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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28748758/protozoan-parasites-glycosylphosphatidylinositol-anchors-structures-functions-and-trends-for-drug-discovery
#1
Ana Luísa Malaco Morotti, Maristela Braga Martins-Teixeira, Ivone Carvalho
Glycosylphosphatidylinositol (GPI) anchors are complex molecules that support certain proteins in the outer leaflet of the cell membrane. The GPI anchor scaffold is comprised of a glycan core which contains a phosphoethanolamine linker and a phospholipid chain. GPI-anchored proteins are structurally and functionally diverse and play essential roles in several biological processes, in particular cell-cell interaction. Although all eukaryotes possess GPI anchors in their cell membrane, protozoan parasites use this anchorage much more frequently than higher eukaryotes...
July 27, 2017: Current Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28748751/update-on-nitazoxanide-a-multifunctional-chemotherapeutic-agent
#2
Anshul Shakya, Hans Raj Bhat, Surjit Kumar Ghosh
The thiazolide nitazoxanide (NTZ) is a broad-spectrum anti-infective drug that adversely affects viability, growth, and proliferation of a range of extracellular and intracellular protozoan, helminths, anaerobic and microaerophilic bacteria, and viruses. Current review compiled the potential chemotherapeutic efficacy of NTZ against a variety of such disease-causing macro and/or micro-organisms as well as neoplastic cells. The most accepted anti-infective mechanism of NTZ involves impairment of the energy metabolism in anaerobic pathogens by inhibition of the pyruvate: ferredoxin/flavodoxin oxidoreductase (PFOR)...
July 27, 2017: Current Drug Discovery Technologies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28747952/human-permanent-ectoparasites-recent-advances-on-biology-and-clinical-significance-of-demodex-mites-narrative-review-article
#3
REVIEW
Dorota Litwin, WenChieh Chen, Ewa Dzika, Joanna Korycińska
BACKGROUND: Demodex is a genus of mites living predominantly in mammalian pilosebaceous units. They are commonly detected in the skin of face, with increasing numbers in inflammatory lesions. Causation between Demodex mites and inflammatory diseases, such as rosacea, blepharitis, perioral and seborrhoeic dermatitis or chalazion, is controversially discussed. Clinical observations indicate a primary form of human Demodex infection. The aim of this review was to highlight the biological aspects of Demodex infestation and point out directions for the future research...
January 2017: Iranian Journal of Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28747918/root-knot-and-cyst-nematodes-activate-procambium-associated-genes-in-arabidopsis-roots
#4
Yasuka L Yamaguchi, Reira Suzuki, Javier Cabrera, Satoru Nakagami, Tomomi Sagara, Chika Ejima, Ryosuke Sano, Yuichi Aoki, Rocio Olmo, Tetsuya Kurata, Takeshi Obayashi, Taku Demura, Takashi Ishida, Carolina Escobar, Shinichiro Sawa
Developmental plasticity is one of the most striking features of plant morphogenesis, as plants are able to vary their shapes in response to environmental cues. Biotic or abiotic stimuli often promote organogenesis events in plants not observed under normal growth conditions. Root-knot nematodes (RKNs) are known to parasitize multiple species of rooting plants and to induce characteristic tissue expansion called galls or root-knots on the roots of their hosts by perturbing the plant cellular machinery. Galls contain giant cells (GCs) and neighboring cells, and the GCs are a source of nutrients for the parasitizing nematode...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28747479/a-nutrient-mediates-intraspecific-competition-between-rodent-malaria-parasites-in-vivo
#5
Nina Wale, Derek G Sim, Andrew F Read
Hosts are often infected with multiple strains of a single parasite species. Within-host competition between parasite strains can be intense and has implications for the evolution of traits that impact patient health, such as drug resistance and virulence. Yet the mechanistic basis of within-host competition is poorly understood. Here, we demonstrate that a parasite nutrient, para-aminobenzoic acid (pABA), mediates competition between a drug resistant and drug susceptible strain of the malaria parasite, Plasmodium chabaudi We further show that increasing pABA supply to hosts infected with the resistant strain worsens disease and changes the relationship between parasite burden and pathology...
