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  1. Magnetic resonance imaging of cerebellar Schistosomiasis mansoni; Ressonancia magnetica na esquistossomose mansoni cerebelar

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    Braga, Bruno Perocco; Costa Junior, Leodante Batista da [Hospital da Baleia, Belo Horizonte, MG (BRazil). Servico de Neurocirurgia; Lambertucci, Jose Roberto [Minas Gerais Univ., Belo Horizonte, MG (Brazil). Faculdade de Medicina. Servico de Doencas Infecciosas e Parasitarias

    2003-10-01

    A 15-year-old boy was admitted to hospital with a history of headache, dizziness, vomiting and double vision that started two weeks before. His parents denied any previous disease. During clinical examination he presented diplopia on lateral gaze to the left and horizontal nystagmus. No major neurological dysfunction was detected. He was well built, mentally responsive and perceptive. Laboratory findings revealed a leukocyte count of 10,000/mL, a normal red blood cell count and no eosinophilia. The magnetic resonance images (MRI) of the brain showed a left cerebellar lesion with mass effect compressing the surrounding tissues. Contrast-enhanced images showed a mass like structure and punctate nodules (Figures A and B: axial and coronal contrast-enhanced T1-weighted MR images showed the nodular - yellow arrows - enhancement pattern of a left cerebellar intraxial lesion). The lesion extended to the vermis and brachium pons and compressed the medulla. There was no hydrocephalus. He was taken to the operating room with the presumptive diagnosis of a neuroglial tumor, and submitted to a lateral suboccipital craniectomy. A brown, brittle tumoral mass without a clearly defined margin with the cerebellar tissue was removed. Microscopic examination revealed schistosomal granulomas in the productive phase in the cerebellum (Figure C). After surgery, treatment with praziquantel (50 mg/kg/dia, single dose) and prednisone (1 mg/kg/day) was offered and the patient improved quickly. Thirty days later he was seen again at the outpatient clinic: he was asymptomatic and with no neurological impairment. This is the eighth case of cerebellar involvement in schistosomiasis mansoni and the second report of a tumoral form of cerebellar schistosomiasis documented by magnetic resonance images. (author)

  2. Schistosomiasis mansoni presenting as a cerebellar tumor: case report Esquistossomose mansônica apresentando-se como tumor cerebelar: relato de caso

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    Joacil Carlos da Silva

    2007-09-01

    Full Text Available The Manson's schistosomiasis tumoral form rarely affects the brain. There are only 12 cases prior related with a mean age of 25 years and a male predominance. We describe a 16-year-old Brazilian Northeastern boy with a cerebellar mass lesion. The radiological aspect was considered compatible with glioma and a gross total resection was performed. Microscopic examination disclosed intraparenchymal granulomas surrounding Schistosoma mansoni eggs. The case is compared with the literature findings and some peculiar aspects of this trematode infection are reviewed.A forma pseudotumoral da esquistossomose mansônica raramente acomete o encéfalo. Apenas 12 casos foram previamente descritos com idade média de 25 anos e predominância do sexo masculino. Relatamos um caso em paciente do nordeste brasileiro de 16 anos portador de lesão expansiva cerebelar. O aspecto radiológico foi considerado compatível com tumor cerebelar primário e ressecção radical realizada. Estudo histopatológico demonstrou granulomas intraparenquimatosos contornando ovos de Schistosoma mansoni. O caso é comparado com os achados da literatura e aspectos peculiares dessa neuropasitose são discutidos.

  3. Fase aguda da esquistossomose mansoni

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    Edward Tonelli

    1972-10-01

    Full Text Available O A. faz um estudo panorâmico sobre a fase aguda da esquistossomose mansoni, abordando o quadro clínico e seu diagnóstico, os exames subsidiários, o diagnóstico diferencial, a terapêutica e os aspectos evolutivos. As manifestações clinicas dos períodos de incubação, de estado e de supressão são abordados. O diagnóstico da fase aguda é baseado em dado epidemiológico, 110 exame fisico e em exames subsidiários. O dado epidemiológico. em geral, é positivo, com menção a banho infectante, comumente 30 a 40 dias antes do início do quadro clínico e ao exame físico, encontramos hipertermia (38 - 4G°C, prostração, micropoliadenia hepatomegalia dolorosa em 95%, dos casos e esplenomegalia em 70% dos casos. Os exames prioritários para o diagnóstico são o exame parasiiológico de fezes seriado, que é positivo para ovos viáveis de S. mansoni e o leucograma seriado, que, geralmente, acusa leucocitose com eosinofilia. Em caso de dúvida ou para complementação diagnostica, podemos recorrer à endoscovia retal, ao oograma e á biópsia hepática. A endoscopia acusa, comumente, mucosa hiperêmica, edemaciada, friável, granulosa, com pontos hemorrágicos e o exame colhido por punção biópsia revela, entre outros achados, granulomas na fase necrótica-exsudativa. O diagnóstico diferencial deve ser feito com as seguintes entidades clínicas: gastroenterites. febre tifóide, disenteria bacilar, amebíase aguda, salmonelose septicêrnica prolongada, devendo, ainda, figurar a tuberculose miliar, abdome agudo, a G.N.D.A., a mononucleose infecciosa, a leptospirose, a hepatite e as poaneurites. A terapeutica é baseada nos cuidados gerais, na córticoterapia e na terapêutica específica. Observamos regressão dramática do quadro toxinfeccioso. nas primeiras 24 a 48 horas com a córticoterapia (prednisona que tem duração aproximada de 7 a 10 dias. A terapêutica específica (derivado nitrotiazolico = ambilhar e derivado hidroximet

  4. Sintomatologia intestinal na fase crônica da esquistossomose mansoni

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    Eleonora L. Peixinho

    1986-03-01

    Full Text Available Com o objetivo de investigar os sintomas intestinais na fase crônica da esquistossomose mansoni, estudamos 102 indivíduos na faixa etária de nove a dezenove anos, dos 144previamente selecionados entre os moradores autóctones dos distritos de Lagoa Redonda e Menezes, portadores de Schistosoma mansoni. Todos foram submetidos a uma anamnese segmentar com a finalidade de detectara presença de cinco sintomas intestinais: dor abdominal, diarréia, muco e rajas de sangue nas fezes e enterorragia. Metade dos pacientes foi medicada com mebendazole e posteriormente com oxamniquine, constituindo-se no grupo caso, enquanto a outra metade, tratada apenas com mebendazole, constituiu-se no grupo controle. Os resultados mostram que a esquistossomose é provavelmente a responsável pelas queixas de muco e/ou rajas de sangue nas fezes, ocorrendo uma redução dessas queixas, estatisticamente significante, após a terapêutica específica.A total of 102 autochthonous patients from the districts of Lagoa Redonda and Menezes (Sapeaçu, Bahia, with ages rangingfrom nine to 19years, were evaluated for intestinal symptoms related to the chronic phase of Schistosomiasis mansoni, with emphasis on the following complaints: abdominal pain, diarrhea, mucus and blood in the stools. One half of the sample (case group was treated with mebendazole followed by oxamniquine; the otherhalf (control group received only mebendazole. The results showed that schistosomiasis is probably responsible for the appearance of mucus and/or blood in the stools, since a statistically significant reduction of such manifestations was achieved with specific treatment.

  5. Considerações sobre o diagnóstico parasitológico da esquistossomose mansoni

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    Celso Affonso de Oliveira

    1967-02-01

    Full Text Available O autor tece comentários sobre o valor do exame parasitológico das fezes anterior a qualquer tratamento para o diagnóstico da esquistossomose mansoni, acentuando que a sua positividade traduz sempre infecção esquistossomótica e parasitose ativa. Considera, a seguir, o valor da biópsia retal, mostrando que êste método evidencia a infecção em 95% dos casos portadores da forma intestinal e em 75% daqueles com esquistossomose hepatoesplênica; o exame coprológico é, portanto, superior para o diagnóstico da forma hepatoesplênica. O encontro exclusivo de ovos mortos e/ou granulomas e/ou cascas firma o diagnóstico da infecção.

  6. Esquistossomose mansônica simulando neoplasia da bexiga Schistosomiasis mansoni simulating bladder neoplasia

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    Eduardo José Andrade Lopes

    2006-06-01

    Full Text Available Paciente de 36 anos de idade, proveniente de zona endêmica foi admitido com episódios de hematúria macroscópica total e disúria terminal. A citoscopia mostrou um tumor exofítico na parede anterior da bexiga, sugestivo de câncer. A biópsia revelou esquistossomose mansônica. Ressecção transuretral confirmou o diagnóstico. O paciente foi clinicamente tratado com oxamniquine, obtendo cura. O caso apresentado nesse trabalho enfatiza que nem todos os tumores de bexiga com hematúria microscópica são cânceres de bexiga.A 36-year-old patient, proceeding from an endemic area was admitted with episodes of total microscopic hematuria and terminal dysuria. Cytoscopy showed a protuberant tumor in the bladder anterior wall, suggestive of cancer. Biopsy revealed schistosomiasis mansoni. Transurethral resection confirmed the diagnosis. The patient was clinically treated and cured with oxamniquine. The case presented in this work emphasizes that not all the tumors of bladder with microscopic hematuria are bladder cancers.

  7. Magnetic resonance imaging and ultrasound in hepatosplenic schistosomiasis mansoni Ressonância magnética e ultrassonografia na esquistossomose mansoni hepatoesplênica

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    José Roberto Lambertucci

    2004-08-01

    Full Text Available We report the findings of abdominal ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging observed in a patient with advanced schistosomiasis mansoni. A 25-year-old man with hepatosplenic schistosomiasis and variceal bleeding confirmed by upper endoscopy was submitted to abdominal ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging. During surgery for portal hypertension, a liver biopsy was taken and the diagnosis of Symmers' fibrosis was confirmed. magnetic resonance imaging scans gave more precise information about the gallbladder, periportal thickening and abdominal venous system than did the ultrasound.Relatamos os achados ultrassonográficos e à ressonância magnética intra-abdominais observados em um paciente com esquistossomose mansoni grave. Um homem de 25 anos de idade com esquistossomose hepatoesplênica e sangramento digestivo de varizes esofagianas, com diagnóstico confirmado pela endoscopia, foi submetido à ultrasonografia abdominal e ressonância magnética. Durante a cirurgia de hipertensão porta, um fragmento de fígado foi obtido e o exame histológico confirmou o diagnóstico de fibrose de Symmers. A ressonância magnética forneceu informações mais precisas sobre a vesícula biliar, espessamento periportal e sistema venoso abdominal do que a ultrassonografia.

  8. Aspectos imunológicos da esquistossomose mansoni hepatoesplênica após cirurgia terapêutica

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    Petroianu Andy

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available A forma hepatoesplênica da esquistossomose mansoni pode apresentar complicações, como o sangramento de varizes esofágicas e gástricas, que requerem tratamento cirúrgico. Apesar de a esplenectomia ser freqüentemente necessária, esses pacientes raramente desenvolvem os fenômenos sépticos, que são mais freqüentemente encontrados em pessoas asplênicas do que na população em geral. Essa particularidade dos esquistossomóticos pode ser relacionada a alguma característica particular do sistema imune nessa afecção. Com o objetivo de investigar os aspectos imunológicos de pacientes com esquistossomose, foram estudados os linfócitos T e B além das imunoglobulinas M, A, e G (IgM, IgA, e IgG em pacientes esquistossomóticos submetidos ou não a procedimentos cirúrgicos para tratamento de complicações da hipertensão porta. Esses pacientes foram comparados com voluntários normais sem afecção sistêmica aparente. Os pacientes operados por derivação esplenorrenal distal com a preservação do baço apresentaram aumento dos linfócitos T em comparação com o grupo-controle, de pessoas normais. Os níveis de IgG e IgM foram mais elevados nos pacientes submetidos a esplenectomia total do que no grupo-controle. Esses resultados sugerem que a esquistossomose mansoni crônica pode influenciar o sistema imune, garantindo que, mesmo na ausência do baço, os pacientes estejam protegidos de fenômenos infecciosos graves.

