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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29114487/prevalence-of-trypanosome-infection-in-tsetse-flies-from-oji-river-and-emene-axis-of-enugu-state-nigeria-a-preliminary-report
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Kenechukwu Chibuike Onyekwelu, Fidelis Ebele Ejezie, Anthonius Anayochukwu Eze, Joy Ebele Ikekpeazu, Richard Chukwunonye Ezeh, Godknows Chizurumoke Edeh
Introduction: Trypanosomes are protozoan parasites of vertebrates transmitted by blood-sucking tsetse fly. Trypanosomes remain a constant threat to the lives of humans and animals throughout large regions of Africa. Aims and Objectives: This study investigated the presence, prevalence, and species of trypanosome parasite in tsetse flies caught in two areas of no previous documented history of trypanosome infection. Materials and Methods: For this purpose, 63 and 77 nonterenal tsetse flies were collected from Oji River and Emene areas of Enugu State Nigeria, respectively...
July 2017: Tropical Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29063677/transporters-of-trypanosoma-brucei-phylogeny-physiology-pharmacology
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REVIEW
Remo S Schmidt, Juan P Macêdo, Michael E Steinmann, Amaia González Salgado, Peter Bütikofer, Erwin Sigel, Doris Rentsch, Pascal Mäser
Trypanosoma brucei comprise the causative agents of sleeping sickness, T. b. gambiense and T. b. rhodesiense, as well as the livestock-pathogenic T. b. brucei. The parasites are transmitted by the tsetse fly and occur exclusively in sub-Saharan Africa. T. brucei are not only lethal pathogens, but have also become model organisms for molecular parasitology. We focus here on membrane transport proteins of T. brucei, their contribution to homeostasis and metabolism in the context of a parasitic lifestyle, and their pharmacological role as potential drug targets or routes of drug entry...
October 24, 2017: FEBS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29061160/molecular-prevalence-of-trypanosome-infections-in-cattle-and-tsetse-flies-in-the-maasai-steppe-northern-tanzania
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Mary Simwango, Anibariki Ngonyoka, Happiness J Nnko, Linda P Salekwa, Moses Ole-Neselle, Sharadhuli I Kimera, Paul S Gwakisa
BACKGROUND: African trypanosomosis is a disease of public health and economic importance that poses a major threat to the livelihoods of people living in the Maasai Steppe, where there is a significant interaction between people, livestock and wildlife. The vulnerability of the Maasai people to the disease is enhanced by the interaction of their cattle, which act as vehicles for trypanosomes, and tsetse flies close to wildlife in protected areas. This study was aimed at identification of trypanosome infections circulating in cattle and tsetse flies in order to understand their distribution and prevalence in livestock/wildlife interface areas in the Maasai Steppe...
October 23, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29017575/evidence-for-viable-and-stable-triploid-trypanosoma-congolense-parasites
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Eliane Tihon, Hideo Imamura, Jean-Claude Dujardin, Jan Van Den Abbeele
BACKGROUND: Recent whole genome sequencing (WGS) analysis identified a viable triploid strain of Trypanosoma congolense. This triploid strain BANANCL2 was a clone of the field isolate BANAN/83/CRTRA/64 that was collected from cattle in Burkina Faso in 1983. RESULTS: We demonstrated the viability and stability of triploidy throughout the complete life-cycle of the parasite by infecting tsetse flies with the triploid clone BANANCL2. Proboscis-positive tsetse flies efficiently transmitted the parasites to mice resulting in systemic infections...
October 10, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29017572/temporal-genetic-differentiation-in-glossina-pallidipes-tsetse-fly-populations-in-kenya
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Winnie A Okeyo, Norah P Saarman, Michael Mengual, Kirstin Dion, Rosemary Bateta, Paul O Mireji, Sylvance Okoth, Johnson O Ouma, Collins Ouma, Joel Ochieng, Grace Murilla, Serap Aksoy, Adalgisa Caccone
BACKGROUND: Glossina pallidipes is a major vector of both Human and Animal African Trypanosomiasis (HAT and AAT) in Kenya. The disease imposes economic burden on endemic regions in Kenya, including south-western Kenya, which has undergone intense but unsuccessful tsetse fly control measures. We genotyped 387 G. pallidipes flies at 13 microsatellite markers to evaluate levels of temporal genetic variation in two regions that have been subjected to intensive eradication campaigns from the 1960s to the 1980s...
