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1.  Prevalence of Intestinal Parasites among Pupils in Rural North Eastern, Nigeria 
Background:
The study determined the prevalence of intestinal parasitism among pupils in rural schools (Almajiris) in Konduga local Government Area of Borno state.
Materials and Methods:
A total of 257 stool specimens were collected at random among pupils (Almajiris) in rural quranic schools; the stools were processed and examined both macroscopically and microscopically by concentration techniques.
Results:
The prevalence of intestinal parasitism among the Almajiris was 80.9%. The highest prevalence rate was 97.8% while the least prevalence was 67.4%. The 6-8 years age group had the highest prevalence of 85.7% while the least prevalence of 77.7% in the 13-16years age bracket. Ascaris lumbricoides had the highest prevalence of (19.1%) while Trichuris trichiura had the least prevalence of (3.5%). Thirteen pupils in the 5-8 years had multiple parasites; multiple parasitism also occurred in 22 pupils aged 9-12 years and in 11 pupils aged 13-16 years.
Conclusion:
There is a high prevalence rate of intestinal parasites with attendant risk of intestinal obstruction among the Almajiris in rural north eastern Nigeria.
PMCID: PMC3180756  PMID: 21969128
Almajiris; intestinal parasites; intestinal obstruction
2.  Decreased T cell precursor frequencies to Epstein-Barr virus glycoprotein gp110 in peripheral blood correlate with disease activity and severity in patients with rheumatoid arthritis 
Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases  2000;59(7):533-538.
OBJECTIVES—Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic joint disease associated with certain HLA-DR alleles expressing the QK/RRAA motif or shared epitope. The Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) has been suspected to be a causative factor for RA. The EBV gp110, a glycoprotein of the replicative cycle that contains a copy of the shared epitope, constitutes an important target in the immune control of EBV replication. This study evaluated the specific T cell response to EBV gp110 in patients with RA expressing or not the shared epitope and examined whether this immune cellular response might be related to disease activity and severity.
METHODS—25 patients with RA were studied and compared with 25 healthy controls. Disease activity was assessed by biochemical markers of inflammation (erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) and C reactive protein (CRP) levels). Disease severity was defined by extra-articular disease (vasculitis, subcutaneous nodules, or other organ disease). The frequencies of peripheral blood T cells specific for EBV gp110 and a control protein (total protein extract from Escherichia coli) were determined by direct limiting dilution analysis without preliminary bulk culture.
RESULTS—The gp110 precursor frequencies ranged from 0 to 20 × 10−6 in patients with RA and controls. The mean gp110 T cell precursor frequency was lower in patients with RA (SD 3.2 (4.4) × 10-6) than in healthy controls (4.1 (3.8) × 10-6) (p = 0.02). No difference was found for the control protein (p = 0.09). Both shared epitope positive and negative patients with RA responded to gp110, without significant difference. A negative correlation between both ESR and CRP levels and the gp110 T cell response was found (r = -0.71, p<0.0001 and r = -0.42, p = 0.038, respectively). Finally, patients with extra-articular disease displayed the lowest immune cellular response to EBV gp110.
CONCLUSION—These results suggest that patients with RA have a decreased T cell response to EBV gp110. Since gp110 is an important protein in the control of EBV replication, this might lead to a poor control of EBV infection, chronic exposure to other EBV antigens, and thus to a chronic inflammatory response in patients with RA.


doi:10.1136/ard.59.7.533
PMCID: PMC1753187  PMID: 10873963
4.  Human herpesvirus 6 infection and Kawasaki disease. 
Journal of Clinical Microbiology  1989;27(10):2379-2380.
Eighteen of a total of 22 serum specimens (81.8%) from patients with Kawasaki disease were positive for immunoglobulin G or M antibodies to human herpesvirus 6, whereas 10 of 16 age- and sex-matched healthy controls (62.5%) were seropositive. Additionally, increased geometric mean antibody titers of immunoglobulin G were shown in these patients. These results suggest that the status of human herpesvirus 6 infection may be a reflection of the immunologic alterations that are associated with Kawasaki disease.
PMCID: PMC267029  PMID: 2555393
5.  Characterization of the restricted component of Epstein-Barr virus early antigens as a cytoplasmic filamentous protein. 
Journal of Virology  1986;58(3):748-756.
