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  1. Evaluación de diferentes inmunógenos contra la tuberculosis bovina mediante la presencia de lesiones a la necropsia

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    Dante González Salazar; Fernando Díaz Otero; Laura Jaramillo Meza; Rafael Pérez González; Jesús Padilla Urbina; Marco Antonio Santillán Flores; Camila Arriaga Díaz; Luis Bojórquez Narváez

    2007-01-01

    El objetivo de este trabajo fue comparar en becerras el grado de protección de tres inmunógenos contra la tuberculosis bovina, mediante las lesiones en la necropsia, ante un desafío con cepa patógena de M. bovis. Se utilizaron 24 becerras negativas a tuberculosis, divididas en cuatro grupos; el grupo 1 se vacunó con extracto proteínico de fi ltrado de cultivo (CFPE) de M. bovis; el grupo 2, con CFPE más interferón gamma (IFN- #947;); el grupo 3, con BCG; el grupo 4 quedó como testigo. A los s...

  2. Asociación entre enfermedad cardiovascular y anticuerpos contra Chlamydia pneumoniae

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    García-Elorriaga Guadalupe de los A; Calderón-Abbo Moisés; González-Bonilla César R

    2002-01-01

    Objetivo. Precisar si existe asociación entre enfermedad cardiovascular (ECV) y anticuerpos contra Chlamydia en población mexicana. Material y métodos. Estudio transversal, realizado en la Unidad de Investigación en Inmunología e Infectología -Hospital de Infectología del Centro Médico Nacional La Raza (CMNR)- y en el Servicio de Cirugía Cardiovascular y Asistencia Circulatoria, del Hospital General del CMNR, Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social (IMSS), de agosto de 1998 a abril de 2000. Se d...

  3. Asociación entre enfermedad cardiovascular y anticuerpos contra Chlamydia pneumoniae

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    García-Elorriaga Guadalupe de los A; Calderón-Abbo Moisés; González-Bonilla César R

    2002-01-01

    Objetivo. Precisar si existe asociación entre enfermedad cardiovascular (ECV) y anticuerpos contra Chlamydia en población mexicana. Material y métodos. Estudio transversal, realizado en la Unidad de Investigación en Inmunología e Infectología -Hospital de Infectología del Centro Médico Nacional La Raza (CMNR)- y en el Servicio de Cirugía Cardiovascular y Asistencia Circulatoria, del Hospital General del CMNR, Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social (IMSS), de agosto de 1998 a abril de 2000. Se d...

  4. Asociación entre enfermedad cardiovascular y anticuerpos contra Chlamydia pneumoniae

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    García-Elorriaga Guadalupe de los A

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available Objetivo. Precisar si existe asociación entre enfermedad cardiovascular (ECV y anticuerpos contra Chlamydia en población mexicana. Material y métodos. Estudio transversal, realizado en la Unidad de Investigación en Inmunología e Infectología -Hospital de Infectología del Centro Médico Nacional La Raza (CMNR- y en el Servicio de Cirugía Cardiovascular y Asistencia Circulatoria, del Hospital General del CMNR, Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social (IMSS, de agosto de 1998 a abril de 2000. Se determinaron anticuerpos IgG e IgM contra C. psittaci, C. trachomatis y C. pneumoniae mediante microinmunofluorescencia, en suero de 70 pacientes con ECV hospitalizados en el CMNR, mayores de 30 años, de uno u otro sexo, y se compararon con 140 sanos, pareados por edad y sexo. Se utilizaron muestras aleatorias simples, con un tamaño poblacional de 110, una prevalencia de 50% y un nivel de confianza de 99%. Para establecer la diferencia entre las proporciones de los títulos se utilizó ji cuadrada y se calculó la razón de momios. Resultados. El 94.3% (66/70 de los pacientes presentó IgG en contra de C. pneumoniae vs 37% (52/140 de los individuos sanos (p<0.001. Conclusiones. Existe una fuerte asociación entre anticuerpos IgG hacia C. pneumoniae y ECV.

  5. Asociación entre enfermedad cardiovascular y anticuerpos contra Chlamydia pneumoniae Association between cardiovascular disease and antibodies against Chlamydia pneumoniae

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    Guadalupe de los A García-Elorriaga

    2002-06-01

    Full Text Available Objetivo. Precisar si existe asociación entre enfermedad cardiovascular (ECV y anticuerpos contra Chlamydia en población mexicana. Material y métodos. Estudio transversal, realizado en la Unidad de Investigación en Inmunología e Infectología -Hospital de Infectología del Centro Médico Nacional La Raza (CMNR- y en el Servicio de Cirugía Cardiovascular y Asistencia Circulatoria, del Hospital General del CMNR, Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social (IMSS, de agosto de 1998 a abril de 2000. Se determinaron anticuerpos IgG e IgM contra C. psittaci, C. trachomatis y C. pneumoniae mediante microinmunofluorescencia, en suero de 70 pacientes con ECV hospitalizados en el CMNR, mayores de 30 años, de uno u otro sexo, y se compararon con 140 sanos, pareados por edad y sexo. Se utilizaron muestras aleatorias simples, con un tamaño poblacional de 110, una prevalencia de 50% y un nivel de confianza de 99%. Para establecer la diferencia entre las proporciones de los títulos se utilizó ji cuadrada y se calculó la razón de momios. Resultados. El 94.3% (66/70 de los pacientes presentó IgG en contra de C. pneumoniae vs 37% (52/140 de los individuos sanos (pObjective. To evaluate the association between cardiovascular disease (CVD and antibodies against Chlamydia in Mexican population. Material and Methods. A cross-sectional study was conducted from August 1988 to April 2000, at the Immunology and Infectology Research Unit of Hospital de Infectología, Centro Médico Nacional La Raza (CMNR- and at the Cardiovascular Surgery and Circulatory Care, Hospital General CMNR, Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social (IMSS. Study subjects were 70 CVD hospitalized patients, older than 30 years, from both genders. Serum IgG and IgM antibodies against C. psitaccii, C. trachomatis and C. pneumoniae were determined by microimmunofluorescence in study subjects and compared with those from 140 healthy individuals, matched by age and sex. Simple random sampling was used

  6. La respuesta inmune antiviral

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    Rainel Sánchez de la Rosa

    1998-02-01

    Full Text Available Se expone que los virus son parásitos intracelulares obligados, puesto que no tienen metabolismo propio; esto obliga al sistema inmune a poner en marcha sus mecanismos más especializados para reconocer y eliminar, tanto a los virus libres, como a las células infectadas. Se señala que las células presentadoras de antígenos, los linfocitos B y los T unidos al complejo mayor de histocompatibilidad, forman parte de la organización de la respuesta inmune antiviral; la inducción de esta respuesta con proteínas, péptidos y ADN desnudo, son alternativas actuales tanto en la prevención como en el tratamiento de las infecciones viralesIt is explained that viruses are compulsory intracellular parasites, since they don't have their own metabolism, which makes the immune system to start its mest specialized mechanisms to recognize and eliminate the free viruses and the infected cells. It is stated that the cells presenting antigens, and the B and T lymphocytes together with the major histocompatibility complex, are part of the organization of the immune antiviral response. The induction of this response with proteins, peptides and naked DNA are the present alternatives for the prevention and treatment of viral infections

  7. Ensayo de neutralización in vitro de aplicación en la evaluación de inmunógenos contra la hepatitis A, obtenidos mediante la tecnología de expresión en fagos filamentosos

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    Alicia Aguilar

    2010-04-01

    Full Text Available La inmunidad contra el virus de la hepatitis A (VHA se debe en primera instancia a la inducción de anticuerpos neutralizantes. Disponer de ensayos de neutralización es indispensable para evaluar nuevos candidatos vacunales contra este patógeno. En el presente trabajo se desarrolló un ensayo de neutralización in vitro que permitió evaluar la inmunogenicidad de mimotopos del VHA obtenidos mediante la tecnología de expresión en fagos al ser inmunizados ratones Balb/c. Diferentes diluciones de anticuerpos se incubaron con 103 o 102 Dosis Infecciosas en Cultivo de Tejidos 50% (DICT50 del clon citopático HM175/18f de VHA, y se inocularon en placas con células FRhK4. Después de 7 días de incubación el título neutralizante se determinó como el recíproco de la dilución del suero capaz de reducir la multiplicación viral al 50%. Tanto 103 como 102 DICT50 fueron neutralizadas por el anticuerpo monoclonal 7E7 y los sueros humanos (A12 y A31 positivos a anticuerpos anti-VHA. Los controles negativos del ensayo no neutralizaron al virus. Los títulos neutralizantes de los sueros de ratones inmunizados con fagos portadores de mimotopos de VHA oscilaron entre 4 y 16, mientras que los sueros preinmunes y los de ratones inmunizados con fago salvaje M13 no neutralizaron la infectividad viral. Este ensayo de neutralización resultó adecuado para la evaluación de los inmunógenos propuestos

  8. SISTEMAS INMUNES ALTERNATIVOS

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    LUIS F. CADAVID

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available El sistema inmune en animales es una red compleja de moléculas, células y tejidos que de manera conjunta mantienen la integridad fisiológica y genética de los organismos. Convencionalmente se ha considerado la existencia de dos clases de inmunidad, la innata y la adaptativa. La primera es ancestral, con variabilidad limitada y baja discriminación, mientras que la segunda es altamente variable, específica y restringida a vertebrados mandibulados. La inmunidad adaptativa se basa en receptores de antígeno que se rearreglan somáticamente para generar una diversidad casi ilimitada de moléculas. Este mecanismo de recombinación somática muy probablemente emergió como consecuencia de un evento de transferencia horizontal de transposones y transposasas bacterianas en el ancestro de los vertebrados mandibulados. El reciente descubrimiento en vertebrados no mandibulados e invertebrados de mecanismos alternativos de inmunidad adaptativa, sugiere que en el transcurso de la evolución distintos grupos animales han encontrado soluciones alternativas al problema del reconocimiento inmunológico.

  9. Chlamydia Infections

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    ... You can get chlamydia during oral, vaginal, or anal sex with someone who has the infection. A woman ... to prevent chlamydia is to not have vaginal, anal, or oral sex. Correct usage of latex condoms greatly reduces, but ...

  10. Obesidad y sistema inmune Obesity and the inmune system

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    M. Muñoz

    2004-11-01

    Full Text Available Junto al notable aumento de la prevalencia de la obesidad en los países desarrollados, aparece un incremento paralelo de las enfermedades crónicas asociadas. La morbilidad secundaria al sobrepeso y la obesidad incluye, además de diabetes tipo 2, dislipemia, hipertensión, enfermedad coronaria, enfermedad cerebro vascular, colelitiasis, osteoartritis, insuficiencia cardiaca, síndrome de apnea del sueño, alteraciones menstruales, esterilidad y alteraciones psicológicas, una mayor susceptibilidad a padecer algunos tipos de cáncer e infecciones, hay mayor riesgo de bacteriemia y una prolongación del tiempo de cicatrización de las heridas tras intervenciones quirúrgicas. Todo ello indica que la obesidad ejerce efectos negativos sobre los componentes del sistema inmune y su función. En esta revisión se describen las alteraciones inmunitarias asociadas con la obesidad, y su posible relación causal. Los cambios inmunológicos que se producen en la obesidad afectan tanto a la inmunidad humoral, sobre todo a la secreción de anticuerpos, como a la inmunidad celular. En la actualidad se sabe que el tejido adiposo, además de constituir un almacén de reservas energéticas en forma de triglicéridos, tiene importantes funciones como órgano endocrino y es productor de diversas hormonas y otras moléculas de señalización. La respuesta inmune puede verse profundamente afectada por la obesidad, jugando la leptina un importante papel. A lo largo del artículo se describen las propiedades de la leptina, las alteraciones de hipo e hiperleptinemia en diversas circunstancias y sus variaciones tras el tratamiento, médico o quirúrgico de la obesidad.With an increased prevalence of obesity in developed countries, associated chronic diseases rise in a parallel way. Morbidity secondary to overweight and obesity include type 2 diabetes, dislipemia, hypertension, heart disease, cerebrovascular disease, cholelithiasis, osteoarthritis, heart insufficiency

  11. Inmunología tumoral y neoplasias del sistema inmune

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    Sen Fernández, María Luz de la; Sempere Ortells, José Miguel; Marco de la Calle, Francisco Manuel; Vázquez Araujo, Begoña

    2012-01-01

    Inmunología tumoral: vigilancia inmunológica, antígenos tumorales, respuesta inmune antitumoral, escape tumoral. Inmunología y diagnóstico. Inmunoterapia. Neoplasias del sistema inmune: leucemias y linfomas.

  12. Inmunología tumoral y neoplasias del sistema inmune

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    Sen Fernández, María Luz de la; Sempere Ortells, José Miguel; Marco de la Calle, Francisco Manuel; Vázquez Araujo, Begoña

    2012-01-01

    Inmunología tumoral: vigilancia inmunológica, antígenos tumorales, respuesta inmune antitumoral, escape tumoral. Inmunología y diagnóstico. Inmunoterapia. Neoplasias del sistema inmune: leucemias y linfomas.

  13. Respuesta inmune adaptativa al rotavirus

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    Manuel A. Franco

    2004-03-01

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    El rotavirus (RV es un importante patógeno humano y el estudio de la respuesta inmune específica de éste en humanos, es un buen modelo para caracterizar la respuesta inmune de la mucosa intestinal (1. Nuestros estudios han tenido como objetivo la caracterización fenotípica y funcional de las células T y B específicas de RV con énfasis importante en la expresión de marcadores de migración intestinal. Estas células son estudiadas en muestras de sangre periférica de niños y adultos recientemente infectados con RV. Los análisis se hicieron por citometría de flujo y ELISPOT. Estudio de células T: los adultos sanos presentan bajas frecuencias circulantes tanto de LT CD4+, como de LT CD8+ específicos de RV que secretan INF_ .

    Significativamente mayores porcentajes de éstas células se detectaron en adultos sintomáticos infectados por RV. Sin embargo, las frecuencias de LT específicos de RV en todos los grupos de estudio fueron muy bajas comparadas con las observadas para otros patógenos.

    Sorprendentemente, en niños sintomáticos infectados por RV se detectaron bajas frecuencias de LT CD8+ circulantes específicos de RV secretando INF-g y muy pocos o ningún LT CD4+ secretando INF-g o LT CD4+ y CD8+ al secretar IL-13 o IL4 (2,3. Esto sugiere que el RV es un inductor relativamente pobre de células T de memoria secretando estas citoquinas. Los LT circulantes CD4+ , INF-g.+ específicos de RV presentes en adultos

  14. Papel de las células nkt invariantes en la respuesta inmune anti-viral.

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    Alejandro Román

    2009-11-01

    Full Text Available Las células T asesinas naturales con receptor de células T invariante y restringidas por la molécula CD1d (iNKT son un subgrupo de linfocitos con potente actividad inmunorreguladora; su respuesta casi inmediata y la capacidad de producir citoquinas tanto Th1 como Th2 son factores determinantes en el desarrollo de la respuesta inmune innata y adaptativa. El papel fisiológico de las células iNKT se ha documentado ampliamente en la respuesta anti-tumoral, el desarrollo de la tolerancia en los órganos inmunoprivilegiados y el control de las reacciones autoinmunes. A pesar de la demostrada potencia inmunomoduladora de las células iNKT, hasta el momento se conoce poco de su acción en la respuesta inmune anti-infecciosa, en particular en el ser humano y contra los virus patógenos. Este artículo sintetiza los resultados de una búsqueda en las principales bases de datos biomédicas (Pubmed, Medline y OVID, e incluye los estudios realizados para caracterizar estas células y evaluar su papel en la interacción del hospedero con los virus. Las células iNKT participan en la respuesta inmune antiviral, aunque de una manera diferente según el tipo de virus; incluso, podrían estar comprometidas en los daños mediados por mecanismos inmunes. En el ser humano, las células iNKT son aparentemente esenciales en la respuesta inmune contra el virus Varicela Zoster, mientras que todavía hay controversia sobre su función en el control de otros virus. Los modelos animales han aportado las primeras evidencias sobre el potencial de la manipulación terapéutica específica de este subgrupo de linfocitos.

  15. Papel de las células nkt invariantes en la respuesta inmune anti-viral

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    Alejandro Román

    2006-06-01

    Full Text Available Las células T asesinas naturales con receptor de células T invariante y restringidas por la molécula CD1d (iNKT son un subgrupo de linfocitos con potente actividad inmunorreguladora; su respuesta casi inmediata y la capacidad de producir citoquinas tanto Th1 como Th2 son factores determinantes en el desarrollo de la respuesta inmune innata y adaptativa. El papel fisiológico de las células iNKT se ha documentado ampliamente en la respuesta anti-tumoral, el desarrollo de la tolerancia en los órganos inmunoprivilegiados y el control de las reacciones autoinmunes. A pesar de la demostrada potencia inmunomoduladora de las células iNKT, hasta el momento se conoce poco de su acción en la respuesta inmune anti-infecciosa, en particular en el ser humano y contra los virus patógenos. Este artículo sintetiza los resultados de una búsqueda en las principales bases de datos biomédicas (Pubmed, Medline y OVID, e incluye los estudios realizados para caracterizar estas células y evaluar su papel en la interacción del hospedero con los virus. Las células iNKT participan en la respuesta inmune antiviral, aunque de una manera diferente según el tipo de virus; incluso, podrían estar comprometidas en los daños mediados por mecanismos inmunes. En el ser humano, las células iNKT son aparentemente esenciales en la respuesta inmune contra el virus Varicela Zoster, mientras que todavía hay controversia sobre su función en el control de otros virus. Los modelos animales han aportado las primeras evidencias sobre el potencial de la manipulación terapéutica específica de este subgrupo de linfocitos.

  16. Respuesta inmune innata humana al rotavirus

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    Juanita Angel

    2004-03-01

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    Localizadas en los órganos periféricos en un estado inmaduro, las células dendríticas (CD sirven como centinelas del sistema inmune, esperando la entrada de los patógenos (1,2. Al encontrarse con un patógeno, la CD «madura» y migra a los órganos linfáticos secundarios donde activa a los linfocitos T. Este proceso de diferenciación de las CD ha sido reproducido in vitro. A partir de monocitos circulantes en sangre periférica (células CD14+ cultivados con GM-CSF e IL-4, se generan inicialmente células que tienen un fenotipo de células dendríticas inmaduras (CDI de los tejidos (CD14-, CD83-, HLA DR+ y CD86+/- que tienen una alta capacidad para endocitar antígenos, pero una baja eficiencia para estimular a los LT (1. Al infectar estas CDI in vitro, con varios patógenos o estimularlas con citocinas proinflamatorias, PGE2, productos de origen bacteriano o viral y anticuerpos contra el CD40, estas CDI adquieren un fenotipo de CDM (CD14-, CD83+, HLA DR+ y CD86+, pierden su capacidad para endocitar antígenos y se convierten en las mejores células presentadoras de antígeno conocidas.

    Se han descrito múltiples formas de interacción entre un virus y CD (2. El virus de la influenza y del dengue, son capaces de infectar a las CDI e inducirlas a que se conviertan en CDM. Sin embargo, muchos virus han evolucionado para desarrollar mecanismos que directamente impidan la función de las CD: El virus de la vaccinia y el virus del herpes, inhiben la maduración de las CD (2. El virus del sarampión, aunque induce la maduración de las CD, promueve en ellas un efecto inmunosupresor. El VIH tienen una limitada capacidad para replicarse en las CDI, no induce la maduración de la misma y además inducen

  17. Chlamydia infections in women

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    ... Alternative Names Cervicitis - chlamydia; STI - chlamydia; STD - chlamydia; Sexually transmitted - chlamydia; ... for Disease Control and Prevention. Chlamydial infections in adolescents and adults. Updated June 4, 2015. www.cdc. ...

  18. Mini-revisión: papel de la respuesta inmune celular en la resolución de la amibiasis

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    2004-01-01

    La respuesta inmune desarrollada durante la infección por Entamoeba histolytica no ha sido completamente determinada. La inmunidad mediada por células se ha asociado a la resolución de la amibiasis, principalmente por neutrófilos y macrófagos. La generación de mediadores de oxígeno por macrófagos es uno de los principales mecanismos de ataque contra este parásito. Otras células del sistema inmune, tales como los eosinófilos se han relacionado con la limitación de la infección. La generación d...

  19. Papel de los anticuerpos en la protección contra micobacterium tuberculosis

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    Nesty Olivares

    2006-12-01

    Full Text Available Convencionalmente se asume que la defensa del hospedero contra Mycobacterium tuberculosis se basa en los mecanismos de inmunidad celular exclusivamente y se descarta el papel de los anticuerpos en la protección. En este trabajo se analizan evidencias recientes que retan este dogma y sugieren la importancia de considerar la manipulación de la respuesta inmune humoral como una alternativa en la investigación de vacunas contra la tuberculosis.

  20. Inmunidad contra los nematodos gastrointestinales: la historia caprina

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    Armando Jacinto Aguilar-Caballero; J. F. J. Torres-Acosta; R. Cámara Sarmiento; Hoste, H.; Sandoval-Castro, C. A.

    2008-01-01

    El objetivo de este trabajo es describir el estado del arte de la inmunidad de los caprinos contra los nematodos gastrointestinales. Las bases teóricas de la inmunidad se apoyan en la literatura disponible en rumiantes particularmente en las ovejas. Se presentan los hallazgos sobre la inmunidad innata y adquirida en los caprinos, los mecanismos efectores y los factores que influyen sobre el establecimiento de la respuesta inmune (humoral y celular) publicados en la literatura.

  1. La respuesta celular inmune en la leishmaniasis cutánea americana

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    Ana Milena Lenis

    1998-12-01

    Full Text Available En la leishmaniasis, los macrófagos pueden actuar como células presentadoras de antigenos que activan los linfocitos T quienes contribuyen en la eliminación del parásito. Los linfocitos T activados inducen la producción de citocinas que participan en la resolución o exacerbación de la leishmaniasis. Citocinas como el IFN?, favorecen el control de la enfermedad, mientras que la IL-4 y la IL-10 favorecen su progresión. En el modelo murino, se observa una clara dicotomía en la respuesta inmune asociada con el desarrollo (respuesta Th2 o resolución (respuesta Thl de la enfermedad, lo cual no ocurre en el humano, donde se presenta una mezcla de respuestas tipo Thl y Th2. La enfermedad es el resultado de la interacción de diferentes factores como la especie y la virulencia de la Leishmania junto con la respuesta inmune del hospedero, que llevan a la presentación de diferentes formas clínicas, tales como la leishmaniasis cutánea, la mucocutánea, la difusa y la visceral asociadas con diferentes especies, pero que, en circunstancias especiales, pueden resultar de la infección por una misma especie. El tratamiento de primera línea de la leishmaniasis está basado en compuestos antimoniales pentavalentes; sin embargo, la inmunoterapia se ha estudiado como una alternativa para el tratamiento de esta enfermedad. Por otro lado, el desarrollo de vacunas contra la leishmaniasis constituiría un gran avance para el control de la enfermedad. El conocimiento de la respuesta inmune, tanto en la patogénesis como en la adquisición de resistencia y resolución de la leishmaniasis, es fundamental para el mejor manejo y prevención de esta enfermedad.

  2. Vacunas terapéuticas recombinantes contra el cáncer del cuello uterino

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    BERUMEN JAIME; VILLEGAS NICOLÁS

    1997-01-01

    Durante el desarrollo del cáncer cervicouterino se inducen mecanismos para evadir el sistema inmune, como son la disminución de la expresión de moléculas de antígeno mayor de histocompatibilidad I y la secreción de citocinas por las células tumorales. Como consecuencia de ello, la estimulación de linfocitos T citotóxicos (LTC) y cooperadores (TC), de células asesinas naturales (AN) y macrófagos es muy deficiente. Para inducir una respuesta inmune efectiva contra el tumor, se requiere la estim...

  3. Chlamydia bacteriophages.

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    Śliwa-Dominiak, Joanna; Suszyńska, Ewa; Pawlikowska, Małgorzata; Deptuła, Wiesław

    2013-11-01

    Phages are called "good viruses" due to their ability to infect and kill pathogenic bacteria. Chlamydia are small, Gram-negative (G-) microbes that can be dangerous to human and animals. In humans, these bacteria are etiological agents of diseases such as psittacosis or respiratory tract diseases, while in animals, the infection may result in enteritis in cattle and chronic bowel diseases, as well as miscarriages in sheep. The first-known representative of chlamydiaphages was Chp1. It was discovered in Chlamydia psittaci isolates. Since then, four more species of chlamydiaphages have been identified [Chp2, Chp3, φCPG1 φCPAR39 (φCpn1) and Chp4]. All of them were shown to infect Chlamydia species. This paper described all known chlamydiaphages. They were characterised in terms of origin, host range, and their molecular structure. The review concerns the characterisation of bacteriophages that infects pathogenic and dangerous bacteria with unusual, intracellular life cycles that are pathogenic. In the era of antibiotic resistance, it is difficult to cure chlamydophilosis. Those bacteriophages can be an alternative to antibiotics, but before this happens, we need to get to know chlamydiaphages better.

  4. SISTEMAS INMUNES ALTERNATIVOS - Alternative Immune Systems

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    Cadavid Gutierrez Luis Fernando

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available El sistema inmune en animales es una red compleja de moléculas, células y tejidos que de manera conjunta mantienen la integridad fisiológica y genética de los organismos. Convencionalmente se ha considerado la existencia de dos clases de inmunidad, la innata y la adaptativa. La primera es ancestral, con variabilidad limitada y baja discriminación, mientras que la segunda es altamente variable, específica y restringida a vertebrados mandibulados. La inmunidad adaptativa se basa en receptores de antígeno que se rearreglan somáticamente para generar una diversidad casi ilimitada de moléculas. Este mecanismo de recombinación somática muy probablemente emergió como consecuencia de un evento de transferencia horizontal de transposones y transposasas bacterianas en el ancestro de los vertebrados mandibulados. El reciente descubrimiento en vertebrados no mandibulados e invertebrados de mecanismos alternativos de inmunidad adaptativa, sugiere que en el transcurso de la evolución distintos grupos animales han encontrado soluciones alternativas al problema del reconocimiento inmunológico. Palabras claves: Sistema inmune, evolución, VLR, Dscam, Alorreconocimiento ABSTRACT The immune system in animals is a complex network of molecules, cells and tissues that coordinately maintain the physiological and genetic integrity of the organism. Traditionally, two classes of immunity have been considered, the innate immunity and the adaptive immunity. The former is ancestral, with limited variability and low discrimination. The latter is highly variable, specific and limited to jawed vertebrates. Adaptive immunity is based on antigen receptors that rearrange somatically to generate a nearly unlimited diversity of molecules. Likely, this mechanism of somatic recombination arose as a consequence of a horizontal transfer of transposons and transposases from bacterial genomes in the ancestor of jawed vertebrates. The recent discovery in jawless

  5. Vacunas contra el virus dengue: desarrollo histórico

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    Alicia Aguilar

    2003-06-01

    Full Text Available La Fiebre del Dengue (FD y la Fiebre Hemorrágica del Dengue (FHD han emergido como la principal enfermedad viral transmitida por artrópodos que afecta al hombre. Las características de la enfermedad, la ausencia de drogas antivirales contra la misma, el incremento en el número de enfermos, de países afectados y la dificultad para el control del vector han convertido el desarrollo de vacunas contra el dengue en una prioridad para la salud pública mundial. Los intentos para lograr este objetivo datan de mediados del siglo pasado para lo cual han sido exploradas diferentes estrategias. A pesar de los avances realizados al respecto mucho queda por aclarar y definir para disponer de un inmunógeno contra el virus.

  6. Lipoarabinomanano (LAM de Mycobacterium spp: Respuesta inmune inducida en terneros

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    A. Jolly

    2006-12-01

    Full Text Available La paratuberculosis es una enfermedad que afecta al ganado vacuno cuyo agente etiológico es el Mycobacterium avium subespecie paratuberculosis. El LAM es el principal componente antigénico de superficie de las micobacterias, y se lo considera de relevancia en la patogenia de las enfermedades que éstas causan. Un extracto enriquecido en LAM fue obtenido a partir de un cultivo de Mycobacterium spp. y empleado para inocular terneros. Se evaluó en ellos la respuesta inmune humoral y celular inducida por la vacunación. Los resultados de este estudio demuestran que el extracto enriquecido en LAM resultó ser inmunogénico en todos los animales inoculados, obteniéndose títulos considerables de anticuerpos específicos, sin generar falsos positivos a la prueba de intradermorreacción con el derivado proteico purificado utilizado para el diagnóstico de la tuberculosis bovina. Estos hallazgos justifican continuar el trabajo en esta línea intentando finalmente establecer si el LAM es un candidato potencial para la elaboración de una vacuna a subunidades contra la paratuberculosis bovina.Paratuberculosis is a chronic enteric disease affecting cattle. The causative agent is Mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis. LAM is the main antigenic component of mycobacterial surface, and it is considered a key virulence factor involved in its pathogenicity. A LAM-enriched extract obtained from a culture of Mycobacterium spp. was prepared with incomplete Freund's adjuvant for calves inoculation. Specific antibodies response and delayed-type hypersensitivity to intradermal injection of purified protein derivative antigen (PPD from Mycobacterium bovis were then evaluated in inoculated animals. Our results demonstrate that anti-LAM antibodies can be successfully obtained in calves immunized with LAM-enriched extract, without generating cross-reaction with PPD of M. bovis. This work could represent the initial step in order to determine the relevance of

  7. Auraalne Contra / Hasso Krull

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    Bibliogr. joonealustes märkustes. Rets. rmt. : Contra [Konnula, Margus]. Suusamütsi tutt : luulet aastatest 1974-2000. Urvaste ; Tartu : Mina Ise, 2001; Contra [Konnula, Margus]. Contra on õhk : [helikassett]. Urvaste :¡ Mina Ise, 2000

  8. SISTEMAS INMUNES ALTERNATIVOS Alternative Immune Systems

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    LUIS F. CADAVID

    Full Text Available El sistema inmune en animales es una red compleja de moléculas, células y tejidos que de manera conjunta mantienen la integridad fisiológica y genética de los organismos. Convencionalmente se ha considerado la existencia de dos clases de inmunidad, la innata y la adaptativa. La primera es ancestral, con variabilidad limitada y baja discriminación, mientras que la segunda es altamente variable, específica y restringida a vertebra-dos mandibulados. La inmunidad adaptativa se basa en receptores de antígeno que se rearreglan somáticamente para generar una diversidad casi ilimitada de moléculas. Este mecanismo de recombinación somática muy probablemente emergió como consecuencia de un evento de transferencia horizontal de transposones y transposasas bacterianas en el ancestro de los vertebrados mandibulados. El reciente descubrimiento en vertebrados no mandibulados e invertebrados de mecanismos alternativos de inmunidad adaptativa, sugiere que en el transcurso de la evolución distintos grupos animales han encontrado soluciones alternativas al problema del reconocimiento inmunológico.The immune system in animals is a complex network of molecules, cells and tissues that coordinately maintain the physiological and genetic integrity of the organism. Traditionally, two classes of immunity have been considered, the innate immunity and the adaptive immunity. The former is ancestral, with limited variability and low discrimination. The latter is highly variable, specific and limited to jawed vertebrates. Adaptive immunity is based on antigen receptors that rearrange somatically to generate a nearly unlimited diversity of molecules. Likely, this mechanism of somatic recombination arose as a consequence of horizontal transfer of transposons and transposases from bacterial genomes in the ancestor of jawed vertebrates. The recent discovery in jawless vertebrates and invertebrates of alternative adaptive immune mechanisms, suggests that during

  9. El sistema inmune de los invertebrados - The immune system of the invertebrates

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    Antón Marín, Yanet

    2009-09-01

    Full Text Available ResumenEl reconocimiento inmune y el mecanismo efector relacionado, fueevolutiva y específicamente seleccionado para mantener al organismoviable. Para que los organismos puedan subsistir, a la par de suevolución como especies, han debido desarrollar mecanismos que lespermitieran adaptarse y dominar los diferentes hábitats en los cualesse desenvuelven, es por eso que el desarrollo del sistema inmune, entodas las variedades de sus formas, ha sido crucial para laconsecución de estos objetivos. En los invertebrados, el uso efectivode este sistema les ha permitido, por un lado, mantener la integridadcomo especie y por la otra, defenderse contra los ataques depatógenos. De esta forma, han podido sobrevivir y colonizar todo tipode hábitats, por lo cual, está claro que la sobrevivencia y versatilidadde estos organismos sugiere la robustez y efectividad de su sistemainmune como mecanismo vital de protección. En este trabajo se haceuna revisión de los mecanismos de defensa desarrollados por algunosgrupos taxonómicos invertebrados, a la vez que se discuten losposibles orígenes evolutivos de dichos mecanismos.SummaryThe immune recognition and physiological mechanisms related withimmune system were evolutionary selected to maintain the viableorganisms. On the other hand, survive of the organisms, bothvertebrate and invertebrates, and their evolution depends ofdefense mechanisms that helped adapting to different habitats. Anefficient immune system was developing in the invertebrates, it has allowed them to maintain integrity body and avoid the attacks bypathogens. Of this way, they have been able to survive and tocolonize much type of habitats. The versatility of invertebrate lifesuggests the presence of a complex and effective defense system.This work presents a revision about some defense mechanismsshowed by invertebrate groups. Additionally we discuss the possibleevolutionary origins of these mechanisms.

  10. Regulación neuroendocrina del sistema inmune

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    Caballero Hernández, Diana; Tamez Guerra, Reyes S.; RODRÍGUEZ PADILLA, CRISTINA; Tamez Guerra, Patricia; Weber, Richard J.; GÓMEZ FLORES, RICARDO

    2001-01-01

    El sistema inmune recibe señales del sistema nervioso central (cerebro) vía el sistema nervioso autónomo y el sistema endocrino. El sistema inmune, a su vez, envía información al cerebro vía citocinas. Este sistema de retroalimentación es vital para el funcionamiento adecuado del organismo en situaciones normales, y en aquellas en las que la homeostasis se ve perturbada, como en casos de estrés, consumo de drogas (terapéuticas o de abuso), enfermedades infecciosas y...

  11. Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, and Syphilis

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    ... with chlamydia? If left untreated, chlamydia can cause pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) . PID can lead to long-term health ... infection caused by bacteria that can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease and infertility. Disseminated Gonococcal Infection: An infection that ...

  12. Clueing in on Chlamydia.

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    Gibbons, Wendy

    1991-01-01

    Chlamydia's role in female infertility is discussed. The relationship of this organism to other diseases such as leprosy and tuberculosis is explained. Conditions caused by Chlamydia such as Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) are described. (KR)

  13. Efecto de la inulina y del ácido fúlvico en la supervivencia, crecimiento, sistema inmune y prevalencia de WSSV en Litopenaeus vannamei

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    Anayeli Gutiérrez-Dagnino

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available Se estudió el efecto del prebiótico inulina y ácido fúlvico, adicionados en el alimento, sobre el crecimiento, supervivencia, prevalencia de WSSV y sistema inmune de Litopenaeus vannamei. Para esto, se realizó un bioensayo, con tratamientos por triplicado, donde se probaron diferentes concentraciones de los aditivos. Se hizo un análisis de WSSV en organismos infectados con una carga viral relativamente alta utilizando la PCR sencilla y anidada. Al final del bioensayo se extrajo la hemolinfa y se estudió el sistema inmune en hemocitos a nivel bioquímico y genético (PCR cuantitativo. El peso final fue similar en todos los tratamientos y la supervivencia estuvo entre 66,7% y 93,3%. La prevalencia de WSSV disminuyó un 13% respecto al control. El número de hemocitos, la actividad de la fenoloxidasa y la concentración de anión superóxido fueron similares en todos los tratamientos. Los aditivos modularon la expresión de los genes transglutaminasa, superóxido dismutasa y profenoloxidasa, pero no la del receptor Toll. Los aditivos no afectan negativamente el crecimiento y protegen al camarón contra WSSV en organismos infectados con una carga viral relativamente alta. No se observó efecto de los aditivos en los efectores del sistema inmune estudiados a nivel bioquímico pero si modularon la expresión de algunos genes relacionados con el sistema inmune en L. vannamei.

  14. Vacunas terapéuticas recombinantes contra el cáncer del cuello uterino

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    BERUMEN JAIME

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    Full Text Available Durante el desarrollo del cáncer cervicouterino se inducen mecanismos para evadir el sistema inmune, como son la disminución de la expresión de moléculas de antígeno mayor de histocompatibilidad I y la secreción de citocinas por las células tumorales. Como consecuencia de ello, la estimulación de linfocitos T citotóxicos (LTC y cooperadores (TC, de células asesinas naturales (AN y macrófagos es muy deficiente. Para inducir una respuesta inmune efectiva contra el tumor, se requiere la estimulación simultánea de múltiples componentes del sistema inmune: por vía sistémica la estimulación de LTC y TC contra epítopos del virus del papiloma humano, y en un nivel local, la inducción de la secreción de citocinas por el tumor, para aumentar el procesamiento y la presentación de blancos tumorales, así como la estimulación de los linfocitos, AN y macrófagos que infiltran el tumor.

  15. Chlamydia - CDC Fact Sheet

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    ... chlamydia, you can pass the infection to your baby during delivery. This could cause an eye infection or pneumonia in your newborn. Having chlamydia may also make it more likely to deliver your baby too early. If you are pregnant, you should ...

  16. SISTEMA INMUNE Y VACUNACIÓN DE PECES

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    GIOVANNY PENAGOS; PAOLA BARATO; CARLOS IREGUI

    2009-01-01

    Los peces poseen un sistema inmune con muchas de las células y sustancias humo- rales presentes en vertebrados superiores, pero cuentan también con componentes y funciones especiales, como los centros melanomacrófagos y la capacidad fagocítica de los enterocitos por citar solo algunas de ellas, que difieren profundamente con sus similares en otras especies y que aún hoy son pobremente comprendidas. Sumado a esto, el ambiente acuático y más, el ambiente acuático productivo, es de por si com- p...

  17. Patogénesis de la enfermedad pélvica inflamatoria. Modelo animal con la biovariedad murina de Chlamydia trachomatis

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    Fabio Carmona Velásquez

    2009-10-01

    Full Text Available Se inocularon hembras de ratones blancos suizo (Balb/c, entre 4 y 6 semanas con la serovariedad MoPn de Chlamydia trachomatis para producirles una salpingitis clamidial experimental. Directamente en la rama uterina izquierda se inyectaron 30 µl equivalente a 6 x 104 UFI. La misma cantidad se inyectó en la bursa del ovario del mismo lado, a través del tejido graso que se encuentra en este sitio. Se sacrificaron grupos de hembras a los 7 y 14 días después de la inoculación para buscar inflamación, hidrosálpinx y respuesta de anticuerpos tipo IgG e IgM. Otras hembras inoculadas se aparearon para observar la tasa de infertilidad bilateral que ocasionaba la infección. Un tercer grupo de animales se trató con tetraciclina, ibuprofén y prostaglandina E1. El tratamiento temprano, hacia el segundo día después de la inoculación, impidió la inflamación, la formación de hidrosálpinx y la infertilidad normal bilateral. Los agentes antiinflamatorios, usados solos, no tuvieron ningún efecto para prevenir la inflamación, ni aun en combinación con tetraciclina. Un cuarto grupo se trató con anticuerpos monoclonales dirigidos contra la subpoblación linfocítica L3T4 (equivalente en seres humanos a CD4. En los ratones con L3T4 se observó un agotamiento (depleción total de la población linfocítica L3T4 hacia el segundo día después de la inoculación. El agotamiento persistió por lo menos hasta el día 20, pero no alteró significativamente los porcentajes de células expresadas por Thy 1.2 (célula de antígeno T o Lyt2 (célula de antígeno T supresor/citotóxico, que equivale a los CD8 en el hombre. Se concluye que los continuos inóculos con Chlamydia, generan una respuesta inmune que termina con daño del tejido y conduce a la infertilidad.

  18. Antibiotic resistance in Chlamydiae.

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    Sandoz, Kelsi M; Rockey, Daniel D

    2010-09-01

    There are few documented reports of antibiotic resistance in Chlamydia and no examples of natural and stable antibiotic resistance in strains collected from humans. While there are several reports of clinical isolates exhibiting resistance to antibiotics, these strains either lost their resistance phenotype in vitro, or lost viability altogether. Differences in procedures for chlamydial culture in the laboratory, low recovery rates of clinical isolates and the unknown significance of heterotypic resistance observed in culture may interfere with the recognition and interpretation of antibiotic resistance. Although antibiotic resistance has not emerged in chlamydiae pathogenic to humans, several lines of evidence suggest they are capable of expressing significant resistant phenotypes. The adept ability of chlamydiae to evolve to antibiotic resistance in vitro is demonstrated by contemporary examples of mutagenesis, recombination and genetic transformation. The isolation of tetracycline-resistant Chlamydia suis strains from pigs also emphasizes their adaptive ability to acquire antibiotic resistance genes when exposed to significant selective pressure.

  19. Chlamydia - CDC Fact Sheet

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    ... on. Chlamydia can also cause a potentially fatal ectopic pregnancy (pregnancy that occurs outside the womb). How is ... pain, inability to get pregnant, and potentially deadly ectopic pregnancy (pregnancy outside the uterus). Men rarely have health ...

  20. Chlamydia (For Parents)

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    ... with urination Untreated chlamydia also can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), which can affect the vagina, cervix, uterus, ... For Parents MORE ON THIS TOPIC Sexual Development Pelvic Inflammatory Disease About Condoms STDs Questions and Answers About Sex ...

  1. Chlamydia and Women

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    2009-04-02

    This women's health podcast focuses on chlamydia, its severe health consequences for women if left untreated, and the importance of annual chlamydia screening.  Created: 4/2/2009 by Office of Women’s Health (OWH) and National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP).   Date Released: 4/2/2009.

  2. Terapia génica con citocinas contra cáncer cervicouterino

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    Víctor Hugo Bermúdez-Morales; Oscar Peralta-Zaragoza; Vicente Madrid-Marina

    2005-01-01

    La terapia génica es una excelente alternativa para el tratamiento de muchas enfermedades. La capacidad para manipular el DNA ha permitido dirigir la terapia génica para corregir la función de un gen alterado, aumentar la expresión de un gen o activar la respuesta inmune. Así, se puede proponer el uso del DNA como un medicamento capaz de controlar, corregir o curar una enfermedad. La terapia génica contra cáncer tiene un potencial enorme, y en la última década se han obtenido resultados muy a...

  3. Vectores recombinantes basados en el virus Vaccinia modificado de Ankara (MVA) como vacunas contra la leishmaniasis

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    Pérez Jiménez, Eva; Larraga, Vicente; Esteban, Mariano

    2005-01-01

    Vectores recombinantes basados en el virus vaccinia modificado de Ankara (MVA) como vacunas contra la leishmaniasis. Los vectores de la invención contienen secuencias codificantes de la proteína LACK, preferentemente insertadas en el locus de hemaglutinina del virus y bajo el control de un promotor que permite su expresión a lo largo del ciclo de infección del virus. Son vectores seguros, estables, que dan lugar a una potente respuesta inmune que confiere protección frente a la leishmaniasis,...

  4. El sistema inmune en los mamíferos: las defensas del cuerpo

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    El sistema inmune es un complejo sistema de mecanismos superpuestos que el cuerpo de los mamíferos posee para defenderse de los agentes patógenos que le causan daño. En este sentido el cuerpo de los mamíferos, posee tres sistemas bien definidos: las barreras físico-químicas, el sistema inmune innato y el sistema inmune adquirido. La primer línea de defensa la constituyen las barreras físico-químicas, entre las que podemos mencionar a la piel, las mucosas, enzimas y proteínas, tos, estornudos,...

  5. Exercise and the immune system Ejercicio y sistema inmune

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    Domingo Caraballo Gracia

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available It has been demonstrated that physical exercise, carried out at diverse intensities, modulates the function of different human body systems, and that it plays a major role in the immune response. Therefore, it is necessary to find out if these changes have benefic or harmful effects on the host adaptation against several pathogenic agents. The study of these physical-stress-induced changes might have a great impact on the comprehension and prevention of some diseases that involve activation of the immune system such as allergies, infections, immunodeficiencies and cancer. This article presents a review of current information concerning this area, with the purpose of providing concepts to help readers understand this biological phenomena and their implications in human health. Several immune response parameters have been studied during physical exercise, including their relationship with the stress-induced hormonal response and the profile of different hormones according to the intensity of physical activity. Also, changes in blood cell populations (lymphocytes, monocytes and neutrophils and the behavior of cytokines and the synthesis of specific immune globulins have been assessed. This knowledge has allowed to establish a relationship between the immune and neuroendocrine systems, which might explain the various changes in the immune response and the adaptation seen in physical activity, as well as the differences found at diverse exercise intensity and frequency levels. Se ha demostrado que el ejercicio hecho a diferentes intensidades cumple una función moduladora sobre diversos sistemas, y que su acción sobre la respuesta inmune es de gran importancia. Por lo tanto, es necesario esclarecer si estos cambios constituyen efectos benéficos o perjudiciales en cuanto a las adaptaciones del hospedero frente a diversos agentes patógenos. El estudio de estos cambios inducidos por el estrés físico puede tener un impacto grande en la comprensi

  6. Sistema inmune y genetica: un abordaje diferente a la diversidad de anticuerpos

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    Matta Camacho, Nubia Estela

    2011-01-01

    Es comun encontrar en los libros de inmunologia o de genetica un capitulo con el titulo de "sistema inmune y genetica", sin embargo su asociacion se centra en como la generacion de anticuerpos rompio...

  7. Evaluación de subpoblaciones de linfocitos T en bovinos vacunados contra la tuberculosis bovina: estudio longitudinal comparativo

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    Xochitl Eva González González

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available La respuesta inmune a las micobacterias es compleja y en ella participan diferentes poblaciones de linfocitos T; sin embargo la clave en la defensa contra estos microorganismos es el establecimiento de una respuesta inmune tipo Th1. El objetivo fue realizar un análisis de las diferentes subpoblaciones de linfocitos T y de la expresión del marcador de activación en becerras vacunadas con BCG, o con el extracto proteico del filtrado de cultivo (CEPE de Mycobacterium bovis bajo condiciones de campo. Se formaron tres grupos con cinco becerras cada uno, seleccionadas aleatoriamente. Uno se inoculó subcutáneamente con BCG, 104 UFC; otro con 300 mg/ml del CFPE y el tercero fue el testigo. Los resultados de seguimiento de la respuesta inmune se analizaron por MANOVA. La BCG indujo la producción de IFN- en una etapa más temprana que el CFPE, sin diferencia estadística entre ellos. El CFPE además de inducir la producción de IFN-y favoreció la respuesta mediada por anticuerpos (P<0.05. En el grupo vacunado con BCG se observó un mayor porcentaje de linfocitos T CD4 en los cultivos estimulados con PPD bovis (P<0.05. La proporción de linfocitos T ys activados fue mayor en el grupo vacunado con CFPE en el día 30 postvacunación; misma que se incrementó para el grupo BCG al día 60. La dosis de vacuna BCG empleada fue capaz de inducir una respuesta proliferativa de linfocitos CD4 con mayores niveles de IFN-y que el CFPE como inmunógeno, señalando el desarrollo de una mejor respuesta inmune en los becerros vacunados con la BCG.

  8. Encefalitis asociada a anticuerpos contra los receptores NMDA: Reconocimiento de un nuevo síndrome neuropsiquiátrico.

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    Revilla, Fredy J.; McMasters, Matthew D.; Kobet, Christopher A.; Espay, Alberto J.

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    Los síndromes paraneoplásicos se caracterizan por la presencia de signos y síntomas que ocurren lejos del sitio deltumor o de sus metástasis. Muchos de estos síndromes son mediados por hormonas, citoquinas, u otras sustanciassecretadas por células tumorales, así como por una respuesta inmune contra el tumor. La presencia de anticuerposgenerados para combatir el tumor puede resultar en un síndrome neurológico si las células del sistema nervioso sonafectadas. Las primeras descripciones de tales...

  9. Aspectos relevantes del uso de Mycobacterium´habana´ como candidato vacunal contra la tuberculosis

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    Iliana Valdés

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available La eficacia protectora de la actual vacuna (BCG contra la tuberculosis, para contrarrestar las formas pulmonares de esta enfermedad y su reactivación, resulta variable o poco eficiente, lo cual impone la búsqueda urgente de nuevas alternativas profilácticas contra esta enfermedad. Basados en las ventajas inmunogénicas que ofrece el uso de vacunas vivas, se han encaminado diferentes estrategias de este tipo empleando mutantes auxotróficos de Mycobacterium tuberculosis , BCG recombinante o micobacterias no tuberculosas. Existen evidencias experimentales acerca de la protección conferida tras la vacunación con cepas vivas, inactivadas o fracciones proteicas de Mycobacterium'habana' TMC-5135 contra la infección por Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Esta respuesta protectora parece ir aparejada de escasos signos de virulencia en los modelos animales ensayados, lo cual coloca a M.´habana´ dentro de los posibles candidatos vacunales contra la tuberculosis al ajustarse a la condición que impone una vacuna clásica de reproducir la infección y los eventos inmunes que le suceden lo más fielmente posible a como ocurren de manera natural, sin causar extensos daños en el receptor.

  10. SISTEMA INMUNE Y VACUNACIÓN DE PECES

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    GIOVANNY PENAGOS

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Los peces poseen un sistema inmune con muchas de las células y sustancias humo- rales presentes en vertebrados superiores, pero cuentan también con componentes y funciones especiales, como los centros melanomacrófagos y la capacidad fagocítica de los enterocitos por citar solo algunas de ellas, que difieren profundamente con sus similares en otras especies y que aún hoy son pobremente comprendidas. Sumado a esto, el ambiente acuático y más, el ambiente acuático productivo, es de por si com- plejo de manera que las posibilidades de las interacciones biológicas son enormes y los procesos difícilmente predecibles. La vacunación es tal vez una de las herramientas más importantes para el control de enfermedades bacterianas en peces, no solo por su potencial preventivo y correctivo sino también por sus bondades con el ambiente y con la salud pública que contrastan notoriamente con los tratamientos antibióticos. El éxito de las vacunas en especies piscícolas depende en buena medida del conocimiento adecuado del sistema inmu- nológico de los peces, de las interacciones hospedero-ambiente-patógeno, así como de las particularidades de los sistemas productivos. Con todo, la vacunación en ambientes acuáticos se enfrenta a un sinnúmero de dificultades que deben ser abordadas antes que con un enfoque unilateral farmacológico, con una aproximación integral en la que se incluye el uso de herramientas epidemiológicas, clínicas, patológicas, microbiológicas, etc.

  11. 9 CFR 113.71 - Chlamydia Psittaci Vaccine (Feline Pneumonitis), Live Chlamydia.

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  12. Procedimiento de diagnóstico de enfermedades del sistema inmune

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    Procedimiento de diagnóstico de enfermedades del sistema inmune. La presente invención describe un procedimiento de diagnóstico y pronóstico de una enfermedad que cursa con estimulación del sistema inmune basado en la determinación in vitro del nivel de fosforilación de la DGK en el residuo tirosina Y335 en células del sistema inmune, así como un anticuerpo específico de dicha proteína. Además, se describen nucleótidos que inhiben la expresión de dicha proteína y q...

  13. Respuesta inmune y expresión de genes en el camarón blanco (Litopenaeus vannamei inducida por inmunoestimulantes microbianos

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    Antonio Luna-González

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    Full Text Available Se realizó un bioensayo de 26 días para evaluar el efecto inmunoestimulante de bacterias ácido lácticas y levaduras (MI, adicionadas en el alimento, en Litopenaeus vannamei. Los tratamientos del bioensayo se realizaron por triplicado: I dieta control (Camaronina®; II MI en alimento, diario; III MI en alimento, cada tres días y; IV MI en alimento, cada seis días. Los camarones sólo eran libres de WSSV. Para el estudio del sistema inmune se hizo un conteo total de hemocitos, se determinó bioquímicamente la concentración de anión superóxido, y la actividad de la fenoloxidasa. También se estudió la expresión semicuantitativa de seis genes del sistema inmune, utilizando la técnica de RT-PCR. No hubo aumento significativo en el crecimiento y la supervivencia, el conteo total de hemocitos, la concentración de la proteína total en plasma y hemocitos, y la concentración del anión superóxido. La actividad de la fenoloxidasa en plasma en el tratamiento IV fue significativamente mayor que en los tratamientos I, II y III. La fenoloxidasa del SLH (proFO en el tratamiento IV fue significativamente mayor que en los tratamientos I y III. La MI provocó una sobreexpresión significativa de los genes que codifican para la profenoloxidasa (tratamiento IV, lisozima (tratamiento III y transglutaminasa (tratamiento II, con respecto a los animales no tratados (control. La mezcla de inmunoestimulantes microbianos puede aumentar la resistencia de L. vannamei contra patógenos en los cultivos.

  14. Estudio de la fisiopatología del sistema inmune en la enfermedad de Fabry

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    La hipótesis que proponemos y evaluamos a lo largo de este trabajo de tesis está centrada en la existencia de un estado proinflamatorio en la Enfermedad de Fabry, que involucra células del sistema inmune y es causado por la acumulación de globotriaosilceramida (Gb3) a nivel lisosomal. Esos depósitos de Gb3 generarían el desencadenamiento de mecanismos patogénicos que producen un aumento de apoptosis y una respuesta inmune inflamatoria. Estas respuestas serían las responsables de alteraciones ...

  15. Mechanisms of Intracellular Chlamydiae Survival

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    Full Text Available Chlamydiae are Gram-negative, non-motile, obligate intracellular, and spherically shaped bacteria with a diameter of 0.2-1.5 μm. Chlamydiae are present in several different morphological forms: the elementary body, the reticular body, and in the last several years, there has been the observation of a third form known as the persistent or atypical form. The intracellular localization of Chlamydia provides a unique replication cycle that occurs inside a membrane-surrounded vacuole in the host cell cytoplasm and is significantly different from the method of multiplication of other microorganisms. Chlamydiae are capable of manipulating different signalling pathways inside the infected cell, thus avoiding the host immune response. This ensures intracellular multiplication, survival, and long-term persistence of Chlamydiae. There are two basic means of achieving this persistence: inhibition of apoptosis and manipulation of NF-κB (nuclear factor kappa B-mediated signals in the host.

  16. SISTEMA INMUNE Y VACUNACIÓN DE PECES

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    Los peces poseen un sistema inmune con muchas de las células y sustancias humorales presentes en vertebrados superiores, pero cuentan también con componentes y funciones especiales, como los centros melanomacrófagos y la capacidad fagocítica de los enterocitos por citar solo algunas de ellas, que difieren profundamente con sus similares en otras especies y que aún hoy son pobremente comprendidas. Sumado a esto, el ambiente acuático y más, el ambiente acuático productivo, es de por si complejo de manera que las posibilidades de las interacciones biológicas son enormes y los procesos difícilmente predecibles.

    La vacunación es tal vez una de las herramientas más importantes para el control de enfermedades bacterianas en peces, no solo por su potencial preventivo y correctivo sino también por sus bondades con el ambiente y con la salud pública que contrastan notoriamente con los tratamientos antibióticos. El éxito de las vacunas en especies piscícolas depende en buena medida del conocimiento adecuado del sistema inmunológico de los peces, de las interacciones hospedero-ambiente-patógeno, así como de las particularidades de los sistemas productivos. Con todo, la vacunación en ambientes acuáticos se enfrenta a un sinnúmero de dificultades que deben ser abordadas antes que con un enfoque unilateral farmacológico, con una aproximación integral en la que se incluye el uso de herramientas epidemiológicas, clínicas, patológicas, microbiológicas, etc.

    Palabras clave: vacunación, peces, inmunidad de peces, enfermedades infecciosas en peces.

  17. Contra continuity and almost contra continuity in generalized fuzzy topological spaces

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    Bhattacharya, Baby; Chakraborty, Jayasree

    2015-05-01

    In this paper we introduce fuzzy contra continuity and almost contra continuity in generalized fuzzy topological space. Fuzzy almost contra continuity is weaker than fuzzy contra continuity in generalized fuzzy topological space. Then we investigate their characterizations and properties. We also established some equivalent relation on fuzzy contra continuity and fuzzy almost contra continuity in generalized fuzzy topological spaces.

  18. Humoral immune alterations caused by lead: studies on an adult toad model Alteraciones inmunes humorales causadas por plomo: estudios en un modelo de sapo adulto

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    Full Text Available There is evidence that environmental metal levels affect the immune function. In the particular case of the impact of heavy metals, information available suggests that the immune system is a target for low-dose Pb exposure. Among vertebrates it was shown that amphibians are capable of forming antibodies against a variety of antigens, causing several responses such as anaphylactic response and rejecting grafts. In this study, the production of antibodies was assessed against sheep red blood cells (SRBC in the anuran Bufo arenarum after six weekly injections of sublethal doses of lead (50 mg.kg-1, as lead acetate. Natural antibodies (natural heteroagglutinins were also quantified against SRBC. Both assessments were carried out employing an ELISA method developed to this end, measuring absorbance (A. For natural anti-SRBC antibodies in both control (C and Pb treated (T toads, there was a non significant tendency to increase the initial absorbances (C initial: 0.69±0.39 A; T initial: 0.54±0.30 A, relative to those registered at the end of the experiments (C final: 0.89±0.49 A; T final: 0.76±0.31A; the T/C ratios also did not show changes. The only significant difference was found between initial and final samples from lead-treated toads (pExiste evidencia de que los niveles de metal ambientales afectan la función inmune. En el caso particular del impacto de metales pesados, la información disponible sugiere que el sistema inmune es un blanco para la exposición a bajas dosis de Pb. Entre los vertebrados, se ha mostrado que los anfibios son capaces de formar anticuerpos contra una variedad de antígenos, que causan diversas respuestas, tales como respuesta anafiláctica y rechazo de injertos. En este estudio, la producción de anticuerpos fue evaluada contra eritrocitos de oveja (EO en el anuro Bufo arenarum, luego de seis inyecciones semanales de dosis subletales de plomo (50 mg.kg-1, como acetato de Pb. Los anticuerpos naturales

  19. Lovell contra Lovell

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    Lovell contra Lovell es poner, uno frente a otro, los proyectos de dos maestros del siglo XX para el mismo cliente y en ubicaciones distintas en la California de los años 20. Las ideas que contienen, los conceptos de uso del suelo, la mirada de la casa y sus espacios al abierto se configuran con criterios semejantes en resoluciones plásticas próximas. Con origen en el repertorio espacial ensayado en la famosa Schindler-Chace studio-dwelling en Kings Road, Schindl...

  20. contra la pobreza

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    Ezaidi A.

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available El conjunto del territorio marroquí encierra un rico patrimonio geológico esencialmente térmico y mineral. La explotación de este patrimonio nacional con fines terapéuticos puede desempeñar un papel económico y social importante para la creación de empleo, sobre todo en las zonas áridas y saharianas que sufren la sequía, la desertificación y la emigración de los jóvenes que habitan en zonas rurales. En el marco la Declaración del Milenio de las Naciones Unidas invitando a las naciones del mundo a contribuir de manera prioritaria en la lucha contra la pobreza y la extrema pobreza, se inserta nuestra propuesta, para los sectores más desprovistos, de un turismo de salud como la clave para asociar la lucha contra la pobreza y el turismo sostenible, sin desvirtuar el patrimonio natural ni condenarlo a la desaparición. Nuestro artículo se inscribe asimismo en el marco de la Iniciativa Nacional para el Desarrollo Humano (INDH que sitúa el ciudadano como objetivo de las estrategias de desarrollo y factor prioritario del mismo.

  1. Chlamydia cell biology and pathogenesis.

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    Elwell, Cherilyn; Mirrashidi, Kathleen; Engel, Joanne

    2016-06-01

    Chlamydia spp. are important causes of human disease for which no effective vaccine exists. These obligate intracellular pathogens replicate in a specialized membrane compartment and use a large arsenal of secreted effectors to survive in the hostile intracellular environment of the host. In this Review, we summarize the progress in decoding the interactions between Chlamydia spp. and their hosts that has been made possible by recent technological advances in chlamydial proteomics and genetics. The field is now poised to decipher the molecular mechanisms that underlie the intimate interactions between Chlamydia spp. and their hosts, which will open up many exciting avenues of research for these medically important pathogens.

  2. Futuro de las vacunas contra hepatitis B

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    Fernando de la Hoz Restrepo

    2004-03-01

    dentro de su formulación lo que permitiría ampliar la efectividad de este biológico. Otra importante área de trabajo reciente es el desarrollo de nuevas vacunas contra hepatitis B que permitan a los portadores de VHB mejorar su respuesta inmune y superar la “tolerancia” contra la infección crónica del virus. En este momento se esta trabajando en una vacuna que contiene DNA viral desnudo y que transporta HBsAg, que ha logrado producir fuertes estimulaciones en la respuesta citotóxica mediada por linfocitos T en ratas.

    Adicionalmente al desarrollo de nuevas formulaciones de la vacuna para mejorar su inmunogenicidad, se hace necesario hacer mejoras tecnológicas a su termoestabilidad con el fin de disminuir su dependencia de la cadena de frío. Esto es importante porque muchas de las poblaciones endémicas en el país y en el mundo, viven en zonas rurales y apartadas, donde la calidad y cobertura de la cadena de frío puede no ser adecuada y esto constituye una barrera importante para mejorar la oportunidad de la vacunación.

    Aún superando esta serie de barreras tecnológicas y alcanzando coberturas de 100% en la población susceptible de una zona endémica, los programas de vacunación contra hepatitis B deberán ser sostenidos por más de 30 años, con el fin de garantizar la eliminación de este agente.

     

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    2. HARPAZ R, MC MAHON BJ, MARGOLIS HS, SHAPIRO CN, HAVRON D, CARPENTER G, BULKOW LR, WAINWRIGHT RB

  3. Genital Chlamydia trachomatis infections

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    Maria Agnese Latino

    2008-03-01

    Full Text Available Chlamydia trachomatis (C.t. infection is one of the most prevalent sexually transmitted disease in Europe and in developed countries. The main biological features and pathogenic mechanisms of C.t. infection are summarized in this review. It usually occurs without symptoms and often goes undiagnosed. If untreated, it can cause severe consequences for women, including pelvic inflammatory disease (PID, ectopic pregnancy and tubal infertility. Several studies have found that Chlamydia is more common among young women <25 years old, with multiple sexual partners within six months and non protected intercourses. Because re-infection rates are high, complications may be reduced if partners are treated and women re-tested. This paper emphasizes the importance of counselling and prevention programs and underlines that selective screening of high-risk population remains an essential component of C.t. control. In the last years, the detection of C.t. infection has been improved in sensitivity and specificity.We describe the main diagnostic techniques, from culture, enzyme immunoassay (EIA, direct fluorescent-antibody assay (DFA to the new DNA-based test systems. Actually, NAATs (nucleic acid amplification tests are regarded as the gold standard diagnostic techniques for chlamydial infections.

  4. Literatura contra desarraigo.

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    Xosé A. Perozo Ruiz.

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Las reflexiones contenidas en Literatura contra desarraigo son una clara interpretación propia realizadas por Xosé A. Perozo. Nacidas del ejercicio literario constante y productivo nos acerca a conceptos actuales como el nacionalismo o la España de las Autonomías. Desde la lejanía, asistimos a la recuperación de la memoria social extremeña, que se trasluce en las novelas del autor son expuestas de manera biográfica en este artículo metaliterario, donde se detiene en la saga de Los Lancharro, o el personaje de Cerrato, ambientadas en la zona geográfica de la Campiña Sur de la Guerra Civil y posguerra.

  5. Characterization of a secreted Chlamydia protease

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    Shaw, Allan C; Vandahl, Brian; Larsen, Martin Røssel

    2002-01-01

    Chlamydiae are obligate intracellular bacteria that are important human pathogens. The Chlamydia genomes contain orthologues to secretion apparatus proteins from other intracellular bacteria, but only a few secreted proteins have been identified. Most likely, effector proteins are secreted in ord...

  6. Efecto de un anticuerpo monoclonal anti CD20 (Rituximab) en trombocitopenia inmune.

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    Untama, José; Médico, Departamento de Hematología, Hospital Nacional Edgardo Rebagliati Martins – EsSalud. Lima.; Del Carpio, Daniel; Médico, Departamento de Hematología, Hospital Nacional Edgardo Rebagliati Martins – EsSalud. Lima.

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    Objetivo: Describir la respuesta terapéutica con un anticuerpo monoclonal anti CD20 (Rituximab), en pacientes con Trombocitopenia Inmune (PTI). Material y métodos: Estudio retrospectivo, descriptivo y observacional tipo serie de casos. Se revisaron las historias clínicas de pacientes adultos con PTI que recibieron el anticuerpo monoclonal anti CD20 (Rituximab), desde diciembre 2005 hasta diciembre 2010. Se definió respuesta: conteo plaquetario >30 mil, por lo menos duplicar el conteo plaqu...

  7. Psiconeuroinmunología: Conexiones entre sistema nervioso y sistema inmune

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    García López, Luis Joaquín

    2008-09-01

    Full Text Available La psiconeuroinmunología es una nueva parcela de la ciencia que apenas lleva tres décadas, pero que en los últimos años ha sido objeto de una enorme atención por diversos grupos de investigación. El articulo pretende exponer brevemente cómo están organizados los sistemas inmune y neuroendocrino, para después presentar los hallazgos que hasta el momento intentan dar explicación de las relaciones entre ambos con el sistema nervioso, así como las influencias de unos sobre otros, más concretamente expresar la relación entre los tres sistemas responsables de la defensa del organismo y, más ampliamente, de su mantenimiento homeostático. Cuando se trata de amenazas, el sistema nervioso central tiene que decidir qué sistema se pone en marcha, el sistema de estrés como energía para el ataque o la huida (un animal que nos quiere atacar, el sistema inmune para neutralizar el antígeno (un virus que nos quiere atacar o ambos (la energía es necesaria también para el sistema inmune. Como parece ser que en muchas ocasiones la depresión aparece tras los esfuerzos infructuosos de puesta en marcha de estrategias de afrontamiento, también hemos repasado sucintamente algunas investigaciones que relacionan al sistema inmune con la depresión, así como con los trastornos del sueño. Se finaliza con las aportaciones que la psicología puede ofrecer a nivel terapéutico.

