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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224222/immunopathological-characterization-of-human-cutaneous-leishmaniasis-lesions-caused-by-leishmania-viannia-spp-in-amazonian-brazil
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Cláudia Maria Castro Gomes, Maria Gloria Teixeira Sousa, Joyce Prieto Bezerra Menezes, Marliane Campos Batista, Ana Carolina Stocco Lima, Walter Belda, Daniel Bradshaw, Monica Elinor Alves Gama, Márcia Dalastra Laurenti, Fernando Tobias Silveira, Carlos Eduardo Pereira Corbett
American cutaneous leishmaniasis (ACL) is a chronic infectious disease caused by different protozoan species of Leishmania, and it is endemic in both tropical and subtropical countries. Using immunohistochemistry, we investigate the density of CD68(+), lysozyme(+), CD1a(+), factor XIIIa(+), CD4(+), CD8(+), CD56(+), interferon (IFN)-γ(+), and inducible NO synthase (iNOS(+)) cells. These cells were analyzed from 22 biopsy samples obtained from the lesions of ACL patients, whose infection was caused by Leishmania (Viannia) spp...
February 21, 2017: Parasitology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187714/tipmt-identification-of-pcr-based-taxon-specific-markers
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Gabriela F Rodrigues-Luiz, Mariana S Cardoso, Hugo O Valdivia, Edward V Ayala, Célia M F Gontijo, Thiago de S Rodrigues, Ricardo T Fujiwara, Robson S Lopes, Daniella C Bartholomeu
BACKGROUND: Molecular genetic markers are one of the most informative and widely used genome features in clinical and environmental diagnostic studies. A polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-based molecular marker is very attractive because it is suitable to high throughput automation and confers high specificity. However, the design of taxon-specific primers may be difficult and time consuming due to the need to identify appropriate genomic regions for annealing primers and to evaluate primer specificity...
February 11, 2017: BMC Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28177050/achievement-of-constitutive-fluorescent-plexsy-egfp-leishmania-braziliensis-and-its-application-as-an-alternative-method-for-drug-screening-in-vitro
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Matheus Silva E Bastos, Luciana Ângelo de Souza, Thiago Souza Onofre, Abelardo Silva, Márcia Rogéria de Almeida, Gustavo Costa Bressan, Juliana Lopes Rangel Fietto
BACKGROUND: Gene reporter-fluorescent cells have emerged as alternative method for drug screening. OBJECTIVE: Achievement of constitutive expression of fluorescent protein GFP by Leishmania braziliensis as alternative method for drug screening. METHODS: L. braziliensis-GFP was generated using Leishmania tarentolae pLEXSY-egfp for constitutive expression of GFP. Fluorescent cells were selected and subjected to standardisation tests of anti-promastigote and anti-intracellular amastigote assays...
February 2017: Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167253/is-leishmania-viannia-braziliensis-parasite-load-associated-with-disease-pathogenesis
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Luiza de Oliveira Ramos Pereira, Regina Barbosa Moreira, Márcia Pereira de Oliveira, Soraya de Oliveira Reis, Manoel Paes de Oliveira Neto, Claude Pirmez
BACKGROUND: Leishmania (Viannia) braziliensis is the main etiological agent of tegumentary leishmaniasis in the Americas. Parasite molecular diversity and host immune status contribute to extensive variations in its clinical presentation within endemic areas of Brazil. Pentavalent antimonials have been used for more than 60 years as the first-line drug for all cases, despite the potential for severe side effects and refractoriness. In Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, most L. (V.) braziliensis infections are benign with a scarcity of parasites, although metastasis and refractory infections can arise...
