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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527292/-triatoma-dimidiata-in-colombia-distribution-ecology-and-epidemiological-importance
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Óscar Quirós-Gómez, Nicolás Jaramillo, Víctor Angulo, Gabriel Parra-Henao
Triatoma dimidiata is an important vector of Chagas disease in Central America and countries of northern South America. In Colombia, it has a wide geographical distribution with reported presence in 14 departments in the Andean, Caribbean, Eastern plains and Upper Magdalena regions, where it occupies different natural and artificial ecotopes. The species is considered a secondary vector in the transmission of Trypanosoma cruzi. Its presence in wild, peridomestic and intradomiciliary habitats in the Andean region, coupled with its ability to move between them, has allowed it to escape the control based on pyrethroids spraying, highlighting its importance in maintaining transmission of the parasite through the potential reinfestation of homes...
June 1, 2017: Biomédica: Revista del Instituto Nacional de Salud
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527286/-possible-oral-transmission-of-chagas-disease-among-hydrocarbons-sector-workers-in-casanare-colombia-2014
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Liliana Patricia Zuleta-Dueñas, Ángela Johana López-Quiroga, Fernando Torres-Torres, Oneida Castañeda-Porras
INTRODUCTION: Trypanosoma cruzi, the etiological agent for Chagas disease, can be transmitted by oral intake of contaminated food or drinks. During epidemiological week 14 of 2014, two cases of acute Chagas disease were notified among hydrocarbons sector workers in Paz de Ariporo, Casanare. OBJECTIVE: To characterize the affected population, to establish control and prevention measures and to confirm the outbreak. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We conducted an outbreak investigation that included the following components: a) Search for symptomatic people compatible with Chagas disease according to the case definition for their referral to medical services; b) entomological survey (192/197 houses); c) sanitary inspection and microbiological analysis of food samples; and d) study of reservoirs...
June 1, 2017: Biomédica: Revista del Instituto Nacional de Salud
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527250/-risk-of-transmission-of-chagas-disease-by-intrusion-of-triatomines-and-wild-mammals-in-bucaramanga-santander-colombia
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Marlene Reyes, Ángela Torres, Lyda Esteban, Mónica Flórez, Víctor Manuel Angulo
INTRODUCTION: Notice of triatomines in dwellings of some neighborhoods in Bucaramanga motivated the realization of this study.Objetive: To evaluate the intrusion of triatomines and mammals, as well as some risk factors in urban dwellings. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Triatomines were collected in a neighborhood in Bucaramanga, Santander, on a monthly basis during one year with participation of the community. Collection included manual search in lamp posts, use of light traps, animal bait, and chemical attractants in nearby forests...
January 24, 2017: Biomédica: Revista del Instituto Nacional de Salud
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527247/-diversity-of-triatominae-hemiptera-reduviidae-in-santander-colombia-epidemiological-implications
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Lyda Esteban, José Mauricio Montes, Víctor Manuel Angulo
INTRODUCTION: Domestic and wild triatomines in the department of Santander have an epidemiological impact, as recently they have been linked to outbreaks of acute Chagas disease. The analysis of their diversity and temporal variation contributes to the understanding of their biology and ecology in one of the most endemic areas of the country. OBJECTIVES: To analyze triatominae diversity in two regions of Santander. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We analyzed the triatomine records for Santander contained in the CINTROP-UIS entomology lab database...
January 24, 2017: Biomédica: Revista del Instituto Nacional de Salud
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523999/molecular-docking-studies-applied-to-a-dataset-of-cruzain-inhibitors
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Edeildo Ferreira da Silva-Júnior, Paulo Henrique Barcellos França, Frederico Fávaro Ribeiro, Francisco Jaime Bezerra Mendonça-Júnior, Luciana Scotti, Marcus Tullius Scotti, Thiago Mendonça de Aquino, João Xavier de Araújo-Júnior
BACKGROUND: Chagas' disease is one of the main causes of heart failure in developing countries. The disadvantages of current therapy include the undesirable side-effects, resistance, and therapeutic adhesion. The development of new efficient and safe drugs is, therefore, an issue of extreme importance. OBJECTIVES: In order to gain a better understanding of how the compounds interact with the target, computational methods are essential. METHOD: In this theoretical study, we report a docking protocol applied to a dataset of 173 cruzain inhibitors with IC50 values of less than 10 μM, belonging 16 different chemical classes...
