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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303006/short-course-high-dose-rifampicin-achieves-wolbachia-depletion-predictive-of-curative-outcomes-in-preclinical-models-of-lymphatic-filariasis-and-onchocerciasis
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Ghaith Aljayyoussi, Hayley E Tyrer, Louise Ford, Hanna Sjoberg, Nicolas Pionnier, David Waterhouse, Jill Davies, Joanne Gamble, Haelly Metugene, Darren A N Cook, Andrew Steven, Raman Sharma, Ana F Guimaraes, Rachel H Clare, Andrew Cassidy, Kelly L Johnston, Laura Myhill, Laura Hayward, Samuel Wanji, Joseph D Turner, Mark J Taylor, Stephen A Ward
Lymphatic filariasis (LF) and onchocerciasis are priority neglected tropical diseases targeted for elimination. The only safe drug treatment with substantial curative activity against the filarial nematodes responsible for LF (Brugia malayi, Wuchereria bancrofti) or onchocerciasis (Onchocerca volvulus) is doxycycline. The target of doxycycline is the essential endosymbiont, Wolbachia. Four to six weeks doxycycline therapy achieves >90% depletion of Wolbachia in worm tissues leading to blockade of embryogenesis, adult sterility and premature death 18-24 months post-treatment...
March 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291780/removing-the-needle-from-the-haystack-enrichment-of-wolbachia-endosymbiont-transcripts-from-host-nematode-rna-by-cappable-seq%C3%A2
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Ashley N Luck, Barton E Slatko, Jeremy M Foster
Efficient transcriptomic sequencing of microbial mRNA derived from host-microbe associations is often compromised by the much lower relative abundance of microbial RNA in the mixed total RNA sample. One solution to this problem is to perform extensive sequencing until an acceptable level of transcriptome coverage is obtained. More cost-effective methods include use of prokaryotic and/or eukaryotic rRNA depletion strategies, sometimes in conjunction with depletion of polyadenylated eukaryotic mRNA. Here, we report use of Cappable-seq™ to specifically enrich, in a single step, Wolbachia endobacterial mRNA transcripts from total RNA prepared from the parasitic filarial nematode, Brugia malayi...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285268/cardiac-manifestations-of-parasitic-diseases
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REVIEW
Maria Carmo P Nunes, Milton Henriques Guimarães Júnior, Adriana Costa Diamantino, Claudio Leo Gelape, Teresa Cristina Abreu Ferrari
The heart may be affected directly or indirectly by a variety of protozoa and helminths. This involvement may manifest in different ways, but the syndromes resulting from impairment of the myocardium and pericardium are the most frequent. The myocardium may be invaded by parasites that trigger local inflammatory response with subsequent myocarditis or cardiomyopathy, as occurs in Chagas disease, African trypanosomiasis, toxoplasmosis, trichinellosis and infection with free-living amoebae. In amoebiasis and echinococcosis, the pericardium is the structure most frequently involved with consequent pericardial effusion, acute pericarditis, cardiac tamponade or constrictive pericarditis...
March 11, 2017: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28273977/amelanotic-melanoma-arising-in-filarial-leg-a-report-of-a-rare-case
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Mamita Nayak, Susama Patra, Susanta Meher, Prakash Kumar Sasmal
Amelanotic melanoma arising on chronic lymphoedema has not been reported earlier. We reported a case of amelanotic melanoma of right leg developing in a background of chronic lymphoedema of filarial origin in an elderly male of 60 years, who underwent wide local excision of the lesion followed by skin grafting for the same. A histopathological diagnosis of amelanotic melanoma was made. The patient was on follow up when he developed brain metastasis within a period of nine months for which he was operated and is on regular follow up now...
January 2017: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229043/detection-and-molecular-characterization-of-the-mosquito-borne-filarial-nematode-setaria-tundra-in-danish-roe-deer-capreolus-capreolus
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Heidi Larsen Enemark, Antti Oksanen, Mariann Chriél, Jakob le Fèvre Harslund, Ian David Woolsey, Mohammad Nafi Solaiman Al-Sabi
Setaria tundra is a mosquito-borne filarial nematode of cervids in Europe. It has recently been associated with an emerging epidemic disease causing severe morbidity and mortality in reindeer and moose in Finland. Here, we present the first report of S. tundra in six roe deer (Capreolus capreolus) collected between October 2010 and March 2014 in Denmark. The deer originated from various localities across the country: the eastern part of the Jutland peninsular and four locations on the island Zealand. With the exception of one deer, with parasites residing in a transparent cyst just under the liver capsule, worms (ranging from 2 to >20/deer) were found free in the peritoneal cavity...