  8. COMPORTAMIENTO FRACTAL DEL REPERTORIO T ESPECÍFICO CONTRA EL ALERGENO Poa p9 Fractal behavior of T specify repertory against Poa p9 alergeno

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    Javier Rodríguez Velásquez

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    Full Text Available Antecedentes: basados en una analogía lingüística aplicada al repertorio inmune B y T específicos, el sistema inmune se puede caracterizar por su grado de complejidad como se hace con los lenguajes naturales. Material y métodos: este estudio es la aplicación de una ley matemática al repertorio inmune. Se aplicó la ley de Zipf-Mandelbrot, observada en los lenguajes naturales, al estudio del repertorio T específico contra el alergeno Poa p9. Resultados: se observó un comportamiento a escala de la ley en el repertorio específico para el alergeno obtenido de un paciente alérgico en presencia y ausencia de interferón á, y en los clones de células Th. Los repertorios T en presencia y ausencia de interferón á se comportanfractalmente, con una dimensión fractal de 0.661165 y 0.923895 respectivamente. Conclusión: el grado de complejidad del repertorio T contra el alergeno Poa p9 es una medida matemática objetiva y reproducible del repertorio inmune, la dimensión fractal es un parámetro matemático apropiado para caracterizar la fisiología del sistema inmune. Este comportamiento fractal puede tener implicaciones generales para la inmunología.Background: based on a linguistic analogy applied to the immune specific B and T repertoires the immune system it has been characterized by the degree of fractal complexity like the one observed in the natural languages. Material and methods: this study is the application of a mathematical law to the immune repertoire. The Zipf-Mandelbrot law, observed in the natural languages, was applied to the study of the specific T repertoire against the allergen Poa p9. Results: the scale behavior of the law was observed in the specific repertoire from an allergic patient, with a without alfa interferon, like in Th cells clones. Conclusion: complexity degree of T repertoire against Poa p9 allergen can be identified by fractal dimension, as a appropriate mathematical parameter to characterize the

  9. RESOLUCIÓN DE CONFLICTOS AL INTERIOR DEL ORGANISMO: EL PAPEL DEL SISTEMA INMUNE

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    Luis F. Cadavid

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    Full Text Available El sistema inmune de los animales está constituido por una gran variedad de células y moléculas que colectivamente reconocen, neutralizan y eliminan potenciales agentes nocivos, tanto bióticos como abióticos. El estudio del sistema inmune ha estado tradicionalmente sesgado hacía algunas especies de importancia médica o económica, a expensas de la gran mayoría de especies que constituyen la diversidad animal. Con la actual facilidad de secuenciar genomas y transcriptomas, se ha abierto la posibilidad de estudiar los sistemas inmunes de muy variados grupos animales. Uno de estos grupos es los cnidarios, que incluye a los corales, anémonas y medusas, en los que el estudio del sistema inmune ha probado ser de gran utilidad para entender dos tipos de conflictos de relevancia en la supervivencia de estos organismos. El primero es la respuesta de los corales a enfermedades de carácter infeccioso y el segundo hace referencia a las reacciones de histocompatibilidad que median la competencia intraespecífica por el espacio habitable. Este artículo de reflexión trata en detalle el papel del sistema inmune de los cnidarios en la resolución de estos conflictos. AbstractThe immune system of animals is constituted by a large diversity of cells and molecules that collectively recognize, neutralize, and eliminate potential damaging agents, both biotic and abiotic. The study of the immune system has been traditionally biased towards some species with medical or economic importance, at the expense of the vast majority of species that constitute the animal diversity. With the current possibility of easily sequencing genomes and transcriptomes, there is an opportunity to study the immune systems of a wide variety of animal groups. One of these groups is the cnidarians, which include corals, anemones and jellyfishes, in which the study of the immune system has proved useful to understand two types of conflicts that are relevant for the survival of these

  10. La violencia contra las mujeres

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    Gil Gómez, Alicia; Escrig Gil, Gemma; Forcada Martínez, Águeda

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    Las mujeres con diversidad funcional en la agenda jurídico política española: la Ley estatal contra la violencia de género y sus nuevos desafíos,SOLEDAD ARNAU RIPOLLÉS. La violencia contra las mujeres. El estado de la cuestión: Una cuestión de estado. “La violencia en el ámbito laboral”, ENCARNA BARRAGÁN BRITO. El problema de la rehabilitación de los maltratadores, ESPERANZA BOSCH FIOL. La violencia política, LEONORA CASTAÑO CANO. La violencia psicológica, ...

  11. Chlamydia trachomatis: avances y perspectivas

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    Ostos Ortiz, Olga Lucia; Sánchez, Ruth Mélida

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    La Chlamydia es una bacteria Gram negativa, no móvil, de vida parasitaria intracelular obligada porque carece de habilidad para sintetizar ATP, son parásitos energéticos, no tienen vida libre y colonizan el citoplasma de las células susceptibles

  12. Vacunas terapéuticas recombinantes contra el cáncer del cuello uterino Recombinant therapeutic vaccines against invasive cervical cancer

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    JAIME BERUMEN

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    Full Text Available Durante el desarrollo del cáncer cervicouterino se inducen mecanismos para evadir el sistema inmune, como son la disminución de la expresión de moléculas de antígeno mayor de histocompatibilidad I y la secreción de citocinas por las células tumorales. Como consecuencia de ello, la estimulación de linfocitos T citotóxicos (LTC y cooperadores (TC, de células asesinas naturales (AN y macrófagos es muy deficiente. Para inducir una respuesta inmune efectiva contra el tumor, se requiere la estimulación simultánea de múltiples componentes del sistema inmune: por vía sistémica la estimulación de LTC y TC contra epítopos del virus del papiloma humano, y en un nivel local, la inducción de la secreción de citocinas por el tumor, para aumentar el procesamiento y la presentación de blancos tumorales, así como la estimulación de los linfocitos, AN y macrófagos que infiltran el tumor.Several mechanisms to evade the immune system are induced during cervical cancer development, including the decrease of expression of class I HLA molecules and secretion of specific cytokines by tumoral cells. Consequently, the stimulation of cytotoxic (CTL and helper (TH T lymphocytes, as well as the natural killer (NK cells and macrophages is very poor. The induction of immune response against tumors needs the stimulation of multiple components of the immune system: systemic stimulation of CTL and TH against Human Papilloma Virus epitopes and directly in the tumor the secretion of specific cytokines to increase the antigen processing and presentation of tumoral targets, and the stimulation of lymphocyte, NK cells and macrophages that infiltrate tumors.

  13. Estudio de la respuesta inmune humoral hacia papilomavirus (VPH en mujeres con citología normal

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    2004-03-01

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    Dentro de las enfermedades de transmisión sexual, las infecciones por VPH son las más frecuentes en adultos sexualmente activos. La mayoría de estas infecciones (70 a 90% son eliminadas en un periodo de 12 a 30 meses. Las infecciones persistentes se asocian con un mayor riesgo de desarrollo de neoplasias cervicales (1. Los factores que influyen en la eliminación o persistencia no son conocidos, sin embargo, el sistema inmune tiene un papel importante el control de estas infecciones (2. La infección por VPH se caracterizada por una respuesta serológica dirigida contra epítopes conformacionales de la cápside. Los anticuerpos IgG contra VLP (virus like particles se asocian con infección persistente. Esta respuesta persiste varios años y en su mayoría es tipo específica. La respuesta de tipo IgA es también tipo específica pero no se mantiene en el tiempo, por lo que se sugiere como marcador de infección reciente o activa (3.

    De un estudio de seguimiento de VPH en 1859 mujeres colombianas (4 se seleccionaron 187 sueros de mujeres con citología normal en la primera y quinta visita, con el fin de analizar la respuesta inmune tipo IgG e IgA mediante ELISA hacia proteínas de la cápside viral del VPH 16, 31 y 58 y establecer si el comportamiento de esta respuesta se asocia con el curso de la infección y su eliminación.

    Las mujeres fueron clasificadas de acuerdo a la presencia viral en tres grupos: grupos control, negativas para VPH durante el seguimiento; grupo eliminación, positivas para VPH al inicio y negativas al final del seguimiento y grupo de persistencia, positiva para VPH durante todo el seguimiento.

    Con respecto a la seroprevalencia

  14. Multi Locus Sequence Typing of Chlamydia Reveals an Association between Chlamydia psittaci Genotypes and Host Species

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    Pannekoek, Y.; Dickx, V.; Beeckman, D.S.A.; Jolley, K.A.; Keijzers, W.C.; Vretou, E.; Maiden, M.C.J.; Vanrompay, D.; van den Ende, A.

    2010-01-01

    Chlamydia comprises a group of obligate intracellular bacterial parasites responsible for a variety of diseases in humans and animals, including several zoonoses. Chlamydia trachomatis causes diseases such as trachoma, urogenital infection and lymphogranuloma venereum with severe morbidity.

  15. Aceite de oliva, sistema inmune e infección Olive oil, immune system and infection

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    M.ª A. Puertollano

    2010-02-01

    Full Text Available Los ácidos grasos de naturaleza poliinsaturada ω-3 han recibido una gran atención en los últimos años como componentes de la dieta supresores de las funciones inmunes y por ello han sido aplicados en la resolución de diferentes desórdenes de naturaleza inflamatoria. Aunque la inhibición de algunas funciones inmunes por la acción de estos ácidos grasos ejerce efectos beneficiosos en la disminución de la respuesta inflamatoria del individuo, este estado puede conducir a una reducción significativa de la protección del individuo frente a microorganismos de naturaleza infecciosa (virus, bacterias, hongos y parásitos. Sin embargo, el aceite de oliva (constituido principalmente por ácidos grasos monoinsaturados y uno de los componentes principales de la dieta Mediterránea modula también algunas de estas funciones, sin reducir de forma tan severa la resistencia inmune del individuo frente a agentes de naturaleza infecciosa. Bajo estas premisas podemos afirmar que la administración de aceite de oliva puede contribuir a la reducción de la actividad inflamatoria observada en algunas enfermedades crónicas caracterizadas por desórdenes inmunes, sin agravar la susceptibilidad del individuo a agentes patógenos. Por lo tanto, la aplicación del aceite de oliva en emulsiones lipídicas puede tener efectos beneficiosos sobre la salud y particularmente sobre el sistema inmune de individuos inmunocomprometidos, adquiriendo una gran importancia en nutrición clínica. El presente trabajo de revisión contribuye a clarificar la interrelación existente entre la administración de dietas constituidas por aceite de oliva y el sistema inmune, así como a determinar el efecto que este componente esencial de la dieta Mediterránea juega en la inmunomodulación en los estados de infección.Polyunsaturated fatty acids contribute to the suppression of immune system functions. For this reason, n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids have been applied in the

  16. SISTEMA INMUNE Y GENÉTICA: UN ABORDAJE DIFERENTE A LA DIVERSIDAD DE ANTICUERPOS.

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    Matta Camacho Nubia Estela

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available RESUMEN Es común encontrar en los libros de inmunología o de genética un capítulo con el título de “sistema inmune y genética”, sin embargo su asociación se centra en cómo la generación de anticuerpos rompió el paradigma “un gen, una proteína”, pues en el caso de la producción de anticuerpos, un gen produce millones de proteínas. El sistema inmune tiene muchos vínculos con la genética y la herencia; esta asociación se da porque cualquier sustancia o compuesto que produzca un organismo, es un antígeno potencial cuando es reconocido como extraño por el sistema inmune de otro organismo, sea este de la misma o de diferente especie. La producción de proteínas que potencialmente pueden ser antigénicas están ligadas al genotipo del individuo. La capacidad de responder y el tipo e intensidad de respuesta a los antígenos también ha sido demostrado que está correlacionado con el genotipo del individuo en cuestión, así como deficiencias en las respuestas inmunes pueden estar asociadas con mutaciones o polimorfismos genéticos que resultan en la susceptibilidad a enfermedades infecciosas. Este artículo se busca presentar ejemplos de la relación del sistema inmune y la genética, en la misma dirección de la conferencia ofrecida para la cátedra de Sede “Todo lo que usted quiere saber de genética y nunca se atrevió a preguntar”. Palabras claves: HLA, respuesta inmune, grupos sanguíneos, antígenos. ABSTRACT It is common to find in immunology or genetic books a chapter entitled “immune system and genetics”; this association focuses on how the generation of antibodies broke the paradigm “one gene, one protein”, since in this case one gene generates millions of proteins. However, the immune system has many more links to genetics and heredity. For example, any substance or compound that an organism produces is a potential antigen, when it is recognized as foreign by the immune system of another

  17. Synthesis of protein in host-free reticulate bodies of Chlamydia psittaci and Chlamydia trachomatis.

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    Hatch, T P; Miceli, M; Silverman, J A

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    Synthesis of protein by the obligate intracellular parasitic bacteria Chlamydia psittaci (6BC) and Chlamydia trachomatis (serovar L2) isolated from host cells (host-free chlamydiae) was demonstrated for the first time. Incorporation of [35S]methionine and [35S]cysteine into trichloroacetic acid-precipitable material by reticulate bodies of chlamydiae persisted for 2 h and was dependent upon a exogenous source of ATP, an ATP-regenerating system, and potassium or sodium ions. Magnesium ions and...

  18. Hidrops fetal no inmune por anemia diseritropoyética congénita

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    Blasco G,Laura; Paredes R,Blanca; Rodríguez G,Roberto; Muñoz M,Mar; Deiros B,Lucía

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    La anemia diseritropoyética congénita se engloba dentro de un grupo raro y heterogéneo de trastornos eritrocitarios caracterizados por eritropoyesis ineficaz, anemia megaloblástica, hemosiderosis secundaria e hidrops fetal. Presentamos el caso de un feto de 20 semanas con hidrops como consecuencia de una anemia fetal intensa por eritropoyesis ineficaz. Ante el hallazgo de hidrops fetal no inmune es fundamental un diagnóstico etiológico precoz para ofrecer a la pareja las alternativas terapéut...

  19. Péptidos naturales antimicrobianos: escudo esencial de la respuesta inmune

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    Rodolfo Villarruel; Rosario Huizar; Mariana Corrales; Teresa Sánchez; Alfonso Islas

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    Los seres vivos, como las plantas y los animales sobreviven ante la amenaza diaria del medio ambiente representada por bacterias, hongos y virus que pueden causarles la muerte. Por lo anterior, las especies biológicas han desarrollado varias estrategias para evitar enfermedades. Una de ellas es la síntesis de péptidos naturales antimicrobianos (PNA) como parte de la Respuesta Inmune Innata. Estos péptidos están constituidos por cadenas cortas de aminoácidos con características hidrofóbicas y ...

  20. Screening on urogenital Chlamydia trachomatis

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    Busse, Reinhard

    2005-12-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Around 92 million urogenital infections are caused yearly by Chlamydia trachomatis worldwide [1]. The overall incidence of sexually transmitted diseases is increasing, as shown by the increases in the number of reported cases of syphilis and gonorrhea [2]. Chlamydia trachomatis infections are associated with various serious diseases in women, men and newborns, which could be, at least partially, avoided by means of early diagnosis and therapy. The Federal Joint Committee - responsible for decision-making concerning the benefit package of the German Social Health Insurance - has publicly announced the starting of deliberations on the issue of screening for Chlamydia trachomatis. Research Questions: The leading question to be answered is whether screening for Chlamydia trachomatis should be included in the German benefit basket. The aim of this report is to provide a summary of the available evidence concerning the issue of screening for Chlamydia trachomatis. Methods: The summary of published scientific evidence, including HTA reports, systematic reviews, guidelines and primary research is represented. The synthesis follows the structure given by the criteria of Wilson and Jungner [3] for the introduction of screening in a population: relevance of the condition, availability of an adequate test, effectiveness of screening, acceptance of the programme, and economical issues. A literature search was conducted for each aspect of the synthesis and the evidence has been summarised in evidence tables. Results: We identified five HTA reports from three European agencies [4], [5], [6], [7] and one from the USA [8]. In addition, we identified four guidelines from Northamerica [9], [10], [11], [12] and one from Europe [13]. A total of 56 primary research publications were included: relevance of the disease (n=26, availability of test (n=1, effectiveness of screening (n=11, acceptance of the programme (n=11, economical issues (n=7. Discussion

  1. Desarrollo de vacunas contra el virus de la inmunodeficiencia humana tipo 1: Relevancia de la inmunidad celular contra subtipos

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    Ana María Rodríguez

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    Full Text Available Han pasado casi 30 años de la detección de los primeros casos de infección con HIV-1 y aún no se ha conseguido desarrollar una vacuna efectiva y segura. A pesar del impacto positivo sobre la pandemia que se ha conseguido gracias a los avances en la terapia antirretroviral (TARV, el HIV/sida sigue constituyendo un grave problema para la salud pública, especialmente en los países en desarrollo, donde es difícil el acceso al tratamiento. En el mundo, 33 millones de personas viven con el virus del sida, mientras que en la Argentina se calcula que habría unos 120 000 infectados. Uno de los desafíos para lograr una vacuna contra el HIV es la variabilidad viral. El grupo M, responsable de la pandemia, se encuentra dividido en 10 subtipos y varios sub-subtipos, además de las 48 formas recombinantes circulantes y más de cien formas recombinantes únicas. La epidemia de HIV en nuestro país es tan compleja como en el resto del mundo, con la co-circulación principalmente de virus pertenecientes al subtipo B y recombinantes BF (CRF12_BF y derivadas. A pesar de la cantidad de trabajos dedicados a la caracterización de la respuesta inmune y al desarrollo de vacunas, no queda claro cuál es el impacto de la variabilidad en la elección del antígeno. Trabajos realizados en nuestro laboratorio demuestran el papel que juega la inmunidad celular con respecto a las variantes recombinantes BF, tanto en humanos como en modelos animales. Estos resultados son de importancia en el desarrollo de futuras vacunas para nuestra región.

  2. Chlamydia control in Europe: literature review

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    Low, N; S, Redmond; Alexander, K

    Executive summary The literature reviews in this report bring together published evidence about the prevalence and reproductive tract complications of chlamydia infection, and about the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of chlamydia screening interventions. Population prevalence of chlamydia...... prevalence. Estimates of chlamydia positivity in surveys with low response rates should not be interpreted as estimates of population prevalence. Only two population-based surveys in EU/EEA Member States in this review had a response rate of >70%. The highest response rates were seen when specimens...

  3. Respuesta inmune de células T en leishmaniosis cutánea immune response of T cells in cutaneous leishmaniosis

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    Pablo Javier Patiño Grajales

    1998-02-01

    Full Text Available El papel de las sub poblaciones de células TCD4+, Th1 y Th2, ha sido bien estudiado en la infección por Leishmania major en el modelo murino experimental. Las cepas singénicas de ratones que desarrollan el fenotipo Th1 (células que secretan principalmente IL-2, IFN-y y TNF-!3 son resistentes a la infección por este protozoo. En contraste, las que desarrollan el fenotipo Th2 (células que secretan principalmente IL-4, IL-5, IL-6, IL-10 e IL-13 son susceptibles a ella. Los estudios recientes indican que la IL-4 es una señal esencial en la estimulación primaria y maduración de las células Th2, mientras que IL-12 permite la maduración de las células Th1. Adicionalmente, IL.4 e IFN-y ejercen efectos reguladores opuestos sobre las células Th1 y Th2 respectivamente. Por otra parte, varios estudios han establecido claramente que la subpoblación de linfocitos TCD8+ también contribuye a la resolución de la enfermedad y la resistencia contra la reinfección en leishmaniosis cutánea. En los humanos, aunque la respuesta inmune dirigida contra el parásito es menos polarizada que en el ratón, se ha evidenciado una clara tendencia hacia la producción del fenotipo Th1 en las formas menos severas de la enfermedad. La identificación de subpoblaciones de células T humanas que se correlacionen con susceptibilidad o resistencia a la infección podría ayudar al desarrollo de ensayos in vitro para identificar antígenos de Leishmania que estimulen una respuesta inmune protectora y que puedan evaluarse como candidatos en el desarrollo de una vacuna capaz de controlar la infección. The role of TCD4+ cell subsets, Th1 and Th2, has been studied in the infection by Leishmania major in the murine model. The development of the Th1 phenotype in inbred strains of mice (cells that mainly secrete IL.2, IFN.y and TNF.13 are associated with resistance to L. major infection. In contrast, Th2 phenotype (cells that mainly secrete IL.4, IL.5, IL.6, IL.10 and IL

  4. Cuantificación de IGG contra los componentes inmunogénicos de VA-ENGOC-BC en plasma de lactantes vacunados

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    José Rodríguez Canosa

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    Full Text Available Debido a las características particulares de la respuesta inmune en lactantes, así como a la eficacia mostrada por la vacuna cubana antimeningocóccica VA-MENGOC-BC, nos propusimos cuantificar la respuesta de la inmunoglobulina G contra los componentes inmunogénicos de los meningococos B y C presentes en la vacuna, en lactantes vacunados. Se tomó muestra por punción capilar a 109 lactantes entre 3 y 6 meses de edad antes de la vacunación a los 31,4 ± 2 días después de la primera y 32,3 ± días después de la segunda dosis vacunal. Se determinaron las concentraciones de inmunoglobulina G contra cada inmunógeno de la vacuna. Los niveles de inmunoglobulina G específica prevacunación, fueron elevadas contra el meningococo C. Se produjo un incremento estadísticamente significativo de anticuerpos para ambos inmunógenos después de la primera y segunda dosis, más marcado contra el meningococo C en la primera y para el meningococo B en la segunda, lo que apoya la presencia de memoria inmunológicaDue to the particular characteristics of the immune response in infants and to the efficacy shown by the Cuban antimeningococcal vaccine denominated VA-MENGOC-BC, we propose ourselves to quantify the response of immunoglobulin G against the immunogenic components of the meningococci B and C present in the vaccine among the vaccinated infants. The sample was taken by capillary puncture from 109 infants between 3 and 6 months before vaccination, at 31.4±2 days after the first dose and at 32.3± days after the second one. The concentrations of immunoglobulin G against each immunogen of the vaccine were determined. The levels of prevaccination specific immunoglobulin G were elevated against meningococcus C. There was a statistically significant increase of atibodies for both immunogens after the first and second dose. It was more marked against meningococcus C in the first, and for meningococcus B in the secons one, which supports the presence of

  5. Contra rotative propeller performance estimation

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    Coca Casanueva, Vladimir

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    Due to the continuous increase in the fuel price, the propeller engine solution (the most efficient in fuel saving terms) becomes very attractive to airlines and thus, to aircraft manufacturers. However, airlines aren’t ready to fly an aircraft at lower cruise Mach number than the traditional Mach 0,84, which jeopardizes the fuel efficiency of propellers. At this stage is where the contra-rotative concept appears, which let us to increase the cruise speed while reducing fuel consumption...

  6. Detection of Chlamydia in postmortal formalin-fixed tissue

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    Lundemose, A G; Banner, Jytte; Birkelund, Svend;

    1989-01-01

    A procedure to detect Chlamydia in postmortal formalin-fixed tissue is described. Monoclonal antibodies against a genus specific chlamydia epitope were used in immunofluorescence to detect chlamydia inclusions in formalin-fixed tissue sections. Lung sections from chlamydia-infected mice were exam...

  7. Activity of Cathelicidin Peptides against Chlamydia spp.

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    Donati, Manuela; Di Leo, Korinne; Benincasa, Monica; Cavrini, Francesca; Accardo, Silvia; Moroni, Alessandra; Gennaro, Renato; Cevenini, Roberto

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    The in vitro activity of six cathelicidin peptides against 25 strains of Chlamydia was investigated. SMAP-29 proved to be the most active peptide, reducing the inclusion numbers of all 10 strains of Chlamydia trachomatis tested by ≥50% at 10 μg/ml. This peptide was also active against C. pneumoniae and C. felis. PMID:15728927

  8. Advances in sampling and screening for chlamydia.

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    Hocking, Jane S; Guy, Rebecca; Walker, Jennifer; Tabrizi, Sepehr N

    2013-03-01

    Chlamydia is the most commonly diagnosed bacterial sexually transmitted infection in the developed world, with diagnosis rates continuing to increase each year. As chlamydia is largely asymptomatic, screening and treatment is the main way to detect cases and reduce transmission. Recent advances in self-collected specimens and laboratory tests has made chlamydia screening easier to implement as well as possible in nonclinical settings. This review will discuss new approaches to specimen collection and how these have expanded opportunities for reaching target populations for chlamydia screening. Furthermore, it will discuss how advanced molecular microbiological methods can be used with self-collected specimens to further our knowledge of the epidemiology of chlamydia and the dynamics of transmission.

  9. immune response in human leishmania infections Respuesta inmune en infecciones humanas por Leishmania spp

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    Sara María Robledo Restrepo

    2000-03-01

    Full Text Available This review summarizes relevant information about the immune response triggered during leishmaniosis, a disease of great importance from the epidemiological point of view, since it is endemic in Colombia and other countries. We emphasize on human leishmaniosis; nevertheless, some important findings in the murine model are also mentioned. This information allows to conclude that Leishmania infection is a complex and coordinated process, which includes adhesion and entrance of the parasite into the host cells and its survival inside them. Events that mediate the infection process may influence its result in terms of elimination of the parasite or development of the disease, through induction or not of an effective specific immune response which involves host cell activation and parasite destruction. La presente revisión tiene como objetivo resumir la información más relevante acerca de la respuesta inmune que se desencadena durante la leishmaniosis, una enfermedad de gran importancia desde el punto de vista epidemiológico dado que es endémica en Colombia y otros países. Aunque la respuesta inmune en la leishmaniosis es un tema que se ha estudiado ampliamente en las infecciones por especies de Leishmania del Viejo Mundo, particularmente Leishmania major y Leishmania donovani y en el modelo murino, la presente revisión hace énfasis en la leishmaniosis humana. Algunos hallazgos importantes en el modelo murino también se mencionan. La información contenida en la revisión, en su mayoría, proviene de publicaciones derivadas de investigaciones, las cuales se seleccionaron con base en la calidad del trabajo realizado y en los aportes de sus resultados en el avance del conocimiento sobre las infecciones en humanos. La síntesis de la información seleccionada nos permite concluir que la infección por Leishmania es un proceso complejo y coordinado que incluye la adherencia y entrada del parásito a la célula hospedera y su posterior

  10. Violencia intrafamiliar contra las mujeres

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    Omar Huertas Díaz

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    El presente texto pretende abordar el tema de violencia en contra de las mujeres desde la perspectiva familiar, es decir la violencia intrafamiliar o también llamada doméstica, entendida y afirmada desde la Corte Constitucional, como aquella violencia que causa daño o maltrato físico, psíquico o sexual, trato cruel, intimidatorio o degradante, amenaza, agravio, ofensa o cualquier otra forma de agresión, producida entre miembros de una familia, llámese cónyuge o compañero permanente, padre o m...

  11. Biology and intracellular life of chlamydia

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    Ranin Lazar

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    Full Text Available Introduction. Chlamydiae are Gram-negative obligate intracellular bacteria. The developmental cycle of Chlamydiae is specific and different from other bacteria. The elementary body is the infectious form of the organism, responsible for attaching to the target host cell and promoting its entry. The reticulate body is the larger, metabolically active form of the organism, synthesizing deoxyribonucleic acid, ribonucleic acid and proteins. The elementary body and reticulate body represent evolutionary adaptations to extracellular and intracellular environments. Intracellular persistence of Chlamydia. Predisposition of Chlamydia to persist within the host cell has been recognized as a major factor in the pathogenesis of chlamydial disease. The persistence implies a long-term association between chlamydiae and their host cell that may not manifest as clinically recognizable disease. The ability of chlamydia to remain within one morphological state for a long time in response to exogenous factors suggests an innate ability of these organisms to persist intracellulary in a unique developmental form. Chlamydiae induce interferon γ and exhibit growth inhibition in their presence. While the high levels of interferon γ completely restrict the development of chlamydia, its low levels induce the development of morphologically aberrant intracellular forms. The persistent forms contain reduced levels of major outer membrane protein but high levels of chlamydial heat shock protein. Conclusion. Immunopathogenesis of chlamydial infection is one of the main focal points of current research into Chlamydia. Chlamydial infections are highly prevalent, usually asymptomatic and associated with serious sequelae. Screening programmes are the most important in the prevention of a long-term sequele.

  12. Pneumonia grave por "Chlamydia psittaci"

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    MOSCHIONI CRISTIANE

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    Full Text Available A psitacose, também conhecida como ornitose, é causada pela Chlamydia psittaci; caracteriza-se por doença de início insidioso, sintomas brandos e inespecíficos, lembrando infecção de vias aéreas superiores. Acomete principalmente o pulmão, sendo raramente doença sistêmica e fatal. Descreve-se um caso raro de pneumonia por Chlamydia psittaci que evoluiu para insuficiência respiratória aguda, necessitando de ventilação mecânica. Destaca-se a importância em considerar o diagnóstico, especialmente em casos de pneumonia comunitária que evolui de modo insatisfatório, que não responde à terapia antimicrobiana e cuja epidemiologia é positiva para exposição às aves. O diagnóstico precoce é fundamental devido à excelente resposta terapêutica. O diagnóstico tardio pode levar a curso grave e fatal da doença.

  13. Utilidad de la Técnica de inmunofluorescencia indirecta en ratas Long Evans nutridas, desnutridas, infectadas con T. spiralis e inmunizadas con el inmunógeno de 45kDa

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    M. en C. José Jesús Muñoz Escobedo

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    Full Text Available ResumenLa Trichinellosis es una zoonosis endémica, cosmopolita, sus huéspedes son: rata, cerdo y otros mamíferos entre ellos el hombre, la presencia de Trichinellosis se debe a la ingestión de carne de cerdo insuficientemente cocida, afecta a países con bajos recursos económicos. Se han caracterizado Inmunógenos, siendo el inmunodominante el de 45 kDa, efectivo contra T. spiralis, Se han descrito efectos de desnutrición (DN sobre órganos linfáticos. Los mecanismos de defensa del huésped son alterados con DN proteico-calórico (DPC.SummaryThe Trichinellosis is an endemic zoonosis, which cosmopolitan guests are: rat, pig and other mammals including humans. Immunogens have beencharacterized, with the inmunodominant of 45kDa, effective against T.spiralis. Have described effects of malnutrition on lymphatic organs. The host's defense mechanisms are altered by caloric DN protein (DCP.Objective: To evaluate the indirect immunofluorescence technic in LongEvans rats and DN OUR infected immunized with T. spiralis and theimmunogenicity of 45 kDa.

  14. Control de garrapatas Riphicephalus (Boophilus microplus en bovinos con el inmunógeno Herber biogar - Control of Riphicephalus (Boophilus microplus ticks in bovine with the Herber biogar inmunógeno

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    Botello A.R.

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    Full Text Available ResumenLa presente investigación se realizó con el objetivo de controlar la garrapata Riphicephalus (Boophilus microplus por medio del inmunógeno Herber biogar en bovinos en el municipio de Guanare, Portuguesa, Venezuela.SummaryThis research was conducted with the aim of controlling the tickRiphicephalus (Boophilus microplus through Herber biogar immunogen incattle in the town of Guanare, Portuguesa, Venezuela.

  15. NNDSS - Table II. Chlamydia to Coccidioidomycosis

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    U.S. Department of Health & Human Services — NNDSS - Table II. Chlamydia to Coccidioidomycosis - 2017. In this Table, provisional cases of selected notifiable diseases (≥1,000 cases reported during the...

  16. Prevalence of Chlamydia trachomatis infection among patients ...

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    (Interchemical Shenzhen Ltd. China) instruction in the. Microbiology laboratory ... Table 2: Prevalence of Chlamydia trachomatis in relation to clinical samples. Types of .... through hand bills and electronic media including regular seminars for ...

  17. Immunoelectron microscopy of lipopolysaccharide in Chlamydia trachomatis

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    Birkelund, Svend; Lundemose, AG; Christiansen, Gunna

    1989-01-01

    Monoclonal antibodies (MAb) specific for Chlamydia trachomatis lipopolysaccharide (LPS) and major outer membrane protein (MOMP) were used for immunoelectron microscopy analysis. MAb specific for MOMP showed strong reaction with the chlamydial surface, whereas MAb specific for LPS showed strong...

  18. CHLAMYDIA TRACHOMATIS IgG ANTIBODIES ...

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    Dec 31, 2014 ... Chlamydia infection is a common sexually transmitted infection (STI) in ... Hence, there is need to institute appropriate prevention and control measures ... prevalence of 33% in asymptomatic volunteers from two cities, while ...

  19. NNDSS - Table II. Chlamydia to Coccidioidomycosis

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    U.S. Department of Health & Human Services — NNDSS - Table II. Chlamydia to Coccidioidomycosis - 2015.In this Table, provisional cases of selected notifiable diseases (≥1,000 cases reported during the...

  20. NNDSS - Table II. Chlamydia to Coccidioidomycosis

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    U.S. Department of Health & Human Services — NNDSS - Table II. Chlamydia to Coccidioidomycosis - 2016. In this Table, provisional* cases of selected†notifiable diseases (≥1,000 cases reported during the...

  1. Respuesta inmune sistémica y mucosal contra Neisseria meningitidis B inducida por estrategia de vacunación simultánea mucosal y parental

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    González E

    2009-08-01

    Full Text Available mmunization is one of the most successful and cost-effective health interventions ever. Immunization have been helping to reduce child mortality, improving maternal health and combating infectious diseases. In spite of its, undisputed past success and promising future, however, immunization remains an unfinished agenda because of them inadequate coverage. Several factors have been largely responsible of a difficulty to attain immunization coverage and have been recognized as a problems of current vaccines, such as: the number of dose, excessive use of parenteral route, a small number of adjuvants approve for use in human, higher reactogenicity and unavailability against intracellular pathogens, infected or altered cells and scanty feasibility to combined more than one antigen in the same formulation. For bacterial meningitis WHO estimates that 1.2 million cases occur annually and Neisseria meningitidis is the etiological agent in more than 40% of these cases although some meningococcal vaccines are available. To bear in mind these principals problems, a novel protocol for vaccination against N. meningitidis called Single Time Vaccination Strategy (SinTimVaS is proposed. Using female BALB/c mice, we induce systemic and mucosal immune responses against N. meningitidis with only one parenteral and one mucosal dose at the same time, employing the Finlay Adjuvants derivate from N. meningitidis, AFPL1 and AFCo1, respectively. In conclusion, SinTimVaS could increase the vaccination coverage and reduce the time-cost of vaccine campaigns, adding the possibility to increase the herd immunity by mucosal specific response induction.

  2. Síndrome de reconstitución inmune en HIV y neumonía por Pneumocystis jirovecii

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    Agustina Sosa Belaustegui

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available El síndrome de reconstitución inmune es un conjunto de fenómenos inflamatorios agudos, que se producen como consecuencia de la recuperación de la inmunidad, generando un empeoramiento paradójico de una infección o de un proceso inflamatorio previo. En los pacientes infectados con el virus de inmunodeficiencia humana este síndrome se produce luego de iniciado el tratamiento antirretroviral. Las infecciones más frecuentes asociadas a esta entidad son las producidas por micobacterias, herpes, criptococosis, hepatitis B, citomegalovirus, Pneumocystis jirovecii y el empeoramiento de la leucoencenfalopatía multifocal progresiva por el virus JC. Presentamos un paciente con virus de inmunodeficiencia humana que desarrolló el síndrome de reconstitución inmune por Pneumocystis jirovecii.

  3. [Chlamydia trachomatis infection in the cervix uteri].

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    Rosas Arceo, J; Toca Porraz, L; Díaz Esponda, C; Nava Flores, J

    1993-11-01

    We studied 93 gynecological samples of uterine cervix of patients at Hospital de Gineco Obstetricia No. 3, Centro Médico La Raza, IMSS, Health Promotion and Family Medicine Unit No. 5 with monoclonal antibodies. We found Chlamydia trachomatis in 28.4% in women where the infection was suspected. We should think in infection by Chlamydia trachomatis in women with acute cervicitis, acute salpingitis, cervical abnormalities, and to run the specific tests for its detection.

  4. Validación del ensayo Vibriocida colorimétrico para determinar anticuerpos séricos contra cepas candidatas vacunales de Vibrio cholerae

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    Bárbara Cedré

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    Full Text Available El Instituto Finlay posee un grupo de cepas atenuadas candidatas a vacuna oral contra el cólera, las cuales fueron evaluadas desde el punto de vista de su capacidad inmunogénica mediante la determinación de anticuerpos por el método ELISA y principalmente por el ensayo Vibriocida. Este ensayo mide la funcionalidad de los anticuerpos estimulados por la cepa vacunal, por lo que se considera la herramienta más eficaz para medir el estado de la inmunidad en individuos vacunados contra el cólera y constituye el soporte analítico para el desarrollo de la vacuna anticolérica cubana. En este trabajo se evaluaron la precisión, la especificidad y la robustez del ensayo y los resultados obtenidos estuvieron dentro del criterio de aceptación de esta técnica (>50% de coincidencia. Se demostró que las variaciones entre las muestras negativas y positivas se debían precisamente al crecimiento de V. cholerae y que se pueden incorporar pequeños cambios al ensayo sin que esto traiga consigo variaciones en el título de la muestra ni falsos resultados. De acuerdo con los resultados obtenidos, el mismo se considera apto para la evaluación de la respuesta inmune estimulada por un candidato vacunal contra el cólera.

  5. A violencia contra a muller

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    Rodríguez Calvo, María Sol

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    Grao en Medicina Esta unidade didáctica denominada “Violencia contra a muller”, está incluída no bloque de “Clínica forense” da materia “Medicina legal”, que se imparte no segundo semestre do 5º curso do Grao en Medicina. Esta materia é froito da interrelación entre a Medicina e o Dereito nun dobre sentido: o primeiro refírese á aplicación dos coñecementos médicos para resolver cuestións xudiciais (Medicina legal propiamente dita). O segundo ocúpase da regulación xurídica da práctica médic...

  6. Violencia contra inmigrantes en Tamaulipas

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    Simón Pedro Izcara-Palacios

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract: Violence against immigrants in TamaulipasMigrants in Mexico are subjected to extortions, kidnappings, rapes and killings. Tamaulipas, a state situated in the northeast of Mexico, has registered an unprecedented level of violence against migrants. In August of 2010, 72 migrants were massacred in San Fernando (Tamaulipas and in April of 2011, 194 corpses of migrants were found in the same place. Furthermore, since 2009, rural communities in central Tamaulipas, which receive more than five thousand migrants a year to work in harvesting oranges, have suffered violent attacks targeting immigrants. This paper, based on a qualitative methodology that includes in-depth interviews with 60 immigrants conducted between April 2011 and November 2011, examines the forms of cultural, direct, structural and post-structural violence suffered by immigrant workers employed in the orange sector of Tamaulipas.Resumen:Los migrantes en México son objeto de extorsiones, secuestros, violaciones y asesinatos. Tamaulipas, un estado situado en el noreste de México, ha registrado niveles sin precedentes de violencia contra los migrantes. En Agosto de 2010 72 migrantes fueron masacrados en San Fernando (Tamaulipas, y en Abril de 2011 194 cadáveres de migrantes fueron encontrados en el mismo lugar. Asimismo, las comunidades rurales del centro de Tamaulipas, que reciben anualmente más de 5 mil migrantes para trabajar en la pizca de la naranja, han sufrido desde el año 2009 violentos ataques dirigidos contra los migrantes. Este artículo, basado en una metodología cualitativa que incluye entrevistas en profundidad con 60 migrantes realizadas entre Abril y Noviembre de 2011, examina las formas de violencia cultural, directa, estructural y postestructural sufrida por los trabajadores migratorios empleados en el sector citrícola de Tamaulipas.

  7. Prevalence of Chlamydia psittaci and Other Chlamydia Species in Wild Birds in Poland.

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    Krawiec, Marta; Piasecki, Tomasz; Wieliczko, Alina

    2015-11-01

    Avian chlamydiosis is a zoonotic disease occurring in humans, poultry, and exotic birds. It has been suggested that some wild bird species play an important role as reservoirs for Chlamydia, especially Chlamydia psittaci. Whereas C. psittaci is the predominant chlamydial agent in birds, in the present study we have determined the prevalence of different species of Chlamydia among selected wild bird species in Poland using a rapid and sensitive real-time PCR method. In total, 369 free-living birds from 35 bird species and 15 orders were examined. Samples from 27 birds (7.3%) were positive for chlamydial DNA in the PCR; 22 positive samples (81.5%) belonged to C. psittaci, three to Chlamydia trachomatis (11.1%), and two (7.4%) classified only to the genus Chlamydia. Most of C. psittaci-positive samples belonged to five orders: Anseriformes, Columbiformes, Gruiformes, Phasianiformes, and Passeriformes. All C. trachomatis samples were obtained from Eurasian coots (Gruiformes). Two Chlamydia-positive samples not classified to any Chlamydia species were obtained from a common wood pigeon (Columbiformes) and a common buzzard (Accipitriformes). Detection of C. psittaci and C. trachomatis in free-living bird populations force to think on significance of birds as reservoir of varied Chlamydia species and their epidemiological importance.

  8. Violencia contra las mujeres y alguien mas...

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    Piatti, Mª de Lujan

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    La violencia contra las mujeres es una clara vulneración a sus derechos humanos. Es una violencia ejercida contra ellas por el solo hecho de ser mujeres; no se trata de casos aislados, sino que constituye un fenómeno social, presente en la sociedad actual sin distinción de razas, lugar geográfico, nivel cultural, religión, sistema político o económico. Investigar sobre “La violencia contra las mujeres y alguien más…”, desde una mirada multidisciplinar, significa bucear en las profundidades de...

  9. Importancia de la estabilidad cinética de complejos HLA clase II/péptido formados en presencia de HLA-DM en la inmuno-dominancia de un epítope universal candidata a vacuna contra la malaria

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    Introducción: La proteína de circumsporozoito (CS) de Plasmodium falciparum (parásito causante de la mayor morbi-mortalidad por malaria en el mundo) posee un péptido de 20 aminoácidos (326EYLNKIQNSLSTEWSPCSVT345) denominado T*. Por presentarse en múltiples haplotipos HLA-DR y estimular eficientemente a los linfocitos T CD4+ (LT-CD4+) para que produzcan interferón gama (IFN-), una citoquina importante en la respuesta inmune protectiva contra el parásito, T* ha sido evaluado con éxito como can...

  10. PRODUCCIÓN Y EVALUACIÓN SEROLÓGICA DE UNA BACTERINA CONTRA LA LEPTOSPIROSIS BOVINA

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    Edna Sánchez C

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    Full Text Available Objetivo. Producir una bacterina contra leptospirosis bovina. Materiales y métodos. La producción de la bacterina se realizó a partir de cultivos de L. pomona, L. grippotyphosa, L. hardjobovis, L. hardjoprajitno, L. icterohaemorrhagiae y L. canicola con concentraciones entre 1x108 y 1x1010 células/ml. Las leptospiras se inactivaron con formol y se adsorbieron en hidróxido de aluminio para formular la vacuna. La concentración final de cada serovar fue de 1x108 Leptospiras/ml. Para realizar la evaluación serológica del producto biológico, se inmunizó una población de 20 ternerossanos los cuales fueron sangrados antes y después de la vacunación para realizar titulaciones de los sueros por medio de la técnica de microaglutinación y de esta forma determinar la producción de anticuerpos generada a causa de la bacterina. Resultados. El serovar que mayor título de anticuerpos produjo fue L. icterohaemorrhagiae, seguido por L. canicola. La serología realizada 15 días despuésde la revacunación fueron los que presentaron mayor número de anticuerpos para todos los serovares, excepto para L. grippotyphosa que fue el único que no estimuló la producción de anticuerpos en los animales vacunados. Conclusiones. La bacterina fue capaz de inducir una respuesta inmune humoral en los bovinos, sin embargo, la cepa L. grippotyphosa no fue inmunógena comparada con los demás serovares quehicieron parte de la vacuna

  11. Chlamydia

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    ... or babies born before 37 weeks of pregnancy. Premature birth is the most common cause of infant death and can lead to long-term health and ... or babies born before 37 weeks of pregnancy. Premature birth is the most common cause of infant death and can lead to long-term health and ...

  12. ALGUNAS ALTERACIONES HISTOPATOLÓGICAS RELACIONADAS CON ENFERMEDADES DEL SISTEMA INMUNE

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    Ángel Concepción

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available El estudio del sistema inmune normal y los efectos histopatológicos provocados por sus alteraciones, son de la mayor importancia tanto desde el punto de vista investigativo, como para una adecuada preparación del médico integral que se necesita formar en este campo. Tomando en consideración estos antecedentes fue utilizado en el presente trabajo, muestras de mastocitos peritoneales teñidas con azul de toluidina y cortes de corazón, pulmón y tiroides, incluidas en parafina y teñidas con hematoxilina-eosina. Posteriormente fueron fotografiadas a través de un microscopio óptico y procesadas, mediante un programa de foto edición. Se comparan patologías de origen inmunológico, como las características de los mastocitos desgranulados y sin desgranular, corazón normal y con carditis, pulmón normal con la de asma a nivel alveolar y tiroides normal, con tiroiditis. El objetivo del trabajo consiste en comparar un grupo de imágenes que muestran las características normales de diversos órganos, comparándolas con las imágenes de patologías de origen inmunológico que las afectan, por lo que además del resultado investigativo, posee valor docente.

  13. LA EVOLUCIÓN DE SISTEMAS COMPLEJOS: EL CASO DEL SISTEMA INMUNE EN ANIMALES

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    LUIS F. CADAVID

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available El sistema inmune en animales comprende una serie de mecanismos celulares y moleculares que de manera conjunta mantienen la integridad fisiológica y genética de los organismos. Convencionalmente se ha considerado la existencia de dos clases de inmunidad, la innata y la adaptativa. La primera es ancestral, con variabilidad limitada y baja discriminación, mientras que la segunda es altamente variable, específica y restringida a vertebrados mandibulados. La inmunidad adaptativa se basa en receptores de antígeno que se rearreglan somáticamente para generar una diversidad casi ilimitada de moléculas. Este mecanismo de recombinación somática muy probablemente emergió como consecuencia de un evento de transferencia horizontal de transposones y transposas bacterianas en el ancestro de los vertebrados mandibulados. El reciente descubrimiento en vertebrados no mandibulados e invertebrados de mecanismos de inmunidad adaptativa alternos, plantea la necesidad de considerar nuevos elementos en la construcción de un modelo evolutivo de la inmunidad en animales. Algunos de esos elementos se esbozan en este ensayo.

  14. Efecto de un anticuerpo monoclonal anti CD20 (Rituximab en trombocitopenia inmune

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    José Untama

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available Objetivos: Describir la respuesta terapéutica con un anticuerpo monoclonal anti CD20 (Rituximab, en pacientes con Trombocitopenia Inmune (PTI. Material y métodos: Estudio retrospectivo, descriptivo y observacional tipo serie de casos. Se revisaron las historias clínicas de pacientes adultos con PTI que recibieron el anticuerpo monoclonal anti CD20 (Rituximab, desde diciembre 2005 hasta diciembre 2010. Se definió respuesta: conteo plaquetario >30 mil, por lo menos duplicar el conteo plaquetario inicial y no signos de sangrado, y respuesta completa: conteo plaquetario >100 mil y no signos de sangrado. Resultados: Se evaluaron 24 cursos de tratamiento. Hubo respuesta en 18 (75%, en una media de 11,9 semanas (rango 0,7 - 37,4, la duración media de respuesta fue 16 meses (rango 3,3 - 55,3. Se mantuvo la respuesta obtenida en 12 pacientes, seguimiento promedio de 22 meses (rango 4 - 62. Se logró respuesta completa en 13/23 (60% casos, en una media de 17 semanas (rango 0,7 - 62,3, con una duración media de respuesta completa de 10,1 meses (rango 2,3 - 25,2, 5 casos mantuvieron respuesta completa con una media de seguimiento de 20 meses (rango 8 - 29. Conclusiones: Se obtuvo una alta tasa de respuesta al tratamiento con Rituximab (hasta 75% en casos de PTI que fallaron al menos a una línea de tratamiento.

  15. Colesterol inmune y aterosclerosis coronaria demostrada por angiografía Immune cholesterol and coronary arteriosclerosis demonstrated by angiography

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    Giovanna Pereira Roca

    2001-04-01

    Full Text Available Se evaluaron los niveles de colesterol inmune a través de un estudio descriptivo transversal, donde se analizaron 102 pacientes atendidos en la Consulta de Cardiopatía Isquémica del Instituto Nacional de Cardiología y Cirugía Cardiovascular, por padecer supuestamente de la enfermedad, quienes concurrieron durante el período de un año (sin selección alguna. Se les indicó la angiografía coronaria como parte de su estudio, con vistas a conocer la utilidad clínica del colesterol inmune como marcador diagnóstico para la aterosclerosis coronaria, así como asociar el colesterol inmune con otros parámetros lipídicos. Se observó que la concentración de colesterol inmune fue menor en sujetos supuestamente normales que en pacientes con aterosclerosis coronaria, y a su vez dentro de estos últimos fue mayor en pacientes con grado 3 de estenosis. Se comprobó que existe una asociación positiva entre los niveles de colesterol inmune, colesterol total, y c-LDL, en el suero de los pacientes estudiados y el grado de severidad de la enfermedad arterial coronaria. No se demostró asociación entre el colesterol inmune y el resto de las variables lipídicas estudiadas. Niveles de "colesterol inmune" iguales o superiores a 17 mg/mL incrementan el riesgo de la aterosclerosis coronaria desde 1,3 a 8 veces, comportándose como mejor predictor de la severidad de la lesión coronaria y presencia de la aterosclerosis coronaria que los marcadores de riesgo lipídicos más comúnmente conocidos.A descriptive and cross-sectional study was conducted to evaluate the levels of immune cholesterol. 102 patients who received attention at the Consulting Room of Ischemic Heart Disease of the National Institute of Cardiology and Cardiovascular Surgery during a year (no selection was made were analyzed. These patients that apparently suffered from this disease underwent coronary angiography as part of the study in order to know the clinical usefulness of immune

  16. Terapia génica con citocinas contra cáncer cervicouterino Gene therapy with cytokines against cervical cancer

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    Víctor Hugo Bermúdez-Morales

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    Full Text Available La terapia génica es una excelente alternativa para el tratamiento de muchas enfermedades. La capacidad para manipular el DNA ha permitido dirigir la terapia génica para corregir la función de un gen alterado, aumentar la expresión de un gen o activar la respuesta inmune. Así, se puede proponer el uso del DNA como un medicamento capaz de controlar, corregir o curar una enfermedad. La terapia génica contra cáncer tiene un potencial enorme, y en la última década se han obtenido resultados muy alentadores del uso del DNA para controlar diversas neoplasias en modelos animales, lo cual ha permitido su aplicación en protocolos experimentales en humanos. Esta revisión concentra una reseña de los fundamentos de la terapia génica y su aplicación en cáncer cervical, desde el punto de vista de las alteraciones de la respuesta inmune enfocadas al microambiente tumoral y el uso de las citocinas como moduladores de la respuesta inmune.Gene therapy is an excellent alternative for treatment of many diseases. Capacity to manipulate the DNA has allowed direct the gene therapy to correct the function of an altered gene, to increase the expression of a gene and to favour the activation of the immune response. This way, it can intend the use of the DNA like medication able to control, to correct or to cure many diseases. Gene therapy against cancer has an enormous potential, and actually the use of the DNA has increased to control diverse cancer in animal models, with very encouraging results that have allowed its applications in experimental protocols in human. This work concentrates a review of the foundations of the gene therapy and its application on cervical cancer, from the point of view of the alterations of the immune system focused on the tumour micro-environment, and the use of the cytokines as immunomodulators.

  17. Chlamydia screening interventions from community pharmacies: a systematic review.

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    Gudka, Sajni; Afuwape, Folasade E; Wong, Bessie; Yow, Xuan Li; Anderson, Claire; Clifford, Rhonda M

    2013-07-01

    Chlamydia (Chlamydia trachomatis) is the most commonly notified sexually transmissible infection in Australia. Increasing the number of people aged 16-25 years being tested for chlamydia has become a key objective. The strategy recommends that chlamydia screening sites should be easy to access. Community pharmacies are conveniently located and easily accessible. This review aimed to determine the different types of pharmacy-based chlamydia screening interventions, describe their uptake rates, and understand issues around the acceptability of and barriers to testing. Seven electronic databases were searched for peer-reviewed articles published up to 30 October 2011 for studies that reported chlamydia screening interventions from community pharmacies, or had qualitative evidence on acceptability or barriers linked with interventions. Of the 163 publications identified, 12 met the inclusion criteria. Nine reported chlamydia screening interventions in a pharmacy setting, whereas three focussed on perspectives on chlamydia screening. Pharmacists could offer a chlamydia test to consumers attending the pharmacy for a sexual health-related consultation, or consumers could request a chlamydia test as part of a population-based intervention. Participating consumers said pharmacies were accessible and convenient, and pharmacists were competent when offering a chlamydia test. Pharmacists reported selectively offering tests to women they thought would be most at risk, undermining the principles of opportunistic interventions. Chlamydia screening from community pharmacies is feasible, and can provide an accessible, convenient venue to get a test. Professional implementation support, alongside resources, education and training programs, and incentives may overcome the issue of pharmacists selectively offering the test.

  18. CIA and the Contras' cocaine connection

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    2006-01-01

    The evidence shows that the government knew that the Contras’ decided to traffic cocaine to finance themselves. The government participated in the drug trafficking by not interrupting it. CIA ordered the Contras to traffic drugs. Traffickers were protected from prosecution and received government contract. The government knew and sanctioned the drug trafficking into the US to support the Contras. The White House urged lenience for at least one convicted trafficker and terrorist.

  19. Vacuna contra el VPH (HPV Vaccine)

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    Desde el 2006, hay una vacuna que protege contra los tipos de VPH que causan cáncer con mayor frecuencia. Este podcast habla sobre la importancia de que los padres hablen con los proveedores de atención médica de sus hijos sobre ponerles la vacuna contra el VPH.  Created: 7/25/2013 by MMWR.   Date Released: 11/4/2013.

  20. Análisis de la coestimulación en la respuesta inmune de pacientes con síndrome de hiperinmunoglobulinemia E con infecciones recurrentes

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    Pablo Javier Patiño Grajales

    2000-02-01

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    El síndrome de hiperinmunoglobulinemia E con infecciones recurrentes (SHIEIR es una inmunodeficiencia primaria caracterizada por niveles séricos extremadamente elevados de inmunoglobulina E, eczema de aparición temprana, eosinofilia, infecciones a repetición de la piel y neumonías con formación de neumatoceles (1. El análisis reciente de 30 pacientes y 70 de sus familiares ha permitido redefinirlo como un desorden multisistémico que afecta la dentición, el esqueleto, el tejido conectivo y el sistema inmune; se ha sugerido que se hereda como un rasgo autonómico dominante con expresividad variable (2.

    Las anormalidades inmunológicas en este síndrome incluyen alteraciones del funcionamiento de los linfocitos T y B, al igual que las células fagocíticas. Pese a que dichos defectos no se han logrado documentar consistentemente en todos los pacientes, sí se ha observado de manera persistente una incapacidad de los linfocitos T para activarse, in vivo e in vitro, cuando son estimulados con antígenos específicos, aunque mantienen intacta su capacidad de respuesta a mitógenos. Este fenómeno, aunado a una marcada susceptibilidad de los individuos afectados por adquirir infecciones que comprometen preferencialmente algunos órganos y sistemas (piel y aparato respiratorio y cuyos agentes etiológicos son muy característicos (especialmente el Staphylococcus aureus, nos llevaron a proponer que el defecto en la respuesta inmune en dichos sitios anatómicos y contra microorganismos específicos puede deberse a alguna alteración en las moléculas accesorias que se expresan tanto en los linfocitos T como en las células presentadoras de antígenos.

    Por lo anterior nos proponemos evaluar la actividad de las mol

  1. Violencia intrafamiliar contra las mujeres

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    Omar Huertas Díaz

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available El presente texto pretende abordar el tema de violencia en contra de las mujeres desde la perspectiva familiar, es decir la violencia intrafamiliar o también llamada doméstica, entendida y afirmada desde la Corte Constitucional, como aquella violencia que causa daño o maltrato físico, psíquico o sexual, trato cruel, intimidatorio o degradante, amenaza, agravio, ofensa o cualquier otra forma de agresión, producida entre miembros de una familia, llámese cónyuge o compañero permanente, padre o madre, aunque no convivan bajo el mismo techo, ascendientes o descendientes de estos incluyendo hijos adoptivos, y en general todas las personas que de manera permanente se hallaren integrados a la unidad doméstica. Junto a ello el documento explicará de qué forma afecta esta particular clase de violencia a las mujeres, los abusos y malos tratos que la materializan, y las medidas adoptadas por el Estado Colombiano para enfrentar sus consecuencias, y por último la presentación de los conceptos que maneja la Corte Constitucional en la interpretación de dicho fenómeno.

  2. Detection of Chlamydia in postmortal formalin-fixed tissue

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    Lundemose, AG; Lundemose, JB; Birkelund, Svend;

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    A procedure to detect Chlamydia in postmortal formalin-fixed tissue is described. Monoclonal antibodies against a genus specific chlamydia epitope were used in immunofluorescence to detect chlamydia inclusions in formalin-fixed tissue sections. Lung sections from chlamydia-infected mice were....... Background and non-specific fluorescence were reduced by treating the tissue sections with trypsin, rabbit serum and Evans blue counterstain. Besides giving an exact diagnosis at autopsy, the method provides the possibility of determining the occurrence of chlamydia infections in various tissues, based...

  3. Chlamydia Peritonitis and Ascites Mimicking Ovarian Cancer

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    Anar Gojayev

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Background. Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID rarely results in diffuse ascites. Severe adhesive disease secondary to PID may lead to the formation of inclusion cysts and even pelvic peritoneal nodularity due to postinflammatory scarring and cause an elevation of serum CA-125 levels. The constellation of these findings may mimic an ovarian neoplasm. Case. We report a case of a 22-year-old female who presented with multiple pelvic cysts and diffuse ascites due to Chlamydia trachomatis infection. The initial gynecologic exam did not reveal obvious evidence of PID; however, a positive Chlamydia trachomatis test, pathologic findings, and the exclusion of other etiologies facilitated the diagnosis. Conclusion. Chlamydia trachomatis and other infectious agents should be considered in the differential diagnosis of a young sexually active female with abdominal pain, ascites, and pelvic cystic masses. Thorough workup in such a population may reduce the number of more invasive procedures as well as unnecessary repeat surgical procedures.

  4. Progress in genotyping of Chlamydia trachomatis

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    Xia Yong; Xiong Likuan

    2014-01-01

    Objective To review the common genotyping techniques of Chlamydia trachomatis in terms of their principles,characteristics,applications and limitations.Data sources Data used in this review were mainly from English literatures of PubMed database.The search terms were "Chlamydia trachomatis" and "genotyping".Meanwhile,data from World Health Organization were also cited.Study selection Original articles and reviews relevant to present review's theme were selected.Results Different genotyping techniques were applied on different occasions according to their characteristics,especially in epidemiological studies worldwide,which pushed the study of Chlamydia trachomatis forward greatly.In addition,summaries of some epidemiological studies by genotyping were also included in this work for reference and comparison.Conclusions A clear understanding of common genotyping techniques could be helpful to genotype C.trachomatis more appropriately and effectively.Furthermore,more studies on the association of genotypes of Ch/amydia trachomatis with clinical manifestations should be performed.

  5. Chlamydia Peritonitis and Ascites Mimicking Ovarian Cancer

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    Macer, Matthew; Azodi, Masoud

    2016-01-01

    Background. Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) rarely results in diffuse ascites. Severe adhesive disease secondary to PID may lead to the formation of inclusion cysts and even pelvic peritoneal nodularity due to postinflammatory scarring and cause an elevation of serum CA-125 levels. The constellation of these findings may mimic an ovarian neoplasm. Case. We report a case of a 22-year-old female who presented with multiple pelvic cysts and diffuse ascites due to Chlamydia trachomatis infection. The initial gynecologic exam did not reveal obvious evidence of PID; however, a positive Chlamydia trachomatis test, pathologic findings, and the exclusion of other etiologies facilitated the diagnosis. Conclusion. Chlamydia trachomatis and other infectious agents should be considered in the differential diagnosis of a young sexually active female with abdominal pain, ascites, and pelvic cystic masses. Thorough workup in such a population may reduce the number of more invasive procedures as well as unnecessary repeat surgical procedures. PMID:27747116

  6. Clinical characteristics of genital chlamydia infection in pelvic inflammatory disease.

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    Park, Sung Taek; Lee, Suk Woo; Kim, Min Jeong; Kang, Young Mo; Moon, Hye Min; Rhim, Chae Chun

    2017-01-13

    Chlamydia infection in acute pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) is associated with serious complications including ectopic pregnancy, tubal infertility, Fitz-Hugh-Curtis syndrome and tubo-ovarian abscess (TOA). This study compared clinical and laboratory data between PID with and without chlamydia infection. The medical records of 497 women who were admitted with PID between 2002 and 2011 were reviewed. The patients were divided into two groups (PID with and without chlamydia infection), which were compared in terms of the patients' characteristics, clinical presentation, and laboratory findings, including inflammatory markers. The chlamydia and non-chlamydia groups comprised 175 and 322 women, respectively. The patients in the chlamydia group were younger and had a higher rate of TOA, a longer mean hospital stay, and had undergone more surgeries than the patients in the non- chlamydia group. The erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR), C-reactive protein (CRP), and CA-125 level were higher in the chlamydia group than in the non-chlamydia group, but there was no significant difference in the white blood cell count between the two groups. The CA-125 level was the strongest predictor of chlamydia infection, followed by the ESR and CRP level. The area under the receiving operating curve for CA-125, ESR, and CRP was 0.804, 0.755, and 0.663, respectively. Chlamydia infection in acute PID is associated with increased level of inflammatory markers, such as CA-125, ESR and CRP, incidence of TOA, operation risk, and longer hospitalization.

  7. Estudios sobre el diagnóstico, la respuesta inmune humoral en humanos y la evaluación de la proteína prM como inmunógeno del virus dengue

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    Vázquez Ramudo, Susana

    2009-01-01

    Se muestran de forma resumida, los principales trabajos de investigación realizados por la autora a partir de su obtención del grado científico de Doctor en Ciencias Médicas (1996), los cuales son agrupados según el tema y no necesariamente en orden cronológico de realización, denominándose como: 1. Evaluación de sistemas diagnósticos para la detección de anticuerpos o antígenos a virus dengue. 2. Estudio de la respuesta inmune humoral en pacientes con infección a virus dengue. 3. Estudios...

  8. Evaluación de anticuerpos contra enfermedades prevenibles por vacunas en el binomio madre–recién nacido en hospitales de Ciudad de La Habana

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    Rolando Felipe Ochoa

    2007-08-01

    Full Text Available El sistema inmune es inmaduro en los recién nacidos, lo que los hace susceptibles a las enfermedades infecciosas, sin embargo, pueden ser parcialmente protegidos por los anticuerpos adquiridos a través de la placenta. Por ello, nos propusimos evaluar la transferencia transplacentaria de anticuerpos contra algunas enfermedades prevenibles por vacunas. Se realizó un ensayo prospectivo, aleatorio, en el binomio madre–recién nacido. Para ello se analizó un total de 96 pares de muestras de suero, tomadas en el salón de preparto y al nacimiento en hospitales de Ciudad de La Habana, durante el año 2004. Se emplearon técnicas inmunoenzimáticas para determinar los niveles de antitoxina tetánica (ATT, antitoxina diftérica (ATD y anticuerpos contra proteínas de membrana externa del meningococo B (PME, contra el polisacárido capsular del meningococo C (PSC y contra el polisacárido Vi de Salmonella Typhi. Se detectó un nivel apropiado de ATT, tanto en las madres como en los recién nacidos, predominando los valores correspondientes a la protección de larga duración (>1 UI/mL, con 88,54% y 92,71%, respectivamente. Se observó niveles de ATD inferiores a 0,1 UI/mL, límite para una protección confiable, en el 54,17% y 45,83% de las madres y los recién nacidos. El 90,63% de las madres y el 96,88% de los recién nacidos presentaron concentraciones de anticuerpos contra PME superiores a 2 µg/mL, así como el 38,54% y el 41,67% para anticuerpos contra PSC. La seroprotección contra la Salmonella Typhi (>1 µg/mL fue de 5,21% y 8,33%, respectivamente. La mayoría de los recién nacidos presentaron títulos superiores de anticuerpos al de sus madres, lo cual demuestra que la transferencia transplacentaria de anticuerpos es un mecanismo eficiente.

  9. La Ciudad Contra el Campo

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    Jaramillo Ocampo Hernán

    1940-03-01

    Full Text Available La Colombia colonial regida por virreyes, alcabaleros y frailes, fundó su economía en escasas faenas pastoriles que eran más pasatiempo de nuestros abuelos que correría económica, y en el laboreo de las minas, donde la carne de los negros inflaba las arcas de los chapetones y acrecentaba el afán imperialista de España. Contra los pilones de las rocas hostiles trabajaba una recua importada, que nunca supo de la vida cristiana y cuyo sudor recogían tres o cuatro ciudades antipáticas, encaprichadas en aclimatar las costumbres hispánicas y en gozar de los lujos y prebendas propios de una nación crecida. Hispánicas, fafaracheras y endomingadas nuestras pequeñas ciudades, aparecían en un todo divorciadas de la índole misma del pueblo, de la textura de la Colombia tropical. En esta forma fuimos preparando una línea divisoria entre la ciudad y el campo. Las ciudades progresan, se fundan nuevos pueblos, la conquista se realiza abriendo la selva para plantar moradas y clavar iglesias, mientras que en el campo reina la misma e irremediable soledad. Continúa así la lucha entre la ciudad y el campo, en la cual la primera resulta siempre triunfadora. Toda la riqueza rural está garantizando el progreso y embellecimiento de nuestras urbes, Así la despoblación de los campos no es un hecho tolerado por el país, sino preparado por éste. El traslado patrimonial del campo a la ciudad ha permitido que las clases urbanas se organicen.

