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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782894/screening-of-the-mmv-and-gsk-open-access-chemical-boxes-using-a-viability-assay-developed-against-the-kinetoplastid-crithidia-fasciculata
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Wakisa Kipandula, Simon A Young, Stuart A MacNeill, Terry K Smith
Diseases caused by the pathogenic kinetoplastids continue to incapacitate and kill hundreds of thousands of people annually throughout the tropics and sub-tropics. Unfortunately, in the countries where these neglected diseases occur, financial obstacles to drug discovery and technical limitations associated with biochemical studies impede the development of new, safe, easy to administer and effective drugs. Here we report the development and optimisation of a Crithidia fasciculata resazurin viability assay, which is subsequently used for screening and identification of anti-crithidial compounds in the MMV and GSK open access chemical boxes...
May 18, 2018: Molecular and Biochemical Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774290/urbanization-of-human-visceral-leishmaniasis-in-morocco
#2
Kholoud Kahime, Samia Boussaa, Haddou Nhammi, Ali Boumezzough
Human visceral leishmaniasis one of the seven most neglected tropical diseases in the world. In Morocco, HVL is widespread in all regions; but it is more common in the northern part with sporadic cases observed in the South. During the period between 2004 and 2013, the most affected Moroccan provinces were Taounate province, with 220 cases (16.09% of all cases), followed by Chefchaouen with 13.17% and Taza with 10.46% of the total cases. Children < 5 years old are the most affected age group, most cases registered were male...
November 2017: Parasite Epidemiology and Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772890/application-of-decision-tree-for-prediction-of-cutaneous-leishmaniasis-incidence-based-on-environmental-and-topographic-factors-in-isfahan-province-iran
#3
Roghieh Ramezankhani, Nooshin Sajjadi, Roya Nezakati Esmaeilzadeh, Seyed Ali Jozi, Mohammad Reza Shirzadi
Cutaneous Leishmaniasis (CL) is a neglected tropical disease that continues to be a health problem in Iran. Nearly 350 million people are thought to be at risk. We investigated the impact of the environmental factors on CL incidence during the period 2007- 2015 in a known endemic area for this disease in Isfahan Province, Iran. After collecting data with regard to the climatic, topographic, vegetation coverage and CL cases in the study area, a decision tree model was built using the classification and regression tree algorithm...
May 8, 2018: Geospatial Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29771976/skin-disease-prevalence-study-in-schoolchildren-in-rural-c%C3%A3-te-d-ivoire-implications-for-integration-of-neglected-skin-diseases-skin-ntds
#4
Rie Roselyne Yotsu, Kouamé Kouadio, Bamba Vagamon, Konan N'guessan, Amari Jules Akpa, Aubin Yao, Julien Aké, Rigobert Abbet Abbet, Barbine Tchamba Agbor Agbor, Roger Bedimo, Norihisa Ishii, L Claire Fuller, Roderick Hay, Oriol Mitjà, Henning Drechsler, Kingsley Asiedu
BACKGROUND: Early detection of several skin-related neglected tropical diseases (skin NTDs)-including leprosy, Buruli ulcer, yaws, and scabies- may be achieved through school surveys, but such an approach has seldom been tested systematically on a large scale in endemic countries. Additionally, a better understanding of the spectrum of skin diseases and the at-risk populations to be encountered during such surveys is necessary to facilitate the process. METHODS: We performed a school skin survey for selected NTDs and the spectrum of skin diseases, among primary schoolchildren aged 5 to 15 in Côte d'Ivoire, West Africa...
May 17, 2018: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29766661/structure-based-design-of-a-eukaryote-selective-antiprotozoal-fluorinated-aminoglycoside
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Hiroki Kanazawa, Oscar M Saavedra, Juan Pablo Maianti, Simon A Young, Luis Izquierdo, Terry K Smith, Stephen Hanessian, Jiro Kondo
Aminoglycosides (AG) are antibiotics that lower the accuracy of protein synthesis by targeting a highly-conserved RNA helix of the ribosomal A-site. The discovery of AGs that selectively target the eukaryotic ribosome, but lack activity in prokaryotes, are promising as antiprotozoals for the treatment of neglected tropical diseases, and as therapies to read-through point-mutation genetic diseases. However, a single nucleobase change A1408G in the eukaryotic A-site leads to negligible affinity for most AGs. Herein we report the synthesis of 6'-fluoro sisomicin, the first 6'-fluorinated aminoglycoside, which specifically interacts with the protozoal cytoplasmic rRNA A-site, but not the bacterial A-site, as evidenced by X-ray co-crystal structures...
