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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785929/dissection-of-the-in-vitro-developmental-program-of-hammondia-hammondi-reveals-a-link-between-stress-sensitivity-and-life-cycle-flexibility-in-toxoplasma-gondii
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Sarah L Sokol, Abby S Primack, Sethu C Nair, Zhee S Wong, Maiwase Tembo, Shiv K Verma, Camila K Cerqueira-Cezar, J P Dubey, Jon P Boyle
Most eukaryotic parasites are obligately heteroxenous, requiring sequential infection of different host species in order to survive. Toxoplasma gondii is a rare exception to this rule, having a uniquely facultative heteroxenous life cycle. To understand the origins of this phenomenon, we compared development and stress responses in T. gondii to those of its its obligately heteroxenous relative, Hammondia hammondi and have identified multiple H. hammondi growth states that are distinct from those in T. gondii...
May 22, 2018: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785616/tracking-toxoplasma-gondii-in-freshwater-ecosystems-interaction-with-the-invasive-american-mink-neovison-vison-in-spain
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Maria P Ribas, Sonia Almería, Xavier Fernández-Aguilar, Gabriel De Pedro, Patricia Lizarraga, Olga Alarcia-Alejos, Rafael Molina-López, Elena Obón, Hojjat Gholipour, Consuelo Temiño, Jitender P Dubey, Oscar Cabezón
Water-borne transmission may play an important role in the epidemiology of Toxoplasma gondii. Mammals closely related to freshwater ecosystems, such as the American mink (Neovison vison), are potentially valuable sentinels for T. gondii. To assess the importance of freshwater ecosystems in T. gondii epidemiology, sera of 678 American minks collected during the 2010 to 2015 Spanish national eradication campaigns were tested for the presence of T. gondii antibodies using the modified agglutination test (MAT, cut-off 1:25)...
May 21, 2018: Parasitology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784816/encephalitis-is-mediated-by-rop18-of-toxoplasma-gondii-a-severe-pathogen-in-aids-patients
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Ran An, Yuewen Tang, Lijian Chen, Haijian Cai, De-Hua Lai, Kang Liu, Lijuan Wan, Linli Gong, Li Yu, Qingli Luo, Jilong Shen, Zhao-Rong Lun, Francisco J Ayala, Jian Du
The neurotropic parasite Toxoplasma gondii is a globally distributed parasitic protozoan among mammalian hosts, including humans. During the course of infection, the CNS is the most commonly damaged organ among invaded tissues. The polymorphic rhoptry protein 18 (ROP18) is a key serine (Ser)/threonine (Thr) kinase that phosphorylates host proteins to modulate acute virulence. However, the basis of neurotropism and the specific substrates through which ROP18 exerts neuropathogenesis remain unknown. Using mass spectrometry, we performed proteomic analysis of proteins that selectively bind to active ROP18 and identified RTN1-C, an endoplasmic reticulum (ER) protein that is preferentially expressed in the CNS...
May 21, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782884/semi-automated-quantification-and-neuroanatomical-mapping-of-heterogeneous-cell-populations
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Oscar A Mendez, Colin J Potter, Michael Valdez, Thomas Bello, Theodore P Trouard, Anita A Koshy
BACKGROUND: Our group studies the interactions between cells of the brain and the neurotropic parasite Toxoplasma gondii. Using an in vivo system that allows us to permanently mark and identify brain cells injected with Toxoplasma protein, we have identified that Toxoplasma-injected neurons (TINs) are heterogeneously distributed throughout the brain. Unfortunately, standard methods to quantify and map heterogeneous cell populations onto a reference brain atlas are time consuming and prone to user bias...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Neuroscience Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782830/toxoplasma-gondii-infections-in-chickens-performance-of-various-antibody-detection-techniques-in-serum-and-meat-juice-relative-to-bioassay-and-dna-detection-methods
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G Schares, M Koethe, B Bangoura, A-C Geuthner, F Randau, M Ludewig, P Maksimov, M Sens, A Bärwald, F J Conraths, I Villena, D Aubert, M Opsteegh, J Van der Giessen
Chickens, especially if free-range, are frequently exposed to Toxoplasma gondii, and may represent an important reservoir for T. gondii. Poultry products may pose a risk to humans, when consumed undercooked. In addition, chickens are regarded as sensitive indicators for environmental contamination with T. gondii oocysts and have been used as sentinels. The aim of the present study was to determine the suitability of commonly used antibody detection methods, i.e. the modified agglutination test (MAT), IFAT and ELISA to detect T...
