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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424677/responses-of-the-housefly-musca-domestica-to-the-hytrosavirus-replication-impacts-on-host-s-vitellogenesis-and-immunity
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Henry M Kariithi, Xu Yao, Fahong Yu, Peter E Teal, Chelsea P Verhoeven, Drion G Boucias
Hytrosaviridae family members replicate in the salivary glands (SGs) of their adult dipteran hosts and are transmitted to uninfected hosts via saliva during feeding. Despite inducing similar gross symptoms (SG hypertrophy; SGH), hytrosaviruses (SGHVs) have distinct pathobiologies, including sex-ratio distortions in tsetse flies and refusal of infected housefly females to copulate. Via unknown mechanism(s), SGHV replication in other tissues results in reduced fecundity in tsetse flies and total shutdown of vitellogenesis and sterility in housefly females...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28403841/a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-trypanosome-prevalence-in-tsetse-flies
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REVIEW
Reta D Abdi, Getahun E Agga, Weldegebrial G Aregawi, Merga Bekana, Thomas Van Leeuwen, Vincent Delespaux, Luc Duchateau
BACKGROUND: The optimisation of trypanosomosis control programs warrants a good knowledge of the main vector of animal and human trypanosomes in sub-Saharan Africa, the tsetse fly. An important aspect of the tsetse fly population is its trypanosome infection prevalence, as it determines the intensity of the transmission of the parasite by the vector. We therefore conducted a systematic review of published studies documenting trypanosome infection prevalence from field surveys or from laboratory experiments under controlled conditions...
April 13, 2017: BMC Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28397756/anti-trypanosomatid-elemanolide-sesquiterpene-lactones-from-vernonia-lasiopus-o-hoffm
#3
Njogu M Kimani, Josphat C Matasyoh, Marcel Kaiser, Reto Brun, Thomas J Schmidt
Sleeping sickness or human African trypanosomiasis (HAT) is a neglected tropical disease (NTD) threatening millions of peoples' lives with thousands infected. The disease is endemic in poorly developed regions of sub-Saharan Africa and is caused by the kinetoplastid "protozoan" parasite Trypanosoma brucei. The parasites are transmitted to humans through bites of infected tsetse flies of the genus Glossina. The few available drugs for treatment of this disease are highly toxic, difficult to administer, costly and unavailable to poor rural communities bearing the major burden of this infection...
April 8, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28394929/a-quorum-sensing-independent-path-to-stumpy-development-in-trypanosoma-brucei
#4
Henriette Zimmermann, Ines Subota, Christopher Batram, Susanne Kramer, Christian J Janzen, Nicola G Jones, Markus Engstler
For persistent infections of the mammalian host, African trypanosomes limit their population size by quorum sensing of the parasite-excreted stumpy induction factor (SIF), which induces development to the tsetse-infective stumpy stage. We found that besides this cell density-dependent mechanism, there exists a second path to the stumpy stage that is linked to antigenic variation, the main instrument of parasite virulence. The expression of a second variant surface glycoprotein (VSG) leads to transcriptional attenuation of the VSG expression site (ES) and immediate development to tsetse fly infective stumpy parasites...
April 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28366667/characterization-and-role-of-the-3-methylglutaconyl-coenzyme-a-hidratase-in-trypanosoma-brucei
#5
Mariana Leão de Lima Stein, Marcelo Yudi Icimoto, Erica Valadares de Castro Levatti, Vitor Oliveira, Anita Hilda Straus, Sergio Schenkman
Trypanosoma brucei, the agent of African Trypanosomiasis, is a flagellated protozoan parasite that develops in tsetse flies and in the blood of various mammals. The parasite acquires nutrients such as sugars, lipids and amino acids from their hosts. Amino acids are used to generate energy and for protein and lipid synthesis. However, it is still unknown how T. brucei catabolizes most of the acquired amino acids. Here we explored the role of an enzyme of the leucine catabolism, the 3-methylglutaconyl-Coenzyme A hydratase (3-MGCoA-H)...
