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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107750/effect-of-clinically-approved-hdac-inhibitors-on-plasmodium-leishmania-and-schistosoma-parasite-growth
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Ming Jang Chua, Megan S J Arnold, Weijun Xu, Julien Lancelot, Suzanne Lamotte, Gerald F Späth, Eric Prina, Raymond J Pierce, David P Fairlie, Tina S Skinner-Adams, Katherine T Andrews
Malaria, schistosomiasis and leishmaniases are among the most prevalent tropical parasitic diseases and each requires new innovative treatments. Targeting essential parasite pathways, such as those that regulate gene expression and cell cycle progression, is a key strategy for discovering new drug leads. In this study, four clinically approved anti-cancer drugs (Vorinostat, Belinostat, Panobinostat and Romidepsin) that target histone/lysine deacetylase enzymes were examined for in vitro activity against Plasmodium knowlesi, Schistosoma mansoni, Leishmania amazonensis and L...
December 23, 2016: International Journal for Parasitology, Drugs and Drug Resistance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107347/whole-genome-amplification-and-reduced-representation-genome-sequencing-of-schistosoma-japonicum-miracidia
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Jonathan A Shortt, Daren C Card, Drew R Schield, Yang Liu, Bo Zhong, Todd A Castoe, Elizabeth J Carlton, David D Pollock
BACKGROUND: In areas where schistosomiasis control programs have been implemented, morbidity and prevalence have been greatly reduced. However, to sustain these reductions and move towards interruption of transmission, new tools for disease surveillance are needed. Genomic methods have the potential to help trace the sources of new infections, and allow us to monitor drug resistance. Large-scale genotyping efforts for schistosome species have been hindered by cost, limited numbers of established target loci, and the small amount of DNA obtained from miracidia, the life stage most readily acquired from humans...
January 20, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103771/structure-based-study-of-natural-products-with-anti-schistosoma-activity
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Ibezim Akachukwu, Olujide Oludayo Olubiyi, Ata Kosisochukwu, Mbah Chika John, Nwodo Ngozi Justina
: Background Schistosomiasis is a parasitic protozoal disease caused by flatworms of the genus Schistosoma. Although the disease threatens millions of lives, it is still at the top list of neglected tropical diseases and praziquantel, the only common schistosocidal drug in use, has records of decreasing efficiency and cases of resistance. Also, reports revealed that people in the rural areas, who are most affected, rely mostly on traditional herbal medicines because of limited access to modern healthcare...
January 19, 2017: Current Computer-aided Drug Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103243/the-socioeconomic-benefit-to-individuals-of-achieving-the-2020-targets-for-five-preventive-chemotherapy-neglected-tropical-diseases
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William K Redekop, Edeltraud J Lenk, Marianne Luyendijk, Christopher Fitzpatrick, Louis Niessen, Wilma A Stolk, Fabrizio Tediosi, Adriana J Rijnsburger, Roel Bakker, Jan A C Hontelez, Jan H Richardus, Julie Jacobson, Sake J de Vlas, Johan L Severens
BACKGROUND: Lymphatic filariasis (LF), onchocerciasis, schistosomiasis, soil-transmitted helminths (STH) and trachoma represent the five most prevalent neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). They can be controlled or eliminated by means of safe and cost-effective interventions delivered through programs of Mass Drug Administration (MDA)-also named Preventive Chemotherapy (PCT). The WHO defined targets for NTD control/elimination by 2020, reinforced by the 2012 London Declaration, which, if achieved, would result in dramatic health gains...
January 19, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098789/implications-of-changing-temperatures-on-the-growth-fecundity-and-survival-of-intermediate-host-snails-of-schistosomiasis-a-systematic-review
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Chester Kalinda, Moses Chimbari, Samson Mukaratirwa
Climate change has been predicted to increase the global mean temperature and to alter the ecological interactions among organisms. These changes may play critical roles in influencing the life history traits of the intermediate hosts (IHs). This review focused on studies and disease models that evaluate the potential effect of temperature rise on the ecology of IH snails and the development of parasites within them. The main focus was on IH snails of schistosome parasites that cause schistosomiasis in humans...
