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REVIEW
Matthew K Higgins, Harriet Lane-Serff, Paula MacGregor, Mark Carrington
African trypanosomes have complex life cycles comprising at least ten developmental forms, variously adapted to different niches in their tsetse fly vector and their mammalian hosts. Unlike many other protozoan pathogens, they are always extracellular and have evolved intricate surface coats that allow them to obtain nutrients while also protecting them from the immune defenses of either insects or mammals. The acquisition of macromolecular nutrients requires receptors that function within the context of these surface coats...
January 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28121493/atp-driven-and-ampk-independent-autophagy-in-an-early-branching-eukaryotic-parasite
#2
Feng-Jun Li, Zhi-Shen Xu, Andy D S Soo, Zhao-Rong Lun, Cynthia Y He
Autophagy is a catabolic cellular process required to maintain protein synthesis, energy production and other essential activities in starved cells. While the exact nutrient sensor(s) is yet to be identified, deprivation of amino acids, glucose, growth factor and other nutrients can serve as metabolic stimuli to initiate autophagy in higher eukaryotes. In the early-branching unicellular parasite Trypanosoma brucei, which can proliferate as procyclic form (PCF) in the tsetse fly or as bloodstream form (BSF) in animal hosts, autophagy is robustly triggered by amino acid deficiency but not by glucose depletion...
January 25, 2017: Autophagy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28117003/a-brief-review-of-drug-discovery-research-for-human-african-trypanosomiasis
#3
Danica R Cullen, Mauro Mocerino
Human African Trypanosomiasis (HAT), a neglected disease endemic in Sub-Saharan Africa, is usually fatal if left untreated. It is caused by the parasite Trypanosoma brucei, and is spread by the tsetse fly. The drugs currently available to treat HAT are few, and limited in efficacy. Furthermore, resistance towards these drugs is beginning to grow. In the last 25 years only one advance has been made into HAT treatment and consequently, there is an increasing need for new drugs to be sought that are able to effectively treat this disease...
January 20, 2017: Current Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28114403/proline-metabolism-is-essential-for-trypanosoma-brucei-brucei-survival-in-the-tsetse-vector
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Brian S Mantilla, Letícia Marchese, Aitor Casas-Sánchez, Naomi A Dyer, Nicholas Ejeh, Marc Biran, Frédéric Bringaud, Michael J Lehane, Alvaro Acosta-Serrano, Ariel M Silber
Adaptation to different nutritional environments is essential for life cycle completion by all Trypanosoma brucei sub-species. In the tsetse fly vector, L-proline is among the most abundant amino acids and is mainly used by the fly for lactation and to fuel flight muscle. The procyclic (insect) stage of T. b. brucei uses L-proline as its main carbon source, relying on an efficient catabolic pathway to convert it to glutamate, and then to succinate, acetate and alanine as the main secreted end products. Here we investigated the essentiality of an undisrupted proline catabolic pathway in T...
January 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079522/protection-from-within
#5
Florent Masson, Bruno Lemaitre
The development of the tsetse fly immune system relies on a cue from an endosymbiotic bacterium called Wigglesworthia.
