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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28892179/behavioural-and-electrophysiological-responses-of%C3%A2-triatoma-dimidiata-nymphs-to-conspecific-faecal-volatiles
#1
Z Galvez-Marroquin, L Cruz-López, E A Malo, J M Ramsey, J C Rojas
The behavioural and electrophysiological (electroantennography) responses of the first two instars of Triatoma dimidiata (Hemiptera: Reduviidae) Latreille to fresh and dry faecal headspace volatile extracts from fifth instar conspecific nymphs and synthetic compounds were analysed in this study. Recently emerged nymphs (3-5 days) aggregated around filter paper impregnated with dry faeces and around filter paper impregnated with extracts from both fresh and dry faeces. Older first instars (10-15 days) and second instars aggregated around filter paper impregnated with fresh and dry faeces, and their respective headspace extracts...
September 11, 2017: Medical and Veterinary Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28888671/dicistroviridae-a-new-viral-purification-technique
#2
María L Susevich, Germán E Metz, Gerardo A Marti, María G Echeverría
The family Dicistroviridae comprises three genera and about twenty species of RNA virus, most of them with health or agricultural importance. The Triatoma virus (TrV) is the only entomopathogenic virus identified in triatomine bugs up to the present. TrV replicates within the intestinal epithelial cells, causing high mortality rate and delayed development of the molt of these bugs. TrV has been proposed as a biological control agent for vectors of Chagas disease. Viral particles were purified from feces of 1, 5 and 10 insects from an experimental colony of Triatoma infestans infected with TrV...
September 6, 2017: Revista Argentina de Microbiología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28877741/morphometric-variability-among-the-species-of-the-sordida-subcomplex-hemiptera-reduviidae-triatominae-evidence-for-differentiation-across-the-distribution-range-of-triatoma-sordida
#3
Julieta Nattero, Romina Valeria Piccinali, Catarina Macedo Lopes, María Laura Hernández, Luciana Abrahan, Patricia Alejandra Lobbia, Claudia Susana Rodríguez, Ana Laura Carbajal de la Fuente
BACKGROUND: The Sordida subcomplex (Triatominae) comprises four species, Triatoma garciabesi, T. guasayana, T. patagonica and T. sordida, which differ in epidemiological importance and adaptations to human environments. Some morphological similarities among species make taxonomic identification, population differentiation and species delimitation controversial. Triatoma garciabesi and T. sordida are the most similar species, having been considered alternatively two and a single species until T...
September 6, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28874168/holocentric-chromosome-evolution-in-kissing-bugs-hemiptera-reduviidae-triatominae-diversification-of-repeated-sequences
#4
Sebastián Pita, Pedro Lorite, Jesús Vela, Pablo Mora, Teresa Palomeque, Khoa Pham Thi, Francisco Panzera
BACKGROUND: The analysis of the chromosomal and genome evolution in organisms with holocentric chromosomes is restricted by the lack of primary constriction or centromere. An interesting group is the hemipteran subfamily Triatominae, vectors of Chagas disease, which affects around 6 to 7 million people worldwide. This group exhibits extensive variability in the number and chromosomal location of repeated sequences such as heterochromatin and ribosomal genes. This paper tries to reveal the significant differences of the repeated sequences among Triatoma species through the use of genomic DNA probes...
September 6, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28859957/morphology-of-the-spermathecae-of-twelve-species-of-triatominae-heteroptera-reduviidae-vectors-of-chagas-disease
#5
Juliana Damieli Nascimento, Aline Rimoldi Ribeiro, Larissa Aguiar de Almeida, Jader de Oliveira, Vagner José Mendonça, Mário Cilense, João Aristeu da Rosa
Trypanosoma cruzi, the etiological agent of Chagas disease, is transmitted by triatomines that have been described in a large number of studies. Most of those studies are related to external morphology and taxonomy, but some biochemical, genetic and physiological studies have also been published. There are a few publications in the literature about the internal organs of Triatominae, for instance the spermathecae, which are responsible for storing and maintaining the viability of the spermatozoids until the fertilization of the oocytes...
