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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351762/inclusion-of-edaphic-predictors-for-enhancement-of-models-to-determine-distribution-of-soil-transmitted-helminths-the-case-of-zimbabwe
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Nicholas Midzi, Blessing Kavhu, Portia Manangazira, Isaac Phiri, Susan L Mutambu, Cremants Tshuma, Moses J Chimbari, Shungu Munyati, Stanely M Midzi, Lincon Charimari, Anatoria Ncube, Masceline J Mutsaka-Makuvaza, White Soko, Emmanuel Madzima, Gibson Hlerema, Joel Mbedzi, Gibson Mhlanga, Mhosisi Masocha
BACKGROUND: Reliable mapping of soil-transmitted helminth (STH) parasites requires rigorous statistical and machine learning algorithms capable of integrating the combined influence of several determinants to predict distributions. This study tested whether combining edaphic predictors with relevant environmental predictors improves model performance when predicting the distribution of STH, Ascaris lumbricoides and hookworms at a national scale in Zimbabwe. METHODS: Geo-referenced parasitological data obtained from a 2010/2011 national survey indicating a confirmed presence or absence of STH among school children aged 10-15 years was used to calibrate ten species distribution models (SDMs)...
January 19, 2018: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29347990/establishment-of-an-in-vitro-chicken-epithelial-cell-line-model-to-investigate-eimeria-tenella-gamete-development
#2
Françoise I Bussière, Alisson Niepceron, Alix Sausset, Evelyne Esnault, Anne Silvestre, Robert A Walker, Nicholas C Smith, Pascale Quéré, Fabrice Laurent
BACKGROUND: Eimeria tenella infection leads to acute intestinal disorders responsible for important economic losses in poultry farming worldwide. The life-cycle of E. tenella is monoxenous with the chicken as the exclusive host; infection occurs in caecal epithelial cells. However, in vitro, the complete life-cycle of the parasite has only been propagated successfully in primary chicken kidney cells, which comprise undefined mixed cell populations; no cell line model has been able to consistently support the development of the sexual stages of the parasite...
January 18, 2018: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29347971/detection-and-dissemination-of-toxoplasma-gondii-in-experimentally-infected-calves-a-single-test-does-not-tell-the-whole-story
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Alison Burrells, Alessandra Taroda, Marieke Opsteegh, Gereon Schares, Julio Benavides, Cecile Dam-Deisz, Paul M Bartley, Francesca Chianini, Isabella Villena, Joke van der Giessen, Elisabeth A Innes, Frank Katzer
BACKGROUND: Although the detection of Toxoplasma gondii in bovine tissues is rare, beef might be an important source of human infection. The use of molecular techniques, such as magnetic capture qPCR (MC-qPCR), in combination with the gold standard method for isolating the parasite (mouse bioassay), may increase the sensitivity of T. gondii detection in infected cattle. The risk of transmission of the parasite to humans from undercooked/raw beef is not fully known and further knowledge about the predilection sites of T...
January 18, 2018: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29347959/influence-of-schistosoma-japonicum-programmed-cell-death-protein-10-on-the-growth-and-development-of-schistosomula
#4
Yan Ru Gao, Wen Ling Huang, Chun Lian Tang, Rong Liu, Qin Ping Zhao, Zhen Ping Ming, Hui Fen Dong
BACKGROUND: Schistosomiasis caused by Schistosoma japonicum is among the most serious endemic zoonoses in China. To study interactions between schistosomula, the pre-adult juvenile stage, and hosts, it is important to study the functions of key genes involved in schistosomula growth and development. Programmed cell death protein 10 (pcdp10) is an important apoptosis-related gene with various biological functions. This study described the molecular characterization of S. japonicum PCDP10 (SjPCDP10) and evaluated its functions in schistosomula...
January 18, 2018: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29347957/high-parasite-burden-increases-the-surfacing-and-mortality-of-the-manila-clam-ruditapes-philippinarum-in-intertidal-sandy-mudflats-on-the-west-coast-of-korea-during-hot-summer
#5
Ki-Woong Nam, Hee-Do Jeung, Jae-Hee Song, Kwan-Ha Park, Kwang-Sik Choi, Kyung-Il Park
BACKGROUND: Over the past few decades, mass mortality events of Manila clams have been reported from several tidal flats on the west coast of Korea during hot summers. During such mortality events, once clams simultaneously surface, they fail to re-burrow, perishing within a week. The present study aimed to identify the possible causes of the mass mortality of this clam species by investigating the Perkinsus olseni parasite burden and immune parameters of surfaced clams (SC) and normal buried clams (NBCs) when sea water or sediment temperature in the study area varied from 25 °C to 34 °C from late July through mid-August 2015...
