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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641606/solving-the-challenge-of-the-blood-brain-barrier-to-treat-infections-caused-by-trypanosoma-evansi-evaluation-of-nerolidol-loaded-nanospheres-in-mice
#1
Matheus D Baldissera, Carine F Souza, Aline A Boligon, Thirssa H Grando, Mariângela F DE Sá, Aleksandro S DA Silva, Lenita M Stefani, Bernardo Baldisserotto, Silvia G Monteiro
Despite significant advances in therapies against Trypanosoma evansi, its effective elimination from the central nervous system (CNS) remains a difficult task. The incapacity of trypanocidal drugs to cross the blood-brain barrier (BBB) after systemic administrations makes the brain the main refuge area for T. evansi. Nanotechnology is showing great potential to improve drug efficacy, such as nerolidol-loaded nanospheres (N-NS). Thus, the aim of this study was to investigate whether the treatment with N-NS was able to cross the BBB and to eliminate T...
June 23, 2017: Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641605/state-dependent-parasitism-by-a-facultative-parasite-of-fruit-flies
#2
Lien T Luong, Taylor Brophy, Emily Stolz, Solomon J Chan
Parasites can evolve phenotypically plastic strategies for transmission such that a single genotype can give rise to a range of phenotypes depending on the environmental condition. State-dependent plasticity in particular can arise from individual differences in the parasite's internal state or the condition of the host. Facultative parasites serve as ideal model systems for investigating state-dependent plasticity because individuals can exhibit two life history strategies (free-living or parasitic) depending on the environment...
June 23, 2017: Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641604/prevalence-and-genetic-diversity-of-blood-parasite-mixed-infections-in-spanish-terrapins-mauremys-leprosa
#3
Alfonso Marzal, Alejandro Ibáñez, Manuel González-Blázquez, Pilar López, José Martín
Blood parasites such as haemogregarines and haemosporidians have been identified in almost all groups of vertebrates and may cause serious damages to their hosts. However, very little is known about biodiversity of these parasites and their effects on some groups of reptiles such as terrapins. Moreover, the information on virulence from blood parasites mixed infection is largely unknown in reptiles. With this aim, we investigated for the first time the prevalence and genetic diversity of blood parasites from one genus of haemoparasitic aplicomplexan (Hepatozoon) in two populations of Spanish terrapins (Mauremys leprosa), a semi-aquatic turtle from southwestern Europe with a vulnerable conservation status...
June 23, 2017: Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641603/molecular-detection-of-sarcocystis-lutrae-in-the-european-badger-meles-meles-in-scotland
#4
T Lepore, P M Bartley, F Chianini, A I Macrae, E A Innes, F Katzer
Neck samples from 54 badgers and 32 tongue samples of the same badgers (Meles meles), collected in the Lothians and Borders regions of Scotland, were tested using polymerase chain reactions (PCRs) directed against the 18S ribosomal DNA and the internal transcribed spacer (ITS1) region of protozoan parasites of the family Sarcocystidae. Positive results were obtained from 36/54 (67%) neck and 24/32 (75%) tongue samples using an 18S rDNA PCR. A 468 base pair consensus sequence that was generated from the 18S rDNA PCR amplicons (KX229728) showed 100% identity to Sarcocystis lutrae...
June 23, 2017: Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641584/crotoxin-stimulates-an-m1-activation-profile-in-murine-macrophages-during-leishmania-amazonensis-infection
#5
L H S Farias, A P D Rodrigues, E C Coêlho, M F Santos, S C Sampaio, E O Silva
American tegumentary leishmaniasis is caused by different species of Leishmania. This protozoan employs several mechanisms to subvert the microbicidal activity of macrophages and, given the limited efficacy of current therapies, the development of alternative treatments is essential. Animal venoms are known to exhibit a variety of pharmacological activities, including antiparasitic effects. Crotoxin (CTX) is the main component of Crotalus durissus terrificus venom, and it has several biological effects. Nevertheless, there is no report of CTX activity during macrophage - Leishmania interactions...
June 23, 2017: Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637533/everybody-needs-sphingolipids-right-mining-for-new-drug-targets-in-protozoan-sphingolipid-biosynthesis
#6
John G M Mina, P W Denny
Sphingolipids (SLs) are an integral part of all eukaryotic cellular membranes. In addition, they have indispensable functions as signalling molecules controlling a myriad of cellular events. Disruption of either the de novo synthesis or the degradation pathways has been shown to have detrimental effects. The earlier identification of selective inhibitors of fungal SL biosynthesis promised potent broad-spectrum anti-fungal agents, which later encouraged testing some of those agents against protozoan parasites...
