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Parasitology International

Jesús S Hernández-Orts, Lesley R Smales, Carlos D Pinacho-Pinacho, Martín García-Varela, Bronwen Presswell
The polymorphid acanthocephalan, Corynosoma hannae Zdzitowiecki, 1984 is characterised on the basis of newly collected material from a New Zealand sea lion, Phocarctos hookeri (Gray), and long-nosed fur seal Arctophoca forsteri (Lesson) (definitive hosts), and from Stewart Island shags, Leucocarbo chalconotus (Gray), spotted shags, Phalacrocorax punctatus (Sparrman) and yellow-eyed penguins, Megadyptes antipodes (Hombron & Jacquinot) (non-definitive hosts) from New Zealand. Specimens are described in detail and scanning electron micrographs for C...
October 17, 2016: Parasitology International
Chinh Dang Van, Galayanee Doungchawee, Sutas Suttiprapa, Yuji Arimatsu, Sasithorn Kaewkes, Banchob Sripa
Opisthorchiasis caused by Opisthorchis viverrini is an important foodborne trematodiasis in Thailand, Laos and Cambodia. Interestingly, the opisthorchiasis endemic region overlaps with an area of leptospirosis emergence. Here we report an association between opisthorchiasis and leptospirosis in Thailand. Of 280 sera collected from villagers living around the Lawa wetland complex in Khon Kaen province, 199 (71%) were seropositive for leptospirosis by immunochromatography. Individuals with O. viverrini infection had a significantly higher rate of leptospirosis than those without (P=0...
October 13, 2016: Parasitology International
Vladimir V Besprozvannykh, Konstantin V Rozhkovan, Alexey V Ermolenko
Echinostomatoidea is a large, globally distributed and heterogeneous group of hermaphroditic digeneans that parasite, as adults, vertebrate hosts of all classes. Species of this group have received attention from researchers as they can cause diseases in wildlife and humans. Here we describe the biological and molecular phylogenetic characteristics of Stephanoprora chasanensis n. sp. (Digenea: Echinochasmidae). The life cycle of this fluke was experimentally completed by the use of hosts, i.e. Stenothyra recondite Lindholm, 1929 snail (the 1st intermediate), Rhynchocypris percnurus mantschuricus (Berg, 1907) freshwater fish (the 2nd intermediate) and Gallus gallus chicken (the definitive host)...
October 12, 2016: Parasitology International
Miwa Higashiarakawa, Tetsuo Hirata, Teruhisa Tanaka, Gretchen Parrott, Tetsu Kinjo, Hidekatsu Naka, Akira Hokama, Jiro Fujita
Infections with parasites, such as Strongyloides stercoralis, typically cause elevated levels of serum immunoglobulin E (IgE) and eosinophils; however, co-infection with human T cell lymphotropic virus type 1 (HTLV-1) can cause lower levels of serum IgE during S. stercoralis infection. We conducted this study to determine whether serum IgE levels and eosinophil counts could also be related to other patient characteristics or symptoms. Between 1991 and 2014, we measured and compared the symptoms of 237 patients and evaluated serum IgE levels and eosinophil counts of 199 patients who were infected with S...
October 12, 2016: Parasitology International
Bruce A Wilcox, Pierre Echaubard
This review examines the association of Asian liver flukes and cholangiocarcinoma (CCA) from the standpoint of two contrasting research perspectives: that aligned with the biomedical model predominantly employed to date; and, that aligned with ecological (and evolutionary) thinking increasingly being used to frame research questions that address this association in Northeast Thailand. An examination of the assumptions that underlie most of this research, requisite of evidence-based health research, shows how a broadened research frame that incorporates 'ecologic' perspectives provides alternatives to the prevailing scientific interpretations and public narrative...
October 8, 2016: Parasitology International
Fernanda A Marques, Rodrigo P Soares, Gregório G Almeida, Carolina C Souza, Maria N Melo, Sebastião A Pinto, Valeria B Quixabeira, Ledice I Pereira, Miriam L Dorta, Fatima Ribeiro-Dias, Fernando T Silveira, Sydnei M Silva, Celia M Gontijo, Wagner L Tafuri
American tegumentary leishmaniasis (ATL) is a neglected disease widely distributed in Latin America. In Brazil, it is caused by different Leishmania species belonging to the Subgenera Viannia and Leishmania. ATL diagnosis is routinely based on clinical, epidemiological, parasitological and immunological (delayed-type hypersensitivity skin test-DTH) evidences. The main objective of this work was to determine the efficacy of a previous immunohistochemical (IHC) method developed by our group. Seventy eight skin biopsies from patients with different ATL clinical forms and origins were evaluated...
