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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221113/autochthonous-outbreak-and-expansion-of-canine-visceral-leishmaniasis-uruguay
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Dinora Satragno, Paula Faral-Tello, Bruno Canneva, Lorenzo Verger, Alejandra Lozano, Edgardo Vitale, Gonzalo Greif, Carlos Soto, Carlos Robello, Yester Basmadjián
We report an outbreak of canine visceral leishmaniasis in Uruguay. Blood specimens from 11/45 dogs tested positive for Leishmania spp. Specimens of Lutzomyia longipalpis sand flies were captured; typing revealed Leishmania infantum. Our findings document an expansion of visceral leishmaniasis to southern South America and risk for vectorborne transmission to humans.
March 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219639/leishmania-l-amazonensis-induces-hyperalgesia-in-balb-c-mice-contribution-of-endogenous-spinal-cord-tnf%C3%AE-and-nf%C3%AE%C2%BAb-activation
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Sergio M Borghi, Victor Fattori, Kenji W Ruiz-Miyazawa, Milena M Miranda-Sapla, Rúbia Casagrande, Phileno Pinge-Filho, Wander R Pavanelli, Waldiceu A Verri
: Cutaneous leishmaniasis (CL) is the most common form of the leishmaniasis in humans. Ulcerative painless skin lesions are predominant clinical features of CL. Wider data indicate pain accompanies human leishmaniasis, out with areas of painless ulcerative lesions per se. In rodents, Leishmania (L.) major infection induces nociceptive behaviors that correlate with peripheral cytokine levels. However, the role of the spinal cord in pain processing after Leishmania infection has not been investigated...
February 17, 2017: Chemico-biological Interactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216511/global-kinetoplastea-phylogeny-inferred-from-a-large-scale-multigene-alignment-including-parasitic-species-for-better-understanding-transitions-from-a-free-living-to-a-parasitic-lifestyle
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Euki Yazaki, Sohta A Ishikawa, Keitaro Kume, Akira Kumagai, Takashi Kamaishi, Goro Tanifuji, Tetsuo Hashimoto, Yuji Inagaki
All members of the order Trypanosomatida known to date are parasites that are most likely descendants of a free-living ancestor. Trypanosomatids are an excellent model to assess the transition from a free-living to a parasitic lifestyle, because a large amount of experimental data has been accumulated for well-studied members that are harmful to humans and livestock (Trypanosoma spp. and Leishmania spp.). However, recent advances in our understanding of the diversity of trypanosomatids and their close relatives (i...
February 20, 2017: Genes & Genetic Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214869/effects-of-antimalarial-tafenoquine-on-blood-platelet-activity-and-survival
#4
Hang Cao, Rosi Bissinger, Anja T Umbach, Abdulla Al Mamun Bhuyan, Florian Lang, Meinrad Gawaz
BACKGROUND/AIMS: The 8-aminoquinoline tafenoquine has been shown to be effective against Plasmodia, Leishmania and Trypanosoma. The substance is at least in part effective by triggering apoptosis of the parasites. Moreover, tafenoquine has been shown to trigger eryptosis, the suicidal erythrocyte death characterized by cell shrinkage and cell membrane scrambling with phosphatidylserine translocation to the erythrocyte surface. The effect of tafenoquine on eryptosis is in part due to stimulation of Ca2+ entry and oxidative stress...
