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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633651/epidemiology-of-intestinal-helminthiasis-among-school-children-with-emphasis-on-schistosoma-mansoni-infection-in-wolaita-zone-southern-ethiopia
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Bereket Alemayehu, Zewdneh Tomass, Fiseha Wadilo, Dawit Leja, Song Liang, Berhanu Erko
BACKGROUND: Intestinal helminth infections are major parasitic diseases causing public health problems in Ethiopia. Although the epidemiology of these infections are well documented in Ethiopia, new transmission foci for schistosomiasis are being reported in different parts of the country. The objective of this study was to assess the prevalence of Schistosoma mansoni and other intestinal helminth infections among school children and determine the endemicity of schistosomiasis in Wolaita Zone, southern Ethiopia...
June 20, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629532/hypaconitine-inhibits-tgf-%C3%AE-1-induced-epithelial-mesenchymal-transition-and-suppresses-adhesion-migration-and-invasion-of-lung-cancer-a549-cells
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Hai-Tao Feng, Wen-Wen Zhao, Jin-Jian Lu, Yi-Tao Wang, Xiu-Ping Chen
Epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) has been implicated in tumor invasion and metastasis and provides novel strategies for cancer therapy. Hypaconitine (HpA), a diester-diterpenoid alkaloid isolated from the root of the Aconitum species, exhibits anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and especially, cardiotoxic activities. Here, we reported the anti-metastatic potentials of HpA in transforming growth factor-β1 (TGF-β1)-induced EMT in lung cancer A549 cells. The cytotoxic effect of HpA was determined by MTT assay...
June 2017: Chinese Journal of Natural Medicines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627650/the-inhibitory-effects-of-deep-sea-water-on-doxorubicin%C3%A2-induced-epithelial-mesenchymal-transition
#3
So-Young Chun, Soyoung Kim, Kyung-Soo Nam
It has been revealed that the induction of epithelial‑mesenchymal transition (EMT) is associated with drug resistance, leading to tumor recurrence and metastasis. Recent studies have shown that chemotherapeutic agents, besides their therapeutic effects, can induce EMT and enhance invasive and metastatic properties of tumor cells. Previously, we revealed that deep-sea water (DSW) exhibited antimetastatic effects in several human cancer cell lines. In the present study, we investigated the effects of DSW on doxorubicin-induced EMT in MCF-7 human breast cancer cells...
June 16, 2017: Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627206/investigation-on-the-endemic-characteristics-of-metorchis-orientalisin-huainan-area-china
#4
Xiaodong Zhan, Chaopin Li, Hua Wu, Entao Sun, Yuxia Zhu
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the endemic characteristics of Metorchis orientalis (M. orientalis)in the Huainan area, Anhui province, China. METHODS: The first-intermediate host, second-intermediate host and reservoir hosts were collected, and the endemic characteristics of M. orientalis were examined through field investigation and artificial infection. RESULTS: Investigation was completed in 89 domestic ducks, 156 domestic chicken, 41 domestic geese, 20 domestic cats and 19 dogs...
June 5, 2017: Nutrición Hospitalaria: Organo Oficial de la Sociedad Española de Nutrición Parenteral y Enteral
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626635/eosinophilic-meningoencephalitis-associated-with-rat-lungworm-angiostrongylus-cantonensis-migration-in-two-nine-banded-armadillos-dasypus-novemcinctus-and-an-opossum-didelphis-virginiana-in-the-southeastern-united-states
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Martha F Dalton, Heather Fenton, Christopher A Cleveland, Elizabeth J Elsmo, Michael J Yabsley
Angiostrongylus cantonensis, the rat lungworm, was the cause of neural larval migrans in two nine-banded armadillos (Dasypus novemcinctus) and one Virginia opossum (Didelphis virginiana) from the southeastern United States. Histologic findings in all three cases included eosinophilic meningoencephalitis with variable numbers of nematode larvae in the meninges or the neuroparenchyma. In two of the three cases, nematodes were extracted from brain tissue via a "squash prep" method. Identification of the nematodes was confirmed by amplification and sequence analysis of the partial cytochrome c oxidase subunit I gene from all three cases...
