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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625894/evaluation-of-protective-immunity-induced-by-dna-vaccination-with-genes-encoding-toxoplasma-gondii-gra17-and-gra23-against-acute-toxoplasmosis-in-mice
#1
Wei-Ning Zhu, Jin-Lei Wang, Kai Chen, Dong-Mei Yue, Xiao-Xuan Zhang, Si-Yang Huang, Xing-Quan Zhu
Toxoplasma gondii, an obligatory intracellular protozoan, can cause serious public health problems and economic losses worldwide. Two novel dense granule proteins (GRA17 and GRA23) were recently identified as T. gondii-secreted proteins which are localized to the parasitophorous vacuole membrane (PVM) and can mediate the movement of small molecules between the host cell and parasitophorous vacuole (PV). In the present study, we evaluated the protective immunity induced by DNA vaccination with genes encoding GRA17 and GRA23 against acute toxoplasmosis in mice...
June 15, 2017: Experimental Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28587841/3-nucleotidase-nuclease-in-protozoan-parasites-molecular-and-biochemical-properties-and-physiological-roles
#2
Anita Leocadio Freitas-Mesquita, José Roberto Meyer-Fernandes
3'-nucleotidase/nuclease (3'NT/NU) is a bi-functional enzyme that is able to hydrolyze 3'-monophosphorylated nucleotides and nucleic acids. This review summarizes the major molecular and biochemical properties of this enzyme in different trypanosomatid species. Sequence analysis of the gene encoding 3'NT/NU in Leishmania and Crithidia species showed that the protein possesses five highly conserved regions that are characteristic of members of the class I nuclease family. 3'NT/NU presents a molecular weight of approximately 40 kDa, which is conserved among the studied species...
June 3, 2017: Experimental Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28552792/plasmodium-glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate-dehydrogenase-a-potential-malaria-diagnostic-target
#3
Robert G E Krause, Ramona Hurdayal, David Choveaux, Jude M Przyborski, Theresa H T Coetzer, J P Dean Goldring
Malaria rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) are immunochromatographic tests detecting Plasmodial histidine-rich protein 2 (HRP2), lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) and aldolase. HRP2 is only expressed by Plasmodium falciparum parasites and the protein is not expressed in several geographic isolates. LDH-based tests lack sensitivity compared to HRP2 tests. This study explored the potential of the Plasmodial glycolytic enzyme, glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate dehydrogenase (GAPDH), as a new malaria diagnostic biomarker. The P...
May 26, 2017: Experimental Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28552794/front-line-glioblastoma-chemotherapeutic-temozolomide-is-toxic-to-trypanosoma-brucei-and-potently-enhances-melarsoprol-and-eflornithine
#4
Dietmar Steverding, Stuart A Rushworth
Sleeping sickness is an infectious disease that is caused by the protozoan parasite Trypanosoma brucei. The second stage of the disease is characterised by the parasites entering the brain. It is therefore important that sleeping sickness therapies are able to cross the blood-brain barrier. At present, only three medications for chemotherapy of the second stage of the disease are available. As these trypanocides have serious side effects and are difficult to administer, new and safe anti-trypanosomal brain-penetrating drugs are needed...
May 25, 2017: Experimental Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28552793/artichoke-leaf-extract-protects-liver-of-schistosoma-mansoni-infected-mice-through-modulation-of-hepatic-stellate-cells-recruitment
#5
Shaimaa Ahmed Sharaf El-Deen, Reham Mustafa Brakat, Asmaa Shams El Dein Mohamed
Schistosomiasis is the second most common human parasitic disease worldwide. It is responsible for 300000 deaths per year. Liver fibrosis is the main pathology of schistosomiasis and its complications are the major cause of death in infected cases. Unfortunately, the therapeutic dose of praziquantel (PZQ) - the main drug treatment - doesn't markedly affect fibrosis. In the present study, antiparasitic and hepatoprotective properties of artichoke leaf extract (ALE) were tested on mice experimentally infected with Schistosoma mansoni (S...
