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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/28802946/effects-of-experimental-angiostrongylus-cantonensis-infection-on-the-reproductive-biology-of-biomphalaria-straminea-and-biomphalaria-tenagophila
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Mariana G Lima, Vinícius M Tunholi-Alves, Tatiane Cristina S Bonfim, Fabrício N Gaudêncio, Juberlan S Garcia, Arnaldo Maldonado, Jairo Pinheiro, Silvana C Thiengo
Eosinophilic meningoencephalitis is an endemic zoonosis in Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands, but in recent years, new cases have been reported in various countries outside these regions, including Brazil, where it is considered an emerging disease. In this study, the effect of infection by the nematode Angiostrongylus cantonensis, one of the main etiologic agent of this disease, on the reproductive biology of the planorbid snails Biomphalaria straminea and B. tenagophila was investigated during the pre-patent period...
August 9, 2017: Journal of Invertebrate Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800079/challenging-the-metallothionein-mt-gene-of-biomphalaria-glabrata-unexpected-response-patterns-due-to-cadmium-exposure-and-temperature-stress
#3
Michael Niederwanger, Martin Dvorak, Raimund Schnegg, Veronika Pedrini-Martha, Katharina Bacher, Massimo Bidoli, Reinhard Dallinger
Metallothioneins (MTs) are low-molecular-mass, cysteine-rich, metal binding proteins. In most animal species, they are involved in metal homeostasis and detoxification, and provide protection from oxidative stress. Gastropod MTs are highly diversified, exhibiting unique features and adaptations like metal specificity and multiplications of their metal binding domains. Here, we show that the MT gene of Biomphalaria glabrata, one of the largest MT genes identified so far, is composed in a unique way. The encoding for an MT protein has a three-domain structure and a C-terminal, Cys-rich extension...
August 11, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28793917/molluscicidal-activity-and-mechanism-of-toxicity-of-a-novel-salicylanilide-ester-derivative-against-biomphalaria-species
#4
Ping He, Weisi Wang, Benjamin Sanogo, Xin Zeng, Xi Sun, Zhiyue Lv, Dongjuan Yuan, Liping Duan, Zhongdao Wu
BACKGROUND: Schistosomiasis mansoni is one of the most important, but often neglected, tropical diseases transmitted by snails of the genus Biomphalaria. Control of the intermediate host snail plays a crucial role in preventing the spread of schistosomiasis. However, there is only one molluscicide, niclosamide, recommended by the World Health Organization. Niclosamide has been used for several decades but is toxic to non-target organisms. Therefore, it is necessary to optimize the scaffold of niclosamide and develop novel molluscicides with enhanced potency and decreased toxicity to non-target organisms...
August 10, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28769640/molecular-and-morphological-identification-of-biomphalaria-species-from-the-state-of-s%C3%A3-o-paulo-brazil
#5
Raquel Gardini Sanches Palasio, Marisa Cristina de Almeida Guimarães, Fernanda Pires Ohlweiler, Roseli Tuan
DNA barcoding and morphological characters were used to identify adult snails belonging to the genus Biomphalaria from 17 municipalities in the state of São Paulo, Brazil. The DNA barcode analysis also included twenty-nine sequences retrieved from GenBank. The final data set of 104 sequences of the mitochondrial cytochrome oxidase I (COI) gene was analyzed for K2P intraspecific and interspecific divergences, through tree-reconstruction methods (Neighbor-Joining, Maximum Likelihood and Bayesian inference), and by applying different models (ABGD, bPTP, GMYC) to partition the sequences according to the pattern of genetic variation...
2017: ZooKeys
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28766154/the-comparative-effect-of-chlorine-and-huwa-san-as-disinfecting-agents-on-biomphalaria-alexandrina-snails-and-free-larval-stages-of-schistosoma-mansoni
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Sara S M Sayed, Marwa T A Abdel-Wareth
Many chemicals are applied for disinfecting purposes. Although chlorination is the most common procedure, it has many drawbacks. So there becomes an urgent need for new chemicals which are both effective and less harmful to other water fauna. The present work aims at investigating the comparative effects of chlorine and Huwa-san as a new disinfectant on Biomphalaria alexandrina snails which act as bioindicators of toxicity, besides evaluating their miracicidal and cercaricidal activities. The results showed that Huwa-san was more toxic on tested snails than chlorine, where the LC50 values were 21 and 1368...
