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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216728/marine-and-other-aquatic-dermatoses
#1
Surg Capt Jandhyala Sridhar, Surg Cdr Rajeev Deo
Occupational and recreational aquatic activity predisposes our population to a wide variety of dermatoses. Sunburn, urticaria, jellyfish stings, and contact dermatitis to rubber equipment are common allergies that are encountered in the aquatic environment. Among the infections, tinea versicolor, intertrigo, and verruca vulgaris are widespread. Swimmer's itch may occur due to skin penetration by schistosome cercariae, while free-floating nematocysts of marine coelenterates may precipitate seabather's eruption...
January 2017: Indian Journal of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215207/detecting-hybridization-in-african-schistosome-species-does-egg-morphology-complement-molecular-species-identification
#2
Nele A M Boon, Wouter Fannes, Sara Rombouts, Katja Polman, Filip A M Volckaert, Tine Huyse
Hybrid parasites may have an increased transmission potential and higher virulence compared to their parental species. Consequently, hybrid detection is critical for disease control. Previous crossing experiments showed that hybrid schistosome eggs have distinct morphotypes. We therefore compared the performance of egg morphology with molecular markers with regard to detecting hybridization in schistosomes. We studied the morphology of 303 terminal-spined eggs, originating from 19 individuals inhabiting a hybrid zone with natural crosses between the human parasite Schistosoma haematobium and the livestock parasite Schistosoma bovis in Senegal...
February 20, 2017: Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214126/pulmonary-nodules-in-african-migrants-caused-by-chronic-schistosomiasis
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REVIEW
Federico Gobbi, Dora Buonfrate, Andrea Angheben, Anna Beltrame, Matteo Bassetti, Luca Bertolaccini, Giuseppe Bogina, Simone Caia, Silvia Duranti, Maria Gobbo, Valentina Marchese, Stefania Marocco, Maria Merelli, Geraldo Monteiro, Alberto Terzi, Zeno Bisoffi
Schistosomiasis is a neglected tropical disease that can cause mainly hepatic and genitourinary damage, depending on the species. Involvement of the lungs has been commonly described in acute infection (Katayama syndrome) and chronic infection (pulmonary hypertension). Although rarely reported in the scientific literature, cases of lung nodules due to chronic schistosome infection are also possible and are probably more frequent than commonly thought. Here we report seven cases of African migrants who were diagnosed with chronic schistosomiasis and pulmonary nodules due to deposition of schistosome eggs, and we compare our findings to the case reports found in the scientific literature...
February 14, 2017: Lancet Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212670/characterization-of-schistosoma-japonicum-cp1412-protein-as-a-novel-member-of-the-ribonuclease-t2-molecule-family-with-immune-regulatory-function
#4
Xue-Dan Ke, Shuang Shen, Li-Jun Song, Chuan-Xin Yu, Mihoko Kikuchi, Kenji Hirayama, Hong Gao, Jie Wang, Xuren Yin, Yuan Yao, Qian Liu, Wei Zhou
BACKGROUND: Schistosome infection typically induces a polarized Th2 type host immune response. As egg antigen molecules play key roles in this immunoregulatory process, clarifying their functions in schistosomiasis would facilitate the development of vaccine and immunotherapeutic methods. Schistosoma japonicum (Sj) CP1412 (GenBank: AY57074.1) has been identified as a new member of the RNase T2 family with immune regulatory functions. METHODS: The expression plasmid Sj CP1412-pET28a was constructed and transformed into bacteria for production of recombinant Sj CP1412 protein (rSj CP1412) via IPTG induction...
February 17, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207534/a-case-control-study-on-the-structural-equation-model-of-the-mechanism-of-coagulation-and-fibrinolysis-imbalance-in-chronic-schistosomiasis
#5
Aiping Le, Lunli Zhang, Wei Liu, Xiaopeng Li, Jianwei Ren, An Ning
A structural equation model was used for verification with chronic schistosomiasis to investigate the coagulation-anticoagulation system imbalance and to deduce the mechanism of D-dimer (D-D) level elevation in patients with advanced schistosome hepatic disease. We detected the plasma levels of tissue-type fiber plasminogen activator (tPA), urokinase type plasminogen activator (uPA), plasmin-antiplasmin complex (PAP), plasminogen (PLG), antithrombin (AT), plasminogen activator inhibitor 1 (PAI1), D-D, factor VIII: C (FVIII:C), antithrombin-III (AT-III), PLG, protein S (PS), and protein C (PC) in the healthy people as control (69), patients with chronic schistosomiasis (150) or advanced chronic schistosomiasis (90)...
