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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497228/18-des-hydroxy-cytochalasin-an-antiparasitic-compound-of-diaporthe-phaseolorum-92c-an-endophytic-fungus-isolated-from-combretum-lanceolatum-pohl-ex-eichler
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Elson Rudimar Brissow, Igor Pereira da Silva, Kátia Aparecida de Siqueira, Jaqueline Alves Senabio, Leticia Pereira Pimenta, Ana Helena Januário, Lizandra Guidi Magalhães, Ricardo Andrade Furtado, Denise Crispim Tavares, Policarpo Ademar Sales Junior, Jane Lima Santos, Marcos Antônio Soares
Chemical investigation of the ethyl acetate extract from the endophytic fungus Diaporthe phaseolorum-92C (92C) isolated from the roots of Combretum lanceolatum led to the isolation of 18-des-hydroxy Cytochalasin H (compound 1). The trypanocidal and schistosomicidal activity and cytotoxicity of the extract from 92C were evaluated. The schistosomicidal, leishmanicidal, antimicrobial, and antioxidant actions, as well as the antitumor activity against the breast cancer cells MDA-MB-231 and MCF-7, and the cytotoxicity towards normal human lung fibroblasts GM07492A of compound 1 was tested...
May 12, 2017: Parasitology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28493001/study-on-the-tolerance-and-adaptation-of-rats-to-angiostrongylus-cantonensis-infection
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Liu Ji, Xu Yiyue, He Xujin, Zheng Minghui, Zhang Mengying, Hu Yue, Wu Yanqi, Song Langui, Zeng Xin, Lin Datao, Wan Shuo, Zheng Huanqin, Wu Zhongdao, Lv Zhiyue
Angiostrongylus cantonensis (A. cantonensis) is the most common infectious agent causing eosinophilic meningitis. As an important food-borne parasitic disease, angiostrongyliasis cantonensis is an emerging infectious disease which brings severe harm to central nerve system of human. Rat, one of the few permissive hosts of A. cantonensis known to date, plays an indispensable role in the worm's life cycle. However, the tolerance and adaptation of rat to A. cantonensis infection is rarely understood. In this study, we infected rats with different numbers the third stage larvae (L3) of A...
May 11, 2017: Parasitology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490518/chk1-inhibition-in-small-cell-lung-cancer-produces-single-agent-activity-in-biomarker-defined-disease-subsets-and-combination-activity-with-cisplatin-or-olaparib
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Triparna Sen, Pan Tong, C Allison Stewart, Sandra Cristea, Aly Valliani, David S Shames, Abena Redwood, Youhong Fan, Lerong Li, Bonnie S Glisson, John Minna, Julien Sage, Don L Gibbons, Helen Piwnica-Worms, John Heymach, Jing Wang, Lauren Averett Byers
Effective targeted therapies for small cell lung cancer (SCLC), the most aggressive form of lung cancer, remain urgently needed. Here we report evidence of preclinical efficacy evoked by targeting the overexpressed cell cycle checkpoint kinase CHK1 in SCLC. Our studies employed RNAi-mediated attenuation or pharmacological blockade with the novel second-generation CHK1 inhibitor prexasertib (LY2606368), currently in clinical trials. In SCLC models in vitro and in vivo, LY2606368 exhibited strong single-agent efficacy, augmented the effects of cisplatin or the PARP inhibitor olaparib, and improved the response of platinum-resistant models...
May 10, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28486498/migratory-phase-of-litomosoides-sigmodontis-filarial-infective-larvae-is-associated-with-pathology-and-transient-increase-of-s100a9-expressing-neutrophils-in-the-lung
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Gregory Karadjian, Frédéric Fercoq, Nicolas Pionnier, Nathaly Vallarino-Lhermitte, Emilie Lefoulon, Adélaïde Nieguitsila, Sabine Specht, Leo M Carlin, Coralie Martin
Filarial infections are tropical diseases caused by nematodes of the Onchocercidae family such as Mansonella perstans. The infective larvae (L3) are transmitted into the skin of vertebrate hosts by blood-feeding vectors. Many filarial species settle in the serous cavities including M. perstans in humans and L. sigmodontis, a well-established model of filariasis in mice. L. sigmodontis L3 migrate to the pleural cavity where they moult into L4 around day 9 and into male and female adult worms around day 30. Little is known of the early phase of the parasite life cycle, after the L3 is inoculated in the dermis by the vector and enters the afferent lymphatic vessels and before the moulting processes in the pleural cavity...
