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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103263/splenic-cd4-t-cells-in-progressive-visceral-leishmaniasis-show-a-mixed-effector-regulatory-phenotype-and-impair-macrophage-effector-function-through-inhibitory-receptor-expression
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Audrie A Medina-Colorado, Elvia Y Osorio, Omar A Saldarriaga, Bruno L Travi, Fanping Kong, Heidi Spratt, Lynn Soong, Peter C Melby
Visceral leishmaniasis (VL), caused by infection with the intracellular protozoan Leishmania donovani, is a chronic progressive disease with a relentlessly increasing parasite burden in the spleen, liver and bone marrow. The disease is characterized by fever, splenomegaly, cachexia, and pancytopenia, and progresses to death if not treated. Control of Leishmania infection is mediated by Th1 (IFNγ-producing) CD4+ T cells, which activate macrophages to produce nitric oxide and kill intracellular parasites. However, despite expansion of CD4+ T cells and increased IFNγ expression in the spleen, humans with active VL do not control the infection...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102941/synthesis-of-primaquine-glyco-conjugates-as-potential-tissue-schizontocidal-antimalarial-agents
#2
Chandra S Azad, Mridula Saxena, Arif J Siddiqui, Jyoti Bhardwaj, Sunil K Puri, Guru P Dutta, Nity Anand, Anil K Saxena
Primaquine (PQ) is the only drug used to prevent relapse of malaria due to P. vivax and P. ovale, by eradicating the dormant liver form of the parasite (hypnozoites). The side effects associated with PQ limits is uses in treatment of malaria. To overcome the premature oxidative deamination and to increase the life span of drug in the biological system the novel glyco-conjugates of PQ were synthesized by coupling of primaquine with hexoses in phosphate buffer. The saccharide part of the hybrid molecules thought to be direct the drug to the liver, where hypnozoites resides...
January 19, 2017: Chemical Biology & Drug Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096865/cardiac-hydatid-cyst-without-liver-involvement-a-case-report
#3
Maryam Shojaeifard, Saeid Hosseini, Sarah Hosseini, Hamidreza Pouraliakbar, Hossein Dehghani, Feridoun Noohi
Hydatid disease is a rare parasitic disease, which mainly involves liver then lung tissues. Cardiac involvement is very rare, especially when there is not hepatic involvement. We describe a 47-year-old woman with a history of a lung hydatid cyst who was referred to Rajaei Heart Center, Tehran, Iran in 2012. Her chest computed tomographic scan showed a cardiac mass. Echocardiographic examination illustrated a large, well-defined heterogeneous mass (4.5 × 2.5 cm) in the roof of the right atrium with attachment to the crista terminalis without compressive effect on the inferior and superior venae cavae...
April 2016: Iranian Journal of Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094661/diagnosis-of-pancreatic-disease-in-feline-platynosomosis
#4
Liza S Köster, Linda Shell, Jennifer Ketzis, Sreekumari Rajeev, Oscar Illanes
Objectives Platynosomum species are cat-specific parasitic trematodes that parasitize the biliary ducts and gall bladder. Due to the common connection to the major duodenal papilla of the pancreas and common bile ducts in addition to the periductal proximity of the pancreas, it is possible that platynosomosis could cause pancreatitis. The objective of this study was to determine whether platynosomosis, a commonly diagnosed parasitic disease in cats on St Kitts, has any association with pancreatic disease. Methods To investigate this possibility, the pancreas of free-roaming cats with naturally acquired platynosomosis were evaluated via ultrasound, serum concentrations of feline pancreatic lipase (fPL), cobalamin, folate and feline trypsin-like immunoreactivity (fTLI) and histopathology...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094524/antimalarial-pyrido-1-2-a-benzimidazoles-lead-optimization-parasite-life-cycle-stage-profile-mechanistic-evaluation-killing-kinetics-and-in-vivo-oral-efficacy-in-a-mouse-model
#5
Kawaljit Singh, John Okombo, Christel Brunschwig, Ferdinand Ndubi, Linley Barnard, Chad Wilkinson, Peter M Njogu, Mathew Njoroge, Lizahn Laing, Marta Machado, Miguel Prudêncio, Janette Reader, Mariette E Botha, Sindisiwe H Nondaba, Lyn-Marie Birkholtz, Sonja Lauterbach, Alisje Churchyard, Theresa L Coetzer, Jeremy N Burrows, Clive Leonard Yeates, Paolo Denti, Lubbe Wiesner, Timothy J Egan, Sergio Wittlin, Kelly Chibale
Further structure activity relationship (SAR) studies on the recently identified pyrido[1,2-a]benzimidazole (PBI) antimalarials, have led to the identification of potent, metabolically stable compounds with improved in vivo oral efficacy in the P. berghei mouse model and additional activity against parasite liver and gametocyte stages, making them potential candidates for preclinical development. Inhibition of haemozoin formation possibly contributes to the mechanism of action.
