. Foi definida como citologia sugestiva de linfadenite TB: 1) linfadenite reativa com necrose; 2) linfadenite reativa com células epitelioides e/ou macrófagos e/ou células gigantes multinucleadas; com ou sem bacilos ácido-álcool resistentes no exame direto com coloração de Ziehl-Neelsen. Resultados: dos 30 pacientes incluídos, 23 apresentaram TB ganglionar. Nos sete pacientes restantes a PAAF descartou o diagnóstico de TB em seis, evitando tratamentos desnecessários, e indicando exame histológico para diagnóstico definitivo. A sensibilidade, especificidade, valor preditivo positivo e valor preditivo negativo da PAAF para o diagnóstico de linfadenite TB foram respectivamente 95%, 86%, 95% e 86%. O coeficiente de concordância de Kappa entre ambos procedimentos foi de 90%. Conclusões: a PAAF de gânglio linfático em pacientes VIH tem alto rendimento como técnica diagnóstica de TB ganglionar. Permite também selecionar os pacientes que necessitam biopsia ganglionar para diagnóstico definitivo, evitando sua realização sistemática em todos os pacientes com adenomegalias. Abstract in spanish Resumen Introducción: la punción aspiración aguja fina (PAAF) de ganglio linfático es una técnica sencilla, rápida y de bajo costo para la obtención de muestras para diagnóstico. Objetivo: el objetivo del estudio fue validar la PAAF en el diagnóstico de linfadenitis tuberculosa (TB) en pacientes inf [...] ectados por el virus de la inmunodeficiencia humana (VIH), utilizando como "gold standard" el cultivo de Mycobacterium tuberculosis en biopsia ganglionar o la histopatología más la respuesta al tratamiento específico. Material y método: estudio clínico-patológico prospectivo. Se incluyeron pacientes VIH infectados, previo consentimiento informado, mayores a 18 años, con adenomegalias superficiales mayores a 2 cm, asistidos en la Cátedra de Enfermedades Infecciosas entre octubre de 2004 y diciembre de 2006. Se realizó PAAF y biopsia del mismo ganglio. En las muestras citológicas e histopatológicas se realizaron tinciones habituales, Ziehl-Neelsen y cultivos para micobacterias. Se definió como citología sugestiva de linfadenitis TB: 1) linfadenitis reactiva con necrosis; 2) linfadenitis reactiva con células epitelioides y/o macrófagos y/o células gigantes multinucleadas; con o sin bacilos ácido-alcohol resistentes en el directo con tinción de Ziehl-Neelsen. Resultados: de 30 pacientes incluidos, 23 correspondieron a una TB ganglionar. En los siete pacientes restantes la PAAF descartó el diagnóstico de TB en seis, evitando tratamientos innecesarios, e indicando estudio histológico para diagnóstico definitivo. La sensibilidad, especificidad, valor predictivo positivo y valor predictivo negativo de la PAAF para el diagnóstico de linfadenitis TB fue de 95%, 86%, 95% y 86%, respectivamente. El coeficiente de concordancia de Kappa entre ambos procedimientos fue de 90%. Conclusiones: la PAAF de ganglio linfático en pacientes VIH tiene un elevado rendimiento como técnica diagnóstica de TB

  3. Antibodies to Rickettsia rickettsii, Rickettsia typhi, Coxiella burnetii, Bartonella henselae, Bartonella quintana, and Ehrlichia chaffeensis among healthy population in Minas Gerais, Brazil

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    Paulo Sérgio Gonçalves da Costa

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    Full Text Available Rickettsial diseases except those belonging to spotted fever group rickettsioses are poorly studied in South America particularly in Brazil where few epidemiological reports have been published. We describe a serosurvey for Rickettsia rickettsii, R. typhi, Coxiella burnetii, Bartonella henselae, B. quintana, and Ehrlichia chaffeensis in 437 healthy people from a Brazilian rural community. The serum samples were tested by indirected micro-immunoflourescence technique and a cutoff titer of 1:64 was used. The seroprevalence rates for R. rickettsii, R. typhi, C. burnetii, B. henselae, B. quintana, and E. chaffeensis were respectively 1.6% (7 samples; 1.1% (5 samples; 3.9% (17 samples; 13.7% (60 samples; 12.8% (56 samples, and 10.5% (46 samples. Frequent multiple/cross-reactivity was observed in this study. Age over 40 years old, urban profession, and rural residence were significantly associated with some but not all infections rate. Low seropositivity rates for R. rickettsii, R. typhi, and C. burnetii contrasted with higher rates of seropositivity for B. quintana, B. henselae, and E. chaffeensis. These results show that all tested rickettsial species or antigenically closely related possible exist in this particular region.

  4. Antibodies to Rickettsia rickettsii, Rickettsia typhi, Coxiella burnetii, Bartonella henselae, Bartonella quintana, and Ehrlichia chaffeensis among healthy population in Minas Gerais, Brazil

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    Paulo Sérgio Gonçalves da, Costa; Marcos Emilio, Brigatte; Dirceu Bartolomeu, Greco.

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    Full Text Available Rickettsial diseases except those belonging to spotted fever group rickettsioses are poorly studied in South America particularly in Brazil where few epidemiological reports have been published. We describe a serosurvey for Rickettsia rickettsii, R. typhi, Coxiella burnetii, Bartonella henselae, B. [...] quintana, and Ehrlichia chaffeensis in 437 healthy people from a Brazilian rural community. The serum samples were tested by indirected micro-immunoflourescence technique and a cutoff titer of 1:64 was used. The seroprevalence rates for R. rickettsii, R. typhi, C. burnetii, B. henselae, B. quintana, and E. chaffeensis were respectively 1.6% (7 samples); 1.1% (5 samples); 3.9% (17 samples); 13.7% (60 samples); 12.8% (56 samples), and 10.5% (46 samples). Frequent multiple/cross-reactivity was observed in this study. Age over 40 years old, urban profession, and rural residence were significantly associated with some but not all infections rate. Low seropositivity rates for R. rickettsii, R. typhi, and C. burnetii contrasted with higher rates of seropositivity for B. quintana, B. henselae, and E. chaffeensis. These results show that all tested rickettsial species or antigenically closely related possible exist in this particular region.

  5. Candidatus Rickettsia andeanae, a spotted fever group agent infecting Amblyomma parvum ticks in two Brazilian biomes

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    Fernanda Aparecida Nieri-Bastos

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available Adult ticks of the species Amblyomma parvum were collected from the vegetation in the Pantanal biome (state of Mato Grosso do Sul and from horses in the Cerrado biome (state of Piauí in Brazil. The ticks were individually tested for rickettsial infection via polymerase chain reaction (PCR targeting three rickettsial genes, gltA, ompA and ompB. Overall, 63.5% (40/63 and 66.7% (2/3 of A. parvum ticks from Pantanal and Cerrado, respectively, contained rickettsial DNA, which were all confirmed by DNA sequencing to be 100% identical to the corresponding fragments of the gltA, ompA and ompB genes of Candidatus Rickettsia andeanae. This report is the first to describe Ca. R. andeanae in Brazil.

  6. Identification of CD8 T-Lymphocyte Epitopes in OmpB of Rickettsia conorii

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    Li, Zhen; Díaz-Montero, C Marcela; Valbuena, Gustavo; Yu, Xue-jie; Olano, Juan P; Feng, Hui-Min; Walker, David H

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    The 1.2-kb DNA fragment of the Rickettsia conorii outer membrane protein B gene (OmpB451-846) was subcloned using site-specific PCR primers and expressed as six smaller fragments: OmpB458-652, OmpB595-744, OmpB595-654, OmpB645-692, OmpB689-744, and OmpB739-848. NCTC cells transfected with a mammalian expression vector expressing the fragments OmpB689-744 and OmpB739-848 stimulated immune anti-R. conorii CD8 T lymphocytes, suggesting the presence of CD8 T-lymphocyte-stimulating epitopes on the...

  7. Feeding period required by Amblyomma aureolatum ticks for transmission of Rickettsia rickettsii to vertebrate hosts.

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    Saraiva, Danilo G; Soares, Herbert S; Soares, João Fábio; Labruna, Marcelo B

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    Rocky Mountain spotted fever is endemic to the São Paulo metropolitan area, Brazil, where the etiologic agent, Rickettsia rickettsii, is transmitted to humans by adult Amblyomma aureolatum ticks. We determined the minimal feeding period required by A. aureolatum nymphs and adults to transmit R. rickettsii to guinea pigs. Unfed nymphs and unfed adult ticks had to be attached to the host for >10 hours to transmit R. rickettsii. In contrast, fed ticks needed a minimum of 10 minutes of attachment to transmit R. rickettsii to hosts. Most confirmed infections of Rocky Mountain spotted fever in humans in the São Paulo metropolitan area have been associated with contact with domestic dogs, the main host of A. aureolatum adult ticks. The typical expectation that transmission of tickborne bacteria to humans as well as to dogs requires ≥2 hours of tick attachment may discourage persons from immediately removing them and result in transmission of this lethal bacterium. PMID:25148391

  8. Phylogeography of Rickettsia rickettsii genotypes associated with fatal Rocky Mountain spotted fever.

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    Paddock, Christopher D; Denison, Amy M; Lash, R Ryan; Liu, Lindy; Bollweg, Brigid C; Dahlgren, F Scott; Kanamura, Cristina T; Angerami, Rodrigo N; Pereira dos Santos, Fabiana C; Brasil Martines, Roosecelis; Karpathy, Sandor E

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    Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF), a tick-borne zoonosis caused by Rickettsia rickettsii, is among the deadliest of all infectious diseases. To identify the distribution of various genotypes of R. rickettsii associated with fatal RMSF, we applied molecular typing methods to samples of DNA extracted from formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded tissue specimens obtained at autopsy from 103 case-patients from seven countries who died of RMSF. Complete sequences of one or more intergenic regions were amplified from tissues of 30 (29%) case-patients and revealed a distribution of genotypes consisting of four distinct clades, including the Hlp clade, regarded previously as a non-pathogenic strain of R. rickettsii. Distinct phylogeographic patterns were identified when composite case-patient and reference strain data were mapped to the state and country of origin. The phylogeography of R. rickettsii is likely determined by ecological and environmental factors that exist independently of the distribution of a particular tick vector. PMID:24957541

  9. Rickettsia africae infection complicated with painful sacral syndrome in an Italian traveller returning from Zimbabwe

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    Lorenzo Zammarchi

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available We report a case of Rickettsia africae infection complicated with painful sacral syndrome in an Italian traveller returning from Zimbabwe. The patient presented with fever, a tache noire on the left leg, and a neurological syndrome characterized by severe pain of the left leg, predominantly located in the left dorsal thigh and radiating to the calf; she had urinary retention and faecal incontinence. The diagnosis of R. africae was confirmed by polymerase chain reaction on a skin biopsy. The severe left leg pain persisted despite a complete course of doxycycline. A 4-month course of corticosteroids and the addition of carbamazepine was needed to achieve the control of pain. This case highlights the possibility of severe manifestations of R. africae infection and the possibility of a complex pathogenesis of the neurological syndrome, due perhaps to both the direct damage induced by R. africae and an immune-mediated mechanism.

  10. Featured Organism: Reductive Evolution in Bacteria: Buchnera sp., Rickettsia Prowazekii and Mycobacterium Leprae

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    Jo Wixon

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    Full Text Available Obligate intracellular bacteria commonly have much reduced genome sizes compared to their nearest free-living relatives. One reason for this is reductive evolution: the loss of genes rendered non-essential due to the intracellular habitat. This can occur because of the presence of orthologous genes in the host, combined with the ability of the bacteria to import the protein or metabolite products of the host genes. In this article we take a look at three such bacteria whose genomes have been fully sequenced. Buchnera is an endosymbiont of the pea aphid, Acyrthosiphon pisum, the relationship between these two organisms being so essential that neither can reproduce in the absence of the other. Rickettsia prowazekii is the causative agent of louse-borne typhus in humans and Mycobacterium leprae infection of humans leads to leprosy. Both of these human pathogens have fastidious growth requirements, which has made them very difficult to study.

  11. Rickettsia felis in Ctenocephalides felis felis from five geographic regions of Brazil.

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    Horta, Mauricio C; Ogrzewalska, Maria; Azevedo, Milka C; Costa, Francisco B; Ferreira, Fernando; Labruna, Marcelo B

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    This study evaluated rickettsial infection in 701 Ctenocephalides felis felis fleas that were collected from dogs and cats in 31 municipalities, encompassing all regions and major biomes of Brazil. A total of 268 (38.2%) fleas from 30 municipalities were polymerase chain reaction (PCR) positive for the rickettsial gltA gene. The PCR products from 44 fleas, consisting of at least 1 PCR-positive flea from each of 30 municipalities, generated DNA sequences identical to Rickettsia felis. Rickettsial prevalence was highly variable among 30 municipalities, with values ranging from 2.9% to 100%. Significantly higher infection rates by R. felis were associated with the Pampa biome (southern Brazil), and the temperate climate that prevails in southern Brazil. In contrast, lowest R. felis-infection rates were significantly associated with the Caatinga biome, and its semiarid climate. Further studies should evaluate the effect of temperature and moisture on the R. felis infection in Ctenocephalides fleas world widely. PMID:24778194

  12. Candidatus Rickettsia andeanae, a spotted fever group agent infecting Amblyomma parvum ticks in two Brazilian biomes.

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    Nieri-Bastos, Fernanda Aparecida; Lopes, Marcos Gomes; Cançado, Paulo Henrique Duarte; Rossa, Giselle Ayres Razera; Faccini, João Luiz Horácio; Gennari, Solange Maria; Labruna, Marcelo Bahia

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    Adult ticks of the species Amblyomma parvum were collected from the vegetation in the Pantanal biome (state of Mato Grosso do Sul) and from horses in the Cerrado biome (state of Piauí) in Brazil. The ticks were individually tested for rickettsial infection via polymerase chain reaction (PCR) targeting three rickettsial genes, gltA, ompA and ompB. Overall, 63.5% (40/63) and 66.7% (2/3) of A. parvum ticks from Pantanal and Cerrado, respectively, contained rickettsial DNA, which were all confirmed by DNA sequencing to be 100% identical to the corresponding fragments of the gltA, ompA and ompB genes of Candidatus Rickettsia andeanae. This report is the first to describe Ca. R. andeanae in Brazil. PMID:24714968

  13. Candidatus Rickettsia andeanae, a spotted fever group agent infecting Amblyomma parvum ticks in two Brazilian biomes

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    Fernanda Aparecida, Nieri-Bastos; Marcos Gomes, Lopes; Paulo Henrique Duarte, Cançado; Giselle Ayres Razera, Rossa; João Luiz Horácio, Faccini; Solange Maria, Gennari; Marcelo Bahia, Labruna.

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    Full Text Available Adult ticks of the species Amblyomma parvum were collected from the vegetation in the Pantanal biome (state of Mato Grosso do Sul) and from horses in the Cerrado biome (state of Piauí) in Brazil. The ticks were individually tested for rickettsial infection via polymerase chain reaction (PCR) targeti [...] ng three rickettsial genes, gltA, ompA and ompB. Overall, 63.5% (40/63) and 66.7% (2/3) of A. parvum ticks from Pantanal and Cerrado, respectively, contained rickettsial DNA, which were all confirmed by DNA sequencing to be 100% identical to the corresponding fragments of the gltA, ompA and ompB genes of Candidatus Rickettsia andeanae. This report is the first to describe Ca. R. andeanae in Brazil.

  14. The Effects of Beta Rays (Tritium) on the Growth of Rickettsiae and Influenza Virus

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    The growth of Rickettsia mooseri (murine typhus) was increased greatly in embryonate eggs containing tritium oxide at levels of 180, 90 and 45 mc/egg and slightly in eggs containing 22.5 mc/egg; the infections in those given 11.2 mc/egg did not differ from the control. The growth of Rickettsia akari (rickettsial pox) was inhibited completely in eggs containing tritium oxide at levels of 180, 90 and 45 mc/egg, and partially in groups containing 22.5 and 11.2 mc/egg. Results similar to the above were obtained following the inoculation of tritium oxide, 1 mc per 108 cells, into monoclayer cultures of KB cells infected with R. mooseri or R. akari. A decrease in the latent period for the release of influenza virus from the chorioallantoic membranes of embryonate eggs followed the injection of tritium oxide prior to infection with virus. A thousand-fold increase of virus in the chorioallantoic fluids of treated eggs was found 2 h after the inoculation of the infective agent. When detectable amounts of virus appeared in the chorioallantoic fluids of the control eggs, 8 h after infection, the ID50 of the tritium-treated eggs was 10-5,6; both series had an ID50 of 10-7.5 24 h after infection. The amounts of virus in the membranes -of the tritium-treated eggs was increased also. This virus was liberated by removing and washing the membranes, drying the membranes by vacuum sublimation at low temperatures and rupturing the cells of the membranes by rehydration with distilled water. (author)

  15. Identification of novel surface-exposed proteins of Rickettsia rickettsii by affinity purification and proteomics.

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    Gong, Wenping; Xiong, Xiaolu; Qi, Yong; Jiao, Jun; Duan, Changsong; Wen, Bohai

    2014-01-01

    Rickettsia rickettsii, the causative agent of Rocky Mountain spotted fever, is the most pathogenic member among Rickettsia spp. Surface-exposed proteins (SEPs) of R. rickettsii may play important roles in its pathogenesis or immunity. In this study, R. rickettsii organisms were surface-labeled with sulfo-NHS-SS-biotin and the labeled proteins were affinity-purified with streptavidin. The isolated proteins were separated by two-dimensional electrophoresis, and 10 proteins were identified among 23 protein spots by electrospray ionization tandem mass spectrometry. Five (OmpA, OmpB, GroEL, GroES, and a DNA-binding protein) of the 10 proteins were previously characterized as surface proteins of R. rickettsii. Another 5 proteins (Adr1, Adr2, OmpW, Porin_4, and TolC) were first recognized as SEPs of R. rickettsii herein. The genes encoding the 5 novel SEPs were expressed in Escherichia coli cells, resulting in 5 recombinant SEPs (rSEPs), which were used to immunize mice. After challenge with viable R. rickettsii cells, the rickettsial load in the spleen, liver, or lung of mice immunized with rAdr2 and in the lungs of mice immunized with other rSEPs excluding rTolC was significantly lower than in mice that were mock-immunized with PBS. The in vitro neutralization test revealed that sera from mice immunized with rAdr1, rAdr2, or rOmpW reduced R. rickettsii adherence to and invasion of vascular endothelial cells. The immuno-electron microscopic assay clearly showed that the novel SEPs were located in the outer and/or inner membrane of R. rickettsii. Altogether, the 5 novel SEPs identified herein might be involved in the interaction of R. rickettsii with vascular endothelial cells, and all of them except TolC were protective antigens. PMID:24950252

  16. Genomic diversification in strains of Rickettsia felis Isolated from different arthropods.

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    Gillespie, Joseph J; Driscoll, Timothy P; Verhoeve, Victoria I; Utsuki, Tadanobu; Husseneder, Claudia; Chouljenko, Vladimir N; Azad, Abdu F; Macaluso, Kevin R

    2015-01-01

    Rickettsia felis (Alphaproteobacteria: Rickettsiales) is the causative agent of an emerging flea-borne rickettsiosis with worldwide occurrence. Originally described from the cat flea, Ctenocephalides felis, recent reports have identified R. felis from other flea species, as well as other insects and ticks. This diverse host range for R. felis may indicate an underlying genetic variability associated with host-specific strains. Accordingly, to determine a potential genetic basis for host specialization, we sequenced the genome of R. felis str. LSU-Lb, which is an obligate mutualist of the parthenogenic booklouse Liposcelis bostrychophila (Insecta: Psocoptera). We also sequenced the genome of R. felis str. LSU, the second genome sequence for cat flea-associated strains (cf. R. felis str. URRWXCal2), which are presumably facultative parasites of fleas. Phylogenomics analysis revealed R. felis str. LSU-Lb diverged from the flea-associated strains. Unexpectedly, R. felis str. LSU was found to be divergent from R. felis str. URRWXCal2, despite sharing similar hosts. Although all three R. felis genomes contain the pRF plasmid, R. felis str. LSU-Lb carries an additional unique plasmid, pLbaR (plasmid of L. bostrychophila associated Rickettsia), nearly half of which encodes a unique 23-gene integrative conjugative element. Remarkably, pLbaR also encodes a repeats-in-toxin-like type I secretion system and associated toxin, heretofore unknown from other Rickettsiales genomes, which likely originated from lateral gene transfer with another obligate intracellular parasite of arthropods, Cardinium (Bacteroidetes). Collectively, our study reveals unexpected genomic diversity across three R. felis strains and identifies several diversifying factors that differentiate facultative parasites of fleas from obligate mutualists of booklice. PMID:25477419

  17. Guías Latinoamericanas de la RIICER para el diagnóstico de las rickettsiosis transmitidas por garrapatas / Latinamerican guidelines of RIICER for diagnosis of tick-borne rickettsioses

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    José A, Oteo; Santiago, Nava; Rita de, Sousa; Salim, Mattar; José M, Venzal; Katia, Abarca; Marcelo B, Labruna; Jorge, Zavala-Castro.

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    Full Text Available Las rickettsiosis transmitidas por garrapatas son afecciones de distribución mundial, que por diferentes motivos se pueden considerar emergentes y reemergentes. Hasta hace escasos años la única rickettsiosis transmitida por garrapatas en Latinoamérica era la infección por Rickettsia rickettsii, pero [...] en la actualidad y fundamentalmente, gracias a la incorporación de nuevas herramientas para el diagnóstico microbiológico como la reacción en cadena de la polimerasa y secuenciación o el cultivo celular rápido en tubo cerrado, se han descrito e involucrado otras especies de Rickettsia en la producción de patología humana. En estas guías se detallan y describen las diferentes técnicas utilizadas para el diagnóstico microbiológico de las rickettsiosis. Además, se incluye una sección en la que se detallan las especies más importantes de garrapatas duras relacionadas con las rickettsiosis en Latinoamérica, con claves para su clasificación taxonómica. Abstract in english Tick-borne rickettsioses are worldwide infectious diseases that are considered emerging and re-emerging. Until recently the only tick-borne rickettsiosis present in Latin America was Rickettsia rickettsii infection, but to date, with the incorporation of new tools as PCR and sequencing and the quick [...] cellular close tube cultures (Shell-vial), new species has been involved as human pathogens. In these guidelines, we offer an update of the microbiological assays for diagnosing rickettsioses. Besides we have included a section in which the most important hard ticks involved in human rickettsioses in Latinoamerica are detailed.

  18. Análisis de las recidivas locorregionales por cáncer de mama / Analysis of locoregional relapses from breast cancer

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    Oscar Alberto, Pérez Gutiérrez; Narciso, Montejo Viamontes; Loys, Jorge Lázaro; Rafael, Castro Cruz; Amauris, Estrada González.

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    Full Text Available Introducción: la recidiva locorregional, luego de una intervención quirúrgica por cáncer de mama, es una gran preocupación para el paciente y una frustración para el cirujano actuante. Objetivos: realizar un estudio descriptivo de las variables asociadas a la recurrencia tumoral, en 949 pacientes op [...] eradas. Métodos: se confeccionó una base de datos con las pacientes operadas desde 2005 hasta 2010, se identificaron las variables y análisis univariables y multivariables para determinar si existió asociación estadística. Resultados: se apreció que la incidencia fue de 4,4 %. La intervención quirúrgica previa más frecuente fue la mastectomía radical modificada en 52,4 %, y 26,2 % de los casos que tenían metástasis ganglionares axilares en ese momento. El tipo histológico más frecuente fue el carcinoma ductal infiltrante, de alto grado de malignidad. La infiltración vascular y linfática estuvo presente en 42,8 %. El tratamiento definitivo más empleado fue la exéresis de la recidiva más radioterapia. El análisis multivariables solo asoció la metástasis ganglionar con la reaparición de la enfermedad. Conclusiones: la metástasis ganglionar axilar sigue siendo un factor de mal pronóstico en el seguimiento extenso de la paciente. Abstract in english Introduction: locoregional relapses after a breast cancer surgery is a big concern for the patient and a frustration to the performing surgeon. Objectives: to perform a descriptive study of the tumor recurrence-associated variables in 949 surgical patients. Methods: a database containing the data fr [...] om operated patients in the period of 2005 through 2010 was made; the variables were identified and the univariate and multivariate analyses allowed determining the probable statistical association. Results: at was observed that the incidence of locoregional recurrence was 4.4 %. The most common previous surgery was modified radical mastectomy in 52.4 % and 26.2 % of cases with axillary ganglionic metastasis at that time. The most frequent histological type was highly malignant infiltrating bile duct carcinoma. The vascular and lymphatic infiltration occurred in 42.8 % of patients. The most used treatment was removal of recurrence plus radiotherapy. The multivariate analysis was associated only to ganglionic metastasis with the reappearance of disease. Conclusions: axillary ganglionic metastasis is still a factor indicating bad prognosis in the long follow-up of a patient.

  19. Características clínicas, factores de riesgo y perfil de susceptibilidad de las infecciones por micobacterias documentadas por cultivo, en un hospital universitario de alta complejidad en Medellín (Colombia

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    Franco E Montufar Andrade

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    Full Text Available Introducción: Tuberculosis (TBC es aún una entidad de alta prevalencia y mortalidad en el mundo. La resistencia ascendente a fármacos es un problema de salud pública. Además se describen con mayor frecuencia infecciones por micobacterias no tuberculosas (MNT en áreas de alta prevalencia de TBC. Objetivos: Determinar características epidemiológicas, clínicas y microbiológicas de las infecciones por micobacterias documentadas por cultivo. Materiales y Métodos: Estudio observacional, descriptivo, en pacientes hospitalizados. Resultados: De 187 pacientes, en 90,9% se identificó complejo M. tuberculosis y en 9,1% MNT; 64% fueron hombres. Edad promedio 40 años (rango 1-88 años. Las principales co-morbilidades fueron infección por VIH/SIDA (23,5%, uso de corticoesteroides (13,3% y enfermedad renal crónica (9,6%. Las formas clínicas fueron pulmonares (56,6%, extra-pulmonares (23,9% y diseminadas (19,2%. El compromiso extra-pulmonar más frecuente fue ganglionar (7,4% y gastrointestinal (7%. En M. tuberculosis 10,6% fueron multidrogoresistentes (MDR y 2,12% con resistencia extendida (XDR. Mycobacterium avium y M. abscessus fueron las MNT más frecuentes. La mortalidad general fue 10%. Conclusiones: Inmuno-supresión es el principal factor de riesgo para enfermedad extrapulmonar y/o diseminada y la resistencia a fármacos en pacientes hospitalizados con TBC es llamativa, con mayor incidencia de MDR y XDR. Las infecciones por MNT no son infrecuentes en nuestro medio.

  20. Characterization of rickettsia rickettsii in a case of Fatal Brazilian spotted fever in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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    Cristiane Lamas

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    Full Text Available A lethal case of Brazilian spotted fever (BSF is presented. Clinical features were initially of gastrointestinal involvement and evolved with progression to septic shock, meningoencephalitis and death on the 6th day of illness. Indirect immunofluorescence assay (IFA for spotted fever group rickettsia (SFGR was non-reactive. Diagnosis was confirmed by the polymerase chain reaction (PCR and the nucleotide sequencing of a fragment of the ompA gene showed 100% homology to Rickettsia rickettsii. BSF has not been reported in the city of Rio de Janeiro in the last three decades, and the present description should alert the clinicians to its presence in urban Rio de Janeiro, and to the differential diagnosis with dengue fever, gastroenteritis, leptospirosis and bacterial septic shock, among others.

