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Bich-Tram Huynh, Elsa Kermorvant-Duchemin, Perlinot Herindrainy, Michael Padget, Feno Manitra Jacob Rakotoarimanana, Herisoa Feno, Elisoa Hariniaina-Ratsima, Tanjona Raheliarivao, Awa Ndir, Sophie Goyet, Patrice Piola, Frederique Randrianirina, Benoit Garin, Jean-Marc Collard, Didier Guillemot, Elisabeth Delarocque-Astagneau
Severe bacterial infections are a leading cause of death among neonates in low-income countries, which harbor several factors leading to emergence and spread of multidrug-resistant bacteria. Low-income countries should prioritize interventions to decrease neonatal infections; however, data are scarce, specifically from the community. To assess incidence, etiologies, and antimicrobial drug-resistance patterns of neonatal infections, during 2012-2014, we conducted a community-based prospective investigation of 981 newborns in rural and urban areas of Madagascar...
April 2018: Emerging Infectious Diseases
Tovo Mbolatiana Andrianjafy, Lala Harivelo Ravaomanarivo, Voahangy Vestalys Ramanandraibe, Maonja Finaritra Rakotondramanga, Patrick Mavingui, Marc Lemaire
In recent years, a significant increase in mosquito-borne diseases has been recorded worldwide. Faced with the limitations of existing methods for controlling the vector mosquito population, the development of attractants to bait traps and repellents to limit host-vector contacts could be promising and environmentally-friendly control strategies. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effect of hydroxycoumarins and their alkyls derivatives against Aedes albopictus, the main vector of several arboviruses...
March 10, 2018: Journal of Chemical Ecology
Filip Huyghe, Marc Kochzius
In this contribution, we determine the genetic population structure in the Skunk Clownfish (Amphiprion akallopsisos) across the Indian Ocean, and on a smaller geographic scale in the Western Indian Ocean (WIO). Highly restricted gene flow was discovered between populations on either side of the Indian Ocean using the control region as a mitochondrial marker (mtDNA). We verify this conclusion using 13 microsatellite markers and infer fine scale genetic structuring within the WIO. In total 387 samples from 21 sites were analysed using mtDNA and 13 microsatellite loci...
2018: PloS One
Cora L Singleton, Michelle L Sauther, Frank P Cuozzo, Ibrahim Antho Youssouf Jacky
The health of 44 wild ring-tailed lemurs ( Lemur catta) at the Bezà Mahafaly Special Reserve was assessed across three age classes: <5 yr (young), 5-9 yr (adult), and ≥10 yr (old). Hematology and biochemistry tests were performed manually (leukocyte count and differential, packed cell volume, total protein) and using a point-of-care analyzer (hematocrit, hemoglobin, glucose, blood urea nitrogen, creatinine, sodium, potassium, chloride, ionized calcium, total carbon dioxide, anion gap), respectively. Urine specific gravity was measured via refractometry...
March 2018: Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine: Official Publication of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
L Ghesquière, C Garabedian, M Boukerrou, T Dennis, O Garbin, R Hery, C Rubod, M Cosson
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to evaluate laparoscopy training using pelvitrainers for gynaecological surgeons in a low-income country. METHODS: The study was carried out in Madagascar from April 2016 to January 2017. The participants were gynaecological surgeons who had not previously performed laparoscopy. Each surgeon was timed to evaluate the execution times of four proposed exercises, based on the Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery (FLS) programme's skills manual, as follows: exercise 1, involving a simple object transfer; exercises 2 and 3, comprising complex object transfers; and exercise 4, a precision cutting exercise...
March 3, 2018: Journal of Gynecology Obstetrics and Human Reproduction
Kathryn M Everson, Kyndall B P Hildebrandt, Steven M Goodman, Link E Olson
Madagascar is one of the world's foremost biodiversity hotspots, yet a large portion of its flora and fauna remains undescribed and the driving forces of in situ diversification are not well understood. Recent studies have identified a widespread, latitudinally structured phylogeographic pattern in Madagascar's humid-forest mammals, amphibians, reptiles, and insects. Several factors may be driving this pattern, namely biogeographic barriers (i.e., rivers or valleys) or past episodes of forest contraction and expansion...
February 28, 2018: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
Denis Pierron, Margit Heiske, Harilanto Razafindrazaka, Veronica Pereda-Loth, Jazmin Sanchez, Omar Alva, Amal Arachiche, Anne Boland, Robert Olaso, Jean-Francois Deleuze, Francois-Xavier Ricaut, Jean-Aimé Rakotoarisoa, Chantal Radimilahy, Mark Stoneking, Thierry Letellier
While admixed populations offer a unique opportunity to detect selection, the admixture in most of the studied populations occurred too recently to produce conclusive signals. By contrast, Malagasy populations originate from admixture between Asian and African populations that occurred ~27 generations ago, providing power to detect selection. We analyze local ancestry across the genomes of 700 Malagasy and identify a strong signal of recent positive selection, with an estimated selection coefficient >0.2...