August 2, 2017: Parasitology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28754250/molecular-context-of-schistosoma-mansoni-transmission-in-the-molluscan-environments-a-mini-review
#7
REVIEW
Damilare Olatunji Famakinde
Schistosoma mansoni, being transmitted by some freshwater Biomphalaria snails, is a major causative agent of human schistosomiasis. In the absence of effective vaccine and alternative drug designs to fight against the disease, and with the limitations of molluscicide application, developing more efficient strategies to interrupt the snail-mediated parasite transmission is being emphasized as potentially instrumental in the efforts toward schistosomiasis elimination, hence, necessitating thorough and comprehensive understanding of the fundamental mechanisms involved in the transmission process...
July 25, 2017: Acta Tropica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743308/distribution-and-current-infection-status-of-biomphalaria-straminea-in-hong-kong
#8
Xin Zeng, Wing Chung Yiu, Kwan Ho Cheung, Ho Yin Yip, Wenyan Nong, Ping He, Dongjuan Yuan, David Rollinson, Jian-Wen Qiu, Ming Chiu Fung, Zhongdao Wu, Jerome Ho Lam Hui
BACKGROUND: Schistosomiasis, also generally known as snail fever, is a parasitic disease caused by trematode flatworms of the genus Schistosoma. In Hong Kong and mainland China, the freshwater snail Biomphalaria straminea has been introduced and has the potential to transmit intestinal schistosomiasis caused by S. mansoni, a parasite of man which has a wide distribution in Africa and parts of the New World, especially Brazil. The first identification of B. straminea in Hong Kong dates back to the 1970s, and its geographical distribution, phylogenetic relationships, and infection status have not been updated for more than 30 years...
July 25, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719649/differential-expression-of-small-rna-pathway-genes-associated-with-the-biomphalaria-glabrata-schistosoma-mansoni-interaction
#9
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/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
#10
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/28685186/the-protein-pheromone-temptin-is-an-attractant-of-the-gastropod-biomphalaria-glabrata
#11
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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28684706/biomphalaria-glabrata-metallothionein-lacking-metal-specificity-of-the-protein-and-missing-gene-upregulation-suggest-metal-sequestration-by-exchange-instead-of-through-selective-binding
#12
Michael Niederwanger, Sara Calatayud, Oliver Zerbe, Sílvia Atrian, Ricard Albalat, Mercè Capdevila, Òscar Palacios, Reinhard Dallinger
The wild-type metallothionein (MT) of the freshwater snail Biomphalaria glabrata and a natural allelic mutant of it in which a lysine residue was replaced by an asparagine residue, were recombinantly expressed and analyzed for their metal-binding features with respect to Cd(2+), Zn(2+) and Cu⁺, applying spectroscopic and mass-spectrometric methods. In addition, the upregulation of the Biomphalaria glabrataMT gene was assessed by quantitative real-time detection PCR. The two recombinant proteins revealed to be very similar in most of their metal binding features...
July 6, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28681306/aquatic-ecotoxicity-of-ashes-from-brazilian-savanna-wildfires
#13
Darlan Q Brito, Carlos José S Passos, Daphne H F Muniz, Eduardo C Oliveira-Filho
In a global scenario of climate change, several studies have predicted an increase in fires in different parts of the world. With the occurrence of rains following the fires in the Brazilian savanna (Cerrado biome), the compounds present in ashes may enter aquatic environments and cause adverse effects to these ecosystems. In this context, this study evaluated the potential toxicity of ashes from two areas of Cerrado and an area of pasture, through ecotoxicological bioassays and using three aquatic species from distinct trophic levels, which were exposed to different dilutions of ashes: the microcrustacean Ceriodaphnia dubia, the fish Danio rerio and the mollusc Biomphalaria glabrata...
July 6, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28659165/longitudinal-survey-on-the-distribution-of-biomphalaria-sudanica-and-b-choanomophala-in-mwanza-region-on-the-shores-of-lake-victoria-tanzania-implications-for-schistosomiasis-transmission-and-control
#14
Anouk N Gouvras, Fiona Allan, Safari Kinung'hi, Muriel Rabone, Aidan Emery, Teckla Angelo, Tom Pennance, Bonnie Webster, Honest Nagai, David Rollinson
BACKGROUND: Schistosomiasis is hyper-endemic in the Lake Victoria basin; with intestinal schistosomiasis plaguing communities adjacent to the lake, where the intermediate host snails live. The two intermediate host species of Schistosoma mansoni in the Mwanza region are Biomphalaria sudanica, found on the banks of the lakes, and B. choanomphala, found in the lake itself. There are few longitudinal surveys documenting changing abundance and differential transmission patterns of these Biomphalaria snails across seasons and years...
