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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28903465/role-of-host-cell-integrins-in-the-microsporidium-encephalitozoon-intestinalis-adherence-and-infection-in-vitro
#1
Cory A Leonard, J Russell Hayman
Microsporidia are obligate intracellular, spore-forming, fungal-related pathogens that employ a unique organelle, the polar tube, to transfer infectious spore contents into host cells to initiate infection. Spore adherence to host cells may provide the proximity required for polar tube/host cell interaction during in vivo infection. In previous in vitro studies, host sulfated glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) or recombinant microsporidia endospore protein (EnP1) was implicated in the pathogen adherence and infection process; however, complete ablation of spore adherence and infection could not be achieved, suggesting that additional or alternative spore and host cell determinants of adherence and infection may exist...
September 15, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28869156/molecular-diagnosis-of-potentially-human-pathogenic-enterocytozoon-bieneusi-and-encephalitozoon-species-in-exotic-birds-in-southwestern-iran
#2
Mehdi Tavalla, Masoumeh Mardani-Kateki, Rahman Abdizadeh, Shahrzad Soltani, Jasem Saki
Microsporidia are obligate intracellular parasites that produce spores. The infections caused by these parasites are mostly considered to be opportunistic in immunodeficient patients. Because of the zoonotic nature of microsporidia as well as the increasing prevalence of immunodeficiency diseases, the aim of this study was to evaluate the molecular diagnosis of Enterocytozoon bieneusi (E. bieneusi) and Encephalitozoon spp. in exotic birds in southwestern Iran. Initially, 816 stool specimens were collected and stained by modified trichrome (Weber) staining...
August 28, 2017: Journal of Infection and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28779899/effects-of-selected-indonesian-plant-extracts-on-e-%C3%A2-cuniculi-infection-in%C3%A2-vivo
#3
Bohumil Sak, Anna Jandová, Karel Doležal, Martin Kváč, Dana Květoňová, Lenka Hlásková, Michael Rost, Milan Olšanský, Wisnu Nurcahyo, Ivona Foitová
The present study was conducted to evaluate the methanolic extracts from several plant leaves widely used in traditional medicine to cure digestive tract disorders and in the self-medication of wild animals such as non-human primates, namely Archidendron fagifolium, Diospyros sumatrana, Shorea sumatrana, and Piper betle leaves, with regard to their antimicrosporidial activity against Encephalitozoon cuniculi in immunocompetent BALB/c mice determined using molecular detection of microsporidial DNA (qPCR) in various tissues and body fluids of infected, treated mice...
October 2017: Experimental Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28754285/dynamics-of-parasitophorous-vacuoles-formed-by-the-microsporidian-pathogen-encephalitozoon-cuniculi
#4
Soo Chan Lee, Joseph Heitman
It has been a long-standing debate if sexual development occurs in the microsporidian lineages. Previous studies, including morphological observations, ploidy analysis, and the presence of a sex-related locus, provided evidence of possible extant of sexual development. This study presents another line of evidence by monitoring the parasitophorous vacuoles (PVs) formed by Encephalitozoon cuniculi. Time lapse observations of infection cycles of E. cuniculi revealed that multiple PVs can be formed in a single host cell and the PVs in the single cell can merge (fusion) or split (fission)...
October 2017: Fungal Genetics and Biology: FG & B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723944/application-of-mass-spectrometry-to-elucidate-the-pathophysiology-of-encephalitozoon-cuniculi-infection-in-rabbits
#5
Guillaume Desoubeaux, Maria Del Carmen Piqueras, Ana Pantin, Sanjoy K Bhattacharya, Roman Peschke, Anja Joachim, Carolyn Cray
Encephalitozoon cuniculi is a microsporidian species which can induce subclinical to serious disease in mammals including rabbits, a definitive natural host. The pathophysiology of infection has not been comprehensively elucidated. In this exploratory study, we utilized two mass spectrometry approaches: first, the analysis of the humoral response by profiling the microsporidian antigens as revealed by Western blot screening, and second, implementing the iTRAQ®-labeling protocol to focus on the changes within the host proteome during infection...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635524/serology-and-protein-electrophoresis-for-evidence-of-exposure-to-12-mink-pathogens-in-free-ranging-american-mink-neovison-vison-in-argentina
#6
Pablo Eduardo Martino, Luis Ernesto Samartino, Néstor Oscar Stanchi, Nilda Esther Radman, Eduardo Joaquín Parrado
BACKGROUND: Basic pathologic characteristics for farmed minks were previously reported worldwide. However, its status in the wild has not been studied in detail. OBJECTIVE: Serology and electrophoresis were carried out for evidence of exposure to 12 mink pathogens on two different locations. ANIMALS AND METHODS: Serology was done in 87 wild minks by reference techniques against Toxoplasma gondii, Encephalitozoon cuniculi, Neospora caninum, Brucella abortus, Mycobacterium bovis, Leptospira interrogans, canine distemper virus (CDV), canine adenovirus (CAV), canine parvovirus (CPV), rabies virus (RV), Influenza A virus (FLUAV) and Aleutian disease virus (ADV)...
