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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339296/synthetic-parasites-a-successful-mucosal-nanoparticle-vaccine-against-toxoplasma-congenital-infection-in-mice
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Céline Ducournau, Thi Tl Nguyen, Rodolphe Carpentier, Isabelle Lantier, Stéphanie Germon, Flavien Précausta, Pierre-Jean Pisella, Hervé Leroux, Nathalie Van Langendonck, Didier Betbeder, Isabelle Dimier-Poisson
AIM: Development of protein vaccine to prevent congenital infection is a major public health priority. Our goal is the design of mucosal synthetic pathogen inducing protective immune responses against congenital toxoplasmosis. MATERIALS & METHODS: Mice were immunized intranasally, establishing pregnancy and challenging orally. Placental immune response, congenital infection, pup growth, parasitic load rates were studied. RESULTS: Pups born to vaccinated infected dams had significantly fewer brain cysts, no intraocular inflammation and normal growth...
March 24, 2017: Future Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338834/comparative-genomics-of-microsporidian-genomes-reveals-a-minimal-non-coding-rna-set-and-new-insights-for-transcription-in-minimal-eukaryotic-genomes
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Abdel Belkorchia, Jean-François Pombert, Valérie Polonais, Nicolas Parisot, Frédéric Delbac, Jean-François Brugère, Pierre Peyret, Christine Gaspin, Eric Peyretaillade
Microsporidia are ubiquitous intracellular pathogens whose opportunistic nature led to their increased recognition with the rise of the AIDS pandemic. As the RNA world was largely unexplored in this parasitic lineage, we developed a dedicated in silico methodology to carry out exhaustive identification of ncRNAs across the Encephalitozoon and Nosema genera. Thus, the previously missing U1 small nuclear RNA (snRNA) and small nucleolar RNAs (snoRNAs) targeting only the LSU rRNA were highlighted and were further validated using 5' and 3'RACE-PCR experiments...
February 28, 2017: DNA Research: An International Journal for Rapid Publication of Reports on Genes and Genomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338804/duplications-and-positive-selection-drive-the-evolution-of-parasitism-associated-gene-families-in-the-nematode-strongyloides-papillosus
#3
Praveen Baskaran, Tegegn G Jaleta, Adrian Streit, Christian Rödelsperger
Gene duplication is one major mechanism playing a role in the evolution of phenotypic complexity and in the generation of novel traits. By comparing parasitic and nonparasitic nematodes, a recent study found that the evolution of parasitism in Strongyloididae is associated with a large expansion in the Astacin and CAP gene families.To gain novel insights into the developmental processes in the sheep parasite Strongyloides papillosus, we sequenced transcriptomes of different developmental stages and sexes. Overall, we found that the majority of genes are developmentally regulated and have one-to-one orthologs in the diverged S...
March 2, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338744/understanding-the-molecular-mechanism-of-substrate-channeling-and-domain-communication-in-protozoal-bifunctional-ts-dhfr
#4
Karen S Anderson
Most species, such as humans, have monofunctional forms of thymidylate synthase (TS) and dihydrofolate reductase (DHFR) that are key folate metabolism enzymes making critical folate components required for DNA synthesis. In contrast, several parasitic protozoa, including Leishmania majorg(Lm), Plasmodium falciparum (Pf), Toxoplasma gondii (Tg) and Cryptosporidium hominis(Ch), contain a unique bifunctional thymidylate synthase-dihydrofolate reductase (TS-DHFR) having the two sequential catalytic activities contained on a single polypeptide chain...
February 4, 2017: Protein Engineering, Design & Selection: PEDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338718/identification-and-characterization-of-gra6-gra7-of-neospora-caninum-in-mdbk-cells
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Jingquan Dong, Jianhua Li, Jinpeng Wang, Fei Li, Ju Yang, Pengtao Gong, He Li, Xichen Zhang
Neospora caninum, an apicomplexan parasite, is recognized as a major bovine abortifacient. Dense granule antigens (GRAs) play important roles in the formation and modification of parasitophorous vacuoles (PVs) in Toxoplasma gondii. However, a few studies investigating GRAs have been reported in N. caninum. The aim of the present study was to characterize the dense GRA6/GRA7 of N. caninum in PVs using MDBK cells as a host cell model. Neospora caninum was inoculated into MDBK cells, and changes were observed using a transmission electron microscope (TEM)...
