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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812626/dispersal-governs-the-reorganization-of-ecological-networks-under-environmental-change
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Patrick L Thompson, Andrew Gonzalez
Ecological networks, such as food webs, mutualist webs and host-parasite webs, are reorganizing as species abundances and spatial distributions shift in response to environmental change. Current theoretical expectations for how this reorganization will occur are available for competition or for parts of interaction networks, but these may not extend to more complex networks. Here we use metacommunity theory to develop new expectations for how complex networks will reorganize under environmental change, and show that dispersal is crucial for determining the degree to which networks will retain their composition and structure...
May 8, 2017: Nature ecology & evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808558/the-impact-of-parasitism-on-resource-allocation-in-a-fungal-host-the-case-of-cryphonectria-parasitica-and-its-mycovirus-cryphonectria-hypovirus-1
#2
Jérémie Brusini, Marta L Wayne, Alain Franc, Cécile Robin
Parasites are known to profoundly affect resource allocation in their host. In order to investigate the effects of Cryphonectria Hypovirus 1 (CHV1) on the life-history traits of its fungal host Cryphonectria parasitica, an infection matrix was completed with the cross-infection of six fungal isolates by six different viruses. Mycelial growth, asexual sporulation, and spore size were measured in the 36 combinations, for which horizontal and vertical transmission of the viruses was also assessed. As expected by life-history theory, a significant negative correlation was found between host somatic growth and asexual reproduction in virus-free isolates...
August 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808541/how-can-distinct-egg-polymorphism-be-maintained-in-the-rufescent-prinia-prinia-rufescens-plaintive-cuckoo-cacomantis-merulinus-interaction-a-modeling-approach
#3
Wei Liang, Canchao Yang, Fugo Takasu
In avian brood parasitism, both the host and the parasite are expected to develop various conflicting adaptations; hosts develop a defense against parasitism, such as an ability to recognize and reject parasitic eggs that look unlike their own, while parasites evolve egg mimicry to counter this host defense. Hosts may further evolve to generate various egg phenotypes that are not mimicked by parasites. Difference in egg phenotype critically affects the successful reproduction of hosts and parasites. Recent studies have shown that clear polymorphism in egg phenotype is observed in several host-parasite interactions, which suggests that egg polymorphism may be a more universal phenomenon than previously thought...
August 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806933/the-evolutionary-and-coevolutionary-consequences-of-defensive-microbes-for-host-parasite-interactions
#4
Kayla C King, Michael B Bonsall
BACKGROUND: Animal and plant species can harbour microbes that provide them with protection against enemies. These beneficial microbes can be a significant component of host defence that complement or replaces a repertoire of immunity, but they can also be costly. Given their impact on host and parasite fitness, defensive microbes have the potential to influence host-parasite interactions on an evolutionary timescale. RESULTS: Using a phenotypic framework, we explore the evolutionary and coevolutionary dynamics of a host-parasite interaction in the presence of defensive microbes...
August 14, 2017: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804485/transcriptional-profiling-of-midguts-prepared-from-trypanosoma-t-congolense-positive-glossina-palpalis-palpalis-collected-from-two-distinct-cameroonian-foci-coordinated-signatures-of-the-midguts-remodeling-as-t-congolense-supportive-niches
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Jean M Tsagmo Ngoune, Flobert Njiokou, Béatrice Loriod, Ginette Kame-Ngasse, Nicolas Fernandez-Nunez, Claire Rioualen, Jacques van Helden, Anne Geiger
Our previous transcriptomic analysis of Glossina palpalis gambiensis experimentally infected or not with Trypanosoma brucei gambiense aimed to detect differentially expressed genes (DEGs) associated with infection. Specifically, we selected candidate genes governing tsetse fly vector competence that could be used in the context of an anti-vector strategy, to control human and/or animal trypanosomiasis. The present study aimed to verify whether gene expression in field tsetse flies (G. p. palpalis) is modified in response to natural infection by trypanosomes (T...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803793/schistosomiasis-from-a-snail-s-perspective-advances-in-snail-immunity
#6
REVIEW
Emmanuel A Pila, Hongyu Li, Jacob R Hambrook, Xinzhong Wu, Patrick C Hanington
The snail's immune response is an important determinant of schistosome infection success, acting in concert with host, parasite, and environmental factors. Coordinated by haemocytes and humoral factors, it possesses immunological hallmarks such as pattern recognition receptors, and predicted gastropod-unique factors like the immunoglobulin superfamily domain-containing fibrinogen-related proteins. Investigations into mechanisms that underpin snail-schistosome compatibility have advanced quickly, contributing functional insight to many observational studies...
August 11, 2017: Trends in Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803361/toxoplasma-gondii-and-neospora-caninum-induce-different-host-cell-responses-at-proteome-wide-phosphorylation-events-a-step-forward-for-uncovering-the-biological-differences-between-these-closely-related-parasites
#7
Mariwan M M Al-Bajalan, Dong Xia, Stuart Armstrong, Nadine Randle, Jonathan M Wastling
Toxoplasma gondii and Neospora caninum are closely related intracellular protozoan parasites and tissue cyst-forming Coccidia of the phylum Apicomplexa. There are remarkable similarities between the morphology, genomes and transcriptomes of both parasites. Toxoplasma is zoonotic, with a wide host range and is mainly transmitted horizontally between its definitive host, the cat, and its intermediate hosts. Neospora causes disease within a narrow host range and with reduced virulence potential to the hosts. The dog is the definitive host of Neospora and its epidemiology in cattle mainly depends on vertical transmission...
