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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919897/genetic-evidence-for-cytochrome-b-qi-site-inhibition-by-4-1h-quinolone-3-diarylethers-and-antimycin-in-toxoplasma-gondii
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P Holland Alday, Igor Bruzual, Aaron Nilsen, Sovitj Pou, Rolf Winter, Choukri Ben Mamoun, Michael K Riscoe, J Stone Doggett
Toxoplasma gondii is an apicomplexan parasite that causes fatal and debilitating brain and eye disease. Endochin-like-quinolones (ELQs) are preclinical compounds that are efficacious against apicomplexan-caused diseases including toxoplasmosis, malaria and babesiosis. Of the ELQs, ELQ-316 has demonstrated the greatest efficacy against acute and chronic experimental toxoplasmosis. Although genetic analyses in other organisms have highlighted the importance of the cytochrome bc1 complex Qi site for ELQ sensitivity, the mechanism of action of ELQs against T...
December 5, 2016: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913108/chicken-line-dependent-mortality-after-experimental-infection-with-three-type-iixiii-recombinant-toxoplasma-gondii-clones
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G Schares, D C Herrmann, P Maksimov, B Matzkeit, F J Conraths, G Moré, R Preisinger, S Weigend
Three genetically different clones of Toxoplasma gondii, also different in mouse virulence, were studied by experimental infection in chickens. For the experiments, four chicken lines were used, which differed in phylogenetic origin and performance level: two white egg layer lines, one with high laying performance (WLA), one with low (R11) and two brown layer lines, also displaying high (BLA) and low (L68) egg number. Chickens were intraperitoneally infected with three different T. gondii isolates representing type IIxIII recombinant clones, i...
November 29, 2016: Experimental Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909791/immunological-evaluation-of-a-dna-cocktail-vaccine-with-co-delivery-of-calcium-phosphate-nanoparticles-capns-against-the-toxoplasma-gondii-rh-strain-in-balb-c-mice
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Mohammad Taghi Rahimi, Shahabeddin Sarvi, Mahdi Sharif, Saeid Abediankenari, Ehsan Ahmadpour, Reza Valadan, Mahdi Fasihi- Ramandie, Seyed-Abdollah Hosseini, Ahmad Daryani
Many recent studies have been conducted to evaluate protective immunity mediated by DNA vaccines against toxoplasmosis. Cocktail DNA vaccines showed better immune responses compared to single vaccines. The objective of the current study was to evaluate the protective efficacy of rhomboid 4 (ROM4) and cocktail DNA vaccines (ROM4 + GRA14) of the Toxoplasma gondii RH strain with or without coated calcium phosphate nanoparticles (CaPNs) as the adjuvant to improve the immunogenicity against the T. gondii RH strain in BALB/c mice...
December 2, 2016: Parasitology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907933/evaluation-of-pregnant-and-postpartum-women-s-knowledge-about-toxoplasmosis-in-rio-grande-rs-brazil
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Lis Maurente Lehmann, Paula Costa Santos, Carlos James Scaini
Introduction Toxoplasmosis a parasitic zoonosis of global distribution, responsible for disorders during gestation can cause fetal death or congenital anomalies. Objective To evaluate the knowledge of toxoplasmosis among pregnant and postpartum women treated at the University Hospital of the city of Rio Grande, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. Methods This was a cross-sectional study of 100 pregnant and postpartum women at the University Hospital. Participants answered a self-administered questionnaire and gave consent for data relating to serological examinations to be abstracted from their medical records...
December 1, 2016: Revista Brasileira de Ginecologia e Obstetrícia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901620/etiology-and-clinical-features-of-ocular-inflammatory-diseases-in-a-tertiary-referral-centre-in-sydney-australia
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Sophia L Zagora, Richard Symes, Aaron Yeung, Will Yates, Denis Wakefield, Peter J McCluskey
PURPOSE: To report the pattern of uveitis in patients attending a tertiary uveitis service in Sydney, Australia. METHODS: The charts of patients seen between January 2009 and December 2015 were retrospectively reviewed. Data pertaining to patient demographics, eye examination on presentation, work-up and final diagnoses were collected. RESULTS: The total number of patients with uveitis seen over this period was 1165. There were 650 males (56%) and 515 females (44%)...
