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Experimental Parasitology

Danilo Solano, Juan Carlos Navarro, Antonio León-Reyes, Washington Benítez-Ortiz, Richar Rodríguez-Hidalgo
Tapeworms Taenia solium and Taenia saginata are the causative agents of taeniasis/cysticercosis. These are diseases with high medical and veterinary importance due to their impact on public health and rural economy in tropical countries. The re-emergence of T. solium as a result of human migration, the economic burden affecting livestock industry, and the large variability of symptoms in several human cysticercosis, encourage studies on genetic diversity, and the identification of these parasites with molecular phylogenetic tools...
October 18, 2016: Experimental Parasitology
Zhi-Yong Xu, Ming-Xue Zheng, Yan Zhang, Xiao-Zhen Cui, Sha-Sha Yang, Rui-Li Liu, Shan Li, Rou Xi, Xin Gong, Rui Bai
The purpose of the present study was to investigate the dynamic changes in the main regulatory genes of the mitochondrial permeability transition pore in E. tenella host cells. Primary chick embryo cecum epithelial cell culture techniques, spectrophotometer technology, Hoechst-Annexin V-PI apoptosis staining and ELISA were used to detect the apoptosis rate and dynamic changes of Bcl-2, Bcl-xl, Bax, Bak, Bid, Bad, HK-II, and ATP content in E. tenella host cells at 4, 24, 48, 72, 96, and 120 h. The rates of early apoptosis, late apoptosis, and necrosis of group T0 were significantly lower (P < 0...
October 17, 2016: Experimental Parasitology
Saroj Rajvanshi, Kirti Choudhary, Nirupama Agrawal
The protein encoding zone of Mitochondrial DNA region (inherited from single lineage) seems most suitable and effective for taxonomic, systematic, ecological, evolutionary, DNA barcoding, cryptic species and population studies, exploiting nucleotide/amino acid datasets (1D/2D/3D conformational level). Nowadays, expeditious computerized methods are in trend for analyzing genetic material to demonstrate variations at various levels of protein structures. Structural proteomics have implemented here for genetic identification, differentiation and relationship of species from information rich data of mt COI gene of the family Diplostomidae with inclusion of molecular tools...
October 17, 2016: Experimental Parasitology
Eliana Isac, Guaraciara de A Picanço, Tatiane L da Costa, Nayana F de Lima, Daniella de S M M Alves, Carolina M Fraga, Ruy de S Lino Junior, Marina C Vinaud
Nitazoxanide (NTZ) is a broad-spectrum anti-parasitic drug used against a wide variety of protozoans and helminthes. Albendazole, its active metabolite albendazole sulfoxide (ABZSO), is one of the drugs of choice to treat both intestinal and tissue helminth and protozoan infections. However little is known regarding their impact on the metabolism of parasites. The aim of this study was to compare the in vitro effect of NTZ and ABZSO in the glycolysis of Taenia crassiceps cysticerci. The cysticerci were treated with 1...
October 14, 2016: Experimental Parasitology
Javaid Ali Gadahi, Muhammad Ehsan, Shuai Wang, ZhenChao Zhang, Yujian Wang, RuoFeng Yan, XiaoKai Song, LiXin Xu, XiangRui Li
14-3-3 proteins have been found to be an excreted/secreted antigen and assumed to be released into the host-parasite interface and described in several unicellular and multicellular parasites. However, little is known about the immunomodulatory effects of H. controtus 14-3-3 protein on host cell. In present study, 14-3-3 isoform 2 gene, designated as Hcftt-2, was amplified by reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) from the adult H. contortus cDNA and cloned into expression plasmid pET32a (+) and expression of the recombinant protein (rHcftt-2) was induced by IPTG...
