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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138640/prevalence-of-soil-transmitted-helminthiases-and-schistosomiasis-in-preschool-age-children-in-mwea-division-kirinyaga-south-district-kirinyaga-county-and-their-potential-effect-on-physical-growth
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Stephen Sifuna Wefwafwa Sakari, Amos K Mbugua, Gerald M Mkoji
Intestinal parasitic infections can significantly contribute to the burden of disease, may cause nutritional and energetic stress, and negatively impact the quality of life in low income countries of the world. This cross-sectional study done in Mwea irrigation scheme, in Kirinyaga, central Kenya, assessed the public health significance of soil-transmitted helminthiases (STH), schistosomiasis, and other intestinal parasitic infections, among 361 preschool age children (PSAC) through fecal examination, by measuring anthropometric indices, and through their parents/guardians, by obtaining sociodemographic information...
2017: Journal of Tropical Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29114489/chitinase-gene-based-analysis-of-the-genetic-variability-among-the-clinical-isolates-of-entamoeba-dispar-from-puducherry-india
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Selvarathinam Ajay Philips, Kumar Manochitra, Subhash Chandra Parija
Introduction: Amebiasis is known to be caused by the protozoan parasite Entamoeba histolytica. Entamoeba dispar is considered to be a sibling species of E. histolytica, as the two are phylogenetically closest. There are reports that certain strains of E. dispar isolated were capable of causing hepatic lesions in the experimental animal models. The intra-/inter-species genetic variation has been found to have profound implication in the invasiveness of the disease. Thus, studying polymorphism in E...
July 2017: Tropical Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29103267/intestinal-parasitic-infections-and-environmental-water-contamination-in-a-rural-village-of-northern-lao-pdr
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Alexis Ribas, Chloé Jollivet, Serge Morand, Boupha Thongmalayvong, Silaphet Somphavong, Chern-Chiang Siew, Pei-Jun Ting, Saipin Suputtamongkol, Viengsaene Saensombath, Surapol Sanguankiat, Boon-Huan Tan, Phimpha Paboriboune, Kongsap Akkhavong, Kittipong Chaisiri
A field survey studying intestinal parasites in humans and microbial pathogen contamination at environment was performed in a Laotian rural village to identify potential risks for disease outbreaks. A parasitological investigation was conducted in Ban Lak Sip village, Luang Prabang, Lao PDR involving fecal samples from 305 inhabitants as well as water samples taken from 3 sites of the local stream. Water analysis indicated the presence of several enteric pathogens, i.e., Aeromonas spp., Vibrio spp., E. coli H7, E...
October 2017: Korean Journal of Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29103266/high-frequency-of-enteric-protozoan-viral-and-bacterial-potential-pathogens-in-community-acquired-acute-diarrheal-episodes-evidence-based-on-results-of-luminex-gastrointestinal-pathogen-panel-assay
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Yousry A Hawash, Khadiga A Ismail, Mazen Almehmadi
Infectious diarrhea is endemic in most developing countries. We aimed to investigate the protozoan, viral, and bacterial causes of acute diarrhea in Taif, Saudi Arabia. A cross-sectional prospective 1-year study was conducted on 163 diarrheal patients of various ages. Stool samples were collected, 1 per patient, and tested for 3 protozoa, 3 viruses, and 9 bacteria with the Luminex Gastrointestinal Pathogen Panel. Overall, 53.4% (87/163) of samples were positives (20.8% protozoa, 19.6% viruses, 2.8% bacteria, and 9...
October 2017: Korean Journal of Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29066287/multiple-identification-of-most-important-waterborne-protozoa-in-surface-water-used-for-irrigation-purposes-by-18s-rrna-amplicon-based-metagenomics
#5
Y Moreno, L Moreno-Mesonero, I Amorós, R Pérez, A J Morillo, J L Alonso
Understanding waterborne protozoan parasites (WPPs) diversity has important implications in public health. In this study, we evaluated a NGS-based method as a detection approach to identify simultaneously most important WPPs using 18S rRNA high-throughput sequencing. A set of primers to target the V4 18S rRNA region of WPPs such as Cryptosporidium spp., Giardia sp., Blastocystis sp., Entamoeba spp, Toxoplasma sp. and free-living amoebae (FLA) was designed. In order to optimize PCR conditions before sequencing, both a mock community with a defined composition of representative WPPs and a real water sample inoculated with specific WPPs DNA were prepared...
