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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207833/structure-kinetic-characterization-and-subcellular-localization-of-the-two-ribulose-5-phosphate-epimerase-isoenzymes-from-trypanosoma-cruzi
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Soledad Natalia Gonzalez, Wanda Mariela Valsecchi, Dante Maugeri, José María Delfino, Juan José Cazzulo
The enzyme of the pentose phosphate pathway (PPP) ribulose-5-phosphate-epimerase (RPE) is encoded by two genes present in the genome of Trypanosoma cruzi CL Brener clone: TcRPE1 and TcRPE2. Despite high sequence similarity at the amino acid residue level, the recombinant isoenzymes show a strikingly different kinetics. Whereas TcRPE2 follows a typical michaelian behavior, TcRPE1 shows a complex kinetic pattern, displaying a biphasic curve, suggesting the coexistence of -at least- two kinetically different molecular forms...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203518/inositol-1-4-5-trisphosphate-receptor-determines-intracellular-ca-2-concentration-in-trypanosoma-cruzi-throughout-its-life-cycle
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Muneaki Hashimoto, Motomichi Doi, Nagomi Kurebayashi, Koji Furukawa, Hiroko Hirawake-Mogi, Yoshihiro Ohmiya, Takashi Sakurai, Toshihiro Mita, Katsuhiko Mikoshiba, Takeshi Nara
Regulation of intracellular Ca(2+) concentration ([Ca(2+)]i) is vital for eukaryotic organisms. Recently, we identified a Ca(2+) channel (TcIP 3R) associated with intracellular Ca(2+) stores in Trypanosoma cruzi, the parasitic protist that causes Chagas disease. In this study, we measured [Ca(2+)]i during the parasite life cycle and determined whether TcIP 3R is involved in the observed variations. Parasites expressing R-GECO1, a red fluorescent, genetically encoded Ca(2+) indicator for optical imaging that fluoresces when bound to Ca(2+), were produced...
December 2016: FEBS Open Bio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202792/towards-a-new-strategy-for-the-diagnosis-of-congenital-trypanosoma-cruzi-infection
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Alba Abras, Carmen Muñoz, Cristina Ballart, Pere Berenguer, Teresa Llovet, Mercedes Herrero, Silvia Tebar, María-Jesús Pinazo, Elizabeth Posada, Carmen Martí, Victoria Fumadó, Jordi Bosch, Oriol Coll, Teresa Juncosa, Gemma Ginovart, Josep Armengol, Joaquim Gascón, Montserrat Portús, Montserrat Gállego
The immigration of Latin American women of childbearing age has spread the congenital transmission of Chagas disease to non-endemic areas, and the disease is now a worldwide problem. Some European health authorities have implemented screening programs to prevent vertical transmission, but the lack of a uniform protocol calls for the urgent establishment of a new strategy, common for all laboratories. Our aims were (i) to analyze the trend of passive IgG antibodies in the newborn by means of five serological tests for the diagnosis and follow-up of congenital Trypanosoma cruzi infection, (ii) to assess the utility of these techniques for diagnosing a congenital transmission, and (iii) to propose a strategy for a prompt, efficient and cost-effective diagnosis of T...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28201741/treatment-of-infected-women-of-childbearing-age-prevents-congenital-trypanosoma-cruzi-infection-by-eliminating-the-parasitemia-detected-by-pcr
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Laura Murcia, Marina Simón, Bartolomé Carrilero, Mercedes Roig, Manuel Segovia
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 14, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199333/comparative-and-functional-triatomine-genomics-reveals-reductions-and-expansions-in-insecticide-resistance-related-gene-families
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Lucila Traverso, Andrés Lavore, Ivana Sierra, Victorio Palacio, Jesús Martinez-Barnetche, José Manuel Latorre-Estivalis, Gaston Mougabure-Cueto, Flavio Francini, Marcelo G Lorenzo, Mario Henry Rodríguez, Sheila Ons, Rolando V Rivera-Pomar
BACKGROUND: Triatomine insects are vectors of Trypanosoma cruzi, a protozoan parasite that is the causative agent of Chagas' disease. This is a neglected disease affecting approximately 8 million people in Latin America. The existence of diverse pyrethroid resistant populations of at least two species demonstrates the potential of triatomines to develop high levels of insecticide resistance. Therefore, the incorporation of strategies for resistance management is a main concern for vector control programs...
