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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724909/investigation-of-pyrophosphate-versus-atp-substrate-selection-in-the-entamoeba-histolytica-acetate-kinase
#1
Thanh Dang, Cheryl Ingram-Smith
Acetate kinase (ACK; E.C. 2.7.2.1), which catalyzes the interconversion of acetate and acetyl phosphate, is nearly ubiquitous in bacteria but is present only in one genus of archaea and certain eukaryotic microbes. All ACKs utilize ATP/ADP as the phosphoryl donor/acceptor in the respective directions of the reaction (acetate + ATP [Formula: see text] acetyl phosphate + ADP), with the exception of the Entamoeba histolytica ACK (EhACK) which uses pyrophosphate (PPi)/inorganic phosphate (Pi) (acetyl phosphate + Pi  [Formula: see text] acetate + PPi)...
July 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722597/occult-amoebic-liver-abscess-as-cause-of-extensive-inferior-vena-cava-and-hepatic-vein-thrombosis
#2
Leslie Martin, Nishigandha Burute, Ehsan Haider, Pablo E Serrano, Timothy O'Shea, Deborah Siegal
The most common extraintestinal complication of Entamoeba histolytica is amoebic liver abscess (ALA). Hepatic vein and inferior vena cava (IVC) thrombosis are rare but well-documented complications of ALA, typically attributed to mechanical compression and inflammation associated with a large abscess. We present a case of a previously healthy 43-year-old Canadian man presenting with constitutional symptoms and right upper quadrant abdominal pain. He was found to have thrombophlebitis of the IVC, accessory right hepatic vein, and bilateral iliac veins...
July 3, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719303/case-report-endemic-amebiasis-in-australia-implications-for-residents-travelers-and-clinicians
#3
Simon Smith, Gael E Phillips, William J H McBride, Josh Hanson
Entamoeba histolytica is considered endemic in Australia; however, cases are rare, occurring almost exclusively in high-risk individuals. We describe a series of locally acquired, complicated cases in low-risk individuals from Far North Queensland in whom the diagnosis was delayed. Amebiasis may pose a greater local threat than is currently recognized.
July 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711437/intestinal-parasitic-infections-current-status-and-associated-risk-factors-among-school-aged-children-in-an-archetypal-african-urban-slum-in-nigeria
#4
Vincent P Gyang, Ting-Wu Chuang, Chien-Wei Liao, Yueh-Lun Lee, Olaoluwa P Akinwale, Akwaowo Orok, Olusola Ajibaye, Ajayi J Babasola, Po-Ching Cheng, Chia-Mei Chou, Ying-Chieh Huang, Pasaiko Sonko, Chia-Kwung Fan
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: Intestinal parasitic infections (IPIs) among school aged children (SAC) in Nigeria remains endemic, hence the need for regular surveillance to attract the attention of policy makers. This cross-sectional study investigated the current prevalence and factors associated with intestinal parasitic infections among school aged children in an urban slum of Lagos City, Nigeria. METHODS: Single stool samples from 384 school aged children (188 boys and 196 girls) were examined by employing Merthiolate-iodine-formaldehyde concentration (MIFC) and Kato-Katz methods...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Microbiology, Immunology, and Infection, Wei Mian Yu Gan Ran za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28687762/x-ray-snapshots-of-a-pyridoxal-enzyme-a-catalytic-mechanism-involving-concerted-1-5-hydrogen-sigmatropy-in-methionine-%C3%AE-lyase
#5
Dan Sato, Tomoo Shiba, Tsuyoshi Karaki, Wataru Yamagata, Tomoyoshi Nozaki, Takashi Nakazawa, Shigeharu Harada
Pyridoxal 5'-phosphate (PLP)-enzymes are essentially involved in amino acid and amine metabolism of a wide variety of organisms. Despite their extensive biochemical studies, there are little evidence and structural data to comprehensively elaborate the catalytic mechanism. We obtained X-ray snapshots of l-methionine γ-lyase from Entamoeba histolytica (EhMGL), a PLP-enzyme catalyzing the γ-elimination reaction of methionine. Here, we suggest a catalytic mechanism of EhMGL by using the X-ray snapshots covering all stages of this multistep catalysis reaction...
