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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087364/aquaglyceroporins-are-the-entry-pathway-of-boric-acid-in-trypanosoma-brucei
#1
Sabrina Marsiccobetre, Alexis Rodríguez-Acosta, Florian Lang, Katherine Figarella, Néstor L Uzcátegui
The boron element possesses a range of different effects on living beings. It is essential to beneficial at low concentrations, but toxic at excessive concentrations. Recently, some boron-based compounds have been identified as promising molecules against Trypanosoma brucei, the causative agent of sleeping sickness. However, until now, the boron metabolism and its access route into the parasite remained elusive. The present study addressed the permeability of T. brucei aquaglyceroporins (TbAQPs) for boric acid, the main natural boron species...
January 10, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069429/the-nuclear-rna-binding-protein-rbp33-influences-mrna-and-spliced-leader-rna-abundance-in-trypanosoma-brucei
#2
Olivera Cirovic, Roman Trikin, Anneliese Hoffmann, Nicholas Doiron, Martin Jakob, Torsten Ochsenreiter
RNA recognition motif (RRM) containing proteins are important regulators of gene expression in trypanosomes. Here we expand our current knowledge on the exclusively nuclear localized RRM domain containing protein RBP33 of Trypanosoma brucei. Overexpression of RBP33 leads to a quick growth arrest in G2/M in bloodstream form cells likely due to an overall mRNA- and spliced leader abundance decrease while the ribosomal RNAs remain unaffected. The recombinant RBP33 binds to poly(A) and random sequence RNA in vitro confirming its role as a RNA binding protein...
January 6, 2017: Molecular and Biochemical Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062234/in-vitro-antiprotozoal-activity-of-s-cis-verbenol-against-leishmania-spp-and-trypanosoma-cruzi
#3
Gloria Yaluff, Celeste Vega, Nelson Alvarenga
(S)-cis-Verbenol, a monoterpene frequently found as a component of essential oils, was assayed against Leishmania amazonensis, Leishmania infantum, Leishmania brasiliensis and against two strains of Trypanosoma cruzi. The cytotoxicity of the compound was also assayed against human fibroblast cells using a colorimetric method. Benznidazole was used as reference drug against T. cruzi and amphotericin B was used against Leishmania spp. The compound showed good activity against the trypanosomes, being more active against the CL Brenner strain, with an IC50 value of 8...
January 3, 2017: Acta Tropica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28052236/interplay-between-protein-thermal-flexibility-and-kinetic-stability
#4
Andrea G Quezada, A Jessica Díaz-Salazar, Nallely Cabrera, Ruy Pérez-Montfort, Ángel Piñeiro, Miguel Costas
Kinetic stability is a key parameter to comprehend protein behavior and it plays a central role to understand how evolution has reached the balance between function and stability in cell-relevant timescales. Using an approach that includes simulations, protein engineering, and calorimetry, we show that there is a clear correlation between kinetic stability determined by differential scanning calorimetry and protein thermal flexibility obtained from a novel method based on temperature-induced unfolding molecular dynamics simulations...
January 3, 2017: Structure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28051945/sex-specific-effects-of-high-yolk-androgen-levels-on-constitutive-and-cell-mediated-immune-responses-in-nestlings-of-an-altricial-passerine
#5
Jaime Muriel, Lorenzo Pérez-Rodríguez, Manuel E Ortiz-Santaliestra, Marisa Puerta, Diego Gil
Avian embryos are exposed to yolk androgens that are incorporated into the egg by the ovulating female. These steroids can affect several aspects of embryo development, often resulting in increases in overall size or the speed of growth of different traits. However, several studies suggest that they also entail immune costs to the offspring. In this study, we explored whether variation in yolk androgen concentration affected several measures of the constitutive and cell-mediated immune axes in the spotless starling (Sturnus unicolor)...
January 2017: Physiological and Biochemical Zoology: PBZ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28049718/patterns-of-organelle-ontogeny-through-a-cell-cycle-revealed-by-whole-cell-reconstructions-using-3d-electron-microscopy
#6
Louise Hughes, Samantha Borrett, Katie Towers, Tobias Starborg, Sue Vaughan
The major mammalian bloodstream form of the African sleeping sickness parasite Trypanosoma brucei multiplies rapidly and it is important to understand how these cells divide. Organelle inheritance involves complex spatiotemporal re-arrangements to ensure correct distribution to daughter cells. Serial block face scanning electron microscopy (SBF-SEM) was used to reconstruct whole individual cells at different stages of the cell cycle to give an unprecedented temporal, spatial and quantitative view of organelle division, inheritance and abscission in a eukaryotic cell...