August 2017: International Journal for Parasitology. Parasites and Wildlife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624794/knockdown-of-hdac1-expression-suppresses-invasion-and-induces-apoptosis-in-glioma-cells
#6
Xiao-Qiang Wang, Hong-Min Bai, Shi-Ting Li, Hui Sun, Ling-Zhao Min, Bang-Bao Tao, Jun Zhong, Bin Li
Glioma is the most common malignant tumor of the central nervous system, with a low survival rate of five years worldwide. Although high expression and prognostic value of histone deacetylase 1 (HDAC1) have been recently reported in various types of human tumors, the molecular mechanism underlying the biological function of HDAC1 in glioma is still unclear. We found that HDAC1 was elevated in glioma tissues and cell lines. HDAC1 expression was closely related with pathological grade and overall survival of patients with gliomas...
May 26, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624791/epha2-affects-the-sensitivity-of-oxaliplatin-by-inducing-emt-in-oxaliplatin-resistant-gastric-cancer-cells
#7
Qiaocheng Wen, Zihua Chen, Zhikang Chen, Jinxiang Chen, Ran Wang, Changhao Huang, Weijie Yuan
Erythropoietin-producing hepatocellular receptor A2 (EphA2) is upregulated in gastric cancer tissues and cells, which is accompanied by epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT). The current study was designed to establish the oxaliplatin-resistant human gastric cancer cell line SGC-7901/L-OHP, to determine if EMT in these cells could be reversed, and to determine if the susceptibility of these cells to oxaliplatin was affected by silencing EphA2 expression. We found that EphA2 expression levels were upregulated in gastric cancer and associated with chemotherapy sensitivity...
May 24, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624451/rapamycin-protects-against-paraquat-induced-pulmonary-fibrosis-activation-of-nrf2-signaling-pathway
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Yiheng Xu, Wenlin Tai, Xiaoyuan Qu, Wenjuan Wu, ZhenKun Li, Shuhao Deng, Chanthasone Vongphouttha, Zhaoxing Dong
Paraquat (PQ) is a widely used herbicide indeveloping countries worldwide, and pulmonary fibrosis is one of the most typical features of PQ poisoning. The molecular mechanism of PQ toxicity especially how to treat PQ-induced pulmonary fibrosis is still largely unknown. In animal model of pulmonary fibrosis, we used HE staining, western blotting assay and Real-time PCR assay to analyze the effects of rapamycin on the PQ-induced epithelial mesenchymal transition (EMT). We found that PQ induced the pulmonary fibrosis using HE staining and Masson's staining, and up-regulated the activity of HYP and the mRNA expressions of Collagen I and III (COL-1and COL-3) in pulmonary tissues...
June 15, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624345/lamprey-neural-crest-migration-is-snail-dependent-and-occurs-without-a-differential-shift-in-cadherin-expression
#9
Joshua R York, Tian Yuan, Kevin Zehnder, David W McCauley
The acquisition of neural crest cells was a key step in the origin of the vertebrate body plan. An outstanding question is how neural crest cells acquired their ability to undergo an epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) and migrate extensively throughout the vertebrate embryo. We tested if differential regulation of classical cadherins-a highly conserved feature of neural crest EMT and migration in jawed vertebrates-mediates these cellular behaviors in lamprey, a basal jawless vertebrate. Lamprey has single copies of the type I and type II classical cadherins (CadIA and CadIIA)...
June 14, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624215/periostin-binding-dna-aptamer-treatment-ameliorates-peritoneal-dialysis-induced-peritoneal-fibrosis
#10
Bo Young Nam, Jung Tak Park, Young Eun Kwon, Jung Pyo Lee, Jong Ha Jung, Youndong Kim, Seonghun Kim, Jimin Park, Jae Eun Um, Meiyan Wu, Seung Hyeok Han, Tae-Hyun Yoo, Shin-Wook Kang
Peritoneal fibrosis is a major complication in peritoneal dialysis (PD) patients, which leads to dialysis discontinuation. Periostin, increased by transforming growth factor β1 (TGF-β1) stimulation, induces the expression of extracellular matrix (ECM) genes. Aberrant periostin expression has been demonstrated to be associated with PD-related peritoneal fibrosis. Therefore, the effect of periostin inhibition by an aptamer-based inhibitor on peritoneal fibrosis was evaluated. In vitro, TGF-β1 treatment upregulated periostin, fibronectin, α-smooth muscle actin (α-SMA), and Snail expression and reduced E-cadherin expression in human peritoneal mesothelial cells (HPMCs)...
