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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732272/screening-of-the-open-scaffolds-collection-from-compounds-australia-identifies-a-new-chemical-entity-with-anthelmintic-activities-against-different-developmental-stages-of-the-barber-s-pole-worm-and-other-parasitic-nematodes
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Sarah Preston, Yaqing Jiao, Jonathan B Baell, Jennifer Keiser, Simon Crawford, Anson V Koehler, Tao Wang, Moana M Simpson, Ray M Kaplan, Karla J Cowley, Kaylene J Simpson, Andreas Hofmann, Abdul Jabbar, Robin B Gasser
The discovery and development of novel anthelmintic classes is essential to sustain the control of socioeconomically important parasitic worms of humans and animals. With the aim of offering novel, lead-like scaffolds for drug discovery, Compounds Australia released the 'Open Scaffolds' collection containing 33,999 compounds, with extensive information available on the physicochemical properties of these chemicals. In the present study, we screened 14,464 prioritised compounds from the 'Open Scaffolds' collection against the exsheathed third-stage larvae (xL3s) of Haemonchus contortus using recently developed whole-organism screening assays...
May 28, 2017: International Journal for Parasitology, Drugs and Drug Resistance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722571/more-poop-more-precision-improving-epidemiologic-surveillance-of-soil-transmitted-helminths-with-multiple-fecal-sampling-using-the-kato-katz-technique
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Chengfang Liu, Louise Lu, Linxiu Zhang, Yu Bai, Alexis Medina, Scott Rozelle, Darvin Scott Smith, Changhai Zhou, Wei Zang
Soil-transmitted helminths, or parasitic intestinal worms, are among the most prevalent and geographically widespread parasitic infections in the world. Accurate diagnosis and quantification of helminth infection are critical for informing and assessing deworming interventions. The Kato-Katz thick smear technique, the most widely used laboratory method to quantitatively assess infection prevalence and infection intensity of helminths, has often been compared with other methods. Only a few small-scale studies, however, have considered ways to improve its diagnostic sensitivity...
July 3, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719964/discovery-of-parasite-eggs-in-archeological-residence-during-the-15th-century-in-seoul-korea
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Pyo Yeon Cho, Jung-Min Park, Myeong-Ki Hwang, Seo Hye Park, Yun-Kyu Park, Bo-Young Jeon, Tong-Soo Kim, Hyeong-Woo Lee
During civil engineering construction near Sejong-ro, Jongro-ku, Seoul, cultural sites were found that are thought to have been built in the 15th century. This area was home to many different people as well as the leaders of the Yi dynasty. To gain further insight into the life styles of the inhabitants of the old capital, soil samples were collected from various areas such as toilets, water foundations, and drainage ways. Parasite eggs were examined by microscopy after 5 g soil samples were rehydrated in 0...
June 2017: Korean Journal of Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719642/infections-with-schistosoma-mansoni-and-geohelminths-among-school-children-dwelling-along-the-shore-of-the-lake-hawassa-southern-ethiopia
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Bamlaku Tadege, Techalew Shimelis
BACKGROUND: Infections with Schistosoma mansoni and soil-transmitted helminthes (STHs) are major public health problems in Ethiopia. However, information was scarce on the current status of these infections to guide an intervention in the study area. Therefore, this study was conducted to assess the prevalence of infections with S. mansoni and STHs and associated factors among school children in southern Ethiopia. METHODS: This cross-sectional study investigated children who were attending the Finchawa and Tullo junior elementary schools and were residing along the shore of the lake Hawassa in January and February, 2015...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716158/efficacy-of-single-dose-500-mg-mebendazole-in-soil-transmitted-helminth-infections-a-review
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J Mrus, B Baeten, M Engelen, S A Silber
