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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213174/evidence-of-the-presence-of-a-calmodulin-sensitive-plasma-membrane-ca-2-atpase-in-trypanosoma-equiperdum
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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/28212811/polymorphisms-of-blood-forms-and-in-vitro-metacyclogenesis-of-trypanosoma-cruzi-i-ii-and-iv
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Camila Piva Abegg, Ana Paula de Abreu, Juliane Lopes da Silva, Silvana Marques de Araújo, Mônica Lúcia Gomes, Érika Cristina Ferreira, Max Jean de Ornelas Toledo
Trypanosoma cruzi is the etiologic agent of American trypanosomiasis has broad biological and genetic diversity. Remaining to be studied are polymorphisms of the blood forms and metacyclogenesis of different T. cruzi discrete typing units (DTUs). Our goal was to evaluate the relationship between T. cruzi DTUs, the morphology of blood trypomastigotes, and in vitro metacyclogenesis. T. cruzi strains that pertained to DTUs TcI, TcII, and TcIV from different Brazilian states were used. Parameters that were related to the morphology of eight strains were assessed in thin blood smears that were obtained from mice that were inoculated with blood or culture forms, depending on strain...
February 14, 2017: Experimental Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203518/inositol-1-4-5-trisphosphate-receptor-determines-intracellular-ca-2-concentration-in-trypanosoma-cruzi-throughout-its-life-cycle
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Muneaki Hashimoto, Motomichi Doi, Nagomi Kurebayashi, Koji Furukawa, Hiroko Hirawake-Mogi, Yoshihiro Ohmiya, Takashi Sakurai, Toshihiro Mita, Katsuhiko Mikoshiba, Takeshi Nara
Regulation of intracellular Ca(2+) concentration ([Ca(2+)]i) is vital for eukaryotic organisms. Recently, we identified a Ca(2+) channel (TcIP 3R) associated with intracellular Ca(2+) stores in Trypanosoma cruzi, the parasitic protist that causes Chagas disease. In this study, we measured [Ca(2+)]i during the parasite life cycle and determined whether TcIP 3R is involved in the observed variations. Parasites expressing R-GECO1, a red fluorescent, genetically encoded Ca(2+) indicator for optical imaging that fluoresces when bound to Ca(2+), were produced...
December 2016: FEBS Open Bio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202792/towards-a-new-strategy-for-the-diagnosis-of-congenital-trypanosoma-cruzi-infection
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Alba Abras, Carmen Muñoz, Cristina Ballart, Pere Berenguer, Teresa Llovet, Mercedes Herrero, Silvia Tebar, María-Jesús Pinazo, Elizabeth Posada, Carmen Martí, Victoria Fumadó, Jordi Bosch, Oriol Coll, Teresa Juncosa, Gemma Ginovart, Josep Armengol, Joaquim Gascón, Montserrat Portús, Montserrat Gállego
The immigration of Latin American women of childbearing age has spread the congenital transmission of Chagas disease to non-endemic areas, and the disease is now a worldwide problem. Some European health authorities have implemented screening programs to prevent vertical transmission, but the lack of a uniform protocol calls for the urgent establishment of a new strategy, common for all laboratories. Our aims were (i) to analyze the trend of passive IgG antibodies in the newborn by means of five serological tests for the diagnosis and follow-up of congenital Trypanosoma cruzi infection, (ii) to assess the utility of these techniques for diagnosing a congenital transmission, and (iii) to propose a strategy for a prompt, efficient and cost-effective diagnosis of T...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199333/comparative-and-functional-triatomine-genomics-reveals-reductions-and-expansions-in-insecticide-resistance-related-gene-families
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Lucila Traverso, Andrés Lavore, Ivana Sierra, Victorio Palacio, Jesús Martinez-Barnetche, José Manuel Latorre-Estivalis, Gaston Mougabure-Cueto, Flavio Francini, Marcelo G Lorenzo, Mario Henry Rodríguez, Sheila Ons, Rolando V Rivera-Pomar
BACKGROUND: Triatomine insects are vectors of Trypanosoma cruzi, a protozoan parasite that is the causative agent of Chagas' disease. This is a neglected disease affecting approximately 8 million people in Latin America. The existence of diverse pyrethroid resistant populations of at least two species demonstrates the potential of triatomines to develop high levels of insecticide resistance. Therefore, the incorporation of strategies for resistance management is a main concern for vector control programs...
