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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820716/evaluation-of-community-directed-operation-of-black-fly-traps-for-entomological-surveillance-of-onchocerca-volvulus-transmission-in-the-madi-mid-north-focus-of-onchocerciasis-in-northern-uganda
#1
Denis Loum, Charles R Katholi, Thomson Lakwo, Peace Habomugisha, Edridah M Tukahebwa, Thomas R Unnasch
Entomological measures of transmission are important metrics specified by the World Health Organization to document the suppression and interruption of transmission of Onchocerca volvulus, the causative agent of onchocerciasis. These metrics require testing of large numbers of vector black flies. Black fly collection has relied on human landing collections, which are inefficient and potentially hazardous. As the focus of the international community has shifted from onchocerciasis control to elimination, replacement of human landing collections has become a priority...
July 31, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806951/phytochemical-analysis-and-in-vitro-anthelmintic-activity-of-lophira-lanceolata-ochnaceae-on-the-bovine-parasite-onchocerca-ochengi-and-on-drug-resistant-strains-of-the-free-living-nematode-caenorhabditis-elegans
#2
Justin Kalmobé, Dieudonné Ndjonka, Djafsia Boursou, Jacqueline Dikti Vildina, Eva Liebau
BACKGROUND: Onchocerciasis is one of the tropical neglected diseases (NTDs) caused by the nematode Onchocerca volvulus. Control strategies currently in use rely on mass administration of ivermectin, which has marked activity against microfilariae. Furthermore, the development of resistance to ivermectin was observed. Since vaccine and safe macrofilaricidal treatment against onchocerciasis are still lacking, there is an urgent need to discover novel drugs. This study was undertaken to investigate the anthelmintic activity of Lophira lanceolata on the cattle parasite Onchocerca ochengi and the anthelmintic drug resistant strains of the free living nematode Caenorhabditis elegans and to determine the phytochemical profiles of the extracts and fractions of the plants...
August 14, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28789852/recombinant-calponin-of-human-filariid-brugia-malayi-secondary-structure-and-immunoprophylactic-potential
#3
Shiv K Verma, Ashish Arora, P Kalpana Murthy
In the search for potential vaccine candidates for the control of human lymphatic filariasis, we recently identified calponin-like protein, that regulates actin/myosin interactions, in a proinflammatory fraction F8 (45.24-48.64kDa) of Brugia malayi adult worms. In the present study, the gene was cloned, expressed, and the recombinant Calponin of B. malayi (r-ClpBm) was prepared and characterized. r-ClpBm bears homology with OV9M of Onchocerca volvulus, a non-lymphatic filariid that causes loss of vision and cutaneous pathology...
August 5, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28746337/genome-wide-analysis-of-ivermectin-response-by-onchocerca-volvulus-reveals-that-genetic-drift-and-soft-selective-sweeps-contribute-to-loss-of-drug-sensitivity
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Stephen R Doyle, Catherine Bourguinat, Hugues C Nana-Djeunga, Jonas A Kengne-Ouafo, Sébastien D S Pion, Jean Bopda, Joseph Kamgno, Samuel Wanji, Hua Che, Annette C Kuesel, Martin Walker, Maria-Gloria Basáñez, Daniel A Boakye, Mike Y Osei-Atweneboana, Michel Boussinesq, Roger K Prichard, Warwick N Grant
BACKGROUND: Treatment of onchocerciasis using mass ivermectin administration has reduced morbidity and transmission throughout Africa and Central/South America. Mass drug administration is likely to exert selection pressure on parasites, and phenotypic and genetic changes in several Onchocerca volvulus populations from Cameroon and Ghana-exposed to more than a decade of regular ivermectin treatment-have raised concern that sub-optimal responses to ivermectin's anti-fecundity effect are becoming more frequent and may spread...
July 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743489/lipid-profiling-of-the-filarial-nematodes-onchocerca-volvulus-onchocerca-ochengi-and-litomosoides-sigmodontis-reveals-the-accumulation-of-nematode-specific-ether-phospholipids-in-the-host
#5
Vera Wewer, Benjamin L Makepeace, Vincent N Tanya, Helga Peisker, Kenneth Pfarr, Achim Hoerauf, Peter Dörmann
Onchocerciasis, a neglected tropical disease prevalent in western and central Africa, is a major health problem and has been targeted for elimination. The causative agent for this disease is the human parasite Onchocerca volvulus. Onchocerca ochengi and Litomosoides sigmodontis, infectious agents of cattle and rodents, respectively, serve as model organisms to study filarial nematode infections. Biomarkers to determine infection without the use of painful skin biopsies and microscopic identification of larval worms are needed and their discovery is facilitated by an improved knowledge of parasite-specific metabolites...
July 23, 2017: International Journal for Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722605/characterizing-reactivity-to-onchocerca-volvulus-antigens-in-multiplex-bead-assays
#6
Karla R Feeser, Vitaliano Cama, Jeffrey W Priest, Elizabeth A Thiele, Ryan E Wiegand, Thomson Lakwo, Sendeaw M Feleke, Paul T Cantey
Multiplex bead assays (MBAs) may provide a powerful integrated tool for monitoring, evaluation, and post-elimination surveillance of onchocerciasis and co-endemic diseases; however, the specificity and sensitivity of Onchocerca volvulus antigens have not been characterized within this context. An MBA was developed to evaluate three antigens (OV-16, OV-17, and OV-33) for onchocerciasis. Receiver operating characteristics (ROC) analyses were used to characterize antigen performance using a panel of 610 specimens: 109 O...
