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Victoria Martínez-Sernández, María J Perteguer, Ana Hernández-González, Mercedes Mezo, Marta González-Warleta, Ricardo A Orbegozo-Medina, Fernanda Romarís, Esperanza Paniagua, Teresa Gárate, Florencio M Ubeira
Infections caused by Fasciola hepatica are of great importance in the veterinary field, as they cause important economic losses to livestock producers. Serodiagnostic methods, typically ELISA (with either native or recombinant antigens), are often used for early diagnosis. The use of native antigens, as in the MM3-SERO ELISA (commercialized as BIO K 211, BIO-X Diagnostics), continues to be beneficial in terms of sensitivity and specificity; however, there is interest in developing ELISA tests based on recombinant antigens to avoid the need to culture parasites...
March 21, 2018: Parasitology Research
Ajayta Rialch, O K Raina, Mary Nisha Tigga, Arun Anandanarayanan, Zamir Ali Ganaie, Andleeb Aftab, H Lalrinkima, M Norjit Singh, A Varghese, S Samanta, P S Banerjee, Praveen Singh, M R Verma
Three recombinant proteins of Echinococcus granulosus including two antigen B sub-units EgAgB8/1 and EgAgB8/2 and Echinococcus protoscolex calcium binding protein 1 (EPC1) were expressed in prokaryotic expression vectors. The diagnostic potential of these three recombinant proteins was evaluated in the detection of cystic echinococcosis in buffaloes in IgG-ELISA. The EgAgB8/1 and EgAgB8/2 recombinant proteins reacted fairly with the hydatid infected buffaloes with sensitivity of 75.0% and 78.6%, respectively and specificity of 75...
March 15, 2018: Veterinary Parasitology
Parismita Kalita, Harish Shukla, Rohit Shukla, Timir Tripathi
The thiol-disulfide redox metabolism in platyhelminth parasites depends entirely on a single selenocysteine (Sec) containing flavoenzyme, thioredoxin glutathione reductase (TGR) that links the classical thioredoxin (Trx) and glutathione (GSH) systems. In the present study, we investigated the catalytic and structural properties of different variants of Fasciola gigantica TGR to understand the role of Sec. The recombinant full-length Sec containing TGR (FgTGRsec), TGR without Sec (FgTGR) and TGRsec without the N-terminal glutaredoxin (Grx) domain (∆NTD-FgTGRsec) were purified to homogeneity...
March 8, 2018: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Ricardo A Orbegozo-Medina, Victoria Martínez-Sernández, Marta González-Warleta, José Antonio Castro-Hermida, Mercedes Mezo, Florencio M Ubeira
Fasciolosis continues to be a major cause of economic losses in the livestock industry and a growing threat to humans. The limited spectrum of effective anthelmintics and the appearance of resistances urge the need for developing an effective vaccine. Most studies have been focused on the use of TH1 -polarizing adjuvants and the use of recombinant Fasciola critical molecules and, despite the efforts, no reproducible protections have been achieved. The F. hepatica MF6p/FhHDM-1 protein is a heme-binding protein also reported to have immunomodulatory properties, constituting a promising target for vaccination and/or as target for the development of new flukicides...
March 8, 2018: Vaccine
Gregory F Albery, Fiona Kenyon, Alison Morris, Sean Morris, Daniel H Nussey, Josephine M Pemberton
Parasitism in wild mammals can vary according to myriad intrinsic and extrinsic factors, many of which vary seasonally. However, seasonal variation in parasitism is rarely studied using repeated samples from known individuals. Here we used a wild population of individually recognized red deer (Cervus elaphus) on the Isle of Rum to quantify seasonality and intrinsic factors affecting gastrointestinal helminth parasitism over the course of a year. We collected 1020 non-invasive faecal samples from 328 known individuals which we then analysed for propagules of three helminth taxa: strongyle nematodes, the common liver fluke Fasciola hepatica and the tissue nematode Elaphostrongylus cervi...
March 9, 2018: Parasitology
Ai-Ling Tian, MingMin Lu, Guillermo Calderón-Mantilla, Evangelia Petsalaki, Tania Dottorini, XiaoWei Tian, YuJian Wang, Si-Yang Huang, Jun-Ling Hou, XiangRui Li, Hany M Elsheikha, Xing-Quan Zhu
BACKGROUND: The molecular structure of Fasciola gigantica 14-3-3 protein has been characterized. However, the involvement of this protein in parasite pathogenesis remains elusive and its effect on the functions of innate immune cells is unknown. We report on the cloning and expression of a recombinant F. gigantica 14-3-3 epsilon protein (rFg14-3-3e), and testing its effects on specific functions of goat peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs). METHODS: rFg14-3-3e protein was expressed in Pichia pastoris...
