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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818085/a-rare-case-of-acute-toxoplasmosis-in-a-stray-dog-due-to-infection-of-t-gondii-clonal-type-i-public-health-concern-in-urban-settings-with-stray-animals
#1
Sergio Migliore, Salvatore La Marca, Cristian Stabile, Vincenzo Di Marco Lo Presti, Maria Vitale
BACKGROUND: Typing of Toxoplasma gondii strains is important in epidemiological surveys, to understand the distribution and virulence of different clones of the parasite among human and animal populations. Stray dogs can be consider sentinel animals for contaminated environments playing an important but probably under- evaluated role in the epidemiology of T. gondii. We reported a rare case of acute toxoplasmosis in a stray dog due to clonal type I infection. The clonal type I, sporadic in Europe, is frequently associated with severe toxoplasmosis in humans and the control of its circulation is particularly relevant for public health...
August 17, 2017: BMC Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817954/dissecting-amyloid-beta-deposition-using-distinct-strains-of-the-neurotropic-parasite-toxoplasma-gondii-as-a-novel-tool
#2
Carla M Cabral, Kathryn E McGovern, Wes R MacDonald, Jenna Franco, Anita A Koshy
Genetic and pathologic data suggest that amyloid beta (Aβ), produced by processing of the amyloid precursor protein, is a major initiator of Alzheimer's disease (AD). To gain new insights into Aβ modulation, we sought to harness the power of the coevolution between the neurotropic parasite Toxoplasma gondii and the mammalian brain. Two prior studies attributed Toxoplasma-associated protection against Aβ to increases in anti-inflammatory cytokines (TGF-β and IL-10) and infiltrating phagocytic monocytes. These studies only used one Toxoplasma strain making it difficult to determine if the noted changes were associated with Aβ protection or simply infection...
July 2017: ASN Neuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815408/diphenyl-diselenide-modulates-nucleotidases-reducing-inflammatory-responses-in-the-liver-of-toxoplasma-gondii-infected-mice
#3
Pedro H Doleski, Daniela B R Leal, Vanessa S Machado, Nathieli B Bottari, Alessandra G Manzoni, Emerson A Casali, Cesar E J Moritz, Ana C A Rocha, Giovana Camillo, Fernanda F Vogel, Lenita M Stefani, Ricardo E Mendes, Aleksandro Schafer da Silva
The aim of this study was to verify the effect of diphenyl diselenide (PhSe)2 on hepatic nucleotidases and on the concentration of purines in mice infected by Toxoplasma gondii. The animals were divided into four groups: Group A (uninfected), Group B (uninfected and treated with (PhSe)2), Group C (infected), and Group D (infected and treated with (PhSe)2). The inoculation (groups C and D) was performed with 50 cysts of T. gondii (ME-49 strain). Mice from groups B and D were treated with 5 μmol kg(-1) of (PhSe)2...
August 16, 2017: Purinergic Signalling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811857/concordance-of-toxoplasma-gondii-infection-markers-among-heterosexual-couples
#4
Cosme Alvarado-Esquivel, Sandy Janet Pacheco-Vega, Jesus Hernandez-Tinoco, Luis Omar Berumen-Segovia, Luis Francisco Sanchez-Anguiano, Sergio Estrada-Martinez, Ada Agustina Sandoval-Carrillo, Jose Manuel Salas-Pacheco, Elizabeth Irasema Antuna-Salcido
BACKGROUND: Very little is known about concordance of Toxoplasma gondii (T. gondii) infection markers among couples. Through a cross-sectional study, we sought to determine the correlation of T. gondii infection in a sample of 119 heterosexual couples in Durango State, Mexico. METHODS: Participants were examined for the presence of anti-T. gondii IgG and IgM antibodies using enzyme-linked immunoassays. IgG and IgM seropositive couples were further analyzed for the presence of T...
September 2017: Journal of Clinical Medicine Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809395/cryo-em-structures-of-the-80s-ribosomes-from-human-parasites-trichomonas-vaginalis-and-toxoplasma-gondii
#5
Zhifei Li, Qiang Guo, Lvqin Zheng, Yongsheng Ji, Yi-Ting Xie, De-Hua Lai, Zhao-Rong Lun, Xun Suo, Ning Gao
As an indispensable molecular machine universal in all living organisms, the ribosome has been selected by evolution to be the natural target of many antibiotics and small-molecule inhibitors. High-resolution structures of pathogen ribosomes are crucial for understanding the general and unique aspects of translation control in disease-causing microbes. With cryo-electron microscopy technique, we have determined structures of the cytosolic ribosomes from two human parasites, Trichomonas vaginalis and Toxoplasma gondii, at resolution of 3...