May 25, 2017: Experimental Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533110/excretory-secretory-products-from-the-gastrointestinal-nematode-trichuris-muris
#6
Lucienne Tritten, Mifong Tam, Mireille Vargas, Armando Jardim, Mary M Stevenson, Jennifer Keiser, Timothy G Geary
To better control gastrointestinal nematode infections in humans and animals, it is important to understand the strategies used by these parasites to modulate the host immune system. In this regard, molecules released by parasites have been attributed crucially important roles in host-parasite negotiations. We characterized the excretory/secretory (E/S) microRNA (miRNA) and protein profiles from the mouse gastrointestinal nematode parasite Trichuris muris. Released miRNAs were subjected to miRNA sequencing and E/S proteins were analysed by mass spectrometry...
May 19, 2017: Experimental Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533109/lipopolysaccharide-induced-acute-lung-injury-in-mice-chronically-infected-by-schistosoma-mansoni
#7
Amanda Esteves Rocha Pereira, Maria Ângela Rodrigues, Rômulo Dias Novaes, Ivo Santana Caldas, Raquel Lopes Martins Souza, Alessandro Antônio Costa Pereira
We used a murine model of Schistosoma mansoni (SM) infection and lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced endotoxicity to investigate if these conditions can interact to modify the pathological manifestations typically observed in each condition. Swiss mice were randomized into four groups: SAL, uninfected; SM, infected; LPS, uninfected + LPS; and SM + LPS, infected + LPS. S. mansoni infection developed over 120 days, after which blood samples and lungs were collected, peritoneal leukocytes were isolated and cultivated for 6 and 24 h after LPS inoculation (1 mL/kg)...
May 19, 2017: Experimental Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527905/peroxisome-proliferator-activated-receptor-%C3%AE-mediated-polarization-of-macrophages-in-neospora-caninum-infection
#8
Xuexiu He, Pengtao Gong, Zhengkai Wei, Weijian Liu, Weili Wang, Jianhua Li, Zhengtao Yang, Xichen Zhang
BACKGROUND: Neospora caninum is an apicomplexan parasite closely related Toxoplasma gondii, which causes neurological disease and abortion in multiple animal species. Macrophage polarization plays an important role in host immune responses to parasites infection, such as Toxoplasma gondii, Leishmania, Trypanosoma cruzi. However, the dynamics of macrophage polarization, as well as the possible mechanism that regulate macrophage polarization, during N. caninum infection remains unclear...
May 17, 2017: Experimental Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28483658/anthelmintic-effect-of-2h-chromen-2-one-isolated-from-gliricidia-sepium-against-cooperia-punctata
#9
Elke von Son-de Fernex, Miguel Ángel Alonso-Díaz, Braulio Valles-de la Mora, Pedro Mendoza-de Gives, Manases González-Cortazar, Alejandro Zamilpa
Gliricidia sepium is a tropical legume with known anthelmintic-like properties. The aim of this study was to: (1) perform a bio-guided fractionation of an acetonic extract of G. sepium leaves using the egg hatch assay (EHA); (2) elucidate the anthelmintic (AH)-like phytochemical using nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR); and (3) assess the ultrastructural damage of the Cooperia punctata treated eggs. The anthelmintic activity of G. sepium was traced from an acetonic extract using the EHA. Phytochemicals were isolated through silica gel columns and elucidated through spectroscopic measurements (1H and 13C)...
May 5, 2017: Experimental Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28479276/viability-assessment-of-ascaris-suum-eggs-stained-with-fluorescent-dyes-using-digital-colorimetric-analysis
#10
Magdalena Włodarczyk, Jolanta Zdybel, Marek Próchniak, Zbigniew Osiński, Jacek Karamon, Teresa Kłapeć, Tomasz Cencek
The aim of the study was to develop a method for the colorimetric evaluation of nematode eggs using appropriate instruments. The materials for the study were live and dead (inactivated) eggs of the Ascaris suum. Viability of the eggs was assessed using four different kits for fluorescent staining (for each technique, a series of photos were taken). Images of stained eggs were analysed using graphic software with RGB (red-green-blue) function. The viability of the eggs was assessed according to the relative positions of the distributions of colour intensities of live or dead eggs - distributions area's overlap index (DAOI), and distributions area's separation index (DASI) were calculated...