May 18, 2017: Current Computer-aided Drug Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522273/trypanosoma-cruzi-over-the-ocean-insular-zones-of-chile-with-presence-of-infected-vector-mepraia-species
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Ninette Rives-Blanchard, Fernando Torres-Pérez, Silvia Ortiz, Aldo Solari, Ricardo Campos-Soto
Chagas disease is one of the main zoonosis mediated by vectors in America. The etiologic agent Trypanosoma cruzi infects different mammals and is transmitted principally by the subfamily Triatominae. Mepraia is a genus endemic to Chile, responsible for transmitting T. cruzi in the sylvatic cycle. Mepraia includes three species: M. gajardoi and M. parapatrica inhabit coastal areas, while M. spinolai inhabits coastal and interior valleys. Previous studies reported the occurrence of Mepraia in Pan de Azucar Island, currently classified as M...
May 15, 2017: Acta Tropica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521698/leishmanicidal-and-trypanocidal-activity-of-metal-complexes-with-1-2-4-triazolo-1-5-a-pyrimidines-insights-on-their-therapeutic-potential-against-leishmaniasis-and-chagas-disease
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Juan M Salas, Ana B Caballero, Ginés M Esteban-Parra, José M Méndez-Arriaga
Since their first synthesis back in the early 20th century, 1,2,4-triazolo[1,5-a]pyrimidines have aroused increasing interest in very diverse areas ranging from chemotherapy to agriculture or even photography. Their similarity to purines confers a potential bioactivity and this feature has been wisely exploited for therapeutic use, including antifungal, antipyretic, analgesic, antiinflammatory, antitumoral and antiparasitic properties. In this review, we focus on the compounds that these nitrogen heterocycles form with metal ions and their antiparasitic activity and therapeutic potential against two neglected diseases of tropical prevalence, leishmaniasis and Chagas disease...
May 16, 2017: Current Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521262/rhodium-catalyzed-c-h-bond-activation-for-the-synthesis-of-quinonoid-compounds-significant-anti-trypanosoma-cruzi-activities-and-electrochemical-studies-of-functionalized-quinones
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Guilherme A M Jardim, Thaissa L Silva, Marilia O F Goulart, Carlos A de Simone, Juliana M C Barbosa, Kelly Salomão, Solange L de Castro, John F Bower, Eufrânio N da Silva Júnior
Thirty four halogen and selenium-containing quinones, synthesized by rhodium-catalyzed C-H bond activation and palladium-catalyzed cross-coupling reactions, were evaluated against bloodstream trypomastigotes of T. cruzi. We have identified fifteen compounds with IC50/24 h values of less than 2 μM. Electrochemical studies on A-ring functionalized naphthoquinones were also performed aiming to correlate redox properties with trypanocidal activity. For instance, (E)-5-styryl-1,4-naphthoquinone 59 and 5,8-diiodo-1,4-naphthoquinone 3, which are around fifty fold more active than the standard drug benznidazole, are potential derivatives for further investigation...
May 4, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521148/dual-task-interference-on-postural-sway-postural-transitions-and-gait-in-people-with-parkinson-s-disease-and-freezing-of-gait
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Ana Claudia de Souza Fortaleza, Martina Mancini, Patty Carlson-Kuhta, Laurie A King, John G Nutt, Eliane Ferrari Chagas, Ismael Forte Freitas, Fay B Horak
Freezing of gait (FoG) is associated with less automatic gait and more impaired cognition, balance and postural transitions compared to people with PD who do not have FoG. However, it is unknown whether dual-task cost during postural sway, postural transitions (such as gait initiation and turning), and gait are more in subjects with Parkinson's disease (PD) who have freezing of gait (FoG+) compared to those who do not have FoG (FoG-). Here, we hypothesized that the effects of a cognitive dual task on postural sway, postural transitions and gait would be larger in FoG+ than FoG-...
May 10, 2017: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513328/trypanosoma-cruzi-in-free-ranging-mammalian-populations-in-south-texas
#10
Mathew M Kramm, Maria R Gutierrez, Troy D Luepke, Cynthia Soria, Roel R Lopez, Susan M Cooper, Donald S Davis, Israel D Parker
Chagas disease, also known as American trypanosomiasis, is caused by the flagellate protozoan Trypanosoma cruzi. It is a significant health concern in South and Central America, where millions of people are infected or at risk of infection, and is an emerging health concern in the United States. The occurrence of Chagas disease in natural environments is supported by mammal host species, but those primary species may vary based on geographic location. In South Texas, the primary host species for the disease is poorly understood, and required a field study to determine the spatial distribution of T...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Wildlife Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511274/a-case-of-chagas-cardiomyopathy-following-infection-in-south-central-texas
#11
Bryant J Webber, Edward J Wozniak, David Chang, Kelvin N Bush, Matthew C Wilson, James A Watts, Heather C Yun
Between 5 and 8 million people globally are infected with Trypanosoma cruzi, the causative parasitic agent of Chagas disease. The vast majority of incident infections originate in pockets of Latin America where domestic vector-borne transmission cycles are more common. Since 1955, when the first locally-acquired case was reported, fewer than 30 autochthonous cases have been documented in the United States. We describe the case of an 18-year-old US Air Force trainee, a native Texan with no travel history beyond the continental United States, who screened positive for T cruzi infection on blood donation and was subsequently found to have chronic Chagasic cardiomyopathy...