August 15, 2017: Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807857/prevalence-and-genetic-characterization-of-toxoplasma-gondii-in-donkeys-in-northeastern-china
#6
Xiao-Xuan Zhang, Wei Shi, Nian-Zhang Zhang, Kun Shi, Jian-Ming Li, Peng Xu, Quan Zhao, Rui Du
Toxolasma gondii is one of the most important obligate intracellular protozoan parasites. Recently, toxoplasmosis is of increasing concerns because T. gondii not only has a worldwide distribution but also can infect virtually all warm-blooded hosts including donkeys. However, limited information is available concerning the genetic characterization of T. gondii in donkeys in northeastern China. In this study, a total of 302 brain tissue samples collected from donkeys from Jilin (n=108) and Liaoning (n=194) provinces, northeastern China, were examined for T...
August 12, 2017: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807302/targeted-overexpression-of-cyclic-amp-dependent-protein-kinase-subunit-in-toxoplasma-gondii-promotes-replication-and-virulence-in-host-cells
#7
Hongchao Sun, Suhua Wang, Xianfeng Zhao, Chaoqun Yao, Haohan Zhuang, Yechuan Huang, Xueqiu Chen, Yi Yang, Aifang Du
Toxoplasma gondii (T. gondii) is one of the most common parasite that can infect almost any warm-blooded animals including humans. The cyclic nucleotide-dependent protein kinase (PKA) regulates a spectrum of intracellular signal pathways in many organisms. Protein kinase catalytic subunit (PKAC) is the core of the whole protein, and plays an important role in the life cycle of T.gondii. Here, T.gondii PKAC (TgPKAC) overexpression strain (TgPKAC-OE) was constructed. The growth of the TgPKAC-OE, RH△Ku80, and TgPKAC inhibition strains (TgPKAC-H89) were analysed by SYBR-green real-time PCR, and the ultrastructure was observed by transmission electron microscopy...
August 30, 2017: Veterinary Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807294/recombinase-polymerase-amplification-rpa-combined-with-lateral-flow-lf-strip-for-detection-of-toxoplasma-gondii-in-the-environment
#8
Y D Wu, M J Xu, Q Q Wang, C X Zhou, M Wang, X Q Zhu, D H Zhou
Toxoplasma gondii infects all warm-blooded vertebrates, resulting in a great threat to human health and significant economic loss to the livestock industry. Ingestion of infectious oocysts of T. gondii from the environment is the major source of transmission. Detection of T. gondii oocysts by existing methods is laborious, time-consuming and expensive. The objective of the present study was to develop a recombinase polymerase amplification (RPA) method combined with a lateral flow (LF) strip for detection of T...
August 30, 2017: Veterinary Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807281/toxoplasma-gondii-in-the-cornigliese-sheep-breed-in-italy-meat-juice-serology-in-vitro-isolation-and-genotyping
#9
A Vismarra, E Barilli, M Miceli, C Mangia, M Genchi, F Brindani, L Kramer, C Bacci
Toxoplasma gondii is considered one of the most important food-borne parasitic zoonoses globally and sheep are important intermediate hosts of the parasite. Meat and milk from infected sheep are considered an important source of infection for humans. Here, the authors evaluated T. gondii infection in the Italian Cornigliese sheep breed using meat juice ELISA, and in vitro assay for followed by Real Time-PCR and PCR-RFLP. Twenty-one hearts were collected at slaughter. Meat juice serology was carried out on all samples, while eleven hearts with the highest antibody titres were subjected to acid-peptic digestion and seeding onto Vero cells...
August 30, 2017: Veterinary Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807274/isolation-of-viable-toxoplasma-gondii-molecular-characterization-and-seroprevalence-in-elk-cervus-canadensis-in-pennsylvania-usa
#10
J P Dubey, J Brown, S K Verma, C K Cerqueira-Cézar, J Banfield, O C H Kwok, Y Ying, F H A Murata, A K Pradhan, C Su
Toxoplasmosis is a worldwide zoonosis. The ingestion of uncooked/undercooked meat and consumption of water contaminated with Toxoplasma gondii oocysts excreted by felids are the main modes of transmission of this parasite. T. gondii has been reported in multiple cervid species; however, little is known of the parasite in North American elk (Cervus canadensis). In the present study, antibodies to T. gondii were detected in serum of wild elk from Pennsylvania collected during 2013-2016 by the modified agglutination test (MAT, cut-off 1:25); 221 of 317 (69...