March 6, 2018: Parasites & Vectors
M Golam Yasin, Md Abdul Alim, Syed Ali Ahasan, Md Nuruzzaman Munsi, Emdadul Haque Chowdhury, Takeshi Hatta, Naotoshi Tsuji, Md Motahar Hussain Mondal
The prevalence of snail-borne trematode (SBT) infections in farm animals on the offshore Saint (St.) Martin's Island of Bangladesh were 68.9% for cattle, 76.7% for buffaloes, 56.3% for goats, respectively. Examination of fecal samples showed that paramphistomes infection was the most common at 50.5% followed by schistosomes at 23.7% and Fasciola at 2.3%. Fasciola infection was found in cattle (1.9%) and buffaloes (16.7%) but not in goats. Schistosome infection in cattle, buffaloes and goats were 31.1%, 6.7% and 17...
March 5, 2018: Journal of Veterinary Medical Science
S N Karshima
Knowledge of endemic helminths in a resource-limited country such as Nigeria is essential for their diagnosis, treatment and cost-effective control. In the present study, the PRISMA (Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analysis) guideline was employed to determine the prevalence and geographical distribution of zoonotic helminths in food animals slaughtered in Nigerian abattoirs between 1970 and 2016. Pooled prevalence estimate (PPE) was determined by the random-effects model while heterogeneity was evaluated using the Cochran's Q-test...
March 5, 2018: Journal of Helminthology
Lina Paola Orejarena Ávila, Erika Marcela Inguilan Benavides, Leonardo Padilla Sanabria, Delia Piedad Recalde-Reyes, Carlos Andrés Rodríguez-Salazar, Jhon Carlos Castaño-Osorio
Fasciolosis is a zoonotic parasitic disease, which affects humans and animals; diagnosed through noncommercial immunoassay tests that cannot be used on the field. Thereby, establishing the optimal conditions to develop a latex agglutination technique with IgG and IgM antibodies directed against excretion/secretion antigens of Fasciola sp. is a priority. Latex particles were sensitized with IgG and IgM antibodies directed against excretion/secretion antigens of Fasciola sp. The specificity of the antibodies was determined against antigens of different helminths and protozoa; the sensitivity and specificity of the test was evaluated against a previously standardized direct ELISA...
March 2018: Journal of Parasitic Diseases: Official Organ of the Indian Society for Parasitology
Krystyna Cwiklinski, John P Dalton
The liver fluke Fasciola hepatica is an economically important pathogen of livestock worldwide, as well as being an important neglected zoonosis. Parasite control is reliant on the use of drugs, particularly triclabendazole, which is effective against multiple parasite stages. However, the spread of parasites resistant to triclabendazole has intensified the pursuit for novel control strategies. Emerging - omic technologies are helping advance our understanding of liver fluke biology, specifically the molecules that act at the host-parasite interface and are central to infection, virulence and long-term survival within the definitive host...
February 21, 2018: International Journal for Parasitology
Paul McVeigh, Erin McCammick, Paul McCusker, Duncan Wells, Jane Hodgkinson, Steve Paterson, Angela Mousley, Nikki J Marks, Aaron G Maule
G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) are established drug targets. Despite their considerable appeal as targets for next-generation anthelmintics, poor understanding of their diversity and function in parasitic helminths has thwarted progress towards GPCR-targeted anti-parasite drugs. This study facilitates GPCR research in the liver fluke, Fasciola hepatica, by generating the first profile of GPCRs from the F. hepatica genome. Our dataset describes 147 high confidence GPCRs, representing the largest cohort of GPCRs, and the largest set of in silico ligand-receptor predictions, yet reported in any parasitic helminth...
February 5, 2018: International Journal for Parasitology, Drugs and Drug Resistance
Nichola Eliza Davies Calvani, Sarah Deanna George, Peter Andrew Windsor, Russell David Bush, Jan Šlapeta
Fasciolosis due to infection with Fasciola hepatica, Fasciola gigantica or their hybrids is a significant global cause of livestock production loss. Infection is commonly diagnosed by a labour-intensive sedimentation and faecal egg count (FEC), which has limited throughput and is only applicable after completion of the 8-12 week pre-patent period (PPP). A commercially-available ELISA for the detection of coprological antigen (coproELISA) enables detection prior to the completion of the PPP and is suitable for diagnosis of larger sample sizes, although the sensitivity reported under experimental infection settings can be difficult to replicate in the field, particularly in cattle...
February 15, 2018: Veterinary Parasitology
Pilar Alda, Manon Lounnas, Antonio Alejandro Vázquez, Rolando Ayaqui, Manuel Calvopiña, Maritza Celi-Erazo, Robert T Dillon, Philippe Jarne, Eric S Loker, Flavia Caroll Muñiz Pareja, Jenny Muzzio-Aroca, Alberto Orlando Nárvaez, Oscar Noya, Luiggi Martini Robles, Richar Rodríguez-Hidalgo, Nelson Uribe, Patrice David, Jean-Pierre Pointier, Sylvie Hurtrez-Boussès
A molecular tool described here allows in one step for specific discrimination among three cryptic freshwater snail species (genus Galba) involved in fasciolosis transmission, a worldwide infectious disease of humans and livestock. The multiplex PCR approach taken targets for each species a distinctive, known microsatellite locus which is amplified using specific primers designed to generate an amplicon of a distinctive size that can be readily separated from the amplicons of the other two species on an agarose gel...