  1. Atypical fulminant Rickettsia rickettsii infection (Brazilian spotted fever presenting as septic shock and Adult Respiratory Distress Syndrome

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    Paulo Sérgio Gonçalves da Costa

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    Full Text Available Brazilian spotted fever, caused by Rickettsia rickettsii, has been increasingly reported in Brazil especially in the southeastern states. The severe and fulminant forms of the disease are not unusual but most of the reported fatal cases have shown some typical clinical clue, which leads the attending physician to a correct diagnosis. We report a probable case of atypical fulminant Brazilian spotted fever that presented full-blown septic shock associated with Adult Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS and delayed uncharacteristic rash with an over four-fold increase in reciprocal IgM, but not IgG titer against Rickettsia rickettsii. Brazilian practitioners should be aware of the possibility of Brazilian spotted fever as a cause of fulminant primary sepsis with ARDS; improved laboratory methods are necessary for the rapid diagnosis of such cases.

  2. Spotted fever Rickettsia species in Hyalomma and Ixodes ticks infesting migratory birds in the European Mediterranean area

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    Wallmenius, Katarina; Barboutis, Christos; Fransson, Thord; Jaenson, Thomas G. T.; Lindgren, Per-Eric; Nyström, Fredrik; Olsen, Bjorn; Salaneck, Erik; Nilsson, Kenneth

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    Background: A few billion birds migrate annually between their breeding grounds in Europe and their wintering grounds in Africa. Many bird species are tick-infested, and as a result of their innate migratory behavior, they contribute significantly to the geographic distribution of pathogens, including spotted fever rickettsiae. The aim of the present study was to characterize, in samples from two consecutive years, the potential role of migrant birds captured in Europe as disseminators of Ric...

  3. Lawsonia intracellularis Contains a Gene Encoding a Functional Rickettsia-Like ATP/ADP Translocase for Host Exploitation?

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    Schmitz-Esser, Stephan; Haferkamp, Ilka; Knab, Silvia; Penz, Thomas; Ast, Michelle; Kohl, Christian; Wagner, Michael; Horn, Matthias

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    ATP/ADP translocases are a hallmark of obligate intracellular pathogens related to chlamydiae and rickettsiae. These proteins catalyze the highly specific exchange of bacterial ADP against host ATP and thus allow bacteria to exploit their hosts' energy pool, a process also referred to as energy parasitism. The genome sequence of the obligate intracellular pathogen Lawsonia intracellularis (Deltaproteobacteria), responsible for one of the most economically important diseases in the swine indus...

  4. Tick-borne zoonotic pathogens in ticks feeding on the common nightingale including a novel strain of Rickettsia sp.

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    Dubská, L.; Literák, I.; Kverek, P.; Roubalová, Eva; Kocianova, E.; Taragelova, V.

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    Ro?. 3, ?. 4 (2012), s. 265-268. ISSN 1877-959X Grant ostatní: MSM(CZ) MSM6215712402 Institutional support: RVO:60077344 Keywords : tick * Ixodes ricinus * Borrelia garinii * Anaplasma phagocytophilum * Rickettsia helvetica * Babesia sp. EU1 * Common nightingale Subject RIV: GJ - Animal Vermins ; Diseases, Veterinary Medicine Impact factor: 2.353, year: 2012 http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1877959X12000556

  5. Analysis of Leptospira spp., Leptonema illini, and Rickettsia rickettsii for the 39-kilodalton antigen (P39) of Borrelia burgdorferi.

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    Schwan, T. G.; Schrumpf, M E; Gage, K. L.; Gilmore, R D

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    Five serovars of Leptospira interrogans, Leptospira biflexa, Leptonema illini, and Rickettsia rickettsii were examined and found not to contain the 39-kDa antigen (P39) of Borrelia burgdorferi, the Lyme disease spirochete. The specificity of this antigen and its reactivity with human Lyme disease sera should exclude the possibility of false-positive serum samples from patients having had either leptospirosis or Rocky Mountain spotted fever, as well as tick-borne relapsing fever and syphilis, ...

  6. Atypical fulminant Rickettsia rickettsii infection (Brazilian spotted fever) presenting as septic shock and Adult Respiratory Distress Syndrome

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    Costa Paulo Sérgio Gonçalves da; Brigatte Marcos Emilio; Almeida Edmilton Pereira de; Valle Lena Márcia de Carvalho

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    Brazilian spotted fever, caused by Rickettsia rickettsii, has been increasingly reported in Brazil especially in the southeastern states. The severe and fulminant forms of the disease are not unusual but most of the reported fatal cases have shown some typical clinical clue, which leads the attending physician to a correct diagnosis. We report a probable case of atypical fulminant Brazilian spotted fever that presented full-blown septic shock associated with Adult Respiratory Distress Syndrom...

  7. Natural Blood Feeding and Temperature Shift Modulate the Global Transcriptional Profile of Rickettsia rickettsii Infecting Its Tick Vector

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    Galletti, Maria Fernanda B. M.; Fujita, André; Nishiyama Jr, Milton Y.; Malossi, Camila D.; Pinter, Adriano; Soares, João F; Daffre, Sirlei; Labruna, Marcelo B.; Fogaça, Andréa C

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    Rickettsia rickettsii is an obligate intracellular tick-borne bacterium that causes Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (RMSF), the most lethal spotted fever rickettsiosis. When an infected starving tick begins blood feeding from a vertebrate host, R. rickettsii is exposed to a temperature elevation and to components in the blood meal. These two environmental stimuli have been previously associated with the reactivation of rickettsial virulence in ticks, but the factors responsible for this phenotyp...

  8. NF-κB-dependent inhibition of apoptosis is essential for host cell survival during Rickettsia rickettsii infection

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    Clifton, Dawn R.; Goss, Rachel A.; Sahni, Sanjeev K.; van Antwerp, Daniel; Baggs, Raymond B.; Marder, Victor J; Silverman, David J.; Sporn, Lee Ann

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    The possibility that bacteria may have evolved strategies to overcome host cell apoptosis was explored by using Rickettsia rickettsii, an obligate intracellular Gram-negative bacteria that is the etiologic agent of Rocky Mountain spotted fever. The vascular endothelial cell, the primary target cell during in vivo infection, exhibits no evidence of apoptosis during natural infection and is maintained for a sufficient time to allow replication and cell-to-cell spread prior to eventual death due...

  9. Molecular detection of hemoprotozoa and Rickettsia species in arthropods collected from wild animals in the Burgos Province, Spain

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    Lledó, Lourdes; Giménez-Pardo, Consuelo; Domínguez-Peñafiel, Gerardo; Sousa, Rita; Gegúndez, Maria Isabep; Casado, Nieves; Criado, Angel

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    Limited information on the presence of bacterial and hematozoan infections in parasitic arthropods from Spain is available. In an attempt to address this issue, the prevalence of Theileria, Babesia, Hepatozoon, and Rickettsia species was investigated by polymerase chain reaction plus sequencing. In a survey for zoonotic pathogens in ectoparasites, 42 wild animals (which included rodents, carnivores, Sciuridae, and Cervidae) were captured in Burgos (Spain). A total of 256 arthropods (including...

  10. A recombinant Rickettsia conorii vaccine protects guinea pigs from experimental boutonneuse fever and Rocky Mountain spotted fever.

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    Vishwanath, S.; McDonald, G A; Watkins, N G

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    There are no vaccines against boutonneuse fever and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Previous studies have identified a Rickettsia rickettsii surface protein as a vaccine candidate and shown that an antigenically related protein is present in R. conorii, which causes boutonneuse fever. The gene encoding the R. rickettsii protein has been cloned and expressed in Escherichia coli. We confirmed by 7.5% sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis of rickettsial lysates followed by immu...

  11. Absence of antibodies to Rickettsia spp., Bartonella spp., Ehrlichia spp. and Coxiella burnetii in Tahiti, French Polynesia

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    Musso, Didier; Broult, Julien; Parola, Philippe; Raoult, Didier; Fournier, Pierre-Edouard

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    AbtractBackgroundIn the Pacific islands countries and territories, very little is known about the incidence of infectious diseases due to zoonotic pathogens. To our knowledge, human infections due to Rickettsia spp., Coxiella burnetii, Ehrlichia spp. and Bartonella spp. have never been reported in French Polynesia; and infections due to C. burnetti have been reported worldwide except in New Zealand. To evaluate the prevalence of this disease, we conducted a serosurvey among French Polynesian ...

  12. Crystal structure of the DNA-bound VapBC2 antitoxin/toxin pair from Rickettsia felis

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    Maté, María J.; Vincentelli, Renaud; Foos, Nicolas; Raoult, Didier; Cambillau, Christian; Ortiz-Lombardía, Miguel

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    Besides their commonly attributed role in the maintenance of low-copy number plasmids, toxin/antitoxin (TA) loci, also called ‘addiction modules’, have been found in chromosomes and associated to a number of biological functions such as: reduction of protein synthesis, gene regulation and retardation of cell growth under nutritional stress. The recent discovery of TA loci in obligatory intracellular species of the Rickettsia genus has prompted new research to establish whether they work as st...

  13. Rickettsia rickettsii isolation from naturally infected Amblyomma parvum ticks by centrifugation in a 24-well culture plate technique

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    Dzul-Rosado, K.; Peniche-Lara, G.; Tello-Martín, R.; Zavala-Velázquez, J.; R. de Campos Pacheco; M.B. Labruna; Sánchez, E.C.; Zavala-Castro, J.

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    Rocky Mountain spotted fever is an acute illness caused by Rickettsia rickettsii (R. rickettsii) and is transmitted by the bite of ticks of the genera Dermacentor, Amblyomma and Rhipicephalus. The illness results in a high mortality rate and may be easily confused with other febrile syndromes. In Yucatan State, Mexico, childhood cases with a high mortality have been reported. In this work we report the isolation of a Mexican R. rickettsii strain from a tick egg mass using an alternative meth...

  14. High detection rate of Rickettsia africae in Amblyomma variegatum but low prevalence of anti-rickettsial antibodies in healthy pregnant women in Madagascar.

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    Keller, Christian; Krüger, Andreas; Schwarz, Norbert Georg; Rakotozandrindrainy, Raphael; Rakotondrainiarivelo, Jean Philibert; Razafindrabe, Tsiry; Derschum, Henri; Silaghi, Cornelia; Pothmann, Daniela; Veit, Alexandra; Hogan, Benedikt; May, Jürgen; Girmann, Mirko; Kramme, Stefanie; Fleischer, Bernhard; Poppert, Sven

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    Tick-borne spotted fever group (SFG) rickettsioses are emerging infectious diseases in Sub-Saharan Africa. In Madagascar, the endemicity of tick-borne rickettsiae and their vectors has been incompletely studied. The first part of the present study was conducted in 2011 and 2012 to identify potential anthropophilic tick vectors for SFG rickettsiae on cattle from seven Malagasy regions, and to detect and characterize rickettsiae in these ticks. Amblyomma variegatum was the only anthropophilic tick species found on 262 cattle. Using a novel ompB-specific qPCR, screening for rickettsial DNA was performed on 111 A. variegatum ticks. Rickettsial DNA was detected in 96 of 111 ticks studied (86.5%). Rickettsia africae was identified as the only infecting rickettsia using phylogenetic analysis of ompA and ompB gene sequences and three variable intergenic spacers from 11 ticks. The second part of the study was a cross-sectional survey for antibodies against SFG rickettsiae in plasma samples taken from healthy, pregnant women at six locations in Madagascar, two at sea level and four between 450 and 1300m altitude. An indirect fluorescent antibody test with Rickettsia conorii as surrogate SFG rickettsial antigen was used. We found R. conorii-seropositives at all altitudes with prevalences between 0.5% and 3.1%. Our results suggest that A. variegatum ticks highly infected with R. africae are the most prevalent cattle-associated tick vectors for SFG rickettsiosis in Madagascar. Transmission of SFG rickettsiosis to humans occurs at different altitudes in Madagascar and should be considered as a relevant cause of febrile diseases. PMID:26318262

  15. Rickettsia parkeri Transmission to Amblyomma americanum by Cofeeding with Amblyomma maculatum (Acari: Ixodidae) and Potential for Spillover.

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    Wright, Chelsea L; Sonenshine, Daniel E; Gaff, Holly D; Hynes, Wayne L

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    Amblyomma americanum (L.) is a human-biting ixodid tick distributed throughout much of the southeastern United States. Rickettsia parkeri is a member of the spotted fever group rickettsiae and causes a febrile illness in humans commonly referred to as "Tidewater spotted fever" or "R. parkeri rickettsiosis." Although the Gulf Coast tick, Amblyomma maculatum Koch, is the primary vector of R. parkeri, a small proportion of A. americanum have also been shown to harbor R. parkeri. The purpose of this investigation was to determine whether R. parkeri is spilling over into A. americanum in eastern Virginia and also to determine through laboratory experiments, whether A. americanum can acquire R. parkeri by cofeeding alongside infected ticks. Of 317 wild-caught, flat adult A. americanum tested from 29 counties and independent cities in coastal Virginia, a single female A. americanum was positive for R. parkeri, suggesting that R. parkeri is spilling over into this species, but at very low rates (<1.0%). Laboratory studies using guinea pigs indicated that nymphal A. americanum were able to acquire R. parkeri while feeding alongside infected A. maculatum and then transstadially maintain the infection. Nymphal A. americanum infected with Rickettsia amblyommii, however, were less likely to acquire R. parkeri, suggesting that infection with R. amblyommii may prevent R. parkeri from establishing infection in A. americanum. PMID:26336226

  16. Molecular characterization of Rickettsia massiliae and Anaplasma platys infecting Rhipicephalus sanguineus ticks and domestic dogs, Buenos Aires (Argentina).

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    Cicuttin, Gabriel L; Brambati, Diego F; Rodríguez Eugui, Juan I; Lebrero, Cecilia González; De Salvo, María N; Beltrán, Fernando J; Gury Dohmen, Federico E; Jado, Isabel; Anda, Pedro

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    Rickettsioses, ehrlichioses and anaplasmoses are emerging diseases that are mainly transmitted by arthropods and that affect humans and animals. The aim of the present study was to use molecular techniques to detect and characterize those pathogens in dogs and ticks from Buenos Aires city. We studied 207 Rhipicephalus sanguineus ticks and 52 canine blood samples from poor neighborhoods of Buenos Aires city. The samples were molecularly screened for the genera Rickettsia, Ehrlichia, and Anaplasma by PCR and sequencing. DNA of Rickettsia massiliae (3.4%) and Anaplasma platys (13.5%) was detected in ticks and blood samples, respectively. For characterization, the positive samples were subjected to amplification of a fragment of the 190-kDa outer membrane protein gene (spotted fever group rickettsiae) and a fragment of the groESL gene (specific for A. platys). A phylogenetic tree was constructed using the neighbor-joining method, revealing that the sequences were closely related to those of strains from other geographic regions. The results indicate that human and animal pathogens are abundant in dogs and their ticks in Buenos Aires city and portray the potentially high risk of human exposure to infection with these agents, especially in poor neighborhoods, where there is close contact with animals in an environment of poor health conditions. PMID:24907186

  17. Rickettsia parkeri: a Rickettsial pathogen transmitted by ticks in endemic areas for spotted fever rickettsiosis in southern Uruguay.

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    Venzal, José M; Estrada-Peña, Agustín; Portillo, Aránzazu; Mangold, Atilio J; Castro, Oscar; De Souza, Carlos G; Félix, María L; Pérez-Martínez, Laura; Santibánez, Sonia; Oteo, José A

    2012-01-01

    At first Rickettsia conorii was implicated as the causative agent of spotted fever in Uruguay diagnosed by serological assays. Later Rickettsia parkeri was detected in human-biting Amblyomma triste ticks using molecular tests. The natural vector of R. conorii, Rhipicephalus sanguineus, has not been studied for the presence of rickettsial organisms in Uruguay. To address this question, 180 R. sanguineus from dogs and 245 A. triste from vegetation (flagging) collected in three endemic localities were screened for spotted fever group (SFG) rickettsiosis in southern Uruguay. Tick extracted DNA pools were subjected to PCR using primers which amplify a fragment of the rickettsial gltA gene. Positive tick DNA pools with these primers were subjected to a second PCR round with primers targeting a fragment of the ompA gene, which is only present in SFG rickettsiae. No rickettsial DNA was detected in R. sanguineus. However, DNA pools of A. triste were found to be positive for a rickettsial organism in two of the three localities, with prevalences of 11.8% to 37.5% positive pools. DNA sequences generated from these PCR-positive ticks corresponded to R. parkeri. These findings, joint with the aggressiveness shown by A. triste towards humans, support previous data on the involvement of A. triste as vector of human infections caused by R. parkeri in Uruguay. PMID:22634883

  18. Molecular detection of hemoprotozoa and Rickettsia species in arthropods collected from wild animals in the Burgos Province, Spain.

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    Lledó, Lourdes; Giménez-Pardo, Consuelo; Domínguez-Peñafiel, Gerardo; Sousa, Rita; Gegúndez, Maria Isabep; Casado, Nieves; Criado, Angel

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    Limited information on the presence of bacterial and hematozoan infections in parasitic arthropods from Spain is available. In an attempt to address this issue, the prevalence of Theileria, Babesia, Hepatozoon, and Rickettsia species was investigated by polymerase chain reaction plus sequencing. In a survey for zoonotic pathogens in ectoparasites, 42 wild animals (which included rodents, carnivores, Sciuridae, and Cervidae) were captured in Burgos (Spain). A total of 256 arthropods (including 107 ticks, 76 fleas, and 73 mites) were collected from these mammals. Molecular diagnostic results showed that (i) Rickettsia felis was found in fleas (two Ctenocephalides felis), (ii) Hepatozoon sp. infected some fleas (two Ctenophtalmus sp. and a DNA pool of Ceratophyllus sciurorum) and Acari (one Neotrombicula sp.), and (iii) Theileria annae was found in Ixodes ricinus and I. hexagonus (each a single infected specimen). All microorganisms and parasites were genetically identical to pathogens already described in Spain or elsewhere. Infected arthropods were recovered from beech marten, bank vole, squirrel, wood mouse, and red fox. Our findings emphasize the potential risk for transmission of rickettsias to humans (namely, R. felis) in Burgos, since C. felis is capable to seek out humans for feeding. No hemoprotozoa with proven significance as human pathogens were found in the survey. However, finding T. annae in ticks recovered from wild canids suggests possible links of sylvatic and domestic cycles for some Piroplasmida. PMID:20055580

  19. Rickettsia parkeri: a Rickettsial pathogen transmitted by ticks in endemic areas for spotted fever rickettsiosis in southern Uruguay

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    José M. Venzal

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    Full Text Available At first Rickettsia conorii was implicated as the causative agent of spotted fever in Uruguay diagnosed by serological assays. Later Rickettsia parkeri was detected in human-biting Amblyomma triste ticks using molecular tests. The natural vector of R. conorii, Rhipicephalus sanguineus, has not been studied for the presence of rickettsial organisms in Uruguay. To address this question, 180 R. sanguineus from dogs and 245 A. triste from vegetation (flagging collected in three endemic localities were screened for spotted fever group (SFG rickettsiosis in southern Uruguay. Tick extracted DNA pools were subjected to PCR using primers which amplify a fragment of the rickettsial gltA gene. Positive tick DNA pools with these primers were subjected to a second PCR round with primers targeting a fragment of the ompA gene, which is only present in SFG rickettsiae. No rickettsial DNA was detected in R. sanguineus. However, DNA pools of A. triste were found to be positive for a rickettsial organism in two of the three localities, with prevalences of 11.8% to 37.5% positive pools. DNA sequences generated from these PCR-positive ticks corresponded to R. parkeri. These findings, joint with the aggressiveness shown by A. triste towards humans, support previous data on the involvement of A. triste as vector of human infections caused by R. parkeri in Uruguay.

  20. Rickettsia felis (Rickettsiales: Rickettsiaceae) in Ctenocephalides felis felis (Siphonaptera: Pulicidae) in the State of São Paulo, Brazil / Rickettsia felis (Rickettsiales: Rickettsiaceae) em Ctenocephalides felis felis (Siphonaptera: Pulicidae) no estado de São Paulo

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    M.C., Horta; A., Pinter; A., Cortez; R.M., Soares; S.M., Gennari; T.T.S., Schumaker; M.B., Labruna.

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    Full Text Available Amostras de 10 e 14 pulgas Ctenocephalides felis felis foram coletadas de cães nos municípios de Pedreira e Mogi das Cruzes, respectivamente, no estado de São Paulo, para pesquisa de Rickettsia spp. As pulgas foram individualmente submetidas à reação em cadeia pela polimerase, tendo como alvo os gen [...] es 17-kDa e 190-kDa (OmpA) de Rickettsia, sendo esse último específico para o GFM. Nove pulgas de Pedreira (90%) e quatro pulgas de Mogi das Cruzes (28%) foram positivas para o gene 17-kDa, e oito pulgas de Pedreira (80%) e quatro de Mogi das Cruzes (28%) foram positivas para o gene 190-kDa. As seqüências de nucleotídeos do gene 190-kDa de uma pulga de Pedreira e de uma pulga de Mogi das Cruzes foram 100% idênticas; quando comparadas com dados existentes no GenBank, foram 100% idênticas com a seqüência parcial do gene 190-kDa de Rickettsia felis. Esse foi o primeiro relato de sua ocorrência no estado de São Paulo. Abstract in english Samples of 10 and 14 Ctenocephalides felis felis fleas were collected on dogs from Pedreira and Mogi das Cruzes municipalities, respectively, in the State of São Paulo, Brazil, for detection of Rickettsia spp. Individual fleas were submitted to Polymerase Chain Reaction targeting the 17-kDa and the [...] 190-kDa (OmpA) genes of Rickettsiae. This later gene is specific for spotted fever group. Nine fleas from Pedreira (90%) and four fleas from Mogi das Cruzes (28%) were positive for the 17-kDa gene, and eight fleas from Pedreira (80%) and four from Mogi das Cruzes (28%) were positive for 190-kDa gene. The nucleotide sequence of the 190-kDa products of one flea from Pedreira and one flea from Mogi das Cruzes were 100% identical to each other, and when compared to the GenBank Data, they were 100% identical to the 190-kDa sequence of R. felis. This was the first report of its occurrence in the State of São Paulo.

  1. Rickettsia felis (Rickettsiales: Rickettsiaceae in Ctenocephalides felis felis (Siphonaptera: Pulicidae in the State of São Paulo, Brazil Rickettsia felis (Rickettsiales: Rickettsiaceae em Ctenocephalides felis felis (Siphonaptera: Pulicidae no estado de São Paulo

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    M.C. Horta

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    Full Text Available Samples of 10 and 14 Ctenocephalides felis felis fleas were collected on dogs from Pedreira and Mogi das Cruzes municipalities, respectively, in the State of São Paulo, Brazil, for detection of Rickettsia spp. Individual fleas were submitted to Polymerase Chain Reaction targeting the 17-kDa and the 190-kDa (OmpA genes of Rickettsiae. This later gene is specific for spotted fever group. Nine fleas from Pedreira (90% and four fleas from Mogi das Cruzes (28% were positive for the 17-kDa gene, and eight fleas from Pedreira (80% and four from Mogi das Cruzes (28% were positive for 190-kDa gene. The nucleotide sequence of the 190-kDa products of one flea from Pedreira and one flea from Mogi das Cruzes were 100% identical to each other, and when compared to the GenBank Data, they were 100% identical to the 190-kDa sequence of R. felis. This was the first report of its occurrence in the State of São Paulo.Amostras de 10 e 14 pulgas Ctenocephalides felis felis foram coletadas de cães nos municípios de Pedreira e Mogi das Cruzes, respectivamente, no estado de São Paulo, para pesquisa de Rickettsia spp. As pulgas foram individualmente submetidas à reação em cadeia pela polimerase, tendo como alvo os genes 17-kDa e 190-kDa (OmpA de Rickettsia, sendo esse último específico para o GFM. Nove pulgas de Pedreira (90% e quatro pulgas de Mogi das Cruzes (28% foram positivas para o gene 17-kDa, e oito pulgas de Pedreira (80% e quatro de Mogi das Cruzes (28% foram positivas para o gene 190-kDa. As seqüências de nucleotídeos do gene 190-kDa de uma pulga de Pedreira e de uma pulga de Mogi das Cruzes foram 100% idênticas; quando comparadas com dados existentes no GenBank, foram 100% idênticas com a seqüência parcial do gene 190-kDa de Rickettsia felis. Esse foi o primeiro relato de sua ocorrência no estado de São Paulo.

  2. Aproximación clínica y principales rickettsiosis transmitidas por garrapatas presentes en Latinoamérica

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    Katia Abarca

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    Full Text Available Las rickettsiosis transmitidas por garrapatas son infecciones potencialmente letales, que en Latinoamérica tienen carácter emergente y re-emergente. Hasta hace escasos años, la única rickettsiosis transmitida por garrapatas era causada por Rickettsia rickettsii, pero en la actualidad existen otras especies como R. parkeri y R. massiliae que están provocando enfermedad en humanos en la región. Por otro lado, se están describiendo candidatos a nuevas especies de Rickettsia, que aunque no han probado su patogenicidad deben considerarse como potencialmente patógenos. Dado que el diagnóstico microbiológico puede tardar días o semanas, resulta fundamental una alta sospecha clínica y la instauración precoz de un tratamiento adecuado. En esta revisión se detalla la distribución y principales manifestaciones clínicas de las rickettsiosis transmitidas por garrapatas en Latinoamérica. Se ha incluido una sección sobre la infección por R. felis, por haberse encontrado esta especie en garrapatas, y no haberse aclarado el papel de este vector en su ciclo epidemiológico.

  3. In vitro isolation from Amblyomma ovale (Acari: Ixodidae) and ecological aspects of the Atlantic rainforest Rickettsia, the causative agent of a novel spotted fever rickettsiosis in Brazil.

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    Szabó, M P J; Nieri-Bastos, F A; Spolidorio, M G; Martins, T F; Barbieri, A M; Labruna, M B

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    Recently, a novel human rickettsiosis, namely Atlantic rainforest spotted fever, was described in Brazil. We herein report results of a survey led around the index case in an Atlantic rainforest reserve in Peruibe municipality, southeastern Brazil. A Rickettsia parkeri-like agent (Rickettsia sp. Atlantic rainforest genotype) and Ricketsia bellii were isolated from adult Amblyomma ovale ticks collected from dogs. Molecular evidence of infection with strain Atlantic rainforest was obtained for 30 (12.9%) of 232 A. ovale adult ticks collected from dogs. As many as 88.6% of the 35 examined dogs had anti-Rickettsia antibodies, with endpoint titres at their highest to R. parkeri. High correlation among antibody titres in dogs, A. ovale infestations, and access to rainforest was observed. Amblyomma ovale subadults were found predominantly on a rodent species (Euryoryzomys russatus). From 17 E. russatus tested, 6 (35.3%) displayed anti-Rickettsia antibodies, with endpoint titres highest to R. parkeri. It is concluded that Atlantic rainforest genotype circulates in this Atlantic rainforest area at relatively high levels. Dogs get infected when bitten by A. ovale ticks in the forest, and carry infected ticks to households. The role of E. russatus as an amplifier host of Rickettsia to A. ovale ticks deserves investigation. PMID:23363571

  4. Susceptibility of Rickettsia conorii, R. rickettsii, and Coxiella burnetii to PD 127,391, PD 131,628, pefloxacin, ofloxacin, and ciprofloxacin.

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    Jabarit-Aldighieri, N; Torres, H.; Raoult, D

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    Plaque formation and dye uptake assays were used to measure the MICs of PD 127,391 and PD 131,628 against Rickettsia species. The MICs of PD 127,391 were 0.25 microgram/ml for Rickettsia rickettsii and 0.125 to 0.25 microgram/ml for Rickettsia conorii. The MICs of PD 131,628 were 0.25 to 0.5 microgram/ml for R. rickettsii and 0.5 microgram/ml for R. conorii. As determined by the shell vial technique, 15 strains of Coxiella burnetii were susceptible to PD 127,391 and PD 131,628 (MIC, < or = 1 ...