Four monoclonal antibodies produced against the restricted component of the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) early antigen (EA-R) precipitated a polypeptide with an approximate molecular weight of 85,000. Three of these antibodies prepared against the native 85,000-molecular-weight protein (85K protein) reacted by immunofluorescence with acetone-fixed smears but not methanol-fixed smears of EBV-producing cells activated with tumor-promoting agent and sodium butyrate. The fourth monoclonal antibody which was produced against the denatured 85K protein reacted with both acetone-fixed cells and methanol-fixed cells. Blocking of direct immunofluorescence by the different monoclonal antibodies established that these monoclonal antibodies were directed against three different epitopes expressed on the 85K protein. The cytoplasmic staining pattern produced by each antibody was granular during the first 24 to 28 h after induction, developed into filamentous structures about 36 h after induction, and then began to aggregate after 48 h. Similar structures were observed in human placental cells transfected by EBV DNA and stained with three of the monoclonal antibodies. These results suggest that the EA-R polypeptide is assembled into filaments during the EBV lytic cycle. The significance of this in regards to replication has yet to be determined. Biochemical characterization of this major EA-R component did not reveal any major differences in this protein isolated from different cell lines.
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PMCID: PMC252980  PMID: 2422401
6.  Rheumatoid arthritis synovial membrane contains a 62,000-molecular-weight protein that shares an antigenic epitope with the Epstein-Barr virus-encoded associated nuclear antigen. 
Journal of Clinical Investigation  1986;77(5):1539-1547.
A monoclonal antibody, selected for reactivity with the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV)-encoded antigen EBNA-1, exhibited strong reactivity with the synovial lining cells in joint biopsies from 10 of 12 patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and adherent cells eluted from these tissues. No staining of RA synovial membrane frozen tissue sections or eluted synovial-lining cells was obtained with monoclonal antibodies directed against other EBV-encoded antigens (anti-p160, anti-gp200/350) or with monoclonal antibodies directed against antigens encoded by cytomegalovirus, herpes simplex viruses, or human T cell leukemia virus type I. Among 12 osteoarthritis and normal synovial biopsies only rare reactive cells were noted. Characterization of the antigen(s) in RA synovium by the Western immunoblotting technique revealed a 62,000-molecular-weight (mol-wt) protein, in contrast to the 70,000-85,000-mol-wt EBNA-1 antigen found in EBV-transformed cells. The structural basis for the cross-reactivity of the RA synovial membrane 62,000-mol-wt protein and the EBNA-1 antigen appears to reside in the glycine-alanine rich region of these molecules. A rabbit antibody directed against a synthetic peptide (IR3-VI-2) derived from the glycine-alanine-rich region of EBNA-1 reacted with the 70,000-85,000-mol-wt EBNA-1 antigen in EBV-infected cells and with the 62,000-mol-wt molecule in RA synovial membrane extracts. Since strong antibody responses to EBNA-1 are known to exist in RA patients, these results suggest that immune responses to a cross-reactive antigen may play a role in the pathogenesis of RA.
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PMCID: PMC424557  PMID: 2422209
7.  Purification of Epstein-Barr virus DNA polymerase from P3HR-1 cells. 
Journal of Virology  1985;54(2):561-568.
The Epstein-Barr virus DNA polymerase was purified from extracts of P3HR-1 cells treated with n-butyrate for induction of the viral cycle. Sequential chromatography on DNA cellulose, phosphocellulose, and blue Sepharose yielded an enzyme preparation purified more than 1,300-fold. The purified enzyme was distinct from cellular enzymes but resembled the viral DNA polymerase in cells infected with herpes simplex virus type 1 or 2. The active enzyme had an apparent molecular weight of 185,000 as estimated by gel filtration on Sephacryl S-300. Sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis revealed a major polypeptide corresponding to a molecular weight of ca. 110,000. This polypeptide correlated with the catalytic function of the purified enzyme, whereas the other, less abundant polypeptides did not. By immunoblotting, the 110,000-molecular-weight polypeptide could be identified as a viral polypeptide. It could not be determined whether the native enzyme was composed of more than one polypeptide.
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PMCID: PMC254829  PMID: 2985818
8.  Characterization of a major protein with a molecular weight of 160,000 associated with the viral capsid of Epstein-Barr virus. 
Journal of Virology  1985;53(1):107-113.
A monoclonal antibody designated V3 was produced against a late protein associated with the Epstein-Barr virus-induced viral capsid antigen complex. The antibody reacted with discrete patches in the nuclei of infected cells as well as with virus particles, as shown by immunofluorescence and ultrastructural immunoperoxidase staining. The molecular weight of the protein precipitated by this monoclonal antibody was ca. 160,000. All anti-viral capsid antigen antibody-positive sera tested in an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay reacted with this purified protein. The synthesis of the antigen was inhibited by phosphonoacetic acid but was not affected by tunicamycin, indicating that this was a late nonglycosylated viral protein. No differences were noted between the protein isolated from the P3HR-1 and B-95-8 cell lines as determined by immunoprecipitation and peptide mapping. By isoelectric focusing, this protein had a pI on the basic side ranging from 7.5 to 9.0.
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PMCID: PMC254985  PMID: 2981328
9.  Identification and characterization of a cellular protein that cross-reacts with the Epstein-Barr virus nuclear antigen. 