July 7, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28674640/in-silico-prediction-and-modeling-of-the-entamoeba-histolytica-proteins-serine-rich-entamoeba-histolytica-protein-and-29%C3%A2-kda-cysteine-rich-protease
#6
Kumar Manochitra, Subhash Chandra Parija
BACKGROUND: Amoebiasis is the third most common parasitic cause of morbidity and mortality, particularly in countries with poor hygienic settings. There exists an ambiguity in the diagnosis of amoebiasis, and hence there arises a necessity for a better diagnostic approach. Serine-rich Entamoeba histolyticaprotein (SREHP), peroxiredoxin and Gal/GalNAc lectin are pivotal in E. histolyticavirulence and are extensively studied as diagnostic and vaccine targets. For elucidating the cellular function of these proteins, details regarding their respective quaternary structures are essential...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28666412/an-integrated-study-of-human-and-animal-infectious-disease-in-the-lake-victoria-crescent-small-holder-crop-livestock-production-system-kenya
#7
Eric M Fèvre, William A de Glanville, Lian F Thomas, Elizabeth A J Cook, Samuel Kariuki, Claire N Wamae
BACKGROUND: The neglected zoonotic diseases (NZD) are an understudied group that are a major cause of illness throughout the developing world. In general, little is known about the prevalence and burden of NZDs in affected communities, particularly in relation to other infectious diseases with which they are often co-endemic. We describe the design and descriptive epidemiological outputs from an integrated study of human and animal zoonotic and non-zoonotic disease in a rural farming community in western Kenya...
June 30, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28656597/adherens-junctions-and-desmosomes-are-damaged-by-entamoeba-histolytica-participation-of-ehcpadh-complex-and-ehcp112-protease
#8
Elizabeth Hernández-Nava, Patricia Cuellar, Porfirio Nava, Bibiana Chávez-Munguía, Michael Schnoor, Esther Orozco, Abigail Betanzos
Entamoeba histolytica trophozoites adhere to epithelium at the cell-cell contact and perturb tight junctions (TJs) disturbing the transepithelial electrical resistance. Behind TJs are the adherens junctions (AJs) that reinforce them; and the desmosomes (DSMs) that maintain the epithelium integrity. The damage produced to AJs and DMSs by this parasite is unknown. Here, we studied the effect of the trophozoites, the EhCPADH complex and the EhCP112 recombinant enzyme (rEhCP112) on AJ and DSM proteins. We found that trophozoites degraded β-cat, E-cad, Dsp l/ll and Dsg-2 with the participation of EhCPADH and EhCP112...
June 27, 2017: Cellular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28655684/profile-of-intestinal-parasitosis-among-school-aged-children-in-kiliba-eastern-dr-congo
#9
C Kyambikwa Bisangamo, P Jabari Mutwa, P Mulongo Mbarambara
This study of feces sought to determine the prevalence of human intestinal parasites in the Kiliba area of the eastern DR Congo. Feces of 602 school children aged from 9 to 20 years were collected from April to June 2014 and examined. Direct analyses were supplemented with the Kato and Ritchie methods. The global prevalence of intestinal parasitosis in school-aged children in the Kiliba area was 91.4 % [95 % CI: 87.6-94.3%]. The frequency of helminthiasis was high at 73.8 % (95 % CI: 68.4-78.6%) and that of protozoa reached 32...
June 1, 2017: Médecine et Santé Tropicales
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627855/multiplex-pcr-gastro-intestinal-panels-for-the-management-of-traveller-s-diarrhea-are-they-accurate-and-useful
#10
Laurence Rochat, Antony Croxatto, Serge De Vallière, Valérie D'Acremont, Blaise Genton
Until recently, the search for enteropathogens causing travellers' diarrhea was based on stool culture (Campylobacter spp., Salmonella spp. and Shigella spp.), direct microscopy with (Cryptosporidium spp.) or without specific staining (Giardia lamblia, Entamoeba histolytica) or specific antigen detection (Giardia lamblia, Entamoeba histolytica). Molecular analyses are progressively replacing traditional diagnostic methods but their clinical usefulness remains to be better defined. This article attempts to describe the advantages and disadvantages of these new molecular methods and to illustrate situations where they could be useful using clinical cases frequently encountered in the practice of travel medicine...
May 3, 2017: Revue Médicale Suisse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626584/enteric-multiplex-pcr-panels-a-new-diagnostic-tool-for-amoebic-liver-abscess
#11
T Weitzel, J Cabrera, R Rosas, L M Noriega, G Schiappacasse, V Vollrath, L Porte
Invasive amoebiasis is a life-threatening infection requiring immediate detection and treatment. However, diagnosis is challenging because conventional methods such as light microscopy and serology are unreliable. Molecular techniques are therefore considered the new diagnostic reference standard, but most of the developed assays are research tools and not widely available. Recently commercial multiplex PCR panels have been introduced which permit the simultaneous detection of multiple enteric pathogens including Entamoeba histolytica in stool samples...
