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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432838/are-poikilothermic-animals-real-hosts-for-toxoplasma-gondii
#1
Henryka Długońska
The protozoan Toxoplasma gondii is believed to be a common parasite of almost all endothermic animals and humans. However, recent reports of toxoplasmosis in marine mammals raise concern that cold-blooded animals may also be a potential source of T. gondii infection. The article discusses the presence of T. gondii in aquatic and terrestrial poikilothermic animals, which may be important elements in the transmission of the parasite.
2017: Annals of Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430827/dual-role-of-the-toxoplasma-gondii-clathrin-adaptor-ap1-in-the-sorting-of-rhoptry-and-microneme-proteins-and-in-parasite-division
#2
Kannan Venugopal, Elisabeth Werkmeister, Nicolas Barois, Jean-Michel Saliou, Anais Poncet, Ludovic Huot, Fabien Sindikubwabo, Mohamed Ali Hakimi, Gordon Langsley, Frank Lafont, Sabrina Marion
Toxoplasma gondii possesses a highly polarized secretory system, which efficiently assembles de novo micronemes and rhoptries during parasite replication. These apical secretory organelles release their contents into host cells promoting parasite invasion and survival. Using a CreLox-based inducible knock-out strategy and the ddFKBP over-expression system, we unraveled novel functions of the clathrin adaptor complex TgAP1. First, our data indicate that AP1 in T. gondii likely functions as a conserved heterotetrameric complex composed of the four subunits γ, β, μ1, σ1 and interacts with known regulators of clathrin-mediated vesicular budding such as the unique ENTH-domain containing protein, which we named Epsin-like protein (TgEpsL)...
April 21, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428784/the-roles-of-mast-cells-in-parasitic-protozoan-infections
#3
REVIEW
Fangli Lu, Shiguang Huang
Protozoan parasites such as Plasmodium spp., Leishmania spp., Trypanosoma spp., and Toxoplasma gondii are major causes of parasitic diseases in both humans and animals. The immune system plays a critical role against protozoa, but their immune mechanism remains poorly understood. This highlights the need to investigate the function of immune cells involved in the process of parasite infections and the responses of host immune system to parasite infections. Mast cells (MCs) are known to be central players in allergy and anaphylaxis, and it has been demonstrated that MCs have crucial roles in host defense against a number of different pathogens, including parasites...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426411/toxoplasma-gondii-in-backyard-pigs-seroepidemiology-and-mouse-bioassay
#4
Erika Fernanda Torres Samico-Fernandes, Marcela Fernanda Torres Samico-Fernandes, Pedro Paulo Feitosa de Albuquerque, Jonatas Campos de Almeida, André de Souza Santos, André da Rocha Mota, Orestes Luiz de Souza Neto, Rinaldo Aparecido Mota
The aim of this study was to evaluate the occurrence of Toxoplasma gondii in backyard pigs destined for human consumption in Pernambuco state, Brazil. Blood and tissue samples (liver, heart, brain, lung and diaphragm) were collected from 224 pigs from legal slaughterhouses and tested for T. gondii infection. Antibodies to T. gondii were found in the sera of 37.9% (85/224) by using the immunofluorescence antibody test (cut-off - 1:64). Tissue samples from seropositive pigs were bioassayed in mice. Tissue samples from seropositive pigs and from mice of the bioassay were submitted to histopathology, immunohistochemistry, polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and sequencing; 14...