May 9, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28476343/immune-responses-to-fungal-aeroallergen-in-heligmosomoides-polygyrus-infected-mice-vary-by-age
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Nopporn Apiwattanakul, Maneesha Palipane, Amali Eashani Samarasinghe
Parasite infections in the developing world have been considered to promote resistance to immune-mediated diseases such as asthma. Mouse studies have shown that helminths and their products reduce the development of allergic asthma. Since epidemiologic studies that show similar protection are in relation to geohelminth infections that occur in early life, we hypothesized that the parasite-mediated protection against asthma may differ by age. Mice infected with Heligmosomoides polygyrus at 3-weeks of age had similar asthma phenotype compared to mice infected at 28-weeks of age wherein airway eosinophilia was unaltered but tissue inflammation and GC metaplasia were reduced...
April 27, 2017: Cellular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28347664/venestatin-a-ca-binding-protein-from-the-parasitic-nematode-strongyloides-venezuelensis-is-involved-in-the-larval-migration-process
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Daigo Tsubokawa, Takeshi Hatta, Taisei Kikuchi, Hiroki Maeda, Fusako Mikami, M Abdul Alim, Haruhiko Maruyama, Naotoshi Tsuji
The secretory EF-hand Ca(++)-binding proteins act as calcium signaling molecules for control of cell functions, but those proteins from parasitic helminths are poorly understood. Here, we have identified and characterized an EF-hand Ca(++)-binding protein from the rodent nematode, Strongyloides venezuelensis, termed 'venestatin', which is highly conserved in Strongyloides spp. Canonical two EF-hand domains and a signal peptide are present in venestatin. A gel mobility shift assay and Ruthenium red staining indicated that the recombinant venestatin possesses binding ability with Ca(++) ions...
March 24, 2017: International Journal for Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28347653/cytochrome-c-oxidase-subunit-i-haplotype-diversity-of-angiostrongylus-cantonensis-nematoda-angiostrongylidae
#7
Praphathip Eamsobhana, Sze-Looi Song, Hoi-Sen Yong, Anchana Prasartvit, Sudarat Boonyong, Anchalee Tungtrongchitr
The rat lungworm Angiostrongylus cantonensis is a food-borne zoonotic parasite of public health importance worldwide. It is the primary etiologic agent of eosinophilic meningitis and eosinophilic meningoencephalitis in humans in many countries. It is highly endemic in Thailand especially in the northeast region. In this study, A. cantonensis adult worms recovered from the lungs of wild rats in different geographical regions/provinces in Thailand were used to determine their haplotype by means of the mitochondrial partial cytochrome c oxidase subunit I (COI) gene sequence...
March 27, 2017: Acta Tropica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330511/cytochrome-c-oxidase-subunit-i-haplotype-reveals-high-genetic-diversity-of-angiostrongylus-malaysiensis-nematoda-angiostrongylidae
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P Eamsobhana, H S Yong, S L Song, A Prasartvit, S Boonyong, A Tungtrongchitr
The rat lungworm Angiostrongylus malaysiensis is a metastrongyloid nematode parasite. It has been reported in Malaysia, Thailand, Laos, Myanmar, Indonesia and Japan. In this study, A. malaysiensis adult worms recovered from the lungs of wild rats in different geographical regions/provinces in Thailand were used to determine their haplotype by means of the mitochondrial partial cytochrome c oxidase subunit I (COI) gene sequence. The results revealed high COI haplotype diversity of A. malaysiensis from Thailand...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Helminthology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284979/effect-of-polymorphisms-on-tgfb1-on-allergic-asthma-and-helminth-infection-in-an-african-admixed-population
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Ryan Dos Santos Costa, Camila Alexandrina Figueiredo, Maurıcio Lima Barreto, Neuza Maria Alcantara-Neves, Laura Cunha Rodrigues, Alvaro A Cruz, Candelaria Vergara, Nicholas Rafaels, Cassandra Foster, Joseph Potee, Monica Campbell, Rasika A Mathias, Kathleen C Barnes
BACKGROUND: Allergic asthma is a complex disorder that results from a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Studies suggest that helminth infections can activate a regulatory network characterized by the production of regulatory cytokines, such as interleukin 10 and transforming growth factor β1 (TGF-β1) and subsequently protect against immune-mediated diseases, such as asthma. On the other hand, TGF-β1 is increased in the lungs of individuals with asthma and may modulate airway inflammation...