July 26, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28745426/dual-rna-seq-of-lysobacter-capsici-az78-phytophthora-infestans-interaction-shows-the-implementation-of-attack-strategies-by-the-bacterium-and-unsuccessful-oomycete-defense-responses
#6
Selena Tomada, Paolo Sonego, Marco Moretto, Kristof Engelen, Ilaria Pertot, Michele Perazzolli, Gerardo Puopolo
Biological interactions in the microbial communities of the rhizosphere continuously shape the gene expression patterns of each individual microorganism. A dual RNA-Seq approach was applied to obtain a comprehensive overview of the molecular mechanisms activated during the interaction between the biocontrol rhizobacterium Lysobacter capsici AZ78 and the soilborne phytopathogenic oomycete Phytophthora infestans. The RNA-Seq transcriptional profile of L. capsici AZ78 was characterized by up-regulation of genes concerned in the biogenesis of type 4 pilus and lytic enzymes, involved respectively in host colonization and subsequent attack of the P...
July 26, 2017: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741105/transmission-fitness-in-co-colonization-and-the-persistence-of-bacterial-pathogens
#7
Maria Gaivão, Francisco Dionisio, Erida Gjini
Humans are often colonized by polymorphic bacteria such as Streptococcus pneumoniae, Bordetella pertussis, Staphylococcus Aureus, and Haemophilus influenzae. Two co-colonizing pathogen clones may interact with each other upon host entry and during within-host dynamics, ranging from competition to facilitation. Here we examine the significance of these exploitation strategies for bacterial spread and persistence in host populations. We model SIS epidemiological dynamics to capture the global behavior of such multi-strain systems, focusing on different parameters of single and dual colonization...
July 24, 2017: Bulletin of Mathematical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738234/m1-homeopathic-complex-trigger-effective-responses-against-leishmania-l-amazonensis-in-vivo-and-in-vitro
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Katia Fialho Nascimento, Fabiana Rodrigues de Santana, Cleber Rafael Vieira da Costa, Vanessa Kaplum, Helito Volpato, Celso Vaturo Nakamura, Leoni Villano Bonamin, Dorly de Freitas Buchi
Leishmaniasis is a term referring to a range of clinical conditions caused by protozoan parasites of the genus Leishmania, Trypanosomatidae family, Kinetoplastida order that is transmitted by the bite of certain species of mosquitoes Phlebotominae subfamily. These parasites infect hosts wild and domestic mammals, considered as natural reservoirs and can also infect humans. Leishmania are obligate intramacrophage protozoa that have exclusively intracellular life style. This suggests that the amastigotes possess mechanisms to avoid killing by host cells...
July 21, 2017: Cytokine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737158/gastric-lesions-in-dolphins-stranded-along-the-eastern-adriatic-coast
#9
Jerko Hrabar, Ivana Bočina, Andrea Gudan Kurilj, Martina Đuras, Ivona Mladineo
Stranded cetaceans are often found with gastric lesions associated with the presence of parasites; most frequently, nematodes of the genus Anisakis and the heterophyd digenean trematode Pholeter gastrophilus. In this study, we present histopathology mainly (but not exclusively) related to these 2 parasite species. Macroscopically, lesions associated with the presence of Anisakis spp. were characterised by the presence of ulcers within the gastric mucosa, while the digenean P. gastrophilus was found within large submucosal fibrotic nodules in the gastric wall...
July 24, 2017: Diseases of Aquatic Organisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735468/the-effect-of-water-contamination-and-host-related-factors-on-ectoparasite-load-in-an-insectivorous-bat
#10
Carmi Korine, Shai Pilosof, Amit Gross, Juan B Morales-Malacara, Boris R Krasnov
We examined the effects of sex, age, and reproductive state of the insectivorous bat Pipistrellus kuhlii on the abundance and prevalence of arthropod ectoparasites (Macronyssidae and Cimicidae) in habitats with either sewage-polluted or natural bodies of water, in the Negev Desert, Israel. We chose water pollution as an environmental factor because of the importance of water availability in desert environments, particularly for P. kuhlii, which needs to drink on a daily basis. We predicted that parasite infestation rates would be affected by both environment and demographic cohort of the host...
