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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446245/mining-a-differential-sialotranscriptome-of-rhipicephalus-microplus-guides-antigen-discovery-to-formulate-a-vaccine-that-reduces-tick-infestations
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Sandra R Maruyama, Gustavo R Garcia, Felipe R Teixeira, Lucinda G Brandão, Jennifer M Anderson, José M C Ribeiro, Jesus G Valenzuela, Jana Horackova, Cecília J Veríssimo, Luciana M Katiki, Tamy M Banin, Amanda F Zangirolamo, Luiz G Gardinassi, Beatriz R Ferreira, Isabel K F de Miranda-Santos
BACKGROUND: Ticks cause massive damage to livestock and vaccines are one sustainable substitute for the acaricides currently heavily used to control infestations. To guide antigen discovery for a vaccine that targets the gamut of parasitic strategies mediated by tick saliva and enables immunological memory, we exploited a transcriptome constructed from salivary glands from all stages of Rhipicephalus microplus ticks feeding on genetically tick-resistant and susceptible bovines. RESULTS: Different levels of host anti-tick immunity affected gene expression in tick salivary glands; we thus selected four proteins encoded by genes weakly expressed in ticks attempting to feed on resistant hosts or otherwise abundantly expressed in ticks fed on susceptible hosts; these sialoproteins mediate four functions of parasitism deployed by male ticks and that do not induce antibodies in naturally infected, susceptible bovines...
April 26, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446214/epidemiological-role-of-dogs-since-the-human-leishmaniosis-outbreak-in-madrid
#2
Guadalupe Miró, Aurora Müller, Ana Montoya, Rocía Checa, Valentina Marino, Eloy Marino, Fernando Fuster, Cristina Escacena, Miguel Angel Descalzo, Rosa Gálvez
BACKGROUND: Canine leishmaniosis (CanL) has been in the spotlight since the 2009 outbreak of human leishmaniosis in Madrid. In the framework of the Leishmaniosis Surveillance Programme set up in Madrid, this study examines Leishmania-specific seroprevalences in stray dogs for the outbreak area and rest of the Madrid region over the period spanning from the outbreak to the present (2009-2016). These data are of interest because stray dogs could be sentinels for disease surveillance in endemic areas...
April 26, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446205/response-to-the-letter-to-the-editor-by-rob-armstrong
#3
LETTER
Robert H Six, David R Young, Melanie R Myers, Sean P Mahabir
In a recent Letter to the Editor, Armstrong raises concern that the design of the study reported by Six et al. was not consistent with the product label for treatment of Amblyomma americanum, since fluralaner was not re-administered 56 days after the initial treatment. The Authors disagree with this assessment and confirm that the design was appropriate, and therefore the results and conclusions for the entire study period are valid.
April 26, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446204/erratum-to-antifilarial-activity-of-diterpenoids-from-taxodium-distichum
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Vikas Kushwaha, Kirti Saxena, Richa Verma, Shiv K Verma, Deepali Katoch, Neeraj Kumar, Brij Lal, P Kalpana Murthy, Bikram Singh
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 26, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441969/molecular-identification-of-plasmodium-spp-and-blood-meal-sources-of-anophelines-in-environmental-reserves-on-s%C3%A3-o-lu%C3%A3-s-island-state-of-maranh%C3%A3-o-brazil
#5
Mayra Araguaia Pereira Figueiredo, Silvia Maria Di Santi, Wilson Gómez Manrique, Luiz Ricardo Gonçalves, Marcos Rogério André, Rosangela Zacarias Machado
BACKGROUND: Considering the diversity of feeding habits that females of some species of anophelines present, it is important to understand which vertebrates are part of blood food sources and how important is the role of each in the ecoepidemiology of malaria. There are many vector species for Plasmodium spp. in the State of Maranhão, Brazil. In São Luís Island, Anopheles aquasalis is the main vector for human malaria; this species is abundant in areas with primates that are positive for Plasmodium...
