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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324738/protist-evolution-stealing-genes-to-gut-it-out
#1
David Moreira, Purificación López-García
The amount and evolutionary impact of horizontal gene transfer in eukaryotes remain contentious issues. A new phylogenomic study suggests that gene transfer from prokaryotes has contributed significantly to the adaptation and metabolic evolution of Blastocystis, the most widespread human gut eukaryotic parasite.
March 20, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324235/neoascarophis-sinensis-n-sp-nematoda-cystidicolidae-a-parasite-of-conger-myriaster-brevoort-anguilliformes-congridae-in-chinese-waters
#2
Hui-Xia Chen, Lu-Ping Zhang, Xin Du, Liang Li
Neoascarophis sinensis n. sp. collected from the whitespotted conger Conger myriaster (Brevoort) (Anguilliformes: Congridae) in the Yellow and East China Seas, is described using both light and scanning electron microscopy. The new species is characterised mainly by the body size (8.5-10.5 mm in the males, 9.5-14.0 mm in the females), the location of the vulva (near equatorial region of the body), the non-bifurcate deirids, the lengths of the vestibule (40-50 µm in the males, 30-60 µm in the females) and glandular oesophagus (2...
March 21, 2017: Systematic Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323891/characterization-of-baff-and-april-subfamily-receptors-in-rainbow-trout-oncorhynchus-mykiss-potential-role-of-the-baff-april-axis-in-the-pathogenesis-of-proliferative-kidney-disease
#3
Aitor G Granja, Jason W Holland, Jaime Pignatelli, Christopher J Secombes, Carolina Tafalla
Proliferative kidney disease (PKD) is a parasitic infection of salmonid fish characterized by hyper-secretion of immunoglobulins in response to the presence of the myxozoan parasite, Tetracapsuloides bryosalmonae. In this context, we hypothesized that the BAFF/APRIL axis, known to play a major role in B cell differentiation and survival in mammals, could be affected by the parasite and consequently be involved in the apparent shift in normal B cell activity. To regulate B cell activity, BAFF and APRIL bind to transmembrane activator and calcium modulator and cyclophilin ligand interactor (TACI) and B cell maturation antigen (BCMA), whereas BAFF also binds to BAFF receptor (BAFF-R)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323833/lactate-dehydrogenase-in-toxoplasma-gondii-controls-virulence-bradyzoite-differentiation-and-chronic-infection
#4
Abdelbaset E Abdelbaset, Barbara A Fox, Mohamed H Karram, Mahmoud R Abd Ellah, David J Bzik, Makoto Igarashi
In the asexual stages, Toxoplasma gondii stage converts between acute phase rapidly replicating tachyzoites and chronic phase slowly dividing bradyzoites. Correspondingly, T. gondii differentially expresses two distinct genes and isoforms of the lactate dehydrogenase enzyme, expressing LDH1 exclusively in the tachyzoite stage and LDH2 preferentially in the bradyzoite stage. LDH catalyzes the interconversion of pyruvate and lactate in anaerobic growth conditions and is utilized for energy supply, however, the precise role of LDH1 and LDH2 in parasite biology in the asexual stages is still unclear...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323544/host-diet-affects-the-morphology-of-a-butterfly-parasite
#5
Kevin Ming-Kong Hoang, Leiling Tao, Jacobus C de Roode, Mark D Hunter
Understanding host-parasite interactions is essential for ecological research, wildlife conservation and health management. While most studies focus on numerical traits of parasite groups, such as changes in parasite load, less focus is placed on the traits of individual parasites, such as parasite size and shape (parasite morphology). Parasite morphology has significant effects on parasite fitness, such as initial colonization of hosts, avoidance of host immune defenses, and the availability of resources for parasite replication...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319831/structure-based-prediction-of-host-pathogen-protein-interactions
#6
REVIEW
Rachelle Mariano, Stefan Wuchty
The discovery, validation, and characterization of protein-based interactions from different species are crucial for translational research regarding a variety of pathogens, ranging from the malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum to HIV-1. Here, we review recent advances in the prediction of host-pathogen protein interfaces using structural information. In particular, we observe that current methods chiefly perform machine learning on sequence and domain information to produce large sets of candidate interactions that are further assessed and pruned to generate final, highly probable sets...
March 16, 2017: Current Opinion in Structural Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319782/synthesis-and-antiplasmodial-activity-of-novel-indoleamide-derivatives-bearing-sulfonamide-and-triazole-pharmacophores
#7
N Devender, Sarika Gunjan, Renu Tripathi, Rama Pati Tripathi
Due to the recent reports of growing parasite resistance to artemisinins and other antimalarial drugs, development of new antimalarial chemotypes is an urgent priority. Here in, we report a novel series of adamantyl/cycloheptyl indoleamide derivatives bearing sulfonamide and triazole pharmacophores adopting different chemical modifications and evaluated them for antiplasmodial activity in vitro. Among all the indoleamides, compounds 22, 24, 26 and 30 with sulfonamide pharmacophore showed promising activity with IC50 of 1...
