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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535252/trypanosome-rna-editing-mediator-complex-proteins-have-distinct-functions-in-grna-utilization
#1
Rachel M Simpson, Andrew E Bruno, Runpu Chen, Kaylen Lott, Brianna L Tylec, Jonathan E Bard, Yijun Sun, Michael J Buck, Laurie K Read
Uridine insertion/deletion RNA editing is an essential process in kinetoplastid parasites whereby mitochondrial mRNAs are modified through the specific insertion and deletion of uridines to generate functional open reading frames, many of which encode components of the mitochondrial respiratory chain. The roles of numerous non-enzymatic editing factors have remained opaque given the limitations of conventional methods to interrogate the order and mechanism by which editing progresses and thus roles of individual proteins...
May 23, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522152/anti-trypanosomal-activity-of-cationic-n-heterocyclic-carbene-gold-i-complexes
#2
Isabel Winter, Julia Lockhauserbäumer, Gertrud Lallinger-Kube, Rainer Schobert, Klaus Ersfeld, Bernhard Biersack
Two gold(I) N-heterocyclic carbene complexes 1a and 1b were tested for their anti-trypanosomal activity against Trypanosoma brucei parasites. Both gold compounds exhibited excellent anti-trypanosomal activity (IC50=0.9-3.0nM). The effects of the gold complexes 1a and 1b on the T. b. brucei cytoskeleton were evaluated. Rapid detachment of the flagellum from the cell body occurred after treatment with the gold complexes. In addition, a quick and complete degeneration of the parasitic cytoskeleton was induced by the gold complexes, only the microtubules of the detached flagellum remained intact...
May 15, 2017: Molecular and Biochemical Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504437/seasonal-variation-of-tsetse-fly-species-abundance-and-prevalence-of-trypanosomes-in-the-maasai-steppe-tanzania
#3
Happiness J Nnko, Anibariki Ngonyoka, Linda Salekwa, Anna B Estes, Peter J Hudson, Paul S Gwakisa, Isabella M Cattadori
Tsetse flies, the vectors of trypanosomiasis, represent a threat to public health and economy in sub-Saharan Africa. Despite these concerns, information on temporal and spatial dynamics of tsetse and trypanosomes remain limited and may be a reason that control strategies are less effective. The current study assessed the temporal variation of the relative abundance of tsetse fly species and trypanosome prevalence in relation to climate in the Maasai Steppe of Tanzania in 2014-2015. Tsetse flies were captured using odor-baited Epsilon traps deployed in ten sites selected through random subsampling of the major vegetation types in the area...
June 2017: Journal of Vector Ecology: Journal of the Society for Vector Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499405/a-comparative-molecular-and-3-dimensional-structural-investigation-into-cross-continental-and-novel-avian-trypanosoma-spp-in-australia
#4
Crystal Cooper, R C Andrew Thompson, Adriana Botero, Amanda Kristancic, Christopher Peacock, Yaowanuj Kirilak, Peta L Clode
BACKGROUND: Molecular and structural information on avian Trypanosoma spp. throughout Australia is limited despite their intrinsic value in understanding trypanosomatid evolution, diversity, and structural biology. In Western Australia tissue samples (n = 429) extracted from 93 birds in 25 bird species were screened using generic PCR primers to investigate the diversity of Trypanosoma spp. To investigate avian trypanosome structural biology the first 3-dimensional ultrastructural models of a Trypanosoma spp...
May 12, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28482865/biting-midges-ceratopogonidae-as-vectors-of-avian-trypanosomes
#5
Milena Svobodová, Olga V Dolnik, Ivan Čepička, Jana Rádrová
BACKGROUND: Although avian trypanosomes are widespread parasites, the knowledge of their vectors is still incomplete. Despite biting midges (Diptera: Ceratopogonidae) are considered as potential vectors of avian trypanosomes, their role in transmission has not been satisfactorily elucidated. Our aim was to clarify the potential of biting midges to sustain the development of avian trypanosomes by testing their susceptibility to different strains of avian trypanosomes experimentally. Moreover, we screened biting midges for natural infections in the wild...