January 3, 2017: Journal of Cell Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28049148/proximity-interactions-among-basal-body-components-in-trypanosoma-brucei-identify-novel-regulators-of-basal-body-biogenesis-and-inheritance
#7
Hung Quang Dang, Qing Zhou, Veronica W Rowlett, Huiqing Hu, Kyu Joon Lee, William Margolin, Ziyin Li
: The basal body shares similar architecture with centrioles in animals and is involved in nucleating flagellar axonemal microtubules in flagellated eukaryotes. The early-branching Trypanosoma brucei possesses a motile flagellum nucleated from the basal body that consists of a mature basal body and an adjacent pro-basal body. Little is known about the basal body proteome and its roles in basal body biogenesis and flagellar axoneme assembly in T. brucei Here, we report the identification of 14 conserved centriole/basal body protein homologs and 25 trypanosome-specific basal body proteins...
January 3, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28045943/arginine-and-lysine-transporters-are-essential-for-trypanosoma-brucei
#8
Christoph Mathieu, Juan P Macêdo, Daniel Hürlimann, Corina Wirdnam, Alexander C Haindrich, Marianne Suter Grotemeyer, Amaia González-Salgado, Remo S Schmidt, Ehud Inbar, Pascal Mäser, Peter Bütikofer, Dan Zilberstein, Doris Rentsch
For Trypanosoma brucei arginine and lysine are essential amino acids and therefore have to be imported from the host. Heterologous expression in Saccharomyces cerevisiae mutants identified cationic amino acid transporters among members of the T. brucei AAAP (amino acid/auxin permease) family. TbAAT5-3 showed high affinity arginine uptake (Km 3.6 ± 0.4 μM) and high selectivity for L-arginine. L-arginine transport was reduced by a 10-times excess of L-arginine, homo-arginine, canavanine or arginine-β-naphthylamide, while lysine was inhibitory only at 100-times excess, and histidine or ornithine did not reduce arginine uptake rates significantly...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28045892/cyclobenzaprine-raises-ros-levels-in-leishmania-infantum-and-reduces-parasite-burden-in-infected-mice
#9
Edézio Ferreira Cunha-Júnior, Valter Viana Andrade-Neto, Marta Lopes Lima, Thais Alves da Costa-Silva, Andres J Galisteo Junior, Maria A Abengózar, Coral Barbas, Luis Rivas, Elmo Eduardo Almeida-Amaral, Andre Gustavo Tempone, Eduardo Caio Torres-Santos
BACKGROUND: The leishmanicidal action of tricyclic antidepressants has been studied and evidences have pointed that their action is linked to inhibition of trypanothione reductase, a key enzyme in the redox metabolism of pathogenic trypanosomes. Cyclobenzaprine (CBP) is a tricyclic structurally related to the antidepressant amitriptyline, differing only by the presence of a double bond in the central ring. This paper describes the effect of CBP in experimental visceral leishmaniasis, its inhibitory effect in trypanothione reductase and the potential immunomodulatory activity...
January 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28040568/in%C3%A2-vitro-drug-susceptibility-of-two-strains-of-the-wildlife-trypanosome-trypanosoma-copemani-a-comparison-with-trypanosoma-cruzi
#10
Adriana Botero, Sarah Keatley, Christopher Peacock, R C Andrew Thompson
Trypanosomes are blood protozoan parasites that are capable of producing illness in the vertebrate host. Within Australia, several native Trypanosoma species have been described infecting wildlife. However, only Trypanosoma copemani has been associated with pathological lesions in wildlife hosts and more recently has been associated with the drastic decline of the critically endangered woylie (Bettongia penicillata). The impact that some trypanosomes have on the health of the vertebrate host has led to the development of numerous drug compounds that could inhibit the growth or kill the parasite...