January 18, 2018: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29347954/a-reverse-vaccinology-approach-to-the-identification-and-characterization-of-ctenocephalides-felis-candidate-protective-antigens-for-the-control-of-cat-flea-infestations
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Marinela Contreras, Margarita Villar, Sara Artigas-Jerónimo, Lidiia Kornieieva, Sergіі Mуtrofanov, José de la Fuente
BACKGROUND: Despite the abundance of the domestic cat flea, Ctenocephalides felis (Bouché, 1835) and disease risks associated with them, flea control is difficult and requires the development of new control interventions such as vaccines. In this study, a reverse vaccinology approach was designed to achieve a rational selection of cat flea candidate protective antigens. METHODS: Based on transcriptomics and proteomics data from unfed adult fleas it was possible to select more specific candidate protective antigens based on highly represented and functionally relevant proteins present in the predicted exoproteome...
January 18, 2018: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343304/increasing-incidence-of-dirofilaria-immitis-in-dogs-in-usa-with-focus-on-the-southeast-region-2013-2016
#7
Jason Drake, Scott Wiseman
BACKGROUND: A recent American Heartworm Society (AHS) survey on the incidence of adult heartworm infections in dogs in the United States of America showed a 21.7% increase in the average cases per veterinary clinic from 2013 to 2016. The analysis reported here was performed to see if heartworm testing results available via the Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC) aligned with the AHS survey and whether changes in heartworm preventive dispensing accounts for the increased incidence...
January 17, 2018: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343277/first-molecular-detection-and-genetic-characterization-of-coxiella-burnetii-in-zambian-dogs-and-rodents
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LETTER
Simbarashe Chitanga, Edgar Simulundu, Martin C Simuunza, Katendi Changula, Yongjin Qiu, Masahiro Kajihara, Ryo Nakao, Michelo Syakalima, Ayato Takada, Aaron S Mweene, Samson Mukaratirwa, Bernard M Hang'ombe
Coxiella burnetii, the causative agent of Q fever, is a zoonotic pathogen associated with sylvatic or domestic transmission cycles, with rodents being suspected to link the two transmission cycles. Infection and subsequent disease in humans has historically been associated with contact with infected livestock, especially sheep. However, recently there have been reports of Q fever outbreaks associated with contact with infected rodents and dogs. Studies exploring the potential role of these animal hosts in the epidemiology of Q fever in many developing countries in Africa are very limited...
January 17, 2018: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343275/early-babesia-canis-transmission-in-dogs-within-24%C3%A2-h-and-8%C3%A2-h-of-infestation-with-infected-pre-activated-male-dermacentor-reticulatus-ticks
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Marie Varloud, Julian Liebenberg, Josephus Fourie
BACKGROUND: This study was designed to assess the ability of fed male Dermacentor reticulatus ticks to transmit Babesia canis to dogs after being detached from previous canine or ovine hosts. METHODS: The study was an exploratory, parallel group design conducted in two trials. All the animals were sero-negative for babesiosis prior to enrolment. In a first trial, donor dogs and donor sheep were infested with Babesia canis infected male and uninfected female ticks for 72 h...
January 17, 2018: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29335015/cryptic-diversity-in-an-atlantic-forest-malaria-vector-from-the-mountains-of-south-east-brazil
#10
Guilherme de Rezende Dias, Thais Tenorio Soares Fujii, Bernardo Fernandes Fogel, Ricardo Lourenço-de-Oliveira, Teresa Fernandes Silva-do-Nascimento, André Nóbrega Pitaluga, Carlos José Carvalho-Pinto, Antonio Bernardo Carvalho, Alexandre Afrânio Peixoto, Luísa Damazio Pitaluga Rona
BACKGROUND: Anopheles (Kerteszia) cruzii is the primary vector of human and simian malarias in Brazilian regions covered by the Atlantic Rainforest. Previous studies found that An. cruzii presents high levels of behavioural, chromosomal and molecular polymorphisms, which led to the hypothesis that it may be a complex of cryptic species. Here, An. cruzii specimens were collected in five sites in South-East Brazil located at different altitudes on the inner and coastal slopes of two mountain ranges covered by Atlantic Rainforest, known as Serra do Mar and Serra da Mantiqueria...
