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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415697/down-regulation-of-interleukin-7-receptor-il-7r-contributes-to-central-nervous-system-demyelination
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Xudan Lei, Shijiao Cai, Yang Chen, Jianlin Cui, Yajie Wang, Zongjin Li, Yuhao Li
Interleukin 7 receptor (IL-7R) has been associated with the pathogenesis of multiple sclerosis (MS), though the mechanisms are not clear. Because myelin expression is highly conserved between zebrafish and mammals, zebrafish have become an ideal model for studying demyelination. We used a transgenic (Tg; mbp:nfsB-egfp) zebrafish line in which oligodendrocytes expressed green fluorescent protein (GFP) from the larval stage to adulthood. Exposing adult transgenic zebrafish to metronidazole induced demyelination that resembled the morphological changes associated with the early stages of MS...
April 25, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292832/functional-organization-of-vestibulo-ocular-responses-in-abducens-motoneurons
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Haike Dietrich, Stefan Glasauer, Hans Straka
Vestibulo-ocular reflexes (VORs) are the dominating contributors to gaze stabilization in all vertebrates. During horizontal head movements, abducens motoneurons form the final element of the reflex arc that integrates visuovestibular inputs into temporally precise motor commands for the lateral rectus eye muscle. Here, we studied a possible differentiation of abducens motoneurons into subtypes by evaluating their morphology, discharge properties, and synaptic pharmacology in semi-intact in vitro preparations of larval Xenopus laevis Extracellular nerve recordings during sinusoidal head motion revealed a continuum of resting rates and activation thresholds during vestibular stimulation...
April 12, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285998/a-non-cell-autonomous-role-of-bec-1-becn1-beclin1-in-coordinating-cell-cycle-progression-and-stem-cell-proliferation-during-germline-development
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Kristina Ames, Dayse S Da Cunha, Brenda Gonzalez, Marina Konta, Feng Lin, Gabriel Shechter, Lev Starikov, Sara Wong, Hannes E Bülow, Alicia Meléndez
The decision of stem cells to proliferate and differentiate is finely controlled. The Caenorhabditis elegans germline provides a tractable system for studying the mechanisms that control stem cell proliferation and homeostasis [1-4]. Autophagy is a conserved cellular recycling process crucial for cellular homeostasis in many different contexts [5], but its function in germline stem cell proliferation remains poorly understood. Here, we describe a function for autophagy in germline stem cell proliferation. We found that autophagy genes such as bec-1/BECN1/Beclin1, atg-16...
March 20, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28235562/urate-oxidase-produced-by-lucilia-sericata-medical-maggots-is-localized-in-malpighian-tubes-and-facilitates-allantoin-production
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Andre Baumann, Marisa Skaljac, Rüdiger Lehmann, Andreas Vilcinskas, Zdenӗk Franta
Lucilia sericata maggots are the only species currently approved for maggot debridement therapy (MDT), an alternative treatment for chronic and recalcitrant wounds. Maggots promote wound debridement, disinfection and healing by producing a complex mixture of proteins, peptides and low-molecular-weight compounds in their secretions and excretions, but the individual components are not well characterized at the molecular level. Here we investigated the purine catabolism pathway in L. sericata, focusing on the production of allantoin by Urate Oxidase (UO), which is thought to promote wound healing...
February 22, 2017: Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182659/metformin-exhibits-preventive-and-therapeutic-efficacy-against-experimental-cystic-echinococcosis
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Julia A Loos, Valeria A Dávila, Christian R Rodrígues, Romina Petrigh, Jorge A Zoppi, Fernando A Crocenzi, Andrea C Cumino
Metformin (Met) is an anti-hyperglycemic and potential anti-cancer agent which may exert its anti-proliferative effects via the induction of energetic stress. In this study we investigated the in vitro and in vivo efficacy of Met against the larval stage of Echinococcus granulosus. Metformin showed significant dose- and time-dependent killing effects on in vitro cultured protoscoleces and metacestodes. Notably, the combination of Met together with the minimum effective concentration of ABZSO had a synergistic effect after days 3 and 12 on metacestodes and protoscoleces, respectively...
