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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166283/cardiac-disorders-in-dogs-infected-with-babesia-canis
#1
M Bartnicki, P Łyp, P Dębiak, M Staniec, S Winiarczyk, K Buczek, Ł Adaszek
The aim of this study was to assess cardiac disorders in dogs infected with B. canis. The study included 50 dogs with babesiosis and 20 healthy control animals. All the animals had haematological tests, ECG, echocardiography and serum troponin I and CK-MB levels checked. The haematology in the group of dogs with babesiosis confirmed thrombocytopaenia in 100% of dogs, decreased haematocrit in 52% and anaemia in 46%. The most common abnormalities in ECG and echocardiography in dogs infected with protozoa included: change in appearance and/or amplitude of the T-wave (34%), increased fractional shortening (24%), an increased sinus rhythm (14%) and heart axis deviation (10%)...
September 26, 2017: Polish Journal of Veterinary Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153157/a-100-year-review-protein-and-amino-acid-nutrition-in-dairy-cows
#2
Charles G Schwab, Glen A Broderick
Considerable progress has been made in understanding the protein and amino acid (AA) nutrition of dairy cows. The chemistry of feed crude protein (CP) appears to be well understood, as is the mechanism of ruminal protein degradation by rumen bacteria and protozoa. It has been shown that ammonia released from AA degradation in the rumen is used for bacterial protein formation and that urea can be a useful N supplement when lower protein diets are fed. It is now well documented that adequate rumen ammonia levels must be maintained for maximal synthesis of microbial protein and that a deficiency of rumen-degradable protein can decrease microbial protein synthesis, fiber digestibility, and feed intake...
December 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151103/immunoregulatory-role-of-cannabinoids-during-infectious-disease
#3
Rosalía Hernández-Cervantes, Mónica Méndez-Díaz, Óscar Prospéro-García, Jorge Morales-Montor
Although the endocannabinoid system (ECS) is involved in the regulation of several physiological processes, including sleep and the immune response, its role during infections has not been fully studied. It is well known that the use of this drug increases susceptibility to infections because of the impact on the modulation of the immune system. Concerning the medicinal or recreational use of marijuana, its influence on the course of an infection, whether this has been caused by bacteria, viruses, parasites, and to a lesser degree, fungi, has been reported...
November 18, 2017: Neuroimmunomodulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150682/enantioselective-transformation-of-fluoxetine-in-water-and-its-ecotoxicological-relevance
#4
María Jesús Andrés-Costa, Kathryn Proctor, Marco T Sabatini, Anthony P Gee, Simon E Lewis, Yolanda Pico, Barbara Kasprzyk-Hordern
European legislation focusing on water quality is expected to broaden to encompass several pharmaceuticals as priority hazardous substances. This manuscript aims to challenge current regulatory approaches that do not recognize stereochemistry of chiral pharmaceuticals by testing the hypothesis that environmental transformation and effects of chiral pharmaceuticals are stereoselective. Our experiments revealed that, while degradation of chiral fluoxetine (FL) in river water occurs via non-enantioselective photochemical and mildly-enantioselective microbial processes favoring the (R)-enantiomer, a pronounced enantioselectivity favoring (S)-FL (leading to the formation of (S)-NFL (norfluoxetine)) is observed during activated sludge treatment...
November 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141237/influence-of-sewage-treatment-plant-effluent-discharge-into-multipurpose-river-on-its-water-quality-a-quantitative-health-risk-assessment-of-cryptosporidium-and-giardia
#5
Shumin Xiao, Sike Hu, Yan Zhang, Xiaoyun Zhao, Wenwei Pan
Sewage treatment plants (STPs) are one of the sources of pathogens discharged into surface water. An investigation was carried out over the duration of 12 months in Henan Province, China, to evaluate the health influence of municipal wastewater effluent discharge on water quality of the receiving water. A discharge-based quantitative microbial risk assessment (QMRA) was employed, taking into account the vegetables consumption habits of the Chinese, population subgroups with different immune statuses and ages, to evaluate the incremental disease burden from agricultural irrigation and swimming exposure scenarios associated with increased concentration of the protozoan Cryptosporidium and/or Giardia in the receiving river...