Soil-transmitted helminthiasis (STH) is caused by Ascaris lumbricoides (roundworm), Trichuris trichiura (whipworm), and Ancylostoma duodenale and Necator americanus (hookworms). Mebendazole is one of the recommended preventive chemotherapy agents for STH. This review summarizes the efficacy data from 29 studies with single-dose 500 mg mebendazole in STH treatment and compares the results with those of a recently conducted phase 3 study of a 500 mg mebendazole chewable tablet against A. lumbricoides and T. trichiura infections...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Helminthology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711437/intestinal-parasitic-infections-current-status-and-associated-risk-factors-among-school-aged-children-in-an-archetypal-african-urban-slum-in-nigeria
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Vincent P Gyang, Ting-Wu Chuang, Chien-Wei Liao, Yueh-Lun Lee, Olaoluwa P Akinwale, Akwaowo Orok, Olusola Ajibaye, Ajayi J Babasola, Po-Ching Cheng, Chia-Mei Chou, Ying-Chieh Huang, Pasaiko Sonko, Chia-Kwung Fan
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: Intestinal parasitic infections (IPIs) among school aged children (SAC) in Nigeria remains endemic, hence the need for regular surveillance to attract the attention of policy makers. This cross-sectional study investigated the current prevalence and factors associated with intestinal parasitic infections among school aged children in an urban slum of Lagos City, Nigeria. METHODS: Single stool samples from 384 school aged children (188 boys and 196 girls) were examined by employing Merthiolate-iodine-formaldehyde concentration (MIFC) and Kato-Katz methods...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Microbiology, Immunology, and Infection, Wei Mian Yu Gan Ran za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708895/yeast-expressed-recombinant-as16-protects-mice-against-ascaris-suum-infection-through-induction-of-a-th2-skewed-immune-response
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Junfei Wei, Leroy Versteeg, Zhuyun Liu, Brian Keegan, Ana Clara Gazzinelli-Guimarães, Ricardo T Fujiwara, Neima Briggs, Kathryn M Jones, Ulrich Strych, Coreen M Beaumier, Maria Elena Bottazzi, Peter J Hotez, Bin Zhan
BACKGROUND: Ascariasis remains the most common helminth infection in humans. As an alternative or complementary approach to global deworming, a pan-anthelminthic vaccine is under development targeting Ascaris, hookworm, and Trichuris infections. As16 and As14 have previously been described as two genetically related proteins from Ascaris suum that induced protective immunity in mice when formulated with cholera toxin B subunit (CTB) as an adjuvant, but the exact protective mechanism was not well understood...
July 14, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28694301/helminth-antigens-counteract-a-rapid-high-fat-diet-induced-decrease-in-adipose-tissue-eosinophils
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Susan M van den Berg, Andrea D van Dam, Pascal J Kusters, Linda Beckers, Myrthe den Toom, Saskia van der Velden, Jan Van den Bossche, Irma van Die, Mariëtte R Boon, Patrick C N Rensen, Esther Lutgens, Menno P de Winther
Brown adipose tissue (BAT) activation and white adipose tissue (WAT) beiging can increase energy expenditure and have the potential to reduce obesity and associated diseases. The immune system is a potential target in mediating brown and beige adipocyte activation. Type 2 and anti-inflammatory immune cells contribute to metabolic homeostasis within lean WAT, with a prominent role for eosinophils and interleukin (IL)-4 induced anti-inflammatory macrophages. We determined eosinophil numbers in epididymal WAT (EpAT), subcutaneous WAT (ScAT) and BAT after 1 day, 3 days or 1 week of high-fat diet (HFD) feeding in C57Bl/6 mice...
July 10, 2017: Journal of Molecular Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28665019/cis-regulatory-evolution-in-a-wild-primate-infection-associated-genetic-variation-drives-differential-expression-of%C3%A2-mhc-dqa1-in-vitro
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Noah D Simons, Geeta N Eick, Maria Jose Ruiz-Lopez, Patrick A Omeja, Colin A Chapman, Tony L Goldberg, Nelson Ting, Kirstin N Sterner
Few studies have combined genetic association analyses with functional characterization of infection-associated SNPs in natural populations of non-human primates. Here, we investigate the relationship between host genetic variation, parasitism, and natural selection in a population of red colobus (Procolobus rufomitratus tephrosceles) in Kibale National Park, Uganda. We collected parasitological, cellular, and genomic data to test the following hypotheses: 1) MHC-DQA1 regulatory genetic variation is associated with control of whipworm (Trichuris) infection in a natural population of red colobus; 2) infection-associated SNPs are functional in driving differential gene expression in-vitro; and 3) balancing selection has shaped patterns of variation in the MHC-DQA1 promoter...
