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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28481237/anti-onchocerca-and-anti-caenorhabditis-activity-of-a-hydro-alcoholic-extract-from-the-fruits-of-acacia-nilotica-and-some-proanthocyanidin-derivatives
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Jacqueline Dikti Vildina, Justin Kalmobe, Boursou Djafsia, Thomas J Schmidt, Eva Liebau, Dieudonne Ndjonka
Acacia nilotica fruits with high tannin content are used in the northern parts of Cameroon as anti-filarial remedies by traditional healers. In this study, the hydro-alcoholic fruit extract (crude extract (CE)) and, one of the main constituents in its most active fractions, (+)-catechin-3-O-gallate (CG), as well as four related proanthocyanidins, (-)-epicatechin-3-O-gallate (ECG), (+)-gallocatechin (GC), (-)-epigallocatechin (EGC) and (-)-epigallocatechin-3-O-gallate (EGCG), were assessed for their potential in vitro anthelmintic properties against the free-living model organism Caenorhabditis elegans and against the cattle filarial parasite Onchocerca ochengi...
May 6, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420428/significant-heterogeneity-in-wolbachia-copy-number-within-and-between-populations-of-onchocerca-volvulus
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Samuel Armoo, Stephen R Doyle, Mike Y Osei-Atweneboana, Warwick N Grant
BACKGROUND: Wolbachia are intracellular bacteria found in arthropods and several filarial nematode species. The filarial Wolbachia have been proposed to be involved in the immunopathology associated with onchocerciasis. Higher Wolbachia-to-nematode ratios have been reported in the savannah-ecotype compared to the forest-ecotype, and have been interpreted as consistent with a correlation between Wolbachia density and disease severity. However, factors such as geographic stratification and ivermectin drug exposure can lead to significant genetic heterogeneity in the nematode host populations, so we investigated whether Wolbachia copy number variation is also associated with these underlying factors...
April 18, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28355223/pre-control-relationship-of-onchocercal-skin-disease-with-onchocercal-infection-in-guinea-savanna-northern-nigeria
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Michele E Murdoch, Ian E Murdoch, Jennifer Evans, Haliru Yahaya, Ngozi Njepuome, Simon Cousens, Barrie R Jones, Adenike Abiose
BACKGROUND: Onchocerca volvulus infection can result in blindness, itching and skin lesions. Previous research concentrated on blindness. METHODS: A clinical classification system of the cutaneous changes in onchocerciasis was used for the first time in this study within the context of an early ivermectin drug trial in the savanna region of Kaduna State, northern Nigeria. Skin examinations were performed in 6,790 individuals aged 5+ years in endemic communities and 1,343 individuals in nonendemic communities...
March 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344097/whence-river-blindness-the-domestication-of-mammals-and-host-parasite-co-evolution-in-the-nematode-genus-onchocerca
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Emilie Lefoulon, Alessio Giannelli, Benjamin L Makepeace, Yasen Mutafchiev, Simon Townson, Shigehiko Uni, Guilherme G Verocai, Domenico Otranto, Coralie Martin
The genus Onchocerca includes 34 described species and represents one of the largest genera of the filarial nematodes within the family Onchocercidae. Representative members of this genus are mainly parasites of ungulates, with some exceptions such as Onchocerca lupi and Onchocerca volvulus, infecting carnivores and/or humans. For a long time, the evolutionary relationships amongst onchocercids remained poorly studied, as the systematics of this genus was impaired by the high morphological variability of species included in the taxon...
