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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29211104/surveillance-of-seroepidemiology-and-morbidity-of-chagas-disease-in-the-negro-river-brazilian-amazon
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José Rodrigues Coura, Angela Cv Junqueira, João Marcos Bb Ferreira
BACKGROUND: Chagas disease in the Brazilian Amazon Region was previously regarded as an enzootic disease of wild animals. More recently, in situations where humans have penetrated the wild ecotope or where triatomines and/or wild animals (marsupials) have invaded human homes resulting in disease transmission, Chagas disease has come to be regarded as an anthropozoonosis. We found that the highest incidence of infection due to Trypanosoma cruzi and Chagas disease occurred among piassaba fibre gatherers and their families...
January 2018: Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29167493/functional-aspects-of-salivary-nitric-oxide-synthase-of-rhodnius-prolixus-hemiptera-reduviidae-and-nitric-oxide-trafficking-at-the-vector-host-interface
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Rafaela M M Paim, Bruno W L Nascimento, Ana Mércia D Nascimento, Dimitri E Pacheco, Adriana C Soares, Ricardo N Araujo, Mauricio R V Sant'Anna, Grasielle C D Pessoa, Nelder F Gontijo, Marcos H Pereira
Rhodnius prolixus expresses nitric oxide synthase (NOS) in the cytosol of the salivary gland (SG) cells. The NO produced is stored in the SG lumen bound to NO-carrier haemeproteins called nitrophorins (NPs). NPs bind tightly to NO in the acidic SG lumen, but release NO when the pH becomes high, e.g., at the host skin (pH~7.4). NO elicits potent and transient relaxation of vascular smooth muscle. Here, we investigated the role of salivary NO in the R. prolixus feeding behaviour and the salivary vasodilator activity of the host microcirculation...
November 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161488/identifying-trypanosoma-cruzi-discreet-typing-units-in-triatomines-collected-in-different-natural-regions-of-per%C3%A3%C2%BA
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Carlos P Padilla, Uriel Alvarado, Gladis Ventura, Deysi Luna-Caipo, Marcial Suárez, José R Tuñoque, Nancy Ruelas-Llerena, Luis A Fachín, Alina Huiza, Lizandro Gonzáles, Julio César Carranza, Gustavo Adolfo Vallejo, Gustavo Adolfo Vallejo, Abraham G Cáceres, Abraham G Cáceres
INTRODUCTION: Trypanosoma cruzi has been divided by international consensus into six discrete typing units (DTU): TcI, TcII, TcIII, TcIV, TcV y TcVI. The factors determining the dynamics of T. cruzi genotypes vector transmission of Chagas' disease in the different geographical regions of Perú are still unknown. OBJECTIVE: To detect and type T. cruzi DTUs from the faeces of seven species of triatomines (Panstrongylus chinai, P. geniculatus, P. herreri, Rhodnius robustus, R...
March 29, 2017: Biomédica: Revista del Instituto Nacional de Salud
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161477/-insecticidal-action-of-synthetic-girgensohnine-analogues-and-essential-oils-on-rhodnius-prolixus-hemiptera-reduviidae
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Juliana Cuadros, Aurora L Carreño, Vladimir V Kouznetsov, Jonny E Duque
INTRODUCTION: The alkaloid girgensohnine has been used as a natural model in the synthesis of new alkaloid-like alpha-aminonitriles with insecticidal effect against disease vectors. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the biocide activity of girgensohnine analogues and essential oils of Cymbopogon flexuosus, Citrus sinensis and Eucalyptus citriodora in stage I and stage V Rhodnius prolixus nymphs. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We used a topical application model in tergites and sternites, as well as exposure to treated surfaces with different exploratory doses of each of the molecules and essential oils to determine the lethal doses (LD50 and LD95)...
March 29, 2017: Biomédica: Revista del Instituto Nacional de Salud
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160509/sympatry-influence-in-the-interaction-of-trypanosoma-cruzi-with-triatomine
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Elaine Schultz Dworak, Silvana Marques de Araújo, Mônica Lúcia Gomes, Miyoko Massago, Érika Cristina Ferreira, Max Jean de Ornelas Toledo
INTRODUCTION: Trypanosoma cruzi, the etiologic agent of Chagas disease, is widely distributed in nature, circulating between triatomine bugs and sylvatic mammals, and has large genetic diversity. Both the vector species and the genetic lineages of T. cruzi present a varied geographical distribution. This study aimed to verify the influence of sympatry in the interaction of T. cruzi with triatomines. Methods: The behavior of the strains PR2256 (T. cruzi II) and AM14 (T. cruzi IV) was studied in Triatoma sordida (TS) and Rhodnius robustus (RR)...
