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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822206/prevalence-and-molecular-characterisation-of-schistosoma-haematobium-among-primary-school-children-in-kebbi-state-nigeria
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Shuaibu Umar, Saadatu Haruna Shinkafi, Shuaibu Abdullahi Hudu, Vasanthakumari Neela, Kumar Suresh, Syafinaz Amin Nordin, Osman Malina
Schistosomiasis is the major source of morbidity in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. It is estimated that 207 million people are infected, of which 97% are in Africa. The aim of this study was the determining of prevalence as well as the phylogeny of S. haematobium among school children in Argungu Emirate, Kebbi State Nigeria. A total of 325 urine samples was collected from school children between 7 to 14 years. S. heamatobium eggs was examined under dissecting microscope and DNA was extracted from urine sample and COX1 gene was amplified by nested PCR...
2017: Annals of Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820707/prevalence-of-strongyloides-stercoralis-and-other-intestinal-parasite-infections-in-school-children-in-a-rural-area-of-angola-a-cross-sectional-study
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María Luisa Ruíz de Alegría Aznar, Karen Colmenares, Mateu Espasa, Arancha Amor, Isabel Lopez, Arlette Ninda, Joaquina Kanjala, Domingas Guilherme, Elena Sulleiro, Begoña Barriga, Eva Gil, Fernando Salvador, Cristina Bocanegra, Teresa López, Milagros Moreno, Israel Molina
Strongyloides stercoralis is widely distributed in the tropics and subtropics. The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence of S. stercoralis and other intestinal parasites and identify the risk factors for infection with S. stercoralis in a rural area of Angola. A cross-sectional study was conducted in school-age children (SAC) in Cubal, Angola. A questionnaire collecting clinical and epidemiological variables was used, and two stool samples were collected. A concentration technique (Ritchie) and a technique for detection of larvae migration (Baermann) were performed...
July 31, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818406/rethinking-schistosomiasis-vaccine-development-synthetic-vesicles
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Moses Egesa, Karl F Hoffmann, Cornelis H Hokke, Maria Yazdanbakhsh, Stephen Cose
There is currently no vaccine against schistosomiasis. With few Schistosoma vaccine candidates in clinical trials, unexplored antigens from the vulnerable schistosomulum should be considered as possible vaccine candidates. In addition, we suggest developing synthetic vesicles as a new delivery vehicle and adjuvant for immunoprophylactic schistosomula vaccine candidates.
August 14, 2017: Trends in Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817585/selecting-targets-for-the-diagnosis-of-schistosoma-mansoni-infection-an-integrative-approach-using-multi-omic-and-immunoinformatics-data
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Gardenia B F Carvalho, Daniela M Resende, Liliane M V Siqueira, Marcelo D Lopes, Débora O Lopes, Paulo Marcos Z Coelho, Andréa Teixeira-Carvalho, Jeronimo C Ruiz, Cristina T Fonseca
In order to effectively control and monitor schistosomiasis, new diagnostic methods are essential. Taking advantage of computational approaches provided by immunoinformatics and considering the availability of Schistosoma mansoni predicted proteome information, candidate antigens of schistosomiasis were selected and used in immunodiagnosis tests based on Enzime-linked Immunosorbent Assay (ELISA). The computational selection strategy was based on signal peptide prediction; low similarity to human proteins; B- and T-cell epitope prediction; location and expression in different parasite life stages within definitive host...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817570/increased-hepatotoxicity-among-hiv-infected-adults-co-infected-with-schistosoma-mansoni-in-tanzania-a-cross-sectional-study
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Amon I Marti, Soledad Colombe, Peter J Masikini, Samuel E Kalluvya, Luke R Smart, Bahati M Wajanga, Hyasinta Jaka, Robert N Peck, Jennifer A Downs
INTRODUCTION: Little is known about hepatotoxicity in patients with schistosome and HIV co-infections. Several studies have reported increased liver enzymes and bilirubin levels associated with schistosome infection. We investigated whether HIV-infected adults on antiretroviral therapy who had S. mansoni co-infection had a higher prevalence of hepatotoxicity than those without. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: We determined the presence and grade of hepatotoxicity among 305 HIV-infected outpatients who had been on medium-term (3-6 months) and long-term (>36 months) antiretroviral therapy in a region of northwest Tanzania where S...
