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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28892507/extreme-genome-diversity-in-the-hyper-prevalent-parasitic-eukaryote-blastocystis
#1
Eleni Gentekaki, Bruce A Curtis, Courtney W Stairs, Vladimír Klimeš, Marek Eliáš, Dayana E Salas-Leiva, Emily K Herman, Laura Eme, Maria C Arias, Bernard Henrissat, Frédérique Hilliou, Mary J Klute, Hiroshi Suga, Shehre-Banoo Malik, Arthur W Pightling, Martin Kolisko, Richard A Rachubinski, Alexander Schlacht, Darren M Soanes, Anastasios D Tsaousis, John M Archibald, Steven G Ball, Joel B Dacks, C Graham Clark, Mark van der Giezen, Andrew J Roger
Blastocystis is the most prevalent eukaryotic microbe colonizing the human gut, infecting approximately 1 billion individuals worldwide. Although Blastocystis has been linked to intestinal disorders, its pathogenicity remains controversial because most carriers are asymptomatic. Here, the genome sequence of Blastocystis subtype (ST) 1 is presented and compared to previously published sequences for ST4 and ST7. Despite a conserved core of genes, there is unexpected diversity between these STs in terms of their genome sizes, guanine-cytosine (GC) content, intron numbers, and gene content...
September 11, 2017: PLoS Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28887122/blastocystis-subtypes-detected-in-long-tailed-macaques-in-thailand-further-evidence-of-cryptic-host-specificity
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Kotchaphon Vaisusuk, Weerachai Saijuntha, Sutthira Sedlak, Thongchit Thanchomnang, Warayutt Pilap, Warong Suksavate, Christen Rune Stensvold, Chairat Tantrawatpan
Blastocystis is an enteric parasitic protist with a widespread distribution in a variety of human and non-human hosts and supposedly a source of zoonotic transmission. This study aimed to determine the frequency and distribution of Blastocystis subtypes in free-ranging Macaca fascicularis (long-tailed macaques, LTMs) in Thailand. A total of 628 faecal samples were collected from free-ranging LTMs inhabiting fourteen tourist attraction sites in Thailand. Fresh faecal samples were individually cultured in Jones' medium, and Blastocystis-positive samples were subtyped using nuclear small subunit ribosomal DNA (SSU rDNA) sequencing...
September 5, 2017: Acta Tropica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28877704/coproscopy-and-molecular-screening-for-detection-of-intestinal-protozoa
#3
Marawan Abu-Madi, Sonia Boughattas, Jerzy M Behnke, Aarti Sharma, Ahmed Ismail
BACKGROUND: Intestinal parasitosis is one of several health concerns about immigrants who travel from endemic to non-endemic regions. Reliable rapid sensitive diagnostic tools, for use in non-endemic regions, are urgently required to enable frequent assessment of immigrant workers in jobs where risk of local transmission is a particular concern (e.g. food-handlers). We assessed the burden of intestinal protozoa in newly arrived immigrants and those applying for renewal of work permits in Qatar (n = 735), by both microscopic examination of stool samples and by Real Time PCR methodology...
September 6, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28869791/proteogenomic-insights-into-the-intestinal-parasite-blastocystis-sp-subtype-4-isolate-wr1
#4
Jean Armengaud, Olivier Pible, Jean-Charles Gaillard, Amandine Cian, Nausicaa Gantois, Kevin S W Tan, Magali Chabé, Eric Viscogliosi
Blastocystis sp. is known for years as a highly prevalent anaerobic eukaryotic parasite of humans and animals. Several monophyletic clades have been delineated based on molecular data and the occurrence of each subtype (ST) in humans and/or animal hosts has been documented. The genome of several representatives has been sequenced revealing specific traits such as an intriguing 3'-end processing of primary transcripts. Here, a first high-throughput proteomics dataset acquired on this difficult to cultivate parasite is presented for the zoonotic ST4 isolate WR1...
