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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443980/chagas-disease-national-survey-of-seroprevalence-in-children-under-five-years-of-age-conducted-in-2008
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Graciela Russomando, Blanca Cousiño, Zunilda Sanchez, Laura X Franco, Eva M Nara, Lilian Chena, Magaly Martínez, María E Galeano, Lucio Benitez
BACKGROUND: Since the early 1990s, programs to control Chagas disease in South America have focused on eradicating domiciliary Triatoma infestans, the main vector. Seroprevalence studies of the chagasic infection are included as part of the vector control programs; they are essential to assess the impact of vector control measures and to monitor the prevention of vector transmission. OBJECTIVE: To assess the interruption of domiciliary vector transmission of Chagas disease by T...
May 2017: Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429320/euglena-gracilis-genome-and-transcriptome-organelles-nuclear-genome-assembly-strategies-and-initial-features
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ThankGod Echezona Ebenezer, Mark Carrington, Michael Lebert, Steven Kelly, Mark C Field
Euglena gracilis is a major component of the aquatic ecosystem and together with closely related species, is ubiquitous worldwide. Euglenoids are an important group of protists, possessing a secondarily acquired plastid and are relatives to the Kinetoplastidae, which themselves have global impact as disease agents. To understand the biology of E. gracilis, as well as to provide further insight into the evolution and origins of the Kinetoplastidae, we embarked on sequencing the nuclear genome; the plastid and mitochondrial genomes are already in the public domain...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427957/pcr-based-identification-of-trypanosoma-lewisi-and-trypanosoma-musculi-using-maxicircle-kinetoplast-dna
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Xiao-Kun Hong, Xuan Zhang, Octavio Alejandro Fusco, You-Gen Lan, Zhao-Rong Lun, De-Hua Lai
Trypanosoma lewisi, transmitted by rat fleas, is a widespread pathogen specific to rats with records of human infection cases. Its closely related species with global distribution, Trypanosoma musculi, is transmitted between mice by ingestion of infected fleas. These trypanosomes are of similar morphology, making it difficult to distinguish them by microscopy. In this study, we have developed a rapid, sensitive and reliable PCR method for the diagnosis of T. lewisi and T. musculi. The T. lewisi-specific amplicons were not produced by other Trypanosoma, such as T...
April 17, 2017: Acta Tropica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419477/the-effectiveness-of-riboflavin-and-ultraviolet-light-pathogen-reduction-technology-in-eliminating-trypanosoma-cruzi-from-leukoreduced-whole-blood
#4
Teresa Jimenez-Marco, Beatriz Cancino-Faure, Enrique Girona-Llobera, M Magdalena Alcover, Cristina Riera, Roser Fisa
BACKGROUND: The parasitic Chagas disease is caused by the protozoan Trypanosoma cruzi, which is mainly transmitted by insect vectors. Other infection routes, both in endemic and in nonendemic areas, include organ and marrow transplantation, congenital transmission, and blood transfusion. Asymptomatic chronic chagasic individuals may have a low and transient parasitemia in peripheral blood and, consequently, they can unknowingly transmit the disease via blood transfusion. Riboflavin and ultraviolet (UV) light pathogen reduction is a method to reduce pathogen transfusion transmission risk based on damage to the pathogen nucleic acids...
April 16, 2017: Transfusion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413725/trypanosoma-cruzi-reservoir-triatomine-vector-co-occurrence-networks-reveal-meta-community-effects-by-synanthropic-mammals-on-geographic-dispersal
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Carlos N Ibarra-Cerdeña, Leopoldo Valiente-Banuet, Víctor Sánchez-Cordero, Christopher R Stephens, Janine M Ramsey
Contemporary patterns of land use and global climate change are modifying regional pools of parasite host species. The impact of host community changes on human disease risk, however, is difficult to assess due to a lack of information about zoonotic parasite host assemblages. We have used a recently developed method to infer parasite-host interactions for Chagas Disease (CD) from vector-host co-occurrence networks. Vector-host networks were constructed to analyze topological characteristics of the network and ecological traits of species' nodes, which could provide information regarding parasite regional dispersal in Mexico...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411096/-seroprevalence-and-vertical-transmission-of-chagas-disease-in-a-cohort-of-latin-american-pregnant-women-in-a-tertiary-hospital-in-madrid
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Laura Francisco-González, Teresa Gastañaga-Holguera, Beatriz Jiménez Montero, Zarife Daoud Pérez, Marta Illán Ramos, Paloma Merino Amador, Miguel Ángel Herráiz Martínez, José Tomás Ramos Amador
BACKGROUND: Chagas disease, caused by Trypanosoma cruzi (T. cruzi), is endemic in Latin-America and is emerging in Spain due to immigration. The vertical transmission rate is around 5%. A routine prenatal screening with serology of all pregnant women from endemic areas is recommended to identify infected newborns, allowing early treatment and cure. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to estimate the prevalence of positive Chagas serology in a cohort of pregnant women from Latin-America and its vertical transmission...
