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Shuai Wang, Zhijun Yao, Lingjuan Li, Yaoqian Pan, Pengju Li, Xiaoxu Nan, Qing Xie, Zhenchao Zhang
Rabbits (Oryctolagus cuniculus) are frequently reared for meat production in China. The aim of this study was to assess the seroprevalence of Toxoplasma gondii and Encephalitozoon cuniculi, and risk factors of infection in domestic rabbits raised in Henan province, central China. 1,213 serum samples of domestic rabbits were collected and tested for anti-T. gondii and anti-E. cuniculi antibodies using a modified agglutination test (MAT) and an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA), respectively. The serum positive rates of T...
2018: Parasite: Journal de la Société Française de Parasitologie
Dong-Dong Chen, Bing-Yu Zhang, Xiu-Xiu Liu, Xing-Qiang Li, Xin-Juan Yang, Le Zhou
A series of cinnamic acid derivatives and its heteroaromatic ring analogues were synthesized and evaluated for acaricidal activity in vitro against Psoroptes cuniculi, a mange mite. Among them, eight compounds showed the higher activity with median lethal concentrations (LC50 ) of 0.36-1.07mM (60.4-192.1µg/mL) and great potential for the development of novel acaricidal agent. Compound 40 showed both the lowest LC50 value of 0.36mM (60.4µg/mL) and the smallest median lethal time (LT50 ) of 2.6h at 4.5mM, comparable with ivermectin [LC50 =0...
August 24, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
Elham Kord-Sarkachi, Mehdi Tavalla, Moluok Beiromvand
Microsporidia is often considered as an opportunistic infection in patients with impaired immune systems such as patients with acquired immune deficiency syndrome, transplant recipients, children and old people. Due to the ability of the parasite to transmit from animals to human as well as the increasing prevalence of parasitic infections and immune deficiency diseases; therefore, the aim of this study was to evaluate molecular diagnosis of microsporidia strains in slaughtered cows of southwest of Iran. Initially, 256 stool samples of cows were collected from 5 regions of Khuzestan province, southwest of Iran and stained by modified trichrome (weber)...
March 2018: Journal of Parasitic Diseases: Official Organ of the Indian Society for Parasitology
Dongdong Chen, Ye Tian, Mingxuan Xu, Xinyuan Wang, Ding Li, Fang Miao, Xinjuan Yang, Le Zhou
A series of 3-aryl propionic esters and their analogues were designed and evaluated for acaricidal activity in vitro against Psoroptes cuniculi, a mange mite. The structure-activity relationship (SAR) was also discussed. The results showed that 6 compounds possessed the excellent activity (LC50 = 0.17-0.24 mM, LT50 = 1.5-2.9 h), superior to ivermectin (LC50 = 0.28 mM, LT50 = 8.9 h) (P < 0.05), a standard drug. Furthermore, 7 compounds showed the good activity (LC50 = 0.25-0...
January 29, 2018: Scientific Reports
Xiao-Fei Shang, Ying-Qian Liu, Xiao Guo, Xiao-Lou Miao, Cheng Chen, Jun-Xiang Zhang, Xiao-Shan Xu, Guan-Zhou Yang, Cheng-Jie Yang, Jun-Cai Li, Xiao-Shuai Zhang
As important secondary plant metabolites, naphthoquinones exhibit a wide range of biological activities. However, their potential as sustainable alternatives to synthetic acaricides has not been studied. This study for the first time investigates the acaricidal activity of naphthoquinones against Psoroptes cuniculi in vitro. Furthermore, the in vivo activity, the skin irritation effects, the cytotoxicity and the inhibitory activities against mite acetylcholinesterase (AChE) and glutathione S-transferase (GST) of the two compounds that displayed the best insecticidal activity in vitro were evaluated...
January 25, 2018: Scientific Reports
Alicia M Nevárez-Garza, Uziel Castillo-Velázquez, Adolfo Soto-Domínguez, R Montes-de-Oca-Luna, Diana E Zamora-Ávila, Alfredo Wong-González, Luis E Rodríguez-Tovar
The expression of tumor necrosis factor (TNF) -α, interleukin (IL) -4 and IL-10, as well as apoptosis and nitric oxide (NO) levels were measured in the brain and kidneys of immunocompetent and immunosuppressed New Zealand White rabbits infected with Encephalitozoon cuniculi. All of the animals had clinical signs histopathological lesions compatible with encephalitozoonosis and were E. cuniculi-positive by using a carbon immunoassay test. Encephalitozoon cuniculi infection promoted the expression of TNF-α and NO production in the kidneys of infected rabbits, and a synergic effect was observed in animal treated with dexamethasone...