June 1, 2017: Acta Parasitologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424687/cd103-cd8-t-cells-in-the-toxoplasma-infected-brain-exhibit-a-tissue-resident-memory-transcriptional-profile
#5
Tyler A Landrith, Suhas Sureshchandra, Andrea Rivera, Jessica C Jang, Maham Rais, Meera G Nair, Ilhem Messaoudi, Emma H Wilson
During chronic infection, memory T cells acquire a unique phenotype and become dependent on different survival signals than those needed for memory T cells generated during an acute infection. The distinction between the role of effector and memory T cells in an environment of persistent antigen remains unclear. Here, in the context of chronic Toxoplasma gondii infection, we demonstrate that a population of CD8 T cells exhibiting a tissue-resident memory (TRM) phenotype accumulates within the brain. We show that this population is distributed throughout the brain in both parenchymal and extraparenchymal spaces...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424680/induction-of-protective-immunity-against-toxoplasma-gondii-in-mice-by-nucleoside-triphosphate-hydrolase-ii-ntpase-ii-self-amplifying-rna-vaccine-encapsulated-in-lipid-nanoparticle-lnp
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Fangjun Luo, Lina Zheng, Yue Hu, Shuxian Liu, Yan Wang, Zhongkui Xiong, Xin Hu, Feng Tan
RNA-based vaccine represents an irresistible and safe immunization strategy with decreasing theoretical risks of genomic integration and malignant cell transformation. To our knowledge, however, there is no report about development of RNA vaccine against Toxoplasma gondii infection. We have previously demonstrated that the recombinant T. gondii nucleoside triphosphate hydrolase-II (NTPase-II) protein is able to provide protective Th1 cell-mediated immunity against T. gondii. Herein, we evaluated the immunogenic potential of a self-amplifying RNA vaccine-encoding T...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424428/global-mirna-expression-profiling-of-domestic-cat-livers-following-acute-toxoplasma-gondii-infection
#7
Wei Cong, Xiao-Xuan Zhang, Jun-Jun He, Fa-Cai Li, Hany M Elsheikha, Xing-Quan Zhu
Although microRNAs (miRNAs) play an important role in liver homeostasis, the extent to which they can be altered by Toxoplasma gondii infection is unknown. Here, we utilized small RNA sequencing and bioinformatic analyses to characterize miRNA expression profiles in the liver of domestic cats at 7 days after oral infection with T. gondii (Type II) strain. A total of 384 miRNAs were identified and 82 were differentially expressed, of which 33 were up-regulated and 49 down-regulated. Also, 5690 predicted host gene targets for the differentially expressed miRNAs were identified using the bioinformatic algorithm miRanda...
March 10, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420448/association-of-cognitive-function-and-liability-to-addiction-with-childhood-herpesvirus-infections-a-prospective-cohort-study
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Michael M Vanyukov, Vishwajit L Nimgaonkar, Levent Kirisci, Galina P Kirillova, Maureen D Reynolds, Konasale Prasad, Ralph E Tarter, Robert H Yolken
Liability to substance use disorder (SUD) is largely nonspecific to particular drugs and is related to behavior dysregulation, including reduced cognitive control. Recent data suggest that cognitive mechanisms may be influenced by exposure to neurotropic infections, such as human herpesviruses. In this study, serological evidence of exposure to human herpesvirus Herpes simplex virus Type 1 (HSV-1), cytomegalovirus (CMV), and Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) as well as Toxoplasma gondii was determined in childhood (age ~11 years) in 395 sons and 174 daughters of fathers with or without SUD...
April 19, 2017: Development and Psychopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419631/tgpl2-a-patatin-like-phospholipase-domain-containing-protein-is-involved-in-the-maintenance-of-apicoplast-lipids-homeostasis-in-toxoplasma
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Maude F Lévêque, Laurence Berry, Yoshiki Yamaryo-Botté, Hoa Mai Nguyen, Marine Galera, Cyrille Y Botté, Sébastien Besteiro
Patatin-like phospholipases are involved in numerous cellular functions, including lipid metabolism and membranes remodeling. The patatin-like catalytic domain, whose phospholipase activity relies on a serine-aspartate dyad and an anion binding box, is widely spread among prokaryotes and eukaryotes. We describe TgPL2, a novel patatin-like phospholipase domain-containing protein from the parasitic protist Toxoplasma gondii. TgPL2 is a large protein, in which the key motifs for enzymatic activity are conserved in the patatin-like domain...