February 24, 2017: Acta Biochimica et Biophysica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338625/-r-aloesaponol-iii-8-methyl-ether-from-eremurus-persicus-a-novel-compound-against-leishmaniosis
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Daniela Rossi, Karzan Mahmood Ahmed, Raffaella Gaggeri, Serena Della Volpe, Lauretta Maggi, Giuseppe Mazzeo, Giovanna Longhi, Sergio Abbate, Federica Corana, Emanuela Martino, Marisa Machado, Raquel Varandas, Maria do Céu Sousa, Simona Collina
Leishmaniosis is a neglected tropical disease which affects several millions of people worldwide. The current drug therapies are expensive and often lack efficacy, mainly due to the development of parasite resistance. Hence, there is an urgent need for new drugs effective against Leishmania infections. As a part of our ongoing study on the phytochemical characterization and biological investigation of plants used in the traditional medicine of western and central Asia, in the present study, we focused on Eremurus persicus root extract in order to evaluate its potential in the treatment of leishmaniosis...
March 24, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338535/lung-cancers-associated-with-cystic-airspaces-natural-history-pathologic-correlation-and-mutational-analysis
#7
Florian J Fintelmann, Jesaja K Brinkmann, William R Jeck, Fabian M Troschel, Subba R Digumarthy, Mari Mino-Kenudson, Jo-Anne O Shepard
PURPOSE: The aim of the study was to investigate the natural history of non-small cell lung cancers (NSCLCs) associated with cystic airspaces, including histopathology and molecular analysis. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 34,801 computed tomographic (CT) scans of 2954 patients diagnosed with NSCLC between 2010 and 2015 were evaluated for association with a cystic airspace. Characteristics on serial CT, 18F-fludeoxyglucose positron emission tomography, and pathologic analysis were recorded...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Thoracic Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338335/stress-induced-protein-s-glutathionylation-and-s-trypanothionylation-in-african-trypanosomes-a-quantitative-redox-proteome-and-thiol-analysis
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Kathrin Ulrich, Caroline Finkenzeller, Sabine Merker, Federico Rojas, Keith Matthews, Thomas Ruppert, R Luise Krauth-Siegel
AIMS: Trypanosomatids have a unique trypanothione-based thiol redox metabolism. The parasite-specific dithiol is synthesized from glutathione and spermidine, with glutathionylspermidine as intermediate catalyzed by trypanothione synthetase. In this study, we address the oxidative stress response of African trypanosomes with special focus on putative protein S-thiolation. RESULTS: Challenging bloodstream Trypanosoma brucei with diamide, H2O2 or hypochlorite results in distinct levels of reversible overall protein S-thiolation...
March 24, 2017: Antioxidants & Redox Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337682/three-members-of-opisthomonorcheides-parukhin-1966-digenea-monorchiidae-from-carangid-fishes-perciformes-from-indonesia-with-a-review-of-the-genus
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Rodney A Bray, Harry W Palm, Scott C Cutmore, Thomas H Cribb
Three species of Opisthomonorcheides Parukhin, 1966 are reported for the first time from Indonesian waters: O. pampi (Wang, 1982) Liu, Peng, Gao, Fu, Wu, Lu, Gao & Xiao, 2010 and O. ovacutus (Mamaev, 1970) Machida, 2011 from Parastromateus niger (Bloch), and O. decapteri Parukhin, 1966 from Atule mate (Cuvier). Both O. pampi and O. ovacutus can now be considered widespread in the Indo-Pacific region, with earlier records of these species being from Fujian Province, China and Penang, Malaysia, respectively. We redescribe O...
