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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531996/poly-epsilon-caprolactone-nanoparticles-enhance-ursolic-acid-in-vivo-efficacy-against-trypanosoma-cruzi-infection
#1
Juliana Palma Abriata, Josimar O Eloy, Thalita Bachelli Riul, Patricia Mazureki Campos, Marcelo Dias Baruffi, Juliana Maldonado Marchetti
Despite affecting millions of people worldwide, Chagas disease is still neglected by the academia and industry and the therapeutic option available, benznidazole, presents limited efficacy and side effects. Within this context, ursolic acid may serve as an option for treatment, however has low bioavailability, which can be enhanced through the encapsulation in polymeric nanoparticles. Therefore, herein we developed ursolic acid-loaded nanoparticles with poly-ε-caprolactone by the nanoprecipitation method and characterized them for particle size, zeta potential, polydispersity, encapsulation efficiency, morphology by scanning electron microscopy and thermal behavior by differential scanning calorimetry...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530845/temporal-variation-in-the-abundance-and-timing-of-daily-activity-of-chagas-disease-vector-triatoma-gerstaeckeri-st%C3%A3-l-1859-in-a-natural-habitat-in-the-lower-rio-grande-valley-south-texas
#2
Alfredo Flores, Christopher Vitek, Teresa Feria Arroyo, Brian Lund Fredensborg
Chagas disease caused by Trypanosoma cruzi is a burden to millions of people in South and Central America. A sylvatic life cycle of the parasite exists in the Southern United States, but recent studies indicate an active peri-domestic life cycle of T. cruzi in Texas. The USA-Mexico border region in Texas displays areas of high poverty and sub-standard housing conditions which are important risk factors for a potential spill-over transmission to a domestic life cycle including humans. The objectives of the study were to examine short- and longterm temporal variation in vector activity, and to evaluate the effect of different combinations of attractants on the capture of potential triatomine vectors...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527292/-triatoma-dimidiata-in-colombia-distribution-ecology-and-epidemiological-importance
#3
Óscar Quirós-Gómez, Nicolás Jaramillo, Víctor Angulo, Gabriel Parra-Henao
Triatoma dimidiata is an important vector of Chagas disease in Central America and countries of northern South America. In Colombia, it has a wide geographical distribution with reported presence in 14 departments in the Andean, Caribbean, Eastern plains and Upper Magdalena regions, where it occupies different natural and artificial ecotopes. The species is considered a secondary vector in the transmission of Trypanosoma cruzi. Its presence in wild, peridomestic and intradomiciliary habitats in the Andean region, coupled with its ability to move between them, has allowed it to escape the control based on pyrethroids spraying, highlighting its importance in maintaining transmission of the parasite through the potential reinfestation of homes...
June 1, 2017: Biomédica: Revista del Instituto Nacional de Salud
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527250/-risk-of-transmission-of-chagas-disease-by-intrusion-of-triatomines-and-wild-mammals-in-bucaramanga-santander-colombia
#4
Marlene Reyes, Ángela Torres, Lyda Esteban, Mónica Flórez, Víctor Manuel Angulo
INTRODUCTION: Notice of triatomines in dwellings of some neighborhoods in Bucaramanga motivated the realization of this study.Objetive: To evaluate the intrusion of triatomines and mammals, as well as some risk factors in urban dwellings. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Triatomines were collected in a neighborhood in Bucaramanga, Santander, on a monthly basis during one year with participation of the community. Collection included manual search in lamp posts, use of light traps, animal bait, and chemical attractants in nearby forests...
January 24, 2017: Biomédica: Revista del Instituto Nacional de Salud
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524628/myenteric-neuroprotective-role-of-aspirin-in-acute-and-chronic-experimental-infections-with-trypanosoma-cruzi
#5
J Y Oda, M O Belém, T M Carlos, R Gouveia, B F C Luchetti, N M Moreira, C L Massocatto, S M Araújo, D M G Sant Ana, N C Buttow, P Pinge-Filho, E J A Araújo
BACKGROUND: Experimental and clinical studies have shown that myenteric neuron cell death during infection with Trypanosoma cruzi mainly occurs in the esophagus and colon, resulting in megaesophagus and megacolon, respectively. Evidence suggests that the cyclooxygenase enzyme (COX) is involved in the T. cruzi invasion process. The use of low-dose aspirin (ASA), a COX-1/COX-2 inhibitor, has been shown to reduce infection with T. cruzi. Therefore, in this study, we evaluated the effects of treatment with low-dose ASA on myenteric colonic neurons during murine infection with T...