February 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198632/engineering-oral-and-parenteral-amorphous-amphotericin-b-formulations-against-experimental-trypanosoma-cruzi-infections
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Miriam Rolón, Dolores R Serrano, Aikaterini Lalatsa, Esther de Pablo, Juan Jose Torrado, Maria Paloma Ballesteros, Anne Marie Healy, Celeste Vega, Cathia Coronel, Francisco Bolas-Fernández, Maria Auxiliadora Dea-Ayuela
Chagas disease (CD) is a parasitic zoonosis endemic in most mainland countries of Central and South America affecting nearly 10 million people, with 100 million people at high risk of contracting the disease. Treatment is only effective if received at the early stages of the disease. Only two drugs (benznidazole and nifurtimox) have so far been marketed and both share various limitations such as variable efficacy, many side effects and long duration of treatment, thus reducing compliance. The in vitro and in vivo efficacy of poly-aggregated amphotericin B (AmB), encapsulated poly-aggregated AmB in albumin microspheres (AmB-AME) and dimeric AmB - sodium deoxycholate micelles (AmB-NaDC) was evaluated...
February 15, 2017: Molecular Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192425/improving-access-to-chagas-disease-diagnosis-and-etiologic-treatment-in-remote-rural-communities-of-the-argentine-chaco-through-strengthened-primary-health-care-and-broad-social-participation
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Paula Sartor, Ivana Colaianni, M Victoria Cardinal, Jacqueline Bua, Héctor Freilij, Ricardo E Gürtler
BACKGROUND: Rural populations in the Gran Chaco region have large prevalence rates of Trypanosoma cruzi infection and very limited access to diagnosis and treatment. We implemented an innovative strategy to bridge these gaps in 13 rural villages of Pampa del Indio held under sustained vector surveillance and control. METHODOLOGY: The non-randomized treatment program included participatory workshops, capacity strengthening of local health personnel, serodiagnosis, qualitative and quantitative PCRs, a 60-day treatment course with benznidazole and follow-up...
February 13, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192210/phylogenomics-of-trypanosoma-cruzi-few-evidence-of-tci-tcii-mosaicism-in-tciii-challenges-the-hypothesis-of-an-ancient-tci-tcii-hybridization
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Nicolás Tomasini, Patricio Diosque
Phylogenetic relationships among major lineages of Trypanosoma cruzi are still debatable. Particularly, it is controversial the origin of two main lineages: TcIII and TcIV. Some authors proposed that these lineages have been the result of an ancient hybridization between TcI and TcII, and this was one of the most accepted evolutionary models in the scientific community for several years. In the present paper we analyse several genomes of T. cruzi in order to examine if there is evidence supporting that TcIII is an ancient TcI/TcII hybrid...
February 10, 2017: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28189084/synthesis-and-trypanocidal-activity-of-a-library-of-4-substituted-2-1h-pyrrolo-3-2-c-pyridin-2-yl-propan-2-ols
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Michael N Balfour, Caio H Franco, Carolina B Moraes, Lucio H Freitas-Junior, Hélio A Stefani
A library of 16 4-substituted 2-(1H-pyrrolo[3,2-c]pyridin-2-yl)propan-2-ols 17-32 has been synthesized for use in biological testing against Trypanosoma cruzi, the protozoan parasite that causes Chagas disease. The 4-substituted 2-(1H-pyrrolo[3,2-c]pyridin-2-yl)propan-2-ols 17-32 were subjected to biological testing to evaluate their efficacy against intracellular Trypanosoma cruzi (Y strain) amastigotes infecting U2OS human cells, with benznidazole as a reference compound. The assay was performed in duplicate (two independent experiments) and submitted to High Content Analysis (HCA) for determination of trypanocidal activity...
February 3, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185987/real-time-pcr-strategy-for-the-identification-of-trypanosoma-cruzi-discrete-typing-units-directly-in-chronically-infected-human-blood
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Catalina Muñoz-San Martín, Werner Apt, Inés Zulantay
The protozoan Trypanosoma cruzi is the causative agent of Chagas disease, a major public health problem in Latin America. This parasite has a complex population structure comprised by six or seven major evolutionary lineages (discrete typing units or DTUs) TcI-TcVI and TcBat, some of which have apparently resulted from ancient hybridization events. Because of the existence of significant biological differences between these lineages, strain characterization methods have been essential to study T. cruzi in its different vectors and hosts...
