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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329305/association-between-spousal-suicide-and-mental-physical-and-social-health-outcomes-a-longitudinal-and-nationwide-register-based-study
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Annette Erlangsen, Bo Runeson, James M Bolton, Holly C Wilcox, Julie L Forman, Jesper Krogh, M Katherine Shear, Merete Nordentoft, Yeates Conwell
Importance: Bereavement after spousal suicide has been linked to mental disorders; however, a comprehensive assessment of the effect of spousal suicide is needed. Objective: To determine whether bereavement after spousal suicide was linked to an excessive risk of mental, physical, and social health outcomes when compared with the general population and spouses bereaved by other manners. Design, Setting, and Participants: This nationwide, register-based cohort study conducted in Denmark of 6...
March 22, 2017: JAMA Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325373/host-parasite-relationships-and-life-histories-of-trypanosomes-in-australia
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C Cooper, P L Clode, C Peacock, R C A Thompson
Trypanosomes constitute a group of flagellate protozoan parasites responsible for a number of important, yet neglected, diseases in both humans and livestock. The most significantly studied include the causative agents of African sleeping sickness (Trypanosoma brucei) and Chagas disease (Trypanosoma cruzi) in humans. Much of our knowledge about trypanosome host-parasite relationships and life histories has come from these two human pathogens. Recent investigations into the diversity and life histories of wildlife trypanosomes in Australia highlight that there exists a great degree of biological and behavioural variation within and between trypanosomes...
2017: Advances in Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321277/clinical-outcomes-among-febrile-children-aged-2-to-59-months-with-negative-malaria-rapid-diagnostic-test-results-in-mchinji-district-malawi
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Dyson Mwandama, Chawanangwa Mwale, Andrew Bauleni, Themba Phiri, Joseph Chisaka, Humphreys Nsona, Don P Mathanga
BACKGROUND: Malawi malaria treatment guidelines recommend a definitive diagnosis, using a malaria rapid diagnostic test (mRDT), for all patients with fever or history of fever. Improving the management and outcomes of febrile children with negative mRDT results should be a priority. METHODS: Through a prospective cohort study designed to investigate clinical outcomes of children treated at the community level, we followed, for 7 days, children aged 2 to 59 months, who had negative mRDT results and were treated with antipyretic medication...
December 2016: Malawi Medical Journal: the Journal of Medical Association of Malawi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321260/loop-mediated-isothermal-amplification-test-for-trypanosoma-gambiense-group-1-with-stem-primers-a-molecular-xenomonitoring-test-for-sleeping-sickness
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Zablon K Njiru, Cecilia K Mbae, Gitonga N Mburugu
The World Health Organization has targeted Human African Trypanosomiasis (HAT) for elimination by 2020 with zero incidence by 2030. To achieve and sustain this goal, accurate and easy-to-deploy diagnostic tests for Gambian trypanosomiasis which accounts for over 98% of reported cases will play a crucial role. Most needed will be tools for surveillance of pathogen in vectors (xenomonitoring) since population screening tests are readily available. The development of new tests is expensive and takes a long time while incremental improvement of existing technologies that have potential for xenomonitoring may offer a shorter pathway to tools for HAT surveillance...
2017: Journal of Tropical Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288095/trypanosoma-brucei-metabolism-is-under-circadian-control
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Filipa Rijo-Ferreira, Daniel Pinto-Neves, Nuno L Barbosa-Morais, Joseph S Takahashi, Luisa M Figueiredo
The Earth's rotation forced life to evolve under cyclic day and night environmental changes. To anticipate such daily cycles, prokaryote and eukaryote free-living organisms evolved intrinsic clocks that regulate physiological and behavioural processes. Daily rhythms have been observed in organisms living within hosts, such as parasites. Whether parasites have intrinsic molecular clocks or whether they simply respond to host rhythmic physiological cues remains unknown. Here, we show that Trypanosoma brucei, the causative agent of human sleeping sickness, has an intrinsic circadian clock that regulates its metabolism in two different stages of the life cycle...
