Listeria infection

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Listeria infection

Listeria infection, also known as Listeriosis, is an infection caused by the bacteria listeria. Listeriosis is spread through contaminated food by the Listeria bacteria, direct contact with infected animals, or mother to child transmission during pregnancy. Listeria bacteria can be found in contaminated food through soil or manure used as fertilizer, uncooked meats and vegetables, processed foods that have become contaminated during or after processing, and unpasteurized milk or foods. People with a higher risk of serious illness from listeria include pregnant women, unborn babies and newborns, people with weakened immune systems, and older adults. Symptoms of listeriosis include fever, muscle aches, nausea, or diarrhea, with most people only having mild symptoms. Other symptoms such as headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, or convulsions can appear if the infection spreads to the nervous system. Listeriosis can be treated with antibiotics and can be prevented by thoroughly cooking all raw foods, washing fruits and vegetables, and avoiding unpasteurized milk or foods.

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The terms "Listeria infection" returned 82 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Intracellular Listeria monocytogenes comprises a minimal but vital fraction of the intestinal burden following foodborne infection.
 

Author(s): Grant S Jones, Kate M Bussell, Tanya Myers-Morales, Abigail M Fieldhouse, Elsa N Bou Ghanem, Sarah E F D'Orazio

Journal: Infect. Immun.. 2015 Aug;83(8):3146-56.

 

Listeria monocytogenes is a highly adaptive bacterium that replicates as a free-living saprophyte in the environment as well as a facultative intracellular pathogen that causes invasive foodborne infections. The intracellular life cycle of L. monocytogenes is considered to be its ...

Last Updated: 9 Jul 2015

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Genome-Wide siRNA Screen Identifies Complementary Signaling Pathways Involved in Listeria Infection and Reveals Different Actin Nucleation Mechanisms during Listeria Cell Invasion and Actin Comet Tail Formation.
 

Author(s): Andreas Kühbacher, Mario Emmenlauer, Pauli Rämo, Natasha Kafai, Christoph Dehio, Pascale Cossart, Javier Pizarro-Cerdá

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Listeria monocytogenes enters nonphagocytic cells by a receptor-mediated mechanism that is dependent on a clathrin-based molecular machinery and actin rearrangements. Bacterial intra- and intercellular movements are also actin dependent and rely on the actin nucleating Arp2/3 complex, ...

Last Updated: 20 May 2015

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The human P-glycoprotein transporter enhances the type I interferon response to Listeria monocytogenes infection.
 

Author(s): Nadejda Sigal, Millie Kaplan Zeevi, Shiri Weinstein, Dan Peer, Anat A Herskovits

Journal: Infect. Immun.. 2015 Jun;83(6):2358-68.

 

Human multidrug efflux transporters are known for their ability to extrude antibiotics and toxic compounds out of cells, yet accumulating data indicate they have additional functions in diverse physiological processes not related to drug efflux. Here, we show that the human multidrug ...

Last Updated: 13 May 2015

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The terms "Listeria infection" returned 11 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Role of host GTPases in infection by Listeria monocytogenes.
 

Author(s): Keith Ireton, Luciano A Rigano, Georgina C Dowd

Journal: Cell. Microbiol.. 2014 Sep;16(9):1311-20.

 

The bacterial pathogen Listeria monocytogenes induces internalization into mammalian cells and uses actin-based motility to spread within tissues. Listeria accomplishes this intracellular life cycle by exploiting or antagonizing several host GTPases. Internalization into human cells ...

Last Updated: 26 Aug 2014

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Central nervous system infection by Listeria monocytogenes in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus: analysis of 26 cases, including the report of a new case.
 

Author(s): Gabriel Horta-Baas, Omar Guerrero-Soto, Leonor Barile-Fabris

Journal: Reumatol Clin. ;9(6):340-7.

 

Infections in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus cause significant morbidity. Infection due to Listeria monocytogenes (LM) is considered an opportunistic disease, and has been published on rare occasions in patients with SLE.

Last Updated: 4 Nov 2013

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Early events regulating immunity and pathogenesis during Listeria monocytogenes infection.
 

Author(s): Matthew A Williams, Rebecca L Schmidt, Laurel L Lenz

Journal: Trends Immunol.. 2012 Oct;33(10):488-95.

 

Listeria monocytogenes (Lm) is both a life-threatening pathogen of humans and a model organism that is widely used to dissect the mechanisms of innate and adaptive immune resistance to infection. Specific aspects of the immune response to systemic Lm infection can be protective, neutral, ...

Last Updated: 28 Sep 2012

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National Study on Listeriosis and Listeria
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Listeriosis; Pregnancy Complications; Infectious; Central Nervous System Infections; Septicemia; Sepsis; Listeria Monocytogenes

 

Last Updated: 7 Jul 2015

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Neurological Consequences of Perinatal Listeriosis Infection
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Perinatal Listeriosis

 

Last Updated: 15 Dec 2015

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