April 2018: Developmental and Comparative Immunology
Martin Kvac, Lada Hofmannova, Ynes Ortega, Nikola Holubova, Michaela Horcickova, Marta Kicia, Lenka Hlaskova, Dana Kvetonova, Bohumil Sak, John McEvoy
Faecal samples were collected from cats kept as pets (n = 120) and stray cats (n = 135) in Central Europe (Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia) and screened for the presence of Cryptosporidium spp., Giardia intestinalis (Kunstler, 1882), Encephalitozoon spp. and Enterocytozoon bieneusi Desportes, Le Charpentier, Galian, Bernard, Cochand-Priollet, Lavergne, Ravisse et Modigliani, 1985 by PCR analysis of the small-subunit of rRNA (Cryptosporidium spp. and G. intestinalis) and ITS (microsporidia) genes. Sequence analysis of targeted genes revealed the presence of C...
December 6, 2017: Folia Parasitologica
Rick F Sanchez, Richard Everson, Joanna Hedley, Charlotte Dawson, Richard Lam, Simon L Priestnall, Alejandra Garcia de Carellan, Cristina de Miguel, Christopher Seymour
OBJECTIVE: To describe the presentation of 15 rabbits with naturally occurring cataracts referred for phacoemulsification surgery, the procedure in 13 cases and the follow-up in 12. ANIMALS INCLUDED: Fifteen rabbits (30 eyes), nine of which stopped following visual cues in association with cataract progression. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Rabbits underwent preoperative ophthalmic and ocular ultrasound examination. RESULTS: Thirteen rabbits (22 eyes) had mature cataracts...
December 4, 2017: Veterinary Ophthalmology
Denise Langanke Dos Santos, Anuska Marcelino Alvares-Saraiva, José Guilherme Xavier, Diva Denelle Spadacci-Morena, Giovani Bravin Peres, Paulo Ricardo Dell'Armelina Rocha, Elizabeth Cristina Perez, Maria Anete Lallo
Microsporidia are intracellular pathogens that cause severe disease in immunocompromised humans and animals. We recently demonstrated that XID mice are more susceptible to Encephalitozoon cuniculi infection by intraperitoneal route, evidencing the role of B-1 cells in resistance against infection. The present study investigated the resistance and susceptibility against E. cuniculi oral infection, including the role of B-1 cells. BALB/c and BALB/c XID (B-1 cells deficient) mice were orally infected with E...
December 1, 2017: Microbes and Infection
N M Elhawary, Sh S G H Sorour, M A El-Abasy, E K Bazh, K Sultan
The ear mite "Psoroptes cuniculi" is the main cause of ear mange, a highly contagious parasitic skin disease in rabbits all over the world. In the current work, a preliminary therapeutic trial to study the effect of the broad use acaricides doramectin and ivermectin on P. cuniculi was performed on artificially infested rabbits. Twenty five adult New Zealand white rabbits were used in this study. The rabbits were assigned randomly into five groups/ 5 rabbits in each group. Each rabbit was experimentally infested with 100 mites/ ear...
September 26, 2017: Polish Journal of Veterinary Sciences
Frank Künzel, Peter G Fisher
Central vestibular dysfunction caused by Encephalitozoon cuniculi frequently mimics the condition of a peripheral disorder. A negative antibody titer rules out E cuniculi as the cause of present clinical signs. Cerebrospinal fluid analysis including polymerase chain reaction is considered an inappropriate diagnostic method for in vivo diagnosis of encephalitozoonosis. The usefulness of glucocorticoid anti-inflammatories in the treatment of encephalitozoonosis is called into question. Encouraging activity early in the course of disease and adding in therapeutic exercise may represent the most important part of therapy in rabbits with vestibular dysfunction associated with encephalitozoonosis...
January 2018: Veterinary Clinics of North America. Exotic Animal Practice
Jing Xu, Xing Huang, Manli He, Yongjun Ren, Nengxing Shen, Chunyan Li, Ran He, Yue Xie, Xiaobin Gu, Bo Jing, Xuerong Peng, Guangyou Yang
Scabies is a parasitic disease caused by the ectoparasite Sarcoptes scabiei, affecting different mammalian species, including rabbits, worldwide. In the present study, we cloned and expressed a novel inorganic pyrophosphatase, Ssc-PYP-1, from S. scabiei var. cuniculi. Immunofluorescence staining showed that native Ssc-PYP-1 was localized in the tegument around the mouthparts and the entire legs, as well as in the cuticle of the mites. Interestingly, obvious staining was also observed on the fecal pellets of mites and in the integument of the mites...
November 8, 2017: Parasitology
Stephan Engelhardt, Astrid Buder, Katja Pfeil, Ulrike Schwittlick, Eva Klas, Barbara Hinney, Heike Aupperle-Lellbach, Ingo Pfeil
An 8-week-old puppy was presented to the clinic because of anorexia, polyuria, polydipsia and azotemia. The urinary sediment displayed large amounts of protozoan-like organisms, which could be identified by PCR as Encephalitozoon cuniculi genotype I. In the immunofluorescence antibody test (IFAT) an antibody titer against E. cuniculi of 1  :  2560 was found. The dog was treated with fenbendazole over 3 weeks. After 3 months, an antibody titer against E. cuniculi could no longer be detected. The dog recovered completely...
