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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917755/identification-of-trypanosomatids-by-detecting-single-nucleotide-fingerprints-using-dna-analysis-by-dynamic-chemistry-with-maldi-tof
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María Angélica Luque-González, Mavys Tabraue-Chávez, Bárbara López-Longarela, Rosario María Sánchez-Martín, Matilde Ortiz-González, Miguel Soriano-Rodríguez, José Antonio García-Salcedo, Salvatore Pernagallo, Juan José Díaz-Mochón
Protozoan parasites of the Trypanosomatidae family can cause devastating diseases in humans and animals, such as Human African Trypanosomiasis or Sleeping Sickness, Chagas disease and Leishmaniasis. Currently, there are molecular assays for detecting parasitic infections and their post-treatment monitoring based on nucleic acid amplification, but there are still certain limitations which limit the development of assays that can detect and discriminate between parasite infections with a single test. Here, we present the development of a novel molecular assay for the rapid identification of Trypanosomatids, integrating DNA analysis by dynamic chemistry in conjunction with Matrix-Assisted Laser Desorption Ionization - Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometry (MALDI-ToF)...
January 1, 2018: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916732/il-4-producing-b-cells-regulate-t-helper-cell-dichotomy-in-type-1-and-type-2-controlled-diseases
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Ramona Hurdayal, Hlumani H Ndlovu, Mélanie Revaz-Breton, Suraj P Parihar, Justin Komguep Nono, Melissa Govender, Frank Brombacher
Interleukin-4 (IL-4)-induced T helper (Th) 2 cells promote susceptibility to the protozoan parasite Leishmania major, while conferring immunity to the intestinal trematode Schistosoma mansoni Here, we report that abrogation of IL-4 receptor alpha (IL-4Rα) signaling on B cells in BALB/c mice (mb1(cre)IL-4Rα(-/lox)) transformed nonhealer BALB/c to a healer phenotype with an early type 1 and dramatically reduced type 2 immune response and an absence of ulceration and necrosis during cutaneous leishmaniasis. From adoptive reconstitution and mixed bone-marrow chimera studies in B cell-deficient (µMT) mice, we reveal a central role for B cell-derived IL-4 and IL-4Rα in the optimal induction of the susceptible type 2 phenotype to L...
September 15, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915996/alternative-strategy-for-visceral-leishmaniosis-control-hisak70-salmonella-choleraesuis-pulsed-dendritic-cells
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Gustavo Domínguez-Bernal, Abel Martínez-Rodrigo, Alicia Mas, M Mar Blanco, José A Orden, Ricardo De La Fuente, Javier Carrión
Here, we describe a novel approach that exploits an attenuated mutant of Salmonella enterica serovar Choleraesuis as carrier to deliver a plasmid encoding protein HisAK70. Subsequently, dendritic cells (DCs) were pulsed with this vaccine vector. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of the prepared HisAK70-S. Choleraesuis-pulsed DCs (HisAK70-SAL DCs) against visceral leishmaniosis (VL). In our ex vivo model of infection, the prepared formulations could decrease parasite growth by up to 80% by augmenting the production of IL-12p40 and by reducing arginase activity (ARG)...
October 2017: Comparative Immunology, Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28913164/haemoprotozoa-making-biological-sense-of-molecular-phylogenies
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REVIEW
Peter O'Donoghue
A range of protistan parasites occur in the blood of vertebrates and are transmitted by haematophagous invertebrate vectors. Some 48 genera are recognized in bood primarily on the basis of parasite morphology and host specificity; including extracellular kinetoplastids (trypanosomatids) and intracellular apicomplexa (haemogregarines, haemococcidia, haemosporidia and piroplasms). Gene sequences are available for a growing number of species and molecular phylogenies often link parasite and host or vector evolution...
December 2017: International Journal for Parasitology. Parasites and Wildlife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911117/structure-based-domain-assignment-in-leishmania-infantum-endog-characterization-of-a-ph-dependent-regulatory-switch-and-a-c-terminal-extension-that-largely-dictates-dna-substrate-preferences
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Cristina Oliva, Pedro A Sánchez-Murcia, Eva Rico, Ana Bravo, Margarita Menéndez, Federico Gago, Antonio Jiménez-Ruiz
Mitochondrial endonuclease G from Leishmania infantum (LiEndoG) participates in the degradation of double-stranded DNA (dsDNA) during parasite cell death and is catalytically inactive at a pH of 8.0 or above. The presence, in the primary sequence, of an acidic amino acid-rich insertion exclusive to trypanosomatids and its spatial position in a homology-built model of LiEndoG led us to postulate that this peptide stretch might act as a pH sensor for self-inhibition. We found that a LiEndoG variant lacking residues 145-180 is indeed far more active than its wild-type counterpart at pH values >7...