October 10, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28991908/mitochondrial-dual-coding-genes-in-trypanosoma-brucei
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Laura E Kirby, Donna Koslowsky
Trypanosoma brucei is transmitted between mammalian hosts by the tsetse fly. In the mammal, they are exclusively extracellular, continuously replicating within the bloodstream. During this stage, the mitochondrion lacks a functional electron transport chain (ETC). Successful transition to the fly, requires activation of the ETC and ATP synthesis via oxidative phosphorylation. This life cycle leads to a major problem: in the bloodstream, the mitochondrial genes are not under selection and are subject to genetic drift that endangers their integrity...
October 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28981471/microfluidics-based-approaches-to-the-isolation-of-african-trypanosomes
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Michael P Barrett, Jonathan M Cooper, Clément Regnault, Stefan H Holm, Jason P Beech, Jonas O Tegenfeldt, Axel Hochstetter
African trypanosomes are responsible for significant levels of disease in both humans and animals. The protozoan parasites are free-living flagellates, usually transmitted by arthropod vectors, including the tsetse fly. In the mammalian host they live in the bloodstream and, in the case of human-infectious species, later invade the central nervous system. Diagnosis of the disease requires the positive identification of parasites in the bloodstream. This can be particularly challenging where parasite numbers are low, as is often the case in peripheral blood...
October 5, 2017: Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932909/fipronil-1-pour-on-further-studies-of-its-effects-against-lab-reared-glossina-palpalis-gambiensis
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B Sawadogo, J B Rayaisse, H Adakal, A T Kabre, B Bauer
In order to assess the residual effects of fipronil 1% on tsetse fly survival, male Glossina palpalis gambiensis were released on non-treated and treated cattle, with 0.1 ml of fipronil/kg b.w. as a pour-on formulation. In a second trial, the female fecundity performances were evaluated by feeding teneral females on the same cattle. These females were then mated and their production parameters monitored, as well as the survival of freshly emerged flies. Fipronil had a significant effect on tsetse fly survival (p < 0...
November 2017: Parasitology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927459/microarchitecture-of-the-tsetse-fly-proboscis
#9
Wendy Gibson, Lori Peacock, Rachel Hutchinson
BACKGROUND: Tsetse flies (genus Glossina) are large blood-sucking dipteran flies that are important as vectors of human and animal trypanosomiasis in sub-Saharan Africa. Tsetse anatomy has been well described, including detailed accounts of the functional anatomy of the proboscis for piercing host skin and sucking up blood. The proboscis also serves as the developmental site for the infective metacyclic stages of several species of pathogenic livestock trypanosomes that are inoculated into the host with fly saliva...
September 19, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28902917/hsp70-j-protein-machinery-from-glossina-morsitans-morsitans-vector-of-african-trypanosomiasis
#10
Stephen J Bentley, Aileen Boshoff
Tsetse flies (Glossina spp.) are the sole vectors of the protozoan parasites of the genus Trypanosoma, the causative agents of African Trypanosomiasis. Species of Glossina differ in vector competence and Glossina morsitans morsitans is associated with transmission of Trypanosoma brucei rhodesiense, which causes an acute and often fatal form of African Trypanosomiasis. Heat shock proteins are evolutionarily conserved proteins that play critical roles in proteostasis. The activity of heat shock protein 70 (Hsp70) is regulated by interactions with its J-protein (Hsp40) co-chaperones...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28880965/multiple-evolutionary-origins-of-trypanosoma-evansi-in-kenya
#11
Christine M Kamidi, Norah P Saarman, Kirstin Dion, Paul O Mireji, Collins Ouma, Grace Murilla, Serap Aksoy, Achim Schnaufer, Adalgisa Caccone
Trypanosoma evansi is the parasite causing surra, a form of trypanosomiasis in camels and other livestock, and a serious economic burden in Kenya and many other parts of the world. Trypanosoma evansi transmission can be sustained mechanically by tabanid and Stomoxys biting flies, whereas the closely related African trypanosomes T. brucei brucei and T. b. rhodesiense require cyclical development in tsetse flies (genus Glossina) for transmission. In this study, we investigated the evolutionary origins of T. evansi...
