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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339220/a-new-chimeric-triple-reporter-fusion-protein-as-a-tool-for-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-multimodal-imaging-to-monitor-the-development-of-african-trypanosomes-and-leishmania-parasites
#1
Estefania Calvo Alvarez, Christelle Cren-Travaillé, Aline Crouzols, Brice Rotureau
Trypanosomiases and leishmaniases, caused by a group of related protist parasites, are Neglected Tropical Diseases currently threatening >500 million people worldwide. Reporter proteins have revolutionised the research on infectious diseases and have opened up new advances in the understanding of trypanosomatid-borne diseases in terms of both biology, pathogenesis and drug development. Here, we describe the generation and some applications of a new chimeric triple reporter fusion protein combining the red-shifted firefly luciferase PpyREH9 and the tdTomato red fluorescent protein, fused by the TY1 tag...
January 12, 2018: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337909/salvia-species-as-sources-of-natural-products-with-antiprotozoal-activity
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REVIEW
Núria Llurba-Montesino, Thomas J Schmidt
Natural products from plants have been used since ancestral times to treat a wide variety of diseases worldwide. Plants of the genus Salvia (Sage) have been reported to be used for the prevention and treatment of various diseases and ailments. In particular, some Salvia species have been used in traditional medicine to treat diseases caused by protozoan parasites of the genera Trypanosoma, Leishmania and Plasmodium and scientific studies have demonstrated the activity of various isolated constituents from these plants against these pathogens...
January 16, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337209/the-role-of-d-allo-isoleucine-in-the-deposition-of-the-anti-leishmania-peptide-bombinin-h4-as-revealed-by-31p-solid-state-nmr-vcd-spectroscopy-and-md-simulation
#3
Batsaikhan Mijiddorj, Shiho Kaneda, Hisako Sato, Yuki Kitahashi, Namsrai Javkhlantugs, Akira Naito, Kazuyoshi Ueda, Izuru Kawamura
Bombinin H4 is an antimicrobial peptide that was isolated from the toad Bombina variegata. Bombinin H family peptides are active against gram-positive, gram-negative bacteria, and fungi as well as the parasite Leishmania. Among them, bombinin H4 (H4), which contains d-allo-isoleucine (d-allo-Ile) as the second residue in its sequence, is the most active, and its l-isomer is bombinin H2 (H2). H4 has a significantly lower LC50 than H2 against Leishmania. However, the atomic-level mechanism of the membrane interaction and higher activity of H4 has not been clarified...
January 11, 2018: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29335002/leishmania-mortality-in-sand-fly-blood-meal-is-not-species-specific-and-does-not-result-from-direct-effect-of-proteinases
#4
Katerina Pruzinova, Jovana Sadlova, Jitka Myskova, Tereza Lestinova, Jozef Janda, Petr Volf
BACKGROUND: Leishmania development in sand flies is confined to the alimentary tract and is closely connected with blood meal digestion. Previously, it has been published that activities of sand fly midgut proteases are harmful to Leishmania, especially to amastigote-promastigote transition forms. However, our experiments with various Leishmania-sand fly pairs gave quite opposite results. METHODS: We evaluated the effect of semi-digested midgut content on different life stages of Leishmania donovani and Leishmania major in vitro...
January 15, 2018: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332596/synthesis-and-characterization-of-thiocarbohydrazones-and-their-inhibitory-potential-against-ignored-disease-leishmaniasis
#5
Nida Ghouri, Khalid Mohammed Khan, Arshia, M Iqbal Choudhary, Shahnaz Perveen
BACKGROUND: Leishmaniasis is a protozoan parasitic vector-borne disease which is endemic in 88 tropical countries. Infected sand fly is the main cause of this disease while, there are several vectors, parasites, and reservoirs involved in the transmission of this disease. Leishmania donovani, L. infantum, and L. chagasi are. common disease causing species, spread through sandflies. It is considered to be a focal disease having scattered foci. Leishmaniasis is a disease with a broad clinical spectrum...
