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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742491/the-canary-in-the-coalmine-bee-declines-as-an-indicator-of-environmental-health
#1
Dave Goulson, Elizabeth Nicholls
Bee declines have received much attention of late, but there is considerable debate and confusion as to the extent, significance and causes of declines. In part, this reflects conflation of data for domestic honeybees, numbers of which are largely driven by economic factors, with those for wild bees, many of which have undergone marked range contractions but for the majority of which we have no good data on population size. There is no doubt that bees are subject to numerous pressures in the modern world. The abundance and diversity of flowers has declined along with availability of suitable nest sites, bees are chronically exposed to cocktails of agrochemicals, and they are simultaneously exposed to novel parasites and pathogens accidentally spread by humans...
September 1, 2016: Science Progress
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742146/immunomodulatory-effects-of-excretory-secretory-compounds-from-contracaecum-osculatum-larvae-in-a-zebrafish-inflammation-model
#2
Foojan Mehrdana, Per Walter Kania, Sasan Nazemi, Kurt Buchmann
Excretory/secretory (ES) compounds isolated from third-stage larvae of the anisakid nematode Contracaecum osculatum parasitizing liver of Baltic cod were investigated for effects on immune gene expression in a zebrafish LPS-induced inflammation model. ES products containing a series of proteins, of which some had enzymatic activity, were injected solely or with LPS. ES proteins alone induced up-regulation of a number of immune-related genes, but generally to a lower degree compared to LPS. When co-injected with LPS, the worm products exacerbated merely expression of five genes affecting Th1, Th2, Th17 and innate responses compared to the LPS-injected group...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742144/genome-wide-and-protein-kinase-focused-rnai-screens-reveal-conserved-and-novel-damage-response-pathways-in-trypanosoma-brucei
#3
Jennifer A Stortz, Tiago D Serafim, Sam Alsford, Jonathan Wilkes, Fernando Fernandez-Cortes, Graham Hamilton, Emma Briggs, Leandro Lemgruber, David Horn, Jeremy C Mottram, Richard McCulloch
All cells are subject to structural damage that must be addressed for continued growth. A wide range of damage affects the genome, meaning multiple pathways have evolved to repair or bypass the resulting DNA lesions. Though many repair pathways are conserved, their presence or function can reflect the life style of individual organisms. To identify genome maintenance pathways in a divergent eukaryote and important parasite, Trypanosoma brucei, we performed RNAi screens to identify genes important for survival following exposure to the alkylating agent methyl methanesulphonate...
July 24, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742098/pathological-manifestations-in-lymphatic-filariasis-correlate-with-lack-of-inhibitory-properties-of-igg4-antibodies-on-ige-activated-granulocytes
#4
Ulrich F Prodjinotho, Charlotte von Horn, Alex Y Debrah, Linda Batsa Debrah, Anna Albers, Laura E Layland, Achim Hoerauf, Tomabu Adjobimey
Helminth parasites are known to be efficient modulators of their host's immune system. To guarantee their own survival, they induce alongside the classical Th2 a strong regulatory response with high levels of anti-inflammatory cytokines and elevated plasma levels of IgG4. This particular antibody was shown in different models to exhibit immunosuppressive properties. How IgG4 affects the etiopathology of lymphatic filariasis (LF) is however not well characterized. Here we investigate the impact of plasma and affinity-purified IgG/IgG4 fractions from endemic normals (EN) and LF infected pathology patients (CP), asymptomatic microfilaraemic (Mf+) and amicrofilaraemic (Mf-) individuals on IgE/IL3 activated granulocytes...
July 24, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741648/american-cutaneous-leishmaniasis-in-infancy-and-childhood
#5
REVIEW
Alberto E Paniz-Mondolfi, Carolina Talhari, María F García Bustos, Tamara Rosales, Wilmer E Villamil-Gomez, Marilianna Marquez, Alexandra M Pérez Alvarez, Alejandra I Tálamo Sánchez, Alfonso J Rodriguez-Morales
Infant and young child skin diseases are among the most common features of morbidity throughout the tropics. Because the skin is directly exposed to the environment, it is considerably affected by climatic and local conditions such as vectors and microorganisms, as in the case of leishmaniasis. In America the observed magnitude of cutaneous leishmaniasis in children has led to the study of increased risk of exposure of this group due to the possibility of peri- and intradomiciliary transmission. The present review pretends to make a concrete approach all through the broad and main figures of this parasitic disease, including the clinical, physiopathological, epidemiological, diagnostic, and therapeutic aspects, in order to be used as a practical source of reference for pediatricians leading with tropical cutaneous pathology in the region...