June 22, 2017: Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637527/rodents-goats-and-dogs-their-potential-roles-in-the-transmission-of-schistosomiasis-in-china
#7
Clare F VAN Dorssen, Catherine A Gordon, Yuesheng Li, Gail M Williams, Yuanyuan Wang, Zhenhua Luo, Geoffrey N Gobert, Hong You, Donald P McManus, Darren J Gray
Schistosomiasis in China has been substantially reduced due to an effective control programme employing various measures including bovine and human chemotherapy, and the removal of bovines from endemic areas. To fulfil elimination targets, it will be necessary to identify other possible reservoir hosts for Schistosoma japonicum and include them in future control efforts. This study determined the infection prevalence of S. japonicum in rodents (0-9·21%), dogs (0-18·37%) and goats (6·9-46·4%) from the Dongting Lake area of Hunan province, using a combination of traditional coproparasitological techniques (miracidial hatching technique and Kato-Katz thick smear technique) and molecular methods [quantitative real-time PCR (qPCR) and droplet digital PCR (ddPCR)]...
June 22, 2017: Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28595676/evaluation-of-the-impact-of-2-years-of-a-dosing-intervention-on-canine-echinococcosis-in-the-alay-valley-kyrgyzstan
#8
F VAN Kesteren, A Mastin, P R Torgerson, Bermet Mytynova, P S Craig
Echinococcosis is a re-emerging zoonotic disease in Kyrgyzstan. In 2012, an echinococcosis control scheme was started that included dosing owned dogs in the Alay Valley, Kyrgyzstan with praziquantel. Control programmes require large investments of money and resources; as such it is important to evaluate how well these are meeting their targets. However, problems associated with echinococcosis control schemes include remoteness and semi-nomadic customs of affected communities, and lack of resources. These same problems apply to control scheme evaluations, and quick and easy assessment tools are highly desirable...
June 9, 2017: Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28595661/the-antifungal-aureobasidin-a-and-an-analogue-are-active-against-the-protozoan-parasite-toxoplasma-gondii-but-do-not-inhibit-sphingolipid-biosynthesis-corrigendum
#9
A Q I Alqaisi, A J Mbekeani, M Bassas Llorens, A P Elhammer, P W Denny
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 9, 2017: Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28583224/anti-parasitic-effect-of-the-diuretic-and-na-atpase-inhibitor-furosemide-in-cutaneous-leishmaniasis
#10
N Arruda-Costa, D Escrivani, E E Almeida-Amaral, J R Meyer-Fernandes, B Rossi-Bergmann
Leishmania amazonensis promastigotes are known to express furosemide (Lasix®)-sensitive P-type membrane Na+-ATPase. In the present study, furosemide activity was studied in intracellular amastigotes and infected BALB/c mice to investigate its efficacy in cutaneous leishmaniasis (CL). Intracellular parasites, but not macrophages, were found to be sensitive to killing by furosemide (IC50 = 87 µ m vs CC50 ≫ 1000 µ m, respectively). Although furosemide did not induce nitric oxide production or intracellular pH changes in infected macrophages, it led to a significant reactive oxygen species (ROS) burst...
June 6, 2017: Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28583219/amblyomma-birmitum-a-new-species-of-hard-tick-in-burmese-amber
#11
Lidia Chitimia-Dobler, Bruno Cancian DE Araujo, Bernhard Ruthensteiner, Timo Pfeffer, Jason A Dunlop
Amblyomma birmitum sp. nov. is formally described as a new record from 99 Ma old Burmese amber from Myanmar. This confirms the presence of the extant hard tick genus Amblyomma C.L. Koch, 1844 (Ixodida: Ixodidae) in the Late Cretaceous. This discovery is placed in its wider context and some reports of fossil hard ticks, such as a Hyalomma C.L. Koch, 1844 in Eocene Baltic amber, are misidentifications. The genus Amblyomma belongs to the clade Metastriata, a group which probably also accommodates two extinct genera, Cornupalpatum Poinar and Brown, 2003 and Compluriscutata Poinar and Buckley, 2008, also found in Burmese amber...
June 6, 2017: Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28583218/demodex-canis-regulates-cholinergic-system-mediated-immunosuppressive-pathways-in-canine-demodicosis
#12
P Kumari, R Nigam, A Singh, U P Nakade, A Sharma, S K Garg, S K Singh
Demodex canis infestation in dogs remains one of the main challenges in veterinary dermatology. The exact pathogenesis of canine demodicosis is unknown but an aberration in immune status is considered very significant. No studies have underpinned the nexus between induction of demodicosis and neural immunosuppressive pathways so far. We have evaluated the involvement of cholinergic pathways in association with cytokines regulation as an insight into the immuno-pathogenesis of canine demodicosis in the present study...
June 6, 2017: Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28583216/the-role-of-rare-innate-immune-cells-in-type-2-immune-activation-against-parasitic-helminths
#13
Lauren M Webb, Elia D Tait Wojno
The complexity of helminth macroparasites is reflected in the intricate network of host cell types that participate in the Type 2 immune response needed to battle these organisms. In this context, adaptive T helper 2 cells and the Type 2 cytokines interleukin (IL)-4, IL-5, IL-9 and IL-13 have been the focus of research for years, but recent work has demonstrated that the innate immune system plays an essential role. Some innate immune cells that promote Type 2 immunity are relatively abundant, such as macrophages and eosinophils...
