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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636445/developing-a-casper-survey-to-assess-the-prevalence-of-risk-factors-for-neglected-tropical-diseases-in-texas
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Seth Smitherman, Tracy Hammond, Daniel Goldberg, Jennifer Horney
While more than a billion people live at risk of neglected tropical diseases in areas of Asia, sub-Saharan Africa, and Latin America, the degree to which such diseases burden countries like the United States is currently unclear. Even though many neglected tropical diseases such as dengue, leishmaniasis, and Chagas disease are not endemic to the United States, the possibility of their emergence is noteworthy, especially in states like Texas, which has high levels of poverty, a large immigrant population, and a climate amenable to the vectors for these diseases and is geographically proximate to endemic areas...
May 2017: Health Security
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632825/-what-do-the-numbers-tell-us-about-the-temporal-evolution-of-chagas-disease
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Mauricio Canals, Christian González, Lucia Canals, Andrea Canals, Dante Cáceres, Sergio Alvarado, Pedro E Cattan, Miguel Saavedra, Inés Zulantay, Werner Apt
Chagas disease remains highly prevalent in Chile, especially between the regions of Arica and Parinacota, and Coquimbo. Since 1999 it is considered that in Chile the vector transmission was interrupted. Under this premise, the epidemiological dynamics should be changing. We analyzed the evolution of the prevalence of Chagas' disease analyzing 64,995 xenodiagnosis performed in the laboratory of Parasitology of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Chile between 1949 and 2014. The evolution of the mortalities and incidences from the databases of the Ministry of Health in the periods in which it was analyzed...
April 2017: Revista Chilena de Infectología: órgano Oficial de la Sociedad Chilena de Infectología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629155/repositioning-fda-drugs-as-potential-cruzain-inhibitors-from-trypanosoma-cruzi-virtual-screening-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-studies
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Isidro Palos, Edgar E Lara-Ramirez, Julio Cesar Lopez-Cedillo, Carlos Garcia-Perez, Muhammad Kashif, Virgilio Bocanegra-Garcia, Benjamin Nogueda-Torres, Gildardo Rivera
Chagas disease (CD) is a neglected disease caused by the parasite Trypanosoma cruzi, which affects underdeveloped countries. The current drugs of choice are nifurtimox and benznidazole, but both have severe adverse effects and less effectivity in chronic infections; therefore, the need to discover new drugs is essential. A computer-guided drug repositioning method was applied to identify potential FDA drugs (approved and withdrawn) as cruzain (Cz) inhibitors and trypanocidal effects were confirmed by in vitro and in vivo studies...
June 18, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620374/canine-macrophage-dh82-cell-line-as-a-model-to-study-susceptibility-to-trypanosoma-cruzi-infection
#4
Pedro Henrique Braz Mendonça, Raphael Francisco Dutra Barbosa da Rocha, Julliane Brito de Braz Moraes, Isabel Ferreira LaRocque-de-Freitas, Jorgete Logullo, Alexandre Morrot, Marise Pinheiro Nunes, Celio Geraldo Freire-de-Lima, Debora Decote-Ricardo
Trypanosoma cruzi is an obligatory intracellular protozoan parasite, and it is the etiological agent of Chagas' disease that is endemic in the Americas. In addition to humans, a wide spectrum of mammals can be infected by T. cruzi, including dogs. Dogs develop acute and chronic disease, similar to human infection. T. cruzi can infect almost all cell types and after cell invasion, the metacyclics trypomastigotes localize in the cytoplasm, where they transform into amastigotes, the replicative form of T. cruzi in mammals...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618210/the-non-canonical-substrates-of-trypanosoma-cruzi-tyrosine-and-aspartate-aminotransferases-branched-chain-amino-acids
#5
N C Manchola, A M Silber, C Nowicki
Trypanosoma cruzi, the etiological agent of Chagas disease, lacks genes that encode canonical branched-chain aminotransferases. However, early studies showed that when epimastigotes were grown in the presence of (14) C1 -DL-leucine, the label was incorporated into various intermediates. More recently, our studies provided evidence that T. cruzi epimastigotes display a single ATP-dependent and saturable transport system that enables epimastigotes to uptake branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs) from the culture media...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614468/-estimating-demand-for-anti-chagas-drugs-a-contribution-for-access-in-latin-america
#6
Gabriela Costa Chaves, Mariana Abi-Saab Arrieche, Joelle Rode, Daniel Mechali, Priscileyne Ouverney Reis, Renato Vieira Alves, Eric Stobbaerts, Nora Girón Aguilar, Isabela Ribeiro
Objective: Describe a tool to estimate demand for benznidazole and nifurtimox to treat Chagas disease, and report on its implementation in a group of Latin American countries. Methods: The project was carried out in the following stages: 1) development of a tool to estimate demand, and definition of the evaluation and decision variables to estimate demand 2) data collection via a questionnaire completed by representatives of control programs, complemented with data from the literature; 3) presentation of the tool, followed by validation, and adaptation by representatives of the control programs in order to plan drug procurement for 2012 and 2013; and 4) further analysis of the obtained data, especially regarding benznidazole, and comparison of country estimates...
