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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081121/isolation-of-novel-trypanosomatid-zelonia-australiensis-sp-nov-kinetoplastida-trypanosomatidae-provides-support-for-a-gondwanan-origin-of-dixenous-parasitism-in-the-leishmaniinae
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Joel Barratt, Alexa Kaufer, Bryce Peters, Douglas Craig, Andrea Lawrence, Tamalee Roberts, Rogan Lee, Gary McAuliffe, Damien Stark, John Ellis
The genus Leishmania includes approximately 53 species, 20 of which cause human leishmaniais; a significant albeit neglected tropical disease. Leishmaniasis has afflicted humans for millennia, but how ancient is Leishmania and where did it arise? These questions have been hotly debated for decades and several theories have been proposed. One theory suggests Leishmania originated in the Palearctic, and dispersed to the New World via the Bering land bridge. Others propose that Leishmania evolved in the Neotropics...
January 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077462/bromodomains-in-protozoan-parasites-evolution-function-and-opportunities-for-drug-development
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Victoria Jeffers, Chunlin Yang, Sherri Huang, William J Sullivan
Parasitic infections remain one of the most pressing global health concerns of our day, affecting billions of people and producing unsustainable economic burdens. The rise of drug-resistant parasites has created an urgent need to study their biology in hopes of uncovering new potential drug targets. It has been established that disrupting gene expression by interfering with lysine acetylation is detrimental to survival of apicomplexan (Toxoplasma gondii and Plasmodium spp.) and kinetoplastid (Leishmania spp...
March 2017: Microbiology and Molecular Biology Reviews: MMBR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076470/first-description-of-leishmania-viannia-infection-in-evandromyia-saulensis-pressatia-sp-and-trichophoromyia-auraensis-psychodidae-phlebotominae-in-a-transmission-area-of-cutaneous-leishmaniasis-in-acre-state-amazon-basin-brazil
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Thais de Araujo-Pereira, Daniela de Pita-Pereira, Mariana Côrtes Boité, Myllena Melo, Taiana Amancio da Costa-Rego, Andressa Alencastre Fuzari, Reginaldo Peçanha Brazil, Constança Britto
Studies on the sandfly fauna to evaluate natural infection indexes are still limited in the Brazilian Amazon, a region with an increasing incidence of cutaneous leishmaniasis. Here, by using a multiplex polymerase chain reaction directed to Leishmania kDNA and hybridisation, we were able to identify L. (Viannia) subgenus in 12 out of 173 sandflies captured in the municipality of Rio Branco, Acre state, revealing a positivity of 6.94%. By sequencing the Leishmania 234 bp-hsp70 amplified products from positive samples, infection by L...
January 1, 2017: Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076468/phenotypic-diversity-and-selection-maintain-leishmania-amazonensis-infectivity-in-balb-c-mouse-model
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Benoît Espiau, Virginia Vilhena, Armelle Cuvillier, Aldina Barral, Gilles Merlin
Leishmania are protozoan parasites that show remarkable diversity, as revealed by the various clinical forms of leishmaniasis, which can range from mild skin lesions to severe metastatic cutaneous/mucosal lesions. The exact nature and extent of Leishmania phenotypic diversity in establishing infection is not fully understood. In order to try to understand some aspects of this diversity, we subcutaneously infected BALB/c mice with first and second generation subclones of a L. amazonensis strain isolated from a patient (BA125) and examined in vivo lesion growth rate and antimony susceptibility...
January 1, 2017: Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076241/phenotypic-and-functional-characteristics-of-hla-dr-neutrophils-in-brazilians-with-cutaneous-leishmaniasis
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Richard E Davis, Smriti Sharma, Jacilara Conceição, Pedro Carneiro, Fernanda Novais, Phillip Scott, Shyam Sundar, Olivia Bacellar, Edgar M Carvalho, Mary E Wilson
The protozoan Leishmania braziliensis causes cutaneous leishmaniasis (CL) in endemic regions. In murine models, neutrophils (PMNs) are recruited to the site of infection soon after parasite inoculation. However, the roles of neutrophils during chronic infection and in human disease remain undefined. We hypothesized that neutrophils help maintain a systemic inflammatory state in subjects with CL. Lesion biopsies from all patients with CL tested contained neutrophils expressing HLA-DR, a molecule thought to be restricted to professional antigen-presenting cells...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Leukocyte Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28071592/development-and-evaluation-of-zinc-phthalocyanine-nanoemulsions-for-use-in-photodynamic-therapy-for-leishmania-spp
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Luciana Betzler de Oliveira de Siqueira, Verônica da Silva Cardoso, Igor Almeida Rodrigues, Ana Lúcia Vazquez-Villa, Elisabete Pereira Dos Santos, Bruno da Costa Leal Ribeiro Guimarães, Cristal Dos Santos Cerqueira Coutinho, Alane Beatriz Vermelho, Eduardo Ricci Junior
Photodynamic therapy (PDT) combines light with photosensitizers (PS) for production of reactive oxygen species (ROS) that can kill infectious microorganisms such as bacteria, fungi and protozoa. The application of nanotechnology has enabled the advancement of PDT because many PS are insoluble in water, necessitating a nanocarrier as a physiologically acceptable carrier. Nanoemulsions are efficient nanocarriers for solubilizing liposoluble drugs, like the PS, in water. Cutaneous (CL) and mucocutaneous leishmaniasis (ML) are caused by different species of the genus Leishmania, transmitted to humans by sandfly bites...
