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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144297/effect-of-reagents-used-during-detection-and-quantification-of-ascaris-suum-in-environmental-samples-on-egg-viability
#1
Isaac Dennis Amoah, Poovendhree Reddy, Thor Axel Stenström
Soil-transmitted helminths (STHs) are a major health concern globally. Infection is mostly through contact with contaminated water, food or soil. Therefore to break the cycle of viable transmission STH eggs must be quantitatively detected in the environment. The effect of different reagents on the viability of Ascaris suum eggs during laboratory detection and quantification was assessed and different incubation solutions compared. Sulphuric acid gave a slightly higher recovery percentage of viable eggs (91...
November 2017: Water Science and Technology: a Journal of the International Association on Water Pollution Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138640/prevalence-of-soil-transmitted-helminthiases-and-schistosomiasis-in-preschool-age-children-in-mwea-division-kirinyaga-south-district-kirinyaga-county-and-their-potential-effect-on-physical-growth
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Stephen Sifuna Wefwafwa Sakari, Amos K Mbugua, Gerald M Mkoji
Intestinal parasitic infections can significantly contribute to the burden of disease, may cause nutritional and energetic stress, and negatively impact the quality of life in low income countries of the world. This cross-sectional study done in Mwea irrigation scheme, in Kirinyaga, central Kenya, assessed the public health significance of soil-transmitted helminthiases (STH), schistosomiasis, and other intestinal parasitic infections, among 361 preschool age children (PSAC) through fecal examination, by measuring anthropometric indices, and through their parents/guardians, by obtaining sociodemographic information...
2017: Journal of Tropical Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136163/ascaris-suum-infection-down-regulates-inflammatory-pathways-in-the-pig-intestine-in-vivo-and-in-human-dendritic-cells-in-vitro
#3
Helene L E Midttun, Nathalie Acevedo, Per Skallerup, Sara Almeida, Kerstin Skovgaard, Lars Andresen, Søren Skov, Luis Caraballo, Irma van Die, Claus B Jørgensen, Merete Fredholm, Stig M Thamsborg, Peter Nejsum, Andrew R Williams
Ascaris suum is a helminth parasite of pigs closely related to its human counterpart, A. lumbricoides, which infects almost one billion people. Ascaris spp. is thought to modulate host immune and inflammatory responses, which may drive immune hyporesponsiveness during chronic infections. Using transcriptomic analysis, we show here that pigs with a chronic A. suum infection have a substantial suppression of inflammatory pathways in the intestinal mucosa, with a broad down-regulation of genes encoding cytokines and antigen-processing and co-stimulatory molecules...
November 9, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133563/a-promising-anti-prion-trimethoxychalcone-binds-to-the-globular-domain-of-prp-c-and-changes-its-cellular-location
#4
N C Ferreira, L M Ascari, A G Hughson, G R Cavalheiro, C F Góes, P N Fernandes, J R Hollister, R A da Conceição, D S Silva, A M T Souza, M L C Barbosa, F A Lara, R A P Martins, B Caughey, Y Cordeiro
The search for anti-prion compounds has been encouraged by the fact that transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs) share molecular mechanisms with more prevalent neurodegenerative pathologies, such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases. Cellular prion protein conversion into protease-resistant forms (PrP(Res) or PrP(Sc)) is a critical step in the development of TSEs, thus being one of the main targets in the screening for anti-prion compounds. In this work, three trimethoxychalcones (J1, J8, J20) and one oxadiazole (Y17), previously identified in vitro as potential anti-prion compounds, were evaluated through different approaches in order to gain inferences about their mechanism of action...
November 13, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29118011/comparative-genome-analysis-of-programmed-dna-elimination-in-nematodes
#5
Jianbin Wang, Shenghan Gao, Yulia Mostovoy, Yuanyuan Kang, Maxim Zagoskin, Yongqiao Sun, Bing Zhang, Laura K White, Alice Easton, Thomas B Nutman, Pui-Yan Kwok, Songnian Hu, Martin K Nielsen, Richard E Davis
Programmed DNA elimination is a developmentally regulated process leading to the reproducible loss of specific genomic sequences. DNA elimination occurs in unicellular ciliates and a variety of metazoans, including invertebrates and vertebrates. In metazoa, DNA elimination typically occurs in somatic cells during early development, leaving the germline genome intact. Reference genomes for metazoa that undergo DNA elimination are not available. Here, we generated germline and somatic reference genome sequences of the DNA eliminating pig parasitic nematode Ascaris suum and the horse parasite Parascaris univalens...