  9. Esquistossomose mansônica em camundongos experimentalmente subnutridos Mansoni schistosomiasis in experimentally undernourished mice

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    Luiz Augusto Magalhães

    1986-10-01

    Full Text Available Realizou-se estudo sobre o desenvolvimento da esquistossomose mansônica em camundongos submetidos à dieta hipoprotéica. Foram constituídos 4 grupos de Mus musculus "Swiss" da seguinte forma: 1 não infectados, normoprotéicos; 2 infectados, normoprotéicos; 3 não infectados, hipoprotéicos e 4 infectados, hipoprotéicos. Os animais foram sacrificados com 60 dias de infecção, aos 90 dias de idade. Verificou-se que os esquistossomos sofreram os efeitos da subnutrição do hospedeiro, principalmente os vermes machos, que além de terem seu desenvolvimento prejudicado, tiveram seu número reduzido aproximadamente pela metade. O número de granulomas foi menor nos roedores subnutridos e o tamanho da lesão foi reduzido. Houve acentuada leucopenia nos animais submetidos à dieta hipoprotéica, principalmente nos infectados subnutridos. A linfopenia e a eosinopenia acentuadas sugeriram que o sistema imunológico do hospedeiro foi afetado pela subnutrição. A taxa de mortalidade foi muito mais elevada nos animais infectados submetidos à dieta hipoprotéica. Concluiu-se que os camundongos subnutridos resistiram menos à infecção esquistossomótica apesar de terem apresentado menor número de lesões granulomatosas.Mansoni schistosomiasis was studied in mice fed on a low protein diet. Four groups of the Swiss breed Mus musculus were used in an experiment with two factors, each with two levels: 1-non-infected, normal diet; 2 - infected, normal diet ; 3 - non-infected, low protein diet; 4 - infected, low protein diet. The mice were killed for observation at age 90 days, after 60 days of infection, for those infected. It was found that the worms suffered the effects of malnutrition, mainly males, whose population count was cut by half, in addition to poor individual growth. The hepatic granuloma count was found to be smaller in the undernourished group; while the corresponding lesions were also generally smaller. There was a marked leukopenia in

  10. A esquistossomose mansoni no contexto da política de saúde brasileira Schistosoma mansoni in the context of the Brazilian health policy

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    Sandra Helena Cerrato Tibiriçá

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available São muitos os fatores envolvidos na determinação da emergência e reemergência de doenças infecciosas. No caso da esquistossomose destacam-se os fatores biológicos como os relacionados ao habitat, às mutações e adaptações de microrganismos e hospedeiros, à resposta imunológica do hospedeiro e às adaptações bioecológicas de hospedeiros intermediários. Somam-se a esses, os não menos importantes fatores relacionados à gestão política, ocupação do ambiente e alocação de recursos financeiros. O Brasil reúne, hoje, importantes condições ecoepidemiológicas para a reemergência da esquistossomose e aumento da prevalência de algumas formas graves como mielorradiculopatia esquistossomótica, principalmente em áreas de baixa endemicidade. A expansão de suas fronteiras atinge os meios urbanos e rurais, destinados ao trabalho ou ao lazer, com comprometimento inclusive de setores de renda como o ecoturismo. Os avanços nas pesquisas acerca dos hospedeiros intermediário e definitivo do Schistosoma mansoni, para se transformarem em benefícios públicos, necessitam da sustentabilidade gerencial pública comprometida, interdisciplinar, fortalecida nas diferentes esferas de governo, vinculada ás sociedades civis tecnicamente capacitadas ao gerenciamento e comprometidas com as necessidades de saúde da população.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

  11. Estudo imunológico da esquistossomose mansoni intestinal antes e após tratamento com aminonitrotiazol

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    Lucyr Jones Antunes

    1974-02-01

    Full Text Available Foram dosadas as imunoglobulinas e realizados testes cutâneos para se avaliar o sistema imunológico de pacientes portadores da forma intestinal da esquistossomose mansoni. Estes testes foram realizados antes do tratamento com aminonitrotiazol e após trinta, sessenta e noventa dias do tratamento. Antes do tratamento o nível de IgG (1893 ± 472 mg% apresentava-se elevado, mas os níveis de IgA (186 ± 74 mg% e de IgM (91 ± 26 mg% achavam-se normais. Decorridos trinta, sessenta e noventa dias do tratamento, o nível de IgG diminuiu, observando-se ligeira elevação de IgA bem como de IgM. Os pacientes, antes do tratamento, quando testados com schistosomina e anti IgE apresentaram áreas de 1,22 ± 0,36 cm² e 1,04 ± 0,25 cm², respectivamente. Noventa dias após o tratamento, as reações à schistosomina e ao soro anti IgE produziram reações com áreas ainda maiores. Os testes de hipersensibilidade retardada mostraram que 35% dos pacientes reagiram à schistosomina e 71% ao 2-4 dinitrofluorobenzeno.

  12. Estudo piloto sobre esquistossomose mansoni em área rural do Município de Itanhomi, Vale do Rio Doce, Minas Gerais

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    Maria José Conceição

    1978-12-01

    Full Text Available Neste trabalho os autores apresentam dados relativos à prevalência e formas clinicas da esquistossomose mansoni, hospedeiro intermediário e determinação do seu índice de infecção em Santa Luzia do Carneiro, área rural do Município de Itanhomi, Vale do Rio Doce, Minas Gerais. O estudo seccional da população revelou 42,1% de positividade para ovos de S.mansoni em um exame de fezes peto método de Lutz (Hoffmann, Ponz, Janer e um percentual de 6,8% de pacientes com hepato-esplenomegalia. O hospedeiro intermediário encontrado foi a B.glabrata com um índice de infecção de 3,2%.

  13. Sobre o método de Kato no diagnóstico da esquistossomose mansoni

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    Aparecida Marly P. Dantas

    1973-06-01

    Full Text Available Os autores fazem um estudo comparativo entre os métodos de sedimentação, MIF-C e Kato em relação à eficiência para diagnosticar ovos de helmintos, em especial os de Schistosoma mansoni. Discutem as possibilidades e limitações dos métodos assinalados e concluem pela maior eficiência do método de sedimentação.A comparative study of Kato, Hoffman - Pons - Jansr and MIF-C techniques for the diagnosis of helmintic eggs, especially S. mansoni is concerned. The authors conclude that the Hoffman - Pons - Janer is still the most adequate

  14. Introdução recente da esquistossomose mansoni no Sul do Estado de Minas Gerais, Brasil Recent introduction of schistosomiasis mansoni in the South of the State of Minas Gerais, Brazil

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    Naftale Katz

    1983-09-01

    Full Text Available Os autores descrevem os principais casos humanos autóctones de esquistossomose mansoni em Itajubá, no sul do Estado de Minas Gerais, Brsil. Trata-se de três crianças com 8 e 10 anos de idade, residentes em um mesmo bairro da cidade, da qual nunca se ausentaram. Nas coleções hídricas que banham Itajubá foram coletados 1.995 exemplares de Biomphalaria tenagophila e 94 de B. peregrina, todos negativos para formas larvares de Schistosoma mansoni. Em reunião com membros da comunidade, ligados à área de saúde, os autores propuseram um plano de trabalho para o controle da doença na fase atual.The authors presented the first three authochtonus human cases of Schistosoma mansoni infection in Itajubá, south of Minas Gerais State, Brazil. All of them, children (8 to 10 years, resident at the same quartier, that never moved out from this city. Malacological survey performed in the Itajubá streams reveals 1,995 Biomphalaria tenagophila and 94 B. peregrina, all of them negative for larval form of S. mansoni. During a meeting with community members from the health sector, the authors suggested a control program for schistosomiasis.

  15. Análise crítica da estimativa do número de portadores de esquistossomose mansoni no Brasil Critical analysis of the estimated number of schistosomiasis mansoni carriers in Brazil

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    Naftale Katz

    2000-06-01

    Full Text Available Estimou-se o número de portadores da infecção por Schistosoma mansoni no Brasil baseando-se no resultado de exames parasitológicos de fezes realizados pela Fundação Nacional de Saúde nos anos de 1996 e 1997 e os dados de população de 18 estados da federação no levantamento do IBGE. Os dados permitiram estimar em 7,1 milhões de portadores de esquistossomose em 1996 e em 6,3 milhões em 1997. Esses números podem não representar a realidade, pois a amostra da população examinada não foi selecionada visando este objetivo. A ausência de dados precisos indica a necessidade de adequado levantamento nacional da prevalência da esquistossomose que continua a ser importante endemia parasitária, justificando esforços maiores para o seu controle no Brasil.The number of carriers of Schistosoma mansoni infection in Brazil was estimated based on the results of parasitological examinations of feces carried out by the Fundação Nacional de Saúde (FNS -- National Health Foundation in 1996 and 1997, as well as population data from 18 states collected by the Instituto Brasileiro de Geografia e Estatística (IBGE -- Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics. This information allowed the number of carriers of schistosomiasis mansoni to be estimated at 7.1 million in 1996 and 6.3 million in 1997. These figures may not reflect the true situation since the population sample used was not originally selected for this purpose. The absence of precise data indicates the need for an adequate national survey of the prevalence of schistosomiasis, which continues to be an important endemic parasitic disease, justifying greater efforts for its control in Brazil.

  16. Esquistossomose mansoni autóctone e outras parasitoses intestinais em escolares do bairro alto da Boa Vista, da Cidade do Rio de Janeiro

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    Virginia T. Schall

    1985-09-01

    Full Text Available Procedeu-se a um levantamento coproscópico em alunos de 8 a 15 anos, pertencentes a 3 escolas do Alto da Boa Vista. De 155 alunos examinados, encontraram-se 4 casos positivos (2,6% de esquistossomose. Entre 25 familiares destes, encontraram-se outros 4 casos positivos (16%. Havia na área uma população de Biomphalaria tenagophila (Orbigny, 1835, amplamente distribuída nas valas de irrigação de hortas de agrião, ligadas ao rio das Fumas. A taxa de infecção dos moluscos foi de 7 (0,29% em 2.400 examinados. Comparando-se estes resultados com dados anteriores, observa-se que a prevalência da esquistossomose se mantém no Alto da Boa Vista há pelo menos 15 anos.The present situation regarding schistosomiasis mansoni prevalence among primary school children was evaluated in the periphery of Rio de Janeiro city (Alto da Boa Vista. A coproscopic survey was carried out with students of 8 to 15 years oldfrom 3 schools of the area. Among 15 5 examined, 4 positive cases (2,6% of schistosomiasis were found. On examining 25 relatives of the positive students, 4 other positives cases (16% were found, all from the same region. The malacological survey carried out revealed a Biomphalaria tenagophila population largely distributed in the irrigation ditches of water-cress gardens surrounding the Fumas River. Seven (7 out of2400 snails collected were positive for Schistosoma mansoni (0,29%. Comparing these results with previous data, it can be observed that schistosomiasis prevalence has been maintained in this area for as long as 15 years. Stool examinations revealed a high prevalence of A. lumbricoides (48,4%. E. nana (23,5% and T. trichiura (38%.

