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Grégory Karadjian, Aurélie Heckmann, Giuseppe La Rosa, Edoardo Pozio, Pascal Boireau, Isabelle Vallée
In order to identify Trichinella at the species level, the commonly used test is a multiplex PCR, allowing the discrimination of nine out of the twelve taxa described so far. This test is based on five primer pairs amplifying fragments of the large subunit rDNA. Each taxon produces one or two bands of different sizes, resulting in a specific band pattern. By multiplex PCR, Trichinella murrelli shows two bands of 127 bp and 316 bp. However, a third band of 256 bp can occur. This band can lead to misidentification, since it is similar to the 253 bp band displayed by Trichinella britovi...
2017: Parasite: Journal de la Société Française de Parasitologie
Zhaoshou Yang, Wenjie Li, Zifan Yang, Aihua Pan, Wanqin Liao, Xingwang Zhou
Trichinellosis is a foodborne disease that remains a public health hazard and an economic problem in food safety. Vaccines against the parasite can be an effective way to control this disease; however, commercial vaccines against Trichinella infection are not yet available. Trichinella cathepsin B proteins appear to be promising targets for vaccine development. Here, we reported for the first time the characterization of a novel cDNA that encodes Trichinella spiralis (T. spiralis) cathepsin B-like protease 2 gene (TsCPB2)...
November 30, 2017: Vaccine
Chalermchai Somboonpatarakun, Rutchanee Rodpai, Pewpan M Intapan, Oranuch Sanpool, Lakkhana Sadaow, Chaisiri Wongkham, Tonkla Insawang, Thidarut Boonmars, Wanchai Maleewong
The present study explored potentially immunogenic proteins of the encapsulated (Trichinella spiralis) and non-encapsulated (T. pseudospiralis, T. papuae) species within the genus Trichinella. The somatic muscle larval extracts of each species were subjected to immunoblotting analysis using human T. spiralis-infected serum samples. Fifteen reactive bands of all three species were selected for further protein identification by liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry, and their possible functions were ascertained using the gene ontology...
November 30, 2017: Parasitology Research
Nikol Reslová, Lucie Škorpíková, Michal Slaný, Edoardo Pozio, Martin Kašný
High resolution melting analysis (HRMA) is a single-tube method, which can be carried out rapidly as an additional step following real-time quantitative PCR (qPCR). The method enables the differentiation of genetic variation (down to single nucleotide polymorphisms) in amplified DNA fragments without sequencing. HRMA has previously been adopted to determine variability in the amplified genes of a number of organisms. However, only one work to date has focused on pathogenic parasites-nematodes from the genus Trichinella...
November 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
Chengshui Liao, Xiangchao Cheng, Mingyuan Liu, Xuelin Wang, Pascal Boireau
Conventional therapeutic strategies for tumors have had limited success, and innovative and more effective approaches to treatment are urgently required. The ancient idea that various biological, bacterial, yeast, viral, and parasitic agents can be used as cancer therapeutics has gradually attracted considerable interest. Certain parasites have been widely discussed in association with human and animal tumors. Many researches have provided proofs that Trichinella spiralis (T. spiralis) possesses antitumor activities...
November 20, 2017: Anti-cancer Agents in Medicinal Chemistry
M Gnjatovic, A Gruden-Movsesijan, N Miladinovic-Tasic, N Ilic, S Vasilev, J Cvetkovic, Lj Sofronic-Milosavljevic
Infection with parasites from the Trichinella genus occurs in many vertebrates but disease only occurs in humans (trichinellosis). Humans are infected after the consumption of raw or undercooked meat from infected wild or domestic animals (usually swine or horses). Using the monoclonal antibody (mAb) 7C2C5, specific for an epitope unique to the muscle larvae of the genus Trichinella, we have developed a competitive enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (c-ELISA) that enables the rapid detection of Trichinella-specific antibodies in sera originating from two different host species (human, swine) infected with either Trichinella spiralis or Trichinella britovi...
November 23, 2017: Journal of Helminthology
S Mukaratirwa, L J La Grange, M P Malatji, B Reininghaus, J Lamb
Trichinella species are widely distributed on all continents with the exception of Antarctica, although the full spectrum of Trichinella species found in sub-Saharan African countries, and their hosts, has not been fully documented. This study was conducted to determine the prevalence of Trichinella in wildlife from the Greater Kruger National Park (GKNP) and adjacent areas located in the Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces of South Africa, and to identify the species and/or genotypes of Trichinella larvae isolated from muscle tissues, using molecular techniques...
