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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445973/plasmodium-parasite-as-an-effective-hepatocellular-carcinoma-antigen-glypican-3-delivery-vector
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Quan Liu, Yijun Yang, Xuefang Tan, Zhu Tao, Dickson Adah, Songlin Yu, Junnan Lu, Siting Zhao, Limei Qin, Li Qin, Xiaoping Chen
We have previously demonstrated that malaria parasite infection has an anti-tumor effect in a mouse model. This research aimed to investigate the possibility of using Plasmodium parasite as a novel vaccine vector for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) immunotherapy. We constructed a Plasmodium yoelii 17XNL strain (P.y) expressing murine glypican-3 (GPC3) protein (P.y-GPC3), and examined its therapeutic potency in a murine Hepa1-6-induced hepatoma model that highly expressed GPC3 protein. The prerequisites for invoking a CD8+ T cell response were assessed after P...
April 11, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445612/influence-of-adjuvant-formulation-on-inducing-immune-response-in-mice-immunized-with-a-recombinant-serpin-from-trichinella-spiralis
#2
Jing Xu, Xue Bai, Libo Wang, Hai Ning Shi, Joke W B van der Giessen, Pascal Boireau, Ming Yuan Liu, Xiao Lei Liu
Nematodes of the genus Trichinella are one of the most widespread zoonotic pathogens on the world and they can still cause major public health problems in many parts of the world. Vaccination against the helminth nematode Trichinella could be a good strategy to reduce the risk of human and animal infection. It was our aim to evaluate three adjuvants, which could be used as an efficient vaccine for animals in combination with rTs-Serpin antigen. In this study, BALB/c mice were vaccinated by an intramuscular route with rTs-Serpin antigen from the parasite Trichinella spiralis in combination with three different adjuvant formulations: Montanide ISA201, Montanide IMS 1313 N PR VG and Freund's complete adjuvant / Freund's incomplete adjuvant (FCA/FIA)...
April 26, 2017: Parasite Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445503/therapeutic-efficacy-of-artemether-lumefantrine-against-uncomplicated-plasmodium-falciparum-malaria-in-a-high-transmission-area-in-northwest-ethiopia
#3
Michael Teklemariam, Ashenafi Assefa, Moges Kassa, Hussien Mohammed, Hassen Mamo
Malaria, particularly due to Plasmodium falciparum, remains a major public health threat in Ethiopia. Artemether-lumefantine (AL) has been the first-line antimalarial drug against uncomplicated P. falciparum malaria in the country since 2004. Regular monitoring of antimalarial drugs is recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) to help early detection of drug resistant strains of the parasite and contain their rapid spread. The objective of this study was to assess the therapeutic efficacy of AL in a high-transmission setting in Ethiopia...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445027/structurally-linked-dynamics-in-lactate-dehydrogenases-of-evolutionarily-distinct-species
#4
Matthew J Varga, Michael W Dzierlenga, Steven D Schwartz
We present new findings on how primary and secondary structure affects the role of fast protein motions in the reaction coordinates of enzymatic reactions. Using transition path sam- pling (TPS) and committor distribution analysis, we examined the difference in the role of these fast protein motions in the reaction coordinate of lactate dehydrogenases (LDH) of Api- complexa organisms Plasmodium falciparum and Cryptosporidium parvum. Having evolved separately from a common malate dehydrogenase ancestor, there are several important struc- tural differences between the two enzymes, notably a five amino acid insertion into the active site loop of P...
April 26, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444516/trap-nesting-hymenoptera-and-their-network-with-parasites-in-recovered-riparian-forests-brazil
#5
G J Araujo, R Fagundes, Y Antonini
Different aspects of human activities can cause environmental change that endanger species persistence, alter species distributions, and lead to changes in antagonistic and mutualistic interactions, whereas deforestation and flooding of riparian forest results in landscapes consisting of patchily distributed riparian forest fragments in a matrix of pastures, plantations, and urban areas. Therefore, we assessed the richness, abundance, and trophic interactions of trap-nesting Hymenoptera and their parasites at four patches of restored riparian forest and at one reference natural fragment, of different sizes and ages, located at the Volta Grande Reservoir, in Minas Gerais and São Paulo states to answer the following questions: (1) Does the richness and abundance of cavity-nesting bees and wasps differ in riparian forest fragments according to the seasonal periods? (2) Does the composition of cavity-nesting bees and wasps vary among restoration and reference sites and between climate seasons (wet and dry)? (3) How do the degrees of specialization of the parasites vary among the patches of forest? We recorded 12 species of wasps, eight of bees, and nine species of parasites...