April 17, 2017: Molecular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419136/occurrence-of-leishmania-infantum-in-the-central-nervous-system-of-naturally-infected-dogs-parasite-load-viability-co-infections-and-histological-alterations
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Valéria da Costa Oliveira, Viviane Cardoso Boechat, Artur Augusto Velho Mendes Junior, Maria de Fátima Madeira, Luiz Claudio Ferreira, Fabiano Borges Figueiredo, Monique Paiva Campos, Francisco das Chagas de Carvalho Rodrigues, Raquel de Vasconcellos Carvalhaes de Oliveira, Maria Regina Reis Amendoeira, Rodrigo Caldas Menezes
Zoonotic visceral leishmaniasis is caused by the protozoan Leishmania infantum and little is known about the occurrence and pathogenesis of this parasite in the CNS. The aims of this study were to evaluate the occurrence, viability and load of L. infantum in the CNS, and to identify the neurological histological alterations associated with this protozoan and its co-infections in naturally infected dogs. Forty-eight Leishmania-seropositive dogs from which L. infantum was isolated after necropsy were examined...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418764/disease-surveillance-of-california-ground-squirrels-spermophilus-beecheyi-in-a-drive-through-zoo-in-oregon-usa
#11
Julia Ter Beest, Andrew Cushing, Modesto McClean, Wendy Hsu, Robert Bildfell
Rodents and other small wild mammals are often considered to be pests and vectors for disease in zoos that house small populations of valuable threatened and endangered animals. In 2005, three nonhuman primates at a drive-through zoo in Oregon, USA, acquired tularemia from an unknown source. Due to an abundance of California ground squirrels ( Spermophilus beecheyi ) on zoo grounds, we instituted serosurveillance of this species from July through September 2008 to determine the prevalence of antibodies against pathogens considered to be potentially transmissible to collection animals...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Wildlife Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414794/intestinal-extra-intestinal-and-systemic-sequelae-of-toxoplasma-gondii-induced-acute-ileitis-in-mice-harboring-a-human-gut-microbiota
#12
Eliane von Klitzing, Ira Ekmekciu, Anja A Kühl, Stefan Bereswill, Markus M Heimesaat
BACKGROUND: Within seven days following peroral high dose infection with Toxoplasma gondii susceptible conventionally colonized mice develop acute ileitis due to an underlying T helper cell (Th) -1 type immunopathology. We here addressed whether mice harboring a human intestinal microbiota developed intestinal, extra-intestinal and systemic sequelae upon ileitis induction. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: Secondary abiotic mice were generated by broad-spectrum antibiotic treatment and associated with a complex human intestinal microbiota following peroral fecal microbiota transplantation...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414523/presence-of-toxoplasma-gondii-in-drinking-water-from-an-endemic-region-in-southern-mexico
#13
Ivonne B Hernandez-Cortazar, Karla Y Acosta-Viana, Eugenia Guzman-Marin, Antonio Ortega-Pacheco, Jose C Segura-Correa, Matilde Jimenez-Coello
Toxoplasmosis can be acquired through the ingestion of contaminated drinking water with oocysts of Toxoplasma gondii, highly resistant to the routinely disinfection processes; based on chlorination commonly used in the water supply industry. The aim of this study was to determine the presence of T. gondii DNA in samples of public drinking water from an endemic region of southern Mexico. In total 74 samples of water (5 L each) were collected from the three well fields (I, II, and III) and 71 independent wells, distributing public drinking water to the city of Merida Yucatan, after passing through the chlorination process...
April 17, 2017: Foodborne Pathogens and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413330/toxoplasmosis-seroprevalence-in-iranian-women-and-risk-factors-of-the-disease-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#14
REVIEW
Azadeh Mizani, Abbas Alipour, Mehdi Sharif, Shahabeddin Sarvi, Afsaneh Amouei, Azar Shokri, Mohammad-Taghi Rahimi, Seyed Abdollah Hosseini, Ahmad Daryani
BACKGROUND: Toxoplasmosis is caused by an intracellular obligatory parasite, Toxoplasma gondii, and it has global distribution. The purposes of this systematic review and meta-analysis were to evaluate the seroprevalence of toxoplasmosis in Iranian pregnant women, and girls and women of childbearing age, and identify potentially preventable risk factors. METHODS: Between November 2014 and February 2017, nine electronic databases that reported data on the T. gondii seroprevalence in Iranian women were searched...
