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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29223971/keeping-pace-with-the-red-queen-identifying-the-genetic-basis-of-susceptibility-to-infectious-disease
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Ailene MacPherson, Sarah P Otto, Scott L Nuismer
Genome-wide association studies are widely used to identify "disease genes" conferring resistance/susceptibility to infectious diseases. Using a combination of mathematical models and simulations we demonstrate that genetic interactions between hosts and parasites (GxG interactions) can drastically affect the results of these association scans and hamper our ability to detect genetic variation in susceptibility. When hosts and parasites coevolve, these GxG interactions often make Genome-wide association studies unrepeatable over time or across host populations...
December 9, 2017: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29223937/echinococcosis-and-other-parasitic-infections-in-domestic-dogs-from-urban-areas-of-an-argentinean-patagonian-city
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Verónica Flores, Gustavo Viozzi, Gilda Garibotti, Daniela Zacharias, María Florencia Debiaggi, Surpik Kabaradjian
In urban populations of South America, dogs with free access to public areas represent a public health concern. The primary consequence of roaming dogs on human health is the transmission of infectious and parasitic diseases mainly through feces contamination. The main diseases likely to be transmitted are hydatidosis or echinococcosis, larva migrans, and giardiasis. In Argentina, hydatidosis ranks among the most prevalent zoonosis. Although it is considered a rural disease, the circulation of this parasite in urban areas has been documented...
2017: Medicina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29223747/an-automated-high-throughput-system-for-phenotypic-screening-of-chemical-libraries-on-c-elegans-and-parasitic-nematodes
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Frederick A Partridge, Anwen E Brown, Steven D Buckingham, Nicky J Willis, Graham M Wynne, Ruth Forman, Kathryn J Else, Alison A Morrison, Jacqueline B Matthews, Angela J Russell, David A Lomas, David B Sattelle
Parasitic nematodes infect hundreds of millions of people and farmed livestock. Further, plant parasitic nematodes result in major crop damage. The pipeline of therapeutic compounds is limited and parasite resistance to the existing anthelmintic compounds is a global threat. We have developed an INVertebrate Automated Phenotyping Platform (INVAPP) for high-throughput, plate-based chemical screening, and an algorithm (Paragon) which allows screening for compounds that have an effect on motility and development of parasitic worms...
December 2, 2017: International Journal for Parasitology, Drugs and Drug Resistance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29223169/an-overview-on-leishmania-mundinia-enriettii-biology-immunopathology-lrv-and-extracellular-vesicles-during-the-host-parasite-interaction
#4
Larissa F Paranaiba, Lucélia J Pinheiro, Diego H Macedo, Armando Menezes-Neto, Ana C Torrecilhas, Wagner L Tafuri, Rodrigo P Soares
One of the Leishmania species known to be non-infective to humans is Leishmania (Mundinia) enriettii whose vertebrate host is the guinea pig Cavia porcellus. It is a good model for cutaneous leishmaniasis, chemotherapeutic and molecular studies. In the last years, an increased interest has emerged concerning the L. (Mundinia) subgenus after the finding of Leishmania (M.) macropodum in Australia and with the description of other new/putative species such as L. (M.) martiniquensis and 'L. (M.) siamensis'. This review focused on histopathology, glycoconjugates and innate immunity...
December 10, 2017: Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222720/reproductive-ecology-of-a-parasitic-plant-differs-by-host-species-vector-interactions-and-the-maintenance-of-host-races
#5
Kelsey M Yule, Judith L Bronstein
Parasitic plants often attack multiple host species with unique defenses, physiology, and ecology. Reproductive phenology and vectors of parasitic plant genes (pollinators and dispersers) can contribute to or erode reproductive isolation of populations infecting different host species. We asked whether desert mistletoe, Phoradendron californicum (Santalaceae tribe Visceae syn. Viscaceae), differs ecologically across its dominant leguminous hosts in ways affecting reproductive isolation. Parasite flowering phenology on one host species (velvet mesquite, Prosopis velutina) differed significantly from that on four others, and phenology was not predicted by host species phenology or host individual...
December 8, 2017: Oecologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222644/membrane-shed-vesicles-from-the-parasite-trichomonas-vaginalis-characterization-and-their-association-with-cell-interaction
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Yesica R Nievas, Veronica M Coceres, Victor Midlej, Wanderley de Souza, Marlene Benchimol, Antonio Pereira-Neves, Ajay A Vashisht, James A Wohlschlegel, Patricia J Johnson, Natalia de Miguel
Trichomonas vaginalis is a common sexually transmitted parasite that colonizes the human urogenital tract, where it remains extracellular and adheres to epithelial cells. Infections range from asymptomatic to highly inflammatory, depending on the host and the parasite strain. Despite the serious consequences associated with trichomoniasis disease, little is known about parasite or host factors involved in attachment of the parasite-to-host epithelial cells. Here, we report the identification of microvesicle-like structures (MVs) released by T...