May 8, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28481934/dynamin-like-proteins-in-trypanosoma-brucei-a-division-of-labour-between-two-paralogs
#6
Corinna Benz, Eva Stříbrná, Hassan Hashimi, Julius Lukeš
Dynamins and dynamin-like proteins (DLPs) belong to a family of large GTPases involved in membrane remodelling events. These include both fusion and fission processes with different dynamin proteins often having a specialised function within the same organism. Trypanosoma brucei is thought to have only one multifunctional DLP (TbDLP). While this was initially reported to function in mitochondrial division only, an additional role in endocytosis and cytokinesis was later also proposed. Since there are two copies of TbDLP present in the trypanosome genome, we investigated potential functional differences between these two paralogs by re-expressing either protein in a TbDLP RNAi background...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28470520/an-atp-based-luciferase-viability-assay-for-animal-african-trypanosomes-using-a-96-well-plate
#7
Keisuke Suganuma, Nthatisi Innocentia Molefe, Noboru Inoue
Cell viability assays using multi-well cell culture plates are frequently used for in vitro drug screening. We herein describe an ATP-based luciferase viability assay for animal African trypanosomes using a 96-well plate. This assay could be further applied to the screening of novel compounds for the treatment of animal African trypanosomiasis.
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28465349/genetic-metabolic-complementation-establishes-a-requirement-for-gdp-fucose-in-leishmania
#8
Hongjie Guo, Natalia M Novozhilova, Giulia Bandini, Salvatore J Turco, Michael A J Ferguson, Stephen M Beverley
To survive in its sand fly vector, the trypanosomatid protozoan parasite Leishmania first attaches to the midgut to avoid excretion, but eventually it must detach for transmission by the next bite. In Leishmania major strain Friedlin, this is controlled by modifications of the stage-specific adhesin lipophosphoglycan (LPG). During differentiation to infective metacyclics, D-arabinopyranose (D-Arap) caps the LPG side-chain galactose residues, blocking interaction with the midgut lectin PpGalec, thereby leading to parasite detachment and transmission...
May 2, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28463551/comparative-interactomics-provides-evidence-for-functional-specialization-of-the-nuclear-pore-complex
#9
Samson O Obado, Mark C Field, Michael P Rout
The core architecture of the eukaryotic cell was established well over one billion years ago, and is largely retained in all extant lineages. However, eukaryotic cells also possess lineage-specific features, frequently keyed to specific functional requirements. One quintessential core eukaryotic structure is the nuclear pore complex (NPC), responsible for regulating exchange of macromolecules between the nucleus and cytoplasm as well as acting as a nuclear organizational hub. NPC architecture has been best documented in one eukaryotic supergroup, the Opisthokonts (e...
May 2, 2017: Nucleus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28459879/controlling-transferrin-receptor-trafficking-with-gpi-valence-in-bloodstream-stage-african-trypanosomes
#10
Calvin Tiengwe, Peter J Bush, James D Bangs
Bloodstream-form African trypanosomes encode two structurally related glycosylphosphatidylinositol (GPI)-anchored proteins that are critical virulence factors, variant surface glycoprotein (VSG) for antigenic variation and transferrin receptor (TfR) for iron acquisition. Both are transcribed from the active telomeric expression site. VSG is a GPI2 homodimer; TfR is a GPI1 heterodimer of GPI-anchored ESAG6 and ESAG7. GPI-valence correlates with secretory progression and fate in bloodstream trypanosomes: VSG (GPI2) is a surface protein; truncated VSG (GPI0) is degraded in the lysosome; and native TfR (GPI1) localizes in the flagellar pocket...