October 19, 2017: International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29047404/structural-and-functional-characterization-of-the-divergent-entamoeba-src-using-src-inhibitor-1
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Luilli López-Contreras, Verónica Ivonne Hernández-Ramírez, Mayra Herrera-Martínez, Sarita Montaño, Luis Alejandro Constantino-Jonapa, Bibiana Chávez-Munguía, Patricia Talamás-Rohana
BACKGROUND: The abundant number of kinases that Entamoeba histolytica possesses allows us to assume that the regulation of cellular functions by phosphorylation-dephosphorylation processes is very important. However, the kinases responsible for the phosphorylation in Entamoeba spp. vary in the structure of their domains and, therefore, could be responsible for the unusual biological characteristics of this parasite. In higher eukaryotes, Src kinases share conserved structural domains and are very important in the regulation of the actin cytoskeleton...
October 18, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29044162/hetero-oligomer-of-dynamin-related-proteins-participates-in-the-fission-of-highly-divergent-mitochondria-from-entamoeba-histolytica
#7
Takashi Makiuchi, Herbert J Santos, Hiroshi Tachibana, Tomoyoshi Nozaki
Entamoeba histolytica is an anaerobic parasitic protist and possesses mitosomes, one of the most highly divergent mitochondrion-related organelles (MROs). Although unique metabolism and protein/metabolite transport machinery have been demonstrated in Entamoeba mitosomes, the mechanism of mitosomal fusion and fission remains to be elucidated. In this study, we demonstrate that two dynamin-related proteins (DRPs) are cooperatively involved in the fission of Entamoeba mitosomes. Expression of a dominant negative form of EhDrpA and EhDrpB, and alternatively, repression of gene expression of EhDrpA and EhDrpB genes, caused elongation of mitosomes, reflecting inhibition of mitosomal fission...
October 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29037797/flow-cytometric-characterization-of-encystation-in-entamoeba-invadens
#8
Brenda H Welter, Michael G Sehorn, Lesly A Temesvari
Entamoeba histolytica causes dysentery and liver abscess mostly in countries that lack proper sanitation. Infection is acquired by ingestion of the cyst form in contaminated food or water. E. histolytica does not encyst in vitro; thus, E. invadens, a reptilian parasite that encysts in vitro, has been used as a surrogate. Cysts are small and possess chitin-rich walls. These are characteristics that may be exploited by flow cytometry. We stained encysting E. invadens cells with a fluorescent chitin stain, and analyzed fluorescence and forward scatter by flow cytometry...
December 2017: Molecular and Biochemical Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29035863/sero-detection-of-toxocara-canis-infection-in-human-with-t-canis-recombinant-arginine-kinase-cathepsin-l-1-and-tes-26-antigens
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Anju Varghese, Opinder K Raina, Dinesh Chandra, Bijay R Mirdha, Naresh H Kelawala, Jayesh B Solanki, Niranjan Kumar, Reghu Ravindran, Anandanarayanan Arun, Ajayta Rialch, Hniang Lalrinkima, Rohan N Kelawala, Subhamoy Samanta
Three recombinant antigens viz. arginine kinase, cathepsin L-1 and TES-26 of Toxocara canis were expressed in Escherichia coli and evaluated for their potential in the detection of T. canis larval infection in human in immunoglobulin G-enzyme linked immunosorbent assay (IgG-ELISA). Results of the IgG-ELISA with the above recombinant antigens were confirmed with commercially available IgG detection kit for T. canis infection used as a standard test. All three recombinant antigens were 100% sensitive in the detection of positive cases (n = 6) of T...
December 20, 2017: Acta Parasitologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29016326/human-intestinal-parasite-burden-and-poor-sanitation-in-rural-alabama
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Megan L McKenna, Shannon McAtee, Patricia E Bryan, Rebecca Jeun, Tabitha Ward, Jacob Kraus, Maria E Bottazzi, Peter J Hotez, Catherine C Flowers, Rojelio Mejia
Hookworm infection affects 430 million people worldwide, causing iron deficiency, impaired cognitive development, and stunting in children. Because of the environmental conditions needed for the hookworm life-cycle, this parasite is endemic to resource-limited countries. Necator americanus was endemic in the southern United States before improvement of sewage disposal systems and eradication programs. With continued poverty, poor sanitation, and an environment suitable for the hookworm life-cycle in some regions of the southern United States, a current prevalence study using modern molecular diagnostics is warranted...
