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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546079/pioneer-study-of-population-genetics-of-rhodnius-ecuadoriensis-hemiptera-reduviidae-from-the-central-coast-and-southern-andean-regions-of-ecuador
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Anita G Villacís, Paula L Marcet, César A Yumiseva, Ellen M Dotson, Michel Tibayrenc, Simone Frédérique Brenière, Mario J Grijalva
Effective control of Chagas disease vector populations requires a good understanding of the epidemiological components, including a reliable analysis of the genetic structure of vector populations. Rhodnius ecuadoriensis is the most widespread vector of Chagas disease in Ecuador, occupying domestic, peridomestic and sylvatic habitats. It is widely distributed in the central coast and southern highlands regions of Ecuador, two very different regions in terms of bio-geographical characteristics. To evaluate the genetic relationship among R...
May 22, 2017: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545053/mortality-among-blood-donors-seropositive-and-seronegative-for-chagas-disease-1996-2000-in-s%C3%A3-o-paulo-brazil-a-death-certificate-linkage-study
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Ligia Capuani, Ana Luiza Bierrenbach, Airlane Pereira Alencar, Alfredo Mendrone, João Eduardo Ferreira, Brian Custer, Antonio Luiz P Ribeiro, Ester Cerdeira Sabino
BACKGROUND: Individuals in the indeterminate phase of Chagas disease are considered to have mortality rates similar to those of the overall population. This study compares mortality rates among blood donors seropositive for Chagas disease and negative controls in the city of São Paulo, Brazil. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: This is a retrospective cohort study of blood donors from 1996 to 2000: 2842 seropositive and 5684 seronegative for Chagas disease. Death status was ascertained by performing probabilistic record linkage (RL) with the Brazil national mortality information system (SIM)...
May 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543409/synergic-and-antagonistic-relationship-between-mmp-2-and-mmp-9-with-fibrosis-and-inflammation-in-chagas-cardiomyopathy
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Nayara I Medeiros, Juliana A S Gomes, Rodrigo Correa-Oliveira
Cardiomyopathy is the most important clinical manifestation in the chronic phase of Chagas disease because of its frequency, severity and impact on morbidity and mortality. The extracellular matrix degradation during cardiac remodeling in Trypanosoma cruzi infection is driven by matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs), primarily the MMP-2 and MMP-9 gelatinases. MMPs also regulate some molecules related to inflammation, such as growth factors, cytokines, and chemokines. The involvement of MMP-2 and MMP-9 is not yet fully understood in Chagas disease...
May 24, 2017: Parasite Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543170/specific-activation-of-cd4-cd8-double-negative-t-cells-by-t-cruzi-derived-glycolipids-induces-a-pro-inflammatory-profile-associated-with-cardiomyopathy-in-chagas-patients
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Lívia Silva Araújo Passos, Luísa Mourão Dias Magalhães, Rodrigo Pedro Soares, Alexandre F Marques, Maria do Carmo Pereira Nunes, Kenneth J Gollob, Walderez Ornelas Dutra
Cardiomyopathy is the most severe outcome of Chagas disease, causing over 12,000 deaths/year. Immune cells participate in cardiomyopathy development either by direct tissue destruction, or by driving inflammation. We have shown that CD4-CD8- (double negative - DN) T cells are major sources of inflammatory and anti-inflammatory cytokines, associated with the cardiac (CARD) and indeterminate (IND) forms of Chagas disease, respectively. Here, we sought to identify Trypanosoma cruzi derived components that lead to activation of DN T cells in Chagas patients...
