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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108401/constitutive-expression-and-characterization-of-a-surface-srs-ncsrs67-protein-of-neospora-caninum-with-no-orthologue-in-toxoplasma-gondii
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Marcos Alexandre Bezerra, Luiz Miguel Pereira, Aline Bononi, Carla Agostino Biella, Luciana Baroni, Leticia Pollo-Oliveira, Ana Patrícia Yatsuda
Neospora caninum is a parasite of the Apicomplexa phylum responsible for abortion and losses of fertility in cattle. As part of its intracellular cycle, the first interaction of the parasite with the target cell is performed with the surface proteins known as the SRS superfamily (Surface Antigen Glycoprotein - Related Sequences). SAG related or SRS proteins have been a target of intense research due to its immunodominant pattern, exhibiting potential as diagnostic and/or vaccine candidates. The aim of this study was the cloning, expression and characterization of the gene NcSRS67 of N...
January 17, 2017: Parasitology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100230/seroprevalence-of-toxoplasma-gondii-infection-in-feral-cats-in-qatar
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Sonia Boughattas, Jerzy Behnke, Aarti Sharma, Marawan Abu-Madi
BACKGROUND: Cats are essential in the life cycle of Toxoplasma gondii as they can shed the environmentally resistant oocysts after acquiring infection. Human populations living in cities with high densities of feral cats are therefore likely to be at risk of infection. The current study is the first to estimate the seroprevalence of T. gondii in the feral cat population in Qatar. We investigated the seroprevalence of T. gondii among 495 adult cats from urban and suburban districts in Qatar...
January 18, 2017: BMC Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100223/surface-attachment-promoted-by-the-actomyosin-system-of-toxoplasma-gondii-is-important-for-efficient-gliding-motility-and-invasion
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Jamie A Whitelaw, Fernanda Latorre-Barragan, Simon Gras, Gurman S Pall, Jacqueline M Leung, Aoife Heaslip, Saskia Egarter, Nicole Andenmatten, Shane R Nelson, David M Warshaw, Gary E Ward, Markus Meissner
BACKGROUND: Apicomplexan parasites employ a unique form of movement, termed gliding motility, in order to invade the host cell. This movement depends on the parasite's actomyosin system, which is thought to generate the force during gliding. However, recent evidence questions the exact molecular role of this system, since mutants for core components of the gliding machinery, such as parasite actin or subunits of the MyoA-motor complex (the glideosome), remain motile and invasive, albeit at significantly reduced efficiencies...
January 18, 2017: BMC Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100166/smite-an-r-bioconductor-package-that-identifies-network-modules-by-integrating-genomic-and-epigenomic-information
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N Ari Wijetunga, Andrew D Johnston, Ryo Maekawa, Fabien Delahaye, Netha Ulahannan, Kami Kim, John M Greally
BACKGROUND: The molecular assays that test gene expression, transcriptional, and epigenetic regulation are increasingly diverse and numerous. The information generated by each type of assay individually gives an insight into the state of the cells tested. What should be possible is to add the information derived from separate, complementary assays to gain higher-confidence insights into cellular states. At present, the analysis of multi-dimensional, massive genome-wide data requires an initial pruning step to create manageable subsets of observations that are then used for integration, which decreases the sizes of the intersecting data sets and the potential for biological insights...
January 18, 2017: BMC Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096857/the-effect-of-fluphenazine-and-thioridazine-on-toxoplasma-gondii-in-vivo
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Mehrzad Saraei, Yosef Ghaderi, Tahereh Mosavi, Mojtaba Shahnazi, Marjan Nassiri-Asl, Hassan Jahanihashemi
BACKGROUND: Toxoplasma gondii is the most common parasite causing latent cerebral infections in human. It has been shown that some anti-psychotic drugs are able to inhibit the proliferation of the parasite in in vitro study. There is very limited data regarding the inhibitory effect of anti-psychotics on Toxoplasma in in vivo. In this study, we evaluated anti-Toxoplasma activity of fluphenazine and thioridazine drugs on T. gondii in mice. METHODS: Mice were divided into six groups: Control, sesame as vehicle, thioridazine 10 mg/kg, thioridazine 20 mg/kg, fluphenazine 0...
