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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914324/development-and-validation-of-species-specific-molecular-diagnostic-tool-for-opisthorchis-felineus-digenea-opisthorchiidae-metacercariae
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Monica Caffara, Laura Serracca, Andrea Gustinelli, Walter Vencia, Irene Rossini, Marino Prearo, Maria L Fioravanti
Opisthorchis felineus (family Opisthorchiidae) is a parasitic flatworm representing a serious threat to humans in some countries. Opisthorchiasis occurs after consumption of raw or undercooked cyprinid fish infected by the metacercarial stage of the parasite. Due to its small size, detection of the parasite in fish fillet is time-consuming and difficult. Furthermore, isolated metacercariae can be identified to genus but not to species level using morphological features and molecular techniques are necessary...
November 28, 2016: International Journal of Food Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913884/plasmid-pvax1-nh36-purification-by-membrane-and-bead-perfusion-chromatography
#2
Diana Ivonne Franco-Medrano, Patricia Guerrero-Germán, Rosa María Montesinos-Cisneros, Jaime Ortega-López, Armando Tejeda-Mansir
The demand for plasmid DNA (pDNA) has increased in response to the rapid advances in vaccines applications to prevent and treat infectious diseases caused by virus, bacteria or parasites, such as Leishmania species. The immunization protocols require large amounts of supercoiled plasmid DNA (sc-pDNA) challenging the development of efficient and profitable processes for capturing and purified pDNA molecules from large volumes of lysates. A typical bioprocess involves four steps: fermentation, primary recovery, intermediate recovery and final purification...
December 2, 2016: Bioprocess and Biosystems Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913878/piroplasms-in-brown-hyaenas-parahyaena-brunnea-and-spotted-hyaenas-crocuta-crocuta-in-namibia-and-south-africa-are-closely-related-to-babesia-lengau
#3
Richard E J Burroughs, Barend L Penzhorn, Ingrid Wiesel, Nancy Barker, Ilse Vorster, Marinda C Oosthuizen
The objective of our study was identification and molecular characterization of piroplasms and rickettsias occurring in brown (Parahyaena brunnea) and spotted hyaenas (Crocuta crocuta) from various localities in Namibia and South Africa. Whole blood (n = 59) and skin (n = 3) specimens from brown (n = 15) and spotted hyaenas (n = 47) were screened for the presence of Babesia, Theileria, Ehrlichia and Anaplasma species using the reverse line blot (RLB) hybridization technique. PCR products of 52/62 (83...
December 2, 2016: Parasitology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913644/the-impact-of-established-immunoregulatory-networks-on-vaccine-efficacy-and-the-development-of-immunity-to-malaria
#4
REVIEW
Marcela Montes de Oca, Michael F Good, James S McCarthy, Christian R Engwerda
The development of vaccines to protect against parasites is difficult, in large part due to complex host-parasite interactions that have evolved over millennia. Parasitic factors such as antigenic variation and host factors such as age, transmission intensity, and genetic influences are all thought to contribute to the limited efficacy of parasite vaccines. A developing theme in field studies investigating antiparasitic immunity is the emergence, establishment, and maintenance of immunoregulatory networks that shape the immune responses to new infections, as well as vaccines, thereby influencing disease outcome...
December 15, 2016: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913635/screening-and-analysis-of-janelia-flylight-project-enhancer-gal4-strains-identifies-multiple-gene-enhancers-active-during-hematopoiesis-in-normal-and-wasp-challenged-drosophila-larvae
#5
Tsuyoshi Tokusumi, Yumiko Tokusumi, Mark S Brahier, Victoria Lam, Jessica R Stoller-Conrad, Paul T Kroeger, Robert A Schulz
A GFP expression screen has been conducted on greater than one thousand Janelia FlyLight Project enhancer-Gal4 lines to identify transcriptional enhancers active in the larval hematopoietic system. A total of 190 enhancers associated with 87 distinct genes showed activity in cells of the third instar larval lymph gland and hemolymph. That is, gene enhancers were active in cells of the lymph gland posterior signaling center (PSC), medullary zone (MZ), and/or cortical zone (CZ), while certain of the transcriptional control regions were active in circulating hemocytes...