December 2017: Veterinary Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28567444/toxoplasma-gondii-maf1b-binds-the-host-cell-mib-complex-to-mediate-mitochondrial-association
#7
Felice D Kelly, Brian M Wei, Alicja M Cygan, Michelle L Parker, Martin J Boulanger, John C Boothroyd
Many diverse intracellular pathogens, such as Legionella pneumophila, Chlamydia psittaci, Encephalitozoon sp., and Toxoplasma gondii, manipulate and relocate host cell organelles, including mitochondria. Toxoplasma tachyzoites use a secreted protein, mitochondrial association factor 1b (MAF1b), to drive the association between the host mitochondria and the membrane of the parasitophorous vacuole, in which the parasites grow. The identity of the host partner in this interaction, however, has not previously been identified...
May 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502260/the-first-study-on-opportunistic-intestinal-microsporidiosis-in-ibd-patients-receiving-immunosuppressive-medications-in-iran
#8
Z Hasani, H Asadzadeh Aghdaei, H Balaii, M Azimirad, E S Mirsamadi, H Mirjalali, M R Zali
Microsporida are known as opportunistic unicellular organisms and have recently been reclassified as fungi that have been frequently reported from patients with congenital and acquired immunity failure disorders, worldwide. However, use of immunosuppressive medications in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) patients significantly decreases overall immunity, and increases their susceptibility to opportunistic infections. Totally, 71 stool samples were collected from IBD patients consisted of 69 ulcerative colitis (UC) patients and two Crohn's disease (CD) patients...
July 2017: Epidemiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438442/molecular-identification-of-enterocytozoon-bieneusi-and-encephalitozoon-spp-in-immunodeficient-patients-in-ahvaz-southwest-of-iran
#9
Mehdi Tavalla, Masoumeh Mardani-Kateki, Rahman Abdizadeh, Roohangiz Nashibi, Abdollah Rafie, Shahram Khademvatan
Microsporidia are often considered as an opportunistic infection in patients with impaired immune systems such as transplant recipients and patients with acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS). Due to the increasing prevalence of parasitic infections and immunodeficiency diseases; the aim of the study is to evaluate molecular identification of Enterocytozoon bieneusi and Encephalitozoon spp. in immunodeficient patients in Ahvaz, southwest of Iran. At first, 310 stool samples were collected from patients with immunodeficiency...
April 21, 2017: Acta Tropica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426751/the-role-of-microsporidian-polar-tube-protein-4-ptp4-in-host-cell-infection
#10
Bing Han, Valérie Polonais, Tatsuki Sugi, Rama Yakubu, Peter M Takvorian, Ann Cali, Keith Maier, Mengxian Long, Matthew Levy, Herbert B Tanowitz, Guoqing Pan, Frédéric Delbac, Zeyang Zhou, Louis M Weiss
Microsporidia have been identified as pathogens that have important effects on our health, food security and economy. A key to the success of these obligate intracellular pathogens is their unique invasion organelle, the polar tube, which delivers the nucleus containing sporoplasm into host cells during invasion. Due to the size of the polar tube, the rapidity of polar tube discharge and sporoplasm passage, and the absence of genetic techniques for the manipulation of microsporidia, study of this organelle has been difficult and there is relatively little known regarding polar tube formation and the function of the proteins making up this structure...
April 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339881/genetic-aspects-and-environmental-sources-of-microsporidia-that-infect-the-human-gastrointestinal-tract
#11
Martin F Heyworth
Enterocytozoon bieneusi and Encephalitozoon intestinalis are microsporidia that infect the human gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Each of these microsporidia has been shown to infect various non-human hosts (mammalian and avian), raising the possibility of inter-species transmission, for example, from such hosts to human subjects via waterborne dispersal of microsporidian spores. During the past two decades, genome sequencing has delineated more than 90 genotypes of Ent. bieneusi, and has led to the conclusion that not all the genotypes of this organism infect human subjects...