  10. Efecto del cobre y del cadmio sobre la respuesta inmune innata del pez Colossoma macropomum

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    A. Vargas

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available En este trabajo se evaluó la respuesta inmunológica celular inespecífica del pez Colossoma macropomum (Cuvier, 1818 expuesto a concentraciones subletales de cobre y cadmio, a través de la determinación de la viabilidad celular, la quimiotaxis, la fagocitosis y la muerte bacteriana en células inmunocompetentes extraídas del riñón cefálico, la sangre y el hígado. Los peces fueron expuestos por separado a 0,5 mg/L de cloruro de cobre y 1,0 mg/L de cloruro de cadmio durante 28 días; después de la exposición, se depuraron por el mismo período. La viabilidad celular se mantuvo entre 99-94%. La exposición al cadmio causó una reducción significativa en la respuesta quimiotáctica de granulocitos en los tejidos evaluados. Tanto los peces expuestos a cobre como los expuestos a cadmio presentaron una disminución significativa en la respuesta fagocítica de granulocitos. En sangre, el cadmio afectó la efectividad de los granulocitos de inducir muerte bacteriana; el cobre sin embargo, afectó la efectividad de inducir muerte bacteriana en los granulocitos provenientes del hígado. Los peces expuestos a cadmio presentaron un incremento significativo en los niveles de cortisol sérico y una disminución de esta hormona en los peces expuestos a cobre. Estos resultados demuestran que la exposición crónica a los metales cobre y cadmio produce una inhibición de la respuesta inmune inespecífica en el pez Colossoma macropomum.

  11. Chlamydia control in Europe: literature review

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    Low, N; S, Redmond; Alexander, K

    and inclusion of all or only sexually experienced participants. • Four EU/EEA Member States (France, Germany, Slovenia, UK) have reported findings from nationally representative surveys of sexually experienced adults ≤25 years, with response rates from 46 to 71%. Chlamydia point prevalence estimates in women...... in EU/EEA Member States • Ten EU/EEA Member States have conducted population-based cross-sectional surveys to measure the prevalence of chlamydia infection in a nationally representative sample of the population or in a subnational sample of the population. Fourteen EU/EEA Member States have conducted...

  12. Novel overlapping coding sequences in Chlamydia trachomatis

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    Jensen, Klaus Thorleif; Petersen, Lise; Falk, Søren;

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    Chlamydia trachomatis is the aetiological agent of trachoma and sexually transmitted infections. The C. trachomatis genome sequence revealed an organism adapted to the intracellular habitat with a high coding ratio and a small genome consisting of 1.042-kilobase (kb) with 895 annotated protein...... of the novel genes in C. trachomatis Serovar A and Chlamydia muridarum. Several of the genes have typical gene-like and protein-like features. Furthermore, we confirm transcriptional activity from 10 of the putative genes. The combined evidence suggests that at least seven of the 15 are protein coding genes...

  13. Respuesta inmune celular en vacas suplementadas con grasa sobrepasante durante el periodo de transición

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    La inmunidad celular es determinada por los leucocitos, los cuales participan en la respuesta inmune celular del animal (Duque et al., 2011). En las vacas de producción de leche durante el periodo de transición ocurren importantes cambios metabólicos, hormonales y nutricionales, uno de estos es el denominado BEN —Balance Energético Negativo— (Duque et al., 2011), que puede desencadenar un cuadro de inmuno-supresión relacionado con estados patológicos clínicos o subclínicos (Ruginosu et al., 2...

  14. Síndrome de reconstitución inmune en HIV y neumonía por Pneumocystis jirovecii

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    Agustina Sosa Belaustegui; Santiago Flagel; Ana Frydman; Mariana Labato; Cristina Myburg; Jorge Risso

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    El síndrome de reconstitución inmune es un conjunto de fenómenos inflamatorios agudos, que se producen como consecuencia de la recuperación de la inmunidad, generando un empeoramiento paradójico de una infección o de un proceso inflamatorio previo. En los pacientes infectados con el virus de inmunodeficiencia humana este síndrome se produce luego de iniciado el tratamiento antirretroviral. Las infecciones más frecuentes asociadas a esta entidad son las producidas por micobacterias, herpes, cr...

  15. Estudio de las interrelaciones entre nutrición y respuesta inmune en modelo experimental, en ratas en crecimiento

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    Slobodianik, Nora Haydée

    1985-01-01

    El tipo de respuesta y la vulnerabilidad de un tejido a los efectos del desequilibrio nutricional dependen de la velocidad de recambio celular. La cinética de proliferación celular en los órganos linfoides sugiere que estos tejidos deben ser particularmente susceptibles a los efectos de la desnutrición proteica. Teniendo en cuenta que la respuesta se inicia en dichos órganos, y debido a la multiplicidad de aspectos involucrados con el sistema inmune, en este trabajo se han estudiado los efect...

  16. Desarrollo de estrategias de activación de la respuesta inmune antitumoral mediada por células NK

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    Acebes Huerta, Andrea

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    Durante la realización del proyecto de investigación que compone esta tesis hemos estudiado diferentes estrategias para inducir la actividad de las células NK en el contexto del cáncer. Además, hemos tratado de profundizar en los mecanismos que subyacen al papel de estos mediadores celulares en los diferentes procesos tumorales estudiados. En la primera parte de esta tesis hemos analizado la capacidad de la lenalidomida, un fármaco inmunomodulador, para activar la respuesta inmune en la Le...

  17. Detection of Chlamydia pneumoniae and Chlamydia psittaci in sputum samples by PCR.

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    Tong, C Y; Sillis, M

    1993-01-01

    AIMS--To use the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) to detect Chlamydia pneumoniae and Chlamydia psittaci in sputum samples. METHODS--A nested PCR was developed, the first stage of which amplified DNA from both C pneumoniae and C psittaci while the second stage targeted specifically at C pneumoniae, allowing the two species to be differentiated. The primers were designed not to amplify sequences from C trachomatis. A panel of 26 sputum samples from patients with community acquired pneumonia eval...

  18. Against inequality Contra la desigualdad

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    Dugger William

    1998-12-01

    es impracticable porque el Estado siempre actua, aún cuando siga políticas económicas no intervencionistas. En contra del simplismo de quienes defienden la disyunción 'Estado o mercado'. En cuanto a la desigualdad, resume así el problema central de nuestra época: ¿Cuánta desigualdad creará y permitirá el Estado para preservar la estructura de mercado?

  19. Continuos g-contraíbles

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    Michael A. Rincón-Villamizar

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Diremos que un continuo X es g-contraíble si existe una función continua y sobreyectiva f : X → X que es homotópica a una función constante. En este artículo hacemos una recopilación de los resultados conocidos acerca de los continuos g-contraíbles. Mostraremos que existe un continuo que no es g-contraíble tal que el producto numerable de él con sí mismo sí lo es.Con esto damos respuesta negativa a un caso particular de la Pregunta 3.2 que propusimos en el artículo “On g-contractibility of continua” [3].

  20. Chlamydia Infections - Multiple Languages: MedlinePlus

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  1. Chlamydia Pneumoniae Pneumonia: An Evolving Clinical Spectrum

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    David Megran

    1995-01-01

    Full Text Available Chlamydia pneumoniae is a recently recognized respiratory tract pathogen. It accounts for 6 to 10% of all cases of community acquired pneumonia requiring admission to hospital. Two patients hospitalized with C pneumoniae pneumonia are presented to illustrate its range of severity and the extrapulmonary manifestations.

  2. Chlamydia pneumoniae pneumonia: An evolving clinical spectrum

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    Megran, David; Peeling, Rosanna W; Marrie, Thomas J

    1995-01-01

    Chlamydia pneumoniae is a recently recognized respiratory tract pathogen. It accounts for 6 to 10% of all cases of community acquired pneumonia requiring admission to hospital. Two patients hospitalized with C pneumoniae pneumonia are presented to illustrate its range of severity and the extrapulmonary manifestations. PMID:22514396

  3. CHLAMYDIA TRACHOMATIS: TRANSMISION VERTICAL CON MEMBRANAS INTEGRAS

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    2002-01-01

    Se presenta un caso clínico de transmisión vertical de Chlamydia trachomatis con membranas amniocoriónicas íntegras. Se discute esta rara vía de contagio realizando una revisión actualizada de su diagnóstico y tratamiento

  4. Polarized Cell Division of Chlamydia trachomatis

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    Abdelrahman, Yasser; Ouellette, Scot P.; Belland, Robert J.; Cox, John V.

    2016-01-01

    Bacterial cell division predominantly occurs by a highly conserved process, termed binary fission, that requires the bacterial homologue of tubulin, FtsZ. Other mechanisms of bacterial cell division that are independent of FtsZ are rare. Although the obligate intracellular human pathogen Chlamydia trachomatis, the leading bacterial cause of sexually transmitted infections and trachoma, lacks FtsZ, it has been assumed to divide by binary fission. We show here that Chlamydia divides by a polarized cell division process similar to the budding process of a subset of the Planctomycetes that also lack FtsZ. Prior to cell division, the major outer-membrane protein of Chlamydia is restricted to one pole of the cell, and the nascent daughter cell emerges from this pole by an asymmetric expansion of the membrane. Components of the chlamydial cell division machinery accumulate at the site of polar growth prior to the initiation of asymmetric membrane expansion and inhibitors that disrupt the polarity of C. trachomatis prevent cell division. The polarized cell division of C. trachomatis is the result of the unipolar growth and FtsZ-independent fission of this coccoid organism. This mechanism of cell division has not been documented in other human bacterial pathogens suggesting the potential for developing Chlamydia-specific therapeutic treatments. PMID:27505160

  5. Molecular biology of the Chlamydia pneumoniae surface

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    Christiansen, Gunna; Østergaard, Lars; Birkelund, Svend

    1997-01-01

    Chlamydia pneumoniaeis a fastidious microorganism with a characteristic biphasic lifecycle causing a variety of human respiratory tract infections. There is limited knowledge about the molecular biology of C. pneumoniae, and only a few genes have been sequenced. The structure of the chlamydial...

  6. Polarized Cell Division of Chlamydia trachomatis.

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    Abdelrahman, Yasser; Ouellette, Scot P; Belland, Robert J; Cox, John V

    2016-08-01

    Bacterial cell division predominantly occurs by a highly conserved process, termed binary fission, that requires the bacterial homologue of tubulin, FtsZ. Other mechanisms of bacterial cell division that are independent of FtsZ are rare. Although the obligate intracellular human pathogen Chlamydia trachomatis, the leading bacterial cause of sexually transmitted infections and trachoma, lacks FtsZ, it has been assumed to divide by binary fission. We show here that Chlamydia divides by a polarized cell division process similar to the budding process of a subset of the Planctomycetes that also lack FtsZ. Prior to cell division, the major outer-membrane protein of Chlamydia is restricted to one pole of the cell, and the nascent daughter cell emerges from this pole by an asymmetric expansion of the membrane. Components of the chlamydial cell division machinery accumulate at the site of polar growth prior to the initiation of asymmetric membrane expansion and inhibitors that disrupt the polarity of C. trachomatis prevent cell division. The polarized cell division of C. trachomatis is the result of the unipolar growth and FtsZ-independent fission of this coccoid organism. This mechanism of cell division has not been documented in other human bacterial pathogens suggesting the potential for developing Chlamydia-specific therapeutic treatments.

  7. Molecular biology of the Chlamydia pneumoniae surface

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    Christiansen, Gunna; Østergaard, Lars; Birkelund, Svend

    1997-01-01

    Chlamydia pneumoniaeis a fastidious microorganism with a characteristic biphasic lifecycle causing a variety of human respiratory tract infections. There is limited knowledge about the molecular biology of C. pneumoniae, and only a few genes have been sequenced. The structure of the chlamydial...

  8. Chemical cross-linking of Chlamydia trachomatis

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    Birkelund, Svend; Lundemose, AG; Christiansen, Gunna

    1988-01-01

    Purified elementary bodies (EBs) of Chlamydia trachomatis serovar L2 were analyzed by chemical cross-linking with disuccinimidyl selenodipropionate. The effect of the cross-linking was analyzed by immunoblotting sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis-separated components which...

  9. Conservation of extrusion as an exit mechanism for Chlamydia.

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    Zuck, Meghan; Sherrid, Ashley; Suchland, Robert; Ellis, Tisha; Hybiske, Kevin

    2016-10-01

    Chlamydiae exit via membrane-encased extrusion or through lysis of the host cell. Extrusions are novel, pathogen-containing structures that confer infectious advantages to Chlamydia, and are hypothesized to promote cell-to-cell spread, dissemination to distant tissues and facilitate immune evasion. The extrusion phenomenon has been characterized for several Chlamydia trachomatis serovars, but a thorough investigation of extrusion for additional clinically relevant C. trachomatis strains and Chlamydia species has yet to be performed. The key parameters investigated in this study were: (i) the conservation of extrusion across the Chlamydia genus, (ii) the functional requirement for candidate Chlamydia genes in extrusion formation i.e. IncA and CT228 and (iii) extrusion-mediated uptake, and consequent survival of Chlamydia inside macrophages. Inclusion morphology was characterized by live fluorescence microscopy, using an inverted GFP strategy, at early and mid-stages of infection. Enriched extrusions were used to infect bone marrow-derived macrophages, and bacterial viability was measured following macrophage engulfment. Our results demonstrate that extrusion is highly conserved across chlamydiae, including ocular, STD and LGV biovars and divergent Chlamydia species. Consequently, this exit mechanism for Chlamydia may fulfill common advantages important for pathogenesis.

  10. Contra pürib sajandi rahvakirjanikuks / Aivar Kull

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    Kull, Aivar, 1955-

    2001-01-01

    Contra [Konnula, Margus]. Suusamütsi tutt : luulet aastatest 1974-2000. Urvaste ; Tartu : Mina Ise, 2001. Vaata ka: Kull, Aivar. Kulli pilk. - Tartu : Ilmamaa, 2005, lk. 184-185, pealkirjaga "Contra - uue sajandi rahvakirjanik?"

  11. Population-level intervention to promote chlamydia screening. Moving toward implementation of chlamydia hedis 2000 measure

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    Oh; Grimley; Heudebert

    2000-05-01

    Background: HEDIS 2000 measure includes chlamydia screening in women which is designed to assess the percentage of sexually active women 15 to 25 years who have received at least one screening test for chlamydia during the reporting year. This study is being undertaken to determine feasibility of implementing a population-level intervention within HMOs to promote chlamydia screening. This abstract presents preliminary findings from the Birmingham project of this multicenter study.Methods: In partnerships with two HMOs, series of outreach methods were used in a stepwise fashion to determine potential barriers and enabling factors for the implementation of chlamydia HEDIS measure in a conservative social environment. Mail outreach was sequentially combined with newspaper, TV, radio advertisements and poster displays. Both qualitative and quantitative impact of the outreach efforts were measured across the timeline. The measures included reporting for chlamydia screening (urine LCR) and infection rate, monitoring chlamydia hotline and staffed phoneline use, and assessment of untoward effects and cost-analysis of the chlamydia outreach campaign.Results: The key findings are: the benefit of chlamydia screening is not understood by general public, letters send by Health Plans to their members are not read by many subscribers, and there are wide gaps between adolescents and their parents, in knowledge, attitudes, beliefs in regard to obtaining information and accessing the screening services (teens prefer hotline, brochure in an envelop addressed to teens, incentives for reporting to the clinic for screening, vs. parents prefer staffed phone consults, "exposed" brochure addressed to parents, and no incentives). A month of sustained and repeat multi-media campaign resulted in 330 hotline calls, 83 phone calls and only 17 subjects being tested (3 were positive) though many more intended to come. Cumulative effects and cost of various outreach efforts are being monitored

  12. Comparison of the population excess fraction of Chlamydia trachomatis infection on pelvic inflammatory disease at 12-months in the presence and absence of chlamydia testing and treatment

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    Davies, Bethan; Turner, Katy M E; Leung, Stella

    2017-01-01

    BACKGROUND: The impact of Chlamydia trachomatis (chlamydia) control on the incidence of pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) is theoretically limited by the proportion of PID caused by chlamydia. We estimate the population excess fraction (PEF) of treated chlamydia infection on PID at 12-months in s...

  13. Multi locus sequence typing of Chlamydia reveals an association between Chlamydia psittaci genotypes and host species.

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    Yvonne Pannekoek

    Full Text Available Chlamydia comprises a group of obligate intracellular bacterial parasites responsible for a variety of diseases in humans and animals, including several zoonoses. Chlamydia trachomatis causes diseases such as trachoma, urogenital infection and lymphogranuloma venereum with severe morbidity. Chlamydia pneumoniae is a common cause of community-acquired respiratory tract infections. Chlamydia psittaci, causing zoonotic pneumonia in humans, is usually hosted by birds, while Chlamydia abortus, causing abortion and fetal death in mammals, including humans, is mainly hosted by goats and sheep. We used multi-locus sequence typing to asses the population structure of Chlamydia. In total, 132 Chlamydia isolates were analyzed, including 60 C. trachomatis, 18 C. pneumoniae, 16 C. abortus, 34 C. psittaci and one of each of C. pecorum, C. caviae, C. muridarum and C. felis. Cluster analyses utilizing the Neighbour-Joining algorithm with the maximum composite likelihood model of concatenated sequences of 7 housekeeping fragments showed that C. psittaci 84/2334 isolated from a parrot grouped together with the C. abortus isolates from goats and sheep. Cluster analyses of the individual alleles showed that in all instances C. psittaci 84/2334 formed one group with C. abortus. Moving 84/2334 from the C. psittaci group to the C. abortus group resulted in a significant increase in the number of fixed differences and elimination of the number of shared mutations between C. psittaci and C. abortus. C. psittaci M56 from a muskrat branched separately from the main group of C. psittaci isolates. C. psittaci genotypes appeared to be associated with host species. The phylogenetic tree of C. psittaci did not follow that of its host bird species, suggesting host species jumps. In conclusion, we report for the first time an association between C. psittaci genotypes with host species.

  14. Avances en el desarrollo de vacunas contra la neosporosis bovina Advances in the development of vaccines for bovine neosporosis

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    Yanina P. Hecker

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available La neosporosis es una enfermedad que ocasiona abortos en bovinos y está causada por un protozoo intracelular obligado denominado Neospora caninum. Las graves pérdidas económicas que provoca en los sistemas de producción de bovinos justifica la necesidad de avanzar en el desarrollo de vacunas. La resistencia a parásitos Apicomplexa está asociada a una respuesta inmune T helper 1 mediada por linfocitos T CD4 citotóxicos y a la producción de interferón-gamma, interleuquina-12, factor de necrosis tumoral e inmunoglobulina G2. La disminución de la transmisión vertical en las sucesivas preñeces y el bajo nivel de repetición de abortos en animales infectados sugieren la existencia de mecanismos inmunitarios de protección. Hasta el momento se conoce que la inoculación pre-servicio con taquizoítos vivos protege contra la infección y el aborto. Los antecedentes de desarrollo de vacunas vivas contra otros protozoos estimulan a los investigadores a continuar en la búsqueda de una vacuna de este tipo contra N. caninum de buena eficacia. Por otra parte, una vacuna inactivada, aun con una baja eficacia, es útil en la prevención del aborto en aquellos establecimientos donde la enfermedad es epizoótica. Una vacuna contra la neosporosis debería evitar el aborto, la transmisión transplacental y la persistencia de la infección. Este trabajo menciona los diversos tipos de vacunas que han sido evaluados hasta el momento, incluyendo inmunógenos inactivos, taquizoítos vivos, antígenos recombinantes y vacunas en vectores.Neosporosis, a disease caused by the obligate intracellular protozoan Neospora caninum, produces abortions in cattle. The severe economic losses in cattle industry justify the need to develop control measures for preventing bovine abortion. Apicomplexan parasitic resistance is associated with T helper 1 immune response mediated by CD4 cytotoxic T lymphocytes, the production of interferon-gamma, interleukin-12, tumor necrosis

  15. Ave sol contra excrementum : Kiri / Harri Tibar

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    Tibar, Harri

    1996-01-01

    Peeter Sauteri novell 'Kõhuvalu'. Vastukaja : Bogovski, Paul. Surun kätt, dotsent hr. Tibar! // Sõnumileht. - 1996. - 24. apr. - Lk.14; Väljataga, Märt. Viisipärasus contra inimlähedus // Sõnumileht. - 1996. - 26. apr. - Lk.14

  16. Ave sol contra excrementum : Kiri / Harri Tibar

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    Tibar, Harri

    1996-01-01

    Peeter Sauteri novell 'Kõhuvalu'. Vastukaja : Bogovski, Paul. Surun kätt, dotsent hr. Tibar! // Sõnumileht. - 1996. - 24. apr. - Lk.14; Väljataga, Märt. Viisipärasus contra inimlähedus // Sõnumileht. - 1996. - 26. apr. - Lk.14

  17. SISTEMA INMUNE Y VACUNACIÓN DE PECES Immune System And Vaccination In Fish

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    GIOVANNY PENAGOS

    Full Text Available Los peces poseen un sistema inmune con muchas de las células y sustancias humorales presentes en vertebrados superiores, pero cuentan también con componentes y funciones especiales, como los centros melanomacrófagos y la capacidad fagocítica de los enterocitos por citar solo algunas de ellas, que difieren profundamente con sus similares en otras especies y que aún hoy son pobremente comprendidas. Sumado a esto, el ambiente acuático y más, el ambiente acuático productivo, es de por si complejo de manera que las posibilidades de las interacciones biológicas son enormes y los procesos difícilmente predecibles. La vacunación es tal vez una de las herramientas más importantes para el control de enfermedades bacterianas en peces, no solo por su potencial preventivo y correctivo sino también por sus bondades con el ambiente y con la salud pública que contrastan notoriamente con los tratamientos antibióticos. El éxito de las vacunas en especies piscícolas depende en buena medida del conocimiento adecuado del sistema inmunológico de los peces, de las interacciones hospedero-ambiente-patógeno, así como de las particularidades de los sistemas productivos. Con todo, la vacunación en ambientes acuáticos se enfrenta a un sinnúmero de dificultades que deben ser abordadas antes que con un enfoque unilateral farmacológico, con una aproximación integral en la que se incluye el uso de herramientas epidemiológicas, clínicas, patológicas, microbiológicas, etc.The fish immune system posses many of the cells and molecules found in higher vertebrates, but several other components and functions such as the melano-macrophage centers and the phagocityc activity of the epithelial enteric cells which are not found in higher vertebrates are described in fish, though their function is poorly understood. In adition, the aquatic environment, and even most, the productive systems are very complex, so that, the possibilities of the biological

  18. Chlamydia trachomatis in pelvic inflammatory disease.

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    Shrikhande, S N; Joshi, S G; Zodpey, S P; Saoji, A M

    1995-04-01

    The prevalence of genital Chlamydia trachomatis infection and some epidemiologic factors associated with it were studied in 273 pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) patients attending Gynaecologic clinic, Government Medical College, Nagpur. For detection of chlamydial antigen Pharmacia Diagnostics Chlamydia EIA test was used. This study revealed an overall positivity rate of 33% for C. trachomatis infection in PID patients. Of the hypothesised risk factors low socioeconomic status, history of sexual contacts with multiple partners and use of intrauterine devices (IUD) were significantly associated with C. trachomatis infections. However, use of oral contraceptives, barrier contraceptives and increasing age were found to be protective factors for C. trachomatis infection. Thus considering the significant contribution of C. trachomatis in etiology of PID and its independent association with some epidemiologic risk factors, extensive epidemiologic measures are recommended for prevention of these infections.

  19. Chlamydia trachomatis Mip-like protein

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    Lundemose, AG; Rousch, DA; Birkelund, Svend

    1992-01-01

    A 27 kDa Chlamydia trachomatis Mip-like protein with homology of a 175-amino-acid C-terminal fragment to the surface-exposed Legionella pneumophila mip-gene product has previously been described. In this paper the entire chlamydia Mip-like sequence of C. trachomatis serovar L2 (lymphogranuloma...... venereum (LGV) biovar) is presented. The sequence shows high similarity to the legionella Mip protein and its C-terminal region, like that of the legionella Mip, has high amino acid similarity to eukaryotic and prokaryotic FK506-binding proteins. The chlamydial mip-like gene was detected by polymerase...... chain reaction (PCR) in other C. trachomatis serovars and by sequencing of the mip-like genes of serovars B and E (trachoma biovar) was shown to be highly conserved within the two major biovars of C. trachomatis. Monoclonal and polyclonal antibodies raised against the recombinant Mip-like protein failed...

  20. Chlamydia trachomatis Mip-like protein

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    Lundemose, AG; Rousch, DA; Birkelund, Svend

    1992-01-01

    A 27 kDa Chlamydia trachomatis Mip-like protein with homology of a 175-amino-acid C-terminal fragment to the surface-exposed Legionella pneumophila mip-gene product has previously been described. In this paper the entire chlamydia Mip-like sequence of C. trachomatis serovar L2 (lymphogranuloma...... chain reaction (PCR) in other C. trachomatis serovars and by sequencing of the mip-like genes of serovars B and E (trachoma biovar) was shown to be highly conserved within the two major biovars of C. trachomatis. Monoclonal and polyclonal antibodies raised against the recombinant Mip-like protein failed...... venereum (LGV) biovar) is presented. The sequence shows high similarity to the legionella Mip protein and its C-terminal region, like that of the legionella Mip, has high amino acid similarity to eukaryotic and prokaryotic FK506-binding proteins. The chlamydial mip-like gene was detected by polymerase...

  1. Chlamydia psittaci in birds of prey, Sweden

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    Maria Blomqvist

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available Background: Chlamydia psittaci is an intracellular bacterium primarily causing respiratory diseases in birds but may also be transmitted to other animals, including humans. The prevalence of the pathogen in wild birds in Sweden is largely unknown. Methods: DNA was extracted from cloacae swabs and screened for C. psittaci by using a 23S rRNA gene PCR assay. Partial 16S rRNA and ompA gene fragments were sequence determined and phylogenies were analysed by the neighbour-joining method. Results and conclusion: The C. psittaci prevalence was 1.3% in 319 Peregrine Falcons and White-tailed Sea Eagles, vulnerable top-predators in Sweden. 16S rRNA and ompA gene analysis showed that novel Chlamydia species, as well as novel C. psittaci strains, are to be found among wild birds.

  2. Chlamydia pneumoniae and atherosclrerosis: pathogenic ways

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    Woolcott, Orison; Facultad de Medicina, Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos; Sánchez, Luis; Facultad de Medicina, Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos

    2013-01-01

    Atherosclerosis is a chronic inflammatory process in which macrophages, smooth muscle cells, T lymphocytes, and several chemical mediators intervene. In recent years, the finding of Chlamydia pneumoniae in arterial atherosclerotic plaques has suggested an etiological role; however, whether C. pneumoniae causes atherosclerosis or precipitates or favors atheroesclerosis progression remains uncertain. We review studies published on-line or available in Lima specialized libraries regarding C. pne...

  3. Laboratory diagnosis of Chlamydia pneumoniae infections

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    Peeling, Rosanna W

    1995-01-01

    Chlamydia pneumoniae is an important cause of respiratory illness. There is a need for accurate and rapid laboratory diagnostic methods that will lead to improved patient care, appropriate use of antimicrobial therapy and a better understanding of the epidemiology of this emerging pathogen. Culture is highly specific but is technically demanding, expensive, has a long turnaround time and its sensitivity is highly dependent on transport conditions. Antigen detection tests such as enzyme immuno...

  4. [Morphological semen changes in Chlamydia trachomatis infection].

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    Maciejewski, Z; Dziecielski, H; Swierczyński, W; Semmler, G

    1989-06-01

    Semen was examined in 150 men patients of the Andrology Clinic for demonstration of Chlamydia trachomatis and for analysis of the effect of this infection on semen quality depression. A correlation was noted between the degree of infection (large number of organisms per field of vision) and such changes as cryptozoospermia, azoospermia, asthenozoospermia, teratozoospermia, oligoasthenozoospermia, asthenoteratozoospermia. Of interest was a high proportion of infection (56%) with Ch. trachomatis in this group.

  5. [Follicular conjunctivitis due to Chlamydia trachomatis].

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    Basualdo, J A; Huarte, L; Bautista, E; Niedfeld, G; Alfonso, G; Rosso, N; Geronés, M; Galeppi, I

    2001-01-01

    During two years (1997-1999) an investigation of possible infections of chlamydial etiology in outpatients with follicular conjunctivitis was carried out, through the use of specific assays. Fifty-seven selected patients with presumptive inclusion conjunctivitis were diagnosed by means of ophthalmoscopic examination and bilateral tarsal-conjunctiva swabbing for microorganisms. The possible presence of Chlamydia trachomatis was tested by immunofluorescence microscopy and isolation in cell culture of McCoy line. Of the 57 conjunctivitis patients screened, 37 (65%) proved to be positive by cell culture (CC) and 27 (47%) by direct immunofluorescence (IFD). A good agreement between the two assays was observed, where the CC was more sensitive than IFD. Of these 37 patients with chlamydial conjunctivitis, 23 (62%) were women, with over one-third of them ranging in age from 45 to 65 years. Their clinical records revealed an evolution period of 1 to 12 months. Eighteen (78%) of these women reported previous genital pathology, while 4 (29%) of the 14 men had a history of urethritis by Chlamydia trachomatis. A high frequency of follicular conjunctivitis by Chlamydia (65%) in the screened patients was observed, without any evidence of urogenital signs and symptoms at the moment of the study.

  6. Chlamydia trachomatis cervicitis in gynecologic outpatients.

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    Ripa, K T; Svensson, L; Mårdh, P A; Weström, L

    1978-12-01

    Symptoms suggestive of a lower genital tract infection (LGTI) are common complaints in women who consult gynecologists. Sexually transmitted microorganisms, such as Chlamydia trachomatis. Neisseria gonorrhoeae, and Trichomonas vaginalis, are responsible for a substantial proportion of LGTI. This study was performed to establish the frequency of LGTI caused by C trachomatis in women attending a gynecologic outpatient clinic. Of 170 women with LGTI, 32.9% harbored one or more of these organisms: C trachomatis was found in 19.3%, N gonorrhoeae in 4.7%, and T vaginalis in 25.9%. The results of the isolation studies were correlated with clinical signs and symptoms. In women under 25 years of age, chlamydial cervicitis was found significantly more often in users of oral contraceptives than in nonusers. In women not taking such drugs, cervical erosion was found more often in Chlamydia-positive than Chlamydia-negative women. Since clinical examination failed to reveal any characteristic signs in cases of chlamydial infection, it was not possible to distinguish a chlamydial from a gonococcal infection. This study also reports the successful treatment of 15 women affected by chlamydial cervicitis with doxycycline or trimethoprim sulphamethoxazole.

  7. Evolution, phylogeny, and molecular epidemiology of Chlamydia.

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    Nunes, Alexandra; Gomes, João P

    2014-04-01

    The Chlamydiaceae are a family of obligate intracellular bacteria characterized by a unique biphasic developmental cycle. It encompasses the single genus Chlamydia, which involves nine species that affect a wide range of vertebral hosts, causing infections with serious impact on human health (mainly due to Chlamydia trachomatis infections) and on farming and veterinary industries. It is believed that Chlamydiales originated ∼700mya, whereas C. trachomatis likely split from the other Chlamydiaceae during the last 6mya. This corresponds to the emergence of modern human lineages, with the first descriptions of chlamydial infections as ancient as four millennia. Chlamydiaceae have undergone a massive genome reduction, on behalf of the deletional bias "use it or lose it", stabilizing at 1-1.2Mb and keeping a striking genome synteny. Their phylogeny reveals species segregation according to biological properties, with huge differences in terms of host range, tissue tropism, and disease outcomes. Genome differences rely on the occurrence of mutations in the >700 orthologous genes, as well as on events of recombination, gene loss, inversion, and paralogous expansion, affecting both a hypervariable region named the plasticity zone, and genes essentially encoding polymorphic and transmembrane head membrane proteins, type III secretion effectors and some metabolic pathways. Procedures for molecular typing are still not consensual but have allowed the knowledge of molecular epidemiology patterns for some species as well as the identification of outbreaks and emergence of successful clones for C. trachomatis. This manuscript intends to provide a comprehensive review on the evolution, phylogeny, and molecular epidemiology of Chlamydia.

  8. 21 CFR 866.3120 - Chlamydia serological reagents.

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    2010-04-01

    ... identification aids in the diagnosis of disease caused by bacteria belonging to the genus Chlamydia and provides epidemiological information on these diseases. Chlamydia are the causative agents of psittacosis (a form of pneumonia), lymphogranuloma venereum (a venereal disease), and trachoma (a chronic disease of the eye...

  9. Isolation of single Chlamydia-infected cells using laser microdissection.

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    Podgorny, Oleg V; Polina, Nadezhda F; Babenko, Vladislav V; Karpova, Irina Y; Kostryukova, Elena S; Govorun, Vadim M; Lazarev, Vassili N

    2015-02-01

    Chlamydia are obligate intracellular parasites of humans and animals that cause a wide range of acute and chronic infections. To elucidate the genetic basis of chlamydial parasitism, several approaches for making genetic modifications to Chlamydia have recently been reported. However, the lack of the available methods for the fast and effective selection of genetically modified bacteria restricts the application of genetic tools. We suggest the use of laser microdissection to isolate of single live Chlamydia-infected cells for the re-cultivation and whole-genome sequencing of single inclusion-derived Chlamydia. To visualise individual infected cells, we made use of the vital labelling of inclusions with the fluorescent Golgi-specific dye BODIPY® FL C5-ceramide. We demonstrated that single Chlamydia-infected cells isolated by laser microdissection and placed onto a host cell monolayer resulted in new cycles of infection. We also demonstrated the successful use of whole-genome sequencing to study the genomic variability of Chlamydia derived from a single inclusion. Our work provides the first evidence of the successful use of laser microdissection for the isolation of single live Chlamydia-infected cells, thus demonstrating that this method can help overcome the barriers to the fast and effective selection of Chlamydia.

  10. Detection of Chlamydia trachomatis in male and female urine specimens by using the amplified Chlamydia trachomatis test

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    J.W. Mouton (Johan); R.P.A.J. Verkooyen (Roel); W.I. van der Meijden (Willem); T.H. van Rijsoort-Vos; W.H.F. Goessens (Wil); J.A.J.W. Kluytmans (Jan); S.D.A. Deelen (Sabine); A. Luijendijk (Ad); H.A. Verbrugh (Henri)

    1997-01-01

    textabstractThe amplified Chlamydia trachomatis test (AMP-CT; Gen-Probe), a new diagnostic test for the detection of Chlamydia trachomatis, was evaluated with urine specimens from 1,000 patients visiting the outpatient department for sexually transmitted diseases at the

  11. Chlamydia pneumoniae e doença aterosclerótica = Chlamydia pneumoniae and atherosclerotic disease

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    Sehnem, Luciele

    2010-01-01

    Conclusões: a infecção por Chlamydia pneumoniae pode constituir achado de importância etiopatogênica na ateromatose. Entretanto, a relevância clínica dessa associação, como mostram os estudos epidemiológicos e ensaios clínicos aqui revisados, ainda é incerta

  12. [Demonstration of Chlamydia from an equine abortion].

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    Henning, K; Sachse, K; Sting, R

    2000-02-01

    The isolation and identification of a chlamydial agent from an equine fetus is reported. The fetus was aborted by a mare with respiratory disease and fever in the 9th month of pregnancy. The serum of the mare was investigated by the compliment fixation test. Specific antibodies were detected for chlamydial antigen in a titer of > 1:40 and for equine herpes virus 1 antigen in a titer of 1:32. Pathological lesions were not found in the organs of the fetus. Chlamydiae were detected in the placenta by ELISA and subsequently isolated by cell culture. Using PCR technique the agent was identified as Chlamydophila psittaci.

  13. Chlamydia in canine or feline coronary arteriosclerotic lesions

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    Grabarevic Zeljko

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background There are numerous reports linking Chlamydia infection to human coronary atherosclerosis. However, there is a lack of data regarding this correlation in dogs and cats, and there are no reports investigating coronary arteriosclerosis and Chlamydia in these species. The aim of the present study was to examine whether there is a correlation between canine and feline spontaneous atherosclerosis or arteriosclerosis and the presence of Chlamydia. Archived histopathological samples of dogs (n = 16 and cats (n = 13 with findings of atherosclerosis or arteriosclerosis in heart tissue were examined for the presence of Chlamydiaceae using real-time PCR, ArrayTube Microarray and immunohistochemistry. Additionally, arteriosclerotic lesions of all cases were histologically classified and graded. Results Both canine atherosclerotic cases, and all 14 canine arteriosclerotic cases were negative for Chlamydia. Only one of the 13 arteriosclerotic feline cases was positive for Chlamydia by real-time PCR, revealing C. abortus by ArrayTube Microarray. To our knowledge, this is the first description of C. abortus in a cat. Overall, the type and grade of canine and feline arteriosclerotic lesions revealed similarities, and were predominantly moderate and hyperplastic. Conclusions These findings suggest that there is no obvious correlation between canine and feline coronary arteriosclerosis and the presence of Chlamydia. In order to draw final conclusions about the correlation between Chlamydia and canine atherosclerosis, examination of more samples is required.

  14. Genetic diversity of Chlamydia among captive birds from central Argentina.

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    Frutos, María C; Monetti, Marina S; Vaulet, Lucia Gallo; Cadario, María E; Fermepin, Marcelo Rodríguez; Ré, Viviana E; Cuffini, Cecilia G

    2015-01-01

    To study the occurrence of Chlamydia spp. and their genetic diversity, we analysed 793 cloacal swabs from 12 avian orders, including 76 genera, obtained from 80 species of asymptomatic wild and captive birds that were examined with conventional nested polymerase chain reaction and quantitative polymerase chain reaction. Chlamydia spp. were not detected in wild birds; however, four species (Chlamydia psittaci, Chlamydia pecorum, Chlamydia pneumoniae and Chlamydia gallinacea) were identified among captive birds (Passeriformes, n = 20; Psittaciformes, n = 15; Rheiformes, n = 8; Falconiformes n = 2; Piciformes n = 2; Anseriformes n = 1; Galliformes n = 1; Strigiformes n = 1). Two pathogens (C. pneumoniae and C. pecorum) were identified simultaneously in samples obtained from captive birds. Based on nucleotide-sequence variations of the ompA gene, three C. psittaci-positive samples detected were grouped into a cluster with the genotype WC derived from mammalian hosts. A single positive sample was phylogenetically related to a new strain of C. gallinacea. This report contributes to our increasing understanding of the abundance of Chlamydia in the animal kingdom.

  15. The molecular biology and diagnostics of Chlamydia trachomatis

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    Birkelund, Svend

    1992-01-01

    The rapid development of biotechnological methods provides the potential of dissecting the molecular structure of microorganisms. In this review the molecular biology of chlamydia is described. The genus Chlamydia contains three species C. trachomatis, C. psittaci, and C. pneumonia which all....... Diagnosis of C. trachomatis infections has been done by chlamydia cultivation in tissue culture cells, by immunofluorescence and by ELISA. A new method based on the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) has been developed. As primers sequences from the common plasmid were used. This method has high sensitivity...

  16. Cost-effectiveness of Chlamydia Vaccination Programs for Young Women

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    Dr. Kwame Owusu-Edusei discusses the importance of chlamydia vaccine development.  Created: 6/19/2015 by National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID).   Date Released: 6/22/2015.

  17. Screening for Chlamydia trachomatis in Low-Risk Obstetric Patients

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    Robert K. Gribble

    1994-01-01

    Full Text Available Objective: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the prevalence of Chlamydia trachomatis in our rural obstetric population and assess the appropriateness of selective vs. universal prenatal screening.

  18. Failure to demonstrate Chlamydia pneumoniae in symptomatic abdominal aortic aneurysms by a nested polymerase chain reaction (PCR)

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    Lindholt, Jes Sanddal; Ostergård, L; Henneberg, E W

    1998-01-01

    To investigate whether Chlamydia pneumoniae is present in symptomatic abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA).......To investigate whether Chlamydia pneumoniae is present in symptomatic abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA)....

  19. Failure to demonstrate Chlamydia pneumoniae in symptomatic abdominal aortic aneurysms by a nested polymerase chain reaction (PCR)

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    Lindholt, Jes Sanddal; Ostergård, L; Henneberg, E W;

    1998-01-01

    To investigate whether Chlamydia pneumoniae is present in symptomatic abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA).......To investigate whether Chlamydia pneumoniae is present in symptomatic abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA)....

  20. Study on Drug Resistance and Relative Mechanisms of Chlamydia Trachomatis

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    侯淑萍; 刘全忠

    2004-01-01

    Abstract: Chlamydia Trachomatis (C.T.) is one of the most common pathogens of human sexually transmitted diseases. Treatment of C.T. infection primarily depends on Tetracyclines, Macrolides and Quinolones, but with the wide use of antibiotics an increasing number of drug-resistant Chlamydia trachomatis cases have been reported. This review summarizes the resistant conditions and the possible resistance mechanisms of C.T..

  1. Seguridad contra incendios en edificios con atrio

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    Faller, George

    2003-06-01

    Full Text Available Atria are commonly used in the design of buildings to improve the environment of the space. Nevertheless the current Spanish codes do not address the fire safety concerns associated with this type of building. A new draft code, the "Código Técnico de la Edificación .. (CTE, proposes a series of measures to address the issue of fire safety in atria, based on the approach adopted by the British atrium codeo. In order to simplify the application of the measures, buildings are classified according to use and appropriate measures are presented in a tabulated format. As could be expected from such an approach, the simplification of the pro cess imposes limits on design flexibility, and given a set of prescribed solutions, the designer would often not be able to achieve the ideal building form. This article discusses the limits of a prescriptive approach to fire safety in buildings with atria , and describes an alternative approach based on fire engineering principles that offers the architect more design flexibilty .Cada vez se utilizan más atrios para mejorar el ambiente dentro de los edificios. Sin embargo, las normativas actualmente vigentes en España no ofrecen soluciones para abordar los riesgos -en caso de incendio- en este tipo de edificios. El borrador del nuevo Código Técnico de la Edificación (CTE plantea una serie de medidas de seguridad contra incendios en atrios, basada en el planteamiento seguido en por las normas británicas. Para simplificar la aplicación de dichas medidas, se fijan algunas características del edificio y se ofrecen soluciones basadas en medidas obtenidas de una tabla . Como es era de esperar con este tipo de planteamiento, la facilidad de aplicación va en detrimento de la flexibilidad, y resulta que con las soluciones prescritas el diseñador no puede conseguir la forma deseada en el edificio. Este artículo trata de ilustrar las restricciones que conllevan un planteamiento prescriptivo para la seguridad

  2. Anticuerpos contra Chlamydophilaen pacientes con infarto agudo del miocardio y riesgo coronario, y su relación con la muerte Antibodies against Chlamydophila in patients with acute myocardial infarction and coronary risk and their association with mortality

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    Guadalupe García-Elorriaga

    2005-06-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Determinar si los anticuerpos contra Chlamydophila pneumoniae en pacientes con infarto agudo del miocardio y factores de riesgo coronario se asocian con la muerte. MATERIAL Y MÉTODOS: Se hizo un estudio observacional, prospectivo, transversal y comparativo. Se incluyeron en el estudio 100 sujetos que, entre 1999 y 2000, estuvieron hospitalizados en la Unidad Coronaria del Hospital de Especialidades del Centro Médico La Raza, del Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social. Se trataba de una muestra constituida por pacientes de ambos sexos, mayores de 18 años, con infarto agudo del miocardio y riesgo coronario. Mediante microinmunofluorescencia indirecta se identificaron anticuerpos contra Chlamydophila pneumoniae, Chlamydophila psitacii y Chlamydia trachomatis. De entre los 100 sujetos, se eligieron al azar 33, a quienes se les determinaron anticuerpos contra Chlamydophila, no sólo durante su estancia en el hospital, sino también al salir de éste y a los tres meses de haber sufrido el infarto agudo del miocardio. Se calcularon las medias y las desviaciones geométricas estándares para los títulos de anticuerpos contra Chlamydophila, y se determinó la razón de momios y el intervalo de confianza al 95% entre los factores de riesgo coronario y la muerte. RESULTADOS: Setenta por ciento de los pacientes de la muestra inicial presentaron anticuerpos contra Chlamydophila pneumoniae; no se identificaron anticuerpos contra Chlamydophila psitacii y Chlamydia trachomatis. No se observó una fuerza de asociación estadísticamente significativa con la muerte en pacientes con infarto agudo del miocardio y factores de riesgo coronario. De los 33 individuos de la submuestra, 25 presentaron anticuerpos contra Chlamydophila pneumoniae, y en 83% de estos últimos casos, se registró un descenso de dichos anticuerpos a los tres meses de haberse presentado el infarto agudo del miocardio. CONCLUSIONES: A pesar de que en pacientes con infarto agudo del

  3. Significant roles played by IL-10 in Chlamydia infections.

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    Hakimi, Hamid; Zare-Bidaki, Mohammad; Zainodini, Nahid; Assar, Shokrollah; Arababadi, Mohammad Kazemi

    2014-06-01

    Chlamydia species are obligate intracellular parasites which cause usually asymptomatic genital tract infections and also are associated with several complications. Previous studies demonstrated that immune responses to Chlamydia species are different and the diseases will be limited to some cases. Additionally, Chlamydia species are able to modulate immune responses via regulating expression of some immune system molecules including cytokines. IL-10, as the main anti-inflammatory cytokine, plays important roles in the induction of immune-tolerance against self-antigen and also immune-homeostasis after microbe elimination. Furthermore, it has been documented that ectopic expression of IL-10 is associated with several chronic infectious diseases. Therefore, it can be hypothesized that changes in the regulation of this cytokine can be associated with infection with several species of Chlamydia and their associated complications. This review collected the recent information regarding the association and relationship of IL-10 with Chlamydia infections. Another aim of this review article is to address recent data regarding the association of genetic variations (polymorphisms) of IL-10 and Chlamydia infections.

  4. The Netherlands Chlamydia cohort study (NECCST) protocol to assess the risk of late complications following Chlamydia trachomatis infection in women

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    B.M. Hoenderboom; A.A.M. van Oeffelen; B.H. van Benthem (Birgit); J.E.A.M. van Bergen (Jan); N.H.T.M. Dukers-Muijrers (Nicole); H.M. Götz (Hannelore); C.J.P.A. Hoebe (Christian); A.A. Hogewoning; F.R.M. van der Klis (F. R M); D. van Baarle (Debbie); J.A. Land; M.A.B. van der Sande (Marianne); M.G. van Veen (Maaike); F. de Vries; S.A. Morré (Servaas); I.V.F. van den Broek (Ingrid)

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    markdownabstractBackground: Chlamydia trachomatis (CT), the most common bacterial sexually transmitted infection (STI) among young women, can result in serious sequelae. Although the course of infection is often asymptomatic, CT may cause pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), leading to severe

  5. The Netherlands Chlamydia cohort study (NECCST) protocol to assess the risk of late complications following Chlamydia trachomatis infection in women

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    B.M. Hoenderboom; A.A.M. van Oeffelen; B.H. van Benthem (Birgit); J.E.A.M. van Bergen (Jan); N.H.T.M. Dukers-Muijrers (Nicole); H.M. Götz (Hannelore); C.J.P.A. Hoebe (Christian); Hogewoning, A.A.; F.R.M. van der Klis (F. R M); D. van Baarle (Debbie); J.A. Land; M.A.B. van der Sande (Marianne); M.G. van Veen (Maaike); F. de Vries (Frank); S.A. Morré (Servaas); I.V.F. van den Broek (Ingrid)

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    textabstractBackground: Chlamydia trachomatis (CT), the most common bacterial sexually transmitted infection (STI) among young women, can result in serious sequelae. Although the course of infection is often asymptomatic, CT may cause pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), leading to severe

  6. Seroprevalencia de anticuerpos contra Moquillo canino en perros no vacunados en dos municipios de Ciudad de la Habana

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    Márquez Álvarez, Mario:

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    Full Text Available Esto es el resumen de un trabajorealizado con el objetivo de determinarla presencia de anticuerpos séricoscontra Moquillo Canino en perros novacunados de dos municipios de Ciudadde la Habana, se estudiaron 117 canesmayores de 1 año de edad y con accesoa la calle, 51 del municipio Boyeros y 57del municipio Cotorro, que no contabancon antecedentes de vacunaciónanterior. Se estudiaron además 9animales vacunados recientemente quese utilizaron como controles positivos delestudio. Se tomaron datos referentes ala edad y sexo de los animales y seextrajeron muestras de sangre quefueron centrifugadas para la obtenciónde suero. Para la determinación deanticuerpos se empleó un ELISAestandarizado por la División deBiotecnología y Control de la Calidad delCentro Nacional para la Producción deAnimales de Laboratorio (Cuba. Lasplacas se leyeron en un lector SensidentScan a 414 nm. Se consideró como valorde corte el valor promedio de laDensidad Óptica del suero controlnegativo. La actividad de anticuerpos delas muestras se midió sobre la base delvalor de Densidad Óptica obtenidoconsiderando positivas todas las quepresentaron valores por encima del Valorde Corte. Se establecieron rangosagrupando los valores individuales enaltos, medios y bajos. Se comprobó queexiste una alta seroprevalencia deanticuerpos contra el virus en losmunicipios estudiados, con valores deDensidad Óptica en su mayoría incluidosdentro de los rangos medio y alto, lo queevidencia una amplia circulación delagente en el área, sin que se observarainfluencia del sexo, la edad de losanimales y el municipio de procedenciasobre la respuesta inmune observada.

  7. Laboratory diagnosis of Chlamydia pneumoniae infections

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    Peeling, Rosanna W

    1995-01-01

    Chlamydia pneumoniae is an important cause of respiratory illness. There is a need for accurate and rapid laboratory diagnostic methods that will lead to improved patient care, appropriate use of antimicrobial therapy and a better understanding of the epidemiology of this emerging pathogen. Culture is highly specific but is technically demanding, expensive, has a long turnaround time and its sensitivity is highly dependent on transport conditions. Antigen detection tests such as enzyme immunoassay and direct fluorescent antibody assay, and molecular detection methods such as the polymerase chain reaction assay, may provide a rapid diagnosis without the requirement for stringent transport conditions. The results of these tests should be interpreted with caution until more thorough evaluation is available. Serology remains the method of choice. The limitations of different serological methods for the laboratory diagnosis of C pneumoniae are discussed. PMID:22514397

  8. Laboratory Diagnosis of Chlamydia Pneumoniae Infections

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    Rosanna W Peeling

    1995-01-01

    Full Text Available Chlamydia pneumoniae is an important cause of respiratory illness. There is a need for accurate and rapid laboratory diagnostic methods that will lead to improved patient care, appropriate use of antimicrobial therapy and a better understanding of the epidemiology of this emerging pathogen. Culture is highly specific but is technically demanding, expensive, has a long turnaround time and its sensitivity is highly dependent on transport conditions. Antigen detection tests such as enzyme immunoassay and direct fluorescent antibody assay, and molecular detection methods such as the polymerase chain reaction assay, may provide a rapid diagnosis without the requirement for stringent transport conditions. The results of these tests should be interpreted with caution until more thorough evaluation is available. Serology remains the method of choice. The limitations of different serological methods for the laboratory diagnosis of C pneumoniae are discussed.

  9. Role of Chlamydia in Multiple Sclerosis.

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    Ivanova, M V; Kolkova, N I; Morgunova, E Yu; Pashko, Yu P; Zigangirova, N A; Zakharova, M N

    2015-09-01

    Chlamydia and antibodies to them were detected by serological, molecular biological, and culture methods in the sera and cerebrospinal fluid of patients with multiple sclerosis and in the reference groups of subjects without neurological diseases. Correlations between the agent presence in the biological fluids of patients and clinical characteristics of the disease were analyzed. C. pneumoniae were more incident in the biological liquids of patients with multiple sclerosis than in healthy volunteers. On the other hand, the incidence of the agent in the patients was not high and its presence did not correlate with the clinical manifestations. C. trachomatis was equally rare in the patients and volunteers. The studies indicated the existence of a group of patients infected by C. pneumoniae in the cohort of patients with multiple sclerosis, but the impact of this agent for the disease course remains unclear.

  10. A review of Chlamydia pneumoniae and atherosclerosis

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    Lindholt, Jes Sanddal; Fasting, H; Henneberg, E W;

    1999-01-01

    Chlamydia pneumoniae is a Gram-negative obligate intracellular bacterium that causes acute upper and lower respiratory infections. Its distribution is worldwide. Seroepidemiological studies have shown an association between C. pneumoniae and atherosclerosis, and the risk of acute myocardial infar...... individuals who are or are not infected with C. pneumoniae. The latter are needed in order to clarify the impact of the presence of C. pneumoniae and to avoid indiscriminate use of antimicrobials....... of viable organisms. However, the pathogenicity is unknown, and the significance of detecting the organism is unresolved. In two minor controlled clinical trials, patients with ischaemic heart disease were randomised into antibiotic-treated and placebo groups. Both trials showed a significant reduction...

  11. Chlamydia pneumoniae and Atherosclerosis: The End?

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    LE Nicolle

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available In this issue of the Journal, Patrick et al (pages 298-300 report on the results of a pilot study testing the hypothesis that seropositivity to Chlamydia pneumoniae together with a specific bacteriophage protein is associated with first-episode myocardial infarction or unstable angina. The study evolved from an earlier report suggesting that C pneumoniae with phage seropositivity was strongly associated with the presence of abdominal aortic aneurysm. The phage association suggested a potential explanation for some of the variability in previous studies exploring C pneumoniae as a cause for atherosclerosis (ie, only selected strains of C pneumoniae were pathogenic. Patrick et al found no significant association or trend, and the authors concluded that the negative findings in their pilot study did not support further studies to address this potential association.

  12. STD studies show spermicides protect against Chlamydia.

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    1986-01-01

    Evidence which suggests that spermicides provide protection against sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) is accumulating. Laboratory tests have repeatedly demonstrated that spermicides are capable of killing the bacteria responsible for several types of STDs, as well as the virus responsible for acquired immunodeficiency syndrome. Recently, studies conducted in Bangkok, Thailand and in New York City suggest that these protective effects are not confined to the laboratory but that they also occur among women who use spermicides in the real world. In the New York City study, Family Health International (FHI), using data collected by Planned Parenthood of New York City, compared STD prevalence rates for women using different contraceptive methods. Women who used spermicides, in comparison with women who used oral contraceptives (OCs), were 20% less likely to have contracted a STD, 30% less likely to have gonorrhea, and 60% less likely to have chlamydia. In the Thai study, conducted jointly by the FHI and the Ministry of Health, women at high risk of STDs were allocated either to a group which was instructed to use a vaginal sponge impregnated with nonoxynol-9 during intercourse or to a control group which received no vaginal contraceptives. All the women were either sterilized or using OCs, IUDs, or injectable contraceptives. Preliminary results suggest that the women who used the vaginal sponges were significantly less likely to contract chlamydia than the control group. In regard to the incidence of gonorrhea, no differences between the 2 groups was detected. In the Thai study methodological problems forced the researchers to redesign the study. In accordance with the new design, the women in the 2 groups will be crossed over after 6 weeks. This will allow the researchers to examine the effect of using or not using a vaginal spermicide on specific individuals. The findings of the 2 studies have special relevance given the increasing prevalence of STDs in many

  13. The humoral immune response to Chlamydia trachomatis in patients with acute reactive arthritis

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    Larsen, B; Birkelund, Svend; Mordhorst, CH

    1994-01-01

    Sera from 25 patients with clinical signs of reactive arthritis were analysed for antibodies against Chlamydia trachomatis by immunoblotting. Purified elementary bodies, purified Chlamydia outer membrane complexes, and purified recombinant subcomponents were used as antigens. Antibodies against C...

  14. Full genome sequences of all nine Chlamydia psittaci genotype reference strains.

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    Van Lent, Sarah; Piet, Jurgen R; Beeckman, Delphine; van der Ende, Arie; Van Nieuwerburgh, Filip; Bavoil, Patrik; Myers, Garry; Vanrompay, Daisy; Pannekoek, Yvonne

    2012-12-01

    Chlamydia psittaci primarily infects birds, but zoonotic transmission occurs in people in close contact with infected birds. The clinical outcome ranges from inapparent disease to pneumonia. Here we report the genome sequences of all 9 Chlamydia psittaci genotype reference strains.

  15. ESTRUCTURA MOLECULAR Y ANTIGÉNICA DE LA VACUNA CONTRA EL VIRUS DEL PAPILOMA HUMANO 16 (VPH 16

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    VÍCTOR ANDRÉS VANEGAS

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available La proteína L1 del Virus del Papiloma Humano (VPH constituye el 80% de la cápside viral. Las vacunas profilácticas contra el VPH son sintetizadas a partir de la proteína L1 ensamblada en Partículas similares al Virus (del inglés VLP, las cuales son altamente inmunogénicas generando anticuerpos específicos de tipo y en algunos casos pueden presentar reacción cruzada entre tipos de VPH filogenéticamente próximos. La estructura de la proteína L1 del VPH es importante porque confiere estabilidad a la cápside mediante el establecimiento de interacciones intra e intercapsoméricas lo que asegura la integridad viral y antigénicamente porque contiene los epítopes que inducen la respuesta inmune protectora. En estudios en los que se evaluó la antigenicidad de la proteína L1 se determinó que los epítopes inmunodominantes de la cápside viral se encuentran en los bucles B-C, D-E, F-G, H-I y en el extremo C-terminal. Estos bucles son poco conservados entre los diferentes genotipos y se encuentran en segmentos de la proteína expuestos en la superficie de la cápside. Los aminoácidos situados en los bucles B-C, F-G y H-I son primordiales para el reconocimiento por los anticuerpos neutralizantes. Los diferentes subtipos y variantes presentan cambios en estos aminoácidos o en residuos que conforman otros epítopes. En esta revisión se presentará un estado del arte de la proteína L1 del VPH genotipo 16, la estructura y su importancia en el desarrollo de vacunas contra la infección producida por este virus.

  16. La evolución de sistemas complejos: el caso del sistema inmune en animales

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    Cadavid Gutierrez Luis Fernando

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    El sistema inmune en animales comprende una serie de mecanismos celulares y moleculares que de manera conjunta mantienen la integridad fisiológica y genética de los organismos. Convencionalmente se ha considerado la existencia de dos clases de inmunidad, la innata y la adaptativa. La primera es ancestral, con variabilidad limitada y baja discriminación, mientras que la segunda es altamente variable, específica y restringida a vertebrados mandibulados. La inmunidad adaptativa se basa en receptores de antígeno que se rearreglan somáticamente para generar una diversidad casi ilimitada de moléculas. Este mecanismo de recombinación somática muy probablemente emergió como consecuencia de un evento de transferencia horizontal de transposones y transposas bacterianas en el ancestro de los vertebrados mandibulados. El reciente descubrimiento en vertebrados no mandibulados e invertebrados de mecanismos de inmunidad adaptativa alternos, plantea la necesidad de considerar nuevos elementos en la construcción de un modelo evolutivo de la inmunidad en animales. Algunos de esos elementos se esbozan en este ensayo.

  17. Exploring Chlamydia Positivity among Females on College Campuses, 2008-2010

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    Habel, Melissa A.; Leichliter, Jami S.; Torrone, Elizabeth

    2016-01-01

    Objective: Describe chlamydia positivity among young women tested at college health centers by student characteristics: age, race/ethnicity, and institution type. Participants: During 2008-2010, colleges participating in a national infertility prevention program provided chlamydia testing data from females aged 18-24. Methods: Chlamydia positivity…

  18. Comunicación bidireccional entre el sistema inmune y neuroendocrino a través de la hormona de crecimiento, prolactina y hepcidina

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    Cruz Enríquez V.; Paola Paez R.; Rómulo Campos G

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    RESUMENSe ha planteado que la hormona de crecimiento (GH) y la Prolactina (PRL) pueden intervenir en procesos infecciosos como inmunomoduladores vía receptores específicos; revelando una conexión entre el sistema inmune y el sistema endocrino en los tejidos, donde actúan como citoquinas a través de diferentes rutas de señalización. Igualmente, la hepcidina (HAMP), hormona producida en los hepatocitos como respuesta al exceso de hierro y a estímulos inflamatorios, es considerada un enlace entr...

  19. Papel inmunosupresor y citotóxico de la arginasa I y la disponibilidad de L-arginina en el sistema inmune y cáncer

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    García Navas, Rosula Mercedes

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    [ES] La disponibilidad de arginina es un factor importante para la evolución de la respuesta inmune y para el desarrollo y proliferación de algunos tumores. Las células T pierden la expresión de la cadena CD3zeta en ausencia de arginina y pueden mantenerse en un estado no proliferativo sin que se inicie un proceso de muerte celular programada. Por el contrario, existen tumores auxótrofos a la arginina que mueren por apoptosis al ser tratados con enzimas que catabolizan este aminoácido. En el ...

  20. Depresión y neuroplasticidad: Interacción de los sistemas nervioso, endocrino e inmune Depression and neuroplasticity: Interaction of nervous, endocrine and immune systems

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    Paola Cassano; Pablo Argibay

    2010-01-01

    La depresión clínica es una enfermedad física y psíquica que presenta bases neuropatológicas, sin embargo aún no se tiene un conocimiento exacto del origen o causas de esta enfermedad. Se conoce que existe un componente genético, aunque el componente ambiental en el desarrollo de la depresión es innegable. El estrés juega un rol esencial en el desencadenamiento de la depresión. La interacción y respuesta del sistema endocrino, inmune y nervioso se encuentran afectadas en este desorden. La obs...

  1. Depresión y neuroplasticidad: Interacción de los sistemas nervioso, endocrino e inmune Depression and neuroplasticity: Interaction of nervous, endocrine and immune systems

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    Paola Cassano; Pablo Argibay

    2010-01-01

    La depresión clínica es una enfermedad física y psíquica que presenta bases neuropatológicas, sin embargo aún no se tiene un conocimiento exacto del origen o causas de esta enfermedad. Se conoce que existe un componente genético, aunque el componente ambiental en el desarrollo de la depresión es innegable. El estrés juega un rol esencial en el desencadenamiento de la depresión. La interacción y respuesta del sistema endocrino, inmune y nervioso se encuentran afectadas en este desorden. La obs...

  2. Estudio de la dinámica global para un modelo de Evasión-Inmune de un tumor cancerígeno

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    Paul A. Valle; Luis N. Coria; Konstantin E. Starkov

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    En este artículo se estudia la dinámica global del modelo de Evasión-Inmune presentado por Arciero, Jackson y Kirschner [1], el cual describe la interacción entre células efectoras, células cancerígenas y las citocinas IL - 2 y TGF -β en el sitio del tumor. El sistema modela distintos comportamientos, como lo son: puntos de equilibrio, órbitas periódicas y ciclos límite estables. Utilizando el método de Localización de Conjuntos Compactos Invariantes se logra definir un dominio en el espacio ...

  3. Portadores de Neisseria meningitidis, caracterización de las cepas aisladas y respuesta inmune basal a VA-MENGOC-BC

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    Con el propósito de conocer la prevalencia de portadores de Neisseria meningitidis en un grupo de adolescentes, los marcadores epidemiológicos de las cepas aisladas, así como los factores de riesgo asociados con el estado de portador y la respuesta inmune basal a VA-MENGOC-BC , se realizó un estudio transversal descriptivo de portadores en 189 estudiantes de 12-19 años de un politécnico de Ciego de Ávila, siguiendo las Normas Bioéticas establecidas. A los estudiantes se les realizó un exudado...

  4. Efecto de la inulina y de plantas medicinales en el crecimiento, supervivencia, microbiota intestinal, sistema inmune y prevalencia de WSSV en Litopenaeus vannamei, cultivado en el laboratorio

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    Medina Beltrán, Violeta

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    Se evaluó el efecto del prebiótico inulina y las plantas medicinales en polvo: Rhoeo discolor (Rd) y una mezcla de Echinacea purpurea y Uncaria tomentosa (EU), adicionadas al alimento, en el crecimiento, supervivencia, microbiota intestinal, sistema inmune y prevalencia de WSSV en Litopenaeus vannamei. Se realizaron tres bioensayos con tratamientos por triplicado. Bioensayo 1 (peso, 0.74±0.25 g): I) Control, alimento comercial (AC) + celulosa (4 g/kg); II) AC + Rd (0.5 g/kg); I...

  5. Síntesis de melatonina en el sistema Inmune en diferentes modelos murinos y desarrollo de un modelo celular knockout condicional para melatonina

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    La melatonina, el principal producto de la glándula pineal, tiene entre sus acciones biológicas un importante papel inmunomodulador, regulando la producción de un gran número de citocinas. Además el efecto directo de esta hormona se ha confirmado al demostrar la existencia de receptores específicos en células inmunocompetentes. En los últimos años, se ha demostrado síntesis de melatonina en diferentes tejidos extrapineales, entre las que se encuentran células y tejidos del sistema inmune. ...

  6. On Estonian Folk Culture: Pro et contra

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    Piret Õunapuu

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available The year 2013 was designated the year of heritage in Estonia, with any kind of intangible and tangible heritage enjoying pride of place. Heritage was written and spoken about and revived in all kinds of ways and manners. The motto of the year was: There is no heritage without heir. Cultural heritage is a comprehensive concept. This article focuses, above all, on indigenous cultural heritage and, more precisely, its tangible (so-called object part. Was the Estonian peasant, 120 years back, with his gradually increasing self-confidence, proud or ashamed of his archaic household items? Rustic folk culture was highly viable at that time. In many places people still wore folk costumes – if not daily, then at least the older generation used to wear them to church. A great part of Estonians still lived as if in a museum. Actually, this reminded of the old times that people tried to put behind them, and sons were sent to school in town for a better and more civilised future. In the context of this article, the most important agency is peasants’ attitude towards tangible heritage – folk culture in the widest sense of the word. The appendix, Pro et contra, at the end of the article exemplifies this on the basis of different sources.

