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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532427/microrna-275-and-its-target-vitellogenin-2-are-crucial-in-ovary-development-and-blood-digestion-of-haemaphysalis-longicornis
#1
Jiawei Hao, Jin Luo, Ze Chen, Qiaoyun Ren, Jinxia Guo, Xiaocui Liu, Qiuyu Chen, Feng Wu, Zhen Wang, Jianxun Luo, Hong Yin, Hui Wang, Guangyuan Liu
BACKGROUND: The hard tick Haemaphysalis longicornis is widely distributed in eastern Asia, New Zealand and Australia and is considered the major vector of Theileria and Babesia, harmful parasites to humans and animals. Female ticks need successful blood meals to complete the life-cycle. Therefore, elucidation of the underlying molecular mechanisms of H. longicornis development and reproduction is considered important for developing control strategies against the tick and tick-borne pathogens...
May 22, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526098/first-description-of-bartonella-koehlerae-infection-in-a-spanish-dog-with-infective-endocarditis
#2
María-Dolores Tabar, Laura Altet, Ricardo G Maggi, Jaume Altimira, Xavier Roura
BACKGROUND: Bartonella koehlerae has been recently described as a new cat- and cat fleas-associated agent of culture-negative human endocarditis. It has been also encountered in one dog from Israel and six dogs from the USA, but other clinically relevant reports involving this bacterium are lacking. RESULTS: A 7-year-old intact male mixed dog presented with clinico-pathological signs consistent with mitral endocarditis and cutaneous hemangiosarcoma. Molecular studies revealed the presence of Bartonella koehlerae DNA in samples from blood and mitral valve tissue...
May 19, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526096/pvgama-reticulocyte-binding-activity-predicting-conserved-functional-regions-by-natural-selection-analysis
#3
Luis A Baquero, Darwin A Moreno-Pérez, Diego Garzón-Ospina, Johanna Forero-Rodríguez, Heidy D Ortiz-Suárez, Manuel A Patarroyo
BACKGROUND: Adhesin proteins are used by Plasmodium parasites to bind and invade target cells. Hence, characterising molecules that participate in reticulocyte interaction is key to understanding the molecular basis of Plasmodium vivax invasion. This study focused on predicting functionally restricted regions of the P. vivax GPI-anchored micronemal antigen (PvGAMA) and characterising their reticulocyte binding activity. RESULTS: The pvgama gene was initially found in P...
May 19, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526093/canine-infection-with-borrelia-burgdorferi-dirofilaria-immitis-anaplasma-spp-and-ehrlichia-spp-in-canada-2013-2014
#4
Brian H Herrin, Andrew S Peregrine, Jonas Goring, Melissa J Beall, Susan E Little
BACKGROUND: Canine test results generated by veterinarians throughout Canada from 2013-2014 were evaluated to assess the geographical distribution of canine infection with Borrelia burgdorferi, Dirofilaria immitis, Ehrlichia spp., and Anaplasma spp. METHODS: The percent positive test results of 115,636 SNAP® 4Dx® Plus tests from dogs tested were collated by province and municipality to determine the distribution of these vector-borne infections in Canada. RESULTS: A total of 2,844/115,636 (2...
May 19, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526088/assessment-of-parasitological-findings-in-heartworm-infected-beagles-treated-with-advantage-multi%C3%A2-for-dogs-10-imidacloprid%C3%A2-%C3%A2-2-5-moxidectin-and-doxycycline
#5
Molly D Savadelis, Cameon M Ohmes, Joe A Hostetler, Terry L Settje, Robert Zolynas, Michael T Dzimianski, Andrew R Moorhead
BACKGROUND: Anecdotal reports support the position that the adulticidal heartworm treatment utilizing doxycycline and Advantage Multi®/Advocate® for Dogs (10% imidacloprid + 2.5% moxidectin) has successfully converted antigen-positive dogs to antigen-negative. To date, no controlled experimental studies have demonstrated the adulticidal efficacy of this treatment regimen. The aim of this study was to evaluate the parasitological and clinical efficacy of Advantage Multi® for Dogs (IMD + MOX) and doxycycline in heartworm-infected beagles...
