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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646926/high-burden-of-schistosoma-mansoni-infection-in-school-aged-children-in-marolambo-district-madagascar
#1
Stephen A Spencer, James M St John Penney, Hannah J Russell, Anthony P Howe, Cortland Linder, Andriamahitsisambatra L D Rakotomampianina, Anjara M Nandimbiniaina, S Bertel Squire, J Russell Stothard, Amaya L Bustinduy, Alain M Rahetilahy
BACKGROUND: A school-based survey was undertaken to assess prevalence and infection intensity of schistosomiasis in school-aged children in the Marolambo District of Madagascar. METHODS: School-aged children from six purposively selected schools were tested for Schistosoma haematobium by urine filtration and Schistosoma mansoni using circulating cathodic antigen (CCA) and Kato-Katz stool analysis. The investigators did not address soil-transmitted helminths (STH) in this study...
June 24, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646920/dynamics-of-th9-cells-and-their-potential-role-in-immunopathogenesis-of-murine-schistosomiasis
#2
Tingzheng Zhan, Tingting Zhang, Yanyan Wang, Xiaoli Wang, Cai Lin, Huihui Ma, Zhongliang Duan, Chunxiang Li, Jing Xu, Chaoming Xia
BACKGROUND: Th1, Th2, Th17, Treg and Tfh cells play important roles in schistosomiasis. Th9 cells secrete IL-9 as a signature cytokine and contribute to several classes of inflammatory disease. However, the effects of Th9 cells in schistosomiasis are unknown. We aimed to explore the dynamic changes and potential roles of Th9 cells in the pathogenesis of hepatic egg granulomatous inflammation in mice infected with Schistosoma japonicum. METHODS: Twenty mice with S...
June 24, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646896/detection-of-the-plasmodium-falciparum-kelch-13-gene-p553l-mutation-in-sporozoites-isolated-from-mosquito-salivary-glands-in-south-central-vietnam
#3
Yoshimasa Maeno, Nguyen Tuyen Quang, Richard Culleton, Satoru Kawai, Gaku Masuda, Kaoru Hori, Shusuke Nakazawa, Ron P Marchand
BACKGROUND: Plasmodium falciparum has developed resistance against artemisinin in Southeast Asia. Mutations in the P. falciparum Kelch-13 (Pfk13) gene are associated with artemisinin resistance in vitro and in vivo. We investigated the prevalence of mutations in PfK13 from sporozoite-stage parasites isolated from the salivary glands of Anopheles dirus mosquitoes. METHODS: Mosquitoes were caught by human-landing catches at two locations within the Khanh Phu commune, South-Central Vietnam...
June 24, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646891/absence-of-batf3-results-in-reduced-liver-pathology-in-mice-infected-with-schistosoma-japonicum
#4
Lin Chen, Donghui Zhang, Wenyue Zhang, Yuxiao Zhu, Min Hou, Bingya Yang, Zhipeng Xu, Minjun Ji, Guanling Wu
BACKGROUND: The involvement of CD8(+)T cells in schistosomiasis is being increasingly appreciated, but the underlying mechanism is not well defined. RESULTS: In this study, we showed that the absence of Batf3 alleviated liver damage in Batf3 (-/-) mice infected with S. japonicum. We found alleviated liver granulomatous inflammation in Batf3 (-/-) mice with schistosomiasis japonica could not be attributed to the difference in schistosome egg or worm burden. The stronger Tc1 cell responses observed in Batf3 (-/-) mice suggested that the deletion of Batf3 resulted in more activation of CD8(+)T cells unexpectedly during the natural infection of schistosomes...