April 2017: International Journal for Parasitology. Parasites and Wildlife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228160/assessment-of-lymphatic-filariasis-prior-to-re-starting-mass-drug-administration-campaigns-in-coastal-kenya
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Sammy M Njenga, Henry M Kanyi, Faith M Mutungi, Collins Okoyo, Hadley S Matendechero, Rachel L Pullan, Katherine E Halliday, Simon J Brooker, C Njeri Wamae, Joyce K Onsongo, Kimberly Y Won
BACKGROUND: Lymphatic filariasis (LF) is a debilitating disease associated with extensive disfigurement and is one of a diverse group of diseases referred to as neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) which mainly occur among the poorest populations. In line with global recommendations to eliminate LF, Kenya launched its LF elimination programme in 2002 with the aim to implement annual mass drug administration (MDA) in order to interrupt LF transmission. However, the programme faced financial and administrative challenges over the years such that sustained annual MDA was not possible...
February 22, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219407/development-of-dirofilaria-immitis-and-dirofilaria-repens-in-aedes-japonicus-and-aedes-geniculatus
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Cornelia Silaghi, Relja Beck, Gioia Capelli, Fabrizio Montarsi, Alexander Mathis
BACKGROUND: The mosquito-borne filarial nematodes Dirofilaria immitis and Dirofilaria repens primarily affect dogs but also cats, causing heartworm disease or subcutaneous dirofilariosis, respectively, and both may also cause zoonotic diseases in humans. Several mosquito species have been reported as competent vectors for these nematodes, but no data are available for the invasive mosquito species Aedes japonicus (Theobald, 1901). The objective of this study was to describe the development of both D...
February 20, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217582/detection-of-anti-filarial-antibody-among-hydrocele-patients-living-in-an-endemic-area-for-filariasis
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Amit Kumar Singh, Loveleena Agarwal, Krishna Lakhmani, Chandrim Sengupta, Ravinder Pal Singh
BACKGROUND: The knowledge of the current prevalence of lymphatic filariasis and its transmission will be helpful in its elimination. Thus, the present study is aimed to determine its prevalence among hydrocele patients which is a common presentation in chronically infected cases. MATERIALS AND METHODS: One hundred patients suffering from hydrocele admitted to the surgical ward were included in the study. Blood samples were collected from the patients during the day hours for the detection of anti-filarial antibody and during night hours to detect the presence of microfilaria by smear examination...
July 2016: Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215858/molecular-survey-of-dirofilaria-immitis-and-dirofilaria-repens-by-new-real-time-taqman-%C3%A2-pcr-assay-in-dogs-and-mosquitoes-diptera-culicidae-in-corsica-france
#9
Djamel Tahir, Fadi Bittar, Hélène Barré-Cardi, Doudou Sow, Mustapha Dahmani, Oleg Mediannikov, Didier Raoult, Bernard Davoust, Philippe Parola
Dirofilaria immitis and D. repens are filarioid nematodes of animals and humans, transmitted by the bite of infected mosquitoes. Domestic and wild canids are a major natural host and reservoir for these parasites. In this study, we designed a duplex real-time PCR protocol targeting the mitochondrial cytochrome c oxidase subunit I (COI) gene, detecting both D. immitis and D. repens using two primer pairs and two Dirofilaria-specific hydrolysable probes. The sensitivity and specificity of the primers and probes were tested in both experimental and naturally infected samples...