May 24, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536576/implication-of-apoptosis-for-the-pathogenesis-of-trypanosoma-cruzi-infection
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REVIEW
Débora Decote-Ricardo, Marise P Nunes, Alexandre Morrot, Celio G Freire-de-Lima
Apoptosis is induced during the course of immune response to different infectious agents, and the ultimate fate is the recognition and uptake of apoptotic bodies by neighboring cells or by professional phagocytes. Apoptotic cells expose specific ligands to a set of conserved receptors expressed on macrophage cellular surface, which are the main cells involved in the clearance of the dying cells. These scavenger receptors, besides triggering the production of anti-inflammatory factors, also block the production of inflammatory mediators by phagocytes...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533956/toxicity-repellency-and-flushing-out-in-triatoma-infestans-hemiptera-reduviidae-exposed-to-the-repellents-deet-and-ir3535
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Mercedes M N Reynoso, Emilia A Seccacini, Javier A Calcagno, Eduardo N Zerba, Raúl A Alzogaray
DEET and IR3535 are insect repellents present worldwide in commercial products; their efficacy has been mainly evaluated in mosquitoes. This study compares the toxicological effects and the behavioral responses induced by both repellents on the blood-sucking bug Triatoma infestans Klug (Hemiptera: Reduviidae), one of the main vectors of Chagas disease. When applied topically, the Median Lethal Dose (72 h) for DEET was 220.8 µg/insect. Using IR3535, topical application of 500 µg/insect killed no nymphs. The minimum concentration that produced repellency was the same for both compounds: 1,15 µg/cm(2)...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532988/molecular-and-serological-detection-of-trypanosoma-cruzi-in-dogs-canis-lupus-familiaris-suggests-potential-transmission-risk-in-areas-of-recent-acute-chagas-disease-outbreaks-in-colombia
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Jeiczon Jaimes-Dueñez, Omar Triana-Chávez, Omar Cantillo-Barraza, Carolina Hernández, Juan David Ramírez, Agustín Góngora-Orjuela
Chagas disease is a zoonotic infection widely distributed in tropical and subtropical regions of America, including more than 50% of the Colombian territory. In the last years, an increase of outbreaks of acute Chagas disease has been observed in the east of the country due to environmental changes and mammal movements toward human settlements. Given the importance of dogs (Canis lupus familiaris) as reservoir hosts and sentinels of Trypanosoma cruzi infection across different regions of America, in this study we reported a serological and molecular detection of T...
June 1, 2017: Preventive Veterinary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531996/poly-epsilon-caprolactone-nanoparticles-enhance-ursolic-acid-in-vivo-efficacy-against-trypanosoma-cruzi-infection
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Juliana Palma Abriata, Josimar O Eloy, Thalita Bachelli Riul, Patricia Mazureki Campos, Marcelo Dias Baruffi, Juliana Maldonado Marchetti
Despite affecting millions of people worldwide, Chagas disease is still neglected by the academia and industry and the therapeutic option available, benznidazole, presents limited efficacy and side effects. Within this context, ursolic acid may serve as an option for treatment, however has low bioavailability, which can be enhanced through the encapsulation in polymeric nanoparticles. Therefore, herein we developed ursolic acid-loaded nanoparticles with poly-ε-caprolactone by the nanoprecipitation method and characterized them for particle size, zeta potential, polydispersity, encapsulation efficiency, morphology by scanning electron microscopy and thermal behavior by differential scanning calorimetry...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530845/temporal-variation-in-the-abundance-and-timing-of-daily-activity-of-chagas-disease-vector-triatoma-gerstaeckeri-st%C3%A3-l-1859-in-a-natural-habitat-in-the-lower-rio-grande-valley-south-texas
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Alfredo Flores, Christopher Vitek, Teresa Feria Arroyo, Brian Lund Fredensborg
Chagas disease caused by Trypanosoma cruzi is a burden to millions of people in South and Central America. A sylvatic life cycle of the parasite exists in the Southern United States, but recent studies indicate an active peri-domestic life cycle of T. cruzi in Texas. The USA-Mexico border region in Texas displays areas of high poverty and sub-standard housing conditions which are important risk factors for a potential spill-over transmission to a domestic life cycle including humans. The objectives of the study were to examine short- and longterm temporal variation in vector activity, and to evaluate the effect of different combinations of attractants on the capture of potential triatomine vectors...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527292/-triatoma-dimidiata-in-colombia-distribution-ecology-and-epidemiological-importance
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Óscar Quirós-Gómez, Nicolás Jaramillo, Víctor Angulo, Gabriel Parra-Henao
Triatoma dimidiata is an important vector of Chagas disease in Central America and countries of northern South America. In Colombia, it has a wide geographical distribution with reported presence in 14 departments in the Andean, Caribbean, Eastern plains and Upper Magdalena regions, where it occupies different natural and artificial ecotopes. The species is considered a secondary vector in the transmission of Trypanosoma cruzi. Its presence in wild, peridomestic and intradomiciliary habitats in the Andean region, coupled with its ability to move between them, has allowed it to escape the control based on pyrethroids spraying, highlighting its importance in maintaining transmission of the parasite through the potential reinfestation of homes...