February 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28201853/antigenic-cross-reactivity-between-schistosoma-mansoni-and-peanut-a-role-for-cross-reactive-carbohydrate-determinants-ccds-and-implications-for-the-hygiene-hypothesis
#6
Joseph E Igetei, Marwa El-Faham, Susan Liddell, Michael J Doenhoff
The antigenic reactivity of constituents of Schistosoma mansoni and peanut (Arachis hypogaea) was investigated to determine whether identical antigenic epitopes possessed by both organisms provided a possible explanation for the negative correlation between chronic schistosome infection and atopy to allergens. Aqueous extracts of peanuts were probed in Western immunoblots with rabbit IgG antibodies raised against the egg, cercarial and adult worm stages of S. mansoni. Several molecules in the peanut extract were antigenically reactive with antibodies from the various rabbit anti-schistosome sera...
February 15, 2017: Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196636/impact-of-schistosomiasis-on-increase-incidence-of-occult-hepatitis-b-in-chronic-hepatitis-c-patients-in-egypt
#7
Hanan H Omar, Samaa A Taha, Wafaa H Hassan, Hamdy H Omar
Co-infection of schistosomiasis, HBV and HCV is common in countries where schistosomiasis is endemic. Occult hepatitis B occurs in patients at high risk for HBV infection (e.g., patients on hemodialysis, patients receiving blood transfusions). Schistosomal infection is a risk factor of HBV infection that can increase the incidence of occult hepatitis B. We aimed to determine the prevalence of occult hepatitis B in chronic hepatitis C patients with and without schistosomiasis and to assess the effect of schistosomal infection on the increased risk of exposure to HBV infection and to occult hepatitis B...
February 9, 2017: Journal of Infection and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168042/coinfection-with-schistosoma-haematobium-and-plasmodium-falciparum-and-anaemia-severity-among-pregnant-women-in-munyenge-mount-cameroon-area-a-cross-sectional-study
#8
Judith K Anchang-Kimbi, Dillys Mansoh Elad, Gemain Taiwe Sotoing, Eric Akum Achidi
Background. Malaria and urogenital schistosomiasis are coendemic in Mount Cameroon Area. This study investigated the prevalence of S. haematobium, P. falciparum, and coinfections and their effect on anaemia in pregnancy. Methods. Pregnant women reporting for antenatal care (ANC) clinic visit in Munyenge were enrolled. S. haematobium and P. falciparum infections were determined by urine filtration and microscopy, respectively. Haemoglobin (Hb) levels were measured using haemoglobinometer. Of 250 women, 46.8%, 39...
2017: Journal of Parasitology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167600/schistosomiasis-and-human-immunodeficiency-virus-in-men-in-tanzania
#9
Jennifer A Downs, Claudia J de Dood, Hannah E Dee, Megan McGeehan, Hijab Khan, Abena Marenga, Patrick E Adel, Edward Faustine, Benson Issarow, Emmanuel F Kisanga, Godfrey Alfred Kisigo, Salvius Ngahyolerwa, Frank Zahoro, Donald Miyaye, Ruth Gideon Magawa, Julius Mngara, Myung Hee Lee, Paul L A M Corstjens, Govert J van Dam, Daniel W Fitzgerald
Schistosomiasis is a parasitic worm infection that affects over 260 million individuals worldwide. Women with schistosome infections have been demonstrated to have a 4-fold increase in the odds of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection compared with women without schistosome infections. A relationship between schistosome and HIV infections has not been clearly defined in men. Among 674 men aged 18-50 years living in rural Tanzania, we identified 429 (63.6%) who had a schistosome infection as defined by serum positivity for schistosome circulating anodic antigen, visualization of parasite eggs in urine or stool, or both...