May 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28456523/the-canonical-poly-a-polymerase-pap1-polyadenylates-non-coding-rnas-and-is-essential-for-snorna-biogenesis-in-trypanosoma-brucei
#11
Vaibhav Chikne, Sachin Kumar Gupta, Tirza Doniger, K Shanmugha Rajan, Smadar Cohen-Chalamish, Hiba Waldman Ben-Asher, Liat Kolet, Nasreen Hag Yahia, Ron Unger, Elisabetta Ullu, Nikolay G Kolev, Christian Tschudi, Shulamit Michaeli
The parasite Trypanosoma brucei is the causative agent of African sleeping sickness and is known for its unique RNA processing mechanisms which are common to all the kinetoplastidea including Leishmania and Trypanosoma cruzi. Trypanosomes possess two canonical RNA poly (A) polymerases termed PAP1 and PAP2. PAP1 is encoded by one of the only two genes harboring cis-spliced introns in this organism and its function is currently unknown. In trypanosomes all mRNAs, as well as non-coding RNAs such as small nucleolar RNAs (snoRNAs) and long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs), undergo trans-splicing and polyadenylation...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439783/dourine-a-neglected-disease-of-equids
#12
REVIEW
Yonas Gizaw, Mulisa Megersa, Teka Fayera
Dourine is a venereal transmitted trypanosomosis causing a major health problem threatening equines worldwide. The origin and identification of Trypanosoma equiperdum within the subgenus Trypanozoon is still a subject of debate. Unlike other trypanosomal infections, dourine is transmitted almost exclusively by coitus. Diagnosis of dourine has continued to be a challenge, due to limited knowledge about the parasite and host-parasite interaction following infection. The pathological lesions caused by the diseases are poorly described and are observed mainly in the reproductive organs, in the nervous system, and on the skin...
April 24, 2017: Tropical Animal Health and Production
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
#13
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/28428042/synthesis-and-biological-evaluation-of-selective-tubulin-inhibitors-as-anti-trypanosomal-agents
#14
Viharika Bobba, Vishal Nanavaty, Nethrie D Idippily, Anran Zhao, Bibo Li, Bin Su
African trypanosomiasis is still a threat to human health due to the severe side-effects of current drugs. We identified selective tubulin inhibitors that showed the promise to the treatment of this disease, which was based on the tubulin protein structural difference between mammalian and trypanosome cells. Further lead optimization was performed in the current study to improve the efficiency of the drug candidates. We used Trypanosoma brucei brucei cells as the parasite model, and human normal kidney cells and mouse macrophage cells as the host model to evaluate the compounds...
April 8, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427957/pcr-based-identification-of-trypanosoma-lewisi-and-trypanosoma-musculi-using-maxicircle-kinetoplast-dna
#15
Xiao-Kun Hong, Xuan Zhang, Octavio Alejandro Fusco, You-Gen Lan, Zhao-Rong Lun, De-Hua Lai
Trypanosoma lewisi, transmitted by rat fleas, is a widespread pathogen specific to rats with records of human infection cases. Its closely related species with global distribution, Trypanosoma musculi, is transmitted between mice by ingestion of infected fleas. These trypanosomes are of similar morphology, making it difficult to distinguish them by microscopy. In this study, we have developed a rapid, sensitive and reliable PCR method for the diagnosis of T. lewisi and T. musculi. The T. lewisi-specific amplicons were not produced by other Trypanosoma, such as T...
April 17, 2017: Acta Tropica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426655/glycosome-biogenesis-in-trypanosomes-and-the-de-novo-dilemma
#16
REVIEW
Sarah Bauer, Meredith T Morris
Trypanosomatid parasites, including Trypanosoma and Leishmania, are the causative agents of lethal diseases threatening millions of people around the world. These organisms compartmentalize glycolysis in essential, specialized peroxisomes called glycosomes. Peroxisome proliferation can occur through growth and division of existing organelles and de novo biogenesis from the endoplasmic reticulum. The level that each pathway contributes is debated. Current evidence supports the concerted contribution of both mechanisms in an equilibrium that can vary depending on environmental conditions and metabolic requirements of the cell...