March 31, 2017: Molecular and Biochemical Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28352042/advancements-in-bait-technology-to-control-glossina-swynnertoni-austen-the-species-of-limited-distribution-in-kenya-and-tanzania-border-a-review
#6
REVIEW
Yakob P Nagagi, Richard S Silayo, Eliningaya J Kweka
Glossina swynnertoni is a savannah tsetse that is largely confined to the Serengeti-Mara [a very small part of East Africa covering northern Tanzania (Arusha and Manyara regions and parts of Shinyanga and Mara regions) extending Maasai Mara ecosystem in southwestern Kenya]. Nevertheless, it is of great concern to human and animal health and is one of the top target tsetse species for eradication. To achieve this eradication objective, it is important to know about its behaviour so that the appropriate tools/measures especially the right traps can be applied against it...
January 2017: Journal of Vector Borne Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342886/using-genetic-data-to-improve-species-distribution-models
#7
Jérémy Bouyer, Renaud Lancelot
Tsetse flies (Diptera, Glossinidae) transmit human and animal trypanosomoses in Africa, respectively a neglected human disease (sleeping sickness) and the most important constraint to cattle production in infested countries (nagana). We recently developed a methodology to map landscape friction (i.e. resistance to movement) for tsetse in West Africa. The goal was to identify natural barriers to tsetse dispersal, and potentially isolated tsetse populations for targeting elimination programmes. Most species distribution models neglect landscape functional connectivity whereas environmental factors affecting suitability or abundance are not necessarily the same as those influencing gene flows...
March 23, 2017: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334017/genome-wide-rnai-selection-identifies-a-regulator-of-transmission-stage-enriched-gene-families-and-cell-type-differentiation-in-trypanosoma-brucei
#8
Eva Rico, Alasdair Ivens, Lucy Glover, David Horn, Keith R Matthews
Trypanosoma brucei, causing African sleeping-sickness, exploits quorum-sensing (QS) to generate the 'stumpy forms' necessary for the parasite's transmission to tsetse-flies. These quiescent cells are generated by differentiation in the bloodstream from proliferative slender forms. Using genome-wide RNAi selection we screened for repressors of transmission stage-enriched mRNAs in slender forms, using the stumpy-elevated ESAG9 transcript as a model. This identified REG9.1, whose RNAi-silencing alleviated ESAG9 repression in slender forms and tsetse-midgut procyclic forms...
March 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306730/evaluation-of-radiation-sensitivity-and-mating-performance-of-glossina-brevipalpis-males
#9
Chantel J de Beer, Percy Moyaba, Solomon N B Boikanyo, Daphney Majatladi, Hanano Yamada, Gert J Venter, Marc J B Vreysen
BACKGROUND: Area-wide integrated pest management strategies that include a sterile insect technique component have been successfully used to eradicate tsetse fly populations in the past. To ensure the success of the sterile insect technique, the released males must be adequately sterile and be able to compete with their native counterparts in the wild. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: In the present study the radiation sensitivity of colonised Glossina brevipalpis Newstead (Diptera; Glossinidae) males, treated either as adults or pupae, was assessed...
March 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306721/developing-photoreceptor-based-models-of-visual-attraction-in-riverine-tsetse-for-use-in-the-engineering-of-more-attractive-polyester-fabrics-for-control-devices
#10
Roger D Santer
Riverine tsetse transmit the parasites that cause the most prevalent form of human African trypanosomiasis, Gambian HAT. In response to the imperative for cheap and efficient tsetse control, insecticide-treated 'tiny targets' have been developed through refinement of tsetse attractants based on blue fabric panels. However, modern blue polyesters used for this purpose attract many less tsetse than traditional phthalogen blue cottons. Therefore, colour engineering polyesters for improved attractiveness has great potential for tiny target development...