February 3, 2017: International Journal of Infectious Diseases: IJID
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28150041/evaluation-of-a-hypothetical-protein-for-serodiagnosis-and-as-a-potential-marker-for-post-treatment-serological-evaluation-of-tegumentary-leishmaniasis-patients
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Mariana Pedrosa Lima, Lourena Emanuele Costa, Mariana Costa Duarte, Daniel Menezes-Souza, Beatriz Cristina Silveira Salles, Thaís Teodoro de Oliveira Santos, Fernanda Fonseca Ramos, Miguel Angel Chávez-Fumagalli, Amanda Christine Silva Kursancew, Roberta Passamani Ambrósio, Bruno Mendes Roatt, Ricardo Andrez Machado-de-Ávila, Denise Utsch Gonçalves, Eduardo Antonio Ferraz Coelho
The serodiagnosis for tegumentary leishmaniasis (TL) presents problems related to the sensitivity and/or specificity of the tests. In the present study, an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) technique was used to evaluate the performance from a Leishmania braziliensis hypothetical protein, LbHyM, in an attempt to compare its serological reactivity with a soluble Leishmania antigenic preparation (SLA) for the serodiagnosis of cutaneous (CL) and mucosal (ML) leishmaniasis. LbHyM was predicted to be a kinesin-like protein by bioinformatics tools...
February 1, 2017: Parasitology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28141598/leishmaniasis-recidivans-in-ethiopia-cutaneous-and-mucocutaneous-features
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Federica Dassoni, Frehiwot Daba, Bernard Naafs, Aldo Morrone
Cutaneous leishmaniasis (CL) is endemic in Ethiopia. An unusual clinical form of this disease is leishmaniasis recidivans (LR), a prolonged, relapsing form of cutaneous leishmaniasis resembling tuberculosis of the skin that may persist for many years with a chronic and relapsing course. This rare variant has been shown to be caused by Leishmania tropica species in the Old World and by Leishmania braziliensis, Leishmania amazonensis, Leishmania panamensis, and Leishmania guyanensis in the New World, as reported in various studies...
January 30, 2017: Journal of Infection in Developing Countries
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28131913/the-paraguayan-rhinella-toad-venom-implications-in-the-traditional-medicine-and-proliferation-of-breast-cancer-cells
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Guillermo Schmeda-Hirschmann, Celeste Vega Gomez, Antonieta Rojas de Arias, Alberto Burgos-Edwards, Jorge Alfonso, Miriam Rolon, Francisco Brusquetti, Flavia Netto, Félix A Urra, César Cárdenas
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Toads belonging to genus Rhinella are used in Paraguayan traditional medicine to treat cancer and skin infections. AIM OF THE STUDY: The objective of the study was to determine the composition of venoms obtained from three different Paraguayan Rhinella species, to establish the constituents of a preparation sold in the capital city of Paraguay to treat cancer as containing the toad as ingredient, to establish the effect of the most active Rhinella schneideri venom on the cell cycle using human breast cancer cells and to assess the antiprotozoal activity of the venoms...
January 25, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28119201/design-synthesis-structure-activity-relationship-and-mechanism-of-action-studies-of-a-series-of-4-chloro-1-phthalazinyl-hydrazones-as-a-potent-agent-against-leishmania-braziliensis
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Angel H Romero, Rafael Medina, Anamaría Alcala, Yael García-Marchan, Jorge Núñez-Duran, Jacques Leañez, Ali Mijoba, Carlos Ciangherotti, Xenón Serrano-Martín, Simón E López
With the aim to identify a potential drug candidate to treat cutaneous leishmaniasis, a series of 1-phthalazinyl hydrazones were synthesized and tested against Leishmania braziliensis parasite, one of the main responsible of this disease in the world. A structure-activity relationship permitted to identify two phthalazines containing nitroheterocyclic moiety 3l and 3m as promising new lead compounds. These compounds showed a significant antileishmanial activity against promastigote form of L. braziliensis, with EC50 values in sub-micromolar and nanomolar ranges...