September 6, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904555/acyclic-sesquiterpenes-from-the-fruit-pericarp-of-sapindus-saponaria-induce-ultrastructural-alterations-and-cell-death-in-leishmania-amazonensis
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Amanda Louzano Moreira, Débora Botura Scariot, Bruna Luíza Pelegrini, Greisiele Lorena Pessini, Tânia Ueda-Nakamura, Celso Vataru Nakamura, Izabel Cristina Piloto Ferreira
Previous studies reported antiprotozoal activities of Sapindus saponaria L. The aim of this work was the evaluation of antileishmanial activity and mechanism of action of extract and fractions of S. saponaria L. Hydroethanolic extract (EHA) obtained from fruit pericarps was fractionated using solid-phase extraction in a reversed phase, resulting in fractions enriched with saponins (SAP fraction) and acyclic sesquiterpene oligoglycosides (OGSA fraction). The activities of EHA, SAP, and OGSA were evaluated by antiproliferative assays with promastigote and intracellular amastigote forms...
2017: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28903998/shape-form-function-and-leishmania-pathogenicity-from-textbook-descriptions-to-biological-understanding
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REVIEW
Jack Sunter, Keith Gull
The shape and form of protozoan parasites are inextricably linked to their pathogenicity. The evolutionary pressure associated with establishing and maintaining an infection and transmission to vector or host has shaped parasite morphology. However, there is not a 'one size fits all' morphological solution to these different pressures, and parasites exhibit a range of different morphologies, reflecting the diversity of their complex life cycles. In this review, we will focus on the shape and form of Leishmania spp...
September 2017: Open Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28902287/structural-insights-into-leishmanolysins-encoded-on-chromosome-10-of-leishmania-viannia-braziliensis
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Amanda Sutter, Deborah Antunes, Mariana Silva-Almeida, Maurício Garcia de Souza Costa, Ernesto Raul Caffarena
BACKGROUND: Leishmanolysins have been described as important parasite virulence factors because of their roles in the infection of promastigotes and resistance to host's defenses. Leishmania (Viannia) braziliensis contains several leishmanolysin genes in its genome, especially in chromosome 10. However, the functional impact of such diversity is not understood, but may be attributed partially to the lack of structural data for proteins from this parasite. OBJECTIVES: This works aims to compare leishmanolysin sequences from L...
September 2017: Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28902258/phlebotomines-in-an-area-endemic-for-american-cutaneous-leishmaniasis-in-northeastern-coast-of-brazil
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Ana Patricia Oliveira da Silva, Débora Elienai de Oliveira Miranda, Marcos Antônio Bezerra Santos, Neurisvan Ramos Guerra, Silvia Rafaelli Marques, Leucio Câmara Alves, Rafael Antonio Nascimento Ramos, Gílcia Aparecida de Carvalho
Phlebotomines have worldwide distribution with many species present in Brazil, including the northeastern region, where the fauna is very diverse. The aim of this study was to identify the sandfly fauna in an area endemic for American cutaneous leishmaniasis (ACL) in the state of Pernambuco. Sandflies were caught on three consecutive nights every month from October 2015 to September 2016, from 5 pm to 5 am, using seven light traps of Centers for Disease Control (CDC) type. Females were identified and used for molecular Leishmania detection...
August 24, 2017: Revista Brasileira de Parasitologia Veterinária, Brazilian Journal of Veterinary Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28901553/total-leishmania-antigens-with-poly-i-c-induce-th1-protective-response
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Maria Victoria Sanchez, Ricardo Javier Eliçabe, María Silvia Di Genaro, María José Germanó, Susana Gea, María Fernanda García Bustos, María Cristina Salomón, Eduardo Alberto Scodeller, Diego Esteban Cargnelutti
AIMS: Our proposal was to develop a vaccine based on total Leishmania antigens (TLA) adjuvanted with polyinosinic-polycytidylic acid [Poly(I:C)] able to induce a Th1 response which can provide protection against Leishmania infection. METHODS AND RESULTS: Mice were vaccinated with two doses of TLA-Poly(I:C) administered by subcutaneous route at three week interval. Humoral and cellular immune responses induced by the immunization were measured. The protective efficacy of the vaccine was evaluated by challenging mice with infective promastigotes of Leishmania (Leishmania) amazonensis into the footpad...