July 2017: New Microbes and New Infections
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621111/antiamoebic-activity-of-petiveria-alliacea-leaves-and-their-main-component-isoarborinol
#12
Lizeth Zavala Ocampo, Eva Aguirre HernÁndez, Nury Pérez HernÁndez, Gildardo Rivera SÁnchez, Laurence A Marchat, Esther Ramírez Moreno
Petiveria alliacea L. (Phytolacaceae) is a medicinal plant with a broad range of traditional therapeutic properties, including the treatment of dysentery and intestinal infections caused by protozoan parasites. However its effects against Entamoeba histolytica have not been reported yet. We here investigated the antiamoebic activity present in the leaves of P. alliacea L. Antiamoebic activity was evaluated in methanolic and aqueous extract, as well as in the hexanic, methanolic and EtOAc fractions. P. alliacea L...
June 16, 2017: Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28613117/heavy-subunit-of-cell-surface-gal-galnac-lectin-hgl-undergoes-degradation-via-endo-lysosomal-compartments-in-entamoeba-histolytica
#13
Kuldeep Verma, Sunando Datta
The human gut parasite Entamoeba histolytica uses a multifunctional virulence factor, Hgl, a cell surface transmembrane receptor subunit of Gal/GalNAc lectin that contributes to adhesion, invasion, cytotoxicity and immune response in the host. At present, the physiologic importance of Hgl receptor is mostly known for pathogenicity of E. histolytica. However, the molecular mechanisms of Hgl trafficking events and their association with the intracellular membrane transport machinery are largely unknown. We used biochemical and microscopy-based assays to understand the Hgl trafficking in the amoebic trophozoites...
June 14, 2017: Small GTPases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611864/entamoeba-histolytica-infection-in-female-sex-workers-a-matched-case-control-study-in-durango-mexico
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Cosme Alvarado-Esquivel, Luis Francisco Sanchez-Anguiano, Jesus Hernandez-Tinoco, Sergio Estrada-Martinez, Alma Rosa Perez-Alamos, Agar Ramos-Nevarez, Sandra Margarita Cerrillo-Soto, Carlos Alberto Guido-Arreola
BACKGROUND: Infection with Entamoeba histolytica (E. histolytica) can be potentially transmitted by sexual contact. The seroepidemiology of E. histolytica in female sex workers has not been studied. The aim of the study was to determine whether E. histolytica is associated with the occupation of female sex work. In addition, the correlates of E. histolytica seroprevalence in female sex workers were also investigated. METHODS: We performed an age- and gender-matched case-control study of 187 female sex workers and 374 women without sex work...
July 2017: Journal of Clinical Medicine Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28602163/investigation-of-a-food-borne-outbreak-of-gastroenteritis-in-a-school-canteen-revealed-a-variant-of-sapovirus-genogroup-v-not-detected-by-standard-pcr-sollentuna-sweden-2016
#15
Maria-Pia Hergens, Joanna Nederby Öhd, Erik Alm, Helena H Askling, Sofia Helgesson, Mona Insulander, Nina Lagerqvist, Bo Svenungsson, Malin Tihane, Thomas Tolfvenstam, Per Follin
A food-borne outbreak of gastroenteritis with more than 650 suspected cases occurred in April 2016 in Sollentuna, Sweden. It originated in a school kitchen serving a total of 2,700 meals daily. Initial microbiological testing (for Campylobacter, Salmonella, Shigella, Yersinia, Giardia, Cryptosporidium, Entamoeba histolytica, adeno-, astro-, noro-, rota- and sapovirus) of stool samples from 15 symptomatic cases was negative, despite a clinical presentation suggestive of calicivirus. Analyses of the findings from both the Sollentuna municipality environmental team and a web-based questionnaire suggested that the source of the outbreak was the salad buffet served on 20 April, although no specific food item could be identified...
