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Parasitology Research

Thais Ferreira Feitosa, Vinícius Longo Ribeiro Vilela, João Leite de Almeida-Neto, Lídio Ricardo Bezerra de Melo, Dayana Firmino de Morais, Bruna Farias Alves, Fabiana Nakashima, Solange Maria Gennari, Ana Célia Rodrigues Athayde, Hilda Fátima de Jesus Pena
This study evaluated, for the first time, the genetic diversity of Toxoplasma gondii isolates from free-range chickens from the state of Paraíba, Northeast Brazil. Tissue samples from 33 chickens from properties in five municipalities of Paraíba (Esperança, Olho d'Água, Malta, Monteiro, and Patos) were bioassayed in mice. The brains of mice infected with T. gondii cysts were used for DNA extraction and genotyping. Genotyping was performed using 11 PCR-RFLP markers and 15 microsatellite (MS) markers. Complete genotyping results were obtained for 29 isolates, with nine genotypes detected by RFLP and 15 genotypes identified by MS...
June 21, 2017: Parasitology Research
Ethan T Woodyard, Thomas G Rosser, Matt J Griffin
Neodiplostomum americanum Chandler and Rausch, 1947 has been reported from six species of owls in North America. At present, there are no molecular data for this species and gene sequence data from Neodiplostomum Railliet, 1919 are limited. A freshly deceased specimen of the Great Horned Owl Bubo virginianus Gmelin, 1788 and a freshly deceased specimen of the Eastern Screech Owl Megascops asio Linnaeus, 1758 were collected in Oktibbeha County, Mississippi in 2014 and 2016, respectively. Neodiplostomum americanum were recovered from both hosts...
June 20, 2017: Parasitology Research
Eliana Riva, Cesar Fiel, Gisele Bernat, Sebastián Muchiut, Pedro Steffan
An experimental study to enhance knowledge on the capability of Trichenella spiralis to pass from guinea pigs to progeny at different periods of pregnancy or lactation was performed. For this purpose, 18 female adult guinea pigs were inoculated with 100 or 1000 T. spiralis muscle larvae (ML) during early, late gestation and during lactation period. The presence of T. spiralis (ML) in mothers and newborns was studied through enzymatic digestion from muscle samples. ML were observed in 9 of 42 newborn guinea pigs and levels of infection were significantly higher when infections of mothers were done during late gestation (p = 0...
June 19, 2017: Parasitology Research
X H Liu, V N Voronin, A S Dudin, D A Morozova, J Y Zhang
Extensive sampling to get rich data is very important to resolve the current taxonomic problem of Chloromyxum genus and elucidate the nature phylogenetic relationships among congeneric species. During the parasitological survey of cyprinid fish in Gulf of Finland off the coast of St. Petersburg, a new Chloromyxum species, named as Chloromyxum peleci sp. n., was found to infect the gall bladder of sichel, Pelecus cultratus (L.). Here, we provided the morphological, ultrastructural, and molecular features to describe it...
June 18, 2017: Parasitology Research
Katja Kalan, Jana Šušnjar, Vladimir Ivović, Elena Buzan
The first record of Aedes koreicus was made in the village of Lovrenc na Dravskem Polju, north-eastern part of the country. The discovery of Ae. koreicus in various continental European countries motivated us to revise samples of the collected Aedes japonicus japonicus. We found Ae. koreicus in samples from 2013, where the larvae were misidentified as Ae. j. japonicus. The species was identified morphologically and molecularly. The first discovery of Ae. koreicus advocates an urgent need for a nationwide mosquito surveillance programme...
June 18, 2017: Parasitology Research
Pavel Vejl, Stanislava Nechybová, Pavla Peřinková, Martina Melounová, Vladimíra Sedláková, Jakub Vašek, Daniela Čílová, Kateřina Rylková, Ivana Jankovská, Jaroslav Vadlejch, Iva Langrová
The main aim of the study was to evaluate associations between morphological variability of Trichuris females from sheep and roe deer and their rDNA polymorphism in whipworm populations from the Czech Republic. The results introduced the use of new molecular markers based on the internal transcribed spacer (ITS)1-5.8S RNA-ITS2 region polymorphisms, as useful tools for the unambiguous differentiation of congeners Trichuris ovis and Trichuris discolor. These markers revealed both parasites in roe deer and in sheep; however, T...
June 17, 2017: Parasitology Research
Juliana Souza Ribeiro, Francisco Carlos Rodrigues de Oliveira, Nicole Brand Ederli
The genus Anableps is composed of species Anableps anableps, Anableps dowi, and Anableps microlepis. These fishes are tropical and usually live on the surface of brackish water, being popularly known as four-eyed-fishes due to the presence of prominent eyes and a pupil split horizontally. A. anableps and A. microlepis are considered as sister species that live in sympatry in South America. A. dowi, however, is restricted to the Pacific Ocean (Central America) and is considered the most primitive species of this genus...
