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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637488/a-high-throughput-colorimetric-assay-for-detection-of-schistosoma-mansoni-viability-based-on-the-tetrazolium-salt-xtt
#1
Pedro Henrique Nascimento Aguiar, Núbia Monteiro Gonçalves Soares Fernandes, Carlos Leomar Zani, Marina Moraes Mourão
BACKGROUND: Schistosoma mansoni is a trematode parasite that causes schistosomiasis, one of the most prevalent neglected tropical diseases, leading to the loss of 2.6 million disability-adjusted life years. Praziquantel is the only drug available, and new drugs are required. The most common strategy in schistosomiasis drug discovery is the use of the schistosomula larval-stage for a pre-screen in drug sensitivity assays. However, assessing schistosomula viability by microscopy has always been a limitation to the throughput of such assays...
June 21, 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
#2
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/28623957/developing-a-mathematical-model-for-the-evaluation-of-the-potential-impact-of-a-partially-efficacious-vaccine-on-the-transmission-dynamics-of-schistosoma-mansoni-in-human-communities
#3
Andria Stylianou, Christoforos Hadjichrysanthou, James E Truscott, Roy M Anderson
BACKGROUND: There is currently no vaccine available to protect humans against infection with the schistosome digenean parasites, although candidate formulations for Schistosoma mansoni are under trial in animal models, including rodents and primates. Current strategies for the control of infection are based on mass drug administration (MDA) targeted at school-aged children of age 5 to 14 years. This approach is unlikely to eliminate exposure to infection except in settings with very low levels of transmission...
June 17, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619672/point-of-care-diagnosis-of-multiple-schistosome-parasites-species-specific-dna-detection-in-urine-by-loop-mediated-isothermal-amplification-lamp
#4
Nilanjan Lodh, Kei Mikita, Kwabena M Bosompem, William K Anyan, Joseph K Quartey, Joseph Otchere, Clive J Shiff
Schistosomes are easily transmitted and high chance of repeat infection, so if control strategies based on targeted mass drug administration (MDA) are to succeed it is essential to have a test that is sensitive, accurate and simple to use. It is known and regularly demonstrated that praziquantel does not always eliminate an infection so in spite of the successes of control programs a residual of the reservoir survives to re-infect snails. The issue of diagnostic sensitivity becomes more critical in the assessment of program effectiveness...
June 12, 2017: Acta Tropica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606164/the-importance-of-patient-compliance-in-repeated-rounds-of-mass-drug-administration-mda-for-the-elimination-of-intestinal-helminth-transmission
#5
Sam H Farrell, James E Truscott, Roy M Anderson
BACKGROUND: Systematic non-compliance to chemotherapeutic treatment among a portion of the eligible population is thought to be a major obstacle to the elimination of helminth infections by mass drug administration (MDA). MDA for helminths is repeated at defined intervals such as yearly or every 2 years, as a consequence of the inability of the human host to develop fully protective immunity to reinfection. As such, how an individual complies to these repeated rounds of MDA can have a significant impact on parasite transmission...
June 12, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28599669/characterization-of-schistosoma-japonicum-tetraspanning-orphan-receptor-and-its-role-in-binding-to-complement-c2-and-immunoprotection-against-murine-schistosomiasis
#6
Shuai Ma, Jinli Zai, Yanhui Han, Yang Hong, Min Zhang, Xiaodan Cao, Qian Han, Ke Lu, Zhixin Zhao, Jiaojiao Lin, Zhiqiang Fu
BACKGROUND: Schistosomiasis remains an important global public health problem, as millions of people are at risk of acquiring infection. An ideal method for sustainable control of schistosomiasis would be to develop an efficient vaccine. Schistosomes can survive in the host vascular system by immune evasion, regulating the host complement cascade. Schistosoma japonicum tetraspanning orphan receptor (SjTOR) is a complement regulator, which is a tegument membrane protein. To date there is no experimental evidence to explain the function of SjTOR...
