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Tick apoptosis

Ana Carolina Prado Sousa, Carlo José Freire Oliveira, Matias Pablo Juan Szabó, Marcelo José Barbosa Silva
Cancer is one of the most troubling diseases and is becoming increasingly common. Breast cancer has a high cure rate when diagnosed early, but when diagnosed late, treatment is frequently painful, devastating and unsuccessful. The search for new treatments that are more effective and less harmful has led to several substances and biomolecules from plants and animals with potential anti-tumor activity. Within this context, ticks have emerged as an excellent source of new molecules with a wide array of therapeutic properties...
June 15, 2018: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
Jaroslava Lieskovská, Jana Páleníková, Helena Langhansová, Jindřich Chmelař, Jan Kopecký
It has been suggested that tick saliva facilitates transmission of tick-borne encephalitis virus (TBEV) to vertebrates. The mechanism of this facilitation has not been elucidated yet. Since dendritic cells (DCs) are among first cells attacked by the virus, we examined the amount of virus and changes induced by saliva in TBEV-infected DCs. We found that virus replication was significantly increased by saliva of Ixodes ricinus tick. Next, saliva-induced enhancement of Akt pathway activation was observed in TBEV-infected DCs...
January 15, 2018: Virology
Anna Papa, Katerina Tsergouli, Katerina Tsioka, Ali Mirazimi
Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever virus (CCHFV) is transmitted to humans by bite of infected ticks or by direct contact with blood or tissues of viremic patients or animals. It causes to humans a severe disease with fatality up to 30%. The current knowledge about the vector-host-CCHFV interactions is very limited due to the high-level containment required for CCHFV studies. Among ticks, Hyalomma spp. are considered the most competent virus vectors. CCHFV evades the tick immune response, and following its replication in the lining of the tick's midgut, it is disseminated by the hemolymph in the salivary glands and reproductive organs...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
Xinmao Yu, Yongzhi Zhou, Jie Cao, Houshuang Zhang, Haiyan Gong, Jinlin Zhou
BACKGROUND: Ticks are among the most harmful vectors worldwide. Their salivary glands play essential roles in blood-feeding and pathogen transmission and undergo apoptosis after feeding. Although it was previously reported that salivary degeneration in ixodid ticks is in response to hormonal stimulation, questions still exist with the underlying mechanisms of salivary gland apoptosis. METHODS: Salivary glands of Rhipicephalus haemaphysaloides were collected from 1 to 7 days after attachment to the host...
May 8, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
Ze Chen, Yu Sun, Xiaojun Yang, Zhenfeng Wu, Kaifei Guo, Xiaoran Niu, Qingsong Wang, Jishou Ruan, Wenjun Bu, Shan Gao
In this study, we reported two featured series of rRNA-derived RNA fragments (rRFs) from the small RNA sequencing (sRNA-seq) data of Amblyomma testudinarium using the Illunima platform. Two series of rRFs (rRF5 and rRF3) were precisely aligned to the 5' and 3' ends of the 5.8S and 28S rRNA gene. The rRF5 and rRF3 series were significantly more highly expressed than the rRFs located in the body of the rRNA genes. These series contained perfectly aligned reads, the lengths of which varied progressively with 1-bp differences...
2017: PloS One
Dana K Shaw, Xiaowei Wang, Lindsey J Brown, Adela S Oliva Chávez, Kathryn E Reif, Alexis A Smith, Alison J Scott, Erin E McClure, Vishant M Boradia, Holly L Hammond, Eric J Sundberg, Greg A Snyder, Lei Liu, Kathleen DePonte, Margarita Villar, Massaro W Ueti, José de la Fuente, Robert K Ernst, Utpal Pal, Erol Fikrig, Joao H F Pedra
The insect immune deficiency (IMD) pathway resembles the tumour necrosis factor receptor network in mammals and senses diaminopimelic-type peptidoglycans present in Gram-negative bacteria. Whether unidentified chemical moieties activate the IMD signalling cascade remains unknown. Here, we show that infection-derived lipids 1-palmitoyl-2-oleoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphoglycerol (POPG) and 1-palmitoyl-2-oleoyl diacylglycerol (PODAG) stimulate the IMD pathway of ticks. The tick IMD network protects against colonization by three distinct bacteria, that is the Lyme disease spirochete Borrelia burgdorferi and the rickettsial agents Anaplasma phagocytophilum and A...
February 14, 2017: Nature Communications
Gisa Gerold, Janina Bruening, Bettina Weigel, Thomas Pietschmann
Protein-protein interactions govern biological functions in cells, in the extracellular milieu, and at the border between cells and extracellular space. Viruses are small intracellular parasites and thus rely on protein interactions to produce progeny inside host cells and to spread from cell to cell. Usage of host proteins by viruses can have severe consequences e.g. apoptosis, metabolic disequilibria, or altered cell proliferation and mobility. Understanding protein interactions during virus infection can thus educate us on viral infection and pathogenesis mechanisms...
