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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104454/ecology-of-trypanosoma-cruzi-i-genotypes-across-rhodnius-prolixus-captured-in-attalea-butyracea-palms
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Cristina Poveda, Adriana Higuera, Plutarco Urbano, Juan David Ramírez
Trypanosoma cruzi, the agent of Chagas disease exhibits significant genetic diversity. This parasite is divided into six discrete typing units (DTUs) where T. cruzi I (TcI) is the most widespread in the Americas. TcI genotypes have been associated to domestic and sylvatic cycles of transmission (TcIDom and sylvatic TcI). Due to the importance of the enzootic transmission, we determined the frequency of TcI genotypes present in Rhodnius prolixus captured in different regions of the palm A. butyracea to understand the ecology of the disease and the importance of A...
January 16, 2017: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103294/community-based-entomological-surveillance-reveals-urban-foci-of-chagas-disease-vectors-in-sobral-state-of-cear%C3%A3-northeastern-brazil
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Cynara Carvalho Parente, Fernando S M Bezerra, Plutarco I Parente, Raimundo V Dias-Neto, Samanta C C Xavier, Alberto N Ramos, Filipe A Carvalho-Costa, Marli M Lima
BACKGROUND: The aim of this work was to explore the potential risk of vector-borne Chagas disease in urban districts in northeastern Brazil, by analyzing the spatiotemporal distributions and natural infection rates with Trypanosoma cruzi of triatomine species captured in recent years. The main motivation of this work was an acute human case of Chagas disease reported in 2008 in the municipality of Sobral. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: We analyzed data from community-based entomological surveillance carried out from 2010 to 2014...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100781/biogenesis-of-a-mitochondrial-outer-membrane-protein-in-trypanosoma-brucei-targeting-signal-and-dependence-on-an-unique-biogenesis-factor
#3
Julia Bruggisser, Sandro K Aumlser, Jan Mani, Andre Schneider
The mitochondrial outer membrane (OM) contains single and multiple membrane-spanning proteins which need to contain signals that ensure correct targeting and insertion into the OM. The biogenesis of such proteins has so far essentially only been studied in yeast and related organisms. Here we show that POMP10, an OM protein of the early diverging protozoan Trypanosoma brucei, is signal-anchored. Transgenic cells expressing variants of POMP10 fused to GFP demonstrate that the N-terminal membrane-spanning domain flanked by a few positively charged or neutral residues is both necessary and sufficient for mitochondrial targeting...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099874/igm-lgg-and-il-6-profiles-in-the-trypanosoma-brucei-brucei-monkey-model-of-human-african-trypanosomiasis
#4
Maxwell W Waema, Naomi W Maina, Maina Ngotho, Simon M Karanja, Beatrice M Gachie, Dawn N Maranga, John M Kagira
Human African trypanosomiasis (HAT) patients manifest immunological profiles, whose variations over time can be used to indicate disease progression. However, monitoring of these biomarkers in human patients is beset by several limitations which can be offset by using chronic animal models. A recent improved monkey model of HAT using a Trypanosoma brucei brucei isolate has been developed but the immunological profile has not been elucidated. The objectives of the current study was to determine the IgM, IgG and IL-6 profiles in blood and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in vervet monkeys infected with T...
January 15, 2017: Acta Tropica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096380/in-situ-structure-of-trypanosomal-atp-synthase-dimer-reveals-a-unique-arrangement-of-catalytic-subunits
#5
Alexander W Mühleip, Caroline E Dewar, Achim Schnaufer, Werner Kühlbrandt, Karen M Davies
We used electron cryotomography and subtomogram averaging to determine the in situ structures of mitochondrial ATP synthase dimers from two organisms belonging to the phylum euglenozoa: Trypanosoma brucei, a lethal human parasite, and Euglena gracilis, a photosynthetic protist. At a resolution of 32.5 Å and 27.5 Å, respectively, the two structures clearly exhibit a noncanonical F1 head, in which the catalytic (αβ)3 assembly forms a triangular pyramid rather than the pseudo-sixfold ring arrangement typical of all other ATP synthases investigated so far...