November 12, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139230/corrigendum-to-two-new-brackish-ciliates-amphileptus-spiculatus-sp-n-and-a-bellus-sp-n-from-mangrove-wetlands-in-southern-china-with-notes-on-the-molecular-phylogeny-of-the-family-amphileptidae-protozoa-ciliophora-pleurostomatida-by-wu-et%C3%A2-al
#6
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132426/comment-on-a-re-assessment-of-the-safety-of-silver-in-household-water-treatment-rapid-systematic-review-of-mammalian-in-vivo-genotoxicity-studies
#7
EDITORIAL
Daniele Lantagne, Justine Rayner, Anjuliee Mittelman, Kurt Pennell
We wish to thank Fewtrell, Majuru, and Hunter for their article highlighting genotoxic risks associated with the use of particulate silver for primary drinking water treatment. The recent promotion of colloidal silver products for household water treatment in developing countries is problematic due to previously identified concerns regarding manufacturing quality and questionable advertising practices, as well as the low efficiency of silver nanoparticles to treat bacteria, viruses, and protozoa in source waters...
November 13, 2017: Environmental Health: a Global Access Science Source
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29131838/expanded-repertoire-of-kinetoplast-associated-proteins-and-unique-mitochondrial-dna-arrangement-of-symbiont-bearing-trypanosomatids
#8
Silvana Sant Anna de Souza, Carolina Moura Catta-Preta, João Marcelo P Alves, Danielle P Cavalcanti, Marta M G Teixeira, Erney P Camargo, Wanderley De Souza, Rosane Silva, Maria Cristina M Motta
In trypanosomatids, the kinetoplast is the portion of the single mitochondrion that is connected to the basal body and contains the kDNA, a network composed by circular and interlocked DNA. The kDNA packing is conducted by Kinetoplast Associated Proteins (KAPs), which are similar to eukaryotic histone H1. In symbiont-harboring trypanosomatids (SHTs) such as Angomonas deanei and Strigomonas culicis, a ß-proteobacterium co-evolves with the host in a mutualistic relationship. The prokaryote confers nutritional benefits to the host and affects its cell structure...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128562/ciliates-as-restoration-indicators-in-peatbogs-10-years-of-study
#9
Tomasz Mieczan, Małgorzata Adamczuk, Magdalena Pogorzelec
There is almost no information on how restoration of Sphagnum-dominated peatbogs, and in particular removal of reeds, affects the functioning of ciliate communities. Changes in vegetation patterns caused by restoration procedures may take years to be observed, while microbial processes already display effects after short-term exposure to changes in environmental conditions due to restoration. Based on the results of a long-term study, we assumed that mowing down of reeds causes changes in the physicochemical properties of peatbog water and sought to answer the question of how ciliate communities react to these changes and whether these microorganisms can play a significant role as bioindicators in evaluating the restoration process...
October 20, 2017: European Journal of Protistology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29127527/molecular-detection-of-giardia-duodenalis-and-cryptosporidium-spp-in-canine-faecal-samples-contaminating-public-areas-in-northern-italy
#10
Giulia Simonato, Antonio Frangipane di Regalbono, Rudi Cassini, Donato Traversa, Cinzia Tessarin, Angela Di Cesare, Mario Pietrobelli
Giardia duodenalis and Cryptosporidium spp. are common intestinal pathogens of humans and animals. Dogs may be infected by zoonotic isolates of G. duodenalis and Cryptosporidium spp. that, consequently, have high interest under public health perspective. This study estimated the occurrence of these protozoa in canine faeces polluting public areas of Padua municipality (Northern Italy), towards a potential evaluation of health risks for dogs and humans. A total of 705 canine stools was collected in green (n = 270) and urban (n = 435) areas and processed by duplex real-time PCR and real-time PCR SYBR® Green I for the detection of both protozoa...