October 14, 2016: Experimental Parasitology
Ricardo da Silva Raposo, Vamilton Alvares Santarém, Yslla Fernanda Fitz Balo Merigueti, Guita Rubinsky-Elefant, Letícia Maria de Lima Cerazo, Ludimilla Pereira, Bianca Pelegi Zampieri, Aristeu Vieira da Silva, Cecília Braga Laposy
Toxocariasis is a geohelminth zoonosis with worldwide distribution, mainly transmitted through the ingestion of embryonated eggs of nematodes of the Toxocara genus. The disease can also be transmitted to humans as a result of eating raw or undercooked meat of paratenic hosts, such as chickens. Here, we standardized an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) for evaluating experimentally the kinetic and avidity index (AI) of IgY in broiler chickens infected with different doses of Toxocara canis eggs (G1:100; G2: 1000; and G3: 5000; n = 12 per group)...
October 13, 2016: Experimental Parasitology
Mariana G Lima, Vinícius M Tunholi-Alves, Fabrício N Gaudêncio, Florence G Martins, Rosane N Castro, Silvana C Thiengo, Juberlan S Garcia, Arnaldo Maldonado, Jairo Pinheiro
Angiostrongylus cantonensis is considered the main agent responsible for human eosinophilic meningoencephalitis. This parasite has low specificity for mollusk hosts and it can also use aquatic snails as auxiliary hosts. Studies based on the metabolic profile of Biomphalaria spp. infected by A. cantonensis have been conducted to observe parasite-host interactions. In the present study, the glucose content in the hemolymph and glycogen content in the digestive gland and cephalopedal mass of Biomphalaria tenagophila and Biomphalaria straminea experimentally infected by A...
October 12, 2016: Experimental Parasitology
Luciana Maria Ribeiro Antinarelli, Isabela de Oliveira Souza, Nicolas Glanzmann, Ayla das Chagas Almeida, Gabriane Nascimento Porcino, Eveline Gomes Vasconcelos, Adilson David da Silva, Elaine Soares Coimbra
In this study, we have investigated the antileishmanial activity of ten 7-chloro-4-quinolinylhydrazone derivatives. Among the compounds tested, compounds 2a and 2j presented activity against promastigotes (IC50 values of 52.5 and 21.1 μM, respectively) and compounds 2a and 2c were active against intracellular amastigotes (IC50 of 8.1 and 15.6 μM, respectively) of Leishmania amazonensis. The majority of compounds did not show toxicity against murine macrophages. Compound 2a exhibited low cytotoxicity to human erythrocytes and induced an oxidative imbalance in promastigote forms, reflected by an increase in the formation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and a reduction of mitochondrial membrane potential...
October 12, 2016: Experimental Parasitology
Patricia Berenice Ramírez Rodríguez, Rodrigo Rosario Cruz, Delia Inés Domínguez García, Rodolfo Hernández Gutiérrez, Rodolfo Esteban Lagunes Quintanilla, Daniel Ortuño Sahagún, Celia González Castillo, Abel Gutiérrez Ortega, Sara Elisa Herrera Rodríguez, Adriana Vallejo Cardona, Moisés Martínez Velázquez
Rhipicephalus (Boophilus) microplus ticks are obligatory hematophagous ectoparasites of cattle and act as vectors for disease-causing microorganisms. Conventional tick control is based on the use of chemical acaricides; however, their uncontrolled use has increased tSresistant tick populations, as well as food and environmental contamination. Alternative immunological tick control has shown to be partially effective. The only anti-tick vaccine commercially available at present in the world is based on intestinal Bm86 protein, and shows a variable effectiveness depending on tick strains or geographic isolates...
October 8, 2016: Experimental Parasitology
Verónica Seguel, Lorena Castro, Chantal Reigada, Leonel Cortes, María V Díaz, Mariana R Miranda, Claudio A Pereira, Michel Lapier, Carolina Campos-Estrada, Antonio Morello, Ulrike Kemmerling, Juan D Maya, Rodrigo López-Muñoz
Benznidazole is the first-line drug used in treating Chagas disease, which is caused by the parasite Trypanosoma cruzi (T. cruzi). However, benznidazole has limited efficacy and several adverse reactions. Pentamidine is an antiprotozoal drug used in the treatment of leishmaniasis and African trypanosomiasis. In T. cruzi, pentamidine blocks the transport of putrescine, a precursor of trypanothione, which constitutes an essential molecule in the resistance of T. cruzi to benznidazole. In the present study, we describe the effect of the combination of benznidazole and pentamidine on isolated parasites, mammalian cells and in mice infected with T...
