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Visual content analysis has always been important yet challenging. Thanks to the popularity of social networks, images become an convenient carrier for information diffusion among online users. To understand the diffusion patterns and different aspects of the social images, we need to interpret the images first. Similar to textual content, images also carry(More)
The search for novel antigens suitable for improved vaccines and diagnostic reagents against leptospirosis led to the identification of LigA and LigB. LigA and LigB expression were not detectable at the translation level but were detectable at the transcription level in leptospires grown in vitro. Lig genes were present in pathogenic serovars of Leptospira,(More)
A clone expressing a novel immunoreactive leptospiral immunoglobulin-like protein A of 130 kDa (LigA) from Leptospira interrogans serovar pomona type kennewicki was isolated by screening a genomic DNA library with serum from a mare that had recently aborted due to leptospiral infection. LigA is encoded by an open reading frame of 3,675 bp, and the deduced(More)
A killed whole Neospora caninum tachyzoite preparation was formulated with various adjuvants and tested for its immunogenicity in cattle. The adjuvants used were: Havlogen, a polymer of acrylic acid cross-linked with polyallylsucrose; Polygen, a non-particulate copolymer; a mixture of Havlogen and Bay R-1005, which is a preparation of free base synthetic(More)
We previously reported the cloning and characterization of leptospiral immunoglobulin-like proteins LigA and LigB of Leptospira interrogans. LigA and LigB are conserved at the amino-terminal region but are variable at the carboxyl-terminal region. Here, we evaluate the potential of recombinant LigA (rLigA) as a vaccine candidate against infection by L.(More)
Animal leptospirosis is one of the most common zoonotic diseases in the United States and around the world. In a previous study, we applied four recombinant antigens, rLipL21, rLoa22, rLipL32 and rLigACon4-8 of Leptospira interrogans (L. interrogans) for the serological diagnosis of equine leptospirosis (Ye et al, Serodiagnosis of equine leptospirosis by(More)
The present study sought to quantitatively examine mucosal inflammatory and immune responses in dogs with gastritis and the relationship of these responses to infection with Helicobacter. Gastric biopsies from 30 dogs were evaluated for B- and T-lymphocytes, neutrophils, eosinophils, macrophages, and mast cells. Mucosal atrophy, fibrosis, cellularity, and(More)
Leptospira is an important infectious Gram-negative bacterium causing Leptospirosis in mammals. Outer membrane proteins (OMPs) are key molecules in the interface between the cell and its environment. A group of putative leptospiral outer membrane proteins with an OmpA-like domain, comprising Lp0056, Lp0222, Lp3615, Lp3685, Lp4337 and Lbp328, were identified(More)
The beta 2 or leukointegrin family is comprised of three structurally related leukocyte surface heterodimers: LFA-1 (CD11a/CD18), Mac-1/Mo-1 (CD11b/CD18), and p150,95 (CD11c/CD18). In this work, we describe a novel canine beta 2 (CD18)-associated leukointegrin, designated alpha d. Expression of alpha d in tissues was prominent in macrophages in splenic red(More)
Polysaccharide storage myopathy is an equine neuromuscular disorder characterized by accumulation of glycogen-related polysaccharide inclusions within skeletal muscle fibers. The pathologic criteria for diagnosis of this disorder are somewhat controversial; however, periodic acid-Schiff-positive, amylase-resistant inclusions are considered pathognomonic.(More)