June 1, 2017: Biomédica: Revista del Instituto Nacional de Salud
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527286/-possible-oral-transmission-of-chagas-disease-among-hydrocarbons-sector-workers-in-casanare-colombia-2014
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Liliana Patricia Zuleta-Dueñas, Ángela Johana López-Quiroga, Fernando Torres-Torres, Oneida Castañeda-Porras
INTRODUCTION: Trypanosoma cruzi, the etiological agent for Chagas disease, can be transmitted by oral intake of contaminated food or drinks. During epidemiological week 14 of 2014, two cases of acute Chagas disease were notified among hydrocarbons sector workers in Paz de Ariporo, Casanare. OBJECTIVE: To characterize the affected population, to establish control and prevention measures and to confirm the outbreak. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We conducted an outbreak investigation that included the following components: a) Search for symptomatic people compatible with Chagas disease according to the case definition for their referral to medical services; b) entomological survey (192/197 houses); c) sanitary inspection and microbiological analysis of food samples; and d) study of reservoirs...
June 1, 2017: Biomédica: Revista del Instituto Nacional de Salud
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527250/-risk-of-transmission-of-chagas-disease-by-intrusion-of-triatomines-and-wild-mammals-in-bucaramanga-santander-colombia
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Marlene Reyes, Ángela Torres, Lyda Esteban, Mónica Flórez, Víctor Manuel Angulo
INTRODUCTION: Notice of triatomines in dwellings of some neighborhoods in Bucaramanga motivated the realization of this study.Objetive: To evaluate the intrusion of triatomines and mammals, as well as some risk factors in urban dwellings. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Triatomines were collected in a neighborhood in Bucaramanga, Santander, on a monthly basis during one year with participation of the community. Collection included manual search in lamp posts, use of light traps, animal bait, and chemical attractants in nearby forests...
January 24, 2017: Biomédica: Revista del Instituto Nacional de Salud
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527247/-diversity-of-triatominae-hemiptera-reduviidae-in-santander-colombia-epidemiological-implications
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Lyda Esteban, José Mauricio Montes, Víctor Manuel Angulo
INTRODUCTION: Domestic and wild triatomines in the department of Santander have an epidemiological impact, as recently they have been linked to outbreaks of acute Chagas disease. The analysis of their diversity and temporal variation contributes to the understanding of their biology and ecology in one of the most endemic areas of the country. OBJECTIVES: To analyze triatominae diversity in two regions of Santander. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We analyzed the triatomine records for Santander contained in the CINTROP-UIS entomology lab database...
January 24, 2017: Biomédica: Revista del Instituto Nacional de Salud
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523999/molecular-docking-studies-applied-to-a-dataset-of-cruzain-inhibitors
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Edeildo Ferreira da Silva-Júnior, Paulo Henrique Barcellos França, Frederico Fávaro Ribeiro, Francisco Jaime Bezerra Mendonça-Júnior, Luciana Scotti, Marcus Tullius Scotti, Thiago Mendonça de Aquino, João Xavier de Araújo-Júnior
BACKGROUND: Chagas' disease is one of the main causes of heart failure in developing countries. The disadvantages of current therapy include the undesirable side-effects, resistance, and therapeutic adhesion. The development of new efficient and safe drugs is, therefore, an issue of extreme importance. OBJECTIVES: In order to gain a better understanding of how the compounds interact with the target, computational methods are essential. METHOD: In this theoretical study, we report a docking protocol applied to a dataset of 173 cruzain inhibitors with IC50 values of less than 10 μM, belonging 16 different chemical classes...
May 18, 2017: Current Computer-aided Drug Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522273/trypanosoma-cruzi-over-the-ocean-insular-zones-of-chile-with-presence-of-infected-vector-mepraia-species
#15
Ninette Rives-Blanchard, Fernando Torres-Pérez, Silvia Ortiz, Aldo Solari, Ricardo Campos-Soto
Chagas disease is one of the main zoonosis mediated by vectors in America. The etiologic agent Trypanosoma cruzi infects different mammals and is transmitted principally by the subfamily Triatominae. Mepraia is a genus endemic to Chile, responsible for transmitting T. cruzi in the sylvatic cycle. Mepraia includes three species: M. gajardoi and M. parapatrica inhabit coastal areas, while M. spinolai inhabits coastal and interior valleys. Previous studies reported the occurrence of Mepraia in Pan de Azucar Island, currently classified as M...