January 13, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095417/schistosoma-mansoni-infection-of-mice-rats-and-humans-elicits-a-strong-antibody-response-to-a-limited-number-of-reduction-sensitive-epitopes-on-five-major-tegumental-membrane-proteins
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Greice Krautz-Peterson, Michelle Debatis, Jacqueline M Tremblay, Sergio C Oliveira, Akram A Da'dara, Patrick J Skelly, Charles B Shoemaker
Schistosomiasis is a major disease of the developing world for which no vaccine has been successfully commercialized. While numerous Schistosoma mansoni worm antigens have been identified that elicit antibody responses during natural infections, little is known as to the identities of the schistosome antigens that are most prominently recognized by antibodies generated through natural infection. Non-reducing western blots probed with serum from schistosome-infected mice, rats and humans on total extracts of larval or adult schistosomes revealed that a small number of antigen bands predominate in all cases...
January 17, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094201/diagnosing-urogenital-schistosomiasis-dealing-with-diminishing-returns
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REVIEW
Loc Le, Michael H Hsieh
Urogenital schistosomiasis, caused by Schistosoma haematobium, is the most prevalent form of schistosomiasis affecting humans, and can result in severe bladder, kidney, ureteral, and genital pathologies. Chronic infection with S. haematobium has been linked with bladder cancer and increased risk for HIV infection. As mass drug administration with praziquantel increases in an attempt to transition from control to elimination of schistosomiasis, the need for updated, more sensitive diagnostic tools becomes more apparent, especially for use in areas of low infection intensity and for individuals with light infections...
January 13, 2017: Trends in Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090792/cerebral-schistosomiasis-diffusion-weighted-imaging-helps-to-differentiate-from-brain-glioma-and-metastasis
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Jinbai Huang, Jing Luo, Jie Peng, Tao Yang, Huanghua Zheng, Chunping Mao
Background Diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) was introduced into clinical use some years ago. However, its use in the diagnosis of cerebral schistosomiasis has not been reported. Purpose To investigate the ability of the apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) value of DWI in the diagnosis of cerebral schistosomiasis, and to differentiate it from brain high-grade gliomas and metastasis. Material and Methods Conventional brain MRI with pre-contrast, post-contrast, and DWI was performed on 50 cases of cerebral schistosomiasis, high-grade glioma, and brain metastasis...
January 1, 2017: Acta Radiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088239/towards-interruption-of-schistosomiasis-transmission-in-sub-saharan-africa-developing-an-appropriate-environmental-surveillance-framework-to-guide-and-to-support-end-game-interventions
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REVIEW
J Russell Stothard, Suzy J Campbell, Mike Y Osei-Atweneboana, Timothy Durant, Michelle C Stanton, Nana-Kwadwo Biritwum, David Rollinson, Dieudonné R Eloundou Ombede, Louis-Albert Tchuem-Tchuenté
Schistosomiasis is a waterborne parasitic disease in sub-Saharan Africa, particularly common in rural populations living in impoverished conditions. With the scale-up of preventive chemotherapy, national campaigns will transition from morbidity- to transmission-focused interventions thus formal investigation of actual or expected declines in environmental transmission is needed as 'end game' scenarios arise. Surprisingly, there are no international or national guidelines to do so in sub-Saharan Africa. Our article therefore provides an introduction to key practicalities and pitfalls in the development of an appropriate environmental surveillance framework...
January 14, 2017: Infectious Diseases of Poverty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079240/new-index-for-the-diagnosis-of-liver-fibrosis-in-schistosomiasis-mansoni
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Ana Virgínia Matos Sá Barreto, Vinícius Martins Alecrim, Tibério Batista de Medeiros, Ana Lúcia Coutinho Domingues, Edmundo Pessoa Lopes, João Roberto Maciel Martins, Helena Bonciani Nader, George Tadeu Nunes Diniz, Silvia Maria Lucena Montenegro, Clarice Neuenschwander Lins de Morais
BACKGROUND: - Periportal fibrosis is the major pathological consequence of the Schistosoma mansoni infection. OBJECTIVE: - To evaluate the accuracy of serum markers and to construct an index to assess fibrosis. METHODS: - Patients (n=116) with schistosomiasis were evaluated by ultrasound scan and measurements of serum levels of aminotransferases, γ-glutamyl transferase, alkaline phosphatase, hyaluronic acid, cytokines and platelets. Ultrasound images were used to evaluate the fibrosis using Niamey's classification and identified 19 patients without periportal fibrosis (patterns A and B), 48 with mild to moderate fibrosis (C and D) and 49 with advanced fibrosis (E and F)...