October 8, 2016: Parasitology International
Adrian P Ybañez, Rochelle Haidee D Ybañez, MaxFrancis G Talle, Mingming Liu, Paul Franck Adjou Moumouni, Xuenan Xuan
Babesia vogeli is a tick-borne protozoal pathogen that infects erythrocytes. In Southeast Asia, this pathogen has only been reported in Thailand. In this study, nine dogs presented at three different veterinary clinics in Cebu City, Philippines were found positive for B. vogeli. DNA was extracted from blood samples and tested using a PCR for genus Babesia and a PCR specific for B. vogeli (both based on the 18S rRNA gene). Blood smears (triplicate) from each sample were found negative. All positive amplicons were sequenced and were found to be 99...
October 3, 2016: Parasitology International
Tomáš Scholz, Alain de Chambrier, Takeshi Shimazu, Alexey Ermolenko, Andrea Waeschenbach
The parasite fauna of loaches (Cypriniformes: Cobitoidea), a group of small bottom-dwelling freshwater fishes with a mostly Eurasian distribution, remains a largely unknown quantity. Here we revise the taxonomy of tapeworms of the genus Proteocephalus Weinland, 1858 (Cestoda: Proteocephalidae) that had been found in loaches from the Palaearctic Region (Central Europe, Japan and Russia [Primorsky Region]). Molecular phylogenetic analysis based on two nuclear (ssr- and lsrDNA) and two mitochondrial genes (cox1 and rrnL) revealed a monophyletic group consisting of four valid species nesting within the Proteocephalus-aggregate: (i) Proteocephalus sagittus (Grimm, 1872) from Barbatula barbatula (Europe, Russia and Tajikistan), (ii) Proteocephalus demshini n...
October 1, 2016: Parasitology International
Yukitaka Sugihara, Toshiyuki Yamada, Shunsuke Iwanaga, Kinya Kanai
Cardicola opisthorchis is a blood fluke pathogen significantly affecting cultured Pacific bluefin tuna Thunnus orientalis in Japan. It is known that the intermediate host of C. opisthorchis is a terebellid polychaete Terebella sp. In order to study the intrapolychaete larval development of C. opisthorchis, we transplanted sporocysts, which contained a large number of cercariae, of C. opisthorchis obtained from Terebella sp. into sporocyst-free Terebella sp., which had been maintained at 20°C. The transplanted sporocysts switched from cercarial to sporocystal production by 17days after transplantation (d...
September 28, 2016: Parasitology International
Milagro Fernández-Delgado, Jackeline Cortez, Guiden Sulbarán, César Matos, Renzo Nino Incani, Diana E Ballén, Italo M Cesari
Schistosoma mansoni enzymes play important roles in host-parasite interactions and are potential targets for immunological and/or pharmacological attack. The aim of this study was to comparatively assess the presence of hydrolytic activities (phosphatases, glycosidases, aminopeptidases) in soluble (SF) and membrane (MF) fractions from different S. mansoni developmental stages (schistosomula 0 and 3h, juveniles, and adult worms of 28 and 45days-old, respectively), by using simple enzyme-substrate microassays...
September 28, 2016: Parasitology International
Julio C Aguiar, Edson A Adriano, Patrick D Mathews
This study reports, for the first time, a myxosporan species of the genus Myxidium in a Neotropical turtle. Myxidium turturibus n. sp., was found in the gall bladder of Podocnemis expansa (Testudines: Podocnemididae) farmed in Brazilian Amazon. Numerous disporic pseudoplasmodia in different developmental stages, and mature spores were free in the bile. Mature myxospores were fusiform, slightly arcuate in valval view, measuring 13.6±0.4 (13.1-15.1) μm in length and 4.1±0.3 (3.4-4.6) μm in width. The two polar capsules were piriform, with 3...
September 28, 2016: Parasitology International
Lucie Vaníčková, Angelo Canale, Giovanni Benelli
Mosquitoes (Diptera: Culicidae) act as vectors of medical and veterinary importance, due to their ability to transmit many pathogens and parasites. Renewed interest has been recently devoted to the potential of sterile insect technique (SIT) for mosquito suppression. However, the success of the SIT is mostly dependent on the ability of sterile males to compete for mates with the wild ones in the field. Nevertheless, little is known on the sexual chemical ecology of mosquitoes, with special reference to the role of chemical signals in males...
September 28, 2016: Parasitology International
Jin-Yu Zhao, Wen-Ting Zhao, Atheer H Ali, Hui-Xia Chen, Liang Li
Hysterothylacium reliquens (Norris & Overstreet, 1975), a common ascaridoid nematode parasitic in the marine fishes in the Indian and Atlantic Oceans, has been reported to exhibit remarkable morphological variability in the lengths of body, oesophagus and spicules, and the number and arrangement of postcloacal papillae. In order to determine whether H. reliquens with a broad range of morphological variability in the above-mentioned respects, represents a complex of sibling species or a single species, and to evaluate if the specimens of H...
