Clinical severity of respiratory adenoviral infection by serotypes in Korean children over 17 consecutive years (1991-2007)
Human adenoviruses (HAdVs) are important causes of acute respiratory tract illness in children.
To evaluate the risk factors for severe respiratory HAdV infections and the temporal change in case-severity in relation to HAdV types.
From January 1991 to December 2007, respiratory HAdV infections of Korean children requiring hospitalization or an emergency room visit were included. An episode of HAdV infection requiring an intensive care unit stay, use of mechanical ventilation and/or death was designated as a severe infection. The medical records were reviewed retrospectively.
A total of 428 respiratory HAdV infections were included in the clinical analysis. The mean age of patients was 2.6 years. The most frequent diagnosis was a lower respiratory tract infection (312/428, 72.9%), and 44% of respiratory HAdV infections occurred in patients with underlying co-morbidities. Fifteen percent of clinical events resulted in severe HAdV infections with a case-fatality rate of 5.1%. HAdV types 7 and 8 were associated with severe infections, after adjusting for co-morbidity and the age of patients (adjusted OR 8.5 and 15.1, respectively, by a logistic regression model). The case-severity of HAdV-7 associated with lower respiratory tract infections has decreased over time, coinciding with the decreasing size of subsequent epidemics after a large outbreak (P for trend = 0.003).
HAdV types 7 and 8 were independent risk factors for severe respiratory HAdV infections. In addition, the overall severity of HAdV-7 associated lower respiratory tract infections has shown a decreasing trend, which may reflect increasing level of herd immunity.
Available from: Bala Rathinasabapathi
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ABSTRACT: A glutaredoxin of the fern Pteris vittata PvGRX5 was previously implicated in arsenic tolerance. Because of possible involvements of glutaredoxins in metabolic adaptations to high temperature stress, transgenic Arabidopsis lines constitutively expressing PvGRX5 were evaluated for thermotolerance. Homozygous lines expressing PvGRX5 exhibited significantly greater tolerance to high temperature stress than the vector control and wild-type, based upon growth during stress and during recovery from stress, and this was related to leaf glutaredoxin specific activities. Measurements of tissue ion leakage, thiobarbituric acid reactive substances and protein carbonyl content showed that PvGRX5-expressors were significantly (P < 0.05) less affected by the high temperature treatment compared to wild-type and vector control lines for damage to membranes and proteins. Immunoblots indicated that specific protein bands, carbonylated during the stress treatment in the control lines, were protected in PvGRX5-expressors, thus implicating PvGRX5 in heat tolerance, likely mediated through cellular protection against oxidative stress.
Planta 11/2009; 231(2):361-9. DOI:10.1007/s00425-009-1055-7 · 3.26 Impact Factor
Available from: Dheeraj Mittal
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ABSTRACT: ClpB-cyt/HSP100 protein acts as chaperone, mediating disaggregation of denatured proteins. Previous studies have shown that ClpB-cyt/HSP100 gene belongs to the group class I Clp ATPase proteins and ClpB-cyt/HSP100 transcript is regulated by heat stress and developmental cues.
Nine ORFs were noted to constitute rice class I Clp ATPases in the following manner: 3 ClpB proteins (ClpB-cyt, Os05g44340; ClpB-m, Os02g08490; ClpB-c, Os03g31300), 4 ClpC proteins (ClpC1, Os04g32560; ClpC2, Os12g12580; ClpC3, Os11g16590; ClpC4, Os11g16770) and 2 ClpD proteins (ClpD1, Os02g32520; ClpD2, Os04g33210). Using the respective signal sequences cloned upstream to GFP/CFP reporter proteins and transient expression studies with onion epidermal cells, evidence is provided that rice ClpB-m and Clp-c proteins are indeed localized to their respective cell locations mitochondria and chloroplasts, respectively. Associated with their diverse cell locations, domain structures of OsClpB-c, OsClpB-m and OsClpB-cyt proteins are noted to possess a high-level conservation. OsClpB-cyt transcript is shown to be enriched at milk and dough stages of seed development. While expression of OsClpB-m was significantly less as compared to its cytoplasmic and chloroplastic counterparts in different tissues, this transcript showed highest heat-induced expression amongst the 3 ClpB proteins. OsClpC1 and OsClpC2 are predicted to be chloroplast-localized as is the case with all known plant ClpC proteins. However, the fact that OsClpC3 protein appears mitochondrial/chloroplastic with equal probability and OsClpC4 a plasma membrane protein reflects functional diversity of this class. Different class I Clp ATPase transcripts were noted to be cross-induced by a host of different abiotic stress conditions. Complementation assays of Deltahsp104 mutant yeast cells showed that OsClpB-cyt, OsClpB-m, OsClpC1 and OsClpD1 have significantly positive effects. Remarkably, OsClpD1 gene imparted appreciably high level tolerance to the mutant yeast cells.
Rice class I Clp ATPase gene family is constituted of 9 members. Of these 9, only 3 belonging to ClpB group are heat stress regulated. Distribution of ClpB proteins to different cell organelles indicates that their functioning might be critical in different cell locations. From the complementation assays, OsClpD1 appears to be more effective than OsClpB-cyt protein in rescuing the thermosensitive defect of the yeast ScDeltahsp104 mutant cells.
BMC Genomics 02/2010; 11(1, article 95):95. DOI:10.1186/1471-2164-11-95 · 3.99 Impact Factor
Available from: László Vígh
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ABSTRACT: It is now recognized that membranes are not simple physical barriers but represent a complex and dynamic environment that affects membrane protein structures and their functions. Recent data emphasize the role of membranes in sensing temperature changes, and it has been shown that the physical state of the plasma membrane influences the expression of a variety of genes such as heat shock genes. It has been widely shown that minor alterations in lipid membranes are critically involved in the conversion of signals from the environment to the transcriptional activation of heat shock genes. Previously, we have proposed that the composition, molecular arrangement, and physical state of lipid membranes and their organization have crucial roles in cellular responses during stress caused by physical and chemical factors as well as in pathological states. Here, we show that transformation of Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium LT2 (Salmonella Typhimurium) with a heterologous Delta(12)-desaturase (or with its trans-membrane regions) causes major changes in the pathogen's membrane dynamic. In addition, this pathogen is strongly impaired in the synthesis of major stress proteins (heat shock proteins) under heat shock. These data support the hypothesis that the perception of temperature in Salmonella is strictly controlled by membrane order and by a specific membrane lipid/protein ratio that ultimately causes transcriptional activation of heat shock genes. These results represent a previously unrecognized mode of sensing temperature variation used by this pathogen at the onset of infection.
Journal of bacteriology 02/2010; 192(7):1988-98. DOI:10.1128/JB.00988-09 · 2.81 Impact Factor
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