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Oyetunde Kazeem Ekeolu, Olamide Elizabeth Adebiyi
BACKGROUND: Hematological parameters are vital diagnostic tools for understanding health dynamics of humans and animals. Franquet's fruit bat (Epomops franqueti) is host to several parasites such as protozoa, bacteria, viruses and mites. Yet, studies exploring the values of its blood components with interest for research or food purposes are scarce. Thus, this study was carried out to investigate the hematological values of the adult E. franqueti. METHODS: Seventeen (nine female and eight male) apparently healthy adult E...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Basic and Clinical Physiology and Pharmacology
Kyung Duk Min, Sung Il Cho
BACKGROUND: The incidence rate of scrub typhus has been increasing in the Republic of Korea. Previous studies have suggested that this trend may have resulted from the effects of climate change on the transmission dynamics among vectors and hosts, but a clear explanation of the process is still lacking. In this study, we applied mathematical models to explore the potential factors that influence the epidemiology of tsutsugamushi disease. METHODS: We developed mathematical models of ordinary differential equations including human, rodent and mite groups...
March 19, 2018: Journal of Korean Medical Science
Jihui Zhang, Jie Chen, Shannon C Mangat, Chathuri Perera Baruhupolage, David R Garrod, Clive Robinson
INTRODUCTION: Intracellular reactive oxidant species (ROS) are generated in human airway epithelial cells by the prothrombinase action of Group 1 house dust mite (HDM) allergens and by ligation of viral RNA sensor Toll-like receptors (TLRs). We explored signaling convergence between HDM allergens and TLRs in ROS generation because epithelial cells form the primary barrier against inhaled substances and dictate host responses to allergens and viruses. METHODS: ROS formation by Calu-3 human airway cells was studied by measuring dihydrorhodamine 123 oxidation after activation by polyinosinic:polycytidylic acid (to activate TLR3), CL097 (to activate TLR7), a natural mixture of HDM allergens, or BzATP...
March 15, 2018: Immunity, Inflammation and Disease
Tao Ning, Li Yuan-Zhen, Wang Hui, Li Chao-Pin
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the breeding of acaroid mites in the stored food in Taiwan Province, China. METHODS: The breeding mites from samples selected from the markets in Hsinchu City, Taiwan Province were separated under a microscope. The isolations were used for slide preparation, then observed and identified under a microscope. RESULTS: Among the 39 species samples, 13 species of acaroid mites were isolated from the samples. They belonged to 11 genera of 6 families...
July 3, 2017: Zhongguo Xue Xi Chong Bing Fang Zhi za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Schistosomiasis Control
Chai Qiang, Hong Yong, Wang Shao-Sheng, Li Chao-Pin
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the Suidasia breeding in the flourmill and further observe its morphological characteristics. METHODS: The samples were collected from different habitats of a flourmill and then separated, and the chipping was kept. The mites were selected and counted from the chipping under an optical microscope. The mites were made slide samples and identified. RESULTS: The mites were identified as Suidasia (including Suidasia nesbitti and Suidasia medanensis )...
May 19, 2017: Zhongguo Xue Xi Chong Bing Fang Zhi za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Schistosomiasis Control
Yrina Rochman, Krista Dienger-Stambaugh, Phoebe K Richgels, Ian P Lewkowich, Andrey V Kartashov, Artem Barski, Gurjit K Khurana Hershey, Warren J Leonard, Harinder Singh
Pathogenic T helper 2 (TH 2) cells, which produce increased amounts of the cytokines interleukin-5 (IL-5) and IL-13, promote allergic disorders, including asthma. Thymic stromal lymphopoietin (TSLP), a cytokine secreted by epithelial and innate immune cells, stimulates such pathogenic TH 2 cell responses. We found that TSLP signaling in mouse CD4+ T cells initiated transcriptional changes associated with TH 2 cell programming. IL-4 signaling amplified and stabilized the genomic response of T cells to TSLP, which increased the frequency of T cells producing IL-4, IL-5, and IL-13...
March 13, 2018: Science Signaling
Alexander Grahofer, Jeanette Bannoehr, Heiko Nathues, Petra Roosje
BACKGROUND: Scabies is a contagious skin disease rarely described in miniature pigs. To the best of the authors' knowledge, a zoonotic transfer from infected pet pigs to humans has not been reported previously. CASE PRESENTATION: This case report describes the infestation with Sarcoptes scabiei mites in two miniature pigs presenting with unusual clinical signs, and disease transmission to a child. Two 7-month-old male castrated miniature pig siblings were examined...