  17. Tratamento da esquistossomose mansônica hepatesplênica com praziquantel Treatment of hepatosplenic schistosomiasis mansoni with praziquantel

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    Amaury D. Coutinho

    1984-02-01

    Full Text Available Noventa e quatro pacientes, 22 do sexo masculino e 72 do feminino, com idades variando de 11 a 71 anos, média de 25, apresentando a forma hepatesplênica da esquistossomose mansônica, foram tratados com uma nova droga antiesquistossomótica — praziquantel — objetivando-se investigar sua eficácia e tolerância. Duas doses orais — 1 x 30 e 2 x 25 mg/kg — foram comparadas. Efeitos colaterais foram verificados durante os primeiros dois dias seguintes à administração da droga, mas usualmente de média intensidade e curta duração. Os mais freqüentes e, por vezes, mais severos foram: dor ou desconforto abdominal, diarréia, tontura, cefaléia e náusea. Febre esteve presente em 19,2% dos casos e urticaria e prurido em dois pacientes. A investigação laboratorial mostrou, em alguns casos, ligeiras alterações enzimáticas (AST, ALT, γ-GT 24 horas após a medicação. Nenhuma modificação da urinálise, da glicose sangüínea e dos dados hematológicos foi detectada, exceto o aumento comumente observado dos eosinófilos nos 7." e 30.° dias, relacionado à morte dos parasitas dentro do organismo. Da mesma forma, nenhuma anormalidade foi verificada no estudo eletroencefalográfico. Na eletrocardiografia, observou-se, em duas pacientes, uma ligeira e transitória alteração na repolarização ventricular. No que diz respeito à cura parasitológica, constatou-se, em 62 pacientes que concluíram seis meses de controle, um porcentual global de cura de 80,6%, sendo de 76,7% com a dose de 30 mg/lkg e de 84,4% com a de 2 x 25 mg/kg. Os pacientes não curados tiveram, por outro lado, uma acentuada redução no número de ovos do S. mansoni eliminados nas fezes. Além disso, cinco pacientes não curados, foram retratados seis ou mais meses depois, com a mesma dose inicial, obtendo-se 100°/o de negatividade nos exames de fezes. Os Autores acreditam que com a administração de doses um pouco mais altas como, por exemplo, 60 mg/kg, se possa

  18. O valor dos ovos mortos como critério de avaliação da cura parasitológica na esquistossomose mansoni

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    José Roberto Lambertucci

    1983-09-01

    Full Text Available Dezoito crianças com esquistossomose mansoni foram tratadas com a oxamniquine (20mg/kg de peso, dose únicaj e acompanhadas até o 22? mês pós-tratamento com 22 exames de fezes e uma biópsia retal no último mês. Dos 16 pacientes curados, cinco (31,3%, não apresentaram qualquer tipo de ovo na biópsia retal, 11 (68,7%, apresentaram ovos calcificados, oito (50%, ovos "recém-mortos" e três (18,8%, granulomas. Para observar a dinâmica de desaparecimento de ovos dos tecidos, 31 camundongos, foram infectados com 100 cercárias de S. mansoni e após 45 dias, tratados com drogas sabidamente esquistossomicidas. Os camundongos foram sacrificados 30, 90, 180, 260 e 400 dias após o tratamento. Observou-se diminuição progressiva dos ovos mortos nos fragmentos de intestino dos animais sacrificados, mas cerca de um ano após o tratamento os ovos hemitransparentes, calcificados, cascas e granulomas ainda foram encontrados. 0 encontro apenas destes elementos, fala a favor da cura parasitológica.

  19. Estudo da camada de fibras nervosas da retina em pacientes com esquistossomose mansônica: análise com GDxTM Study of retinal nerve fiber layer in patients with schistosomiasis mansoni: analysis with GDX TM

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    Rodrigo Almeida Vieira Santos

    2006-12-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Estudar a camada de fibras nervosas da retina de portadores de esquistossomose mansônica hepatoesplênica. MÉTODOS: Foram submetidos ao exame com o GDx Scanning Laser System, 23 portadores de esquistossomose na forma hepatoesplênica que tinham sido submetidos, quando crianças, a esplenectomia, ligadura da veia gástrica esquerda e auto-implante de tecido esplênico no omento maior. Todos apresentaram pressão intra-ocular menor que 21 mmHg. No grupo controle foram estudados 23 indivíduos com idade e condição socioeconômico-geográfica similar, sem esquistossomose. RESULTADOS: Em apenas um paciente do grupo portador de esquistossomose foram observadas alterações em quatro parâmetros: superior nasal, média superior, média da espessura e número de fibra. Todos os indivíduos do grupo controle apresentaram GDx com parâmetros dentro da normalidade. CONCLUSÃO: No estudo realizado não foi encontrado diferença significante entre os dois grupos. Apenas um paciente mostrou redução da camada de fibras nervosas.PURPOSE: To study the retinal nerve fiber layer in young patients suffering from hepatosplenic schistosomiasis mansoni. METHODS: Twenty-three patients with hepatosplenic schistosomiasis mansoni who were submitted, when children, to splenectomy, ligature of the left gastric vein and auto-implantation of spleen tissue in the major omentum underwent GDx Scanning Laser System evaluations. All patients presented with intraocular pressure below 21 mmHg. RESULTS: Only one patient suffering from hepatosplenic schistosomiasis mansoni showed abnormalities on the GDx examination. There were no abnormalities on GDx examination in the control group. CONCLUSION: There was no significant difference between the two groups of this study. Only one patient showed retinal nerve fiber layer reduction.

  20. Morbidade da esquistossomose e sua relação com a contagem de ovos de Schistosoma mansoni em uma zona hiperendêmica do Estado de Minas Gerais

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    Maria Fernanda F. de Lima e Costa

    1985-04-01

    Full Text Available Um estudo seccional da esquistossomose foi desenvolvido em Comercinho, cidade de 1474 habitantes situada em Minas Gerais. Foram feitos exame de fezes pelo método de KATO-KATZ e exame clínico em, respectivamente, 90 e 80% da população da cidade. Foram estudados os sinais e sintomas apresentados pelos pacientes com diferentes contagens de ovos de S. mansoni, verificando-se que as alterações do tamanho e da consistência do fígado estavam relacionadas à maior eliminação de ovos (> 1000/gr fezes nos pacientes com 2-14 anos de idade, mas não nos pacientes mais velhos. Os seguintes sinais clínicos foram mais freqüentes nos pacientes que eliminavam ovos de S. mansoni nas fezes, quando comparados ao grupo controle (sem ovos do parasita nas fezes, sem história de tratamento e com reação intradérmica negativa: a nos pacientes com 2-14 anos, sangue nas fezes, fígado palpável, aumento da consistência e aumento do tamanho dos lobos direito e esquerdo do fígado; b nos maiores de 15 anos, presença de fígado palpável; c em ambos os grupos etários, as esplenomegalias estiveram exclusivamente relacionadas à infecção pelo S. mansoni.

  1. Assessment of oltipraz in schistosomiasis mansoni clinical trial Avaliação do oltipraz na esquistossomose mansônica. Ensaio clínico

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    Naftale Katz

    1984-06-01

    Full Text Available Seventy three children (6-15 years and 75 adults (18-47 years with active schistosomiasis mansoni were treated with oltipraz. All cases had at least 100 eggs per gram of feces as determined by the Kato-Katz technique. Children and adults were divided in two groups receiving respectively 25 or 30 mg/kg, as a single oral dose. Clinical examination, laboratories tests (haemogram, urinalysis, hepatic and kidney functions tests, glycemia, cholesterol, triglicerides, lipoprotein — HLD and LDL and ECG were performed before, 3 or 7 days and 1 month after treatment. Parasitological control with 3 daily coprological examinations, was done on the 1st, 3rd j 6th month after drug administration. Giddiness, somnolence, headache, nausea, vomiting and abdominal distress were the most frequent side effects. Pain in the finger tips that need further investigations also occurred. No significant alteration in complementary tests were observed, whereas eosinophilia 1 month after treatment was detected, probably indicating worm death. The cure rate in children was 81.8% and 74.2% with 25 and 30 mg/kg respectively, and in adults 75.0% and 81.2% of the patients. No statistical significant difference was observed between cure rate and side effects at different dosages employed, neither between adults nor children. In all groups the percentage of egg reduction in feces in the non cured patients was higher than 96.0%. Further investigation with this new compound is necessary to accomplish the real value of oltipraz in the schistosomiasis chemotherapy.Setenta e três crianças (6 a 15 anos e 75 adultos (18-47 anos com esquistossomose mansoni foram tratados com oltipraz. O diagnóstico foi feito através do exame parasitológico quantitativo de Kato-Katz e só os pacientes com 100 ou mais ovos por grama de fezes foram admitidos no ensaio. Crianças e adultos foram divididos em dois grupos cada, os quais eram tratados com 25 ou 30 mg/kg em dose única oral. Exame cl

  2. Sociocultural aspects of schistosomiasis mansoni in an endemic area in Minas Gerais, Brazil Aspectos sócio-culturais da esquistossomose mansoni em área endêmica de Minas Gerais, Brasil

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    Andréa Gazzinelli

    1998-10-01

    Full Text Available A study to determine the sociocultural factors influencing knowledge, attitudes, and practices of individuals from a small community toward Schistosoma mansoni infection was carried out in an endemic area in the State of Minas Gerais, Brazil. The study used qualitative approaches to collect data from school-aged children and teachers. Specific findings were that the individuals interviewed were aware of the disease, but also held inaccurate popular beliefs about transmission. Misconceptions coexisted with accurate knowledge both in children and teachers. The disease was not seen as a major health problem and did not affect their activities since it did not cause severe symptoms in most of the individuals. Although the majority of the participants related transmission to water and lack of sanitation, they did not take any preventive measures since their subsistence is highly dependent on irrigation, farming, fishing, and other essential work that is directly related to water activities. The authors discuss the development of a health education program based on the knowledge and perception of individuals about the disease and its determinants as being important for the context and behavioral change.Este estudo foi realizado em área endêmica do Estado de Minas Gerais, Brasil, com o objetivo de determinar os fatores sócio-culturais que influenciam o conhecimento, as atitudes e práticas dos indivíduos da comunidade em relação a esquistossomose mansoni. Os resultados mostraram que tanto crianças quanto professores conhecem a doença e possuem concepções corretas e incorretas sobre a transmissão. A doença não é vista como um problema importante de saúde pública e não afeta as atividades pelo fato de não causar sintomas graves na maior parte da população. Apesar da maioria dos entrevistados relacionar a transmissão da doença à água e falta de saneamento básico, não utiliza nenhuma medida preventiva para evitar a infec

  3. Análise da positividade da esquistossomose mansoni em Regionais de Saúde endêmicas em Pernambuco, 2005 a 2010

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    Ana Virgínia Matos Sá Barreto

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: analisar a tendência da positividade da esquistossomose em exames coproscópicos na população de área endêmica do estado de Pernambuco, Brasil, de 2005 a 2010. MÉTODOS: estudo ecológico de serie temporal, com dados secundários do Sistema de Informação do Programa de Controle da Esquistossomose, analisados por Regional de Saúde; foram avaliadas as tendências por regressão linear, considerando-se p<0,05 significativo. RESULTADOS: Pernambuco apresentou média de 9,2% de positividade; a Regional de Saúde III (Palmares apresentou maior média de positividade (13,8%, seguida das regionais II (Limoeiro: 9,9% e I (Recife: 7,8%; a Regional V (Garanhuns apresentou melhor média de tratamento (95,6%, seguida da III (86,6%; Pernambuco apresentou tendência decrescente na positividade para esquistossomose (p=0,005. CONCLUSÃO: em geral, há uma tendência decrescente da positividade de esquistossomose em Pernambuco, apesar da queda no número de exames; é importante manter e intensificar as intervenções de controle, com prioridades estratégicas focalizadas em localidades com elevadas prevalências.