June 24, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646879/discovery-of-a-single-male-aedes-aegypti-l-in-merseyside-england
#5
Thom Dallimore, Tony Hunter, Jolyon M Medlock, Alexander G C Vaux, Ralph E Harbach, Clare Strode
BACKGROUND: The mosquito Aedes aegypti (L.) is found in tropical and sub-tropical regions where it is the major vector of dengue fever, yellow fever, chikungunya and more recently Zika virus. Given its importance as a vector of arboviruses and its propensity to be transported to new regions, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) has placed Ae. aegypti on a list of potentially invasive mosquito species. It was previously reported in the United Kingdom (UK) in 1865 and 1919 but did not establish on either occasion...
June 24, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645303/effect-of-physicochemical-parameters-on-anopheles-and-culex-mosquito-larvae-abundance-in-different-breeding-sites-in-a-rural-setting-of-muheza-tanzania
#6
Basiliana Emidi, William N Kisinza, Bruno P Mmbando, Robert Malima, Franklin W Mosha
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 24, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645329/ticks-and-associated-pathogens-in-dogs-from-greece
#7
Maria Stefania Latrofa, Athanasios Angelou, Alessio Giannelli, Giada Annoscia, Silvia Ravagnan, Filipe Dantas-Torres, Gioia Capelli, Lenaig Halos, Frederic Beugnet, Elias Papadopoulos, Domenico Otranto
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 23, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645315/role-of-inhibitors-of-serine-peptidases-in-protecting-leishmania-donovani-against-the-hydrolytic-peptidases-of-sand-fly-midgut
#8
Sudha Verma, Sushmita Das, Abhishek Mandal, Md Yousuf Ansari, Sujata Kumari, Rani Mansuri, Ajay Kumar, Ruby Singh, Savita Saini, Kumar Abhishek, Vijay Kumar, Ganesh Chandra Sahoo, Pradeep Das
BACKGROUND: In vector-borne diseases such as leishmaniasis, the sand fly midgut is considered to be an important site for vector-parasite interaction. Digestive enzymes including serine peptidases such as trypsin and chymotrypsin, which are secreted in the midgut are one of the obstacles for Leishmania in establishing a successful infection. The presence of some natural inhibitors of serine peptidases (ISPs) has recently been reported in Leishmania. In the present study, we deciphered the role of these ISPs in the survival of Leishmania donovani in the hostile sand fly midgut environment...
June 23, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645313/molecular-investigation-and-phylogeny-of-anaplasmataceae-species-infecting-domestic-animals-and-ticks-in-corsica-france
#9
Mustapha Dahmani, Bernard Davoust, Djamel Tahir, Didier Raoult, Florence Fenollar, Oleg Mediannikov
BACKGROUNDS: Corsica is a French island situated in the Mediterranean Sea. The island provides suitable natural conditions to study disease ecology, especially tick-borne diseases and emerging diseases in animals and ticks. The family Anaplasmataceae is a member of the order Rickettsiales; it includes the genera Anaplasma, Ehrlichia, Neorickettsia and Wolbachia. Anaplasmosis and ehrlichiosis traditionally refer to diseases caused by obligate intracellular bacteria of the genera Anaplasma and Ehrlichia...
June 23, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637488/a-high-throughput-colorimetric-assay-for-detection-of-schistosoma-mansoni-viability-based-on-the-tetrazolium-salt-xtt
#10
Pedro Henrique Nascimento Aguiar, Núbia Monteiro Gonçalves Soares Fernandes, Carlos Leomar Zani, Marina Moraes Mourão
BACKGROUND: Schistosoma mansoni is a trematode parasite that causes schistosomiasis, one of the most prevalent neglected tropical diseases, leading to the loss of 2.6 million disability-adjusted life years. Praziquantel is the only drug available, and new drugs are required. The most common strategy in schistosomiasis drug discovery is the use of the schistosomula larval-stage for a pre-screen in drug sensitivity assays. However, assessing schistosomula viability by microscopy has always been a limitation to the throughput of such assays...
