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Parasite Immunology

Johnathan M Sheele, Gale E Ridge, Katirina Coppolino, Tracey Bonfield, Andrew B Young, Stephanie L Gaines, Thomas S McCormick
Little is known about cimicosis, the resultant dermal reaction from feeding activity by the common bed bug, Cimex lectularius L. We fed C. lectularius on human study subjects four times over four weeks, measured serum cytokine and antibody levels, and subjects recorded any cimicosis. The average time for subjects to develop cimicosis decreased with each feeding from 8.4, to 2.1, 1.5, and 1.3 days, respectively. There were no significant changes in total IgG, IgG1, IgG2, IgG4, or IgE levels between the first and fourth bed bug feedings, but there was a significant decrease in total IgG3 levels (p < 0...
January 11, 2017: Parasite Immunology
Jenny Crowe, Felicity E Lumb, Margaret M Harnett, William Harnett
Obesity, one of the main causes of metabolic syndrome (MetS), is an increasingly common health and economic problem worldwide, and one of the major risk factors for developing type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Chronic, low-grade inflammation is associated with MetS and obesity. A dominant type 2/anti-inflammatory response is required for metabolic homeostasis within adipose tissue: during obesity, this response is replaced by infiltrating, inflammatory macrophages and T cells. Helminths and certain protozoan parasites are able to manipulate the host immune response towards a TH2 immune phenotype that is beneficial for their survival and there is emerging data that there is an inverse correlation between the incidence of MetS and helminth infections, suggesting that, as with autoimmune and allergic diseases, helminths may play a protective role against MetS disease...
January 9, 2017: Parasite Immunology
Javier J Garza, Scott P Greiner, Scott A Bowdridge
The objectives of this study were to measure Haemonchus contortus larval aggregation by complement/antibody complexes, determine effect of breed resistance and infection status, and determine the effect of larval maturation on larval aggregation in vitro. Larval binding assays were performed on H. contortus L3, exsheathed L3 and L4 incubated with serum from either parasite naïve or H. contortus primed St. Croix (resistant) and Suffolk (susceptible) lambs. No differences in L3 aggregation were observed between serum from either breed or infection status...
January 7, 2017: Parasite Immunology
Zhenping Ming, Rui Zhou, Xian-Ming Chen
Cryptosporidium species infect the gastrointestinal epithelium and other mucosal surfaces of vertebrate hosts. Epithelial cells provide the first line of defense against Cryptosporidium infection and play a critical role in the initiation, regulation, and resolution of both innate and adaptive immune reactions. Host miRNAs in mammalian cells have been shown to play crucial roles in cellular responses to infection by diverse pathogens, including viruses, parasites, and bacteria. Given the absence of RNAi machinery in Cryptosporidium, lack of miRNA expression in the parasite, and minimal invasion nature of infection, Cryptosporidium infection provides an ideal model for exploring miRNA-mediated epithelial cell defense, relevant to infection of mucosal epithelial cells by pathogens in general...
December 15, 2016: Parasite Immunology
David E Elliott, Joel V Weinstock
Helminth infections likely provide a protective influence against some immune-mediated and metabolic diseases since helminth infection dramatically decreased in developed countries shortly before the explosive rise in the prevalence of these diseases. The capacity of helminths to activate immune-regulatory circuits in their hosts and to modulate the composition of intestinal flora appears to be the mechanisms of protective action. Animal models of disease show that various helminth species prevent and/or block inflammation in various organs in a diverse range of diseases...
December 15, 2016: Parasite Immunology
Lewis J Entwistle, Mark S Wilson
Intestinal helminth infections are highly prevalent in the developing world, often resulting in chronic infection and inflicting high host morbidity. With the emergence of drug-resistant parasites, a limited number of chemotherapeutic drugs available and stalling vaccine efforts, an increased understanding of anti-helminth immunity is essential to provide new avenues to therapeutic intervention. MicroRNAs are a class of small, non-protein coding RNAs which negatively regulate mRNA translation, thus providing finite control over gene expression in a plethora of biological settings...