May 18, 2018: International Journal for Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782189/toxoplasma-gondii-and-neospora-caninum-in-tolai-hares-lepus-tolai-intended-for-human-consumption-in-china-seroprevalence-dna-detection-and-genotyping
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Wei Cong, Chun-Xue Zhou, Long Chen, Yang Zou, Wei-Li Wang, Qing-Feng Meng, Ai-Dong Qian
Currently, there is no information available on the detection of Toxoplasma gondii and Neospora caninum in the tissues of Tolai hares in China. This study aimed to investigate the prevalence of these protozoan parasites in Tolai hares obtained from Shandong province, eastern China, between January 2016 and June 2017. Serum and brain tissue samples of 358 Tolai hares were obtained and detected for the presence of antibody and parasite DNAs by serodiagnosis and polymerase chain reaction (PCR), respectively. The seroprevalence of T...
May 21, 2018: Foodborne Pathogens and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780008/retrospective-evaluation-of-anti-toxoplasma-gondii-antibody-among-first-trimester-pregnant-women-admitted-to-nenehatun-maternity-hospital-between-2013-2017-in-erzurum
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Esra Çınar Tanrıverdi, Berrin Göktuğ Kadıoğlu, Handan Alay, Zülal Özkurt
OBJECTIVE: We aimed to investigate the Toxoplasma gondii seropositivity in pregnant women who referred to Erzurum Nenehatun Hospital for antenatal care, and to compare our data with other regions of Turkey. METHODS: In this retrospective study we evaluated Anti-Toxoplasma gondii IgM and anti-Toxoplasma gondii IgG screening results of pregnant women who admitted to our hospital between January 2013 and December 2016 for antenatal care. The data was obtained from hospital's digital data system and patient folders...
May 21, 2018: Türkiye Parazitolojii Dergisi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779048/increased-il-27-il-27r-expression-in-association-with-the-immunopathology-of-murine-ocular-toxoplasmosis
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Xinxin Tong, Shengjie Chen, Huanqin Zheng, Shiguang Huang, Fangli Lu
Interleukin 27 (IL-27) is a member of the IL-6/IL-12 family, and IL-27 receptor (IL-27R) consists of WSX-1 (the IL-27Rα subunit) and the signal-transducing subunit gp130. Human and mouse mast cells (MCs) express the IL-27R. To explore the expressions of IL-27/IL-27R subunits (WSX-1 and gp130) during acute ocular toxoplasmosis (OT), we established mouse model by intraocular injection of 500 Toxoplasma gondii RH strain tachyzoites. Histopathological changes were analyzed, MCs were counted by toluidine blue staining, and tryptase+ /IL-27+ MCs were examined by immunofluorescence double-staining in the eyes and cervical lymph nodes (CLNs) of T...
May 19, 2018: Parasitology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777337/molecular-epidemiology-of-parasitic-protozoa-and-ehrlichia-canis-in-wildlife-in-madrid-central-spain
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Angel Criado-Fornelio, T Martín-Pérez, C Verdú-Expósito, S A Reinoso-Ortiz, J Pérez-Serrano
Wildlife species are involved in the transmission of diverse pathogens. This study aimed to monitor raccoons (Procyon lotor), American minks (Neovison vison), and red foxes (Vulpes vulpes) as potential reservoirs in central Spain. Specifically, 200 spleen and fecal samples (from 194 raccoons, 3 minks, and 3 foxes) were analyzed molecularly by PCR/qPCR and sequencing for the presence of piroplasmids, Hepatozoon spp., Toxoplasma gondii, and Ehrlichia canis infections in the Community of Madrid (Spain). Biological samples were obtained in the years 2014, 2015, and 2016...
May 18, 2018: Parasitology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776388/contributions-of-hla-haplotypes-il8-level-and-toxoplasma-gondii-infection-in-defining-celiac-disease-s-phenotypes
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Mohammad Rostami-Nejad, Seyed Hossein Hejazi, Amado Salvador Peña, Hamid Asadzadeh-Aghdaei, Kamran Rostami, Umberto Volta, Mohammad Reza Zali
BACKGROUND: It is not clear why some patients with coeliac disease (CD) present with severe symptoms and small intestinal mucosal damages while others present with milder symptoms and no frank enteropathy. There is no study to assess the associated factors with mild/severe symptoms and enteropathy. The terminologies like latent, silent and potential are difficult to use and are unrepresentative. In the present study we describe coeliac disease's phenotypes based on HLA haplotypes, IL8 production and past infection with Toxoplasma gondii (T...