June 17, 2017: Parasitology Research
Michelle A Gordy, Sean A Locke, Timothy A Rawlings, Angela R Lapierre, Patrick C Hanington
Zygocercous (aggregating) cercarial larvae were recently discovered emerging from a physid snail during a molecular survey of cercariae from molluscs in lakes in central Alberta, Canada. This manuscript delves into the characterization of these cercariae through morphological and molecular techniques and provides the first genetic information for a zygocercous larval trematode. Analyses of cytochrome c oxidase I of mitochondrial DNA and two partial regions of nuclear ribosomal DNA sequences revealed the zygocercous cercariae to belong to the genus Australapatemon Sudarikov, 1959...
June 16, 2017: Parasitology Research
Hui Xie, Dongjuan Yuan, Shiqi Luo, Xingda Zeng, Xin Zeng, Ping He, Zhiyue Lv, Zhongdao Wu
Angiostrongylus cantonensis (A. cantonensis), a parasitic nematode, is the important neurotropic pathogen which causes human angiostrongyliasis. It has a complex life-cycle and severe parasite-host interaction in contrast to free-living nematode. Establishment of a well-suited life-cycle and in vitro cultivation of A. cantonensis in the laboratory will be one of the key techniques to elucidate the mechanism of parasite-host interaction. However, the low survival and growth rate of worms is still to be the problem...
June 14, 2017: Parasitology Research
Anna Lass, Panagiotis Karanis, Krzysztof Korzeniewski
It is estimated that faecal-orally transmitted diseases are common in Afghanistan, as a consequence of poor hygienic standards of life and widespread contamination of water and food with both human and animal faeces. However, there is little information in the literature concerning infections caused by intestinal parasites in the Afghan population. In this study, we report the occurrence of Giardia intestinalis assemblages (A and B) in formalin-fixed stool samples collected from 245 Afghan schoolchildren living in Ghazni Province in eastern Afghanistan...
June 13, 2017: Parasitology Research
Xueli Sun, Juxin Guo, Wenyun Ye, Qin Guo, Yun Huang, Lei Ma, Dan Zhou, Bo Shen, Yan Sun, Changliang Zhu
Cuticular proteins (CPs) are implicated in insecticide resistance in mosquito populations. Here, we investigated the role of cuticular genes in regulation of insecticide resistance in Culex pipiens pallens. We identified two CpCPRs (CpCPR63 and CpCPR47) that exhibited higher transcript levels in pyrethroid-resistant strains than in susceptible strains. Mosquito mortality was increased after knockdown of CpCPR genes by dsRNA injection. The RNA interference experiment suggested an interaction between CpCPR63 and CpCPR47, as silencing of one gene resulted in decreased expression of the other...
June 12, 2017: Parasitology Research
Claudia Gérard, Maxime Hervé, Mélanie Gay, Odile Bourgau, Eric Feunteun, Anthony Acou, Elodie Réveillac
Metazoan parasites were studied in 96 Alosa alosa and 78 Alosa fallax from North-East Atlantic coastal waters and connected rivers (among them three sympatric sites) in order to increase knowledge on these anadromous endangered fish and measure the parasitic impact on host condition. All shads were infected by one to six metazoan parasite taxa among the 12 identified in the whole sampling, with a mean abundance of parasites higher for A. alosa (167 ± 10) than for A. fallax (112 ± 11). Helminths, mostly trophically transmitted, were the best represented (eight taxa, prevalence up to 99%) in contrast with crustaceans and Petromyzontidae that rarely occurred (four taxa, prevalence <6%)...
June 7, 2017: Parasitology Research
Rufeng She, Chenzhong Fei, Huiya Chen, Xiaoyang Wang, Mi Wang, Keyu Zhang, Lifang Zhang, Chunmei Wang, Yingchun Liu, Wenli Zheng, Feiqun Xue
Nitromezuril is a novel triazine compound for preventing coccidiosis in broiler chickens. A single treatment of chickens inoculated with Eimeria tenella during the endogenous phase were used to evaluate the developmental stages of action of nitromezuril by clinically anticoccidial indices and histopathology. Results showed that a single dose of nitromezuril at 5 mg/kg b.w. during 56 to 80 h post-inoculation can most effectively prevent weight loss and reduce both oocyst shedding and caecal lesions. The anticoccidial index reached the level of middle efficacy...