June 8, 2017: Revista Panamericana de Salud Pública, Pan American Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614443/-effects-of-gestational-weight-gain-and-breastfeeding-on-postpartum-weight-retention-among-women-in-the-brisa-cohort
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Deysianne Costa das Chagas, Antônio Augusto Moura da Silva, Cecília Cláudia Costa Ribeiro, Rosângela Fernandes Lucena Batista, Maria Teresa Seabra Soares de Britto E Alves
This study analyzed the effects of gestational weight gain and breastfeeding on postpartum weight retention. The study followed 2,607 women from the BRISA cohort. The variables were age, socioeconomic status, parity, pre-gestational body mass index, gestational weight gain, duration of maternal breastfeeding, length of postpartum follow-up, and postpartum weight gain. Structural equation modeling was used to evaluate the total, direct, and indirect effects of the explanatory variables on postpartum weight retention...
June 12, 2017: Cadernos de Saúde Pública
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612497/pharmacotherapy-follow-up-role-in-active-malaria-surveillance-in-a-travel-medicine-centre-outside-the-transmission-area-in-brazil
#8
R S Pedro, P Brasil, A Pina-Costa, C R Machado, L S Damasceno, C T Daniel-Ribeiro, L Guaraldo
WHAT IS KNOWN AND OBJECTIVE: Malaria is a potentially severe disease, widespread in tropical and subtropical areas. Apart from parasite drug resistance, which receives the largest share of attention, several factors directly influence the response to antimalarial treatment such as incorrect doses, adverse drug events, lack of adherence to treatment, drug quality and drug-drug interactions. Pharmacotherapy follow-up can be used to monitor and improve the effectiveness of treatment, prevent drug-related problems and ensure patient safety...
June 13, 2017: Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28610727/is-caffeic-acid-as-the-major-metabolite-present-in-moscatel-wine-protein-haze-hydrolysate-involved-in-protein-haze-formation
#9
Ricardo Chagas, Ana Maria Lourenço, Sara Monteiro, Ricardo Boavida Ferreira, Luísa Maria Ferreira
This work was conducted to identify the major low molecular weight compounds present in the wine precipitate and to assess their potential contribution to wine protein haze formation. The heat-induced protein precipitate from a white Moscatel of Alexandria wine was subjected to alkaline hydrolysis. The major compound present was found to be caffeic acid among other minor, unidentified compounds. Caffeic acid was identified by both UV-vis and (1)H NMR spectra. The concentration of caffeic acid in the original wine sample was 1...
August 2017: Food Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28610264/contribution-to-the-knowledge-of-the-neotropical-species-of-i-smeryngolaphria-i-hermann-1912-diptera-asilidae-laphriinae
#10
Alexssandro Camargo, Rodrigo Vieira, Sheila Lima, Cínthia Chagas
The male of Smeryngolaphria gurupi Artigas, Papavero & Pimentel, 1988 and the female of Smeryngolaphria taperignae Artigas, Papavero & Pimentel, 1988 are described for the first time. The habitus, thorax, abdomen, male and female terminalia with external and internal structures are illustrated and described. The external and internal structures of the male and female of Smeryngolaphria gorayebi Artigas, Papavero & Pimentel, 1988, Smeryngolaphria maculipennis (Macquart, 1846) and Smeryngolaphria numitor (Osten Sacken, 1887) are described and illustrated, Smeryngolaphria numitor for the first time...