February 10, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067090/assessment-of-formulated-amodiaquine-microparticles-in-leishmania-donovani-infected-rats
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Henry Nettey, Grace Lovia Allotey-Babington, Isaac Somuah, N'guessan Benoit Banga, Barima Afrane, Seth Kwabena Amponsah, Henrietta Annor, Henry Darko, Kwame Hanson, Anoa Aidoo, Marisa Nyarkoa Broni, Clement Sasu, Alexander Nyarko
The aim of this study was to formulate, characterize and evaluate the activity of Amodiaquine microparticles against Leishmania donovani. Microparticles were formulated by encapsulating the drug in bovine serum albumin using the spray-dryer method. The microparticles were evaluated for size, zeta potential, drug content, encapsulation efficiency and in vitro release profile. The size range of the microparticles formulated was between 1.9 and 10 µm with an average zeta potential of -25.5 mV. Of the expected 20% drug loading, an average of 18...
January 9, 2017: Journal of Microencapsulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28064069/immunization-with-leishmania-donovani-protein-disulfide-isomerase-dna-construct-induces-th1-and-th17-dependent-immune-response-and-protection-against-experimental-visceral-leishmaniasis-in-balb-c-mice
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Ajay Amit, Vijayamahantesh, Manas R Dikhit, Ashish Kumar Singh, Vikash Kumar, Shashi S Suman, Ashu Singh, Akhilesh Kumar, Ajit Kumar Thakur, Vidyanand Ravi Das, Pradeep Das, Sanjiva Bimal
In the present study, the efficacy of Leishmania donovani protein disulfide isomerase (LdPDI) as a DNA vaccine was evaluated in BALB/C mice. Mice immunized with the LdPDI-DNA construct were found to be the most immuno-reactive, as the construct induced higher T-cell proliferation. The increased T-cell proliferation was associated with a substantial rise in Th1 and Th17+ CD4 cell response and triggered a higher proportion of CD8+ T cells for the release of interferon-gamma along with a reduced splenic parasite load on Days20 and 60 post challenge (PC)...
January 5, 2017: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062849/interplay-between-a-cytosolic-and-a-cell-surface-carbonic-anhydrase-in-ph-homeostasis-and-acid-tolerance-of-leishmania
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Dhiman Sankar Pal, Mazharul Abbasi, Dipon Kumar Mondal, Binitha Anu Varghese, Ritama Paul, Shalini Singh, Rupak Datta
Leishmania parasites have evolved to endure the acidic phagolysosomal environment within host macrophages. How Leishmania cells maintain near-neutral intracellular pH and proliferate in such proton-rich milieu remains poorly understood. We report here that for thriving in acidic condition Leishmania major relies on a cytosolic and a cell surface carbonic anhydrase viz. LmCA1 and LmCA2. Upon exposure to acidic medium, intracellular pH of the LmCA1(+/-), LmCA2(+/-) and LmCA1(+/-): LmCA2(+/-) mutant strains dropped by varying extents that led to cell cycle delay, growth retardation and morphological abnormalities...
January 6, 2017: Journal of Cell Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062234/in-vitro-antiprotozoal-activity-of-s-cis-verbenol-against-leishmania-spp-and-trypanosoma-cruzi
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Gloria Yaluff, Celeste Vega, Nelson Alvarenga
(S)-cis-Verbenol, a monoterpene frequently found as a component of essential oils, was assayed against Leishmania amazonensis, Leishmania infantum, Leishmania brasiliensis and against two strains of Trypanosoma cruzi. The cytotoxicity of the compound was also assayed against human fibroblast cells using a colorimetric method. Benznidazole was used as reference drug against T. cruzi and amphotericin B was used against Leishmania spp. The compound showed good activity against the trypanosomes, being more active against the CL Brenner strain, with an IC50 value of 8...