September 13, 2017: Parasite Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900667/ammonium-trichloro-1-2-ethanediolato-o-o-tellurate-cures-experimental-visceral-leishmaniasis-by-redox-modulation-of-leishmania-donovani-trypanothione-reductase-and-inhibiting-host-integrin-linked-pi3k-akt-pathway
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Preeti Vishwakarma, Naveen Parmar, Pragya Chandrakar, Tanuj Sharma, Manoj Kathuria, Pramod K Agnihotri, Mohammad Imran Siddiqi, Kalyan Mitra, Susanta Kar
In an endeavor to search for affordable and safer therapeutics against debilitating visceral leishmaniasis, we examined antileishmanial potential of ammonium trichloro [1,2-ethanediolato-O,O']-tellurate (AS101); a tellurium based non toxic immunomodulator. AS101 showed significant in vitro efficacy against both Leishmania donovani promastigotes and amastigotes at sub-micromolar concentrations. AS101 could also completely eliminate organ parasite load from L. donovani infected Balb/c mice along with significant efficacy against infected hamsters (˃93% inhibition)...
September 12, 2017: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences: CMLS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900023/gene-expression-in-leishmania-is-regulated-predominantly-by-gene-dosage
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Stefano A Iantorno, Caroline Durrant, Asis Khan, Mandy J Sanders, Stephen M Beverley, Wesley C Warren, Matthew Berriman, David L Sacks, James A Cotton, Michael E Grigg
Leishmania tropica, a unicellular eukaryotic parasite present in North and East Africa, the Middle East, and the Indian subcontinent, has been linked to large outbreaks of cutaneous leishmaniasis in displaced populations in Iraq, Jordan, and Syria. Here, we report the genome sequence of this pathogen and 7,863 identified protein-coding genes, and we show that the majority of clinical isolates possess high levels of allelic diversity, genetic admixture, heterozygosity, and extensive aneuploidy. By utilizing paired genome-wide high-throughput DNA sequencing (DNA-seq) with RNA-seq, we found that gene dosage, at the level of individual genes or chromosomal "somy" (a general term covering disomy, trisomy, tetrasomy, etc...
September 12, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28892492/hif-1%C3%AE-is-a-key-regulator-in-potentiating-suppressor-activity-and-limiting-the-microbicidal-capacity-of-mdsc-like-cells-during-visceral-leishmaniasis
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Akil Hammami, Belma Melda Abidin, Tania Charpentier, Aymeric Fabié, Annie-Pier Duguay, Krista M Heinonen, Simona Stäger
Leishmania donovani is known to induce myelopoiesis and to dramatically increase extramedullary myelopoiesis. This results in splenomegaly, which is then accompanied by disruption of the splenic microarchitecture, a chronic inflammatory environment, and immunosuppression. Chronically inflamed tissues are typically hypoxic. The role of hypoxia on myeloid cell functions during visceral leishmaniasis has not yet been studied. Here we show that L. donovani promotes the output from the bone marrow of monocytes with a regulatory phenotype that function as safe targets for the parasite...
September 11, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28892476/induction-of-allopurinol-resistance-in-leishmania-infantum-isolated-from-dogs
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Daniel Yasur-Landau, Charles L Jaffe, Adi Doron-Faigenboim, Lior David, Gad Baneth
Resistance to allopurinol in zoonotic canine leishmaniasis has been recently shown to be associated with disease relapse in naturally-infected dogs. However, information regarding the formation of resistance and its dynamics is lacking. This study describes the successful in-vitro induction of allopurinol resistance in Leishmania infantum cultured under increasing drug pressure. Allopurinol susceptibility and growth rate of induced parasites were monitored over 23 weeks and parasite clones were tested at selected time points and compared to their parental lines, both as promastigotes and as amastigotes...
September 11, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28887215/antiprotozoal-activity-of-medicinal-plants-used-by-iquitos-nauta-road-communities-in-loreto-peru
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Pedro Vásquez-Ocmín, Sandrine Cojean, Elsa Rengifo, Soulaf Suyyagh-Albouz, Carlos A Amasifuen Guerra, Sébastien Pomel, Billy Cabanillas, Kember Mejía, Philippe M Loiseau, Bruno Figadère, Alexandre Maciuk
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: In the Peruvian Amazon, the use of medicinal plants is a common practice. However, there is few documented information about the practical aspects of their use and few scientific validation. The starting point for this work was a set of interviews of people living in rural communities from the Peruvian Amazon about their uses of plants. Protozoan diseases are a public health issue in the Amazonian communities, who partly cope with it by using traditional remedies...
