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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146488/kinetics-of-parasite-distribution-after-reinfection-with-genetically-distinct-strains-of-toxoplasma-gondii
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Julia Gatti Ladeia Costa, Alice Thomáz Tavares, Daliane Regis Correa Silva, Lorena Velozo Pinto, Ramon Castro Araújo Baraviera, Maria Lourdes Meirelles Noviello, Rosa Maria Esteves Arantes, Ricardo Wagner Almeida Vitor
Recent data shows that prior infection by Toxoplasma gondii does not protect the host from subsequent reinfection even after the development of immunological memory. Although animal models for T. gondii reinfection were proposed after cases of natural human reinfection were described, little is known about the events that occur immediately after challenge. To further understand these events, BALB/c mice were chronically infected with D8 non-virulent strain (genotype ToxoDB#8 BrIII) and challenged with two different virulent strains: EGS (genotype ToxoDB #229) or CH3 strain (genotype ToxoDB #19)...
November 13, 2017: Experimental Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141790/cerebral-toxoplasmosis-in-an-ms-patient-receiving-fingolimod
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Alejandro Enriquez-Marulanda, Jaime Valderrama-Chaparro, Laura Parrado, Juan Diego Vélez, Ana Maria Granados, Jorge Luis Orozco, Jairo Quiñones
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disease in which lymphocytes target putative myelin antigens in the CNS, causing inflammation and neurodegeneration. Fingolimod (FTY720) is an immunosuppressive drug used as a second line therapy for relapsing forms of MS due to its safety profile and good response to treatment. Despite its safety, there are still concerns about the possibility of Fingolimod being linked to the development of opportunistic infections like disseminated varicella zoster infections and herpes simplex encephalitis...
November 2017: Multiple Sclerosis and related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141239/exposing-toxoplasma-gondii-hiding-inside-the-vacuole-a-role-for-gbps-autophagy-and-host-cell-death
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REVIEW
Jeroen P Saeij, Eva-Maria Frickel
The intracellular parasite Toxoplasma gondii resides inside a vacuole, which shields it from the host's intracellular defense mechanisms. The cytokine interferon gamma (IFNγ) upregulates host cell effector pathways that are able to destroy the vacuole, restrict parasite growth and induce host cell death. Interferon-inducible GTPases such as the Guanylate Binding Proteins (GBPs), autophagy proteins and ubiquitin-driven mechanisms play important roles in Toxoplasma control in mice and partly also in humans. The host inflammasome is regulated by GBPs in response to bacterial infection in murine cells and may also respond to Toxoplasma infection...
November 12, 2017: Current Opinion in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141004/lack-of-mitochondrial-muts-homolog-1-in-toxoplasma-gondii-disrupts-maintenance-and-fidelity-of-mitochondrial-dna-and-reveals-metabolic-plasticity
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Tamila Garbuz, Gustavo Arrizabalaga
The importance of maintaining the fidelity of the mitochondrial genome is underscored by the presence of various repair pathways within this organelle. Presumably, the repair of mitochondrial DNA would be of particular importance in organisms that possess only a single mitochondrion, like the human pathogens Plasmodium falciparum and Toxoplasma gondii. Understanding the machinery that maintains mitochondrial DNA in these parasites is of particular relevance, as mitochondrial function is a validated and effective target for anti-parasitic drugs...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138747/seroprevalence-of-toxoplasma-gondii-and-neospora-caninum-infections-in-goats-from-two-argentinean-provinces
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María Laura Gos, Jorge Alberto Manazza, Ernesto J A Späth, Lais Pardini, María Andrea Fiorentino, Juan Manuel Unzaga, Gastón Moré, María Cecilia Venturini
The aim of this study was to compare the seroprevalence of Toxoplasma gondii and Neospora caninum in goats from two Argentinean provinces raised under different management conditions. A total of 2922 serum samples from adult goats of Córdoba (n=2187) and Buenos Aires provinces (n= 735), Argentina, were assayed by indirect fluorescence antibody test (IFAT, cut-off 1:100) for antibodies to T. gondii and N. caninum. Seroprevalence was 40.8% (CI 39.0%-42.6%) and 5.5% (CI 4.7%-6.4%) for T. gondii and N. caninum, respectively...