January 26, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210761/the-evolutionary-loss-of-rnai-key-determinants-in-kinetoplastids-as-a-multiple-sporadic-phenomenon
#5
Andrey V Matveyev, João M P Alves, Myrna G Serrano, Vladimir Lee, Ana M Lara, William A Barton, André G Costa-Martins, Stephen M Beverley, Erney P Camargo, Marta M G Teixeira, Gregory A Buck
We screened the genomes of a broad panel of kinetoplastid protists for genes encoding proteins associated with the RNA interference (RNAi) system using probes from the Argonaute (AGO1), Dicer1 (DCL1), and Dicer2 (DCL2) genes of Leishmania brasiliensis and Crithidia fasciculata. We identified homologs for all the three of these genes in the genomes of a subset of these organisms. However, several of these organisms lacked evidence for any of these genes, while others lacked only DCL2. The open reading frames encoding these putative proteins were structurally analyzed in silico...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Molecular Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210511/unusual-presentation-of-cutaneous-leishmaniasis-ocular-leishmaniasis
#6
Masoud Doroodgar, Moein Doroodgar, Abbas Doroodgar
The leishmaniases are parasitic diseases that are transmitted to humans by infected female sandflies. Cutaneous leishmaniasis (CL) is one of 3 main forms of the disease. CL is the most common form of the disease and is endemic in many urban and rural parts of Iran and usually caused by two species of Leishmania: L. major and L. tropica. We report a case of unusual leishmaniasis with 25 lesions on exposed parts of the body and right eyelid involvement (ocular leishmaniasis). The patient was a 75-year-old male farmer referred to health care center in Aran va Bidgol city...
2017: Case Reports in Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209553/intraspecific-genetic-variability-in-a-population-of-moroccan-leishmania-infantum-revealed-by-pcr-rflp-of-kdna-minicircles
#7
Adil El Hamouchi, Rajaa Ejghal, Moustapha Hida, Meryem Lemrani
In Morocco, Leishmania infantum is the main etiologic agent of human and canine visceral leishmaniasis (VL). This species has been proven to be an opportunistic agent in HIV+ patients and is also responsible of sporadic cutaneous leishmaniasis (CL).This work aims to evaluate the genetic variability of Moroccan L. infantum strains based on PCR-RFLP analysis of the kinetoplastid DNA (kDNA) minicircles. A total of 75 DNA samples extracted from positive Giemsa-stained smears (n=32) and from L. infantum cultures (n=43) was studied...
February 14, 2017: Acta Tropica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208616/immunoinformatics-features-linked-to-leishmania-vaccine-development-data-integration-of-experimental-and-in-silico-studies
#8
Rory C F Brito, Frederico G Guimarães, João P L Velloso, Rodrigo Corrêa-Oliveira, Jeronimo C Ruiz, Alexandre B Reis, Daniela M Resende
Leishmaniasis is a wide-spectrum disease caused by parasites from Leishmania genus. There is no human vaccine available and it is considered by many studies as apotential effective tool for disease control. To discover novel antigens, computational programs have been used in reverse vaccinology strategies. In this work, we developed a validation antigen approach that integrates prediction of B and T cell epitopes, analysis of Protein-Protein Interaction (PPI) networks and metabolic pathways. We selected twenty candidate proteins from Leishmania tested in murine model, with experimental outcome published in the literature...
February 10, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207936/th17-cells-and-neutrophils-close-collaborators-in-chronic-leishmania-mexicana-infections-leading-to-disease-severity
#9
Claudia Patricia Pedraza-Zamora, José Delgado-Domínguez, Jaime Zamora-Chimal, Ingeborg Becker
Cutaneous leishmaniasis caused by Leishmania mexicana is associated with an important inflammatory response. We here analyzed the kinetics of Th17 cells and neutrophils in earlobe lesions caused by Leishmania mexicana throughout 90 days of disease progresion in susceptible BALB/c and semi-resistant C57BL/6 mice infected with 1x10(5) Leishmania mexicana promastigotes. Cells in the lesions were extracted and quantified by flow cytometry, whereas their distribution in the tissues in relation to the parasites was analyzed by immunohistochemistry...
February 16, 2017: Parasite Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202044/the-history-of-leishmaniasis
#10
REVIEW
Dietmar Steverding
In this review article the history of leishmaniasis is discussed regarding the origin of the genus Leishmania in the Mesozoic era and its subsequent geographical distribution, initial evidence of the disease in ancient times, first accounts of the infection in the Middle Ages, and the discovery of Leishmania parasites as causative agents of leishmaniasis in modern times. With respect to the origin and dispersal of Leishmania parasites, the three currently debated hypotheses (Palaearctic, Neotropical and supercontinental origin, respectively) are presented...