March 13, 2017: Nature Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284860/synthesis-and-activity-of-nucleoside-based-antiprotozoan-compounds
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Huu-Anh Tran, Zhaoyan Zheng, Xianghui Wen, Srinivasan Manivannan, Arnaud Pastor, Marcel Kaiser, Reto Brun, Floyd F Snyder, Thomas G Back
Parasitic protozoa employ a salvage pathway to synthesize purines and generate essential active nucleotides, whereas mammals are capable of their de novo biosynthesis. This difference provides opportunity for the design of potential new antiprotozoan compounds. A series of 47 adenosine analogues was prepared with modifications at the 2-, 6- and 5'-positions, based on the hypothesis that such compounds would serve as substrates for protozoan nucleoside salvage enzymes, while remaining refractory in mammalian cells...
February 16, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28279451/data-driven-models-to-predict-the-elimination-of-sleeping-sickness-in-former-equateur-province-of-drc
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K S Rock, A Pandey, M L Ndeffo-Mbah, K E Atkins, C Lumbala, A Galvani, M J Keeling
Approaching disease elimination, it is crucial to be able to assess progress towards key objectives using quantitative tools. For Gambian human African trypanosomiasis (HAT), the ultimate goal is to stop transmission by 2030, while intermediary targets include elimination as a public health problem - defined as <1 new case per 10,000 inhabitants in 90% of foci, and <2000 reported cases by 2020. Using two independent mathematical models, this study assessed the achievability of these goals in the former Equateur province of the Democratic Republic of Congo, which historically had endemic levels of disease...
March 2017: Epidemics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28278190/sickness-behavior-in-feverish-children-is-independent-of-the-severity-of-fever-an-observational-multicenter-study
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François Corrard, Christian Copin, Alain Wollner, Annie Elbez, Véronique Derkx, Stéphane Bechet, Corinne Levy, Michel Boucherat, Robert Cohen
BACKGROUND. OBJECTIVES: Behavioral changes in a febrile child are usually considered to stem from the fever. We studied sickness behavior (SB) in terms of its clinical components and its relation to fever. METHODS: This observational, multicenter study included children aged 6 months to 3 years who were either febrile (fever ≥12 hours, ≥ 39°C and ≥38°C at inclusion) or non-febrile and well. The child had to have been awake for the 2 hours preceding the consultation and cared for by the parent who brought him/her to the doctor...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28270257/new-developments-in-probing-and-targeting-protein-acylation-in-malaria-leishmaniasis-and-african-sleeping-sickness
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Markus Ritzefeld, Megan H Wright, Edward W Tate
Infections by protozoan parasites, such as Plasmodium falciparum or Leishmania donovani, have a significant health, social and economic impact and threaten billions of people living in tropical and sub-tropical regions of developing countries worldwide. The increasing range of parasite strains resistant to frontline therapeutics makes the identification of novel drug targets and the development of corresponding inhibitors vital. Post-translational modifications (PTMs) are important modulators of biology and inhibition of protein lipidation has emerged as a promising therapeutic strategy for treatment of parasitic diseases...
March 8, 2017: Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28266824/cardiovascular-disease-update-bradyarrhythmias
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Craig Barstow, Johnathan D McDivitt
Bradyarrhythmia (bradycardia) is a heart rate lower than 60 beats/min. It can be due to sinus, atrial, or junctional bradycardia or to a problem with the conduction system (eg, an atrioventricular block). Asymptomatic bradycardia is common, especially among trained athletes or during sleep. Bradycardia symptoms can include syncope, dizziness, chest pain, dyspnea, or fatigue. It is important to determine during the evaluation if bradycardia is the cause of the patient's symptoms. In the acute setting, symptomatic patients should be treated with atropine...
March 2017: FP Essentials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28251400/effects-of-rapid-ascent-on-the-heart-rate-variability-of-individuals-with-and-without-acute-mountain-sickness
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Ming Ling Yih, Fang-Chi Lin, Heng-Sheng Chao, Han-Chen Tsai, Shi-Chuan Chang
PURPOSE: Through time- and frequency-domain analysis, we compared the effects of acute hypobaric hypoxia on the changes in heart rate variability (HRV) following night sleeping and morning awakening in individuals with and without acute mountain sickness (AMS). METHOD: Thirty-nine nonacclimatised healthy individuals were transported by bus from sea level to 3150 m within 3 h. Short-term HRV was measured two times a day-before sleeping (BS) and after awakening (AA)- at 3 days before ascent (T0), two consecutive nights at 3150 m (T1 and T2), and 2 days after descent (T3)...