March 23, 2017: Systematic Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337426/pathogen-identification-in-suspected-cases-of-pyogenic-spondylodiscitis
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Ahmad Farajzadeh Sheikh, Azar D Khosravi, Hamed Goodarzi, Roohangiz Nashibi, Alireaza Teimouri, Azim Motamedfar, Reza Ranjbar, Sara Afzalzadeh, Mehrandokht Cyrus, Mohammad Hashemzadeh
Pyogenic spinal infection continues to represent a worldwide problem. In approximately one-third of patients with pyogenic spondylodiscitis, the infectious agent is never identified. Of the cases that lead to organismal identification, bacteria are more commonly isolated from the spine rather than fungi and parasites. This study applied universal prokaryotic 16S rRNA PCR as a rapid diagnostic tool for the detection of bacterial agents in specimens from patients suspected of pyogenic spondylodiscitis. Gram and Ziehl-Neelsen staining were used as a preliminary screening measure for microbiologic evaluation of patient samples...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337387/pro-and-anti-inflammatory-cytokines-in-children-with-malaria-in-franceville-gabon
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Sandrine Lydie Oyegue-Liabagui, Aline Gaëlle Bouopda-Tuedom, Lady Charlène Kouna, Sydney Maghendji-Nzondo, Herman Nzoughe, Nina Tchitoula-Makaya, Irene Pegha-Moukandja, Jean-Bernard Lekana-Douki
Severe Plasmodium falciparum malaria anemia (SMA) is a major cause of mortality in pediatric wards. Variations in inflammatory mediator production play an essential role in disease outcomes. Indeed, several studies have shown the involvement of pro- and anti-inflammatory cytokines such as IFN-γ, IL-6, TNF-α and IL-10 in malaria immunopathology. In other hand the exact role of Th17 cytokines such as IL-17, IL-22 and IL-21 in malaria remains poorly documented. Here, we investigated IFN-γ, TNF-α, IL-6, IL-12, IL-10, IL-4, IL-13, IL-17, IL-22 and IL-21 circulating levels and their association with malaria anemia and parasitemia in Gabonese children...
2017: American Journal of Clinical and Experimental Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337329/antiparasitic-lead-discovery-toward-optimization-of-a-chemotype-with-activity-against-multiple-protozoan-parasites
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William Devine, Sarah M Thomas, Jessey Erath, Kelly A Bachovchin, Patricia J Lee, Susan E Leed, Ana Rodriguez, Richard J Sciotti, Kojo Mensa-Wilmot, Michael P Pollastri
Human African trypanosomiasis (HAT), Chagas disease, and leishmaniasis present a significant burden across the developing world. Existing therapeutics for these protozoal neglected tropical diseases suffer from severe side effects and toxicity. Previously, NEU-1045 (3) was identified as a promising lead with cross-pathogen activity, though it possessed poor physicochemical properties. We have designed a library of analogues with improved calculated physicochemical properties built on the quinoline scaffold of 3 incorporating small, polar aminoheterocycles in place of the 4-(3-fluorobenzyloxy)aniline substituent...
March 9, 2017: ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337195/nk-cells-uncertain-allies-against-malaria
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Asia-Sophia Wolf, Samuel Sherratt, Eleanor M Riley
Until recently, studies of natural killer (NK) cells in infection have focused almost entirely on their role in viral infections. However, there is an increasing awareness of the potential for NK cells to contribute to the control of a wider range of pathogens, including intracellular parasites such as Plasmodium spp. Given the high prevalence of parasitic diseases in the developing world and the devastating effects these pathogens have on large numbers of vulnerable people, investigating interactions between NK cells and parasitized host cells presents the opportunity to reveal novel immunological mechanisms with the potential to aid efforts to eradicate these diseases...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337184/the-maternally-inheritable-wolbachia-walbb-induces-refractoriness-to-plasmodium-berghei-in-anopheles-stephensi
#14
Deepak Joshi, Xiaoling Pan, Michael J McFadden, David Bevins, Xiao Liang, Peng Lu, Suzanne Thiem, Zhiyong Xi
The endosymbiont Wolbachia wAlbB induces refractoriness to Plasmodium falciparum in Anopheles stephensi, the primary mosquito vector of human malaria in the Middle East and South Asia. However, it remains unknown whether such refractoriness can be extended to other malaria species. In particular, it was reported that under very specific conditions, wAlbB can enhance Plasmodium infection in some hosts. Here, we measured the impact of wAlbB on the rodent malaria parasite Plasmodium berghei in A. stephensi by comparing the load of oocysts and sporozoites in midguts and salivary glands, respectively, between wAlbB-infected and -uninfected mosquitoes...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336851/nano-photonic-structures-for-light-trapping-in-ultra-thin-crystalline-silicon-solar-cells
#15
Prathap Pathi, Akshit Peer, Rana Biswas
Thick wafer-silicon is the dominant solar cell technology. It is of great interest to develop ultra-thin solar cells that can reduce materials usage, but still achieve acceptable performance and high solar absorption. Accordingly, we developed a highly absorbing ultra-thin crystalline Si based solar cell architecture using periodically patterned front and rear dielectric nanocone arrays which provide enhanced light trapping. The rear nanocones are embedded in a silver back reflector. In contrast to previous approaches, we utilize dielectric photonic crystals with a completely flat silicon absorber layer, providing expected high electronic quality and low carrier recombination...