March 2, 2018: Nature Communications
Perlinot Herindrainy, Mamitiana Alain Noah Rabenandrasana, Zafitsara Zo Andrianirina, Feno Manitra Jacob Rakotoarimanana, Michael Padget, Agathe de Lauzanne, Awa Ndir, Elsa Kermorvant-Duchemin, Benoit Garin, Patrice Piola, Jean-Marc Collard, Didier Guillemot, Bich-Tram Huynh, Elisabeth Delarocque-Astagneau
In low and middle income countries (LMICs), where the burden of neonatal sepsis is the highest, the spread of extended spectrum beta-lactamase-producing enterobacteriaceae (ESBL-PE) in the community, potentially contributing to the neonatal mortality, is a public health concern. Data regarding the acquisition of ESBL-PE during the neonatal period are scarce. The routes of transmission are not well defined and particularly the possible key role played by pregnant women. This study aimed to understand the neonatal acquisition of ESBL-PE in the community in Madagascar...
2018: PloS One
Peter R Reuter, Shannon McGinnis, Kim E Reuter
Young adults have a higher risk of contracting sexually transmitted infections (STIs) than other age groups. This risk may be mediated by their social and cultural setting which can impact young adults' awareness of, beliefs in, and risk of contracting STIs (including HIV/AIDS). In order to understand how these factors vary among young adults of different cultures, it is important to study these issues on a cross-cultural scale. This study aimed to increase understanding of the relationship between the culture of a place of study and: (1) STI awareness; (2) belief in STIs; and (3) self-reported STI prevalence in the study population...
2018: PeerJ
Mansi P Saraf, Pooja Balaram, Fabien Pifferi, Răzvan Gămănuț, Henry Kennedy, Jon H Kaas
Mouse lemurs are the smallest of the living primates, and are members of the understudied radiation of strepsirrhine lemurs of Madagascar. They are thought to closely resemble the ancestral primates that gave rise to present day primates. Here we have used multiple histological and immunochemical methods to identify and characterize sensory areas of neocortex in four brains of adult lemurs obtained from a licensed breeding colony. We describe the laminar features for the primary visual area (V1), the secondary visual area (V2), the middle temporal visual area (MT) and area prostriata, somatosensory areas S1(3b), 3a, and area 1, the primary motor cortex (M1), and the primary auditory cortex (A1)...
February 26, 2018: Journal of Comparative Neurology
Barbara A Qurollo, Peter A Larsen, Hajanirina H Rakotondrainibe, Karine Mahefarisoa, Tsiky Rajaonarivelo, Josia Razafindramanana, Edward B Breitschwerdt, Randall E Junge, Cathy V Williams
The discovery and characterization of emerging tick-borne organisms are critical for global health initiatives to improve animal and human welfare (One Health). It is possible that unknown tick-borne organisms underlie a subset of undiagnosed illness in wildlife, domesticated species, and humans. Our study lends support to the One Health concept by highlighting the prevalence of three blood-borne organisms in wild lemurs living in close proximity to domesticated species and humans. Previously, our team identified three novel, presumably tick-borne, intravascular organisms, belonging to the genera Babesia, Borrelia, and Neoehrlichia, circulating in two of Madagascar's lemur species...
February 17, 2018: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
Jane L Younger, Lynika Strozier, J Dylan Maddox, Árpád S Nyári, Matthew T Bonfitto, Marie J Raherilalao, Steven M Goodman, Sushma Reddy
Madagascar is renowned as a global biodiversity hotspot with high levels of microendemism. However, there are few molecular phylogenetic studies of Malagasy birds, particularly for forest-dwelling species, signifying a substantial gap in current measures of species diversity in the absence of genetic data. We evaluated species limits and explored patterns of diversification within the genus Newtonia (Family Vangidae), a group of forest-dwelling songbirds endemic to Madagascar. Our modern systematics approach combined genomic, morphometric, and ecological niche data to analyze the evolutionary history of the group...
February 20, 2018: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
Noellie Gay, Alexandre Leclaire, Morgane Laval, Guillaume Miltgen, Maël Jégo, Ramin Stéphane, Julien Jaubert, Olivier Belmonte, Eric Cardinale
In South Western Indian ocean (IO), Extended-Spectrum β-Lactamase producing Enterobacteriaceae (ESBL-E) are a main public health issue. In livestock, ESBL-E burden was unknown. The aim of this study was estimating the prevalence of ESBL-E on commercial farms in Reunion, Mayotte and Madagascar and genes involved. Secondly, risk factors of ESBL-E occurrence in broiler, beef cattle and pig farms were explored. In 2016-2017, commercial farms were sampled using boot swabs and samples stored at 4 °C before microbiological analysis for phenotypical ESBL-E and gene characterization...