  4. Immunohistochemical expression of oestrogen and progesterone receptors during experimental acute and chronic murine Schistosomiasis mansoni Expressão imunohistoquímica de receptores para estrogênio e progesterona nas fases aguda e crônica da esquistossomose mansônica experimental em camundongos

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    Fawzia Ahmed Habib

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available INTRODUCTION: The responsibility of Schistosoma mansoni in female infertility is still controversial. This study was conducted to evaluate the effect of acute and chronic schistosomiasis mansoni infection on the endometrium using immunohistochemical analysis of uterine hormone receptor expression. METHODS: Twenty-four nonpregnant swiss albino mice were divided into three groups: control, noninfected; acute; and chronic Schistosoma mansoni infection. Histological sections of uterine specimens were examined by light microscope with an image analyzing system to detect structural histological, estrogen receptor (ER and progesterone receptor (PR expression in the endometrium. RESULTS: No secretory phase was detected in the endometrium in acute and chronic Schistosoma infection. Hormone receptor expression (ER and PR showed statistically significant differences among the groups (pINTRODUÇÃO: A responsabilidade do Schistosoma mansoni em esterilidade feminina é ainda controversa. Este estudo é conduzido para avaliar o efeito da esquistossomose mansoni aguda e crônica no endométrio usando análise de imuno-histoquímíca da expressão de receptor hormonal uterina. MÉTODOS: Vinte e quatro camundongos fêmeas albinas suíças não grávidas foram divididas em 3 grupos (controle não-infectado, grupos agudos e crônicos infeccionados com Schistosoma mansoni. As seções histológicas de espécimes uterinos foram examinadas por microscópio leve com imagem, analisando sistema para detectar no endométrio expressões histológicas estruturais, receptor de estrogênio (ER e receptor de progesterona (PR. RESULTADOS: Nenhuma fase secretora foi detectada no endométrio com infecção aguda e crônica de Schistosoma. A expressão hormonal de receptor (ER e PR mostrou diferenças estatisticamente significantes entre grupos diferentes (p<0,05 com baixa significativa hormonal de ER com infecção crônica (comparado com controle proliferativo, controle secret

  5. Schistosomiasis mansoni in an area of low transmission: II. Risk factors for infection Esquistossomose mansônica em área de baixa transmissão: II. Fatores de risco para infecção

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    Oswaldo Marçal Júnior

    1993-08-01

    Full Text Available Risk factors for Schistosoma mansoni infection were identified using a 1:1 matched case-control design. The work was conducted in the municipality of Pedro de Toledo, São Paulo State, Brazil, an area where the snail host is Biomphalaria tenagophila. Information on water contact patterns, knowledge, attitudes and pratices (kap, socioeconomic and sanitary conditions were obtained by mean of questionnaires. The crude odds ratio estimates and the adjusted odds ratio estimates using the logistic regression model are presented. Most of the examined individuals admitted recent water contacts (90.6% of the cases. The most frequent reason for contact was swimming, playing and fishing and the preferential site of contact was the river. According to the logistic regression technique, the main risk factors for infection were: a water contact through swimming, playing and fishing; b fording; c bad hygiene. We concluded that recreational activities are the main reasons for schistosomiasis transmission in Pedro de Toledo and leisure alternatives should be offered to the local population.A partir de um estudo de caso-controle por pareamento (1:1 foram determinados os fatores de risco para infecção por Schistosoma mansoni. O trabalho foi desenvolvido no município de Pedro de Toledo, São Paulo, Brasil, área onde Biomphalaria tenagophila é o hospedeiro intermediário. Por meio de questionários foram obtidas informações sobre o padrão de contato com águas naturais; percepção da doença e condições sanitárias e socio-econômicas. Os fatores de risco foram estimados individualmente e através de modelo logístico. A maioria dos pesquisados admitiu contatos recentes com águas naturais (90,6% dos casos. O motivo mais freqüente para estes contatos foi nadar, brincar e pescar. O rio representou o principal local de contato com águas naturais. De acordo com a técnica de regressão logística, os principais fatores de risco foram: a contato com

  6. The epidemiology and control of schistosomiasis mansoni where Biomphalaria tenagophila is the snail host Epidemiologia e controle da esquistossomose mansônica em área onde o hospedeiro intermediário é Biomphalaria tenagophila

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    Luiz Candido de Souza Dias

    1988-10-01

    Full Text Available The epidemiology and control of schistosomiasis mansoni in the Municipality of Pedro de Toledo (State of S. Paulo, Brazil since 1980, has been studied. In 1980 the prevalence evaluated by stool exams (Kato-Katz method was 22.8% and no statistical difference at 5.0% level was observed between rural and urban zones. The intensity of infection was low (58.5 eggs/g of faeces; the highest prevalence and intensity of infection rates were observed within the group of from 5 to 29 years of age, respectively. The transmission of schistosomiasis usually occurred during leisure time. The majority of the carriers of the parasite were asymptomatic. Of the B. tenagophila examined only 0.4% were found to be infected. The control programme has been intensified from 1981 on resulting in a sharp decrease in the prevalence from 22.8% in 1980 to 6% at the present time. This result shows that, in spite of the control programme there is a residual human prevalence. A beginning has been made on the investigation into the possible causes of this residual prevalence (6.0% was maintained through out 1987.Desde 1980, está-se estudando a epidemiologia e o controle da esquistossomose mansônica no Município de Pedro de Toledo (Estado de São Paulo, Brasil. Em 1980 a prevalência avaliada por exame de fezes (método de Kato-Katz foi de 22,8%. Estatisticamente, ao nível de 5%, não houve diferença nas prêvalencias observadas nas zonas rural e urbana. A intensidade de infecção foi baixa (média geométrica de 58,5 ovos por grama de fezes. As maiores prevalências e intensidades de infecção foram registradas na faixa etária de 5 a 29 anos. Geralmente a transmissão da endemia verificou-se durante o lazer. Apenas 0,4% de B. tenagophila mostraram-se positivos para cercárias de S. mansoni. A maioria dos portadores era assintomático. O programa de controle foi intensificado após avaliação dos dados de 1980, resultando em diminuição acentuada da prevalência de 22

  7. Morbidade da esquistossomose mansoni no Brasil: II - Estudo em quatro áreas de campo nos Estados de Minas Gerais, Sergipe e Paraíba Morbidity of schistosomiasis mansoni in Brazil: II - Study in 4 field areas in the states of Minas Gerais, Sergipe and Paraiba

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    J. Rodrigues Coura

    1983-03-01

    Full Text Available Os autores fazem um estudo comparativo sobre a morbidade da esquistossomose mansoni em 4 áreas de campo no Brasil, duas na região Sudeste (Capitão Andrade, município de Inhomi e Padre Paraíso, ambas no Estado de Minas Gerais e duas outras na região nordeste (Riachuelo, no Estado de Sergipe e Alhandra, no Estado da Paraíba. A população total estudada nas 4 áreas foi de 4.870 pessoas, das quais 1.369 em Capitão Andrade (área 1, 850 em Riachuelo (área 2, 1.736 em Padre Paraíso (área 3 e 915 em alhandra (área 4. Na área 1, com uma população de 1.480 habitantes, foi tentado um estudo de toda a pupulação. Nas áreas 2, 3 e 4, devido ao grande número de habitantes, foi estudada uma amostra sistemática por conglomerado de aproximadamente 25% da população (grupamento familiar de uma em cada 4 residências. O estudo constou e uma avaliação das condições econômicas e sanitárias da população, do seu contacto com os focos locais de transmissão da esquistossomose, dos índices e intensidade da infecção pelo S. mansoni e das relações da carga parasitária com as diversas formas clínicas da doença em diferentes grupos etários. Paralelamente, foi feito um estudo dos hospedeiros intermediários de cada área e dos seus índices de infecção com cercárias de S. mansoni. Demonstrou-se uma prevalência de 60,8, 50,5, 63,1 e 46,6% de infecção ativa pelo S. mansoni para as áreas 1, 2, 3 e 4, com a mediana de eliminação de ovos de 207, 77,6, 391 e 211 respectivamente. Verificou-se, ainda, nas áreas da região Sudeste um aumento mais tardio dos parâmetros mencionados. Outras correlações com grupos etários, sexo, cor dos pacientes, bem como os índices de infecção dos planorbídeos com a forma clínica da doença foram feitas.The authors have carried out a comparative study on the morbidity of schistosomiasis mansoni in four field areas of Brazil, two in the Southeast Region (Capitão Andrade, Itanhomi Municipality

  8. Atividade antiparasitária do artemether na esquistossomose mansônica experimental Antischistosomal activity of artemether in experimental Schistosomiasis mansoni

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    Susana Zevallos Lescano

    2004-02-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Avaliar o efeito da administração intramuscular de artemether a camundongos infectados experimentalmente por Schistosoma mansoni no momento da infecção, durante a maturação dos esquistossômulos e após iniciada a oviposição. MÉTODOS: Oitenta camundongos Balb/c, fêmeas adultas, foram divididos em oito grupos com 10 animais cada. Sete grupos foram infectados por S. mansoni empregando-se 60 cercárias para cada animal, inoculadas por via subcutânea; o grupo restante foi mantido sem infecção. Entre os sete grupos infectados, seis foram tratados com artemether, segundo o seguinte esquema: três grupos receberam dose correspondente a 100 mg/kg no dia 0, 20 ou 60 após inoculação das cercárias; os demais receberam 50 mg/kg de artemether, no mesmo período que os lotes anteriores. Da 9ª, 10ª e 11ª semanas após infecção os camundongos infectados por S. mansoni foram submetidos a exames de fezes pela técnica de Kato-Katz. No 80º dia do experimento, os animais sobreviventes foram sacrificados e submetidos à perfusão do sistema porta para recuperação de vermes. Determinaram-se, nessa ocasião, os pesos corporal, hepático e esplênico de cada animal. RESULTADOS: Observou-se queda na oviposição e no número de vermes recuperados entre os camundongos tratados com artemether (50 ou 100 mg/kg no 20º dia após infecção. A diminuição do número de vermes foi mais expressiva no caso de fêmeas de S. mansoni. Verificou-se, ainda, diminuição significativa nos pesos hepático e esplênico entre os animais tratados com 50 e 100 mg/kg de artemether no 20º dia e também entre os que receberam a droga na dose de 50 mg/kg 60 dias após infecção. CONCLUSÕES: Ficou evidenciada a atividade anti-Schistosoma do artemether, mesmo ao se empregar dose correspondente a 50 mg/kg, quando a droga foi administrada durante o período de maturação dos esquistossômulos no sistema porta do hospedeiro vertebrado.OBJECTIVE: To evaluate