February 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28129859/investigating-microglia-brain-tumor-cell-interactions-in-vivo-in-the-larval-zebrafish-brain
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K R Astell, D Sieger
Glioblastoma is the most frequent and aggressive primary malignant brain tumor. Gliomas exhibit high genetic diversity in addition to complex and variable clinical features. Glioblastoma tumors are highly resistant to multimodal therapies and there is significant patient mortality within the first two years after prognosis. At present clinical treatments are palliative, not curative. Glioblastomas contain a high number of microglia and infiltrating macrophages, which are positively correlated with glioma grade and invasiveness...
2017: Methods in Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077153/detection-of-strongylus-vulgaris-in-equine-faecal-samples-by-real-time-pcr-and-larval-culture-method-comparison-and-occurrence-assessment
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A Kaspar, K Pfister, M K Nielsen, C Silaghi, H Fink, M C Scheuerle
BACKGROUND: Strongylus vulgaris has become a rare parasite in Germany during the past 50 years due to the practice of frequent prophylactic anthelmintic therapy. To date, the emerging development of resistance in Cyathostominae and Parascaris spp. to numerous equine anthelmintics has changed deworming management and the frequency of anthelmintic usage. In this regard, reliable detection of parasitic infections, especially of the highly pathogenic S. vulgaris is essential. In the current study, two diagnostic methods for the detection of infections with S...
January 11, 2017: BMC Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28051760/contribution-to-the-diagnosis-and-treatment-of-life-threatening-parasitosis-caused-by-the-parasite-echinococcus-multilocularis
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Katarína Šimeková, Mária Szilágyiová, Daniela Antolová, Ľudovít Laca, Hubert Polaček, Elena Nováková, Martin Števík, Róbert Rosoľanka
Echinococcosis is a serious parasitic disease that ends lethally in 95% of untreated infected patients. It was first diagnosed in Slovakia in the year 2000. It is caused by the larval stage of a tapeworm belonging to the genus Echinococcus, which was assigned to the group "A" of zoonoses in the year 2004. The number of new infections is rising because of increasing percentage of infected red foxes (Vulpes vulpes). Early and accurate diagnosis of infections with this parasite is essential for proper initiation of adequate therapy...
April 2017: Vector Borne and Zoonotic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27978817/evaluation-of-galleria-mellonella-larvae-for-studying-the-virulence-of-streptococcus-suis
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Nadya Velikova, Kevin Kavanagh, Jerry M Wells
BACKGROUND: Streptococcus suis is an encapsulated Gram-positive bacterium and the leading cause of sepsis and meningitis in young pigs, resulting in considerable economic losses in the porcine industry. S. suis is considered an emerging zoonotic agent with increasing numbers of human cases over the last years. In the environment, both avirulent and virulent strains occur in pigs, with no evidence for consistent adapatation of virulent strains to the human host. Currently, there is an urgent need for a convenient, reliable and standardised animal model to rapidly assess S...
December 15, 2016: BMC Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27824910/3d-finite-element-electrical-model-of-larval-zebrafish-ecg-signals
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James Crowcombe, Sundeep Singh Dhillon, Rhiannon Mary Hurst, Stuart Egginton, Ferenc Müller, Attila Sík, Edward Tarte
Assessment of heart function in zebrafish larvae using electrocardiography (ECG) is a potentially useful tool in developing cardiac treatments and the assessment of drug therapies. In order to better understand how a measured ECG waveform is related to the structure of the heart, its position within the larva and the position of the electrodes, a 3D model of a 3 days post fertilisation (dpf) larval zebrafish was developed to simulate cardiac electrical activity and investigate the voltage distribution throughout the body...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27822723/impact-of-safe-distance-on-long-term-outcome-after-surgical-therapy-of-alveolar-echinococcosis
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Andreas Hillenbrand, Beate Gruener, Wolfgang Kratzer, Peter Kern, Tilmann Graeter, Thomas F Barth, Klaus Buttenschoen, Doris Henne-Bruns
INTRODUCTION: In humans, alveolar echinococcosis (AE) is a serious helminthic disease. Additionally to a long-term medical treatment, in all suitable cases a complete surgical resection with a 20-mm safe distance (minimal distance of larval tissue to resection margin) is recommended. We analyzed the influence of the safe distance and the effect of the postoperative anthelmintic prophylaxis on the long-term outcome of patients who underwent surgery with curative intent. OBJECTIVE: Ninety-two operated patients were evaluated regarding the safe distance, the duration of medical therapy with benzimidazole derivates, and the further course of AE...
