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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910663/strategies-for-overcoming-tropical-disease-by-ruthenium-complexes-with-purine-analog-application-against-leishmania-spp-and-trypanosoma-cruzi
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Marzena Fandzloch, José Manuel Méndez Arriaga, Manuel Sánchez-Moreno, Andrzej Wojtczak, Julia Jezierska, Jerzy Sitkowski, Joanna Wiśniewska, Juan Manuel Salas, Iwona Łakomska
Tropical diseases currently constitute a major health problem and thus a challenge in the field of drug discovery. The current treatments show serious disadvantages due to cost, toxicity, long therapy duration and resistance, and the use of metal complexes as chemotherapeutic agents against these ailments appears to be a very attractive alternative. Herein, we describe three newly synthesized ruthenium complexes with a bioactive molecule, the purine analogue 5,6,7-trimethyl-1,2,4-triazolo[1,5-a]pyrimidine (tmtp): cis,fac-[RuCl2(dmso)3(tmtp)] (1), mer-[RuCl3(dmso)(H2O)(tmtp)]·2H2O (2) and fac,cis-[RuCl3(H2O)(tmtp)2] (3)...
September 1, 2017: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28902287/structural-insights-into-leishmanolysins-encoded-on-chromosome-10-of-leishmania-viannia-braziliensis
#2
Amanda Sutter, Deborah Antunes, Mariana Silva-Almeida, Maurício Garcia de Souza Costa, Ernesto Raul Caffarena
BACKGROUND: Leishmanolysins have been described as important parasite virulence factors because of their roles in the infection of promastigotes and resistance to host's defenses. Leishmania (Viannia) braziliensis contains several leishmanolysin genes in its genome, especially in chromosome 10. However, the functional impact of such diversity is not understood, but may be attributed partially to the lack of structural data for proteins from this parasite. OBJECTIVES: This works aims to compare leishmanolysin sequences from L...
September 2017: Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28859096/disclosing-3-utr-cis-elements-and-putative-partners-involved-in-gene-expression-regulation-in-leishmania-spp
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Monica Cristina Terrão, Elton José Rosas de Vasconcelos, Tânia Aquino Defina, Peter J Myler, Angela Kaysel Cruz
To identify putative cis-elements involved in gene expression regulation in Leishmania, we previously conducted an in silico investigation to find conserved intercoding sequences (CICS) in the genomes of L. major, L. infantum, and L. braziliensis. Here, the CICS databank was explored to search for sequences that were present in the untranslated regions (UTRs) of groups of genes showing similar expression profiles during in vitro differentiation. Using a selectable marker as a reporter gene, flanked by either an intact 3' UTR or a UTR lacking the conserved element, the regulatory role of a CICS was confirmed...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28837565/leishmania-infection-and-blood-food-sources-of-phlebotomines-in-an-area-of-brazil-endemic-for-visceral-and-tegumentary-leishmaniasis
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Antônia Suely Guimarães-E-Silva, Soraia de Oliveira Silva, Rosa Cristina Ribeiro da Silva, Valéria Cristina Soares Pinheiro, José Manuel Macário Rebêlo, Maria Norma Melo
The aims of the study were to determine the blood feeding preferences of sandflies and to identify species of Leishmania that infected phlebotomines in Caxias, Maranhão, Brazil, an area that is highly endemic for leishmaniasis. Sandflies were captured in light traps located in the peridomiciliary environments of randomly selected houses in urban and rural settings between 1800 and 0600 hours on new moon days between March 2013 and February 2015. DNA extracts from 982 engorged female sandflies were submitted to fragment length polymorphism analysis to identify infecting species of Leishmania, and blood sources were identified for 778 of these specimens...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28831941/leishmania-infection-in-bats-from-a-non-endemic-region-of-leishmaniasis-in-brazil
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César Gómez-Hernández, Elaine C Bento, Karine Rezende-Oliveira, Gabriel A N Nascentes, Cecilia G Barbosa, Lara R Batista, Monique G S Tiburcio, André L Pedrosa, Eliane Lages-Silva, Juan D Ramírez, Luis E Ramirez
Leishmaniasis is a complex of zoonotic diseases caused by parasites of the genus Leishmania, which can develop in domestic as well as wild animals and humans throughout the world. Currently, this disease is spreading in rural and urban areas of non-endemic regions in Brazil. Recently, bats have gained epidemiological significance in leishmaniasis due to its close relationship with human settlements. In this study, we investigated the presence of Leishmania spp. DNA in blood samples from 448 bats belonging to four families representing 20 species that were captured in the Triangulo Mineiro and Alto Paranaiba areas of Minas Gerais State (non-endemic areas for leishmaniasis), Brazil...
