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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911051/sylvatic-transmission-of-trypanosoma-cruzi-among-domestic-and-wildlife-reservoirs-in-texas-usa-a-review-of-the-historical-literature
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REVIEW
S M Gunter, E L Brown, R Gorchakov, K O Murray, M N Garcia
Chagas disease (Trypanosoma cruzi infection) is one of the most important neglected tropical diseases affecting the Americas. The transmission dynamic of this parasite is a complicated process that involves three genera of Triatominae subfamily and over 100 known mammalian reservoirs composed of domestic, peridomestic and wildlife species. Understanding the complex relationship between vector species and mammalian hosts is important for preventing transmission to humans. We performed a historical literature review to assess the disease burden in the Texas wildlife and domestic animal population...
December 2, 2016: Zoonoses and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907255/a-hyperspectral-image-can-predict-tropical-tree-growth-rates-in-single-species-stands
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T Trevor Caughlin, Sarah J Graves, Gregory P Asner, Michiel van Breugel, Jefferson S Hall, Roberta E Martin, Mark S Ashton, Stephanie A Bohlman
Remote sensing is increasingly needed to meet the critical demand for estimates of forest structure and composition at landscape to continental scales. Hyperspectral images can detect tree canopy properties, including species identity, leaf chemistry and disease. Tree growth rates are related to these measurable canopy properties but whether growth can be directly predicted from hyperspectral data remains unknown. We used a single hyperspectral image and light detection and ranging-derived elevation to predict growth rates for 20 tropical tree species planted in experimental plots...
December 2016: Ecological Applications: a Publication of the Ecological Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907248/mycobacterium-ulcerans-toxin-mycolactone-may-enhance-host-seeking-and-oviposition-behavior-by-aedes-aegypti-l-diptera-culicidae
#3
M L Sanders, H R Jordan, C Serewis-Pond, L Zheng, M E Benbow, P L Small, J K Tomberlin
The ecological functions of many toxins continue to remain unknown for those produced by environmental pathogens. Mycobacterium ulcerans, the causative agent of the neglected tropical disease, Buruli ulcer, produces a cytotoxic macrolide, mycolactone, whose function(s) in the environment remains elusive. Through a series of dual-choice behavior assays, we show that mycolactone may be an interkingdom cue for the yellow fever mosquito, Aedes aegypti, seeking blood-meals as well as oviposition sites. Results provide novel insight into the evolution between bacteria and potential vectors...
December 1, 2016: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906985/egypt-its-artists-intellectuals-and-neglected-tropical-diseases
#4
EDITORIAL
Peter J Hotez, Moustapha Kassem
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 2016: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906059/a-mitochondrial-hsp70-hspa9b-is-linked-to-miltefosine-resistance-and-stress-response-in-leishmania-donovani
#5
P Vacchina, B Norris-Mullins, E S Carlson, M A Morales
BACKGROUND: Protozoan parasites of the genus Leishmania are responsible for leishmaniasis, a neglected tropical disease affecting millions worldwide. Visceral leishmaniasis (VL), caused by Leishmania donovani, is the most severe form of leishmaniasis with high rates of mortality if left untreated. Current treatments include pentavalent antimonials and amphotericin B. However, high toxicity and emergence of resistance hinder the success of these options. Miltefosine (HePC) is the first oral treatment available for leishmaniasis...
December 1, 2016: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905280/diagnosis-and-species-discrimination-of-positive-malaria-samples-by-real-time-polymerase-chain-reaction
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Esra Atalay Şahar, Muhammet Karakavuk, Hüseyin Can, Şebnem Nergiz, Kadri Gül, Aysu Değirmenci Döşkaya, Yüksel Gürüz, Mert Döşkaya
OBJECTIVE: Malaria is an important tropical disease that is detected in 198 million people and causes 367-755 thousand deaths annually. Recently, the real-time Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) technique has enabled quick determination of Plasmodium spp. and species identification in the same assay with a low contamination risk. In the present study, we aimed to use real-time PCR targeting the 18S rRNA gene to diagnose Plasmodium spp. and perform species identification. METHODS: DNA samples of 15 patients with malaria (14 caused by P...
September 2016: Türkiye Parazitolojii Dergisi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905279/cloning-of-the-dna-vaccine-candidate-lack-gene-of-leishmania-infantum
#7
Serkan Karaca, Şirin Sahra Ceylan, Süleyman Yazar, Salih Kuk
OBJECTIVE: Leishmaniasis is caused by an obligate intracellular protozoa belonging to Leishmania genus and listed among major tropical diseases by WHO. Because of the high costs, toxicity, and adverse effects of routinely used compounds in the treatment, alternative treatment and vaccine studies are underway. An effective vaccine has not been developed to date. In this study, we aimed to clone one of the most promising DNA vaccine candidates: the homolog-activated C kinase (LACK) gene of Leishmania infantum...