June 1, 2017: Zootaxa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28607099/inhibition-of-the-host-cell-lysosome-spreading-by-trypanosoma-cruzi-metacyclic-stage-specific-surface-molecule-gp90-down-regulates-parasite-invasion
#11
João Paulo Ferreira Rodrigues, Guilherme Hideki Takahashi Sant'ana, Maria Aparecida Juliano, Nobuko Yoshida
Successful infection by Trypanosoma cruzi, the agent of Chagas disease, is critically dependent on the host cell invasion by metacyclic trypomastigote (MT) forms. Two main metacyclic stage-specfic surface molecules, gp82 and gp90, play determinant roles in target cell invasion in vitro and in oral T. cruzi infection in mice. The structure and properties of gp82, which is highly conserved among T. cruzi strains, are well known. Informations on gp90 are still rather sparse. Here we attempted to fill that gap...
June 12, 2017: Infection and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606853/proteomic-analysis-of-the-kissing-bug-rhodnius-prolixus-antenna
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Daniele S Oliveira, Nathalia F Brito, Fabio C S Nogueira, Monica F Moreira, Walter S Leal, Marcia R Soares, Ana C A Melo
Reception of odorants is essential in insects' life since the chemical signals in the environment (=semiochemicals) convey information about availability of hosts for a blood meal, mates for reproduction, sites for oviposition and other relevant information for fitness in the environment. Once they reach the antennae, these semiochemicals bind to odorant-binding proteins and are transported through the sensillar lymph until reach the odorant receptors. Such perireceptor events, particularly the interactions with transport proteins, are the liaison between the external environment and the entire neuroethological system and, therefore, a potential target to disrupt insect chemical communication...
June 9, 2017: Journal of Insect Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606682/the-mechanisms-of-ventricular-arrhythmia-in-chagas-disease
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Andrew Tinker
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August 1, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606318/integrative-taxonomy-of-goezia-spinulosa-nematoda-raphidascarididae-from-arapaimas-in-the-northwestern-brazil
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Maralina Torres da Silva, Pedro Hercílio de Oliveira Cavalcante, Ana Carolina Alves de Camargo, Vanessa Aparecida das Chagas Moutinho, Everton Gustavo Nunes Dos Santos, Cláudia Portes Santos
Arapaima gigas, a fish with a high market value, has been farmed in different localities within Brazil. Among its parasites, adults of Goezia spinulosa are reported to cause ulcers in the stomach and to result in the death of farmed fingerlings. Due to the veterinary importance of this nematode in cultured arapaimas, an integrative taxonomic study is proposed, combining morphological, ultrastructural and genetic profiles of this parasite. The fish were obtained from semi-intensive fish farming in Acre State, Brazil...
August 15, 2017: Veterinary Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28605522/seasonality-and-temperature-dependent-flight-dispersal-of-triatoma-infestans-hemiptera-reduviidae-and-other-vectors-of-chagas-disease-in-western-argentina
#15
Osvaldo Di Iorio, Ricardo E Gürtler
Flight dispersal of Triatominae is affected by climatic conditions and determines the spatiotemporal patterns of house invasion and transmission of Trypanosoma cruzi Chagas (Kinetoplastida: Trypanosomatidae). We investigated the detailed time structure and temperature dependencies of flight occurrence of Triatoma infestans Klug (Hemiptera: Reduviidae) and other triatomine species in a rural village of western Argentina by taking advantage of the attraction of adult triatomines to artificial light sources. Most of the village's streetlight posts were systematically inspected for triatomines twice between sunset and midnight over 425 nights in the spring-summer seasons of 1999-2002, an unprecedented light-trap sampling effort for any triatomine species...
