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  1. Taxonomy Icon Data: Schistosoma japonicum [Taxonomy Icon

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  2. Non-equilibrium plasma prevention of Schistosoma japonicum transmission

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    Wang, Xing-Quan; Wang, Feng-Peng; Chen, Wei; Huang, Jun; Bazaka, Kateryna; Ostrikov, Kostya (Ken)

    2016-10-01

    Schistosoma japonicum is a widespread human and animal parasite that causes intestinal and hepatosplenic schistosomiasis linked to colon, liver and bladder cancers, and anemia. Estimated 230 million people are currently infected with Schistosoma spp, with 779 million people at risk of contracting the parasite. Infection occurs when a host comes into contact with cercariae, a planktonic larval stage of the parasite, and can be prevented by inactivating the larvae, commonly by chemical treatment. We investigated the use of physical non-equilibrium plasma generated at atmospheric pressure using custom-made dielectric barrier discharge reactor to kill S. japonicum cercariae. Survival rate decreased with treatment time and applied power. Plasmas generated in O2 and air gas discharges were more effective in killing S. japonicum cercariae than that generated in He, which is directly related to the mechanism by which cercariae are inactivated. Reactive oxygen species, such as O atoms, abundant in O2 plasma and NO in air plasma play a major role in killing of S. japonicum cercariae via oxidation mechanisms. Similar level of efficacy is also shown for a gliding arc discharge plasma jet generated in ambient air, a system that may be more appropriate for scale-up and integration into existing water treatment processes.

  3. Transmission dynamics of Schistosoma japonicum in the lakes and marshlands of China.

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    Darren J Gray

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Schistosoma japonicum is a major public health concern in China, with over one million people infected and another 40 million living in areas at risk of infection. Unlike the disease caused by S. mansoni and S. haematobium, schistosomiasis japonica is a zoonosis, involving a number of different mammalian species as reservoir hosts. As a result of a number of published reports from China, it has long been considered that bovines, particularly water buffaloes, play a major role in human S. japonicum transmission there, and a drug-based intervention study (1998-2003 around the Poyang Lake in Jiangxi Province provided proof of concept that water buffaloes are, indeed, major reservoirs of human infection in this setting. METHODS AND FINDINGS: In this study we incorporated recently obtained epidemiological information to model the steady-state S. japonicum transmission as well as the impact of the removal of S. japonicum transmission attributable to water buffaloes on human infection rates across six different endemic scenarios within three villages in the Dongting (Hunan and Poyang (Jiangxi lakes of southern China. Similar results were obtained for all scenarios. Steady-state S. japonicum infection rates remained constant and human prevalence and incidence were predicted to fall considerably over time. The model showed that the contribution of S. japonicum water buffalo transmission to human infection ranged from 39.1% to 99.1% and predicted that the removal of water buffalo transmission would reduce parasite reproductive rates below 1. This indicates that without the contribution of water buffaloes, S. japonicum transmission is interrupted and unsustainable. These scenarios are generalizable to other endemic villages in the lake and marshland areas of China where a similar cycle of snail infection and infection/reinfection of humans and bovines occurs. CONCLUSIONS: Along with previous epidemiological data, our findings strongly support

  4. A REVIEW OF SCHISTOSOMIASIS IN INDONESIA WITH REFERENCE TO SCHISTOSOMA JAPONICUM

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    Lim Boo Liat

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available Tinjauan tentang Schistosoma di Indonesia ini mencakup Schistosoma japonicum, S. incognitum, S. spindale dan Trichohilharzia brevis. Tinjauan dibuat atas dasar laporan-laporan penelitian yang telah diterbitkan. Di dalamnya dapat dijumpai uraian singkat tentang S. spinale dan T. brevis. Dari banyak publikasi tentang S. japonicum dan S. incoganitum dapat disajikan uraian tentang peranan kedua parasit tersebut sebagai penyebab penyakit baik manusia maupun hewan.

  5. Schistosoma japonicum-associated morbidity and its mechanisms among children and young adults in the Philippines

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    Coutinho, H.M.

    2006-01-01

    This thesis presents results from a longitudinal study in Schistosoma japonicum infected children, adolescents and young adults, carried out in the Philippines. The aim of this thesis was to describe nutritional morbidity and hepatic fibrosis in the context of S. japonicum infection and reinfection

  6. Cloning and characterisation of Schistosoma japonicum insulin receptors.

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    Hong You

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Schistosomes depend for growth and development on host hormonal signals, which may include the insulin signalling pathway. We cloned and assessed the function of two insulin receptors from Schistosoma japonicum in order to shed light on their role in schistosome biology. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: We isolated, from S. japonicum, insulin receptors 1 (SjIR-1 and 2 (SjIR-2 sharing close sequence identity to their S. mansoni homologues (SmIR-1 and SmIR-2. SjIR-1 is located on the tegument basal membrane and the internal epithelium of adult worms, whereas SjIR-2 is located in the parenchyma of males and the vitelline tissue of females. Phylogenetic analysis showed that SjIR-2 and SmIR-2 are close to Echinococcus multilocularis insulin receptor (EmIR, suggesting that SjIR-2, SmIR-2 and EmIR share similar roles in growth and development in the three taxa. Structure homology modelling recovered the conserved structure between the SjIRs and Homo sapiens IR (HIR implying a common predicted binding mechanism in the ligand domain and the same downstream signal transduction processing in the tyrosine kinase domain as in HIR. Two-hybrid analysis was used to confirm that the ligand domains of SjIR-1 and SjIR-2 contain the insulin binding site. Incubation of adult worms in vitro, both with a specific insulin receptor inhibitor and anti-SjIRs antibodies, resulted in a significant decrease in worm glucose levels, suggesting again the same function for SjIRs in regulating glucose uptake as described for mammalian cells. CONCLUSIONS: Adult worms of S. japonicum possess insulin receptors that can specifically bind to insulin, indicating that the parasite can utilize host insulin for development and growth by sharing the same pathway as mammalian cells in regulating glucose uptake. A complete understanding of the role of SjIRs in the biology of S. japonicum may result in their use as new targets for drug and vaccine development against

  7. Biology and Control of Snail Intermediate Host of Schistosoma japonicum in The People's Republic of China

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    Li, Z.J.; Ge, J; Dai, J.R.;

    2016-01-01

    Schistosomiasis caused by Schistosoma japonicum is a severe parasitic disease in The People's Republic of China and imposed considerable burden on human and domestic animal health and socioeconomic development. The significant achievement in schistosomiasis control has been made in last 60years...

  8. Congenital infection of rabbits with Schistosoma japonicum and protective immunity of offspring

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    SHI You-en 石佑恩; Abdel-Moneim M Salim 沙里模; NING Chang-xiu 宁长修; GAN Yan 甘燕; ZHU Xiao-hua 朱晓华; PU Ling-yi 卜玲毅

    2004-01-01

    Background Recently congenital infection with Schistosoma japonicum (S. Japonicum) has been domonstrated in pigs, rabbits, mice and dogs. We explored the rabbit as an animal model for the congenital infection of schistosomiasis japonica and assessed the effect of a congenital S. Japonicum infection on the resistance of rabbit kittens to a postnatal challenge infection.Methods Sixteen pregnant New Zealand white rabbits were infected with a single dose of S. Japonicum cercariae. The exposed animals were divided into three groups according to the gestation age at the time of infection. Diagnosis of prenatally acquired S. Japonicum infection in the rabbit kittens was primarily based on serological tests in combination with parasitological and histopathological findings. Congenitally infected kittens were challenged percutaneously with 100 S. Japonicum cercariae to assess the effect of a congenital S. Japonicum infection on kitten resistance to a postnatal challenge infection.Conclusions This study demonstrates the possibility of congenital infection of S. Japonicum in rabbits and the resistance of congenitally infected kittens to a postnatal challenge infection. These results have important implications not only for epidemiological investigations, but also in designing government control programs for schistosomiasis.

  9. Comparison of worm development and host immune responses in natural hosts of schistosoma japonicum, yellow cattle and water buffalo

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    Yang Jianmei; Fu Zhiqiang; Feng Xingang; Shi Yaojun; Yuan Chunxiu; Liu Jinming; Hong Yang; Li Hao; Lu Ke; Lin Jiaojiao

    2012-01-01

    Abstract Background Yellow cattle and water buffalo are two of the most important natural hosts for Schistosoma japonicum in China. Previous observation has revealed that yellow cattle are more suited to the development of S. japonicum than water buffalo. Understanding more about the molecular mechanisms involved in worm development, as well as the pathological and immunological differences between yellow cattle and water buffalo post infection with S japonicum will provide useful information...

  10. Constructing the recombinant plasmid-pLXSN-SjYF-of Yolk Ferritin gene of Schistosoma japonicum

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    ZhouJunmei; YuXinbing; WuZhongdao; ZhengYinan; LiYan

    1999-01-01

    TO construct the recotabinant plasmid —— pLXSN-SjYF to prepare for expression and DNA vaccine of Schistosoma japonicum gene. Methods :Mnpliffing DNA fragment coding yolk fereltin from a female adult Sehistosoma japonicum DNAs by PCR. The fragment was inseted into pLXSN retrovirus vector by digesting with restrictive enzymes and linking reactions. The positive clone was screened on LB plates contmaining amplcillin asld identified by restrictive enzymes digestion and PCR amplification, Resttlts The specific DNA fragmem SjYF was amplified from the female adult SjDNAs. IaLXSN-SjYF was constructed successfully and the further research will be carried out.

  11. The Schistosoma japonicum genome reveals features of host-parasite interplay

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    Zhou, Yan; Zheng, Huajun; Chen, Xiangyi; Zhang, Lei; WANG Kai; Guo, Jing; Huang, Zhen; Zhang, Bo; Huang, Wei; Jin, Ke; Tonghai, Dou; Hasegawa, Masami; Wang, Li; Zhang, Yuan; Zhou, Jie

    2009-01-01

    Schistosoma japonicum is a parasitic flatworm that causes human schistosomiasis, a significant cause of morbidity in China and the Philippines. Here we present a draft genomic sequence for the worm, which is the first reported for any flatworm, indeed for the superphylum Lophotrochozoa. The genome provides a global insight into the molecular architecture and host interaction of this complex metazoan pathogen, revealing that it can exploit host nutrients, neuroendocrine hormones and signaling ...

  12. Transcriptome Bioinformatical Analysis of Vertebrate Stages of Schistosoma japonicum Reveals Alternative Splicing Events

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    Xinye Wang; Xindong Xu; Xingyu Lu; Yuanbin Zhang; Weiqing Pan

    2015-01-01

    Alternative splicing is a molecular process that contributes greatly to the diversification of proteome and to gene functions. Understanding the mechanisms of stage-specific alternative splicing can provide a better understanding of the development of eukaryotes and the functions of different genes. Schistosoma japonicum is an infectious blood-dwelling trematode with a complex lifecycle that causes the tropical disease schistosomiasis. In this study, we analyzed the transcriptome of Schistoso...

  13. The characteristics of NK cells in Schistosoma japonicum-infected mouse spleens.

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    Li, Lu; Cha, Hefei; Yu, Xiuxue; Xie, Hongyan; Wu, Changyou; Dong, Nuo; Huang, Jun

    2015-12-01

    Natural killer (NK) cells are classic innate immune cells that play roles in many types of infectious disease. Recently, some new characteristics of NK cells were discovered. In this study, C57BL/6 mice were infected with Schistosoma japonicum for 5-6 weeks and lymphocytes were isolated from the spleen to detect some of the NK cell characteristics by multiparametric flow cytometry. The results revealed that the S. japonicum infection induced a large amount of NK cells, although the percentage of NK cells was not increased significantly. At the same time, the results showed that infected mouse splenic NK cells expressed increased levels of CD25 and CD69 and produced more IL-2, IL-4, and IL-17 and less IFN-γ after stimulation with PMA and ionomycin. This meant that NK cells played a role in S. japonicum infection. Moreover, decreased NKG2A/C/E (CD94) expression levels were detected on the surface of NK cells from infected mouse spleens, which might serve as a NK cell activation mechanism. Additionally, high levels of IL-10, but not PD-1, were expressed on the infected mouse NK cells, which implied that functional exhaustion might exist in the splenic NK cells from S. japonicum-infected mice. Collectively, our results suggest that NK cells play important roles in the course of S. japonicum infection. PMID:26319521

  14. Partial protection induced by phage library-selected peptides mimicking epitopes of Schistosoma japonicum

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    2003-01-01

    Objective To obtain peptide mimicking epitopes of Schistosoma japonicum (S.japonicum) through screening of a phage peptide library and to test their potential for induction of protection. Methods S.japonicum infected sera from Microtus fortis (IMFS) and normal sera from Microtus fortis (NMFS) were used respectively to screen a 12-mers random peptide library by testing the reactivity of anti-S.japonicum serum with the phagotopes. After three rounds of biopanning, the pooled phages were used to immunize mice, after which challenge infection was performed. Results Of 12 randomly picked clones, 10 clones selected using IMFS and 7 clones selected using NMFS were shown to be antigenic. Significant reduction in adult worms (22.6%) and a high reduction (68.9%) in liver eggs were achieved following immunization with phages screened with IMFS. However, no protection was elicited by those selected with NMFS. Conclusion The results show that the phagotopes are both antigenic and immunogenic, suggesting a potential use of phage displayed peptide as novel vaccines against S. japonicum.

  15. Identification and Characterization of Peptides Mimicking the Epitopes of Metalloprotease of Schistosoma Japonicum

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    Lianfei Tang; Yuxiao Chen; Linqian Wang; Shunke Zhang; Xianfang Zeng; Xinyuan Yi

    2005-01-01

    In an attempt to isolate and characterize peptides mimicking epitopes of metalloprotease and explore their immunological protection against Schistosoma japonicum (S. japonicum), polyclonal anti-metalloprotease sera was prepared to screen a 12-mer random peptide library to isolate phages binding specially to antisera IgG. Then,phage ELISA, animal immunization, DNA sequencing, Western blotting and enzymatic activity neutralizing analysis were used to characterize the selected phage clones. All of ten randomly picked clones were shown to be positive. Five peptides of different amino acid sequences deduced from DNA sequences were obtained and two of them (peptides 2 and 3) could induce significant reduction (31.0% and 31.8%, respectively) in worm burden and high reduction (52.6% and 54.9%, respectively) in liver eggs per gram (LEPG), while, unexpectedly, others (peptides 1, 4 and 5) could not elicit enough protection against infection of S. japonicum. Peptides 2 and 3 could be recognized by S. japonicum infected mouse sera (IMS) and could elicit neutralizing Abs. The results show that peptides 2 and 3 are antigenic and immunogenic. They are true mimics of epitopes of metalloprotease and useful as novel vaccine candidates against S. japonicum.

  16. New perspectives on host-parasite interplay by comparative transcriptomic and proteomic analyses of Schistosoma japonicum.

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    Feng Liu

    2006-04-01

    Full Text Available Schistosomiasis remains a serious public health problem with an estimated 200 million people infected in 76 countries. Here we isolated ~ 8,400 potential protein-encoding cDNA contigs from Schistosoma japonicum after sequencing circa 84,000 expressed sequence tags. In tandem, we undertook a high-throughput proteomics approach to characterize the protein expression profiles of a number of developmental stages (cercariae, hepatic schistosomula, female and male adults, eggs, and miracidia and tissues at the host-parasite interface (eggshell and tegument by interrogating the protein database deduced from the contigs. Comparative analysis of these transcriptomic and proteomic data, the latter including 3,260 proteins with putative identities, revealed differential expression of genes among the various developmental stages and sexes of S. japonicum and localization of putative secretory and membrane antigens, enzymes, and other gene products on the adult tegument and eggshell, many of which displayed genetic polymorphisms. Numerous S. japonicum genes exhibited high levels of identity with those of their mammalian hosts, whereas many others appeared to be conserved only across the genus Schistosoma or Phylum Platyhelminthes. These findings are expected to provide new insights into the pathophysiology of schistosomiasis and for the development of improved interventions for disease control and will facilitate a more fundamental understanding of schistosome biology, evolution, and the host-parasite interplay.

  17. Homology-based annotation of non-coding RNAs in the genomes of Schistosoma mansoni and Schistosoma japonicum

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    Santana Clara

    2009-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Schistosomes are trematode parasites of the phylum Platyhelminthes. They are considered the most important of the human helminth parasites in terms of morbidity and mortality. Draft genome sequences are now available for Schistosoma mansoni and Schistosoma japonicum. Non-coding RNA (ncRNA plays a crucial role in gene expression regulation, cellular function and defense, homeostasis, and pathogenesis. The genome-wide annotation of ncRNAs is a non-trivial task unless well-annotated genomes of closely related species are already available. Results A homology search for structured ncRNA in the genome of S. mansoni resulted in 23 types of ncRNAs with conserved primary and secondary structure. Among these, we identified rRNA, snRNA, SL RNA, SRP, tRNAs and RNase P, and also possibly MRP and 7SK RNAs. In addition, we confirmed five miRNAs that have recently been reported in S. japonicum and found two additional homologs of known miRNAs. The tRNA complement of S. mansoni is comparable to that of the free-living planarian Schmidtea mediterranea, although for some amino acids differences of more than a factor of two are observed: Leu, Ser, and His are overrepresented, while Cys, Meth, and Ile are underrepresented in S. mansoni. On the other hand, the number of tRNAs in the genome of S. japonicum is reduced by more than a factor of four. Both schistosomes have a complete set of minor spliceosomal snRNAs. Several ncRNAs that are expected to exist in the S. mansoni genome were not found, among them the telomerase RNA, vault RNAs, and Y RNAs. Conclusion The ncRNA sequences and structures presented here represent the most complete dataset of ncRNA from any lophotrochozoan reported so far. This data set provides an important reference for further analysis of the genomes of schistosomes and indeed eukaryotic genomes at large.

  18. Ultrastructural Observation and Gene Expression Profiling of Schistosoma japonicum Derived from Two Natural Reservoir Hosts, Water Buffalo and Yellow Cattle

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    Jianmei Yang; Xingang Feng; Zhiqiang Fu; Chunxiu Yuan; Yang Hong; Yaojun Shi; Min Zhang; Jinming Liu; Hao Li; Ke Lu; Jiaojiao Lin

    2012-01-01

    Water buffalo and yellow cattle are the two of the most important natural reservoir hosts for Schistosoma japonicum in endemic areas of China, although their susceptibility differs, with water buffalo being less conducive to the growth and development of S. japonicum. Results from the current study show that the general morphology and ultrastructure of adult schistosomes derived from the two hosts also differed. Using high-throughput microarray technology, we also compared the gene expression...

  19. Genome-wide identification of Schistosoma japonicum microRNAs using a deep-sequencing approach.

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    Jian Huang

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Human schistosomiasis is one of the most prevalent and serious parasitic diseases worldwide. Schistosoma japonicum is one of important pathogens of this disease. MicroRNAs (miRNAs are a large group of non-coding RNAs that play important roles in regulating gene expression and protein translation in animals. Genome-wide identification of miRNAs in a given organism is a critical step to facilitating our understanding of genome organization, genome biology, evolution, and posttranscriptional regulation. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: We sequenced two small RNA libraries prepared from different stages of the life cycle of S. japonicum, immature schistosomula and mature pairing adults, through a deep DNA sequencing approach, which yielded approximately 12 million high-quality short sequence reads containing a total of approximately 2 million non-redundant tags. Based on a bioinformatics pipeline, we identified 176 new S. japonicum miRNAs, of which some exhibited a differential pattern of expression between the two stages. Although 21 S. japonicum miRNAs are orthologs of known miRNAs within the metazoans, some nucleotides at many positions of Schistosoma miRNAs, such as miR-8, let-7, miR-10, miR-31, miR-92, miR-124, and miR-125, are indeed significantly distinct from other bilaterian orthologs. In addition, both miR-71 and some miR-2 family members in tandem are found to be clustered in a reversal direction model on two genomic loci, and two pairs of novel S. japonicum miRNAs were derived from sense and antisense DNA strands at the same genomic loci. CONCLUSIONS/SIGNIFICANCE: The collection of S. japonicum miRNAs could be used as a new platform to study the genomic structure, gene regulation and networks, evolutionary processes, development, and host-parasite interactions. Some S. japonicum miRNAs and their clusters could represent the ancestral forms of the conserved orthologues and a model for the genesis of novel miRNAs.

  20. SjTPdb: integrated transcriptome and proteome database and analysis platform for Schistosoma japonicum

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    Wang Zhi-Qin

    2008-06-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Schistosoma japonicum is one of the three major blood fluke species, the etiological agents of schistosomiasis which remains a serious public health problem with an estimated 200 million people infected in 76 countries. In recent years, enormous amounts of both transcriptomic and proteomic data of schistosomes have become available, providing information on gene expression profiles for developmental stages and tissues of S. japonicum. Here, we establish a public searchable database, termed SjTPdb, with integrated transcriptomic and proteomic data of S. japonicum, to enable more efficient access and utility of these data and to facilitate the study of schistosome biology, physiology and evolution. Description All the available ESTs, EST clusters, and the proteomic dataset of S. japonicum are deposited in SjTPdb. The core of the database is the 8,420 S. japonicum proteins translated from the EST clusters, which are well annotated for sequence similarity, structural features, functional ontology, genomic variations and expression patterns across developmental stages and tissues including the tegument and eggshell of this flatworm. The data can be queried by simple text search, BLAST search, search based on developmental stage of the life cycle, and an integrated search for more specific information. A PHP-based web interface allows users to browse and query SjTPdb, and moreover to switch to external databases by the following embedded links. Conclusion SjTPdb is the first schistosome database with detailed annotations for schistosome proteins. It is also the first integrated database of both transcriptome and proteome of S. japonicum, providing a comprehensive data resource and research platform to facilitate functional genomics of schistosome. SjTPdb is available from URL: http://function.chgc.sh.cn/sj-proteome/index.htm.

  1. Screening and identification of DNA aptamers toward Schistosoma japonicum eggs via SELEX

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    Long, Yuqian; Qin, Zhiqiang; Duan, Minlan; Li, Shizhu; Wu, Xiaoqiu; Lin, Wei; Li, Jianglin; Zhao, Zilong; Liu, Jing; Xiong, Dehui; Huang, Yi; Hu, Xiaoxiao; Yang, Chao; Ye, Mao; Tan, Weihong

    2016-01-01

    Schistosomiasis is a major parasitic disease caused by blood flukes of the genus Schistosoma. Several million people all over the world are estimated to suffer from severe morbidity as a consequence of schistosomiasis. The worm’s eggs, which cause the symptoms of schistosomiasis, are generally used to diagnose the disease. In this study, we employed egg-based systematic evolution of ligands by exponential enrichment (egg-SELEX) and identified a panel of ssDNA aptamers specifically binding to eggs derived from S. japonicum. Among these, two aptamers LC6 and LC15 exhibited strong binding to and specific recognition of S. japonicum eggs, but not eggs from Fasciolopsis buski, Enterobius, Ascaris or Clonorchis sinensis. Furthermore, tissue imaging results revealed that LC15 could recognize S. japonicum eggs laid in liver tissues with a detection ratio of 80.5%. Collectively, therefore, we obtained useful aptamers specifically recognizing S. japonicum eggs, which will facilitate the development of an effective tool for both schistosomiasis diagnosis and drug delivery. PMID:27121794

  2. Antischistosomal activity of N,N'-arylurea analogs against Schistosoma japonicum.

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    Yao, Houzong; Liu, Fengyou; Chen, Jinglei; Li, Yan; Cui, Jinhao; Qiao, Chunhua

    2016-03-01

    Although the antischistosomal activities of N,N'-arylurea analogs were reported, systematic structure-activity relationships have not been conducted. In this Letter, we reported the design, synthesis and evaluation of 45 N,N'-arylurea analogs. Among these prepared compounds, 13 compounds were urea linker modified and 32 were N,N'-arylurea derivatives. The activity evaluation revealed 12 analogs exhibited IC50 values lower than 22.6μM, and 7 of them had IC50 less than 10μM against the juvenile Schistosoma japonicum in vitro. Their worm killing potency was even higher against adult worm. Unfortunately, low to moderate worm burden reduction of 0-33.4% was recorded after administration of a single oral dose of 200mg/kg or 400mg/kg to mice harboring S. japonicum.

  3. Induction of species-specific immunity against Schistosoma japonicum by exposure of rats to ultra-violet attenuated cercariae

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    Moloney, N.A.; Webbe, G.; Hinchcliffe, P.

    1987-02-01

    Single percutaneous immunizations of Fischer rats with 1000 ultra-violet attenuated Schistosoma japonicum cercariae induced 52-88% resistance to challenge 4 weeks later. Increasing this to 3 immunizations induced 90% resistance to challenge, and this level of protection remained undiminished for up to 40 weeks after vaccination. Rats vaccinated with gamma-irradiated S. mansoni cercariae were resistant to challenge with S. mansoni but not S. japonicum. Similarly rats vaccinated with u.v.-attenuated S. japonicum cercariae were not resistant to heterologous challenge. Thus irradiated vaccines are species-specific in both permissive and non-permissive hosts.

  4. Polymorphic microsatellites in the human bloodfluke, Schistosoma japonicum, identified using a genomic resource

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    Spear Robert

    2011-02-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Re-emergence of schistosomiasis in regions of China where control programs have ceased requires development of molecular-genetic tools to track gene flow and assess genetic diversity of Schistosoma populations. We identified many microsatellite loci in the draft genome of Schistosoma japonicum using defined search criteria and selected a subset for further analysis. From an initial panel of 50 loci, 20 new microsatellites were selected for eventual optimization and application to a panel of worms from endemic areas. All but one of the selected microsatellites contain simple tri-nucleotide repeats. Moderate to high levels of polymorphism were detected. Numbers of alleles ranged from 6 to 14 and observed heterozygosity was always >0.6. The loci reported here will facilitate high resolution population-genetic studies on schistosomes in re-emergent foci.

  5. Immunization of mice with cells from juvenile worms of Schistosoma japonicum provides immunoprotection against schistosomiasis

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    2007-01-01

    To validate the protective efficacy against schistosomiasis by immunization with cells from juvenile Schistosoma japonicum in a murine model and to analyze possible factors related to protection, in this study, two independent repeated vaccination trials were performed. After three subcutaneous vaccinations, in trial one, in the absence of adjuvant, primary juvenile worm cells (pJCs) from S. japonicum induced remarkable average reductions in worm burden (54.3%), liver eggs per gram (LEPG) load (59.8%) as well as egg granulomas size (66.5%) compared to PBS control group (P<0.01), which were significantly higher than those elicited by fractions of juvenile worm cells (JCFs) or fractions of juvenile worms (JWFs) (P<0.05). Non-cell components of worms (WNCs) showed no significant protection. In trial two, compared to PBS control group, significant protective effect was also observed for cultured juvenile worm cells (cJCs) from S. japonicum with 58.4% worm reduction and 68.1% LEPG reduction (P<0.01). However, cultured adult worms cells (cACs) showed significantly higher worm burden (P<0.05) and egg burden (P<0.01) when compared to cJCs. Immunological analysis of trial two revealed that cJCs engendered a Th1-biased mixed Th1/Th2 type of immune response while cACs elicited a Th2-type response. Our data indicated that immunization with both primary and cultured cells from S. japonicum juvenile worms provided high immunoprotection, for which the physical character of immunogens, stage-specific parasite and the type of immune response induced might be responsible, suggesting that vaccination with whole cells from S. japonicum larvae is a promising approach to produce protective immunity against schistosomiasis.

  6. Taurine drinking ameliorates hepatic granuloma and fibrosis in mice infected with Schistosoma japonicum

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    Yan-Rong Yu

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available In schistosomiasis, egg-induced hepatic granuloma formation is a cytokine-mediated, predominantly CD4+ Th2 immune response that can give rise to hepatic fibrosis. Hepatic fibrosis is the main cause of increased morbidity and mortality in humans with schistosome infection. Taurine has various physiological functions and hepatoprotective properties as well as anti-inflammatory and immunomodulatory activity. However, little is known about the role of taurine in schistosome egg-induced granuloma formation and fibrosis. We aimed to evaluate the therapeutic potential of taurine as preventative treatment for Schistosoma japonicum infection. Mice infected with S. japonicum cercariae were supplied with taurine drinking water (1% w/v for 4 weeks starting at 4 weeks post-infection. Taurine supplementation significantly improved the liver pathologic findings, reduced the serum levels of aminotransferases and area of hepatic granuloma, and prevented fibrosis progression. In addition, taurine decreased the expression of the granulomatous and fibrogenic mediators transforming growth factor β1, tumor necrosis factor α, monocyte chemotactic protein 1α and macrophage inflammatory protein 1α as well as the endoplasmic reticulum stress marker glucose-regulated protein 78. Thus, taurine can significantly attenuate S. japonicum egg-induced hepatic granuloma and fibrosis, which may depend in part on the downregulation of some relevant cytokine/chemokines and reducing the endoplasmic reticulum stress response.

  7. High prevalence of Schistosoma japonicum and Fasciola gigantica in bovines from Northern Samar, the Philippines.

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    Catherine A Gordon

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    Full Text Available The cause of zoonotic schistosomiasis in the Philippines is Schistosoma japonicum, which infects up to 46 mammalian hosts, including humans and bovines. In China, water buffaloes have been identified as major reservoir hosts for schistosomiasis japonica, contributing up to 75% of human transmission. In the Philippines, water buffaloes (carabao; Bubalus bubalis carabanesis have, historically, been considered unimportant reservoirs. We therefore revisited the possible role of bovines in schistosome transmission in the Philippines, using the recently described formalin-ethyl acetate sedimentation (FEA-SD technique and a qPCR assay to examine fecal samples from 153 bovines (both carabao and cattle from six barangays in Northern Samar. A high prevalence of S. japonicum was found using qPCR and FEA-SD in both cattle (87.50% and 77.08%, respectively and carabao (80.00% and 55.24%, respectively. The average daily egg output for each bovine was calculated at 195,000. High prevalence and infection intensity of F. gigantica was also found in the bovines by qPCR and FEA-SD (95.33% and 96.00%, respectively. The identification of bovines as major reservoir hosts for S. japonicum transmission suggests that bovine treatment and/or vaccination, as one becomes available, should be included in any future control program that aims to reduce the disease burden due to schistosomiasis in the Philippines.

  8. Diversification of Schistosoma japonicum in Mainland China revealed by mitochondrial DNA.

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    Qin Ping Zhao

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Schistosoma japonicum still causes severe parasitic disease in mainland China, but mainly in areas along the Yangtze River. However, the genetic diversity in populations of S. japonicum has not been well understood across its geographical distribution, and such data may provide insights into the epidemiology and possible control strategies for schistosomiasis. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: In this study infected Oncomelania snails were collected from areas in the middle and lower (ML reaches of the Yangtze River, including Hubei, Hunan, Anhui, Jiangxi and Jiangsu provinces, and in the upper reaches of the river, including Sichuan and Yunnan provinces in southwest (SW China. The adult parasites obtained from experimentally infected mice using isolated cercariae were sequenced individually for several fragments of mitochondrial regions, including Cytb-ND4L-ND4, 16S-12S and ND1. Populations in the ML reaches exhibited a relatively high level of diversity in nucleotides and haplotypes, whereas a low level was observed for populations in the SW, using either each single fragment or the combined sequence of the three fragments. Pairwise analyses of F-statistics (Fst revealed a significant genetic difference between populations in the ML reaches and those in the SW, with limited gene flow and no shared haplotypes in between. It is rather obvious that genetic diversity in the populations of S. japonicum was significantly correlated with the geographical distance, and the geographical separation/isolation was considered to be the major factor accounting for the observed difference between populations in the ML reaches and those in the SW in China. CONCLUSIONS: S. japonicum in mainland China exhibits a high degree of genetic diversity, with a similar pattern of genetic diversity as observed in the intermediate host snails in the same region in China.

  9. Effect of ozonide OZ418 against Schistosoma japonicum harbored in mice.

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    Xue, Jian; Wang, Xiaofang; Dong, Yuxiang; Vennerstrom, Jonathan L; Xiao, Shu-hua

    2014-09-01

    The in vitro and in vivo efficacies of ozonide carboxylic acid OZ418 against Schistosoma japonicum were investigated. For in vitro experiments, juvenile (14-day-old) and adult schistosomes were collected from mice infected with 80-100 S. japonicum cercariae for 14 and 35 days post-infection and the worms were maintained in Roswell Park Memorial Institute (RPMI) 1640 supplemented by 10% calf serum. Against 35-day-old adult S. japonicum, OZ418 resulted in weakened worm motor activity, injury to the worm body, emergence of vacuoles along the worm surface, and death. A similar outcome was seen in 14-day-old juvenile S. japonicum exposed to OZ418. Ineffective concentrations (1, 5, and 10 μg/mL) of OZ418 also interacted with hemin to significantly increase the killing effect against adult schistosomes. The LC50 value of OZ418 against juvenile (14-day-old) and adult schistosomes were identical--16.2 μg/mL, whereas the corresponding LC95 values were 30.7 and 22.7 μg/mL, respectively. Treatment of adult and juvenile (14-day-old) S. japonicum-infected mice with single 200-400-mg/kg oral doses of OZ418 produced total worm burden reductions of 68.5-84.1 and 37.5-50.9%, respectively. Further study showed that in mice infected with various stages of schistosomes and treated with a single oral OZ418 400 mg/kg, poor efficacy was seen in the 3-h-old juvenile worm group, while 14-day-old and 21-day-old juvenile worm groups exhibited less efficacy with total worm burden reductions of 42.6-52.4%. On the other hand, similar and higher total worm burden reductions (64.2-76.0%) were seen in the 7-day-old juvenile worm group and 28-day-old as well as 35-day-old adult worm groups. Furthermore, the mean worm burden reductions of the 7-day-old juvenile worm group and 35-day-old adult worm group were statistically significantly higher than that of the 14-day-old or 21-day-old juvenile worm group (P < 0.01 or <0.05). These data suggest that OZ418 has promising efficacy against 7-day

  10. Immunization of pigs against infection with Schistosoma japonicum using ultraviolet-attenuated cercariae

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    Since pigs are important in the zoonotic transmission of schistosomiasis japonica in China, a veterinary vaccine might contribute to the control of the disease in humans. Pigs were immunized with three doses each of 10 000 cercariae of Schistosoma japonicum attenuated with ultraviolet light (400 μWatt.min/cm2). The experiment was performed with portable irradiation equipment in a rural area of the Hubei Province (P.R. China). A challenge infection of 1000 untreated cercariae was given 2.5 or 6 months after the last immunization, and age-matched naive pigs were challenged as a control. Immunized pigs developed about 90% resistance against the challenge. The liver egg load of these animals was reduced by over 90%. Less than 0.01% of the immunizing cercariae developed to adult parasites and the vaccination had no apparent adverse influence on the pig's health. (Author)

  11. Delayed tail loss during the invasion of mouse skin by cercariae of Schistosoma japonicum.

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    Wang, Ting; Fang, Zheng-Ming; Lei, Jia-Hui; Guan, Fei; Liu, Wen-Qi; Bartlett, Ann; Whitfield, Phil; Li, Yong-Long

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    A traditional assumption is that schistosome cercariae lose their tails at the onset of penetration. It has, however, recently been demonstrated that, for Schistosoma mansoni, cercarial tails were not invariably being shed as penetration took place and a high proportion of tails entered human skin under experimental conditions. This phenomenon was termed delayed tail loss (DTL). In this paper, we report that DTL also happens with S. japonicum cercariae during penetration of mouse skin. It occurred at all cercarial densities tested, from as few as 10 cercariae/2·25 cm(2) of mouse skin up to 200 cercariae. Furthermore, it was demonstrated that there was a density-dependent increase in DTL as cercarial densities increased. No such density-dependent enhancement was shown for percentage attachment over the same cercarial density range.

  12. Screening and Primary Characterization of New Antigen Genes of Schistosoma Japonicum

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    王敏; 易新元; 李先平; 曾宪芳; 章洁

    2004-01-01

    To find Schistosoma japonicum(S.j) new antigen gene thus provide more useful vaccine candidates, the cDNA library of S. j adult worm was screened with sera of rabbits immtmized with the membrane antigens of Schistosoma japonicum hepato-portal schistosomula (SjHmAg). The positive clones were amplified by PCR and sequenced, then the sequences of clones were compared with all sequences in GenBank database using Blast process. The new clones were submitted to GenBank for accession numbers. Fifteen positive clones were obtained after three rounds of i mmunoscreening. The size of S. j cDNA fragments in positive clones ranged from 0.7 kb-3.0 kb after automatically excised with the helper phage. Sequence analysis revealed that partial sequence of clone M5 had significant homology with S.j mitochondria rnRNA, the other positive clones were new S.j genes. M2 clone sequence (GenBank accession number AF502579) was 730 bp long it had a 117 bp open reading frame (ORF). The sequence of M15 (GenBank accession number AF502582) has no transmembrane region and encodes 92 amino acids, and its protein contains a ferredoxins iron-sulfur binding region signature and two VWFC signal regions. The size of M1 ,M8, M9, M12( GenBank accession numbers: AF502578, AF502580, AF500622, AF502581 ) ranges from 402 bp to 766 bp. It concluded that the sera from rabbit immunized with SjHmAg could recognize S. j specific antigens molecules, and these antigens may induce the protective immunity against S.j infection.

  13. Local Antiglycan Antibody Responses to Skin Stage and Migratory Schistosomula of Schistosoma japonicum.

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    Smit, Cornelis H; Kies, Christiaan L; McWilliam, Hamish E G; Meeusen, Els N T; Hokke, Cornelis H; van Diepen, Angela

    2016-01-01

    Schistosomiasis is a tropical disease affecting over 230 million people worldwide. Although effective drug treatment is available, reinfections are common, and development of immunity is slow. Most antibodies raised during schistosome infection are directed against glycans, some of which are thought to be protective. Developing schistosomula are considered most vulnerable to immune attack, and better understanding of local antibody responses raised against glycans expressed by this life stage might reveal possible glycan vaccine candidates for future vaccine research. We used antibody-secreting cell (ASC) probes to characterize local antiglycan antibody responses against migrating Schistosoma japonicum schistosomula in different tissues of rats. Analysis by shotgun Schistosoma glycan microarray resulted in the identification of antiglycan antibody response patterns that reflected the migratory pathway of schistosomula. Antibodies raised by skin lymph node (LN) ASC probes mainly targeted N-glycans with terminal mannose residues, Galβ1-4GlcNAc (LacNAc) and Galβ1-4(Fucα1-3)GlcNAc (LeX). Also, responses to antigenic and schistosome-specific glycosphingolipid (GSL) glycans containing highly fucosylated GalNAcβ1-4(GlcNAcβ1)n stretches that are believed to be present at the parasite's surface constitutively upon transformation were found. Antibody targets recognized by lung LN ASC probes were mainly N-glycans presenting GalNAcβ1-4GlcNAc (LDN) and GlcNAc motifs. Surprisingly, antibodies against highly antigenic multifucosylated motifs of GSL glycans were not observed in lung LN ASC probes, indicating that these antigens are not expressed in lung stage schistosomula or are not appropriately exposed to induce immune responses locally. The local antiglycan responses observed in this study highlight the stage- and tissue-specific expression of antigenic parasite glycans and provide insights into glycan targets possibly involved in resistance to S. japonicum infection

  14. Spatial distribution of human Schistosoma japonicum infections in the Dongting Lake Region, China.

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    Giovanna Raso

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to spatially model the effect of demographic, reservoir hosts and environmental factors on human Schistosoma japonicum infection prevalence in the Dongting Lake area of Hunan Province, China and to determine the potential of each indicator in targeting schistosomiasis control. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: Cross-sectional serological, coprological and demographic data were obtained from the 2004 nationwide periodic epidemiologic survey for Hunan Province. Environmental data were downloaded from the USGS EROS data centre. Bayesian geostatistical models were employed for spatial analysis of the infection prevalence among study participants. A total of 47,139 participants from 47 administrative villages were selected. Age, sex and occupation of residents and the presence of infected buffaloes and environmental factors, i.e. NDVI, distance to the lake and endemic type of setting, were significantly associated with S. japonicum infection prevalence. After taking into account spatial correlation, however, only demographic factors (age, sex and occupation and the presence of infected buffaloes remained significant indicators. CONCLUSIONS/SIGNIFICANCE: Long established demographic factors, as well presence of host reservoirs rather than environmental factors are driving human transmission. Findings of this work can be used for epidemiologic surveillance and for the future planning of interventions in the Dongting Lake area of Hunan Province.

  15. Screening diagnostic candidates for schistosomiasis from tegument proteins of adult Schistosoma japonicum using an immunoproteomic approach.

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    Min Zhang

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available Schistosomiasis is one of the world's most prevalent zoonotic diseases and a serious worldwide public health problem. Since the tegument (TG of Schistosoma japonicum is in direct contact with the host and induces a host immune response against infection, the identification of immune response target molecules in the schistosome TG is crucial for screening diagnostic antigens for this disease.In this study, an immunoproteomics approach used TG proteins as screening antigens to identify potential diagnostic molecules of S. japonicum. Ten spots corresponding to six proteins were identified that immunoreacted with sera from S. japonicum-infected rabbits but not sera from uninfected rabbits and their specific IgG antibody levels declined quickly after praziquantel treatment. Recombinant phosphoglycerate mutase (PGM and UV excision repair protein RAD23 homolog B (RAD23 proteins were expressed and their diagnostic potential for schistosomiasis was evaluated and compared with schistosome soluble egg antigen (SEA using ELISA. The results showed high sensitivity and specificity and low crossreactivity when rSjPGM-ELISA and rSjRAD23-ELISA were used to detect water buffalo schistosomiasis. Moreover, antibodies to rSjPGM and rSjRAD23 might be short-lived since they declined quickly after chemotherapy.Therefore, the two schistosome TG proteins SjPGM and SjRAD23 were identified as potential diagnostic markers for the disease. The two recombinant proteins might have the potential to evaluate the effectiveness of drug treatments and for distinguishing between current and past infection.

  16. Characterization and expression of a novel cystatin gene from Schistosoma japonicum.

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    He, Baohua; Cai, Guobin; Ni, Yonghui; Li, Ying; Zong, Hongying; He, Li

    2011-08-01

    Cystatins are a family of cysteine protease inhibitors that play a crucial role in the immune evasion from their host and in the adaptation to host defence. Here, we isolated a full-length cDNA sequence inferred to encode a novel cystatin gene from a blood fluke, Schistosoma japonicum. The cDNA, designated SjCystatin, comprised an open reading frame (ORF) of 306 bp, and encoded 101 amino acids with a predicted molecular weight of 11.3 kDa. This predicted protein shared a significant degree of sequence identity with the type I cystatin (stefin) of Schistosoma mansoni and Homo sapiens. These proteins exhibited a typical cystatin topology, including the absence of disulfide bonds and three conserved catalytic motifs, Gly at the N-terminus (Gly(6)), Gln-X-Val-X-Gly motif (Q(49)VVAG(53)) and an LP pair at the C-terminus (L(76)P(77)). The SjCystatin gene spanned 376 bp and contained three exons. The positions of two introns were conserved between the cystatin genes of trematodes and their vertebrate hosts. Reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction confirmed the transcription of SjCystatin in the egg, schistosomula and adult stages of S. japonicum. The encoding ORF region was cloned into pET-28a (+) prokaryotic expression vector. After purification, the recombinant protein SjCystatin (recSjCystatin), expressed in Escherichia coli, was used to immunize animals and produce its specific polyclonal antibody. Western blot analysis revealed that the native SjCystatin was expressed in the egg and adult stages. The enzyme activity assay of the recSjCystatin showed that it inhibited the proteolytic activity of papain. SjCystatin protein was mainly localized on the miracidium within eggs. Immunohistochemistry revealed that SjCystatin mainly localized in the epithelial cells lining the gut as well as the tegument on the surface of adult worms. The conserved genomic DNA structure among cystatin homologues of trematode and their vertebrate host emphasized the characteristics

  17. Global Expression Analysis Revealed Novel Gender-Specific Gene Expression Features in the Blood Fluke Parasite Schistosoma japonicum

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    Xianyu Piao; Pengfei Cai; Shuai Liu; Nan Hou; Lili Hao; Fan Yang; Heng Wang; Jianwei Wang; Qi Jin; Qijun Chen

    2011-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Schistosoma japonicum is one of the remarkable Platyhelminths that are endemic in China and Southeast Asian countries. The parasite is dioecious and can reside inside the host for many years. Rapid reproduction by producing large number of eggs and count-react host anti-parasite responses are the strategies that benefit long term survival of the parasite. Praziquantel is currently the only drug that is effective against the worms. Development of novel antiparasite reagents and imm...

  18. The effect of colostrum on pigs pre-natally or post-natally exposed to Schistosoma japonicum

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    Techau, M.E.; Johansen, M.V.; Lind, Peter;

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    fibrosis in pre-natally exposed pigs. These findings indicate that further investigations will prove valuable, elucidating the influence of the parasitological and immunological status of the sow, on pre-natally exposed pigs, and on the ability of these pigs to develop resistance against S. japonicum later......Pre-natal infection of Schistosoma japonicum in pigs may prove to be a useful model in shedding light on human pre-natal schistosomiasis. This study describes the effects of immune colostrum on worm burdens, tissue egg counts, liver pathology and crude worm or egg antigen-specific IgG and Ig......A responses, in groups of pigs pre-natally, pre-natally + post-natally or post-natally exposed to S. japonicum. Results suggest that pre-natal exposure and immune colostrum did not affect the establishment of a post-natal challenge infection. However, immune colostrum seemed to increase the levels of septal...

  19. Expression profile of the Schistosoma japonicum degradome reveals differential protease expression patterns and potential anti-schistosomal intervention targets.

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    Shuai Liu

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available Blood fluke proteases play pivotal roles in the processes of invasion, nutrition acquisition, immune evasion, and other host-parasite interactions. Hundreds of genes encoding putative proteases have been identified in the recently published schistosome genomes. However, the expression profiles of these proteases in Schistosoma species have not yet been systematically analyzed. We retrieved and culled the redundant protease sequences of Schistosoma japonicum, Schistosoma mansoni, Echinococcus multilocularis, and Clonorchis sinensis from public databases utilizing bioinformatic approaches. The degradomes of the four parasitic organisms and Homo sapiens were then comparatively analyzed. A total of 262 S. japonicum protease sequences were obtained and the expression profiles generated using whole-genome microarray. Four main clusters of protease genes with different expression patterns were identified: proteases up-regulated in hepatic schistosomula and adult worms, egg-specific or predominantly expressed proteases, cercaria-specific or predominantly expressed proteases, and constantly expressed proteases. A subset of protease genes with different expression patterns were further validated using real-time quantitative PCR. The present study represents the most comprehensive analysis of a degradome in Schistosoma species to date. These results provide a firm foundation for future research on the specific function(s of individual proteases and may help to refine anti-proteolytic strategies in blood flukes.

  20. 东方田鼠抗日本血吸虫病机制研究%Study on the Mechanism of Microtus fortis Against Schistosoma Japonicum

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    刘金明; 刘瑞三; 林矫矫; 傅志强; 李浩; 魏梅雄; 孙军; 张亮; 何艳燕; 蒋守富

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    This paper was about the study on the mechanism of Microtus fortis against Schistosoma japonicum. Firstly,we confirmed that Microtus fortis came from epidemic region (Dongting Lake beaches) and non-epidemic region (Qingtong Gorge in Ningxia province) were both resistant to Schistosoma japonicum infection after re-infection tests for several times. It seemed that their resistant ability was inheritable rather than acquired. Secondly, it was demonstrated by in vivo check-up and in vitro killing assay that there were some native antibodies of IgG3 subclass specifically to the schistosomula and adult worm of Schistosoma japonicum in Microtus fortis, which probably played an important role in resisting Schistosoma japonicum associated with complement. It was shown that macrophages and eosinophils in abdominal cavity of Microtus fortis had native ability of adhering to the schistosomula of Schistosoma japonicum. Then, the adult worm cDNA library of Schistosoma japonicum was screened with sera from Microtus fortis. Five positive clones were obtained, four of which were identified as new genes. Full-length cDNA of the two new genes were isolated by RACE. DNA vaccine was constructed with one named EST-mfs-3. After the Kunming mice immunized with this vaccine, the worm reduction rate and the egg reduction rate were 28.4% and 21.73% compared with that in control group respectively. This kind of DNA-based EST-mfs-3 vaccine was highly expressed in E. coli and induecd strong immune response in challenged group.Finally, two groups of cDNA probes prepared from liver and lung of Microtusfortis with or without Schistosoma japonicum infection were hybridized to the eDNA chip prepared from rat respectively. 156 and 332 genes revealed differential expression in infectious group compared with normal group. In conclusion, there would be many factors contribute to the mechanism of Microtusfortis against Schistosoma japonicum. We should stress the essentials and make further research on

  1. Exosome-like vesicles derived by Schistosoma japonicum adult worms mediates M1 type immune- activity of macrophage.

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    Wang, Lifu; Li, Zhitao; Shen, Jia; Liu, Zhen; Liang, Jinyi; Wu, Xiaoying; Sun, Xi; Wu, Zhongdao

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    Exosomes are 30-100-nm membrane vesicles of endocytic origin that are released into the extracellular space upon fusion of the multi-vesicular bodies (MVB) with the plasma membrane, while initial studies described that the role of exosomes was a reticulocyte cargo-disposal mechanism allowing remodeling of the plasma membrane during the maturation of reticulocytes to erythrocytes. Recent studies indicate that exosomes are secreted by most cells and pathogens and play an important role in intercellular signaling and exert regulatory function by carrying bioactive molecules. As numerous pathogens, adult worm of Schistosoma japonicum (S. japonicum) reside in mesenteric veins of definitive host including man and mammal animals. It was reported that the worms or the eggs also have specialized secretion systems to export effector proteins or other molecules into host target cells. However, the mechanisms involved remained unclear. This study investigated the isolation of the exosome-like vesicles secreted by S. japonicum adult worms and its immune activity on microphage in vitro. In this report, we identified exosome-based secretion as a new mechanism for protein secretion by S. japonicum. Electron microscopy tomography revealed the previously unidentified ultrastructural detail of exosome-like vesicles with high resolution; they were found to be typical spherical shape and to have a diverse population that varies in size of 30-100 nm. Exosome-like vesicles isolated from S. japonicum contained a significantly different protein compared with debris pelleted and the apoptosis body. We also demonstrate that macrophages were preferentially differentiated into the M1 subtype while being treated with S. japonicum exosome-like vesicles. This study reveals there are exosome-like vesicles derived by S. japonicum adult worms, and the exosome-like vesicles can mediate M1-type immune- activity of macrophage.

  2. Intake of Erythrocytes Required for Reproductive Development of Female Schistosoma japonicum.

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    Full Text Available The reproductive development and maturation of female schistosomes are crucial since their released eggs are responsible for the host immunopathology and transmission of schistosomiasis. However, little is known about the nutrients required by female Schistosoma japonicum during its sexual maturation. We evaluated the promoting effect of several nutrients (calf serum, red blood cells (RBCs, ATP and hypoxanthine on the reproductive development of pre-adult females at 18 days post infection (dpi from mixed infections and at 50 dpi from unisexual infections of laboratory mice in basic medium RPMI-1640. We found RBCs, rather than other nutrients, promoted the female sexual maturation and egg production with significant morphological changes. In 27% of females (18 dpi from mixed infections that paired with males in vitro on day 14, vitelline glands could be positively stained by Fast Blue B; and in 35% of females (50 dpi from unisexual infections on day 21, mature vitelline cells were observed. Infertile eggs were detected among both groups. To analyze which component of mouse RBCs possesses the stimulating effect, RBCs were fractionated and included in media. However, the RBC fractions failed to stimulate development of the female reproductive organs. In addition, bovine hemoglobin hydrolysate, digested by neutral protease, was found to exhibit the promoting activity instead of untreated bovine hemoglobin. The other protein hydrolysate, lactalbumin hydrolysate, exhibited a similar effect with bovine hemoglobin hydrolysate. Using quantitative RT-PCR, we found the expression levels of four reproduction-related genes were significantly stimulated by RBCs. These data indicate that RBCs provide essential nutrients for the sexual maturation of female S. japonicum and that the protein component of RBCs appeared to constitute the key nutrient. These findings would improve laboratory culture of pre-adult schistosomes to adult worms in medium with well

  3. A deep analysis of the small non-coding RNA population in Schistosoma japonicum eggs.

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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Schistosoma japonicum is a parasitic flatworm that causes zoonotic schistosomiasis. The typical outcome of schistosomiasis is hepatic granuloma and fibrosis, which is primarily induced by soluble egg-derived antigens. Although schistosomal eggs represent an important pathogenic stage to the host, the biology of this critical stage is largely unknown. We previously investigated the expression profiles of sncRNAs during different developmental stages of this parasite. However, using small RNA extracted from egg-deposited liver tissues generated limited information about sncRNAs in eggs. Here, we characterized the complete small RNAome in this stage of the parasite after optimization of RNA purification. METHODOLOGY AND PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: A library, SjE, was constructed with the small RNA extracted from S. japonicum eggs and subjected to high-throughput sequencing. The data were depicted by comprehensive bioinformatic analysis to explore the expression features of sncRNAs in the egg stage. MicroRNAs accounted for about one quarter of the total small RNA population in this stage, with a strongly biased expression pattern of certain miRNA family members. Sja-miR-71, sja-miR-71-5p, and sja-miR-36-3p were suggested to play important roles in embryo development. A panel of transfer RNA fragments (tRFs precisely processed from the 5' end of mature tRNAs was identified for the first time, which represented a strong egg stage-biased expression. The tRNA-Ala derived small RNAs were the most highly expressed Sj-tRFs in eggs. Further, the expression of siRNAs from 29 types of well-defined transposable elements (TEs was observed to be relatively stable among different developmental stages. CONCLUSIONS AND SIGNIFICANCE: In this study, we characterized the sncRNA profile in the egg stage of S. japonicum. Featured expression of sncRNAs, especially the tRNA-derived small RNAs, was identified, which was further compared with that of other developmental

  4. Evaluation of immunoassays for the diagnosis of Schistosoma japonicum infection using archived sera.

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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: With a national program initiated recently to reduce transmission of Schistosoma japonicum in the People's Republic of China (P.R. China, there is an urgent need for accessible, quality-assured diagnostics for case detection, surveillance, and program monitoring of chemotherapy efficacy and other control interventions in areas of low endemicity. We compared the performance of nine immunodiagnostic tests developed in P.R. China for detection of antibodies against S. japonicum and established their priority for further assessment in field settings. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: Using the Kato-Katz technique as the reference standard, 240 well-characterized archived serum specimens (100 positive and 140 negative were evaluated in nine immunological tests developed in P.R. China. The enzyme-linked immunoelectrotransfer blot assay (EITB, which uses an adult worm extract of S. japonicum, supplied by the Center of Disease Control and Prevention, USA, was also evaluated. The sensitivity and specificity of each test were determined and the reproducibility of each test was assessed by evaluating operator-to-operator and run-to-run variation. In addition the simplicity of use for the end-user was evaluated. All tests showed good sensitivities ranging from 92.0% (95% confidence interval (CI: 86.7-97.3% to 98.0% (95% CI: 95.3-100.0%. The test specificities varied from 70.0% (95% CI: 62.4-77.6% to 97.1% (95% CI: 94.4-99.9%. All tests showed excellent reproducibility with a discordant rate in the range of 0-10.0% for operator-to-operator variation and run-to-run variation. All tests, except one magnetic particle-based enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay, were found to be easy to use, especially the dot immunogold filtration assays. CONCLUSIONS/SIGNIFICANCE: Most evaluated tests had acceptable performance characteristics and could make an impact on the schistosomiasis control programs in P.R. China. Three tests with the highest sensitivity

  5. Identification and characterization of microRNAs and endogenous siRNAs in Schistosoma japonicum

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    Wang Heng

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Small endogenous non-coding RNAs (sncRNAs such as small interfering RNA (siRNA, microRNA and other small RNA transcripts are derived from distinct loci in the genome and play critical roles in RNA-mediated gene silencing mechanisms in plants and metazoa. They are approximately 22 nucleotides long; regulate mRNA stability through perfect or imperfect match to the targets. The biological activities of sncRNAs have been related to many biological events, from resistance to microbe infections to cellular differentiation. The development of the zoonotic parasite Schistosoma japonicum parasite includes multiple steps of morphological alterations and biological differentiations, which provide a unique model for studies on the functions of small RNAs. Characterization of the genome-wide transcription of the sncRNAs will be a major step in understanding of the parasite biology. The objective of this study is to investigate the transcriptional profile and potential function of the small non-coding RNAs in the development of S. japanicum. Results The endogenous siRNAs were found mainly derived from transposable elements (TE or transposons and the natural antisense transcripts (NAT. In contrast to other organisms, the TE-derived siRNAs in S. japonicum were more predominant than other sncRNAs including microRNAs (miRNAs. Further, there were distinct length and 3'end variations in the sncRNAs, which were associated with the developmental differentiation of the parasite. Among the identified miRNA transcripts, there were 38 unique to S. japonicum and 16 that belonged to 13 miRNA families are common to other metazoan lineages. These miRNAs were either ubiquitously expressed, or they exhibited specific expression patterns related to the developmental stages or sex. Genes that encoded miRNAs are mainly located in clusters within the genome of S. japonicum. However, genes within one cluster could be differentially transcribed, which suggested

  6. Expression of Recombinant Baculovirus Carrying Schistosoma japonicum 26 ku GST in Mammalian Cells

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    YU Guangqing; SONG Jianhua; LIU Wenqi; LONG Xiaochun; MO Hongmei; LI Yonglong; CHEN Xinwen

    2006-01-01

    In order to construct recombinant baculovirus carrying Schistosoma japonicum 26 ku glutathione S-transferase gene (Sj26), and observe the expression of Sj26 in mammalian cells, the Sj26 gene was amplified with plasmid pGEX-3X as template by PCR, and then recombined into Tvector for sequencing. Sj26 gene was inserted into the downstream of CMV promoter of donor plasmid pFBDGC, and the recombinant donor plasmid pFBDGC-Sj26 transformed into DH10Bac,then the recombinant bacmid AcCMVSj26 was isolated and transfected into Sf9 cells. The recombinant baculovirus was harvested and final titer of vAcCMVSj26 was measured. BHK cells were transducted with recombinant baculovirus in vitro. By using Western blot, the expression of 26 ku glutathione S-transferase (GST) was detected. The results showed that after enzyme digestion and sequencing, the donor plasmid was successfully constructed. PCR confirmed that pFBDGC-Sj26 and Bacmid homologous recombination occurred in E. coli. After transfection of Sf9 cells with recombinant Bacmid, recombinant baculovirus was replicated in Sf9 cells and expressed green fluorescent protein. PCR further revealed recombinant baculovirus contained Sj26. The titer of the harvested baculovirus was 1.24 × 108. Western blot demonstrated that recombinant baculovirus could express 26 ku GST in BHK cells. It was concluded that Sj26 recombinant baculovirus was successfully constructed, and the 26 ku GST was expressed in mammalian cells.

  7. Chronic Schistosoma japonicum infection reduces immune response to vaccine against hepatitis B in mice.

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    Lin Chen

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Hepatitis B and schistosomiasis are most prevalent in Africa and Asia, and co-infections of both are frequent in these areas. The immunomodulation reported to be induced by schistosome infections might restrict immune control of hepatitis B virus (HBV leading to more severe viral infection. Vaccination is the most effective measure to control and prevent HBV infection, but there is evidence for a reduced immune response to the vaccine in patients with chronic schistosomiasis japonica. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: In this paper, we demonstrate in a mouse model that a chronic Schistosoma japonicum infection can inhibit the immune response to hepatitis B vaccine (HBV vaccine and lead to lower production of anti-HBs antibodies, interferon-γ (IFN-γ and interleukin-2 (IL-2. After deworming with Praziquantel (PZQ, the level of anti-HBs antibodies gradually increased and the Th2-biased profile slowly tapered. At 16 weeks after deworming, the levels of anti-HBs antibodies and Th1/Th2 cytokines returned to the normal levels. CONCLUSIONS/SIGNIFICANCE: The results suggest that the preexisting Th2-dominated immune profile in the host infected with the parasite may down-regulate levels of anti-HBs antibodies and Th1 cytokines. To improve the efficacy of HBV vaccination in schistosome infected humans it may be valuable to treat them with praziquantel (PZQ some time prior to HBV vaccination.

  8. Helminth Protein Vaccine Induced Follicular T Helper Cell for Enhancement of Humoral Immunity against Schistosoma japonicum

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    Jingyao Zhang

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Protein vaccines combined with adjuvants have been widely used to induce immune responses, especially the humoral immune response, against molecular targets including parasites. Follicular T helper (Tfh cells are the specialized providers of B-cell help, however, the induction of Tfh cells in protein vaccination has been rarely studied. Here, we report that the Schistosoma japonicum recombinant protein (SjGST-32 combined with tacrolimus (FK506 augmented the induction of Tfh cells, which expressed the canonical markers CXCR5, BCL6, and IL-21, and enhanced the humoral immune responses in BALB/c mice. Furthermore, the expression of IL-21R on germinal center (GC B cells and memory B cells increased in immunized mice, which indicated that IL-21 from the induced Tfh cells interacted with IL-21R for activation of B cells and maintenance of long-lived humoral immunity. Our results suggest that helminth protein vaccine combined with FK506 induces Tfh cell for stimulating humoral immune responses and inducing long-lived humoral immunity.

  9. Schistosoma japonicum:Isolation and Identification of Peptides Mimicking Ferritin Epitopes from Phage Display Library

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    Lian-Fei TANG; Xin-Yuan YI; Xian-Fang ZENG; Lin-Qian WANG; Shun-Ke ZHANG

    2004-01-01

    In an attempt to isolate and identify the antigenic epitopes on ferritin of Schistosoma japonicum(SjFer)and to test their protective potentiality against Schistosomajaponicum(S.j),polyclonal antisera against SjFer was prepared to screen a 12-mer random peptide library.Three rounds of biopanning were performed and resulted in an enrichment.Six peptides selected randomly from the third elute were all found to be positive by evaluating the binding to anti-SjFer sera by ELISA and Western blotting.Three amino acid sequences were deduced from the six phage clones by sequencing.When they were used to vaccinate mice,the three peptides could induce significant reduction in adult worms(26.7% ,20.4%,and 25.9%)as well as in liver eggs per gram(LEPG)(40.0%,38.2%,and 40.8%).This result showed that three mimotopes on SjFer were obtained and they could induce significant protective efficacy against S.j.

  10. The Differential Expression of Immune Genes between Water Buffalo and Yellow Cattle Determines Species-Specific Susceptibility to Schistosoma japonicum Infection

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    Jianmei Yang; Zhiqiang Fu; Yang Hong; Haiwei Wu; Yamei Jin; Chuangang Zhu; Hao Li; Ke Lu; Yaojun Shi; Chunxiu Yuan; Guofeng Cheng; Xingang Feng; Jinming Liu; Jiaojiao Lin

    2015-01-01

    Water buffalo are less susceptible to Schistosoma japonicum infection than yellow cattle. The factors that affect such differences in susceptibility remain unknown. A Bos taurus genome-wide gene chip was used to analyze gene expression profiles in the peripheral blood of water buffalo and yellow cattle pre- and post-infection with S. japonicum. This study showed that most of the identified differentially expressed genes (DEGs) between water buffalo and yellow cattle pre- and post-infection we...

  11. Construction of a recombinant plasmid pGEX-Sj26GST of Schistosoma japonicum and expression in Escherichia coli BL21( DE3)

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    张丽

    2014-01-01

    Objective To construct and express a recombinant plasmid pGEX-Sj26GST of Schistosoma japonicum(Sj)in Escherichia coli(E.coli)BL21(DE3).Methods Total RNA was extracted from Sj adult worms by RNeasy Mini kit,26 kilodalton glutathione-S-transferases of Schistosoma japonicum(Sj26GST)antigen gene was amplified by real-time PCR(RT-PCR)from the total RNA,then cloned into a prokaryotic expression plasmid pGEX-1λT and transformed into E.coli BL21(DE3)to construct pGEX-Sj26GST;BL21(pGEX-

  12. Cloning and expression in Escherichia coli of a new gene of Schistosoma japonicum encoding casein kinase Ⅱ beta subunit

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    彭寨玉; 余新炳; 吴忠道; 徐劲; 吴德; 李孜

    2004-01-01

    Background Nowadays it is now a focus topic in schistosomiasis research to find ideal vaccine candidates and new drug targets for developing anti-schistosomiasis vaccine. We cloned a new gene, casein kinase Ⅱ beta subunit, of Schistosoma japonicum (S. japonicum) and express it in Escherichia coli (E.coli).Methods The ESTs obtained in our laboratory were analyzed by homologous searching, and a new gene was recognized. The full-length cDNA of the new gene was obtained by joining the 3'RACE PCR fragment and the EST clone. To express the new gene, the cDNA was cloned into pGEX-4T-1 vector and then transformed into E.coli JM109. The recombinant protein was analyzed by SDS-PAGE and Western-blot. Results A 908 bp cDNA was isolated from S. japonicum and identified to be casein kinase Ⅱ beta subunit gene by sequence analysis. The open reading frame of the gene encodes a protein of 217 amino acids exhibiting 75.8%, 75.8%, 73.9%, 68.2%, 51.6% identity to the amino acids sequence of the corresponding genes of Homo sapiens (H. sapiens), Xenopus laevi (X. laevi), Drosophila melanogaster (D. melanogaster), Caenorhabditis elegan (C. elegan), and Schizosaccharomyces pombe (S. promber) respectively. The predicted molecular weight of the protein was 24.921 kDa. The new cDNA sequence had been submitted to GenBank, and its accession number is AY241391. This cDNA was subcloned into the pGEX-4T-1 vector and expressed in E.coli JM109.The recombinant protein could be recognized by the S. japonicum infected rabbit serum. Conclusion The full-length cDNA sequences encoding S. japonicum casein kinase Ⅱ beta subunit were firstly sequenced, cloned, and expressed in E.coli.

  13. 2-Cys peroxiredoxins from Schistosoma japonicum: the expression profile and localization in the life cycle.

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    Kumagai, Takashi; Osada, Yoshio; Kanazawa, Tamotsu

    2006-10-01

    Peroxiredoxin (Prx) is known to be an antioxidant protein that protects the organisms against various oxidative stresses and functions as a signal transductor. Here, we determined the full-length cDNA sequences of three types of Prx from an Asian blood fluke, Schistosoma japonicum: Prx-1, Prx-2 and Prx-3. According to the deduced amino acid sequences, only Prx-3 had a mitochondria-targeting sequence. Using RT-PCR, it was shown that these Prx genes were constitutively expressed in the eggs, cercariae and adult worms of the schistosome. Western blot analysis using antisera specific for each Prx revealed that all the three Prx proteins existed in these developmental stages. By immunolocalization analysis, Prx-1 existed on the surface of a miracidium and in the space between a miracidium and an eggshell. Furthermore, Prx-1 was deposited in the host tissues around the eggs. In adult worms, Prx-1 was not only expressed in the tegument, but also contained in their excretory/secretory products. The surface of the 7 day-schistosomula was stained with anti-Prx-1 antiserum. On the other hand, Prx-2 only existed inside the miracidia in eggs. In addition, Prx-2 was mainly detected in the sub-tegumental tissues, parenchyma, vitelline gland and gut epithelium of the adult worms, but was not detected in the tegument of adults and schistosomula. Taken together with previous reports by other investigators, these data suggest that Prx-1 acts to protect the parasite against the ROS produced by host immune cells, and that Prx-2 plays important roles in intracellular redox signaling and/or in the reduction of ROS generated through the hemoglobinolytic process in the digestive tract. PMID:16806527

  14. Effectiveness of synthetic trioxolane OZ78 against Schistosoma japonicum in mice and rabbits.

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    Xiao, Shu-Hua; Xue, Jian; Mei, Jing-Yan; Jiao, Pei-Ying

    2012-06-01

    Antischistosomal activities of a synthetic peroxide OZ78 (an ozonide carboxylic acid) against Schistosoma japonicum have been studied in mice and rabbits. Among 132 mice used, 30 of them were infected with 80-100 S. japonicum cercariae for collection of juvenile and adult schistosomes applied in in vitro tests. The remaining 102 mice were infected with 40 schistosome cercariae used for experimental treatment. Other 13 rabbits infected each with 200 schistosome cercariae were treated orally with OZ78 42 days post-infection. Most treated mice and rabbits were sacrificed 4 weeks post-treatment to collect residual schistosomes for evaluation of the drug efficacy. OZ78 and its sodium salt (OZ78-Na salt) 10-60 μg/mL alone exhibited no in vitro effect against day 14, day 21 schistosomula, and day 35 adult schistosomes. But OZ78 and OZ78-Na salt 10 and 20 μg/mL together with hemin 80 μg/mL showed decrease in worm motor activity and severe damage to the worm tegument and intestine, and all worms died within 3 days post-incubation. After infected mice were treated orally with OZ78 at a single dose of 400 mg/kg for 1 day, 34.9% of the worms shifted to the liver. Three and 7 days post-treatment, 100% of the worms were recovered from the liver. Fourteen days post-treatment, 92.3% of the worms still remained in the liver and 7.7% of the worms returned back to the mesenteric veins. Male and female worms shifted to the liver revealed in apparent shrinkage, degeneration of worm body, depigmentation in gut, and disappearance of ova in the uterus of some female worms. Meanwhile, dead worm and dead worm fragments were found in the liver tissues. In mice infected with various stages of schistosomes and treated orally with single OZ78 400 mg/kg, moderate or potential effect of the drug against day 0 (3-h-old worm), day 7, day 14, and day 21 juvenile worms and day 28, day 35 as well as day 42 adult worms were observed, the differences of total or female worm burdens between each

  15. Upregulated Expression of Cytotoxicity-Related Genes in IFN-γ Knockout Mice with Schistosoma japonicum Infection

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    Xiaotang Du

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available It is well accepted that IFN-γ is important to the development of acquired resistance against murine schistosomiasis. However, the in vivo role of this immunoregulatory cytokine in helminth infection needs to be further investigated. In this study, parasite burden and host immune response were observed in IFN-γ knockout mice (IFNg KO infected with Schistosoma japonicum for 6 weeks. The results suggested that deficiency in IFN-γ led to decreased egg burden in mice, with low schistosome-specific IgG antibody response and enhanced activation of T cells during acute infection. Microarray and qRT-PCR data analyses showed significant upregulation of some cytotoxicity-related genes, including those from the granzyme family, tumor necrosis factor, Fas Ligand, and chemokines, in the spleen cells of IFNg KO mice. Furthermore, CD8+ cells instead of NK cells of IFNg KO mice exhibited increased transcription of cytotoxic genes compared with WT mice. Additionally, Schistosoma japonicum-specific egg antigen immunization also could activate CD8+ T cells to upregulate the expression of cytotoxic genes in IFNg KO mice. Our data suggest that IFN-γ is not always a positive regulator of immune responses. In certain situations, the disruption of IFN-γ signaling may up-regulate the cytotoxic T-cell-mediated immune responses to the parasite.

  16. Schistosoma japonicum in Samar, the Philippines: infection in dogs and rats as a possible risk factor for human infection.

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    Carabin, H; McGARVEY, S T; Sahlu, I; Tarafder, M R; Joseph, L; DE Andrade, B B; Balolong, E; Olveda, R

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    The role that animals play in the transmission of Schistosoma japonicum to humans in the Philippines remains uncertain and prior studies have not included several species, adjustment for misclassification error and clustering, or used a cohort design. A cohort study of 2468 people providing stool samples at 12 months following praziquantel treatment in 50 villages of Western Samar, the Philippines, was conducted. Stool samples from dogs, cats, rats, and water buffaloes were collected at baseline (2003-2004) and follow-up (2005). Latent-class hierarchical Bayesian log-binomial models adjusting for misclassification errors in diagnostic tests were used. The village-level baseline and follow-up prevalences of cat, dog, and rat S. japonicum infection were associated with the 12-month cumulative incidence of human S. japonicum infection, with similar magnitude and precision of effect, but correlation between infection levels made it difficult to divide their respective effects. The cumulative incidence ratios associated with a 1% increase in the prevalence of infection in dogs at baseline and in rats at follow-up were 1·04 [95% Bayesian credible interval (BCI) 1·02-1·07] and 1·02 (95% BCI 1·01-1·04), respectively, when both species were entered in the model. Dogs appear to play a role in human schistosomiasis infection while rats could be used as schistosomiasis sentinels. PMID:25274409

  17. Adenovirus-mediated over-expression of Septin4 ameliorates hepatic fibrosis in mouse livers infected with Schistosoma japonicum.

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    He, Xue; Bao, Jing; Chen, Jinling; Sun, Xiaolei; Wang, Jianxin; Zhu, Dandan; Song, Ke; Peng, Wenxia; Xu, Tianhua; Duan, Yinong

    2015-12-01

    Septin4 (Sept4) belongs to Septin family and may be involved in apoptosis, vesicle trafficking and other cell processes. In this study, we attempted to investigate the effect of Sept4 in hepatic fibrosis induced by Schistosoma japonicum. ICR mice infected with S. japonicum for 12weeks were treated with PBS, Ad-ctr and Ad-Sept4, respectively. All mice were killed at 2weeks after injection, and the changes in the fibrotic livers were detected via H&E staining, Sirius red staining, qRT-PCR, western blot and TUNEL analysis. In addition, pcDNA3.1-Sept4 plasmid was transfected into LX-2 cells to observe the effect of Sept4 on apoptosis of HSCs in vitro. Ad-Sept4 could ameliorate liver fibrosis, as detected by H&E staining and Sirius red staining. The number of TUNEL-positive cells was increased in the Ad-Sept4 treated group. The expression of Sept4 and cleaved-caspase-3 were all augmented, while the expression of α-SMA, Col1α1 and IL-13 were reduced in the Ad-Sept4 treated group, compared with that expressed in the Ad-ctr group. Over-expression of Sept4 in LX-2 cells could promote apoptosis of LX-2 cells in vitro. In conclusion, Ad-Sept4 can attenuate the development of liver fibrosis induced by S. japonicum through apoptosis. PMID:26190030

  18. Genetic variation between Schistosoma japonicum lineages from lake and mountainous regions in China revealed by resequencing whole genomes.

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    Yin, Mingbo; Liu, Xiao; Xu, Bin; Huang, Jian; Zheng, Qi; Yang, Zhong; Feng, Zheng; Han, Ze-Guang; Hu, Wei

    2016-09-01

    Schistosoma infection is a major cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. Schistosomiasis japonica is endemic in mainland China along the Yangtze River, typically distributed in two geographical categories of lake and mountainous regions. Study on schistosome genetic diversity is of interest in respect of understanding parasite biology and transmission, and formulating control strategy. Certain genetic variations may be associated with adaptations to different ecological habitats. The aim of this study is to gain insight into Schistosoma japonicum genetic variation, evolutionary origin and associated causes of different geographic lineages through examining homozygous Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms (SNPs) based on resequenced genome data. We collected S. japonicum samples from four sites, three in the lake regions (LR) of mid-east (Guichi and Tonglin in Anhui province, Laogang in Hunan province) and one in mountainous region (MR) (Xichang in Sichuan province) of south-west of China, resequenced their genomes using Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) technology, and made use of the available database of S. japonicum draft genomic sequence as a reference in genome mapping. A total of 14,575 SNPs from 2059 genes were identified in the four lineages. Phylogenetic analysis confirmed significant genetic variation exhibited between the different geographical lineages, and further revealed that the MR Xichang lineage is phylogenetically closer to LR Guich lineage than to other two LR lineages, and the MR lineage might be evolved from LR lineages. More than two thirds of detected SNPs were nonsynonymous; functional annotation of the SNP-containing genes showed that they are involved mainly in biological processes such as signaling and response to stimuli. Notably, unique nonsynonymous SNP variations were detected in 66 genes of MR lineage, inferring possible genetic adaption to mountainous ecological condition. PMID:27207135

  19. Combined TLR7/8 and TLR9 ligands potentiate the activity of a Schistosoma japonicum DNA vaccine.

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    Xuefeng Wang

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Toll-like receptor (TLR ligands have been explored as vaccine adjuvants for tumor and virus immunotherapy, but few TLR ligands affecting schistosoma vaccines have been characterized. Previously, we developed a partially protective DNA vaccine encoding the 26-kDa glutathione S-transferase of Schistosoma japonicum (pVAX1-Sj26GST. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: In this study, we evaluated a TLR7/8 ligand (R848 and a TLR9 ligand (CpG oligodeoxynucleotides, or CpG as adjuvants for pVAX1-Sj26GST and assessed their effects on the immune system and protection against S. japonicum. We show that combining CpG and R848 with pVAX1-Sj26GST immunization significantly increases splenocyte proliferation and IgG and IgG2a levels, decreases CD4(+CD25(+Foxp3(+ regulatory T cells (Treg frequency in vivo, and enhances protection against S. japonicum. CpG and R848 inhibited Treg-mediated immunosuppression, upregulated the production of interferon (IFN-γ, tumor necrosis factor (TNF-α, interleukin (IL-4, IL-10, IL-2, and IL-6, and decreased Foxp3 expression in vitro, which may contribute to prevent Treg suppression and conversion during vaccination and allow expansion of antigen-specific T cells against pathogens. CONCLUSIONS: Our data shows that selective TLR ligands can increase the protective efficacy of DNA vaccines against schistosomiasis, potentially through combined antagonism of Treg-mediated immunosuppression and conversion.

