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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503378/pollen-extracts-and-constituent-sugars-increase-growth-of-a-trypanosomatid-parasite-of-bumble-bees
#1
Evan C Palmer-Young, Lucy Thursfield
Phytochemicals produced by plants, including at flowers, function in protection against plant diseases, and have a long history of use against trypanosomatid infection. Floral nectar and pollen, the sole food sources for many species of insect pollinators, contain phytochemicals that have been shown to reduce trypanosomatid infection in bumble and honey bees when fed as isolated compounds. Nectar and pollen, however, consist of phytochemical mixtures, which can have greater antimicrobial activity than do single compounds...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499874/pyrrole-indolinone-su11652-targets-the-nucleoside-diphosphate-kinase-from-leishmania-parasites
#2
Plínio Salmazo Vieira, Tatiana de Arruda Campos Brasil Souza, Rodrigo Vargas Honorato, Letícia Maria Zanphorlin, Kelven Ulisses Severiano, Silvana Aparecida Rocco, Arthur Henrique Cavalcante de Oliveira, Artur Torres Cordeiro, Paulo Sérgio Lopes de Oliveira, Priscila Oliveira de Giuseppe, Mário Tyago Murakami
Nucleoside diphosphate kinases (NDKs) are key enzymes in the purine-salvage pathway of trypanosomatids and have been associated with the maintenance of host-cell integrity for the benefit of the parasite, being potential targets for rational drug discovery and design. The NDK from Leishmania major (LmNDK) and mutants were expressed and purified to homogeneity. Thermal shift assays were employed to identify potential inhibitors for LmNDK. Calorimetric experiments, site-directed mutagenesis and molecular docking analysis were performed to validate the interaction and to evaluate the structural basis of ligand recognition...
May 9, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499405/a-comparative-molecular-and-3-dimensional-structural-investigation-into-cross-continental-and-novel-avian-trypanosoma-spp-in-australia
#3
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/28486547/hat2-mediates-histone-h4k4-acetylation-and-affects-micrococcal-nuclease-sensitivity-of-chromatin-in-leishmania-donovani
#4
Pravin K Jha, Mohd Imran Khan, Anshul Mishra, Pradeep Das, Kislay K Sinha
Histone post-translational modifications (PTMs) such as acetylation and methylation are known to affect chromatin higher order structures. Primary targets of these modifications include basic residues present at N-terminus tail region of core histones. Four histone acetyltransferase (HAT) genes have been identified in trypanosomatids. HAT1, HAT3 and HAT4 of Leishmania donovani have been partially characterized. However, there is no report about HAT2 of Leishmania donovani. Lysine residues present on the N-terminal tail of Leishmania donovani histone H4 are conserved in other trypanosomatids and humans...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28483460/voacamine-alters-leishmania-ultrastructure-and-kills-parasite-by-poisoning-unusual-bi-subunit-topoisomerase-ib
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Somenath Roy Chowdhury, Ashish Kumar, Joseane Lima Prado Godinho, Sara Teixeira De Macedo Silva, Aline Araujo Zuma, Sourav Saha, Neha Kumari, Juliany Cola Fernandez Rodrigues, Shyam Sundar, Jean-Claude Dujardin, Syamal Roy, Wanderley De Souza, Sibabrata Mukhopadhyay, Hemanta K Majumder
Indole alkaloids possess a large spectrum of biological activities including anti-protozoal action. Here we report for the first time that voacamine, isolated from the plant Tabernaemontana coronaria, is an antiprotozoal agent effective against a large array of trypanosomatid parasites including Indian strain of Leishmania donovani and Brazilian strains of Leishmania amazonensis and Trypanosoma cruzi. It inhibits the relaxation activity of topoisomerase IB of L. donovani (LdTop1B) and stabilizes the cleavable complex...
May 5, 2017: Biochemical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28472338/occurrence-and-probability-maps-of-lutzomyia-longipalpis-and-lutzomyia-cruzi-diptera-psychodidae-phlebotominae-in-brazil
#6
J D Andrade-Filho, R G C Scholte, A L G Amaral, P H F Shimabukuro, O S Carvalho, R L Caldeira
Leishmaniases are serious diseases caused by trypanosomatid protozoans of the genus Leishmania transmitted by the bite of phlebotomine sand flies. We analyzed records pertaining to Lutzomyia longipalpis (Lutz and Neiva, 1912) and Lutzomyia cruzi (Mangabeira, 1938) in Brazil from the following sources: the collection of phlebotomine sand flies of the Centro de Pesquisas René Rachou/Fiocruz (FIOCRUZ-COLFLEB), the "SpeciesLink" (CRIA) database, from systematic surveys of scientific articles and gray literature (dissertations, theses, and communications), and disease data obtained from the Information System for Notifiable Diseases/Ministry of Health (SINAN/MS)...