January 12, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28006007/improving-the-diet-for-the-rearing-of-glossina-brevipalpis-newstead-and-glossina-austeni-newstead-blood-source-and-collection-processing-feeding-procedures
#6
Chantel J De Beer, Gert J Venter, Marc J B Vreysen
One of the challenges to maintain tsetse fly (Diptera: Glossinidae) colonies is the sustainable supply of high quality blood meals. The effect of using anticoagulants during collection of the blood, the addition of phagostimulants to the blood meals as well as using mixtures of bovine and porcine blood in different proportions for feeding on colony productivity was assessed. Defibrinated bovine blood was found to be suitable to maintain both the Glossina brevipalpis Newstead and Glossina austeni Newstead colonies...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28002435/transcriptome-profiling-of-trypanosoma-brucei-development-in-the-tsetse-fly-vector-glossina-morsitans
#7
Amy F Savage, Nikolay G Kolev, Joseph B Franklin, Aurelien Vigneron, Serap Aksoy, Christian Tschudi
African trypanosomes, the causative agents of sleeping sickness in humans and nagana in animals, have a complex digenetic life cycle between a mammalian host and an insect vector, the blood-feeding tsetse fly. Although the importance of the insect vector to transmit the disease was first realized over a century ago, many aspects of trypanosome development in tsetse have not progressed beyond a morphological analysis, mainly due to considerable challenges to obtain sufficient material for molecular studies. Here, we used high-throughput RNA-Sequencing (RNA-Seq) to profile Trypanosoma brucei transcript levels in three distinct tissues of the tsetse fly, namely the midgut, proventriculus and salivary glands...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918578/correction-genome-wide-comparative-analysis-of-chemosensory-gene-families-in-five-tsetse-fly-species
#8
Rosaline Macharia, Paul Mireji, Edwin Murungi, Grace Murilla, Alan Christoffels, Serap Aksoy, Daniel Masiga
[This corrects the article DOI: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0004421.].
December 2016: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27884172/spatial-distribution-and-trypanosome-infection-of-tsetse-flies-in-the-sleeping-sickness-focus-of-zimbabwe-in-hurungwe-district
#9
William Shereni, Neil E Anderson, Learnmore Nyakupinda, Giuliano Cecchi
BACKGROUND: In Zimbabwe, cases of human African trypanosomiasis (HAT) are caused by the unicellular protozoan Trypanosoma brucei, sub-species T. b. rhodesiense. They are reported from the tsetse-infested area in the northern part of the country, broadly corresponding to the valley of the Zambezi River. Tsetse-transmitted trypanosomes, in particular T. congolense and T. vivax, also cause morbidity and mortality in livestock, thus generating poverty and food insecurity. Two species of tsetse fly, Glossina morsistans morsitans and G...
November 25, 2016: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27884110/tsetse-fly-tolerance-to-t-brucei-infection-transcriptome-analysis-of-trypanosome-associated-changes-in-the-tsetse-fly-salivary-gland
#10
Irina Matetovici, Guy Caljon, Jan Van Den Abbeele
BACKGROUND: For their transmission, African trypanosomes rely on their blood feeding insect vector, the tsetse fly (Glossina sp.). The ingested Trypanosoma brucei parasites have to overcome a series of barriers in the tsetse fly alimentary tract to finally develop into the infective metacyclic forms in the salivary glands that are transmitted to a mammalian host by the tsetse bite. The parasite population in the salivary gland is dense with a significant number of trypanosomes tightly attached to the epithelial cells...
November 25, 2016: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27856732/trypanosoma-brucei-metabolite-indolepyruvate-decreases-hif-1%C3%AE-and-glycolysis-in-macrophages-as-a-mechanism-of-innate-immune-evasion
#11
Anne F McGettrick, Sarah E Corcoran, Paul J G Barry, Jennifer McFarland, Cécile Crès, Anne M Curtis, Edward Franklin, Sinéad C Corr, K Hun Mok, Eoin P Cummins, Cormac T Taylor, Luke A J O'Neill, Derek P Nolan
The parasite Trypanasoma brucei causes African trypanosomiasis, known as sleeping sickness in humans and nagana in domestic animals. These diseases are a major burden in the 36 sub-Saharan African countries where the tsetse fly vector is endemic. Untreated trypanosomiasis is fatal and the current treatments are stage-dependent and can be problematic during the meningoencephalitic stage, where no new therapies have been developed in recent years and the current drugs have a low therapeutic index. There is a need for more effective treatments and a better understanding of how these parasites evade the host immune response will help in this regard...