August 30, 2017: Veterinary Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803905/azithromycin-treatment-is-able-to-control-the-infection-by-two-genotypes-of-toxoplasma-gondii-in-human-trophoblast-bewo-cells
#11
Mayara Ribeiro, Priscila Silva Franco, Janice Buiate Lopes-Maria, Mariana Bodini Angeloni, Bellisa de Freitas Barbosa, Angelica de Oliveira Gomes, Andressa Silva Castro, Rafaela José da Silva, Fernanda Chaves de Oliveira, Iliana Claudia Balga Milian, Olindo Assis Martins-Filho, Francesca Ietta, José Roberto Mineo, Eloisa Amália Vieira Ferro
Trophoblast infection by Toxoplasma gondii plays a pivotal role in the vertical transmission of toxoplasmosis. Here, we investigate whether the antibiotic therapy with azithromycin, spiramycin and sulfadiazine/pyrimethamine are effective to control trophoblast infection by two Brazilian T. gondii genotypes, TgChBrUD1 or TgChBrUD2. Two antibiotic protocols were evaluated, as follow: i) pre-treatment of T. gondii-tachyzoites with selected antibiotics prior trophoblast infection and ii) post-treatment of infected trophoblasts...
August 10, 2017: Experimental Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803790/utility-of-the-cytochrome-c-oxidase-subunit-i-gene-for-the-diagnosis-of-toxoplasmosis-using-pcr
#12
Xue Feng, Kazumi Norose, Kexin Li, Kenji Hikosaka
Toxoplasmosis is caused by the protozoan parasite Toxoplasma gondii, which belongs to the phylum Apicomplexa. Since this parasite causes severe clinical symptoms in immunocompromised patients, early diagnosis of toxoplasmosis is essential. PCR is currently used for early diagnosis, but there is no consensus regarding the most effective method for amplifying Toxoplasma DNA. In this study, we considered the utility of the cytochrome c subunit I (cox1) gene, which is encoded in the mitochondrial DNA of this parasite, as a novel target of PCR for the diagnosis of toxoplasmosis...
August 10, 2017: Journal of Microbiological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803361/toxoplasma-gondii-and-neospora-caninum-induce-different-host-cell-responses-at-proteome-wide-phosphorylation-events-a-step-forward-for-uncovering-the-biological-differences-between-these-closely-related-parasites
#13
Mariwan M M Al-Bajalan, Dong Xia, Stuart Armstrong, Nadine Randle, Jonathan M Wastling
Toxoplasma gondii and Neospora caninum are closely related intracellular protozoan parasites and tissue cyst-forming Coccidia of the phylum Apicomplexa. There are remarkable similarities between the morphology, genomes and transcriptomes of both parasites. Toxoplasma is zoonotic, with a wide host range and is mainly transmitted horizontally between its definitive host, the cat, and its intermediate hosts. Neospora causes disease within a narrow host range and with reduced virulence potential to the hosts. The dog is the definitive host of Neospora and its epidemiology in cattle mainly depends on vertical transmission...
August 12, 2017: Parasitology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798905/enrofloxacin-and-toltrazuril-are-able-to-reduce-toxoplasma-gondii-growth-in-human-bewo-trophoblastic-cells-and-villous-explants-from-human-third-trimester-pregnancy
#14
Rafaela J da Silva, Angelica O Gomes, Priscila S Franco, Ariane S Pereira, Iliana C B Milian, Mayara Ribeiro, Paolo Fiorenzani, Maria C Dos Santos, José R Mineo, Neide M da Silva, Eloisa A V Ferro, Bellisa de Freitas Barbosa
Classical treatment for congenital toxoplasmosis is based on combination of sulfadiazine and pyrimethamine plus folinic acid. Due to teratogenic effects and bone marrow suppression caused by pyrimethamine, the establishment of new therapeutic strategies is indispensable to minimize the side effects and improve the control of infection. Previous studies demonstrated that enrofloxacin and toltrazuril reduced the incidence of Neospora caninum and Toxoplasma gondii infection. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the efficacy of enrofloxacin and toltrazuril in the control of T...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795223/high-resolution-melting-pcr-assay-applicable-for-diagnostics-and-screening-studies-allowing-detection-and-differentiation-of-several-babesia-spp-infecting-humans-and-animals
#15
Wioletta Rozej-Bielicka, Aleksander Masny, Elzbieta Golab
The goal of the study was to design a single tube PCR test for detection and differentiation of Babesia species in DNA samples obtained from diverse biological materials. A multiplex, single tube PCR test was designed for amplification of approximately 400 bp region of the Babesia 18S rRNA gene. Universal primers were designed to match DNA of multiple Babesia spp. and to have low levels of similarity to DNA sequences of other intracellular protozoa and Babesia hosts. The PCR products amplified from Babesia DNA isolated from human, dog, rodent, deer, and tick samples were subjected to high-resolution melting analysis for Babesia species identification...