August 23, 2017: Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28830073/platelet-activating-factor-increases-reactive-oxygen-species-mediated-microbicidal-activity-of-human-macrophages-infected-with-leishmania-viannia-braziliensis
#6
Arissa Felipe Borges, Camila Imai Morato, Rodrigo Saar Gomes, Miriam Leandro Dorta, Milton Adriano Pelli de Oliveira, Fátima Ribeiro-Dias
Platelet-activating factor (PAF) is produced by macrophages during inflammation and infections. We evaluated whether PAF is able to modulate the infection of human macrophages by Leishmania braziliensis, the main Leishmania sp. in Brazil. Monocyte-derived macrophages were incubated with promastigote forms in absence or presence of exogenous PAF. We observed that the treatment of macrophages with low concentrations of PAF prior to infection increased the phagocytosis of L. braziliensis. More importantly, exogenous PAF reduced the parasitism when it was added before, during or after infection...
September 29, 2017: Pathogens and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807297/cutaneous-leishmaniosis-in-naturally-infected-dogs-in-paran%C3%A3-brazil-and-the-epidemiological-implications-of-leishmania-viannia-braziliensis-detection-in-internal-organs-and-intact-skin
#7
Ellen de Souza Marquez, Edilene Alcântara de Castro, Luciene Biazono Nabut, Magda Clara Vieira da Costa-Ribeiro, Ludmilla Dela Coletta Troiano Araújo, Saloe Bispo Poubel, André Luiz Gonçalves, Mariza Fordellone Rosa Cruz, Ana Paula Millet Evangelista Dos Santos Trad, Rafael Andre Ferreira Dias, Italmar Teodorico Navarro, Vanete Thomaz-Soccol
Environmental changes have occurred over the years, altering the eco-epidemiological pattern of leishmaniosis in the State of Paraná, Brazil, involving the pillars of the cycle (parasite, vectors, reservoir, and environment) and their interaction. Much has been discussed about the dog's role as a reservoir of the Leishmania (Viannia) braziliensis Vianna, 1911 transmission cycle. However, this question remains unanswered. The purpose of this study was to investigate, using parasitological and molecular methods, different samples in eight naturally infected dogs from an endemic rural locality where only L...
August 30, 2017: Veterinary Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795077/sensitive-molecular-diagnostics-for-cutaneous-leishmaniasis
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Orli Sagi, Anat Berkowitz, Shlomi Codish, Victor Novack, Aviv Rashti, Fouad Akad, Yonat Shemer-Avni
BACKGROUND: Rapid diagnosis of cutaneous leishmaniasis (CL) and identification of Leishmania species is highly important for the disease management. In Israel, CL is caused mainly by Leishmania major and Leishmania tropica species. METHODS: We established an easy to handle point of care lesion-swabbing, combined with a highly sensitive multiplex real time PCR (multiplex qPCR) for accurate and rapid diagnosis of Leishmania species. RESULTS: Using three probes: one general for: Leishmania species, and two specific for L major, and L tropica, we screened 1783 clinical samples collected during two years...