May 19, 2017: Neurogastroenterology and Motility: the Official Journal of the European Gastrointestinal Motility Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522273/trypanosoma-cruzi-over-the-ocean-insular-zones-of-chile-with-presence-of-infected-vector-mepraia-species
#6
Ninette Rives-Blanchard, Fernando Torres-Pérez, Silvia Ortiz, Aldo Solari, Ricardo Campos-Soto
Chagas disease is one of the main zoonosis mediated by vectors in America. The etiologic agent Trypanosoma cruzi infects different mammals and is transmitted principally by the subfamily Triatominae. Mepraia is a genus endemic to Chile, responsible for transmitting T. cruzi in the sylvatic cycle. Mepraia includes three species: M. gajardoi and M. parapatrica inhabit coastal areas, while M. spinolai inhabits coastal and interior valleys. Previous studies reported the occurrence of Mepraia in Pan de Azucar Island, currently classified as M...
May 15, 2017: Acta Tropica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521262/rhodium-catalyzed-c-h-bond-activation-for-the-synthesis-of-quinonoid-compounds-significant-anti-trypanosoma-cruzi-activities-and-electrochemical-studies-of-functionalized-quinones
#7
Guilherme A M Jardim, Thaissa L Silva, Marilia O F Goulart, Carlos A de Simone, Juliana M C Barbosa, Kelly Salomão, Solange L de Castro, John F Bower, Eufrânio N da Silva Júnior
Thirty four halogen and selenium-containing quinones, synthesized by rhodium-catalyzed C-H bond activation and palladium-catalyzed cross-coupling reactions, were evaluated against bloodstream trypomastigotes of T. cruzi. We have identified fifteen compounds with IC50/24 h values of less than 2 μM. Electrochemical studies on A-ring functionalized naphthoquinones were also performed aiming to correlate redox properties with trypanocidal activity. For instance, (E)-5-styryl-1,4-naphthoquinone 59 and 5,8-diiodo-1,4-naphthoquinone 3, which are around fifty fold more active than the standard drug benznidazole, are potential derivatives for further investigation...
May 4, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513328/trypanosoma-cruzi-in-free-ranging-mammalian-populations-in-south-texas
#8
Mathew M Kramm, Maria R Gutierrez, Troy D Luepke, Cynthia Soria, Roel R Lopez, Susan M Cooper, Donald S Davis, Israel D Parker
Chagas disease, also known as American trypanosomiasis, is caused by the flagellate protozoan Trypanosoma cruzi. It is a significant health concern in South and Central America, where millions of people are infected or at risk of infection, and is an emerging health concern in the United States. The occurrence of Chagas disease in natural environments is supported by mammal host species, but those primary species may vary based on geographic location. In South Texas, the primary host species for the disease is poorly understood, and required a field study to determine the spatial distribution of T...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Wildlife Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511274/a-case-of-chagas-cardiomyopathy-following-infection-in-south-central-texas
#9
Bryant J Webber, Edward J Wozniak, David Chang, Kelvin N Bush, Matthew C Wilson, James A Watts, Heather C Yun
Between 5 and 8 million people globally are infected with Trypanosoma cruzi, the causative parasitic agent of Chagas disease. The vast majority of incident infections originate in pockets of Latin America where domestic vector-borne transmission cycles are more common. Since 1955, when the first locally-acquired case was reported, fewer than 30 autochthonous cases have been documented in the United States. We describe the case of an 18-year-old US Air Force trainee, a native Texan with no travel history beyond the continental United States, who screened positive for T cruzi infection on blood donation and was subsequently found to have chronic Chagasic cardiomyopathy...
January 2017: U.S. Army Medical Department Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507113/efficacy-of-a-binuclear-cyclopalladated-compound-therapy-for-cutaneous-leishmaniasis-in-the-murine-model-of-infection-with-leishmania-amazonensis-and-its-inhibitory-effect-on-topoisomerase-1b
#10
Angela Maria Arenas Velásquez, Willian Campos Ribeiro, Vutey Venn, Silvia Castelli, Mariana Santoro, Renata Pires de Assis, Rodrigo Alves de Souza, Aline Rimoldi Ribeiro, Thaís Gaban Passalaqua, João Aristeu da Rosa, Amanda Martins Baviera, Antonio Eduardo Mauro, Alessandro Desideri, Elmo Eduardo Almeida-Amaral, Marcia A S Graminha
Leishmaniasis is a disease found throughout the (sub)tropical parts of the world caused by protozoan parasites of the Leishmania genus. Despite the numerous problems associated with existing treatments, pharmaceutical companies continue to neglect the development of better ones. The high toxicity of current drugs combined with emerging resistance makes the discovery of new therapeutic alternatives urgent. Here we report the evaluation of a binuclear cyclopalladated complex containing Pd(II) and N,N' -dimethylbenzylamine (Hdmba) against Leishmania amazonensis...
