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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103263/splenic-cd4-t-cells-in-progressive-visceral-leishmaniasis-show-a-mixed-effector-regulatory-phenotype-and-impair-macrophage-effector-function-through-inhibitory-receptor-expression
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Audrie A Medina-Colorado, Elvia Y Osorio, Omar A Saldarriaga, Bruno L Travi, Fanping Kong, Heidi Spratt, Lynn Soong, Peter C Melby
Visceral leishmaniasis (VL), caused by infection with the intracellular protozoan Leishmania donovani, is a chronic progressive disease with a relentlessly increasing parasite burden in the spleen, liver and bone marrow. The disease is characterized by fever, splenomegaly, cachexia, and pancytopenia, and progresses to death if not treated. Control of Leishmania infection is mediated by Th1 (IFNγ-producing) CD4+ T cells, which activate macrophages to produce nitric oxide and kill intracellular parasites. However, despite expansion of CD4+ T cells and increased IFNγ expression in the spleen, humans with active VL do not control the infection...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099431/exacerbated-leishmaniasis-caused-by-a-viral-endosymbiont-can-be-prevented-by-immunization-with-its-viral-capsid
#2
Patrik Castiglioni, Mary-Anne Hartley, Matteo Rossi, Florence Prevel, Chantal Desponds, Daniel T Utzschneider, Remzi-Onur Eren, Haroun Zangger, Livia Brunner, Nicolas Collin, Dietmar Zehn, F Matthew Kuhlmann, Stephen M Beverley, Nicolas Fasel, Catherine Ronet
Recent studies have shown that a cytoplasmic virus called Leishmaniavirus (LRV) is present in some Leishmania species and acts as a potent innate immunogen, aggravating lesional inflammation and development in mice. In humans, the presence of LRV in Leishmania guyanensis and in L. braziliensis was significantly correlated with poor treatment response and symptomatic relapse. So far, no clinical effort has used LRV for prophylactic purposes. In this context, we designed an original vaccine strategy that targeted LRV nested in Leishmania parasites to prevent virus-related complications...
January 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098499/inhibition-of-leishmania-infantum-trypanothione-reductase-by-diaryl-sulfide-derivatives
#3
Francesco Saccoliti, Gabriella Angiulli, Giovanni Pupo, Luca Pescatori, Valentina Noemi Madia, Antonella Messore, Gianni Colotti, Annarita Fiorillo, Luigi Scipione, Marina Gramiccia, Trentina Di Muccio, Roberto Di Santo, Roberta Costi, Andrea Ilari
The study presented here aimed at identifying a new class of compounds acting against Leishmania parasites, the causative agent of Leishmaniasis. For this purpose, the thioether derivatives of our in-house library have been evaluated in whole-cell screening assays in order to determine their in vitro activity against Leishmania protozoan. Among them, promising results have been achieved with compound RDS 777 (6-(sec-butoxy)-2-((3-chlorophenyl)thio)pyrimidin-4-amine) (IC50 = 29.43 µM), which is able to impair the mechanism of the parasite defence against the reactive oxygen species by inhibiting the trypanothione reductase (TR) with high efficiency (Ki 0...
December 2017: Journal of Enzyme Inhibition and Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096850/expression-analysis-of-multiple-genes-may-involve-in-antimony-resistance-among-leishmania-major-clinical-isolates-from-fars-province-central-iran
#4
Nafiseh Ghobakhloo, Mohammad Hossein Motazedian, Majid Fardaei
BACKGROUND: Treatment of Cutaneous Leishmaniasis (CL) is being faced with serious difficulties in Fars Province, due to emerging of resistance against meglumine antimonite (Glucantime®). In this context, determining some biomarkers for drug sensitivity monitoring seems to be highly essential. Different studies have been carried out to decipher the genes might be involved in antimony resistant phenotype in Leishmania spp. Here, we selected three genes: AQP (as drug transporter), TDR-1-1(as drug activator), and γ-GCS (inducing reduction environment) for comparative expression analysis on clinical resistant and sensitive isolates of L...
