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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737483/tissue-lesions-due-to-spirorchiid-eggs-in-a-loggerhead-turtle-caretta-caretta-linnaeus-1758-from-brazil-the-first-report-outside-of-the-usa
#1
Rachel Bittencourt Ribeiro, Hassan Jerdy, Raphael Mansur Medina, Mariah Bianchi, Max Werneck, Eulógio Carvalho
Spirorchiids (family Spirorchiidae Stunkard 1921) are a group of flukes that inhabit the circulatory system of turtles. Infection by members of the family Spirorchiidae involves egg deposition in the host blood stream, accumulation in tissues, which cause inflammatory reactions and embolisms, leading or contributing to the death of the host. Reports of Spirorchiids eggs lesions on loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta Linnaeus, 1758) were observed only in the USA hosts. In the present report a female loggerhead sea turtle was found dead on the beach in north State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil...
July 24, 2017: Journal of Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735469/phylogenetic-relationships-between-dicrocoelium-chinensis-populations-in-japan-and-china-based-on-mitochondrial-nad1-gene-sequences
#2
Kei Hayashi, WenQiang Tang, Yuma Ohari, Maiko Ohtori, Uday Kumar Mohanta, Kayoko Matsuo, Hiroshi Sato, Tadashi Itagaki
We carried out phylogenetic analyses of the relationships between Dicrocoelium chinensis populations in Japan and China using molecular markers. One hundred nine lancet flukes collected from Japan and China were identified as D. chinensis based on their testis orientation and the nucleotide sequences of their ribosomal ITS2. These flukes were analyzed phylogenetically using mitochondrial nad1 gene sequences. An analysis of molecular variance found that the percentage of variation between the countries was extremely high, indicating that the D...
July 22, 2017: Parasitology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734749/understanding-the-main-route-of-drug-entry-in-adult-fasciola-hepatica-further-insights-into-closantel-pharmacological-activity
#3
L Ceballos, C Canton, G Cadenazzi, K Larsen, G Virkel, L Moreno, I Fairweather, C Lanusse, L Alvarez
Closantel (CLS) is highly effective against adult liver flukes after its oral or subcutaneous (sc) administration in ruminants. Trans-tegumental diffusion and oral ingestion are the two potential routes available for the entry of drugs into Fasciola hepatica. The work reported here contributes to improve the understanding of CLS pharmacology. The main goals of were: I) to determine the pattern of in vivo CLS accumulation into adult F. hepatica and relevant tissues in CLS-treated sheep; II) to investigate the influence of the physicochemical composition of the incubation medium on the CLS diffusion process into adult F...
July 19, 2017: Experimental Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729070/abc-transporters-in-the-liver-fluke-opisthorchis-felineus
#4
Viatcheslav A Mordvinov, Nikita I Ershov, Darya S Pirozhkova, Yuri V Pakharukov, Maria Y Pakharukova
ATP-binding cassette transporters (ABC transporters) are essential components of normal cellular physiological machinery in all eukaryotic and prokaryotic species, including parasites. Some ABC transporters, e.g., P-glycoproteins, are involved in the efflux of toxins and xenobiotics from the cell. At present, nothing is known about ABC transporter genes in epidemiologically important liver flukes from the Opisthorchiidae family, including European liver fluke Opisthorchis felineus. Opisthorchiasis caused by O...
July 17, 2017: Molecular and Biochemical Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726248/finding-sacral-developmental-evolution-of-the-axial-skeleton-of-odontocetes-cetacea
#5
Emily A Buchholtz, Jessica K Gee
Axial morphology was dramatically transformed during the transition from terrestrial to aquatic environments by archaeocete cetaceans, and again during the subsequent odontocete radiation. Here, we reconstruct the sequence of developmental events that underlie these phenotypic transitions. Archaeocete innovations include the loss of primaxial/abaxial interaction at the sacral/pelvic articulation and the modular dissociation of the fluke from the remainder of the tail. Odontocetes subsequently integrated lumbar, sacral, and anterior caudal vertebrae into a single torso module, and underwent multiple series-specific changes in vertebral count...