April 12, 2017: Anales de Pediatría: Publicación Oficial de la Asociación Española de Pediatría (A.E.P.)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28406895/the-superfamily-keeps-growing-identification-in-trypanosomatids-of-ribj-the-first-riboflavin-transporter-family-in-protists
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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/28399301/wing-polymorphism-and-trypanosoma-cruzi-infection-in-wild-peridomestic-and-domestic-collections-of-mepraia-spinolai-hemiptera-reduviidae-from-chile
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Daniel Frías-Lasserre, Christian R González, Carolina Reyes Valenzuela, Danila Blanco de Carvalho, Jader Oliveira, Mauricio Canals, Joao Aristeu da Rosa
Mepraia spinolai (Porter) is a vector of Trypanosoma cruzi that causes Chagas disease. Females are always wingless, but males may be winged or wingless. We determined by PCR the infection percentage with T. cruzi of M. spinolai adults and nymphs in domestic, peridomestic, and wild collections, in different regions of Chile. In all regions, winged males were more abundant than females and wingless males. Winged males collected inside houses were less parasitized than were those from peridomestic and wild environments...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Medical Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399226/biology-of-triatoma-sherlocki-hemiptera-reduviidae-under-laboratory-conditions-biological-cycle-and-resistance-to-starvation
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Vanessa Lima-Neiva, Teresa C M Gonçalves, Leonardo S Bastos, Marcia Gumiel, Nathália C Correia, Catia C Silva, Carlos E Almeida, Jane Costa
Triatoma sherlocki Papa, Jurberg, Carcavallo, Cerqueira & Barata was described in 2002, based on specimens caught in the wild in the municipality of Gentio do Ouro, Bahia, Brazil. In 2009, nymphs and adults were detected inside homes and sylvatic specimens were positive for Trypanosoma cruzi (Chagas). No information on the bionomics of T. sherlocki exists, although such data are considered essential to estimate its vector and colonization potential in domestic environments. Herein, the biological cycle of T...
March 30, 2017: Journal of Medical Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28398292/the-contemporary-distribution-of-trypanosoma-cruzi-infection-in-humans-alternative-hosts-and-vectors
#10
Annie J Browne, Carlos A Guerra, Renato Vieira Alves, Veruska Maia da Costa, Anne L Wilson, David M Pigott, Simon I Hay, Steve W Lindsay, Nick Golding, Catherine L Moyes
Chagas is a potentially fatal chronic disease affecting large numbers of people across the Americas and exported throughout the world through human population movement. It is caused by the Trypanosoma cruzi parasite, which is transmitted by triatomine vectors to humans and a wide range of alternative host species. The database described here was compiled to allow the risk of vectorial transmission to humans to be mapped using geospatial models. The database collates all available records, published since 2003, for prevalence and occurrence of infection in humans, vectors and alternative hosts, and links each record to a defined time and location...
April 11, 2017: Scientific Data
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28394985/-chagas-disease-affecting-the-central-nervous-system-in-a-patient-with-aids-demonstrated-by-quantitative-molecular-methods
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Alberto Fica, Marcia Salinas, María Isabel Jercic, Jeannette Dabanch, Andrés Soto, Sergio Quintanilla, Carlos Flores
Although infrequent, Trypanosoma cruzi reactivation is possible among patients with HIV/AIDS infection that develop a tumor-like or granulomatous lesion in the CNS. We report the case of a 60 years old male patient with HIV/AIDS and low CD4 lymphocytes count with cerebellar symptoms and mild paresis, associated to supra and infratentorial hypodense lesions and positive serology tests both to T. gondii and Trypanosoma cruzi. Empirical therapy against toxoplasmosis was prescribed together with antiretroviral therapy but without a favorable response...
