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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216511/global-kinetoplastea-phylogeny-inferred-from-a-large-scale-multigene-alignment-including-parasitic-species-for-better-understanding-transitions-from-a-free-living-to-a-parasitic-lifestyle
#1
Euki Yazaki, Sohta A Ishikawa, Keitaro Kume, Akira Kumagai, Takashi Kamaishi, Goro Tanifuji, Tetsuo Hashimoto, Yuji Inagaki
All members of the order Trypanosomatida known to date are parasites that are most likely descendants of a free-living ancestor. Trypanosomatids are an excellent model to assess the transition from a free-living to a parasitic lifestyle, because a large amount of experimental data has been accumulated for well-studied members that are harmful to humans and livestock (Trypanosoma spp. and Leishmania spp.). However, recent advances in our understanding of the diversity of trypanosomatids and their close relatives (i...
February 20, 2017: Genes & Genetic Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213174/evidence-of-the-presence-of-a-calmodulin-sensitive-plasma-membrane-ca-2-atpase-in-trypanosoma-equiperdum
#2
María Carolina Pérez-Gordones, José Rubén Ramírez-Iglesias, Vincenza Cervino, Graciela L Uzcanga, Gustavo Benaim, Marta Mendoza
Trypanosoma equiperdum belongs to the subgenus Trypanozoon, which has a significant socio-economic impact by limiting animal protein productivity worldwide. Proteins involved in the intracellular Ca(2+) regulation are prospective chemotherapeutic targets since several drugs used in experimental treatment against trypanosomatids exert their action through the disruption of the parasite intracellular Ca(2+) homeostasis. Therefore, the plasma membrane Ca(2+)-ATPase (PMCA) is considered as a potential drug target...
February 14, 2017: Molecular and Biochemical Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212935/dissecting-biochemical-peculiarities-of-the-atpase-activity-of-tcsub2-a-component-of-the-mrna-export-pathway-in-trypanosoma-cruzi
#3
Ize de Aguiar Bittencourt, Mariana Serpeloni, Priscila Mazzochi Hiraiwa, Tatiana de Arruda Campos Brasil de Souza, Andréa Rodrigues Ávila
The RNA helicase DEAD-box protein Sub2 (yeast)/UAP56 (mammals) is conserved across eukaryotes and is essential for mRNA export in trypanosomes. Despite the high conservation of Sub2 in lower eukaryotes such as Trypanosoma cruzi, the low conservation of other mRNA export factors raises questions regarding whether the mode of action of TcSub2 is similar to that of orthologs from other eukaryotes. Mutation of the conserved K87 residue of TcSub2 abolishes ATPase activity, showing that its ATPase domain is functional...
February 14, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193733/giant-faz10-is-required-for-flagellum-attachment-zone-stabilization-and-furrow-positioning-in-trypanosoma-brucei
#4
Bernardo Pereira Moreira, Carol Kobori Da Fonseca, Tansy C Hammarton, Munira Muhammad Abdel Baqui
The flagellum and flagellum attachment zone (FAZ) are important cytoskeletal structures in trypanosomatids, being required for motility, cell division and cell morphogenesis. Trypanosomatid cytoskeletons contain abundant high molecular weight proteins (HMWPs), but many of their biological functions are still unclear. Here, we report the characterization of the giant FAZ protein, FAZ10, in Trypanosoma brucei, which we show using immuno-electron microscopy, localises to the intermembrane staples in the FAZ intracellular domain...
February 13, 2017: Journal of Cell Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185826/chaetocin-a-histone-methyltransferase-inhibitor-impairs-proliferation-arrests-cell-cycle-and-induces-nucleolar-disassembly-in-trypanosoma-cruzi
#5
Aline Araujo Zuma, Jean de Oliveira Santos, Isabela Mendes, Wanderley de Souza, Carlos Renato Machado, E Maria Cristina M Motta
The Trypanosomatidae family includes pathogenic species of medical and veterinary interest. Chagas disease is endemic in Latin America, and about 8 million people are infected worldwide. There is a need for more effective drugs for the acute, undetermined and chronic phases of the disease that, in addition, do not cause side effects, stimulating the search for identification of new drug targets, as well as new chemotherapeutic targets. Trypanosomatids contain characteristic structures, such as the nucleus that undergoes a closed mitosis without chromosome formation and variations of chromatin packing in the different protozoa developmental stages...
