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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231278/interplay-between-fungicides-and-parasites-tebuconazole-but-not-copper-suppresses-infection-in-a-daphnia-metschnikowia-experimental-model
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Ana P Cuco, Nelson Abrantes, Fernando Gonçalves, Justyna Wolinska, Bruno B Castro
Natural populations are commonly exposed to complex stress scenarios, including anthropogenic contamination and their biological enemies (e.g., parasites). The study of the pollutant-parasite interplay is especially important, given the need for adequate regulations to promote improved ecosystem protection. In this study, a host-parasite model system (Daphnia spp. and the microparasitic yeast Metschnikowia bicuspidata) was used to explore the reciprocal effects of contamination by common agrochemical fungicides (copper sulphate and tebuconazole) and parasite challenge...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230237/parasitism-drives-host-genome-evolution-insights-from-the-pasteuria-ramosa-daphnia-magna-system
#2
Yann Bourgeois, Anne C Roulin, Kristina Müller, Dieter Ebert
Because parasitism is thought to play a major role in shaping host genomes, it has been predicted that genomic regions associated with resistance to parasites should stand out in genome scans, revealing signals of selection above the genomic background. To test whether parasitism is indeed such a major factor in host evolution and to better understand host-parasite interaction at the molecular level, we studied genome-wide polymorphisms in 97 genotypes of the planktonic crustacean Daphnia magna originating from three localities across Europe...
February 23, 2017: Evolution; International Journal of Organic Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229978/untranslated-regions-of-mrna-and-their-role-in-regulation-of-gene-expression-in-protozoan-parasites
#3
Shilpa J Rao, Sangeeta Chatterjee, Jayantapal K Pal
Protozoan parasites are one of the oldest living entities in this world that throughout their existence have shown excellent resilience to the odds of survival and have adapted beautifully to ever changing rigors of the environment. In view of the dynamic environment encountered by them throughout their life cycle, and in establishing pathogenesis, it is unsurprising that modulation of gene expression plays a fundamental role in their survival. In higher eukaryotes, untranslated regions (UTRs) of transcripts are one of the crucial regulators of gene expression (influencing mRNA stability and translation efficiency)...
March 2017: Journal of Biosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226078/experimental-neurocysticercosis-absence-of-il-4-induces-lower-encephalitis
#4
Hidelberto Matos Silva, Marina Clare Vinaud, Ruy de Souza Lino
Methods: BALB/c (WT) and BALB/c (IL-4-KO) mice were inoculated intracranially with Taenia crassiceps cysticerci and euthanized at 7, 30, 60 and 90 days later, the encephala removed and histopathologically analyzed. Results: The absence of IL-4 induced greater parasitism. In the initial phase of the infection, IL-4-KO showed a lower intensity in the inflammatory infiltration of polimorphonuclear cells in the host-parasite interface and intra-parenquimatous edema...
February 2017: Arquivos de Neuro-psiquiatria
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222092/the-genetic-basis-of-resistance-and-matching-allele-interactions-of-a-host-parasite-system-the-daphnia-magna-pasteuria-ramosa-model
#5
Gilberto Bento, Jarkko Routtu, Peter D Fields, Yann Bourgeois, Louis Du Pasquier, Dieter Ebert
Negative frequency-dependent selection (NFDS) is an evolutionary mechanism suggested to govern host-parasite coevolution and the maintenance of genetic diversity at host resistance loci, such as the vertebrate MHC and R-genes in plants. Matching-allele interactions of hosts and parasites that prevent the emergence of host and parasite genotypes that are universally resistant and infective are a genetic mechanism predicted to underpin NFDS. The underlying genetics of matching-allele interactions are unknown even in host-parasite systems with empirical support for coevolution by NFDS, as is the case for the planktonic crustacean Daphnia magna and the bacterial pathogen Pasteuria ramosa...
February 21, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220591/transcriptome-analysis-of-root-knot-nematode-meloidogyne-incognita-infected-tomato-solanum-lycopersicum-roots-reveals-complex-gene-expression-profiles-and-metabolic-networks-of-both-host-and-nematode-during-susceptible-and-resistance-responses
#6
Neha Shukla, Rachita Yadav, Pritam Kaur, Simon Rasmussen, Shailendra Goel, Manu Agarwal, Arun Jagannath, Ramneek Gupta, Amar Kumar
Root knot nematodes (RKNs, Meloidogyne incognita) are economically important endoparasites having a wide-host range. We have taken a comprehensive transcriptomic approach to investigate the expression of both tomato and RKN genes in tomato roots at five infection time intervals from susceptible plants and two infection time intervals from resistant plants, grown under soil conditions. Differentially expressed genes during susceptible (1827-tomato, 462-RKN) and resistance (25-tomato, 160-RKN) interactions were identified...