April 25, 2017: Neotropical Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443998/-detection-of-stool-antigens-of-echinococcus-granulosus-in-dogs-belonging-to-slaughterhouse-workers-and-offal-merchants-in-metropolitan-lima
#6
Veronika Merino, Néstor Falcón, Noelia Morel, Gualberto González
Objective: To demonstrate the presence of Echinoccocus granulosus in the definitive host in the city of Lima, Perú, by detecting parasite antigens in the stool of dogs belonging to offal handlers and merchants in authorized slaughterhouses in Metropolitan Lima. Methods: Stool samples were collected from 58 dogs and examined using the coproELISA technique for the detection of secretory/excretory antigens of E. granulosus. A survey was conducted to obtain information on pet feeding and handling practices...
April 20, 2017: Revista Panamericana de Salud Pública, Pan American Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443982/enzyme-linked-immunosorbent-assay-for-diagnosis-of-amphimerus-spp-liver-fluke-infection-in-humans
#7
William Cevallos, Manuel Calvopiña, Victoria Nipáz, Belén Vicente-Santiago, Julio López-Albán, Pedro Fernández-Soto, Ángel Guevara, Antonio Muro
BACKGROUND: Amphimerus spp. is a liver fluke that infects humans and domestic animals. It is highly prevalent in some Ecuadorian communities. Currently, diagnosis is based on the microscopic observation of eggs in faeces, but this has variable sensitivity. More sensitive methods are needed for diagnostic testing. OBJECTIVE: The main objective of this work was to develop an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) using crude antigens from Amphimerus spp. adult worms to detect anti-Amphimerus IgG in human sera...
May 2017: Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443979/experimental-toxocariasis-in-balb-c-mice-relationship-between-parasite-inoculum-and-the-igg-immune-response
#8
Gabriela Rodrigues E Fonseca, Sergio Vieira Dos Santos, Pedro Paulo Chieffi, Fabiana Martins de Paula, Ronaldo Cesar Borges Gryschek, Susana Angélica Zevallos Lescano
BALB/c mice were inoculated with 5-500 Toxocara canis infective eggs, and bled at 15-120 days post infection (dpi) to evaluate the dynamics of IgG antibody response and larvae distribution. Positive results were observed in all occasions for every inoculum, and a direct proportional relationship between antibody detection and the parasitic load was observed. In samples collected at 60 dpi, detection of IgG was more intense, especially with the 50 and 500 egg doses; also, a correlation between antibody level and egg count was observed with these two inocula...
May 2017: Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443823/gene-expression-oxidative-stress-and-apoptotic-changes-in-rabbit-ileum-experimentally-infected-with-eimeria-intestinalis
#9
Heba M Abdel-Haleem, Shawky M Aboelhadid, Thabet Sakran, Gamal El-Shahawy, Huda El-Fayoumi, Saleh Al-Quraishy, Abdel-Azeem S Abdel-Baki
Coccidiosis is a parasitic disease caused by protists (apicomplexans) of the genus Eimeria Schneider, 1875 and is considered to be the most important disease faced by rabbit breeders due to its high morbidity. In the present study, the antioxidant status and changes in apoptosis and in the expression of some genes were quantified in rabbits' ilea following infection with Eimeria intestinalis Cheissin, 1948. Rabbits, orally infected with 1 × 10(5) sporulated oocysts of E. intestinalis, started to shed oocysts in their faeces on 8 days post infection (dpi) and reached maximum excretion on 10 dpi, with approximately 5 million oocysts...
April 19, 2017: Folia Parasitologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443822/an-eight-year-survey-of-the-intestinal-parasites-of-carnivores-hoofed-mammals-primates-ratites-and-reptiles-in-the-ljubljana-zoo-in-slovenia
#10
Pavel Kvapil, Marjan Kastelic, Alenka Dovc, Eva Bartova, Petr Cizek, Natacha Lima, Spela Strus
Problems with parasitic infections and their interspecies transmissions are common in zoological gardens and could pose serious health damage to captive animals. This study presents results of eight-year monitoring of intestinal parasites in animals from Zoo Ljubljana, Slovenia. A total of 741 faecal samples from 40 animal species were collected two to four times per year and examined microscopically. Intestinal parasites were detected in 45% of samples, with detection of helminths (Cestoda, Nematoda - Ascaridida, Enoplida, Strongylida, Oxyurida, Rhabditida and Trichurida) and protists (Apicomplexa and Ciliophora) in 25% and 13% of samples, respectively; mixed infection was found in 7% of samples...