June 30, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28664702/invasive-forms-of-canine-endoparasites-as-a-potential-threat-to-public-health-a-review-and-own-studies
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REVIEW
Mirosława Felsmann, Mirosław Michalski, Mariusz Felsmann, Rajmund Sokół, Józef Szarek, Emilia Strzyżewska-Worotyńska
[b]Abstract [/b] Dogs serve as the vectors of serious zoonotic parasitic diseases. In the month of May 2012 - 2014, 339 dog faeces samples from seven public sites in Chełmno, a town in northern Poland, were collected and examined to determine the gastrointestinal parasite fauna of dogs. Each faecal sample was dissected with a needle, checked for tapeworm segments and examined for parasite eggs and oocysts using the flotation and decantation method and a modified Baermann technique. Differences were observed in the degree of parasite species occurrence...
May 11, 2017: Annals of Agricultural and Environmental Medicine: AAEM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28664463/therapeutic-potential-of-helminths-in-autoimmune-diseases-helminth-derived-immune-regulators-and-immune-balance
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REVIEW
Meng Wang, Linxiang Wu, Rennan Weng, Weihong Zheng, Zhongdao Wu, Zhiyue Lv
Helminths have accompanied human throughout history by releasing immune-evasion molecules that could counteract an aberrant immune response within the host. In the past decades, helminth infections are becoming less prevalent possibly due to the developed sanitation. Meanwhile, the incidence of autoimmune diseases is increasing, which cannot be exclusively explained by the changes of susceptibility genes. While the hygiene hypothesis casts light on the problem. The infections of helminths are believed to interact with and regulate human immunity with the byproduct of suppressing the autoimmune diseases...
June 29, 2017: Parasitology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28655684/profile-of-intestinal-parasitosis-among-school-aged-children-in-kiliba-eastern-dr-congo
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C Kyambikwa Bisangamo, P Jabari Mutwa, P Mulongo Mbarambara
This study of feces sought to determine the prevalence of human intestinal parasites in the Kiliba area of the eastern DR Congo. Feces of 602 school children aged from 9 to 20 years were collected from April to June 2014 and examined. Direct analyses were supplemented with the Kato and Ritchie methods. The global prevalence of intestinal parasitosis in school-aged children in the Kiliba area was 91.4 % [95 % CI: 87.6-94.3%]. The frequency of helminthiasis was high at 73.8 % (95 % CI: 68.4-78.6%) and that of protozoa reached 32...
June 1, 2017: Médecine et Santé Tropicales
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651534/a-survey-for-potentially-zoonotic-gastrointestinal-parasites-in-domestic-cavies-in-cameroon-central-africa
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Felix Meutchieye, Marc K Kouam, Emile Miegoué, Terence T Nguafack, Joseph Tchoumboué, Alexis Téguia, Georgios Théodoropoulos
BACKGROUND: Farm animals are usually suspected to transmit infections to humans. Domestic cavies (Cavia porcellus) are hosts to a variety of pathogens, some of which are zoonotic. Several parasites including the protozoa Giardia spp. and Cryptosporidium spp. may be causative agents of gastrointestinal disorders in domestic cavies and humans. The aim of the study was to investigate the occurrence of potentially zoonotic protozoa as well as any potential zoonotic gastrointestinal parasite in domestic cavies raised under a semi extensive system in the rural areas of Cameroon...
June 26, 2017: BMC Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650985/chronic-trichuris-muris-infection-causes-neoplastic-change-in-the-intestine-and-exacerbates-tumour-formation-in-apc-min-mice
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Kelly S Hayes, Laura J Cliffe, Alison J Bancroft, Simon P Forman, Seona Thompson, Cath Booth, Richard K Grencis
Incidences of infection-related cancers are on the rise in developing countries where the prevalence of intestinal nematode worm infections are also high. Trichuris muris (T. muris) is a murine gut-dwelling nematode that is the direct model for human T. trichiura, one of the major soil-transmitted helminth infections of humans. In order to assess whether chronic infection with T. muris does indeed influence the development of cancer hallmarks, both wild type mice and colon cancer model (APC min/+) mice were infected with this parasite...
June 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646696/occurrence-of-the-most-common-helminth-infections-among-children-in-the-eastern-slovak-republic
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Jana Pipiková, Ingrid Papajová, Jindřich Šoltys, Ingrid Schusterová
OBJECTIVES: Ascariasis, trichuriasis and hymenolepiasis occur primarily within poor communities with low hygiene standards. This study examined the occurrence of intestinal helminth infections among children living in two counties (Košice and Prešov) in the Eastern Slovak Republic. STUDY DESIGN: Four hundred and twenty-six children were divided into groups according to ethnicity (non-Roma and Roma), age, sex, urban/rural residency and county of residence. METHODS: Stool samples collected from participants were processed by formalin-ethyl acetate sedimentation and examined microscopically...
