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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437885/sesquiterpenes-evaluation-on-schistosoma-mansoni-survival-excretory-system-and-membrane-integrity
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Rosimeire Nunes de Oliveira, Karina Rodrigues Dos Santos, Tiago Manuel Fernandes Mendes, Vera Lúcia Garcia, Adriana Silva Santos Oliveira, Veronica de Lourdes Sierpe Jeraldo, Silmara Marques Allegretti
The main challenge in schistosomiasis control has been the emergence of drug-resistant parasites. Since the 1970's, praziquantel (PZQ) is the single drug for treatment. This fact highlights the importance to research news chemotherapeutic agents. In the last years, S. mansoni excretory system and tegument have been major targets for drug development. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effect of sesquiterpenes, alpha-humulene and trans-caryophyllene on S. mansoni survival, excretory system and membrane integrity, after in vitro exposure...
April 19, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437733/the-establishment-of-in%C3%A2-vitro-culture-and-drug-screening-systems-for-a-newly-isolated-strain-of-trypanosoma-equiperdum
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Keisuke Suganuma, Shino Yamasaki, Nthatisi Innocentia Molefe, Peter Simon Musinguzi, Batdorj Davaasuren, Ehab Mossaad, Sandagdorj Narantsatsral, Banzragch Battur, Badgar Battsetseg, Noboru Inoue
Dourine is caused by Trypanosoma equiperdum via coitus with an infected horse. Although dourine is distributed in Equidae worldwide and is listed as an internationally important animal disease by the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), no effective treatment strategies have been established. In addition, there are no reports on drug discovery, because no drug screening system exists for this parasite. A new T. equiperdum strain was recently isolated from the genital organ of a stallion that showed typical symptoms of dourine...
April 13, 2017: International Journal for Parasitology, Drugs and Drug Resistance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437604/antiplasmodial-mode-of-action-of-pantothenamides-pantothenate-kinase-serves-as-a-metabolic-activator-not-as-a-target
#3
Marianne de Villiers, Christina Spry, Cristiano Joao Macuamule, Leanne Barnard, Gordon Wells, Kevin J Saliba, Erick Strauss
N-substituted pantothenamides (PanAms) are pantothenate analogues with up to nanomolar potency against blood-stage Plasmodium falciparum (the most virulent species responsible for malaria). Although these compounds are known to target coenzyme A (CoA) biosynthesis and/or utilization, their exact mode of action (MoA) is still unknown. Importantly, PanAms that retain the natural β-alanine moiety are more potent than other variants, consistent with the involvement of processes that are selective for pantothenate (the precursor of CoA) or its derivatives...
April 24, 2017: ACS Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437583/natural-selection-on-mhc-ii%C3%AE-in-parapatric-lake-and-stream-stickleback-balancing-divergent-both-or-neither
#4
William E Stutz, Daniel I Bolnick
Major histocompatibility (MHC) genes encode proteins that play a central role in vertebrates' adaptive immunity to parasites. MHC loci are among the most polymorphic in vertebrates' genomes, inspiring many studies to identify evolutionary processes driving MHC polymorphism within populations, and divergence between populations. Leading hypotheses include balancing selection favoring rare alleles within populations, and spatially divergent selection. These hypotheses do not always produce diagnosably distinct predictions, causing many studies of MHC to yield inconsistent or ambiguous results...
April 24, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437083/dual-plug-and-display-synthetic-assembly-using-orthogonal-reactive-proteins-for-twin-antigen-immunization
#5
Karl Brune, Can Buldun, Yuanyuan Li, Iona Taylor, Florian Brod, Sumi Biswas, Mark Howarth
Engineering modular platforms to control biomolecular architecture can advance both the understanding and manipulation of biological systems. Icosahedral particles uniformly displaying single antigens stimulate potent immune activation and have been successful in various licensed vaccines. However, it remains challenging to display multiple antigens on a single particle, to induce broader immunity protective across strains or even against distinct diseases. Here we design a dually-addressable synthetic nanoparticle, by engineering the multimerizing coiled-coil IMX313 and two orthogonally-reactive split proteins...