February 6, 2017: Acta Tropica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185085/h-dependent-inorganic-phosphate-uptake-in-trypanosoma-brucei-is-influenced-by-myo-inositol-transporter
#6
Thais Russo-Abrahão, Carolina Macedo Koeller, Michael E Steinmann, Stephanie Silva-Rito, Thaissa Marins-Lucena, Michele Alves-Bezerra, Naira Ligia Lima-Giarola, Iron Francisco de-Paula, Amaia Gonzalez-Salgado, Erwin Sigel, Peter Bütikofer, Katia Calp Gondim, Norton Heise, José Roberto Meyer-Fernandes
Trypanosoma brucei is an extracellular protozoan parasite that causes human African trypanosomiasis or "sleeping sickness". During the different phases of its life cycle, T. brucei depends on exogenous inorganic phosphate (Pi), but little is known about the transport of Pi in this organism. In the present study, we showed that the transport of (32)Pi across the plasma membrane follows Michaelis-Menten kinetics and is modulated by pH variation, with higher activity at acidic pH. Bloodstream forms presented lower Pi transport in comparison to procyclic forms, that displayed an apparent K0...
February 9, 2017: Journal of Bioenergetics and Biomembranes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167207/ornithine-decarboxylase-or-gamma-glutamylcysteine-synthetase-overexpression-protects-leishmania-vianna-guyanensis-against-antimony
#7
Maisa S Fonseca, Marcelo A Comini, Bethânia V Resende, Ana Maria M Santi, Antônio P Zoboli, Douglas S Moreira, Silvane M F Murta
Trypanosomatids present a unique mechanism for detoxification of peroxides that is dependent on trypanothione (bisglutathionylspermidine). Ornithine decarboxylase (ODC) and γ-glutamylcysteine synthetase (GSH1) produce molecules that are direct precursors of trypanothione. In this study, Leishmania guyanensis odc and gsh1 overexpressor cell lines were generated to investigate the contribution of these genes to the trivalent antimony (Sb(III))-resistance phenotype. The ODC- or GSH1-overexpressors parasites presented an increase of two and four-fold in Sb(III)-resistance index, respectively, when compared with the wild-type line...
February 3, 2017: Experimental Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161835/changes-in-lipid-and-fatty-acid-composition-during-intramacrophagic-transformation-of-leishmania-donovani-complex-promastigotes-into-amastigotes
#8
Hana Bouazizi-Ben Messaoud, Marion Guichard, Philippe Lawton, Isabelle Delton, Samira Azzouz-Maache
Leishmania sp., are trypanosomatid parasites that are phagocytized by human and animal macrophages. Transformation from the vector promastigote stage to the intracellular amastigote host cell stage is mandatory, since development in the host depends on the internalization of the parasite. We identified and analyzed the lipids involved in the promastigote to amastigote transformation process in the Leishmania donovani complex. Four lipid classes, phospholipids, free fatty acids, triglycerides and sterols were studied...
February 4, 2017: Lipids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28158179/trypsnetdb-an-integrated-framework-for-the-functional-characterization-of-trypanosomatid-proteins
#9
Vahid H Gazestani, Chun Wai Yip, Najmeh Nikpour, Natasha Berghuis, Reza Salavati
Trypanosomatid parasites cause serious infections in humans and production losses in livestock. Due to the high divergence from other eukaryotes, such as humans and model organisms, the functional roles of many trypanosomatid proteins cannot be predicted by homology-based methods, rendering a significant portion of their proteins as uncharacterized. Recent technological advances have led to the availability of multiple systematic and genome-wide datasets on trypanosomatid parasites that are informative regarding the biological role(s) of their proteins...