April 2016: Iranian Journal of Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096851/acetylcholinesterase-inhibitor-improves-learning-and-memory-impairment-induced-by-toxoplasma-gondii-infection
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Hossein Mahmoudvand, Vahid Sheibani, Hossein Keshavarz, Saeedeh Shojaee, Khadijeh Esmaeelpour, Naser Ziaali
BACKGROUND: Here, we established the mouse models of chronic toxoplasmosis by T. gondii Tehran strain to provide a good understanding about defining the possible association between T. gondii exposure and learning and memory impairments. Moreover, as secondary objective of the present study, we hypothesized whether administration of an acetylcholinesterase (AChE) inhibitor could reduce learning and memory impairments induced by T. gondii infection. METHODS: Twenty-four male BALB/c mice were used to establishment of latent toxoplasmosis...
April 2016: Iranian Journal of Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096849/assessment-of-the-effects-of-extremely-low-frequency-electromagnetic-fields-on-toxoplasma-gondii
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Sercin Ozlem-Caliskan, Hatice Ertabaklar, Mehmet Dincer Bilgin, Sema Ertug
BACKGROUND: The effects of extremely low frequency electromagnetic fields (ELF-EMF) on Toxoplasma gondii have not been explained yet. The aim of this study was to assess the possible effects of ELF-EMF on growth, survival time and viability of Toxoplasma gondii. In addition, the life span of Toxoplasma infected animals was investigated. METHODS: Sixty adult male BALB/c mice were used for in vivo and in vivo experiments in Laboratory of Biopyhsics and Parasitology of Medical Faculty, Adnan Menderes University, Turkey, in 2010...
April 2016: Iranian Journal of Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095655/production-of-il-1%C3%AE-and-inflammasome-with-up-regulated-expressions-of-nod-like-receptor-related-genes-in-toxoplasma-gondii-infected-thp-1-macrophages
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Jia-Qi Chu, Ge Shi, Yi-Ming Fan, In-Wook Choi, Guang-Ho Cha, Yu Zhou, Young-Ha Lee, Juan-Hua Quan
Toxoplasma gondii is an obligate intracellular parasite that stimulates production of high levels of proinflammatory cytokines, which are important for innate immunity. NLRs, i.e., nucleotide-binding oligomerization domain (NOD)-like receptors, play a crucial role as innate immune sensors and form multiprotein complexes called inflammasomes, which mediate caspase-1-dependent processing of pro-IL-1β. To elucidate the role of inflammasome components in T. gondii-infected THP-1 macrophages, we examined inflammasome-related gene expression and mechanisms of inflammasome-regulated cytokine IL-1β secretion...
December 2016: Korean Journal of Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093212/long-term-sera-storage-does-not-significantly-modify-the-interpretation-of-toxoplasmosis-serologies
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C Dard, S Bailly, T Drouet, H Fricker-Hidalgo, M P Brenier-Pinchart, H Pelloux
BACKGROUND: Serological investigation of Toxoplasma gondii can answer many questions about toxoplasmosis in human pathology. Along these lines, studies on serum storage in biobanks need to be performed especially in terms of determining the impact of storage on relevance of sera analysis after freezing. This study assessed the impact of long-term sera storage on the stability of anti-Toxoplasma immunoglobulins. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The stability of anti-Toxoplasma IgG and IgM was studied in 244 and 242 sera respectively, stored at -20°C from one month to ten years...
January 13, 2017: Journal of Microbiological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092463/ccaat-enhancer-binding-protein-%C3%AE-mediates-the-killing-of-toxoplasma-gondii-by-inducing-autophagy-in-nonhematopoietic-cells
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Yanhui Yu, Na Zhao, Jiaqi An, Xichen Zhang
Autophagy is a main defense strategy by which infected host cells can virtually induce the killing of parasite, including Toxoplasma gondii. However, the regulatory mechanisms of autophagy in T. gondii-infected nonhematopoietic cells are still unknown. Emerging evidence indicates that CCAAT/enhancer-binding protein β (C/EBP β) is associated with the regulation of autophagy. Herein, we hypothesized that C/EBP β plays roles in inducing autophagy in nonhematopoietic cells. Expression of C/EBP β was aberrantly regulated in endothelial cells and retinal pigment epithelial cells challenged by T...
