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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912797/helminth-infections-and-gut-microbiota-a-feline-perspective
#1
Ana M Duarte, Timothy P Jenkins, Maria S Latrofa, Alessio Giannelli, Elias Papadopoulos, Luís Madeira de Carvalho, Matthew J Nolan, Domenico Otranto, Cinzia Cantacessi
BACKGROUND: Investigations of the relationships between the gut microbiota and gastrointestinal parasitic nematodes are attracting growing interest by the scientific community, driven by the need to better understand the contribution of parasite-associated changes in the composition of the gut flora to both host malnutrition and immune modulation. These studies have however been carried out mainly in humans and experimental animals, while knowledge of the make-up of the gut commensal flora in presence or absence of infection by parasitic nematodes in domestic animals is limited...
December 3, 2016: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912789/dynamics-of-antigenemia-and-transmission-intensity-of-wuchereria-bancrofti-following-cessation-of-mass-drug-administration-in-a-formerly-highly-endemic-region-of-mali
#2
Yaya I Coulibaly, Siaka Y Coulibaly, Housseini Dolo, Siaka Konate, Abdallah A Diallo, Salif S Doumbia, Lamine Soumaoro, Michel E Coulibaly, Ilo Dicko, Moussa B Sangare, Benoit Dembele, Modibo Sangare, Massitan Dembele, Yeya T Touré, Louise Kelly-Hope, Katja Polman, Dominique Kyelem, Sekou F Traore, Moses Bockarie, Amy D Klion, Thomas B Nutman
BACKGROUND: After seven annual rounds of mass drug administration (MDA) in six Malian villages highly endemic for Wuchereria bancrofti (overall prevalence rate of 42.7%), treatment was discontinued in 2008. Surveillance was performed over the ensuing 5 years to detect recrudescence. METHODS: Circulating filarial antigen (CFA) was measured using immunochromatographic card tests (ICT) and Og4C3 ELISA in 6-7 year-olds. Antibody to the W. bancrofti infective larval stage (L3) antigen, Wb123, was tested in the same population in 2012...
December 3, 2016: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912787/a-comparative-laboratory-trial-evaluating-the-immediate-efficacy-of-fluralaner-afoxolaner-sarolaner-and-imidacloprid%C3%A2-%C3%A2-permethrin-against-adult-rhipicephalus-sanguineus-sensu-lato-ticks-attached-to-dogs
#3
Federica Burgio, Leon Meyer, Rob Armstrong
BACKGROUND: Acaricides are used to treat and prevent tick infestations, and a common clinical scenario is to administer an acaricide on observing an attached tick. Consequently, immediate acaricidal efficacy (onset of activity and speed of kill) results are clinically valuable. This study evaluated the immediate efficacy of four commercially available acaricides against adult Rhipicephalus sanguineus (sensu lato). METHODS: Forty dogs were blocked on hair length and tick carrying capacity, then randomly assigned to receive one of four treatments (fluralaner, sarolaner, imidacloprid + permethrin, or afoxolaner) or left untreated as controls...
December 3, 2016: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912786/circulation-of-dirofilaria-repens-and-dirofilaria-immitis-in-moldova
#4
Tatiana Șuleșco, Heidrun von Thien, Lidia Toderaș, Ion Toderaș, Renke Lühken, Egbert Tannich
BACKGROUND: Over the last two decades, a significant spread of dirofilariasis has been observed in eastern and central Europe. However, data on the circulation of Dirofilaria spp. in Moldova were absent although direct neighbor states reported high incidence rates of human dirofilariasis. METHODS: Daily mean temperature data were used to calculate Dirofilaria spp. development units, which were used to estimate the potential for complete extrinsic development in the mosquitoes (= sum of potential Dirofilaria spp...
December 3, 2016: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906100/an-isothermal-dna-amplification-method-for-detection-of-onchocerca-volvulus-infection-in-skin-biopsies
#5
Ole Lagatie, Michelle Merino, Linda Batsa Debrah, Alexander Y Debrah, Lieven J Stuyver
BACKGROUND: Diagnostic procedures for the diagnosis of infection with the nematode parasite Onchocerca volvulus are currently based on the microscopic detection of microfilariae in skin biopsies. Alternative approaches based on amplification of parasitic DNA in these skin biopsies are currently being explored. Mostly this is based on the detection of the O-150 repeat sequence using PCR based techniques. METHODS: An isothermal, loop-mediated amplification method has been designed using the mitochondrial O...
