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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723901/2b-rad-genotyping-for-population-genomic-studies-of-chagas-disease-vectors-rhodnius-ecuadoriensis-in-ecuador
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Luis E Hernandez-Castro, Marta Paterno, Anita G Villacís, Björn Andersson, Jaime A Costales, Michele De Noia, Sofía Ocaña-Mayorga, Cesar A Yumiseva, Mario J Grijalva, Martin S Llewellyn
BACKGROUND: Rhodnius ecuadoriensis is the main triatomine vector of Chagas disease, American trypanosomiasis, in Southern Ecuador and Northern Peru. Genomic approaches and next generation sequencing technologies have become powerful tools for investigating population diversity and structure which is a key consideration for vector control. Here we assess the effectiveness of three different 2b restriction site-associated DNA (2b-RAD) genotyping strategies in R. ecuadoriensis to provide sufficient genomic resolution to tease apart microevolutionary processes and undertake some pilot population genomic analyses...
July 19, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713367/nanobodies-as-tools-to-understand-diagnose-and-treat-african-trypanosomiasis
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REVIEW
Benoit Stijlemans, Patrick De Baetselier, Guy Caljon, Jan Van Den Abbeele, Jo A Van Ginderachter, Stefan Magez
African trypanosomes are strictly extracellular protozoan parasites that cause diseases in humans and livestock and significantly affect the economic development of sub-Saharan Africa. Due to an elaborate and efficient (vector)-parasite-host interplay, required to complete their life cycle/transmission, trypanosomes have evolved efficient immune escape mechanisms that manipulate the entire host immune response. So far, not a single field applicable vaccine exists, and chemotherapy is the only strategy available to treat the disease...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28706938/inhibitors-of-glycosomal-protein-import-provide-new-leads-against-trypanosomiasis
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COMMENT
Vishal C Kalel, Leonidas Emmanouilidis, Maciej Dawidowski, Wolfgang Schliebs, Michael Sattler, Grzegorz M Popowicz, Ralf Erdmann
Vector-borne trypanosomatid parasite infections in tropical and sub-tropical countries constitute a major threat to humans and livestock. Trypanosoma brucei parasites are transmitted by tsetse fly and lead to African sleeping sickness in humans and Nagana in cattle. In Latin American countries, Trypanosoma cruzi infections spread by triatomine kissing bugs lead to Chagas disease. Various species of Leishmania transmitted to humans by phlebotomine sandflies manifest in a spectrum of diseases termed Leishmaniasis...
July 3, 2017: Microbial Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698054/bistacrines-as-potential-antitrypanosomal-agents
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Ines Schmidt, Sarah Göllner, Antje Fuß, August Stich, Anna Kucharski, Tanja Schirmeister, Elena Katzowitsch, Heike Bruhn, Alexandra Miliu, R Luise Krauth-Siegel, Ulrike Holzgrabe
Human African Trypanosomiasis (HAT) is caused by two subspecies of the genus Trypanosoma, namely Trypanosoma brucei rhodesiense and Trypanosoma brucei gambiense. The disease is fatal if left untreated and therapy is limited due to only five non-adequate drugs currently available. In preliminary studies, dimeric tacrine derivatives were found to inhibit parasite growth with IC50-values in the nanomolar concentration range. This prompted the synthesis of a small, but smart library of monomeric and dimeric tacrine-type compounds and their evaluation of antiprotozoal activity...
July 1, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28697609/differential-virulence-and-tsetse-fly-transmissibility-of-i-trypanosoma-congolense-i-and-i-trypanosoma-brucei-i-strains
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Purity K Gitonga, Kariuki Ndung'u, Grace A Murilla, Paul C Thande, Florence N Wamwiri, Joanna E Auma, Geoffrey N Ngae, James K Kibugu, Richard Kurgat, John K Thuita
African animal trypanosomiasis causes significant economic losses in sub-Saharan African countries because of livestock mortalities and reduced productivity. Trypanosomes, the causative agents, are transmitted by tsetse flies (Glossina spp.). In the current study, we compared and contrasted the virulence characteristics of five Trypanosoma congolense and Trypanosoma brucei isolates using groups of Swiss white mice (n = 6). We further determined the vectorial capacity of Glossina pallidipes, for each of the trypanosome isolates...