  7. Tratamiento con altas dosis de corticoides de Púrpura Trombocitopénica Inmune en paciente con Diabetes Mellitus y Obesidad Mórbida, un desafio metabólico

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    Juan Pedro Andreu Cuello; Juan Pablo Gatica Araneda; Patricio Alfaro-Toloza; Romina Olmos-de-Aguilera

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    El manejo de la púrpura trombocitopénica inmune con altas dosis de corticoides en pacientes con diabetes mellitus y obesidad mórbida no está definido. Mujer de 64 años con obesidad mórbida, diabetes mellitus 2 y púrpura trombocitopénico inmune presenta trombocitopenia severa de 2 000 plaquetas asociada a equimosis extensas en ambas extremidades inferiores y glicemia descompensada. Se inició tratamiento con Metilprednisolona 500mg por tres días y luego Prednisona 60mg/día, al quinto día se aum...

  8. "Candidatus Mesochlamydia elodeae" (Chlamydiae: Parachlamydiaceae), a novel chlamydia parasite of free-living amoebae.

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    Corsaro, Daniele; Müller, Karl-Dieter; Wingender, Jost; Michel, Rolf

    2013-02-01

    Vannella sp. isolated from waterweed Elodea sp. was found infected by a chlamydia-like organism. This organism behaves like a parasite, causing the death through burst of its host. Once the vannellae degenerated, the parasite was successfully kept in laboratory within a Saccamoeba sp. isolated from the same waterweed sample, which revealed in fine through electron microscopy to harbor two bacterial endosymbionts: the chlamydial parasite we introduce and another endosymbiont initially and naturally present in the host. Herein, we provide molecular-based identification of both the amoeba host and its two endosymbionts, with special focus on the chlamydia parasite. High sequence similarity values of the 18S rDNA permitted to assign the amoeba to the species Saccamoeba lacustris (Amoebozoa, Tubulinea). The bacterial endosymbiont naturally harbored by the host belonged to Sphingomonas koreensis (Alpha-Proteobacteria). The chlamydial parasite showed a strict specificity for Saccamoeba spp., being unable to infect a variety of other amoebae, including Acanthamoeba, and it was itself infected by a bacteriophage. Sequence similarity values of the 16S rDNA and phylogenetic analysis indicated that this strain is a new member of the family Parachlamydiaceae, for which we propose the name "Candidatus Mesochlamydia elodeae."

  9. Tracing the primordial Chlamydiae: extinct parasites of plants?

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    Subtil, Agathe; Collingro, Astrid; Horn, Matthias

    2014-01-01

    Chlamydiae are obligate intracellular bacteria found as symbionts and pathogens in a wide range of eukaryotes, including protists, invertebrates, and vertebrates. It was recently proposed that an ancient chlamydial symbiont facilitated the establishment of primary plastids in a tripartite symbiosis with cyanobacteria and early eukaryotes. In this review, we summarize recent advances in understanding of the lifestyle and the evolutionary history of extant Chlamydiae. We reconstruct and describe key features of the ancient chlamydial symbiont. We propose that it was already adapted to an intracellular lifestyle before the emergence of Archaeplastida, and that several observations are compatible with an essential contribution of Chlamydiae to the evolution of algae and plants. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  10. [Chlamydia: from population screening to individual repeated screening].

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    Bally, F; Quach, A

    2014-10-08

    Chlamydia trachomatis is a frequent sexually transmitted infection especially in young adults and adolescents. Its complications can impair a woman's reproductive potential. chlamydia control has several challenges. These include asymptomatic infections; a long duration of untreated infections; re-infections and partner treatments. Any person with infection is at high risk of re-infection. Repeated screening would decrease, at an individual level, the risk of complications. General practitioners, gynaecologists and centres for sexual health could participate in Chlamydia screening for asymptomatic infections, in Switzerland, the cost of the laboratory test is fixed by national tariff regulations. The cost is high and prohibitive for many, especially adolescents and young adults and needs to be lowered.

  11. Role of Chlamydia trachomatis in miscarriage.

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    Baud, David; Goy, Genevieve; Jaton, Katia; Osterheld, Maria-Chiara; Blumer, Serafin; Borel, Nicole; Vial, Yvan; Hohlfeld, Patrick; Pospischil, Andreas; Greub, Gilbert

    2011-09-01

    To determine the role of Chlamydia trachomatis in miscarriage, we prospectively collected serum, cervicovaginal swab specimens, and placental samples from 386 women with and without miscarriage. Prevalence of immunoglobulin G against C. trachomatis was higher in the miscarriage group than in the control group (15.2% vs. 7.3%; p = 0.018). Association between C. trachomatis-positive serologic results and miscarriage remained significant after adjustment for age, origin, education, and number of sex partners (odds ratio 2.3, 95% confidence interval 1.1-4.9). C. trachomatis DNA was more frequently amplified from products of conception or placenta from women who had a miscarriage (4%) than from controls (0.7%; p = 0.026). Immunohistochemical analysis confirmed C. trachomatis in placenta from 5 of 7 patients with positive PCR results, whereas results of immunohistochemical analysis were negative in placenta samples from all 8 negative controls tested. Associations between miscarriage and serologic/molecular evidence of C. trachomatis infection support its role in miscarriage.

  12. Risk of reproductive complications following chlamydia testing

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    Davies, Bethan; Turner, Katy M E; Frølund, Maria

    2016-01-01

    , ectopic pregnancy, or tubal factor infertility. FINDINGS: The 516 720 women (103 344 positive, 182 879 negative, 230 497 never-tested) had a mean follow-up of 7·96 years. Compared with women with only negative tests, the risk of each complication was 30% higher in women with one or more positive tests...... diagnosed chlamydia and episodes of hospital health care (inpatient, outpatient, and emergency department) for a reproductive complication. METHODS: We constructed and analysed a retrospective population-based cohort of women aged 15-44 years from administrative records in Denmark (1995-2012). We used...... (pelvic inflammatory disease, adjusted hazard ratio [AHR] 1·50 [95% CI 1·43-1·57]; ectopic pregnancy, AHR 1·31 [1·25-1·38]; tubal factor infertility, AHR 1·37 [1·24-1·52]) and 60% lower in women who were never-tested (pelvic inflammatory disease, AHR 0·33 [0·31-0·35]; ectopic pregnancy, AHR 0·42 [0...

  13. [Chlamydia trachomatis genital infections and contraception].

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    Aloisio, T; Rullo, F; Smeraglia, R; Giorgio, A; Lettieri, G; Sannino, F; Martinelli, A

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    330 women with a median age of 30.15 (+- 9.5) years sought gynecological consultation for advice on contraception and for cervical carcinoma screening. Anamnesis explored the presence of dysuria, dyspareunia, secretions, and pelvic pain, the number of partners, and type of contraceptive used. Endocervical samples were collected by means of tampon and the specimens were analyzed for 48 to 120 hours to find antigens of Chlamydia trachomatis (C.T.) by a solid phase immunoenzymatic test. Peripheral blood samples were also taken from all women to look for antibodies of C.T. and also the indirect immunoperoxidase test was used to search for specific antibodies of C.T. (IgM, IgA, IgE, IgG). The chi-square test was applied for statistical analysis. None of the women who used oral hormonal contraceptives or condoms were infected (presence of antigens and positivity for IgM and/or IgE and/or IgA), however, 36 of 90 IUD users (40%) were infected, 18 of 132 women who used no contraceptives whatsoever (13.7%) were also infected. 91% of the subjects had a single partner. In view of these findings the use of the condom and oral contraceptives is recommended with proper instruction about their potential side effects.

  14. Tetracycline Susceptibility in Chlamydia suis Pig Isolates.

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    Manuela Donati

    Full Text Available The aims of the present study were to assess the prevalence of Chlamydia suis in an Italian pig herd, determine the tetracycline susceptibility of C. suis isolates, and evaluate tet(C and tetR(C gene expression. Conjunctival swabs from 20 pigs were tested for C. suis by real-time polymerase chain reaction, and 55% (11 were positive. C. suis was then isolated from 11 conjunctival swabs resampled from the same herd. All positive samples and isolates were positive for the tet(C resistance gene. The in vitro susceptibility to tetracycline of the C. suis isolates showed MIC values ranging from 0.5 to 4 μg/mL. Tet(C and tetR(C transcripts were found in all the isolates, cultured both in the absence and presence of tetracycline. This contrasts with other Gram-negative bacteria in which both genes are repressed in the absence of the drug. Further investigation into tet gene regulation in C. suis is needed.

  15. Diagnostic Procedures to Detect Chlamydia trachomatis Infections.

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    Meyer, Thomas

    2016-08-05

    The intracellular life style of chlamydia and the ability to cause persistent infections with low-grade replication requires tests with high analytical sensitivity to directly detect C. trachomatis (CT) in medical samples. Nucleic acid amplification tests (NAATs) are the most sensitive assays with a specificity similar to cell culture and are considered the method of choice for CT detection. In addition, NAATs can be performed on various clinical specimens that do not depend on specific transport and storage conditions, since NAATs do not require infectious bacteria. In the case of lower genital tract infections, first void urine and vaginal swabs are the recommended specimens for testing males and females, respectively. Infections of anorectal, oropharyngeal and ocular epithelia should also be tested by NAAT analysis of corresponding mucosal swabs. In particular, anorectal infections of men who have sex with men (MSM) should include evaluation of lymphogranuloma venereum (LGV) by identification of genotypes L1, L2 or L3. Detection of CT antigens by enzyme immunoassay (EIAs) or rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) are unsuitable due to insufficient sensitivity and specificity. Recent PCR-based RDTs, however, are non-inferior to standard NAATs, and might be used at the point-of-care. Serology finds application in the diagnostic work-up of suspected chronic CT infection but is inappropriate to diagnose acute infections.

  16. Tetracycline Susceptibility in Chlamydia suis Pig Isolates.

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    Donati, Manuela; Balboni, Andrea; Laroucau, Karine; Aaziz, Rachid; Vorimore, Fabien; Borel, Nicole; Morandi, Federico; Vecchio Nepita, Edoardo; Di Francesco, Antonietta

    2016-01-01

    The aims of the present study were to assess the prevalence of Chlamydia suis in an Italian pig herd, determine the tetracycline susceptibility of C. suis isolates, and evaluate tet(C) and tetR(C) gene expression. Conjunctival swabs from 20 pigs were tested for C. suis by real-time polymerase chain reaction, and 55% (11) were positive. C. suis was then isolated from 11 conjunctival swabs resampled from the same herd. All positive samples and isolates were positive for the tet(C) resistance gene. The in vitro susceptibility to tetracycline of the C. suis isolates showed MIC values ranging from 0.5 to 4 μg/mL. Tet(C) and tetR(C) transcripts were found in all the isolates, cultured both in the absence and presence of tetracycline. This contrasts with other Gram-negative bacteria in which both genes are repressed in the absence of the drug. Further investigation into tet gene regulation in C. suis is needed.

  17. Changes in chlamydia control activities in Europe between 2007 and 2012: A cross-national survey

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    van den Broek, I; Andersen, Berit; Herrmann, B

    2015-01-01

    indicators of chlamydia prevention and control activities; countries were assigned to one of five categories of chlamydia control. Results: In 2012, more countries than in 2007 reported availability of national chlamydia case management guidelines (80% vs. 68%), opportunistic chlamydia testing (68% vs. 44......%) and consistent use of nucleic acid amplification tests (64% vs. 36%). The number of countries reporting having a national sexually transmitted infection control strategy or a surveillance system for chlamydia did not change notably. In 2012, most countries (18/25, 72%) had implemented primary prevention...... activities and case management guidelines addressing partner management, compared with 44% (11/25) of countries in 2007. Conclusion: Overall, chlamydia control activities in EU/EEA countries strengthened between 2007 and 2012. Several countries still need to develop essential chlamydia control activities...

  18. Contemporary approaches to designing and evaluating vaccines against Chlamydia.

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    Igietseme, Joseph U; Eko, Francis O; Black, Carolyn M

    2003-02-01

    The clinically relevant pathologic consequences of primary ocular, genital, or respiratory human infection by members of the genus Chlamydia are conjunctivitis, cervicitis, urethritis and sinusitis. The major complications and sometimes debilitating evolutionary outcomes of these infections include: trichiasis and cicatrizing trachoma, endometritis or pelvic inflammatory disease and involuntary tubal factor infertility and bronchopulmonary pneumonia. These diseases, in addition to other chlamydia-associated chronic syndromes (e.g., artherosclerosis, multiple sclerosis and Alzheimer's disease), pose serious public healthcare and huge budgetary concerns. The current medical opinion is that an efficacious prophylactic vaccine is a sine qua non--to control the morbidity of chiamydial infection in the human population. The research goal for an efficacious human chlamydial vaccine has faced key challenges to define the elements of protective immunity to facilitate vaccine evaluation, the judicious selection of appropriate vaccine candidates that possess stable antigenic and immunologic properties and the development of effective delivery vehicles and adjuvants to boost immune effectors to achieve long-term protective immunity. Progress in the functional immunobiology of Chlamydia has established the essential immunologic paradigms for vaccine selection and evaluation, including the obligatory requirement for a vaccine to induce T-helper Type 1 immune response that controls chlamydiae. Recent advances in chlamydial genomics and proteomics should enhance the identification of likely chlamydial gene products that fulfill the antigenic requirements of putative vaccine candidates. Major inroads are however needed in the construction and development of novel and effective delivery systems, such as vectors and adjuvants. This review summarizes the status of contemporary chlamydial vaccine research and promising trends fueling the growing optimism for an efficacious vaccine. The

  19. Chlamydia genomics: providing novel insights into chlamydial biology.

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    Bachmann, Nathan L; Polkinghorne, Adam; Timms, Peter

    2014-08-01

    Chlamydiaceae are obligate intracellular pathogens that have successfully evolved to colonize a diverse range of hosts. There are currently 11 described species of Chlamydia, most of which have a significant impact on the health of humans or animals. Expanding chlamydial genome sequence information has revolutionized our understanding of chlamydial biology, including aspects of their unique lifecycle, host-pathogen interactions, and genetic differences between Chlamydia strains associated with different host and tissue tropisms. This review summarizes the major highlights of chlamydial genomics and reflects on the considerable impact these have had on understanding the biology of chlamydial pathogens and the changing nature of genomics tools in the 'post-genomics' era.

  20. Infection of Human Retinal Pigment Epithelium with Chlamydia trachomatis.

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    Ernest Boiko

    Full Text Available Little is known about the susceptibility of posterior segment tissues, particularly the human retinal pigment epithelium (hRPE, to Chlamydia trachomatis. The purpose of the study was to investigate the possibility of infecting the hRPE with Chlamydia trachomatis, and to examine the infectivity of different Chlamydia trachomatis clinical isolates for hRPE cells and the hRPE cell response to the infection.Cultured hRPE and McCoy cells were inoculated with eight Chlamydia trachomatis (serovar E clinical isolates at multiplicity of infection (MOI of 2.0 or 0.3. To detect Chlamydia trachomatis, samples were stained immunohistochemically with anti-major outer membrane protein antibodies at 24h, 48h, and 72h postinoculation (PI. The changes in the expression of signaling molecules and proteins of cytoskeleton and extracellular matrix in hRPE cells were examined immunohistochemically.All eight clinical isolates demonstrated ability to infect hRPE cells. At equal MOI of 0.3, the infectivity of Chlamydia trachomatis clinical isolates for RPE culture was found to be at least as high as that for McCoy cell culture. At 24h PI, the percentage of inclusion-containing cells varied from 1.5 ± 0.52 to 14.6 ± 3.3% in hRPE cell culture infected at MOI of 2.0 against 0.37 ± 0.34 to 8.9 ± 0.2% in McCoy cell culture infected at MOI of 0.3. Collagen type I, collagen type IV, basic fibroblast growth factor, transforming growth factor-beta and interleukin-8 expression at 48h PI were maximally increased, by 2.1-, 1.3-, 1.5-, 1.5- and 1.6-fold, respectively, in the Chlamydia trachomatis-infected compared with control hRPE cell culture specimens (P < 0.05.This study, for the first time, proved the possibility of infecting hRPE cultured cells with Chlamydia trachomatis, which leads to proproliferative and proinflammatory changes in the expression of signaling molecules and extracellular matrix components.

  1. Seroepidemiological survey of Chlamydia in North West zone of Nigeria

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    Agbonlahor DE; Okoror LE; Esumeh FI

    2009-01-01

    Objective:Chlamydia is made of organism responsible for respiratory as well as genital infections with very se-rious sequelae.In Nigeria there is paucity of information regards relative frequencies of Chlamydia infection of which this study reports in North West zone of Nigeria.Methods:Three hundred and thirty three (333)blood samples were collected from individuals attending various clinics in North West zone of Nigeria and tested for Chlamydia complement fixing antibody.Swabs collected from positive patients were re-tested using the Ro-manowsky-Giemsa staining technique.Statistical analysis were carried out in epi-info epidemiological software package.Results:From the total of 333 samples collected and tested for Chlamydia complement fixing anti-body (CCFA)only 287 (86%)were positive.The culture showed that 215 (75%)were positive for Chlamydia trachomatis while only 135 (47%)were positive for Chlamydia pneumoniae.Seventy-one (71)fe-males had symptomatic infection while 31 males were symptomatic.Of the 104 individuals who were asympto-matic 67 were females while 92 were males.Of the 31 symptomatic males were 22 positive to Chlamydia pneu-moniae and the symptoms being that of respiratory syndrome while 9 had difficulty urinating.All the symptom-atic women had symptoms resembling that of the pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)and vaginal discharge. Age groups 31-35 had the highest positive samples while the extreme ages had the lowest number of positive in-dividuals and also the lowest number of samples.The number of samples as well as the positive results were validated using the epi-info statistical package version 3.4.1.There was no significant difference in the num-ber of samples from both males and females (χ2 =1.360,CI =99%).Conclusion:A high percentage of pos-itive result as validated by statistical analysis shows that Chlamydia infections are endemic in the population and efforts should be made to screen for the organism to avoid the "silent epidemics".

  2. SISTEMA INMUNE Y GENÉTICA:: UN ABORDAJE DIFERENTE A LA DIVERSIDAD DE ANTICUERPOS Immune System and Genetics:: A Different Approach to the Diversity of Antibodies

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    Full Text Available Es común encontrar en los libros de inmunología o de genética un capítulo con el título de -sistema inmune y genética-, sin embargo su asociación se centra en cómo la generación de anticuerpos rompió el paradigma -un gen, una proteína-, pues en el caso de la producción de anticuerpos, un gen produce millones de proteínas. El sistema inmune tiene muchos vínculos con la genética y la herencia; esta asociación se da porque cualquier sustancia o compuesto que produzca un organismo, es un antígeno potencial cuando es reconocido como extraño por el sistema inmune de otro organismo, sea este de la misma o de diferente especie. La producción de proteínas que potencialmente pueden ser antigénicas están ligadas al genotipo del individuo. La capacidad de responder y el tipo e intensidad de respuesta a antígenos también ha sido demostrado que están correlacionados con el genotipo del individuo en cuestión, así como deficiencias en las respuestas inmunes pueden estar asociadas con mutaciones o polimorfismos genéticos que resultan en la susceptibilidad a enfermedades infecciosas. Este manuscrito busca presentar ejemplos de la relación sistema inmune - genética, en la misma dirección de la conferencia ofrecida para la cátedra de Sede -Todo lo que usted quiere saber de genética y nunca se atrevió a preguntar-.It is common to find in immunology or genetic books a chapter entitled -immune system and genetics-; this association focuses on how the generation of antibodies broke the paradigm -one gene, one protein-, since in this case one gene generates millions of proteins. However, the immune system has many more links to genetics and heredity. For example, any substance or compound produced by an organism can be a potential antigen, when it is recognized as foreign by the immune system of another organism, belonging to the same or different species. The proteins, which are potentially antigenic are encoded by the individual s

  3. Is there a Relation between Chlamydia Infection and Primary Biliary Cirrhosis?

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    Leung, Patrick S. C.; Park, Ogyi; Matsumura, Shuji; Ansari, Aftab A.; Coppel, Ross L.; Gershwin, M. Eric

    2003-01-01

    Over the past two decades, a number of studies have failed to provide direct evidence of specific microbial chronic infection in primary biliary cirrhosis (PBC). However, a recent report suggests that there is a specific association of Chlamydia pneumoniae in patients with PBC and that C. pneumoniae or similar antigens might play a role in the pathogenesis of disease. To determine if Chlamydia infection is associated with PBC, we applied a combination of immunological and molecular approaches to investigate (a) the serological reactivity against two common Chlamydia human pathogens, C. pneumoniae and C. trachomatis, by immunoblotting, (b) the presence of Chlamydia in liver samples of patients with PBC and controls by PCR amplification of Chlamydia specific 16S rRNA and (c) the presence of Chlamydia proteins in liver samples of patients with PBC and controls by immunohistochemical staining. By immunoblotting, C. trachomatis and C. pneumoniae specific serological antibodies were found in 52/57 (91.2%) AMA positive PBC, 7/33 (21/2%) of AMA negative PBC, 1/25 (4%) PSC, 0/15 (0%) Sjorgen's syndrome and 0/20 (0%) systemic lupus erythematosus patients and 0/20 (0%) healthy volunteers at 1:200 sera dilution. PBC sera reacted to Chlamydia and E. coli lysates in western blots up to a maximum of 10-4 dilution. However, PCR amplification of the Chlamydia specific 16S rRNA gene was negative in 25/25 PBC livers but positive in 1/4 PSC liver, 3/6 in other liver disease controls and 1/4 normal liver samples. While two commercially available specific monoclonal antibodies stained positive controls (Chlamydia infected HEp-2 cells) they failed to detect Chlamydia antigens in PBC livers. The detection of Chlamydia specific antibodies but not Chlamydia rRNA gene and Chlamydia antigens in PBC suggests that Chlamydia infection is not involved in PBC. PMID:14768955

  4. Chlamydia gallinacea: a widespread emerging Chlamydia agent with zoonotic potential in backyard poultry.

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    Li, L; Luther, M; Macklin, K; Pugh, D; Li, J; Zhang, J; Roberts, J; Kaltenboeck, B; Wang, C

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    Chlamydia gallinacea, a new chlamydial agent, has been reported in four European countries as well as Argentina and China. Experimentally infected chickens with C. gallinacea in previous study showed no clinical signs but had significantly reduced gains in body weight (6·5-11·4%). Slaughterhouse workers exposed to infected chickens have developed atypical pneumonia, indicating C. gallinacea is likely a zoonotic agent. In this study, FRET-PCR confirmed that C. gallinacea was present in 12·4% (66/531) of oral-pharyngeal samples from Alabama backyard poultry. Phylogenetic comparisons based on ompA variable domain showed that 16 sequenced samples represented 14 biotypes. We report for the first time the presence of C. gallinacea in North America, and this warrants further research on the organism's pathogenicity, hosts, transmission, and zoonotic potential.

  5. Chlamydia trachomatis Genotypes and the Swedish New Variant among Urogenital Chlamydia trachomatis Strains in Finland

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    Suvi Niemi

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Our aims were to genotype Chlamydia trachomatis strains present in urogenital samples and to investigate the occurrence of the Swedish new variant of C. trachomatis in Finland. We genotyped 160 C. trachomatis positive samples with ompA real-time PCR and analyzed 495 samples for the new variant. The three most prevalent genotypes were E (40%, F (28%, and G (13%. Only two specimens containing bacteria with the variant plasmid were detected. It seems that in Finland the percentage of infections due to genotypes F and G has slightly increased during the last 20 years. Genotypes E and G appear to be more common, and genotypes J/Ja and I/Ia appear to be less common in Europe than in the USA. Although the genotype E was the most common genotype among C. trachomatis strains, the new variant was rarely found in Finland.

  6. Role of Chlamydia trachomatis and emerging Chlamydia-related bacteria in ectopic pregnancy in Vietnam.

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    Hornung, S; Thuong, B C; Gyger, J; Kebbi-Beghdadi, C; Vasilevsky, S; Greub, G; Baud, D

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    In this case-control study, we investigated the seroprevalence and molecular evidence of Chlamydia trachomatis and Waddlia chondrophila in ectopic pregnancies (EP) and uneventful control pregnancies in 343 women from Vietnam. Whereas presence of C. trachomatis IgG was strongly associated with EP [adjusted odds ratio (aOR) 5·41, 95% confidence interval (CI) 2·58-11·32], its DNA remained undetected in all tubal lesions. We confirmed an independent association between antibodies against Waddlia and previous miscarriage (aOR 1·87, 95% CI 1·02-3·42). Further investigations are needed to understand the clinical significance of Waddlia's high seroprevalence (25·9% in control pregnancies) in this urban population.

  7. Lessons learned from a population-based chlamydia screening pilot

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    H.M. Götz (Hannelore); J.H. Richardus (Jan Hendrik); J.E.A.M. van Bergen (Jan); I.K. Veldhuizen (Irene); C.J.P.A. Hoebe (Christian); J. Broer (Jan); A.J.J. Coenen (A. J J); F. de Groot (F.); M.J. Verhooren; D.T. van Schaik (Daniel)

    2006-01-01

    textabstractWe evaluated process organization and response optimization in a home-based Chlamydia trachomatis (Ct) screening project in the Netherlands among 15- to 29-year-old women and men. The method used was computer-supported data flow, from population sampling to informing participants of the

  8. Seroprevalence and genotype of Chlamydia in pet parrots in China.

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    Zhang, N-Z; Zhang, X-X; Zhou, D-H; Huang, S-Y; Tian, W-P; Yang, Y-C; Zhao, Q; Zhu, X-Q

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    Parrots are one of the most popular pet birds in China, and can harbour Chlamydia which has significance for human and animal health. We investigated, by indirect haemagglutination assay, the seroprevalence of Chlamydia infection in four species of parrots, namely budgerigars (Melopsittacus undulatus), lovebirds (Agapornis sp.), cockatiels (Nymphicus hollandicus) and Alexandrine parakeets (Psittacula eupatria) that were collected from Weifang and Beijing cities, North China and explored the association between potential risk factors and chlamydial seropositivity. We further determined the genotype of Chlamydia in 21 fresh faecal samples based on the ompA sequence by reconstruction of phylogenetic relationships. Of the 311 parrots examined, 35·37% (95% confidence interval 30·06-40·68) were seropositive, and species, gender, age, season and geographical location were identified as risk factors. Two PCR-positive samples represented Chlamydia psittaci genotype A. The occurrence of C. psittaci genotype A in the droppings of two pet parrots in China suggests potential environmental contamination with Chlamydiaceae and may raise a public health concern.

  9. Absence of Chlamydia-like organisms in pigs

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    M. Van Gils

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Porcine reproductive failure, especially abortion, causes significant economic loss in the pig industry. Waddlia chondrophila and Parachlamydia acanthamoebae are potential abortigenic agents for pigs. Therefore, we investigated the presence of these two Chlamydia-like organisms in abortion-related samples originating from Belgian pig farms. All investigated samples remained negative.

  10. Molecular detection of Chlamydia trachomatis and Neisseria gonorrhoeae

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    Møller, Jens Kjølseth; Herrmann, B; Jensen, K.T.;

    2011-01-01

    This chapter highlights the use of nucleic acid amplification tests (NAATs) for the molecular diagnosis of gonorrhoea and chlamydia infection. In addition, good laboratory practice and issues that should be considered before and after implementation of NAATs for C. trachomatis and N. gonorrhoeae...

  11. Chlamydia pecorum: fetal and placental lesions in sporadic caprine abortion.

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    Giannitti, Federico; Anderson, Mark; Miller, Myrna; Rowe, Joan; Sverlow, Karen; Vasquez, Marce; Cantón, Germán

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    Chlamydial abortion in small ruminants is usually associated with Chlamydia abortus infection. Although Chlamydia pecorum has been detected in aborted ruminants and epidemiological data suggests that C. pecorum is abortigenic in these species, published descriptions of lesions in fetuses are lacking. This work describes fetoplacental lesions in a caprine abortion with C. pecorum infection, and further supports the abortigenic role of C. pecorum in ruminants. A 16-month-old Boer goat aborted twin fetuses at ~130 days of gestation. Both fetuses (A and B) and the placenta of fetus A were submitted for postmortem examination and diagnostic workup. At autopsy, the fetuses had moderate anasarca, intermuscular edema in the hindquarters (A), and brachygnathia and palatoschisis (B). In the placenta, the cotyledons were covered by yellow fibrinosuppurative exudate that extended into the adjacent intercotyledonary areas. Histologically, there was severe suppurative and necrotizing placentitis with vasculitis (arteriolitis) and thrombosis, multifocal lymphohistiocytic and neutrophilic hepatitis (A), and fibrinosuppurative enteritis in both fetuses. Chlamydia antigen was detected in the placenta by the direct fluorescent antibody test and in fetal intestines by immunohistochemistry. Nested polymerase chain reaction of DNA extracted from formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded sections of placenta and intestine amplified 400 bp of the Chlamydia 16S rRNA gene that was sequenced and found to be 99% identical to C. pecorum by BLAST analysis. Other known abortigenic infectious agents were ruled out by specific testing. It is concluded that C. pecorum infection is associated with fetoplacental lesions and sporadic abortion in goats.

  12. Use of polymerase chain reaction for detection of Chlamydia trachomatis

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    Østergaard, Lars; Birkelund, Svend; Christiansen, Gunna

    1990-01-01

    A polymerase chain reaction (PCR) assay was developed for detection of Chlamydia trachomatis DNA. From the published sequence of the common C. trachomatis plasmid, two primer sets were selected. Detection of amplified sequences was done by agarose gel electrophoresis of cleaved or uncleaved...

  13. Chlamydia trachomatis infection and risk of cervical intraepithelial neoplasia

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    Lehtinen, Matti; Ault, Kevin A; Lyytikainen, Erika

    2011-01-01

    High-risk human papillomavirus (hrHPV) is the primary cause of cervical cancer. As Chlamydia trachomatis is also linked to cervical cancer, its role as a potential co-factor in the development of cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN) grade 2 or higher was examined....

  14. The Chlamydia psittaci genome: a comparative analysis of intracellular pathogens.

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    Anja Voigt

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Chlamydiaceae are a family of obligate intracellular pathogens causing a wide range of diseases in animals and humans, and facing unique evolutionary constraints not encountered by free-living prokaryotes. To investigate genomic aspects of infection, virulence and host preference we have sequenced Chlamydia psittaci, the pathogenic agent of ornithosis. RESULTS: A comparison of the genome of the avian Chlamydia psittaci isolate 6BC with the genomes of other chlamydial species, C. trachomatis, C. muridarum, C. pneumoniae, C. abortus, C. felis and C. caviae, revealed a high level of sequence conservation and synteny across taxa, with the major exception of the human pathogen C. trachomatis. Important differences manifest in the polymorphic membrane protein family specific for the Chlamydiae and in the highly variable chlamydial plasticity zone. We identified a number of psittaci-specific polymorphic membrane proteins of the G family that may be related to differences in host-range and/or virulence as compared to closely related Chlamydiaceae. We calculated non-synonymous to synonymous substitution rate ratios for pairs of orthologous genes to identify putative targets of adaptive evolution and predicted type III secreted effector proteins. CONCLUSIONS: This study is the first detailed analysis of the Chlamydia psittaci genome sequence. It provides insights in the genome architecture of C. psittaci and proposes a number of novel candidate genes mostly of yet unknown function that may be important for pathogen-host interactions.

  15. A mouse model for Chlamydia suis genital infection.

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    Donati, Manuela; Di Paolo, Maria; Favaroni, Alison; Aldini, Rita; Di Francesco, Antonietta; Ostanello, Fabio; Biondi, Roberta; Cremonini, Eleonora; Ginocchietti, Laura; Cevenini, Roberto

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    A mouse model for Chlamydia suis genital infection was developed. Ninety-nine mice were randomly divided into three groups and intravaginally inoculated with chlamydia: 45 mice (group 1) received C. suis purified elementary bodies (EBs), 27 (group 2) were inoculated with C. trachomatis genotype E EBs and 27 mice (group 3) with C. trachomatis genotype F EBs. Additionally, 10 mice were used as a negative control. At seven days post-infection (dpi) secretory anti-C. suis IgA were recovered from vaginal swabs of all C. suis inoculated mice. Chlamydia suis was isolated from 93, 84, 71 and 33% vaginal swabs at 3, 5, 7 and 12 dpi. Chlamydia trachomatis genotype E and F were isolated from 100% vaginal swabs up to 7 dpi and from 61 and 72%, respectively, at 12 dpi. Viable C. suis and C. trachomatis organisms were isolated from uterus and tubes up to 16 and 28 dpi, respectively. The results of the present study show the susceptibility of mice to intravaginal inoculation with C. suis. A more rapid course and resolution of C. suis infection, in comparison to C. trachomatis, was highlighted. The mouse model could be useful for comparative investigations involving C. suis and C. trachomatis species.

  16. Chlamydia Pneumoniae Infections and Sudden Unexpected Deaths in Denmark.

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    Johannsen, Finn

    1993-01-01

    Blood samples from 38 runners on the Danish national orienteering team revealed no ongoing chlamydia pneumoniae, although 42% had an earlier infection, similar to the incidence in the general population. However, over 2% had an ongoing lyme borreliosis infection, and 18% had an earlier infection, which is a higher incidence than in the general…

  17. Characterization of the activity and expression of arginine decarboxylase in human and animal Chlamydia pathogens.

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    Bliven, Kimberly A; Fisher, Derek J; Maurelli, Anthony T

    2012-12-01

    Chlamydia pneumoniae encodes a functional arginine decarboxylase (ArgDC), AaxB, that activates upon self-cleavage and converts l-arginine to agmatine. In contrast, most Chlamydia trachomatis serovars carry a missense or nonsense mutation in aaxB abrogating activity. The G115R missense mutation was not predicted to impact AaxB functionality, making it unclear whether AaxB variations in other Chlamydia species also result in enzyme inactivation. To address the impact of gene polymorphism on functionality, we investigated the activity and production of the Chlamydia AaxB variants. Because ArgDC plays a critical role in the Escherichia coli acid stress response, we studied the ability of these Chlamydia variants to complement an E. coli ArgDC mutant in an acid shock assay. Active AaxB was detected in four additional species: Chlamydia caviae, Chlamydia pecorum, Chlamydia psittaci, and Chlamydia muridarum. Of the C. trachomatis serovars, only E appears to encode active enzyme. To determine when functional enzyme is present during the chlamydial developmental cycle, we utilized an anti-AaxB antibody to detect both uncleaved and cleaved enzyme throughout infection. Uncleaved enzyme production peaked around 20 h postinfection, with optimal cleavage around 44 h. While the role ArgDC plays in Chlamydia survival or virulence is unclear, our data suggest a niche-specific function.

  18. Portadores de Neisseria meningitidis, caracterización de las cepas aisladas y respuesta inmune basal a VA-MENGOC-BC

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    Full Text Available Con el propósito de conocer la prevalencia de portadores de Neisseria meningitidis en un grupo de adolescentes, los marcadores epidemiológicos de las cepas aisladas, así como los factores de riesgo asociados con el estado de portador y la respuesta inmune basal a VA-MENGOC-BC , se realizó un estudio transversal descriptivo de portadores en 189 estudiantes de 12-19 años de un politécnico de Ciego de Ávila, siguiendo las Normas Bioéticas establecidas. A los estudiantes se les realizó un exudado faríngeo y una extracción de sangre para la obtención de suero, así como una encuesta relacionada con aspectos de la investigación. La identificación de N. meningitidis se hizo por el sistema API NH (bioMérieux. Los serosubtipos e inmunotipos se clasificaron por ELISA de células enteras con anticuerpos monoclonales y la respuesta inmune basal se detectó por el Ensayo Bactericida del Suero. Se determinó la susceptibilidad antimicrobiana de las cepas frente a la penicilina, cloranfenicol, rifampicina, sulfadiacina sódica, ceftriaxona y ciprofloxacina. La prevalencia de portadores de N. meningitidis fue del 17%. Predominaron las cepas no agrupables (84,7%, seguidas por los serogrupos B (12,5% y Z (3,1%, destacándose la ausencia del C. Prevaleció el fenotipo NA:NT:P1.NST:L3,7,9 (12,5%, las cepas resistentes a la sulfadiacina (78,2% y sensibles a penicilina (81,3%, aunque el 18,7% mostró sensibilidad intermedia a este fármaco. Al resto de los antimicrobianos todas fueron sensibles. Se constató una respuesta inmune de memoria a la vacuna antimeningocócica (VAMENGOC-BC®, 12 años después de su aplicación, con títulos bactericidas anti C y B de 25 y 42%, respectivamente, resultados que pudieran estar influenciados por la inmunización sistemática que se realiza en Cuba con esta vacuna desde 1991.

  19. La violencia contra la mujer en la prensa

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    Dra. Encarnación Pérez Salicio

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    Full Text Available Resumen de la tesis doctoral "La violencia sobre la mujer y su tratamiento en la prensa vasca", que analiza los textos sobre violencia contra la mujer aparecidos en la prensa vasca durante los años 1995, 1996 y 1997 y que viene a demostrar que existe en la prensa, al igual que en el resto de la sociedad, una forma de entender las relaciones de género que permite entender y justificar la violencia contra la mujer.

  20. Mecanismo da contração muscular

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    José Antonio Levy

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    Full Text Available Os autores apresentam uma síntese dos conceitos atuais sôbre o mecanismo da contração muscular. Inicialmente estabelecem o conceito de membrana polarizada e despolarizada. Salientam a importância da substância contrátil (actomiosina e da energia fornecida pelo ácido adenosintrifosfórico. São discutidas também as reações químicas que se processam para a formação dessas substâncias, bem como o papel da mioglobina na contração muscular.

  1. Bibliografía: violencias contra las mujeres

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    Fuentes Vásquez, Lya Yaneth

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    La violencia contra las mujeres, en sus diferentes manifestaciones, pero en particular la violencia intrafamiliar o doméstica y la violencia sexual, constituyen hoy en día en Colombia y en el mundo "cuestiones" de interés público. En efecto, en los años 90 estos tipos de agresión contra las mujeres se colocaron en las agendas tanto internacionales, como nacionales. La campaña de los diferentes organismos de las Naciones Unidas: Una vida sin violencia, un derecho nuestro, lanzada en 1998 para ...

  2. Las Violencias contra las Mujeres en una Sociedad en Guerra

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    Las violencias contra las mujeres exceden los acontecimientos violentos, y abarcan su producción y reproducción como fenómeno social y discursivo. Los hechos violentos y los discursos sobre la violencia aparecen entrelazados, especialmente si se piensa en papel que juega la cultura patriarcal en el desarrollo, perpetuación y validación de las violencias contra las mujeres. “A las mujeres nos violan, nos asaltan y nos golpean, nos ultrajan, nos humillan, nos deshumanizan, nos manosean, nos ase...

  3. The Netherlands Chlamydia cohort study (NECCST) protocol to assess the risk of late complications following Chlamydia trachomatis infection in women

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    Hoenderboom, B. M.; van Oeffelen, A. A. M.; van Benthem, B. H. B.; van Bergen, J. E. A. M.; Dukers-Muijrers, N. H. T. M.; Gotz, H. M.; Hoebe, C. J. P. A.; Hogewoning, A. A.; van der Klis, F. R. M.; van Baarle, D.; Land, J. A.; van der Sande, M. A. B.; van Veen, M. G.; de Vries, F.; Morre, S. A.; van den Broek, I. V. F.

    2017-01-01

    Background: Chlamydia trachomatis (CT), the most common bacterial sexually transmitted infection (STI) among young women, can result in serious sequelae. Although the course of infection is often asymptomatic, CT may cause pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), leading to severe complications, such as

  4. The Netherlands Chlamydia cohort study (NECCST) protocol to assess the risk of late complications following Chlamydia trachomatis infection in women

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    Hoenderboom, B M; van Oeffelen, A A M; van Benthem, B H B; van Bergen, J E A M; Dukers-Muijrers, N H T M; Götz, H M; Hoebe, C J P A; Hogewoning, A A; van der Klis, F R M; van Baarle, D; Land, J.A.; van der Sande, M A B; Van Veen, M.G.; de Vries, F|info:eu-repo/dai/nl/303546670; Morré, S A; van den Broek, I V F

    2017-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Chlamydia trachomatis (CT), the most common bacterial sexually transmitted infection (STI) among young women, can result in serious sequelae. Although the course of infection is often asymptomatic, CT may cause pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), leading to severe complications, such as

  5. Does population screening for Chlamydia trachomatis raise anxiety among those tested? Findings from a population based chlamydia screening study

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    Low Nicola

    2006-04-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The advent of urine testing for Chlamydia trachomatis has raised the possibility of large-scale screening for this sexually transmitted infection, which is now the most common in the United Kingdom. The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of an invitation to be screened for chlamydia and of receiving a negative result on levels of anxiety, depression and self-esteem. Methods 19,773 men and women aged 16 to 39 years, selected at random from 27 general practices in two large city areas (Bristol and Birmingham were invited by post to send home-collected urine samples or vulvo-vaginal swabs for chlamydia testing. Questionnaires enquiring about anxiety, depression and self-esteem were sent to random samples of those offered screening: one month before the dispatch of invitations; when participants returned samples; and after receiving a negative result. Results Home screening was associated with an overall reduction in anxiety scores. An invitation to participate did not increase anxiety levels. Anxiety scores in men were lower after receiving the invitation than at baseline. Amongst women anxiety was reduced after receipt of negative test results. Neither depression nor self-esteem scores were affected by screening. Conclusion Postal screening for chlamydia does not appear to have a negative impact on overall psychological well-being and can lead to a decrease in anxiety levels among respondents. There is, however, a clear difference between men and women in when this reduction occurs.

  6. 2017: beginning of a new era for chlamydia research in China and the rest of the world.

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    Fan, Huizhou; Zhong, Guangming

    2017-10-06

    The First Chinese Chlamydia Research Meeting was held in Lanzhou, China in May 2017, 60 years after the disclosure of reproducible isolation of Chlamydia trachomatis by (Fei-fan Tang). We report current state of the Chlamydia research community in China, and briefly review recent progress in Chlamydia volcanology. The meeting represents a new milestone for Chlamydia research in the country. The Chinese Chlamydia Research Society (CCRS) was formed during the meeting. Future meetings will be held biennially and should facilitate collaboration of Chinese researchers with their domestic and international colleagues. Copyright © 2017 Institut Pasteur. All rights reserved.

  7. Identificación de la presencia de antígenos neurales en el tejido linfoide de los pacientes con ictus y análisis de su eventual implicación patogénica en la respuesta inmune adaptativa tras el daño cerebral

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    Gómez-Choco Cuesta, Manuel Jesús

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    INTRODUCCION: En condiciones fisiológicas existe un drenaje de solutos y células del sistema inmune desde el sistema nervioso central hacia el tejido linfoide secundario, pudiendo desarrollarse una respuesta inmune de tipo adaptativo frente a dichos antígenos. Ciertas moléculas coadyuvantes como heat shock protein 70(Hsp-70) pueden facilitar y modular los procesos de presentación antigénica y la propia respuesta inmune. Hsp-70 es producida en gran cantidad durante la isquemia cerebral. En...

  8. Genital chlamydia trachomatis infection among female undergraduate students of University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria

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    A Ugboma Henry Arinze

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Genital Chlamydia trachomatis infection is a common bacterial sexually transmitted infection worldwide. There is little information about this infection in Nigeria. This study determined the prevalence of genital Chlamydia trachomatis infection among female undergraduates of University of Port Harcourt and identify the various associated risk factors. Materials and Methods: A cross-sectional prospective study of 354 female students was done. Their socio-demographic characteristics and pattern of sexual behaviour was noted followed by collection of endocervical swab which was analysed with a Chlamydia Rapid Test Device. Data management was done by SPSS version 17.0 statistical package. Result: The prevalence of genital Chlamydia trachomatis infection was 30.2%. First coital exposure at14 years or less had the highest prevalence of the disease. Multiple sexual partners, tribe and inconsistent use of condom were significantly related with Chlamydia trachomatis infection. Conclusion: Genital Chlamydia trachomatis is prevalent among female undergraduates of the University of Port Harcourt.

  9. Estudio del reconocimiento y de la respuesta inmune frente a lípidos de polen por células iNKT

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    CD1d es una molécula de tipo MHC no polimórfica que presenta antígenos de naturaleza lipídica, tanto endógenos como exógenos, a células NKT (Natural Killer T). Las células NKT invariantes (iNKT) poseen un TCRαβ muy conservado (Vα24/Vβ11, en humanos) y expresan marcadores de células NK. Estas células tienen una gran capacidad de producir citoquinas Th1 y Th2, por lo que se les atribuyen funciones reguladoras de la respuesta inmune. Se ha descrito la participación de las células iNKT en reaccio...

  10. Análisis de la coestimulación en la respuesta inmune de pacientes con síndrome de hiperinmunoglobulinemia E con infecciones recurrentes

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    Pablo Patiño

    2001-04-01

    Full Text Available El síndrome de hiperinmunoglobulinemia E con infecciones
    recurrentes (SHIEIR es un trastorno multisistémico que afecta la dentición, el esqueleto, el tejido conectivo y el sistema inmune. Se caracteriza por niveles séricos extremadamente elevados de inmunoglobulina E, eczema de aparición temprana, eosinofilia, infecciones cutáneas a repetición y neumonías con formación de neumatoceles. Los linfocitos T de estos pacientes no se activan cuando son estimulados con antígenos específicos, pero responden adecuadamente al reto con mitógenos; postulamos, por tanto, que el defecto en la activación linfocitaria pudiera deberse a una alteración en las moléculas coestimuladoras.

  11. Fisiopatología y respuesta inmune de ovinos experimentalmente infectados con Echinococcus granulosus Pathophysiology and immune response in sheep experimentally infected with Echinococcus granulosus

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    Larrieu Edmundo

    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available La respuesta inmune a la infección por Echinococcus granulosus en el ovino ha sido poco estudiada. El objetivo del presente trabajo fue aportar información sobre la fisiopatología y la respuesta inmune a la infección experimental con E. granulosus en ovinos. Se inocularon experimentalmente ovinos con tres dosis distintas de huevos de E. granulosus, evaluándose la repuesta inmune por seguimiento mediante enzimo inmuno ensayo con tres preparaciones antigénicas (líquido hidatídico total, fracción purificada de líquido hidatídico total y fracción lipoproteica purificada durante 500 días. Se sacrificaron animales en forma escalonada para observar macroscópica y microscópicamente el desarrollo del parásito. La respuesta inmune se detectó a partir de los 10 días y se mantuvo durante el período de observación, resultando inicialmente proporcional a la carga de huevos inoculados, y disminuyendo las diferencias con el tiempo. Se identificaron quistes fértiles a los 10 meses post inoculación y oncósferas vivas 500 días post inoculación. La respuesta de anticuerpos en el ovino a la infección por E. granulosus fue anterior a la formación de líquido hidatídico y resultó generada por la movilidad de la oncósfera. La temprana fertilidad identificada histológicamente indica que la alimentación de canes con vísceras de ovinos jóvenes puede producir ciclos de infección. La presencia de oncósferas vivas en el hígado, por su parte, aporta información sobre la patogenia de la enfermedad y permite expresar hipótesis sobre las causas de nuevas operaciones en el hombre luego de la extirpación de un quiste hidatídico lo que podría liberar el freno inmunitario sobre dichas oncósferas.The immune response to Echinococcus granulosus in sheep has not been extensively investigated. The objective of this study was to increase the information on the physiopathology of E. granulosus and the immune response elicited in sheep. Animals

  12. Chlamydia species in free-living Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis) and Hoopoe (Upupa epops) in Egypt

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    El-Jakee, Jakeen K.; Osman, Kamelia M; Nashwa A. Ezzeldeen; Hadia A. Ali; Eman R. Mostafa

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    Little information is available on the presence of chlamydia infection in wildlife. This study was conducted to assess the occurrence of chlamydiae in asymptomatic birds from two species of wild birds (Cattle Egret and Hoopoe) in Egypt. In the present study Chlamydiaceae was analyzed using Giemsa stain, Giménez stain, fluorescent antibody test (FAT) and PCR. The results of these techniques were compared with CFT for detecting Chlamydia psittaci antibodies among the examined birds. The results...

  13. Obtención y purificación de IgY dirigidas contra la lectina de Salvia bogotensis.

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    Paola Barroso

    2005-12-01

    Full Text Available Introducción. Las inmunoglobulinas presentes en la yema de huevo de gallina (IgY han sido ampliamente utilizadas en inmunología, bioquímica, biotecnología y salud humana y animal. Aunque presentan una serie de ventajas frente a las IgG de mamíferos, su aislamiento requiere, por una parte, la eliminación de los lípidos presentes en la yema del huevo sin alterar su funcionalidad y, por otra, la utilización de metodologías de purificación que permitan una recuperación tal que haga factible su empleo como herramientas de detección y purificación a una escala significativa. Objetivo. Dado el interés que presenta el antígeno Tn como marcador tumoral en muchos tipos de cáncer, y la capacidad que tiene la lectina aislada de semillas de Salvia bogotensis para reconocer específicamente este antígeno, se adelantó el presente trabajo con la meta de disponer de IgY anti-lectina para emplearla en estudios inmunohistoquímicos y de biología celular. Materiales y métodos. Se produjo IgY anti-lectina inmunizando gallinas con lectina de S. bogotensis y se evaluó la respuesta inmune en función de la dosis y del tiempo; se ensayaron varios métodos de remoción de lípidos y de extracción y se compararon los rendimientos y la pureza de IgY obtenidas con varios métodos de purificación. Resultados. El mejor método de delipidación y extracción de IgY requiere dilución con agua, acidificación del extracto y precipitación con (NH42SO4 60%s, recuperándose 43,35 mg de proteína/yema. La cromatografía tiofílica permite obtener las IgY puras en buena cantidad (10,4 mg/yema, preservando la funcionalidad y características de estos anticuerpos. Conclusión. Se establecieron las mejores condiciones para extraer y purificar IgY funcionales dirigidas contra la lectina de S. bogotensis.

  14. Seroprevalence and Risk Factors of Chlamydia Infection in Domestic Rabbits (Oryctolagus cuniculus in China

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    Xiaoting Ni

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    Full Text Available Chlamydia spp. are obligate intracellular bacteria distributed all over the world, known to cause various forms of diseases in animals and humans. In the present study, a serological survey was conducted to detect the seroprevalence and risk factors associated with rabbit chlamydiosis in northeast China, including Liaoning province, Jilin province, Heilongjiang province, and Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. Antibodies to Chlamydia were determined by indirect hemagglutination assay (IHA. The overall seroprevalence was estimated at 17.88% in total of 800 blood samples. The Chlamydia seroprevalence varied in domestic rabbits from different factors, and genders of domestic rabbits were considered as major risk factors associated with Chlamydia infection. Our study revealed a widespread and high prevalence of Chlamydia infection in domestic rabbits in northeast China, with higher exposure risk in female domestic rabbits. These findings suggested the potential importance of domestic rabbits in the transmission of zoonotic Chlamydia infection, and thus Chlamydia should be taken into consideration in diagnosing rabbit diseases. To our knowledge, there is no report of Chlamydia infection in domestic rabbits in China and the results extend the host range for Chlamydia, which has important implications for public health and the local economy.

  15. Detection of Chlamydia trachomatis in asymptomatic women: relationship to history, contraception, and cervicitis.

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    Bontis, J; Vavilis, D; Panidis, D; Theodoridis, T; Konstantinidis, T; Sidiropoulou, A

    1994-12-01

    The presence of Chlamydia trachomatis antigen was examined in 400 endocervical samples collected from an equal number of asymptomatic sexually active women. The overall prevalence was found to be 4%, using the enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. Chlamydia infection was correlated with younger age (5.8%, p 0.05), condom (0%, p Chlamydia trachomatis infection is associated with younger age, intense sexual life, and use of oral contraceptives. Given that the majority of infected women revealed cervical pathology, the detection of chlamydia in the high-risk female population with cervical changes seems to be essential.

  16. Chlamydia species-dependent differences in the growth requirement for lysosomes.

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    Full Text Available Genome reduction is a hallmark of obligate intracellular pathogens such as Chlamydia, where adaptation to intracellular growth has resulted in the elimination of genes encoding biosynthetic enzymes. Accordingly, chlamydiae rely heavily on the host cell for nutrients yet their specific source is unclear. Interestingly, chlamydiae grow within a pathogen-defined vacuole that is in close apposition to lysosomes. Metabolically-labeled uninfected host cell proteins were provided as an exogenous nutrient source to chlamydiae-infected cells, and uptake and subsequent labeling of chlamydiae suggested lysosomal degradation as a source of amino acids for the pathogen. Indeed, Bafilomycin A1 (BafA1, an inhibitor of the vacuolar H(+/ATPase that blocks lysosomal acidification and functions, impairs the growth of C. trachomatis and C. pneumoniae, and these effects are especially profound in C. pneumoniae. BafA1 induced the marked accumulation of material within the lysosomal lumen, which was due to the inhibition of proteolytic activities, and this response inhibits chlamydiae rather than changes in lysosomal acidification per se, as cathepsin inhibitors also inhibit the growth of chlamydiae. Finally, the addition of cycloheximide, an inhibitor of eukaryotic protein synthesis, compromises the ability of lysosomal inhibitors to block chlamydial growth, suggesting chlamydiae directly access free amino acids in the host cytosol as a preferred source of these nutrients. Thus, chlamydiae co-opt the functions of lysosomes to acquire essential amino acids.

  17. Chlamydia and sudden infant death syndrome. A study of 166 SIDS and 30 control cases

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    Banner, Jytte; Lundemose, A G; Gregersen, M;

    1990-01-01

    Chlamydia inclusions could be demonstrated by an immunofluorescence assay in formalin-fixed lung sections in 32 of 166 cases (19.4%) of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and in the lungs of only 1 of 30 infants with a known cause of death (3.3%). The difference is statistically significant (P = 0.......04). Chlamydia trachomatis is an agent of pneumonia in 1-4 month-old infants who have acquired the disease from an infected cervix during birth, but other chlamydia species are also capable of causing pneumonia. The lung sections of the 32 chlamydia positive SIDS cases did not show typical histological signs...

  18. Seroprevalence and Risk Factors of Chlamydia Infection in Domestic Rabbits (Oryctolagus cuniculus) in China.

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    Ni, Xiaoting; Qin, Siyuan; Lou, Zhilong; Ning, Hongrui; Sun, Xiaolin

    2015-01-01

    Chlamydia spp. are obligate intracellular bacteria distributed all over the world, known to cause various forms of diseases in animals and humans. In the present study, a serological survey was conducted to detect the seroprevalence and risk factors associated with rabbit chlamydiosis in northeast China, including Liaoning province, Jilin province, Heilongjiang province, and Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. Antibodies to Chlamydia were determined by indirect hemagglutination assay (IHA). The overall seroprevalence was estimated at 17.88% in total of 800 blood samples. The Chlamydia seroprevalence varied in domestic rabbits from different factors, and genders of domestic rabbits were considered as major risk factors associated with Chlamydia infection. Our study revealed a widespread and high prevalence of Chlamydia infection in domestic rabbits in northeast China, with higher exposure risk in female domestic rabbits. These findings suggested the potential importance of domestic rabbits in the transmission of zoonotic Chlamydia infection, and thus Chlamydia should be taken into consideration in diagnosing rabbit diseases. To our knowledge, there is no report of Chlamydia infection in domestic rabbits in China and the results extend the host range for Chlamydia, which has important implications for public health and the local economy.

  19. Role of Epithelial-Mesenchyme Transition in Chlamydia Pathogenesis.

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    Joseph U Igietseme

    Full Text Available Chlamydia trachomatis genital infection in women causes serious adverse reproductive complications, and is a strong co-factor for human papilloma virus (HPV-associated cervical epithelial carcinoma. We tested the hypothesis that Chlamydia induces epithelial-mesenchyme transition (EMT involving T cell-derived TNF-alpha signaling, caspase activation, cleavage inactivation of dicer and dysregulation of micro-RNA (miRNA in the reproductive epithelium; the pathologic process of EMT causes fibrosis and fertility-related epithelial dysfunction, and also provides the co-factor function for HPV-related cervical epithelial carcinoma. Using a combination of microarrays, immunohistochemistry and proteomics, we showed that chlamydia altered the expression of crucial miRNAs that control EMT, fibrosis and tumorigenesis; specifically, miR-15a, miR-29b, miR-382 and MiR-429 that maintain epithelial integrity were down-regulated, while miR-9, mi-R-19a, miR-22 and miR-205 that promote EMT, fibrosis and tumorigenesis were up-regulated. Chlamydia induced EMT in vitro and in vivo, marked by the suppression of normal epithelial cell markers especially E-cadherin but up-regulation of mesenchymal markers of pathological EMT, including T-cadherin, MMP9, and fibronectin. Also, Chlamydia upregulated pro-EMT regulators, including the zinc finger E-box binding homeobox protein, ZEB1, Snail1/2, and thrombospondin1 (Thbs1, but down-regulated anti-EMT and fertility promoting proteins (i.e., the major gap junction protein connexin 43 (Cx43, Mets1, Add1Scarb1 and MARCKSL1. T cell-derived TNF-alpha signaling was required for chlamydial-induced infertility and caspase inhibitors prevented both infertility and EMT. Thus, chlamydial-induced T cell-derived TNF-alpha activated caspases that inactivated dicer, causing alteration in the expression of reproductive epithelial miRNAs and induction of EMT. EMT causes epithelial malfunction, fibrosis, infertility, and the enhancement of

  20. The molecular biology and diagnostics of Chlamydia trachomatis.

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    Birkelund, S

    1992-08-01

    The rapid development of biotechnological methods provides the potential of dissecting the molecular structure of microorganisms. In this review the molecular biology of chlamydia is described. The genus Chlamydia contains three species C. trachomatis, C. psittaci, and C. pneumonia which all are important human pathogens. Chlamydia is obligate intracellular bacteria with a unique biphasic life cycle. The extracellularly chlamydial elementary bodies (EB) are small, metabolic inactive, infectious particles with a tight outer cell membrane. After internalization into host cells the chlamydial structure changes, they transform to reticulated bodies (RB) which become larger, metabolically active, and start to replicate. Fourtysix hrs post infection RB reorganizes to EB followed by burst of the inclusion. The structure of the EB outer membrane differs from the membrane of gram-negative bacteria since it is highly cross-linked by S-S bridges. There are, however, also similarities to gram-negative cell walls. The chlamydial major outer membrane protein, Omp1, forms pores and is closely associated with lipopolysaccharide, LPS. LPS, however, is more loosely associated with Omp1 than in other gram negative bacteria since incubation of EB with antibodies against LPS will liberate it from the chlamydial surface. Therefore the surface localized LPS may be important for chlamydial survival. OMP1 varies between the different serovar of C. trachomatis. Several very conserved regions are separated by variable domains. The variable domains are very antigenic and are localized at the surface of EB. After chlamydial internalization into the host cell transition to RB starts. Some of the early proteins are DnaK-like and groEL-like heat-shock proteins. The chlamydial DnaK-like protein is very antigenic. Patient serum samples will recognize the chlamydial DnaK-like protein. From the determined DNA sequence the amino acid sequence was determined. It was 57% homologous to the Eschrichia

  1. Knowledge and acceptability of Chlamydia trachomatis screening among pregnant women and their partners: a cross-sectional study.

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    Pereboom, M.T.R.; Spelten, E.R.; Manniën, J.; Rours, G.I.J.G.; Morré, S.A.; Schellevis, F.G.; Hutton, E.K.

    2014-01-01

    Background: Chlamydia trachomatis infections in pregnancy can cause maternal disease, adverse pregnancy outcomes and neonatal disease, which is why chlamydia screening during pregnancy has been advocated. The effectiveness of a screening program depends on the knowledge of health care professionals,

  2. Violence against Amazon women Violencia contra mujeres amazónicas Violência contra mulheres amazônicas

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    Vera Lúcia de Azevedo Lima

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available This quantitative and exploratory study analyzed violence against Amazon women presented in print media according to type and severity, and whether aggressors fell under the Maria da Penha law. A total of 181 issues of a regional newspaper were consulted. Based on content analysis, 164 items addressing violence against women were selected and 46 were included in the corpus of analysis. Results were gathered in three thematic groups: women killed with cruelty, sexual violence against women regardless of age, and violence against women and the limitations of the Maria da Penha law. Violence against these women varied in terms of form and severity, including up to homicide. Women are submitted to sexual violence from childhood through adulthood. The enforcement of this law shows the community it has a means to cope with this social phenomenon.Este es un estudio exploratorio de naturaleza cualitativa, que se realizó con el objetivo de analizar la violencia contra mujeres amazónicas, presentada en los periódicos, según el tipo y su gravedad, y citación de encuadramiento del agresor en la Ley Maria de la Penha. Fueron consultados 181 ejemplares de un periódico regional. A partir del análisis de contenido, fueron seleccionadas 164 notas sobre violencias contra mujeres, de ellas 46 fueron incluidas como corpus de análisis. Los resultados fueron reunidos en tres grupos temáticos: mujeres asesinadas con crueldad, la violencia sexual contra mujeres no tiene edad y la violencia contra mujeres y el límite de la Ley Maria de la Penha. La violencia contra esas mujeres presentó variación en cuanto a la forma y a la gravedad, ocurriendo inclusive homicidios. Las mujeres son sometidas a violencia sexual desde la infancia hasta la edad adulta. El encuadramiento legal del agresor demuestra a la comunidad un medio para enfrentamiento de ese fenómeno social.Este é um estudo exploratório de natureza qualitativa, com o objetivo de analisar a viol

  3. Chlamydia trachomatis and oral contraceptive use: a quantitative review.

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    Cottingham, J.; Hunter, D.

    1992-01-01

    OBJECTIVES--Chlamydia trachomatis is now recognised as a major sexually transmitted disease; oral contraceptive use is rapidly increasing particularly in developing countries. There are thus important public health implications of the many reports that isolation of C trachomatis is more frequent among users of oral contraceptives. The aim of this analysis was to assess the strength and consistency of this association by summarising published studies between 1972 and 1990. DESIGN--Studies iden...

  4. Chlamydia trachomatis infection and maternal outcomes in Southern Ghana

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    Background: Despite the fact that Chlamydia trachomatis (CT) infection in pregnancy is known to have grave impact on maternal and neonatal health, routine CT screening in pregnancy is not available in Ghana The main aim of this study was to determine the prevalence and adverse maternal outcomes of CT infection among pregnant women attending antennal clinic at the Cape Coast Teaching Hospital. Methods: Two hundred and thirty two (232) pregnant women screened for CT infection by PCR were pur...

  5. Telling partners about chlamydia: how acceptable are the new technologies?

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    Parker Rhian M

    2010-03-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Partner notification is accepted as a vital component in the control of chlamydia. However, in reality, many sexual partners of individuals diagnosed with chlamydia are never informed of their risk. The newer technologies of email and SMS have been used as a means of improving partner notification rates. This study explored the use and acceptability of different partner notification methods to help inform the development of strategies and resources to increase the number of partners notified. Methods Semi-structured telephone interviews were conducted with 40 people who were recently diagnosed with chlamydia from three sexual health centres and two general practices across three Australian jurisdictions. Results Most participants chose to contact their partners either in person (56% or by phone (44%. Only 17% chose email or SMS. Participants viewed face-to-face as the "gold standard" in partner notification because it demonstrated caring, respect and courage. Telephone contact, while considered insensitive by some, was often valued because it was quick, convenient and less confronting. Email was often seen as less personal while SMS was generally considered the least acceptable method for telling partners. There was also concern that emails and SMS could be misunderstood, not taken seriously or shown to others. Despite these, email and SMS were seen to be appropriate and useful in some circumstances. Letters, both from the patients or from their doctor, were viewed more favourably but were seldom used. Conclusion These findings suggest that many people diagnosed with chlamydia are reluctant to use the new technologies for partner notification, except in specific circumstances, and our efforts in developing partner notification resources may best be focused on giving patients the skills and confidence for personal interaction.