November 23, 2017: Journal of Helminthology
Michal Gondek, J Bień, Z Nowakowski
The aim of the study carried out on ten young (10-week old) pigs of the native Polish Large White breed experimentally infected with a low dose of 300 invasive muscle larvae (ML) of Trichinella spiralis was intravital detection of trichinellosis using the E-S ELISA test, determination of a variation level of IgG antibodies against excretory-secretory (E-S) antigens of T. spiralis muscle larvae and finally, describing the intensity of T. spiralis larvae infection in selected muscles. The pig sera were collected at 7 and 9 days prior to the experimental infection with T...
September 26, 2017: Polish Journal of Veterinary Sciences
Jing Ding, Xue Bai, Xuelin Wang, Haining Shi, Xuepeng Cai, Xuenong Luo, Mingyuan Liu, Xiaolei Liu
The intestinal phase is critical for trichinellosis caused by Trichinella spiralis (T. spiralis), as it determines both process and consequences of the disease. Several previous studies have reported that T. spiralis induces the initial predominance of a Th1 response during the intestine stage and a subsequent predominance of a Th2 response during the muscle stage. In the present study, immune cells and cytokine profile were investigated in the intestine of mice infected with T. spiralis. The results showed that the number of eosinophils, goblet cells, mucosal mast cells, and 33D1+ dendritic cells (DCs) increased during the intestinal phase of the infection...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
Yang Wang, Xue Bai, Haichao Zhu, Xuelin Wang, Haining Shi, Bin Tang, Pascal Boireau, Xuepeng Cai, Xuenong Luo, Mingyuan Liu, Xiaolei Liu
BACKGROUND: The nematode Trichinella pseudospiralis is an intracellular parasite of mammalian skeletal muscle cells and exists in a non-encapsulated form. Previous studies demonstrated that T. pseudospiralis could induce a lower host inflammatory response. Excretory-secretory (ES) proteins as the most important products of host-parasite interaction may play the main functional role in alleviating host inflammation. However, the ES products of T. pseudospiralis early stage are still unknown...
November 21, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
Klaudia Brodaczewska, Natalia Wolaniuk, Katarzyna Lewandowska, Katarzyna Donskow-Łysoniewska, Maria Doligalska
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the potential of chitosan units released during natural degradation of the polymer to activate the immune system against T. spiralis infection. High molecular weight chitosan was injected intraperitoneally into C57BL/6 mice. Flow cytometry and cytokine concentration, measured by ELISA, were used to characterize peritoneal cell populations during T. spiralis infection. The strong chemo-attractive properties of chitosan caused considerable infiltration into the peritoneal cavity of CD11b⁺ cells, with reduced expression of MHC class II, CD80, CD86, Dectin-1 or CD23 receptors in comparison to T...
November 18, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Lakkhana Sadaow, Oranuch Sanpool, Pewpan M Intapan, Watana Sukeepaisarnjaroen, Thidarat K Prasongdee, Wanchai Maleewong
Intestinal capillariasis caused by Capillaria philippinensis, a fish-borne nematode, is an important, emerging zoonotic helminthiasis. Cases may be fatal if suitable treatment is not administered in time. We reported a hospital-based study of 85 cases in Thailand, most of which were in the northeast. All patients had a history of eating raw or insufficiently cooked fresh water fish or prawns. The clinical manifestations are characterized by chronic diarrhea, borborygmi, abdominal pain, marked weight loss, muscle weakness, fatigue, dizziness, anorexia, and edema, as well as protein and electrolyte loss...
October 23, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Ning Xu, Xiaolei Liu, Bin Tang, Libo Wang, Hai N Shi, Pascal Boireau, Mingyuan Liu, Xue Bai
During parasite infection, serine protease inhibitors secreted by parasites play important roles in suppressing host defenses. However, the mechanism of immune regulation is unclear. In this study, a serpin gene from Trichinella pseudospiralis, named Tp-Serpin, was cloned and expressed, in order to reveal its role in the regulation of the host immune response in T. pseudospiralis infection. The results showed that Tp-Serpin encodes a 43 kDa protein that was recognized by serum from T. pseudospiralis infected mice at 60 days post-infection (dpi)...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
Chiara Garbarino, Maria Interisano, Alessandro Chiatante, Gianluca Marucci, Enrico Merli, Norma Arrigoni, Giuliana Cammi, Matteo Ricchi, Daniele Tonanzi, Marco Tamba, Giuseppe La Rosa, Edoardo Pozio
In Europe, Trichinella spiralis, the most dangerous species for humans of the genus Trichinella, has a patchy distribution with important foci in Eastern countries and Spain. This zoonotic pathogen was apparently not circulating among wild and domestic animals of Italy. In 2016, muscle larvae belonging to this nematode species were detected in a red fox (Vulpes vulpes) shot in the Piacenza province (Northern Italy). This parasite may have been introduced into northern Italy from eastern Europe by hunters, by a hunting dog, or by immigrants, who illegally carried infected meat in their personal baggage...