January 17, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095511/epidemiology-and-molecular-typing-of-trypanosoma-cruzi-in-naturally-infected-hound-dogs-and-associated-triatomine-vectors-in-texas-usa
#6
Rachel Curtis-Robles, Karen F Snowden, Brandon Dominguez, Lewis Dinges, Sandy Rodgers, Glennon Mays, Sarah A Hamer
BACKGROUND: Trypanosoma cruzi is the etiologic agent of Chagas disease throughout the Americas. Few population-level studies have examined the epidemiology of canine infection and strain types of T. cruzi that infect canines in the USA. We conducted a cross-sectional study of T. cruzi infection in working hound dogs in south central Texas, including analysis of triatomine vectors collected within kennel environments. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPLE FINDINGS: Paired IFA and Chagas Stat-Pak serological testing showed an overall seroprevalence of 57...
January 17, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095503/detection-of-a-potential-new-bartonella-species-candidatus-bartonella-rondoniensis-in-human-biting-kissing-bugs-reduviidae-triatominae
#7
Maureen Laroche, Jean-Michel Berenger, Oleg Mediannikov, Didier Raoult, Philippe Parola
BACKGROUND: Among the Reduviidae family, triatomines are giant blood-sucking bugs. They are well known in Central and South America where they transmit Trypanosoma cruzi to mammals, including humans, through their feces. This parasitic protozoan is the causative agent of Chagas disease, a major public health issue in endemic areas. Because of the medical and economic impact of Chagas disease, the presence of other arthropod-borne pathogens in triatomines was rarely investigated. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: In this study, seven triatomines species involved in the transmission of T...
January 17, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095298/molecular-identification-and-genotyping-of-trypanosoma-cruzi-dna-in-autochthonous-chagas-disease-patients-from-texas-usa
#8
Melissa N Garcia, Hadley Burroughs, Rodion Gorchakov, Sarah M Gunter, Eric Dumonteil, Kristy O Murray, Claudia P Herrera
The parasitic protozoan Trypanosoma cruzi, the causative agent of Chagas disease, is widely distributed throughout the Americas, from the southern United States (US) to northern Argentina, and infects at least 6 million people in endemic areas. Much remains unknown about the dynamics of T. cruzi transmission among mammals and triatomine vectors in sylvatic and peridomestic eco-epidemiological cycles, as well as of the risk of transmission to humans in the US. Identification of T. cruzi DTUs among locally-acquired cases is necessary for enhancing our diagnostic and clinical prognostic capacities, as well as to understand parasite transmission cycles...
January 14, 2017: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094338/mitochondrial-protein-import-functional-analysis-of-the-highly-diverged-tom22-orthologue-of-trypanosoma-brucei
#9
Jan Mani, Samuel Rout, Silvia Desy, André Schneider
The β-barrel protein Tom40 and the α-helically anchored membrane protein Tom22 are the only universally conserved subunits of the protein translocase of the mitochondrial outer membrane (TOM). Tom22 has an N-terminal cytosolic and a C-terminal intermembrane space domain. It occurs in two variants: one typified by the yeast protein which has a cytosolic domain containing a cluster of acidic residues, and a shorter variant typified by the plant protein that lacks this domain. Yeast-type Tom22 functions as a secondary protein import receptor and is also required for the stability of the TOM complex...
January 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091763/the-prevalence-of-trypanosoma-cruzi-the-causal-agent-of-chagas-disease-in-texas-rodent-populations
#10
Adriana Aleman, Trina Guerra, Troy J Maikis, Matthew T Milholland, Ivan Castro-Arellano, Michael R J Forstner, Dittmar Hahn
Rodent species were assessed as potential hosts of Trypanosoma cruzi, the etiologic agent of Chagas disease, from five sites throughout Texas in sylvan and disturbed habitats. A total of 592 rodents were captured, resulting in a wide taxonomic representation of 11 genera and 15 species. Heart samples of 543 individuals were successfully analyzed by SybrGreen-based quantitative PCR (qPCR) targeting a 166 bp fragment of satellite DNA of T. cruzi. Eight rodents representing six species from six genera and two families were infected with T...