  6. Efecto de una dieta con bajo aporte de selenio sobre la respuesta inmune a la vacuna Brucella abortus Cepa RB51 en vacas lecheras Effect of a low selenium diet on the immune response to Brucella abortus strain RB51 vaccine in dairy cows

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    V Leyán

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    Full Text Available Se estudió el efecto de una dieta con bajo aporte de selenio (Se sobre la respuesta inmune a la vacuna Brucella abortus Cepa RB51 y la concentración de inmunoglobulinas séricas en vacas. Se utilizaron 12 vacas Friesian, estabuladas desde aproximadamente dos meses preparto y hasta el cuarto mes de lactancia mantenidas con una dieta basada en heno de pradera con bajo contenido de Se (0,02 ppm de MS y balanceada según requerimientos para el resto de nutrientes. Seis vacas conformaron el grupo de animales con bajo aporte de Se (Se-D y otras seis el grupo de animales suplementados (Se-S con selenato de bario (1 mg de Se/kg , 45 días previos al parto. Los animales fueron inmunizados con la vacuna RB51 al cuarto mes del experimento. Muestras de sangre fueron obtenidas previo a la suplementación con Se y cada 15 días hasta el término del experimento. El balance de Se fue medido mediante la actividad sanguínea de GSH-Px. Las concentraciones séricas de IgG, IgM e IgA se determinaron por inmunodifusión y los anticuerpos específicos contra Brucella abortus mediante ELISA y la respuesta inmune celular mediante pruebas de intradermorreacción a antígenos de Brucella abortus y estudio histológico de la reacción. La dieta con bajo contenido de Se provocó una disminución lenta y progresiva de la actividad de GSH-Px (The effect of a diet with a low selenium (Se content on the immune response to Brucella abortus Strain RB51 vaccine in dairy cows and in their serum inmunoglobulin concentrations was studied. Twelve pregnant Friesian cows (7 to 8 months were randomly allocated into two homogeneous groups of six animals each. Animals were maintained during 6 months in individual cubicles with water ad libitum and a diet based on grass hay with a low Se content (0.02 ppm base on dry matter and nutritionally balanced for other nutrients. One group was maintained only with the low Se diet (Se-D and the other group (Se-S was treated with barium selenate

  7. Female Reproductive Hormones and Biomarkers of Oxidative Stress in Genital Chlamydia Infection in Tubal Factor Infertility

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    Nsonwu-Anyanwu, Augusta Chinyere; Charles-Davies, Mabel Ayebantoyo; Taiwo, Victor Olusegun; Li, Bin; Oni, Anthony Alabar; Bello, Folashade Adenike

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    Background Genital Chlamydia infection (GCI) and the associated pathologies have been implicated in tubal infertility. Though the actual pathologic mechanisms are still uncertain, oxidative stress and other factors have been implicated. The purpose of the study was to determine the possible contribution of female reproductive hormones and biomarkers of oxidative stress in genital Chlamydial infection to tubal occlusion. Methods This prospective case control study was carried out by recruiting 150 age matched women grouped into infertile Chlamydia positive women (n = 50), fertile Chlamydia positive women (n = 50) and fertile Chlamydia negative women as controls (n = 50). High vaginal swabs and endocervical swabs were collected for screening Neisseria gonorrhoeae, Chlamydia trachomatis, Trichomonas vaginalis, Treponema pallidum, Staphylococcus aureus, and Candida albicans. Sera were collected for estimation of Chlamydia trachomatis antibody, female reproductive hormones [Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH), Luteinizing Hormone (LH), Oestradiol (E2), Progesterone (P4), Prolactin (PRL)] and biomarkers of oxidative stress [Total Antioxidant Capacity (TAC) and 8-hydroxyl-2-deoxyguanosine (8-OHdG)] by enzyme immunoassay (EIA). Data were analyzed using chi square, analysis of variance and LSD Post hoc to determine mean differences at p = 0.05. Results Among women with GCI, higher levels of LH and 8-OHdG were observed in infertile Chlamydia positive women compared to fertile Chlamydia positive women (p < 0.05). Higher levels of LH and 8-OHdG and lower TAC levels were observed in infertile Chlamydia positive women compared to fertile Chlamydia negative controls (p < 0.05). Conclusion Mechanisms including oxidative DNA damage and reduced antioxidant capacity may be involved in the pathology of Chlamydia induced tubal damage. PMID:25927024

  8. Risk of pelvic inflammatory disease after Chlamydia infection in a prospective cohort of sex workers.

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    Davies, Bethan; Turner, Katy; Ward, Helen

    2013-03-01

    There is uncertainty in the risk of pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) after chlamydia infection. We analyzed a prospective cohort of sex workers recruited in London between 1985 and 1993 to estimate the risk of PID after a diagnosed case of chlamydia. Chlamydia and gonorrhea were defined as "recent" if they occurred during the most recent 6 months of follow-up or "previous" if they were more than 6 months ago, were the second infection during follow-up, or occurred before the study. Pelvic inflammatory disease was diagnosed using clinical criteria. We used Cox proportional hazards regression to estimate the association between chlamydia and PID controlled for gonorrhea. Three hundred seven women contributed 401.2 person-years of follow-up. The rate of PID in women with recent chlamydia was 27.4 per 100 person-years compared with 11.2 in those without recent chlamydia. Recent and previous chlamydia significantly increased the risk of PID; this association persisted but was no longer significant after controlling for age and history of gonorrhea: recent chlamydia (adjusted hazard ratio [aHR], 2.0; 95% confidence interval [CI], 0.7-5.5), previous chlamydia (aHR, 1.8; 95% CI, 1.0-3.5), previous gonorrhea (aHR, 2.3; 95% CI, 1.1-4.6), and age (HR, 0.9; 95% CI, 0.9-1.0). Women with recent or previous chlamydia are at increased risk for PID. However, this association may be explained by previous exposure to gonorrhea, which was found to increase the risk of PID after a future chlamydia infection.

  9. Modelling the impact of chlamydia screening on the transmission of HIV among men who have sex with men

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    M. Xiridou (Maria); H.J. Vriend (Henrike); A.K. Lugnér (Anna); J. Wallinga (Jacco); J.S.A. Fennema (Johan); J.M. Prins (Jan); S.E. Geerlings (Suzanne); B.J.A. Rijnders (Bart); M. Prins (Mariia); H.J.C. de Vries (Henry); M.J. Postma (Maarten); M.G. van Veen (Maaike); M. Schim van der Loeff (Maarten); M.A.B. van der Sande (Marianne)

    2013-01-01

    textabstractBackground: Recent studies have found high prevalences of asymptomatic rectal chlamydia among HIV-infected men who have sex with men (MSM). Chlamydia could increase the infectivity of HIV and the susceptibility to HIV infection. We investigate the role of chlamydia in the spread of HIV

  10. Modelling the impact of chlamydia screening on the transmission of HIV among men who have sex with men

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    Xiridou, Maria; Vriend, Henrike J.; Lugner, Anna K.; Wallinga, Jacco; Fennema, Johannes S.; Prins, Jan M.; Geerlings, Suzanne E.; Rijnders, Bart J.A.; Prins, Maria; de Vries, Henry J.C.; Postma, Maarten J.; van Veen, Maaike G.; Schim van der Loeff, Maarten F.; van der Sande, Marianne A.B.

    2013-01-01

    Background: Recent studies have found high prevalences of asymptomatic rectal chlamydia among HIV-infected men who have sex with men (MSM). Chlamydia could increase the infectivity of HIV and the susceptibility to HIV infection. We investigate the role of chlamydia in the spread of HIV among MSM and

  11. Modelling the impact of chlamydia screening on the transmission of HIV among men who have sex with men

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    M. Xiridou (Maria); H.J. Vriend (Henrike); A.K. Lugnér (Anna); J. Wallinga (Jacco); J.S.A. Fennema (Johan); J.M. Prins (Jan); S.E. Geerlings (Suzanne); B.J.A. Rijnders (Bart); M. Prins (Mariia); H.J.C. de Vries (Henry); M.J. Postma (Maarten); M.G. van Veen (Maaike); M. Schim van der Loeff (Maarten); M.A.B. van der Sande (Marianne)

    2013-01-01

    textabstractBackground: Recent studies have found high prevalences of asymptomatic rectal chlamydia among HIV-infected men who have sex with men (MSM). Chlamydia could increase the infectivity of HIV and the susceptibility to HIV infection. We investigate the role of chlamydia in the spread of HIV a

  12. Quantitative Detection of Chlamydia psittaci and C. pecorum by High-Sensitivity Real-Time PCR Reveals High Prevalence of Vaginal Infection in Cattle

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    DeGraves, Fred J.; Gao, Dongya; Hehnen, Hans-Robert; Schlapp, Tobias; Kaltenboeck, Bernhard

    2003-01-01

    Bovine vaginal cytobrush specimens were analyzed for the presence of Chlamydia spp. by a high-sensitivity, high-specificity quantitative PCR. The 53% prevalence of low-level Chlamydia psittaci and C. pecorum genital infection detected in virgin heifers suggests predominantely extragenital transmission of Chlamydia in cattle and conforms to the high seroprevalence of anti-Chlamydia antibodies.

  13. Survival of chlamydiae in human semen prepared for artificial insemination by donor

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    Thorsen, Poul; Møller, Birger R.; Halkier-Sørensen, Lars

    1991-01-01

    Semen specimens from 21 men with urethral infection with Chlamydia trachomatis were tested for the presence of the organism before and after cryopreservation for 3 weeks of storage at -196 degrees C. Five specimens were chlamydia-positive before preservation and four of them were still positive a...

  14. Roles of bovine Waddlia chondrophila and Chlamydia trachomatis in human preterm birth

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    D. Baud

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    Full Text Available Waddlia chondrophila and Chlamydia trachomatis are intracellular bacteria associated with human miscarriage. We investigated their role in human preterm birth. Whereas presence of Chlamydia trachomatis DNA in genital tract was associated with human preterm birth, Waddlia was not, despite being present in women's genital tracts.

  15. Enhanced chlamydia surveillance in New South Wales (Australia) prisons, 2005-2007.

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    Forrest, Garry; Boonwaat, Leng; Douglas, Jenny; Awofeso, Niyi

    2009-01-01

    Chlamydia is currently the most frequently notified infectious disease in New South Wales (NSW). Published articles relating to chlamydia prevalence in Australian prison settings are sparse, but studies from the United Kingdom and the United States indicate relatively high chlamydia prevalence among young incarcerated individuals. This article reports on findings from an enhanced chlamydia surveillance programme in NSW prisons between 2005 and 2007. The authors report a relatively low chlamydia prevalence among the general population of NSW prisoners (compared with figures from the United Kingdom and United States), which by the end of 2007 was 4%. The average crude chlamydia notification rate for the NSW prison population during the review period was about four times that of the general NSW community - 716/100,000 during the review period compared with 175/100,000 in the NSW general community. The average crude chlamydia notification rate for Aboriginal prisoners during the review period was 1262/100,000, compared with 1470/100,000 in the general Australian Aboriginal population. The authors grapple with the dilemma of expanding chlamydia screening and treatment services for the sexual health benefits of prison populations with static prison health budgets on one hand, and limited evidence of cost-effectiveness of such an expensive intervention on the other.

  16. Innate immune responses to Chlamydia pneumoniae infection: role of TLRs, NLRs, and the inflammasome.

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    Shimada, Kenichi; Crother, Timothy R; Arditi, Moshe

    2012-11-01

    Chlamydiae are important human pathogens that are responsible for a wide rage of diseases with a significant impact on public health. In this review article we highlight how recent studies have increased our knowledge of Chlamydia pneumoniae pathogenesis and mechanisms of innate immunity directed host defense against C. pneumoniae infection.

  17. Chlamydia trachomatis Infections during Pregnancy: Consequences for pregnancy outcome and infants

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    G.I.J.G. Rours (Ingrid)

    2010-01-01

    textabstractChlamydia trachomatis is the most common bacterial sexually transmitted infection (STI) worldwide. Chlamydia is responsible for a significant proportion of genitourinary tract infections in adult males and females, but like STIs in general, it is primarily a woman’s health care issue sin

  18. Analysis of the humoral immune response to Chlamydia outer membrane protein 2

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    Mygind, P; Christiansen, Gunna; Persson, K;

    1998-01-01

    The humoral immune response to Chlamydia outer membrane protein 2 (Omp2) was studied. Omp2 is a highly genus-conserved structural protein of all Chlamydia species, containing a variable N-terminal fragment. To analyze where the immunogenic parts were localized, seven highly purified truncated...

  19. Topological analysis of Chlamydia trachomatis L2 outer membrane protein 2

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    Mygind, P; Christiansen, Gunna; Birkelund, Svend

    1998-01-01

    Using monospecific polyclonal antisera to different parts of Chlamydia trachomatis L2 outer membrane protein 2 (Omp2), we show that the protein is localized at the inner surface of the outer membrane. Omp2 becomes immunoaccessible when Chlamydia elementary bodies are treated with dithiothreitol...

  20. Two more species of Chlamydia-does it make a difference?

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    Sachse, Konrad; Laroucau, Karine

    2015-02-01

    The recent description of Chlamydia (C.) avium and C. gallinacea as new species of the reunited genus Chlamydia can be expected to have implications on the perception of avian chlamydiosis. We discuss possible effects on epidemiology, diagnosis and our understanding of aetiopathogenesis resulting from this discovery.

  1. High seroprevalence of Chlamydia infection in sows in Hunan province, subtropical China.

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    Zhang, Xiao-Xuan; Li, Run-Cheng; Liu, Guo-Hua; Cong, Wei; Song, Hui-Qun; Yu, Xing-Long; Zhu, Xing-Quan

    2014-04-01

    Chlamydia spp. are Gram-negative obligate intracellular bacteria, which are responsible for significant public health problems in humans and have major economic impact on animals. In the present study, the seroprevalence of Chlamydia infection in sows in Hunan province, subtropical China, was examined using indirect hemagglutination assay (IHA). Antibodies to Chlamydia were detected in 747 of 1,191 (62.7%, 95% CI 60-65.5) serum samples (IHA titer ≥ 1:16). The Chlamydia seroprevalence ranged from 35% (95% CI 25.7-44.4) to 77.1% (95% CI 69.1-85.2) among different regions in Hunan province, and the differences were statistically significant (P Chlamydia infection in sows was higher in summer (75.7%, 95% CI 71.3-80) and spring (63.2%, 95% CI 57.5-68.8) than in autumn (56.9%, 95% CI 51.5-62.3) and winter (48.6%, 95% CI 42-55.3), and the differences were statistically significant (P Chlamydia infection in sows in Hunan province, subtropical China, which poses a potential risk for human infection with Chlamydia in this province. This is the first report of Chlamydia seroprevalence in sows over the last two decades in Hunan province, subtropical China.

  2. Evaluación de la respuesta inmune innata en carpinchos. Relación con el estrés y relevancia para la investigación eco-epidemiológica

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    Baldi, Cecilia Josefina

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    Fil: Baldi, Cecilia Josefina. Universidad Nacional del Litoral. Facultad de Ciencias Veterinarias; Argentina. Ciertos factores antropogénicos y/o ambientales pueden ocasionar diferentes tipos de estrés influyendo sobre el sistema inmune de animales silvestres. La valoración del estado inmunitario de estos individuos es fundamental para dilucidar la ecoepidemiología de enfermedades que afectarían la salud del hombre y los animales. En el presente trabajo, fueron evaluados componentes del si...

  3. The prevalence and clinical significance of Chlamydia infection in island and mainland populations of Victorian koalas (Phascolarctos cinereus).

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    Patterson, Jade L S; Lynch, Michael; Anderson, Garry A; Noormohammadi, Amir H; Legione, Alistair; Gilkerson, James R; Devlin, Joanne M

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    Chlamydia infection is known to impact the health of koalas (Phascolarctos cinereus) in New South Wales (NSW) and Queensland, but the clinical significance of Chlamydia infections in Victorian koalas is not well described. We examined the prevalence of Chlamydia infection and assessed associated health parameters in two Victorian koala populations known to be Chlamydia positive. The same testing regimen was applied to a third Victorian population in which Chlamydia had not been detected. We examined 288 koalas and collected samples from the urogenital sinus and conjunctival sacs. Detection and differentiation of Chlamydia species utilized real-time PCR and high-resolution melting curve analysis. Chlamydia pecorum was detected in two populations (prevalences: 25% and 41%, respectively) but only from urogenital sinus swabs. Chlamydia was not detected in the third population. Chlamydia pneumoniae was not detected. Chlamydia pecorum infection was positively associated with wet bottom (indicating chronic urinary tract disease) in one Chlamydia-positive population and with abnormal urogenital ultrasound findings in the other Chlamydia-positive population. The prevalence of wet bottom was similar in all populations (including the Chlamydia-free population), suggesting there is another significant cause (or causes) of wet bottom in Victorian koalas. Ocular disease was not observed. This is the largest study of Chlamydia infection in Victorian koalas, and the results suggest the potential for epidemiologic differences related to Chlamydia infections between Victorian koalas and koalas in Queensland and NSW and also between geographically distinct Victorian populations. Further studies to investigate the genotypes of C. pecorum present in Victorian koalas and to identify additional causes of wet bottom in koalas are indicated.

  4. TRADICION CONTRA NOVEDAD, O LAS ANTIMONIAS DE LA ESPANA LIBERAL

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    García Guirao, Pedro

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    Reaccionarios contra revolucionarios. Historia de las Cruzadas del siglo XIX. Para ayudar a nuestra imaginación a proyectar una idea rotunda y sintética sobre lo más importante del período de la Historia de España (también de Europa) que se extiende por todo el siglo XIX, podríamos utilizar diferentes elementos, si bien creemos pertinente empezar con el que sigue

  5. Note on contra delta hat g-continuous functions

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    M. Lellis Thivagar

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available In this paper we introduce and investigate some classes of generalized functions called contra-delta hat g-continuous functions. We obtain several characterizations and some of their properties. Also we investigate its relationship with other types of functions. Finally we introduce two new spaces called deltahat g-Hausdorf spaces and deltahat g-normal spaces and obtain some new results.

  6. Implementing chlamydia screening: what do women think? A systematic review of the literature

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    Fairley Christopher K

    2006-09-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Chlamydia trachomatis is a common sexually transmitted infection that can have serious consequences. It is universally agreed that screening for chlamydia infection should be offered to sexually active young women. We undertook a literature review to document the views, attitudes and opinions of women about being screened, tested and diagnosed with Chlamydia trachomatis. Methods Online databases (MEDLINE, Meditext, PsycINFO, Web of Science and reference lists searched up to August 2005. Search terms: chlamydia, attitude, attitude to health, interview, qualitative, women. Eligibility criteria: about chlamydia, included women, involved interviews/surveys/focus groups, looked at women's views/opinions/attitudes, published in English. Thematic analysis identified the main and recurrent themes emerging from the literature. We compared our thematic analysis with the Theory of Planned Behaviour to provide a model that could assist in planning chlamydia screening programs. Results From 561 identified articles, 25 fulfilled inclusion criteria and were reviewed. 22: USA, UK; 3: Holland, Sweden, Australia. Major themes identified: need for knowledge and information, choice and support; concerns about confidentiality, cost, fear, anxiety and stigma. Women are more likely to find chlamydia screening/testing acceptable if they think chlamydia is a serious, common condition which can cause infertility and if they understand that chlamydia infection can be asymptomatic. Women want a range of options for chlamydia testing including urine tests, self-administered swabs, pelvic exams and clinician-collected swabs, home-testing and community-based testing. Tests should be free, easy and quick. Women want support for dealing with the implications of a chlamydia diagnosis, they feel chlamydia diagnoses need to be normalised and destigmatised and they want assistance with partner notification. Women need to know that their confidentiality will be

  7. Risk profile for Chlamydia infection in women from public health clinics in New York State.

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    Han, Y; Morse, D L; Lawrence, C E; Murphy, D; Hipp, S

    1993-02-01

    The prevalence of chlamydial infection and associated risk factors were studied in 1531 women from ten clinics in New York State excluding New York City. Overall Chlamydia infection rates were 13.6%; 17.6% in eight high risk family planning and STD clinics, and 5.7% in two low risk college and private clinics. Risk factors for Chlamydia infection included: age oral contraceptives (odds ratio 2.0), a history of having more than one sexual partner (odds ratio 1.7) and, in one clinic where data was available, inflammation on Papanicolaou smears (odds ratio 2.1). These data helped secure funding for Chlamydia preventive services and permitted development of a risk profile (score card) of Chlamydia for each age group. Use of such a score card can be most helpful in assigning which patients could benefit most from Chlamydia cultures, especially in those areas where testing is unavailable or too costly to screen all patients.

  8. [Chlamydia trachomatis proteasome protein as one of the significant pathogenicity factors of exciter].

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    Davydov, D Iu; Zigangirova, N A

    2014-01-01

    Sex-related infections are a global problem. Such infections may lead to acute or chronic diseases. Chlamydia trachomatis is a dangerous and widespread pathogenicity factor that is not sensitive to conventional drugs and has no obvious symptoms. Protein CPAF is leading factor of pathogenesis. This protein inhibits the signaling pathways of host cell and supports long survival of the pathogen in the host cell. The goal of this work was to review general properties of the proteasome Chlamydia protein CPAF, its functions, and role in pathology. The role of protein CPAF in the anti-chlamydia immune reaction is discussed. The prospects of the development of promising anti-chlamydia vaccine, as well as new effective anti-chlamydia drugs are also discussed.

  9. Depresión y neuroplasticidad: Interacción de los sistemas nervioso, endocrino e inmune Depression and neuroplasticity: Interaction of nervous, endocrine and immune systems

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    Paola Cassano

    2010-04-01

    Full Text Available La depresión clínica es una enfermedad física y psíquica que presenta bases neuropatológicas, sin embargo aún no se tiene un conocimiento exacto del origen o causas de esta enfermedad. Se conoce que existe un componente genético, aunque el componente ambiental en el desarrollo de la depresión es innegable. El estrés juega un rol esencial en el desencadenamiento de la depresión. La interacción y respuesta del sistema endocrino, inmune y nervioso se encuentran afectadas en este desorden. La observación de los efectos de los antidepresivos sobre la neurotransmisión monoaminérgica ha llevado hace muchos años a la hipótesis de las monoaminas de la depresión. Sin embargo, esta hipótesis ya no puede explicar muchos de los efectos de las drogas antidepresivas. La nueva hipótesis para explicar los efectos de los antidepresivos es la de neuroplasticidad neuronal. Esta hipótesis propone que los cambios que esas drogas producen sobre diversos sistemas, entre ellos el sistema nervioso, el inmune y el endocrino, son capaces de inducir cambios neuroadaptativos en el cerebro. La neuroplasticidad ha sido definida como la habilidad del cerebro para reorganizarse a sí mismo y formar nuevas conexiones neuronales a lo largo de la vida. Se propone que el mecanismo por el cual los antidepresivos logran sus efectos es mediante la neuroplasticidad.Clinical depression is a physical and psychic disease that has neuropathological basis, although the clear understanding of its ethiopathology is still missing. There is evidence of a genetic component in depression, however, the participation of environment is crucial. Stress plays an essential role in the onset of depression. The interaction and the response of the endocrine system with the immune and nervous system are altered in depression. The observation of the effect of antidepressants on monoaminergic transmitters leads to the hypothesis of monoamines. However this hypothesis cannot explain many of

  10. Receptores tipo Toll, patogénesis y respuesta inmune a Helicobacter pylori Toll-like receptors, pathogenesis and immune response to Helicobacter pylori

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    Norma Angélica Sánchez-Zauco

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available Helicobacter pylori coloniza el epitelio gástrico y la mayoría de las personas infectadas es asintomática, de 10 al 20% desarrolla gastritis atrófica, úlcera péptica, y menos de 3% genera cáncer gástrico. Estas patologías están determinadas por la relación entre los factores de virulencia de la bacteria y los factores del hospedero como predisposición genética y respuesta inmune. La inmunidad innata, representada principalmente por los receptores tipo Toll y tipo Nod, reconocen a sus ligandos específicos y activan factores de transcripción como NF-kB, AP-1, CREB-1, induciendo la producción de citocinas inflamatorias como IL-8, IL-12, IL-6, IL-1β, IL-18 y TNF-α, e IL-10. La inflamación crónica favorece los cambios de morfología gástrica, evita la apoptosis y favorece la angiogénesis, ocasionando lesiones neoplásicas y cáncer. El objetivo de esta revisión es analizar los mecanismos propuestos a la fecha de la respuesta inmune innata y adaptativa, involucrados en la infección por H. pylori, y se puntualiza en los mecanismos de eliminación o persistencia de la infección.Helicobacter pylori colonize the gastric epithelial, most infected people are asymptomatic, 10 to 20% develop atrophic gastritis, peptic ulcer and less than 3% gastric cancer. These diseases are determined by the relationship between virulence factors of bacteria, host factors such as, genetic predisposition, and immune response. The innate immune response mainly represented by Toll-like receptors and Nod-like receptors that recognize their specific ligands, activate transcription factors as NF-kB, AP-1, CREB-1, inducing production of inflammatory cytokines such as IL -8, IL-12, IL-6, IL-1β, IL-18, TNF-α and IL-10. Chronic inflammation promotes gastric morphological changes, prevents apoptosis and allows angiogenesis generating neoplasic lesions and cancer. The aim of this review is to analyze the mechanisms proposed to date of the innate and adaptative

  11. Respuesta inmune Th1 en la osteoartritis de la articulación temporomandibular Th1 Immune Response in Osteoarthritis of the Temporomandibular Joint

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    R Vernal

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    Full Text Available Propósito. La osteoartritis temporomandibular es una enfermedad articular degenerativa, caracterizada por la destrucción del cartílago y hueso articular consecutiva a la respuesta inflamatoria e inmune desarrollada. En el presente trabajo se evalúa la expresión a nivel de ARN mensajero de diversas citoquinas proinflamatorias en los sinoviocitos articulares de individuos afectados por osteoartritis temporomandibular. Material y métodos. En 12 pacientes afectados de osteoartritis temporomandibular y en 6 sujetos sanos se evaluó la expresión de citoquinas en sinoviocitos de la articulación temporomandibular mediante la técnica de PCR cuantitativa en tiempo real. Resultados. Significativamente mayores niveles de IL-1beta, IL-2, IL-12, IL-17, TNFalfa, TNFbeta e IFNgamma fueron observados en pacientes afectados de osteoartritis temporomandibular en comparación a sujetos sanos. En los sujetos enfermos la citoquina predominante fue IL-12 y en los sanos fue IL-10. Conclusión. Tomados en conjunto, nuestros datos demuestran una asociación de elevados niveles de citoquinas propias de una respuesta inmune Th1 y la destrucción observada durante la osteoartritis temporomandibular.Background. Temporomandibular osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease that affects the temporomandibular joint and is characterized by the cartilage and bone destruction caused by the inflammatory and immune response. This communication reports on the expression of proinflammatory cytokines in synovial cells of patients with temporomandibular osteoarthritis. Methods. In twelve temporomandibular osteoarthritis patients and six healthy control subjects, cytokine expression in synovial cells was evaluated by quantitative PCR. Results. Levels of IL-1beta, IL-2, IL-12, IL-17, TNFalpha, TNFbeta e IFNgamma were significantly higher in synovial cells of patients than in controls. In particular, IL-12 was the predominant cytokine in patients and IL-12 in healthy subjects

  12. Evidence of a conserved role for Chlamydia HtrA in the replication phase of the chlamydial developmental cycle.

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    Patel, Pooja; De Boer, Leonore; Timms, Peter; Huston, Wilhelmina May

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    Identification of the HtrA inhibitor JO146 previously enabled us to demonstrate an essential function for HtrA during the mid-replicative phase of the Chlamydia trachomatis developmental cycle. Here we extend our investigations to other members of the Chlamydia genus. C. trachomatis isolates with distinct replicative phase growth kinetics showed significant loss of viable infectious progeny after HtrA was inhibited during the replicative phase. Mid-replicative phase addition of JO146 was also significantly detrimental to Chlamydia pecorum, Chlamydia suis and Chlamydia cavie. These data combined indicate that HtrA has a conserved critical role during the replicative phase of the chlamydial developmental cycle.

  13. Chlamydia Screening in Ireland: a pilot study of opportunistic screening for genital Chlamydia trachomatis infection in Ireland (2007-2009). Summary Integrated Report

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    Balfe, Myles; Brugha, Ruairi; O'Connell, Emer; Vaughan, Deirdre; O'Donovan, Diarmuid; Coleman, Claire; Conroy, Ronán; Cormican, Martin; Fitzgerald, Margaret; Fleming, Catherine; McGee, Hannah; Murphy, Andrew; Ni Fhoghlu, Grainne; O'Neill, Ciaran; Gillespie, Paddy

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    Genital Chlamydia trachomatis (CT) infection is the most common curable, bacterial sexually transmitted infection (STI) worldwide [1, 2]. The number of cases notified in Ireland increased from 3,353 in 2005 to 5,781 in 2009 [3]. Notifications have increased since 2004 when legislation requiring laboratory notification came into effect. Chlamydia is usually a ‘silent’ asymptomatic infection, spread without the knowledge of those transmitting and contracting it: most cases remain undetected and...

  14. Nuevos avances y retos en la lucha contra el terrorismo

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    José Escribano Úbeda-Portugués

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available El fenómeno del Terrorismo tiene un carácter eminentemente de consecución de objetivos políticos, lo cual diferencia tal actividad ilícita respecto a las actividades ilícitas propias de la Delincuencia Organizada. Aunque en la financiación del Terrorismo, los grupos terroristas realizan actividades ilícitas propias de la Delincuencia Organizada como el tráfico ilícito de drogas, el tráfico ilícito de armas o el Blanqueo de Capitales.La evolución normativa contra el Terrorismo es amplia, habiéndose desarrollado proyectos de instrumentos jurídico internacionales ya en el Derecho Internacional Clásico.En cuanto al marco jurídico actual, cabe resaltar que la obra de Naciones Unidas al respecto es amplia. Existen actualmente 13 Convenios sobre las distintas manifestaciones del Terrorismo. De ellos hay cuatro Convenios sobre Terrorismo Aéreo; dos sobre el Terrorismo Marítimo; dos sobre el Terrorismo Nuclear; uno sobre el Terrorismo contra personas internacionalmente protegidas; uno contra el Terrorismo de toma de rehenes; uno sobre explosivos plásticos; uno sobre atentados terroristas con bombas, y por último, un Convenio Internacional contra la financiación del Terrorismo.La obra de Naciones Unidas al respecto es amplia, pero está fragmentada en torno a cada una de las manifestaciones del Terrorismo. Bien es verdad que Naciones Unidas ha conseguido crear órganos ad hoc en el marco del Consejo de Seguridad o que ha realizado numerosas Resoluciones al respecto tanto del Consejo de Seguridad, como a nivel de la Asamblea General. Estamos, por tanto, ante un carácter fragmentario del marco jurídico actual en la lucha contra el Terrorismo en el plano de Naciones Unidas por falta de consenso sobre el concepto mismo de “ Terrorismo “.El problema de definir de forma consensuada el concepto se encuentra en la dificultad de trazar la línea divisoria entre actividades terroristas y movimientos de liberación nacional. Por ello se

  15. Comunicación bidireccional entre el sistema inmune y neuroendocrino a través de la hormona de crecimiento, prolactina y hepcidina

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    Cruz Enríquez V.

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available Se ha planteado que la hormona de crecimiento (GH y la Prolactina (PRL pueden intervenir en procesos infecciosos como inmunomoduladores vía receptores específicos; revelando una conexión entre el sistema inmune y el sistema endocrino en los tejidos, donde actúan como citoquinas a través de diferentes rutas de señalización. Igualmente, la hepcidina (HAMP, hormona producida en los hepatocitos como respuesta al exceso de hierro y a estímulos inflamatorios, es considerada un enlace entre el metabolismo del mineral, la defensa del hospedero y los procesos inflamatorios, debido a su capacidad de privar del hierro a los microorganismos. Se sugiere que en un proceso infeccioso, la síntesis, secreción y regulación de GH ocurre a través de la producción de citoquinas como factor de necrosis tumoral alfa (TNF-α e interleuquina-1 beta (IL-1β, las cuales actúan en el hipotálamo, estimulando la liberación ya sea de la hormona liberadora de somatotropina o de somatostatina; por otro lado, se ha reportado que células linfoides, incluyendo linfocitos T y B y células dendríticas, producen GH, PRL biológicamente activa con propiedades inmunoreguladoras.

  16. Análisis cualitativo y cuantitativo de la respuesta inmune humoral A Plasmodium falciparum en personas protegidas y no protegidas

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    Martha Lucía Moreno

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    Full Text Available En este trabajo se buscaron diferencias en los patrones de reconocimiento de proteínas de Plasmodium falciparum por anticuerpos de pacientes con distintos grados de inmunidad protectiva. Evaluamos 50 sueros provenientes de un área hiperendémica, de personas que mostraron un grado de protección, 50 sueros de personas no protegidas que sufrían infecciones activas y 30 sueros de personas que nunca tuvieron malaria. Los anticuerpos se estudiaron por los métodos de inmunoprecipitación y de inmunotransferencia, y se buscó presencia o ausencia de cada banda en alguno de los grupos. Se encontró un nivel de anticuerpos más alto y un patrón de reconocimiento más complejo en los sueros de personas no protegidas. Sólo un anticuerpo, que reconoce una proteína de 99 kDa, y que fue encontrado en el 40% de las personas protegidas parece tener alguna relación (aunque débil con protección. Nuestros resultados sugieren que la respuesta inmune humoral es más un indicativo de una infección reciente que de un estado de protección.

  17. Association between chlamydia pneumoniae infection and carotid atherosclerotic plaques

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    Fereshteh Ashtari

    2007-08-01

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Several studies have suggested an association between Chlamydia pneumonia infection and atherosclerosis. This study was designed to investigate the association between this organism and atherosclerotic plaque formation in right and left common carotid arteries (CCAs and extracranial portions of internal carotid arteries (ICAs.
    METHODS: Antibodies to Chlamydia pneumoniae (IgA and IgG were measured and compared in 42 patients who had plaque in at least one CCA or ICA (detected by duplex ultrasound and 82 patients without any plaque in these arteries. Cp.IgG and Cp.IgA titers over 1.10 ISR were defined to be positive.
    RESULTS: We found that 6.1% of control subjects and 16.7% of cases were Cp.IgA seropositive. The difference between these two groups was prominent but was not statistically significant (P = 0.104. 4.2% of females without atherosclerotic plaque and 31.6% of females with plaque were Cp.IgA seropositive. This difference is statistically significant (P = 0.005. There was no significant difference in seropositivity of Cp.IgG between case and control subjects or in male and female groups with or without plaque.
    CONCLUSIONS: Cp.IgA is a predictor of atherosclerosis in women, but Cp.IgG has no predictive value for plaque formation in either gender.
    KEY WORDS: Atherosclerotic plaque, Chlamydia pneumoniae, serum antibody.

  18. Chlamydia-related abortions in cattle from Graubunden, Switzerland.

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    Borel, N; Thoma, R; Spaeni, P; Weilenmann, R; Teankum, K; Brugnera, E; Zimmermann, D R; Vaughan, L; Pospischil, A

    2006-09-01

    In 2001, the first case of bovine chlamydial abortion was reported in canton Graubunden, Switzerland. In this region, Chlamydophila (Cp.) abortus is endemic in small ruminants. Hence, we aimed to investigate the incidence of chlamydia-related abortions in cattle from Graubunden. During breeding seasons of 2003-2004, formalin-fixed and paraffin-embedded placenta specimens (n = 235) from late-term abortions in cattle were analyzed by histopathology, immunohistochemistry with a Chlamydiaceae-specific monoclonal antibody against chlamydial lipopolysaccharide (LPS), and 2 different polymerase chain reaction (PCR) methods (16 S ribosomal ribonucleic acid [rRNA] PCR, intergenic spacer [IGS-S] PCR), followed by PCR product sequencing. In 149 of 235 cases (63.4%), histopathologic lesions such as purulent and/or necrotizing placentitis were observed. Chlamydial antigen was clearly demonstrated in immunohistochemistry in only 1 of 235 cases (0.4%). Cp. abortus or Cp. psittaci was found in 12 of 235 (5.1%) and 10 of 235 cases (4.2%) by 16 S rRNA PCR and IGS-S PCR, respectively. However, we detected, by 16 S rRNA PCR, 43 of 235 cases (18.3%) to be positive for chlamydia-like organisms. In contrast to the situation in small ruminants in the canton Graubunden, bovine abortion from Cp. abortus seems not to play an important role. Nevertheless, zoonotic potential should be taken into account when handling abortion material from cattle. The significance of chlamydia-like isolates other than Waddlia chondrophila remains an open question in abortion and needs further investigation.

  19. Correlation of Chlamydia pneumoniae infection with primary biliary cirrhosis

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    Hai-Ying Liu; An-Mei Deng; Jian Zhang; Ye Zhou; Ding-Kang Yao; Xiao-Qing Tu; Lie-Ying Fan; Ren-Qian Zhong

    2005-01-01

    AIM: To evaluate the association between Chlamydia pneumoniae (Cpn) infection and primary biliary cirrhosis (PBC).METHODS: Cpn IgG and IgM were determined by enzymelinked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) in 41 well-established PBC patients and two race-matched control groups (posthepatitis cirrhosis, n = 70; healthy controls, n = 57).RESULTS: The mean level and seroprevalence of Cpn IgG in PBC group and post-hepatitis cirrhosis (PHC) group were significantly higher than those in healthy controls (46.8±43.4 RU/mL, 49.5±45.2 RU/mL vs28.3±32.7 RU/mL;68.3%, 71.4%, 42.1%, respectively; P<0.05). There was a remarkably elevated seroprevalence of Cpn IgM in patients with PBC (22.0%) compared to the PHC and healthy control (HC) groups. For the PBC patients versus the HCs, the odds ratios (ORs) of the presence of Cpn IgG and IgM were 2.7 (95% CI 0.9-6.1) and 5.1 (95% CI 1.4-18.5), respectively. Though there was no correlation in the level of Cpn IgG with total IgG in sera of patients with PBC (r = -0.857, P = 0.344>0.05), Cpn IgM was related with the abnormally high concentrations of total IgM in PBC group.CONCLUSION: The results of this study do not support the hypothesis that infection with Chlamydia pneumoniae may be a triggering agent or even a causative agent in PBC, but suggest that Chlamydia pneumoniae infection probably contributes to the high level of IgM present in most patients with PBC.

  20. Chlamydia in women: a case for more action?

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    The 1985 Communicable Disease Surveillance Center figures for sexually transmitted diseases document over 14,000 confirmed cases of genital chlamydial infection in women. Yet, this figure seriously underestimates the size of the problem as many chlamydial infections are silent. The mainstay of diagnosis until recently has been isolation of C. trachomatis in cell culture, which is time consuming, technically demanding, expensive, and available in only a few centers. A firm diagnosis of chlamydial infection cannot be based on serology alone. Antibodies can be detected in 78-100% of womn with C. trachomatis in the cervix, but in those who are culture negative 31-87% also will have antibodies. More support is given to the diagnosis by demonstration of a rising titre of IgG antibody or by detection of IgM, but because of the late presentation of most women with chlamydia this is seldom possible. Newer tests include direct immunofluorescence statining of genital secretions which is rapid and simple. Results of this method compare favorably with those of cell culture, but screening large numbers of smears is expensive and tedious. Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays also give good results. C trachomatis is a well known cause of cervicitis and salpingitis and is consequently a major factor in infertility. The frequency of chlamydial infection is influenced by sexual activity and promiscuity, but the effect of contraceptive choice is more difficult to determine. An IUD can provide a nidus for many infections, but the role of oral contraceptives (OCs) is more controversial. Instrumentation of the endocervical canal provides a route for introduction of infection, which is therefore a frequent and important complication of induced abortion. Westergaard et al. in a study of women having 1st trimester abortions found that 10% had symptomless cervical chlamydia; postabortal pelvic inflammatory disease developed in 28% of these patients by comparison with 10% in culture

  1. Forekomst af Chlamydia trachomatis hos værnepligtige

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    Søgaard, P; Møller, B R; Thorsen, Poul;

    1996-01-01

    (VD) and actual symptoms of urethritis and cervicitis. EIA positive specimens were confirmed by immunofluorescent microscopy. The investigation comprised 831 men and 80 women (17-26 years). The prevalence was 5.7% (95% confidence limits 4.2-7.4%) and 15% (8-25%) for men and women, respectively (p ... among Chlamydia positive men was 6. The frequency of earlier VD was 7.5% and 10% among men and women, respectively. Treatment with tetracycline was effective, which makes control of eradication unnecessary. We conclude that genital chlamydial infection among young asymptomatic people is common...

  2. Attitudes to Chlamydia screening elicited using the social networking site Facebook for subject recruitment.

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    Ahmed, Navera; Jayasinghe, Yasmin; Wark, John D; Fenner, Yeshe; Moore, Elya E; Tabrizi, Sepehr N; Fletcher, Ashley; Garland, Suzanne M

    2013-07-01

    Chlamydia (Chlamydia trachomatis) is the commonest bacterial sexually transmissible infection worldwide and contributes to significant morbidity in females. We examined potential barriers and facilitating factors for screening in young Victorian women, using the social networking site, Facebook to recruit participants. This was part of a larger study on young women's health that assessed the feasibility of using social networking sites for recruitment. An advertisement was placed on Facebook between May and September 2010, and was visible to eligible women. Women who clicked on the advertisement and expressed their interest in participating were invited to complete a questionnaire either at a study site or online. In total, 278 participants completed the survey, with 76% reporting willingness to participate in chlamydia screening by recruitment via an online system. Overall, 73% of participants indicated they were comfortable providing a urine sample collected at home for chlamydia screening, with older participants less comfortable with this method (P=0.02, odds ratio (OR)=0.09, 95% confidence interval (CI)=0.01-0.7). Participants expressed comfort with their Pap smear and chlamydia screening being performed together (92.7%), especially those who were aware of human papillomavirus (PFacebook to participate in screening for chlamydia. There was strong acceptance of self-collected sampling, and of combined chlamydia and cervical cytology screening. Facebook may therefore be a feasible way for improving screening coverage at a population level.

  3. Chlamydia public health programs and the epidemiology of pelvic inflammatory disease and ectopic pregnancy.

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    Rekart, Michael L; Gilbert, Mark; Meza, Rafael; Kim, Paul H; Chang, Michael; Money, Deborah M; Brunham, Robert C

    2013-01-01

    Many countries have witnessed a disturbing increase in cases of Chlamydia trachomatis infection despite enhanced control programs. Since the goal of Chlamydia control is to prevent reproductive complications such as pelvic inflammatory disease and ectopic pregnancy, an understanding of recent trends in these conditions is needed to fully evaluate the effect of control efforts. We analyzed 2 provincial, comprehensive health services administrative databases (encompassing hospitalizations and all physician-delivered services) for pelvic inflammatory disease and ectopic pregnancy trends from 1992 through 2009 in women of reproductive age in British Columbia, Canada. Trends were compared to provincial Chlamydia surveillance data by time-series analysis, using the cross-correlation function method and Granger causality testing. Chlamydia cases substantially increased from 1992 through 2009. Inpatient, outpatient, and total diagnoses of pelvic inflammatory disease and ectopic pregnancy declined from 1992 through 2003. After 2003, pelvic inflammatory disease rates continued to fall, while ectopic pregnancy rates significantly increased. The male Chlamydia urethritis rate increased from 39.4 to 173.6 cases/100,000 from 1996 to 2009. In the context of increasing Chlamydia infection rates, the reproductive complications of Chlamydia infection in women are declining overall. A recent increase in rates of ectopic pregnancies is cause for concern.

  4. Recovery of an environmental Chlamydia strain from activated sludge by co-cultivation with Acanthamoeba sp.

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    Collingro, Astrid; Poppert, Sven; Heinz, Eva; Schmitz-Esser, Stephan; Essig, Andreas; Schweikert, Michael; Wagner, Michael; Horn, Matthias

    2005-01-01

    Chlamydiae are a unique group of obligate intracellular bacteria comprising important pathogens of vertebrates as well as symbionts of free-living amoebae. Although there is ample molecular evidence for a huge diversity and wide distribution of chlamydiae in nature, environmental chlamydiae are currently represented by only few isolates. This paper reports the recovery of a novel environmental chlamydia strain from activated sludge by co-cultivation with Acanthamoeba sp. The recovered environmental chlamydia strain UV-7 showed the characteristic morphology of chlamydial developmental stages as revealed by electron microscopy and was identified as a new member of the family Parachlamydiaceae (98.7 % 16S rRNA sequence similarity to Parachlamydia acanthamoebae). Infection studies suggested that Parachlamydia sp. UV-7 is not confined to amoeba hosts but is also able to invade mammalian cells. These findings outline a new straightforward approach to retrieving environmental chlamydiae from nature without prior, tedious isolation and cultivation of their natural host cells, and lend further support to suggested implications of environmental chlamydiae for public health.

  5. Chlamydia screening and positivity in juvenile detention centers, United States, 2009-2011.

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    Satterwhite, Catherine Lindsey; Newman, Daniel; Collins, Dayne; Torrone, Elizabeth

    2014-01-01

    An estimated 2.9 million new chlamydia infections occur in the United States each year. Among women, chlamydia can lead to serious adverse outcomes, including pelvic inflammatory disease and infertility. Chlamydia prevalence is highest among females aged 15-19 years. Despite long-standing recommendations directed at young, sexually active females, screening remains sub-optimal. Juvenile detention centers (JDCs) are uniquely situated to screen and treat high-risk adolescents. From 2009-2011, performance measure data on chlamydia screening coverage (proportion of eligible females screened) and positivity (proportion of females tested who were positive) were available from 126 geographically-dispersed JDCs in the United States. These facilities reported screening 55.2% of females entering the facilities (149,923), with a facility-specific median of 66.4% (range: 0-100%). Almost half (44.4%) of facilities had screening coverage levels of 75-100%. This screening resulted in the detection of 12,305 chlamydial infections, for an overall positivity of 14.7% (facility-specific median = 14.9%, range: 0-36.9%). In linear regression analysis, chlamydia positivity was inversely associated with screening coverage: as coverage increased, positivity decreased. The burden of chlamydia in JDCs is substantial; facilities should continue to deliver recommended chlamydia screening and treatment to females and identify mechanisms to increase coverage.

  6. Comparing two definitions of ethnicity for identifying young persons at risk for chlamydia.

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    Haasnoot, A; Koedijk, F D H; Op De Coul, E L M; Götz, H M; van der Sande, M A B; Van Den Broek, I V F

    2012-05-01

    Ethnic disparities in chlamydia infections in The Netherlands were assessed, in order to compare two definitions of ethnicity: ethnicity based on country of birth and self-defined ethnicity. Chlamydia positivity in persons aged 16-29 years was investigated using data from the first round of the Chlamydia Screening Implementation (CSI, 2008-2009) and surveillance data from STI centres (2009). Logistic regression modelling showed that being an immigrant was associated with chlamydia positivity in both CSI [adjusted odds ratio (aOR) 2·3, 95% confidence interval (CI) 2·0-2·6] and STI centres (aOR 1·4, 95% CI 1·3-1·5). In both settings, 60% of immigrants defined themselves as Dutch. Despite the difference, classification by self-defined ethnicity resulted in similar associations between (non-Dutch) ethnicity and chlamydia positivity. However, ethnicity based on country of birth explained variation in chlamydia positivity better, and is objective and constant over time and therefore more useful for identifying young persons at higher risk for chlamydia infection.

  7. Urogenital Chlamydia trachomatis infections among ethnic groups in Paramaribo, Suriname; determinants and ethnic sexual mixing patterns.

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    Jannie J van der Helm

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Little is known about the epidemiology of urogenital Chlamydia trachomatis infection (chlamydia in Suriname. Suriname is a society composed of many ethnic groups, such as Creoles, Maroons, Hindustani, Javanese, Chinese, Caucasians, and indigenous Amerindians. We estimated determinants for chlamydia, including the role of ethnicity, and identified transmission patterns and ethnic sexual networks among clients of two clinics in Paramaribo, Suriname. METHODS: Participants were recruited at two sites a sexually transmitted infections (STI clinic and a family planning (FP clinic in Paramaribo. Urine samples from men and nurse-collected vaginal swabs were obtained for nucleic acid amplification testing. Logistic regression analysis was used to identify determinants of chlamydia. Multilocus sequence typing (MLST was performed to genotype C. trachomatis. To identify transmission patterns and sexual networks, a minimum spanning tree was created, using full MLST profiles. Clusters in the minimum spanning tree were compared for ethnic composition. RESULTS: Between March 2008 and July 2010, 415 men and 274 women were included at the STI clinic and 819 women at the FP clinic. Overall chlamydia prevalence was 15% (224/1508. Age, ethnicity, and recruitment site were significantly associated with chlamydia in multivariable analysis. Participants of Creole and Javanese ethnicity were more frequently infected with urogenital chlamydia. Although sexual mixing with other ethnic groups did differ significantly per ethnicity, this mixing was not independently significantly associated with chlamydia. We typed 170 C. trachomatis-positive samples (76% and identified three large C. trachomatis clusters. Although the proportion from various ethnic groups differed significantly between the clusters (P = 0.003, all five major ethnic groups were represented in all three clusters. CONCLUSION: Chlamydia prevalence in Suriname is high and targeted prevention

  8. Management of Chlamydia trachomatis genital tract infection: screening and treatment challenges

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    Brandie D Taylor

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Brandie D Taylor, Catherine L HaggertyUniversity of Pittsburgh, Department of Epidemiology, Pittsburgh, PA, USAAbstract: Chlamydia trachomatis is a prevalent sexually transmitted infection that can lead to serious reproductive morbidity. Management and control of C. trachomatis is a challenge, largely due to its asymptomatic nature and our incomplete understanding of its natural history. Although chlamydia screening programs have been implemented worldwide, several countries have observed increasing rates of reported chlamydia cases. We reviewed the literature relating to the long-term complications of C. trachomatis, as well as screening strategies, treatment, and prevention strategies for reducing chlamydia in the population. Articles from 1950–2010 were identified through a Medline search using the keyword “Chlamydia trachomatis” combined with “screening”, “pelvic inflammatory disease”, “endometritis”, “salpingitis”, “infertility”, "ectopic pregnancy”, “urethritis”, “epididymitis”, “proctitis”, “prostatitis”, “reinfection”, “cost-effectiveness”, “treatment”, “vaccines”, or “prevention”. Progression of C. trachomatis varies, and recurrent infections are common. Currently, there is limited evidence on the effectiveness of chlamydia screening. Higher quality studies are needed to determine the efficacy of more frequent screening, on a broader range of sequelae, including infertility and ectopic pregnancy, in addition to pelvic inflammatory disease. Studies should focus on delineating the natural history of recurrent infections, paying particular attention to treatment failures. Furthermore, alternatives to screening, such as vaccines, should continue to be explored.Keywords: Chlamydia trachomatis, sexually transmitted disease, chlamydia screening, chlamydia treatment

  9. Timing of progression from Chlamydia trachomatis infection to pelvic inflammatory disease: a mathematical modelling study

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    Herzog Sereina A

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID results from the ascending spread of microorganisms from the vagina and endocervix to the upper genital tract. PID can lead to infertility, ectopic pregnancy and chronic pelvic pain. The timing of development of PID after the sexually transmitted bacterial infection Chlamydia trachomatis (chlamydia might affect the impact of screening interventions, but is currently unknown. This study investigates three hypothetical processes for the timing of progression: at the start, at the end, or throughout the duration of chlamydia infection. Methods We develop a compartmental model that describes the trial structure of a published randomised controlled trial (RCT and allows each of the three processes to be examined using the same model structure. The RCT estimated the effect of a single chlamydia screening test on the cumulative incidence of PID up to one year later. The fraction of chlamydia infected women who progress to PID is obtained for each hypothetical process by the maximum likelihood method using the results of the RCT. Results The predicted cumulative incidence of PID cases from all causes after one year depends on the fraction of chlamydia infected women that progresses to PID and on the type of progression. Progression at a constant rate from a chlamydia infection to PID or at the end of the infection was compatible with the findings of the RCT. The corresponding estimated fraction of chlamydia infected women that develops PID is 10% (95% confidence interval 7-13% in both processes. Conclusions The findings of this study suggest that clinical PID can occur throughout the course of a chlamydia infection, which will leave a window of opportunity for screening to prevent PID.

  10. Chlamydia trachomatis sigma28 recognizes the fliC promoter of Escherichia coli and responds to heat shock in chlamydiae.

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    Shen, Li; Li, Maixiang; Zhang, You-Xun

    2004-01-01

    The rpsD gene of Chlamydia trachomatis encodes the alternative sigma factor sigma28, which bears strong homology to many bacterial sigma factors, including Escherichia coli sigma8 and Bacillus subtilis sigmaB and sigmaD. Recently, a sigma28 promoter was identified upstream of the late-cycle-expressed gene hctB, which encodes the Chlamydia-histone-like protein 2 (Yu & Tan, 2003). In this study it is shown that the product of chlamydial rpsD is an E. coli sigma28 homologue. It was found that recombinant chlamydial sigma8, in combination with E. coli core RNA polymerase, initiates transcription in vitro from the E. coli sigma28-dependent promoter of fliC. It was also demonstrated that the recombinant chlamydial sigma28 does not recognize major sigma factor sigma70-consensus-like sequences in vitro. In C. trachomatis-infected cells, two rpsD transcripts were detected with 5' ends located 18 (transcript I) and 54 bp (transcript II) upstream of the translational initiation codon at 16 and 30 h post-infection. When the temperature of cultures infected with C. trachomatis was shifted from 35 to 42 degrees C, the rpsD transcript I increased dramatically. The levels of chlamydial sigma28, relative to EF-Tu, were greater throughout the exponential growth phase of the reticulate body, but lower late in the developmental cycle. These data support the hypothesis that sigma28 plays a role in the regulatory network that allows chlamydiae to survive changes in its environment, enabling it to complete its unique developmental cycle.

  11. Comparison of the population excess fraction of Chlamydia trachomatis infection on pelvic inflammatory disease at 12-months in the presence and absence of chlamydia testing and treatment: Systematic review and retrospective cohort analysis

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    Turner, Katy M. E.; Leung, Stella; Yu, B. Nancy; Frølund, Maria; Benfield, Thomas; Blanchard, James; Westh, Henrik; Ward, Helen

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    Background The impact of Chlamydia trachomatis (chlamydia) control on the incidence of pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) is theoretically limited by the proportion of PID caused by chlamydia. We estimate the population excess fraction (PEF) of treated chlamydia infection on PID at 12-months in settings with widespread chlamydia control (testing and treatment) and compare this to the estimated PEF of untreated chlamydia. Methods We used two large retrospective population-based cohorts of women of reproductive age from settings with widespread chlamydia control to calculate the PEF of treated chlamydia on PID at 12-months. We undertook a systematic review to identify further studies that reported the risk of PID in women who were tested for chlamydia (infected and uninfected). We used the same method to calculate the PEF in eligible studies then compared all estimates of PEF. Results The systematic review identified a single study, a randomised controlled trial of chlamydia screening (POPI-RCT). In the presence of testing and treatment cases of PID at 12-months per 100,000 women in the untreated setting and 13–184 cases of PID per 100,000 tested women in the presence of testing and treatment. Conclusion Testing and treating chlamydia reduced the PEF of chlamydia on PID by 65% compared to the untreated setting. But in the presence of testing and treatment over 90% of PID could not be attributed to a baseline chlamydia infection. More information is needed about the aetiology of PID to develop effective strategies for improving the reproductive health of women. PMID:28199392

  12. Efeito protetor do aleitamento materno contra a obesidade infantil

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    Balaban Geni

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    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Apresentar uma revisão da literatura sobre a hipótese de que o aleitamento materno teria um efeito protetor contra a obesidade infantil, a plausibilidade biológica dessa hipótese e os mecanismos potencialmente envolvidos. FONTES DOS DADOS: Informações coletadas a partir de artigos publicados em revistas científicas indexadas, livros e teses de pós-graduação. A maioria dos artigos foi identificada a partir das bases de dados MEDLINE e Scielo, usando as palavras-chave "aleitamento materno", "sobrepeso", "obesidade", "crianças" e "adolescentes". O período pesquisado foi de 1980 a 2002. Outros artigos foram identificados a partir das referências bibliográficas citadas nos primeiros artigos. SÍNTESE DOS DADOS: A maioria dos estudos revisados relatou um efeito protetor do aleitamento materno contra a obesidade infantil; alguns estudos não encontraram associação entre aleitamento materno e obesidade; um estudo, com um pequeno tamanho amostral, relatou maior adiposidade entre as crianças que receberam aleitamento materno. Diferentes definições de exposição e desfecho dificultam a comparação entre os estudos. Imprinting metabólico foi sugerido como um mecanismo potencialmente envolvido para explicar a associação. Aspectos comportamentais também podem estar envolvidos. CONCLUSÃO: O aleitamento materno parece ter um efeito protetor contra a obesidade infantil, porém essa questão merece uma investigação mais aprofundada.

  13. Estado actual de la vacuna conjugada contra Streptococcus pneumoniae

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    Hernán Sierra- Fernandez

    2006-06-01

    Full Text Available Las infecciones por Streptococcus pneumoniae son frecuentes en la población pediátrica especialmente en los niños menores de 2 años. El S. pneumoniae puede producir infecciones invasoras con una alta tasa de mortalidad y morbilidad como lo son las meningitis bacterianas, la neumonía y bacteremias siendo a la vez el agente que con mayor frecuencia se detecta en el oído medio de niños con otitis media. En la actualidad existe una vacuna conjugada contra esta bacteria que protege contra los siete serotipos de S. pneumoniae más frecuentes en el mundo y que a su vez son los mismos serotipos que presentan una mayor incidencia de resistencia a los antibioticos de uso frecuente. La vacuna no solo protege contra este tipo de infecciones sino que se ha demostrado que disminuye la colonización nasofaringea de los niños que han recibido la vacuna produciendo a su vez, una reducción en el numero de infecciones, por esta bacteria, en poblaciones de personas mayores de 5 años, incluyendo adultos y personas mayores a los 65 años (efecto rebaño. Con base en los serotipos aislados en niños costarricenses con otitis media, se puede calcular que la cobertura de esta vacuna en Costa Rica sería de aproximadamente un 74% e incluyendo mayoritariamente, los serotipos que presentan resistencia antimicrobriana más frecuentemente.

  14. VIOLENCIA CONTRA LAS MUJERES: EL MANDATO PATRIARCAL ESCRITO CON SANGRE

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    Andrea D´Atri

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    Full Text Available El artículo aborda la situación de la violencia contra las mujeres, incluyendo la consideración de los femicidios, la trata de mujeres para la explotación sexual, como así también el aborto ilegal, como forma de expropiación de la autonomía sexual y reproductiva de las mujeres y la superexplotación de las mujeres mediante la feminización de la pobreza y la fuerza de trabajo.

  15. Nuevos avances y retos en la lucha contra el terrorismo

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    José Escribano Úbeda-Portugués

    2009-01-01

    El fenómeno del Terrorismo tiene un carácter eminentemente de consecución de objetivos políticos, lo cual diferencia tal actividad ilícita respecto a las actividades ilícitas propias de la Delincuencia Organizada. Aunque en la financiación del Terrorismo, los grupos terroristas realizan actividades ilícitas propias de la Delincuencia Organizada como el tráfico ilícito de drogas, el tráfico ilícito de armas o el Blanqueo de Capitales.La evolución normativa contra el Terrorismo es amplia, habié...

  16. Una vacuna contra la tuberculosi, provada en cabres

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    Pérez del Val, Bernat

    2012-01-01

    Investigadors del CReSA han dut a terme el primer estudi de vacunació contra la tuberculosi utilitzant com a model experimental la cabra domèstica, que reprodueix amb molta similitud la resposta a la tuberculosi en humans. La vacuna, anomenada AdAg85A, ha estat dissenyada per investigadors de McMaster University (Canadà) per prevenir la tuberculosi en humans, i actualment es troba en fase I d’assajos clínics. De moment, aquest estudi mostra que la inoculació d’aquesta nova vacuna, com a refor...

  17. Tissue-Resident T Cells as the Central Paradigm of Chlamydia Immunity.

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    Johnson, Raymond M; Brunham, Robert C

    2016-04-01

    For almost 2 decades, results from Chlamydia pathogenesis investigations have been conceptualized using a cytokine polarization narrative. Recent viral immunity studies identifying protective tissue-resident memory T cells (Trm) suggest an alternative paradigm based on localized immune networks. As Chlamydia vaccines enter the preclinical pipeline and, in the case of an attenuated trachoma vaccine, are given to human subjects, it may be useful to ask whether cytokine polarization is the appropriate framework for understanding and evaluating vaccine efficacy. In this review, we revisit C. trachomatis pathogenesis data from mice and humans using a Trm narrative and note a comfortable concordance with the Chlamydia pathogenesis literature.

  18. DNA microarray-based detection of multiple pathogens: Mycoplasma spp. and Chlamydia spp.

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    Schnee, Christiane; Sachse, Konrad

    2015-01-01

    Rapid detection of slow-growing or non-culturable microorganisms, such as Mycoplasma spp. and Chlamydia spp., is still a challenge to diagnosticians in the veterinary field. In addition, as epidemiological evidence on the frequency of mixed infections involving two and more bacterial species has been emerging, detection methods allowing simultaneous identification of different pathogens are required. In the present chapter, we describe DNA microarray-based procedures for the detection of 83 Mollicutes species (Mycoplasma assay) and 11 Chlamydia spp. (Chlamydia assay). The assays are suitable for use in a routine diagnostic environment, as well as in microbiological research.

  19. The prevalence of Chlamydia trachomatis infection in rural Thai women.

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    Thongkrajai, P; Thongkrajai, E; Pengsaa, P; Pakarasang, M

    1999-03-01

    A cross sectional study was designed to investigate the prevalence of Chlamydia trachomatis among different groups of rural women in the northeast Thailand. The presence of chlamydial antigens in endocervical swabs was detected by ELISA. The prevalences of Chlamydia trachomatis were 6.8% (31/485), 5.2% (24/466) and 6.7% (12/179) in women attending antenatal, postpartum and family planning clinics respectively. The average prevalences of C. trachomatis among hospital-based and community-based women were 6.1% (67/1,103) and 3.6% (15/411) respectively. In addition, the prevalences of some pathogens including Candida albicans, Trichomonas vaginalis, Treponema pallidum and Neisseria gonorrhoea among hospital-based and community-based women were 14.2, 2.8, 0.7, 0.2 and 10.9, 5.1, 2.7, 0.0% respectively. It was concluded that C. trachomatis was a problem of woman's reproductive health.

  20. Infertility after acute salpingitis with special reference to Chlamydia trachomatis.

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    Svensson, L; Mårdh, P A; Weström, L

    1983-09-01

    Of 552 women with laparoscopically verified acute salpingitis (AS), 299 were reviewed 2.5 to 7.5 years later. Cervical secretions from these women had been cultured for the presence of Chlamydia trachomatis and Neisseria gonorrhoeae. For 49 of 82 women with visually normal pelvic organs, such cultures were also performed; these women served as control subjects. In women exposing themselves to pregnancy, 50 (23.3%) of 197 AS patients and 2 (6.7%) of 30 control women were infertile for at least 1 year (P less than 0.02). After one episode of AS, women harboring chlamydiae, gonococci, both, or neither of these microorganisms in the cervix on admission seemed to have the same fertility prognosis. Infertility was correlated with the number of AS episodes, the erythrocyte sedimentation rate (millimeters per hour) at admission, and the severity of the inflammatory reactions of the tubes. The use of oral contraceptives at admission was found to be a positive prognostic factor regarding fertility. Oral contraceptives might protect the patient from severe tubal inflammatory reactions.

  1. Concurrent sexual partners-A predictor of Chlamydia

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    Jørgensen, Marianne Johansson; Olesen, Frede; Maindal, Helle Terkildsen

    2013-01-01

    Background:Chlamydia trachomatis is the most common sexually transmitted bacterial infection among young Danes and the spread is highly dependent on the population’s sexual behavior. Previous studies have found concurrent partnerships to be a possible predictor for C. trachomatis, but the signifi......:These preliminary results suggest that concurrent sexual partners is an important predictor for C.trachomatis infections among young Danes aged 15-29. A more concise conclusion will be presented at the Ph.D day......Background:Chlamydia trachomatis is the most common sexually transmitted bacterial infection among young Danes and the spread is highly dependent on the population’s sexual behavior. Previous studies have found concurrent partnerships to be a possible predictor for C. trachomatis......, but the significance of this compared with other well-known predictors has only been briefly described. Aim: The aim is to examine if concurrent partners isan independent predictor for C. trachomatis infection in young Danes aged 15-29 years. Methods: Detailed sexual behavior data were collected via a web...

  2. Analysis of glycosidases activity in Chlamydia trachomatis L2 serotype

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    Dr. Sanjiv Rughooputh

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available Chlamydiae are prokaryotic, gram negative, intracellular parasites, causing a number of human diseases with serious sequelae. The exact mechanism of chlamydial attachment and entry into the host cell is still unclear. Chlamydia trachomatis, SA2F (L2 was tested for the activity of glycosidases. Glycosidases are involved in the synthesis and breakdown of cell-wall polysaccharides, and have a pivotal role in attachment to the surface of host cells as well as in the invasion process of other infective agents. For these reasons, glycosidases are likely to provide important information regarding the general behaviour of this bacterium. Ten different glycosides bound to p-nitrophenol (pNP substrate were tested. Assays were performed on lysed and unlysed chlamydial extracts.Our results provided strong evidence for the existence of glycosidase activity in C.trachomatis, strain SA2F peaking at pH 5.0 and pH 7.5-8.0 There was a high enzymatic activity against p-NPa mannopyranoside and p-NP b-N acetylglucosamine with a recovery of 88% suggesting that the enzymes were present on the bacterial surface. Activity against these sugars, which form part of either the extracellular filler or in endoplasmic reticulum may suggest of a possible mechanism of cellular invasion.

  3. Chlamydia causes fragmentation of the Golgi compartment to ensure reproduction.

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    Heuer, Dagmar; Rejman Lipinski, Anette; Machuy, Nikolaus; Karlas, Alexander; Wehrens, Andrea; Siedler, Frank; Brinkmann, Volker; Meyer, Thomas F

    2009-02-05

    The obligate intracellular bacterium Chlamydia trachomatis survives and replicates within a membrane-bound vacuole, termed the inclusion, which intercepts host exocytic pathways to obtain nutrients. Like many other intracellular pathogens, C. trachomatis has a marked requirement for host cell lipids, such as sphingolipids and cholesterol, produced in the endoplasmic reticulum and the Golgi apparatus. However, the mechanisms by which intracellular pathogens acquire host cell lipids are not well understood. In particular, no host cell protein responsible for transporting Golgi-derived lipids to the chlamydial inclusions has yet been identified. Here we show that Chlamydia infection in human epithelial cells induces Golgi fragmentation to generate Golgi ministacks surrounding the bacterial inclusion. Ministack formation is triggered by the proteolytic cleavage of the Golgi matrix protein golgin-84. Inhibition of golgin-84 truncation prevents Golgi fragmentation, causing a block in lipid acquisition and maturation of C. trachomatis. Golgi fragmentation by means of RNA-interference-mediated knockdown of distinct Golgi matrix proteins before infection enhances bacterial maturation. Our data functionally connect bacteria-induced golgin-84 cleavage, Golgi ministack formation, lipid acquisition and intracellular pathogen growth. We show that C. trachomatis subverts the structure and function of an entire host cell organelle for its own advantage.