September 5, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28884380/role-of-calmodulin-and-calcineurin-in-regulating-flagellar-motility-and-wave-polarity-in-leishmania
#16
Aakash Gautam Mukhopadhyay, Chinmoy Sankar Dey
We have previously reported the involvement of cyclic AMP in regulating flagellar waveforms in Leishmania. Here, we investigated the roles of calcium, calmodulin, and calcineurin in flagellar motility regulation in L. donovani. Using high-speed videomicroscopy, we show that calcium-independent calmodulin and calcineurin activity is necessary for motility in Leishmania. Inhibition of calmodulin and calcineurin induced ciliary beats interrupting flagellar beating in both live (in vivo) and ATP-reactivated (in vitro) parasites...
September 7, 2017: Parasitology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28883727/vaccination-with-poly-d-l-lactide-co-glycolide-nanoparticles-loaded-with-soluble-leishmania-antigens-and-modified-with-a-tnf%C3%AE-mimicking-peptide-or-monophosphoryl-lipid-a-confers-protection-against-experimental-visceral-leishmaniasis
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Maritsa Margaroni, Maria Agallou, Evita Athanasiou, Olga Kammona, Costas Kiparissides, Catherine Gaitanaki, Evdokia Karagouni
Visceral leishmaniasis (VL) persists as a major public health problem, and since the existing chemotherapy is far from satisfactory, development of an effective vaccine emerges as the most appropriate strategy for confronting VL. The development of an effective vaccine relies on the selection of the appropriate antigen and also the right adjuvant and/or delivery vehicle. In the present study, the protective efficacy of poly(D,L-lactide-co-glycolide) (PLGA) nanoparticles (NPs), which were surface-modified with a TNFα-mimicking eight-amino-acid peptide (p8) and further functionalized by encapsulating soluble Leishmania infantum antigens (sLiAg) and monophosphoryl lipid A (MPLA), a TLR4 ligand, was evaluated against challenge with L...
2017: International Journal of Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28883509/the-circadian-clock-in-immune-cells-controls-the-magnitude-of-leishmania-parasite-infection
#18
Silke Kiessling, Geneviève Dubeau-Laramée, Hyejee Ohm, Nathalie Labrecque, Martin Olivier, Nicolas Cermakian
The intracellular parasite Leishmania uses neutrophils and macrophages as host cells upon infection. These immune cells harbour their own intrinsic circadian clocks, known to influence many aspects of their functions. Therefore, we tested whether the host circadian clocks regulate the magnitude of Leishmania major infection in mice. The extent of parasitic infection varied over 24 h in bone marrow-derived macrophages in vitro and in two different in vivo models, footpad and peritoneal cavity infection. In vivo this was paralleled by time of day-dependent neutrophil and macrophage infiltration to the infection site and rhythmic chemokine expression...
September 7, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28882541/structures-of-leishmania-fructose-1-6-bisphosphatase-reveal-species-specific-differences-in-the-mechanism-of-allosteric-inhibition
#19
Meng Yuan, Montserrat G Vásquez-Valdivieso, Iain McNae, Paul A M Michels, Linda A Fothergill-Gilmore, Malcolm D Walkinshaw
The gluconeogenic enzyme fructose-1,6-bisphosphatase has been proposed as a potential drug target against Leishmania parasites that cause up to 20,000-30,000 deaths annually. A comparison of three crystal structures of L. major fructose-1,6-bisphosphatase (LmFBPase) along with enzyme kinetic data show how AMP acts as an allosteric inhibitor and provides insight into its metal-dependent reaction mechanism. The crystal structure of the apoenzyme form of LmFBPase is a homotetramer in which the dimer of dimers adopts a planar conformation with disordered 'dynamic loops'...
September 4, 2017: Journal of Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28877567/genetic-diversity-and-phylogenetic-analysis-of-the-iranian-leishmania-parasites-based-on-hsp70-gene-pcr-rflp-and-sequence-analysis
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Sara Nemati, Asghar Fazaeli, Homa Hajjaran, Ali Khamesipour, Mohsen Falahati Anbaran, Arezoo Bozorgomid, Fatah Zarei
Despite the broad distribution of leishmaniasis among Iranians and animals across the country, little is known about the genetic characteristics of the causative agents. Applying both HSP70 PCR-RFLP and sequence analyses, this study aimed to evaluate the genetic diversity and phylogenetic relationships among Leishmania spp. isolated from Iranian endemic foci and available reference strains. A total of 36 Leishmania isolates from almost all districts across the country were genetically analyzed for the HSP70 gene using both PCR-RFLP and sequence analysis...
August 2017: Korean Journal of Parasitology
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