December 1, 2016: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906074/size-sounds-and-sex-interactions-between-body-size-and-harmonic-convergence-signals-determine-mating-success-in-aedes-aegypti
#6
Lauren J Cator, Zacharo Zanti
BACKGROUND: Several new mosquito control strategies will involve the release of laboratory reared males which will be required to compete with wild males for mates. Currently, the determinants of male mating success remain unclear. The presence of convergence between male and female harmonic flight tone frequencies during a mating attempt have been found to increase male mating success in the yellow fever mosquito, Aedes aegypti. Size has also been implicated as a factor in male mating success...
December 1, 2016: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906059/a-mitochondrial-hsp70-hspa9b-is-linked-to-miltefosine-resistance-and-stress-response-in-leishmania-donovani
#7
P Vacchina, B Norris-Mullins, E S Carlson, M A Morales
BACKGROUND: Protozoan parasites of the genus Leishmania are responsible for leishmaniasis, a neglected tropical disease affecting millions worldwide. Visceral leishmaniasis (VL), caused by Leishmania donovani, is the most severe form of leishmaniasis with high rates of mortality if left untreated. Current treatments include pentavalent antimonials and amphotericin B. However, high toxicity and emergence of resistance hinder the success of these options. Miltefosine (HePC) is the first oral treatment available for leishmaniasis...
December 1, 2016: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906040/identity-of-fasciola-spp-in-sheep-in-egypt
#8
Said Amer, Ahmed ElKhatam, Shereif Zidan, Yaoyu Feng, Lihua Xiao
BACKGROUND: In Egypt, liver flukes, Fasciola spp. (Digenea: Fasciolidae), have a serious impact on the farming industry and public health. Both Fasciola hepatica and Fasciola gigantica are known to occur in cattle, providing the opportunity for genetic recombination. Little is known on the identity and genetic variability of Fasciola populations in sheep. METHODS: This study was performed to determine the prevalence of liver flukes in sheep in Menofia Province as a representative area of the delta region in Egypt, as measured by postmortem examination of slaughtered animals at three abattoirs...
December 1, 2016: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903301/high-prevalence-of-strongyloides-stercoralis-in-school-aged-children-in-a-rural-highland-of-north-western-ethiopia-the-role-of-intensive-diagnostic-work-up
#9
Aranzazu Amor, Esperanza Rodriguez, José M Saugar, Ana Arroyo, Beatriz López-Quintana, Bayeh Abera, Mulat Yimer, Endalew Yizengaw, Derejew Zewdie, Zimman Ayehubizu, Tadesse Hailu, Wondemagegn Mulu, Adriana Echazú, Alejandro J Krolewieki, Pilar Aparicio, Zaida Herrador, Melaku Anegagrie, Agustín Benito
BACKGROUND: Soil-transmitted helminthiases (hookworms, Ascaris lumbricoides and Trichuris trichiura) are extremely prevalent in school-aged children living in poor sanitary conditions. Recent epidemiological data suggest that Strongyloides stercoralis is highly unreported. However, accurate data are essential for conducting interventions aimed at introducing control and elimination programmes. METHODS: We conducted a cross-sectional survey of 396 randomly selected school-aged children in Amhara region in rural area in north-western Ethiopia, to assess the prevalence of S...
December 1, 2016: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903290/assessing-the-burden-of-intestinal-parasites-affecting-newly-arrived-immigrants-in-qatar
#10
Marawan A Abu-Madi, Jerzy M Behnke, Ahmed Ismail, Sonia Boughattas
BACKGROUND: In the last decades, the enormous influx of immigrants to industrialized countries has led to outbreaks of parasitic diseases, with enteric infections being amongst the most frequently encountered. In its strategy to control such infection, Qatar has established the Pre-Employment Certificate (PEC) program which requires medical inspection before arrival in Qatar and which is mandatory for immigrant workers travelling to the country. To assess the reliability of the PEC, we conducted a survey of intestinal parasites, based on examination of stool samples provided by immigrant workers (n = 2,486) recently arrived in Qatar...
