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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913108/chicken-line-dependent-mortality-after-experimental-infection-with-three-type-iixiii-recombinant-toxoplasma-gondii-clones
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G Schares, D C Herrmann, P Maksimov, B Matzkeit, F J Conraths, G Moré, R Preisinger, S Weigend
Three genetically different clones of Toxoplasma gondii, also different in mouse virulence, were studied by experimental infection in chickens. For the experiments, four chicken lines were used, which differed in phylogenetic origin and performance level: two white egg layer lines, one with high laying performance (WLA), one with low (R11) and two brown layer lines, also displaying high (BLA) and low (L68) egg number. Chickens were intraperitoneally infected with three different T. gondii isolates representing type IIxIII recombinant clones, i...
November 29, 2016: Experimental Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912790/fetal-malformation-in-maternal-toxoplasma-and-rubella-co-infection-in-cameroon-a-case-report
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Andreas Ateke Njoh, Sarah Namondo Njoh, Messang Blandine Abizou
BACKGROUND: There has been a recent increase in the number of newborns with brain malformations due to congenital infections, but the impact of these diseases remains largely under ascertained in middle-income and low-income countries. This case report presents a fetal anencephaly following maternal toxoplasma and rubella co-infection in a resource-limited setting and the challenges faced by the patient and the health care provider in the management of the condition. CASE PRESENTATION: A 25-year-old black Cameroonian woman of Bakossi origin, gravida3 para1010, presented with a positive rubella and toxoplasma immunoglobulin G serologic test at 21 weeks of pregnancy; she could not benefit from a fetal morphologic ultrasound partly because there was none at the site of her antenatal clinic and because there were accessibility constraints getting to the nearest referral hospital approximately 100 km away...
December 3, 2016: Journal of Medical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911895/dna-microarray-detection-of-18-important-human-blood-protozoan-species
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Mu-Xin Chen, Lin Ai, Jun-Hu Chen, Xin-Yu Feng, Shao-Hong Chen, Yu-Chun Cai, Yan Lu, Xiao-Nong Zhou, Jia-Xu Chen, Wei Hu
BACKGROUND: Accurate detection of blood protozoa from clinical samples is important for diagnosis, treatment and control of related diseases. In this preliminary study, a novel DNA microarray system was assessed for the detection of Plasmodium, Leishmania, Trypanosoma, Toxoplasma gondii and Babesia in humans, animals, and vectors, in comparison with microscopy and PCR data. Developing a rapid, simple, and convenient detection method for protozoan detection is an urgent need. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: The microarray assay simultaneously identified 18 species of common blood protozoa based on the differences in respective target genes...
December 2016: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909791/immunological-evaluation-of-a-dna-cocktail-vaccine-with-co-delivery-of-calcium-phosphate-nanoparticles-capns-against-the-toxoplasma-gondii-rh-strain-in-balb-c-mice
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Mohammad Taghi Rahimi, Shahabeddin Sarvi, Mahdi Sharif, Saeid Abediankenari, Ehsan Ahmadpour, Reza Valadan, Mahdi Fasihi- Ramandie, Seyed-Abdollah Hosseini, Ahmad Daryani
Many recent studies have been conducted to evaluate protective immunity mediated by DNA vaccines against toxoplasmosis. Cocktail DNA vaccines showed better immune responses compared to single vaccines. The objective of the current study was to evaluate the protective efficacy of rhomboid 4 (ROM4) and cocktail DNA vaccines (ROM4 + GRA14) of the Toxoplasma gondii RH strain with or without coated calcium phosphate nanoparticles (CaPNs) as the adjuvant to improve the immunogenicity against the T. gondii RH strain in BALB/c mice...
December 2, 2016: Parasitology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904880/microbial-community-patterns-associated-with-automated-teller-machine-keypads-in-new-york-city
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Holly M Bik, Julia M Maritz, Albert Luong, Hakdong Shin, Maria Gloria Dominguez-Bello, Jane M Carlton
In densely populated urban environments, the distribution of microbes and the drivers of microbial community assemblages are not well understood. In sprawling metropolitan habitats, the "urban microbiome" may represent a mix of human-associated and environmental taxa. Here we carried out a baseline study of automated teller machine (ATM) keypads in New York City (NYC). Our goal was to describe the biodiversity and biogeography of both prokaryotic and eukaryotic microbes in an urban setting while assessing the potential source of microbial assemblages on ATM keypads...
