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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352704/treatment-of-adult-chronic-indeterminate-chagas-disease-with-benznidazole-and-three-e1224-dosing-regimens-a-proof-of-concept-randomised-placebo-controlled-trial
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Faustino Torrico, Joaquim Gascon, Lourdes Ortiz, Cristina Alonso-Vega, María-Jesús Pinazo, Alejandro Schijman, Igor C Almeida, Fabiana Alves, Nathalie Strub-Wourgaft, Isabela Ribeiro
BACKGROUND: Chagas disease is a major neglected vector-borne disease. In this study, we investigated the safety and efficacy of three oral E1224 (a water-soluble ravuconazole prodrug) regimens and benznidazole versus placebo in adult chronic indeterminate Chagas disease. METHOD: In this proof-of-concept, double-blind, randomised phase 2 clinical trial, we recruited adults (18-50 years) with confirmed diagnosis of Trypanosoma cruzi infection from two outpatient units in Bolivia...
January 15, 2018: Lancet Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350158/human-african-trypanosomiasis-in-emigrant-returning-to-china-from-gabon-2017
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Xinyu Wang, Qiaoling Ruan, Bin Xu, Jianfei Gu, Yiyi Qian, Muxin Chen, Qin Liu, Qing Lu, Wenhong Zhang
Human African trypanosomiasis is endemic to parts of sub-Saharan Africa and should be considered in the differential diagnosis of patients who have visited or lived in Africa. We report a 2017 case of stage 2 Trypanosoma brucei gambiense disease in an emigrant who returned to China from Gabon.
February 2018: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349896/treatment-with-low-doses-of-aspirin-during-chronic-phase-of-experimental-chagas-disease-increases-oesophageal-nitrergic-neuronal-subpopulation-in-mice
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Cristina Lorena Massocatto, Neide Martins Moreira, Eliane Muniz, Silvana Marques de Araújo, Phileno Pinge-Filho, Robson Marcelo Rossi, Eduardo José de Almeida Araújo, Débora de Mello Gonçales Sant'ana
Patients with Chagas' disease may develop dysfunctions of oesophageal and colonic motility resulting from the degeneration or loss of the myenteric neurons of the enteric nervous system. Studies have shown that the use of aspirin, also known as acetylsalicylic acid (ASA), influences the pathogenesis of the disease. However, this remains controversial. The aim of this study was to evaluate the consequences of treatment with low doses of aspirin during the chronic phase of Chagas' disease on oesophageal function...
January 19, 2018: International Journal of Experimental Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349663/ibandronate-metal-complexes-solution-behavior-and-antiparasitic-activity
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Bruno Demoro, Santiago Rostán, Mauricio Moncada, Zhu-Hong Li, Roberto Docampo, Claudio Olea Azar, Juan Diego Maya, Julia Torres, Dinorah Gambino, Lucía Otero
To face the high costs of developing new drugs, researchers in both industry and academy are looking for ways to repurpose old drugs for new uses. In this sense, bisphosphonates that are clinically used for bone diseases have been studied as agents against Trypanosoma cruzi, causative parasite of Chagas disease. In this work, the development of first row transition metal complexes (M = Co2+, Mn2+, Ni2+) with the bisphosphonate ibandronate (iba, H4iba representing the neutral form) is presented. The in-solution behavior of the systems containing iba and the selected 3d metal ions was studied by potentiometry...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Biological Inorganic Chemistry: JBIC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348355/genome-sequence-of-trypanosoma-cruzi-strain-bug2148
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Francisco Callejas-Hernández, Núria Gironès, Manuel Fresno
Trypanosoma cruzi belongs to the group of mitochondrion-containing eukaryotes and has a highly plastic genome, unusual gene organization, and complex mechanisms for gene expression (polycistronic transcription). We report here the genome sequence of strain Bug2148, the first genomic sequence belonging to cluster TcV, which has been related to vertical transmission.