April 21, 2017: Folia Parasitologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443518/limitations-of-current-therapeutic-options-possible-drug-targets-and-scope-of-natural-products-in-control-of-leishmaniasis
#11
Neeraj Tiwari, Mallikarjuna Rao Gedda, Vinod K Tiwari, Surya P Singh, Rakesh K Singh
Soon after the identification of Leishmania parasites,the pentavalent antimony compounds have been the mainstay to treat leishmanial infections, worldwide. These compounds were also considered true antileishmanial but the growing incidences of resistance have forced clinicians to use other options. However, due to unavailability of antileishmanial compounds, few drugs like pentamidine (antimicrobial), amphotericin B (antifungal) or miltefosine (antitumor) agents, which are associated with serious side effects, are currently being used...
April 24, 2017: Mini Reviews in Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443086/complete-molecular-and-immunoprotective-characterization-of-babesia-microti-enolase
#12
Xiangye Liu, Chen Zheng, Xiaoge Gao, Jiaxu Chen, Kuiyang Zheng
The apicomplexan Babesia microti is the primary causative agent of human babesiosis, one of the most broadly distributed tick-borne diseases worldwide. B. microti undergoes a complex lifecycle within both the mammalian host and the tick vector, and employs several different specific molecular mechanisms to enter host cells. Enolase, the key glycolytic enzyme in intracellular glucose metabolism, can also be expressed on the parasite's outer surface, binds to human plasminogen, and coordinates apicomplexan parasite invasion of host cells, however, it lacks sorting sequences or lipoprotein anchor sites...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442940/prevalence-of-anemia-and-its-associated-factors-among-pregnant-women-receiving-antenatal-care-at-aymiba-health-center-northwest-ethiopia
#13
Fikir Asrie
INTRODUCTION: Anemia is a global public health problem in both developing and developed countries; ~1.62 billion people suffer from anemia, and pregnant women are the most susceptible to it. The main aim of the present study was to assess the prevalence of anemia and associated risk factors among pregnant women receiving antenatal care at Aymiba Health Center, northwest Ethiopia. METHODS AND MATERIALS: An institution-based cross-sectional study was conducted at Aymiba Health Center from January to March 2015...
2017: Journal of Blood Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442716/a-puccinia-striiformis-f-sp-tritici-secreted-protein-activates-plant-immunity-at-the-cell-surface
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Bayantes Dagvadorj, Ahmet Caglar Ozketen, Ayse Andac, Cian Duggan, Tolga Osman Bozkurt, Mahinur S Akkaya
Pathogens secrete effector proteins to suppress host immunity, mediate nutrient uptake and subsequently enable parasitism. However, on non-adapted hosts, effectors can be detected as non-self by host immune receptors and activate non-host immunity. Nevertheless, the molecular mechanisms of effector triggered non-host resistance remain unknown. Here, we report that a small cysteine-rich protein PstSCR1 from the wheat rust pathogen Puccinia striiformis f. sp. tritici (Pst) activates immunity in the non-host solanaceous model plant Nicotiana benthamiana...
April 25, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442456/the-malaria-system-microapp-a-new-mobile-device-based-tool-for-malaria-diagnosis
#15
Allisson Dantas Oliveira, Clara Prats, Mateu Espasa, Francesc Zarzuela Serrat, Cristina Montañola Sales, Aroa Silgado, Daniel Lopez Codina, Mercia Eliane Arruda, Jordi Gomez I Prat, Jones Albuquerque
BACKGROUND: Malaria is a public health problem that affects remote areas worldwide. Climate change has contributed to the problem by allowing for the survival of Anopheles in previously uninhabited areas. As such, several groups have made developing news systems for the automated diagnosis of malaria a priority. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to develop a new, automated, mobile device-based diagnostic system for malaria. The system uses Giemsa-stained peripheral blood samples combined with light microscopy to identify the Plasmodium falciparum species in the ring stage of development...