January 13, 2017: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336729/platelets-killers-of-parasites-or-patients
#16
Craig N Morrell
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 23, 2017: Blood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336708/sharing-expertise-on-parasite-control
#17
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March 25, 2017: Veterinary Record
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336470/bioassay-guided-isolation-of-active-principles-from-nigerian-medicinal-plants-identifies-new-trypanocides-with-low-toxicity-and-no-cross-resistance-to-diamidines-and-arsenicals
#18
Godwin Unekwuojo Ebiloma, John Ogbaji Igoli, Evangelos Katsoulis, Anne-Marie Donachie, Anthonius Eze, Alexander Ian Gray, Harry P de Koning
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Leaves from the plant species studied herein are traditionally used in northern Nigeria against various protozoan infections. However, none of these herbal preparations have been standardized, nor have their toxicity to mammalian cells been investigated. In search of improved and non-toxic active antiprotozoal principles that are not cross-resistant with current anti-parasitics, we here report the results of the in vitro screening of extracts from seven selected medicinal plant species (Centrosema pubescens, Moringa oleifera, Tridax procumbens, Polyalthia longifolia, Newbouldia laevis, Eucalyptus maculate, Jathropha tanjorensis), used traditionally to treat kinetoplastid infections in Nigeria, and the isolation of their bioactive principles...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336417/demonstrating-the-value-and-importance-of-combining-dna-barcodes-and-discriminant-morphological-characters-for-polystome-taxonomy-platyhelminthes-monogenea
#19
Laurent Héritier, Olivier Verneau, Kevin G Smith, Carina Coetzer, Louis H Du Preez
Polystomes are monogenean parasites that infest mainly semi aquatic vertebrates, such as amphibians and chelonians. Owing to the lack of discriminative morphological characters and because polystomes are considered to be strictly host- and site-specific, host identity is often used as an additional character for parasite identification. Recent genetic studies, however, show that polystomes infecting freshwater turtles in outdoor turtle enclosures and natural environments, are not strictly host-specific. Therefore, we proposed a new procedure for turtle polystome taxonomy based on the combination of Cytochrome c Oxydase I sequences and two discriminant morphological characters, namely the number of genital spines and the testis shape...
March 20, 2017: Parasitology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336326/oxidative-stress-and-genes-regulation-of-cerebral-malaria-upon-zizyphus-spina-christi-treatment-in-a-murine-model
#20
Murad A Mubaraki, Taghreed A Hafiz, Saleh Al-Quraishy, Mohamed A Dkhil
The development and spread of multidrug-resistant strains of malarial parasites have led to an overwhelming increase in the resistance to current antimalarial drugs. The urgent need for alternative antimalarial drugs has directed some of the current studies toward folkloric medicine approaches. Interestingly, the Zizyphus spina Cristi leaf extract (ZLE) has been found to exhibit antiplasmodial activity. This study evaluated the protective effect of ZLE against Plasmodium berghei-induced cerebral tissue injuries in mice...
March 21, 2017: Microbial Pathogenesis
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