Richard W. Finley

Learn More
BACKGROUND Rickettsia parkeri rickettsiosis, a recently identified spotted fever transmitted by the Gulf Coast tick (Amblyomma maculatum), was first described in 2004. We summarize the clinical and epidemiological features of 12 patients in the United States with confirmed or probable disease attributable to R. parkeri and comment on distinctions between R.(More)
Subtyping isolates of Trichomonas vaginalis is an essential tool for understanding the epidemiology of this common sexually-transmitted disease. Restriction fragment length polymorphism (RFLP) analysis employing a probe from the heat-inducible cytoplasmic HSP70 gene family hybridized with EcoR I-digested genomic DNA was used in the molecular typing of(More)
A 2253-nucleotide (nt) transcript for a Trichomonas vaginalis heat-shock protein 70, TVCHSP70, has been isolated that encodes for a protein of 659 amino acids with a predicted molecular weight of 71.3 kDa. TVCHSP70 has a short (10-nt) 5′ untranslated region (UTR), and the 263-nt 3′ UTR is the longest reported for a Trichomonas peptide. Amino-acid sequence(More)
The course of lethal Plasmodium berghei infection was examined in nu/+ and T cell-deficient nu/nu BALB/c mice. A rapidly fatal neurologic syndrome, including ataxia, hemiparesis, and seizures, was seen in the nu/+ mice early in the infection, whereas this syndrome was absent in the nu/nu mice. The nu/nu mice also developed anemia more slowly, had lower(More)
Since metronidazole is a mutagen in vitro, there is concern about the widespread systemic use of this drug in women with trichomoniasis, particularly those who are pregnant. A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial compared a single 2-g intravaginal dose of metronidazole cream with a single 2-g oral dose of metronidazole in patients with a(More)
Fluconazole concentrations in the serum and prostate of human volunteers undergoing transurethral resection for benign prostatic hypertrophy were measured. There was a high correlation (r = 0.783) between serum (mean = 6.6 micrograms/ml) and tissue (mean = 1.9 micrograms/g) fluconazole concentrations, and these data were used to construct a model for local(More)
Patients infected with Trichomonas vaginalis mount humoral and cellular immune responses that often do not protect against reinfection. The oxidative stressors produced by leukocytes may trigger a heat-shock-like response in T. vaginalis trophozoites, helping the parasite to survive host immune defenses. The antigenicity of T. vaginalis heat-shock proteins(More)
D2A21, a novel peptide antibiotic has in vitro activity against a wide spectrum of sexually transmitted diseases (STD). In this study we tested the hypothesis that intravaginal D2A21 would interfere with acquisition of Trichomonas vaginalis infection in a modified mouse model. T. vaginalis infections of estrogenized young mice pretreated with Lactobacillus(More)
Hamycin, a polyene antibiotic related to amphotericin B, has been used topically to treat fungal and protozoan infections in India. We assessed the cytotoxic activity of hamycin on nine metronidazole resistant or susceptible Trichomonas vaginalis strains isolated from symptomatic or asymptomatic patients. Cytotoxic activity of hamycin against two mammalian(More)