April 2017: Molecular & Cellular Proteomics: MCP
A B Kon'kova-Reidman
AIM: To study the semiotics of neurological lesions in patients with tick-borne encephalitis, Ixodes tick-borne borreliosis (ITBB) and mixed infection (MI), their immunopathogenesis, and the possibilities of current pathogenetic pharmacological correction. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: A total of 220 patients with tick-borne encephalitis, ITBB, and MI concurrent with the syndromes of central nervous system lesions were examined. The immunological studies encompassed the examination of mononuclear cells in the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), the population and subpopulation composition of lymphocytes, and nitroxidergic processes in the serum and CSF from the total level of final stable nitric oxide metabolites...
2016: Terapevticheskiĭ Arkhiv
Jean Gabriel de Souza, Katia L.P. Morais, Eduardo Anglés-Cano, Pamela Boufleur, Evandro Sobroza de Mello, Durvanei Augusto Maria, Clarice Silvia Taemi Origassa, Hamilton de Campos Zampolli, Niels Olsen Saraiva Câmara, Carolina Maria Berra, Rosemary Viola Bosch, Ana Marisa Chudzinski-Tavassi
Renal cell carcinoma (RCC), also called kidney cancer or renal adenocarcinoma, is highly resistant to current treatments. It has been previously reported that a Kunitz-type inhibitor domain-containing protein, isolated from the salivary glands of the Amblyomma cajennense tick, triggers apoptosis in murine renal adenocarcinoma cells (Renca) by inhibiting the proteasome and endoplasmic reticulum stress. Of note, Amblyomin-X is the corresponding recombinant protein identified in the cDNA library from A. cajennense salivary glands...
September 20, 2016: Oncotarget
Luwanika Mlera, Jennifer Lam, Danielle K Offerdahl, Craig Martens, Daniel Sturdevant, Charles V Turner, Stephen F Porcella, Marshall E Bloom
UNLABELLED: Tick-borne flaviviruses (TBFVs) cause febrile illnesses, which may progress to severe encephalitis and/or death in humans globally. Most people who recover from severe acute disease suffer from debilitating neurological sequelae, which may be due to viral persistence, infection-induced neurological cell damage, host response, or some combination of these. Acute TBFV infection of human embryonic kidney (HEK) 293T cells in vitro results in the death of >95% of infected cells by day 5...
May 24, 2016: MBio
Alejandro Cabezas-Cruz, Pilar Alberdi, Nieves Ayllón, James J Valdés, Raymond Pierce, Margarita Villar, José de la Fuente
Epigenetic mechanisms have not been characterized in ticks despite their importance as vectors of human and animal diseases worldwide. The objective of this study was to characterize the histones and histone modifying enzymes (HMEs) of the tick vector Ixodes scapularis and their role during Anaplasma phagocytophilum infection. We first identified 5 histones and 34 HMEs in I. scapularis in comparison with similar proteins in model organisms. Then, we used transcriptomic and proteomic data to analyze the mRNA and protein levels of I...
April 2, 2016: Epigenetics: Official Journal of the DNA Methylation Society
Pilar Alberdi, Karen L Mansfield, Raúl Manzano-Román, Charlotte Cook, Nieves Ayllón, Margarita Villar, Nicholas Johnson, Anthony R Fooks, José de la Fuente
Anaplasma phagocytophilum are transmitted by Ixodes spp. ticks and have become one of the most common and relevant tick-borne pathogens due to their impact on human and animal health. Recent results have increased our understanding of the molecular interactions between Ixodes scapularis and A. phagocytophilum through the demonstration of tissue-specific molecular pathways that ensure pathogen infection, development and transmission by ticks. However, little is known about the Ixodes ricinus genes and proteins involved in the response to A...
2016: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
Chaitanya Kurhade, Loreen Zegenhagen, Elvira Weber, Sharmila Nair, Kristin Michaelsen-Preusse, Julia Spanier, Nelson O Gekara, Andrea Kröger, Anna K Överby
BACKGROUND: Although type I interferons (IFNs)-key effectors of antiviral innate immunity are known to be induced via different pattern recognition receptors (PRRs), the cellular source and the relative contribution of different PRRs in host protection against viral infection is often unclear. IPS-1 is a downstream adaptor for retinoid-inducible gene I (RIG-I)-like receptor signaling. In this study, we investigate the relative contribution of IPS-1 in the innate immune response in the different brain regions during infection with tick-borne encephalitis virus (TBEV), a flavivirus that causes a variety of severe symptoms like hemorrhagic fevers, encephalitis, and meningitis in the human host...