January 13, 2017: EcoHealth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089944/rsm22-mtysxc-and-pnkd-like-proteins-are-required-for-mitochondrial-translation-in-trypanosoma-brucei
#11
Jiří Týč, Lucie Novotná, Priscila Peña-Diaz, Dmitri A Maslov, Julius Lukeš
Mitochondrial ribosomes evolved from prokaryotic ribosomes, with which they therefore share more common features than with their counterparts in the cytosol. Yet, mitochondrial ribosomes are highly diverse in structure and composition, having undergone considerable changes, including reduction of their RNA component and varying degree of acquisition of novel proteins in various phylogenetic lineages. Here, we present functional analysis of three putative mitochondrial ribosome-associated proteins (RSM22, mtYsxC and PNKD-like) in Trypanosoma brucei, originally identified by database mining...
January 12, 2017: Mitochondrion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089911/atypical-composition-and-structure-of-the-mitochondrial-dimeric-atp-synthase-from-euglena-gracilis
#12
K N Sathish Yadav, Héctor V Miranda-Astudillo, Lilia Colina-Tenorio, Fabrice Bouillenne, Hervé Degand, Pierre Morsomme, Diego González-Halphen, Egbert J Boekema, Pierre Cardol
Mitochondrial respiratory-chain complexes from Euglenozoa comprise classical subunits described in other eukaryotes (i.e. mammals and fungi) and subunits that are restricted to Euglenozoa (e.g. Euglena gracilis and Trypanosoma brucei). Here we studied the mitochondrial F1FO-ATP synthase (or Complex V) from the photosynthetic eukaryote E. gracilis in detail. The enzyme was purified by a two-step chromatographic procedure and its subunit composition was resolved by a three-dimensional gel electrophoresis (BN/SDS/SDS)...
January 12, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089596/processing-of-metacaspase-2-from-trypanosoma-brucei-tbmca2-broadens-its-substrate-specificity
#13
Joyce M Gilio, Marcelo F Marcondes, Débora Ferrari, Maria A Juliano, Luiz Juliano, Vitor Oliveira, Maurício F M Machado
Metacaspases are members of the cysteine peptidase family and may be implicated in programmed cell death in plants and lower eukaryotes. These proteases exhibit calcium-dependent activity and specificity for arginine residues at P1. In contrast to caspases, they do not require processing or dimerization for activity. Indeed, unprocessed metacaspase-2 of Trypanosoma brucei (TbMCA2) is active; however, it has been shown that cleavages at Lys(55) and Lys(268) increase TbMCA2 hydrolytic activity on synthetic substrates...
January 9, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087471/il-6-promotes-m2-macrophage-polarization-by-modulating-purinergic-signaling-and-regulates-the-lethal-release-of-nitric-oxide-during-trypanosoma-cruzi-infection
#14
Liliana M Sanmarco, Nicolás E Ponce, Laura M Visconti, Natalia Eberhardt, Martin G Theumer, Ángel R Minguez, Maria P Aoki
The production of nitric oxide (NO) is a key defense mechanism against intracellular pathogens but it must be tightly controlled in order to avoid excessive detrimental oxidative stress. In this study we described a novel mechanism through which interleukin (IL)-6 mediates the regulation of NO release induced in response to Trypanosoma cruzi infection. Using a murine model of Chagas disease, we found that, in contrast to C57BL/6 wild type (WT) mice, IL-6-deficient (IL6KO) mice exhibited a dramatic increase in plasma NO levels concomitant with a significantly higher amount of circulating IL-1β and inflammatory monocytes...
January 10, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087440/an-overlooked-horticultural-crop-smyrnium-olusatrum-as-a-potential-source-of-compounds-effective-against-african-trypanosomiasis
#15
Riccardo Petrelli, Farahnaz Ranjbarian, Stefano Dall'Acqua, Fabrizio Papa, Romilde Iannarelli, Stephane L Ngahang Kamte, Sauro Vittori, Giovanni Benelli, Filippo Maggi, Anders Hofer, Loredana Cappellacci
Among natural products, sesquiterpenes have shown promising inhibitory effects against bloodstream forms of Trypanosoma brucei, the protozoan parasite causing human African trypanosomiasis (HAT). Smyrnium olusatrum (Apiaceae), also known as Alexanders or wild celery, is a neglected horticultural crop characterized by oxygenated sesquiterpenes containing a furan ring. In the present work we explored the potential of its essential oils obtained from different organs and the main oxygenated sesquiterpenes, namely isofuranodiene, germacrone and β-acetoxyfuranoeudesm-4(15)-ene, as inhibitors of Trypanosoma brucei...
