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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935948/novel-scaffolds-for-inhibition-of-cruzipain-identified-from-high-throughput-screening-of-anti-kinetoplastid-chemical-boxes
#1
Emir Salas-Sarduy, Lionel Urán Landaburu, Joel X Karpiak, Kevin P Madauss, Juan José Cazzulo, Fernán Agüero, Vanina Eder Alvarez
American Trypanosomiasis or Chagas disease is a prevalent, neglected and serious debilitating illness caused by the kinetoplastid protozoan parasite Trypanosoma cruzi. The current chemotherapy is limited only to nifurtimox and benznidazole, two drugs that have poor efficacy in the chronic phase and are rather toxic. In this scenario, more efficacious and safer drugs, preferentially acting through a different mechanism of action and directed against novel targets, are particularly welcome. Cruzipain, the main papain-like cysteine peptidase of T...
September 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935112/a-pipeline-for-studying-and-engineering-single-subunit-oligosaccharyltransferases
#2
Thapakorn Jaroentomeechai, Xiaolu Zheng, Jasmine Hershewe, Jessica C Stark, Michael C Jewett, Matthew P DeLisa
Asparagine-linked (N-linked) protein glycosylation is one of the most abundant types of posttranslational modification, occurring in all domains of life. The central enzyme in N-linked glycosylation is the oligosaccharyltransferase (OST), which catalyzes the covalent attachment of preassembled glycans to specific asparagine residues in target proteins. Whereas in higher eukaryotes the OST is comprised of eight different membrane proteins, of which the catalytic subunit is STT3, in kinetoplastids and prokaryotes the OST is a monomeric enzyme bearing homology to STT3...
2017: Methods in Enzymology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916813/genome-sequencing-reveals-metabolic-and-cellular-interdependence-in-an-amoeba-kinetoplastid-symbiosis
#3
Goro Tanifuji, Ugo Cenci, Daniel Moog, Samuel Dean, Takuro Nakayama, Vojtěch David, Ivan Fiala, Bruce A Curtis, Shannon J Sibbald, Naoko T Onodera, Morgan Colp, Pavel Flegontov, Jessica Johnson-MacKinnon, Michael McPhee, Yuji Inagaki, Tetsuo Hashimoto, Steven Kelly, Keith Gull, Julius Lukeš, John M Archibald
Endosymbiotic relationships between eukaryotic and prokaryotic cells are common in nature. Endosymbioses between two eukaryotes are also known; cyanobacterium-derived plastids have spread horizontally when one eukaryote assimilated another. A unique instance of a non-photosynthetic, eukaryotic endosymbiont involves members of the genus Paramoeba, amoebozoans that infect marine animals such as farmed fish and sea urchins. Paramoeba species harbor endosymbionts belonging to the Kinetoplastea, a diverse group of flagellate protists including some that cause devastating diseases...
September 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28913164/haemoprotozoa-making-biological-sense-of-molecular-phylogenies
#4
REVIEW
Peter O'Donoghue
A range of protistan parasites occur in the blood of vertebrates and are transmitted by haematophagous invertebrate vectors. Some 48 genera are recognized in bood primarily on the basis of parasite morphology and host specificity; including extracellular kinetoplastids (trypanosomatids) and intracellular apicomplexa (haemogregarines, haemococcidia, haemosporidia and piroplasms). Gene sequences are available for a growing number of species and molecular phylogenies often link parasite and host or vector evolution...
December 2017: International Journal for Parasitology. Parasites and Wildlife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28903536/an-alternative-strategy-for-trypanosome-survival-in-the-mammalian-bloodstream-revealed-through-genome-and-transcriptome-analysis-of-the-ubiquitous-bovine-parasite-trypanosoma-megatrypanum-theileri
#5
Steven Kelly, Alasdair Ivens, G Adam Mott, Ellis O'Neill, David Emms, Olivia Macleod, Paul Voorheis, Kevin Tyler, Matthew Clark, Jacqueline Matthews, Keith Matthews, Mark Carrington
There are hundreds of Trypanosoma species that live in the blood and tissue spaces of their vertebrate hosts. The vast majority of these do not have the ornate system of antigenic variation that has evolved in the small number of African trypanosome species, but can still maintain long-term infections in the face of the vertebrate adaptive immune system. Trypanosoma theileri is a typical example, has a restricted host range of cattle and other Bovinae, and is only occasionally reported to cause patent disease although no systematic survey of the effect of infection on agricultural productivity has been performed...