April 24, 2017: Bioconjugate Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436457/fasciola-hepatica-glycoconjugates-immuneregulate-dendritic-cells-through-the-dendritic-cell-specific-intercellular-adhesion-molecule-3-grabbing-non-integrin-inducing-t-cell-anergy
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Ernesto Rodríguez, Hakan Kalay, Verónica Noya, Natalie Brossard, Cecilia Giacomini, Yvette van Kooyk, Juan J García-Vallejo, Teresa Freire
Dendritic cell-specific ICAM-3 grabbing non-integrin (DC-SIGN) expressed on a variety of DCs, is a C-type lectin receptor that recognizes glycans on a diverse range of pathogens, including parasites. The interaction of DC-SIGN with pathogens triggers specific signaling events that modulate DC-maturation and activity and regulate T-cell activation by DCs. In this work we evaluate whether F. hepatica glycans can immune modulate DCs via DC-SIGN. We demonstrate that DC-SIGN interacts with F. hepatica glycoconjugates through mannose and fucose residues...
April 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436089/a-novel-dense-granule-protein-gra41-regulates-timing-of-egress-and-calcium-sensitivity-in-toxoplasma-gondii
#7
Kaice A LaFavers, Karla M Márquez-Nogueras, Isabelle Coppens, Silvia N J Moreno, Gustavo Arrizabalaga
Toxoplasma gondii is an obligate intracellular apicomplexan parasite with high seroprevalence in humans. Repeated lytic cycles of invasion, replication and egress drive both the propagation and the virulence of this parasite. Key steps in this cycle, including invasion and egress, depend on tightly regulated calcium fluxes and, while many of the calcium-dependent effectors have been identified, the factors that detect and regulate the calcium fluxes are mostly unknown. To address this knowledge gap, we used a forward genetic approach to isolate mutants resistant to extracellular exposure to the calcium ionophore A23187...
April 24, 2017: Cellular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435875/mandrills-use-olfaction-to-socially-avoid-parasitized-conspecifics
#8
Clémence Poirotte, François Massol, Anaïs Herbert, Eric Willaume, Pacelle M Bomo, Peter M Kappeler, Marie J E Charpentier
The evolutionary transition from a solitary to a social lifestyle entails an elevated parasite cost because the social proximity associated with group living favors parasite transmission. Despite this cost, sociality is widespread in a large range of taxonomic groups. In this context, hosts would be expected to have evolved behavioral mechanisms to reduce the risk of parasite infection. Few empirical studies have focused on the influence of pathogen-mediated selection on the evolution of antiparasitic behavior in wild vertebrates...
April 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435762/laboratory-diagnosis-of-scabies-using-a-simple-saline-mount-a-clinical-microbiologist-s-report
#9
Venkataramana Kandi
Scabies is a skin condition caused by infestation of the mite Sarcoptes scabiei. Sarcoptes scabiei var. hominis is an arthropod member belonging to the order Acarina. Scabies is present throughout the world and is prevalent in all age groups, mostly involving people frequently in contact with animals, children, women, and elderly people. Predisposing factors for scabies include individuals with immunosuppressive conditions and people residing under low socioeconomic conditions. Skin lesions that occur during mite infestation closely resemble dermatological disorders caused by microbes, including fungi, parasites, and viruses...
March 19, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435533/discovery-of-antimalarial-azetidine-2-carbonitriles-that-inhibit-p-falciparum-dihydroorotate-dehydrogenase
#10
Micah Maetani, Nobutaka Kato, Valquiria A P Jabor, Felipe A Calil, Maria Cristina Nonato, Christina A Scherer, Stuart L Schreiber
Dihydroorotate dehydrogenase (DHODH) is an enzyme necessary for pyrimidine biosynthesis in protozoan parasites of the genus Plasmodium, the causative agents of malaria. We recently reported the identification of novel compounds derived from diversity-oriented synthesis with activity in multiple stages of the malaria parasite life cycle. Here, we report the optimization of a potent series of antimalarial inhibitors consisting of azetidine-2-carbonitriles, which we had previously shown to target P. falciparum DHODH in a biochemical assay...