August 12, 2017: Parasitology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802946/effects-of-experimental-angiostrongylus-cantonensis-infection-on-the-reproductive-biology-of-biomphalaria-straminea-and-biomphalaria-tenagophila
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Mariana G Lima, Vinícius M Tunholi-Alves, Tatiane Cristina S Bonfim, Fabrício N Gaudêncio, Juberlan S Garcia, Arnaldo Maldonado, Jairo Pinheiro, Silvana C Thiengo
Eosinophilic meningoencephalitis is an endemic zoonosis in Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands, but in recent years, new cases have been reported in various countries outside these regions, including Brazil, where it is considered an emerging disease. In this study, the effect of infection by the nematode Angiostrongylus cantonensis, one of the main etiologic agent of this disease, on the reproductive biology of the planorbid snails Biomphalaria straminea and B. tenagophila was investigated during the pre-patent period...
August 9, 2017: Journal of Invertebrate Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800971/perkinsus-infection-is-associated-with-alterations-in-the-level-of-global-dna-methylation-of-gills-and-gastrointestinal-tract-of-the-oyster-crassostrea-gasar
#9
Natanael Dantas Farias, Naila Francis Paulo de Oliveira, Patricia Mirella da Silva
Bivalves are filter feeders that obtain food from seawater that may contain infectious agents, such as the protozoan parasites Perkinsus marinus and P. olseni that are associated with massive mortalities responsible for losses in the aquaculture industry. Despite all physical and chemical barriers, microorganisms cross epithelia and infect host tissues to cause pathologies. Epigenetics mechanisms play important roles in a variety of human processes, from embryonic development to cell differentiation and growth...
August 8, 2017: Journal of Invertebrate Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800747/bovine-cryptosporidiosis-impact-host-parasite-interaction-and-control-strategies
#10
REVIEW
Sarah Thomson, Carly A Hamilton, Jayne C Hope, Frank Katzer, Neil A Mabbott, Liam J Morrison, Elisabeth A Innes
Gastrointestinal disease caused by the apicomplexan parasite Cryptosporidium parvum is one of the most important diseases of young ruminant livestock, particularly neonatal calves. Infected animals may suffer from profuse watery diarrhoea, dehydration and in severe cases death can occur. At present, effective therapeutic and preventative measures are not available and a better understanding of the host-pathogen interactions is required. Cryptosporidium parvum is also an important zoonotic pathogen causing severe disease in people, with young children being particularly vulnerable...
August 11, 2017: Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28790316/a-plasmodium-yoelii-hect-like-e3-ubiquitin-ligase-regulates-parasite-growth-and-virulence
#11
Sethu C Nair, Ruixue Xu, Sittiporn Pattaradilokrat, Jian Wu, Yanwei Qi, Martine Zilversmit, Sundar Ganesan, Vijayaraj Nagarajan, Richard T Eastman, Marlene S Orandle, John C Tan, Timothy G Myers, Shengfa Liu, Carole A Long, Jian Li, Xin-Zhuan Su
Infection of mice with strains of Plasmodium yoelii parasites can result in different pathology, but molecular mechanisms to explain this variation are unclear. Here we show that a P. yoelii gene encoding a HECT-like E3 ubiquitin ligase (Pyheul) influences parasitemia and host mortality. We genetically cross two lethal parasites with distinct disease phenotypes, and identify 43 genetically diverse progeny by typing with microsatellites and 9230 single-nucleotide polymorphisms. A genome-wide quantitative trait loci scan links parasite growth and host mortality to two major loci on chromosomes 1 and 7 with LOD (logarithm of the odds) scores = 6...
August 9, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28775382/divergent-co-transcriptomes-of-different-host-cells-infected-with-toxoplasma-gondii-reveal-cell-type-specific-host-parasite-interactions
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Izabela J Swierzy, Ulrike Händel, Alexander Kaever, Michael Jarek, Maren Scharfe, Dirk Schlüter, Carsten G K Lüder
The apicomplexan parasite Toxoplasma gondii infects various cell types in avian and mammalian hosts including humans. Infection of immunocompetent hosts is mostly asymptomatic or benign, but leads to development of largely dormant bradyzoites that persist predominantly within neurons and muscle cells. Here we have analyzed the impact of the host cell type on the co-transcriptomes of host and parasite using high-throughput RNA sequencing. Murine cortical neurons and astrocytes, skeletal muscle cells (SkMCs) and fibroblasts differed by more than 16,200 differentially expressed genes (DEGs) before and after infection with T...