June 9, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28591406/the-use-of-circulating-cathodic-antigen-rapid-test-and-serology-for-diagnosis-of-active-schistosoma-mansoni-infection-in-migrants-in-italy-a-non-endemic-country-a-cross-sectional-study
#7
Laura Infurnari, Laura Galli, Alba Bigoloni, Alessia Carbone, Stefania Chiappetta, Angelo Sala, Norberto Ceserani, Adriano Lazzarin, Antonella Castagna, Giovanni Gaiera/
Diagnosis of schistosomiasis in migrants coming from endemic areas can be difficult, especially in asymptomatic subjects. Light-intensity disease, in fact, may be missed due to the low sensitivity of the stool microscopy and serologic testing cannot distinguish between a resolved infection and an active infection in patients who have been infected and treated in the past, because specific antibodies can persist despite cure. We describe a cross-sectional study conducted on 82 migrants tested for Schistosoma mansoni on single blood (anti-schistosome antibodies, total IgE) and urine [point-of-care (POC) circulating-cathodic-antigen (CCA) test] samples...
June 2017: Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28555471/comparison-of-the-spatial-patterns-of-schistosomiasis-in-zimbabwe-at-two-points-in-time-spaced-twenty-nine-years-apart-is-climate-variability-of-importance
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Ulrik B Pedersen, Dimitrios-Alexios Karagiannis-Voules, Nicholas Midzi, Tkafira Mduluza, Samson Mukaratirwa, Rasmus Fensholt, Birgitte J Vennervald, Thomas K Kristensen, Penelope Vounatsou, Anna-Sofie Stensgaard
Temperature, precipitation and humidity are known to be important factors for the development of schistosome parasites as well as their intermediate snail hosts. Climate therefore plays an important role in determining the geographical distribution of schistosomiasis and it is expected that climate change will alter distribution and transmission patterns. Reliable predictions of distribution changes and likely transmission scenarios are key to efficient schistosomiasis intervention-planning. However, it is often difficult to assess the direction and magnitude of the impact on schistosomiasis induced by climate change, as well as the temporal transferability and predictive accuracy of the models, as prevalence data is often only available from one point in time...
May 8, 2017: Geospatial Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28555405/molecular-characterization-and-expression-profile-of-nanos-in-schistosoma-japonicum-and-its-influence-on-the-expression-several-mammalian-stem-cell-factors
#9
Bikash Ranjan Giri, Xiaoli Du, Tianqi Xia, Yongjun Chen, Hao Li, Guofeng Cheng
Pluripotent stem cells, called neoblasts, are well known for the regenerative capability and developmental plasticity in flatworms. Impressive advancement has been made in free-living flatworms, while in case of its parasitic counterpart, neoblast-like stem cells have attracted recent attention for its self-renewal and differentiation capacity. Nanos is a key conserved post-transcriptional regulator critical for the formation, development, and/or maintenance of the pluripotent germ line stem cell systems in many metazoans including schistosomes...
July 2017: Parasitology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28552799/an-explorative-analysis-of-process-and-formulation-variables-affecting-comilling-in-a-vibrational-mill-the-case-of-praziquantel
#10
Beatrice Perissutti, Nadia Passerini, Ramona Trastullo, Jennifer Keiser, Debora Zanolla, Guglielmo Zingone, Dario Voinovich, Beatrice Albertini
Praziquantel, a BCS II class anthelmintic drug used for the treatment of schistosome infections, was coground in a vibrational mill with different polymers (linear and crosslinked povidone, copovidone and sodium starch glycolate). An explorative analysis of formulation variables (drug-polymer wt ratio and polymer type) and process parameters (type of grinding media, grinding time and frequency) was carried out with the help of an experimental screening design. The influence of the above mentioned factors on three PZQ characteristics (residual crystallinity, water solubility enhancement and drug recovery) was studied...