March 1, 2017: European Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197218/polysomnographic-findings-in-infants-with-pierre-robin-sequence
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Abdullah Khayat, Saadoun Bin-Hassan, Suhail Al-Saleh
INTRODUCTION: Pierre Robin sequence (PRS) is characterized by the triad of micrognathia, glossoptosis, and upper airway obstruction. It is commonly associated with the secondary cleft palate. Infants with PRS commonly have sleep-disordered breathing (SDB); including obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) as well as central sleep breathing abnormalities that are present from infancy. AIM OF THE STUDY: Evaluate the prevalence and severity of SDB in infants with PRS using polysomnography (PSG)...
January 2017: Annals of Thoracic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185724/simplifying-nature-towards-the-design-of-broad-spectrum-kinetoplastid-inhibitors-inspired-by-acetogenins
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Eoin R Gould, Elizabeth F B King, Stefanie K Menzies, Andrew L Fraser, Lindsay B Tulloch, Marija K Zacharova, Terry K Smith, Gordon J Florence
The need for new treatments for the neglected tropical diseases African sleeping sickness, Chagas disease and Leishmaniasis remains urgent with the diseases widespread in tropical regions, affecting the world's very poorest. We have previously reported bis-tetrahydropyran 1,4-triazole analogues designed as mimics of the annonaceous acetogenin natural product chamuvarinin, which maintained trypanocidal activity. Building upon these studies, we here report related triazole compounds with pendant heterocycles, mimicking the original butenolide of the natural product...
January 28, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185085/h-dependent-inorganic-phosphate-uptake-in-trypanosoma-brucei-is-influenced-by-myo-inositol-transporter
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Thais Russo-Abrahão, Carolina Macedo Koeller, Michael E Steinmann, Stephanie Silva-Rito, Thaissa Marins-Lucena, Michele Alves-Bezerra, Naira Ligia Lima-Giarola, Iron Francisco de-Paula, Amaia Gonzalez-Salgado, Erwin Sigel, Peter Bütikofer, Katia Calp Gondim, Norton Heise, José Roberto Meyer-Fernandes
Trypanosoma brucei is an extracellular protozoan parasite that causes human African trypanosomiasis or "sleeping sickness". During the different phases of its life cycle, T. brucei depends on exogenous inorganic phosphate (Pi), but little is known about the transport of Pi in this organism. In the present study, we showed that the transport of (32)Pi across the plasma membrane follows Michaelis-Menten kinetics and is modulated by pH variation, with higher activity at acidic pH. Bloodstream forms presented lower Pi transport in comparison to procyclic forms, that displayed an apparent K0...
February 9, 2017: Journal of Bioenergetics and Biomembranes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28162093/evaluating-the-impact-of-targeting-livestock-for-the-prevention-of-human-and-animal-trypanosomiasis-at-village-level-in-districts-newly-affected-with-t-b-rhodesiense-in-uganda
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Louise Hamill, Kim Picozzi, Jenna Fyfe, Beatrix von Wissmann, Sally Wastling, Nicola Wardrop, Richard Selby, Christine Amongi Acup, Kevin L Bardosh, Dennis Muhanguzi, John D Kabasa, Charles Waiswa, Susan C Welburn
BACKGROUND: Uganda has suffered from a series of epidemics of Human African Trypanosomiasis (HAT), a tsetse transmitted disease, also known as sleeping sickness. The area affected by acute Trypanosoma brucei rhodesiense HAT (rHAT) has been expanding, driven by importation of infected cattle into regions previously free of the disease. These regions are also affected by African Animal Trypanosomiasis (AAT) demanding a strategy for integrated disease control. METHODS: In 2008, the Public Private Partnership, Stamp Out Sleeping Sickness (SOS) administered a single dose of trypanocide to 31 486 head of cattle in 29 parishes in Dokolo and Kaberamaido districts...