February 15, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28119029/analysis-of-expression-of-fli1-and-mmp1-in-american-cutaneous-leishmaniasis-caused-by-leishmania-braziliensis-infection
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Lucas Almeida, Juliana A Silva, Viviane M Andrade, Paulo Machado, Sarra E Jamieson, Edgar M Carvalho, Jenefer M Blackwell, Léa C Castellucci
FLI1 (Friend leukemia virus integration 1) and IL6 (interleukin 6; IL-6) are associated with Leishmania braziliensis susceptibility. Cutaneous lesions show exaggerated matrix metalloproteinase 1 (MMP1). In other skin diseases, FLI1 promoter methylation reduces FLI1 expression, and low FLI1 down-regulates MMP1. IL-6 increases FLI1 expression. We hypothesized that epigenetic regulation of FLI1 in cutaneous leishmaniasis, together with IL-6, might determine MMP1 expression. While generally low (<10%), percent FLI1 promoter methylation was lower (P=0...
January 21, 2017: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28115669/characterization-of-the-histopathologic-features-in-patients-in-the-early-and-late-phases-of-cutaneous-leishmaniasis
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Maíra G Saldanha, Adriano Queiroz, Paulo Roberto L Machado, Lucas P de Carvalho, Phillip Scott, Edgar M de Carvalho Filho, Sérgio Arruda
Cutaneous leishmaniasis (CL), characterized by an ulcerated lesion, is the most common clinical form of human leishmaniasis. Before the ulcer develops, patients infected with Leishmania (Viannia) braziliensis develop a small papule at the site of the sandfly bite, referred to as early cutaneous leishmaniasis (E-CL). Two to four weeks later the typical ulcer develops, which is considered here as late CL (L-CL). Although there is a great deal known about T-cell responses in patients with L-CL, there is little information about the in situ inflammatory response in E-CL...
January 23, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104372/insights-on-the-structural-dynamics-of-leishmania-braziliensis-hsp90-molecular-chaperone-by-small-angle-x-ray-scattering
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Thiago V Seraphim, Kelly P Silva, Paulo R Dores-Silva, Leandro R S Barbosa, Júlio C Borges
Heat shock protein of 90kDa (Hsp90) is an essential molecular chaperone involved in a plethora of cellular activities which modulate protein homeostasis. During the Hsp90 mechanochemical cycle, it undergoes large conformational changes, oscillating between open and closed states. Although structural and conformational equilibria of prokaryotic and some eukaryotic Hsp90s are known, some protozoa Hsp90 structures and dynamics are poorly understood. In this study, we report the solution structure and conformational dynamics of Leishmania braziliensis Hsp90 (LbHsp90) investigated by small angle X-ray scattering (SAXS)...
April 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099431/exacerbated-leishmaniasis-caused-by-a-viral-endosymbiont-can-be-prevented-by-immunization-with-its-viral-capsid
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Patrik Castiglioni, Mary-Anne Hartley, Matteo Rossi, Florence Prevel, Chantal Desponds, Daniel T Utzschneider, Remzi-Onur Eren, Haroun Zangger, Livia Brunner, Nicolas Collin, Dietmar Zehn, F Matthew Kuhlmann, Stephen M Beverley, Nicolas Fasel, Catherine Ronet
Recent studies have shown that a cytoplasmic virus called Leishmaniavirus (LRV) is present in some Leishmania species and acts as a potent innate immunogen, aggravating lesional inflammation and development in mice. In humans, the presence of LRV in Leishmania guyanensis and in L. braziliensis was significantly correlated with poor treatment response and symptomatic relapse. So far, no clinical effort has used LRV for prophylactic purposes. In this context, we designed an original vaccine strategy that targeted LRV nested in Leishmania parasites to prevent virus-related complications...