August 1, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28886510/polyamine-based-analogs-and-conjugates-as-antikinetoplastid-agents
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REVIEW
Elodie Jagu, Sébastien Pomel, Stéphanie Pethe, Philippe M Loiseau, Raphaël Labruère
Naturally occurring polyamines: putrescine, spermidine and spermine are crucial for Kinetoplastid growth and persistence. These aliphatic polycations are either biosynthesized or internalized into Kinetoplastid by active transport. Impairing the polyamine metabolism using polyamine derivatives is an interesting path in the search of new antikinetoplastid chemotherapy. In the past 30 years, research interest in this field has been constantly expanding and recent results demonstrated that the discovery of a polyamine-based antikinetoplastid drug is undoubtedly possible...
October 20, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28844893/tandem-affinity-purification-of-exosome-and-replication-factor-c-complexes-from-the-non-human-infectious-kinetoplastid-parasite-crithidia-fasciculata
#7
Wakisa Kipandula, Terry K Smith, Stuart A MacNeill
Kinetoplastid parasites are responsible for a range of diseases with significant global impact. Trypanosoma brucei and Trypanosoma cruzi cause human African trypanosomiasis and Chagas disease, respectively, while various Leishmania species are responsible for cutaneous, mucocutaneous and visceral leishmaniasis. Understanding the biology of these organisms is key for effective diagnosis, prophylaxis and treatment. The insect parasite Crithidia fasciculata offers a safe and low-cost alternative for studies of kinetoplastid biology...
August 24, 2017: Molecular and Biochemical Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815215/structural-characterization-of-acidic-m17-leucine-aminopeptidases-from-the-tritryps-and-evaluation-of-their-role-in-nutrient-starvation-in-trypanosoma-brucei
#8
Jennifer Timm, Maria Valente, Daniel García-Caballero, Keith S Wilson, Dolores González-Pacanowska
Leucine aminopeptidase (LAP) is found in all kingdoms of life and catalyzes the metal-dependent hydrolysis of the N-terminal amino acid residue of peptide or amino acyl substrates. LAPs have been shown to participate in the N-terminal processing of certain proteins in mammalian cells and in homologous recombination and transcription regulation in bacteria, while in parasites, they are involved in host cell invasion and provision of essential amino acids for growth. The enzyme is essential for survival in Plasmodium falciparum, where its drug target potential has been suggested...
July 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28766182/lipidomics-and-anti-trypanosomatid-chemotherapy
#9
REVIEW
Michael Biagiotti, Sedelia Dominguez, Nader Yamout, Rachel Zufferey
BACKGROUND: Trypanosomatids such as Leishmania, Trypanosoma brucei and Trypanosoma cruzi belong to the order Kinetoplastida and are the source of many significant human and animal diseases. Current treatment is unsatisfactory and is compromised by the rising appearance of drug resistant parasites. Novel and more effective chemotherapeutics are urgently needed to treat and prevent these devastating diseases, which relies on the identification of essential, parasite specific targets that are absent in the host...
December 2017: Clinical and Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28760415/surface-glycans-a-therapeutic-opportunity-for-kinetoplastid-diseases
#10
REVIEW
Víctor M Castillo-Acosta, Jan Balzarini, Dolores González-Pacanowska
Trypanosomal diseases are in need of innovative therapies that exploit novel mechanisms of action. The cell surface of trypanosomatid parasites is characterized by a dense coat of glycoconjugates with important functions in host cell recognition, immune evasion, infectivity, and cell function. The nature of parasite surface glycans is highly dynamic and changes during differentiation and in response to different stimuli through the action of glycosyltransferases and glycosidases. Here we propose a new approach to antiparasitic drug discovery that involves the use of carbohydrate-binding agents that bind specifically to cell-surface glycans, giving rise to cytotoxic events and parasite death...