2017: Open Forum Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28789716/in-vitro-antileishmanial-activity-and-iron-superoxide-dismutase-inhibition-of-arylamine-mannich-base-derivatives
#9
Alvaro Martin-Montes, Mery Santivañez-Veliz, Elsa Moreno-Viguri, Rubén Martín-Escolano, Carmen Jiménez-Montes, Catalina Lopez-Gonzalez, Clotilde Marín, Carmen Sanmartín, Ramón Gutiérrez Sánchez, Manuel Sánchez-Moreno, Silvia Pérez-Silanes
Leishmaniasis is one of the world's most neglected diseases, and it has a worldwide prevalence of 12 million. There are no effective human vaccines for its prevention, and treatment is hampered by outdated drugs. Therefore, research aiming at the development of new therapeutic tools to fight leishmaniasis remains a crucial goal today. With this purpose in mind, we present 20 arylaminoketone derivatives with a very interesting in vitro and in vivo efficacy against Trypanosoma cruzi that have now been studied against promastigote and amastigote forms of Leishmania infantum, Leishmania donovani and Leishmania braziliensis strains...
August 9, 2017: Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28783554/anti-leishmania-activity-of-new-ruthenium-ii-complexes-effect-on-parasite-host-interaction
#10
Mônica S Costa, Yasmim G Gonçalves, Débora C O Nunes, Danielle R Napolitano, Pedro I S Maia, Renata S Rodrigues, Veridiana M Rodrigues, Gustavo Von Poelhsitz, Kelly A G Yoneyama
Leishmaniasis is a parasitic disease caused by protozoa of the genus Leishmania. The many complications presented by the current treatment - including high toxicity, high cost and parasite resistance - make the development of new therapeutic agents indispensable. The present study aims to evaluate the anti-Leishmania potential of new ruthenium(II) complexes, cis‑[Ru(II)(η(2)-O2CR)(dppm)2]PF6, with dppm=bis(diphenylphosphino)methane and R=4-butylbenzoate (bbato) 1, 4-(methylthio)benzoate (mtbato) 2 and 3-hydroxy-4-methoxybenzoate (hmxbato) 3, in promastigote cytotoxicity and their effect on parasite-host interaction...
July 24, 2017: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28758598/synthetic-peptides-derived-from-ribosomal-proteins-of-leishmania-spp-in-mucocutaneous-leishmaniasis-diagnostic-usefulness
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Magda Melissa Florez, Camila Indiani de Oliveira, Concepción Puerta, Fanny Guzmán, Martha Ayala, Gladis Montoya, Gabriela Delgado
The serological diagnostic methods currently available for mucocutaneous leishmaniasis (MCL) lack specificity when complete parasites are used; however, such specificity increases when protein fractions are used. Ribosomal proteins have been reported to induce antibodies in animal and humans infected with the parasite, making them a worth candidate to assess its diagnosis potential. This study was thus aimed at evaluating synthetic peptides derived from Leishmania braziliensis ribosomal proteins S25 and S5 as antigen candidates for diagnosing MCL by ELISA; 4 of these 21 peptides (P4, P6, P19 and P21) had the greatest sensitivity (21...
July 28, 2017: Protein and Peptide Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28752261/leishmanicidal-effect-of-antiparasitic-photodynamic-therapy-appdt-on-infected-macrophages
#12
Susana de Oliveira, Evaristo João da Ordem Trahamane, Juliana Monteiro, Gustavo Pires Santos, Pedro Crugeira, Fernando Sampaio, Camila Oliveira, Manoel Barral Neto, Antônio Pinheiro
The aim of this study is to evaluate the effects of ApPDT (antiparasitic photodynamic therapy) on the interaction of Leishmania braziliensis with J774 macrophages, used as a photosensitizer, methylene blue associated with red laser. The tests are in triplicate and the samples divided into four groups: control, photosensitizer, laser, and ApPDT. The photosensitizer used was the methylene blue at concentration of 12.5 μg/mL. The parameters of the laser were λ = 660 nm, 40 mW, and 8.4 J/cm(2). Samples are analyzed by optical microscopy through the identification and counting of infected and uninfected macrophages, parasite load, infectivity, and infection index...