December 8, 2017: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences: CMLS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222473/hypoxia-inducible-factor-1%C3%AE-is-essential-for-macrophage-mediated-erythroblast-proliferation-in-acute-friend-retrovirus-infection
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Timm Schreiber, Theresa Quinting, Ulf Dittmer, Joachim Fandrey, Kathrin Sutter
Macrophages are the frontline of defence against foreign microorganisms, including bacteria, parasites, and viruses. During acute viral infection, macrophages must invade the inflamed tissue toward low oxygen concentrations, where genetic cellular responses depend on hypoxia-inducible factors (HIF). In the study reported here we investigated the role of HIF-1α in macrophage function during acute retroviral infection. Wild-type and myeloid cell-specific HIF-1α knockout mice were infected with Friend retrovirus (FV), and immune response was analysed 7 and 10 days after infection...
December 8, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29221891/the-evolution-of-host-defence-to-parasitism-in-fluctuating-environments
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Charlotte Ferris, Alex Best
Given rapidly changing environments, it is important for us to understand how the evolution of host defence responds to fluctuating environments. Here we present the first theoretical study of evolution of host resistance to parasitism in a classic epidemiological model where the host birth rate varies seasonally. We show that this form of seasonality has clear qualitative and quantitative impacts on the evolution of resistance. When the host can recover from infection, it evolves a lower level of defence when the amplitude is high...
December 5, 2017: Journal of Theoretical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29221633/proteases-of-sporothrix-schenckii-cytopathological-effects-on-a-host-cell-model
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Myrna Sabanero López, Lérida L Flores Villavicencio, Karla Soto Arredondo, Gloria Barbosa Sabanero, Julio César Villagómez-Castro, Gustavo Cruz Jiménez, Gerardo Sandoval Bernal, Haydee Torres Guerrero
BACKGROUND: Sporotrichosis is a fungal infection caused by the Sporothrix schenckii complex. The adhesion of the fungus to the host tissue has been considered the key step in the colonization and invasion, but little is known about the early events in the host-parasite interaction. AIMS: To evaluate the proteolytic activity of S. schenckii on epithelial cells. METHODS: The proteolytic system (at pH 5 and 7) was evaluated using azocoll and zymograms...
December 5, 2017: Revista Iberoamericana de Micología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29221457/capillaria-hepatica-calodium-hepaticum-infection-in-a-horse-a-case-report
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Akihiro Ochi, Tatsuro Hifumi, Takanori Ueno, Yoshinari Katayama
BACKGROUND: Capillaria hepatica is a zoonotic parasite in humans and animals and has a worldwide distribution. However, infections in mammals apart from rodents, which are natural hosts of the parasite, have rarely been reported. This report describes the first known case of C. hepatica infection in a horse in Japan. CASE PRESENTATION: A 3-year-old filly without clinical signs was presented at a slaughterhouse in Japan. Gross examination revealed white to tan nodules 0...
December 8, 2017: BMC Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29220495/converting-a-liability-to-an-asset-using-the-clearance-of-a-malaria-parasite-protein-from-the-blood-of-infected-subjects-to-predict-the-outcome-of-treatment
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Ousmane A Koita, Donald J Krogstad
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December 6, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29220419/high-resolution-single-cell-sequencing-of-malaria-parasites
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Simon G Trevino, Standwell C Nkhoma, Shalini Nair, Benjamin J Daniel, Karla Moncada, Stanley Khoswe, Rachel L Banda, François Nosten, Ian H Cheeseman
Single-cell genomics is a powerful tool for determining the genetic architecture of complex communities of unicellular organisms. In areas of high transmission, malaria patients are often challenged by the activities of multiple Plasmodium falciparum lineages, which can potentiate pathology, spread drug resistance loci and also complicate most genetic analysis. Single-cell sequencing of P. falciparum would be key to understanding infection complexity, though efforts are hampered by the extreme nucleotide composition of its genome (∼80% AT-rich)...
December 6, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29218855/effects-of-prior-exposure-to-antibiotics-on-bacterial-adaptation-to-phages
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Flor I Arias-Sánchez, Richard C Allen, Alex R Hall
Understanding adaptation to complex environments requires information about how exposure to one selection pressure affects adaptation to others. For bacteria, antibiotics and viral parasites (phages) are two of the most common selection pressures and are both relevant for treatment of bacterial infections: increasing antibiotic resistance is generating significant interest in using phages in addition or as an alternative to antibiotics. However, we lack knowledge of how exposure to antibiotics affects bacterial responses to phages...
December 8, 2017: Journal of Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29218444/resistance-to-apoptosis-in-leishmania-infantum-infected-human-macrophages-a-critical-role-for-anti-apoptotic-bcl-2-protein-and-cellular-iap1-2
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Antonia Cianciulli, Chiara Porro, Rosa Calvello, Teresa Trotta, Maria Antonietta Panaro
Apoptosis is essential for maintaining tissue homoeostasis in multi-cellular organisms, also occurring as a defence mechanism against a number of infectious agents, such as parasites. Among intracellular protozoan parasites reported to interfere with the apoptotic machinery of the host cell, Leishmania (L.) sp. have been described, although the various species might activate different pathways in their host cells. Since until now it is not yet well clarified the signalling pathway involved in the apoptosis modulation by L...