July 20, 2017: Evolution & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725936/ultrastructural-characters-of-the-spermatozoon-of-the-liver-fluke-opisthorchis-viverrini-poirier-1886-opisthorchiidae
#6
Jordi Miquel, Zdzisław Świderski, Banchob Sripa, Alexis Ribas
The present study records the ultrastructural organization of the mature spermatozoon of Opisthorchis viverrini by means of transmission electron microscopy. The spermatozoon of O. viverrini is a filiform cell, tapered at both extremities. It exhibits the characteristics of type IV spermatozoon of digeneans, namely with two axonemes of the 9+'1' trepaxonematan pattern, external ornamentation of the plasma membrane associated with cortical microtubules that are in the posterior part of the anterior region of the sperm cell, and with two mitochondria...
July 19, 2017: Parasitology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719961/artyfechinostomum-malayanum-metacercariae-encysted-in-pila-sp-snails-purchased-from-phnom-penh-cambodia
#7
Woon-Mok Sohn, Tai-Soon Yong, Keeseon S Eom, Muth Sinuon, Hoo-Gn Jeoung, Jong-Yil Chai
The metacercariae of Artyfechinostomum malayanum (Leiper, 1911) Mendheim, 1943 were discovered in Pila sp. snails purchased from a market in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. They were isolated from the snails using the artificial digestion technique and were orally fed to 2 hamsters, 1 rat, and 2 mice to obtain the adult flukes. The metacercariae were round, 145-165 μm in diameter, having a cyst wall of 6-10 μm in thickness, a head collar and collar spines, and characteristic features of excretory granules. Adult flukes were recovered in the small intestines of the animals at days 14 and 32 post infection and were morphologically observed using a light microscope and a scanning electron microscope...
June 2017: Korean Journal of Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719954/subsets-of-inflammatory-cytokine-gene-polymorphisms-are-associated-with-risk-of-carcinogenic-liver-fluke-opisthorchis-viverrini-associated-advanced-periductal-fibrosis-and-cholangiocarcinoma
#8
Arpa Surapaitoon, Sutas Suttiprapa, Eimorn Mairiang, Narong Khuntikeo, Chawalit Pairojkul, Jeffrey Bethony, Paul J Brindley, Banchob Sripa
Opisthorchis viverrini infection induces chronic inflammation, and a minor proportion of infected individuals develop advanced periductal fibrosis (APF) and cholangiocarcinoma (CCA). Inflammatory cytokines and/or their gene polymorphisms may link to these biliary pathologies. We therefore investigated associations among cytokine gene polymorphisms and cytokine production in 510 Thai cases infected with O. viverrini who presented with APF+ or APF-, as established by abdominal ultrasonography as well as in patients diagnosed with CCA...
June 2017: Korean Journal of Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719953/new-definitive-hosts-and-differential-body-indices-of-isthmiophora-hortensis-digenea-echinostomatidae
#9
Woon-Mok Sohn, Byoung-Kuk Na, Sung-Shik Shin
The present study was performed to record new definitive hosts of Isthmiophora hortensis, and to describe morphological characteristics derived from a variety of worm samples for clarification of its taxonomic validity. Morphological characteristics with dimensions were observed in worm samples (n=21) from naturally infected wild animals, including a raccoon dog Nyctereutes procyonoides from Gimhae-si (City), Gyeongsangnam-do, stray cats and a striped field mouse from several localities, and a wild boar Sus scrofa, from Gurye-gun (County), Jeollanam-do...
June 2017: Korean Journal of Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718957/elevated-levels-of-il-22-and-il-17a-producing-t-helper-cells-in-cholangiocarcinomarelated-to-liver-fluke-infection
#10
Si-Biao Su, Jian-Feng Zhang, Fei-Fei Huang, Yu Cen, Hai-Xing Jiang
Cholangiocarcinoma (CCA) associated with liver fluke infection appears to involve inflammatory and immune processes, but whether these involve the proinflammatory cytokine interleukin-17A (IL-17A) and proliferative cytokine interleukin-22 (IL-22) is unclear.We compared levels of IL-22- or IL-17A-producing T helper cells and cytokine levels in 30 CCA patients with long-term liver fluke infection, 40 patients with liver-fluke infection but not CCA and 16 healthy controls. Analyses were performed using immunohistochemistry, flow cytometry, ELISA and RT-PCR...