June 9, 2017: Journal of Medical Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28602911/jaburetox-induced-toxic-effects-on-the-hemocytes-of-rhodnius-prolixus-hemiptera-reduviidae
#16
Natalia R Moyetta, Valquiria Broll, Ana Paula A Perin, Augusto F Uberti, Matheus V Coste Grahl, Fernanda Staniscuaski, Celia R Carlini, Leonardo L Fruttero
Jaburetox is a recombinant peptide derived from a Canavalia ensiformis urease that presents toxic effects upon several species of insects, phytopathogenic fungi and yeasts of medical importance. So far, no toxicity of Jaburetox to mammals has been shown. Previous reports have identified biochemical targets of this toxic peptide in insect models, although its mechanism of action is not completely understood. In this work, we aimed to characterize the effects of Jaburetox in hemolymphatic insect cells. For this purpose, the model insect and Chagas' disease vector Rhodnius prolixus was used...
June 8, 2017: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Toxicology & Pharmacology: CBP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28602279/an-elisa-immunoassay-employing-a-conserved-leishmania-hypothetical-protein-for-the-serodiagnosis-of-visceral-and-tegumentary-leishmaniasis-in-dogs-and-humans
#17
Ana Maria R S Carvalho, Lourena E Costa, Beatriz C S Salles, Thaís T O Santos, Fernanda F Ramos, Mariana P Lima, Miguel A Chávez-Fumagalli, Bruna T Silvestre, Áquila S B Portela, Bruno M Roatt, Julia A G Silveira, Denise U Gonçalves, Danielle F Magalhães-Soares, Mariana C Duarte, Daniel Menezes-Souza, Eduardo A F Coelho
In the present study, a conserved Leishmania hypothetical protein, namely LiHypA, was evaluated for the serodiagnosis of visceral and tegumentary leishmaniasis in dogs and humans. This protein showed a high amino acid sequence homology between viscerotropic and cutaneotropic Leishmania species. An enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) was developed using the recombinant antigen (rLiHypA), in addition to the A2 protein and two parasite antigenic preparations, which were used as controls. Regarding human diagnosis, results showed that rLiHypA was more sensitive and specific than ELISA-L...
June 8, 2017: Cellular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28599665/omega-3-supplementation-on-inflammatory-markers-in-patients-with-chronic-chagas-cardiomyopathy-a-randomized-clinical-study
#18
Paula Simplício da Silva, Mauro Felippe Felix Mediano, Gilberto Marcelo Sperandio da Silva, Patricia Dias de Brito, Claudia Santos de Aguiar Cardoso, Cristiane Fonseca de Almeida, Luiz Henrique Conde Sangenis, Roberta Olmo Pinheiro, Alejandro Marcel Hasslocher-Moreno, Pedro Emmanuel Alvarenga Americano do Brasil, Andrea Silvestre de Sousa
BACKGROUND: Several studies have been focusing on the effect of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids on modulation of inflammatory markers in several cardiopathies. Although immunoregulatory dysfunction has been associated to the chronic cardiac involvement in Chagas disease, there is no study examining the effects of omega-3 supplementation in these patients. We investigated the effects of omega-3 PUFAs on markers of inflammation and lipid profile in chronic Chagas cardiomyopathy patients...
June 9, 2017: Nutrition Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28591407/insights-from-tissue-specific-transcriptome-sequencing-analysis-of-triatoma-infestans
#19
Leilane O Gonçalves, de Oliveira Luciana M, C D'Ávila Pessoa Grasielle, Aline Cl Rosa, Marinely G Bustamante, Carlota J Belisário, Daniela M Resende, Lileia G Diotaiuti, Jeronimo C Ruiz
Triatoma infestans is an insect of subfamily Triatominae (Hemiptera: Reduviidae) and an important vector of Trypanosoma cruzi, the etiologic agent of human Chagas disease. In this work we reported a transcriptome assembly and annotation of T. infestans heads obtained by Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) technologies.
June 2017: Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28591404/sexual-transmission-of-american-trypanosomiasis-in-humans-a-new-potential-pandemic-route-for-chagas-parasites
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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
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