June 1, 2017: Euro Surveillance: Bulletin Européen sur les Maladies Transmissibles, European Communicable Disease Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28595066/synthesis-antiprotozoal-activity-and-chemoinformatic-analysis-of-2-methylthio-1h-benzimidazole-5-carboxamide-derivatives-identification-of-new-selective-giardicidal-and-trichomonicidal-compounds
#16
Paulina Flores-Carrillo, José Miguel Velázquez-López, Rodrigo Aguayo-Ortiz, Alicia Hernández-Campos, Pedro Josué Trejo-Soto, Lilián Yépez-Mulia, Rafael Castillo
A series of twelve new 2-(methylthio)-1H-benzimidazole-5-carboxamide derivatives (1-12) were synthesized and their antiparasitic activity was tested in vitro against Giardia intestinalis, Trichomonas vaginalis and Entamoeba histolytica. Experimental evaluations showed IC50 values within the nanomolar range for all tested compounds, some showing higher activity than metronidazole and albendazole. A chemoinformatic study was used to compare the structure-activity relationship of the synthesized carboxamides with those of 91 previously studied benzimidazoles, and with some Nitazoxanide-N-methylbenzimidazole hybrids recently synthetized by our group...
September 8, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28589096/identification-of-s-nitrosylated-sno-proteins-in-entamoeba-histolytica-adapted-to-nitrosative-stress-insights-into-the-role-of-sno-actin-and-in-vitro-virulence
#17
Meirav Trebicz-Geffen, Preeti Shahi, Shruti Nagaraja, Shai Vanunu, Shiran Manor, Amit Avrahami, Serge Ankri
We have recently reported that Entamoeba histolytica trophozoites can adapt to toxic levels of the nitric oxide (NO) donor, S-nitrosoglutathione (GSNO). Even if the consequences of this adaptation on the modulation of gene expression in NO-adapted trophozoites (NAT) have been previously explored, insight on S-nitrosylated (SNO) proteins in NAT is missing. Our study aims to fill this knowledge gap by performing a screening of SNO proteins in NAT. Employing SNO resin-assisted capture (RAC), we identified 242 putative SNO proteins with key functions in calcium binding, enzyme modulation, redox homeostasis, and actin cytoskeleton...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28588624/distribution-of-parasites-detected-in-stool-samples-of-patients-in-le-dantec-university-hospital-of-dakar-senegal-from-2011-to-2015
#18
Khadim Diongue, Mouhamadou Ndiaye, Mame Cheikh Seck, Mamadou Alpha Diallo, Yaye Dié Ndiaye, Aïda Sadikh Badiane, Daouda Ndiaye
To identify the parasites responsible for intestinal parasitic infections diagnosed at Le Dantec University Hospital of Dakar, distribution of parasites detected in stool samples of patients was studied. From 2011 to 2015, 2578 patients were included in the study. A direct examination and Ritchie technique were performed as parasite search techniques. In total, 408 samples were positive showing 440 intestinal parasites; this corresponds to prevalence of 15.8%. Parasites were detected in monoparasitism (85.7%) and multiparasitism (14...
2017: Journal of Tropical Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28562805/high-prevalence-of-enteroparasites-in-children-from-ribeir%C3%A3-o-preto-s%C3%A3-o-paulo-brazil
#19
Renata Elizabete Pagotti da Fonseca, Michelle Christiane Rodrigues Barbosa, Beatriz Rossetti Ferreira
Objective: To determine the prevalence of intestinal parasites and possible associated factors. Method: Cross-sectional epidemiological study of 962 children (3-12-years) from an area within the scope of a basic health unit in Ribeirão Preto, São Paulo, Brazil. Data were collected by home interviews and three-sample stool analysis and evaluated with the chi-square and Fisher's exact tests (p<0.05). Results: The prevalence of intestinal parasites was significantly high (57...
May 2017: Revista Brasileira de Enfermagem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542260/hookworm-infection-is-associated-with-decreased-cd4-t-cell-counts-in-hiv-infected-adult-ugandans
#20
Bozena M Morawski, Miya Yunus, Emmanuel Kerukadho, Grace Turyasingura, Logose Barbra, Andrew Mijumbi Ojok, Andrew R DiNardo, Stefanie Sowinski, David R Boulware, Rojelio Mejia
Most studies evaluating epidemiologic relationships between helminths and HIV have been conducted in the pre-ART era, and evidence of the impact of helminth infections on HIV disease progression remains conflicting. Less is known about helminth infection and clinical outcomes in HIV-infected adults receiving antiretroviral therapy (ART). We sampled HIV-infected adults for eight gastrointestinal parasites and correlated parasitic infection with demographic predictors, and clinical and immunologic outcomes. Contrasting with previous studies, we measured parasitic infection with a quantitative, highly sensitive and specific polymerase chain reaction (PCR) method...
May 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
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