January 3, 2017: Acta Tropica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28059524/antileishmanial-activity-of-pyrazolopyridine-derivatives-and-their-potential-as-adjunct-therapy-with-miltefosine
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Devireddy Anand, Pawan Kumar Yadav, Om P S Patel, Naveen Parmar, Rahul K Maurya, Preeti Vishwakarma, Kanumuri S R Raju, Isha Taneja, Muhammad Wahajuddin, Susanta Kar, Prem P Yadav
A series of pyrazolo(dihydro)pyridines were synthesized and evaluated for antileishmanial efficacy against experimental visceral leishmaniasis. Among all, compounds 6d and 6j exhibited better activity than miltefosine against the intracellular amastigotes. Compound 6j (50 mg/kg/day) was further studied against Leishmania donovani/BALB/c mice via the intraperitoneal route for 5 days and displayed >91 and >93% clearances in splenic and liver parasitic burden, respectively. Combination treatment of 6j with the sub-curative dose of miltefosine (5 mg/kg) in BALB/c mice almost completely ameliorated the disease (>97% inhibition) by augmenting nitric oxide generation and shifting the immune response towards Th1 mode...
January 6, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28054741/antileishmanial-activity-and-immunomodulatory-effects-of-tricin-isolated-from-leaves-of-casearia-arborea-salicaceae
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Augusto L Santos, Eduardo S Yamamoto, Luiz Felipe D Passero, Márcia D Laurenti, Ligia F Martins, Marta L Lima, Miriam Uemi, Marisi G Soares, João Henrique G Lago, Andre G Tempone, Patricia Sartorelli
Bioactivity-guided fractionation of antileishmanial active extract from leaves of Casearia arborea led to isolation of three metabolites: tricin (1), 1',6'-di-O-β-D-vanilloyl glucopyranoside (2) and vanillic acid (3). Compound 1 demonstrated the highest activity against the intracellular amastigotes of Leishmania infantum, with an IC50 value of 56 μM. Tricin (1) demonstrated selectivity in mammalian cells (SI > 7) and elicited immunomodulatory effect on host cells. The present work suggests that tricin modulated the respiratory burst of macrophages to a leishmanicidal state, contributing to the parasite elimination...
January 5, 2017: Chemistry & Biodiversity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28052994/local-delivery-of-the-tlr9-ligand-cpg-down-regulates-host-immune-and-inflammatory-responses-ameliorating-established-leishmania-viannia-panamensis-chronic-infection
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Allison K Ehrlich, Olga L Fernández, Daniel Rodriguez-Pinto, Tiago M Castilho, Maria J Corral Caridad, Karen Goldsmith-Pestana, Nancy Gore Saravia, Diane McMahon-Pratt
Infection by Leishmania (Viannia) panamensis, the predominant etiologic agent for cutaneous leishmaniasis in Colombia, is characterized by a chronic mixed-inflammatory response. Current treatment options are plagued by toxicity, lengthy treatment regimens and growing evidence of drug resistance. Immunotherapy, modulating the immune system to mount a protective response, may provide an alternate therapeutic approach. We investigated the ability of the TLR9 ligand, CpG, to modulate established disease in the L...
January 4, 2017: Infection and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28049560/a-recombinant-fusion-protein-displaying-murine-and-human-mhc-class-i-and-ii-specific-epitopes-protects-against-leishmania-amazonensis-infection
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Vívian T Martins, Daniela P Lage, Mariana C Duarte, Ana Maria R S Carvalho, Lourena E Costa, Tiago A O Mendes, Danniele L Vale, Daniel Menezes-Souza, Bruno M Roatt, Carlos A P Tavares, Manuel Soto, Eduardo A F Coelho
Tegumentary leishmaniasis (TL) constitutes a major public health problem with significant morbidity worldwide. Synthetic peptide-based vaccines are attractive candidates to protect against leishmaniasis, since T cell-specific epitopes can be delivery to antigen-presenting cells, leading to the generation of a Th1 cell-mediated immunity. In this context, the present study aims to evaluate the immunogenicity and protective efficacy of a vaccine composed of major histocompatibility complex class I and II-restricted epitopes derived from four Leishmania infantum proteins to protect mice against Leishmania amazonensis infection...
December 28, 2016: Cellular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28045892/cyclobenzaprine-raises-ros-levels-in-leishmania-infantum-and-reduces-parasite-burden-in-infected-mice
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Edézio Ferreira Cunha-Júnior, Valter Viana Andrade-Neto, Marta Lopes Lima, Thais Alves da Costa-Silva, Andres J Galisteo Junior, Maria A Abengózar, Coral Barbas, Luis Rivas, Elmo Eduardo Almeida-Amaral, Andre Gustavo Tempone, Eduardo Caio Torres-Santos
BACKGROUND: The leishmanicidal action of tricyclic antidepressants has been studied and evidences have pointed that their action is linked to inhibition of trypanothione reductase, a key enzyme in the redox metabolism of pathogenic trypanosomes. Cyclobenzaprine (CBP) is a tricyclic structurally related to the antidepressant amitriptyline, differing only by the presence of a double bond in the central ring. This paper describes the effect of CBP in experimental visceral leishmaniasis, its inhibitory effect in trypanothione reductase and the potential immunomodulatory activity...