September 2017: Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Tropical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29157359/countercurrent-heat-exchange-and-thermoregulation-during-blood-feeding-in-kissing-bugs
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Chloé Lahondère, Teresita C Insausti, Rafaela Mm Paim, Xiaojie Luan, George Belev, Marcos H Pereira, Juan P Ianowski, Claudio R Lazzari
Blood-sucking insects experience thermal stress at each feeding event on endothermic vertebrates. We used thermography to examine how kissing-bugs Rhodnius prolixus actively protect themselves from overheating. During feeding, these bugs sequester and dissipate the excess heat in their heads while maintaining an abdominal temperature close to ambient. We employed a functional-morphological approach, combining histology, µCT and X-ray-synchrotron imaging to shed light on the way these insects manage the flow of heat across their bodies...
November 21, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154947/16s-rrna-gene-amplicon-sequencing-reveals-dominance-of-actinobacteria-in-rhodnius-pallescens-compared-to-triatoma-maculata-midgut-microbiota-in-natural-populations-of-vector-insects-from-colombia
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Luisa M Montoya-Porras, Triana-Chavez Omar, F Alzate Juan, X Claudia Moreno Herrera, Gloria E Cadavid-Restrepo
Chagas disease affects more than 6 million people in Latin America, it is a parasitic disease caused by the protozoan Trypanosoma cruzi, which is transmitted mainly by bloodsucking insects of the Triatominae subfamily. Studies on microbial communities that inhabit the insect gut are important to understanding their role in the parasite transmission and development. The present work aims to evaluate the gut bacterial composition of natural populations of triatomine species from Vichada and Magdalena, administrative states called departments in Colombia, using high-throughput sequencing technologies...
November 15, 2017: Acta Tropica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145405/drivers-of-house-invasion-by-sylvatic-chagas-disease-vectors-in-the-amazon-cerrado-transition-a-multi-year-state-wide-assessment-of-municipality-aggregated-surveillance-data
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Raíssa N Brito, David E Gorla, Liléia Diotaiuti, Anália C F Gomes, Rita C M Souza, Fernando Abad-Franch
BACKGROUND: Insecticide spraying efficiently controls house infestation by triatomine bugs, the vectors of Trypanosoma cruzi. The strategy, however, is ineffective against sylvatic triatomines, which can transmit Chagas disease by invading (without colonizing) man-made structures. Despite growing awareness of the relevance of these transmission dynamics, the drivers of house invasion by sylvatic triatomines remain poorly understood. METHODS/FINDINGS: About 12,000 sylvatic triatomines were caught during routine surveillance in houses of Tocantins state, Brazil, in 2005-2013...
November 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138480/nitric-oxide-contributes-to-high-salt-perception-in-a-blood-sucking-insect-model
#9
Agustina Cano, Gina Pontes, Valeria Sfara, Diego Anfossi, Romina B Barrozo
In all organisms, salts produce either appetitive or aversive responses depending on the concentration. While low-salt concentration in food elicits positive responses to ingest, high-salt triggers aversion. Still the mechanisms involved in this dual behavior have just started to be uncovered in some organisms. In Rhodnius prolixus, using pharmacological and behavioral assays, we demonstrated that upon high-salt detection in food a nitric oxide (NO) dependent cascade is activated. This activation involves a soluble guanylate cyclase (sGC) and the production of cyclic guanosine monophosphate (cGMP)...
November 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133203/expression-and-functional-characterization-of-tachykinin-related-peptides-in-the-blood-feeding-bug-rhodnius-prolixus
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A N S Haddad, M S Defferrari, S Hana, S G Szeto, A B Lange
Tachykinins (tachykinin-related peptides, TRPs) are multifunctional neuropeptides that have widespread distribution in the central nervous system (CNS) and in the gastrointestinal tract of many insects, and most have been shown to stimulate contractions of visceral muscles. Invertebrate TRPs carry a characteristic conserved C-terminal pentapeptide (FXGXR-amide) and most of them share some amino acid sequence similarities (approx. 45%) with the vertebrate and mammalian tachykinin family. We have functionally characterized the tachykinins in R...