November 15, 2017: Veterinary Parasitology
Chun Ying Liu, Yan Yan Song, Hua Na Ren, Ge Ge Sun, Ruo Dan Liu, Peng Jiang, Shao Rong Long, Xi Zhang, Zhong Quan Wang, Jing Cui
BACKGROUND: Glutathione-S-transferase (GST) is a widespread multigene family of detoxification enzymes. The vaccination of mice with recombinant GST of 24 kDa from Trichinella spiralis elicited a low immune protection against challenge infection. The objective of this study was to characterize the T. spiralis putative GST gene (TspGST) encoding a 30.8 kDa protein and to evaluate its potential as a candidate antigen for anti-Trichinella vaccine. METHODS: The full-length cDNA sequence of TspGST from T...
September 29, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
A Nahili Giorello, Malcolm W Kennedy, Marcos J Butti, Nilda E Radman, Betina Córsico, Gisela R Franchini
BACKGROUND: The giant kidney worm, Dioctophyme renale, is a debilitating and potentially lethal parasite that inhabits and destroys, typically host's right kidney, and may also be found in ectopic sites. It is circumglobally distributed, mainly in dogs, and is increasingly regarded as a threat to other domestic animals and humans. There is little information on the parasite's true incidence, or immune responses to it, and none on its biochemistry and molecular biology. RESULTS: We characterised the soluble proteins of body wall, intestine, gonads and pseudocelomic fluid (PCF) of adult parasites...
September 27, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
Marcela A Calcagno, María A Forastiero, María P Saracino, Cecilia C Vila, Stella M Venturiello
In human trichinellosis, the relevance of the presence and persistence of specific serum IgE and IgG4 during the early and late phases of infection is still controversial.The aim of this work was to determine the percentage of human sera presenting IgE and IgG4 against Trichinella spiralis muscle larvae excretory-secretory products as well as their levels during the early and late phases of the infection. The antigen recognition pattern by serum total immunoglobulins (IgGAM), IgE, and IgG4 was assessed over time...
November 2017: Parasitology Research
Marko Dmitric, Dejan Vidanovic, Nikola Vaskovic, Kazimir Matovic, Milanko Sekler, Zoran Debeljak, Nedjeljko Karabasil
Wild animals, including red foxes (Vulpes vulpes) and golden jackals (Canis aureus), are the most important reservoirs of Trichinella spp. Although the red fox is considered one of the main reservoirs of Trichinella spp. in Europe, only a few animals have been examined in Serbia. The present study assessed Trichinella spp. infection in red foxes and golden jackals from the six districts in Serbia. Thirty-seven carcasses of red foxes and 13 carcasses of golden jackals shot during the official hunting season were examined...
September 2017: Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine: Official Publication of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
Călin Mircea Gherman, Andrei Daniel Mihalca
The golden jackal (Canis aureus) is a species under significant and fast geographic expansion. Various parasites are known from golden jackals across their geographic range, and certain groups can be spread during their expansion, increasing the risk of cross-infection with other carnivores or even humans. The current list of the golden jackal parasites includes 194 species and was compiled on the basis of an extensive literature search published from historical times until April 2017, and is shown herein in synoptic tables followed by critical comments of the various findings...
September 15, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
Pornpimon Angkasekwinai, Wichuda Sodthawon, Siranart Jeerawattanawart, Adithap Hansakon, Kovit Pattanapanyasat, Yui-Hsi Wang
IL-25, an IL-17 family cytokine, derived from epithelial cells was shown to regulate Th2- and Th9-type immune responses. We previously reported that IL-25 was important in promoting efficient protective immunity against T. spiralis infection; however, the cellular targets of IL-25 to elicit type-2 immunity during infection have not yet been addressed. Here, we investigated IL-25-responding cells and their involvement in mediating type-2 immune response during T. spiralis infection. ILC2 and CD4+ Th2 cells residing in the gastrointestinal tract of T...
2017: PloS One
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