December 2, 2016: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913622/a-venom-serpin-splicing-isoform-of-the-endoparasitoid-wasp-pteromalus-puparum-suppresses-host-prophenoloxidase-cascade-by-forming-complexes-with-host-hemolymph-proteinases
#6
Zhichao Yan, Qi Fang, Yang Liu, Shan Xiao, Lei Yang, Fei Wang, Chunju An, John H Werren, Gongyin Ye
To ensure successful parasitism, parasitoid wasps inject venom along with their eggs into their hosts. The venom serves to suppress host immune responses, including melanization. Venom from Pteromalus puparum, a pupal endoparasitoid, inhibits melanization of host hemolymph in vitro in a dose-dependent manner. Using assay guided fractionation, a serpin splicing isoform with phenoloxidase (PO) inhibitory activity was identified as P. puparum serpin-1, venom isoform (PpS1V). This serpin gene has 16 predicted splicing isoforms that differ only in the C-terminal region...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913566/th2-responses-are-primed-by-skin-dendritic-cells-with-distinct-transcriptional-profiles
#7
Lisa M Connor, Shiau-Choot Tang, Emmanuelle Cognard, Sotaro Ochiai, Kerry L Hilligan, Samuel I Old, Christophe Pellefigues, Ruby F White, Deepa Patel, Adam Alexander T Smith, David A Eccles, Olivier Lamiable, Melanie J McConnell, Franca Ronchese
The dendritic cell signals required for the in vivo priming of IL-4-producing T cells are unknown. We used RNA sequencing to characterize DCs from skin LN of mice exposed to two different Th2 stimuli: the helminth parasite Nippostrongylus brasiliensis (Nb) and the contact sensitizer dibutyl phthalate (DBP)-FITC. Both Nb and DBP-FITC induced extensive transcriptional changes that involved multiple DC subsets. Surprisingly, these transcriptional changes were highly distinct in the two models, with only a small number of genes being similarly regulated in both conditions...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Experimental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913251/unmapped-reads-from-cattle-rnaseq-data-a-source-for-missing-and-misassembled-sequences-in-the-reference-assemblies-and-for-detection-of-pathogens-in-the-host
#8
Tahir Usman, Frieder Hadlich, Wiebke Demasius, Rosemarie Weikard, Christa Kühn
Usually, reads from transcriptome sequencing data unmapped to the target species reference genome are disregarded. A recent RNAseq project on the new fatal disease Bovine Neonatal Pancytopenia had indicated an unexplained immune response signature to a double stranded RNA virus. To unravel its background, contigs were de novo assembled from unmapped RNAseq reads and aligned against the bovine genome assemblies and multispecies NCBI databases. Lack of genuine virus sequence contigs rejected the hypothesis of a live virus being causal for the unexplained immune response...
November 29, 2016: Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913248/no-evidence-of-local-adaptation-of-immune-responses-to-gyrodactylus-in-three-spined-stickleback-gasterosteus-aculeatus
#9
Shaun Robertson, Janette E Bradley, Andrew D C MacColl
Parasitism represents one of the most widespread lifestyles in the animal kingdom, with the potential to drive coevolutionary dynamics with their host population. Where hosts and parasites evolve together, we may find local adaptation. As one of the main host defences against infection, there is the potential for the immune response to be adapted to local parasites. In this study, we used the three-spined stickleback and its Gyrodactylus parasites to examine the extent of local adaptation of parasite infection dynamics and the immune response to infection...
November 29, 2016: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913139/estimating-heritable-genetic-contributions-to-innate-immune-and-endocrine-phenotypic-correlations-a-need-to-explore-repeatability
#10
REVIEW
Timothy J Greives, Ned A Dochtermann, Emily C Stewart
The immune system plays an important role in enhancing an individual's ability to survive in a world inhabited by pathogens and parasites. The innate immune system is regulated by processes encoded in an individual's genome, providing an avenue for selection to act on this system, as well as the phenotypic relationships generated between this system and other traits of interest. While relationships between innate immunity and endocrine traits (e.g. testosterone) have been reported often in the literature, these relationships are complex and may differ under varying environmental conditions...