April 26, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441959/serological-measures-to-assess-the-efficacy-of-malaria-control-programme-on-ambae-island-vanuatu
#6
Zulkarnain Md Idris, Chim W Chan, Mubasher Mohammed, Morris Kalkoa, George Taleo, Klara Junker, Bruno Arcà, Chris Drakeley, Akira Kaneko
BACKGROUND: Seroepidemiology can provide evidence for temporal changes in malaria transmission and is an important tool to evaluate the effectiveness of control interventions. During the early 2000s, Vanuatu experienced an acute increase in malaria incidence due to a lapse in funding for vector control. After the distribution of subsidised insecticide-treated nets (ITNs) resumed in 2003, malaria incidence decreased in the subsequent years. This study was conducted to find the serological evidence supporting the impact of ITN on exposure to Anopheles vector bites and parasite prevalence...
April 26, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441957/landscape-structure-affects-distribution-of-potential-disease-vectors-diptera-culicidae
#7
Carina Zittra, Simon Vitecek, Adelheid G Obwaller, Heidemarie Rossiter, Barbara Eigner, Thomas Zechmeister, Johann Waringer, Hans-Peter Fuehrer
BACKGROUND: Vector-pathogen dynamics are controlled by fluctuations of potential vector communities, such as the Culicidae. Assessment of mosquito community diversity and, in particular, identification of environmental parameters shaping these communities is therefore of key importance for the design of adequate surveillance approaches. In this study, we assess effects of climatic parameters and habitat structure on mosquito communities in eastern Austria to deliver these highly relevant baseline data...
April 26, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438225/meta-analysis-of-the-parasitic-phase-traits-of-haemonchus-contortus-infection-in-sheep
#8
Mathilde Saccareau, Guillaume Sallé, Christèle Robert-Granié, Tom Duchemin, Philippe Jacquiet, Alexandra Blanchard, Jacques Cabaret, Carole R Moreno
BACKGROUND: The parasitic nematode Haemonchus contortus shows highly variable life history traits. This highlights the need to have an average estimate and a quantification of the variation around it to calibrate epidemiological models. METHODS: This paper aimed to quantify the main life history traits of H. contortus and to identify explanatory factors affecting these traits using a powerful method based on a systematic review and meta-analysis of current literature...
April 24, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438220/anaplasma-spp-in-dogs-and-owners-in-north-western-morocco
#9
Sarah Elhamiani Khatat, Sylvie Daminet, Malika Kachani, Christian M Leutenegger, Luc Duchateau, Hamid El Amri, Mony Hing, Rahma Azrib, Hamid Sahibi
BACKGROUND: Anaplasma phagocytophilum is an emerging tick-borne zoonotic pathogen of increased interest worldwide which has been detected in northern Africa. Anaplasma platys is also present in this region and could possibly have a zoonotic potential. However, only one recent article reports on the human esposure to A. phagocytophilum in Morocco and no data are available on canine exposure to both bacteria. Therefore, we conducted a cross-sectional epidemiological study aiming to assess both canine and human exposure to Anaplasma spp...
April 24, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431550/the-physiological-cost-of-male-biased-parasitism-in-a-nearly-monomorphic-mammal
#10
Arturo Oliver-Guimerá, Carlos Martínez-Carrasco, Asta Tvarijonaviciute, María Rocío Ruiz de Ybáñez, Jordi Martínez-Guijosa, Jorge Ramón López-Olvera, Xavier Fernández-Aguilar, Andreu Colom-Cadena, Gregorio Mentaberre, Roser Velarde, Diana Gassó, Mathieu Garel, Luca Rossi, Santiago Lavín, Emmanuel Serrano
BACKGROUND: Even though male-biased parasitism is common in mammals, little effort has been made to evaluate whether higher parasitic burden in males results in an extra biological cost, and thus a decrease in fitness. Body condition impairment and the augmentation of oxidative stress can be used as indicators of the cost of parasite infections. Here, we examined relationships between gastrointestinal and respiratory helminths, body condition and oxidative stress markers (glutathione peroxidase, paraoxonase-1) in 28 Pyrenean chamois (Rupicapra p...