July 25, 2017: International Journal of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741342/hygiene-pests-as-vectors-for-parasitic-and-bacterial-diseases-in-humans
#6
Marcin Cholewiński, Monika Derda, Edward Hadaś
Diseases transmitted by hygiene pests remain a very serious problem in spite of fast developments in science and medicine. The present study focuses on pests carrying germs that pose a threat to human health and life. The quick pace of life, the need to satisfy human needs and mass production of food sometimes result in flagrant sanitary, hygienic and epidemiological deficiencies. These irregularities are conducive to hygiene pests, which, when not held in check by proper control measures, may act more efficiently and quickly...
2017: Annals of Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741205/one-more-step-toward-a-push-pull-strategy-combining-both-a-trap-crop-and-plant-volatile-organic-compounds-against-the-cabbage-root-fly-delia-radicum
#7
Fabrice Lamy, Sébastien Dugravot, Anne Marie Cortesero, Valérie Chaminade, Vincent Faloya, Denis Poinsot
The "push-pull" strategy aims at manipulating insect pest behavior using a combination of attractive and repulsive stimuli using either plants derived volatile organic compounds or insect host plant preferences. In a field experiment using broccoli as a crop, we combined in a "push-pull" context the oviposition deterrent effect of dimethyl disulfide and the attractive effect of a Chinese cabbage strip enhanced with Z-3-hexenyl-acetate. The push component dimethyl disulfide reduced Delia radicum L. (Diptera: Anthomyiidae) oviposition on broccoli by nearly 30%, and applying Z-3-hexenyl-acetate in the pull component of Chinese cabbage increased it by 40%...
July 24, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741177/birth-birth-death-processes-and-their-computable-transition-probabilities-with-biological-applications
#8
Lam Si Tung Ho, Jason Xu, Forrest W Crawford, Vladimir N Minin, Marc A Suchard
Birth-death processes track the size of a univariate population, but many biological systems involve interaction between populations, necessitating models for two or more populations simultaneously. A lack of efficient methods for evaluating finite-time transition probabilities of bivariate processes, however, has restricted statistical inference in these models. Researchers rely on computationally expensive methods such as matrix exponentiation or Monte Carlo approximation, restricting likelihood-based inference to small systems, or indirect methods such as approximate Bayesian computation...
July 24, 2017: Journal of Mathematical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741105/transmission-fitness-in-co-colonization-and-the-persistence-of-bacterial-pathogens
#9
Maria Gaivão, Francisco Dionisio, Erida Gjini
Humans are often colonized by polymorphic bacteria such as Streptococcus pneumoniae, Bordetella pertussis, Staphylococcus Aureus, and Haemophilus influenzae. Two co-colonizing pathogen clones may interact with each other upon host entry and during within-host dynamics, ranging from competition to facilitation. Here we examine the significance of these exploitation strategies for bacterial spread and persistence in host populations. We model SIS epidemiological dynamics to capture the global behavior of such multi-strain systems, focusing on different parameters of single and dual colonization...
July 24, 2017: Bulletin of Mathematical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741097/distribution-and-phylogenetic-analysis-of-blastocystis-sp-subtypes-isolated-from-ibd-patients-and-healthy-individuals-in-iran
#10
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/28740687/infections-causing-central-airway-obstruction-role-of-bronchoscopy-in-diagnosis-and-management
#11
REVIEW
Sevak Keshishyan, Lawrence DeLorenzo, Kassem Hammoud, Arpine Avagyan, Hussein Assallum, Kassem Harris
Central airway obstructive infections (CAOI) are challenging medical conditions that may represent an advanced and complicated process of ongoing infections. The epidemiology of CAOI is unknown as well as the pathophysiology and the mechanism of development. This is due to sparse data in the literature that consists mainly of case reports and retrospective case series. CAOI can be caused by fungal, bacterial, parasitic and viral infections. Most patients with CAOI can be diagnosed clinically and with chest imaging, which demonstrate obstruction of the central airways...
