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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783099/leveraging-the-cruzain-s3-subsite-to-increase-affinity-for-reversible-covalent-inhibitors
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Lorenzo Cianni, Geraldo Sartori, Fabiana Rosini, Daniela De Vita, Gabriel Pires, Bianca Rebelo Lopes, Andrei Leitão, Antonio C B Burtoloso, Carlos A Montanari
Cruzain is the major cysteine protease of Trypanosoma cruzi, the etiological agent of Chagas disease. Reversible covalent cruzain inhibitors can block the steps of cell differentiation in the parasite and kill the organism. To this end, the description of how inhibitors modified at the P2/P3 positions lead to analogs with greater cruzain affinity to the S2/S3 subsites is of fundamental importance. Albeit many efforts are being employed in the characterization of the interaction processes with S2 subsite, little is known about the cruzain S3 subsite...
April 26, 2018: Bioorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782894/screening-of-the-mmv-and-gsk-open-access-chemical-boxes-using-a-viability-assay-developed-against-the-kinetoplastid-crithidia-fasciculata
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Wakisa Kipandula, Simon A Young, Stuart A MacNeill, Terry K Smith
Diseases caused by the pathogenic kinetoplastids continue to incapacitate and kill hundreds of thousands of people annually throughout the tropics and sub-tropics. Unfortunately, in the countries where these neglected diseases occur, financial obstacles to drug discovery and technical limitations associated with biochemical studies impede the development of new, safe, easy to administer and effective drugs. Here we report the development and optimisation of a Crithidia fasciculata resazurin viability assay, which is subsequently used for screening and identification of anti-crithidial compounds in the MMV and GSK open access chemical boxes...
May 18, 2018: Molecular and Biochemical Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782493/dissecting-the-phyloepidemiology-of-trypanosoma-cruzi-i-tci-in-brazil-by-the-use-of-high-resolution-genetic-markers
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Fabiola Roman, Samanta das Chagas Xavier, Louisa A Messenger, Márcio G Pavan, Michael A Miles, Ana María Jansen, Matthew Yeo
BACKGROUND: Trypanosoma cruzi, the causal agent of Chagas disease, is monophyletic but genetically heterogeneous. It is currently represented by six genetic lineages (Discrete Typing Units, DTUs) designated TcI-TcVI. TcI is the most geographically widespread and genetically heterogeneous lineage, this as is evidenced by a wide range of genetic markers applied to isolates spanning a vast geographic range in Latin America. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: In total, 78 TcI isolated from hosts and vectors distributed in 5 different biomes of Brazil, were analyzed using 6 nuclear housekeeping genes, 25 microsatellite loci and one mitochondrial marker...
May 21, 2018: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781553/effects-of-melatonin-on-thymic-and-oxidative-stress-dysfunctions-during-trypanosoma-cruzi-infection
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Vânia Brazão, Rafaela Pravato Colato, Fabricia Helena Santello, Gabriel Tavares do Vale, Natália de Almeida Gonzaga, Carlos Renato Tirapelli, José Clóvis do Prado
Although the exact etiology of Chagas' disease is not completely elucidated, thymic atrophy and oxidative stress are believed to be important contributors to the pathogenesis during acute Trypanosoma cruzi (T. cruzi) infection. We hypothethized that exogenous melatonin, administered by gavage (5 mg/kg, p.o., gavage) to young (5 weeks old) and middle-aged (18 months old) male Wistar rats would modulate thymic oxidative damage and reverse the age-related thymus regression during T. cruzi acute infection. Increased levels of superoxide anion (O2 - ) were detected in the thymus of infected animals and treatment with melatonin reverted this response...
May 21, 2018: Journal of Pineal Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780019/parasitic-infections-in-individuals-travelling-to-america-and-precautionary-measures
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Mehmet Aykur, Muhammet Karakavuk, Ayşegül Ünver, Hande Dağcı
Over the past decade, the number of international travels has increased. Hence, the risk of transmission of parasitic diseases has also increased. One of the risk infections is malaria; Plasmodium vivax and P. falciparum species can be transmitted. The distribution of leishmaniasis cases has been reported from the south of USA to the north of Argentina. Approximately 57,000 cases of cutaneous and mucocutaneous leishmaniasis occur annually, and approximately 4000 visceral leishmaniasis cases are observed. It is reported that Chagas disease is endemic in 21 countries, and approximately 6 million people are affected every year...