November 30, 2016: Ocular Immunology and Inflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901507/disseminated-toxoplasmosis-toxoplasma-gondii-in-a-wild-florida-manatee-trichechus-manatus-latirostris-and-seroprevalence-in-two-wild-populations
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Lauren N Smith, Thomas B Waltzek, David S Rotstein, Ruth Francis-Floyd, Michael T Walsh, James F X Wellehan, Rick Gerhold, Alycia E Chapman, Martine de Wit
Marine mammals are important indicators for ecosystem health and serve as sentinel species for infectious agents including zoonoses. Histological examination of tissues from a stranded Florida manatee Trichechus manatus latirostris revealed protozoal cysts in the cerebrum and intrahistiocytic tachyzoites in the liver and caudal mesenteric lymph node. Disseminated Toxoplasma gondii infection was confirmed by immunohistochemistry and sequencing of the nuclear ribosomal internal transcribed spacer region of formalin-fixed tissues...
November 22, 2016: Diseases of Aquatic Organisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895319/activation-of-chronic-toxoplasmosis-by-transportation-stress-in-a-mouse-model
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Bang Shen, Yuan Yuan, Jianxi Cheng, Ming Pan, Ningbo Xia, Weichao Zhang, Yifan Wang, Yanqin Zhou, Junlong Zhao
Toxoplasma gondii is an obligate intracellular parasite infecting 25% of the world population and enormous number of animals. It can exist in two forms in intermediate hosts: the fast replicating tachyzoites responsible for acute infection and the slowly replicating bradyzoites responsible for life-long chronic infection. The interconversion between tachyzoites and bradyzoites plays critical roles in the transmission and pathogenesis of T. gondii. However, the molecular mechanisms that govern the interconversion are largely unknown...
November 24, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895021/1-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-activity-of-sulfur-containing-linear-bisphosphonates-against-apicomplexan-parasites
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Sergio H Szajnman, Tamila Galaka, Zhu-Hong Li, Catherine Li, Nathan M Howell, María N Chao, Boris Striepen, Vasant Muralidharan, Silvia N J Moreno, Juan B Rodriguez
We tested a series of sulfur-containing linear bisphosphonates against Toxoplasma gondii, the etiologic agent of toxoplasmosis. The most potent compound ( 22: , 1-[(n-decylsulfonyl)ethyl]-1,1-biphosphonic acid) is a sulfone-containing compound, which had an EC50 of 0.11 ± 0.02 μM against intracellular tachyzoites. The compound showed low toxicity when tested in tissue culture with a selectivity index of >2,000. 22: also showed high activity in vivo in a toxoplasmosis mouse model. The compound inhibited the Toxoplasma farnesyl diphosphate synthase (TgFPPS) but the concentration needed to inhibit 50% of the enzymatic activity (IC50) was higher than the concentration that inhibited 50% of growth...
November 28, 2016: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894907/seroprevalence-and-spatial-distribution-of-toxoplasma-gondii-infection-in-cats-dogs-pigs-and-equines-of-the-fernando-de-noronha-island-brazil
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Fernando J R Magalhães, Müller Ribeiro-Andrade, Fátima M Souza, Carlos D F Lima Filho, Alexander Welker Biondo, Odilon Vidotto, Italmar Teodorico Navarro, Rinaldo A Mota
Little is known about toxoplasmosis in animals of the Fernando de Noronha Island, Brazil. Therefore, we investigated the prevalence of Toxoplasma gondii infection in the total population of pet cats (n=348), dogs (n=320), pigs (n=27), equines (n=101), as well as a significant portion of the population of feral cats (n=247) of the Island by Indirect Fluorescent Antibody Test. Anti-T. gondii IgG antibodies were found in 71.26%, 54.74%, 48.75%, 51.85% and 22.7%, of the pet and feral cats, dogs, pigs and equines, respectively, demonstrating a high prevalence of T...
November 25, 2016: Parasitology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894616/histopathological-lesions-in-encephalon-and-heart-of-mice-infected-with-toxoplasma-gondii-increase-after-lycopodium-clavatum-200dh-treatment
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Andréia Vieira Pereira, Marcelo Biondaro Góis, Katiucha Rebeca Jennifer Lopes Lera, Gislane Janaina Falkowski-Temporini, Paula Fernanda Massini, Ricardo Nascimento Drozino, Denise Lessa Aleixo, Milena Menegazzo Miranda, Paulo da Silva Watanabe, Ivete Conchon-Costa, Idessania Nazareth da Costa, Mário Dos Anjos Neto Filho, Silvana Marques de Araújo, Wander Rogério Pavanelli
In many cases, symptoms of toxoplasmosis are mistaken for the ones of other infectious diseases. Clinical signs are rare in immunocompetent people. However, when they arise, in the acute phase of infection, several organs are affected due to the rapid spread of tachyzoites through the bloodstream. In the present study, the reduction of tachyzoites in peripheral blood of mice of G72 (infected 72h after treatment) and G48 (infected 48h after treatment and treated three more times), when compared with IC (infected and non-treated), suggests protective effect exerted by Lycopodium clavatum...