October 8, 2016: Experimental Parasitology
Ismail Soner Koltas, Fadime Eroglu
Blastocystis is a common and emerging parasite often seen in many studies conducted in urban population, with scanty reports on rural communities. However, little is known about the public health significance of Blastocystis infection. A total of 28 Blastocystis isolates from 17 (17/28, 60.71%) patients living in rural area and 11 (11/28, 39.29%) patients living in urban area were screened with seven kinds of sequenced-tagged site primers for identification of subtype. PCR products were sequenced with same combination of primers using the BigDye Terminator V 3...
October 7, 2016: Experimental Parasitology
Éverton da Silva Santos, Francielle Pelegrin Garcia, Priscila Miyuki Outuki, Jaqueline Hoscheid, Paulo Roberto Nunes de Goes, Lúcio Cardozo-Filho, Celso Vataru Nakamura, Mara Lane Carvalho Cardoso
Currently, leishmaniasis is difficult to manage owing to the limited choice and high toxicity of available drugs, and emergence of drug-resistant protozoa. Medicinal plants, which produce various bioactive molecules, can help counter this global shortage. In this study, we prepared Pterodon pubescens fruit extracts, which show antileishmanial activity, and developed a nanoemulsion of the optimized extract to improve its performance. The extracts were prepared using conventional methods and a supercritical fluid method and were tested for activity against Leishmania amazonensis promastigotes and amastigotes...
October 7, 2016: Experimental Parasitology
Shehla Khalil, Bijay Ranjan Mirdha, Jaishree Paul, Ashutosh Panda, Govind Makharia, Rama Chaudhry, Shinjini Bhatnagar
Cryptosporidiosis is predominantly a gastrointestinal disease of humans and other animals, caused by various species of protozoan parasites representing the genus Cryptosporidium. Detection of Cryptosporidium spp. in human clinical samples is central to the prevention, surveillance and control of cryptosporidiosis, particularly given that there is presently no broadly applicable treatment regimen for this disease. A non-radioactive, genus specific DNA dot blot hybridization assay was developed using Digoxigenin (DIG) labelled probes to detect Cryptosporidium DNA in human clinical samples...
October 4, 2016: Experimental Parasitology
Liang Ming, Ruo Yu Peng, Lei Zhang, Chun Li Zhang, Pin Lv, Zhong Quan Wang, Jing Cui, Hui Jun Ren
As we all know, invasion of host intestinal epithelium is very important for T. spiralis to complete successfully their life cycle. However, the mechanisms that the intestinal infective larvae (IIL) invade and migrate in the intestinal epithailial cells (IECs) remain unclear until now. The related researches have been hindered since a readily operable in vitro normal model. In our earlier study, an in vitro normal IEC invasion model was established for the first time, and the abilities of the normal IECs to initiate mucosal inflammatory responses to invasion by the IIL in vitro were evaluated in this study...
October 4, 2016: Experimental Parasitology
C Rojas Martínez, R I Rodríguez-Vivas, J V Figueroa Millán, K Y Acosta Viana, E J Gutiérrez Ruiz, J A Álvarez Martínez
Bovine serum is an important factor for the optimal growth of Babesia bovis in vitro. This protozoan can be cultured in M-199 with Earle's salts medium (M-199) supplemented with 40% bovine serum (BS). In the present study, four media were assessed along with the control medium M-199. The effect on the proliferation of B. bovis in vitro was tested when these media were combined with insulin (Ins), transferrin (Trans) and selenite (Sel) in the absence of bovine serum. Treatment with Advanced DMEM/F12 medium (A-DMEM/F12) achieved the highest percentage of parasitized erythrocytes (PPE), reaching a maximum value of 9...