August 3, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28771523/differential-expression-of-pathogenic-genes-of-entamoeba-histolytica-vs-e-dispar-in-a-model-of-infection-using-human-liver-tissue-explants
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Cecilia Ximénez, Enrique González, Miriam Nieves, Ulises Magaña, Patricia Morán, Marco Gudiño-Zayas, Oswaldo Partida, Eric Hernández, Liliana Rojas-Velázquez, Ma Carmen García de León, Héctor Maldonado
We sought to establish an ex vivo model for examining the interaction of E. histolytica with human tissue, using precision-cut liver slices (PCLS) from donated organs. E. histolytica- or E. dispar-infected PCLS were analyzed at different post-infection times (0, 1, 3, 24 and 48 h) to evaluate the relation between tissue damage and the expression of genes associated with three factors: a) parasite survival (peroxiredoxin, superoxide dismutase and 70 kDa heat shock protein), b) parasite virulence (EhGal/GalNAc lectin, amoebapore, cysteine proteases and calreticulin), and c) the host inflammatory response (various cytokines)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28761932/parasite-microbiome-project-systematic-investigation-of-microbiome-dynamics-within-and-across-parasite-host-interactions
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Nolwenn M Dheilly, Daniel Bolnick, Seth Bordenstein, Paul J Brindley, Cédric Figuères, Edward C Holmes, Joaquín Martínez Martínez, Anna J Phillips, Robert Poulin, Karyna Rosario
Understanding how microbiomes affect host resistance, parasite virulence, and parasite-associated diseases requires a collaborative effort between parasitologists, microbial ecologists, virologists, and immunologists. We hereby propose the Parasite Microbiome Project to bring together researchers with complementary expertise and to study the role of microbes in host-parasite interactions. Data from the Parasite Microbiome Project will help identify the mechanisms driving microbiome variation in parasites and infected hosts and how that variation is associated with the ecology and evolution of parasites and their disease outcomes...
July 2017: MSystems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28751503/ankyrin-1-gene-exhibits-allelic-heterogeneity-in-conferring-protection-against-malaria
#15
Hong Ming Huang, Denis C Bauer, Patrick M Lelliott, Matthew Wa Dixon, Leann Tilley, Brendan J McMorran, Simon J Foote, Gaetan Burgio
Allelic heterogeneity is a common phenomenon where a gene exhibit different phenotype depending on the nature of its genetic mutations. In the context of genes affecting malaria susceptibility, it allowed us to explore and understand the intricate host-parasite interactions during malaria infections. In this study, we described a gene encoding erythrocytic ankyrin-1 (Ank-1) which exhibits allelic-dependent heterogeneous phenotypes during malaria infections. We conducted an ENU mutagenesis screen on mice and identified two Ank-1 mutations, one resulted in an amino acid substitution (MRI95845), and the other a truncated Ank-1 protein (MRI96570)...
July 27, 2017: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28750771/spatio-temporal-expression-of-mesocestoides-corti-mcval2-during-strobilar-development
#16
Alicia Costábile, Mónica Marín, Estela Castillo
VAL proteins belong to a diverse superfamily containing the CAP domain, with members described for various eukaryotic organisms, including parasites. They are implicated in diverse biological activities and, as secreted proteins, may be related in host - parasite interactions. For this reason they have been proposed as vaccine candidates against nematode infections. However, little is known about their function in cestodes. In M. corti, four partial cDNA sequences coding for members of the CAP superfamily were previously isolated...
July 24, 2017: Experimental Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740072/long-term-genomic-coevolution-of-host-parasite-interaction-in-the-natural-environment
#17
Elina Laanto, Ville Hoikkala, Janne Ravantti, Lotta-Riina Sundberg
Antagonistic coevolution of parasite infectivity and host resistance may alter the biological functionality of species, yet these dynamics in nature are still poorly understood. Here we show the molecular details of a long-term phage-bacterium arms race in the environment. Bacteria (Flavobacterium columnare) are generally resistant to phages from the past and susceptible to phages isolated in years after bacterial isolation. Bacterial resistance selects for increased phage infectivity and host range, which is also associated with expansion of phage genome size...
July 24, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737158/gastric-lesions-in-dolphins-stranded-along-the-eastern-adriatic-coast
#18
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/28729657/spatial-and-temporal-changes-of-parasitic-chytrids-of-cyanobacteria
#19
Mélanie Gerphagnon, Jonathan Colombet, Delphine Latour, Télesphore Sime-Ngando
Parasitism is certainly one of the most important driving biotic factors of cyanobacterial blooms which remains largely understudied. Among these parasites, fungi from the phylum Chytridiomycota (i.e. chytrids) are the only eukaryotic microorganisms infecting cyanobacteria. Here, we address spatiotemporal dynamics of the cyanobacterial host Dolichospermum macrosporum (syn. Anabaena macrospora) and its associated chytrid parasites, Rhizosiphon spp., in an eutrophic lake by studying spatial (vertical, horizontal) and temporal (annual and inter-annual) variations...
July 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727769/small-subunit-ribosomal-metabarcoding-reveals-extraordinary-trypanosomatid-diversity-in-brazilian-bats
#20
Maria Augusta Dario, Ricardo Moratelli, 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 zoonoses. 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 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
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