July 22, 2017: Parasitology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734897/exploiting-helminth-host-interactomes-through-big-data
#11
REVIEW
Javier Sotillo, Rafael Toledo, Jason Mulvenna, Alex Loukas
Helminths facilitate their parasitic existence through the production and secretion of different molecules, including proteins. Some helminth proteins can manipulate the host's immune system, a phenomenon that is now being exploited with a view to developing therapeutics for inflammatory diseases. In recent years, hundreds of helminth genomes have been sequenced, but as a community we are still taking baby steps when it comes to identifying proteins that govern host-helminth interactions. The information generated from genomic, immunomic, and proteomic studies, as well as from cutting-edge approaches such as proteogenomics, is leading to a substantial volume of big data that can be utilised to shed light on fundamental biology and provide solutions for the development of bioactive-molecule-based therapeutics...
July 19, 2017: Trends in Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733628/solute-carriers-affect-anopheles-stephensi-survival-and-plasmodium-berghei-infection-in-the-salivary-glands
#12
J Couto, S Antunes, R Pinheiro-Silva, V do Rosário, J de la Fuente, A Domingos
Malaria is caused by mosquito-borne Plasmodium spp. parasites that must infect and survive within mosquito salivary glands (SGs) prior to host transmission. Recent advances in transcriptomics and the complete genome sequencing of mosquito vectors have increased our knowledge of the SG genes and proteins involved in pathogen infection and transmission. Membrane solute carriers are key proteins involved in drug transport and are useful in the development of new interventions for transmission blocking. Herein, we applied transcriptomics analysis to compare SGs mRNA levels in Anopheles stephensi fed on non-infected and P...
July 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733613/rnai-screening-identifies-trypanosoma-brucei-stress-response-protein-kinases-required-for-survival-in-the-mouse
#13
Fernando Fernandez-Cortes, Tiago D Serafim, Jonathan M Wilkes, Nathaniel G Jones, Ryan Ritchie, Richard McCulloch, Jeremy C Mottram
Protein kinases (PKs) are a class of druggable targets in Trypanosoma brucei, the causative agent of Human African Trypanosomiasis (sleeping sickness), yet little is known about which PKs are essential for survival in mammals. A recent kinome-wide RNAi screen with 176 individual bloodstream form Trypanosoma brucei lines identified PKs required for proliferation in culture. In order to assess which PKs are also potential virulence factors essential in vivo, lines were pooled, inoculated into mice, and screened for loss of fitness after 48 h RNAi...
July 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733289/an-enterotoxin-like-binary-protein-from-pseudomonas-protegens-with-potent-nematicidal-activity
#14
Jun-Zhi Wei, Daniel L Siehl, Zhenglin Hou, Barbara Rosen, Jarred Oral, Christopher G Taylor, Gusui Wu
Soil microbes are a major food source for free-living soil nematodes. It is known that certain soil bacteria have evolved systems to combat predation. We identified the nematode-antagonistic Pseudomonas protegens strain 15G2 from screening of microbes. Through protein purification we identified a binary protein, designated as Pp-ANP, that is responsible for the nematicidal activity. This binary protein inhibits Caenorhabditis elegans growth and development by arresting larvae at L1 stage and killing older staged worms...
July 21, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727769/small-subunit-ribosomal-metabarcoding-reveals-extraordinary-trypanosomatid-diversity-in-brazilian-bats
#15
Maria Augusta Dario, Ricardo Moratelli Mendonça da Rocha, Philipp Schwabl, Ana Maria Jansen, Martin S Llewellyn
BACKGROUND: Bats are a highly successful, globally dispersed order of mammals that occupy a wide array of ecological niches. They are also intensely parasitized and implicated in multiple viral, bacterial and parasitic zoonosis. Trypanosomes are thought to be especially abundant and diverse in bats. In this study, we used 18S ribosomal RNA metabarcoding to probe bat trypanosome diversity in unprecedented detail. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: Total DNA was extracted from the blood of 90 bat individuals (17 species) captured along Atlantic Forest fragments of Espírito Santo state, southeast Brazil...