2017: Open veterinary journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136637/transcriptional-profiling-of-toll-like-receptor-2-deficient-primary-murine-brain-cells-during-toxoplasma-gondii-infection
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Kousuke Umeda, Sachi Tanaka, Fumiaki Ihara, Junya Yamagishi, Yutaka Suzuki, Yoshifumi Nishikawa
BACKGROUND: Toxoplasma gondii is capable of persisting in the brain, although it is efficiently eliminated by cellular immune responses in most other sites. While Toll-like receptor 2 (TLR2) reportedly plays important roles in protective immunity against the parasite, the relationship between neurological disorders induced by T. gondii infection and TLR2 function in the brain remains controversial with many unknowns. In this study, primary cultured astrocytes, microglia, neurons, and peritoneal macrophages obtained from wild-type and TLR2-deficient mice were exposed to T...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133550/discovery-of-new-inhibitors-of-toxoplasma-gondii-thanks-to-the-pathogen-box
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Jérémy Spalenka, Sandie Escotte-Binet, Ali Bakiri, Jane Hubert, Jean-Hugues Renault, Frédéric Velard, Simon Duchateau, Dominique Aubert, Antoine Huguenin, Isabelle Villena
Toxoplasma gondii is a cosmopolitan protozoan parasite which affects approximately 30% of the population worldwide. The drugs currently used against toxoplasmosis are few in number and show several limitations, such as a drug intolerance, poor bioavailability or drug resistance mechanism developed by the parasite. Thus it is important to find new compounds able to inhibit parasite invasion or proliferation. In this study, the 400 compounds of the open access Pathogen Box provided by the Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV) foundation were screened for their anti-Toxoplasma gondii activity...
November 13, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133249/immunomodulation-of-dual-specificity-phosphatase-4-during-visceral-leishmaniasis
#8
Shabina Parveen, Atish Roy Chowdhury, Junaid Jibran Jawed, Suchandra Bhattacharyya Majumdar, Bhaskar Saha, Subrata Majumdar
DUSP4, an inducible protein has a substrate specificity toward ERK1/2, a component of MAP kinase which is enhanced during Leishmania infection. The DUSP4(-/-) mice show increased susceptibility towards the infection caused by Toxoplasma gondii and Leishmania mexicana. These observations emphatically established the fact that unlike DUSP1, DUSP4 has host protective role. In our study, it has been Leishmania donovani, the causative agent of visceral leishmaniasis (VL) significantly reduced the expression of DUSP4 during infection...
November 10, 2017: Microbes and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132400/hospitalization-causes-and-outcomes-in-hiv-patients-in-the-late-antiretroviral-era-in-colombia
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María Fernanda Álvarez Barreneche, Carlos Andrés Restrepo Castro, Alicia Hidrón Botero, Juan Pablo Villa Franco, Ivan Mauricio Trompa Romero, Laura Restrepo Carvajal, Alejandro Eusse García, Adriana Ocampo Mesa, Lina María Echeverri Toro, Glenys Patricia Porras Fernández de Castro, Jaime Mauricio Ramírez Rivera, Carlos Andrés Agudelo Restrepo
BACKGROUND: Antiretroviral therapy (ART) has modified the natural history of HIV-infection: the incidence of opportunistic infections (OIs) has decreased and mortality associated to HIV has improved dramatically. The reasons for hospitalization have changed; OIs are no longer the most common reason for admission. This study describes the patient population, admission diagnosis and hospital course of HIV patients in Colombia in the ART era. METHODS: Patients admitted with HIV/AIDS at six hospitals in Medellin, Colombia between August 1, 2014 and July 31, 2015 were included...
November 13, 2017: AIDS Research and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29131528/the-design-of-a-social-cost-benefit-analysis-of-preventive-interventions-for-toxoplasmosis-an-example-of-the-one-health%C3%A2-approach
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A W M Suijkerbuijk, P F van Gils, A A Bonačić Marinović, T L Feenstra, L M Kortbeek, M-J J Mangen, M Opsteegh, G A de Wit, J W B van der Giessen
Toxoplasma gondii infections cause a large disease burden in the Netherlands, with an estimated health loss of 1,900 Disability Adjusted Life Years and a cost-of-illness estimated at €44 million annually. Infections in humans occur via exposure to oocysts in the environment and after eating undercooked meat containing tissue cysts, leading to asymptomatic or mild symptoms, but potentially leading to the development of ocular toxoplasmosis. Infection in pregnant women can lead to stillbirth and disorders in newborns...