December 15, 2016: Parasite Immunology
Karin de Ruiter, Dicky L Tahapary, Erliyani Sartono, Pradana Soewondo, Taniawati Supali, Johannes W A Smit, Maria Yazdanbakhsh
Worldwide, there is little overlap between the prevalence of soil-transmitted helminths and type 2 diabetes (T2D). Helminth-induced type 2 immune responses and immune regulatory network might modulate the obesity-induced activation of inflammatory pathways that are associated with the development of insulin resistance, a strong predictor of the development of T2D. However, other factors such as helminth-associated changes in adiposity and gut microbiome might also contribute to improved metabolic outcomes. In this review we summarize epidemiological evidence for the link between helminths and T2D and discuss the potential mechanisms, based on findings from experimental studies as well as the limited number of studies in humans...
December 7, 2016: Parasite Immunology
Danila Malheiros Souza, Polyanna Miranda Alves, Mona Lisa Fabiana Silva, Tony Paiva Paulino, Henrique Ovidio Coraspe, Mônica Miguel Sawan Mendonça, Betânia Maria Ribeiro, Marcos Vinicius da Silva, Virmondes Rodrigues Júnior, Denise Bertulucci Rocha Rodrigues
INTRODUCTION: Photodynamic therapy (PDT) has proven to be an effective alternative for the treatment of cutaneous leishmaniasis. Skin lesions consist of ulcers with well-defined raised edges, and granular floor. Th1 immune response is the protective profile in patients infected with Leishmania. In the present study, the photodynamic therapy with 5-aminolevulinic acid, the parasitic load, and the modulation of the immune response were evaluated in mice infected with Leishmania braziliensis...
November 25, 2016: Parasite Immunology
Emily K Piper, Nicholas N Jonsson, Cedric Gondro, Megan E Vance, Alicja Lew-Tabor, Louise A Jackson
Resistance to cattle tick infestation in single-host ticks is primarily manifested against the larval stage and results in the immature tick failing to attach successfully and obtain a meal. The present study was conducted to identify immune responses that characterise the tick-resistant phenotype in cattle. Thirty-five tick-naïve Santa-Gertrudis heifers were used in this study, thirty of which were artificially infested for thirteen weeks with tick larvae while five animals remained at a tick-free quarantine property to serve as a control group...
November 12, 2016: Parasite Immunology
J Surendar, K Indulekha, A Hoerauf, M P Hübner
The incidence of both type 1 (T1D) and type 2 diabetes (T2D) is drastically increasing, and it is predicted that the global prevalence of diabetes will reach almost 600 million cases by 2035. Even though the pathogenesis of both types of diabetes is distinct, the immune system is actively involved in both forms of the disease. Genetic and environmental factors determine the risk to develop T1D. On the other hand, sedentary life style, surplus of food intake and other lifestyle changes contribute to the increase of T2D incidence...
November 10, 2016: Parasite Immunology
Monika Rudzińska, Beata Kowalewska, Katarzyna Sikorska
The serodiagnosis of human toxocariasis is difficult. Specific IgGs detected routinely with ELISA based on Toxocara excretory-secretory (TES) antigens often persist for years at an elevated level, which does not allow either the differentiation between an active and persistent infection or monitoring the effect of treatment. Additionally, false positive results may occur in co-infections with other helminths due to cross-reactions. We evaluated the usefulness of an IgG avidity index (AI) and a Western blotting (WB) IgG in the diagnosis of patients suspected of Toxocara infection...
