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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102941/synthesis-of-primaquine-glyco-conjugates-as-potential-tissue-schizontocidal-antimalarial-agents
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Chandra S Azad, Mridula Saxena, Arif J Siddiqui, Jyoti Bhardwaj, Sunil K Puri, Guru P Dutta, Nity Anand, Anil K Saxena
Primaquine (PQ) is the only drug used to prevent relapse of malaria due to P. vivax and P. ovale, by eradicating the dormant liver form of the parasite (hypnozoites). The side effects associated with PQ limits is uses in treatment of malaria. To overcome the premature oxidative deamination and to increase the life span of drug in the biological system the novel glyco-conjugates of PQ were synthesized by coupling of primaquine with hexoses in phosphate buffer. The saccharide part of the hybrid molecules thought to be direct the drug to the liver, where hypnozoites resides...
January 19, 2017: Chemical Biology & Drug Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101986/size-dependent-activity-of-palladium-nanoparticles-pd-nps-efficient-conversion-of-co2-into-formate-at-low-overpotentials
#2
Motiar Rahaman, Abhijit Dutta, Peter Broekmann
We report a remarkable size-dependent activity of palladium nanoparticles towards formate production at very low overpotentials (-0.1 V to -0.5 V vs RHE). Size-selective Pd-NPs have been chemically synthesized in the range from 3.8nm to 10.7nm. Electrochemical CO₂ reduction reaction was carried out in aqueous 0.5M NaHCO₃ solution. The Faradaic efficiency of formate production (FE/formate) exceeds more than 86% at E = -0.1 V vs RHE on 3.8nm Pd-NPs whereas on 6.5 nm Pd-NPs an even higher FEformate of 98% is observed...
January 19, 2017: ChemSusChem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101683/allergy-histamine-and-antihistamines
#3
Martin K Church
This chapter concentrates on the role in allergic disease of histamine acting on H1-receptors. It is clear that allergy has its roots in the primary parasite rejection response in which mast cell-derived histamine creates an immediate hostile environment and eosinophils are recruited for killing. This pattern is seen in allergic rhinitis where the early events of mucus production and nasal itching are primarily histamine mediated whereas nasal blockage is secondary to eosinophil infiltration and activation...
January 19, 2017: Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101534/pathogenicity-determinants-of-the-human-malaria-parasite-plasmodium-falciparum-have-ancient-origins
#4
Andrew J Brazier, Marion Avril, Maria Bernabeu, Maxwell Benjamin, Joseph D Smith
Plasmodium falciparum, the most deadly of the human malaria parasites, is a member of the Laverania subgenus that also infects African Great Apes. The virulence of P. falciparum is related to cytoadhesion of infected erythrocytes in microvasculature, but the origin of dangerous parasite adhesion traits is poorly understood. To investigate the evolutionary history of the P. falciparum cytoadhesion pathogenicity determinant, we studied adhesion domains from the chimpanzee malaria parasite P. reichenowi. We demonstrate that the P...
January 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101308/antibacterial-resistance-in-patients-with-hematopoietic-stem-cell-transplantation
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REVIEW
Sehnaz Alp, Murat Akova
Recipients of hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) are at substantial risk of bacterial, fungal, viral, and parasitic infections depending on the time elapsed since transplantation, presence of graft-versus-host disease (GVHD), and the degree of immunosuppression. Infectious complications in HSCT recipients are associated with high morbidity and mortality. Bacterial infections constitute the major cause of infectious complications, especially in the early post-transplant period. The emergence of antibacterial resistance complicates the management of bacterial infections in this patient group...
2017: Mediterranean Journal of Hematology and Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100588/involvement-of-conserved-amino-acids-in-the-c-terminal-region-of-line-1-orf2p-in-retrotransposition
#6
Claiborne M Christian, Mark Sokolowski, Dawn deHaro, Kristine J Kines, Victoria P Belancio
Long Interspersed Element 1 (LINE-1 or L1) is the only currently active autonomous retroelement in the human genome. Along with the parasitic SVA and SINE Alu, L1 is the source of DNA damage induced by retrotransposition, a copy-and-paste process that has the potential to disrupt gene function and cause human disease. The retrotransposition process is dependent upon the ORF2 protein (ORF2p). However, it is unknown whether most of the protein is important for retrotransposition. In particular, other than the Cys motif, the C-terminus of the protein has not been intensely examined in the context of retrotransposition...