January 17, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091914/altered-liver-proteoglycan-glycosaminoglycan-structure-as-a-manifestation-of-extracellular-matrix-remodeling-upon-bcg-induced-granulomatosis-in-mice
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L B Kim, V A Shkurupy, A N Putyatina
Experimental BCG-induced granulomatosis in mice was used to study changes in the dynamics of individual liver proteoglycan components reflecting phasic extracellular matrix remodeling, determined by the host-parasite interaction and associated with granuloma development. In the early BCG-granulomatosis period, the increase in individual proteoglycan components promotes granuloma formation, providing conditions for mycobacteria adhesion to host cells, migration of phagocytic cells from circulation, and cell-cell interaction leading to granuloma development and fibrosis...
January 2017: Bulletin of Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091881/identifying-metabolites-of-meclonazepam-by-high-resolution-mass-spectrometry-using-human-liver-microsomes-hepatocytes-a-mouse-model-and-authentic-urine-samples
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Svante Vikingsson, Ariane Wohlfarth, Mikael Andersson, Henrik Gréen, Markus Roman, Martin Josefsson, Fredrik C Kugelberg, Robert Kronstrand
Meclonazepam is a benzodiazepine patented in 1977 to treat parasitic worms, which recently appeared as a designer benzodiazepine and drug of abuse. The aim of this study was to identify metabolites suitable as biomarkers of drug intake in urine using high-resolution mass spectrometry, authentic urine samples, and different model systems including human liver microsomes, cryopreserved hepatocytes, and a mice model. The main metabolites of meclonazepam found in human urine were amino-meclonazepam and acetamido-meclonazepam; also, minor peaks for meclonazepam were observed in three of four urine samples...
January 13, 2017: AAPS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090319/the-role-of-liver-sinusoidal-cells-in-local-hepatic-immune-surveillance
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Dirk Wohlleber, Percy A Knolle
Although the liver's function as unique immune organ regulating immunity has received a lot of attention over the last years, the mechanisms determining hepatic immune surveillance against infected hepatocytes remain less well defined. Liver sinusoidal cells, in particular, liver sinusoidal endothelial cells (LSECs) and Kupffer cells (KCs), serve as physical platform for recruitment and anchoring of blood-borne immune cells in the liver. Liver sinusoidal cells also function as portal of entry for infectious microorganisms targeting the liver such as hepatotropic viruses, bacteria or parasites...
December 2016: Clinical & Translational Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087959/a-study-on-hla-dr-dq-typing-in-adult-malay-patients-with-acute-amoebic-liver-abscess
#9
Z Nazli, N M S Azira, M Zeehaida, Z Nik Zairi, Y Nurul Khaiza, Y Maya Mazuwin
INTRODUCTION: Amoebiasis is a parasitic disease caused by Entamoeba histolytica that may lead to death in developing countries. Few important risk factors have been identified in the development of amoebic liver abscess (ALA). There are limited reports that suggest an association between antigens of the major histocompatibility complex (MHC) particularly class II antigens and ALA development. This present work aimed at studying the possible association of HLA antigens with ALA and disease severity...
December 2016: Medical Journal of Malaysia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087668/the-threshold-of-protection-from-liver-stage-malaria-relies-on-a-fine-balance-between-the-number-of-infected-hepatocytes-and-effector-cd8-t-cells-present-in-the-liver
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Alexandra J Spencer, Rhea J Longley, Anita Gola, Marta Ulaszewska, Teresa Lambe, Adrian V S Hill
Since the demonstration of sterile protection afforded by injection of irradiated sporozoites, CD8(+) T cells have been shown to play a significant role in protection from liver-stage malaria. This is, however, dependent on the presence of an extremely high number of circulating effector cells, thought to be necessary to scan, locate, and kill infected hepatocytes in the short time that parasites are present in the liver. We used an adoptive transfer model to elucidate the kinetics of the effector CD8(+) T cell response in the liver following Plasmodium berghei sporozoite challenge...
January 13, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087365/parasite-induced-increases-in-the-energy-costs-of-movement-of-host-freshwater-fish
#11
Ondřej Slavík, Pavel Horký, Karel Douda, Josef Velíšek, Jitka Kolářová, Pavel Lepič
Parasitization by the larvae (glochidia) of freshwater mussels can cause harm to a fish's gills, resulting in less effective respiration and/or reduced activity by the host fish. The impact of glochidia infections on the host's physiology remains poorly understood, and no information is available concerning energy consumption in parasitized fish. Hence, we obtained glochidia of the invasive unionid mussel Sinanodonta (Anodonta) woodiana and experimentally infected common carp, Cyprinus carpio, tagged with physiological sensors to measure energy consumption...