January 14, 2018: Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332401/proteomic-profiling-of-leishmania-donovani-promastigote-subcellular-organelles
#6
Armando Jardim, Darryl B Hardie, Jan Boitz, Christoph H Borchers
To facilitate a greater understanding of the biological processes in the medically important Leishmania donovani parasite, a combination of differential and density-gradient ultracentrifugation techniques were used to achieve a comprehensive subcellular fractionation of the promastigote stage. An in-depth label-free proteomic LC-MS/MS analysis of the density gradients resulted in the identification of ~50% of the Leishmania proteome (3883 proteins detected), which included ~645 integral membrane proteins and 1737 uncharacterized proteins...
January 15, 2018: Journal of Proteome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329617/dna-detection-of-trypanosoma-evansi-diagnostic-validity-of-a-new-assay-based-on-loop-mediated-isothermal-amplification-lamp
#7
Qunbo Tong, Rui Chen, Qingming Kong, Julie Goossens, Magdalena Radwanska, Di Lou, Jianzu Ding, Bin Zheng, Yixiu Fu, Tianping Wang, Magez Stefan, Shaohong Lu
Trypanosoma evansi (T. evansi) is the most widely spread pathogenic trypanosome in the world. The control of trypanosomiasis depends on accurate diagnosis and effective treatment. Focusing on the presence of T. evansi in Asia, we developed a detection assay based on tracing phosphate ions (Pi) generated during LAMP targeting the variant surface glycoprotein (VSG) gene of Rode Trypanozoon antigenic type 1.2 (RoTat 1.2 VSG). The diagnostic potential as well as the use of the assay as a test-of-cure method after berenil treatment, was assessed in mice at different time points of infection...
January 30, 2018: Veterinary Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29326050/a-defined-medium-for-leishmania-culture-allows-definition-of-essential-amino-acids
#8
Archana Nayak, Snezhana Akpunarlieva, Michael Barrett, Richard Burchmore
Axenic culture of Leishmania is generally performed in rich, serum-supplemented media which sustain robust growth over multiple passages. The use of such undefined media, however, obscures proteomic analyses and confounds the study of metabolism. We have established a simple, defined culture medium that supports the sustained growth of promastigotes over multiple passages and which yields parasites that have similar infectivity to macrophages to parasites grown in a conventional semi-defined medium. We have exploited this medium to investigate the amino acid requirements of promastigotes in culture and have found that phenylalanine and tryptophan are essential for viability in culture, while the absence of arginine, leucine, lysine, and valine results in significantly impaired, almost negligible growth...
January 8, 2018: Experimental Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29324232/insect-gut-microbiota-accessories-to-the-bite
#9
Serap Aksoy
The Leishmania parasite is transmitted via the bite of a sand fly. In this issue of Cell Host & Microbe, Dey et al. (2018) report that sand fly gut microbiota are also transferred to the bite site, promoting neutrophil recruitment and parasite dissemination to distal organs.
January 10, 2018: Cell Host & Microbe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29320544/diversity-patterns-leishmania-dna-detection-and-bloodmeal-identification-of-phlebotominae-sand-flies-in-villages-in-northern-colombia
#10
Camila González, Cielo León, Andrea Paz, Marla López, Gisell Molina, Diana Toro, Mario Ortiz, Juan Manuel Cordovez, María Claudia Atencia, Germán Aguilera, Catalina Tovar
Leishmaniases are neglected tropical diseases exhibiting complex transmission cycles due to the number of parasite species circulating, sand fly species acting as vectors and infected mammals, including humans, which are defined in the New World as accidental hosts. However, current transmission scenarios are changing, and the disease is no longer exclusively related to forested areas but urban transmission foci occur, involving some species of domestic animals as suspected reservoirs. The aim of this study was to determine the transmission cycles in urban environments by evaluating sand fly diversity, detection of Leishmania DNA, and bloodmeal sources through intra and peridomestic collections...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29318992/cutaneous-leishmaniasis-in-pediatric-patients-in-a-single-tertiary-hospital-in-ankara
#11
Ayşe Kaman, Gönül Tanır, Zeynep Gökçe Gayretli Aydın, Özge Metin, Türkan Aydın Teke, Fatma Nur Öz, Mesut Mungan
OBJECTIVE: Leishmaniasis is an infectious disease that is caused by a protozoan parasite of the Leishmania genus and that occurs worldwide. Leishmaniasis is endemic in southeastern Turkey and the neighboring Middle Eastern countries. The purpose of this study was to describe the clinical characteristics of patients admitted to our hospital with a diagnosis of cutaneous leishmaniasis (CL). METHODS: A total of 16 CL patients [11 (69%) boys and five (31%) girls] were admitted between January 2014 and December 2015...