February 15, 2017: Veterinary Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208221/increased-fas-ligand-expression-of-peripheral-b-1-cells-correlated-with-cd4-t-cell-apoptosis-in-filarial-infected-patients
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Rashmi Mishra, Santosh K Panda, Prakash K Sahoo, Bal, A K Satapathy
Cellular hypo responsiveness observed during helminth infections are attributed to factors like Antigen presenting cells (APC) dysfunction, increased Interleukin-10(IL-10), regulatory T cells and induction of CD4(+) T (Th) cell apoptosis.. Increased Fas ligand (FasL) expression on the surface of B-1 cells and induction of apoptosis of Th cells by FasL expressing B-1 cells due to helminth infection was demonstrated in murine model of helminth infection where as profile of FasL expression, Th cell apoptosis and correlation between these two populations of cells in clinical filariasis remain unknown...
February 16, 2017: Parasite Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199317/colorimetric-tests-for-diagnosis-of-filarial-infection-and-vector-surveillance-using-non-instrumented-nucleic-acid-loop-mediated-isothermal-amplification-nina-lamp
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Catherine B Poole, Zhiru Li, Andy Alhassan, Dylan Guelig, Steven Diesburg, Nathan A Tanner, Yinhua Zhang, Thomas C Evans, Paul LaBarre, Samuel Wanji, Robert A Burton, Clotilde K S Carlow
Accurate detection of filarial parasites in humans is essential for the implementation and evaluation of mass drug administration programs to control onchocerciasis and lymphatic filariasis. Determining the infection levels in vector populations is also important for assessing transmission, deciding when drug treatments may be terminated and for monitoring recrudescence. Immunological methods to detect infection in humans are available, however, cross-reactivity issues have been reported. Nucleic acid-based molecular assays offer high levels of specificity and sensitivity, and can be used to detect infection in both humans and vectors...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182103/filarial-abscess-aspiration-of-adult-gravid-female-worm-from-submandibular-region-an-unusual-presentation
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Ruquiya Afrose, Mohammad Feroz Alam, Syed Shamshad Ahmad, Mohammed Naim
Microfilaria is a major public health problem in tropical and subtropical countries and is an endemic problem in India. Wuchereria bancrofti is the most common filarial infection. In some cases, microfilariae and adult filarial worm have been incidentally detected in fine-needle aspirates of various lesions; detection of microfilaria from subcutaneous site or from abscess site is even rarer. We here report an unusual case of Bancroftian microfilariasis in a 68-year-old female coming from endemic area presenting with right submandibular abscess...
January 2017: Journal of Cytology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168837/immunity-in-filarial-infections-lessons-from-animal-models-and-human-studies
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REVIEW
Alexander Kwarteng, Samuel Terkper Ahuno
Our understanding of immunity to filarial infection is enigmatic and continues to be passionately debated. The mechanisms whereby filarial nematodes are killed in vivo and how these parasites avoid these mechanisms are poorly understood. Although vaccination studies in permissive animals took off seven decades ago, the exact mechanisms driving protective immunity is extensively being investigated. Currently, little is known regarding the collective functions or counter-regulatory mechanisms of the antibody isotypes in filarial infection with respect to protective immunity...
February 7, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28149012/filarial-abundant-larval-transcript-protein-alt-2-an-immunomodulatory-therapeutic-agent-for-type-1-diabetes
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Sridhar M Reddy, Pooja M Reddy, Nitin Amdare, Vishal Khatri, Aaditya Tarnekar, Kalyan Goswami, Maryada Venkata Rami Reddy
Type 1 diabetes (T1D) that accounts for about 5-10 % of all diabetes cases results from the autoimmune destruction of the insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas. It is characterized by severe inflammatory reaction mediated by pronounced T helper type-1 response. Parasitic infections having the ability to skew the host immune responses towards type-2 type as a part of their defense mechanism are able to induce protection against autoimmune diseases like T1D. Hence, the present study is undertaken to explore a recombinant abundant larval transcript protein of the human lymphatic filarial parasite Brugia malayi (rBmALT-2), a known anti-inflammatory molecule for its therapeutic effect on streptozotocin (STZ)-induced T1D in mice...