January 10, 2017: Physiology & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28080899/health-and-nutritional-assessment-of-free-ranging-eastern-indigo-snakes-drymarchon-couperi-in-georgia-united-states
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S Emmanuelle Knafo, Terry M Norton, Mark Mitchell, Dirk J Stevenson, Natalie Hyslop, Robert Poppenga, Marcie Oliva, Tai Chen, Carolyn Cray, Samantha E J Gibbs, Lance Durden, Nancy Stedman, Stephen Divers, Ellen Dierenfeld
Clinical pathology and nutritional parameters are useful in evaluating and monitoring threatened and endangered wildlife populations, but reference ranges for most snake species are lacking. From 2001 to 2005, health assessments were performed on 58 eastern indigo snakes (EIS) (Drymarchon couperi) captured in the wild in southeastern Georgia, United States. Health and nutritional assessments performed included hematology, serum biochemistry, fat-soluble vitamins, heavy metals, pesticide contaminants, parasitology, and surveys of other pathogens...
December 2016: Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine: Official Publication of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077589/trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole-prophylaxis-during-live-malaria-sporozoite-immunization-induces-long-lived-homologous-and-heterologous-protective-immunity-against-sporozoite-challenge
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Charlotte V Hobbs, Charles Anderson, Jillian Neal, Tejram Sahu, Solomon Conteh, Tatiana Voza, Jean Langhorne, William Borkowsky, Patrick E Duffy
Trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole (TMP-SMX) is widely used in malaria-endemic areas in human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected children and HIV-uninfected, HIV-exposed children as opportunistic infection prophylaxis. Despite the known effects that TMP-SMX has in reducing clinical malaria, its impact on development of malaria-specific immunity in these children remains poorly understood. Using rodent malaria models, we previously showed that TMP-SMX, at prophylactic doses, can arrest liver stage development of malaria parasites and speculated that TMP-SMX prophylaxis during repeated malaria exposures would induce protective long-lived sterile immunity targeting pre-erythrocytic stage parasites in mice...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069296/inflammatory-early-events-associated-to-the-role-of-p2x7-receptor-in-acute-murine-toxoplasmosis
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Gladys Corrêa, Carolina de Almeida Lindenberg, Aline Cristina de Abreu Moreira-Souza, Luiz Eduardo Baggio Savio, Christina Maeda Takiya, Camila Marques-da-Silva, Rossiane Claudia Vommaro, Robson Coutinho-Silva
Activation of the purinergic P2X7 receptor by extracellular ATP (eATP) potentiates proinflammatory responses during infections by intracellular pathogens. Extracellular ATP triggers an antimicrobial response in macrophages infected with Toxoplasma gondii in vitro, suggesting that purinergic signaling may stimulate host defense mechanisms against toxoplasmosis. Here, we provide in vivo evidence in support of this hypothesis, by showing that P2X7(-/-) mice are more susceptible than P2X7(+/+) mice to acute infection by the RH strain of T...
December 30, 2016: Immunobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067322/a-novel-and-conserved-plasmodium-sporozoite-membrane-protein-speld-is-required-for-maturation-of-exo-erythrocytic-forms
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Faisal Mohammed Abdul Al-Nihmi, Surendra Kumar Kolli, Segireddy Rameswara Reddy, Babu S Mastan, Jyothi Togiri, Mulaka Maruthi, Roshni Gupta, Puran Singh Sijwali, Satish Mishra, Kota Arun Kumar
Plasmodium sporozoites are the infective forms of malaria parasite to vertebrate host and undergo dramatic changes in their transcriptional repertoire during maturation in mosquito salivary glands. We report here the role of a novel and conserved Plasmodium berghei protein encoded by PBANKA_091090 in maturation of Exo-erythrocytic Forms (EEFs) and designate it as Sporozoite surface Protein Essential for Liver stage Development (PbSPELD). PBANKA_091090 was previously annotated as PB402615.00.0 and its transcript was recovered at maximal frequency in the Serial Analysis of the Gene Expression (SAGE) of Plasmodium berghei salivary gland sporozoites...