June 27, 2017: Onderstepoort Journal of Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28684718/steroid-alkaloids-from-holarrhena-africana-with-strong-activity-against-trypanosoma-brucei-rhodesiense
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Charles Okeke Nnadi, Ngozi Justina Nwodo, Marcel Kaiser, Reto Brun, Thomas J Schmidt
In our continued search for natural compounds with activity against Trypanosoma brucei, causative agent of human African trypanosomiasis (HAT, "sleeping sickness"), we have investigated extracts from the leaves and bark of the West African Holarrhenaafricana (syn. Holarrhena floribunda; Apocynaceae). The extracts and their alkaloid-enriched fractions displayed promising in vitro activity against bloodstream forms of T. brucei rhodesiense (Tbr; East African HAT). Bioactivity-guided chromatographic fractionation of the alkaloid-rich fractions resulted in the isolation of 17 steroid alkaloids, one nitrogen-free steroid and one alkaloid-like non-steroid...
July 6, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28684709/trypanosoma-brucei-inhibition-by-essential-oils-from-medicinal-and-aromatic-plants-traditionally-used-in-cameroon-azadirachta-indica-aframomum-melegueta-aframomum-daniellii-clausena-anisata-dichrostachys-cinerea-and-echinops-giganteus
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Stephane L Ngahang Kamte, Farahnaz Ranjbarian, Gustavo Daniel Campagnaro, Prosper C Biapa Nya, Hélène Mbuntcha, Verlaine Woguem, Hilaire Macaire Womeni, Léon Azefack Ta, Cristiano Giordani, Luciano Barboni, Giovanni Benelli, Loredana Cappellacci, Anders Hofer, Riccardo Petrelli, Filippo Maggi
Essential oils are complex mixtures of volatile components produced by the plant secondary metabolism and consist mainly of monoterpenes and sesquiterpenes and, to a minor extent, of aromatic and aliphatic compounds. They are exploited in several fields such as perfumery, food, pharmaceutics, and cosmetics. Essential oils have long-standing uses in the treatment of infectious diseases and parasitosis in humans and animals. In this regard, their therapeutic potential against human African trypanosomiasis (HAT) has not been fully explored...
July 6, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28679527/ornithine-uptake-and-the-modulation-of-drug-sensitivity-in-trypanosoma-brucei
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Juan P Macedo, Rachel B Currier, Corina Wirdnam, David Horn, Sam Alsford, Doris Rentsch
Trypanosoma brucei, protozoan parasites that cause human African trypanosomiasis (HAT), depend on ornithine uptake and metabolism by ornithine decarboxylase (ODC) for survival. Indeed, ODC is the target of the WHO "essential medicine" eflornithine, which is antagonistic to another anti-HAT drug, suramin. Thus, ornithine uptake has important consequences in T. brucei, but the transporters have not been identified. We describe these amino acid transporters (AATs). In a heterologous expression system, TbAAT10-1 is selective for ornithine, whereas TbAAT2-4 transports both ornithine and histidine...
July 5, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28678894/first-outbreak-and-subsequent-cases-of-trypanosoma-vivax-in-the-state-of-goi%C3%A3-s-brazil
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Thiago Souza Azeredo Bastos, Adriana Marques Faria, Darling Mélany de Carvalho Madrid, Luciana Cardoso de Bessa, Guido Fontgalland Coelho Linhares, Otavio Luiz Fidelis, Paulo Henrique Sampaio, Breno Cayeiro Cruz, Leonardo Bueno Cruvinel, João Eduardo Nicaretta, Rosangela Zacarias Machado, Alvimar José da Costa, Welber Daniel Zanetti Lopes
Trypanosomiasis caused by Trypanosoma vivax has increased the reports in Brazil in the last decade. An outbreak is herein first reported in the state of Goiás, from May 2016 to January 2017. The outbreak start occurred in the city of Ipameri (Goiás) after the introduction of 18 auctioned cows from the state of Minas Gerais. Direct parasitological test (blood smears) and polymerase chain reactions targeting the catL genes diagnosed T. vivax infection. Fifty six cows from a herd of 161 were infected; 12 died during the outbreak and 44 animals persistently positive (by blood smears) even after chemical treatment were discarded...
June 29, 2017: Revista Brasileira de Parasitologia Veterinária, Brazilian Journal of Veterinary Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28674055/screening-the-mmv-pathogen-box-across-multiple-pathogens-reclassifies-starting-points-for-open-source-drug-discovery
#10
Sandra Duffy, Melissa L Sykes, Amy J Jones, Todd B Shelper, Moana Simpson, Rebecca Lang, Sally-Ann Poulsen, Brad E Sleebs, Vicky M Avery
Open access drug discovery provides a substantial resource for diseases primarily affecting the poor and disadvantaged. The open access Pathogen Box is comprised of a collection of compounds with demonstrated biological activity against specific pathogenic organisms. The supply of this resource by the Medicines for Malaria Venture has the potential to provide new chemical starting points for a number of tropical and neglected diseases, through repurposing of these compounds for use in drug discovery campaigns for these additional pathogens...