March 13, 2018: BMC Veterinary Research
Colleen Edith Archer, M Corrie Schoeman, Christopher Charles Appleton, Samson Mukaratirwa, Karen J Hope, Glenda Beverly Matthews
This study investigated associations between Trypanosoma lewisi; Xenopsylla cheopis, a common cyclical vector of T. lewisi; Polyplax spinulosa, a reported mechanical vector; and Laelaps ecidnina and L. lamborni, two rodent mites of Rattus norvegicus in Durban. Three hundred and seventy nine R. norvegicus were live-trapped at 48 sites in 4 locality types of Durban during a one year period. Rats were euthanized, cardiac blood was taken to check for hemoparasites and ectoparasites were removed for identification...
March 13, 2018: Journal of Parasitology
Jordano Salamanca, Brígida Souza, Cesar Rodriguez-Saona
BACKGROUND: Whether tactics to manipulate natural enemies in agro-ecosystems enhance their ecosystem function and services remains debatable. We conducted field experiments in 2015-2016 to test the hypothesis that attraction of natural enemies to herbivore-induced plant volatiles (HIPVs), alone or in combination with companion plants, increases crop productivity. Our treatments consisted of bean plants either alone or baited with methyl salicylate (MeSA; an HIPV), or combined with coriander (a companion plant), or with both MeSA and coriander...
March 12, 2018: Pest Management Science
N Lacey, A Russell-Hallinan, C C Zouboulis, F C Powell
Rosacea is a common facial skin disorder affecting middle-aged adults. Its aetiology is unknown and pathogenesis uncertain. Activation of the host innate immune response has been identified as important. The Demodex mite population in the skin of these patients is significantly higher than in subjects with normal skin suggesting they may be of etiological importance in this disorder. Little is known of the role of these mites in human skin and their potential to interact with the host immune system has not been elucidated...
March 12, 2018: British Journal of Dermatology
Manuel Elías-Gutiérrez, Martha Valdez-Moreno, Janet Topan, Monica R Young, José Angel Cohuo-Colli
Currently, freshwater zooplankton sampling and identification methodologies have remained virtually unchanged since they were first established in the beginning of the XX century. One major contributing factor to this slow progress is the limited success of modern genetic methodologies, such as DNA barcoding, in several of the main groups. This study demonstrates improved protocols which enable the rapid assessment of most animal taxa inhabiting any freshwater system by combining the use of light traps, careful fixation at low temperatures using ethanol, and zooplankton-specific primers...
March 2018: Ecology and Evolution
Collin J Horn, Lien T Luong
Parasites are known to have direct negative effects on host fitness; however, the indirect effects of parasitism on host fitness sans infection are less well understood. Hosts undergo behavioural and physiological changes when in proximity to parasites. Yet, there is little experimental evidence showing that these changes lead to long-term decreases in host fitness. We aimed to determine if parasite exposure affects host fitness independent of contact, because current approaches to parasite ecology may underestimate the effect of parasites on host populations...
March 13, 2018: Parasitology
Randa S Abdel-Latif, Nissreen E ELBadawy, Basem M Ibrahim
This is a prospective interventional comparative study which aimed to investigate correlation between tear film allergen specific IgE levels and the skin prick test in diagnosing different types of allergic conjunctivitis. One hundred twenty patients with allergic conjunctivitis were included in this study and were classified into 4 groups based on the type of allergic conjunctivitis. Patients were subjected to skin prick test (SPT). Micro capillary method was used to collect tear samples for the quantitative assessment of specific IgE by Immune blot assay...
June 2017: Egyptian Journal of Immunology
Sahar Z Elazab, Waheed F Hessam
Allergic rhinitis (AR) is mediated by many proinflammatory and anti-inflammatory cytokines as interleuhin-17 (IL-17) and interleukin-35 (IL-35) respectively. We assessed the effect of allergen specific immunotherapy (IT) on the serum levels of IL-17 and IL-35 in patients with AR sensitive to house dust mites (HDMs). Twenty patients with AR sensitive to HDMs and ten healthy control subjects were included in the study. Sensitivity to HDMs was diagnosed by positive skin prick test. Patients were treated by cluster IT...