January 15, 2018: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29335002/leishmania-mortality-in-sand-fly-blood-meal-is-not-species-specific-and-does-not-result-from-direct-effect-of-proteinases
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Katerina Pruzinova, Jovana Sadlova, Jitka Myskova, Tereza Lestinova, Jozef Janda, Petr Volf
BACKGROUND: Leishmania development in sand flies is confined to the alimentary tract and is closely connected with blood meal digestion. Previously, it has been published that activities of sand fly midgut proteases are harmful to Leishmania, especially to amastigote-promastigote transition forms. However, our experiments with various Leishmania-sand fly pairs gave quite opposite results. METHODS: We evaluated the effect of semi-digested midgut content on different life stages of Leishmania donovani and Leishmania major in vitro...
January 15, 2018: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29335000/molecular-characterization-of-babesia-microti-thioredoxin-bmtrx2-and-its-expression-patterns-induced-by-antiprotozoal-drugs
#12
Jingwei Huang, Kang Xiong, Houshuang Zhang, Yanzhen Zhao, Jie Cao, Haiyan Gong, Yongzhi Zhou, Jinlin Zhou
BACKGROUND: Human babesiosis is an infectious disease that is epidemic in various regions all over the world. The predominant causative pathogen of this disease is the intra-erythrocytic parasite Babesia microti. The thioredoxin system is one of the major weapons that is used in the resistance to the reactive oxygen species (ROS) and reactive nitrogen species (RNS) produced by host immune system. In other intra-erythrocytic apicomplexans like the malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum, anti-oxidative proteins are promising targets for the development of anti-parasitic drugs...
January 15, 2018: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334990/performance-evaluation-of-existing-immunoassays-for-clonorchis-sinensis-infection-in-china
#13
Hong-Mei Li, Men-Bao Qian, Yi-Chao Yang, Zhi-Hua Jiang, Kang Wei, Jia-Xu Chen, Jun-Hu Chen, Ying-Dan Chen, Xiao-Nong Zhou
BACKGROUND: Clonorchiasis ranks among the most important food-borne parasitic diseases in China. However, due to low compliance to traditional fecal examination techniques in the general population and medical personnel, immunodiagnosis is expected. This study evaluated, in parallel, the performance of four immunodiagnostic kits detecting clonorchiasis in China. RESULTS: A bank with 475 sera was established in this study. Except for the low performance of the kit detecting IgM, the other three kits detecting IgG showed sensitivities ranging from 81...
January 15, 2018: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334982/genome-wide-identification-characterization-and-classification-of-ionotropic-glutamate-receptor-genes-iglurs-in-the-malaria-vector-anopheles-sinensis-diptera-culicidae
#14
Ting-Ting Wang, Feng-Ling Si, Zheng-Bo He, Bin Chen
BACKGROUND: Ionotropic glutamate receptors (iGluRs) are conserved ligand-gated ion channel receptors, and ionotropic receptors (IRs) were revealed as a new family of iGluRs. Their subdivision was unsettled, and their characteristics are little known. Anopheles sinensis is a major malaria vector in eastern Asia, and its genome was recently well sequenced and annotated. METHODS: We identified iGluR genes in the An. sinensis genome, analyzed their characteristics including gene structure, genome distribution, domains and specific sites by bioinformatic methods, and deduced phylogenetic relationships of all iGluRs in An...
January 15, 2018: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329561/strongyloides-stercoralis-and-hookworm-co-infection-spatial-distribution-and-determinants-in-preah-vihear-province-cambodia
#15
Armelle Forrer, Virak Khieu, Fabian Schär, Penelope Vounatsou, Frédérique Chammartin, Hanspeter Marti, Sinuon Muth, Peter Odermatt
BACKGROUND: Strongyloides stercoralis and hookworm are two soil-transmitted helminths (STH) that are highly prevalent in Cambodia. Strongyloides stercoralis causes long-lasting infections and significant morbidity but is largely neglected, while hookworm causes the highest public health burden among STH. The two parasites have the same infection route, i.e. skin penetration. The extent of co-distribution, which could result in potential high co-morbidities, is unknown in highly endemic settings like Cambodia...