March 8, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319724/interactions-between-tafenoquine-and-artemisinin-combination-therapy-partner-drug-in-asexual-and-sexual-stage-plasmodium-falciparum
#8
Karen Kemirembe, Mynthia Cabrera, Liwang Cui
The 8-aminoquinoline tafenoquine (TFQ), a primaquine derivative, is currently in late-stage clinical development for the radical cure of P. vivax. Here drug interactions between TFQ and chloroquine and six artemisinin-combination therapy (ACT) partner drugs in P. falciparum asexual stages and gametocytes were investigated. TFQ was mostly synergistic with the ACT-partner drugs in asexual parasites regardless of genetic backgrounds. However, at fixed ratios of 1:3, 1:1 and 3:1, TFQ only interacted synergistically with naphthoquine, pyronaridine and piperaquine in gametocytes...
March 11, 2017: International Journal for Parasitology, Drugs and Drug Resistance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319677/characterization-and-distribution-of-isospora-sabiai-n-sp-apicomplexa-eimeriidae-from-thrushes-turdus-spp-passeriformes-turdidae-from-brazil
#9
Irlane Fde Pinho, Mariana B Rodrigues, Lidiane M Silva, Brunodo B Lopes, Mariana S Oliveira, Matheus A Ferreira, Sergian V Cardozo, Hermes R Luz, Ildemar Ferreira, Carlos Wilson G Lopes, Bruno Pereira Berto
A new coccidian species (Protozoa: Apicomplexa: Isospora) is described parasitizing white-necked thrushes Turdus albicollis Vieillot, 1818, rufous-bellied thrushes Turdus rufiventris Vieillot, 1818, pale-breasted thrushes Turdus leucomelas Vieillot, 1818 and yellow-legged thrushes Turdus flavipes Vieillot, 1818 from 3 different localities in Brazil. Isospora sabiai n. sp. has oocysts that are sub-spherical to ellipsoidal, 20.9 × 18.6 µm, with smooth, delicate, bilayered wall, ~1.1 μm thick. Micropyle inconspicuous or imperceptible...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319196/h-channels-in-embryonic-biomphalaria-glabrata-cell-membranes-putative-roles-in-snail-host-schistosome-interactions
#10
Brandon J Wright, Utibe Bickham-Wright, Timothy P Yoshino, Meyer B Jackson
The human blood fluke Schistosoma mansoni causes intestinal schistosomiasis, a widespread neglected tropical disease. Infection of freshwater snails Biomphalaria spp. is an essential step in the transmission of S. mansoni to humans, although the physiological interactions between the parasite and its obligate snail host that determine success or failure are still poorly understood. In the present study, the B. glabrata embryonic (Bge) cell line, a widely used in vitro model for hemocyte-like activity, was used to investigate membrane properties, and assess the impact of larval transformation proteins (LTP) on identified ion channels...
March 20, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319176/insight-into-the-mechanism-of-action-of-temporin-sha-a-new-broad-spectrum-antiparasitic-and-antibacterial-agent
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Zahid Raja, Sonia André, Feten Abbassi, Vincent Humblot, Olivier Lequin, Tahar Bouceba, Isabelle Correia, Sandra Casale, Thierry Foulon, Denis Sereno, Bruno Oury, Ali Ladram
Antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) are promising drugs to kill resistant pathogens. In contrast to bacteria, protozoan parasites, such as Leishmania, were little studied. Therefore, the antiparasitic mechanism of AMPs is still unclear. In this study, we sought to get further insight into this mechanism by focusing our attention on temporin-SHa (SHa), a small broad-spectrum AMP previously shown to be active against Leishmania infantum. To improve activity, we designed analogs of SHa and compared the antibacterial and antiparasitic mechanisms...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319012/the-expanding-world-of-human-leishmaniasis
#12
James A Cotton
New Leishmania isolates form a novel group of human parasites related to Leishmania enrietti, with cases in Ghana, Thailand, and Martinique; other relatives infect Australian and South American wildlife. These parasites apparently cause both cutaneous and visceral disease, and may have evolved a novel transmission mechanism exploiting blood-feeding midges.
March 16, 2017: Trends in Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319011/resequencing-helminth-genomes-for-population-and-genetic-studies
#13
REVIEW
Janneke Wit, John S Gilleard
Next-generation sequencing has become increasingly accessible and economical, making genome-wide studies routine for many species, including humans, model organisms, and domestic livestock. However, in the case of helminth parasites, there are still major practical challenges to the application of these approaches for genetic and population studies. Dozens to hundreds of individual parasites from multiple populations may need to be re-sequenced which, together with the relatively large size of helminth genomes, can still make whole-genome resequencing of individual parasites unfeasible for many studies...
March 16, 2017: Trends in Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318301/comparative-study-on-removal-of-enteric-pathogens-from-domestic-wastewater-using-typha-latifolia-and-cyperus-rotundus-along-with-different-substrate
#14
Rita P Shingare, Sneha V Nanekar, Prashant R Thawale, R Karthik, Asha A Juwarkar
A comparative study was carried out over a period of six months to evaluate the efficiency of different substrate material along with macrophytes Typha latifolia and Cyperus rotundus in treating domestic wastewater intended for reuse in agriculture. The study was conducted over a period of six months with different retention time and observations were taken twice per month. One-way ANOVA and Tukey's HSD tests were used to determine statistical significant differences between experimental columns. Treatment with T...
