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Li X.,Shandong University | Wang D.,Chinese National Institute for Communicable Disease Control and Prevention | Li B.,Center for Diseases Control and Prevention of Guangdong Province | Zhou H.,Chinese National Institute for Communicable Disease Control and Prevention | And 6 more authors.
Canadian Journal of Microbiology | Year: 2016

Toxigenic isolates of Vibrio cholerae serogroups O1 and O139 from aquatic reservoirs are a key source for recurrent epidemics of cholera in human populations. However, we do not have an optimal understanding of the microbiology of the strains within these reservoirs, particularly outside of the time periods when there are active cholera cases in the surrounding community. The main objective of the present study was to identify and characterize V. cholerae O1 and O139 in the Pearl River Estuary at a time when active disease was not being identified, despite prior occurrence of epidemic cholera in the region. Water samples were collected at 24 sites in the research area at monthly intervals between 2007 and 2010, and screened for the presence of V. cholerae O1 and O139. All isolates were screened for the presence of ctxAB, ompW, toxR, and tcpA genes. Multilocus variable number tandem repeat analysis (MLVA) was used to assess possible relationships among strains. The results show that Vibrio cholerae O1 or O139 was isolated, on average, from 6.7% of the sites screened at each time point. All V. cholerae O1 and O139 isolates were ctxAB negative, and 37% were positive for tcpA. Isolation was most common in the oldest, most urbanized district compared with other districts, and was associated with lower pH. Despite year-to-year variability in isolation rates, there was no evidence of seasonality. MLVA of 27 selected isolates showed evidence of high genetic diversity, with no evidence of clustering by year or geographic location. In this region where cholera has been epidemic in the past, there is evidence of environmental persistence of V. cholerae O1 and O139 strains. However, environmental strains were consistently nontoxigenic, with a high level of genetic diversity; their role as current or future agents of human disease remains uncertain. © 2016, National Research Council of Canada. All Rights Reserved.

Zhao S.,Southern Medical University | Wan C.,Center for Diseases Control and Prevention of Guangdong Province | Ke C.,George Mason University | Seto J.,George Mason University | And 13 more authors.
Scientific Reports | Year: 2014

Human adenoviruses (HAdVs) are highly contagious pathogens causing acute respiratory disease (ARD), among other illnesses. Of the ARD genotypes, HAdV-7 presents with more severe morbidity and higher mortality than the others. We report the isolation and identification of a genome type HAdV-7d (DG012011) from a recent outbreak in Southern China. Genome sequencing, phylogenetic analysis, and restriction endonuclease analysis (REA) comparisons with past pathogens indicate HAdV-7d has re-emerged in Southern China after an absence of twenty-one years. Recombination analysis reveals this genome differs from the 1950s-era prototype and vaccine strains by a lateral gene transfer, substituting the coding region for the L1 52/55 €...kDa DNA packaging protein from HAdV-16. DG012011 descends from both a strain circulating in Southwestern China (2010) and a strain from Shaanxi causing a fatality and outbreak (Northwestern China; 2009). Due to the higher morbidity and mortality rates associated with HAdV-7, the surveillance, identification, and characterization of these strains in population-dense China by REA and/or whole genome sequencing are strongly indicated. With these accurate identifications of specific HAdV types and an epidemiological database of regional HAdV pathogens, along with the HAdV genome stability noted across time and space, the development, availability, and deployment of appropriate vaccines are needed.