  20. Global expression analysis revealed novel gender-specific gene expression features in the blood fluke parasite Schistosoma japonicum.

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    Xianyu Piao

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Schistosoma japonicum is one of the remarkable Platyhelminths that are endemic in China and Southeast Asian countries. The parasite is dioecious and can reside inside the host for many years. Rapid reproduction by producing large number of eggs and count-react host anti-parasite responses are the strategies that benefit long term survival of the parasite. Praziquantel is currently the only drug that is effective against the worms. Development of novel antiparasite reagents and immune-prevention measures rely on the deciphering of parasite biology. The decoding of the genomic sequence of the parasite has made it possible to dissect the functions of genes that govern the development of the parasite. In this study, the polyadenylated transcripts from male and female S. japonicum were isolated for deep sequencing and the sequences were systematically analysed. RESULTS: First, the number of genes actively expressed in the two sexes of S. japonicum was similar, but around 50% of genes were biased to either male or female in expression. Secondly, it was, at the first time, found that more than 50% of the coding region of the genome was transcribed from both strands. Among them, 65% of the genes had sense and their cognate antisense transcripts co-expressed, whereas 35% had inverse relationship between sense and antisense transcript abundance. Further, based on gene ontological analysis, more than 2,000 genes were functionally categorized and biological pathways that are differentially functional in male or female parasites were elucidated. CONCLUSIONS: Male and female schistosomal parasites differ in gene expression patterns, many metabolic and biological pathways have been identified in this study and genes differentially expressed in gender specific manner were presented. Importantly, more than 50% of the coding regions of the S. japonicum genome transcribed from both strands, antisense RNA-mediated gene regulation might play a critical

  1. Immunodiagnostic efficacy of detection of Schistosoma japonicum human infections in China:a meta analysis

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    Wei Wang; Youzi Li; Hongjun Li; Yuntian Xing; Guoli Qu; Jianrong Dai; Yousheng Liang

    2012-01-01

    Objective: To assess the diagnostic efficacy of the currently most widely used indirect hemagglutination assay (IHA) and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) for detection of Schistosoma japonicum human infections. Methods:A comprehensive search was undertaken from China National Knowledge Infrastructure, Wanfang Database, VIP Database, PubMed, Cochrane Library, Science Citation Index Expanded, Proquest, and the inclusion and exclusion criteria were strictly settled. The funnel plot was used to assess the publication bias, Cochran’s Q test was employed to measure the homogeneity between studies, a summary receiver operating characteristic (SROC) curve was used to compare the diagnostic accuracy between the IHA and ELISA qualitatively by means of the Weighted Least Square method, the Ordinary Least Square method and the Robust regression method, and the diagnostic odds ratio (DOR) was drawn to compare the accuracy quantitatively. Results:Out of 785 publications, 19 papers were eventually selected for analysis. Literature quality assessment indicated that minor publication bias existed in studies pertaining IHA test, but no bias was found in literatures regarding ELISA test. The heterogeneity test showed a heterogeneity between studies was present (χ2=466.07 and 34.67, both P values<0.0001). The areas under the SROC curves of IHA were all higher than that of ELISA test using the three methods (Weighted Least Square method:0.766 vs. 0.695, Ordinary Least Square method: 0.826 vs. 0.741, Robust regression: 0.815 vs. 0.715). The TPR*values for IHA and ELISA were 0.710, 0.759, 0.749, and 0.650, 0.686 and 0.666, respectively, and OR values were 5.997, 9.937, 8.893, and 3.432, 4.784 and 3.959, respectively. The DOR of IHA was 9.41 (95%CI:4.88-18.18), and 4.78 (95%CI:3.21-7.13) for ELISA. Conclusions:All above results revealed that the diagnostic performance of IHA is better than that of ELISA. However, taking into account their unsatisfactory diagnostic value in

  2. Animal Host of Schistosoma japonicum and Transmission of Schistosomiasis in Poyang Lake Region

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    林丹丹; 刘跃民; 胡飞; 张绍基

    2003-01-01

    本文从鄱阳湖区洲滩野粪污染指数、实验流行病学研究及耕牛放牧、尾蚴分析和钉螺感染的季节性变化等方面阐明了鄱阳湖区日本血吸虫的主要动物宿主为耕牛,病牛(尤其是 3岁以下耕牛)为当地血吸虫病的主要传染源;分析了鄱阳湖区血吸虫传播特征,每年春季(4~6月),为血吸虫在终宿主(人和牛)和中间宿主相互传播的"交汇点";涨水季节(7~8月)为血吸虫非易感季节,秋季(9~10月)为人畜感染的高峰,冬季(11月~翌年 3月),为洲滩枯水期,血吸虫传播休止.终宿主和中间宿主的易感区域均为村旁的洲滩.%The article clarified, according to the recent research results which have been done in Poyang Lake region of Jiangxi province, bovines are the most important animal hosts of Schistosoma japonicum and infected bovines are main infectious sources of Schistosomiasis in Poyang Lake region. Spring (March to June) is the " cross transmission stage" between definitive host and intermediate host, that is, spring is not only the susceptible season of infection for livestock and human, but also is the susceptible season of infection for snails. In flood season (July to August), the transmission of Schistosomiasis between livestock and snails belong to " low level phase" . Autumn (September to Octber) is the second seasonal peak of cercariae and is the susceptible season of infection for livestock and human. Winter(November to Feburary in next year) is the non- susceptible season of infection. Most of the susceptible zones of infection for livestock, human and snails are the marshlands near the endemic villages.

  3. Cloning, expression and characterisation of a type II cystatin from Schistosoma japonicum, which could regulate macrophage activation.

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    Yang, Xiao; Liu, Ju; Yue, Yuan; Chen, Wei; Song, Man; Zhan, Ximei; Wu, Zhongkai

    2014-11-01

    Cystatin play an important role in parasite immune evasion. It is involved in many immune responses processes regulations such as inhibiting antigen presentation, modifying cytokines production and macrophage polarization. In recent years, more and more cystatins were used in treating some inflammatory diseases such as asthma and inflammation bowel diseases; however, cystatins from Schistosoma japonicum were rarely studied. In the present study, we have cloned a cystatin from the adult stage of Schistosoma japonicum, named as SjCystatin, and its sequence shares conserved domains with other type II family cystatins. It was further verified by enzyme inhibition assays. SjCystatin retained its inhibitory activity under a wide range of pH values and temperatures, can maintain its inhibitory activity at pH 6.5-7.5 and 37 °C, respectively. Then, we investigated the effects of SjCystatin on the lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced activated RAW264.7. Results showed that SjCystatin inhibit LPS-induced nitric oxide production in a dose-dependent manner. LPS-induced TNF-α and IL-6 production began to be inhibited at least 6 h after SjCystatin stimulation. SjCystatin significantly increased IL-10 production at 6 h after stimulation and its effect on IL-10 production diminished quickly. These results imply that SjCystatin can induce M2 macrophage polarization and can be expected to serve as a potential drug source for the medication of inflammatory disorders like other cystatins.

  4. iTRAQ-based comparative proteomic analysis of excretory-secretory proteins of schistosomula and adult worms of Schistosoma japonicum.

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    Cao, Xiaodan; Fu, Zhiqiang; Zhang, Min; Han, Yanhui; Han, Hongxiao; Han, Qian; Lu, Ke; Hong, Yang; Lin, Jiaojiao

    2016-04-14

    Schistosomiasis remains a serious public health problem with 200 million people infected and 779 million people at risk worldwide. The schistosomulum and adult worm are two stages of the complex lifecycle of Schistosoma japonicum and excretory/secretory proteins (ESPs) play a major role in host-parasite interactions. In this study, iTRAQ-coupled LC-MS/MS was used to investigate the proteome of ESPs obtained from schistosomula and adult worms of S. japonicum, and 298 differential ESPs were identified. Bioinformatics analysis of differential ESPs in the two developmental stages showed that 161 ESPs upregulated in schistosomula were associated with stress responses, carbohydrate metabolism and protein degradation, whereas ESPs upregulated in adult worms were mainly related to immunoregulation and purine metabolism. Recombinant heat shock protein 70 (HSP70) and thioredoxin peroxidase (TPx), two differential proteins identified in this study, were expressed. Further studies showed that rSjHSP70 and rSjTPx stimulated macrophages expressing high levels of the anti-inflammatory factors TGF-β, IL-10 and Arg-1, and suppressed the expression of the pro-inflammatory cytokines TNF-α, IL-1β, IL-6 and iNOS in LPS-induced macrophages. This study provides new insights into the survival and development of schistosomes in the final host and helps identify vaccine candidates or new diagnostic reagents for schistosomiasis.

  5. Ultrastructural observation and gene expression profiling of Schistosoma japonicum derived from two natural reservoir hosts, water buffalo and yellow cattle.

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    Jianmei Yang

    Full Text Available Water buffalo and yellow cattle are the two of the most important natural reservoir hosts for Schistosoma japonicum in endemic areas of China, although their susceptibility differs, with water buffalo being less conducive to the growth and development of S. japonicum. Results from the current study show that the general morphology and ultrastructure of adult schistosomes derived from the two hosts also differed. Using high-throughput microarray technology, we also compared the gene expression profiles of adult schistosomes derived from the two hosts. We identified genes that were differentially expressed in worms from the two natural hosts. Further analysis revealed that genes associated with protein kinase and phosphatase, the stimulus response, and lipid and nucleotide metabolism were overexpressed, whereas genes associated with reproduction, anatomical structure morphogenesis and multifunctional motif were underexpressed in schistosomes from water buffalo. These differentially expressed genes were mainly involved in nucleotide, energy, lipid metabolism, energy metabolism, transcription, transport and signaling pathway. This suggests that they are key molecules affecting the survival and development of schistosomes in different natural host species. The results of this study add to current understanding of the interplay between parasites and their natural hosts, and provide valuable information for the screening of vaccine candidates or new drug targets against schistosomiasis in the natural reservoir hosts in endemic areas.

  6. Variable maturation and oviposition by female Schistosoma japonicum in mice: the effects of irradiation of the host prior to infection

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    Cheever, A.W.; Duvall, R.H.

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    The maturation of female Schistosoma japonicum was found to vary greatly within each of two Philippine strains of this parasite and some females did not contain uterine eggs 7 to 15 weeks after infection while others contained numerous eggs before the fifth week of infection. It was found that female worms containing less than 20 uterine eggs contributed little to the accumulation of eggs in the tissues of infected mice. Such worms also generally appeared to be immature. The variable rate of maturation of worms is likely to have profound effects on the immune reactions of mice as well as on the pathologic response to infection. Systematic delay in oviposition was serendipitously found in worms from mice which had been irradiated for other purposes prior to exposure to S. japonicum, and from the fourth to the sixth week after infection egg production by worms in irradiated mice lagged well behind that in intact mice. Seven to 10 weeks after infection these worms were laying normal numbers of eggs, as judged by egg passage per worm pair in the feces and the accumulation of eggs in the tissues. S. mansoni developed normally in irradiated mice.

  7. Enhanced expression of the decoy receptor IL-13Rα2 in macrophages of Schistosoma japonicum-infected mice

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    WANG Wei; SHEN Yu-xian; LI Jing; ZHANG Shi-hai; LUO Qing-li; ZHONG Zhen-rong; JIANG Zuo-jun; SHEN Ji-long

    2009-01-01

    Background Type 2 cytokine interleukin (IL)-13 and its decoy receptor, IL-13 receptor (R)α2 appear to play a major role in tissue fibrosis of schistosomiasis and asthma. IL-13 is a key regulator of the extracellular matrix (ECM). It is known to signal to cells by binding to the IL-13Ra1, which then heterodimerizes with IL-4Rα. In contrast, IL-13Rα2 binds IL-13 with high affinity but does not signal. IL-13Rα2 is known to down-regulate granulomatous inflammation and prolong host survival in Schistosoma mansoni (S. Mansoni) infection, but little is known about the location and expression level of IL-13Ra2 in the context of S. Japonicum infection. Methods We established S. Japonicum-infected mouse models. Kinetic serum levels of IL-13Rα2 were examined with ELISA. IL-13Rα2 mRNA and protein of liver tissues were determined by PCR and immunoblotting analysis, respectively. Detection of IL-13Rα2 expression and location in macrophages was performed by TaqMan PCR and fluorescent immunocytochemistry technique, respectively. Results A marked elevation of mRNA and protein expression of IL-13Rα2 was observed in mice during S. Japonicum infection. An enhanced expression of IL-13Rg2 was further demonstrated in primary macrophages of murine schistosomiasis. Conclusions IL-13Rα2 in macrophages may be a critical contributor to pathogenesis of schistosomiasis. The data highlight the potential importance of cell signaling and antifibrotic gene therapeutics in T helper 2 cell (Th2)-mediated diseases.

  8. Molecular characterization of thyroid hormone receptor beta from Schistosoma japonicum and assessment of its potential as a vaccine candidate antigen against schistosomiasis in BALB/c mice

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    Qiu Chunhui; Liu Shengfa; Hong Yang; Fu Zhiqiang; Wei Meimei; Ai Dezhou; Lin Jiaojiao

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    Abstract Background Thyroid hormones (TH) modulate growth, development and differentiation and metabolic processes by interacting with thyroid hormone receptors (THRs). The purpose of this study was to identify a novel thyroid hormone receptor beta encoding gene of Schistosoma japonicum (SjTHRβ) and to investigate its potential as a vaccine candidate antigen against schistosomiasis in BALB/c mice. Methods The full-length cDNA sequence of SjTHRβ, its gene organization, and its transcript level...

  9. Synthesis, Bioactivity Evaluation, and Toxicity Assessment of Novel Salicylanilide Ester Derivatives as Cercaricides against Schistosoma japonicum and Molluscicides against Oncomelania hupensis

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    Wang, Weisi; Qin, Zhiqiang; Zhu, Dan; Wei, Yufen; Li, Shizhu

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    A series of novel salicylanilide ester derivatives were synthesized, characterized, and evaluated for cercaricidal potential against Schistosoma japonicum and molluscicidal potential against Oncomelania hupensis. Four derivatives exhibited remarkable cercaricidal activity superior to that of niclosamide. Among them, the most active compound, 4-chloro-2-((2-methoxy-4-nitrophenyl)carbamoyl)phenyl 4-methoxybenzoate (compound 4c), showed a marked minimum effective cercaricidal concentration as low as 0.43 μM and significant molluscicidal activity, with a 50% lethal concentration (LC50) of 0.206 g/m2. Particularly, compound 4c displayed 88-fold decreased fish toxicity on Danio rerio and 44-fold reduced cytotoxicity on human kidney HEK293 cells in comparison with the toxicity of niclosamide. The results indicated that 4c could serve as a promising drug candidate, with environmental safety properties, against Schistosoma japonicum at transmission stages. The preliminary molecular mechanism of target compounds in Schistosoma japonicum cercariae was also investigated. Salicylanilide ester derivatives exhibited an inhibitory effect on nitric oxide synthase (NOS) but no effect on lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) and acetylcholinesterase (AChE), and a strong and significant correlation between NOS inhibitory efficacy and cercaricidal activity was observed. In addition, 4c could downregulate the expression of NOS in a dose-dependent manner. These results suggested that NOS was probably one of the drug targets of salicylanilide esters. PMID:26503661

  10. Comparative characterization of microRNAs in Schistosoma japonicum schistosomula from Wistar rats and BALB/c mice.

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    Han, Hongxiao; Peng, Jinbiao; Hong, Yang; Fu, Zhiqiang; Lu, Ke; Li, Hao; Zhu, Chuangang; Zhao, Qiuhua; Lin, Jiaojiao

    2015-07-01

    More than 40 kinds of mammals in China are known to be naturally infected with Schistosoma japonicum (S. japonicum) (Peng et al. Parasitol Res 106:967-76, 2010). Compared with permissive BALB/c mice, rats are less susceptible to S. japonicum infection and are considered to provide an unsuitable microenvironment for parasite growth and development. MicroRNAs (miRNAs), via the regulation of gene expression at the transcriptional and post-transcriptional levels, may be responsible for developmental differences between schistosomula in these two rodent hosts. Solexa deep-sequencing technology was used to identify differentially expressed miRNAs from schistosomula isolated from Wistar rats and BALB/c mice 10 days post-infection. The deep-sequencing analysis revealed that nearly 40 % of raw reads (10.37 and 10.84 million reads in schistosomula isolated from Wistar rats and BALB/c mice, respectively) can be mapped to selected mirs in miRBase or in species-specific genomes. Further analysis revealed that several miRNAs were differentially expressed in schistosomula isolated from these two rodents; 18 were downregulated (by 2-fold) (expression levels in rats compare with those in mice). Additionally, three novel miRNAs were primarily predicted and identified. Among the 41 differentially expressed miRNAs, 4 miRNAs had been identified with specific functions in schistosome development or host-parasite interaction, such as sexual maturation (sja-miR-1, sja-miR-7-5p), embryo development (sja-miR-36-3p) in schistosome, and pathogenesis of schistosomiasis (sja-bantam). Then, the target genes were mapped, filtered, and correlated with a set of genes that were differentially expressed genes in schistosomula isolated from mice and rats, which we identified in a S. japonicum oligonucleotide microarray analysis in a previous study. Gene Ontology (GO) analysis of the predicted target genes of 13 differentially expressed miRNAs revealed that they were involved in some important

  11. Utilization of ELISA using thioredoxin peroxidase-1 and tandem repeat proteins for diagnosis of Schistosoma japonicum infection among water buffaloes.

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    Jose Ma M Angeles

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: The presence of animal reservoirs in Schistosoma japonicum infection has been a major obstacle in the control of schistosomiasis. Previous studies have proven that the inclusion of control measures on animal reservoir hosts for schistosomiasis contributed to the decrease of human cases. Animal surveillance should therefore be included to strengthen and improve the capabilities of current serological tests. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: Thioredoxin peroxidase-1 (SjTPx-1 and four tandem repeat proteins (Sj1TR, Sj2TR, Sj4TR, Sj7TR were initially evaluated against human sera. The previous test showed high sensitivity and specificity for antibody detection against SjTPx-1 and Sj7TR. In this study, the immunodiagnostic potential of these recombinant proteins was evaluated using enzyme-linked immunoassay on 50 water buffalo serum samples collected in Cagayan, the Philippines as compared with the soluble egg antigen (SEA. For specificity, 3 goat serum samples positive with Fasciola hepatica were used and among the antigens used, only SEA showed cross-reaction. Stool PCR targeting the S. japonicum 82 bp mitochondrial NAD 1 gene was done to confirm the true positives and served as the standard test. Twenty three samples were positive for stool PCR. SjTPx-1 and Sj1TR gave the highest sensitivity among the recombinant proteins tested for water buffalo samples with 82.61% and 78.26% respectively which were higher than that of SEA (69.57%. CONCLUSIONS/SIGNIFICANCE: These results prove that SjTPx-1 works both for humans and water buffaloes making it a good candidate antigen for zoonotic diagnosis. Sj1TR showed good results for water buffaloes and therefore can also be used as a possible candidate for detecting animal schistosome infection.

  12. The nature and combination of subunits used in epitope-based Schistosoma japonicum vaccine formulations affect their efficacy

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    Liu Feng

    2010-11-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Schistosomiasis remains a major public health problem in endemic countries and is caused by infections with any one of three primary schistosome species. Although there are no vaccines available to date, this strategy appears feasible since natural immunity develops in individuals suffering from repeated infection during a lifetime. Since vaccinations resulting in both Th1- and Th2-type responses have been shown to contribute to protective immunity, a vaccine formulation with the capacity for stimulating multiple arms of the immune response will likely be the most effective. Previously we developed partially protective, single Th- and B cell-epitope-based peptide-DNA dual vaccines (PDDV (T3-PDDV and B3-PDDV, respectively capable of eliciting immune responses against the Schistosoma japonicum 22.6 kDa tegument antigen (Sj22.6 and a 62 kDa fragment of myosin (Sj62, respectively. Results In this study, we developed PDDV cocktails containing multiple epitopes of S. japonicum from Sj22.6, Sj62 and Sj97 antigens by predicting cytotoxic, helper, and B-cell epitopes, and evaluated vaccine potential in vivo. Results showed that mice immunized with a single-epitope PDDV elicited either Tc, Th, or B cell responses, respectively, and mice immunized with either the T3- or B3- single-epitope PDDV formulation were partially protected against infection. However, mice immunized with a multicomponent (3 PDDV components formulation elicited variable immune responses that were less immunoprotective than single-epitope PDDV formulations. Conclusions Our data show that combining these different antigens did not result in a more effective vaccine formulation when compared to each component administered individually, and further suggest that immune interference resulting from immunizations with antigenically distinct vaccine targets may be an important consideration in the development of multicomponent vaccine preparations.

  13. Distinct genetic diversity of Oncomelania hupensis, intermediate host of Schistosoma japonicum in mainland China as revealed by ITS sequences.

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    Qin Ping Zhao

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Oncomelania hupensis is the unique intermediate host of Schistosoma japonicum, which causes schistosomiasis endemic in the Far East, and especially in mainland China. O. hupensis largely determines the parasite's geographical range. How O. hupensis's genetic diversity is distributed geographically in mainland China has never been well examined with DNA sequence data. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: In this study we investigate the genetic variation among O. hupensis from different geographical origins using the combined complete internal transcribed spacer 1 (ITS1 and ITS2 regions of nuclear ribosomal DNA. 165 O. hupensis isolates were obtained in 29 localities from 7 provinces across mainland China: lake/marshland and hill regions in Anhui, Hubei, Hunan, Jiangxi and Jiangsu provinces, located along the middle and lower reaches of Yangtze River, and mountainous regions in Sichuan and Yunnan provinces. Phylogenetic and haplotype network analyses showed distinct genetic diversity and no shared haplotypes between populations from lake/marshland regions of the middle and lower reaches of the Yangtze River and populations from mountainous regions of Sichuan and Yunnan provinces. The genetic distance between these two groups is up to 0.81 based on Fst, and branch time was estimated as 2-6 Ma. As revealed in the phylogenetic tree, snails from Sichuan and Yunnan provinces were also clustered separately. Geographical separation appears to be an important factor accounting for the diversification of the two groups of O. hupensis in mainland China, and probably for the separate clades between snails from Sichuan and Yunnan provinces. In lake/marshland and hill regions along the middle and lower reaches of the Yangtze River, three clades were identified in the phylogenetic tree, but without any obvious clustering of snails from different provinces. CONCLUSIONS: O. hupensis in mainland China may have considerable genetic diversity, and a more

  14. Selection of Immunogenic Peptide Mimics of Male Worm Origin of Schistosoma Japonicum using Phage Display Peptide Library

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    陈欲晓; 易新元; 曾宪芳; 王林纤; 唐连飞; 章洁; McreynoldsLarry

    2004-01-01

    To select the immunogenic short peptide mimics of male worm origin of Schistosoma japonicum (Sj) and to explore their protection effect against schistosomiasis in mice, the random phage display peptide hbrary of 12 - mer was screened with IgG to soluble male worm antigen of Sj, and the specific positive clones selected through three rounds of screenings were detected by Dot-ELISA, and then injected subcutaneously into mice for vaccination and protection assessment against Sj. It was found that 18 randomly picked phage displayed clones all showed definite antigenicity with various intensities. The pooled phages displayed clones could induce production of specific antibodies and cause 31.72% of worm reduction rate and 51.54 % of egg reduction rate in mice, revealing a significant difference ( P < 0. 001 ) in comparison with those of the controls. It concludes that the short peptide mimics of male worm origin of Sj obtained by affinity screening phage display ptide library can elicit partial protection against this pathogen.

  15. A Bayesian-based approach for spatio-temporal modeling of county level prevalence of Schistosoma japonicum infection in Jiangsu province, China.

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    Yang, Guo-Jing; Vounatsou, Penelope; Zhou, Xiao-Nong; Tanner, Marcel; Utzinger, Jürg

    2005-02-01

    Spatio-temporal variations of Schistosoma japonicum infection risk in Jiangsu province, China, were examined and the relationships between key climatic factors and infection prevalence at the county level were determined. The parasitological data were collected annually by means of cross-sectional surveys carried out in 47 counties from 1990 to 1998. Climatic factors, namely land surface temperature (LST) and normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI), were obtained from remote sensing satellite sensors. Bayesian spatio-temporal models were employed to analyze the data. The best fitting model showed that spatial autocorrelation in Jiangsu province decreased dramatically from 1990 to 1992 and increased gradually thereafter. A likely explanation of this finding arises from the large-scale administration of praziquantel for morbidity control of schistosomiasis. Our analysis suggested a negative association between NDVI and risk of S. japonicum infection. On the other hand, an increase in LST contributed to a significant increase in S. japonicum infection prevalence. We conclude that combining geographic information system, remote sensing and Bayesian-based statistical approaches facilitate integrated risk modeling of S. japonicum, which in turn is of relevance for allocation of scarce resources for control of schistosomiasis japonica in Jiangsu province and elsewhere in China, where the disease remains of public health and economic significance. PMID:15710436

  16. The Differential Expression of Immune Genes between Water Buffalo and Yellow Cattle Determines Species-Specific Susceptibility to Schistosoma japonicum Infection.

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    Jianmei Yang

    Full Text Available Water buffalo are less susceptible to Schistosoma japonicum infection than yellow cattle. The factors that affect such differences in susceptibility remain unknown. A Bos taurus genome-wide gene chip was used to analyze gene expression profiles in the peripheral blood of water buffalo and yellow cattle pre- and post-infection with S. japonicum. This study showed that most of the identified differentially expressed genes (DEGs between water buffalo and yellow cattle pre- and post-infection were involved in immune-related processes, and the expression level of immune genes was lower in water buffalo. The unique DEGs (390 in yellow cattle were mainly associated with inflammation pathways, while the unique DEGs (2,114 in water buffalo were mainly associated with immune-related factors. The 83 common DEGs may be the essential response genes during S. japonicum infection, the highest two gene ontology (GO functions were associated with the regulation of fibrinolysis. The pathway enrichment analysis showed that the DEGs constituted similar immune-related pathways pre- and post-infection between the two hosts. This first analysis of the transcriptional profiles of natural hosts has enabled us to gain new insights into the mechanisms that govern their susceptibility or resistance to S. japonicum infections.

  17. Cloning, expression and protective immunity evalua- tion of the full-length cDNA encoding succinate dehydrogenase iron-sulfur protein of Schistosoma japonicum

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    1071-bp fragment was obtained from the Schistosoma japonicum (Chinese strain) adult cDNA library after the 3′ and 5′ ends of the incomplete expression sequence tag (EST) of succinate dehydrogenase iron-sulfur protein of Schistosoma japonicum (SjSDISP) were amplified by the anchored PCR with 2 pairs of primers designed according to the EST of SjSDISP and the sequence of multiclone sites of the library vector. Sequence analysis indicated that the fragment was a full-length cDNA with a complete open reading frame (ORF), encoding 278 amino acid residues. The fragment was cloned into prokary- otic expression vector pQE30, and subsequently sequenced and expressed in Escherichia coli. SDS-PAGE and Western-blot analyses showed that the recombinant protein was about 32 kD and could be recognized by the polyclonal antisera from rabbits immunized with Schistosoma japonicum adult worm antigen. Compared with the FCA controls, mice vaccinated with rSjSDISP (test) or rSjGST (posi- tive control) all revealed high levels of specific antibody and significant reduction in worm burden, liver eggs per gram (LEPG), fecal eggs per gram (FEPG) and intrauterine eggs. These results suggest that SjSDISP may be a novel and partially protective vaccine candidate against schistosomiasis. In contrast to the worm burden reduction rate, the higher degree of egg reduction rate in the test group also sug- gested that SjSDISP vaccine may primarily play a role in anti-embryonation or anti-fecundity immunity.

  18. Cloning, expression and protective immunity evaluation of the full-length cDNA encoding succinate dehydrogenase iron-sulfur protein of Schistosoma japonicum

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    YU JunLong; WANG ShiPing; LI WenKai; DAI Gan; XU ShaoRui; HE Zhuo; PENG XianChu; ZHOU SongHua; LIU XueQin

    2007-01-01

    1071-bp fragment was obtained from the Schistosoma japonicum (Chinese strain) adult cDNA library after the 3' and 5' ends of the incomplete expression sequence tag (EST) of succinate dehydrogenase iron-sulfur protein of Schistosoma japonicum (SjSDISP) were amplified by the anchored PCR with 2pairs of primers designed according to the EST of SjSDISP and the sequence of multiclone sites of the library vector. Sequence analysis indicated that the fragment was a full-length cDNA with a complete open reading frame (ORF), encoding 278 amino acid residues. The fragment was cloned into prokaryotic expression vector pQE30, and subsequently sequenced and expressed in Escherichia coll.SDS-PAGE and Western-blot analyses showed that the recombinant protein was about 32 kD and could be recognized by the polyclonal antisera from rabbits immunized with Schistosoma japonicum adult worm antigen. Compared with the FCA controls, mice vaccinated with rSjSDISP (test) or rSjGST (positive control) all revealed high levels of specific antibody and significant reduction in worm burden, liver eggs per gram (LEPG), fecal eggs per gram (FEPG) and intrauterine eggs. These results suggest that SjSDISP may be a novel and partially protective vaccine candidate against schistosomiasis. In contrast to the worm burden reduction rate, the higher degree of egg reduction rate in the test group also suggested that SjSDISP vaccine may primarily play a role in anti-embryonation or anti-fecundity immunity.

  19. Combined IL-12 Plasmid and Recombinant SjGST Enhance the Protective and Anti-pathology Effect of SjGST DNA Vaccine Against Schistosoma japonicum.

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    Po-Ching Cheng; Ching-Nan Lin; Shih-Yi Peng; Tsung-Fu Kang; Kin-Mu Lee

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    Schistosomiasis is listed as one of most important tropical diseases and more than 200 million people are estimated to be infected. Development of a vaccine is thought to be the most effective way to control this disease. Recombinant 26-kDa glutathione S-transferase (rSjGST) has previously been reported to achieve a worm reduction rate of 42–44%. To improve the efficiency of the vaccine against Schistosoma japonicum, we immunized mice with a combination of pcDNA vector-encoded 26-kDa SjGST (p...

  20. Isolation and Characterization of 44.6 kDa Protein from Schistosoma japonicum Male Worm

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    陈欲晓; 易新元; 曾宪芳; 袁仕善; 张顺科; LarryMCREYNOLDS

    2004-01-01

    Soluble male worm antigen of Schistosoma japonicurn (Sj) was investigated for development of new vaccine candidate. SDS--PAGE and Western blotting were performed to compare the difference between soluble antigens from worms of different sex. Mice vaccination with the testing purified protein was followed by Sj cereariae challenge to detect the protective effect against Sj. Sixteen bands were seen for the soluble male worm antigen and 12 for the female worm. In addition, a distinct band of 44.6 kDa from the male worm antigen was observed, and its antigenicity was demonstrated by Western blotting. This 44.6 kDa protein could induce significant worm and egg reduction rate in mice (39.31%, 41.98%, P < 0.001). Inthis study a 44.6 kDa protein was isolated and partially characterized. Its antigenicity, immunogenicity and the partial immune protection suggest its potential vaccine candidte against Sj.

  1. Gene Gun Bombardment with DNA-Coated Golden Particles Enhanced the Protective Effect of a DNA Vaccine Based on Thioredoxin Glutathione Reductase of Schistosoma japonicum

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    Yan Cao

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    Full Text Available Schistosomiasis, caused by infection with Schistosoma species, remains an important parasitic zoonosis. Thioredoxin glutathione reductase of Schistosoma japonicum (SjTGR plays an important role in the development of the parasite and for its survival. Here we present a recombinant plasmid DNA vaccine, pVAX1/SjTGR, to estimate its protection against S. japonicum in BALB/c mice. The DNA vaccine administrated by particle bombardment induced higher protection than by intramuscular injection. All animals vaccinated with pVAX1/SjTGR developed significant specific anti-SjTGR antibodies than control groups. Moreover, animals immunized by gene gun exhibited a splenocyte proliferative response, with an increase in IFN-γ and IL-4. The recombinant plasmid administrated by gene gun achieved a medium protective efficacy of 27.83–38.83% ( of worm reduction and 40.38–44.51% ( of liver egg count reduction. It suggests that different modes of administering a DNA vaccine can influence the protective efficacy induced by the vaccine. Interestingly, from the enzymatic activity results, we found that worms obtained from pVAX1/SjTGR-vaccinated animals expressed lower enzymatic activity than the control group and the antibodies weakened the enzymatic activity of SjTGR in vitro, too. It implies that the high-level antibodies may contribute to the protective effects.

  2. Deep sequencing-based identification of pathogen-specific microRNAs in the plasma of rabbits infected with Schistosoma japonicum.

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    Cheng, Guofeng; Luo, Rong; Hu, Chao; Cao, Jie; Jin, Youxin

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    Circulating microRNAs (miRNAs) have received considerable attention as a novel class of biomarkers for the diagnosis of cancer and as signalling molecules in mediating intercellular communication. Schistosomes, the causative agents of schistosomiasis, live in the blood vessels of a mammalian host in the adult stage. In the present study, we characterized schistosome-specific small RNA populations in the plasma of rabbits infected with Schistosoma japonicum (S. japonicum) using a deep sequencing method and then identified five schistosome-specific miRNAs, including four known miRNAs (Bantam, miR-3479, miR-10 and miR-3096), and one novel miRNA (miR-0001, miRBase ID: sja-miR-8185). Four of the five schistosome-specific miRNAs were also detected by real-time RT-PCR in the plasma of S. japonicum-infected mice. In addition, our study indicated that schistosome Argonaute 2/3 may be an excretory-secretory (ES) protein. In summary, our findings are expected to provide useful information for further development of novel biomarkers for the diagnosis of schistosomiasis and also for deeper understanding of the mechanism of host-parasite interaction.

  3. Comparison of apoptosis between adult worms of Schistosoma japonicum from susceptible (BALB/c mice) and less-susceptible (Wistar rats) hosts.

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    Wang, Tao; Guo, Xiaoyong; Hong, Yang; Han, Hongxiao; Cao, Xiaodan; Han, Yanhui; Zhang, Min; Wu, Miaoli; Fu, Zhiqiang; Lu, Ke; Li, Hao; Zhao, Zhixin; Lin, Jiaojiao

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    Schistosomiasis remains a serious public health concern in China. BALB/c mice are susceptible to Schistosoma japonicum infection, whereas the Wistar rats are less susceptible. Apoptosis phenomenon was observed in 42d adult worms of S. japonicum from both rats and mice at the morphologic, DNA, cellular, and gene levels by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), fluorometric terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase-mediated dUTP nick-end labeling (TUNEL) analysis, fluorescein isothiocyanate-annexin-V/propidium iodide staining flow cytometry (FCM) analysis, and real-time PCR. The results showed that the apoptotic state in worms from two different susceptible hosts was diverse. Several classical hallmarks of apoptosis, including cell shrinkage, chromatin condensation and lunate marginalization, splitting of the nucleoli, nuclear shrinkage and apoptotic body formation were observed by TEM. TUNEL analysis showed that there were much more apoptosis spots in adult worms from rats than those from mice. Statistical analysis revealed that the degree of apoptosis and percentage of necrotic cells in adult worms from Wistar rats were significantly greater (Pworms from Wistar rats, as compared to those from BALB/c mice. The results obtained in this study collectively demonstrated that differential development of adult S. japonicum in less-susceptible rats and susceptible mice was significantly associated with apoptosis in the worm, and provided valuable information to guide further investigations of the mechanisms governing apoptosis and host interactions in schistosome infection.

  4. The development and prospect of the vaccine against Schistosoma japonicum%日本血吸虫疫苗的研究进展与展望

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    景英霞; 邵筱

    2010-01-01

    The study on vaccine against Schistosoma has been included into the program of the treat-ment and prevention on the major diseases of WHO and our country with a great progress. The history of the study on vaccines against Schistosoma has passed from dead vaccine, attenuated vaccine, sub-unit vaccine,gene engineered vaccine, nucleic acid vaccine to muhivalent affiliate vaccine. Recently, the research progress on immunologic mechanism of Schiswsoma and the genome of Schistosoma has played a very important role in the research and development of vaccine against Schistosoma. This article reviewed the development of vaccine against Schistosoma japonicum in recent 10 years.%血吸虫疫苗的研究已经纳入了WHO和我国主要疾病防治规划,并且取得了很大的进展.血吸虫疫苗的研究历史经历了从死疫苗、致弱活疫苗、亚单仲疫苗、基因工程疫苗、核酸疫苗到多价联合疫苗等的探索过程.近年来开展的血吸虫免疫机制和血吸虫基因组的研究对血吸虫疫苗的研制起到了积极的推动作用.该文主要对日本血吸虫疫苗近十年的研究进展作一综述.

  5. Schistosoma japonicum:construction of phage display antibody library and its application in the immunodiagnosis of infection

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    陈代雄; 何蔼; 詹希美; 俞慕华; 雷智刚; 孟锦绣; 李卓雅; 梁瑜; 张瑞琳

    2004-01-01

    Background A monoclonal antibody would be an effective tool for the detection of circulating antigens in the serum of patients with schistosomiasis, but the traditional way of producing monoclonal antibodies is not cost-effective. The objective of this study was to find a new method for the large-scale production of monoclonal antibodies against Schistosoma japonicum (Sj).Methods A phage display antibody library for Sj was constructed. To obtain a single-chain variable fragment antibody (scFv) against Sj, the library was screened with metabolic antigens from adult Sj worms (Sj-MAg) using enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. The soluble scFvs selected were used to detect Sj antigens in the serum of acute and chronic schistosomiasis patients.Results Six positive clones with good reactivity to Sj-MAg were obtained from the phage display antibody library of about 1.07×106 individual clones. Only two of these six clones bound specifically to Sj-MAg and were chosen for further analysis. Specific soluble anti-Sj-MAg scFvs were produced by inducing the 2 clones with isopropyl-D-thiogalactopyranoside. The characteristics of the scFvs were then determined. The results of Western blot showed that these scFvs could bind to Sj-MAg specifically and had a molecular weight of about 31 kD. When testing serum from schistosomiasis patients with one of the two specific scFvs, its sensitivity was found to be 60% and 37% in acute and chronic patients, respectively, with a specificity of 90%. When the two specific scFvs were combined, their sensitivity was found to be 75% and 57% in acute and chronic patients, respectively, with a specificity of 85%.Conclusions The results indicate that the scFvs are potentially useful for the diagnosis of schistosomiasis. The library construction also provides a useful tool for the further screening of other antibodies for both diagnostic and immunotherapeutic applications and for epitope analysis and vaccine design.

  6. 日本血吸虫DNA疫苗联合免疫的研究进展%Research Progress on combined immunization of DNA vaccine against Schistosoma japonicum

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    冯其梅; 张树菊; 汪世平

    2012-01-01

    疫苗作为预防和控制传染病的重要手段,已成功的控制了很多传染病的流行.因此,许多研究者希望研制一种安全有效的血吸虫病疫苗,以期达到控制血吸虫病流行的目的.近年来,鉴于单价疫苗有限的免疫效果,人们开始进行日本血吸虫DNA疫苗联合免疫的研究.本文对日本血吸虫DNA疫苗联合免疫的研究资料进行了归纳整理,发现日本血吸虫DNA疫苗联合免疫涉及鸡尾酒式DNA混合疫苗、双价和多价DNA联合疫苗以及佐剂研究等方面,比较减虫卒、减卵率等指标,联合免疫疫苗的效果明显优于单价DNA疫苗的效果,而且具有潜在的实际应用价值.%As an important mean of prevention and control of infectious diseases, vaccine has been successfully took control. Therefore, in order to control the prevalence of sehistosomiasis japonica, many scientists want to develop a safe and effective vaccine against Schistosoma japonicum. Recently, in view of the limited immune effect of monovalent vaccine, people have started to study combined immunization of DNA vaccine of Schistosoma japonicum. This paper review the development of combined immunization of DNA vaccine against Schistosoma japonicum , and found that combined DNA vaccines include cocktail hybrid DNA vaccines, bivalent and multivalent DNA vaccines, and DNA vaccines with adjuvant mainly. They induced higher worm reduction rate and liver egg reduction rate, and would be well worthy of to be study.

  7. Vaccination of Goats with 31 kDa and 32 kDa Schistosoma japonicum Antigens by DNA Priming and Protein Boosting

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    Lianfei Tang; Zhijun Zhou; Yuxiao Chen; Yonghui Luo; Linqian Wang; Liyu Chen; Fushen Huang; Xianfang Zeng; Xinyuan Yi

    2007-01-01

    Two Schistosoma japonicum vaccine candidate antigens Sj 31 and Sj 32, which have shown particular promise to induce protective immunity in mice, were used to immunize goats by using a DNA priming-protein boosting strategy in present work. DNA vaccine formulations of the two antigens (VRSj31 and VRSj32) were produced and injected intramuscularly twice at a 2-week interval and then recombinant proteins (rSj31 and rSj32) together with Freund Complete Adjuvant (FCA) were used to boost the goats. The experiment was repeated in different batche cercariae. A strong anamnestic antibody response was induced after boost. A significant reduction of liver egg counts and miracidial hatching was showed in both experiments. Significant protections against challenge infection were elicited with 31.6% of percentage reduction for worm recovery in the second experiment and 20.9% in the first experiment, respectively.

  8. Identification of Immunodominant Th1-type T cell Epitopes from Schistosoma japonicum 28 kDa Glutathione-S-transferase, a Vaccine Candidate

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    Guang-Fu LI; Guan-Ling WU; Yong WANG; Zhao-Song ZHANG; Xin-Jun WANG; Min-Jun JI; Xiang ZHU; Feng LIU; Xiao-Ping CAI; Hai-Wei WU

    2005-01-01

    Th1-type cytokines produced by the stimulation of Th1-type epitopes derived from defined schistosome-associated antigens are correlated with the development of resistance to the parasite infection.Schistosoma mansoni 28 kDa glutathione-S-transferase (Sm28GST), a major detoxification enzyme, has been recognized as a vaccine candidate and a phase Ⅱ clinical trial has been carried out. Sheep immunized with recombinant Schistosoma japonicum 28GST (Sj28GST) have shown immune protection against the parasite infection. In the present study, six candidate peptides (P1, P2, P3, P4, P7 and P8) from Sj28GST were predicted, using software, to be T cell epitopes, and peptides P5 and P6 were designed by extending five amino acids at the N-terminal and C-terminal of P1, respectively. The peptide 190-211 aa in Sj28GST corresponding to the Th1-type epitope (190-211 aa) identified from Sm28GST was selected and named P9.The nine candidate peptides were synthesized or produced as the fusion protein with thioredoxin in the pET32c(+)/BL21(DE3) system. Their capacity to induce a Th1-type response in vitro was measured using lymphocyte proliferation, cytokine detection experiments and flow cytometry. The results showed that P6(73-86 aa) generated the strongest stimulation effect on T cells among the nine candidate peptides, and drove the highest level of IFN-γ and IL-2. Therefore, P6 is a functional Th1-type T cell epitope that is different from that in Sm28GST, and will be useful for the development of effective vaccines which can trigger acquired immunity against S. japonicum. Moreover, our strategy of identifying the Th1-type epitope by a combination of software prediction and experimental confirmation provides a convenient and cost-saving alternative approach to previous methods.

  9. Prevalence of Schistosoma japonicum infection of Oncomelania quadrasi snail colonies in 50 irrigated and rain-fed villages of Samar Province, the Philippines.

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    Madsen, Henry; Carabin, Hélène; Balolong, Don; Tallo, Veronica L; Olveda, Remigio; Yuan, M; McGarvey, Stephen T

    2008-03-01

    A cross-sectional survey of Oncomelania quadrasi, the intermediate host for Schistosoma japonicum, was conducted between 2004 and 2005 in 50 villages of the Province of Samar, the Philippines. The villages were classified as rain-fed (25) or with some man-made irrigation system (25). The primary objective was to identify all snail colony sites in the 50 villages and to compare snail population density and S. japonicum infection prevalence between the two types of villages. The presence of snail colonies was surveyed along streams, springs, various canals and swampy areas or grass land. A total of 198 colony sites were identified out of the 845 sites surveyed. Of these, a sufficient number of O. quadrasi snails were identified to measure density and infection in 147 sites. Density of O. quadrasi was remarkably uniform across habitats and there were no significant differences across habitats and between village type. The prevalence of infected snails showed more variability among habitats. Indeed, there was an interaction between the type of habitat and the type of village with irrigated villages being associated with a prevalence proportion ratio of 5.76 (1.31, 25.42) as compared to rain-fed villages among streams and springs. No such association was found among other habitats. The results suggest that once a suitable habitat exists, O. quadrasi populations establish and reach a plateau density. These results are discussed in light of possible ecological measures of control. PMID:18207119

  10. Gene Transcription Profile in Mice Vaccinated with Ultraviolet-attenuated Cercariae of Schistosoma japonicum Reveals Molecules Contributing to Elevated IFN-γLevels

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    Xiang ZHU; Feng LIU; Chuan SU; Guan-Ling WU; Zhao-Song ZHANG; Min-Jun JI; Hai-Wei WU; Yong WANG; Xiao-Ping CAI; Lei ZHANG; Shu-Ying HU; Lin-Lin FU

    2005-01-01

    Vaccination with ultraviolet-attenuated cercariae of Schistosoma japonicum induced protective immunity against challenge infection in experimental animal models. Our preliminary study on the transcription levels of IFN-γ and IL-4 in splenic CD4+ T cells revealed that attenuated cercariae elicited predominantly a Thl response in mice at the early stage, whereas normal cercariae stimulated primarily Th2dependent responses. Further analysis on the gene profile of the skin-draining lymph nodes demonstrated that the levels of IFN-γ were significantly higher in vaccinated mice than those in infected mice at day 4, 7 and 14 post-vaccination or post-infection. However, for IL-12 and IL-4, the potent inducers of Th l and Th2 responses, respectively, as well as IL-10, there were no differences over the course of the experiment between the infected and vaccinated mice. To explore the underlying factors that may potentially contribute to elevated IFN-γ in vaccinated mice, the mRNA profiles of the skin-draining lymph nodes at day 4 postexposure were compared using oligonucleotide microarrays. Within the 847 probe sets with increased signal values, we focused on chemokines, cytokines and relevant receptors, which were validated by semi-quantitative RT-PCR. A comprehensive understanding of the immune mechanisms of attenuated cercariae-induced protection may contribute to developing efficient vaccination strategies against S. japonicum, especially during the early stage of infection.

  11. Oral delivery of the Sj23LHD-GST antigen by Salmonella typhimurium type III secretion system protects against Schistosoma japonicum infection in mice.

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    Guo Chen

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Schistosomiasis japonica is a zoonotic parasitic disease and oral vaccine delivery system would be benefit for prevention of this disease. Although attenuated salmonella has been used as an antigen expression vector for oral vaccine development, the membrane-bound vacuoles in which bacteria reside hinders the presentation of expressed heterologous antigens to the major histocompatibility complex (MHC molecules. The present work used an attenuated Salmonella typhimurium strain VNP20009 to secretory expression of Sj23LHDGST bivalent antigen from Schistosoma japonicum and tested the protective efficacy against S. japonicum infection in orally immunized mice. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: Promoters (nirB or pagC were used to express the antigen (Sj23LHDGST and the Salmonella type III or α-hemolysin secretion system was employed to secrete it. The immunoblotting analysis and fluorescent microscopy revealed that the antigen was effectively expressed and delivered to the cytosol of macrophages in vitro. Among recombinant vaccine strains, an engineered VNP20009 which expressed the antigen by nirB promoter and secreted it through type III secretion system (nirB-sopE(1-104-Sj23LHD-GST efficiently protected against S. japonicum infection in a mouse model. This strain elicited a predominantly IgG(2a antibody response and a markedly increase in the production of IL-12 and IFN-γ. The flow cytometric analysis demonstrated that this strain caused T cell activation as evidenced by significantly increased expression of CD44 and CD69. CONCLUSION/SIGNIFICANCE: Oral delivery of antigen by nirB-driven Salmonella typhimurium type III secretion system is a novel, safe, inexpensive, efficient and convenient approach for schistosome vaccine development.

  12. Schistosoma japonicum-infected hamsters (Mesocricetus auratus) used as a model in experimental chemotherapy with praziquantel, artemether, and OZ compounds.

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    Xiao, Shu-hua; Mei, Jing-yan; Jiao, Pei-ying

    2011-02-01

    The purpose of the study is to better understand the antischistosomal properties of artemether, praziquantel, and ozonide (OZ) compounds (synthetic trioxolanes, secondary ozonides) in hamster (Mesocricetus auratus) model. A total of 230 male hamsters infected each with 100 Schistosoma japonicum cercariae were used in the study. Groups of five to ten hamsters were treated orally with artemether, praziquantel, and OZ78 or OZ277 7-35 days post-infection at single doses of 50, 100, 150, or 200 mg/kg. Untreated but infected hamsters in each batch of test served as the control. All treated hamsters were sacrificed 4 weeks post-treatment for collection of residual worms using perfusion technique. Nonparametric method (Mann-Whitney test) was used to analyze the data. In groups of five hamsters treated with artemether 7, 14, 21, 28, and 35 days post-infection at single doses of 150 and 200 mg/kg, the difference of mean worm burden between each treated group and control group was statistically significant (P0.05). Further test with various single doses of 50-200 mg/kg confirmed the similar susceptibility of 7-day-old juvenile and 35-day-old adult schistosomes to artemether. After administration of praziquantel 100 mg/kg to groups of five hamsters 7, 21, and 35 days post-infection, higher worm burden reduction of 95.5% was seen in the group with 35-day-old adult schistosomes while in the groups with 7- and 21-day-old juvenile schistosomes, poor efficacy was seen with mean worm burden reductions of 36.6% and 35.6%. In the same batch of hamster treated with praziquantel 200 mg/kg, the moderate effect of the drug against 7- and 21-day-old worms was seen, but their mean worm burden was significantly higher than that of the group with adult schistosomes. In comparison of artemether and praziquantel against various stages of schistosomes, the results further demonstrated that artemether possessed similar effect against juvenile and adult schistosomes in hamsters, while praziquantel

  13. Combined IL-12 Plasmid and Recombinant SjGST Enhance the Protective and Anti-pathology Effect of SjGST DNA Vaccine Against Schistosoma japonicum.

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    Cheng, Po-Ching; Lin, Ching-Nan; Peng, Shih-Yi; Kang, Tsung-Fu; Lee, Kin-Mu

    2016-02-01

    Schistosomiasis is listed as one of most important tropical diseases and more than 200 million people are estimated to be infected. Development of a vaccine is thought to be the most effective way to control this disease. Recombinant 26-kDa glutathione S-transferase (rSjGST) has previously been reported to achieve a worm reduction rate of 42-44%. To improve the efficiency of the vaccine against Schistosoma japonicum, we immunized mice with a combination of pcDNA vector-encoded 26-kDa SjGST (pcDNA/SjGST), IL-12 expressing-plasmid (pIL-12), and rSjGST. Co-vaccination with pcDNA/SjGST, pIL-12, and rSjGST led to a reduction in worm burden, hepatic egg burden, and the size of liver tissue granulomas than that in the untreated infection controls. In addition, we detected high levels of specific IgG, IgG1, and IgG2a against the rSjGST antigen in infected mice vaccinated with this combination of pcDNA/SjGST, pIL-12, and rSjGST. Moreover, high expression levels of Th2 cytokines, including IL-4 and IL-10, were also detected in this group, without diminished levels of IL-12, INF-γ, and TNF-α cytokines that are related to parasite killing. In conclusion, we have developed a new vaccination regimen against S. japonicum infection and shown that co-immunization with pcDNA/SjGST vaccine, pIL-12, and rSjGST has significant anti-parasite, anti-hepatic egg and anti-pathology effects in mice. The efficacy of this vaccination method should be further validated in large animals such as water buffalo. This method may help to reduce the transmission of zoonotic schistosomiasis japonica. PMID:26891172

  14. Schistosoma japonicum risk in Jiangsu province, People’s Republic of China: identification of a spatio-temporal risk pattern along the Yangtze River

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    Kun Yang

    2013-11-01

    Full Text Available The risk for Schistosoma japonicum infection in Jiangsu province, People’s Republic of China, was investigated by a mouse bioassay. Various investigations were conducted in the period 2009-2011 with the presentation here representing the summary of the results from 45-50 sites in the marshlands along the Yangtze River’s course through the province. Indices representing three aspects of the infection were collected to assess risk: (i the proportion of sentinel points where at least one mouse infection was recorded; (ii the proportion of infected mice at each of these sites; and (iii the average worm burdens. Directional distribution analysis and scan statistics were used to explore the spatio-temporal risk pattern. The spatial distribution was oriented along the Yangtze River and the directional distributions for the proportion of infected mice and mean worm burdens were similar for the positive sentinel sites. Four statistically significant clusters were detected in 2009, but only one in 2010 and 2011, respectively. Temporal windows for infection risk were seen in June and September. The study illustrates the utility of spatio-temporal analysis in assessing the risk for schistosomiasis. This approach should be useful with respect to surveillance and response that can be expected to be increasingly applied when moving from morbidity control to transmission control.

  15. 日本血吸虫和斯氏并殖吸虫的rDNA-ITS2遗传多态性研究%Genetic polymorphism of rDNA-ITS2 of Schistosoma japonicum and Paragonimus skrjabini

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    何谐; 张锡林; 牛靖萱; 陈琳

    2009-01-01

    Objective To analyze the genetic variation of rDNA-ITS2 of Schistosoma japonicum and Para-gonimus skrjabini in order to avoid the cross reactions in immune diagnosis between schistosomiasis and paragon-imiasis. Methods The 2 species of fluke were collected, and then the genomic DNA was extracted, to amplify the gene of rDNA-ITS2 by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and then sequenced. Multiple sequences were aligned by Clusterx, the genetic distance was analyzed by MEGA4, and the phylogentic tree of rDNA-ITS2 genes of Schistosoma and Paragonimus constructed with MP and NJ method. The motifis of the rDNA-ITS2 gene sequences of Schistosoma and Paragonimus were analyzed with DNAsis. Results The results of phylogentic trees of rDNA-ITS2 genes of Schistosoma and Paragonimus were similar. The genetic distance between Schisto-soma japonicum and Paragonimus skrjabini was longer, though there was 42. 7% similarity between their rDNA-ITS2 gene. There were 3 same transcription factors in the sequences of Schistosoma japonicum as well as Para-gonimus skrjabini, AP_2_CS6, bHLH_CS and CAP_site. Conclusion Though there are obviously differences between the Schistosoma japonicum and Paragonimus skrjabini at the level of gene, they have significantly simi-larity in transcription factors of rDNA-ITS2 sequences. It may provide valuable theoretical information for studies on cross-reacting antigen between Schistosoma japonicum and Paragonimus skrjabini at gene level.%目的 分析日本血吸虫和斯氏并殖吸虫的核糖体DNA第二内转录间隔区(rDNA-ITS2)基因的遗传变异.方法 采集2种吸虫成虫标本,提取其基凶组DNA,PCR特异性扩增rDNA-ITS2基因并测序;Clusterx软件进行多序列对比;MEGA 4软件计算遗传距离,NJ法和MP法构建系统进化树;DNAsis软件对rDNA-ITS2序列片段进行模序分析.结果 2种方法构建的遗传系统进化树基本结构相似,日本血吸虫与斯氏并殖吸虫间存在较远的遗传距离,但二吸虫ITS2

  16. A cross-sectional study of the prevalence of intensity of infection with Schistosoma japonicum in 50 irrigated and rain-fed villages in Samar Province, the Philippines

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    Tarafder, Mushfiqur R; Balolong, Ernesto; Carabin, Hélène; Bélisle, Patrick; Tallo, Veronica; Joseph, Lawrence; Alday, Portia; Gonzales, Ryan O'Neil; Riley, Steven; Olveda, Remigio; McGarvey, Stephen T

    2006-01-01

    Background Few studies have described heterogeneity in Schistosoma japonicum infection intensity, and none were done in Philippines. The purpose of this report is to describe the village-to-village variation in the prevalence of two levels of infection intensity across 50 villages of Samar Province, the Philippines. Methods This cross-sectional study was conducted in 25 rain-fed and 25 irrigated villages endemic for S. japonicum between August 2003 and November 2004. Villages were selected based on irrigation and farming criteria. A maximum of 35 eligible households were selected per village. Each participant was asked to provide stool samples on three consecutive days. All those who provided at least one stool sample were included in the analysis. A Bayesian three category outcome hierarchical cumulative logit regression model with adjustment for age, sex, occupation and measurement error of the Kato-Katz technique was used for analysis. Results A total of 1427 households and 6917 individuals agreed to participate in the study. A total of 5624 (81.3%) participants provided at least one stool sample. The prevalences of those lightly and at least moderately infected varied from 0% (95% Bayesian credible interval (BCI): 0%–3.1%) to 45.2% (95% BCI: 36.5%–53.9%) and 0% to 23.0% (95% BCI: 16.4%–31.2%) from village-to-village, respectively. Using the 0–7 year old group as a reference category, the highest odds ratio (OR) among males and females were that of being aged 17–40-year old (OR = 8.76; 95% BCI: 6.03–12.47) and 11–16-year old (OR = 8.59; 95% BCI: 4.74–14.28), respectively. People who did not work on a rice farm had a lower prevalence of infection than those working full time on a rice farm. The OR for irrigated villages compared to rain-fed villages was 1.41 (95% BCI: 0.50–3.21). Discussion We found very important village-to-village variation in prevalence of infection intensity. This variation is probably due to village-level variables other

  17. The South-to-North Water Diversion Project: effect of the water diversion pattern on transmission of Oncomelania hupensis, the intermediate host of Schistosoma japonicum in China

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    Liang You-Sheng

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The South-to-North Water Diversion Project (SNWDP is the largest national water conservancy project in China. However, the Eastern Route Project (ERP of SNWDP will refer to the habitats of Oncomelania hupensis, the intermediate host of Schistosoma japonicum. The present study was aimed at investigating the effects of some factors relating to the water diversion pattern on the spread north of O. hupensis and transmission of S. japonicum. Methods Marked snails were attached to the floating debris, and then placed on the water surface, the passage of snails through water pumps was observed. Some marked living adult snails were placed under water in the 5 spots, 15, 30, 60, 90 and 120 days later, their survival and transfer under water were investigated. 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, 64 and 128 juvenile snails, with a male: female ratio of about 1, were caged, 1 year later, their reproductions were calculated. Results The snails attached on the floating debris at 100-, 50- and 20-cm-distance from the inlet pipe of the big pump (with a diameter of 80 cm, could be absorbed into the pumps, with passing rates of 2.45%, 3.93% and 43.46%, respectively, compared with 72.07% and 91.00% for the snails at 20 cm and 10 cm-distance from the inlet pipe of the small pump (with a diameter of 20 cm. A total of 36,600 marked living snails were put into 5 ponds and ditches, with the water depths of 1-1.6 m, 15-120 days later, no marked ones were found along the ponds and ditches or in the straw packages. The juvenile snails did not reproduce until their density reached up to 8 snails (ratio of male: female of 1/0.16 m2. Conclusions During the construction of ERP of SNWDP, the risk of northward spread of schistosomiasis japonica will be decreased or eliminated as long as long-term reliable interventions for snail control are implemented.

  18. Generation of a Novel Bacteriophage Library Displaying scFv Antibody Fragments from the Natural Buffalo Host to Identify Antigens from Adult Schistosoma japonicum for Diagnostic Development.

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    Christopher G Hosking

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    Full Text Available The development of effective diagnostic tools will be essential in the continuing fight to reduce schistosome infection; however, the diagnostic tests available to date are generally laborious and difficult to implement in current parasite control strategies. We generated a series of single-chain antibody Fv domain (scFv phage display libraries from the portal lymph node of field exposed water buffaloes, Bubalus bubalis, 11-12 days post challenge with Schistosoma japonicum cercariae. The selected scFv-phages showed clear enrichment towards adult schistosomes and excretory-secretory (ES proteins by immunofluorescence, ELISA and western blot analysis. The enriched libraries were used to probe a schistosome specific protein microarray resulting in the recognition of a number of proteins, five of which were specific to schistosomes, with RNA expression predominantly in the adult life-stage based on interrogation of schistosome expressed sequence tags (EST. As the libraries were enriched by panning against ES products, these antigens may be excreted or secreted into the host vasculature and hence may make good targets for a diagnostic assay. Further selection of the scFv library against infected mouse sera identified five soluble scFv clones that could selectively recognise soluble whole adult preparations (SWAP relative to an irrelevant protein control (ovalbumin. Furthermore, two of the identified scFv clones also selectively recognised SWAP proteins when spiked into naïve mouse sera. These host B-cell derived scFvs that specifically bind to schistosome protein preparations will be valuable reagents for further development of a cost effective point-of-care diagnostic test.

  19. IL-6RFP can protect liver function in the model of mice infected with Schistosoma japonicum%IL-6RFP 在小鼠血吸虫感染中对肝细胞的保护作用

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    平春光; 程海燕; 高闻达; 计永胜; 刘淼; 任翠平; 邵延靖; 华梦晴; 沈际佳

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    necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) and chemokine (C-X-C motif) ligand 1 (CXCL1)mRNA levels in mouse liver tissue were detected by RT-PCR.Alanine aminotransferase (ALT)and as-partate transaminase (AST)were measured by the continuous monitoring method.Results HepG2 cells experi-ments showed that mIL-6RFP could reduce the effect of IL-6 on HepG2 cells,fibrinogen (FGG)and haptoglobin (HP)was significantly reduced (P <0.05).In the BALB /c mice infected with Schistosoma japonicum,when IL-6 was blocked the levels of ALT and AST were decreased significantly (P <0.05)compared with that of the solvent group,while there was no significant difference on granuloma formation.Conclusion In the BALB /c mice infec-ted with Schistosoma japonicum,mIL-6RFP can significantly improve the liver function but no obvious effect on granuloma formation.

  20. 1991~2010年江苏省世业镇牛血吸虫感染情况调查%SURVEY ON BOVINE SCHISTOSOMA JAPONICUM INFECTION IN SHIYE TOWN OF JIANGSU PROVINCE FROM 1991 TO 2010

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    任雪枫; 高升; 包新奇; 李玉玲; 石锦良; 祝培波; 杨伟华

    2011-01-01

    本文报告了江苏省镇江市丹徒区世业镇1991~2010年牛血吸虫感染情况。世业镇牛血吸虫感染率在不断反复中逐渐降低,到2006年下降至0。在1994~1998年和2002~2005年出现不同程度的反弹,经分析与江水水位变化有密切的关系。观测结果说明江苏省取得了显著血防效果,但血吸虫病防控仍是一项长期任务。%The article reported bovine Schistosoma japonicum infection in Shiye town of Jiangsu Province from 1991 to 2010.The infection rate decreased progressively from 43.36% in 1991 to 0% in 2006.There were two rebounds of infection rate 1994-1998 and 2002-2005,which was largely related to the change of the water level of Changkiang river.The observed results showed that Jiangsu Province had made an outstanding progress in the control of schistosomaiasis,but it had been a long-term task to prevent Schistosoma japonicum infection.

  1. Comparative Study on the Immunogenicity between Recombinant MS-Sj26GST Vaccine and Recombinant BCG-Sj26GST Vaccine in Schistosoma japonicum

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    戴五星; 高红; 黄海浪; 袁野; 胡佳杰; 皇甫永穆

    2003-01-01

    The BALB/c mice were immunized with rMS-Sj26GST and rBCG-Sj26GST vaccine inSchistosoma japonicum by subcutaneous injection. After they were immunized for 8 weeks, the eye-balls were removed to get blood and macrophages of abdominal cavity and spleen cells were harves-ted. The lymphocytic stimulating index (SI) was used to measure the cellular proliferating abilityand NO release was used to measure the phagocytic activity of the macrophages. By using ELISAkit, the levels of interleukin-2 (IL-2) and interferon-γ(IFN-γ) in serum and the splenic lymphocyt-ic cultured supernatant were detected. The results showed that after the mice were immunized with106 CFU of rMS-Sj26GST and rBCG-Sj26GST vaccine separately by subcutaneous injection, prolif-erating ability of splenic lymphocytes in the mice showed no difference (P>0.05), but both weresignificantly increased as compared with that in the control group(P<0.05); The contents of NOin the intraperitoneal macrophages of rMS-Sj26GST vaccine group were significantly lower than inthe control group (P<0. 001) and rBCG-Sj26GST vaccine group (P<0. 01); The levels of serumIL-2 in the rMS-Sj26GST vaccine group were significantly increased as compared with that in thecontrol group (P<0. 001), vector group (P<0.01) and rBCG-Sj26GST vaccine group (P<0.05);The contents of serum IFN-γ in the rMS-Sj26GST vaccine group were significantly increased ascompared with that in the control group (P<0.01) and rBCG-Sj26GST vaccine group (P<0.05).The contents of IFN-γ in the cultured supernatant were significantly lower than those of rBCG-Sj26GST vaccine group (P<0. 001), but were significantly increased as compared with that in thecontrol group (P<0.01). It was indicated that both vaccines could enhance the immune response ofthe mice, but rMS-Sj26GST vaccine had stronger immunogenicity than rBCG-Sj26GST vaccine.

  2. Reduction of Total Antioxidant Capacity in Artemether-treated Female Schistosoma japonicum%蒿甲醚诱导日本血吸虫雌虫总抗氧化能力下降

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    翟自立; 梅静艳; 焦佩英; 肖树华

    2002-01-01

    目的观察蒿甲醚对日本血吸虫成虫总抗氧化能力的影响.方法体外将血吸虫在含蒿甲醚和氯化血红素的培养液内培养24 h后,或体内感染小鼠经蒿甲醚300 mg/kg治疗6~24 h后,测定虫体的总抗氧化能力.结果体外50μmol/L的蒿甲醚与氯化血红素伍用引起雌虫总抗氧化能力明显下降.体内蒿甲醚作用血吸虫6 h,即见雌虫的总抗氧化能力明显下降.体内、体外试验中,蒿甲醚对雄虫的总抗氧化能力均无影响.结论蒿甲醚诱导雌虫总抗氧化能力下降.%Objective To study the effect of artemether (Art) on total antioxidant capacity (T-AOC) in adult Schistosoma japonicum. Methods In vitro, the T-AOC was determined in five-week old worms incubated without or with Art and/or hemin for 24 h, and the worms were continuously incubated for 96 h, then worm survival was assessed. In vivo, T-AOC was determined in worms freshly recovered from mice 6 - 24 h after treatment with Art 300 mg/kg. Results Throughout 96 h incubation no worms were killed by 50 μmol/L Art or 50 μmol/L hemin alone, but approximatdy 80% of them were killed by Art plus hemin. Addition of reduced glutathione and vitamin E could significantly block the cidal action of the combined treatment. No effect on T-AOC was seen in the worms exposed to Art or heroin alone for 24 h, but the combined treatment led to a pronounced T-AOC reduction in female worms in vitro. Such a drug effect on female worms was demonstrated in vivo. After female worms were exposed to Art for 6 - 24 h in vivo, their T-AOC was significantly reduced by 40% - 64%. However, no drug effect on male worms' T-AOC was observed in vivo and in vitro exposed to Art plus hemin. Conclusion Art-induced T-AOC reduction in female worms may sensitize them to lethal damages of endogenous and exogenous oxygen radicals.

  3. Microarray Analysis of Gene Expression Profiles of Schistosoma japonicum Derived from Less-Susceptible Host Water Buffalo and Susceptible Host Goat

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    Jianmei Yang; Yang Hong; Chunxiu Yuan; Zhiqiang Fu; Yaojun Shi; Min Zhang; Liuhong Shen; Yanhui Han; Chuangang Zhu; Hao Li; Ke Lu; Jinming Liu; Xingang Feng; Jiaojiao Lin

    2013-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Water buffalo and goats are natural hosts for S. japonicum in endemic areas of China. The susceptibility of these two hosts to schistosome infection is different, as water buffalo are less conducive to S. japonicum growth and development. To identify genes that may affect schistosome development and survival, we compared gene expression profiles of schistosomes derived from these two natural hosts using high-throughput microarray technology. RESULTS: The worm recovery rate was low...

  4. Application of automatic photography in Schistosoma japonicum miracidi-um hatching experiments%自动摄影术在血吸虫毛蚴孵化实验结果观察中的应用

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    周明莉; 蔡爱玲; 王雪峰

    2016-01-01

    Objective To explore the value of automatic photography in the observation of results of Schistosoma japoni⁃cum miracidium hatching experiments. Methods Some fresh S. japonicum eggs were added into cow feces,and the samples of feces were divided into a low infested experimental group and a high infested group(40 samples each group). In addition,there was a negative control group with 40 samples of cow feces without S. japonicum eggs. The conventional nylon bag S. japonicum miracidium hatching experiments were performed. The process was observed with the method of flashlight and magnifying glass combined with automatic video(automatic photography method),and,at the same time,with the naked eye observation meth⁃od. The results were compared. Results In the low infested group,the miracidium positive detection rates were 57.5% and 85.0%by the naked eye observation method and automatic photography method,respectively(χ2=11.723,P 0.05). In the two infested groups,the average positive detection rates were 77.5% and 92.5% by the naked eye observation method and automatic photography method,respectively(χ2 = 6.894,P 0.05),80份高低污染组平均阳性检出率分别为77.5%和92.5%(χ2=6.894,P<0.05)。结论自动摄影术可有效提高毛蚴常规尼龙绢集卵孵化实验的阳性检出率。

  5. 水牛和猪感染日本血吸虫后的自愈现象及其机制%The self-cure phenomenon in buffalo and pig infected with Schistosoma japonicum and its mechanism

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    吕美云; 李宜锋; 林丹丹

    2010-01-01

    动物感染血吸虫后的自愈现象是指动物在感染血吸虫一段时间后虫负荷数急剧下降、虫体自然清除的现象.水牛和猪作为主要的血吸虫病传染源,在血吸虫病流行传播中起到重要作用.已有研究表明,水牛和猪感染日本血吸虫后有自愈现象,阐明其发生机制对于防治血吸虫病和研制血吸虫疫苗均有重要意义.该文主要围绕水牛、猪感染日本血吸虫后产生的与自愈有关的实验和现场研究作一综述,并对其发生的机制进行探讨.%Self-cure refers to the phenomenon that the number of worms declines sharply and parasites are cleared up naturally after animals infected with Schistosoma japonicum for some time. Buffaloes and pigs play an important role in schistosomiasis transmission as the main sources of infection. Some studies have shown that self-cure occurs in water buffaloes and pigs infected with S. japonicum. It has great significance to clarify the mechanisms behind the phenomenon of self-cure for prevention and control of schistosomiasis and development of anti-schistosomiasis vaccine. This paper summarized the experimental research and field epidemiologi-cal studies around self-cure in water buffaloes and pigs infected with 5. japonicum and discussed the mechanisms of self-cure.

  6. Molecular characterization of thyroid hormone receptor beta from Schistosoma japonicum and assessment of its potential as a vaccine candidate antigen against schistosomiasis in BALB/c mice

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    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Thyroid hormones (TH modulate growth, development and differentiation and metabolic processes by interacting with thyroid hormone receptors (THRs. The purpose of this study was to identify a novel thyroid hormone receptor beta encoding gene of Schistosoma japonicum (SjTHRβ and to investigate its potential as a vaccine candidate antigen against schistosomiasis in BALB/c mice. Methods The full-length cDNA sequence of SjTHRβ, its gene organization, and its transcript levels were characterized, and the phylogenetic relationship between THR, RAR and RXR from other organisms were analysis, the ability of this protein binding to a conserved DNA core motif, and its potential as a vaccine candidate antigen against schistosomiasis in BALB/c mice were evaluated. Results The SjTHRβ cDNA was cloned, verified by 5’ and 3’ Rapid Amplification of cDNA Ends and shown to be polyadenylated at the 3’end, suggesting the transcript is full-length. SjTHRβ is homologous to THRs from other species and has a predicted conservative DNA binding domain and ligand binding domain that normally characterizes these receptors. A comparative quantitative PCR analysis showed that SjTHRβ was the highest expressed in 21d worms and the lowest in 7 d and 13 d schistosomula. The cDNA corresponding to DNA binding domain (SjTHRβ-DBD and ligand binding domain (SjTHRβ-LBD were cloned and subsequently expressed in E coli. The expressed proteins were used to immunize mice and generate specific serum against recombinant SjTHRβ (rSjTHRβ. Western blotting revealed that anti-rSjTHRβ-LBD serum recognized two protein bands in extracts from 21 d worm with molecular sizes of approximately 95 kDa and 72 kDa. Electrophoretic mobility shift assay (EMSA analysis showed that rSjTHRβ-DBD could bind to a conserved DNA core motif. Immunization of BALB/c mice with rSjTHRβ-LBD could induce partial protective efficacy(27.52% worm reduction and 29.50% liver eggs

  7. 叶巢外睾吸虫感染钉螺对钉螺体内日本血吸虫发育的影响%Studies on Antagonism between Exorchis ovariolobularis and Schistosoma japonicum in Oncomelania hupensis

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    叶向群

    2001-01-01

    目的探讨在日本血吸虫中间宿主湖北钉螺体内叶巢外睾吸虫和日本血吸虫的对抗性.方法通过叶巢外睾吸虫和日本血吸虫对湖北钉螺的双重感染,计算血吸虫的感染率和尾蚴逸出量,常规石蜡切片观察钉螺组织学变化.结果钉螺在感染血吸虫37 d后再感染外睾吸虫,经一定时间后检查发现,血吸虫的感染率为52.9%,显著低于同时单独感染日本血吸虫对照组的感染率(75.9%);先感染叶巢外睾吸虫,经10、32、60、100和120 d不同的时间间隔后再感染日本血吸虫的钉螺,血吸虫感染率分别为64%、66.7%、65.2%、56.4%和57.1%,而单独感染日本血吸虫对照组钉螺血吸虫感染率为90.5%,经统计检验,各双重感染实验组血吸虫与对照组的感染率间差异具有显著或非常显著性意义(P《0.05或P《0.01).对各试验组及对照组钉螺逸出尾蚴试验发现,试验组钉螺血吸虫尾蚴逸出量均显著低于对照组的逸出量.组织学观察发现各双重感染组钉螺消化腺萎缩,消化腺盲囊间隙只有少量血吸虫子胞蚴,血吸虫子胞蚴皱缩、变形及不规则,且子胞蚴中只含稀疏的尾蚴胚球,有的子胞蚴中已无胚球;而单独感染血吸虫的对照组中血吸虫均发育到成熟的子胞蚴或尾蚴.结论钉螺体内叶巢外睾吸虫和日本血吸虫之间存在一定的对抗性,而叶巢外睾吸虫在这种对抗中占优势.%Objective To examine the antagonistic interactions between Schistosoma japonicum and Exorchis ovariolobularis in the snail host, Oncomelania hupensis. Methods The infection rate and average number of cercariae of S.japonicum were examined in O. hupensis which had been suverinfected with S.japonicum and E. ovariolobularis. The experimental snails were histologically observed by paraffin section. Results When snails were fed with eggs of E. ovariolobularis 37 days later than S.japonicum infection, the infection rate of S .japonicum (52

  8. Phenotype of dendritic cell loaded with antigens from Schistosoma japonicum%日本血吸虫抗原负载树突状细胞的表型研究

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    李小红; 曹建平; 汤林华; 周何军

    2010-01-01

    Objective To investigate the phenotype of dendritic cell( DC) loaded with GST and SEA from Schistosoma japonicum. Methods Bone marrow cells were cultured in the presence of IL-4 and GM-CSF to induce dendritic cells(DCs). These DCs were stimulated by purified GST and SEA antigen from Schistosoma japonicum, respectively. FITC labeled anti-GST monoclonal antibody was used to detect the loading of antigen. After that, the expression of CD40, CD80, CD86 and CD11c on the membrane of DC were analyzed by fluorescence activated cell sorting(FACS). Results The loading of antigen was confirmed by the detection of GST on the cells. GST was successfully loaded on DCs. The positive rates of CD40, CD80 and CD86 in the groups stimulated with GST or SEA were not raised significantly, comparing to the PBS control. Conclusion DC loaded with GST and SEA antigen from Schistosoma japonicum exhibited an immature phenotype.%目的 研究负载日本血吸虫谷胱甘肽S-转移酶(glutathione S-transferase,GST)和可溶性虫卵抗原(soluble egg antigen,SEA)的树突状细胞的表型. 方法 骨髓来源的细胞经白介素-4(interleukin-4,IL-4)、粒细胞-巨噬细胞集落刺激因子(granulocyte-macrophage colony stimulating factor,GM-CSF)诱导培养,获得树突状细胞,体外经GSI、SEA抗原刺激.用异硫氰酸荧光素(fluorescein isothiocyanate,FITC)标记的抗GST单克隆抗体染色法检测GST的负载情况.流式细胞仪检测血吸虫抗原负载后树突状细胞表面CD40、CD80、CD86、CD11c分子的表达情况,并与脂多糖(lipopolysaccharide,LPS)、PBS刺激组作比较. 结果 GST负载后在荧光显微镜下可观察到抗GST的特异荧光,表明抗原已被细胞摄取.与LPS相比较,GST、SEA抗原负载后,树突状细胞表面分子CD40、CD86上调不显著,而更类似于PBS刺激组. 结论 日本血吸虫抗原负载后,树突状细胞的表型类似于未成熟表型.