January 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28040509/integration-of-proteomics-and-metabolomics-to-elucidate-metabolic-adaptation-in-leishmania
#16
Snezhana Akpunarlieva, Stefan Weidt, Dhilia Lamasudin, Christina Naula, David Henderson, Michael Barrett, Karl Burgess, Richard Burchmore
: Leishmania parasites multiply and develop in the gut of a sand fly vector in order to be transmitted to a vertebrate host. During this process they encounter and exploit various nutrients, including sugars, and amino and fatty acids. We have previously generated a mutant Leishmania line that is deficient in glucose transport and which displays some biologically important phenotypic changes such as reduced growth in axenic culture, reduced biosynthesis of hexose-containing virulence factors, increased sensitivity to oxidative stress, and dramatically reduced parasite burden in both insect vector and macrophage host cells...
December 28, 2016: Journal of Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28036391/naloxonazine-an-amastigote-specific-compound-affects-leishmania-parasites-through-modulation-of-host-encoded-functions
#17
Géraldine De Muylder, Benoit Vanhollebeke, Guy Caljon, Alan R Wolfe, James McKerrow, Jean-Claude Dujardin
Host-directed therapies (HDTs) constitute promising alternatives to traditional therapy that directly targets the pathogen but is often hampered by pathogen resistance. HDT could represent a new treatment strategy for leishmaniasis, a neglected tropical disease caused by the obligate intracellular parasite Leishmania. This protozoan develops exclusively within phagocytic cells, where infection relies on a complex molecular interplay potentially exploitable for drug targets. We previously identified naloxonazine, a compound specifically active against intracellular but not axenic Leishmania donovani...
December 2016: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28035114/an-in-vitro-study-of-antileishmanial-effect-of-portulaca-oleracea-extract
#18
Elham Gharirvand Eskandari, Monir Doudi, Saeid Abedi
BACKGROUND & OBJECTIVES: Leishmaniasis is caused by protozoa of Leishmania genus and is considered as a zoonotic disease. It is a major public health problem worldwide, with high endemicity in developing countries like Iran. Various chemical drugs are used for leishmaniasis treatment, but their side-effects and the emergence of drug resistance have led to look for new effective compounds. The aim of this study was to introduce purslane (Portulaca oleracea) as a traditional and medicinal herb which might act as a valuable source for designing new pharmaceutical drug/lead against Leishmania sp...
October 2016: Journal of Vector Borne Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28034363/the-screening-of-novel-inhibitors-against-leishmania-donovani-calcium-ion-channel-to-fight-leishmaniasis
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Mohammad Kashif, Partha Pratim Manna, Yusuf Akhter, Mohammed Alaidarous, Abdur Rub
Leishmania is an intracellular protozoan parasite which causes Leishmaniasis, a global health problem affecting millions of people throughout 89 different countries in the world. The current treatment which includes use of amphotericin B, antimonials, and others has major drawbacks due to toxicity, resistance, and extraordinary high cost. So there is an urgent need of development of new drug targets to fight against leishmaniasis. In this regard we have selected Leishmania donovani Ca2+ ion channel (Ld-CC) as potential drug target...
December 30, 2016: Infectious Disorders Drug Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28032108/faunal-distribution-and-seasonal-bio-ecology-of-naturally-infected-sand-flies-in-a-new-endemic-zoonotic-cutaneous-leishmaniasis-focus-of-southern-iran
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Kourosh Azizi, Hayedeh Parvinjahromi, Mohammad Djaefar Moemenbellah-Fard, Bahador Sarkari, Mohammad Reza Fakoorziba
BACKGROUND: Cutaneous leishmaniasis is a major health problem in Iran in spite of implementation of control program. This infectious disease caused morbidity in less than 27000 people in 2010. This study was set to determine some ecological aspects of sand flies in Fasa district, Fars Province, southern Iran during 2011-2012. METHODS: A total of 4792 sand flies were captured by means of sticky paper and CDC miniature light traps in 10 selected villages from the beginning to the end of the active season, from which 1115 specimens were captured for abundance study and 3677 specimens captured for monitoring monthly activities in Fasa...
December 2016: Journal of Arthropod-borne Diseases
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