  9. Esquistossomose mansônica no estado da Bahia, Brasil: tendências históricas e medidas de controle Schistosomiasis mansoni in Bahia, Brazil: historical trends and control measures

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    Eduardo H. Carmo

    1994-12-01

    Full Text Available Visando a contribuir para o aperfeiçoamento das estratégias de controle da esquistossomose mansônica, foram estudadas as modificações no padrão de distribuição das prevalências municipais no Estado da Bahia no período de 1950 a 1994, seus determinantes e o efeito da quimioterapia em larga escala. Verificou-se redução da prevalência média de esquistossomose para o estado como um todo, de 15,6% para 9,5%, no período de estudo. Não foram observadas modificações substanciais no padrão básico de distribuição espacial da prevalência. Entretanto, em municípios do oeste, sudoeste e litoral norte do estado, verificou-se aumento da prevalência, indicando o surgimento de novas áreas de transmissão. Comparando-se as variações das prevalências municipais de acordo com a utilização da quimioterapia em larga escala, verificou-se que houve redução na Bacia do Paraguaçu, onde vem sendo intensamente adotada tal medida, em proporção semelhante ao que foi observado para algumas áreas sem quimioterapia. As análises de correlação e regressão utilizadas não evidenciaram associação entre a quimioterapia e a variação da prevalência, observando-se correlações significativas entre esta última variável e a dinâmica populacional. Esses resultados indicam que a redução da prevalência de esquistossomose no estado não pode ser atribuída exclusivamente à utilização de quimioterapia, mas deve contemplar a articulação com os fatores relacionados à organização do espaço, que contribuem para diminuir o risco de transmissão. A forma incompleta e espacialmente desigual que caracteriza o processo de urbanização, aliada à intensa mobilidade da população, possibilita a disseminação da esquistossomose mansônica para novas áreas de transmissão, como evidenciado no Estado da Bahia.In order to aid the development of new approaches to schistosomiasis control, changes were analyzed in prevalence at the county level

  10. Esquistossomose mansoni experimental: carga parasitária e distribuição de vermes adultos no sistema porta de ratos albinos tratados com Azatioprina

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    Carlos Alberto Moreira Campos

    1983-09-01

    Full Text Available Estudou-se o curso da infecção esquistossomótica experimental no rato albino, um hospedeiro singular para o Schistosoma mansoni, e quatro semanas após a infecção houve uma rápida diminuição na carga parasitária, fato esse denominado por alguns pesquisadores como ' fenômeno de autocura Contudo, após a administração de um imunossupressor - a Azatioprina - observou-se uma maior susceptibilidade dos ratos à infecção, com os animais apresentando um significativo retardamento no chamado "fenômeno de autocura A grande maioria dos vermes é recuperada nos vasos intra-hepáticos do sistema porta, sem que haja migração para as veias mesentéricas. Quando os ratos foram tratados com Azatioprina observou-se uma significativa localização mesentérica dos vermes adultos neste hospedeiro.The course of experimental Schistosoma mansoni infection in the albino rat, a singular host for schistosomes was studied. Four weeks after infection there was a decrease of worm burden, a sélf-cure phenomenon reported by other investigators. However, after administration of a immunosupressive drug - Azathioprine - an increase in susceptibility of rats to infection was observed, with the animals presenting a significant delay in the to period selfcure. The majority of worms were recovered from the intra-hepatic veins of the portal system, but there was no migration to mesenteric veins. When rats were treated with Azathioprine a significant mesenteric localization of schistosomes was observed in this host.

  11. Segunda contribuição sobre as alterações ultra-estruturais dos hepatócitos na forma aguda (toxêmica da esquistossomose mansoni Second contribution on ultrastructural alterations of acute hepatocyte (toxaemic of schistosomiasis mansoni

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    Pedro Raso

    1981-06-01

    Full Text Available Estudamos as alterações ultra-estruturais dos hepatócitos na forma aguda, toxêmica, da esquistossomose, em cinco pacientes, membros de uma mesma família infectados em idênticas condições em um córrego existente próximo da lagoa de Pampulha, em Belo Horizonte (MG, e não tratados especificamente para a esquistossomose. Este estudo confirma os dados obtidos em trabalho anterior, em sete pacientes infectados no Município de Sabara (MG. Nos cinco casos, as alterações ultra-estruturais foram inespecíficas, pouco acentuadas, embora mais intensas do que as observadas anteriormente, e se caracterizaram sobretudo pelas modificações das organelas citoplasmáticas, explicando o freqüente encontro de células claras a microscopia óptica. A identificação de alguns granulomas a microscopia eletrônica permitiu verificar que estes mostram, no exstudato, granulócitos eosinófilos, macrófagos, plasmócitos, células epitelióides e mastócitos. Entre as células havia material amorfo e finos feixes de colágeno.In this paper the authors discuss the ultrastructural changes of liver cells in the acute toxaemic form of schistosomiasis mansoni in five member of the same family who got the infection in identical conditions in an endemic area located near the Pampulha Lake, in Belo Horizonte (MG and that did not receive specific treatment for schistosomiasis. This study confirms the data obtained and documented in a prior communication in seven patients infected in Sabará (MG. In the five cases the ultrastructural changes were also non-specific, although more intense than observed previuosly and were characterized mainly by alteration of the cytoplasmic organelles that could explain the common feature of clear cells by light microscopy. The results of the observation of some granulomas in ultrathin sections have demonstrated eosinophils, macrophages, plasma cells, epithelioid cells and mast cells. Among these cells there were also ground

  12. Schistosomiasis mansoni in an area of low transmission: I. impact of control measures Esquistossomose mansoni em área de baixa transmissão: I. impacto das medidas de controle

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    Oswaldo Marçal Júnior

    1991-04-01

    Full Text Available This work was undertaken in the municipality of Pedro de Toledo (São Paulo State, Brazil in 1987, to clarify aspects related to the transmission levels of Schistosoma mansoni in a human population where the snail host is Biomphalaria tenagophila. Since 1980 a control programme has been undertaken in this municipality. Urban and rural populations (4,719 subjects were submitted to faecal examinations (Kato-Katz method. The overall prevalence rate was 4.8% being higher in males (6.2% and also in the rural zone (5.8%. The geometric mean of S. mansoni eggs was 35.1 eggs per gramme of faeces (epg. Approximately 80.0% of the carriers presented less than 100 epg and only 20 individuals (9.0% eliminated more than half of total eggs. The highest index of potencial contamination (IPC was in the age group of 5 to 20 years (57.6%. Two thirds of the investigated patients (207 were autochthonous of Pedro de Toledo. The geographical distribution of the carriers showed a clear aggregation of the autochthonous cases and a close association between human contact sites and breeding places of B. tenagophila. This study shows that schistosomiasis subjects were not randomly aggregated, the youngsters should be the main target in the prophylaxis, and the efficacy of the control programme.Este trabalho foi realizado no município de Pedro de Toledo, no Estado de São Paulo, Brasil, em 1987 para esclarecer aspectos sobre níveis de transmissão ao homem de Schistosoma mansoni, quando o hospedeiro intermediário é Biomphalaria tenagophila. Desde 1980 vem sendo desenvolvido um programa de controle neste município. Foram submetidos a exames de fezes (método de Kato-Katz 4.719 indivíduos das zonas rural e urbana. A taxa de prevalência foi de 4,8%, sendo maior nos homens (6,2% e também na zona rural (5,8%. Foi de 35,1% a média de ovos de S. mansoni por grama de fezes (epg. Cerca de 80,0% dos portadores apresentavam menos de 100 epg e somente 20 indivíduos (9

  13. Comportamento experimental de amostras de Schistosoma mansoni em relação às formas clínicas de esquistossomose: I. Estudo em camundongos Experimental behavior of samples of Schistosoma mansoni in relation to clinical forms of schistosomiasis: I. Study in mice

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    Mario José da Conceição

    1986-03-01

    Full Text Available Como já descrevemos em publicação anterior (Conceição, 1985, foram isoladas 20 amostras de S. mansoni de pacientes do sexo masculino com idades entre 13 e 30 anos, autóctones do distrito de Capitão Andrade, município de Itanhomi, no Vale do Rio Doce, em Minas Gerais. Das amostras, seis eram portadores de esquistossomose-infecção (tipo I, seis da forma hepatointestinal (tipo II e oito da forma hepatoesplênica (tipo III, adaptadas inicialmente, à B. glabrata da mesma área. Cada uma das amostras foi inoculada em 48 camundongos em lotes de 16, respectivamente com 25,50 e 100 cercárias, mantendo-se 12 animais não infectados, com controles. Após 90 dias perfundiu-se o sistema porta de 12 animais (quatro de cada lote. Os animais mortos naturalmente em diversos períodos e a metade de cada lote sacrificada aos 90 e 180 dias foram estudados através dos seguintes parâmetros: 1§ determinação dos pesos de fígado, baço, pulmão e intestino; 2§ contagem de ovos em intestinos (proximal e mediano e grosso (distal. O número de vermes obtidos pela perfusão nos três grupos em média de 21,9%, 22% e 17,8%% para os tipos I, II e III. A mortalidde natural média dos camundongos submetidos à infecção com 25, 50 e 100 cercárias, foi respectivamente, 12,4%, 23,2% para o grupo I; de 4,7% 19,3% e 22,2% para o grupo II e 11,4%, 29,5% e 41,6% para o grupo III, apresentando-se, portanto, proporcional aos inóculos. O peso dos órgãos dos animais infectados bem como o número de ovos de S. mansoni foi sempre proporcional ao inóculo e a contagem mais elevada nas partes mediana e proximal do intestino nos três grupos. Concluiu-se que não houve correlação entre as formas clínicas da esquistossomose e o comportamento das amostras de S. mansoni em camundongo, ressaltando-se que as alterações parasitológicas encontradas foram proporcionais ao inóculo empregado e ao tempo de infecção, evidenciando os aspectos quantitativos na determina

  14. Esquistossomose mansoni experimental: carga parasitária e distribuição de vermes adultos no sistema porta de ratos albinos tratados com Azatioprina

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    Carlos Alberto Moreira Campos

    1983-09-01

    Full Text Available Estudou-se o curso da infecção esquistossomótica experimental no rato albino, um hospedeiro singular para o Schistosoma mansoni, e quatro semanas após a infecção houve uma rápida diminuição na carga parasitária, fato esse denominado por alguns pesquisadores como ' fenômeno de autocura Contudo, após a administração de um imunossupressor - a Azatioprina - observou-se uma maior susceptibilidade dos ratos à infecção, com os animais apresentando um significativo retardamento no chamado "fenômeno de autocura A grande maioria dos vermes é recuperada nos vasos intra-hepáticos do sistema porta, sem que haja migração para as veias mesentéricas. Quando os ratos foram tratados com Azatioprina observou-se uma significativa localização mesentérica dos vermes adultos neste hospedeiro.