January 16, 2017: DNA and Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090819/toxoplasmic-encephalitis-relapse-rates-with-pyrimethamine-based-therapy-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Mark P Connolly, Elizabeth Goodwin, Carina Schey, Jacqueline Zummo
Toxoplasmic encephalitis (TE) is caused by Toxoplasma gondii infection and can be a life-threatening disease in immunocompromised patients. This study evaluated the rate of relapse associated with pyrimethamine-based maintenance therapy (i.e. secondary prophylaxis) in patients with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) or AIDs treated prior to and after the common use (i.e. 1996) of highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) (pre-HAART and post-HAART, respectively). PubMed, Google Scholar, and Cochrane databases were searched to 6 June 2016 using search terms: pyrimethamine, Daraprim, Fansidar, Metakelfin, Fansimef, 5-(4-chlorophenyl)-6-ethyl-2,4-pyrimidinediamine, encephalitis, cerebral, toxoplasmosis, toxoplasmic, and gondii...
January 16, 2017: Pathogens and Global Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089947/hepatic-xanthine-oxidase-activity-and-purine-nucleosides-levels-as-physiological-mediators-to-analyze-a-subcutaneous-treatment-with-phse-2-in-mice-infected-by-toxoplasma-gondii
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Pedro H Doleski, Daniela B R Leal, Vanessa Machado, Nathieli B Bottari, Emerson A Casali, Cesar E J Moritz, Giovana Camillo, Fernanda F Vogel, Lenita M Stefani, Aleksandro Schafer da Silva
The aim of this study was to evaluate the levels of purine nucleosides and xanthine oxidase (XO) activity in the liver of mice chronically infected by Toxoplasma gondii and treated with diphenyl diselenide (PhSe)2. For this experiment, forty Swiss mice were used. Twenty animals were orally infected by approximately 50 bradizoites of a cystogenic ME-49 strain of T. gondii, and the same number of uninfected mice was used as a control group. Ten infected and ten uninfected mice were subcutaneously treated twice (days 1 and 20 post-infection (PI)) with 5 μmol kg(-1) of (PhSe)2...
January 12, 2017: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087594/a-human-proteome-array-approach-to-identifying-key-host-proteins-targeted-by-toxoplasma-kinase-rop18
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Zhaoshou Yang, Yongheng Hou, Taofang Hao, Hee-Sool Rho, Jun Wan, Yizhao Luan, Xin Gao, Jianping Yao, Aihua Pan, Zhi Xie, Jiang Qian, Wanqin Liao, Heng Zhu, Xingwang Zhou
Toxoplasma kinase ROP18 is a key molecule responsible for the virulence of Toxoplasma gondii; however, the mechanisms by which ROP18 exerts parasite virulence via interaction with host proteins remain limited to a small number of identified substrates. To identify a broader array of ROP18 substrates we successfully purified bioactive mature ROP18 and used it to probe a human proteome array. Sixty-eight new putative host targets were identified. Functional annotation analysis suggested that these proteins have a variety of functions including metabolic process, kinase activity and phosphorylation, cell growth, apoptosis and cell death, and immunity, indicating a pleiotropic role of ROP18 kinase...
January 13, 2017: Molecular & Cellular Proteomics: MCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086987/a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-the-seroprevalence-of-toxoplasma-gondii-in-cats-in-mainland-china
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Huan Ding, Yu-Meng Gao, Yao Deng, Poppy H L Lamberton, Da-Bing Lu
BACKGROUND: Toxoplasmosis is caused by Toxoplasma gondii which can infect all warm-blooded animals. As the most common feline definitive host, cats play a vital role in the transmission of T. gondii. However, national estimates of the seroprevalence of T. gondii in cats in mainland China are lacking, and therefore a systematic review and meta-analysis were performed to provide insight into national environmental transmission levels and potential transmission to humans. METHODS: Studies published up until July 1, 2016, on T...