April 13, 2017: ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435382/myobiid-mites-trombidiformes-myobiidae-of-the-golden-bat-mimon-cozumelae-from-mexico-description-of-the-male-and-tritonymph-of-ioanella-mimon-and-new-records-of-eudusbabekia-mimon
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Angel Herrera-Mares, Carmen Guzmán-Cornejo, Livia León-Paniagua, Gerardo Rivas
The male and the tritonymph of Ioanella mimon are described for the first time parasitizing to Mimon cozumelae from Yucatan, Mexico. Male of Ioanella mimon is characterized by the presence of legs I with the tibia and tarsus fused forming a small complex devoided of apical claws, legs II-IV with two claws, setae vi at level of anterior end of genital plate, genital plate rounded with an anterior projection, all intercoxal setae short; while the tritonymph is characterized by the presence of legs I unequal; legs II-IV with 2-1-1 claws, and posterior region of dorsal idiosoma with 3 pairs of cylindrical and toothed setae...
2017: ZooKeys
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435310/tropical-diseases-of-the-myocardium-a-review
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REVIEW
Zoe C Groom, Aristotle D Protopapas, Vasileios Zochios
Cardiovascular diseases are widely distributed throughout the world. Human parasitic infections are ubiquitous. Tropical parasites are increasingly recognized as causes of cardiovascular diseases. In this review, we address the most frequently reported parasites that directly infect the myocardium, including Trypanosoma cruzi, the protozoal causative agent of American trypanosomiasis (Chagas disease), and Taenia solium, the cestode causative agent of taeniasis and cysticercosis. We also discuss tropical endomyocardial fibrosis, trichinellosis and schistosomiasis...
2017: International Journal of General Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435221/phenotypic-evaluation-and-in-silico-admet-properties-of-novel-arylimidamides-in-acute-mouse-models-of-trypanosoma-cruzi-infection
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Cristiane França da Silva, Denise da Gama Jaén Batista, Julianna Siciliano de Araújo, Edézio Ferreira Cunha-Junior, Chad E Stephens, Moloy Banerjee, Abdelbasset A Farahat, Senol Akay, Mary K Fisher, David W Boykin, Maria de Nazaré Correia Soeiro
Arylimidamides (AIAs), previously termed as reversed amidines, present a broad spectrum of activity against intracellular microorganisms. In the present study, three novel AIAs were evaluated in a mouse model of Trypanosoma cruzi infection, which is the causative agent of Chagas disease. The bis-AIAs DB1957, DB1959 and DB1890 were chosen based on a previous screening of their scaffolds that revealed a very promising trypanocidal effect at nanomolar range against both the bloodstream trypomastigotes (BTs) and the intracellular forms of the parasite...
2017: Drug Design, Development and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434998/use-of-two-photon-microscopy-to-study-leishmania-major-infection-of-the-skin
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REVIEW
Matheus Batista Carneiro, Leah Shan Hohman, Jackson G Egen, Nathan C Peters
Intra-vital two-photon microscopy (2P-IVM) allows for in-situ investigation of tissue organization, cell behavior and the dynamic interactions between different cell types in their natural environment. This methodology has also expanded our understanding of the immune response against pathogens. Leishmania are protozoan intracellular parasites that have adapted to successfully establish infection within the context of an inflammatory response in the skin following transmission by the bite of an infected sand fly...
April 18, 2017: Methods: a Companion to Methods in Enzymology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434971/prevalence-and-genetic-characterization-of-toxoplasma-gondii-in-badgers-melogale-moschata-in-southern-china-by-pcr-rflp
#15
Kai Chen, Si-Yang Huang, Jin-Lei Wang, Rong-Liang Hu, Qiu-Xia Yao, Shou-Feng Zhang, Xing-Quan Zhu, Quan Liu
Toxoplasma gondii is an obligate intracellular apicomplexan parasite which is able to infect almost all warm-blooded animals. There is no information about the prevalence and genetic characterization of T. gondii in badgers (Melogale moschata) in China. Here, a total of 367 badgers were captured from different cities in Jiangxi province, Southern China. Genomic DNA was extracted from brain tissues of each badgers, and 57 (15.45%) of them were positive for T. gondii by semi-nested PCR of the B1 gene. The positive DNA samples were typed at 11 genetic markers, including 10 nuclear loci (SAG1, 5'-SAG2 and 3'-SAG2, alternative SAG2, SAG3, BTUB, GRA6, c22-8, c29-2, L358, PK1) and an apicoplast locus (Apico), with multilocus polymerase chain reaction-restriction fragment length polymorphism (PCR-RFLP) technology...