March 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28265521/genetic-and-structural-study-of-dna-directed-rna-polymerase-ii-of-trypanosoma-brucei-towards-the-designing-of-novel-antiparasitic-agents
#11
Louis Papageorgiou, Vasileios Megalooikonomou, Dimitrios Vlachakis
Trypanosoma brucei brucei (TBB) belongs to the unicellular parasitic protozoa organisms, specifically to the Trypanosoma genus of the Trypanosomatidae class. A variety of different vertebrate species can be infected by TBB, including humans and animals. Under particular conditions, the TBB can be hosted by wild and domestic animals; therefore, an important reservoir of infection always remains available to transmit through tsetse flies. Although the TBB parasite is one of the leading causes of death in the most underdeveloped countries, to date there is neither vaccination available nor any drug against TBB infection...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194625/trypanosomiasis-challenge-estimation-using-the-diminazene-aceturate-berenil-index-in-zebu-in-gabon
#12
Brieuc G A Cossic, Brice Adjahoutonon, Pierre Gloaguen, Gui Lov Dibanganga, Gael Maganga, Pascal Leroy, Ewan T MacLeod, Kim Picozzi
A longitudinal study was conducted within a cattle ranch in Gabon to determine the diminazene aceturate (Berenil) index (DAI) in a group of Zebu, raised under low tsetse density; this measure providing an assessment of trypanosomiasis risk. The objective was to evaluate the trypanosomiasis pressure thus informing trypanosomiasis control methods and cattle management. Twenty female adult Zebu were monitored for 24 weeks during the dry season. Blood samples were collected on a weekly basis and subjected to parasitological and haematological analysis (n = 480), using the buffy-coat method and the packed cell volume value (PCV), respectively, infected animals were treated with a single intramuscular injection of diminazene aceturate (8 mg/kg)...
March 2017: Tropical Animal Health and Production
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193658/in-vitro-ex-vivo-and-in-vivo-activity-of-diamidines-against-trypanosoma-congolense-and-trypanosoma-vivax
#13
Kirsten Gillingwater, Christina Kunz, Christiane Braghiroli, David W Boykin, Richard R Tidwell, Reto Brun
African Animal Trypanosomosis (AAT) is caused by the tsetse-transmitted protozoans, Trypanosoma congolense and T. vivax, leading to huge agricultural losses throughout sub-Saharan Africa. Three drugs are available to treat Nagana in cattle (diminazene diaceturate, homidium- and isometamidium chloride). With increasing reports of drug-resistant populations, new molecules should be investigated as potential candidates to combat Nagana. Dicationic compounds have demonstrated excellent efficacy against different kinetoplastid parasites...
February 13, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28162093/evaluating-the-impact-of-targeting-livestock-for-the-prevention-of-human-and-animal-trypanosomiasis-at-village-level-in-districts-newly-affected-with-t-b-rhodesiense-in-uganda
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Louise Hamill, Kim Picozzi, Jenna Fyfe, Beatrix von Wissmann, Sally Wastling, Nicola Wardrop, Richard Selby, Christine Amongi Acup, Kevin L Bardosh, Dennis Muhanguzi, John D Kabasa, Charles Waiswa, Susan C Welburn
BACKGROUND: Uganda has suffered from a series of epidemics of Human African Trypanosomiasis (HAT), a tsetse transmitted disease, also known as sleeping sickness. The area affected by acute Trypanosoma brucei rhodesiense HAT (rHAT) has been expanding, driven by importation of infected cattle into regions previously free of the disease. These regions are also affected by African Animal Trypanosomiasis (AAT) demanding a strategy for integrated disease control. METHODS: In 2008, the Public Private Partnership, Stamp Out Sleeping Sickness (SOS) administered a single dose of trypanocide to 31 486 head of cattle in 29 parishes in Dokolo and Kaberamaido districts...
February 6, 2017: Infectious Diseases of Poverty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28145221/molecular-identification-of-trypanosome-species-in-trypanotolerant-cattle-from-the-south-of-gabon
#15
Gaël Darren Maganga, Jacques-François Mavoungou, Nadine N'dilimabaka, Ivan Cyr Moussadji Kinga, Bertrand Mvé-Ondo, Illich Manfred Mombo, Barthélémy Ngoubangoye, Brieuc Cossic, Clency Sylde Mikala Okouyi, Alain Souza, Eric Maurice Leroy, Brice Kumulungui, Benjamin Ollomo
The aim of this study was to provide information on trypanosome species infecting trypanotolerant cattle from southern Gabon. The study was conducted on 224 trypanotolerant cattle from three regions located in southern Gabon, using ITS1 primer-based PCR. Seventy-two (32%) N'dama cattle were found polymerase chain reaction (PCR) positive with trypanosomes. The overall prevalence of trypanosomosis was 57% (63/110), 4% (4/100), and 36% (5/14) in the Gala section of the Nyanga ranch, the Miyama ranch, and Ossiele, respectively...