July 20, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725553/behavioral-physiological-and-morphological-correlates-of-parasite-intensity-in-the-wild-cururu-toad-rhinella-icterica
#16
Eduardo Hermógenes Moretti, Braz Titon, Carla Bonetti Madelaire, Raquel de Arruda, Tatiana Alvarez, Fernando Ribeiro Gomes
Large numbers of parasites are found in various organs of anuran amphibians, with parasite intensities thought to modulate the host's Darwinian fitness traits. Interaction between the anuran hosts and their multiple parasites should modulate the host's phenotypic characteristic, such as those associated with high energetic demand (such as calling effort and locomotor performance), energy balance (standard metabolic rate), and morphological plasticity (as indicated by organ masses). The present study investigated the impact of parasite intensities on the behavioral, physiological, and morphological traits of wild adult male Rhinella icterica (Anura: Bufonidae)...
December 2017: International Journal for Parasitology. Parasites and Wildlife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721835/parasites-as-prey-the-effect-of-cercarial-density-and-alternative-prey-on-consumption-of-cercariae-by-four-non-host-species
#17
Jennifer E Welsh, Caroline Liddell, Jaap VAN DER Meer, David W Thieltges
In parasites with complex life cycles the transmission of free-living infective stages can be influenced by ambient community diversity, in particular via predation. Here, we experimentally investigated whether parasite density and the presence of alternative prey can alter predation rates on free-living cercarial stages of a marine trematode by several non-host predators. All four predator species consumed increasing numbers of cercariae with an increase in cercarial density, indicating that the removal of cercariae by predators is effective over a range of natural densities as well as in the presence of alternative prey for a number of predators typical of marine ecosystems...
July 19, 2017: Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719882/antileishmanial-activity-and-tubulin-polymerization-inhibition-of-podophyllotoxin-derivatives-on-leishmania-infantum
#18
José Miguel Escudero-Martínez, Yolanda Pérez-Pertejo, Rosa M Reguera, María Ángeles Castro, María Victoria Rojo, Carolina Santiago, Andrés Abad, Pablo Anselmo García, José Luis López-Pérez, Arturo San Feliciano, Rafael Balaña-Fouce
Leishmania microtubules play an important role not only in cell division, but also in keeping the shape of the parasite and motility of its free-living stages. Microtubules result from the self-assembly of alpha and beta tubulins, two phylogenetically conserved and very abundant eukaryotic proteins in kinetoplastids. The colchicine binding domain has inspired the discovery and development of several drugs currently in clinical use against parasites. However, this domain is less conserved in kinetoplastids and may be selectively targeted by new compounds...
June 28, 2017: International Journal for Parasitology, Drugs and Drug Resistance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719649/differential-expression-of-small-rna-pathway-genes-associated-with-the-biomphalaria-glabrata-schistosoma-mansoni-interaction
#19
Fábio Ribeiro Queiroz, Luciana Maria Silva, Wander de Jesus Jeremias, Élio Hideo Babá, Roberta Lima Caldeira, Paulo Marcos Zech Coelho, Matheus de Souza Gomes
The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that approximately 240 million people in 78 countries require treatment for schistosomiasis, an endemic disease caused by trematodes of the genus Schistosoma. In Brazil, Schistosoma mansoni is the only species representative of the genus whose passage through an invertebrate host, snails of the genus Biomphalaria, is obligatory before infecting a mammalian host, including humans. The availability of the genome and transcriptome of B. glabrata makes studying the regulation of gene expression, particularly the regulation of miRNA and piRNA processing pathway genes, possible...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715423/antibody-trapping-a-novel-mechanism-of-parasite-immune-evasion-by-the-trematode-echinostoma-caproni
#20
Alba Cortés, Javier Sotillo, Carla Muñoz-Antolí, Javier Molina-Durán, J Guillermo Esteban, Rafael Toledo
BACKGROUND: Helminth infections are among the most prevalent neglected tropical diseases, causing an enormous impact in global health and the socioeconomic growth of developing countries. In this context, the study of helminth biology, with emphasis on host-parasite interactions, appears as a promising approach for developing new tools to prevent and control these infections. METHODS/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: The role that antibody responses have on helminth infections is still not well understood...
July 17, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
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