  5. Molecular evidence of Ehrlichia canis and Rickettsia massiliae in ixodid ticks of carnivores from South Hungary.

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    Hornok, Sándor; Fuente, José; Horváth, Gábor; Fernández de Mera, Isabel G; Wijnveld, Michiel; Tánczos, Balázs; Farkas, Róbert; Jongejan, Frans

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    To monitor the emergence of thermophilic, Mediterranean ixodid tick species and tick-borne pathogens in southern Hungary, 348 ticks were collected from shepherd dogs, red foxes and golden jackals during the summer of 2011. Golden jackals shared tick species with both the dog and the red fox in the region. Dermacentor nymphs were collected exclusively from dogs, and the sequence identification of these ticks indicated that dogs are preferred hosts of both D. reticulatus and D. marginatus nymphs, unlike previously reported. Subadults of three ixodid species were selected for reverse line blot hybridisation (RLB) analysis to screen their vector potential for 40 pathogens/groups. Results were negative for Anaplasma, Babesia and Theileria spp. Investigation of D. marginatus nymphs revealed the presence of Ehrlichia canis, Rickettsia massiliae and Borrelia afzelii for the first time in this tick species. These findings broaden the range of those tick-borne agents, which are typically transmitted by Rhipicephalus sanguineus, but may also have Dermacentor spp. as potential or alternative vectors. Ehrlichiacanis was also newly detected in Ixodes canisuga larvae from red foxes. In absence of transovarial transmission in ticks this implies that Eurasian red foxes may play a reservoir role in the epidemiology of canine ehrlichiosis. PMID:23439290

  6. Distribution of Rickettsia rickettsii in ovary cells of Rhipicephalus sanguineus (Latreille1806 (Acari: Ixodidae

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background Considering the fact that the dog tick, Rhipicephalus sanguineus, has a great potential to become the vector of Brazilian Spotted Fever (BSF for humans, the present study aimed to describe the distribution of the bacterium Rickettsia rickettsii, the etiological agent of BSF, in different regions of the ovaries of R. sanguineus using histological techniques. The ovaries were obtained from positive females confirmed by the hemolymph test and fed in the nymph stage on guinea pigs inoculated with R. rickettsii. Results The results showed a general distribution of R. rickettsii in the ovary cells, being found in oocytes in all stages of development (I, II, III, IV and V most commonly in the periphery of the oocyte and also in the cytoplasm of pedicel cells. Conclusions The histological analysis of the ovaries of R. sanguineus infected females confirmed the presence of the bacterium, indicating that the infection can interfere negatively in the process of reproduction of the ticks, once alterations were detected both in the shape and cell structure of the oocytes which contained bacteria.

  7. Solution structure of the cold-shock-like protein from Rickettsia rickettsii.

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    Gerarden, Kyle P; Fuchs, Andrew M; Koch, Jonathan M; Mueller, Melissa M; Graupner, David R; O'Rorke, Justin T; Frost, Caleb D; Heinen, Heather A; Lackner, Emily R; Schoeller, Scott J; House, Paul G; Peterson, Francis C; Veldkamp, Christopher T

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    Rocky Mountain spotted fever is caused by Rickettsia rickettsii infection. R. rickettsii can be transmitted to mammals, including humans, through the bite of an infected hard-bodied tick of the family Ixodidae. Since the R. rickettsii genome contains only one cold-shock-like protein and given the essential nature of cold-shock proteins in other bacteria, the structure of the cold-shock-like protein from R. rickettsii was investigated. With the exception of a short α-helix found between β-strands 3 and 4, the solution structure of the R. rickettsii cold-shock-like protein has the typical Greek-key five-stranded β-barrel structure found in most cold-shock domains. Additionally, the R. rickettsii cold-shock-like protein, with a ΔG of unfolding of 18.4 kJ mol(-1), has a similar stability when compared with other bacterial cold-shock proteins. PMID:23143233

  8. Solution structure of the cold-shock-like protein from Rickettsia rickettsii

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    The solution structure of the cold-shock-like protein from R. rickettsii, the causative agent of Rocky Mountain spotted fever, is reported. Rocky Mountain spotted fever is caused by Rickettsia rickettsii infection. R. rickettsii can be transmitted to mammals, including humans, through the bite of an infected hard-bodied tick of the family Ixodidae. Since the R. rickettsii genome contains only one cold-shock-like protein and given the essential nature of cold-shock proteins in other bacteria, the structure of the cold-shock-like protein from R. rickettsii was investigated. With the exception of a short α-helix found between β-strands 3 and 4, the solution structure of the R. rickettsii cold-shock-like protein has the typical Greek-key five-stranded β-barrel structure found in most cold-shock domains. Additionally, the R. rickettsii cold-shock-like protein, with a ΔG of unfolding of 18.4 kJ mol−1, has a similar stability when compared with other bacterial cold-shock proteins

  9. Rickettsia felis in cat fleas, Ctenocephalides felis parasitizing opossums, San Bernardino County, California.

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    Abramowicz, K F; Wekesa, J W; Nwadike, C N; Zambrano, M L; Karpathy, S E; Cecil, D; Burns, J; Hu, R; Eremeeva, M E

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    Los Angeles and Orange Counties are known endemic areas for murine typhus in California; however, no recent reports of flea-borne rickettsioses are known from adjacent San Bernardino County. Sixty-five opossums (Didelphis virginiana) were trapped in the suburban residential and industrial zones of the southwestern part of San Bernardino County in 2007. Sixty out of 65 opossums were infested with fleas, primarily cat fleas, Ctenocephalides felis (Bouché, 1835). The flea minimum infection rate with Rickettsia felis was 13.3% in pooled samples and the prevalence was 23.7% in single fleas, with two gltA genotypes detected. In spite of historic records of murine typhus in this area, no evidence for circulation of R. typhi in fleas was found during the present study. Factors contributing to the absence of R. typhi in these cat fleas in contrast to its presence in cat fleas from Orange and Los Angeles Counties are unknown and need to be investigated further in San Bernardino County. PMID:22712460

  10. La detección de Bartonella spp. y Rickettsia spp. en pulgas, garrapatas y piojos recolectados en las zonas rurales de Perú / Detection of Bartonella spp. and Rickettsia spp. in fleas, ticks and lice collected in rural areas of Peru

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    Abraham G, Cáceres; Carlos P, Padilla Rojas; Javier, Arias Stella; Gerardo, Huatuco Crisanto; Antero, Gonzales Pérez.

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    Full Text Available La Bartonellosis y la Rickettsiosis son enfermedades comúnmente reportadas en Perú. Con el propósito de detectar Bartonella sp. y Rickettsia sp. especímenes de pulgas, garrapatas y piojos de cinco localidades del Perú (Marizagua, Cajaruro, Jamalca, Lonya Grande and El Milagro) fueron colectadas y an [...] alizadas. Para la detección se usó PCR y una posterior confirmación con secuenciamiento de DNA. Los especímenes colectados fueron agrupados en 102 pools (76 Ctenocephalides felis, dos Ctenocephalides canis, 16Pulex irritans, cinco Pediculus humanus, dos Rhiphicephalus sanguineus, y un Boophilus spp.). Bartonella fue detectada en 17 pools (seis de C. felis, nueve de P. irritans, uno de C. canis, y uno de P. humanus). Rickettsia fue detectada en 76 pools (62 de C. felis, 10 de P. irritans, dos de P. humanus, y dos de C. canis). Bartonella clarridgeiae fue detectada en C. felis (5.3% especímenes), C. canis (50%) y P. irritans (12.5%). Bartonella rochalimae fue detectada en C. felis (1.3%) y P. irritans (12.5%). Además, se detectó B. henselae en C. felis (1.3%) y P. humanus (20%). Bartonella spp. también se encontró en P. irritans (31,3%). Además, se detectó R. felis en C. felis (76.3%), C. canis (100%) y P. irritans (37.5%), y Rickettsia spp. se detectó en C. felis (5,3%), P. irritans (25%) y P. humanus (40%). Estos resultados demuestran la circulación de estas bacterias en el Perú Abstract in english Bartonellosis and rickettsiosis are commonly reported in Peru. In order to detect Bartonella sp. and Rickettsia sp. in fleas, ticks and lice, specimens from five distinct locations in Peru (Marizagua, Cajaruro, Jamalca, Lonya Grande and El Milagro) were collected and screened for the presence of the [...] se bacteria using PCR and later confirmation by DNA sequencing. The specimens collected were distributed in 102 pools (76 Ctenocephalides felis, 2 Ctenocephalides canis, 16Pulex irritans, 5 Pediculus humanus, 2 Rhiphicephalus sanguineus, and 1 Boophilus spp.), whereBartonella was detected in 17 pools (6 of C. felis, 9 of P. irritans, 1 of C. canis, and 1 P. humanus). Also, Rickettsia was detected in 76 pools (62 C. felis, 10 P. irritans, 2 P. humanus, and 2 C. canis). Bartonella clarridgeiae was detected in C. felis, C. canis and P. irritans pools at 5.3%, 50% and 12.5%, respectively. Bartonella rochalimae was detected in one C. felis and two P. irritans pools at 1.3% and 12.5%, respectively. Furthermore, B. henselae was detected in one C. felis pool and one P. humanus pool corresponding to 1.3% and 20%, respectively; andBartonella spp. was also found in 5 pools of P. irritans at 31.3%. Additionally, R. felis was detected in C. felis, C. canis and P. irritans pools at 76.3%, 100% and 37.5%, respectively; and Rickettsia spp. was detected in C. felis, P. irritans and P. humanus pools at 5.3%, 25% and 40%, respectively. These results demonstrate the circulation of these bacteria in Peru

  11. Caracterização de Rickettsia spp. circulante em foco silencioso de febre maculosa brasileira no Município de Caratinga, Minas Gerais, Brasil

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    Luciane Daniele Cardoso

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    Full Text Available O objetivo deste trabalho foi caracterizar Rickettsia spp. circulante em artrópodes vetores no Município de Caratinga, Minas Gerais, Brasil, por meio da PCR, e investigar a presença de anticorpos para riquétsias do grupo da febre maculosa em cães e eqüinos. 2.610 ectoparasitos foram coletados e identificados taxonomicamente. Amostras de DNA obtidas desses vetores foram submetidas à PCR e seqüenciamento. Em pulgas do gênero Ctenocephalides e em carrapatos Amblyomma cajennense foram identificadas seqüências com 100% de homologia com R. felis. Em carrapatos Rhipicephalus sanguineus uma seqüência apresentou 99% de homologia com R. felis e uma seqüência obtida de A. cajennense apresentou 97% de homologia com R. honei e R. rickettsii. Soros de cães (73 e de eqüinos (18 foram submetidos à imunofluorescência indireta (RIFI usando-se antígeno de R. rickettsii. Apenas três dos soros de eqüinos (17% mostraram-se positivos. A detecção molecular de riquetsias potencialmente patogênicas ao homem em vetores e a presença de sororeatividade para riquetsias do grupo da febre maculosa em eqüinos, demonstram o risco de transmissão de riquetsioses nessa área e a necessidade de se manter um sistema contínuo de vigilância epidemiológica.

  12. Caracterização de Rickettsia spp. circulante em foco silencioso de febre maculosa brasileira no Município de Caratinga, Minas Gerais, Brasil

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    Cardoso Luciane Daniele

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    Full Text Available O objetivo deste trabalho foi caracterizar Rickettsia spp. circulante em artrópodes vetores no Município de Caratinga, Minas Gerais, Brasil, por meio da PCR, e investigar a presença de anticorpos para riquétsias do grupo da febre maculosa em cães e eqüinos. 2.610 ectoparasitos foram coletados e identificados taxonomicamente. Amostras de DNA obtidas desses vetores foram submetidas à PCR e seqüenciamento. Em pulgas do gênero Ctenocephalides e em carrapatos Amblyomma cajennense foram identificadas seqüências com 100% de homologia com R. felis. Em carrapatos Rhipicephalus sanguineus uma seqüência apresentou 99% de homologia com R. felis e uma seqüência obtida de A. cajennense apresentou 97% de homologia com R. honei e R. rickettsii. Soros de cães (73 e de eqüinos (18 foram submetidos à imunofluorescência indireta (RIFI usando-se antígeno de R. rickettsii. Apenas três dos soros de eqüinos (17% mostraram-se positivos. A detecção molecular de riquetsias potencialmente patogênicas ao homem em vetores e a presença de sororeatividade para riquetsias do grupo da febre maculosa em eqüinos, demonstram o risco de transmissão de riquetsioses nessa área e a necessidade de se manter um sistema contínuo de vigilância epidemiológica.

  13. Comparative evaluation of Amblyomma ovale ticks infected and noninfected by Rickettsia sp. strain Atlantic rainforest, the agent of an emerging rickettsiosis in Brazil.

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    Krawczak, Felipe S; Agostinho, Washington C; Polo, Gina; Moraes-Filho, Jonas; Labruna, Marcelo B

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    In 2010, a novel spotted fever group rickettsiosis was reported in the Atlantic rainforest coast of Brazil. The etiological agent was identified as Rickettsia sp. strain Atlantic rainforest, and the tick Amblyomma ovale was incriminated as the presumed vector. The present study evaluated under laboratory conditions four colonies of A. ovale: two started from engorged females that were naturally infected by Rickettsia sp. strain Atlantic rainforest (designated as infected groups); the two others started from noninfected females (designated as control groups). All colonies were reared in parallel from F0 engorged female to F2 unfed nymphs. Tick-naïve vesper mice (Calomys callosus) or domestic rabbits were used for feeding of each tick stage. Rickettsia sp. strain Atlantic rainforest was preserved by transstadial maintenance and transovarial transmission in A. ovale ticks for at least 2 generations (from F0 females to F2 nymphs), because nearly 100% of the tested larvae, nymphs, and adults from the infected groups were shown by PCR to contain rickettsial DNA. All vesper mice and rabbits infested by larvae and nymphs, and 50% of the rabbits infested by adults from the infected groups seroconverted, indicating that these tick stages were vector competent for Rickettsia sp. strain Atlantic rainforest. Expressive differences in mortality rates and reproductive performance were observed between engorged females from the infected and control groups, as indicated by 75.0% and 97.1% oviposition success, respectively, and significantly lower egg mass weight, conversion efficiency index, and percentage of egg hatching for the infected groups. Our results indicate that A. ovale can act as a natural reservoir for Rickettsia sp. strain Atlantic rainforest. However, due to deleterious effect caused by this rickettsial agent on engorged females, amplifier vertebrate hosts might be necessary for persistent perpetuation of Rickettsia sp. strain Atlantic rainforest in A. ovale under natural conditions. PMID:26895674

  14. A Molecular survey of Anaplasma spp., Rickettsia spp., Ehrlichia canis and Babesia microti in foxes and fleas from Sicily.

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    Torina, A; Blanda, V; Antoci, F; Scimeca, S; D'Agostino, R; Scariano, E; Piazza, A; Galluzzo, P; Giudice, E; Caracappa, S

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    Fleas (Insecta: Siphonaptera) are obligate bloodsucking insects, which parasitize birds and mammals, and are distributed throughout the world. Several species have been implicated in pathogen transmission. This study aimed to monitor red foxes and the fleas isolated from them in the Palermo and Ragusa provinces of Sicily, Italy, as these organisms are potential reservoirs and vectors of pathogens. Thirteen foxes (Vulpes vulpes) and 110 fleas were analysed by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) to detect DNA of the pathogens Ehrlichia canis, Babesia microti, Rickettsia spp., Anaplasma phagocytophilum, Anaplasma platys, Anaplasma marginale and Anaplasma ovis. In the foxes, A. ovis was detected in only one animal, whereas the prevalence of the E. canis pathogen was 31%. B. microti and Rickettsia spp. were not detected. Of all of the collected fleas, 75 belonged to the species Xenopsylla cheopis, 32 belonged to Ctenocephalides canis, two belonged to Ctenocephalides felis and one belonged to Cediopsylla inaequalis. In the fleas, the following pathogens were found: A. ovis (prevalence 25%), A. marginale (1%), A. phagocytophilum (1%), Rickettsia felis (2%) and E. canis (3%). X. cheopis was the flea species most frequently infected with Anaplasma, in particular A. ovis (33%), A. marginale (1%) and A. phagocytophilum (1%). Both C. felis exemplars were positive for R. felis. E. canis was found in the lone C. inaequalis and also in 3% of the X. cheopis specimens. No fleas were positive for B. microti or A. platys. As foxes often live in proximity to domestic areas, they may constitute potential reservoirs for human and animal parasites. Further studies should be performed on fleas to determine their vectorial capacity. PMID:24589112

  15. Effects of Ectopically Expressed Neuronal Wiskott-Aldrich Syndrome Protein Domains on Rickettsia rickettsii Actin-Based Motility

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    Neuronal Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome protein (N-WASP) and the actin-related protein 2/3 (Arp2/3) complex have emerged as critical host proteins that regulate pathogen actin-based motility. Actin tail formation and motility in Listeria monocytogenes require the Arp2/3 complex but bypasses N-WASP signaling. Motility of Shigella flexneri and vaccinia virus requires both N-WASP and the Arp2/3 complex. Functional roles for these cytoskeletal regulatory proteins in actin-based motility of Rickettsia r...

  16. Cytokine sensitivity and methylation of lysine in Rickettsia prowazekii EVir and interferon-resistant R. prowazekii strains.

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    Turco, J.; Winkler, H. H.

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    Modified Rickettsia prowazekii strains have been derived from the avirulent Madrid E strain by passage in the lungs of white mice (strain EVir) or by selection for resistance to gamma interferon (IFN-gamma) (strains 427-19 and 87-17) or alpha/beta interferon (IFN-alpha/beta) (strains 83-2P, 60P, 103-2P, and 110-1P). Compared with the Madrid E strain, strain EVir has increased virulence (N. M. Balayeva and V. N. Nikolskaya, J. Hyg. Epidemiol. Microbiol. Immunol. 17:11-20, 1973) and a different...

  17. Comparative genome sequencing of Rickettsia rickettsii strains that differ in virulence.

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    Clark, Tina R; Noriea, Nicholas F; Bublitz, DeAnna C; Ellison, Damon W; Martens, Craig; Lutter, Erika I; Hackstadt, Ted

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    Rickettsia rickettsii is an obligate intracellular pathogen that is the causative agent of Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Strains of R. rickettsii differ dramatically in virulence. In a guinea pig model of infection, the severity of disease as assessed by fever response varies from the most virulent, Sheila Smith, to Iowa, which causes no fever. To identify potential determinants of virulence in R. rickettsii, the genomes of two additional strains were sequenced for comparison to known sequences (comparative genome sequencing [CGS]). R. rickettsii Morgan and R strains were compared to the avirulent R. rickettsii Iowa and virulent R. rickettsii Sheila Smith strains. The Montana strains Sheila Smith and R were found to be highly similar while the eastern strains Iowa and Morgan were most similar to each other. A major surface antigen, rickettsial outer membrane protein A (rOmpA), is severely truncated in the Iowa strain. The region of ompA containing 13 tandem repeats was sequenced, revealing only seven shared SNPs (four nonsynonymous) for R and Morgan strains compared to Sheila Smith, with an additional 17 SNPs identified in Morgan. Another major surface antigen and autotransporter, rOmpB, exhibits a defect in processing in the Iowa strain such that the beta fragment is not cleaved. Sequence analysis of ompB reveals identical sequences between Iowa and Morgan strains and between the R and Sheila Smith strains. The number of SNPs and insertions/deletions between sequences of the two Montana strains and the two eastern strains is low, thus narrowing the field of possible virulence factors. PMID:25644009

  18. A molecular survey of Rickettsia felis in fleas from cats and dogs in Sicily (Southern Italy).

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    Giudice, Elisabetta; Di Pietro, Simona; Alaimo, Antonio; Blanda, Valeria; Lelli, Rossella; Francaviglia, Francesco; Caracappa, Santo; Torina, Alessandra

    2014-01-01

    Rickettsia felis, the agent of flea-borne spotted fever, has a cosmopolitan distribution. Its pathogenic role in humans has been demonstrated through molecular and serologic tests in several cases. The cat flea (Ctenocephalides felis) is considered the main reservoir and the biological vector. The aim of this study was to assess the presence and occurrence of R. felis in fleas collected from dogs and cats in various sites of Palermo (Sicily). Between August and October 2012, 134 fleas were collected from 42 animals: 37 fleas from 13 dogs and 97 fleas from 29 cats. Two species of fleas were identified: 132 Ctenocephalides felis (98.51%) collected on all animals and only two C. canis (1.49%) on one dog. Out of 132 C. felis, 34 (25.76%), 12 from dogs (32.43%) and 22 (22.68%) from cats, were positive for R. felis DNA by a polymerase chain reaction (PCR), confirmed by sequencing. The only two C. canis fleas were negative. About half of examined animals (47.62%, 20/42) were infested with at least one infected flea; in particular 46.15% of dogs (6/13) and 48.28% of cats (14/29). It seems that in the Palermo district there is a peri-domestic cycle, with a relatively high prevalence of R. felis infection in the cat flea, an insect widely diffused in home environments and which can frequently bite humans. The results also suggest that R. felis should be considered in the human differential diagnosis of any spotted-like fever or febrile illness without a clear source of infection in Sicily, especially if the patient is known to have been exposed to flea bites. PMID:25203839

  19. A serological and molecular survey of Babesia vogeli, Ehrlichia canis and Rickettsia spp. among dogs in the state of Maranhão, northeastern Brazil.

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    da Costa, Andréa Pereira; Costa, Francisco Borges; Labruna, Marcelo Bahia; Silveira, Iara; Moraes-Filho, Jonas; Soares, João Fábio; Spolidorio, Mariana Granziera; Guerra, Rita de Maria Seabra Nogueira de Candanedo

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    This study evaluated exposure and infection by tick-borne agents (Babesia vogeli, Ehrlichia canis and Rickettsia spp.) in 172 dogs in rural areas and 150 dogs in urban areas of the municipality of Chapadinha, state of Maranhão, northeastern Brazil, using molecular and serological methods. Overall, 16.1% of the sampled dogs (52/322) were seroreactive to B. vogeli, with endpoint titers ranging from 40 to 640. For E. canis, 14.6% of the dogs (47/322) were seroreactive, with endpoint titers from 80 to 163,840. Antibodies reactive to at least one of the five species of Rickettsia were detected in 18.9% of the dogs (61/322), with endpoint titers ranging from 64 to 4,096. High endpoint titers were observed for Rickettsia amblyommii. Three (0.9%) and nine (2.8%) canine blood samples were PCR-positive for Babesia spp. and E. canis. The ticks collected from urban dogs were all Rhipicephalus sanguineus sensu lato, whereas the rural dogs were infested by R. sanguineus s.l, Amblyomma cajennense sensu lato and Amblyomma ovale. One A. ovale tick was found to be infected by Rickettsia bellii. This study provides an epidemiological background for controlling and preventing canine tick-borne diseases in a neglected region of Brazil. PMID:25909250

  20. Serologic and Molecular Prevalence of Rickettsia helvetica and Anaplasma phagocytophilum in Wild Cervids and Domestic Mammals in the Central Parts of Sweden.

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    Elfving, Karin; Malmsten, Jonas; Dalin, Anne-Marie; Nilsson, Kenneth

    2015-09-01

    Both Rickettsia helvetica and Anaplasma phagocytophilum are common in Ixodes ricinus ticks in Sweden. Knowledge is limited regarding different animal species' competence to act as reservoirs for these organism. For this reason, blood samples were collected from wild cervids (roe deer, moose) and domestic mammals (horse, cat, dog) in central Sweden, and sera were tested using immunofluorescence assay to detect antibodies against spotted fever rickettsiae using Rickettsia helvetica as antigen. Sera with a titer ?1:64 were considered as positive, and 23.1% (104/450) of the animals scored positive. The prevalence of seropositivity was 21.5% (23/107) in roe deer, 23.3% (21/90) in moose, 36.5% (23/63) in horses, 22.1% (19/90) in cats, and 17.0% (17/100) in dogs. PCR analysis of 113 spleen samples from moose and sheep from the corresponding areas were all negative for rickettsial DNA. In roe deer, 85% (91/107) also tested seropositive for A. phagocytophilum with a titer cutoff of 1:128. The findings indicate that the surveyed animal species are commonly exposed to rickettsiae and roe deer also to A. phagocytophilum. PMID:26378972

  1. Infection of human endothelial cells by Rickettsia rickettsii causes a significant reduction in the levels of key enzymes involved in protection against oxidative injury.

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    Devamanoharan, P S; Santucci, L A; Hong, J E; Tian, X.; Silverman, D J

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    The activities of glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase, catalase, and glutathione peroxidase were significantly decreased in human endothelial cells infected with the obligate intracellular bacterium Rickettsia rickettsii, the causative agent of Rocky Mountain spotted fever. This observation lends additional support to our hypothesis implicating oxidative damage in endothelial cell injury caused by this microorganism.

  2. Genetic identification of rickettsial isolates from fatal cases of Brazilian spotted fever and comparison with Rickettsia rickettsii isolates from the American continents.

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    Labruna, Marcelo B; Santos, Fabiana C P; Ogrzewalska, Maria; Nascimento, Elvira M M; Colombo, Silvia; Marcili, Arlei; Angerami, Rodrigo N

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    Fifteen bacterial isolates from spotted fever group rickettsiosis in Brazil were genetically identified as Rickettsia rickettsii. In a phylogenetic analysis with other R. rickettsii isolates from GenBank, the Central/South American isolates showed low polymorphism and formed a clade distinct from two North American clades, with the North American clades having greater in-branch polymorphism. PMID:25078908

  3. Genetic Identification of Rickettsial Isolates from Fatal Cases of Brazilian Spotted Fever and Comparison with Rickettsia rickettsii Isolates from the American Continents

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    Labruna, Marcelo B.; Santos, Fabiana C. P.; Ogrzewalska, Maria; Nascimento, Elvira M. M.; Colombo, Silvia; Marcili, Arlei; Angerami, Rodrigo N

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    Fifteen bacterial isolates from spotted fever group rickettsiosis in Brazil were genetically identified as Rickettsia rickettsii. In a phylogenetic analysis with other R. rickettsii isolates from GenBank, the Central/South American isolates showed low polymorphism and formed a clade distinct from two North American clades, with the North American clades having greater in-branch polymorphism.

  4. Prednisolone at anti-inflammatory or immunosuppressive dosages in conjunction with doxycycline does not potentiate the severity of Rickettsia rickettsii infection in dogs.

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    Breitschwerdt, E.B.; Davidson, M. G.; Hegarty, B. C.; Papich, M G; Grindem, C B

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    Dogs were experimentally inoculated with Rickettsia rickettsii to determine if anti-inflammatory or immunosuppressive dosages of prednisolone, when administered in conjunction with an antirickettsial antibiotic (doxycycline), induced therapeutically relevant pathophysiological consequences that ultimately influence disease outcome. Although the duration of rickettsemia was prolonged in dogs receiving immunosuppressive, but not anti-inflammatory, corticosteroids, concurrent administration of d...

  5. Prevalence of antibodies to spotted fever group Rickettsia spp. and Ehrlichia spp. in coyotes (Canis latrans) in Oklahoma and Texas, USA.

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    Starkey, Lindsay A; West, Misti D; Barrett, Anne W; Saucier, Jill M; O'Connor, Tom P; Paras, Kelsey L; Reiskind, Michael H; Reichard, Mason V; Little, Susan E

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    Coyotes (Canis latrans) are commonly infested with ticks, including Amblyomma americanum, the predominant vector of Ehrlichia chaffeensis and Ehrlichia ewingii; Dermacentor variabilis, an important vector of Rickettsia rickettsii; and Amblyomma maculatum, a major vector of Rickettsia parkeri, a spotted fever group (SFG) Rickettsia. To determine the degree to which coyotes are infected with or exposed to tick-borne bacterial disease agents, serum samples collected from coyotes in Oklahoma and Texas were tested for antibodies reactive to R. rickettsii, Ehrlichia canis, E. chaffeensis, E. ewingii, Borrelia burgdorferi, and Anaplasma phagocytophilum by indirect fluorescent antibody (IFA) testing or enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). Of the coyotes tested, 60% (46/77) and 64% (47/74) had antibodies reactive to R. rickettsii and E. chaffeensis, respectively, on IFA. Additionally, 5% (4/77) had antibodies reactive to E. canis, but not B. burgdorferi or A. phagocytophilum, on SNAP(®) 4Dx(®) ELISA; subsequent serologic analysis by plate ELISA using species-specific peptides revealed antibodies to E. ewingii, E. canis, and E. chaffeensis in 46% (23/50), 18% (9/50), and 4% (2/50) of serum samples, respectively. Taken together, these data indicate that coyotes in this region are commonly exposed to SFG Rickettsia and E. ewingii and that further consideration of coyotes as a component of the maintenance cycle for these pathogens may be warranted. PMID:23778619

  6. Experimental infection of the tick Amblyomma cajennense, Cayenne tick, with Rickettsia rickettsii, the agent of Rocky Mountain spotted fever.