July 3, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28686665/the-esperanza-window-trap-reduces-the-human-biting-rate-of-simulium-ochraceum-s-l-in-formerly-onchocerciasis-endemic-foci-in-southern-mexico
#7
Mario A Rodríguez-Pérez, Javier A Garza-Hernández, Mario C Salinas-Carmona, Ildefonso Fernández-Salas, Filiberto Reyes-Villanueva, Olga Real-Najarro, Eddie W Cupp, Thomas R Unnasch
BACKGROUND: The Esperanza Window Trap (EWT) baited with CO2 and human sweat compounds is attractive to Simulium ochraceum s.l., the primary vector of Onchocerca volvulus in the historically largest endemic foci in México and Guatemala. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: The ability of the EWT to locally reduce numbers of questing S. ochraceum s.l. was evaluated in two formerly onchocerciasis endemic communities in Southern México. At each community, two EWTs were placed in or near a school or household and flies were collected sequentially for a total of 10 days...
July 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648713/zoonotic-infection-with-onchocerca-dewittei-japonica-in-an-11-year-old-boy-in-kansai-region-western-honshu-japan
#8
Shigehiko Uni, Masako Fukuda, Kou Ogawa, Yvonne Ai-Lian Lim, Takeshi Agatsuma, Naruemon Bunchom, Weerachai Saijuntha, Yasushi Otsuka, Subha Bhassu, Ahmad Syihan Mat Udin, Nur Afiqah Zainuri, Hasmahzaiti Omar, Jun Nakatani, Makoto Matsubayashi, Haruhiko Maruyama, Rosli Ramli, Mohd Sofian Azirun, Hiroyuki Takaoka
An 11-year-old boy living in Otsu City, Shiga Prefecture, Kansai Region, Western Honshu, Japan had zoonotic onchocercosis. The patient developed a painful swelling on the little finger of his left hand. The worm detected in the excised mass had external transverse ridges but did not have inner striae in the cuticle. On the basis of the parasite's histopathological characteristics, the causative agent was identified as a female Onchocerca dewittei japonica (Spirurida: Onchocercidae). The species of the filarial parasite was confirmed by sequencing the cox1 gene of the parasite...
June 23, 2017: Parasitology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617666/parasitic-diseases-of-camels-in-iran-1931-2017-a-literature-review
#9
Alireza Sazmand, Anja Joachim
Parasitic diseases of camels are major causes of impaired milk and meat production, decreases in performance or even death. Some camel parasites also represent a threat to human health. About 171,500 one-humped camels (Camelus dromedarius) and 100-300 two-humped camels (Camelus bactrianus) live in Iran. Knowledge of the biodiversity of their parasites is still limited. The present review covers all information about camel parasitic diseases in Iran published as dissertations and in both Iranian and international journals from 1931 to February 2017...
2017: Parasite: Journal de la Société Française de Parasitologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615862/incidence-of-onchocerca-gibsoni-in-subcutaneous-nodules-of-cross-bred-jersey-cows-case-report
#10
S T Bino Sundar, B Dhivya, G Jyothimol, R Anandaraja, P Ramesh, C Balachandran, M Thangapandiyan, C Soundararajan, S Gomathinayagam, Bhaskaran Ravi Latha, T J Harikrishnan
Onchocerca gibsoni subcutaneous nodules in four cross bred Jersey cows aged 5-6 years brought for post mortem with calcified and caseated skin nodules in the lateral flank region is reported. Examination and dissection of these nodules revealed that they were "worm nests" of Onchocerca sp. of filarid nematodes. The worm nests were carefully dissected and filarid worms were extracted out. Multiple numbers of worms were recovered from each nodule ranging from 15 to 20. Female worms were found inside the worm nests and were found to be filled with microfilariae...
June 2017: Journal of Parasitic Diseases: Official Organ of the Indian Society for Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28600214/validation-of-onchocerciasis-biomarker-n-acetyltyramine-o-glucuronide-natog
#11
Daniel Globisch, Lisa M Eubanks, Ryan J Shirey, Kenneth M Pfarr, Samuel Wanji, Alexander Y Debrah, Achim Hoerauf, Kim D Janda
The Neglected Tropical Disease onchocerciasis is a parasitic disease. Despite many control programmes by the World Health Organization (WHO), large communities in West and Central Africa are still affected. Besides logistic challenges during biannual mass drug administration, the lack of a robust, point-of-care diagnostic is limiting successful eradication of onchocerciasis. Towards the implementation of a non-invasive and point-of-care diagnostic, we have recently reported the discovery of the biomarker N-acetyltyramine-O-glucuronide (NATOG) in human urine samples using a metabolomics-mining approach...
August 1, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28596064/nodding-syndrome-in-the-spotlight-placing-recent-findings-in-perspective
#12
Peter S Spencer, Erich Schmutzhard, Andrea S Winkler
Nodding syndrome (NS) is a debated scientific topic. A recently published study suggests that NS is an autoimmune disorder based on findings of cross-reacting antibodies between neuronal structures and a protein present in Onchocerca volvulus (OV). In our opinion, the proposed causal relationship between OV infection and NS has yet to be demonstrated and, instead, OV infection in NS may be opportunistic.
July 2017: Trends in Parasitology
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
#13
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
#14
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
#15
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
#16
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...
July 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
#17
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
#18
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
#19
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
#20
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
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