April 2017: Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214893/the-role-of-netrins-and-their-receptors-in-epithelial-mesenchymal-plasticity-during-development
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REVIEW
Michael J Murray
Transitions between mesenchymal and epithelial cells are underpinned by changes in motility, adhesion, and polarity. Netrins and their receptors can control each of these cellular properties, and are emerging as important regulators of epithelial mesenchymal plasticity (EMP). Netrins were first identified in the worm Caenorhabditis elegans as secreted chemoattractants/repellents that could guide migrating mesodermal cells and axonal growth cones. Orthologues were subsequently found to play conserved roles in vertebrates and in the vinegar fly Drosophila...
2017: Cells, Tissues, Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28163851/a-systematic-review-of-the-relationship-between-dystemprament-sue-mizaj-and-treatments-and-management-of-diseases-ilaj-and-eslah-e-mizaj
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REVIEW
Sepide Miraj, Samira Alesaeidi, Sara Kiani
BACKGROUND: Temperament refers to four different humors differentiating in individuals and, as a result, proposes specific therapy for diseases as well as special types of management (avoidance). OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to overview the relationship between dystemprament and treatment and management of diseases. METHODS: A computerized search of published articles was performed using PubMed, Scopus, Web of Science, and Medline databases as well as local sources from 1965 to 2016...
December 2016: Electronic Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28030338/lethal-angiostrongylus-vasorum-infection-in-a-hungarian-dog
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Tibor Benda, Ágnes Csivincsik, Csaba Nemes, Janka Turbók, Attila Zsolnai, Erika Simonyai, Gábor Majoros, Gábor Nagy
During post-mortem examination of lungs and heart of a 7-month-old female French bulldog, 158 worms were collected from the lung vessels and they proved Angiostrongylus vasorum by their morphological and genetic identification by PCR. The histopathological investigation found a multifocal interstitial inflammation characterized by numerous lymphocytes and a smaller number of plasma cells and eosinophils whilst L1 stage larvae could be seen inside dilated alveoli. We suggested a lethal angiostrongylosis supposed to lead to a fatal effect...
March 1, 2017: Acta Parasitologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27796107/prevalence-of-lung-lesions-in-slaughtered-cattle-in-the-eastern-cape-province-south-africa
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Ishmael F Jaja, Borden Mushonga, Ezekiel Green, Voster Muchenje
Information obtained from abattoirs on the causes of lung condemnation is important in preventing the spread of zoonotic diseases and for promoting food security. In this study, we assessed the causes of lung condemnation in cattle at three abattoirs represented as ANA, QTA and EBA to evaluate the financial losses associated with lung condemnation. A retrospective study (n = 51 302) involving the use of abattoir slaughter records of 2010-2012 and an active abattoir survey (n = 1374) was conducted from July to December 2013...
October 26, 2016: Journal of the South African Veterinary Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27751868/microfluidic-platform-for-electrophysiological-recordings-from-host-stage-hookworm-and-ascaris-suum-larvae-a-new-tool-for-anthelmintic-research
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Janis C Weeks, William M Roberts, Kristin J Robinson, Melissa Keaney, Jon J Vermeire, Joseph F Urban, Shawn R Lockery, John M Hawdon
The screening of candidate compounds and natural products for anthelmintic activity is important for discovering new drugs against human and animal parasites. We previously validated in Caenorhabditis elegans a microfluidic device ('chip') that records non-invasively the tiny electrophysiological signals generated by rhythmic contraction (pumping) of the worm's pharynx. These electropharyngeograms (EPGs) are recorded simultaneously from multiple worms per chip, providing a medium-throughput readout of muscular and neural activity that is especially useful for compounds targeting neurotransmitter receptors and ion channels...
December 2016: International Journal for Parasitology, Drugs and Drug Resistance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27691948/radiographic-thoracic-anatomy-of-the-red-panda-ailurus-fulgens
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Modesta Makungu, Wencke M du Plessis, Michelle Barrows, Hermanus B Groenewald, Katja N Koeppel
The red panda ( Ailurus fulgens ) is classified as an endangered species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources. The natural distribution of the red panda is in the Himalayas and southern China. Thoracic diseases such as dirofilariasis, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, tracheal obstruction, lung worm infestation, and pneumonia have been reported in the red panda. The aim of this study was to describe the normal radiographic thoracic anatomy of captive red pandas as a species-specific reference for routine health examinations and clinical cases...