February 23, 2018: Veterinary Sciences
Sarah Kariko, Jaakko V I Timonen, James C Weaver, Dvir Gur, Carolyn Marks, Leslie Leiserowitz, Mathias Kolle, Ling Li
This study investigates the structural basis for the red, silver and black coloration of the theridiid spider, Phoroncidia rubroargentea (Berland, 1913) from Madagascar. Specimens of this species can retain their colour after storage in ethanol for decades, whereas most other brightly pigmented spider specimens fade under identical preservation conditions. Using correlative optical, structural and chemical analysis, we identify the colour-generating structural elements and characterize their optical properties...
February 2018: Journal of the Royal Society, Interface
Noor Akbar, Ruqaiyyah Siddiqui, Mazhar Iqbal, K Sagathevan, Naveed Ahmed Khan
Here, we hypothesized that the microbial gut flora of animals/pests living in polluted environments, produce substances to thwart bacterial infections. The overall aim of this study was to source microbes inhabiting unusual environmental niches for potential antimicrobial activity. Two cockroach species, Gromphadorhina portentosa (Madagascar) and Blaptica dubia (Dubia) were selected. The gut bacteria from these species were isolated and grown in RPMI 1640 and conditioned media were prepared. Conditioned media were tested against a panel of Gram-positive (Methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus pyogenes, Bacillus cereus) and Gram-negative (Escherichia coli K1, Salmonella enterica, Serratia marcescens, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Klebsiella pneumoniae) bacteria, as well as the protist pathogen, Acanthamoeba castellanii...
February 19, 2018: Letters in Applied Microbiology
Bilal Ahmad, Anindyajit Banerjee, Harshita Tiwari, Shrabasti Jana, Sudeshna Bose, Saikat Chakrabarti
Vinblastine and its related compound vincristine are important mono terpenoid indole alkaloids accumulated in the leaves of Catharanthus roseus (Madagascar periwinkle). They serve as major anticancer drugs. Vinblastine is formed by the condensation of vindoline and catharanthine. The vindoline moiety is derived from tabersonine via vindoline biosynthesis pathway. The reaction sequence from tabersonine to vindoline is now well established and the enzymes involved in this pathway are identified. However, to date, the structures of the enzymes involved in the vindoline biosynthesis pathway are not known, leading to limited mechanistic understanding of the substrate binding and catalysis...
February 13, 2018: Journal of Molecular Modeling
Jérôme Bigoni, Rosa Catarino, Caroline Benski, Manuela Viviano, Maria Munoz, Honoré Tilahizandry, Patrick Petignat, Pierre Vassilakos
Background: In Madagascar, human papillomavirus (HPV), human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), and hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection, as well as syphilis share common risk factors but seem to differ in their prevalence. We measured and compared their prevalence in the country. Methods: The data used in this study came from the Saint Damien Health Centre in Ambanja, Madagascar. The tests used for disease detection were the Alere Determine, Virucheck, rapid plasma reagin, and S-DRY self-HPV samples for HIV infection, HBV infection, syphilis, and HPV infection, respectively...
2018: Infectious Diseases
J W Ferry Slik, Janet Franklin, Víctor Arroyo-Rodríguez, Richard Field, Salomon Aguilar, Nikolay Aguirre, Jorge Ahumada, Shin-Ichiro Aiba, Luciana F Alves, Anitha K, Andres Avella, Francisco Mora, Gerardo A Aymard C, Selene Báez, Patricia Balvanera, Meredith L Bastian, Jean-François Bastin, Peter J Bellingham, Eduardo van den Berg, Polyanna da Conceição Bispo, Pascal Boeckx, Katrin Boehning-Gaese, Frans Bongers, Brad Boyle, Fabian Brambach, Francis Q Brearley, Sandra Brown, Shauna-Lee Chai, Robin L Chazdon, Shengbin Chen, Phourin Chhang, George Chuyong, Corneille Ewango, Indiana M Coronado, Jurgi Cristóbal-Azkarate, Heike Culmsee, Kipiro Damas, H S Dattaraja, Priya Davidar, Saara J DeWalt, Hazimah Din, Donald R Drake, Alvaro Duque, Giselda Durigan, Karl Eichhorn, Eduardo Schmidt Eler, Tsutomu Enoki, Andreas Ensslin, Adandé Belarmain Fandohan, Nina Farwig, Kenneth J Feeley, Markus Fischer, Olle Forshed, Queila Souza Garcia, Satish Chandra Garkoti, Thomas W