August 17, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814579/hepatosplenic-schistosomiasis-playing-hide-and-seek-with-an-elusive-parasite
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Martin Baekby, Henning Glerup, Katrine Stribolt, Britta Tarp
A 27-year-old man of Eritrean origin presented with persistent left-sided abdominal pain. Initial investigation showed signs of liver fibrosis, portal hypertension and splenomegaly. A diagnosis of hepatosplenic schistosomiasis was suspected on grounds of elevated total IgE, grey area antischistosomiasis antibodies and the high endemic status of his native country. However, repeated microscopy of faecal and urine samples, as well as rectal biopsies, failed to demonstrate schistosomal eggs. Finally, the diagnosis of hepatosplenic schistosomiasis was established through demonstration of a Schistosoma mansoni egg in a liver biopsy taken in an attempt to clarify the cause of the above findings...
August 16, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813451/schistosoma-mansoni-reinfection-analysis-of-risk-factors-by-classification-and-regression-tree-cart-modeling
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Andréa Gazzinelli, Roberta Oliveira-Prado, Leonardo Ferreira Matoso, Bráulio M Veloso, Gisele Andrade, Helmut Kloos, Jeffrey M Bethony, Renato M Assunção, Rodrigo Correa-Oliveira
Praziquantel (PZQ) is an effective chemotherapy for schistosomiasis mansoni and a mainstay for its control and potential elimination. However, it does not prevent against reinfection, which can occur rapidly in areas with active transmission. A guide to ranking the risk factors for Schistosoma mansoni reinfection would greatly contribute to prioritizing resources and focusing prevention and control measures to prevent rapid reinfection. The objective of the current study was to explore the relationship among the socioeconomic, demographic, and epidemiological factors that can influence reinfection by S...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808303/nlrp3-inflammasome-activation-results-in-liver-inflammation-and-fibrosis-in-mice-infected-with-schistosoma-japonicum-in-a-syk-dependent-manner
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Ya-Qi Lu, Shan Zhong, Nan Meng, Yin-Ping Fan, Wang-Xian Tang
Granulomatous and fibrosing inflammation in response to soluble egg antigen (SEA) from Schistosoma japonicum (S. japonicum) is the main pathological process of S. japonicum infection. Inflammasome activation has recently been implicated in the pathogenesis of liver disease. However, the role of inflammasome activation in schistosomiasis-associated liver fibrosis (SSLF) has not been extensively studied. In this study, it is demonstrated that the NLRP3 inflammasome is markedly activated in mouse HSCs both in vivo and in vitro during S...
August 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807888/spectroscopic-and-calorimetric-assays-reveal-dependence-on-dctp-and-two-metals-zn-2-mg-2-for-enzymatic-activity-of-schistosoma-mansoni-deoxycytidylate-dcmp-deaminase
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Jéssica Fernandes Scortecci, Vitor Hugo Balasco Serrão, Juliana Cheleski, Juliana Roberta Torini, Larissa Romanello, Ricardo DeMarco, Humberto D'Muniz Pereira
The parasite Schistosoma mansoni possess all pathways for pyrimidine biosynthesis, whereby deaminases play an essential role in the thymidylate cycle, a crucial step to controlling the ratio between cytidine and uridine nucleotides. In this study, we heterologously expressed and purified the deoxycytidylate (dCMP) deaminase from S. mansoni to obtain structural, biochemical and kinetic information. Small-angle X-ray scattering of this enzyme showed that it is organized as a hexamer in solution. Isothermal titration calorimetry was used to determine the kinetic constants for dCMP-dUMP conversion and the role of dCTP and dTTP in enzymatic regulation...
August 11, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807301/a-candidate-recombinant-antigen-for-diagnosis-of-schistosomiasis-japonica-in-domestic-animals
#10
Jintao Feng, Rui Xu, Xin Zhang, Yu Han, Chuanchuan He, Chao Lu, Yang Hong, Ke Lu, Hao Li, Yamei Jin, Jiaojiao Lin, Jinming Liu
Domestic animals infected with Schistosoma japonicum are a major source of infection and play an important role in transmission to humans. A key strategy for the elimination of schistosomiasis is to control the sources of infection. In the present study, we identified a candidate diagnostic antigen-encoding gene, SjMRP1, the putative multidrug resistance protein 1 gene, by screening a cDNA phage display library from 44-day-old S. japonicum worms using IgGs from goat, cattle, and buffalo infected with S. japonicum...