August 28, 2017: Acta Tropica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28851417/development-of-conventional-and-real-time-multiplex-pcr-based-assays-for-estimation-of-natural-infection-rates-and-trypanosoma-cruzi-load-in-triatomine-vectors
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Otacilio C Moreira, Thaiane Verly, Paula Finamore-Araujo, Suzete A O Gomes, Catarina M Lopes, Danielle M de Sousa, Lívia R Azevedo, Fabio F da Mota, Claudia M d'Avila-Levy, Jacenir R Santos-Mallet, Constança Britto
BACKGROUND: Chagas disease is a complex anthropozoonosis with distinct domestic and sylvatic mammal species acting as potential reservoirs. The diversity of vector species and their habitats are among the factors that hinder the control of the disease. Control programs periodically monitor the prevalence of T. cruzi infection in insect bugs through microscopical observation of diluted feces. However, microscopy presents limited sensitivity in samples with low parasite numbers, difficulties in examining all evolutionary stages of the insect and may in turn be limited to differentiate T...
August 29, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28829725/morphometric-wings-similarity-among-sylvatic-and-domestic-populations-of-triatoma-infestans-hemiptera-reduviidae-from-the-gran-chaco-region-of-paraguay
#7
COMPARATIVE STUDY
Antonieta Rojas de Arias, Ana Laura Carbajal de la Fuente, Ana Gómez, María Carla Cecere, Miriam Rolón, María Celeste Vega Gómez, Cesia Villalba
Despite sustained efforts for eliminating Triatoma infestans, reinfestation still persists in large part of the endemic area of Chagas disease from the Gran Chaco region. Sylvatic T. infestans populations seem to threat success of control programs of domestic T. infestans. In this study, we analyze whether T. infestans collected after a community-wide spraying were survivors or were immigrants from elsewhere using geometric morphometric tools. We used 101 right wings of female T. infestans captured before and after intervention program carried out in 12 de Junio and Casuarina, villages from Paraguayan Chaco, and in Puerto Casado during presprayed collection...
August 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
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
#8
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/28818626/wild-populations-of-triatoma-infestans-compilation-of-positive-sites-and-comparison-of-their-ecological-niche-with-domestic-population-niche
#9
Simone Frédérique Brenière, Rosio Buitrago, Etienne Waleckx, Stéphanie Depickère, Victor Sosa, Christian Barnabé, David Gorla
BACKGROUND: For several years, the wild populations of Triatoma infestans, main vector of Trypanosoma cruzi causing Chagas disease, have been considered or suspected of being a source of reinfestation of villages. The number of sites reported for the presence of wild T. infestans, often close to human habitats, has greatly increased, but these data are scattered in several publications, and others obtained by our team in Bolivia have not been published yet. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: Herein is compiled the largest number of wild sites explored for the presence of T...
August 15, 2017: Acta Tropica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807005/first-records-of-triatoma-rubrofasciata-de-geer-1773-hemiptera-reduviidae-in-foshan-guangdong-province-southern-china
#10
Qin Liu, Yun-Hai Guo, Yi Zhang, Zheng-Bin Zhou, Liang-Liang Zhang, Dan Zhu, Xiao-Nong Zhou
BACKGROUND: Triatomines, also known as kissing bugs, which are found throughout the world and especially in Latin America, are well known natural vectors that transmit American trypanosomiasis, also called Chagas disease. In China, the presence of two species of Triatoma (Triatoma rubrofasciata and T. sinica) was recorded in the past. Due to the growing population and the increasing risk of the global spread of Chagas disease, triatomines became a potential public health nuisance, and in 2016, we started monitoring triatomine activities in southern China...
August 15, 2017: Infectious Diseases of Poverty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28766724/a-methodology-based-on-insecticide-impregnated-filter-paper-for-monitoring-resistance-to-deltamethrin-in-triatoma-infestans-field-populations
#11
C Remón, P Lobbia, E Zerba, G Mougabure-Cueto
The domiciliary presence of Triatoma infestans (Klug) (Hemiptera: Reduviidae) after control interventions was reported in recent years. Toxicological studies showed high levels of resistance to pyrethroids suggesting resistance as one of the main causes of deficient control. The aim of the present study was to develop a protocol to test resistance to deltamethrin in T. infestans collected from the field by discriminate concentration. To evaluate field insects, the effect of age (early vs. later) and nutritional state (starved vs...