July 3, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28673422/human-african-trypanosomiasis
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REVIEW
Philippe Büscher, Giuliano Cecchi, Vincent Jamonneau, Gerardo Priotto
Human African trypanosomiasis (sleeping sickness) is a parasitic infection that almost invariably progresses to death unless treated. Human African trypanosomiasis caused devastating epidemics during the 20th century. Thanks to sustained and coordinated efforts over the past 15 years, the number of reported cases has fallen to an historically low level. Fewer than 3000 cases were reported in 2015, and the disease is targeted for elimination by WHO. Despite these recent successes, the disease is still endemic in parts of sub-Saharan Africa, where it is a considerable burden on rural communities, most notably in central Africa...
June 30, 2017: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28672036/performance-of-the-sd-bioline%C3%A2-hat-rapid-test-in-various-diagnostic-algorithms-for-gambiense-human-african-trypanosomiasis-in-the-democratic-republic-of-the-congo
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Crispin Lumbala, Paul R Bessell, Pascal Lutumba, Sylvain Baloji, Sylvain Biéler, Joseph M Ndung'u
We carried out a study to compare the performance, in terms of sensitivity and specificity, of the new SD BIOLINE® HAT rapid diagnostic test (RDT) with the card agglutination test for trypanosomiasis (CATT) for diagnosis of human African trypanosomiasis (HAT) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Participants were enrolled actively by four mobile teams, and passively at four health facilities in three provinces. Consenting participants were tested concurrently with the RDT and CATT on whole blood...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28672001/host-seeking-efficiency-can-explain-population-dynamics-of-the-tsetse-fly-glossina-morsitans-morsitans-in-response-to-host-density-decline
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Jennifer S Lord, Zinhle Mthombothi, Vitalis K Lagat, Fatumah Atuhaire, John W Hargrove
Females of all blood-feeding arthropod vectors must find and feed on a host in order to produce offspring. For tsetse-vectors of the trypanosomes that cause human and animal African trypanosomiasis-the problem is more extreme, since both sexes feed solely on blood. Host location is thus essential both for survival and reproduction. Host population density should therefore be an important driver of population dynamics for haematophagous insects, and particularly for tsetse, but the role of host density is poorly understood...
July 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28664191/knowledge-attitude-and-practices-about-tsetse-control-among-communities-neighbouring-serengeti-national-park-tanzania
#14
Dismas L Mwaseba, Kinyemi J Kigoda
Tsetse flies are vectors of blood parasite of the genus Trypanosoma, which causes African trypanosomiasis to both human beings and animals. Large losses due to nagana have been reported; and this indicates the importance of tsetse control to avoid estimated losses. This study assessed the knowledge of tsetse and control practices, attitude towards control practices against tsetse, and the actual control practices used by the local communities in Serengeti District near the Serengeti National Park (SENAPA). Data for this study were collected using various methods...
June 2017: Heliyon
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28656524/identification-of-potential-trypanothione-reductase-inhibitors-among-commercially-available-formula-see-text-carboline-derivatives-using-chemical-space-lead-like-and-drug-like-filters-pharmacophore-models-and-molecular-docking
#15
Jorge Rodríguez-Becerra, Lizethly Cáceres-Jensen, José Hernández-Ramos, Lorena Barrientos
American trypanosomiasis or Chagas disease caused by the protozoan Trypanosoma cruzi (T. cruzi) is an important endemic trypanosomiasis in Central and South America. This disease was considered to be a priority in the global plan to combat neglected tropical diseases, 2008-2015, which indicates that there is an urgent need to develop more effective drugs. The development of new chemotherapeutic agents against Chagas disease can be related to an important biochemical feature of T. cruzi: its redox defense system...
June 27, 2017: Molecular Diversity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28655350/serum-biochemical-parameters-and-cytokine-profiles-associated-with-natural-african-trypanosome-infections-in-cattle
#16
Soale Majeed Bakari, Jennifer Afua Ofori, Kwadwo Asamoah Kusi, George Kwame Aning, Gordon Akanzuwine Awandare, Mark Carrington, Theresa Manful Gwira
BACKGROUND: Animal African trypanosomiasis (AAT) greatly affects livestock production in sub-Saharan Africa. In Ghana prevalence of AAT is estimated to range between 5 and 50%. Studies have reported serum biochemical aberrations and variability in cytokine profiles in animals during infection. However, information regarding the biochemical parameters and cytokine profiles associated with natural infections are limited. This study was therefore aimed at investigating changes in the levels of serum biochemical parameters and inflammatory cytokines during a natural infection...