April 2016: Iranian Journal of Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096848/immunogenicity-and-efficacy-of-live-l-tarentolae-expressing-kmp11-ntgp96-gfp-fusion-as-a-vaccine-candidate-against-experimental-visceral-leishmaniasis-caused-by-l-infantum
#5
Vahid Nasiri, Abdolhossein Dalimi, Fatemeh Ghaffarifar, Azam Bolhassani
BACKGROUND: The aim of present study was to evaluate the protective efficacy of live recombinant L. tarentolae expressing KMP11-NTGP96-GFP fusion as candidates for live engineered recombinant vaccine against visceral leishmaniasis in BALB/c mice. METHODS: KMP-11 and NT-GP96 genes cloned into the pJET1.2/blunt cloning vector and then into pEGFP-N1 expression vector. The KMP-11, NT-GP96 and GFP fused in pEGFP-N1 and subcloned into Leishmanian pLEXSY-neo vector. Finally this construct was transferred to L...
April 2016: Iranian Journal of Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096483/the-gut-microbiome-of-the-vector-lutzomyia-longipalpis-is-essential-for-survival-of-leishmania-infantum
#6
Patrick H Kelly, Sarah M Bahr, Tiago D Serafim, Nadim J Ajami, Joseph F Petrosino, Claudio Meneses, John R Kirby, Jesus G Valenzuela, Shaden Kamhawi, Mary E Wilson
: The vector-borne disease leishmaniasis, caused by Leishmania species protozoa, is transmitted to humans by phlebotomine sand flies. Development of Leishmania to infective metacyclic promastigotes in the insect gut, a process termed metacyclogenesis, is an essential prerequisite for transmission. Based on the hypothesis that vector gut microbiota influence the development of virulent parasites, we sequenced midgut microbiomes in the sand fly Lutzomyia longipalpis with or without Leishmania infantum infection...
January 17, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096399/antiviral-screening-identifies-adenosine-analogs-targeting-the-endogenous-dsrna-leishmania-rna-virus-1-lrv1-pathogenicity-factor
#7
F Matthew Kuhlmann, John I Robinson, Gregory R Bluemling, Catherine Ronet, Nicolas Fasel, Stephen M Beverley
The endogenous double-stranded RNA (dsRNA) virus Leishmaniavirus (LRV1) has been implicated as a pathogenicity factor for leishmaniasis in rodent models and human disease, and associated with drug-treatment failures in Leishmania braziliensis and Leishmania guyanensis infections. Thus, methods targeting LRV1 could have therapeutic benefit. Here we screened a panel of antivirals for parasite and LRV1 inhibition, focusing on nucleoside analogs to capitalize on the highly active salvage pathways of Leishmania, which are purine auxotrophs...
January 17, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096392/continual-renewal-and-replication-of-persistent-leishmania-major-parasites-in-concomitantly-immune-hosts
#8
Michael A Mandell, Stephen M Beverley
In most natural infections or after recovery, small numbers of Leishmania parasites remain indefinitely in the host. Persistent parasites play a vital role in protective immunity against disease pathology upon reinfection through the process of concomitant immunity, as well as in transmission and reactivation, yet are poorly understood. A key question is whether persistent parasites undergo replication, and we devised several approaches to probe the small numbers in persistent infections. We find two populations of persistent Leishmania major: one rapidly replicating, similar to parasites in acute infections, and another showing little evidence of replication...
January 17, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096161/perifosine-mechanisms-of-action-in-leishmania-spp
#9
Atteneri López-Arencibia, Carmen Martín-Navarro, Ines Sifaoui, María Reyes-Batlle, Carolina Wagner, Jacob Lorenzo-Morales, Sutherland K Maciver, José E Piñero
The mechanism by which perifosine induced cell death in Leishmania donovani and L. amazonensis is described in this study. The drug reduced Leishmania mitochondrial membrane potential, decreased cellular ATP levels while increasing phosphatidylserine externalization. Perifosine did not increase membrane permeabilization. We also found that the drug inhibited the phosphorylation of Akt in the parasites. These results highlight the potential use of perifosine, as an alternative to miltefosine, against Leishmania...
January 17, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095666/epidemiological-investigation-of-asymptomatic-dogs-with-leishmania-infection-in-southwestern-china-where-visceral-leishmaniasis-is-intractable
#10
Gui-Hua Zhao, Kun Yin, Wei-Xia Zhong, Ting Xiao, Qing-Kuan Wei, Yong Cui, Gong-Zhen Liu, Chao Xu, Hong-Fa Wang
Heishui county, located in northwest Sichuan province, southwestern China, is an endemic area of zoonotic visceral leishmaniasis (VL) and is the most intractable area. VL is never destroyed in it. Asymptomatic dogs (Leishmania parasites have been diagnosed but clinically healthy) are considered to be a potential reservoir host in zoonotic VL area, and most can lead to infection of individuals, that is a new challenge for controlling VL in humans. The present study aimed to assess the Leishmania infection rate of asymptomatic dogs in Heishui county...