May 4, 2017: Experimental Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28456692/parasites-as-drivers-of-key-processes-in-aquatic-ecosystems-facts-and-future-directions
#11
B Sures, M Nachev, M Pahl, D Grabner, C Selbach
Despite the advances in our understanding of the ecological importance of parasites that we have made in recent years, we are still far away from having a complete picture of the ecological implications connected to parasitism. In the present paper we highlight key issues that illustrate (1) important contributions of parasites to biodiversity, (2) their integral role in ecosystems, (3) as well as their ecological effects as keystone species (4) and in biological invasion processes. By using selected examples from aquatic ecosystems we want to provide an insight and generate interest into the topic, and want to show directions for future research in the field of ecological parasitology...
April 26, 2017: Experimental Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28363776/facilitating-trypanosome-imaging
#12
Marius Glogger, Ines Subota, Anna Pezzarossa, Anna-Lena Denecke, Mark Carrington, Susanne F Fenz, Markus Engstler
Research on trypanosomes as a model organism has provided a substantial contribution to a detailed understanding of basic cellular processes within the last few years. At the same time, major advances in super-resolution microscopy have been achieved, facilitating the resolution of biological structures in living cells at a scale of a few nm. However, the motility of trypanosomes has prevented access to high resolution microscopy of live cells. Here, we present a hydrogel based on poly(ethylene glycol) functionalized with either norbornene or thiol moieties for UV induced thiol-ene crosslinking for the embedding and imaging of live trypanosomes...
March 28, 2017: Experimental Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351685/transcript-and-protein-expression-analysis-of-proteases-in-the-blood-stages-of-plasmodium-falciparum
#13
Tim Weißbach, Alexandra Golzmann, Sandra Bennink, Gabriele Pradel, Che Julius Ngwa
Proteases are crucial enzymes with varying roles in living organisms. In the malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum, the role of proteases has been deciphered mainly in the asexual blood stages and shown to represent promising drug targets. However, little is known about their functions in the sexual blood stages, which are important for transmission of the disease from the human to the mosquito vector. Determination of their stage-specific expression during the malaria life-cycle is crucial for the effective design of multi-stage anti-malaria drugs aimed at eradicating the disease...
March 25, 2017: Experimental Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526337/construction-of-lactococcus-lactis-expressing-secreted-and-anchored-eimeria-tenella-3-1e-protein-and-comparison-of-protective-immunity-against-homologous-challenge
#14
Chunli Ma, Lili Zhang, Mingyang Gao, Dexing Ma
Two novel plasmids pTX8048-SP-Δ3-1E and pTX8048-SP-NAΔ3-1E-CWA were constructed. The plasmids were respectively electrotransformed into L. lactis NZ9000 to generate strain of L. lactis/pTX8048-SP-Δ3-1E in which 3-1E protein was expressed in secretion, and L. lactis/pTX8048-SP-NAΔ3-1E-CWA on which 3-1E protein was covalently anchored to the surface of bacteria cells. The expression of target proteins were examined by Western blot. The live lactococci expressing secreted 3-1E protein, anchored 3-1E protein, and cytoplasmic 3-1E protein was administered orally to chickens respectively, and the protective immunity and efficacy were compared by animal experiment...
July 2017: Experimental Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28457995/schistosoma-mansoni-off-target-analyses-using-nonspecific-double-stranded-rnas-as-control-for-rnai-experiments-in-schistosomula
#15
Sandra Grossi Gava, Naiara Clemente Tavares, Anna Christina de Matos Salim, Flávio Marcos Gomes de Araújo, Guilherme Oliveira, Marina Moraes Mourão
RNA interference is a well established and widely used reverse genetic tool available for gene functional studies in trematodes. This technique requires the use of nonrelevant double-stranded RNA as control. However, several authors have reported inconsistencies associated with RNAi. We used RNASeq to analyze genes affected by nonspecific dsRNA exposure. We found only few genes presenting altered expression in schistosomula exposed to GFP or mCherry nonspecific-dsRNAs, most of them encoding uncharacterized proteins...
