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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161493/detection-of-leishmania-v-guyanensis-in-rhipicephalus-boophilus-microplus-acari-ixodidae-collected-from-pecari-tajacu
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Jesús E Rojas-Jaimes, Germán H Correa-Nuñez, Nyshon Rojas, Omar Cáceres-Rey
INTRODUCTION: Previous studies identified the presence of Leishmania infantum in Rhipicephalus sanguineus and indicated the possibility that it could transmit leishmaniasis to a variety of hosts. OBJECTIVE: To identify parasites of Leishmania (Viannia) spp. in ticks collected from wild animals in an endemic area for leishmaniasis. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We performed 81 individual DNA extractions from ticks collected from three Tapirus terrestris and three Pecari tajacu in Madre de Dios, Perú...
March 29, 2017: Biomédica: Revista del Instituto Nacional de Salud
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159591/evaluation-of-the-associations-between-endothelial-dysfunction-inflammation-and-coagulation-in-crimean-congo-hemorrhagic-fever-patients
#2
Halef Okan Doğan, Seyit Ali Büyüktuna, Sercan Kapancik, Sevtap Bakir
Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever (CCHF) is a tick-borne zoonotic viral disease. The aim of this study was to evaluate the association between inflammation, coagulation and endothelial dysfunction in CCHF. The study population consisted of 40 patients and 50 healthy controls. Alanine aminotransferase (ALT), aspartate aminotransferase (AST), endocan, high sensitive C-reactive protein (hsCRP), international normalized ratio (INR), prothrombin time (PT), activated partial thromboplastin time (aPTT) and platelets values were determined in blood samples...
November 20, 2017: Archives of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159319/co-circulation-of-crimean-congo-hemorrhagic-fever-virus-strains-asia-1-and-2-between-the-border-of-iran-and-pakistan
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Nariman Shahhosseini, Ahmad Jafarbekloo, Zakkyeh Telmadarraiy, Sadegh Chinikar, Ali Haeri, Norbert Nowotny, Martin H Groschup, Anthony R Fooks, Faezeh Faghihi
Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever (CCHF) is a tick-borne viral disease that is transmitted by numerous species of ticks, which serve both as a reservoir and vector of CCHF virus (CCHFV). Molecular and serological tests were undertaken on hard ticks (Ixodidae spp.) and samples from livestock were collected in 2015 from Chabahar County in Southeast Iran. Using RT-PCR, the ticks were tested for the presence of CCHFV. In addition, seven livestock were serologically tested for the presence of IgG antibodies using an ELISA test...
November 2017: Heliyon
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158428/borrelia-burgdorferi-glycosaminoglycan-binding-protein-bgp-in-the-b31-strain-is-not-essential-for-infectivity-despite-facilitating-adherence-and-tissue-colonization
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Samantha Schlachter, Janakiram Seshu, Tao Lin, Steven Norris, Nikhat Parveen
Lyme disease causing Borrelia burgdorferi is transmitted into the mammalian host by an infected tick bite. Successful infection relies on the ability of this extracellular pathogen to persist and colonize different tissues. B. burgdorferi encodes a large number of adhesins that are able to interact with host ligands to facilitate adherence, and tissue colonization. Multiple glycosaminoglycan binding proteins presence in B. burgdorferi offer a degree of redundancy of function during infection, and highlights the importance for glycosaminoglycans as host cell receptors for spirochete adherence...
November 20, 2017: Infection and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29157278/ticks-and-the-city-are-there-any-differences-between-city-parks-and-natural-forests-in-terms-of-tick-abundance-and-prevalence-of-spirochaetes
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Maciej Kowalec, Tomasz Szewczyk, Renata Welc-Falęciak, Edward Siński, Grzegorz Karbowiak, Anna Bajer
BACKGROUND: Ixodes ricinus ticks are commonly encountered in either natural or urban areas, contributing to Lyme disease agents Borreliella [(Borrelia burgdorferi (sensu lato)] spp. and Borrelia miyamotoi enzootic cycles in cities. It is an actual problem whether urbanization affects pathogen circulation and therefore risk of infection. The aim of the study was to evaluate main tick-borne disease risk factors in natural, endemic areas of north-east (NE) Poland (Białowieża) and urban areas of central Poland (Warsaw), measuring tick abundance/density, prevalence of infection with spirochaetes and diversity of these pathogens in spring-early summer and late summer-autumn periods between 2012 and 2015...