January 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096399/antiviral-screening-identifies-adenosine-analogs-targeting-the-endogenous-dsrna-leishmania-rna-virus-1-lrv1-pathogenicity-factor
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F Matthew Kuhlmann, John I Robinson, Gregory R Bluemling, Catherine Ronet, Nicolas Fasel, Stephen M Beverley
The endogenous double-stranded RNA (dsRNA) virus Leishmaniavirus (LRV1) has been implicated as a pathogenicity factor for leishmaniasis in rodent models and human disease, and associated with drug-treatment failures in Leishmania braziliensis and Leishmania guyanensis infections. Thus, methods targeting LRV1 could have therapeutic benefit. Here we screened a panel of antivirals for parasite and LRV1 inhibition, focusing on nucleoside analogs to capitalize on the highly active salvage pathways of Leishmania, which are purine auxotrophs...
January 31, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076470/first-description-of-leishmania-viannia-infection-in-evandromyia-saulensis-pressatia-sp-and-trichophoromyia-auraensis-psychodidae-phlebotominae-in-a-transmission-area-of-cutaneous-leishmaniasis-in-acre-state-amazon-basin-brazil
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Thais de Araujo-Pereira, Daniela de Pita-Pereira, Mariana Côrtes Boité, Myllena Melo, Taiana Amancio da Costa-Rego, Andressa Alencastre Fuzari, Reginaldo Peçanha Brazil, Constança Britto
Studies on the sandfly fauna to evaluate natural infection indexes are still limited in the Brazilian Amazon, a region with an increasing incidence of cutaneous leishmaniasis. Here, by using a multiplex polymerase chain reaction directed to Leishmania kDNA and hybridisation, we were able to identify L. (Viannia) subgenus in 12 out of 173 sandflies captured in the municipality of Rio Branco, Acre state, revealing a positivity of 6.94%. By sequencing the Leishmania 234 bp-hsp70 amplified products from positive samples, infection by L...
January 1, 2017: Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076241/phenotypic-and-functional-characteristics-of-hla-dr-neutrophils-in-brazilians-with-cutaneous-leishmaniasis
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Richard E Davis, Smriti Sharma, Jacilara Conceição, Pedro Carneiro, Fernanda Novais, Phillip Scott, Shyam Sundar, Olivia Bacellar, Edgar M Carvalho, Mary E Wilson
The protozoan Leishmania braziliensis causes cutaneous leishmaniasis (CL) in endemic regions. In murine models, neutrophils (PMNs) are recruited to the site of infection soon after parasite inoculation. However, the roles of neutrophils during chronic infection and in human disease remain undefined. We hypothesized that neutrophils help maintain a systemic inflammatory state in subjects with CL. Lesion biopsies from all patients with CL tested contained neutrophils expressing HLA-DR, a molecule thought to be restricted to professional antigen-presenting cells...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Leukocyte Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070006/susceptibility-to-miltefosine-in-brazilian-clinical-isolates-of-leishmania-viannia-braziliensis
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Caroline R Espada, Fatima Ribeiro-Dias, Miriam L Dorta, Ledice Inácia de Araújo Pereira, Edgar M de Carvalho, Paulo R Machado, Jenicer K U Yokoyama-Yasunaka, Adriano C Coelho, Silvia R B Uliana
Leishmania (Viannia) braziliensis is the main causative species of tegumentary leishmaniasis in Brazil. In this study, we evaluated the susceptibility of 16 clinical isolates of L. (V.) braziliensis from different regions of Brazil to miltefosine in vitro. Half-maximal inhibitory concentrations of miltefosine varied from 22.9 to 144.2 μm against promastigotes and from 0.3 to 4.2 μm against intracellular amastigotes. No significant differences were found between isolates of different geographical origins. A clear correlation between the EC50 against promastigotes and amastigotes within each isolate was found...