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    Soares, J F; Soares, H S; Barbieri, A M; Labruna, M B

    2012-06-01

    In the laboratory, Amblyomma cajennense (Acari: Ixodidae) (Fabricius) larvae, nymphs and adults were exposed to Rickettsia rickettsii by feeding on needle-inoculated animals, and thereafter reared on uninfected guinea pigs or rabbits. Regardless of the tick stage that acquired the infection, subsequent tick stages were shown to be infected (confirming transstadial and transovarial transmissions) and were able to transmit R. rickettsii to uninfected animals, as demonstrated by serological and molecular analyses. However, the larval, nymphal and adult stages of A. cajennense were shown to be partially refractory to R. rickettsii infection, as in all cases, only part of the ticks became infected by this agent, after being exposed to rickettsemic animals. In addition, less than 50% of the infected engorged females transmitted rickettsiae transovarially, and when they did so, only part of the offspring became infected, indicating that vertical transmission alone is not enough to maintain R. rickettsii in A. cajennense for multiple generations. Finally, the R. rickettsii-infected tick groups had lower reproductive performance than the uninfected control group. Our results indicate that A. cajennense have a low efficiency to maintain R. rickettsii for successive generations, as R. rickettsii-infection rates should decline drastically throughout the successive tick generations. PMID:22007869

  7. Structure of fumarate hydratase from Rickettsia prowazekii, the agent of typhus and suspected relative of the mitochondria

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    Fumarate hydratase is an enzyme of the tricarboxylic acid cycle, one of the metabolic pathways characteristic of the mitochondria. The structure of R. prowazekii class II fumarate hydratase is reported at 2.4 Å resolution and is compared with the available structure of the human homolog. Rickettsiae are obligate intracellular parasites of eukaryotic cells that are the causative agents responsible for spotted fever and typhus. Their small genome (about 800 protein-coding genes) is highly conserved across species and has been postulated as the ancestor of the mitochondria. No genes that are required for glycolysis are found in the Rickettsia prowazekii or mitochondrial genomes, but a complete set of genes encoding components of the tricarboxylic acid cycle and the respiratory-chain complex is found in both. A 2.4 Å resolution crystal structure of R. prowazekii fumarate hydratase, an enzyme catalyzing the third step of the tricarboxylic acid cycle pathway that ultimately converts phosphoenolpyruvate into succinyl-CoA, has been solved. A structure alignment with human mitochondrial fumarate hydratase highlights the close similarity between R. prowazekii and mitochondrial enzymes

  8. Structure of 3-ketoacyl-(acyl-carrier-protein) reductase from Rickettsia prowazekii at 2.25 Å resolution

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    The R. prowazekii 3-ketoacyl-(acyl-carrier-protein) reductase is similar to those from other prokaryotic pathogens but differs significantly from the mammalian orthologue, strengthening its case as a potential drug target. Rickettsia prowazekii, a parasitic Gram-negative bacterium, is in the second-highest biodefense category of pathogens of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, but only a handful of structures have been deposited in the PDB for this bacterium; to date, all of these have been solved by the SSGCID. Owing to its small genome (about 800 protein-coding genes), it relies on the host for many basic biosynthetic processes, hindering the identification of potential antipathogenic drug targets. However, like many bacteria and plants, its metabolism does depend upon the type II fatty-acid synthesis (FAS) pathway for lipogenesis, whereas the predominant form of fatty-acid biosynthesis in humans is via the type I pathway. Here, the structure of the third enzyme in the FAS pathway, 3-ketoacyl-(acyl-carrier-protein) reductase, is reported at a resolution of 2.25 Å. Its fold is highly similar to those of the existing structures from some well characterized pathogens, such as Mycobacterium tuberculosis and Burkholderia pseudomallei, but differs significantly from the analogous mammalian structure. Hence, drugs known to target the enzymes of pathogenic bacteria may serve as potential leads against Rickettsia, which is responsible for spotted fever and typhus and is found throughout the world

  9. Guías Latinoamericanas de la RIICER para el diagnóstico de las rickettsiosis transmitidas por garrapatas

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    José A Oteo

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    Full Text Available Las rickettsiosis transmitidas por garrapatas son afecciones de distribución mundial, que por diferentes motivos se pueden considerar emergentes y reemergentes. Hasta hace escasos años la única rickettsiosis transmitida por garrapatas en Latinoamérica era la infección por Rickettsia rickettsii, pero en la actualidad y fundamentalmente, gracias a la incorporación de nuevas herramientas para el diagnóstico microbiológico como la reacción en cadena de la polimerasa y secuenciación o el cultivo celular rápido en tubo cerrado, se han descrito e involucrado otras especies de Rickettsia en la producción de patología humana. En estas guías se detallan y describen las diferentes técnicas utilizadas para el diagnóstico microbiológico de las rickettsiosis. Además, se incluye una sección en la que se detallan las especies más importantes de garrapatas duras relacionadas con las rickettsiosis en Latinoamérica, con claves para su clasificación taxonómica.

  10. Are Apodemus spp. mice and Myodes glareolus reservoirs for Borrelia miyamotoi, Candidatus Neoehrlichia mikurensis, Rickettsia helvetica, R. monacensis and Anaplasma phagocytophilum?

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    Burri, C; Schumann, O; Schumann, C; Gern, L

    2014-04-01

    In Europe, in addition to Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato and tick-borne encephalitis (TBE) virus, other zoonotic pathogens, like B. miyamotoi, a species related to the relapsing fever spirochaetes, Candidatus Neoehrlichia mikurensis (N. mikurensis), Rickettsia helvetica, Rickettsia monacensis, and Anaplasma phagocytophilum have been reported in the ixodid tick Ixodes ricinus. No study was conducted to identify reservoir hosts for these pathogens. Here, we investigated the role played by wild rodents in the natural transmission cycle of B. miyamotoi, N. mikurensis, R. helvetica, R. monacensis, and A. phagocytophilum in Switzerland. In 2011 and 2012, small mammals were captured in an area where these pathogens occur in questing ticks. Ixodes ricinus ticks infesting captured small mammals were analysed after their moult by PCR followed by reverse line blot to detect the different pathogens. Xenodiagnostic larvae were used to evaluate the role of rodents as reservoirs and analysed after their moult. Most of the 108 captured rodents (95.4%) were infested by I. ricinus ticks; 4.9%, 3.9%, 24.0%, and 0% of the rodents were infested by Borrelia, N. mikurensis, Rickettsia spp., and A. phagocytophilum-infected larvae, respectively. Borrelia afzelii, B. miyamotoi, N. mikurensis, Rickettsia spp., and A. phagocytophilum were detected in 2.8%, 0.17%, 2.6%, 6.8%, and 0% of the ticks attached to rodents, respectively. Borrelia afzelii was transmitted by 4 rodents to 41.2% of the xenodiagnostic ticks, B. miyamotoi by 3 rodents to 23.8%, and N. mikurensis was transmitted by 6 rodents to 41.0% of the xenodiagnostic ticks. None of the tested rodent transmitted Rickettsia spp. or A. phagocytophilum to I. ricinus xenodiagnostic larvae. This study showed that rodents are reservoir hosts for B. miyamotoi and N. mikurensis in Europe. PMID:24582511

  11. Detection of Rickettsia and Ehrlichia spp. in Ticks Associated with Exotic Reptiles and Amphibians Imported into Japan

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    Andoh, Masako; Sakata, Akiko; Takano, Ai; Kawabata, Hiroki; Fujita, Hiromi; Une, Yumi; Goka, Koichi; Kishimoto, Toshio; Ando, Shuji

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    One of the major routes of transmission of rickettsial and ehrlichial diseases is via ticks that infest numerous host species, including humans. Besides mammals, reptiles and amphibians also carry ticks that may harbor Rickettsia and Ehrlichia strains that are pathogenic to humans. Furthermore, reptiles and amphibians are exempt from quarantine in Japan, thus facilitating the entry of parasites and pathogens to the country through import. Accordingly, in the current study, we examined the presence of Rickettsia and Ehrlichia spp. genes in ticks associated with reptiles and amphibians originating from outside Japan. Ninety-three ticks representing nine tick species (genera Amblyomma and Hyalomma) were isolated from at least 28 animals spanning 10 species and originating from 12 countries (Ghana, Jordan, Madagascar, Panama, Russia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Tanzania, Togo, Uzbekistan, and Zambia). None of the nine tick species are indigenous in Japan. The genes encoding the common rickettsial 17-kDa antigen, citrate synthase (gltA), and outer membrane protein A (ompA) were positively detected in 45.2% (42/93), 40.9% (38/93), and 23.7% (22/93) of the ticks, respectively, by polymerase chain reaction (PCR). The genes encoding ehrlichial heat shock protein (groEL) and major outer membrane protein (omp-1) were PCR-positive in 7.5% (7/93) and 2.2% (2/93) of the ticks, respectively. The p44 gene, which encodes the Anaplasma outer membrane protein, was not detected. Phylogenetic analysis showed that several of the rickettsial and ehrlichial sequences isolated in this study were highly similar to human pathogen genes, including agents not previously detected in Japan. These data demonstrate the global transportation of pathogenic Rickettsia and Ehrlichia through reptile- and amphibian-associated ticks. These imported animals have potential to transfer pathogens into human life. These results highlight the need to control the international transportation of known and potential pathogens carried by ticks in reptiles, amphibians, and other animals, in order to improve national and international public health. PMID:26207382

  12. Rickettsiae-infected Ticks in an Endemic Area of Spotted Fever in the State of Minas Gerais, Brazil

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    Elba Regina Sampaio de, Lemos; Raimundo Diogo, Machado; Fernando Dias de Ávila, Pires; Sérgio Lisboa, Machado; Lígia Maria Cantarino da, Costa; José Rodrigues, Coura.

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    Full Text Available A study on tick-borne rickettsiosis was developed in the county of Santa Cruz do Escalvado, State of Minas Gerais, Brazil, where a clinical case of the disease, confirmed by necropsy, had been reported. Of the 1,254 ticks collected, 1,061 belonged to the Amblyomma genus, 57 to the Rhipicephalus sang [...] uineus species, 81 to Boophilus microplus, and 46 to Anocentor nitens. The hemolymph test associated with Giménez staining showed that 18 of the 221 A. cajennense specimens, 1 of the 16 R. sanguineus, 1 of the 22 B. microplus, 3 of the A. nitens, and 1 of the A. ovale contained rickettsia-like microorganisms. Only 3 A. cajennense ticks were positive under direct immunofluorescence. A. cajennense was the only species found on humans

  13. Rickettsia parkeri Rickettsiosis in Different Ecological Regions of Argentina and Its Association with Amblyomma tigrinum as a Potential Vector

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    Romer, Yamila; Nava, Santiago; Govedic, Francisco; Cicuttin, Gabriel; Denison, Amy M.; Singleton, Joseph; Kelly, Aubree J.; Kato, Cecilia Y.; Paddock, Christopher D.

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    Rickettsia parkeri, a newly recognized tick-borne pathogen of humans in the Americas, is a confirmed cause of spotted fever group rickettsiosis in Argentina. Until recently, almost all cases of R. parkeri rickettsiosis in Argentina have originated from the Paraná River Delta, where entomological surveys have identified populations of R. parkeri-infected Amblyomma triste ticks. In this report, we describe confirmed cases of R. parkeri rickettsiosis from Córdoba and La Rioja provinces, which are located several hundred kilometers inland, and in a more arid ecological region, where A. triste ticks do not occur. Additionally, we identified questing A. tigrinum ticks naturally infected with R. parkeri in Córdoba province. These data provide evidence that another human-biting tick species serves as a potential vector of R. parkeri in Argentina and possibly, other countries of South America. PMID:25349376

  14. Characterization of rickettsia rickettsii in a case of Fatal Brazilian spotted fever in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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    Cristiane, Lamas; Alexsandra, Favacho; Tatiana, Rozental; Márcio N., Bóia; Andrei H., Kirsten; Alexandro, Guterres; Jairo, Barreira; Elba Regina S. de, Lemos.

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    Full Text Available A lethal case of Brazilian spotted fever (BSF) is presented. Clinical features were initially of gastrointestinal involvement and evolved with progression to septic shock, meningoencephalitis and death on the 6th day of illness. Indirect immunofluorescence assay (IFA) for spotted fever group rickett [...] sia (SFGR) was non-reactive. Diagnosis was confirmed by the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and the nucleotide sequencing of a fragment of the ompA gene showed 100% homology to Rickettsia rickettsii. BSF has not been reported in the city of Rio de Janeiro in the last three decades, and the present description should alert the clinicians to its presence in urban Rio de Janeiro, and to the differential diagnosis with dengue fever, gastroenteritis, leptospirosis and bacterial septic shock, among others.

  15. A rickettsia-like organism from Ixodes uriae ticks collected on the Kerguelen Islands (French Subantarctic Territories).

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    Chastel, C; Demazure, M; Chastel, O; Genevois, F; Legrand, M C; Grulet, O; Odermatt, M; Le Goff, F

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    A rickettsia-like microorganism was isolated in suckling mice from Ixodes uriae ticks collected from penguins breeding on Mayes Island, Kerguelen Archipelago, French Subantarctic Territories. At isolation, this agent mimicked a tick-borne arbovirus. Finally, electron microscopy studies of infected suckling mouse livers showed the presence of inclusions filled with pleomorphic microorganism in the cytoplasm of some hepatocytes, sometimes dividing by binary fission and thus of obviously non-viral nature. No firm serological relationship was demonstrated with Chlamydia psittaci, C. trachomatis, C. pneumoniae, Coxiella burnetti, Cowdria ruminentium, Ehrlichia canis, E. phagocytophila, E. risticii or the WSU/1044 agent. The exact taxonomic position of the "Mayes" agent remains to be clarified. PMID:8105647

  16. Prevalence of Bartonella species, hemoplasmas, and Rickettsia felis DNA in blood and fleas of cats in Bangkok, Thailand.

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    Assarasakorn, S; Veir, J K; Hawley, J R; Brewer, M M; Morris, A K; Hill, A E; Lappin, M R

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    Flea infestations are common in Thailand, but little is known about the flea-borne infections. Fifty flea pools and 153 blood samples were collected from client-owned cats between June and August 2009 from veterinary hospitals in Bangkok, Thailand. Total DNA was extracted from all samples, and then assessed by conventional PCR assays. The prevalence rates of Bartonella spp. in blood and flea samples were 17% and 32%, respectively, with DNA of Bartonella henselae and Bartonella clarridgeiae being amplified most commonly. Bartonella koehlerae DNA was amplified for the first time in Thailand. Hemoplasma DNA was amplified from 23% and 34% of blood samples and flea pools, respectively, with 'Candidatus Mycoplasma haemominutum' and Mycoplasma haemofelis being detected most frequently. All samples were negative for Rickettsia felis. Prevalence rate of B. henselae DNA was increased 6.9 times in cats with flea infestation. Cats administered flea control products were 4.2 times less likely to be Bartonella-infected. PMID:22521739

  17. Natural blood feeding and temperature shift modulate the global transcriptional profile of Rickettsia rickettsii infecting its tick vector.

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    Galletti, Maria Fernanda B M; Fujita, André; Nishiyama, Milton Y; Malossi, Camila D; Pinter, Adriano; Soares, João F; Daffre, Sirlei; Labruna, Marcelo B; Fogaça, Andréa C

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    Rickettsia rickettsii is an obligate intracellular tick-borne bacterium that causes Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (RMSF), the most lethal spotted fever rickettsiosis. When an infected starving tick begins blood feeding from a vertebrate host, R. rickettsii is exposed to a temperature elevation and to components in the blood meal. These two environmental stimuli have been previously associated with the reactivation of rickettsial virulence in ticks, but the factors responsible for this phenotype conversion have not been completely elucidated. Using customized oligonucleotide microarrays and high-throughput microfluidic qRT-PCR, we analyzed the effects of a 10°C temperature elevation and of a blood meal on the transcriptional profile of R. rickettsii infecting the tick Amblyomma aureolatum. This is the first study of the transcriptome of a bacterium in the genus Rickettsia infecting a natural tick vector. Although both stimuli significantly increased bacterial load, blood feeding had a greater effect, modulating five-fold more genes than the temperature upshift. Certain components of the Type IV Secretion System (T4SS) were up-regulated by blood feeding. This suggests that this important bacterial transport system may be utilized to secrete effectors during the tick vector's blood meal. Blood feeding also up-regulated the expression of antioxidant enzymes, which might correspond to an attempt by R. rickettsii to protect itself against the deleterious effects of free radicals produced by fed ticks. The modulated genes identified in this study, including those encoding hypothetical proteins, require further functional analysis and may have potential as future targets for vaccine development. PMID:24155949

  18. The prevalence of Bartonella, hemoplasma, and Rickettsia felis infections in domestic cats and in cat fleas in Ontario.

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    Kamrani, Ali; Parreira, Valeria R; Greenwood, Janice; Prescott, John F

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    The prevalence of persistent bacteremic Bartonella spp. and hemoplasma infections was determined in healthy pet cats in Ontario. Blood samples from healthy cats sent to a diagnostic laboratory for routine health assessment over the course of 1 y were tested for Bartonella spp. using both polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and blood culture, and for the presence of hemoplasma by PCR. The overall prevalence of Bartonella spp. by PCR and by culture combined was 4.3% (28/646) [3.7% (24/646) Bartonella henselae, 0.6% (4/646) Bartonella clarridgeiae]. The novel B. henselae PCR developed for this study demonstrated nearly twice the sensitivity of bacterial isolation. The overall prevalence of hemoplasma was 4% (30/742) [3.3% (25/742) Candidatus Mycoplasma haemominutum, 0.7% (5/742) Mycoplasma haemofelis]. There was no significant difference between the prevalence of infection by season or by age ( 2 y). Candidatus Mycoplasma turicensis was identified, for the first time in Canada, in 1 cat. The prevalence of Bartonella (58%) and hemoplasma (47% M. haemofelis, 13% M. haemominutum) in blood from a small sampling (n = 45) of stray cats was considerably higher than that found in healthy pet cats. The prevalence of Rickettsia felis in cat fleas was also assessed. A pool of fleas from each of 50 flea-infested cats was analyzed for the presence of R. felis by PCR. Rickettsia felis was confirmed, for the first time in Canada, in 9 of the 50 samples. Therefore, the prevalence of Bartonella and hemoplasma infection in healthy pet cats is relatively low. Further, the control of cat fleas is important because of the public health significance of Bartonella and R. felis infection. PMID:19086373

  19. Amputación interescapulotorácica por cromomicosis y carcinoma epidermoide / Amputation interscapulothracique pourchr4omomycose et6 carcinome épidermoide / Interscapulothoracic amputation by chromomycosis and epidermoid carcinoma

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    Hiralio, Collazo Álvarez; Eridán, González Velázquez; Andrés G, Pardillo Morales; Stephen Yecc, Collazo Marín.

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    Full Text Available Paciente del sexo masculino y blanco de 74 años de edad, con lesión dermatológica hiperpigmentada y verrucosa de más de 25 años de evolución en codo y antebrazo izquierdo; asimismo posee otra de piel en forma de coliflor y cuya evolución es reciente. Ambas presentaron diagnóstico histopatológico de [...] cromomicosis. El tratamiento inicial fue la exéresis con margen oncológico de la lesión en forma de coliflor y la electrofulguración, curetaje del resto de la lesión y tratamiento antimicótico. En un período de 5 meses el enfermo presenta evolución tórpida con toma del estado general y elefantiasis del miembro superior izquierdo hasta región supraclavicular que obliga a realizarle amputación interescapulotorácica por la técnica de Berger para mejorar la calidad de vida. El diagnóstico histopatológico de los paquetes ganglionares resecados mostró metástasis de un carcinoma epidermoide. Abstract in english The case of a 74-year-old white male patient with a hyperpigmented and verrucose dermatological injury of more than 25 years of evolution in his left elbow and forearm is reported. He also has another cauliflower-like skin injury of recent evolution. Both presented histopathological diagnosis of chr [...] omomycosis. The initial treatment was exeresis with oncological margin of the cauliflower-like injury and electrofulguration, curettage of the rest of the injury and antimycotic treatment. In 5 months, the patient had a torpid evolution with taking of the general state and elephantiasis of the upper left extremity to the supraclavicular region that led to the interscapulothoracic amputation by Berger’s technique to improve his quality of life. The histopathological diagnosis of the resected ganglionar packages showed metastasis of an epidermoid carcinoma.

  20. Seroprevalence and risk factors to Ehrlichia spp. and Rickettsia spp. in dogs from the Pantanal Region of Mato Grosso State, Brazil.

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    Melo, Andréia L T; Martins, Thiago F; Horta, Maurício C; Moraes-Filho, Jonas; Pacheco, Richard C; Labruna, Marcelo B; Aguiar, Daniel M

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    Sera of 320 dogs from urban and rural areas of a Pantanal region of Brazil were evaluated for rickettsial (Rickettsia rickettsii, R. parkeri, R. amblyommii, R. rhipicephali, R. felis, and R. bellii) and ehrlichial (Ehrlichia canis) infection by the immunofluorescence assay (IFA). Risk factors for ehrlichiosis or rickettsiosis were also evaluated. Positive reaction against Ehrlichia spp. was detected in 227 (70.9%) dogs, 119 (74.3%) from an urban area and 108 (67.5%) from rural areas (P>0.05). For Rickettsia spp., 152 (47.5%) dogs were positive, 31 (19.3%) from urban and 121 (75.6%) from rural areas (Pdogs were found parasitized by the tick Rhipicephalus sanguineus, infestations on rural dogs were predominated by Amblyomma cajenennse. Rickettsial infection was significantly higher (Pdogs, in dogs with hunting practice, or in A. cajennense-infested dogs. PMID:22108015

  1. Prevalence of infection with Rickettsia helvetica in Ixodes ricinus ticks feeding on non-rickettsiemic rodent hosts in sylvatic habitats of west-central Poland.

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    Biernat, Beata; Sta?czak, Joanna; Michalik, Jerzy; Sikora, Bo?ena; Wierzbicka, Anna

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    Ixodes ricinus is the most prevalent and widely distributed tick species in European countries and plays a principal role in transmission of a wide range of microbial pathogens. It is also a main vector and reservoir of Rickettsia spp. of the spotted fever group with the infection level ranging in Poland from 1.3% to 11.4%. Nevertheless, little research has been conducted so far to identify reservoir hosts for these pathogens. A survey was undertaken to investigate the presence of Rickettsia spp. in wild small rodents and detached I. ricinus. Rodents, Apodemus flavicollis mice and Myodes glareolus voles were captured in typically sylvatic habitats of west-central Poland. Blood samples and collected ticks were analyzed by conventional, semi-nested and nested PCRs. Rickettsial species were determined by sequence analysis of obtained fragments of gltA and 16S rRNA genes. A total of 2339 immature I. ricinus (mostly larvae) were collected from 158 animals. Proportion of hosts carrying ticks was 84%, being higher for A. flavicollis than for M. glareolus. Rickettsia helvetica, the only species identified, was detected in 8% of 12 nymphs and in at least 10.7% (MIR) of 804 larvae investigated. Prevalence of infected ticks on both rodent species was comparable (10.8 vs. 9%). None of blood samples tested was positive for Rickettsia spp. The results showed that in sylvatic habitats the level of infestation with larval I. ricinus was higher in A. flavicollis mice in comparison with M. glareolus voles. They show that R. helvetica frequently occurred in ticks feeding on rodents. Positive immature ticks were collected from non-rickettsiemic hosts what might suggest a vertical route of their infection (transovarial and/or transstadial) or a very short-lasting rickettsiemia in rodents. A natural vertebrate reservoir host for R. helvetica remains to be determined. PMID:26515058

  2. Distribution of Rickettsia rickettsii in ovary cells of Rhipicephalus sanguineus (Latreille1806) (Acari: Ixodidae)

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    da Silva Costa Luís; Nunes Pablo; Soares João; Labruna Marcelo; Camargo-Mathias Maria

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    Abstract Background Considering the fact that the dog tick, Rhipicephalus sanguineus, has a great potential to become the vector of Brazilian Spotted Fever (BSF) for humans, the present study aimed to describe the distribution of the bacterium Rickettsia rickettsii, the etiological agent of BSF, in different regions of the ovaries of R. sanguineus using histological techniques. The ovaries were obtained from positive females confirmed by the hemolymph test and fed in the nymph stage on guinea...

  3. Transcriptional Regulation of Endothelial Cell Tissue Factor Expression during Rickettsia rickettsii Infection: Involvement of the Transcription Factor NF-κB

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    Shi, Rui-Jin; Simpson-Haidaris, Patricia J.; Lerner, Norma B.; Marder, Victor J; Silverman, David J.; Sporn, Lee Ann

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    The vascular endothelial cell (EC) is a primary target of infection with Rickettsia rickettsii, the etiologic agent of Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Changes in gene transcription elicited by intracellular infection, including EC expression of the coagulation pathway initiator known as tissue factor (TF), may contribute to the vascular pathology observed during disease. Nuclear run-on analysis of uninfected and infected, cultured human endothelial cells revealed that the rate of TF mRNA transc...

  4. Rickettsia rickettsii Infection of Human Macrovascular and Microvascular Endothelial Cells Reveals Activation of Both Common and Cell Type-Specific Host Response Mechanisms▿

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    Rydkina, Elena; Turpin, Loel C.; Sahni, Sanjeev K.

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    Although inflammation and altered barrier functions of the vasculature, due predominantly to the infection of endothelial cell lining of small and medium-sized blood vessels, represent salient pathological features of human rickettsioses, the interactions between pathogenic rickettsiae and microvascular endothelial cells remain poorly understood. We have investigated the activation of nuclear transcription factor-kappa B (NF-κB) and p38 mitogen-activated protein (MAP) kinase, expression of he...

  5. Detection of Rickettsia Species in Fleas Collected from Cats in Regions Endemic and Nonendemic for Flea-Borne Rickettsioses in California.

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    Billeter, Sarah A; Diniz, Pedro Paulo Vissotto de Paiva; Jett, Lindsey A; Wournell, Andrea L; Kjemtrup, Anne M; Padgett, Kerry A; Yoshimizu, Melissa Hardstone; Metzger, Marco E; Barr, Margaret C

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    Rickettsia typhi, transmitted by rat fleas, causes most human flea-borne rickettsioses worldwide. Another rickettsia, Rickettsia felis, found in cat fleas, Ctenocephalides felis, has also been implicated as a potential human pathogen. In the continental United States, human cases of flea-borne rickettsioses are reported primarily from the southern regions of Texas and California where the cat flea is considered the principal vector. In California, more than 90% of locally acquired human cases are reported from suburban communities within Los Angeles and Orange counties despite the almost ubiquitous presence of cat fleas and their hosts throughout the state. The objective of this study is to assess the presence and infection rate of Rickettsia species in cat fleas from selected endemic and nonendemic regions of California. Cat fleas were collected from cats in Los Angeles County (endemic region) and Sacramento and Contra Costa counties (nonendemic region). Sequencing of 17 amplicons confirmed the presence of R. felis in both the endemic and non-endemic regions with a calculated maximum likelihood estimation of 131 and 234 per 1000 fleas, respectively. R. typhi was not detected in any flea pools. Two R. felis-like genotypes were also detected in fleas from Los Angeles County; Genotype 1 was detected in 1 flea pool and Genotype 2 was found in 10 flea pools. Genotype 1 was also detected in a single flea pool from Sacramento County. Results from this study show that R. felis is widespread in cat flea populations in both flea-borne rickettsioses endemic and nonendemic regions of California, suggesting that a high prevalence of this bacterium in cat fleas does not predispose to increased risk of human infection. Further studies are needed to elucidate the role of R. felis and the two R. felis-like organisms as etiologic agents of human flea-borne rickettsioses in California. PMID:26824189

  6. Rickettsia prowazekii Uses an sn-Glycerol-3-Phosphate Dehydrogenase and a Novel Dihydroxyacetone Phosphate Transport System To Supply Triose Phosphate for Phospholipid Biosynthesis ?