May 4, 2017: Journal of Medical Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28465349/genetic-metabolic-complementation-establishes-a-requirement-for-gdp-fucose-in-leishmania
#7
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/28463381/rna-binding-proteins-and-their-role-in-the-regulation-of-gene-expression-in-trypanosoma-cruzi-and-saccharomyces-cerevisiae
#8
Camila Oliveira, Helisson Faoro, Lysangela Ronalte Alves, Samuel Goldenberg
RNA-binding proteins (RBPs) have important functions in the regulation of gene expression. RBPs play key roles in post-transcriptional processes in all eukaryotes, such as splicing regulation, mRNA transport and modulation of mRNA translation and decay. RBPs assemble into different mRNA-protein complexes, which form messenger ribonucleoprotein complexes (mRNPs). Gene expression regulation in trypanosomatids occurs mainly at the post-transcriptional level and RBPs play a key role in all processes. However, the functional characterization of RBPs in Trypanosoma cruzi has been impaired due to the lack of reliable reverse genetic manipulation tools...
January 2017: Genetics and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426655/glycosome-biogenesis-in-trypanosomes-and-the-de-novo-dilemma
#9
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/28414928/new-iminodibenzyl-derivatives-with-anti-leishmanial-activity
#10
Anderson Arndt, Cleber Wanderlei Liria, Jenicer K U Yokoyama-Yasunaka, M Terêsa Machini, Sílvia Reni Bortolin Uliana, Breno Pannia Espósito
Leishmaniasis is an infection caused by protozoa of the genus Leishmania and transmitted by sandflies. Current treatments are expensive and time-consuming, involving Sb(V)-based compounds, lipossomal amphotericin B and miltefosine. Recent studies suggest that inhibition of trypanothione reductase (TR) could be a specific target in the development of new drugs because it is essential and exclusive to trypanosomatids. This work presents the synthesis and characterization of new iminodibenzyl derivatives (dado) with ethylenediamine (ea), ethanolamine (en) and diethylenetriamine (dien) and their copper(II) complexes...
April 4, 2017: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28406895/the-superfamily-keeps-growing-identification-in-trypanosomatids-of-ribj-the-first-riboflavin-transporter-family-in-protists
#11
Darío E Balcazar, María Cristina Vanrell, Patricia S Romano, Claudio A Pereira, Fernando A Goldbaum, Hernán R Bonomi, Carolina Carrillo
BACKGROUND: Trypanosomatid parasites represent a major health issue affecting hundreds of million people worldwide, with clinical treatments that are partially effective and/or very toxic. They are responsible for serious human and plant diseases including Trypanosoma cruzi (Chagas disease), Trypanosoma brucei (Sleeping sickness), Leishmania spp. (Leishmaniasis), and Phytomonas spp. (phytoparasites). Both, animals and trypanosomatids lack the biosynthetic riboflavin (vitamin B2) pathway, the vital precursor of flavin mononucleotide (FMN) and flavin adenine dinucleotide (FAD) cofactors...
April 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28397756/anti-trypanosomatid-elemanolide-sesquiterpene-lactones-from-vernonia-lasiopus-o-hoffm
#12
Njogu M Kimani, Josphat C Matasyoh, Marcel Kaiser, Reto Brun, Thomas J Schmidt
Sleeping sickness or human African trypanosomiasis (HAT) is a neglected tropical disease (NTD) threatening millions of peoples' lives with thousands infected. The disease is endemic in poorly developed regions of sub-Saharan Africa and is caused by the kinetoplastid "protozoan" parasite Trypanosoma brucei. The parasites are transmitted to humans through bites of infected tsetse flies of the genus Glossina. The few available drugs for treatment of this disease are highly toxic, difficult to administer, costly and unavailable to poor rural communities bearing the major burden of this infection...
April 8, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28388690/a-leucine-aminopeptidase-is-involved-in-kinetoplast-dna-segregation-in-trypanosoma-brucei
#13
Priscila Peña-Diaz, Marie Vancová, Christian Resl, Mark C Field, Julius Lukeš
The kinetoplast (k), the uniquely packaged mitochondrial DNA of trypanosomatid protists is formed by a catenated network of minicircles and maxicircles that divide and segregate once each cell cycle. Although many proteins involved in kDNA replication and segregation are now known, several key steps in the replication mechanism remain uncharacterized at the molecular level, one of which is the nabelschnur or umbilicus, a prominent structure which in the mammalian parasite Trypanosoma brucei connects the daughter kDNA networks prior to their segregation...
April 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28386020/evolution-of-the-endomembrane-systems-of-trypanosomatids-conservation-and-specialisation
#14
Divya Venkatesh, Cordula Boehm, Lael D Barlow, Nerissa N Nankissoor, Amanda O'Reilly, Steven Kelly, Joel B Dacks, Mark C Field
Parasite surfaces support multiple functions required for survival within their hosts, and maintenance and functionality of the surface depends on membrane trafficking. To understand the evolutionary history of trypanosomatid trafficking, where multiple lifestyles and mechanisms of host interactions are known, we examined protein families central to defining intracellular compartments and mediating transport, namely Rabs, SNAREs and RabGAPs, across all available Euglenozoa genomes. Bodonids possess a large trafficking repertoire, which is mainly retained by the Trypanosoma cruzi group, with extensive losses in other lineages, particularly African trypanosomes and phytomonads...