January 18, 2018: Genome Announcements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346416/decoding-the-network-of-trypanosoma-brucei-proteins-that-determines-sensitivity-to-apolipoprotein-l1
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Rachel B Currier, Anneli Cooper, Hollie Burrell-Saward, Annette MacLeod, Sam Alsford
In contrast to Trypanosoma brucei gambiense and T. b. rhodesiense (the causative agents of human African trypanosomiasis), T. b. brucei is lysed by apolipoprotein-L1 (apoL1)-containing human serum trypanolytic factors (TLF), rendering it non-infectious to humans. While the mechanisms of TLF1 uptake, apoL1 membrane integration, and T. b. gambiense and T. b. rhodesiense apoL1-resistance have been extensively characterised, our understanding of the range of factors that drive apoL1 action in T. b. brucei is limited...
January 18, 2018: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343494/uncovering-genomic-regions-associated-with-trypanosoma-infections-in-wild-populations-of-the-tsetse-fly-glossina-fuscipes
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Andrea Gloria-Soria, W Augustine Dunn, Xiaoqing Yu, Aurélien Vigneron, Kuang-Yao Lee, Mo Li, Brian L Weiss, Hongyu Zhao, Serap Aksoy, Adalgisa Caccone
Vector-borne diseases are responsible for more than one million deaths every year but genomic resources for most species responsible for their transmission are limited. This is true for neglected diseases such as sleeping sickness (Human African Trypanosomiasis), a disease caused by Trypanosoma parasites vectored by several species of tseste flies within the genus Glossina We describe an integrative approach that identifies statistical associations between trypanosome infection status of Glossina fuscipes fuscipes (Gff) flies from Uganda, for which functional studies are complicated because the species cannot be easily maintained in laboratory colonies, and ~73,000 polymorphic sites distributed across the genome...
January 17, 2018: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340783/identification-of-bat-trypanosomes-from-minas-gerais-state-brazil-based-on-18s-rdna-and-cathepsin-l-like-targets
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Elaine Cristina Bento, César Gómez-Hernández, Lara Rocha Batista, Laís Anversa, André Luiz Pedrosa, Eliane Lages-Silva, Juan David Ramírez, Luis Eduardo Ramirez
Several bat species can be infected by trypanosomes, but there is not much information about which of these parasites infect bats from Triângulo Mineiro and Alto Paranaíba, Minas Gerais state, Brazil, a formerly endemic region for Trypanosoma cruzi, the causative agent of Chagas disease. The aim of this study was to describe, characterize, and identify the presence of trypanosomes in bats. The captured bats (448) belong to four families and to 19 different species. Of those, 37 bats were found to be positive for trypanosomes by microhematocrit, (infection rate 8...
January 16, 2018: Parasitology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340464/seroprevalence-of-human-trypanosoma-cruzi-infection-in-the-north-of-estado-de-mexico
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Saúl González-Guzmán, Sergio Pichardo-Ávila, Eulalia Mimbrera-Rodríguez, José Antonio Crescencio-Trujillo, María de Lourdes Gasca-Leyva, Fernando Martínez-Hernández, Nancy Rivas, Ricardo Alejandre-Aguilar
INTRODUCTION: Chagas disease is a neglected public health problem in Mexico; however, detailed studies to determine the seroprevalence in some states have not been performed. METHODS: A total 1,504 human serum from thirteen communities in Estado de Mexico, were analyzed with three diagnostics techniques. RESULTS: The overall seroprevalence was 9.1%, with high prevalence among people aged 51-60 years, while people aged 0-29 years were seronegative against T...
November 2017: Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Tropical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340462/rhodnius-stali-new-vector-infected-by-trypanosoma-rangeli-kinetoplastida-trypanosomatidae
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Gabriela Vieira de Souza Castro, Mariane Albuquerque Lima Ribeiro, Leandro José Ramos, Jader de Oliveira, João Aristeu da Rosa, Luis Marcelo Aranha Camargo, Dionatas Ulises de Oliveira Meneguetti
INTRODUCTION: Rhodnius stali infection by Trypanosoma rangeli is reported in this study for the first time. METHODS: The triatomines were collected from the campus of the Federal University of Acre in Rio Branco, Acre, Brazil. The identification of T. rangeli was confirmed by multiplex polymerase chain reaction. RESULTS: The examinations of two specimens revealed R. stali infection by the epimastigote forms of T. rangeli. CONCLUSIONS: The encounter of R...
