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American trypanosomiasis

Marilda Savoia Nascimento, Anna Maria Simonsen Stolf, Heitor Franco de Andrade Junior, Ramendra Pati Pandey, Eufrosina Setsu Umezawa
BACKGROUND: Vimentin is a main structural protein of the cell, a component of intermediate cell filaments and immersed in cytoplasm. Vimentin is mimicked by some bacterial proteins and anti-vimentin antibodies occur in autoimmune cardiac disease, as rheumatic fever. In this work we studied vimentin distribution on LLC-MK2 cells infected with T. cruzi and anti-vimentin antibodies in sera from several clinical pictures of Chagas' disease or American Trypanosomiasis, in order to elucidate any vimentin involvement in the humoral response of this pathology...
March 12, 2018: Arquivos Brasileiros de Cardiologia
Ludmila Ferreira de Almeida Fiuza, Raiza Brandão Peres, Marianne Rocha Simões-Silva, Patricia Bernardino da Silva, Denise da Gama Jaen Batista, Cristiane França da Silva, Aline Nefertiti Silva da Gama, Tummala Rama Krishna Reddy, Maria de Nazaré Correia Soeiro
American trypanosomiasis or Chagas disease (CD) is a vector borne pathology caused by the parasite Trypanosoma cruzi (T. cruzi), which remains a serious global health problem. The current available treatment for CD is limited to two nitroderivatives with limited efficacy and several side effects. The rational design of ergosterol synthetic route inhibitors (e.g. CYP51 inhibitors) represents a promising strategy for fungi and trypanosomatids, exhibiting excellent anti-T.cruzi activity in pre-clinical assays...
February 23, 2018: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
A Sabbagh, P Sonon, I Sadissou, C T Mendes-Junior, A Garcia, E A Donadi, D Courtin
Little attention has been devoted to the role of HLA-G gene and molecule on parasitic disorders, and the available studies have focused on malaria, African and American trypanosomiasis, leishmaniosis, toxoplasmosis and echinococcosis. After reporting a brief description regarding the role of the cells of innate and adaptive immune system against parasites, we reviewed the major features of the HLA-G gene and molecule and the role of HLA-G on the major cells of immune system. Increased levels of soluble HLA-G (sHLA-G) have been observed in patients presenting toxoplasmosis and in the active phase of echinococcosis...
January 25, 2018: HLA
Edson Santos Dantas, Rodrigo Gurgel-Gonçalves, Daniel Antunes Maciel Villela, Fernando Araújo Monteiro, Rafael Maciel-de-Freitas
BACKGROUND: Chagas disease, or American trypanosomiasis, is an important neglected tropical illness caused by the flagellate protozoan Trypanosoma cruzi, which is primarily transmitted to humans by hematophagous insects of the subfamily Triatominae. Although knowledge on triatomine movement capabilities at the micro-geographical scale is of fundamental importance concerning the development of effective vector control strategies, it remains a poorly understood subject. Furthermore, survival rates and size estimates of natural populations are important topics to consider when evaluating transmission intensity...
January 5, 2018: Parasites & Vectors
Noelia Lander, Miguel A Chiurillo, Mayara S Bertolini, Roberto Docampo, Aníbal E Vercesi
The presence of a conserved mechanism for mitochondrial calcium uptake in trypanosomatids was crucial for the molecular identification of the mitochondrial calcium uniporter (MCU), a long-sought channel present in most eukaryotic organisms. Since then, research efforts to elucidate the role of MCU and its regulatory elements in different biological models have multiplied. MCU is the pore-forming subunit of a multimeric complex (the MCU complex or MCUC) and its predicted structure in trypanosomes is simpler than in mammalian cells, lacking two of its subunits and probably possessing other unidentified components...
December 29, 2017: Cell Biology International
Jeiczon Jaimes-Dueñez, Omar Triana-Chávez, Ana M Mejía-Jaramillo
Animal Trypanosomiasis (AT) is one of the most important problems in the Colombian livestock industry reducing its production around 30%. Caribbean and Orinoquia regions play a significant role in the development of this industry, having about 6.9 million cattle and 113,000 buffaloes. Considering the paucity in studies to understand the epidemiological features and control of AT in Colombia, the present study reports the seasonal transmission patterns and phylogeographic traits of the causal agents of AT in cattle and buffaloes from these regions...
January 15, 2018: Veterinary Parasitology
Santiago Chávez, Guillermo Eastman, Pablo Smircich, Lorena Lourdes Becco, Carolina Oliveira-Rizzo, Rafael Fort, Mariana Potenza, Beatriz Garat, José Roberto Sotelo-Silveira, María Ana Duhagon
Trypanosoma cruzi is the protozoan parasite causing American trypanosomiasis or Chagas disease, a neglected parasitosis with important human health impact in Latin America. The efficacy of current therapy is limited, and its toxicity is high. Since parasite proliferation is a fundamental target for rational drug design, we sought to progress into its understanding by applying a genome-wide approach. Treating a TcI linage strain with hydroxyurea, we isolated epimastigotes in late G1, S and G2/M cell cycle stages at 70% purity...