November 12, 2017: Zoonoses and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29130475/immunological-interaction-between-giardia-cyst-extract-and-experimental-toxoplasmosis
#11
Dalia S Ashour, Abeer E Saad, Lamees M Dawood, Yomna Zamzam
Toxoplasmosis is mostly associated with other intestinal parasitic infections especially Giardia due to shared mode of peroral infection. Toxoplasma and Giardia induce a strong T-helper 1- immune response. Our aim is to induce a protective immune response that results in significant impact on intestinal and extra-intestinal phases of Toxoplasma infection. This study was conducted in experimental animals and assessment of Giardia cyst extract effect on Toxoplasma infection was investigated by histopathological examination of small intestine and brain, Toxoplasma cyst count and iNOS staining of the brain, measurement of IFN-γ and TGF-β in intestinal tissues...
November 12, 2017: Parasite Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29126978/toxoplasma-gondii-seroprevalence-in-goats-cats-and-humans-in-russia
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Eduard A Shuralev, Nikolai D Shamaev, Malik N Mukminov, Kisaburo Nagamune, Yuji Taniguchi, Taizo Saito, Katsuya Kitoh, Marina I Arleevskaya, Anastasiya Yu Fedotova, Diana R Abdulmanova, Natalya M Aleksandrova, Marina A Efimova, Aynur I Yarullin, Anna R Valeeva, Kamil S Khaertynov, Yasuhiro Takashima
Toxoplasmosis, a most common zoonosis, is caused by the protozoan parasite Toxoplasma gondii. However, there is little epidemiological information on T. gondii infections in humans and livestock animals in Russia. Therefore, in this study, the seroprevalence of T. gondii in goats in Russia was investigated. A total of 216 goats from 32 farms were investigated and 95 of them were seropositive for T. gondii. The difference in seroprevalence between the examined regions was not statistically significant. We next collected serum samples from 99 cats and 181 humans in Kazan city, the state capital of the Republic of Tatarstan, Russia, and examined their T...
November 7, 2017: Parasitology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29126146/genomic-and-proteomic-evidence-for-the-presence-of-a-peroxisome-in-the-apicomplexan-parasite-toxoplasma-gondii-and-other-coccidia
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Daniel Moog, Jude M Przyborski, Uwe G Maier
Apicomplexans are successful parasites responsible for severe human diseases including malaria, toxoplasmosis and cryptosporidiosis. For many years it has been discussed whether these parasites are in possession of peroxisomes, highly variable eukaryotic organelles usually involved in fatty acid degradation and cellular detoxification. Conflicting experimental data has been published. With the age of genomics, ever more high quality apicomplexan genomes have become available, that now allow a new assessment of the dispute...
November 6, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29123513/seroepidemiology-and-risk-factors-of-toxoplasma-gondii-infection-among-the-newly-enrolled-undergraduates-and-postgraduate-students-in-china
#14
Na Yang, Dawei Wang, Mengen Xing, Chenghuan Li, Jiaqi Li, Anhe Wu, Xiaoyu Sang, Ying Feng, Ning Jiang, Qijun Chen
Toxoplasma gondii is an obligate intracellular zoonotic parasite, infecting warm-blood animals including humans. Previous serological surveys of T. gondii infection have focused on people of different occupations and special groups, such as slaughterhouse workers, AIDS patients and pregnant women. To investigate the potential impact of T. gondii infection on the health of young students, the prevalence of T. gondii infection and associated risk factors among the newly enrolled undergraduates and postgraduate students were investigated...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29123241/toxoplasma-gondii-tachyzoite-extract-acts-as-a-potent-immunomodulator-against-allergic-sensitization-and-airway-inflammation
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Mirjana Drinić, Angelika Wagner, Priya Sarate, Christian Zwicker, Elke Korb, Gerhard Loupal, Roman Peschke, Anja Joachim, Ursula Wiedermann, Irma Schabussova
Epidemiological and experimental studies have shown an inverse relationship between infections with certain parasites and a reduced incidence of allergic diseases. We and others have shown that infection with Toxoplasma gondii prevents the development of allergy in mice. To establish whether this beneficial effect could be recapitulated by soluble products of this parasite, we tested an extract derived from T. gondii tachyzoites. Immunization of BALB/c mice with tachyzoites lysate antigen (TLA) elicited mixed Th1/Th2 responses...