March 2018: Türkiye Parazitolojii Dergisi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777623/complement-factor-h-as-a-potential-atherogenic-marker-in-chronic-chagas-disease
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Kárita Cláudia Freitas Lidani, Thaisa Lucas Sandri, Fabiana Antunes Andrade, Lorena Bavia, Renato Nisihara, Iara J Messias Reason
AIMS: We aimed to investigate the association between plasma levels of complement Factor H (FH) with cardiac involvement, inflammatory and cardiometabolic parameters in patients with chronic Chagas disease (CD). METHODS: FH plasmatic levels were determined in 80 chronic CD patients. Glycemic index, lipidogram (high-density lipoprotein cholesterol HDL-C, low-density lipoprotein cholesterol LDL-C, triglycerides and total cholesterol), and Ultrasensitive C-Reactive Protein (uCRP) values were obtained from medical records...
May 19, 2018: Parasite Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777448/triad-of-the-ischemic-cardiovascular-disease-in-people-living-with-hiv-association-between-risk-factors-hiv-infection-and-use-of-antiretroviral-therapy
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Hugo Ribeiro Zanetti, Edmar Lacerda Mendes, Antonio Carlos Palandri Chagas, Maria Odila Gomes Douglas, Leandro Teixeira Paranhos Lopes, Leonardo Roever, Alexandre Gonçalves, Elmiro Santos Resende
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This review is focused on cardiovascular risk factors in HIV-infected people. RECENT FINDINGS: Antiretroviral therapy (ART) has significantly increased the life expectancy of HIV-infected people. Thus, this population has experienced non-HIV-related diseases, mainly cardiovascular diseases. Thus, in our review, we intend to understand the cardiovascular risk factors that trigger this situation. We have demonstrated that both ART and traditional cardiovascular risk factors contribute to the development of cardiovascular disease in HIV-infected people...
May 18, 2018: Current Atherosclerosis Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776665/who-currently-benefits-from-the-aetiological-treatment-for-chagas-disease
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Israel Molina Romero, Elena Sulleiro Igual
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 15, 2018: Enfermedades Infecciosas y Microbiología Clínica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775825/binding-capacity-of-mannose-binding-lectin-mbl-is-associated-with-the-severity-of-chronic-chagas-cardiomyopathy
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Elisa de A N Azevedo, Silvana Barreto, Raul Emídio de Lima, Romero Henrique Teixeira, George Diniz, Wilson Oliveira, Maria da Glória A M Cavalcanti, Yara M Gomes, Patrícia M M de F Moura, Clarice N L Morais
Chagas disease (CD) is a global problem. Currently, it affects approximately 15 million individuals in Latin America. It is well know that the human immune response is related to different clinical manifestations. Mannose binding lectin (MBL) plays an important role in innate immunity, and it mediates the phagocytosis and complement-mediated destruction of pathogens. The binding capacity is enhanced by the oligomerization of MBL. In this study, we evaluated the serum concentration and the binding capacity of MBL in patients with chronic chagasic cardiomyopathy...
May 15, 2018: Parasitology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775566/the-challenge-of-discordant-serology-in-chagas-disease-the-role-of-two-confirmatory-techniques-in-inconclusive-cases
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Zaira Moure, Elena Sulleiro, Laura Iniesta, Carmen Guillen, Israel Molina, M Magdalena Alcover, Cristina Riera, Tomás Pumarola, Roser Fisa
Serodiscordance in Chagas disease (CD) remains a challenge since individuals with inconclusive results are clinically complicated to manage. This work, conducted outside the endemic area, aims to compare two different confirmatory techniques for the diagnosis of CD in individuals without a definitive diagnosis, to analyze the performance of the screening techniques in this group of patients, and to describe the serological follow-up of these subjects over time. Sera from 48 individuals with repeatedly discordant results by one recombinant enzyme immunoassay (r-ELISA) and one native ELISA (n-ELISA), were included in the study...
May 15, 2018: Acta Tropica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29771525/an-nmr-biochemical-assay-for-oxidosqualene-cyclase-evaluation-of-inhibitor-activities-on-trypanosoma-cruzi-and-human-enzymes
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Osamu Tani, Yukie Akutsu, Shinji Ito, Takayuki Suzuki, Yukihiro Tateishi, Tomohiko Yamaguchi, Tatsuya Niimi, Ichiji Namatame, Yasunori Chiba, Hitoshi Sakashita, Tomomi Kubota, Tetsuo Yanagi, Shusaku Mizukami, Kenji Hirayama, Koji Furukawa, Kazuhiko Yamasaki
Oxidosqualene cyclase (OSC), a membrane-associated protein, is a key enzyme of sterol biosynthesis. Here we report a novel assay for OSC, involving reaction in aqueous solution, NMR quantification in organic solvent, and factor analysis of spectra. We evaluated one known and three novel inhibitors on OSC of Trypanosoma cruzi, a parasite causative of Chagas disease, and compared with their effects on human OSC for selectivity. Among them, one novel inhibitor showed a significant parasiticidal activity.