September 4, 2017: Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28864325/first-genotyping-of-blastocystis-sp-in-dairy-meat-and-cashmere-goats-in-northwestern-china
#5
Jun-Ke Song, Yan-Ling Yin, Ya-Jie Yuan, Huan Tang, Guan-Jing Ren, Hui-Jun Zhang, Zi-Xuan Li, Yan-Ming Zhang, Guang-Hui Zhao
Blastocystis is one of the most common parasites inhabiting in small intestines of human and animals. Although its pathogenicity has been remaining controversial, the possibility of zoonotic transmission between human and animals was recognized. The goat was one of the most important economic animals supplying people with cashmere, meat, and dairy products. However, few studies were to investigate Blastocystis infection in goats. A total of 789 faecal specimens of goats (including 362 of dairy, 193 of meat and 234 of cashmere goats) were collected from multiple regions of Shaanxi province in northwestern China to investigate the colonization frequency and subtypes of Blastocystis, and to assess the zoonotic potential of these goats...
August 31, 2017: Acta Tropica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28859095/exacerbation-of-colon-carcinogenesis-by-blastocystis-sp
#6
Vinoth Kumarasamy, Umah Rani Kuppusamy, Pailoor Jayalakshmi, Chandramathi Samudi, Nanthiney Devi Ragavan, Suresh Kumar
Colorectal cancer (CRC) is one the most commonly diagnosed cancers worldwide and the number is increasing every year. Despite advances in screening programs, CRC remains as the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. Oxidative stress plays an important role in the molecular mechanisms of colorectal cancer (CRC) and has been shown to be associated with Blastocystis sp., a common intestinal microorganism. In the present study, we aimed to identify a role for Blastocystis sp. in exacerbating carcinogenesis using in vivo rat model...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28842214/travel-related-acquisition-of-diarrhoeagenic-bacteria-enteral-viruses-and-parasites-in-a-prospective-cohort-of-98-dutch-travellers
#7
Jarne van Hattem, Maris Arcilla, M P Grobusch, Aldert Bart, M C Bootsma, P J van Genderen, Tom van Gool, A Goorhuis, Jaap J van Hellemond, Richard Molenkamp, N Molhoek, A M Oude Lashof, E E Stobberingh, Bob de Wever, H A Verbrugh, D C Melles, J Penders, C Schultsz, M D de Jong
BACKGROUND: Limited prospective data are available on the acquisition of viral, bacterial and parasitic diarrhoeagenic agents by healthy individuals during travel. METHODS: To determine the frequency of travel associated acquisition of 19 pathogens in 98 intercontinental travellers, qPCR was used to detect 8 viral pathogens, 6 bacterial enteric pathogens and 5 parasite species in faecal samples collected immediately before and after travel. RESULTS: We found high pre-travel carriage rates of Blastocystis spp...
August 22, 2017: Travel Medicine and Infectious Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28837129/large-scale-comparative-metagenomics-of-blastocystis-a-common-member-of-the-human-gut-microbiome
#8
Francesco Beghini, Edoardo Pasolli, Tin Duy Truong, Lorenza Putignani, Simone M Cacciò, Nicola Segata
The influence of unicellular eukaryotic microorganisms on human gut health and disease is still largely unexplored. Blastocystis spp. commonly colonize the gut, but its clinical significance and ecological role are currently unsettled. We have developed a high-sensitivity bioinformatic pipeline to detect Blastocystis subtypes (STs) from shotgun metagenomics, and applied it to 12 large data sets, comprising 1689 subjects of different geographic origin, disease status and lifestyle. We confirmed and extended previous observations on the high prevalence the microrganism in the population (14...
August 22, 2017: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794984/seasonality-richness-and-prevalence-of-intestinal-parasites-of-three-neotropical-primates-alouatta-seniculus-ateles-hybridus-and-cebus-versicolor-in-a-fragmented-forest-in-colombia
#9
Silvia Rondón, Mario Ortiz, Cielo León, Nelson Galvis, Andrés Link, Camila González
Studies on parasites infecting non-human primates are essential to better understand the potential threat to humans of zoonoses transmission, particularly under the current processes of pervasive land use change and biodiversity loss. The natural ecosystems in the Middle Magdalena river basin in Colombia have suffered a dramatic reduction and transformation into pastures and agroindustrial monocultures, threatening their biodiversity, and probably affecting the dynamics between parasites and their hosts, as well as altering the disease transmission cycles between wild populations and humans...