November 9, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29121060/the-effects-of-demographic-social-and-environmental-characteristics-on-pathogen-prevalence-in-wild-felids-across-a-gradient-of-urbanization
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Jesse S Lewis, Kenneth A Logan, Mat W Alldredge, Scott Carver, Sarah N Bevins, Michael Lappin, Sue VandeWoude, Kevin R Crooks
Transmission of pathogens among animals is influenced by demographic, social, and environmental factors. Anthropogenic alteration of landscapes can impact patterns of disease dynamics in wildlife populations, increasing the potential for spillover and spread of emerging infectious diseases in wildlife, human, and domestic animal populations. We evaluated the effects of multiple ecological mechanisms on patterns of pathogen exposure in animal populations. Specifically, we evaluated how ecological factors affected the prevalence of Toxoplasma gondii (Toxoplasma), Bartonella spp...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29119944/immune-responses-and-protection-after-dna-vaccination-against-toxoplasma-gondii-calcium-dependent-protein-kinase-2-tgcdpk2
#17
Kai Chen, Jin-Lei Wang, Si-Yang Huang, Wen-Bin Yang, Wei-Ning Zhu, Xing-Quan Zhu
Toxoplasma gondii, an intracellular zoonotic protozoan parasite, is possibly the most widespread parasite of warm-blooded animals and can cause serious public health problems and economic losses worldwide. TgCDPK2, a member of the T. gondii calcium-dependent protein kinase family, was recently identified as an essential regulator for viable cyst development in T. gondii. In the present study, we evaluated the protective immunity induced by DNA vaccination based on a recombinant eukaryotic plasmid, pVAX-TgCDPK2, against acute toxoplasmosis in mice...
2017: Parasite: Journal de la Société Française de Parasitologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29119662/toxoplasma-gondii-infection-shifts-dendritic-cells-into-an-amoeboid-rapid-migration-mode-encompassing-podosome-dissolution-secretion-of-timp-1-and-reduced-proteolysis-of-extracellular-matrix
#18
Einar B Ólafsson, Manuel Varas-Godoy, Antonio Barragan
Dendritic cells (DCs) infected by Toxoplasma gondii rapidly acquire a hypermigratory phenotype that promotes systemic parasite dissemination by a 'Trojan horse' mechanism in mice. Recent paradigms of leukocyte migration have identified the amoeboid migration mode of DCs as particularly suited for rapid locomotion in extracellular matrix and tissues. Here, we have developed a microscopy-based high-throughput approach to assess motility and matrix degradation by Toxoplasma-challenged murine and human DCs. DCs challenged with T...
November 8, 2017: Cellular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29116885/feline-toxoplasmosis-tumor-necrosis-factor-nitric-oxide-and-free-radicals-in-seropositive-cats
#19
Joice Faria, Caroline Couto, Sheron Wierzynski, Nathieli Bottari, Matheus Baldissera, Wanderson Pereira, Aleksandro Da Silva
Toxoplasma gondii is a cosmopolitan protozoan that causes disease in several species, including humans. In cats, these infections are usually asymptomatic, but in other species it can lead to high levels of inflammatory and cell damage markers, which may cause cellular damage. Therefore, the aim of this study was to measure levels of tumor necrosis factor (TNF-α), reactive oxygen species (ROS), and nitric oxide (nitrite/nitrate - NOx) in the serum of cats seropositive for T. gondii. Initially, we investigated the presence of antibodies against T...
November 10, 2017: Journal of Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29114158/seroprevalence-of-toxoplasmosis-in-voluntary-blood-donors-of-puducherry-and-surrounding-districts-of-tamil-nadu
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Selvaraj Stephen, Jothimani Pradeep, Velmurugan Anitharaj, Venkatraman Janarthanam
Our objective is to study the seroprevalence of toxoplasmosis in the voluntary blood donors of Puducherry and surrounding districts of Tamil Nadu. A total of 275 healthy blood donors were screened for the presence of IgM and IgG antibodies to Toxoplasma gondii by ELISA test. Donor samples positive for IgM and/or IgG antibodies to T. gondii were subjected to IgG avidity ELISA. While, 54 out of 275 donors had IgG antibodies (19.66%), only one donor had IgM (0.36%) along with IgG. Among 54 IgG positive donors, only two had low avidity (3...
December 2017: Journal of Parasitic Diseases: Official Organ of the Indian Society for Parasitology
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