February 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192425/improving-access-to-chagas-disease-diagnosis-and-etiologic-treatment-in-remote-rural-communities-of-the-argentine-chaco-through-strengthened-primary-health-care-and-broad-social-participation
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Paula Sartor, Ivana Colaianni, M Victoria Cardinal, Jacqueline Bua, Héctor Freilij, Ricardo E Gürtler
BACKGROUND: Rural populations in the Gran Chaco region have large prevalence rates of Trypanosoma cruzi infection and very limited access to diagnosis and treatment. We implemented an innovative strategy to bridge these gaps in 13 rural villages of Pampa del Indio held under sustained vector surveillance and control. METHODOLOGY: The non-randomized treatment program included participatory workshops, capacity strengthening of local health personnel, serodiagnosis, qualitative and quantitative PCRs, a 60-day treatment course with benznidazole and follow-up...
February 13, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192210/phylogenomics-of-trypanosoma-cruzi-few-evidence-of-tci-tcii-mosaicism-in-tciii-challenges-the-hypothesis-of-an-ancient-tci-tcii-hybridization
#7
Nicolás Tomasini, Patricio Diosque
Phylogenetic relationships among major lineages of Trypanosoma cruzi are still debatable. Particularly, it is controversial the origin of two main lineages: TcIII and TcIV. Some authors proposed that these lineages have been the result of an ancient hybridization between TcI and TcII, and this was one of the most accepted evolutionary models in the scientific community for several years. In the present paper we analyse several genomes of T. cruzi in order to examine if there is evidence supporting that TcIII is an ancient TcI/TcII hybrid...
February 10, 2017: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185987/real-time-pcr-strategy-for-the-identification-of-trypanosoma-cruzi-discrete-typing-units-directly-in-chronically-infected-human-blood
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Catalina Muñoz-San Martín, Werner Apt, Inés Zulantay
The protozoan Trypanosoma cruzi is the causative agent of Chagas disease, a major public health problem in Latin America. This parasite has a complex population structure comprised by six or seven major evolutionary lineages (discrete typing units or DTUs) TcI-TcVI and TcBat, some of which have apparently resulted from ancient hybridization events. Because of the existence of significant biological differences between these lineages, strain characterization methods have been essential to study T. cruzi in its different vectors and hosts...
February 6, 2017: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185826/chaetocin-a-histone-methyltransferase-inhibitor-impairs-proliferation-arrests-cell-cycle-and-induces-nucleolar-disassembly-in-trypanosoma-cruzi
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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/28185724/simplifying-nature-towards-the-design-of-broad-spectrum-kinetoplastid-inhibitors-inspired-by-acetogenins
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Eoin R Gould, Elizabeth F B King, Stefanie K Menzies, Andrew L Fraser, Lindsay B Tulloch, Marija K Zacharova, Terry K Smith, Gordon J Florence
The need for new treatments for the neglected tropical diseases African sleeping sickness, Chagas disease and Leishmaniasis remains urgent with the diseases widespread in tropical regions, affecting the world's very poorest. We have previously reported bis-tetrahydropyran 1,4-triazole analogues designed as mimics of the annonaceous acetogenin natural product chamuvarinin, which maintained trypanocidal activity. Building upon these studies, we here report related triazole compounds with pendant heterocycles, mimicking the original butenolide of the natural product...
January 28, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179034/hosts-and-vectors-of-trypanosoma-cruzi-discrete-typing-units-in-the-chagas-disease-endemic-region-of-the-paraguayan-chaco
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Nidia Acosta, Elsa López, Michael D Lewis, Martin S Llewellyn, Ana Gómez, Fabiola Román, Michael A Miles, Matthew Yeo
Active Trypanosoma cruzi transmission persists in the Gran Chaco region, which is considered hyperendemic for Chagas disease. Understanding domestic and sylvatic transmission cycles and therefore the relationship between vectors and mammalian hosts is crucial to designing and implementing improved effective control strategies. Here we describe the species of triatomine vectors and the sylvatic mammal reservoirs of T. cruzi, in different localities of the Paraguayan and Bolivian Chaco. We identify the T. cruzi genotypes discrete typing units (DTUs) and provide a map of their geographical distribution...