July 27, 2017: Lasers in Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28751163/leishmaniasis-in-the-major-endemic-region-of-plurinational-state-of-bolivia-species-identification-phylogeography-and-drug-susceptibility-implications
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Pablo Bilbao-Ramos, M Auxiliadora Dea-Ayuela, Oscar Cardenas-Alegría, Efraín Salamanca, José Antonio Santalla-Vargas, Cesar Benito, Ninoska Flores, Francisco Bolás-Fernández
The Plurinational State of Bolivia is one of the Latin American countries with the highest prevalence of leishmaniasis, highlighting the lowlands of the Department of La Paz where about 50% of the total cases were reported. The control of the disease can be seriously compromised by the intrinsic variability of the circulating species that may limit the efficacy of treatment while favoring the emergence of resistance. Fifty-five isolates of Leishmania from cutaneous and mucocutaneous lesions from patients living in different provinces of the Department of La Paz were tested...
July 24, 2017: Acta Tropica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742826/macromolecular-biosynthetic-parameters-and-metabolic-profile-in-different-life-stages-of-leishmania-braziliensis-amastigotes-as-a-functionally-less-active-stage
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Marlene Jara, Maya Berg, Guy Caljon, Geraldine de Muylder, Bart Cuypers, Denis Castillo, Ilse Maes, María Del Carmen Orozco, Manu Vanaerschot, Jean-Claude Dujardin, Jorge Arevalo
It was recently hypothesized that Leishmania amastigotes could constitute a semi-quiescent stage characterized by low replication and reduced metabolic activity. This concept developed with Leishmania (Leishmania) mexicana and Leishmania (Leishmania) major models might explain numerous clinical and sub-clinical features of Leishmania (Viannia) braziliensis infections, like reactivation of the disease, non-response to chemotherapy or asymptomatic infections. We compared here in vitro the proliferative capability of L...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724559/identification-of-leishmania-by-maldi-tof-mass-spectrometry-using-a-free-web-based-application-and-a-dedicated-mass-spectral-library
#15
Laurence Lachaud, Anna Fernández-Arévalo, Anne Cécile Normand, Patrick Lami, Cécile Nabet, Jean Luc Donnadieu, Martine Piarroux, Farid Djenad, Carole Cassagne, Christophe Ravel, Silvia Tebar, Teresa Llovet, Denis Blanchet, Magalie Demar, Zoubir Harrat, Karim Aoun, Patrick Bastien, Carmen Muñoz, Montserrat Gállego, Renaud Piarroux
Human leishmaniasis are widely spread diseases with different clinical forms caused by about 20 species within the Leishmania genus. Leishmania species identification is relevant for therapeutic management and prognosis, especially for cutaneous and muco-cutaneous forms. Several methods are available to identify Leishmania species from culture, but they have not been standardized for the majority of the currently described species, with the exception of MultiLocus Enzyme Electrophoresis. Moreover, these techniques are expensive, time-consuming and not available in all laboratories...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722607/mucosal-leishmaniasis-a-retrospective-study-of-327-cases-from-an-endemic-area-of-leishmania-viannia-braziliensis
#16
Carolina Cincurá, Clara Mônica F de Lima, Paulo R L Machado, Jamary Oliveira-Filho, Marshall J Glesby, Marcus M Lessa, Edgar M Carvalho
Mucosal leishmaniasis (ML) is observed only in about 3% of patients with American tegumentary leishmaniasis (ATL) but has a high potential for destructive, disfiguring, and disabling sequelae. Prior reports of clinical and epidemiologic features of ML are limited by small numbers of cases. In this study, we evaluated changes in the demographic features and clinical presentation of ML in an endemic area of Leishmania braziliensis transmission over a period of 20 years. The charts of 327 patients with ML diagnosed between 1995 and 2014 were reviewed...