Gillespie, Jean-Francois Gillet, Christelle Gonmadje, Iñigo Granzow-de la Cerda, Daniel M Griffith, James Grogan, Khalid Rehman Hakeem, David J Harris, Rhett D Harrison, Andy Hector, Andreas Hemp, Jürgen Homeier, M Shah Hussain, Guillermo Ibarra-Manríquez, I Faridah Hanum, Nobuo Imai, Patrick A Jansen, Carlos Alfredo Joly, Shijo Joseph, Kuswata Kartawinata, Elizabeth Kearsley, Daniel L Kelly, Michael Kessler, Timothy J Killeen, Robert M Kooyman, Yves Laumonier, Susan G Laurance, William F Laurance, Michael J Lawes, Susan G Letcher, Jeremy Lindsell, Jon Lovett, Jose Lozada, Xinghui Lu, Anne Mette Lykke, Khairil Bin Mahmud, Ni Putu Diana Mahayani, Asyraf Mansor, Andrew R Marshall, Emanuel H Martin, Darley Calderado Leal Matos, Jorge A Meave, Felipe P L Melo, Zhofre Huberto Aguirre Mendoza, Faizah Metali, Vincent P Medjibe, Jean Paul Metzger, Thiago Metzker, D Mohandass, Miguel A Munguía-Rosas, Rodrigo Muñoz, Eddy Nurtjahy, Eddie Lenza de Oliveira, Onrizal, Pia Parolin, Marc Parren, N Parthasarathy, Ekananda Paudel, Rolando Perez, Eduardo A Pérez-García, Ulf Pommer, Lourens Poorter, Lan Qi, Maria Teresa F Piedade, José Roberto Rodrigues Pinto, Axel Dalberg Poulsen, John R Poulsen, Jennifer S Powers, Rama Chandra Prasad, Jean-Philippe Puyravaud, Orlando Rangel, Jan Reitsma, Diogo S B Rocha, Samir Rolim, Francesco Rovero, Andes Rozak, Kalle Ruokolainen, Ervan Rutishauser, Gemma Rutten, Mohd Nizam Mohd Said, Felipe Z Saiter, Philippe Saner, Braulio Santos, João Roberto Dos Santos, Swapan Kumar Sarker, Christine B Schmitt, Jochen Schoengart, Mark Schulze, Douglas Sheil, Plinio Sist, Alexandre F Souza, Wilson Roberto Spironello, Tereza Sposito, Robert Steinmetz, Tariq Stevart, Marcio Seiji Suganuma, Rahayu Sukri, Aisha Sultana, Raman Sukumar, Terry Sunderland, Supriyadi, H S Suresh, Eizi Suzuki, Marcelo Tabarelli, Jianwei Tang, Ed V J Tanner, Natalia Targhetta, Ida Theilade, Duncan Thomas, Jonathan Timberlake, Márcio de Morisson Valeriano, Johan van Valkenburg, Tran Van Do, Hoang Van Sam, John H Vandermeer, Hans Verbeeck, Ole Reidar Vetaas, Victor Adekunle, Simone A Vieira, Campbell O Webb, Edward L Webb, Timothy Whitfeld, Serge Wich, John Williams, Susan Wiser, Florian Wittmann, Xiaobo Yang, C Yves Adou Yao, Sandra L Yap, Rakan A Zahawi, Rahmad Zakaria, Runguo Zang
Knowledge about the biogeographic affinities of the world's tropical forests helps to better understand regional differences in forest structure, diversity, composition, and dynamics. Such understanding will enable anticipation of region-specific responses to global environmental change. Modern phylogenies, in combination with broad coverage of species inventory data, now allow for global biogeographic analyses that take species evolutionary distance into account. Here we present a classification of the world's tropical forests based on their phylogenetic similarity...
February 5, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Edna Alfaro Inocente, Marguerite Shaya, Nuris Acosta, L Harinantenaina Rakotondraibe, Peter M Piermarini
Plants produce various secondary metabolites that offer a potential source of novel insecticides and repellents for the control of mosquito vectors. Plants of the genus Cinnamosma are endemic to, and widely-distributed throughout, the island of Madagascar. The barks of these species are commonly used in traditional medicines for treating a wide range of maladies. The therapeutic nature of the bark is thought to be associated with its enrichment of pungent drimane sesquiterpenes, which elicit antifeedant and toxic effects in some insects...
February 9, 2018: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
Margot Magnin, Emilien Jeannot, Rajaobelina Voahangy, Beat Stoll
AIM: Malnutrition has multiple causes, not just a lack of calories. We explored the successes and barriers of an innovative, comprehensive programme in Madagascar that educated mothers in particular about nutrition. METHODS: The outpatient programme in Antananarivo treats 2,400 malnourished children from 6-59 months each year. The 35-day programme comprises health checks, cooking demonstrations, the distribution of enriched flour supplements and two food-related games that are called Nutricartes and are based on boards and picture cards...
February 9, 2018: Acta Paediatrica
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