June 2017: Egyptian Journal of Immunology
Yasutaka Mitamura, Satoshi Nunomura, Yasuhiro Nanri, Masahiro Ogawa, Tomohito Yoshihara, Miho Masuoka, Gaku Tsuji, Takeshi Nakahara, Akiko Hashimoto-Hachiya, Simon J Conway, Masutaka Furue, Kenji Izuhara
BACKGROUND: Barrier dysfunction is an important feature of atopic dermatitis (AD) in which IL-4 and IL-13, signature type 2 cytokines, are involved. Periostin, a matricellular protein induced by IL-4 or IL-13, plays a crucial role in the onset of allergic skin inflammation, including barrier dysfunction. However, it remains elusive how periostin causes barrier dysfunction downstream of the IL-13 signal. METHODS: We systematically identified periostin-dependent expression profile using DNA microarrays...
March 12, 2018: Allergy
Jan Perner, Jan Kotál, Tereza Hatalová, Veronika Urbanová, Pavla Bartošová-Sojková, Peter M Brophy, Petr Kopáček
Blood-feeding parasites are inadvertently exposed to high doses of potentially cytotoxic haem liberated upon host blood digestion. Detoxification of free haem is a special challenge for ticks, which digest haemoglobin intracellularly. Ticks lack a haem catabolic mechanism, mediated by haem oxygenase, and need to dispose of vast majority of acquired haem via its accumulation in haemosomes. The knowledge of individual molecules involved in the maintenance of haem homeostasis in ticks is still rather limited. RNA-seq analyses of the Ixodes ricinus midguts from blood- and serum-fed females identified an abundant transcript of glutathione S-transferase (gst) to be substantially up-regulated in the presence of red blood cells in the diet...
March 8, 2018: Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Rubaba Hamid Shafique, Shamim Akhter, Shahid Abbas, Muhammad Ismail
This study is the first report on the epidemiological status of house dust mite (HDM) allergy in Pothwar, Pakistan. Allergy data of 2087 symptomatic patients were obtained, of whom 1706 (81.7%) patients were skin-prick-test positive for HDM allergens. This percentage was significantly higher than for pollen and food allergens. In the results of this study Dermatophagoides farinae (61%) and D. pteronyssinus (29%) were the predominant species in the study area. Besides these pyroglyphids, predatory Cheyletus sp...
March 10, 2018: Experimental & Applied Acarology
Valentina Caputo, Fiorella Santi, Antonio Cascio, Marcello Trizzino, Claudia Colomba
Trombiculiasis is a common but underreported ectoparasitosis characterized by an infestation of the skin by the larval stage of various species of mites belonging to the phylum Arthropoda, class Arachnida, subclass Acarina. Clinical manifestations consist of pruritic erythematous and urticarial macules and papules located on covered thin and glabrous skin. In recent studies Neotrombicula autumnalis larvae have been described as the possible vectors of pathogens such as Borrelia burgdorferi and Anaplasma phagocytophilum...
March 1, 2018: Le Infezioni in Medicina
Marie Shoorooei, Abdul Hadi Hoseinzadeh, Reza Maali-Amiri, Hossein Allahyari, Masoud Torkzadeh-Mahani
The two-spotted spider mite, Tetranychus uticae Koch (Acari: Tetranychidae), is globally one of the most devastating pests that feed on numerous crops, including common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.). This study was aimed to evaluate the effects of genotype and morphological attributes of common bean on T. uticae. Forty common bean accessions were used to investigate antixenosis and antibiosis through assessing mite feeding preference and reproduction under laboratory conditions. Three resistant (i.e., 56, 63, 238) and two susceptible (i...
March 9, 2018: Experimental & Applied Acarology
Samuel C Cerps, Mandy Menzel, Irma Mahmutovic Persson, Leif Bjermer, Hamid Akbarshahi, Lena Uller
Defective production of antiviral interferon (IFN)-β is thought to contribute to rhinovirus-induced asthma exacerbations. These exacerbations are associated with elevated lung levels of lactate dehydrogenase (LDH), indicating occurrence of cell necrosis. We thus hypothesized that reduced lung IFN-β could contribute to necrotic cell death in a model of asthma exacerbations. Wild-type and IFN-β-/- mice were given saline or house dust mite (HDM) intranasally for 3 weeks to induce inflammation. Double-stranded RNA (dsRNA) was then given for additional 3 days to induce exacerbation...
March 9, 2018: Scientific Reports
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