November 7, 2016: World Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27806130/mycobacterium-abscessus-induced-granuloma-formation-is-strictly-dependent-on-tnf-signaling-and-neutrophil-trafficking
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Audrey Bernut, Mai Nguyen-Chi, Iman Halloum, Jean-Louis Herrmann, Georges Lutfalla, Laurent Kremer
Mycobacterium abscessus is considered the most common respiratory pathogen among the rapidly growing non-tuberculous mycobacteria. Infections with M. abscessus are increasingly found in patients with chronic lung diseases, especially cystic fibrosis, and are often refractory to antibiotic therapy. M. abscessus has two morphotypes with distinct effects on host cells and biological responses. The smooth (S) variant is recognized as the initial airway colonizer while the rough (R) is known to be a potent inflammatory inducer associated with invasive disease, but the underlying immunopathological mechanisms of the infection remain unsolved...
November 2016: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27781073/a-classic-case-of-subcutaneous-cysticercosis-a-rare-case-with-sonological-findings-and-review-of-literature
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Srinivas M Naren Satya, Kamala Retnam Mayilvaganan, V N Amogh, B V Balakrishna, Munnangi Satya Gautam, Ivvala Sai Prathyusha
BACKGROUND: Cysticercosis is a parasitic infection caused by the larval stages of the pork tapeworm, Taenia solium. The subcutaneous form of the disease is a relatively rare clinical entity. Despite its rarity, it is imperative for a radiologist to be aware of this subcutaneous form of the disease and its various radiological patterns while evaluating any subcutaneous swelling. In this paper, we aimed to describe a typical case of 'subcutaneous cysticercosis involving the left anterior chest wall' with high resolution ultrasound findings...
2016: Polish Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27696133/first-record-of-larval-secretions-of-cochliomyia-macellaria-fabricius-1775-diptera-calliphoridae-inhibiting-the-growth-of-staphylococcus-aureus-and-pseudomonas-aeruginosa
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F S Masiero, M F K Aquino, M P Nassu, D I B Pereira, D S Leite, P J Thyssen
Maggot debridement therapy (MDT) consists on the intentional and controlled application of sterilized larvae of the order Diptera on necrotic skin lesions with the purpose of cleaning necrotic tissue and removing pathogenic bacteria. During MDT, a marked antimicrobial activity has been reported in literature specially associated with antibacterial substances from Lucilia sericata (Meigen); however, regarding Cochliomyia macellaria (Fabricius), little is known. This study aimed to evaluate in vitro inhibition of bacterial growth of Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Staphylococcus aureus in contact with excretions and secretions (ES) from C...
February 2017: Neotropical Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27686957/the-effect-of-lucilia-sericata-and-sarconesiopsis-magellanica-derived-larval-therapy-on-leishmania-panamensis
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Lissa Cruz-Saavedra, Andrea Díaz-Roa, María A Gaona, Mónica L Cruz, Martha Ayala, Jesús A Cortés-Vecino, Manuel A Patarroyo, Felio J Bello
This study's main objective was to evaluate the action of larval therapy derived from Lucilia sericata and Sarconesiopsis magellanica (blowflies) regarding Leishmania panamensis using an in vivo model. Eighteen golden hamsters (Mesocricetus auratus) were used; they were divided into 6 groups. The first three groups consisted of 4 animals each; these, in turn, were internally distributed into subgroups consisting of 2 hamsters to be used separately in treatments derived from each blowfly species. Group 1 was used in treating leishmanial lesions with larval therapy (LT), whilst the other two groups were used for evaluating the used of larval excretions and secretions (ES) after the ulcers had formed (group 2) and before they appeared (group 3)...