March 24, 2017: International Journal for Parasitology
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/28202777/nodding-syndrome-may-be-an-autoimmune-reaction-to-the-parasitic-worm-onchocerca-volvulus
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Tory P Johnson, Richa Tyagi, Paul R Lee, Myoung-Hwa Lee, Kory R Johnson, Jeffrey Kowalak, Abdel Elkahloun, Marie Medynets, Alina Hategan, Joseph Kubofcik, James Sejvar, Jeffrey Ratto, Sudhir Bunga, Issa Makumbi, Jane R Aceng, Thomas B Nutman, Scott F Dowell, Avindra Nath
Nodding syndrome is an epileptic disorder of unknown etiology that occurs in children in East Africa. There is an epidemiological association with Onchocerca volvulus, the parasitic worm that causes onchocerciasis (river blindness), but there is limited evidence that the parasite itself is neuroinvasive. We hypothesized that nodding syndrome may be an autoimmune-mediated disease. Using protein chip methodology, we detected autoantibodies to leiomodin-1 more abundantly in patients with nodding syndrome compared to unaffected controls from the same village...
February 15, 2017: Science Translational Medicine
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/28125577/identification-of-three-immunodominant-motifs-with-atypical-isotype-profile-scattered-over-the-onchocerca-volvulus-proteome
#8
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/28117596/factors-affecting-onchocerciasis-transmission-lessons-for-infection-control
#9
Robert A Cheke
Onchocerca volvulus infects in excess of 15 million people. The vectors are Simulium blackflies, varieties of which differ in their ecologies, behavior and vectorial abilities. Control of the vectors and mass administrations of ivermectin have succeeded in reducing prevalences with elimination achieved in some foci, particularly in Central and southern America. In Africa, progress towards elimination has been less successful. Areas covered: Even with community directed treatment with ivermectin (CDTI), control has been difficult in African areas with initial prevalences in excess of 55%, especially if only annual treatments are dispensed...
February 3, 2017: Expert Review of Anti-infective Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28114304/modelling-anti-ov16-igg4-antibody-prevalence-as-an-indicator-for-evaluation-and-decision-making-in-onchocerciasis-elimination-programmes
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Yvonne L Lont, Luc E Coffeng, Sake J de Vlas, Allison Golden, Tala de Los Santos, Gonzalo J Domingo, Wilma A Stolk
BACKGROUND: Onchocerciasis is targeted for elimination in Africa through annual or biannual ivermectin mass drug administration (MDA). An immunodiagnostic test, based on the detection of human IgG4 antibodies in the blood to the Onchocerca volvulus-specific antigen Ov16, is one of the recommended tools for determining whether transmission is interrupted and mass treatment can stop. For different transmission settings, the relationship between post-MDA Ov16 antibody prevalence in children (measured 1 year after the last round of MDA) and the duration and coverage of MDA, the mf prevalence in the population, and the probability that onchocerciasis is eventually eliminated is explored through mathematical modelling...
January 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28111713/plasma-derived-parasitic-micrornas-have-insufficient-concentrations-to-be-used-as-diagnostic-biomarker-for-detection-of-onchocerca-volvulus-infection-or-treatment-monitoring-using-lna-based-rt-qpcr
#11
Ole Lagatie, Linda Batsa Debrah, Alex Debrah, Lieven J Stuyver
River blindness, caused by infection with the filarial nematode Onchocerca volvulus, is a neglected tropical disease affecting millions of people. There is a clear need for diagnostic tools capable of identifying infected patients, but that can also be used for monitoring disease progression and treatment efficacy. Plasma-derived parasitic microRNAs have been suggested as potential candidates for such diagnostic tools. We have investigated whether these parasitic microRNAs are present in sufficient quantity in plasma of Onchocerca-infected patients to be used as a diagnostic biomarker for detection of O...
March 2017: Parasitology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103957/rna-interference-mediated-knockdown-of-brugia-malayi-udp-galactopyranose-mutase-severely-affects-parasite-viability-embryogenesis-and-in-vivo-development-of-infective-larvae
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Sweta Misra, Jyoti Gupta, Shailja Misra-Bhattacharya
BACKGROUND: Galactofuranose is an essential cell surface component present in bacteria, fungi and several nematodes such as Caenorhabditis spp., Brugia spp., Onchocerca spp. and Strongyloides spp. This sugar maintains the integrity of parasite surface and is essential for virulence. UDP-Galactopyranose mutase (bmugm) plays a key role in Galf biosynthesis by catalyzing conversion of UDP-Galactopyranose into UDP-galactofuranose and knockout studies of the gene in Leishmania major, Mycobacterium and Aspergillus fumigatus displayed attenuated virulence while RNA interference study in C...