November 21, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156399/saliva-of-ixodes-ricinus-enhances-tbe-virus-replication-in-dendritic-cells-by-modulation-of-pro-survival-akt-pathway
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Jaroslava Lieskovská, Jana Páleníková, Helena Langhansová, Jindřich Chmelař, Jan Kopecký
It has been suggested that tick saliva facilitates transmission of tick-borne encephalitis virus (TBEV) to vertebrates. The mechanism of this facilitation has not been elucidated yet. Since dendritic cells (DCs) are among first cells attacked by the virus, we examined the amount of virus and changes induced by saliva in TBEV-infected DCs. We found that virus replication was significantly increased by saliva of Ixodes ricinus tick. Next, saliva-induced enhancement of Akt pathway activation was observed in TBEV-infected DCs...
November 17, 2017: Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155863/molecular-detection-of-tick-borne-pathogens-in-cattle-from-southwestern-ethiopia
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Zerihun Hailemariam, Jürgen Krücken, Maximilian Baumann, Jabbar S Ahmed, Peter-Henning Clausen, Ard M Nijhof
Tick-borne diseases (TBDs) cause significant losses among livestock and impact the livelihoods of resource-poor farming communities worldwide. In Ethiopia, detailed studies on the epidemiology of tick-borne pathogens (TBPs) in cattle using sensitive molecular detection methods are scarce. The objective of this study was to determine the prevalence and species composition of bovine TBPs of veterinary significance in local cattle populations. A comprehensive cross-sectional epidemiological study was conducted in cattle populations of Illubabor zone in Southwestern Ethiopia from June to August 2013...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155838/the-tick-biocontrol-agent-metarhizium-brunneum-m-anisopliae-strain-f52-does-not-reduce-non-target-arthropods
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Ilya R Fischhoff, Felicia Keesing, Richard S Ostfeld
Previous studies have found that Met52®, which contains the entomopathogenic fungus Metarhizium brunneum, is effective in reducing the abundance of Ixodes scapularis, the tick vector for the bacterium causing Lyme disease and for other tick-borne pathogens. Given widespread interest in effective, safe methods for controlling ticks, Met52 has the potential to be used at increasing scales. The non-target impacts of Met52, as applied for tick control, have not yet been assessed. A Before-After-Control-Impact experiment was conducted to assess the effects of Met52 on non-target arthropods in lawn and forest habitats typical of residential yards...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155280/molecular-analysis-of-tick-borne-protozoan-and-rickettsial-pathogens-in-small-ruminants-from-two-south-african-provinces
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Aaron Edmond Ringo, Paul Franck Adjou Moumouni, Moeti Taioe, Charoonluk Jirapattharasate, Mingming Liu, Guanbo Wang, Yang Gao, Huanping Guo, Seung-Hun Lee, Weiqing Zheng, Artemis Efstratiou, Jixu Li, Noboru Inoue, Hiroshi Suzuki, Oriel Thekisoe, Xuenan Xuan
Tick-borne protozoan and rickettsial diseases are a major threat to livestock in tropical and sub-tropical regions of Africa. In this study we investigated the presence and distribution of Theileria spp., Babesia ovis, Anaplasma ovis, Anaplasma phagocytophilum, Ehrlichia ruminantium and SFG Rickettsia in sheep and goats from Free State and KwaZulu-Natal provinces. A total of 91 blood samples were screened in this study, 61 from goats and 30 from sheep. PCR assay was conducted using primers based on Theileria spp...
November 15, 2017: Parasitology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155165/bovine-babesiosis-cattle-protected-in-the-field-with-a-frozen-vaccine-containing-babesia-bovis-and-babesia-bigemina-cultured-in-vitro-with-a-serum-free-medium
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Carmen Rojas-Martínez, Roger Iván Rodríguez-Vivas, Julio Vicente Figueroa Millán, Carlos Ramón Bautista-Garfias, Roberto Omar Castañeda-Arriola, José Juan Lira-Amaya, Patricia Vargas Urióstegui, Juan José Ojeda Carrasco, Jesús Antonio Álvarez Martínez
An attenuated live vaccine containing Babesia bovis and B. bigemina cultured in vitro with a serum-free medium was assessed for its clinical protection conferred of naïve cattle, under natural tick-challenge in a high endemicity zone to Babesia spp. Three groups of six animals were treated as follows: group I (GI) received a vaccine derived from parasites cultured with a free-serum medium; group II (GII) were immunized with the standard vaccine, with parasites cultured in a medium supplemented with 40% (v/v) bovine serum; and a control group (GIII) inoculated with non-infected bovine erythrocytes...