December 1, 2016: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903288/untangling-the-transmission-dynamics-of-primary-and-secondary-vectors-of-trypanosoma-cruzi-in-colombia-parasite-infection-feeding-sources-and-discrete-typing-units
#11
Carolina Hernández, Camilo Salazar, Helena Brochero, Aníbal Teherán, Luz Stella Buitrago, Mauricio Vera, Hugo Soto, Zulibeth Florez-Rivadeneira, Sussane Ardila, Gabriel Parra-Henao, Juan David Ramírez
BACKGROUND: Trypanosoma cruzi is the causative agent of Chagas disease. Due to its genetic diversity has been classified into six Discrete Typing Units (DTUs) in association with transmission cycles. In Colombia, natural T. cruzi infection has been detected in 15 triatomine species. There is scarce information regarding the infection rates, DTUs and feeding preferences of secondary vectors. Therefore, the aim of this study was to determine T. cruzi infection rates, parasite DTU, ecotopes, insect stages, geographical location and bug feeding preferences across six different triatomine species...
December 1, 2016: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903284/gp50-as-a-promising-early-diagnostic-antigen-for-taenia-multiceps-infection-in-goats-by-indirect-elisa
#12
Xing Huang, Jing Xu, Yu Wang, Cheng Guo, Lin Chen, Xiaobin Gu, Weimin Lai, Xuerong Peng, Guangyou Yang
BACKGROUND: Coenurosis is caused by coenurus, the metacestode of Taenia multiceps, which mainly parasitizes the brain and spinal cord of cattle, sheep and goats. To date, no widely-approved methods are available to identify early coenurus infection. METHODS: In this study, we identified a full-length cDNA that encodes GP50 (TmGP50) from the transcriptome of T. multiceps, and then cloned and expressed in E. coli. The native proteins in adult stage and coenurus were located via immunofluorescence assays, while the potential of recombinant TmGP50 protein (rTmGP50) for indirect ELISA-based serodiagnostics was assessed using native goat sera...
December 1, 2016: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899156/echinococcus-multilocularis-in-foxes-and-raccoon-dogs-an-increasing-concern-for-baltic-countries
#13
Guna Bagrade, Gunita Deksne, Zanda Ozoliņa, Samantha Jane Howlett, Maria Interisano, Adriano Casulli, Edoardo Pozio
BACKGROUND: In Europe, the life-cycle of Echinococcus multilocularis is predominantly sylvatic, involving red foxes (Vulpes vulpes) as the main definitive hosts and rodents such as muskrats and arvicolids as intermediate hosts. The parasite is the etiological agent of human alveolar echinococcosis, a malignant zoonotic disease caused by the accidental ingestion of eggs shed by definitive hosts in their faeces. The aims of this study were to investigate the prevalence of E. multilocularis in red foxes and raccoon dogs (Nyctereutes procyonoides) and to study the environmental factors favouring the perpetuation of the parasite in Latvia...
November 29, 2016: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899155/comparative-sequence-analysis-of-cyclospora-cayetanensis-apicoplast-genomes-originating-from-diverse-geographical-regions
#14
Hediye Nese Cinar, Yvonne Qvarnstrom, Yuping Wei-Pridgeon, Wen Li, Fernanda S Nascimento, Michael J Arrowood, Helen R Murphy, AhYoung Jang, Eunje Kim, RaeYoung Kim, Alexandre da Silva, Gopal R Gopinath
BACKGROUND: Cyclospora cayetanensis is an emerging coccidian parasite that causes endemic and epidemic diarrheal disease called cyclosporiasis, and this infection is associated with consumption of contaminated produce or water in developed and developing regions. Food-borne outbreaks of cyclosporiasis have occurred almost every year in the USA since the 1990s. Investigations of these outbreaks are currently hampered due to lack of molecular epidemiological tools for trace back analysis...
November 29, 2016: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899136/exposure-of-the-mosquito-vector-culex-pipiens-to-the-malaria-parasite-plasmodium-relictum-effect-of-infected-blood-intake-on-immune-and-antioxidant-defences-fecundity-and-survival
#15
Jessica Delhaye, Consolée Aletti, Olivier Glaizot, Philippe Christe
BACKGROUND: The intake of a Plasmodium-infected blood meal may affect mosquito physiology and a series of trade-offs may occur, in particular between immune defences, reproduction and self-maintenance. We evaluated the cost of exposure to Plasmodium in the mosquito vector by investigating the effect of exposure on fecundity and survival and the implication of immune and antioxidant defences in mediating this cost. METHODS: We used the natural Culex pipiens-Plasmodium relictum association...