February 9, 2017: Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28177047/linalool-a-piper-aduncum-essential-oil-component-has-selective-activity-against-trypanosoma-cruzi-trypomastigote-forms-at-4%C3%A2-c
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Luz Helena Villamizar, Maria das Graças Cardoso, Juliana de Andrade, Maria Luisa Teixeira, Maurilio José Soares
BACKGROUND: Recent studies showed that essential oils from different pepper species (Piper spp.) have promising leishmanicidal and trypanocidal activities. OBJECTIVES: In search for natural compounds against Trypanosoma cruzi, different forms of the parasite were incubated for 24 h at 28ºC or 4ºC with Piper aduncum essential oil (PaEO) or its main constituents linalool and nerolidol. METHODS: PaEO chemical composition was obtained by GC-MS...
February 2017: Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167589/trypanosoma-cruzi-agent-of-chagas-disease-in-sympatric-human-and-dog-populations-in-colonias-of-the-lower-rio-grande-valley-of-texas
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Rachel Curtis-Robles, Italo B Zecca, Valery Roman-Cruz, Ester S Carbajal, Lisa D Auckland, Isidore Flores, Ann V Millard, Sarah A Hamer
The zoonotic, vector-borne parasite Trypanosoma cruzi causes Chagas disease throughout the Americas, but human and veterinary health burdens in the United States are unknown. We conducted a cross-sectional prevalence study in indigent, medically underserved human and cohabiting canine populations of seven south Texas border communities, known as colonias. Defining positivity as those samples that were positive on two or more independent tests, we found 1.3% seroprevalence in 233 humans, including one child born in the United States with only short-duration travel to Mexico...
February 6, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167559/anti-trypanosomal-activity-of-sterol-14%C3%AE-demethylase-cyp51-inhibitors-vni-and-vfv-in-the-swiss-mouse-models-of-chagas-disease-induced-by-the-y-strain-trypanosoma-cruzi
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F H Guedes-da-Silva, D G J Batista, C F Da Silva, J S De Araújo, B P Pavão, M R Simões-Silva, M B Meuser, K C Demarque, O C Moreira, C Britto, G I Lepesheva, M N C Soeiro
Chagas disease is a life-threatening infection caused by a variety of genetically diverse strains of the protozoan parasite Trypanosoma cruzi The current treatment (benznidazole and nifurtimox) is unsatisfactory, and potential alternatives include inhibitors of sterol 14α-demethylase (CYP51), the cytochrome P450 enzyme essential for biosynthesis of sterols in eukaryotes and the major target for clinical and agricultural antifungals. Here we performed a comparative investigation of two protozoa-specific CYP51 inhibitors, VNI and its CYP51 structure-based derivative VFV, in the murine models of infection caused by the Y strain T...
February 6, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167210/purinergic-enzymatic-activities-in-lymphocytes-and-cardiomyocytes-of-mice-acutely-infected-by-trypanosoma-cruzi-modulating-the-inflammatory-responses
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Guilherme M do Carmo, Pedro H Doleski, Mariângela F de Sá, Thirssa H Grando, Nathieli B Bottari, Daniela B R Leal, Lucas T Gressler, Luan C Henker, Ricardo E Mendes, Silvia G Monteiro, Aleksandro S Da Silva
The aim of this study was to evaluate the activity of purinergic enzymes in lymphocytes and cardiac tissue of mice experimentally infected by Trypanosoma cruzi. Twelve female mice were used, divided into two groups (n = 6): uninfected and infected. On day 12 post-infection (PI), the animals were anesthetized and after euthanized, and samples were collected for analyses. Infected mice showed reduction in erythrocyte counts, hematocrit and hemoglobin concentration, as well as reduced number of total leukocytes in consequence of neutrophilia (P < 0...
