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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550086/the-iron-dependent-mitochondrial-superoxide-dismutase-soda-promotes-leishmania-virulence
#1
Bidyottam Mittra, Maria Fernanda Laranjeira-Silva, Danilo Ciccone Miguel, Juliana Perrone Bezerra de Menezes, Norma W Andrews
Leishmaniasis is one of the leading global neglected diseases, affecting millions of people worldwide. Leishmania infection depends on the ability of insect-transmitted metacyclic promastigotes to invade mammalian hosts, differentiate into amastigotes and replicate inside macrophages. To counter the hostile oxidative environment inside macrophages, these protozoans contain anti-oxidant systems that include iron-dependent superoxide dismutases (SODs) in mitochondria and glycosomes. Increasing evidence suggests that in addition to this protective role, Leishmania mitochondrial SOD may also initiate H2O2-mediated redox signaling that regulates gene expression and metabolic changes associated with differentiation into virulent forms...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549876/prediction-and-analysis-of-promiscuous-t-cell-epitopes-derived-from-the-vaccine-candidate-antigens-of-leishmania-donovani-binding-to-mhc-class-ii-alleles-using-in-silico-approach
#2
Manju Kashyap, Varun Jaiswal, Umar Farooq
Visceral leishmaniasis is a dreadful infectious disease and caused by the intracellular protozoan parasites, Leishmania donovani and Leishmania infantum. Despite extensive efforts for developing effective prophylactic vaccine, still no vaccine is available against leishmaniasis. However, advancement in immunoinformatics methods generated new dimension in peptide based vaccine development. The present study was aimed to identify T-cell epitopes from the vaccine candidate antigens like Lipophosphogylcan-3(LPG-3) and Nucleoside hydrolase (NH) from the L...
May 23, 2017: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543264/implication-clinical-and-biological-impact-of-vector-borne-haemopathogens-in-anaemic-dogs-in-france-a-prospective-study
#3
T Bouzouraa, J L Cadore, J Chene, I Goy-Thollot, F Ponce, K Chalvet-Monfray, B Rannou, L Chabanne
OBJECTIVES: To prospectively describe the clinical and biological impact of vector-borne haemopathogens in anaemic dogs in France and occurrence of haemolysis. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This prospective descriptive cohort study includes 134 client-owned dogs that were anaemic on admission at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital of VetAgro Sup, Lyon, France. They underwent comprehensive screening with PCR to detect a panel of vector-borne haemopathogens, SNAP Leishmania and SNAP 4Dx Plus (IDEXX)...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Small Animal Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542539/a-leishmania-secretion-system-for-the-expression-of-major-ampullate-spidroin-mimics
#4
Todd A Lyda, Elizabeth L Wagner, Andre X Bourg, Congyue Peng, Golnaz Najaf Tomaraei, Delphine Dean, Marian S Kennedy, William R Marcotte
Spider major ampullate silk fibers have been shown to display a unique combination of relatively high fracture strength and toughness compared to other fibers and show potential for tissue engineering scaffolds. While it is not possible to mass produce native spider silks, the potential ability to produce fibers from recombinant spider silk fibers could allow for an increased innovation rate within tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. In this pilot study, we improved upon a prior fabrication route by both changing the expression host and additives to the fiber pulling precursor solution to improve the performance of fibers...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542526/leishmania-enriettii-muniz-medina-1948-a-highly-diverse-parasite-is-here-to-stay
#5
Larissa F Paranaiba, Lucélia J Pinheiro, Ana C Torrecilhas, Diego H Macedo, Armando Menezes-Neto, Wagner L Tafuri, Rodrigo P Soares
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542202/unravelling-the-rate-of-action-of-hits-in-the-leishmania-donovani-box-using-standard-drugs-amphotericin-b-and-miltefosine
#6
Diana Tegazzini, Juan Cantizani, Imanol Peña, Julio Martín, Jose M Coterón
In recent years, the neglected diseases drug discovery community has elected phenotypic screening as the key approach for the identification of novel hit compounds. However, when this approach is applied, important questions related to the mode of action for these compounds remain unanswered. One of such questions is related to the rate of action, a useful piece of information when facing the challenge of prioritising the most promising hit compounds. In the present work, compounds of the "Leishmania donovani box" were evaluated using a rate of action assay adapted from a replicative intracellular high content assay recently developed...
