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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28367792/safety-and-efficacy-of-current-alternatives-in-the-topical-treatment-of-cutaneous-leishmaniasis-a-systematic-review
#1
Priscila Wolf Nassif, Tatiane França Perles DE Mello, Taísa Rocha Navasconi, Camila Alves Mota, Izabel Galhardo Demarchi, Sandra Mara Alessi Aristides, Maria Valdrinez Campana Lonardoni, Jorge Juarez Vieira Teixeira, Thaís Gomes Verzignassi Silveira
Studies of topical treatments for leishmaniasis were systematically reviewed, to evaluate the therapeutic efficacy, safety and any adverse effects of these treatments. The papers identified in the databases PubMed and Web of Knowledge involved eight studies with a total of 1744 patients. The majority of trials was from Iran (4/8), covered a period of 8 years (2003-2011), and included patients 4-85 years of age. The most frequent Leishmania species in the studies were L. tropica (4/8) and L. major (2/8). The treatments administered were thermotherapy, paromomycin and combinations, CO2 laser, 5-aminolevulinic acid hydrochloride (10%) plus visible red light (633 nm) and cryotherapy...
April 3, 2017: Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28367781/simple-dialkyl-pyrazole-3-5-dicarboxylates-show-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-activity-against-disease-causing-trypanosomatids
#2
Felipe Reviriego, Francisco Olmo, Pilar Navarro, Clotilde Marín, Inmaculada Ramírez-Macías, Enrique García-España, María Teresa Albelda, Ramón Gutiérrez-Sánchez, Manuel Sánchez-Moreno, Vicente J Arán
The synthesis and antiprotozoal activity of some simple dialkyl pyrazole-3,5-dicarboxylates (compounds 2-6) and their sodium salts (pyrazolates) (compounds 7-9) against Trypanosoma cruzi, Leishmania infantum and Leishmania braziliensis are reported. In most cases the studied compounds showed, especially against the clinically significant amastigote forms, in vitro activities higher than those of the reference drugs (benznidazole for T. cruzi and glucantime for Leishmania spp.); furthermore, the low non-specific cytotoxicities against Vero cells and macrophages shown by these compounds led to good selectivity indexes, which are 8-72 times higher for T...
April 3, 2017: Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28359345/the-risk-of-use-small-matrices-to-measure-specialization-in-host-parasite-interaction-networks-a-comment-to-rivera-garc%C3%A3-a-et-al-2016
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Pedro Luna, Erick J Corro, Diana A Ahuatzin-Flores, Reuber L Antoniazzi, Nathalia Barrozo, Edgar Chávez-González, Juan J Morales-Trejo, Wesley Dáttilo
In the last years, there were a growing number of studies using the metric H 2' to calculate complementary specialization in host-parasite interaction networks. However, only a few studies have explored the sensitivity of H 2' to network dimensions (i.e. species richness and number of interactions), which consequently could generate studies that are not comparable among them or lead to biased conclusions. In this study, we used the recent published study conducted by Rivera-García et al. in 2016 involving host-bat fly networks as an example to call attention to the risk of using H 2' to calculate specialization for small matrices...
March 31, 2017: Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345507/plasmodium-knowlesi-invasion-following-spread-by-infected-mosquitoes-macaques-and-humans
#4
Laith Yakob, Alun L Lloyd, Rowland R Kao, Heather M Ferguson, Patrick M Brock, Chris Drakeley, Michael B Bonsall
Plasmodium knowlesi is increasingly recognized as a major cause of malaria in Southeast Asia. Anopheles leucosphyrous group mosquitoes transmit the parasite and natural hosts include long-tailed and pig-tailed macaques. Despite early laboratory experiments demonstrating successful passage of infection between humans, the true role that humans play in P. knowlesi epidemiology remains unclear. The threat posed by its introduction into immunologically naïve populations is unknown despite being a public health priority for this region...
March 27, 2017: Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345506/parasite-performance-and-host-alternation-is-there-a-negative-effect-in-host-specific-and-host-opportunistic-parasites
#5
Luther VAN DER Mescht, Irina S Khokhlova, Elizabeth M Warburton, Boris R Krasnov
Environmental fluctuations are expected to require special adaptations only if they are associated with a decrease in fitness. We compared reproductive performance between fleas fed on alternating (preferred and non-preferred) hosts and fleas fed solely on either a preferred or a non-preferred host to determine whether (1) host alternation incurs an immediate negative effect, and, if yes, then (2) whether this effect is greater in a host specialist (Parapulex chephrenis) than in host generalists (Xenopsylla conformis and Synosternus cleopatrae)...