November 2017: Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Tropical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340461/synanthropic-triatomines-as-potential-vectors-of-trypanosoma-cruzi-in-central-brazil
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Thaís Tâmara Castro Minuzzi-Souza, Nadjar Nitz, César Augusto Cuba Cuba, Marcelo Santalucia, Monique Knox, Luciana Hagström, Camilla Bernardes Furtado, Tamires Emanuele Vital, Marcos Takashi Obara, Mariana Machado Hecht, Rodrigo Gurgel-Gonçalves
INTRODUCTION: Chagas disease surveillance requires current knowledge on synanthropic triatomines. We analyzed the occurrence and Trypanosoma cruzi infection rates of triatomine bugs in central Brazil, during 2012-2014. METHODS: Triatomines were collected inside or around houses, and T. cruzi infection was determined by optical microscopy and conventional/quantitative polymerase chain reaction. RESULTS: Of the 2706 triatomines collected, Triatoma sordida was the most frequent species in Goiás State, whereas Panstrongylus megistus predominated in the Federal District...
November 2017: Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Tropical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339220/a-new-chimeric-triple-reporter-fusion-protein-as-a-tool-for-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-multimodal-imaging-to-monitor-the-development-of-african-trypanosomes-and-leishmania-parasites
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Estefania Calvo Alvarez, Christelle Cren-Travaillé, Aline Crouzols, Brice Rotureau
Trypanosomiases and leishmaniases, caused by a group of related protist parasites, are Neglected Tropical Diseases currently threatening >500 million people worldwide. Reporter proteins have revolutionised the research on infectious diseases and have opened up new advances in the understanding of trypanosomatid-borne diseases in terms of both biology, pathogenesis and drug development. Here, we describe the generation and some applications of a new chimeric triple reporter fusion protein combining the red-shifted firefly luciferase PpyREH9 and the tdTomato red fluorescent protein, fused by the TY1 tag...
January 12, 2018: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337988/l-arginine-supplementation-reduces-mortality-and-improves-disease-outcome-in-mice-infected-with-trypanosoma-cruzi
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Sofía Carbajosa, Héctor O Rodríguez-Angulo, Susana Gea, Carlos Chillón-Marinas, Cristina Poveda, María C Maza, Diana Colombet, Manuel Fresno, Núria Gironès
Chagas disease caused by Trypanosoma cruzi is a neglected disease that affects about 7 million people in Latin America, recently emerging on other continents due to migration. As infection in mice is characterized by depletion of plasma L-arginine, the effect on infection outcome was tested in mice with or without L-arginine supplementation and treatment with 1400W, a specific inhibitor of inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS). We found that levels of L-arginine and citrulline were reduced in the heart and plasma of infected mice, whereas levels of asymmetric dimethylarginine, an endogenous iNOS inhibitor, were higher...
January 16, 2018: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337909/salvia-species-as-sources-of-natural-products-with-antiprotozoal-activity
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Núria Llurba-Montesino, Thomas J Schmidt
Natural products from plants have been used since ancestral times to treat a wide variety of diseases worldwide. Plants of the genus Salvia (Sage) have been reported to be used for the prevention and treatment of various diseases and ailments. In particular, some Salvia species have been used in traditional medicine to treat diseases caused by protozoan parasites of the genera Trypanosoma, Leishmania and Plasmodium and scientific studies have demonstrated the activity of various isolated constituents from these plants against these pathogens...
January 16, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336553/catalytic-mechanism-of-cruzain-from-trypanosoma-cruzi-as-determined-from-solvent-kinetic-isotope-effects-of-steady-state-and-pre-steady-state-kinetics
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Xiang Zhai, Thomas D Meek
Cruzain, an important drug target for Chagas disease, is a member of Clan CA of the cysteine proteases. Understanding the catalytic mechanism of cruzain is vital to the design of new inhibitors. To this end, we have performed pH-rate profiles for substrates and affinity agents, and have determined solvent kinetic isotope effects in pre-steady-state and steady-state modes using three substrates: Cbz-Phe-Arg-AMC, Cbz-Arg-Arg-AMC and Cbz-Arg-Ala-AMC. The pH-rate profile of kcat/Km for Cbz-Arg-Arg-AMC indicated groups of pK1 = 6...