November 29, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27739621/african-trypanosomes-and-brain-infection%C3%A2-%C3%A2-the-unsolved-question
#12
Stefan Mogk, Christian M Boßelmann, Celestin N Mudogo, Jasmin Stein, Hartwig Wolburg, Michael Duszenko
African trypanosomes induce sleeping sickness. The parasites are transmitted during the blood meal of a tsetse fly and appear primarily in blood and lymph vessels, before they enter the central nervous system. During the latter stage, trypanosomes induce a deregulation of sleep-wake cycles and some additional neurological disorders. Historically, it was assumed that trypanosomes cross the blood-brain barrier and settle somewhere between the brain cells. The brain, however, is a strictly controlled and immune-privileged area that is completely surrounded by a dense barrier that covers the blood vessels: this is the blood-brain barrier...
October 14, 2016: Biological Reviews of the Cambridge Philosophical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27734008/the-cyclical-development-of-trypanosoma-vivax-in-the-tsetse-fly-involves-an-asymmetric-division
#13
Cher-Pheng Ooi, Sarah Schuster, Christelle Cren-Travaillé, Eloise Bertiaux, Alain Cosson, Sophie Goyard, Sylvie Perrot, Brice Rotureau
Trypanosoma vivax is the most prevalent trypanosome species in African cattle. It is thought to be transmitted by tsetse flies after cyclical development restricted to the vector mouthparts. Here, we investigated the kinetics of T. vivax development in Glossina morsitans morsitans by serial dissections over 1 week to reveal differentiation and proliferation stages. After 3 days, stable numbers of attached epimastigotes were seen proliferating by symmetric division in the cibarium and proboscis, consistent with colonization and maintenance of a parasite population for the remaining lifespan of the tsetse fly...
2016: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27725893/employing-solid-phase-microextraction-as-extraction-tool-for-pesticide-residues-in-traditional-medicinal-plants
#14
Thamani T Gondo, Veronica C Obuseng, Lesego C Mmualefe, Harriet Okatch
HS-SPME was optimised using blank plant sample for analysis of organochlorine pesticides (OCPs) of varying polarities in selected medicinal plants obtained from northern part of Botswana, where OCPs such as DDT and endosulfan have been historically applied to control disease carrying vectors (mosquitos and tsetse fly). The optimised SPME parameters were used to isolate analytes from root samples of five medicinal plants obtained from Maun and Kasane, Botswana. The final analytes determination was done with a gas chromatograph equipped with GC-ECD and analyte was confirmed using electron ionisation mass spectrometer (GC-MS)...
2016: Journal of Analytical Methods in Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27682638/influence-of-temperature-and-relative-humidity-on-survival-and-fecundity-of-three-tsetse-strains
#15
Soumaïla Pagabeleguem, Sophie Ravel, Ahmadou H Dicko, Marc J B Vreysen, Andrew Parker, Peter Takac, Karine Huber, Issa Sidibé, Geoffrey Gimonneau, Jérémy Bouyer
BACKGROUND: Tsetse flies occur in much of sub-Saharan Africa where they are vectors of trypanosomes that cause human and animal African trypanosomosis. The sterile insect technique (SIT) is currently used to eliminate tsetse fly populations in an area-wide integrated pest management (AW-IPM) context in Senegal and Ethiopia. Three Glossina palpalis gambiensis strains [originating from Burkina Faso (BKF), Senegal (SEN) and an introgressed strain (SENbkf)] were established and are now available for use in future AW-IPM programmes against trypanosomes in West Africa...
September 29, 2016: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27677695/characterization-of-a-neuropeptide-f-receptor-in-the-tsetse-fly-glossina-morsitans-morsitans
#16
Jelle Caers, Matthias B Van Hiel, Katleen Peymen, Sven Zels, Liesbeth Van Rompay, Jan Van Den Abbeele, Liliane Schoofs, Isabel Beets
Neuropeptides related to mammalian neuropeptide Y (NPY) and insect neuropeptide F (NPF) are conserved throughout Metazoa and intimately involved in a wide range of biological processes. In insects NPF is involved in regulating feeding, learning, stress and reproductive behavior. Here we identified and characterized an NPF receptor of the tsetse fly, Glossina morsitans morsitans, the sole transmitter of Trypanosoma parasites causing sleeping sickness. We isolated cDNA sequences encoding tsetse NPF (Glomo-NPF) and its receptor (Glomo-NPFR), and examined their spatial and temporal expression patterns using quantitative PCR...