September 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28866983/patterns-of-tsetse-abundance-and-trypanosome-infection-rates-among-habitats-of-surveyed-villages-in-maasai-steppe-of-northern-tanzania
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Anibariki Ngonyoka, Paul S Gwakisa, Anna B Estes, Linda P Salekwa, Happiness J Nnko, Peter J Hudson, Isabella M Cattadori
BACKGROUND: Changes of land cover modify the characteristics of habitat, host-vector interaction and consequently infection rates of disease causing agents. In this paper, we report variations in tsetse distribution patterns, abundance and infection rates in relation to habitat types and age in the Maasai Steppe of northern Tanzania. In Africa, Tsetse-transmitted trypanosomiasis negatively impacted human life where about 40 million people are at risk of contracting the disease with dramatic socio-economical consequences, for instance, loss of livestock, animal productivity, and manpower...
September 4, 2017: Infectious Diseases of Poverty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28854189/a-dynamic-model-for-estimating-adult-female-mortality-from-ovarian-dissection-data-for-the-tsetse-fly-glossina-pallidipes-austen-sampled-in-zimbabwe
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Sarah F Ackley, John W Hargrove
Human and animal trypanosomiasis, spread by tsetse flies (Glossina spp), is a major public health concern in much of sub-Saharan Africa. The basic reproduction number of vector-borne diseases, such as trypanosomiasis, is a function of vector mortality rate. Robust methods for estimating tsetse mortality are thus of interest for understanding population and disease dynamics and for optimal control. Existing methods for estimating mortality in adult tsetse, from ovarian dissection data, often use invalid assumptions of the existence of a stable age distribution, and age-invariant mortality and capture probability...
August 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28832610/first-fossil-of-an-oestroid-fly-diptera-calyptratae-oestroidea-and-the-dating-of-oestroid-divergences
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Pierfilippo Cerretti, John O Stireman, Thomas Pape, James E O'Hara, Marco A T Marinho, Knut Rognes, David A Grimaldi
Calyptrate flies include about 22,000 extant species currently classified into Hippoboscoidea (tsetse, louse, and bat flies), the muscoid grade (house flies and relatives) and the Oestroidea (blow flies, bot flies, flesh flies, and relatives). Calyptrates are abundant in nearly all terrestrial ecosystems, often playing key roles as decomposers, parasites, parasitoids, vectors of pathogens, and pollinators. For oestroids, the most diverse group within calyptrates, definitive fossils have been lacking. The first unambiguous fossil of Oestroidea is described based on a specimen discovered in amber from the Dominican Republic...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28831063/sterol-targeting-drugs-reveal-life-cycle-stage-specific-differences-in-trypanosome-lipid-rafts
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Aabha I Sharma, Cheryl L Olson, João I Mamede, Felipe Gazos-Lopes, Conrad L Epting, Igor C Almeida, David M Engman
Cilia play important roles in cell signaling, facilitated by the unique lipid environment of a ciliary membrane containing high concentrations of sterol-rich lipid rafts. The African trypanosome Trypanosoma brucei is a single-celled eukaryote with a single cilium/flagellum. We tested whether flagellar sterol enrichment results from selective flagellar partitioning of specific sterol species or from general enrichment of all sterols. While all sterols are enriched in the flagellum, cholesterol is especially enriched...