June 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740614/new-class-of-antitrypanosomal-agents-based-on-imidazopyridines
#12
Daniel G Silva, J Robert Gillespie, Ranae M Ranade, Zackary M Herbst, Uyen T T Nguyen, Frederick S Buckner, Carlos A Montanari, Michael H Gelb
The present work describes the synthesis of 22 new imidazopyridine analogues arising from medicinal chemistry optimization at different sites on the molecule. Seven and 12 compounds exhibited an in vitro EC50 ≤ 1 μM against Trypanosoma cruzi (T. cruzi) and Trypanosoma brucei (T. brucei) parasites, respectively. Based on promising results of in vitro activity (EC50 < 100 nM), cytotoxicity, metabolic stability, protein binding, and pharmacokinetics (PK) properties, compound 20 was selected as a candidate for in vivo efficacy studies...
July 13, 2017: ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740612/3-hydroxykynurenine-a-tryptophan-metabolite-generated-during-the-infection-is-active-against-trypanosoma-cruzi
#13
Carolina P Knubel, Constanza Insfran, Fernando F Martinez, Cintia Diaz Lujan, Ricardo E Fretes, Martin G Theumer, Laura Cervi, Claudia C Motran
The antiparasitic activity of 3-hydroxykynurenine (3-HK), one of the major tryptophan catabolites of the kynurenine pathway, against both Trypanosoma cruzi evolutive forms that are important for human infection, trypomastigotes (Tps) and amastigotes (Am), possible targets in the parasite and the drug toxicity to mammalian cells have been investigated. 3-HK showed a potent activity against Am with IC50 values in the micromolar concentration range, while the IC50 values to cause Tps death was ∼6000-times higher, indicating that the replicative form present in the vertebrate hosts is much more susceptible to 3-HK than bloodstream Tps...
July 13, 2017: ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739829/inherent-oxidative-stress-in-lewis-rat-is-associated-with-resistance-to-toxoplasmosis
#14
William H Witola, Chi Yong Kim, Xuejin Zhang
The course of Toxoplasma gondii infection in rats closely resembles that in humans. However, compared to the Brown Norway (BN) rat, the Lewis (LEW) rat is extremely resistant to T. gondii infection. Thus, we performed RNA sequencing analysis of the LEW versus BN rat, with or without T. gondii infection, in order to unravel molecular factors directing robust and rapid early T. gondii-killing mechanisms in the LEW rat. We found that, compared to the uninfected BN rat, the uninfected LEW rat has inherently higher transcript levels of cytochrome enzymes [Cyp2d3, Cyp2d5 and Cybrd1 that catalyze generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS)], with concomitant higher levels of ROS...
July 24, 2017: Infection and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739368/andrographolide-induces-oxidative-stress-dependent-cell-death-in-unicellular-protozoan-parasite-trypanosoma-brucei
#15
Malabika Banerjee, Debaprasad Parai, Pranab Dhar, Manab Roy, Rajib Barik, Subrata Chattopadhyay, Samir Kumar Mukherjee
African sleeping sickness is a parasitic disease in humans and livestock caused by Trypanosoma brucei throughout sub-Saharan Africa. Absence of appropriate vaccines and prevalence of drug resistance proclaim that a new way of therapeutic interventions is essential against African trypanosomiasis. In the present study, we have looked into the effect of andrographolide (andro), a diterpenoid lactone from Andrographis paiculata on Trypanosoma brucei PRA 380. Although andro has been recognized as a promosing anti-cancer drug, its usefulness against Trypanosoma spp remained unexplored...