May 15, 2018: ChemMedChem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29765675/-leishmania-naiffi-and-leishmania-guyanensis-reference-genomes-highlight-genome-structure-and-gene-evolution-in-the-viannia-subgenus
#6
Simone Coughlan, Ali Shirley Taylor, Eoghan Feane, Mandy Sanders, Gabriele Schonian, James A Cotton, Tim Downing
The unicellular protozoan parasite Leishmania causes the neglected tropical disease leishmaniasis, affecting 12 million people in 98 countries. In South America, where the Viannia subgenus predominates, so far only L. ( Viannia ) braziliensis and L. ( V. ) panamensis have been sequenced, assembled and annotated as reference genomes. Addressing this deficit in molecular information can inform species typing, epidemiological monitoring and clinical treatment. Here, L. ( V. ) naiffi and L. ( V. ) guyanensis genomic DNA was sequenced to assemble these two genomes as draft references from short sequence reads...
April 2018: Royal Society Open Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29760143/developmental-sensitivity-in-schistosoma-mansoni-to-puromycin-to-establish-drug-selection-of-transgenic-schistosomes
#7
Hong-Bin Yan, Michael J Smout, Chuan Ju, Anne E Folley, Danielle E Skinner, Victoria H Mann, Alex Loukas, Wei Hu, Paul J Brindley, Gabriel Rinaldi
Schistosomiasis is considered the most important disease caused by helminth parasites, in terms of morbidity and mortality. Tools to facilitate gain- and loss- of-function approaches can be expected to precipitate the discovery of novel interventions, and drug selection of transgenic schistosomes would facilitate the establishment of stable lines of engineered parasites. Sensitivity of developmental stages of schistosomes to the aminonucleoside antibiotic puromycin was investigated. For the schistosomulum and sporocyst stages, viability was quantified by fluorescence microscopy following dual staining with fluorescein diacetate and propidium iodine...
May 14, 2018: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29758517/identification-of-chalcone-based-antileishmanial-agents-targeting-trypanothione-reductase
#8
Margherita Ortalli, Andrea Ilari, Gianni Colotti, Ilenia De Ionna, Theo Battista, Alessandra Bisi, Silvia Gobbi, Angela Rampa, Rita M C Di Martino, Giovanna A Gentilomi, Stefania Varani, Federica Belluti
All currently used first-line and second-line drugs for the treatment of leishmaniasis exhibit several drawbacks including toxicity, high costs and route of administration. Furthermore, some drugs are associated with the emergence of drug resistance. Thus, the development of new treatments for leishmaniasis is a priority in the field of neglected tropical diseases. The present work highlights the use of natural derived products, i.e. chalcones, as potential source of antileishmanial agents. Thirty-one novel chalcone compounds have been synthesized and their activity has been evaluated against promastigotes of Leishmania donovani; 16 compounds resulted active against L...
May 2, 2018: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29754477/melioidosis-a-neglected-tropical-disease
#9
E Corea
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March 31, 2018: Ceylon Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29753342/climate-change-and-the-neglected-tropical-diseases
#10
Mark Booth
Climate change is expected to impact across every domain of society, including health. The majority of the world's population is susceptible to pathological, infectious disease whose life cycles are sensitive to environmental factors across different physical phases including air, water and soil. Nearly all so-called neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) fall into this category, meaning that future geographic patterns of transmission of dozens of infections are likely to be affected by climate change over the short (seasonal), medium (annual) and long (decadal) term...