February 2017: Revista Chilena de Infectología: órgano Oficial de la Sociedad Chilena de Infectología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28388241/chagas-disease-immunogenetics-elusive-markers-of-disease-progression
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Yelenca Ortega Zamora, Leidy Johana Escamilla Rojas, Elvis Mayron Villa Sandoval, Joan Steven Vela Porras, Edgar Yarleison Cossio Contrera, Sergio Sebastian Cubides Romero, Pedro David Carreño Ramirez, Hermes Urriago Losada, Carolina De Los Rios, Daniela Alejandra Gomez Mahecha, Karen Daniela Lovera Serrano, Juan Carlos Barreto Montaña, Viviana Lorena Narvaez Caicedo, Fredy Rs Gutierrez
Chagas disease (CD) is caused by a parasitic infection. The disease usually occurs after decades of the primary infection and can involve the myocardium or the digestive system. Of note, around 30% of T. cruzi infected patients develop CD while the other 70% may remain asymptomatic for their entire life. CD is usually observed as familial clustered phenomena. Moreover, individuals with chronic Chagas heart disease (CCHD) usually present a strong, deregulated immune response, which strongly suggests an immunogenetic effect...
April 7, 2017: Expert Review of Cardiovascular Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28385540/performance-of-leishmania-braziliensis-enolase-protein-for-the-serodiagnosis-of-canine-and-human-visceral-leishmaniosis
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Mariana Costa Duarte, Daniela Pagliara Lage, Vívian Tamietti Martins, Lourena Emanuele Costa, Beatriz Cristina Silveira Salles, Ana Maria Ravena Severino Carvalho, Thaís Teodoro de Oliveira Santos, Daniel Silva Dias, Patrícia Aparecida Fernandes Ribeiro, Miguel Angel Chávez-Fumagalli, Ricardo Andrez Machado-de-Ávila, Bruno Mendes Roatt, Daniel Menezes-Souza, Danielle Ferreira de Magalhães-Soares, Eduardo Antonio Ferraz Coelho
In the present study, Leishmania braziliensis enolase was cloned and the recombinant protein (rEnolase) was evaluated for the serodiagnosis of canine and human visceral leishmaniosis (VL). For the canine VL diagnosis, this study examined serum samples of Leishmania infantum-infected dogs, from non-infected animals living in endemic or non-endemic areas of leishmaniosis, as well as those from Leish-Tec(®)-vaccinated dogs and Trypanosoma cruzi or Ehrlichia canis experimentally infected animals. For the human VL diagnosis, this study analyzed serum samples from VL patients, from non-infected subjects living in endemic or non-endemic areas of leishmaniosis, as well as those from T...
March 30, 2017: Veterinary Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28382355/glycosylated-metal-chelators-as-anti-parasitic-agents-with-tunable-selectivity
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Andrew Reddy, Leandro Stefano Sangenito, Arthur de Azevedo Guedes, Marta Helena Branquinha, Kevin Kavanagh, John McGinley, André Luis Souza Dos Santos, Trinidad Velasco-Torrijos
Trypanosoma cruzi and Leishmania amazonensis are the causative agents of Chagas' disease and leishmaniasis, respectively. These conditions affect millions of people worldwide, especially in developing countries. As such, there is an urgent need for novel, efficient and cost-effective treatments for these diseases, given the growing resistance and side-effects of current therapies. This work details the synthesis and evaluation of the anti-parasitic activity of novel amino- and iminopyridyl metal chelators, their glycosylated derivatives and some of their metal complexes...
April 19, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28379959/unraveling-chagas-disease-transmission-through-the-oral-route-gateways-to-trypanosoma-cruzi-infection-and-target-tissues
#15
Danielle Silva-Dos-Santos, Juliana Barreto-de-Albuquerque, Bárbara Guerra, Otacilio C Moreira, Luiz Ricardo Berbert, Mariana Tavares Ramos, Barbara Angelica S Mascarenhas, Constança Britto, Alexandre Morrot, Déa M Serra Villa-Verde, Luciana Ribeiro Garzoni, Wilson Savino, Vinícius Cotta-de-Almeida, Juliana de Meis
Oral transmission of Trypanosoma cruzi, the causative agent of Chagas disease, is the most important route of infection in Brazilian Amazon and Venezuela. Other South American countries have also reported outbreaks associated with food consumption. A recent study showed the importance of parasite contact with oral cavity to induce a highly severe acute disease in mice. However, it remains uncertain the primary site of parasite entry and multiplication due to an oral infection. Here, we evaluated the presence of T...