2017: Parasite: Journal de la Société Française de Parasitologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28125726/a-receptor-s-tale-an-eon-in-the-life-of-a-trypanosome-receptor
#16
REVIEW
Matthew K Higgins, Harriet Lane-Serff, Paula MacGregor, Mark Carrington
African trypanosomes have complex life cycles comprising at least ten developmental forms, variously adapted to different niches in their tsetse fly vector and their mammalian hosts. Unlike many other protozoan pathogens, they are always extracellular and have evolved intricate surface coats that allow them to obtain nutrients while also protecting them from the immune defenses of either insects or mammals. The acquisition of macromolecular nutrients requires receptors that function within the context of these surface coats...
January 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28121493/atp-driven-and-ampk-independent-autophagy-in-an-early-branching-eukaryotic-parasite
#17
Feng-Jun Li, Zhi-Shen Xu, Andy D S Soo, Zhao-Rong Lun, Cynthia Y He
Autophagy is a catabolic cellular process required to maintain protein synthesis, energy production and other essential activities in starved cells. While the exact nutrient sensor(s) is yet to be identified, deprivation of amino acids, glucose, growth factor and other nutrients can serve as metabolic stimuli to initiate autophagy in higher eukaryotes. In the early-branching unicellular parasite Trypanosoma brucei, which can proliferate as procyclic form (PCF) in the tsetse fly or as bloodstream form (BSF) in animal hosts, autophagy is robustly triggered by amino acid deficiency but not by glucose depletion...
April 3, 2017: Autophagy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28117003/a-brief-review-of-drug-discovery-research-for-human-african-trypanosomiasis
#18
Danica R Cullen, Mauro Mocerino
Human African Trypanosomiasis (HAT), a neglected disease endemic in Sub-Saharan Africa, is usually fatal if left untreated. It is caused by the parasite Trypanosoma brucei, and is spread by the tsetse fly. The drugs currently available to treat HAT are few, and limited in efficacy. Furthermore, resistance towards these drugs is beginning to grow. In the last 25 years only one advance has been made into HAT treatment and consequently, there is an increasing need for new drugs to be sought that are able to effectively treat this disease...
January 20, 2017: Current Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28114403/proline-metabolism-is-essential-for-trypanosoma-brucei-brucei-survival-in-the-tsetse-vector
#19
Brian S Mantilla, Letícia Marchese, Aitor Casas-Sánchez, Naomi A Dyer, Nicholas Ejeh, Marc Biran, Frédéric Bringaud, Michael J Lehane, Alvaro Acosta-Serrano, Ariel M Silber
Adaptation to different nutritional environments is essential for life cycle completion by all Trypanosoma brucei sub-species. In the tsetse fly vector, L-proline is among the most abundant amino acids and is mainly used by the fly for lactation and to fuel flight muscle. The procyclic (insect) stage of T. b. brucei uses L-proline as its main carbon source, relying on an efficient catabolic pathway to convert it to glutamate, and then to succinate, acetate and alanine as the main secreted end products. Here we investigated the essentiality of an undisrupted proline catabolic pathway in T...
January 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079523/symbiont-induced-odorant-binding-proteins-mediate-insect-host-hematopoiesis
#20
Joshua B Benoit, Aurélien Vigneron, Nichole A Broderick, Yineng Wu, Jennifer S Sun, John R Carlson, Serap Aksoy, Brian L Weiss
Symbiotic bacteria assist in maintaining homeostasis of the animal immune system. However, the molecular mechanisms that underlie symbiont-mediated host immunity are largely unknown. Tsetse flies (Glossina spp.) house maternally transmitted symbionts that regulate the development and function of their host's immune system. Herein we demonstrate that the obligate mutualist, Wigglesworthia, up-regulates expression of odorant binding protein six in the gut of intrauterine tsetse larvae. This process is necessary and sufficient to induce systemic expression of the hematopoietic RUNX transcription factor lozenge and the subsequent production of crystal cells, which actuate the melanotic immune response in adult tsetse...
January 12, 2017: ELife
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