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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818675/presence-of-quintuple-dhfr-n51-c59-s108-dhps-a437-k540-mutations-in-plasmodium-falciparum-isolates-from-pregnant-women-and-the-general-population-in-nanoro-burkina-faso
#1
Esmée Ruizendaal, Marc C Tahita, Maminata Traoré, Halidou Tinto, Henk D F H Schallig, Petra F Mens
Sulphadoxine-pyrimethamine (SP) is only used for intermittent preventive treatment during pregnancy (IPTp) in most Sub-Saharan African countries. However, there are concerns about the efficacy of IPTp-SP because of increasing resistance. Combinations of point mutations in the dhps and dhfr genes of Plasmodium falciparum are associated with SP resistance, in particular the quintuple dhfr (N51, C59, S108) - dhps (codons A437, K540) mutant. In Nanoro, Burkina Faso, filter paper samples from pregnant women at first antenatal care visit and at delivery plus samples from the general population (GP) were studied for dhfr and dhps mutations by sequencing...
August 14, 2017: Molecular and Biochemical Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811124/two-cap-residues-in-the-s1-subsite-of-a-plasmodium-falciparum-m1-family-aminopeptidase-promote-broad-specificity-and-enhance-catalysis
#2
Matthew Rosati, Seema Dalal, Michael Klemba
The aminopeptidase PfA-M1 is a key contributor to peptide catabolism in the human malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum. PfA-M1 substrate specificity is shaped by the cylindrical S1 subsite, which accommodates the sidechain of the substrate P1 residue. At the top of the S1 subsite are two "cap" residues, E572 and M1034, that are positioned to influence S1 subsite specificity. In this study, we have mutated the cap residues, individually and together, and have evaluated the effects on PfA-M1 specificity and catalytic efficiency...
August 12, 2017: Molecular and Biochemical Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803842/experimental-evidence-for-hybridization-of-closely-related-lineages-in-plasmodium-relictum
#3
Vaidas Palinauskas, Rasa Bernotienė, Rita Žiegytė, Staffan Bensch, Gediminas Valkiūnas
Over 50 avian Plasmodium species have been described. However, PCR-based information shows much broader diversity of genetic lineages in these parasites. This discrepancy indicates insufficient knowledge about taxonomic diversity and boundaries of a single species in avian Plasmodium species. In recent taxonomy, most of genetically closely related lineages that share the same morphology and development patterns are attributed to the same biological species, but there is no information if these lineages are able to cross...
August 10, 2017: Molecular and Biochemical Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729071/transient-transfection-of-intraerythrocytic-babesia-gibsoni-using-elongation-factor-1-alpha-promoter
#4
Mingming Liu, Masahito Asada, Shinuo Cao, Paul Franck Adjou Moumouni, Patrick Vudriko, Artemis Efstratiou, Hassan Hakimi, Tatsunori Masatani, Fujiko Sunaga, Shin-Ichiro Kawazu, Junya Yamagishi, Xuenan Xuan
The development of gene manipulation techniques has been reported in many protozoan parasites over the past few years. However, these techniques have not yet been established for Babesia gibsoni. Here, we report for the first time, the successful transient transfection of B. gibsoni. The plasmid containing the firefly luciferase reporter gene (pBS-ELA) was transfected into B. gibsoni by an AMAXA 4D Nucleofector™ device. Transfection using program FA113 and Lonza buffer SF showed the highest luciferase expression...
July 17, 2017: Molecular and Biochemical Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729070/abc-transporters-in-the-liver-fluke-opisthorchis-felineus
#5
Viatcheslav A Mordvinov, Nikita I Ershov, Darya S Pirozhkova, Yuri V Pakharukov, Maria Y Pakharukova
ATP-binding cassette transporters (ABC transporters) are essential components of normal cellular physiological machinery in all eukaryotic and prokaryotic species, including parasites. Some ABC transporters, e.g., P-glycoproteins, are involved in the efflux of toxins and xenobiotics from the cell. At present, nothing is known about ABC transporter genes in epidemiologically important liver flukes from the Opisthorchiidae family, including European liver fluke Opisthorchis felineus. Opisthorchiasis caused by O...
July 17, 2017: Molecular and Biochemical Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716719/metacyclic-vsg-expression-site-promoters-are-recognized-by-the-same-general-transcription-factor-that-is-required-for-rna-polymerase-i-transcription-of-bloodstream-expression-sites
#6
Nikolay G Kolev, Arthur Günzl, Christian Tschudi
Infectious metacyclic Trypanosoma brucei cells develop in the salivary glands of tsetse flies. A critical aspect of the developmental program leading to acquisition of infectivity is the synthesis of a variant surface glycoprotein (VSG) coat. Metacyclic VSG genes are transcribed from a set of specialized VSG expression sites (ESs) that differ from bloodstream VSG ESs by being monocistronic, being significantly shorter, lacking long stretches of 70-bp repeats, and having distinct promoter sequences. Both metacyclic and bloodstream VSG ESs are transcribed by the multifunctional T...