2018: Advances in Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29753341/human-parasitology-and-parasitic-diseases-heading-towards-2050
#11
Peter J Hotez
By 2050 our civilized planet may be comprised predominantly of networked megacities embedded in warm subtropical and tropical climates, and under stress from climate change and catastrophic weather events. Urban slum areas in these cities, including those found in wealthier middle- and high-income nations (blue marble health), will be especially vulnerable to disease. Moreover, regional conflicts fought over shifting and limited resources, including water, will collapse health systems infrastructures to further promote disease emergence and reemergence...
2018: Advances in Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29753193/youth-participatory-research-and-evaluation-to-inform-a-chagas-disease-prevention-program-in-ecuador
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Belén Marco-Crespo, Sharon Casapulla, Claudia Nieto-Sanchez, J Guillermo Gómez Urrego, Mario J Grijalva
This qualitative study engaged a group of young people in participatory research and evaluation activities in order to study to what extent engaging youth in health interventions can inform research and evaluation processes. We applied a youth participatory research and evaluation approach (PRE) to inform research and evaluation on the impact of a Chagas disease control program in southern Ecuador. Our main interest was to examine the methodological contributions of PRE to knowledge sharing for health intervention planning in the context of global health and neglected tropical diseases...
April 30, 2018: Evaluation and Program Planning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29751755/determinants-of-schistosoma-mansoni-in-sanja-health-center-north-west-ethiopia
#13
Asrat Atsedeweyn Andargie, Agmas Sisay Abera
BACKGROUND: In developing countries, Schistosoma mansoni is one of the chronic but neglected tropical diseases. In sub-Saharan Africa, the disease affects over 250 million people with nearly 800 million are at risk. In Ethiopia, Schistosoma mansoni is one of the most prevalent parasitic diseases. The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence and identify the determinant factors of Schistosoma mansoni, in terms of some socio-demographic variables and risk factors. METHODS: A cross-sectional parasitological survey was conducted at Sanja health center, northwest Ethiopia from June 1 to June 30, 2015...
May 11, 2018: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29749562/medicinal-fungi-a-source-of-antiparasitic-secondary-metabolites
#14
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Juliana Lenzi, Tania Maria Costa, Michele Debiasi Alberton, Juliane Araújo Greinert Goulart, Lorena Benathar Ballod Tavares
Regions with a tropical climate are frequently affected by endemic diseases caused by pathogenic parasites. More than one billion people worldwide are exposed directly to tropical parasites. The literature cites several antiparasitic metabolites obtained from medicinal plants or via synthetic pathways. However, fungi produce a diversity of metabolites that play important biological roles in human well-being. Thus, they are considered a potential source of novel natural agents for exploitation in the pharmaceutical industry...
May 10, 2018: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29748853/systematic-search-for-benzimidazole-compounds-and-derivatives-with-antileishmanial-effects
#15
Juan Carlos Sánchez-Salgado, Pablo Bilbao-Ramos, María Auxiliadora Dea-Ayuela, Francisco Hernández-Luis, Francisco Bolás-Fernández, José L Medina-Franco, Yareli Rojas-Aguirre
Leishmaniasis is a neglected tropical disease that currently affects 12 million people, and over 1 billion people are at risk of infection. Current chemotherapeutic approaches used to treat this disease are unsatisfactory, and the limitations of these drugs highlight the necessity to develop treatments with improved efficacy and safety. To inform the rational design and development of more efficient therapies, the present study reports a chemoinformatic approach using the ChEMBL database to retrieve benzimidazole as a target scaffold...
May 10, 2018: Molecular Diversity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29746471/atypical-pharmacology-of-schistosome-trpa1-like-ion-channels
#16
Swarna Bais, Corbett T Berry, Xiaohong Liu, Gordon Ruthel, Bruce D Freedman, Robert M Greenberg
Parasitic flatworms of the genus Schistosoma cause schistosomiasis, a neglected tropical disease estimated to affect over 200 million people worldwide. Praziquantel is the only antischistosomal currently available for treatment, and there is an urgent need for new therapeutics. Ion channels play key roles in physiology and are targets for many anthelmintics, yet only a few representatives have been characterized in any detail in schistosomes and other parasitic helminths. The transient receptor potential (TRP) channel superfamily comprises a diverse family of non-selective cation channels that play key roles in sensory transduction and a wide range of other functions...