March 2017: Indian Journal of Clinical Biochemistry: IJCB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28129759/demography-maternal-health-and-the-epidemiology-of-malaria-and-other-major-infectious-diseases-in-the-rural-department-tsamba-magotsi-ngounie-province-in-central-african-gabon
#15
R Zoleko Manego, G Mombo-Ngoma, M Witte, J Held, M Gmeiner, T Gebru, B Tazemda, J Mischlinger, M Groger, B Lell, A A Adegnika, S T Agnandji, P G Kremsner, B Mordmüller, M Ramharter, P B Matsiegui
BACKGROUND: Sub-Saharan Africa is undergoing an epidemiological transition from a predominance of infectious diseases to non-communicable and lifestyle related conditions. However, the pace of this transition and the pattern of disease epidemiology are uneven between affluent urban and rural poor populations. To address this question for a remote rural region located in the central African rainforest region of Gabon, this study was conducted to assess reasons for health care attendance and to characterize the epidemiology of malaria and other major infectious diseases for the department of Tsamba Magotsi...
January 28, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28126543/lessons-from-the-genomes-and-transcriptomes-of-filarial-nematodes
#16
Alexandra Grote, Sara Lustigman, Elodie Ghedin
Human filarial infections are a leading cause of morbidity in the developing world. While a small arsenal of drugs exists to treat these infections, there remains a tremendous need for the development of additional interventions. Recent genome sequences and transcriptome analyses of filarial nematodes have provided novel biological insight and allowed for the prediction of novel drug targets as well as potential vaccine candidates. In this review, we discuss the currently available data, insights gained into the metabolism of these organisms, and how the filaria field can move forward by leveraging these data...
January 23, 2017: Molecular and Biochemical Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28125577/identification-of-three-immunodominant-motifs-with-atypical-isotype-profile-scattered-over-the-onchocerca-volvulus-proteome
#17
Ole Lagatie, Bieke Van Dorst, Lieven J Stuyver
Understanding the immune response upon infection with the filarial nematode Onchocerca volvulus and the mechanisms that evolved in this parasite to evade immune mediated elimination is essential to expand the toolbox available for diagnostics, therapeutics and vaccines development. Using high-density peptide microarrays we scanned the proteome-wide linear epitope repertoire in Cameroonian onchocerciasis patients and healthy controls from Southern Africa which led to the identification of 249 immunodominant antigenic peptides...
January 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28120100/molecular-identification-and-phylogenetic-analysis-of-wuchereria-bancrofti-from-human-blood-samples-in-egypt
#18
Iman R Abdel-Shafi, Eman Y Shoieb, Samar S Attia, José M Rubio, Thuy-Huong Ta-Tang, Ayman A El-Badry
Lymphatic filariasis (LF) is a serious vector-borne health problem, and Wuchereria bancrofti (W.b) is the major cause of LF worldwide and is focally endemic in Egypt. Identification of filarial infection using traditional morphologic and immunological criteria can be difficult and lead to misdiagnosis. The aim of the present study was molecular detection of W.b in residents in endemic areas in Egypt, sequence variance analysis, and phylogenetic analysis of W.b DNA. Collected blood samples from residents in filariasis endemic areas in five governorates were subjected to semi-nested PCR targeting repeated DNA sequence, for detection of W...
January 24, 2017: Parasitology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28118850/humans-from-wuchereria-bancrofti-endemic-area-elicit-substantial-immune-response-to-proteins-of-the-filarial-parasite-brugia-malayi-and-its-endosymbiont-wolbachia
#19
Ruchi Jha, Mamta Gangwar, Dhanvantri Chahar, Anand Setty Balakrishnan, Mahendra Pal Singh Negi, Shailja Misra-Bhattacharya
BACKGROUND: In the past, immune responses to several Brugia malayi immunodominant antigens have been characterized in filaria-infected populations; however, little is known regarding Wolbachia proteins. We earlier cloned and characterized few B. malayi (trehalose-6-phosphate phosphatase, Bm-TPP and heavy chain myosin, BmAF-Myo) and Wolbachia (translation initiation factor-1, Wol Tl IF-1 and NAD(+)-dependent DNA ligase, wBm-LigA) proteins and investigated the immune responses, which they triggered in animal models...
January 24, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28117548/filarial-dance-in-the-axillary-lymph-node
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Zuhal Bayramoglu, Ravza Yılmaz, Ahmet Gocmez, Artur Salmaslıoglu, Gulden Acunas
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January 24, 2017: Breast Journal
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