May 24, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542189/mir-277-4989-regulate-transcriptional-landscape-during-juvenile-to-adult-transition-in-the-parasitic-helminth-schistosoma-mansoni
#11
Anna V Protasio, Stijn van Dongen, Julie Collins, Leonor Quintais, Diogo M Ribeiro, Florian Sessler, Martin Hunt, Gabriel Rinaldi, James J Collins, Anton J Enright, Matthew Berriman
Schistosomes are parasitic helminths that cause schistosomiasis, a disease affecting circa 200 million people, primarily in underprivileged regions of the world. Schistosoma mansoni is the most experimentally tractable schistosome species due to its ease of propagation in the laboratory and the high quality of its genome assembly and annotation. Although there is growing interest in microRNAs (miRNAs) in trematodes, little is known about the role these molecules play in the context of developmental processes...
May 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542175/single-sex-infection-with-female-schistosoma-mansoni-cercariae-mitigates-hepatic-fibrosis-after-secondary-infection
#12
Nicole Koslowski, Martina Sombetzki, Micha Loebermann, Robby Engelmann, Niels Grabow, Christoph H Österreicher, Michael Trauner, Brigitte Mueller-Hilke, Emil C Reisinger
BACKGROUND: Infection with Schistosoma spp. affects more than 258 million people worldwide. Current treatment strategies are mainly based on the anthelmintic Praziquantel, which is effective against adult worms but neither prevents re-infection nor cures severe liver damage. The best long-term strategy to control schistosomiasis may be to develop an immunization. Therefore, we designed a two-step Schistosoma mansoni infection model to study the immune-stimulating effect of a primary infection with either male or female cercariae, measured on the basis of TH1/TH2-response, granuloma size and hepatic fibrosis after a secondary bisexual S...
May 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536265/structural-and-enzymatic-insights-into-species-specific-resistance-to-schistosome-parasite-drug-therapy
#13
Alexander B Taylor, Kenneth M Roberts, Xiaohang Cao, Nathaniel E Clark, Stephen P Holloway, Enrica Donati, Chiara M Polcaro, Livia Pica-Mattoccia, Reid S Tarpley, Stanton F McHardy, Donato Cioli, Philip T LoVerde, Paul F Fitzpatrick, P John Hart
The antischistosomal pro-drug oxamniquine is activated by a sulfotransferase (SULT) in the human parasite Schistosoma mansoni Of the three main human blood fluke species, only S. mansoni is sensitive to oxamniquine therapy despite the presence of SULT orthologs in S. haematobium and S. japonicum The reason for this species-specific drug action has remained a mystery for decades. Here we present the crystal structures of S. haematobium and S. japonicum SULTs, including S. haematobium SULT in complex with oxamniquine...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526730/a-targeted-capture-linkage-map-anchors-the-genome-of-the-schistosomiasis-vector-snail-biomphalaria-glabrata
#14
Jacob A Tennessen, Stephanie R Bollmann, Michael S Blouin
The aquatic planorbid snail Biomphalaria glabrate 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. glabrate scaffolds in a linkage cross of 94 F1 offspring, generating 24 linkage groups. We added additional scaffolds to these linkage groups based on linkage disequilibrium analysis of targeted capture and whole-genome sequences of 96 unrelated snails...
May 19, 2017: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511056/elimination-of-schistosoma-mansoni-in-infected-mice-by-slow-release-of-artemisone
#15
Daniel Gold, Mohammed Alian, Avraham Domb, Yara Karawani, Maysa Jbarien, Jacques Chollet, Richard K Haynes, Ho Ning Wong, Viola Buchholz, Andreas Greiner, Jacob Golenser
The current treatment of schistosomiasis is based on the anti-helminthic drug praziquantel (PZQ). PZQ affects only the adult stages of schistosomes. In addition, resistance to PZQ is emerging. We suggest a drug, which could serve as a potential alternative or complement to PZQ, and as a means of treating infections at earlier, pre-granuloma stage. Derivatives of the peroxidic antimalarial drug artemisinin have been indicated as alternatives, because both plasmodia and schistosomes are blood-feeding parasites...