  9. 日本血吸虫反式剪接前导RNA的鉴定%Identification and Characterization of an mRNA Trans-splicing Leader in Schistosoma Japonicum

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    李锐; 贺亮; 郝力力

    2012-01-01

    RNA trans-splicing occurs in a wide range of eukaryotes, from protozoa to chordates. To investigate the SL RNA-mediated trans-splicing in the zoonotic trematode Schistosoma japonicum, a spliced-leader (SL) RNA was cloned in adults using race. The 36-nucleotide SL in S. Japonicum was derived from a 90-nucleotide nonpolyadenylylated RNA transcript encoded by 55 copies of SL genes dispersed in the genome confirmed by blot and real time PCR. Differential transcription patterns of the SL gene in the parasite developmental stages were observed using real time PCR. Predominant expression of SL RNA was found in the two developmental stages, egg and cercariae. Expression of SL RNA transcripts in female was the least. No significant expression difference between male and schistosomulum (3 d and 14 d) was observed. In summary, trans-splicing of spliced leader might acted as an important mechanism of post-transcriptional gene regulation in S. Japonicum.%RNA反式剪接现象广泛存在于真核生物中,包括单细胞原虫以及低等脊索动物.为鉴定日本血吸虫中是否存在SL RNA介导的反式剪接,运用Race方法从成虫中克隆出了1个90 nt的SL RNA基因,36 nt的RNA前导序列正是来源于此90 nt的无PolyA结构的SL RNA,并通过Northern进一步证实了该基因的存在.同时采用荧光定量和Southern对其拷贝数、基因组上的分布方式以及虫体不同阶段的表达量进行了鉴定,发现SL RNA具有55个拷贝并在基因组上呈散在分布;在虫卵和尾蚴时期SL RNA基因的转录丰度最高,雌虫阶段最低,雄虫、3天童虫以及14天童虫阶段无明显差别.结果表明,SL RNA介导的反式剪接可能是日本血吸虫基因转录后重要的调控机制之一.

  10. SEQUENCE ANALYSIS AND PRELIMINARY IDENTIFICATION OF MOLECULES WITH EF-HAND DOMAIN OF SCHISTOSOMA JAPONICUM%日本血吸虫含EF手性结构域分子序列的分析和初步鉴定

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    张艳丽; 贾侃; 李莹; 苑纯秀; 杨健美; 林矫矫; 冯新港

    2011-01-01

    为分离鉴定日本血吸虫含EF手性结构域分子及分析其序列结构特征,首先找到含有EF—hand结构域的分子,按照序列一级结构进行分类,之后进行生物信息学分析。然后用PCR方法以虫卵和成虫cDNA文库为模板扩增分类后的分子,构建重组质粒,诱导蛋白表达并纯化,选取14个纯化蛋白用Western blot进行初步免疫原性鉴定。结果269个原始含EF-hand结构域分子按照序列一级结构分为70个;成功表达和纯化了49个含EF手性分子,进化树分析将其分为9类;Western blot显示,14个纯化蛋白均可被日本血吸虫感染小鼠阳性血清识别。本研究结果为下一步采用这类分子进行动物保护性效果评价以及保护性免疫机制的研究奠定了基础。%To isolate and identify the molecules with EF-hand domain of Schistosoma japonicum and analyse the sequence structural characteristics of them, the molecules with EF-hand domain were firstly found and classified according to the primary structure, and then analyzed by bioinformatics. PCR was used to amplify the classified molecules with the S.japonicum adult and egg cDNA library. The recombinant plasmids were constructed and the protein with EF-hand domain were expressed and purified. Western blot was used to identify the preliminary immunogenicity of 14 purified proteins. Two hundred and sixty nine original molecules with EF-hand domain were divided into 70 molecules. Forty nine molecules with EF-hand domain were expressed and divided into 9 categories by phylogenetic tree. Western blot analysis showed that 14 purified proteins were specifically recognized by the positive serum from mice infected with S.japonicum. The study provided the basis for further study of immune protection of the molecules.

  11. Microarray analysis of gene expression profiles of Schistosoma japonicum derived from less-susceptible host water buffalo and susceptible host goat.

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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Water buffalo and goats are natural hosts for S. japonicum in endemic areas of China. The susceptibility of these two hosts to schistosome infection is different, as water buffalo are less conducive to S. japonicum growth and development. To identify genes that may affect schistosome development and survival, we compared gene expression profiles of schistosomes derived from these two natural hosts using high-throughput microarray technology. RESULTS: The worm recovery rate was lower and the length and width of worms from water buffalo were smaller compared to those from goats following S. japonicum infection for 7 weeks. Besides obvious morphological difference between the schistosomes derived from the two hosts, differences were also observed by scanning and transmission electron microscopy. Microarray analysis showed differentially expressed gene patterns for parasites from the two hosts, which revealed that genes related to lipid and nucleotide metabolism, as well as protein folding, sorting, and degradation were upregulated, while others associated with signal transduction, endocrine function, development, immune function, endocytosis, and amino acid/carbohydrate/glycan metabolism were downregulated in schistosomes from water buffalo. KEGG pathway analysis deduced that the differentially expressed genes mainly involved lipid metabolism, the MAPK and ErbB signaling pathways, progesterone-mediated oocyte maturation, dorso-ventral axis formation, reproduction, and endocytosis, etc. CONCLUSION: The microarray gene analysis in schistosomes derived from water buffalo and goats provide a useful platform to disclose differences determining S. japonicum host compatibility to better understand the interplay between natural hosts and parasites, and identify schistosome target genes associated with susceptibility to screen vaccine candidates.

  12. 日本血吸虫基因组核糖体移码序列的预测分析%Prediction and analysis of frameshifts in the genome of Schistosoma japonicum

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    王海彬; 杨忠; 刘锋; 胡薇

    2012-01-01

    目的 预测日本血吸虫基因组中核糖体移码的基因序列并进行鉴定.方法 挑选稳定并能够可靠预测RNA假结结构的软件,编写批量提交数据的程序并结合本地手段进行假结结构预测,计算序列最小自由能从而挑选稳定序列,进一步使用生物信息学软件Fsfinder分析序列中核糖体移码位点,进行开放性阅读框(open reading frame,0RF)分析,筛选出可能产生核糖体移码的日本血吸虫基因序列.利用日本血吸虫蛋白质组数据库中的肽段质谱数据进行比对,寻找对应的肽段信息.结果 从日本血吸虫的8452条基因编码序列中预测出26条可能含有促使核糖体移码假结结构的序列.经过日本血吸虫蛋白质组数据库中的肽段质谱数据进行比对,发现日本血吸虫输入蛋白(Sjimportin)移码之后产生的肽段.结论 整合已有的RNA假结预测软件以及核糖体移码预测软件,建立了日本血吸虫预测核糖体移码序列数据库,并成功获取日本血吸虫蛋白Sjimportin核糖体移码表达证据.%Objective To predict and identify the frameshift sequences in the genome of Schistosoma japonicum.Methods Perl software was used to predict candidate sequences with pseudoknots of S.japonicum automatically.The stable sequences were searched based on the calculation of the minimum free energy and the FSfinder software was used to predict frameshift sites of the sequences,which were compared with proteome database by BLAST.Results From the 8 452 sequences in the S.japonicum database,26 candidate sequences containing both pseudoknot and corresponding frameshift site were selected and the protein Sjimportin bearing frameshift with the evidence in proteome database of S.japonicum was found.Conclusion Combining the RNA pseudoknots prediction software and frameshift prediction software,the database of S.japonicum frameshift has been built and the evidence of frameshift for Sjimportin has been got.

  13. 日本血吸虫糖基化磷脂酰肌醇锚定蛋白的鉴定%Identification of Glycosylphosphatidylinositol-anchored Protein from Schistosoma japonicum

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    曹勤燕; 薛艳凤; 沈利

    2012-01-01

    目的 鉴定日本血吸虫的糖基化磷脂酰肌醇锚定蛋白(GPI-AP). 方法 根据曼氏血吸虫的糖基化磷脂酰肌醇(GPI)锚定蛋白Sm200的编码基因(GenBank登录号为XM 002569560.1),运用生物信息学方法寻找日本血吸虫的同源基因,分析后选取基因蛋白质编码区(CDS)的部分基因序列(SjGPIs,长约933 bp)进行PCR扩增,并克隆入原核表达载体pET-28a(+),重组质粒转化大肠埃希菌(E.coli) BL21 (DE3)感受态细胞,异丙基-β-D-硫代半乳糖苷(IPTG)诱导表达,用镍柱Ni-NTA亲和层析纯化重组肽段SjGPIs.用纯化的重组肽段SjGPIs免疫新西兰大耳兔,以制备的重组肽段抗血清检测日本血吸虫GPI锚定蛋白.用磷脂酰肌醇特异性磷脂酶C(PI-PLC)鉴定检测到的蛋白在日本血吸虫虫体上的锚定方式.检测日本血吸虫感染小鼠的白细胞,确定其是否吞噬GPI锚定蛋白. 结果 日本血吸虫的基因组中存在与曼氏血吸虫GPI锚定蛋白Sm200基因的同源基因序列,经比对拼接后获得3495 bp含完整编码蛋白C末端的基因编码序列.以所选基因序列进行肽段原核表达,获得重组质粒pET-28a(+)-SjGPIs.通过对蛋白C末端序列分析、经蛋白质印迹(Western blotting)分析和PI-PLC酶切验证,发现日本血吸虫被膜存在以GPI形式锚定的蛋白,相对分子质量约为Mr 200000,命名为SjGPI200.感染日本血吸虫小鼠的白细胞中可检测到完整的SjGPI200蛋白. 结论 日本血吸虫存在锚定蛋白SjGPI200,并以GPI形式锚定于虫体被膜上.%Objective To identify glycosylphosphatidylinositol (GPI) anchored protein of Schistosoma japonicum. Methods Based on the gene sequence of Schistosoma mansoni GPI anchored protein Sm200 (GenBank Assess No: XM_002569560.1), bioinformatics analysis was performed to find out its homologous gene sequence in S. japonicum, then a selected partial coding sequence (SjGPIs, about 933 bp) from the homologous gene sequence were amplified, and

  14. Fluorescent quantitative real-time PCR for quantitative detection of Schistosoma japonicum cercariae in water%荧光实时定量PCR定量水体中日本血吸虫尾蚴方法的建立

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    王本敬; 王文波; 周霞; 陈艳勤; 张静; 刘晨晨; 梁幼生; 诸葛洪祥

    2011-01-01

    目的 建立快速、高效、特异的定量水体中尾蚴的数量和检测水体中日本血吸虫尾蚴残余基因组DNA的方法,来评估水体受日本血吸虫尾蚴污染的程度.方法 根据日本血吸虫基因组DNA中的3个多拷贝序列Sjrh1.0(序列号:U92488.1)、18S小亚基单位核楷体核酸基因(18SrRNA)序列(序列号:AY157226.1)和逆转录转座子SjR2的G55A序列(G55A)(序列号:AF412221.1),设计常规PCR引物和实时定量PCR引物,选取较好的靶序列建立SYBR GreenI实时定量PCR方法,绘制尾蚴数的对数与Ct值的标准曲线,并对疫水中日本血吸虫尾蚴残余的基因组DNA进行检测.结果 尾蚴数的对数与Ct值的标准曲线有良好的线性关系,相关系数r2为0.918 6,重复性良好.结论 本方法特异性高,灵敏,可定量水体中尾蚴数,对疫水检测有一定的预警作用.%The objective was to establish a rapid, sensitive and specific method to detect the number of cercariea in water and evaluate level of water stained by Schistosoma japonicum cercariea. Convenience PCR primer sequences were designed tar-geting pSjrH1.0(U92488. 1), Sjl8SrRNA( AY157226. 1) and the clone G55A of the highly repetitive retrotransposon SjR2 (AF412221. 1) in S. japonicum genome, and sequence the PCR product. Based on conserved sequence of pSjrHl. 0, Sjl8SrRNA and clone G55A of highly repetitive retrotransposon SjR2 (G55A), design primers and the quantitative real-time PCR essays were established, by which, the amplifying products were 150 to 170 bp. The sequence in S. japonicum genome and the best annealing temperature were selected by comparing their threshold cycle (Ct value). Then the quantitative real-time PCR essays were established under the better annealing temperature, generate standard curve between the logarithms of gradi-ent diluted DNA templates and Ct value. Five DNA samples extracted from 1, 5, 10, 20 and 80 cercariae were used as quanti-tative template to generate standard curve

  15. 日本血吸虫原肌球蛋白cDNA的克隆及其在大肠杆菌中表达%Cloning of cDNA encoding Schistosoma japonicum tropomyosin and its expression in Escherichia coli

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    曹建平; 刘述先; 宋光承; 徐馀信

    2002-01-01

    Objective To perform cloning of the gene encod ing Chinese Schistosoma japonicum tropomyosin (SjcTM) and its expression in Escherichia coli.Methods SjcTM cDNA fragment, except for 14 amino acids at the amino terminus, was obtained by reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) with total RNA extracted from adult worms of S. Japonicum . The RT-PCR product was cloned into T vector and sequenced. The SjcTM cDNA, derived from the constructed TA clone pGEM-SjcTM, was then subcloned into the expressing vector pBV220. After characterization by agarose gel electrophoresis, endonucleases digestion and PCR, the resultant recombinant plasmid was used for expression under the temperature-dependent condition. Results The RT-PCR product, cloned into a Tvector, was sequenced and shown to be 96.5% identical at the nuclei acid level and 98.1 % identical in deduced amino acid sequence to that of S. Mansoni tropomyosi n. The target DNA fragment was then subcloned into a prokaryotic vector pBV220 . Induced expression in E. Coli DH5α cells resulted in a constant level of recombinant protein production. The results of SDS-PAGE and Western blot rev ealed that the molecular weight of non-fusion recombinant protein (rSjcTM) was approximately 32 kDa and could be recognized specifically by a polyclonal antise rum specific for native S. Japonicum tropomyosin (SjcTM). Conclusion The engineering of the cDNA encodingS. Japonicum tropomyosin and its bacterial expression was successfully made.%目的克隆日本血吸虫原肌球蛋白编码基因,并在大肠杆菌中表达.方法抽提日本血吸虫(大陆株)成虫总RNA,经逆转录-聚合酶链反应(RT-PCR)获得编码日本血吸虫原肌球蛋白的cDNA片段,该片段与全序列比较,缺氨基端14个氨基酸.该PCR产物克隆入T 载体并对插入片段进行序列测定后,亚克隆入表达载体pbV220,经琼脂糖凝胶电泳、限制性酶切反应和PCR鉴定后,选择克隆用于温控表达.结果 RT-PCR产物

  16. 日本血吸虫尾蚴及童虫可溶性抗原蛋白质组研究%The soluble antigenic proteome of Schistosoma japonicum cercariae and schistosmula

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    马安; 王越; 汤益; 杨再峰; 施晓华; 朱明东; 刘晓龙; 干小仙

    2011-01-01

    应用免疫蛋白质组研究方法筛选、鉴定日本血吸虫尾蚴、童虫可溶性抗原蛋白质。方法日本血吸虫尾蚴可溶性粗抗原(SCAP)、童虫可溶性粗抗原(SLAP)分别用双向凝胶电泳(2-DE)分离蛋白质,每样本同时制3块胶,1块胶进行银染,2块胶通过电转印后再分别用感染兔和正常兔血清作Western印迹分析,确定特异性阳性反应点,再从相应银染胶图上找到匹配的抗原蛋白质点;用MALDI-TOF/TOF串联质谱鉴定抗原蛋白质。结果SCAP、SLAP与感染兔血清免疫反应分别获得94个和68个阳性点,在相应的银染胶图上分别获得33个和31个匹配蛋白质点;用MALDI-TOF/TOF串联质谱鉴定和NCBI数据库检索,鉴定成功率分别为100.0%(20/20)和68.2%(15/22)。已获鉴定的SCAP抗原中蛋白酶占62.5%(10/16),SLAP抗原中蛋白酶占36.4%(4/11);2个抗原蛋白为SCAP和SLAP共有。结论2-DE能有效地分离日本血吸虫可溶性抗原蛋白质,2-D Western印迹法能较好地筛选特异性抗原;2-D Western印迹法阳性点与2-DE胶图蛋白质点匹配率低,低丰度的抗原蛋白质易被漏检;尾蚴和童虫的抗原蛋白质组差异较大。%Objective To screen and identify specific antigenic proteins of Schistosoma japonicum cercariae and schistosomula using immunproteomics approaches. Methods Soluble antigenic proteins of Schistosoma japonicun cercarie (SCAP) and 15 days lung-stage schistosomulum (SLAP) were separated by two-dimensional electrophoresis (2-DE). For each sample, three gels were run in parallel with one gel for silver stain and the other two gels for Western blot using Schistosoma japonicum infected rabbit sera and normal rabbit sera separately. The specific antigenic protein spots were determined on the membrane of Western blot. The matched antigenic protein spots on the sliver stained gels were subsequently analysed by MALDI-TOF/TOF-MS/MS respectively. Results 94 and 68 positive

  17. Protective immunity induced by the anti-idiotypic monoclonal antibody NP30 of Schistosoma japonicum%日本血吸虫单克隆抗独特型抗体NP30诱导保护性免疫的研究

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    冯振卿; 李玉华; 薛婉芬; 仇镇宁; 李芸茜; 朱昌亮; 管晓虹

    2002-01-01

    Objective To investigate the protective immunity induced by the anti-idiotypic monoclonal antibody NP30 of Schistosoma japonicum in mice.Methods An orthogonal table L16(4×212) was selected as the experimental design. Eight-week-old Kunming outbred mice (male and female) were randomly divided into 16 experimental groups and 2 control groups. Control groups were injected with SP2/0 ascites intraperitoneally. Mice from each group were infected with 100±2 cercariae of Schistosoma japonicum in the abdominal skin and were sacrificed on the thirtieth day postchallenge. Adult worms were recovered and counted by perfusion of the left ventricle-portal vein. The SP2/0 ascites injected mice were used as controls and the percentage of protection was calculated.Results Active immunization of mice with NP30 could produce protection levels ranging from 22.36% to 50.46% depending on the different immunity protocols. The best immunization protocol was established from the results.Conclusions Active immunization with NP30 can induce a degree of protection to infection with Schistosoma japonicum cercariae and NP30 is a potential vaccine candidate against Schistosoma japonicum.%目的 观察日本血吸虫单克隆抗独特型抗体NP30主动免疫小鼠诱导的保护性免疫力.方法 选择L16(4×212)正交设计,8周龄昆明种小鼠随机分为16个实验组和2个对照组.对照组腹腔接种SP2/0腹水.所有小鼠在腹部皮肤感染100±2条日本血吸虫尾蚴,尾蚴攻击后第30天处死小鼠,行左心室-门静脉灌注收集成虫,计算减虫率.结果 根据不同的免疫方案,NP30主动免疫可产生22.36%-50.46%的减虫率,并确定了最优免疫方案.结论 提示NP30主动免疫对尾蚴攻击可产生一定的保护力,具有血吸虫疫苗候选分子的潜能.

  18. Characterization of a gene family encoding SEA (sea-urchin sperm protein, enterokinase and agrin-domain proteins with lectin-like and heme-binding properties from Schistosoma japonicum.

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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: We previously identified a novel gene family dispersed in the genome of Schistosoma japonicum by retrotransposon-mediated gene duplication mechanism. Although many transcripts were identified, no homolog was readily identifiable from sequence information. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: Here, we utilized structural homology modeling and biochemical methods to identify remote homologs, and characterized the gene products as SEA (sea-urchin sperm protein, enterokinase and agrin-domain containing proteins. A common extracellular domain in this family was structurally similar to SEA-domain. SEA-domain is primarily a structural domain, known to assist or regulate binding to glycans. Recombinant proteins from three members of this gene family specifically interacted with glycosaminoglycans with high affinity, with potential implication in ligand acquisition and immune evasion. Similar approach was used to identify a heme-binding site on the SEA-domain. The heme-binding mode showed heme molecule inserted into a hydrophobic pocket, with heme iron putatively coordinated to two histidine axial ligands. Heme-binding properties were confirmed using biochemical assays and UV-visible absorption spectroscopy, which showed high affinity heme-binding (K D = 1.605×10(-6 M and cognate spectroscopic attributes of hexa-coordinated heme iron. The native proteins were oligomers, antigenic, and are localized on adult worm teguments and gastrodermis; major host-parasite interfaces and site for heme detoxification and acquisition. CONCLUSIONS: The results suggest potential role, at least in the nucleation step of heme crystallization (hemozoin formation, and as receptors for heme uptake. Survival strategies exploited by parasites, including heme homeostasis mechanism in hemoparasites, are paramount for successful parasitism. Thus, assessing prospects for application in disease intervention is warranted.

  19. Construction and Identification of Recombinant Baculovirus with Schistosoma japonicum Sj16 Gene%日本血吸虫Sj16基因重组杆状病毒的构建和鉴定

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    胡少敏; 王海; 阮志燕; 余新炳; 吴忠道

    2005-01-01

    目的利用杆状病毒-昆虫细胞系统构建日本血吸虫 (Schistosoma japonicum, Sj)Sj16基因重组杆状 病毒.方法从日本血吸虫尾蚴提取总 RNA,通过 RT- PCR扩增出 Sj16基因全编码区序列,将其克隆到载体 pET30a(+ )中,通过 PCR将 Sj16基因连同 pET30a(+ )多克隆位点下游的 6× His· Tag一起扩增出来,插入 donor载体 pFastBacHTa中,构建重组杆状病毒 donor载体 pFastBacHTa- Sj16- His,转化大肠杆菌 DH10Bac- GFP进行转座,提取重组 Bacmid,用 Lipofectin法转染昆虫细胞 Sf9使其包装成有感染性的重组杆状病毒.结果构建了含日本血吸虫 Sj16基因的重组 Bacmid- GFP- Sj16- His,转染 Sf9细胞后,获得了有感染力的重组杆状病毒. 结论成功构建了日本血吸虫 Sj16基因重组杆状病毒,为下一步重组 Sj16蛋白表达和 Sj16基因功能研究打下了基础.

  20. Generation and analysis of 113 adult stage Schistosoma japonicum (Chinese strain) expressed sequence tags%113个日本血吸虫(中国大陆株)成虫表达序列标签的获取及分析

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    卞国武; 余新炳; 吴忠道

    2002-01-01

    Objective To rapidly and economically obtain knowledge about adult stage Schistosoma japonicum (Chinese strain) expressed genes using expressed sequence tag (EST) .Methods A directional cDNA library constructed from Schis tosoma japonicum (Chinese strain ) adult stage RNA was used to generate expressed sequence tags(ESTs).These were compared against an EMBL-parasites database and GENBANK database by BLASTn and BLASTx. Results A total of 314 phage clones were randomly selected for generating expressed sequence tags(ESTs). From these clones, 132 EST-qu ality sequence were obtained. Among these EST-quality sequences,113 ESTs were successfully submitted to the dbEST at GenBanK. A total of 7.6% of these EST- quality sequences were previously identified sequence of Schistosoma japonicum, while 4.5% were putatively identified sequences of Schistosoma japonicum. A total of 23.5% of these EST-quality sequences were putatively identified sequence of Schistosoma mansoni or other organisms. 57.6% had no matches in the database and were classified as unknown sequences. Most ESTs with the putative prote in identified belonged to housekeeping proteins. Information about several inte resting genes was found. Conclusion Partial cDNA sequencing to generate express ed sequence tags (ESTs) has the potential to rapidly and economically increase our knowledge about adult stage Schistosoma japonicum(Chinese strain) expressed genes.%目的运用表达序列标签(Expressed Sequence Tag, EST)技术快速、节约、有效地获得有关日本血吸虫(中国大陆株)成虫表达基因的知识.方法随机挑取日本血吸虫(中国大陆株)成虫cDNA 文库单个重组克隆进行部分测序以获得EST,获得的EST通过BLAST程序同EMBL寄生虫数据库和GeneBank数据库进行比较及同源性分析.结果本研究共随机挑取日本血吸虫(中国大陆株)成虫cDNA 文库单个重组克隆314个,获得了132个有EST价值的序列,其中113个成功在GeneBank db

  1. Ageing Down-modulates the Immune Responses to Schistosoma japonicum Infection in Mice%衰老下调小鼠对日本血吸虫感染的免疫应答

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    杨云帆; 李雍龙; 孙谦; 苏斌涛; 林琳; 李曼君; 陈琳; 徐宏; 雷家慧; 刘文琪

    2011-01-01

    目的 研究衰老对小鼠感染日本血吸虫后免疫应答的影响.方法 幼龄(2月龄)和老龄(18月龄)雌性BALB/c小鼠各8只,每鼠感染日本血吸虫尾蚴(40±1)条.感染后6周剖杀小鼠,经门静脉灌注收集成虫,计数虫荷;KOH消化法收集肝脏中的虫卵,并计数.制作肝脏连续病理切片,测量两组小鼠肝脏增生期平均单卵肉芽肿的大小,计算单卵肉芽肿体积.常规法制备脾淋巴细胞悬液进行T淋巴细胞增殖实验,计算刺激指数(SI).ELISA法检测脾淋巴细胞中γ干扰素(IFN-γ)和白细胞介素4(IL-4)的表达水平.结果 幼龄组小鼠体内的虫荷和每克肝组织虫卵数分别为26.00±2.42和(2.08±0.87)×104,老龄组虫荷和每克肝脏虫卵数分别为19.75±1.95和(1.59±1.05)×104,两组间的差异有统计学意义(P<0.05).幼龄组肝脏单卵肉芽肿平均体积[(47.02±24.13)×10-3 mm3]明显大于老龄组[(30.13±10.97)×10-3 mm3](P<0.05).T淋巴细胞增殖实验结果 显示,老龄组脾淋巴细胞对ConA的增殖反应(SI:1.08±0.12)低于幼龄组(SI:1.31±0.14),其脾细胞培养上清中IFN-γ和IL-4的含量[(24.05±6.24)、(4.15±0.68) pg/ml]也明显低于幼龄组[(34.25±8.69)、(7.25±0.83) pg/ml] (P<0.05).结论 衰老引起小鼠对日本血吸虫感染的免疫应答下降,从而减轻了日本血吸虫感染引起的免疫病理损害.%Objective To investigate the effect of ageing on the immune responses against Schistosoma japonicum infection in mice. Methods Female BALB/c mice were divided into young group (2 months) and old group (18 months),each composed of 8 mice. Each mouse was percutaneously infected with 40±1 S. japonicum cercanae. At 6 weeks post-infection,the mice were sacrificed, and the spleens were removed and single-cell suspensions of splenocytes were prepared. Worms were perfused from hepatic portal system and counted. The number of eggs in the liver was determined after KOH digestion. Mean single-egg granulomas

  2. 青蒿琥酯抗日本血吸虫童虫和成虫作用的研究%Study of the effects of artesunate on juvenile and adult Schistosoma japonicum

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    杜海林; 诸葛洪祥; 梁幼生; 魏莉; 周霞; 王廷安

    2010-01-01

    Objective To investigate the details of the therapeutic effects of artesunate against Schistosoma japonicum infection in mice and examine the damage to different stages of S. japonicum. Methods Mice were treated with artesunate 300 mg/kg for 18 d after infection. Twenty-four hours after treatment,schistosomula were collected to determine DNA and protein contents using ultraviolet ray-absorption and Bradford method, respectively. Every 10 schistosomula were maintained in drug-free medium containing 3H thymidine for 24 h ,the tritiated nucleoside uptake and incorporation into nucleic acid were measured using filter membrane and homogenate. Mice infected were orally administered with artesunate at 21 d,the changes of the size of reproduction organ and the development of reproductive cell were investigated. Mice infected with S. japonicum were treated with the same dose of artesunate at 33 d,then the liver tissue sections were examined under a light microscope to investigate the hepatic shift and artesunate-induced alterations in worms. Results One dose of 300 mg/kg artesunate against 18 d schistosomula caused reduction of the DNA and protein contents decreased by 23.0% and 33.6% compared to the control group(P < 0.01). When the above-mentioned schistosomula were in vitro exposed to the tritiated nucleoside for 24 h, apparent decrease in tritiated nucleoside uptake with reduction of 61. 1% (P <0. 01) was seen in the treated schistosomula. The incorporation of 3H thymidine into the schistosomula DNA 24 h after co-incubation was reduced by 40.8% (P <0.01). The significant changes in reproductive system of adult parasites treated at 21 d after infection,suggested that artesunate inhibits sexual maturation. Light microscopic examination revealed that artesunate caused morphological damage to adult ones at 33 d,especially on the worm tegument. Conclusion Artesunate can mitigate the pathogenetic condition and control the spread of schistosomiasis japonicum by

  3. Effect of calcium cyanamid synthetic drug on Schistosoma japonicum egg morphology%氰氨化钙合成药物对血吸虫虫卵形态学影响

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    周义生; 彭国华; 胡主花; 冯小武; 朱蓉; 魏望远; 郭家钢

    2015-01-01

    目的:观察虫卵经氰氨化钙合成药物作用后的形态改变,为进一步研究氰氨化钙合成药物杀灭血吸虫虫卵作用机理提供依据。方法向含有血吸虫虫卵的阳性牛粪中加入氰氨化钙合成药物并搅拌,模拟野粪自然形态堆放于洲滩上;同时设空白对照。于1、2、3、7d后分别取样,收集血吸虫虫卵,于显微镜下观察虫卵形态。结果虫卵经氰氨化钙合成药物作用后,颜色逐步加深,毛蚴萎缩,卵壳变厚,3d后胚膜不完整,7d后毛蚴严重变形;对照组毛蚴未见明显萎缩。结论氰氨化钙合成药物对虫卵胚膜及毛蚴有损伤作用,且随时间延长而损伤加重。%Objective To study the morphological change of Schistosoma japonicum eggs processed by calcium cyanamide synthetic drug,so as to provide the basis for further study of the mechanism that calcium cyanamide synthetic drug to schisto⁃some eggs. Methods The calcium cyanamide synthetic drug was added to the cattle feces containing schistosome eggs and mixed up,and then the cattle feces was stacked as original shape on the marshland. Blank controls were set at the same time. The cattle feces samples were collected and the schistosome eggs were observed under a microscope on the 1st,2nd,3rd,7th day after the experiment. Results By the effect of calcium cyanamide synthetic drug,the color of eggs was deepening gradual⁃ly,the miracidia were atrophied,and the shells of eggs were thickened. The embryonic membrane of miracidia was no longer completed 3 days later,and the miracidia were deformed severely 7 days later. The atrophy of miracidia was not obvious in the blank controls. Conclusion The schistosome miracidia and embryonic membrane can be damaged by the calcium cyanamide synthetic drug,and worse damaged with time extending.

  4. Evaluation of early diagnostic value of 6 antigens from Schistosoma japonicum in mice%血吸虫感染小鼠早期诊断抗原的研究

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    王玠; 余传信; 殷旭仁; 钱春艳; 宋丽君; 许永良; 何伟; 曹国群

    2011-01-01

    值,免疫印迹试验的敏感性比酶联免疫吸附试验高.%Objective To find out the candidate antigen for immunoreagent, which could be used to diagnose Schistosoma ja-ponicum infection early in mice. Methods The mice were infected with cereariae of S. japonicum Chinese mainland strain. The sera of mice before and after infection at different time were collected. The recombinant fusion protein (GST-HD) of the large hydro-philic domain (HD) of 23 kDa membrane protein of 5. japonicum with the Glutathione-S-transferase (GST) of S. japonicum, soluble eggs antigen (SEA), TSP2 hydrophilic domain of S. japonkum (TSP2HD), IL4-inducing principle of S. mansoni eggs (IPSE), fusion protein GST-SjMPIO (SjMP-10), and recombinant S. japonicum (Chinese strain) signaling protein 14-3-3 (Sj 14-3-3) were used as diagnostic antigens, the specific IgG and IgM antibodies were measured respectively by enzyme linked immunosorbent assay (ELI-SA). The antigens with the value of diagnosing schistosomiasis early were screened by analyzing the changes of the levels of specific IgG (or IgM) antibodies and the positive rates of specific antibodies in the sera of mice before and post infection at different time. Moreover, the antigen' s value of early diagnosis was further validated by Immunoblot. Results On the 18th, 21st and 28th day post infection, the positive rates of specific antibody IgM against GST-HD were 60%, 70% and 100%, respectively; the positive rates of specific antibody IgG against GST-HD were 40%, 60% and 90%, respectively. The positive rates of antibody IgM againstSEA were 50%, 60% and 90%, respectively; the positive rates of antibody IgG against SEA were 20%, 50% and 70%, respectively. The positive rates of IgM against TSP2HD were 30%, 40% and 50%, respectively; the rates of IgG against TSP2HD were 20%, 30% and 70%, respectively. The positive rates of IgM against IPSE were 20%, 30% and 50%, respectively; the positive rates of IgG against IPSE were 20%, 30% and 60

  5. Myeloradiculitis: a rare event in schistosoma infection.

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    Wichmann, D; Hofmann, C; Sudeck, H; Burchard, G-D; Moser, A

    2006-12-01

    Schistosomiasis a parasitic disease caused by trematodes is widely distributed in (sub-)tropical countries. Depending on the species the infection manifests clinically as gastrointestinal (preferentially Schistosoma mansoni and S. japonicum) or urinary (preferentially S. haematobium) disorders. Here we present an uncommon case of myeloradiculitis leading to bladder palsy and sensory loss at the lower limbs. PMID:17180592

  6. 日本血吸虫感染不同相容性动物宿主的比较研究%Comparative study on Schistosoma japonicum infection in different permissive animal hosts

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    杨健美; 林矫矫; 苑纯秀; 冯新港; 傅志强; 石耀军; 刘金明; 洪炀; 李浩; 陆珂

    2012-01-01

    The aim was to understand the difference for worm development , worm morphology and host's histopatholo-gy in Schistosoma j aponicum (S. j aponicum) infected animal hosts , including natural hosts and experimental animal hosts . We artificially infected six animal hosts (yellow cattle , water buffalo , goat, New Zealand rabbit , BALB/c mice , and Wistar rat) with the same source of S . japonicum cercariae . The parasites were perfused through the hepatic portal vein on day 49 after infection. The male and female worms were detached manually and counted , and the length and width of the worms were measured . The results showed that the worm recoveries in permissive hosts were higher than that in non permissive hosts , and the length of the worms from permissive hosts were greater than those from non permissive hosts . Parasites in all the hosts could develop into maturation and cause liver damage in their hosts except for Wistar rat . The livers from permissive hosts were fulfilled with white egg nodules , and composed of egg- granulomas ; while the livers from water buffalo were red but with few egg nodules ; the livers from Wistar rat had no damage at all . The histologies! sections from livers of infected natural hosts showed that in yellow cattle and goat , hepatocytes displayed mild swelling , and a large number of inflammatory cells were seen to be in -filtrating and aggregating , including eosinophils and lymphocytes , and typical striped eosinophilic deposits were observed . Compared with yellow cattle and goat , the structural integrity of the hepatic lobules in infected buffalo was intacted in the liv -ers . There was actinomorphous distribution of hepatic cord centered on central veins , polygonal hepatocytes without edema and inflammatory cell infiltration , leaving only scattered neutrophils and monocytes . This study provides reference data for labora- tory and field studies in understanding the differences of S. j aponicum infection in different

  7. 日本血吸虫中国株次黄嘌呤鸟嘌呤磷酸核糖转移酶的克隆、表达及其免疫保护性研究%Cloning, Expression and Immunization of The Hypoxanthine-guanine Phosphoribosyltransferase for Schistosoma japonicum Chinese Strain

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    余俊龙; 吕志跃; 彭先楚; 周松华; 刘雪琴; 汪世平; 何卓; 戴橄; 李文凯; 姜孝新; 曾少华; 肖小芹; 徐绍锐

    2006-01-01

    A 1 270 bp full-length cDNA fragment was obtained from the Schistosoma japonicum (Chinese strain) adult cDNA library after the '3' and 5' ends of the incomplete expression sequence tag (EST) of hypoxanthine-guanine phosphoribosyltransferase of Schistosoma japonicum (SjHGPRT) were amplified by the anchored PCR with 2 pairs of primer that were designed according to the published incomplete SjHGPRT EST and the sequence of multiclone sites of library λgt1 1 vector. Sequence analysis indicated that this fragment, with an identity of 82% to hypoxanthine-guanine phosphoribosyltransferase ofSchistosoma mansoni (SmHGPRT), contained a complete open reading frame(ORF). The deduced amino acid sequence showed 83% identity to that of SmHGPRT. This fragment was cloned into the prokaryotic expression vector pQE30, and subsequently sequenced and expressed in Escherichia coli. SDS-PAGE revealed that M of the recombinant protein was about 28 ku. Western-blot analysis showed that the recombinant protein was recognized by the polyclonal antisera from rabbits immunized with Schistosoma japonicum adult worm antigen. Mice vaccinated with recombinant protein revealed significant worm burden, liver eggs per gram (LEPG), fecal eggs per gram (FEPG) and intrauterine eggs of the female worms reduction percentage, compared with the controls. Taken together, the SjHGPRT full-length cDNA can be cloned and expressed in E. coli as a recombinant protein that elicited immunity against the challenge infection with Schistosoma japonicum, indicating its potential as a partia1 protection vaccine candidate.%根据基因库中日本血吸虫次黄嘌呤鸟嘌呤磷酸核糖转移酶(HGPRT)EST(BU803192)以及日本血吸虫成虫cDNA文库载体λgt11多克隆位点邻近核苷酸序列设计引物,以日本血吸虫成虫cDNA文库为模板,采用锚式PCR对SjHGPRT基因不完整的3'端和5'端进行扩增、测序,用电子软件拼接,获得SjHGPRT全长cDNA(1 270 bp),经序列分析,推断该片段

  8. Comparative evaluation of Schistosoma mansoni, Schistosoma intercalatum, and Schistosoma haematobium alkaline phosphatase antigenicity by the alkaline phosphatase immunoassay (APIA).

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    Cesari, I M; Ballén, D E; Mendoza, L; Ferrer, A; Pointier, J-P; Kombila, M; Richard-Lenoble, D; Théron, A

    2014-04-01

    To know if alkaline phosphatase (AP) from schistosomes other than Schistosoma mansoni can be used as diagnostic marker for schistosomiasis in alkaline phosphatase immunocapture assay (APIA), we comparatively tested n-butanol extracts of adult worm membranes from a Venezuelan (JL) strain of S. mansoni (Ven/AWBE/Sm); a Cameroonian (EDEN) strain of Schistosoma intercalatum (Cam/AWBE/Si) and a Yemeni strain of Schistosoma haematobium (Yem/AWBE/Sh). APIA was evaluated with sera of patients from Venezuela, Senegal, and Gabon infected with S. mansoni, from Gabon infected with S. intercalatum or S. haematobium, from Chine infected with Schistosoma japonicum and from Cambodian patients infected with Schistosoma mekongi. Results indicate that 92.5% (37/40) of Venezuela sera, 75% (15/20) of Senegal sera, 39.5% (17/43) of S. haematobium sera, and 19.2% (5/26) S. intercalatum sera were APIA-positive with the Ven/AWBE/Sm preparation. APIA with the Cam/AWBE/Si preparation showed that 53.8% of S. intercalatum-positive sera had anti-AP antibodies, and 51.2% S. haematobium-positive sera cross-immunocapturing the S. intercalatum AP. APIA performed with Yem/AWBE/Sh showed that 55.8% S. haematobium sera were positive. Only two out of nine S. japonicum sera were APIA-positive with the Ven/AWBE/Sm and Cam/AWBE/Si, and no reaction was observed with Cambodian S. mekongi-positive sera. AP activity was shown to be present in all the schistosome species/strains studied. The use of APIA as a tool to explore the APs antigenicity and the presence of Schistosoma sp. infections through the detection of anti-Schistosoma sp. AP antibodies in a host, allowed us to demonstrate the antigenicity of APs of S. mansoni, S. intercalatum, and S. haematobium.

  9. Effects of Schistosoma japonicum infection on the expression of Arg-1 and Fizz-1 proteins in liver tis-sues of mice with high-fat diet induced obesity%日本血吸虫感染对高脂饮食小鼠肝组织Arg-1和 Fizz-1表达的影响

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    孙科; 赵娜; 王维; 李素梅

    2014-01-01

    Objective To investigate the effects of Schistosoma japonicum infection on selective activation of macrophages and insulin resistance in liver tissues of mice with high-fat diet induced obesity and the possible mechanism. Methods Thirty-six male C57BL/ 6J mice were randomly divided into 3 groups in-cluding normal control group(NC group,n=12),high-fat diet feeding group(HF group,n=12)and high-fat diet feeding with Schistosoma japonicum infection group(HSj group,n=12). Specimens were collected 6 and 12 weeks after high-fat diet feeding. The levels of fasting blood glucose(FBG),fasting plasma insulin (FINS)and homeostasis model assessment for insulin resistance index(HOMA-IR)were detected. The ex-pression of interleukin-6(IL-6),arginase-1(Arg-1)and found in inflammatory zone-1(Fizz-1)at mRNA and protein levels were detected by semi-quantitative reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction(RT-PCR)and immunohistochemistry,respectively. Results The mice from HF group showed higher levels of HOMA-IR than those form NC group and HSj group by the end of 6 and 12 weeks after infection(P﹤0. 05). The levels of HOMA-IR in mice from HF group were increased by the end of week 12 after infection as com-pared with those at week 6(P>0. 05). The levels of IL-6 in mice from both HF group and HSj group were higher than those from NC group by the end of week 6 after infection(P﹤0. 05). Higher levels of IL-6 were detected in mice from HF group as compared with those from HSj group and NC group by the end of week 12 after infection(P﹤0. 05). The expression of Arg-1 and Fizz-1 in mice form HF group were lower than those from NC group by the end of 6 and 12 weeks after infection(P﹤0. 05). Arg-1 was highly expressed in mice form HSj group,followed by those from NC and HF groups 12 weeks after infection. The expression of Fizz-1 in mice from HSj group was the highest among the three groups by the end of week 6 and 12 after infection (P﹤0. 05). Conclusion The proinflammatory

  10. 日本血吸虫SIEA66-68kDa抗原的分离、纯化及免疫保护性研究%Isolation and purification of the 66-68 kDa soluble immature egg antigen Schistosoma japonicum and its protective immunity

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    姜孝新; 汪世平; 刘雪琴; 李庆华; 刘明社; 何卓; 彭先楚; 徐绍锐

    2011-01-01

    To investigate the immunoprotection of 66-68 kDa soluble antigen of immature egg of Schistosoma japonicum (SIEA66-68kDa) and to evaluate its feasibility of being used as a molecular vaccine antigen, the SIEA66-68kDa was prepared through SDS-PAGE electrophoresis, protein band resection, electro-elution and ultrafiltration, and the isolated product of protein was used as antigen to immunize Kunming strain of mice. After 3 courses of immunization, mice were challenged with cercariae of S. japonicum, and the reduction rates of worms and eggs were compared with those of the control group with inoculation of PBS. It was found that the mono-specific antibody response against SIEA66-68kDa protein could be induced in mice immunized with this protein. The SIEA66-68kDa could induce significant reduction in adult worms (41.70 %). The rates of egg reduction in the SIEA66-68kDa group reach 51.23%, 59.26% and 45.17% in the liver, intestine tissue and feces, respectively, with significant difference when compared with the control group. It is concluded that the 66-68 kDa immature egg antigen of S. japonicum could protect the Kunming strain of mice from the infection of this parasite, and it could be regarded as the target antigen for the preparation of vaccine against S. japonicum infection.%目的 研究日本血吸虫未成熟虫卵可溶性抗原66-68kDa (SIEA66-68kDa)的动物免疫保护力,并对其作为天然分子疫苗的可行性进行评估.方法 采用电泳切胶、电洗脱、超滤离心等技术,分离纯化SIEA66-68kDa天然分子抗原,免疫小鼠,待其产生抗体后进行尾蚴攻击感染(40尾/只),计算减虫率和减卵率.结果 SIEA66-68kDa天然蛋白质分子能刺激机体产生抗日本血吸虫的作用,其减虫率为41.70%,每克肝脏减卵率为51.23%,雌虫子宫减卵率为29.30%,每克大肠减卵率为59.26%,每克粪便减卵率为45.17%,与对照组相比差异具有统计学意义(P<0.05).结论 SIEA66-68kDa天然分子抗

  11. 3种保虫宿主日本血吸虫特征性差异表达基因的筛选与验证%Screening and verification on characteristic differentially expressed genes of Schistosoma japonicum from three reservoir hosts

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    杨健美; 林矫矫; 石耀军; 冯新港; 傅志强; 苑纯秀; 刘金明; 洪炀; 李浩; 陆珂

    2012-01-01

    Objective To get the characteristic differentially expressed genes of Schistosoma japonicum from three important reservoir hosts: yellow cattle, water buffalo and goat, so as to find the genetic markers to identify the various sources of the parasite reservoir hosts. Methods The 49 d worms were collected from artificially infected animals, and the total RNA(s) of worms were extracted and reverse-transcripted to cDNA, and then hybridized with custom-built microarray to screen characteristic differentially expressed genes of every hosl, and the microarray results were validated by the real-time PCR method. Results From results of microarray, we got 3 characteristic differentially expressed genes of S. japonicum from yellow cattle, 4 from water buffalo and 7 from goat. We verified schistosome samples from three reservoir hosts in another experiment, the results showed that 2 in yellow cattle, 3 in water buffalo, and 5 in goat were verified to be consistent with microarray results. Conclusions The ten characteristic differentially expressed genes of S. japonicum from three reservoir hosts screened by microarray might be used as genetic markers to identify the various sources of reservoir hosts for S. japonicum.%目的 筛选日本血吸虫3种重要保虫宿主来源虫体的特征性差异表达基因,寻找可以用于鉴别这3种宿主来源虫体的遗传标记.方法 日本血吸虫尾蚴人工感染黄牛、水牛和山羊,收集感染后49 d成虫,分别抽提RNA,逆转录成cDNA,体外转录为cRNA并进行片段化;采用定制的血吸虫芯片分别进行杂交,筛选每种宿主来源虫体的特征性差异表达基因.采用实时定量PCR法对所筛选差异表达基因的表达水平做进一步测定,验证芯片数据的结果,并对这些特征性差异表达基因进行验证.结果 通过芯片杂交,分析筛选获得实验黄牛组来源虫体特征性差异表达基因3个,水牛组来源虫体4个,山羊组来源虫体7个.其中黄牛组2

  12. Schistosoma mansoni

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    Friis, Henrik; Byskov, Jens

    1987-01-01

    Recent surveys in Ngamiland, Botswana, indicate increasing prevalence of Schistosoma mansoni infections. With the introduction of a schistosomiasis control programme, 354 of 373 schoolchildren were examined quantitatively for eggs of S. mansoni, and 317 were examined clinically for hepato...

  13. 日本血吸虫虫卵、童虫和雌雄成虫膜蛋白的双向电泳%Analysis of membrane proteins from egg, schistosomulum, adult male and female worm of Schistosoma japonicum by two dimensional electrophoresis

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    程国锋; 冯新港; 林矫矫; 石耀军; 陆柯; 周元聪; 蔡幼民

    2005-01-01

    Membrane proteins were extracted from eggs, schistosomulum, adult male and female worms of Schistosoma japonicum in order to analyze the differently expressed profile by two dimensional electrophoresis. Schistosomulum and adult worms were obtained from rabbits infected with 1 500 cercariaes on 14 and 42 days after challenge, respectively. Adult male and female worms on 42 days were manually detached and stored into liquid nitrogen until use. Eggs were collected by PercollTM from the liver of rabbits. ProteoPrep Membrane Extraction KitTM was employed to extracted membrane proteins by reducing and alkylating with TBP and iodoacetamide from 200mg of eggs, schistosomulums, adult male worm and female worms, respectively. Immobilized pH gradient strips with a linear pH range of 3-10(130mm) were rehydrated together with membrane proteins (30μg) in 250μl solution containing 7mol urea, 2mol thiourea, 2% SB3-10, 4% CHAPS, 40mmol Tris, 30mmol DTT, then separated on 12.5% SDS polyacrylamide gel for the second dimensional electrophoresis. Gels were stained with silver, scanned by Labscan, and analyzed using ImageMasterTM Analysis software. The 2D maps of egg, schistosomulum, adult female worm and male worm were showed 78±3, 67±3, 108±4 and 122±4 spots respectively. There were 35±1 spots which showed specific expression in female worm as compared with male worm, but 45±2 spots were in male worms. Most differently expressed spots between male and female worms were located in the area of 40-70kD and pI 4-7. The large number of unique spots from sehistosomulum was located in the area of alkalescence. The 2D map of for adult male worms uniquely showed 5 spots as compared with that of schistosomulum and female worm. The female worm showed 4 unique spots as compared with that of schistosomulum, egg and male worm. The unique spots between male and female worms were identified by the database of SWISS 2D-PAGE according to the molecular weight and isoelectronic point

  14. 日本血吸虫感染鼠巨噬细胞IL-13Rα2的表达%Expression on IL-13Rα2 in macrophages of Schistosoma japonicum-infected mice

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    王维; 郑胜生; 祁瑶; 闻惠琴; 刘丽丽; 沈继龙

    2011-01-01

    目的 检测IL-13的诱骗受体IL-13Rα2在血吸虫病巨噬细胞的表达,为从细胞水平探讨Th2型免疫性疾病分子病理机制奠定基础.方法 建立日本血吸虫病鼠模型,采用免疫荧光标记法分别检测肝肉芽肿和原代巨噬细胞IL-13Rα2蛋白的表达情况.结果 荧光显微镜下观察:肝肉芽肿内可见似"咖啡豆样"散在分布的IL-13Rα2免疫阳性信号,巨噬细胞膜内缘呈异常增强的环状荧光.结论 巨噬细胞是IL-13Rα2阳性表达细胞,IL-13Rα2是血吸虫病重要的免疫病理调节分子.%The purpose of this study was to investigate the expression on intracellular proteins of IL-13Rα2 in the macrophages of Schistosomiasis japonicum mice, and to offer the experiment foundation for elucidating IL-13 responding cell and mechanism of fibrogenesis in Th2-mediated diseases. A large number of mice were exposed to cercariae and established S. japonicum mouse model. IL-13Rα2 expressed in the granulomas of liver tissues and peritoneal macrophages was determined by immunofluorescent labeling with primary antibody of goat anti-mouse IL-13Rα2 antibody and monoclonal anti-CD68 antibody,respectively. Coffee bean-like IL-13Rα2 positive staining was showed in the hepatic granuloma in fluorescentmicroscopy. Co-expression of IL-13Rα2 and CD68 protein in peritoneal macrophages from 8-week infected mice was observed. It exhibited the distribution of IL-13Rα2 in cytoplasm concentrated on the inner layer of membrane in macrophages. It's suggested that IL-13Rα2 expressing macrophages might be a critical contributor to the immunopathogenesis of schistosomiasis.

  15. Histological observations on the distribution of three types of haemo-lymphocytes in Oncomelania hupensis (Gastropoda: Pomatiopsidae) infected with Schistosoma japonicum%感染日本血吸虫的湖北钉螺三种血淋巴细胞分布的组织学观察

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    Theerakamol Pengsakul; Yassir A Suleiman

    2013-01-01

    中,我们对于阴性湖北钉螺( O.hupensis)和感染日本血吸虫(Schistosoma japonicum)的阳性湖北钉螺(O.hupensis)的血淋巴细胞进行了定性和定量的比较研究.方法 分别在培养后3、5、7、12、16、20、25、30、35、40、45、50、55、60、65、70、75、80、85和90 d对其进行连续组织切片和H & E染色观察.结果 发现血淋巴细胞具有一个圆形的核,在其被染成深蓝色的细胞质中有一些密集的颗粒状物质.根据细胞核的体积,血淋巴细胞可以分为大、中和小3种类型,其直径分别为8.1~8.6 μm (大),5.5~6.0 μm (中),4.2~4.7 μm (小).通过对湖北钉螺(O.hupensis)的足部、围心腔、胃肠道、消化腺以及生殖腺5个器官部位的血淋巴细胞计数观察发现感染日本血吸虫(S.japonicum)后的湖北钉螺(O.hupensis),这几处的血淋巴细胞数量都有所增加.湖北钉螺的血淋巴细胞在围心腔处最多,而在足部区域最少.这3种类型的血淋巴细胞在钉螺所有部位都有所增加,且中型血淋巴细胞最多,大型和小型血淋巴细胞较少.结论 本次研究中所得到的数据在湖北钉螺(O.hupensis)对于日本血吸虫(S.japonicum)的内在防御机制以及更有效的控制血吸虫病的深入研究中具有相当的意义.日本血吸虫;湖北钉螺;血淋巴细胞;分布

  16. 江苏省血吸虫病监测预警系统的研究Ⅴ长江水域血吸虫毛蚴感染性的监测%Surveillance and forecast system of schistosomiasis in Jiangsu Province V Monitoring of infectivity of Schistosoma japonicum miracidia of Yangtze River

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    戴建荣; 洪青标; 梁幼生; 李洪军; 孙乐平; 邢云天; 汪伟; 李幼子; 高扬; 张联恒; 高原

    2011-01-01

    目的 建立长江水体血吸虫毛蚴监测方法,监测水体受血吸虫虫卵污染情况,为追踪与控制传染源、切断传播途径及灭螺提供参考依据.方法 在长江江苏段选择45个监测点,采用浮瓶-尼龙袋哨螺测定法,每个点投放500只阴性钉螺,于2009年5-9月每月投放1次,每次投放28 h,钉螺收回后置于25℃恒温箱内饲养.首次回收2个月后每月采用群体逸蚴法检测1次钉螺感染性,在末次投放3个月后,采用压碎法解剖全部钉螺,观察钉螺血吸虫感染情况,并调查出现感染螺环境的人畜活动情况.建立江苏省长江水域哨螺监测数据库,绘制哨螺阳性点地理分布图,计算江水中钉螺单位时间被血吸虫毛蚴感染的阳性率.结果 45个点5个月共投放哨螺44 717只,回收43 477只,回收率为97.23%;钉螺逸蚴81 410只次,未发现感染性钉螺;解剖钉螺13 033只,发现5只感染血吸虫,钉螺感染率为0.038%,水体中钉螺感染血吸虫的阳性率为4.11/100万.在45个监测点中检出阳性点5个,阳性点出现率为11.11%;其中哨螺阳性点分布在长江南岸3个、北岸1个、江心洲1个,其阳性点出现率分别为21.43%、5.56%和7.69%,南岸哨螺阳性点出现率是北岸的3.8倍.5个阳性点中有3个为渔船民集散地.结论 江苏省长江南岸水域受血吸虫虫卵污染程度高于北岸,渔船民集散地是重要的污染地之一.浮瓶-尼龙螺袋哨螺测定法是监测水体受血吸虫虫卵污染的有效方法.%Objective To establish an approach to monitor the Schistosoma japonicum miracidia in waterbody of the Yangtze River, and monitor the infectivity of water body, so as to provide the evidence for tracing and controlling infection source and interrupting the transmission of schistosomiasis, and Oncomelania snail control. Methods The floating bottle-nylon bag sentinel snails method was employed. A total of 45 surveillance sites were selected along the

  17. Immunoprotection of SjP14 DNA vaccine against Schistosoma japonicum infection in mice%日本血吸虫调宁蛋白样蛋白P14基因疫苗对小鼠免疫保护作用研究

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    唐小牛; 汪礼文; 姚勇; 汪学龙

    2012-01-01

    目的 研究日本血吸虫调宁蛋白样蛋白P14基因DNA疫苗对小鼠免疫保护作用.方法 制备无内毒素DNA疫苗,用于免疫小鼠.将雌性BALB/e小鼠随机分为4组,每组10只.生理盐水组给予100μL/鼠/次;空质粒组100 μg/鼠/次、pcDNA3.1 (+)-SjP14组、pcDNA3.1(+ )-SjP14+pcDNA3.1(+)-SjGST组分别给予100μg/鼠/次;每2w免疫一次,共3次.末次免疫后2w.经腹部皮肤感染日本血吸虫尾蚴(30±1)条/鼠.尾蚴攻击6周后解剖小鼠,收集成虫,计算减虫率;同时留取肝脏,部分消化后在显微镜下行虫卵计数,计算减卵率,部分肝脏用于组织病理学分析(HE染色法).观察肝细胞变化及肉芽肿情况.结果 与NS对照组比较,pcDNA3.1(+)-Sj P14p核酸疫苗组减虫率和减卵率分别达到44.6%和61.6%;sjP14核酸疫苗与SjGST核酸疫苗联合免疫组减虫率和减卵率分别提高至56.2%和73.5%.肝组织切片镜下显示,pcD-NA3.1(+)-SjP14组肝脏病变较生理盐水组和空质粒组明显减轻,pcDNA3.1(+)-SjP14+pcDNA3.1(+)-SjGST组肝脏损伤程度最轻,虫卵肉芽肿周围炎症反应轻,肉芽肿面积较小.结论 pcDNA3.1(+)-Sj P14核酸疫苗有一定程度的抗血吸虫感染作用,pcDNA3.1(+)-SjP14与pcDNA3.1 (+)-SjGST疫苗联合免疫能增强小鼠对血吸虫感染的保护.%The aim of this research was to study the immunoprotection of SjVU DNA vaccine against Schistosoma japonicum (S. japonicum) infection in mice. The endotoxin-free DNA vaccines were prepared for mice immunization. The BALB/c mice were randomly divided into 4 groups (n=10), which including saline control group, pcDNA3. 1( + ) group, pcDNA3. K + )-SjP14 group and pcDNA3. K + )-SjP14 + pcDNA3. l( + )-S>GST group. Except for those in control groups, all mice were immunized intramuscularly three times with a 2-week"s intervals. Mice in saline and pcDNA3. 1( + ) groups were given 100 jtg saline and pcDNA3.1(+) per mouse respectively. The pcDNA3. l( + )-5jP14 group was

  18. 3种青蒿素衍生物对日本血吸虫吡喹酮抗性株童虫的体内作用效果观察%In-vivo efficacy of three artesiminin derivatives against schistosomulum of praziquantel-resistant Schistosoma japonicum

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    卢萍; 汪伟; 曲国立; 戴建荣; 梁幼生

    2014-01-01

    目的:观察3种青蒿素衍生物双氢青蒿素、青蒿琥酯和蒿甲醚对日本血吸虫吡喹酮抗性株童虫的体内作用效果。方法以经11轮亚治疗剂量吡喹酮筛选的日本血吸虫为吡喹酮抗性株,以未暴露于吡喹酮的日本血吸虫作为吡喹酮敏感株,收集2虫株尾蚴感染小鼠,以300 mg/kg双氢青蒿素、青蒿琥酯和蒿甲醚对感染后7~8 d童虫分别进行2次灌服用药(总剂量600 mg/kg),所有小鼠于感染后45 d解剖,收集小鼠体内成虫并计数,计算减虫率和减雌率。结果300 mg/kg双氢青蒿素、蒿甲醚和青蒿琥酯2日疗法(总剂量600 mg/kg)对日本血吸虫吡喹酮敏感株7~8 d童虫的减虫率为69.8%~71.0%,减雌率为75.4%~79.8%;对日本血吸虫吡喹酮抗性株7~8 d童虫的减虫率为64.6%~66.1%,减雌率为69.3%~71.1%,差异均无统计学意义(均P>0.05)。结论日本血吸虫吡喹酮抗性株对青蒿素类衍生物双氢青蒿素、青蒿琥酯和蒿甲醚依然敏感,青蒿素衍生物与吡喹酮在日本血吸虫中不存在交叉抗药性。%Objective To evaluate the in-vivo efficacy of three artemisinin derivatives artemether, artesunate and dihydroartemisinin against schistosomulum of praziquantel-resistant Schistosoma japonicum,. Methods The S. japonicum subjected to subcurative dose of praziquantel for 11 rounds was served as a praziquantel-resistant strain, while the field-derived strain without exposure to praziquantel was served as a praziquantel-susceptible strain. The mice infected with the two strains of cercaria were treated with artemether, artesunate and dihydroartemisinin at a single dose of 300 mg/kg by gavage in days 7 and 8 post-infection, respectively. All mice were dissected 45 days post-infection, and the adult worms were collected to estimate worm and female worm burden reductions caused by drug treatment. Results Administration of artemether, artesunate and dihydroartemisinin at a single

  19. Scanning electron microscope observation on tegumental damage of 21-d-old Schistosoma japonicum induced by praziquantel%吡喹酮对21-d日本血吸虫童虫皮层损害的扫描电镜观察

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    肖树华; 沈炳贵

    1995-01-01

    AIM: To study the effect of praziquantel (Pra) on the tegument of 21-d-old schistosomula, mice infected with Schistosoma japonicum cercariae for 21 d were treated ig with Pra at a single dose. METHOD: Groups of mice were killed at different intervals within 48 h, and the worms were collected by perfusion for scanning electron microscopic observation. RESULTS: When the dose used was moderate swelling, fusion or even erosion and collapsed of the tegumental ridges, which was characterized by swelling of the discoid sensory structures. At higher dose of 500 mg were seen, but more extensive and serious.d, severe swelling, erosion and peeling of the tegument accompanied by the attachment of the host leukocytes on the damaged surface were seen. CONCLUSION: Pra exhibited a direct killing effect on 21-d-old schistosomula.%目的:观察吡喹酮对21-d童虫皮层的作用.方法:小鼠于感染日本血吸虫尾蚴达21 d时,ig1剂吡喹酮,并在治疗后1-48 h的不同时间内剖杀取虫,作扫描电镜观察.结果:吡喹酮的剂量为300 mg·kg-1时,宿主体内的21-d童虫示有轻度或中度的皮层褶嵴肿胀、融合、糜烂或破溃,且以盘状感觉器的肿胀为特征.用吡喹酮的较高剂量500 mg·kg-1治疗,虫的体表亦有相似的变化,但较广泛和严重.若每dig吡喹酮500 mg·kg-1,连给3 d,则虫的皮层严重肿、糜烂和剥落,并伴有宿主的白细胞附着.结论:结果表明,吡喹酮对21-d童虫有直接杀死作用.

  20. 蒿甲醚或吡喹酮早期治疗感染血吸虫尾蚴兔和犬的肝脏显微镜检查%Microscopic observations on livers of rabbits and dogs infected with Schistosoma japonicum cercariae and early treatment with artemether or praziquantel

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    肖树华; 杨元清; 张超威; 尤纪青

    1996-01-01

    To study the histopathological change of the liver of the hosts treated with artemether (Art) or praziquantel (Pra) in early stage after infection with Schistosoma japonicum cercariae. METHODS:Dogs infected once with schistosome cercariae were by the repeated dosing once every 1 or 2 wk for 2 -4 times. In rabbits, infected with 48 - 52 schistosome cercariae once every other day for 5 times,infection, followed by the repeated dosing every 1 or 2 wk for 2 - 3 times. RESULTS: After above mentioned dogs or rabbits were treated ig with Art,ArtC or Pra, the female worm reduction rates were 92.1% - 100 %. Histopathological examination showed that the reduction rates of total granuloma in the liver sections of the dogs and rabbits were 70.9 % - 97.3 % and 76.5 % - 97.4 %, respectively. Meantime, the structure of the hepatic lobules was normal with normal arrangement of the liver bundle. CoNCLusIoNS: Early treatment with Art or Pra exhibited a promising effect of protection of the liver of the dogs and rabbits infected with schistosome cercariae.%观察感染血吸虫尾蚴后早期用蒿甲醚(Art)或吡喹酮(Pra)治疗,对宿主肝组织的影响.方法:犬感染198-202条尾蚴后d 7ig Art 10 mg·kg-1,Art胶囊(ArtC)15 mg·kg-1或感染后d 21ig Pra 30-40 mg·kg-1,1-2 wk重复给药1次,共2-4次;兔每隔日感染48-52条尾蚴,共5次,并于第1次感染后d 7或d 21 ig 上述剂量的Art和Pra,停药后4-5 wk剖杀取肝作切片观察.结果:犬与兔经Art或Pra早期治疗后,减♀虫率达92.1%-100%,肝切片中的总虫卵肉芽肿数分别减少70.9%-97.3%和76.5%-97.4%,肝叶结构和肝索排列正常.结论:2种药物早期治疗对宿主肝脏有保护作用.

  1. 日本血吸虫TGF-β受体I基因胞外段的克隆与表达%Cloning and expression of extracelluar fragment of TGF-β receptor Ⅰ gene of Schistosoma japonicum

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    高志岩; 李孜; 黎小妍; 马长玲; 陈姗; 黄俊

    2011-01-01

    Objective To clone and express the extracelluar region ofTGF-β receptor-Ⅰ in Schistosomajaponicum(SjTβRIout),and to identify its immunologic functions. Methods Part of the coding region of the SjTβRI gene was obtained by rapid amplification of cDNA ends (RACE). The extracelluar fragment of SjTβRI gene was amplified by RT-PCR, cloned into the prokaryotic expression vector pET28a(+), and then confirmed by sequencing method. The plasmid was then transfected into E.coli and the expression was induced by IPTG. The recombinant protein was purified using NJ-ion affinity chromatography. SD rats were immunized with the purified protein and Freund's adjuvant. ELISA was used to detect the production of the SjTβRIout specific antibody. Results The pET28a(+)-SjTβRIout recombinant expression plasmid was successfully constructed. Sequence analysis showed that the SjTβRIout gene had 399 bp (encoding 133 amino acids) and the gene was highly homologous with Schistosoma mansoni TGF-β receptor Ⅰ. SjTβRIout recombinant protein with a molecular weight of 20 kDa was expressed in E. coli. The recombinant protein immunized SD rats produced a high titer (> 1:100 000 000) of antigen-specific IgG antibody.Conclusion The pET28a(+)-SjTβRIout recombinant protein was proved to be immunogenic.%目的 获得日本血吸虫TGF-β受体I胞外段(SjTβ3RIout)的序列,行原核克隆和表达,并分析其蛋白的免疫学功能.方法 应用cDNA末端快速扩增技术(rapid amplification of cDNA ends,RACE)方法获得SjTβRI基因cDNA部分序列,用RT-PCR方法扩增SjTβRI胞外段(SjTβRlout)基因,构建pET28a(+)重组原核表达载体,并测序鉴定.将质粒转入大肠埃希菌,IPTG诱导表达,并使用Ni离子亲和层析并透析处理获得纯化重组蛋白.使用纯化蛋白与弗氏佐剂共同免疫SD大鼠获得抗血清,使用ELISA方法检测血清中SjTBRIout特异抗体IgG含量.结果 成功构建SjTβRIout原核表达载体.测序鉴定显示SjTβ3RIout

  2. Investigation on the role of praziquantel against Schistosoma japonicum induced liver fibrosis and expression change of host miRNA%吡喹酮对日本血吸虫病肝纤维化的治疗作用及宿主miRNA表达变化

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    陈超; 白瑞璞; 何兴; 潘卫庆

    2015-01-01

    目的 研究吡喹酮对日本血吸虫虫卵引起的肝纤维化的治疗作用及其可能的机制. 方法 选用BALB/c小鼠建立日本血吸虫感染小鼠模型,实验组以250 mg/(kg·d)吡喹酮连续用药3d进行杀虫,再以600 mg/(kg·d)连续给药30 d进行抗纤维化治疗;对照组仅进行吡喹酮杀虫.以肝组织羟脯氨酸含量等指标评定小鼠肝纤维化的程度,并通过实时荧光定量PCR (real-time PCR)检测各组肝组织中某些微小RNA (microRNA,miRNA)的表达水平.各组检测结果以t检验进行统计学分析.结果 经过吡喹酮治疗后,小鼠肝脏羟脯氨酸含量等肝纤维化指标明显降低,小鼠肝脏羟脯氨酸含量:感染后第75天,感染组、杀虫组、治疗组依次为(0.86±0.07)、(0.66±0.06)、(0.25±0.05) mg/g肝湿重,治疗组低于感染组和杀虫组(t=12.86,P<0.01).同时小鼠肝脏的部分miRNA表达水平发生了明显改变,治疗组与杀虫组相比较,Col I、miR-223、miR-146b、miR-142-5p、miR-199a-5p、miR-34c*、miR-195依次下调了62%、38%、75%、77%、40%、54%和56%. 结论 吡喹酮对日本血吸虫病肝纤维化有一定的治疗作用,其作用可能与调节某些宿主miRNA的表达水平有关.%Objective To investigate the role and mechanism of praziquantel against Schistosoma japonicum egg induced liver fibrosis.Methods BALB/c mice were infected with Schistosoma japonicum as experimental mouse model.In the experimental group,praziquantel at 250 mg/(kg·d) for consecutive 3 days as insecticide treatment and at 600 mg/(kg·d) for 30 days of continuous administration as antifibrotic therapy while in the control group,the mice only given praziquantel insecticide treatment.The extent of liver fibrosis was evaluated by detection on liver hydroxyproline content and other indicators,and by detection on certain micro RNA (microRNA,miRNA) expression levels in liver tissues with real-time quantitative PC R (real-time PCR).Test results of each

  3. 血吸虫病肝纤维化小鼠中肝星状细胞迁移功能改变的实验研究%Alterations of hepatic stellate cells on movement abilities in mice infected with Schistosoma ;japonicum

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    李兰; 王亚琦; 王洪武; 孙颖; 黄加权; 范翔雪; 宁琴

    2014-01-01

    目的:探讨影响日本血吸虫病肝纤维化小鼠肝组织中肝星状细胞(HSCs)迁移运动功能变化的相关因素。方法 SPF级6~8周龄Balb/c小鼠16只,随机分为模型组(8只)和对照组(8只),以血吸虫尾蚴腹部贴附法建立感染模型,正常组予以生理盐水代替。于感染后8周末处理小鼠,取部分肝组织石蜡包埋,进行病理学评估,免疫荧光染色检测HSCs(α-SMA,红光)运动蛋白Fascin(绿光)的表达;另取部分肝组织,采用Real-time PCR方法检测迁移诱导因子转化生长因子β1(TGF-β1)、血小板源性生长因子(PDGF)以及单核细胞趋化因子1(MCP-1)的表达以及HSCs运动蛋白α-SMA、Fascin的表达。结果8周末时,模型组小鼠肝组织中已形成明显肝纤维化。模型组小鼠肝组织中TGF-β1、PDGF 以及MCP-1的基因表达水平分别是对照组的30倍、14倍及14倍,差异具有统计学意义(P=0.033、P=0.039以及P=0.037);同时,模型组中HSCs运动相关蛋白α-SMA和Fascin的基因表达水平分别是对照组的9倍和5倍,差异具有统计学意义(P=0.004、P=0.018);荧光共聚焦结果提示,模型组小鼠肝组织中α-SMA(红色)和Fascin(绿色)表达部位一致,集中在虫卵周围肝纤维化区域,较对照组二者表达明显增加,且红绿光分布多重叠。结论诱导HSCs运动迁移的因子表达增加和HSCs自身的运动相关蛋白表达增加均有利于HSCs运动迁移能力增强。%Objective To analyze the relevant changes of hepatic stellate cells (HSCs) migration in mice with Schistosoma japonicum infection. Methods A total of 16 SPF balb/c mice aged 6-8 weeks, were randomly divided into two groups, namely, control group (n=8) and infected group (n=8). The mice from the infected group were suffered from skin infection by schistosome cercariae, while the mice in control group were given an equal volume of saline

  4. CONSTRUCTION OF EUKARYOTIC EXPRESSION PLASMID AND SEQUENCE ANALYSIS OF Sj16 GENE OF SCHISTOSOMA JAPONICUM CHINESE STRAIN%日本血吸虫(中国大陆株)Sj16基因真核表达载体的构建及序列分析

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    卞国武; 余新炳; 吴忠道; 徐劲; 单志新; 马长玲; 邵筱

    2001-01-01

    目的为了进一步研究日本血吸虫(中国大陆株)Sj16的免疫调节功能,丰富有关血吸虫免疫逃避知识.方法根据曼氏血吸虫Sm1 6基因已知序列设计合成一对引物,用PCR技术从日本血吸虫(中国大陆株)成虫cDNA文库中扩增Sj16基因;将Sj16基因定向克隆入pcDNA3,转化感受态DH5a菌;用酶切、PCR扩增鉴定筛选得到的重组阳性克隆.以重组pcDNA3-Sj16质粒为模板,用双脱氧链末端终止法测定Sj16基因序列,应用软件辅助分析Sj16序列及进行Sj16与曼氏血吸虫的Sm16同源性比较.结果从日本血吸虫(中国大陆株)成虫cDNA文库中获取Sj16基因,重组质粒中含有Sj16基因,成功构建日本血吸虫(中国大陆株)Sj16基因真核表达重组质粒pcDNA3-Sj16;Sj16基因开放读码框有354碱基,编码¨7氨基酸,N端18个氨基酸可能为信号肽序列;Sj16与Sm16有高度同源性,只存在一个氨基酸的差异.结论成功克隆了Sj16基因的真核表达载体,并测定、分析了Sj16基因序列,为深入研究Sj16的免疫调节功能,丰富有关血吸虫免疫逃避知识打下基础.%Objective To further study the immunodulatory function of Schistosoma japonicum Sj16 and more obtain theknowledge about the immune evasion of schistosome. Methods A couple of primers were designed according to theknown sequence of Schistosoma mansoni Sm16 and the Sj16 gene obtained by amplification from cDNA library of S. japon-icum Chinese strain by using PCR technique. By cloning Sj16 gene into a eukaryotic expression vector, pcDNA3, a recombi-nant pcDNA3-Sj16 was constructed and transferred into DH5α. The positive recombinant pcDNA3-Sj16 was screened and i-dentified by agarose gel electrophoresis, endonuclease digestion and PCR technique. The pcDNA3-Sj1 6 recombinant plasmidwas used as template and nucleotide sequence of Sj16 gene was determined by the dideoxy chain termination method. Usingsoftware to analyze the structure and sequence homology of Sj16

  5. Congenital Transmission of Schistosoma japonicumin the Rabbit

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    QianBao-zhen; H.O.Bogh; M.V.Johansen; WangPeng-peng

    2005-01-01

    Fourteen pregnant rabbits were each infected with 300 cercariae of Schistosoma japonicum and divided into two groups.Group M (n =8)was infected during mid-gestation (the organogenetic stage)and group L (n=6)was infected during late-gestation (the post-organogenetic stage).Mother rabbits and rabbit kittens were killed 45-60 days after infection and perfused in order to obtain worm counts.Furthermore,faecal egg counts and tissue egg counts from livers were obtained from the mother rabbits as well as the rabbit kittens.All mother rabbits became infected harbouring 207.6+20.2 and 220.0+27.5 adult worms in group M and L,respectively.In groups M and L, 13.5%and 46.7% of the kittens were infected,respectively,In 12 of 14 litters at least one kitten was infected.Tne infected kittens harboured between one and three adult S.japonicum.The livers of the kittens infected with a worm pair displaced lesions,as a result of egg deposition.The results, therefore,show that congenital transmission of S.japonicum can occur in rabbits.The close anatomical resemblance between the rabbit and human placenta may be indicative of the presence of congenital transmssion of S.japomcum infection in humans.

  6. Protective effect of SjC23-Hsp70 DNA vaccine and interleukin-12 on Schistosoma japonicum infection in water buffalos%日本血吸虫SjC23-Hsp70 DNA疫苗与IL-12对水牛保护性作用的研究

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    胡平成; 夏大; 崔虹艳; 张苹芳; 何永康; 喻鑫玲; 孙振球

    2012-01-01

    目的:研究日本血吸虫中国大陆株23 kD膜蛋白-热休克蛋白(SjC23-Hsp70)DNA疫苗联合佐剂白细胞介素12(IL-12)质粒DNA对水牛的免疫保护作用.方法:将血吸虫病非流行区8~10月龄健康水牛45头随机分为A组(SjC23-Hsp70+IL-12)、B组(SjC23+IL- 12)和C组(pVAX+IL-12),每组15头.每头牛经肩部肌注免疫3次,每次间隔28 d.末次免疫后28 d,每头牛感染日本血吸虫尾蚴1000条.解剖前2天及当天分别收集粪便1次,用定量法检测虫卵和毛蚴数.攻击感染后56天解剖所有水牛,经胸主动脉灌冲法收集成虫,计数成虫数,检测每克肝组织虫卵数.结果:A,B组与C组相比,分别获得45.70%和26.61%的减雌率,44.51%和25.84%的减虫率,41.10%和31.63%的减粪卵率,48.11%和38.07%的减毛蚴率及43.39%和31.95%的减肝卵率.A组的5个率均比B组高(P<0.05).结论:用SjC23-Hsp70 DNA疫苗和IL-12联合免疫水牛可获得明显的免疫保护作用.%Objective: To determine the immune-protective effect of Japan Schistosoma (Chinese mainland strain) 23 kD membrane protein-heat shock protein (SjC23-Hsp70) DNA vaccine plus adjuvant-induced interleukin-12 (IL-12) plasmid DNA on Schistosoma japonicum infection in water buffalos. Methods: Forty-five health water buffalos (8-10 months old) in non-endemic area of schistosomiasis were randomly assigned into group A (SjC23-Hsp70+IL-12, 300 μg), group B (SjC23+IL-12, 300 μg) and group C (pVAX+IL-12, 300 μg), 15 in each group. Each buffalo was immuned by shoulder intramuscular injection for 3 times, at an interval of 28 days. Twenty-eight days after the last immunization, each buffalo was infected with 1000 Japan cercariae of Schistosoma. Fecal examinations were conducted 2 days and 1 day before the perfusion, and on the day of perfusion. The number of hatching miracidia and eggs per gram feces was recorded. Fifty-six days after the infection, the buffalos were sacrificed and perfused via the descending

  7. Studies on the effect and mechanism of CD4+ CD25+ regulatory T calls in Schistosoma japonicum immune evasion%CD4+CD25+调节性T细胞在血吸虫免疫逃避中的作用及机制研究

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    唐春莲; 郭思洁; 杨进; 祝青; 刘晓宏

    2014-01-01

    (IL-5) and interleukin-10 (IL-10) in cultural suspension of splenic cells was detected by sandwich-ELISA after stimulation with ConA.Results Worm burden in anti-CD25 mAb group (23.17 ± 6.94) was extremely lower than in infected control group [(30.17 ± 5.85) pg/mL,P =0.047].Compared to those of normal [(1.98 ±0.33),P =0.049] and infected control group [(2.68 ±0.12),P =0.000],the ration of CD4+ CD25+ Tregs were extremely low in anti-CD25 mAb group (1.28 ± 0.30).The level of IFN-γ in anti-CD25 mAb group [(386.87 ± 24.85) pg/mL,P =0.000] was extremely higher than that of infected control group (61.32 ± 8.75)pg/mL,while the levels of IL-4,IL-5 and IL-10 were not significant different among the three groups.Conclusion These results hint that CD4+ CD25+ Tregs contribute to the escape of S.japonicum from the host immune assault,while anti-CD25 mAb can partially block CD4+ CD25+ Tregs and favor the host to clear parasite by enhancing Th1-type immune response.