November 2016: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901507/disseminated-toxoplasmosis-toxoplasma-gondii-in-a-wild-florida-manatee-trichechus-manatus-latirostris-and-seroprevalence-in-two-wild-populations
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Lauren N Smith, Thomas B Waltzek, David S Rotstein, Ruth Francis-Floyd, Michael T Walsh, James F X Wellehan, Rick Gerhold, Alycia E Chapman, Martine de Wit
Marine mammals are important indicators for ecosystem health and serve as sentinel species for infectious agents including zoonoses. Histological examination of tissues from a stranded Florida manatee Trichechus manatus latirostris revealed protozoal cysts in the cerebrum and intrahistiocytic tachyzoites in the liver and caudal mesenteric lymph node. Disseminated Toxoplasma gondii infection was confirmed by immunohistochemistry and sequencing of the nuclear ribosomal internal transcribed spacer region of formalin-fixed tissues...
November 22, 2016: Diseases of Aquatic Organisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899155/comparative-sequence-analysis-of-cyclospora-cayetanensis-apicoplast-genomes-originating-from-diverse-geographical-regions
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Hediye Nese Cinar, Yvonne Qvarnstrom, Yuping Wei-Pridgeon, Wen Li, Fernanda S Nascimento, Michael J Arrowood, Helen R Murphy, AhYoung Jang, Eunje Kim, RaeYoung Kim, Alexandre da Silva, Gopal R Gopinath
BACKGROUND: Cyclospora cayetanensis is an emerging coccidian parasite that causes endemic and epidemic diarrheal disease called cyclosporiasis, and this infection is associated with consumption of contaminated produce or water in developed and developing regions. Food-borne outbreaks of cyclosporiasis have occurred almost every year in the USA since the 1990s. Investigations of these outbreaks are currently hampered due to lack of molecular epidemiological tools for trace back analysis...
November 29, 2016: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896240/evaluation-of-anti-toxoplasma-gondii-antibodies-in-hemodialysis-patients-with-chronic-kidney-disease-in-sari-iran
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Seyyed Hosein Seyyedpour, Parvaneh Afshar, Ayoub Barzegarnejad, Shamsi Kalhori, Reza Agah
BACKGROUND: Toxoplasma gondii has worldwide distribution and is one of the most prevalent infectious agents in humans. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence of anti-Toxoplasma gondii antibodies in hemodialysis patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) in the hemodialysis unit of Fatemeh Zahra hospital at the Mazandaran University of Medical Sciences in Sari, Iran. METHODS: Seventy-three patients with CKD and 145 healthy volunteers were assessed for anti-Toxoplasma gondii (IgG, IgM, and IgA) antibodies using a conventional ELISA technique...
November 2016: Nephro-urology Monthly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895319/activation-of-chronic-toxoplasmosis-by-transportation-stress-in-a-mouse-model
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Bang Shen, Yuan Yuan, Jianxi Cheng, Ming Pan, Ningbo Xia, Weichao Zhang, Yifan Wang, Yanqin Zhou, Junlong Zhao
Toxoplasma gondii is an obligate intracellular parasite infecting 25% of the world population and enormous number of animals. It can exist in two forms in intermediate hosts: the fast replicating tachyzoites responsible for acute infection and the slowly replicating bradyzoites responsible for life-long chronic infection. The interconversion between tachyzoites and bradyzoites plays critical roles in the transmission and pathogenesis of T. gondii. However, the molecular mechanisms that govern the interconversion are largely unknown...
November 24, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895180/regulatory-t-cells-promote-myositis-and-muscle-damage-in-toxoplasma-gondii-infection
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Richard M Jin, Sarah J Blair, Jordan Warunek, Reid R Heffner, Ira J Blader, Elizabeth A Wohlfert
The coordination of macrophage polarization is essential for the robust regenerative potential of skeletal muscle. Repair begins with a phase mediated by inflammatory monocytes (IM) and proinflammatory macrophages (M1), followed by polarization to a proregenerative macrophage (M2) phenotype. Recently, regulatory T cells (Tregs) were described as necessary for this M1 to M2 transition. We report that chronic infection with the protozoan parasite Toxoplasma gondii causes a nonresolving Th1 myositis with prolonged tissue damage associated with persistent M1 accumulation...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895021/1-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-activity-of-sulfur-containing-linear-bisphosphonates-against-apicomplexan-parasites
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Sergio H Szajnman, Tamila Galaka, Zhu-Hong Li, Catherine Li, Nathan M Howell, María N Chao, Boris Striepen, Vasant Muralidharan, Silvia N J Moreno, Juan B Rodriguez
We tested a series of sulfur-containing linear bisphosphonates against Toxoplasma gondii, the etiologic agent of toxoplasmosis. The most potent compound ( 22: , 1-[(n-decylsulfonyl)ethyl]-1,1-biphosphonic acid) is a sulfone-containing compound, which had an EC50 of 0.11 ± 0.02 μM against intracellular tachyzoites. The compound showed low toxicity when tested in tissue culture with a selectivity index of >2,000. 22: also showed high activity in vivo in a toxoplasmosis mouse model. The compound inhibited the Toxoplasma farnesyl diphosphate synthase (TgFPPS) but the concentration needed to inhibit 50% of the enzymatic activity (IC50) was higher than the concentration that inhibited 50% of growth...