January 19, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28034767/interruption-of-the-transmission-of-onchocerca-volvulus-in-the-kashoya-kitomi-focus-western-uganda-by-long-term-ivermectin-treatment-and-elimination-of-the-vector-simulium-neavei-by-larviciding
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T Lakwo, R Garms, J Wamani, E M Tukahebwa, E Byamukama, A W Onapa, E Tukesiga, J Katamanywa, S Begumisa, P Habomugisha, D Oguttu, E Byamukama, F Richards, T R Unnasch, M Katabarwa
Uganda is the only country in sub-Saharan Africa whose onchocerciasis elimination programme extensively uses vector control and biannual treatment with ivermectin. The purpose of this study was to assess the impact of combined strategies on interrupting onchocerciasis transmission in the Kashoya-Kitomi focus. Mass Drug Administration annually (13 years) followed by biannual treatments (6 years) and ground larviciding (36 cycles in 3 years) with temephos (Abate(®), EC500) against Simulium neavei were conducted...
March 2017: Acta Tropica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926918/evaluation-of-lymphatic-filariasis-and-onchocerciasis-in-three-senegalese-districts-treated-for-onchocerciasis-with-ivermectin
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Nana O Wilson, Alioune Badara Ly, Vitaliano A Cama, Paul T Cantey, Daniel Cohn, Lamine Diawara, Abdel Direny, Mawo Fall, Karla R Feeser, LeAnne M Fox, Achille Kabore, Amadou F Seck, Ngayo Sy, Daouda Ndiaye, Christine Dubray
In Africa, onchocerciasis and lymphatic filariasis (LF) are co-endemic in many areas. Current efforts to eliminate both diseases are through ivermectin-based mass drug administration (MDA). Years of ivermectin distribution for onchocerciasis may have interrupted LF transmission in certain areas. The Kédougou region, Senegal, is co-endemic for LF and onchocerciasis. Though MDA for onchocerciasis started in 1988, in 2014 albendazole had not yet been added for LF. The objective of this study was to assess in an integrated manner the LF and onchocerciasis status in the three districts of the Kédougou region after ≥10 years of ivermectin-based MDA...
December 2016: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906100/an-isothermal-dna-amplification-method-for-detection-of-onchocerca-volvulus-infection-in-skin-biopsies
#15
Ole Lagatie, Michelle Merino, Linda Batsa Debrah, Alexander Y Debrah, Lieven J Stuyver
BACKGROUND: Diagnostic procedures for the diagnosis of infection with the nematode parasite Onchocerca volvulus are currently based on the microscopic detection of microfilariae in skin biopsies. Alternative approaches based on amplification of parasitic DNA in these skin biopsies are currently being explored. Mostly this is based on the detection of the O-150 repeat sequence using PCR based techniques. METHODS: An isothermal, loop-mediated amplification method has been designed using the mitochondrial O...
December 1, 2016: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27881553/stage-specific-transcriptome-and-proteome-analyses-of-the-filarial-parasite-onchocerca-volvulus-and-its-wolbachia-endosymbiont
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Sasisekhar Bennuru, James A Cotton, Jose M C Ribeiro, Alexandra Grote, Bhavana Harsha, Nancy Holroyd, Amruta Mhashilkar, Douglas M Molina, Arlo Z Randall, Adam D Shandling, Thomas R Unnasch, Elodie Ghedin, Matthew Berriman, Sara Lustigman, Thomas B Nutman
Onchocerciasis (river blindness) is a neglected tropical disease that has been successfully targeted by mass drug treatment programs in the Americas and small parts of Africa. Achieving the long-term goal of elimination of onchocerciasis, however, requires additional tools, including drugs, vaccines, and biomarkers of infection. Here, we describe the transcriptome and proteome profiles of the major vector and the human host stages (L1, L2, L3, molting L3, L4, adult male, and adult female) of Onchocerca volvulus along with the proteome of each parasitic stage and of its Wolbachia endosymbiont (wOv)...