  8. A study of the effects of Schistosoma japonicum soluble egg antigen on CD4+CD25+regulatory T cells in patients with asthma%CD4+CD25+调节性T细胞在血吸虫可溶性虫卵抗原影响哮喘中的作用研究

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    朱云娟; 刘佩梅; 杨秀珍; 刘霞; 吴增强; 纪伟华; 安桂珍; 沈悦云; 刘金霞; 李健

    2011-01-01

    Objective To study the relationship between Schistosoma japonicum soluble egg antigen (SEA) and asthma and the effects of SEA on CD4+ CD25+ regulatory T cells (CD4+ CD25+ Treg) and expression of the Foxp3 gene. Methods BALB/C mice were each injected with 50 μg SEA peritoneally and through the foot pad once a week for 4 weeks. In the control group, all injections were with normal saline. Then asthma was induced with ovalbumin (OVA) in all mice. After mice were sacrificed, the lungs were subjected to pathologic examination; the bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF) was collected and different cells were classified and counted after smearing and staining. Spleen cells were separated and the percentage of CD4+ CD25+ Treg out of total CD4+ T cells was determined using flow cytometry. Total spleen RNA was prepared and synthesized into cDNA through reverse transcription; cDNA was subjected to PCR amplification to determine the level of Foxp3 mRNA expression. Results Mild pulmonary inflammation was observed in the SEA immunization group, whereas severe inflammation was observed in the control group. Staining of the BALF revealed that the SEA immunization group had a much lower BALF cell density than did the control group. In the SEA immunization group, the percentage of eosinophils out of total cells was(2. 22± 1. 52)% while it was (19. 93±4. 08)% in the control group. The difference between the 2 groups was statistically significant (P<0. 05). Flow cytometry revealed that the percentage of CD4+ CD25+ Treg out of total CD4+ T cells was (32. 24±2. 19) % in the SEA immunization group while it was (27. 41±2. 87) % in the control group. The difference between the 2 groups was statistically significant (P<0. 05). The level of Foxp3 mRNA expression was higher than that in the control group as well. Conclusion SEA inhibits the development of asthma to some extent and it seems influence immune regulation through its effect on CD4+CD25+Treg.%目的 研究血吸虫可溶性虫

  9. Physicochemical consequences of the perdeuteriation of glutathione S-transferase from S. japonicum

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    Brockwell, David; Yu, Lu; Cooper, Serena; Mccleland, Steven; Cooper, Alan; Attwood, David; Gaskell, Simon J.; Barber, Jill

    2001-01-01

    Glutathione S-transferase (GST) from Schistosoma japonicum has been prepared in both normal protiated (pGST) and fully deuteriated (dGST) form by recombinant DNA technology. Electrospray mass spectrometry showed that the level of deuteriation in dGST was 96% and was homogeneous across the sample. This result is attributed to the use of a deuterium-tolerant host Escherichia coli strain in the preparation of the protein. 10 heteroatom-bound deuteriums (in addition to the carbon-bound deuteriums...

  10. Characterization of a Partially Protective B-cell Epitope within the 62 kDa Antigen of Schistosoma japonicun

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    Lei ZHANG; Xue YANG; Yanfen YANG; Jiaqing ZHAO; Jianghua YANG; Feng LIU; Zhaosong ZHANG; Guanling WU; Chuan SU

    2007-01-01

    Approximately 200 million people worldwide currently suffer from schistosomiasis, one of the most important human parasitic diseases. Although an established infection can be treated with anthelminthics and praziquantel, vaccination would be the ideal method for integral control of schistosomiasis. Schistosoma mansoni IrⅤ-5, recommended as a vaccine candidate by the World Health Organization/Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases, produced high protection in animal models. We therefore focused on its homolog, the Schistosoma japonicum 62 kDa antigen, and analyzed it using B cell/antibodyrelated databases and analysis tools for the prediction of B-cell epitopes. Epitope B3 was selected for further investigation. Experiments using a murine model indicated that mice immunized with B3 resulted in lymphocytes proliferation and produced high levels of specific immunoglobulin G and G1, but did not produce impressive cytokines. The vaccination showed partial protective immunity, measured by worm burden and anti-fecundity immunity against S. japonicum. These results indicated that the epitope B3 from S. japonicum 62-kDa antigen might act as a candidate immunogen for future epitope vaccine investigation.

  11. Development and evaluation of a sensitive PCR-ELISA system for detection of schistosoma infection in feces.

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    Luciana Inácia Gomes

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: A PCR-enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (PCR-ELISA was developed to overcome the need for sensitive techniques for the efficient diagnosis of Schistosoma infection in endemic settings with low parasitic burden. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: This system amplifies a 121-base pair tandem repeat DNA sequence, immobilizes the resultant 5' biotinylated product on streptavidin-coated strip-well microplates and uses anti-fluorescein antibodies conjugated to horseradish peroxidase to detect the hybridized fluorescein-labeled oligonucleotide probe. The detection limit of the Schistosoma PCR-ELISA system was determined to be 1.3 fg of S. mansoni genomic DNA (less than the amount found in a single cell and estimated to be 0.15 S. mansoni eggs per gram of feces (fractions of an egg. The system showed good precision and genus specificity since the DNA target was found in seven Schistosoma DNA samples: S. mansoni, S. haematobium, S. bovis, S. intercalatum, S. japonicum, S. magrebowiei and S. rhodaini. By evaluating 206 patients living in an endemic area in Brazil, the prevalence of S. mansoni infection was determined to be 18% by examining 12 Kato-Katz slides (41.7 mg/smear, 500 mg total of a single fecal sample from each person, while the Schistosoma PCR-ELISA identified a 30% rate of infection using 500-mg of the same fecal sample. When considering the Kato-Katz method as the reference test, artificial sensitivity and specificity rates of the PCR-ELISA system were 97.4% and 85.1%, respectively. The potential for estimating parasitic load by DNA detection in feces was assessed by comparing absorbance values and eggs per gram of feces, with a Spearman correlation coefficient of 0.700 (P<0.0001. CONCLUSIONS/SIGNIFICANCE: This study reports the development and field evaluation of a sensitive Schistosoma PCR-ELISA, a system that may serve as an alternative for diagnosing Schistosoma infection.

  12. 埃及血吸虫的发现及其生物学%Discovery and biology of Schistosoma haematobium

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    汪伟; 洪青标; 梁幼生

    2014-01-01

    血吸虫病是一种严重危害人类健康、影响社会经济发展的被忽略的热带病。寄生于人体的血吸虫主要有日本血吸虫(Schistosoma japonicum)、曼氏血吸虫(S. mansoni)、埃及血吸虫(S. haematobium)、间插血吸虫(S. intercalatum)和湄公血吸虫(S. mekongi)5种。作为最早发现的一种血吸虫(1852年),人体埃及血吸虫感染与膀胱癌发病密切相关,但相关生物学资料甚少。本文主要综述了埃及血吸虫的发现历程及其形态、生活史和生态。%Schistosomiasis is a neglected tropical disease that severely threatens human health and affects the socioeconomic development. The causative agent that parasitizes in humans mainly involves Schistosoma japonicum,S. mansoni,S. haematobi-um,S. intercalatum and S. mekongi. As the firstly identified schistosome,S. haematobium infection is found to strongly correlate with bladder cancer. This paper mainly reviews the discovery,morphology and life cycle of S. haematobium.

  13. Ultrastructural alterations in adult Schistosoma mansoni caused by artemether

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    Shuhua Xiao

    2002-07-01

    Full Text Available Progress has been made over the last decade with the development and clinical use of artemether as an agent against major human schistosome parasites. The tegument has been identified as a key target of artemether, implying detailed studies on ultrastructural damage induced by this compound. We performed a temporal examination, employing a transmission electron microscope to assess the pattern and extent of ultrastructural alterations in adult Schistosoma mansoni harboured in mice treated with a single dose of 400 mg/kg artemether. Eight hours post-treatment, damage to the tegument and subtegumental structures was seen. Tegumental alterations reached a peak 3 days after treatment and were characterized by swelling, fusion of distal cytoplasma, focal lysis of the tegumental matrix and vacuolisation. Tubercles and sensory organelles frequently degenerated or collapsed. Typical features of subtegumental alterations, including muscle fibres, syncytium and parenchyma tissues, were focal or extensive lysis, vacuolisation and degeneration of mitochondria. Severe alterations were also observed in gut epithelial cells and vitelline cells of female worms. Our findings of artemether-induced ultrastructural alterations in adult S. mansoni confirm previous results obtained with juvenile S. mansoni and S. japonicum of different ages.

  14. Resistance to niclosamide in Oncomelania hupensis, the intermediate host of Schistosoma japonicum: should we be worried?

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    Dai, Jian-Rong; Li, You-Zi; Wang, Wei; Xing, Yun-Tian; Qu, Guo-Li; Liang, You-Sheng

    2015-02-01

    As the currently only available molluscicide, niclosamide has been widely used for snail control for over 2 decades in China. There is therefore a concern about the emergence of niclosamide-resistant snail populations following repeated, extensive use of the chemical. The purpose of this study was to investigate the likelihood of niclosamide resistance in Oncomelania hupensis in China. Active adult O. hupensis snails derived from 20 counties of 10 schistosomiasis-endemic provinces of China, of 10 snails in each drug concentration, were immersed in solutions of 1, 0.5, 0.25, 0.125, 0.063, 0.032, 0.016 and 0.008 mg L-1 of a 50% wettable powder of niclosamide ethanolamine salt (WPN) for 24 and 48 h at 25 °C, and the median lethal concentration (LC50) was estimated. Then, the 24- and 48-h WPN LC50 values were compared with those determined in the same sampling sites in 2002. The results indicated that the 24- and 48-h WPN LC50 values for O. hupensis were not significantly different from those determined in 2002 (P = 0.202 and 0.796, respectively). It is concluded that the current sensitivity of O. hupensis to niclosamide has not changed after more than 2 decades of repeated, extensive application in the main endemic foci of China, and there is no evidence of resistance to niclosamide detected in O. hupensis. PMID:25003984

  15. Establishment of Experimental Model of Hepatic Schistosoma Japonicum Egg Granulomas in Mice

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    冯振卿; 李玉华; 仇镇宁; 薛婉芬; 管晓虹

    1998-01-01

    IntroductionSchistosomaegggranulomasaretheprinci-palpathologicbasisofschistosomiasis.Toes-tablishanappropriateexperimentalmod...

  16. Effect of artmether, hemin and Fe3+ on recombinant lactate dehydrogenase from Schistosoma japonicum

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    Gang Lu; Xuchu Hu; Can Huang; Yajun Lu; Lixian Wu; Lihua Li; Jing Xu; Xinbing Yu

    2010-01-01

    Objective: To explore antischitosome effects of artemether, hemin and Fe3+ on SjLDH. Methods:Enzyme activity of rSjLDH was assayed in the standard reaction system by adding different concentration of reagents (0.00-0.10 mM artemether, 0.00-0.02 mM hemin, 0.00-0.50 mM Fe3+). Same solvents of the each reagent were used as control. Results: There was no enzyme activity inhibition observed at 0.10 mM artemther; obivious inhibition for lactate oxidation reaction and pyruvate reduction reaction were detected at 0.002 mM and 0.004 mM of hemin, respectively;comparing with that of the control (P<0.05). The relative enzymatic activity inhibitions for pyruvate reduction reaction and lactate oxidation reaction at 0.02 mM hemin were 93.48% and 100.00%, respectively, comparing with that of the control (P<0.01); both pyruvate reduction and lactate oxidation reaction were inhibited completely at 0.50 mM Fe3+, comparing with that of the control (P<0.01). Conclusions: The results implied that SjLDH was not the direct molecular target of artemether. Hemin and Fe3+ are inhibitors of SjLDH.

  17. Local Antiglycan Antibody Responses to Skin Stage and Migratory Schistosomula of Schistosoma japonicum

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    Smit, C.H.; Kies, C.L.; McWilliam, H.E.; Meeusen, E.N.; Hokke, C.H.; Diepen, A. van

    2015-01-01

    Schistosomiasis is a tropical disease affecting over 230 million people worldwide. Although effective drug treatment is available, reinfections are common, and development of immunity is slow. Most antibodies raised during schistosome infection are directed against glycans, some of which are thought

  18. Schistosoma japonicum:establishment of a mouse model that demonstrates concomitant immunity

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    HE Li 何立; YI Xin-yuan 易新元; JIANG Ming-sen 蒋明森; ZENG Xian-fang 曾宪芳; OUYANG Li 欧阳理; Larry McReynolds

    2004-01-01

    @@ Concomitant immunity to schistosome reinfection in vivo is generally thought to be the immune response induced by and relying on living adult worms.1,2 However, a few authors3,4 have suggested that the mechanism of resistance may be related to the hepatic pathology caused by the primary infection. The vascular pathology might enable the challenge schistosomula to escape from the hepatic portal system, thus preventing normal parasite sequestration and maturation in the liver.

  19. Schistosoma mansoni and Host-Parasite Interactions

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    S.M-C.A. de Walick (Saskia)

    2015-01-01

    markdownabstract__Abstract__ Blood-dwelling parasitic trematodes (flatworms) of the genus Schistosoma cause the disease schistosomiasis or Bilharzia. There are 5 different Schistosoma species that infect humans and many other infecting different mammals. Over 200 million people worldwide are infect

  20. [Historical aspects of the risk factors of Schistosoma intercalatum schistosomiasis].

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    Jusot, J F; Simarro, P; De Muynck, A

    1996-01-01

    Bilharziosis is a considerable public health problem. It is caused by many species of schistosoma, four of which have wide geographical distribution: Schistosoma mansoni, S. haematobium, S. japonicum and S. intercalatum. The recently discovered S. intercalatum is limited to central and west Africa. Its spread is progressive and its pathogenicity is not completely known. S. intercalatum bilharziosis is usually manifested in the form of dysentery. The physiopathologic explanation of this clinical manifestation is less clear. Immunopathologically, the formation of an inflammatory granuloma constitutes the origin of its symptoms. This is due to many biological factors including delayed hypersensitivity reactions. All cellular immunity changes will facilitate the appearance of symptoms. Our aim has been to show the importance of malnutrition as a pathogenic factor of S. intercalatum bilharziosis. The initial research hypothesis was as follows: malnutrition plays a role in the evolution of a patient from an asymptomatic state of infection to a symptomatic state of illness. We carried out the study in the suburbs of Bata, in Equatorial Guinea. The inhabitants of Ncolombong, essentially rural immigrants, comprised our study population. Following their consent, we recruited individuals less than 45 years of age who had not taken praziquantel during the last 12 months. We included a total of 297 patients. Our study was a case-control, matching on sex and age. A case was defined as an infected patient with acute or chronic diarrhea occurring within the last month' preceding the stool sample analysis. All cases were retained after exhaustive screening of the study population. Each case (group 1) was matched with one or several asymptomatic infected patients (group 2) and two or several asymptomatic noninfected patients chosen at random (group 3). The definition of malnutrition was as follows: weight/height hypersensibility reactions. In the logistical model of the disease, a

  1. Immunolocalization of Schistosoma mansoni and Schistosoma haematobium antigens reacting with their Egyptian snail vectors.

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    El-Dafrawy, Shadia M; Mohamed, Amira H; Hammam, Olfat A; Rabia, Ibrahim

    2007-12-01

    The reaction of the haemolymph and the tissue of infected intermediate hosts, Biomphalaria alexandrina and Bulinus truncatus to Schistosoma mansoni and S. haematobium antigens were investigated using the indirect immunoperoxidase technique. A new technique, Agarose cell block was used in collection of haemolymph which helped in collecting plenty of well formed cells in comparison to the ordinary one using the cytospin. Collected haemolymph and prepared tissues of uninfected and infected B. alexandria and B. truncatus were fixed and then reacted with anti-S. mansoni and anti-S. haematobium IgG polyclonal antibodies. The haemolymph and tissue of infected B. alexandrina and B. truncatus gave a positive peroxidase reaction represented by a brown colour. In haemolymph, the positive peroxidase reaction was detected mainly in the cytoplasm of the amoebocytes. In the tissue, it was detected in epithelial cells lining the tubules, male cells in the lumen of the tubules and in female oogonia cells along the periphery of the tubules. The similarity in the strength and distribution of positive reaction in B. alexandrina and B. truncates was observed as compared to control. Thus, the immunoperoxidase technique proved to be an effective indicator for the schistosome-antigen in the snails. PMID:18383803

  2. Organic Acid Metabolism by Isolated Rhizobium japonicum Bacteroids

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    Stovall, Iris; Cole, Michael

    1978-01-01

    Rhizobium japonicum bacteroids isolated from soybean (Glycine max L.) nodules oxidized 14C-labeled succinate, pyruvate, and acetate in a manner consistent with operation of the tricarboxylic acid cycle and a partial glyoxylate cycle. Substrate carbon was incorporated into all major cellular components (cell wall + membrane, nucleic acids, and protein). PMID:16660386

  3. Bradyrhizobium japonicum Survival in and Soybean Inoculation with Fluid Gels.

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    Jawson, M D; Franzluebbers, A J; Berg, R K

    1989-03-01

    The utilization of gels, which are used for fluid drilling of seeds, as carriers of Bradyrhizobium japonicum for soybean (Glycine max (L.) Merr.) inoculation was studied. Gels of various chemical composition (magnesium silicate, potassium acrylate-acrylamide, grafted starch, and hydroxyethyl cellulose) were used, although the hydroxyethyl cellulose gels were more extensively investigated. Gel inocula were prepared by mixing gel powder with liquid cultures of B. japonicum (2% [wt/vol]). The population of B. japonicum USDA 110 did not change in each gel type during 8 days of incubation at 28 degrees C. These fluid gels were prepared with late-exponential-growth-phase cells that were washed and suspended in physiological saline. Mid-exponential-growth-phase B. japonicum USDA 110, 123, and 138 grew in cellulose gels prepared with yeast extract-mannitol broth as well as or better than in yeast extract-mannitol broth alone for the first 10 days at 28 degrees C. Populations in these cellulose gels after 35 days were as large as when the gels had originally been prepared, and survival occurred for at least 70 days. Soybeans grown in sand in the greenhouse had greater nodule numbers, nodule weights, and top weights with gel inoculants compared with a peat inoculant. In soil containing 10 indigenous B. japonicum per g of soil, inoculation resulted in increased soybean nodule numbers, nodule weights, and top weights, but only nodule numbers were greater with gel than with peat inoculation. The gel-treated seeds carried 10 to 10 more bacteria per seed (10 to 10) than did the peat-treated seeds. PMID:16347870

  4. Hypericum japonicum Thunb. ex Murray: Phytochemistry, Pharmacology, Quality Control and Pharmacokinetics of an Important Herbal Medicine

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    Lin-Sheng Liu

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available Hypericum japonicum Thunb. ex Murray is mainly distributed throughout Asia, Oceania and North America and is used as an important herbal medicine. H. japonicum contains many valuable secondary metabolites, such as flavonoids, phloroglucinols and xanthones and has hepatoprotective, anti-tumor, antibacterial, antiviral, and antioxidant activities and effects on the cardiovascular system and immunity. Coupled with phytochemical and pharmacological research, a series of analytical methods have been developed to evaluate the quality of H. japonicum based on its bioactive components. A pharmacokinetics study involved the absorption of two main flavonoids of H. japonicum in rats. This review aims to present an up-to-date and comprehensive overview of the phytochemistry, pharmacology, quality control and pharmacokinetics of H. japonicum, which should be useful for the greater development of H. japonicum, especially in the development of new drugs and therapeutics for various diseases.

  5. Molecular characterization and ligand binding specificity of the PDZ domain-containing protein GIPC3 from Schistosoma japonicum

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    Mu Yi; Huang Haiming; Liu Shuai; Cai Pengfei; Gao Youhe

    2012-01-01

    Abstract Background Schistosomiasis is a serious global health problem that afflicts more than 230 million people in 77 countries. Long-term mass treatments with the only available drug, praziquantel, have caused growing concerns about drug resistance. PSD-95/Dlg/ZO-1 (PDZ) domain-containing proteins are recognized as potential targets for the next generation of drug development. However, the PDZ domain-containing protein family in parasites has largely been unexplored. Methods We present the...

  6. Formation and Controlled Drug Release Using a Three-Component Supramolecular Hydrogel for Anti-Schistosoma Japonicum Cercariae

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    Yibao Li

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available A novel three-component supramolecular hydrogel based on riboflavin, melamine and amino acid derivatives were constructed for controlled release of pesticides, Niclosamide derivatives. The formation of hydrogel may be attributed to self-assemble via hydrogen bonding and π–π interaction, which have been researched via scanning electron microscopy (SEM and Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR spectra. The rheological experiments showed that the hydrogel materials and drug-loaded hydrogel all demonstrated good mechanical strength and high stability. Further experimental results indicated that the drug-loaded hydrogels show large drug loadings, long-term release time and relatively higher efficiency to anti-cercariae in the water environment.

  7. Gene : CBRC-ETEL-01-1376 [SEVENS

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    Full Text Available 61 protein [Schistosoma japonicum] 2e-10 33% MPSRAKAQAYALAFPLPPCTMVFPPLPCTVVFLPLPCTMVFPPLPCTQRSLLSHAQWCSLFSHAQRCSLPLPCTMVFLPLPCT...MVVLSSSPXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXSPMHNSVALLSHVQWCSLLSPCTMIFLPLPCTMVFPPLPCTSLVCHAQWCSFLCLAQWCFLPLPCT...MVFPPLLFTMVFPPPLPCTTVFPPLPCTMVFPPLPCTMVFPPLPCTMVFPPLPCTMVFPRLPCTMVFPLLPCTMVFPPPLSCTMVFLPLPCTTVFPPLPYTIWYLGTQIILR ...

  8. Gene : CBRC-CJAC-01-0715 [SEVENS

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    Full Text Available protein [Schistosoma japonicum] 3e-09 24% MRCYKYSTNTIPHYTDTLLLILIWCYKYSTNTIPHYTDTLLILILIWCYKYSTNTIPHYTETLLLILMRCYKYSTNT...IPYYTDTLLLILIWCYKYSTNTIPHYTDTLLILILIWCYKYSTNTIPHYTDTLLLILIRCYKYSTNTIPCYTETLLLLLYGATNTLLILYHTILIALLLILIWCYKYSTILXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXILY ...

  9. Pseudoneoplastic lesion of the breast caused by Schistosoma mansoni Pseudoneoplasma da mama causado pelo Schistosoma mansoni

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    Carlos Anselmo Lima; Aécio Costa Cavalcanti; Márcia Maria Macêdo Lima; Nestor Piva

    2004-01-01

    A case of a pseudoneoplastic lesion of the breast clinically and sonographically suggestive of a fibroadenoma is reported. Excisional biopsy revealed the nodule was an inflammatory process consequent to infection by Schistosoma mansoni.Relata-se um caso de uma lesão pseudoneoplásica da mama clinicamente e ultrasonograficamente sugestiva de um fibroadenoma. A biópsia excisional revelou que o nódulo tratava-se de um processo inflamatório conseqüente à infecção pelo Schistosoma mansoni.

  10. Pseudoneoplastic lesion of the breast caused by Schistosoma mansoni Pseudoneoplasma da mama causado pelo Schistosoma mansoni

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    Carlos Anselmo Lima

    2004-02-01

    Full Text Available A case of a pseudoneoplastic lesion of the breast clinically and sonographically suggestive of a fibroadenoma is reported. Excisional biopsy revealed the nodule was an inflammatory process consequent to infection by Schistosoma mansoni.Relata-se um caso de uma lesão pseudoneoplásica da mama clinicamente e ultrasonograficamente sugestiva de um fibroadenoma. A biópsia excisional revelou que o nódulo tratava-se de um processo inflamatório conseqüente à infecção pelo Schistosoma mansoni.

  11. Role of Bradyrhizobium japonicum and Trichoderma spp. in the control of root rot disease of soybean

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    Syed Ehteshamul-Haque

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available Seed treatment of soybean with Bndyrhizobium japonicum, Trichoderma harzianum, T. viride, T. hamatum, T. koningii and T. pseudokoningii significantly controlled the infection of 30-day-old seedlingsby Maerophomina phaseolina, Rhizoctonia solani and Fusarium spp. In 60-day-old plants Trichoderma spp.. and B. japonicum inhibited the grouth of R. solani and Fusarium spp., whereas the use of B. japonicum (TAL-102 with T. harzianum. T. viride, T. koningii and T. pseudokoningii controlled the infection by M. phaseolina. Greater grain yield was recorded when B. japonium (TAI-102 was used with T. hamatum.

  12. Intermediate hosts of schistosoma mansoni in Brazil

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    Omar dos Santos Carvalho

    1992-01-01

    The Brazilian planorbidical chart is slowly but progressively been increased by new data. Distribution of vector species of Schistosoma mansoni, according to Paraense, 1986, may be thus resumed: Biomphalaria glabrata - delimited by paralells 13 and 21-S and meridians 39 and 45-W, area of greater dominance (Southerst Bahia, oriental half of Minas Gerais and Espírito Santo). It is observed along the coast line of the state of Sergipe, Alagoas, Pernambuco, Paraíba and Rio Grande do Norte. Starti...

  13. Ectopic Schistosoma mansoni Eggs Inside a Lipoma.

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    Sabino, Kelly Renata; Nunes, Maurício Buzelin; Petroianu, Andy

    2016-01-01

    Ectopic schistosomiasis is uncommon and tends to occur when the parasite's eggs or adult forms are located far from their normal site. This report presents the first described case of ectopic Schistosoma mansoni eggs inside a subcutaneous lipoma far from the tissues of this worm's life cycle and with no connection to either portal veins or any other vascular system. These eggs were found inside giant cells surrounded by inflammatory cells. In conclusion, in humans, ectopic S. mansoni eggs can be found far from the tissues of the described life cycle of this worm, with no connection to portal veins or other blood vessels used for their migration. PMID:26598562

  14. Metabonomic investigation of human Schistosoma mansoni infection

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    Balog, Crina I.A.; Meissner, Axel; Göraler, Sibel;

    2011-01-01

    involving a well-characterized cohort of 447 individuals from a rural area in Uganda near Lake Victoria with a high prevalence of Schistosoma mansoni, a species predominantly occurring in Africa including Madagascar and parts of South America. Cohort samples were collected from individuals at five time...... in their urinary profiles. The potential molecular markers of S. mansoni infection were found to be primarily linked to changes in gut microflora, energy metabolism and liver function. These findings are in agreement with data from earlier studies on S. mansoni infection in experimental animals and thus provide...

  15. Germline transgenesis and insertional mutagenesis in Schistosoma mansoni mediated by murine leukemia virus.

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    Gabriel Rinaldi

    Full Text Available Functional studies will facilitate characterization of role and essentiality of newly available genome sequences of the human schistosomes, Schistosoma mansoni, S. japonicum and S. haematobium. To develop transgenesis as a functional approach for these pathogens, we previously demonstrated that pseudotyped murine leukemia virus (MLV can transduce schistosomes leading to chromosomal integration of reporter transgenes and short hairpin RNA cassettes. Here we investigated vertical transmission of transgenes through the developmental cycle of S. mansoni after introducing transgenes into eggs. Although MLV infection of schistosome eggs from mouse livers was efficient in terms of snail infectivity, >10-fold higher transgene copy numbers were detected in cercariae derived from in vitro laid eggs (IVLE. After infecting snails with miracidia from eggs transduced by MLV, sequencing of genomic DNA from cercariae released from the snails also revealed the presence of transgenes, demonstrating that transgenes had been transmitted through the asexual developmental cycle, and thereby confirming germline transgenesis. High-throughput sequencing of genomic DNA from schistosome populations exposed to MLV mapped widespread and random insertion of transgenes throughout the genome, along each of the autosomes and sex chromosomes, validating the utility of this approach for insertional mutagenesis. In addition, the germline-transmitted transgene encoding neomycin phosphotransferase rescued cultured schistosomules from toxicity of the antibiotic G418, and PCR analysis of eggs resulting from sexual reproduction of the transgenic worms in mice confirmed that retroviral transgenes were transmitted to the next (F1 generation. These findings provide the first description of wide-scale, random insertional mutagenesis of chromosomes and of germline transmission of a transgene in schistosomes. Transgenic lines of schistosomes expressing antibiotic resistance could advance

  16. Activity of epiisopiloturine against Schistosoma mansoni.

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    Veras, L M; Guimaraes, M A; Campelo, Y D; Vieira, M M; Nascimento, C; Lima, D F; Vasconcelos, L; Nakano, E; Kuckelhaus, S S; Batista, M C; Leite, J R; Moraes, J

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    Schistosomiasis, caused by blood flukes of the genus Schistosoma, still imposes a considerable public health burden on large parts of the world. The control of this disease depends almost exclusively on the drug praziquantel, and there are no alternative drugs in sight. Natural compounds have recently attracted significant attention due to their relevance to parasitic infection and potential development into new therapeutic agents. Epiisopiloturine is an imidazole alkaloid isolated from the leaves of Pilocarpus microphyllus (Rutaceae), a native plant from Brazil. Here, we report the in vitro effect of this drug on the survival time of Schistosoma mansoni of different ages, such as 3 h old and 1, 3, 5, and 7 days old schistosomula, 49-day-old adults, and on egg output by adult worms. Epiisopiloturine at a concentration of 300 μg/mL caused the death of all schistosomula within 120 h. Extensive tegumental alterations and death were observed when adult schistosomes had been exposed to 150 μg/mL of the epiisopiloturine. At the highest sub-lethal dose of alkaloid (100 μg/mL), a 100% reduction in egg laying of paired adult worms was observed. Additionally, epiisopiloturine showed selective antischistosomal activity and exhibited no cytotoxicity to mammalian cells. This report provides the first evidence that epiisopiloturine is able to kill S. mansoni of different ages and inhibit worm egg laying. PMID:22420337

  17. Soybean Lectin Enhances Biofilm Formation by Bradyrhizobium japonicum in the Absence of Plants

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    Julieta Pérez-Giménez

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Soybean lectin (SBL purified from soybean seeds by affinity chromatography strongly bound to Bradyrhizobium japonicum USDA 110 cell surface. This lectin enhanced biofilm formation by B. japonicum in a concentration-dependent manner. Presence of galactose during biofilm formation had different effects in the presence or absence of SBL. Biofilms were completely inhibited in the presence of both SBL and galactose, while in the absence of SBL, galactose was less inhibitory. SBL was very stable, since its agglutinating activity of B. japonicum cells as well as of human group A+ erythrocytes was resistant to preincubation for one week at 60°C. Hence, we propose that plant remnants might constitute a source of this lectin, which might remain active in soil and thus favor B. japonicum biofilm formation in the interval between soybean crop seasons.

  18. [Grey correlation and cluster analysis on relationship between Cercidiphyllum japonicum community and its environment].

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    Pan, K; Liu, Z

    2001-04-01

    The relationship between 10 years old C. japonicum plantation forest community and its environmental conditions was studied by grey correlation method and cluster analysis. The results showed that there existed closer relations among soil organic matter, available Ca, Fe, Mg and N. Except for N and Mn, all soil available elements tested had no direct impact on the absorption and accumulation of corresponding elements by the community. The tree species in different habitats was found to absorb soil elements selectively to some extent. The factors affecting the basal diameter, DBH, height and biomass of C. japonicum could be lined as soil chemical characteristics > soil physical properties > climate factors, in which, available P had little impact on the growth of C. japonicum. It is suggested that C. japonicum could be restored in the area with higher air moisture and with fertile porous soil between elevation of 2200-2700 m. PMID:11757353

  19. Pseudoneoplastic lesion of the breast caused by Schistosoma mansoni

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    Lima Carlos Anselmo; Cavalcanti Aécio Costa; Lima Márcia Maria Macêdo; Piva Nestor

    2004-01-01

    A case of a pseudoneoplastic lesion of the breast clinically and sonographically suggestive of a fibroadenoma is reported. Excisional biopsy revealed the nodule was an inflammatory process consequent to infection by Schistosoma mansoni.

  20. Modeling and analysis of Schistosoma Argonaute protein molecular spatial conformation

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    Jianhua Zhang

    2011-08-01

    Conclusions: The information relationship between the structure and function of the Argonaute protein can be initially established with bioinformatics tools and the internet server, and this provides the theoretical basis for further clarifying the function of Schistosoma Argonaute protein.

  1. Gynecological manifestations, histopathological findings, and schistosoma-specific polymerase chain reaction results among women with Schistosoma haematobium infection

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    Randrianasolo, Bodo Sahondra; Jourdan, Peter Mark; Ravoniarimbinina, Pascaline;

    2015-01-01

    BACKGROUND: The pathophysiology of female genital schistosomiasis (FGS) is only partially understood. This study aims to describe the histopathological findings, polymerase chain reaction (PCR) results, and gynecological manifestations of FGS in women with different intensities of Schistosoma...

  2. Molecular aspects of Schistosoma mansoni female maturation

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    Ana Lúcia Moraes Giannini

    1995-04-01

    Full Text Available Incubation of total protein extracts of Schistosoma mansoni with 3H 17-beta-estradiol and 20-hydroxyecdysone, revealed steroid binding proteins in both, male and female worms. The interaction of nuclear proteins with restriction fragments of the gender and stage-specific gene F-10 was investigated using the "Band-Shift" technique. Distinct male and female nuclear proteins bound to the fragments of this gene. Among the nuclear proteins, only those rich in cysteine residues bound to DNA. In vitro incubation of live worms with the estrogen antagonist Tamoxifen, altered the pattern of the DNA binding proteins, producing in females, a band profile similar to that obtained with male worm protein extracts. When Tamoxifen was injected into schistosome infected mice, the eggs produced by females presented an abnormal morphology, compatible with non-viable eggs. These results suggest that the regulation of transcription of the F-10 gene might involve steroid receptors.

  3. Erythronium japonicum attenuates histopathological lung abnormalities in a mouse model of ovalbumin-induced asthma.

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    Seo, Ji-Hye; Bang, Mi-Ae; Kim, Gyeyeop; Cho, Seung Sik; Park, Dae-Hun

    2016-05-01

    Asthma is a chronic lung condition that can induce mucus hypersecretion and pulmonary obstruction and may even cause death, particularly in children and older individuals. Erythronium japonicum (E. japonicum) is a traditional herb used in Korea and East Asian countries that has been found to exert free radical scavenging activity and anti-proliferative effects in human colorectal carcinoma cells. In the present study, we evaluated the anti-asthmatic effects of an extract of E. japonicum in a mouse model of ovalbumin (OVA)‑induced asthma. Female BALB/c mice were sensitized with an intraperitoneal injection of OVA and aluminum hydroxide hydrate on days 1 and 8 and then received the following treatments on days 21 to 25: i) control (no treatment), ii) sterilized tap water (given orally), iii) 1 mg/kg/day dexamethasone (administered orally), iv) 60 mg/kg/day E. japonicum extract, and v) 600 mg/kg/day E. japonicum extract. On the same days, all the mice except those in the control group were challenged 1 h later with nebulized 5% OVA for 30 min. We found that treatment with E. japonicum extract suppressed the OVA-induced increase in the number of white blood cells and decreased the IgE level in the bronchoalveolar lavage fluid samples obtained from the mice. Histopathological analysis of the lung tissues revealed that E. japonicum attenuated the asthma-related morphological changes in the mouse lung tissue, including the increased secretion of mucus in the bronchioles, eosinophil infiltration around the bronchioles and vessels, and goblet cell and epithelial cell hyperplasia. Immunohistochemical analysis revealed that treatment with E. japonicum extract suppressed the OVA-induced proliferation of T helper cells (CD4+) and B cells (CD19+) in the mouse lung tissue. Furthermore, treatment with E. japonicum extract modulated the expression of both T helper 2 cell-related factors [GATA binding protein 3 (GATA-3), tumor necrosis factor

  4. Protein kinase A signalling in Schistosoma mansoni cercariae and schistosomules.

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    Hirst, Natasha L; Lawton, Scott P; Walker, Anthony J

    2016-06-01

    Cyclic AMP (cAMP)-dependent protein kinase/protein kinase A regulates multiple processes in eukaryotes by phosphorylating diverse cellular substrates, including metabolic and signalling enzymes, ion channels and transcription factors. Here we provide insight into protein kinase A signalling in cercariae and 24h in vitro cultured somules of the blood parasite, Schistosoma mansoni, which causes human intestinal schistosomiasis. Functional mapping of activated protein kinase A using anti-phospho protein kinase A antibodies and confocal laser scanning microscopy revealed activated protein kinase A in the central and peripheral nervous system, oral-tip sensory papillae, oesophagus and excretory system of intact cercariae. Cultured 24h somules, which biologically represent the skin-resident stage of the parasite, exhibited similar activation patterns in oesophageal and nerve tissues but also displayed striking activation at the tegument and activation in a region resembling the germinal 'stem' cell cluster. The adenylyl cyclase activator, forskolin, stimulated somule protein kinase A activation and produced a hyperkinesia phenotype. The biogenic amines, serotonin and dopamine known to be present in skin also induced protein kinase A activation in somules, whereas neuropeptide Y or [Leu(31),Pro(34)]-neuropeptide Y attenuated protein kinase A activation. However, neuropeptide Y did not block the forskolin-induced somule hyperkinesia. Bioinformatic investigation of potential protein associations revealed 193 medium confidence and 59 high confidence protein kinase A interacting partners in S. mansoni, many of which possess putative protein kinase A phosphorylation sites. These data provide valuable insight into the intricacies of protein kinase A signalling in S. mansoni and a framework for further physiological investigations into the roles of protein kinase A in schistosomes, particularly in the context of interactions between the parasite and the host. PMID:26777870

  5. Differences in crystallization of two LinB variants from Sphingobium japonicum UT26

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    To study enzyme functionality, two haloalkane dehalogenase variants LinB32 and LinB70 carrying single-point and double-point mutations were constructed and crystallized in different crystallization conditions. Both LinB variants and their complexes with halogenated substrates diffracted to resolutions ranging from 1.6 to 2.8 Å. Haloalkane dehalogenases are microbial enzymes that convert a broad range of halogenated aliphatic compounds to their corresponding alcohols by the hydrolytic mechanism. These enzymes play an important role in the biodegradation of various environmental pollutants. Haloalkane dehalogenase LinB isolated from a soil bacterium Sphingobium japonicum UT26 has a relatively broad substrate specificity and can be applied in bioremediation and biosensing of environmental pollutants. The LinB variants presented here, LinB32 and LinB70, were constructed with the goal of studying the effect of mutations on enzyme functionality. In the case of LinB32 (L117W), the introduced mutation leads to blocking of the main tunnel connecting the deeply buried active site with the surrounding solvent. The other variant, LinB70 (L44I, H107Q), has the second halide-binding site in a position analogous to that in the related haloalkane dehalogenase DbeA from Bradyrhizobium elkanii USDA94. Both LinB variants were successfully crystallized and full data sets were collected for native enzymes as well as their complexes with the substrates 1,2-dibromoethane (LinB32) and 1-bromobutane (LinB70) to resolutions ranging from 1.6 to 2.8 Å. The two mutants crystallize differently from each other, which suggests that the mutations, although deep inside the molecule, can still affect the protein crystallizability

  6. Osmotic stress tolerance, PGP traits and RAPD analysis of Bradyrhizobium japonicum strains

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    Marinković Jelena

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    Full Text Available The osmotic stress tolerance of B. japonicum strains assessed according to their persistence in PEG solution. The lowest tolerance to osmotic stress was observed in strain 511 (43.3%, and the highest tolerance was observed for strain D216 (3.3% growth reduction in presence of PEG. PGP traits of B. japonicum strains were tested. None of five B. japonicum strains produced siderophore, strains 511 and 518 had the urease ability, and only B. japonicum 518 strain showed the ability to solubilize insoluble tricalcium phosphate. RAPD analysis, using AP10, BC318, AF14 and SPH1 primers, indicated genetic differences between Bradyrhizobium strains. The first group (strains 3, 6 and 518 showed more than 80% similarity. Strains 511 and D216 formed separate clusters. Difference between strains D216 and the other strains were more than 60%, with maximum value of 72% in comparison with strain 511. Plant-growth promoting (PGP traits, osmotic stress tolerance and RAPD analysis highlighted strain D216 as useful for further investigation of B. japonicum impact on drought reduction in symbiosis with soybean. [Projekat Ministarstva nauke Republike Srbije, br. TR 31022 i br. TR 31072

  7. Synthesis of new 4-oxo-2-thioxo-1,2,3,4-tetrahydropyrimidine derivatives with an incorporated thiazolidinone moiety and testing their possible serine protease and cercarial elastase inhibitory effects with a possible prospective to block penetration of Schistosoma mansoni cercariae into the mice skin.

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    Bahgat, Mahmoud Mohamed; Maghraby, Amany Sayed; Heiba, Mogeda Emam; Ruppel, Andreas; Fathalla, Omar Abd-elfattah Mohamed

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    5-Substituted 4-oxo-2-thioxo-1,2,3,4-tetrahydropyrimidine were synthesized by interaction of 4-oxo-2-thioxo-1,2,3,4-tetrahydropyrimidine-5-sulfonylhydrazide with some aldehydes to give the corresponding Schiff-bases, which after cyclization gave corresponding thiazolidinones. For some of the thiazolidinones, Mannich bases reaction was carried out. All the derivatives were tested for their possible inhibitory effect on Schistosoma mansoni cercarial elastase (CE). Only, N-(4-methylbenzyledine)-4-oxo-2-thioxo-1,2,3,4-tetrahydropyrimidine-5-sulfonylhydrazide was found to have potent inhibitory effect on the CE activity with IC50 = 264 microM. Upon its use as a paint for mice tails before infection with S. mansoni cercariae, the compound formulated in jojoba oil caused a significant reduction (93%; P-value = 0.0002) in the worm burden. IgG & IgM in mice sera were measured by using several S. mansoni antigens by ELISA. Sera from treated infected mice (TIM) 2, 4, and 6 weeks (W) post infection (PI) showed 1.2 folds lower, 1.2 folds higher, 1.7 folds lower IgM reactivity against soluble cercarial antigenic preparation (CAP), respectively, when compared with sera collected from infected untreated mice (IUM). Sera from TIM 2, 4, and 6WPI showed 1.3, 1.6, and 1.7 folds higher IgG reactivity, respectively against CAP than the IgG reactivity from IUM. Sera from TIM 2, 4 and 6WPI showed 1.5, 1.2 folds lower and 1.4 folds higher IgM reactivity, respectively against soluble worm antigenic preparation (SWAP) when compared with sera collected from IUM. Sera from TIM 2, 4, and 6WPI showed 1.4, 1 folds lower and 1 fold higher IgG reactivity, respectivley to SWAP when compared with sera from IUM. Sera from TIM 2, 4, and 6WPI had generaly lower IgM and IgG reactivities against soluble egg antigen (SEA) when compared with sera from IUM.

  8. Chemical composition and antimicrobial activity of essential oil isolated from the cultured mycelia of Ganoderma japonicum

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    Dandan Liu; Zheng Hu; Zhigang Liu; Bo Yang; Wenjuan Tu; Liang Li

    2009-01-01

    Objective:To explore a new natural antibiotic. Methods:The chemical composition of the essential oil from Ganoderma japonicum (G. japonicum) mycelia was analyzed by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry(GC-MS). The antimicrobial activity of the oil was evaluated against eighteen microorganisms, including bacteria, mildew and yeast by using a disc diffusion method. Furthermore, the minimum inhibitory concentrations(MIC) and the minimum bactericidal concentrations(MBC) of the essential oil against twelve clinical pathogens were determined. Results:The main components of the oil were nerolidol, decadienal, linaiool and benzyl alcohol. The antimicrobial results indicated that the oil inhibited all the tested bacterium, especially Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in which the antibacterial activity exhibited a MBC of 1.03 mg/ml. Conclusion: The essential oil of G.japonicum mycelium has significant inhibitory activity. It is a potential medicinal resource that can be used as a natural antibiotic.

  9. The Use of Acid-Aluminium Tolerant Bradyrhizobium japonicum Inoculant for Soybean Grown on Acid Soils

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    ANGELIA REZTY FITRIANI SITUMORANG

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    Full Text Available Land with low pH soil spread widely in Indonesia can be used for soybean (Glycine max cultivation, although the production is low. The use of acid tolerant soybean and acid-Al tolerant nitrogen-fixing bacteria was an alternative way to increase soybean productivity on acid soils. This research was conducted to study the influence of acid-Al tolerant Bradyrhizobium japonicum on growth of Slamet cultivar soybean planted on acid soils in greenhouse. Three strains of acid-Al tolerant B. japonicum, i.e. BJ 11 (19, BJ 11 (5, and BJ 11 (wt, were used in this experiment. The result showed that inoculation of all acid-Al tolerant B. japonicum strains could increase plant height, shoot and root weight, number of flowers, pods, seeds, seeds dry weight, and shoot and seed nitrogen content.

  10. Morphogenesis of Pistillate Flowers of Cercidiphyllum japonicum (Cercidiphyllaceae)

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    Xiao-Ling Yan; Yi Ren; Xian-Hua Tian; Xiao-Hui Zhang

    2007-01-01

    Floral morphogenesis and the development of Cercidiphyllumjaponicum Sieb. et Zucc. were observed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The results showed that the pistillate inflorescences were congested spikes with the flowers arranged opposite. Great differences between the so-called "bract" and the vegetative leaf were observed both in morphogenesis and morphology. In morphogenesis, the "bract" primordium is crescent-shaped, truncated at the apex and not conduplicate,has no stipule primordium at the base but does have some inconspicuous teeth in the margin that are not glandular. The leaf primordium is triangular, cycloidal at the apex, conduplicate, has two stipule primordia at the base, has one gland-tooth at the apex occurring at first and some gland-teeth in the margin that occur later. In morphology, the "bract" is also different to the vegetative leaf in some characteristics that were also illustrated in the present paper. Based on the hypothesis that the bract is more similar to the vegetative leaf than the tepal, we considered that the so-called "bract" of C. japonicum might be the tepal of the pistillate flower in morphological nature. Therefore, each pistillate flower contains a tepal and a carpel.We did not find any trace of other floral organs in the morphogenesis of the pistillate flower. Therefore we considered that the unicarpellate status of extant Cercidiphyllum might be to highly reduce and advance characteristics that make the extant Cercidiphyllum isolated from both fossil Cercidiphyllum-like plants and its extant affinities.

  11. Construction of Hemoglobin Degradation Pathway of Schistosoma and Analysis of Conserved Domains of Pathway Key Enzymes%血吸虫血红蛋白降解途径的重构及关键酶蛋白保守结构域的分析

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    魏佳; 李园园; 李亦学; 于复东

    2011-01-01

    On the basis of hemoglobin degradation pathway of Plasmodium falciparum, hemoglobin degradation pathways of Schistosoma japonicum and Schistosoma mansoni were constructed using bioinformatic methods. Sequences and structures of conserved domains of pathway key enzymes were analyzed after pathway construction. The catalytic sites of predicted hemoglobinases of Schistosoma are highly conserved with Plasmodium in both sequence and structure level. This paper provides a theoretical foundation for Schistosoma hemoglobinase study, and analysis of their interactions with substrates or inhibitors in three-dimensional level.%利用生物信息学方法,以疟原虫的血红蛋白降解途径为基础,成功地构建出了日本血吸虫和曼氏血吸虫的血红蛋白降解途径,并对降解途径上的关键酶蛋白的保守结构域进行了序列及结构分析。预测得到的血吸虫血红蛋白降解酶保守结构域,与疟原虫相比,在序列上催化位点高度保守,在结构上空间相对位置较一致,为研究血吸虫血红蛋白降解酶,及其与底物或抑制剂在三维结构上的相互作用提供了理论基础。

  12. Complete genome sequence of the mitochondrial DNA of the river lamprey, Lethenteron japonicum.

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    Kawai, Yuri L; Yura, Kei; Shindo, Miyuki; Kusakabe, Rie; Hayashi, Keiko; Hata, Kenichiro; Nakabayashi, Kazuhiko; Okamura, Kohji

    2015-01-01

    Lampreys are eel-like jawless fishes evolutionarily positioned between invertebrates and vertebrates, and have been used as model organisms to explore vertebrate evolution. In this study we determined the complete genome sequence of the mitochondrial DNA of the Japanese river lamprey, Lethenteron japonicum, using next-generation sequencers. The sequence was 16,272 bp in length. The gene content and order were identical to those of the sea lamprey, Petromyzon marinus, which has been the reference among lamprey species. However, the sequence similarity was less than 90%, suggesting the need for the whole-genome sequencing of L. japonicum.

  13. Heart Block

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    ... the signal causes the heart to contract and pump blood. Heart block occurs if the electrical signal is ... degree heart block limits the heart's ability to pump blood to the rest of the body. This type ...

  14. Intermediate hosts of schistosoma mansoni in Brazil

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    Omar dos Santos Carvalho

    1992-01-01

    Full Text Available The Brazilian planorbidical chart is slowly but progressively been increased by new data. Distribution of vector species of Schistosoma mansoni, according to Paraense, 1986, may be thus resumed: Biomphalaria glabrata - delimited by paralells 13 and 21-S and meridians 39 and 45-W, area of greater dominance (Southerst Bahia, oriental half of Minas Gerais and Espírito Santo. It is observed along the coast line of the state of Sergipe, Alagoas, Pernambuco, Paraíba and Rio Grande do Norte. Starting from there, it is found towards the southwest, in the direction to the Sao Francisco River and South-Center of Minas Gerais. Isolated population may be observed in other states. Its presence is probably, associated to the transmission of schistosomiasis in all areas where it occurs. B. tenagophila - extends it self through a wide strip of coast-line the South of Bahia (17-45"S, 39-15'W, RS(33-41'S, 53-27'W. In Sao Paulo and Rio Grande do Sul states it is found further inland. It is important in schistosomiasis transmission in the Paraíba valley (SP. Isolated populations are observed in the Federal District and Minas Gerais state. B. straminea - better adapter species to climatic variation, having a more dense ditribution in the northeast (41-Wand 110-S, south of Bahia and northeast of Minas Gerais (150 and 180-S, 400 and 440-W It is less susceptible than B. glabrata, being however the most important responsible for the transmission of S. mansoni in the northeast, chiefly in the northeastern dry area, where it is almost the only transmissive species.

  15. Structural studies of Schistosoma mansoni adenylate kinases

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    Marques, I.A. [Universidade Federal de Goias (UFG), Goiania, GO (Brazil); Pereira, H.M.; Garrat, R.C. [Universidade de Sao Paulo (USP-SC), Sao Carlos, SP (Brazil)

    2012-07-01

    Full text: Parasitic diseases are a major cause of death in developing countries, however receive little or no attention from pharmaceutical companies for the development of novel therapies. In this respect, the Center for Structural Molecular Biology (CBME) of the Institute of Physics of Sao Carlos (IFSC / USP) has developed expertise in all stages of the development of active compounds against target enzymes from parasitic diseases. The present work focuses on the adenylate kinase enzymes (ADK's) from Schistosoma mansoni. These enzymes are widely distributed and catalyze the reaction of phosphoryl exchange between nucleotides in the reaction 2ADP to ATP + AMP, which is critical for the cells life cycle. Due to the particular property of the reaction catalyzed, the ADK's are recognized as reporters of the cells energetic state, translating small changes in the balance between ATP and ADP into a large change in concentration of AMP. The genome of S. mansoni was recently sequenced by the Sanger Center in England. On performing searches for genes encoding adenylate kinases we found two such genes. The corresponding gene products were named ADK1 (197 residues) and ADK2 (239 residues), and the two sequences share only 28 percent identity. Both have been cloned into the pET-28a(+)vector, expressed in E. coli and purified. Preliminary tests of activity have been performed only for ADK1 showing it to be catalytically active. Crystallization trials were performed for both proteins and thus far, crystals of ADK1 have been obtained which diffract to 2.05 at the LNLS beamline MX2 and the structure solved by molecular replacement. Understanding, at the atomic level, the function of these enzymes may help in the development of specific inhibitors and may provide tools for developing diagnostic tests for schistosomiasis. (author)

  16. Schistosoma mansoni egg glycoproteins : glycan structures and host immune responses

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    Meevissen, Moniek Hubertina Joanna

    2012-01-01

    Schistosomes are parasitic helminths that cause chronic infections in over 200 million people in tropical and sub-tropical areas around the world. Glycoproteins from the eggs of the parasite Schistosoma mansoni induce various immune responses in the human host, including T-cell modulation and granul

  17. Population Blocks.

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    Smith, Martin H.

    1992-01-01

    Describes an educational game called "Population Blocks" that is designed to illustrate the concept of exponential growth of the human population and some potential effects of overpopulation. The game material consists of wooden blocks; 18 blocks are painted green (representing land), 7 are painted blue (representing water); and the remaining…

  18. In vitro and in vivo activities of arachidonic acid against Schistosoma mansoni and Schistosoma haematobium.

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    El Ridi, Rashika; Aboueldahab, Marwa; Tallima, Hatem; Salah, Mohamed; Mahana, Noha; Fawzi, Samia; Mohamed, Shadia H; Fahmy, Omar M

    2010-08-01

    The development of arachidonic acid (ARA) for treatment of schistosomiasis is an entirely novel approach based on a breakthrough discovery in schistosome biology revealing that activation of parasite tegument-bound neutral sphingomyelinase (nSMase) by unsaturated fatty acids, such as ARA, induces exposure of parasite surface membrane antigens to antibody binding and eventual attrition of developing schistosomula and adult worms. Here, we demonstrate that 5 mM ARA leads to irreversible killing of ex vivo 1-, 3-, 4-, 5-, and 6-week-old Schistosoma mansoni and 9-, 10-, and 12-week-old Schistosoma haematobium worms within 3 to 4 h, depending on the parasite age, even when the worms were maintained in up to 50% fetal calf serum. ARA-mediated worm attrition was prevented by nSMase inhibitors, such as CaCl(2) and GW4869. Scanning and transmission electron microscopy revealed that ARA-mediated worm killing was associated with spine destruction, membrane blebbing, and disorganization of the apical membrane structure. ARA-mediated S. mansoni and S. haematobium worm attrition was reproduced in vivo in a series of 6 independent experiments using BALB/c or C57BL/6 mice, indicating that ARA in a pure form (Sigma) or included in infant formula (Nestle) consistently led to 40 to 80% decrease in the total worm burden. Arachidonic acid is already marketed for human use in the United States and Canada for proper development of newborns and muscle growth of athletes; thus, ARA has potential as a safe and cost-effective addition to antischistosomal therapy. PMID:20479203

  19. Isolation of genes (nif/hup cosmids) involved in hydrogenase and nitrogenase activities in Rhizobium japonicum.

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    Hom, S S; Graham, L A; Maier, R J

    1985-03-01

    Recombinant cosmids containing a Rhizobium japonicum gene involved in both hydrogenase (Hup) and nitrogenase (Nif) activities were isolated. An R. japonicum gene bank utilizing broad-host-range cosmid pLAFR1 was conjugated into Hup- Nif- R. japonicum strain SR139. Transconjugants containing the nif/hup cosmid were identified by their resistance to tetracycline (Tcr) and ability to grow chemoautotrophically (Aut+) with hydrogen. All Tcr Aut+ transconjugants possessed high levels of H2 uptake activity, as determined amperometrically. Moreover, all Hup+ transconjugants tested possessed the ability to reduce acetylene (Nif+) in soybean nodules. Cosmid DNAs from 19 Hup+ transconjugants were transferred to Escherichia coli by transformation. When the cosmids were restricted with EcoRI, 15 of the 19 cosmids had a restriction pattern with 13.2-, 4.0-, 3.0-, and 2.5-kilobase DNA fragments. Six E. coli transformants containing the nif/hup cosmids were conjugated with strain SR139. All strain SR139 transconjugants were Hup+ Nif+. Moreover, one nif/hup cosmid was transferred to 15 other R. japonicum Hup- mutants. Hup+ transconjugants of six of the Hup- mutants appeared at a frequency of 1.0, whereas the transconjugants of the other nine mutants remained Hup-. These results indicate that the nif/hup gene cosmids contain a gene involved in both nitrogenase and hydrogenase activities and at least one and perhaps other hup genes which are exclusively involved in H2 uptake activity.

  20. Plant recognition of Bradyrhizobium japonicum nod factors. Final report, September 15, 1992--March 14, 1997

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    Stacey, G.

    1998-01-01

    This grant had three objectives: (1) isolate and identify the unique nod factor metabolites made by different wild-type B. japonicum strains; (2) investigate the biological activity of these unique nod factors, especially as it relates to host range; and (3) initiate studies to define the mechanism of plant recognition of the nod factors. This report summarizes the results of this research.

  1. Bioactivity of miltefosine against aquatic stages of Schistosoma mansoni, Schistosoma haematobium and their snail hosts, supported by scanning electron microscopy

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    El Bardicy Samia

    2011-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Miltefosine, which is the first oral drug licensed for the treatment of leishmaniasis, was recently reported to be a promising lead compound for the synthesis of novel antischistosomal derivatives with potent activity in vivo against different developmental stages of Schistosoma mansoni. In this paper an in vitro study was carried out to investigate whether it has a biocidal activity against the aquatic stages of Schistosoma mansoni and its snail intermediate host, Biomphalaria alexandrina , thus being also a molluscicide. Additionally, to see whether miltefosine can have a broad spectrum antischistosomal activity, a similar in vitro study was carried out on the adult stage of Schistosoma haematobium, the second major human species, its larval stages and snail intermediate host, Bulinus truncutes. This was checked by scanning electron microscopy. Results Miltefosine proved to have in vitro ovicidal, schistolarvicidal and lethal activity on adult worms of both Schistosoma species and has considerable molluscicidal activity on their snail hosts. Scanning electron microscopy revealed several morphological changes on the different stages of the parasite and on the soft body of the snail, which further strengthens the current evidence of miltefosine's activity. This is the first report of mollusicidal activity of miltefosine and its in vitro schistosomicidal activity against S.haematobium. Conclusions This study highlights miltefosine not only as a potential promising lead compound for the synthesis of novel broad spectrum schistosomicidal derivatives, but also for molluscicidals.

  2. De novo transcriptome assembly of a fern, Lygodium japonicum, and a web resource database, Ljtrans DB.

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    Aya, Koichiro; Kobayashi, Masaaki; Tanaka, Junmu; Ohyanagi, Hajime; Suzuki, Takayuki; Yano, Kenji; Takano, Tomoyuki; Yano, Kentaro; Matsuoka, Makoto

    2015-01-01

    During plant evolution, ferns originally evolved as a major vascular plant with a distinctive life cycle in which the haploid and diploid generations are completely separated. However, the low level of genetic resources has limited studies of their physiological events, as well as hindering research on the evolutionary history of land plants. In this study, to identify a comprehensive catalog of transcripts and characterize their expression traits in the fern Lygodium japonicum, nine different RNA samples isolated from prothalli, trophophylls, rhizomes and sporophylls were sequenced using Roche 454 GS-FLX and Illumina HiSeq sequencers. The hybrid assembly of the high-quality 454 GS-FLX and Illumina HiSeq reads generated a set of 37,830 isoforms with an average length of 1,444 bp. Using four open reading frame (ORF) predictors, 38,142 representative ORFs were identified from a total of 37,830 transcript isoforms and 95 contigs, which were annotated by searching against several public databases. Furthermore, an orthoMCL analysis using the protein sequences of L. japonicum and five model plants revealed various sets of lineage-specific genes, including those detected among land plant lineages and those detected in only L. japonicum. We have also examined the expression patterns of all contigs/isoforms, along with the life cycle of L. japonicum, and identified the tissue-specific transcripts using statistical expression analyses. Finally, we developed a public web resource, the L. japonicum transcriptome database at http://bioinf.mind.meiji.ac.jp/kanikusa/, which provides important opportunities to accelerate molecular research in ferns.

  3. Lack of glyphosate resistance gene transfer from Roundup Ready soybean to Bradyrhizobium japonicum under field and laboratory conditions.

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    Isaza, Laura Arango; Opelt, Katja; Wagner, Tobias; Mattes, Elke; Bieber, Evi; Hatley, Elwood O; Roth, Greg; Sanjuán, Juan; Fischer, Hans-Martin; Sandermann, Heinrich; Hartmann, Anton; Ernst, Dieter

    2011-01-01

    A field study was conducted at the Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center to determine the effect of transgenic glyphosate-resistant soybean in combination with herbicide (Roundup) application on its endosymbiont Bradyrhizobium japonicum. DNA of bacteroids from isolated nodules was analysed for the presence of the transgenic 5-enolpyruvylshikimate-3-phosphate synthase (CP4-EPSPS) DNA sequence using polymerase chain reaction (PCR). To further assess the likelihood that the EPSPS gene may be transferred from the Roundup Ready (RR) soybean to B. japonicum, we have examined the natural transformation efficiency of B. japonicum strain 110spc4. Analyses of nodules showed the presence of the transgenic EPSPS DNA sequence. In bacteroids that were isolated from nodules of transgenic soybean plants and then cultivated in the presence of glyphosate this sequence could not be detected. This indicates that no stable horizontal gene transfer (HGT) of the EPSPS gene had occurred under field conditions. Under laboratory conditions, no natural transformation was detected in B. japonicum strain 110spc4 in the presence of various amounts of recombinant plasmid DNA. Our results indicate that no natural competence state exists in B. japonicum 110spc4. Results from field and laboratory studies indicate the lack of functional transfer of the CP4-EPSPS gene from glyphosate-tolerant soybean treated with glyphosate to root-associated B. japonicum.

  4. Indirect Effects of Oral Tolerance Inhibit Pulmonary Granulomas to Schistosoma mansoni Eggs

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    Geraldo Magela Azevedo

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Parenteral injection of tolerated proteins into orally tolerant mice inhibits the initiation of immunological responses to unrelated proteins and blocks severe chronic inflammatory reactions of immunological origin, such as autoimmune reactions. This inhibitory effect which we have called “indirect effects of oral tolerance” is also known as “bystander suppression.” Herein, we show that i.p. injection of OVA + Al(OH3 minutes before i.v. injection of Schistosoma mansoni eggs into OVA tolerant mice blocked the increase of pulmonary granulomas. In addition, the expression of ICAM-1 in lung parenchyma in areas outside the granulomas of OVA-orally tolerant mice was significantly reduced. However, at day 18 after granuloma induction there was no difference in immunofluorescency intensity to CD3, CD4, F4/80, andα-SMA per granuloma area of tolerant and control groups. Reduction of granulomas by reexposure to orally tolerated proteins was not correlated with a shift in Th-1/Th-2 cytokines in serum or lung tissue extract.

  5. In vivo activity of aryl ozonides against Schistosoma species.

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    Keiser, Jennifer; Ingram, Katrin; Vargas, Mireille; Chollet, Jacques; Wang, Xiaofang; Dong, Yuxiang; Vennerstrom, Jonathan L

    2012-02-01

    We evaluated the in vivo antischistosomal activities of 11 structurally diverse synthetic peroxides. Of all compounds tested, ozonide (1,2,4-trioxolane) OZ418 had the highest activity against adult Schistosoma mansoni, with total and female worm burden reductions of 80 and 90% (P < 0.05), respectively. Furthermore, treatment of S. haematobium-infected mice with OZ418 reduced the total worm burden by 86%. In conclusion, OZ418 is a promising antischistosomal lead compound. PMID:22106214

  6. In Vivo Activity of Aryl Ozonides against Schistosoma Species

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    Keiser, Jennifer; Ingram, Katrin; Vargas, Mireille; Chollet, Jacques; Wang, Xiaofang; Dong, Yuxiang; Vennerstrom, Jonathan L.

    2012-01-01

    We evaluated the in vivo antischistosomal activities of 11 structurally diverse synthetic peroxides. Of all compounds tested, ozonide (1,2,4-trioxolane) OZ418 had the highest activity against adult Schistosoma mansoni, with total and female worm burden reductions of 80 and 90% (P < 0.05), respectively. Furthermore, treatment of S. haematobium-infected mice with OZ418 reduced the total worm burden by 86%. In conclusion, OZ418 is a promising antischistosomal lead compound.

  7. Ultrastructural alterations in adult Schistosoma mansoni caused by artemether

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    Xiao Shuhua; Shen Binggui; Utzinger Jürg; Chollet Jacques; Tanner Marcel

    2002-01-01

    Progress has been made over the last decade with the development and clinical use of artemether as an agent against major human schistosome parasites. The tegument has been identified as a key target of artemether, implying detailed studies on ultrastructural damage induced by this compound. We performed a temporal examination, employing a transmission electron microscope to assess the pattern and extent of ultrastructural alterations in adult Schistosoma mansoni harboured in mice treated wit...

  8. Zitongxi Block

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    @@ Zitongxi Block (Western Zitong Block), is located in Zitong County, northwest of Sichuan Province (as shown on Fig. 8 ). Geologically. it is situated in the Zitong Depression, southwest of the middle Longmenshan faulted and folded belt, covering an area of 1 830 km2. Transportation is very convenient. A crisscross network of highways run through the block and the Baocheng railway is nearby. The climate is moderate. Most area belongs to hilly land with the elevation of 500-600 m.The Tongjiang River runs across the area.

  9. Spatially explicit Schistosoma infection risk in eastern Africa using Bayesian geostatistical modelling

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    Schur, Nadine; Hürlimann, Eveline; Stensgaard, Anna-Sofie;

    2013-01-01

    in a spatially explicit and cost-effective manner. We analysed a large ensemble of georeferenced survey data derived from an open-access neglected tropical diseases database to create smooth empirical prevalence maps for Schistosoma mansoni and Schistosoma haematobium for a total of 13 countries of eastern...

  10. 曼氏和日本血吸虫副肌球蛋白的抗原肽研究%Studies on Antigenic Peptides of Paramyosins of Schistosoma mansoni and Schistosoma japonicum

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    杨俊海; 许家喜

    2002-01-01

    副肌球蛋白是世界卫生组织选取的用来发展血吸虫疫苗的重要候选蛋白之一.在计算机辅助下,应用PCGene程序,根据曼氏和日本血吸虫副肌球蛋白的氨基酸序列,通过对其亲水性、柔韧性、可接近性和二级结构分析预测出8个抗原肽,并用固相法进行了合成.经Dot-ELISA法测定,其中的2个对抗日本血吸虫免疫球蛋白多克隆抗体(抗-Sj-IgG-PcAb)显示出抗原性,可作为抗血吸虫病合成多肽疫苗的候选肽段.

  11. Transmissible Resistance to Penicillin G, Neomycin, and Chloramphenicol in Rhizobium japonicum1

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    Cole, Michael A.; Elkan, Gerald H.

    1973-01-01

    The genetic basis for resistance to a number of antibiotics was examined in Rhizobium japonicum. Resistance to penicillin G, neomycin, and chloramphenicol appears to be mediated by an extrachromosomal element similar to that found in the Enterobacteriaceae. Resistance to these antibiotics was eliminated from cells by treatment with acridine orange, and resistance to all three antibiotics could be transferred en bloc to Agrobacterium tumefaciens under conditions excluding transformation or transduction as possible genetic mechanisms. PMID:4491197

  12. Flavonol tetraglycosides and other constituents from leaves of Styphnolobium japonicum (Leguminosae) and related taxa.

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    Kite, Geoffrey C; Stoneham, Charlotte A; Veitch, Nigel C

    2007-05-01

    Two flavonol tetraglycosides comprising a trisaccharide at C-3 and a monosaccharide at C-7 were isolated from the leaves of Styphnolobium japonicum (L.) Schott and characterised as the 3-O-alpha-rhamnopyranosyl(1-->2)[alpha-rhamnopyranosyl(1-->6)]-beta-glucopyranoside-7-O-alpha-rhamnopyranosides of quercetin and kaempferol. The 3-O-alpha-rhamnopyranosyl(1-->2)[alpha-rhamnopyranosyl(1-->6)]-beta-galactopyranoside-7-O-alpha-rhamnopyranoside of kaempferol, the 3-O-alpha-rhamnopyranosyl(1-->2)[alpha-rhamnopyranosyl(1-->6)]-beta-glucopyranosides of kaempferol and quercetin and the 3-O-alpha-rhamnopyranosyl(1-->2)[alpha-rhamnopyranosyl(1-->6)]-beta-galactopyranoside of kaempferol were also obtained from this species for the first time. Some or all of these flavonol tetra- and triglycosides were detected in 17 of 18 specimens of S. japonicum examined from living and herbarium material, although the most abundant flavonoid in the leaves was generally quercetin 3-O-alpha-rhamnopyranosyl(1-->6)-beta-glucopyranoside (rutin). The triglycosides, but not the tetraglycosides, were detected in herbarium specimens of Styphnolobium burseroides M. Sousa, Rudd & Medrano and Styphnolobium monteviridis M. Sousa & Rudd, but specimens of Styphnolobium affine (Torrey & A. Gray) Walp. contained a different profile of flavonol glycosides. The flavonol tetra- and triglycosides of S. japonicum were also present in leaves of Cladrastis kentukea (Dum. Cours.) Rudd, a representative of a genus placed close to Styphnolobium in current molecular phylogenies. An additional constituent obtained from leaves of Styphnolobium japonicum was identified as the maltol derivative, 3-hydroxy-2-methyl-4H-pyran-4-one 3-O-(4'-O-p-coumaroyl-6'-O-(3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaroyl))-beta-glucopyranoside. PMID:17462679

  13. Homologous modeling and function analysis on thioredoxin glutathione reductase from Schistosoma j aponicum%日本血吸虫硫氧还蛋白谷胱甘肽还原酶同源建模及功能分析

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    黄经纬; 郑予桐; 李家璜; 华子春

    2014-01-01

    目的:对日本血吸虫硫氧还蛋白谷胱甘肽还原酶(TGR)进行结构及功能分析。方法基于结构序列比较利用Swiss-Pdbviewer构建了日本血吸虫的TGR同源结构模型,并对模型进行结构评估;分析日本血吸虫TGR与底物结合时可能的位点,比较这些位点在不同来源TGR中的异同。结果日本血吸虫 TGR结构在 PROCHECK评估中被证实可靠;位点比较分析表明NADPH、GDS结合区是保守的位点;GSH结合区存在特异性。结论作用于GDS、NADPH结合区的其它来源的TGR抑制剂可能对日本血吸虫TGR也有作用;GSH结合区是设计寄生虫TGR特异性抑制剂的潜在靶点之一;TGR的C末端对电子传递起着重要作用并可能参与底物的结合,因而阻断日本血吸虫TGR的C末端摆动的抑制剂将可能有效地抑制日本血吸虫TGR活性。%To explore the structure and function of thioredoxin glutathione reductase (TGR) from Schistosoma j aponi-cum ,the homologous model of TGR in Schistosoma j aponicum was constructed by Swiss-Pdbviewer based on sequence and structure alignment .The potential substrates binding sites of TGR were analyzed and these sites of various TGRs were also as-sessed .Our results showed that the homologous model of Schistosoma japonicum TGR based on Schistosoma mansoni TGR structure was proved to be reasonable by PROCHECK program .Analysis of binding sites showed that NADPH and GDS bind-ing sites were conservative sites and GSH binding site was a specific site for parasite .Our data suggested that inhibitors which work in NADPH and GDS binding sites of other various TGRs may also interact with TGR form Schistosoma j aponicum .GSH binding region might be one of the potential targets for design of specific inhibitors of parasite TGRs .In addition ,C-terminal of TGR plays an important role in electron transfer and may participate in the binding of the substrate .Thus compound inhibiting swing of C-terminal could

  14. Functional diversity of Cercidiphyllum japonicum, communities in the Shennongjia Reserve, central China

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    Jintun Zhang; Bin Zhang; Zhiying Qian

    2015-01-01

    Functional diversity is significant to ecological processes of plant communities. We analyzed the variation of functional diversity of endangered species, Cercidi-phyllum japonicum, communities along an elevational gradient in the Shennongjia Reserve, central China. Sixty plots of 10 × 20 m from 1,350 to 2,050 m were set up and species composition, traits and environmental variables were measured and recorded. These data were analyzed using five functional diversity indices, functional attribute diversity, modified functional attribute diversity, plot based functional diversity, community based functional diversity and Rao’s functional diversity indices (Rao’s index), Functional diversities of C. japonicum communities were rich and varied greatly. Functional diversity declined non-linearly with increasing elevation. Functional diversity was significantly correlated with species richness and hetero-geneity. Elevation was a key environmental variable influencing functional diversity and species diversity. The five functional diversity indices were all effective for measuring functional diversity of communities. Functional diversity can be used as an indicator of conservation effi-ciency of endangered species such as C. japonicum.

  15. Bioactivity of miltefosine against aquatic stages of Schistosoma mansoni, Schistosoma haematobium and their snail hosts, supported by scanning electron microscopy

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    El Bardicy Samia; Eissa Maha M; Tadros Menerva

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    Abstract Background Miltefosine, which is the first oral drug licensed for the treatment of leishmaniasis, was recently reported to be a promising lead compound for the synthesis of novel antischistosomal derivatives with potent activity in vivo against different developmental stages of Schistosoma mansoni. In this paper an in vitro study was carried out to investigate whether it has a biocidal activity against the aquatic stages of Schistosoma mansoni and its snail intermediate host, Biompha...

  16. CO-INOCULAÇÃO E MODOS DE APLICAÇÃO DE Bradyrhizobium japonicum e Azospirillum brasilense E ADUBAÇÃO NITROGENADA NA NODULAÇÃO DAS PLANTAS E RENDIMENTO DA CULTURA DA SOJA

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    Alessandro Lucca Braccini

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available As new cultivation techniques arise, crops require the development of new technologies and management practices that aim higher yields with lower production cost. Thus, the objective of this study was to evaluate the efficiency of co-inoculation and different ways of application of Bradyrhizobium japonicum and Azospirillum brasilense and nitrogen fertilization on nodulation and yield of soybean. The experiment was established in November 2013 in an area located in the Iguatemi Experimental Farm, of State University of Maringá (UEM. The design was a randomized block with four replications. The treatments consisted of a control, fertilization with nitrogen (200 kg N ha-1, standard inoculation in seeds (liquid and peat inoculant, co-inoculation on seed and co-inoculation at sowing, using different doses of inoculant B. japonicum and A. brasilense. The following determinations were carried out in the field and in the laboratory: number of nodes at flowering, mass of nodules at flowering, the shoot dry mass, nitrogen content in the shoot, grain nitrogen content, number of pods/plant, thousand grain mass and yield. The results showed that inoculation through seed treatment with liquid inoculant presents an adequate option to farmers, in the conditions of this experiment. Nitrogen fertilization did not increase yield and yield components, being unnecessary.

  17. Functional characterization of the Bradyrhizobium japonicum modA and modB genes involved in molybdenum transport.

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    Delgado, María J; Tresierra-Ayala, Alvaro; Talbi, Chouhra; Bedmar, Eulogio J

    2006-01-01

    A modABC gene cluster that encodes an ABC-type, high-affinity molybdate transporter from Bradyrhizobium japonicum has been isolated and characterized. B. japonicum modA and modB mutant strains were unable to grow aerobically or anaerobically with nitrate as nitrogen source or as respiratory substrate, respectively, and lacked nitrate reductase activity. The nitrogen-fixing ability of the mod mutants in symbiotic association with soybean plants grown in a Mo-deficient mineral solution was severely impaired. Addition of molybdate to the bacterial growth medium or to the plant mineral solution fully restored the wild-type phenotype. Because the amount of molybdate required for suppression of the mutant phenotype either under free-living or under symbiotic conditions was dependent on sulphate concentration, it is likely that a sulphate transporter is also involved in Mo uptake in B. japonicum. The promoter region of the modABC genes has been characterized by primer extension. Reverse transcription and expression of a transcriptional fusion, P(modA)-lacZ, was detected only in a B. japonicum modA mutant grown in a medium without molybdate supplementation. These findings indicate that transcription of the B. japonicum modABC genes is repressed by molybdate.