April 20, 2017: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434906/the-evolution-of-parasitic-and-mutualistic-plant-virus-symbioses-through-transmission-virulence-trade-offs
#16
Frédéric M Hamelin, Frank M Hilker, T Anthony Sun, Michael J Jeger, M Reza Hajimorad, Linda J S Allen, Holly R Prendeville
Virus-plant interactions range from parasitism to mutualism. Viruses have been shown to increase fecundity of infected plants in comparison with uninfected plants under certain environmental conditions. Increased fecundity of infected plants may benefit both the plant and the virus as seed transmission is one of the main virus transmission pathways, in addition to vector transmission. Trade-offs between vertical (seed) and horizontal (vector) transmission pathways may involve virulence, defined here as decreased fecundity in infected plants...
April 20, 2017: Virus Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434869/worms-on-the-spectrum-c-elegans-models-in-autism-research
#17
REVIEW
Kathrin Schmeisser, J Alex Parker
The small non-parasitic nematode Caenorhabditis elegans is widely used in neuroscience thanks to its well-understood development and lineage of the nervous system. Furthermore, C. elegans has been used to model many human developmental and neurological conditions to better understand disease mechanisms and identify potential therapeutic strategies. Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is the most prevalent of all neurodevelopmental disorders, and the C. elegans system may provide opportunities to learn more about this complex disorder...
April 20, 2017: Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434852/p-%C3%A2-falciparum-malaria-prevalence-among-blood-donors-in-bamako-mali
#18
B Kouriba, A B Diarra, I Douyon, D T Diabaté, F Kamissoko, H Guitteye, M Baby, M A Guindo, O K Doumbo
AIM: Malaria parasite is usually transmitted to humans by Anopheles mosquitoes but it can also be transmitted through blood transfusion. Usually malaria transmission is low in African urban settings. In West Africa where the P. falciparum is the most predominant malaria species, there are limited measures to reduce the risk of blood transfusion malaria. The aim of this study was to evaluate the prevalence of P. falciparum malaria carriage among blood donors in the National Blood Center of Bamako, capital city of Mali...
April 20, 2017: Transfusion Clinique et Biologique: Journal de la Société Française de Transfusion Sanguine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434763/computer-aided-discovery-of-two-novel-chalcone-like-compounds-active-and-selective-against-leishmania-infantum
#19
Marcelo N Gomes, Laura M Alcântara, Bruno J Neves, Cleber C Melo-Filho, Lucio H Freitas-Junior, Carolina B Moraes, Rui Ma, Scott G Franzblau, Eugene Muratov, Carolina Horta Andrade
Leishmaniasis are infectious diseases caused by parasites of genus Leishmania that affect affects 12 million people in 98 countries mainly in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Effective treatments for this disease are urgently needed. In this study, we present a computer-aided approach to investigate a set of 32 recently synthesized chalcone and chalcone-like compounds to act as antileishmanial agents. As a result, nine most promising compounds and three potentially inactive compounds were experimentally evaluated against Leishmania infantum amastigotes and mammalian cells...
April 4, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434668/parasite-infection-and-immune-and-health-state-in-wild-fish-exposed-to-marine-pollution
#20
María Cruz Sueiro, Estefanía Bagnato, María Gabriela Palacios
Association between parasitism and immunity and health-state was investigated in wild Sebastes oculatus after having determined that pollution exposure is associated with altered immune and health-state parameters. Given the importance of the immune system in antiparasite defense we predicted: (i) parasite infection would be higher in pollution-exposed than in control fish and (ii) fish with lower immune and health-state parameters would show higher parasitism than fish in better condition. Metazoan parasite fauna was compared between pollution-exposed and non-exposed fish and parasitic indices were correlated with integrated measures of immunity and health-state...
April 20, 2017: Marine Pollution Bulletin
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