April 21, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427478/morphological-and-molecular-characteristics-of-malayfilaria-sofiani-uni-mat-udin-takaoka-n-g-n-sp-nematoda-filarioidea-from-the-common-treeshrew-tupaia-glis-diard-duvaucel-mammalia-scandentia-in-peninsular-malaysia
#11
Shigehiko Uni, Ahmad Syihan Mat Udin, Takeshi Agatsuma, Weerachai Saijuntha, Kerstin Junker, Rosli Ramli, Hasmahzaiti Omar, Yvonne Ai-Lian Lim, Sinnadurai Sivanandam, Emilie Lefoulon, Coralie Martin, Daicus Martin Belabut, Saharul Kasim, Muhammad Rasul Abdullah Halim, Nur Afiqah Zainuri, Subha Bhassu, Masako Fukuda, Makoto Matsubayashi, Masashi Harada, Van Lun Low, Chee Dhang Chen, Narifumi Suganuma, Rosli Hashim, Hiroyuki Takaoka, Mohd Sofian Azirun
BACKGROUND: The filarial nematodes Wuchereria bancrofti (Cobbold, 1877), Brugia malayi (Brug, 1927) and B. timori Partono, Purnomo, Dennis, Atmosoedjono, Oemijati & Cross, 1977 cause lymphatic diseases in humans in the tropics, while B. pahangi (Buckley & Edeson, 1956) infects carnivores and causes zoonotic diseases in humans in Malaysia. Wuchereria bancrofti, W. kalimantani Palmieri, Pulnomo, Dennis & Marwoto, 1980 and six out of ten Brugia spp. have been described from Australia, Southeast Asia, Sri Lanka and India...
April 20, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427454/cryptosporidium-and-giardia-in-africa-current-and-future-challenges
#12
REVIEW
Sylvia Afriyie Squire, Una Ryan
Cryptosporidium and Giardia are important causes of diarrhoeal illness. Adequate knowledge of the molecular diversity and geographical distribution of these parasites and the environmental and climatic variables that influence their prevalence is important for effective control of infection in at-risk populations, yet relatively little is known about the epidemiology of these parasites in Africa. Cryptosporidium is associated with moderate to severe diarrhoea and increased mortality in African countries and both parasites negatively affect child growth and development...
April 20, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427451/household-level-spatio-temporal-analysis-of-plasmodium-falciparum-and-plasmodium-vivax-malaria-in-ethiopia
#13
Dinberu Seyoum, Delenasaw Yewhalaw, Luc Duchateau, Patrick Brandt, Angel Rosas-Aguirre, Niko Speybroeck
BACKGROUND: The global decline of malaria burden and goals for elimination has led to an increased interest in the fine-scale epidemiology of malaria. Micro-geographic heterogeneity of malaria infection could have implications for designing targeted small-area interventions. METHODS: Two-year longitudinal cohort study data were used to explore the spatial and spatio-temporal distribution of malaria episodes in 2040 children aged < 10 years in 16 villages near the Gilgel-Gibe hydropower dam in Southwest Ethiopia...
April 20, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427447/benchmarking-insecticide-resistance-intensity-bioassays-for-anopheles-malaria-vector-species-against-resistance-phenotypes-of-known-epidemiological-significance
#14
Nelius Venter, Shȕné V Oliver, Mbanga Muleba, Craig Davies, Richard H Hunt, Lizette L Koekemoer, Maureen Coetzee, Basil D Brooke
BACKGROUND: Insecticide use via indoor residual spraying (IRS) or treated nets is the primary method for controlling malaria vector populations. The incidence of insecticide resistance in vector populations is burgeoning globally making resistance management key to the design of effective malaria control and elimination strategies. Vector populations can be assessed for insecticide resistance using a binary (susceptible or resistant) classification based on the use of the standard WHO insecticide susceptibility assay for adult anopheline mosquitoes...
April 20, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427445/parasites-pathogens-and-commensals-in-the-low-impact-non-native-amphipod-host-gammarus-roeselii
#15
Jamie Bojko, Karolina Bącela-Spychalska, Paul D Stebbing, Alison M Dunn, Michał Grabowski, Michał Rachalewski, Grant D Stentiford
BACKGROUND: Whilst vastly understudied, pathogens of non-native species (NNS) are increasingly recognised as important threats to native wildlife. This study builds upon recent recommendations for improved screening for pathogens in NNS by focusing on populations of Gammarus roeselii in Chojna, north-western Poland. At this location, and in other parts of continental Europe, G. roeselii is considered a well-established and relatively 'low-impact' invader, with little understanding about its underlying pathogen profile and even less on potential spill-over of these pathogens to native species...