November 16, 2017: Parasitology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153461/population-based-borrelia-burgdorferi-sensu-lato-seroprevalence-and-associated-risk-factors-in-finland
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Janko van Beek, Eeva Sajanti, Otto Helve, Jukka Ollgren, Mikko J Virtanen, Harri Rissanen, Outi Lyytikäinen, Jukka Hytönen, Jussi Sane
Lyme borreliosis (LB) is caused by Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato (Bb-sl) and is the most common vector-borne disease in Europe. The objectives of this study were to determine the Bb-sl seroprevalence among the general Finnish adult population and to identify risk factors associated with Bb-sl-seropositive status. Two thousand sera from a nationwide health survey from 2011 were tested by whole-cell sonicate IgG ELISA, C6 peptide ELISA, and recomBead IgG 2.0 and test results were linked to a general health questionnaire...
November 11, 2017: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152691/strategies-for-the-control-of-rhipicephalus-microplus-ticks-in-a-world-of-conventional-acaricide-and-macrocyclic-lactone-resistance
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Roger I Rodriguez-Vivas, Nicholas N Jonsson, Chandra Bhushan
Infestations with the cattle tick, Rhipicephalus microplus, constitute the most important ectoparasite problem for cattle production in tropical and subtropical regions worldwide, resulting in major economic losses. The control of R. microplus is mostly based on the use of conventional acaricides and macrocyclic lactones. However, the intensive use of such compounds has resulted in tick populations that exhibit resistance to all major acaricide chemical classes. Consequently, there is a need for the development of alternative approaches, possibly including the use of animal husbandry practices, synergized pesticides, rotation of acaricides, pesticide mixture formulations, manual removal of ticks, selection for host resistance, nutritional management, release of sterile male hybrids, environmental management, plant species that are unfavourable to ticks, pasture management, plant extracts, essential oils and vaccination...
November 20, 2017: Parasitology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152690/seasonal-analysis-and-acaricidal-activity-of-the-thymol-type-essential-oil-of-ocimum-gratissimum-and-its-major-constituents-against-rhipicephalus-microplus-acari-ixodidae
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Aldilene Silva Lima, Marlise Neves Milhomem, Odair Santos Monteiro, Alana Carynne Pereira Arruda, Joaquim Antônio Martins de Castro, Yan Michel Lopes Fernandes, José Guilherme Soares Maia, Lívio Martins Costa-Junior
The tick Rhipicephalus microplus affects cattle health, with production loss in tropical and subtropical regions. Moreover, the use of commercial acaricides has been reduced due to the resistance of this parasite. Although alternatives such as plant bioactive molecules have been sought, essential oils present variations in their chemical constituents due to environmental factors, which can interfere with their acaricidal activity. The objective of the present study was to evaluate the seasonal influence of the essential oil of Ocimum gratissimum and its major constituents on acaricidal activity against R...
November 19, 2017: Parasitology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152229/ticking-time-bombs-connections-between-circadian-clocks-and-cancer
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REVIEW
Katja A Lamia
Connections between mammalian circadian and cell division cycles have been postulated since the early 20th century, and epidemiological and genetic studies have linked disruption of circadian clock function to increased risk of several types of cancer. In the past decade, it has become clear that circadian clock components influence cell growth and transformation in a cell-autonomous manner. Furthermore, several molecular mechanistic connections have been described in which clock proteins participate in sensing DNA damage, modulating DNA repair, and influencing the ubiquitination and degradation of key players in oncogenesis (c-MYC) and tumor suppression (p53)...