November 18, 2016: Pathology, Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27892751/decline-in-ocular-toxoplasmosis-over-40-years-at-a-tertiary-referral-practice-in-the-united-states
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Joshua H Hou, Sarju S Patel, Asim V Farooq, Asad A Qadir, Howard H Tessler, Debra A Goldstein
PURPOSE: To identify whether there has been a decline in ocular toxoplasmosis at a tertiary uveitis practice. METHODS: Retrospective review of new patients at the University of Illinois Uveitis Service from 1973 to 2012. RESULTS: There were 6820 patients with adequate records for inclusion; 323 (4.7%) were diagnosed with ocular toxoplasmosis. There was a 78.0% decline in prevalence of ocular toxoplasmosis from 2008 to 2012 compared with 1973 to 1977...
November 28, 2016: Ocular Immunology and Inflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889209/structural-basis-for-the-subversion-of-map-kinase-signaling-by-an-intrinsically-disordered-parasite-secreted-agonist
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Erika Pellegrini, Andrés Palencia, Laurence Braun, Ulrike Kapp, Alexandre Bougdour, Hassan Belrhali, Matthew W Bowler, Mohamed-Ali Hakimi
The causative agent of toxoplasmosis, the intracellular parasite Toxoplasma gondii, delivers a protein, GRA24, into the cells it infects that interacts with the mitogen-activated protein (MAP) kinase p38α (MAPK14), leading to activation and nuclear translocation of the host kinase and a subsequent inflammatory response that controls the progress of the parasite. The purification of a recombinant complex of GRA24 and human p38α has allowed the molecular basis of this activation to be determined. GRA24 is shown to be intrinsically disordered, binding two kinases that act independently, and is the only factor required to bypass the canonical mitogen-activated protein kinase activation pathway...
November 14, 2016: Structure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27886451/activity-of-fluorine-containing-analogues-of-wc-9-and-structurally-related-analogues-against-two-intracellular-parasites-trypanosoma-cruzi-and-toxoplasma-gondii
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María N Chao, Catherine Li, Melissa Storey, Bruno N Falcone, Sergio H Szajnman, Sergio M Bonesi, Roberto Docampo, Silvia N J Moreno, Juan B Rodriguez
Two obligate intracellular parasites, Trypanosoma cruzi, the agent of Chagas disease, and Toxoplasma gondii, an agent of toxoplasmosis, upregulate the mevalonate pathway of their host cells upon infection, which suggests that this host pathway could be a potential drug target. In this work, a number of compounds structurally related to WC-9 (4-phenoxyphenoxyethyl thiocyanate), a known squalene synthase inhibitor, were designed, synthesized, and evaluated for their effect on T. cruzi and T. gondii growth in tissue culture cells...
November 25, 2016: ChemMedChem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27884585/the-successful-treatment-of-5-fluorouracil-5-fu-overdose-in-a-patient-with-malignancy-and-hiv-aids-with-uridine-triacetate
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Cynthia Santos, Brent W Morgan, Robert J Geller
According to the NIH, about 275000 patients receive treatment with 5-Fluorouracil (5-FU) and more than 1300 die from 5-FU toxicity every year from life-threatening myelosuppression, gastrointestinal complications, and neurotoxicity. Immunocompromised persons are at higher risk of developing toxicity. Recently uridine triacetate (Vistagard®) has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as the only specific antidote available for 5-FU poisoning. In a clinical trial (n=135), 96% of patients with 5-FU toxicity recovered after treatment, where as in a historical control group only 10% survived...