August 10, 2017: Parasitology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795125/the-microbiome-activates-cd4-t-cell-mediated-immunity-to%C3%A2-compensate-for-increased-intestinal-permeability
#16
Karen L Edelblum, Gil Sharon, Gurminder Singh, Matthew A Odenwald, Anne Sailer, Severine Cao, Sarina Ravens, Irene Thomsen, Kamal El Bissati, Rima McLeod, Chen Dong, Sandeep Gurbuxani, Immo Prinz, Sarkis K Mazmanian, Jerrold R Turner
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Despite a prominent association, chronic intestinal barrier loss is insufficient to induce disease in human subjects or experimental animals. We hypothesized that compensatory mucosal immune activation might protect individuals with increased intestinal permeability from disease. We used a model in which intestinal barrier loss is triggered by intestinal epithelial-specific expression of constitutively active myosin light chain kinase (CA-MLCK). Here we asked whether constitutive tight junction barrier loss impacts susceptibility to enteric pathogens...
September 2017: Cellular and Molecular Gastroenterology and Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794925/expression-of-codon-optimized-tgmic16-in-three-escherichia-coli-strains
#17
Hui Sun, Jin Li, Gong-Zhen Liu, Kun Yin, Yong Cui, Ting Xiao, Chao Xu, Bing-Cheng Huang, Qing-Kuan Wei
In a previous study, we found that rabbit anti-Toxoplasma gondii serum was capable of recognizing truncated T. gondii microneme protein 16 (TgMIC16), indicating that TgMIC16 is an essential antigenic T. gondii protein. However, the broad application of this recombinant protein is limited by its low expression level. In this study, we performed codon optimization of TgMIC16 by changing the codon-adaptation index from 0.22 to 1.0 without altering the amino acid sequence and expressed the optimized gene in three different Escherichia coli strains, followed by comparison of soluble recombinant-protein expression and yield...
August 2017: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28793826/toxoplasma-appendicitis-a-once-in-a-lifetime-diagnosis
#18
Anisha M Fernandes, Maheshkumar M Lakhe, Sanjay A Pai
Toxoplasmosis is generally asymptomatic in immunocompetent individuals, but it can be life-threatening in immunocompromised patients. We present a case of a 62-year-old man with clinical features of acute appendicitis. Histology showed a transmural infiltrate of eosinophils. In addition, there were reactive lymphoid follicles with histiocytes in the submucosa and tachyzoites in the muscularis propria. Immunohistochemistry confirmed the diagnosis of toxoplasma appendicitis. Serological evaluation yielded negative results...
August 1, 2017: International Journal of Surgical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791259/toxoplasma-co-infection-prevents-th2-differentiation-and-leads-to-a-helminth-specific-th1-response
#19
Norus Ahmed, Timothy French, Sebastian Rausch, Anja Kühl, Katrin Hemminger, Ildiko R Dunay, Svenja Steinfelder, Susanne Hartmann
Nematode infections, in particular gastrointestinal nematodes, are widespread and co-infections with other parasites and pathogens are frequently encountered in humans and animals. To decipher the immunological effects of a widespread protozoan infection on the anti-helminth immune response we studied a co-infection with the enteric nematode Heligmosomoides polygyrus in mice previously infected with Toxoplasma gondii. Protective immune responses against nematodes are dependent on parasite-specific Th2 responses associated with IL-4, IL-5, IL-13, IgE, and IgG1 antibodies...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791002/antibody-detection-isolation-genotyping-and-virulence-of-toxoplasma-gondii-in-captive-felids-from-china
#20
Yu-Rong Yang, Yong-Jie Feng, Yao-Yao Lu, Hui Dong, Tong-Yi Li, Yi-Bao Jiang, Xing-Quan Zhu, Long-Xian Zhang
The felids are the only definitive hosts of Toxoplasma gondii, which could excrete oocysts into the environment and provide an infection source for toxoplasmosis in various warm-blooded animal species, particularly the captive felids that live close to human communities. The infection rate of the captive felids is a perfect standard in detecting the presence of Toxoplasma gondii oocysts in the environment. In this study, sera or tissue samples from zoo (1 young tiger, 2 adult tigers, 6 young lions), farm (10 masked palm civets), and pet hospital (28 cats) from Henan Province (China) were collected...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
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