June 16, 2017: Molecular Therapy. Nucleic Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623502/molecular-and-morphological-evidence-for-nine-species-in-north-american-australapatemon-sudarikov-1959-a-phylogeny-expansion-with-description-of-the-zygocercous-australapatemon-mclaughlini-n-sp
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Michelle A Gordy, Sean A Locke, Timothy A Rawlings, Angela R Lapierre, Patrick C Hanington
Zygocercous (aggregating) cercarial larvae were recently discovered emerging from a physid snail during a molecular survey of cercariae from molluscs in lakes in central Alberta, Canada. This manuscript delves into the characterization of these cercariae through morphological and molecular techniques and provides the first genetic information for a zygocercous larval trematode. Analyses of cytochrome c oxidase I of mitochondrial DNA and two partial regions of nuclear ribosomal DNA sequences revealed the zygocercous cercariae to belong to the genus Australapatemon Sudarikov, 1959...
June 16, 2017: Parasitology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623170/nicotinic-acetylcholine-receptor-inhibitors-derived-from-snake-and-snail-venoms
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REVIEW
Sebastien Dutertre, Annette Nicke, Victor Tsetlin
The nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (nAChR) represents the prototype of ligand-gated ion channels. It is vital for neuromuscular transmission and an important regulator of neurotransmission. A variety of toxic compounds derived from diverse species target this receptor and have been of elemental importance in basic and applied research. They enabled milestone discoveries in pharmacology and biochemistry ranging from the original formulation of the receptor concept, the first isolation and structural analysis of a receptor protein (the nAChR) to the identification, localization, and differentiation of its diverse subtypes and their validation as a target for therapeutic intervention...
June 13, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622767/praziquantel-decreases-fecundity-in-schistosoma-mansoni-adult-worms-that-survive-treatment-evidence-from-a-laboratory-life-history-trade-offs-selection-study
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Poppy H L Lamberton, Christina L Faust, Joanne P Webster
BACKGROUND: Mass drug administration of praziquantel is the World Health Organization's endorsed control strategy for schistosomiasis. A decade of annual treatments across sub-Saharan Africa has resulted in significant reductions of infection prevalence and intensity levels, although 'hotspots' remain. Repeated drug treatments place strong selective pressures on parasites, which may affect life-history traits that impact transmission dynamics. Understanding drug treatment responses and the evolution of such traits can help inform on how to minimise the risk of drug resistance developing, maximise sustainable control programme success, and improve diagnostic protocols...
June 16, 2017: Infectious Diseases of Poverty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619672/point-of-care-diagnosis-of-multiple-schistosome-parasites-species-specific-dna-detection-in-urine-by-loop-mediated-isothermal-amplification-lamp
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Nilanjan Lodh, Kei Mikita, Kwabena M Bosompem, William K Anyan, Joseph K Quartey, Joseph Otchere, Clive J Shiff
Schistosomes are easily transmitted and high chance of repeat infection, so if control strategies based on targeted mass drug administration (MDA) are to succeed it is essential to have a test that is sensitive, accurate and simple to use. It is known and regularly demonstrated that praziquantel does not always eliminate an infection so in spite of the successes of control programs a residual of the reservoir survives to re-infect snails. The issue of diagnostic sensitivity becomes more critical in the assessment of program effectiveness...
June 12, 2017: Acta Tropica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619023/potential-for-adaptation-to-climate-change-family-level-variation-in-fitness-related-traits-and-their-responses-to-heat-waves-in-a-snail-population
#15
Katja Leicht, Katri Seppälä, Otto Seppälä
BACKGROUND: On-going global climate change poses a serious threat for natural populations unless they are able to evolutionarily adapt to changing environmental conditions (e.g. increasing average temperatures, occurrence of extreme weather events). A prerequisite for evolutionary change is within-population heritable genetic variation in traits subject to selection. In relation to climate change, mainly phenological traits as well as heat and desiccation resistance have been examined for such variation...
June 15, 2017: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616635/angiostrongylus-cantonensis-an-optimized-cultivation-of-this-parasitic-nematode-under-laboratory-conditions
#16
Hui Xie, Dongjuan Yuan, Shiqi Luo, Xingda Zeng, Xin Zeng, Ping He, Zhiyue Lv, Zhongdao Wu
Angiostrongylus cantonensis (A. cantonensis), a parasitic nematode, is the important neurotropic pathogen which causes human angiostrongyliasis. It has a complex life-cycle and severe parasite-host interaction in contrast to free-living nematode. Establishment of a well-suited life-cycle and in vitro cultivation of A. cantonensis in the laboratory will be one of the key techniques to elucidate the mechanism of parasite-host interaction. However, the low survival and growth rate of worms is still to be the problem...
