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 87 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Listeria monocytogenes infection associated with alemtuzumab - - a case for better preventive strategies.
 

Author(s): Trygve Holmøy, Hedda von der Lippe, Truls Michael Leegaard

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The mortality of septicaemia, meningitis and encephalitis caused by Listeria monocytogenes is 20-40%. Twenty-one cases of invasive listeriosis associated with alemtuzumab, including at least 16 in patients with multiple sclerosis, have been published or reported to the World Health ...

Last Updated: 5 Apr 2017

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Cell-Based Screen Identifies Human Interferon-Stimulated Regulators of Listeria monocytogenes Infection.
 

Author(s): Sofya S Perelman, Michael E Abrams, Jennifer L Eitson, Didi Chen, Alyssa Jimenez, Marcel Mettlen, John W Schoggins, Neal M Alto

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The type I interferon (IFN) activated transcriptional response is a critical antiviral defense mechanism, yet its role in bacterial pathogenesis remains less well characterized. Using an intracellular pathogen Listeria monocytogenes (Lm) as a model bacterial pathogen, we sought to ...

Last Updated: 21 Dec 2016

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Bacteriocin from epidemic Listeria strains alters the host intestinal microbiota to favor infection.
 

Author(s): Juan J Quereda, Olivier Dussurget, Marie-Anne Nahori, Amine Ghozlane, Stevenn Volant, Marie-Agnès Dillies, Béatrice Regnault, Sean Kennedy, Stanislas Mondot, Barbara Villoing, Pascale Cossart, Javier Pizarro-Cerda

Journal: Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A.. 2016 May;113(20):5706-11.

 

Listeria monocytogenes is responsible for gastroenteritis in healthy individuals and for a severe invasive disease in immunocompromised patients. Among the three identified L. monocytogenes evolutionary lineages, lineage I strains are overrepresented in epidemic listeriosis outbreaks, ...

Last Updated: 18 May 2016

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The terms "Listeria infection" returned 13 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Listeria monocytogenes infection in ruminants: Is there a link to the environment, food and human health? A review.
 

Author(s): J Walland, J Lauper, J Frey, R Imhof, R Stephan, T Seuberlich, A Oevermann

Journal: Schweiz. Arch. Tierheilkd.. 2015 Jun;157(6):319-28.

 

Listeria (L.) monocytogenes is widely distributed in the environment, but also has the ability to cause serious invasive disease in ruminants and humans. This review provides an overview of listeriosis in ruminants and discusses our insufficient understanding of reservoirs and possible ...

Last Updated: 12 Jan 2016

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Bacterial and cellular RNAs at work during Listeria infection.
 

Author(s): Nina Sesto, Mikael Koutero, Pascale Cossart

Journal: Future Microbiol. 2014 ;9(9):1025-37.

 

Listeria monocytogenes is an intracellular pathogen that can enter and invade host cells. In the course of its infection, RNA-mediated regulatory mechanisms provide a fast and versatile response for both the bacterium and the host. They regulate a variety of processes, such as environment ...

Last Updated: 24 Oct 2014

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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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Neurological Consequences of Perinatal Listeriosis Infection
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Perinatal Listeriosis

 

Last Updated: 31 Jul 2016

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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: 31 Jul 2016

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