July 18, 2017: Microbiology and Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715291/isolation-of-brucella-pinnipedialis-from-grey-seals-halichoerus-grypus-in-the-baltic-sea
#11
Varpu Hirvelä-Koski, Minna Nylund, Teresa Skrzypczak, Petra Heikkinen, Kaarina Kauhala, Maryne Jay, Marja Isomursu
Brucella infection in seals was reported for the first time in 1994 around the coast of Scotland. Since then, marine mammal Brucella infections were found to be widely distributed in the northern hemisphere. Two Brucella species affect marine mammals: Brucella pinnipedialis in pinnipeds and Brucella ceti in cetaceans. We examined the livers of Baltic grey seals (Halichoerus grypus) from the Finnish coast (n=122) hunted, found dead, or killed as by-catch in fishing gear in 2013-15 as part of population health monitoring...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Wildlife Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708894/magnetic-resonance-imaging-and-spectroscopy-for-differential-assessment-of-liver-abnormalities-induced-by-opisthorchis-felineus-in-an-animal-model
#12
Alexandra G Pershina, Vladimir V Ivanov, Lina V Efimova, Oleg B Shevelev, Sergey V Vtorushin, Tatjana V Perevozchikova, Alexey E Sazonov, Ludmila M Ogorodova
BACKGROUND: European liver fluke Opisthorchis felineus, causing opisthorchiasis disease, is widespread in Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan and sporadically detected in the EU countries. O. felineus infection leads to hepatobiliary pathological changes, cholangitis, fibrosis and, in severe cases, malignant transformation of bile ducts. Due to absence of specific symptoms, the infection is frequently neglected for a long period. The association of opisthorchiasis with almost incurable bile duct cancer and rising international migration of people that increases the risk of the parasitic etiology of liver fibrosis in non-endemic regions determine high demand for development of approaches to opisthorchiasis detection...
July 14, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701625/first-report-of-fasciola-larva-infection-in-galbatruncatula-m%C3%A3-ller-1774-gastropoda-lymnaeidae-occurring-in-the-natural-environment-in-hokkaido-japan
#13
Yuma Ohari, Kei Hayashi, Uday Kumar Mohanta, Yasuhiro Kuwahara, Tadashi Itagaki
In Hokkaido, Japan, wild sika deer are highly infected with Fasciola flukes, suggesting that the flukes complete their life cycle via intermediate host snails and definitive host animals occurring in the natural environment. However, infected snails have been found only in cattle farms contaminated with fasciolosis. This study reports the first Fasciola larva infection in Galbatruncatula snails occurring in the Shoro and Atsuma rivers in the natural environment. Molecular analysis revealed that the nad1 haplotype of the larvae was consistent with that of Fasciola adults obtained from sika deer in Hokkaido...
July 13, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28697819/functional-characterization-of-single-domain-cystatin-like-cysteine-proteinase-inhibitors-expressed-by-the-trematode-fasciola-hepatica
#14
Martín Cancela, Ileana Corvo, Edileuza DA Silva, Aline Teichmann, Leda Roche, Alvaro Díaz, José Fransisco Tort, Henrique B Ferreira, Arnaldo Zaha
Cystatins are small, phylogenetically conserved proteins that are tight-binding inhibitors of cysteine proteinases. The liver fluke Fasciola hepatica uses a diverse set of cysteine proteinases of the papain superfamily for host invasion, immune evasion and nutrition, but little is known about the regulation of these enzymes. The aim of this work is to characterize the cystatin repertoire of F. hepatica. For this purpose, we first surveyed the available sequence databases, identifying three different F. hepatica single-domain cystatins...
July 12, 2017: Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28692750/can-we-go-beyond-surrogates
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EDITORIAL
Andrew Drexler
Two years ago, data presented at the Annual ADA meeting in New Orleans showed a dramatic decrease in deaths, especially those due to cardiovascular disease, with use of empagliflozin ((1) ). Two major questions have been asked: Was the result a fluke?, and Was it a class effect, or was it specific to the agent used? The hope that both questions would be answered by a second study has been answered. The conclusions of EMPA-REG were not an anomaly, and it is a class effect, not one caused by a specific drug.
July 10, 2017: Journal of Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28690064/genetic-line-comparisons-and-genetic-parameters-for-endoparasite-infections-and-test-day-milk-production-traits
#16
Katharina May, Kerstin Brügemann, Tong Yin, Carsten Scheper, Christina Strube, Sven König
Keeping dairy cows in grassland systems relies on detailed analyses of genetic resistance against endoparasite infections, including between- and within-breed genetic evaluations. The objectives of this study were (1) to compare different Black and White dairy cattle selection lines for endoparasite infections and (2) the estimation of genetic (co)variance components for endoparasite and test-day milk production traits within the Black and White cattle population. A total of 2,006 fecal samples were taken during 2 farm visits in summer and autumn 2015 from 1,166 cows kept in 17 small- and medium-scale organic and conventional German grassland farms...