December 2016: Korean Journal of Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095664/cutaneous-leishmaniasis-of-the-eyelids-a-case-series-with-molecular-identification-and-literature-review
#11
Iraj Mohammadpour, Mohammad Hossein Motazedian, Farhad Handjani, Gholam Reza Hatam
Cutaneous leishmaniasis (CL) is a protozoan disease which is endemic in Iran. It is transmitted by the Phlebotomus sand fly. The eyelid is rarely involved possibly because the movement of the lids impedes the sand fly from biting the skin in this region. Here, we report 6 rare cases of eyelid CL. The patients were diagnosed by skin scraping, culture, and PCR from the lesions. Skin scraping examination showed Leishmania spp. amastigotes in the cytoplasm of macrophages. Culture examination was positive for Leishmania spp...
December 2016: Korean Journal of Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095465/leishmania-hasp-and-sherp-genes-are-required-for-in-vivo-differentiation-parasite-transmission-and-virulence-attenuation-in-the-host
#12
Johannes S P Doehl, Jovana Sádlová, Hamide Aslan, Kateřina Pružinová, Sonia Metangmo, Jan Votýpka, Shaden Kamhawi, Petr Volf, Deborah F Smith
Differentiation of extracellular Leishmania promastigotes within their sand fly vector, termed metacyclogenesis, is considered to be essential for parasites to regain mammalian host infectivity. Metacyclogenesis is accompanied by changes in the local parasite environment, including secretion of complex glycoconjugates within the promastigote secretory gel and colonization and degradation of the sand fly stomodeal valve. Deletion of the stage-regulated HASP and SHERP genes on chromosome 23 of Leishmania major is known to stall metacyclogenesis in the sand fly but not in in vitro culture...
January 17, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094883/in-silico-prediction-of-leishmania-major-specific-cd8-epitopes
#13
Kirsten Dietze-Schwonberg, Beatrix Grewe, Sven Brosch, Joerg Kuharev, Ger van Zandbergen, Hans-Georg Rammensee, Stefan Tenzer, Esther von Stebut
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 17, 2017: Experimental Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093539/leishmaniasis-in-thailand-a-review-of-causative-agents-and-situations
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Saovanee Leelayoova, Suradej Siripattanapipong, Jipada Manomat, Phunlerd Piyaraj, Peerapan Tan-Ariya, Lertwut Bualert, Mathirut Mungthin
Before 1999, leishmaniasis was considered an imported disease in Thailand. Since then, autochthonous leishmaniasis was reported in both immmunocompetent and immmunocompromised patients especially in human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)/acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). A new species was identified and named as Leishmania siamensis consisting of two lineages, that is, lineages TR and PG. Analysis of isoenzymes has clarified the more commonly detected L. siamensis lineage PG as Leishmania martiniquensis (MON-229), a species originally reported from the Martinique Island, whereas the L...
January 16, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092793/high-dilutions-of-antimony-modulate-cytokines-production-and-macrophage-leishmania-l-amazonensis-interaction-in-vitro
#15
Fabiana Rodrigues de Santana, Luciane C Dalboni, Kátia F Nascimento, Fabiana Toshie Konno, Anuska M Alvares-Saraiva, Michelle S F Correia, Maristela Dutra Correa Bomfim, Renato C V Casarin, Elizabeth C Perez, Maria Anete Lallo, Giovani B Peres, Márcia Dalastra Laurenti, Nilson R Benites, Dorly F Buchi, Leoni Villano Bonamin
BACKGROUND: In previous results mice treated with high dilutions of antimony presented reduction of monocyte migration to the site of infection with increase in B lymphocytes population in the local lymph node. AIMS: To know the mechanisms involved, a series of in vitro studies was done, using co-cultures of macrophages (RAW 264.7) and Leishmania (L.) amazonensis treated with different dilutions of antimony (Antimonium crudum or AC), in different times. METHODOLOGY: Spreading, phagocytosis, the oxidative activity of macrophages, the viability of free promastigotes and the cytokines/chemokines concentration in the supernatant were evaluated...