  18. Ghost Block

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    Webb, Neil

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    Filmed on the English south coast 'Ghost Block' depicts the uncanny and eerie atmosphere at the site of a WW2 coastal defence line. The concrete cubes were used as an anti-invasion blockade against potential landing forces. This protection line now slowly decaying and becoming enmeshed into the environment still acts as a defence to repel unwanted visitors. The area is a natural reserve to nesting birds that often lay eggs directly onto the beach surface. The blocks act as a final barrier ...

  19. Epidural block

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    ... Drugs & Supplements Videos & Tools Español You Are Here: Home ... It numbs or causes a loss of feeling in the lower half your body. This lessens the pain of contractions during childbirth. An epidural block may also be used to ...

  20. Schistosoma spindale infection in a captive jackal (Canis aureus).

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    Vimalraj, P G; Latchumikanthan, A

    2015-03-01

    This report is based on the findings from a captive jackal (Canis aureus) housed in Amirthi Zoological Park, Javadu Hills, Vellore. The animal was reported to be dull, depressed and also had diarrhea. Fecal samples were collected in 10 % formalin and subjected to direct and sedimentation method of faecal examination and was examined for endoparasitic infection. Surprisingly, fecal examination revealed two spindle shaped eggs having terminal spine with a size of 250μ by 60μ. The eggs were identified as belonging to Schistosoma spindale and as per the standard keys (Soulsby 1982). PMID:25698875

  1. Serodiagnosis of Schistosoma mansoni infections in an endemic area of Burkina Faso: performance of several immunological tests with different parasite antigens.

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    Sorgho, Hermann; Bahgat, Mahmoud; Poda, Jean-Noel; Song, Wenjian; Kirsten, Christa; Doenhoff, Michael J; Zongo, Issaka; Ouédraogo, Jean-Bosco; Ruppel, Andreas

    2005-02-01

    The performance of indirect haemagglutination assays (IHA), enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays (ELISA) and indirect immunofluorescent antibody tests (IFAT) were compared with 450 sera from a Schistosoma mansoni-endemic area in Burkina Faso. All participants in this survey provided at least one sample each of stool, urine and serum. From those with an egg-negative Kato-Katz thick smear, a second stool sample was examined. IHA was based on either extracts of adult S. mansoni worms (SmIHA) or S. japonicum egg antigen (SjIHA). For ELISA, three antigen preparations were used, namely: (i) soluble S. mansoni adult worm antigens (SWAP); (ii) soluble S. mansoni egg antigens (SEA); and (iii) a cationic exchange fraction of S. mansoni eggs (CEF6). IFAT was performed with S. mansoni male worm sections. Among the egg-excretors, the sensitivity of ELISA was high and egg antigens performed slightly better (SEA, 96%; CEF6, 97%) than worm antigen (94%). Sensitivity of IHA was satisfactory with homologous (Sm, >85%), but not heterologous (Sj, 56%) parasite antigen. In IFAT, the parenchyma-associated fluorescence showed high sensitivity (95%), but gut-associated fluorescence, which is known to be a sensitive diagnostic marker for schistosome-infected European travelers, was observed only in 76% of a sub-sample of 100 of the endemic sera. Among sera from egg-negative individuals, many gave positive reactions in several or all of the tests employed. These reactions (formally "false positive") are considered to represent true infections, since chemotherapy had not yet been delivered to this population. For the purpose of further surveys in Burkina Faso or other resource-poor settings, we suggest IHA as an accurate diagnostic test and propose to further improve its performance by including egg rather than worm antigens.

  2. Detection of Schistosoma mansoni and Schistosoma haematobium by Real-Time PCR with High Resolution Melting Analysis

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    Hany Sady

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available The present study describes a real-time PCR approach with high resolution melting-curve (HRM assay developed for the detection and differentiation of Schistosoma mansoni and S. haematobium in fecal and urine samples collected from rural Yemen. The samples were screened by microscopy and PCR for the Schistosoma species infection. A pair of degenerate primers were designed targeting partial regions in the cytochrome oxidase subunit I (cox1 gene of S. mansoni and S. haematobium using real-time PCR-HRM assay. The overall prevalence of schistosomiasis was 31.8%; 23.8% of the participants were infected with S. haematobium and 9.3% were infected with S. mansoni. With regards to the intensity of infections, 22.1% and 77.9% of S. haematobium infections were of heavy and light intensities, respectively. Likewise, 8.1%, 40.5% and 51.4% of S. mansoni infections were of heavy, moderate and light intensities, respectively. The melting points were distinctive for S. mansoni and S. haematobium, categorized by peaks of 76.49 ± 0.25 °C and 75.43 ± 0.26 °C, respectively. HRM analysis showed high detection capability through the amplification of Schistosoma DNA with as low as 0.0001 ng/µL. Significant negative correlations were reported between the real-time PCR-HRM cycle threshold (Ct values and microscopic egg counts for both S. mansoni in stool and S. haematobium in urine (p < 0.01. In conclusion, this closed-tube HRM protocol provides a potentially powerful screening molecular tool for the detection of S. mansoni and S. haematobium. It is a simple, rapid, accurate, and cost-effective method. Hence, this method is a good alternative approach to probe-based PCR assays.

  3. Infecção natural de roedores silvestres pelo Schistosoma mansoni Natural infection of sylvatic rodents by Schistosoma mansoni

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    Tânia Maria Correa Silva; Zilton A. Andrade

    1989-01-01

    No município baiano de Planalto, 47% dos roedores silvestres capturados (Nectomys) estavam infectados pelo Schistosoma mansoni, enquanto a prevalência desta infecção na população humana da área era de 3,26%. Os roedores habitam zonas peridomiciliares, têm hábitos aquáticos e eliminam ovos viáveis do S. mansoni. Albergam número variável de vermes e formam granulomas periovulares pequenos, principalmente no fígado e intestinos, sem fibrose hepática importante ou sinais de hipertensão porta. A d...

  4. Huhe Block

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    @@ Huhe Block is located in the mid-west part of Inner Mogolia Autonomous Region, covering an area of 15 079km2, in the range of 109°40'-112°00'E and 39°23()-40°40'N. Topographically. the Fengzhen hill is to the east, the Yinshan Mounts is to the north, the Hetao Plain and Ordos Plateau are respectively in its west and south.The Yellow River flows across this block. The elevation is 1 000 m in the flat area and in the range of 1 000-1 300m. in the plateau area, good for the development of agriculture and industry as well as husbandry. It belongs to inland plateau climate with annually averaged temperature of 8℃, the minimum being -12℃ in winter and the maximum 22℃ in summer.

  5. The hmuQ and hmuD Genes from Bradyrhizobium japonicum Encode Heme-Degrading Enzymes

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    Puri, Sumant; O'Brian, Mark R.

    2006-01-01

    Utilization of heme by bacteria as a nutritional iron source involves the transport of exogenous heme, followed by cleavage of the heme macrocycle to release iron. Bradyrhizobium japonicum can use heme as an iron source, but no heme-degrading oxygenase has been described. Here, bioinformatics analyses of the B. japonicum genome identified two paralogous genes renamed hmuQ (bll7075) and hmuD (bll7423) that encode proteins with weak similarity to the heme-degrading monooxygenase IsdG from Staph...

  6. Oxygen-dependent catabolism of indole-3-acetic acid in Bradyrhizobium japonicum

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    Egebo, L A; Nielsen, S V; Jochimsen, B U

    1991-01-01

    Some strains of Bradyrhizobium japonicum have the ability to catabolize indole-3-acetic acid (IAA). Examination of this catabolism in strain 110 by in vivo experiments has revealed an enzymatic activity catalyzing the degradation of IAA and 5-hydroxy-indole-3-acetic acid. The activity requires...... an oxygen-consuming opening of the indole ring analogous to the one catalyzed by tryptophan 2,3-dioxygenase. The pattern of metabolite usage by known tryptophan-auxotrophic mutants and studies of metabolites by high-performance liquid chromatography indicate that anthranilic acid is a terminal degradation...

  7. Gynecological Manifestations, Histopathological Findings, and Schistosoma-Specific Polymerase Chain Reaction Results Among Women With Schistosoma haematobium Infection: A Cross-sectional Study in Madagascar

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    Randrianasolo, Bodo Sahondra; Jourdan, Peter Mark; Ravoniarimbinina, Pascaline; Ramarokoto, Charles Emile; Rakotomanana, Fanjasoa; Ravaoalimalala, Vololomboahangy Elisabeth; Gundersen, Svein Gunnar; Feldmeier, Hermann; Vennervald, Birgitte Jyding; van Lieshout, Lisette; Roald, Borghild; Leutscher, Peter; Kjetland, Eyrun Floerecke

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    Background. The pathophysiology of female genital schistosomiasis (FGS) is only partially understood. This study aims to describe the histopathological findings, polymerase chain reaction (PCR) results, and gynecological manifestations of FGS in women with different intensities of Schistosoma haematobium infection. Methods. Women aged 15–35 years living in an S. haematobium-endemic area in Madagascar underwent pelvic and colposcopic examinations. Small biopsy specimens were obtained from lesions and examined histopathologically. Schistosoma PCR was done on urine, biopsy, cervicovaginal lavage, and genital mucosal surface specimens. Results. Sandy patches and rubbery papules were found in 41 of 118 women (35%). Rubbery papules reflected an intense cellular immune reaction dominated by eosinophils, epithelial erosion, and viable ova. There was a significant decrease in the prevalence of rubbery papules with age, even after adjustment for urinary ova excretion. The sandy patches with grains showed moderate cellular immune reaction and ova (viable and/or calcified). They were most prevalent in cases with low-intensity urinary S. haematobium infection. Forty-two percent of women with Schistosoma-negative urine specimens had at least 1 genital specimen test positive for Schistosoma by PCR. Conclusions. The results indicate a diversity of lesions caused by S. haematobium and a dynamic evolution of the genital lesions. Schistosoma PCR may give an indication of the diagnosis. PMID:25725656

  8. Identification of the Schistosoma mansoni Molecular Target for the Antimalarial Drug Artemether

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    Lepore, Rosalba

    2011-11-28

    Plasmodium falciparum and Schistosoma mansonii are the parasites responsible for most of the malaria and schistosomiasis cases in the world. Notwithstanding their many differences, the two agents have striking similarities in that they both are blood feeders and are targets of an overlapping set of drugs, including the well-known artemether molecule. Here we explore the possibility of using the known information about the mode of action of artemether in Plasmodium to identify the molecular target of the drug in Schistosoma and provide evidence that artemether binds to SmSERCA, a putative Ca2+-ATPase of Schistosoma. We also predict the putative binding mode of the molecule for both its Plasmodium and Schistosoma targets. Our analysis of the mode of binding of artemether to Ca2+-ATPases also provides an explanation for the apparent paradox that, although the molecule has no side effect in humans, it has been shown to possess antitumoral activity. © 2011 American Chemical Society.

  9. The bladder carcinoma secondary to schistosoma mansoni infection: A case report with review of the literature

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    Murat Can Kiremit

    2015-01-01

    Conclusion: Regarding the increasing travels all around the world, clinicians should remember that Schistosoma infection is certainly a part of the differential diagnosis of bladder carcinoma, even if the patients are not from endemic regions.

  10. Molecular confirmation of Schistosoma and family relationship in two ancient Egyptian mummies

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    Matheson, C. D.; David, R; Spigelman, M.; Donoghue, H. D.

    2014-01-01

    Egg morphology and immunocytochemistry have identified schistosomiasis in ancient Egypt. Our study aimedbto detect and characterize schistosomal DNA in mummified human tissue. Liver samples from the mummy Nekht-Ankh (c. 3900 BP) and intestinal samples from Khnum-Nakht, possibly his brother, were analyzed using PCR primers suitable for fragmented ancient DNA, specific for either Schistosoma mansoni or Schistosoma haematobium. Mitochondrial primers examined any relationship between the supposed...

  11. Schistosome syntenin partially protects vaccinated mice against Schistosoma mansoni infection.

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    Barbara C Figueiredo

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available Schistosomiasis is a neglected tropical disease caused by several species of trematode of the genus Schistosoma. The disease affects more than 200 million people in the world and causes up to 280,000 deaths per year, besides having high morbidity due to chronic illness that damages internal organs. Current schistosomiasis control strategies are mainly based on chemotherapy, but many researchers believe that the best long-term strategy to control disease is a combination of drug treatment and immunization with an anti-schistosome vaccine. Among the most promising molecules as vaccine candidates are the proteins present in the tegument and digestive tract of the parasite.In this study, we describe for the first time Schistosoma mansoni syntenin (SmSynt and we evaluate its potential as a recombinant vaccine. We demonstrate by real-time PCR that syntenin is mainly expressed in intravascular life stages (schistosomula and adult worms of the parasite life cycle and, by confocal microscopy, we localize it in digestive epithelia in adult worms and schistosomula. Administration of siRNAs targeting SmSynt leads to the knock-down of syntenin gene and protein levels, but this has no demonstrable impact on parasite morphology or viability, suggesting that high SmSynt gene expression is not essential for the parasites in vitro. Mice immunization with rSmSynt, formulated with Freund's adjuvant, induces a Th1-type response, as suggested by the production of IFN-γ and TNF-α by rSmSynt-stimulated cultured splenocytes. The protective effect conferred by vaccination with rSmSynt was demonstrated by 30-37% reduction of worm burden, 38-43% reduction in the number, and 35-37% reduction in the area, of liver granulomas.Our report is the first characterization of syntenin in Schistosoma mansoni and our data suggest that this protein is a potential candidate for the development of a multi-antigen vaccine to control schistosomiasis.

  12. Catabolism of indole-3-acetic acid and 4- and 5-chloroindole-3-acetic acid in Bradyrhizobium japonicum

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    Jensen, J B; Egsgaard, H; Van Onckelen, H;

    1995-01-01

    Some strains of Bradyrhizobium japonicum have the ability to catabolize indole-3-acetic acid. Indoleacetic acid (IAA), 4-chloro-IAA (4-Cl-IAA), and 5-Cl-IAA were metabolized to different extents by strains 61A24 and 110. Metabolites were isolated and analyzed by high-performance liquid chromatogr...

  13. Condiloma acuminado anal com ovos de Schistosoma mansoni em paciente HIV-positivo Condilomata acuminata with Schistosoma eggs in HIV-positive patient

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    Fabiana Pirani Carneiro

    2007-06-01

    Full Text Available Condiloma acuminado e ovos de Schistosoma são freqüentemente encontrados na região anal, mas não há nenhum caso descrito de associação dessas doenças nessa região. No colo uterino a associação de infecção por HPV (vírus do papiloma humano e ovos de Schistosoma em paciente HIV (vírus da imunodeficiência humana-positivo já foi relatada e há evidências de que essa associação possa alterar a história natural dessas doenças. Assim como no colo uterino, é possível que essa interação também ocorra na região anal. Nosso objetivo, portanto, é relatar um caso de condiloma anal em paciente HIV-positivo, que foi submetido a ressecção cirúrgica e que apresentou no exame histopatológico numerosos ovos de Schistosoma mansoni.Condilomata acuminata and Schistosoma eggs are frequently found in the anal region, but there is no report about the association of these diseases in this region. The association of HPV infection and Schistosoma eggs in an HIV-positive patient was found in uterine cervix and there is evidence suggesting that this association can alters the natural history of these diseases. Like in the cervix, it is possible that this interaction also occurs in the anal region. So, we report a case of anal Condilomata acuminata, in an HIV-positive patient, that was ressected and contained on histopathologic examination, multiple Schistosoma eggs.

  14. [Iron regulation of gene expression in the Bradyrhizobium japonicum/soybean symbiosis]. Progress report

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    Guerinot, M.L.

    1992-06-01

    We wish to address the question of whether iron plays a regulatory role in the Bradyrhizobium japonicum/soybeam symbiosis. Iron may be an important regulatory signal in planta as the bacteria must acquire iron from their plant hosts and iron-containing proteins figure prominently in all nitrogen-fixing symbioses. For example, the bacterial partner is believed to synthesize the heme moiety of leghemoglobin, which may represent as much as 25--30% of the total soluble protein in an infected plant cell. For this reason, we have focused our attention on the regulation by iron of the first step in the bacterial heme biosynthetic pathway. The enzyme which catalyzes this step, 5-aminolevulinic acid synthase, is encoded by the hemA gene which we had previously cloned and sequenced. Specific objectives include: to define the cis-acting sequences which confer iron regulation on the B. japonicum hemA gene; to identify trans-acting factors which regulate the expression of hemA by iron; to identify new loci which are transcriptionally responsive to changes in iron availability; and to examine the effects of mutations in various known regulatory genes for their effect on the expression of hemA.

  15. (Iron regulation of gene expression in the Bradyrhizobium japonicum/soybean symbiosis)

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    Guerinot, M.L.

    1992-01-01

    We wish to address the question of whether iron plays a regulatory role in the Bradyrhizobium japonicum/soybeam symbiosis. Iron may be an important regulatory signal in planta as the bacteria must acquire iron from their plant hosts and iron-containing proteins figure prominently in all nitrogen-fixing symbioses. For example, the bacterial partner is believed to synthesize the heme moiety of leghemoglobin, which may represent as much as 25--30% of the total soluble protein in an infected plant cell. For this reason, we have focused our attention on the regulation by iron of the first step in the bacterial heme biosynthetic pathway. The enzyme which catalyzes this step, 5-aminolevulinic acid synthase, is encoded by the hemA gene which we had previously cloned and sequenced. Specific objectives include: to define the cis-acting sequences which confer iron regulation on the B. japonicum hemA gene; to identify trans-acting factors which regulate the expression of hemA by iron; to identify new loci which are transcriptionally responsive to changes in iron availability; and to examine the effects of mutations in various known regulatory genes for their effect on the expression of hemA.

  16. Mitigation of nitrous oxide emissions from soils by Bradyrhizobium japonicum inoculation

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    Itakura, Manabu; Uchida, Yoshitaka; Akiyama, Hiroko; Hoshino, Yuko Takada; Shimomura, Yumi; Morimoto, Sho; Tago, Kanako; Wang, Yong; Hayakawa, Chihiro; Uetake, Yusuke; Sánchez, Cristina; Eda, Shima; Hayatsu, Masahito; Minamisawa, Kiwamu

    2013-03-01

    Nitrous oxide (N2O) is a greenhouse gas that is also capable of destroying the ozone layer. Agricultural soil is the largest source of N2O (ref. ). Soybean is a globally important leguminous crop, and hosts symbiotic nitrogen-fixing soil bacteria (rhizobia) that can also produce N2O (ref. ). In agricultural soil, N2O is emitted from fertilizer and soil nitrogen. In soybean ecosystems, N2O is also emitted from the degradation of the root nodules. Organic nitrogen inside the nodules is mineralized to NH4+, followed by nitrification and denitrification that produce N2O. N2O is then emitted into the atmosphere or is further reduced to N2 by N2O reductase (N2OR), which is encoded by the nosZ gene. Pure culture and vermiculite pot experiments showed lower N2O emission by nosZ+ strains and nosZ++ strains (mutants with increased N2OR activity) of Bradyrhizobium japonicum than by nosZ- strains. A pot experiment using soil confirmed these results. Although enhancing N2OR activity has been suggested as a N2O mitigation option, this has never been tested in the field. Here, we show that post-harvest N2O emission from soybean ecosystems due to degradation of nodules can be mitigated by inoculation of nosZ+ and non-genetically modified organism nosZ++ strains of B. japonicum at a field scale.

  17. Complete Genome Sequence of the Soybean Symbiont Bradyrhizobium japonicum Strain USDA6T

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    Nobukazu Uchiike

    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available The complete nucleotide sequence of the genome of the soybean symbiont Bradyrhizobium japonicum strain USDA6T was determined. The genome of USDA6T is a single circular chromosome of 9,207,384 bp. The genome size is similar to that of the genome of another soybean symbiont, B. japonicum USDA110 (9,105,828 bp. Comparison of the whole-genome sequences of USDA6T and USDA110 showed colinearity of major regions in the two genomes, although a large inversion exists between them. A significantly high level of sequence conservation was detected in three regions on each genome. The gene constitution and nucleotide sequence features in these three regions indicate that they may have been derived from a symbiosis island. An ancestral, large symbiosis island, approximately 860 kb in total size, appears to have been split into these three regions by unknown large-scale genome rearrangements. The two integration events responsible for this appear to have taken place independently, but through comparable mechanisms, in both genomes.

  18. Differentiation of Cirsium japonicum and C. setosum by TLC and HPLC-MS.

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    Ganzera, Markus; Pöcher, Astrid; Stuppner, Hermann

    2005-01-01

    The Chinese Pharmacopoeia indicates the use of field thistle (Cirsium setosum) and Japanese field thistle (C. japonicum) in the treatment of bleeding and inflammation. In the absence of an analytical method for the differentiation and analysis of these two species, TLC and HPLC-MS methods have been developed for this purpose. Both species could be readily distinguished by their flavonoid pattern as revealed by TLC on silica gel layers eluted with ethyl acetate:formic acid:acetic acid:water. The quantitative determination of four flavonoids, namely hispidulin-7-neohesperidoside, linarin, pectolinarin and luteolin, was possible using HPLC. Their optimum separation was achieved on a C12 column eluted with water and 0.025% trifluoroacetic acid in acetonitrile. HPLC-MS experiments were performed to confirm peak identity. In samples of C. japonicum, pectolinarin was the major flavonoid (0.32-2.00%), followed by linarin, hispidulin-7-neohesperidoside and luteolin; the total flavonoid content varied from 0.81 to 3.67%. In C. setosum only one flavonoid (linarin; 1.36-2.83%) was assignable. The HPLC method was validated for linearity, limit of detection (< or = 1.7 ng on-column), peak purity, repeatability (< or = 2.3%) and accuracy (recovery rates of spiked samples were between 99.2 and 101.6%).

  19. Strain selection for improvement of Bradyrhizobium japonicum competitiveness for nodulation of soybean.

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    Althabegoiti, María Julia; López-García, Silvina L; Piccinetti, Carlos; Mongiardini, Elías J; Pérez-Giménez, Julieta; Quelas, Juan Ignacio; Perticari, Alejandro; Lodeiro, Aníbal R

    2008-05-01

    A Bradyrhizobium japonicum USDA 110-derived strain able to produce wider halos in soft-agar medium than its parental strain was obtained by recurrent selection. It was more chemotactic than the wild type towards mannitol and three amino acids. When cultured in minimal medium with mannitol as a single carbon-source, it had one thick subpolar flagellum as the wild type, plus several other flagella that were thinner and sinusoidal. Root adsorption and infectivity in liquid media were 50-100% higher for the selected strain, but root colonization in water-unsaturated vermiculite was similar to the wild type. A field experiment was then carried out in a soil with a naturalized population of 1.8 x 10(5) soybean-nodulating rhizobia g of soil(-1). Bradyrhizobium japonicum strains were inoculated either on the soybean seeds or in the sowing furrows. Nodule occupation was doubled when the strains were inoculated in the sowing furrows with respect to seed inoculation (significant with P<0.05). On comparing strains, nodule occupation with seed inoculation was 6% or 10% for the wild type or selected strains, respectively, without a statistically significant difference, while when inoculated in the sowing furrows, nodule occupation increased to 12% and 22%, respectively (differences significant with P<0.05). PMID:18336548

  20. The effect of Zymomonas mobilis culture on experimental Schistosoma mansoni infection O efeito da cultura de Zymomonas mobilis na infecção experimental por Schistosoma mansoni

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    Juliana de Fátima Macedo Santos

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    Full Text Available C57Bl/10 male mice infected with Schistosoma mansoni were distributed into mixed, prophylactic and curative groups. A culture of Zymomonas mobilis was orally administered to mice. A 61% protection from the infection was observed in the curative group (p Camundongos C57Bl/10 do sexo masculino, infectados com Schistosoma mansoni foram distribuídos nos grupos misto, profilático e curativo. Cultura de Zymomonas mobilis foi administrada oralmente aos camundongos. Uma proteção de 61% foi observada no grupo curativo (p<0,05. Os estudos histopatológicos dos fígados e intestinos mostraram resultados similares.

  1. Schistosoma mansoni cercariae exploit an elastohydrodynamic coupling to swim efficiently

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    Krishnamurthy, Deepak; Bhargava, Arjun; Prakash, Manu

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    The motility of many parasites is critical for the infection process of their host, as exemplified by the transmission cycle of the blood fluke Schistosoma mansoni. In their human infectious stage, immature, submillimetre-scale forms of the parasite known as cercariae swim in freshwater and infect humans by penetrating through the skin. This infection causes Schistosomiasis, a parasitic disease that is comparable to malaria in its global socio-economic impact. Given that cercariae do not feed and hence have a finite lifetime of around 12 hours, efficient motility is crucial for the parasite's survival and transmission of Schistosomiasis. However, a first-principles understanding of how cercariae swim is lacking. Via a combined experimental, theoretical and robotics based approach, we demonstrate that cercariae propel themselves against gravity by exploiting a unique elastohydrodynamic coupling. We show that cercariae beat their tail in a periodic fashion while maintaining a fixed flexibility near their poster...

  2. [Schistosoma mansoni in the context of the Brazilian health policy].

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    Tibiriçá, Sandra Helena Cerrato; Guimarães, Frederico Baêta; Teixeira, Maria Teresa Bustamente

    2011-01-01

    There are many factors involved in the determination of the emergence and reemergence of infectious diseases. In the case of Schistosomiasis biological factors are highlighted as related to the habitat, to the microorganisms and hosts adaptations and mutations, to the immunologic reply of the host and to the bio-ecology adaptations of intermediate hosts. These are added to the not less important factors related to the management politics, occupation of the environment and allocation of financial resources. Brazil congregates, today, an important echo-epidemiologic conditions for the reemergence of Schistosomiasis. The expansion of its borders reaches the urban and agricultural environments, destined to work or leisure, also damaging income sectors as the ecotourism. The advances in the researches concerning the intermediate and definitive hosts of the Schistosoma mansoni, to change them into public benefits, need the public sustainability, compromised, interdisciplinary, and strengthened in the government's different spheres. The organized civil society has fundamental paper in the control of the government actions.

  3. Cercarial emergence pattern of Schistosoma haematobium from Libreville, Gabon.

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    Mintsa-Nguéma, Rodrigue; Moné, Hélène; Ibikounlé, Moudachirou; Mengué-Ngou-Milama, Krystina; Kombila, Maryvonne; Mouahid, Gabriel

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    Although schistosomiasis has been a public health issue in Gabon for nearly a century, little is known about its current transmission dynamics. We analyzed the chronobiology of 137 cercarial emission profiles of Schistosoma haematobium from Libreville, the capital of Gabon, located in an open area for schistosomiasis. We found that 88% of the cercariae were shed between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. and that the average pattern was of circadian type, with the average peak at 1 p.m., and representing 27% of the total number of cercariae of the day. The rhythms of emergence may be associated with environmental pressures on the parasite, especially those related to their definitive hosts.

  4. Structural bioinformatics study of PNP from Schistosoma mansoni

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    The parasite Schistosoma mansoni lacks the de novo pathway for purine biosynthesis and depends on salvage pathways for its purine requirements. Schistosomiasis is endemic in 76 countries and territories and amongst the parasitic diseases ranks second after malaria in terms of social and economic impact and public health importance. The PNP is an attractive target for drug design and it has been submitted to extensive structure-based design. The atomic coordinates of the complex of human PNP with inosine were used as template for starting the modeling of PNP from S. mansoni complexed with inosine. Here we describe the model for the complex SmPNP-inosine and correlate the structure with differences in the affinity for inosine presented by human and S. mansoni PNPs

  5. A potential vector of Schistosoma mansoni in Uruguay Um vetor potencial do Schistosoma mansoni no Uruguai

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    W. Lobato Paraense

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    Full Text Available Susceptibily experiments were carried out with a Biomphalaria straminea-like planorbid snail (Biomphalaria aff. straminea, species inquirenda from Espinillar, near Salto (Uruguay, in the area of the Salto Grande reservoir, exposed individually to 5 miracidia of Schistosoma mansoni (SJ2 and BH2 strains. Of 130 snails exposed to the SJ2 strain, originally infective to Biomphalaria tenagophila, 30 became infected (23%. The prepatent (precercaria period ranged from 35 to 65 days. The cercarial output was irregular, following no definite pattern, varying from 138 to 76,075 per snail (daily average 4.3 to 447.5 and ending up with death. Three specimens that died, without having shed cercarie, on days 69 (2 and 80 after exposure to miracidia, had developing secondary sporocysts in their tissues, justifying the prospect of a longer precercarial period in these cases. In a control group of 120 B. teangophila, exposed to the SJ2 strain, 40 became infected, showing an infection rate (33.3% not significantly different from that of the Espinillar snail (X [raised to the power of] 2 = 3.26. No cercarie were produced by any of the Espinilar snails exposed to miracidia of the BH2 strain, originally infective to Biomphalaria glabrata. Four specimens showed each a primary sporocyst in one tentacle, which disappeared between 15 and 25 days post-exposure, and two others died with immature, very slender sporocysts in their tissues on days 36 and 54. In a control group of 100 B. glabrata exposed to BH2 miracidia, 94 shed cercariae (94% and 6 remained negative. Calculation of Frandsen's (1979a, b TCP/100 index shows that "Espinillar Biomphalaria-SJ2 S. mansoni" is a vector-parasite "compatible" combination. Seeing that tenagophila-borne schistosomiasis is prevalent in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo states and has recently spread sothwards to Santa Catarina state, and the range of B. tenagophila overlaps taht of the Espinillar Biomphalaria, the possibility of

  6. A cyclohexanecarboxamide derivative with inhibitory effects on Schistosoma mansoni cercarial serine protease and penetration of mice skin by the parasite.

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    Bahgat, Mahmoud; Aboul-Enein, Mohamed N; El Azzouny, Aida A; Maghraby, Amany; Ruppel, Andreas; Soliman, Wael M

    2009-01-01

    A cyclohexanecarboxamide derivative, N-phenyl-N-[1-(piperidine-1-carbonyl)cyclohexyl] benzamide (MNRC-5), was evaluated for its inhibitory effects on Schistosoma mansoni cercarial serine protease activity and cercarial penetration. MNRC-5 exerted an inhibitory effect on S. mansoni cercarial serine protease at serial concentrations of the specific chromogenic substrate Boc-Val-Leu-Gly-Arg-PNA for such enzyme family and the inhibitory coefficient (Ki) value was deduced. Moreover, topical treatment of mice tails with the most potent inhibitory concentration of MNRC-5 formulated in jojoba oil successfully blocked cercarial penetration as demonstrated by a significant reduction (75%; p jojoba oil base containing no MNRC-5. In addition, the IgM and IgG reactivities to crude S. mansoni cercarial, worm and egg antigens were generally lower in sera from treated infected mice than untreated infected mice. In conclusion, we report on a new serine protease inhibitor capable for blocking penetration of host skin by S. mansoni cercariae as measured by lowering worm burden and decrease in the levels of both IgM and IgG towards different bilharzial antigens upon topical treatment.

  7. [Effect of plant growth regulators on physiological activity of Bradyrhizobium japonicum ].

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    Leonova, N O; Tytova, L V; Tantsiurenko, O V; Antypchuk, A F

    2005-01-01

    Influence of plant growth regulators Ivin, Emistim C, Eney and Agrostimulin on the biomass production and exopolymers synthesis of soybean nodule bacteria, which have contrasting symbiotic properties, and glutamine synthetase activity of their cell-free extracts were studied. It was shown that the processes of the biomass and exopolymers accumulation had an opposite direction. Of all preparations only Ivin and Agrostimulin intensificol growth activity of the microorganisms under study. The level of glutamine synthetase activity and this enzymatic reaction specificity to the bivalent metal ions were determined by the special features of Bradyrhizobium strains and nature of the plant growth regulators. Only in the presence of Eney the increase of glutamine synthetase activity of both cultures of Bradyrhizobium japonicum was established.

  8. Quantitative Phosphoproteomic Analysis of Soybean Root Hairs Inoculated with Bradyrhizobium japonicum

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    Nguyen, Tran H.; Brechenmacher, Laurent; Aldrich, Joshua T.; Clauss, Therese RW; Gritsenko, Marina A.; Hixson, Kim K.; Libault, Marc; Tanaka, Kiwamu; Yang, Feng; Yao, Qiuming; Pasa-Tolic, Ljiljana; Xu, Dong; Nguyen, Henry T.; Stacey, Gary

    2012-11-11

    Root hairs are single hair-forming cells on roots that function to increase root surface area, enhancing water and nutrient uptake. In leguminous plants, root hairs also play a critical role as the site of infection by symbiotic nitrogen fixing rhizobia, leading to the formation of a novel organ, the nodule. The initial steps in the rhizobia-root hair infection process are known to involve specific receptor kinases and subsequent kinase cascades. Here, we characterize the phosphoproteome of the root hairs and the corresponding stripped roots (i.e., roots from which root hairs were removed) during rhizobial colonization and infection to gain insight into the molecular mechanism of root hair cell biology. We chose soybean (Glycine max L.), one of the most important crop plants in the legume family, for this study because of its larger root size, which permits isolation of sufficient root hair material for phosphoproteomic analysis. Phosphopeptides derived from root hairs and stripped roots, mock inoculated or inoculated with the soybean-specific rhizobium Bradyrhizobium japonicum, were labeled with the isobaric tag 8-plex ITRAQ, enriched using Ni-NTA magnetic beads and subjected to nRPLC-MS/MS analysis using HCD and decision tree guided CID/ETD strategy. A total of 1,625 unique phosphopeptides, spanning 1,659 non-redundant phosphorylation sites, were detected from 1,126 soybean phosphoproteins. Among them, 273 phosphopeptides corresponding to 240 phosphoproteins were found to be significantly regulated (>1.5 fold abundance change) in response to inoculation with B. japonicum. The data reveal unique features of the soybean root hair phosphoproteome, including root hair and stripped root-specific phosphorylation suggesting a complex network of kinase-substrate and phosphatase-substrate interactions in response to rhizobial inoculation.

  9. An integrated biochemical system for nitrate assimilation and nitric oxide detoxification in Bradyrhizobium japonicum.

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    Cabrera, Juan J; Salas, Ana; Torres, María J; Bedmar, Eulogio J; Richardson, David J; Gates, Andrew J; Delgado, María J

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    Rhizobia are recognized to establish N2-fixing symbiotic interactions with legume plants. Bradyrhizobium japonicum, the symbiont of soybeans, can denitrify and grow under free-living conditions with nitrate (NO3 (-)) or nitrite (NO2 (-)) as sole nitrogen source. Unlike related bacteria that assimilate NO3 (-), genes encoding the assimilatory NO3 (-) reductase (nasC) and NO2 (-) reductase (nirA) in B. japonicum are located at distinct chromosomal loci. The nasC gene is located with genes encoding an ABC-type NO3 (-) transporter, a major facilitator family NO3 (-)/NO2 (-) transporter (NarK), flavoprotein (Flp) and single-domain haemoglobin (termed Bjgb). However, nirA clusters with genes for a NO3 (-)/NO2 (-)-responsive regulator (NasS-NasT). In the present study, we demonstrate NasC and NirA are both key for NO3 (-) assimilation and that growth with NO3 (-), but not NO2 (-) requires flp, implying Flp may function as electron donor to NasC. In addition, bjgb and flp encode a nitric oxide (NO) detoxification system that functions to mitigate cytotoxic NO formed as a by-product of NO3 (-) assimilation. Additional experiments reveal NasT is required for NO3 (-)-responsive expression of the narK-bjgb-flp-nasC transcriptional unit and the nirA gene and that NasS is also involved in the regulatory control of this novel bipartite assimilatory NO3 (-)/NO2 (-) reductase pathway. PMID:26564204

  10. Inhibition of Schistosoma mansoni ether-a-go-go related gene-encoded potassium channels leads to hypermotility and impaired egg production.

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    Parker-Manuel, S J; Hahnel, S; Grevelding, C G

    2015-11-01

    The purpose of this work was to investigate the effect of ether-a-go-go related gene (ERG) potassium channel inhibition on Schistosoma mansoni. Use of dofetilide to block the schistosome ERGs resulted in a striking 'corkscrew' effect. The worms were unable to control their motility; they were hypermotile. The treated worms produced abnormal eggs, some of which consisted of little more than a spine. One of the S. mansoni ERGs (SmERGs), Smp_161140, was chosen for further study by RNAi. The transcript was knocked down to 50% compared to the controls. These RNAi-treated worms demonstrated seizure-like movements. In S. mansoni, as in other organisms, ERG channels seem to play a role in regulating muscle excitability. This work shows that egg production can be greatly reduced by effectively targeting muscle coordination in these important parasites. PMID:26188142

  11. Evolution of sarcoma 180 (ascitic tumor in mice infected with Schistosoma mansoni

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    Fausto Edmundo Lima Pereira

    1986-03-01

    Full Text Available Mice infected with 60 cercariae of Schistosoma mansoni were more resistant to the sarcoma 180 ascites tumor. Tumor inoculation was performed 50 days after schistosoma infection and the animals were observed and weighed at 48 hours intervals for development and progression of malignancy. In infected mice the weight gain (ascites formation started later and was shorter than in uninfected Controls. Also, the number of tumor cells into the peritoneal cavity 72h after tumor implantation was shorter in infected group than incontrols. This in creased resistance against a transplantable tumor probably is related to the effect of endotoxin on tumoricidal activity of macrophages activated by the infection. The immunodepression induced by Schistosoma mansoni infection enhances the proliferation of endogenous bacteria increasing the amount of endotoxin absorbed from the gut.

  12. Early Detection of Schistosoma Egg-Induced Pulmonary Granulomas in a Returning Traveler.

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    Coron, Noémie; Le Govic, Yohann; Kettani, Sami; Pihet, Marc; Hemery, Sandrine; de Gentile, Ludovic; Chabasse, Dominique

    2016-03-01

    We report the case of a French traveler who developed acute pulmonary schistosomiasis 2 months after visiting Benin. He presented with a 1-month history of fever, cough, and thoracic pain. Initial investigations revealed hypereosinophilia and multiple nodular lesions on chest computed tomography scan. Lung biopsies were performed 2 months later because of migrating chest infiltrates and increasing eosinophilia. Histological examination showed schistosomal egg-induced pulmonary granulomas with ova exhibiting a prominent terminal spine, resembling Schistosoma haematobium. However, egg shells were Ziehl-Neelsen positive, raising the possibility of a Schistosoma intercalatum or a Schistosoma guineensis infection. Moreover, involvement of highly infectious hybrid species cannot be excluded considering the atypical early pulmonary oviposition. This case is remarkable because of the rarity of pulmonary schistosomiasis, its peculiar clinical presentation and difficulties in making species identification. It also emphasizes the need to consider schistosomiasis diagnosis in all potentially exposed travelers with compatible symptoms. PMID:26787142

  13. Comparación entre coinoculación con Bradyrhizobium japonicum y Azospirillum brasilense e inoculación simple con Bradyrhizobium japonicum en la nodulación, crecimiento y acumulación de N en el cultivo de soja Comparison of coinoculation with Bradyrhizobium japonicum and Azospirillum brasilense with inoculation with Bradyrhizobium japonicum on nodulation, growth, and N accumulation in the soybean crop

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    S. Benintende

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    Full Text Available El objetivo fue comparar la coinoculación con Bradyrhizobium japonicum y Azospirillum brasilense con relación a la inoculación simple con Bradyrhizobium japonicum en la nodulación, crecimiento y acumulación de N en el cultivo de soja y su rendimiento. Se realizaron dos experimentos en lotes en los que nunca se cultivó soja en años con diferentes condiciones hídricas. Los tratamientos fueron: testigo (sin inoculación, coinoculación con Bradyrhizobium japonicum y Azospirillum brasilense e inoculación simple con Bradyrhizobium japonicum. La nodulación en ambos experimentos fue superior en la coinoculación, aunque hubo diferencias significativas en el experimento con déficit hídrico. Los rendimientos, en ambos experimentos, presentaron valores medios superiores en la coinoculación, aunque sin diferencias significativas. La acumulación de biomasa aérea y N fue mayor en el año húmedo. El porcentaje de N derivado de la fijación biológica de N en el cultivo en el año seco fue de 26% para la inoculación simple y de 30% en la coinoculación, mientras que en el año húmedo este porcentaje fue de 41 y 47% respectivamente. A partir de estos resultados se concluye que existe un efecto de estimulación del crecimiento del cultivo de soja por la coinoculación. Sin embargo, es necesario continuar con estudios sobre este tema.The aim of this study was to compare coinoculation with Bradyrhizobium japonicum and Azospirillum brasilense with inoculation with Bradyrhizobium japonicum on nodulation, growth, and N accumulation in the soybean crop in field conditions. Two field tests were carried out for two years with different hydric conditions in areas not previously cultivated with soybean. The treatments were: control, coinoculation using Bradyrhizobium japonicum + Azospirillum brasilense and inoculation with Bradyrhizobium japonicum. Nodulation in both experiments was increased by dual inoculation, although significant differences were

  14. The effect-enhancing and toxicity-reducing activity of Hypericum japonicum Thunb. extract in murine liver cancer chemotherapy

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    ZHANG, HONG-BO; Lu, Ping; CAO, WEN-BO; Zhang, Zhen-Hua; MENG, XIANG-LEI

    2012-01-01

    Chinese herbs are potential sources of antitumor drugs with immunoregulatory activity and few adverse effects. In the present study, we investigated whether the Hypericum japonicum Thunb. (HJT) extract enhanced the efficacy of 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) treatment in murine liver tumor xenografts and reduced toxicity of chemotherapy in hepatoma H22-bearing mice. Tumor weight and inhibition rate, thymus and spleen indices, as well as white blood cell (WBC) count were calculated. The phagocytic funct...

  15. Identification of Schistosoma mansoni candidate antigens for diagnosis of schistosomiasis

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    2011-11-01

    Full Text Available The development of a more sensitive diagnostic test for schistosomiasis is needed to overcome the limitations of the use of stool examination in low endemic areas. Using parasite antigens in enzyme linked immunosorbent assay is a promising strategy, however a more rational selection of parasite antigens is necessary. In this study we performed in silico analysis of the Schistosoma mansoni genome, using SchistoDB database and bioinformatic tools for screening immunogenic antigens. Based on evidence of expression in all parasite life stage within the definitive host, extracellular or plasmatic membrane localization, low similarity to human and other helminthic proteins and presence of predicted B cell epitopes, six candidates were selected: a glycosylphosphatidylinositol-anchored 200 kDa protein, two putative cytochrome oxidase subunits, two expressed proteins and one hypothetical protein. The recognition in unidimensional and bidimensional Western blot of protein with similar molecular weight and isoelectric point to the selected antigens by sera from S. mansoni infected mice indicate a good correlation between these two approaches in selecting immunogenic proteins.

  16. The genome of the blood fluke Schistosoma mansoni

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    Berriman, Matthew; Haas, Brian J.; LoVerde, Philip T.; Wilson, R. Alan; Dillon, Gary P.; Cerqueira, Gustavo C.; Mashiyama, Susan T.; Al-Lazikani, Bissan; Andrade, Luiza F.; Ashton, Peter D.; Aslett, Martin A.; Bartholomeu, Daniella C.; Blandin, Gaelle; Caffrey, Conor R.; Coghlan, Avril; Coulson, Richard; Day, Tim A.; Delcher, Art; DeMarco, Ricardo; Djikeng, Appoliniare; Eyre, Tina; Gamble, John A.; Ghedin, Elodie; Gu, Yong; Hertz-Fowler, Christiane; Hirai, Hirohisha; Hirai, Yuriko; Houston, Robin; Ivens, Alasdair; Johnston, David A.; Lacerda, Daniela; Macedo, Camila D.; McVeigh, Paul; Ning, Zemin; Oliveira, Guilherme; Overington, John P.; Parkhill, Julian; Pertea, Mihaela; Pierce, Raymond J.; Protasio, Anna V.; Quail, Michael A.; Rajandream, Marie-Adèle; Rogers, Jane; Sajid, Mohammed; Salzberg, Steven L.; Stanke, Mario; Tivey, Adrian R.; White, Owen; Williams, David L.; Wortman, Jennifer; Wu, Wenjie; Zamanian, Mostafa; Zerlotini, Adhemar; Fraser-Liggett, Claire M.; Barrell, Barclay G.; El-Sayed, Najib M.

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    Schistosoma mansoni is responsible for the neglected tropical disease schistosomiasis that affects 210 million people in 76 countries. We report here analysis of the 363 megabase nuclear genome of the blood fluke. It encodes at least 11,809 genes, with an unusual intron size distribution, and novel families of micro-exon genes that undergo frequent alternate splicing. As the first sequenced flatworm, and a representative of the lophotrochozoa, it offers insights into early events in the evolution of the animals, including the development of a body pattern with bilateral symmetry, and the development of tissues into organs. Our analysis has been informed by the need to find new drug targets. The deficits in lipid metabolism that make schistosomes dependent on the host are revealed, while the identification of membrane receptors, ion channels and more than 300 proteases, provide new insights into the biology of the life cycle and novel targets. Bioinformatics approaches have identified metabolic chokepoints while a chemogenomic screen has pinpointed schistosome proteins for which existing drugs may be active. The information generated provides an invaluable resource for the research community to develop much needed new control tools for the treatment and eradication of this important and neglected disease. PMID:19606141

  17. Preliminary analysis of miRNA pathway in Schistosoma mansoni.

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    Gomes, Matheus S; Cabral, Fernanda J; Jannotti-Passos, Liana K; Carvalho, Omar; Rodrigues, Vanderlei; Baba, Elio H; Sá, Renata G

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    RNA silencing refers to a series of nuclear and cytoplasmatic processes involved in the post-transcriptional regulation of gene expression or post-transcriptional gene silencing (PTGS), either by sequence-specific mRNA degradation or by translational arrest. The best characterized small RNAs are microRNAs (miRNAs), which predominantly perform gene silencing through post-transcriptional mechanisms. In this work we used bioinformatic approaches to identify the parasitic trematode Schistosoma mansoni sequences that are similar to enzymes involved in the post-transcriptional gene silencing mediated by miRNA pathway. We used amino acid sequences of well-known proteins involved in the miRNA pathway against S. mansoni genome and transcriptome databases identifying a total of 13 putative proteins in the parasite. In addition, the transcript levels of SmDicer1 and SmAgo2/3/4 were identified by qRT-PCR using cercariae, adult worms, eggs and in vitro cultivated schistosomula. Our results showed that the SmDicer1 and SmAgo2/3/4 are differentially expressed during schistosomula development, suggesting that the miRNA pathway is regulated at the transcript level and therefore may control gene expression during the life cycle of S. mansoni.

  18. Conservation and developmental expression of ubiquitin isopeptidases in Schistosoma mansoni

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    Roberta Verciano Pereira

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    Full Text Available Several genes related to the ubiquitin (Ub-proteasome pathway, including those coding for proteasome subunits and conjugation enzymes, are differentially expressed during the Schistosoma mansoni life cycle. Although deubiquitinating enzymes have been reported to be negative regulators of protein ubiquitination and shown to play an important role in Ub-dependent processes, little is known about their role in S. mansoni . In this study, we analysed the Ub carboxyl-terminal hydrolase (UCHs proteins found in the database of the parasite’s genome. An in silico ana- lysis (GeneDB and MEROPS identified three different UCH family members in the genome, Sm UCH-L3, Sm UCH-L5 and Sm BAP-1 and a phylogenetic analysis confirmed the evolutionary conservation of the proteins. We performed quantitative reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction and observed a differential expression profile for all of the investigated transcripts between the cercariae and adult worm stages. These results were corroborated by low rates of Z-Arg-Leu-Arg-Gly-Gly-AMC hydrolysis in a crude extract obtained from cercariae in parallel with high Ub conjugate levels in the same extracts. We suggest that the accumulation of ubiquitinated proteins in the cercaria and early schistosomulum stages is related to a decrease in 26S proteasome activity. Taken together, our data suggest that UCH family members contribute to regulating the activity of the Ub-proteasome system during the life cycle of this parasite.

  19. Modeling and analysis of Schistosoma Argonaute protein molecular spatial conformation

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    Jianhua Zhang; Zhigang Shang; Xiaohui Zhang; Yuntao Zhang

    2011-01-01

    Objective: To analyze the amino acid sequence composition, secondary structure, the spatial conformation of its domain and other characteristics of Argonaute protein. Methods:Bioinformatics tools and the internet server were used. Firstly, the amino acid sequence composition features of the Argonaute protein were analyzed, and the phylogenetic tree was constructed. Secondly, Argonaute protein’s distribution of secondary structure and its physicochemical properties were predicted. Lastly, the protein functional expression form of the domain group was established through the Phyre-based analysis on the spatial conformation of Argonaute protein domains. Results: 593 amino acids were encoded by Argonaute protein, the phylogenetic tree was constructed, and Argonaute protein’s distribution of secondary structure and its physicochemical properties were obtained through analysis. In addition, the functional expression form which comprised the N-terminal PAZ domain and C-terminal Piwi domain for the Argonaute protein was obtained with Phyre. Conclusions: The information relationship between the structure and function of the Argonaute protein can be initially established with bioinformatics tools and the internet server, and this provides the theoretical basis for further clarifying the function of Schistosoma Argonaute protein.

  20. Compatibility of Schistosoma mansoni Cameroon and Biomphalaria pfeifferi Senegal.

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    Southgate, V R; Tchuenté, L A; Théron, A; Jourdane, J; Ly, A; Moncrieff, C B; Gryseels, B

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    The vectorial capacity of Biomphalaria pfeifferi from Ndiangue, Senegal, was investigated with an allopatric isolate of Schistosoma mansoni from Nkolbisson, Cameroon. The snail infection rate after exposure to a single miracidium per snail (MD1) was 56. 3 %, and 91.6%, for snails exposed to 5 miracidia per snail (MD5). The minimum pre-patent period was 21 days. The mean total cercarial production for the MDI group was 18,511 cercariae per snail, and 9757 cercariae for the MD5 group. The maximum production of cercariae for 1 day was 4892 observed in a snail from the MDI group at day 43 post-infection. The mean longevity of snails was higher in group MD1 (88 days p.i.) than in group MD5 (65 days p.i.). The chronobiological emergence pattern revealed a circadian rhythm with one shedding peak at mid-day. Comparisons are made with the vectorial capacity of the sympatric combination of B. pfeifferi Senegal/S. mansoni Senegal.

  1. Serological screening of the Schistosoma mansoni adult worm proteome.

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    Fernanda Ludolf

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: New interventions tools are a priority for schistosomiasis control and elimination, as the disease is still highly prevalent. The identification of proteins associated with active infection and protective immune response may constitute the basis for the development of a successful vaccine and could also indicate new diagnostic candidates. In this context, post-genomic technologies have been progressing, resulting in a more rational discovery of new biomarkers of resistance and antigens for diagnosis. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: Two-dimensional electrophoresed Schistosoma mansoni adult worm protein extracts were probed with pooled sera of infected and non-infected (naturally resistant individuals from a S. mansoni endemic area. A total of 47 different immunoreactive proteins were identified by mass spectrometry. Although the different pooled sera shared most of the immunoreactive protein spots, nine protein spots reacted exclusively with the serum pool of infected individuals, which correspond to annexin, major egg antigen, troponin T, filamin, disulphide-isomerase ER-60 precursor, actin and reticulocalbin. One protein spot, corresponding to eukaryotic translation elongation factor, reacted exclusively with the pooled sera of non-infected individuals living in the endemic area. Western blotting of two selected recombinant proteins, major egg antigen and hemoglobinase, showed a similar recognition pattern of that of the native protein. CONCLUDING/SIGNIFICANCE: Using a serological proteome analysis, a group of antigens related to the different infection status of the endemic area residents was identified and may be related to susceptibility or resistance to infection.

  2. UVB-induced immune suppression and infection with Schistosoma mansoni

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    Noonan, F.P.; Lewis, F.A. [George Washington Univ., Washington, DC (United States). School of Medicine]|[Biomedical Research Inst., Rockville, MD (United States)

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    Irradiation with ultraviolet B (UVB, 290-320 nm) causes a systematic immunosuppression of cell-mediated immunity. The question of whether UV immunosuppression modulates the course of infectious diseases is important because UVB levels in sunlight are sufficient to predict significant UV-induced immunosuppression at most latitudes. We have investigated the effect of immunosuppressive doses of UVB on the disease caused by the helminth parasite Schistosoma mansoni. C57BL/6 mice were irradiated once or three times weekly over 60-80 days with UV from a bank of FS40 sunlamps. Each UV treatment consisted of an immunosuppressive UV dose, as determined by suppression of contact hypersensitivity to trinitrochlorobenzene, corresponding to about 15-30 min of noonday tropical sunlight exposure under ideal clear sky conditions. Cumulative UV doses were between 80 and 170 kJ/m{sup 2}. Worm and egg burdens, liver granuloma diameters and liver fibrosis showed minimal changes (< 20%) compared with parameters in unirradiated animals. Ultraviolet irradiation (a total of 55 kJ/m{sup 2} administered in six treatments) did not impair the resistance to rechallenge conferred by vaccination with {sup 60}Co-irradiated cercariae. We have observed a dichotomy between UV immnosuppression and both disease and vaccination in this helminth infection, in contrast to the effects of UVB shown in other infectious diseases. (author).

  3. Kinetika tvorbe protutijela u teladi imunizirane glutation-S transferazom metilja Schistosoma mansoni.

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    Aradaib, Imadeldin; Omer, Rihab; Majid, Ali

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    Šestero teladi bilo je imunizirano antigenom pripravljenim od glutation-S-transferaze (GST) metilja Schistosoma mansoni, koji je bio proizveden u bakteriji E. coli (GST-coli) ili kvascu (GST-kvasac). Kontrolnih šestero teladi dobilo je ekstrakt bakterije E. coli ili kvasca. Dva pokusno invadirana teleta držana su kao izvor invazije te za dobivanje antiseruma za metilj Schistosoma bovis. Kinetika tvorbe protutijela u cijepljene teladi bila je praćena postupkom Western blot i imunoenzimnim test...

  4. Ultra-low-cost urine filtration for Schistosoma haematobium diagnosis: a proof-of-concept study.

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    Ephraim, Richard K D; Duah, Evans; Andrews, Jason R; Bogoch, Isaac I

    2014-09-01

    Simple, efficient, and cost-effective strategies are needed for urine sample preparation in the field diagnosis of infection with Schistosoma haematobium. In this proof-of-concept study, we evaluated inexpensive and widely available paper products (paper towels, school workbook paper, and newspaper) to gravity-filter urine containing 60 eggs/mL of Schistosoma haematobium. Eggs were reliably visualized by light microscopy by using single-ply paper towels as urine filters. This filtration method has broad applicability in clinical and public health settings in resource-constrained environments.

  5. Practical application of methanol-mediated mutualistic symbiosis between Methylobacterium species and a roof greening moss, Racomitrium japonicum.

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    Akio Tani

    Full Text Available Bryophytes, or mosses, are considered the most maintenance-free materials for roof greening. Racomitrium species are most often used due to their high tolerance to desiccation. Because they grow slowly, a technology for forcing their growth is desired. We succeeded in the efficient production of R. japonicum in liquid culture. The structure of the microbial community is crucial to stabilize the culture. A culture-independent technique revealed that the cultures contain methylotrophic bacteria. Using yeast cells that fluoresce in the presence of methanol, methanol emission from the moss was confirmed, suggesting that it is an important carbon and energy source for the bacteria. We isolated Methylobacterium species from the liquid culture and studied their characteristics. The isolates were able to strongly promote the growth of some mosses including R. japonicum and seed plants, but the plant-microbe combination was important, since growth promotion was not uniform across species. One of the isolates, strain 22A, was cultivated with R. japonicum in liquid culture and in a field experiment, resulting in strong growth promotion. Mutualistic symbiosis can thus be utilized for industrial moss production.

  6. Inoculation with Bradyrhizobium japonicum enhances the organic and fatty acids content of soybean (Glycine max (L.) Merrill) seeds.

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    Silva, Luís R; Pereira, Maria J; Azevedo, Jessica; Mulas, Rebeca; Velazquez, Encarna; González-Andrés, Fernando; Valentão, Patrícia; Andrade, Paula B

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    Soybean (Glycine max (L.) Merrill) is one of the most important food crops for human and animal consumption, providing oil and protein at relatively low cost. The least expensive source of nitrogen for soybean is the biological fixation of atmospheric nitrogen by the symbiotic association with soil bacteria, belonging mainly to the genus Bradyrhizobium. This study was conducted to assess the effect of the inoculation of G. max with Bradyrhizobium japonicum on the metabolite profile and antioxidant potential of its seeds. Phenolic compounds, sterols, triterpenes, organic acids, fatty acids and volatiles profiles were characterised by different chromatographic techniques. The antioxidant activity was evaluated against DPPH, superoxide and nitric oxide radicals. Inoculation with B. japonicum induced changes in the profiles of primary and secondary metabolites of G. max seeds, without affecting their antioxidant capacity. The increase of organic and fatty acids and volatiles suggest a positive effect of the inoculation process. These findings indicate that the inoculation with nodulating B. japonicum is a beneficial agricultural practice, increasing the content of bioactive metabolites in G. max seeds owing to the establishment of symbiosis between plant and microorganism, with direct effects on seed quality. PMID:23993531

  7. Local Auxin Biosynthesis Mediated by a YUCCA Flavin Monooxygenase Regulates Haustorium Development in the Parasitic Plant Phtheirospermum japonicum.

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    Ishida, Juliane K; Wakatake, Takanori; Yoshida, Satoko; Takebayashi, Yumiko; Kasahara, Hiroyuki; Wafula, Eric; dePamphilis, Claude W; Namba, Shigetou; Shirasu, Ken

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    Parasitic plants in the Orobanchaceae cause serious agricultural problems worldwide. Parasitic plants develop a multicellular infectious organ called a haustorium after recognition of host-released signals. To understand the molecular events associated with host signal perception and haustorium development, we identified differentially regulated genes expressed during early haustorium development in the facultative parasite Phtheirospermum japonicum using a de novo assembled transcriptome and a customized microarray. Among the genes that were upregulated during early haustorium development, we identified YUC3, which encodes a functional YUCCA (YUC) flavin monooxygenase involved in auxin biosynthesis. YUC3 was specifically expressed in the epidermal cells around the host contact site at an early time point in haustorium formation. The spatio-temporal expression patterns of YUC3 coincided with those of the auxin response marker DR5, suggesting generation of auxin response maxima at the haustorium apex. Roots transformed with YUC3 knockdown constructs formed haustoria less frequently than nontransgenic roots. Moreover, ectopic expression of YUC3 at the root epidermal cells induced the formation of haustorium-like structures in transgenic P. japonicum roots. Our results suggest that expression of the auxin biosynthesis gene YUC3 at the epidermal cells near the contact site plays a pivotal role in haustorium formation in the root parasitic plant P. japonicum. PMID:27385817

  8. Local Auxin Biosynthesis Mediated by a YUCCA Flavin Monooxygenase Regulates Haustorium Development in the Parasitic Plant Phtheirospermum japonicum[OPEN

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    Takebayashi, Yumiko; Kasahara, Hiroyuki; Wafula, Eric; dePamphilis, Claude W.; Namba, Shigetou

    2016-01-01

    Parasitic plants in the Orobanchaceae cause serious agricultural problems worldwide. Parasitic plants develop a multicellular infectious organ called a haustorium after recognition of host-released signals. To understand the molecular events associated with host signal perception and haustorium development, we identified differentially regulated genes expressed during early haustorium development in the facultative parasite Phtheirospermum japonicum using a de novo assembled transcriptome and a customized microarray. Among the genes that were upregulated during early haustorium development, we identified YUC3, which encodes a functional YUCCA (YUC) flavin monooxygenase involved in auxin biosynthesis. YUC3 was specifically expressed in the epidermal cells around the host contact site at an early time point in haustorium formation. The spatio-temporal expression patterns of YUC3 coincided with those of the auxin response marker DR5, suggesting generation of auxin response maxima at the haustorium apex. Roots transformed with YUC3 knockdown constructs formed haustoria less frequently than nontransgenic roots. Moreover, ectopic expression of YUC3 at the root epidermal cells induced the formation of haustorium-like structures in transgenic P. japonicum roots. Our results suggest that expression of the auxin biosynthesis gene YUC3 at the epidermal cells near the contact site plays a pivotal role in haustorium formation in the root parasitic plant P. japonicum. PMID:27385817

  9. Ultrasound guided supraclavicular block.

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    Hanumanthaiah, Deepak

    2013-09-01

    Ultrasound guided regional anaesthesia is becoming increasingly popular. The supraclavicular block has been transformed by ultrasound guidance into a potentially safe superficial block. We reviewed the techniques of performing supraclavicular block with special focus on ultrasound guidance.

  10. The prolonged use of niclosamide as a molluscicide for the control of Schistosoma mansoni Uso prolongado da niclosamida como moluscicida para o controle do Schistosoma mansoni

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    Pedro Coura-Filho; Nelymar Martinelli Mendes; Cecilia Pereira de Souza; José Pedro Pereira

    1992-01-01

    Applications of niclosamide at three-monthly intervals were undertaken for 14 years in foci of Biomphalaria glabrata in the water sources of Peri-Peri (Capim Branco, MG). All the residents of the area were submitted to an annual fecal examination (Kato/Katz) and those individuals eliminating Schistosoma mansoni eggs were treated with oxamniquine. A malacological survey was undertaken at three-monthly intervals by means of ten scoops with a perforated ladle each ten metres along the two banks ...

  11. Characterization of the phytochelatin synthase of Schistosoma mansoni.

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    Debalina Ray

    2011-05-01

    Full Text Available Treatment for schistosomiasis, which is responsible for more than 280,000 deaths annually, depends exclusively on the use of praziquantel. Millions of people are treated annually with praziquantel and drug resistant parasites are likely to evolve. In order to identify novel drug targets the Schistosoma mansoni sequence databases were queried for proteins involved in glutathione metabolism. One potential target identified was phytochelatin synthase (PCS. Phytochelatins are oligopeptides synthesized enzymatically from glutathione by PCS that sequester toxic heavy metals in many organisms. However, humans do not have a PCS gene and do not synthesize phytochelatins. In this study we have characterized the PCS of S. mansoni (SmPCS. The conserved catalytic triad of cysteine-histidine-aspartate found in PCS proteins and cysteine proteases is also found in SmPCS, as are several cysteine residues thought to be involved in heavy metal binding and enzyme activation. The SmPCS open reading frame is considerably extended at both the N- and C-termini compared to PCS from other organisms. Multiple PCS transcripts are produced from the single encoded gene by alternative splicing, resulting in both mitochondrial and cytoplasmic protein variants. Expression of SmPCS in yeast increased cadmium tolerance from less than 50 µM to more than 1,000 µM. We confirmed the function of SmPCS by identifying PCs in yeast cell extracts using HPLC-mass spectrometry. SmPCS was found to be expressed in all mammalian stages of worm development investigated. Increases in SmPCS expression were seen in ex vivo worms cultured in the presence of iron, copper, cadmium, or zinc. Collectively, these results indicate that SmPCS plays an important role in schistosome response to heavy metals and that PCS is a potential drug target for schistosomiasis treatment. This is the first characterization of a PCS from a parasitic organism.

  12. Effects of Endosulfan on Predator–Prey Interactions Between Catfish and Schistosoma Host Snails

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    Monde, Concillia; Syampungani, Stephen; Brink, van den Paul J.

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    The effect of the pesticide endosulfan on predator–prey interactions between catfish and Schistosoma host snails was assessed in static tank experiments. Hybrid catfish (Clarias gariepinus × C. ngamensis) and Bulinus globosus were subjected to various endosulfan concentrations including an untrea

  13. The effect of praziquantel against Schistosoma mansoni-infections in Botswana

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    Friis, H; Byskov, Jens

    1989-01-01

    Chemotherapy of all infected individuals, using praziquantel 40 mg/kg in a single dose, was the initial component of the recently introduced control programme against Schistosoma mansoni-infections in Ngamiland, Botswana. To evaluate the effect of praziquantel in Ngamiland, 81 children were...

  14. Myeloradicular Form of Neuroschistosomiasis in a Six-Year-Old Boy Infected With Schistosoma mansoni.

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    Salgado, João Victor; Salgado, Izabel Athayde da Silva Cruz; Braga Júnior, Leônidas Lopes; Serra, Silane Calland Marques; Barros, Verbena Maria de Carvalho; Silva, Maria José Alves; Monteiro-Neto, Valério

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    Neuroschistosomiasis is a severe disease caused by the presence of Schistosoma eggs and/or adult worms in the central nervous system. Schistosomal transverse myelitis represents a rare clinical form with nonspecific clinical findings, and it is thus underdiagnosed, especially in children. In this report, we describe a 6-year-old patient with the myeloradicular form of neuroschistosomiasis. PMID:26780026

  15. Effect of gamma-radiation on cercariae of Schistosoma incognitum and S. spindale

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    In the present study an attempt has been made to study the effect of gamma radiation on cercariae of Schistosoma incognitum and S. spindale in mice at different dose levels of radiation, so as to note differences in their developmental patterns, compared with non-irradiated controls. (author). 10 refs

  16. Increased prevalence of leukocytes and elevated cytokine levels in semen from Schistosoma haematobium-infected individuals

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    Leutscher, Peter D C; Pedersen, Mette; Raharisolo, Clairette;

    2005-01-01

    In this study, we investigated the seminal inflammatory response to egg infestation of the urogenital organs in 240 semen-donating men aged 15-49 years living in a Schistosoma haematobium-endemic area of Madagascar. In 29 subjects (12%) with excretion of > or =5 ova/ejaculate, leukocytospermia (>...

  17. Glycogen metabolism in Schistosoma mansoni worms after their isolation from the host

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    Tiolens, A.G.M.; Bergh, S.G. van den

    1987-01-01

    Adult Schistosoma mansoni worms rapidly degrade their endogenous glycogen stores immediately after isolation from the host. In NCTC 109 or in a diphasic culture medium the glycogen levels slowly recovered again after the initial decrease. The rapid degradation of glycogen could be prevented, even in

  18. Impact of natural and anthropogenic factors on the trophic interactions of molluscivores and Schistosoma host snails

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    Monde, C.

    2016-01-01

    Summary With a global disease burden of 240 million infected people, of which 90% live in sub-Saharan Africa, schistosomiasis is one of the most prevalent Neglected Tropical Diseases affecting people in the tropical and sub-tropical regions of the world. Schistosoma parasites are th

  19. Binding of von Willebrand factor and plasma proteins to the eggshell of Schistosoma mansoni

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    Dewalick, Saskia; Hensbergen, Paul J; Bexkens, Michiel L; Grosserichter-Wagener, Christina; Hokke, Cornelis H; Deelder, André M; de Groot, Philip G; Tielens, Aloysius G M; van Hellemond, Jaap J

    2014-01-01

    Schistosoma mansoni eggs have to cross the endothelium and intestinal wall to leave the host and continue the life cycle. Mechanisms involved in this essential step are largely unknown. Here we describe direct binding to the S. mansoni eggshell of von Willebrand factor and other plasma proteins invo

  20. C-type lectin interactions with Schistosoma mansoni SEA : Molecular basis and function

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    Liempt, van P.A.G.

    2007-01-01

    Outline of this thesis The studies described in this thesis have been performed to gain more insight in the recognition of Schistosoma mansoni glycans by C-type lectins and the consequences for dendritic cell mediated immune responses. As a first approach to understand the molecular interactions o

  1. The feasibility of MS and advanced data processing for monitoring Schistosoma mansoni infection

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    Balog, Crina I.A.; Alexandrov, Theodore; Derks, Rico J.;

    2010-01-01

    Sensitive diagnosis, monitoring of disease progression and the evaluation of chemotherapeutic interventions are of prime importance for the improvement of control and prevention strategies for Schistosomiasis. The aim of the present study was to identify novel markers of Schistosoma mansoni...... infection and disease using urine samples from a large cohort from an area endemic for S. mansoni....

  2. Creative Construction: Unit Blocks.

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    Describes the use of unit blocks with young children in early childhood education (ECE) settings to expand all areas of the curriculum. Discusses the origin of blocks in ECE programs, presents developmental stages of block play, describes children's building styles, and makes recommendations for getting started in block play for children of…

  3. Imatinib treatment causes substantial transcriptional changes in adult Schistosoma mansoni in vitro exhibiting pleiotropic effects.

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    Christin Buro

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Schistosome parasites cause schistosomiasis, one of the most important infectious diseases worldwide. For decades Praziquantel (PZQ is the only drug widely used for controlling schistosomiasis. The absence of a vaccine and fear of PZQ resistance have motivated the search for alternatives. Studies on protein kinases (PKs demonstrated their importance for diverse physiological processes in schistosomes. Among others two Abl tyrosine kinases, SmAbl1 and SmAbl2, were identified in Schistosoma mansoni and shown to be transcribed in the gonads and the gastrodermis. SmAbl1 activity was blocked by Imatinib, a known Abl-TK inhibitor used in human cancer therapy (Gleevec/Glivec. Imatinib exhibited dramatic effects on the morphology and physiology of adult schistosomes in vitro causing the death of the parasites. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: Here we show modeling data supporting the targeting of SmAbl1/2 by Imatinib. A biochemical assay confirmed that SmAbl2 activity is also inhibited by Imatinib. Microarray analyses and qRT-PCR experiments were done to unravel transcriptional processes influenced by Imatinib in adult schistosomes in vitro demonstrating a wide influence on worm physiology. Surface-, muscle-, gut and gonad-associated processes were affected as evidenced by the differential transcription of e.g. the gynecophoral canal protein gene GCP, paramyosin, titin, hemoglobinase, and cathepsins. Furthermore, transcript levels of VAL-7 and egg formation-associated genes such as tyrosinase 1, p14, and fs800-like were affected as well as those of signaling genes including a ribosomal protein S6 kinase and a glutamate receptor. Finally, a comparative in silico analysis of the obtained microarray data sets and previous data analyzing the effect of a TGFβR1 inhibitor on transcription provided first evidence for an association of TGFβ and Abl kinase signaling. Among others GCP and egg formation-associated genes were identified as common

  4. Behavior of Bradyrhizobium japonicum strains under different herbicide concentrations Comportamento de estirpes de Bradyrhizobium japonicum em diferentes concentrações de herbicidas

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    J.S. Arruda

    2001-04-01

    Full Text Available The Bradyrhizobium japonicun strains SEMIA 5073, SEMIA 5074, SEMIA 5079 and SEMIA 5080 were grown in vitro using Vincent medium combined with different rates of the herbicides imazaquin (0, 0.04, 0.12, 0.24, 0.36 mg a.i. g-1, clomazone (0, 0.4, 0.8, 1.6 and 3.2 mg a.i. g-1 and sulfentrazone (0, 0.2, 0.4, 0.8 and 1.6 mg a.i. g-1 to evaluate the strains tolerance to herbicides. The three herbicides drastically inhibited all the rhizobium strains tested, showing a significant decrease of the CFU number as a function of herbicide rates. The rhizobium strains presented a differentiated tolerance to the herbicides. The herbicide rates that reduced 50% (I50 of the growth or survival of the rhizobium strains were below the recommended sprayed rates for weed control in the soybean crop, for all the three herbicides studied; however, sulfentrazone I50 was smaller than imazaquin and clomazone I50.As estirpes de Bradyrhizobium japonicum SEMIA 5073, SEMIA 5074, SEMIA 5079 e SEMIA 5080 foram cultivadas in vitro, utilizando meio de Vincent acrescido de diferentes doses dos herbicidas imazaquin (0; 0,04; 0,12; 0,24; 0,36 mg i.a. g-1, clomazone (0; 0,4; 0,8; 1,6; 3,2 m i.a. g-1 e sulfentrazone (0; 0,2; 0,4; 0,8; 1,6 mg i.a. g-1, com o objetivo de avaliar a tolerância destas estirpes aos herbicidas. Os três herbicidas afetaram drasticamente as estirpes de rizóbio testadas, causando decréscimo significativo no crescimento ou na sobrevivência, em função do incremento nas doses. As estirpes de rizóbio apresentaram tolerância diferenciada aos herbicidas. As doses de herbicidas que reduziram em 50% o crescimento ou a sobrevivência das estirpes (I50 foram inferiores àquelas recomendadas para o controle de plantas daninhas na cultura de soja, para os três herbicidas estudados; no entanto, o I50 do herbicida sulfentrazone foi significativamente menor que o I50 dos herbicidas imazaquin e clomazone.

  5. Infecção natural de roedores silvestres pelo Schistosoma mansoni Natural infection of sylvatic rodents by Schistosoma mansoni

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    Tânia Maria Correa Silva

    1989-06-01

    Full Text Available No município baiano de Planalto, 47% dos roedores silvestres capturados (Nectomys estavam infectados pelo Schistosoma mansoni, enquanto a prevalência desta infecção na população humana da área era de 3,26%. Os roedores habitam zonas peridomiciliares, têm hábitos aquáticos e eliminam ovos viáveis do S. mansoni. Albergam número variável de vermes e formam granulomas periovulares pequenos, principalmente no fígado e intestinos, sem fibrose hepática importante ou sinais de hipertensão porta. A deposição maior de ovos se faz a nível do intestino, sobretudo do jejuno, com passagem de grande número de ovos para as fezes. Miracídios isolados a partir dos ovos retirados dos roedores infectaram normalmente a Biomphalaria glabrata, com eliminação de cercárias, com as quais se provocou infecção no camundongo branco, em tudo semelhante aquelas causadas por outras cepas de origem humana. Também camundongos que foram deixados em contacto com as águas infestadas pelos roedores silvestres se infectaram facilmente, atestando o alto grau de transmissibilidade da área. Conclui-se que os roedores silvestres de planalto toleram bem a infecção esquistossomótica natural, são bons eliminadores de ovos viáveis do S. mansoni, estão infectados por uma cepa semelhante a que infecta o homem e podem ter um papel na manutenção do ciclo vital do S. mansoni na área estudada.In Planalto, a small locality in the interior of the Bahia state, Brazil, 47% of sylvatic rodents were found to be naturally infected with Schistosoma mansoni, whereas the prevalence of the infection in the inhabitants of the area was 3.26%. The rodents (Nectomys live near the houses, in contact with water passing viable schistosome eggs in the stools. Worm burden is variable amongst such rodents. Periovular granulomas are small, especially in liver and intestines, and hepatic fibrosis is mild or absent, with no morphological evidence of portal hypertension being noted

  6. Relationship of Impairment of Schistosome 28-Kilodalton Glutathione S-Transferase (GST) Activity to Expression of Immunity to Schistosoma mattheei in Calves Vaccinated with Recombinant Schistosoma bovis 28-Kilodalton GST

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    Grzych, Jean-Marie; De Bont, Jan; Liu, Jinli; Neyrinck, Jean-Loup; Fontaine, Josette; Vercruysse, Jozef; Capron, André

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    Sera from calves vaccinated with the recombinant Schistosoma bovis-derived 28-kDa glutathione S-transferase (28GST) and subsequently naturally or experimentally exposed to Schistosoma mattheei were studied for their content of specific immunoglobulin G (IgG) and IgA antibodies to recombinant S. bovis 28GST as well as for their capacity to inhibit the enzymatic activity of the antigen. The results were analyzed in regard to the presence (natural infection) or absence (experimental infection) o...

  7. Molluscicidal Activity of Nerium indicum Mill, Pterocarya stenoptera DC, and Rumex japonicum Houtt on Oncomelania hupensis

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    HONG WANG; WEI-MIN CAI; WAN-XIAN WANG; JIAN-MIN YANG

    2006-01-01

    To evaluate the molluscicidal activities of three Chinese plants N. Indicum Mill, P. Stenoptera DC, and R.japonicum Houtt, and to clarify the molluscicidal mechanism. Methods N-butanol extracts and water extracts of the three plants were obtained. The reactions of EST isozyme, glycogen and total protein of snails to the plant extracts were studied.Results EST electrophoresis showed that EST was an important antidotal enzyme system and reacted strongly to environment.EST changed greatly during the whole exposure period so that it could be viewed as a pathological index of toxicity. Extracts decreased the glycogen content of the snails'soft tissues greatly, and also the protein content. Conclusion All extracts show strong molluscicidal activity. The LD50 value of the water extract of N. Indicum Mill is as low as 13.2 mg/L. EST can be viewed as a pathological index of toxicity. The energy metabolism abnormity is the key reason for the molluscicidal activities. The biochemical mechanism needs further research.