February 6, 2017: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185826/chaetocin-a-histone-methyltransferase-inhibitor-impairs-proliferation-arrests-cell-cycle-and-induces-nucleolar-disassembly-in-trypanosoma-cruzi
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Aline Araujo Zuma, Jean de Oliveira Santos, Isabela Mendes, Wanderley de Souza, Carlos Renato Machado, E Maria Cristina M Motta
The Trypanosomatidae family includes pathogenic species of medical and veterinary interest. Chagas disease is endemic in Latin America, and about 8 million people are infected worldwide. There is a need for more effective drugs for the acute, undetermined and chronic phases of the disease that, in addition, do not cause side effects, stimulating the search for identification of new drug targets, as well as new chemotherapeutic targets. Trypanosomatids contain characteristic structures, such as the nucleus that undergoes a closed mitosis without chromosome formation and variations of chromatin packing in the different protozoa developmental stages...
February 6, 2017: Acta Tropica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182579/synthesis-and-biological-evaluation-of-newer-1-3-4-oxadiazoles-incorporated-with-benzothiazepine-and-benzodiazepine-moieties
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Patel Navin, Patel Sarvil, Purohit Amit, Patel Divyesh, Rajani Dhansukh, Rosa Moo-Puc, Gildardo Rivera
A series of thiazepines and diazepines having 1,3,4-oxadiazole moiety were synthesized, and they were analyzed for their in vitro antimicrobial activity against several bacteria (Staphylococcus aureus, Staphylococcus pyogenes, Escherichia coli, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa) and fungi (Candida albicans, Aspergillus niger, and Aspergillus Clavatus) and protozoa (Entamoeba histolytica, Giardia lamblia, Trypanosoma cruzi and Leishmania mexicana). Few of the selected compounds were tested for their antitubercular activity...
February 9, 2017: Zeitschrift Für Naturforschung. C, A Journal of Biosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179991/a-homolog-of-cyclophilin-d-is-expressed-in-trypanosoma-cruzi-and-is-involved-in-the-oxidative-stress-damage-response
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Patricia L Bustos, Bibiana J Volta, Alina E Perrone, Natalia Milduberger, Jacqueline Bua
Mitochondria have an important role in energy production, homeostasis and cell death. The opening of the mitochondrial permeability transition pore (mPTP) is considered one of the key events in apoptosis and necrosis, modulated by cyclophilin D (CyPD), a crucial component of this protein complex. In Trypanosoma cruzi, the protozoan parasite that causes Chagas disease, we have previously described that mitochondrial permeability transition occurs after oxidative stress induction in a cyclosporin A-dependent manner, a well-known cyclophilin inhibitor...
2017: Cell Death Discovery
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/28179034/hosts-and-vectors-of-trypanosoma-cruzi-discrete-typing-units-in-the-chagas-disease-endemic-region-of-the-paraguayan-chaco
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Nidia Acosta, Elsa López, Michael D Lewis, Martin S Llewellyn, Ana Gómez, Fabiola Román, Michael A Miles, Matthew Yeo
Active Trypanosoma cruzi transmission persists in the Gran Chaco region, which is considered hyperendemic for Chagas disease. Understanding domestic and sylvatic transmission cycles and therefore the relationship between vectors and mammalian hosts is crucial to designing and implementing improved effective control strategies. Here we describe the species of triatomine vectors and the sylvatic mammal reservoirs of T. cruzi, in different localities of the Paraguayan and Bolivian Chaco. We identify the T. cruzi genotypes discrete typing units (DTUs) and provide a map of their geographical distribution...
February 9, 2017: Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178282/trypanosoma-cruzi-high-mobility-group-b-tchmgb-can-act-as-an-inflammatory-mediator-on-mammalian-cells
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Pamela Cribb, Virginia Perdomo, Victoria L Alonso, Romina Manarin, Jorge Barrios-Payan, Brenda Marquina-Castillo, Luis Tavernelli, Rogelio Hernández-Pando
BACKGROUND: High Mobility Group B (HMGB) proteins are nuclear architectural factors involved in chromatin remodeling and important nuclear events. HMGBs also play key roles outside the cell acting as alarmins or Damage-associated Molecular Patterns (DAMPs). In response to a danger signal these proteins act as immune mediators in the extracellular milieu. Moreover, these molecules play a central role in the pathogenesis of many autoimmune and both infectious and sterile inflammatory chronic diseases...