April 25, 2017: JMIR Research Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442449/comparative-proteomics-of-hydatid-fluids-from-two-echinococcus-multilocularis-isolates
#16
Karina M Monteiro, Karina R Lorenzatto, Jeferson C de Lima, Guilherme B Dos Santos, Sabine Förster, Gabriela P Paludo, Paulo C Carvalho, Klaus Brehm, Henrique B Ferreira
The hydatid fluid (HF) that fills Echinococcus multilocularis metacestode vesicles is a complex mixture of proteins from both parasite and host origin. Here, a LC-MS/MS approach was used to compare the HF composition of E. multilocularis H95 and G8065 isolates (EmH95 and EmG8065, respectively), which present differences in terms of growth and fertility. Overall, 446 unique proteins were identified, 392 of which (88%) were from parasite origin and 54 from culture medium. At least 256 of parasite proteins were sample exclusive, and 61 of the 136 shared proteins presented differential abundance between E...
April 22, 2017: Journal of Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442446/proteomic-and-transcriptomic-analysis-of-saliva-components-from-the-hematophagous-reduviid-triatoma-pallidipennis
#17
María J Hernández-Vargas, Jeovanis Gil, Luis Lozano, Martha Pedraza-Escalona, Ernesto Ortiz, Sergio Encarnación-Guevara, Alejandro Alagón, Gerardo Corzo
Species belonging to the Triatominae subfamily are commonly associated with Chagas disease, as they are potential vectors of the parasite Trypanosoma cruzi. However, their saliva contains a cocktail of diverse anti-hemostatic proteins that prevent blood coagulation, vasodilation and platelet aggregation of blood; components with indisputable therapeutic potential. We performed a transcriptomic and proteomic analyses of salivary glands and protein spots from 2DE gels of milked saliva, respectively, from the Mexican Triatoma pallidipennis...
April 22, 2017: Journal of Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442428/rapamycin-modulation-of-p70-s6-kinase-signaling-inhibits-rift-valley-fever-virus-pathogenesis
#18
Todd M Bell, Virginia Espina, Svetlana Senina, Caitlin Woodson, Ashwini Brahms, Brian Carey, Shih-Chao Lin, Lindsay Lundberg, Chelsea Pinkham, Alan Baer, Claudius Mueller, Elizabeth A Chlipala, Faye Sharman, Cynthia de la Fuente, Lance Liotta, Kylene Kehn-Hall
Despite over 60 years of research on antiviral drugs, very few are FDA approved to treat acute viral infections. Rift Valley fever virus (RVFV), an arthropod borne virus that causes hemorrhagic fever in severe cases, currently lacks effective treatments. Existing as obligate intracellular parasites, viruses have evolved to manipulate host cell signaling pathways to meet their replication needs. Specifically, translation modulation is often necessary for viruses to establish infection in their host. Here we demonstrated phosphorylation of p70 S6 kinase, S6 ribosomal protein, and eIF4G following RVFV infection in vitro through western blot analysis and in a mouse model of infection through reverse phase protein microarrays (RPPA)...
April 22, 2017: Antiviral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442321/high-prevalence-of-plasmodium-falciparum-and-soil-transmitted-helminth-co-infections-in-a-periurban-community-in-kwara-state-nigeria
#19
Olarewaju A Babamale, Uade S Ugbomoiko, Jorg Heukelbach
Prevalence of malaria and soil-transmitted helminth infections, and the burden of disease are enormous in sub-Saharan Africa. Co-infections aggravate the clinical outcome, but are common due to an overlap of endemic areas. A cross-sectional survey was conducted to assess prevalence, intensity of infection and association between malaria and soil-transmitted helminth infections in a typical periurban community in Kwara State. Fresh blood and faecal samples were examined using thick blood film and Kato-Katz smear techniques...
April 22, 2017: Journal of Infection and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442240/cercopithifilaria-bainae-in-rhipicephalus-sanguineus-sensu-lato-ticks-from-dogs-in-brazil
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Marcos Antônio Bezerra Santos, Islanne Barbosa de Souza, Lucia Oliveira de Macedo, Carlos Alberto do Nascimento Ramos, Ana Gabriela de Oliveira Rego, Leucio Câmara Alves, Rafael Antonio Nascimento Ramos, Gílcia Aparecida de Carvalho
Rhipicephalus sanguineus sensu lato (s.l.) ticks act as intermediate host for a range of canine vector-borne pathogens, including nematodes ranked in the genus Cercopithifilaria. Though being the object of several studies in the last years, information on the distribution of these parasites is still lacking. In this study, the occurrence of Cercopithifilaria spp. was investigated in on-host population of R. sanguineus s.l. collected from naturally infested dogs. Ticks (n=1906, including one larva, 294 nymphs and 1611 adults) were sampled on domestic dogs (n=155) living in the municipality of Garanhuns (northeastern Brazil)...
April 17, 2017: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
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