November 28, 2016: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894907/seroprevalence-and-spatial-distribution-of-toxoplasma-gondii-infection-in-cats-dogs-pigs-and-equines-of-the-fernando-de-noronha-island-brazil
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Fernando J R Magalhães, Müller Ribeiro-Andrade, Fátima M Souza, Carlos D F Lima Filho, Alexander Welker Biondo, Odilon Vidotto, Italmar Teodorico Navarro, Rinaldo A Mota
Little is known about toxoplasmosis in animals of the Fernando de Noronha Island, Brazil. Therefore, we investigated the prevalence of Toxoplasma gondii infection in the total population of pet cats (n=348), dogs (n=320), pigs (n=27), equines (n=101), as well as a significant portion of the population of feral cats (n=247) of the Island by Indirect Fluorescent Antibody Test. Anti-T. gondii IgG antibodies were found in 71.26%, 54.74%, 48.75%, 51.85% and 22.7%, of the pet and feral cats, dogs, pigs and equines, respectively, demonstrating a high prevalence of T...
November 25, 2016: Parasitology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894863/molecular-evidence-for-toxoplasma-gondii-in-feeding-and-questing-ixodes-ricinus-ticks
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Małgorzata Adamska, Bogumiła Skotarczak
The aim of the present study was to detect Toxoplasma gondii in ticks collected from ponies and field vegetation and to determine the role of Shetland ponies as a potential reservoir host for T. gondii. A total of 1737 feeding Ixodes ricinus collected from 49 horses and 371 questing ticks were tested by PCR and sequencing for the presence and genotyping of T. gondii. All ticks were examined in a previous study to detect and identify pathogenic bacterial species. The aim of this study was also to detect co-infection of ticks with these bacteria and T...
November 21, 2016: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894616/histopathological-lesions-in-encephalon-and-heart-of-mice-infected-with-toxoplasma-gondii-increase-after-lycopodium-clavatum-200dh-treatment
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Andréia Vieira Pereira, Marcelo Biondaro Góis, Katiucha Rebeca Jennifer Lopes Lera, Gislane Janaina Falkowski-Temporini, Paula Fernanda Massini, Ricardo Nascimento Drozino, Denise Lessa Aleixo, Milena Menegazzo Miranda, Paulo da Silva Watanabe, Ivete Conchon-Costa, Idessania Nazareth da Costa, Mário Dos Anjos Neto Filho, Silvana Marques de Araújo, Wander Rogério Pavanelli
In many cases, symptoms of toxoplasmosis are mistaken for the ones of other infectious diseases. Clinical signs are rare in immunocompetent people. However, when they arise, in the acute phase of infection, several organs are affected due to the rapid spread of tachyzoites through the bloodstream. In the present study, the reduction of tachyzoites in peripheral blood of mice of G72 (infected 72h after treatment) and G48 (infected 48h after treatment and treated three more times), when compared with IC (infected and non-treated), suggests protective effect exerted by Lycopodium clavatum...
November 18, 2016: Pathology, Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893338/seroprevalence-and-risk-factors-of-toxoplasma-gondii-infection-in-farmed-raccoon-dogs-nyctereutes-procyonoides-in-china
#15
Wen-Bin Zheng, Wei Cong, Junling Hou, Jian-Gang Ma, Xiao-Xuan Zhang, Xing-Quan Zhu, Qing-Feng Meng, Dong-Hui Zhou
Toxoplasma gondii, an obligate intracellular apicomplexan parasite, can infect homoiothermal vertebrate animals, including raccoon dogs (Nyctereutes procyonoides). Regretfully, data on T. gondii infection in raccoon dogs were limited in China. Therefore, to investigate the seroprevalence and to evaluate risk factors for T. gondii infection in raccoon dogs, a total of 1181 raccoon dog blood samples were collected from Jilin and Shandong provinces, China, from September to December 2014. The antibodies of T. gondii were examined using the modified agglutination test...