December 2017: International Journal for Parasitology. Parasites and Wildlife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28761462/subtypes-distribution-and-frequency-of-blastocystis-sp-isolated-from-diarrheic-and-non-diarrheic-patients
#10
Nahid Jalallou, Shahrokh Iravani, Mostafa Rezaeian, Atefe Alinaghizade, Hamed Mirjalali
BACKGROUND: Blastocystis is one of the most common parasites, reported from both human and animals. This parasite is more prevalent in regions with low levels of hygiene, close contact with animal and unsuitable disposal systems. The aim of the study was to subtype Blastocystis sp., isolated from diarrheic and non-diarrheic patients using sequencing of 18S ribosomal DNA. METHODS: Totally, 300 stool samples were collected from diarrheic and nondiarrheic patients referred to Imam Reza Hospital, Tehran from Apr to Aug 2015...
January 2017: Iranian Journal of Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28760145/molecular-epidemiology-of-blastocystosis-in-malaysia-does-seasonal-variation-play-an-important-role-in-determining-the-distribution-and-risk-factors-of-blastocystis-subtype-infections-in-the%C3%A2-aboriginal-community
#11
Samseh Abdullah Noradilah, Norhayati Moktar, Tengku Shahrul Anuar, Ii Li Lee, Fatmah Md Salleh, Siti Nor Azreen Abdul Manap, Noor Shazleen Husnie Mohd Mohtar, Syed Muhamad Azrul, Wan Omar Abdullah, Anisah Nordin, Syamsa Rizal Abdullah
BACKGROUND: Alternating wet and dry seasons may play an important role in the acquisition and distribution of Blastocystis subtype infection in the tropics. This cross-sectional study was therefore conducted to provide the prevalence of Blastocystis and to determine the potential risk factors associated with each subtype during the wet and dry seasons in the Aboriginal community, Pahang, Malaysia. METHODS: A total of 473 faecal samples were collected: 256 (54.1%) and 217 (45...
July 31, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741097/distribution-and-phylogenetic-analysis-of-blastocystis-sp-subtypes-isolated-from-ibd-patients-and-healthy-individuals-in-iran
#12
H Mirjalali, M R Abbasi, N Naderi, Z Hasani, E S Mirsamadi, C R Stensvold, H Balaii, H Asadzadeh Aghdaei, M R Zali
Blastocystis is a single-celled intestinal parasite commonly found in humans and a broad range of animals all over the world. In humans, its role in health and disease remains unsettled. The aim of our study was to investigate the distribution of Blastocystis and Blastocystis subtypes (ST) in patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and control subjects. A total of 71 stool samples were collected from IBD patients, 69 and 2 of whom had ulcerative colitis (UC) and Crohn's Disease (CD), respectively. Moreover, 166 stool samples from healthy subjects were included as control samples...
July 25, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725935/erratum-to-the-role-of-blastocystis-sp-and-dientamoeba-fragilis-in-irritable-bowel-syndrome-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#13
Ali Rostami, Seyed Mohammad Riahi, Ali Haghighi, Vafa Saber, Bahram Armon, Seyyed Javad Seyyedtabaei
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 2017: Parasitology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711437/intestinal-parasitic-infections-current-status-and-associated-risk-factors-among-school-aged-children-in-an-archetypal-african-urban-slum-in-nigeria
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Vincent P Gyang, Ting-Wu Chuang, Chien-Wei Liao, Yueh-Lun Lee, Olaoluwa P Akinwale, Akwaowo Orok, Olusola Ajibaye, Ajayi J Babasola, Po-Ching Cheng, Chia-Mei Chou, Ying-Chieh Huang, Pasaiko Sonko, Chia-Kwung Fan
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: Intestinal parasitic infections (IPIs) among school aged children (SAC) in Nigeria remains endemic, hence the need for regular surveillance to attract the attention of policy makers. This cross-sectional study investigated the current prevalence and factors associated with intestinal parasitic infections among school aged children in an urban slum of Lagos City, Nigeria. METHODS: Single stool samples from 384 school aged children (188 boys and 196 girls) were examined by employing Merthiolate-iodine-formaldehyde concentration (MIFC) and Kato-Katz methods...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Microbiology, Immunology, and Infection, Wei Mian Yu Gan Ran za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28674969/blastocystis-in-c%C3%A3-te-d-ivoire-molecular-identification-and-epidemiological-data
#15
R D'Alfonso, M Santoro, D Essi, A Monsia, Y Kaboré, C Glé, D Di Cave, R P Sorge, V Di Cristanziano, F Berrilli
Blastocystis is an enteric protozoan infecting humans and animals in both developed and developing countries at all latitudes. Despite this, data on Blastocystis infection are not available for several geographical areas, including many African countries. In this study, a survey was conducted on Blastocystis among humans and domestic animals in rural and urban localities in Côte d'Ivoire, in order to investigate the prevalence, the subtype distribution, and the zoonotic potential in association with sociodemographic factors, seasonality, symptoms, and co-infections...