January 9, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27964761/involvement-of-nucleoside-diphosphate-kinase-b-and-elongation-factor-2-in-leishmania-braziliensis-antimony-resistance-phenotype
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Douglas S Moreira, Silvane M F Murta
BACKGROUND: Nucleoside diphosphate kinase b (NDKb) is responsible for nucleoside triphosphates synthesis and it has key role in the purine metabolism in trypanosomatid protozoans. Elongation factor 2 (EF2) is an important factor for protein synthesis. Recently, our phosphoproteomic analysis demonstrated that NDKb and EF2 proteins were phosphorylated and dephosphorylated in antimony (Sb(III))-resistant L. braziliensis line compared to its Sb(III)-susceptible pair, respectively. METHODS: In this study, the overexpression of NDKb and EF2 genes in L...
December 13, 2016: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27927927/use-of-recombinant-antigens-for-sensitive-serodiagnosis-of-american-tegumentary-leishmaniasis-caused-by-different-leishmania-species
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Camila Massae Sato, Maria Carmen Arroyo Sanchez, Beatriz Julieta Celeste, Malcolm S Duthie, Jeffrey Guderian, Steven G Reed, Maria Edileuza Felinto de Brito, Marliane Batista Campos, Helia Valeria de Souza Encarnação, Jorge Guerra, Tirza Gabrielle Ramos de Mesquita, Suzana Kanawati Pinheiro, Rajendranath Ramasawmy, Fernando Tobias Silveira, Marina de Assis Souza, Hiro Goto
American tegumentary leishmaniasis (ATL) (also known as cutaneous leishmaniasis [CL]) is caused by various species of protozoa of the genus Leishmania The diagnosis is achieved on a clinical, epidemiological, and pathological basis, supported by positive parasitological exams and demonstration of leishmanin delayed-type hypersensitivity. Serological assays are not routinely used in the diagnosis because many are considered to have low sensitivity and the particular Leishmania species causing the disease can lead to variable performance...
February 2017: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27927916/field-validation-of-sybr-green-and-taqman-based-real-time-pcr-using-biopsy-and-swab-samples-to-diagnose-american-tegumentary-leishmaniasis-in-an-area-where-leishmania-viannia-braziliensis-is-endemic
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Ciro Martins Gomes, Mariana Vicente Cesetti, Natália Aparecida de Paula, Sebastián Vernal, Gaurav Gupta, Raimunda Nonata Ribeiro Sampaio, Ana Maria Roselino
The precise diagnosis of American tegumentary leishmaniasis (ATL) is an essential task due to the disease's associated morbidity. A noninvasive, extremely sensitive, and highly specific exam is critical, particularly for mucosal leishmaniasis (ML), in which a low parasite quantity is expected. We aimed to compare the diagnostic accuracy of swab and biopsy sample analysis using SYBR Green- and TaqMan-based real-time PCR (qPCR) assays with that of a composite reference standard consisting of the Montenegro skin test, serology, histopathology, smears, culture, and conventional PCR...
February 2017: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925060/hepatozoon-canis-and-leishmania-spp-coinfection-in-dogs-diagnosed-with-visceral-leishmaniasis
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Fernanda Nazaré Morgado, Amanda Dos Santos Cavalcanti, Luisa Helena de Miranda, Lúcia Helena O'Dwyer, Maria Regina Lucas da Silva, Rodrigo Caldas Menezes, Aurea Virgínia Andrade da Silva, Mariana Côrtes Boité, Elisa Cupolillo, Renato Porrozzi
This study describes the occurrence of dogs naturally co-infected with Hepatozoon canis and two Leishmania species: L. infantum or L. braziliensis. Four dogs serologically diagnosed with Visceral Leishmaniasis were euthanized. Liver and spleen samples were collected for histopathological analysis and DNA isolation. H. canis meronts were observed in tissues from all four dogs. H. canis infection was confirmed by PCR followed by sequencing of a fragment of 18S rRNA gene. Leishmania detection and typing was confirmed by ITS1' PCR-RFLP and parasite burden was calculated using ssrRNA quantitative qPCR...
October 2016: Revista Brasileira de Parasitologia Veterinária, Brazilian Journal of Veterinary Parasitology
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