July 14, 2017: Molecular and Biochemical Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651963/conversion-of-procyclic-form-trypanosoma-brucei-to-the-bloodstream-form-by-transient-expression-of-rbp10
#7
Elisha Mugo, Franziska Egler, Christine Clayton
Bloodstream-form Trypanosoma brucei can lose the ability to differentiate to the procyclic form during prolonged in vitro culture. This can pose a problem during complicated genetic manipulation experiments, especially when the differentiation phenotype is under investigation. Ideally, to preserve differentiation competence, parasites should be cycled after every genetic manipulation step. Conversion of bloodstream-form Trypanosoma brucei to the procyclic form in vitro is routine, but conversion of procyclic forms to bloodstream forms has hitherto only been achieved in transgenic parasites with tetracycline-inducible expression of proteins with RNA-binding domains - either RBP6 or RBP10...
June 24, 2017: Molecular and Biochemical Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651962/fatty-acid-composition-of-free-living-and-parasitic-stages-of-the-bovine-lungworm-dictyocaulus-viviparus
#8
Ann-Christin Becker, Ina Willenberg, Andrea Springer, Nils Helge Schebb, Pablo Steinberg, Christina Strube
The development of parasitic nematodes proceeds via multiple stages, often implicating the necessity to adapt to different environments. Especially the transition from free-living to parasitic stages is accompanied by a significant change in the environmental conditions. To shed light on possible adaptations to these transitions, the fatty acid composition of different developmental stages of the bovine lungworm Dictyocaulus viviparus was investigated. Fatty acids of D. viviparus eggs, the free-living first, second and third larval stage (L1-L3) as well as the parasitic preadult stage and adult male and female worms residing in the lungs of infected hosts were quantified by gas chromatography after transesterification to their fatty acid methyl esters...
June 23, 2017: Molecular and Biochemical Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645481/subcellular-localization-of-glycolytic-enzymes-and-characterization-of-intermediary-metabolism-of-trypanosoma-rangeli
#9
Rocío Rondón-Mercado, Héctor Acosta, Ana J Cáceres, Wilfredo Quiñones, Juan Luis Concepción
Trypanosoma rangeli is a hemoflagellate protist that infects wild and domestic mammals as well as humans in Central and South America. Although this parasite is not pathogenic for human, it is being studied because it shares with Trypanosoma cruzi, the etiological agent of Chagas' disease, biological characteristics, geographic distribution, vectors and vertebrate hosts. Several metabolic studies have been performed with T. cruzi epimastigotes, however little is known about the metabolism of T. rangeli. In this work we present the subcellular distribution of the T...
June 20, 2017: Molecular and Biochemical Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633997/nicotinamide-inhibits-the-growth-of-p-falciparum-and-enhances-the-antimalarial-effect-of-artemisinin-chloroquine-and-pyrimethamine
#10
Sergey O Tcherniuk, Olga Chesnokova, Irina V Oleinikov, Andrew V Oleinikov
Nicotinamide (vitamin B3) - is a water soluble amide derivative of nicotinic acid, which has been used at high doses for a variety of therapeutic applications. However, its antimalarial effect has not been intensively explored. In this work we analysed the effect of nicotinamide alone and in combination with artemisinin, chloroquine andpyrimethamine on the growth of blood stages of P. falciparum. Our results demonstrate that nicotinamide effectively inhibits the growth of blood stage parasites with IC50 of 6...
June 19, 2017: Molecular and Biochemical Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629935/a-dicre-recombinase-based-system-for-inducible-expression-in-leishmania-major
#11
Renato E R S Santos, Gabriel L A Silva, Elaine V Santos, Samuel M Duncan, Jeremy C Mottram, Jeziel D Damasceno, Luiz R O Tosi
Here we present the establishment of an inducible system based on the dimerizable Cre recombinase (DiCre) for controlled gene expression in the protozoan parasite Leishmania. Rapamycin-induced DiCre activation promoted efficient flipping and expression of gene products in a time and dose-dependent manner. The DiCre flipping activity induced the expression of target genes from both integrated and episomal contexts broadening the applicability of the system. We validated the system by inducing the expression of both full length and truncated forms of the checkpoint protein Rad9, which revealed that the highly divergent C-terminal domain of Rad9 is necessary for proper subcellular localization...
June 16, 2017: Molecular and Biochemical Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629934/recent-advances-in-leishmania-reverse-genetics-manipulating-a-manipulative-parasite
#12
REVIEW
Samuel M Duncan, Nathaniel G Jones, Jeremy C Mottram
In this review we describe the expanding repertoire of molecular tools with which to study gene function in Leishmania. Specifically we review the tools available for studying functions of essential genes, such as plasmid shuffle and DiCre, as well as the rapidly expanding portfolio of available CRISPR/Cas9 approaches for large scale gene knockout and endogenous tagging. We include detail on approaches that allow the direct manipulation of RNA using RNAi and protein levels via Tet or DiCre induced overexpression and destabilization domain mediated degradation...