May 15, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506517/fish-oil-supplementation-benefits-the-murine-host-during-the-acute-phase-of-a-parasitic-infection-from-trypanosoma-cruzi
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Maria I Lovo-Martins, Aparecida D Malvezi, Rosiane V da Silva, Nágela G Zanluqui, Vera L H Tatakihara, Niels O S Câmara, Ana Paula L de Oliveira, Jean P S Peron, Marli C Martins-Pinge, Kevin L Fritsche, Phileno Pinge-Filho
Long-chain omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (LC n-3 PUFA) are known to modulate a variety of immune cell functions. On occasion, this has led to diminished host resistance to certain viral and bacterial infections. Little is known about the impact of n-3 PUFA on host resistance to parasitic infection, however, based on results from a small study conducted more than two decades ago, we hypothesized that providing mice LC n-3 PUFA will diminish host resistance to Trypanosoma cruzi, the parasitic pathogen responsible for Chagas disease...
April 25, 2017: Nutrition Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499908/identification-of-novel-mammalian-hosts-and-brazilian-biome-geographic-distribution-of-trypanosoma-cruzi-tciii-and-tciv
#12
Juliana Helena S Barros, Samanta Cristina C Xavier, Daniele Bilac, Valdirene Santos Lima, Maria Augusta Dario, Ana Maria Jansen
Trypanosoma cruzi is a parasitic protozoan responsible for Chagas disease. Seven different Discrete Typing Units (DTUs) of T. cruzi are currently identified in nature: TcI-TcVI, and TcBat whose distribution patterns in nature, hosts/reservoirs and eco-epidemiological importance are still little known. Here, we present novel data on the geographic distribution and diversity of mammalian hosts and vectors of T. cruzi DTUs TcIII and TcIV. In this study, we analyzed 61 T. cruzi isolates obtained from 18 species of mammals (five orders) and two Hemiptera genera...
May 10, 2017: Acta Tropica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495405/trypanosoma-cruzi-i-towards-the-need-of-genetic-subdivision-part-ii
#13
REVIEW
Juan David Ramírez, Carolina Hernández
Chagas disease is a complex zoonosis caused by the kinetoplastid parasite Trypanosoma cruzi. This protozoan exhibits remarkable genetic diversity evinced in at least six Discrete Typing Units (DTUs) with the foreseen emergence of a genotype associated to bats (TcBat). T. cruzi I is the DTU with the broadest geographical distribution and associated to severe cardiomyopathies. In 2011, we published a review questioning the need for genetic subdivision within TcI. However, after six years of intensive research herein, we attempted to determine if TcI should be subdivided or not in the light of the current genetic, biological, clinical and ecological data...
May 8, 2017: Acta Tropica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28487431/different-roles-of-mitochondrial-calcium-uniporter-complex-subunits-in-growth-and-infectivity-of-trypanosoma-cruzi
#14
Miguel A Chiurillo, Noelia Lander, Mayara S Bertolini, Melissa Storey, Anibal E Vercesi, Roberto Docampo
Trypanosoma cruzi is the agent of Chagas disease, and the finding that this parasite possesses a mitochondrial calcium uniporter (TcMCU) with characteristics similar to that of mammalian mitochondria was fundamental for the discovery of the molecular nature of MCU in eukaryotes. We report here that ablation of TcMCU, or its paralog TcMCUb, by clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeat (CRISPR)/Cas9 led to a marked decrease in mitochondrial Ca(2+) uptake without affecting the membrane potential of these cells, whereas overexpression of each gene caused a significant increase in the ability of mitochondria to accumulate Ca(2+) While TcMCU-knockout (KO) epimastigotes were viable and able to differentiate into trypomastigotes, infect host cells, and replicate normally, ablation of TcMCUb resulted in epimastigotes having an important growth defect, lower rates of respiration and metacyclogenesis, more pronounced autophagy changes under starvation, and significantly reduced infectivity...