June 6, 2017: Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28583214/trichomonas-tenax-and-periodontal-diseases-a-concise-review
#14
Mathieu Marty, Mathieu Lemaitre, Philippe Kémoun, Jean-Jacques Morrier, Paul Monsarrat
Periodontal diseases (gingivitis and periodontitis), result from a disruption of the host-oral microbiome homoeostasis. Whereas the pathological role of some specific bacterial strains during periodontal diseases is well documented, the impact of parasites in periodontium pathophysiology is still under debate. This review aims to collect data about the prevalence and the potential role of Trichomonas tenax during periodontal diseases. Data from 47 studies revealed that T. tenax prevalence in diseased periodontium ranged from 0 to 94·1%...
June 6, 2017: Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28583212/lineage-specific-expansion-and-loss-of-tyrosinase-genes-across-platyhelminths-and-their-induction-profiles-in-the-carcinogenic-oriental-liver-fluke-clonorchis-sinensis
#15
Seon-Hee Kim, Young-An Bae
Tyrosinase provides an essential activity during egg production in diverse platyhelminths by mediating sclerotization of eggshells. In this study, we investigated the genomic and evolutionary features of tyrosinases in parasitic platyhelminths whose genomic information is available. A pair of paralogous tyrosinases was detected in most trematodes, whereas they were lost in cyclophyllidean cestodes. A pseudophyllidean cestode displaying egg biology similar to that of trematodes possessed an orthologous gene...
June 6, 2017: Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28583210/long-read-sequencing-improves-assembly-of-trichinella-genomes-10-fold-revealing-substantial-synteny-between-lineages-diverged-over-7-million-years
#16
Peter C Thompson, Dante S Zarlenga, Ming-Yuan Liu, Benjamin M Rosenthal
Genome assemblies can form the basis of comparative analyses fostering insight into the evolutionary genetics of a parasite's pathogenicity, host-pathogen interactions, environmental constraints and invasion biology; however, the length and complexity of many parasite genomes has hampered the development of well-resolved assemblies. In order to improve Trichinella genome assemblies, the genome of the sylvatic encapsulated species Trichinella murrelli was sequenced using third-generation, long-read technology and, using syntenic comparisons, scaffolded to a reference genome assembly of Trichinella spiralis, markedly improving both...
June 6, 2017: Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28578742/applicability-of-plant-based-products-in-the-treatment-of-trypanosoma-cruzi-and-trypanosoma-brucei-infections-a-systematic-review-of-preclinical-in-vivo-evidence
#17
Rodrigo M Pereira, Glícia M Z Greco, Andreia M Moreira, Pablo F Chagas, Ivo S Caldas, Reggiani V Gonçalves, Rômulo D Novaes
Chagas disease and sleeping sickness are neglected tropical diseases closely related to poverty, for which the development of plant-derived treatments has not been a promising prospect. Thus, we systematicaly review the preclinical in vivo evidence on the applicability of plant-based products in the treatment of Trypanosoma cruzi and Trypanosoma brucei infections. Characteristics such as disease models, treatments, toxicological safety and methodological bias were analysed. We recovered 66 full text articles from 16 countries investigating 91 plant species...
June 5, 2017: Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28552088/new-data-on-flatfish-scuticociliatosis-reveal-that-miamiensis-avidus-and-philasterides-dicentrarchi-are-different-species
#18
Ana-Paula DE Felipe, Jesús Lamas, Rosa-Ana Sueiro, Iria Folgueira, José-Manuel Leiro
Scuticociliatosis is a severe disease in farmed flatfish. However, the causative agent is not always accurately identified. In this study, we identified two isolates of scuticociliates from an outbreak in cultured fine flounder Paralichthys adspersus. Scuticociliate identification was based on morphological data, examination of life stages and the use of molecular approaches. The isolates were compared with a strain of Philasterides dicentrachi from turbot Scophthalmus maximus and with a strain deposited in the American Type Culture Collection as Miamiensis avidus ATCC® 50180™...
May 29, 2017: Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534461/human-parasites-in-the-roman-world-health-consequences-of-conquering-an-empire-corrigendum
#19
Piers D Mitchell
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 23, 2017: Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534454/opportunities-and-challenges-in-metabarcoding-approaches-for-helminth-community-identification-in-wild-mammals
#20
Tuomas Aivelo, Alan Medlar
Despite metabarcoding being widely used to analyse bacterial community composition, its application in parasitological research remains limited. What interest there has been has focused on previously intractable research settings where traditional methods are inappropriate, for example, in longitudinal studies and studies involving endangered species. In settings such as these, non-invasive sampling combined with metabarcoding can provide a fast and accurate assessment of component communities. In this paper we review the use of metabarcoding in the study of helminth communities in wild mammals, outlining the necessary procedures from sample collection to statistical analysis...
May 23, 2017: Parasitology
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