January 12, 2018: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321072/tissue-specific-transcriptomes-of-anisakis-simplex-sensu-stricto-and-anisakis-pegreffii-reveal-potential-molecular-mechanisms-involved-in-pathogenicity
#16
Serena Cavallero, Fabrizio Lombardo, Xiaopei Su, Marco Salvemini, Cinzia Cantacessi, Stefano D'Amelio
BACKGROUND: Larval stages of the sibling species of parasitic nematodes Anisakis simplex (sensu stricto) (s.s.) (AS) and Anisakis pegreffii (AP) are responsible for a fish-borne zoonosis, known as anisakiasis, that humans aquire via the ingestion of raw or undercooked infected fish or fish-based products. These two species differ in geographical distribution, genetic background and peculiar traits involved in pathogenicity. However, thus far little is known of key molecules potentially involved in host-parasite interactions...
January 10, 2018: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321052/asgdb-a-specialised-genomic-resource-for-interpreting-anopheles-sinensis-insecticide%C3%A2-resistance
#17
Dan Zhou, Yang Xu, Cheng Zhang, Meng-Xue Hu, Yun Huang, Yan Sun, Lei Ma, Bo Shen, Chang-Liang Zhu
BACKGROUND: Anopheles sinensis is an important malaria vector in Southeast Asia. The widespread emergence of insecticide resistance in this mosquito species poses a serious threat to the efficacy of malaria control measures, particularly in China. Recently, the whole-genome sequencing and de novo assembly of An. sinensis (China strain) has been finished. A series of insecticide-resistant studies in An. sinensis have also been reported. There is a growing need to integrate these valuable data to provide a comprehensive database for further studies on insecticide-resistant management of An...
January 10, 2018: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29316983/urogenital-schistosomiasis-in-cabo-delgado-northern-mozambique-baseline-findings-from-the-score-study
#18
Anna E Phillips, Pedro H Gazzinelli-Guimarães, Herminio O Aurelio, Neerav Dhanani, Josefo Ferro, Rassul Nala, Arminder Deol, Alan Fenwick
BACKGROUND: The results presented here are part of a five-year cluster-randomised intervention trial that was implemented to understand how best to gain and sustain control of schistosomiasis through different preventive chemotherapy strategies. This paper presents baseline data that were collected in ten districts of Cabo Delgado province, northern Mozambique, before treatment. METHODS: A cross-sectional study of 19,039 individuals was sampled from 144 villages from May to September 2011...
January 10, 2018: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29316967/ecological-distribution-and-population-dynamics-of-rift-valley-fever-virus-mosquito-vectors-diptera-culicidae-in-senegal
#19
Biram Biteye, Assane G Fall, Mamadou Ciss, Momar T Seck, Andrea Apolloni, Moussa Fall, Annelise Tran, Geoffrey Gimonneau
BACKGROUND: Many zoonotic infectious diseases have emerged and re-emerged over the last two decades. There has been a significant increase in vector-borne diseases due to climate variations that lead to environmental changes favoring the development and adaptation of vectors. This study was carried out to improve knowledge of the ecology of mosquito vectors involved in the transmission of Rift Valley fever virus (RVFV) in Senegal. METHODS: An entomological survey was conducted in three Senegalese agro-systems, Senegal River Delta (SRD), Senegal River Valley (SRV) and Ferlo, during the rainy season (July to November) of 2014 and 2015...
January 9, 2018: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29316963/mosquito-borne-arboviruses-of-african-origin-review-of-key-viruses-and-vectors
#20
REVIEW
Leo Braack, A Paulo Gouveia de Almeida, Anthony J Cornel, Robert Swanepoel, Christiaan de Jager
Key aspects of 36 mosquito-borne arboviruses indigenous to Africa are summarized, including lesser or poorly-known viruses which, like Zika, may have the potential to escape current sylvatic cycling to achieve greater geographical distribution and medical importance. Major vectors are indicated as well as reservoir hosts, where known. A series of current and future risk factors is addressed. It is apparent that Africa has been the source of most of the major mosquito-borne viruses of medical importance that currently constitute serious global public health threats, but that there are several other viruses with potential for international challenge...
January 9, 2018: Parasites & Vectors
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