September 24, 2016: Parasitology International
Miguel Angel Ayala-Valdovinos, Clemente Lemus-Flores, Jorge Galindo-García, Jacinto Bañuelos-Pineda, Javier Germán Rodríguez-Carpena, David Sánchez-Chiprés, Theodor Duifhuis-Rivera
Theileria equi infection prevalence was calculated from 1000 blood samples obtained from apparently healthy horses in western Mexico. Samples were sent to the Animal Biotechnology Laboratory of the University of Guadalajara (Mexico) for T. equi diagnosis. Nested polymerase chain reaction (nPCR) was used as a diagnostic method to detect pathogen DNA. Using primers for the merozoite antigen-1 (EMA-1) gene, 19.70±2.47% of the horses (95% CI, 17.23-22.17%) tested positive for T. equi. There was no significant association between gender and T...
September 23, 2016: Parasitology International
Erika van den Bogaart, Pètra F Mens, Emily R Adams, Martin P Grobusch, Henk D F H Schallig
During its intra-erythrocytic development, the malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum synthesizes insoluble hemozoin (HZ) crystals that are released into the circulation upon rupture of parasitized red blood cells, and rapidly phagocytized by host mononuclear cells. Here, HZ persists undigested, causing functional impairment and possibly leading to increased host susceptibility to secondary infections. In patients with malaria and visceral leishmaniasis (VL) co-infections, HZ-loaded macrophages are likely to co-harbor Leishmania donovani parasites, but whether this might influence the course of the Leishmania infection is unknown...
September 10, 2016: Parasitology International
Sara Dallarés, Maite Carrassón, Bjoern C Schaeffner
The family Sphyriocephalidae Pintner, 1913, which comprises the genera Hepatoxylon Bosc, 1811, Sphyriocephalus Pintner, 1913 and Heterosphyriocephalus Palm, 2004, is revised from newly-collected and museum material. Heterosphyriocephalus encarnae n. sp. is described from the pelagic thresher, Alopias pelagicus Nakamura (Lamniformes: Alopiidae) collected from the Pacific Ocean off Boca del Alamo, Mexico. This species can be readily distinguished from the rest of sphyriocephalids by its small size, low number of proglottids and long velum with a characteristically irregular and folded border, among other features...
September 5, 2016: Parasitology International
Kyousuke Kobayashi, Kentaro Kato
The malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum infects human erythrocytes and reproduces asexually through an intraerythrocytic developmental cycle. In vitro culture of P. falciparum allows investigation of the parasite's blood-stage development, which spans approximately 48h from the time of invasion to the lysis of mature schizonts to release merozoites. To focus on a specific step in the developmental cycle, synchronization techniques are utilized. D-sorbitol treatment and the Percoll-sorbitol method have been used; however, these techniques have limitations in terms of the degree of synchronization achieved, the amount of synchronized parasite acquired, convenience, reproducibility, and cost...
September 3, 2016: Parasitology International
Haiyan Gong, Kyousuke Kobayashi, Tatsuki Sugi, Hitoshi Takemae, Taisuke Horimoto, Xuenan Xuan, Hiroomi Akashi, Kentaro Kato
Protein X, which is expressed on the surface of Toxoplasma and is thought to interact with host molecules, was expressed as a GST recombinant protein, conjugated to sepharose 4B, and used to pull down biotin-labeled 293T cells. The product was analysis by 2D-PAGE and Western blotting. Mass spectrometry revealed the reacted spots from the gel to be heat shock proteins.
August 30, 2016: Parasitology International
Piya Sereerak, Songkaid Upontain, Prasarn Tangkawattana, Frank F Mallory, Banchob Sripa, Sirikachorn Tangkawattana
Opisthorchiasis caused by Opisthorchis viverrini is a major food-borne zoonosis in Greater Mekong sub-region. Even though campaigns discouraging the consumption of raw fish have been launched to public, the disease still remains highly endemic. The unsuccessful eradication of the disease is probably because of the persistence of the parasite in animal reservoir hosts, particularly felids. Praziquantel (PZQ) is the drug of choice for morbidity control of opisthorchiasis in humans and animals. However, there is no specific study on its dosage regimen for feline opisthorchiasis...
August 26, 2016: Parasitology International
Stephen E Greiman, Jefferson A Vaughan, Rasha Elmahy, Poom Adisakwattana, Nguyen Van Ha, Thomas J Fayton, Amal I Khalil, Vasyl V Tkach
Neorickettsia (Rickettsiales, Anaplasmataceae) is a genus of obligate intracellular bacterial endosymbionts of digeneans (Platyhelminthes, Digenea). Some Neorickettsia are able to invade cells of the digenean's vertebrate host and are known to cause diseases of domestic animals, wildlife, and humans. In this study we report the results of screening digenean samples for Neorickettsia collected from bats in Egypt and Mindoro Island, Philippines, snails and fishes from Thailand, and fishes from Vietnam and the USA...
August 7, 2016: Parasitology International
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