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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792229/characterization-of-medle-1-a-protein-in-early-development-of-cryptosporidium-parvum
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Jilan Fei, Haizhen Wu, Jiayuan Su, Chanchan Jin, Na Li, Yaqiong Guo, Yaoyu Feng, Lihua Xiao
BACKGROUND: Cryptosporidium spp. are important diarrhea-causing pathogens in humans and animals. Comparative genomic analysis indicated that Cryptosporidium-specific MEDLE family proteins may contribute to host adaptation of Cryptosporidium spp., and a recent study of one member of this family, CpMEDLE-2 encoded by cgd5_4590, has provided evidence supporting this hypothesis. In this study, another member of the protein family, CpMEDLE-1 of Cryptosporidium parvum encoded by cgd5_4580, which is distinct from CpMEDLE-2 and has no signature motif MEDLE, was cloned, expressed and characterized to understand its function...
May 23, 2018: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792228/field-evaluation-of-an-immunochromatographic-test-for-diagnosis-of-cystic-and-alveolar-echinococcosis
#2
Chun-Hua Gao, Jun-Yun Wang, Feng Shi, Dietmar Steverding, Xia Wang, Yue-Tao Yang, Xiao-Nong Zhou
BACKGROUND: The larval stages of the tapeworms Echinocoocus granulosus and Echinococcus multilocularis are the causative agents of human cystic echinococcosis (CE) and human alveolar echinococcosis (AE), respectively. Both CE and AE are chronic diseases characterised by long asymptomatic periods of many years. However, early diagnosis of the disease is important if treatment and management of echinococcosis patients are to be successful. METHODS: A previously developed rapid diagnostic test (RDT) for the differential detection of CE and AE was evaluated under field conditions with finger prick blood samples taken from 1502 people living in the Ganzi Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, China, a region with a high prevalence for both forms of human echinococcosis...
May 23, 2018: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792223/culex-flavivirus-infection-in-a-culex-pipiens-mosquito-colony-and-its-effects-on-vector-competence-for-rift-valley-fever-phlebovirus
#3
Sandra Talavera, Lotty Birnberg, Ana I Nuñez, Francesc Muñoz-Muñoz, Ana Vázquez, Núria Busquets
BACKGROUND: Rift Valley fever is a mosquito-borne zoonotic disease that affects domestic ruminants and humans. Culex flavivirus is an insect-specific flavivirus that naturally exists in field mosquito populations. The influence of Culex flavivirus on Rift Valley fever phlebovirus (RVFV) vector competence of Culex pipiens has not been investigated. METHODS: Culex flavivirus infection in a Cx. pipiens colony was studied by Culex flavivirus oral feeding and intrathoracical inoculation...
May 23, 2018: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29788994/tick-abundance-pathogen-prevalence-and-disease-incidence-in-two-contrasting-regions-at-the-northern-distribution-range-of-europe
#4
Atle Mysterud, Vetle Malmer Stigum, Ingrid Vikingsdal Seland, Anders Herland, W Ryan Easterday, Solveig Jore, Olav Østerås, Hildegunn Viljugrein
BACKGROUND: Emergence of tick-borne diseases is impacting humans and livestock across the Northern Hemisphere. There are, however, large regional variations in number of cases of tick-borne diseases. Some areas have surprisingly few cases of disease compared to other regions. The aim here is to provide a first step towards a better understanding of such contrasting regional patterns of disease emergences at the northern distribution range of Ixodes ricinus in Europe. METHODS: We compare disease incidence, vector abundance and pathogen prevalence in eastern and western Norway differing in the number of tick-borne disease cases...
May 22, 2018: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776384/competence-of-mosquitoes-native-to-the-united-kingdom-to-support-replication-and-transmission-of-rift-valley-fever-virus
#5
Sarah Lumley, Luis M Hernández-Triana, Daniel L Horton, Maria Del Mar Fernández de Marco, Jolyon M Medlock, Roger Hewson, Anthony R Fooks, Nicholas Johnson
BACKGROUND: Rift Valley fever phlebovirus (RVFV) is a mosquito-borne arbovirus causing severe disease in humans and livestock. It is endemic in Africa and spread to the Arabian Peninsula in 2000 raising concerns it could emerge in Europe. The ability of temperate mosquitoes from the United Kingdom (UK) to support replication and transmission of RVFV is unknown. METHODS: In this study, two colonised lines of Culex pipiens, wild-caught Aedes detritus and Ae. rusticus from the UK were infected with pathogenic strains of RVFV to assess their vector competence...
