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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29317356/comparative-proteomics-of-the-larval-and-adult-stages-of-the-model-cestode-parasite-mesocestoides-corti
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Jeferson Camargo de Lima, Karina Mariante Monteiro, Tatiana Noel Basika Cabrera, Gabriela Prado Paludo, Hercules Moura, John R Barr, Arnaldo Zaha, Henrique Bunselmeyer Ferreira
Mesocestoides corti is a widely used model for the study of cestode biology, and its transition from the larval tetrathyridium (TT) stage to the strobilated, adult worm (ST) stage can be induced and followed in vitro. Here, a proteomic approach was used to describe and compare M. corti TT and ST protein repertories. Overall, 571 proteins were identified, 238 proteins in TT samples and 333 proteins in ST samples. Among the identified proteins, 207 proteins were shared by TTs and STs, while 157 were stage-specific, being 31 exclusive from TTs, and 126 from STs...
January 6, 2018: Journal of Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29316140/a-male-gametocyte-osmiophilic-body-and-microgamete-surface-protein-of-the-rodent-malaria-parasite-plasmodium-yoelii-pymigs-plays-a-critical-role-in-male-osmiophilic-body-formation-and-exflagellation
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Mayumi Tachibana, Tomoko Ishino, Eizo Takashima, Takafumi Tsuboi, Motomi Torii
Anopheles mosquitoes transmit Plasmodium parasites of mammals, including the species that cause malaria in humans. Malaria pathology is caused by rapid multiplication of parasites in asexual intraerythrocytic cycles. Sexual stage parasites are also produced during the intraerythrocytic cycle, and are ingested by the mosquito, initiating gametogenesis and subsequent sporogonic stage development. Here, we present a Plasmodium protein, termed microgamete surface protein (MiGS), which has an important role in male gametocyte osmiophilic body (MOB) formation and microgamete function...
January 5, 2018: Cellular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29304870/dynamics-of-anti-msp3-and-pfs230-antibody-responses-and-multiplicity-of-infection-in-asymptomatic-children-from-southern-ghana
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Linda E Amoah, Festus K Acquah, Ruth Ayanful-Torgby, Akua Oppong, Joana Abankwa, Evans K Obboh, Susheel K Singh, Michael Theisen
BACKGROUND: During a Plasmodium infection, exposure of human host immune cells to both the asexual and the sexual stages of the parasite elicit immune responses. These responses may be protective and prevent the development of high parasitaemia and its associated clinical symptoms, or block the transmission of malaria to an uninfected person. This study aimed at examining the dynamics of naturally acquired immune responses against the asexual and sexual forms of Plasmodium falciparum as well as assessing differences in the multiplicity of infection (MOI) in asymptomatic Ghanaian children living in two communities with varying malaria transmission intensities...
January 5, 2018: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29289750/arohap-an-effective-algorithm-for-single-individual-haplotype-reconstruction-based-on-asexual-reproduction-optimization
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Mohammad-H Olyaee, Alireza Khanteymoori
In this paper, a method for single individual haplotype (SIH) reconstruction using Asexual reproduction optimization (ARO) is proposed. Haplotypes, as a set of genetic variations in each chromosome, contain vital information such as the relationship between human genome and diseases. Finding haplotypes in diploid organisms is a challenging task. Experimental methods are expensive and require special equipment. In SIH problem, we encounter with several fragments and each fragment covers some parts of desired haplotype...
December 14, 2017: Computational Biology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29281179/a-high-parasite-density-environment-induces-transcriptional-changes-and-cell-death-in-plasmodium-falciparum-blood-stages
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Evelyn S Chou, Sabia Z Abidi, Marian Teye, Aleksandra Leliwa-Sytek, Thomas S Rask, Simon A Cobbold, Gerry Q Tonkin-Hill, Krishanthi S Subramaniam, Anna E Sexton, Darren J Creek, Johanna P Daily, Michael F Duffy, Karen P Day
Transient regulation of Plasmodium numbers below the density that induces fever has been observed in chronic malaria infections in humans. This species transcending control cannot be explained by immunity alone. Using an in vitro system we have observed density dependent regulation of malaria population size as a mechanism to possibly explain these in vivo observations. Specifically, P. falciparum blood stages from a high but not low-density environment exhibited unique phenotypic changes during the late trophozoite and schizont stages of the intraerythrocytic cycle...