November 3, 2016: Parasite Immunology
Bastian Fromm, Vladimir Ovchinnikov, Eirik Høye, Dolores Bernal, Michael Hackenberg, Antonio Marcilla
Liver flukes represent a paraphyletic group of endoparasitic flatworms that significantly affect man either indirectly due to economic damage on livestock or directly as pathogens. A range of studies have focussed on how these macroscopic organisms can evade the immune-system and live inside a hostile environment such as the mammalian liver and bile-ducts. Recently, microRNAs, a class of short non-coding gene-regulators, have been proposed as likely candidates to play roles in this scenario. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are key players in development and pathogenicity and are highly conserved between metazoans: identical miRNAs can be found in flatworms and mammalians...
November 3, 2016: Parasite Immunology
Gabriel S A Moreira, Craig A Shoemaker, Dunhua Zhang, De-Hai Xu
The objective of this study was to evaluate differential expression of innate and adaptive immune genes, including immunoglobulin, immune cell receptor, cytokine, inflammatory protein, toll-like receptors (TLR) and recombination-activating gene (RAG) in skin from channel catfish, Ictalurus punctatus after immunization with live theronts of Ichthyophthirius multifiliis (Ich) by intraperitoneal injection. The immunized catfish showed significantly higher survival rate (95%) than those of mock immunized control fish (0% survival) after the theront challenge...
November 1, 2016: Parasite Immunology
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December 2016: Parasite Immunology
W Ivan Morrison, Fiona Tomley
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December 2016: Parasite Immunology
J B Matthews, P Geldhof, T Tzelos, E Claerebout
The global increase in anthelmintic resistant nematodes of ruminants, together with consumer concerns about chemicals in food, necessitates the development of alternative methods of control for these pathogens. Subunit recombinant vaccines are ideally placed to fill this gap. Indeed, they are probably the only valid option for the long-term control of ruminant parasitic nematodes given the increasing ubiquity of multidrug resistance in a range of worm species across the world. The development of a subunit multicellular parasite vaccine to the point of practical application would be a groundbreaking step in the control of these important endemic infections of livestock...
December 2016: Parasite Immunology
V Nene, W I Morrison
Despite having different cell tropism, the pathogenesis and immunobiology of the diseases caused by Theileria parva and Theileria annulata are remarkably similar. Live vaccines have been available for both parasites for over 40 years, but although they provide strong protection, practical disadvantages have limited their widespread application. Efforts to develop alternative vaccines using defined parasite antigens have focused on the sporozoite and intracellular schizont stages of the parasites. Experimental vaccination studies using viral vectors expressing T...
December 2016: Parasite Immunology
S J Black, J M Mansfield
African trypanosomes cause human and animal African trypanosomiases, which are chronic, debilitating and often fatal diseases of people and livestock in sub-Saharan Africa. The extracellular protozoan parasites are exemplars of antigenic variation. They direct host-protective B-cell and T-cell immune responses towards hypervariable components of their variable surface glycoprotein coat and evade immune elimination by generating new surface coat antigenic variants at a rate that supersedes immune destruction...
December 2016: Parasite Immunology
P Horcajo, J Regidor-Cerrillo, A Aguado-Martínez, A Hemphill, L M Ortega-Mora
Bovine neosporosis is a worldwide concern due to its global distribution and great economic impact. Reproductive failure in cattle due to abortion leads to major economic losses associated with the disease. Currently, there is no treatment or vaccine available against abortion or transmission caused by Neospora caninum infection in cattle. However, vaccination is considered the best measure of control against bovine neosporosis. Several host and parasite factors can influence the dynamics of the infection in bovines...
December 2016: Parasite Immunology
J de la Fuente, P Kopáček, A Lew-Tabor, C Maritz-Olivier
Ticks infest a variety of animal species and transmit pathogens causing disease in both humans and animals worldwide. Tick-host-pathogen interactions have evolved through dynamic processes that accommodated the genetic traits of the hosts, pathogens transmitted and the vector tick species that mediate their development and survival. New approaches for tick control are dependent on defining molecular interactions between hosts, ticks and pathogens to allow for discovery of key molecules that could be tested in vaccines or new generation therapeutics for intervention of tick-pathogen cycles...
December 2016: Parasite Immunology
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