August 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807106/developmental-adaptations-of-trypanosome-motility-to-the-tsetse-fly-host-environments-unravel-a-multifaceted-in-vivo-microswimmer-system
#16
Sarah Schuster, Timothy Krüger, Ines Subota, Sina Thusek, Brice Rotureau, Andreas Beilhack, Markus Engstler
The highly motile and versatile protozoan pathogen Trypanosoma brucei undergoes a complex life cycle in the tsetse fly. Here we introduce the host insect as an expedient model environment for microswimmer research, as it allows examination of microbial motion within a diversified, secluded and yet microscopically tractable space. During their week-long journey through the different microenvironments of the fly´s interior organs, the incessantly swimming trypanosomes cross various barriers and confined surroundings, with concurrently occurring major changes of parasite cell architecture...
August 15, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804485/transcriptional-profiling-of-midguts-prepared-from-trypanosoma-t-congolense-positive-glossina-palpalis-palpalis-collected-from-two-distinct-cameroonian-foci-coordinated-signatures-of-the-midguts-remodeling-as-t-congolense-supportive-niches
#17
Jean M Tsagmo Ngoune, Flobert Njiokou, Béatrice Loriod, Ginette Kame-Ngasse, Nicolas Fernandez-Nunez, Claire Rioualen, Jacques van Helden, Anne Geiger
Our previous transcriptomic analysis of Glossina palpalis gambiensis experimentally infected or not with Trypanosoma brucei gambiense aimed to detect differentially expressed genes (DEGs) associated with infection. Specifically, we selected candidate genes governing tsetse fly vector competence that could be used in the context of an anti-vector strategy, to control human and/or animal trypanosomiasis. The present study aimed to verify whether gene expression in field tsetse flies (G. p. palpalis) is modified in response to natural infection by trypanosomes (T...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742275/the-proteome-and-transcriptome-of-the-infectious-metacyclic-form-of-trypanosoma-brucei-define-quiescent-cells-primed-for-mammalian-invasion
#18
Romain Christiano, Nikolay G Kolev, Huafang Shi, Elisabetta Ullu, Tobias C Walther, Christian Tschudi
The infectious metacyclic forms of Trypanosoma brucei result from a complex development in the tsetse fly vector. When they infect mammals, they cause African sleeping sickness in humans. Due to scarcity of biological material and difficulties of the tsetse fly as an experimental system, very limited information is available concerning the gene expression profile of metacyclic forms. We used an in vitro system based on expressing the RNA binding protein 6 to obtain infectious metacyclics and determined their protein and mRNA repertoires by mass-spectrometry (MS) based proteomics and mRNA sequencing (RNA-Seq) in comparison to non-infectious procyclic trypanosomes...
October 2017: Molecular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727848/the-nuclear-proteome-of-trypanosoma-brucei
#19
Carina Goos, Mario Dejung, Christian J Janzen, Falk Butter, Susanne Kramer
Trypanosoma brucei is a protozoan flagellate that is transmitted by tsetse flies into the mammalian bloodstream. The parasite has a huge impact on human health both directly by causing African sleeping sickness and indirectly, by infecting domestic cattle. The biology of trypanosomes involves some highly unusual, nuclear-localised processes. These include polycistronic transcription without classical promoters initiated from regions defined by histone variants, trans-splicing of all transcripts to the exon of a spliced leader RNA, transcription of some very abundant proteins by RNA polymerase I and antigenic variation, a switch in expression of the cell surface protein variants that allows the parasite to resist the immune system of its mammalian host...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28706938/inhibitors-of-glycosomal-protein-import-provide-new-leads-against-trypanosomiasis
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COMMENT
Vishal C Kalel, Leonidas Emmanouilidis, Maciej Dawidowski, Wolfgang Schliebs, Michael Sattler, Grzegorz M Popowicz, Ralf Erdmann
Vector-borne trypanosomatid parasite infections in tropical and sub-tropical countries constitute a major threat to humans and livestock. Trypanosoma brucei parasites are transmitted by tsetse fly and lead to African sleeping sickness in humans and Nagana in cattle. In Latin American countries, Trypanosoma cruzi infections spread by triatomine kissing bugs lead to Chagas disease. Various species of Leishmania transmitted to humans by phlebotomine sandflies manifest in a spectrum of diseases termed Leishmaniasis...
July 3, 2017: Microbial Cell
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