December 23, 2016: International Journal for Parasitology, Drugs and Drug Resistance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28040271/effects-of-climate-change-on-the-occurrence-and-distribution-of-livestock-diseases
#11
B Bett, P Kiunga, J Gachohi, C Sindato, D Mbotha, T Robinson, J Lindahl, D Grace
The planet's mean air and ocean temperatures have been rising over the last century because of increasing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. These changes have substantial effects on the epidemiology of infectious diseases. We describe direct and indirect processes linking climate change and infectious diseases in livestock with reference to specific case studies. Some of the studies are used to show a positive association between temperature and expansion of the geographical ranges of arthropod vectors (e.g. Culicoides imicola, which transmits bluetongue virus) while others are used to illustrate an opposite trend (e...
December 14, 2016: Preventive Veterinary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28034897/trypanosome-outer-kinetochore-proteins-suggest-conservation-of-chromosome-segregation-machinery-across-eukaryotes
#12
Simon D'Archivio, Bill Wickstead
Kinetochores are multiprotein complexes that couple eukaryotic chromosomes to the mitotic spindle to ensure proper segregation. The model for kinetochore assembly is conserved between humans and yeast, and homologues of several components are widely distributed in eukaryotes, but key components are absent in some lineages. The recent discovery in a lineage of protozoa called kinetoplastids of unconventional kinetochores with no apparent homology to model organisms suggests that more than one system for eukaryotic chromosome segregation may exist...
December 29, 2016: Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28011167/trypanosoma-brucei-brucei-traverses-different-biological-barriers-differently-and-may-modify-the-host-plasma-membrane-in-the-process
#13
Monica Namayanja, Yan Dai, Barbara Nerima, Enock Matovu, Zhao-Rong Lun, George W Lubega, Chen Zhengjun
Trypanosoma brucei are extracellular hemoflagellate protozoan parasites and one of the causative agents of a devastating zoonotic disease called African Trypanosomiasis. In humans, the disease is caused by Trypanosoma brucei rhodensiense and Trypanosoma brucei gambiense, which cross the blood brain barrier (BBB) causing neurological disorders which culminate in death if untreated. In some domestic animals and laboratory rodents, Trypanosoma brucei brucei causes a disease similar to that in humans. The mechanism by which Trypanosoma brucei brucei invade biological barriers including the BBB has not been fully elucidated...
December 20, 2016: Experimental Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28008316/cynaropicrin-a-comprehensive-research-review-and-therapeutic-potential-as-an-anti-hepatitis-c-virus-agent
#14
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Mahmoud F Elsebai, Andrei Mocan, Atanas G Atanasov
The different pharmacologic properties of plants-containing cynaropicrin, especially artichokes, have been known for many centuries. More recently, cynaropicrin exhibited a potential activity against all genotypes of hepatitis C virus (HCV). Cynaropicrin has also shown a wide range of other pharmacologic properties such as anti-hyperlipidemic, anti-trypanosomal, anti-malarial, antifeedant, antispasmodic, anti-photoaging, and anti-tumor action, as well as activation of bitter sensory receptors, and anti-inflammatory properties (e...
2016: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28007483/bovine-trypanosomosis-and-vector-density-in-omo-ghibe-tsetse-belt-south-ethiopia
#15
Rahmeto Abebe, Solomon Gute, Ijigu Simon
African animal trypanosomosis (AAT) is a parasitic disease that causes serious economic losses in livestock from anemia, loss of condition, emaciation and death in untreated cases. It is one of the major constraints to improved livestock production and productivity in Ethiopia. Entomological and parasitological surveys were conducted in the Omo-Ghibe tsetse belt of south Ethiopia to estimate the prevalence of bovine trypanosomosis and the apparent tsetse density (AD), and identify the potential risk factors...