September 2016: Türkiye Parazitolojii Dergisi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904956/some-nontoxic-metal-based-drugs-for-selected-prevalent-tropical-pathogenic-diseases
#8
REVIEW
Saliu A Amolegbe, Caroline A Akinremi, Sheriff Adewuyi, Amudat Lawal, Mercy O Bamigboye, Joshua A Obaleye
Metal coordination of bioorganic compounds from both natural and synthetic products is not only gaining recognition in drug design and medicinal inorganic chemistry research, also they are being considered in the improvement of the bioactivity of drugs. What is done in this paper is a review of recent advances in the study of coordination-driven drug delivery, i.e., metal-based drugs (MBDs). The role of some late first row transition metal ions namely Fe, Cu and Zn in the biological activities of metallodrugs such as antimalarials and antimicrobials are highlighted...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Biological Inorganic Chemistry: JBIC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904882/first-case-of-actinomycetoma-in-france-due-to-a-novel-nocardia-species-nocardia-boironii-sp-nov
#9
Jacques M Gilquin, Brigitte Riviere, Valme Jurado, Bernard Audouy, Jean-Baptiste Kouatche, Emmanuelle Bergeron, Delphine Mouniée, Thierry Molina, Philippe Faure, Cesáreo Saiz-Jimenez, Verónica Rodríguez-Nava
Bacterial mycetoma is a neglected disease mainly observed in tropical area countries and typically associated with rural conditions, making its presence in developed countries of temperate climate areas rare. However, we report the first case of an autochthonous mycetoma case in continental France that originated from a new Nocardia species. A Gram-positive filamentous bacterium (OFN 14.177(T)) was isolated from a pus sample from the mycetoma of a male French patient 92 years old suffering from chronic lymphocytic leukemia...
November 2016: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903317/laboratory-surveillance-of-arboviral-infections-in-a-southern-france-region-colonized-by-aedes-albopictus
#10
L Cadot, M Segondy, V Foulongne
The establishment of Aedes albopictus in southern France, a recognized competent vector for several arboviruses, represents a new threat for the local transmission and spread of what were until recently considered as tropical diseases. A preparedness and response plan, based on vigilance of both clinicians and laboratories, has introduced significant changes in guidelines and behaviour regarding patients' care specifically during the activity period of mosquitoes. In the present study, we report the results of a 1-year activity in arboviral infection diagnosis...
December 1, 2016: Epidemiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903286/carrion-s-disease-an-eradicable-illness
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Cláudia Gomes, Maria J Pons, Juana Del Valle Mendoza, Joaquim Ruiz
Carrion's disease is a neglected tropical disease caused by Bartonella bacilliformis, a vector-borne pathogen restricted to the Andean valleys of Peru, Ecuador and Colombia. Carrion's disease is a biphasic illness; in the acute phase the case-fatality rate can be as high as 88 %, related to high parasitemia, arriving to almost all erythrocytes, and secondary bacterial infections close related with the development of transient immunosuppression in the earlier illness phases. In addition, there are an undefined number of asymptomatic carriers that are reservoirs of the etiological agent of Carrion's disease in endemic areas, they make take into account due to they are the perpetuators of this disease...
December 1, 2016: Infectious Diseases of Poverty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903067/predicting-the-spatial-distribution-of-biomphalaria-straminea-a-potential-intermediate-host-for-schistosoma-mansoni-in-china
#12
Mohamed R Habib, Yun-Hai Guo, Shan Lv, Wen-Biao Gu, Xiao-Heng Li, Xiao-Nong Zhou
Schistosomiasis is one of the most prevalent parasitic diseases impacting human health in the tropics and sub-tropics. The geographic distribution of Schistosoma mansoni, the most widespread species, includes areas in Africa, the Middle East, South America and the Caribbean. Snails of the genus Biomphalaria act as intermediate host for S. mansoni. Biomphalaria straminea is not indigenous in China but was accidentally introduced to Hong Kong from South America and has spread to other habitats in the southern parts of the country...
November 29, 2016: Geospatial Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903058/space-time-epidemiology-and-effect-of-meteorological-parameters-on-influenza-like-illness-in-phitsanulok-a-northern-province-in-thailand
#13
Prakash Madhav Nimbalkar, Nitin Kumar Tripathi
Influenza-like illness (ILI) is an acute respiratory disease that remains a public health concern for its ability to circulate globally affecting any age group and gender causing serious illness with mortality risk. Comprehensive assessment of the spatio-temporal dynamics of ILI is a prerequisite for effective risk assessment and application of control measures. Though meteorological parameters, such as rainfall, average relative humidity and temperature, influence ILI and represent crucial information for control of this disease, the relation between the disease and these variables is not clearly understood in tropical climates...
November 21, 2016: Geospatial Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902321/the-serology-of-ebolavirus-a-wider-geographical-range-a-wider-genus-of-viruses-or-a-wider-range-of-virulence
#14
Magdalena Formella, Derek Gatherer
Viruses of the genus Ebolavirus are the causative agents of Ebola virus disease (EVD), of which there have been only 25 recorded outbreaks since the discovery of Zaire and Sudan ebolaviruses in the late 1970s. Until the west African outbreak commencing in late 2013, EVD was confined to an area of central Africa stretching from the coast of Gabon through the Congo river basin and eastward to the Great Lakes. Nevertheless, population serological studies since 1976, most of which were carried out in the first two decades after that date, have suggested a wider distribution and more frequent occurrence across tropical Africa...