  8. Development of oral and branchial muscles in lancelet larvae of Branchiostoma japonicum.

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    Yasui, Kinya; Kaji, Takao; Morov, Arseniy R; Yonemura, Shigenobu

    2014-04-01

    The perforated pharynx has generally been regarded as a shared characteristic of chordates. However, there still remains phylogenetic ambiguity between the cilia-driven system in invertebrate chordates and the muscle-driven system in vertebrates. Giant larvae of the genus Asymmetron were reported to develop an orobranchial musculature similar to that of vertebrates more than 100 years ago. This discovery might represent an evolutionary link for the chordate branchial system, but few investigations of the lancelet orobranchial musculature have been completed since. We studied staged larvae of a Japanese population of Branchiostoma japonicum to characterize the developmental property of the orobranchial musculature. The larval mouth and the unpaired primary gills develop well-organized muscles. These muscles function only as obturators of the openings without antagonistic system. As the larval mouth enlarged posteriorly to the level of the ninth myomere, the oral musculature was fortified accordingly without segmental patterning. In contrast, the iterated branchial muscles coincided with the dorsal myomeric pattern before metamorphosis, but the pharynx was remodeled dynamically irrespective of the myomeric pattern during metamorphosis. The orobranchial musculature disappeared completely during metamorphosis, and adult muscles in the oral hood and velum, as well as on the pterygial coeloms developed independently. The lancelet orobranchial musculature is apparently a larval adaptation to prevent harmful intake. However, vestigial muscles appeared transiently with the secondary gill formation suggest a bilateral ancestral state of muscular gills, and a segmental pattern of developing branchial muscles without neural crest and placodal contributions is suggestive of a precursor of vertebrate branchiomeric pattern.

  9. Role of Bradyrhizobium japonicum induced by genistein on soybean stressed by water deficit

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    Napoles, M. C.; Guevara, E.; Montero, F.; Roosi, A.; Ferreira, A.

    2009-07-01

    Abstract The soybean (Glycine max (L.) Merr.) is a crop mainly grown under rain fed conditions although irrigation is increasingly being used. Water deficiency is the main factor limiting seed production. The symbiosis process is also negatively affected by water stress. The isoflavone genistein have been recognized as a powerful inducer of Nod factors production by Bradyrhizobium and its addition to inocula has been shown to increase nodule number and promote soybean nitrogen (N) fixation at low temperatures. This study looks for answers about the possible role of genistein in countering the stress on nodulation produced by water deficit in soybeans. Bradyrhizobium japonicum SEMIA 5079 was grown in culture media induced or not induced with genistein. Inocula were applied to plants growing at different moisture levels. The effect of the treatments on nodulation and N content was evaluated. An improved response to drought stress was observed when the bacteria were grown in presence of genistein as a Nod factors inducer. Nodulation values under moisture stress differed from 8.9 nodules plant{sup -}1 with genistein at 10 {mu}M to 1.8 nodules plant{sup -}1 when no inducer was used. Genistein reduced the negative effect on nodulation caused by water deficiency. (Author) 43 refs.

  10. Proteomic Analysis of Soybean [Glycine max (L.) Merrill] Roots Inoculated with Bradyrhizobium japonicum Strain CPAC 15.

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    Torres, Adalgisa R; Rodrigues, Elisete P; Batista, Jesiane Ss; Gomes, Douglas F; Hungria, Mariangela

    2013-01-01

    This research intended to analyze the expression pattern of proteins in roots of the Brazilian soybean cultivar Conquista when inoculated with Bradyrhizobium japonicum CPAC 15, a strain broadly used in commercial inoculants in Brazil. At ten days after bacterial inoculation, whole-cell proteins were extracted from roots and separated by 2-D gel electrophoresis. Comparative analysis revealed significant changes in the intensity of 37 spots due to the inoculation (17 up-regulated and 20 down-regulated proteins), identified by MALDI-TOF/TOF-TOF. Identified proteins were associated with COG functional categories of information storage and processing, cellular processes and signaling, metabolism, and also in the "poorly characterized" and "not in COG" categories. Among the up-regulated proteins, we identified sucrose synthase (nodulin-100), β-tubulin, rubisco activase, glutathione-S-transferase, a putative heat-shock 70-kDa protein, pyridine nucleotide-disulphideoxidoreductase and a putative transposase. Proteomic analysis allowed for the identification of some putative symbiotic functions and confirmed the main biological processes triggered in the nitrogen-fixing symbiosis with soybean.

  11. EFFECT OF FERULIC ACID ON CHEMOTAXIS AND NODULATION OF Bradyrhizobium japonicum

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    María C. Nápoles

    2001-01-01

    Full Text Available En este trabajo se estudió el efecto de tres concentraciones de ácido ferúlico sobre la quimiotaxis y la nodulación de B. japonicum ICA 8001. También se evaluó el efecto de este ácido hidroxicinámico obtenido a partir de vainillina, así como su capacidad de inducción sobre los genes de nodulación mediante la detección de factores Nod sintetizados. Se obtuvo una actividad quimiotáctica positiva pero no fuerte y solamente 10 mM como componente del medio de cultivo mostró una influencia positiva sobre la nodulación. El ácido ferúlico sintetizado a partir de vainillina incrementó todos los parámetros de la nodulación. La actividad nod inductora de este ácido se evidenció con la producción de cuatro estructuras de lipoquitinoligosacáridos.

  12. DNA Microarray-Based Identification of Genes Regulated by NtrC in Bradyrhizobium japonicum.

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    Franck, William L; Qiu, Jing; Lee, Hae-In; Chang, Woo-Suk; Stacey, Gary

    2015-08-15

    The Bradyrhizobium japonicum NtrBC two-component system is a critical regulator of cellular nitrogen metabolism, including the acquisition and catabolism of nitrogenous compounds. To better define the roles of this system, genome-wide transcriptional profiling was performed to identify the NtrC regulon during the response to nitrogen limitation. Upon cells perceiving low intracellular nitrogen, they stimulate the phosphorylation of NtrC, which induces genes responsible for alteration of the core glutamine synthetase/glutamate synthase nitrogen assimilation pathway, including the genes for the glutamine synthetases and PII proteins. In addition, genes responsible for the import and utilization of multiple nitrogen sources, specifically nitrate and nitrite, were upregulated by NtrC activation. Mutational analysis of a candidate nitrite reductase revealed a role for NtrC in regulating the assimilation of nitrite, since mutations in both ntrC and the gene encoding the candidate nitrite reductase abolished the ability to grow on nitrite as a sole nitrogen source. PMID:26025905

  13. Mutualistic co-evolution of type III effector genes in Sinorhizobium fredii and Bradyrhizobium japonicum.

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    Jeffrey A Kimbrel

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available Two diametric paradigms have been proposed to model the molecular co-evolution of microbial mutualists and their eukaryotic hosts. In one, mutualist and host exhibit an antagonistic arms race and each partner evolves rapidly to maximize their own fitness from the interaction at potential expense of the other. In the opposing model, conflicts between mutualist and host are largely resolved and the interaction is characterized by evolutionary stasis. We tested these opposing frameworks in two lineages of mutualistic rhizobia, Sinorhizobium fredii and Bradyrhizobium japonicum. To examine genes demonstrably important for host-interactions we coupled the mining of genome sequences to a comprehensive functional screen for type III effector genes, which are necessary for many Gram-negative pathogens to infect their hosts. We demonstrate that the rhizobial type III effector genes exhibit a surprisingly high degree of conservation in content and sequence that is in contrast to those of a well characterized plant pathogenic species. This type III effector gene conservation is particularly striking in the context of the relatively high genome-wide diversity of rhizobia. The evolution of rhizobial type III effectors is inconsistent with the molecular arms race paradigm. Instead, our results reveal that these loci are relatively static in rhizobial lineages and suggest that fitness conflicts between rhizobia mutualists and their host plants have been largely resolved.

  14. Schistosoma mansoni Soluble Egg Antigens Induce Expression of the Negative Regulators SOCS1 and SHP1 in Human Dendritic Cells via Interaction with the Mannose Receptor.

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    Elsenoor J Klaver

    Full Text Available Schistosomiasis is a common debilitating human parasitic disease in (subtropical areas, however, schistosome infections can also protect against a variety of inflammatory diseases. This has raised broad interest in the mechanisms by which Schistosoma modulate the immune system into an anti-inflammatory and regulatory state. Human dendritic cells (DCs show many phenotypic changes upon contact with Schistosoma mansoni soluble egg antigens (SEA. We here show that oxidation of SEA glycans, but not heat-denaturation, abrogates the capacity of SEA to suppress both LPS-induced cytokine secretion and DC proliferation, indicating an important role of SEA glycans in these processes. Remarkably, interaction of SEA glycans with DCs results in a strongly increased expression of Suppressor Of Cytokine Signalling1 (SOCS1 and SH2-containing protein tyrosine Phosphatase-1 (SHP1, important negative regulators of TLR4 signalling. In addition, SEA induces the secretion of transforming growth factor β (TGF-β, and the surface expression of the costimulatory molecules Programmed Death Ligand-1 (PD-L1 and OX40 ligand (OX40L, which are known phenotypic markers for the capacity of DCs to polarize naïve T cells into Th2/Treg cell subsets. Inhibition of mannose receptor (MR-mediated internalization of SEA into DCs by blocking with allyl α-D-mannoside or anti-MR antibodies, significantly reduced SOCS1 and SHP1 expression. In conclusion, we demonstrate that SEA glycans are essential for induction of enhanced SOCS1 and SHP1 levels in DCs via the MR. Our data provide novel mechanistic evidence for the potential of S. mansoni SEA glycans to modulate human DCs, which may contribute to the capacity of SEA to down-regulate inflammatory responses.

  15. Schistosoma mansoni Soluble Egg Antigens Induce Expression of the Negative Regulators SOCS1 and SHP1 in Human Dendritic Cells via Interaction with the Mannose Receptor.

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    Klaver, Elsenoor J; Kuijk, Loes M; Lindhorst, Thisbe K; Cummings, Richard D; van Die, Irma

    2015-01-01

    Schistosomiasis is a common debilitating human parasitic disease in (sub)tropical areas, however, schistosome infections can also protect against a variety of inflammatory diseases. This has raised broad interest in the mechanisms by which Schistosoma modulate the immune system into an anti-inflammatory and regulatory state. Human dendritic cells (DCs) show many phenotypic changes upon contact with Schistosoma mansoni soluble egg antigens (SEA). We here show that oxidation of SEA glycans, but not heat-denaturation, abrogates the capacity of SEA to suppress both LPS-induced cytokine secretion and DC proliferation, indicating an important role of SEA glycans in these processes. Remarkably, interaction of SEA glycans with DCs results in a strongly increased expression of Suppressor Of Cytokine Signalling1 (SOCS1) and SH2-containing protein tyrosine Phosphatase-1 (SHP1), important negative regulators of TLR4 signalling. In addition, SEA induces the secretion of transforming growth factor β (TGF-β), and the surface expression of the costimulatory molecules Programmed Death Ligand-1 (PD-L1) and OX40 ligand (OX40L), which are known phenotypic markers for the capacity of DCs to polarize naïve T cells into Th2/Treg cell subsets. Inhibition of mannose receptor (MR)-mediated internalization of SEA into DCs by blocking with allyl α-D-mannoside or anti-MR antibodies, significantly reduced SOCS1 and SHP1 expression. In conclusion, we demonstrate that SEA glycans are essential for induction of enhanced SOCS1 and SHP1 levels in DCs via the MR. Our data provide novel mechanistic evidence for the potential of S. mansoni SEA glycans to modulate human DCs, which may contribute to the capacity of SEA to down-regulate inflammatory responses. PMID:25897665

  16. Immunization against Egyptian Schistosoma mansoni infection by multivalent DNA vaccine

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    Mahmoud H Romeih; Hanem M Hassan; Tarek S Abou Shousha; Mohamed A Saber

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    The development of multivalent vaccines consisting of several antigens is a novel approach to creating broad-range protection against different parasite strains and parasite life cycle stages. We have previously confirmed that the schistosome Sm21.7 and SmFimbrin (SmFim) proteins could induce protection in mice. Therefore, this study aimed to construct the multivalent DNA vaccine Sm21.7-SmFim/pBudCE4.1 and evaluate its immune efficacy. The open reading frames of two Schistosoma mansoni genes, Sm21.7 and SmFim, were inserted into the eukaryotic expression plasmid pBudCE4.1 designed for the independent expression of two genes in mammalian cells. To evaluate the in vitro expression of the multivalent Sm21.7-SmFim/pBudCE4.1 DNA vaccine and its immunological effect in mice, the recombinant plasmid Sm21.7-SmFim/pBudCE4.1 was used to transfect 293T cells, and the expression of mRNA and proteins was examined using reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction and Western blot analysis. Then the ability of Sm21.7.SmFim/pBudCE4.1 to protect against S. mansoni challenge infections was analyzed according to worm burden and egg reduction rates after vaccination of mice. Vaccinated mice showed a significant level of protection (56%), and a decrease in the number and size, and change in the cellular profile, of granulomas. Egg reduction in liver and intestine was 41.53% and 55.63%,respectively, as determined relative to mice that received the empty vector only. In addition to reductions in worm viability,worm fecundity and egg hatching ability were observed following challenge infection in the immunized group.Results showed that Sm21.7-SmFim/pBudCE4.1 could express Sm 21.7 and SmFim mRN A and proteins. Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay and Western blot analysis indicated that immunized mice generated specific immunoglobulin G against Sm21.7-SmFim/pBudCE4.1. These results suggest that vaccination with multivalent S. mansoni DNA vaccine (SmFim-Sm21.7/pBudCE4.1) not only induces a

  17. Polysaccharide-based bioflocculant template of a diazotrophic Bradyrhizobium japonicum 36 for controlled assembly of AgCl nanoparticles.

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    Rasulov, Bakhtiyor A; Pattaeva, Mohichehra A; Yili, Abulimiti; Aisa, Haji Akber

    2016-08-01

    A simple and green method was developed for the biosynthesis of silver chloride nanoparticles, free from silver nanoparticles, using polysaccharide-based bioflocculant of a diazotrophic rhizobacteria Bradyrhizobium japonicum 36 strain. The synthesized silver chloride nanoparticles were characterized by UV-vis, XRD, FT-IR and TEM. The concentration-dependent and controllable method for silver chloride nanoparticles was developed. The biosynthesized silver chloride nanoparticles exhibited strong antimicrobial activity towards pathogenic microorganisms such as Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus aureus and Candida albicans. The synthesized silver chloride nanoparticles can be exploited as a promising new biocide bionanocomposite against pathogenic microorganisms. PMID:27039118

  18. A new rapid diagnostic test for detection of anti-Schistosoma mansoni and anti-Schistosoma haematobium antibodies

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    Coulibaly Jean T

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Parasitological methods are widely used for the diagnosis of schistosomiasis. However, they are insensitive, particularly in areas of low endemicity, and labour-intensive. Immunoassays based on detection of anti-schistosome antibodies have the merit of high sensitivity and recently a rapid diagnostic test (RDT, incorporating Schistosoma mansoni cercarial transformation fluid (SmCTF for detection of anti-schistosome antibodies in blood has been developed. Here, we assessed the diagnostic performance of the SmCTF-RDT for S. mansoni and S. haematobium infections by comparing it with microscopy for egg detection. Methods A cross-sectional survey was carried out in Azaguié, south Côte d’Ivoire. 118 pre-school-aged children submitted two stool and two urine samples, which were subjected to the Kato-Katz and urine filtration methods for the detection of S. mansoni and S. haematobium eggs, respectively. Urine was also subjected to a commercially available cassette test for S. mansoni, which detects circulating cathodic antigen. A finger-prick blood sample was used for the SmCTF-RDT for detection of anti-S. mansoni and anti-S. haematobium antibodies. Results The prevalence of both anti-S. mansoni and anti-S. haematobium antibodies was more than three times higher than the prevalence of infection estimated by egg detection under a microscope. Using quadruplicate Kato-Katz as the reference standard for the diagnosis of S. mansoni infection, the sensitivity, negative predictive value (NPV, and positive predictive value (PPV of the SmCTF-RDT was 75.0%, 84.2% and 22.5%, respectively. When two urine filtrations were considered as the reference standard for the diagnosis of S. haematobium infection, the sensitivity, NPV and PPV of SmCTF-RDT was 66.7%, 94.9% and 5.1%, respectively. The specificity of SmCTF-RDT, when using egg-detection as the reference standard, was estimated to be 34.4%. This low specificity may be a reflection of the

  19. Blocking and associability change.

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    Jones, Peter M; Haselgrove, Mark

    2013-07-01

    Blocking of learning about a conditioned stimulus (the "blocked" cue) occurs when it is trained alongside an additional stimulus (the "blocking" cue) that has been previously presented with the outcome. A number of theories (e.g., N. J. Mackintosh. 1975a. A Theory of Attention: Variations in the Associability of Stimuli With Reinforcement. Psychological Review, 82, 276-298; J. M. Pearce & G. Hall. 1980. A Model for Pavlovian Learning: Variation in the Effectiveness of Conditioned But Not Unconditioned Stimuli. Psychological Review, 87, 532-552) account for this attenuation in learning by proposing that attention paid to the blocked cue is restricted. In three experiments, we examined the associability of both blocked and blocking cues. In Experiment 1, rats were trained with a blocking protocol before being given a test discrimination composed of two components; one of these components required the use of the previously blocked cue as a discriminative stimulus, and the other component was soluble by using the blocking cue. To our surprise, the component that depended on the blocked cue was more readily solved than the component dependent on the blocking cue. The results of Experiments 2 and 3 suggest that this is due to the quantity of exposure that each stimulus received during initial training. Implications for theories of blocking, and more widely associative learning, are discussed. PMID:23668185

  20. Blocking and associability change.

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    Jones, Peter M; Haselgrove, Mark

    2013-07-01

    Blocking of learning about a conditioned stimulus (the "blocked" cue) occurs when it is trained alongside an additional stimulus (the "blocking" cue) that has been previously presented with the outcome. A number of theories (e.g., N. J. Mackintosh. 1975a. A Theory of Attention: Variations in the Associability of Stimuli With Reinforcement. Psychological Review, 82, 276-298; J. M. Pearce & G. Hall. 1980. A Model for Pavlovian Learning: Variation in the Effectiveness of Conditioned But Not Unconditioned Stimuli. Psychological Review, 87, 532-552) account for this attenuation in learning by proposing that attention paid to the blocked cue is restricted. In three experiments, we examined the associability of both blocked and blocking cues. In Experiment 1, rats were trained with a blocking protocol before being given a test discrimination composed of two components; one of these components required the use of the previously blocked cue as a discriminative stimulus, and the other component was soluble by using the blocking cue. To our surprise, the component that depended on the blocked cue was more readily solved than the component dependent on the blocking cue. The results of Experiments 2 and 3 suggest that this is due to the quantity of exposure that each stimulus received during initial training. Implications for theories of blocking, and more widely associative learning, are discussed.

  1. Comparison of nitrogen fixation in some Bradyrhizobium Japonicum strains using the N-15 isotopic method

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    Several studies have demonstrated the significant contribution of atmospheric N fixation to soybean nutrition and growth. The variability in N fixing is due to the several factors including rhizobial strain. Hence, this study was conducted to compare some commercial Bradyrhizobium japonicum strains for the amount and proportion of N fixation in soybean (Cv. Williams) which is most commonly cultivated in Iran. Initially, strains were tested for purity, infectiveness and symbiotic effectiveness using Leonard jars and three of the more efficient strains Helinitro, Rhizoking and Gold Coat were selected. A pot experiment (four replicated) was carried out with RCBD on soil without indigenous rhizobia having 530-ppm total nitrogen under greenhouse condition. Treatments included three inoculum of selected strains (separately) and a set of non inoculated blank. For estimating BNF by A-value method, two solutions of N-15 enriched ammonium sulfate, containing 9.616 and 2.086% n-15 atom excess, were applied in amount of 20 and 100 kg N/ha at stage V2 in inoculated pots and stages V2, R2 and R5 to reference pots. During the 4 months of growth, plants were irrigated with distilled water to maintain 80% FC. Plants were harvested at stage R6. The results showed that the effects of rhizobial strains were significantly different. Gold Coat and Rhizoking strains had higher significant results compared with Helinitro. The percentages of fixed nitrogen in plants inoculated with these strains were 92.3, 90.7 and 84.7%, respectively. On the basis of these results, it may be necessary to pre-select more compatible rhizobial strain for supplying the N-requirements of soybean. (Author)

  2. Generalized Block Failure

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    Jönsson, Jeppe

    2015-01-01

    Block tearing is considered in several codes as a pure block tension or a pure block shear failure mechanism. However in many situations the load acts eccentrically and involves the transfer of a substantial moment in combination with the shear force and perhaps a normal force. A literature study...... yield lines around the block leads to simple interaction formulas similar to other interaction formulas in the codes.......Block tearing is considered in several codes as a pure block tension or a pure block shear failure mechanism. However in many situations the load acts eccentrically and involves the transfer of a substantial moment in combination with the shear force and perhaps a normal force. A literature study...

  3. Whole genome resequencing of the human parasite Schistosoma mansoni reveals population history and effects of selection

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    Crellen, Thomas; Allan, Fiona; David, Sophia; Durrant, Caroline; Huckvale, Thomas; Holroyd, Nancy; Emery, Aidan M.; Rollinson, David; Aanensen, David M.; Berriman, Matthew; Webster, Joanne P.; Cotton, James A.

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    Schistosoma mansoni is a parasitic fluke that infects millions of people in the developing world. This study presents the first application of population genomics to S. mansoni based on high-coverage resequencing data from 10 global isolates and an isolate of the closely-related Schistosoma rodhaini, which infects rodents. Using population genetic tests, we document genes under directional and balancing selection in S. mansoni that may facilitate adaptation to the human host. Coalescence modeling reveals the speciation of S. mansoni and S. rodhaini as 107.5–147.6KYA, a period which overlaps with the earliest archaeological evidence for fishing in Africa. Our results indicate that S. mansoni originated in East Africa and experienced a decline in effective population size 20–90KYA, before dispersing across the continent during the Holocene. In addition, we find strong evidence that S. mansoni migrated to the New World with the 16–19th Century Atlantic Slave Trade. PMID:26879532

  4. Cloning and Expression of Metalloprotease Gene from Schistosoma japoncum and its Immunoprotective Efficiency%日本血吸虫金属蛋白酶基因的克隆和表达及其对小鼠的免疫保护性研究

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    徐斌; 鞠川; 卢艳; 莫筱谨; 冯正; 许学年; 胡薇

    2011-01-01

    Objective To clone and express a metalloprotease gene of Schistosoma japonicum, purify the expressed protein, and investigate the induced immune response in mice and its localization in the parasite. Methods Specific primers were designed according to the EST sequence and used for amplification of the encoding sequence from the S.japonicum cDNA clone containing S.japonicum metalloprotease. The gene was subcloned into pET-28a plasmid and expressed, and the recombinant protein was purified with HisoTag affinity chromatography. Western blotting was used to analyze the immunogenicity. Eighteen C57BC/6 mice were divided into two groups. Mice in group A were immunized each with 25 μg purified recombinant SjB04 at every 2 weeks for 3 times. Mice in group B received only adjuvant as control. Each mouse was challenged by (40±2) cercariae at the third week after the last immunization. Fecal samples were collected for 6 days from 37th days after challenge. Eggs per gram feces and rate of egg reduction were calculated. S.japonicum adult worms were collected from infected mice, and used for preparing frozen sections and indirect immunofluorescence staining with specific polyclone antibody to S. japonicum metalloprotease. Results The metalloprotease gene SjB04 was cloned, sequenced and expressed. The immuno-fluorescence localization showed that SjB04 protein distributed mainly in the intestinal epithelium of the adult worm. The recombinant protein was specifically recognized by the S. japonicum-infected rabbit sera, showing that the expressed product possessed antigenicity. Mice immunized with the recombinant protein revealed a reduction in numher of adult worms, eggs in feces by 27.1% and 57.8%,respectively. Conclusion The recombinant protein of' S.japonicum metalloprotease has been obtained with Mr 36500.The protein locates in the intestinal epithelium of adult worm. Immunization with the SjB04 protein induces significant reduction of fecal eggs.%目的 克隆和表达

  5. An L-glucitol oxidizing dehydrogenase from Bradyrhizobium japonicum USDA 110 for production of D-sorbose with enzymatic or electrochemical cofactor regeneration

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    Gauer, Sabrina; Wang, Zhijie; Otten, Harm;

    2014-01-01

    stability and the apparent K m value for L-glucitol oxidation let the enzyme appear as a promising subject for further improvement by enzyme evolution. We propose to rename the enzyme from the annotated RDH gene (locus tag bll6662) from B. japonicum USDA as a D-sorbitol dehydrogenase (EC 1.1.1.14)....

  6. Plastome sequences of Lygodium japonicum and Marsilea crenata reveal the genome organization transformation from basal ferns to core leptosporangiates.

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    Gao, Lei; Wang, Bo; Wang, Zhi-Wei; Zhou, Yuan; Su, Ying-Juan; Wang, Ting

    2013-01-01

    Previous studies have shown that core leptosporangiates, the most species-rich group of extant ferns (monilophytes), have a distinct plastid genome (plastome) organization pattern from basal fern lineages. However, the details of genome structure transformation from ancestral ferns to core leptosporangiates remain unclear because of limited plastome data available. Here, we have determined the complete chloroplast genome sequences of Lygodium japonicum (Lygodiaceae), a member of schizaeoid ferns (Schizaeales), and Marsilea crenata (Marsileaceae), a representative of heterosporous ferns (Salviniales). The two species represent the sister and the basal lineages of core leptosporangiates, respectively, for which the plastome sequences are currently unavailable. Comparative genomic analysis of all sequenced fern plastomes reveals that the gene order of L. japonicum plastome occupies an intermediate position between that of basal ferns and core leptosporangiates. The two exons of the fern ndhB gene have a unique pattern of intragenic copy number variances. Specifically, the substitution rate heterogeneity between the two exons is congruent with their copy number changes, confirming the constraint role that inverted repeats may play on the substitution rate of chloroplast gene sequences.

  7. Cloning, Sequencing and Characterization of 3-Hydroxybuty- rate Dehydrogenase Encoding Gene (bdh A) in Bradyrhizobium japonicum USDA110 Strain

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    DAI Mei-xue; WU Bo; BAI Xue-liang; ZHANG Cheng-gang; MA Qing-sheng; Charles Trevor C

    2002-01-01

    The current study describes the molecular characterization of a clone which can restore the ability of bdhA mutant strains NGRPA2 and Rm11107 to utilize 3-hydroxybutyrate as a sole carbon source (Hbu+). This clone was screened out by complementation experiment from Bradyrhizobium japonicum USDA110 genomic library, and the presence of bdhA gene in the clone was verified by Bdh assay and Southern blot analysis. Furthermore, the entire sequence of bdhA gene was sequenced and the sequence was deposited in GenBank database under the accession number AY077581. bdhA gene comprises 789 base pairs and encodes Bdh with 262 amino acid of MW 27.59 kDa. Interposon ΩKm was inserted into the bdh A ORF at EcoR I site and the bdhA mutant was constructed in B .japonicum by homologous recombination. Plant assay result did not show obvious effects of mutation of bdhA gene on nodulation and nitrogen-fixation.

  8. Culturable bacteria in hydroponic cultures of moss Racomitrium japonicum and their potential as biofertilizers for moss production.

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    Tani, Akio; Akita, Motomu; Murase, Haruhiko; Kimbara, Kazuhide

    2011-07-01

    The use of Racomitrium japonicum, a drought resistant bryophyte used for roof-greening, is gradually increasing. However, its utilization is hampered by slow growth rate. Here we isolated culturable bacteria from hydroponic cultivation samples to identify isolates that could promote moss growth. Most of the isolates belonged to Pseudomonas, Rhodococcus, and Duganella species. The isolates were biochemically characterized according to their type of interaction with plants, i.e., production of auxin, siderophores, or hydrogen cyanate, growth in the absence of an added nitrogen source, calcium phosphate solubilization, utilization of sugars, polymers, or aliphatic compounds, and antifungal activity. The isolates were applied to sterile protonemata and non-sterile adult gametophytes of R. japonicum to evaluate their effect on plant growth. Furthermore, we isolated fungi that inhibited moss growth. Our results suggest that the microbial community structure in hydroponic cultures is important to stabilize moss production and the isolates that promote moss growth have potential to be utilized as biofertilizers for moss production.

  9. Parasitological characteristics of Schistosoma mansoni infection in swiss mice with underlying malnutrition

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    Simões Carla; Neves Renata Heisler; Barros Lucas de Andrade; Brito Patrícia Dias; Cravo Cristiane Oliveira; Moura Egberto Gaspar de; Machado-Silva José Roberto

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    The effects of a protein-restricted diet (8% protein, 81% carbohydrate and 11% lipids) on Schistosoma mansoni infectivity, fecal egg excretion and intestinal egg distribution in Swiss (SW) mice were studied. Pregnant mice received a deficient diet from the middle of gestation until delivery. Seven-days-old mice were exposed to 50 cercariae (BH strain, Brazil). Offspring mice had a free access to the deficient diet since lactation until adulthood. The controls were fed with a commercial mice d...

  10. Schistosoma mansoni-Mediated Suppression of Allergic Airway Inflammation Requires Patency and Foxp3+ Treg Cells

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    Layland, Laura E.; Kathrin Straubinger; Manuel Ritter; Eva Loffredo-Verde; Holger Garn; Tim Sparwasser; Clarissa Prazeres da Costa

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    The continual rise of asthma in industrialised countries stands in strong contrast to the situation in developing lands. According to the modified Hygiene Hypothesis, helminths play a major role in suppressing bystander immune responses to allergens, and both epidemiological and experimental studies suggest that the tropical parasitic trematode Schistosoma mansoni elicits such effects. The focus of this study was to investigate which developmental stages of schistosome infection confer suppre...

  11. Schistosoma mansoni: Tyrosinkinase-Signalwege in den Reproduktionsorganen und Aktin-Promotoranalysen im Transgenmodell

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    Beckmann, Svenja

    2008-01-01

    Der humanpathogene Parasit Schistosoma mansoni zeigt ein im Tierreich nahezu einmaliges biologisches Phänomen - die vom Männchen beeinflusste Maturation des Weibchens. Während der Paarung werden Signalkaskaden im Weibchen initiiert, die Proliferations- und Differenzierungsprozesse in den Reproduktionsorganen steuern. Um die zugrunde liegenden molekularen Prozesse besser zu verstehen, wurden in unserer Arbeitsgruppe Gene kloniert und charakterisiert, die für Signalmoleküle kodieren. Darunter ...

  12. Schistosoma mansoni and Biomphalaria snails in Lake Victoria: distribution, genetics and ecological dynamics

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    Standley, Claire J

    2011-01-01

    Intestinal schistosomiasis, caused by the trematode parasite Schistosoma mansoni, is a disease of major public health importance in the Lake Victoria region. Accurate information pertaining to the disease's distribution can greatly assist in the maintenance and realignment of existing control strategies. Rapid mapping of disease prevalence is reliant on diagnostic technologies; in the case of intestinal schistosomiasis, traditional stool-based methods are beginning to be complimented with new...

  13. In vitro and in vivo studies of the effect of artemether on Schistosoma mansoni.

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    Xiao, S H; Catto, B A

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    To determine whether artemether, a derivative of the antimalarial agent qinghaosu, is therapeutically active against Schistosoma mansoni, we determined the in vitro, in vivo, and histopathologic effects of the drug on S. mansoni worms. In vitro, toxic effects of artemether on S. mansoni were not seen at concentrations of less than 100 micrograms/ml. However, in vivo, 30 and 50% reductions in the lengths of male and female worms, respectively, were observed 14 days after treatment. By 56 days ...

  14. Proteomic analysis of Schistosoma mansoni proteins released during in vitro miracidium-to-sporocyst transformation

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    Wu, Xiao-Jun; Sabat, Greg; Brown, James F.; Zhang, Mengzi; Taft, Andrew; Peterson, Nathan; Harms, Amy; YOSHINO, TIMOTHY P.

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    Free-living miracidia of Schistosoma mansoni, upon penetration of the their snail intermediate host, undergo dramatic morphological and physiological changes as they transform to the parasitic sporocyst stage. During this transformation process, developing larvae release a diverse array of proteins, herein referred to as larval transformation proteins (LTPs), some of which are postulated to serve a parasite protective function. In the present study, nanoLC-tandem MS analysis was performed on ...

  15. Impact of natural and anthropogenic factors on the trophic interactions of molluscivores and Schistosoma host snails

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    Monde, C.

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    Summary With a global disease burden of 240 million infected people, of which 90% live in sub-Saharan Africa, schistosomiasis is one of the most prevalent Neglected Tropical Diseases affecting people in the tropical and sub-tropical regions of the world. Schistosoma parasites are the causative agents of schistosomiasis. They complete their asexual life stages in susceptible aquatic snails while the sexual stages are completed in susceptible mammals including man. Control of this disease is ta...

  16. Schistosoma mansoni proteins attenuate gastrointestinal motility disturbances during experimental colitis in mice

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    Nathalie; E; Ruyssers; Benedicte; Y; De; Winter; Joris; G; De; Man; Natacha; D; Ruyssers; Ann; J; Van; Gils; Alex; Loukas; Mark; S; Pearson; Joel; V; Weinstock; Paul; A; Pelckmans; Tom; G; Moreels

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    AIM:To investigate the therapeutic effect of Schistosoma mansoni(S.mansoni) soluble worm proteins on gastrointestinal motility disturbances during experimental colitis in mice. METHODS:Colitis was induced by intrarectal injection of trinitrobenzene sulphate(TNBS) and 6 h later,mice were treated ip with S.mansoni proteins.Experiments were performed 5 d after TNBS injection.Inflammationwas quantified using validated inflammation parameters. Gastric emptying and geometric center were measured to assess in vivo...

  17. Bayesian geostatistical prediction of the intensity of infection with Schistosoma mansoni in East Africa

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    Archie C.A. Clements; MOYEED, RANA; Brooker, Simon

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    A Bayesian geostatistical model was developed to predict the intensity of infection with Schistosoma mansoni in East Africa. Epidemiological data from purposively-designed and standardized surveys were available for 31,458 schoolchildren (90% aged between 6-16 years) from 459 locations across the region and used in combination with remote sensing environmental data to identify factors associated with spatial variation in infection patterns. The geostatistical model explicitly takes into accou...

  18. Two sequential PCR amplifications for detection of Schistosoma mansoni in stool samples with low parasite load

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    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available Schistosomiasis constitutes a major public health problem, with an estimated 200 million individuals infected worldwide and 700 million people living in risk areas. In Brazil there are areas of high, medium and low endemicity. Studies have shown that in endemic areas with a low prevalence of Schistosoma infection the sensitivity of parasitological methods is clearly reduced. Consequently diagnosis is often impeded due to the presence of false-negative results. The aim of this study is to present the PCR reamplification (Re-PCR protocol for the detection of Schistosoma mansoni in samples with low parasite load (with less than 100 eggs per gram (epg of feces. Three methods were used for the lysis of the envelopes of the S. mansoni eggs and two techniques of DNA extraction were carried out. Extracted DNA was quantified, and the results suggested that the extraction technique, which mixed glass beads with a guanidine isothiocyanate/phenol/chloroform (GT solution, produced good results. PCR reamplification was conducted and detection sensitivity was found to be five eggs per 500 mg of artificially marked feces. The results achieved using these methods suggest that they are potentially viable for the detection of Schistosoma infection with low parasite load.

  19. Genetic Variation between Biomphalaria alexandrina Snails Susceptible and Resistant to Schistosoma mansoni Infection

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    Suzanne M. F. El-Nassery

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Much effort has been made to control schistosomiasis infection in Egypt. However, enduring effects from such strategies have not yet been achieved. In this study, we sought to determine the genetic variability related to the interaction between Biomphalaria alexandrina snails and Schistosoma mansoni. Using RAPD-PCR with eight (10 mers random primers, we were able to determine the polymorphic markers that differed between snails susceptible and resistant to Schistosoma mansoni infection using five primers out of the eight. Our results suggest that the RAPD-PCR technique is an efficient means by which to compare genomes and to detect genetic variations between schistosomiasis intermediate hosts. The RAPD technique with the above-noted primers can identify genomic markers that are specifically related to the Biomphalaria alexandrina/Schistosoma mansoni relationship in the absence of specific nucleotide sequence information. This approach could be used in epidemiologic surveys to investigate genetic diversity among Biomphalaria alexandrina snails. The ability to determine resistant markers in Biomphalaria alexandrina snails could potentially lead to further studies that use refractory snails as agents to control the spread of schistosomiasis.

  20. Recent advances in the diagnosis of Schistosoma infection: the detection of parasite DNA

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    Rabello Ana

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available As Schistosoma sp. control programs are chiefly based on treatment of infected population, adequate case finding has a crucial role. The available diagnostic methods are far from ideal, since the search for eggs in stools and the detection of circulating antigens lack sensitivity in low prevalence and post-treatment situations and antibody detection lacks specificity. In most endemic foci, repeated treatment of infected people leaves a number of non-diagnosed and consequently non-treated persons, enough to maintain a persistent residue of 5 to 10% prevalence. In an attempt to surpass these diagnostic limitations we have developed a polymerase chain reaction (PCR for the detection of Schistosoma sp. in feces that, in a first population study, has shown to be more sensitive than three-repeated stool Kato-Katz examination. The PCR may constitute a valuable tool for the diagnosis of the Schistosoma sp. infection in special situations, when high sensitivity and specificity are required and infrastructure is available.

  1. [Pulmonary bilharziosis due to Schistosoma haematobium: pitfalls of species diagnosis. A case report from Libreville, Gabon].

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    N'Dong, F Ondo; Mbamendame, S; Assapi, M Ndong; Mbourou, J B; Roy, E; Kombila, M; Diané, C

    2005-01-01

    The purpose of this report is to describe a case of pulmonary schistosomiasis treated at la Fondation Jeanne Ebori in Libreville, Gabon. This case is exceptional due to the rarity of the disease and the schistosomiasis agent involved. The patient was a 47-year-old woman who presented with recurrent right-sided pneumonia 6 months after initial hospitalization and nonspecific antimicrobial therapy. Her general status was altered by hyperthermia, right chest pain, and repetitive bouts of hemoptysia. Because etiological diagnosis could not be achieved and clinical condition was deteriorating, the decision was taken to perform exploratory thoracotomy. Based on operative findings, medial and lower lobectomy was performed. Histological examination demonstrated granulomatous inflammatory lesions due to bilharziosis. Infection was attributed to Schistosoma haematobium that is the most common agent in pulmonary localizations. However Ziehl coloration raised the possibility of involvement of Schistosoma intercalatum that has never been observed in the lung and of a hybrid species. Natural hybridization between S. haematobium and S. intercalatum and the presence of active transmission of the Schistosoma hybrid has been suspected in Gabon. PMID:16038357

  2. Blocked Randomization with Randomly Selected Block Sizes

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    Jimmy Efird

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available When planning a randomized clinical trial, careful consideration must be given to how participants are selected for various arms of a study. Selection and accidental bias may occur when participants are not assigned to study groups with equal probability. A simple random allocation scheme is a process by which each participant has equal likelihood of being assigned to treatment versus referent groups. However, by chance an unequal number of individuals may be assigned to each arm of the study and thus decrease the power to detect statistically significant differences between groups. Block randomization is a commonly used technique in clinical trial design to reduce bias and achieve balance in the allocation of participants to treatment arms, especially when the sample size is small. This method increases the probability that each arm will contain an equal number of individuals by sequencing participant assignments by block. Yet still, the allocation process may be predictable, for example, when the investigator is not blind and the block size is fixed. This paper provides an overview of blocked randomization and illustrates how to avoid selection bias by using random block sizes.

  3. Blocked randomization with randomly selected block sizes.

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    Efird, Jimmy

    2011-01-01

    When planning a randomized clinical trial, careful consideration must be given to how participants are selected for various arms of a study. Selection and accidental bias may occur when participants are not assigned to study groups with equal probability. A simple random allocation scheme is a process by which each participant has equal likelihood of being assigned to treatment versus referent groups. However, by chance an unequal number of individuals may be assigned to each arm of the study and thus decrease the power to detect statistically significant differences between groups. Block randomization is a commonly used technique in clinical trial design to reduce bias and achieve balance in the allocation of participants to treatment arms, especially when the sample size is small. This method increases the probability that each arm will contain an equal number of individuals by sequencing participant assignments by block. Yet still, the allocation process may be predictable, for example, when the investigator is not blind and the block size is fixed. This paper provides an overview of blocked randomization and illustrates how to avoid selection bias by using random block sizes. PMID:21318011

  4. BLOCK H-MATRICES AND SPECTRUM OF BLOCK MATRICES

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    黄廷祝; 黎稳

    2002-01-01

    The block H-matrices are studied by the concept of G-functions, several concepts of block matrices are introduced. Equivalent characters of block H-matrices are obtained. Spectrum localizations claracterized by Gfunctions for block matrices are got.

  5. Lesson Thirteen Trifascicular Block

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    鲁端; 王劲

    2005-01-01

    @@ A complete trifascicular block would result in complete AV block. The idio ventricular rhythm has a slower rate and a wide QRS complex because the pacemaker is located at the peripheral part of the conduction system distal to the sites of the block1. Such a rhythm may be difficult to differentiate from bifascicular or bundle branch block combined with complete block at a higher level such as the AV node or His bundle2. Besides a slower ventricular rate, a change in the morphology of the QRS complex from a previous known bifascicular pattern would be strongly suggestive of a trifascicular origin of the complete AV block3. A His bundle recording is required for a definitive diagnosis, however.

  6. Block Advertisement Protocol

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    Bitcoin, a decentralized cryptocurrency, has attracted a lot of attention from academia, financial service industry and enthusiasts. The trade-off between transaction confirmation throughput and centralization of hash power do not allow Bitcoin to perform at the same level as modern payment systems. Block Advertisement Protocol is proposed as a step to resolve this issue. The protocol allows block mining and block relaying to happen in parallel. The protocol dictates a miner to advertise the ...

  7. Block Cipher Analysis

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    ensurethat no attack violatesthe securitybounds specifiedbygeneric attack namely exhaustivekey search and table lookup attacks. This thesis contains a general introduction to cryptography with focus on block ciphers and important block cipher designs, in particular the Advanced Encryption Standard...... on small scale variants of AES. In the final part of the thesis we present a new block cipher proposal Present and examine its security against algebraic and differential cryptanalysis in particular....

  8. Research progress on Sj14-3-3 vaccine of Schistosoma japonicum%日本血吸虫Sj14-3-3疫苗研究进展

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    谭建蓉; 李文桂

    2014-01-01

    日本血吸虫病是由日本血吸虫引起的一类严重危害人类健康的人兽共患寄生虫病,研制疫苗防治该病是目前的研究热点.Sj14-3-3蛋白是一种有效的疫苗分子,该文就Sj14-3-3蛋白疫苗和核酸疫苗的研究进展进行综述.%Schistosomiasis japonica is a serious health-threatening parasitic zoonosis to human beings,which is caused by Schistosomajaponicum.Developing vaccines for schistosomiasis is a hot spot in the present studies.Sj14-3-3 protein is an effective vaccine.This article reviewed the progress on Sj14-3-3 protein vaccines and DNA vaccines.

  9. 日本血吸虫成虫肠道内容物中金属蛋白酶的鉴定%Identification of Metalloproteinase in Intestinal Contents Of Adult Schistosoma japonicum

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    袁仕善; 易新元; 曾宪芳; 张顺科; 黄跃龙; Larry MeReynolds

    2002-01-01

    目的鉴定日本血吸虫成虫肠道内容物中的金属蛋白酶.方法以明胶作底物,利用明胶-SDS-PAGE分离日本血吸虫成虫肠道内容物,将电泳后的凝胶于不同pH缓冲液和酶抑制剂中进行孵育,对其中的金属蛋白酶进行分析和鉴定.结果日本血吸虫成虫肠道内容物中存在降解明胶的金属蛋白酶,其最适pH值为7~9.金属蛋白酶抑制剂EDTA抑制其活性.电泳分离获得有活性的酶蛋白,该酶是血吸虫感染血清识别的弱抗原.结论日本血吸虫成虫肠道内容物存在金属蛋白酶.

  10. Construction and analysis of Sj - Rho GTPase DNA vaccine and subunit vaccine against Schistosoma japonicum%日本血吸虫Rho GTPase DNA疫苗及亚单位疫苗的构建和分析

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    张冉; 易新元; 曾宪芳; 黄跃龙; 蔡春; 张顺科; Larry McReynolds

    2003-01-01

    目的构建日本血吸虫大陆株Sj-Rho GTPase-like真核及原核表达重组质粒,并进行鉴定分析.方法用PCR法将Si-Rho GTPase-like基因从已剪切阳性克隆中扩增出来,亚克隆至pcDNA3.1和pGEX-5X-3中,分别经PCR、双酶切、测序、SDS-PAGE和Western blot等方法鉴定.结果PCR和测序均证明Sj-Rho GTPase-like基因疫苗构建成功,重组蛋白经SDS-PAGE电泳可观察到与预期分子量相应的条带,转印后可被水牛感染血清识别.结论成功构建了Si-Rho GTPase-like基因的两种重组载体,为保护性免疫研究打下基础.

  11. STUDY ON PROTECTION AGAINST SCHISTOSOMA JAPONICUM INDUCED BYPASSIVELY TRANSFERED SERA FROM MICROTUS FOTIS IN THE MOUSE%东方田鼠血清被动转移抗日本血吸虫的保护力研究

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    蒋守富; 魏梅雄; 林矫矫; 潘彩娥; 李浩; 曹琳; 何艳燕; 傅志强

    2004-01-01

    目的探讨被动转移东方田鼠血清抗日本血吸虫感染力及其作用机理. 方法将东方田鼠血清通过尾静脉注射途径被动转移至小鼠,观察攻击感染日本血吸虫尾蚴后的减虫率、减卵率,并采用ELISA分别检测抗日本血吸虫童虫、成虫和虫卵的8种抗体. 结果与生理盐水对照组比较, 东方田鼠血清受体小鼠获得的减虫率为36.2%,减卵率为54.0%;血清IgE、IgM、IgG及其亚类抗体均有升高,其中抗童虫抗原的IgG1抗体水平增幅最大.各试验组小鼠血清抗体水平差异均无显著性(P>0.05). 结论东方田鼠抗日本血吸虫感染的天然抵抗力可通过血清被动转移至小鼠,使之获得部分抗血吸虫感染的保护力,该保护力可能是通过同时诱导受体小鼠Th1和Th2型免疫应答发挥作用的.

  12. EFFECT OF pH ON THE MUTAGENIC POTENCY OF ICR-170 IN THE REPRODUCTIVE GLANDS OF FEMALE SCHISTOSOMA JAPONICUM%PH对ICR-170诱变日本血吸虫雌虫生殖腺的影响

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    蒋守富; 潘彩娥; 陆钦淹

    2003-01-01

    目的探讨溶液pH对诱变剂ICR-170诱变日本血吸虫雌虫生殖腺的影响程度.方法用5种pH值(pH 7.2-8.0)的ICR-170溶液处理日本血吸虫尾蚴30 min或45 min后,经皮肤接种小鼠观察雌虫诱变率和成虫回收率.结果溶液pH值对ICR-170的诱变作用影响较大,诱变率随着溶液pH值的上升而下降.10μg/ml 45 min组和15μg/ml 30 min组在pH 7.2时的雌虫诱变率分别为pH 7.8时的13倍和6倍,当pH>7.4时,2种浓度的ICR-170引起的诱变率基本接近.溶液pH值对于成虫回收率的影响程度远低于对诱变率的影响程度.结论在诱变日本血吸虫雌虫生殖腺时,ICR-170具有较强的pH依赖型特性.

  13. 日本血吸虫精氨酸酶基因启动子序列的扩增及序列分析%Amplification and Sequence Analysis of Schistosoma japonicum Arginase Novel Gene's Promoter Sequence

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    李孜; 余新炳; 吴忠道

    2005-01-01

    目的获取日本血吸虫(Sj)精氨酸酶(ARG)新基因的DNA编码序列及其启动子序列,实验验证ARG基因编码序列的完整性.方法 以日本血吸虫成虫 DNA做模板,PCR扩增 ARG基因编码区的DNA序列并测序;根据Sj ARG基因已扩增的 DNA序列设计2条巢式引物,用TaKaRa LA Taq PCR Cloning in vitro Kit,扩增 Sj ARG基因的启动子序列;对已扩增得到的序列进行 TATA盒的寻找以分析启动子序列的位置,实验验证我们曾获取的 Sj ARG新基因编码序列的完整性. 结果 扩增得到长约 1 000bp ARG基因 DNA序列 , Sj ARG基因 DNA序列内没有内含子,与 cDNA序列完全一致.对启动子序列扩增后,得到一略大于 250bp的序列,测序后分析发现其中有 36bp与 ARG基因 DNA序列的 5′端重叠.因此 ,将精氨酸酶基因的 DNA序列又向前延伸了 221bp,与前面得到的序列拼接后得到一条 1 486bp的总序列,将该序列在 NCBI上进行 ORF的寻找发现其最长的 ORF达 1 164bp,起始密码子在第 156位,终止密码子在第 1 319位 ,该起始密码子前 32位为 TATA盒的位置.因此,确定该 Sj ARG基因全长 cDNA编码序列长应为 1 164bp.结论 成功扩增获得了日本血吸虫精氨酸酶基因编码区的 DNA序列,其不含有内含子;并扩增得到了该基因的启动子序列,从而获得了 Sj ARG基因真正的全长 cDNA序列,为进一步的功能鉴定奠定了基础.

  14. 肝片形吸虫长菲策吸虫及日本血吸虫DNA的多态性检测%Detection of DNA polymorphism among Fasciola hepatica, Fischoederius elongates and Schistosoma japonicum

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    胥全彬; 沈永林; 刘耀兴

    2001-01-01

    本试验用随机扩增DNA多态性技术对肝片形吸虫、长菲策吸虫和日本血吸虫虫体总DNA的多态性进行检测,结果筛选出三条具有种鉴别意义的RAPD谱带.这些特征性条带可望标记成探针用于粪便学检查中虫卵的鉴定.

  15. Block Scheduling Revisited.

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    Queen, J. Allen

    2000-01-01

    Successful block scheduling depends on provision of initial and ongoing instructional training. Teaching strategies should vary and include cooperative learning, the case method, the socratic seminar, synectics, concept attainment, the inquiry method, and simulations. Recommendations for maximizing block scheduling are outlined. (Contains 52…

  16. Surviving Block Scheduling.

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    Haley, Marjorie

    A discussion of block scheduling for second language instruction looks at the advantages and disadvantages and offers some suggestions for classroom management and course organization. It is argued that block scheduling may offer a potential solution to large classes, insufficient time for labs, too little individualized instruction; few…

  17. The dual actions of angiogenesis and anti-apoptosis induced by an isolated fraction from Geum japonicum repair muscle ischemia.

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    Cheung, Winghong L; Cheng, Lei; Liu, Hongwei; Gu, Xuemei; Li, Ming

    2007-03-01

    The fundamental improvement of muscle ischemia requires the re-establishment of sufficient vessel network. Despite many kinds of drugs have been used for ischemia, effective angiogenic drug is very limited. Here, we reported the identification and isolation of a potent angiogenic fraction (angio-T) from Geum japonicum and assessment of its therapeutic effects on muscle ischemia by reconstituting the insufficient blood supply network and enhancing cell survival potential. It was demonstrated that angio-T not only significantly enhanced the proliferation of cultured HCAECs in vitro, but also significantly enhanced the survival potential of the myofibers at risk and neovascularization in ischemic muscles leading to reconstitution of these vessel networks, significant reduction of ischemic areas, and significant myofiber regeneration in ischemic area one week post-ischemia.

  18. Homology modeling and docking studies of BjGL, a novel (+) gamma-lactamase from Bradyrhizobium japonicum.

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    Song, Dawei; Zhu, Shaozhou; Li, Xingzhou; Zheng, Guojun

    2014-02-01

    (+) Gamma-lactamases are enantioselective hydrolysis enzymes that can be used to produce optically pure (-) gamma-lactam, an important pharmaceutical intermediate for the anti-AIDS drug Abacavir. In this study, homology modeling and molecular dynamic simulation studies of a 3D homology model of BjGL, a novel (+) gamma-lactamase from Bradyrhizobium japonicum, were constructed and refined. The specific substrate (+) gamma-lactam and its enantiomer (-) gamma-lactam which can not be hydrolyzed was docked into the active site respectively, and the catalytic triad and other crucial residues that participate in the formation of the hydrophobic binding pocket, hydrogen bonds, and the oxyanion hole were identified. Furthermore, possible reasons for the high diastereoselectivity of BjGL binding with the substrate are proposed. PMID:24215997

  19. A rapid and simple method of detection of Blepharisma japonicum using PCR and immobilisation on FTA paper

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    Hughes Jacqueline M

    2003-09-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The rapid expansion in the availability of genome and DNA sequence information has opened up new possibilities for the development of methods for detecting free-living protozoa in environmental samples. The protozoan Blepharisma japonicum was used to investigate a rapid and simple detection system based on polymerase chain reaction amplification (PCR from organisms immobilised on FTA paper. Results Using primers designed from the α-tubulin genes of Blepharisma, specific and sensitive detection to the equivalent of a single Blepharisma cell could be achieved. Similar detection levels were found using water samples, containing Blepharisma, which were dried onto Whatman FTA paper. Conclusion This system has potential as a sensitive convenient detection system for Blepharisma and could be applied to other protozoan organisms.

  20. Impact of elevated CO2 on carbohydrate and ureide concentrations in soybean inoculated with different strains of Bradyrhizobium japonicum

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    Bertrand, Annick; Prevost, Danielle; Juge, Christine; Chalifour, Francois-P.

    2011-07-15

    Over the past years, the CO2 concentration in the atmosphere has constantly increased and it is expected to continue; this climate change will lead to important impacts on the crops' productivity. The authors undertook a study to determine soybean's response to higher CO2 concentration and different strains of Bradyrhizobium japonicum. They observed that, under elevated CO2, additional photosynthates are produced and used for nodular growth and that ureides increased significantly in leaves but not much in nodules. The different strains resulted in different nodular yield and ureides concentration resulting in diverse responses to elevated CO2 concentration: the commercial strain showed a feedback inhibition of nodule activity while the indigenous strain 12NS14 with a better nodule activity had a positive feedback reaction with soybean growth. This study demonstrated that, under higher CO2 concentration, a better soybean production could be achieve with the strain 12NS14.

  1. Cervical cytology as a diagnostic tool for female genital schistosomiasis: Correlation to cervical atypia and Schistosoma polymerase chain reaction

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    Full Text Available Background: Female genital schistosomiasis (FGS is a tissue reaction to lodged ova of Schistosoma haematobium in the genital mucosa. Lesions can make the mucosa friable and prone to bleeding and discharge. Women with FGS may have an increased risk of HIV acquisition, and FGS may act as a cofactor in the development of cervical cancer. Objectives: To explore cytology as a method for diagnosing FGS and to discuss the diagnostic challenges in low-resource rural areas. The correlation between FGS and squamous cell atypia (SCA is also explored and discussed. Cytology results are compared to Schistosoma polymerase chain reaction (PCR in vaginal lavage and urine and in urine microscopy. Materials and Methods: In a clinical study, 394 women aged between 16 and 23 years from rural high schools in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, underwent structured interviews and the following laboratory tests: Cytology Papanicolaou (Pap smears for S. haematobium ova and cervical SCA, real-time PCR for Schistosoma-specific DNA in vaginal lavage and urine samples, and urine microscopy for the presence of S. haematobium ova. Results: In Pap smears, S. haematobium ova were detected in 8/394 (2.0%. SCA was found in 107/394 (27.1%, seven of these had high-grade squamous intraepithelial lesion (HSIL. Schistosoma specific DNA was detected in 38/394 (9.6% of vaginal lavages and in 91/394 (23.0% of urines. Ova were found microscopically in 78/394 (19.7% of urines. Conclusion: Schistosoma PCR on lavage was a better way to diagnose FGS compared to cytology. There was a significant association between S. haematobium ova in Pap smears and the other diagnostic methods. In low-resource Schistosoma-endemic areas, it is important that cytology screeners are aware of diagnostic challenges in the identification of schistosomiasis in addition to the cytological diagnosis of SCA. Importantly, in this study, three of eight urines were negative but showed Schistosoma ova in their Pap smear, and

  2. Predictability of blocking

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    Tibaldi and Molteni (1990, hereafter referred to as TM) had previously investigated operational blocking predictability by the ECMWF model and the possible relationships between model systematic error and blocking in the winter season of the Northern Hemisphere, using seven years of ECMWF operational archives of analyses and day 1 to 10 forecasts. They showed that fewer blocking episodes than in the real atmosphere were generally simulated by the model, and that this deficiency increased with increasing forecast time. As a consequence of this, a major contribution to the systematic error in the winter season was shown to derive from the inability of the model to properly forecast blocking. In this study, the analysis performed in TM for the first seven winter seasons of the ECMWF operational model is extended to the subsequent five winters, during which model development, reflecting both resolution increases and parametrisation modifications, continued unabated. In addition the objective blocking index developed by TM has been applied to the observed data to study the natural low frequency variability of blocking. The ability to simulate blocking of some climate models has also been tested

  3. Isovaleryl-homoserine lactone, an unusual branched-chain quorum-sensing signal from the soybean symbiont Bradyrhizobium japonicum.

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    Lindemann, Andrea; Pessi, Gabriella; Schaefer, Amy L; Mattmann, Margrith E; Christensen, Quin H; Kessler, Aline; Hennecke, Hauke; Blackwell, Helen E; Greenberg, E Peter; Harwood, Caroline S

    2011-10-01

    Many species of Proteobacteria communicate by using LuxI-LuxR-type quorum-sensing systems that produce and detect acyl-homoserine lactone (acyl-HSL) signals. Most of the known signals are straight-chain fatty acyl-HSLs, and evidence indicates that LuxI homologs prefer fatty acid-acyl carrier protein (ACP) over fatty acyl-CoA as the acyl substrate for signal synthesis. Two related LuxI homologs, RpaI and BtaI from Rhodopseudomonas palustris and photosynthetic stem-nodulating bradyrhizobia, direct production of the aryl-HSLs p-coumaroyl-HSL and cinnamoyl-HSL, respectively. Here we report that BjaI from the soybean symbiont Bradyrhizobium japonicum USDA110 is closely related to RpaI and BtaI and catalyzes the synthesis of isovaleryl-HSL (IV-HSL), a branched-chain fatty acyl-HSL. We show that IV-HSL induces expression of bjaI, and in this way IV-HSL functions like many other acyl-HSL quorum-sensing signals. Purified histidine-tagged BjaI was an IV-HSL synthase, which was active with isovaleryl-CoA but not detectably so with isovaleryl-ACP. This suggests that the RpaI-BtaI-BjaI subfamily of acyl-HSL synthases may use CoA- rather than ACP-linked substrates for acyl-HSL synthesis. The bjaI-linked bjaR(1) gene is involved in the response to IV-HSL, and BjaR(1) is sensitive to IV-HSL at concentrations as low as 10 pM. Low but sufficient levels of IV-HSL (about 5 nM) accumulate in B. japonicum culture fluid. The low levels of IV-HSL synthesis have likely contributed to the fact that the quorum-sensing signal from this bacterium has not been described elsewhere.

  4. Dicty_cDB: CHS126 [Dicty_cDB

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    Full Text Available SJS Schistosoma japonicum cDNA, mRNA sequence. 56 8e-04 1 CV682907 |CV682907.1 service...43_H06_sjs2-16-2B11-T3 SJS Schistosoma japonicum cDNA, mRNA sequence. 56 8e-04 1 CV682854 |CV682854.1 service

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    Full Text Available SJS Schistosoma japonicum cDNA, mRNA sequence. 56 0.001 1 CV682907 |CV682907.1 service...43_H06_sjs2-16-2B11-T3 SJS Schistosoma japonicum cDNA, mRNA sequence. 56 0.001 1 CV682854 |CV682854.1 service

  6. Block copolymer battery separator

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    Wong, David; Balsara, Nitash Pervez

    2016-04-26

    The invention herein described is the use of a block copolymer/homopolymer blend for creating nanoporous materials for transport applications. Specifically, this is demonstrated by using the block copolymer poly(styrene-block-ethylene-block-styrene) (SES) and blending it with homopolymer polystyrene (PS). After blending the polymers, a film is cast, and the film is submerged in tetrahydrofuran, which removes the PS. This creates a nanoporous polymer film, whereby the holes are lined with PS. Control of morphology of the system is achieved by manipulating the amount of PS added and the relative size of the PS added. The porous nature of these films was demonstrated by measuring the ionic conductivity in a traditional battery electrolyte, 1M LiPF.sub.6 in EC/DEC (1:1 v/v) using AC impedance spectroscopy and comparing these results to commercially available battery separators.

  7. A multivariate analysis of the relationship between work ability and S. japonicum infection in Dongting Lake Region, in China Análise multivariada da relação entre capacidade de trabalho e infecção por S. japonicum na região dos lagos de Dongting, China

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    Li Yuesheng

    1993-08-01

    Full Text Available A cross-sectional case-control study on the association between the reduced work ability and S. japonicum infection was carried out in a moderate endemic area for schistosomiasis japonica in the southern part of Dongting lake in China. A total of 120 cases with reduced work ability and 240 controls paired to the case by age, sex, occupation and without reduced work ability, participated in the study. The mean age for individuals was 37.6 years old (21-60, the ratio of male: female was 60:40, the prevalence of S. japonicum in the individuals was 28.3%. The results obtained in this study showed that the infection of S. japonicum in case and control groups was 49.2% (59/120 and 17.9% (43/240, respectively. Odds ratio for reduced work ability among those who had schistosomiasis was 4.34 (95%, confidence interval was 2.58-7.34, and among those who had S. japonicum infection (egg per gram > 100 was up to 12.67 (95%, confidence interval was 3.64-46.39. After odds ratio was adjusted by multiple logistic regression, it was confirmed that heavier intensity of S. japonicum infection and splenomegaly due to S. japonicum infection were the main risk factors for reduced work ability in the population studied.Um estudo seccional de casos controles da associação entre a capacidade reduzida para o trabalho e a infecção por S. japonicum foi levada a efeito em região moderadamente endêmica para esquistossomose japônica na parte sul do lago Dongting, China. Um total de 120 casos com redução da capacidade de trabalho e 240 controles pareados no que diz respeito a idade, sexo, ocupação sem redução da capacidade de trabalho. A idade média dos pacientes foi 37,6 anos (21-60 e a relação masculino:feminino foi 60:40. A prevalência do S. japonicum foi de 28,3%. Os resultados obtidos neste estudo mostraram que a infecção nos casos e no grupo controle foi 49,2% (59/120 e 17,9% (43/240 respectivamente. A média para redução da capacidade de trabalho

  8. Effects of Endosulfan on Predator–Prey Interactions Between Catfish and Schistosoma Host Snails

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    Monde, Concillia; Syampungani, Stephen; Brink, van den, L.

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    The effect of the pesticide endosulfan on predator–prey interactions between catfish and Schistosoma host snails was assessed in static tank experiments. Hybrid catfish (Clarias gariepinus × C. ngamensis) and Bulinus globosus were subjected to various endosulfan concentrations including an untreated control. The 48- and 96-h LC50 values for catfish were 1.0 and 50 values for snails were 1137 and 810 µg/L. To assess sublethal effects on the feeding of the catfish on B. globosus, endosulfan con...

  9. Evolution of sarcoma 180 (ascitic tumor in mice infected with Schistosoma mansoni

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    Fausto Edmundo Lima Pereira

    1986-03-01

    Full Text Available Mice infected with 60 cercariae of Schistosoma mansoni were more resistant to the sarcoma 180 ascites tumor. Tumor inoculation was performed 50 days after schistosoma infection and the animals were observed and weighed at 48 hours intervals for development and progression of malignancy. In infected mice the weight gain (ascites formation started later and was shorter than in uninfected Controls. Also, the number of tumor cells into the peritoneal cavity 72h after tumor implantation was shorter in infected group than incontrols. This in creased resistance against a transplantable tumor probably is related to the effect of endotoxin on tumoricidal activity of macrophages activated by the infection. The immunodepression induced by Schistosoma mansoni infection enhances the proliferation of endogenous bacteria increasing the amount of endotoxin absorbed from the gut.Camundongos infectados com 60 cercárias de Schistosoma mansoni tomaram-se mais resistentes ao sarcoma 180 na forma de tumor ascítico. A inoculação das células tumorais foi feita no 50º dia de infecção e a evolução do tumor foi acompanhada através dapesagem dos animais com intervalos de 48 horas. Nos camundongos infectados o ganho de peso (formação da ascite começou mais tarde e foi menor do que nos controles não infectados. Também o número de células tumorais na cavidade peritoneal 72 horas após a implantação do tumor foi menor no grupo infectado. Este aumento de resistência a um tumor transplantávelpossivelmente está relacionado ao efeito de endotoxinas sobre a atividade tumoricida dos macrofagos ativados pela infecção. A imunossupressão induzida pela infecção favorece a proliferação de bactérias da flora endógena aumentando a quantidade de endotoxinas absorvidas pelo intestino.

  10. Blocking in Category Learning

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    Bott, Lewis; Hoffman, Aaron B.; Murphy, Gregory L.

    2007-01-01

    Many theories of category learning assume that learning is driven by a need to minimize classification error. When there is no classification error, therefore, learning of individual features should be negligible. We tested this hypothesis by conducting three category learning experiments adapted from an associative learning blocking paradigm. Contrary to an error-driven account of learning, participants learned a wide range of information when they learned about categories, and blocking effe...

  11. An L-glucitol oxidizing dehydrogenase from Bradyrhizobium japonicum USDA 110 for production of D-sorbose with enzymatic or electrochemical cofactor regeneration.

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    Gauer, Sabrina; Wang, Zhijie; Otten, Harm; Etienne, Mathieu; Bjerrum, Morten Jannik; Lo Leggio, Leila; Walcarius, Alain; Giffhorn, Friedrich; Kohring, Gert-Wieland

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    A gene in Bradyrhizobium japonicum USDA 110, annotated as a ribitol dehydrogenase (RDH), had 87 % sequence identity (97 % positives) to the N-terminal 31 amino acids of an L-glucitol dehydrogenase from Stenotrophomonas maltophilia DSMZ 14322. The 729-bp long RDH gene coded for a protein consisting of 242 amino acids with a molecular mass of 26.1 kDa. The heterologously expressed protein not only exhibited the main enantio selective activity with D-glucitol oxidation to D-fructose but also converted L-glucitol to D-sorbose with enzymatic cofactor regeneration and a yield of 90 %. The temperature stability and the apparent K m value for L-glucitol oxidation let the enzyme appear as a promising subject for further improvement by enzyme evolution. We propose to rename the enzyme from the annotated RDH gene (locus tag bll6662) from B. japonicum USDA as a D-sorbitol dehydrogenase (EC 1.1.1.14).

  12. Growing Up with Their Blocks.

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    Winarski, Diana L.

    1995-01-01

    Describes one teacher's use of traditional wooden blocks in fifth-grade curriculum. Notes that use of blocks can teach communication, teamwork, precision, and arithmetic concepts. Also describes four easy classroom block projects. (TM)

  13. Functional Bradyrhizobium japonicum NifA expression under a hybrid nptII-nifH promoter in E. coli and Acetobacter diazotrophicus SRT4.

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    Menéndez, C; Selman-Housein, G; Arrieta, J G; Coego, A; Hernández, L

    1998-01-01

    A hybrid promoter consisting of the in tandem fusion of the Tn5 nptII and the Klebsiella pneumoniae nifH promoters was constructed to study the functionality of the nif genes transcriptional activator NifA from Bradyrhizobium japonicum in two different host bacteria. beta-galactosidase experiments in E. coli revealed that the hybrid nptII-nifH promoter can behave as a constitutive or a NifA-inducible promoter depending on the aeration conditions. Expression of the B. japonicum NifA from the hybrid nptII-nifH promoter (plasmid pBPF204) induced "in trans" lacZ transcription from the Azotobacter chroococcum nifH promoter in E. coli and A. diazotrophicus cells grown at low pO2. Similarly, the plasmid pBPF204 increased nitrogenase activity in A. diazotrophicus cells grown under microaerobic conditions. Based on these results, we suggest that the B. japonicum NifA could function as an efficient O2-sensitive transcriptional activator of nif genes in genetically distant diazotrophic bacteria. PMID:10932742

  14. Humoral and cellular immune responses induced in mice by purified iridoid mixture that inhibits penetration of Schistosoma mansoni cercariae upon topical treatment of mice tails.

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    Bahgat, Mahmoud; Shalaby, Nagwa M M; Ruppel, Andreas; Maghraby, Amany S

    2005-08-01

    When tested for possible blocking effect on the cercarial, serine proteinase, elastase (CE) activity, an iridoid mixture extracted from leaves of Citharexylum quadrangular abolished 31% of the enzyme activity at final concentration 15 microg. When formulated in jojoba oil and applied to mice tails followed by infection with Schistosoma mansoni cercariae, the iridoid mixture blocked cercarial penetration and caused significant reducetion (94%; P < 0.05) in worm burden in treated mice in comparison to controls. Also, immunomodulatory effects of iridoid mixture, iridoid-treated S. mansoni worm homogenate on mice were studied by measuring IgG and IgM levels against E. coli lysates (ECL), solube S. mansoni worm antigenic preparation (SWAP) and cancer bladder homogenates (CBH) as antigens by ELISA. Cellular immune responses were studied by calculating mean percent of CD4+, CD8(+)-T, B-mesenteric lymph node cells (MLNC) and CD4+, CD8(+)-T thymocytes by direct immunofluorescence staining in treated mice as compared to untreated homogenate given mice or untreated mice. Injecting mice with serial dilutions of iridoid mixture resulted in fluctuation, peaks and troughs, in both IgG and IgM responses against the above mentioned antigens. 1st and 2nd immunizations with iridoid mixture treated homogenate resulted in significantly elevated (P < 0.05). IgM and IgG levels against the 3 used antigens in comparison with sera from control mice. Immunized mice with homogenate treated with iridoid mixture showed a significant increase (P < 0.05) in CD4+T thymocytes, a non significant increase in CD8+T thymocytes, a significant increase (P < 0.05) in CD4+T lymphocytes (MLNC) and a non significant increase in CD8+ T- and B-lymphocytes (MLNC) compared with mice immunized with untreated homogenate or non-injected normal mice.

  15. Health implications of chronic hepatosplenomegaly in Kenyan school-aged children chronically exposed to malarial infections and Schistosoma mansoni

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    Wilson, Shona; Vennervald, Birgitte J; Kadzo, Hilda;

    2010-01-01

    Hepatosplenomegaly among school-aged children in sub-Saharan Africa is highly prevalent. Two of the more common aetiological agents of hepatosplenomegaly, namely chronic exposure to malaria and Schistosoma mansoni infection, can result in similar clinical presentation, with the liver and spleen b...

  16. Surface expression patterns of defined glycan antigens change during Schistosoma mansoni cercarial transformation and development of schistosomula

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    Smit, C.H.; Homann, A.; Hensbergen, V.P. van; Schramm, G.; Haas, H. de; Diepen, A. van; Hokke, C.H.

    2015-01-01

    During the complex lifecycle of Schistosoma mansoni, a large variety of glycans is expressed. To many of these glycans, antibodies are induced by the infected host and some might be targets for vaccines or diagnostic tests. Spatial changes in glycan expression during schistosome development are larg

  17. Epigenetic modulation, stress and plasticity in susceptibility of the snail host, Biomphalaria glabrata, to Schistosoma mansoni infection.

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    Knight, Matty; Ittiprasert, Wannaporn; Arican-Goktas, Halime D; Bridger, Joanna M

    2016-06-01

    Blood flukes are the causative agent of schistosomiasis - a major neglected tropical disease that remains endemic in numerous countries of the tropics and sub-tropics. During the past decade, a concerted effort has been made to control the spread of schistosomiasis, using a drug intervention program aimed at curtailing transmission. These efforts notwithstanding, schistosomiasis has re-emerged in southern Europe, raising concerns that global warming could contribute to the spread of this disease to higher latitude countries where transmission presently does not take place. Vaccines against schistosomiasis are not currently available and reducing transmission by drug intervention programs alone does not prevent reinfection in treated populations. These challenges have spurred awareness that new interventions to control schistosomiasis are needed, especially since the World Health Organization hopes to eradicate the disease by 2025. For one of the major species of human schistosomes, Schistosoma mansoni, the causative agent of hepatointestinal schistosomiasis in Africa and the Western Hemisphere, freshwater snails of the genus Biomphalaria serve as the obligate intermediate host of this parasite. To determine mechanisms that underlie parasitism by S. mansoni of Biomphalaria glabrata, which might be manipulated to block the development of intramolluscan larval stages of the parasite, we focused effort on the impact of schistosome infection on the epigenome of the snail. Results to date reveal a complex relationship, manifested by the ability of the schistosome to manipulate the snail genome, including the expression of specific genes. Notably, the parasite subverts the stress response of the host to ensure productive parasitism. Indeed, in isolates of B. glabrata native to central and South America, susceptible to infection with S. mansoni, the heat shock protein 70 (Bg-HSP70) gene of this snail is rapidly relocated in the nucleus and transcribed to express HSP70

  18. Coinfection of Schistosoma Species with Hepatitis B or Hepatitis C Viruses.

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    Abruzzi, Amy; Fried, Bernard; Alikhan, Sukaina B

    2016-01-01

    directly impacts statistical power and can result in a Type II error; geographic area, which may reflect differences in population genetics, public health history, environmental differences or any number of other important factors (i.e. Egypt, Brazil, China); method of testing for schistosomal infections (i.e. stool vs antibody test); method of testing to determine if advanced schistosomal disease was present (i.e. ultrasound, liver biopsy vs none); method of serological testing for HBV (i.e. use of HBsAg alone or with other markers or DNA testing); method of serological testing for HCV (i.e. use of anti-HCV alone or with RNA testing) and, year of the study, which reflects among other things, technological improvements between tests as well as possible changes in the frequency of exposure in the populations under study (i.e. use of parenteral antischistosomal therapy vs the oral antischistosomal medication). Despite all these differences, throughout this review we have observed general patterns that seem largely consistent with one another. Studies conducted on general, largely asymptomatic populations tend to support the view that having one of the diseases in question (i.e. schistosomiasis) does not necessarily predispose one to becoming coinfected with another (i.e. HBV or HCV). Rather, the probability of becoming coinfected seems most closely associated with modes of transmission for either HBV or HCV in schistosome-endemic areas, such as the past use of parenteral antischistosomal therapy or frequent blood transfusion. Once coinfected, however, the clinical course of illness for those with Schistosoma-HBV or Schistosoma-HCV infections are typically much more severe than for mono-infected subjects. The strongest evidence for this was found in the half-dozen or so prospective cohort studies that systematically monitored disease progression in their subjects. With respect to HBV infection, coinfection with Schistosoma prolonged the carriage state and more often resulted

  19. Investigation of the proteolytic functions of an expanded cercarial elastase gene family in Schistosoma mansoni.

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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Cercarial elastase is the major invasive larval protease in Schistosoma mansoni, a parasitic blood fluke, and is essential for host skin invasion. Genome sequence analysis reveals a greatly expanded family of cercarial elastase gene isoforms in Schistosoma mansoni. This expansion appears to be unique to S. mansoni, and it is unknown whether gene duplication has led to divergent protease function. METHODS: Profiling of transcript and protein expression patterns reveals that cercarial elastase isoforms are similarly expressed throughout the S. mansoni life cycle. Computational modeling predicts key differences in the substrate-binding pockets of various cercarial elastase isoforms, suggesting a diversification of substrate preferences compared with the ancestral gene of the family. In addition, active site labeling of SmCE reveals that it is activated prior to exit of the parasite from its intermediate snail host. CONCLUSIONS: The expansion of the cercarial gene family in S. mansoni is likely to be an example of gene dosage. In addition to its critical role in human skin penetration, data presented here suggests a novel role for the protease in egress from the intermediate snail host. This study demonstrates how enzyme activity-based analysis complements genomic and proteomic studies, and is key in elucidating proteolytic function.

  20. Schistosoma mansoni α1,3-fucosyltransferase-F generates the Lewis X antigen.

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    Mickum, Megan L; Rojsajjakul, Teerapat; Yu, Ying; Cummings, Richard D

    2016-03-01

    Genetic evidence suggests that the Schistosoma mansoni genome contains six genes that encode α1,3-fucosyltransferases (smFuTs). To date, the activities and specificities of these putative fucosyltransferases are unknown. As Schistosoma express a variety of fucosylated glycans, including the Lewis X antigen Galβ1-4(Fucα1-3)GlcNAcβ-R, it is likely that this family of genes encode enzymes that are partly responsible for the generation of those structures. Here, we report the molecular cloning of fucosyltransferase-F (smFuT-F) from S. mansoni, as a soluble, green fluorescent protein fusion protein and its acceptor specificity. The gene smFuT-F was expressed in HEK freestyle cells, purified by affinity chromatography, and analyzed toward a broad panel of glycan acceptors. The enzyme product of smFuT-F effectively utilizes a type II chain acceptor Galβ1-4GlcNAc-R, but notably not the LDN sequence GalNAcβ1-4GlcNAc-R, to generate Lewis X type-glycans, and smFuT-F transcripts are present in all intramammalian life stages. PMID:26582608

  1. Block diagonal and schur complement preconditioners for block-toeplitz systems with small size blocks

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    Ching, WK; Ng, MK; Wen, YW

    2007-01-01

    In this paper we consider the solution of Hermitian positive definite block-Toeplitz systems with small size blocks. We propose and study block diagonal and Schur complement preconditioners for such block-Toeplitz matrices. We show that for some block-Toeplitz matrices, the spectra of the preconditioned matrices are uniformly bounded except for a fixed number of outliers where this fixed number depends only on the size of the block. Hence, conjugate gradient type methods, when applied to solv...