January 13, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078755/modulation-of-host-cell-sumoylation-facilitates-efficient-development-of-plasmodium-berghei-and-toxoplasma-gondii
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Mulaka Maruthi, Dipti Singh, Segireddy Rameswara Reddy, Babu S Mastan, Satish Mishra, Kota Arun Kumar
SUMOylation is a reversible post translational modification of proteins that regulates protein stabilization, nucleocytoplasmic transport and protein-protein interactions. Several viruses and bacteria modulate host SUMOylation machinery for efficient infection. Plasmodium sporozoites are infective forms of malaria parasite that infect hepatocytes and transforms into exoerythrocytic forms (EEFs). Here we show that, during EEF development, the distribution of SUMOylated proteins in host cell nuclei was significantly reduced and expression of the SUMOylation enzymes was downregulated...
January 12, 2017: Cellular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077462/bromodomains-in-protozoan-parasites-evolution-function-and-opportunities-for-drug-development
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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/28077075/protection-via-a-rom4-dna-vaccine-and-peptide-against-toxoplasma-gondii-in-balb-c-mice
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Yali Han, Aihua Zhou, Gang Lu, Guanghui Zhao, Lin Wang, Jingjing Guo, Pengxia Song, Jian Zhou, Huaiyu Zhou, Hua Cong, Shenyi He
BACKGROUND: Toxoplasma gondii (T. gondii) is an obligate intracellular protozoan parasite with a broad host range including most warm-blooded animals, including humans. T. gondii surface antigen 1 (SAG1) is a well-characterized T. gondii antigen. T. gondii expresses five nonmitochondrial rhomboid intramembrane proteases, TgROM1-5. TgROM4 is uniformly distributed on the surface of T. gondii and involved in regulating MIC2, MIC3, MIC6, and AMA1 during T. gondii invasion of host cells. Bioinformatics have predicted ROM4 B-cell and T-cell epitopes...
January 11, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075410/is-toxoplasma-gondii-a-trigger-of-bipolar-disorder
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REVIEW
Claudia Del Grande, Luca Galli, Elisa Schiavi, Liliana Dell'Osso, Fabrizio Bruschi
Toxoplasma gondii, a ubiquitous intracellular parasite, has a strong tropism for the brain tissue, where it forms intracellular cysts within the neurons and glial cells, establishing a chronic infection. Although latent toxoplasmosis is generally assumed to be asymptomatic in immunocompetent individuals, it is now clear that it can induce behavioral manipulations in mice and infected humans. Moreover, a strong relation has emerged in recent years between toxoplasmosis and psychiatric disorders. The link between T...
January 10, 2017: Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074022/making-home-sweet-and-sturdy-toxoplasma-gondii-ppgalnac-ts-glycosylate-in-hierarchical-order-and-confer-cyst-wall-rigidity
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Tadakimi Tomita, Tatsuki Sugi, Rama Yakubu, Vincent Tu, Yanfen Ma, Louis M Weiss
: The protozoan intracellular parasite Toxoplasma gondii forms latent cysts in the central nervous system (CNS) and persists for the lifetime of the host. This cyst is cloaked with a glycosylated structure called the cyst wall. Previously, we demonstrated that a mucin-like glycoprotein, CST1, localizes to the cyst wall and confers structural rigidity on brain cysts in a mucin-like domain-dependent manner. The mucin-like domain of CST1 is composed of 20 units of threonine-rich tandem repeats that are O-GalNAc glycosylated...
January 10, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072914/presence-of-pathogenic-rickettsiae-and-protozoan-in-samples-of-raw-milk-from-cows-goats-and-sheep
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Ewa Cisak, Violetta Zając, Jacek Sroka, Anna Sawczyn, Anna Kloc, Jacek Dutkiewicz, Angelina Wójcik-Fatla
OBJECTIVE: The aim of the present work was to determine the presence of various rickettsiae and protozoan in raw milk and the assessment the potential, milk-borne route in the spread of selected zoonotic pathogens. MATERIALS: A total of 119 raw milk samples collected randomly from 63 cows, 29 goats, and 27 sheep bred on 34 farms situated on eight communities in eastern Poland were examined by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) method for the presence of pathogenic rickettsiae (Coxiella burnetii, Anaplasma phagocytophilum, and Rickettsia spp...
January 10, 2017: Foodborne Pathogens and Disease
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