February 15, 2018: Veterinary Parasitology
Mirjam M Mebius, Jody M J Op Heij, Aloysius G M Tielens, Philip G de Groot, Rolf T Urbanus, Jaap J van Hellemond
Cathepsin peptidases form a major component of the secreted proteins of the blood-feeding trematodes Fasciola hepatica and Schistosoma mansoni. These peptidases fulfill many functions, from facilitating infection to feeding and immune evasion. In this study, we examined the Fasciola cathepsin L peptidases FhCL1, FhCL2, and FhCL3 and the schistosomal cathepsin peptidases SmCB1 and SmCL3 for their anticoagulant properties. Although no direct anticoagulant effect of these peptidases was observed, we discovered that cathepsin peptidases from Fasciola, but not from Schistosoma, were able to degrade purified fibrinogen, with FhCL1 having the highest fibrinogenolytic activity...
February 4, 2018: Molecular and Biochemical Parasitology
Dieter Stürchler
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January 31, 2018: Travel Medicine and Infectious Disease
Alison K Howell, Sue C Tongue, Carol Currie, Judith Evans, Diana J L Williams, Tom N McNeilly
Escherichia coli O157 is a zoonotic bacterium that can cause haemorrhagic diarrhoea in humans and is of worldwide public health concern. Cattle are considered to be the main reservoir for human infection. Fasciola hepatica is a globally important parasite of ruminant livestock that is known to modulate its host's immune response and affect susceptibility to bacterial pathogens such as Salmonella Dublin. Shedding of E. coli O157 is triggered by unknown events, but the immune system is thought to play a part...
February 1, 2018: Preventive Veterinary Medicine
A J Twomey, R I Carroll, M L Doherty, N Byrne, D A Graham, R G Sayers, A Blom, D P Berry
Parasitic diseases have economic consequences in cattle production systems. Although breeding for parasite resistance can complement current control practices to reduce the prevalence globally, there is little knowledge of the implications of such a strategy on other performance traits. Records on individual animal antibody responses to Fasciola hepatica, Ostertagia ostertagi and Neospora caninum were available from cows in 68 dairy herds (study herds); national abattoir data on F. hepatica-damaged livers were also available from dairy and beef cattle...
January 29, 2018: Journal of Animal Science
Kodai Kusakisako, Takeshi Miyata, Masashi Tsujio, Remil Linggatong Galay, Melbourne Rio Talactac, Emmanuel Pacia Hernandez, Kozo Fujisaki, Tetsuya Tanaka
Ticks require blood feeding on vertebrate animals throughout their life cycle, and also concentrate the iron-containing blood, resulting in a high concentration of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2). High concentrations of H2O2 are harmful to organisms, due to their serious damage of macromolecules. Ticks have antioxidant enzymes, such as peroxiredoxins (Prxs), that scavenge H2O2. Prxs may have important roles in regulating the H2O2 concentration in ticks during blood feeding and oviposition. Moreover, Prxs are considered potential vaccine candidates in other parasites, such as Leishmania and Fasciola...
January 27, 2018: Experimental & Applied Acarology
Laura Garza-Cuartero, Thomas Geurden, Suman M Mahan, John M Hardham, John P Dalton, Grace Mulcahy
Fasciola hepatica infection causes important economic losses in livestock and food industries around the world. In the Republic of Ireland F. hepatica infection has an 76% prevalence in cattle. Due to the increase of anti-helminthic resistance, a vaccine-based approach to control of Fasciolosis is urgently needed. A recombinant version of the cysteine protease cathepsin L1 (rmFhCL1) from F. hepatica has been a vaccine candidate for many years. We have found that vaccination of cattle with this immunodominant antigen has provided protection against infection in some experimental trials, but not in others...
January 17, 2018: Vaccine
Santiago Radio, Santiago Fontenla, Victoria Solana, Anna C Matos Salim, Flávio Marcos Gomes Araújo, Pedro Ortiz, Cristian Hoban, Estefan Miranda, Valeria Gayo, Fabiano Sviatopolk-Mirsky Pais, Hugo Solana, Guilherme Oliveira, Pablo Smircich, José F Tort
BACKGROUND: Fasciola hepatica is the main agent of fasciolosis, a zoonotic disease affecting livestock worldwide, and an emerging food-borne disease in humans. Even when effective treatments are available, drugs are costly and can result in tolerance, liver damage and normally they do not prevent reinfection. Drug-resistant strains in livestock have been reported in various countries and, more worryingly, drug resistance in human cases has emerged in South America. The present study aims to characterize the transcriptome of two South American resistant isolates, the Cajamarca isolate from Peru, resistant to both triclabendazole and albendazole (TCBZR/ABZR) and the Rubino isolate from Uruguay, resistant to ABZ (TCBZS/ABZR), and compare them to a sensitive strain (Cenapa, Mexico, TCBZS/ABZS) to reveal putative molecular mechanisms leading to drug resistance...
January 24, 2018: Parasites & Vectors
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