February 6, 2017: Infectious Diseases of Poverty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28138343/first-draft-genome-sequence-of-the-dourine-causative-agent-trypanosoma-equiperdum-strain-ovi
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Laurent Hébert, Bouziane Moumen, Anthony Madeline, Sascha Steinbiss, Latifa Lakhdar, Nick Van Reet, Philippe Büscher, Claire Laugier, Julien Cauchard, Sandrine Petry
Trypanosoma equiperdum is the causative agent of dourine, a sexually-transmitted infection of horses. This parasite belongs to the subgenus Trypanozoon that also includes the agent of sleeping sickness (Trypanosoma brucei) and surra (Trypanosoma evansi). We herein report the genome sequence of a T. equiperdum strain OVI, isolated from a horse in South-Africa in 1976. This is the first genome sequence of the T. equiperdum species, and its availability will provide important insights for future studies on genetic classification of the subgenus Trypanozoon...
2017: Journal of Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28130217/longitudinal-evaluation-of-sleep-disordered-breathing-in-infants-with-prader-willi-syndrome
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Abdullah Khayat, Indra Narang, Saadoun Bin-Hasan, Reshma Amin, Suhail Al-Saleh
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the course of sleep disordered breathing (SDB) in infants with Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS). DESIGN: Retrospective longitudinal observational study. SETTING: Sleep laboratory at The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada. PATIENTS: Infants with PWS. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: The natural history of SDB in infants with PWS within 2 years from baseline assessment. RESULTS: We identified 28 (12 male) infants with PWS who had a baseline polysomnography (PSG) at a median age (interquartile (IQR)) of 0...
January 27, 2017: Archives of Disease in Childhood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094002/the-rfamide-receptor-dmsr-1-regulates-stress-induced-sleep-in-c-elegans
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Michael J Iannacone, Isabel Beets, Lindsey E Lopes, Matthew A Churgin, Christopher Fang-Yen, Matthew D Nelson, Liliane Schoofs, David M Raizen
In response to environments that cause cellular stress, animals engage in sleep behavior that facilitates recovery from the stress. In Caenorhabditis elegans, stress-induced sleep(SIS) is regulated by cytokine activation of the ALA neuron, which releases FLP-13 neuropeptides characterized by an amidated arginine-phenylalanine (RFamide) C-terminus motif. By performing an unbiased genetic screen for mutants that impair the somnogenic effects of FLP-13 neuropeptides, we identified the gene dmsr-1, which encodes a G-protein coupled receptor similar to an insect RFamide receptor...
January 17, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087364/aquaglyceroporins-are-the-entry-pathway-of-boric-acid-in-trypanosoma-brucei
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Sabrina Marsiccobetre, Alexis Rodríguez-Acosta, Florian Lang, Katherine Figarella, Néstor L Uzcátegui
The boron element possesses a range of different effects on living beings. It is essential to beneficial at low concentrations, but toxic at excessive concentrations. Recently, some boron-based compounds have been identified as promising molecules against Trypanosoma brucei, the causative agent of sleeping sickness. However, until now, the boron metabolism and its access route into the parasite remained elusive. The present study addressed the permeability of T. brucei aquaglyceroporins (TbAQPs) for boric acid, the main natural boron species...
January 10, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072517/arthropod-innate-immune-systems-and-vector-borne-diseases
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Richard H G Baxter, Alicia Contet, Kathryn Krueger
Arthropods, especially ticks and mosquitoes, are the vectors for a number of parasitic and viral human diseases, including malaria, sleeping sickness, Dengue, and Zika, yet arthropods show tremendous individual variation in their capacity to transmit disease. A key factor in this capacity is the group of genetically encoded immune factors that counteract infection by the pathogen. Arthropod-specific pattern recognition receptors and protease cascades detect and respond to infection. Proteins such as antimicrobial peptides, thioester-containing proteins, and transglutaminases effect responses such as lysis, phagocytosis, melanization, and agglutination...
February 8, 2017: Biochemistry
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