June 27, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28653380/trypanosomiasis-in-an-australian-little-red-flying-fox-pteropus-scapulatus
#17
J T Mackie, R Stenner, A K Gillett, A Barbosa, U Ryan, P J Irwin
CASE REPORT: An adult female Australian little red flying fox (Pteropus scapulatus) presented with icterus and anaemia. Examination of a blood smear revealed numerous trypanosomes 20.4-30.8 µm long with tapered ends. Necropsy and histological findings were consistent with trypanosome infection of lymphoid tissue and intravascular haemolysis. Sequence and phylogenetic analysis demonstrated this trypanosome species to be genetically distinct and most similar to Trypanosoma minasense and Trypanosoma rangeli (with a genetic distance of 1% at the 18S rRNA locus for both)...
July 2017: Australian Veterinary Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645659/synthesis-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-giardicidal-activity-of-nitrothiazole-nsaid-chimeras-displaying-broad-antiprotozoal-spectrum
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Blanca Colín-Lozano, Ismael León-Rivera, Manuel Jesús Chan-Bacab, Benjamín Otto Ortega-Morales, Rosa Moo-Puc, Vanessa López-Guerrero, Emanuel Hernández-Núñez, Raúl Argüello-Garcia, Thomas Scior, Elizabeth Barbosa-Cabrera, Gabriel Navarrete-Vázquez
We designed and synthesized five new 5-nitrothiazole-NSAID chimeras as analogues of nitazoxanide, using a DCC-activated amidation. Compounds 1-5 were tested in vitro against a panel of five protozoa: 2 amitochondriates (Giardia intestinalis, Trichomonas vaginalis) and 3 kinetoplastids (Leishmania mexicana, Leishmania amazonensis and Trypanosoma cruzi). All chimeras showed broad spectrum and potent antiprotozoal activities, with IC50 values ranging from the low micromolar to nanomolar order. Compounds 1-5 were even more active than metronidazole and nitazoxanide, two marketed first-line drugs against giardiasis...
August 1, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641558/bis-2-aminoimidazolines-and-bisguanidines-synthetic-approaches-antiparasitic-activity-and-dna-binding-properties
#19
Christophe Dardonville, J Jonathan Nué Martínez
BACKGROUND: Parasitic diseases caused by protozoan parasites of the genus Trypanosoma and Plasmodium cause some of the deadliest and disabling human infections in tropical and subtropical areas. Diphenyl-based bis(2-phenylimino)imidazolidines and bisguanidines are extremely potent antiparasitic agents against Trypanosoma brucei (etiological agent of African trypanosomiasis) and Plasmodium falciparum (etiological agent of severe malaria). Many of these compounds are also curative in mouse models of stage 1 African trypanosomiasis representing promising leads for the development of antitrypanosomal drugs...
June 22, 2017: Current Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637278/functional-and-structural-analysis-of-at-specific-minor-groove-binders-that-disrupt-dna-protein-interactions-and-cause-disintegration-of-the-trypanosoma-brucei-kinetoplast
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Cinthia R Millan, Francisco J Acosta-Reyes, Laura Lagartera, Godwin U Ebiloma, Leandro Lemgruber, J Jonathan Nué Martínez, Núria Saperas, Christophe Dardonville, Harry P de Koning, J Lourdes Campos
Trypanosoma brucei, the causative agent of sleeping sickness (Human African Trypanosomiasis, HAT), contains a kinetoplast with the mitochondrial DNA (kDNA), comprising of >70% AT base pairs. This has prompted studies of drugs interacting with AT-rich DNA, such as the N-phenylbenzamide bis(2-aminoimidazoline) derivatives 1 [4-((4,5-dihydro-1H-imidazol-2-yl)amino)-N-(4-((4,5-dihydro-1H-imidazol-2-yl)amino)phenyl)benzamide dihydrochloride] and 2 [N-(3-chloro-4-((4,5-dihydro-1H-imidazol-2-yl)amino)phenyl)-4-((4,5-dihydro-1H-imidazol-2-yl)amino)benzamide] as potential drugs for HAT...
June 16, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
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