May 17, 2018: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768622/single-nucleotide-polymorphisms-of-cytokine-related-genes-and-association-with-clinical-outcome-in-a-chagas-disease-case-control-study-from-brazil
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Lucia Elena Alvarado-Arnez, Angelica Martins Batista, Silvia Marinho Alves, Gloria Melo, Virgínia Maria Barros de Lorena, Cynthia C Cardoso, Isabela Resende Pereira, Cristina Carrazzone, Antonio G Pacheco, Wilson Oliveira, Milton Ozório Moraes, Joseli Lannes-Vieira
BACKGROUND: The severity of chronic chagasic cardiomyopathy (CCC), the most frequent clinical outcome of Chagas disease (CD), has been associated with cytokine-enriched heart tissue inflammation, and high serum levels of transforming growth factor (TGFβ), interferon-gamma (IFNγ), and tumour necrosis factor (TNF). Conversely, increased interleukin (IL)-10 serum concentrations have been associated with asymptomatic CD. Cytokines and cytokine-related gene polymorphisms may control cytokine expression and have been proposed to contribute to CCC outcomes...
May 14, 2018: Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768603/-satisfaction-of-chagas-disease-patients-attended-at-a-pharmaceutical-care-service-in-the-state-of-cear%C3%A3-brazil
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Alanna Carla da Costa, Darlan da Silva Cândido, Arduina Sofia Ortet de Barros Vasconcelos Fidalgo, José Damião da Silva Filho, Carlos Eduardo Menezes Viana, Monise Anne Lima, Mônica Coelho Andrade, Maria de Fátima Oliveira
In 2005, a pharmaceutical care service was created in the State of Ceará to provide pharmacotherapeutic follow-up for individuals infected with Trypanosoma cruzi (Chagas Disease). After 10 years of operation, an evaluation was conducted to assess the degree of satisfaction of patients treated under the service. This prospective study used a questionnaire comprising the following sections: socioeconomic data; infrastructure, facilities and operations; pharmaceutical care; and importance of the service. Seventy patients of both sexes and over 18 years of age were interviewed between August 2014 and May 2015...
May 2018: Ciência & Saúde Coletiva
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768559/epidemiological-and-clinical-profile-of-patients-with-chagas-disease-in-the-central-north-area-of-paran%C3%A3-southern-brazil
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Aretuza Zaupa Gasparim, Carlos Edmundo Rodrigues Fontes, Diogo Francisco Rossoni, Max Jean de Ornelas Toledo
INTRODUCTION: Profiles of patients with Chagas disease in Paraná were studied. METHODS: A descriptive, questionnaire-based study was performed. RESULTS: Of 270 participants, 64% were female, 60% were aged ≥65 years, 91% were infected via vector transmission, and 44% were infected in Paraná. Indeterminate (30%), cardiac (36%), cardiodigestive (20%) and digestive (14%) forms were found. CONCLUSIONS: Patients who were older than 65 years of age, retired, female, living in the urban area of Maringá, and infected by vector transmission in childhood in Paraná presented cardiac and digestive signs and did not receive etiological treatment when first diagnosed...
March 2018: Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Tropical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768556/first-report-of-rhodnius-neglectus-hemiptera-reduviidae-triatominae-from-the-state-of-acre-brazil-and-the-brazilian-western-amazon-region
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Leandro José Ramos, Gabriela Vieira de Souza Castro, Janis Lunier de Souza, Jader de Oliveira, João Aristeu da Rosa, Luis Marcelo Aranha Camargo, Renildo Moura da Cunha, Dionatas Ulises de Oliveira Meneguetti
INTRODUCTION: This communication reports the occurrence of Rhodnius neglectus in the State of Acre, Brazil. METHODS: An adult male R. neglectus specimen was collected from the Catuaba Experimental Reserve, which is located in the municipality of Senador Guiomard. RESULTS: This increases the number of triatomine species reported from the State of Acre to eight and is also the first report of R. neglectus from the Brazilian Western Amazon Region...