November 23, 2016: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27869792/genomic-diversity-in-onchocerca-volvulus-and-its-wolbachia-endosymbiont
#17
Young-Jun Choi, Rahul Tyagi, Samantha N McNulty, Bruce A Rosa, Philip Ozersky, John Martin, Kymberlie Hallsworth-Pepin, Thomas R Unnasch, Carmelle T Norice, Thomas B Nutman, Gary J Weil, Peter U Fischer, Makedonka Mitreva
Ongoing elimination efforts have altered the global distribution of Onchocerca volvulus, the agent of river blindness, and further population restructuring is expected as efforts continue. Therefore, a better understanding of population genetic processes and their effect on biogeography is needed to support elimination goals. We describe O. volvulus genome variation in 27 isolates from the early 1990s (before widespread mass treatment) from four distinct locales: Ecuador, Uganda, the West African forest and the West African savanna...
November 21, 2016: Nature Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27869790/the-genome-of-onchocerca-volvulus-agent-of-river-blindness
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James A Cotton, Sasisekhar Bennuru, Alexandra Grote, Bhavana Harsha, Alan Tracey, Robin Beech, Stephen R Doyle, Matthew Dunn, Julie C Dunning Hotopp, Nancy Holroyd, Taisei Kikuchi, Olivia Lambert, Amruta Mhashilkar, Prudence Mutowo, Nirvana Nursimulu, Jose M C Ribeiro, Matthew B Rogers, Eleanor Stanley, Lakshmipuram S Swapna, Isheng J Tsai, Thomas R Unnasch, Denis Voronin, John Parkinson, Thomas B Nutman, Elodie Ghedin, Matthew Berriman, Sara Lustigman
Human onchocerciasis is a serious neglected tropical disease caused by the filarial nematode Onchocerca volvulus that can lead to blindness and chronic disability. Control of the disease relies largely on mass administration of a single drug, and the development of new drugs and vaccines depends on a better knowledge of parasite biology. Here, we describe the chromosomes of O. volvulus and its Wolbachia endosymbiont. We provide the highest-quality sequence assembly for any parasitic nematode to date, giving a glimpse into the evolution of filarial parasite chromosomes and proteomes...
November 21, 2016: Nature Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27761717/filarial-infection-caused-by-onchocerca-boehmi-supperer-1953-in-a-horse-from-italy
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Riccardo Paolo Lia, Yasen Mutafchiev, Vincenzo Veneziano, Alessio Giannelli, Francesca Abramo, Mario Santoro, Maria Stefania Latrofa, Cinzia Cantacessi, Coralie Martin, Domenico Otranto, Andrea Bertuglia, Barbara Riccio
Equids can be infected by a range of skin-dwelling filarial nematodes, including four species of the genus Onchocerca. Current literature on equine onchocercosis is fragmentary and often limited to isolated case reports. The present study aimed to describe a clinical case of equine onchocercosis caused by Onchocerca boehmi (Supperer, 1953) (syn. Elaeophora boehmi) in an 8-year-old gelding Belgian show jumper from northern Italy. The horse was presented with a firm and painless mass on the proximal third of the right metacarpal region...
January 2017: Parasitology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27756456/river-blindness-mathematical-models-for-control-and-elimination
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M G Basáñez, M Walker, H C Turner, L E Coffeng, S J de Vlas, W A Stolk
Human onchocerciasis (river blindness) is one of the few neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) whose control strategies have been informed by mathematical modelling. With the change in focus from elimination of the disease burden to elimination of Onchocerca volvulus, much remains to be done to refine, calibrate and validate existing models. Under the impetus of the NTD Modelling Consortium, the teams that developed EPIONCHO and ONCHOSIM have joined forces to compare and improve these frameworks to better assist ongoing elimination efforts...
2016: Advances in Parasitology
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