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    Frohlich, Kyla M.; Roberts, Rosemary A. W.; Housley, Nicole A.; Audia, Jonathon P.

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    Rickettsia prowazekii is an obligate intracellular pathogen that possesses a small genome and a highly refined repertoire of biochemical pathways compared to those of free-living bacteria. Here we describe a novel biochemical pathway that relies on rickettsial transport of host cytosolic dihydroxyacetone phosphate (DHAP) and its subsequent conversion to sn-glycerol-3-phosphate (G3P) for synthesis of phospholipids. This rickettsial pathway compensates for the evolutionary loss of rickettsial g...

  7. Absence of zoonotic Bartonella species in questing ticks: First detection of Bartonella clarridgeiae and Rickettsia felis in cat fleas in the Netherlands

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    Reimerink Johan R

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background Awareness for flea- and tick-borne infections has grown in recent years and the range of microorganisms associated with these ectoparasites is rising. Bartonella henselae, the causative agent of Cat Scratch Disease, and other Bartonella species have been reported in fleas and ticks. The role of Ixodes ricinus ticks in the natural cycle of Bartonella spp. and the transmission of these bacteria to humans is unclear. Rickettsia spp. have also been reported from as well ticks as also from fleas. However, to date no flea-borne Rickettsia spp. were reported from the Netherlands. Here, the presence of Bartonellaceae and Rickettsiae in ectoparasites was investigated using molecular detection and identification on part of the gltA- and 16S rRNA-genes. Results The zoonotic Bartonella clarridgeiae and Rickettsia felis were detected for the first time in Dutch cat fleas. B. henselae was found in cat fleas and B. schoenbuchensis in ticks and keds feeding on deer. Two Bartonella species, previously identified in rodents, were found in wild mice and their fleas. However, none of these microorganisms were found in 1719 questing Ixodes ricinus ticks. Notably, the gltA gene amplified from DNA lysates of approximately 10% of the questing nymph and adult ticks was similar to that of an uncultured Bartonella-related species found in other hard tick species. The gltA gene of this Bartonella-related species was also detected in questing larvae for which a 16S rRNA gene PCR also tested positive for "Candidatus Midichloria mitochondrii". The gltA-gene of the Bartonella-related species found in I. ricinus may therefore be from this endosymbiont. Conclusions We conclude that the risk of acquiring Cat Scratch Disease or a related bartonellosis from questing ticks in the Netherlands is negligible. On the other hand fleas and deer keds are probable vectors for associated Bartonella species between animals and might also transmit Bartonella spp. to humans.

  8. Gamma-interferon-induced inhibition of the growth of Rickettsia prowazekii in fibroblasts cannot be explained by the degradation of tryptophan or other amino acids.

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    Turco, J.; Winkler, H. H.

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    We examined the role of amino acid deprivation in gamma-interferon-induced (IFN-gamma) suppression of the growth of Rickettsia prowazekii in mouse L929 cells and human fibroblasts by measuring the amino acid pools in untreated and IFN-gamma-treated cells. In recombinant IFN-gamma-treated cultures of human fibroblasts, tryptophan was undetectable in both the intracellular pool and the extracellular medium. In contrast, tryptophan was not depleted from the intracellular pool or the extracellula...

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    Mayra Garcimuño

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    Full Text Available En el presente trabajo, la técnica Espectroscopia de plasmas producidos por láser (Laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy –LIBS– se aplicó a la determinación cuan- titativa de Na en agua natural dulce, de interés en agricultura para el estudio de la alcalinidad de aguas de regadío. Para efectuar el análisis, se prepararon soluciones con concentraciones conocidas del analito, se mezclaron con óxido de calcio y se compactaron en pastillas sólidas. Los plasmas se produjeron en aire a presión atmos- férica utilizando un láser pulsado Nd:YAG. Se construyó una curva de calibración y se calculó el límite de detección. Se analizaron muestras de agua natural y los resultados se compararon con los obtenidos mediante espectroscopia de absorción atómica. Se demostró la factibilidad del método para la determinación de Na en agua natural dulce.

  10. Two pathogens and one disease: detection and identification of flea-borne Rickettsiae in areas endemic for murine typhus in California.

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    Eremeeva, Marina E; Karpathy, Sandor E; Krueger, Laura; Hayes, Erica K; Williams, Ashley M; Zaldivar, Yamitzel; Bennett, Stephen; Cummings, Robert; Tilzer, Art; Velten, Robert K; Kerr, Nelson; Dasch, Gregory A; Hu, Renjie

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    Results of an environmental assessment conducted in a newly emergent focus of murine typhus in southern California are described. Opossums, Didelphis virginiana Kerr, infested with cat fleas, Ctenocephalides felis Buché, in the suburban area were abundant. Animal and flea specimens were tested for the DNA of two flea-borne rickettsiae, Rickettsia typhi and Rickettsia felis. R. felis was commonly detected in fleas collected throughout this area while R. typhi was found at a much lower prevalence in the vicinity of just 7 of 14 case-patient homes identified. DNA of R. felis, but not R. typhi, was detected in renal, hepatic, and pulmonary tissues of opossums. In contrast, there were no hematologic polymerase chain reaction findings of R. felis or R. typhi in opossums, rats, and cats within the endemic area studied. Our data suggest a significant probability of human exposure to R. felis in the area studied; however, disease caused by this agent is not recognized by the medical community and may be misdiagnosed as murine typhus using nondiscriminatory serologic methods. PMID:23270180

  11. Factores asociados al pronóstico de pacientes operados por cáncer gástrico avanzado / Pathological factors associated with survival in advanced gastric cancer

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    ÓSCAR, TAPIA E; JUAN CARLOS, ROA S; CARLOS, MANTEROLA D; VALENTINA, PUGA A; MIGUEL, VILLASECA H; JUAN CARLOS, ARAYA O.

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    Full Text Available Introducción: El estudio de la pieza operatoria de pacientes resecados por cáncer gástrico (CG) ha permitido identificar variables anatomo-patológicas con valor pronóstico en la supervivencia (SV) y recurrencia de estos pacientes, siendo el compromiso ganglionar linfático y nivel de infiltración tum [...] oral, los factores más relevantes identificados. El objetivo de este estudio es determinar asociación entre variables clínicas y morfológicas con la SV de pacientes resecados por CG avanzado (CGA). Material y Método: Estudio de cohorte retrospectiva. Se estudiaron variables clínicas y morfológicas de 299 pacientes operados por CGA entre enero de 1986-diciembre de 2001. Los datos fueron obtenidos desde la Unidad de Anatomía Patológica del Hospital Hernán Henríquez Aravena de Temuco. Se aplicó estadística descriptiva y analítica; confección de curvas de supervivencia, y finalmente se aplicaron modelos de regresión logística para realizar ajuste, calcular odds ratios y sus respectivos intervalos de confianza de 95%o. Resultados: La cohorte tuvo una mediana de edad de 63 años y el 68% de ella correspondió al género masculino. Con una mediana de seguimiento de 21 meses (1 a 206), se observó una SV actuarial global a 5 y 10 años de 39% y 34% respectivamente. En el análisis bivariado, se verificó asociación con la SV en: etapa tumoral macroscópica, localization y tamaño tumoral, tipo según Bormann, nivel de infiltración, grado de diferenciación histológico, tipo histológico según Lauren, Ming y Nakamura, estado ganglionar linfático (N), estadio TNM y resultado de la resección realizada. Conclusiones: Las variables mencionadas deben ser cuidadosamente evaluadas al momento de decidir terapias en pacientes con CGA. Abstract in english Background: The degree of tumor infiltration and lymph node involvement are the most relevant pathological features to determine prognosis of advanced gastric cancer. Aim: To determine the association between clinical and pathological features of advanced gastric cancer and patient survival. Materia [...] l and Methods: The pathological records of patients with advanced gastric cancer subjected to gastrectomy and lymph node excision between 1986 and 2007 were analyzed. Follow up was performed according to data in the clinical records and death certificates obtained at the Chilean National Death Registry. The main outcome analyzed was survival after surgery. Results: The records of 299 patients aged 62 ± 11 years (68% males), were analyzed. Mean follow up ranged from 1 to 206 months. Five and 10 years actuarial survival was 39 and 34%, respectively. The pathological predictors of survival were microscopic tumor stage, tumor size and location, Bormann classification, infiltration level, degree of differentiation, pathological type of tumor according to Lauren, Ming y Nakamura, lymph node involvement and the absence of residual tumor after surgical excision. Conclusions: The pathological study of the surgical piece in advanced gastric cancer has important prognostic implications.

  12. Study of infection by Rickettsiae of the spotted fever group in humans and ticks in an urban park located in the City of Londrina, State of Paraná, Brazil

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    Roberta Santos Toledo

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available INTRODUCTION: Spotted fevers are emerging zoonoses caused by Rickettsia species in the spotted fever group (SFG. Rickettsia rickettsii is the main etiologic agent of Brazilian spotted fever (BSF and it is transmitted by Amblyomma spp. ticks. METHODS: The study aimed to investigate SFG rickettsiae in the Arthur Thomas Municipal Park in Londrina, PR, by collecting free-living ticks and ticks from capybaras and blood samples from personnel working in these areas. Samples from A. dubitatum and A. cajennense were submitted for PCR in pools to analyze the Rickettsia spp. gltA (citrate synthase gene. RESULTS: All the pools analyzed were negative. Human sera were tested by indirect immunofluorescence assay with R. rickettsii and R. parkeri as antigens. Among the 34 sera analyzed, seven (20.6% were reactive for R. rickettsii: four of these had endpoint titers equal to 64, 2 titers were 128 and 1 titer was 256. None of the samples were reactive for R. parkeri. An epidemiological questionnaire was applied to the park staff, but no statistically significant associations were identified. CONCLUSIONS: The serological studies suggest the presence of Rickettsiae related to SFG that could be infecting the human population studied; however, analysis of the ticks collected was unable to determine which species may be involved in transmission to humans.

  13. Occurrence of Babesia spp., Rickettsia spp. and Bartonella spp. in Ixodes ricinus in Bavarian public parks, Germany

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    Mahling Monia

    2011-07-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Only limited information is available about the occurrence of ticks and tick-borne pathogens in public parks, which are areas strongly influenced by human beings. For this reason, Ixodes ricinus were collected in public parks of different Bavarian cities in a 2-year survey (2009 and 2010 and screened for DNA of Babesia spp., Rickettsia spp. and Bartonella spp. by PCR. Species identification was performed by sequence analysis and alignment with existing sequences in GenBank. Additionally, coinfections with Anaplasma phagocytophilum were investigated. Results The following prevalences were detected: Babesia spp.: 0.4% (n = 17, including one pool of two larvae in 2009 and 0.5 to 0.7% (n = 11, including one pool of five larvae in 2010; Rickettsia spp.: 6.4 to 7.7% (n = 285, including 16 pools of 76 larvae in 2009. DNA of Bartonella spp. in I. ricinus in Bavarian public parks could not be identified. Sequence analysis revealed the following species: Babesia sp. EU1 (n = 25, B. divergens (n = 1, B. divergens/capreoli (n = 1, B. gibsoni-like (n = 1, R. helvetica (n = 272, R. monacensis IrR/Munich (n = 12 and unspecified R. monacensis (n = 1. The majority of coinfections were R. helvetica with A. phagocytophilum (n = 27, but coinfections between Babesia spp. and A. phagocytophilum, or Babesia spp. and R. helvetica were also detected. Conclusions I. ricinus ticks in urban areas of Germany harbor several tick-borne pathogens and coinfections were also observed. Public parks are of particularly great interest regarding the epidemiology of tick-borne pathogens, because of differences in both the prevalence of pathogens in ticks as well as a varying species arrangement when compared to woodland areas. The record of DNA of a Babesia gibsoni-like pathogen detected in I. ricinus suggests that I. ricinus may harbor and transmit more Babesia spp. than previously known. Because of their high recreational value for human beings, urban green areas are likely to remain in the research focus on public health issues.

  14. Serosurvey of antibodies against spotted fever group Rickettsia spp. in horse farms in Northern Paraná, Brazil Soroprevalência de anticorpos contra Rickettsia spp. do grupo febre maculosa em equinos de haras no Norte do Paraná, Brasil

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    Katia Tamekuni

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    Full Text Available Brazilian spotted fever (BSF is an emerging disease most likely caused by Rickettsia rickettsii. The objective of the present study was to estimate the seroprevalence of BSF rickettsia infections in equines from six horse farms located in Londrina County, Paraná, Southern Brazil. Six owners of horse farms situated in Cambé, Santa Fé, Guaraci and Londrina municipalities participated in the study. All farms were located in areas where BSF has not been reported. A total of 273 horses were sampled and their sera were tested by indirect Immunofluorescence assay (IFA using R. rickettsii and R. parkeri antigens. Titers equal to and greater than 64 were considered positive. Of 273 sera tested, 15 (5.5% reacted to R. rickettsii and 5 (1.8% to R. parkeri. Five out of the six farms studied revealed seropositive animals and seropositivity rate ranged from 0 to 13%. The titers ranged from 64 to 512, and four samples had a titer of 512. Nine animals reacted to R. rickettsii with titers four-fold higher than those for R. parkeri. These results suggest that horses in Northern Paraná may have been exposed to rickettsiae identical or closely related to R. rickettsii.Febre Maculosa Brasileira (FMB é uma doença emergente, sendo Rickettsia rickettsii o seu principal agente etiológico. O objetivo deste estudo foi determinar a soroprevalência de rickettsia do grupo da febre maculosa em equinos de seis haras localizados nos municípios de Cambé, Santa Fé, Guaraci e Londrina. As propriedades eram localizadas na região Norte do Paraná onde casos de FMB ainda não foram diagnosticados. Foram colhidas amostras de sangue de 273 equinos, e os soros foram testados pela RIFI, usando R. rickettsii e R. parkeri como antígenos, considerando-se como positivos títulos >64. Entre 273 soros, 15 (5,5% reagiram contra R. rickettsii e 5 (1,8% para R. parkeri. Cinco de seis haras estudados tinham animais reativos, e a taxa de sororreatividade variou de 0 a 13%. Os títulos variaram de 64 para 512, e três amostras apresentaram título de 512. Nove animais reagiram para R. rickettsii com títulos quatro vezes maiores que para R. parkeri. Esses resultados sugerem que equinos no Norte do Estado do Paraná, Brasil, podem ter sido expostos a uma rickettsia idêntica ou muito próxima a R. rickettsii.

  15. Survey of canine tick-borne diseases in Lábrea, Brazilian Amazon: ‘accidental’ findings of Dirofilaria immitis infection / Pesquisa de agentes transmitidos por carrapatos em cães de Lábrea, Amazonas: achados “acidentais” de Dirofilaria immitis

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    Herbert Sousa, Soares; Luis Marcelo Aranha, Camargo; Solange Maria, Gennari; Marcelo Bahia, Labruna.

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    Full Text Available Amostras de sangue foram coletadas de 99 cães domésticos de áreas urbana e rural do município de Lábrea, estado do Amazonas. Soros caninos foram testados pela técnica de imunofluorescência indireta contra Rickettsia spp., resultando em apenas 3,0% (1/33) e 7,6% (5/66) de cães soropositivos nas áreas [...] urbana e rural, respectivamente. DNA foi extraído do sangue canino e testado por diferentes protocolos da PCR para detecção de protozoários dos gêneros Babesia e Hepatozoon, e bactérias dos gêneros Rickettsia e Ehrlichia e da família Anaplasmataceae. Todas as amostras foram negativas nos protocolos de PCR para os gêneros Babesia, Hepatozoon, Ehrlichia e Rickettsia. Para Anaplasmataceae, 3% (1/33) e 39,4% (26/66) dos cães de áreas urbana e rural, respectivamente, geraram sequências de DNA 100% idênticas ao endosimbionte Wolbachia de Dirofilaria immitis. Posteriormente, as amostras foram testadas pela PCR para nematódeos filarídeos, resultando em 18,2% (6/33) e 57,6% (38/66) de amostras positivas nas áreas urbana e rural, respectivamente. Os produtos geraram sequências de DNA 100% idênticas a D. immitis. Em contraste com várias outras regiões do Brasil, infecções transmitidas por carrapatos foram raras em Lábrea. Por outro lado, as frequências de infecção por D. immitis estiveram entre as mais altas relatadas na América do Sul. Abstract in english Blood samples were collected from 99 domestic dogs from the urban and rural areas of the Lábrea municipality, state of Amazonas, Brazil. Canine serum samples were tested by immunofluorescence assay against Rickettsia spp., which revealed that only 3.0% (1/33) and 7.6% (5/66) of the dogs from urban a [...] nd rural areas, respectively, reacted positively to at least one Rickettsia species. DNA was extracted from canine blood and tested by a battery of PCR assays targeting protozoa of the genera Babesia and Hepatozoon, and bacteria of the genera Rickettsia and Ehrlichia and family Anaplasmataceae. All samples were negative in the PCR assays targeting the genera Babesia, Hepatozoon, Ehrlichia and Rickettsia. For Anaplasmataceae, 3% (1/33) and 39.4% (26/66) of the urban and rural dogs, respectively, yielded amplicons that generated DNA sequences 100% identical to the corresponding sequence of Wolbachia endosymbiont of Dirofilaria immitis. Because of these results, all canine DNA samples were further tested in a PCR assay targeting filarial nematodes, which was positive for 18.2% (6/33) and 57.6% (38/66) urban and rural dogs, respectively. Filarial-PCR products generated DNA sequences 100% identical to D. immitis. While tick-borne infections were rare in Lábrea, D. immitis infection rates were among the highest reported in South America.

  16. Molecular identification of Rickettsia parkeri infecting Amblyomma triste ticks in an area of Argentina where cases of rickettsiosis were diagnosed

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    Gabriel, Cicuttin; Santiago, Nava.

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    Full Text Available Specimens of the hard tick Amblyomma triste were found infected with Rickettsia parkeri in an area of Argentina (General Lavalle, Buenos Aires Province) where cases of human illness attributed to this microorganism have been reported. Molecular detection of R. parkeri was based on polymerase chain r [...] eactions that amplify a ca. 400-bp fragment of the 23S-5S intergenic spacer and a ca. 500-bp fragment of the gene encoding a 190-kDa outer membrane protein. Three (6.97%) of 43 A. triste ticks were determined to be positive for R. parkeri. These results provide strong evidence that A. triste is the vector of R. parkeri in the study area. The findings of this work have epidemiological relevance because human parasitism by A. triste ticks has been frequently recorded in some riparian areas of Argentina and Uruguay and new cases of R. parkeri rickettsiosis might arise in the South American localities where humans are exposed to the bites of this tick species.

  17. ‘Candidatus Megaira polyxenophila’ gen. nov., sp. nov.: Considerations on Evolutionary History, Host Range and Shift of Early Divergent Rickettsiae

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    Vannini, Claudia; Galati, Stefano; Schweikert, Michael; Görtz, Hans-Dieter; Verni, Franco; Petroni, Giulio

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    “Neglected Rickettsiaceae” (i.e. those harboured by non-hematophagous eukaryotic hosts) display greater phylogenetic variability and more widespread dispersal than pathogenic ones; yet, the knowledge about their actual host range and host shift mechanism is scarce. The present work reports the characterization following the full-cycle rRNA approach (SSU rRNA sequence, specific in situ hybridization, and ultrastructure) of a novel rickettsial bacterium, herewith proposed as 'Candidatus Megaira polyxenophila' gen. nov., sp. nov. We found it in association with four different free-living ciliates (Diophrys oligothrix, Euplotes octocarinatus, Paramecium caudatum, and Spirostomum sp., all belonging to Alveolata, Ciliophora); furthermore it was recently observed as intracellular occurring in Carteria cerasiformis and Pleodorina japonica (Chlorophyceae, Chlorophyta). Phylogenetic analyses demonstrated the belonging of the candidate new genus to the family Rickettsiaceae (Alphaproteobacteria, Rickettsiales) as a sister group of the genus Rickettsia. In situ observations revealed the ability of the candidate new species to colonize either nuclear or cytoplasmic compartments, depending on the host organism. The presence of the same bacterial species within different, evolutionary distant, hosts indicates that 'Candidatus Megaira polyxenophila' recently underwent several distinct host shifts, thus suggesting the existence of horizontal transmission pathways. We consider these findings as indicative of an unexpected spread of rickettsial infections in aquatic communities, possibly by means of trophic interactions, and hence propose a new interpretation of the origin and phylogenetic diversification of rickettsial bacteria. PMID:23977321

  18. Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato and co-infections with Anaplasma phagocytophilum and Rickettsia spp. in Ixodes ricinus in Hamburg, Germany.

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    May, K; Jordan, D; Fingerle, V; Strube, C

    2015-12-01

    To obtain initial data on Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato (Spirochaetales: Spirochaetaceae) in Ixodes ricinus (Ixodida: Ixodidae) ticks in Hamburg, Germany, 1400 questing ticks were collected by flagging at 10 different public recreation areas in 2011 and analysed using probe-based quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction. The overall rate of infection with B. burgdorferi s.l. was 34.1%; 30.0% of adults were infected (36.7% of females and 26.0% of males), as were 34.5% of nymphs. Significant differences in tick infection rates were observed between the spring and summer/autumn months, as well as among sampling locations. Borrelia genospecies identification by reverse line blotting was successful in 43.6% of positive tick samples. The most frequent genospecies was Borrelia garinii/Borrelia bavariensis, followed by Borrelia afzelii, Borrelia valaisiana, B. burgdorferi sensu stricto, Borrelia spielmanii, Borrelia bissettii and Borrelia lusitaniae. Based on previously published data, co-infection of Borrelia and Rickettsiales spp. was determined in 25.8% of ticks. Overall, 22.9% of ticks were co-infected with Rickettsia spp. (Rickettsiales: Rickettsiaceae), 1.7% with Anaplasma phagocytophilum (Rickettsiales: Anaplasmataceae), and 1.2% with both pathogens. Study results show a high prevalence of Borrelia-positive ticks in recreation areas in the northern German city of Hamburg and the potential health risk to humans in these areas should not be underestimated. PMID:26096626

  19. Linfadenopatía por silicona en una paciente con prótesis mamarias Silicone-induced lymphadenopathy in a patient suffering from mammary prosthesis: a case report

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    Germán García-Soto

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    Full Text Available Se presenta el caso de una mujer de 47 años, con adenopatías axilares izquierdas, sin antecedentes médicos y a quien se le habían colocado implantes mamarios 8 años antes con fines estéticos. Se realizó resección ganglionar y la patología reportó células gigantes multinucleadas tipo cuerpo extraño, con abundantes vacuolas citoplasmáticas y linfocitos polimorfonucleares con lo que se estableció el diagnóstico de adenopatía por silicona y se procedió a la remoción y cambio de la prótesis. La biopsia por aspiración con aguja fina (BACAF de los ganglios linfáticos que drenan el sitio donde se localiza la prótesis puede hacer el diagnóstico de linfadenopatía por silicona y a la vez permite descartar la presencia de un proceso maligno que pudiera coincidir en algunas pacientes.This is a case report of a 47-year old woman having no antecedents of disease, but a surgical history of silicone breast-implants 8 years beforehand. The patient’s complaint concerned the left axillary lymph nodes. A ganglion resection was done and fine needle aspiration biopsy (FNAB revealed giant multinucleated cells having abundant cytoplasmatic vacuoles and polymorphonuclear lymphocytes leading to a diagnosis of silicon-induced adenopathy. The prosthesis was then removed and changed. Lymph node FNAB is able to diagnose silicone lymphadenopathy and excludes malignant neoplasm.

  20. Detection of Ehrlichia spp., Anaplasma spp., Rickettsia spp., and other eubacteria in ticks from the Thai-Myanmar border and Vietnam.

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    Parola, Philippe; Cornet, Jean-Paul; Sanogo, Yibayiri Osée; Miller, R Scott; Thien, Huynh Van; Gonzalez, Jean-Paul; Raoult, Didier; Telford III, Sam R; Wongsrichanalai, Chansuda

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    A total of 650 ticks, including 13 species from five genera, were collected from animals, from people, or by flagging of the vegetation at sites on the Thai-Myanmar border and in Vietnam. They were tested by PCR to detect DNA of bacteria of the order RICKETTSIALES: Three Anaplasma spp. were detected in ticks collected in Thailand, including (i) Anaplasma sp. strain AnDa465, which was considered a genotype of Anaplasma platys (formerly Ehrlichia platys) and which was obtained from Dermacentor auratus ticks collected from dogs; (ii) Anaplasma sp. strain AnAj360, which was obtained from Amblyomma javanense ticks collected on a pangolin; and (iii) Anaplasma sp. strain AnHl446, which was closely related to Anaplasma bovis and which was detected in Haemaphysalis lagrangei ticks collected from a bear. Three Ehrlichia spp. were identified, including (i) Ehrlichia sp. strain EBm52, which was obtained from Boophilus microplus ticks collected from cattle from Thailand; (ii) Ehrlichia sp. strain EHh324, which was closely related to Ehrlichia chaffeensis and which was detected in Haemaphysalis hystricis ticks collected from wild pigs in Vietnam; and (iii) Ehrlichia sp. strain EHh317, which was closely related to Ehrlichia sp. strain EBm52 and which was also detected in H. hystricis ticks collected from wild pigs in Vietnam. Two Rickettsia spp. were detected in Thailand, including (i) Rickettsia sp. strain RDla420, which was detected in Dermacentor auratus ticks collected from a bear, and (ii) Rickettsia sp. strain RDla440, which was identified from two pools of Dermacentor larvae collected from a wild pig nest. Finally, two bacteria named Eubacterium sp. strain Hw124 and Eubacterium sp. strain Hw191 were identified in Haemaphysalis wellingtoni ticks collected from chicken in Thailand; these strains could belong to a new group of bacteria. PMID:12682151

  1. Sinop yöresinde, klinik olarak sa?l?kl? görülen köpeklerde Ehrlichia canis ve Rickettsia conorii’nin seroepidemiyolojik ara?t?r?lmas?

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    Güne?, Turabi; POYRAZ, Ömer; Babacan, Adem

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    Özet Amaç. Bu çal??mada, Sinop’un köylerinde ya?ayan köpeklerde Ehrlichia canis (E. canis) ve Rickettsia conorii’nin (R. conorii) seroprevalans?n?n saptanmas? ve her iki enfeksiyon etkeni aras?ndaki ko-seroprevalans oran?n?n ortaya konulmas? amaçlanm??t?r. Yöntem. 2007 A?ustos ay?nda Sinop’ta klinik olarak sa?l?kl? görünen 93 köpekten kan örne?i al?nm?? olup, ELISA yöntemiyle E. canis ve R. conorii ile reaktif IgG antikorlar? ara?t?r?lm??t?r. Bulgular. Doksan üç köpe?in 17’sinde (%18,28) E. c...

  2. Ulcera lingual como signo único de infección recurrente por micobacteria en un paciente con VIH/SIDA / Lingual ulcer as the only sign of recurrent mycobacterial infection in an HIV/AIDS-infected patient

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    Velia, Ramírez Amador; Gabriela, Anaya Saavedra; Imelda, González Ramírez; Juan Luis, Mosqueda Gómez; Lilly, Esquivel Pedraza; Edgardo, Reyes Gutiérrez; Juan, Sierra Madero.