February 6, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28162096/intestinal-schistosomiasis-in-uganda-at-high-altitude-1400%C3%A2-m-malacological-and-epidemiological-surveys-on-mount-elgon-and-in-fort-portal-crater-lakes-reveal-extra-preventive-chemotherapy-needs
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Michelle C Stanton, Moses Adriko, Moses Arinaitwe, Alison Howell, Juliet Davies, Gillian Allison, E James LaCourse, Edridah Muheki, Narcis B Kabatereine, J Russell Stothard
BACKGROUND: Intestinal schistosomiasis is of public health importance in Uganda but communities living above 1400 m are not targeted for control as natural transmission is thought unlikely. To assess altitudinal boundaries and at-risk populations, conjoint malacological and epidemiological surveys were undertaken on Mount Elgon (1139 m-3937 m), in Fort Portal crater lakes and in the Rwenzori Mountains (1123 m-4050 m). METHODS: Seventy freshwater habitats [Mount Elgon (37), Fort Portal crater lakes (23), Rwenzori Mountains (8) and Lake Albert (2)] were inspected for Biomphalaria species...
February 6, 2017: Infectious Diseases of Poverty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28160510/changes-in-microrna-expression-in-response-to-schistosoma-japonicum-infection
#11
Yang Hong, Zhiqiang Fu, Xiaodan Cao, Jiaojiao Lin
Schistosomiasis japonicum is one of the most serious zoonotic diseases in the world. There is increasing evidence to show that host miRNAs are modulated following Schistosoma japonicum infection, and some of these miRNAs may play important regulatory roles in response to schistosome infection. Several host miRNAs have been identified and shown to be potential diagnostic biomarkers or novel therapeutic targets for schistosomiasis. These studies have paved the way to a better understanding of the mechanisms of schistosome-host interaction and may facilitate the development of novel approaches to the control of the disease...
February 4, 2017: Parasite Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28159665/first-characterization-of-smopg1-a-novel-protein-involved-in-gonad-associated-processes-in-schistosoma-mansoni
#12
Steffen Hahnel, Richard Parker-Manuel, Colette Dissous, Katia Cailliau, Christoph G Grevelding
In the context of investigating the exceptional reproductive biology of schistosomes, several studies have focused on the identification and characterization of involved molecules. Among these are cellular tyrosine kinases (CTKs) which control differentiation processes in the female gonads. On the way to unravel CTK-mediated signaling processes in more detail, several upstream- and downstream partners of these CTKs were identified. In this context we present here first data characterizing the novel orphan gene Smopg1...
January 31, 2017: Molecular and Biochemical Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28158185/schistosome-infectivity-in-the-snail-biomphalaria-glabrata-is-partially-dependent-on-the-expression-of-grctm6-a-guadeloupe-resistance-complex-protein
#13
Euan R O Allan, Jacob A Tennessen, Stephanie R Bollmann, Patrick C Hanington, Christopher J Bayne, Michael S Blouin
Schistosomiasis is one of the most important neglected tropical diseases. Despite effective chemotherapeutic treatments, this disease continues to afflict hundreds of millions of people. Understanding the natural intermediate snail hosts of schistosome parasites is vital to the suppression of this disease. A recently identified genomic region in Caribbean Biomphalaria glabrata snails strongly influences their resistance to infection by Schistosoma mansoni. This region contains novel genes having structural similarity to known pathogen recognition proteins...
February 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28151933/specific-anti-glycan-antibodies-are-sustained-during-and-after-parasite-clearance-in-schistosoma-japonicum-infected-rhesus-macaques
#14
Y Y Michelle Yang, Xiao Hong Li, Katarzyna Brzezicka, Niels-Christian Reichardt, R Alan Wilson, Angela van Diepen, Cornelis H Hokke
BACKGROUND: Human immunity to Schistosoma infection requires many years of exposure, and multiple infections and treatments to develop. Unlike humans, rhesus macaques clear an established schistosome infection naturally at the same time acquiring immunity towards re-infection. In macaques, schistosome egg production decreases after 8 weeks post-infection and by week 22, physiological impairment of the worm caused by unclarified antibody-mediated processes is observed. Since strong antibody responses have been observed against schistosome glycan antigens in human and animal infections, we here investigate if anti-glycan antibodies are associated with immunity against schistosome infections in macaques...