January 2017: U.S. Army Medical Department Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509592/molecular-modeling-and-structure-activity-relationships-for-a-series-of-benzimidazole-derivatives-as-cruzain-inhibitors
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Ivani Pauli, Leonardo G Ferreira, Mariana L de Souza, Glaucius Oliva, Rafaela S Ferreira, Marco A Dessoy, Brian W Slafer, Luiz C Dias, Adriano D Andricopulo
AIM: Chagas disease is endemic in Latin America and no effective treatment is available. Efforts in drug research have focused on several enzymes from Trypanosoma cruzi, among which cruzain is a validated pharmacological target. METHODOLOGY: Chemometric analyses were performed on the data set using the HQSAR, CoMFA and CoMSIA methods. Docking simulations were executed using the crystallographic structure of cruzain in complex with a benzimidazole inhibitor. The top-scoring enzyme-inhibitor complexes were selected for the development of the 3D QSAR models and to assess the inhibitor binding modes and intermolecular interactions...
May 16, 2017: Future Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507113/efficacy-of-a-binuclear-cyclopalladated-compound-therapy-for-cutaneous-leishmaniasis-in-the-murine-model-of-infection-with-leishmania-amazonensis-and-its-inhibitory-effect-on-topoisomerase-1b
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Angela Maria Arenas Velásquez, Willian Campos Ribeiro, Vutey Venn, Silvia Castelli, Mariana Santoro, Renata Pires de Assis, Rodrigo Alves de Souza, Aline Rimoldi Ribeiro, Thaís Gaban Passalaqua, João Aristeu da Rosa, Amanda Martins Baviera, Antonio Eduardo Mauro, Alessandro Desideri, Elmo Eduardo Almeida-Amaral, Marcia A S Graminha
Leishmaniasis is a disease found throughout the (sub)tropical parts of the world caused by protozoan parasites of the Leishmania genus. Despite the numerous problems associated with existing treatments, pharmaceutical companies continue to neglect the development of better ones. The high toxicity of current drugs combined with emerging resistance makes the discovery of new therapeutic alternatives urgent. Here we report the evaluation of a binuclear cyclopalladated complex containing Pd(II) and N,N' -dimethylbenzylamine (Hdmba) against Leishmania amazonensis...
May 15, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506517/fish-oil-supplementation-benefits-the-murine-host-during-the-acute-phase-of-a-parasitic-infection-from-trypanosoma-cruzi
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Maria I Lovo-Martins, Aparecida D Malvezi, Rosiane V da Silva, Nágela G Zanluqui, Vera L H Tatakihara, Niels O S Câmara, Ana Paula L de Oliveira, Jean P S Peron, Marli C Martins-Pinge, Kevin L Fritsche, Phileno Pinge-Filho
Long-chain omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (LC n-3 PUFA) are known to modulate a variety of immune cell functions. On occasion, this has led to diminished host resistance to certain viral and bacterial infections. Little is known about the impact of n-3 PUFA on host resistance to parasitic infection, however, based on results from a small study conducted more than two decades ago, we hypothesized that providing mice LC n-3 PUFA will diminish host resistance to Trypanosoma cruzi, the parasitic pathogen responsible for Chagas disease...
April 25, 2017: Nutrition Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502864/chagas-disease-in-europe-a-review-for-the-internist-in-the-globalized-world
#15
REVIEW
Spinello Antinori, Laura Galimberti, Roberto Bianco, Romualdo Grande, Massimo Galli, Mario Corbellino
Chagas disease (CD) or American trypanosomiasis identified in 1909 by Carlos Chagas, has become over the last 40years a global health concern due to the huge migration flows from Latin America to Europe, United States, Canada and Japan. In Europe, most migrants from CD-endemic areas are concentrated in Spain, Italy, France, United Kingdom and Switzerland. Pooled seroprevalence studies conducted in Europe show an overall 4.2% prevalence, with the highest infection rates observed among individuals from Bolivia (18...