June 14, 2017: Parasitology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615958/the-critical-role-of-egf-%C3%AE-catenin-signaling-in-the-epithelial-mesenchymal-transition-in-human-glioblastoma
#17
Xingqiang Wang, Shanshi Wang, Xiaolong Li, Shigang Jin, Feng Xiong, Xin Wang
To date, β-catenin has been reported to be implicated in mediating the epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) in a variety of human cancers, which can be triggered by EGF. However, the mechanisms underlying EGF-β-catenin pathway-induced EMT of glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) have not been reported previously. In the present study, immunohistochemistry, reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction, and Western blot were applied to investigate the effect of EGF-β-catenin pathway on EMT of GBM. Here, we identified that β-catenin mRNA and protein levels were up-regulated in GBM tissues and four kinds of glioblastoma cell lines, including T98G, A172, U87, and U251 cells, compared with normal brain tissue and astrocytes...
2017: OncoTargets and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615867/first-record-of-a-rare-transversotrematid-cercaria-larva-trematoda-digenea-from-rajasthan-india-focus-on-seasonal-occurrence-and-host-specificity-of-diverse-cercariae
#18
Shanti Lal Choubisa, Vishva Jeet Jaroli, Zulfiya Sheikh
During the survey of freshwater snail hosts and their digenean larval trematode parasites, a rare cercaria larva belonging to family Transversotrematidae and subclass Digenea (Trematoda) was recovered from the snail species Melanoides striatella tuberculata inhabiting perennial Som river of Udaipur district, Rajasthan, India. More than 28 % mature specimens of these snails were found to be infected with transversotrematid cercaria larvae in the spring season. Body of this cercaria is large, bowl-shaped, biocellate, spinose, transparent and laterally extended having two pigmented eye spots, two hold fast organs extended from the junction of body and tail, large tail with two foliated furcal rami, and cyclocoel intestinal caeca...
June 2017: Journal of Parasitic Diseases: Official Organ of the Indian Society for Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615628/glucocorticoids-ameliorate-tgf-%C3%AE-1-mediated-epithelial-to-mesenchymal-transition-of-airway-epithelium-through-mapk-and-snail-slug-signaling-pathways
#19
Hyun-Woo Yang, Seoung-Ae Lee, Jae-Min Shin, Il-Ho Park, Heung-Man Lee
Chronic rhinosinusitis with nasal polyps (CRSwNP) is closely associated with tissue remodeling. Epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT), a process of tissue remodeling, can be a therapeutic target of CRSwNP. Glucocorticoids are a type of steroid hormone that is used primarily in medical therapy for patients with CRSwNP; however, their effects on EMT in the airway epithelium remain unknown. To investigate the effects of dexamethasone and fluticasone propionate, a class of glucocorticoids, on transforming growth factor-β1 (TGF-β1) -induced EMT, we used A549 cells, human primary nasal epithelial cells (hPNECs) and ex vivo organ culture of the inferior turbinate...
June 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615299/ormeloxifene-suppresses-prostate-tumor-growth-and-metastatic-phenotypes-via-inhibition-of-oncogenic-%C3%AE-catenin-signaling-and-emt-progression
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Bilal Bin Hafeez, Aditya Ganju, Mohammed Sikander, Vivek K Kashyap, Zubair Bin Hafeez, Neeraj Chauhan, Shabnam Malik, Andrew E Massey, Manish K Tripathi, Fathi T Halaweish, Nadeem Zafar, Man M Singh, Murali M Yallapu, Meena Jaggi, Subhash C Chauhan
Ormeloxifene (ORM), is a clinically approved selective estrogen receptor modulator, which has also shown excellent anti-cancer activity, thus it can be an ideal repurposing pharmacophore. Herein, we report therapeutic effects of ORM on prostate cancer (PrCa) and elucidate a novel molecular mechanism of its anti-cancer activity. ORM treatment inhibited epithelial to mesenchymal transition (EMT) process as evident by repression of N-cadherin, Slug, Snail, and vimentin, MMPs (MMP2 and MMP3), β-catenin/TCF-4 transcriptional activity, and induced the expression of pGSK3β...
June 14, 2017: Molecular Cancer Therapeutics
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