January 18, 2017: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100304/iron-responsive-like-elements-in-the-parasite-entamoeba-histolytica
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Liliana Soto-Castro, Laura Yuliana Plata-Guzman, Elisa Elvira Figueroa-Angulo, Jaeson Calla-Choque, Magda Reyes-Lopez, Mireya DE LA Garza, Nidia Leon-Sicairos, Jose Antonio Garzon-Tiznado, Rossana Arroyo, Claudia Leon-Sicairos
In Entamoeba histolytica, iron modulates virulence and gene expression via unknown regulatory mechanisms. The existence of a posttranscriptional iron regulatory system parallel to the IRE/IRP (Iron-Responsive Element/Iron Regulatory Protein) system in the protozoan Trichomonas vaginalis has recently been reported. Due to their evolutionary closeness and the importance of iron for growth and virulence in these protozoa, we hypothesized the existence of an IRE/IRP-like mechanism in E. histolytica. To determine the presence of IRE-like elements in some mRNAs from this parasite, we performed in silico analyses of the 5'- and 3'-UTRs of mRNAs encoding virulence factors and cytoskeleton, ribosomal, and metabolism proteins...
January 18, 2017: Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100297/transcriptional-analysis-of-mating-and-pre-infection-stages-of-the-anther-smut-microbotryum-lychnidis-dioicae
#8
Su San Toh, Zehua Chen, David J Schultz, Christina A Cuomo, Michael H Perlin
Microbotryum lychnidis-dioicae is an obligate biotrophic parasite of the wildflower species, Silene latifolia. This dikaryotic fungus, commonly known as an anther smut, requires that haploid, yeast-like sporidia of opposite mating types fuse and differentiate into dikaryotic hyphae that penetrate host tissue as part of the fungal lifecycle. Mating occurs under conditions of cool temperatures and limited nutrients. Further development requires host cues or chemical mimics, including a variety of lipids, e.g...
January 17, 2017: Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100285/characterization-of-the-complete-mitochondrial-genome-of-setaria-digitata-nematoda-setariidae-from-china
#9
G-H Liu, J-Y Li, X-Q Zhu
Setaria digitata is a filarial parasite that causes fatal cerebrospinal nematodiasis in goats, horses and sheep, resulting in substantial economic losses to livestock farmers. In the present study, the complete mitochondrial (mt) genome of S. digitata from China was determined, characterized and compared with that of S. digitata from Sri Lanka. The identity of the mt genomes was 98.3% between S. digitata from China and Sri Lanka, and the complete mt genome sequence of S. digitata from China was slightly shorter (25 bp) than that from Sri Lanka...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Helminthology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100278/prevalence-and-risk-factors-of-undernutrition-among-schoolchildren-in-the-plateau-central-and-centre-ouest-regions-of-burkina-faso
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Séverine Erismann, Astrid M Knoblauch, Serge Diagbouga, Peter Odermatt, Jana Gerold, Akina Shrestha, Grissoum Tarnagda, Boubacar Savadogo, Christian Schindler, Jürg Utzinger, Guéladio Cissé
BACKGROUND: Multiple factors determine children's nutritional status, including energy and nutrient intake, recurrent infectious diseases, access (or lack thereof) to clean water and improved sanitation, and hygiene practices, among others. The "Vegetables go to School: improving nutrition through agricultural diversification" (VgtS) project implements an integrated school garden programme in five countries, including Burkina Faso. The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence of undernutrition and its risk factors among schoolchildren in Burkina Faso before the start of the project...