November 8, 2017: Genome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29117468/zoonotic-helminth-exposure-and-risk-of-allergic-diseases-a-study-of-two-generations-in-norway
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Nils Oskar Jõgi, Cecilie Svanes, Silver Peeter Siiak, Erin Logan, John W Holloway, Jannicke Igland, Ane Johannessen, Michael Levin, Francisco Gomez Real, Vivi Schlunssen, William G C Horsnell, Randi J Bertelsen
BACKGROUND: Animal and human studies indicate that definitive host helminth infections may confer protection from allergies. However, zoonotic helminths, such as Toxocara species (spp.), have been associated with increased allergies. OBJECTIVE: We describe the prevalence of Toxocara spp. and Ascaris spp. seropositivity, and associations with allergic diseases and sensitisation, in two generations in Bergen, Norway. METHODS: Serum levels of total IgG4, anti-Toxocara spp...
November 8, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Allergy: Journal of the British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29114485/laboratory-diagnosis-of-soil-transmitted-helminthiasis
#7
Sumeeta Khurana, Shveta Sethi
Soil-transmitted helminths (STHs) include, i.e., hookworms (Ancylostoma duodenale, Necator americanus), roundworm (Ascaris lumbricoides), whipworm (Trichuris trichiura) and Strongyloides stercoralis. Globally, around 1.5 billion people are infected with STHs. STHs contribute to significant impairment of mental and physical growth, especially in developing countries. Unfortunately, these infections mostly remain undiagnosed due to lack of trained personnel and appropriate technologies. Intermittent shedding of eggs or larvae further makes the diagnosis difficult...
July 2017: Tropical Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29114484/epidemiology-and-clinical-features-of-soil-transmitted-helminths
#8
Subhash Chandra Parija, Meenachi Chidambaram, Jharna Mandal
Soil-transmitted helminths (STH) consist of Ascaris lumbricoides, Trichuris trichiura, and hookworm (Necator americanus and Ancylostoma duodenale). It affects nearly 1.7 billion people globally in which Ascaris contributes nearly 1.2 billion cases. The main mode for transmission of Ascaris and Trichuris is through contaminated food and water, whereas hookworm transmitted by skin penetration. STH were mainly seen in areas with poverty, overcrowding, and poor sanitation. The prevalence is more in rural areas compared to urban areas...
July 2017: Tropical Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29114122/dot-enzyme-linked-immunosorbent-assay-elisa-for-the-detection-of-toxocara-infection-using-a-rat-model
#9
Vachel Gay V Paller, Cyrelle M Besana, Isabel Kristine M Valdez
Toxocariasis is a zoonotic disease usually caused by dog and cat roundworms, Toxocara canis and T. cati. Detection and diagnosis is difficult in paratenic and accidental hosts, including humans, as they cannot be detected through conventional methods such as fecal examination. Diagnosis therefore relies on immunological methods and molecular methods such as enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) and Western Blot, which are both time-consuming and requires sophisticated equipment. In the Philippines, only a few studies are available on Toxocara seroprevalence...
December 2017: Journal of Parasitic Diseases: Official Organ of the Indian Society for Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29108026/status-of-soil-transmitted-helminth-infections-in-schoolchildren-in-laguna-province-the-philippines-determined-by-parasitological-and-molecular-diagnostic-techniques
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Mary Lorraine S Mationg, Catherine A Gordon, Veronica L Tallo, Remigio M Olveda, Portia P Alday, Mark Donald C Reñosa, Franziska A Bieri, Gail M Williams, Archie C A Clements, Peter Steinmann, Kate Halton, Yuesheng Li, Donald P McManus, Darren J Gray
BACKGROUND: Soil-transmitted helminths (STH) are the most common parasitic infections in impoverished communities, particularly among children. Current STH control is through school-based mass drug administration (MDA), which in the Philippines is done twice annually. As expected, MDA has decreased the intensity and prevalence of STH over time. As a result, the common Kato Katz (KK) thick smear method of detecting STH is less effective because it lacks sensitivity in low intensity infections, making it difficult to measure the impact of deworming programs...