July 28, 2017: Trends in Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742144/genome-wide-and-protein-kinase-focused-rnai-screens-reveal-conserved-and-novel-damage-response-pathways-in-trypanosoma-brucei
#11
Jennifer A Stortz, Tiago D Serafim, Sam Alsford, Jonathan Wilkes, Fernando Fernandez-Cortes, Graham Hamilton, Emma Briggs, Leandro Lemgruber, David Horn, Jeremy C Mottram, Richard McCulloch
All cells are subject to structural damage that must be addressed for continued growth. A wide range of damage affects the genome, meaning multiple pathways have evolved to repair or bypass the resulting DNA lesions. Though many repair pathways are conserved, their presence or function can reflect the life style of individual organisms. To identify genome maintenance pathways in a divergent eukaryote and important parasite, Trypanosoma brucei, we performed RNAi screens to identify genes important for survival following exposure to the alkylating agent methyl methanesulphonate...
July 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730142/taming-parasites-by-tailoring-them
#12
Bingjian Ren, Nishith Gupta
The next-generation gene editing based on CRISPR (clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats) has been successfully implemented in a wide range of organisms including some protozoan parasites. However, application of such a versatile game-changing technology in molecular parasitology remains fairly underexplored. Here, we briefly introduce state-of-the-art in human and mouse research and usher new directions to drive the parasitology research in the years to come. In precise, we outline contemporary ways to embolden existing apicomplexan and kinetoplastid parasite models by commissioning front-line gene-tailoring methods, and illustrate how we can break the enduring gridlock of gene manipulation in non-model parasitic protists to tackle intriguing questions that remain long unresolved otherwise...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727985/comparative-study-and-analytical-verification-of-pcr-methods-for-the-diagnosis-of-congenital-chagas-disease
#13
Carolina Inés Cura, Juan Carlos Ramírez, Marcelo Rodríguez, Constanza Lopez-Albízu, Lucía Irazu, Karenina Scollo, Sergio Sosa-Estani
Congenital infection is currently the first cause of new cases of Chagas disease in Argentina and nonendemic areas worldwide. Its diagnosis is of utmost importance to guarantee curative treatment. To improve such diagnosis, a transfer process of PCR tests to the national laboratory network has been initiated. We performed a comparative study of four PCR assays [two end-point PCR and two duplex real-time quantitative PCR (qPCR) procedures] to detect Trypanosoma cruzi DNA in blood samples. Because satellite DNA and kinetoplastid DNA qPCR methods have the best performance and the use of two different molecular targets for confirmatory purposes has been recommended, these methods selected to perform the transfer process and, in consequence, subjected to an analytical verification protocol based on international guidelines...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Molecular Diagnostics: JMD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724725/protein-diversity-in-discrete-structures-at-the-distal-tip-of-the-trypanosome-flagellum
#14
Vladimir Varga, Flavia Moreira-Leite, Neil Portman, Keith Gull
The distal end of the eukaryotic flagellum/cilium is important for axonemal growth and signaling and has distinct biomechanical properties. Specific flagellum tip structures exist, yet their composition, dynamics, and functions are largely unknown. We used biochemical approaches to identify seven constituents of the flagella connector at the tip of an assembling trypanosome flagellum and three constituents of the axonemal capping structure at the tips of both assembling and mature flagella. Both tip structures contain evolutionarily conserved as well as kinetoplastid-specific proteins, and component assembly into the structures occurs very early during flagellum extension...
August 8, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719882/antileishmanial-activity-and-tubulin-polymerization-inhibition-of-podophyllotoxin-derivatives-on-leishmania-infantum
#15
José Miguel Escudero-Martínez, Yolanda Pérez-Pertejo, Rosa M Reguera, María Ángeles Castro, María Victoria Rojo, Carolina Santiago, Andrés Abad, Pablo Anselmo García, José Luis López-Pérez, Arturo San Feliciano, Rafael Balaña-Fouce
Leishmania microtubules play an important role not only in cell division, but also in keeping the shape of the parasite and motility of its free-living stages. Microtubules result from the self-assembly of alpha and beta tubulins, two phylogenetically conserved and very abundant eukaryotic proteins in kinetoplastids. The colchicine binding domain has inspired the discovery and development of several drugs currently in clinical use against parasites. However, this domain is less conserved in kinetoplastids and may be selectively targeted by new compounds...