  15. Correlação interobservador das alterações morfológicas das vias biliares em pacientes com esquistossomose mansoni pela colangiorressonância magnética Evaluation of morphological changes of the biliary tree by magnetic resonance cholangiography in patients with schistosomiasis mansoni: interobserver agreement

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    Danilo Moulin Sales

    2009-10-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Descrever as alterações das vias biliares pela colangiografia por ressonância magnética (CPRM na esquistossomose hepatoesplênica e avaliar a concordância interobservador da CPRM na detecção de colangiopatia esquistossomótica. MATERIAIS E MÉTODOS: Estudo prospectivo e transversal em 24 pacientes com a forma hepatoesplênica da esquistossomose mansoni e em 6 pacientes sadios, como grupo controle, com avaliação da via biliar pela CPRM. As alterações da via biliar consideradas foram: distorção, afilamento, estenose, dilatação e irregularidade. Foi calculada a concordância interobsevador para alteração da via biliar com o teste de McNemar e o índice kappa (κ. RESULTADOS: A concordância interobservador na caracterização de distorção e afilamento da via biliar foi quase perfeita (κ = 0,867; intervalo de confiança [IC] 95% [0,512-1,0] e κ = 0,865; IC 95% [0,51-1,0], respectivamente. A concordância foi substancial para a estenose (κ = 0,78; IC 95% [0,424-1,0], moderada para dilatação (κ = 0,595; IC 95% [0,247-0,942] e regular para afilamento (κ = 0,229; IC 95% [0,095-0,552]. CONCLUSÃO: As alterações observadas nas vias biliares foram, em ordem decrescente de ocorrência: distorção, afilamento, estenose, dilatação e irregularidade. A concordância interobservador para sinais de colangiopatia esquistossomótica foi quase perfeita para distorção e afilamento e substancial para estenose.OBJECTIVE: To describe changes of the biliary tree demonstrated by magnetic resonance cholangiography (MRC in patients with the hepatosplenic presentation of schistosomiasis mansoni, and evaluating the interobserver agreement in the detection of schistosomal cholangiopathy. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Prospective, cross-sectional study involving 24 patients with hepatosplenic schistosomiasis and 6 healthy patients (control group submitted to biliary tree evaluation by MRC. The following changes of the biliary tree were

  16. Descrição de um novo foco endêmico de esquistossomose mansônica no Estado de São Paulo, Brasil The description of a new endemic focus of schistosomiasis mansoni in the state of S. Paulo, Brazil

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    Afonso Dinis Costa Passos

    1979-12-01

    Full Text Available Foi descrito novo foco endêmico de esquistossomose mansônica situado na Cidade de Bebedouro, Estado de São Paulo, Brasil. Foram analisados 221 casos diagnosticados da doença segundo a idade, sexo e origem (autóctone ou não, bem como foram discutidos os fatores envolvidos no aparecimento do foco, alertando-se para a necessidade de medidas de controle.A new endemic focus of schistosomiasis mansoni in the town of Bebedouro, S. Paulo, Brazil, is described. Two hundred and twenty-one cases are analyzed according to sex, age, and origin (autochthonous or not, the factors involved in the emergence of the focus are discussed and the necessity for control measure is emphasized.

  17. Morbidade da esquistossomose mansoni no Brasil: III Estudo evolutivo em uma área endêmica no período de dez anos Morbidity of schistosomiasis mansoni in Brazil. III.Evolutive study in an endemic area in a period of 10 years

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    José Rodrigues Coura

    1984-12-01

    Full Text Available Quatro estudos sobre a morbilidade da esquistossomose mansoni foram realizados na localidade de Capitão Andrade, município de Itanhomi, no Vale do Rio Doce, em Minas Gerais, Brasil, respectivamente em 1973, 1974, 1979 e 1983, constando basicamente do exame de fezes quantitativo e do exame clínico da população residente, acrescidos do estudo da dinâmica e índices de infecção dos planorbídeos e do contacto homem-água entre os dois primeiros estudos. O presente trabalho compara a situação da infecção na localidade em 1973 a 1983 e estuda a evolução da doença em uma amostra de 324 pessoas residentes na área desde o primeiro estudo, dos quais 190 eram infectados com S. mansoni naquela época (26,3% dos infectados e 134 não infectados (27,6% dos não infectados. A prevalência da infecção era de 60,8% entre as 1.234 pessoas examinadas em 1973 e de 26,2% entre 1.269 examinadas em 1983, havendo, portanto, uma redução de 24,6% sem nenhum tipo de intervenção dirigida. Entretanto, a grande mobilidade da população da área e o tratamento por iniciativa própria de 7% das pessoas estudadas podem justificar essa redução da prevalência. Embora tenha havido uma redução de mais de 50% do número mediano de ovos de S. mansoni eliminados pela população, não se modificou a morbilidade da doença nem a proporção entre as formas clínicas no período. A incidência da infecção entre os 134 casos negativos acompanhados, foi de 40,3% nos dez anos (média anual de 4%, com 61,9% entre os indivíduos do sexo masculino. A incidência das formas clínicas nesse grupo foi de 51,8% para o tipo I (infecção, 38,9% para o tipo II (hepatointestinal e 9,3% para o tipo III (hepatoesplênica. A evolução clínica dos 190 casos anteriormente infectados ficou inalterada em 75,3%, evoluiu progressivamente em 12,1% (agravamento e regressivamente em 12,6% (melhora, entre os quais 8,4% ou seja, dois terços fizeram tratamento específico por

  18. Colonização de Pomacea haustrum (Reeve, 1856 em localidade com esquistossomose mansoni: Baldim, MG (Brasil. (Prosobranchia, Pilidae Colonization of Pomacea haustrum (Reeve, 1856 at localility with Schistosomiasis mansoni: Baldim, MG (Brazil

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    Roberto Milward-de-Andrade

    1979-06-01

    Full Text Available Na localidade de Baldim, MG, Brasil, foram introduzidos, em agosto de 1972, 5.421 exemplares de Pomacea haustrum (Prosobranchia, Pilidae em 5 córregos e 2 valas, nos quais predominavam Biomphalaria glabrata (Say, 1818 e, secundariamente, B. straminea (Dunker, 1848. Entre 1968 e 1971, os índices de infecção da espécie B. glabrata por Schistosoma mansoni oscilaram de 2,1% a 11,9%. Em nenhum momento foram capturados B. straminea liberando cercárias daquele trematódeo. Após a introdução do pilídeo, apenas uma única vez detectou-se 2 (0,8% B. glabrata positivas. Observou-se decréscimo populacional de planorbineos e aumento de densidade de pomácea até 20,0 e 121,6 exemplares/m² em córregos e valas, respectivamente. A estimativa da densidade de F. haustrum foi feita através do método dos "quadrats". Foram coletados, de junho de 1968 a julho de 1972, 65,2% (1.526 dos planorbíneos. Porém, após a introdução do predador-competidor, foram registrados os seguintes dados: 1976, 15% (352; em 1977, 16,1% (377 e, em 1978, apenas 3,7% (87 do total dos exemplares capturados. As pomáceas, transferidas do ambiente lenítico (Sete Lagoas, MG, adaptaram-se às coleções lóticas de Baldim e foram capazes de substituir as populações originais de B. glabrata em vários biótopos, ou tornaram-se, pelo menos, dominantes, sem danos visíveis para os novos ecossistemas. Acredita-se que em outras situações análogas, Pomacea haustrum (Reeve, 1956 - e, por extensão, P. lineata (Spix, 1827, P. canaliculata (Lamark, 1822 e outras do mesmo táxon - poderão ser utilizadas, com sucesso, no controle biológico dos hospedeiros intermediários de Schistosoma mansoni.In the region of Baldim, MG (Brazil - a well-known Schistosoma mansoni endemic area where transmission control had already been unsuccessfully attempted through molluscicide, sanitary education and clinical treatment - 5,421 specimens of Pomacea haustrum (Prosobranchia, Pilidae were

  19. Esquistossomose medular

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    Edístio Pondé

    1960-06-01

    Full Text Available Os autores relatam o caso de um paciente que se apresentara com paraplegia flácida, distúrbios esfincterianos e alterações das sensibilidades superficiais, evoluindo no espaço de pouco mais de um ano para o resultado letal. No curso da doença o paciente apresentara oscilações térmicas que variavam de 37 a 38°, atingindo às vêzes 40°C. Surtos diarréicos entrecortavam ou substituíam às vêzes tenaz obstipação. Entre os vários exames de laboratório, assinalaram-se leucocitose com neutrofilia, presença de ovos de S. mansoni nas fezes. Foi efetuada terapêutica à base de antibióticos, vitaminas e radioterapia profunda, além de derivados de antimônio, sem resultado positivo. Na autópsia foram encontradas lesões granulomatosas fibrosantes esquistossomóticas localizadas nos cornos anteriores da medula, na comissura cinzenta e na substância branca dos funículos anteriores e laterais, com exclusão dos cordões posteriores. Os autores assinalam a concordância dos dados clínicos com os resultados do exame an átomo-patológico e discutem o problema do diagnóstico clínico e do trajeto dos ovos de S. mansoni, até chegarem à medula.

  20. Distribuição da esquistossomose no espaço urbano. 1. O caso da região metropolitana de Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brasil Schistosomiasis mansoni occurrence in urban territory. 1. A case study of a peripheral urban area in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil

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    Pedro Coura-Filho

    1997-04-01

    Full Text Available Neste artigo são caracterizadas condições etiológicas responsáveis pela instalação da esquistossomose mansoni no espaço urbano da região metropolitana de Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brasil. Para tanto, são discutidos conhecimentos produzidos sobre a endemia com o enfoque clínico em indivíduos residentes em áreas endêmicas, entre 1946-1994, levando-se em consideração os indicadores específicos da endemia conforme medidas adotadas no seu controle.This article characterizes the etiological conditions for schistosomiasis mansoni in the urban portion of the Greater Metropolitan Area of Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais. Knowledge about this endemic disease is discussed with a clinical focus on subjects who lived in endemic areas from 1946 to 1994, taking into account the specific indicators for the endemic disease according to the measures adopted in its control.