November 6, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29103276/intestinal-parasite-infections-among-inhabitants-in-yanbian-prefecture-jilin-province-china
#11
Myoung-Ro Lee, Hee-Eun Shin, Byung-Suk Chung, Sang-Eun Lee, Jung-Won Ju, Liji Xu, Chen Long Nan, Mi-Yeoun Park, Shin-Hyeong Cho
To investigate the prevalence of intestinal parasite infections in Yanbian Prefecture, Jilin Province, China, epidemiological surveys were conducted on a collaboration basis between the Korean Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Yanbian Center for Disease Control and Prevention. A total of 8,396 (males 3,737 and females 4,659) stool samples were collected from 8 localities and examined with the formalin-ether sedimentation technique, and additionally examined with the cellotape anal swab to detect Enterobius vermicularis eggs...
October 2017: Korean Journal of Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29103267/intestinal-parasitic-infections-and-environmental-water-contamination-in-a-rural-village-of-northern-lao-pdr
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Alexis Ribas, Chloé Jollivet, Serge Morand, Boupha Thongmalayvong, Silaphet Somphavong, Chern-Chiang Siew, Pei-Jun Ting, Saipin Suputtamongkol, Viengsaene Saensombath, Surapol Sanguankiat, Boon-Huan Tan, Phimpha Paboriboune, Kongsap Akkhavong, Kittipong Chaisiri
A field survey studying intestinal parasites in humans and microbial pathogen contamination at environment was performed in a Laotian rural village to identify potential risks for disease outbreaks. A parasitological investigation was conducted in Ban Lak Sip village, Luang Prabang, Lao PDR involving fecal samples from 305 inhabitants as well as water samples taken from 3 sites of the local stream. Water analysis indicated the presence of several enteric pathogens, i.e., Aeromonas spp., Vibrio spp., E. coli H7, E...
October 2017: Korean Journal of Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29090442/devitalisation-of-pathogens-in-stored-pig-slurry-and-potential-risk-related-to-its-application-to-agricultural-soil
#13
Jan Venglovsky, Nada Sasakova, Gabriela Gregova, Ingrid Papajova, Frantisek Toth, Tatiana Szaboova
The study investigated the risks arising from application of pig slurry to soil in relation to viability of Salmonella typhimurium, Escherichia coli, total coliforms, faecal enterococci and eggs of Ascaris suum at different temperatures. Potential effect of changes in physico-chemical parameters, particularly dry matter (DM), pH and ammonia, were also investigated. Examination showed that S. typhimurium was devitalised after storage in the slurry for 115 days at 4 °C and after 90 days at 20 and 42 °C...
October 31, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29082294/nuclei-isolation-from-nematode-ascaris
#14
Yuanyuan Kang, Jianbin Wang, Richard E Davis
Preparing nuclei is necessary in a variety of experimental paradigms to study nuclear processes. In this protocol, we describe a method for rapid preparation of large number of relatively pure nuclei from Ascaris embryos or tissues that are ready to be used for further experiments such as chromatin isolation and ChIP-seq, nuclear RNA analyses, or preparation of nuclear extracts (Kang et al., 2016; Wang et al., 2016).
May 5, 2017: Bio-protocol
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29075433/differences-in-the-genetic-control-of-early-egg-development-and-reproduction-between-c-elegans-and-its-parthenogenetic-relative-d-coronatus
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Christopher Kraus, Philipp H Schiffer, Hiroshi Kagoshima, Hideaki Hiraki, Theresa Vogt, Michael Kroiher, Yuji Kohara, Einhard Schierenberg
BACKGROUND: The free-living nematode Diploscapter coronatus is the closest known relative of Caenorhabditis elegans with parthenogenetic reproduction. It shows several developmental idiosyncracies, for example concerning the mode of reproduction, embryonic axis formation and early cleavage pattern (Lahl et al. in Int J Dev Biol 50:393-397, 2006). Our recent genome analysis (Hiraki et al. in BMC Genomics 18:478, 2017) provides a solid foundation to better understand the molecular basis of developmental idiosyncrasies in this species in an evolutionary context by comparison with selected other nematodes...