February 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28135300/comprehensive-identification-of-mrna-binding-proteins-of-leishmania-donovani-by-interactome-capture
#10
Devki Nandan, Sneha A Thomas, Anne Nguyen, Kyung-Mee Moon, Leonard J Foster, Neil E Reiner
Leishmania are unicellular eukaryotes responsible for leishmaniasis in humans. Like other trypanosomatids, leishmania regulate protein coding gene expression almost exclusively at the post-transcriptional level with the help of RNA binding proteins (RBPs). Due to the presence of polycystronic transcription units, leishmania do not regulate RNA polymerase II-dependent transcription initiation. Recent evidence suggests that the main control points in gene expression are mRNA degradation and translation. Protein-RNA interactions are involved in every aspect of RNA biology, such as mRNA splicing, polyadenylation, localization, degradation, and translation...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081121/isolation-of-novel-trypanosomatid-zelonia-australiensis-sp-nov-kinetoplastida-trypanosomatidae-provides-support-for-a-gondwanan-origin-of-dixenous-parasitism-in-the-leishmaniinae
#11
Joel Barratt, Alexa Kaufer, Bryce Peters, Douglas Craig, Andrea Lawrence, Tamalee Roberts, Rogan Lee, Gary McAuliffe, Damien Stark, John Ellis
The genus Leishmania includes approximately 53 species, 20 of which cause human leishmaniais; a significant albeit neglected tropical disease. Leishmaniasis has afflicted humans for millennia, but how ancient is Leishmania and where did it arise? These questions have been hotly debated for decades and several theories have been proposed. One theory suggests Leishmania originated in the Palearctic, and dispersed to the New World via the Bering land bridge. Others propose that Leishmania evolved in the Neotropics...
January 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076955/post-translational-modifications-of-trypanosoma-cruzi-canonical-and-variant-histones
#12
Gisele F A Picchi, Vanessa Zulkievicz, Marco Aurelio Krieger, Nilson T Zanchin, Samuel Goldenberg, Lyris M F de Godoy
Chagas disease, caused by Trypanosoma cruzi, still affects millions of people around the world. No vaccines neither treatment for chronic Chagas disease are available, and chemotherapy for the acute phase is hindered by limited efficacy and severe side effects. The processes by which the parasite acquires infectivity and survives in different hosts involve tight regulation of gene expression, mainly post-transcriptionally. Nevertheless, chromatin structure/organization of trypanosomatids is similar to other eukaryotes, including histone variants and post-translational modifications...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Proteome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073072/life-cycle-of-blastocrithidia-papi-sp-n-kinetoplastea-trypanosomatidae-in-pyrrhocoris-apterus-hemiptera-pyrrhocoridae
#13
Alexander O Frolov, Marina N Malysheva, Anna I Ganyukova, Vyacheslav Yurchenko, Alexei Y Kostygov
Blastocrithidia papi sp. n. is a cyst-forming trypanosomatid parasitizing firebugs (Pyrrhocoris apterus). It is a member of the Blastocrithidia clade and a very close relative of B. largi, to which it is almost identical through its SSU rRNA gene sequence. However, considering the SL RNA gene these two species represent quite distinct, not even related typing units. Morphological analysis of the new species revealed peculiar or even unique features, which may be useful for future taxonomic revision of the genus Blastocrithidia...
November 16, 2016: European Journal of Protistology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28054995/antiparasitic-activity-of-sulfur-and-fluorine-containing-bisphosphonates-against-trypanosomatids-and-apicomplexan-parasites
#14
Tamila Galaka, Mariana Ferrer Casal, Melissa Storey, Catherine Li, María N Chao, Sergio H Szajnman, Roberto Docampo, Silvia N J Moreno, Juan B Rodriguez
Based on crystallographic data of the complexes 2-alkyl(amino)ethyl-1,1-bisphosphonates-Trypanosoma cruzi farnesyl diphosphate synthase, some linear 1,1-bisphosphonic acids and other closely related derivatives were designed, synthesized and biologically evaluated against T. cruzi, the responsible agent of Chagas disease and against Toxoplasma gondii, the etiologic agent of toxoplasmosis and also towards the target enzymes farnesyl pyrophosphate synthase of T. cruzi (TcFPPS) and T gondii (TgFPPS), respectively...