January 10, 2017: Parasitology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087364/aquaglyceroporins-are-the-entry-pathway-of-boric-acid-in-trypanosoma-brucei
#16
Sabrina Marsiccobetre, Alexis Rodríguez-Acosta, Florian Lang, Katherine Figarella, Néstor L Uzcátegui
The boron element possesses a range of different effects on living beings. It is essential to beneficial at low concentrations, but toxic at excessive concentrations. Recently, some boron-based compounds have been identified as promising molecules against Trypanosoma brucei, the causative agent of sleeping sickness. However, until now, the boron metabolism and its access route into the parasite remained elusive. The present study addressed the permeability of T. brucei aquaglyceroporins (TbAQPs) for boric acid, the main natural boron species...
January 10, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079302/molecular-basis-for-covalent-inhibition-of-glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate-dehydrogenase-by-a-2-phenoxy-1-4-naphthoquinone-small-molecule
#17
Stefano Bruno, Elisa Uliassi, Mirko Zaffagnini, Federica Prati, Christian Bergamini, Riccardo Amorati, Gianluca Paredi, Marilena Margiotta, Paola Conti, Maria Paola Costi, Marcel Kaiser, Andrea Cavalli, Romana Fato, Maria Laura Bolognesi
Glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate dehydrogenase (GAPDH) has recently gained attention as an anti-protozoan and anti-cancer drug target. We have previously identified 2-phenoxy-1,4-naphthoquinone as an inhibitor of both Trypanosoma brucei and human GAPDH. Herein, through multiple chemical, biochemical, and biological studies, and through the design of analogs, we confirmed the formation of a covalent adduct, we clarified the inhibition mechanism and we demonstrated antitrypanosomal, antiplasmodial and cytotoxic activities in cell cultures...
January 12, 2017: Chemical Biology & Drug Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077696/a-new-development-in-trypanosoma-cruzi-diagnosis
#18
Herbert B Tanowitz, Louis M Weiss
Chagas disease caused by the parasite, Trypanosoma cruzi is an important cause of morbidity and mortality in endemic areas of Latin America and among infected individuals who have migrated to non-endemic areas of North America and Europe. There are many diagnostic tests that are employed in the serological diagnosis of this infection. In this issue of the J Clin Microbiol 55: XXX-XXX http://dx.doi:10.1128/JCM.01649-16 by Bautista-López et al provide characterization of excretory vesicles (EV) from Vero cells infected with T...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077462/bromodomains-in-protozoan-parasites-evolution-function-and-opportunities-for-drug-development
#19
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Victoria Jeffers, Chunlin Yang, Sherri Huang, William J Sullivan
Parasitic infections remain one of the most pressing global health concerns of our day, affecting billions of people and producing unsustainable economic burdens. The rise of drug-resistant parasites has created an urgent need to study their biology in hopes of uncovering new potential drug targets. It has been established that disrupting gene expression by interfering with lysine acetylation is detrimental to survival of apicomplexan (Toxoplasma gondii and Plasmodium spp.) and kinetoplastid (Leishmania spp...
March 2017: Microbiology and Molecular Biology Reviews: MMBR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077187/lysosome-like-compartments-of-trypanosoma-cruzi-trypomastigotes-may-originate-directly-from-epimastigote-reservosomes
#20
Juliana C Vidal, Carolina DE L Alcantara, Wanderley DE Souza, Narcisa L Cunha-E-Silva
Trypanosoma cruzi epimastigote reservosomes store nutrients taken up during the intense endocytic activity exhibited by this developmental form. Reservosomes were classified as pre-lysosomal compartments. In contrast, trypomastigote forms are not able to take up nutrients from the medium. Interestingly, trypomastigotes also have acidic organelles with the same proteases contained in epimastigote reservosomes. Nevertheless, the origin and function of these organelles have not been disclosed so far. Given the similarities between the compartments of epimastigotes and trypomastigotes, the present study aimed to investigate the origin of metacyclic trypomastigote protease-containing organelles by tracking fluorospheres or colloidal gold particles previously stored in epimastigotes' reservosomes throughout metacyclogenesis...
January 12, 2017: Parasitology
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