May 25, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539410/leishmania-donovani-restricts-mitochondrial-dynamics-to-enhance-mirnp-stability-and-target-rna-repression-in-host-macrophages
#7
Yogaditya Chakrabarty, Suvendra N Bhattacharyya
microRNAs (miRNA), the tiny regulatory RNAs, form complex with Argonaute (Ago) proteins and inhibit gene expression in metazoan cells. While studying parasite invaded macrophages, we have identified a unique mode of gene regulation, where the parasite Leishmania donovani (Ld) causes mitochondrial depolarization, reduces mitochondrial dynamics and restricts turnover of cellular microRNA ribonucleoprotein (miRNP) complexes in infected host cells. This leads to increased stability of miRNPs along with elevated level of Ago2 bound cytokine mRNA in Ld infected macrophages...
May 24, 2017: Molecular Biology of the Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536289/modulation-of-aneuploidy-in-leishmania-donovani-during-adaptation-to-different-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-environments-and-its-impact-on-gene-expression
#8
F Dumetz, H Imamura, M Sanders, V Seblova, J Myskova, P Pescher, M Vanaerschot, C J Meehan, B Cuypers, G De Muylder, G F Späth, G Bussotti, J R Vermeesch, M Berriman, J A Cotton, P Volf, J C Dujardin, M A Domagalska
Aneuploidy is usually deleterious in multicellular organisms but appears to be tolerated and potentially beneficial in unicellular organisms, including pathogens. Leishmania, a major protozoan parasite, is emerging as a new model for aneuploidy, since in vitro-cultivated strains are highly aneuploid, with interstrain diversity and intrastrain mosaicism. The alternation of two life stages in different environments (extracellular promastigotes and intracellular amastigotes) offers a unique opportunity to study the impact of environment on aneuploidy and gene expression...
May 23, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534448/the-use-of-escherichia-coli-total-antigens-as-a-complementary-approach-to-address-seropositivity-to-leishmania-antigens-in-canine-leishmaniosis
#9
Carla Lima, João Rodrigo Mesquita, Hugo Brancal, Thomas Vahlenkamp, Ana Rafaela Teixeira, Luís Cardoso, Célia Amorim, Nuno Santarém, Anabela Cordeiro DA Silva
Canine leishmaniosis (CanL) is a major veterinary concern and a public health issue. Serological data are essential for disease management. Several antigens used in serological assays have specificity related problems preventing relevant seropositivity values establishment. Herein we report significant seropositivity level disparity in a study cohort with 384 dogs from eight countries, for antigens traditionally used in CanL - soluble promastigote Leishmania antigens (SPLA) and K39 recombinant protein (rK39): 43·8 and 2·9% for SPLA and rK39, respectively...
May 23, 2017: Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530056/-cutaneous-leishmaniasis-in-israel-2016-an-update
#10
REVIEW
Michal Solomon, Eli Schwartz
Leishmaniasis is endemic in Israel and is increasing in its frequency. The pathogens that cause cutaneous leishmaniasis (CL) in Israel are Leishmania major (L. major) and Leishmania tropica (L. tropica). In recent years, there have been significant changes in the distribution of these species. L. major is endemic mainly in the Negev, Arava and the Beit She'an Valley. L. tropica is endemic in Tiberias, northern Sea of Galilee, Samaria and in the vicinity of Jerusalem such as at Kfar Adumim, Ma'ale Adumim and Anathoth (north-east of Jerusalem)...
October 2016: Harefuah
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527905/peroxisome-proliferator-activated-receptor-%C3%AE-mediated-polarization-of-macrophages-in-neospora-caninum-infection
#11
Xuexiu He, Pengtao Gong, Zhengkai Wei, Weijian Liu, Weili Wang, Jianhua Li, Zhengtao Yang, Xichen Zhang
BACKGROUND: Neospora caninum is an apicomplexan parasite closely related Toxoplasma gondii, which causes neurological disease and abortion in multiple animal species. Macrophage polarization plays an important role in host immune responses to parasites infection, such as Toxoplasma gondii, Leishmania, Trypanosoma cruzi. However, the dynamics of macrophage polarization, as well as the possible mechanism that regulate macrophage polarization, during N. caninum infection remains unclear...