Journal of Virology  1984;52(3):833-838.
A 62,000-dalton (62K) cell protein reacts with antisera to the 72K polypeptide of the Epstein-Barr virus nuclear antigen (EBNA) in immunoblots. This protein was initially detected in EBNA-negative as well as EBNA-positive cell lines with anti-EBNA-positive human sera. A monoclonal antibody raised against the 72K EBNA and an antiserum from a rabbit immunized with the glycine-alanine domain of EBNA also reacted with the cellular protein. The cellular protein was partially purified from Epstein-Barr virus genome-positive and -negative cell lines. Absorption experiments identified a shared antigenic determinant between the 72K EBNA and 62K cellular protein. A comparison of the 62K protein and EBNA by protease digestion did not reveal similar peptides.
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PMCID: PMC254603  PMID: 6208381
10.  Purification and biochemical characterization of the Epstein-Barr virus-determined nuclear antigen and an associated protein with a 53,000-dalton subunit. 
Journal of Virology  1980;35(3):592-602.
The Epstein-Barr virus-determined nuclear antigen (EBNA) was purified 700-fold to apparent homogeneity from Raji and Namalwa cell extracts by a three-step procedure involving heat treatment, DNA-cellulose chromatography, and hydroxyapatite chromatography. Acid-fixed nuclear binding and complement fixation were used to monitor antigenic specificity. Purified EBNA was also capable of specifically inhibiting the regular anticomplement immunofluorescence reaction for EBNA against Raji target cells. The purified antigen had a molecular weight of 170,000 to 200,000. By sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis, it yielded a single 48,000-dalton (48K) monomer. An EBNA-associated protein was also purified from the same cell extract. It had a molecular weight of about 200,000 and yielded a single 53K protein band by sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis. The same protein was also found in Epstein-Barr virus negative B-cell lymphoma lines. The two types of protein were characterized by amino acid composition and peptide mapping. The results showed that the 53K and 48K protein components have no long regions in common; this excludes that the smaller product arises by breakdown of the larger product. Residue distributions were different, but an excess of hydrophilic residues was found in both proteins, suggesting a certain overall similarity in properties. 53K components from different cell lines appeared to differ somewhat. Epstein-Barr virus-positive lines carry two 53K components, one of which may be a slightly modified 53K product. Immunocomplexing assay showed that the 48K, but not the 53K, protein carries EBNA specificity. In mixtures, the 53K protein is co-precipitated with the 48K protein. The data suggest that EBNA may form a complex with the 53K proten within the cell.
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PMCID: PMC288853  PMID: 6158579
11.  Purification of the Epstein-Barr virus-determined nuclear antigen from Epstein-Barr virus-transformed human lymphoid cell lines. 
Journal of Virology  1978;27(3):604-611.
The Epstein-Barr virus-determined nuclear antigen (EBNA) was purified from extracts of the human lymphoid cell lines Raji, Namalwa, and B95-8/MLD by two different methods. In the first approach, the apparently native antigen was purified 1,200-fold by a four-step procedure involving DNA-cellulose chromatography, blue dexptran-agarose chromatography, hydroxyapatite chromatography, and gel filtration, employing complement fixation as the assay procedure. Such EBNA preparations specifically inhibited the anticomplement immunofluorescence test for EBNA and bound to methanol/acetic acid-fixed metaphase chromosomes. The purified antigen, which has a molecular weight of 170,000 to 200,000, yielded a single protein band of molecular weight about 48,000 by sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS)-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis. These data indicate that native EBNA has a tetrameric structure. In the second purification method, EBNA-containing cell extracts containing radioactively labeled proteins were incubated with anti-EBNA-positive sera, and antigen-antibody complexes were adsorbed to matrix-bound staphylococcal protein A. The bound proteins were then released with an SDS-containing buffer, and denatured EBNA was separated from antibody chains by SDS-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis and visualized by fluorography. The denatured EBNA obtained in radiochemically pure form by this procedure has a molecular weight of about 48,000, so both methods yield an EBNA monomer of the same size.
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PMCID: PMC525848  PMID: 212583
12.  Solubilization of the Epstein-Barr virus-determined nuclear antigen and its characterization as a DNA-binding protein. 
Journal of Virology  1977;22(1):1-8.
The Eptstein-Barr virus (EBV)-determined nuclear antigen (EBNA) was solubilized from isolate nuclei of two EBV-transformed cell lines- Raji and AW-Ramos, by high-salt treatment. Its DNA-binding properties were studied by DNA-cellulose chromatography and a 51Cr release complement fixation assay. EBNA binds to both double-stranded and single-stranded calf thymus DNA, showing a higher affinity to double-stranded DNA. There was no detectable difference in the DNA binding of EBNA prepared from Raji and AW-Ramos cells.
PMCID: PMC515679  PMID: 192908

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