December 2017: Türkiye Parazitolojii Dergisi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29317879/clinical-features-of-anthroponotic-cutaneous-leishmaniasis-in-a-major-focus-southeastern-iran-1994-2014
#12
Ahmad Khosravi, Iraj Sharifi, Alireza Fekri, Alireza Kermanizadeh, Mehdi Bamorovat, Mahshid Mostafavi, Mohammad Reza Aflatoonian, Alireza Keyhani
Background: Cutaneous leishmaniasis (CL) is associated with a broad and complex clinical spectrum of diseases. The objectives of this study were to assess the clinical features and identification of the causative agents of CL in a well-known focus of anthroponotic CL (ACL) caused by Leishmania tropica, southeast Iran. Methods: This study was performed randomly as a descriptive cross-sectional survey to evaluate 2000 CL patients by active and passive case-detection approaches in Kerman Province from 1994 to 2014...
October 2017: Iranian Journal of Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29317878/cytochrome-b-and-molecular-typing-of-leishmania-spp-in-a-passive-sampling-of-suspected-patients-with-cutaneous-leishmaniasis-in-sistan-and-baluchestan-province-eastern-iran
#13
Gholamreza Motalleb, Hadi Mirahmadi, Ahmad Zare-Zadeh, Ahmad Mehravaran
Background: Despite the high prevalence and drug resistance of disease in Sistan and Baluchestan Province of Iran, the species of cutaneous leishmaniasis (CL) has not been identified. In the present study, cytochrome b (Cyt b) was used in Sistan and Baluchestan to find species of Leishmania in suspected patients of CL using PCR-RFLP and DNA sequencing. Methods: This study was conducted from Oct 2015 to Oct 2016. The samples were collected from the individuals clinically suspected to CL and referred to Iran Shahr, Chabahar, Khash, Zabol, Zahedan, Mirjaveh, and Nikshahr health centers...
October 2017: Iranian Journal of Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29317875/diagnostic-accuracy-of-loop-mediated-isothermal-amplification-assay-as-a-field-molecular-tool-for-rapid-mass-screening-of-old-world-leishmania-infections-in-sand-flies-and-in-vitro-culture
#14
Mehdi Ghodrati, Adel Spotin, Teimour Hazratian, Mahmoud Mahami-Oskouei, Ali Bordbar, Sahar Ebrahimi, Shirzad Fallahi, Parviz Parvizi
Background: We employed a highly sensitive loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) by targeting 18S rRNA gene to identify the rapid mass screening of Leishmania infections in captured sand flies of southwest Iran and In vitro culture. Methods: One hundred fifty sand flies were collected from 11 sites adjacent to Iraqi's borders in southern parts of Khuzestan Province by using sticky sheets of paper and CDC miniature light traps during late May 2014 to Nov 2015...
October 2017: Iranian Journal of Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29317800/leishmaniasis-in-humans-drug-or-vaccine-therapy
#15
REVIEW
Masoud Ghorbani, Ramin Farhoudi
Leishmania is an obligate intracellular pathogen that invades phagocytic host cells. Approximately 30 different species of Phlebotomine sand flies can transmit this parasite either anthroponotically or zoonotically through their bites. Leishmaniasis affects poor people living around the Mediterranean Basin, East Africa, the Americas, and Southeast Asia. Affected regions are often remote and unstable, with limited resources for treating this disease. Leishmaniasis has been reported as one of the most dangerous neglected tropical diseases, second only to malaria in parasitic causes of death...