April 15, 2017: Journal of Cell Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28385563/evidence-of-putative-non-coding-rnas-from-leishmania-untranslated-regions
#15
Felipe Freitas Castro, Patricia C Ruy, Karina Nogueira Zeviani, Ramon Freitas Santos, Juliano Simões Toledo, Angela Kaysel Cruz
Non-coding RNAs (ncRNAs) are regulatory elements present in a wide range of organisms, including trypanosomatids. ncRNAs transcribed from the untranslated regions (UTRs) of coding genes have been described in the transcriptomes of several eukaryotes, including Trypanosoma brucei. To uncover novel putative ncRNAs in two Leishmania species, we examined a L. major cDNA library and a L. donovani non-polysomal RNA library. Using a combination of computational analysis and experimental approaches, we classified 26 putative ncRNA in L...
April 3, 2017: Molecular and Biochemical Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28371652/the-symbiotic-bacterium-fuels-the-energy-metabolism-of-the-host-trypanosomatid-strigomonas-culicis
#16
Ana Carolina Loyola-Machado, Allan Cézar Azevedo-Martins, Carolina Moura Costa Catta-Preta, Wanderley de Souza, Antonio Galina, Maria Cristina M Motta
The mutualistic relationship between trypanosomatids and their respective endosymbiotic bacteria represents an excellent model for studying metabolic co-evolution since the symbiont completes essential biosynthetic routes of the host cell. In this work, we investigated the influence of the endosymbiont on the energy metabolism of Strigomonas culicis by comparing the wild strain with aposymbiotic protists. The bacterium maintains a frequent and close association with glycosomes, which are distributed around the prokaryote...
February 28, 2017: Protist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28367781/simple-dialkyl-pyrazole-3-5-dicarboxylates-show-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-activity-against-disease-causing-trypanosomatids
#17
Felipe Reviriego, Francisco Olmo, Pilar Navarro, Clotilde Marín, Inmaculada Ramírez-Macías, Enrique García-España, María Teresa Albelda, Ramón Gutiérrez-Sánchez, Manuel Sánchez-Moreno, Vicente J Arán
The synthesis and antiprotozoal activity of some simple dialkyl pyrazole-3,5-dicarboxylates (compounds 2-6) and their sodium salts (pyrazolates) (compounds 7-9) against Trypanosoma cruzi, Leishmania infantum and Leishmania braziliensis are reported. In most cases the studied compounds showed, especially against the clinically significant amastigote forms, in vitro activities higher than those of the reference drugs (benznidazole for T. cruzi and glucantime for Leishmania spp.); furthermore, the low non-specific cytotoxicities against Vero cells and macrophages shown by these compounds led to good selectivity indexes, which are 8-72 times higher for T...
April 3, 2017: Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28358927/aquaglyceroporin-null-trypanosomes-display-glycerol-transport-defects-and-respiratory-inhibitor-sensitivity
#18
Laura Jeacock, Nicola Baker, Natalie Wiedemar, Pascal Mäser, David Horn
Aquaglyceroporins (AQPs) transport water and glycerol and play important roles in drug-uptake in pathogenic trypanosomatids. For example, AQP2 in the human-infectious African trypanosome, Trypanosoma brucei gambiense, is responsible for melarsoprol and pentamidine-uptake, and melarsoprol treatment-failure has been found to be due to AQP2-defects in these parasites. To further probe the roles of these transporters, we assembled a T. b. brucei strain lacking all three AQP-genes. Triple-null aqp1-2-3 T. b. brucei displayed only a very moderate growth defect in vitro, established infections in mice and recovered effectively from hypotonic-shock...
March 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28357394/a-multigene-family-encoding-surface-glycoproteins-in-trypanosoma-congolense
#19
Magali Thonnus, Amandine Guérin, Loïc Rivière
Trypanosoma congolense, the causative agent of the most important livestock disease in Africa, expresses specific surface proteins involved in its parasitic lifestyle. Unfortunately, the complete repertoire of such molecules is far from being deciphered. As these membrane components are exposed to the host environment, they could be used as therapeutic or diagnostic targets. By mining the T. congolense genome database, we identified a novel family of lectin-like glycoproteins (TcoClecs). These molecules are predicted to have a transmembrane domain, a tandem repeat amino acid motif, a signal peptide and a C-type lectin-like domain (CTLD)...
March 2, 2017: Microbial Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28347500/versatility-of-peroxisomes-an-evolving-concept
#20
REVIEW
Rachayeeta Deb, Shirisha Nagotu
Research spanning almost 50 years has highlighted unique characteristics and irreplaceable list of diverse functions performed by peroxisomes in various model systems. Peroxisomes are single membrane bound highly dynamic organelles ubiquitous to most eukaryotic cells. Proliferation by division of pre-existing organelles and the role of endoplasmic reticulum in the biogenesis of these organelles is now well established. The earliest identified conserved functions of peroxisomes are β-oxidation of fatty acids and reactive oxygen species metabolism...
April 2017: Tissue & Cell
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