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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912985/immunogenicity-and-malaria-transmission-reducing-potency-of-pfs48-45-and-pfs25-encoded-by-dna-vaccines-administered-by-intramuscular-electroporation
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Dibyadyuti Datta, Geetha P Bansal, Dietlind L Gerloff, Barry Ellefsen, Drew Hannaman, Nirbhay Kumar
Pfs48/45 and Pfs25 are leading candidates for the development of Plasmodium falciparum transmission blocking vaccines (TBV). Expression of Pfs48/45 in the erythrocytic sexual stages and presentation to the immune system during infection in the human host also makes it ideal for natural boosting. However, it has been challenging to produce a fully folded, functionally active Pfs48/45, using various protein expression platforms. In this study, we demonstrate that full-length Pfs48/45 encoded by DNA plasmids is able to induce significant transmission reducing immune responses...
November 29, 2016: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912876/in-vitro-and-ex-vivo-activity-of-an-azadirachta-indica-a-juss-seed-kernel-extract-on-early-sporogonic-development-of-plasmodium-in-comparison-with-azadirachtin-a-its-most-abundant-constituent
#2
Nisha Dahiya, Giuseppina Chianese, Solomon Mequanente Abay, Orazio Taglialatela-Scafati, Fulvio Esposito, Giulio Lupidi, Massimo Bramucci, Luana Quassinti, George Christophides, Annette Habluetzel, Leonardo Lucantoni
BACKGROUND: NeemAzal(®) (NA) is a quantified extract from seed kernels of neem, Azadirachta indica A.Juss. (Meliaceae), with a wide spectrum of biological properties, classically ascribed to its limonoid content. NA contains several azadirachtins (A to L), azadirachtin A (AzaA) being its main constituent. AzaA has been shown to inhibit microgamete formation of the rodent malaria parasite Plasmodium berghei, and NA was found to completely inhibit the transmission of Plasmodium berghei to Anopheles stephensi mosquitoes when administered to gametocytemic mice at a corresponding AzaA dose of 50mg/kg before exposure to mosquitoes...
December 15, 2016: Phytomedicine: International Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912789/dynamics-of-antigenemia-and-transmission-intensity-of-wuchereria-bancrofti-following-cessation-of-mass-drug-administration-in-a-formerly-highly-endemic-region-of-mali
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Yaya I Coulibaly, Siaka Y Coulibaly, Housseini Dolo, Siaka Konate, Abdallah A Diallo, Salif S Doumbia, Lamine Soumaoro, Michel E Coulibaly, Ilo Dicko, Moussa B Sangare, Benoit Dembele, Modibo Sangare, Massitan Dembele, Yeya T Touré, Louise Kelly-Hope, Katja Polman, Dominique Kyelem, Sekou F Traore, Moses Bockarie, Amy D Klion, Thomas B Nutman
BACKGROUND: After seven annual rounds of mass drug administration (MDA) in six Malian villages highly endemic for Wuchereria bancrofti (overall prevalence rate of 42.7%), treatment was discontinued in 2008. Surveillance was performed over the ensuing 5 years to detect recrudescence. METHODS: Circulating filarial antigen (CFA) was measured using immunochromatographic card tests (ICT) and Og4C3 ELISA in 6-7 year-olds. Antibody to the W. bancrofti infective larval stage (L3) antigen, Wb123, was tested in the same population in 2012...
December 3, 2016: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912786/circulation-of-dirofilaria-repens-and-dirofilaria-immitis-in-moldova
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Tatiana Șuleșco, Heidrun von Thien, Lidia Toderaș, Ion Toderaș, Renke Lühken, Egbert Tannich
BACKGROUND: Over the last two decades, a significant spread of dirofilariasis has been observed in eastern and central Europe. However, data on the circulation of Dirofilaria spp. in Moldova were absent although direct neighbor states reported high incidence rates of human dirofilariasis. METHODS: Daily mean temperature data were used to calculate Dirofilaria spp. development units, which were used to estimate the potential for complete extrinsic development in the mosquitoes (= sum of potential Dirofilaria spp...