July 10, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715422/unraveling-the-genetic-diversity-and-phylogeny-of-leishmania-rna-virus-1-strains-of-infected-leishmania-isolates-circulating-in-french-guiana
#17
Sourakhata Tirera, Marine Ginouves, Damien Donato, Ignacio S Caballero, Christiane Bouchier, Anne Lavergne, Eliane Bourreau, Emilie Mosnier, Vincent Vantilcke, Pierre Couppié, Ghislaine Prevot, Vincent Lacoste
INTRODUCTION: Leishmania RNA virus type 1 (LRV1) is an endosymbiont of some Leishmania (Vianna) species in South America. Presence of LRV1 in parasites exacerbates disease severity in animal models and humans, related to a disproportioned innate immune response, and is correlated with drug treatment failures in humans. Although the virus was identified decades ago, its genomic diversity has been overlooked until now. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPLES FINDINGS: We subjected LRV1 strains from 19 L...
July 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709468/il-32%C3%AE-promotes-the-healing-of-murine-cutaneous-lesions-caused-by-leishmania-braziliensis-infection-in-contrast-to-leishmania-amazonensis
#18
Rodrigo Saar Gomes, Muriel Vilela Teodoro Silva, Jéssica Cristina Dos Santos, Lucas Luiz de Lima Silva, Aline Carvalho Batista, Juliana Reis Machado, Mauro Martins Teixeira, Miriam Leandro Dorta, Milton Adriano Pelli de Oliveira, Charles A Dinarello, Leo A B Joosten, Fátima Ribeiro-Dias
BACKGROUND: Interleukin 32 (IL-32) is a pro-inflammatory cytokine induced in patients with American tegumentary leishmaniasis (ATL) caused by Leishmania braziliensis. Here, we investigated whether IL-32 is also expressed in patient lesions caused by L. amazonensis. In addition, we evaluated experimental L. amazonensis and L. braziliensis infections in C57BL/6 transgenic mice for human IL-32γ (IL-32γTg) in comparison with wild-type (WT) mice that do not express the IL-32 gene. RESULTS: Human cutaneous lesions caused by L...
July 14, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28690662/parasite-killing-of-leishmania-v-braziliensis-by-standardized-propolis-extracts
#19
Jéssica Rebouças-Silva, Fabiana S Celes, Jonilson Berlink Lima, Hernane S Barud, Camila I de Oliveira, Andresa A Berretta, Valéria M Borges
Treatments based on antimonials to cutaneous leishmaniasis (CL) entail a range of toxic side effects. Propolis, a natural compound widely used in traditional medical applications, exhibits a range of biological effects, including activity against infectious agents. The aim of this study was to test the potential leishmanicidal effects of different propolis extracts against Leishmania (Viannia) braziliensis promastigotes and intracellular amastigotes in vitro. Stationary-phase L. (V) braziliensis promastigotes were incubated with medium alone or treated with dry, alcoholic, or glycolic propolis extract (10, 50, or 100 μg/mL) for 96 h...
2017: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28684052/rapid-detection-of-trypanosoma-cruzi-by-colorimetric-loop-mediated-isothermal-amplification-lamp-a-potential-novel-tool-for-the-detection-of-congenital-chagas-infection
#20
Rocío Rivero, Margarita Bisio, Elsa Beatriz Velázquez, Mónica Inés Esteva, Karenina Scollo, Nicolás Leonel González, Jaime Altcheh, Andrés Mariano Ruiz
Early diagnosis of congenital Trypanosomacruzi transmission in newborns is essential because babies show high indices of cure. Conventional diagnosis is based on microscopic examination and serology. Molecular diagnosis is a promising alternative to replace conventional diagnosis, although it is not well suited for adoption in laboratories with limited resources. Isothermal DNA amplification methods have the advantage of not requiring expensive equipment. The aim of this work was to apply loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) to detect congenital infection in babies colorimetrically...
June 19, 2017: Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease
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