October 2016: Journal of Insect Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27671214/structural-characterization-reveals-a-novel-bilobed-architecture-for-the-ectodomains-of-insect-stage-expressed-trypanosoma-brucei-pssa-2-and-trypanosoma-congolense-isa
#17
Raghavendran Ramaswamy, Sarah Goomeshi Nobary, Brett A Eyford, Terry W Pearson, Martin J Boulanger
African trypanosomiasis, caused by parasites of the genus Trypanosoma, is a complex of devastating vector-borne diseases of humans and livestock in sub-Saharan Africa. Central to the pathogenesis of African trypanosomes is their transmission by the arthropod vector, Glossina spp. (tsetse fly). Intriguingly, the efficiency of parasite transmission through the vector is reduced following depletion of Trypanosoma brucei Procyclic-Specific Surface Antigen-2 (TbPSSA-2). To investigate the underlying molecular mechanism of TbPSSA-2, we determined the crystal structures of its ectodomain and that of its homolog T...
December 2016: Protein Science: a Publication of the Protein Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27606593/proteomic-identification-of-immunodiagnostic-antigens-for-trypanosoma-vivax-infections-in-cattle-and-generation-of-a-proof-of-concept-lateral-flow-test-diagnostic-device
#18
Jennifer R Fleming, Lalitha Sastry, Steven J Wall, Lauren Sullivan, Michael A J Ferguson
Trypanosoma vivax is one of the causative agents of Animal African Trypanosomosis in cattle, which is endemic in sub-Saharan Africa and transmitted primarily by the bite of the tsetse fly vector. The parasite can also be mechanically transmitted, and this has allowed its spread to South America. Diagnostics are limited for this parasite and in farm settings diagnosis is mainly symptom-based. We set out to identify, using a proteomic approach, candidate diagnostic antigens to develop into an easy to use pen-side lateral flow test device...
September 2016: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27503259/computational-characterization-of-iron-metabolism-in-the-tsetse-disease-vector-glossina-morsitans-ire-stem-loops
#19
Zahra Jalali Sefid Dashti, Junaid Gamieldien, Alan Christoffels
BACKGROUND: Iron metabolism and regulation is an indispensable part of species survival, most importantly for blood feeding insects. Iron regulatory proteins are central regulators of iron homeostasis, whose binding to iron response element (IRE) stem-loop structures within the UTRs of genes regulate expression at the post-transcriptional level. Despite the extensive literature on the mechanism of iron regulation in human, less attention has been given to insect and more specifically the blood feeding insects, where research has mainly focused on the characterization of ferritin and transferrin...
2016: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27446070/immune-evasion-strategies-of-trypanosoma-brucei-within-the-mammalian-host-progression-to-pathogenicity
#20
REVIEW
Benoît Stijlemans, Guy Caljon, Jan Van Den Abbeele, Jo A Van Ginderachter, Stefan Magez, Carl De Trez
The diseases caused by African trypanosomes (AT) are of both medical and veterinary importance and have adversely influenced the economic development of sub-Saharan Africa. Moreover, so far not a single field applicable vaccine exists, and chemotherapy is the only strategy available to treat the disease. These strictly extracellular protozoan parasites are confronted with different arms of the host's immune response (cellular as well as humoral) and via an elaborate and efficient (vector)-parasite-host interplay they have evolved efficient immune escape mechanisms to evade/manipulate the entire host immune response...
2016: Frontiers in Immunology
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