April 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424496/the-chemical-characterization-of-nigerian-propolis-samples-and-their-activity-against-trypanosoma-brucei
#17
Ruwida Omar, John O Igoli, Tong Zhang, Alexander I Gray, Godwin U Ebiloma, Carol J Clements, James Fearnley, RuAngeli Edrada Ebel, Tim Paget, Harry P de Koning, David G Watson
Profiling of extracts from twelve propolis samples collected from eight regions in Nigeria was carried out using high performance liquid chromatography (LC) coupled with evaporative light scattering (ELSD), ultraviolet detection (UV) and mass spectrometry (MS), gas chromatography mass spectrometry (GC-MS) and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (NMR). Principal component analysis (PCA) of the processed LC-MS data demonstrated the varying chemical composition of the samples. Most of the samples were active against Trypanosoma b...
April 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421044/comparative-genomics-of-glossina-palpalis-gambiensis-and-g-morsitans-morsitans-to-reveal-gene-orthologs-involved-in-infection-by-trypanosoma-brucei-gambiense
#18
Illiassou Hamidou Soumana, Bernadette Tchicaya, Stéphanie Rialle, Hugues Parrinello, Anne Geiger
Blood-feeding Glossina palpalis gambiense (Gpg) fly transmits the single-celled eukaryotic parasite Trypanosoma brucei gambiense (Tbg), the second Glossina fly African trypanosome pair being Glossina morsitans/T.brucei rhodesiense. Whatever the T. brucei subspecies, whereas the onset of their developmental program in the zoo-anthropophilic blood feeding flies does unfold in the fly midgut, its completion is taking place in the fly salivary gland where does emerge a low size metacyclic trypomastigote population displaying features that account for its establishment in mammals-human individuals included...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408215/prevalence-genetic-diversity-and-potential-clinical-impact-of-blood-borne-and-enteric-protozoan-parasites-in-native-mammals-from-northern-australia
#19
Amanda Barbosa, Andrea Reiss, Bethany Jackson, Kristin Warren, Andrea Paparini, Graeme Gillespie, Danielle Stokeld, Peter Irwin, Una Ryan
A molecular survey was conducted to provide baseline information on the prevalence, genetic diversity and potential clinical impacts of blood-borne and enteric protozoans in native wild mammals from the Northern Territory (NT). A total of 209 blood and 167 faecal samples were collected from four target species; the northern brown bandicoot (Isoodon macrourus), common brushtail possum (Trichosurus vulpecula), northern quoll (Dasyurus hallucatus) and brush-tailed rabbit-rat (Conilurus penicillatus). Blood samples were screened by PCR at the 18S rRNA gene for trypanosomes, piroplasms and haemogregarines, with faecal samples tested for Cryptosporidium spp...
April 4, 2017: Veterinary Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28403897/trypanosoma-vivax-is-the-second-leading-cause-of-camel-trypanosomosis-in-sudan-after-trypanosoma-evansi
#20
Ehab Mossaad, Bashir Salim, Keisuke Suganuma, Peter Musinguzi, Mohammed A Hassan, E A Elamin, G E Mohammed, Amel O Bakhiet, Xuenan Xuan, Rawan A Satti, Noboru Inoue
BACKGROUND: This study was conducted in response to recurring reports from eastern Sudan of camel trypanosomosis that can no longer be treated by currently available trypanocidal drugs. One hundred and eighty-nine blood samples were obtained from camels in different herds and local markets in the western part of Sudan, and a cross-sectional study was carried out between December 2015 and February 2016 to identify the causative agents and possible circulating genotypes. RESULTS: The prevalence of trypanosomes detected using the conventional parasitological techniques of Giemsa-stained blood smears, wet blood smears and the microhematocrit centrifugation technique (MHCT) was 7% (13/189), 11% (21/189) and 19% (36/189), respectively...
April 13, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
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