December 3, 2016: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912024/functional-diversity-of-non-lethal-effects-chemical-camouflage-and%C3%A2-variation-in-fish-avoidance-in-colonizing-beetles
#5
William J Resetarits, Matthew R Pintar
Predators play an extremely important role in natural communities. In freshwater systems, fish can dominate sorting both at the colonization and post-colonization stage. Specifically, for many colonizing species, fish can have non-lethal, direct effects that exceed the lethal direct effects of predation. Functionally diverse fish species with a range of predatory capabilities have previously been observed to elicit functionally equivalent responses on oviposition in tree frogs. We tested this hypothesis of functional equivalence of non-lethal effects for four predatory fish species, using naturally colonizing populations of aquatic beetles...
December 2016: Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911924/plasmodium-yoelii-nigeriensis-n67-is-a-robust-animal-model-to-study-malaria-transmission-by-south-american-anopheline-mosquitoes
#6
Alessandra S Orfano, Ana Paula M Duarte, Alvaro Molina-Cruz, Paulo F Pimenta, Carolina Barillas-Mury
Malaria is endemic in the American continent and the Amazonian rainforest is the region with the highest risk of transmission. However, the lack of suitable experimental models to infect malaria vectors from the Americas has limited the progress to understand the biology of transmission in this region. Anopheles aquasalis, a major vector in coastal areas of South America, was found to be highly refractory to infection with two strains of Plasmodium falciparum (NF54 and 7G8) and with Plasmodium berghei (mouse malaria), even when the microbiota was eliminated with antibiotics and oxidative stress was reduced with uric acid...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911695/dengue-virus-isolation-in-mosquito-aedes-albopictus-captured-during-an-outbreak-in-tokyo-2014-by-a-method-relying-on-antibody-dependent-enhancement-mechanism-using-fc%C3%AE-r-expressing-bhk-cells
#7
Meng Ling Moi, Daisuke Kobayashi, Haruhiko Isawa, Toshinori Sasaki, Masayuki Saijo, Ichiro Kurane, Kyoko Sawabe, Tomohiko Takasaki
Dengue virus (DENV) isolation from mosquitoes is necessary for providing definitive evidence of virus circulation, and is critical for further virological characterization and determination of epidemiological characteristics. By using Aedes albopictus mosquitoes captured during an outbreak in Tokyo in 2014, we compared the DENV isolation rates of a conventional virus isolation method that uses C6/36 mosquito cells as assay cells with those of a virus isolation method that relies on an antibody-dependent enhancement (ADE) mechanism by using FcγR-expressing baby hamster kidney (BHK) cells and an antibody with ADE activity...
December 2016: Vector Borne and Zoonotic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910908/larval-diet-affects-mosquito-development-and-permissiveness-to-plasmodium-infection
#8
Inbar Linenberg, George K Christophides, Mathilde Gendrin
The larval stages of malaria vector mosquitoes develop in water pools, feeding mostly on microorganisms and environmental detritus. Richness in the nutrient supply to larvae influences the development and metabolism of larvae and adults. Here, we investigated the effects of larval diet on the development, microbiota content and permissiveness to Plasmodium of Anopheles coluzzii. We tested three fish diets often used to rear mosquitoes in the laboratory, including two pelleted diets, Dr. Clarke's Pool Pellets and Nishikoi Fish Pellets, and one flaked diet, Tetramin Fish-Flakes...
