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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722637/schistosomiasis-in-european-travelers-and-migrants-analysis-of-14-years-tropnet-surveillance-data
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Tilman Lingscheid, Florian Kurth, Jan Clerinx, Stefania Marocco, Begoña Trevino, Mirjam Schunk, José Muñoz, Ida E Gjørup, Tomas Jelinek, Michel Develoux, Graham Fry, Thomas Jänisch, Matthias L Schmid, Olivier Bouchaud, Sabino Puente, Lorenzo Zammarchi, Kristine Mørch, Anders Björkman, Heli Siikamäki, Andreas Neumayr, Henrik Nielsen, Urban Hellgren, Malgorzata Paul, Guido Calleri, Pavel Kosina, Bjørn Myrvang, José M Ramos, Gudrun Just-Nübling, Anna Beltrame, José Saraiva da Cunha, Peter Kern, Laurence Rochat, August Stich, Peter Pongratz, Martin P Grobusch, Norbert Suttorp, Martin Witzenrath, Christoph Hatz, Thomas Zoller, TropNet Schistosomiasis Investigator Group
Schistosomiasis remains one of the most prevalent parasitic diseases worldwide and the infection is frequently found in travelers and migrants. The European Network for Tropical Medicine and Travel Health conducted a sentinel surveillance study on imported schistosomiasis between 1997 and 2010. This report summarizes epidemiological and clinical data from 1,465 cases of imported schistosomiasis. Direct pathogen detection and serology were the main diagnostic tools applied. Of these, 486 (33%) cases were identified among European travelers, 231 (16%) among long-term expatriates, and 748 (51%) among non-European immigrants...
May 30, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719649/differential-expression-of-small-rna-pathway-genes-associated-with-the-biomphalaria-glabrata-schistosoma-mansoni-interaction
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Fábio Ribeiro Queiroz, Luciana Maria Silva, Wander de Jesus Jeremias, Élio Hideo Babá, Roberta Lima Caldeira, Paulo Marcos Zech Coelho, Matheus de Souza Gomes
The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that approximately 240 million people in 78 countries require treatment for schistosomiasis, an endemic disease caused by trematodes of the genus Schistosoma. In Brazil, Schistosoma mansoni is the only species representative of the genus whose passage through an invertebrate host, snails of the genus Biomphalaria, is obligatory before infecting a mammalian host, including humans. The availability of the genome and transcriptome of B. glabrata makes studying the regulation of gene expression, particularly the regulation of miRNA and piRNA processing pathway genes, possible...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719642/infections-with-schistosoma-mansoni-and-geohelminths-among-school-children-dwelling-along-the-shore-of-the-lake-hawassa-southern-ethiopia
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Bamlaku Tadege, Techalew Shimelis
BACKGROUND: Infections with Schistosoma mansoni and soil-transmitted helminthes (STHs) are major public health problems in Ethiopia. However, information was scarce on the current status of these infections to guide an intervention in the study area. Therefore, this study was conducted to assess the prevalence of infections with S. mansoni and STHs and associated factors among school children in southern Ethiopia. METHODS: This cross-sectional study investigated children who were attending the Finchawa and Tullo junior elementary schools and were residing along the shore of the lake Hawassa in January and February, 2015...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719280/multiplex-serologic-assessment-of-schistosomiasis-in-western-kenya-antibody-responses-in-preschool-aged-children-as-a-measure-of-reduced-transmission
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Kimberly Y Won, Henry M Kanyi, Faith M Mwende, Ryan E Wiegand, E Brook Goodhew, Jeffrey W Priest, Yeuk-Mui Lee, Sammy M Njenga, W Evan Secor, Patrick J Lammie, Maurice R Odiere
AbstractCurrently, impact of schistosomiasis control programs in Schistosoma mansoni-endemic areas is monitored primarily by assessment of parasitologic indicators only. Our study was conducted to evaluate the use of antibody responses as a way to measure the impact of schistosomiasis control programs. A total of 3,612 serum samples collected at three time points from children 1-5 years of age were tested for antibody responses to two schistosome antigens (soluble egg antigen [SEA] and Sm25) by multiplex bead assay...
June 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719262/evaluation-of-a-mobile-phone-based-microscope-for-screening-of-schistosoma-haematobium-infection-in-rural-ghana
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Isaac I Bogoch, Hatice C Koydemir, Derek Tseng, Richard K D Ephraim, Evans Duah, Joseph Tee, Jason R Andrews, Aydogan Ozcan
AbstractSchistosomiasis affects over 170 million people in Africa. Here we compare a novel, low-cost mobile phone microscope to a conventional light microscope for the label-free diagnosis of Schistosoma haematobium infections in a rural Ghanaian school setting. We tested the performance of our handheld microscope using 60 slides that were randomly chosen from an ongoing epidemiologic study in school-aged children. The mobile phone microscope had a sensitivity of 72.1% (95% confidence interval [CI]: 56.1-84...