July 4, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28668983/the-role-of-blastocystis-sp-and-dientamoeba-fragilis-in-irritable-bowel-syndrome-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#16
REVIEW
Ali Rostami, Seyed Mohammad Riahi, Ali Haghighi, Vafa Saber, Bahram Armon, Seyyed Javad Seyyedtabaei
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is globally one of the most prevalent gastrointestinal disorders with a negative impact on quality of life and socio-economic status of patients. Recently, controversial evidences suggest that Blastocystis sp. and Dientamoeba fragilis infections may be implicated in the development of IBS. We performed a systematic review and meta-analysis to examine the possible association regarding this issue. PubMed, ScienceDirect, Scopus, Web of Science, and Cochrane electronic databases were searched (up to February 2017) to identify the relevant studies...
July 1, 2017: Parasitology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28655674/infection-par-blastocystis
#17
P Bourée
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 1, 2017: Médecine et Santé Tropicales
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28654083/targeted-metagenomic-sequencing-data-of-human-gut-microbiota-associated-with-blastocystis-colonization
#18
Léa Siegwald, Christophe Audebert, Gaël Even, Eric Viscogliosi, Ségolène Caboche, Magali Chabé
In the past decade, metagenomics studies have become widespread due to the arrival of second-generation sequencing platforms characterized by low costs, high throughput and short read lengths. Today, although benchtop sequencers are considered to be accurate platforms to deliver data for targeted metagenomics studies, the limiting factor has become the analysis of these data. In a previous paper, we performed an Ion Torrent PGM 16S rDNA gene sequencing of faecal DNAs from 48 Blastocystis-colonized patients and 48 Blastocystis-negative subjects, in order to decipher the impact of this widespread protist on gut microbiota composition and diversity...
June 27, 2017: Scientific Data
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648295/detection-and-prevalence-of-protozoan-parasites-in-ready-to-eat-packaged-salads-on-sale-in-italy
#19
Tiziana Caradonna, Marianna Marangi, Federica Del Chierico, Nicola Ferrari, Sofia Reddel, Giorgia Bracaglia, Giovanni Normanno, Lorenza Putignani, Annunziata Giangaspero
To investigate the prevalence of protozoan contamination by Giardia duodenalis, Cryptosporidium spp., Toxoplasma gondii and Cyclospora cayetanensis, in 'ready to eat' (RTE) salads on sale in Italy, 648 packages were purchased from industrial and local brands. Nine individual packages from each brand were collected per month, pooled and subjected to microscopy and molecular analyses. Microscopic examination of 864 slides detected Cryptosporidium spp. but also Blastocystis hominis and Dientamoeba fragilis. Molecular tools identified G...
October 2017: Food Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647187/prevalence-and-risk-factors-of-blastocystis-infection-among-underprivileged-communities-in-rural-malaysia
#20
Nabilah Amelia Mohammad, Hesham M Al-Mekhlafi, Norhayati Moktar, Tengku Shahrul Anuar
OBJECTIVES: To determine the prevalence and risk factors of Blastocystis among underprivileged communities living in rural Malaysia. METHODS: This cross-sectional study was conducted among 253 participants aged between 1 and 85 years. Stool samples were examined using Wheatley's trichrome stain after in-vitro cultivation in Jones' medium to detect the presence of Blastocystis. Information pertaining to the demography, socioeconomic and environment were collected using pre-validated questionnaires...
May 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Medicine
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