September 5, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28993644/membrane-trafficking-modulation-during-entamoeba-encystation
#11
Emily Herman, Maria A Siegesmund, Michael J Bottery, Ronny van Aerle, Maulood Mohammed Shather, Elisabet Caler, Joel B Dacks, Mark van der Giezen
Entamoeba histolytica is an intestinal parasite that infects 50-100 million people and causes up to 55,000 deaths annually. The transmissive form of E. histolytica is the cyst, with a single infected individual passing up to 45 million cysts per day, making cyst production an attractive target for infection control. Lectins and chitin are secreted to form the cyst wall, although little is known about the underlying membrane trafficking processes supporting encystation. As E. histolytica does not readily form cysts in vitro, we assessed membrane trafficking gene expression during encystation in the closely related model Entamoeba invadens...
October 9, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28979346/prevalence-and-risk-factors-of-human-intestinal-parasites-in-roudehen-tehran-province-iran
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Nasrin Hemmati, Elham Razmjou, Saeideh Hashemi-Hafshejani, Abbas Motevalian, Lameh Akhlaghi, Ahmad Reza Meamar
BACKGROUND: Intestinal parasitic infections are among the most common infections and health problems worldwide. Due to the lack of epidemiologic information of such infections, the prevalence of, and the risk factors for, enteric parasites were investigated in residents of Roudehen, Tehran Province, Iran. METHODS: In this cross-sectional study, 561 triple fecal samples were collected through a two-stage cluster-sampling protocol from Jun to Dec 2014. The samples were examined by formalin-ether concentration, culture, and with molecular methods...
July 2017: Iranian Journal of Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28974617/entamoeba-histolytica-induced-mucin-exocytosis-is-mediated-by-vamp8-and-is-critical-in-mucosal-innate-host-defense
#13
Steve Cornick, France Moreau, Herbert Y Gaisano, Kris Chadee
Intestinal mucus secretion is critical in maintaining mucosal host defense against a myriad of pathogens by preventing direct association with the epithelium. Entamoeba histolytica specifically binds colonic MUC2 mucin and also induces potent hypersecretion from goblet cells; however, characterization of the nature of the mechanisms controlling mucus release remains elusive. In this report, we identify vesicle SNARE vesicle-associated membrane protein 8 (VAMP8) present on mucin granules as orchestrating regulated exocytosis in human goblet cells in response to the presence of E...
October 3, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28969118/spectrum-of-parasitic-infections-in-patients-with-diarrhoea-attending-a-tertiary-care-hospital-in-western-rajasthan-india
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Kumar Saurabh, Vijaya Lakshmi Nag, Saroj Dash, Anand Kumar Maurya, Vivek Hada, Richa Agrawal, Himanshu Narula, Anuradha Sharma
INTRODUCTION: Owing to the poor socioeconomic conditions and lack of sanitary hygiene, a large number of population in developing countries remain under constant threat of different parasitic infections causing severe morbidity and mortality. Enough measures to prevent and reduce the disease burden are still to be undertaken. AIM: Aim of the study was to determine the spectrum of parasitic infections in patients with complaints of diarrhoea and other gastrointestinal symptoms attending a tertiary care hospital in Western Rajasthan, India...
August 2017: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28968014/-profiles-of-intestinal-polyparasitism-in-a-community-of-the-colombian-amazon-region
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Julián A Fernández-Niño, Claudia I Astudillo-García, Laura María Segura, Natalia Gómez, Ángela Skantria Salazar, Juan Hember Tabares, Cristian Andrés Restrepo, Miguel Ángel Ruiz, Myriam Consuelo López, Patricia Reyes
INTRODUCTION: Intestinal parasite infections and polyparasitism are highly prevalent in the most vulnerable populations of developing countries due to environmental, biological and social determinants common in the transmission of parasites. Children between 1 and 15 years of age are the most affected population. OBJECTIVE: To describe the prevalence and profiles of intestinal polyparasitism in 1 to 15 year-old children from native communities in the Colombian Amazon region...