June 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716804/type-i-interferon-is-required-for-t-helper-th-2-induction-by-dendritic-cells
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Lauren M Webb, Rachel J Lundie, Jessica G Borger, Sheila L Brown, Lisa M Connor, Adam Nr Cartwright, Annette M Dougall, Ruud Hp Wilbers, Peter C Cook, Lucy H Jackson-Jones, Alexander T Phythian-Adams, Cecilia Johansson, Daniel M Davis, Benjamin G Dewals, Franca Ronchese, Andrew S MacDonald
Type 2 inflammation is a defining feature of infection with parasitic worms (helminths), as well as being responsible for widespread suffering in allergies. However, the precise mechanisms involved in T helper (Th) 2 polarization by dendritic cells (DCs) are currently unclear. We have identified a previously unrecognized role for type I IFN (IFN-I) in enabling this process. An IFN-I signature was evident in DCs responding to the helminth Schistosoma mansoni or the allergen house dust mite (HDM). Further, IFN-I signaling was required for optimal DC phenotypic activation in response to helminth antigen (Ag), and efficient migration to, and localization with, T cells in the draining lymph node (dLN)...
July 17, 2017: EMBO Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713432/haematological-profile-and-intensity-of-urogenital-schistosomiasis-in-ghanaian-children
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Justice Afrifa, Desmond Gyedu, Eric Ofori Gyamerah, Samuel Essien-Baidoo, Isaac Mensah-Essilfie
BACKGROUND: Urogenital schistosomiasis is a widely contracted parasitic helminth infection often associated with haematological abnormalities. AIM: We investigated the relationship between the haematological profile and the intensity of schistosomiasis among children in the Yeji district. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 100 participants comprising 50 Schistosoma haematobium (S. haematobium) infected and 50 noninfected controls aged 6-17 years matched for age and sex were recruited into the study...
2017: Journal of Environmental and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708450/a-comparison-of-kenyan-biomphalaria-pfeifferi-and-b-sudanica-as-vectors-for-schistosoma-mansoni-including-a-discussion-of-the-need-to-better-understand-the-effects-of-snail-breeding-systems-on-transmission
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Martin Mutuku, Lijun Lu, Fredrick Otiato, Ibrahim Ndungu Mwangi, Joseph Mutonga Kinuthia, Geoffrey Murai Maina, Martina Rose Laidemitt, Eric Agola Lelo, Horace Ochanda, Eric Samuel Loker, Gerald Mwandori Mkoji
In Kenya, schistosomes infect an estimated 6 million people with >30 million people at risk of infection. We compared compatibility with, and ability to support and perpetuate, Schistosoma mansoni of Biomphalaria pfeifferi and Biomphalaria sudanica, 2 prominent freshwater snail species involved in schistosomiasis transmission in Kenya. Field-derived B. pfeifferi (from a stream in Mwea, central Kenya) and B. sudanica (from Nawa, Lake Victoria, in western Kenya) were exposed to S. mansoni miracidia isolated from fecal samples of naturally infected humans from Mwea or Nawa...
July 14, 2017: Journal of Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705233/erratum-to-detection-of-schistosoma-antibodies-and-exploration-of-associated-factors-among-local-residents-around-inlay-lake-southern-shan-state-myanmar
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Htin Zaw Soe, Cho Cho Oo, Tin Ohn Myat, Nay Soe Maung
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July 13, 2017: Infectious Diseases of Poverty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704396/phenotypic-chemical-and-functional-characterization-of-cyclic-nucleotide-phosphodiesterase-4-pde4-as-a-potential-anthelmintic-drug-target
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Thavy Long, Liliana Rojo-Arreola, Da Shi, Nelly El-Sakkary, Kurt Jarnagin, Fernando Rock, Maliwan Meewan, Alberto A Rascón, Lin Lin, Katherine A Cunningham, George A Lemieux, Larissa Podust, Ruben Abagyan, Kaveh Ashrafi, James H McKerrow, Conor R Caffrey
BACKGROUND: Reliance on just one drug to treat the prevalent tropical disease, schistosomiasis, spurs the search for new drugs and drug targets. Inhibitors of human cyclic nucleotide phosphodiesterases (huPDEs), including PDE4, are under development as novel drugs to treat a range of chronic indications including asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and Alzheimer's disease. One class of huPDE4 inhibitors that have yielded marketed drugs is the benzoxaboroles (Anacor Pharmaceuticals)...