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    Full Text Available Se describe un paciente con VIH/SIDA en el que se identificó una infección por micobacteria en la mucosa bucal, probablemente tuberculosis, en un centro de referencia para VIH/SIDA de la Ciudad de México. El propósito del presente informe es describir los hallazgos clínicos e histológicos en un paci [...] ente con VIH/SIDA, quien después de haber sido tratado exitosamente para tuberculosis ganglionar 4 años antes, presentó una úlcera lingual como único signo que sugirió recurrencia de infección por micobacteria, probablemente tuberculosis. Hombre de 39 años de edad, atendido desde 1991 en el Instituto Nacional de Ciencias Médicas y Nutrición "Salvador Zubirán", por el diagnóstico de infección con VIH. En 1999, el paciente presentó tuberculosis ganglionar, recibiendo tratamiento antifímico con involución de las adenopatías y desaparición de los síntomas sistémicos. En mayo del 2003 acudió a consulta por presentar una úlcera superficial en lengua, dolorosa, de 4 meses de evolución, de 0.7 cm. de diámetro, bien circunscrita, crateriforme, con bordes ligeramente elevados, irregulares e indurados. El estudio histopatológico mostró inflamación granulomatosa crónica con células gigantes multinucleadas sugestivas de infección por micobacteria, lo cual hizo pensar en recurrencia de tuberculosis, por lo que se indicó rifampicina, pirazinamida, etambutol y estreptomicina. En junio del 2003 el paciente inició TARAA, que incluyó dos ITRAN y un ITRNN. La lesión lingual evolucionó favorablemente, con cicatrización parcial a la primera semana y remisión total a los 45 días del inicio del tratamiento antifímico; a los 7 meses de seguimiento permanece sin lesión. El presente caso tiene la particularidad de que la úlcera lingual fue la única manifestación de infección por micobacteria, sugestiva de tuberculosis, en un paciente con VIH/SIDA, que pudo ocurrir como resultado de la recurrencia del episodio previo de TB ganglionar. Abstract in english The report describes an HIV/AIDS patient seen at a referral center in Mexico City, in whom a mycobacterial infection in the oral mucosa, probably tuberculosis (TB) was identified. The purpose is to describe the clinical and histological findings in an HIV-infected patient, who after being treated su [...] ccessfully for tuberculous lymphangitis 4 years ago, presented with a lingual ulcer as the only suggestive sign of recurrence of mycobacterial infection, probably M. tuberculosis. A 39-year-old man seen inthe HIV clinic of the Instituto Nacional de Ciencias Médicas y Nutrición "Salvador Zubirán" in Mexico City since 1991 for HIV infection. In 1999 the patient developed tuberculous lymphangitis; he was managed with a 4-drug regimen for 12 months, with improvement of local and systemic symptoms. In May of 2003, the patient presented a painful superficial lingual ulcer, 0.7 cm in diameter, well circumscribed, crateriform with slightly elevated, irregular and indurated borders, of 4 months duration. The histopathological examination showed chronic granulomatous inflammation with giant multinucleated cells, suggestive of mycobacterial infection, and recurrence of TB was considered. Rifampin, isoniazide, pyrazinamide, ethambutol and streptomycin were administered. The lingual lesion improved with partial healing at the first week and total remission at 45 days after the beginning of the antituberculous treatment. In June, 2003, the patient began highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) that included two NRTIs and one NNRTI. At 7 months of follow-up, the patient remains free of lingual lesions. The particularity of the present case is that the lingual ulcer was the only sign of infection by mycobacteria, suggestive of TB, in an HIV/AIDS patient that probably represented a recurrence of a previous episode.

  3. Rickettsia rickettsii outer membrane protein YbgF induces protective immunity in C3H/HeN mice.

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    Gong, Wenping; Qi, Yong; Xiong, Xiaolu; Jiao, Jun; Duan, Changsong; Wen, Bohai

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    Rickettsia rickettsii is the etiological agent of Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF). YbgF and TolC are outer membrane-associated proteins of R. rickettsii that play important roles in its interaction with host cells. We investigated the immunogenicity of YbgF and TolC for protection against RMSF. We immunized C3H/HeN mice with recombinant R. rickettsii YbgF (rYbgF) or TolC (rTolC). Rickettsial burden and impairment in the lungs, spleens, and livers of rYbgF-immunized mice were significantly lower than in rTolC-immunized mice. The ratio of IgG2a to IgG1 in rYbgF-immunized mice continued to increase over the course of our experiments, while that in rTolC-immunized mice was reduced. The proliferation and cytokine secretion of CD4(+) and CD8(+) T cells isolated from R. rickettsii-infected mice were analyzed following antigen stimulation. The results indicated that proliferation and interferon (IFN)-γ secretion of CD4(+) or CD8(+) T cells in R. rickettsii-infected mice were significantly greater than in uninfected mice after stimulation with rYbgF. YbgF is a novel protective antigen of R. rickettsii. Protection conferred by YbgF is dependent upon IFN-γ-producing CD4(+) and CD8(+) T cells and IgG2a, which act in synergy to control R. rickettsii infection. PMID:25714655

  4. Dose-response model of murine typhus (Rickettsia typhi: time post inoculation and host age dependency analysis

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    Tamrakar Sushil B

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Rickettsia typhi (R. mooseri is the causative agent of murine typhus. It is one of the most widely distributed flea-borne diseases with a relatively mild febrile initial illness with six to 14 days of incubation period. The bacterium is gram negative and an obligate intracellular pathogen. The disease is transmitted to humans and vertebrate host through fleabites or via contact with infected feces. This paper develops dose-response models of different routes of exposure for typhus in rodents. Methods Data from published articles were analyzed using parametric dose-response relationship models. Dose-response relationships were fit to data using the method of maximum likelihood estimation (MLE. Results Dose-response models quantifying the effects of different ages of rats and time post inoculation in BALB/c mice were analyzed in the study. Both the adult rats (inoculated intradermally and newborn rats (inoculated subcutaneously were best fit by exponential models and both distributions could be described by a single dose-response relationship. The BALB/C mice inoculated subcutaneously were best fit by Beta-Poisson models. The time post inoculation analysis showed that there was a definite time and response relationship existed in this case. Conclusions Intradermally or subcutaneously inoculated rats (adult and newborn models suggest that less than 1 plaque-forming unit (PFU (1.33 to 0.38 in 95% confidence limits of the pathogen is enough to seroconvert 50% of the exposed population on average. For the BALB/c mouse time post inoculation model, an average dose of 0.28 plaque-forming units (PFU (0.75 to 0.11 in 95% confidence limits will seroconvert 50% of the exposed mice.

  5. Rickettsiosis transmitidas por garrapatas en las Américas: avances clínicos y epidemiológicos, y retos en el diagnóstico / Tick-borne rickettsioses in the Americas: clinical and epidemiological advances, and diagnostic challenges

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    Marylin, Hidalgo; Álvaro A, Faccini-Martínez; Gustavo, Valbuena.

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available Las rickettsiosis son entidades clínicas de tipo zoonótico, causadas por bacterias intracelulares estrictas de los géneros Rickettsia y Orientia, pertenecientes a la familia Rickettsiaceae. Su ecología está determinada por factores ambientales y la presencia de vectores específicos que condicionan e [...] l establecimiento y la epidemiología en diferentes regiones del mundo. En las Américas, durante el siglo XX, únicamente eran reconocidas tres de estas enfermedades: la fiebre manchada de las Montañas Rocosas, el tifus epidémico y el tifus endémico, Sin embargo, a partir del año 2000 se han descrito mas de 10 especies diferentes previamente desconocidas en este continente, tanto en artrópodos como en casos clínicos, hecho que permite clasificarlas como entidades clínicas emergentes y reemergentes. Dadas las manifestaciones clínicas de las enfermedades causadas por rickettsias, siendo la gran mayoría inespecíficas y, por lo mismo, compartidas con otras enfermedades infecciosas, especialmente virales y bacterianas, han sido enmarcadas entre los diagnósticos diferenciales del síndrome febril agudo, tanto en áreas urbanas como tropicales. En la actualidad, se cuenta con métodos diagnósticos directos e indirectos, que son útiles en la identificación del agente infeccioso, en este caso, causante de rickettsiosis. Abstract in english Rickettsioses are a group of zoonotic diseases caused by strict intracellular bacteria of the genus Rickettsia and Orientia which belong to the Rickettsiaceae family. Their ecology is influenced by environmental factors and the presence of specific vectors that determine the establishment and epidem [...] iology in different world regions. In America, during the 20 th century, only three of these diseases were recognized: Rocky Mountain spotted fever, epidemic typhus and endemic typhus. However, since 2000, more than 10 different species that had previously been unknown in this continent have been described, both in arthropods and in clinical cases, fact that classifies them as emerging and re-emerging diseases. Given the clinical manifestations of the diseases caused by rickettsias, being the majority unspecific and, therefore, shared with other infectious diseases, especially viral and bacterial, they have been framed within the differential diagnoses of acute febrile syndrome in urban and tropical areas. Nowadays, there are direct and indirect diagnostic methods, which are useful in the definition of the infectious agent, in this case, the cause of rickettsioses.

  6. Rickettsiae of spotted fever group, Borrelia valaisiana, and Coxiella burnetii in ticks on passerine birds and mammals from the Camargue in the south of France.

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    Socolovschi, Cristina; Reynaud, Pierre; Kernif, Tahar; Raoult, Didier; Parola, Philippe

    2012-12-01

    Ticks are obligate hematophagous arthropods that have a limited mobility, but can be transported over large geographical distances by wild and domestic mammals and birds. In this study, we analyze the presence of emerging zoonotic bacteria in ticks collected from passerine birds and mammals present in the Camargue, in the south of France, which is a major rallying point for birds migrating from Eurasia and Africa. The presence of Coxiella burnetii, Rickettsia, Borrelia, and Bartonella was examined by real-time PCR on DNA samples extracted from 118 ticks. Rickettsia massiliae was detected in ticks from Passer domesticus, Ri. aeschlimannii in ticks from Acrocephalus scirpaceus and Luscinia megarhynchos, and Borrelia valaisiana in one tick from Turdus merula. In addition, Ri. massiliae, Ri. slovaca, Candidatus Ri. barbariae, and C. burnetii were detected in ticks from dogs, horses, cats, and humans. No Bartonella DNA was detected in these samples. The migratory birds may play a role in the transmission of infectious diseases and contribute to the geographic distribution of Ri. aeschlimannii, Bo. valaisiana, and C. burnetii. The role of birds in spreading Rh. sanguineus ticks infected with Ri. massiliae needs to be clarified by complementary studies. This is the first detection of Candidatus Ri. barbariae in Rh. sanguineus from the south of France. PMID:23141104

  7. Linfadenitis de causa tuberculosa: diagnóstico por punción aspirativa con aguja fina / Lymphadenitis of tuberculosis etiology: diagnosis by fine needle aspiration biopsy

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    Odalys, Durruthy Wilson; Nayvis, Suazo Valle; Daysi, Perón Ortiz.

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    Full Text Available Fundamento: la tuberculosis es un problema serio de salud mundial. La propagación de la infección por el VIH agudiza su impacto. La tuberculosis extrapulmonar supone el 10-20 % del total que padecen los enfermos inmunocompetentes. Caso clínico: se presenta un paciente de treinta y dos años de edad, [...] sexo masculino, raza mestiza, procedente del área rural, con antecedentes de ser paciente con VIH/SIDA, que es ingresado en los servicios de atención clínica del hospital Universitario Manuel Ascunce Domenech, por presentar adenopatías latero- cervical derecha e inguinales, de dos meses de evolución, fiebre inicial de 39?C, tos escasa, sin expectoración. Para la confirmación del diagnóstico clínico inicial de posible tuberculosis ganglionar, se indica entre los complementarios, la Punción Aspirativa con Aguja Fina y se realiza cultivo microbiológico de la muestra obtenida. Conclusiones: el presente tema adquiere importancia en la actualidad, en la que el diagnóstico rápido de la enfermedad tuberculosa es una necesidad, evita tratamientos innecesarios, posibilita el cultivo y permite seleccionar qué pacientes requieren biopsias ganglionares y estudio histopatológico para diagnóstico diferencial y definitivo de la enfermedad. Así como constituye una herramienta más de confirmación del diagnóstico clínico de sospecha, a menos costo. Abstract in english Background: tuberculosis (TB) is a serious worldwide health problem. The spread of HIV infection increases its impact. Extrapulmonary tuberculosis accounts for 10-20 % of TB which suffers inmmunocompetent patients. Clinical case: a 32 years old, male patient, Afro-American descendent, coming from a [...] rural area with a history of HIV/AIDS patient is presented. The patient was admitted in the internal medicine service at the Manuel Ascunce Domenech University Hospital, presenting right laterocervical and inguinal adenopathies of two month of evolution, fever of 39oC, intermittent cough without expectoration. To confirm the initial clinical diagnosis of possible ganglial tuberculosis, fine-needle aspiration biopsy was recommended as a complementary examination and microbiological culture of the sample was performed. Conclusions: this patient´s case has developed importance today, in which quick diagnosis of tuberculosis is a necessity, avoiding unnecessary treatments, enables microbiological culture and allows selecting which patients require ganglion biopsies and histopathological study for differential and definitive diagnosis of the disease. As well as, it is one tool for confirmation of clinical diagnosis of suspicion, at lower cost.

  8. Factores morfológicos asociados al pronóstico de pacientes operados por cáncer gástrico incipiente / Pathological features associated with survival in early gastric cancer

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    ÓSCAR, TAPIA E; PATRICIA, GARCÍA M; CARLOS, MANTEROLA D; MIGUEL, VILLASECA H; JUAN CARLOS, ARAYA O; JUAN CARLOS, ROA S.

    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available Introducción: El cáncer gástrico incipiente (CGI) es aquel que compromete la mucosa o submucosa gástrica independientemente del compromiso ganglionar linfático, estimándose su prevalencia en Chile inferior al 20%o. El objetivo de este estudio es determinar prevalencia de CGI y asociación de variable [...] s biode-mográficas y morfológicas con la supervivencia (SV) de pacientes resecados por CGI. Material y Método: Estudio de cohorte retrospectiva. Se estudiaron variables biodemográficas y morfológicas de 106 pacientes resecados por CGI entre 1986-2007. Se aplicó estadística descriptiva y analítica; confección de curvas de SV, y finalmente se aplicaron modelos de regresión logística para realizar ajuste, calcular odds ratio y sus respectivos intervalos de confianza de 95%. Resultados: 15% correspondió a CGI. La mediana de edad fue 63 años y el 60% correspondió a género masculino con una SV global a 5 años de 91%. Se observaron diferencias estadísticas significativas entre tumores mucosos y submucosos en cuanto a la localización tumoral y compromiso linfonodal junto con presentarse el compromiso nodal más frecuentemente en tumores > 35mm poco diferenciados y difusos de Lauren. El análisis multivariado identificó como factores asociados a la SV: tamaño tumoral, grado de diferenciación histológica en su variedad poco diferenciado, tipo difuso de Lauren y compromiso ganglionar linfático. Conclusiones: Se verificó una prevalencia de CGI de 15%, los que resecados presentan SV de 91% a 5 años. El compromiso linfonodal es un factor asociado a la SV; y además, se relaciona con tamaño tumoral, tipo histológico según Lauren, grado de diferenciación histológico y nivel de infiltración. Abstract in english Background: Early gastric cancer corresponds to those tumors that only involve mucosa and submuco-sa. It is associated with a high survival rate. Aim: To determine pathological factors associated with survival in early gastric cancer. Material and Methods: Analysis of pathological records of 106 pat [...] ients, with a median age of 63 years (60%> males), subjected to a gastrectomy for early gastric cancer. Follow up was performed according to data in the clinical records and death certificates obtained at the Chilean National Death Registry. Results: Five years global survival of patients was 91%o. Lymph node involvement was more common among tumors bigger than 35 mm, with a low degree of differentiation and among those tumors classified as diffuse according to Lauren. Survival was significantly lower for bigger tumors, those with of a low degree of differentiation, diffuse tumors according to Lauren and those with lymph node involvement. Conclusions: Early gastric cancer has a high five years survival. Bigger tumors, those with a low degree of differentiation and those with lymph node involvement are associated with lower survival rates.

  9. Primeiro caso de febre maculosa brasileira branda associada à artrite / First report of mild Brazilian spotted fever associated to arthritis

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    Virgínia Lucia Nazario, Bonoldi; Roberta Gonçalves, Marangoni; Giancarla, Gauditano; Jonas, Moraes-Filho; Marcelo Bahia, Labruna; Natalino Hajime, Yoshinari.

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Descrevemos o primeiro caso brasileiro de Riquetsiose branda, agravada por monoartrite em joelho, em adulto jovem picado por carrapato na perna esquerda na região de Camburi, localizada no município de São Sebastião, sul da região costeira do estado de São Paulo, Mata Atlântica, Brasil. O paciente a [...] presentou uma escara de inoculação no local da picada do carrapato, associada ao aumento ganglionar em virilha esquerda, febre, poliartralgia, cefaleia e erupção macular. Vinte dias após o episódio da picada de carrapato, o paciente apresentou monoartrite em joelho direito. O diagnóstico de Riquetsiose branda foi estabelecido pela análise imunológica sequencial em amostras de soro e líquido sinovial, tendo sido empregada a técnica de imunofluorescência (IF) indireta para anticorpos reativos contra Rickettsia parkeri e Rickettsia rickettsii. A Riquetsiose branda é uma zoonose emergente, que deve ser investigada pelos médicos, incluindo reumatologistas, em pacientes que apresentem erupção macular, febre e, eventualmente, artrite, após visita ao sul da região costeira da Mata Atlântica no Brasil. Abstract in english We describe the first Brazilian case of mild Rickettsiosis, complicated by knee monoarthritis, in young adult bitten by a tick on his left leg in Camburi zone, located in São Sebastião municipality, southern coastal region of the State of São Paulo, in the Atlantic rainforest region, Brazil. The pat [...] ient developed inoculation eschar at the tick bite site associated with enlarged lymph nodes in the left groin, fever, polyarthralgia, headache and macular rash. Twenty days after tick bite episode, he displayed monoarthritis in his right knee. The diagnosis of mild Rickettsiosis was established by sequential immunological analysis in serum and synovial fluid, using the indirect immunofluorescence (IF) assay for antibodies reactive with Rickettsia parkeri and Rickettsia rickettsii. The mild Rickettsiosis is an emerging zoonosis, that must be investigated by physicians, including rheumatologists, in patients that present macular rash, fever and eventually arthritis, after visiting the southern coastal Atlantic rainforest region in Brazil.

  10. Comportamiento de la visión de color en pacientes sospechosos de glaucoma y glaucomatosos como daño precoz de las células ganglionares de la retina Colour vision of patients suspected of and diagnosed with glaucoma as an early damage of ganglionary cells of the retina

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    José Alberto Cabrera Martínez

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    Full Text Available Se realizó un estudio descriptivo y analítico en 60 pacientes (sospechosos de glaucoma y con diagnóstico de glaucoma crónico simple estadio inicial que concurrieron a la consulta de Oftalmología del Hospital Militar Central "Dr. Carlos J. Finlay" en el período comprendido entre los años 2003 y 2006. La muestra se conformó con 30 pacientes con sospecha de glaucoma y 30 con diagnóstico de glaucoma que cumplieron los requisitos de inclusión y exclusión. Los primeros 30 pacientes de cada grupo que fueron atendidos durante ese período fueron los seleccionados. Se les aplicaron diferentes test para evaluar la visión de colores, como daño precoz de las células ganglionares de la retina. Se consideró sospechoso de glaucoma todo paciente que tuviese al menos tres de los más importantes factores de riesgos (HTO, edad mayor de 40 años, raza negra y antecedentes familiares de primer grado que padezcan la enfermedad. Se diagnosticó como glaucomatoso aquel paciente que presentó síntomas y signos de la enfermedad y alteraciones incipientes del campo visual (aumento mancha ciega, escalón nasal o escotoma Seidel. También se utilizó en el estudio una muestra de 31 sujetos supuestamente sanos de la investigación realizada en el Hospital "Hermanos Ameijeiras" bajo las mismas condiciones de exploración como grupo control -que se tituló "Estudio de la visión cromática en una población sana". El método de evaluación de los pacientes consistió en un examen inicial oftalmológico donde se recogieron sus datos generales paciente, síntomas y signos clínicos hallados, así como factores de riesgo de la enfermedad. Se constató que los sujetos sanos no presentaban alteraciones en relación con los colores y que los sospechosos y glaucomatosos sí las presentaron en un índice significativoA descriptive analytical study of 60 patients suspected of glaucoma and diagnosed with simple chronic glaucoma at initial stage, who went to the Ophtalmology service of “Dr. Carlos J. Finlay” Military Hospital in the period from 2003 to 2006. The sample covered 30 patients suspected of and 30 patients diagnosed with glaucoma that fulfilled inclusion and exclusion requirements. The first 30 patients of each group seen in that period were selected. Several tests were apppied to evaluate colour vision, as an early damage in ganglionary cells of the retina. Every patient having at least three important risk factors (high blood pressure, age over 40 years, black race and family history of first degree relatives suffering the dissease was considered suspect of having glaucoma. The patients were diagnosed as glaucomatous when they presented with symptoms and signs of the disease and incipient alterations of the visual field (increase of blind stain, nasal step or Seidel scotoma. This study also used a sample of 31 supposedly healthy subjects, who had participated as control group under the same exploratory conditions in a prior research study at “Hermanos Ameijeiras” hospital. The title of that research was “Study of chromatic vision in a healthy population”. The evaluation method consisted of an initial ophthalmological exam where general data, clinical symptoms and signs as well as risk factors were collected. It was observed that healthy subjects did not present alterations in relation to colours and that individuals suspected of and diagnosed with glaucoma did have a significant index

  11. Comportamiento de la visión de color en pacientes sospechosos de glaucoma y glaucomatosos como daño precoz de las células ganglionares de la retina / Colour vision of patients suspected of and diagnosed with glaucoma as an early damage of ganglionary cells of the retina

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    José Alberto, Cabrera Martínez; Jorge, Martínez Ribalta; Melba, Márquez Fernández; Abel, Cabrera Martínez.

    2007-06-01

    Full Text Available Se realizó un estudio descriptivo y analítico en 60 pacientes (sospechosos de glaucoma y con diagnóstico de glaucoma crónico simple estadio inicial) que concurrieron a la consulta de Oftalmología del Hospital Militar Central "Dr. Carlos J. Finlay" en el período comprendido entre los años 2003 y 2006 [...] . La muestra se conformó con 30 pacientes con sospecha de glaucoma y 30 con diagnóstico de glaucoma que cumplieron los requisitos de inclusión y exclusión. Los primeros 30 pacientes de cada grupo que fueron atendidos durante ese período fueron los seleccionados. Se les aplicaron diferentes test para evaluar la visión de colores, como daño precoz de las células ganglionares de la retina. Se consideró sospechoso de glaucoma todo paciente que tuviese al menos tres de los más importantes factores de riesgos (HTO, edad mayor de 40 años, raza negra y antecedentes familiares de primer grado que padezcan la enfermedad). Se diagnosticó como glaucomatoso aquel paciente que presentó síntomas y signos de la enfermedad y alteraciones incipientes del campo visual (aumento mancha ciega, escalón nasal o escotoma Seidel). También se utilizó en el estudio una muestra de 31 sujetos supuestamente sanos de la investigación realizada en el Hospital "Hermanos Ameijeiras" bajo las mismas condiciones de exploración como grupo control -que se tituló "Estudio de la visión cromática en una población sana". El método de evaluación de los pacientes consistió en un examen inicial oftalmológico donde se recogieron sus datos generales paciente, síntomas y signos clínicos hallados, así como factores de riesgo de la enfermedad. Se constató que los sujetos sanos no presentaban alteraciones en relación con los colores y que los sospechosos y glaucomatosos sí las presentaron en un índice significativo Abstract in english A descriptive analytical study of 60 patients suspected of glaucoma and diagnosed with simple chronic glaucoma at initial stage, who went to the Ophtalmology service of “Dr. Carlos J. Finlay” Military Hospital in the period from 2003 to 2006. The sample covered 30 patients suspected of and 30 patien [...] ts diagnosed with glaucoma that fulfilled inclusion and exclusion requirements. The first 30 patients of each group seen in that period were selected. Several tests were apppied to evaluate colour vision, as an early damage in ganglionary cells of the retina. Every patient having at least three important risk factors (high blood pressure, age over 40 years, black race and family history of first degree relatives suffering the dissease) was considered suspect of having glaucoma. The patients were diagnosed as glaucomatous when they presented with symptoms and signs of the disease and incipient alterations of the visual field (increase of blind stain, nasal step or Seidel scotoma). This study also used a sample of 31 supposedly healthy subjects, who had participated as control group under the same exploratory conditions in a prior research study at “Hermanos Ameijeiras” hospital. The title of that research was “Study of chromatic vision in a healthy population”. The evaluation method consisted of an initial ophthalmological exam where general data, clinical symptoms and signs as well as risk factors were collected. It was observed that healthy subjects did not present alterations in relation to colours and that individuals suspected of and diagnosed with glaucoma did have a significant index

  12. Síndrome de Frey por submaxilectomía y tratamiento con toxina botulínica Frey syndrome secondary to submaxillectomy and botulinic treatment

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    Alejandra Baéz

    2007-10-01

    Full Text Available El síndrome de Frey (SF se caracteriza por rubor, calor y sudación en la región maseterina y geniana durante las comidas. El SF se observa en el 20-60% de los pacientes sometidos a parotidectomía. Presentamos un caso con SF secundario a la ablación de la glándula submaxilar en un varón de 30 años de edad, sin antecedentes patológicos, que consultó en el año 2000 por adenopatía cervical izquierda. La misma fue biopsiada y la anatomía patológica informó carcinoma medular de tiroides. El paciente presentaba múltiples metástasis hepáticas y pulmonares, motivo por el cual recibió tratamiento quimioterápico con cisplatino plus doxorrubicina (seis ciclos con respuesta completa, finalizando dicho esquema en marzo del 2002. En julio del 2002 se realizó tiroidectomía total más vaciamiento ganglionar izquierdo con resección de la glándula submaxilar. Durante la cirugía se lesionó la rama mentoniana del nervio cervicofacial, rama del VII par craneal. En septiembre del 2004 consultó por episodios de sudación durante las comidas en la región submaxilar izquierda. Se realizó prueba de Minor y luego se procedió a aplicar toxina botulínica tipo A en la región afectada, a razón de 2.5 UI por punto (cm², a un total de 17 puntos. El control a los 21 días demostró más de un 95% de efectividad en la resolución del SF. El efecto duró un año, y una segunda reinfiltración mostró similar respuesta. No hallamos descripciones anteriores de SF en región submaxilar; se presenta su tratamiento satisfactorio con toxina botulínica tipo A.A case of Frey syndrome (FS secondary to submaxillar gland exeresis is presented and the results of the treatment with botulinum toxin (BTX type A. FS is a condition of sweating cheek and preauricular area during mealtime as a sequel detected in about 20-60% of patients after parotidectomy. The clinical symptoms include swelling, flushing and hyperhidrosis. The treatment choice for this condition is intracutaneous injection of BTX type A which blocks acetylcholine release at the sweat glands. A 30-year-old man, with thyroid medullar carcinoma diagnosed in 2002 received 6 cicles of cisplatin plus doxorubicin previous to the thyroidectomy with anterolateral neck dissection. During surgery the left ramus marginalis mandibulae was damaged. Two years later the patient referred sweating in submaxillar region during meals. CT scan demonstrated the absence of left submaxillar gland. Minor's test disclosed the affected area and BTX type A was injected (2.5 U/cm²/17 points. A twenty-one-day control showed a 95% reduction of the affected skin area. Persistent efficacy was observed up to one year followup time when he was reinjected. The FS, also known as "gustatory hyperhidrosis", was probably first reported by M. Duphenix in 1757. Lucja Frey considered its physiopathology as a disorder of both sympathetic and parasympathetic innervation. In our case the FS was caused by a misdirected regeneration of postganglionic parasympathetic nerve fibers that arrised from the nervus lingualis rami ganglionares of the nervus trigeminus. After nerve injury the colinergic parasympathetic fibers seek out colinergic receptors -sympathetic receptors of the skin- innervating sweat glands and small skin vessels. All previous cases were located at masseter region post-parotidectomy. We have not found any description of FS in the submaxillary region. The self-assessed efficacy of the treatment with a hyperhidrosis disease severity scale revealed a very satisfied patient at 20 months follow-up after being injected twice with BTX type A.