September 1, 2017: Biomédica: Revista del Instituto Nacional de Salud
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28956353/silencing-the-cleavage-factor-cfim25-as-a-new-strategy-to-control-entamoeba-histolytica-parasite
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Juan David Ospina-Villa, Nancy Guillén, Cesar Lopez-Camarillo, Jacqueline Soto-Sanchez, Esther Ramirez-Moreno, Raul Garcia-Vazquez, Carlos A Castañon-Sanchez, Abigail Betanzos, Laurence A Marchat
The 25 kDa subunit of the Clevage Factor Im (CFIm25) is an essential factor for messenger RNA polyadenylation in human cells. Therefore, here we investigated whether the homologous protein of Entamoeba histolytica, the protozoan responsible for human amoebiasis, might be considered as a biochemical target for parasite control. Trophozoites were cultured with bacterial double-stranded RNA molecules targeting the EhCFIm25 gene, and inhibition of mRNA and protein expression was confirmed by RT-PCR and Western blot assays, respectively...
October 2017: Journal of Microbiology / the Microbiological Society of Korea
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934218/prevalence-of-intestinal-parasites-among-inmates-in-midwest-brazil
#17
Larissa Gabrielle Curval, Adriana de Oliveira França, Henrique Jorge Fernandes, Rinaldo Pôncio Mendes, Lídia Raquel de Carvalho, Minoru German Higa, Eduardo de Castro Ferreira, Maria Elizabeth Cavalheiros Dorval
BACKGROUND: Intestinal parasitic infections constitute a public health issue in developing countries, with prevalence rates as high as 90%, a figure set to escalate as the socioeconomic status of affected populations deteriorates. Investigating the occurrence of these infections among inmates is critical, since this group is more vulnerable to the spread of a number of infectious illnesses. METHODS: This cross-sectional, analytical, quantitative study was conducted in July 2015 at prison facilities located in Midwest Brazil to estimate the prevalence of parasitic infection among inmates...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927906/il-17a-contributes-to-reducing-ifn-%C3%AE-il-4-ratio-and-persistence-of-entamoeba-histolytica-during-intestinal-amebiasis
#18
Sharmina Deloer, Risa Nakamura, Mihoko Kikuchi, Taeko Moriyasu, Yombo Dan Justin Kalenda, Eman Sayed Mohammed, Masachika Senba, Yoichiro Iwakura, Hiroki Yoshida, Shinjiro Hamano
Amebiasis is an infectious disease caused by Entamoeba histolytica, an anaerobic protozoan parasite, and is a major public health problem worldwide, particularly in areas with inadequate sanitation and poor hygiene. Th1 responses, represented by interferon gamma (IFN-γ), play a protective role by clearing the amebae from the gut, whereas Th2 responses are responsible for chronic infection. Th17 responses preconditioned by vaccination or by modulating the intestinal microbiome protect mice from the settlement of E...
December 2017: Parasitology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910741/drug-susceptibility-testing-in-microaerophilic-parasites-cysteine-strongly-affects-the-effectivities-of-metronidazole-and-auranofin-a-novel-and-promising-antimicrobial
#19
David Leitsch
The microaerophilic parasites Entamoeba histolytica, Trichomonas vaginalis, and Giardia lamblia annually cause hundreds of millions of human infections which are treated with antiparasitic drugs. Metronidazole is the most often prescribed drug but also other drugs are in use, and novel drugs with improved characteristics are constantly being developed. One of these novel drugs is auranofin, originally an antirheumatic which has been relabelled for the treatment of parasitic infections. Drug effectivity is arguably the most important criterion for its applicability and is commonly assessed in susceptibility assays using in vitro cultures of a given pathogen...
September 5, 2017: International Journal for Parasitology, Drugs and Drug Resistance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28898487/structural-and-thermodynamic-characterization-of-metal-binding-in-vps29-from-entamoeba-histolytica-implication-in-retromer-function
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Vijay Kumar Srivastava, Rupali Yadav, Natsuki Watanabe, Priya Tomar, Madhumita Mukherjee, Samudrala Gourinath, Kumiko Nakada-Tsukui, Tomoyoshi Nozaki, Sunando Datta
Vps29 is the smallest subunit of retromer complex with metallo-phosphatase fold. Although the role of metal in Vps29 is in quest, its metal binding mutants has been reported to affect the localization of the retromer complex in human cells. In this study, we report the structural and thermodynamic consequences of these mutations in Vps29 from the protozoan parasite, Entamoeba histolytica (EhVps29). EhVps29 is a zinc binding protein as revealed by X-ray crystallography and isothermal titration calorimetry. The metal binding pocket of EhVps29 exhibits marked differences in its 3-dimensional architecture and metal coordination in comparison to its human homologs and other metallo-phosphatases...
September 12, 2017: Molecular Microbiology
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