May 18, 2018: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776379/development-of-a-rapid-field-applicable-molecular-diagnostic-for-knockdown-resistance-kdr-markers-in-an-gambiae
#6
Vera T Unwin, Shaun Ainsworth, Emily J Rippon, El Hadji Amadou Niang, Mark J I Paine, David Weetman, Emily R Adams
BACKGROUND: The spread of insecticide resistance (IR) is a major threat to vector control programmes for mosquito-borne diseases. Early detection of IR using diagnostic markers could help inform these programmes, especially in remote locations where gathering reliable bioassay data is challenging. Most current molecular tests for genetic IR markers are only suitable for use in well-equipped laboratory settings. There is an unmet need for field-applicable diagnostics. METHODS: A single-cartridge test was designed to detect key IR mutations in the major African vector of malaria, Anopheles gambiae...
May 18, 2018: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776377/shifts-in-borrelia-burgdorferi-s-l-geno-species-infections-in-ixodes-ricinus-over-a-10-year-surveillance-period-in-the-city-of-hanover-germany-and-borrelia-miyamotoi-specific-reverse-line-blot-detection
#7
Katrin Blazejak, Marie-Kristin Raulf, Elisabeth Janecek, Daniela Jordan, Volker Fingerle, Christina Strube
BACKGROUND: Lyme borreliosis caused by spirochetes of the Borrelia burgdorferi (sensu lato) complex is still the most common tick-borne disease in Europe, posing a considerable threat to public health. The predominant vector in Europe is the widespread hard tick Ixodes ricinus, which also transmits the relapsing fever spirochete B. miyamotoi as well as pathogenic Rickettsiales (Anaplasma phagocytophilum, Rickettsia spp.). To assess the public health risk, a long-term monitoring of tick infection rates with the named pathogens is indispensable...
May 18, 2018: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776375/range-wide-genetic-analysis-of-dermacentor-variabilis-and-its-francisella-like-endosymbionts-demonstrates-phylogeographic-concordance-between-both-taxa
#8
Emily L Kaufman, Nathan E Stone, Glen A Scoles, Crystal M Hepp, Joseph D Busch, David M Wagner
BACKGROUND: The American dog tick, Dermacentor variabilis, is an important vector of pathogens to humans, wildlife and domestic animals in North America. Although this tick species is widely distributed in the USA and Canada, knowledge of its range-wide phylogeographic patterns remains incomplete. METHODS: We carried out a phylogenetic analysis of D. variabilis using samples collected from 26 USA states and five Canadian provinces. Tick samples (n = 1053 in total) originated from two main sources: existing archives (2000-2011), and new collections made from 2012 to 2013...
May 18, 2018: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776374/the-toxoplasma-gondii-me-49-strain-upregulates-levels-of-a20-that-inhibit-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-activation-and-promotes-apoptosis-in-human-leukaemia-t-cell-lines
#9
Qian Chen, Min-Hui Pang, Xiao-Hong Ye, Guang Yang, Chen Lin
BACKGROUND: Acute T-lymphocyte leukaemia is a form of haematological malignancy with abnormal activation of NF-κB pathway, which results in high expression of A20 and ABIN1, which constitute a negative feedback mechanism for the regulation of NF-κB activation. Clinical studies have found that acute T-lymphocyte leukaemia patients are susceptible to Toxoplasma gondii infection; however, the effect of T. gondii on the proliferation and apoptosis of human leukaemia T-cells remains unclear...
May 18, 2018: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773077/aedes-vittatus-in-spain-current-distribution-barcoding-characterization-and-potential-role-as-a-vector-of-human-diseases
#10
Alazne Díez-Fernández, Josué Martínez-de la Puente, Santiago Ruiz, Rafael Gutiérrez-López, Ramón Soriguer, Jordi Figuerola
BACKGROUND: Aedes vittatus is currently found in Africa, Asia and Europe, where it acts as a vector of pathogens causing animal and human diseases (e.g. chikungunya, Zika and dengue). Like other Aedes species, Ae. vittatus is able to breed in artificial containers. The ECDC has recently highlighted the need for molecular tools (i.e. barcoding characterization) that enable Aedes species to be identified in entomological surveys. RESULTS: We sampled mosquito larvae and adults in southern Spain and used a molecular approach to amplify and sequence a fragment of the cytochrome c oxidase subunit 1 gene (barcoding region) of the mosquitoes...