May 15, 2017: Acta Tropica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521698/leishmanicidal-and-trypanocidal-activity-of-metal-complexes-with-1-2-4-triazolo-1-5-a-pyrimidines-insights-on-their-therapeutic-potential-against-leishmaniasis-and-chagas-disease
#16
Juan M Salas, Ana B Caballero, Ginés M Esteban-Parra, José M Méndez-Arriaga
Since their first synthesis back in the early 20th century, 1,2,4-triazolo[1,5-a]pyrimidines have aroused increasing interest in very diverse areas ranging from chemotherapy to agriculture or even photography. Their similarity to purines confers a potential bioactivity and this feature has been wisely exploited for therapeutic use, including antifungal, antipyretic, analgesic, antiinflammatory, antitumoral and antiparasitic properties. In this review, we focus on the compounds that these nitrogen heterocycles form with metal ions and their antiparasitic activity and therapeutic potential against two neglected diseases of tropical prevalence, leishmaniasis and Chagas disease...
May 16, 2017: Current Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521262/rhodium-catalyzed-c-h-bond-activation-for-the-synthesis-of-quinonoid-compounds-significant-anti-trypanosoma-cruzi-activities-and-electrochemical-studies-of-functionalized-quinones
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Guilherme A M Jardim, Thaissa L Silva, Marilia O F Goulart, Carlos A de Simone, Juliana M C Barbosa, Kelly Salomão, Solange L de Castro, John F Bower, Eufrânio N da Silva Júnior
Thirty four halogen and selenium-containing quinones, synthesized by rhodium-catalyzed C-H bond activation and palladium-catalyzed cross-coupling reactions, were evaluated against bloodstream trypomastigotes of T. cruzi. We have identified fifteen compounds with IC50/24 h values of less than 2 μM. Electrochemical studies on A-ring functionalized naphthoquinones were also performed aiming to correlate redox properties with trypanocidal activity. For instance, (E)-5-styryl-1,4-naphthoquinone 59 and 5,8-diiodo-1,4-naphthoquinone 3, which are around fifty fold more active than the standard drug benznidazole, are potential derivatives for further investigation...
May 4, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521148/dual-task-interference-on-postural-sway-postural-transitions-and-gait-in-people-with-parkinson-s-disease-and-freezing-of-gait
#18
Ana Claudia de Souza Fortaleza, Martina Mancini, Patty Carlson-Kuhta, Laurie A King, John G Nutt, Eliane Ferrari Chagas, Ismael Forte Freitas, Fay B Horak
Freezing of gait (FoG) is associated with less automatic gait and more impaired cognition, balance and postural transitions compared to people with PD who do not have FoG. However, it is unknown whether dual-task cost during postural sway, postural transitions (such as gait initiation and turning), and gait are more in subjects with Parkinson's disease (PD) who have freezing of gait (FoG+) compared to those who do not have FoG (FoG-). Here, we hypothesized that the effects of a cognitive dual task on postural sway, postural transitions and gait would be larger in FoG+ than FoG-...
May 10, 2017: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513328/trypanosoma-cruzi-in-free-ranging-mammalian-populations-in-south-texas
#19
Mathew M Kramm, Maria R Gutierrez, Troy D Luepke, Cynthia Soria, Roel R Lopez, Susan M Cooper, Donald S Davis, Israel D Parker
Chagas disease, also known as American trypanosomiasis, is caused by the flagellate protozoan Trypanosoma cruzi. It is a significant health concern in South and Central America, where millions of people are infected or at risk of infection, and is an emerging health concern in the United States. The occurrence of Chagas disease in natural environments is supported by mammal host species, but those primary species may vary based on geographic location. In South Texas, the primary host species for the disease is poorly understood, and required a field study to determine the spatial distribution of T...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Wildlife Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511274/a-case-of-chagas-cardiomyopathy-following-infection-in-south-central-texas
#20
Bryant J Webber, Edward J Wozniak, David Chang, Kelvin N Bush, Matthew C Wilson, James A Watts, Heather C Yun
Between 5 and 8 million people globally are infected with Trypanosoma cruzi, the causative parasitic agent of Chagas disease. The vast majority of incident infections originate in pockets of Latin America where domestic vector-borne transmission cycles are more common. Since 1955, when the first locally-acquired case was reported, fewer than 30 autochthonous cases have been documented in the United States. We describe the case of an 18-year-old US Air Force trainee, a native Texan with no travel history beyond the continental United States, who screened positive for T cruzi infection on blood donation and was subsequently found to have chronic Chagasic cardiomyopathy...
January 2017: U.S. Army Medical Department Journal
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