June 28, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633651/epidemiology-of-intestinal-helminthiasis-among-school-children-with-emphasis-on-schistosoma-mansoni-infection-in-wolaita-zone-southern-ethiopia
#15
Bereket Alemayehu, Zewdneh Tomass, Fiseha Wadilo, Dawit Leja, Song Liang, Berhanu Erko
BACKGROUND: Intestinal helminth infections are major parasitic diseases causing public health problems in Ethiopia. Although the epidemiology of these infections are well documented in Ethiopia, new transmission foci for schistosomiasis are being reported in different parts of the country. The objective of this study was to assess the prevalence of Schistosoma mansoni and other intestinal helminth infections among school children and determine the endemicity of schistosomiasis in Wolaita Zone, southern Ethiopia...
June 20, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616635/angiostrongylus-cantonensis-an-optimized-cultivation-of-this-parasitic-nematode-under-laboratory-conditions
#16
Hui Xie, Dongjuan Yuan, Shiqi Luo, Xingda Zeng, Xin Zeng, Ping He, Zhiyue Lv, Zhongdao Wu
Angiostrongylus cantonensis (A. cantonensis), a parasitic nematode, is the important neurotropic pathogen which causes human angiostrongyliasis. It has a complex life-cycle and severe parasite-host interaction in contrast to free-living nematode. Establishment of a well-suited life-cycle and in vitro cultivation of A. cantonensis in the laboratory will be one of the key techniques to elucidate the mechanism of parasite-host interaction. However, the low survival and growth rate of worms is still to be the problem...
August 2017: Parasitology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28584726/the-south-american-distribution-and-southernmost-record-of-biomphalaria-peregrina-a-potential-intermediate-host-of-schistosomiasis
#17
Alejandra Rumi, Roberto Eugenio Vogler, Ariel Aníbal Beltramino
Schistosomiasis remains a major parasitic disease, endemic in large parts of South America. Five neotropical species of Biomphalaria have been found to act as intermediate hosts of Schistosoma mansoni in natural populations, while others have been shown to be susceptible in experimental infections, although not found infected in the field. Among these potential intermediate hosts, Biomphalaria peregrina represents the most widespread species in South America, with confirmed occurrence records from Venezuela to northern Patagonia...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28578678/changes-in-the-neuropeptide-content-of-biomphalaria-ganglia-nervous-system-following-schistosoma-infection
#18
Tianfang Wang, Min Zhao, Di Liang, Utpal Bose, Satwant Kaur, Donald P McManus, Scott F Cummins
BACKGROUND: Molluscs, including snails, are prone to parasite infection, which can lead to massive physiological and behavioural changes, yet many of the molecular components involved remain unresolved. Central to this point is the neural system that in snails consists of several ganglia that regulate the animals' physiology and behaviour patterns. The availability of a genomic resource for the freshwater snail Biomphalaria glabrata provides a mean towards the high throughput analysis of changes in the central nervous system (CNS) following infection with Schistosoma miracidia...
June 2, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526730/a-targeted-capture-linkage-map-anchors-the-genome-of-the-schistosomiasis-vector-snail-biomphalaria-glabrata
#19
Jacob A Tennessen, Stephanie R Bollmann, Michael S Blouin
The aquatic planorbid snail Biomphalaria glabrata is one of the most intensively-studied mollusks due to its role in the transmission of schistosomiasis. Its 916 Mb genome has recently been sequenced and annotated, but it remains poorly assembled. Here, we used targeted capture markers to map over 10,000 B. glabrata scaffolds in a linkage cross of 94 F1 offspring, generating 24 linkage groups (LGs). We added additional scaffolds to these LGs based on linkage disequilibrium (LD) analysis of targeted capture and whole-genome sequences of 96 unrelated snails...
July 5, 2017: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520808/proteomic-analysis-of-biomphalaria-glabrata-plasma-proteins-with-binding-affinity-to-those-expressed-by-early-developing-larval-schistosoma-mansoni
#20
Xiao-Jun Wu, Nathalie Dinguirard, Grzegorz Sabat, Hong-di Lui, Laura Gonzalez, Michael Gehring, Utibe Bickham-Wright, Timothy P Yoshino
Interactions between early developing Schistosoma mansoni larval stages and the hemolymph of its snail intermediate host represent the first molecular encounter with the snail's immune system. To gain a more comprehensive understanding of this early parasite-host interaction, biotinylated sporocyst tegumental membrane (Mem) proteins and larval transformation proteins (LTP) were affixed to streptavidin-agarose beads and used as affinity matrices to enrich for larval-reactive plasma proteins from susceptible (NMRI) and resistant (BS-90) strains of the snail Biomphalaria glabrata...
May 2017: PLoS Pathogens
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