December 27, 2017: FEBS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29251493/cgmp-binding-domain-d-mediates-a-unique-activation-mechanism-in-plasmodium-falciparum-pkg
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Eugen Franz, Matthias J Knape, Friedrich W Herberg
cGMP-dependent protein kinase from Plasmodium falciparum (PfPKG) plays a crucial role in the sexual as well as the asexual proliferation of this human malaria causing parasite. However, function and regulation of PfPKG are largely unknown. Previous studies showed that the domain organization of PfPKG significantly differs from human PKG (hPKG) and indicated a critical role of the cyclic nucleotide binding domain D (CNB D). We identified a novel mechanism, where the CNB-D controls activation and regulation of the parasite specific protein kinase...
December 18, 2017: ACS Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29249661/patterns-of-genomic-variation-in-the-opportunistic-pathogen-candida-glabrata-suggest-the-existence-of-mating-and-a-secondary-association-with-humans
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Laia Carreté, Ewa Ksiezopolska, Cinta Pegueroles, Emilia Gómez-Molero, Ester Saus, Susana Iraola-Guzmán, Damian Loska, Oliver Bader, Cecile Fairhead, Toni Gabaldón
Candida glabrata is an opportunistic fungal pathogen that ranks as the second most common cause of systemic candidiasis. Despite its genus name, this yeast is more closely related to the model yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae than to other Candida pathogens, and hence its ability to infect humans is thought to have emerged independently. Moreover, C. glabrata has all the necessary genes to undergo a sexual cycle but is considered an asexual organism due to the lack of direct evidence of sexual reproduction. To reconstruct the recent evolution of this pathogen and find footprints of sexual reproduction, we assessed genomic and phenotypic variation across 33 globally distributed C...
December 8, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29219249/activities-of-11-azaartemisinin-and-n-sulfonyl-derivatives-against-asexual-and-transmissible-malaria-parasites
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Rozanne Harmse, Dina Coertzen, Ho Ning Wong, Frans J Smit, Mariette E van der Watt, Janette Reader, Sindiswe H Nondaba, Lyn-Marie Birkholtz, Richard K Haynes, David D N'Da
Dihydroartemisinin (DHA), either used in its own right or as the active drug generated in vivo from the other artemisinins in current clinical use-artemether and artesunate-induces quiescence in ring-stage parasites of Plasmodium falciparum (Pf). This induction of quiescence is linked to artemisinin resistance. Thus, we have turned to structurally disparate artemisinins that are incapable of providing DHA on metabolism. Accordingly, 11-azaartemisinin 5 and selected N-sulfonyl derivatives were screened against intraerythrocytic asexual stages of drug-sensitive Pf NF54 and drug-resistant K1 and W2 parasites...
December 8, 2017: ChemMedChem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29194910/monilophthora-roreri-causal-agent-of-cacao-frosty-pod-rot
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Bryan A Bailey, Harry C Evans, Wilbert Phillips-Mora, Shahin S Ali, Lyndel W Meinhardt
Taxonomy: Moniliophthora roreri (Cif.) H.C. Evans et al. (1978); Phylum Basidiomycota; Class Agaricomycetes; Order Agaricales; Family Marasmiaceae; Genus Moniliophthora. Biology: M. roreri attacks Theobroma and Herrania species causing frosty pod rot. Theobroma cacao (cacao) is the host of major economic concern. M. roreri is a hemibiotroph with a long biotrophic phase (45-90 days). Spore masses, of apparent asexual origin, are produced on the pod surface after initiation of the necrotrophic phase. Spores are spread by wind, rain and human activity...
December 1, 2017: Molecular Plant Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29190277/malera-an-updated-research-agenda-for-basic-science-and-enabling-technologies-in-malaria-elimination-and-eradication
#10
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Basic science holds enormous power for revealing the biological mechanisms of disease and, in turn, paving the way toward new, effective interventions. Recognizing this power, the 2011 Research Agenda for Malaria Eradication included key priorities in fundamental research that, if attained, could help accelerate progress toward disease elimination and eradication. The Malaria Eradication Research Agenda (malERA) Consultative Panel on Basic Science and Enabling Technologies reviewed the progress, continuing challenges, and major opportunities for future research...