November 10, 2017: Peptides
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29029145/blood-meal-source-characterization-using-illumina-sequencing-in-the-chagas-disease-vector-rhodnius-pallescens-hemiptera-reduviidae-in-panam%C3%A3
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Troy J Kieran, Nicole L Gottdenker, Christina P Varian, Azael Saldaña, Nicolas Means, Darlisha Owens, Jose E Calzada, Travis C Glenn
Accurate blood meal identification is critical to understand hematophagous vector-host relationships. This study describes a customizable Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS) approach to identify blood meals from Rhodnius pallescens (Hemiptera: Reduviidae) triatomines using multiple barcoded primers and existing software to pick operational taxonomic units and match sequences for blood meal identification. We precisely identified all positive control samples using this method and further examined 74 wild-caught R...
November 7, 2017: Journal of Medical Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29018364/cloning-and-functional-characterization-of-oct%C3%AE-2-receptor-and-tyr1-receptor-in-the-chagas-disease-vector-rhodnius-prolixus
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Sam Hana, Angela B Lange
Octopamine and tyramine, both biogenic amines, are bioactive chemicals important in diverse physiological processes in invertebrates. In insects, octopamine and tyramine operate analogously to epinephrine and norepinephrine in the vertebrates. Octopamine and tyramine bind to G-protein coupled receptors (GPCRs) leading to changes in second messenger levels and thereby modifying the function in target tissues and insect behavior. In this paper, we report the cDNA sequences of two GPCRs, RhoprOctβ2-R, and RhoprTyr1-R, have been cloned and functionally characterized from Rhodnius prolixus...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29017584/american-trypanosomiasis-or-chagas-disease-in-panama-a-chronological-synopsis-of-ecological-and-epidemiological-research
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REVIEW
Indra G Rodriguez, Jose R Loaiza
American trypanosomiasis, or Chagas disease, is a growing public health problem in Panama, and further forest degradation due to human population growth is expected to worsen the situation. Most people infected with the parasite Trypanosoma cruzi are silently ill, and their life expectancy is severely compromised, which contributes to further deterioration of living conditions in endemic regions. Here, we review the outcomes of nearly 100 years of ecological and epidemiological investigation about Chagas disease in Panama, in an attempt to highlight progress, identify needs, and re-orient future efforts...
October 10, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28968383/distribution-of-triatomine-species-in-domestic-and-peridomestic-environments-in-central-coastal-ecuador
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Mario J Grijalva, Anita G Villacís, Ana L Moncayo, Sofia Ocaña-Mayorga, Cesar A Yumiseva, Esteban G Baus
BACKGROUND: Although the central coast of the Ecuador is considered endemic for Chagas disease, few studies have focused on determining the risk of transmission in this region. In this study we describe the triatomine household infestation in Manabí province (Central Coast region), determine the rate of Trypanosoma cruzi infection and study the risk factors associated with infestation by Rhodnius ecuadoriensis. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: An entomological survey found three triatomine species (Rhodnius ecuadoriensis, Panstrongylus rufotuberculatus and P...
October 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28968005/-blood-feeding-of-rhodnius-prolixus
#15
Kevin Escandón-Vargas, Carlos A Muñoz-Zuluaga, Liliana Salazar
Triatomines (Hemiptera: Reduviidae) are blood-sucking insect vectors of the protozoan Trypanosoma cruzi which is the causative agent of Chagas' disease. Rhodnius prolixus is the most epidemiologically important vector of T. cruzi in Colombia. Triatomines are regarded to be vessel-feeders as they obtain their blood meals from vertebrate hosts by directly inserting their mouthparts into vessels. Microscopic techniques are useful for visualizing and describing the morphology of biological structures. Here, we show images of the blood-feeding of R...