November 29, 2016: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899135/analysis-of-pvama1-genes-from-china-myanmar-border-reveals-little-regional-genetic-differentiation-of-plasmodium-vivax-populations
#16
Xiaotong Zhu, Pan Zhao, Si Wang, Fei Liu, Jun Liu, Jian Wang, Zhaoqing Yang, Guiyun Yan, Qi Fan, Yaming Cao, Liwang Cui
BACKGROUND: With the premise of diminishing parasite genetic diversity following the reduction of malaria incidence, the analysis of polymorphic antigenic markers may provide important information about the impact of malaria control on local parasite populations. Here we evaluated the genetic diversity of Plasmodium vivax apical membrane antigen 1 (Pvama1) gene in a parasite population from the China-Myanmar border and compared it with global P. vivax populations. METHODS: We performed evolutionary analysis to examine the genetic diversity, natural selection, and population differentiation of 73 Pvama1 sequences acquired from the China-Myanmar border as well as 615 publically available Pvama1 sequences from seven global P...
November 29, 2016: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899131/support-for-targeted-sampling-of-red-fox-vulpes-vulpes-feces-in-sweden-a-method-to-improve-the-probability-of-finding-echinococcus-multilocularis
#17
Andrea L Miller, Gert E Olsson, Sofia Sollenberg, Moa Skarin, Helene Wahlström, Johan Höglund
BACKGROUND: Localized concentrations of Echinococcus multilocularis eggs from feces of infected red fox (Vulpes vulpes) can create areas of higher transmission risk for rodent hosts and possibly also for humans; therefore, identification of these areas is important. However, in a low prevalence environment, such as Sweden, these areas could be easily overlooked. As part of a project investigating the role of different rodents in the epidemiology of E. multilocularis in Sweden, fox feces were collected seasonally from rodent trapping sites in two regions with known parasite status and in two regions with unknown parasite status, 2013-2015...
November 29, 2016: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899126/new-epidemiological-aspects-of-visceral-and-cutaneous-leishmaniasis-in-taza-morocco
#18
Maryam Hakkour, Asmae Hmamouch, Mohamed Mahmoud El Alem, Abdelkbir Rhalem, Fatima Amarir, Mohamed Touzani, Abderrahim Sadak, Hajiba Fellah, Faiza Sebti
BACKGROUND: Leishmaniasis is considered among the main endemic diseases in Morocco. However, further knowledge about epidemiological aspects of this disease is needed in several provinces to plan control and preventive strategies to tackle the disease. The present study aims to determine the epidemiological aspect of cutaneous and visceral leishmaniasis in Taza Province from 2007-2014 and to identify the circulating species in this province. RESULTS: The temporal study from 2007 to 2014 showed that the number of cutaneous leishmaniasis cases increased since 2010...
November 29, 2016: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894356/transmission-of-calicophoron-daubneyi-and-fasciola-hepatica-in-galicia-spain-temporal-follow-up-in-the-intermediate-and-definitive-hosts
#19
Javier Iglesias-Piñeiro, Marta González-Warleta, José Antonio Castro-Hermida, María Córdoba, Camino González-Lanza, Yolanda Manga-González, Mercedes Mezo
BACKGROUND: Paramphistomosis caused by Calicophoron daubneyi and fasciolosis caused by Fasciola hepatica are common parasitic diseases of livestock animals. Transmission of the diseases depends on the presence of intermediate hosts, i.e. freshwater gastropods such as lymnaeids. We carried out a 2-year-long study of the dynamics of the snail population acting as the intermediate host for these parasites, considering the population structure in terms of size/age and infection status. In addition, we determined the kinetics of trematode egg excretion in grazing cows...
November 29, 2016: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894354/do-mosquitoes-transmit-the-avian-malaria-like-parasite-haemoproteus-an-experimental-test-of-vector-competence-using-mosquito-saliva
#20
Rafael Gutiérrez-López, Josué Martínez-de la Puente, Laura Gangoso, Jiayue Yan, Ramón C Soriguer, Jordi Figuerola
BACKGROUND: The life-cycle of many vector-borne pathogens includes an asexual replication phase in the vertebrate host and sexual reproduction in the insect vector. However, as only a small array of parasites can successfully develop infective phases inside an insect, few insect species are competent vectors for these pathogens. Molecular approaches have identified the potential insect vectors of blood parasites under natural conditions. However, the effectiveness of this methodology for verifying mosquito competence in the transmission of avian malaria parasites and related haemosporidians is still under debate...
November 28, 2016: Parasites & Vectors
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