May 19, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526068/heat-pretreatment-of-canine-samples-to-evaluate-efficacy-of-imidacloprid%C3%A2-%C3%A2-moxidectin-and-doxycycline-in-heartworm-treatment
#6
Alexandre José Rodrigues Bendas, Flavya Mendes-de-Almeida, Cristiano Von Simson, Norma Labarthe
BACKGROUND: Considering the recent information on the increase of Dirofilaria immitis antigen detection by rapid assays in canine blood samples after heat treatment, the proposal that immune complexes block D. immitis antigen detection and that macrocyclic lactone + doxycycline (alternative protocol) might lead to increased production of those immune complexes, resulting in the erroneous diagnosis of adult worm elimination, and that there is no recommended adulticide marketed in Brazil, a study was performed to evaluate the interference of moxidectin + doxycycline (moxi-doxy) on diagnostic procedures when heartworm positive dogs are treated with this alternative protocol...
May 19, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526066/transovarial-transmission-of-denv-in-aedes-aegypti-in-the-amazon-basin-a-local-model-of-xenomonitoring
#7
Cristiano Fernandes da Costa, Ricardo Augusto Dos Passos, José Bento Pereira Lima, Rosemary Aparecida Roque, Vanderson de Souza Sampaio, Thais Bonifácio Campolina, Nágila Francinete Costa Secundino, Paulo Filemon Paolucci Pimenta
BACKGROUND: Transovarial transmission of dengue virus in Aedes spp. mosquitoes is considered an important mechanism for the maintenance of the virus in nature and may be implicated in the occurrence of outbreaks and epidemics of the disease. However, there are few studies involving transovarial transmission and viral vector monitoring as a surveillance tool and control strategy. The present study evaluated transovarial transmission of dengue virus in Aedes aegypti populations as a xenomonitoring strategy in municipalities of the Amazonas state...
May 19, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526064/seasonal-variation-in-the-prevalence-of-toxocara-eggs-on-children-s-playgrounds-in-the-city-of-hanover-germany
#8
Annika Kleine, Andrea Springer, Christina Strube
BACKGROUND: Roundworms of the genus Toxocara are worldwide distributed zoonotic parasites of carnivores. Based on case numbers and the potential impact on human health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) categorised toxocarosis as one of the most important neglected parasitic diseases. As contact with contaminated soil, e.g. in sandpits, is considered the primary transmission route, data on playground contamination are needed to assess infection risk for children. Here, playground contamination rates and their seasonal variation in the city of Hanover, Germany, were investigated...
May 19, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526036/molecular-characterization-of-dirofilaria-spp-circulating-in-portugal
#9
Cátia Ferreira, Ana Afonso, Manuela Calado, Isabel Maurício, Ana Margarida Alho, José Meireles, Luís Madeira de Carvalho, Silvana Belo
BACKGROUND: Dirofilariosis is a potentially zoonotic parasitic disease, mainly transmitted by mosquito vectors in many parts of the world. Data concerning the canine Dirofilaria species currently circulating in Portugal is scarce. Thereby, a large-scale study was conducted to determine the Dirofilaria spp. present in Portugal, based on a molecular approach, and also to optimize a reliable and highly sensitive species-specific polymerase chain reaction (PCR) assay that could be used for the simultaneous detection and differentiation of Dirofilaria immitis, Dirofilaria repens, and other concurrent filarial species in animal reservoirs...
May 19, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521843/high-prevalence-of-trichomonas-gallinae-in-wild-columbids-across-western-and-southern-europe
#10
Melanie Marx, Gerald Reiner, Hermann Willems, Gregorio Rocha, Klaus Hillerich, Juan F Masello, Sylvia L Mayr, Sarah Moussa, Jenny C Dunn, Rebecca C Thomas, Simon J Goodman, Keith C Hamer, Benjamin Metzger, Jacopo G Cecere, Fernando Spina, Steffen Koschkar, Luciano Calderón, Tanja Romeike, Petra Quillfeldt
BACKGROUND: Avian trichomonosis is known as a widespread disease in columbids and passerines, and recent findings have highlighted the pathogenic character of some lineages found in wild birds. Trichomonosis can affect wild bird populations including endangered species, as has been shown for Mauritian pink pigeons Nesoenas mayeri in Mauritius and suggested for European turtle doves Streptopelia turtur in the UK. However, the disease trichomonosis is caused only by pathogenic lineages of the parasite Trichomonas gallinae...