November 2017: PLoS Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29162636/quantitative-proteomic-profiling-reveals-novel-plasmodium-falciparum-surface-antigens-and-possible-vaccine-candidates
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Sandra K Nilsson Bark, Rushdy Ahmad, Kathleen Dantzler, Amanda K Lukens, Mariana De Niz, Matthew J Szucs, Xiaojing Jin, Joanne Cotton, Dietmar Hoffmann, Eva Bric-Furlong, Ray Oomen, Mark Parrington, Dan Milner, Daniel E Neafsey, Steven A Carr, Dyann F Wirth, Matthias Marti
Despite recent efforts towards control and elimination, malaria remains a major public health problem worldwide. Plasmodium falciparum resistance against artemisinin, used in front line combination drugs, is on the rise, and the only approved vaccine shows limited efficacy. Combinations of novel and tailored drug and vaccine interventions are required to maintain the momentum of the current malaria elimination program. Current evidence suggests that strain-transcendent protection against malaria infection can be achieved using whole organism vaccination or with a polyvalent vaccine covering multiple antigens or epitopes...
November 21, 2017: Molecular & Cellular Proteomics: MCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153071/-mycoviruses-and-importance-in-mycology
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Sema Aşkın Keçeli
Opportunistic fungal infections like invasive candidiasis and aspergillozis have high mortality rate particularly in immunosupressive patients. The rate of therapy success with antifungal agents is usually low. Although immunotherapy methods have been developed to increase the host response against antifungals, there has been a need for new antifungal therapeutic agents in the treatment of invasive aspergillozis and other opportunistic fungal infections. Mycoviruses are the viruses that specifically infect fungi...
October 2017: Mikrobiyoloji Bülteni
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149898/detection-of-plasmodium-falciparum-male-and-female-gametocytes-and-determination-of-parasite-sex-ratio-in-human-endemic-populations-by-novel-cheap-and-robust-rtqpcr-assays
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Federica Santolamazza, Pamela Avellino, Giulia Siciliano, Franck Adama Yao, Fabrizio Lombardo, Jean Bosco Ouédraogo, David Modiano, Pietro Alano, Valentina Dianora Mangano
BACKGROUND: The presence of Plasmodium falciparum gametocytes in peripheral blood is essential for human to mosquito parasite transmission. The detection of submicroscopic infections with gametocytes and the estimation of the gametocyte sex ratio are crucial to assess the human host potential ability to infect mosquitoes and transmit malaria parasites. AIM AND OBJECTIVES: The aim of this work was to develop sensitive and cheap Real Time qPCR assays for large-scale epidemiological surveys, based on detection and amplification of gametocyte sex specific transcripts selected from the literature: the female-specific pfs25 and pf glycerol kinase (pfGK) and the male-specific pfs230p and pf13 transcripts...
November 17, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138437/photosensitized-ina-labelled-protein-1-phil1-is-novel-component-of-the-inner-membrane-complex-and-is-required-for-plasmodium-parasite-development
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Ekta Saini, Mohammad Zeeshan, Declan Brady, Rajan Pandey, Gesine Kaiser, Ludek Koreny, Pradeep Kumar, Vandana Thakur, Shreyansh Tatiya, Nicholas J Katris, Rebecca Stanway Limenitakis, Inderjeet Kaur, Judith L Green, Andrew R Bottrill, David S Guttery, Ross F Waller, Volker Heussler, Anthony A Holder, Asif Mohmmed, Pawan Malhotra, Rita Tewari
Plasmodium parasites, the causative agents of malaria, possess a distinctive membranous structure of flattened alveolar vesicles supported by a proteinaceous network, and referred to as the inner membrane complex (IMC). The IMC has a role in actomyosin-mediated motility and host cell invasion. Here, we examine the location, protein interactome and function of PhIL1, an IMC-associated protein on the motile and invasive stages of both human and rodent parasites. We show that PhIL1 is located in the IMC in all three invasive (merozoite, ookinete-, and sporozoite) stages of development, as well as in the male gametocyte and locates both at the apical and basal ends of ookinete and sporozoite stages...