  4. Comparison between ICT and PCR for diagnosis of Chlamydia trachomatis.

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    Khan, E R; Hossain, M A; Paul, S K; Mahmud, C; Hasan, M M; Rahman, M M; Nahar, K; Kubayashi, N

    2012-04-01

    Chlamydia trachomatis is an obligate intracellular gram-negative bacterium which is the most prevalent cause of bacterial sexually transmitted infections (STI). The present study was carried to diagnose genital Chlamydia trachomatis infection among women of reproductive age, attending Mymensingh Medical College Hospital, during July 2009 to June 2010 by Immunochromatographic test (ICT) and Polymerase chain reaction (PCR). A total of 70 females were included in this study. Out of 70 cases 56 were symptomatic and 14 asymptomatic. Endocervical swabs were collected from each of the cases and examined by Immunochromatographic test (ICT) for antigen detection and Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) for detection of endogenous plasmid-based nucleic acid. A total 29(41.4%) of the cases were found positive for C. trachomatis either by ICT or PCR. Of the 56 symptomatic cases, 19(33.9%) were found ICT positive and 17(30.4%) were PCR positive. Among 14 asymptomatic females, 2(14.3%) were ICT positive and none were PCR positive. Though PCR is highly sensitive but a total of twelve cases were found ICT positive but PCR negative. It may be due to presence of plasmid deficient strain of C trachomatis which could be amplified by ompA based (Chromosomal gene) multiplex PCR.

  5. 'The difference in determinants of Chlamydia trachomatis and Mycoplasma genitalium in a sample of young Australian women.'

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    Walker Sandra

    2011-02-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Differences in the determinants of Chlamydia trachomatis ('chlamydia' and Mycoplasma genitalium (MG genital infection in women are not well understood. Methods A cohort study of 16 to 25 year old Australian women recruited from primary health care clinics, aimed to determine chlamydia and MG prevalence and incidence. Vaginal swabs collected at recruitment were used to measure chlamydia and MG prevalence, organism-load and chlamydia-serovar a cross-sectional analysis undertaken on the baseline results is presented here. Results Of 1116 participants, chlamydia prevalence was 4.9% (95% CI: 2.9, 7.0 (n = 55 and MG prevalence was 2.4% (95% CI: 1.5, 3.3 (n = 27. Differences in the determinants were found - chlamydia not MG, was associated with younger age [AOR:0.9 (95% CI: 0.8, 1.0] and recent antibiotic use [AOR:0.4 (95% CI: 0.2, 1.0], and MG not chlamydia was associated with symptoms [AOR:2.1 (95% CI: 1.1, 4.0]. Having two or more partners in last 12 months was more strongly associated with chlamydia [AOR:6.4 (95% CI: 3.6, 11.3] than MG [AOR:2.2 (95% CI: 1.0, 4.6] but unprotected sex with three or more partners was less strongly associated with chlamydia [AOR:3.1 (95%CI: 1.0, 9.5] than MG [AOR:16.6 (95%CI: 2.0, 138.0]. Median organism load for MG was 100 times lower (5.7 × 104/swab than chlamydia (5.6 × 106/swab (p Conclusions These results demonstrate significant chlamydia and MG prevalence in Australian women, and suggest that the differences in strengths of association between numbers of sexual partners and unprotected sex and chlamydia and MG might be due to differences in the transmission dynamics between these infections.

  6. Young pregnant women's views on the acceptability of screening for chlamydia as part of routine antenatal care

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    Bilardi Jade E

    2010-08-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background In pregnancy, untreated chlamydia infection has been associated with adverse outcomes for both mother and infant. Like most women, pregnant women infected with chlamydia do not report genital symptoms, and are therefore unlikely to be aware of their infection. The aim of this study was to determine the acceptability of screening pregnant women aged 16-25 years for chlamydia as part of routine antenatal care. Methods As part of a larger prospective, cross-sectional study of pregnant women aged 16-25 years attending antenatal services across Melbourne, Australia, 100 women were invited to participate in a face-to-face, semi structured interview on the acceptability of screening for chlamydia during pregnancy. Women infected with chlamydia were oversampled (n = 31. Results Women had low levels of awareness of chlamydia before the test, retained relatively little knowledge after the test and commonly had misconceptions around chlamydia transmission, testing and sequelae. Women indicated a high level of acceptance and support for chlamydia screening, expressing their willingness to undertake whatever care was necessary to ensure the health of their baby. There was a strong preference for urine testing over other methods of specimen collection. Women questioned why testing was not already conducted alongside other antenatal STI screening tests, particularly in view of the risks chlamydia poses to the baby. Women who tested positive for chlamydia had mixed reactions, however, most felt relief and gratitude at having had chlamydia detected and reported high levels of partner support. Conclusions Chlamydia screening as part of routine antenatal care was considered highly acceptable among young pregnant women who recognized the benefits of screening and strongly supported its implementation as part of routine antenatal care. The acceptability of screening is important to the uptake of chlamydia screening in future antenatal screening

  7. Young pregnant women's views on the acceptability of screening for chlamydia as part of routine antenatal care.

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    Bilardi, Jade E; De Guingand, Deborah L; Temple-Smith, Meredith J; Garland, Suzanne; Fairley, Christopher K; Grover, Sonia; Wallace, Euan; Hocking, Jane S; Tabrizi, Sepehr; Pirotta, Marie; Chen, Marcus Y

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    In pregnancy, untreated chlamydia infection has been associated with adverse outcomes for both mother and infant. Like most women, pregnant women infected with chlamydia do not report genital symptoms, and are therefore unlikely to be aware of their infection. The aim of this study was to determine the acceptability of screening pregnant women aged 16-25 years for chlamydia as part of routine antenatal care. As part of a larger prospective, cross-sectional study of pregnant women aged 16-25 years attending antenatal services across Melbourne, Australia, 100 women were invited to participate in a face-to-face, semi structured interview on the acceptability of screening for chlamydia during pregnancy. Women infected with chlamydia were oversampled (n = 31). Women had low levels of awareness of chlamydia before the test, retained relatively little knowledge after the test and commonly had misconceptions around chlamydia transmission, testing and sequelae. Women indicated a high level of acceptance and support for chlamydia screening, expressing their willingness to undertake whatever care was necessary to ensure the health of their baby. There was a strong preference for urine testing over other methods of specimen collection. Women questioned why testing was not already conducted alongside other antenatal STI screening tests, particularly in view of the risks chlamydia poses to the baby. Women who tested positive for chlamydia had mixed reactions, however, most felt relief and gratitude at having had chlamydia detected and reported high levels of partner support. Chlamydia screening as part of routine antenatal care was considered highly acceptable among young pregnant women who recognized the benefits of screening and strongly supported its implementation as part of routine antenatal care. The acceptability of screening is important to the uptake of chlamydia screening in future antenatal screening strategies.

  8. Comparison of the population excess fraction of Chlamydia trachomatis infection on pelvic inflammatory disease at 12-months in the presence and absence of chlamydia testing and treatment: Systematic review and retrospective cohort analysis.

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    Davies, Bethan; Turner, Katy M E; Leung, Stella; Yu, B Nancy; Frølund, Maria; Benfield, Thomas; Blanchard, James; Westh, Henrik; Ward, Helen

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    The impact of Chlamydia trachomatis (chlamydia) control on the incidence of pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) is theoretically limited by the proportion of PID caused by chlamydia. We estimate the population excess fraction (PEF) of treated chlamydia infection on PID at 12-months in settings with widespread chlamydia control (testing and treatment) and compare this to the estimated PEF of untreated chlamydia. We used two large retrospective population-based cohorts of women of reproductive age from settings with widespread chlamydia control to calculate the PEF of treated chlamydia on PID at 12-months. We undertook a systematic review to identify further studies that reported the risk of PID in women who were tested for chlamydia (infected and uninfected). We used the same method to calculate the PEF in eligible studies then compared all estimates of PEF. The systematic review identified a single study, a randomised controlled trial of chlamydia screening (POPI-RCT). In the presence of testing and treatment <10% of PID at 12-months was attributable to treated (baseline) chlamydia infections (Manitoba: 8.86%(95%CI 7.15-10.75); Denmark: 3.84%(3.26-4.45); screened-arm POPI-RCT: 0.99%(0.00-29.06)). In the absence of active chlamydia treatment 26.44%(11.57-46.32) of PID at 12-months was attributable to untreated (baseline) chlamydia infections (deferred-arm POPI-RCT). The PEFs suggest that eradicating baseline chlamydia infections could prevent 484 cases of PID at 12-months per 100,000 women in the untreated setting and 13-184 cases of PID per 100,000 tested women in the presence of testing and treatment. Testing and treating chlamydia reduced the PEF of chlamydia on PID by 65% compared to the untreated setting. But in the presence of testing and treatment over 90% of PID could not be attributed to a baseline chlamydia infection. More information is needed about the aetiology of PID to develop effective strategies for improving the reproductive health of women.

  9. Direitos humanos e violência contra as mulheres: uma luta contra a sociedade patriarcal-racista-capitalista

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    Mirla Cisne

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo deste artigo é  problematizar a importância da luta por direitos humanos no combate às violências contras as mulheres, inserindo essa luta nos limites e contradições de uma sociedade que têm a desigualdade e a exploração de classe, raça/etnia e sexo como elementos constituintes. Nesse entendimento, as múltiplas formas de violência contra a mulher, seja ela física, psicológica, sexual, obstétrica, patrimonial ou social, não resultam das relações individuais isoladamente, mas, sobretudo, são estruturadas pelas relações sociais de sexo, classe, raça/etnia que consubstanciam a sociedade patriarcal-racista-capitalista. São essas relações sociais que dão base à ideologia que naturaliza situações de violências às mulheres. É essa sociedade permeada por relações de opressão, exploração e também apropriação sobre as mulheres que promove cotidianamente situações de violência permeadas e potencializadas pela desigualdade de classe, pelo sexismo e pelo racismo, o que não apenas provoca a demanda pela luta por direitos humanos, mas a exige.  Falar em direitos humanos para as mulheres é falar na necessidade de lutar por uma sociedade sem violência e sem as apropriações, explorações e opressões que dão corpo as múltiplas violências contra as mulheres.

  10. Dibenzocyclooctadiene lignans from Schisandra spp. selectively inhibit the growth of the intracellular bacteria Chlamydia pneumoniae and Chlamydia trachomatis.

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    Hakala, Elina; Hanski, Leena; Uvell, Hanna; Yrjönen, Teijo; Vuorela, Heikki; Elofsson, Mikael; Vuorela, Pia Maarit

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    Lignans from Schisandra chinensis berries show various pharmacological activities, of which their antioxidative and cytoprotective properties are among the most studied ones. Here, the first report on antibacterial properties of six dibenzocyclooctadiene lignans found in Schisandra spp. is presented. The activity was shown on two related intracellular Gram-negative bacteria Chlamydia pneumoniae and Chlamydia trachomatis upon their infection in human epithelial cells. All six lignans inhibited C. pneumoniae inclusion formation and infectious progeny production. Schisandrin B inhibited C. pneumoniae inclusion formation even when administered 8 h post infection, indicating a target that occurs relatively late within the infection cycle. Upon infection, lignan-pretreated C. pneumoniae elementary bodies had impaired inclusion formation capacity. The presence and substitution pattern of methylenedioxy, methoxy and hydroxyl groups of the lignans had a profound impact on the antichlamydial activity. In addition our data suggest that the antichlamydial activity is not caused only by the antioxidative properties of the lignans. None of the compounds showed inhibition on seven other bacteria, suggesting a degree of selectivity of the antibacterial effect. Taken together, the data presented support a role of the studied lignans as interesting antichlamydial lead compounds.

  11. Un compromiso compartido para la Misión contra el Cáncer

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    En la reunión anual de la AACR, el vicepresidente Biden habló acerca de la Iniciativa Nacional de la Misión contra el Cáncer y del papel crítico que tendrá toda la comunidad investigadora en acelerar el progreso contra el cáncer.

  12. La violencia sexual como un atentado contra la dignidad de la mujer

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    La violencia sexual contra la mujer es la manifestación extrema de la desigualdad y del sometimiento en el que viven las mujeres en el mundo. Constituye un atentado contra el derecho a la vida, a la libertad, y la dignidad de las mujeres. Por tanto, para

  13. MECANISMOS INVOLUCRADOS EN LA RESPUESTA CONTRA PROTEINAS CITRULINADAS EN ARTRITIS REUMATOIDE.

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    2010-01-01

    La artritis reumatoide (AR) es una enfermedad autoinmune, cuya patogenia está orquestada por linfocitos T CD4+ específicos contra proteínas propias o autoantígenos. La descripción de anticuerpos dirigidos contra una variedad de proteínas citrulinadas (ACP 192p.

  14. Chlamydia trachomatis infection during pregnancy associated with preterm delivery: A population-based prospective cohort study

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    G.I.J.G. Rours (Ingrid); L. Duijts (Liesbeth); H.A. Moll (Henriëtte); L.R. Arends (Lidia); R. de Groot (Ronald); V.W.V. Jaddoe (Vincent); A. Hofman (Albert); R.P.M. Steegers-Theunissen (Régine); J.P. Mackenbach (Johan); A. Ott (Alewijn); H.F. Willemse; E.A.E. van der Zwaan (Elizabeth); R.P.A.J. Verkooijen (Roel); H.A. Verbrugh (Henri)

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    textabstractChlamydia trachomatis infection is the most prevalent bacterial sexually transmitted infection and may influence pregnancy outcome. This study was conducted to assess the effect of chlamydial infection during pregnancy on premature delivery and birthweight. Pregnant women attending a

  15. Uncivil engineers: Chlamydia, Salmonella and Shigella alter cytoskeleton architecture to invade epithelial cells.

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    Dunn, Joe Dan; Valdivia, Raphael H

    2010-08-01

    The obligate intracellular bacterial pathogen Chlamydia trachomatis is a major cause of blindness and sexually transmitted diseases. Like the enteric pathogens Salmonella and Shigella, Chlamydia injects effector proteins into epithelial cells to initiate extensive remodeling of the actin cytoskeleton at the bacterial attachment site, which culminates in the engulfment of the bacterium by plasma membrane extensions. Numerous Salmonella and Shigella effectors promote this remodeling by activating Rho GTPases and tyrosine kinase signaling cascades and by directly manipulating actin dynamics. Recent studies indicate that similar host-cell alterations occur during Chlamydia invasion, but few effectors are known. The identification of additional Chlamydia effectors and the elucidation of their modes of function are critical steps towards an understanding of how this clinically important pathogen breaches epithelial surfaces and causes infection.

  16. Causality of Chlamydiae in Arthritis and Spondyloarthritis: a Plea for Increased Translational Research.

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    Zeidler, Henning; Hudson, Alan P

    2016-02-01

    Current molecular genetic understanding of the metabolically active persistent infection state of Chlamydia trachomatis and Chlamydia pneumoniae in the synovium in patients with arthritis and spondyloarthritis favors a causal relationship. Here, we examine how adequately the accepted criteria for that etiologic relationship are fulfilled, emphasizing the situation in which these microorganisms cannot be cultivated by standard or other means. We suggest that this unusual situation of causality by chlamydiae in rheumatic disease requires establishment of a consensus regarding microorganism-specific terminology as well as the development of new diagnostic and classification criteria. Recent studies demonstrate the value of molecular testing for diagnosis of reactive arthritis, undifferentiated spondyloarthritis, and undifferentiated arthritis caused by C. trachomatis and C. pneumoniae in clinical practice. Data regarding combination antibiotic therapy is consistent with the causative role of chlamydiae for these diseases. Observations of multiple intra-articular coinfections require more research to understand the implications and to respond to them.

  17. Detection of PCR inhibitors in cervical specimens by using the AMPLICOR Chlamydia trachomatis assay

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    R.P.A.J. Verkooyen (Roel); A. Luijendijk (Ad); W.M. Huisman; W.H.F. Goessens (Wil); J.A.J.W. Kluytmans (Jan); J.H. van Rijsoort-Vos; H.A. Verbrugh (Henri)

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    textabstractTo determine that susceptibility of AMPLICOR Chlamydia trachomatis PCR to inhibitory factors possibly present in cervical specimens, we obtained cervical specimens from 200 gynecology patients attending our outpatient clinic. The prevalence of C. trachomatis

  18. High Titers of Chlamydia trachomatis Antibodies in Brazilian Women with Tubal Occlusion or Previous Ectopic Pregnancy

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    A. C. S. Machado

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    Full Text Available Objective. To evaluate serum chlamydia antibody titers (CATs in tubal occlusion or previous ectopic pregnancy and the associated risk factors. Methods. The study population consisted of 55 women wih tubal damage and 55 parous women. CAT was measured using the whole-cell inclusion immunofluorescence test and cervical chlamydial DNA detected by PCR. Odds ratios were calculated to assess variables associated with C. trachomatis infection. Results. The prevalence of chlamydial antibodies and antibody titers in women with tubal occlusion or previous ectopic pregnancy was significantly higher (P<.01 than in parous women. Stepwise logistic regression analysis showed that chlamydia IgG antibodies were associated with tubal damage and with a larger number of lifetime sexual partners. Conclusions. Chlamydia antibody titers were associated with tubal occlusion, prior ectopic pregnancy, and with sexual behavior, suggesting that a chlamydia infection was the major contributor to the tubal damage in these women.

  19. Evaluation of PCR, culture, and serology for diagnosis of Chlamydia pneumoniae respiratory infections

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    R.P.A.J. Verkooyen (Roel); D. Willemse; S.C. Hiep-van Casteren; S.A. Joulandan; R.J. Snijder; H.P. van Helden; M.F. Peeters; H.A. Verbrugh (Henri); J.M. van den Bosch (Jules)

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    textabstractWe prospectively studied 156 patients with a diagnosis of community-acquired pneumonia requiring admission. Several respiratory specimens were obtained for the detection of Chlamydia pneumoniae by cell culture and PCR. Three serum samples were obtained from

  20. Immunoblotting analysis of abdominal aortic aneurysms using antibodies against Chlamydia pneumoniae recombinant MOMP

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    Vammen, Sten; Vorum, Henrik; Ostergaard, L

    2002-01-01

    antibodies against Chlamydia pneumoniae have been associated with atherosclerosis and with expansion of abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA). C. pneumoniae has been demonstrated in coronary arteries, AAA and the carotid arteries by use of polymerase chain reactions (PCR), immunohistochemical procedur...

  1. Emancipating Chlamydia: Advances in the Genetic Manipulation of a Recalcitrant Intracellular Pathogen.

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    Bastidas, Robert J; Valdivia, Raphael H

    2016-06-01

    Chlamydia species infect millions of individuals worldwide and are important etiological agents of sexually transmitted disease, infertility, and blinding trachoma. Historically, the genetic intractability of this intracellular pathogen has hindered the molecular dissection of virulence factors contributing to its pathogenesis. The obligate intracellular life cycle of Chlamydia and restrictions on the use of antibiotics as selectable markers have impeded the development of molecular tools to genetically manipulate these pathogens. However, recent developments in the field have resulted in significant gains in our ability to alter the genome of Chlamydia, which will expedite the elucidation of virulence mechanisms. In this review, we discuss the challenges affecting the development of molecular genetic tools for Chlamydia and the work that laid the foundation for recent advancements in the genetic analysis of this recalcitrant pathogen.

  2. Asymptomatic natural Chlamydia pecorum infection reduces growth rates in calves by up to 48 percent

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    Intracellular Chlamydia (C.) bacteria cause in cattle some acute but rare diseases such as abortion, sporadic bovine encephalomyelitis, kerato-conjunctivitis, pneumonia, enteritis and polyarthritis. Much more frequent, essentially ubiquitous worldwide, are low-level, asymptomatic chlamydial infecti...

  3. Desarrollo de vacunas contra el virus de la inmunodeficiencia humana tipo 1: Relevancia de la inmunidad celular contra subtipos Development of vaccines for HIV-1: Relevance of subtype-specific cellular immunity

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    Ana María Rodríguez

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available Han pasado casi 30 años de la detección de los primeros casos de infección con HIV-1 y aún no se ha conseguido desarrollar una vacuna efectiva y segura. A pesar del impacto positivo sobre la pandemia que se ha conseguido gracias a los avances en la terapia antirretroviral (TARV, el HIV/sida sigue constituyendo un grave problema para la salud pública, especialmente en los países en desarrollo, donde es difícil el acceso al tratamiento. En el mundo, 33 millones de personas viven con el virus del sida, mientras que en la Argentina se calcula que habría unos 120 000 infectados. Uno de los desafíos para lograr una vacuna contra el HIV es la variabilidad viral. El grupo M, responsable de la pandemia, se encuentra dividido en 10 subtipos y varios sub-subtipos, además de las 48 formas recombinantes circulantes y más de cien formas recombinantes únicas. La epidemia de HIV en nuestro país es tan compleja como en el resto del mundo, con la co-circulación principalmente de virus pertenecientes al subtipo B y recombinantes BF (CRF12_BF y derivadas. A pesar de la cantidad de trabajos dedicados a la caracterización de la respuesta inmune y al desarrollo de vacunas, no queda claro cuál es el impacto de la variabilidad en la elección del antígeno. Trabajos realizados en nuestro laboratorio demuestran el papel que juega la inmunidad celular con respecto a las variantes recombinantes BF, tanto en humanos como en modelos animales. Estos resultados son de importancia en el desarrollo de futuras vacunas para nuestra región.It has been almost 30 years since the detection of the first HIV-1 cases and yet an effective and safe vaccine has not been developed. Although, advances in antiretroviral therapy (HAART have produced a major impact on the pandemic, and even though HIV/aids remains a major concern for developing countries, where access to therapy is limited. The last report from UNAIDS notified 33 million people living with HIV/aids, worldwide

  4. Genital chlamydia trachomatis infection among female undergraduate students of University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria

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    A Ugboma Henry Arinze; Nwagwu Victor Onyebuchi; Jeremiah Isreal

    2014-01-01

    Background: Genital Chlamydia trachomatis infection is a common bacterial sexually transmitted infection worldwide. There is little information about this infection in Nigeria. This study determined the prevalence of genital Chlamydia trachomatis infection among female undergraduates of University of Port Harcourt and identify the various associated risk factors. Materials and Methods: A cross-sectional prospective study of 354 female students was done. Their socio-demographic characteristics...

  5. Intracellular survival and persistence of Chlamydia muridarum is determined by macrophage polarization.

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    Eric Gracey

    Full Text Available Macrophages can display a number of distinct phenotypes, known collectively as polarized macrophages. The best defined of these phenotypes are the classically-activated, interferon gamma (IFNγ/LPS induced (M1 and alternatively-activated, IL-4 induced (M2 macrophages. The goal of this study is to characterize macrophage-Chlamydia interactions in the context of macrophage polarization. Here we use Chlamydia muridarum and murine bone-marrow derived macrophages to show Chlamydia does not induce M2 polarization in macrophages as a survival strategy. Unexpectedly, the infection of macrophages was silent with no upregulation of M1 macrophage-associated genes. We further demonstrate that macrophages polarized prior to infection have a differential capacity to control Chlamydia. M1 macrophages harbor up to 40-fold lower inclusion forming units (IFU than non-polarized or M2 polarized macrophages. Gene expression analysis showed an increase in 16sRNA in M2 macrophages with no change in M1 macrophages. Suppressed Chlamydia growth in M1 macrophages correlated with the induction of a bacterial gene expression profile typical of persistence as evident by increased Euo expression and decreased Omp1 and Tal expression. Observations of permissive Chlamydia growth in non-polarized and M2 macrophages and persistence in M1 macrophages were supported through electron microscopy. This work supports the importance of IFNγ in the innate immune response to Chlamydia. However, demonstration that the M1 macrophages, despite an antimicrobial signature, fail to eliminate intracellular Chlamydia supports the notion that host-pathogen co-evolution has yielded a pathogen that can evade cellular defenses against this pathogen, and persist for prolonged periods of time in the host.

  6. Conceptos básicos sobre la interacción del sistema inmune y los hongos causales de micosis sistémicas The immune system and fungal pathogenesis

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    Mary I. Gil Bustamante

    1997-04-01

    Full Text Available El curso de las infecciones micóticas lo determina principalmente la interacción del agente con los diferentes mecanismos de defensa naturales y específicos del hospedero. Las defensas naturales pueden ser físicas, químicas y celulares. Los factores que predisponen a la invasión micótica se reconocen tanto en los hongos como en el hospedero y les corresponde enfrentar la primera línea de defensa; de ello resulta que se establezca o no el proceso infeccioso; en algunas ocasiones esta primera respuesta es suficiente para limitar la infección pero existen hongos cuyo poder patógeno activa la producción de sustancias que dañan los tejidos o de componentes que inhiben las funciones de la fagocitosis, por lo cual el sistema inmune cuenta con una segunda línea de defensa: La inmunidad mediada por células. En la actualidad los estudios experimentales de la respuesta inmune a la infección micótica utilizan las citoquinas como herramienta para el diagnóstico y control de algunas micosis por considerarlas como las principales sustancias reguladoras del proceso inmune. Natural host resistance mechanisms against most mycotic agents act in a coordinated manner to prevent the proliferation of agents. The cooperative process betwen first line defenses and cell mediated immunity elicits production of substances that can increase the activity of phagocytic cells or mechanisms for killing fungi. Immunological factors that prevent establishement of fungal infections include: physical, mechanical and chemical barriers, cellular resistance mechanisms, humoral immunity and cell mediated immunity.

  7. Analysis of Synonymous Codon Usage Bias in Chlamydia

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    Hui L(ü); Wei-Ming ZHAO; Yan ZHENG; Hong WANG; Mei QI; Xiu-Ping YU

    2005-01-01

    Chlamydiae are obligate intracellular bacterial pathogens that cause ocular and sexually transmitted diseases, and are associated with cardiovascular diseases. The analysis of codon usage may improve our understanding of the evolution and pathogenesis of Chlamydia and allow reengineering of target genes to improve their expression for gene therapy. Here, we analyzed the codon usage of C. muridarum, C.trachomatis (here indicating biovar trachoma and LGV), C. pneumoniae, and C. psittaci using the codon usage database and the CUSP (Create a codon usage table) program of EMBOSS (The European Molecular Biology Open Software Suite). The results show that the four genomes have similar codon usage patterns,with a strong bias towards the codons with A and T at the third codon position. Compared with Homo sapiens, the four chlamydial species show discordant seven or eight preferred codons. The ENC (effective number of codons used in a gene)-plot reveals that the genetic heterogeneity in Chlamydia is constrained by the G+C content, while translational selection and gene length exert relatively weaker influences. Moreover,mutational pressure appears to be the major determinant of the codon usage variation among the chlamydial genes. In addition, we compared the codon preferences of C. trachomatis with those of E. coli, yeast,adenovirus and Homo sapiens. There are 23 codons showing distinct usage differences between C. trachomatis and E. coli, 24 between C. trachomatis and adenovirus, 21 between C. trachomatis and Homo sapiens, but only six codons between C. trachomatis and yeast. Therefore, the yeast system may be more suitable for the expression of chlamydial genes. Finally, we compared the codon preferences of C. trachomatis with those of six eukaryotes, eight prokaryotes and 23 viruses. There is a strong positive correlation between the differences in coding GC content and the variations in codon bias (r=0.905, P<0.001). We conclude that the variation of codon bias

  8. Polimorfismos en los genes del sistema inmune innato (mannose-binding lectin, toll-like) y riesgo de infección en pacientes con trasplante autólogo de progenitores hematopoyéticos

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    Moretó Quintana, Ana

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    RESUMEN: Introducción: El trasplante autólogo de progenitores hematopoyéticos (TAPH) consiste en la transferencia de células progenitoras recogidas previamente a un paciente, tras la administración de quimioterapia a altas dosis. Es una terapia curativa para una variedad de estados de fallo medular, neoplasias hematológicas, deficiencias inmunes etc. Debido al acondicionamiento mieloablativo que se emplea, se produce una inmunodepresión que se puede dividir en 3 fases: periodo de neutropenia ...

  9. Mixed infections with Chlamydia and porcine epidemic diarrhea virus - a new in vitro model of chlamydial persistence

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    Kaiser Carmen

    2010-07-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Chlamydiae induce persistent infections, which have been associated with a wide range of chronic diseases in humans and animals. Mixed infections with Chlamydia and porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV may result in generation of persistent chlamydial infections. To test this hypothesis, an in vitro model of dual infection with cell culture-adapted PEDV and Chlamydia abortus or Chlamydia pecorum in Vero cells was established. Results Infected cultures were investigated by immunofluorescence (IF, transmission electron microscopy (TEM and re-infection experiments. By IF, Chlamydia-infected cells showed normal inclusions after 39 hpi. Dual infections with Chlamydia abortus revealed a heterogenous mix of inclusion types including small inclusions consisting of aberrant bodies (ABs, medium-sized inclusions consisting of ABs and reticulate bodies and normal inclusions. Only aberrant inclusions were observable in dual infection experiments with Chlamydia pecorum and PEDV. TEM examinations of mixed infections with Chlamydia abortus and Chlamydia pecorum revealed aberrant chlamydial inclusions containing reticulate-like, pleomorphic ABs, which were up to 2 μm in diameter. No re-differentiation into elementary bodies (EBs was detected. In re-infection experiments, co-infected cells produced fewer EBs than monoinfected cells. Conclusions In the present study we confirm that PEDV co-infection alters the developmental cycle of member species of the family Chlamydiaceae, in a similar manner to other well-described persistence induction methods. Interestingly, this effect appears to be partially species-specific as Chlamydia pecorum appears more sensitive to PEDV co-infection than Chlamydia abortus, as evidenced by TEM and IF observations of a homogenous population of aberrant inclusions in PEDV - Chlamydia pecorum co-infections.

  10. Active Hexose Correlated Compound Activates Immune Function to Decrease Chlamydia trachomatis Shedding in a Murine Stress Model

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    Belay, Tesfaye; Fu, Chih-Lung; Woart, Anthony

    2015-01-01

    A cold-induced stress mouse model for investigating chlamydia genital infection and immune response analysis was established in our laboratory. Previous results showed that cold-induced stress results in suppression of the immune response and increased intensity of chlamydia genital infection in the mouse model. The purpose of the present study was to evaluate the potential therapeutic value of active hexose correlated compound (AHCC) against chlamydia genital infection in mice. AHCC is an ex...

  11. Rab6 and Rab11 regulate Chlamydia trachomatis development and golgin-84-dependent Golgi fragmentation.

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    Anette Rejman Lipinski

    2009-10-01

    Full Text Available Many intracellular pathogens that replicate in special membrane bound compartments exploit cellular trafficking pathways by targeting small GTPases, including Rab proteins. Members of the Chlamydiaceae recruit a subset of Rab proteins to their inclusions, but the significance of these interactions is uncertain. Using RNA interference, we identified Rab6 and Rab11 as important regulators of Chlamydia infections. Depletion of either Rab6 or Rab11, but not the other Rab proteins tested, decreased the formation of infectious particles. We further examined the interplay between these Rab proteins and the Golgi matrix components golgin-84 and p115 with regard to Chlamydia-induced Golgi fragmentation. Silencing of the Rab proteins blocked Chlamydia-induced and golgin-84 knockdown-stimulated Golgi disruption, whereas Golgi fragmentation was unaffected in p115 depleted cells. Interestingly, p115-induced Golgi fragmentation could rescue Chlamydia propagation in Rab6 and Rab11 knockdown cells. Furthermore, transport of nutrients to Chlamydia, as monitored by BODIPY-Ceramide, was inhibited by Rab6 and Rab11 knockdown. Taken together, our results demonstrate that Rab6 and Rab11 are key regulators of Golgi stability and further support the notion that Chlamydia subverts Golgi structure to enhance its intracellular development.

  12. The prevalence of Chlamydia trachomatis infection in Australia: a systematic review and meta-analysis

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    Lewis Dyani

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Chlamydia trachomatis is a common sexually transmitted infection in Australia. This report aims to measure the burden of chlamydia infection by systematically reviewing reports on prevalence in Australian populations. Methods Electronic databases and conference websites were searched from 1997–2011 using the terms ‘Chlamydia trachomatis’ OR ‘chlamydia’ AND ‘prevalence’ OR ‘epidemiology’ AND ‘Australia’. Reference lists were checked and researchers contacted for additional literature. Studies were categorised by setting and participants, and meta-analysis conducted to determine pooled prevalence estimates for each category. Results Seventy-six studies met the inclusion criteria for the review. There was a high level of heterogeneity between studies; however, there was a trend towards higher chlamydia prevalence in younger populations, Indigenous Australians, and those attending sexual health centres. In community or general practice settings, pooled prevalence for women Conclusions Chlamydia trachomatis infections are a significant health burden in Australia; however, accurate estimation of chlamydia prevalence in Australian sub-populations is limited by heterogeneity within surveyed populations, and variations in sampling methodologies and data reporting. There is a need for more large, population-based studies and prospective cohort studies to compliment mandatory notification data.

  13. Estado actual de la vacuna conjugada contra Streptococcus pneumoniae

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    Hernán Sierra- Fernandez

    2006-06-01

    Full Text Available Las infecciones por Streptococcus pneumoniae son frecuentes en la población pediátrica especialmente en los niños menores de 2 años. El S. pneumoniae puede producir infecciones invasoras con una alta tasa de mortalidad y morbilidad como lo son las meningitis bacterianas, la neumonía y bacteremias siendo a la vez el agente que con mayor frecuencia se detecta en el oído medio de niños con otitis media. En la actualidad existe una vacuna conjugada contra esta bacteria que protege contra los siete serotipos de S. pneumoniae más frecuentes en el mundo y que a su vez son los mismos serotipos que presentan una mayor incidencia de resistencia a los antibioticos de uso frecuente. La vacuna no solo protege contra este tipo de infecciones sino que se ha demostrado que disminuye la colonización nasofaringea de los niños que han recibido la vacuna produciendo a su vez, una reducción en el numero de infecciones, por esta bacteria, en poblaciones de personas mayores de 5 años, incluyendo adultos y personas mayores a los 65 años (efecto rebaño. Con base en los serotipos aislados en niños costarricenses con otitis media, se puede calcular que la cobertura de esta vacuna en Costa Rica sería de aproximadamente un 74% e incluyendo mayoritariamente, los serotipos que presentan resistencia antimicrobriana más frecuentemente.The heptavalent S. pneumoniae conjugate vaccine has shown to be safe and effective in preventing pediatric invasive infections and otitis media caused by S. pneumoniae. The routine use of these vaccines has dramatically reduced the incidence of invasive pneumococcal diseases in children younger than 2 years old and because of a reduction in colonization of the children’s nasopharynx, the transmission from child to adult has been reduced and the number of secondary S. pneumoniae infections in adults. Another benefit of the routine use of this vaccine has been the reduction of vaccine-type antimicrobial resistant strains. Based on

  14. Chlamydia pneumoniae respiratory infection after allogeneic stem cell transplantation.

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    Geisler, William M; Corey, Lawrence

    2002-03-27

    Chlamydia pneumoniae is a common cause of upper and lower respiratory tract infections in immunocompetent patients; however, its role as a respiratory pathogen in immunocompromised hosts has been infrequently recognized. We describe C. pneumoniae lower respiratory tract infection in a 19-year-old male after allogeneic stem cell transplantation. The patient developed fever on day +14, and a subsequent computed tomography scan of the chest revealed a right lateral pleural-based opacity, which was then resected during thoracoscopy. Diagnosis was made by culture and staining of the resected tissue with C. pneumoniae-specific monoclonal antibodies, and azithromycin was administered. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report of C. pneumoniae respiratory infection after stem cell or marrow transplantation. C. pneumoniae often coexists with other etiologic agents of pneumonia in immunocompromised patients. Considering the infrequency of infections from this organism in this clinical setting, one must still rule out other more likely respiratory pathogens.

  15. Quinolones for the Treatment of Neisseria Gonorrhoeae and Chlamydia Trachomatis

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    Sebastian Faro

    1993-01-01

    Full Text Available The most commonly sexually transmitted bacteria are Neisseria gonorrhoeae and Chlamydia trachomatis. The quinolones ofloxacin and ciprofloxacin have been shown to have activity against both of these bacteria in vitro and in vivo. Ofloxacin is particularly well suited for the treatment of N. gonorrhoeae and C. trachomatis cervical infection, which can be considered the earliest manifestation of pelvic inflammatory disease (PID. Not only can ofloxacin be effectively used as a single agent, it is also useful in treating urinary tract infections caused by Enterobacteriaceae. Although it has moderate activity against anaerobes in general, ofloxacin does have activity against the anaerobes commonly isolated from female patients with soft tissue pelvic infections. Thus, ofloxacin has the potential for being utilized to treat early salpingitis.

  16. Chlamydia trachomatis causing neonatal conjunctivitis in a tertiary care center

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    Kakar S

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Chlamydia trachomatis is considered a major aetiological agent of conjunctivitis in newborns. The objective of the present study was to determine the aetiology of neonatal conjunctivitis and clinico-epidemiological correlates of chlamydial ophthalmia neonatorum. Fifty-eight newborns with signs and symptoms of conjunctivitis were studied. Conjunctival specimens were subjected to Gram staining, routine bacteriological culture, culture for Neisseria gonorrhoeae and direct fluorescent antibody (DFA staining for diagnosis of C. trachomatis infection. C. trachomatis was detected in 18 (31% neonates. Findings suggest that since C. trachomatis is the most common cause of neonatal conjunctivitis, routine screening and treatment of genital C. trachomatis infection in pregnant women and early diagnosis and treatment of neonatal Chlamydial conjunctivitis may be considered for its prevention and control.

  17. [A child with iritis due to Chlamydia pneumoniae infection].

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    Yamada, S; Tsumura, N; Nagai, K; Yamada, T; Sakata, Y; Tominaga, K; Kato, H; Motohiro, T; Masunaga, N; Mochizuki, M

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    A case of uncommon iritis due to Chlamydia pneumoniae (C. pneumoniae) is reported. The patient was a 9-year-old boy who had suffered from cough, pharyngeal pain, and low grade fever. The symptoms persisted for more than 1 month in spite of an oral cephem antibiotic. Ophthalmalgia, congestion around the iris and cough had lasted with alleviation and exacerbation. A diagnosis of C. pneumoniae infection was made by specific polymerase chain reaction (PCR) method and microimmunofluorescence test (MIF). The symptoms subsided with administration of clarithromycin (CAM: 300 mg/day) for 2 weeks. Because of the simultaneous alleviation of iritis, C. pneumoniae infection was considered to introduce the iritis. Much remains to be clarified about this pathogenesis of iritis and more detailed evaluations are required.

  18. Use of polymerase chain reaction for detection of Chlamydia trachomatis

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    Østergaard, Lars; Birkelund, Svend; Christiansen, Gunna

    1990-01-01

    A polymerase chain reaction (PCR) assay was developed for detection of Chlamydia trachomatis DNA. From the published sequence of the common C. trachomatis plasmid, two primer sets were selected. Detection of amplified sequences was done by agarose gel electrophoresis of cleaved or uncleaved...... amplified sequences, Southern hybridization, or dot blot analysis. The PCR assay was optimized and, after 40 cycles of amplification with primer set II, demonstrated a sensitivity of 10(-17) g of DNA, which corresponds to the detection of one copy of the plasmid. Because of the high sensitivity, we...... developed a closed system in which airborne contamination was minimized. Analysis of 228 clinical samples tested by cell culture, IDEIA enzyme immunosorbent assay (Medico-Nobel, Boots-Celltech Ltd., Berkshire, United Kingdom), and PCR showed a sensitivity of 100%, a specificity of 93% when PCR was compared...

  19. Cloning of Omp1 Gene from Chlamydia trachomatis F Genotype

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    QI Manli(齐蔓莉); LIU Quanzhong(刘全中); JIAO Wenling(缴稳苓); TIAN Jingqun(田敬群); CHEN Jinying(陈锦英)

    2002-01-01

    Objectives: To directionally clone the omp1 gene fromChlamydia trachomatis (Ct) F genotype onto a plasmid vectorfor constructing a rudimentary DNA vaccine.Methods: The complete omp1 gene from genomic DNA of CtF genotype wild species was amplified with primers designedby computer. The recombinant gene was obtained byrestriction enzyme cutting, linking the gene with the plasmidvector in vitro, transforming the recombinant gene intobacteria, and extracting the DNA from the bacteria.Results: DNA extracted from the bacteria was composed ofthe omp1 gene and plasmid, which is identified by threemethods of singular restrictive enzyme cutting, doublerestrictive enzyme cutting and PCR.Conclusion: Cloning of the omp1 gene from the Ct Fgenotype means that a rudimentary DNA vaccine wassuccessfully constructed.

  20. Niveles de protección contra la hemaglutinina del virus de influenza A/Johannesburg/82/96(H1N1 en un hogar de ancianas

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    Suset Oropesa

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available La vacunación anual contra la influenza es una acción estratégica fundamental para reducir la morbilidad, la mortalidad y las complicaciones ocasionadas por esta enfermedad. Su aplicación se recomienda en los grupos de riesgo, sobre todo en los ancianos con peligro de desarrollar una influenza severa o complicada. Atendiendo a esta condición se evaluó, después de aplicar una dosis única (0,5 mL por vía intramuscular de la vacuna Agrippal S1/Chiron, recomendada por la OMS para la temporada 1997-1998, la respuesta inmune humoral antihemaglutinina en 38 mujeres con una edad ³ a 65 años, todas pertenecientes a un hogar de ancianas (institución estatal de La Habana, Cuba. Para ello se utilizó la técnica de inhibición de la hemaglutinación en muestras de suero, obtenidas a partir de la sangre extraída en tres etapas: prevacunación (inmediatamente antes de su aplicación, posvacunación (30 días después y un año después de la inmunización durante la temporada de influenza 1997-1998. Al aplicar el test de Student en los resultados obtenidos se observó que al comparar los niveles de anticuerpos protectores detectados en la etapa posvacunal (78,94% y al año de la inmunización (42,11%, con los identificados en la etapa prevacunal, existían diferencias estadísticamente significativas (p=0,0094 y p=0,0018, respectivamente. La comparación de los porcentajes de positividad detectados en las tres etapas investigadas (28,94%; 97,36% y 86,84% fue también significativo mediante el test de Chi cuadrado (p<0,00001. La respuesta a la inmunización antigripal obtenida en este grupo de riesgo apoya la política de revacunación en los ancianos, individuos donde se observan las mayores tasas de mortalidad por influenza y neumonía.

  1. Violencia contra sindicalistas en medio del conflicto armado colombiano

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    Camilo Echandía Castilla

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    Full Text Available El estudio de la violencia contra sindicalistas en medio del conflicto armado colombiano pone al descubierto el carácter selectivo y sistemático de una violencia deliberada que busca debilitar, neutralizar, desarticular o cooptar a las organizaciones sociales, reducir su capacidad de presión y acallar sus reivindicaciones. Los homicidios de sindicalistas se han reducido en los últimos años debido a la desmovilización de parte del componente de las autodefensas y al repliegue de las guerrillas, y a su salida de zonas que disputaban con los paramilitares. Las bandas criminales también asesinan sindicalistas, pero en menor número.

  2. La lucha contra la pobreza, un problema internacional

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    Hillenkamp, Isabelle; Servet,, Jean-Michel

    2015-01-01

    El artículo revisa siete décadas de ayuda al desarrollo y de lucha contra la pobreza, entendida primero a través de una comprensión global de los países «pobres» y luego en el contexto de una creciente conciencia de las disparidades entre países y de las desigualdades sociales internas. Se cubren así sucesivamente periodos tan diferentes como los inicios de la Guerra Fría y la descolonización, las grandes décadas del desarrollo de los años 1960 y 1970, bajo la influencia de las ideas keynesia...

  3. Reacciones Secundarias Producidas por La Vacuna Oral Contra la Poliomielitis

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    Arias Segovia, Mesías; Departamento de Medicina, Area Hospitalaria N° 7 de Chorrillos, Lima, Perú; Pando Ramos, Enrique; Departamento de Medicina, Area Hospitalaria N° 7 de Chorrillos, Lima, Perú; De Baer, Eva J.; Departamento de Medicina, Area Hospitalaria N° 7 de Chorrillos, Lima, Perú

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    El presente trabajo fué realizado durante las campañas de inmunización contra las poliomelitis mediante la vacuna oral tipo Sabin, vacunándose niños de 2 meses a 10 años de edad. La cantidad de niños utilizados en el presente estudio fué de 1,138, de los cuales 159 hicieron reacciones secundarias o sea en el 13.97%. Las manifestaciones reaccionales fueron las diarreas en 50.32 %, fiebre alta en 21.38%, malestar general en 7.55%, vómitos en 6.28%, naúseas y dolores abdominales en 3.77%, las ot...

  4. LA CORTE PENAL INTERNACIONAL UN AVANCE CONTRA LA IMPUNIDAD

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    Ibáñez Guzmán, Augusto J.; Pontificia Universidad Javeriana.

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    SUMARIOI. UNA CORTE GLOBAL: DEL ESCEPTICISMO ALESTABLECIMIENTO. UNA POLÍTICA CRIMINALINTERNACIONAL CONTRA LA IMPUNIDAD1.1. Una aspiración antigua1.2. Una idea que con anterioridad a Roma era compleja en demasía1.3. De la posibilidad a la configuración1.4. Una observación: una política criminal1.5. En sumaII. LA RESPONSABILIDAD INDIVIDUAL O PERSONAL2.1. Una ruta2.2. Un conceptoIII. DE LA CULPABILIDAD Y EL ‘SISTEMA PENAL DE ACTO’3.1. Presentación3.2. De la norma3.3. Contenido y alcance3.4. De l...

  5. Batallas contra la lepra: estado, medicina y ciencia en Colombia

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    Néstor Miranda Canal

    2010-08-01

    Full Text Available Diana Obregón Torres. Batallas contra la lepra: Estado, medicina y ciencia en Colombia, Medellín: Banco de la República / EAFIT, 2002, pp. 436. La historia de las ciencias y de la medicina en Colombia tiene sus orígenes en dos obras que aparecen en el siglo XIX: la Memoria sobre el estudio de la batán/ca en la Nueva Granada de Florentino Vezga (incluida en el primer número del Boletín de la Sociedad de Naturalistas Neogranadinos, en 1860 y las Memorias para la historia de la medicina en Santafé de Bogotá de Pedro María Ibáñez (publicada por la Imprenta de Vapor de Zalamea Hermanos, en 1884.

  6. Tratamiento contra la rabia humana: un poco de su historia

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    Maria Cristina Schneider

    1994-12-01

    Full Text Available El presente trabajo es una revisión histórica del tratamiento utilizado contra la rabia humana, desde la antigüedad hasta el momento actual. Pretende hacer una analogía entre el concepto de causa predominante en la época y el tipo de tratamiento utilizado. Los griegos antiguos tenían la diosa Artemisa como sanadora de la rabia y ya utilizaban la cauterización de la herida. Los pueblos del siglo I conocían la capacidad infecciosa en la saliva de perros rabiosos, llamando a ese material de veneno virus (en latín. En la Edad Media, cuando prevalecía un concepto mágico y religioso de la salud, el gran protector era San Humberto. Con el Renacimiento surgen nuevamente muchos experimentos y avances en el conocimiento de la enfermedad, que sentaron las bases para los importantes hallazgos en el futuro próximo. En esa época predominaba la teoría miasmática y del contagio. Pasteur fue un grande opositor de la espontaneidad de la rabia. A finales del siglo XIX, con los descubrimientos microbianos, Pasteur hizo la gran revolución científica en relación al tratamiento contra la rabia, que es la vacuna. Las vacunas pueden actualmente ser de tipo nervioso o no, variando también el numero de dosis recomendadas. Se han desarrollado muchos estudios sobre vacunas, siendo la más utilizada en América Latina del tipo Fuenzalida y Palacios, y la recomendada actualmente por la OMS es la de cultivo celular.

  7. Tratamiento contra la rabia humana: un poco de su historia

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    Schneider Maria Cristina

    1994-01-01

    Full Text Available El presente trabajo es una revisión histórica del tratamiento utilizado contra la rabia humana, desde la antigüedad hasta el momento actual. Pretende hacer una analogía entre el concepto de causa predominante en la época y el tipo de tratamiento utilizado. Los griegos antiguos tenían la diosa Artemisa como sanadora de la rabia y ya utilizaban la cauterización de la herida. Los pueblos del siglo I conocían la capacidad infecciosa en la saliva de perros rabiosos, llamando a ese material de veneno virus (en latín. En la Edad Media, cuando prevalecía un concepto mágico y religioso de la salud, el gran protector era San Humberto. Con el Renacimiento surgen nuevamente muchos experimentos y avances en el conocimiento de la enfermedad, que sentaron las bases para los importantes hallazgos en el futuro próximo. En esa época predominaba la teoría miasmática y del contagio. Pasteur fue un grande opositor de la espontaneidad de la rabia. A finales del siglo XIX, con los descubrimientos microbianos, Pasteur hizo la gran revolución científica en relación al tratamiento contra la rabia, que es la vacuna. Las vacunas pueden actualmente ser de tipo nervioso o no, variando también el numero de dosis recomendadas. Se han desarrollado muchos estudios sobre vacunas, siendo la más utilizada en América Latina del tipo Fuenzalida y Palacios, y la recomendada actualmente por la OMS es la de cultivo celular.

  8. Effects of interferon gamma on Chlamydia trachomatis serovar A and L2 protein expression investigated by two-dimensional gel electrophoresis

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    Shaw, A; Christiansen, Gunna; Birkelund, Svend

    1999-01-01

    Chlamydia trachomatis is an obligate intracellular bacterium causing human ocular and genital disease. The lymphokine interferon gamma (IFN-gamma) is an important immune effector exerting antimicrobial effects towards several intracellular parasites, the chlamydia included. IFN-gamma has been...

  9. Producción de un antisuero específico contra la cepa A/Johannesburg/33/94 (H3N2, y su utilidad en la caracterización de aislamientos de virus de influenza en ratas Wistar

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    Suset Oropesa

    2006-12-01

    Full Text Available Se obtuvo un antisuero policlonal con alto título, alta especificidad y sensibilidad, contra la hemaglutinina de la cepa de influenza A/Johannesburg/33/94 que pertenece al subtipo A (H3N2. Se describe el proceso de obtención del antígeno o inmunógeno, el esquema de inmunización y su aplicación a las ratas Wistar como modelo animal; y se validó mediante la técnica de inhibición de la hemaglutinación (IH. El antisuero obtenido fue tratado con enzima destructora de receptores de producción nacional (EDR/IPK para la eliminación de inhibidores inespecíficos de la IH. La validación se realizó frente a un panel que incluyó 9 cepas de referencia de influenza de los subtipos A(H3N2, A(H1N1 y el tipo B. No se detectaron reacciones inespecíficas frente a cepas A(H1N1 y del tipo B. Se determinó el tipo y subtipo de aislamientos autóctonos con resultados satisfactorios.

  10. Performance and Internal Flow of Sirocco Fan Using Contra-Rotating Rotors

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    J. Fukutomi; T.Shigemitsu; T. Yasunobu

    2008-01-01

    A sirocco fan using contra-rotating rotors in which an inner rotor is settled inside the sirocco fan rotor end each rotor rotates in an opposite direction was proposed for the purpose of getting the higher pressure and making the structure of a sirocco fan more compact. If the high discharge pressure is obtained with the adoption of the contra-rotating rotors, it could be used for various purposes. Pressure coefficient of a sirocco fan with contra-rotating rotors is 2.5 times as high as the conventional sirocco fan and the maximum efficiency point of contra-rotating rotors shifts to larger flow rate than a conventional sirocco fan. On the other hand, it was clarified from the flow measurement results that circumferential velocity component at the outlet of the outer rotor of contra-rotating rotors becomes larger than a conventional one. In the present paper, the performance of a conventional sirocco fan and a sirocco fan with contra-rotating rotors are shown and the internal flow field at the outlet of outer rotor of both cases is clarified. Then, the effect of different kind of contra-rotating rotors on the performance and internal flow field is investigated and the rotor design with higher performanco would be discussed.

  11. GOL CONTRA! MAS... CONTRA QUEM? A LINGÜÍSTICA DE CORPUS E OS EQUIVALENTES DE TRADUÇÃO

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    Paulo Augusto Almeida Seemann

    2011-02-01

    Full Text Available O propósito deste estudo é mostrar como a Lingüística de Corpus pode ajudar o tradutor na busca por equivalentes tradutórios entre dois idiomas através de corpora comparáveis. Para exemplificar, procuramos equivalentes em espanhol para o termo “gol contra”, usado no Brasil com o sentido de o gol que um jogador de futebol faz contra o próprio time. Os corpora compostos de textos publicados em jornais do Brasil, da Espanha e da Argentina forneceram exemplos reais de uso, extraídos com o auxílio de ferramentas eletrônicas, e revelaram as formas como espanhóis e argentinos se referem ao “gol contra”.

  12. Enfermedad de Graves: Presentación tardía de síndrome de reconstitución inmune en VIH/SIDA.: Reporte de casos y revisión de la literatura.

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    Miguel Eduardo Pinto Valdivia

    2007-10-01

    Full Text Available Se reportan dos casos de enfermedad de Graves relacionados con sindrome de Reconstitución Inmune en dos pacientes infectados con VIH luego de iniciar la terapia antiretroviral de gran actividad (TARGA. Se revisaron las historias clínicas de los pacientes y se hizo una revisión bibliográfica. Dos pacientes con historia de infección por VIH desarrollaron pérdida de peso, taquicardia, tremor en la manos y diarrea, luego de 30 y 48 meses después de iniciado tratamiento TARGA con zidovudina, lamivudina y atazanavir. Al momento de desarrollar este problema su conteo de células CD4 estaba en rangos de normalidad y su carga viral estaba en niveles indetectables. En el examen Físico se detectó un aumento de volumen de la glándula tiroides. Los niveles de tirotropina estaban suprimidos y los niveles de tiroxina libre elevados; se detectó niveles positivos de anticuerpos anti-TPO. Ambos pacientes mejoraron con el tratamiento metimazol y atenolol. La enfermedad de Graves ha sido reportada como complicación inusual en pacientes VIH como reconstitución Inmune luego del inicio de TARGA. Estos dos pacientes muestran un cuadro compatible.

  13. Tratamiento con altas dosis de corticoides de Púrpura Trombocitopénica Inmune en paciente con Diabetes Mellitus y Obesidad Mórbida, un desafio metabólico

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    Juan Pedro Andreu Cuello

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available El manejo de la púrpura trombocitopénica inmune con altas dosis de corticoides en pacientes con diabetes mellitus y obesidad mórbida no está definido. Mujer de 64 años con obesidad mórbida, diabetes mellitus 2 y púrpura trombocitopénico inmune presenta trombocitopenia severa de 2 000 plaquetas asociada a equimosis extensas en ambas extremidades inferiores y glicemia descompensada. Se inició tratamiento con Metilprednisolona 500mg por tres días y luego Prednisona 60mg/día, al quinto día se aumentó dosis a 110mg/día. Se usó Metformina (850mg, tres veces al día, insulina NPH e insulina cristalina, logrando pasar de una glicemia capilar promedio de 322mg/dl (primer día a 122mg/dl (decimotercer día. Al decimocuarto día, con 86 000 plaquetas, fue dada de alta con tratamiento vía oral y control en policlínico. Se logró compensación metabólica con altas dosis de insulina NPH y Metformina. Es posible usar altas dosis de corticoides en pacientes con diabetes mellitus 2 y obesidad mórbida

  14. LA EVOLUCIÓN DE SISTEMAS COMPLEJOS: EL CASO DEL SISTEMA INMUNE EN ANIMALES The Evolution of Complex Systems: The Case of the Immune System in Animals

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    LUIS F CADAVID

    Full Text Available El sistema inmune en animales comprende una serie de mecanismos celulares y moleculares que de manera conjunta mantienen la integridad fisiológica y genética de los organismos. Convencionalmente se ha considerado la existencia de dos clases de inmunidad, la innata y la adaptativa. La primera es ancestral, con variabilidad limitada y baja discriminación, mientras que la segunda es altamente variable, específica y restringida a vertebrados mandibulados. La inmunidad adaptativa se basa en receptores de antígeno que se rearreglan somáticamente para generar una diversidad casi ilimitada de moléculas. Este mecanismo de recombinación somática muy probablemente emergió como consecuencia de un evento de transferencia horizontal de transposones y transposas bacterianas en el ancestro de los vertebrados mandibulados. El reciente descubrimiento en vertebrados no mandibulados e invertebrados de mecanismos de inmunidad adaptativa alternos, plantea la necesidad de considerar nuevos elementos en la construcción de un modelo evolutivo de la inmunidad en animales. Algunos de esos elementos se esbozan en este ensayo.The immune system in animals is composed by a series of cell and molecular mechanisms that coordinately maintain the physiological and genetic integrity of the organism. Traditionally, two classes of immunity have been considered, the innate immunity and the adaptive immunity. The former is ancestral, with limited variability and low discrimination. The latter is highly variable, specific and limited to jawed vertebrates. Adaptive immunity is based on antigen receptors that rearrange somatically to generate a nearly unlimited diversity of molecules. Likely, this mechanism of somatic recombination arose as a consequence of a horizontal transfer of transposons and transposases from bacterial genomes in the ancestor of jawed vertebrates. The recent discovery in jawless vertebrates and invertebrates of alternative adaptive immune mechanisms

  15. Sonografía de bazo y timo como elemento evaluador de la respuesta inmune en niños con infecciones recurrentes

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    Jesús Rabaza

    2010-08-01

    Full Text Available El bazo es un órgano linfoide secundario. Dentro de sus funciones encontramos la formación de anticuerpos de clase IgM e IgG, fundamentalmente, y la fagocitosis de bacterias encapsuladas. Nos propusimos mensurar las dimensiones del bazo en niños con infecciones recurrentes, con el propósito de describirlas como marcador diagnóstico y explorar la probable relación existente entre las características tímicas y las dimensiones del bazo. Se estudiaron 81 pacientes que acudieron a la consulta de inmunología del hospital materno infantil "Dr. Ángel Arturo Aballí Arellano" por infecciones recurrentes, en las edades entre 8 meses y 9 años. Se excluyeron todos los niños con valor nutricional menor del tercer percentil, los que habían consumido esteroides en los 45 días anteriores, así como diversas enfermedades agudas y crónicas que cursan con aumento o disminución del volumen del bazo. Las áreas tímica y esplénica fueron medidas por ecografía mediastinal y abdominal. La longitud, el índice esplénico y el peso fueron menores en los pacientes con infecciones recurrentes, siendo este hallazgo significativo para el grupo de 12 a 23 meses de edad. El peso y el índice esplénico fueron menores en niños con depleción del área tímica. Todo parece indicar que la evaluación sonográfica del bazo es muy importante en los pacientes comprendidos entre 1 y 2 años de edad y en aquellos que presentan depleción del área tímica, pacientes estos que por encontrarse en edades donde se administran las vacunas programadas en el Esquema Cubano de Inmunización y tener afectado un órgano central de la respuesta inmune podrían presentar una respuesta deficitaria y requerir esquemas especiales.

  16. Home-based chlamydia testing of young people attending a music festival - who will pee and post?

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    2010-01-01

    Background Chlamydia is most common among young people, but only a small proportion of Australian young people are tested annually. Home-based chlamydia testing has been piloted in several countries to increase testing rates, but uptake has been low. We aimed to identify predictors of uptake of home-based chlamydia testing to inform future testing programs. Methods We offered home-based chlamydia testing kits to participants in a sexual behaviour cross-sectional survey conducted at a music festival in Melbourne, Australia. Those who consented received a testing kit and were asked to return their urine or vaginal swab sample via post. Results Nine hundred and two sexually active music festival attendees aged 16-29 completed the survey; 313 (35%) opted to receive chlamydia testing kits, and 67 of 313 (21%) returned a specimen for testing. One participant was infected with chlamydia (1% prevalence). Independent predictors of consenting to receive a testing kit included older age, knowing that chlamydia can make women infertile, reporting more than three lifetime sexual partners and inconsistent condom use. Independent predictors of returning a sample to the laboratory included knowing that chlamydia can be asymptomatic, not having had an STI test in the past six months and not living with parents. Conclusions A low proportion of participants returned their chlamydia test, suggesting that this model is not ideal for reaching young people. Home-based chlamydia testing is most attractive to those who report engaging in sexual risk behaviours and are aware of the often asymptomatic nature and potential sequelae of chlamydia infection. PMID:20584287

  17. Home-based chlamydia testing of young people attending a music festival - who will pee and post?

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    Gold Judy

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Chlamydia is most common among young people, but only a small proportion of Australian young people are tested annually. Home-based chlamydia testing has been piloted in several countries to increase testing rates, but uptake has been low. We aimed to identify predictors of uptake of home-based chlamydia testing to inform future testing programs. Methods We offered home-based chlamydia testing kits to participants in a sexual behaviour cross-sectional survey conducted at a music festival in Melbourne, Australia. Those who consented received a testing kit and were asked to return their urine or vaginal swab sample via post. Results Nine hundred and two sexually active music festival attendees aged 16-29 completed the survey; 313 (35% opted to receive chlamydia testing kits, and 67 of 313 (21% returned a specimen for testing. One participant was infected with chlamydia (1% prevalence. Independent predictors of consenting to receive a testing kit included older age, knowing that chlamydia can make women infertile, reporting more than three lifetime sexual partners and inconsistent condom use. Independent predictors of returning a sample to the laboratory included knowing that chlamydia can be asymptomatic, not having had an STI test in the past six months and not living with parents. Conclusions A low proportion of participants returned their chlamydia test, suggesting that this model is not ideal for reaching young people. Home-based chlamydia testing is most attractive to those who report engaging in sexual risk behaviours and are aware of the often asymptomatic nature and potential sequelae of chlamydia infection.

  18. Anorectal Chlamydia trachomatis Load Is Similar in Men Who Have Sex with Men and Women Reporting Anal Sex.

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    Geneviève A F S van Liere

    Full Text Available Anorectal Chlamydia trachomatis (chlamydia is frequently diagnosed in men who have sex with men (MSM and in women, but it is unknown whether these infections are comparable in clinical impact and transmission potential. Quantifying bacterial load and identifying determinants associated with high bacterial load could provide more insight.We selected a convenience sample of MSM who reported anal sex (n = 90 and women with concurrent urogenital/anorectal chlamydia who reported anal sex (n = 51 or did not report anal sex (n = 61 from the South Limburg Public Health Service's STI unit. Bacterial load (Chlamydia/ml was quantified for all samples and log transformed for analyses. Samples with an unquantifiable human leukocyte antigen (n = 9 were excluded from analyses, as they were deemed inadequately sampled.The mean log anorectal chlamydia load (3.50 was similar for MSM and women who reported having anal sex (3.80, P = 0.21. The anorectal chlamydia load was significantly higher in these groups than in women who did not report having anal sex (2.76, P = 0.001. Detectable load values ranged from 1.81-6.32 chlamydia/ml for MSM, 1.74-7.33 chlamydia/ml for women who reported having anal sex and 1.84-6.31 chlamydia/ml for women who did not report having anal sex. Symptoms and several other determinants were not associated with anorectal chlamydia load.Women who did not report anal sex had lower anorectal loads, but they were within a similar range to the other two groups. Anorectal chlamydia load was comparable between MSM and women who reported anal sex, suggesting similar transmission potential.

  19. Chlamydia trachomatis incidence and re-infection among young women--behavioural and microbiological characteristics.

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    Jennifer Walker

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: This study aimed to estimate rates of chlamydia incidence and re-infection and to investigate the dynamics of chlamydia organism load in prevalent, incident and re-infections among young Australian women. METHODS: 1,116 women aged 16 to 25 years were recruited from primary care clinics in Australia. Vaginal swabs were collected at 3 to 6 month intervals for chlamydia testing. Chlamydia organism load was measured by quantitative PCR. RESULTS: There were 47 incident cases of chlamydia diagnosed and 1,056.34 person years of follow up with a rate of 4.4 per 100 person years (95% CI: 3.3, 5.9. Incident infection was associated with being aged 16 to 20 years [RR = 3.7 (95%CI: 1.9, 7.1], being employed [RR = 2.4 (95%CI: 1.1, 4.9] and having two or more new sex partners [RR = 5.5 (95%CI: 2.6, 11.7]. Recent antibiotic use was associated with a reduced incidence [RR:0.1 (95%CI: 0.0, 0.5]. There were 14 re-infections with a rate of 22.3 per 100 person years (95%CI: 13.2, 37.6. The median time to re-infection was 4.6 months. Organism load was higher for prevalent than incident infections (p<0.01 and for prevalent than re-infections (p<0.01. CONCLUSIONS: Chlamydia is common among young women and a high proportion of women are re-infected within a short period of time, highlighting the need for effective partner treatment and repeat testing. The difference in organism load between prevalent and incident infections suggests prevalent infection may be more important for ongoing transmission of chlamydia.

  20. Extragenital Infections Caused by Chlamydia trachomatis and Neisseria gonorrhoeae: A Review of the Literature.

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    Chan, Philip A; Robinette, Ashley; Montgomery, Madeline; Almonte, Alexi; Cu-Uvin, Susan; Lonks, John R; Chapin, Kimberle C; Kojic, Erna M; Hardy, Erica J

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    In the United States, sexually transmitted diseases due to Chlamydia trachomatis and Neisseria gonorrhoeae continue to be a major public health burden. Screening of extragenital sites including the oropharynx and rectum is an emerging practice based on recent studies highlighting the prevalence of infection at these sites. We reviewed studies reporting the prevalence of extragenital infections in women, men who have sex with men (MSM), and men who have sex only with women (MSW), including distribution by anatomical site. Among women, prevalence was found to be 0.6-35.8% for rectal gonorrhea (median reported prevalence 1.9%), 0-29.6% for pharyngeal gonorrhea (median 2.1%), 2.0-77.3% for rectal chlamydia (median 8.7%), and 0.2-3.2% for pharyngeal chlamydia (median 1.7%). Among MSM, prevalence was found to be 0.2-24.0% for rectal gonorrhea (median 5.9%), 0.5-16.5% for pharyngeal gonorrhea (median 4.6%), 2.1-23.0% for rectal chlamydia (median 8.9%), and 0-3.6% for pharyngeal chlamydia (median 1.7%). Among MSW, the prevalence was found to be 0-5.7% for rectal gonorrhea (median 3.4%), 0.4-15.5% for pharyngeal gonorrhea (median 2.2%), 0-11.8% for rectal chlamydia (median 7.7%), and 0-22.0% for pharyngeal chlamydia (median 1.6%). Extragenital infections are often asymptomatic and found in the absence of reported risk behaviors, such as receptive anal and oral intercourse. We discuss current clinical recommendations and future directions for research.