May 18, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521840/characterising-pvrbsa-an-exclusive-protein-from-plasmodium-species-infecting-reticulocytes
#11
Darwin A Moreno-Pérez, Luis A Baquero, Diana M Chitiva-Ardila, Manuel A Patarroyo
BACKGROUND: Plasmodium vivax uses multiple ligand-receptor interactions for preferential invasion of human reticulocytes. Several of these ligands have been identified by in silico approaches based on the role displayed by their orthologs in other Plasmodium species during initial adhesion or invasion. However, the cell adhesion role of proteins that are exclusive to species that specifically invade reticulocytes (as P. vivax and P. cynomolgi) has not been evaluated to date. This study aimed to characterise an antigen shared between Plasmodium species that preferentially infect reticulocytes with a focus on assessing its binding activity to target cells...
May 18, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514953/emergence-of-babesia-canis-in-southern-england
#12
Maria Del Mar Fernández de Marco, Luis M Hernández-Triana, L Paul Phipps, Kayleigh Hansford, E Sian Mitchell, Ben Cull, Clive S Swainsbury, Anthony R Fooks, Jolyon M Medlock, Nicholas Johnson
BACKGROUND: The United Kingdom is considered free of autochthonous transmission of canine babesiosis although cases are reported in dogs associated with recent travel abroad. During the winter months of 2015/16, a cluster of cases of disease in dogs with signs suggestive of canine babesiosis were reported in Harlow, Essex. METHODS: Babesia species were detected in dog blood samples by Giemsa staining of blood smears and by pan-piroplasm PCRs. Babesia species were also detected in extracts of tick DNA using pan-piroplasm PCRs...
May 17, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511704/the-use-of-kdna-minicircle-subclass-relative-abundance-to-differentiate-between-leishmania-l-infantum-and-leishmania-l-amazonensis
#13
Marcello Ceccarelli, Luca Galluzzi, Aurora Diotallevi, Francesca Andreoni, Hailie Fowler, Christine Petersen, Fabrizio Vitale, Mauro Magnani
BACKGROUND: Leishmaniasis is a neglected disease caused by many Leishmania species, belonging to subgenera Leishmania (Leishmania) and Leishmania (Viannia). Several qPCR-based molecular diagnostic approaches have been reported for detection and quantification of Leishmania species. Many of these approaches use the kinetoplast DNA (kDNA) minicircles as the target sequence. These assays had potential cross-species amplification, due to sequence similarity between Leishmania species. Previous works demonstrated discrimination between L...
May 16, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511662/response-to-the-letter-to-the-editor-by-eberhard-et-al
#14
LETTER
Christian Bottomley, Valerie Isham, Sarai Vivas-Martínez, Annette C Kuesel, Simon K Attah, Nicholas O Opoku, Sara Lustigman, Martin Walker, Maria-Gloria Basáñez
In a Letter to the Editor, Eberhard et al. question the validity of our model of skin snip sensitivity and argue against the use of skin snips to evaluate onchocerciasis elimination by mass drug administration. Here we discuss their arguments and compare model predictions with observed data to assess the validity of our model.
May 16, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506245/comparison-of-t24h-his-gst-t24h-and-gst-ts8b2-recombinant-antigens-in-western%C3%A2-blot-elisa-and-multiplex-bead-based-assay-for-diagnosis-of-neurocysticercosis
#15
Ana Hernández-González, John Noh, María Jesús Perteguer, Teresa Gárate, Sukwan Handali
BACKGROUND: Currently, the reference standard assay for the serodiagnosis of neurocysticercosis (NCC) is the lentil lectin-bound glycoproteins/enzyme-linked immunoelectrotransfer blot (LLGP-EITB). The main disadvantage of this technique is the complexity of obtaining and purifying the LLGP extract. This could be solved by replacement with highly specific recombinant antigens from Taenia solium. Based on previous studies, we selected and produced the recombinant Ts8B2 and T24H proteins and applied them to three diagnostic techniques: western blot (WB), enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) and the multiplex bead-based assay (MBA)...