December 7, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29218443/prevalence-and-associated-risk-factors-of-giardia-duodenalis-infection-among-school-going-children-in-nepal
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Sarmila Tandukar, Jeevan B Sherchand, Jia Xue, Sital Uprety, Samendra P Sherchan, Dinesh Bhandari, Bikash Malla, Rajani Ghaju Shrestha, Laxmi Parajuli, Shristi Poudel, Ashmita Dhital, Eiji Haramoto
This study aimed to determine the prevalence of intestinal parasites and its associated risk factors among school-going children in Kathmandu, Nepal. Between August and September 2016, a total of 333 stool samples were collected from children at five public schools. The collected samples were subjected to formol-ether concentration, followed by conventional microscopic examination for intestinal parasites. The overall prevalence of intestinal parasites was 24.3% (81/333), with Giardia spp. showing the highest prevalence of 18...
December 7, 2017: Parasitology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29218225/the-gill-parasite-paramoeba-perurans-compromises-aerobic-scope-swimming-capacity-and-ion-balance-in-atlantic-salmon
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Malthe Hvas, Egil Karlsbakk, Stig Mæhle, Daniel William Wright, Frode Oppedal
The parasitic amoeba Paramoeba perurans is an aetiological agent of amoebic gill disease (AGD), a serious problem in seawater salmonid aquaculture globally. Other finfish species are also infected and infection events may be associated with periods of unusual high temperatures. Currently little is known about the impact of AGD on wild fish, but in a time with global warming and increasing aquaculture production this potential threat could be on the rise. A better understanding of the pathophysiology of infected fish is therefore warranted...
2017: Conservation Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29218050/heme-drives-oxidative-stress-associated-cell-death-in-human-neutrophils-infected-with-leishmania-infantum
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Graziele Quintela-Carvalho, Nívea F Luz, Fabiana S Celes, Dalila L Zanette, Daniela Andrade, Diego Menezes, Natália M Tavares, Claudia I Brodskyn, Deboraci B Prates, Marilda S Gonçalves, Camila I de Oliveira, Roque P Almeida, Marcelo T Bozza, Bruno B Andrade, Valeria M Borges
Free heme is an inflammatory molecule capable of inducing migration and activation of neutrophils. Here, we examine the heme-driven oxidative stress-associated cell death mechanisms in human neutrophils infected with Leishmania infantum, an etiologic agent of visceral leishmaniasis (VL). We first performed exploratory analyses in a population of well characterized treatment-naïve VL patients as well as uninfected controls, who were part of previously reported studies. We noted a positive correlation between serum concentrations of heme with heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1) and lactate deydrogenase, as well as, a negative correlation between heme values and peripheral blood neutrophils counts...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29217951/five-years-malaria-trend-analysis-in-woreta-health-center-northwest-ethiopia
#18
Awoke Derbie, Megbaru Alemu
Background: An estimated 68% of the Ethiopian population, living in 75% of the landmass, is at risk of contracting malaria at any time making it the leading public health problem. The temporal analysis of malaria data could be important to evaluate the performance of malaria prevention programmes. Thus, the aim of this study was to determine the trend of malaria at Woreta Health Center (WHC) over a period of five years. Methods: We analyzed the records of 8,057 presumptive malaria patients registered in 2012 to 2016...
September 2017: Ethiopian Journal of Health Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29217943/intestinal-parasitosis-and-their-associated-factors-among-people-living-with-hiv-at-university-of-gondar-hospital-northwest-ethiopia
#19
Tegegne Eshetu, Getinet Sibhatu, Mohammed Megiso, Abrham Abere, Habtamu Wondifraw Baynes, Belete Biadgo, Ayalew Jejaw Zeleke
Background: Most HIV clients die of AIDS related intestinal parasitic infections rather than due to the HIV infection itself. Therefore, this study was aimed at determining the prevalence of intestinal parasite and their associated factors among HIV/AIDS clients at the University of Gondar Hospital, Northwest Ethiopia. Methods: Institution based cross sectional study was conducted using systematic random sampling technique from March to May 2016. A semi-structured questionnaire was used to collect data...
July 2017: Ethiopian Journal of Health Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29217460/tissue-specific-cellular-immune-responses-to-malaria-pre-erythrocytic-stages
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REVIEW
Olivier Silvie, Rogerio Amino, Julius Clemence Hafalla
Complete and long-lasting protective immunity against malaria can be achieved through vaccination with invasive live attenuated Plasmodium sporozoites, the motile stage inoculated in the host skin during a mosquito bite. Protective immunity relies primarily on effector CD8+ T cells targeting the parasite in the liver. Understanding the tissue-specific features of the immune response is emerging as a vital requirement for understanding protective immunity. The small parasite inoculum, the scarcity of infected cells and the tolerogenic properties of the liver represent hurdles for the establishment of protective immunity in endemic areas...
December 4, 2017: Current Opinion in Microbiology
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