February 8, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28177047/linalool-a-piper-aduncum-essential-oil-component-has-selective-activity-against-trypanosoma-cruzi-trypomastigote-forms-at-4%C3%A2-c
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Luz Helena Villamizar, Maria das Graças Cardoso, Juliana de Andrade, Maria Luisa Teixeira, Maurilio José Soares
BACKGROUND: Recent studies showed that essential oils from different pepper species (Piper spp.) have promising leishmanicidal and trypanocidal activities. OBJECTIVES: In search for natural compounds against Trypanosoma cruzi, different forms of the parasite were incubated for 24 h at 28ºC or 4ºC with Piper aduncum essential oil (PaEO) or its main constituents linalool and nerolidol. METHODS: PaEO chemical composition was obtained by GC-MS...
February 2017: Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167589/trypanosoma-cruzi-agent-of-chagas-disease-in-sympatric-human-and-dog-populations-in-colonias-of-the-lower-rio-grande-valley-of-texas
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Rachel Curtis-Robles, Italo B Zecca, Valery Roman-Cruz, Ester S Carbajal, Lisa D Auckland, Isidore Flores, Ann V Millard, Sarah A Hamer
The zoonotic, vector-borne parasite Trypanosoma cruzi causes Chagas disease throughout the Americas, but human and veterinary health burdens in the United States are unknown. We conducted a cross-sectional prevalence study in indigent, medically underserved human and cohabiting canine populations of seven south Texas border communities, known as colonias. Defining positivity as those samples that were positive on two or more independent tests, we found 1.3% seroprevalence in 233 humans, including one child born in the United States with only short-duration travel to Mexico...
February 6, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167559/anti-trypanosomal-activity-of-sterol-14%C3%AE-demethylase-cyp51-inhibitors-vni-and-vfv-in-the-swiss-mouse-models-of-chagas-disease-induced-by-the-y-strain-trypanosoma-cruzi
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F H Guedes-da-Silva, D G J Batista, C F Da Silva, J S De Araújo, B P Pavão, M R Simões-Silva, M B Meuser, K C Demarque, O C Moreira, C Britto, G I Lepesheva, M N C Soeiro
Chagas disease is a life-threatening infection caused by a variety of genetically diverse strains of the protozoan parasite Trypanosoma cruzi The current treatment (benznidazole and nifurtimox) is unsatisfactory, and potential alternatives include inhibitors of sterol 14α-demethylase (CYP51), the cytochrome P450 enzyme essential for biosynthesis of sterols in eukaryotes and the major target for clinical and agricultural antifungals. Here we performed a comparative investigation of two protozoa-specific CYP51 inhibitors, VNI and its CYP51 structure-based derivative VFV, in the murine models of infection caused by the Y strain T...
February 6, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167558/pharmacokinetic-and-tissue-distribution-of-benznidazole-after-oral-administration-in-mice
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Luísa Perin, Rodrigo Moreira da Silva, Kátia da Silva Fonseca, Jamille Mirelle de Oliveira Cardoso, Fernando Augusto Siqueira Mathias, Levi Eduardo Soares Reis, Israel Molina, Rodrigo Correa-Oliveira, Paula Melo de Abreu Vieira, Cláudia Martins Carneiro
Specific chemotherapy using Benznidazole (BNZ) for Chagas disease during the chronic stage is controversial due to its limited efficacy and toxic effects. Although BNZ has been used to treat Chagas disease since the 1970s, few studies about the biodistribution of this drug exist. In this study, BNZ tissue biodistribution in a murine model and its pharmacokinetic profile in plasma were monitored. A bioanalytical high-performance liquid chromatography with an ultraviolet detector (HPLC-UV) method was developed and validated according to the European Medicines Agency for quantification of BNZ in organs and plasma samples prepared by liquid-liquid extraction using ethyl acetate...
February 6, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
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