February 21, 2017: Molecular Plant Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215864/regulatory-effects-of-echinococcus-multilocularis-extracellular-vesicles-on-raw264-7-macrophages
#7
Yadong Zheng, Xiaola Guo, Meng Su, Aijiang Guo, Juntao Ding, Jing Yang, Haitao Xiang, Xiaoan Cao, Shaohua Zhang, Mazhar Ayaz, Xuenong Luo
Extracellular vesicles (EVs) play a role in intercellular communications via exchanging biological molecules, being involved in host-parasite interplay. Little is to date known about E. multilocularis EVs and their biological activities. Here spherical EVs secreted by E. multilocularis metacestodes were shown to range predominately from 34nm to 95nm in diameter. A total of 433 proteins were identified in the EVs, and the proteins involved in binding (42%) and catalytic activity (41%) were most frequently represented...
February 15, 2017: Veterinary Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212789/laboratory-diagnosis-of-echinococcus-spp-in-human-patients-and-infected-animals
#8
M Siles-Lucas, A Casulli, F J Conraths, N Müller
Among the species composing the genus Echinococcus, four species are of human clinical interest. The most prevalent species are Echinococcus granulosus and Echinococcus multilocularis, followed by Echinococcus vogeli and Echinococcus oligarthrus. The first two species cause cystic echinococcosis (CE) and alveolar echinococcosis (AE) respectively. Both diseases have a complex clinical management, in which laboratory diagnosis could be an adjunctive to the imaging techniques. To date, several approaches have been described for the laboratory diagnosis and followup of CE and AE, including antibody, antigen and cytokine detection...
2017: Advances in Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212669/understanding-trophic-interactions-in-host-parasite-associations-using-stable-isotopes-of-carbon-and-nitrogen
#9
Milen Nachev, Maik A Jochmann, Friederike Walter, J Benjamin Wolbert, S Marcel Schulte, Torsten C Schmidt, Bernd Sures
BACKGROUND: Stable isotope analysis of carbon and nitrogen can deliver insights into trophic interactions between organisms. While many studies on free-living organisms are available, the number of those focusing on trophic interactions between hosts and their associated parasites still remains scarce. In some cases information about taxa (e.g. acanthocephalans) is completely missing. Additionally, available data revealed different and occasionally contrasting patterns, depending on the parasite's taxonomic position and its degree of development, which is most probably determined by its feeding strategy (absorption of nutrients through the tegument versus active feeding) and its localization in the host...
February 17, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202027/a-novel-pfs38-protein-complex-on-the-surface-of-plasmodium-falciparum-blood-stage-merozoites
#10
Gourab Paul, Arunaditya Deshmukh, Inderjeet Kaur, Sumit Rathore, Surbhi Dabral, Ashutosh Panda, Susheel Kumar Singh, Asif Mohmmed, Michael Theisen, Pawan Malhotra
BACKGROUND: The Plasmodium genome encodes for a number of 6-Cys proteins that contain a module of six cysteine residues forming three intramolecular disulphide bonds. These proteins have been well characterized at transmission as well as hepatic stages of the parasite life cycle. In the present study, a large complex of 6-Cys proteins: Pfs41, Pfs38 and Pfs12 and three other merozoite surface proteins: Glutamate-rich protein (GLURP), SERA5 and MSP-1 were identified on the Plasmodium falciparum merozoite surface...
February 16, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197898/prevalence-and-phylogenetic-analysis-of-bartonella-species-of-wild-carnivores-and-their-fleas-in-northwestern-mexico
#11
A M López-Pérez, L Osikowicz, Y Bai, J Montenieri, A Rubio, K Moreno, K Gage, G Suzán, M Kosoy
The host-parasite-vector relationship of Bartonella spp. system in wild carnivores and their fleas from northwestern Mexico was investigated. Sixty-six carnivores belonging to eight species were sampled, and 285 fleas belonging to three species were collected during spring (April-May) and fall (October-November) seasons. We detected Bartonella species in 7 carnivores (10.6%) and 27 fleas (9.5%) through either blood culture or PCR. Of the 27 Bartonella-positive fleas, twenty-two were Pulex simulans, three were Pulex irritans and one was Echidnophaga gallinacea...