2017: Tropical Medicine and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28406972/disruption-of-outer-blood-retinal-barrier-by-toxoplasma-gondii-infected-monocytes-is-mediated-by-paracrinely-activated-fak-signaling
#15
Hyun Beom Song, Hyoung-Oh Jun, Jin Hyoung Kim, Young-Ha Lee, Min-Ho Choi, Jeong Hun Kim
Ocular toxoplasmosis is mediated by monocytes infected with Toxoplasma gondii that are disseminated to target organs. Although infected monocytes can easily access to outer blood-retinal barrier due to leaky choroidal vasculatures, not much is known about the effect of T. gondii-infected monocytes on outer blood-retinal barrier. We prepared human monocytes, THP-1, infected with T. gondii and human retinal pigment epithelial cells, ARPE-19, grown on transwells as an in vitro model of outer blood-retinal barrier...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28406951/protection-induced-by-virus-like-particles-containing-toxoplasma-gondii-microneme-protein-8-against-highly-virulent-rh-strain-of-toxoplasma-gondii-infection
#16
Su-Hwa Lee, Ah-Ra Kim, Dong-Hun Lee, Ilaria Rubino, Hyo-Jick Choi, Fu-Shi Quan
Toxoplasma gondii (T. gondii) microneme protein 8 (MIC8) represents a novel, functional distinct invasion factor. In this study, we generated virus-like particles (VLPs) targeting Toxoplasma gondii MIC8 for the first time, and investigated the protection against highly virulent RH strain of T. gondii in a mouse model. We found that VLP vaccination induced Toxoplasma gondii-specific IgG and IgG1 antibody responses in the sera. Upon challenge infection with RH strain of T. gondii tachyzoites, vaccinated mice showed a significant increase of both IgG antibodies in sera and IgA antibodies in feces compared to those before challenge, and a rapid expansion of both germinal center B cell (B220+, GL7+) and T cell (CD4+, CD8+) populations...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28404997/novel-fitc-labeled-igy-antibody-fluorescence-imaging-toxoplasma-gondii-in-vitro
#17
Mehtap Sert, Rabia Cakir Koc, Yasemin Budama Kilinc
Toxoplasmosis is caused by T. gondii and can create serious health problems in humans and also worldwide economic harm. Because of the clinical and veterinary importance of toxoplasmosis, its timely and accurate diagnosis has a major impact on disease-fighting strategies. T. gondii surface antigen 1 (SAG1), an immunodominant-specific antigen, is often used as a diagnostic tool. Therefore, the aim of this study was the optimization of novel fluorescein isothiocyanate (FITC) labeling of the SAG1-specific IgY antibody to show the potential for immunofluorescence imaging of T...
April 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28404792/toxoplasma-effectors-targeting-host-signaling-and-transcription
#18
REVIEW
Mohamed-Ali Hakimi, Philipp Olias, L David Sibley
Early electron microscopy studies revealed the elaborate cellular features that define the unique adaptations of apicomplexan parasites. Among these were bulbous rhoptry (ROP) organelles and small, dense granules (GRAs), both of which are secreted during invasion of host cells. These early morphological studies were followed by the exploration of the cellular contents of these secretory organelles, revealing them to be comprised of highly divergent protein families with few conserved domains or predicted functions...
July 2017: Clinical Microbiology Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28404209/investigation-of-toxoplasma-gondii-in-semen-testicle-and-epididymis-tissues-of-primo-infected-cats-felis-catus
#19
Weslen Fabricio Pires Teixeira, Maria Eduarda Gonçalves Tozato, Julia Cestari Pierucci, Giovana Pavão Vital, André Cayeiro Cruz, Welber Daniel Zanetti Lopes, Marina Suzuki Cursino, Samea Fernandes Joaquim, Vando Edésio Soares, Helio Langoni, Kátia Denise Saraiva Bresciani, Alvimar José da Costa
This study aimed to investigate the presence of Toxoplasma gondii in semen, testicle and epididymis tissues of cats experimentally infected by this coccidium. A total of 12 male felines without a definite breed that were of reproductive age and serologically negative for T. gondii were selected and distributed to the following three experimental groups: GI, inoculated with 600 tissue cysts of the P strain of T. gondii (isolate III); GII, inoculated with 2×10(5) tachyzoites of the RH strain (isolate I); and GIII, not inoculated (control group)...
April 3, 2017: Veterinary Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28403374/rrop2-from-toxoplasma-gondii-as-a-potential-vaccine-against-oocyst-shedding-in-domestic-cats
#20
Dauton Luiz Zulpo, Michelle Igarashi, Ana Sue Sammi, Joeleni Rosa Dos Santos, João Pedro Sasse, Ivo Alexandre Leme da Cunha, Alessandra Taroda, Luiz Daniel de Barros, Jonatas Campos de Almeida, Mark Christopher Jenkins, Italmar Teodorico Navarro, João Luis Garcia
The aim of the present study was to evaluate oocyst shedding in cats immunized by nasal route with T. gondii proteins ROP2. Twelve short hair cats (Felis catus) were divided in three groups G1, G2 and G3 (n=4). Animals from G1 received 100 μg of rROP2 proteins plus 20 μg of Quil-A, G2 received 100 μg of BSA plus 20 μg of Quil-A, and the G3 only saline solution (control group). All treatments were done by intranasal route at days 0, 21, 42, and 63. The challenge was performed in all groups on day 70 with ≅ 800 tissue cysts of ME-49 strain by oral route...
January 2017: Revista Brasileira de Parasitologia Veterinária, Brazilian Journal of Veterinary Parasitology
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