June 16, 2017: Molecular and Biochemical Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627360/the-plasmodium-falciparum-exported-protein-pf3d7_0402000-binds-to-erythrocyte-ankyrin-and-band-4-1
#13
Bikash Shakya, Wesley D Penn, Ernesto S Nakayasu, Douglas J LaCount
Plasmodium falciparum extensively modifies the infected red blood cell (RBC), resulting in changes in deformability, shape and surface properties. These alterations suggest that the RBC cytoskeleton is a major target for modification during infection. However, the molecular mechanisms leading to these changes are largely unknown. To begin to address this question, we screened for exported P. falciparum proteins that bound to the erythrocyte cytoskeleton proteins ankyrin 1 (ANK1) and band 4.1 (4.1R), which form critical interactions with other cytoskeletal proteins that contribute to the deformability and stability of RBCs...
June 13, 2017: Molecular and Biochemical Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28602728/the-fluorescent-protein-ilov-outperforms-egfp-as-a-reporter-gene-in-the-microaerophilic-protozoan-trichomonas-vaginalis
#14
Shuqi E Wang, Anna E S Brooks, Bronwyn Cann, Augusto Simoes-Barbosa
Trichomonas vaginalis is a flagellated protozoan causing a notorious urogenital infection in humans. Due to its anaerobic metabolism, an alternative fluorescent protein that can be readily expressed in oxygen-deprived conditions is ideal. This study assessed the performance of iLOV, which does not require oxygen to function, as compared to the conventional enhanced green fluorescent protein (eGFP) in T. vaginalis. The results indicated that iLOV outperforms eGFP in both transient and stable expression, being detectable earlier and producing higher fluorescent intensity than eGFP in T...
June 9, 2017: Molecular and Biochemical Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623962/editorial
#15
EDITORIAL
Patrick Skelly, Philip T LoVerde
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
July 2017: Molecular and Biochemical Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188804/metabolite-profiling-of-infection-associated-metabolic-markers-of-onchocerciasis
#16
Sasisekhar Bennuru, Sara Lustigman, David Abraham, Thomas B Nutman
The global efforts for onchocerciasis elimination may require additional tools (safe micro and macrofilaricidal drugs, vaccines and biomarkers) as elimination efforts move toward the "end game". Efforts toward the identification of suitable biomarkers have focused on specific protein(s) and/or nucleic acids, but metabolites present an alternative option as they have limited half-lives and are the result of combinatorial effects. In comparison to previously used methodology of LC-MS for metabolomic approaches, we used a non-targeted capillary electrophoresis time-of-flight mass spectrometry (CE-TOFMS) to analyze the serum metabolic profiles of Ov-infected and -uninfected individuals (n=20)...
July 2017: Molecular and Biochemical Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28126543/lessons-from-the-genomes-and-transcriptomes-of-filarial-nematodes
#17
Alexandra Grote, Sara Lustigman, Elodie Ghedin
Human filarial infections are a leading cause of morbidity in the developing world. While a small arsenal of drugs exists to treat these infections, there remains a tremendous need for the development of additional interventions. Recent genome sequences and transcriptome analyses of filarial nematodes have provided novel biological insight and allowed for the prediction of novel drug targets as well as potential vaccine candidates. In this review, we discuss the currently available data, insights gained into the metabolism of these organisms, and how the filaria field can move forward by leveraging these data...
July 2017: Molecular and Biochemical Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28011341/how-schistosomes-alter-the-human-serum-proteome
#18
Akram A Da'dara, Giles Siddons, Melissa Icaza, Qiang Wang, Patrick J Skelly
Schistosomes are intravascular parasitic worms that cause the debilitating disease schistosomiasis. To better understand how these long-lived parasites may subvert host immune and hemostatic capabilities, we examine here the impact of adult Schistosoma mansoni worms on the human serum proteome. Normal human serum (150μl) was incubated at 37°C for one hour either in the presence or absence of adult worms (∼50 pairs). Thereafter parasites were removed, serum samples were labeled and their proteins resolved for comparative analysis by 2D-Differential in-Gel Electrophoresis (2D-DIGE)...
July 2017: Molecular and Biochemical Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27939587/helminth-glycomics-glycan-repertoires-and-host-parasite-interactions
#19
Cornelis H Hokke, Angela van Diepen
Glycoproteins and glycolipids of parasitic helminths play important roles in biology and host-parasite interaction. This review discusses recent helminth glycomics studies that have been expanding our insights into the glycan repertoire of helminths. Structural data are integrated with biological and immunological observations to highlight how glycomics advances our understanding of the critical roles that glycans and glycan motifs play in helminth infection biology. Prospects and challenges in helminth glycomics and glycobiology are discussed...
July 2017: Molecular and Biochemical Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899279/wormbase-parasite-a-comprehensive-resource-for-helminth-genomics
#20
Kevin L Howe, Bruce J Bolt, Myriam Shafie, Paul Kersey, Matthew Berriman
The number of publicly available parasitic worm genome sequences has increased dramatically in the past three years, and research interest in helminth functional genomics is now quickly gathering pace in response to the foundation that has been laid by these collective efforts. A systematic approach to the organisation, curation, analysis and presentation of these data is clearly vital for maximising the utility of these data to researchers. We have developed a portal called WormBase ParaSite (http://parasite...
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