2017: PloS One
Sandra C H Lonien, Aparecida D Malvezi, Helena T Suzukawa, Lucy M Yamauchi, Sueli F Yamada-Ogatta, Luiz V Rizzo, Juliano Bordignon, Phileno Pinge-Filho
Chagas disease (Cd) or American human trypanosomiasis is caused by Trypanosoma cruzi and affects ~7 million people, mostly in Latin America. The infective trypomastigote forms of the parasite can invade several human blood cell populations, including monocytes and dendritic cells (DC). Although these cells display a wide functional diversity, their interactions with T. cruzi via cyclooxygenase (COX) and cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP) dependent pathways have not been analyzed. To exploiting this mechanism, DC-enriched peripheral human blood mononuclear cell populations (DC-PBMC) were used as our model...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
María N Chao, Melissa Storey, Catherine Li, Maricel G Rodríguez, Florencia Di Salvo, Sergio H Szajnman, Silvia N J Moreno, Roberto Docampo, Juan B Rodriguez
The obligate intracellular parasite, Trypanosoma cruzi is the etiologic agent of Chagas disease or American trypanosomiasis, which is the most prevalent parasitic disease in the Americas. The present chemotherapy to control this illness is still deficient particularly in the chronic stage of the disease. The ergosterol biosynthesis pathway has received much attention as a molecular target for the development of new drugs for Chagas disease. Especially, inhibitors of the enzymatic activity of squalene synthase were shown to be effective compounds on T...
December 15, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
Muhammad Kashif, Antonio Moreno-Herrera, Juan Carlos Villalobos-Rocha, Benjamín Nogueda-Torres, Jaime Pérez-Villanueva, Karen Rodríguez-Villar, José Lius Medina-Franco, Peterson de Andrade, Ivone Carvalho, Gildardo Rivera
Chagas, or American trypanosomiasis, remains an important public health problem in developing countries. In the last decade, trans-sialidase has become a pharmacological target for new anti-Chagas drugs. In this work, the aims were to design and find a new series of benzoic acid derivatives as trans-sialidase (TS) inhibitors and anti-trypanosomal agents. Three compounds (14, 18, and 19) sharing a para-aminobenzoic acid moiety showed more potent trypanocidal activity than the commercially available drugs nifurtimox and benznidazole in both strains: the lysis concentration of 50% of the population (LC50) was <0...
October 30, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Indra G Rodriguez, Jose R Loaiza
American trypanosomiasis, or Chagas disease, is a growing public health problem in Panama, and further forest degradation due to human population growth is expected to worsen the situation. Most people infected with the parasite Trypanosoma cruzi are silently ill, and their life expectancy is severely compromised, which contributes to further deterioration of living conditions in endemic regions. Here, we review the outcomes of nearly 100 years of ecological and epidemiological investigation about Chagas disease in Panama, in an attempt to highlight progress, identify needs, and re-orient future efforts...
October 10, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
Emir Salas-Sarduy, Lionel Urán Landaburu, Joel X Karpiak, Kevin P Madauss, Juan José Cazzulo, Fernán Agüero, Vanina Eder Alvarez
American Trypanosomiasis or Chagas disease is a prevalent, neglected and serious debilitating illness caused by the kinetoplastid protozoan parasite Trypanosoma cruzi. The current chemotherapy is limited only to nifurtimox and benznidazole, two drugs that have poor efficacy in the chronic phase and are rather toxic. In this scenario, more efficacious and safer drugs, preferentially acting through a different mechanism of action and directed against novel targets, are particularly welcome. Cruzipain, the main papain-like cysteine peptidase of T...
September 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
Galia Ramírez-Toloza, Arturo Ferreira
American Trypanosomiasis is an important neglected reemerging tropical parasitism, infecting about 8 million people worldwide. Its agent, Trypanosoma cruzi, exhibits multiple mechanisms to evade the host immune response and infect host cells. An important immune evasion strategy of T. cruzi infective stages is its capacity to inhibit the complement system activation on the parasite surface, avoiding opsonizing, immune stimulating and lytic effects. Epimastigotes, the non-infective form of the parasite, present in triatomine arthropod vectors, are highly susceptible to complement-mediated lysis while trypomastigotes, the infective form, present in host bloodstream, are resistant...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
Qin Liu, Yun-Hai Guo, Yi Zhang, Zheng-Bin Zhou, Liang-Liang Zhang, Dan Zhu, Xiao-Nong Zhou
BACKGROUND: Triatomines, also known as kissing bugs, which are found throughout the world and especially in Latin America, are well known natural vectors that transmit American trypanosomiasis, also called Chagas disease. In China, the presence of two species of Triatoma (Triatoma rubrofasciata and T. sinica) was recorded in the past. Due to the growing population and the increasing risk of the global spread of Chagas disease, triatomines became a potential public health nuisance, and in 2016, we started monitoring triatomine activities in southern China...