January 27, 2016: Journal of Neuroinflammation
Margarita Villar, Nieves Ayllón, Pilar Alberdi, Andrés Moreno, María Moreno, Raquel Tobes, Lourdes Mateos-Hernández, Sabine Weisheit, Lesley Bell-Sakyi, José de la Fuente
Anaplasma phagocytophilum is an emerging zoonotic pathogen that causes human granulocytic anaplasmosis. These intracellular bacteria establish infection by affecting cell function in both the vertebrate host and the tick vector, Ixodes scapularis. Previous studies have characterized the tick transcriptome and proteome in response to A. phagocytophilum infection. However, in the postgenomic era, the integration of omics datasets through a systems biology approach allows network-based analyses to describe the complexity and functionality of biological systems such as host-pathogen interactions and the discovery of new targets for prevention and control of infectious diseases...
December 2015: Molecular & Cellular Proteomics: MCP
Pilar Alberdi, Nieves Ayllón, Alejandro Cabezas-Cruz, Lesley Bell-Sakyi, Erich Zweygarth, Snorre Stuen, José de la Fuente
Anaplasma phagocytophilum is an intracellular rickettsial pathogen transmitted by Ixodes spp. ticks, which causes granulocytic anaplasmosis in humans, horses and dogs and tick-borne fever (TBF) in ruminants. In the United States, human granulocytic anaplasmosis (HGA) is highly prevalent while TBF has not been reported. However, in Europe the situation is the opposite, with high prevalence for TBF in sheep and low prevalence of HGA. The origin of these differences has not been identified and our hypothesis is that different A...
September 2015: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
C C Drewes, R Y Dias, V G Branco, M F Cavalcante, J G Souza, D S P Abdalla, A M Chudzinski-Tavassi, S H P Farsky
Angiogenesis is a pivotal process of homeostasis and tissue repair, but it also favours neovascularisation syndromes and cancer nutrition. The chemical mediation of angiogenesis is complex, involving a balance between serine proteases and their inhibitors. We addressed the mechanisms of action of a Kunitz serine protease inhibitor (KPI) on spontaneous angiogenesis, using Amblyomin-X, a KPI designed from the cDNA library of the Amblyomma cajennense tick. Amblyomin-X treatment (10-1000 ng/10 μL; each 48 h; 3 times) reduced the number of vessels in the subcutaneous dorsal tissue of male Swiss mice, as measured by intravital microscopy, haematoxylin-eosin staining, and PECAM-1 immunofluorescence labeling...
July 2015: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
Nieves Ayllón, Margarita Villar, Ruth C Galindo, Katherine M Kocan, Radek Šíma, Juan A López, Jesús Vázquez, Pilar Alberdi, Alejandro Cabezas-Cruz, Petr Kopáček, José de la Fuente
Anaplasma phagocytophilum is an emerging pathogen that causes human granulocytic anaplasmosis. Infection with this zoonotic pathogen affects cell function in both vertebrate host and the tick vector, Ixodes scapularis. Global tissue-specific response and apoptosis signaling pathways were characterized in I. scapularis nymphs and adult female midguts and salivary glands infected with A. phagocytophilum using a systems biology approach combining transcriptomics and proteomics. Apoptosis was selected for pathway-focused analysis due to its role in bacterial infection of tick cells...
March 2015: PLoS Genetics
Chao Yu, Katharina Achazi, Lars Möller, Joerg D Schulzke, Matthias Niedrig, Roland Bücker
Tick-borne encephalitis virus (TBEV) is one of the most important vector-borne viruses in Europe and Asia. Its transmission mainly occurs by the bite of an infected tick. However, consuming milk products from infected livestock animals caused TBEV cases. To better understand TBEV transmission via the alimentary route, we studied viral infection of human intestinal epithelial cells. Caco-2 cells were used to investigate pathological effects of TBEV infection. TBEV-infected Caco-2 monolayers showed morphological changes including cytoskeleton rearrangements and cytoplasmic vacuolization...
2014: PloS One
Gislaine Cristina Roma, Maria Izabel Camargo Mathias, Pablo Henrique Nunes, Gervásio Henrique Bechara
This study performed the ultra-structural analysis of the changes caused by permethrin in the synganglion of semi-engorged Rhipicephalus sanguineus females, aiming to understand the toxic action of this substance at cellular level. The results showed that the neural lamella had its structure changed, allowing the influx of the toxic agent into the nervous tissue. The glial cells of the perineurium, as well as the neural cells of the cortex showed great changes, such as: irregular nuclei with chromatin margination, cytoplasmic vacuolation and degenerating mitochondria...
August 2014: Acta Tropica
Luwanika Mlera, Wessam Melik, Marshall E Bloom
In nature, vector-borne flaviviruses are persistently cycled between either the tick or mosquito vector and small mammals such as rodents, skunks, and swine. These viruses account for considerable human morbidity and mortality worldwide. Increasing and substantial evidence of viral persistence in humans, which includes the isolation of RNA by RT-PCR and infectious virus by culture, continues to be reported. Viral persistence can also be established in vitro in various human, animal, arachnid, and insect cell lines in culture...
July 2014: Pathogens and Disease
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