February 3, 2017: Experimental Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161253/carbonic-anhydrases-from-trypanosoma-and-leishmania-as-anti-protozoan-drug-targets
#16
REVIEW
Alane B Vermelho, Giseli R Capaci, Igor A Rodrigues, Verônica S Cardoso, Ana Maria Mazotto, Claudiu T Supuran
Trypanosoma cruzi and Leishmania spp. are protozoa of the Trypanosomatidae family, being the etiological agents of two widespread parasitic diseases, Chagas disease and leishmaniasis, respectively. Both parasites are the focus of worldwide research with the aim to find effective and less toxic drugs than the few ones available so far, and for controlling the spread of the diseases. Carbonic anhydrases (CAs, EC 4.2.1.1) belonging to the α- and β-class were recently identified in these protozoans and several studies suggested that they could be new targets for drug development...
January 24, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28160863/antitrypanosomal-activity-and-evaluation-of-the-mechanism-of-action-of-dehydrodieugenol-isolated-from-nectandra-leucantha-lauraceae-and-its-methylated-derivative-against-trypanosoma-cruzi
#17
Simone S Grecco, Thais A Costa-Silva, Gerold Jerz, Fernanda S de Sousa, Geanne A Alves Conserva, Juliana T Mesquita, Mariana K Galuppo, Andre G Tempone, Bruno J Neves, Carolina H Andrade, Rodrigo L O R Cunha, Miriam Uemi, Patricia Sartorelli, João Henrique G Lago
BACKGROUND: From a previous screening of Brazilian biodiversity for antiprotozoal activity, the hexane extract from leaves of Nectandra leucantha (Nees & Mart.) (Lauraceae) demonstrated activity against Trypanosoma cruzi. Chromatographic separation of this extract afforded bioactive dehydrodieugenol (1). Furthermore, methylated derivative 2 (dehydrodieugenol dimethyl ether) was prepared and also tested against T. cruzi. PURPOSE: To examine the therapeutical potential of compounds 1 and 2 against T...
January 15, 2017: Phytomedicine: International Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152426/design-and-synthesis-of-a-new-series-of-3-5-disubstituted-isoxazoles-active-against-trypanosoma-cruzi-and-leishmania-amazonensis
#18
Rafael da Rosa, Milene Höehr de Moraes, Lara Almida Zimmermann, Eloir Paulo Schenkel, Mario Steindel, Lílian Sibelle Campos Bernardes
Chagas disease and leishmaniasis are neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) endemic in developing countries. Although there are drugs available for their treatment, efforts on finding new efficacious therapies are continuous. The natural lignans grandisin (1) and veraguensin (2) show activity against trypomastigote T. cruzi and their scaffold has been used as inspiration to design new derivatives with improved potency and chemical properties. We describe here the planning and microwave-irradiated synthesis of 26 isoxazole derivatives based on the structure of the lignans 1 and 2...
January 23, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28148283/spatial-and-temporal-distribution-of-house-infestation-by-triatoma-infestans-in-the-toro-toro-municipality-potosi-bolivia
#19
Jorge Espinoza Echeverria, Antonio Nogales Rodriguez, Mirko Rojas Cortez, Liléia Gonçalves Diotaiuti, David E Gorla
BACKGROUND: Triatoma infestans is the main vector of Trypanosoma cruzi in Bolivia. The species is present both in domestic and peridomestic structures of rural areas, and in wild ecotopes of the Andean valleys and the Great Chaco. The identification of areas persistently showing low and high house infestation by the vector is important for the management of vector control programs. This study aimed at analyzing the temporal and spatial distribution of house infestation by T. infestans in the Toro Toro municipality (Potosi, Bolivia) between 2009 and 2014, and its association with environmental variables...
February 2, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28137669/effective-gene-delivery-to-trypanosoma-cruzi-epimastigotes-through-nucleofection
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Lisandro Pacheco-Lugo, Yirys Díaz-Olmos, José Sáenz-García, Christian Macagnan Probst, Wanderson Duarte DaRocha
New opportunities have raised to study the gene function approaches of Trypanosoma cruzi after its genome sequencing in 2005. Functional genomic approaches in Trypanosoma cruzi are challenging due to the reduced tools available for genetic manipulation, as well as to the reduced efficiency of the transient transfection conducted through conventional methods. The Amaxa nucleofector device was systematically tested in the present study in order to improve the electroporation conditions in the epimastigote forms of T...
January 27, 2017: Parasitology International
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