August 15, 2017: Infectious Diseases of Poverty
Luis E Hernandez-Castro, Marta Paterno, Anita G Villacís, Björn Andersson, Jaime A Costales, Michele De Noia, Sofía Ocaña-Mayorga, Cesar A Yumiseva, Mario J Grijalva, Martin S Llewellyn
BACKGROUND: Rhodnius ecuadoriensis is the main triatomine vector of Chagas disease, American trypanosomiasis, in Southern Ecuador and Northern Peru. Genomic approaches and next generation sequencing technologies have become powerful tools for investigating population diversity and structure which is a key consideration for vector control. Here we assess the effectiveness of three different 2b restriction site-associated DNA (2b-RAD) genotyping strategies in R. ecuadoriensis to provide sufficient genomic resolution to tease apart microevolutionary processes and undertake some pilot population genomic analyses...
July 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
Vishal C Kalel, Leonidas Emmanouilidis, Maciej Dawidowski, Wolfgang Schliebs, Michael Sattler, Grzegorz M Popowicz, Ralf Erdmann
Vector-borne trypanosomatid parasite infections in tropical and sub-tropical countries constitute a major threat to humans and livestock. Trypanosoma brucei parasites are transmitted by tsetse fly and lead to African sleeping sickness in humans and Nagana in cattle. In Latin American countries, Trypanosoma cruzi infections spread by triatomine kissing bugs lead to Chagas disease. Various species of Leishmania transmitted to humans by phlebotomine sandflies manifest in a spectrum of diseases termed Leishmaniasis...
July 3, 2017: Microbial Cell
Jorge Rodríguez-Becerra, Lizethly Cáceres-Jensen, José Hernández-Ramos, Lorena Barrientos
American trypanosomiasis or Chagas disease caused by the protozoan Trypanosoma cruzi (T. cruzi) is an important endemic trypanosomiasis in Central and South America. This disease was considered to be a priority in the global plan to combat neglected tropical diseases, 2008-2015, which indicates that there is an urgent need to develop more effective drugs. The development of new chemotherapeutic agents against Chagas disease can be related to an important biochemical feature of T. cruzi: its redox defense system...
August 2017: Molecular Diversity
Perla F Araujo, Adriana B Almeida, Carlos F Pimentel, Adriano R Silva, Alessandro Sousa, Sebastião A Valente, Vera C Valente, Manuela M Britto, Ana C Rosa, Rozeneide M Alves, Luciana Hagström, Antonio Rl Teixeira
BACKGROUND: The Trypanosoma cruzi infection endemic in Latin America has now spread to several countries across four continents; this endemic involves triatomine vector-free protists. We hypothesised that the sexual transmission of T. cruzi contributes to the ongoing spread of Chagas disease. OBJECTIVES: A short-term longitudinal study was conducted to evaluate this hypothesis. METHODS: The study population comprised 109 subjects from four families, among whom 21 had been diagnosed with acute Chagas disease by direct parasitological analysis...
June 2017: Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz
Tatiana Rodrigues Alexandre, Marta Lopes Lima, Mariana Kolos Galuppo, Juliana Tonini Mesquita, Matilia Ana do Nascimento, Augusto Leonardo Dos Santos, Patricia Sartorelli, Daniel Carvalho Pimenta, Andre Gustavo Tempone
BACKGROUND: Major drawbacks of the available treatment against Chagas disease (American trypanosomiasis) include its toxicity and therapeutic inefficiency in the chronic phase of the infection, which makes it a concern among neglected diseases. Therefore, the discovery of alternative drugs for treating chronic Chagas disease requires immediate action. In this work, we evaluated the mushroom Pleurotus salmoneostramineus in the search for potential antiparasitic compounds. METHODS: Fruit bodies of the basidiomycete Pleurotus salmoneostramineus were triturated and submitted to organic solvent extraction...
2017: Journal of Venomous Animals and Toxins Including Tropical Diseases
Mathew M Kramm Iii, Maria R Gutierrez, Troy D Luepke, Cynthia Soria, Roel R Lopez, Susan M Cooper, Donald S Davis, Israel D Parker
Chagas disease, also known as American trypanosomiasis, is caused by the flagellate protozoan Trypanosoma cruzi. It is a significant health concern in South and Central America, where millions of people are infected or at risk of infection, and is an emerging health concern in the US. The occurrence of Chagas disease in natural environments is supported by mammal host species, but those primary species may vary based on geographic location. In South Texas, the primary host species for the disease is poorly understood, and required a field study to determine the spatial distribution of T...
October 2017: Journal of Wildlife Diseases
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