October 21, 2016: Journal of General Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901062/assessing-the-feasibility-of-fly-based-surveillance-of-wildlife-infectious-diseases
#15
Constanze Hoffmann, Melanie Stockhausen, Kevin Merkel, Sébastien Calvignac-Spencer, Fabian H Leendertz
Monitoring wildlife infectious agents requires acquiring samples suitable for analyses, which is often logistically demanding. A possible alternative to invasive or non-invasive sampling of wild-living vertebrates is the use of vertebrate material contained in invertebrates feeding on them, their feces, or their remains. Carrion flies have been shown to contain vertebrate DNA; here we investigate whether they might also be suitable for wildlife pathogen detection. We collected 498 flies in Taï National Park, Côte d'Ivoire, a tropical rainforest and examined them for adenoviruses (family Adenoviridae), whose DNA is frequently shed in feces of local mammals...
November 30, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898163/the-puerto-rico-journal-of-public-health-and-tropical-medicine-1925-1950-from-a-health-department-bulletin-to-a-upr-school-of-tropical-medicine-scientific-journal
#16
Raúl Mayo-Santana
This essay presents a history of the scientific journal of the University of Puerto Rico, School of Tropical Medicine (STM) under the auspices of Columbia University: The Puerto Rico Journal of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. This is the third article in a historical series about the STM, and includes supporting information relevant to the forthcoming articles on the school's scientific endeavors. This article is conceived as a history from the perspective of the literature of journal genre in the field of tropical medicine...
December 2016: Puerto Rico Health Sciences Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27897311/the-evolutionary-and-clinical-implications-of-the-uneven-distribution-of-the-frequency-of-the-inherited-haemoglobin-variants-over-short-geographical-distances
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Anuja Premawardhena, Angela Allen, Fred Piel, Chris Fisher, Laxman Perera, Rexan Rodrigo, Gayan Goonathilaka, Lebbe Ramees, Tim Peto, Nancy Olivieri, David Weatherall
Studies of the frequency of heterozygous carriers for common inherited diseases of haemoglobin in over 7500 adolescent children in 25 districts in Sri Lanka have disclosed a highly significant variation over very short geographical distances. A further analysis of these findings, including their relationship to the past frequency and distribution of malaria, climatic variation, altitude, ethnic origin and consanguinity rates, have provided evidence regarding the evolutionary basis for the variable distribution of these conditions over short distances...
November 29, 2016: British Journal of Haematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896890/diterpenes-as-lead-molecules-against-neglected-tropical-diseases
#18
REVIEW
Marcus Vinícius Oliveira Barros de Alencar, João Marcelo de Castro E Sousa, Hercília Maria Lins Rolim, Maria das Graças Freire de Medeiros, Gilberto Santos Cerqueira, Fernanda Regina de Castro Almeida, Antônia Maria das Graças Lopes Citó, Paulo Michel Pinheiro Ferreira, José Arimatéia Dantas Lopes, Ana Amélia de Carvalho Melo-Cavalcante, Md Torequl Islam
Nowadays, neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) are reported to be present everywhere. Poor and developing areas in the world have received great attention to NTDs. Drug resistance, safety profile, and various challenges stimulate the search for alternative medications. Plant-based drugs are viewed with great interest, as they are believed to be devoid of side effects. Diterpenes, a family of essential oils, have showed attractive biological effects. A systematic review of the literature was carried out to summarize available evidences of diterpenes against NTDs...
November 29, 2016: Phytotherapy Research: PTR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896634/th9-cells-in-skin-disorders
#19
REVIEW
Rachael A Clark, Christoph Schlapbach
Interleukin 9 secreting TH9 cells have been proposed as the latest addition to the family of T helper cell subsets. While a growing body of evidence from animal models points to important roles for these cells in allergic inflammation of the lung, autoinflammation of the gastrointestinal tract, and tumor immunity, their role in skin immunity and skin immunopathology remains poorly defined. Interestingly, studies of T helper cells from healthy humans suggest that TH9 cells are predominantly skin-homing and skin-resident and that they are involved in protection against extracellular pathogens...
November 28, 2016: Seminars in Immunopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896023/ceratopogonidae-diptera-nematocera-of-the-piedmont-of-the-yungas-forests-of-tucum%C3%A3-n-ecology-and-distribution
#20
José Manuel Direni Mancini, Cecilia Adriana Veggiani-Aybar, Ana Denise Fuenzalida, Mercedes Sara Lizarralde de Grosso, María Gabriela Quintana
Within the Ceratopogonidae family, many genera transmit numerous diseases to humans and animals, while others are important pollinators of tropical crops. In the Yungas ecoregion of Argentina, previous systematic and ecological research on Ceratopogonidae focused on Culicoides, since they are the main transmitters of mansonelliasis in northwestern Argentina; however, few studies included the genera Forcipomyia, Dasyhelea, Atrichopogon, Alluaudomyia, Echinohelea, and Bezzia. Therefore, the objective of this study was to determine the presence and abundance of Ceratopogonidae in this region, their association with meteorological variables, and their variation in areas disturbed by human activity...
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