November 29, 2016: Hormones and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913109/protein-profiles-of-taenia-solium-cysts-obtained-from-skeletal-muscles-and-the-central-nervous-system-of-pigs-search-for-tissue-specific-proteins
#11
José Navarrete-Perea, Bárbara Moguel, Raúl José Bobes, Nelly Villalobos, Julio César Carrero, Edda Sciutto, Xavier Soberón, Juan Pedro Laclette
Taeniasis/cysticercosis caused by the tapeworm Taenia solium is a parasite disease transmitted among humans and pigs, the main intermediate host. The larvae/cysts can lodge in several tissues of the pig, i.e. skeletal muscles and different locations of the central nervous system. The molecular mechanisms associated to tissue preferences of the cysts remain poorly understood. The major public health concern about this zoonosis is due to the human infections by the larval form in the central nervous system, causing a highly pleomorphic and debilitating disease known as neurocysticercosis...
November 29, 2016: Experimental Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913108/chicken-line-dependent-mortality-after-experimental-infection-with-three-type-iixiii-recombinant-toxoplasma-gondii-clones
#12
G Schares, D C Herrmann, P Maksimov, B Matzkeit, F J Conraths, G Moré, R Preisinger, S Weigend
Three genetically different clones of Toxoplasma gondii, also different in mouse virulence, were studied by experimental infection in chickens. For the experiments, four chicken lines were used, which differed in phylogenetic origin and performance level: two white egg layer lines, one with high laying performance (WLA), one with low (R11) and two brown layer lines, also displaying high (BLA) and low (L68) egg number. Chickens were intraperitoneally infected with three different T. gondii isolates representing type IIxIII recombinant clones, i...
November 29, 2016: Experimental Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912985/immunogenicity-and-malaria-transmission-reducing-potency-of-pfs48-45-and-pfs25-encoded-by-dna-vaccines-administered-by-intramuscular-electroporation
#13
Dibyadyuti Datta, Geetha P Bansal, Dietlind L Gerloff, Barry Ellefsen, Drew Hannaman, Nirbhay Kumar
Pfs48/45 and Pfs25 are leading candidates for the development of Plasmodium falciparum transmission blocking vaccines (TBV). Expression of Pfs48/45 in the erythrocytic sexual stages and presentation to the immune system during infection in the human host also makes it ideal for natural boosting. However, it has been challenging to produce a fully folded, functionally active Pfs48/45, using various protein expression platforms. In this study, we demonstrate that full-length Pfs48/45 encoded by DNA plasmids is able to induce significant transmission reducing immune responses...
November 29, 2016: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912879/how-do-the-alkaloids-emetine-and-homoharringtonine-kill-trypanosomes-an-insight-into-their-molecular-modes-of-action
#14
Sonja Krstin, Tamer Mohamed, Xiaojuan Wang, Michael Wink
BACKGROUND: Although Trypanosoma brucei causes deadly sleeping sickness, the number of the registered medications is rather limited. Some plant alkaloids are potent trypanocidal agents. PURPOSE: In this study, we wanted to elucidate the molecular modes of trypanocidal activity of the alkaloids emetine and homoharringtonine against Trypanosoma brucei brucei. METHODS: We investigated the activity of both alkaloids regarding growth recovery from alkaloid-induced stress...
December 15, 2016: Phytomedicine: International Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912876/in-vitro-and-ex-vivo-activity-of-an-azadirachta-indica-a-juss-seed-kernel-extract-on-early-sporogonic-development-of-plasmodium-in-comparison-with-azadirachtin-a-its-most-abundant-constituent
#15
Nisha Dahiya, Giuseppina Chianese, Solomon Mequanente Abay, Orazio Taglialatela-Scafati, Fulvio Esposito, Giulio Lupidi, Massimo Bramucci, Luana Quassinti, George Christophides, Annette Habluetzel, Leonardo Lucantoni
BACKGROUND: NeemAzal(®) (NA) is a quantified extract from seed kernels of neem, Azadirachta indica A.Juss. (Meliaceae), with a wide spectrum of biological properties, classically ascribed to its limonoid content. NA contains several azadirachtins (A to L), azadirachtin A (AzaA) being its main constituent. AzaA has been shown to inhibit microgamete formation of the rodent malaria parasite Plasmodium berghei, and NA was found to completely inhibit the transmission of Plasmodium berghei to Anopheles stephensi mosquitoes when administered to gametocytemic mice at a corresponding AzaA dose of 50mg/kg before exposure to mosquitoes...