November 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29109714/characteristics-of-a-regulator-of-g-protein-signaling-rgs-rgsc-in-aspergillus-fumigatus
#15
Young Kim, In-Beom Heo, Jae-Hyuk Yu, Kwang-Soo Shin
The regulator of G-protein signaling (RGS) proteins have a conserved RGS domain that facilitates the intrinsic GTPase activity of an activated Gα subunit of heterotrimeric G protein, thereby attenuating signal transduction. Among six predicted RGS proteins in the opportunistic human pathogenic fungus Aspergillus fumigatus, only three (FlbA, GprK, and Rax1) have been studied. The unexplored RgsC composed of the Phox-associated (PXA), RGS, Phox homology (PX), and Nexin_C superfamily domains is highly conserved in many ascomycete fungi, suggesting a crucial role of RgsC in fungal biology...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29094698/single-cell-rna-sequencing-reveals-a-signature-of-sexual-commitment-in-malaria-parasites
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Asaf Poran, Christopher Nötzel, Omar Aly, Nuria Mencia-Trinchant, Chantal T Harris, Monica L Guzman, Duane C Hassane, Olivier Elemento, Björn F C Kafsack
Pathogens have to balance transmission with persistence. For Plasmodium falciparum, the most widespread and virulent malaria parasite, persistence within its human host requires continuous asexual replication within red blood cells, while its mosquito-borne transmission depends on intra-erythrocytic differentiation into non-replicating sexual stages called gametocytes. Commitment to either fate is determined during the preceding cell cycle that begins with invasion by a single, asexually committed merozoite and ends, 48 hours later, with a schizont releasing newly formed merozoites, all committed to either continued asexual replication or differentiation into gametocytes...
November 2, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29079720/a-global-survey-of-atpase-activity-in-plasmodium-falciparum-asexual-blood-stages-and-gametocytes
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Corrie Ortega, Andrew Frando, Bobbie-Jo Webb-Robertson, Lindsey N Anderson, Neil D Fleck, Erika L Flannery, Matthew Fishbaugher, Taylor A Murphree, Joshua R Hansen, Richard D Smith, Stefan Hi Kappe, Aaron Wright, Christoph Grundner
Effective malaria control and elimination in hyperendemic areas of the world will require treatment of the Plasmodium falciparum (Pf) blood stage that causes disease as well as the gametocyte stage that is required for transmission from humans to the mosquito vector. Most currently used therapies do not kill gametocytes, a highly specialized, non-replicating sexual parasite stage. Further confounding next generation drug development against Pf is the unknown metabolic state of the gametocyte and the lack of known biochemical activity for most parasite gene products in general...
October 27, 2017: Molecular & Cellular Proteomics: MCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29042501/plasmodium-falciparum-calcium-dependent-protein-kinase-2-is-critical-for-male-gametocyte-exflagellation-but-not-essential-for-asexual-proliferation
#18
Abhisheka Bansal, Alvaro Molina-Cruz, Joseph Brzostowski, Jianbing Mu, Louis H Miller
Drug development efforts have focused mostly on the asexual blood stages of the malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum Except for primaquine, which has its own limitations, there are no available drugs that target the transmission of the parasite to mosquitoes. Therefore, there is a need to validate new parasite proteins that can be targeted for blocking transmission. P. falciparum calcium-dependent protein kinases (PfCDPKs) play critical roles at various stages of the parasite life cycle and, importantly, are absent in the human host...
October 17, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28983103/characterization-of-a-putative-plasmodium-falciparum-sac1-phosphoinositide-phosphatase-homologue-potentially-required-for-survival-during-the-asexual-erythrocytic-stages
#19
Catherine Thériault, Dave Richard
Despite marked reductions in morbidity and mortality in the last ten years, malaria still takes a tremendous toll on human populations throughout tropical and sub-tropical regions of the world. The absence of an effective vaccine and resistance to most antimalarial drugs available demonstrate the urgent need for new intervention strategies. Phosphoinositides are a class of lipids with critical roles in numerous processes and their specific subcellular distribution, generated through the action of kinases and phosphatases, define organelle identity in a wide range of eukaryotic cells...
October 5, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28974215/species-and-genotype-diversity-of-plasmodium-in-malaria-patients-from-gabon-analysed-by-next-generation-sequencing
#20
Albert Lalremruata, Sankarganesh Jeyaraj, Thomas Engleitner, Fanny Joanny, Annika Lang, Sabine Bélard, Ghyslain Mombo-Ngoma, Michael Ramharter, Peter G Kremsner, Benjamin Mordmüller, Jana Held
BACKGROUND: Six Plasmodium species are known to naturally infect humans. Mixed species infections occur regularly but morphological discrimination by microscopy is difficult and multiplicity of infection (MOI) can only be evaluated by molecular methods. This study investigated the complexity of Plasmodium infections in patients treated for microscopically detected non-falciparum or mixed species malaria in Gabon. METHODS: Ultra-deep sequencing of nucleus (18S rRNA), mitochondrion, and apicoplast encoded genes was used to evaluate Plasmodium species diversity and MOI in 46 symptomatic Gabonese patients with microscopically diagnosed non-falciparum or mixed species malaria...
October 3, 2017: Malaria Journal
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