February 14, 2017: EcoHealth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192542/functional-diversity-of-secreted-cestode-kunitz-proteins-inhibition-of-serine-peptidases-and-blockade-of-cation-channels
#12
Martín Fló, Mariana Margenat, Leonardo Pellizza, Martín Graña, Rosario Durán, Adriana Báez, Emilio Salceda, Enrique Soto, Beatriz Alvarez, Cecilia Fernández
We previously reported a multigene family of monodomain Kunitz proteins from Echinococcus granulosus (EgKU-1-EgKU-8), and provided evidence that some EgKUs are secreted by larval worms to the host interface. In addition, functional studies and homology modeling suggested that, similar to monodomain Kunitz families present in animal venoms, the E. granulosus family could include peptidase inhibitors as well as channel blockers. Using enzyme kinetics and whole-cell patch-clamp, we now demonstrate that the EgKUs are indeed functionally diverse...
February 13, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192124/comparative-cophylogenetics-of-australian-phabine-pigeons-and-doves-aves-columbidae-and-their-feather-lice-insecta-phthiraptera
#13
Andrew D Sweet, R Terry Chesser, Kevin P Johnson
Host-parasite coevolutionary histories can differ among multiple groups of parasites associated with the same group of hosts. For example, parasitic wing and body lice (Insecta: Phthiraptera) of New World pigeons and doves (Aves: Columbidae) differ in their cophylogenetic patterns, with body lice exhibiting higher phylogenetic congruence with their hosts than wing lice. In this study, we focus on the wing and body lice of Australian phabine pigeons and doves to determine whether the patterns in New World pigeons and doves are consistent with those of pigeons and doves from other regions...
February 10, 2017: International Journal for Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191641/genetic-variation-and-host-parasite-specificity-of-striga-resistance-and-tolerance-in-rice-the-need-for-predictive-breeding
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Jonne Rodenburg, Mamadou Cissoko, Nicholas Kayongo, Ibnou Dieng, Jenipher Bisikwa, Runyambo Irakiza, Isaac Masoka, Charles A O Midega, Julie D Scholes
The parasitic weeds Striga asiatica and Striga hermonthica cause devastating yield losses to upland rice in Africa. Little is known about genetic variation in host resistance and tolerance across rice genotypes, in relation to virulence differences across Striga species and ecotypes. Diverse rice genotypes were phenotyped for the above traits in S. asiatica- (Tanzania) and S. hermonthica-infested fields (Kenya and Uganda) and under controlled conditions. New rice genotypes with either ecotype-specific or broad-spectrum resistance were identified...
February 13, 2017: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190401/rapid-transcriptional-plasticity-of-duplicated-gene-clusters-enables-a-clonally-reproducing-aphid-to-colonise-diverse-plant-species
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Thomas C Mathers, Yazhou Chen, Gemy Kaithakottil, Fabrice Legeai, Sam T Mugford, Patrice Baa-Puyoulet, Anthony Bretaudeau, Bernardo Clavijo, Stefano Colella, Olivier Collin, Tamas Dalmay, Thomas Derrien, Honglin Feng, Toni Gabaldón, Anna Jordan, Irene Julca, Graeme J Kettles, Krissana Kowitwanich, Dominique Lavenier, Paolo Lenzi, Sara Lopez-Gomollon, Damian Loska, Daniel Mapleson, Florian Maumus, Simon Moxon, Daniel R G Price, Akiko Sugio, Manuella van Munster, Marilyne Uzest, Darren Waite, Georg Jander, Denis Tagu, Alex C C Wilson, Cock van Oosterhout, David Swarbreck, Saskia A Hogenhout
BACKGROUND: The prevailing paradigm of host-parasite evolution is that arms races lead to increasing specialisation via genetic adaptation. Insect herbivores are no exception and the majority have evolved to colonise a small number of closely related host species. Remarkably, the green peach aphid, Myzus persicae, colonises plant species across 40 families and single M. persicae clonal lineages can colonise distantly related plants. This remarkable ability makes M. persicae a highly destructive pest of many important crop species...