  13. Síndrome de Frey por submaxilectomía y tratamiento con toxina botulínica / Frey syndrome secondary to submaxillectomy and botulinic treatment

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    Alejandra, Baéz; Julieta, Paleari; María Nöel, Durán; Tamara, Rudy; Inés, Califano; Nicolás, Barbosa; Ignacio, Casas Parera.

    2007-10-01

    Full Text Available El síndrome de Frey (SF) se caracteriza por rubor, calor y sudación en la región maseterina y geniana durante las comidas. El SF se observa en el 20-60% de los pacientes sometidos a parotidectomía. Presentamos un caso con SF secundario a la ablación de la glándula submaxilar en un varón de 30 años d [...] e edad, sin antecedentes patológicos, que consultó en el año 2000 por adenopatía cervical izquierda. La misma fue biopsiada y la anatomía patológica informó carcinoma medular de tiroides. El paciente presentaba múltiples metástasis hepáticas y pulmonares, motivo por el cual recibió tratamiento quimioterápico con cisplatino plus doxorrubicina (seis ciclos) con respuesta completa, finalizando dicho esquema en marzo del 2002. En julio del 2002 se realizó tiroidectomía total más vaciamiento ganglionar izquierdo con resección de la glándula submaxilar. Durante la cirugía se lesionó la rama mentoniana del nervio cervicofacial, rama del VII par craneal. En septiembre del 2004 consultó por episodios de sudación durante las comidas en la región submaxilar izquierda. Se realizó prueba de Minor y luego se procedió a aplicar toxina botulínica tipo A en la región afectada, a razón de 2.5 UI por punto (cm²), a un total de 17 puntos. El control a los 21 días demostró más de un 95% de efectividad en la resolución del SF. El efecto duró un año, y una segunda reinfiltración mostró similar respuesta. No hallamos descripciones anteriores de SF en región submaxilar; se presenta su tratamiento satisfactorio con toxina botulínica tipo A. Abstract in english A case of Frey syndrome (FS) secondary to submaxillar gland exeresis is presented and the results of the treatment with botulinum toxin (BTX) type A. FS is a condition of sweating cheek and preauricular area during mealtime as a sequel detected in about 20-60% of patients after parotidectomy. The cl [...] inical symptoms include swelling, flushing and hyperhidrosis. The treatment choice for this condition is intracutaneous injection of BTX type A which blocks acetylcholine release at the sweat glands. A 30-year-old man, with thyroid medullar carcinoma diagnosed in 2002 received 6 cicles of cisplatin plus doxorubicin previous to the thyroidectomy with anterolateral neck dissection. During surgery the left ramus marginalis mandibulae was damaged. Two years later the patient referred sweating in submaxillar region during meals. CT scan demonstrated the absence of left submaxillar gland. Minor's test disclosed the affected area and BTX type A was injected (2.5 U/cm²/17 points). A twenty-one-day control showed a 95% reduction of the affected skin area. Persistent efficacy was observed up to one year followup time when he was reinjected. The FS, also known as "gustatory hyperhidrosis", was probably first reported by M. Duphenix in 1757. Lucja Frey considered its physiopathology as a disorder of both sympathetic and parasympathetic innervation. In our case the FS was caused by a misdirected regeneration of postganglionic parasympathetic nerve fibers that arrised from the nervus lingualis rami ganglionares of the nervus trigeminus. After nerve injury the colinergic parasympathetic fibers seek out colinergic receptors -sympathetic receptors of the skin- innervating sweat glands and small skin vessels. All previous cases were located at masseter region post-parotidectomy. We have not found any description of FS in the submaxillary region. The self-assessed efficacy of the treatment with a hyperhidrosis disease severity scale revealed a very satisfied patient at 20 months follow-up after being injected twice with BTX type A.

  14. Valoración del análisis de la pieza operatoria en el cáncer gástrico por el cirujano / Concordance between the surgical piece observation by the surgeon and final pathological report for gastric cancer

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    MARCO, CERONI V; CARLOS, GARCÍA C; RODRIGO, VALLEJOS H; JAIME, ZAMARIN M; CARLOS, BENAVIDES C; HÉCTOR, CID B; PATRICIO, RUBILAR O; MARÍA ISABEL, QUIJADA G; FRANCISCA, SOLAR A; IGNACIO, SOLAR A.

    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available Introducción: La disección de la pieza operatoria (PO) en forma sistemática en la cirugía por cáncer gástrico (CG) permite al cirujano obtener información de los bordes, compromiso linfonodal y estandarizar. Objetivos: 1) Determinar la concordancia de los hallazgos de la PO disecada por el cirujano [...] y el informe patológico final; 2) Determinar el porcentaje de retracción del estómago; 3) Mostrar una forma de registrar la PO en el CG. Material y Método: Estudio prospectivo de los pacientes operados con intención curativa desde septiembre de 2009 hasta mayo de 2010. Se etapificó con TNM de 2010. De la PO se registró el tamaño del estómago por curvatura menor, límite oral (LO), límite caudal (LC), profundidad, aspecto macroscópico, diámetro tumoral, grupos ganglionares comprometidos y cantidad de ganglios comprometidos. Se compararon estas variables con el informe patológico. El análisis de concordancia se realizó con el test de Kappa y el test de Lin. Resultados: Fueron estudiados 48 pacientes, 74% hombres, la edad promedio fue 63,7 años (DE 9,8), 59,5% fueron gastrectomías totales. El promedio de ganglios disecados fue 30,18 (DE 11,8). Se obtiene una buena concordancia para la profundidad del tumor (Kappa = 0,64), aspecto macroscópico (Kappa = 0,69) y tamaño tumoral (Lin = 0,84). Y una mala concordancia para el compromiso ganglionar (Kappa = 0,21). El porcentaje de retracción del largo por curvatura menor fue 24,3%, del LO fue 30,1%, del LC fue 22%. Conclusión: La concordancia de la PO es buena en la profundidad, aspecto macroscópico del tumor y diámetro tumoral, pero es mala en el compromiso ganglionar. Se determina que la retracción del estómago es mayor al 24%. Abstract in english Background: The systematic dissection of the surgical piece, performed by the surgeon during surgical treatment of gastric cancer, gives information about borders and lymph node involvement. Aim: To determine the concordance between the findings of the surgeon during initial dissection and the final [...] pathological report. Material and Methods: Prospective study of 48 patients aged 64 ± 10 years (74% males) subjected to curative surgery for gastric cancer. Patients were staged according to 2010 TNM classification. Stomach size from the lesser curvature, oral and caudal limits, macroscopic aspect, tumor diameter and lymph node involvement were determined by the surgeon observing the surgical piece. The concordance of this observation with the final pathological report was assessed. Results: Fifty nine percent of patients were subjected to a total gastrectomy and there was a mean of 30 lymph nodes excised. There was a good concordance between surgeon observation and final pathological report for tumor depth (Kappa = 0.64), macroscopic aspect (Kappa = 0.69) and tumor size (Lin = 0.84). There was a bad concordance for lymph node involvement (Kappa = 0.21). The percentage of retraction of lesser curvature length was 24%, 30% for oral and 22% for caudal limits. Conclusions: There is a good concordance between surgeon observation and pathological report for macroscopic aspect, tumor size and depth but the concordance for lymph node involvement is bad.

  15. Lipofuscinose ceróide neuronal: relato de quatro casos com estudo por histoquímica retal, microscopia eletrônica de conjuntiva e necrópsia / Neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis: report of four cases with study by rectal histochemistry, conjunctival electron microscopy, and autopsy

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    Luiz Fernando Bleggi, Torres; , Isac Bruck; Sérgio, Antoniuk; Lubomira, Oliva; Lúcia de, Noronha; José Luiz Pinto, Pereira.

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    Full Text Available Os autores relatam os achados neuropatológicos e clínicos de quatro casos de lipofuscinose ceróide ou doença de Batten. Dois casos foram estudados por necrópsia: o encéfalo mostrou atrofia e neurônios contendo pigmento citoplasmático com características tintoriais de lipofuscina. Um caso foi diagnos [...] ticado por estudo histoquímico de biópsia retal, em material congelado em nitrogênio líquido demonstrando-se células ganglionares mioentéricas contendo acúmulo citoplasmático de material granular fosfatase ácida positivo, bem como em grande número de macrófagos do córion. O quarto caso foi diagnosticado por microscopia eletrônica de biópsia de conjuntiva, com identificação de inclusões curvelíneas membranáceas e tipo impressão digital. Abstract in english The authors present the neuropathological and clinical findings of four cases of ceroid lipofuscinosis or Batten's disease. In two cases the autopsy findings showed brain atrophy and nerve cells packed with cytoplasmic granules compatible with lipofuscin. One case was diagnosed by histochemical tech [...] niques in frozen sections of rectal biopsy which showed myoenteric ganglion cells with cytoplasmic acid phosphatase positive material as well as numerous macrophages filled with lipofuscin in the mucosae. The fourth case was diagnosed by electron microscopy of conjunctival biopsy which showed cytoplasmic inclusions of membranous, curvilinear and fingerprint types.

  16. Análisis de las recidivas locorregionales por cáncer de mama Analysis of locoregional relapses from breast cancer

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    Oscar Alberto Pérez Gutiérrez

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    Full Text Available Introducción: la recidiva locorregional, luego de una intervención quirúrgica por cáncer de mama, es una gran preocupación para el paciente y una frustración para el cirujano actuante. Objetivos: realizar un estudio descriptivo de las variables asociadas a la recurrencia tumoral, en 949 pacientes operadas. Métodos: se confeccionó una base de datos con las pacientes operadas desde 2005 hasta 2010, se identificaron las variables y análisis univariables y multivariables para determinar si existió asociación estadística. Resultados: se apreció que la incidencia fue de 4,4 %. La intervención quirúrgica previa más frecuente fue la mastectomía radical modificada en 52,4 %, y 26,2 % de los casos que tenían metástasis ganglionares axilares en ese momento. El tipo histológico más frecuente fue el carcinoma ductal infiltrante, de alto grado de malignidad. La infiltración vascular y linfática estuvo presente en 42,8 %. El tratamiento definitivo más empleado fue la exéresis de la recidiva más radioterapia. El análisis multivariables solo asoció la metástasis ganglionar con la reaparición de la enfermedad. Conclusiones: la metástasis ganglionar axilar sigue siendo un factor de mal pronóstico en el seguimiento extenso de la paciente.Introduction: locoregional relapses after a breast cancer surgery is a big concern for the patient and a frustration to the performing surgeon. Objectives: to perform a descriptive study of the tumor recurrence-associated variables in 949 surgical patients. Methods: a database containing the data from operated patients in the period of 2005 through 2010 was made; the variables were identified and the univariate and multivariate analyses allowed determining the probable statistical association. Results: at was observed that the incidence of locoregional recurrence was 4.4 %. The most common previous surgery was modified radical mastectomy in 52.4 % and 26.2 % of cases with axillary ganglionic metastasis at that time. The most frequent histological type was highly malignant infiltrating bile duct carcinoma. The vascular and lymphatic infiltration occurred in 42.8 % of patients. The most used treatment was removal of recurrence plus radiotherapy. The multivariate analysis was associated only to ganglionic metastasis with the reappearance of disease. Conclusions: axillary ganglionic metastasis is still a factor indicating bad prognosis in the long follow-up of a patient.

  17. Infecções humanas causadas por poxvirus relacionados ao vírus vaccinia no Brasil Human infections caused by vaccinia-like poxviruses in Brazil

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    Hermann G. Schatzmayr

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    Full Text Available A partir de 1999, infecções humanas por Orthopoxvirus vem sendo observadas em pelo menos oito estados no país, com a formação de vesículas as quais evoluem para pústulas e crostas, principalmente nos membros superiores e face, após contacto com bovinos apresentando lesões semelhantes no úbere. Alem das lesões na pele, foram descritas nos pacientes reações ganglionares axilares por vezes dolorosas, febre, cefaléia, fadiga, desidratação, anorexia, sudorese, artralgia e mialgia, evoluindo o quadro por três a quatro semanas. Lesão vulvar bem como transmissão intrafamiliar foram igualmente descritas. Estudos moleculares demonstraram que os poxvirus identificados são geneticamente relacionados a amostras do vírus vaccinia utilizadas no passado, nas campanhas de vacinação. Especimens clínicos de 80 infecções humanas foram estudados no laboratório e a infecção por orthopoxvirus confirmada em 68 casos. São apresentadas lesões observadas em pacientes bem como discutidas as implicações desta zoonose no Brasil.Since 1999, human infection caused by Orthopoxvirus has been observed in at least eight Brazilian states, with the presence of vesicles that evolve to pustules and crusts, especially on the hands, arms and face, after contact with cows showing comparable lesions on the udder. In addition to the skin lesions, there have been descriptions of patients with axillary ganglionic reactions that are sometimes painful, along with fever, headache, fatigue, dehydration, anorexia, sudoresis, arthralgia and muscle pain. The condition evolves over a three to four-week period. Vulvar lesions and transmission within families have also been described. Molecular studies have shown that the poxviruses identified are genetically related to vaccinia virus samples that were used in vaccination campaigns in the past. Clinical specimens from 80 human infections were studied in the laboratory, and orthopoxvirus infections were confirmed in 68 cases. The lesions observed in these patients are presented and the implications of this zoonosis in Brazil are discussed.

  18. (phoenicopterus roseus por intoxicación aguda por plomo

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    D Romero

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available La presencia de plomo en el medio ambiente es un hecho indiscutible. Ello es objeto de gran interés sanitario pues repercute tanto en la salud de los animales como en la del ser humano. El plumbismo es una intoxicación que puede afectar a cualquier especie animal. En el ámbito de la fauna silvestre se asocia principalmente a la actividad cinegética en los humedales y a la ingestión de plomo metálico por parte de las aves que frecuentan estos ecosistemas. En España cada año mueren decenas de miles de aves acuáticas como consecuencia de la ingesta de perdigones de plomo. En los individuos capturados enfermos se pueden observar signos clínicos, mientras que a partir de muestras de cadáveres se obtienen datos sobre niveles tisulares de plomo. Sin embargo la evaluación de lesiones anatomopatológicas en animales de vida silvestre es difícil de realizar por la dificultad de encontrar animales recién muertos o afectados de un cuadro agudo mortal. La reproducción de esta patología en animales de experimentación se suele realizar en cisnes, palomas o patos, pero no en flamencos, por lo que no es usual disponer de datos histológicos en esta especie. En este trabajo presentamos la clínica, analítica y estudio microscópico de diferentes tejidos de un flamenco común (Phoenicopterus roseus muerto por plumbismo.

  19. Necrosis cutánea por warfarina

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    Edison Muñoz

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available La necrosis cutánea por warfarina aparece entre 0.01-0.1% de los pacientes, afecta más a mujeres con obesidad y antecedentes de enfermedad tromboembólica luego del quinto día de su inicio. Se debe a un imbalance transitorio de los sistemas anticoagulante y procoagulante, caracterizado por flictenas hemorrágicas en zonas con tejido graso. Reportamos el caso de una necrosis cutánea por warfarina con un desenlace fatal. (Acta Med Colomb 2012; 37: 138-141.

  20. Primeiro caso de febre maculosa brasileira branda associada à artrite

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    Virgínia Lucia Nazario Bonoldi

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Descrevemos o primeiro caso brasileiro de Riquetsiose branda, agravada por monoartrite em joelho, em adulto jovem picado por carrapato na perna esquerda na região de Camburi, localizada no município de São Sebastião, sul da região costeira do estado de São Paulo, Mata Atlântica, Brasil. O paciente apresentou uma escara de inoculação no local da picada do carrapato, associada ao aumento ganglionar em virilha esquerda, febre, poliartralgia, cefaleia e erupção macular. Vinte dias após o episódio da picada de carrapato, o paciente apresentou monoartrite em joelho direito. O diagnóstico de Riquetsiose branda foi estabelecido pela análise imunológica sequencial em amostras de soro e líquido sinovial, tendo sido empregada a técnica de imunofluorescência (IF indireta para anticorpos reativos contra Rickettsia parkeri e Rickettsia rickettsii. A Riquetsiose branda é uma zoonose emergente, que deve ser investigada pelos médicos, incluindo reumatologistas, em pacientes que apresentem erupção macular, febre e, eventualmente, artrite, após visita ao sul da região costeira da Mata Atlântica no Brasil.

  1. por medio de soldadura

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    Alberto Zapata Meneses

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available El desgaste es un fenómeno de degradación de los diferentes materiales por efectos de abrasión, impacto, fatiga, erosión y corrosión entre otros. Este fenómeno acarrea grandes perdidas económicas por deterioro de elementos de máquinas y equipo industrial, asimismo una altísima cuota en impacto ambiental. Para contrarrestar los efectos nocivos generados por desgaste, surge la reconstrucción y mantenimiento de materiales por soldadura. Se tiene un molino vertical ATOX 32.5 para molienda de caliza con un juego de 6 placas borde de mesa, se hicieron aplicaciones de placas con revestimientos de soldadura con carburos de cromo y carburos complejos en las zonas más críticas.

  2. Miocarditis por dengue

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    Ricardo Amador García Hernández

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    Full Text Available El dengue es un arbovirus transmitido por el Aedes aegypti, produce los cuadros clínicos de dengue clásico, dengue hemorrágico y síndrome de choque por dengue, aisladamente se reportan casos de miocarditis. Se presentó un paciente con antecedentes de dengue clásico que manifestó dolor precordial asociado a cambios electrocardiográficos y fue ingresado en este hospital por síndrome coronario agudo probable, al cual se le diagnosticó clínicamente miocarditis por dengue.

  3. Abdome agudo por obstrução por ileobiliar

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    Márcia Cristina de Alencastro

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: descrever a experiência na abordagem dos doentes com abdome agudo por obstrução por IB, desde o diagnóstico até o tratamento definitivo. MÉTODOS: estudo retrospectivo incluindo todos os casos de IB tratados em um período de 23 anos. De acordo com a abordagem cirúrgica realizada, os pacientes foram divididos em dois grupos (1 enterolitotomia com colecistectomia no segundo momento; e (2 enterolitotomia, colecistectomia e abordagem da fístula. RESULTADOS: Doze pacientes foram incluídos, sendo 11 mulheres (91,6%, com média de idade de 72,2 anos. Todos os pacientes apresentavam doenças associadas, principalmente hipertensão arterial sistêmica (75%. Dois pacientes não apresentavam sintomas significativos de obstrução intestinal. O diagnóstico de IB foi realizado em seis pacientes (50% antes da laparotomia. O grupo 1 foi constituído de oito pacientes e o grupo 2 de quatro, e a morbidade foi, respectivamente, 33,3% e 8,3%. A mortalidade foi 16,6% (um paciente de cada grupo. CONCLUSÃO: O manejo do IB deve ser individualizado. O tratamento da obstrução mediante remoção do cálculo biliar por enterotomia proximal é a escolha inicial para o tratamento do IB. A colecistectomia e a correção da fístula bilioentérica podem ser realizadas juntamente com a remoção do cálculo, no entanto, em pacientes com comorbidades significativas, esses procedimentos devem ser realizados posteriormente.

  4. Celulitis por citomegalovirus

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    A. Ruiz Lascano

    2002-12-01

    Full Text Available Las lesiones cutáneas por citomegalovirus (CMV son infrecuentes y a menudo una manifestación tardía de una enfermedad sistémica, que generalmente anuncia un curso fatal. Comunicamos un caso de celulitis por CMV: una mujer de 70 años con trasplante renal efectuado 1 mes antes de la consulta, terapia inmunosupresora con ciclosporina A y metilprednisona. La paciente ingresó por fiebre, dolor e impotencia funcional en pierna derecha. Comprobamos la existencia de una placa de 8 por 4 cm eritematoedematosa. La tratamos con antibióticos sin mejoría, por lo que realizamos un estudio histopatológico de piel que mostró cambios citopáticos compatibles con infección por CMV. Los cultivos bacteriológicos y micológicos fueron negativos. La inmunohistoquímica específica para CMV y el estudio de reacción en cadena de la polimerasa (PCR de la biopsia de piel fueron positivas, al igual que la antigenemia. El tratamiento con ganciclovir produjo la mejoría del cuadro clínico. En la literatura revisada no hemos encontrado la celulitis como manifestación de enfermedad cutánea por CMV.

  5. por el tanteo walrasiano

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    Fernando Jeannot Rossi

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available Con base en los antecedentes del equilibrio creacionista de los clásicos, se muestra la evolución hacia la concurrencia perfecta o imperfecta que constituyen la microeconomía del modelo general de intercambios, particularmente procesado por el tanteo walrasiano.

  6. Apendicitis por Paracoccidioides brasiliensis

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    Ana Beatriz MUÑOZ URRIBARRI

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available La paracoccidioidomicosis es la micosis más prevalente en Sudamérica. La forma aguda afecta el sistema fagocítico mononuclear de niños y personas inmunocomprometidas. El compromiso gastrointestinal es frecuente y su patogenia implica diseminación hematógena y linfática. La linfadenomegalia abdominal causa obstrucción intestinal y abdomen agudo. En este artículo damos a conocer el caso de un niño con compromiso gastrointestinal por apendicitis. Este es el primer caso reportado de apendicitis por esta patología. (Rev Med Hered 2006;17:58-60.

  7. Valoración del análisis de la pieza operatoria en el cáncer gástrico por el cirujano Concordance between the surgical piece observation by the surgeon and final pathological report for gastric cancer

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    MARCO CERONI V

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    Full Text Available Introducción: La disección de la pieza operatoria (PO en forma sistemática en la cirugía por cáncer gástrico (CG permite al cirujano obtener información de los bordes, compromiso linfonodal y estandarizar. Objetivos: 1 Determinar la concordancia de los hallazgos de la PO disecada por el cirujano y el informe patológico final; 2 Determinar el porcentaje de retracción del estómago; 3 Mostrar una forma de registrar la PO en el CG. Material y Método: Estudio prospectivo de los pacientes operados con intención curativa desde septiembre de 2009 hasta mayo de 2010. Se etapificó con TNM de 2010. De la PO se registró el tamaño del estómago por curvatura menor, límite oral (LO, límite caudal (LC, profundidad, aspecto macroscópico, diámetro tumoral, grupos ganglionares comprometidos y cantidad de ganglios comprometidos. Se compararon estas variables con el informe patológico. El análisis de concordancia se realizó con el test de Kappa y el test de Lin. Resultados: Fueron estudiados 48 pacientes, 74% hombres, la edad promedio fue 63,7 años (DE 9,8, 59,5% fueron gastrectomías totales. El promedio de ganglios disecados fue 30,18 (DE 11,8. Se obtiene una buena concordancia para la profundidad del tumor (Kappa = 0,64, aspecto macroscópico (Kappa = 0,69 y tamaño tumoral (Lin = 0,84. Y una mala concordancia para el compromiso ganglionar (Kappa = 0,21. El porcentaje de retracción del largo por curvatura menor fue 24,3%, del LO fue 30,1%, del LC fue 22%. Conclusión: La concordancia de la PO es buena en la profundidad, aspecto macroscópico del tumor y diámetro tumoral, pero es mala en el compromiso ganglionar. Se determina que la retracción del estómago es mayor al 24%.Background: The systematic dissection of the surgical piece, performed by the surgeon during surgical treatment of gastric cancer, gives information about borders and lymph node involvement. Aim: To determine the concordance between the findings of the surgeon during initial dissection and the final pathological report. Material and Methods: Prospective study of 48 patients aged 64 ± 10 years (74% males subjected to curative surgery for gastric cancer. Patients were staged according to 2010 TNM classification. Stomach size from the lesser curvature, oral and caudal limits, macroscopic aspect, tumor diameter and lymph node involvement were determined by the surgeon observing the surgical piece. The concordance of this observation with the final pathological report was assessed. Results: Fifty nine percent of patients were subjected to a total gastrectomy and there was a mean of 30 lymph nodes excised. There was a good concordance between surgeon observation and final pathological report for tumor depth (Kappa = 0.64, macroscopic aspect (Kappa = 0.69 and tumor size (Lin = 0.84. There was a bad concordance for lymph node involvement (Kappa = 0.21. The percentage of retraction of lesser curvature length was 24%, 30% for oral and 22% for caudal limits. Conclusions: There is a good concordance between surgeon observation and pathological report for macroscopic aspect, tumor size and depth but the concordance for lymph node involvement is bad.

  8. Detection of Rickettsia rickettsii in the tick Amblyomma cajennense in a new Brazilian spotted fever-endemic area in the state of Minas Gerais

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    Elizângela, Guedes; Romário C, Leite; Márcia CA, Prata; Richard C, Pacheco; David H, Walker; Marcelo B, Labruna.

    2005-12-01

    Full Text Available The present study evaluated rickettsial infection in Amblyomma spp. ticks collected in a farm in Coronel Pacheco, a Brazilian spotted fever (BSF) endemic area. A total of 78 A. cajennense and 78 A. dubitatum free-living adult ticks were collected and tested by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) targeti [...] ng a fragment of the rickettsial gene gltA. Only one pool of three A. cajennense ticks showed the expected product by PCR. This pool was further tested by PCR using sets of primers targeting the rickettsial genes gltA, ompA, and ompB. All reactions yielded the expected bands that by sequencing, showed 100% identity to the corresponding sequences of the Rickettsia rickettsii gene fragments gltA (1063-bp), ompA (457-bp), and ompB (720-bp). The minimal infection rate of R. rickettii in the A. cajennense population was 1.28% (at least one infected tick within 78 ticks).The present study showed molecular evidence for the presence of R. rickettsii in A. cajennense from a BSF-endemic area in Coronel Pacheco, state of Minas Gerais. Although R. rickettsii has been previously reported infecting A. cajennense ticks in Brazil and other Latin American countries, the present study performed the first molecular characterization of R. rickettsii from the tick A. cajennense.

  9. Detection of Rickettsia rickettsii in the tick Amblyomma cajennense in a new Brazilian spotted fever-endemic area in the state of Minas Gerais

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    Elizângela Guedes

    2005-12-01

    Full Text Available The present study evaluated rickettsial infection in Amblyomma spp. ticks collected in a farm in Coronel Pacheco, a Brazilian spotted fever (BSF endemic area. A total of 78 A. cajennense and 78 A. dubitatum free-living adult ticks were collected and tested by polymerase chain reaction (PCR targeting a fragment of the rickettsial gene gltA. Only one pool of three A. cajennense ticks showed the expected product by PCR. This pool was further tested by PCR using sets of primers targeting the rickettsial genes gltA, ompA, and ompB. All reactions yielded the expected bands that by sequencing, showed 100% identity to the corresponding sequences of the Rickettsia rickettsii gene fragments gltA (1063-bp, ompA (457-bp, and ompB (720-bp. The minimal infection rate of R. rickettii in the A. cajennense population was 1.28% (at least one infected tick within 78 ticks.The present study showed molecular evidence for the presence of R. rickettsii in A. cajennense from a BSF-endemic area in Coronel Pacheco, state of Minas Gerais. Although R. rickettsii has been previously reported infecting A. cajennense ticks in Brazil and other Latin American countries, the present study performed the first molecular characterization of R. rickettsii from the tick A. cajennense.