2017: EvoDevo
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29063894/multiple-parasitic-and-viral-infections-in-a-patient-living-with-hiv-aids-on-antiretroviral-therapy
#16
K Deepika, Nonika Rajkumari, A S Liji, Subhash Chandra Parija, Abdoul Hamide
Patients with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection are more prone for gastrointestinal infections causing diarrhoea, particularly with parasites. Parasitic infections have been regularly reported in such patients. A female patient confirmed positive for HIV 1 on antiretroviral therapy came with complaints of chronic diarrhoea for the past 7 months. Her initial CD4 count was 89 cells/μl of blood, and antibodies to cytomegalovirus and herpes simplex virus 1 and 2 virus were found to be positive in the patient's serum, but there was no HIV-associated retinopathy...
July 2017: Indian Journal of Medical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29057116/prevalence-of-intestinal-helminths-infestation-in-children-attending-princess-marie-louise-children-s-hospital-in-accra-ghana
#17
Robert Mirisho, Margaret L Neizer, Bismark Sarfo
The deworming exercise program does not cover all children who are not in school. This study determined the prevalence and species type of helminth infestation and associated factors among children attending Princess Marie Louise Children's Hospital in Accra, Ghana. Children (225) below the age of 10 who have not taken antihelminthic drugs prior to the study period were recruited between May and June 2015. Children or guardians were interviewed using structured questionnaires and fresh stools were collected and processed for helminths species identification using microscopy...
2017: Journal of Parasitology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29047387/isothermal-diagnostic-assays-for-the-detection-of-soil-transmitted-helminths-based-on-the-smartamp2-method
#18
Nour Rashwan, Aïssatou Diawara, Marilyn E Scott, Roger K Prichard
BACKGROUND: Diagnosis of soil-transmitted helminths (STHs) has traditionally relied on stool microscopy, which has a number of critical deficiencies. Molecular diagnostics are powerful tools to identify closely related species, but the requirement for costly equipment makes their implementation difficult in low-resource or field settings. Rapid, sensitive and cost-effective diagnostic tools are crucial for accurate estimation of STH infection intensity in MDA programmes in which the goal is to reduce morbidity following repeated rounds of chemotherapy...
October 18, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29039336/soil-transmitted-helminthiasis-in-different-occupational-groups-in-swat-khyber-pakhtunkhwa-pakistan
#19
Wali Khan, Noorun Nisa, Aly Khan
We investigated the prevalence of geohelminth parasites in farmers, education concerned and shepherd of Swat, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. A total of 1041 stool samples were examined from January 2006 to December 2008 using direct smear (Normal saline and Lugol's Iodine solution) the concentration methods and procedures. Seven hundred and sixty three (73.2%) individuals were found infected with one or more than one geohelminth parasites. Four hundred and eighteen (54.7%) were infected with single parasite and three hundred forty five (45...
July 2017: Pakistan Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29035868/comparative-analysis-of-codon-usage-pattern-and-its-influencing-factors-in-schistosoma-japonicum-and-ascaris-suum
#20
Gulshana A Mazumder, Arif Uddin, Supriyo Chakraborty
Schistosoma japonicum and Ascaris suum are considered as the major parasites of human which cause various life threatening diseases such as schistomiasis and ascariasis. The codon usage bias (CUB) is known as the phenomenon of more usage of a specific codon than the other synonymous codons for an amino acid. The factors that influence the codon usage bias are mutation pressure, natural selection, gene expression, gene length, GC content, RNA stability, recombination rates, codon position etc. Here we had used various bioinformatic tools and statistical analyses to understand the compositional features, expression level and codon usage bias in the genes of these two species...
December 20, 2017: Acta Parasitologica
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