July 13, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701752/suppression-of-vamp2-alters-morphology-of-the-tegument-and-affects-glucose-uptake-development-and-reproduction-of-schistosoma-japonicum
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Qian Han, Bingguang Jia, Yang Hong, Xiaodan Cao, Qi Zhai, Ke Lu, Hao Li, Chuangang Zhu, Zhiqiang Fu, Yonghong Shi, Jiaojiao Lin
Schistosomiasis caused by schsitosomes is a serious global public health concern. The tegument that surrounds the worm is critical to the schistosomes survival. The tegument apical membrane undergoes a continuous process of rupture and repair owing to membranous vacuoles fusing with the plasma membrane. Vesicle-associated membrane protein 2 (VAMP2), a member of soluble N-ethylmaleimide sensitive factor attachment protein receptor (SNAREs) is required for membrane fusion. Here, we used RNA interference (RNAi) to knock down the expression of VAMP2 of Schistosoma japonicum (SjVAMP2), and both real-time PCR and western blot analysis confirmed the suppression of this molecule, as well as the suppression of the transcript levels of schistosome glucose transporters (SGTP1 and SGTP4), and insulin receptors (SjIR1 and SjIR2)...
July 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701221/helminth-infections-and-practice-of-prevention-and-control-measures-among-pregnant-women-attending-antenatal-care-at-anbesame-health-center-northwest-ethiopia
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Melashu Balew Shiferaw, Amtatachew Moges Zegeye, Agmas Dessalegn Mengistu
BACKGROUND: Helminth infections have a terrible impact on child growth and development, and harm pregnant women. Regular treatment and long term preventive interventions are important measures to break the transmission routes. Hence, identifying the status of helminth infection and practices of prevention and control measures among pregnant women is important in different geographical areas of Ethiopia including our setting. METHODS: A cross-sectional study was conducted on 180 pregnant women from March to June, 2015...
July 12, 2017: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28700058/spatial-analysis-of-viral-hepatitis-and-schistosomiasis-coinfection-in-an-endemic-area-in-northeastern-brazil
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Márcio Bezerra Santos, Allan Dantas Dos Santos, Patrícia Pereira da Silva, Aline Silva Barreto, Erlon Oliveira Dos Santos, Alex Vianey Callado França, Constança Simões Barbosa, Karina Conceição Gomes Machado de Araújo
INTRODUCTION: This cross-sectional study analyzed the spatial distribution of hepatitis B or C virus (HBV/HBC) and schistosomiasis coinfection. METHODS: Serum samples were collected from patients with Schistosoma mansoni infection. These were tested for serological markers of HBV/HCV infection. The spatial distribution of coinfection was analyzed using intensity kernel estimation. RESULTS: Overall, 9.4% of individuals had contact with HBV and 1...
May 2017: Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Tropical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28700054/sensitivity-and-specificity-of-the-circulating-cathodic-antigen-rapid-urine-test-in-the-diagnosis-of-schistosomiasis-mansoni-infection-and-evaluation-of-morbidity-in-a-low-endemic-area-in-brazil
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Fernanda Teixeira Ferreira, Thiago André Fidelis, Thiago Almeida Pereira, Alba Otoni, Leonardo Campos Queiroz, Frederico Figueiredo Amâncio, Carlos Maurício Antunes, José Roberto Lambertucci
INTRODUCTION: The Kato-Katz technique is the standard diagnostic test for Schistosoma mansoni infection in rural areas. However, the utility of this method is severely limited by the day-to-day variability in host egg excretion in the stool. In high-transmission areas, the point-of-care circulating cathodic antigen (POC-CCA) urine assay has proven to be a reliable test. However, investigations of the reliability of the POC-CCA assay in low-transmission regions are under way. This study aimed to evaluate the sensitivity and specificity of the POC-CCA assay and the morbidity of schistosomiasis in a low-endemic area in Brazil...
May 2017: Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Tropical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698785/haptoglobin-phenotypes-and-susceptibility-to-schistosoma-parasites-infection-in-central-sudan
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Ashraf Siddig Yousif, Atif Abdelrahman Elagib
Haptoglobin (Hp) is an acute phase protein that binds the free hemoglobin (Hb), thus preventing iron loss and renal damage. Hp also has antioxidative and immunomodulatory properties. Three Hp phenotypes have been identified in human: Hp1-1, Hp2-1, and Hp2-2. Hp polymorphisms have been related to susceptibility of various diseases. In this study, we aimed to assess the possible association of Hp phenotypes polymorphism to Schistosoma parasites infection in central Sudan. We have investigated the Hp phenotypes polymorphism distribution in the serum of 125 (93 S...