March 27, 2017: Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345501/evaluating-the-submission-of-digital-images-as-a-method-of-surveillance-for-ixodes-scapularis-ticks
#6
J K Koffi, J Savage, K Thivierge, L R Lindsay, C Bouchard, Y Pelcat, N H Ogden
Widespread access to the internet is offering new possibilities for data collection in surveillance. We explore, in this study, the possibility of using an electronic tool to monitor occurrence of the tick vector of Lyme disease, Ixodes scapularis. The study aimed to compare the capacity for ticks to be identified in web-based submissions of digital images/photographs, to the traditional specimen-based identification method used by the provincial public health laboratory in Quebec, Canada. Forty-one veterinary clinics participated in the study by submitting digital images of ticks collected from pets via a website for image-based identification by an entomologist...
March 27, 2017: Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345500/avian-malaria-ecological-host-traits-and-mosquito-abundance-in-southeastern-amazonia
#7
Alan Fecchio, Vincenzo A Ellis, Jeffrey A Bell, Christian B Andretti, Fernando M D'Horta, Allan M Silva, Vasyl V Tkach, Jason D Weckstein
Avian malaria is a vector transmitted disease caused by Plasmodium and recent studies suggest that variation in its prevalence across avian hosts is correlated with a variety of ecological traits. Here we examine the relationship between prevalence and diversity of Plasmodium lineages in southeastern Amazonia and: (1) host ecological traits (nest location, nest type, flocking behaviour and diet); (2) density and diversity of avian hosts; (3) abundance and diversity of mosquitoes; and (4) season. We used molecular methods to detect Plasmodium in blood samples from 675 individual birds of 120 species...
March 27, 2017: Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330517/genetic-characterization-of-spotted-fever-group-rickettsiae-in-questing-ixodid-ticks-collected-in-israel-and-environmental-risk-factors-for-their-infection
#8
Jessica Rose, Yaarit Nachum-Biala, Kosta Y Mumcuoglu, Moh A Alkhamis, Adi Ben-Nun, Itamar Lensky, Eyal Klement, Abedelmajeed Nasereddin, Ziad A Abdeen, Shimon Harrus
This study aimed to genetically characterize spotted fever group rickettsiae (SFGR) in questing ixodid ticks from Israel and to identify risk factors associated with SFGR-positive ticks using molecular techniques and geographic information systems (GIS) analysis. 1039 ticks from the genus Rhipicephalus were collected during 2014. 109/1039 (10·49%) carried SFGR-DNA of either Rickettsia massiliae (95), 'Candidatus Rickettsia barbariae' (8) or Rickettsia conorii (6). Higher prevalence of SFGR was found in Rhipicephalus turanicus (18·00%) compared with Rhipicephalus sanguineus sensu lato (3·22%)...
March 23, 2017: Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290270/host-associations-and-turnover-of-haemosporidian-parasites-in-manakins-aves-pipridae
#9
Alan Fecchio, Maria Svensson-Coelho, Jeffrey Bell, Vincenzo A Ellis, Matthew C Medeiros, Christopher H Trisos, John G Blake, Bette A Loiselle, Joseph A Tobias, Rebeka Fanti, Elyse D Coffey, Iubatã P DE Faria, João B Pinho, Gabriel Felix, Erika M Braga, Marina Anciães, Vasyl Tkach, John Bates, Christopher Witt, Jason D Weckstein, Robert E Ricklefs, Izeni P Farias
Parasites of the genera Plasmodium and Haemoproteus (Apicomplexa: Haemosporida) are a diverse group of pathogens that infect birds nearly worldwide. Despite their ubiquity, the ecological and evolutionary factors that shape the diversity and distribution of these protozoan parasites among avian communities and geographic regions are poorly understood. Based on a survey throughout the Neotropics of the haemosporidian parasites infecting manakins (Pipridae), a family of Passerine birds endemic to this region, we asked whether host relatedness, ecological similarity and geographic proximity structure parasite turnover between manakin species and local manakin assemblages...