May 18, 2018: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29769105/ornamental-bromeliads-of-miami-dade-county-florida-are-important-breeding-sites-for-aedes-aegypti-diptera-culicidae
#11
André B B Wilke, Chalmers Vasquez, Paul J Mauriello, John C Beier
BACKGROUND: A major public health concern is the emergence and geographical spread of vector-borne diseases such as Zika and yellow fever. Ornamental bromeliads retaining water in their leaf axils represent potential breeding sites for mosquitoes. As the role of ornamental bromeliads in breeding Aedes aegypti in Miami-Dade County, Florida is unknown, we hypothesize that ornamental bromeliads are important breeding sites for Ae. aegypti. Our objective was to survey bromeliads in areas with high densities of adult Ae...
May 17, 2018: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29769145/phylogenetic-relationships-stage-specific-expression-and-localisation-of-a-unique-family-of-inactive-cysteine-proteases-in-sarcoptes-scabiei
#12
Deepani D Fernando, Simone L Reynolds, Martha Zakrzewski, Ehtesham Mofiz, Anthony T Papenfuss, Deborah Holt, Katja Fischer
BACKGROUND: Scabies is worldwide one of the most common, yet neglected, parasitic skin infections, affecting a wide range of mammals including humans. Limited treatment options and evidence of emerging mite resistance against the currently used drugs drive our research to explore new therapeutic candidates. Previously, we discovered a multicopy family of genes encoding cysteine proteases with their catalytic sites inactivated by mutation (SMIPP-Cs). This protein family is unique in parasitic scabies mites and is absent in related non-burrowing mites...
May 16, 2018: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29769137/laboratory-studies-on-the-oviposition-stimuli-of-culicoides-stellifer-diptera-ceratopogonidae-a-suspected-vector-of-orbiviruses-in-the-united-states
#13
Dinesh Erram, Nathan Burkett-Cadena
BACKGROUND: Biting midges of the genus Culicoides (Diptera: Ceratopogonidae) exert a significant impact on animal agriculture worldwide because they transmit bluetongue virus (BTV) and epizootic hemorrhagic disease virus (EHDV) to ruminants. Without effective vaccines, BTV/EHDV vector management strategies are needed, particularly in commercial white-tailed deer (WTD) facilities. However, detailed information on the ecology of midge immatures in/around cervid operations is currently lacking...
May 16, 2018: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29769131/echinococcus-multilocularis-and-echinococcus-shiquicus-in-a-small-mammal-community-on-the-eastern-tibetan-plateau-host-species-composition-molecular-prevalence-and-epidemiological-implications
#14
Xu Wang, Jiayu Liu, Qingqiu Zuo, Zhiqiang Mu, Xiaodong Weng, Xiaohui Sun, Junyao Wang, Belgees Boufana, Philip S Craig, Patrick Giraudoux, Francis Raoul, Zhenghuan Wang
BACKGROUND: The eastern part of the Tibetan Plateau is now recognized as an endemic region with the highest reported human infection rates in the world of human alveolar echinococcosis (AE) caused by Echinococcus multilocularis. Existing epidemiological studies on AE have mainly focused on the synanthropic environment, while basic parasitological and ecological aspects in wildlife host species remain largely unknown, especially for small mammal hosts. Therefore, we examined small mammal host species composition, occurrence, and the prevalence of both E...
May 16, 2018: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29769098/wing-morphometrics-of-aedes-ochlerotatus-albifasciatus-macquart-1838-diptera-culicidae-from-different-climatic-regions-of-argentina
#15
Maximiliano J Garzón, Nicolás Schweigmann
BACKGROUND: Gene flow restrictions between populations of Aedes albifasciatus, the vector of Western equine encephalitis and Dirophilaria immitis, have been described in the central region of Argentina. Genetic and eco-physiological variations usually result in local forms reflecting the climatic regions. Mosquito wings and their different parts have ecological functions in flight and communication. Therefore, wing shape could be considered an aspect of sexual dimorphism, and its eco-physiological responses can be expressed as morphological changes induced by the environment...