March 2018: Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Tropical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768552/natural-infection-by-trypanosoma-cruzi-in-triatomines-and-seropositivity-for-chagas-disease-of-dogs-in-rural-areas-of-rio-grande-do-norte-brazil
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Yannara Barbosa Nogueira Freitas, Celeste da Silva Freitas de Souza, Jamille Maia E Magalhães, Maressa Laíse Reginaldo de Sousa, Luiz Ney d'Escoffier, Tânia Zaverucha do Valle, Teresa Cristina Monte Gonçalves, Hélcio Reinaldo Gil-Santana, Thais Aaparecida Kazimoto, Sthenia Santos Albano Amora
INTRODUCTION: Chagas disease is caused by the protozoa Trypanosoma cruzi. Its main reservoir is the domestic dog, especially in rural areas with favorable characteristics for vector establishment and proliferation. The aims of this study were to collect data, survey and map the fauna, and identify T. cruzi infection in triatomines, as well as to assess the presence of anti-T. cruzi antibodies in dogs in rural areas of the municipality of Mossoró, Brazil. METHODS: An active entomologic research was conducted to identify adult specimens through an external morphology dichotomous key...
March 2018: Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Tropical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768550/insect-vectors-of-chagas-disease-trypanosoma-cruzi-in-northeastern-brazil
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Arduina Sofia Ortet de Barros Vasconcelos Fidalgo, Alanna Carla da Costa, José Damião da Silva Filho, Darlan da Silva Cândido, Erlane Chaves Freitas, Laíse Dos Santos Pereira, Mônica Coelho de Andrade, Kátia Cristina Morais Soares Gomes, Cláudia Mendonça Bezerra, Maria de Fátima Oliveira
INTRODUCTION: Chagas disease remains a public health problem in the rural and urban areas of 19 countries in the Americas. METHODS: The aim of the present study was to investigate the Trypanosoma cruzi infection rate of triatomines collected from both intra- and peridomiciliary areas in eleven municipalities of Southeastern Ceará, Brazil, from 2009 to 2015. RESULTS: A total of 32,364 triatomine specimens, including nymphs and adults, were collected, and 31,736 (98...
March 2018: Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Tropical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768544/response-to-different-benznidazole-doses-in-animal-models-of-chronic-phase-chagas-disease-a-critical-review
#18
Cauê Benito Scarim, Aline Rimoldi Ribeiro, João Aristeu da Rosa, Chung Man Chin
Chagas disease is a protozoan infection that was identified over a century ago. No drugs are available to treat the indeterminate and determinate chronic phases of the disease. Success of a drug design is dependent on correct biological evaluation. Concerning new drug designs for Chagas disease, it is essential to first identify the most effective, existing, experimental chronic protocols that can be used for comparison purposes. Here, we present a literature review regarding experimental models with chronic Chagas disease to evaluate the efficacy of benznidazole (BZN)...
March 2018: Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Tropical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768103/efficacy-of-recombinase-polymerase-amplification-to-diagnose-trypanosoma-cruzi-infection-in-dogs-with-cardiac-alterations-from-an-endemic-area-of-mexico
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Matilde Jimenez-Coello, Thomas Shelite, Alejandro Castellanos-Gonzalez, Omar Saldarriaga, Rocio Rivero, Antonio Ortega-Pacheco, Carlos Acevedo-Arcique, Karla Amaya-Guardia, Nisha Garg, Peter Melby, Bruno L Travi
Chagas disease is a lingering Public Health problem in Latin America with ∼5.7 million people infected with Trypanosoma cruzi. Transmission is still taking place in most countries of the Americas, including the United States. Dogs are frequently infected with T. cruzi and its high infection prevalence is associated with increased risk of Chagas disease in humans. The city of Mérida in the Yucatan peninsula is endemic for Chagas disease and canines are frequently infected with T. cruzi. The objective of this study was to evaluate the performance of a qualitative point of care (POC) molecular test (RPA-LF, recombinase polymerase amplification-lateral flow) developed in our laboratory for identifying infected dogs...
May 16, 2018: Vector Borne and Zoonotic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29755837/chagasic-cardiomyopathy-and-pompe-disease-case-report
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Rafael Ob de Morais, Ândrea V Chaves-Markman, Anna Pp Miranda, Ingrid G Amorim, Maria da Ga de M Cavalcanti, Manuel Markman, Brivaldo Markman-Filho
BACKGROUND: Pompe disease is a lysosomal storage disease with an autosomal recessive inheritance characterized by an insufficient activity of the acid alpha-glucosidase enzyme. The incidence varies from 1:40000 to 1:200000 live births and cardiac involvement in adults is rare. Chagas disease is an infection caused by the protozoan Trypanosoma cruzi, in which one-third of the cases progress to the chronic form, and may lead to cardiac involvement, usually from the fifth decade of life onwards...
2018: American Journal of Cardiovascular Disease
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