  1. Extragenital Infections Caused by Chlamydia trachomatis and Neisseria gonorrhoeae: A Review of the Literature

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    Philip A. Chan

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available In the United States, sexually transmitted diseases due to Chlamydia trachomatis and Neisseria gonorrhoeae continue to be a major public health burden. Screening of extragenital sites including the oropharynx and rectum is an emerging practice based on recent studies highlighting the prevalence of infection at these sites. We reviewed studies reporting the prevalence of extragenital infections in women, men who have sex with men (MSM, and men who have sex only with women (MSW, including distribution by anatomical site. Among women, prevalence was found to be 0.6–35.8% for rectal gonorrhea (median reported prevalence 1.9%, 0–29.6% for pharyngeal gonorrhea (median 2.1%, 2.0–77.3% for rectal chlamydia (median 8.7%, and 0.2–3.2% for pharyngeal chlamydia (median 1.7%. Among MSM, prevalence was found to be 0.2–24.0% for rectal gonorrhea (median 5.9%, 0.5–16.5% for pharyngeal gonorrhea (median 4.6%, 2.1–23.0% for rectal chlamydia (median 8.9%, and 0–3.6% for pharyngeal chlamydia (median 1.7%. Among MSW, the prevalence was found to be 0–5.7% for rectal gonorrhea (median 3.4%, 0.4–15.5% for pharyngeal gonorrhea (median 2.2%, 0–11.8% for rectal chlamydia (median 7.7%, and 0–22.0% for pharyngeal chlamydia (median 1.6%. Extragenital infections are often asymptomatic and found in the absence of reported risk behaviors, such as receptive anal and oral intercourse. We discuss current clinical recommendations and future directions for research.

  2. Defining species-specific immunodominant B cell epitopes for molecular serology of Chlamydia species.

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    Rahman, K Shamsur; Chowdhury, Erfan U; Poudel, Anil; Ruettger, Anke; Sachse, Konrad; Kaltenboeck, Bernhard

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    Urgently needed species-specific enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays (ELISAs) for the detection of antibodies against Chlamydia spp. have been elusive due to high cross-reactivity of chlamydial antigens. To identify Chlamydia species-specific B cell epitopes for such assays, we ranked the potential epitopes of immunodominant chlamydial proteins that are polymorphic among all Chlamydia species. High-scoring peptides were synthesized with N-terminal biotin, followed by a serine-glycine-serine-glycine spacer, immobilized onto streptavidin-coated microtiter plates, and tested with mono-specific mouse hyperimmune sera against each Chlamydia species in chemiluminescent ELISAs. For each of nine Chlamydia species, three to nine dominant polymorphic B cell epitope regions were identified on OmpA, CT618, PmpD, IncA, CT529, CT442, IncG, Omp2, TarP, and IncE proteins. Peptides corresponding to 16- to 40-amino-acid species-specific sequences of these epitopes reacted highly and with absolute specificity with homologous, but not heterologous, Chlamydia monospecies-specific sera. Host-independent reactivity of such epitopes was confirmed by testing of six C. pecorum-specific peptides from five proteins with C. pecorum-reactive sera from cattle, the natural host of C. pecorum. The probability of cross-reactivity of peptide antigens from closely related chlamydial species or strains correlated with percent sequence identity and declined to zero at Chlamydia spp. We anticipate that these peptide antigens will improve chlamydial serology by providing easily accessible assays to nonspecialist laboratories. Our approach also lends itself to the identification of relevant epitopes of other microbial pathogens.

  3. Chlamydia trachomatis Antibody Testing in Vaginal Mucosal Material versus Blood Samples of Women Attending a Fertility Clinic and an STI Clinic

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    van den Broek, Ingrid V F; Land, Jolande A; van Bergen, Jan E A M; Morré, Servaas A; van der Sande, Marianne A B

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    Background. Chlamydia infections often follow an asymptomatic course but may damage the reproductive tract. Chlamydia antibodies in serum are used as markers for past infections and can relate to tubal pathology and infertility. This "proof of principle" study aimed to assess whether Chlamydia antib

  4. Evaluation of Clearview and Magic Lite tests, polymerase chain reaction, and cell culture for detection of Chlamydia trachomatis in urogenital specimens

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    Kluytmans, J A; Goessens, W H; Mouton, J W; van Rijsoort-Vos, J H; Niesters, H G; Quint, W G; Habbema, L; Stolz, E; Wagenvoort, J H

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    The Clearview Chlamydia test (CV; Unipath Ltd., Bedford, United Kingdom), the Magic Lite Chlamydia test (ML; CIBA Corning, Medfield, Mass.), a polymerase chain reaction (PCR), and cell culture (CC) were evaluated for detection of Chlamydia trachomatis in urogenital specimens. Specimens were collecte

  5. Chlamydia trachomatis Pgp3 Antibody Population Seroprevalence before and during an Era of Widespread Opportunistic Chlamydia Screening in England (1994-2012)

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    Horner, Patrick J.; Craig, Rachel; Mindell, Jennifer S.; Murphy, Gary; McClure, Myra O.; Soldan, Kate; Nardone, Anthony; Johnson, Anne M.

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    Background Opportunistic chlamydia screening of <25 year-olds was nationally-implemented in England in 2008 but its impact on chlamydia transmission is poorly understood. We undertook a population-based seroprevalence study to explore the impact of screening on cumulative incidence of chlamydia, as measured by C.trachomatis-specific antibody. Methods Anonymised sera from participants in the nationally-representative Health Surveys for England (HSE) were tested for C.trachomatis antibodies using two novel Pgp3 enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays (ELISAs) as a marker of past infection. Determinants of being seropositive were explored using logistic regression among 16–44 year-old women and men in 2010 and 2012 (years when sexual behaviour questions were included in the survey) (n = 1,402 women; 1,119 men). Seroprevalence trends among 16–24 year-old women (n = 3,361) were investigated over ten time points from 1994–2012. Results In HSE2010/2012, Pgp3 seroprevalence among 16–44 year-olds was 24.4% (95%CI 22.0–27.1) in women and 13.9% (11.8–16.2) in men. Seroprevalence increased with age (up to 33.5% [27.5–40.2] in 30–34 year-old women, 18.7% [13.4–25.6] in 35–39 year-old men); years since first sex; number of lifetime sexual partners; and younger age at first sex. 76.7% of seropositive 16–24 year-olds had never been diagnosed with chlamydia. Among 16–24 year-old women, a non-significant decline in seroprevalence was observed from 2008–2012 (prevalence ratio per year: 0.94 [0.84–1.05]). Conclusion Our application of Pgp3 ELISAs demonstrates a high lifetime risk of chlamydia infection among women and a large proportion of undiagnosed infections. A decrease in age-specific cumulative incidence following national implementation of opportunistic chlamydia screening has not yet been demonstrated. We propose these assays be used to assess impact of chlamydia control programmes. PMID:28129328

  6. ESTRUCTURA MOLECULAR Y ANTIGÉNICA DE LA VACUNA CONTRA EL VIRUS DEL PAPILOMA HUMANO 16 (VPH 16 Antigenic and Molecular Structure of Human Papillomavirus (HPV 16 Vaccine

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    VÍCTOR ANDRÉS VANEGAS

    Full Text Available La proteína L1 del Virus del Papiloma Humano (VPH constituye el 80% de la cápside viral. Las vacunas profilácticas contra el VPH son sintetizadas a partir de la proteína L1 ensamblada en Partículas similares al Virus (del inglés VLP, las cuales son altamente inmunogénicas generando anticuerpos específicos de tipo y en algunos casos pueden presentar reacción cruzada entre tipos de VPH filogenéticamente próximos. La estructura de la proteína L1 del VPH es importante porque confiere estabilidad a la cápside mediante el establecimiento de interacciones intra e intercapsoméricas lo que asegura la integridad viral y antigénicamente porque contiene los epítopes que inducen la respuesta inmune protectora. En estudios en los que se evaluó la antigenicidad de la proteína L1 se determinó que los epítopes inmunodominantes de la cápside viral se encuentran en los bucles B-C, D-E, F-G, H-I y en el extremo C-terminal. Estos bucles son poco conservados entre los diferentes genotipos y se encuentran en segmentos de la proteína expuestos en la superficie de la cápside. Los aminoácidos situados en los bucles B-C, F-G y H-I son primordiales para el reconocimiento por los anticuerpos neutralizantes. Los diferentes subtipos y variantes presentan cambios en estos aminoácidos o en residuos que conforman otros epítopes. En esta revisión se presentará un estado del arte de la proteína L1 del VPH genotipo 16, la estructura y su importancia en el desarrollo de vacunas contra la infección producida por este virus.Human Papillomavirus L1 protein makes up 80% of the viral capsid and self assembles in Virus-like Particles (VLP; these particles are immunogenic, generate type-specific antibodies and can induce very limited cross-reactivity among highly homologous HPV types. In addition to its structural function, it confers the stability to the capsid by establishing disulfide bonds and other intra and intercapsomeric interactions, and also contains

  7. Modulación de la respuesta inmune de pollos de engorda mediante dietas suplementadas con arginina, vitamina e y manano-oligosacáridos.

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    Chan Díaz, David Jesús

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    Se realizaron dos experimentos para evaluar dietas suplementadas con arginina (ARG), vitamina E (VE) y manano-oligosacáridos (MOS) en la inmunidad de pollos. En el primero, 700 pollos (1 día de edad), fueron divididos en 28 grupos y recibieron una de cuatro dietas: T1 = 1.31 % ARG y 10 mg de VE/kg; T2 = T1 + 0.3% de ARG; T3 = T1 + 70 mg de VE y T4 = T1 + 0.3 % ARG + 70 mg de VE. A los 12 días de edad, recibieron las vacunas contra Newcastle (EN), bronquitis, influenza (IA) y viruela; las var...

  8. Promoting chlamydia screening with posters and leaflets in general practice - a qualitative study

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    Ford-Young William

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background General practice staff are reluctant to discuss sexual health opportunistically in all consultations. Health promotion materials may help alleviate this barrier. Chlamydia screening promotion posters and leaflets, produced by the English National Chlamydia Screening Programme (NCSP, have been available to general practices, through local chlamydia screening offices, since its launch. In this study we explored the attitudes of general practice staff to these screening promotional materials, how they used them, and explored other promotional strategies to encourage chlamydia screening. Methods Twenty-five general practices with a range of screening rates, were purposively selected from six NCSP areas in England. In focus groups doctors, nurses, administrative staff and receptionists were encouraged to discuss candidly their experiences about their use and opinions of posters, leaflets and advertising to promote chlamydia screening. Researchers observed whether posters and leaflets were on display in reception and/or waiting areas. Data were collected and analysed concurrently using a stepwise framework analytical approach. Results Although two-thirds of screening practices reported that they displayed posters and leaflets, they were not prominently displayed in most practices. Only a minority of practices reported actively using screening promotional materials on an ongoing basis. Most staff in all practices were not following up the advertising in posters and leaflets by routinely offering opportunistic screening to their target population. Some staff in many practices thought posters and leaflets would cause offence or embarrassment to their patients. Distribution of chlamydia leaflets by receptionists was thought to be inappropriate by some practices, as they thought patients would be offended when being offered a leaflet in a public area. Practice staff suggested the development of pocket-sized leaflets. Conclusion The NCSP

  9. Prevención contra las drogas Prevention against drugs

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    Luis Jiménez Herrera

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    Full Text Available Objetivo: Explorar de manera general algunos aspectos relacionados al tema de la prevención contra las drogas. Metodología: Identificación y revisión de artículos de las bases de datos: EBRARY, E-Libro, EBSCO, ProQuest, Science Direct y Springer Link, con la intención de organizar la información encontrada en las secciones siguientes: contexto general, factores involucrados en el uso y abuso de las drogas, acciones - políticas - prevención contra las drogas y hacia dónde va la investigación. Resultados: Aunque existe una variedad de conceptos relacionados con las drogas, algunos de ellos siguen en discusión dados los múltiples factores involucrados en el proceso. En los últimos años han ocurrido pocos cambios en la oferta y la demanda, pero el consumo entre hombres y mujeres tiende a igualarse, mientras el consumo inicia a edades más tempranas. Se sabe que existen factores protectores y de riesgo que median el uso, abuso y dependencia de las drogas, pero los jóvenes representan el grupo más vulnerable a los efectos de las drogas. Se realizan esfuerzos en muchos sectores pero de una manera no homogénea ni armónica y aunque ha habido esfuerzos por lograr prevención, en especial en el escenario educativo, hay factores que dificultan esta labor. Se evidencia la necesidad de contar con más investigación que permita orientar las distintas acciones para sopesar los efectos dentro del complejo mundo de las drogas Conclusión: Ante el complejo fenómeno de las drogas, se requiere conocer los distintos componentes involucrados para que puedan ser abordados de manera integral. La revisión permitió realizar un acercamiento al tema de prevención contra las drogas.Objective: To explore of general way some aspects related to the subject of the prevention against drugs. Methodology: Identification and article revision of the data bases: EBRARY, E-Libro, EBSCO, ProQuest, Science Direct and Springer Link, with the intention to organize

  10. Chlamydia induces anchorage independence in 3T3 cells and detrimental cytological defects in an infection model.

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    Andrea E Knowlton

    Full Text Available Chlamydia are gram negative, obligate intracellular bacterial organisms with different species causing a multitude of infections in both humans and animals. Chlamydia trachomatis is the causative agent of the sexually transmitted infection (STI Chlamydia, the most commonly acquired bacterial STI in the United States. Chlamydial infections have also been epidemiologically linked to cervical cancer in women co-infected with the human papillomavirus (HPV. We have previously shown chlamydial infection results in centrosome amplification and multipolar spindle formation leading to chromosomal instability. Many studies indicate that centrosome abnormalities, spindle defects, and chromosome segregation errors can lead to cell transformation. We hypothesize that the presence of these defects within infected dividing cells identifies a possible mechanism for Chlamydia as a cofactor in cervical cancer formation. Here we demonstrate that infection with Chlamydia trachomatis is able to transform 3T3 cells in soft agar resulting in anchorage independence and increased colony formation. Additionally, we show for the first time Chlamydia infects actively replicating cells in vivo. Infection of mice with Chlamydia results in significantly increased cell proliferation within the cervix, and in evidence of cervical dysplasia. Confocal examination of these infected tissues also revealed elements of chlamydial induced chromosome instability. These results contribute to a growing body of data implicating a role for Chlamydia in cervical cancer development and suggest a possible molecular mechanism for this effect.

  11. Genital forekomst af Chlamydia trachomatis hos abortsøgende--korrelerer med ung alder og nulliparitet, men ikke tidligere underlivsbetoendelse

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    Sørensen, Jette Led; Thranov, I R; Hoff, G E

    1992-01-01

    Out of 432 women applying for termination of pregnancy, 7.9% (34/428) had cervical Chlamydia trachomatis and 0.7% (3/431) genital Neisseria gonorrhoeae. The prevalence of Chlamydia was 19.2% among the women applying for termination who were under 20 years and 12.8% among those aged 21-25 years...

  12. Knowledge and acceptability of Chlamydia trachomatis screening among pregnant women and their partners; A cross-sectional study

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    M.T.R. Pereboom (Monique T.); E.R. Spelten (Evelien); J. Manniën (Judith); G.I.J.G. Rours (Ingrid); S.A. Morré (Servaas A); F.G. Schellevis (François); E.K. Hutton (Eileen K)

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    textabstractBackground: Chlamydia trachomatis infections in pregnancy can cause maternal disease, adverse pregnancy outcomes and neonatal disease, which is why chlamydia screening during pregnancy has been advocated. The effectiveness of a screening program depends on the knowledge of health care pr

  13. Chlamydia inhibit host cell apoptosis by degradation of proapoptotic BH3-only proteins.

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    Fischer, Silke F; Vier, Juliane; Kirschnek, Susanne; Klos, Andreas; Hess, Simone; Ying, Songmin; Häcker, Georg

    2004-10-04

    Chlamydia are obligate intracellular bacteria that replicate in a vacuole inside a host cell. Chlamydial infection has been shown to protect the host cell against apoptotic stimuli. This is likely important for the ability of Chlamydia to reproduce in human cells. Here we show that resistance to apoptosis is conveyed by the destruction of the proapoptotic BH3-only proteins Bim/Bod, Puma, and Bad during infection. Apoptotic stimuli were blocked upstream of the mitochondrial activation of Bax/Bak. During infection with both species, Chlamydia trachomatis and Chlamydia pneumoniae, Bim protein gradually disappeared without noticeable changes in Bim mRNA. The disappearance was blocked by inhibitors of the proteasome. Infected cells retained sensitivity to Bim expressed by transfection, indicating functional relevance of the Bim disappearance. Fusion to Bim targeted the green fluorescent protein for destruction during infection. Analysis of truncation mutants showed that a short region of Bim containing the BH3 domain was sufficient for destruction during chlamydial infection. Like Bim, Puma and Bad proteins disappeared during infection. These results reveal a novel way by which microbes can interfere with the host cell's apoptotic machinery, and provide a molecular explanation of the cellular resistance to apoptosis during infection with Chlamydia.

  14. Colonisation of pregnant and puerperal women and neonates with Chlamydia trachomatis.

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    Mårdh, P A; Helin, I; Bobeck, S; Laurin, J; Nilsson, T

    1980-04-01

    Chlamydia trachomatis was cultured from cervical specimens of 14 (16.1%) of 231 women applying for legal abortion and from 23 (8.7%) of 273 puerperal women. The chlamydial isolation rate was related to the women's age. Of the pregnant and puerperal women under 20 years C trachomatis was isolated in 10% and 24% respectively; in those aged between 20 and 24 years the rates were 8.7% and 10.2% respectively whereas in those over 24 years the rates were 4.2% in both groups. Chlamydia were isolated more frequently from cervical specimens than from urethral specimens. However, if a cervical specimen alone had been examined the diagnosis would have been missed in three (17%) of 18 women. IgG antichlamydial antibodies (titre greater than or equal to 1/32) were detected by a micro-immunofluorescence test in samples of cord blood from 35 (25%) of 139 infants of the puerperal women. Of the 23 infants born to mothers harbouring chlamydia in the cervix C trachomatis was isolated from the conjuntival folds in five (22.5%). The chlamydial isolation rate from the eyes of the neonates was related to the time of sampling. None of the 108 infants examined between 6 and 7 days old was chlamydia-positive whereas chlamydia could be recovered from the conjunctival folds of four of them when re-examined from three to 23 days later.

  15. Chlamydia trachomatis in Women with Ful-Term Deliveries and Women with Abortion

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    Abdolreza S. Jahromi

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Problem statement: There are some documents which support the role of some certain infections such as Chlamydia trachomatis in spontaneous abortion. As there were not data about role this bacterium in abortion in this area of IRAN, this study was conducted to evaluate the prevalence of Chlamydia trachomatis in women with abortion and compare it with healthy women with no previous history of abortion. Approach: This case-control study was carried out in Shariatee hospital of Hormozgan University of medical sciences, during 2004-2005. A number of 220 women with definite diagnosis of previous abortion and 200 matched women with normal full term delivery and negative history of miscarriage as controls were studied as case and control groups. All obtained PAP smears from the case and the control groups were then tested using Immunoflourescent method for detection of Chlamydia trachomatis. Data was analyzed, using SPSS software (chi square and t-test. Results: The prevalence of positive direct immunofluorescent test on PAP smears indicating the presence of Chlamydia trachomatis was 56 (25.45% in women with abortion comparing to 13 (5.20% in women in control group, the difference was significant (p = 0.0001. Conclusion: This study showed Chlamydia trachomatis is an important causative agent for abortion in this area of IRAN.

  16. Epidemiology of Chlamydophila caviae-like Chlamydia Isolated from Urethra and Uterine Cervix

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    Kariyama,Reiko

    2010-02-01

    Full Text Available In 2000, chlamydial strains OK133 and OK135 were isolated from 2 female patients with cervicitis. These strains were unresponsive to commercially available PCR and LCR test kits for the diagnosis of Chlamydia trachomatis infection, and their phenotypic characteristics were very similar. The OK135 nucleotide sequence in MOMP-VD2 gene closely resembled that of Chlamydophila caviae GPIC. A similar strain was isolated in 2003 from a male patient OKM2 with urethritis, from which the strain SC10-6 was cloned by the plaque purification method. The nucleotide sequence of the entire MOMP gene of SC10-6 was exactly the same as that of OK135. Thus, the strains OK135 and SC10-6, together with OK133, have been called C. caviae-like Chlamydia. We designed primers for nested PCR assay, the product of which showed a single-band 311-bp fragment, to detect C. caviae-like Chlamydia. Of swab specimens obtained from 202 patients from 2003 to 2006 (119 male and 83 female patients, 18 specimens (8.9% from 14 male and 4 female patients were positive, suggesting that C. caviae-like Chlamydia infection is rather common. Thus far, it has not been determined whether C. caviae-like Chlamydia is pathogenic for humans.

  17. Epidemiology of Chlamydophila caviae-like Chlamydia isolated from urethra and uterine cervix.

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    Murao, Wataru; Wada, Koichiro; Matsumoto, Akira; Fujiwara, Michihisa; Fukushi, Hideto; Kishimoto, Toshio; Monden, Koichi; Kariyama, Reiko; Kumon, Hiromi

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    In 2000, chlamydial strains OK133 and OK135 were isolated from 2 female patients with cervicitis. These strains were unresponsive to commercially available PCR and LCR test kits for the diagnosis of Chlamydia trachomatis infection, and their phenotypic characteristics were very similar. The OK135 nucleotide sequence in MOMP-VD2 gene closely resembled that of Chlamydophila caviae GPIC. A similar strain was isolated in 2003 from a male patient OKM2 with urethritis, from which the strain SC10-6 was cloned by the plaque purification method. The nucleotide sequence of the entire MOMP gene of SC10-6 was exactly the same as that of OK135. Thus, the strains OK135 and SC10-6, together with OK133, have been called C. caviae-like Chlamydia. We designed primers for nested PCR assay, the product of which showed a single-band 311-bp fragment, to detect C. caviae-like Chlamydia. Of swab specimens obtained from 202 patients from 2003 to 2006 (119 male and 83 female patients), 18 specimens (8.9%) from 14 male and 4 female patients were positive, suggesting that C. caviae-like Chlamydia infection is rather common. Thus far, it has not been determined whether C. caviae-like Chlamydia is pathogenic for humans.

  18. Chlamydia trachomatis serotype A infections in the Amazon region of Brazil: prevalence, entry and dissemination

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    Marluísa de Oliveira Guimarães Ishak

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    Full Text Available INTRODUCTION: Chlamydia infection is associated with debilitating human diseases including trachoma, pneumonia, coronary heart disease and urogenital diseases. Serotypes of C. trachomatis show a fair correlation with the group of diseases they cause, and their distribution follows a well-described geographic pattern. Serotype A, a trachoma-associated strain, is known for its limited dissemination in the Middle East and Northern Africa. However, knowledge on the spread of bacteria from the genus Chlamydia as well as the distribution of serotypes in Brazil is quite limited. METHODS: Blood samples of 1,710 individuals from ten human population groups in the Amazon region of Brazil were examined for antibodies to Chlamydia using indirect immunofluorescence and microimmunofluorescence assays. RESULTS: The prevalence of antibodies to Chlamydia ranged from 23.9% (Wayana-Apalai to 90.7% (Awa-Guaja with a mean prevalence of 50.2%. Seroreactivity was detected to C. pneumoniae and to all serotypes of C. trachomatis tested; furthermore, we report clear evidence of the as-yet-undescribed occurrence of serotype A of C. trachomatis. CONCLUSIONS: Specific seroreactivity not only accounts for the large extent of dissemination of C. trachomatis in the Amazon region of Brazil but also shows an expanded area of occurrence of serotype A outside the epidemiological settings previously described. Furthermore, these data suggest possible routes of Chlamydia introduction into the Amazon region from the massive human migration that occurred during the 1,700s.

  19. Comparative Assessment of Chlamydia trachomatis Infection in Iranian Women with Cervicitis: A Cross-Sectional Study

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    J Zaeimi Yazdi

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    Full Text Available Chlamydia trachomatis infections are the most prevalent bacterial sexually transmitted infections (STI recognized throughout the world. The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence of Chlamydia trachomatis among a randomized statistical group of women suffering from cervicitis in Tehran- Iran. During a 12- month- period, Jan 2003 to Jan 2004, 142 endocervical samples were taken from women suffering from cervicitis attending to Mirzakoochakkhan Women Hospital in Tehran, Iran. Direct fluorescent antibody (DFA and PCR techniques were used to detect Chlamydia trachomatis in endocervical samples. Twenty two (15.5% [95% CI, 9.54-21.4] of 142 samples were diagnosed as Chlamydia positive according to PCR results, while DFA diagnosed 20 (14.1% positive cases [95% CI, 8.37-19.8]. No statistically significant difference was found between two diagnosis methods applied in this study. The prevalence was the highest (25% among women aged 25 to 29 yr and 35 to 39 yr. The x 2 test showed a significant relationship between positive test result and bearing a history of STI (P= 0. The results of this study showed high prevalence of C. trachomatis infection among women suffering from cervicitis and suggested that patients diagnosed with genital Chlamydia infection should be referred to the genitourinary medicine clinic for further STI screening and partner notification.

  20. Una aproximación al concepto de crímenes contra la humanidad

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    Full Text Available El presente artículo explora el concepto de “crímenes contra la humanidad”, a partir de una revisión histórica y del análisis de los distintos instrumentos internacionales que han consagrado esta categoría normativa. De igual modo, pretende ilustrar al lector acerca de la teoría de los crímenes contra la humanidad formulada por el profesor de la Universidad de Georgetown David J. Luban, para quien el rasgo definidor de estos delitos es que atentan contra la naturaleza política del ser humano. Por último, se destaca la influencia del pensamiento de Luban en la reciente jurisprudencia de la Corte Suprema de Justicia de Colombia acerca de los crímenes contra la humanidad.

  1. Genital Chlamydia trachomatis infektion hos abortsøgende. Undersøgelses- og behandlingsstrategi for at mindske infektionssequelae

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    Sørensen, Jette Led; Thranov, I R; Hoff, G E

    1992-01-01

    infection are not treated, 10-60% will develop pelvic infection after abortion. Salpingitis caused by Chlamydia runs a milder clinical course than salpingitis caused by gonococci or other etiology but salpingitis due to Chlamydia is regarded as one of the most important causes of tubal infertility...... analysed Chlamydia infection in connection with sexual behaviour and association between Chlamydia infection and the number of sexual partners has been demonstrated. Direct immune fluorescent microscopic examination or enzyme immune examination of material from the cervix and urethra may be employed...... in women applying for termination of pregnancy on account of the rapid results. Tetracyclines and erythromycin may be employed for treatment of demonstrated Chlamydia infection. Completion of treatment prior to abortion is probably not necessary. The sexual partners should be treated....

  2. Brief Report: Gonorrhea and Chlamydia Testing Increasing but Still Lagging in HIV Clinics in the United States.

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    Berry, Stephen A; Ghanem, Khalil G; Mathews, William Christopher; Korthuis, Philip Todd; Yehia, Baligh R; Agwu, Allison L; Lehmann, Christoph U; Moore, Richard D; Allen, Sara L; Gebo, Kelly A

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    Screening persons living with HIV for gonorrhea and chlamydia has been recommended since 2003. We compared annual gonorrhea/chlamydia testing to syphilis and lipid testing among 19,368 adults (41% men who have sex with men, 30% heterosexual men, and 29% women) engaged in HIV care. In 2004, 22%, 62%, and 70% of all patients were tested for gonorrhea/chlamydia, syphilis, and lipid levels, respectively. Despite increasing steadily [odds ratio per year (95% confidence interval): 1.14 (1.13 to 1.15)], gonorrhea/chlamydia testing in 2010 remained lower than syphilis and lipid testing (39%, 77%, 76%, respectively). Interventions to improve gonorrhea/chlamydia screening are needed. A more targeted screening approach may be warranted.

  3. Efectividad del tratamiento de la violencia contra la pareja en pacientes drogodependientes

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    Javier Fernández-Montalvo

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    Full Text Available En este artículo se analiza la efectividad de los programas de tratamiento psicológico para drogodependientes, que presentan conductas violentas contra la pareja. Para ello, se revisan, en primer lugar, los estudios que valoran la influencia del tratamiento habitual sobre las adicciones y la reducción de las conductas violentas contra la pareja. En segundo lugar, se analizan los resultados de los programas de intervención conjunta que se han desarrollado hasta la fecha, en el ámbito internacional, en los centros de tratamiento para la adicción con drogodependientes que ejercen, además, violencia contra la pareja. Los resultados muestran, por una parte, que la intervención con pacientes adictos produce una disminución importante en la tasa de violencia contra la pareja asociada a la adicción. Por otra parte, los programas de intervención con adicciones constituyen un marco de gran utilidad para aplicar, de forma conjunta, tratamientos específicos para aquellos adictos con un problema asociado de violencia contra la pareja. Los resultados de estos programas de intervención muestran los mejores datos en la reducción de la tasa de violencia contra la pareja de los pacientes adictos. Se comentan las implicaciones de todo ello para la práctica clínica y para las investigaciones futuras.

  4. Efecto de medidas preventivas contra la toxoplasmosis en embarazadas

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    María Mercedes Santacruz

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    Full Text Available La incidencia de la infección por Toxoplasma gondii, fue estudiada en el laboratorio de Parasitología del Instituto Nacional de Salud en los sueros de 1000 mujeres embarazadas, seleccionadas entre las que asistieron al control prenatal en la Caja de Previsión, durante los años de 1987 a 1990. En los sueros se midieron anticuerpos específicos IgG contra el Toxoplasma gondii, por la técnica de Inmunofluorescencia Indirecta. El 59% de las mujeres fueron positivas con títulos entre 1:16 y 1:4.096, cifras que corresponden a las reveladas en el Estudio Nacional de Salud (ENS. El 41% de la población fue negativa. De estas negativas no se presentó ninguna seroconversión dando una incidencia de O en el grupo estudiado. Las embarazadas fueron instruidas sobre medidas preventivas para evitar la infección durante el embarazo, las cuales mostraron su eficacia, ya que ninguna de las negativas seroconvirtió durante el embarazo. Se recomienda, al lado de la vigilancia serológica, dar educación sobre la prevención de la infección.

  5. Estudio de inmunogenicidad para dos vacunas recombinantes contra hepatitis B

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    O. Juliao

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    Full Text Available Este estudio compara la inmunogenicidad (seroconversión, seroprotección e Hiperrespuesta, producida por dos vacunas recombinantes contra la hepatitis B (Engerix-B de Bélgica y Cubana, en dos esquemas (012 y 016 meses, empleando los métodos de cuantificación para Anti-HBsAg (Abbott y Organón, los cuales fueron también comparados. En el estudio participaron 257 voluntarios,  divididos al azar en 4 grupos (dos vacunas, dos esquemas. Resultados: los dos métodos de Abbon y Organon, no presentan diferencias estadísticas significativas. La vacuna cubana muestra una mayor respuesta inmunogénica para dos dosis de vacuna y para el esquema 012. No hay diferencia entre los esquemas 012 y 016 y en el esquema 016 no se ven diferencias estadísticamente significativas con la vacuna Engerix-B. En esta Última el esquema 016 muestra mejores resultados que el 012.

  6. [Cervicitis--epidemiological and clinical risk for Chlamydia trachomatis infection in university students].

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    Schilling, A; Stevenson, M

    1994-01-01

    Fifty volunteer, asymptomatic sexually active university female students were examined and inquired, in order to find risk factors predictive of Chlamydia trachomatis infection. Epidemiologic and behavioral factors (age, number of sexual partners, oral contraceptives use and history of previous sexually transmitted diseases) were found to be similar among the studied group and published data for North American female college students, but barrier contraceptive methods use was found to be different. Twenty two per cent of the sample had clinical cervicitis, and 30% had subclinical. If the screening models proposed by different authors would have been applied, between a 32% and 72% of the sample would have been selectively for the presence of Chlamydia trachomatis. It is concluded that international sugerences about Chlamydia trachomatis screening should be adopted until national experiences are made.

  7. Status of vaccine research and development of vaccines for Chlamydia trachomatis infection.

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    Poston, Taylor B; Gottlieb, Sami L; Darville, Toni

    2017-01-19

    Genital infection with Chlamydia trachomatis, a gram-negative obligate intracellular bacterium, is the most common bacterial sexually transmitted infection globally. Ascension of chlamydial infection to the female upper genital tract can cause acute pelvic inflammatory disease, tubal factor infertility, ectopic pregnancy, and chronic pelvic pain. Shortcomings of current chlamydia control strategies, especially for low- and middle-income countries, highlight the need for an effective vaccine. Evidence from animal models, human epidemiological studies, and early trachoma vaccine trials suggest that a C. trachomatis vaccine is feasible. Vaccine development for genital chlamydial infection has been in the preclinical phase of testing for many years, but the first Phase I trials of chlamydial vaccine candidates are underway, and scientific advances hold promise for additional candidates to enter clinical evaluation in the coming years. We describe the clinical and public health need for a C. trachomatis vaccine, provide an overview of Chlamydia vaccine development efforts, and summarize current vaccine candidates in the development pipeline.

  8. Chlamydia trachomatis C-complex serovars are a risk factor for preterm birth

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    Hollegaard, Stine; Vogel, Ida; Thorsen, Poul;

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    , Chlamydia antigen, Chlamydia IgG, Chlamydia complex B, C and GF levels were measured. Spontaneous preterm birth (ectopic pregnancies. Crude and adjusted relative risks (RR......) and odds ratios (OR) were estimated by logistic regression. RESULTS: C. trachomatis C-complex positivity was associated with spontaneous PTB [RR 2.6 (1.1-6.29)] and additionally with a prior history of subfertility [OR 4.4 [2.5-7.7]), infertility treatment [OR 7.2 (4.0-12.8)] and ectopic pregnancy [5.2 (2.......2-12.4)]. CONCLUSION: A previous infection with C. trachomatis C-complex was associated with an increased risk for spontaneous PTB and may potentially contribute to subfertility, infertility and ectopic pregnancy....

  9. Orchitis and Epididymitis in Koalas (Phascolarctos cinereus) Infected With Chlamydia pecorum.

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    Johnston, S D; Deif, H H; McKinnon, A; Theilemann, P; Griffith, J E; Higgins, D P

    2015-11-01

    Although Chlamydia causes disease of the urethra and prostate of male koalas, its impact on the testis and epididymis has not been examined. This study describes chronic-active and granulomatous orchitis and epididymitis with interstitial fibrosis associated with infection by Chlamydia pecorum in 2 of 18 adult male koalas being euthanized at a koala hospital, 8 of which also had chlamydial prostatitis. By immunohistochemistry and transmission electron microscopy, chlamydial inclusions were demonstrated within Sertoli cells directly associated with mild inflammation surrounding intact seminiferous and epididymal tubules, marked pyogranulomatous inflammation around disrupted tubules, replacement of tubules by interstitial fibrosis, and aspermia. The presence of C. pecorum but not Chlamydia pneumoniae was detected by quantitative polymerase chain reaction of formalin-fixed tissues of the left and right testes and right epididymis in 1 animal. This is the first report of orchitis and epididymitis in a koala infected with C. pecorum. © The Author(s) 2015.

  10. [MEDICAL AND SOCIAL STATE OF HEALTH IN FAMILIES WITH THE FOCUS OF RESPIRATORY CHLAMYDIA].

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    Kapustina, T A; Markina, A N; Parilova, O V; Belova, E V; Kin, T I

    2015-01-01

    Medical and social state of health in family persons was assessed on the basis of a questionnaire. Developed by the author's questionnaire included two sections, reflecting the state of health, health risk factors and social characteristics of the family members of ENT patients. In the article there is presented an analysis of the medical and social state of 44 families of patients with diseases of the upper respiratory tract associated with chlamydial infection. The comparison was performed with 43 families of ENT patients with unconfirmed respiratory chlamydia. Diagnosis of Chlamydia infection complex was carried out with the use of laboratory methods (direct immunofluorescence and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays, polymerase chain reaction). The health and social status of families with hearth respiratory chlamydia were shown to be significantly worse compared with families with the lack of the latter

  11. Identification and characterization of a novel Chlamydia trachomatis reticulate body protein

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    Shaw, Allan C; Larsen, Martin Røssel; Roepstorff, Peter

    2002-01-01

    The genome of the obligate intracellular bacterium Chlamydia trachomatis comprises 894 genes predicted by computer-based analysis. As part of a large-scale proteome analysis of C. trachomatis, a small abundant protein encoded by a previously unrecognized novel 204-bp open reading frame was identi......The genome of the obligate intracellular bacterium Chlamydia trachomatis comprises 894 genes predicted by computer-based analysis. As part of a large-scale proteome analysis of C. trachomatis, a small abundant protein encoded by a previously unrecognized novel 204-bp open reading frame...... was identified by tandem mass spectrometry. No homology of this protein was observed to proteins from other organisms. The protein was conserved in C. trachomatis but not found in Chlamydia pneumoniae. Using proteomics, we show that the expression of the protein is initiated at the middle of the developmental...

  12. [THE ROLE OF SYSTEM QUORUM SENSING UNDER CHRONIC UROGENITAL CHLAMYDIA INFECTION].

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    2015-10-01

    It is established that system quorum sensing (QS) assure social behavior of bacteria in regulation of genes of virulence and generalization of inflectional inflammatory process under chronic urogenital chlamydia infection. The techniques of gas chromatography and mass-spectrometry were applied to detect molecular markers of generalization of infectious process under urogenital chlamydiasis--activators of QS microbes (lactones, quinolones, furan ethers). The developed diagnostic gas chromatography and mass-spectrometry criteria of indexation of molecular markers under chronic urogenital chlamydia infection have high level of diagnostic sensitivity, specificity and prognostic value of positive and negative result. The application of techniques of gas chromatography and mass-spectrometry permits enhancing effectiveness of diagnostic of chronic inflectional inflammatory diseases of urogenital system of chlamydia etiology with identification of prognostic criteria of generalization of infectious process and subsequent prescription of timely and appropriate therapy

  13. Seroprevalence of Chlamydia infection in pigs in Jiangxi province, South-Eastern China.

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    Jiang, H H; Huang, S Y; Zhang, W B; Zhao, L; Xu, C M; Deng, S Z; Zhu, X Q

    2013-12-01

    Chlamydia are Gram-negative obligate bacteria that cause a wide range of diseases in humans and animals. To assess the risk of zoonosis posed by pigs, a total of 920 serum samples were collected from pigs in 11 administrative cities in Jiangxi province, south-eastern China, and the seroprevalence of Chlamydia antibodies was investigated by an indirect haemagglutination assay. The pathogen-specific antibodies were detected in 539 (58.59 %) pigs with seroprevalence ranging from 33.33 % (Jingdezhen) to 90.91 % (Pingxiang) among different cities (PChlamydia infection among different categories of pigs was also significantly different (PChlamydia is highly prevalent in pigs in Jiangxi province and our results indicate that the presence of Chlamydia exposure in pigs may pose a potential threat to human health.

  14. [Cervical intraepithelial neoplasia: Chlamydia trachomatis and other co-factors].

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    Núñez-Troconis, J T

    1995-09-01

    The incidence of Chlamydia trachomatis (Ct) in patients with diagnosis of Cervical Intraepithelial Neoplasia (CIN) was studied in one hundred eighty patients. The Chlamydiazyme test was performed in all of them. Endocervical samples were taken from 103 patients with CIN and 77 women who sought medical attention for different gynecological reasons (CG). Twenty three tests (12.8%) were positive; 15 of them had CIN (14.6%) and 8 were from the control group (10.4%). It was found a statistical significant difference between NIC III and early intercourse, NIC III and age, NIC and vaginal douches and, among NIC and number of pregnancies and deliveries. There was not a significant difference among Ct and early intercourse, number of sexual partners, pregnancies, deliveries, vaginal douches, oral contraceptives (OC), and vaginal discharge. No statistically significant differences were found between NIC and number of sexual partners, and OC and vaginal discharge. The low incidence of Ct in patients with CIN does not mean that Ct does not play a role in the origin and development of the cervical pathology.

  15. Chlamydia trachomatis in cervicitis and urethritis in women.

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    Paavonen, J; Vesterinen, E

    1982-01-01

    In the Scandinavian countries today, Chlamydia trachomatis seems to be the most important cause of sexually transmitted diseases. Although C. trachomatis is most prevalent in symptomatic women and in persons visiting venereal disease clinics, the asymptomatic carrier rate, particularly in young women, appears to be surprisingly high. In addition to young age and level of sexual activity, the use of oral contraceptives and the presence of cervical ectopy are important risk factors for chlamydial infection. Chlamydial cervicitis often is characterized by a hypertrophic follicular appearance, with severe edema, erythema, friability, and endocervical mucopurulent discharge. On colposcopy, an atypical transformation zone is frequently observed. Papanicolaou smears taken from C. trachomatis culture-positive patients often reveal benign atypias and dyskaryotic changes. C. trachomatis, therefore, being a venereally transmitted intracellular organism, may well play a role in the development of cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN). Future studies on patients with cytological atypias, therefore, also should include tests for C. trachomatis. Prospective studies are needed to determine the natural history and outcome of C. trachomatis-associated atypias and their behavior after adequate therapy. A large proportion of C. trachomatis-infected women also are culture-positive from the urethra. The demonstration that C. trachomatis is a common causative agent of acute urethral syndrome (also called abacterial urethritis, dysuria-pyuria syndrome) in women has been a valuable contribution. The diagnosis of pyuria in a patient with abacterial dysuria is of critical importance, since it suggests a chlamydial etiology and thus is a potentially treatable condition.

  16. Seropositivity for Chlamydia Pneumoniae and Mycoplasma Pneumoniae in Asthmatic Children

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    Murat Tutanc

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available Acute respiratory tract infections may trigger acute asthma attacks and may be held responsible for etiopathogenesis in children with asthma. Although bacterial infections attract a limited amount of attention, recently Chlamydia pneumoniae (CP and Mycoplasma pneumoniae (MP, in particular, are reported to be the possible factors. IgM and IgG seroprevalence was investigated in 66 children patients with bronchial asthma (between the ages of 3 and 14 for CP and Mycoplasma pneumoniae. In a total of 66 cases, 18 (27.2% patients were detected with IgG positivity for CP whereas 27 of them (40.9% were detected with IgG positivity for MP. IgG positivity was determined in 6 patients (13.0% in the control group for CP, and in 6 patients (10.8% in the control group for MP. The rate of the asthma patients with IgG seropositivity for MP was 4 times higher than that of the control group. It was seen that IgG antibody seropositivity for CP was higher in those with more frequent attacks. No such difference was observed in terms of IgG antibody seropositivity for M. pneumoniae. There are many studies indicating that CP and MP infections take an importance place in the etiology of bronchial asthma and asthma attacks in children. The results obtained reveal the effect of both microorganisms on the etiopathogenesis of the bronchial asthma and the increased number of asthma attacks.

  17. Chlamydia psittaci infection in canaries heavily infested by Dermanyssus gallinae.

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    Circella, Elena; Pugliese, N; Todisco, G; Cafiero, M A; Sparagano, O A E; Camarda, A

    2011-12-01

    Dermanyssus gallinae is a haematophagous ectoparasite responsible for anemia, weight loss, dermatitis and a decrease in egg production. Dermanyssus gallinae may play a role in the modulation of the host immune system, maybe predisposing the host to some bacterial infections such as chlamydiosis. This is an important zoonosis. Humans are exposed to Chlamydia psittaci through inhalation of the agent dispersed from the infected birds. In this study, a syndrome observed in an aviary of canaries was investigated. A heavy infestation by D. gallinae was reported. Simultaneously, a C. psittaci infection was molecularly confirmed in the canaries. Combined therapy was applied successfully. The association of C. psittaci with the examined mites has been confirmed. Therefore, we think that D. gallinae have played a role in the spreading of C. psittaci infection among the canaries. Moreover, D. gallinae could have played an important role predisposing the canaries to the development of chlamydiosis, by inducing anemia and debilitation. The control of mites in the aviaries may represent a crucial step for the prevention of important infection such as chlamydiosis in birds and humans.

  18. Chlamydia pneumoniae infection and Alzheimer's disease: a connection to remember?

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    Shima, Kensuke; Kuhlenbäumer, Gregor; Rupp, Jan

    2010-11-01

    Alzheimer's disease (AD) is the most common cause of dementia in the elderly, whereby it is customary to distinguish between early familial FAD and late-onset AD (LOAD). The development of LOAD, the most prevalent form of AD, is believed to be a multifactorial process that may also involve infections with bacterial or viral pathogens. After the first report on the presence of Chlamydia pneumoniae (Cpn) in brains of patients with AD appeared in 1998, this bacterium has most often been implicated in AD pathogenesis. However, while some studies demonstrate a clear association between Cpn infection and AD, others have failed to confirm these findings. This might be due to heterogeneity of the specimens analyzed and lack of standardized detection methods. Additionally, non-availability of suitable chlamydial infection models severely hampers research in the field. In this review, we will critically discuss the possible role of Cpn in the pathogenesis of LOAD in light of the available data. We will also present three mutually non-exclusive hypotheses how Cpn might contribute to the pathogenesis of AD.

  19. Chlamydia trachomatis urogenital infection in women with infertility.

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    Wilkowska-Trojniel, M; Zdrodowska-Stefanow, B; Ostaszewska-Puchalska, I; Zbucka, M; Wołczyński, S; Grygoruk, C; Kuczyński, W; Zdrodowski, M

    2009-01-01

    The study objective was to evaluate the prevalence of urogenital Chlamydia trachomatis (C.tr.) infection in women with diagnosed infertility. The study involved patients from the Department of Gynecological Endocrinology and from the Center for Reproductive Medicine "Kriobank" in Bialystok. Female patients (n=71), aged 23-41, were divided into two groups according to the main diagnosis: A--tubal infertility (23) and B--infertility of another origin (48). For direct testing, PCR method was used to detect C.tr. infection in cervical samples (Roche, Molecular Systems, N.J., USA). Specific IgA and IgG anti-chlamydial antibodies in the serum were determined by immunoenzymatic assay (medac, Hamburg, Germany). Diagnostic procedures were performed at the Centre for STD Research and Diagnostics in Bialystok. In group A, C.tr. infection was detected in: 8.7% patients, in group B--8.3%. Specific anti-C.tr. antibodies IgA were detected in: 13.0% in group A and 6.3% in group B, IgG respectively in 39.1% and in 10.4%. 1. C.tr. infection is very important etiological factor of female infertility. 2. The detection of specific antichlamydial antibodies is a valuable, noninvasive diagnostic procedure. 3. Infertile women should be routinely tested for C.tr. infection.

  20. Effects of Mentha suaveolens essential oil on Chlamydia trachomatis.

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    Sessa, Rosa; Di Pietro, Marisa; De Santis, Fiorenzo; Filardo, Simone; Ragno, Rino; Angiolella, Letizia

    2015-01-01

    Chlamydia trachomatis, the most common cause of sexually transmitted bacterial infection worldwide, has a unique biphasic developmental cycle alternating between the infectious elementary body and the replicative reticulate body. C. trachomatis is responsible for severe reproductive complications including pelvic inflammatory disease, ectopic pregnancy, and obstructive infertility. The aim of our study was to evaluate whether Mentha suaveolens essential oil (EOMS) can be considered as a promising candidate for preventing C. trachomatis infection. Specifically, we investigated the in vitro effects of EOMS towards C. trachomatis analysing the different phases of chlamydial developmental cycle. Our results demonstrated that EOMS was effective towards C. trachomatis, whereby it not only inactivated infectious elementary bodies but also inhibited chlamydial replication. Our study also revealed the effectiveness of EOMS, in combination with erythromycin, towards C. trachomatis with a substantial reduction in the minimum effect dose of antibiotic. In conclusion, EOMS treatment may represent a preventative strategy since it may reduce C. trachomatis transmission in the population and, thereby, reduce the number of new chlamydial infections and risk of developing of severe sequelae.

  1. Eosinophilia in Preterm Born Infants Infected with Chlamydia trachomatis.

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    López-Hurtado, Marcela; Arteaga-Troncoso, Gabriel; Sosa-González, Irma E; de Haro-Cruz, Maria de Jesus; Flores-Salazar, Veronica R; Guerra-Infante, Fernando Martín

    2016-01-01

    A higher than 350 eosinophils/mm(3) is strongly associated with Chlamydia trachomatis in term born babies coursing with respiratory distress. However, in preterm newborns infected with this pathogen, the levels of eosinophils are unknown. Forty newborn infants with clinical data of respiratory problems and/or sepsis were analyzed. DNA of leukocytes from peripheral blood was used to identify C. trachomatis. Detection of chlamydial infection was performed by amplifying the ompA gene by an in-house PCR, and eosinophil levels were evaluated in an XT-2000-hematology analyzer. Eighteen infants showed chlamydial infection and 14 of them showed pneumonia (RR = 2.6; CI95% 1.03-6.5; p =.027). Their eosinophil levels were 719 ± 614 cells/mm(3). A significant association between eosinophilia ≥1250 cells/mm(3) and gestational age of less than 29 weeks (RR = 5.8; 1.35; CI95% [1.4-24.5], p <.008) was observed. The preterm infants with chlamydial infection did not show higher eosinophil levels than uninfected infants.

  2. Relationship between Chlamydia pneumoniae infection and occurrence of bronchial asthma

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    SHI Yi; ZHENG Wen; XIA Xi-rong; ZHANG Xi-long; TONG Mao-rong; FENG Gen-bao; ZHAO Bei-lei; HU Lan-ping

    2002-01-01

    Objective: To study the relationship between Chlamydia pneumoniae (C. Pneumoniae) infection and asthma exacerbation. Methods: A prospective study of C. Pneumoniae infection was conducted in 75 patients with asthma and 63 patients with respiratory tract infection, and 100 blood donors served as controls.The presence of infection was convinced by the polymerase chain reaction and direct immunofluorescence assay for C. Pneumoniae DNA from throat swab specimens and micro-immunofluorescence testing for C. Pneumoniae-specific IgG, IgM and IgA antibodies. Results: Prevalence of specific IgG in asthma patients (81.3%) was higher than that of the blood donors (68. 0%, P<0. 05) and was not significantly different from respiratory tract infection patients (68. 0%, P>0. 05). The acute C. Pneumoniae infection rate of symptomatic asthma patients (59.4%) was markedly higher than that of respiratory tract infection patients (34.9%, P<0. 05). The average titer of C. Pneumoniae IgG instead of IgA in asthma patients (48. 38±6. 94)was significantly higher than respiratory tract infection patients (24. 70±8. 77, P<0. 05). Other pathogens were identified in 12 of 21 (57. 1%) asthma patients with C. Pneumoniae. The symptoms of 7 asthma patients with C. Pneumoniae infection were improved through antibiotic treatment. Conclusion: The findings suggest a possible role of C. Pneumoniae infection in asthma.

  3. Flavonoid Naringenin: A Potential Immunomodulator for Chlamydia trachomatis Inflammation

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    Abebayehu N. Yilma

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Chlamydia trachomatis, the agent of bacterial sexually transmitted infections, can manifest itself as either acute cervicitis, pelvic inflammatory disease, or a chronic asymptomatic infection. Inflammation induced by C. trachomatis contributes greatly to the pathogenesis of disease. Here we evaluated the anti-inflammatory capacity of naringenin, a polyphenolic compound, to modulate inflammatory mediators produced by mouse J774 macrophages infected with live C. trachomatis. Infected macrophages produced a broad spectrum of inflammatory cytokines (GM-CSF, TNF, IL-1β, IL-1α, IL-6, IL-12p70, and IL-10 and chemokines (CCL4, CCL5, CXCL1, CXCL5, and CXCL10 which were downregulated by naringenin in a dose-dependent manner. Enhanced protein and mRNA gene transcript expressions of TLR2 and TLR4 in addition to the CD86 costimulatory molecule on infected macrophages were modulated by naringenin. Pathway-specific inhibition studies disclosed that p38 mitogen-activated-protein kinase (MAPK is involved in the production of inflammatory mediators by infected macrophages. Notably, naringenin inhibited the ability of C. trachomatis to phosphorylate p38 in macrophages, suggesting a potential mechanism of its attenuation of concomitantly produced inflammatory mediators. Our data demonstrates that naringenin is an immunomodulator of inflammation triggered by C. trachomatis, which possibly may be mediated upstream by modulation of TLR2, TLR4, and CD86 receptors on infected macrophages and downstream via the p38 MAPK pathway.

  4. The pathogenesis of Chlamydia pneumoniae-type pneumonitis in mice

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    施毅; 印洁; 詹化文; 冯根宝; 张希龙; 苏欣; 宋勇; 夏锡荣; 周晓军; 申萍

    2003-01-01

    Objective To evaluate mice as experimental animals for Chlamydia pneumoniae (C.pneumoniae) infection and investigate the pathogenesis of C.pneumoniae derived pneumonitis.Methods Icr mice were inoculated with the C.pneumoniae strain, CWL-029, either intranasally or intravenously. After a single dose inoculation, mice were killed on the 1st, 3rd, 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th and 60th days. The pathological changes in lung tissue were analyzed.Results The Icr mice were shown to be susceptible to C.pneumoniae. Inoculation into mice with C.pneumoniae induced a prolonged course of lung infection, as demonstrated by persistence of lung pathology (up to 60 days). Via intranasal inoculation of mice, lung pathology was characterized by patchy interstitial pneumonitis with predominately neutrophil leukocyte infiltration early (within the first 7 days) and lymphocyte infiltration in the later stages (14 days later) of infection. After intravenous inoculation, a similarly developed interstitial pneumonitis was observed, but it was milder and patchier, especially in early stages. C.pneumoniae DNA was detected by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) intermittently in the lung tissue. Inoculated mice developed serum IgG antibody responses.Conclusion The Icr mice were susceptible to C.pneumoniae, resulting in a pulmonary infection characterized by interstitial pneumonitis, occurring most strongly via intranasal inoculation.

  5. Effects of vaginal lactobacilli in Chlamydia trachomatis infection.

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    Mastromarino, Paola; Di Pietro, Marisa; Schiavoni, Giovanna; Nardis, Chiara; Gentile, Massimo; Sessa, Rosa

    2014-07-01

    Increasing evidence indicates that abnormal vaginal flora lacking lactobacilli facilitates the acquisition of several sexually transmitted diseases including Chlamydia trachomatis. C. trachomatis, the most common bacterial agent of genital infections worldwide, can progress from the lower to upper reproductive tract and induce severe sequelae. The ability of C. trachomatis to develop into a persistent form has been suggested as key pathogenetic mechanism underlying chronic infections and sequelae. The aim of our study was to investigate the C. trachomatis interaction with vaginal microbiota analyzing the effects of Lactobacillus strains (L. brevis and L. salivarius) on the different phases of C. trachomatis developmental cycle. In addition, the effect of lactobacilli on persistent chlamydial forms induced by HSV-2 coinfection has also been evaluated. Our results demonstrated significant inhibition of C. trachomatis multiplication by vaginal lactobacilli. L. brevis was significantly more effective than L. salivarius (plactobacilli to protect from infection is strain-dependent. Lactobacilli had an adverse effect on elementary chlamydial bodies (plactobacilli toward persistent C. trachomatis forms induced by HSV-2 coinfection. A significant increase in the production of C. trachomatis infectious progeny was observed in C. trachomatis/HSV-2 coinfection in the presence of L. brevis (p=0.01) despite a significant inhibition of C. trachomatis multiplication (p=0.028). Our data suggest that a healthy vaginal microbiota can reduce the risk of acquiring C. trachomatis infection and counteract the development of persistent chlamydial forms.

  6. Effects of Mentha suaveolens Essential Oil on Chlamydia trachomatis

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    Rosa Sessa

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Chlamydia trachomatis, the most common cause of sexually transmitted bacterial infection worldwide, has a unique biphasic developmental cycle alternating between the infectious elementary body and the replicative reticulate body. C. trachomatis is responsible for severe reproductive complications including pelvic inflammatory disease, ectopic pregnancy, and obstructive infertility. The aim of our study was to evaluate whether Mentha suaveolens essential oil (EOMS can be considered as a promising candidate for preventing C. trachomatis infection. Specifically, we investigated the in vitro effects of EOMS towards C. trachomatis analysing the different phases of chlamydial developmental cycle. Our results demonstrated that EOMS was effective towards C. trachomatis, whereby it not only inactivated infectious elementary bodies but also inhibited chlamydial replication. Our study also revealed the effectiveness of EOMS, in combination with erythromycin, towards C. trachomatis with a substantial reduction in the minimum effect dose of antibiotic. In conclusion, EOMS treatment may represent a preventative strategy since it may reduce C. trachomatis transmission in the population and, thereby, reduce the number of new chlamydial infections and risk of developing of severe sequelae.

  7. Chlamydia Trachomatis and Ureaplasma Urealyticum Transmission Between Regular Sexual Partners

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    刘全中; 齐蔓莉; 缴稳苓

    2003-01-01

    Objective: To investigate the transmission ratio and epidemiology of Chlamydia trachomatis (Ct) and Ureaplasma urealyticum (Uu) between regular sexual partners. Methods: We collected secretion specimens of geni-tourinary tract from sexual partners who attended our clinic during the period from May 1, 1999 to May 31,2000 and then detected Ct and Uu in the specimens. Results: The inconsistent rate of Ct and Uu infected between sexual partners was 59.22% and 38.92% respectively. There were no correlations between pa-tients' age and the inconsistent rate of Ct and Uu in-fected (P>0.05). The most common inconsistency be-tween regular partners was seen in man with Ct infec-tion while in female with Uu infection; and in man with concurrent infection of Ct while in female only with Uu; or in man with Ct infection while in female no Ct and Uu were detected. Conclusion: The sexual transmitting ability of Ct and Uu is not as active as we have expected.

  8. Longitudinal prevalence and faecal shedding of Chlamydia pecorum in sheep.

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    Yang, Rongchang; Jacobson, Caroline; Gardner, Graham; Carmichael, Ian; Campbell, Angus J D; Ryan, Una

    2014-09-01

    The prevalence and faecal shedding of Chlamydia spp. in sheep in Australia has not been well described. Two species-specific quantitative PCRs (qPCRs) targeting the chlamydial outer membrane protein cell surface antigen gene (ompA) were validated and used to determine the prevalence and faecal shedding of C. abortus and C. pecorum from faecal samples of lambs at three sampling times (weaning, post-weaning and pre-slaughter) from eight farms in South Australia, New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia. A total of 3412 faecal samples were collected and screened from approximately 1189 lambs across the four states. C. abortus was not detected in any of the samples screened. The overall prevalence of C. pecorum was 1027/3412 (30.1%) and median bacterial concentrations at weaning, post-weaning and pre-slaughter were 1.8 × 10(7), 1.2 × 10(7) and 9.6 × 10(5)/g faeces, respectively. A subset of C. pecorum positive samples from each farm, (n = 48) was sequenced to confirm their identity. The present study demonstrates that C. pecorum is prevalent in Australian sheep, highlighting a need for further research on the impact of this bacterium on production.

  9. Chlamydia abortus in Cows Oviducts, Occasional Event or Causal Connection?

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    Appino, S; Vincenti, L; Rota, A; Pellegrini, S; Chieppa, M N; Cadoni, V; Pregel, P

    2015-06-01

    Fifty-seven genital tracts of regularly slaughtered culled Piedmontese cows, aged 7.4 ± 4.3 years (mean ± SD), range: 2.6-15.6 years, were grossly and microscopically examined. DNA extracted from oviducts was subjected to PCR to evaluate the presence of Chlamydia spp. The 15 PCR-positive oviducts were subjected to Sanger sequencing and showed the presence of Chamydia abortus, with an identity range between 99 and 100%. Nine of the PCR-positive samples belonged to the 24 animals with a normal macroscopic appearance of the whole genital tract (percentage of positive oviducts in normal genital tracts 9/24 = 37.5%), while six belonged to the 33 genital tracts with lesions in one or more organs (percentage of positive oviducts in pathological genital tracts 6/33 = 18.1%); of these, a single animal had salpingitis. The detection of C. abortus in bovine oviducts is of particular interest because it has never been previously investigated or reported.

  10. Evaluation of patients with dry eye disease for conjunctival Chlamydia trachomatis and Ureaplasma urealyticum

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    Abdelfattah, Maha Mohssen; Khattab, Rania Abdelmonem; Mahran, Magda H.; Elborgy, Ebrahim S.

    2016-01-01

    AIM To determine the possibility of the development of dry eye disease (DED) as a result of persistent infection with Chlamydia trachomatis and Ureaplasma urealyticum in the conjunctiva of patients. METHODS This study was conducted on 58 patients of age range 20-50y, diagnosed with DED confirmed by Schirmer I test and tear breakup time. The non-dry eye control group included 27 subjects of the same age. Ocular specimens were collected as conjunctival scrapings and swabs divided into three groups: the first used for bacterial culture, the second and third taken to detect Chlamydia trachomatis and Ureaplasma urealyticum by direct fluorescent antibody (DFA) assay and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) method. RESULTS Chlamydia trachomatis was detected in 65.5% and 76% of DED patients by DFA and PCR methods respectively. Ureaplasma urealyticum was found in 44.8% of DED infected patients using the PCR method. Both organisms were identified in only 37.9% of DED patients found to be infected. Control subjects had a 22% detection rate of Chlamydia trachomatis by DFA assay versus a 7% detection rate by PCR; while Ureaplasma urealyticum was detected in 3.7% of the controls by PCR method. The conjunctival culture revealed that gram positive microorganisms represented 75% of isolates with coagulase negative Staphylococci the most common (50%) followed by Staphylococcus aureus (20%), whereas gram negative microorganisms occurred in 25% of cases, isolating Moraxella spp. as the most frequent organism. CONCLUSION Our results tend to point out that Chlamydia trachomatis and Ureaplasma urealyticum were detected in a moderate percentage of patients with DED, and could be a fair possibility for its development. PCR is more reliable in detecting Chlamydia trachomatis than DFA technique. The presence of isolated conjunctival bacterial microflora can be of some potential value. PMID:27803864

  11. Chlamydia trachomatis IgM seropositivity during pregnancy and assessment of its risk factors.

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    Rahman, M; Chowdhury, S B; Akhtar, N; Jahan, M; Jahan, M K; Jebunnahar, S

    2014-01-01

    The study was undertaken to determine socio-demographic and reproductive risk factors associated with Chlamydia trachomaties IgM seropositivity during pregnancy. This cross sectional comparative study was carried out in the obstetrics outdoor of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU), Dhaka, Bangladesh in collaboration with the department of Virology between the periods from July 2007 to December 2008. Pregnant women at their first visit to the hospital were approached consecutively and asked to complete a questionnaire and 2cc blood was collected from each subject for Chlamydia trachomatis IgM antibody testing using ELISA method. The study population was divided into two groups according to the presence and absence of serum Chlamydia trachomatis IgM antibody. Finally socio-demographic and reproductive risk factors were compared between the groups. Among 172 women the sero-prevalence of Chlamydia IgM was 41%. The multiple logistic regression model (step wise) finally extracted for characteristics correlated with seropositivity. Ten years or less (≤SSC) education (OR 2.6 95% CI 1.1to 5.9), history of adverse pregnancy outcome (OR 2.8 95% CI 1.2 to 6.5) and multiple sex partner of husband (OR 4.1 95% CI 1.2 to 14.8) were associated with chlamydia infection. The use of condom (OR 0.28 95% CI 0.12 to 0.63) was associated with decreased risk of infection. Chlamydia trachomatis infection during pregnancy is associated with risk factors on the basis of which selective screening can be done.

  12. Fierce competition between Toxoplasma and Chlamydia for host cell structures in dually infected cells.

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    Romano, Julia D; de Beaumont, Catherine; Carrasco, Jose A; Ehrenman, Karen; Bavoil, Patrik M; Coppens, Isabelle

    2013-02-01

    The prokaryote Chlamydia trachomatis and the protozoan Toxoplasma gondii, two obligate intracellular pathogens of humans, have evolved a similar modus operandi to colonize their host cell and salvage nutrients from organelles. In order to gain fundamental knowledge on the pathogenicity of these microorganisms, we have established a cell culture model whereby single fibroblasts are coinfected by C. trachomatis and T. gondii. We previously reported that the two pathogens compete for the same nutrient pools in coinfected cells and that Toxoplasma holds a significant competitive advantage over Chlamydia. Here we have expanded our coinfection studies by examining the respective abilities of Chlamydia and Toxoplasma to co-opt the host cytoskeleton and recruit organelles. We demonstrate that the two pathogen-containing vacuoles migrate independently to the host perinuclear region and rearrange the host microtubular network around each vacuole. However, Toxoplasma outcompetes Chlamydia to the host microtubule-organizing center to the detriment of the bacterium, which then shifts to a stress-induced persistent state. Solely in cells preinfected with Chlamydia, the centrosomes become associated with the chlamydial inclusion, while the Toxoplasma parasitophorous vacuole displays growth defects. Both pathogens fragment the host Golgi apparatus and recruit Golgi elements to retrieve sphingolipids. This study demonstrates that the productive infection by both Chlamydia and Toxoplasma depends on the capability of each pathogen to successfully adhere to a finely tuned developmental program that aims to remodel the host cell for the pathogen's benefit. In particular, this investigation emphasizes the essentiality of host organelle interception by intravacuolar pathogens to facilitate access to nutrients.