  2. Right bundle branch block

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    Bussink, Barbara E; Holst, Anders Gaarsdal; Jespersen, Lasse;

    2013-01-01

    AimsTo determine the prevalence, predictors of newly acquired, and the prognostic value of right bundle branch block (RBBB) and incomplete RBBB (IRBBB) on a resting 12-lead electrocardiogram in men and women from the general population.Methods and resultsWe followed 18 441 participants included.......5%/2.3% in women, P Right bundle branch block was associated with significantly...... increased all-cause and cardiovascular mortality in both genders with age-adjusted hazard ratios (HR) of 1.31 [95% confidence interval (CI), 1.11-1.54] and 1.87 (95% CI, 1.48-2.36) in the gender pooled analysis with little attenuation after multiple adjustment. Right bundle branch block was associated...

  3. Bactericidal block copolymer micelles.

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    Vyhnalkova, Renata; Eisenberg, Adi; van de Ven, Theo

    2011-05-12

    Block copolymer micelles with bactericidal properties were designed to deactivate pathogens such as E. coli bacteria. The micelles of PS-b-PAA and PS-b-P4VP block copolymers were loaded with biocides TCMTB or TCN up to 20 or 30 wt.-%, depending on the type of antibacterial agent. Bacteria were exposed to loaded micelles and bacterial deactivation was evaluated. The micelles loaded with TCN are bactericidal; bacteria are killed in less than two minutes of exposure. The most likely interpretation of the data is that the biocide is transferred to the bacteria by repeated micelle/bacteria contacts, and not via the solution. PMID:21275041

  4. Crescimento aéreo e radicular da soja em solos compactados e inoculados com estirpes de Bradyrhizobium japonicum

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    E. V. S. Borges

    2000-03-01

    Full Text Available Um experimento com soja, utilizando amostras de um Latossolo Vermelho-Escuro álico textura média foi realizado em casa de vegetação da Universidade Federal de Uberlândia (MG, de julho/96 a fevereiro/97, visando avaliar o comportamento de estirpes de Bradyrhizobium japonicum inoculadas e nativas do solo e efeitos de níveis de compactação subsuperficial na produção de matéria seca da parte aérea (PMSPA, de raízes no anel superior da coluna e na absorção e concentração de nitrogênio na parte aérea da soja. Os tratamentos dispostos em fatorial 2 x 3 x 4 corresponderam à brometização e não-brometização do solo, presença de três estirpes de Bradyrhizobium japonicum (nativa do solo, SEMIA 5079 e SEMIA 5080 inoculadas na semente e de quatro níveis de compactação (densidades de: 1,15; 1,30; 1,45 e 1,60 kg dm-3, aplicados com prensa hidráulica no solo do anel central de uma coluna formada pela sobreposição de três anéis de PVC de 15 cm de diâmetro. Quarenta e sete dias após a emergência, as plantas foram cortadas, secas e pesadas, e as raízes do anel superior coletadas e quantificadas. A PMSPA foi crescente com a brometização do solo e inoculação com a estirpe SEMIA 5080, dentro das densidades de até 1,30 kg dm-3. Para valores maiores do que este, as estirpes estudadas não diferiram entre si. A compactação promoveu reduções lineares na produção de matéria seca da parte aérea no solo não-brometizado e parabólico, e maior produção na densidade de 1,35 kg dm-3 no solo brometizado. A concentração de nitrogênio na parte aérea foi significativamen-te menor com a inoculação da estirpe SEMIA 5079 no solo brometizado e não diferiu entre si no solo não brometizado. Maior produção de raízes na camada superficial ocorreu na ausência de brometização do solo e de inoculação com Bradyrhizobium japonicum. Com a brometização, a maior produção ocorreu com a inoculação da estirpe SEMIA 5079. A

  5. E-Block: A Tangible Programming Tool with Graphical Blocks

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    Danli Wang; Yang Zhang; Shengyong Chen

    2013-01-01

    This paper designs a tangible programming tool, E-Block, for children aged 5 to 9 to experience the preliminary understanding of programming by building blocks. With embedded artificial intelligence, the tool defines the programming blocks with the sensors as the input and enables children to write programs to complete the tasks in the computer. The symbol on the programming block's surface is used to help children understanding the function of each block. The sequence information is transfer...

  6. A Place for Block Play.

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    Moore, Gary T.

    1997-01-01

    Discusses the importance of block play--including its contributions to perceptual, fine motor, and cognitive development--and components of a good preschool block play area. Recommends unit blocks complemented by stacking blocks, toys, beads, cubes, and Brio wooden toys. Makes recommendations for space, size, locations and connections to other…

  7. BIOCHEMICAL AND IMMUNOLOGICAL CHARACTERIZATION OF THE 200kD SCHISTOSOMULUM SURFACE ANTIGEN COMMON TO SCHISTOSOMA MANSONI AND SCHISTOSOMA JAPONICUM%曼氏和日本血吸虫童虫体表200kD共同抗原的生化与免疫学特性

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    易新元; 周金春; 王庆林

    2000-01-01

    Objective To study the biochemecal and immunological characterization of the 200 kD schistosomulum surface antigen Method and results A very high molecular weight schistosomulum surface antigen of Mr>200kD was identified and characterized using monoclonal antibodies. Carbohydrate modification experiments followed by radioimmunobinding assays demonstrated that the epitope recognised by the mAbs on this antigen was carbohydrate in nature, while protein digestion experiments followed by SDS-PAGE indicated that this antigen also contained protein. Immunoprecipitation of 125I-labelled cercarial, schistosomulum, adult worm and miracidial surface antigens followed by gel analysis showed the carbohydrate epitope to be present on 5 cercarial, 2 schistosomulum and 5 miracidial surface molecules, and suggested a possible ecological function involved in adapting the parasite to the aquatic free-living stages of its life cycle and possibly also in protecting the early schistosomula from host immune damage. The 5 cercarial surfacs antigens proved to be associated with the CHR, since all the mAbs which recognised those antigens could induce a strong CHR. A kinetic investigation of the carbohydrate epitope on schistosomula of different ages demonstrated a gradual and possibly irreversible loss during the culture period. The epitope completely disappeared from the surface of adult worms. Conclusion To demonstrate an epitope common to a number of surface molecules of various developmental stages of schistosome and therefore explains the immunological cross - reactivity among different stages at the molecular level.

  8. Effects of Block Scheduling

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    William R. Veal

    1999-09-01

    Full Text Available This study examined the effects of a tri-schedule on the academic achievement of students in a high school. The tri-schedule consists of traditional, 4x4 block, and hybrid schedules running at the same time in the same high school. Effectiveness of the schedules was determined from the state mandated test of basic skills in reading, language, and mathematics. Students who were in a particular schedule their freshman year were tested at the beginning of their sophomore year. A statistical ANCOVA test was performed using the schedule types as independent variables and cognitive skill index and GPA as covariates. For reading and language, there was no statistically significant difference in test results. There was a statistical difference mathematics-computation. Block mathematics is an ideal format for obtaining more credits in mathematics, but the block format does little for mathematics achievement and conceptual understanding. The results have content specific implications for schools, administrations, and school boards who are considering block scheduling adoption.

  9. Spice Blocks Melanoma Growth

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    Curcumin, the pungent yellow spice found in both turmeric and curry powders, blocks a key biological pathway needed for development of melanoma and other cancers, according to a study that appears in the journal Cancer. Researchers from The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center demonstrate how curcumin stops laboratory strains of…

  10. Contaminated soil concrete blocks

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    Korte, de A.C.J.; Brouwers, H.J.H.; Limbachiya, Mukesh C.; Kew, Hsein Y.

    2009-01-01

    According to Dutch law the contaminated soil needs to be remediated or immobilised. The main focus in this article is the design of concrete blocks, containing contaminated soil, that are suitable for large production, financial feasible and meets all technical and environmental requirements. In ord

  11. "In vivo" leukocyte chemotaxis in experimental mice Schistosoma mansoni infection Quimiotaxia de leucócitos "in vivo" na infecção experimental por Schistosoma mansoni

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    Kirte Maria Teixeira

    1994-06-01

    Full Text Available The "in vivo" chemotaxis was studied in C57B1/10 mice 10, 30, 50 and 60 days after a Schistosoma mansoni infection in comparison to a control group (uninfected mice. Staphylococcal protein A was injected into a connective tissue air pouch of control and experimental mice and the leukocyte chemotaxis was counted. A decrease in polymorphonuclear (PMN leukocyte response was found in infected mice in comparison to the control group (pA quimiotaxia de leucócitos "in vivo" foi avaliada em camundongos da linhagem C57B1/10 e estudada 10, 30, 50 e 60 dias após a infecção por Schistosoma mansoni. A proteína A foi utilizada como quimiotático e injetada no tecido conjuntivo no dorso dos camundongos dos grupos experimentais e controle. Nos grupos experimentais foi observado uma diminuição na resposta dos leucócitos polimorfonucleares (PMN em comparação com o grupo controle (p<0.05. Os camundongos estudados 10 dias após a infecção, mostraram uma diminuição na resposta quimiotática de leucócitos PMN, comparando com o grupo controle (p<0.05 e este dado tornou-se mais evidente nos grupos experimentais estudados 30 e 50 dias após a infecção. Apesar da resposta quimiotática dos leucócitos PMN nos camundongos estudados 60 dias após a infecção aumentarem em comparação aos animais analisados 50 dias após a infecção, este aumento foi bem menor em relação ao grupo controle. A resposta quimiotática dos mononucleares não apresentou diferença significativa entre camundongos experimentais e controles

  12. Tegumental Ca-stimulated adenosine triphosphatase activity in adult Schistosoma mansoni worms Atividade da adenosina trifosfatase estimulada pelo Ca no tegumento de vermes adultos de Schistosoma mansoni

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    Italo M. Cesari

    1989-09-01

    Full Text Available A Ca-stimulated ATPase activity (pH 9.5 associated with the tegumental membrane enriched (TME fraction of Schistosoma mansoni adults was partially inhibited by NAP-taurine or by increasing concentrations of chlorpromazine; endogenous calmodulin was found associated with the TME fraction. A similar activity (pH 8.6 was histochemically visualized whithin the tegument of fixed worms on the cytoplasmic leaflet of both the doubel surface membrane and the basement membrane; this reaction was inhibited by 1 µM chloropromazine and it was also observed on the inner side of double membrane vesicles present in the TME fraction. No ATPase activity could be seen at alkaline pH with added Mg or Na/K ions. Without ATP, the addition of external Ca to the fixed worms induced the appearance of lead precipitates on the tegumental discoid bodies; this reaction was inhibited by molybdate and not by chlorpromazine. The intrategumentary regulation of calcium by the systems described and the possible use of phenothiazines against schistosimes are discussed.A atividade ATPse (pH 9.5 estimulada por ions de Ca associados a uma fração enriquecida de membranas do tegumento (fração EMT de vermes adultos de Schistosoma mansoni, foi inibida pro NAP-taurina ou por concentrações crescentes de clorpromacina. Foi encontrada calmodulina enfogena associada principlamente a esta fração. Em vermes adultos fixados com glutaraldeido se detectou histoquimicamente uma atividade ATPase similar (pH 8.6 na face citoplasmática da dupla membrana de superfície e da membrana por 1 µM de clorpromacina e foi também observada na face interna de vesículas de dupla membrana presentes na fração EMT. Não se pôde detectar atividade ATpase em pH alcalino na presença de ions de Mg ou Na/K. A adição externa de Ca, sem ATP, aos vermes fixados induz ao aparecimento de precipitados nos corpos discóides do tegumento; esta reação foi inibida. Os resultados são discutidos em relação a

  13. Edit Distance with Block Deletions

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    Several variants of the edit distance problem with block deletions are considered. Polynomial time optimal algorithms are presented for the edit distance with block deletions allowing character insertions and character moves, but without block moves. We show that the edit distance with block moves and block deletions is NP-complete (Nondeterministic Polynomial time problems in which any given solution to such problem can be verified in polynomial time, and any NP problem can be converted into...

  14. Fermion-Scalar Conformal Blocks

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    Iliesiu, Luca; Poland, David; Pufu, Silviu S; Simmons-Duffin, David; Yacoby, Ran

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    We compute the conformal blocks associated with scalar-scalar-fermion-fermion 4-point functions in 3D CFTs. Together with the known scalar conformal blocks, our result completes the task of determining the so-called `seed blocks' in three dimensions. Conformal blocks associated with 4-point functions of operators with arbitrary spins can now be determined from these seed blocks by using known differential operators.

  15. Isolation and specific detection of two major schistosoma gut-associated circulating antigens%血吸虫肠相关循环抗原组分CAA和CCA的纯化与特异检测

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    目的为探讨血吸虫肠相关循环抗原CAA与CCA诊断靶微粒上表位特异性的差别,并试探获取其纯化制品用于定量检测的标准系列。 方法对两组分进行了亲和层析及阴离子交换剂高压液相纯化分离,并应用单抗检测系统进行同相和异相交互测试。 结果 Mono-Q HPLC梯度洗脱分离AWAj-TCA可溶组分,可获得一个带阳离子活性的非结合CCA-1峰及3个大小不等的,带阳离子活性的CCA-2,CCA-3,CCA-4非结合洗脱峰,以及一个带阴离子活性CAA-1洗脱峰。CAA活性峰在峰谱上与CCA-3有部分重叠。与单抗亲和层析纯品的活性对比测定显示CCA-1与CCA-2为该组分的主要构成,但CCA-2及CAA-1在本实验条件下均有微量的相互杂染。同相和异相双位点ELISA的4种组合交互检测,展示CCA只能在捕获与检测抗体同为抗CCA单抗的一种组合中被检示,而另3种组合都只能测出CAA组分。 结论血吸虫肠相关CCA组分为一兼含两性电荷的分子混合体;而CAA分子上具有一个可被抗CCA单抗识别的活性表位位点,从而可能影响纯化分离和特异检测。%Objectives To investigate the nature of the common epitopes of Schistosoma japonicum (S. japonicum) circulating anodic (CAA) and circulating cathodic antigen (CCA) and to try to obtain sufficient purified material to set up a standard series for quantitative determinations. Methods Isolation of the two worm fractions from a trichloroacetic acid (TCA) soluble preparation of S. japonicum adult worm antigen (AWAj-TCA) via Mono-Q anion exchange chromatography was performed and analysis of specific reactivity of the eluted fractions was done by antigen-capture Enzyme Linked Immuno Sorbent Assay (ELISA) specific for CAA or CCA with reference to affinity purified preparations of S. mansoni CAA and CCA. Results When an ionic strength gradient was used, CCA was eluted in two major peaks, an unbound

  16. Effects of NaCl Stress on Chlorophyll Fluorescence Parameters in Cinnamomum japonicum var. chenii%NaCl胁迫对普陀樟叶绿素荧光参数的影响

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    李影丽; 汪奎宏; 杜国坚; 许利群; 杨华; 肖纪军

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    [Objective] Study on the changes of chlorophyll fluorescence parameters in Cinnamomum japonicum var. chenii under NaCl stress. [Method] The seedling growth increment, chlorophyll content and chlorophyll fluorescence parameters in leaves of 1-year old Cinnamomum japonicum var. chenii were investigated in field experiment. [Result] Under NaCl stress, seedling growth increment reduced and the chlorophyll content decreased to a stable value; changes of Fv/Fm and Fv/Fo showed identical increasing trend and double peak type. With the aggravation of salt stress, most variations were ob- served in Fo, correlations among chlorophyll fluorescence parameters presented "rise-drop" trend (in the treatment of 7 g/L NaCl). [Condusion] Cinna-momum japonicum var. chenii is endowed with strong salt resistance and wide adaptability.

  17. NCCN Evidence Blocks.

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    Carlson, Robert W; Jonasch, Eric

    2016-05-01

    NCCN has developed a series of Evidence Blocks: graphics that provide ratings for each recommended treatment regimen in terms of efficacy, toxicity, quality and consistency of the supporting data, and affordability. The NCCN Evidence Blocks are currently available in 10 tumor types within the NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology (NCCN Guidelines). At a glance, patients and providers can understand how a given treatment was assessed by the NCCN Guidelines Panel and get a sense of how a given treatment may match individual needs and preferences. Robert W. Carlson, MD, CEO of NCCN, described the reasoning behind this new feature and how the tool is used, and Eric Jonasch, MD, Professor of Genitourinary Medical Oncology at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, and Vice Chair of the NCCN Kidney Cancer Panel, described its applicability in the management of metastatic renal cell carcinoma. PMID:27226499

  18. SUPERFICIAL CERVICAL PLEXUS BLOCK

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    Full Text Available Superficial cervical plexus block is one of the regional anesthesia in  neck were limited to thesuperficial fascia. Anesthesia is used to relieve pain caused either during or after the surgery iscompleted. This technique can be done by landmark or with ultrasound guiding. The midpointof posterior border of the Sternocleidomastoid was identified and the prosedure done on thatplace or on the level of cartilage cricoid.

  19. Garlic attenuates histological and histochemical alterations in livers of Schistosoma mansoni infected mice.

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    Mahmoud, Y I; Riad, N H; Taha, H

    2016-08-01

    Interest in screening for new anti-schistosomal agents is growing because of increased concerns about resistance to and safety of praziquantel. We investigated the anti-schistosomal action of prophylactic and therapeutic doses of garlic on the histological and histochemical alterations caused by Schistosoma mansoni infection. Livers of infected mice were characterized by granulomas, periportal inflammation and fibrosis, hepatocyte vacuolation, fatty degeneration and necrosis, and hypertrophy and pigmentation of Kupffer cells. Significant depletion of carbohydrates and increased lipid vacuoles also were observed. All garlic regimens caused suppression of granuloma formation and amelioration of histological and histochemical changes; the continuous treatment protocol produced the best results. Garlic appears to be a safe and economical anti-schistosomal adjuvant for attenuating the pathogenicity of schistosomiasis. PMID:27045197

  20. Purification and characterization of an elastinolytic proteinase secreted by cercariae of Schistosoma mansoni.

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    McKerrow, J H; Pino-Heiss, S; Lindquist, R; Werb, Z

    1985-03-25

    An elastinolytic proteinase secreted by tissue-invasive larvae of Schistosoma mansoni has been purified to homogeneity. Size-exclusion chromatography and chromatofocusing were used to purify the enzyme 18-fold from crude larval secretions. The native enzyme has a molecular weight of 30,000, a pI of 8, a pH optimum of 9, and a calcium dependence of 2 mM. A second Mr 17,000 form of the enzyme was present in crude secretions and appears to be an autoproteolysis product. The enzyme is a serine proteinase that preferentially binds tetrapeptide inhibitors or substrates with an aromatic or hydrophobic residue at the P-1 site. In addition to being active against elastin, the enzyme degrades Azocoll, gelatin, laminin, fibronectin, keratin, and type IV collagen.

  1. Specific immunoglobulin measurements related to exposure and resistance to Schistosoma mansoni infection in Sudanese canal cleaners

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    Satti, M.Z.; Lind, Peter; Vennervald, B.J.;

    1996-01-01

    The present work comprises a longitudinal study of Schistosoma mansoni infection in occupationally hyper-exposed canal cleaners in the Sudan and the influence of chemotherapy on humoral immune parameters. The study groups included chronically infected canal cleaners (n = 19), newly recruited canal...... cleaners (n = 17), normally exposed adults (n = 31), school children (n = 46) and Sudanese negative controls (n = 48). Previous studies of the same canal cleaners have demonstrated that chronically infected canal cleaners were more resistant to reinfection than newly recruited canal cleaners. ELISA...... was used to detect specific IgE and IgG subclasses in response to whole worm antigen (WWH) and soluble egg antigen (SEA) before and 3 months after praziquantel treatment in the groups of canal cleaners and before and 1 year after treatment in normally exposed adults. When intensity of infection...

  2. Effects of non-specific immunopotentiators in experimental Schistosoma mansoni infection. II. Corynebacterium parvum.

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    Teixeira, K M; Coutinho, E M; Abath, F G; Montenegro, S M

    1996-01-01

    The effects of Corynebacterium parvum on host protection, tissue reaction and "in vivo" chemotaxis in Schistosoma mansoni infected mice were studied. The C. parvum was given intraperitoneally using a dose of 0.7 mg, twice a week (for 4 weeks), thirty days before (prophylactic treatment) or after infection (curative treatment). The host protection was evaluated through the recovery of adult worms by liver perfusion and was lower in the prophylactic group as compared to the control group (p = 0.018), resulting in 44% protection. The "in vivo" leukocyte response in both prophylactic and curative groups was higher as compared to the infected/non treated group (p = 0.009 and p = 0.003, respectively). Tissue reactions were described in the experimental and control groups, but there were not remarkable differences among them. The possible biological implications and relevance of the findings for the defensive response of the host and control of schistosomiasis are discussed. PMID:9293078

  3. Immunostimulatory effects of extract of Pulicaria crispa before and after Schistosoma mansoni infection.

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    Maghraby, Amany S; Shalaby, Nagwa; Abd-Alla, Howida I; Ahmed, Samia A; Khaled, Hussein M; Bahgat, Mahmoud M

    2010-01-01

    The immunostimulatory effects of methanolic extract from Pulicaria crispa were investigated in mice before and after infection with Schistosoma mansoni. Mice were subjected for daily intra-peritoneal injection by the extract (33 ng/mouse) for 10 successive days followed by infecting every mouse with 100 S. mansoni cercariae. Treatment with the extract induced significant increase (p < 0.05) in sera-IL-2 before and after infection. Upon using soluble worm antigen preparation or cancer bladder homogenates as antigens in ELISA, the detected levels of IgG were significantly (p < 0.05) higher in sera from treated-infected mice than untreated P. crispa infected mice. Using crude Escherichia coli lysate as an antigen in ELISA, it was detected a significant (p < 0.05) increase in IgG levels in sera from the extract-treated mice before and after infection.

  4. Dyarrheal Syndrome in a Patient Co-Infected with Leishmania infantum and Schistosoma mansoni

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    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available This case report describes an atypical clinical presentation of visceral leishmaniasis affecting the digestive tract and causing malabsorption syndrome in a patient without recognized immunosuppressive condition. After appropriate treatment for the classical visceral form of the disease, diarrhea persisted as the main symptom and massive infection by Leishmania was detected by histopathology analysis of the duodenal mucosa. Schistosoma mansoni coinfection was also confirmed and treated without impact on diarrhea. New course of amphotericin B finally led to complete improvement of diarrhea. Atypical visceral leishmaniasis involving the gastrointestinal tract is well recognized in HIV coinfection but very rare in immunocompetent patients. The factors determining the control or evolution of the Leishmania infection have not been completely identified. This case stresses the importance of atypical symptoms and the unusual location of visceral leishmaniasis, not only in immunodepressed patients, and raises the possible influence of chronic infection by S. mansoni reducing the immune response to Leishmania.

  5. The impact of iron supplementation on reinfection with intestinal helminths and Schistosoma mansoni in western Kenya

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    Olsen, Annette; Nawiri, J; Friis, Henrik

    2001-01-01

    A randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind trial was carried out in 1994-96 among 231 children and 181 adults in order to determine the effects of iron on reinfection rates and intensities of hookworm, Ascaris lumbricoides, Trichuris trichiura and Schistosoma mansoni. Adults given 60 mg...... elemental iron twice-weekly for 12 months had significantly lower reinfection rates of A. lumbricoides (16.7% vs 31.9%, P = 0.046), T. trichiura (6.9% vs 20.6%, P = 0.03) and S. mansoni (38.3% vs 61.8%, P = 0.008) compared to adults given placebo. In contrast, adults allocated to iron had a significantly...... reinfection rates or intensities in children. Multiple logistic regression analyses controlling for baseline infection status confirmed the effect in adults of iron on A. lumbricoides, T. trichiura and S. mansoni reinfection rates. The effect is suggested to be due to reduced risk behaviour, to improved...

  6. Compatibility of Ugandan Schistosoma mansoni isolates with Biomphalaria snail species from Lake Albert and Lake Victoria

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    Adriko, Moses; Standley, Claire J.; Tinkitina, Benjamin;

    2013-01-01

    In order to investigate the capacity of being intermediate host for Schistosoma mansoni, the Ugandan F1 generation of Biomphalaria snail species that were laboratory-bred from parent populations originally collected from either Lake Victoria or Lake Albert was challenged with sympatric and non......-sympatric S. mansoni isolates. After a prepatent period of 20 days, a daily 10-hourly snail shedding for cercariae was done to determine the infection rate, cercarial production per hour and survival period of infected snails. The study suggests that when parasite strains from a different geographical origin...... is used for infection, survival of infected snails increase, leading to an increased transmission potential. Although earlier literature had indicated that the Lake Victoria Biomphalaria sudanica is refractory to S. mansoni, we showed that all Ugandan Biomphalaria spp., including B. sudanica from all...

  7. The growth and development of Schistosoma mansoni in mice exposed to sublethal doses of radiation

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    Aitken, R.; Wilson, R.A. (Univ. of York, Heslington (England))

    1989-12-01

    The maturation of Schistosoma mansoni was studied in mice exposed to various sublethal doses of radiation. Although the treatment of mice with 500 rads of radiation prior to infection did not alter parasite maturation, doses in excess of 500 rads led to a reduction in worm burden. This could not be attributed to a delay in the arrival of parasites in the hepatic portal system. Worms developing in mice treated with 800 rads commenced egg-laying about 1 wk later than worms in intact mice, and the rate of egg deposition appeared to be lower in irradiated hosts. The data demonstrate that exposure of C57BL/6 mice to doses of radiation in excess of 500 rads impairs their ability to carry infections of S. mansoni. The findings do not support the hypothesis that primary worm burdens in the mouse are controlled by a host immune response.

  8. The schistosoma-specific antibody response after treatment in non-immune travellers

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    Duus, Liv Marie; Christensen, Anders Vittrup; Navntoft, Dorte;

    2009-01-01

    ) and Membrane Bound Antigen (MBA) assays in assessment of treatment efficacy and number of treated non-immune individuals with signs of treatment failure. In a retrospective study, residents in Denmark diagnosed with positive Schistosoma antibodies in the period 1987 - 2004 were offered follow-up including...... analyses for GAA, MBA, IgE and eosinophil count. Among 98 patients with positive antibody at time of diagnosis, 73 were examined for eggs and 27% had detectable eggs. 15% still had detectable living eggs after 1 course of treatment. At follow-up it was demonstrated that antibodies continued to increase...... for up to 6 months after treatment and average duration of positive GAA antibody was approximately 10 y. The study confirms that the GAA- and MBA-IFAT are not suitable in monitoring results of therapy. Treatment failure in 15% of non-immune patients indicates that studies are needed to define the correct...

  9. Managing access block.

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    Cameron, Peter; Scown, Paul; Campbell, Donald

    2002-01-01

    There is pessimism regarding the ability of the Acute Health Sector to manage access block for emergency and elective patients. Melbourne Health suffered an acute bed crisis in 2001 resulting in record ambulance diversions and emergency department (ED) delays. We conducted an observational study to reduce access block for emergency patients whilst maintaining elective throughput at Melbourne Health. This involved a clinician-led taskforce using previously proven principles for organisational change to implement 51 actions to improve patient access over a three-month period. The primary outcome measures were ambulance diversion, emergency patients waiting more than 12 hours for an inpatient bed, elective throughput and theatre cancellations. Despite a reduction in multi-day bed numbers all primary objectives were met, ambulance diversion decreased to minimal levels, 12-hour waits decreased by 40% and elective throughput was maintained. Theatre cancellations were also minimised. We conclude that access block can be improved by clinician-led implementation of proven process improvements over a short time frame. The ability to sustain change over the longer term requires further study.

  10. Morfologia e desenvolvimento de Schistosoma mansoni Sambon, 1907 em infecções unissexuais experimentalmente produzidas no camundongo Morphology and development of Schistosoma mansoni Sambon, 1907 in unisexual infections produced experimentally in mice

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    Full Text Available Estudou-se o desenvolvimento de Schistosoma mansoni em infecções unissexuais no camundongo. Os esquistossomos fêmeos apresentaram-se menos desenvolvidos do que os machos. Houve correlação entre o comprimento dos machos e o número de testículos. Verificou-se que o isolamento sexual é prejudicial aos dois sexos, principalmente à fêmea.The Schistosoma mansoni development in mice submitted to unisexual infections was studied. The single female worms developed less than the single males. There was correlation between the male's length and the number of his tests. It was verified that sexual isolation of the schistosomes is prejudicial to both sexes, mainly for the female.

  11. E-Block: A Tangible Programming Tool with Graphical Blocks

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    Full Text Available This paper designs a tangible programming tool, E-Block, for children aged 5 to 9 to experience the preliminary understanding of programming by building blocks. With embedded artificial intelligence, the tool defines the programming blocks with the sensors as the input and enables children to write programs to complete the tasks in the computer. The symbol on the programming block's surface is used to help children understanding the function of each block. The sequence information is transferred to computer by microcomputers and then translated into semantic information. The system applies wireless and infrared technologies and provides user with feedbacks on both screen and programming blocks. Preliminary user studies using observation and user interview methods are shown for E-Block's prototype. The test results prove that E-Block is attractive to children and easy to learn and use. The project also highlights potential advantages of using single chip microcomputer (SCM technology to develop tangible programming tools for children.

  12. Dynamic Observation of Liver Fibrosis in Mice Infected with Schistosoma japonica

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    The expression of TNF-α in the liver at different periods post Schistosoma japonica infection and the effect on liver fibrosis after supplementary injection of these eytokines were investigated. The mice infected with schistosome cercariae were divided into 3 groups: normal control group, TNF-α-untreated infection group and TNF-α-treated infection group. ABC immunohistochemistry and pathologic image multimedia quantification system were applied to dynamically detect the activity of TNF-α. The results showed that the levels of TNF-α in the liver in TNF-α-untreated infection group were slowly decreased with prolongation of infection time (from 8th, 11th, 14th to 18th week), while in the TNF-α-treated infection group, those were increased significantly after intraperitoneal injection of TNF-α at 6th week after infection. At first to 8th week after the final injection of TNF-α, the intrahepatic TNF-α levels in the TNF-α-treated infection group were significantly higher than in the other two groups (P<0.01), and the granulomatous inflammation and fibrosis in the liver were also milder in the normal control group. It was concluded that at the early stage of Schistosoma japonica infection mouse liver mainly released Th1 cytokine and TNF-α from Th1 activated macrophages. Six weeks after infection (post egg deposition), exogenous supplement with intraperitoneal injection of TNF-α could induce the enhanced expression of Th1 cytokines and alleviate the liver granulomatous inflammation and fibrosis.

  13. Prolyl Oligopeptidase from the Blood Fluke Schistosoma mansoni: From Functional Analysis to Anti-schistosomal Inhibitors.

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    Full Text Available Blood flukes of the genus Schistosoma cause schistosomiasis, a parasitic disease that infects over 240 million people worldwide, and for which there is a need to identify new targets for chemotherapeutic interventions. Our research is focused on Schistosoma mansoni prolyl oligopeptidase (SmPOP from the serine peptidase family S9, which has not been investigated in detail in trematodes.We demonstrate that SmPOP is expressed in adult worms and schistosomula in an enzymatically active form. By immunofluorescence microscopy, SmPOP is localized in the tegument and parenchyma of both developmental stages. Recombinant SmPOP was produced in Escherichia coli and its active site specificity investigated using synthetic substrate and inhibitor libraries, and by homology modeling. SmPOP is a true oligopeptidase that hydrolyzes peptide (but not protein substrates with a strict specificity for Pro at P1. The inhibition profile is analogous to those for mammalian POPs. Both the recombinant enzyme and live worms cleave host vasoregulatory, proline-containing hormones such as angiotensin I and bradykinin. Finally, we designed nanomolar inhibitors of SmPOP that induce deleterious phenotypes in cultured schistosomes.We provide the first localization and functional analysis of SmPOP together with chemical tools for measuring its activity. We briefly discuss the notion that SmPOP, operating at the host-parasite interface to cleave host bioactive peptides, may contribute to the survival of the parasite. If substantiated, SmPOP could be a new target for the development of anti-schistosomal drugs.

  14. The Role of Efflux Pumps in Schistosoma mansoni Praziquantel Resistant Phenotype

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    Armada, Ana; Belo, Silvana; Carrilho, Emanuel; Viveiros, Miguel; Afonso, Ana

    2015-01-01

    Background Schistosomiasis is a neglected disease caused by a trematode of the genus Schistosoma that is second only to malaria in public health significance in Africa, South America, and Asia. Praziquantel (PZQ) is the drug of choice to treat this disease due to its high cure rates and no significant side effects. However, in the last years increasingly cases of tolerance to PZQ have been reported, which has caused growing concerns regarding the emergency of resistance to this drug. Methodology/Principal Findings Here we describe the selection of a parasitic strain that has a stable resistance phenotype to PZQ. It has been reported that drug resistance in helminths might involve efflux pumps such as members of ATP-binding cassette transport proteins, including P-glycoprotein and multidrug resistance-associated protein families. Here we evaluate the role of efflux pumps in Schistosoma mansoni resistance to PZQ, by comparing the efflux pumps activity in susceptible and resistant strains. The evaluation of the efflux activity was performed by an ethidium bromide accumulation assay in presence and absence of Verapamil. The role of efflux pumps in resistance to PZQ was further investigated comparing the response of susceptible and resistant parasites in the absence and presence of different doses of Verapamil, in an ex vivo assay, and these results were further reinforced through the comparison of the expression levels of SmMDR2 RNA by RT-PCR. Conclusions/Significance This work strongly suggests the involvement of Pgp-like transporters SMDR2 in Praziquantel drug resistance in S. mansoni. Low doses of Verapamil successfully reverted drug resistance. Our results might give an indication that a combination therapy with PZQ and natural or synthetic Pgp modulators can be an effective strategy for the treatment of confirmed cases of resistance to PZQ in S. mansoni. PMID:26445012

  15. Effects of non-specific immunopotentiators in experimental Schistosoma mansoni infection: II. Corynebacterium parvum Efeitos de imunopotenciadores não específicos na infecção experimental pelo Schistosoma mansoni: II. Corynebacterium parvum

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    1996-01-01

    The effects of Corynebacterium parvum on host protection, tissue reaction and "in vivo" chemotaxis in Schistosoma mansoni infected mice were studied. The C. parvum was given intraperitoneally using a dose of 0.7 mg, twice a week (for 4 weeks), thirty days before (prophylactic treatment) or after infection (curative treatment). The host protection was evaluated through the recovery of adult worms by liver perfusion and was lower in the prophylactic group as compared to the control group (p = 0...

  16. Block Transfer Handbook: Constructing and Negotiating Block Transfer Agreements.

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    The purpose of this handbook is to provide resources for institutions or articulation committees who are engaged in the task of investigating the feasibility of block transfer agreements. Block transfer is the process whereby a block of credits is granted to students who have successfully completed a certificate, diploma, or cluster of courses…

  17. Effect of praziquantel treatment of Schistosoma mansoni during pregnancy on intensity of infection and antibody responses to schistosome antigens

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    Tweyongyere, Robert; Mawa, Patrice A.; Emojong, Nicholas O.;

    2009-01-01

    Schistosoma mansoni during pregnancy, compared with treatment after delivery. Methods A nested cohort of 387 Schistosoma mansoni infected women was recruited within a larger trial of de-worming during pregnancy. Women were randomised to receive praziquantel or placebo during pregnancy. All women were treated...... after delivery. Infection intensity after treatment was assessed by a single Kato-Katz examination of stool samples with duplicate slides and categorised as undetected, light (1-99 eggs per gram (epg)), moderate (100-399 epg) or heavy (=400 epg). Antibodies against S. mansoni worm and egg antigens were...... infection (median (IQR) epg: 749 (521, 1169)) with S. mansoni. At six weeks after praziquantel treatment during pregnancy S. mansoni infection was not detectable in 81.9% of the women and prevalence and intensity had decreased to 11.8% light, 4.7% moderate and 1.6% heavy a similar reduction when compared...

  18. Nitric oxide production by Biomphalaria glabrata haemocytes: effects of Schistosoma mansoni ESPs and regulation through the extracellular signal-regulated kinase pathway

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    2009-04-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Schistosoma mansoni uses Biomphalaria glabrata as an intermediate host during its complex life cycle. In the snail, the parasite initially transforms from a miracidium into a mother sporocyst and during this process excretory-secretory products (ESPs are released. Nitric oxide (NO and its reactive intermediates play an important role in host defence responses against pathogens. This study therefore aimed to determine the effects of S. mansoni ESPs on NO production in defence cells (haemocytes from schistosome-susceptible and schistosome-resistant B. glabrata strains. As S. mansoni ESPs have previously been shown to inhibit extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK phosphorylation (activation in haemocytes from susceptible, but not resistant, B. glabrata the regulation of NO output by ERK in these cells was also investigated. Results Haemocytes from resistant snails challenged with S. mansoni ESPs (20 μg/ml over 5 h displayed an increase in NO production that was 3.3 times greater than that observed for unchallenged haemocytes; lower concentrations of ESPs (0.1–10 μg/ml did not significantly increase NO output. In contrast, haemocytes from susceptible snails showed no significant change in NO output following challenge with ESPs at any concentration used (0.1–20 μg/ml. Western blotting revealed that U0126 (1 μM or 10 μM blocked the phosphorylation (activation status of ERK in haemocytes from both snail strains. Inhibition of ERK signalling by U0126 attenuated considerably intracellular NO production in haemocytes from both susceptible and resistant B. glabrata strains, identifying ERK as a key regulator of NO output in these cells. Conclusion S. mansoni ESPs differentially influence intracellular NO levels in susceptible and resistant B. glabrata haemocytes, possibly through modulation of the ERK signalling pathway. Such effects might facilitate survival of S. mansoni in its intermediate host.

  19. SmSak, the second Polo-like kinase of the helminth parasite Schistosoma mansoni: conserved and unexpected roles in meiosis.

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    Thavy Long

    Full Text Available Polo-like kinases (Plks are a family of conserved regulators of a variety of events throughout the cell cycle, expanded from one Plk in yeast to five Plks in mammals (Plk1-5. Plk1 is the best characterized member of the Plk family, homolog to the founding member Polo of Drosophila, and plays a major role in cell cycle progression by triggering G2/M transition. Plk4/Sak (for Snk (Serum-inducible kinase akin kinase is a unique member of the family, structurally distinct from other Plk members, with essential functions in centriole duplication. The genome of the trematode parasite Schistosoma mansoni contains only two Plk genes encoding SmPlk1 and SmSak. SmPlk1 has been shown already to be required for gametogenesis and parasite reproduction. In this work, in situ hybridization indicated that the structurally conserved Plk4 protein, SmSak, was largely expressed in schistosome female ovary and vitellarium. Expression of SmSak in Xenopus oocytes confirmed its Plk4 conserved function in centriole amplification. Moreover, analysis of the function of SmSak in meiosis progression of G2-blocked Xenopus oocytes indicated that, in contrast to SmPlk1, SmSak cannot induce G2/M transition in the absence of endogenous Plk1 (Plx1. Unexpectedly, meiosis progression was spontaneously observed in Plx1-depleted oocytes co-expressing SmSak and SmPlk1. Molecular interaction between SmSak and SmPlk1 was confirmed by co-immunoprecipitation of both proteins. These data indicate that Plk1 and Plk4 proteins have the potential to interact and cross-activate in cells, thus attributing for the first time a potential role of Plk4 proteins in meiosis/mitosis entry. This unexpected role of SmSak in meiosis could be relevant to further consider the function of this novel Plk in schistosome reproduction.

  20. Schistosoma mansoni venom allergen-like protein 4 (SmVAL4) is a novel lipid-binding SCP/TAPS protein that lacks the prototypical CAP motifs

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    Kelleher, Alan [Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX 77030 (United States); Darwiche, Rabih [University of Fribourg, Chemin du Musée 10, CH 1700 Fribourg (Switzerland); Rezende, Wanderson C. [Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX 77030 (United States); Farias, Leonardo P.; Leite, Luciana C. C. [Instituto Butantan, São Paulo, SP (Brazil); Schneiter, Roger [University of Fribourg, Chemin du Musée 10, CH 1700 Fribourg (Switzerland); Asojo, Oluwatoyin A., E-mail: asojo@bcm.edu [Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX 77030 (United States)

    2014-08-01

    The first structure of an S. mansoni venom allergen-like protein is presented. Schistosomiasis is a parasitic disease that affects over 200 million people. Vaccine candidates have been identified, including Schistosoma mansoni venom allergen-like proteins (SmVALs) from the SCP/TAPS (sperm-coating protein/Tpx/antigen 5/pathogenesis related-1/Sc7) superfamily. The first SmVAL structure, SmVAL4, was refined to a resolution limit of 2.16 Å. SmVAL4 has a unique structure that could not be predicted from homologous structures, with longer loops and an unusual C-terminal extension. SmVAL4 has the characteristic α/β-sandwich and central SCP/TAPS cavity. Furthermore, SmVAL4 has only one of the signature CAP cavity tetrad amino-acid residues and is missing the histidines that coordinate divalent cations such as Zn{sup 2+} in other SCP/TAPS proteins. SmVAL4 has a cavity between α-helices 1 and 4 that was observed to bind lipids in tablysin-15, suggesting the ability to bind lipids. Subsequently, SmVAL4 was shown to bind cholesterol in vitro. Additionally, SmVAL4 was shown to complement the in vivo sterol-export phenotype of yeast mutants lacking their endogenous CAP proteins. Expression of SmVAL4 in yeast cells lacking endogenous CAP function restores the block in sterol export. These studies suggest an evolutionarily conserved lipid-binding function shared by CAP proteins such as SmVAL4 and yeast CAP proteins such as Pry1.

  1. Demographic Data - MDC_Block

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    NSGIC GIS Inventory (aka Ramona) — A polygon feature class of Miami-Dade Census 2000 Blocks. Census blocks are areas bounded on all sides by visible and/or invisible features shown on a map prepared...

  2. Carbohydrate metabolism alterations in Biomphalaria glabrata infected with Schistosoma mansoni and exposed to Euphorbia splendens var. hislopii latex

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    Clélia Christina Mello-Silva; Mônica Magno Vilar; Maurício Carvalho Vasconcellos; Jairo Pinheiro; Maria de Lurdes de A Rodrigues

    2010-01-01

    This paper evaluates the alterations in the glycogen content of tissues (digestive gland and cephalopedal mass) and glucose in the haemolymph of Biomphalaria glabrata BH strain infected with Schistosoma mansoni BH strain and exposed to the latex of Euphorbia splendens var. hislopii. A reduction in the glycogen deposits was observed in infected snails exposed and not exposed to latex. However, the exposure to latex caused a greater depletion of the glycogen levels in both sites analysed, espec...

  3. An In-Depth Analysis of a Piece of Shit: Distribution of Schistosoma mansoni and Hookworm Eggs in Human Stool

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    Stefanie J Krauth; Coulibaly, Jean T.; Stefanie Knopp; Mahamadou Traoré; Eliézer K. N'Goran; Jürg Utzinger

    2012-01-01

    BACKGROUND: An accurate diagnosis of helminth infection is important to improve patient management. However, there is considerable intra- and inter-specimen variation of helminth egg counts in human feces. Homogenization of stool samples has been suggested to improve diagnostic accuracy, but there are no detailed investigations. Rapid disintegration of hookworm eggs constitutes another problem in epidemiological surveys. We studied the spatial distribution of Schistosoma mansoni and hookworm ...

  4. Differential anti-glycan antibody responses in Schistosoma mansoni-infected children and adults studied by shotgun glycan microarray.

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    Angela van Diepen

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Schistosomiasis (bilharzia is a chronic and potentially deadly parasitic disease that affects millions of people in (subtropical areas. An important partial immunity to Schistosoma infections does develop in disease endemic areas, but this takes many years of exposure and maturation of the immune system. Therefore, children are far more susceptible to re-infection after treatment than older children and adults. This age-dependent immunity or susceptibility to re-infection has been shown to be associated with specific antibody and T cell responses. Many antibodies generated during Schistosoma infection are directed against the numerous glycans expressed by Schistosoma. The nature of glycan epitopes recognized by antibodies in natural schistosomiasis infection serum is largely unknown. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: The binding of serum antibodies to glycans can be analyzed efficiently and quantitatively using glycan microarray approaches. Very small amounts of a large number of glycans are presented on a solid surface allowing binding properties of various glycan binding proteins to be tested. We have generated a so-called shotgun glycan microarray containing natural N-glycan and lipid-glycan fractions derived from 4 different life stages of S. mansoni and applied this array to the analysis of IgG and IgM antibodies in sera from children and adults living in an endemic area. This resulted in the identification of differential glycan recognition profiles characteristic for the two different age groups, possibly reflecting differences in age or differences in length of exposure or infection. CONCLUSIONS/SIGNIFICANCE: Using the shotgun glycan microarray approach to study antibody response profiles against schistosome-derived glycan elements, we have defined groups of infected individuals as well as glycan element clusters to which antibody responses are directed in S. mansoni infections. These findings are significant for further

  5. Structural changes in the jejunal mucosa of mice infected with Schistosoma mansoni, fed low or high protein diets

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    Couto Janira Lúcia Assumpção; Ferreira Haroldo da Silva; Rocha Dinalva Bezerra da; Duarte Maria Eugênia Leite; Assunção Monica Lopes; Coutinho Eridan de Medeiros

    2002-01-01

    The effects of high and low-protein diets on the structure of the jejunal mucosa were studied in Schistosoma mansoni infected mice (morphology and histomorphometry). Weaning male albino mice were infected with 80 cercariae, fed with high (20%) or low-protein (5%) diets and compared to uninfected controls under the same conditions. Mice were sacrificed 12 weeks after infection. Animals submitted to a low-protein diet showed lower weight curves, mainly when infected. In the jejunal mucosa, fing...

  6. Activity of Artemether and Mefloquine against Juvenile and Adult Schistosoma mansoni in Athymic and Immunocompetent NMRI Mice

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    Keiser, Jennifer; Vargas, Mireille; Doenhoff, Michael J.

    2010-01-01

    Immune effector mechanisms can enhance the activity of antischistosomal drugs. We examined the in vivo effect of single oral doses of the antimalarials artemether (400 mg/kg) and mefloquine (200 mg/kg), recently described to have promising antischistosomal properties, against juvenile and adult Schistosoma mansoni in T cell-deficient and in comparably infected age- and sex-matched immunologically intact control mice. Artemether and mefloquine are equally effective in athymic and immunocompete...

  7. Epidemiological studies of Schistosoma mattheei infections in cattle in the highveld and lowveld communal grazing areas of Zimbabwe.

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    Pfukenyi, D M; Mukaratirwa, S; Willingham, A L; Monrad, J

    2006-09-01

    During the period between January 1999 and December 2000, the distribution and seasonal patterns of Schistosoma mattheei infections in cattle in the highveld and lowveld communal grazing areas of Zimbabwe were determined through monthly coprological examination. Faecal samples of cattle were collected from 12 and nine dipping sites in the highveld and lowveld communal grazing areas, respectively. Patterns of distribution and seasonal fluctuations of the intermediate host-snail populations and the climatic factors influencing the distribution were also determined at monthly intervals from November 1998 to October 2000, a period of 24 months, in six dams and six streams in the highveld and nine dams in the lowveld communal grazing areas. Monthly, each site was sampled for relative snail density, the vegetation cover and type, and physical and chemical properties of the water. Mean monthly rainfall and temperature were recorded. Snails collected at the same time were individually examined for shedding of cercariae of S. mattheei and Schistosoma haematobium. A total of 16264 (5418 calves, 5461 weaners and 5385 adults) faecal samples were collected during the entire period of study and 734 (4.5%) were positive for S. mattheei eggs. Significantly higher prevalences were found in the highveld compared to the lowveld (P Nymphaea caerulea and Typha species. Overall, 2.5% of B. globosus were shedding Schistosoma cercariae. In the highveld, 2.8% of B. globosus were infected with schistosome cercariae and 1.5% in the lowveld, with the figures at individual sites ranging from 0-18.8% in the highveld and from 0-4.5% in the lowveld. The cercariae recorded here were a mixture of S. mattheei and S. haematobium since they share the same intermediate host. The transmission of Schistosoma cercariae exhibited a marked seasonal pattern, being more intensive during the hot, dry season (September/November). PMID:17058440

  8. Application of AM Fungi with Bradyrhizobium japonicum in improving growth, nutrient uptake and yield of Vigna radiata L. under saline soil

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    Nisha Kadian; Kuldeep Yadav; Ashok Aggarwal

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    A pot experiment was conducted under polyhouse conditions, to evaluate the effect of two different arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi ( G. mosseae and A. laevis ) in combination with Bradyrhizobium japonicum on growth and nutrition of mungbean plant grown under different salt stress levels (4 dS m −1, 8dS m −1 and 12 dS m −1). It was found that under saline conditions, mycorrhizal fungi protect the host plant against the detrimental effect of salinity. The AM inoculated plants showed positive effec...

  9. Cloning of three ZIP/Nramp transporter genes from a Ni hyperaccumulator plant thlaspi japonicum and their Ni2+ transport abilities

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    Mizuno, Takahumi; Usui, Koji; Horie, Kenji; Nosaka, Shiro; Mizuno, Naoharu; Obata, Hitoshi

    2005-01-01

    Ni homeostasis is essential for plant cell activity, but the mechanisms of Ni-transport and delivery are unknown. To elucidate the role of ZIP and NRAMP metal-transporters for Ni2+-transport and homeostasis, we cloned their homologous genes from the Ni hyperaccumulator Thlaspi japonicum, and investigated their Ni-transporting abilities by expression in yeast. The deduced amino acid sequences of the two Zip transporter genes (TjZnt1, TjZnt2) and one Nramp transporter gene cloned had high homol...

  10. Porous block nanofiber composite filters

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    Ginley, David S.; Curtis, Calvin J.; Miedaner, Alexander; Weiss, Alan J.; Paddock, Arnold

    2016-08-09

    Porous block nano-fiber composite (110), a filtration system (10) and methods of using the same are disclosed. An exemplary porous block nano-fiber composite (110) includes a porous block (100) having one or more pores (200). The porous block nano-fiber composite (110) also includes a plurality of inorganic nano-fibers (211) formed within at least one of the pores (200).

  11. CORE SATURATION BLOCKING OSCILLATOR

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    Spinrad, R.J.

    1961-10-17

    A blocking oscillator which relies on core saturation regulation to control the output pulse width is described. In this arrangement an external magnetic loop is provided in which a saturable portion forms the core of a feedback transformer used with the thermionic or semi-conductor active element. A first stationary magnetic loop establishes a level of flux through the saturation portion of the loop. A second adjustable magnet moves the flux level to select a saturation point giving the desired output pulse width. (AEC)

  12. An atlas for Schistosoma mansoni organs and life-cycle stages using cell type-specific markers and confocal microscopy.

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    James J Collins

    Full Text Available Schistosomiasis (bilharzia is a tropical disease caused by trematode parasites (Schistosoma that affects hundreds of millions of people in the developing world. Currently only a single drug (praziquantel is available to treat this disease, highlighting the importance of developing new techniques to study Schistosoma. While molecular advances, including RNA interference and the availability of complete genome sequences for two Schistosoma species, will help to revolutionize studies of these animals, an array of tools for visualizing the consequences of experimental perturbations on tissue integrity and development needs to be made widely available. To this end, we screened a battery of commercially available stains, antibodies and fluorescently labeled lectins, many of which have not been described previously for analyzing schistosomes, for their ability to label various cell and tissue types in the cercarial stage of S. mansoni. This analysis uncovered more than 20 new markers that label most cercarial tissues, including the tegument, the musculature, the protonephridia, the secretory system and the nervous system. Using these markers we present a high-resolution visual depiction of cercarial anatomy. Examining the effectiveness of a subset of these markers in S. mansoni adults and miracidia, we demonstrate the value of these tools for labeling tissues in a variety of life-cycle stages. The methodologies described here will facilitate functional analyses aimed at understanding fundamental biological processes in these parasites.

  13. The prolonged use of niclosamide as a molluscicide for the control of Schistosoma mansoni Uso prolongado da niclosamida como moluscicida para o controle do Schistosoma mansoni

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    Pedro Coura-Filho

    1992-10-01

    Full Text Available Applications of niclosamide at three-monthly intervals were undertaken for 14 years in foci of Biomphalaria glabrata in the water sources of Peri-Peri (Capim Branco, MG. All the residents of the area were submitted to an annual fecal examination (Kato/Katz and those individuals eliminating Schistosoma mansoni eggs were treated with oxamniquine. A malacological survey was undertaken at three-monthly intervals by means of ten scoops with a perforated ladle each ten metres along the two banks of the ditches and streams of the region. Where snails were found, molluscicide was applied by means of dripping or aspersion using a 3 ppm aqueous suspension of niclosamide. Initially, a mean of 14.3% of snails in the region were found to be eliminating cercariae. Following the first four applications of molluscicide, this was reduced to 0.0% and maintained at about 1.5% throughout the program. Thus, there was a continued possibility of schistosomiasis transmission in the area and it was observed that the population of snails reestablished itself within three months of molluscicide application. The results obtained in this study do not encourage the continual use of niclosamide as the only method of control of schistosomiasis.Aplicações trimestrais de niclosamida foram realizadas catorze anos em focos de Biomphalaria glabrata nas coleções hídricas de Peri-Peri, (Capim Branco, MG. Anualmente, os residentes da área eram submetidos a um exame coproscópio (Kato-Katz e os que eliminavam ovos de Schistosoma mansoni nas fezes eram tratados com oxarnniquine. O levantamento malacológico trimestral foi realizado através de dez conchadas a cada dez metros nas duas margens das valas e córregos da região. Onde eram encontrados caramujos aplicava-se o moluscicida pela técnica de gotejamento ou aspersão de suspensão aquosa da niclosamida a 3 ppm. O índice médio de caramujos eliminando cercarias na região era de 14,3%. Após as quatro primeiras aplica

  14. Development of Schistosoma mansoni in Biomphalaria tenagophila, Biomphalaria straminea and Biomphalaria glabrata Desenvolvimento do Schistosoma mansoni em Biomphalaria tenagophila, Biomphalaria straminea e Biomphalaria glabrata

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    Cecilia Pereira de Souza

    1995-06-01

    Full Text Available A comparative study of the development of Schistosoma mansoni during the intra-molluscan phase was made by means of histological sections of Biomphalaria tenagophila, B. straminea and B. glabrata from Brazil. Two hundred snails of each species were individually exposed to 50 miracidia of the S. mansoni, AL line. No larvae were observed in the snails fixed 72 h after exposure. In specimens shedding cercariae, 31 days after exposure tissue reactions encapsulating the larvae were seen in B. tenagophila and B. straminea, in the head-foot, mantle collar and renal ducts. No tissue reactions occurred in the digestive glands of these two species. In B. glabrata the presence of numerous sporocysts and cercariae without tissue reactions was observed in the digestive gland, and other organs. The levels of infection of the snails and the average numbers of cercariae shed per day were 32.6% and 79±90 respectively for B. tenagophila, 11.3% and 112±100 for B. straminea and 75.3% and 432±436 for B. glabrata. The lower levels of infection and average numbers of cercariae shed by B. tenagophila and B. straminea are thus related to their more potent internal defense systems.Foi feito estudo comparativo do desenvolvimento do Schistosoma mansoni na fase intra-molusco, através de cortes histológicos, em Biomphalaria tenagophila, B. straminea e B. glabrata. Duzentos moluscos de cada espécie foram expostos individualmente a 50 miracídios de S. mansoni da linhagem AL. Nenhuma larva foi observada nos exemplares fixados 72 horas após a exposição. Nos exemplares eliminando cercárías, 31 dias após a exposição, foram observadas reações teciduais de encapsulamento de larvas em B. tenagophila e B. straminea, na região cefalopodal, colar do manto e dutos renais. Nas glândulas digestivas das duas espécies não foram observadas reações. Em B. glabrata foi registrada a presença de numerosos esporocistos e cercárias sem reação tecidual na gl

  15. Dicty_cDB: SLF122 [Dicty_cDB

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    Full Text Available 08990 Schistosoma mansoni, Phil LoVerde/Joe Merrick Schistosoma mansoni cDNA clon...osoma mansoni, Phil LoVerde/Joe Merrick Schistosoma mansoni cDNA clone SMNCH20 5' end similar to ATPase vacu...histosoma mansoni, Phil LoVerde/Joe Merrick Schistosoma mansoni cDNA clone SMNCG92 5' end similar to ATPase ...SJEBZB10 SJE Schistosoma japonicum cDNA, mRNA sequence. 54 0.003 1 AI067329 |AI067329.1 EST209007 Schistosom...a mansoni, Phil LoVerde/Joe Merrick Schistosoma mansoni cDNA clone SMNAS63 5' end

  16. Deep supercooling xylem parenchyma cells of katsura tree (Cercidiphyllum japonicum) contain flavonol glycosides exhibiting high anti-ice nucleation activity.

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    Kasuga, Jun; Hashidoko, Yasuyuki; Nishioka, Atsushi; Yoshiba, Megumi; Arakawa, Keita; Fujikawa, Seizo

    2008-09-01

    Xylem parenchyma cells (XPCs) of boreal hardwood species adapt to sub-freezing temperatures by deep supercooling to maintain a liquid state of intracellular water near -40 degrees C. Our previous study found that crude xylem extracts from such tree species exhibited anti-ice nucleation activity to promote supercooling of water. In the present study, thus, we attempted to identify the causative substances of supercooling. Crude xylem extracts from katsura tree (Cercidiphyllum japonicum), of which XPCs exhibited deep supercooling to -40 degrees C, were prepared by methanol extraction. The crude extracts were purified by liquid-liquid extraction and then by silica gel column chromatography. Although all the fractions obtained after each purification step exhibited some levels of anti-ice nucleation activity, only the most active fraction was retained to proceed to the subsequent level of purification. High-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) analysis of a fraction with the highest level of activity revealed four peaks with high levels of anti-ice nucleation activity in the range of 2.8-9.0 degrees C. Ultraviolet (UV), mass and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectra revealed that these four peaks corresponded to quercetin-3-O-beta-glucoside (Q3G), kaempferol-7-O-beta-glucoside (K7G), 8-methoxykaempferol-3-O-beta-glucoside (8MK3G) and kaempferol-3-O-beta-glucoside (K3G). Microscopic observations confirmed the presence of flavonoids in cytoplasms of XPCs. These results suggest that diverse kinds of anti-ice nucleation substances, including flavonol glycosides, may have important roles in deep supercooling of XPCs. PMID:18518920

  17. One-Block CYRCA: an automated procedure for identifying multiple-block alignments from single block queries

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    Frenkel-Morgenstern, Milana; Singer, Alice; Bronfeld, Hagit; Pietrokovski, Shmuel

    2005-01-01

    One-Block CYRCA is an automated procedure for identifying multiple-block alignments from single block queries (). It is based on the LAMA and CYRCA block-to-block alignment methods. The procedure identifies whether the query blocks can form new multiple-block alignments (block sets) with blocks from a database or join pre-existing database block sets. Using pre-computed LAMA block alignments and CYRCA sets from the Blocks database reduces the computation time. LAMA and CYRCA are highly sensit...

  18. The wild tapered block bootstrap

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    Hounyo, Ulrich

    In this paper, a new resampling procedure, called the wild tapered block bootstrap, is introduced as a means of calculating standard errors of estimators and constructing confidence regions for parameters based on dependent heterogeneous data. The method consists in tapering each overlapping block...... of the series first, the applying the standard wild bootstrap for independent and heteroscedastic distrbuted observations to overlapping tapered blocks in an appropriate way. Its perserves the favorable bias and mean squared error properties of the tapered block bootstrap, which is the state-of-the-art block......-order asymptotic validity of the tapered block bootstrap as well as the wild tapered block bootstrap approximation to the actual distribution of the sample mean is also established when data are assumed to satisfy a near epoch dependent condition. The consistency of the bootstrap variance estimator for the sample...

  19. The New Record of Trichogramma japonicum Ashmead,an Egg Parasitoid of Chilo suppressalis(Walker)in Jilin,China%吉林省稻螟赤眼蜂的发现和鉴定

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    郭震; 阮长春; 臧连生; 张帆; 靳锋云

    2011-01-01

    采用二化螟Chilo suppressalis(Walker)卵田间诱集的方法获得赤眼蜂Trichogramma寄生卵,室内培养羽化后,解剖并观察其雄性外生殖器特征,同时进行rDNA-ITS2序列分析,确定其为稻螟赤眼蜂T.japonicum Ashmead.BLAST分析结果表明,当地采集的供试赤眼蜂ITS2与广东的稻螟赤眼蜂相似性高达99.3%~100%.本研究首次确证吉林省存在寄生水稻二化螟的稻螟赤眼蜂自然种群.%Trichogramma wasps were collected using sentinel eggs of Chilo suppressalis (Walker) in rice fields. Throughmorphological identification of male genitalia and analysis of rDNA-ITS2 sequences, a Trichogramma species collectedwas identified as T. Japonicum Ashmead. The results of sequence alignment of ITS2 region showed that Trichogrammasp. Collected in Jilin had 99.3% - 100% similarity with T. Japonicum originated from Guangdong. The present workdemonstrated for the first time that there are natural populations of T. Japonicum parasitizing C. Suppressalis in Jilin,China.

  20. Block Voter Model

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    2011-01-01

    We introduce and study the block voter model with noise on two-dimensional square lattices using Monte Carlo simulations and finite-size scaling techniques. The model is defined by an outflow dynamics where a central set of $N_{PCS}$ spins, here denoted by persuasive cluster spins (PCS), tries to influence the opinion of their neighbouring counterparts. We consider the collective behaviour of the entire system with varying PCS size. When $N_{PCS}>2$, the system exhibits an order-disorder phase transition at a critical noise parameter $q_{c}$ which is a monotonically increasing function of the size of the persuasive cluster. We conclude that how large the PCS is more power of persuasion it has. It also seems that the resulting critical behaviour is Ising-like independent of the range of the interactions.

  1. Spintronics: Conceptual Building Blocks

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    Ansermet, J.-Ph.

    The purpose of this introduction to spintronics is to provide some elementary description of its conceptual building blocks. Thus, it is intended for a newcomer to the field. After recalling rudimentary descriptions of spin precession and spin relaxation, spin-dependent transport is treated within the Boltzmann formalism. This suffices to introduce key notions such as the spin asymmetry of the conductivities in the two-current model, the spin diffusion length, and spin accumulation. Two basic mechanisms of spin relaxation are then presented, one arising from spin-orbit scattering and the other from electron-magnon collisions. Finally, the action of a spin-polarized current on magnetization is presented in a thermodynamics framework. This introduces the notion of spin torque and the characteristic length scale over which the transverse spin polarization of conduction electron decays as it is injected into a magnet.

  2. Photovoltaic building blocks

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    Hanberg, Peter Jesper; Jørgensen, Anders Michael

    2014-01-01

    it directcompetitive with fossil energy sources a further reduction is needed. By increasing the efficiency of the solar cells one gain an advantage through the whole chain of cost. So that per produced Watt of power less material is spent, installation costs are lower, less area is used etc. With an average...... efficiency of about 15% for commercial Silicon solar cells there is still much to gain. DTU Danchip provides research facilities, equipment and expertise for the building blocks that comprises fabricating the efficient solar cell. In order to get more of the sun light into the device we provide thin film......Photovoltaics (PV), better known as solar cells, are now a common day sight on many rooftops in Denmark.The installed capacity of PV systems worldwide is growing exponentially1 and is the third most importantrenewable energy source today. The cost of PV is decreasing fast with ~10%/year but to make...

  3. Atomic Basic Blocks

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    Scheler, Fabian; Mitzlaff, Martin; Schröder-Preikschat, Wolfgang

    Die Entscheidung, einen zeit- bzw. ereignisgesteuerten Ansatz für ein Echtzeitsystem zu verwenden, ist schwierig und sehr weitreichend. Weitreichend vor allem deshalb, weil diese beiden Ansätze mit äußerst unterschiedlichen Kontrollflussabstraktionen verknüpft sind, die eine spätere Migration zum anderen Paradigma sehr schwer oder gar unmöglich machen. Wir schlagen daher die Verwendung einer Zwischendarstellung vor, die unabhängig von der jeweils verwendeten Kontrollflussabstraktion ist. Für diesen Zweck verwenden wir auf Basisblöcken basierende Atomic Basic Blocks (ABB) und bauen darauf ein Werkzeug, den Real-Time Systems Compiler (RTSC) auf, der die Migration zwischen zeit- und ereignisgesteuerten Systemen unterstützt.

  4. Effect of metal stress on photosynthetic pigments in the Cu-hyperaccumulating lichens Cladonia humilis and Stereocaulon japonicum growing in Cu-polluted sites in Japan.

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    Nakajima, Hiromitsu; Yamamoto, Yoshikazu; Yoshitani, Azusa; Itoh, Kiminori

    2013-11-01

    To understand the ecology and physiology of metal-accumulating lichens growing in Cu-polluted sites, we investigated lichens near temple and shrine buildings with Cu roofs in Japan and found that Stereocaulon japonicum Th. Fr. and Cladonia humilis (With.) J. R. Laundon grow in Cu-polluted sites. Metal concentrations in the lichen samples collected at some of these sites were determined by inductively coupled plasma mass spectroscopy (ICP-MS). UV-vis absorption spectra of pigments extracted from the lichen samples were measured, and the pigment concentrations were estimated from the spectral data using equations from the literature. Secondary metabolites extracted from the lichen samples were analyzed by high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) with a photodiode array detector. We found that S. japonicum and C. humilis are Cu-hyperaccumulating lichens. Differences in pigment concentrations and their absorption spectra were observed between the Cu-polluted and control samples of the 2 lichens. However, no correlation was found between Cu and pigment concentrations. We observed a positive correlation between Al and Fe concentrations and unexpectedly found high negative correlations between Al and pigment concentrations. This suggests that Al stress reduces pigment concentrations. The concentrations of secondary metabolites in C. humilis growing in the Cu-polluted sites agreed with those in C. humilis growing in the control sites. This indicates that the metabolite concentrations are independent of Cu stress. PMID:23953993

  5. The Block-block Bootstrap: Improved Asymptotic Refinements

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    Donald W.K. Andrews

    2002-01-01

    The asymptotic refinements attributable to the block bootstrap for time series are not as large as those of the nonparametric iid bootstrap or the parametric bootstrap. One reason is that the independence between the blocks in the block bootstrap sample does not mimic the dependence structure of the original sample. This is the join-point problem. In this paper, we propose a method of solving this problem. The idea is not to alter the block bootstrap. Instead, we alter the original sample sta...

  6. Convergence rates of empirical block length selectors for block bootstrap

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    Nordman, Daniel J.; Lahiri, Soumendra N.

    2014-01-01

    We investigate the accuracy of two general non-parametric methods for estimating optimal block lengths for block bootstraps with time series – the first proposed in the seminal paper of Hall, Horowitz and Jing (Biometrika 82 (1995) 561–574) and the second from Lahiri et al. (Stat. Methodol. 4 (2007) 292–321). The relative performances of these general methods have been unknown and, to provide a comparison, we focus on rates of convergence for these block length selectors for the moving block ...

  7. Emprego da azida sódica, como conservador de fezes, para a pesquisa de ovos de Schistosoma mansoni pelo método de Kato-Katz

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    Elenice Messias do Nascimento Gonçalves

    1988-06-01

    Full Text Available O método de Kato-Katz é muito utilizado para pesquisa de ovos de helmintos nasfezes e, em determinadas ocasiões, como por exemplo no trabalho de campo, afigura-se conveniente preservar o material a examinar, com o intuito de facilitar o transporte e operacionalidade. Na tentativa de poder usar conservador sôliào, capaz de, em relação a ovos de Schistosoma mansoni, manter a morfologia, impedir a evolução e não interferir no processo de clarificação pela glicerina, os autores utilizaram a azida sádica (NaN3, que foi misturada, na quantidade de 2-3mg em aproximadamente 2 g de fezes de pacientes eliminando número conhecido de ovos, quantificados pelo processo de Kato-Katz. As fezes com preservador ficaram mantidas em temperatura ambiente e foram feitas contagens, pela mesma técnica, após uma, duas, quatro, oito e doze semanas. As observações, feitas em 53 amostras, demonstraram que em 51 o número de ovos permaneceu, aproximadamente, idêntico e com estruturas conservadas, de molde a permitir o dignóstico. Em dois casos, nas oitava e décima-segunda semanas, as fezes estavam desidratadas, ressecadas e impróprias para a contagem. A azida sódica, portanto, mostrou-se adequada para a conservação de fezes a serem submetidas ao método de Kato-Katz.The Kato-Katz technique has been widely employed in the investigation of helminthic eggs in faeces. Sometimes, however, stool specimens must be preserved, specially in field surveys, in order to allow transport and improve feasibility. In an attempt to use a solid preservative, capable of keeping the morphology of Schistosoma mansoni eggs intact, blocking parasite development, without interfering with the usual glycerin clarification method, the authors have added 2-3 mg sodium azide (NaN3 to stools. Each specimen contained about 2 g stools and was obtained from patients, who eliminated a known egg burden, determined by the Kato-Katz' technique. Stools with sodium azide were kept at room

  8. Large Block Test Final Report

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    2001-12-01

    This report documents the Large-Block Test (LBT) conducted at Fran Ridge near Yucca Mountain, Nevada. The LBT was a thermal test conducted on an exposed block of middle non-lithophysal Topopah Spring tuff (Tptpmn) and was designed to assist in understanding the thermal-hydrological-mechanical-chemical (THMC) processes associated with heating and then cooling a partially saturated fractured rock mass. The LBT was unique in that it was a large (3 x 3 x 4.5 m) block with top and sides exposed. Because the block was exposed at the surface, boundary conditions on five of the six sides of the block were relatively well known and controlled, making this test both easier to model and easier to monitor. This report presents a detailed description of the test as well as analyses of the data and conclusions drawn from the test. The rock block that was tested during the LBT was exposed by excavation and removal of the surrounding rock. The block was characterized and instrumented, and the sides were sealed and insulated to inhibit moisture and heat loss. Temperature on the top of the block was also controlled. The block was heated for 13 months, during which time temperature, moisture distribution, and deformation were monitored. After the test was completed and the block cooled down, a series of boreholes were drilled, and one of the heater holes was over-cored to collect samples for post-test characterization of mineralogy and mechanical properties. Section 2 provides background on the test. Section 3 lists the test objectives and describes the block site, the site configuration, and measurements made during the test. Section 3 also presents a chronology of events associated with the LBT, characterization of the block, and the pre-heat analyses of the test. Section 4 describes the fracture network contained in the block. Section 5 describes the heating/cooling system used to control the temperature in the block and presents the thermal history of the block during the test

  9. Dicty_cDB: SHE841 [Dicty_cDB

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  12. Covariant Approaches to Superconformal Blocks

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    Fitzpatrick, A Liam; Khandker, Zuhair U; Li, Daliang; Poland, David; Simmons-Duffin, David

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    We develop techniques for computing superconformal blocks in 4d superconformal field theories. First we study the super-Casimir differential equation, deriving simple new expressions for superconformal blocks for 4-point functions containing chiral operators in theories with N-extended supersymmetry. We also reproduce these results by extending the "shadow formalism" of Ferrara, Gatto, Grillo, and Parisi to supersymmetric theories, where superconformal blocks can be represented as superspace integrals of three-point functions multiplied by shadow three-point functions.

  13. Dimensional Reduction for Conformal Blocks

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    We consider the dimensional reduction of a CFT, breaking multiplets of the d-dimensional conformal group SO(d+1,1) up into multiplets of SO(d,1). This leads to an expansion of d-dimensional conformal blocks in terms of blocks in d-1 dimensions. In particular, we obtain a formula for 3d conformal blocks as an infinite sum over 2F1 hypergeometric functions with closed-form coefficients.

  14. Effect of maternal Schistosoma mansoni infection and praziquantel treatment during pregnancy on Schistosoma mansoni infection and immune responsiveness among offspring at age five years.

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    Robert Tweyongyere

    Full Text Available Offspring of Schistosoma mansoni-infected women in schistosomiasis-endemic areas may be sensitised in-utero. This may influence their immune responsiveness to schistosome infection and schistosomiasis-associated morbidity. Effects of praziquantel treatment of S. mansoni during pregnancy on risk of S. mansoni infection among offspring, and on their immune responsiveness when they become exposed to S. mansoni, are unknown. Here we examined effects of praziquantel treatment of S. mansoni during pregnancy on prevalence of S. mansoni and immune responsiveness among offspring at age five years.In a trial in Uganda (ISRCTN32849447, http://www.controlled-trials.com/ISRCTN32849447/elliott, offspring of women treated with praziquantel or placebo during pregnancy were examined for S. mansoni infection and for cytokine and antibody responses to SWA and SEA, as well as for T cell expression of FoxP3, at age five years.Of the 1343 children examined, 32 (2.4% had S. mansoni infection at age five years based on a single stool sample. Infection prevalence did not differ between children of treated or untreated mothers. Cytokine (IFNγ, IL-5, IL-10 and IL-13 and antibody (IgG1, Ig4 and IgE responses to SWA and SEA, and FoxP3 expression, were higher among infected than uninfected children. Praziquantel treatment of S. mansoni during pregnancy had no effect on immune responses, with the exception of IL-10 responses to SWA, which was higher in offspring of women that received praziquantel during pregnancy than those who did not.We found no evidence that maternal S. mansoni infection and its treatment during pregnancy influence prevalence and intensity of S. mansoni infection or effector immune response to S. mansoni infection among offspring at age five years, but the observed effects on IL-10 responses to SWA suggest that maternal S. mansoni and its treatment during pregnancy may affect immunoregulatory responsiveness in childhood schistosomiasis. This might have

  15. Adductor Canal Block versus Femoral Nerve Block and Quadriceps Strength

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    Jæger, Pia Therese; Nielsen, Zbigniew Jerzy Koscielniak; Henningsen, Lene Marianne;

    2013-01-01

    : The authors hypothesized that the adductor canal block (ACB), a predominant sensory blockade, reduces quadriceps strength compared with placebo (primary endpoint, area under the curve, 0.5-6 h), but less than the femoral nerve block (FNB; secondary endpoint). Other secondary endpoints were...

  16. An Isochore-Like Structure in the Genome of the Flatworm Schistosoma mansoni.

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    Lamolle, Guillermo; Protasio, Anna V; Iriarte, Andrés; Jara, Eugenio; Simón, Diego; Musto, Héctor

    2016-01-01

    Eukaryotic genomes are compositionally heterogeneous, that is, composed by regions that differ in guanine-cytosine (GC) content (isochores). The most well documented case is that of vertebrates (mainly mammals) although it has been also noted among unicellular eukaryotes and invertebrates. In the human genome, regarded as a typical mammal, this heterogeneity is associated with several features. Specifically, genes located in GC-richest regions are the GC3-richest, display CpG islands and have shorter introns. Furthermore, these genes are more heavily expressed and tend to be located at the extremes of the chromosomes. Although the compositional heterogeneity seems to be widespread among eukaryotes, the associated properties noted in the human genome and other mammals have not been investigated in depth in other taxa Here we provide evidence that the genome of the parasitic flatworm Schistosoma mansoni is compositionally heterogeneous and exhibits an isochore-like structure, displaying some features associated, until now, only with the human and other vertebrate genomes, with the exception of gene concentration. PMID:27435793

  17. Extra-cellular matrix changes in Schistosoma mansoni-infected Biomphalaria glabrata

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    Borges Claudia Maria da Cunha

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available Reactivity of snails against parasites exhibits a primitive focal reaction, with encapsulation, phagocytosis and destruction of parasite larvae by macrophage-like cells - the hemocytes. This reaction mimics granulomatous inflammation seen in higher animals. However, different from the latter, little is known about the participation of extra-cellular matrix in such snail defense reactions. Normal and Schistosoma mansoni-infected Biomphalaria glabrata of different strains were submitted to cytological, histological, ultrastructural and biochemical methods in order to investigate the behavior of extra-cellular tissues at the site of anti-parasite reactions. In spite of the presence of two cell-types in peripheral hemolymph, only one cell-type was present at the sites of tissue reactions. Although pre-existent collagen and elastic fibers and microfibrils sometimes appeared slightly compressed around focal reactions, no evidences of duplication, synthesis or deposition of connective-tissue extra-cellular components were observed within or around the zones of reactive cell accumulations. Thus, tissue reactions against S. mansoni in the snail B. glabrata appeared exclusively dependent on one specific population of hemocytes.