August 2, 2017: Medical and Veterinary Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724448/systemic-insecticide-treatment-of-the-canine-reservoir-of-trypanosoma-cruzi-induces-high-levels-of-lethality-in-triatoma-infestans-a-principal-vector-of-chagas-disease
#12
Ariel Loza, Adrianna Talaga, Gladys Herbas, Ruben Jair Canaviri, Thalia Cahuasiri, Laura Luck, Alvaro Guibarra, Raquel Goncalves, Juan Antonio Pereira, Sonia A Gomez, Albert Picado, Louisa Alexandra Messenger, Caryn Bern, Orin Courtenay
BACKGROUND: Despite large-scale reductions in Chagas disease prevalence across Central and South America, Trypanosoma cruzi infection remains a considerable public health problem in the Gran Chaco region where vector-borne transmission persists. In these communities, peridomestic animals are major blood-meal sources for triatomines, and household presence of infected dogs increases T. cruzi transmission risk for humans. To address the pressing need for field-friendly, complementary methods to reduce triatomine infestation and interrupt T...
July 19, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723933/comparative-repeatome-analysis-on-triatoma-infestans-andean-and-non-andean-lineages-main-vector-of-chagas-disease
#13
Sebastián Pita, Francisco Panzera, Pablo Mora, Jesús Vela, Ángeles Cuadrado, Antonio Sánchez, Teresa Palomeque, Pedro Lorite
Triatoma infestans is the most important Chagas disease vector in South America. Two main evolutionary lineages, named Andean and non-Andean, have been recognized by geographical distribution, phenetic and genetic characteristics. One of the main differences is the genomic size, varying over 30% in their haploid DNA content. Here we realize a genome wide analysis to compare the repetitive genome fraction (repeatome) between both lineages in order to identify the main repetitive DNA changes occurred during T...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722589/silencing-of-two-vitellogenin-genes-inhibits-oviposition-in-the-chagas-disease-vector-triatoma-infestans-hemiptera-reduviidae
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COMPARATIVE STUDY
María J Blariza, Carla G Grosso, Beatriz A García
RNA interference caused by exogenous double-stranded RNA (dsRNA) is used to downregulate crucial genes to control insects. The reproductive success of all oviparous species depends on vitellogenin (Vg) biosynthesis and its accumulation in the developing oocytes. Adult females of Triatoma infestans were independently injected with two Vg dsRNAs (Vg1 dsRNA or Vg2 dsRNA) or nuclease-free water (control) 24 hours before feeding, and a group of adult females not injected was also analyzed (control). Vg1 and Vg2 messenger RNAs silencing was verified by reverse transcription quantitative polymerase chain reaction...
August 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719275/high-triatoma-brasiliensis-densities-and-trypanosoma-cruzi-prevalence-in-domestic-and-peridomestic-habitats-in-the-state-of-rio-grande-do-norte-brazil-the-source-for-chagas-disease-outbreaks
#15
Mauricio Lilioso, Elaine Folly-Ramos, Fabiana Lopes Rocha, Jorge Rabinovich, Claire Capdevielle-Dulac, Myriam Harry, Paula L Marcet, Jane Costa, Carlos Eduardo Almeida
AbstractA total of 2,431 Triatoma brasiliensis were collected from 39 populations of Paraíba (PB) and Rio Grande do Norte (RN) states, Brazil. In PB, Trypanosoma cruzi infection was not detected in either peridomestic or domestic vector populations. In contrast, in RN, T. brasiliensis was detected with high parasite prevalence in these ecotopes (30.7-40.0%). Moreover, peridomicile insect population densities were more than double the average densities of all other settings evaluated (19.17 versus < 8.94 triatomine/man-hour)...