January 16, 2018: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29335789/first-record-of-trypanosoma-dionisii-of-the-t-cruzi-clade-from-the-eastern-bent-winged-bat-miniopterus-fuliginosus-in-the-far-east
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Eliakunda Mafie, Fatema Hashem Rupa, Ai Takano, Kazuo Suzuki, Ken Maeda, Hiroshi Sato
Chiropteran mammals worldwide harbour trypanosomes (Euglenozoa: Kinetoplastea: Trypanosomatida) of the subgenus 'Schizotrypanum' in the classical sense. Latterly, these trypanosomes have been referred to as members of the 'Trypanosoma cruzi clade' as their phylogenetic relationships, structure and life cycle conform to T. cruzi, parasitising various terrestrial mammals as well as humans in Latin America. Little is known, however, about the trypanosome species in Asian bats. During a survey on Borrelia spp. in the Eastern bent-winged bat (Miniopterus fuliginosus) living in a cave in Wakayama Prefecture, Japan, incidental proliferation of trypanosomes was detected in two of 94 haemocultures...
January 15, 2018: Parasitology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332591/anti-trypanosoma-cruzi-activity-in-vitro-of-phases-and-isolated-compounds-from-excoecaria-lucida-leaves
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Cristiane Franca da Silva, Ania Ochoa Pacheco, Rayane Nogueira Alves, Josean Fechine Tavares, Marcelo Sobral da Silva, Julio Cesar Escalona Arranz
BACKGROUND: Chagas disease is caused by the protozoan parasite Trypanosoma cruzi. This illness is found mainly in 21 Latin American countries and an estimated 8 million people are infected worldwide. The unsatisfactory chemotherapy provokes severe toxicity and resistant strains. Medicinal plants constitute a promising source of new drugs and remedies against all kinds of disorders, mainly infectious diseases arousing interest worldwide. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study has been the isolation, structural identification and evaluation of the trypanocidal activity of samples present in the Excoecaria lucida Sw...
January 11, 2018: Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329617/dna-detection-of-trypanosoma-evansi-diagnostic-validity-of-a-new-assay-based-on-loop-mediated-isothermal-amplification-lamp
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Qunbo Tong, Rui Chen, Qingming Kong, Julie Goossens, Magdalena Radwanska, Di Lou, Jianzu Ding, Bin Zheng, Yixiu Fu, Tianping Wang, Magez Stefan, Shaohong Lu
Trypanosoma evansi (T. evansi) is the most widely spread pathogenic trypanosome in the world. The control of trypanosomiasis depends on accurate diagnosis and effective treatment. Focusing on the presence of T. evansi in Asia, we developed a detection assay based on tracing phosphate ions (Pi) generated during LAMP targeting the variant surface glycoprotein (VSG) gene of Rode Trypanozoon antigenic type 1.2 (RoTat 1.2 VSG). The diagnostic potential as well as the use of the assay as a test-of-cure method after berenil treatment, was assessed in mice at different time points of infection...
January 30, 2018: Veterinary Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327103/1h-13c-and-15n-resonance-assignments-of-nedd8-from-trypanosoma-brucei
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Rui Wang, Jiahai Zhang, Shanhui Liao, Xiaoming Tu
Neural precursor cell-expressed, developmently downregulated 8 (NEDD8) is a small ubiquitin-like modifier, which plays important roles in many cellular processes. Although it has been well studied in many eukaryotes, NEDD8 is still uncharacterized in some unicellular parasites, such as Trypanosoma brucei (T. brucei). Here we report the resonance assignments of NEDD8 from T. brucei.
January 11, 2018: Biomolecular NMR Assignments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29323468/in-silico-studies-designed-to-select-sesquiterpene-lactones-with-potential-antichagasic-activity-from-an-in-house-asteraceae-database
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Chonny Herrera-Acevedo, Luciana Scotti, Marcus Tullius Scotti
Chagas disease is an endemic disease caused by Trypanosoma cruzi, which affects more than eight million people, mostly in the Americas. A search for new treatments is necessary to control and eliminate this disease. Sesquiterpene lactones (SLs) are an interesting group of secondary metabolites characteristic of Asteraceae that have presented a wide range of biological activities. From the ChEMBL database, we selected a diverse set of 4,452, 1,635 and 1,322 structures with tested activity against the three T...
January 11, 2018: ChemMedChem
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