December 2017: Parasitology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29126315/packaging-of-mycobacterium-smegmatis-bacteria-into-fecal-pellets-by-the-ciliate-tetrahymena-pyriformis
#11
Alix M Denoncourt, Valérie E Paquet, Steve J Charette
Mycobacteria are widespread microorganisms that live in various environments, including man-made water systems where they cohabit with protozoa. Environmental mycobacterial species give rise to many opportunistic human infections and can infect phagocytic protozoa. Protozoa such as amoebae and ciliates feeding on bacteria can sometimes get rid of non-digestible or pathogenic material by packaging it into secreted fecal pellets. Usually, packaged bacteria are still viable and are protected against chemical and physical stresses...
November 6, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29126122/mode-and-rate-of-evolution-of-haemosporidian-mitochondrial-genomes-timing-the-radiation-of-avian-parasites
#12
M Andreína Pacheco, Nubia E Matta, Gediminas Valkiunas, Patricia G Parker, Beatriz Mello, Craig E Stanley, Miguel Lentino, M Alexandra Garcia-Amado, Michael Cranfield, Sergei L Kosakovsky Pond, Ananias A Escalante
Haemosporidians are a diverse group of vector-borne parasitic protozoa that includes the agents of human malaria; however, most of the described species are found in birds and reptiles. Although our understanding of these parasites' diversity has expanded by analyses of their mitochondrial genes, there is limited information on these genes' evolutionary rates. Here, 114 mitochondrial genomes (mtDNA) were studied from species belonging to four genera: Leucocytozoon, Haemoproteus, Hepatocystis, and Plasmodium...
November 6, 2017: Molecular Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29125744/design-and-synthesis-of-brain-penetrant-trypanocidal-n-myristoyltransferase-inhibitors
#13
Tracy Bayliss, David A Robinson, Victoria C Smith, Stephen Brand, Stuart P McElroy, Leah S Torrie, Chido Mpamhanga, Suzanne Norval, Laste Stojanovski, Ruth Brenk, Julie A Frearson, Kevin D Read, Ian H Gilbert, Paul G Wyatt
N-Myristoyltransferase (NMT) represents a promising drug target within the parasitic protozoa Trpanosoma brucei (T. brucei), the causative agent for human African trypanosomiasis (HAT) or sleeping sickness. We have previously validated T. brucei NMT as a promising druggable target for the treatment of HAT in both stage 1 and 2 of the disease. We report on the use of the previously reported DDD85646 (1) as a start point for the design of a class of potent, brain penetrant inhibitors of T. brucei NMT.
November 10, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29114158/seroprevalence-of-toxoplasmosis-in-voluntary-blood-donors-of-puducherry-and-surrounding-districts-of-tamil-nadu
#14
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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29114134/epidemiological-investigation-of-gastrointestinal-parasites-in-dog-populations-in-basra-province-southern-iraq
#15
Khawla B N Al-Jassim, Yasser S Mahmmod, Zainab M Salem, Azmi Al-Jubury
The understanding of the epidemiology of canine parasitic infections is necessary for an efficient control program to minimize the risk of zoonotic transmission. The objectives of this study were (1) to determine the prevalence of canine gastrointestinal helminths and protozoa in Basra province, Southern Iraq, and (2) to identify the association of epidemiological characteristics (age, breed, gender, and feed type) of dogs with the parasitic infections. A total of 93 fecal samples, collected in the period from December 2014 to June 2015, were examined macroscopically and microscopically for the presence of worm eggs and protozoal oocysts, using centrifugal flotation method...
December 2017: Journal of Parasitic Diseases: Official Organ of the Indian Society for Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29114120/free-living-amoebae-in-the-water-resources-of-iran-a-systematic-review
#16
REVIEW
Ehsan Saburi, Toktam Rajaii, Asma Behdari, Mohammad Hasan Kohansal, Hossein Vazini
Free-living amoebae (FLA) are a group of protozoa with the capabilities of growth in the environment and invasion to the human body which have been isolated from different water sources. Acanthamoeba, Naegleria, and Balamuthia are the most important FLA. These cause a variety of severe complications of eye and central nervous system. Despite the fact that various studies have demonstrated the prevalence of FLA in different parts of Iran, there is no comprehensive evaluation and conclusion regarding the pollution of various water sources in Iran...