December 15, 2016: Phytomedicine: International Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912797/helminth-infections-and-gut-microbiota-a-feline-perspective
#16
Ana M Duarte, Timothy P Jenkins, Maria S Latrofa, Alessio Giannelli, Elias Papadopoulos, Luís Madeira de Carvalho, Matthew J Nolan, Domenico Otranto, Cinzia Cantacessi
BACKGROUND: Investigations of the relationships between the gut microbiota and gastrointestinal parasitic nematodes are attracting growing interest by the scientific community, driven by the need to better understand the contribution of parasite-associated changes in the composition of the gut flora to both host malnutrition and immune modulation. These studies have however been carried out mainly in humans and experimental animals, while knowledge of the make-up of the gut commensal flora in presence or absence of infection by parasitic nematodes in domestic animals is limited...
December 3, 2016: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912758/emerging-polymorphisms-in-falciparum-kelch-13-gene-in-northeastern-region-of-india
#17
Neelima Mishra, Ram Suresh Bharti, Prashant Mallick, Om Prakash Singh, Bina Srivastava, Roma Rana, Sobhan Phookan, Hardev Prasad Gupta, Pascal Ringwald, Neena Valecha
BACKGROUND: Recent reports of emergence and spread of artemisinin resistance in the Southeast Asia region, including Myanmar, pose a greater threat to malaria control and elimination in India. Whole genome sequencing studies have associated mutations in the K13 propeller gene (k13), PF3D7_1343700 with artemisinin resistance both in vitro and in vivo. The aim of the present study was to find the k13 gene polymorphisms in Plasmodium falciparum parasites from the three sites in the Northeast region of India, bordering Bangladesh and Myanmar...
December 3, 2016: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912173/improved-anticancer-and-antiparasitic-activity-of-new-lawsone-mannich-bases
#18
Katharina Mahal, Aamir Ahmad, Florian Schmitt, Julia Lockhauserbäumer, Kathrin Starz, Rohan Pradhan, Subhash Padhye, Fazlul H Sarkar, Waleed S Koko, Rainer Schobert, Klaus Ersfeld, Bernhard Biersack
Substituted lawsone Mannich bases 2a-e, 3a-e and 4a-e were prepared and tested for their biological activities. The new fatty alkyl substituted compounds 2a-c exhibited strong and selective growth inhibitory activities in the low one-digit micromolar and sub-micromolar range against a panel of human cancer cell lines associated with ROS formation. In addition, compounds 2a-c revealed sub-micromolar anti-trypanosomal activities against parasitic Trypanosoma brucei brucei cells via deformation of the microtubule cytoskeleton...
November 22, 2016: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912017/cyanobacteria-facilitate-parasite-epidemics-in-daphnia
#19
C Tellenbach, N Tardent, F Pomati, B Keller, N G Hairston, J Wolinska, P Spaak
The seasonal dominance of cyanobacteria in the phytoplankton community of lake ecosystems can have severe implications for higher trophic levels. For herbivorous zooplankton such as Daphnia, cyanobacteria have poor nutritional value and some species can produce toxins affecting zooplankton survival and reproduction. Here we present another, hitherto largely unexplored aspect of cyanobacteria, namely that they can increase Daphnia susceptibility to parasites. In a 12-yr monthly time-series analysis of the Daphnia community in Greifensee (Switzerland), we observed that cyanobacteria density correlated significantly with the epidemics of a common gut parasite of Daphnia, Caullerya mesnili, regardless of what cyanobacteria species was present or whether it was colonial or filamentous...
December 2016: Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911924/plasmodium-yoelii-nigeriensis-n67-is-a-robust-animal-model-to-study-malaria-transmission-by-south-american-anopheline-mosquitoes
#20
Alessandra S Orfano, Ana Paula M Duarte, Alvaro Molina-Cruz, Paulo F Pimenta, Carolina Barillas-Mury
Malaria is endemic in the American continent and the Amazonian rainforest is the region with the highest risk of transmission. However, the lack of suitable experimental models to infect malaria vectors from the Americas has limited the progress to understand the biology of transmission in this region. Anopheles aquasalis, a major vector in coastal areas of South America, was found to be highly refractory to infection with two strains of Plasmodium falciparum (NF54 and 7G8) and with Plasmodium berghei (mouse malaria), even when the microbiota was eliminated with antibiotics and oxidative stress was reduced with uric acid...
2016: PloS One
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