January 13, 2017: Cytokine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091623/comparative-genomics-of-canine-isolated-leishmania-leishmania-amazonensis-from-an-endemic-focus-of-visceral-leishmaniasis-in-governador-valadares-southeastern-brazil
#16
Hugo O Valdivia, Laila V Almeida, Bruno M Roatt, João Luís Reis-Cunha, Agnes Antônia Sampaio Pereira, Celia Gontijo, Ricardo Toshio Fujiwara, Alexandre B Reis, Mandy J Sanders, James A Cotton, Daniella C Bartholomeu
Leishmaniasis is a highly diverse group of diseases caused by kinetoplastid of the genus Leishmania. These parasites are taxonomically diverse, with human pathogenic species separated into two subgenera according to their development site inside the alimentary tract of the sand fly insect vector. The disease encompasses a variable spectrum of clinical manifestations with tegumentary or visceral symptoms. Among the causative species in Brazil, Leishmania (Leishmania) amazonensis is an important etiological agent of human cutaneous leishmaniasis that accounts for more than 8% of all cases in endemic regions...
January 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091384/determination-the-role-of-rhipicephalus-sanguineus-for-transmission-of-leishmania-major-to-reservoir-animals
#17
Hüseyin Bilgin Bilgiç, Serkan Bakırcı, Onur Köse, Ayça Aksulu, Selin Hacılarlıoğlu, Tülin Karagenç
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to explore the role of Rhipicephalus sanguineus in the transmission of Leishmania major, the etiological agent of zoonotic cutaneous leishmaniasis. METHODS: Ten gerbils (Meriones unguiculatus) were infected with promastigotes of L. major, and 10 gerbils were maintained as controls. In a controlled environment, 2000 R. sanguineus larvae were fed to two gerbils. Following feeding to gerbils, 65 tick pools were prepared from the engorged larvae and molted unfed nymphs...
December 2016: Türkiye Parazitolojii Dergisi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087274/study-of-antileishmanial-activity-of-2-aminobenzoyl-amino-acid-hydrazides-and-their-quinazoline-derivatives
#18
Sherine Nabil Khattab, Nesreen Saied Haiba, Ahmed Mosaad Asal, Adnan A Bekhit, Aida A Guemei, Adel Amer, Ayman El-Faham
A new small library of 2-aminobenzoyl amino acid hydrazide derivatives and quinazolinones derivatives was synthesized and fully characterized by IR, NMR, and elemental analysis. The activity of the prepared compounds on the growth of Leishmania aethiopica promastigotes was evaluated. 2-Benzoyl amino acid hydrazide showed higher inhibitory effect than the quinazoline counterpart. The in vitro antipromastigote activity demonstrated that compounds 2a, 2b, 2f and 4a had IC50 better than standard drug miltefosine and comparable activity to amphotericin B deoxycholate, which indicates their high antileishmanial activity against Leishmania...
January 5, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081121/isolation-of-novel-trypanosomatid-zelonia-australiensis-sp-nov-kinetoplastida-trypanosomatidae-provides-support-for-a-gondwanan-origin-of-dixenous-parasitism-in-the-leishmaniinae
#19
Joel Barratt, Alexa Kaufer, Bryce Peters, Douglas Craig, Andrea Lawrence, Tamalee Roberts, Rogan Lee, Gary McAuliffe, Damien Stark, John Ellis
The genus Leishmania includes approximately 53 species, 20 of which cause human leishmaniais; a significant albeit neglected tropical disease. Leishmaniasis has afflicted humans for millennia, but how ancient is Leishmania and where did it arise? These questions have been hotly debated for decades and several theories have been proposed. One theory suggests Leishmania originated in the Palearctic, and dispersed to the New World via the Bering land bridge. Others propose that Leishmania evolved in the Neotropics...
January 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077746/vector-competence-of-lutzomyia-cruzi-naturally-demonstrated-for-leishmania-infantum-and-suspected-for-leishmania-amazonensis
#20
Everton Falcão de Oliveira, Elisa Teruya Oshiro, Wagner Souza Fernandes, Alda Maria Teixeira Ferreira, Alessandra Gutierrez de Oliveira, Eunice Aparecida Bianchi Galati
Corumbá city is one of the oldest visceral leishmaniasis-endemic foci in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil, where the transmission of Leishmania infantum has been attributed to Lutzomyia cruzi Aiming at investigating the parameters of the vectorial capacity of Lu. cruzi for L. infantum, a project was undertaken in this city. Among these parameters, vector competence was investigated and the results obtained are reported herein. Of the 12 hamsters exposed to feed wild-caught female sandflies, two developed infection with L...
January 11, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
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