June 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28690145/salivary-gland-transcripts-of-the-kissing-bug-panstrongylus-chinai-a-vector-of-chagas-disease
#16
Hirotomo Kato, Ryan C Jochim, Eduardo A Gomez, Shunsuke Tsunekawa, Jesus G Valenzuela, Yoshihisa Hashiguchi
The saliva of hematophagous arthropods injected during blood feeding contains potent pharmacologically active components to counteract the host hemostatic and inflammatory systems. In the present study, dominant salivary gland transcripts of Panstrongylus chinai, a vector of Chagas disease, were analyzed by sequencing randomly selected clones of the salivary gland cDNA library. This analysis showed that 56.5% of the isolated transcripts coded for putative secreted proteins, of which 73.7% coded for proteins belonging to the lipocalin family...
July 6, 2017: Acta Tropica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28684375/complete-mitochondrial-genome-of-triatoma-infestans-hemiptera-reduviidae-triatominae-main-vector-of-chagas-disease
#17
Sebastián Pita, Francisco Panzera, Jesús Vela, Pablo Mora, Teresa Palomeque, Pedro Lorite
The complete mitogenome of Triatoma infestans, the main vector of Chagas disease in South America, was obtained by combining Illumina and Sanger sequencing sequence data. The 17,301bp long genome contains 13 protein-coding genes, 22 transfer RNAs, 2 ribosomal RNAs, and a control region. The number, order and orientation of mitochondrial genes are the same as in T. dimidiata, the only Triatominae mt genome published so far. The main differences between both mitogenomes are found in the control region and in the intergenic spacer between the nd1 gene and the tRNA-Ser...
July 3, 2017: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638403/jaburetox-update-on-a-urease-derived-peptide
#18
REVIEW
Arlete Beatriz Becker-Ritt, Camila Saretta Portugal, Célia Regina Carlini
Urease from Canavalia ensiformis seeds was the first enzyme ever to be crystallized, in 1926. These proteins, found in plants, bacteria and fungi, present different biological properties including catalytic hydrolysis of urea, and also enzyme-independent activities, such as induction of exocytosis, pro-inflammatory effects, neurotoxicity, antifungal and insecticidal properties. Urease is toxic to insects and fungi per se but part of this toxicity relies on an internal peptide (~11 kDa), which is released upon digestion of the protein by insect enzymes...
2017: Journal of Venomous Animals and Toxins Including Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636880/behavioral-evidence-of-oxidative-stress-by-hematophagy-in-the-ocellar-system-of-rhodnius-prolixus-st%C3%A3-l-1859-red-eyed-mutants
#19
Carlos Alberto Vija-Suarez, Mario Iván Ortiz, Jorge Molina
The photonegative response to light stimulation in Rhodnius prolixus (Reduviidae, Triatominae) is modulated by compound eyes and ocelli. Screening pigments in the visual system have been shown to protect the cellular structures from the oxidative stress damage produced by blood ingestion and light stimulation. Red-eyed mutants of Rhodnius prolixus lack screening pigments in their compound eyes and ocelli and are exposed to more oxidative stress. Experiments with Rhodnius prolixus and Triatoma infestans red-eyed mutants reared from the first nymphal stage show damage in the retinas of the compound eyes and a decrease in photonegative responses due to light stimulation...
August 2017: Journal of Insect Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28605522/seasonality-and-temperature-dependent-flight-dispersal-of-triatoma-infestans-hemiptera-reduviidae-and-other-vectors-of-chagas-disease-in-western-argentina
#20
Osvaldo Di Iorio, Ricardo E Gürtler
Flight dispersal of Triatominae is affected by climatic conditions and determines the spatiotemporal patterns of house invasion and transmission of Trypanosoma cruzi Chagas (Kinetoplastida: Trypanosomatidae). We investigated the detailed time structure and temperature dependencies of flight occurrence of Triatoma infestans Klug (Hemiptera: Reduviidae) and other triatomine species in a rural village of western Argentina by taking advantage of the attraction of adult triatomines to artificial light sources. Most of the village's streetlight posts were systematically inspected for triatomines twice between sunset and midnight over 425 nights in the spring-summer seasons of 1999-2002, an unprecedented light-trap sampling effort for any triatomine species...
September 1, 2017: Journal of Medical Entomology
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