September 1, 2017: Biomédica: Revista del Instituto Nacional de Salud
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28887123/third-record-of-rhodnius-amazonicus-and-comparative-study-with-r-pictipes-hemiptera-reduviidae-triatominae
#16
João Aristeu da Rosa, Eder Santos Souza, Adelson da Costa Teixeira, Rosenildo Ribeiro Barbosa, Aecildo José de Souza, Tiago Belintani, Juliana Damieli Nascimento, Hélcio Reinaldo Gil-Santana, Jader de Oliveira
Rhodnius amazonicus Almeida et al. (1973) is a triatomine of rare occurrence. This species was found for the third time in Breves city, Pará state, Brazil. Morphometric and morphological studies were carried out on one male and one female. Lent and Wygodzinsky (1979) considered this species as a synonym of R. pictipes, until its revalidation after 23 years by Bérenger and Pluot-Sigwalt (2002). Considering the synonym mentioned above, a comparative study between these two species was performed in order to report the third encounter of this species, and increase the number of morphological characters that distinguish R...
December 2017: Acta Tropica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822204/comparative-2-d-electrophoresis-of-salivary-proteins-in-triatoma-dimidiata-and-rhodnius-prolixus-hemiptera-reduviidae-and-major-cross-reactive-antigens
#17
Victor Monteon, Ivan May-Gil, Karla Acosta-Viana, Angel Ramos-Logonio, Oscar Hernandez, Ruth Lopez
An immune response to triatomine’s saliva is an immunological marker of exposure to triatomine bites. However, considerable variability in salivary protein profiles did exist among species. In the present work, we compare salivary proteins from Mexican Triatoma dimidiata and Rhodnius prolixus using 2-D electrophoresis. A clear differential saliva profile was found to exist between these two triatomine species. Fewer protein spots were detected in R. prolixus than in T. dimidiata. More than half of the proteins had an isoelectric point between 5 and 7 and a molecular weight between 10 and 30 kDa in T...
2017: Annals of Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28769676/a-new-species-of-rhodnius-from-brazil-hemiptera-reduviidae-triatominae
#18
João Aristeu da Rosa, Hernany Henrique Garcia Justino, Juliana Damieli Nascimento, Vagner José Mendonça, Claudia Solano Rocha, Danila Blanco de Carvalho, Rossana Falcone, Maria Tercília Vilela de Azeredo Oliveira, Kaio Cesar Chaboli Alevi, Jader de Oliveira
A colony was formed from eggs of a Rhodnius sp. female collected in Taquarussu, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil, and its specimens were used to describe R. taquarussuensissp. n. This species is similar to R. neglectus, but distinct characters were observed on the head, thorax, abdomen, female external genitalia and male genitalia. Chromosomal differences between the two species were also established.
2017: ZooKeys
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723901/2b-rad-genotyping-for-population-genomic-studies-of-chagas-disease-vectors-rhodnius-ecuadoriensis-in-ecuador
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Luis E Hernandez-Castro, Marta Paterno, Anita G Villacís, Björn Andersson, Jaime A Costales, Michele De Noia, Sofía Ocaña-Mayorga, Cesar A Yumiseva, Mario J Grijalva, Martin S Llewellyn
BACKGROUND: Rhodnius ecuadoriensis is the main triatomine vector of Chagas disease, American trypanosomiasis, in Southern Ecuador and Northern Peru. Genomic approaches and next generation sequencing technologies have become powerful tools for investigating population diversity and structure which is a key consideration for vector control. Here we assess the effectiveness of three different 2b restriction site-associated DNA (2b-RAD) genotyping strategies in R. ecuadoriensis to provide sufficient genomic resolution to tease apart microevolutionary processes and undertake some pilot population genomic analyses...
July 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722578/study-of-the-salivary-glands-in-triatominae-hemiptera-reduviidae-triatominae-their-color-and-application-to-the-chagas-disease-vector-evolution
#20
Jader de Oliveira, Amanda Ravazi, Eder Dos Santos Souza, Felipe Ferraz Figueiredo Moreira, Cleber Galvão, João Aristeu da Rosa, Kaio Cesar Chaboli Alevi
Chagas disease is caused by Trypanosoma cruzi and transmitted by feces of a triatomine that has the habit of defecating during blood feeding. The salivary glands of triatomines are important to hematophagy because their saliva is rich in anticoagulant and hemolytic proteins. The salivary glands of some Rhodnius species analyzed are reddish due to the presence of nitrophorins (antihemostatic activity). The present study aimed to analyze the color pattern of the salivary glands of 67 triatomine species to evaluate whether the presence of nitrophorins is a synapomorphy of Rhodnius or the tribe Rhodniini, or if it is shared with triatomines of the tribes Triatomini and Cavernicolini...
September 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
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