  1. Morbidade da esquistossomose mansoni no Brasil. I - Estudo de 4.652 casos observados no Rio de Janeiro de 1960 a 1979 Morbidity of schistosomiasis mansoni in Brazil. I - Study of 4652 cases observed in Rio de Janeiro from 1960 to 1979

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    J. Rodrigues Coura

    1982-03-01

    Full Text Available No período de vinte anos (1960-1979, os autores observaram na Clínica de Doenças Infecciosas e Parasitárias da Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, sediada no Pavilhão Carlos Chagas do Hospital São Francisco de Assis, 4.652 casos de esquistossomose mansoni procedentes de 18 Estados do Brasil. Entre os casos observados 87,18% eram da forma hepatointestinal e 12,82% da forma hepatoesplênica entre os quais 30 tinham a forma pulmonar associada. Adicionalmente 30 casos da forma aguda ou toxémica foram estudados no mesmo Serviço, em famílias residentes no Rio de Janeiro. Além da observação clínica e do estudo epidemiológico incluindo o perfil migratório de cada caso e da casuística como um todo, foram realizados exames complementares como hemograma, mielograma, dosagem de transaminases, provas de função hepática, eletroforese de proteínas séricas, biópsia hepática, radiografias de tórax e de esôfago, esplenoportografia, eletrocardiograma e estudos hemodinâmicos do sistema porta, do coração e da artéria pulmonar em grupos de pacientes selecionados.A study of 4.652 schistosomiasis mansoni patients from 18 different States in Brazil, indicates a general picture of the morbidity of this disease in the country. Patients migrants (4.652 from different States were studied in the Department of Tropical Medicine of Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, between 1960 and 1979, with the following parameters: selected by a positive stool examination (sedimentation technique, clinical and epidemiological evaluation to determine the clinical form, migration pattern, age, sex and race. A routine chest X ray, E. C. G., haematologic and biochemistry tests, were performed. In a selected group of hepatosplenic cases a liver, biopsy, splenoportography and a portal hemodynamic study were done. Although some regional, familial, racial and/or individual differences in morbidity have been observed, the intensity of the

  2. Aspectos ecológicos e levantamento malacológico para identificação de áreas de risco para transmissão da esquistossomose mansoni no litoral norte de Pernambuco, Brasil Ecological aspects and malacological survey to identification of transmission risk' sites for schistosomiasis in Pernambuco North Coast, Brazil

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    Marco A. A. Souza

    Full Text Available Realizou-se levantamento malacológico na praia de Carne de Vaca, município de Goiana, litoral norte de Pernambuco, entre novembro de 2006 e outubro de 2007, com o objetivo de conhecer a fauna malacológica dessa localidade e verificar as condições naturais, pouco ou bastante alteradas das áreas de estudo através da aplicação de um protocolo de avaliação de diversidade de hábitats. Foram coletados 5.912 moluscos, representados por sete espécies e quatro famílias, dos quais, 5.209 exemplares de Biomphalaria glabrata (Say, 1818, 113 de Drepanotrema lucidum (Pfeiffer, 1839, 55 de Drepanotrema cimex (Moricand, 1837, 13 de Drepanotrema anatinum (Pfeiffer, 1839, 222 de Melanoides tuberculatus (Muller, 1774, 263 de Pomacea sp. e 37 de Physa marmorata Guilding, 1828. Entre os exemplares de B. glabrata coletados, 44 mostraram-se positivos para Schistosoma mansoni Sambon, 1907 e 91 mostraram-se positivos para outras larvas de trematódeos. Um exemplar de Pomacea sp. mostrou-se positivo para larva de trematódeo. Os dados obtidos, georreferenciados espacialmente, serão utilizados para a determinação das áreas de risco para a transmissão da esquistossomose na praia de Carne de Vaca, além de simulações computacionais para estudos de previsibilidade e comportamento do processo de expansão da esquistossomose no estado de Pernambuco.It was carried out a malacological survey at Carne de Vaca beach, Goiana municipality, Pernambuco North coast, between November 2006 and October 2007 in order to know the malacological fauna of this town and verify the natural, slightly or more modified conditions of mollusks sites by using an habitat diversity protocol analysis. From 5,912 mollusks collected, they belong to seven species and four families, as follows: 5,209 Biomphalaria glabrata (Say, 1818 specimens, 113 of Drepanotrema lucidum (Pfeiffer, 1839, 55 of Drepanotrema cimex (Moricand, 1837, 13 of Drepanotrema anatinum (Pfeiffer, 1839, 222 of

  3. Aspectos macroepidemiológicos da esquistossomose mansônica: análise da relação da irrigação no perfil espacial da endemia no Estado da Bahia, Brasil Macro-epidemiologic aspects of schistosomiasis mansoni: analysis of the impacts of irrigation systems on the spatial profile of the endemic in Bahia, Brazil

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    Davi Félix Martins Jr.

    2003-04-01

    Full Text Available Estudos na África, de forma enfática, têm mostrado a associação entre a implantação de perímetros de irrigação e o aumento ou expansão da ocorrência esquistossomose mansônica ou hematóbica. O objetivo deste estudo foi verificar a associação entre a prática de irrigação no território do Estado da Bahia e a ocorrência e a difusão da infecção pelo Schistosoma mansoni. O desenvolvimento da irrigação no Estado da Bahia assume duas formas: a primeira é intensiva em capital e mecanizada, voltada para produção agrícola de exportação e necessitando de pouca mão-de-obra. Na segunda forma, caracteriza-se pelo baixo grau de mecanização e utilização intensiva de mão-de-obra. O estudo mostrou que os municípios com as maiores áreas irrigadas não são aqueles que registram as mais altas taxas de prevalência da infecção. Na maior parte desses municípios a irrigação é intensiva em termos de capital e tecnologia. Os achados concluem que diferentemente do observado na África, no Estado da Bahia, a irrigação tem tido pequena influência na definição do perfil espacial da endemia.Studies in African countries have shown an association between irrigation projects and the spread of schistosomiasis mansoni and haematobium. The aim of this study was to investigate the potential association between irrigation levels and the occurrence and spread of Schistosoma mansoni infection in the State of Bahia. Two forms of irrigation were developed in the State of Bahia: the first is capital-intensive and mechanized, requiring little manual labor. The second is labor-intensive and characterized by limited mechanization. According to the study, the municipalities with the largest irrigated areas are not the ones with the highest S. mansoni infection rates. In most of these counties, irrigation is capital- and technology intensive. According to the findings, unlike Africa, in the State of Bahia irrigation has had little impact on

  4. Cisto dermóide cerebelar

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    Walter Pereira

    1964-06-01

    Full Text Available Os autores relatam um caso de cisto dermóide cerebelar, único encontrado entre 513 tumores intracranianos operados de janeiro de 1945 a março de 1963, confirmando sua raridade. Tratava-se de criança que apresentava síndrome de hipertensão intracraniana e quadro cerebelar instalados dois meses antes da internação. Os exames complementares levaram ao diagnóstico provável de meduloblastoma cerebelar. Foi feita a abertura da lâmina terminal para aliviar a hipertensão intracraniana e, ulteriormente, cobaltoterapia visando a fossa poterior. Com estas medidas houve apenas discreta melhora do quadro de hipertensão intracraniana, não se alterando o quadro cerebelar. Cogitava-se da intervenção direta na fossa craniana posterior quando ocorreu osteomielite do retalho da craniotomia frontal. O osso contaminado foi retirado, seguindo-se a esta intervenção hipertermia acentuada e convulsões generalizadas, vindo a paciente a falecer. A necropsia mostrou, além de meningite purulenta, a existência de cisto dermóide cerebelar direito, contendo grande quantidade de substância sebácea e alguns pêlos. O exame histopatológico confirmou o diagnóstico microscópico, mostrando tratar-se de tecidos derivados do ectoderma e do mesoderma.

  5. Effect of splenectomy and ligature of the left gastric vein on portal hypertensive colopathy in carriers of surgical hepatosplenic schistosomiasis mansoni Efeito da esplenectomia e ligadura da veia gástrica esquerda na colopatia da hipertensão porta na esquistossomose mansônica cirúrgica

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    Claudia Rosalí Esmeraldo Justo

    2005-02-01

    Full Text Available PURPOSE: Esophageal variceal sclerotherapy and band ligation seem not to affect the endoscopic findings of Portal Hypertensive Colopathy (PHC of cirrhotic patients. The aim was to assess the effect of splenectomy and ligature of the left gastric vein on the PHC in carriers of hepatosplenic schistosomiasis mansoni who underwent this surgery when they were between 9 and 18 year-old. METHODS: Fourteen patients, mean age of 19.1±3.1 years, were included in the postoperative group (GI. The follow-up was from 1 to 9 years. The preoperative group (GII consisted of nine patients, mean age of 14.0 ± 3.1 years. Full-length colonoscopy was carried out in all patients. Search was made for PHC lesions. RESULTS: Telangiectasy (GI 100% vs GII 100%, increased vascularisation (GI 57.1% vs GII 100%, focal and diffuse hyperemia (GI 14.3% vs GII 66.7%, angiodysplasia (GI 7.1% vs GII 33.3%, and rectal varix (GI 0% vs GII 55.6% were the most frequent findings. It was observed that the patients of this series tended to exhibit fewer hemodynamic manifestations of the PHC after treatment (postoperative versus preoperative - chi2 = 8.155 p = 0.004. CONCLUSION: Splenectomy and ligature of the left gastric vein tend to reduce the abnormal vascular findings of PHC in carriers of hepatosplenic schistosomiasis mansoni.OBJETIVO: Avaliar o efeito da esplenectomia, ligadura da veia gástrica esquerda e auto-implante de tecido esplênico no omento maior, na CHP de jovens portadores de esquistossomose hepatoesplênica, que tinham se submetido a esse procedimento entre 9 e 18 anos. M��TODOS: Quatorze pacientes com média de idade de 19,1±3,1 anos, foram incluídos no grupo pós-operatório (GI, com seguimento de 1 a 9 anos. O grupo pós-operatório (GII consistiu de nove pacientes, média de idade de 14,0 ± 3,1 anos. Colonoscopia completa foi realizada em todos os pacientes. Pesquisaram-se lesões da CHP. RESULTADOS: Telangiectasia (GI 100% vs GII 100%, aumento da

  6. Uma concepção popular sobre a esquistossomose mansônica: os modos de transmissão e prevenção na perspectiva de gênero A popular concept of schistosomiasis mansoni: modes of transmission and prevention in the perspective of gender differences

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    Ceci V. Noronha

    1995-03-01

    Full Text Available Estudo sobre as concepções e práticas populares acerca da transmissão e prevenção das parasitoses, com ênfase para a esquistossomose mansônica. Explora a existência de um sistema popular de cuidados de saúde que mescla elementos da biomedicina e da medicina tradicional como forma de compreender e manejar os fenômenos de saúde/doença. Descreve as diferenças entre morbidade e sexo/gênero na concepção dos sujeitos entrevistados. Apresenta o discurso popular sobre as parasitoses, discutindo as dificuldades das ações de controle. Considera as contradições entre hábitos e valores culturais e as medidas de controle conhecidas, criticando a imprecisão das ações educativas nos programas oficiais de intervenção.This is a study on popular ideas, beliefs and practices concerning the transmission and prevention of parasitic diseases, specifically schistosomiasis mansoni. The author explored the existence of a popular belief system within the health care system, combining elements from biomedicine and folk medicine for the understanding and management of the health/disease phenomenon. The study describes the differences in perception of morbidity and gender among the interviewwees. Finally, the study presents popular discourse on parasitic diseases and discusses diffculties with control measures. It considers the contradiction between cultural values and habits and conventional control measures, critically assessing the lack of precision in health education measures under government prevention programs.