February 15, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193741/coinfection-of-leishmania-guyanensis-and-human-immunodeficiency-virus-acquired-immune-deficiency-syndrome-report-of-a-case-of-disseminated-cutaneous-leishmaniasis-in-ecuador
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Manuel Calvopina, Cristina Aguirre, William Cevallos, Alberto Castillo, Ibrahim Abbasi, Alon Warburg
Reported herein is the first case of Leishmania-human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) coinfection in Ecuador. In Ecuador, HIV infections overlap endemic areas of leishmaniasis. Immunosuppression is a well-established risk factor for developing severe disease. This is a severe case of a 32-year-old man presenting with disseminated pleomorphic ulcers, papules, and cutaneous plaque-like lesions over his whole body. Numerous amastigotes were observed in both skin scrapings and biopsies. The sequence of the cytochrome b gene confirmed the presence of Leishmania guyanensis The patient was treated but failed to respond to meglumine antimoniate and amphotericin B...
February 13, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192528/cd8-t-cell-cytotoxicity-mediates-pathology-in-the-skin-by-inflammasome-activation-and-il-1%C3%AE-production
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Fernanda O Novais, Augusto M Carvalho, Megan L Clark, Lucas P Carvalho, Daniel P Beiting, Igor E Brodsky, Edgar M Carvalho, Phillip Scott
Deregulated CD8+ T cell cytotoxicity plays a central role in enhancing disease severity in several conditions. However, we have little understanding of the mechanisms by which immunopathology develops as a consequence of cytotoxicity. Using murine models of inflammation induced by the protozoan parasite leishmania, and data obtained from patients with cutaneous leishmaniasis, we uncovered a previously unrecognized role for NLRP3 inflammasome activation and IL-1β release as a detrimental consequence of CD8+ T cell-mediated cytotoxicity, ultimately resulting in chronic inflammation...
February 13, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191297/leishmania-infantum-and-epstein-barr-virus-co-infection-in-a-patient-with-hemophagocytosis
#13
Zied Gaifer, Mohamed-Rachid Boulassel
The authors describe a rare case of a 27- year old previously healthy male presenting with high grade fever, pancytopenia, hepatosplenomegaly, high levels of ferritin and triglyceride, suggesting a diagnosis of hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH) syndrome. Other investigations showed a positive Leishmania infantum serology and high Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) viremia. The diagnosis of a visceral leishmaniasis was confirmed by bone morrow biopsy, which showed Leishman-Donovan bodies and evidence of HLH. The patient received liposomal amphotericin B and he had a complete resolution of his symptoms and clearance of EBV viremia...
December 31, 2016: Infectious Disease Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28189085/synthesis-and-antitrypanosomal-activities-of-novel-pyridylchalcones
#14
Avninder S Bhambra, Ketan C Ruparelia, Hoon L Tan, Deniz Tasdemir, Hollie Burrell-Saward, Vanessa Yardley, Kenneth J M Beresford, Randolph R J Arroo
A library of novel pyridylchalcones were synthesised and screened against Trypanosoma brucei rhodesiense. Eight were shown to have good activity with the most potent 8 having an IC50 value of 0.29 μM. Cytotoxicity testing with human KB cells showed a good selectivity profile for this compound with a selectivity index of 47. Little activity was seen when the library was tested against Leishmania donovani. In conclusion, pyridylchalcones are promising leads in the development of novel compounds for the treatment of human African trypanosomiasis (HAT)...
January 23, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188871/cloning-characterization-and-subcellular-localization-of-nuclear-lim-interactor-interacting-factor-gene-from-leishmania-donovani
#15
R Ravinder, N Goyal
LIM domains are zinc-binding motifs that mediate protein-protein interactions and are found in a wide variety of cytoplasmic and nuclear proteins. The nuclear LIM domain family members have a number of different functions including transcription factors, gene regulation, cell fate determination, organization of the cytoskeleton and tumour formation exerting their function through various LIM domain interacting protein partners/cofactors. Nuclear LIM domain interacting proteins/factors have not been reported in any protozoan parasites including Leishmania...