December 2, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908637/response-of-three-cyprinid-fish-species-to-the-scavenger-deterrent-factor-produced-by-the-mutualistic-bacteria-associated-with-entomopathogenic-nematodes
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Ramalingam Karthik Raja, Dilipkumar Aiswarya, Baris Gulcu, Manickam Raja, Pachiappan Perumal, Sivaperumal Sivaramakrishnan, Harry K Kaya, Selcuk Hazir
The symbiotic bacteria, Photorhabdus and Xenorhabdus associated with entomopathogenic nematodes (EPNs) in the genera Heterorhabditis and Steinernema, respectively, produce a compound(s) called the Scavenging Deterrent Factor (SDF). SDF deters a number of terrestrial insect scavengers and predators and one bird species from feeding on host insects killed by the nematode-bacterium complex but has not been tested against aquatic vertebrates. Moreover, the Heterorhabditis-Photorhabdus association is believed to have evolved in an aquatic environment...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Invertebrate Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907248/mycobacterium-ulcerans-toxin-mycolactone-may-enhance-host-seeking-and-oviposition-behavior-by-aedes-aegypti-l-diptera-culicidae
#10
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/27906987/human-igg-antibody-response-to-aedes-nterm-34kda-salivary-peptide-an-epidemiological-tool-to-assess-vector-control-in-chikungunya-and-dengue-transmission-area
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Emmanuel Elanga Ndille, Souleymane Doucoure, Anne Poinsignon, François Mouchet, Sylvie Cornelie, Eric D'Ortenzio, Jean Sébastien DeHecq, Franck Remoue
BACKGROUND: Arboviral diseases are an important public health concerns. Vector control remains the sole strategy to fight against these diseases. Because of the important limits of methods currently used to assess human exposure to Aedes mosquito bites, much effort is being devoted to develop new indicators. Recent studies have reported that human antibody (Ab) responses to Aedes aegypti Nterm-34kDa salivary peptide represent a promising biomarker tool to evaluate the human-Aedes contact...
December 2016: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906966/archival-isolates-confirm-a-single-topotype-of-west-nile-virus-in-australia
#12
Bixing Huang, Natalie A Prow, Andrew F van den Hurk, Richard J N Allcock, Peter R Moore, Stephen L Doggett, David Warrilow
West Nile virus is globally wide-spread and causes significant disease in humans and animals. The evolution of West Nile virus Kunjin subtype in Australia (WNVKUN) was investigated using archival samples collected over a period of 50 years. Based on the pattern of fixed amino acid substitutions and time-stamped molecular clock analyses, a single long-term lineage (or topotype) was inferred. This implies that a bottleneck exists such that regional strains eventually die out and are replaced with strains from a single source...
December 2016: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906962/population-density-climate-variables-and-poverty-synergistically-structure-spatial-risk-in-urban-malaria-in-india
#13
Mauricio Santos-Vega, Menno J Bouma, Vijay Kohli, Mercedes Pascual
BACKGROUND: The world is rapidly becoming urban with the global population living in cities projected to double by 2050. This increase in urbanization poses new challenges for the spread and control of communicable diseases such as malaria. In particular, urban environments create highly heterogeneous socio-economic and environmental conditions that can affect the transmission of vector-borne diseases dependent on human water storage and waste water management. Interestingly India, as opposed to Africa, harbors a mosquito vector, Anopheles stephensi, which thrives in the man-made environments of cities and acts as the vector for both Plasmodium vivax and Plasmodium falciparum, making the malaria problem a truly urban phenomenon...
December 2016: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906961/tracking-insecticide-resistance-in-mosquito-vectors-of-arboviruses-the-worldwide-insecticide-resistance-network-win
#14
Vincent Corbel, Nicole L Achee, Fabrice Chandre, Mamadou B Coulibaly, Isabelle Dusfour, Dina M Fonseca, John Grieco, Waraporn Juntarajumnong, Audrey Lenhart, Ademir J Martins, Catherine Moyes, Lee Ching Ng, João Pinto, Kamaraju Raghavendra, Hassan Vatandoost, John Vontas, David Weetman, Florence Fouque, Raman Velayudhan, Jean-Philippe David
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December 2016: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906074/size-sounds-and-sex-interactions-between-body-size-and-harmonic-convergence-signals-determine-mating-success-in-aedes-aegypti
#15
Lauren J Cator, Zacharo Zanti
BACKGROUND: Several new mosquito control strategies will involve the release of laboratory reared males which will be required to compete with wild males for mates. Currently, the determinants of male mating success remain unclear. The presence of convergence between male and female harmonic flight tone frequencies during a mating attempt have been found to increase male mating success in the yellow fever mosquito, Aedes aegypti. Size has also been implicated as a factor in male mating success...