July 21, 2017: Acta Tropica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739367/a-hyperendemic-focus-of-taenia-solium-transmission-in-the-banke-district-of-nepal
#16
Keshav Sah, Ishab Poudel, Suyog Subedi, Dinesh Kumar Singh, Jo Cocker, Peetambar Kushwaha, Angela Colston, Meritxell Donadeu, Marshall W Lightowlers
Neurocysticercosis is a major cause of epilepsy in countries where Taenia solium is endemic and the parasite is a major cause of food-borne disease globally. Pigs are the natural intermediate host involved in transmission of the parasite. T. solium is known to be endemic in Nepal, however there is limited reliable data about the prevalence of the disease in Nepal. The aim of this study was to determine accurately the prevalence of porcine cysticercosis in slaughter age pigs in an area of Nepal where pigs are known to be free-roaming...
July 21, 2017: Acta Tropica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739301/a-new-pcr-assay-for-the-detection-and-differentiation-of-babesia-canis-and-babesia-vogeli
#17
Giada Annoscia, Maria Stefania Latrofa, Cinzia Cantacessi, Emanuela Olivieri, Maria Teresa Manfredi, Filipe Dantas-Torres, Domenico Otranto
Babesia spp. are globally distributed tick-borne protozoan parasites that infect the red blood cells of a wide range of vertebrate hosts, including humans. Diagnosis of babesiosis is often impeded by the transient presence of the parasites in peripheral blood, as well as by their pleomorphic nature. Given the reports of an expanding and, in some cases, sympatric geographical distribution of Babesia canis and Babesia vogeli in dogs and associated vectors, in Europe, the development of time-efficient and cost-effective diagnostic tools to detect and differentiate these two species is warranted...
July 8, 2017: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739078/mutualisms-are-not-on-the-verge-of-breakdown
#18
REVIEW
Megan E Frederickson
Mutualisms teeter on a knife-edge between conflict and cooperation, or so the conventional wisdom goes. The costs and benefits of mutualism often depend on the abiotic or biotic context in which an interaction occurs, and experimental manipulations can induce shifts in interaction outcomes from mutualism all the way to parasitism. Yet, research suggests that mutualisms rarely turn parasitic in nature. Similarly, despite the potential for 'cheating' to undermine mutualism evolution, empirical evidence for fitness conflicts between partners and, thus, selection for cheating in mutualisms is scant...
July 21, 2017: Trends in Ecology & Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738881/assessment-of-quality-of-life-in-patients-with-post-kalaazar-dermal-leishmaniasis
#19
Biplab Pal, Krishna Murti, Niyamat Ali Siddiqui, Pradeep Das, Chandra Shekhar Lal, Rajendra Babu, Manoj Kumar Rastogi, Krishna Pandey
BACKGROUND: Post kala-azar dermal leishmaniasis (PKDL) is a dermatological disorder caused by protozoal parasite Leishmania donovani. PKDL cases are thought to be a reservoir of parasites and may increase cases of visceral leishmaniasis. The disease is not life threatening but cosmetic disfigurement associated with it may impair the patients' quality of life. This study aimed to assess the health related quality of life in patients with post kalaazar dermal leishmanasis for the first time...
July 24, 2017: Health and Quality of Life Outcomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738868/comparative-evaluation-of-fluorescent-in-situ-hybridization-and-giemsa-microscopy-with-quantitative-real-time-pcr-technique-in-detecting-malaria-parasites-in-a-holoendemic-region-of-kenya
#20
Joseph Osoga, John Waitumbi, Bernard Guyah, James Sande, Cornel Arima, Michael Ayaya, Caroline Moseti, Collins Morang'a, Martin Wahome, Rachel Achilla, George Awinda, Nancy Nyakoe, Elizabeth Wanja
BACKGROUND: Early and accurate diagnosis of malaria is important in treatment as well as in the clinical evaluation of drugs and vaccines. Evaluation of Giemsa-stained smears remains the gold standard for malaria diagnosis, although diagnostic errors and potential bias estimates of protective efficacy have been reported in practice. Plasmodium genus fluorescent in situ hybridization (P-Genus FISH) is a microscopy-based method that uses fluorescent labelled oligonucleotide probes targeted to pathogen specific ribosomal RNA fragments to detect malaria parasites in whole blood...
July 24, 2017: Malaria Journal
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