January 19, 2017: Infectious Diseases of Poverty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100223/surface-attachment-promoted-by-the-actomyosin-system-of-toxoplasma-gondii-is-important-for-efficient-gliding-motility-and-invasion
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Jamie A Whitelaw, Fernanda Latorre-Barragan, Simon Gras, Gurman S Pall, Jacqueline M Leung, Aoife Heaslip, Saskia Egarter, Nicole Andenmatten, Shane R Nelson, David M Warshaw, Gary E Ward, Markus Meissner
BACKGROUND: Apicomplexan parasites employ a unique form of movement, termed gliding motility, in order to invade the host cell. This movement depends on the parasite's actomyosin system, which is thought to generate the force during gliding. However, recent evidence questions the exact molecular role of this system, since mutants for core components of the gliding machinery, such as parasite actin or subunits of the MyoA-motor complex (the glideosome), remain motile and invasive, albeit at significantly reduced efficiencies...
January 18, 2017: BMC Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099874/igm-lgg-and-il-6-profiles-in-the-trypanosoma-brucei-brucei-monkey-model-of-human-african-trypanosomiasis
#12
Maxwell W Waema, Naomi W Maina, Maina Ngotho, Simon M Karanja, Beatrice M Gachie, Dawn N Maranga, John M Kagira
Human African trypanosomiasis (HAT) patients manifest immunological profiles, whose variations over time can be used to indicate disease progression. However, monitoring of these biomarkers in human patients is beset by several limitations which can be offset by using chronic animal models. A recent improved monkey model of HAT using a Trypanosoma brucei brucei isolate has been developed but the immunological profile has not been elucidated. The objectives of the current study was to determine the IgM, IgG and IL-6 profiles in blood and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in vervet monkeys infected with T...
January 15, 2017: Acta Tropica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099571/first-report-of-the-parasitoid-pachycrepoideus-vindemmiae-rondani-1875-hymenoptera-pteromalidae-parasitizing-synthesiomyia-nudiseta-van-der-wulp-1883-diptera-muscidae
#13
C H Marchiori, L M F Borges
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January 12, 2017: Brazilian Journal of Biology, Revista Brasleira de Biologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099501/environmental-persistence-influences-infection-dynamics-for-a-butterfly-pathogen
#14
Dara A Satterfield, Sonia Altizer, Mary-Kate Williams, Richard J Hall
Many pathogens, including those infecting insects, are transmitted via dormant stages shed into the environment, where they must persist until encountering a susceptible host. Understanding how abiotic conditions influence environmental persistence and how these factors influence pathogen spread are crucial for predicting patterns of infection risk. Here, we explored the consequences of environmental transmission for infection dynamics of a debilitating protozoan parasite (Ophryocystis elektroscirrha) that infects monarch butterflies (Danaus plexippus)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099431/exacerbated-leishmaniasis-caused-by-a-viral-endosymbiont-can-be-prevented-by-immunization-with-its-viral-capsid
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Patrik Castiglioni, Mary-Anne Hartley, Matteo Rossi, Florence Prevel, Chantal Desponds, Daniel T Utzschneider, Remzi-Onur Eren, Haroun Zangger, Livia Brunner, Nicolas Collin, Dietmar Zehn, F Matthew Kuhlmann, Stephen M Beverley, Nicolas Fasel, Catherine Ronet
Recent studies have shown that a cytoplasmic virus called Leishmaniavirus (LRV) is present in some Leishmania species and acts as a potent innate immunogen, aggravating lesional inflammation and development in mice. In humans, the presence of LRV in Leishmania guyanensis and in L. braziliensis was significantly correlated with poor treatment response and symptomatic relapse. So far, no clinical effort has used LRV for prophylactic purposes. In this context, we designed an original vaccine strategy that targeted LRV nested in Leishmania parasites to prevent virus-related complications...