June 28, 2017: International Journal for Parasitology, Drugs and Drug Resistance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28674055/screening-the-medicines-for-malaria-venture-pathogen-box-across-multiple-pathogens-reclassifies-starting-points-for-open-source-drug-discovery
#16
Sandra Duffy, Melissa L Sykes, Amy J Jones, Todd B Shelper, Moana Simpson, Rebecca Lang, Sally-Ann Poulsen, Brad E Sleebs, Vicky M Avery
Open-access drug discovery provides a substantial resource for diseases primarily affecting the poor and disadvantaged. The open-access Pathogen Box collection is comprised of compounds with demonstrated biological activity against specific pathogenic organisms. The supply of this resource by the Medicines for Malaria Venture has the potential to provide new chemical starting points for a number of tropical and neglected diseases, through repurposing of these compounds for use in drug discovery campaigns for these additional pathogens...
September 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28662026/essential-multimeric-enzymes-in-kinetoplastid-parasites-a-host-of-potentially-druggable-protein-protein-interactions
#17
Leah M Wachsmuth, Meredith G Johnson, Jason Gavenonis
Parasitic diseases caused by kinetoplastid parasites of the genera Trypanosoma and Leishmania are an urgent public health crisis in the developing world. These closely related species possess a number of multimeric enzymes in highly conserved pathways involved in vital functions, such as redox homeostasis and nucleotide synthesis. Computational alanine scanning of these protein-protein interfaces has revealed a host of potentially ligandable sites on several established and emerging anti-parasitic drug targets...
June 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28659922/a-poly-lactic-co-glycolic-acid-nanovaccine-based-on-chimeric-peptides-from-different-leishmania-infantum-proteins-induces-dendritic-cells-maturation-and-promotes-peptide-specific-ifn%C3%AE-producing-cd8-t-cells-essential-for-the-protection-against-experimental-visceral
#18
Evita Athanasiou, Maria Agallou, Spyros Tastsoglou, Olga Kammona, Artemis Hatzigeorgiou, Costas Kiparissides, Evdokia Karagouni
Visceral leishmaniasis, caused by Leishmania (L.) donovani and L. infantum protozoan parasites, can provoke overwhelming and protracted epidemics, with high case-fatality rates. An effective vaccine against the disease must rely on the generation of a strong and long-lasting T cell immunity, mediated by CD4(+) TH1 and CD8(+) T cells. Multi-epitope peptide-based vaccine development is manifesting as the new era of vaccination strategies against Leishmania infection. In this study, we designed chimeric peptides containing HLA-restricted epitopes from three immunogenic L...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645659/synthesis-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-giardicidal-activity-of-nitrothiazole-nsaid-chimeras-displaying-broad-antiprotozoal-spectrum
#19
Blanca Colín-Lozano, Ismael León-Rivera, Manuel Jesús Chan-Bacab, Benjamín Otto Ortega-Morales, Rosa Moo-Puc, Vanessa López-Guerrero, Emanuel Hernández-Núñez, Raúl Argüello-Garcia, Thomas Scior, Elizabeth Barbosa-Cabrera, Gabriel Navarrete-Vázquez
We designed and synthesized five new 5-nitrothiazole-NSAID chimeras as analogues of nitazoxanide, using a DCC-activated amidation. Compounds 1-5 were tested in vitro against a panel of five protozoa: 2 amitochondriates (Giardia intestinalis, Trichomonas vaginalis) and 3 kinetoplastids (Leishmania mexicana, Leishmania amazonensis and Trypanosoma cruzi). All chimeras showed broad spectrum and potent antiprotozoal activities, with IC50 values ranging from the low micromolar to nanomolar order. Compounds 1-5 were even more active than metronidazole and nitazoxanide, two marketed first-line drugs against giardiasis...
August 1, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641558/bis-2-aminoimidazolines-and-bisguanidines-synthetic-approaches-antiparasitic-activity-and-dna-binding-properties
#20
Christophe Dardonville, J Jonathan Nué Martínez
BACKGROUND: Parasitic diseases caused by protozoan parasites of the genus Trypanosoma and Plasmodium cause some of the deadliest and disabling human infections in tropical and subtropical areas. Diphenyl-based bis(2-phenylimino)imidazolidines and bisguanidines are extremely potent antiparasitic agents against Trypanosoma brucei (etiological agent of African trypanosomiasis) and Plasmodium falciparum (etiological agent of severe malaria). Many of these compounds are also curative in mouse models of stage 1 African trypanosomiasis representing promising leads for the development of antitrypanosomal drugs...
June 22, 2017: Current Medicinal Chemistry
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