March 14, 2017: Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290266/improved-diagnosis-of-trichuris-trichiura-by-using-a-bead-beating-procedure-on-ethanol-preserved-stool-samples-prior-to-dna-isolation-and-the-performance-of-multiplex-real-time-pcr-for-intestinal-parasites
#10
Maria M M Kaisar, Eric A T Brienen, Yenny Djuardi, Erliyani Sartono, Maria Yazdanbakhsh, Jaco J Verweij, Taniawati Supali, Lisette VAN Lieshout
For the majority of intestinal parasites, real-time PCR-based diagnosis outperforms microscopy. However, the data for Trichuris trichiura have been less convincing and most comparative studies have been performed in populations with low prevalence. This study aims to improve detection of T. trichuria DNA in human stool by evaluating four sample preparation methods. Faecal samples (n = 60) were collected at Flores island, Indonesia and examined by microscopy. Aliquots were taken and a bead-beating procedure was used both on directly frozen stool and on material preserved with 96% ethanol...
March 14, 2017: Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290263/diagnosis-of-toxoplasmosis-in-pregnancy-evaluation-of-latex-protein-complexes-by-immnunoagglutination
#11
Leandro E Peretti, Verónica D G Gonzalez, Iván S Marcipar, Luis M Gugliotta
The aim of this work was to obtain a reagent based on latex particles for ruling out acute toxoplasmosis in pregnant women by immunoagglutination (IA). Latex-protein complexes (LPC) were previously synthesized coupling the recombinant protein of Toxoplasma gondii P22Ag and the homogenate of the parasite to latex particles with different size, chemical functionality and charge density. LPC were tested in IA assays against a panel of 72 pregnant women serum samples. Results were analysed through receiver operating characteristic curves, determining area under the curve (AUC), sensitivity, specificity positive and negative predictive values (PPV and NPV, respectively)...
March 14, 2017: Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290261/conditional-persistence-and-tolerance-characterize-endoparasite-colonial-host-interactions
#12
Inês Fontes, Hanna Hartikainen, Nick G H Taylor, Beth Okamura
Colonial hosts offer unique opportunities for exploitation by endoparasites resulting from extensive clonal propagation, but these interactions are poorly understood. The freshwater bryozoan, Fredericella sultana, and the myxozoan, Tetracapsuloides bryosalmonae, present an appropriate model system for examining such interactions. F. sultana propagates mainly asexually, through colony fragmentation and dormant propagules (statoblasts). Our study examines how T. bryosalmonae exploits the multiple transmission routes offered by the propagation of F...
March 14, 2017: Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28274296/host-specificity-and-basic-ecology-of-mammomonogamus-nematoda-syngamidae-from-lowland-gorillas-and-forest-elephants-in-central-african-republic
#13
Barbora Červená, Peter Vallo, Barbora Pafčo, Kateřina Jirků, Miloslav Jirků, Klára Judita Petrželková, Angelique Todd, Andrea K Turkalo, David Modrý
Syngamid strongylids of the genus Mammomonogamus undoubtedly belong among the least known nematodes with apparent zoonotic potential and the real diversity of the genus remains hard to evaluate without extensive molecular data. Eggs of Mammomonogamus sp. are frequently found in feces of African forest elephants (Loxodonta cyclotis) and western lowland gorillas (Gorilla gorilla gorilla) in Dzanga-Sangha Protected Areas. Using sedimentation-based coproscopic techniques, we found the eggs of Mammomonogamus in 19·7% elephant and 54·1% gorilla fecal samples with 8-55 and 1-24 eggs per gram of fecal sediment for elephants and gorillas, respectively...
March 9, 2017: Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28274289/transmission-ecology-of-taeniid-larval-cestodes-in-rodents-in-sweden-a-low-endemic-area-for-echinococcus-multilocularis
#14
Andrea L Miller, Gert E Olsson, Sofia Sollenberg, Marion R Walburg, Moa Skarin, Johan Höglund
Although local prevalence of Echinococcus multilocularis may be high, this zoonotic parasite has an overall low prevalence in foxes and rodents in Sweden. To better understand opportunities for E. multilocularis transmission in the Swedish environment, the aim of this study was to investigate other taeniid cestodes and to relate observed patterns to E. multilocularis. Cestode parasites were examined in fox feces and rodents caught in different habitats from four regions of Sweden. Arvicola amphibius and Microtus agrestis were parasitized with Versteria mustelae, Hydatigera taeniaeformis s...
March 9, 2017: Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28274286/galectins-expressed-differently-in-genetically-susceptible-c57bl-6-and-resistant-balb-c-mice-during-acute-ocular-toxoplasma-gondii-infection
#15
S-J Chen, Y-X Zhang, S-G Huang, F-L Lu
Ocular toxoplasmosis (OT) caused by Toxoplasma gondii is a major cause of infectious uveitis, however little is known about its immunopathological mechanism. Susceptible C57BL/6 (B6) and resistant BALB/c mice were intravitreally infected with 500 tachyzoites of the RH strain of T. gondii. B6 mice showed more severe ocular pathology and higher parasite loads in the eyes. The levels of galectin (Gal)-9 and its receptors (Tim-3 and CD137), interferon (IFN)-γ, IL-6 and IL-10 were significantly higher in the eyes of B6 mice than those of BALB/c mice; however, the levels of IFN-α and -β were significantly decreased in the eyes and CLNs of B6 mice but significantly increased in BALB/c mice after infection...