June 2017: Experimental Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28456693/in%C3%A2-vitro-predatory-activity-of-arthrobotrys-oligospora-and-after-passing-through-gastrointestinal-tract-of-small-ruminants-on-infective-larvae-of-trichostrongylides
#16
Kui-Zheng Cai, Feng-Hui Wang, Kang-Ying Wang, Jun-Lin Liu, Bo-Bo Wang, Qiang Xu, Yu-Jia Xue, Fan Wang, Chao Zhang, Wen-Xiu Fang, Bin Cai, Yan-Qiu Liu, Xin Cao, Zhong-Ren Ma
In vitro predatory activity of 157 native isolates of Arthrobotrys oligospora from China on larvae of trichostrongylides (Trichostrongylus colubriformis and Haemonchus contortus) in feces of sheep were assessed. The results showed that 135 of tested isolates of A. oligospora reduced the development of trichostrongylide larvae in feces by 90-99.99%, 11 isolates by 80-89.46% and 11 isolates by 14.58-78.82%. To understand their capacity of passing through gastrointestinal tract of sheep, 50 native isolates of A...
June 2017: Experimental Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28456691/a-new-thioredoxin-reductase-with-additional-glutathione-reductase-activity-in-haemonchus-contortus
#17
Agustín Plancarte, Gabriela Nava, Javier A Munguía
We report, herein, the purification to homogeneity and the biochemical and kinetic characterization of HcTrxR3, a new isoform of thioredoxin reductase (TrxR) from Haemonchus contortus. HcTrxR3 was found to have a relative molecular weight of 134,000, while the corresponding value per subunit obtained under denaturing conditions, was of 67,000. By peptide mass spectrophotometric analysis, HcTrxR3 was determined to have 99% identity with the H. contortus HcTrxR1 although, and most importantly, they are different in their amino acid sequence in two amino acid positions: 48 (isoleucine instead of leucine) and 460 (leucine instead of proline)...
June 2017: Experimental Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28456690/standardization-of-dna-extraction-from-sand-flies-application-to-genotyping-by-next-generation-sequencing
#18
Aline Etelvina Casaril, Liliane Prado de Oliveira, Diego Peres Alonso, Everton Falcão de Oliveira, Suellem Petilim Gomes Barrios, Jucelei de Oliveira Moura Infran, Wagner de Souza Fernandes, Elisa Teruya Oshiro, Alda Maria Teixeira Ferreira, Paulo Eduardo Martins Ribolla, Alessandra Gutierrez de Oliveira
Standardization of the methods for extraction of DNA from sand flies is essential for obtaining high efficiency during subsequent molecular analyses, such as the new sequencing methods. Information obtained using these methods may contribute substantially to taxonomic, evolutionary, and eco-epidemiological studies. The aim of the present study was to standardize and compare two methods for the extraction of genomic DNA from sand flies for obtaining DNA in sufficient quantities for next-generation sequencing...
June 2017: Experimental Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28455119/changes-of-cecal-microflora-in-chickens-following-eimeria-tenella-challenge-and-regulating-effect-of-coated-sodium-butyrate
#19
Zuoyong Zhou, Kui Nie, Qingzhou Huang, Kai Li, Yingying Sun, Rongqiong Zhou, Zhiying Wang, Shijun Hu
Eimeria tenella, one of the most important parasitic protozoa in the genus Eimeria, is responsible for chicken caecal coccidiosis resulting in huge economic losses to poultry industry. The present study investigated the changes in caecal microflora of E. tenella-infected chickens and the regulating effect of coated sodium butyrate, a potential alternative to antibiotics. Using high-throughput sequencing of 16S rRNA V3-V4 region of bacteria we found significant changes in caecal microflora of E. tenella-infected chickens indicated by an increase of Firmicutes (mainly Ruminococcaceae, Lachnospiraceae and vadin BB60) and Proteobacteria (mainly Enterobacteriaceae) and a decrease of Bacteroidetes (predominantly Bacteroidaceae)...
June 2017: Experimental Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28450049/survival-physical-and-physiological-changes-of-taenia-hydatigena-eggs-under-different-conditions-of-water-stress
#20
Paula Sánchez Thevenet, Hector Manuel Alvarez, Juan Angel Basualdo
Taenia hydatigena eggs were investigated for morphological and physiological changes under water stress conditions. Fresh eggs were exposed at 31%, 47% and 89% of relative humidity (RH), and survival, size and ultrastructural changes were accounted up to 365 days of exposition. The article shows how each RH environment affects the vitality of the eggs. Results of this study suggest that T. hydatigena eggs have mechanisms to withstand water stress, indicating that the eggs clustering improves protection against desiccation, and that endogenous metabolism using triacylglycerols play an important role in the maintenance of embryo vitality under low, medium and high relative humidity conditions...
June 2017: Experimental Parasitology
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