2017: F1000Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150636/a-genetic-system-for-targeted-mutations-to-disrupt-and-restore-genes-in-the-obligate-bacterium-ehrlichia-chaffeensis
#15
Ying Wang, Lanjing Wei, Huitao Liu, Chuanmin Cheng, Roman R Ganta
Obligate intracellular bacteria (obligates) belonging to Rickettsiales and Chlamydiales cause diseases in hundreds of millions of people worldwide and in many animal species. Lack of an efficient system for targeted mutagenesis in obligates remains a major impediment in understanding microbial pathogenesis. Challenges in creating targeted mutations may be attributed to essential nature of majority of the genes and intracellular replication dependence. Despite success in generating random mutations, a method that works well in creating mutations in specific genes of interest followed by complementation remains problematic for obligates and is a highly sought-after goal...
November 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150323/screening-of-patient-blood-samples-for-babesiosis-using-enzymatic-assays
#16
Shekerah Primus, Lavoisier Akoolo, Samantha Schlachter, Nikhat Parveen
Human babesiosis is an emerging tick-borne disease in the United States and Europe. Transmitted by Ixodes ticks, the causative agent Babesia microti is an intraerythrocytic parasite that causes mild to deadly disease. Transmission of B. microti can also occur by transfusion of infected blood and blood products resulting in transfusion-transmitted babesiosis (TTB), which carries a high risk of fatality. To effectively manage this rise in B. microti infections, better screening tools are needed, which require minimal manipulation of the samples before testing...
November 12, 2017: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150322/sex-ratios-of-the-tick-ixodes-arboricola-are-strongly-female-biased-but-there-are-no-indications-of-sex-distorting-bacteria
#17
A Raoul Van Oosten, Olivier Duron, Dieter J A Heylen
Studies on sex ratio are of fundamental importance for understanding the biology of populations and biological control of pests and pathogens. In most Ixodes tick species, only females feed in the adult stage and, hence, contribute to pathogen transmission. The tree-hole tick Ixodes arboricola infests cavity-nesting birds and has limited dispersal possibilities. It plays an important role in the maintenance of zoonotic disease cycles. Here, we quantified the sex ratio of 718 adult I. arboricola ticks obtained from a laboratory stock at nine distinct periods (cohorts) from 2008 to 2015...
November 11, 2017: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149298/vector-borne-diseases-and-climate-change-a-european-perspective
#18
Jan C Semenza, Jonathan E Suk
Climate change has already impacted the transmission of a wide-range of vector-borne diseases in Europe, and it will continue to do so in the coming decades. Climate change has been implicated in the observed shift of ticks to elevated altitudes and latitudes, notably including the Ixodes ricinus tick species which is a vector for Lyme borreliosis and tick-borne encephalitis. Climate change is also thought to have been a factor in the expansion of other important disease vectors in Europe: Aedes albopictus (the Asian tiger mosquito), which transmits diseases such as Zika, dengue, and chikungunya, and Phlebotomus sandfly species, which transmits diseases including Leishmaniasis...
November 15, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149281/seroreactivity-to-the-c6-peptide-in-borrelia-miyamotoi-infections-occurring-in-the-northeastern-united-states
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Phillip J Molloy, Karen E Weeks, Brittany Todd, Gary P Wormser
Background: There are no Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved diagnostic tests for Borrelia miyamotoi infection, an emerging tick-borne illness in the United States. The purpose of this study was to evaluate whether the FDA-approved C6 peptide ELISA currently used to diagnose Lyme disease may potentially serve as a diagnostic test for B. miyamotoi infections. Methods: Serum specimens from 30 patients from the Northeastern United States with B. miyamotoi infection established by a polymerase chain reaction assay of a blood specimen were tested using the C6 ELISA...
November 15, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149257/eleven-telomere-epigenetic-clock-and-biomarker-composite-quantifications-of-biological-aging-do-they-measure-the-same-thing
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Daniel W Belsky, Terrie E Moffitt, Alan A Cohen, David L Corcoran, Morgan E Levine, Joseph A Prinz, Jonathan Schaefer, Karen Sugden, Benjamin Williams, Richie Poulton, Avshalom Caspi
The geroscience hypothesis posits that therapies to slow biological processes of aging can prevent disease and extend healthy years of life. To test such "gero-protective" therapies in humans, outcome measures are needed that can assess extension of disease-free lifespan. This need has spurred development of different methods to quantify biological aging. But different methods have not been systematically compared in the same humans. We implemented seven methods to quantify biological aging using repeated-measures physiological and genomic data in 964 middle-aged humans in the Dunedin Study...
November 15, 2017: American Journal of Epidemiology
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