  18. Vaccination with antioxidant enzymes confers protective immunity against challenge infection with Schistosoma mansoni

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    Philip T LoVerde

    2004-08-01

    Full Text Available Schistosoma mansoni, an intravascular parasite, lives in a hostile environment in close contact with host humoral and cellular cytotoxic factors. To establish itself in the host, the parasite has evolved a number of immune evasion mechanisms, such as antioxidant enzymes. Our laboratory has demonstrated that the expression of antioxidant enzymes is developmentally regulated, with the highest levels present in the adult worm, the stage least susceptible to immune elimination, and the lowest levels in the larval stages, the most susceptible to immune elimination. Vaccination of mice with naked DNA constructs containing Cu/Zn cytosolic superoxide dismutase (CT-SOD, signal-peptide containing SOD or glutathione peroxidase (GPX showed significant levels of protection compared to a control group. We have further shown that vaccination with SmCT-SOD but not SmGPX results in elimination of adult worms. Anti-oxidant enzyme vaccine candidates offer an advance over existing vaccine strategies that all seem to target the larval developmental stages in that they target adult worms and thus may have therapeutic as well as prophylactic value. To eliminate the potential for cross-reactivity of SmCT-SOD with human superoxide dismutase, we identified parasite-specific epitope-containing peptides. Our results serve as a basis for developing a subunit vaccine against schistosomiasis.

  19. Vaccination with Enzymatically Cleaved GPI-Anchored Proteins from Schistosoma mansoni Induces Protection against Challenge Infection

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    Vicente P. Martins

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available The flatworm Schistosoma mansoni is a blood fluke parasite that causes schistosomiasis, a debilitating disease that occurs throughout the developing world. Current schistosomiasis control strategies are mainly based on chemotherapy, but many researchers believe that the best long-term strategy to control schistosomiasis is through immunization with an antischistosomiasis vaccine combined with drug treatment. In the search for potential vaccine candidates, numerous tegument antigens have been assessed. As the major interface between parasite and mammalian host, the tegument plays crucial roles in the establishment and further course of schistosomiasis. Herein, we evaluated the potential of a GPI fraction, containing representative molecules located on the outer surface of adult worms, as vaccine candidate. Immunization of mice with GPI-anchored proteins induced a mixed Th1/Th2 type of immune response with production of IFN-γ and TNF-α, and low levels of IL-5 into the supernatant of splenocyte cultures. The protection engendered by this vaccination protocol was confirmed by 42% reduction in worm burden, 45% reduction in eggs per gram of hepatic tissue, 29% reduction in the number of granulomas per area, and 53% reduction in the granuloma fibrosis. Taken together, the data herein support the potential of surface-exposed GPI-anchored antigens from the S. mansoni tegument as vaccine candidate.

  20. Exposure to Hycanthone alters chromatin structure around specific gene functions and specific repeats in Schistosoma mansoni

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    David eRoquis

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available Schistosoma mansoni is a parasitic plathyhelminth responsible for intestinal schistosomiasis (or bilharziasis, a disease affecting 67 million people worldwide and causing an important economic burden. The schistosomicides hycanthone, and its later proxy oxamniquine, were widely used for treatments in endemic areas during the 20th century. Recently, the mechanism of action, as well as the genetic origin of a stably and Mendelian inherited resistance for both drugs was elucidated in two strains. However, several observations suggested early on that alternative mechanisms might exist, by which resistance could be induced for these two drugs in sensitive lines of schistosomes. This induced resistance appeared rapidly, within the first generation, but was metastable (not stably inherited. Epigenetic inheritance could explain such a phenomenon and we therefore re-analyzed the historical data with our current knowledge of epigenetics. In addition, we performed new experiments such as ChIP-seq on hycanthone treated worms. We found distinct chromatin structure changes between sensitive worms and induced resistant worms from the same strain. No specific pathway was discovered, but genes in which chromatin structure modification were observed are mostly associated with transport and catabolism, which makes sense in the context of the elimination of the drug. Specific differences were observed in the repetitive compartment of the genome. We finally describe what types of experiments are needed to understand the complexity of heritability that can be based on genetic and/or epigenetic mechanisms for drug resistance in schistosomes.

  1. Comparison between morphological and staining characteristics of live and dead eggs of Schistosoma mansoni

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    AK Sarvel

    2006-10-01

    Full Text Available Schistosoma mansoni eggs are classified, according to morphological characteristics, as follows: viable mature and immature eggs; dead mature and immature eggs, shells and granulomas. The scope of this study was to compare the staining characteristics of different morphological types of eggs in the presence of fluorescent labels and vital dyes, aiming at differentiating live and dead eggs. The eggs were obtained from the intestines of infected mice, and put into saline 0.85%. The fluorescent labels were Hoechst 33258 and Acridine Orange + Ethidium Bromide and vital dyes (Trypan Blue 0.4% and Neutral Red 1%. When labelled with the probe Hoechst 33258, some immature eggs, morphologically considered viable, presented fluorescence (a staining characteristic detected only in dead eggs; mature eggs did not present fluorescence, and the other types of dead eggs, morphologically defined, showed fluorescence. As far as Acridine Orange + Ethidium Bromide are concerned, either the eggs considered to be live, or the dead ones, presented staining with green color, and only the hatched and motionless miracidium was stained with an orange color. Trypan Blue was not able to stain the eggs, considered to be dead but only dead miracidia which had emerged out of the shell. Neutral Red stained both live and dead eggs. Only the fluorescent Hoechst 33258 can be considered a useful tool for differentiation between dead and live eggs.

  2. The effects of gamma-irradiation on migration and survival of Schistosoma mansoni schistosomula in mice

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    Infections with irradiated Schistosoma mansoni were established by intramuscular injection of mechanically transformed schistosomula. A dose of 2.3 krad. allowed persistence of a small proportion of worms to adulthood, and of these survivors the majority of the female worms were sexually sterile. However, a small proportion of 2.3 krad.-irradiated females and a larger proportion of similarly irradiated males were capable of pairing successfully with non-irradiated partners. Radiation in the range 2.3 to 10 krad. resulted in slightly reduced peak recoveries from the lungs while 20 krad. resulted in a much reduced and 40 krad. a virtual absence of survival to the lung stage. Increasing doses of radiation in the range 2.3 to 10 krad. resulted in successively fewer parasites reaching the liver. Thus, the major sites of the radiation-induced mortality appeared to be 2.3 krad., mainly in the liver; 4 krad., in the lungs and liver; 10 krad., mainly in the lungs; 20 krad., at the injection site and in the lungs and 40 krad., mainly at the injection site. These infections showed reduced survival following exposure to high doses of radiation compared with the infections, established as percutaneously applied cercariae, which have been reported elsewhere. (author)

  3. Schistosoma mansoni: cambios ultraestructurales durante la transformación del miracidio in vitro

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    Emilia E. Barrios

    2004-04-01

    Full Text Available Ultrastructural changes were assessed during in vitro transformation ofmiracidia (M of Schistosoma mansoni. Morphological characteristics werebased on viability (protonefrigial integrity and uptake of trypan blue dye, larvalsize and degree of differentiation into mother sporocysts (MS during incubationin RPMI-1640 by 30 min followed by 7 days in Hansen medium. Lightmicroscopy showed that M first step of transformation occurs within 30 min,with loss of movement and ciliary epidermal plates. Transformed MS areextended, with worm-like movement and active flame cells; viability was 76% at5 days and 50% at 11 days, and increased three-fold in length reaching 300 µmduring the first 16 days. Transmission Electron Microscopy at 24 h of culturerevealed significant structural changes in tegumental composition anddistribution; free polysomes and microvilli were found in the external layer ofthe tegument. At day 7 the external membrane of MS was thin and interiorgerminative bags were observed, with electron-dense proteic granules. Theprotonefrigial system remained intact at 24 h of culture, constituted by flamecells with 11 pairs of peripheral microtubules. It is concluded that miracidialtransformation in cell-free culture results in surface alteration, and involvesultrastructural changes

  4. Schistosoma mansoni: vaccination of mice with 10-krad-irradiated, cryopreserved schistosomules

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    Protection against a Schistosoma mansoni cercarial challenge was evaluated in mice immunized with a vaccine composed of 10-krad-irradiated, cryopreserved schistosomules. The level of resistance induced in C57B1/6 or NMRI (CV) mice increased with the number of schistosomules injected. Up to 83% reduction in challenge worm burden was achieved when 5000 schistosomules were injected per mouse. Intramuscular injection of the vaccine was superior to subcutaneous. Multiple immunizations, up to 3 at 4-week intervals, did not increase the resistance induced by a single immunization. A high level of protection developed in as little as 2 weeks and was maintained through at least 12 weeks postimmunization. The vaccine irradiated with 10 krad from either a 60-cobalt or 137-cesium source induced equivalent levels of resistance, and no differences were found in the immunogenicity of vaccines comprised of organisms irradiated as cercariae or as 1- to 3-hr-old schistosomules. These findings are basic to the development of a cryopreserved, live vaccine against schistosomiasis of humans or domestic animals

  5. A Multiplex-PCR approach to identification of the Brazilian intermediate hosts of Schistosoma mansoni

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    Vidigal THDA

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available Due to difficulties concerning morphological identification of planorbid snails of the genus Biomphalaria, and given a high variation of characters and in the organs with muscular tissue, we designed specific polymerase chain reaction (PCR primers for Brazilian snail hosts of Schistosoma mansoni from available sequences of internal transcribed spacer 2 (ITS2 of the ribosomal RNA gene. From the previous sequencing of the ITS2 region, one primer was designed to anchor in the 5.8S conserved region and three other species-specific primers in the 28S region, flanking the ITS2 region. These four primers were simultaneously used in the same reaction (Multiplex-PCR, under high stringency conditions. Amplification of the ITS2 region of Biomphalaria snails produced distinct profiles (between 280 and 350 bp for B. glabrata, B. tenagophila and B. straminea. The present study demonstrates that Multiplex-PCR of ITS2-DNAr showed to be a promising auxiliary tool for the morphological identification of Biomphalaria snails, the intermediate hosts of S. mansoni.

  6. Polymyxin B as inhibitor of LPS contamination of Schistosoma mansoni recombinant proteins in human cytokine analysis

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    Pacífico Lucila G

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Recombinant proteins expressed in Escherichia coli vectors are generally contaminated with endotoxin. In this study, we evaluated the ability of Polymyxin B to neutralize the effect of LPS present as contaminant on Schistosoma mansoni recombinant proteins produced in E. coli in inducing TNF-α and IL-10. Peripheral blood mononuclear cells from individuals chronically infected with S. mansoni were stimulated in vitro with recombinant Sm22.6, Sm14 and P24 antigens (10 μg/mL in the presence of Polymyxin B (10 μg/mL. Results The levels of cytokines were measured using ELISA. There was greater than 90 % reduction (p S. mansoni recombinant proteins in the presence of Polymyxin B, a reduction in the levels of TNF-α and IL-10 was also observed. However, the percentage of reduction was lower when compared to the cultures stimulated with LPS, probably because these proteins are able to induce the production of these cytokines by themselves. Conclusion This study showed that Polymyxin B was able to neutralize the effect of endotoxin, as contaminant in S. mansoni recombinant antigens produced in E. coli, in inducing TNF-α and IL-10 production.

  7. Towards an Understanding of the Function of the Phytochelatin Synthase of Schistosoma mansoni

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    Rigouin, Coraline; Nylin, Elyse; Cogswell, Alexis A.; Schaumlöffel, Dirk; Dobritzsch, Dirk; Williams, David L.

    2013-01-01

    Phytochelatin synthase (PCS) is a protease-like enzyme that catalyzes the production of metal chelating peptides, the phytochelatins, from glutathione (GSH). In plants, algae, and fungi phytochelatin production is important for metal tolerance and detoxification. PCS proteins also function in xenobiotic metabolism by processing GSH S-conjugates. The aim of the present study is to elucidate the role of PCS in the parasitic worm Schistosoma mansoni. Recombinant S. mansoni PCS proteins expressed in bacteria could both synthesize phytochelatins and hydrolyze various GSH S-conjugates. We found that both the N-truncated protein and the N- and C-terminal truncated form of the enzyme (corresponding to only the catalytic domain) work through a thiol-dependant and, notably, metal-independent mechanism for both transpeptidase (phytochelatin synthesis) and peptidase (hydrolysis of GSH S-conjugates) activities. PCS transcript abundance was increased by metals and xenobiotics in cultured adult worms. In addition, these treatments were found to increase transcript abundance of other enzymes involved in GSH metabolism. Highest levels of PCS transcripts were identified in the esophageal gland of adult worms. Taken together, these results suggest that S. mansoni PCS participates in both metal homoeostasis and xenobiotic metabolism rather than metal detoxification as previously suggested and that the enzyme may be part of a global stress response in the worm. Because humans do not have PCS, this enzyme is of particular interest as a drug target for schistosomiasis. PMID:23383357

  8. Parasitological characteristics of Schistosoma mansoni infection in swiss mice with underlying malnutrition

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    Simões Carla

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available The effects of a protein-restricted diet (8% protein, 81% carbohydrate and 11% lipids on Schistosoma mansoni infectivity, fecal egg excretion and intestinal egg distribution in Swiss (SW mice were studied. Pregnant mice received a deficient diet from the middle of gestation until delivery. Seven-days-old mice were exposed to 50 cercariae (BH strain, Brazil. Offspring mice had a free access to the deficient diet since lactation until adulthood. The controls were fed with a commercial mice diet. A parasitological examination was performed between six and eight weeks post-infection while both groups were necropsied one week later. Mice on the experimental diet showed a significant loss in body weight. There was no significant difference (p > 0.05 in pre-patent period, kinetics of egg excretion and worm recovery from mice on either diet. Significant differences (p < 0.05 were found concerning to the percentage of deposited eggs in the distal segment of the small intestine from hosts on the experimental diet.Our data suggest that experimental malnutrition induced for a long term has no detrimental effect on the acute schistosomiais infection in SW mice.

  9. Morphometric study of Schistosoma mansoni adult worms recovered from undernourished infected mice

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    Oliveira Sheilla A

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available Some unfavourable effects of malnutrition of the host on Schistosoma mansoni worm biology and structure have been reported based upon brigthfield microscopy. This paper aims to study by morphometric techniques, some morphological parameters in male and female adult worms recovered from undernourished albino mice in comparison with parasites recovered from well-fed infected mice. Undernourished animals were fed a multideficient and essentially low protein diet (RBD diet and compared to well-fed control mice fed with the commercial diet NUVILAB. Seventy-five days post-infection with 80 cercarie (BL strain animals were sacrificed. All adult worms were fixed in 10% formalin and stained with carmine chloride. One hundred male and 60 female specimens from each group (undernourished and control were examined using an image system analysis Leica Quantimet 500C and the Sigma Scan Measurement System. The following morphometrical parameters were studied: body length and width, oral and ventral suckers, number and area of testicular lobes, length and width of ovary and uterine egg. For statistical analysis, the Student's t test for unpaired samples was applied. Significant differences (p < 0.05 were detected in body length and width, in parameters of suckers, uterine egg width, ovary length and area of testicular lobes, with lower values for specimens from undernourished mice. The nutritional status of the host has negative influence on S. mansoni adult worms, probably through unavailability of essential nutrients to the parasites.

  10. Effect of bee venom or proplis on molecular and parasitological aspects of Schistosoma mansoni infected mice.

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    Mohamed, Azza H; Hassab El-Nabi, Sobhy E; Bayomi, Asmaa E; Abdelaal, Ahmed A

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    The present study was performed to elucidate the efficacy of Apis mellifera L bee venom (BV) or proplis (200 mg/kg orally for three consecutive days) on Schistosoma mansoni infected mice. The results recorded reduction in the total worm burden, numbers of immature eggs and the ova count in hepatic tissue in BV (sting or injection) or proplis treated groups as compared to the infected group. Histological examination illustrated a significant increase (P ≤ 0.05) in the diameter of hepatic granuloma in BV treated groups (272.78 and 266.9, respectively) and a significant decrease in proplis treated mice (229.35) compared with the infected group (260.67). Electrophoretic pattern of RNA showed a decrease in mean of maximal optical density in liver and intestine of S. mansoni infected mice treated with bee venom (sting or injection) as compared with infected group. Flow cytometry analyses of RNA or apoptotic percentage of worms recovered from BV sting (19 and 49 % respectively); BV injected (20.5 and 51.17 %, respectively) and proplis (35 and 23.93 %, respectively) groups were compared with S. mansoni infected group (37.87 and 39.21 %, respectively). It can be concluded that administration of bee venom or proplis are effective in case of S. mansoni infection. Although bee venom cause increase of granuloma diameter and this might be due to venom concentration and further studies are required to avoid such harmful effect. PMID:27413311

  11. Therapy with bone marrow cells reduces liver alterations in mice chronically infected by Schistosoma mansoni

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    Sheilla Andrade Oliveira; Bruno Solano Freitas Souza; Cada Adriana Guimar(a)es-Ferreira; Elton Sá Barreto; Siane Campos Souza; Luiz Antonio Rodrigues Freitas; Ricardo Ribeiro-dos-Santos; Milena Botelho Pereira Soares

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    AIM: To investigate the potential of bone marrow mononuclear cells (BM-MCs) in the regeneration of hepatic lesions induced by Schistosoma mansoni (S.mansoni) chronic infection.METHODS: Female mice chronically infected with S.mansoni were treated with BM-MCs obtained from male green fluorescent protein (GFP) transgenic mice by intravenous or intralobular injections. Control mice received injections of saline in similar conditions. Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) assay for transforming growth factor-beta (TGF-β), polymerase chain reaction (PCR) for GFP DNA, immunofluorescence and morphometric studies were performed.RESULTS: Transplanted GFP+ cells migrated to granuloma areas and reduced the percentage of liver fibrosis. The presence of donor-derived cells was confirmed by Fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) analysis for detection of cells bearing Y chromosome and by PCR analysis for detection of GFP DNA. The levels of TGF-β, a cytokine associated with fibrosis deposition, in liver fragments of mice submitted to therapy were reduced. The number of oval cells in liver sections of S.rnansoni-infected mice increased 3-4 fold after transplantation. A partial recovery in albumin expression, which is decreased upon infection with S.mansoni, was found in livers of infected mice after cellular therapy.CONCLUSION: In conclusion, transplanted BMCs migrate to and reduce the damage of chronic fibrotic liver lesions caused by S.mansoni.

  12. The extracellular release of Schistosoma mansoni HMGB1 nuclear protein is mediated by acetylation

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    Coutinho Carneiro, Vitor; Moraes Maciel, Renata de; Caetano de Abreu da Silva, Isabel; Furtado Madeira da Costa, Rodrigo [Instituto de Bioquimica Medica, Programa de Biotecnologia e Biologia Molecular, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, CCS, Ilha do Fundao, Rio de Janeiro 21941-590 (Brazil); Neto Paiva, Claudia; Torres Bozza, Marcelo [Departamento de Imunologia, Instituto de Microbiologia Professor Paulo de Goes, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, CCS, Ilha do Fundao, Rio de Janeiro 21941-590 (Brazil); Rosado Fantappie, Marcelo, E-mail: fantappie@bioqmed.ufrj.br [Instituto de Bioquimica Medica, Programa de Biotecnologia e Biologia Molecular, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, CCS, Ilha do Fundao, Rio de Janeiro 21941-590 (Brazil)

    2009-12-25

    Schistosoma mansoni HMGB1 (SmHMGB1) was revealed to be a substrate for the parasite histone acetyltransferases SmGCN5 and SmCBP1. We found that full-length SmHMGB1, as well as its HMG-box B (but not HMG-box A) were acetylated in vitro by SmGCN5 and SmCBP1. However, SmCBP1 was able to acetylate both substrates more efficiently than SmGCN5. Interestingly, the removal of the C-terminal acidic tail of SmHMGB1 (SmHMGB1{Delta}C) resulted in increased acetylation of the protein. We showed by mammalian cell transfection assays that SmHMGB1 and SmHMGB1{Delta}C were transported from the nucleus to the cytoplasm after sodium butyrate (NaB) treatment. Importantly, after NaB treatment, SmHMGB1 was also present outside the cell. Together, our data suggest that acetylation of SmHMGB1 plays a role in cellular trafficking, culminating with its secretion to the extracellular milieu. The possible role of SmHMGB1 acetylation in the pathogenesis of schistosomiasis is discussed.

  13. Isoforms of Hsp70-binding human LDL in adult Schistosoma mansoni worms.

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    Pereira, Adriana S A; Cavalcanti, Marília G S; Zingali, Russolina B; Lima-Filho, José L; Chaves, Maria E C

    2015-03-01

    Schistosoma mansoni is one of the most common parasites infecting humans. They are well adapted to the host, and this parasite's longevity is a consequence of effective escape from the host immune system. In the blood circulation, lipoproteins not only help to conceal the worm from attack by host antibodies but also act as a source of lipids for S. mansoni. Previous SEM studies showed that the low-density lipoprotein (LDL) particles present on the surface of adult S. mansoni worms decreased in size when the incubation time increased. In this study, immunocytochemical and proteomic analyses were used to locate and identify S. mansoni binding proteins to human plasma LDL. Ultrathin sections of adult worms were cut transversely from the anterior, medial and posterior regions of the parasite. Immunocytochemical experiments revealed particles of gold in the tegument, muscle region and spine in male worms and around vitelline cells in females. Immunoblotting and 2D-electrophoresis using incubations with human serum, anti-LDL antibodies and anti-chicken IgG peroxidase conjugate were performed to identify LDL-binding proteins in S. mansoni. Analysis of the binding proteins using LC-MS identified two isoforms of the Hsp70 chaperone in S. mansoni. Hsp70 is involved in the interaction with apoB in the cytoplasm and its transport to the endoplasmic reticulum. However, further studies are needed to clarify the functional role of Hsp70 in S. mansoni, mainly related to the interaction with human LDL.

  14. Schistosomicidal Activity of the Essential Oil of Ageratum conyzoides L. (Asteraceae against Adult Schistosoma mansoni Worms

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    Wilson R. Cunha

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available The in vitro schistosomicidal effects of the essential oil of Ageratum conyzoides L. (Ac-EO against adult worms of Schistosoma mansoni is reported in this paper. Concerning this activity, Ac-EO was considered to be active, but less effective than the positive control (praziquantel, PZQ in terms of separation of coupled pairs, mortality, decrease in motor activity, and tegumental alterations. However, Ac-EO caused an interesting dose-dependent reduction in the number of eggs of S. mansoni. Precocene I (74.30% and (E-caryophyllene (14.23% were identified as the two major constituents of Ac-EO. These compounds were tested individually and were found to be much less effective than Ac-EO and PZQ. A mixture of the two major compounds in a ratio similar to that found in the Ac-EO was also less effective than Ac-EO, thus revealing that there are no synergistic effects between these components. These results suggest that the essential oil of A. conyzoides is very promising for the development of new schistosomicidal agents.

  15. Antischistosomal activity of a calcium channel antagonist on schistosomula and adult Schistosoma mansoni worms

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    Vanessa Silva-Moraes

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    Full Text Available Current schistosomiasis control strategies are largely based on chemotherapeutic agents and a limited number of drugs are available today. Praziquantel (PZQ is the only drug currently used in schistosomiasis control programs. Unfortunately, this drug shows poor efficacy in patients during the earliest infection phases. The effects of PZQ appear to operate on the voltage-operated Ca2+channels, which are located on the external Schistosoma mansoni membrane. Because some Ca2+channels have dihydropyridine drug class (a class that includes nifedipine sensitivity, an in vitro analysis using a calcium channel antagonist (clinically used for cardiovascular hypertension was performed to determine the antischistosomal effects of nifedipine on schistosomula and adult worm cultures. Nifedipine demonstrated antischistosomal activity against schistosomula and significantly reduced viability at all of the concentrations used alone or in combination with PZQ. In contrast, PZQ did not show significant efficacy when used alone. Adult worms were also affected by nifedipine after a 24 h incubation and exhibited impaired motility, several lesions on the tegument and intense contractility. These data support the idea of Ca2+channels subunits as drug targets and favour alternative therapeutic schemes when drug resistance has been reported. In this paper, strong arguments encouraging drug research are presented, with a focus on exploring schistosomal Ca2+channels.

  16. Anti-Inflammatory Properties of Menthol and Menthone in Schistosoma mansoni Infection

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    Zaia, Mauricio G.; Cagnazzo, Túlio di Orlando; Feitosa, Karina A.; Soares, Edson G.; Faccioli, Lúcia H.; Allegretti, Silmara M.; Afonso, Ana; Anibal, Fernanda de Freitas

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    Schistosomiasis is a parasitic disease caused by several species of trematode worms and it is believed that more than 261 million people are affected worldwide. New drug development has become essential because there is a risk of the parasite becoming resistant to Praziquantel, the only drug available for this infection. This study evaluated parasitological, immunological and histological parameters in mice infected with Schistosoma mansoni and treated with an herbal commercial medicine. This drug consists of menthol (30–55%) and menthone (14–32%). A 60 day treatment regimen with the herbal medicine decreased the number of S. mansoni eggs in the feces, liver, and intestine and reduced the number of hepatic granulomas. We observed a reduction of 84% in blood eosinophilia and a decrease in the IL-4 and IL-10 blood levels after treatment. Therefore, we propose that schistosomiasis treatment with this herbal medicine for 60 days has an immunomodulatory and anti-inflammatory action in this animal model for schistosomiasis thus contributing to the decrease in physio pathological effects caused by S. mansoni infection. PMID:27378927

  17. Structural parameters, molecular properties, and biological evaluation of some terpenes targeting Schistosoma mansoni parasite.

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    Mafud, Ana C; Silva, Marcos P N; Monteiro, Daniela C; Oliveira, Maria F; Resende, João G; Coelho, Mayara L; de Sousa, Damião P; Mendonça, Ronaldo Z; Pinto, Pedro L S; Freitas, Rivelilson M; Mascarenhas, Yvonne P; de Moraes, Josué

    2016-01-25

    The use of natural products has a long tradition in medicine, and they have proven to be an important source of lead compounds in the development of new drugs. Among the natural compounds, terpenoids present broad-spectrum activity against infective agents such as viruses, bacteria, fungi, protozoan and helminth parasites. In this study, we report a biological screening of 38 chemically characterized terpenes from different classes, which have a hydroxyl group connected by hydrophobic chain or an acceptor site, against the blood fluke Schistosoma mansoni, the parasite responsible for schistosomiasis mansoni. In vitro bioassays revealed that 3,7-dimethyl-1-octanol (dihydrocitronellol) (10) was the most active terpene (IC50 values of 13-52 μM) and, thus, we investigated its antischistosomal activity in greater detail. Confocal laser scanning microscopy revealed that compound 10 induced severe tegumental damage in adult schistosomes and a correlation between viability and tegumental changes was observed. Furthermore, we compared all the inactive compounds with dihydrocitronellol structurally by using shape and charge modeling. Lipophilicity (miLogP) and other molecular properties (e.g. molecular polar surface area, molecular electrostatic potential) were also calculated. From the 38 terpenes studied, compound 10 is the one with the greatest flexibility, with a sufficient apolar region by which it may interact in a hydrophobic active site. In conclusion, the integration of biological and chemical analysis indicates the potential of the terpene dihydrocitronellol as an antiparasitic agent. PMID:26697994

  18. Simvastatin and artesunate impact the structural organization of adult Schistosoma mansoni in hypercholesterolemic mice.

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    Alencar, Alba Cristina Miranda de Barros; Santos, Thais da Silva; Neves, Renata Heisler; Lopes Torres, Eduardo José; Nogueira-Neto, José Firmino; Machado-Silva, José Roberto

    2016-08-01

    Experimental data have shown that simvastatin and artesunate possess activity against Schistosoma mansoni worms in mice fed standard chow. However, little is known regarding the roles of these drugs in mice fed high-fat chow. We have extended past studies by measuring the effects of these drugs on the structural organization of adult schistosomes in hypercholesterolemic mice. For this purpose, mice were gavaged with either simvastatin or artesunate at nine weeks post-infection and were euthanized by cervical dislocation at two weeks post-treatment. Adult worms were then collected and examined by conventional light microscopy, morphometry and confocal laser scanning microscopy. Plasma total cholesterol and worm reduction rates were significantly increased in mice fed high-fat chow compared with their respective control groups. Simvastatin and artesunate caused changes in the tegument, tubercles, and reproductive system (testicular lobes, vitelline glands and ovarian cells), particularly when administered to mice fed high-fat chow. In particular, the tegument and tubercles were significantly thinner in artesunate-treated worms in mice fed high-fat chow compared with mice fed standard chow. This study thus demonstrated that simvastatin and artesunate have several novel effects on the structural organization of adult worms. Together, these results show, for the first time, that simvastatin and artesunate display antischistosomal activity in hypercholesterolemic mice. PMID:27228897

  19. Anthelmintic Effects of Alkylated Diamines and Amino Alcohols against Schistosoma mansoni

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    Fábio de Souza Fernandes

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Polyamines are substances involved in many aspects of cell growth, division, and differentiation. Because of the metabolic differences between host cells and parasite cells, polyamine metabolism has been considered as a potential target for the chemotherapy of parasitic diseases. The aim of this work was to evaluate the schistosomicidal activity of different N-alkylated diamines (3a–3h, amino alcohols (4a–4d, and glycosylated amino alcohols (10a–10d. Compounds were prepared by synthetic methods and submitted to in vitro evaluation against adult worms of Schistosoma mansoni. At 100 μM, 3b, 3e, and 3h as well as 4a, 4b, 4d, 10a, 10b, and 10d resulted in 100% mortality of adult schistosomes. Compound 3d (12.5 to 100 μM caused the death of 100% of both male and female adult schistosomes, while 3f (12.5 to 100 μM resulted in 100% mortality of only male adult worms, whereas no mortality in female worms was observed. Compounds 3d and 3f were also able to reduce viability and decrease production of developed eggs in comparison with the negative control group. Diamines 3d and 3f may represent useful lead compounds for further optimization in order to develop new schistosomicidal agents.

  20. Differential gene expression in haemocytes of the snail Biomphalaria glabrata: effects of Schistosoma mansoni infection.

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    Miller, A N; Raghavan, N; FitzGerald, P C; Lewis, F A; Knight, M

    2001-05-15

    Parasite encapsulation and destruction in Biomphalaria glabrata has been shown to involve the cellular component of the snail's internal defence system, the haemocytes. To identify genes involved in the immunobiology of these cells, we used the method of differential display reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (DDRT-PCR) to investigate differential gene regulation in haemocytes isolated from Schistosoma mansoni exposed and unexposed snails. RNA isolated from circulating haemocytes from resistant snails (BS-90 stock), previously exposed to S. mansoni, was analysed using 12 different arbitrary primers in conjunction with an anchored Oligo d(T(11)CG) primer. Transcription profiles between haemocytes of parasite exposed and unexposed snails were compared and a total of 87 differentially regulated bands were identified and isolated. Of these, 65 bands were cloned and used as probes in Southern blots to show the presence of corresponding sequences in the snail genome. RT-PCR was performed to verify the regulation of these transcripts. DNA sequence analysis showed that the majority of the cloned sequences were novel, although a few showed a high degree of sequence similarity to other sequences in the DNA and protein databases. One of these included a differentially expressed transcript that showed a significant degree of sequence identity to E. coli transposase Tn5, an enzyme whose activity is normally associated with generating mobility and instability in the genome. PMID:11336750

  1. Therapeutic Effects of Allium sativum and Allium cepa in Schistosoma mansoni experimental infection

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    Mona Mohamed Mantawy

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available The effects of both garlic (Allium sativum and onion (Allium cepa on some biochemical parameters in Schistosoma mansoni infected mice individually and mixed either with or without the currently used drug, praziquantel (PZQ were investigated. These involved some immunological parameters, namely IgM, IgG, interleukins 2 and 6 (IL-2 and 6 and tumor necrosis factor (TNF-α, some antioxidant enzymes [catalase, superoxide dismutase (SOD and glutathione peroxidase (GPX]. In addition, parasitological and histopathological investigations were performed. No changes were observed in the normal control mice treated with dry extract of onion or garlic, individually or mixed, with or without PZQ, compared to the normal healthy control group. Infection with S. mansoni showed an increase in IgG, IgM, IL-2, IL-6, TNF-α and catalase enzyme, accompanied with a decrease in GPX and SOD antioxidant enzyme activities. Remarkable amelioration was noticed in the levels of all the measured parameters in S. mansoni infected mice after administration of the studied extracts. Moreover a significant reduction in worm burden, hepatic and intestinal eggs and oogram count was noticed which was reflected in normalization of liver architecture.

  2. Genetic variability and identification of the intermediate snail hosts of Schistosoma mansoni

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    Teofânia HDA Vidigal

    1998-01-01

    Full Text Available Studies based on shell or reproductive organ morphology and genetic considerations suggest extensive intraspecific variation in Biomphalaria snails. The high variability at the morphological and genetic levels, as well as the small size of some specimens and similarities between species complicate the correct identification of these snails. Here we review our work using methods based on polymerase chain reaction (PCR amplification for analysis of genetic variation and identification of Biomphalaria snails from Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay. Arbitrarily primed-PCR revealed that the genome of B. glabrata exihibits a remarkable degree of intraespecific polymorphism. Low stringency-PCR using primers for 18S rRNA permited the identification of B. glabrata, B. tenagophila and B. occidentalis. The study of individuals obtained from geographically distinct populations exhibits significant intraspecific DNA polymorphism, however specimens from the same species, exhibit some species specific LSPs. We also showed that PCR-restriction fragment of length polymorphism of the internal transcribed spacer region of Biomphalaria rDNA, using DdeI permits the differentiation of the three intermediate hosts of Schistosoma mansoni. The molecular biological techniques used in our studies are very useful for the generation of new knowledge concerning the systematics and population genetics of Biomphalaria snails.

  3. La queratotaxia cercariana en la diferenciacion de sexos de schistosoma mansoni

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    Luz Arelis Pino

    1988-09-01

    Full Text Available El número de papilas argirófilas superficiales y su modelo de disposición en el tegumento de las cercarias (quetotaxia de Schistosoma mansoni nos permitió diferenciar los sexos a nivel del mencionado estadío larvario, mediante los siguientes critérios: - Mayor homogeneidad en las cercarias machos, en cuanto al número total de papilas ventrales y dorsales a nivel de cuerpo y cola cercarianos (C.V. = 4,1%, que en las cercarias hembras (C. V. = 18,3% (P < 0,001. - Presencia en el 80% de las cercarias machos de cuatro papilas en los cuadrantes "C" ó "D" inferior-izquierdo e inferior-derecho, respectivamente ventrales, mientras que dicho caracter sólo está presente en el 40% de las cercarias hembras (P < 0,001. - Diferencia estadísticamente significativa (P < 0,001 entre el número total promedio de papilas corporales centrales de las cercarias hembras (X = 11,9 ± 0,2 y el de las cercarias machos (X = 11,1 ± 0,3. - Diferencia estadísticamente significativa (P < 0,05 para la mayor distancia promedio entre las papilas AIL y AIIL, de cada cercaria, en relación con el sexo (femenino = 25,5 µm ± 0,33; masculino = 27,3 µm ± 0,26.

  4. Collagen arrangement in hepatic granuloma in mice infected with Schistosoma mansoni: dependence on fiber radiation centers

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    H.L. Lenzi

    1999-05-01

    Full Text Available The collagen structure of isolated and in situ liver granuloma from Swiss Webster mice infected with Schistosoma mansoni was sequentially and three-dimensionally analyzed during different times of infection (early acute, acute, transitional acute-chronic, and chronic phases by laser scanning confocal microscopy and electron scanning variable vacuum microscopy. The initial granuloma structure is characterized by vascular collagen residues and by anchorage points (or fiber radiation centers, from where collagenous fibers are angularly shed and self-assembled. During the exudative-productive stage, the self-assembly of these fibers minimizes energy and mass through continuous tension and focal compression. The curvature or angles between collagen fibers probably depends on the fibroblastic or myofibroblastic organization of stress fibers. Gradually, the loose unstable lattice of the exudative-productive stage transforms into a highly packed and stable architecture as a result of progressive compactness. The three-dimensional architecture of granulomas provides increased tissue integrity, efficient distribution of soluble compounds and a haptotactic background to the cells.

  5. Ultrasound monitoring of structural urinary tract disease in Schistosoma haematobium infection

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    King Charles H

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available A major advance in our understanding of the natural history of Schistosoma haematobium-related morbidity has come through the introduction of the portable ultrasound machines for non-invasive examination of the kidneys and bladder. With the use of generators or battery packs to supply power in non-clinical field settings, and with the use of instant photography or miniaturized thermal printers to record permanent images, it is possible to examine scores of individuals in endemic communities every day. Broad-based ultrasound screening has allowed better definition of age-specific disease risks in urinary schistosomiasis. Results indicate that urinary tract abnormalities are common (18% overall prevalence in S. haematobium transmission areas, with a 2-4% risk of either severe bladder abnormality or advanced ureteral obstruction. In longitudinal surveys, ultrasound studies have shown that praziquantel and metrifonate therapy are rapidly effective in reversing urinary tract abnormalities among children. The benefits of treating adults are less well known, but research in progress should help to define this issue. Similarly, the prognosis of specific ultrasound findings needs to be clarified, and the ease of sonographic examination will make such long-term follow-up studies feasible. In summary, the painless, quick, and reproducible ultrasound examination has become an essential tool in the study of urinary schistosomiasis.

  6. Towards an understanding of the function of the phytochelatin synthase of Schistosoma mansoni.

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    Coraline Rigouin

    Full Text Available Phytochelatin synthase (PCS is a protease-like enzyme that catalyzes the production of metal chelating peptides, the phytochelatins, from glutathione (GSH. In plants, algae, and fungi phytochelatin production is important for metal tolerance and detoxification. PCS proteins also function in xenobiotic metabolism by processing GSH S-conjugates. The aim of the present study is to elucidate the role of PCS in the parasitic worm Schistosoma mansoni. Recombinant S. mansoni PCS proteins expressed in bacteria could both synthesize phytochelatins and hydrolyze various GSH S-conjugates. We found that both the N-truncated protein and the N- and C-terminal truncated form of the enzyme (corresponding to only the catalytic domain work through a thiol-dependant and, notably, metal-independent mechanism for both transpeptidase (phytochelatin synthesis and peptidase (hydrolysis of GSH S-conjugates activities. PCS transcript abundance was increased by metals and xenobiotics in cultured adult worms. In addition, these treatments were found to increase transcript abundance of other enzymes involved in GSH metabolism. Highest levels of PCS transcripts were identified in the esophageal gland of adult worms. Taken together, these results suggest that S. mansoni PCS participates in both metal homoeostasis and xenobiotic metabolism rather than metal detoxification as previously suggested and that the enzyme may be part of a global stress response in the worm. Because humans do not have PCS, this enzyme is of particular interest as a drug target for schistosomiasis.

  7. Towards an understanding of the function of the phytochelatin synthase of Schistosoma mansoni.

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    Rigouin, Coraline; Nylin, Elyse; Cogswell, Alexis A; Schaumlöffel, Dirk; Dobritzsch, Dirk; Williams, David L

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    Phytochelatin synthase (PCS) is a protease-like enzyme that catalyzes the production of metal chelating peptides, the phytochelatins, from glutathione (GSH). In plants, algae, and fungi phytochelatin production is important for metal tolerance and detoxification. PCS proteins also function in xenobiotic metabolism by processing GSH S-conjugates. The aim of the present study is to elucidate the role of PCS in the parasitic worm Schistosoma mansoni. Recombinant S. mansoni PCS proteins expressed in bacteria could both synthesize phytochelatins and hydrolyze various GSH S-conjugates. We found that both the N-truncated protein and the N- and C-terminal truncated form of the enzyme (corresponding to only the catalytic domain) work through a thiol-dependant and, notably, metal-independent mechanism for both transpeptidase (phytochelatin synthesis) and peptidase (hydrolysis of GSH S-conjugates) activities. PCS transcript abundance was increased by metals and xenobiotics in cultured adult worms. In addition, these treatments were found to increase transcript abundance of other enzymes involved in GSH metabolism. Highest levels of PCS transcripts were identified in the esophageal gland of adult worms. Taken together, these results suggest that S. mansoni PCS participates in both metal homoeostasis and xenobiotic metabolism rather than metal detoxification as previously suggested and that the enzyme may be part of a global stress response in the worm. Because humans do not have PCS, this enzyme is of particular interest as a drug target for schistosomiasis.

  8. Oral Vaccination Based on DNA-Chitosan Nanoparticles against Schistosoma mansoni Infection

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    Carolina R. Oliveira

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available The development of a vaccine would be essential for the control of schistosomiasis, which is recognized as the most important human helminth infection in terms of morbidity and mortality. A new approach of oral vaccination with DNA-chitosan nanoparticles appears interesting because of their great stability and the ease of target accessibility, besides chitosan immunostimulatory properties. Here we described that chitosan nanoparticles loaded with plasmid DNA encoding Rho1-GTPase protein of Schistosoma mansoni, prepared at different molar ratios of primary amines to DNA phosphate anion (N/P, were able to complex electrostatically with DNA and condense it into positively charged nanostructures. Nanoparticles were able to maintain zeta potential and size characteristics in media that simulate gastric (SGF and intestinal fluids (SIF. Further in vivo studies showed that oral immunization was not able to induce high levels of specific antibodies but induced high levels of the modulatory cytokine IL-10. This resulted in a significative reduce of liver pathology, although it could not protect mice of infection challenge with S. mansoni worms. Mice immunized only with chitosan nanoparticles presented 47% of protection against parasite infection, suggesting an important role of chitosan in inducing a protective immune response against schistosomiasis, which will be more explored in further studies.

  9. [Bilharziasis caused by Schistosoma mansoni in a traveler returning from Guinea: failure of serodiagnostic testing].

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    Raccurt, C P; El Samad, Y; Chouaki, T; Borel, A; Agnamey, P; Totet, A; Schmit, J L

    2007-04-01

    The purpose of this report is to describe a case of febrile hypereosinophilic syndrome in a traveler three weeks after returning from a sightseeing trip to Guinea. Laboratory testing demonstrated an inflammatory response syndrome and hepatic cytolysis. Parasite serology led to suspicion of toxocariasis that was treated using albendazole. Follow-up tests at two months showed the presence of Schistosoma mansoni eggs in stools despite negative standard serodiagnostic testing (hemagglutination). Secondarily Western blot testing of serum samples at one, two and 14 months after returning from Guinea continued to show only protein bands specific to toxocariasis with no bands specific to bilhariziasis. These findings provide further evidence of the limitations of serological testing for detection of bilharziasis in travelers and the difficulty of diagnosis. Guinea is a high-risk tourist destination. Intestinal and urinary bilharziasis are endemic over three-fourths of country. Travelers planning even short stays in areas where bilharziasis is endemic should be advised on preventive measures. PMID:17691438

  10. Activity Profile of an FDA-Approved Compound Library against Schistosoma mansoni.

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    Gordana Panic

    Full Text Available As plans to expand mass drug treatment campaigns to fight schistosomiasis form, worries about reliance on praziquantel as the sole available treatment motivate the investigation for novel antischistosomal compounds. Drug repurposing might be an inexpensive and effective source of novel antischistosomal leads.1600 FDA approved compounds were first assayed against Schistosoma mansoni schistosomula at a concentration of 10 µM. Active compounds identified from this screen were advanced to the adult worm screen at 33.33 µM, followed by hit characterization. Leads with complementary pharmacokinetic and toxicity profiles were then selected for in vivo studies.The in vitro screen identified 121 and 36 compounds active against the schistosomula and adult stage, respectively. Further, in vitro characterization and comparison with already available pharmacokinetic and toxicity data identified 11 in vivo candidates. Doramectin (10 mg/kg and clofazimine (400 mg/kg were found to be active in vivo with worm burden reductions of 60.1% and 82.7%, respectively.The work presented here expands the knowledge of antischistosomal properties of already approved compounds and underscores variations observed between target-based and phenotypic approaches and among laboratories. The two in vivo-active drugs identified in this study, doramectin and clofazimine are widely available and present as novel drug classes as starting points for further investigation.

  11. Development of a real time polymerase chain reaction for quantitation of Schistosoma mansoni DNA

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    Ana Lisa do Vale Gomes

    2006-10-01

    Full Text Available This report describes the development of a SYBR Green I based real time polymerase chain reaction (PCR protocol for detection on the ABI Prism 7000 instrument. Primers targeting the gene encoding the SSU rRNA were designed to amplify with high specificity DNA from Schistosoma mansoni, in a real time quantitative PCR system. The limit of detection of parasite DNA for the system was 10 fg of purified genomic DNA, that means less than the equivalent to one parasite cell (genome ~580 fg DNA. The efficiency was 0.99 and the correlation coefficient (R² was 0.97. When different copy numbers of the target amplicon were used as standards, the assay could detect at least 10 copies of the specific target. The primers used were designed to amplify a 106 bp DNA fragment (Tm 83ºC. The assay was highly specific for S. mansoni, and did not recognize DNA from closely related non-schistosome trematodes. The real time PCR allowed for accurate quantification of S. mansoni DNA and no time-consuming post-PCR detection of amplification products by gel electrophoresis was required. The assay is potentially able to quantify S. mansoni DNA (and indirectly parasite burden in a number of samples, such as snail tissue, serum and feces from patients, and cercaria infested water. Thus, these PCR protocols have potential to be used as tools for monitoring of schistosome transmission and quantitative diagnosis of human infection.

  12. Hybridism between Biomphalaria cousini and Biomphalaria amazonica and its susceptibility to Schistosoma mansoni

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    Tatiana Maria Teodoro

    2011-11-01

    Full Text Available Molecular techniques can aid in the classification of Biomphalaria species because morphological differentiation between these species is difficult. Previous studies using phylogeny, morphological and molecular taxonomy showed that some populations studied were Biomphalaria cousini instead of Biomphalaria amazonica. Three different molecular profiles were observed that enabled the separation of B. amazonica from B. cousini. The third profile showed an association between the two and suggested the possibility of hybrids between them. Therefore, the aim of this work was to investigate the hybridism between B. cousini and B. amazonica and to verify if the hybrids are susceptible to Schistosoma mansoni. Crosses using the albinism factor as a genetic marker were performed, with pigmented B. cousini and albino B. amazonica snails identified by polymerase chain reaction-restriction fragment length polymorphism. This procedure was conducted using B. cousini and B. amazonica of the type locality accordingly to Paraense, 1966. In addition, susceptibility studies were performed using snails obtained from the crosses (hybrids and three S. mansoni strains (LE, SJ, AL. The crosses between B. amazonica and B. cousini confirmed the occurrence of hybrids. Moreover, hybrids can be considered potential hosts of S. mansoni because they are susceptible to LE, SJ and AL strains (4.4%, 5.6% and 2.2%, respectively. These results indicate that there is a risk of introducing schistosomiasis mansoni into new areas.

  13. Efficacy of Citrus reticulata and Mirazid in treatment of Schistosoma mansoni

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    Manal A Hamed

    2005-11-01

    Full Text Available This work has been carried out to investigate the effect of Schistosoma mansoni infection on mice livers after treatment with the ethanolic extract of Citrus reticulata root or the oleo-resin extract from Myrrh of Commiphora molmol tree (Mirazid, as a new antishistosomal drug. Marker enzymes for different cell organelles were measured; succinate dehydrogenase (SDH; lactate dehydrogenase (LDH and its isoenzymes; glucose-6-phosphatase (G-6-Pase; acid phosphatase (AP and 5'- nucleotidase. Liver function enzymes; aspartate aminotransferase (AST; alanine aminotransferase (ALT, and alkaline phosphatase (ALP were also estimated. Parasitological studies through ova count and worm burden will also be taken into consideration. The results showed a marked reduction in SDH, LDH, AST, and ALT enzyme activities and a significant increase in G-6-Pase, AP, 5'- nucleotidase, and ALP after S. mansoni infection. A noticeable alteration in LDH subunits were also noticed. Treatment with C. reticulata or Mirazid improved all the previous enzyme activities with a noticeable reduction in ova count and worm burden.

  14. A bacterial artificial chromosome library for Biomphalaria glabrata, intermediate snail host of Schistosoma mansoni

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    Coen M Adema

    2006-10-01

    Full Text Available To provide a novel resource for analysis of the genome of Biomphalaria glabrata, members of the international Biomphalaria glabrata Genome Initiative (biology.unm.edu/biomphalaria-genome.html, working with the Arizona Genomics Institute (AGI and supported by the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI, produced a high quality bacterial artificial chromosome (BAC library. The BB02 strain B. glabrata, a field isolate (Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brasil that is susceptible to several strains of Schistosoma mansoni, was selfed for two generations to reduce haplotype diversity in the offspring. High molecular weight DNA was isolated from ovotestes of 40 snails, partially digested with HindIII, and ligated into pAGIBAC1 vector. The resulting B. glabrata BAC library (BG_BBa consists of 61824 clones (136.3 kb average insert size and provides 9.05 × coverage of the 931 Mb genome. Probing with single/low copy number genes from B. glabrata and fingerprinting of selected BAC clones indicated that the BAC library sufficiently represents the gene complement. BAC end sequence data (514 reads, 299860 nt indicated that the genome of B. glabrata contains ~ 63% AT, and disclosed several novel genes, transposable elements, and groups of high frequency sequence elements. This BG_BBa BAC library, available from AGI at cost to the research community, gains in relevance because BB02 strain B. glabrata is targeted whole genome sequencing by NHGRI.

  15. Schistosoma mansoni antigens alter the cytokine response in vitro during cutaneous leishmaniasis

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    Aline Michelle Barbosa Bafica

    2011-11-01

    Full Text Available Schistosoma mansoni infection or associated products are able to down-modulate the type 1 CD4+ T cell inflammatory response characteristic of autoimmune diseases. In this study, we evaluated how S. mansoni antigens altered the immune response that was induced by the soluble Leishmania antigen (SLA from cutaneous leishmaniasis (CL patients. Cytokines were measured from the supernatants of peripheral blood mononuclear cell cultures stimulated with SLA. This was performed using the sandwich enzyme linked immunosorbent assay technique in the presence or absence of S. mansoni recombinant antigens Sm29, SmTSP-2 and PIII. The addition of S. mansoni antigens to the cultures resulted in the reduction of interferon gamma (IFN-γ levels in 37-50% of patients. Although to a lesser extent, the antigens were also able to decrease the production of tumour necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-α. We compared patients that either had or did not have reduction in IFN-γ and TNF-α production in cultures stimulated with SLA in the presence of S. mansoni antigens. We found that there was no significant difference in the levels of interleukin (IL-10 and IL-5 in response to S. mansoni antigens between the groups. The antigens used in this study down-modulated the in vitro proinflammatory response induced by SLA in a group of CL patients through a currently undefined mechanism.

  16. Schistosoma mansoni polypeptides immunogenic in mice vaccinated with radiation-attenuated cercariae

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    Dalton, J.P.; Strand, M.

    1987-10-01

    We compared the humoral immune response of mice protected against Schistosoma mansoni by vaccination with radiation-attenuated cercariae to that of patently infected mice, and we identified antigens that elicit a greater, or unique, immune response in the vaccinated mice. These comparisons were based upon radioimmunoprecipitations and immunodepletion of (/sup 35/S)methionine-labeled schistosomular and adult worm polypeptides, followed by one- and two-dimensional polyacrylamide gel analyses. The humoral responses of patently infected mice and of mice vaccinated once were remarkably similar and were directed against schistosome glycoproteins ranging in molecular size from greater than 300 to less than 10 kDa. Exposing mice to a second vaccination resulted in a marked change in the immune response, to one predominantly directed toward high molecular size glycoproteins. Sequential immunodepletion techniques identified five schistosomular and seven adult worm antigens that showed a greater or unique immunogenicity in vaccinated mice as compared with patently infected mice. These adult worm antigens were purified by preparative sequential immunoaffinity chromatography and used to prepare a polyclonal antiserum, anti-irradiated vaccine. This antiserum bound to the surface of live newly transformed and lung-stage schistosomula, as assessed by immunofluorescence assays, and was reactive with a number of /sup 125/I-labeled schistosomular surface polypeptides, including a doublet of 150 kDa that was also recognized by sera of vaccinated mice but not by sera of patently infected mice.

  17. Radiation-resistant acquired immunity of vaccinated mice to Schistosoma mansoni

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    Aitken, R.; Coulson, P.S.; Dixon, B.; Wilson, R.A.

    1987-11-01

    Vaccination of mice with attenuated cercariae of Schistosoma mansoni induces specific acquired resistance to challenge infection. This resistance is immunologically-mediated, possibly via a delayed-type hypersensitivity. Studies of parasite migration have shown that the protective mechanism operates most effectively in the lungs of vaccinated mice. We have probed the mechanism by exposing mice to 500 rads of gamma radiation before challenge infection. Our results show that the effector mechanism operative against challenge larvae is resistant to radiation. In contrast, classical immune responses are markedly suppressed by the same treatment. While leukocyte populations in the blood fall dramatically after irradiation, numbers of cells recoverable by bronchoalveolar lavage are unaffected. We suggest that vaccination with attenuated cercariae establishes populations of sensitized cells in the lungs which trigger the mechanism of resistance when challenge schistosomula migrate through pulmonary capillary beds. Although the cells may be partially disabled by irradiation, they remain responsive to worm antigens and thereby capable of initiating the elimination mechanism. This hypothesis would explain the radiation resistance of vaccine-induced immunity to S. mansoni.

  18. Immunity to Schistosoma mansoni in congenitally athymic, irradiated and mast cell-depleted rats

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    Ford, M.J.; Bickle, Q.D.; Taylor, M.G.

    1987-04-01

    Immunity to Schistosoma mansoni was investigated in congenitally athymic (Nu/Nu) rats, irradiated rats and in mast cell-depleted rats. Nu/Nu rats failed to develop significant resistance following vaccination with irradiated cercariae, although Nu/Nu recipients of serum from vaccinated Fischer rats (VRS) manifested resistance comparable to heterozygous controls, suggesting that T-cells were required in the induction of resistance but were not involved in the efferent arm of antibody-dependent elimination. Radiosensitive cells (including eosinophils, basophils, neutrophils, lymphocytes and mast cells) were apparently not essential for the antibody-dependent elimination of lung or post-lung stages since irradiated (700-750 rad.) recipients of VRS manifested comparable degrees of resistance to unirradiated controls in spite of a greater than 85% reduction in total blood leucocyte counts after irradiation. Depletion of 99% of tissue mast cells by treatment of rats with Compound 48/80 had no significant effect on the attrition of a challenge infection in rats rendered immune by vaccination with irradiated cercariae or by transfer of VRS. However, there was a significant increase in worm recovery in unimmunized and mast cell-depleted or irradiated rats, indicating that mast cells and perhaps other radio-isotope sensitive cells may be involved in innate resistance.

  19. Choline incorporation by Schistosoma mansoni: distribution of choline metabolites during development and after sexual differentiation

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    Ancelin, M.L.; Torpier, G.; Vial, H.J.; Capron, A.

    1987-06-01

    Choline metabolism was investigated in Schistosoma mansoni during the main phases of its development, namely, schistosomula, 11- and 15-day-old worms, and adults. At the physiological choline concentration used in the assay (20 microM), betaine was, along with phosphatidylcholine, one of the most abundant choline metabolites, revealing considerable choline oxidation activity. Very little radioactivity was associated with CDP-choline, whereas a sustained incorporation into phosphocholine occurred. These results provide good evidence that CTP:phosphocholine cytidylyltransferase plays a regulatory role in the de novo pathway of phosphatidylcholine biosynthesis. During development, the incorporation of choline into its various metabolites was maximal in 11-day-old worms. At this stage, the oxidative pathway predominated over the Kennedy pathway, whereas at all other stages the de novo phosphatidylcholine biosynthesis was predominant. Furthermore, choline incorporation into betaine was much more important in the adult female worm than in the male, indicating a major difference in choline incorporation and distribution between the 2 sexes of the adult worms.

  20. Circulating Antigens Levels in Different Clinical Forms of the Schistosoma mansoni Infection

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    Yerkes Pereira e Silva

    1999-01-01

    Full Text Available With the aim to evaluate the circulating cathodic antigen (CCA levels in relation to the different clinical phases of Schistosoma sp. infection a sandwich ELISA using monoclonal antibody 5H11 was performed. The sera of three groups of 25 Brazilian patients with acute, intestinal and hepatosplenic forms of S. mansoni infection were tested and compared to a non-infected control group. Patients and control groups were matched for age and sex and the number of eggs per gram of feces was equally distributed among the three patient groups. Sensitivity of 100%, 72%, 52% of the assay was observed for the intestinal, hepatosplenic and acute toxemic groups respectively. The specificity was 100%. Intestinal and hepatosplenic groups presented CCA levels significantly higher in comparison to those observed for acute patients (F-ratio = 2,524; p = 0.000 and F-ratio = 6,314; p = 0.015 respectively. There was no significant difference of CCA serum levels between hepatosplenic and intestinal groups (F-ratio = 1,026; p = 0.316.

  1. A salting out and resin procedure for extracting Schistosoma mansoni DNA from human urine samples

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    Rodrigues Nilton B

    2010-04-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background In this paper a simple and cheap salting out and resin (InstaGene matrix® resin - BioRad DNA extraction method from urine for PCR assays is introduced. The DNA of the fluke Schistosoma mansoni was chosen as the target since schistosomiasis lacks a suitable diagnostic tool which is sensitive enough to detect low worm burden. It is well known that the PCR technique provides high sensitivity and specificity in detecting parasite DNA. Therefore it is of paramount importance to take advantage of its excellent performance by providing a simple to handle and reliable DNA extraction procedure, which permits the diagnosis of the disease in easily obtainable urine samples. Findings The description of the extraction procedure is given. This extraction procedure was tested for reproducibility and efficiency in artificially contaminated human urine samples. The reproducibility reached 100%, showing positive results in 5 assay repetitions of 5 tested samples each containing 20 ng DNA/5 ml. The efficiency of the extraction procedure was also evaluated in a serial dilution of the original 20 ng DNA/5 ml sample. Detectable DNA was extracted when it was at a concentration of 1.28 pg DNA/mL, revealing the high efficiency of this procedure. Conclusions This methodology represents a promising tool for schistosomiasis diagnosis utilizing a bio-molecular technique in urine samples which is now ready to be tested under field conditions and may be applicable to the diagnosis of other parasitic diseases.

  2. Antigenic community between Schistosoma mansoni and Biomphalaria glabrata: on the search of candidate antigens for vaccines

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    N Chacón

    2002-10-01

    Full Text Available We have previously confirmed the presence of common antigens between Schistosoma mansoni and its vector, Biomphalaria glabrata. Cross-reactive antigens may be important as possible candidates for vaccine and diagnosis of schistosomiasis. Sera from outbred mice immunized with a soluble Biomphalaria glabrata antigen (SBgA of non-infected B. glabrata snails recognized molecules of SBgA itself and S. mansoni AWA by Western blot. Recognition of several molecules of the SBgA were inhibited by pre-incubation with AWA (16, 30, 36, 60 and 155 kDa. The only specific molecule of AWA, inhibited by SBgA, was a 120 kDa protein. In order to determine which epitopes of SBgA were glycoproteins, the antigen was treated with sodium metaperiodate and compared with non-treated antigen. Molecules of 140, 60 and 24 kDa in the SBgA appear to be glycoproteins. Possible protective effects of the SBgA were evaluated immunizing outbred mice in two different experiments using Freund's Adjuvant. In the first one (12 mice/group, we obtained a significant level of protection (46% in the total worm load, with a high variability in worm recovery. In the second experiment (22 mice/group, no significant protection was observed, neither in worm load nor in egg production per female. Our results suggest that SBgA constitutes a rich source of candidate antigens for diagnosis and prophylactic studies.

  3. Mechanisms of evasion of Schistosoma mansoni schistosomula to the lethal activity of complement

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    F. Juarez Ramalho-Pinto

    1992-01-01

    Full Text Available Schistosomula of Schistosoma mansoni became resistant to antibody-dependent complement damage in vitro after pre-incubation with normal human erythrocytes (NHuE whatever the ABO or Rh blood group. Resistant parasites were shown to acquire host decay accelerating factor (DAF , a 70 kDa glycoprotein attached to the membrane of NHue by a GPI anchor. IgG2a mAb anti-human DAF (IA10 immunoprecipitated a 70 kDa molecule from 125I-labeled schistosomula pre-incubated with NHuE and inhibited their resistance to complement-dependent killing in vtro. Incubationof schistosomula with erytrocytes from patients with paroxsimal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNHE or SRBC, wich are DAF-deficient, did not protect the parasites from complement lesion. Supernatant of 100,000 x g collected from NHuE incubated for 24 h in defined medium was shown to contain a soluble form of DAF and to protect schistosomula from complement killing. Schistosomula treated with trypsin before incubation with NHuE ghosts did not become resistant to complement damage. On the other hand, pre-treatment with chymotrypsin did not interfere with the acquisition of resistance by the schistosomula. These results indicate that, in vitro, NHuE DAF can be transferred to schistosomula in a soluble form and that the binding of this molecule to the parasite surface is dependent upon trypsin-sensitive chymotrypsin-insensitive polipeptide(s present on the surface of the worm.

  4. Factors Involved in Schistosoma mansoni Infection, in Rural Areas of Northeast Brazil

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    Coutinho Eridan M

    1997-01-01

    Full Text Available Two contiguous villages in Tracunhaém county (State of Pernambuco, endemic for schistosomiasis, were studied: Itapinassu (138 inhabitants and São Joaquim (91 inhabitants. Agriculture predominates in the former region while ceramics is the main activity in the latter. Although no statistical difference was found regarding prevalence, severe infection (>400 epg predominated in Itapinassu, probably related to the kind of occupation. No association was found between parasite burden and severity of disease, in spite of the high infection rates for Schistosoma mansoni in both communities (approx. 60%. Typical epidemiological features of schistosomiasis such as age-related prevalences and intensities of infection (high in children, low in adults were also mutual characteristics. Nutritional status determined through anthropometric evaluation was carried out by measuring specific anthropometric indicators. A deficit of energy intake, as well as vitamin A and riboflavin deficiencies were detected. The prevalence of moderate or severe undernutrition in patients under 18 years old was 21.9% in Itapinassu and 24.1% in São Joaquim. In this group an association was found between prevalence of schistosomiasis and chronic undernutrition. Similarly, for patients over 18 year old the prevalence of undernutrition was higher than 20%. However, in this case no association between nutritional status and either prevalence of schistosomiasis or parasite burden could be detected. The two communities had not been treated for eight years.

  5. Schistosoma mansoni: respuesta celular hepática de ratones Balb/c infectados unisexualmente

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    Wolfan Araque

    2006-12-01

    Full Text Available The granulomatous response in animals infected with Schistosoma mansoni is attributed to the host reaction against the eggs, although the role of the adult worm is still controversial. The hepatic inflammatory response was studied in BALB/c mice unisexually (UNI infected with cercariae of S. mansoni by histopatology, immunofluorescence, immunohistochemistry and immunoelectronmicroscopy. The size of inflammatory infiltrate in liver of UNI infected mice, mean ± SD (33,9 ± 18, 86 µm2, the cells present included macrophages, lymphocytes, plasmocytes and few eosinophils. CD4+ and CD8+ cells in UNI infected mice were observed ( 2 to 4 cells/µm2 close to the worms and two patterns, either diffuse or in clusters in distant zones, in UNI and bisexual infections (BIS. The activated macrophages were observed close to worms and to schistosomal pigment. The results suggest that the adult worm is capable of inducing hepatic inflammatory response without granuloma formation, which elicit a significant in vivo macrophage and lymphocyte infiltrate, with probable implications in the pathogenesis of the murine schistosomiasis

  6. Development of Schistosoma mansoni worms in mice analyzed by bright field and confocal microscopy

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    Carla de Lamare Biolchini

    2006-10-01

    Full Text Available The blood flukes of mammals (Digenea: Schistosomatidae are among trematodes unique whose adult worms have separeted sexes which are dissimilar in appearance. The developmental features, growth and organogenesis of Schistosoma mansoni were studied in Swiss Webster mice by a digital system for image analysis and confocal microscopy. Data so far obtained showed two phases with significative morphological changes at 3-4 weeks post-infection, and a gradual similar development onwards in the reproductive system and tegument. Our male-dependent phase demonstrated that mating occurs before sexual maturing. At week three, the majority of male worms (59% had formed the gynaecophoric canal although testicular lobes and tegumental tubercles were absent. By this time, 33% females had an incipient ovary (without cellular differentiation. At week four, 77.2% males presented testicular lobes with few germinative cells while 26% had developing tegumental tubercles. The immature ovary was observed in 69% females. Suckers followed different pattern of growth between male and females. The size of oral and ventral suckers from six-week-old male worms grew abruptly (3.0 fold more than that of three-week-old. In female worms, maximum growth was attained at week four, reducing in size thereafter. From sixth week onwards, all specimens showed the fully developed reproductive system. Probably, these features are morphological traits which schistosome has experienced from hermaphrodite to dioecy.

  7. Why the radiation-attenuated cercarial immunization studies failed to guide the road for an effective schistosomiasis vaccine: A review

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    Rashika El Ridi; Hatem Tallima

    2014-01-01

    Schistosomiasis is a debilitating parasitic disease caused by platyhelminthes of the genus Schistosoma, notably Schistosoma mansoni, Schistosoma haematobium, and Schistosoma japonicum. Pioneer researchers used radiation-attenuated (RA) schistosome larvae to immunize laboratory rodent and non-human primate hosts. Significant and reproducible reduction in challenge worm burden varying from 30% to 90% was achieved, providing a sound proof that vaccination against this infection is feasible. Exte...

  8. Saudi Guidelines on the Diagnosis and Treatment of Pulmonary Hypertension: Schistosomiasis and pulmonary arterial hypertension

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    Ghazwan Butrous

    2014-01-01

    Schistosomiasis is caused by infection with the parasite Schistosoma, which is a flat-worm or fluke. The dominant species are Schistosoma mansoni, Schistosoma japonicum, and Schistosoma haematobium. Schistosomiasis is the third most common parasitic disease in the world after malaria and amoebiasis. It is endemic in more than 70 countries affecting about 200 million people worldwide, of whom 80% are in sub-Saharan Africa. There are pockets of infection in north-eastern Brazil, near the Yangtz...

  9. Prevalência da infecção pelo Schistosoma mansoni em dois municípios do Estado de Alagoas Prevalence of Schistosoma mansoni infection in two municipalities of the State of Alagoas, Brazil

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    Danylo César Correia Palmeira

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available INTRODUÇÃO: Estudos preliminares indicam uma provável expansão da esquistossomose em Alagoas. Este trabalho analisa a ocorrência do Schistosoma mansoni em escolares de dois municípios, localizados nas bacias hidrográficas dos rios Mundaú e Paraíba. MÉTODOS: O grupo de estudo foi constituído por 690 escolares da zona urbana, com idade entre sete e 15 anos. Foram aplicados interrogatórios socioeconômicos e foram usados exames parasitológicos para diagnostico da esquistossomose (métodos de Kato e de Lutz. Foram tratados os casos positivos e foram ministradas palestras para alunos e familiares sobre educação sanitária. RESULTADOS: A prevalência de Schistosoma mansoni foi de 24,9%. A associação entre esquistossomose e outras parasitoses foi significativa em relação à tricuríase (pINTRODUCTION: Preliminary studies indicate a probable schistosomiasis expansion in Alagoas. This work analyzes the occurrence of Schistosoma mansoni in students from two municipalities, located in the Mundaú and Paraíba rivers basins. METHODS: The study group consisted of 690 students in the urban area, aged between seven and 15 years. A standardized socio-economic questionnaire was filled out and parasitological tests were used to diagnosis schistosomiasis (Lutz and Kato methods. Positive cases were treated and students and their families were lectured about health education. RESULTS: The Schistosoma mansoni prevalence was 24.9%. The association between schistosomiasis and other parasitic diseases was significant in relation to trichuriasis (p <0.05. Only 50% of infected children lived in brick homes with sanitation and public water supply. Among them, 48.1% used to go usually to the water collections and 55.8% of them knew rivers snails. The concordance analysis between the Lutz and Kato methods showed disagreement in 54.2%, with greater sensitivity for the Lutz technique (76.4%. CONCLUSIONS: The indices obtained characterize the municipalities

  10. Effect of skin colour and selected physical characteristics on Schistosoma mansoni dependent morbidity Efeito da cor da pele e certas características físicas na morbidade dependente de Schistosoma mansoni

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    C. B. Cançado; J. O. A. Firmo; Fernandes, S C; Rocha, R. S.; M. F. F. Lima e Costa

    1995-01-01

    The effect of the colour group on the morbidity due to Schistosoma mansoni was examined in two endemic areas situated in the State of Minas Gerais, Brazil. Of the 2773 eligible inhabitants, 1971 (71.1%) participated in the study: 545 (27.6%) were classified as white, 719 (36.5%) as intermediate and 707 (35.9%) as black. For each colour group, signs and symptoms of individuals who eliminated S.mansoni eggs (cases) were compared to those who did not present eggs in the faeces (controls). The od...

  11. Multi-block and path modelling procedures

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    Høskuldsson, Agnar

    2008-01-01

    The author has developed a unified theory of path and multi-block modelling of data. The data blocks are arranged in a directional path. Each data block can lead to one or more data blocks. It is assumed that there is given a collection of input data blocks. Each of them is supposed to describe one...... or more intermediate data blocks. The output data blocks are those that are at the ends of the paths and have no succeeding data blocks. The optimisation procedure finds weights for the input data blocks so that the size of the total loadings for the output data blocks are maximised. When the optimal...... weight vectors have been determined, the score and loading vectors for the data blocks in the path are determined. Appropriate adjustment of the data blocks is carried out at each step. Regression coefficients are computed for each data block that show how the data block is estimated by data blocks...

  12. OPAL Various Lead Glass Blocks

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    These lead glass blocks were part of a CERN detector called OPAL (one of the four experiments at the LEP particle detector). OPAL uses some 12 000 blocks of glass like this to measure particle energies in the electromagnetic calorimeter. This detector measured the energy deposited when electrons and photons were slowed down and stopped.

  13. Block storage subsystem performance analysis

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    You feel that your service is slow because of the storage subsystem? But there are too many abstraction layers between your software and the raw block device for you to debug all this pile... Let's dive on the platters and check out how the block storage sees your I/Os! We can even figure out what those patterns are meaning.

  14. Classical Virasoro irregular conformal block

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    Rim, Chaiho

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    Virasoro irregular conformal block with arbitrary rank is obtained for the classical limit or equivalently Nekrasov-Shatashvili limit using the beta-deformed irregular matrix model (Penner-type matrix model for the irregular conformal block). The same result is derived using the generalized Mathieu equation which is equivalent to the loop equation of the irregular matrix model.

  15. Respuesta diferencial de variedades de soya a la asociación simbiótica con cepas de Bradyrhizobium japonicum, en Oxisoles de la Orinoquia colombiana / Differental response of soybean varieties to the symbiotic association with Bradyrhizobium japonicum strains, in Oxisols of the Colombian Orinoquia

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    Valencia Ramírez, Rubén Alfredo

    2010-01-01

    El cultivo de la soya (Glycine max (L) Merril), en oxisoles de la Orinoquia colombiana presenta restricciones por la alta saturación de aluminio y en general, baja CIC y MO, que afectan la fijación biológica del N y el crecimiento normal de las plantas. La respuesta diferencial de variedades de soya a la inoculación con diferentes cepas de B. japonicum, se determinó mediante la evaluación de seis genotipos inoculados individualmente con las cepas ICA J-01, J-96, J-98, la mezcla de J-01 con J-...

  16. Establishment of AFLP Reaction System for Cypripedium japonicum Thunb.%扇脉杓兰AFLP反应体系的建立

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    李全健; 王彩霞; 田敏; 李翠新

    2012-01-01

    通过SDS法、高盐低pH法、常规CTAB法、高盐CTAB法和改良CTAB法提取扇脉杓兰(Cypripedium japonicum Thunb.)幼叶基因组DNA,并对其AFLP反应体系进行了优化.结果表明:改良CTAB法所提取的DNA电泳条带清晰无污染,A260和A280比值在1.8~2.0,用限制性内切酶酶切后条带均一,酶切时间以4h为宜.最终确定50 μL PCR反应体系的最佳条件为:预扩增产物稀释20倍4μL,dNTP(2.5 mmol/L)3 μL,Mg2+(25 mmol/L)4 μL,Mse I(10 μmol/L)和EcoR I(10 μmol/L)各1.5 μL,Taq DNA聚合酶(5 U/μL)0.3 μL.%Genomic DNA was extracted from young leaves of Cypripedium japonicum Thunb. By SDS method, high salt and low pH method, routine CTAB method, CTAB with high salt method and modified CTAB method, respectively, and an optimized AFLP reaction system was established for Cypripedium japonicum Thunb.. The results showed that DNA electrophoresis strips, which were extracted by the modified CTAB method, were clear and without contamination, and the proportion of A260 to A280 was from 1.8 to 2.0. After double digestion by restriction enzyme, the strips were uniform. 4 h is appropriate for enzyme restriction. The optimum PCR reaction system (50 μL) consisted of 4 μL 20 fold dilution of the pre-amplification product, 3 μL dNTPs (2.5 mmol/L), 4 (iL Mg2+ (25 mmol/L), 1.5 μL Mse I (10 μmol/L), 1.5 μL EcoR I (10 μmol/L) and 0.3 μL Taq DNA polymerase (5 U/μL)

  17. Effect of pre-existing Schistosoma haematobium infection on Plasmodium berghei multiplications in imprinting control region mice

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    Benjamin; Amoani; Elvis; Ofori; Ameyaw; Du-Bois; Asante; Francis; Ackah; Armah; James; Prah; Collins; Paa; Kwesi; Botchey; Johnson; Nyarko; Boampong

    2015-01-01

    Objective: To investigate the effect of pre-existing Schistosoma haematobium(S. haematobium) infection on malaria disease severity.Methods: The study involved the use of twenty-i ve imprinting control region mice, i fteen of which were initially infected with S. haematobium. Five of the remaining ten schistouninfected mice together with i ve schisto-infected mice were infected with Plasmodium berghei(P. berghei) after four weeks(acute stage) of schistosoma infection. The remaining i ve schisto-uninfected mice together with i ve schisto-infected mice were also infected with P. berghei after seven weeks(chronic stage) of schistosoma infection. The last i ve schistoinfected mice were used as control group. They were then monitored for changes in P. berghei parasitaemia on Days 3, 5, 7, 9 and 11 post-infection. Records on their survivability were also taken.Results: The co-infected mice had signii cantly higher malaria parasitaemia, compared with the mono-infected mice during acute S. haematobium infection. In contrast, the co-infected mice had signii cantly lower malaria parasitaemia during chronic S. haematobium infection and a higher survival rate.Conclusions: Co-infection of mice with P. berghei during acute S. haematobium infection resulted in rapid P. berghei development and increased malaria parasitaemia. However, the co-infection resulted in slower P. berghei development and decreased malaria parasitaemia with enhanced survivability of the mice during chronic S. haematobium infection. Therefore, pre-existing chronic S. haematobium infection may provide some protection to the host by reducing parasitaemia.

  18. The Shamrock lumbar plexus block

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    Sauter, Axel R; Ullensvang, Kyrre; Niemi, Geir;

    2015-01-01

    BACKGROUND: The Shamrock technique is a new method for ultrasound-guided lumbar plexus blockade. Data on the optimal local anaesthetic dose are not available. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study is to estimate the effective dose of ropivacaine 0.5% for a Shamrock lumbar plexus block. DESIGN: A...... prospective dose-finding study using Dixon's up-and-down sequential method. SETTING: University Hospital Orthopaedic Anaesthesia Unit. INTERVENTION: Shamrock lumbar plexus block performance and block assessment were scheduled preoperatively. Ropivacaine 0.5% was titrated with the Dixon and Massey up......-and-down method using a stepwise change of 5 ml in each consecutive patient. Combined blocks of the femoral, the lateral femoral cutaneous and the obturator nerve were prerequisite for a successful lumbar plexus block. PATIENTS: Thirty patients scheduled for lower limb orthopaedic surgery completed the study...

  19. Carbohydrate metabolism alterations in Biomphalaria glabrata infected with Schistosoma mansoni and exposed to Euphorbia splendens var. hislopii latex

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    Clélia Christina Mello-Silva

    2010-07-01

    Full Text Available This paper evaluates the alterations in the glycogen content of tissues (digestive gland and cephalopedal mass and glucose in the haemolymph of Biomphalaria glabrata BH strain infected with Schistosoma mansoni BH strain and exposed to the latex of Euphorbia splendens var. hislopii. A reduction in the glycogen deposits was observed in infected snails exposed and not exposed to latex. However, the exposure to latex caused a greater depletion of the glycogen levels in both sites analysed, especially from the third week onward. The utilisation of latex as a molluscicide to control the population of infected B. glabrata selectively is proposed.

  20. Susceptibility of Biomphalaria tenagophila and Biomphalaria straminea to Schistosoma mansoni infection detected by low stringency polymerase chain reaction

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    JANNOTTI-PASSOS Liana Konovaloff

    2000-01-01

    Full Text Available In order to determine Schistosoma mansoni infection rates in Biomphalaria tenagophila and B. straminea, low stringency polymerase chain reaction (LS-PCR technique was used as a complementary method to light exposure technique. LS-PCR has already been standardized in our laboratory to detect the trematode DNA in B. glabrata. Higher S. mansoni infection rates were detected using conventional method and LS-PCR. The parasite DNA profile was detected in both species after 7-day exposure to miracidia, using LS-PCR. This technique enables early detection of schistosomiasis transmission focuses, in endemic areas, before the beginning of cercariae shedding.