November 28, 2016: Vector Borne and Zoonotic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889597/is-there-any-association-between-toxoplasma-gondii-infection-and-bipolar-disorder-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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João Luís Vieira Monteiro de Barros, Izabela Guimarães Barbosa, Haitham Salem, Natalia Pessoa Rocha, Arthur Kummer, Olaoluwa O Okusaga, Jair C Soares, Antonio Lucio Teixeira
BACKGROUND: The relationship between Toxoplasma gondii infection and the development of bipolar disorder (BD) has long been investigated, yet to date it is still poorly understood and documented. The aim of this review is to derive a summary estimate of the strength of the association between infection with T. gondii and BD from the available published studies. METHODS: A systematic review was performed using PubMed, LILACS, PsycINFO, and Embase databases. Studies which included a proportion of seropositive BD patients and controls were further examined in a meta-analysis...
November 17, 2016: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889209/structural-basis-for-the-subversion-of-map-kinase-signaling-by-an-intrinsically-disordered-parasite-secreted-agonist
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Erika Pellegrini, Andrés Palencia, Laurence Braun, Ulrike Kapp, Alexandre Bougdour, Hassan Belrhali, Matthew W Bowler, Mohamed-Ali Hakimi
The causative agent of toxoplasmosis, the intracellular parasite Toxoplasma gondii, delivers a protein, GRA24, into the cells it infects that interacts with the mitogen-activated protein (MAP) kinase p38α (MAPK14), leading to activation and nuclear translocation of the host kinase and a subsequent inflammatory response that controls the progress of the parasite. The purification of a recombinant complex of GRA24 and human p38α has allowed the molecular basis of this activation to be determined. GRA24 is shown to be intrinsically disordered, binding two kinases that act independently, and is the only factor required to bypass the canonical mitogen-activated protein kinase activation pathway...
November 14, 2016: Structure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888074/toxoplasma-gondii-immune-mapped-protein-1-is-anchored-to-the-inner-leaflet-of-the-plasma-membrane-and-adopts-a-novel-protein-fold
#18
Yonggen Jia, Stefi Benjamin, Qun Liu, Yingqi Xu, Sunil Kumar Dogga, Jing Liu, Stephen Matthews, Dominique Soldati-Favre
The immune mapped protein 1 (IMP1) was first identified as a protective antigen in Eimeria maxima and described as vaccine candidate and invasion factor in Toxoplasma gondii. We show here that TgIMP1 localizes to the inner leaflet of plasma membrane (PM) via dual acylation. Mutations either in the N-terminal myristoylation or palmitoylation sites (G2 and C5) cause relocalization of TgIMP1 to the cytosol. The first 11 amino acids are sufficient for PM targeting and the presence of lysine (K7) is critical. Disruption of TgIMP1 gene by double homologous recombination revealed no invasion defect or any measurable alteration in the lytic cycle of tachyzoites...
November 22, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27886451/activity-of-fluorine-containing-analogues-of-wc-9-and-structurally-related-analogues-against-two-intracellular-parasites-trypanosoma-cruzi-and-toxoplasma-gondii
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María N Chao, Catherine Li, Melissa Storey, Bruno N Falcone, Sergio H Szajnman, Sergio M Bonesi, Roberto Docampo, Silvia N J Moreno, Juan B Rodriguez
Two obligate intracellular parasites, Trypanosoma cruzi, the agent of Chagas disease, and Toxoplasma gondii, an agent of toxoplasmosis, upregulate the mevalonate pathway of their host cells upon infection, which suggests that this host pathway could be a potential drug target. In this work, a number of compounds structurally related to WC-9 (4-phenoxyphenoxyethyl thiocyanate), a known squalene synthase inhibitor, were designed, synthesized, and evaluated for their effect on T. cruzi and T. gondii growth in tissue culture cells...
November 25, 2016: ChemMedChem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27884623/relationship-between-toxoplasma-gondii-seropositivity-and-acoustic-startle-response-in-an-inner-city-population
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Nick M Massa, Erica Duncan, Tanja Jovanovic, Kimberly Kerley, Lei Weng, Lauren Gensler, Samuel S Lee, Seth Norrholm, Abigail Powers, Lynn M Almli, Charles F Gillespie, Kerry Ressler, Bradley D Pearce
Toxoplasma gondii (TOXO) is a neuroinvasive protozoan parasite that induces the formation of persistent cysts in mammalian brains. It infects approximately 1.1 million people in the United States annually. Latent TOXO infection is implicated in the etiology of psychiatric disorders, especially schizophrenia (Scz), and has been correlated with modestly impaired cognition. The acoustic startle response (ASR) is a reflex seen in all mammals. It is mediated by a simple subcortical circuit, and provides an indicator of neural function...
November 21, 2016: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
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