February 27, 2017: Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338834/comparative-genomics-of-microsporidian-genomes-reveals-a-minimal-non-coding-rna-set-and-new-insights-for-transcription-in-minimal-eukaryotic-genomes
#12
Abdel Belkorchia, Jean-François Pombert, Valérie Polonais, Nicolas Parisot, Frédéric Delbac, Jean-François Brugère, Pierre Peyret, Christine Gaspin, Eric Peyretaillade
Microsporidia are ubiquitous intracellular pathogens whose opportunistic nature led to their increased recognition with the rise of the AIDS pandemic. As the RNA world was largely unexplored in this parasitic lineage, we developed a dedicated in silico methodology to carry out exhaustive identification of ncRNAs across the Encephalitozoon and Nosema genera. Thus, the previously missing U1 small nuclear RNA (snRNA) and small nucleolar RNAs (snoRNAs) targeting only the LSU rRNA were highlighted and were further validated using 5' and 3'RACE-PCR experiments...
June 1, 2017: DNA Research: An International Journal for Rapid Publication of Reports on Genes and Genomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321967/comparative-analysis-of-the-proteins-with-tandem-repeats-from-8-microsporidia-and-characterization-of-a-novel-endospore-wall-protein-colocalizing-with-polar-tube-from-nosema-bombycis
#13
Ying Wang, Huixia Geng, Xiaoqun Dang, Heng Xiang, Tian Li, Guoqing Pan, Zeyang Zhou
As a common feature of eukaryotic proteins, tandem amino acid repeat has been studied extensively in both animal and plant proteins. Here, a comparative analysis focusing on the proteins having tandem repeats was conducted in eight microsporidia, including four mammal-infecting microsporidia (Encephalitozoon cuniculi, Encephalitozoon intestinalis, Encephalitozoon hellem and Encephalitozoon bieneusi) and four insect-infecting microsporidia (Nosema apis, Nosema ceranae, Vavraia culicis and Nosema bombycis). We found that the proteins with tandem repeats were abundant in these species...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303005/ligand-co-crystallization-of-aminoacyl-trna-synthetases-from-infectious-disease-organisms
#14
Spencer O Moen, Thomas E Edwards, David M Dranow, Matthew C Clifton, Banumathi Sankaran, Wesley C Van Voorhis, Amit Sharma, Colin Manoil, Bart L Staker, Peter J Myler, Donald D Lorimer
Aminoacyl-tRNA synthetases (aaRSs) charge tRNAs with their cognate amino acid, an essential precursor step to loading of charged tRNAs onto the ribosome and addition of the amino acid to the growing polypeptide chain during protein synthesis. Because of this important biological function, aminoacyl-tRNA synthetases have been the focus of anti-infective drug development efforts and two aaRS inhibitors have been approved as drugs. Several researchers in the scientific community requested aminoacyl-tRNA synthetases to be targeted in the Seattle Structural Genomics Center for Infectious Disease (SSGCID) structure determination pipeline...
March 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220747/three-cases-of-neurologic-syndrome-caused-by-donor-derived-microsporidiosis
#15
Rachel M Smith, Atis Muehlenbachs, Joanna Schaenmann, Sanjiv Baxi, Sophia Koo, Dianna Blau, Peter Chin-Hong, Anna R Thorner, Matthew J Kuehnert, Kristina Wheeler, Alexis Liakos, Jonathan W Jackson, Theresa Benedict, Alexandre J da Silva, Jana M Ritter, Dominique Rollin, Maureen Metcalfe, Cynthia S Goldsmith, Govinda S Visvesvara, Sridhar V Basavaraju, Sherif Zaki
In April 2014, a kidney transplant recipient in the United States experienced headache, diplopia, and confusion, followed by neurologic decline and death. An investigation to evaluate the possibility of donor-derived infection determined that 3 patients had received 4 organs (kidney, liver, heart/kidney) from the same donor. The liver recipient experienced tremor and gait instability; the heart/kidney and contralateral kidney recipients were hospitalized with encephalitis. None experienced gastrointestinal symptoms...