January 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099077/disease-complexity-in-a-declining-alaskan-muskox-ovibos-moschatus-population
#16
Josephine A Afema, Kimberlee B Beckmen, Stephen M Arthur, Kathy Burek Huntington, Jonna A K Mazet
The muskox ( Ovibos moschatus ) population inhabiting the eastern North Slope (ENS) of Alaska declined dramatically during 1999-2006, whereas populations in western Alaska (WA) were stable or increasing. To understand morbidity and mortality factors contributing to the decline, Alaska Department of Fish and Game conducted pathologic investigations of carcasses from 2005 until 2008. Additionally, archived sera from both ENS and WA muskoxen collected during 1984-1992, before the documented beginning of the ENS decline; sera collected during 2000, near the beginning of the decline; and contemporary sera (from live capture-release, adult females) collected during 2006, 2007, and 2008 were analyzed to determine whether prevalence of antibody to potential pathogens differed in the two areas or changed over time...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Wildlife Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099076/extension-of-the-avian-host-range-of-collyriclosis-in-europe
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Stamatios A Tahas, Anastasia Diakou, Monika Dressel, Samuel Frei, Fábia M Pinto Azevedo, Maria V Mena Casero, Carla Maia, Paula Grest, Felix Grimm, Jiljí Sitko, Ivan Literak
We describe cases of collyriclosis in apodiform and passeriform birds in Portugal, Switzerland, and Germany. We extend the host range of Collyriculm faba to include apodiform birds ( Apus apus , Apus melba , and Apus pallidus ) and the passerine Sitta europaea (Eurasian Nuthatch). Infections varied in severity from an incidental finding to severe debilitation and death. The infection route remains unclear with the apparent absence from Germany, Portugal, and Switzerland of the first intermediate host of C. faba, the aquatic gastropod Bythinella austriaca, implying that other organisms might be involved in the parasite's life cycle...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Wildlife Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098789/implications-of-changing-temperatures-on-the-growth-fecundity-and-survival-of-intermediate-host-snails-of-schistosomiasis-a-systematic-review
#18
REVIEW
Chester Kalinda, Moses Chimbari, Samson Mukaratirwa
Climate change has been predicted to increase the global mean temperature and to alter the ecological interactions among organisms. These changes may play critical roles in influencing the life history traits of the intermediate hosts (IHs). This review focused on studies and disease models that evaluate the potential effect of temperature rise on the ecology of IH snails and the development of parasites within them. The main focus was on IH snails of schistosome parasites that cause schistosomiasis in humans...
January 13, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098507/development-and-evaluation-of-a-loop-mediated-isothermal-amplification-lamp-assay-for-the-detection-of-haemonchus-contortus-in-goat-fecal-samples
#19
Xin Yang, Mingwei Qi, Zongze Zhang, Chong Gao, Chunqun Wang, Weiqiang Lei, Li Tan, Junlong Zhao, Rui Fang, Min Hu
Haemonchus contortus is one of the most significant strongylid nematodes infecting small ruminants and causes great economic losses to the livestock industry worldwide. Accurate diagnosis of H. contortus is crucial to control the infection. Traditional microscopic examinations are the most common methods for the diagnosis of H. contortus, but they are time-consuming and inaccurate. Molecular methods based on PCR are more accurate, but need expensive machines usually only used in the laboratory. Loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) is a rapid, simple, specific and sensitive method that has been widely used to detect viruses, bacteria and parasites...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098499/inhibition-of-leishmania-infantum-trypanothione-reductase-by-diaryl-sulfide-derivatives
#20
Francesco Saccoliti, Gabriella Angiulli, Giovanni Pupo, Luca Pescatori, Valentina Noemi Madia, Antonella Messore, Gianni Colotti, Annarita Fiorillo, Luigi Scipione, Marina Gramiccia, Trentina Di Muccio, Roberto Di Santo, Roberta Costi, Andrea Ilari
The study presented here aimed at identifying a new class of compounds acting against Leishmania parasites, the causative agent of Leishmaniasis. For this purpose, the thioether derivatives of our in-house library have been evaluated in whole-cell screening assays in order to determine their in vitro activity against Leishmania protozoan. Among them, promising results have been achieved with compound RDS 777 (6-(sec-butoxy)-2-((3-chlorophenyl)thio)pyrimidin-4-amine) (IC50 = 29.43 µM), which is able to impair the mechanism of the parasite defence against the reactive oxygen species by inhibiting the trypanothione reductase (TR) with high efficiency (Ki 0...
December 2017: Journal of Enzyme Inhibition and Medicinal Chemistry
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