  13. Prevalence of cervical Chlamydia trachomatis and Neisseria gonorrhoeae in female adolescents.

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    Fraser, J J; Rettig, P J; Kaplan, D W

    1983-03-01

    The prevalence of cervical infection with Chlamydia trachomatis and Neisseria gonorrhoeae was examined in 125 girls receiving primary gynecologic care in a general adolescent clinic. C trachomatis was isolated in 8% of the patients using a microtiter tissue-culture method, and N gonorrhoeae was found in 12%. A significant association was found between the use of oral contraceptives and positive chlamydial cultures. Patients with Chlamydia-positive cultures were frequently asymptomatic and exhibited no positive findings on physical examination. Three of ten women with cervical chlamydial infection developed pelvic inflammatory disease. These results support the use of cervical screening for both of these pathogens in sexually active adolescents.

  14. Mathematical analysis of a Chlamydia epidemic model with pulse vaccination strategy.

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    Samanta, G P

    2015-03-01

    In this paper, we have considered a dynamical model of Chlamydia disease with varying total population size, bilinear incidence rate and pulse vaccination strategy. We have defined two positive numbers R₀ and (R₁≤ R₀). It is proved that there exists an infection-free periodic solution which is globally attractive if R₀ 1 The important mathematical findings for the dynamical behaviour of the Chlamydia disease model are also numerically verified using MATLAB. Finally epidemiological implications of our analytical findings are addressed critically.

  15. Seroprevalence and risk factors of Chlamydia infection in dogs in Southwestern China.

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    Tian, Yi-Ming; Cao, Jing-Feng; Zhou, Dong-Hui; Zou, Feng-Cai; Miao, Qiang; Liu, Zi-Li; Li, Bi-Feng; Lv, Rui-Qing; Du, Xiao-Peng; Zhu, Xing-Quan

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    Chlamydia spp. are obligate intracellular bacteria distributed globally, known to cause various forms of diseases in animals and humans. To date, there is limited information about the seroprevalence of Chlamydia and the risk factors associated with Chlamydia infection in dogs in the world. In the present study, a serological survey was undertaken to examine the seroprevalence and risk factors associated with dog chlamydiosis in Yunnan Province, southwestern China. A total of 591 dogs were sampled, antibodies to Chlamydia were determined by indirect hemagglutination assay (IHA). The overall seroprevalence was estimated at 17.6%. The risk factors associated with seroprevalence were determined by a multivariate logistic regression analysis. Gender and age of dogs were not significant in the logistic regression analysis (P>0.05) and left out of the final model. Type and geographical origin of dogs were considered as main risk factors associated with Chlamydia infection, stray dogs (31.37%) were more than 16 times (OR=16.167, 95% CI=6.283-41.599, Pcompared to the police dogs (7.62%), while pet dogs (14.41%) had a 3 times (OR=2.968, 95% CI=1.349-6.529, P=0.007) higher risk. Positive dogs were found in 5 districts of Yunnan Province with prevalence ranging from 2.56% to 31.67% except Diqing (0/56). Dogs in Kunming (20.21%) had a 9 times higher risk of being seropositive compared to dogs in Lijiang (2.56%) (OR=9.057, 95% CI=1.211-67.714, P=0.032), although no regional differences were found in other 4 administrative divisions compared to Lijiang (P>0.05). Our study revealed a widespread and high prevalence of Chlamydia infection in dogs in Yunnan Province, southwestern China, with higher exposure risk in stray dogs and distinct geographical distribution. These findings suggest the potential importance of dogs in the transmission of zoonotic Chlamydia infection, and thus Chlamydia should be taken into consideration in diagnosing dog diseases.

  16. Host-pathogen interactions in specific pathogen-free chickens following aerogenous infection with Chlamydia psittaci and Chlamydia abortus.

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    Kalmar, Isabelle; Berndt, Angela; Yin, Lizi; Chiers, Koen; Sachse, Konrad; Vanrompay, Daisy

    2015-03-15

    Although Chlamydia (C.) psittaci infections are recognized as an important factor causing economic losses and impairing animal welfare in poultry production, the specific mechanisms leading to severe clinical outcomes are poorly understood. In the present study, we comparatively investigated pathology and host immune response, as well as systemic dissemination and expression of essential chlamydial genes in the course of experimental aerogeneous infection with C. psittaci and the closely related C. abortus, respectively, in specific pathogen-free chicks. Clinical signs appeared sooner and were more severe in the C. psittaci-infected group. Compared to C. abortus infection, more intense systemic dissemination of C. psittaci correlated with higher and faster infiltration of immune cells, as well as more macroscopic lesions and epithelial pathology, such as hyperplasia and erosion. In thoracic air sac tissue, mRNA expression of immunologically relevant factors, such as IFN-γ, IL-1β, IL-6, IL-17, IL-22, LITAF and iNOS was significantly stronger up-regulated in C. psittaci- than in C. abortus-infected birds between 3 and 14 days post-infection. Likewise, transcription rates of the chlamydial genes groEL, cpaf and ftsW were consistently higher in C. psittaci during the acute phase. These findings illustrate that the stronger replication of C. psittaci in its natural host also evoked a more intense immune response than in the case of C. abortus infection.

  17. Vacuna Sintética contra la Malaria

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    Manuel Elkin Patarroyo

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    El doctor Manuel Elkin Patarroyo hace un recuento de lo que fueron sus primeros años de estudio y los primeros pasos que se dieron para fundar el Instituto de Inmunología, ayudado por muchos de los Académicos. Siempre ha querido representar al pueblo colombiano en sus valores de trabajo, disciplina, estudio, pensamiento y generosidad, en aras de un pueblo que sufre, que en definitiva es el objetivo del Médico, el paciente.

    Posteriormente comenta qué es lo que se ha hecho con toda la profundidad que se merece pero con simpleza de palabras y en términos sencillos, cómo se desarrolló la Vacuna Sintética contra la malaria: ¿Por qué malaria?, porque esta es una enfermedad de gran trascendencia; aclara que él no le teme ni le molesta el cuestionamiento científico sobre el desarrollo de esta investigación, por el contrario lo acepta y lo goza porque es el ejercicio intelectual; lo que sí le molesta es el morbo alrededor de ello, por esto pidió al doctor Muñoz que al final se adelante un debate al respecto.

    Dice a continuación que las vacunas tradicionales son biológicas como todo el mundo lo sabe, es el microorganismo causal mismo que se muta ose mata, pero que descomponiendo la estructura química de sus moléculas, con el concepto de la síntesis química se podrían rehacer químicamente y ser utilizadas como vacuna.

    Decidieron entonces atacar el problema de la vacuna a través de esta metodología creando la vacuna contra la malaria de la cual se conoce su estructura química, y aclara que las vacunas químicas tienen otra ventaja, que son puras, con menos reacciones adversas que las tradicionales.

    Dice el doctor Patarroyo que decidieron aislar, e identificar más de la mitad de las proteínas del parásito y dividiendo la muestra en dos fracciones, una de ellas se seleccionó para averiguar su composición química y la otra para saber cuál podría ser útil como vacuna. Así, fueron al Amazonas y all

  18. Serological and nested PCR survey to determine the occurrence of Chlamydia infections in the Polish cattle population.

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    Szymańska-Czerwińska, Monika; Niemczuk, Krzysztof; Galińska, Elżbieta Monika

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    Chlamydia spp. is an obligate intracellular agent that causes chlamydiosis in animals and humans. The aim of the presented study was to investigate the prevalence of Chlamydia infection in the Polish cattle population, both asymptomatic and having reproductive disorders. The study was performed on 4,475 serum samples collected from 16 Polish provinces at the turn of 2009-2011. The samples (3,419 from asymptomatic cattle and 1,056 from cattle with reproductive disorders) were tested by complement fixation test (CFT). Moreover, 160 and 201 samples of biological materials from both groups of cattle, respectively, were tested by nested PCR. The results obtained for two tested groups were compared by χ2 (ch-squared) test, both individually for each region (province), and generally for the whole country. The CFT results showed that the seroprevalence of Chlamydia spp. infections in the asymptomatic cattle population was 4.15%, while in the cattle with reproductive disorders--7.20%. There was a significant statistical difference between compared groups for whole country, but there were no significant differences for individual provinces. The results of PCR showed that Chlamydia spp. was present in both asymptomatic cattle and cattle having reproductive disorders. The nested PCR study confirmed the presence of Chlamydia abortus and Chlamydia suis in the tested samples. The presented study indicates that infections with Chlamydia spp. are present among Polish cattle, but the percentage of infected animals is not high.

  19. Comprehensive in silico prediction and analysis of chlamydial outer membrane proteins reflects evolution and life style of the Chlamydiae

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    Myers Garry

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Chlamydiae are obligate intracellular bacteria comprising some of the most important bacterial pathogens of animals and humans. Although chlamydial outer membrane proteins play a key role for attachment to and entry into host cells, only few have been described so far. We developed a comprehensive, multiphasic in silico approach, including the calculation of clusters of orthologues, to predict outer membrane proteins using conservative criteria. We tested this approach using Escherichia coli (positive control and Bacillus subtilis (negative control, and applied it to five chlamydial species; Chlamydia trachomatis, Chlamydia muridarum, Chlamydia (a.k.a. Chlamydophila pneumoniae, Chlamydia (a.k.a. Chlamydophila caviae, and Protochlamydia amoebophila. Results In total, 312 chlamydial outer membrane proteins and lipoproteins in 88 orthologous clusters were identified, including 238 proteins not previously recognized to be located in the outer membrane. Analysis of their taxonomic distribution revealed an evolutionary conservation among Chlamydiae, Verrucomicrobia, Lentisphaerae and Planctomycetes as well as lifestyle-dependent conservation of the chlamydial outer membrane protein composition. Conclusion This analysis suggested a correlation between the outer membrane protein composition and the host range of chlamydiae and revealed a common set of outer membrane proteins shared by these intracellular bacteria. The collection of predicted chlamydial outer membrane proteins is available at the online database pCOMP http://www.microbial-ecology.net/pcomp and might provide future guidance in the quest for anti-chlamydial vaccines.

  20. Incidence and persistence of carcinogenic genital human papillomavirus infections in young women with or without Chlamydia trachomatis co-infection.

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    Vriend, Henrike J; Bogaards, Johannes A; van Bergen, Jan E A M; Brink, Antoinette A T P; van den Broek, Ingrid V F; Hoebe, Christian J P A; King, Audrey J; van der Sande, Marianne A B; Wolffs, Petra F G; de Melker, Hester E

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    We assessed whether infection with chlamydia increases the incidence of carcinogenic human papillomavirus (HPV) infections and if HPV persistence is affected by chlamydia co-infection. For 1982 women (16-29 years-old) participating in two consecutive rounds of a chlamydia screening implementation trial, swabs were polymerase chain reaction tested to detect chlamydia and 14 carcinogenic HPV genotypes. HPV type-specific incidence and persistence rates were stratified for chlamydia positivity at follow-up. Associations were assessed by multilevel logistic regression analyses with correction for sexual risk factors. HPV type-specific incidence ranged from 1.4% to 8.9% and persistence from 22.7% to 59.4% after a median follow-up of 11 months (interquartile range: 11-12). Differences in 1-year HPV persistence rates between chlamydia -infected and noninfected women were less distinct than differences in HPV incidence rates (pooled adjusted odds ratios of 1.17 [95% CI: 0.69-1.96] and 1.84 [95% CI: 1.36-2.47], respectively). The effect of chlamydia co-infection on HPV-infection risk did not significantly differ by HPV genotype. In conclusion, infection with chlamydia increases the risk of infection by carcinogenic HPV types and may enhance persistence of some HPV types. Although these findings could reflect residual confounding through unobserved risk factors, our results do give reason to explore more fully the association between chlamydia and HPV type-specific acquisition and persistence. © 2015 The Authors. Cancer Medicine published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  1. Detection of Chlamydia pneumoniae in cholesteatoma tissue: any pathogenetic role?

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    Ronchetti, Francesco; Ronchetti, Roberto; Guglielmi, Francesco; Chiappini, Ilaria; Contini, Carlo; Filipo, Roberto; Santino, Iolanda; Cerruto, Rosario; Bernardeschi, Daniele; Barbara, Maurizio

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    Acquired cholesteatoma is a complication of chronic otitis media that is usually associated with an intense local inflammatory reaction. Cholesteatoma probably arises from epithelial migration close to an ongoing host inflammatory response attributable to a chronic bacterial infection. Chlamydia pneumoniae is an intracellular microorganism associated with several pathologic conditions originally considered noninflammatory, including asthma, atherosclerosis, and Alzheimer disease. To investigate a possible relationship between C. pneumoniae and the development of cholesteatoma, tissue was studied in three different layers by polymerase chain reaction analysis. The results were compared with those relative to other two common middle-ear pathogens, Mycoplasma pneumoniae and Haemophilus influenzae. Cholesteatoma specimens were collected from 32 patients undergoing middle ear surgery. A series of 5 microm-thick specimens were obtained at three different tissue levels, internal (matrix), intermediate (perimatrix), and external (granulation tissue), and processed by polymerase chain reaction for detection of C. pneumoniae, H. influenzae, and M. pneumoniae. Fragmentation and polymerase chain reaction amplification were carried out using two substantially different techniques. C. pneumoniae was detected with either polymerase chain reaction techniques in the internal layers in 16 of the 32 cholesteatomas (50%), associated with a positive finding in the intermediate layer in two cases and in the external layer in one case. Four specimens contained H. influenzae, always in the external layer, whereas none contained M. pneumoniae. The close relationship between cholesteatoma and C. pneumoniae demonstrated by the findings of this study could suggest a direct cause and effect link between the pathogen action and the clinical manifestations. Otherwise, a facilitated colonization by C. pneumoniae and chronic pathology of the ear could both take origin from a peculiar immunologic

  2. Non-detection of Chlamydia species in carotid atheroma using generic primers by nested PCR in a population with a high prevalence of Chlamydia pneumoniae antibody

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    Bamford Kathleen B

    2001-08-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The association of Chlamydia pneumoniae with atherosclerosis is controversial. We investigated the presence of C. pneumoniae and other Chlamydia spp. in atheromatous carotid artery tissue. Methods Forty elective carotid endarterectomy patients were recruited (27 males, mean age 65 and 13 females mean age 68, 4 had bilateral carotid endarterectomies (n= 44 endarterectomy specimens. Control specimens were taken from macroscopically normal carotid artery adjacent to the atheromatous lesions (internal controls, except in 8 cases where normal carotid arteries from post mortem (external controls were used. Three case-control pairs were excluded when the HLA DRB gene failed to amplify from the DNA. Genus specific primers to the major outer membrane protein (MOMP gene were used in a nested polymerase chain reaction (nPCR in 41 atheromatous carotid specimens and paired controls. PCR inhibition was monitored by spiking with target C. trachomatis. Atheroma severity was graded histologically. Plasma samples were tested by microimmunofluorescence (MIF for antibodies to C. pneumoniae, C. trachomatis and C. psittaci and the corresponding white cells were tested for Chlamydia spp. by nPCR. Results C. pneumoniae was not detected in any carotid specimen. Twenty-five of 38 (66% plasma specimens were positive for C. pneumoniae IgG, 2/38 (5% for C. trachomatis IgG and 1/38 (3% for C. psittaci IgG. Conclusions We were unable to show an association between the presence of Chlamydia spp. and atheroma in carotid arteries in the presence of a high seroprevalence of C. pneumoniae antibodies in Northern Ireland.

  3. Pros y contras de la creación del Hospital contra el Cáncer en Costa Rica

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    Grettel Carolina Alfaro Campo

    2004-03-01

    Full Text Available La relevancia que representa para el país la creación del hospital oncológico es controversial, porque se ha recibido amplia cobertura de los noticieros, donde se han hecho muy importantes denuncias, y parte de las poblaciones estudiadas para este trabajo, están en contra de este proyecto, 25 % de los médicos no le encuentra el beneficio directo. En cuanto a quien debería manejar dicho hospital, ambas poblaciones (medicas y civiles concordaron que la CCSS es el organismo que debe encargarse del manejo. Al ICCC ( Instituto Costarricense Contra el Cáncer se le ha relacionado solamente con la construcción del edificio del hospital que atienda el cáncer, pero la ley 7765 lo establece como órgano encargado de la investigación, capacitación, prevención y tratamiento de esta enfermedad, por lo que es necesario llevar a cabo un análisis financiero de costos que dé a conocer cuáles serían los beneficios y qué cambios implicaría la creación de un hospital oncológico, pero para que las cosas funcionen en orden, la transparencia y la comunicación se vuelven imprescindibles. A pesar de todo, es probable que la creación de este centro especializado en cáncer implique una diferencia significativa en la situación de salud del paciente con cáncer en nuestro país.The relevance that represents to the country the creation of the oncological hospital is controversial, because it has received a wide coverage by the news, where important denounces have been made, and part of the populations studied for this essay are against this project, 25 % of the medical doctors do not find a direct benefit. As to who has to lead the project, both populations (medical and civilian agree that the CCSS has to lead it. The ICCC (Costa Rican Institute Against Cancer has been associated with the construction of the facilities of the hospital that give attendance, but the law 7765 establishes it like the organism in charge of the investigation, capacitating

  4. Membrane proteins PmpG and PmpH are major constituents of Chlamydia trachomatis L2 outer membrane complex

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    Mygind, Per H; Christiansen, Gunna; Roepstorff, P;

    2000-01-01

    The outer membrane complex of Chlamydia is involved in the initial adherence and ingestion of Chlamydia by the host cell. In order to identify novel proteins in the outer membrane of Chlamydia trachomatis L2, proteins were separated by sodium dodecyl sulfate polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis....... By silver staining of the protein profile, a major protein doublet of 100-110 kDa was detected. In-gel tryptic digestion and matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization mass spectrometry identified these proteins as the putative outer membrane proteins PmpG and PmpH....

  5. Evidence for the existence of two new members of the family Chlamydiaceae and proposal of Chlamydia avium sp. nov. and Chlamydia gallinacea sp. nov.

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    Sachse, Konrad; Laroucau, Karine; Riege, Konstantin; Wehner, Stefanie; Dilcher, Meik; Creasy, Heather Huot; Weidmann, Manfred; Myers, Garry; Vorimore, Fabien; Vicari, Nadia; Magnino, Simone; Liebler-Tenorio, Elisabeth; Ruettger, Anke; Bavoil, Patrik M; Hufert, Frank T; Rosselló-Móra, Ramon; Marz, Manja

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    The family Chlamydiaceae with the recombined single genus Chlamydia currently comprises nine species, all of which are obligate intracellular organisms distinguished by a unique biphasic developmental cycle. Anecdotal evidence from epidemiological surveys in flocks of poultry, pigeons and psittacine birds have indicated the presence of non-classified chlamydial strains, some of which may act as pathogens. In the present study, phylogenetic analysis of ribosomal RNA and ompA genes, as well as multi-locus sequence analysis of 11 field isolates were conducted. All independent analyses assigned the strains into two different clades of monophyletic origin corresponding to pigeon and psittacine strains or poultry isolates, respectively. Comparative genome analysis involving the type strains of currently accepted Chlamydiaceae species and the designated type strains representing the two new clades confirmed that the latter could be classified into two different species as their average nucleotide identity (ANI) values were always below 94%, both with the closest relative species and between themselves. In view of the evidence obtained from the analyses, we propose the addition of two new species to the current classification: Chlamydia avium sp. nov. comprising strains from pigeons and psittacine birds (type strain 10DC88(T); DSMZ: DSM27005(T), CSUR: P3508(T)) and Chlamydia gallinacea sp. nov. comprising strains from poultry (type strain 08-1274/3(T); DSMZ: DSM27451(T), CSUR: P3509(T)).

  6. Obtención y evaluación de poxvirus recombinantes para antígenos estructurales del virus de la hepatitis C (VHC) como inmunógenos y herramientas analíticas

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    De acuerdo a estimados recientes, en el ámbito mundial existen más de 170 millones de personas infectadas de forma crónica por el virus de la hepatitis C (VHC). En los individuos crónicamente infectados es frecuente la aparición de formas severas de la enfermedad hepática como la cirrosis y el carcinoma hepatocelular. En Cuba, se ha informado que al menos el 0,8% de la población tiene anticuerpos contra el VHC. Hasta el momento no existe una vacuna contra el VHC disponible en el mercado y la ...

  7. A novel guinea pig model of Chlamydia trachomatis genital tract infection

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    Jonge, M.I. de; Keizer, S.A.; El Moussaoui, H.M.; Dorsten, L. van; Azzawi, R.; Zuilekom, H.I. van; Peters, P.P.; Opzeeland, F.J. van; Dijk, L. van; Nieuwland, R.; Roosenboom-Theunissen, H.W.; Vrijenhoek, M.P.; Debyser, I.; Verweij, P.J.; Duijnhoven, W.G. van; Bosch, J.F. van den; Nuijten, P.J.

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    Genital Chlamydia trachomatis infections often result in pelvic inflammatory disease and sequelae including infertility and ectopic pregnancies. In addition to the already established murine models, the development of other animal models is necessary to study the safety and efficacy of prototype

  8. An optimal method of iron starvation of the obligate intracellular pathogen, Chlamydia trachomatis

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    Christopher C. Thompson

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    Full Text Available Iron is an essential cofactor in a number of critical biochemical reactions, and as such, its acquisition, storage, and metabolism is highly regulated in most organisms. The obligate intracellular bacterium, Chlamydia trachomatis experiences a developmental arrest when iron within the host is depleted. The nature of the iron starvation response in Chlamydia is relatively uncharacterized because of the likely inefficient method of iron depletion, which currently relies on the compound deferoxamine mesylate (DFO. Inefficient induction of the iron starvation response precludes the identification of iron-regulated genes. This report evaluated DFO with another iron chelator, 2,2’-bipyridyl (Bpdl and presented a systematic comparison of the two across a range of criteria in a single-treatment time-of-infection regimen. We demonstrate that the membrane permeable Bpdl was superior to DFO in the inhibition of chlamydia development, the induction of aberrant morphology, and the induction of an iron starvation transcriptional response in both host and bacteria. Furthermore, iron starvation using Bpdl identified the periplasmic iron binding protein-encoding ytgA gene as iron- responsive. Overall, the data present a compelling argument for the use of Bpdl, rather than DFO, in future iron starvation studies of chlamydia and other intracellular bacteria.

  9. Chlamydia trachomatis in women attending a gynaecological outpatient clinic with lower genital tract infection.

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    Svensson, L; Weström, L; Mårdh, P A

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    In a study of 3794 consecutive women attending a gynaecological outpatient clinic with symptoms of lower genital tract infection (LGTI) 350 (9.2%) harboured Chlamydia trachomatis and 83 (2.2%) Neisseria gonorrhoeae. One hundred and ninety-five patients who were later found to have acute salpingitis and 109 other women in whom the chlamydial cultures were spoiled were excluded from the series. Of the remaining 3490 women, 281 were infected with C trachomatis, 42 with N gonorrhoeae, and 17 with both. Of the 3150 women who were infected with neither organism, 146 were randomly selected as controls. The chlamydia-positive patients were younger (P less than 0.001), did not complain of pelvic discomfort or pain (P less than 0.01), and used oral contraceptives (P less than 0.001) more frequently than did the controls; intrauterine devices were used more often (P less than 0.01) by the controls. Increased vaginal discharge was reported significantly more often in chlamydia-positive patients than in the controls (P less than 0.05). Of 266 women harbouring C trachomatis the organism was still present in 22 (8.3%) when they were followed up from two to more than eight weeks after finishing treatment with doxycycline. Of 91 male consorts of chlamydia-positive women, 53 (58.2%) were infected with C trachomatis.

  10. Sexual behavior and the prevalence of Chlamydia trachomatis infection in asymptomatic students in Germany and Spain.

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    Stock, C; Guillén-Grima, F; Prüfer-Krämer, L; Serrano-Monzo, I; Marin-Fernandez, B; Aguinaga-Ontoso, I; Krämer, A

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    This study aimed to assess patterns of sexual activity, preventive behaviors, contraceptive use, and the prevalence of chlamydia infection in student populations from two countries. 188 asymptomatic students of the University of Bielefeld, Germany and 590 students of the Navarra Public University, Spain were surveyed using a standardized self-administered questionnaire. Urine samples were analyzed by ligase chain reaction technique for chlamydia infection. Compared to German students, Spanish students were less likely to have more than one sex partner within the last 12 months (OR: 0.62; CI: 0.46-0.83), to have sexual intercourse more than one time per week (OR: 0.70; CI: 0.52-0.93) and to use oral contraceptives (OR: 0.16; CI: 0.10-0.26). They reported a higher use of condoms (OR: 2.93; CI: 2.01-4.27) and were more likely to always use condoms with a new sex partner (OR: 2.47; CI: 1.72-3.53). The prevalence of chlamydia infection was considerably higher in German students (5.8% [corrected] in females; 2.2% in males) than in Spanish students, where no case was found. The higher frequency of sexual activity, a higher engagement in risk-taking sexual behavior and the lower use of barrier contraceptives may contribute to the higher prevalence of chlamydia infection in German students.

  11. Impact of Mass Distribution of Azithromycin on the Antibiotic Susceptibilities of Ocular Chlamydia trachomatis

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    Solomon, Anthony W.; Mohammed, Zeena; Massae, Patrick A.; Shao, John F.; Foster, Allen; Mabey, David C. W.; Peeling, Rosanna W.

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    In a community of Tanzania where trachoma is endemic, we cultured conjunctival swabs from all residents who had active trachoma and were PCR positive for ocular Chlamydia trachomatis, both before (43 isolates) and 2 months after (9 isolates) mass antibiotic treatment. No clinically or programmatically significant increase in azithromycin or tetracycline resistance was observed. PMID:16251338

  12. Impact of Mass Distribution of Azithromycin on the Antibiotic Susceptibilities of Ocular Chlamydia trachomatis

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    In a community of Tanzania where trachoma is endemic, we cultured conjunctival swabs from all residents who had active trachoma and were PCR positive for ocular Chlamydia trachomatis, both before (43 isolates) and 2 months after (9 isolates) mass antibiotic treatment. No clinically or programmatically significant increase in azithromycin or tetracycline resistance was observed.

  13. Systematic screening for Chlamydia trachomatis : Estimating cost-effectiveness using dynamic modeling and Dutch data

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    de Vries, R.; Van Bergen, J.E.A.M.; de Jong-van den Berg, Lolkje; Postma, Maarten

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    To estimate the cost-effectiveness of a systematic one-off Chlamydia trachomatis (CT) screening program including partner treatment for Dutch young adults. Data on infection prevalence, participation rates, and sexual behavior were obtained from a large pilot study conducted in The Netherlands. Oppo

  14. Overexpression and surface localization of the Chlamydia trachomatis major outer membrane protein in Escherichia coli

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    Koehler, JF; Birkelund, Svend; Stephens, RS

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    The Chlamydia trachomatis major outer membrane protein (MOMP) is the quantitatively predominant surface protein which has important functional, structural and antigenic properties. We have cloned and overexpressed the MOMP in Escherichia coli. The MOMP is surface exposed in C. trachomatis and cap...... the contribution of the MOMP variable segments to the topographical interactions which determine the antigenic structure responsible for human immune response....

  15. Influence of volume of sample processed on detection of Chlamydia trachomatis in urogenital samples by PCR

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    Goessens, W H; Kluytmans, J A; den Toom, N; van Rijsoort-Vos, T H; Niesters, B G; Stolz, E; Verbrugh, H A; Quint, W G

    In the present study, it was demonstrated that the sensitivity of the PCR for the detection of Chlamydia trachomatis is influenced by the volume of the clinical sample which is processed in the PCR. An adequate sensitivity for PCR was established by processing at least 4%, i.e., 80 microliters, of

  16. Perceptions of Self-Testing for Chlamydia: Understanding and Predicting Self-Test Use

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    Rachael Powell

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available Background: Self-testing technology allows people to test themselves for chlamydia without professional support. This may result in reassurance and wider access to chlamydia testing, but anxiety could occur on receipt of positive results. This study aimed to identify factors important in understanding self-testing for chlamydia outside formal screening contexts, to explore the potential impacts of self-testing on individuals, and to identify theoretical constructs to form a Framework for future research and intervention development. Methods: Eighteen university students participated in semi-structured interviews; eleven had self-tested for chlamydia. Data were analysed thematically usingaFrameworkapproach. Results: Perceivedbenefitsofself-testingincludeditsbeingconvenient, anonymousandnotrequiringphysicalexamination. Therewasconcernabouttestaccuracyandsome participants lacked confidence in using vulvo-vaginal swabs. While some participants expressed concern about the absence of professional support, all said they would seek help on receiving a positive result. Factors identified in Protection Motivation Theory and the Theory of Planned Behaviour, such as response efficacy and self-efficacy, were found to be highly salient to participants in thinking about self-testing. Conclusions: These exploratory findings suggest that self-testing independentlyofformalhealthcaresystemsmaynomorenegativelyimpactpeoplethanbeingtested by health care professionals. Participants’ perceptions about self-testing behaviour were consistent with psychological theories. Findings suggest that interventions which increase confidence in using self-tests and that provide reassurance of test accuracy may increase self-test intentions.

  17. Risk Factors for Incident and Redetected Chlamydia trachomatis Infection in Women

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    Harder, Elise; Thomsen, Louise T; Frederiksen, Kirsten;

    2016-01-01

    OBJECTIVES: To investigate risk factors for incident and redetected Chlamydia trachomatis (CT) infection in women, including the role of high-risk human papillomavirus (HPV). METHODS: In this population-based, prospective cohort study conducted in Copenhagen, Denmark, 10,729 women aged 20 to 29 y...

  18. Multilocus Sequence Typing of Urogenital Chlamydia trachomatis From Patients With Different Degrees of Clinical Symptoms

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    Christerson, L.; de Vries, H.J.C.; Klint, M.; Herrmann, B.; Morré, S.A.

    2011-01-01

    Background: In the past, contradictory results have been obtained linking Chlamydia trachomatis serovars (ompA gene) to different clinical courses of infection. Methods: A high resolution multilocus sequence typing (MLST) system was used to genotype 6 genetic regions, including ompA, in 70 Dutch uro

  19. [Evaluation of testicular biopsy as an aspect of Chlamydia trachomatis infection (introductory report)].

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    Maciejewski, Z; Swierczyński, W; Dziecielski, H; Semmler, G

    1989-01-01

    The purpose of the study was demonstration of the presence of Chlamydia trachomatis in biopsy testicular specimens. The indication to testicular biopsy was azoospermia or cryptozoospermia. The studied group comprised 12 patients in whose semen C. trachomatis was found. For the identification of the organism culture in chick embryo was used. In 2 preparations C. trachomatis was demonstrated in testicular biopsy.

  20. Waddlia chondrophila and Chlamydia trachomatis antibodies in screening infertile women for tubal pathology

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    Verweij, S. P.; Kebbi-Beghdadi, C.; Land, J. A.; Ouburg, S.; Morre, S. A.; Greub, G.

    2015-01-01

    Since Waddlia chondrophila is closely related to Chlamydia trachomatis, we hypothesise that W. chondrophila may also be associated with tubal factor infertility (TFI) in women, a major complication of chronic C. trachomatis infection. Five hundred twenty serum samples were tested for anti-Waddlia an

  1. Chlamydia trachomatis and genital human papillomavirus infections in female university students in Honduras.

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    Tabora, N.; Zelaya, A.; Bakkers, J.; Melchers, W.J.; Ferrera, A.

    2005-01-01

    Sexually transmitted infections are a serious health problem in Honduras. Human papillomavirus (HPV) and Chlamydia trachomatis are major causes of sexually transmitted diseases. To determine the prevalence of C. trachomatis and HPV in young women, 100 female university students in Honduras were assa

  2. Low prevalence of the new variant of Chlamydia trachomatis in Denmark

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    Jensen, J.S.; Westh, Henrik T.

    2008-01-01

    We estimated the prevalence of the new variant of Chlamydia trachomatis in Denmark. Fifty consecutive C trachomatis urine samples from each of the 14 regional microbiology laboratories were initially tested and re-analysed with a real-time C trachomatis PCR assay targeting the 16S rRNA gene...

  3. Molecular biology of Chlamydia pneumoniae surface proteins and their role in immunopathogenicity

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    Christiansen, Gunna; Boesen, Thomas; Hjernø, Karin

    1999-01-01

    BACKGROUND: The association of Chlamydia pneumoniae with the development of atherosclerosis is based on serology and on detection of C pneumoniae-specific DNA by polymerase chain reaction in the atheromas. METHODS AND RESULTS: Because the humoral immune response frequently recognizes epitopes pre...

  4. "Rate of Chlamydia trachomatis, Mycoplasma hominis and Ureaplasma urealyticum in Infertile Females and Control Group"

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    N Badami

    2001-07-01

    Full Text Available Infertility in famale is one of the most important sequela of genital infection with Chlamydia trachomatis, Mycoplasma hominis and Ureaplasma urealyticum. In the present study the frequency of these bacteries was studied in 125 infertile female by direct and indirect immunofluorscence tests and culture method and compared with 250 normal population. Mycoplasma hominis was isolated from 32 (35.6% of infertile females compare with 18 (7.2% of normal population. Ureaplasma urealyticum was isolated from 41 (32.8% of infertile females compare to 48 (19.2% of normal population. Chlamydia trachomatis was detected by direct IF in 11 (8.8% of infertile and 2 (0.8% control group. The antibody titer against D-K serotypes of Chlamydia trachomatis was also measured in both groups of infertile and normal population and a positive titer of 1/16 and above was detected in 26 (20.8% of infertile cases and in 8 (3.2% of control group. The rate of Chlamydia trachomatis, Mycoplasma hominis and Ureaplasma urealyticum in case and control groups was significant (respectively P<0.0001, P<0.0001, p= 0.0018.

  5. Interleukin-1 is the initiator of fallopian tube destruction during Chlamydia trachomatis infection

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    Hvid, Malene; Baczynska, Agata; Deleuran, Bent Winding;

    2007-01-01

    Chlamydia trachomatis infection is associated with severe Fallopian tube tissue damage leading to tubal infertility and ectopic pregnancy. To explore the molecular mechanisms behind infection an ex vivo model was established from human Fallopian tubes and examined by scanning electron microscopy...

  6. Influence of volume of sample processed on detection of Chlamydia trachomatis in urogenital samples by PCR

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    Goessens, W H; Kluytmans, J A; den Toom, N; van Rijsoort-Vos, T H; Niesters, B G; Stolz, E; Verbrugh, H A; Quint, W G

    1995-01-01

    In the present study, it was demonstrated that the sensitivity of the PCR for the detection of Chlamydia trachomatis is influenced by the volume of the clinical sample which is processed in the PCR. An adequate sensitivity for PCR was established by processing at least 4%, i.e., 80 microliters, of t

  7. Chlamydia trachomatis infection during pregnancy: knowledge, test practices, and attitudes of Dutch midwives.

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    Pereboom, M.T.R.; Manniën, J.; Rours, G.I.J.G.; Spelten, E.R.; Hutton, E.K.; Schellevis, F.G.

    2014-01-01

    Background: Chlamydia trachomatis infection in pregnancy may lead to adverse pregnancy outcomes. In the Netherlands, testing for C. trachomatis is based on risk assessment. We assessed midwives' knowledge, test practices, assessment of risk behavior, and attitudes regarding testing for C. trachomati

  8. Comparative proteome analysis of Chlamydia trachomatis serovar A, D and L2

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    Shaw, Allan C; Gevaert, Kris; Demol, Hans

    2002-01-01

    Chlamydia trachomatis represents a group of human pathogenic obligate intracellular and gram-negative bacteria. The genome of C. trachomatis D comprises 894 open reading frames (ORFs). In this study the global expression of genes in C. trachomatis A, D and L2, which are responsible for different ...

  9. Epidemiology of Chlamydia trachomatis infection in women and the cost-effectiveness of screening

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    Land, Jolande; Van Bergen, J E A M; Morré, S A; Postma, Maarten

    2009-01-01

    BACKGROUND: The majority of Chlamydia trachomatis infections in women are asymptomatic, but may give rise to pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) and tubal infertility. Screening programmes aim at reducing morbidity in individuals by early detection and treatment, and at decreasing the overall

  10. Classical and Molecular Methods for Evaluation of Chlamydia trachomatis Infection in Women with Tubal Factor Infertility

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    Hajikhani, Bahareh; Motallebi, Tayebeh; Norouzi, Jamileh; Bahador, Abbas; Bagheri, Rezvan; Asgari, Soheila; Chamani-Tabriz, Leili

    2013-01-01

    Background Chlamydia trachomatis is the most reported bacterial sexually transmitted disease, especially among young women worldwide. The aim of this study was comparison the prevalence of Chlamydia trachomatis infection in woman with tubal infertility by means of PCR and cell culture techniques. Methods Fifty-one women with confirmed TFI were enrolled in this study in (avicenna infertility Clinic) between January 2010 and January 2011. Cervical swab and cytobrush specimens were collected from each patient by gynecologists and sent to laboratory in transport media. Detection of Chlamydia trachomatis in samples was performed using PCR and bacteria culture in MacCoy cell line. The data were analyzed by Fisher's exact test and independent t-test. Statistical significance was established at a p-value <0.05. Results A significant relation was observed between increased the age of first intercourse and chlamydial infection. Six (11.7%) samples had positive PCR result, whereas cell culture results were positive in only 2 (3.9%) samples. A significant relation was also identified between the duration of infertility and infection (p < 0.05) by PCR versus cell culture method. Conclusion The results showed that PCR is a rapid method, compared to cell culture for detecting Chlamydial organism. It also became clear that the age at first intercourse is important to predict the likelihood of Chlamydia trachomatis. PMID:23926558

  11. Chlamydia species in free-living Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis and Hoopoe (Upupa epops in Egypt

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    Jakeen K. El-Jakee

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Little information is available on the presence of chlamydia infection in wildlife. This study was conducted to assess the occurrence of chlamydiae in asymptomatic birds from two species of wild birds (Cattle Egret and Hoopoe in Egypt. In the present study Chlamydiaceae was analyzed using Giemsa stain, Giménez stain, fluorescent antibody test (FAT and PCR. The results of these techniques were compared with CFT for detecting Chlamydia psittaci antibodies among the examined birds. The results reveal that 96.4%, 81.8%, 89.1%, 80.0% and 58.2% of the examined samples were positive for chlamydiosis using PCR, Giemsa stain, Giménez stain, FA, and CFT respectively among Hoopoe. The percentages were 90.6%, 77.4%, 83.0%, 75.5% and 66.0% respectively for the previous tests among Cattle Egret birds. The results suggest that Cattle Egret and Hoopoe may be reservoir of Chlamydiaceae species and thus shed the organisms in their excreta. The shedding of chlamydiae by free living birds in Egypt may expose humans that come in contact with these birds to zoonotic risks.

  12. Changing Pattern of Chlamydia trachomatis Strains in Lymphogranuloma Venereum Outbreak, France, 2010-2015.

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    Peuchant, Olivia; Touati, Arabella; Sperandio, Clément; Hénin, Nadège; Laurier-Nadalié, Cécile; Bébéar, Cécile; de Barbeyrac, Bertille

    2016-11-01

    We describe a change in the molecular epidemiology of Chlamydia trachomatis strains involved in an outbreak of rectal lymphogranuloma venereum in France during January 2010-April 2015. Until 2012, the C. trachomatis L2b strain predominated; however, starting in 2013, most cases involved the L2 strain. We also identified 4 genetic L2b ompA variants.

  13. Influence of volume of sample processed on detection of Chlamydia trachomatis in urogenital samples by PCR

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    W.H.F. Goessens (Wil); J.A.J.W. Kluytmans (Jan); N. den Toom; T.H. van Rijsoort-Vos; E. Stolz (Ernst); H.A. Verbrugh (Henri); W.G.V. Quint (Wim); H.G.M. Niesters (Bert)

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    textabstractIn the present study, it was demonstrated that the sensitivity of the PCR for the detection of Chlamydia trachomatis is influenced by the volume of the clinical sample which is processed in the PCR. An adequate sensitivity for PCR was established by processing at least

  14. Detection of infections of the eye with Chlamydia trachomatis by the polymerase chain reaction

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    J. Fan (Jun); W.Y. Zhang (Wen); Y.Y. Wu (Yu); X.Y. Jing (Xiou); E.C.J. Claas (Eric)

    1993-01-01

    textabstractThe aim of this study was to test the diagnostic feasibility of the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) for detection of infections with Chlamydia trachomatis in eye swabs from patients with conjunctivitis, and to establish the basic technique of the PCR for epidemiological survey. The resul

  15. Quantitative Detection of Respiratory Chlamydia pneumoniae Infection by Real-Time PCR

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    Kuoppa, Yvonne; Boman, Jens; Scott, Lena; Kumlin, Urban; Eriksson, Iréne; Allard, Annika

    2002-01-01

    Real-time PCR was evaluated as a quantitative diagnostic method for Chlamydia pneumoniae infection using different respiratory samples. Real-time PCR had efficiency equal to or better than that of nested touchdown PCR. This study confirmed sputum as the best sampling material to detect an ongoing C. pneumoniae infection.

  16. One-tube nested Polymerase Chain Reaction for detection of Chlamydia trachomatis

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    Cribb Pamela

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available Here we present a one-tube nested PCR test, which allows the detection of minimal quantities of Chlamydia trachomatis in human fluids. This assay includes the use of an internal control to avoid false negative results due to the presence of inhibitors. The results obtained show that this assay is robust enough to be used for clinical diagnosis.

  17. Cost-effectiveness analysis of Chlamydia trachomatis screening in Dutch pregnant women

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    Rours, G I J G; Smith-Norowitz, Tamar Anne; Ditkowsky, Jared; Hammerschlag, Margaret R; Verkooyen, R P; de Groot, R.; Verbrugh, H A; Postma, Maarten

    2016-01-01

    Chlamydia trachomatis infections during pregnancy may have serious consequences for women and their offspring. Chlamydial infections are largely asymptomatic. Hence, prevention is based on screening. The objective of this study was to estimate the cost-effectiveness of C. trachomatis screening durin

  18. Cost-effectiveness analysis of Chlamydia trachomatis screening in Dutch pregnant women

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    G.I.J.G. Rours (Ingrid); Smith-Norowitz, T.A. (Tamar Anne); Ditkowsky, J. (Jared); M.R. Hammerschlag; R.P.A.J. Verkooyen (Roel); de Groot, R.; H.A. Verbrugh (Henri); M.J. Postma (Maarten)

    2016-01-01

    textabstractChlamydia trachomatis infections during pregnancy may have serious consequences for women and their offspring. Chlamydial infections are largely asymptomatic. Hence, prevention is based on screening. The objective of this study was to estimate the cost-effectiveness of C. trachomatis scr

  19. Detection of infections of the eye with Chlamydia trachomatis by the polymerase chain reaction

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    J. Fan (Jun); W.Y. Zhang (Wen); Y.Y. Wu (Yu); X.Y. Jing (Xiou); E.C.J. Claas (Eric)

    1993-01-01

    textabstractThe aim of this study was to test the diagnostic feasibility of the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) for detection of infections with Chlamydia trachomatis in eye swabs from patients with conjunctivitis, and to establish the basic technique of the PCR for epidemiological survey. The

  20. Chlamydia trachomatis and genital human papillomavirus infections in female university students in Honduras.

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    Tabora, N.; Zelaya, A.; Bakkers, J.; Melchers, W.J.; Ferrera, A.

    2005-01-01

    Sexually transmitted infections are a serious health problem in Honduras. Human papillomavirus (HPV) and Chlamydia trachomatis are major causes of sexually transmitted diseases. To determine the prevalence of C. trachomatis and HPV in young women, 100 female university students in Honduras were assa

  1. Chlamydia trachomatis contains a protein similar to the Legionella pneumophila mip gene product

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    Lundemose, AG; Birkelund, Svend; Fey, SJ;

    1991-01-01

    A 27kDa Chlamydia trachomatis L2 protein was characterized by the use of monoclonal antibodies and by two-dimensional gel electrophoresis. The protein was shown to be located in the membrane of reticulate bodies as well as elementary bodies. Its synthesis could be detected from 10 hours post-infe...... potentiator (mip) gene of Legionella pneumophila....

  2. Secretion of Cpn0796 from Chlamydia pneumoniae into the host cell cytoplasm by an autotransporter mechanism

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    Vandahl, Brian B S; Stensballe, Allan; Roepstorff, Peter

    2005-01-01

    By comparison of proteome profiles of purified Chlamydia pneumoniae and whole lysates of C. pneumoniae infected HEp-2 cells, an N-terminal fragment of the previously uncharacterized chlamydial protein Cpn0796 was identified as a secreted protein. A 38 kDa cleavage product of Cpn0796 was present i...

  3. Chlamydia psittaci : a relevant cause of community-acquired pneumonia in two Dutch hospitals

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    Spoorenberg, S M C; Bos, W J W; van Hannen, E J; Dijkstra, F; Heddema, E R; van Velzen-Blad, H; Heijligenberg, R; Grutters, J C; de Jongh, B M; Meijvis, SCA

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    BACKGROUND: Of all hospitalised community-acquired pneumonias (CAPs) only a few are known to be caused by Chlamydia psittaci. Most likely the reported incidence, ranging from of 0% to 2.1%, is an underestimation of the real incidence, since detection of psittacosis is frequently not incorporated in

  4. Performance of three microimmunofluorescence assays for detection of Chlamydia pneumoniae immunoglobulin M, G, and A antibodies

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    Bennedsen, Mette; Berthelsen, Lene; Lind, Inga

    2002-01-01

    The microimmunofluorescence (MIF) test is considered the "gold standard" for laboratory diagnosis of acute and chronic Chlamydia pneumoniae infection. The performance of a MIF test based on C. pneumoniae antigen from Washington Research Foundation (WRF) was compared with those of assays from Labs...

  5. Identification and characterization of a novel Chlamydia trachomatis reticulate body protein

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    Shaw, Allan C; Larsen, Martin Røssel; Roepstorff, Peter

    2002-01-01

    The genome of the obligate intracellular bacterium Chlamydia trachomatis comprises 894 genes predicted by computer-based analysis. As part of a large-scale proteome analysis of C. trachomatis, a small abundant protein encoded by a previously unrecognized novel 204-bp open reading frame was identi...

  6. Comparative model-based analysis of screening programs for Chlamydia trachomatis infections

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    Kretzschmar, M; Welte, R; van den Hoek, A; Postma, Maarten

    2001-01-01

    The design of a screening program for asymptomatic genital infections with Chlamydia trachomatis, requires decisions about which sex or age group should be targeted and whether partner referral should be included in the program. To investigate the effects of Various screening programs on the prevale

  7. Chlamydia gallinacea, not C. psittaci, is the endemic chlamydial species in chicken (Gallus gallus).

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    Guo, Weina; Li, Jing; Kaltenboeck, Bernhard; Gong, Jiansen; Fan, Weixing; Wang, Chengming

    2016-01-18

    To investigate the prevalence and diversity of Chlamydia spp. in domestic birds in China, oral and cloacal swabs of healthy chickens, ducks, geese and pigeons were collected nationwide from live-animal markets and examined by Chlamydia spp. 23 S rRNA gene FRET-PCR followed by high-resolution melting curve analysis and confirmatory sequencing. Overall, 26.2% of the birds (602/2,300) were positive for Chlamydia spp. and five Chlamydia spp. were identified. While occasional detection of C. suis and C. muridarum in poultry is reported here for the first time, the predominant chlamydial agent was C. gallinacea representing 63.8% of all positives (384/602) and 81.2% of positive chickens (359/442). Analysis of the C. gallinacea ompA phylogeny revealed at least 13 well segregated variants (serovars). Seven-month monitoring of C. gallinacea-infected chickens indicated that the infection was persistent. C. gallinacea-infected chickens remained without overt clinical disease, but showed body weight gains significantly reduced by 6.5-11.4% beginning in week 3 post-infection. This study indicates that C. gallinacea is the endemic chlamydial species in chickens, whereas C. psittaci dominates only in pigeons. Further studies are required to address the specific conditions under which C. gallinacea could act as an avian pathogen and possibly also a zoonotic agent.

  8. Lymphogranuloma venereum caused by Chlamydia trachomatis serovar L3: a case report

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    KANG Er-xun; GAO Xing; YIN Yue-ping; WANG Fu-sheng; YAO Wei-dong; GONG Xiang-qian; CHEN Xiang-sheng

    2007-01-01

    @@ Lymphogranuloma venereum (LGV) is a systemic sexually transmitted disease caused by Chlamydia trachomatis (C. trachomatis) L1, L2 and L3, the organism gains entrance through skin breaks and abrasions and travels via the lymphatics to multiply within mononuclear phagocytes in regional lymph nodes.

  9. 衣原体质粒研究进展%Progress in Research of Chlamydia Plasmid

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    彭菁; 刘良专; 吴移谋

    2013-01-01

    质粒是染色体外的遗传物质,大部分衣原体中存在隐蔽性质粒,其特有的基因组学和编码的蛋白对衣原体的生长周期、毒力、致病性和免疫性等起着十分重要的作用,对衣原体质粒的研究有助于了解其生物学作用,从而更好的预防与治疗衣原体感染的感染.%Plasmids are extrachromosomal genetic material. There are cryptic plasmids in most of Chlamydia, whose unique genomics and proteins encoded by the genomics play an important role in the growth cycle, virulence, pathogenicity and immunity of chlamydia. The studying of chlamydia plasmid is benefit of understanding their biological roles and base the prevention and treatment of Chlamydia infection.

  10. Immunoglobulin A antibodies against Chlamydia pneumoniae are associated with expansion of abdominal aortic aneurysm

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    Lindholt, J.S; Juul, Svend; Vammen, S

    1999-01-01

    BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to examine the possible association between the progression of small abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) and chronic infection with Chlamydia pneumoniae. METHODS: Patients from a hospital-based mass screening programme for AAA with annual follow-up (mean 2.7 years....... pneumoniae. Aneurysm progression correlated with evidence of chronic C. pneumoniae infection....

  11. Prevalence of Chlamydia trachomatis infection among women in a Middle Eastern community

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    Ghazal-Aswad Saad

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background Common vaginal infections that manifest in women are usually easily diagnosed. However, Chlamydia infection is often asymptomatic, leading to infertility before it is detected. If it occurs in pregnancy, it could lead to significant neonatal morbidity. It may also play a role with other viral infections for e.g. Human Papilloma Virus in the development of cervical cancer. The objective of this study was to determine the prevalence of Chlamydia infection in women undergoing screening for cervical abnormalities as a part of a research project in primary and secondary care institutions in the United Arab Emirates. Methods In this cross sectional study married women attending primary and secondary care participating in a large nationwide cervical abnormalities screening survey were offered Chlamydia testing using a commercially available test kit. This kit uses a rapid immunoassay for the direct detection of Chlamydia trachomatis antigen in endocervical swab specimens. As this study was performed in a traditional Islamic country, unmarried women were excluded from testing, as the management of any positive cases would create legal and social problems. All married women consenting to take part in the study were included irrespective of age. Results Of 1039 women approached over a period of eight months 919 (88.5% agreed to participate. The number of women in the 16 to 19 years was small (0.01% and 30% were aged over 40 years. The prevalence of Chlamydia infection in this study was 2.6% (95% confidence interval 1.2–3.3%, which was marginally higher in women screened in secondary care (p = 0.05. Conclusion This is one of the few reports on the prevalence of Chlamydia infection in women from the Middle East. Due to cultural and social constraints this study excluded a large proportion of women aged less than 19 years of age. Hence no direct comparisons on prevalence could be made with studies from the West, which all included

  12. Maus tratos contra crianças e adolescents Malos tratos contra niños y adolescentes Maltreatmens against children and teenagers

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    Christine Baccarat de Godoy Martins

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    Full Text Available Os maus-tratos contra a criança e o adolescente têm sido reconhecidos como um fenômeno crescente no mundo, mas cujo conhecimento ainda está em processo de construção em função de sua complexidade. O estudo apresenta uma revisão bibliográfica, cujo objetivo foi conhecer e divulgar os dados epidemiológicos acerca da violência praticada contra menores, bem como discutir o conhecimento da magnitude desses eventos, os fatores relacionados e as consequências para as vítimas. A literatura aponta para a abrangência e magnitude da violência praticada contra crianças e adolescentes e enfatiza a importância de se conhecer a natureza e a realidade acerca destes eventos a fim de se formar um diagnóstico que auxilie na elaboração e implantação de estratégias de prevenção e intervenção.Los malos tratos contra niños y adolescentes están recibiendo cada vez más atención debido a su creciente e inquietante papel en la morbimortalidad en diferentes partes del mundo. El estudio tuvo como objetivo presentar una revisión bibliográfica de los datos epidemiologicos acerca de la violencia contra niños y adolescentes, discutir la magnitud, factores relacionados e consecuencias para la víctimas. La literatura apunta para la magnitud de la violencia contra niños y adolescentes e enfatizan, aún, la importancia de conocer la naturaleza y la realidad acerca de los eventos a fin de formar un diagnóstico que dé auxilio en la elaboración e implantación de estrategias específicas de prevención e intervención.The maltreatments against children and adolescents are admitted as a crescent phenomenon in world, but its knowledge are in building process due to its complexity. This study show a revising the literature with aims know and publicise epidemiological data about the violence against children and adolescents, discuss the knowledge about magnitude of this violence, the related factors and the consequences for victims. The literature

  13. Effects of population based screening for Chlamydia infections in the Netherlands limited by declining participation rates.

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    Boris V Schmid

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: A large trial to investigate the effectiveness of population based screening for chlamydia infections was conducted in the Netherlands in 2008-2012. The trial was register based and consisted of four rounds of screening of women and men in the age groups 16-29 years in three regions in the Netherlands. Data were collected on participation rates and positivity rates per round. A modeling study was conducted to project screening effects for various screening strategies into the future. METHODS AND FINDINGS: We used a stochastic network simulation model incorporating partnership formation and dissolution, aging and a sexual life course perspective. Trends in baseline rates of chlamydia testing and treatment were used to describe the epidemiological situation before the start of the screening program. Data on participation rates was used to describe screening uptake in rural and urban areas. Simulations were used to project the effectiveness of screening on chlamydia prevalence for a time period of 10 years. In addition, we tested alternative screening strategies, such as including only women, targeting different age groups, and biennial screening. Screening reduced prevalence by about 1% in the first two screening rounds and leveled off after that. Extrapolating observed participation rates into the future indicated very low participation in the long run. Alternative strategies only marginally changed the effectiveness of screening. Higher participation rates as originally foreseen in the program would have succeeded in reducing chlamydia prevalence to very low levels in the long run. CONCLUSIONS: Decreasing participation rates over time profoundly impact the effectiveness of population based screening for chlamydia infections. Using data from several consecutive rounds of screening in a simulation model enabled us to assess the future effectiveness of screening on prevalence. If participation rates cannot be kept at a sufficient level

  14. Staff views of an opportunistic chlamydia testing pilot in a primary health organisation

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    McKernon S

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available INTRODUCTION: The Auckland chlamydia pilot was one of three pilots funded by the Ministry of Health to trial implementation of the 2008 Chlamydia Management Guidelines prior to national roll-out. AIM: To assess what elements in the testing programme pilot worked best for staff and to determine how an opportunistic testing programme could be better configured to meet staff needs and preferences. METHODS: A staff survey listed key chlamydia testing tasks in chronological order, and service interventions supporting these tasks. Staff were asked to rate each task on its difficulty prior to the pilot, and then on the difference the pilot had made to each task. They were also asked to rate service interventions on their usefulness during the pilot implementation. RESULTS: The survey had a response rate of 94%. The testing tasks posing the greatest difficulties to staff were those involving patient interactions (41% and management of follow-up (52%. About 70% of staff felt tasks were improved by the pilot. Staff considered the three most useful service interventions to be a chlamydia-specific template created for the practice management system, provision of printed patient resources, and regular team discussions with other staff. DISCUSSION: A significant proportion of staff reported difficulties with routine tasks required for opportunistic testing for chlamydia, highlighting the need to involve staff during programme design. Practice nurse-led approaches to future opportunistic testing programmes should be considered as nurses had a more positive response to the pilot and nurse-led approaches have been shown to be successful overseas.

  15. Characterisation of Chlamydia pneumoniae and other novel chlamydial infections in captive snakes.

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    Taylor-Brown, Alyce; Rüegg, Simon; Polkinghorne, Adam; Borel, Nicole

    2015-07-01

    Chlamydiosis has been described in both free-ranging and captive reptiles. The infection usually manifests as granulomatous inflammation in inner organs such as spleen, heart, lung and liver but might also occur in asymptomatic reptiles. The aim of this study was to investigate and characterise Chlamydia pneumoniae and potential other novel chlamydial infections in the choana and cloaca samples of 137 clinically healthy captive snakes from six private collections. Forty eight samples from 29 animals were found to be positive by a Chlamydiaceae family-specific qPCR. By Chlamydia species-specific ArrayTube Microarray, 43 samples were positive, with 36 of these being identified as C. pneumoniae. The prevalence of Chlamydia ranged from 5 to 33%. PCR and sequencing of the Chlamydiales 16S rRNA signature sequence of 21 Chlamydia positive samples revealed the presence of seven novel 16S rRNA genotypes. BLAST-n and phylogenetic analysis of the near-full length 16S rRNA gene sequence of each of these novel 16S rRNA sequences revealed that five genotypes share closest sequence identity to 16S rRNA sequences from C. pneumoniae (98.6-99.2%), suggesting that these sequences are novel C. pneumoniae strains. One genotype is 96.9% similar to C. pneumoniae strains suggesting it may originate from a yet undescribed chlamydial species within the genus Chlamydia. This study further highlights the broad host range for C. pneumoniae and suggests that reptiles may still contain a significant and largely uncharacterised level of chlamydial genetic diversity that requires further investigation.

  16. Identification and Partial Characterization of Potential FtsL and FtsQ Homologs of Chlamydia

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    Scot P Ouellette

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available Chlamydia is amongst the rare bacteria that lack the critical cell division protein FtsZ. By annotation, Chlamydia also lacks several other essential cell division proteins including the FtsLBQ complex that links the early (e.g. FtsZ and late (e.g. FtsI/Pbp3 components of the division machinery. Here, we report chlamydial FtsL and FtsQ homologs. Ct271 aligned well with E. coli FtsL and shared sequence homology with it, including a predicted leucine-zipper like motif. Based on in silico modeling, we show that Ct764 has structural homology to FtsQ in spite of little sequence similarity. Importantly, ct271/ftsL and ct764/ftsQ are present within all sequenced chlamydial genomes and are expressed during the replicative phase of the chlamydial developmental cycle, two key characteristics for a chlamydial cell division gene. GFP-Ct764 localized to the division septum of dividing transformed chlamydiae, and, importantly, over-expression inhibited chlamydial development. Using a bacterial two-hybrid approach, we show that Ct764 interacted with other components of the chlamydial division apparatus. However, Ct764 was not capable of complementing an E. coli FtsQ depletion strain in spite of its ability to interact with many of the same division proteins as E. coli FtsQ, suggesting that chlamydial FtsQ may function differently. We previously proposed that Chlamydia uses MreB and other rod-shape determining proteins as an alternative system for organizing the division site and its apparatus. Chlamydial FtsL and FtsQ homologs expand the number of identified chlamydial cell division proteins and suggest that Chlamydia has likely kept the late components of the division machinery while substituting the Mre system for the early components.

  17. Chlamydia muridarum infection subverts dendritic cell function to promote Th2 immunity and airways hyperreactivity.

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    Kaiko, Gerard E; Phipps, Simon; Hickey, Danica K; Lam, Chuan En; Hansbro, Philip M; Foster, Paul S; Beagley, Kenneth W

    2008-02-15

    There is strong epidemiological evidence that Chlamydia infection can lead to exacerbation of asthma. However, the mechanism(s) whereby chlamydial infection, which normally elicits a strong Th type 1 (Th1) immune response, can exacerbate asthma, a disease characterized by dominant Th type 2 (Th2) immune responses, remains unclear. In the present study, we show that Chlamydia muridarum infection of murine bone marrow-derived dendritic cells (BMDC) modulates the phenotype, cytokine secretion profile, and Ag-presenting capability of these BMDC. Chlamydia-infected BMDC express lower levels of CD80 and increased CD86 compared with noninfected BMDC. When infected with Chlamydia, BMDC secrete increased TNF-alpha, IL-6, IL-10, IL-12, and IL-13. OVA peptide-pulsed infected BMDC induced significant proliferation of transgenic CD4(+) DO11.10 (D10) T cells, strongly inhibited IFN-gamma secretion by D10 cells, and promoted a Th2 phenotype. Intratracheal transfer of infected, but not control noninfected, OVA peptide-pulsed BMDC to naive BALB/c mice, which had been i.v. infused with naive D10 T cells, resulted in increased levels of IL-10 and IL-13 in bronchoalveolar lavage fluid. Recipients of these infected BMDC showed significant increases in airways resistance and decreased airways compliance compared with mice that had received noninfected BMDC, indicative of the development of airways hyperreactivity. Collectively, these data suggest that Chlamydia infection of DCs allows the pathogen to deviate the induced immune response from a protective Th1 to a nonprotective Th2 response that could permit ongoing chronic infection. In the setting of allergic airways inflammation, this infection may then contribute to exacerbation of the asthmatic phenotype.

  18. Phosphoproteomic analysis of the Chlamydia caviae elementary body and reticulate body forms.

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    Fisher, Derek J; Adams, Nancy E; Maurelli, Anthony T

    2015-08-01

    Chlamydia are Gram-negative, obligate intracellular bacteria responsible for significant diseases in humans and economically important domestic animals. These pathogens undergo a unique biphasic developmental cycle transitioning between the environmentally stable elementary body (EB) and the replicative intracellular reticulate body (RB), a conversion that appears to require extensive regulation of protein synthesis and function. However, Chlamydia possess a limited number of canonical mechanisms of transcriptional regulation. Ser/Thr/Tyr phosphorylation of proteins in bacteria has been increasingly recognized as an important mechanism of post-translational control of protein function. We utilized 2D gel electrophoresis coupled with phosphoprotein staining and MALDI-TOF/TOF analysis to map the phosphoproteome of the EB and RB forms of Chlamydia caviae. Forty-two non-redundant phosphorylated proteins were identified (some proteins were present in multiple locations within the gels). Thirty-four phosphorylated proteins were identified in EBs, including proteins found in central metabolism and protein synthesis, Chlamydia-specific hypothetical proteins and virulence-related proteins. Eleven phosphorylated proteins were identified in RBs, mostly involved in protein synthesis and folding and a single virulence-related protein. Only three phosphoproteins were found in both EB and RB phosphoproteomes. Collectively, 41 of 42 C. caviae phosphoproteins were present across Chlamydia species, consistent with the existence of a conserved chlamydial phosphoproteome. The abundance of stage-specific phosphoproteins suggests that protein phosphorylation may play a role in regulating the function of developmental-stage-specific proteins and/or may function in concert with other factors in directing EB-RB transitions.

  19. Internal Flow of Contra-Rotating Small Hydroturbine at Off- Design Flow Rates

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    SHIGEMITSU, Toru; TAKESHIMA, Yasutoshi; OGAWA, Yuya; FUKUTOMI, Junichiro

    2016-11-01

    Small hydropower generation is one of important alternative energy, and enormous potential lie in the small hydropower. However, efficiency of small hydroturbines is lower than that of large one. Then, there are demands for small hydroturbines to keep high performance in wide flow rate range. Therefore, we adopted contra-rotating rotors, which can be expected to achieve high performance. In this research, performance of the contra-rotating small hydroturbine with 60mm casing diameter was investigated by an experiment and numerical analysis. Efficiency of the contra-rotating small hydroturbine was high in pico-hydroturbine and high efficiency could be kept in wide flow rate range, however the performance of a rear rotor decreased significantly in partial flow rates. Then, internal flow condition, which was difficult to measure experimentally, was investigated by the numerical flow analysis. Then, a relation between the performance and internal flow condition was considered by the numerical analysis result.

  20. Chlamydia pneumoniae and symptomatic carotid atherosclerotic plaque: a prospective study Chlamydia pneumoniae e placa aterosclerótica sintomática de carótida: um estudo prospectivo

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    Rubens J. Gagliardi

    2007-06-01

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: To investigate the possible link between symptomatic carotid atherosclerotic plaque and Chlamydia pneumoniae. BACKGROUND: Recently, several studies have demonstrated that there may be a possible link between Chlamydia pneumonia and carotid atherosclerosis, however the real role of Chlamydia pneumoniae is not completely understood. METHOD: This is a prospective study with a total of 52 patients analyzed. All patients had been submitted to endarterectomy, and had suffered thrombotic ischemic stroke or transient ischemic attack up to 60 days prior to the surgery. Every patient presented carotid stenosis over 70%. The plaque was removed during the surgery and the laboratory exams were immediately done. Evaluation of Chlamydia pneumoniae DNA was done using polymerase chain reaction (PCR. RESULTS: The PCR analyses of all 52 patients were negative for Chlamydia pneumoniae. CONCLUSION: These initial results do not show a relationship between Chlamydia pneumoniae and symptomatic carotid atherosclerotic plaque.OBJETIVO: Investigar a possível relação entre placa sintomática de carótidas e Chlamydia pneumoniae. INTRODUÇÃO: Vários estudos têm demonstrado uma possível relação entre Chlamydia pneumonia e aterosclerose carotídea, entretanto o papel definitivo da bactéria não é totalmente conhecido. Há muita especulação: poderia iniciar o processo aterosclerótico, agravá-lo ou desestabilizá-lo. MÉTODO: Estudo prospectivo com um total de 52 pacientes, endarterectomizados e previamente acometidos de acidente vascular cerebral isquêmico ou crise isquêmica transitória, em até 60 dias antes da cirurgia. Todos os pacientes apresentavam estenose carotídea superior a 70%. Os testes laboratoriais foram realizados imediatamente após a endarterectomia. A Chlamydia pneumoniae foi pesquisada através de exame de DNA com reação de polimerização em cadeia (PCR. RESULTADOS: O PCR dos 52 pacientes foram negativos para Chlamydia