May 9, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28481887/epidemiological-modeling-of-trypanosoma-cruzi-low-stercorarian-transmission-and-failure-of-host-adaptive-immunity-explain-the-frequency-of-mixed-infections-in-humans
#15
Nicolás Tomasini, Paula Gabriela Ragone, Sébastien Gourbière, Juan Pablo Aparicio, Patricio Diosque
People living in areas with active vector-borne transmission of Chagas disease have multiple contacts with its causative agent, Trypanosoma cruzi. Reinfections by T. cruzi are possible at least in animal models leading to lower or even hardly detectable parasitaemia. In humans, although reinfections are thought to have major public health implications by increasing the risk of chronic manifestations of the disease, there is little quantitative knowledge about their frequency and the timing of parasite re-inoculation in the course of the disease...
May 8, 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28481276/multi-anti-parasitic-activity-of-arylidene-ketones-and-thiazolidene-hydrazines-against-trypanosoma-cruzi-and-leishmania-spp
#16
Guzmán Álvarez, Cintya Perdomo, Cathia Coronel, Elena Aguilera, Javier Varela, Gonzalo Aparicio, Flavio R Zolessi, Nallely Cabrera, Celeste Vega, Miriam Rolón, Antonieta Rojas de Arias, Ruy Pérez-Montfort, Hugo Cerecetto, Mercedes González
A series of fifty arylideneketones and thiazolidenehydrazines was evaluated against Leishmania infantum and Leishmania braziliensis. Furthermore, new simplified thiazolidenehydrazine derivatives were evaluated against Trypanosoma cruzi. The cytotoxicity of the active compounds on non-infected fibroblasts or macrophages was established in vitro to evaluate the selectivity of their anti-parasitic effects. Seven thiazolidenehydrazine derivatives and ten arylideneketones had good activity against the three parasites...
May 7, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28473804/the-complement-system-a-prey-of-trypanosoma-cruzi
#17
REVIEW
Kárita C F Lidani, Lorena Bavia, Altair R Ambrosio, Iara J de Messias-Reason
Trypanosoma cruzi is a protozoan parasite known to cause Chagas disease (CD), a neglected sickness that affects around 6-8 million people worldwide. Originally, CD was mainly found in Latin America but more recently, it has been spread to countries in North America, Asia, and Europe due the international migration from endemic areas. Thus, at present CD represents an important concern of global public health. Most of individuals that are infected by T. cruzi may remain in asymptomatic form all lifelong, but up to 40% of them will develop cardiomyopathy, digestive mega syndromes, or both...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28463381/rna-binding-proteins-and-their-role-in-the-regulation-of-gene-expression-in-trypanosoma-cruzi-and-saccharomyces-cerevisiae
#18
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/28459632/identification-of-specific-inhibitors-of-trypanosoma-cruzi-malic-enzyme-isoforms-by-target-based-hts
#19
Americo T Ranzani, Cristina Nowicki, Shane R Wilkinson, Artur T Cordeiro
Trypanosoma cruzi is the causative agent of Chagas disease. The lack of an efficient and safe treatment supports the research into novel metabolic targets, with the malic enzyme (ME) representing one such potential candidate. T. cruzi expresses a cytosolic (TcMEc) and a mitochondrial (TcMEm) ME isoform, with these activities functioning to generate NADPH, a key source of reducing equivalents that drives a range of anabolic and protective processes. To identify specific inhibitors that target TcMEs, two independent high-throughput screening strategies using a diversity library containing 30,000 compounds were employed...
April 1, 2017: SLAS Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28456430/comparison-of-four-pcr-methods-for-efficient-detection-of-trypanosoma-cruzi-in-routine-diagnostics
#20
Peter Seiringer, Michael Pritsch, María Flores-Chavez, Edoardo Marchisio, Kerstin Helfrich, Carolin Mengele, Stefan Hohnerlein, Gisela Bretzel, Thomas Löscher, Michael Hoelscher, Nicole Berens-Riha
Due to increased migration, Chagas disease has become an international health problem. Reliable diagnosis of chronically infected people is crucial for prevention of non-vectorial transmission as well as treatment. This study compared four distinct PCR methods for detection of Trypanosoma cruzi DNA for the use in well-equipped routine diagnostic laboratories. DNA was extracted of T. cruzi-positive and negative patients' blood samples and cultured T. cruzi, T. rangeli as well as Leishmania spp. One conventional and two real-time PCR methods targeting a repetitive Sat-DNA sequence as well as one conventional PCR method targeting the variable region of the kDNA minicircle were compared for sensitivity, intra- and interassay precision, limit of detection, specificity and cross-reactivity...
April 7, 2017: Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease
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