June 6, 2017: Parasitology Research
Natalia Beatriz Guerreiro Martins, María Del Rosario Robles, Graciela Teresa Navone
The majority of species of Acanthocephala known thus far from South America have been recorded mostly in fish and wild birds. In particular, rodents in Argentina have been poorly studied for acanthocephalans. The genus Abrothrix (Sigmodontinae-Cricetidae) ranges from the Altiplano of southern Peru through the highlands of Bolivia, northern Chile, and Argentina south through Tierra del Fuego. The purpose of this paper was to study Acanthocephala species parasitizing different populations of Abrothrix from Santa Cruz province (Patagonia Argentina)...
June 6, 2017: Parasitology Research
M Heddergott, A C Frantz, M Stubbe, A Stubbe, H Ansorge, N Osten-Sacken
Toxoplasma gondii is an obligate intracellular protozoan that causes toxoplasmosis in warm-blooded animals. Most mammals, including humans, can become intermediate host, resulting in subclinical infection or even death. Generally, there is limited information on the epidemiology of T. gondii of game species in Germany. As omnivores, raccoons, which are particularly widespread and abundant in Germany, are particularly exposed to infection the parasite. Here, we report the seroprevalence of T. gondii antibodies from 15 study sites located in Luxembourg and Germany...
June 4, 2017: Parasitology Research
Matej Radunovic, Christian Klotz, Christina Skår Saghaug, Hans-Richard Brattbakk, Toni Aebischer, Nina Langeland, Kurt Hanevik
Giardia is a prevalent intestinal parasitic infection. The trophozoite structural protein a1-giardin (a1-g) and the cyst protein cyst wall protein 2 (CWP2) have shown promise as Giardia vaccine antigen candidates in murine models. The present study assesses the genetic diversity of a1-g and CWP2 between and within assemblages A and B in human clinical isolates. a1-g and CWP2 sequences were acquired from 15 Norwegian isolates by PCR amplification and 20 sequences from German cultured isolates by whole genome sequencing...
June 3, 2017: Parasitology Research
Xi Li, Shengjie Chen, Shiguang Huang, Fangli Lu
Toxoplasma gondii (T. gondii, Tg) is a globally distributed parasitic protozoan causing different forms of toxoplasmosis in humans. Mast cells (MCs) play a role during T. gondii infection. Several studies suggest that MC activator compound 48/80 (C48/80) may be an effective vaccine adjuvant resulting in a potent and protective antigen-specific immune response against bacteria or virus infections. The present study was performed to determine whether C48/80 had adjuvant activity for ultraviolet (UV)-attenuated T...
June 1, 2017: Parasitology Research
Takao Irie, Takuya Ito, Hirokazu Kouguchi, Kimiaki Yamano, Kohji Uraguchi, Kinpei Yagi, Nariaki Nonaka
The use of copro-DNA detection methods for the diagnosis of canine Echinococcus multilocularis infection was evaluated with a focus on DNA extraction techniques: two commercial kits and a modified alkaline-sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) technique. Dog feces (0.2 g) mixed with a protoscolex or with 1 or 10 eggs of E. multilocularis were subjected to DNA detection following extraction by these methods. DNA was extracted from all protoscolex samples by all methods, but success for samples with eggs depended on extraction technique with the modified technique showing success on all samples...
May 31, 2017: Parasitology Research
Xinwen Chen, Tao Wen, Junjie Hu, Tingting Liu, Gerald W Esch, Yu Liang, Hongliang Li, Si Huang
Water buffalo (Bubalus bubalis) is the intermediate host for at least four species of Sarcocystis: S. fusiformis, S. buffalonis, S. levinei, and S. sinensis/S. dubeyi. Here, a new species, Sarcocystis dehongensis, is reported in 51 of 756 (6.7%) water buffaloes in China. By light microscopy, the cysts of S. dehongensis were macroscopic, up to 18.5 mm long and 95 μm in diameter; 4.9-11.9 μm villous protrusions extended beyond the sarcocyst wall. Using transmission electron microscopy, the sarcocyst wall had lancet- or leaf-like protrusions in longitudinal section, but the cross section showed that the protrusions appeared as mushroom-like in shape with a core of tightly packed microtubules, similar to "type 24...
May 30, 2017: Parasitology Research
Mozhgan Moshrefi, Adel Spotin, Hossein Samadi Kafil, Mahmoud Mahami-Oskouei, Behzad Baradaran, Ehsan Ahmadpour, Behzad Mansoori
Apoptosis of infected host macrophages by Leishmania spp. is mainly addressed as one of the survival mechanisms of the parasite. However, there is no eligible data about whether tumor suppressor p53 could induce the apoptosis of host lymphocytes-treated Leishmania major via the mitochondrial intrinsic pathway. In this study, the amastigotes of L. major obtained from ten cutaneous leishmaniases (CL) patients were separately isolated and cultured in N.N.N and RPMI 1640 media. L. major was definitely confirmed by targeting Cyt b gene following sequencing...
May 30, 2017: Parasitology Research
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