February 13, 2017: Genome Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187238/evolutionary-associations-between-host-traits-and-parasite-load-insights-from-lake-tanganyika-cichlids
#16
Alexander Hayward, Masahito Tsuboi, Christian Owusu, Alexander Kotrschal, Séverine D Buechel, Josefina Zidar, Charlie K Cornwallis, Hanne Løvlie, Niclas Kolm
Parasite diversity and abundance (parasite load) vary greatly among host species. However, the influence of host traits on variation in parasitism remains poorly understood. Comparative studies of parasite load have largely examined measures of parasite species richness, and are predominantly based on records obtained from published data. Consequently, little is known about the relationships between host traits and other aspects of parasite load, such as parasite abundance, prevalence, and aggregation. Meanwhile, understanding of parasite species richness may be clouded by limitations associated with data collation from multiple independent sources...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179568/kinetics-subcellular-localization-and-contribution-to-parasite-virulence-of-a-trypanosoma-cruzi-hybrid-type-a-heme-peroxidase-tcapx-ccp
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Martín Hugo, Alejandra Martínez, Madia Trujillo, Damián Estrada, Mauricio Mastrogiovanni, Edlaine Linares, Ohara Augusto, Federico Issoglio, Ari Zeida, Darío A Estrín, Harry F G Heijnen, Lucía Piacenza, Rafael Radi
The Trypanosoma cruzi ascorbate peroxidase is, by sequence analysis, a hybrid type A member of class I heme peroxidases [TcAPx-cytochrome c peroxidase (CcP)], suggesting both ascorbate (Asc) and cytochrome c (Cc) peroxidase activity. Here, we show that the enzyme reacts fast with H2O2 (k = 2.9 × 10(7) M(-1)⋅s(-1)) and catalytically decomposes H2O2 using Cc as the reducing substrate with higher efficiency than Asc (kcat/Km = 2.1 × 10(5) versus 3.5 × 10(4) M(-1)⋅s(-1), respectively). Visible-absorption spectra of purified recombinant TcAPx-CcP after H2O2 reaction denote the formation of a compound I-like product, characteristic of the generation of a tryptophanyl radical-cation (Trp(233•+))...
February 8, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179550/the-coupon-collector-urn-model-with-unequal-probabilities-in-ecology-and-evolution
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REVIEW
N Zoroa, E Lesigne, M J Fernández-Sáez, P Zoroa, J Casas
The sequential sampling of populations with unequal probabilities and with replacement in a closed population is a recurrent problem in ecology and evolution. Examples range from biodiversity sampling, epidemiology to the estimation of signal repertoire in animal communication. Many of these questions can be reformulated as urn problems, often as special cases of the coupon collector problem, most simply expressed as the number of coupons that must be collected to have a complete set. We aimed to apply the coupon collector model in a comprehensive manner to one example-hosts (balls) being searched (draws) and parasitized (ball colour change) by parasitic wasps-to evaluate the influence of differences in sampling probabilities between items on collection speed...
February 2017: Journal of the Royal Society, Interface
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179142/rna-seq-in-kinetoplastids-a-powerful-tool-for-the-understanding-of-the-biology-and-host-pathogen-interactions
#19
REVIEW
Luz Helena Patino, Juan David Ramírez
The kinetoplastids include a large number of parasites responsible for serious diseases in humans and animals (Leishmania and Trypanosoma brucei) considered endemic in several regions of the world. These parasites are characterized by digenetic life cycles that undergo morphological and genetic changes that allow them to adapt to different microenvironments on their vertebrates and invertebrates hosts. Recent advances in ´omics´ technology, specifically transcriptomics have allowed to reveal aspects associated with such molecular changes...
February 4, 2017: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28173840/morphological-and-molecular-description-of-ixodes-woyliei-n-sp-ixodidae-with-consideration-for-co-extinction-with-its-critically-endangered-marsupial-host
#20
Amanda Ash, Aileen Elliot, Stephanie Godfrey, Halina Burmej, Mohammad Yazid Abdad, Amy Northover, Adrian Wayne, Keith Morris, Peta Clode, Alan Lymbery, R C Andrew Thompson
BACKGROUND: Taxonomic identification of ticks obtained during a longitudinal survey of the critically endangered marsupial, Bettongia penicillata Gray, 1837 (woylie, brush-tailed bettong) revealed a new species of Ixodes Latrielle, 1795. Here we provide morphological data for the female and nymphal life stages of this novel species (Ixodes woyliei n. sp.), in combination with molecular characterisation using the mitochondrial cytochrome c oxidase subunit 1 gene (cox1). In addition, molecular characterisation was conducted on several described Ixodes species and used to provide phylogenetic context...
February 7, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
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