March 9, 2017: Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28274285/intra-and-interspecific-genetic-diversity-of-new-zealand-hairworms-nematomorpha
#16
Zachary J C Tobias, Arun K Yadav, Andreas Schmidt-Rhaesa, Robert Poulin
Hairworms (Nematomorpha) are a little-known group of parasites, and despite having been represented in the taxonomic literature for over a century, the implementation of molecular genetics in studies of hairworm ecology and evolution lags behind that of other parasitic taxa. In this study, we characterize the genetic diversity of the New Zealand nematomorph fauna and test for genetic structure within the most widespread species found. We provide new mitochondrial and nuclear ribosomal sequence data for three previously described species from New Zealand: Gordius paranensis, Parachordodes diblastus and Euchordodes nigromaculatus...
March 9, 2017: Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28274284/the-antimalarial-action-of-fk506-and-rapamycin-evidence-for-a-direct-effect-on-fk506-binding-protein-pffkbp35
#17
Paul Monaghan, Darren B Leneghan, Wesley Shaw, Angus Bell
FK506 and rapamycin (Rap) are immunosuppressive drugs that act principally on T-lymphocytes. The receptors for both drugs are FK506-binding proteins (FKBPs), but the molecular mechanisms of immunosuppression differ. An FK506-FKBP complex inhibits the protein phosphatase calcineurin, blocking a key step in T-cell activation, while the Rap -FKBP complex binds to the protein kinase target of rapamycin (TOR), which is involved in a subsequent signalling pathway. Both drugs, and certain non-immunosuppressive compounds related to FK506, have potent antimalarial activity...
March 9, 2017: Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28274283/topical-tamoxifen-in-the-therapy-of-cutaneous-leishmaniasis
#18
Cristiana T Trinconi, Juliana Q Reimão, Vivian I Bonano, Caroline R Espada, Danilo C Miguel, Jenicer K U Yokoyama-Yasunaka, Silvia R B Uliana
The aims of the present work were to test the effect of tamoxifen administered topically and the therapeutic efficacy of tamoxifen and pentavalent antimonial combinations in an experimental model of cutaneous leishmaniasis. BALB/c mice infected with a luciferase expressing line of Leishmania amazonensis were treated with topical tamoxifen in two different formulations (ethanol or oil-free cream) as monotherapy or in co-administration with pentavalent antimonial. Treatment efficacy was evaluated by lesion size and parasite burden, quantified through luminescence, at the end of treatment and 4 weeks later...
March 9, 2017: Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28274280/a-novel-duplex-ddpcr-assay-for-the-diagnosis-of-schistosomiasis-japonica-proof-of-concept-in-an-experimental-mouse-model
#19
Kosala G Weerakoon, Catherine A Gordon, Pengfei Cai, Geoffrey N Gobert, Mary Duke, Gail M Williams, Donald P McManus
The current World Health Organization strategic plan targets the elimination of schistosomiasis as a public health problem by 2025 and accurate diagnostics will play a pivotal role in achieving this goal. DNA-based detection methods provide a viable alternative to some of the commonly used tests, notably microscopy and serology, for the diagnosis of schistosomiasis. The detection of parasite cell-free DNA in different clinical samples is a recent valuable advance, which provides significant benefits for accurate disease diagnosis...
March 9, 2017: Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28270257/new-developments-in-probing-and-targeting-protein-acylation-in-malaria-leishmaniasis-and-african-sleeping-sickness
#20
Markus Ritzefeld, Megan H Wright, Edward W Tate
Infections by protozoan parasites, such as Plasmodium falciparum or Leishmania donovani, have a significant health, social and economic impact and threaten billions of people living in tropical and sub-tropical regions of developing countries worldwide. The increasing range of parasite strains resistant to frontline therapeutics makes the identification of novel drug targets and the development of corresponding inhibitors vital. Post-translational modifications (PTMs) are important modulators of biology and inhibition of protein lipidation has emerged as a promising therapeutic strategy for treatment of parasitic diseases...
March 8, 2017: Parasitology
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