December 2016: Acta Tropica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27630633/-get-in-early-biofilm-and-wax-moth-galleria-mellonella-models-reveal-new-insights-into-the-therapeutic-potential-of-clostridium-difficile-bacteriophages
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Janet Y Nale, Mahananda Chutia, Philippa Carr, Peter T Hickenbotham, Martha R J Clokie
Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) is a global health threat associated with high rates of morbidity and mortality. Conventional antibiotic CDI therapy can result in treatment failure and recurrent infection. C. difficile produces biofilms which contribute to its virulence and impair antimicrobial activity. Some bacteriophages (phages) can penetrate biofilms and thus could be developed to either replace or supplement antibiotics. Here, we determined the impact of a previously optimized 4-phage cocktail on C...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27618619/investigating-the-effect-of-different-treatments-with-lactic-acid-bacteria-on-the-fate-of-listeria-monocytogenes-and-staphylococcus-aureus-infection-in-galleria-mellonella-larvae
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Athena Grounta, Paschalis Harizanis, Eleftherios Mylonakis, George-John E Nychas, Efstathios Z Panagou
The use of Galleria mellonella as a model host to elucidate microbial pathogenesis and search for novel drugs and therapies has been well appreciated over the past years. However, the effect of microorganisms with functional appeal in the specific host remains scarce. The present study investigates the effect of treatment with selected lactic acid bacteria (LAB) with probiotic potential, as potential protective agents by using live or heat-killed cells at 6 and 24 h prior to infection with Listeria monocytogenes and Staphylococcus aureus or as potential therapeutic agents by using cell-free supernatants (CFS) after infection with the same pathogens...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27593339/discovery-of-novel-antischistosomal-agents-by-molecular-modeling-approaches
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Ana C Mafud, Leonardo G Ferreira, Yvonne P Mascarenhas, Adriano D Andricopulo, Josué de Moraes
Schistosomiasis, a chronic neglected tropical disease caused by Schistosoma worms, is reported in nearly 80 countries. Although the disease affects approximately 260 million people, the treatment relies exclusively on praziquantel, a drug discovered in the mid-1970s that lacks efficacy against the larval stages of the parasite. In addition, the dependence on a single treatment has raised concerns about drug resistance, and reduced susceptibility has already been found in laboratory and field isolates. Therefore, novel therapies for schistosomiasis are needed, and several approaches have been used to that end...
September 1, 2016: Trends in Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27567983/anti-leishmania-activity-of-lucilia-sericata-and-calliphora-vicina-maggots-in-laboratory-models
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Alireza Sanei-Dehkordi, Ali Khamesipour, Kamran Akbarzadeh, Amir Ahmad Akhavan, Akram Mir Amin Mohammadi, Younes Mohammadi, Yavar Rassi, Mohammad Ali Oshaghi, Zahra Alebrahim, Seyed Ebrahim Eskandari, Javad Rafinejad
Use of sterile fly larvae (maggots) of blow flies for the treatment of many different types of skin and soft tissue wounds is called Maggot debridement therapy (MDT). The larvae of blow flies secrete a broad spectrum of compounds with diverse mechanisms of action in the gut and salivary glands called excretion/secretion (ES) products which showed to have antimicrobial activities against Gram negative and positive bacteria. Cutaneous leishmaniasis (CL) which is the common form of leishmaniasis is difficult to treat...
November 2016: Experimental Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27498843/approved-oncology-drugs-lack-in-vivo-activity-against-trichuris-muris-despite-in-vitro-activity
#20
Noemi Cowan, Alessia Raimondo, Jennifer Keiser
Infections with soil-transmitted helminths (STHs) are considered among the most persistent global health problems. The few available drugs have limitations including low efficacy against Trichuris trichiura infections. As a starting point toward drug repositioning, we studied a set of FDA-approved oncology drugs for activity against Trichuris muris since targets relevant to cancer therapy might have a function in helminth biology. Drugs were tested in vitro on the larval and adult stage of T. muris. Compounds active in vitro were tested in the T...
November 2016: Parasitology Research
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