September 2016: Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine: Official Publication of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27575422/high-prevalence-of-concomitant-oncogene-mutations%C3%A2-in-prospectively-identified-patients-with%C3%A2-ros1-positive-metastatic-lung-cancer
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Marcel Wiesweg, Wilfried E E Eberhardt, Henning Reis, Saskia Ting, Nikoleta Savvidou, Charlotte Skiba, Thomas Herold, Daniel C Christoph, Johannes Meiler, Karl Worm, Stefan Kasper, Dirk Theegarten, Jörg Hense, Thomas Hager, Kaid Darwiche, Filiz Oezkan, Clemens Aigner, Stefan Welter, Hilmar Kühl, Martin Stuschke, Kurt W Schmid, Martin Schuler
OBJECTIVES: Chromosomal rearrangements involving ROS1 define a rare entity of lung adenocarcinomas with exquisite sensitivity to molecularly targeted therapy. We report clinical outcomes and genomic findings of patients with ROS1-positive lung cancer who were prospectively identified within a multiplex biomarker profiling program at the West German Cancer Center. METHODS: Standardized immunohistochemical (IHC) analysis, fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH), and hotspot mutation analyses were performed in 1345 patients with advanced cancer, including 805 patients with metastatic lung adenocarcinoma...
January 2017: Journal of Thoracic Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27562899/molecular-and-immunological-characterization-of-cathepsin-l-like-cysteine-protease-of-paragonimus-pseudoheterotremus
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Tippayarat Yoonuan, Supaporn Nuamtanong, Paron Dekumyoy, Orawan Phuphisut, Poom Adisakwattana
Cathepsin L is a cysteine protease belonging to the papain family. In parasitic trematodes, cathepsin L plays essential roles in parasite survival and host-parasite interactions. In this study, cathepsin L of the lung fluke Paragonimus pseudoheterotremus (PpsCatL) was identified and its molecular biological and immunological features characterized. A sequence analysis of PpsCatL showed that the gene encodes a 325-amino-acid protein that is most similar to P. westermani cathepsin L. The in silico three-dimensional structure suggests that PpsCatL is a pro-enzyme that becomes active when the propeptide is cleaved...
December 2016: Parasitology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27492228/helminth-infections-and-cardiovascular-diseases-toxocara-species-is-contributing-to-the-disease
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REVIEW
Mohammad Zibaei
Toxocariasis is the clinical term used to describe human infection with either the dog ascarid Toxocara canis or the feline ascarid Toxocara cati. As with other helminths zoonoses, the infective larvae of these Toxocara species cannot mature into adults in the human host. Instead, the worms wander through organs and tissues, mainly the liver, lungs, myocardium, kidney and central nervous system, in a vain attempt to find that, which they need to mature into adults. The migration of these immature nematode larvae causes local and systemic inflammation, resulting in the "larva migrans" syndrome...
2017: Current Cardiology Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27432058/human-pulmonary-dirofilariasis-masquerading-as-a-mass
#19
Sheba Jacob, Ashok Parameswaran, Rajan Santosham, Rajiv Santosham
Pulmonary dirofilariasis, caused by Dirofilaria immitis, rarely affects humans and is usually asymptomatic, but may present as chest pain, cough, hemoptysis, wheezing, low-grade fever, and malaise. The dead and dying worms obstruct branches of the pulmonary artery, causing infarction and a granulomatous reaction. Coin lesions are apparent on radiography, raising concern of malignancy. Complete surgical excision is the treatment of choice and an anthelmintic can be administered if residual lesions are present or the patient is from an endemic area...
September 2016: Asian Cardiovascular & Thoracic Annals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27313865/vectors-and-spatial-patterns-of-angiostrongylus-cantonensis-in-selected-rice-farming-villages-of-mu%C3%A3-oz-nueva-ecija-philippines
#20
Ma Angelica A Tujan, Ian Kendrich C Fontanilla, Vachel Gay V Paller
In the Philippines, rats and snails abound in agricultural areas as pests and source of food for some of the local people which poses risks of parasite transmission to humans such as Angiostrongylus cantonensis. This study was conducted to determine the extent of A. cantonensis infection among rats and snails collected from rice-farming villages of Muñoz, Nueva Ecija. A total of 209 rats, 781 freshwater snails, and 120 terrestrial snails were collected for the study. Heart and lungs of rats and snail tissues were examined and subjected to artificial digestion for parasite collection...
2016: Journal of Parasitology Research
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