December 19, 2016: Acta Tropica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28006002/unbiased-rna-shotgun-metagenomics-in-social-and-solitary-wild-bees-detects-associations-with-eukaryote-parasites-and-new-viruses
#16
Karel Schoonvaere, Lina De Smet, Guy Smagghe, Andy Vierstraete, Bart P Braeckman, Dirk C de Graaf
The diversity of eukaryote organisms and viruses associated with wild bees remains poorly characterized in contrast to the well-documented pathosphere of the western honey bee, Apis mellifera. Using a deliberate RNA shotgun metagenomic sequencing strategy in combination with a dedicated bioinformatics workflow, we identified the (micro-)organisms and viruses associated with two bumble bee hosts, Bombus terrestris and Bombus pascuorum, and two solitary bee hosts, Osmia cornuta and Andrena vaga. Ion Torrent semiconductor sequencing generated approximately 3...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28004126/the-hif-1-antagonist-acriflavine-visualization-in-retina-and-suppression-of-ocular-neovascularization
#17
Mingbing Zeng, Jikui Shen, Yuanyuan Liu, Lucy Yang Lu, Kun Ding, Seth D Fortmann, Mahmood Khan, Jiangxia Wang, Sean F Hackett, Gregg L Semenza, Peter A Campochiaro
: Acriflavine, a fluorescent drug previously used for bacterial and trypanosomal infections, reduces hypoxia-inducible factor-1 (HIF-1) and HIF-2 transcriptional activity. In mice with oxygen-induced ischemic retinopathy, intraocular or intraperitoneal injections of acriflavine caused dose-dependent suppression of retinal neovascularization (NV) and significantly reduced expression of HIF-1-responsive genes. Intraocular injection of 100 ng caused inner retina fluorescence within 1 h that was seen throughout the entire retina between 1 and 5 days, and at 7 days after injection, strongly suppressed choroidal NV at Bruch's membrane rupture sites...
December 21, 2016: Journal of Molecular Medicine: Official Organ of the "Gesellschaft Deutscher Naturforscher und Ärzte"
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28002620/the-effect-of-specific-proline-residues-on-the-kinetic-stability-of-the-triosephosphate-isomerases-of-two-trypanosomes
#18
Valeria Guzmán-Luna, Andrea G Quezada, A Jessica Díaz-Salazar, Nallely Cabrera, Ruy Pérez-Montfort, Miguel Costas
The effect of specific residues on the kinetic stability of two closely related triosephosphate isomerases (from Trypanosoma cruzi, TcTIM and Trypanosoma brucei, TbTIM) have been studied. Based on a comparison of their β-turn occurrence, we engineered two chimerical enzymes where their super secondary β-loop-α motifs 2 ((βα)2 ) were swapped. Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) experiments showed that the (βα)2 motif of TcTIM inserted into TbTIM (2Tc) increases the kinetic stability. On the other hand, the presence of the (βα)2 motif of TbTIM inserted into TcTIM (2Tb) gave a chimerical protein difficult to purify in soluble form and with a significantly reduced kinetic stability...
December 21, 2016: Proteins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28002454/trypanosoma-brucei-invasion-and-t-cell-infiltration-of-the-brain-parenchyma-in-experimental-sleeping-sickness-timing-and-correlation-with-functional-changes
#19
Claudia Laperchia, Maria Palomba, Paul F Seke Etet, Jean Rodgers, Barbara Bradley, Paul Montague, Gigliola Grassi-Zucconi, Peter G E Kennedy, Marina Bentivoglio
BACKGROUND: The timing of Trypanosoma brucei entry into the brain parenchyma to initiate the second, meningoencephalitic stage of human African trypanosomiasis or sleeping sickness is currently debated and even parasite invasion of the neuropil has been recently questioned. Furthermore, the relationship between neurological features and disease stage are unclear, despite the important diagnostic and therapeutic implications. METHODOLOGY: Using a rat model of chronic Trypanosoma brucei brucei infection we determined the timing of parasite and T-cell neuropil infiltration and its correlation with functional changes...
December 2016: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28002435/transcriptome-profiling-of-trypanosoma-brucei-development-in-the-tsetse-fly-vector-glossina-morsitans
#20
Amy F Savage, Nikolay G Kolev, Joseph B Franklin, Aurelien Vigneron, Serap Aksoy, Christian Tschudi
African trypanosomes, the causative agents of sleeping sickness in humans and nagana in animals, have a complex digenetic life cycle between a mammalian host and an insect vector, the blood-feeding tsetse fly. Although the importance of the insect vector to transmit the disease was first realized over a century ago, many aspects of trypanosome development in tsetse have not progressed beyond a morphological analysis, mainly due to considerable challenges to obtain sufficient material for molecular studies. Here, we used high-throughput RNA-Sequencing (RNA-Seq) to profile Trypanosoma brucei transcript levels in three distinct tissues of the tsetse fly, namely the midgut, proventriculus and salivary glands...
2016: PloS One
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