May 18, 2018: BMC Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776374/the-toxoplasma-gondii-me-49-strain-upregulates-levels-of-a20-that-inhibit-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-activation-and-promotes-apoptosis-in-human-leukaemia-t-cell-lines
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Qian Chen, Min-Hui Pang, Xiao-Hong Ye, Guang Yang, Chen Lin
BACKGROUND: Acute T-lymphocyte leukaemia is a form of haematological malignancy with abnormal activation of NF-κB pathway, which results in high expression of A20 and ABIN1, which constitute a negative feedback mechanism for the regulation of NF-κB activation. Clinical studies have found that acute T-lymphocyte leukaemia patients are susceptible to Toxoplasma gondii infection; however, the effect of T. gondii on the proliferation and apoptosis of human leukaemia T-cells remains unclear...
May 18, 2018: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775826/atypical-virulence-in-a-type-iii-toxoplasma-gondii-strain-isolated-in-japan
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Yuji Taniguchi, Cornelia Appiah-Kwarteng, Mami Murakami, Junpei Fukumoto, Kisaburo Nagamune, Tomohide Matsuo, Tatsunori Masatani, Hirotaka Kanuka, Tokio Hoshina, Katsuya Kitoh, Yasuhiro Takashima
The virulence of a type III Toxoplasma gondii strain isolated in Japan and designated here as TgCatJpGi1/TaJ was examined in mice and micro minipigs in this study. Despite its type III genotype, oral or intraperitoneal inoculation of cysts from it resulted in severe virulence in C57BL/6J and BALB/c mice. In contrast, mice inoculated with a high dose of TgCatJpGi1/TaJ tachyzoites showed no obvious clinical signs of infection, and all of them survived for >21 days post-inoculation. Furthermore, no clinical signs of infection were seen when micro minipigs were inoculated with 900 cysts...
May 15, 2018: Parasitology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773643/the-transcription-factor-bhlhe40-is-a-switch-of-inflammatory-versus-antiinflammatory-th1-cell-fate-determination
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Fang Yu, Suveena Sharma, Dragana Jankovic, Rama Krishna Gurram, Pan Su, Gangqing Hu, Rao Li, Sadiye Rieder, Keji Zhao, Bing Sun, Jinfang Zhu
Type 1 T helper (Th1) cells play a critical role in host defense against intracellular pathogens and in autoimmune diseases by producing a key inflammatory cytokine interferon (IFN)-γ; some Th1 cells can also be antiinflammatory through producing IL-10. However, the molecular switch for regulating the differentiation of inflammatory and antiinflammatory Th1 cells is still elusive. Here, we show that Bhlhe40 -deficient CD4 Th1 cells produced less IFN-γ but substantially more IL-10 than wild-type Th1 cells both in vitro and in vivo...
May 17, 2018: Journal of Experimental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773137/microsatellite-pattern-analysis-of-neospora-caninum-from-a-naturally-infected-goat-fetus
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Lucía María Campero, María Laura Gos, Dadin Prando Moore, Javier Regidor-Cerrillo, Juan Manuel Unzaga, Gastón Moré, Luis Miguel Ortega-Mora, María Cecilia Venturini
Neospora caninum is an apicomplexan protozoan responsible for abortion in ruminants. The present study aimed to diagnose an abortion from an Anglo Nubian goat from a dairy herd located in Buenos Aires province, Argentina. The goat delivered a fetus of approximately 3 months gestation that was studied by indirect fluorescent antibody test (IFAT), Immunoblot (IB), histopathology (HP), immunohistochemistry (IHC), and molecular assays (PCR, sequencing and microsatellite genotyping). Interferon gamma knock-out mice were inoculated with a pool of tissues for isolation attempts...
May 15, 2018: Veterinary Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773099/-toxoplasma-gondii-rop38-promotes-the-maturation-of-dendritic-cells-mediated-by-tlr4
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Heng Zhang, Shanghua Wu, Zhiqiang Shi, Shan Wang, Wei Lu, Yizhen Wu, Pei Sun, Qianming Xu
Objective To investigate the effect of rhoptry protein 38 (ROP38) from Toxoplasma gondii (T. gondii) on the maturation of dendritic cells (DCs) by Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) induction in vitro. Methods The total RNA from T. gondii RH strain was extracted by guanidine thiocyanate method, and then cDNA was synthesized with reverse transcription reaction. After ROP38 gene was amplified by PCR, the recombinant pGEX-4T-ROP38 was constructed and expressed under IPTG induction. The recombinant ROP38 protein was detected by SDS-PAGE and Western blot analysis...