April 20, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427438/canine-%C3%AE-defensin-1-cbd1-gene-as-a-possible-marker-for-leishmania-infantum-infection-in-dogs
#16
Lidiane Gomes da Silva, César Raimundo Lima Costa-Júnior, Carlos Alberto Santiago Figueiredo-Júnior, Tereza Cristina Leal-Balbino, Sergio Crovella, Domenico Otranto, Valdir de Queiroz Balbino, Filipe Dantas-Torres
BACKGROUND: Canine leishmaniasis caused by Leishmania infantum is a parasitic disease of great veterinary significance. Some dogs infected by L. infantum may mount a strong cellular immune response and clear the infection, while others may respond with exaggerated antibody production against the parasite and develop an overt disease, which may be fatal, if left untreated. The initial factors triggering the polarization of the immune response towards a predominantly T-helper 1 or T-helper 2 cytokines, as well as the markers of resistance and susceptibility to L...
April 20, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427437/efficacy-and-user-acceptability-of-transfluthrin-treated-sisal-and-hessian-decorations-for-protecting-against-mosquito-bites-in-outdoor-bars
#17
John P Masalu, Marceline Finda, Fredros O Okumu, Elihaika G Minja, Arnold S Mmbando, Maggy T Sikulu-Lord, Sheila B Ogoma
BACKGROUND: A number of mosquito vectors bite and rest outdoors, which contributes to sustained residual malaria transmission in endemic areas. Spatial repellents are thought to create a protective "bubble" within which mosquito bites are reduced and may be ideal for outdoor use. This study builds on previous studies that proved efficacy of transfluthrin-treated hessian strips against outdoor biting mosquitoes. The goal of this study was to modify strips into practical, attractive and acceptable transfluthrin treated sisal and hessian emanators that confer protection against potential infectious bites before people use bed nets especially in the early evening and outdoors...
April 20, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424091/investigations-into-the-association-between-soil-transmitted-helminth-infections-haemoglobin-and-child-development-indices-in-manufahi-district-timor-leste
#18
Suzy J Campbell, Susana V Nery, Catherine A D'Este, Darren J Gray, James S McCarthy, Rebecca J Traub, Ross M Andrews, Stacey Llewellyn, Andrew J Vallely, Gail M Williams, Archie C A Clements
BACKGROUND: Timor-Leste has a high prevalence of soil-transmitted helminth (STH) infections. High proportions of the population have been reported as being anaemic, and extremely high proportions of children as stunted or wasted. There have been no published analyses of the contributions of STH to these morbidity outcomes in Timor-Leste. METHODS: Using baseline cross-sectional data from 24 communities (18 communities enrolled in a cluster randomised controlled trial, and identically-collected data from six additional communities), analyses of the association between STH infections and community haemoglobin and child development indices were undertaken...
April 19, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420420/distribution-of-ticks-infesting-ruminants-and-risk-factors-associated-with-high-tick-prevalence-in-livestock-farms-in-the-semi-arid-and-arid-agro-ecological-zones-of-pakistan
#19
Abdul Rehman, Ard M Nijhof, Carola Sauter-Louis, Birgit Schauer, Christoph Staubach, Franz J Conraths
BACKGROUND: Tick infestation is the major problem for animal health that causes substantial economic losses, particularly in tropical and subtropical countries. To better understand the spatial distribution of tick species and risk factors associated with tick prevalence in livestock in Pakistan, ticks were counted and collected from 471 animals, including 179 cattle, 194 buffaloes, 80 goats and 18 sheep, on 108 livestock farms in nine districts, covering both semi-arid and arid agro-ecological zones...
April 19, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420411/characterization-of-a-novel-aspartyl-protease-inhibitor-from-haemonchus-contortus
#20
Baojie Li, Javaid Ali Gadahi, Wenxiang Gao, Zhenchao Zhang, Muhammad Ehsan, Lixin Xu, Xiaokai Song, Xiangrui Li, Ruofeng Yan
BACKGROUND: Aspartyl protease inhibitor (API) was thought to protect intestinal parasitic nematodes from their hostile proteolytic environment. Studies on Ostertagia ostertagi, Ascaris suum and Brugia malayi indicated that aspins might play roles in nematode infection. In a recent study, proteins differentially expressed between free-living third-stage larvae (L3) and activated L3 (xL3) of Haemonchus contortus were identified by 2D-DIGE. API was found downregulated in xL3 when compared with L3...
April 19, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
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