May 17, 2017: Experimental Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527882/new-epidemiological-pattern-of-cutaneous-leishmaniasis-in-two-pre-saharan-arid-provinces-southern-morocco
#12
Mouad Ait Kbaich, Idriss Mhaidi, Abdelkacem Ezzahidi, Nouredine Dersi, Adil El Hamouchi, Myriam Riyad, Khadija Akarid, Meryem Lemrani
Three Leishmania species are responsible of cutaneous leishmaniasis (CL) in Morocco. Zoonotic CL due to Leishmania major and Leishmania infantum, the first is known as established in the eastern arid regions, whereas the latter evolves sporadically, especially in the North. While Leishmania tropica, classically considered anthroponotic, is endemic in the semi-arid regions and is largely distributed throughout the country. The aim of this study was to identify the Leishmania species causing CL in two Provinces in arid pre-Saharan region known as zoonotic CL foci, and to contribute an update to the national data concerning the distribution of Leishmania species in both regions...
May 17, 2017: Acta Tropica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525618/establishing-expanding-and-certifying-a-closed-colony-of-phlebotomus-argentipes-diptera-psychodidae-for-xenodiagnostic-studies-at-the-kala-azar-medical-research-center-muzaffarpur-bihar-india
#13
Puja Tiwary, Shakti Kumar Singh, Anurag Kumar Kushwaha, Edgar Rowton, David Sacks, Om Prakash Singh, Shyam Sundar, Phillip Lawyer
This pilot project was preliminary and essential to a larger effort to define the ability of certain human-subject groups across the infection spectrum to serve as reservoirs of Leishmania donovani infection to sand flies in areas of anthroponotic transmission such as in Bihar state, India. This is possible only via xenodiagnosis of well-defined subject groups using live vector sand flies. The objective was to establish at the Kala Azar Medical Research Center (KAMRC), Muzaffarpur, Bihar, India, a self-sustaining colony of Phlebotomus argentipes (Annandale & Brunneti), closed to infusion with wild-caught material and certified safe for human xenodiagnosis...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Medical Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524774/cytotoxicity-and-anti-leishmania-amazonensis-activity-of-citrus-sinensis-leaf-extracts
#14
Andreza R Garcia, Ana Claudia F Amaral, Mariana M B Azevedo, Suzana Corte-Real, Rosana C Lopes, Celuta S Alviano, Anderson S Pinheiro, Alane B Vermelho, Igor A Rodrigues
CONTEXT: Leishmania amazonensis is the main agent of diffuse cutaneous leishmaniasis, a disease characterized by lesional polymorphism and the commitment of skin surface. Previous reports demonstrated that the Citrus genus possess antimicrobial activity. OBJECTIVE: This study evaluated the anti-L. amazonensis activity of Citrus sinensis (L.) Osbeck (Rutaceae) extracts. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Citrus sinensis dried leaves were subjected to maceration with hexane (CH), ethyl acetate (CEA), dichloromethane/ethanol (CD/Et - 1:1) or ethanol/water (CEt/W - 7:3)...
December 2017: Pharmaceutical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523421/serological-evidence-of-infection-by-paracoccidioides-brasiliensis-in-dogs-with-leishmaniasis
#15
Tatiane Ferreira Petroni, Lucas Xavier Bonfietti, Tiago Henrique Zaninelli, Eiko Nakagawa Itano, Mario Augusto Ono
Paracoccidioidomycosis is a systemic mycosis prevalent in Latin American countries, caused by the dimorphic fungi Paracoccidioides brasiliensis and P. lutzii. The habitat of these fungi in nature remains undefined, although it is believed that infection occurs by inhalation of infective propagules present in soil. Sentinel animals, such as dogs, can be valuable epidemiological markers of paracoccidioidomycosis. Taking into account that paracoccidioidomycosis and visceral leishmaniasis may occur in the same area, the objective of this study was to evaluate the occurrence of P...