January 4, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28039027/the-map-kinase-mapklk1-is-essential-to-trypanosoma-brucei-proliferation-and-regulates-proteins-involved-in-mrna-metabolism
#15
Michel Batista, Fernanda G Kugeratski, Carla V de Paula Lima, Christian M Probst, Rafael L Kessler, Lyris M de Godoy, Marco A Krieger, Fabricio K Marchini
: Protein phosphorylation and dephosphorylation events regulate many cellular processes. The identification of all phosphorylation sites and their association to a respective protein kinase or phosphatase is a challenging and crucial step to have a deeper understanding of the effects of signaling networks on cells. Pathogenic trypanosomatids have a large number of protein kinases and phosphatases in comparison to other organisms, which reinforces the relevance of the phosphorylation process in these early eukaryotes, nevertheless little is known about protein phosphorylation in these protozoa...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27991487/the-non-canonical-mitochondrial-inner-membrane-presequence-translocase-of-trypanosomatids-contains-two-essential-rhomboid-like-proteins
#16
Anke Harsman, Silke Oeljeklaus, Christoph Wenger, Jonathan L Huot, Bettina Warscheid, André Schneider
Mitochondrial protein import is essential for all eukaryotes. Here we show that the early diverging eukaryote Trypanosoma brucei has a non-canonical inner membrane (IM) protein translocation machinery. Besides TbTim17, the single member of the Tim17/22/23 family in trypanosomes, the presequence translocase contains nine subunits that co-purify in reciprocal immunoprecipitations and with a presequence-containing substrate that is trapped in the translocation channel. Two of the newly discovered subunits are rhomboid-like proteins, which are essential for growth and mitochondrial protein import...
December 19, 2016: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27988301/leishmania-and-its-quest-for-iron-an-update-and-overview
#17
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Amir Zaidi, Krishn Pratap Singh, Vahab Ali
Parasites of genus Leishmania are the causative agents of complex neglected diseases called leishmaniasis and continue to be a significant health concern globally. Iron is a vital nutritional requirement for virtually all organisms, including pathogenic trypanosomatid parasites, and plays a crucial role in many facets of cellular metabolism as a cofactor of several enzymes. Iron acquisition is essential for the survival of parasites. Yet parasites are also vulnerable to the toxicity of iron and reactive oxygen species...
January 2017: Molecular and Biochemical Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27988096/ribosome-assembly-in-trypanosomatids-a-novel-therapeutic-target
#18
Anyango D Kamina, Noreen Williams
In Liu et al., the authors present a 2.5-Å structure of the Trypanosoma cruzi 60S ribosomal subunit and propose a model for the stepwise assembly of the large-subunit ribosomal RNA (rRNA). Based on this study, we discuss how the unique features of trypanosomatid ribosome assembly offer potential drug targets.
December 14, 2016: Trends in Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27984589/replication-protein-a-presents-canonical-functions-and-is-also-involved-in-the-differentiation-capacity-of-trypanosoma-cruzi
#19
Raphael Souza Pavani, Marcelo Santos da Silva, Carlos Alexandre Henrique Fernandes, Flavia Souza Morini, Christiane Bezerra Araujo, Marcos Roberto de Mattos Fontes, Osvaldo Augusto Sant'Anna, Carlos Renato Machado, Maria Isabel Cano, Stenio Perdigão Fragoso, Maria Carolina Elias
Replication Protein A (RPA), the major single stranded DNA binding protein in eukaryotes, is composed of three subunits and is a fundamental player in DNA metabolism, participating in replication, transcription, repair, and the DNA damage response. In human pathogenic trypanosomatids, only limited studies have been performed on RPA-1 from Leishmania. Here, we performed in silico, in vitro and in vivo analysis of Trypanosoma cruzi RPA-1 and RPA-2 subunits. Although computational analysis suggests similarities in DNA binding and Ob-fold structures of RPA from T...
December 2016: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27976601/an-appraisal-of-the-taxonomy-and-nomenclature-of-trypanosomatids-presently-classified-as-leishmania-and-endotrypanum
#20
O A Espinosa, M G Serrano, E P Camargo, M M G Teixeira, J J Shaw
We propose a taxonomic revision of the dixenous trypanosomatids currently classified as Endotrypanum and Leishmania, including parasites that do not fall within the subgenera L. (Leishmania) and L. (Viannia) related to human leishmaniasis or L. (Sauroleishmania) formed by leishmanias of lizards: L. colombiensis, L. equatorensis, L. herreri, L. hertigi, L. deanei, L. enriettii and L. martiniquensis. The comparison of these species with newly characterized isolates from sloths, porcupines and phlebotomines from central and South America unveiled new genera and subgenera supported by past (RNA PolII gene) and present (V7V8 SSU rRNA, Hsp70 and gGAPDH) phylogenetic analyses of the organisms...
December 15, 2016: Parasitology
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