July 6, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28685184/morphological-and-molecular-characterisation-of-aporocotyle-margolisi-smith-1967-digenea-aporocotylidae-from-the-north-pacific-hake-merluccius-productus-ayres-gadiformes-merlucciidae-off-oregon-usa
#17
Jesus S Hernández-Orts, David I Hernández-Mena, Gema Alama-Bermejo, Roman Kuchta, Kym C Jacobson
Aporocotylid blood flukes conspecific with Aporocotyle margolisi Smith, 1967 were collected from the bulbus arteriosus of the North Pacific hake Merluccius productus (Ayres). This study revisits the morphology of A. margolisi, including drawings, measurements and scanning electron microscopy images, and provides for the first time molecular data for the large subunit of the ribosomal RNA (28S rDNA) and the mitochondrial cytochrome c oxidase subunit 1 (cox1) genes for this species. A 28S rDNA phylogenetic study of A...
July 6, 2017: Systematic Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28671021/upregulation-of-transferrin-receptor-1-induces-cholangiocarcinoma-progression-via-induction-of-labile-iron-pool
#18
Wassana Jamnongkan, Raynoo Thanan, Anchalee Techasen, Nisana Namwat, Watcharin Loilome, Piyapharom Intarawichian, Attapol Titapun, Puangrat Yongvanit
Labile iron pool is a cellular source of ions available for Fenton reactions resulting in oxidative stress. Living organisms avoid an excess of free irons by a tight control of iron homeostasis. We investigated the altered expression of iron regulatory proteins and iron discrimination in the development of liver fluke-associated cholangiocarcinoma. Additionally, the levels of labile iron pool and the functions of transferrin receptor-1 on cholangiocarcinoma development were also identified. Iron deposition was determined using the Prussian blue staining method in human cholangiocarcinoma tissues...
July 2017: Tumour Biology: the Journal of the International Society for Oncodevelopmental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28669159/simplified-techniques-for-killing-the-carcinogenic-opisthorchis-viverrini-metacercariae-in-cyprinid-fish
#19
Panupan Sripan, Thidarut Boonmars, Jiraporn Songsri, Ratchadawan Aukkanimart, Pranee Sriraj, Panaratana Rattanasuwan, Parichart Boueroy, Apiporn Suwannatrai, Surasit Aunpromma, Narong Khuntikeo, Watcharin Loilome, Nisana Namwat, Puangrat Yongvanit, Aung PhyoWai, Sukhonthip Khueangchaingkhwang, Wu Zhilang, Benjamabhorn Pumhirunroj, Atchara Artchayasawat, Sirintip Boonjaraspinyo
Consumption of fluke-free fish is the most important factor in controlling Opisthorchis viverrini (OV) infection in endemic areas such as northeast Thailand and thereby reducing the risk of cholangiocarcinoma. Cooking fish is the best way to avoid infection; however, the cultural practice of eating raw or fermented fish is difficult to change. We investigated the food preparation process, using freezing, heating and fermentation to kill OV metacercariae in fish. Uncooked cyprinid fish infected with OV were divided into three groups: refrigerated at 4 oC for 24, 48 or 72 h (control group); frozen at -20 oC for 24, 48 or 72 h; or heated by microwaving (at 400 or 800 W) or boiling at 90 oC for 1, 5 or 10 min...
June 25, 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention: APJCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28668324/population-genetic-analysis-informs-the-invasion-history-of-the-emerging-trematode-dicrocoelium-dendriticum-into-canada
#20
Bradley J van Paridon, Douglas D Colwell, Cameron P Goater, John S Gilleard
Parasite distributions are constantly changing due to climate change, local and global movement of animals and humans, as well as land use and habitat change. The trematode Dicrocoelium dendriticum is a relatively recent invader of Canada, being first reported in eastern Canada in the 1930s and western Canada in the 1970s. However, historical records are scarce and its emergence is poorly understood. The establishment of this parasite in Canada provides an interesting opportunity to explore the use of population genetic approaches to help elucidate the invasion history of a relatively recently established helminth parasite...
June 29, 2017: International Journal for Parasitology
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