May 18, 2017: Mycopathologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522323/in-vivo-imaging-of-pathogen-homing-to-the-host-tissues
#16
Joana Tavares, David M Costa, Ana Rafaela Teixeira, Anabela Cordeiro-da-Silva, Rogerio Amino
Hematogenous dissemination followed by tissue tropism is a characteristic of the infectious process of many pathogens including those transmitted by blood-feeding vectors. After entering into the blood circulation, these pathogens must arrest in the target organ before they infect a specific tissue. Here, we describe a non-invasive method to visualize and quantify the homing of pathogens to the host tissues. By using in vivo bioluminescence imaging we quantify the accumulation of luciferase-expressing parasites in the host organs during the first minutes following their intravascular inoculation in mice...
May 15, 2017: Methods: a Companion to Methods in Enzymology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28518475/lipid-bodies-accumulation-in-leishmania-infantum-infected-c57bl-6-macrophages
#17
Nilda E Rodríguez, Ryan D Lockard, Elizabeth A Turcotte, Théo Araujo-Santos, Patrícia T Bozza, Valéria M Borges, Mary E Wilson
Lipid bodies (LBs) are intracellular accumulations of neutral lipids surrounded by a single membrane. These organelles are involved in the production of eicosanoids, which modulate immunity by either promoting or dampening inflammatory responses. Leishmania infantum, the etiological agent of visceral leishmaniasis in Brazil, is an intracellular parasite that causes disease by suppressing macrophage microbicidal responses. C57BL/6 mouse bone marrow-derived macrophages infected with L. infantum strain LcJ had higher numbers of LB+ cells (P<0...
May 18, 2017: Parasite Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515660/environmental-factors-associated-with-the-distribution-of-visceral-leishmaniasis-in-endemic-areas-of-bangladesh-modeling-the-ecological-niche
#18
Abu Yousuf Md Abdullah, Ashraf Dewan, Md Rakibul Islam Shogib, Md Masudur Rahman, Md Faruk Hossain
BACKGROUND: Visceral leishmaniasis (VL) is a parasitic infection (also called kala-azar in South Asia) caused by Leishmania donovani that is a considerable threat to public health in the Indian subcontinent, including densely populated Bangladesh. The disease seriously affects the poorest subset of the population in the subcontinent. Despite the fact that the incidence of VL results in significant morbidity and mortality, its environmental determinants are relatively poorly understood, especially in Bangladesh...
2017: Tropical Medicine and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515135/not-all-antigens-are-created-equally-progress-challenges-and-lessons-associated-with-developing-a-vaccine-for-leishmaniasis
#19
Malcolm S Duthie, Steven G Reed
From experimental models and the analyses of patients, it is well documented that antigen-specific T cells are critical for protection against Leishmania infection. Effective vaccines require both targeting to the pathogen and an immune stimulant to induce maturation of appropriate immune responses. While a great number of antigens have been examined as vaccine candidates across various Leishmania species, few have advanced to human or canine clinical trials. With emphasis on antigen expression, in this minireview we discuss some the vaccine platforms that are currently being explored for the development of Leishmania vaccines...
May 17, 2017: Clinical and Vaccine Immunology: CVI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511704/the-use-of-kdna-minicircle-subclass-relative-abundance-to-differentiate-between-leishmania-l-infantum-and-leishmania-l-amazonensis
#20
Marcello Ceccarelli, Luca Galluzzi, Aurora Diotallevi, Francesca Andreoni, Hailie Fowler, Christine Petersen, Fabrizio Vitale, Mauro Magnani
BACKGROUND: Leishmaniasis is a neglected disease caused by many Leishmania species, belonging to subgenera Leishmania (Leishmania) and Leishmania (Viannia). Several qPCR-based molecular diagnostic approaches have been reported for detection and quantification of Leishmania species. Many of these approaches use the kinetoplast DNA (kDNA) minicircles as the target sequence. These assays had potential cross-species amplification, due to sequence similarity between Leishmania species. Previous works demonstrated discrimination between L...
May 16, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
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