March 2018: Xi Bao Yu Fen Zi Mian Yi Xue za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Cellular and Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770662/-construction-and-expression-of-multi-gene-recombinant-plasmid-peg-fp-n1-hbsag-rop2
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Ma Rong, Xiao Ting, Li Jin, Sun Hui, Xu Chao, Huang Bing-Cheng, Yin Kun, Zhao Gui-Hua, Cui Yong, Zhu Song, Liu Gong-Zhen, Yan Ge, Wei Qing-Kuan
OBJECTIVE: To construct pEGFP-N1-HBsAg-ROP2 recombinant expression plasmid and transfect HEK293T cells for expression, and pay a way for Toxoplasma gondii nucleic acid vaccine development. METHODS: According to the HBsAg gene sequence and pcDNA3-p30-ROP2 recombinant plasmid restriction sites, the HBsAg gene was amplified by PCR. The HBsAg gene was cloned into the pcDNA3-p30-ROP2 and instead of p30 gene. The HBsAg-ROP2 fragment was amplified by PCR and digested with Hind Ⅲ and Kpn Ⅰ to clone into the pEGFP-N1 eukaryotic expression vector and construct the recombinant pEGFP-N1-HBsAg-ROP2...
March 14, 2018: Zhongguo Xue Xi Chong Bing Fang Zhi za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Schistosomiasis Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29769499/toxoplasma-gondii-seropositivity-and-its-possible-associated-risk-factors-among-pregnant-women-attending-antenatal-clinic-in-a-tertiary-care-hospital-of-dhaka-bangladesh
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C R Naheen, S Tarafder, S Khan
Toxoplasmosis is a well-documented cause of bad obstetric history (BOH) and a major reason of congenitally acquired infection. This observational study was conducted to detect the rate of seropositivity of toxoplasmosis in pregnant women and observe their risk factors associated with disease transmission attending the antenatal clinic of the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University, Dhaka, Bangladesh from July 2015 to August 2016. The study subjects included 150 pregnant women of different gestational ages...
April 2018: Mymensingh Medical Journal: MMJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29765310/economic-holobiont-influence-of-parasites-microbiota-and-chemosignals-on-economic-behavior
#18
Petr Houdek
The article is a perspective on utilization of microorganisms and chemosignals in studying human economic behavior. Research in biological roots of economic development has already confirmed that parasitic pressure influenced the creation and development of cultural norms and institutions. However, other effects of microorganisms on human groups and individual decision-making and behavior are heavily understudied. The perspective discusses how parasitic infections, sexually transmitted organisms and microbiota (i...
2018: Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29762364/seroprevalence-of-toxoplasma-gondii-infection-among-%C3%AE-thalassemia-major-pediatric-population-implications-for-transfusion-transmissible-toxoplasmosis
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Nora El-Tantawy, Ahmad Darwish, Eman Eissa
BACKGROUND: Children with β-thalassemia major who regularly receive blood transfusion are at risk of developing transfusion-transmitted infection. Toxoplasmosis is a common and a serious parasitic disease with high prevalence and could be transmitted through blood transfusion from healthy asymptomatic donors. However, screening Toxoplasma gondii before blood donation has not been considered. OBJECTIVE: To determine the prevalence of T. gondii antibodies among thalassemia children undergoing blood transfusion...
May 14, 2018: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29757702/genetic-diversity-of-toxoplasma-gondii-isolates-from-free-range-chickens-in-bahia-brazil
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Daniele Santana Rocha, Mariana Guimarães Nilsson, Bianca Mendes Maciel, Hilda Fátima de Jesus Pena, Bruna Farias Alves, Aristeu Vieira Silva, Luís Fernando Pita Gondim, George Rego Albuquerque
In the present work, genotyping of 25 isolates of Toxoplasma gondii from free-range chickens in the State of Bahia was performed by means of polymerase chain reaction-restriction fragment length polymorphism (PCR-RFLP) technique using eleven genetic markers (SAG1, 5'+3'SAG2, alt.SAG2, SAG3, BTUB, GRA6, c22-8, c29-2, L358, PK1, Apico and CS3). The analysis revealed eight genotypes, three of which had never been previously reported. Four genotypes were represented by single isolates, while the others by two or more isolates...
May 15, 2018: Journal of Parasitology
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