December 2017: Journal of Parasitic Diseases: Official Organ of the Indian Society for Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29111137/biogenic-silver-nanoparticles-inducing-leishmania-amazonensis-promastigote-and-amastigote-death-in-vitro
#17
Jacqueline Rodrigues Fanti, Fernanda Tomiotto-Pellissier, Milena Menegazzo Miranda-Sapla, Allan Henrique Depieri Cataneo, Célia Guadalupe Tardeli de Jesus Andrade, Carolina Panis, Jean Henrique da Silva Rodrigues, Pryscilla Fanini Wowk, Diogo Kuczera, Idessania Nazareth Costa, Celso Vataru Nakamura, Gerson Nakazato, Nelson Durán, Wander Rogério Pavanelli, Ivete Conchon-Costa
American Cutaneous Leishmaniasis (ACL) is a zoonosis caused by Leishmania protozoa. The ACL chemotherapy available is unsatisfactory motivating researches to seek alternative treatments. In this study, we investigated the action of biogenic silver nanoparticle (AgNp-bio) obtained from Fusarium oxysporium, against Leishmania amazonensis promastigote and amastigote forms. The AgNp-bio promastigote treatment results in promastigote death leading to apoptosis-like events due an increased production of reactive oxygen species (ROS), loss of mitochondrial integrity, phosphatidylserine exposure and damage on promastigotes membrane...
October 27, 2017: Acta Tropica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29107380/the-fate-of-multilamellar-bodies-produced-and-secreted-by-dictyostelium-discoideum-amoebae
#18
Alix M Denoncourt, Alicia F Durocher, Valérie E Paquet, Steve J Charette
The amoeba Dictyostelium discoideum produces and secretes multilamellar bodies (MLBs) mainly composed of amoebal membranes upon digestion of bacteria. After their secretion, the fate of these MLBs remains unknown. The aim of this study was to determine if protozoa can internalize and digest secreted D. discoideum MLBs. Our results showed that MLBs were ingested by naive axenic D. discoideum cells (i. e. cells not exposed to bacteria and consequently not producing MLBs). Only a small fraction of the ingested MLBs were found in cells' post-lysosomes compared to undigestible beads suggesting that naive amoebae digest them...
October 14, 2017: European Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29105342/optimization-and-evaluation-of-antiparasitic-benzamidobenzoic-acids-as-inhibitors-of-kinetoplastid-hexokinase-1
#19
Daniel P Flaherty, Michael T Harris, Chad E Schroeder, Haaris Khan, Elizabeth Kahney, Amber Hackler, Stephen Patrick, Warren S Weiner, Jeffrey Aube, Elizabeth R Sharlow, James C Morris, Jennifer E Golden
Kinetoplastid-based infections are neglected diseases that represent a significant human health issue. Chemotherapeutic options are limited due to toxicity, parasite susceptibility, and poor patient compliance. In response, we studied a molecular target-directed approach involving intervention of hexokinase activity - a pivotal enzyme in parasite metabolism. A benzamidobenzoic acid hit with modest biochemical inhibition of Trypanosoma brucei hexokinase 1 (TbHK1, IC₅₀ = 9.1 μM), low mammalian cytotoxicity (IMR90, EC₅₀ > 25 μM), and no appreciable activity on whole BSF parasites was optimized to afford a probe with improved TbHK1 potency and, significantly, efficacy against whole BSF parasites (TbHK1, IC₅₀ = 0...
November 4, 2017: ChemMedChem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29104218/evolutionary-conservation-of-the-components-in-the-tor-signaling-pathways
#20
REVIEW
Hisashi Tatebe, Kazuhiro Shiozaki
Target of rapamycin (TOR) is an evolutionarily conserved protein kinase that controls multiple cellular processes upon various intracellular and extracellular stimuli. Since its first discovery, extensive studies have been conducted both in yeast and animal species including humans. Those studies have revealed that TOR forms two structurally and physiologically distinct protein complexes; TOR complex 1 (TORC1) is ubiquitous among eukaryotes including animals, yeast, protozoa, and plants, while TOR complex 2 (TORC2) is conserved in diverse eukaryotic species other than plants...
November 1, 2017: Biomolecules
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