May 15, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506241/socio-demographic-determinants-of-toxoplasma-gondii-seroprevalence-in-migrant-workers-of-peninsular-malaysia
#16
Norhidayu Sahimin, Yvonne A L Lim, Farnaza Ariffin, Jerzy M Behnke, Maria-Gloria Basáñez, Martin Walker, John W Lewis, Rahmah Noordin, Khairul Anuar Abdullah, Siti Nursheena Mohd Zain
BACKGROUND: The number of migrants working in Malaysia has increased sharply since the 1970's and there is concern that infectious diseases endemic in other (e.g. neighbouring) countries may be inadvertently imported. Compulsory medical screening prior to entering the workforce does not include parasitic infections such as toxoplasmosis. Therefore, this study aimed to evaluate the seroprevalence of T. gondii infection among migrant workers in Peninsular Malaysia by means of serosurveys conducted on a voluntary basis among low-skilled and semi-skilled workers from five working sectors, namely, manufacturing, food service, agriculture and plantation, construction and domestic work...
May 15, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499458/evaluation-of-a-multilocus-sequence-typing-mlst-scheme-for-leishmania-viannia-braziliensis-and-leishmania-viannia-panamensis-in-colombia
#17
Giovanny Herrera, Carolina Hernández, Martha S Ayala, Carolina Flórez, Aníbal A Teherán, Juan David Ramírez
BACKGROUND: Leishmaniases are parasitic vector-borne diseases affecting more than 12 million people in 98 countries. In Colombia, leishmaniasis is widespread and the most common clinical manifestation is cutaneous, mainly caused by L. panamensis and L. braziliensis. Currently, the genetic diversity of these species in Colombia is unknown. To address this, we applied molecular techniques for their characterization, using multilocus sequence typing (MLST) to explore the genetic variability and phylodynamics of the disease...
May 12, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499435/parasite-fauna-of-the-antarctic-dragonfish-parachaenichthys-charcoti-perciformes-bathydraconidae-and-closely-related-bathydraconidae-from-the-antarctic-peninsula-southern-ocean
#18
Julian Münster, Judith Kochmann, Juline Grigat, Sven Klimpel, Thomas Kuhn
BACKGROUND: As members of the Notothenioidei - the dominant fish taxon in Antarctic waters - the family Bathydraconidae includes 12 genera and 17 species. The knowledge of these species inhabiting an isolated environment is rather fragmentary, including their parasite fauna. Studies on fish hosts and their associated parasites can help gain insights into even remote ecosystems and be used to infer ecological roles in food webs; however, ecological studies on the Bathydraconidae are scarce...
May 12, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499405/a-comparative-molecular-and-3-dimensional-structural-investigation-into-cross-continental-and-novel-avian-trypanosoma-spp-in-australia
#19
Crystal Cooper, R C Andrew Thompson, Adriana Botero, Amanda Kristancic, Christopher Peacock, Yaowanuj Kirilak, Peta L Clode
BACKGROUND: Molecular and structural information on avian Trypanosoma spp. throughout Australia is limited despite their intrinsic value in understanding trypanosomatid evolution, diversity, and structural biology. In Western Australia tissue samples (n = 429) extracted from 93 birds in 25 bird species were screened using generic PCR primers to investigate the diversity of Trypanosoma spp. To investigate avian trypanosome structural biology the first 3-dimensional ultrastructural models of a Trypanosoma spp...
May 12, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28494800/somatic-extracts-of-marshallagia-marshalli-downregulate-the-th2-associated-immune-responses-in-ovalbumin-induced-airway-inflammation-in-balb-c-mice
#20
Sima Parande Shirvan, Azadeh Ebrahimby, Arezoo Dousty, Mohsen Maleki, Ahmadreza Movassaghi, Hassan Borji, Alireza Haghparast
BACKGROUND: Recently the role of gastrointestinal nematodes in modulating the immune responses in inflammatory and immune-mediated conditions such as allergy and autoimmune diseases has been introduced. This is mainly due to the suppressive effects of somatic and excretory secretory (ES) products of nematodes on the immune responses. In this study, we evaluated the immunomodulatory potentials of somatic products of Marshallagia marshalli, a gastrointestinal nematodes of sheep, to suppress the immune-mediated responses in a murine model of allergic airway inflammation...
May 12, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
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