June 21, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637478/out-of-africa-the-mite-community-arachnida-acariformes-of-the-common-waxbill-estrilda-astrild-linnaeus-1758-passeriformes-estrildidae-in-brazil
#11
Fabio Akashi Hernandes, Barry M OConnor
BACKGROUND: The common waxbill, Estrilda astrild (L., 1758) (Passeriformes: Estrildidae) is a small passerine bird native to Sub-Saharan Africa that has been introduced into several regions of the world. RESULTS: In the present paper, eight mite species (Acariformes) are reported from this host from Brazil, including three species new to science: Montesauria caravela n. sp., M. conquistador n. sp. (Proctophyllodidae), Trouessartia transatlantica n. sp., T. minuscula Gaud & Mouchet, 1958, T...
June 21, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633666/molecular-detection-of-vector-borne-pathogens-in-dogs-and-cats-from-qatar
#12
Ana Margarida Alho, Clara Lima, Maria Stefania Latrofa, Vito Colella, Silvia Ravagnan, Gioia Capelli, Luís Madeira de Carvalho, Luís Cardoso, Domenico Otranto
BACKGROUND: Vector-borne diseases (VBDs) have been increasingly reported in dogs and cats worldwide. However, no data are currently available regarding canine and feline VBDs in Qatar and limited information is available from other Persian Gulf countries. METHODS: Blood samples from 98 client-owned animals (i.e. 64 dogs and 34 cats) living in Doha (Qatar) were collected and the presence of genomic DNA of Anaplasma spp., Babesia spp., Dirofilaria spp., Ehrlichia spp...
June 20, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633664/a-review-of-sarcoptes-scabiei-past-present-and-future
#13
REVIEW
Larry G Arlian, Marjorie S Morgan
The disease scabies is one of the earliest diseases of humans for which the cause was known. It is caused by the mite, Sarcoptes scabiei, that burrows in the epidermis of the skin of humans and many other mammals. This mite was previously known as Acarus scabiei DeGeer, 1778 before the genus Sarcoptes was established (Latreille 1802) and it became S. scabiei. Research during the last 40 years has tremendously increased insight into the mite's biology, parasite-host interactions, and the mechanisms it uses to evade the host's defenses...
June 20, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623959/the-impact-of-wolbachia-infection-on-the-rate-of-vertical-transmission-of-dengue-virus-in-brazilian-aedes-aegypti
#14
Etiene Casagrande Pacidônio, Eric Pearce Caragata, Debora Magalhães Alves, João Trindade Marques, Luciano Andrade Moreira
BACKGROUND: Wolbachia pipientis is a common endosymbiotic bacterium of arthropods that strongly inhibits dengue virus (DENV) infection and transmission in the primary vector, the mosquito Aedes aegypti. For that reason, Wolbachia-infected Ae. aegypti are currently being released into the field as part of a novel strategy to reduce DENV transmission. However, there is evidence that DENV can be transmitted vertically from mother to progeny, and this may help the virus persist in nature in the absence of regular human transmission...
June 17, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623957/developing-a-mathematical-model-for-the-evaluation-of-the-potential-impact-of-a-partially-efficacious-vaccine-on-the-transmission-dynamics-of-schistosoma-mansoni-in-human-communities
#15
Andria Stylianou, Christoforos Hadjichrysanthou, James E Truscott, Roy M Anderson
BACKGROUND: There is currently no vaccine available to protect humans against infection with the schistosome digenean parasites, although candidate formulations for Schistosoma mansoni are under trial in animal models, including rodents and primates. Current strategies for the control of infection are based on mass drug administration (MDA) targeted at school-aged children of age 5 to 14 years. This approach is unlikely to eliminate exposure to infection except in settings with very low levels of transmission...