  10. Intoxicación aguda por plaguicidas

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    Durán-Nah Jaime Jesús

    2000-01-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Describir la epidemiología de la intoxicación aguda por plaguicidas (IAP en el Hospital General O'Horán de Mérida, Yucatán, México. MATERIAL Y MÉTODOS: Se revisaron los expedientes de 33 pacientes superscript three 13 años, tratados en una unidad de cuidados intensivos (UCI, entre 1994 y 1998. Se recopilaron variables demográficas y clínicas relevantes, y se aplicó estadística descriptiva. RESULTADOS: En la población estudiada predominó el sexo masculino (82% del medio rural (70%, y la edad media fue de 34 ± 15.8 años. El intento de suicidio fue causa frecuente de IAP (79%, y en 33% de los casos la intoxicación se produjo por la utilización de organofosforados. La mortalidad fue de 12%. CONCLUSIONES: La IAP fue baja entre los sujetos del medio rural, por lo que los resultados de este estudio parecen no reflejar la realidad del problema. Es importante añadir que los plaguicidas son utilizados con relativa frecuencia para el intento de suicidio.

  11. DE ACUMULACIÓN POR DESPOSESIÓN

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    Sebastián Gómez Lende

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Omnipresente, la acumulación por desposesión es uno de los elementos centrales del orden global contemporáneo. Observados desde una perspectiva crítica, los usos extractivos del territorio constituyen una de las principales expresiones de ese proceso. A la luz de ese sistema de ideas, este artículo procura demostrar que el modelo sojero actualmente vigente en la Argentina es una de las formas más completas, exhaustivas, actuales y sofisticadas, de acumulación por desposesión en el país. En ese sentido, el artículo analiza el boom de la soja transgénica y sus vínculos con las formas tanto seculares (endeudamiento financiero, concentración de la propiedad rural, usurpación de la tierra y actuales de desposesión (degradación de la naturaleza, despojo del derecho a la salud, pillaje de recursos genéticos efectuadas por los grandes agricultores, el capital financiero, las agroindustrias y las corporaciones biotecnológicas, en detrimento de los pequeños productores, los campesinos, los pueblos aborígenes y la población en general.

  12. Intoxicación por Paraquat

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    Glenda, Viales López.

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available El paraquat es un herbicida bipiridílico que actúa por contacto, se presenta en forma líquida en concentraciones del 20% para uso agrícola. Su nombre químico es eI 1-1´-dimetil-4-4- bipiridilo, con el nombre comercial de Gramoxone. La intoxicación por paraquat tiene una tasa de mortalidad elevada. L [...] a intoxicación grave se caracteriza por la afectación de múltiples órganos, principalmente los pulmones, los riñones y el hígado. El pulmón es el órgano diana en la intoxicación por paraquat y la insuficiencia respiratoria con fibrosis pulmonar aguda es la causa más común de muerte. Abstract in english Paraquat (1-1´-dimetil-4-4-bipyridylium dichloride) is still widely used in Costa Rica as a contact herbicide and is marketed as a 20% aqueous solution (Gramoxone) .Paraquat poisoning carries a high mortality rate. Severe paraquat poisoning is characterized by multiple-organ involvement, mainly the [...] lungs, kidneys, liver. The lung is a major target organ in paraquat poisoning, and respiratory failure from acute pulmonary fibrosis is the most common cause of death.

  13. Infección por Chlamydia trachomatis

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    María Teresa Urbina

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available Objetivo: Determinar la prevalencia de la infección por Chlamydia trachomatis en una población de parejas infértiles. Validar la eficacia del diagnóstico de anticuerpos anti Chlamydia para tratar, prevenir y controlar la infección por C. trachomatis. Justificar la necesidad de implementar el monitoreo de rutina para administrar el tratamiento oportuno de la infección por C. trachomatis. Métodos: Se determinó la prevalencia de la infección por Chlamydia trachomatis en 4 619 pacientes, 2 607 mujeres y 2 012 hombres en edades reproductivas, entre 1999 y 2008 por problemas de infertilidad. Se detectaron anticuerpos anti-Chlamydia trachomatis (IgG, IgA e IgM por SeroELISA (Savyon Diagnostics Ltd. de 1999 a 2005; desde 2006 hasta 2008 se utilizó el kit InmunoComb II (Orgenics. Ambiente: Centro de fertilidad UNIFERTES, Caracas, Venezuela. Resultados: Se encontró una prevalencia en mujeres de 25,40 ± 6,26 %; y en los hombres de 31,12 ± 2,88 %. Conclusiones: La prevalencia de la infección por C. trachomatis en parejas infértiles es alta y no ha disminuido en los últimos 10 años. Se recomienda implementar en Venezuela un monitoreo de rutina para el diagnóstico de C. trachomatis, incluyendo su determinación en el control ginecológico anual y en las evaluaciones urológicas a hombres jóvenes, a fin de prevenir que la infección pase a ser crónica.Objectives: To determine the prevalence of Chlamydia trachomatis infection in infertile couples. To evaluate the efficiency of the Chlamydia trachomatis screening programs. To establish the need of implementing the routine early diagnosis and opportune treatment of the infection. Methods: Prevalence of Chlamydia trachomatis infection was determined in 4 019 patients, 1 991 women and 2 012 men in reproductive agesbetween 1999 and 2008. Anti-chlamydia and C.trachomatis antobodies (IgG, IgA and IgM were detected by SeroELISA (Savyon Diagnostics Ltd. from 1999 to 2005; and by the ImmunoComb II kit (Orgenics from 2006 to 2008. Setting: Fertility clinic UNIFERTES in Caracas, Venezuela. Results: A prevalence of 25,40 ± 6,26 % was found in women and a prevalence of 31,12 ± 2,88 % was found in men. Conclusions: Prevalence of the C. trachomatis infection in infertile couples is high and has not decreased over the last 10 years. Implementation of routine screening programs for C. trachomatis detection is recommended, including its assessment in annual gynecological controls, as well as in urologic evaluations in young men, in order to prevent the infection from being chronic.

  14. Chloroform-Methanol Residue of Coxiella burnetii Markedly Potentiated the Specific Immunoprotection Elicited by a Recombinant Protein Fragment rOmpB-4 Derived from Outer Membrane Protein B of Rickettsia rickettsii in C3H/HeN Mice

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    Gong, Wenping; Wang, Pengcheng; Xiong, Xiaolu; Jiao, Jun; Yang, Xiaomei; Wen, Bohai

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    The obligate intracellular bacteria, Rickettsia rickettsii and Coxiella burnetii, are the potential agents of bio-warfare/bio-terrorism. Here C3H/HeN mice were immunized with a recombinant protein fragment rOmp-4 derived from outer membrane protein B, a major protective antigen of R. rickettsii, combined with chloroform-methanol residue (CMR) extracted from phase I C. burnetii organisms, a safer Q fever vaccine. These immunized mice had significantly higher levels of IgG1 and IgG2a to rOmpB-4...

  15. Role of the nitric oxide synthase pathway in inhibition of growth of interferon-sensitive and interferon-resistant Rickettsia prowazekii strains in L929 cells treated with tumor necrosis factor alpha and gamma interferon.

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    The ability of tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-alpha) alone and in combination with gamma interferon (IFN-gamma) to inhibit the growth of interferon-sensitive and -resistant Rickettsia prowazekii strains in mouse L929 cells was examined, and the possible role of the nitric oxide synthase pathway in the suppression of rickettsial growth induced by TNF-alpha, IFN-gamma, or both cytokines was evaluated. TNF-alpha inhibited the growth of strains Madrid E (IFN-gamma sensitive and alpha/beta inter...

  16. Intoxicación por paraquat

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    Norma A. Hernández Hernández

    2000-01-01

    Full Text Available En el periodo comprendido de 1996 a 1999, se revisaron los expedientes clínicos de enfermos intoxicados por biperidilos (Paraquat, para determinar las principales manifestaciones, complicaciones, tratamiento y pronóstico del tóxico. Se realizó un estudio retrospectivo, transversal, descriptivo y observacional, en el área de Medicina Interna del Hospital General ?Dr. Gustavo A. Rovirosa Pérez.? Se estudiaron 18 pacientes con intoxicación por paraquat, dos se excluyeron para fines de evolución pero no de mortalidad por datos incompletos en el expediente. De los l6 pacientes estudiados con intoxicación por biperidilos (Paraquat, el sexo masculino ocupó el mayor número, l3 hombres (81.25% y 3 mujeres, con un rango de edad de 15 a 74 años. El producto químico comercial más utilizado fue el Gramoxone, siendo la principal vía de intoxicación la oral, en 93.75% con cantidades variables entre 3 y 750cc. Las principales manifestaciones al ingreso se incluyeron en la fase 1, que consiste en inflamación, edema y ulceración de la capa mucosa de tubo digestivo, y fase 2 con daño hepático y renal. Las principales complicaciones fueron a nivel digestivo, renal, hepático y pulmonar. El tratamiento incluyó medidas básicas de urgencias, generales y, en algunos casos especiales diálisis peritoneal aguda. Conclusiones. Los factores predisponentes fueron intento suicida por depresión reactiva breve y alcoholismo. La complicación pulmonar fue determinante en la mortalidad, debido a que el tejido pulmonar adquiere más concentración del tóxico que otros tejidos. A pesar de su alta toxicidad, la mortalidad fue del 56%. El tratamiento debe ser vigoroso e iniciado tan rápido como sea posible.

  17. Mortalidad por intoxicaciones agudas causadas por plaguicidas

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    María Luisa, González Valiente; Belina, Capote Marrero; Enma, Rodríguez Durán.

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    Full Text Available Los plaguicidas se utilizan a gran escala mundialmente desde hace más de cinco décadas. Uno de los principales problemas derivados de su uso es la alta incidencia de intoxicaciones agudas y muertes que se producen anualmente. Cuba no escapa a esta problemática. La investigación fue descriptiva y ret [...] rospectiva. Las fuentes de datos fueron: Sistema Automatizado de Mortalidad de la Dirección Nacional de Estadísticas del Ministerio de Salud Pública y certificados de defunción. El universo lo constituyó la totalidad de los fallecidos ocurridos en Cuba durante el trienio 1995-1997. Los plaguicidas originaron 576 muertes. En los adultos el sexo masculino fue el más afectado (361) y en los menores de 15 a no se observaron diferencias significativas entre sexos. En los niños el riesgo superior fue en los menores que 4 a. En los hombres se observaron diferencias significativas respecto a las mujeres en casi todos los grupos de edades. Los mayores riesgos en el hombre se localizaron a partir de los 25 a, en las mujeres fue de 15 a 25 a. Los años de vida potencialmente perdidos ascendieron a 17 551. Las circunstancias voluntarias por suicidio representaron 88 % de este tipo de muerte. Ser localizó la mayor frecuencia en trabajadores agrícolas, amas de casa y personas sin vínculo laboral. Los productos más involucrados fueron organofosforados y derivados del piridilo. Abstract in english Pesticides have been largely used in the world for more than 5 decades. One of the main problems derived from its use is the high incidence of acute poisonings and deaths that occur every year. Cuba is also affected by this problem so, a descriptive and retrospective research was made. The data sour [...] ces were the Automated Mortality System of the National Statistics Division of the Ministry of Public Health and death certificates. All the deaths occurred in Cuba during 1995-1997 were analyzed . The pesticides caused 576 deaths. Male adults were the most affected (361). There were no significant differences in individuals under 15 of both sexes. In children, the highest risk was in those under 4. Marked differences were observed between men and women in almost every age group.The highest risks were found in men aged 25 and over and in women aged 15-25. The potentially lost years of life amounted to 17 551. The voluntary circunstances for suicide accounted for 88 % of this type of death. It was more frequent among agricultural workers, housewives and person who did not work. The most used products were the organophosphorus insecticides and the pyridylos derivates.

  18. Coexistencia de linfoma plasmablástico, sarcoma de Kaposi y enfermedad de Castleman en un paciente con infección por virus de inmunodeficiencia humana Coexistence of plasmablastic lymphoma, Kaposi sarcoma and Castleman disease in a patient with HIV infection

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    Alejandro Avilés-Salas

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    Full Text Available El linfoma plasmablástico (LP es un linfoma de células B poco común que está fuertemente asociado con la infección por el virus de inmunodeficiencia humana (VIH, y muestra una afinidad característica de presentación extra-ganglionar en la cavidad oral. Informamos el caso de un LP afectando el estómago en un paciente masculino de 36 años de edad con infección por VIH, asociado con sarcoma de Kaposi (SK en áreas adyacentes al linfoma. Tenía el antecedente de enfermedad de Castleman y SK en una biopsia de ganglio linfático.Plasmablastic lymphoma (PL is an uncommon B-cell lymphoma that is strongly associated with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV infection, and displays distinctive affinity for extranodal presentation in the oral cavity. We report the case of a PL involving the stomach in a 36 year-old man HIV+ patient, associated with Kaposi sarcoma (KS in sections adjacent to lymphoma. He had a positive history of Castleman disease and KS in a lymphoid node biopsy.

  19. Ehrlichia and spotted fever group Rickettsiae surveillance in Amblyomma americanum in Virginia through use of a novel six-plex real-time PCR assay.

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    Gaines, David N; Operario, Darwin J; Stroup, Suzanne; Stromdahl, Ellen; Wright, Chelsea; Gaff, Holly; Broyhill, James; Smith, Joshua; Norris, Douglas E; Henning, Tyler; Lucas, Agape; Houpt, Eric

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    The population of the lone star tick Amblyomma americanum has expanded in North America over the last several decades. It is known to be an aggressive and nondiscriminatory biter and is by far the most common human-biting tick encountered in Virginia. Few studies of human pathogen prevalence in ticks have been conducted in our state since the mid-twentieth century. We developed a six-plex real-time PCR assay to detect three Ehrlichia species (E. chaffeensis, E. ewingii, and Panola Mountain Ehrlichia) and three spotted fever group Rickettsiae (SFGR; R. amblyommii, R. parkeri, and R. rickettsii) and used it to test A. americanum from around the state. Our studies revealed a presence of all three Ehrlichia species (0-24.5%) and a high prevalence (50-80%) of R. amblyommii, a presumptively nonpathogenic SFGR, in all regions surveyed. R. parkeri, previously only detected in Virginia's Amblyomma maculatum ticks, was found in A. americanum in several surveyed areas within two regions having established A. maculatum populations. R. rickettsii was not found in any sample tested. Our study provides the first state-wide screening of A. americanum ticks in recent history and indicates that human exposure to R. amblyommii and to Ehrlichiae may be common. The high prevalence of R. amblyommii, serological cross-reactivity of all SFGR members, and the apparent rarity of R. rickettsii in human biting ticks across the eastern United States suggest that clinical cases of tick-borne disease, including ehrlichiosis, may be commonly misdiagnosed as Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and that suspicion of other SFGR as well as Ehrlichia should be increased. These data may be of relevance to other regions where A. americanum is prevalent. PMID:24746145

  20. Effect of Rickettsia rickettsii (Rickettsiales: Rickettsiaceae) Infection on the Biological Parameters and Survival of Its Tick Vector-Dermacentor variabilis (Acari: Ixodidae).

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    Schumacher, Lauren; Snellgrove, Alyssa; Levin, Michael L

    2016-01-01

    Rocky Mountain spotted fever, caused by Rickettsia rickettsii, is a potentially fatal tick-borne disease spread from North America to Argentina. The major vectors of R. rickettsii in the United States are Dermacentor andersoni Stiles and Dermacentor variabilis (Say). It is generally believed that vector ticks serve as major reservoirs of R. rickettsii in nature; however, the ability of ticks to support the indefinite perpetuation of R. rickettsii has been challenged by reports of deleterious effects of rickettsial infection on D. andersoni. To better elucidate the relationship of the pathogen with D. variabilis, we assessed the effects of R. rickettsii on the survival, fertility, and fecundity of D. variabilis. We used an isolate of R. rickettsii (Di-6), originally acquired from an opossum caught in Virginia, and ticks from a laboratory colony established from adult D. variabilis also collected in Virginia. Overall, infection with R. rickettsii protracted the feeding periods of all life stages of ticks. Infected nymphal and adult ticks experienced a slight decrease in feeding success compared with the uninfected colony, but neither larval nor nymphal molting success was affected. Infected females reached smaller engorgement weights, were less efficient in conversion of bloodmeal into eggs, and produced smaller egg clutches with a lower proportion of eggs hatching. However, no sudden die-off was observed among infected ticks, and longevity was not decreased due to R. rickettsii infection in any stage. Although infection with the studied isolate of R. rickettsii caused slight decrease in fecundity in sympatric vector ticks, no obvious deleterious effects were observed. PMID:26494822

  1. Experimental infection of opossums Didelphis aurita by Rickettsia rickettsii and evaluation of the transmission of the infection to ticks Amblyomma cajennense.

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    Horta, Maurício C; Moraes-Filho, Jonas; Casagrande, Renata A; Saito, Tais B; Rosa, Simone C; Ogrzewalska, Maria; Matushima, Eliana R; Labruna, Marcelo B

    2009-02-01

    The present study evaluated the infection of opossums (Didelphis aurita) by Rickettsia rickettsii and their role as amplifier hosts for horizontal transmission of R. rickettsii to Amblyomma cajennense ticks. Three groups of opossums were evaluated: on day 0, group 1 (G1) was inoculated intraperitoneally with R. rickettsii; group 2 (G2) was infested by R. rickettsii-infected ticks; and group 3 (G3) was the uninfected control group. Opossum rectal temperature was measured daily. Blood samples were collected every 2 to 4 days during 30 days, and used to (1) inoculate guinea pigs intraperitoneally; (2) extract DNA followed by real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) targeting the rickettsial gene gltA; (3) study hematology; (4) detect R. rickettsii-reactive antibodies by indirect immunofluorescence assay (IFA). Blood was also collected every 10 days from days 30 to 180, to be tested by serology. Opossums were infested by uninfected A. cajennense larvae and nymphs from days 3 to 15. Engorged ticks were collected and allowed to molt in an incubator. Thereafter, the subsequent flat ticks were allowed to feed on uninfected rabbits, which were tested for seroconversion by IFA. Samples of flat ticks were also tested by real-time PCR. All G1 and G2 opossums became infected by R. rickettsii, as demonstrated by realtime PCR or/and guinea pig inoculation, but they showed no clinical abnormality. Rickettsemia was first detected at days 2 to 8, lasting intermittently till days 1 to 30. Approximately 18% and 5% of the flat ticks previously fed on G1 and G2 opossums, respectively, became infected by R. rickettsii, but only the rabbits infested with G1-derived ticks seroconverted. The study demonstrated that R. rickettsii was capable of infecting opossums without causing illness and developing rickettsemia capable of causing infection in guinea pigs and ticks, although the infection rate in ticks was low. PMID:18945194

  2. Integrated morphological and molecular identification of cat fleas (Ctenocephalides felis) and dog fleas (Ctenocephalides canis) vectoring Rickettsia felis in central Europe.

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    Lawrence, Andrea L; Hii, Sze-Fui; Jirsová, Dagmar; Panáková, Lucia; Ionic?, Angela M; Gilchrist, Katrina; Modrý, David; Mihalca, Andrei D; Webb, Cameron E; Traub, Rebecca J; Šlapeta, Jan

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    Fleas of the genus Ctenocephalides are the most common ectoparasites infesting dogs and cats world-wide. The species Ctenocephalides felis and Ctenocephalides canis are competent vectors for zoonotic pathogens such as Rickettsia felis and Bartonella spp. Improved knowledge on the diversity and phylogenetics of fleas is important for understanding flea-borne pathogen transmission cycles. Fleas infesting privately owned dogs and cats from the Czech Republic (n=97) and Romania (n=66) were subjected to morphological and molecular identification and phylogenetic analysis. There were a total of 59 (60.82%) cat fleas (Ctenocephalides felis felis), 30 (30.93%) dog fleas (Ctenocephalides canis), 7 (7.22%) European chicken fleas (Ceratophyllus gallinae) and 1 (1.03%) northern rat flea (Nosopsyllus fasciatus) collected in the Czech Republic. Both C. canis and C. felis felis were identified in Romania. Mitochondrial DNA sequencing at the cox1 gene on a cohort of 40 fleas revealed the cosmopolitan C. felis felis clade represented by cox1 haplotype 1 is present in the Czech Republic. A new C. felis felis clade from both the Czech Republic and Romania is also reported. A high proportion of C. canis was observed from dogs and cats in the current study and phylogeny revealed that C. canis forms a sister clade to the oriental cat flea Ctenocephalides orientis (syn. C. felis orientis). Out of 33 fleas tested, representing C. felis felis, C. canis and Ce. gallinae, 7 (21.2%) were positive for R. felis using diagnostic real-time PCR targeting the gltA gene and a conventional PCR targeting the ompB gene. No samples tested positive for Bartonella spp. using a diagnostic real-time PCR assay targeting ssrA gene. This study confirms high genetic diversity of C. felis felis globally and serves as a foundation to understand the implication for zoonotic disease carriage and transmission by the flea genus Ctenocephalides. PMID:25899079

  3. Choque séptico por ehrliquiosis

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    Viviana Hernández-de Mezerville

    2007-04-01

    Full Text Available La ehrliquiosis humana es una infección zoonótica transmitida por "garrapatas duras" causada por Anaplasma sp y Ehrlichia sp. Puede presentarse como un cuadro pseudogripal con fiebre, malestar general, mialgias y cefalea o hasta un choque séptico con falla multiorgánica y muerte. La mitad de los pacientes requieren atención hospitalaria en algún momento y se reporta una mortalidad de hasta el 5% secundaria a enfermedades oportunistas o a hemorragias. El diagnóstico se puede sospechar visualizando las mórulas intracitoplasmáticas en las células afectadas en frotis de sangre periférica, y se confirma con serología, con cultivos o con detección molecular. El tratamiento de elección es la doxiciclina con buena respuesta clínica. Se reporta un caso probable de ehrliquiosis humana asociado a choque séptico y falla multiorgánica tratado exitosamente en el Hospital Dr. Rafael Angel Calderón Guardia.

  4. Infección por Dipydilium caninum

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    Full Text Available Se presenta el caso de una mujer infectada por Dipydilium caninum o tenia de los perros, tratada exitosamente con prazicuantel en dosis única de 600 mg. Se hace la revisión de la morfología del parásito, de la farmacodinamia de prazicuantel y recomendaciones para la prevención de la enfermedad.A case of a women infected by Dipydilium caninum and treated successfully with prazicuantel is presented. A brief report of the parasite morphology and pharmacology of prazicuantel is related.

  5. Gestión por competencias

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    Patiño Rubiano, Benjamín

    2006-01-01

    El desarrollo de este trabajo tiene como objetivo principal comparar los modelos de gestión por competencias implementados en otras organizaciones para retroalimentarlo en la organización Schneider Electric de Colombia S.A Agencia Antioquia. Para el desarrollo del tema lo primero que se hizo fue hacer un análisis teórico, del cual se presentará una síntesis. Las competencias son la capacidad de hacer algo bien y en determinadas condiciones, su objetivo es el aprovechamiento de las cualidades ...

  6. La lucha por Guayaquil

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    Felipe Burbano de Lara

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available En el contexto del referendo constitucional del 2008 en Ecuador, este texto analiza la disputa entre Rafael Correa, presidente del Gobierno ecuatoriano y principal líder de Alianza País, y el alcalde la ciudad más grande del país, Jaime Nebot. Disputa que es examinada a partir de tres ejes: la lucha contra el neoliberalismo, la construcción de un proyecto estatal nacional y la búsqueda por una por una hegemonía política de Alianza País. Se profundiza en las nociones de autonomía y globalización que sirvieron de eje al discurso del alcalde, frente al modelo de autonomía propuesto por el Gobierno.In the context of Ecuador's 2008 Constitutional Referendum, this text analyses the dispute between Rafael Correa –the President of the Ecuadorian government and the figurehead of Alianza País– and the mayor of the largest city in the country, Jaime Nebot. The argument will be developed along three fronts: the battle against neoliberalism, the construction of a national state project, and the search for the political hegemony of Alianza País. The article examines the concepts of autonomy and globalization that were central to Nebot's discourse and contrasts them with the autonomous model put forward by the government.

  7. colonización por glomus intraradices

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    Guillermo Rodríguez Hernández

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    Full Text Available El presente estudio es el primer reporte sobre la inducción de raíces transformadas por Agrobacterium rhizogenes en Agave salmiana Otto, así como del establecimiento de un hongo micorrízico en las mismas. Para lograr lo anterior se inocularon plantas germinadas in vitro con diferentes concentraciones de bacteria y de acetosiringona en varios sitios (hoja, tallo y raíz. El tiempo de cocultivo en oscuridad fue de 6 d. Las raíces transformadas se presentaron a los 25 d después de la inoculación. La mayor eficiencia de transformación resultó de la inoculación al tallo con 1x109 bacterias mL-1 y 200 µM de acetosiringona, condiciones en las que se obtuvo 63 % de raíces transformadas. La naturaleza transgénica de las raíces generadas se verificó mediante un ensayo histoquímico para detectar actividad de GUS y los transgenes se amplificaron en muestras de ADN de raíz a través de PCR. Se detectó actividad de GUS en 80 % de los tejidos probados, mientras que los genes rolB y nptII se amplificaron en 60 % de las muestras de ADN analizadas por PCR. Se demostró la capacidad de Glomus intraradices para colonizar in vitro las raíces transformadas de A. salmiana, con una eficiencia de colonización de 70 %. Se logró la recuperación de esporas hijas, con un promedio de 300 esporas hijas por cultivo, a los 6 meses de iniciada la inoculación.

  8. Serosurvey of Rickettsia spp. in dogs and humans from an endemic area for Brazilian spotted fever in the State of São Paulo, Brazil / Sorologia para Rickettsia spp. em cães e humanos de uma área endêmica para febre maculosa brasileira no Estado de São Paulo, Brasil

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    Adriano, Pinter; Maurício C., Horta; Richard C., Pacheco; Jonas, Moraes-Filho; Marcelo B., Labruna.

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    Full Text Available Este estudo avaliou a ocorrência de anticorpos anti-Rickettsia em 25 cães e 35 humanos, em uma área endêmica para a febre maculosa brasileira no Estado de São Paulo, onde o principal vetor é o carrapato Amblyomma aureolatum. Soros dos cães e humanos foram testados pela técnica de imunofluorescência [...] indireta contra quatro antígenos de riquétsias (R. rickettsii, R. parkeri, R. felis, R. bellii), mostrando que soros de 16 (64%) cães e 1 (2,8%) humano reagiram com títulos ³ 64 para pelo menos um dos antígenos de riquétsias. Sete soros caninos e o único soro humano reativo demonstraram títulos para R. rickettsii no mínimo quatro vezes maior do que aqueles para os outros antígenos de riquétsias. Os títulos de anticorpos nesses cães e um humano foram considerados homólogos a R. rickettsii, enquanto que nenhum soro de cão ou humano foi considerado reativamente homólogo para R. parkeri, R. felis ou R. bellii. Os resultados sorológicos mostraram que cães são importantes sentinelas para a presença da bactéria R. rickettsii em áreas onde o carrapato A. aureolatum é o principal vetor da febre maculosa brasileira. Abstract in english The present study provides a rickettsial serosurvey in 25 dogs and 35 humans in an endemic area for Brazilian spotted fever in the State of São Paulo, where the tick Amblyomma aureolatum is the main vector. Testing canine and human sera by indirect immunofluorescence against four Rickettsia antigens [...] (R. rickettsii, R. parkeri, R. felis and R. bellii) showed that 16 (64%) of canine sera and 1 (2.8%) of human sera reacted to at least one of these rickettsial antigens with titers ³ 64. Seven canine sera and the single reactive human serum showed titers to R. rickettsii at least four times those of any of the other three antigens. The antibody titers in these 7 animals and 1 human were attributed to stimulation by R. rickettsii infection. No positive canine or human serum was attributed to stimulation by R. parkeri, R. felis, or R. bellii