January 2017: Arquivos de Gastroenterologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070233/complete-rectal-prolapse-in-young-egyptian-males-is-schistosomiasis-really-condemned
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Ahmed A Abou-Zeid, Islam H ElAbbassy, Ahmed M Kamal, Dina A Somaie
AIM: To investigate the assumption that schistosomiasis is the main cause of rectal prolapse in young Egyptian males. METHODS: Twenty-one male patients between ages of 18 and 50 years with complete rectal prolapse were included in the study out of a total 29 patients with rectal prolapse admitted for surgery at Colorectal Surgery Unit, Ain Shams University hospitals between the period of January 2011 and April 2014. Patients were asked to fill out a specifically designed questionnaire about duration of the prolapse, different bowel symptoms and any past or present history of schistosomiasis...
December 27, 2016: World Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069074/a-next-generation-microarray-further-reveals-stage-enriched-gene-expression-pattern-in-the-blood-fluke-schistosoma-japonicum
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Pengfei Cai, Shuai Liu, Xianyu Piao, Nan Hou, Hong You, Donald P McManus, Qijun Chen
BACKGROUND: Schistosomiasis is caused by infection with blood flukes of the genus Schistosoma, and ranks, in terms of disability-adjusted life years (DALYs), as the third most important neglected tropical disease. Schistosomes have several discrete life stages involving dramatic morphological changes during their development, which require subtle gene expression modulations to complete the complex life-cycle. RESULTS: In the current study, we employed a second generation schistosome DNA chip printed with the most comprehensive probe array for studying the Schistosoma japonicum transcriptome, to explore stage-associated gene expression in different developmental phases of S...
January 10, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28054952/computer-aided-drug-design-using-sesquiterpene-lactones-as-sources-of-new-structures-with-potential-activity-against-infectious-neglected-diseases
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REVIEW
Chonny Herrera Acevedo, Luciana Scotti, Mateus Feitosa Alves, Margareth De Fátima Formiga Melo Diniz, Marcus Tullius Scotti
This review presents an survey to the biological importance of sesquiterpene lactones (SLs) in the fight against four infectious neglected tropical diseases (NTDs)-leishmaniasis, schistosomiasis, Chagas disease, and sleeping sickness-as alternatives to the current chemotherapies that display several problems such as low effectiveness, resistance, and high toxicity. Several studies have demonstrated the great potential of some SLs as therapeutic agents for these NTDs and the relationship between the protozoal activities with their chemical structure...
January 3, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28054225/spectrum-and-burden-of-neglected-tropical-diseases-observed-in-an-infectious-and-tropical-diseases-unit-in-florence-italy-2000-2015
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Lorenzo Zammarchi, Iacopo Vellere, Leonardo Stella, Filippo Bartalesi, Marianne Strohmeyer, Alessandro Bartoloni
Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) are a diverse group of acute and chronic conditions with distinct characteristics that thrive mainly among the poorest populations, almost exclusively in tropical countries. To evaluate the relevance and impact of NTDs in a temperate area, the number and features of patients diagnosed with NTDs at the Infectious and Tropical Diseases Unit (ITDU), Azienda Ospedaliero-Universitaria Careggi, Florence, Italy between 2000 and 2015 were retrospectively reviewed. Overall 289 NTD cases were diagnosed in 283 subjects accounting for 2...
January 4, 2017: Internal and Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28042865/the-role-of-natural-products-in-drug-discovery-and-development-against-neglected-tropical-diseases
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REVIEW
Peter Mubanga Cheuka, Godfrey Mayoka, Peggoty Mutai, Kelly Chibale
Endemic in 149 tropical and subtropical countries, neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) affect more than 1 billion people annually, including 875 million children in developing economies. These diseases are also responsible for over 500,000 deaths per year and are characterized by long-term disability and severe pain. The impact of the combined NTDs closely rivals that of malaria and tuberculosis. Current treatment options are associated with various limitations including widespread drug resistance, severe adverse effects, lengthy treatment duration, unfavorable toxicity profiles, and complicated drug administration procedures...