May 4, 2017: International Journal for Parasitology, Drugs and Drug Resistance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28510608/the-biomphalaria-glabrata-dna-methylation-machinery-displays-spatial-tissue-expression-is-differentially-active-in-distinct-snail-populations-and-is-modulated-by-interactions-with-schistosoma-mansoni
#16
Kathrin K Geyer, Umar H Niazi, David Duval, Céline Cosseau, Chad Tomlinson, Iain W Chalmers, Martin T Swain, David J Cutress, Utibe Bickham-Wright, Sabrina E Munshi, Christoph Grunau, Timothy P Yoshino, Karl F Hoffmann
BACKGROUND: The debilitating human disease schistosomiasis is caused by infection with schistosome parasites that maintain a complex lifecycle alternating between definitive (human) and intermediate (snail) hosts. While much is known about how the definitive host responds to schistosome infection, there is comparably less information available describing the snail's response to infection. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPLE FINDINGS: Here, using information recently revealed by sequencing of the Biomphalaria glabrata intermediate host genome, we provide evidence that the predicted core snail DNA methylation machinery components are associated with both intra-species reproduction processes and inter-species interactions...
May 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508167/lessons-from-a-15-year-old-boy-with-advanced-schistosomiasis-japonica-in-china-a-case-report
#17
REVIEW
Langui Song, Xiaoying Wu, An Ning, Zhongdao Wu
Schistosomiasis is a chronic, parasitic disease caused by flukes (trematodes) of the genus Schistosoma, which presents the most important global burden of the 17 neglected tropical diseases listed by the World Health Organization. China has made great achievements in schistosomiasis control, and now China is planning to move forward, to eliminate schistosomiasis within 2020, but the fact cannot be denied that the possibility of schistosome infection is still there in some endemic due to its zoonotic nature as well as wide distribution of its intermediate hosts (snails)...
July 2017: Parasitology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507072/recruitment-of-neutrophils-mediated-by-v%C3%AE-2-%C3%AE-%C3%AE-t-cells-deteriorate-liver-fibrosis-induced-by-schistosoma-japonicum-infection-in-c57bl-6-mice
#18
Li Zheng, Yuan Hu, Yanjuan Wang, Xibao Huang, Yuxin Xu, Yujuan Shen, Jianping Cao
Conventional adaptive T cell responses contribute to the pathogenesis of Schistosoma japonicum infection, leading to liver fibrosis. However, the role of gamma-delta (γδ) T cells in this disease is less clear. γδ T cells are known to secrete IL-17 in response to infection, exerting either protective or pathogenic functions. In the present study, mice infected with S. japonicum are used as a method to characterize the role of γδ T cells. Combined with the infection of S. japonicum, an extremely significant increase in the percentage of neutrophils in the CD45(+) cells was detected (from approximately 2...
May 15, 2017: Infection and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490972/intensifying-responsiveness-towards-neglected-intestinal-helminth-infections-in-a-resource-constrained-setting
#19
Khin Thet Wai, Kay Thwe Han, Tin Oo
Neglected intestinal helminth infections afflict the marginalized communities in Asia. Since 2004, growing body of evidence in Myanmar indicated high prevalence of soil-transmitted helminths (STH) infections (30-40%) among school children. Co-existence of STH (23%) with food-borne trematodes was noted among 383 pregnant women in a selected township in 2012-2014 followed by molecular verification of very low prevalence of schistosome infection (<5%) in the same study site in 2016. The success of transmission elimination plans may depend upon sensitive diagnostic tools to detect persistent infections and polyparasitism...
2017: Tropical Medicine and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28476935/a-schistosoma-japonicum-infection-promotes-the-expansion-of-myeloid-derived-suppressor-cells-by-activating-the-jak-stat3-pathway
#20
Quan Yang, Huaina Qiu, Hongyan Xie, Yanwei Qi, Hefei Cha, Jiale Qu, Mei Wang, Yuanfa Feng, Xin Ye, Jianbing Mu, Jun Huang
Myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSCs), a heterogeneous group of immune cells from the myeloid lineage, play an important part in suppression of host immune responses during many pathologic conditions, including cancer and infectious diseases. Thus, understanding the functional diversity of these cells as well as the underlying mechanisms is crucial for the development of disease control strategies. The role of MDSCs during Schistosoma japonicum infection, however, is not clear, and there is a lack of systematic study so far...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
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