June 21, 2017: Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632749/using-a-health-rating-system-to-evaluate-the-usefulness-of-caenorhabditis-elegans-as-a-model-for-anthelmintic-study
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Kathryn J Weaver, Cassandra J May, Brian L Ellis
Soil-transmitted helminths (STHs) are intestinal parasitic nematodes that infect humans, and are transmitted through contaminated soil. These nematodes include the large roundworm (Ascaris lumbricoides), whipworm (Trichuris trichiura), and hookworm (Ancylostoma ceylanicum, Ancylostoma duodenale, and Necator americanus). Nearly 1.5 billion people (~24% of the population) worldwide are infected with at least one species of these parasites, burdening the poor, in particular, children and pregnant women. To combat these diseases, the WHO only recognizes four anthelmintic drugs, including the preferred drug, albendazole, for mass drug administration (MDA)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624874/reliable-molecular-differentiation-of-trichuris-ovis-and-trichuris-discolor-from-sheep-ovis-orientalis-aries-and-roe-deer-capreolus-capreolus-and-morphological-characterisation-of-their-females-morphology-does-not-work-sufficiently
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Pavel Vejl, Stanislava Nechybová, Pavla Peřinková, Martina Melounová, Vladimíra Sedláková, Jakub Vašek, Daniela Čílová, Kateřina Rylková, Ivana Jankovská, Jaroslav Vadlejch, Iva Langrová
The main aim of the study was to evaluate associations between morphological variability of Trichuris females from sheep and roe deer and their rDNA polymorphism in whipworm populations from the Czech Republic. The results introduced the use of new molecular markers based on the internal transcribed spacer (ITS)1-5.8S RNA-ITS2 region polymorphisms, as useful tools for the unambiguous differentiation of congeners Trichuris ovis and Trichuris discolor. These markers revealed both parasites in roe deer and in sheep; however, T...
June 17, 2017: Parasitology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615864/prevalence-of-gastro-intestinal-parasites-in-pigs-in-punjab-india
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Mandeep Kaur, Balbir Bagicha Singh, Rajnish Sharma, Jatinder Paul Singh Gill
Gastrointestinal parasites are a common problem in pigs in India. The important risk factors include coprophagic behaviour of pigs and their free access to garbage. To investigate the gastrohelmenthic spectrum in pigs of Punjab, we examined 265 faecal samples from farm (n = 47) and scavenging pigs (n = 218) using faecal floatation method. Ascaris suum, unsporulated oocysts, Trichuris spp. and Strongyloides were recorded in 27.5, 15.4, 1.8 and 4.5 % of the pig faecal samples, respectively. Overall prevalence was significantly higher in pigs >1 year (56...
June 2017: Journal of Parasitic Diseases: Official Organ of the Indian Society for Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615851/gastrointestinal-helminthosis-prevalence-and-associated-determinants-in-goats-of-jabalpur-india
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Alok Kumar Dixit, Giridhari Das, Ramesh Pratap Singh Baghel
A total of 632 faecal samples of goats of Jabalpur district of Madhya Pradesh state were examined during three years of the study period (November 2012-October 2015), out of which 82.75 % samples were positive for helminthic infections. Among various helminths, maximum prevalence was of strongyles (32.59 %) followed by amphistomes (14.40 %), Moniezia spp. (12.50 %), Strongyloides spp. (0.79 %), Trichuris spp. (0.47 %) and Fasciolagigantica (0.32 %). Year wise prevalence revealed a highly significant (p < 0...
June 2017: Journal of Parasitic Diseases: Official Organ of the Indian Society for Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615087/association-between-intestinal-helminth-infections-and-mid-upper-arm-circumference-among-children-in-sri-lanka-a-cross-sectional-study
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L S Galgamuwa, D Iddawela, S D Dharmaratne
Intestinal helminth infections constitute a major health problem in low socio-economic communities worldwide. A cross-sectional study was conducted in children aged between 12 and 60 months. A structured questionnaire was used to collect socio-demographic data and stool samples were subjected to direct smear, stained with Lugol's iodine, and formaldehyde-ether concentration techniques to determine the prevalence of intestinal helminth infections. The circumference of each child's left mid upper arm (MUAC) was measured using standard procedures...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Helminthology
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