August 30, 2017: Veterinary Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803793/schistosomiasis-from-a-snail-s-perspective-advances-in-snail-immunity
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REVIEW
Emmanuel A Pila, Hongyu Li, Jacob R Hambrook, Xinzhong Wu, Patrick C Hanington
The snail's immune response is an important determinant of schistosome infection success, acting in concert with host, parasite, and environmental factors. Coordinated by haemocytes and humoral factors, it possesses immunological hallmarks such as pattern recognition receptors, and predicted gastropod-unique factors like the immunoglobulin superfamily domain-containing fibrinogen-related proteins. Investigations into mechanisms that underpin snail-schistosome compatibility have advanced quickly, contributing functional insight to many observational studies...
August 11, 2017: Trends in Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803725/schistosomiasis-drugs-used-and-treatment-strategies
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REVIEW
Lidiany da Paixão Siqueira, Danilo Augusto Ferreira Fontesa, Cindy Siqueira Britto Aguilera, Taysa Renata Ribeiro Timoteo, Matheus Alves Angelos, Laysa Creusa Paes Barreto Barros Silva, Camila Gomes de Melo, Larissa Araújo Rolim, Rosali Maria Ferreira da Silva, Pedro José Rolim Neto
Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) affect millions of people in different geographic regions, especially the poorest and most vulnerable. Currently NTDs are prevalent in 149 countries, seventeen of these neglected tropical parasitic diseases are classified as endemic. One of the most important of these diseases is schistosomiasis, also known as bilharzia, a disease caused by the genus Schistosoma. It presents several species, such as S. haematobium, S. japonicum and S. mansoni, the latter being responsible for parasitosis in Brazil...
August 10, 2017: Acta Tropica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802097/heat-shock-protein-47-effects-on-hepatic-stellate-cell-associated-receptors-in-hepatic-fibrosis-of-schistosoma-japonicum-infected-mice
#13
Yumin Zhao, Zhisheng Dang, Shuo Xu, Shigui Chong
The study aimed to explore the regulation of heat shock protein 47 (HSP47) on expressions of receptors associated with hepatic stellate cell (HSC) in liver fibrosis mouse models induced by Schistosoma japonicum (S. japonicum). Mouse fibroblasts (NIH/3T3) were transfected with HSP47 shRNA plasmid by lipofectamine transfection, and experimental fibrosis in HSCs was studied in S. japonicum mouse models treated with HSP47 shRNA in vivo. HSP47 expression was assessed using Western blot and real-time PCR. Flow cytometry was adopted to determine the expression of cell membrane receptors...
August 28, 2017: Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799262/the-regulation-of-regulation-il-10-increases-cd4-cd25-regulatory-t-cells-but-impairs-their-immunosuppressive-activity-in-murine-models-with-schistosomiasis-japonica-or-asthma
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Lei He, Sha Zhou, Qianqian Qi, Ying Chi, Jifeng Zhu, Zhipeng Xu, Xuefeng Wang, Jason Hoellwarth, Feng Liu, Xiaojun Chen, Chuan Su
CD4(+) CD25(+) Foxp3(+) regulatory T cells (Tregs) play an important role in maintaining immune homeostasis. Interleukin 10 (IL-10), a cytokine with anti-inflammatory capacities, also has a critical role in controlling immune responses. In addition, it is well known that production of IL-10 is one of suppression mechanisms by Tregs. However, the action of IL-10 on Tregs themselves remains insufficiently understood. In this study, by using a Schistosoma japonicum (S. japonicum)-infected murine model, we show that the elevated IL-10 contributed to Treg induction but impaired their immunosuppressive function...
August 11, 2017: Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798366/elevated-serum-antibody-against-schistosoma-japonicum-hsp60-as-a-promising-biomarker-for-liver-pathology-in-schistosomiasis
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Xiaojun Chen, Wei Li, Yalin Li, Lei Xu, Sha Zhou, Jifeng Zhu, Zhipeng Xu, Feng Liu, Dandan Lin, Fei Hu, Yuemin Liu, Wen Jiang, Liwang Cui, Chuan Su
The pathology associated with Schistosoma japonicum (S. japonicum) infection in humans is attributed to parasite egg-induced granulomatous inflammation and fibrosis in the host liver. Currently, a marker that is reliable, cheap, less device-dependent, and can be easily and repeatedly used on a large scale to monitor the progression of liver pathology in schistosomiasis japonica endemic areas is lacking. The levels of serum S. japonicum heat shock protein 60 (SjHSP60)-specific IgG and its subtype antibodies in animals (mice and rabbits) or patients with schistosomiasis were measured by ELISA...