April 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28377930/potential-role-of-carvedilol-in-the-cardiac-immune-response-induced-by-experimental-infection-with-trypanosoma-cruzi
#16
Aline Luciano Horta, Ana Luisa Junqueira Leite, G Paula Costa, Vivian Paulino Figueiredo, André Talvani
Trypanosoma cruzi causes a cardiac infection characterized by an inflammatory imbalance that could become the inciting factor of the illness. To this end, we evaluated the role of carvedilol, a beta-blocker with potential immunomodulatory properties, on the immune response in C57BL/6 mice infected with VL-10 strain of T. cruzi in the acute phase. Animals (n = 40) were grouped: (i) not infected, (ii) infected, (iii) infected + carvedilol, and (iv) not infected + carvedilol. We analyzed parameters related to parasitemia, plasma levels of TNF, IL-10, and CCL2, and cardiac histopathology after the administration of carvedilol for 30 days...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28370218/melatonin-antioxidant-and-modulatory-properties-in-age-related-changes-during-trypanosoma-cruzi-infection
#17
Vânia Brazão, Fabricia Helena Santello, Rafaela Pravato Colato, Tamires Tesch Mazotti, Lucas Favaretto Tazinafo, Míriam Paula Alonso Toldo, Gabriel Tavares do Vale, Carlos Renato Tirapelli, José Clóvis do Prado
The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of melatonin on selected biomarkers of innate and humoral immune response as well as the antioxidant/oxidant status (superoxide dismutase- SOD and reduced glutathione levels (GSH) to understand whether age-related changes would influence the development of acute Trypanossoma cruzi (T. cruzi) infection. Young (5 weeks) and middle-aged (18 months) Wistar rats were orally treated with melatonin (gavage) (05 mg/kg/day). 9 days after infection. A significant increase on both SOD activity and GSH levels were found in plasma from all middle-aged melatonin-treated animals...
March 30, 2017: Journal of Pineal Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28369287/towards-improving-early-diagnosis-of-congenital-chagas-disease-in-an-endemic-setting
#18
Louisa A Messenger, Robert H Gilman, Manuela Verastegui, Gerson Galdos-Cardenas, Gerardo Sanchez, Edward Valencia, Leny Sanchez, Edith Malaga, Victoria R Rendell, Malasa Jois, Vishal Shah, Nicole Santos, Maria Del Carmen Abastoflor, Carlos LaFuente, Rony Colanzi, Ricardo Bozo, Caryn Bern
Background: Congenital Trypanosoma cruzi transmission is now estimated to account for 22% of new infections, representing a significant public health problem across Latin America and internationally. Treatment during infancy is highly efficacious and well tolerated, but current assays for early detection fail to detect >50% of infected neonates and 9 month follow-up is low. Methods: Women presenting for delivery in two urban hospitals in Santa Cruz department, Bolivia were screened by rapid test...
March 25, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28368863/prevalence-of-trypanosoma-cruzi-antibodies-in-blood-donors-from-the-sao-paulo-state-brazil-between-2012-and-2014
#19
Svetoslav Nanev Slavov, Katia Kaori Otaguiri, Mariana Tomazini Pinto, Vanderléia Bárbaro Valente, Eugênia Maria Amorim Ubiali, Dimas Tadeu Covas, Simone Kashima
INTRODUCTION: American tripanosomiasis (Chagas disease), the second most neglected disease in the world, is caused by the protozoan parasite Trypanosoma cruzi. Though natural transmission by insect vectors has been controlled, there is significant risk of T. cruzi transmission by blood transfusion in non-endemic regions, generally due to immigration processes from endemic areas. METHODOLOGY: The objective of this study was to evaluate anti-T. cruzi seroprevalence in blood donors from the western part of São Paulo State, Brazil, by serologic and immunofluorescence confirmation tests for the period between 2012 and 2014...
March 31, 2017: Journal of Infection in Developing Countries
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28367781/simple-dialkyl-pyrazole-3-5-dicarboxylates-show-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-activity-against-disease-causing-trypanosomatids
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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
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