February 7, 2017: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187714/tipmt-identification-of-pcr-based-taxon-specific-markers
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Gabriela F Rodrigues-Luiz, Mariana S Cardoso, Hugo O Valdivia, Edward V Ayala, Célia M F Gontijo, Thiago de S Rodrigues, Ricardo T Fujiwara, Robson S Lopes, Daniella C Bartholomeu
BACKGROUND: Molecular genetic markers are one of the most informative and widely used genome features in clinical and environmental diagnostic studies. A polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-based molecular marker is very attractive because it is suitable to high throughput automation and confers high specificity. However, the design of taxon-specific primers may be difficult and time consuming due to the need to identify appropriate genomic regions for annealing primers and to evaluate primer specificity...
February 11, 2017: BMC Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187163/enhanced-survival-of-leishmania-major-in-neutrophil-granulocytes-in-the-presence-of-apoptotic-cells
#17
Natallia Salei, Lars Hellberg, Jörg Köhl, Tamás Laskay
Neutrophil granulocytes are the first leukocytes that encounter and phagocytose Leishmania major (L. major) parasites in the infected skin. The parasites can nonetheless survive within neutrophils. However, the mechanisms enabling the survival of Leishmania within neutrophils are still elusive. Previous findings indicated that human neutrophils can engulf apoptotic cells. Since apoptotic neutrophils are abundant in infected tissues, we hypothesized that the uptake of apoptotic cells results in diminished anti-leishmanial activity and, consequently, contributes to enhanced survival of the parasites at the site of infection...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182579/synthesis-and-biological-evaluation-of-newer-1-3-4-oxadiazoles-incorporated-with-benzothiazepine-and-benzodiazepine-moieties
#18
Patel Navin, Patel Sarvil, Purohit Amit, Patel Divyesh, Rajani Dhansukh, Rosa Moo-Puc, Gildardo Rivera
A series of thiazepines and diazepines having 1,3,4-oxadiazole moiety were synthesized, and they were analyzed for their in vitro antimicrobial activity against several bacteria (Staphylococcus aureus, Staphylococcus pyogenes, Escherichia coli, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa) and fungi (Candida albicans, Aspergillus niger, and Aspergillus Clavatus) and protozoa (Entamoeba histolytica, Giardia lamblia, Trypanosoma cruzi and Leishmania mexicana). Few of the selected compounds were tested for their antitubercular activity...
February 9, 2017: Zeitschrift Für Naturforschung. C, A Journal of Biosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182549/putative-drug-and-vaccine-target-identification-in-leishmania-donovani-membrane-proteins-using-na%C3%A3-ve-bayes-probabilistic-classifier
#19
Arvind Kumar Sinha, Pradeep Singh, Anand Prakash, Dharm Pal, Anuradha Dube, Awanish Kumar
Predicting the role of protein is one of the most challenging problems. There are few approaches available for the prediction of role of unknown protein in terms of drug target or vaccine candidate. We propose here Naïve Bayes probabilistic classifier, a promising method for reliable predictions. This method is tested on the proteins identified in our mass spectrometry based membrane protemics study of Leishmania donovani parasite that causes a fatal disease (Visceral Leishmaniasis) in humans all around the world...
January 2017: IEEE/ACM Transactions on Computational Biology and Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182432/the-interaction-of-kmp-11-with-phospholipid-membranes-and-its-implications-in-leishmaniasis-the-effects-of-single-tryptophan-mutations-and-cholesterol
#20
Achinta Sannigrahi, Pabitra Maity, Sanat Karmakar, Krishnananda Chattopadhyay
KMP-11 is a small protein, which is believed to control overall bilayer pressure of leishmania parasite. Recent results suggested that membrane binding and the presence of cholesterol affect the efficacy of leishmanial infection, in which KMP-11 play an important role. Nevertheless, there exists no systematic study of membrane interaction with KMP-11 either in the absence or presence of cholesterol. In this paper, we investigated the interaction between KMP-11 and phospholipid membranes, using an unsatuarated (PC 18:1) 1,2-dioleoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (DOPC) and a saturated (PC 12:0) 1,2-dilauroyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (DLPC) lipid, as membrane mimics...
February 9, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
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