August 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796565/ultrastructural-changes-of-kidney-in-schistosoma-mansoni-infected-mice
#16
Refaat A Eid, Mubarak Al-Shraim, Fahmy El-Sayed, Khaled Radad
Schistosomiasis is the second threatening parasitic disease after malaria and among Schistosoma spp., Schistosoma mansoni (S. mansoni) affects about 100 million people in tropic regions in Africa and South America. The current study was carried out to investigate ultrastructural changes of the kidney in mice infected with cercariae of S. mansoni, in which 20 Swiss albino mice of 60-day-old were assigned into two groups (10 each). Control group received 1 ml normal saline by intraperitoneal route. Model group were intraperitoneally infected with 1 ml normal saline containing 40 cercariae of S...
August 10, 2017: Ultrastructural Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794811/a-rare-case-of-schistosomiasis-bilharzia-of-the-bladder-in-a-non-endemic-area
#17
Haresh G Thummar, Hemen I Vithlani, Pokhraj P Suthar, Deepa Regina John, Nisha Thummar, Harendra Chauhan
BACKGROUND: Schistosomiasis or snail fever is an endemic parasitic infection caused by various trematodes of the genus Schistosoma. People acquire the disease through contact with water containing infected snails. It is one of the most widespread human parasitic infections in tropical and subtropical regions of the world such as Africa, South America, the Middle East, Asia and the Caribbean. In 1996, the World Health Organisation estimated that more than 200 million people living in rural areas are affected by this disease...
2017: Polish Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28793922/comparison-of-novel-and-standard-diagnostic-tools-for-the-detection-of-schistosoma-mekongi-infection-in-lao-people-s-democratic-republic-and-cambodia
#18
Youthanavanh Vonghachack, Somphou Sayasone, Virak Khieu, Robert Bergquist, Govert J van Dam, Pytsje T Hoekstra, Paul L A M Corstjens, Beatrice Nickel, Hanspeter Marti, Jürg Utzinger, Sinuon Muth, Peter Odermatt
BACKGROUND: Given the restricted distribution of Schistosoma mekongi in one province in Lao People's Democratic Republic (Lao PDR) and two provinces in Cambodia, together with progress of the national control programmes aimed at reducing morbidity and infection prevalence, the elimination of schistosomiasis mekongi seems feasible. However, sensitive diagnostic tools will be required to determine whether elimination has been achieved. We compared several standard and novel diagnostic tools in S...
August 10, 2017: Infectious Diseases of Poverty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28793309/the-microbiome-in-urogenital-schistosomiasis-and-induced-bladder-pathologies
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Adewale S Adebayo, Mangesh Survayanshi, Shrikanth Bhute, Atinuke M Agunloye, Raphael D Isokpehi, Chiaka I Anumudu, Yogesh S Shouche
BACKGROUND: Human schistosomiasis is a highly prevalent neglected tropical disease (NTD) caused by Schistosoma species. Research on the molecular mechanisms influencing the outcomes of bladder infection by Schistosoma haematobium is urgently needed to develop new diagnostics, therapeutics and infection prevention strategies. The objective of the research study was to determine the microbiome features and changes in urine during urogenital schistosomiasis and induced bladder pathologies...
August 9, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28783370/association-between-polymorphisms-of-the-mannose-binding-lectin-and-severity-of-periportal-fibrosis-in-schistosomiasis-in-the-northeast-of-brazil
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Taynan da Silva Constantino, Elker Lene Santos de Lima, Lidiane Régia Pereira Braga de Brito, Jamile Luciana Silva, Maria Rosângela Cunha Duarte Coêlho, Maria Tereza Cartaxo Muniz, Paula Carolina Valença Silva, Ana Lúcia Coutinho Domingues
AIMS: Mannose-binding lectin (MBL) is a protein synthesized by the liver and its immune response is associated with the development of liver fibrosis. We hypothesized that the polymorphisms in the Exon 1 region (52, 54, 57) and promoter regions (-550 H/L, -221 X/Y) of the MBL2 gene were associated with the severity of periportal fibrosis (PPF), and that these polymorphisms affect the MBL serum levels. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In this cross-sectional study we genotyped these polymorphisms within the MBL2 gene in 229 Brazilian subjects infected with Schistosoma mansoni, with different patterns of PPF...
August 7, 2017: Genetic Testing and Molecular Biomarkers
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