March 20, 2017: International Journal of Phytoremediation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317883/optical-determination-of-shockley-read-hall-and-interface-recombination-currents-in-hybrid-perovskites
#15
Valerio Sarritzu, Nicola Sestu, Daniela Marongiu, Xueqing Chang, Sofia Masi, Aurora Rizzo, Silvia Colella, Francesco Quochi, Michele Saba, Andrea Mura, Giovanni Bongiovanni
Metal-halide perovskite solar cells rival the best inorganic solar cells in power conversion efficiency, providing the outlook for efficient, cheap devices. In order for the technology to mature and approach the ideal Shockley-Queissier efficiency, experimental tools are needed to diagnose what processes limit performances, beyond simply measuring electrical characteristics often affected by parasitic effects and difficult to interpret. Here we study the microscopic origin of recombination currents causing photoconversion losses with an all-optical technique, measuring the electron-hole free energy as a function of the exciting light intensity...
March 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317870/structural-and-functional-studies-of-a-noncanonical-dicer-from-entamoeba-histolytica
#16
Xiang Yu, Xuhang Li, Lina Zheng, Jinbiao Ma, Jianhua Gan
RNaseIII proteins are dsRNA-specific endonucleases involved in many important biological processes, such as small RNA processing and maturation in eukaryotes. Various small RNAs have been identified in a protozoan parasite Entamoeba histolytica. EhRNaseIII is the only RNaseIII endonuclease domain (RIIID)-containing protein in E. histolytica. Here, we present three crystal structures that reveal several unique structural features of EhRNaseIII, especially the interactions between the two helixes (α1 and α7) flanking the RIIID core domain...
March 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317861/hydatid-detection-using-the-near-infrared-transmission-angular-spectra-of-porous-silicon-microcavity-biosensors
#17
Peng Li, Zhenhong Jia, Guodong Lü
Hydatid, which is a parasitic disease, occurs today in many regions worldwide. Because it can present a serious threat to people's health, finding a fast, convenient, and economical means of detection is important. This paper proposes a label- and spectrophotometer-free apparatus that uses optical biological detection based on porous silicon microcavities. In this approach, the refractive index change induced by the biological reactions of a sample in a porous silicon microcavity is detected by measuring the change in the incidence angle corresponding to the maximum transmitted intensity of a near-infrared probe laser...
March 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317806/mycobacterium-lepraemurium-uses-tlr-6-and-mr-but-not-lipid-rafts-or-dc-sign-to-gain-access-into-mouse-macrophages
#18
Mayra Silva-Miranda, Patricia Arce-Paredes, Oscar Rojas-Espinosa
OBJECTIVE/BACKGROUND: Mycobacterium lepraemurium (MLM), the etiologic agent of murine leprosy, is an intracellular parasite of macrophages; the mechanism used by this bacterium to enter macrophages is not known. The fate of the MLM phagosome inside macrophages is also unknown. This study was conducted to investigate how MLM enters macrophages and to define the maturation process of MLM phagosome inside macrophages. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Peritoneal macrophages were incubated in the presence of mannan-bovine serum albumin (BSA), and antibodies to known macrophage receptors, including, anti-FcγRIII/RII (anti-CD16/32), anti-CD35 (anti-CR1), anti-TLR2, anti-TLR4, anti-TLR6, anti-CD14, and anti-dendritic cell-specific intercellular adhesion molecule-3-grabbing nonintegrin (DC-SIGN)...
January 2017: International Journal of Mycobacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317266/insect-immunity-varies-idiosyncratically-during-overwintering
#19
Laura V Ferguson, Brent J Sinclair
Overwintering insects face multiple stressors, including pathogen and parasite pressures that shift with seasons. However, we know little of how the insect immune system fluctuates with season, particularly in the overwintering period. To understand how immune activity changes across autumn, winter, and spring, we tracked immune activity of three temperate insects that overwinter as larvae: a weevil (Curculio sp., Coleoptera), gallfly (Eurosta solidaginis, Diptera), and larvae of the lepidopteran Pyrrharctia isabella...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Experimental Zoology. Part A, Ecological Genetics and Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317172/parelaphostrongylus-tenuis-cerebrospinal-nematodiasis-in-a-horse-with-cervical-scoliosis-and-meningomyelitis
#20
N S Mittelman, T J Divers, J B Engiles, R Gerhold, S Ness, P V Scrivani, T Southard, A L Johnson
There are reports of horses with acute onset acquired cervical scoliosis and cutaneous analgesia. The underlying dorsal gray column myelitis that produces these neurologic signs has been only presumptively attributed to migration of Parelaphostrongylus tenuis within the spinal cord. Despite previous confirmation brain by polymerase chain reaction testing, of P. tenuis within the brain of horses by polymerase chain reaction testing, genetic testing has failed to definitively identify the presence of this parasite in cases of equine myelitis...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine
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