2018: Drug Design, Development and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29317110/cationic-liposomes-formulated-with-a-novel-whole-leishmania-lysate-wll-as-a-vaccine-for-leishmaniasis-in-murine-model
#16
Iman Jafari, Vahid Heravi Shargh, Maryam Shahryari, Azam Abbasi, Mahmoud Reza Jaafari, Ali Khamesipour, Ali Badiee
Although there have been numerous attempts to develop a successful vaccine against leishmaniasis, based on the clinical trial in this field, no vaccine against Leishmania in routine way can be found for globally effective vaccination in human. Amongst, first generation vaccines consisting of parasite fractions or whole killed Leishmania showed more successful results in clinical trials. It seems that the main reason for the low efficacy of these vaccines is lack of a suitable adjuvant. In this study, a crude extract of detergent-solubilized L...
December 28, 2017: Immunobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29315303/genome-wide-comparison-of-ethiopian-leishmania-donovani-strains-reveals-differences-potentially-related-to-parasite-survival
#17
Arie Zackay, James A Cotton, Mandy Sanders, Asrat Hailu, Abedelmajeed Nasereddin, Alon Warburg, Charles L Jaffe
Leishmania donovani is the main cause of visceral leishmaniasis (VL) in East Africa. Differences between northern Ethiopia/Sudan (NE) and southern Ethiopia (SE) in ecology, vectors, and patient sensitivity to drug treatment have been described, however the relationship between differences in parasite genotype between these two foci and phenotype is unknown. Whole genomic sequencing (WGS) was carried out for 41 L. donovani strains and clones from VL and VL/HIV co-infected patients in NE (n = 28) and SE (n = 13)...
January 9, 2018: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29314762/opportunistic-infections-in-patients-with-idiopathic-inflammatory-myopathies
#18
Ada Redondo-Benito, Adrian Curran, Ana Villar-Gomez, Ernesto Trallero-Araguas, Andreu Fernández-Codina, Iago Pinal-Fernandez, Jose Ángel Rodrigo-Pendás, Albert Selva-O'Callaghan
AIM: To describe the prevalence, clinical characteristics and risk factors of opportunistic infection (OI) in a cohort of patients with inflammatory myopathies, and compare mortality rates between those with and without OIs. METHODS: In total, 204 patients from our myositis cohort were reviewed to identify patients who had experienced an OI during the period 1986-2014. The patients' clinical characteristics, treatments received, and outcomes were systematically recorded...
January 5, 2018: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29313667/design-and-synthesis-of-broad-spectrum-trypanosomatid-selective-inhibitors
#19
Andrew L Fraser, Stefanie K Menzies, Elizabeth F B King, Lindsay B Tulloch, Eoin R Gould, Marija Zacharova, Terry K Smith, Gordon J Florence
Neglected tropical diseases caused by parasitic infections are an ongoing and increasing concern that have a devastating effect on the developing world due to their burden on human and animal health. In this work, we detail the preparation of a focused library of substituted-tetrahydropyran derivatives and their evaluation as selective chemical tools for trypanosomatid inhibition and the follow-on development of photo-affinity probes capable of labeling target protein(s) in vitro. Several of these functionalised compounds maintain low micromolar activity against Trypanosoma brucei, Trypanosoma cruzi, Leishmania major and Leishmania donovani...
January 9, 2018: ACS Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29311549/lamin-a-c-augments-th1-differentiation-and-response-against-vaccinia-virus-and-leishmania-major
#20
Raquel Toribio-Fernández, Virginia Zorita, Vera Rocha-Perugini, Salvador Iborra, Gloria Martínez Del Hoyo, Raphael Chevre, Beatriz Dorado, David Sancho, Francisco Sanchez-Madrid, Vicente Andrés, Jose-Maria Gonzalez-Granado
Differentiation of naive CD4+ T-cells into functionally distinct T helper (Th) subsets is critical to immunity against pathogen infection. Little is known about the role of signals emanating from the nuclear envelope for T-cell differentiation. The nuclear envelope protein lamin A/C is induced in naive CD4+ T-cells upon antigen recognition and acts as a link between the nucleus and the plasma membrane during T-cell activation. Here we demonstrate that the absence of lamin A/C in naive T-cell reduces Th1 differentiation without affecting Th2 differentiation in vitro and in vivo...
January 8, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
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