January 9, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060841/genomes-of-fasciola-hepatica-from-the-americas-reveal-colonization-with-neorickettsia-endobacteria-related-to-the-agents-of-potomac-horse-and-human-sennetsu-fevers
#16
Samantha N McNulty, Jose F Tort, Gabriel Rinaldi, Kerstin Fischer, Bruce A Rosa, Pablo Smircich, Santiago Fontenla, Young-Jun Choi, Rahul Tyagi, Kymberlie Hallsworth-Pepin, Victoria H Mann, Lakshmi Kammili, Patricia S Latham, Nicolas Dell'Oca, Fernanda Dominguez, Carlos Carmona, Peter U Fischer, Paul J Brindley, Makedonka Mitreva
Food borne trematodes (FBTs) are an assemblage of platyhelminth parasites transmitted through the food chain, four of which are recognized as neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). Fascioliasis stands out among the other NTDs due to its broad and significant impact on both human and animal health, as Fasciola sp., are also considered major pathogens of domestic ruminants. Here we present a reference genome sequence of the common liver fluke, Fasciola hepatica isolated from sheep, complementing previously reported isolate from cattle...
January 6, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28059524/antileishmanial-activity-of-pyrazolopyridine-derivatives-and-their-potential-as-adjunct-therapy-with-miltefosine
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Devireddy Anand, Pawan Kumar Yadav, Om P S Patel, Naveen Parmar, Rahul K Maurya, Preeti Vishwakarma, Kanumuri S R Raju, Isha Taneja, Muhammad Wahajuddin, Susanta Kar, Prem P Yadav
A series of pyrazolo(dihydro)pyridines were synthesized and evaluated for antileishmanial efficacy against experimental visceral leishmaniasis. Among all, compounds 6d and 6j exhibited better activity than miltefosine against the intracellular amastigotes. Compound 6j (50 mg/kg/day) was further studied against Leishmania donovani/BALB/c mice via the intraperitoneal route for 5 days and displayed >91 and >93% clearances in splenic and liver parasitic burden, respectively. Combination treatment of 6j with the sub-curative dose of miltefosine (5 mg/kg) in BALB/c mice almost completely ameliorated the disease (>97% inhibition) by augmenting nitric oxide generation and shifting the immune response towards Th1 mode...
January 6, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28049560/a-recombinant-fusion-protein-displaying-murine-and-human-mhc-class-i-and-ii-specific-epitopes-protects-against-leishmania-amazonensis-infection
#18
Vívian T Martins, Daniela P Lage, Mariana C Duarte, Ana Maria R S Carvalho, Lourena E Costa, Tiago A O Mendes, Danniele L Vale, Daniel Menezes-Souza, Bruno M Roatt, Carlos A P Tavares, Manuel Soto, Eduardo A F Coelho
Tegumentary leishmaniasis (TL) constitutes a major public health problem with significant morbidity worldwide. Synthetic peptide-based vaccines are attractive candidates to protect against leishmaniasis, since T cell-specific epitopes can be delivery to antigen-presenting cells, leading to the generation of a Th1 cell-mediated immunity. In this context, the present study aims to evaluate the immunogenicity and protective efficacy of a vaccine composed of major histocompatibility complex class I and II-restricted epitopes derived from four Leishmania infantum proteins to protect mice against Leishmania amazonensis infection...
December 28, 2016: Cellular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28049485/the-dangers-of-accepting-a-single-diagnosis-case-report-of-concurrent-plasmodium-knowlesi-malaria-and-dengue-infection
#19
Soon Eu Chong, Rhendra Hardy Mohamad Zaini, Siti Suraiya, Kok Tong Lee, Jo Anne Lim
BACKGROUND: Dengue and malaria are two common, mosquito-borne infections, which may lead to mortality if not managed properly. Concurrent infections of dengue and malaria are rare due to the different habitats of its vectors and activities of different carrier mosquitoes. The first case reported was in 2005. Since then, several concurrent infections have been reported between the dengue virus (DENV) and the malaria protozoans, Plasmodium falciparum and Plasmodium vivax. Symptoms of each infection may be masked by a simultaneous second infection, resulting in late treatment and severe complications...
January 3, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28046021/the-effect-of-parasite-infection-on-stable-isotope-turnover-rates-of-%C3%AE-15n-%C3%AE-13c-and-%C3%AE-34s-in-multiple-tissues-of-eurasian-perch-perca-fluviatilis
#20
Elizabeth Yohannes, Claudia Grimm, Karl-Otto Rothhaupt, Jasminca Behrmann-Godel
Stable isotope analysis of commercially and ecologically important fish can improve understanding of life-history and trophic ecology. However, accurate interpretation of stable isotope values requires knowledge of tissue-specific isotopic turnover that will help to describe differences in the isotopic composition of tissues and diet. We performed a diet-switch experiment using captive-reared parasite-free Eurasian perch (Perca fluviatilis) and wild caught specimens of the same species, infected with the pike tapeworm Triaenophorus nodulosus living in host liver tissue...
2017: PloS One
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