May 10, 2018: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29746460/a-holistic-approach-to-the-mycetoma-management
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Sahar Mubarak Bakhiet, Ahmed Hassan Fahal, Ahmed Mudawi Musa, El Samani Wadaa Mohamed, Rowa Fathelrahman Omer, Eiman Siddig Ahmed, Mustafa El Nour, El Rayah Mohamed Mustafa, Manar El Sheikh A Rahman, Suliman Hussein Suliman, Mohamed A Gadir El Mamoun, Hajo Mohamed El Amin
Mycetoma, one of the badly neglected tropical diseases, it is a localised chronic granulomatous inflammatory disease characterised by painless subcutaneous mass and formation of multiple sinuses that produce purulent discharge and grains. If untreated early and appropriately, it usually spread to affect the deep structures and bone resulting in massive damage, deformities and disabilities. It can also spread via the lymphatics and blood leading to distant secondary satellites associated with high morbidity and mortality...
May 2018: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29743881/host-defense-versus-immunosuppression-unisexual-infection-with-male-or-female-schistosoma-mansoni-differentially-impacts-the-immune-response-against-invading-cercariae
#18
Martina Sombetzki, Nicole Koslowski, Anne Rabes, Sonja Seneberg, Franziska Winkelmann, Carlos Fritzsche, Micha Loebermann, Emil C Reisinger
Infection with the intravascular diecious trematode Schistosoma spp . remains a serious tropical disease and public health problem in the developing world, affecting over 258 million people worldwide. During chronic Schistosoma mansoni infection, complex immune responses to tissue-entrapped parasite eggs provoke granulomatous inflammation which leads to serious damage of the liver and intestine. The suppression of protective host immune mechanisms by helminths promotes parasite survival and benefits the host by reducing tissue damage...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29742874/-hypolobocera-guayaquilensis-decapoda-pseudothelphusidae-a-new-crab-intermediate-host-of-paragonimus-mexicanus-in-manab%C3%A3-province-ecuador
#19
Manuel Calvopina, Daniel Romero-Alvarez, Melina Rendon, Hidekazu Takagi, Hiromu Sugiyama
To determine that Paragonimus sp. is actively transmitted in a tropical area of the Pacific region of Ecuador where human cases of pulmonary paragonimiasis have recently been documented, a total of 75 freshwater crabs were collected from 2 different streams in the Pedernales area of Manabí Province, Ecuador. All collected crabs were identified as Hypolobocera guayaquilensis based on morphological characteristics of the male gonopods. The hepatopancreas of each crab was examined by compressing it between 2 glass plates followed by observation under a stereomicroscope...
April 2018: Korean Journal of Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29736731/phthalimido-thiazole-as-privileged-scaffold-activity-against-immature-and-adult-worms-of-schistosoma-mansoni
#20
Sheilla Andrade de Oliveira, Miria de Oliveira Barbosa, Carlos André Laranjeira Miranda Filho, Arsênio Rodrigues Oliveira, Fabiano Amaro de Sousa, Edna de Farias Santiago, Gevanio Bezerra de Oliveira Filho, Paulo André Teixeira de Moraes Gomes, Juliana Maria da Conceição, Fábio André Brayner, Luiz Carlos Alves, Ana Cristina Lima Leite
Phthalimide, 1,3-thiazole, and thiazolidinone cores are considered privileged scaffolds and represent an attractive starting point to design new bioactive compounds for neglected tropical disease (NTD). Schistosomiasis is a NTD, caused by Schistosoma worms which praziquantel (PZQ) is the only drug used to treat humans, but the decrease in the effect after treatment has been reported. Recently, some phthalimide-thiazole derivatives exhibited in vitro antischistosomal activity against adult worms with significant ultrastructural changes and a lower cytotoxic effect on splenocytes...
May 7, 2018: Parasitology Research
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