2017: Mediterranean Journal of Hematology and Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28695899/innate-scavenger-receptor-a-regulates-adaptive-t-helper-cell-responses-to-pathogen-infection
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Zhipeng Xu, Lei Xu, Wei Li, Xin Jin, Xian Song, Xiaojun Chen, Jifeng Zhu, Sha Zhou, Yong Li, Weiwei Zhang, Xiaoxiao Dong, Xiaowei Yang, Feng Liu, Hui Bai, Qi Chen, Chuan Su
The pattern recognition receptor (PRR) scavenger receptor class A (SR-A) has an important function in the pathogenesis of non-infectious diseases and in innate immune responses to pathogen infections. However, little is known about the role of SR-A in the host adaptive immune responses to pathogen infection. Here we show with mouse models of helminth Schistosoma japonicum infection and heat-inactivated Mycobacterium tuberculosis stimulation that SR-A is regulated by pathogens and suppresses IRF5 nuclear translocation by direct interaction...
July 11, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28694301/helminth-antigens-counteract-a-rapid-high-fat-diet-induced-decrease-in-adipose-tissue-eosinophils
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Susan M van den Berg, Andrea D van Dam, Pascal J Kusters, Linda Beckers, Myrthe den Toom, Saskia van der Velden, Jan Van den Bossche, Irma van Die, Mariëtte R Boon, Patrick C N Rensen, Esther Lutgens, Menno P de Winther
Brown adipose tissue (BAT) activation and white adipose tissue (WAT) beiging can increase energy expenditure and have the potential to reduce obesity and associated diseases. The immune system is a potential target in mediating brown and beige adipocyte activation. Type 2 and anti-inflammatory immune cells contribute to metabolic homeostasis within lean WAT, with a prominent role for eosinophils and interleukin (IL)-4 induced anti-inflammatory macrophages. We determined eosinophil numbers in epididymal WAT (EpAT), subcutaneous WAT (ScAT) and BAT after 1 day, 3 days or 1 week of high-fat diet (HFD) feeding in C57Bl/6 mice...
July 10, 2017: Journal of Molecular Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28692692/geographic-strain-differentiation-of-schistosoma-japonicum-in-the-philippines-using-microsatellite-markers
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Kharleezelle J Moendeg, Jose Ma M Angeles, Ryo Nakao, Lydia R Leonardo, Ian Kendrich C Fontanilla, Yasuyuki Goto, Masashi Kirinoki, Elena A Villacorte, Pilarita T Rivera, Noboru Inoue, Yuichi Chigusa, Shin-Ichiro Kawazu
BACKGROUND: Microsatellites have been found to be useful in determining genetic diversities of various medically-important parasites which can be used as basis for an effective disease management and control program. In Asia and Africa, the identification of different geographical strains of Schistosoma japonicum, S. haematobium and S. mansoni as determined through microsatellites could pave the way for a better understanding of the transmission epidemiology of the parasite. Thus, the present study aims to apply microsatellite markers in analyzing the populations of S...
July 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28686009/ferrocenyl-ruthenocenyl-and-benzyl-oxamniquine-derivatives-with-cross-species-activity-against-schistosoma-mansoni-and-schistosoma-haematobium
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Jeannine Hess, Gordana Panic, Malay Patra, Luciano Mastrobuoni, Bernhard Spingler, Saonli Roy, Jennifer Keiser, Gilles Gasser
Schistosomiasis is a parasitic disease that affects more than 250 million people annually, mostly children in poor, tropical, rural areas. Only one treatment (praziquantel) is available, putting control efforts at risk should resistance occur. In pursuit of treatment alternatives, we derivatized an old antischistosomal agent, oxamniquine (OXA). Four organometallic derivatives of OXA were synthesized and tested against Schistosoma mansoni in vitro and in vivo. Of these, a ferrocenyl derivative, 1, killed larval and adult worms 24 h postexposure in vitro, in contrast to OXA, which lacks in vitro activity against adult worms...
July 18, 2017: ACS Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28685186/the-protein-pheromone-temptin-is-an-attractant-of-the-gastropod-biomphalaria-glabrata
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Emmanuel A Pila, Shauna J Peck, Patrick C Hanington
The freshwater snail Biomphalaria glabrata has drawn much research interest by virtue of it being one of the intermediate hosts of the parasitic flatworm Schistosoma mansoni, a causative agent of human schistosomiasis. Schistosomiasis is a chronic disease that affects over 260 million people globally, particularly in tropical and sub-tropical regions. One strategy that has been proposed as a way to prevent human infection by the parasite, involves the use of pheromone traps to lure the snail host away from areas of human activity...
July 6, 2017: Journal of Comparative Physiology. A, Neuroethology, Sensory, Neural, and Behavioral Physiology
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