December 1, 2016: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905928/perceptions-on-the-effect-of-small-electric-fans-on-comfort-inside-bed-nets-in-southern-ghana-a-qualitative-study
#16
Mulako S Jaeger, Olivier J T Briët, Joseph Keating, Collins K Ahorlu, Joshua O Yukich, Samuel Oppong, Peter Nardini, Constanze Pfeiffer
BACKGROUND: Long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs) are known to be highly effective in reducing malaria transmission, morbidity and mortality. However, among those owning an LLIN, use rates are often suboptimal. A reported barrier to bed net use is discomfort due to heat. This qualitative study was part of a larger evaluation conducted in communities without electricity in rural Ghana to assess whether 0.8 W solar powered net fans can increase net use. METHODS: Twenty-three key informant interviews with household heads in the study communities in Shai-Osudoku District, southern Ghana, were conducted from July to August 2015...
December 1, 2016: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905919/susceptibility-of-anopheles-gambiae-to-insecticides-used-for-malaria-vector-control-in-rwanda
#17
Emmanuel Hakizimana, Corine Karema, Dunia Munyakanage, Gad Iranzi, John Githure, Jon Eric Tongren, Willem Takken, Agnes Binagwaho, Constantianus J M Koenraadt
BACKGROUND: The widespread emergence of resistance to pyrethroids is a major threat to the gains made in malaria control. To monitor the presence and possible emergence of resistance against a variety of insecticides used for malaria control in Rwanda, nationwide insecticide resistance surveys were conducted in 2011 and 2013. METHODS: Larvae of Anopheles gambiae sensu lato mosquitoes were collected in 12 sentinel sites throughout Rwanda. These were reared to adults and analysed for knock-down and mortality using WHO insecticide test papers with standard diagnostic doses of the recommended insecticides...
December 1, 2016: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905873/comparative-genomics-of-beauveria-bassiana-uncovering-signatures-of-virulence-against-mosquitoes
#18
Claudio A Valero-Jiménez, Luigi Faino, Daphne Spring In't Veld, Sandra Smit, Bas J Zwaan, Jan A L van Kan
BACKGROUND: Entomopathogenic fungi such as Beauveria bassiana are promising biological agents for control of malaria mosquitoes. Indeed, infection with B. bassiana reduces the lifespan of mosquitoes in the laboratory and in the field. Natural isolates of B. bassiana show up to 10-fold differences in virulence between the most and the least virulent isolate. In this study, we sequenced the genomes of five isolates representing the extremes of low/high virulence and three RNA libraries, and applied a genome comparison approach to uncover genetic mechanisms underpinning virulence...
December 1, 2016: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903741/whole-killed-blood-stage-vaccine-induced-immunity-suppresses-the-development-of-malaria-parasites-in-mosquitoes
#19
Feng Zhu, Taiping Liu, Chenhao Zhao, Xiao Lu, Jian Zhang, Wenyue Xu
As a malaria transmission-blocking vaccine alone does not confer a direct benefit to the recipient, it is necessary to develop a vaccine that not only blocks malaria transmission but also protects vaccinated individuals. In this study we observed that a whole-killed blood-stage vaccine (WKV) not only conferred protection against the blood-stage challenge but also markedly inhibited the transmission of different strains of the malaria parasite. Although the parasitemia is much lower in WKV-immunized mice challenged with malaria parasites, the gametocytemia is comparable between control and immunized mice during the early stages of infection...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903416/post-licensure-phase-iv-safety-study-of-a-live-attenuated-japanese-encephalitis-recombinant-vaccine-in-children-in-thailand
#20
Tawee Chotpitayasunondh, Pornpimol Pruekprasert, Thanyawee Puthanakit, Chitsanu Pancharoen, Auchara Tangsathapornpong, Peninnah Oberdorfer, Pope Kosalaraksa, Olarn Prommalikit, Suwimon Tangkittithaworn, Phirangkul Kerdpanich, Chonnamet Techasaensiri, Joanna Korejwo, Sunate Chuenkitmongkol, Guy Houillon
BACKGROUND: Japanese encephalitis is a mosquito-borne viral disease endemic in most countries in Asia. A recombinant live, attenuated Japanese encephalitis virus vaccine, JE-CV, is licensed in 14 countries, including Thailand, for the prevention of Japanese encephalitis in adults and children. METHODS: This was a prospective, phase IV, open-label, multicentre, safety study of JE-CV conducted from November 2013 to April 2015, to evaluate rare serious adverse events (AEs)...
November 28, 2016: Vaccine
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