June 17, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623940/clonorchis-sinensis-lysophospholipase-a-upregulates-il-25-expression-in-macrophages-as-a-potential-pathway-to-liver-fibrosis
#16
Lina Zhou, Mengchen Shi, Lu Zhao, Zhipeng Lin, Zeli Tang, Hengchang Sun, Tingjin Chen, Zhiyue Lv, Jin Xu, Yan Huang, Xinbing Yu
BACKGROUND: Liver fibrosis is an excessive wound-healing reaction that requires the participation of inflammatory cells and hepatic stellate cells (HSCs). The pathogenesis of liver fibrosis caused by viruses and alcohol has been well characterized, but the molecular mechanisms underlying liver fibrosis induced by the liver fluke Clonorchis sinensis are poorly understood. Lysophospholipase A (LysoPLA), which deacylates lysophospholipids, plays a critical role in mediating the virulence and pathogenesis of parasites and fungi; however, the roles of C...
June 17, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619089/light-manipulation-of-mosquito-behaviour-acute-and-sustained-photic-suppression-of-biting-activity-in-the-anopheles-gambiae-malaria-mosquito
#17
Aaron D Sheppard, Samuel S C Rund, Gary F George, Erin Clark, Dominic J Acri, Giles E Duffield
BACKGROUND: Host-seeking behaviours in anopheline mosquitoes are time-of-day specific, with a greater propensity for nocturnal biting. We investigated how a short exposure to light presented during the night or late day can inhibit biting activity and modulate flight activity behaviour. RESULTS: Anopheles gambiae (s.s.), maintained on a 12:12 LD cycle, were exposed transiently to white light for 10-min at the onset of night and the proportion taking a blood meal in a human biting assay was recorded every 2 h over an 8-h duration...
June 16, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615038/prevalence-and-genetic-variability-of-anaplasma-phagocytophilum-in-wild-rodents-from-the-italian-alps
#18
Fausta Rosso, Valentina Tagliapietra, Ivana Baráková, Marketa Derdáková, Adam Konečný, Heidi Christine Hauffe, Annapaola Rizzoli
BACKGROUND: Human granulocytic anaplasmosis is a zoonotic bacterial disease with increasing relevance for public health in Europe. The understanding of its sylvatic cycle and identification of competent reservoir hosts are essential for improving disease risk models and planning preventative measures. RESULTS: In 2012 we collected single ear biopsy punches from 964 live-trapped rodents in the Province of Trento, Italy. Genetic screening for Anaplasma phagocytophilum (AP) was carried out by PCR amplification of a fragment of the 16S rRNA gene...
June 14, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28610594/the-genetic-diversity-and-population-structure-of-domestic-aedes-aegypti-diptera-culicidae-in-yunnan-province-southwestern-china
#19
Qing-Ming Shi, Heng-Duan Zhang, Gang Wang, Xiao-Xia Guo, Dan Xing, Yan-De Dong, Li Xiao, Jian Gao, Qin-Mei Liu, Ai-Juan Sun, Chun-Xiao Li, Tong-Yan Zhao
BACKGROUND: There was no record of Aedes aegypti in Yunnan Province, China, until 2002, but this species is now continuously found in nine cities (or counties). Until now, little was known about the genetic diversity and population structure of this invasive species. Thus, a detailed understanding of the invasion strategies, colonisation and dispersal of this mosquito from a population genetics perspective is urgently needed for controlling and eliminating this disease vector. METHODS: The genetic diversity and population structure of Ae...
June 13, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606183/allergenic-activity-of-pseudoterranova-decipiens-nematoda-anisakidae-in-balb-c-mice
#20
Alessandra Ludovisi, Gabriella Di Felice, Noelia Carballeda-Sangiao, Bianca Barletta, Cinzia Butteroni, Silvia Corinti, Gianluca Marucci, Miguel González-Muñoz, Edoardo Pozio, Maria Angeles Gómez-Morales
BACKGROUND: Anisakis simplex is the only fishery-product associated parasite causing clinical allergic responses in humans so far. However, other anisakids, due to the presence of shared or own allergens, could also lead to allergic reactions after sensitization. The aim of this study was to determine if Pseudoterranova decipiens belonging to the family Anisakidae has allergenic activity and is able to induce sensitization after oral administration in a murine (BALB/c mice) model. RESULTS: The ingestion of A...
June 12, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
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