March 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205456/histochemical-study-of-encephalitozoon-cuniculi-spores-in-the-kidneys-of-naturally-infected-new-zealand-rabbits
#16
Luis E Rodríguez-Tovar, Alejandra Villarreal-Marroquín, Alicia M Nevárez-Garza, Uziel Castillo-Velázquez, Heidi G Rodríguez-Ramírez, Magda C Navarro-Soto, Juán J Zárate-Ramos, Gustavo Hernández-Vidal, Armando Trejo-Chávez
Encephalitozoon cuniculi is an important microsporidian pathogen that is considered an emergent, zoonotic, and opportunistic. It infects both domestic and laboratory rabbits, generating severe chronic interstitial and granulomatous nephritis with fibrosis and granulomatous encephalitis. Encephalitozoonosis is diagnosed in paraffin-embedded sections by examining the spores in the host tissues. The spores are difficult to observe when the samples are stained with hematoxylin and eosin (H&E), particularly when there is an inflammatory reaction and tissue damage...
May 2017: Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199765/survey-for-zoonotic-microsporidian-pathogens-in-wild-living-urban-rooks-corvus-frugilegus
#17
Agnieszka Perec-Matysiak, Maria Wesołowska, Kinga Leśniańska, Katarzyna Buńkowska-Gawlik, Joanna Hildebrand, Marta Kicia
Microsporidia are opportunistic pathogens in nature infecting all animal phyla. There is a potential risk of microsporidian spores transmission from urban rooks inhabiting some metropolitan cities to people through casual interactions. The aim of this study was to identify microsporidia species in the droppings of rooks in Wroclaw, Poland. A total of 15 collective sets of droppings were examined using nested-PCR method. Amplification of ITS rRNA gene revealed the presence of Enterocytozoon bieneusi D, Peru 6, and Encephalitozoon hellem 1A genotypes...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28131379/encephalitozoon-cuniculi-in-rabbits-serological-screening-and-histopathological-findings
#18
Giovanni Maestrini, Emanuele Ricci, Carlo Cantile, Riccardo Mannella, Francesca Mancianti, Gisella Paci, Carlo D'Ascenzi, Stefania Perrucci
Serological prevalence of E. cuniculi infection was assessed in 183 rabbits from central Italy. In seropositive deceased rabbits, histopathological lesions were also evaluated. Sera from 118 rabbits from 6 intensive farms, 10 rabbits from 6 family farms, 16 rabbits from a zoo, 30 rabbits from 5 research laboratories and 9 pet rabbits from 9 different owners, were tested by an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. Data were statistically analysed. Tissue samples from brain and kidney of 10 deceased rabbits were formalin-fixed and subsequently analysed by histopathology and immunohistochemistry...
February 2017: Comparative Immunology, Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28115231/molecular-detection-and-species-identification-of-enterocytozoon-bieneusi-isolated-from-immunocompetent-orang-asli-in-malaysia
#19
Azah Ashikin, Hesham M Al-Mekhlafi, Norhayati Moktar, Tengku Shahrul Anuar
Most studies of opportunistic infections focus on immunocompromised patients. However, there is a lack of information on microsporidiosis in healthy people (immunocompetent) worldwide. This study aimed to detect and identify microsporidia species in immunocompetent Orang Asli living in Pahang, Malaysia. Orang Asli is a collective term for a group of indigenous people that usually reside in the interior regions of Peninsular Malaysia. They comprise about 0.7% of the total population in Malaysia and 76% of them lived below the poverty line i...
April 2017: Parasitology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27966020/application-of-western-blot-analysis-for-the-diagnosis-of-encephalitozoon-cuniculi-infection-in-rabbits-example-of-a-quantitative-approach
#20
Guillaume Desoubeaux, Ana Pantin, Roman Peschke, Anja Joachim, Carolyn Cray
Diagnosis of Encephalitozoon cuniculi infection in rabbits remains a major veterinary issue. ELISA or immunofluorescence assays are the current reference standards of serological tests. However, these conventional techniques suffer from a lack of accuracy for distinguishing active from past infections, as a positive serostatus is common in clinically normal rabbits. In this study, we assessed the diagnostic performance of Western blot (WB) to detect both anti-E. cuniculi immunoglobulin G (IgG) and immunoglobulin M (IgM) in comparison with ELISA and to address the intensity of the immune response through a quantitative approach...
February 2017: Parasitology Research
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