October 4, 2016: Experimental Parasitology
P Krishnamoorthy, P P Sengupta, Sangita Das, M Ligi, B R Shome, H Rahman
Aim of the present study was to assess the cytokine gene expression in liver, kidney and spleen and histopathological changes in mice infected with buffalo and dog isolates of Trypanosoma evansi. Forty-four Swiss albino mice was divided into eleven groups of four mice each and injected subcutaneously with 1 × 10(5) trypanosomes of buffalo and dog isolate to twenty mice each, four mice served as control. Mice were examined for clinical signs, blood smear for trypanosome counts. Blood for PCR, liver, kidney, spleen, heart, lung, testis and abdominal muscle for histopathology and liver, kidney, spleen for cytokine gene expression studies, were collected...
October 1, 2016: Experimental Parasitology
Matheus D Baldissera, Thirssa H Grando, Carine F de Souza, Luciana F Cossetin, Ana P T da Silva, Janince L Giongo, Silvia G Monteiro
The aim of this study was to evaluate the in vitro and in vivo susceptibility of Trypanosoma evansi to α-Bisabolol and solid lipid nanoparticles containing α-Bisabolol (SLN-B). In vitro, a trypanocidal effect of α-Bisabolol and SLN-B was observed when used at 0.5, 1 and 2% concentrations, i.e., the concentrations of 1 and 2% showed a faster trypanocidal effect when compared to chemotherapy (diminazene aceturate - D.A.). T. evansi infected mice were treated with α-Bisabolol and SLN-B at a dose of 1.0 mL kg(-1) during seven days via oral gavage...
September 28, 2016: Experimental Parasitology
Alison E Hillman, Rongchang Yang, Alan J Lymbery, R C Andrew Thompson
Parasites of wildlife inhabiting urbanised and peri-urban environments are of interest regarding wildlife population health, and also veterinary public health in the case of parasites that can also infect humans and domestic animals. This study aimed to: identify, and estimate the prevalence of, species of Eimeria parasitic in quenda (Isoodon obesulus) in the greater Perth region, Western Australia; 2) morphologically describe and genetically characterise a novel observed species of Eimeria as E. angustus; and 3) genetically characterise E...
September 28, 2016: Experimental Parasitology
Flávia Carolina Fávero, Carolina Buzzulini, Breno Cayeiro Cruz, Gustavo Felippelli, Willian Giquelin Maciel, Bruna Salatta, Débora Siniscalchi, Welber Daniel Zanetti Lopes, Weslen Fabricio Pires Teixeira, Vando Edésio Soares, Gilson Pereira de Oliveira, Alvimar José da Costa
The present study had the primary objective of evaluating clinical, hematological and biochemical parameters, as well as observing anatomical and histopathological characteristics of abomasums, from calves prime-infected with Haemonchus contortus or H. placei. Ten male Holstein newborns were subdivided in three groups (GI placebo; GII infected with H. contortus; GIII inoculated with H. placei). Eye mucosa staining was evaluated. Hematological and biochemical tests were performed on animals. The euthanasia of all ten experimental calves was performed on the 42nd day post-inoculation...
September 28, 2016: Experimental Parasitology
Federico Nicolás Penas, Ágata Carolina Cevey, Sofía Siffo, Gerardo Ariel Mirkin, Nora Beatriz Goren
Trypanosoma cruzi, the etiological agent of Chagas' disease, causes an intense inflammatory response in several tissues, including the liver. Since this organ is central to metabolism, its infection may be reflected in the outcome of the disease. 15-deoxy-Δ(12,14) prostaglandin J2 (15dPGJ2), a natural agonist of peroxisome-proliferator activated receptor (PPAR) γ, has been shown to exert anti-inflammatory effects in the heart upon T. cruzi infection. However, its role in the restoration of liver function and reduction of liver inflammation has not been studied yet...
September 28, 2016: Experimental Parasitology
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