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See detailInvestigating Major Recurring Campylobacter jejuni Lineages in Luxembourg Using Four Core or Whole Genome Sequencing Typing Schemes
Nennig, Morgane UL; LLARENA, Ann-Katrin; HEROLD, Malte et al

in Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology (2021), 10

Campylobacter jejuni is the leading cause of bacterial gastroenteritis, which has motivated the monitoring of genetic profiles circulating in Luxembourg since 13 years. From our integrated surveillance ... [more ▼]

Campylobacter jejuni is the leading cause of bacterial gastroenteritis, which has motivated the monitoring of genetic profiles circulating in Luxembourg since 13 years. From our integrated surveillance using a genotyping strategy based on an extended MLST scheme including gyrA and porA markers, an unexpected endemic pattern was discovered in the temporal distribution of genotypes. We aimed to test the hypothesis of stable lineages occurrence by implementing whole genome sequencing (WGS) associated with comprehensive and internationally validated schemes. This pilot study assessed four WGS-based typing schemes to classify a panel of 108 strains previously identified as recurrent or sporadic profiles using this in-house typing system. The strain collection included four common lineages in human infection (N = 67) initially identified from recurrent combination of ST-gyrA-porA alleles also detected in non-human samples: veterinary (N = 19), food (N = 20), and environmental (N = 2) sources. An additional set of 19 strains belonging to sporadic profiles completed the tested panel. All the strains were processed by WGS by using Illumina technologies and by applying stringent criteria for filtering sequencing data; we ensure robustness in our genomic comparison. Four typing schemes were applied to classify the strains: (i) the cgMLST SeqSphere+ scheme of 637 loci, (ii) the cgMLST Oxford scheme of 1,343 loci, (iii) the cgMLST INNUENDO scheme of 678 loci, and (iv) the wgMLST INNUENDO scheme of 2,795 loci. A high concordance between the typing schemes was determined by comparing the calculated adjusted Wallace coefficients. After quality control and analyses with these four typing schemes, 60 strains were confirmed as members of the four recurrent lineages regardless of the method used (N = 32, 12, 7, and 9, respectively). Our results indicate that, regardless of the typing scheme used, epidemic or endemic signals were detected as reflected by lineage B (ST2254-gyrA9-porA1) in 2014 or lineage A (ST19-gyrA8-porA7), respectively. These findings support the clonal expansion of stable genomes in Campylobacter population exhibiting a multi-host profile and accounting for the majority of clinical strains isolated over a decade. Such recurring genotypes suggest persistence in reservoirs, sources or environment, emphasising the need to investigate their survival strategy in greater depth. [less ▲]

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See detailSARS-CoV-2 Transmission in Educational Settings During an Early Summer Epidemic Wave in Luxembourg
Mossong, Joël; Mombaerts, Laurent UL; Veiber, Lisa UL et al

E-print/Working paper (2020)

Background: The role of schools and children in the transmission of SARS-CoV-2 remains to be determined. Following a first wave in spring and gradual easing of lockdown, Luxembourg experienced an early ... [more ▼]

Background: The role of schools and children in the transmission of SARS-CoV-2 remains to be determined. Following a first wave in spring and gradual easing of lockdown, Luxembourg experienced an early second epidemic wave before the start of summer school holidays on 15th July. This provided the opportunity to study the role of school-age children and school settings in SARS-CoV-2 transmission. More specifically, we compared the incidence in school-age children, teachers and the general working population, and estimated the number of secondary transmissions occurring at schools using contact tracing data. Findings: While SARS-CoV-2 incidence was much higher in adults aged 20 and above than in children aged 0 to 19 during the first wave in spring, no significant difference was found during the second wave in early summer. The incidence during the second wave was similar for pupils, teachers and the general working population. Based on a total of 424 reported confirmed COVID-19 cases in school-age children and teachers, we estimate that 179 index cases caused 49 secondary transmissions in schools. While some small clusters of mainly student-to-student transmission within the same class were identified, we did not observe any large outbreaks with multiple generations of infection. Interpretation: Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 within Luxembourg schools was limited during the early summer epidemic wave in 2020. Precautionary measures including physical distancing as well as easy access to testing, systematic contact tracing appears to have been successful in mitigating transmission within educational settings. Funding Statement: LV is supported by the Luxembourg National Research Fund grant COVID-19/2020- 1/14701707/REBORN, LM is supported by Luxembourg National Research Fund grant COVID19/14863306/PREVID, PW is supported by the European Research Council (ERC-CoG 863664). Declaration of Interests: No competing interests. Ethics Approval Statement: The Health Directorate has the legal permission to process patient confidential information for national surveillance of communicable diseases in general and contact tracing for the COVID-19 pandemic and individual patient consent is not required. [less ▲]

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See detailComplete loss of PTEN expression as a possible early prognostic marker for prostate cancer metastasis.
Schmitz, Martine UL; Grignard, Gerard; Margue, Christiane UL et al

in International Journal of Cancer (2007), 120(6), 1284-92

The EGF/IGF growth factors are potent mitogens that regulate cell proliferation and cell survival and are involved in prostate cancer development. Using laser microdissection technology and real-time PCR ... [more ▼]

The EGF/IGF growth factors are potent mitogens that regulate cell proliferation and cell survival and are involved in prostate cancer development. Using laser microdissection technology and real-time PCR, together with immunohistochemistry, we have explored the growth factor and integrin dependent PI3-kinase/PTEN/Akt signalling pathway in prostate cell lines and tumour samples by analysing EGF-R, IGF1-R, ILK, beta3 integrin, PTEN and p-Akt protein expression. We provide evidence that loss of PTEN expression rather than upregulated EGF/IGF1 receptor expression was responsible for increased p-Akt in neoplastic prostate cells. We therefore compared PTEN expression in patient biopsies at first time diagnosis recruited prospectively (Study I, 112 patients) and patients with confirmed metastasis recruited retrospectively from the Luxembourg cancer registry (Study II, 42 patients). In Study I, loss of PTEN expression at first time diagnosis was found in 26 of 112 patients (23%). In Study II, 25 of the 42 patients (59%) with lymph node metastasis had complete loss of PTEN expression in both the neoplastic glands of the prostate and the invasive prostate cancer cells in the lymph node, and of these 13 (52%) exhibited already loss of PTEN expression at first diagnosis. These findings demonstrate that loss of PTEN expression is an important factor in progression towards metastatic disease and could potentially serve as an early prognostic marker for prostate cancer metastasis. [less ▲]

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