February 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28126674/synergistic-effects-of-in-vitro-combinations-of-piplartine-epiisopiloturine-and-praziquantel-against-schistosoma-mansoni
#15
Yuri Dias Macedo Campelo, Ana Carolina Mafud, Leiz Maria Costa Véras, Maria Adelaide Guimarães, Lydia F Yamaguchi, David Fernandes Lima, Daniel Dias Rufino Arcanjo, Massuo J Kato, Ronaldo Z Mendonça, Pedro Luiz Silva Pinto, Yvonne Primerano Mascarenhas, Marcos P N Silva, Josué de Moraes, Peter Eaton, José Roberto de Souza de Almeida Leite
Schistosomiasis is a world health problem, and praziquantel is the only drug currently used for the treatment. There is some evidence that extensive monotherapy of praziquantel may be leading to drug resistance in the parasite. In order to find alternative treatments, the effects of the combination of epiisopiloturine (EPI), piplartine (PPT) and praziquantel (PZQ) were evaluated. Similarity analysis of these compounds was performed using optimized molecular structures to compare the shape and the charge modeling of combinations between PZQ and EPI or PPT...
January 23, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28114363/evidence-for-integrin-venus-kinase-receptor-1-alliance-in-the-ovary-of-schistosoma-mansoni-females-controlling-cell-survival
#16
Verena Gelmedin, Marion Morel, Steffen Hahnel, Katia Cailliau, Colette Dissous, Christoph G Grevelding
In metazoan integrin signaling is an important process of mediating extracellular and intracellular communication processes. This can be achieved by cooperation of integrins with growth factor receptors (GFRs). Schistosoma mansoni is a helminth parasite inducing schistosomiasis, an infectious disease of worldwide significance for humans and animals. First studies on schistosome integrins revealed their role in reproductive processes, being involved in spermatogenesis and oogenesis. With respect to the roles of eggs for maintaining the parasite´s life cycle and for inducing the pathology of schistosomiasis, elucidating reproductive processes is of high importance...
January 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28112601/swimmer-s-itch-in-belgium-first-recorded-outbreaks-molecular-identification-of-the-parasite-species-and-intermediate-hosts
#17
Yannick Caron, Ariane Cabaraux, Françoise Marechal, Bertrand Losson
BACKGROUND: Cercarial dermatitis or swimmer's itch is a skin condition in humans due to the larval forms of bird schistosomes of some species of the genus Trichobilharzia. The life cycle of these schistosomes requires freshwater snails (intermediate host) and waterfowl (definitive host). Repeated exposures to cercariae can lead to skin sensitization with the induction of pruritic skin lesions. METHODS: We describe, in this study, two outbreaks of human cercarial dermatitis at the Eau d'Heure Lakes, Belgium...
January 23, 2017: Vector Borne and Zoonotic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107347/whole-genome-amplification-and-reduced-representation-genome-sequencing-of-schistosoma-japonicum-miracidia
#18
Jonathan A Shortt, Daren C Card, Drew R Schield, Yang Liu, Bo Zhong, Todd A Castoe, Elizabeth J Carlton, David D Pollock
BACKGROUND: In areas where schistosomiasis control programs have been implemented, morbidity and prevalence have been greatly reduced. However, to sustain these reductions and move towards interruption of transmission, new tools for disease surveillance are needed. Genomic methods have the potential to help trace the sources of new infections, and allow us to monitor drug resistance. Large-scale genotyping efforts for schistosome species have been hindered by cost, limited numbers of established target loci, and the small amount of DNA obtained from miracidia, the life stage most readily acquired from humans...
January 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103771/structure-based-study-of-natural-products-with-anti-schistosoma-activity
#19
Ibezim Akachukwu, Olujide Oludayo Olubiyi, Ata Kosisochukwu, Mbah Chika John, Nwodo Ngozi Justina
: Background Schistosomiasis is a parasitic protozoal disease caused by flatworms of the genus Schistosoma. Although the disease threatens millions of lives, it is still at the top list of neglected tropical diseases and praziquantel, the only common schistosocidal drug in use, has records of decreasing efficiency and cases of resistance. Also, reports revealed that people in the rural areas, who are most affected, rely mostly on traditional herbal medicines because of limited access to modern healthcare...
January 19, 2017: Current Computer-aided Drug Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098789/implications-of-changing-temperatures-on-the-growth-fecundity-and-survival-of-intermediate-host-snails-of-schistosomiasis-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Chester Kalinda, Moses Chimbari, Samson Mukaratirwa
Climate change has been predicted to increase the global mean temperature and to alter the ecological interactions among organisms. These changes may play critical roles in influencing the life history traits of the intermediate hosts (IHs). This review focused on studies and disease models that evaluate the potential effect of temperature rise on the ecology of IH snails and the development of parasites within them. The main focus was on IH snails of schistosome parasites that cause schistosomiasis in humans...
January 13, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
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