November 3, 2017: Tierärztliche Praxis. Ausgabe K, Kleintiere/Heimtiere
Aldo Francisco Neto, Paulo Ricardo Dell'Armelina Rocha, Elizabeth Christina Perez, José Guilherme Xavier, Giovani Bravin Peres, Diva Denelle Spadacci-Morena, Anuska Marcelino Alvares-Saraiva, Maria Anete Lallo
Microsporidiosis are diseases caused by opportunistic intracellular fungi in immunosuppressed individuals, as well as in transplanted patients, the elderly and children, among others. Diabetes mellitus (DM) is a metabolic disease characterized by hyperglycemia and decreased T cell response, neutrophil function, humoral immunity failure, increasing the susceptibility to infections. Here, we investigated the susceptibility of streptozotocin (STZ)-induced type I diabetic and/or immunosuppressed mice to encephalitozoonosis by Encephalitozoon cuniculi...
2017: PloS One
Patricia Lynn Shewmaker, Anne M Whitney, Christopher A Gulvik, Neil S Lipman
Three isolates of a previously reported novel catalase-negative, Gram-stain-positive, coccoid, alpha-haemolytic, Streptococcus species that were associated with meningoencephalitis in naïve weanling mice were further evaluated to confirm their taxonomic status and to determine additional phenotypic and molecular characteristics. Comparative 16S rRNA gene sequence analysis showed nearly identical intra-species sequence similarity (≥99.9 %), and revealed the closest phylogenetically related species, Streptococcus acidominimus and Streptococcus cuniculi, with 97...
October 12, 2017: International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
Jolanta Piekarska, Marta Kicia, Maria Wesołowska, Żaneta Kopacz, Michał Gorczykowski, Barbara Szczepankiewicz, Martin Kváč, Bohumil Sak
This study investigated the prevalence, genetic diversity, and zoonotic concerns of microsporidia in household dogs and cats in Poland. A total of 126 (82 dogs and 44 cats) fecal specimens were analyzed for the presence of specific DNA of Enterocytozoon bieneusi and Encephalitozoon spp. using a nested PCR protocol amplifying the internal transcribed spacer region of the rRNA gene. Microsporidia were found in 10 (7.9%) out of the 126 examined stool samples. Of the 82 dogs, 4 (4.9%) and 2 (2.4%) were positive for E...
November 15, 2017: Veterinary Parasitology
Michaela Kotková, Bohumil Sak, Lenka Hlásková, Martin Kváč
Encephalitozoon cuniculi is probably the most common microsporidia which infects a wide range of vertebrates, including human. So far, four genotypes of this parasite have been identified based on the rRNA internal transcribed spacer variations. The course of infection caused by E. cuniculi III had very massive onset in immunocompetent host characterized by the presence of this parasite in all organs and tissues within one week after peroral infection. Encephalitozoonosis caused by E. cuniculi III had very progressive spreading into all organs within first week post inoculation in immunocompromised SCID mice and led to the death of the host...
November 2017: Experimental Parasitology
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
Nengxing Shen, Ran He, Yuqing Liang, Jing Xu, Manli He, Yongjun Ren, Xiaobin Gu, Weimin Lai, Yue Xie, Xuerong Peng, Guangyou Yang
Scabies is a disease that harms humans and other animals that is caused by the itch mite Sarcoptes scabiei burrowing into the stratum corneum of the skin. In the early stages of scabies, symptoms are often subclinical and there are no effective diagnostic methods. Herein, we cloned, expressed and characterised an S. scabiei protein tyrosine kinase (SsPTK) and evaluated its diagnostic value as a recombinant antigen in rabbit during the early stages of Sarcoptes infestation. The SsPTK protein is ~30 kDa, lacks a signal peptide, and shares high homology with a PTK from the rabbit ear mite Psoroptes ovis cuniculi...
August 29, 2017: Scientific Reports
Sean P Gilmore, John K Henske, Jessica A Sexton, Kevin V Solomon, Susanna Seppälä, Justin I Yoo, Lauren M Huyett, Abe Pressman, James Z Cogan, Veronika Kivenson, Xuefeng Peng, YerPeng Tan, David L Valentine, Michelle A O'Malley
BACKGROUND: The metabolism of archaeal methanogens drives methane release into the environment and is critical to understanding global carbon cycling. Methanogenesis operates at a very low reducing potential compared to other forms of respiration and is therefore critical to many anaerobic environments. Harnessing or altering methanogen metabolism has the potential to mitigate global warming and even be utilized for energy applications. RESULTS: Here, we report draft genome sequences for the isolated methanogens Methanobacterium bryantii, Methanosarcina spelaei, Methanosphaera cuniculi, and Methanocorpusculum parvum...
August 21, 2017: BMC Genomics
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