Yue Y.,CAS Institute of Remote Sensing Applications | Yue Y.,CAS Research Center for Eco Environmental Sciences | Gong J.,CAS Institute of Remote Sensing Applications | Wang D.,Chinese National Institute for Communicable Disease Control and Prevention | And 5 more authors.
World Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology | Year: 2014

Current research has seldom focused on the quantitative relationships between Vibrio cholerae (V. cholerae) and climate factors owing to the complexities and high cost of field observation in the aquatic environment. This study has focused on the relationships between V. cholerae and climate factors based on linear regression method and data partition method. Data gathered from 2008 to 2009 in the Pearl River estuary, South China, were adopted. Positive rate of V. cholerae was correlated closely with monthly climate factors of water temperature and air temperature, respectively in 2009. Quarterly data analysis from 2008 to 2009 showed that there existed seasonal characteristic for V. cholerae. Positive rate of V. cholerae was correlated positively with quarterly climate factors of land surface temperature, pH, water temperature, air temperature and rainfall, respectively and negatively with quarterly air pressure. Partition data analysis in 2009 showed that there existed geography region characteristic for V. cholerae. V. cholerae dynamics was closely correlated to climate factors in the downstream area. However, it was more greatly affected by human geography factors in the urban area. Positive annual rate of V. cholerae was higher in the downstream area than in the urban area both in 2008 and 2009. At last, a cellular automaton model was used to simulate V. cholerae diffusion downstream, and the distribution of V. cholerae obtained from this model was similar to that obtained from the field observations. © 2014 Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht.

PubMed | Center for Diseases Control and Prevention of Guangdong Province
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Critical reviews in microbiology | Year: 2015

Human enteroviruses (HEV), very common and important human pathogens, cause infections in diverse ways. Recently, the large epidemic of HFMD caused by HEV infection became a growing threat to public health in China. As the first line of immune response, the type I interferon (IFN-/) pathway plays an essential role in antiviral infection, particularly in limiting both the early and late stages of infection. Because of co-evolution with the host, the viruses have evolved multiple strategies to evade or subvert the host immunity to ensure their survival. In this paper, we systematically reviewed and summarized the interaction between HEV infections and host type I IFN responses. We firstly described the recent findings of HEV recognition and IFN induction, specifically on host pattern-recognition receptors (PRRs) in HEV infection. Then we discussed the antiviral effect of IFN in HEV infection. Finally, we timely summarized the mechanisms of HEV to circumvent the IFN responses. Clarification of the complexity in this battle may provide us new strategies for prevention and antiviral treatment.

PubMed | Center for Diseases Control and Prevention of Guangdong Province
Type: | Journal: International journal of food microbiology | Year: 2017

Vibrio parahaemolyticus has been the most common food-borne pathogen in southern China, especially the O3:K6 pandemic clone and its serovariants. Recently, the serotype O4:K8 became more and more prevalent in southern China, which was different from the O3:K6 pandemic clone. Thus, the aim of the present work was to elucidate the molecular characteristics of the O4:K8. Some O3:K6 pandemic clone and its serovariants isolated in the same period were selected for comparative analysis, which were still dominant clone locally. The whole genome sequencing (WGS) was applied to characterize 20 strains of V. parahaemolyticus isolated from food-borne diarrheal cases and belonging to the serotype O4:K8, O3:K6 and O1:KUT (untypable), prevalent serotypes in recent southern China. The results showed that all these isolates were positive for the thermostable direct hemolysin gene (tdh), while negative for the TDH-related hemolysin gene (trh). We compared the V. parahaemolyticus strains to those of 31 strains isolated overseas and were available from NCBI genome database. A WGS-SNPs phylogenetic analysis of all the genomes revealed that the strains formed an important genetic lineage, which was genetically distinct from the O3:K6, O1:KUT and other internationals strains. Comparative genome analysis also revealed that all the O4:K8 strains carried the entire T3SS-1 and VpaI-7 (T3SS-2) regions, the most important virulent elements of the O3:K6 pandemic clone. However, all the O4:K8 strains lacked the entire VpaI-1 and VpaI-4 regions and carried only few ORFs of the VpaI-5 and VpaI-6, which were considered to be unique among post-1995 strains belonging to the O3:K6 pandemic clone. Our data showed that the O4:K8 strains possessed the virulence factors similar to the O3:K6 pandemic clone, which may have enabled them to become prevalent in southern China. Our study also revealed that WGS-bases analysis may help improve understanding epidemiology of this bacterium in food-borne disease surveillance.

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