November 15, 2016: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27882868/seroprevalence-of-toxoplasma-gondii-infection-and-risk-factors-in-domestic-sheep-in-henan-province-central-china
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Nian Zhang, Shuai Wang, Dong Wang, Chaoying Li, Zhenchao Zhang, Zhijun Yao, Tingting Li, Qing Xie, Shiguo Liu, Haizhu Zhang
Sheep are highly susceptible to infections with Toxoplasma gondii and play a major role in the transmission of toxoplasmosis to humans. In the present study, 779 serum samples from sheep were collected from Henan province, central China from March 2015 to May 2016, and antibodies to T. gondii were detected by modified agglutination test (MAT). The overall seroprevalence of T. gondii in sheep was 12.71% (99/779). The risk factors significantly associated with T. gondii seroprevalence were the geographical origin, age, presence of cats, and the rearing system...
2016: Parasite: Journal de la Société Française de Parasitologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27882478/unexpected-hosts-imaging-parasitic-diseases
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REVIEW
Pablo Rodríguez Carnero, Paula Hernández Mateo, Susana Martín-Garre, Ángela García Pérez, Lourdes Del Campo
Radiologists seldom encounter parasitic diseases in their daily practice in most of Europe, although the incidence of these diseases is increasing due to migration and tourism from/to endemic areas. Moreover, some parasitic diseases are still endemic in certain European regions, and immunocompromised individuals also pose a higher risk of developing these conditions. This article reviews and summarises the imaging findings of some of the most important and frequent human parasitic diseases, including information about the parasite's life cycle, pathophysiology, clinical findings, diagnosis, and treatment...
November 23, 2016: Insights Into Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27877000/psychiatric-aspects-of-toxoplasmosis-an-indian-perspective
#17
Ajish G Mangot
Toxoplasma gondii is one of the well-studied parasites because of its medical and veterinary importance, and its suitability as a model for cell biology and molecular studies. Latent toxoplasmosis in an immunocompetent host was considered benign until recently. The importance of this parasite has been steadily rising in the field of psychiatry and neurology as it has been implicated in numerous neuropsychiatric disorders. Researchers in India have unfortunately restricted themselves to finding the prevalence of toxoplasma antibodies in special populations and animals...
December 2016: Journal of Parasitic Diseases: Official Organ of the Indian Society for Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27876989/seroprevalence-of-toxoplasmosis-in-diabetic-pregnant-women-in-southwestern-of-iran
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Jasem Saki, Shahla Shafieenia, Masoud Foroutan-Rad
To investigate anti-Toxoplasma gondii IgG and IgM antibodies in diabetic pregnant women in Ahvaz, southwest of Iran this experiment was performed. In current study the sera of 110 diabetic pregnant women as well as 110 non diabetic pregnant women referred to the hospitals affiliated with the Ahvaz Jundishapur University of Medical Sciences were assessed for anti-T. gondii IgG and IgM antibodies by ELISA and IFA methods. The ELISA assessments showed that 47 (42.7 %) and 3 (2.7 %) of diabetic women were positive for IgG and IgM antibodies, respectively...
December 2016: Journal of Parasitic Diseases: Official Organ of the Indian Society for Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27876967/in-vivo-effect-of-anti-tnf-agent-etanercept-in-reactivation-of-latent-toxoplasmosis
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Nagwa Mostafa El-Sayed, Khadiga Ahmed Ismail, Abeer Fathy Badawy, Khaled Fathy Elhasanein
Toxoplasma gondii (T. gondii), an intracellular parasite, establishes a chronic infection by forming cysts preferentially in the brain. TNF-α plays an important role in controlling the infection caused by this protozoan. Thus, the blockade of TNF-α could cause reactivation of latent toxoplasmosis infection as well as increase the risk of acute toxoplasmosis. This study evaluated the effect of etanercept, a TNF-α antagonist in reactivation of latent toxoplasmosis compared to the therapeutic effect of sulfadiazine and pyrimethamine in combination on the progress of the disease...
December 2016: Journal of Parasitic Diseases: Official Organ of the Indian Society for Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27876900/the-common-zoonotic-protozoal-diseases-causing-abortion
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REVIEW
Raafat Mohamed Shaapan
Toxoplasmosis, neosporosis, sarcosporidiosis (sarcocystosis) and trypanosomiasis are the common zoonotic protozoal diseases causing abortion which caused by single-celled protozoan parasites; Toxoplasma gondii, Neospora caninum, Sarcocystis spp and Trypanosoma evansi, respectively. Toxoplasmosis is generally considered the most important disease that causing abortion of both pregnant women and different female animals throughout the world, about third of human being population had antibodies against T. gondii...
December 2016: Journal of Parasitic Diseases: Official Organ of the Indian Society for Parasitology
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