May 11, 2017: European Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500812/the-prevalence-of-chagas-disease-among-latin-american-immigrants-with-pacemakers-in-los-angeles-california
#16
Sandy Park, Daniel R Sanchez, Mahmoud I Traina, Jason S Bradfield, Salvador Hernandez, Alvaro Joaquin Altamirano Ufion, Jalal Dufani, Patrick Bergin, Robin Y Wachsner, Sheba K Meymandi
AbstractChagas disease (CD), with associated conduction abnormalities, is a common indication for pacemaker implantation in Latin America. The prevalence of CD in Latin American immigrants with pacemakers residing in the United States has never been studied. This single-center cross-sectional study included pacemaker patients who were aged 18 years or more with a previous residence in Latin America for at least 6 months. Patients with an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator, cardiac resynchronization therapy, or iatrogenic and/or congenital heart block were excluded...
May 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499908/identification-of-novel-mammalian-hosts-and-brazilian-biome-geographic-distribution-of-trypanosoma-cruzi-tciii-and-tciv
#17
Juliana Helena S Barros, Samanta Cristina C Xavier, Daniele Bilac, Valdirene Santos Lima, Maria Augusta Dario, Ana Maria Jansen
Trypanosoma cruzi is a parasitic protozoan responsible for Chagas disease. Seven different Discrete Typing Units (DTUs) of T. cruzi are currently identified in nature: TcI-TcVI, and TcBat whose distribution patterns in nature, hosts/reservoirs and eco-epidemiological importance are still little known. Here, we present novel data on the geographic distribution and diversity of mammalian hosts and vectors of T. cruzi DTUs TcIII and TcIV. In this study, we analyzed 61 T. cruzi isolates obtained from 18 species of mammals (five orders) and two Hemiptera genera...
May 10, 2017: Acta Tropica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499168/novel-imidazo-4-5-c-1-2-6-thiadiazine-2-2-dioxides-as-antiproliferative-trypanosoma-cruzi-drugs-computational-screening-from-neural-network-synthesis-and-in%C3%A2-vivo-biological-properties
#18
Angela Guerra, Pedro Gonzalez-Naranjo, Nuria E Campillo, Javier Varela, María L Lavaggi, Alicia Merlino, Hugo Cerecetto, Mercedes González, Alicia Gomez-Barrio, José A Escario, Cristina Fonseca-Berzal, Gloria Yaluf, Jorge Paniagua-Solis, Juan A Páez
A new family of imidazo[4,5-c][1,2,6]thiadiazine 2,2-dioxide with antiproliferative Trypanosoma cruzi properties was identified from a neural network model published by our group. The synthesis and evaluation of this new class of trypanocidal agents are described. These compounds inhibit the growth of Trypanosoma cruzi, comparable with benznidazole or nifurtimox. In vitro assays were performed to study their effects on the growth of the epimastigote form of the Tulahuen 2 strain, as well as the epimastigote and amastigote forms of CL clone B5 of Trypanosoma cruzi...
May 1, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495405/trypanosoma-cruzi-i-towards-the-need-of-genetic-subdivision-part-ii
#19
REVIEW
Juan David Ramírez, Carolina Hernández
Chagas disease is a complex zoonosis caused by the kinetoplastid parasite Trypanosoma cruzi. This protozoan exhibits remarkable genetic diversity evinced in at least six Discrete Typing Units (DTUs) with the foreseen emergence of a genotype associated to bats (TcBat). T. cruzi I is the DTU with the broadest geographical distribution and associated to severe cardiomyopathies. In 2011, we published a review questioning the need for genetic subdivision within TcI. However, after six years of intensive research herein, we attempted to determine if TcI should be subdivided or not in the light of the current genetic, biological, clinical and ecological data...
May 8, 2017: Acta Tropica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490478/mixed-cryoglobulinemia-a-diagnostic-and-therapeutic-challenge
#20
Maria Túlio, Liliana Carvalho, Tiago Bana E Costa, Cristina Chagas
Mixed cryoglobulinemia is frequently secondary to hepatitis C virus infection. Diagnosis and therapeutic management are challenging, depending on the spectrum and severity of manifestations, as well as on the presence of comorbidities. We describe a case of a 79-year-old woman with a non-cirrhotic hepatitis C virus infection presenting with weakness, arthralgias, purpuric rash with left leg ulcerative lesions, bilateral peripheral sensorimotor polyneuropathy, renal impairment and cardiac failure. The investigation was compatible with a severe type II mixed cryoglobulinemia with multisystemic involvement, including a low-grade B cell lymphoma and concomitant intestinal tuberculosis...
May 10, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
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