December 31, 2016: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28040484/development-of-an-experimental-model-of-schistosomal-myeloradiculopathy
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Tiago Pinheiro Vaz de Carvalho, Teresa Cristina Abreu Ferrari, Josimari Melo de Santana, Victor Antônio Santos Viana, José Aislan Correia Santos, Wheverton Correia do Nascimento, Kamilla Mayara Lucas da Cruz, Karina Conceição Gomes Machado de Araújo
Schistosomal myeloradiculopathy (SMR) is a severe form of presentation of schistosomiasis in which Schistosoma spp. affect the spinal cord. The aims of the present study were to develop an animal model of SMR caused by S. mansoni, to characterize both sensory and motor abnormalities in the infected animals, and to investigate the relationship of the sensory, motor and histological findings with the progression of the infection over time. Mechanical sensitivity and behavioral tests were performed followed by euthanasia in male Wistar rats divided into six groups of five animals each, on days 5, 10, 20 and 30 after infection of S...
December 28, 2016: Acta Tropica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28040482/schistosoma-antigens-downregulate-cxcl9-production-by-pbmc-of-htlv-1-infected-individuals
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Luciane Mota Lima, Luciana Santos Cardoso, Silvane Braga Santos, Ricardo Riccio Oliveira, Sérgio Costa Oliveira, Alfredo Miranda Góes, Alex Loukas, Maria Ilma Araujo
: HTLV-1 is the causal agent of Adult T cell Leukemia/lymphoma (ATLL) and HTLV-1-associated Myelopathy/Tropical Spastic Paraparesis (HAM/TSP). The immune response to HTLV-1-infection is polarized to the Th1-type, and the presence of CXCL9/CXCL10 chemokines may lead to an increase in the recruitment of pro-inflammatory molecules in spinal cord tissue, contributing to the damage observed in the development of HAM/TSP. It has been observed that in chronic helminth-infections, such as schistosomiasis, there is a deviation toward the Th2/regulatory immune response...
December 28, 2016: Acta Tropica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28030359/exploring-possibilities-for-an-alternative-approach-in-experimental-schistosomiasis-mansoni-the-peritoneal-cavity-of-mice
#18
Vitor L T Mati, Rosilene S Bicalho, Alan L Melo
The schistosome oviposition and granuloma constitution in the peritoneal cavity of AKR/J mice were evaluated. Groups of mice intraperitoneally infected with cercariae of Schistosoma mansoni were weekly euthanized during the acute (56 to 84 days post-infection (DPI)) and chronic (147 to 175 DPI) phase of infection. Schistosome developmental stages obtained via peritoneal lavage and perfusion of the portal system were inspected, counted and fixed, and peritoneal granulomata were then processed for histology. The morphological characterization and quantitative analysis of peritoneal schistosome eggs and granulomata were for the first time performed, such as the demonstration of the viability of miracidia obtained there from...
March 1, 2017: Acta Parasitologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28018158/estrogen-catechols-detection-as-biomarkers-in-schistosomiasis-induced-cancer-and-infertility
#19
M C Botelho, H Alves, J Richter
Urogenital schistosomiasis is a chronic infection caused by the human blood fluke Schistosoma haematobium. Schistosomiasis haematobium is a known risk factor for cancer leading to squamous cell carcinoma of the urinary bladder (SCC). This is a neglected tropical disease endemic in many countries of Africa and the Middle East. Schistosome eggs produce catechol-estrogens. These molecules are metabolized to active quinones that cause alterations in DNA (leading in other contexts to breast or thyroid cancer). Our group have shown that schistosome egg associated catechol estrogens induce tumor-like phenotypes in urothelial cells, originated from parasite estrogen-host cell chromosomal DNA adducts and mutations...
2017: Letters in Drug Design & Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28017859/antiparasitic-activity-of-menadione-vitamin-k3-against-schistosoma-mansoni-in-babl-c-mice
#20
Govind J Kapadia, Ingrid A O Soares, G Subba Rao, Fernanda R Badoco, Ricardo A Furtado, Mariana B Correa, Denise C Tavares, Wilson R Cunha, Lizandra G Magalhães
Schistosomiasis is one of the neglected tropical diseases affecting nearly quarter of a billion people in economically challenged tropical and subtropical countries of the world. Praziquantel (PZQ) is the only drug currently available to treat this parasitic disease in spite being ineffective against juvenile worms and concerns about developing resistance to treat reinfections. Our earlier in vitro viability studies demonstrated significant antiparasitic activity of menadione (MEN) (vitamin K3) against Schistosoma mansoni adult worms...
December 23, 2016: Acta Tropica
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