May 16, 2018: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29764472/high-species-diversity-of-trichostrongyle-parasite-communities-within-and-between-western-canadian-commercial-and-conservation-bison-herds-revealed-by-nemabiome-metabarcoding
#16
Russell W Avramenko, Ana Bras, Elizabeth M Redman, Murray R Woodbury, Brent Wagner, Todd Shury, Stefano Liccioli, M Claire Windeyer, John S Gilleard
BACKGROUND: Many trichostrongylid nematode species are reported to infect bison, some of which are major causes of disase and production loss in North American bison herds. However, there is little information on the species distribution and relative abundance of these parasites in either commercial or conservation herds. This is largely because trichostrongylid nematode species cannot be distinguished by visual microscopic examination of eggs present in feces. Consequently, we have applied ITS2 rDNA nemabiome metabarcoding to describe the trichostrongyle parasite species diversity in 58 bison production groups derived from 38 commercial North American plains bison (Bison bison bison) herds from across western Canada, and two bison conservation herds located in Elk Island National Park (EINP) [plains bison and wood bison (Bison bison athabascae)] and one in Grasslands National Park (GNP) (plains bison)...
May 15, 2018: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29764454/screening-a-repurposing-library-the-medicines-for-malaria-venture-stasis-box-against-schistosoma-mansoni
#17
Valérian Pasche, Benoît Laleu, Jennifer Keiser
BACKGROUND: The development of new treatments against schistosomiasis is imperative but lacks commercial interest. Drug repurposing represents a suitable strategy to identify potential treatments, which have already unblocked several essential steps along the drug development path, hence reducing costs and timelines. Promoting this approach, the Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV) recently distributed a drug repurposing library of 400 advanced lead candidates (Stasis Box). METHODS: All 400 compounds were initially tested in vitro against the larval stage of Schistosoma mansoni at 10 μM...
May 15, 2018: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29751843/characterisation-of-proteins-in-excretory-secretory-products-collected-from-salmon-lice-lepeophtheirus-salmonis
#18
Scott Hamilton, Kevin McLean, Sean J Monaghan, Carol McNair, Neil F Inglis, Hazel McDonald, Sandra Adams, Randolph Richards, William Roy, Patrick Smith, James Bron, Alasdair J Nisbet, David Knox
BACKGROUND: The salmon louse, Lepeophtheirus salmonis, is an ectoparasitic copepod which feeds on the mucus, skin and blood of salmonid fish species. The parasite can persist on the surface of the fish without any effective control being exerted by the host immune system. Other ectoparasitic invertebrates produce compounds in their saliva, excretions and/or secretions which modulate the host immune responses allowing them to remain on or in the host during development. Similarly, compounds are produced in secretions of L...
May 11, 2018: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29751825/uneven-malaria-transmission-in-geographically-distinct-districts-of-bobo-dioulasso-burkina-faso
#19
Dieudonné Diloma Soma, Daouda Kassié, Seydou Sanou, Fatou Biribama Karama, Ali Ouari, Wadaka Mamai, Georges Anicet Ouédraogo, Gérard Salem, Roch Kounbobr Dabiré, Florence Fournet
BACKGROUND: Urbanization is a main trend in developing countries and leads to health transition. Although non-communicable diseases are increasing in cities of low-income countries, vector-borne diseases such as malaria, are still present. In the case of malaria, transmission is lower than in rural areas, but is uneven and not well documented. In this study, we wanted to evaluate intra-urban malaria transmission in a West African country (Burkina Faso). METHODS: A cross-sectional study on 847 adults (35 to 59 year-old) and 881 children (6 months to 5 year-old) living in 1045 households of four districts (Dogona, Yeguere, Tounouma and Secteur 25) of Bobo-Dioulasso was performed between October and November 2013...
May 11, 2018: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29751814/a-wolbachia-triple-strain-infection-generates-self-incompatibility-in-aedes-albopictus-and-transmission-instability-in-aedes-aegypti
#20
Thomas H Ant, Steven P Sinkins
BACKGROUND: Artificially-introduced transinfections of the intracellular bacterium Wolbachia pipientis have the potential to reduce the vectorial capacity of mosquito populations for viruses such as dengue and chikungunya. Aedes albopictus has two native strains of Wolbachia, but their replacement with the non-native wMel strain blocks transmission of both viruses. The pattern of cytoplasmic incompatiiblity generated by wMel with wild-types is bidirectional. Novel-plus-native-strain co-infection is predicted to lead to a more efficient population spread capacity; from a bi-directional to a uni-directional cytoplasmic incompatibility (CI) model...
May 11, 2018: Parasites & Vectors
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