  7. Avaliação do efeito da esplenectomia e auto-implante esplênico sobre algumas funções de monócitos em crianças com esquistossomose mansônica Evaluation of the effect of splenectomy with autologous spleen tissue implantation in some monocyte functions in children with hepatosplenic schistosomiasis mansoni

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    Carlos T. Brandt

    2005-02-01

    Full Text Available Investigamos em portadores de esquistossomose hepatoesplênica após esplenectomia com ou sem auto-implante esplênico: índice de aderência, produção de superóxido (SP e de TNF-alfa em monócitos, tratados ou não com tuftsina. Avaliamos três grupos: voluntários sadios CG (grupo controle (n=12; esplenectomizados com auto-implante AG (n=18 e esplenectomizados sem auto-implante WAG (n=9. Índice de aderência e TNF-alfa não diferiram entre os grupos. SP foi semelhante em CG e AG na 1ª hora após estimulação celular. SP foi maior em todos intervalos de tempo nos grupos CG e AG, comparados ao WAG. O tratamento com tuftsina recuperou o padrão de normalidade de SP em AG, com aumento da 1ª para a 2ª hora nos níveis do CG. O tratamento com tuftsina não alterou SP em WAG, permanecendo reduzida em todos intervalos. O auto-implante esplênico parece recuperar e manter os parâmetros imunológicos avaliados, que têm participação importante na resposta do hospedeiro às infecções.Adherence index, superoxide and TNF-alpha production in monocytes, with or without tuftsin treatment, were investigated in hepatosplenic schistosomiasis mansoni bearers with splenectomy with or without autologous implantation of spleen tissue. Three groups were evaluated: Healthy volunteers control group (CG (n=12; Splenectomy with seft auto-transplant AG (n=18 and Splenectomy without auto-transplant WAG (n=9. Adherence index and TNF-alpha did not differ among the groups. Superoxide production was similar in CG and AG, in the 1st hour after cell stimulation. SP was larger in each hour time in CG and AG groups as compared WAS group. TT recovered normal pattern of SP in AG comparable with levels found in CG, with increase from the 1st to 2nd hour. However, TT did not alter SP in WAG, which remained reduced in all time points. Autologous implantation of spleen tissue seems to contribute for recovery and maintenance of the evaluated immunological reactions, which

  8. Histopatologia da esquistossomose mansoni em fígado de Mus musculus infectado por amostras humanas de fase aguda e crônica da periferia de Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais

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    Amélia Dulce Vilela de Carvalho

    1986-06-01

    Full Text Available Exemplares de Biomphalaria glabrataforam infectados com miracídios obtidos de ovos de Schistosoma mansoni, encontrados em fezes de indivíduos de 7 a 18 anos, da região de Lagoa da Pampulha, Belo Horizonte, MG. Os pacientes de fase aguda se infectaram em uma primeira visita ao foco. Os da fase crônica eram moradores próximos aos focos. Para cada caso clínico, isolou-se a respectiva amostra do parasita. Foram infectados pela cauda 55 camundongos fêmeas com 70 ± 10 cercárias. Cortes histológicos de fígados, corados por HE, tricrômico de Gomori, impregnação metálica pela prata, e PAS foram observados à microscopia óptica. Não houve diferenças estatísticas em relação às médias das mensurações dos diâmetros dos granulomas referentes às amostras e datas de sacrifícios. Os granulomas apresentaram fase exsudativa do tipo Ha (reação de inflamação mista e IIIa (granuloma com células epitelióides. Com amostras de pacientes em fase aguda o padrão predominante foi a Ha na 7ª semana. Na 10.ª semana predominaram granulomas do tipo IIIa. Nas amostras de pacientes em fase crônica, verificou-se uma mescla de granulomas do tipo Ha e IIIa na 7ª semana. Na 10ª semana predominou o tipo IIIa. Alguns aspectos histopatológicos de fígados foram descritos e comparados com aqueles existentes na literatura.Specimens o/Biomphalaria glabrata were infected with miracidia obtained from eggs of Schistosoma mansoni found in the feces of patients aged 7 to 18 years old, from Lagoa da Pampulha area, Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, tírazil. The patients in the acnte phase were infected on their first visit to the focus. The patients with chronic phase disease were living around the focus. Egg samples were isolate from each clinical case. Fifty five female miee were infected by their tails with 70 ± 10 cercaria Seclions of lirer were stained bv HE, Gomori trichrome, silver impregnation, and PAS, and examined by optical microscopy. No

  9. Histopatologia da esquistossomose mansoni em fígado de Mus musculus infectado por amostras humanas de fase aguda e crônica da periferia de Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais

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    Amélia Dulce Vilela de Carvalho

    1986-06-01

    Full Text Available Exemplares de Biomphalaria glabrataforam infectados com miracídios obtidos de ovos de Schistosoma mansoni, encontrados em fezes de indivíduos de 7 a 18 anos, da região de Lagoa da Pampulha, Belo Horizonte, MG. Os pacientes de fase aguda se infectaram em uma primeira visita ao foco. Os da fase crônica eram moradores próximos aos focos. Para cada caso clínico, isolou-se a respectiva amostra do parasita. Foram infectados pela cauda 55 camundongos fêmeas com 70 ± 10 cercárias. Cortes histológicos de fígados, corados por HE, tricrômico de Gomori, impregnação metálica pela prata, e PAS foram observados à microscopia óptica. Não houve diferenças estatísticas em relação às médias das mensurações dos diâmetros dos granulomas referentes às amostras e datas de sacrifícios. Os granulomas apresentaram fase exsudativa do tipo Ha (reação de inflamação mista e IIIa (granuloma com células epitelióides. Com amostras de pacientes em fase aguda o padrão predominante foi a Ha na 7ª semana. Na 10.ª semana predominaram granulomas do tipo IIIa. Nas amostras de pacientes em fase crônica, verificou-se uma mescla de granulomas do tipo Ha e IIIa na 7ª semana. Na 10ª semana predominou o tipo IIIa. Alguns aspectos histopatológicos de fígados foram descritos e comparados com aqueles existentes na literatura.

  10. Salmonella-S. mansoni ASSOCIATION IN PATIENTS WITH ACQUIRED IMMUNODEFICIENCY SYNDROME

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    J. Roberto LAMBERTUCCI

    1998-07-01

    Full Text Available Two young men with Salmonella bacteraemia, active schistosomiasis and the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome are reported. The clinical presentation comprised nonspecific signs and symptoms, such as fatigue, malaise, weight loss, diarrhoea, prolonged fever, and hepatosplenomegaly. In one patient, liver biopsy showed poorly formed granulomata around Schistosoma mansoni eggs and hepatitis. Treatment of schistosomiasis alone induced consistent clinical improvement with eventual cure of both Salmonella and S. mansoni infections. Recognition of the Salmonella-S. mansoni association in patients with AIDS is important because treatment of schistosomiasis makes a difference, improving the prognosis of this otherwise, recurrent, potentially fatal bacteraemia.Apresentam-se os casos de dois jovens com bacteriemia por Salmonella associada a esquistossomose mansoni ativa em pacientes com a síndrome da imunodeficiência adquirida. A apresentação clínica incluiu sintomas e sinais inespecíficos como fadiga, perda de peso, diarréia, febre prolongada e hepatoesplenomegalia. A biópsia hepática em um paciente revelou granulomas mal formados em torno de ovos de S. mansoni e hepatite de intensidade moderada. O tratamento da esquistossomose com a oxamniquine induziu melhora clínica progressiva culminando com a cura da salmonelose e da esquistossomose. O reconhecimento da associação Salmonella-S. mansoni em pacientes com AIDS mostra-se importante nesses casos pois o tratamento da esquistossomose melhora o prognóstico da bacteriemia por Salmonella que pode tornar-se recorrente e fatal nos pacientes com AIDS.

  11. Esquistossomose aguda com comprometimento cerebral: relato de caso Acute schistosomiasis of the brain: case report

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    Cícero de Andrade Urban

    1996-12-01

    Full Text Available É relatado um caso de esquistossomose na fase aguda com comprometimento cerebral precoce, síndrome piramidal nos membros inferiores, líquido cefalorraquidiano (LCR normal e lesões com padrão desmielinizante na ressonância magnética (RM encefálica. O diagnóstico foi comprovado através da imunofluorescência indireta para esquistossomose no LCR. O envolvimento encefálico pelo Schistosoma mansoni é menos frequente do que o medular e a resposta ao tratamento com o praziquantel e a prednisolona foi eficaz neste caso. São poucos os relatos de neuroesquistossomose encefálica. Devido a esse fato sua fisiopatologia e terapêutica necessitam de melhores estudos. Os aspectos imunológicos e apresentação na RM foram enfatizados.A case of acute shistosomiasis with magnetic resonance images (MRI of the brain suggestive of demyelinating lesions, pyramidal disorder in the lower limbs and normal cerebrospinal fluid is presented. Diagnosis could be established by detection of antibodies on blood and cerebrospinal fluid. Schistosoma mansoni involves the spinal cord more often than the brain. Praziquantel associated to prednisolone was effective in this case. There are few reports of brain involvement with S. mansoni, but its prevalence is probably greater. Due to the paucity of studies, its pathophysiology and therapeutics remain to be better clarified. The immune and MRI aspects are emphasized.

  12. Evaluation of anti-Schistosoma mansoni igG antibodies in patients with chronic schistosomiasis mansoni before and after specific treatment Avaliação da presença de anticorpos IgG anti-Schistosoma mansoni no soro de pacientes com esquistossomose mansônica crônica, antes e após tratamento específico

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    Célia Maria V. VENDRAME

    2001-06-01

    Full Text Available The circumoval precipitin test (COPT, enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA and the immunoblotting anti-adult worm antigen (AWA and soluble egg antigen (SEA tests were applied to 17 chronically schistosome-infected patients for the detection of anti-Schistosoma mansoni antibodies before and on four occasions after oxamniquine administration over a period of six months. Compared to a control group, schistosomiasis patients showed high levels of IgG antibodies in AWA and SEA-ELISA. A decrease in IgG levels was observed six months after treatment, although negative reactions were not obtained. Significant decreases in IgG1, IgG3 and, mainly, IgG4, but not anti-SEA IgG2 levels were observed six months after treatment, again without negativity. Analysis of anti-AWA IgG antibodies by immunoblotting before treatment showed a 31 kDa strand in 14 patients (82% which disappeared in three cases up to six months after treatment; furthermore, anti-SEA IgG antibodies showed the same band in nine patients (53% before treatment, which disappeared in only four cases up to six months after treatment.Em 17 pacientes com infecção crônica por Schistosoma mansoni utilizaram-se os testes de reação periovular, imunoenzimático (ELISA e imunoblotting, empregando-se antígenos obtidos a partir de vermes adultos (AWA ou de ovos de S. mansoni (SEA, para detecção de anticorpos anti-S. mansoni, antes e em quatro ocasiões após tratamento com oxamniquine. Quando cotejados a grupo controle os pacientes esquistossomóticos revelaram altos níveis séricos de anticorpos IgG nos testes ELISA (anti-AWA e anti-SEA, não se observando, porém, negativação até seis meses após tratamento específico. Encontrou-se, entretanto, decréscimo significativo, sem negativação, dos níveis de IgG1, IgG3 e, principalmente, IgG4, quando se utilizou antígeno solúvel obtido a partir de ovos de S. mansoni (SEA, seis meses após administração de oxamniquine. O mesmo não foi

  13. Esquistossomose do sistema nervoso central relato de um caso

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    M. S. Ferreira

    1990-09-01

    Full Text Available O comprometimento do sistema nervoso na esquistossomose mansônica é evento raramente diagnosticado na evolução desta parasitose. Os autores descrevem o caso de uma paciente de 23 anos, natural de São Francisco-MG, que apresentava há duas semanas quadro de ceíaléia, vômitos em jato, febre e sonolência; o exame neurológico mostrava rigidez de nuca, paresia com hipertonia muscular bilateral em membros superiores, perda de motricidade e sensibilidade em membros inferiores. Não se palpava hepato-esplenomegalia. O exame do liqüido cefalorraquidiano (LCR mostrou hipoglicorraquia (28 mg%, hiperproteinorraquia (113 mg% e pleocitose acentuada (949 células/mm3, com predomínio de neutrófilos (70%, além de eosinofilorraquia (9%. A reação de imunofluorescência indireta para esquistossomose, no LCR, realizada em cortes de fígado com granuloma peri-ovular foi reagente (IgG: 1/16; IgM: 1/4. As pesquisas de fungos e b.a.a.r. no LCR, assim como a cultura para b.a.a.r. (após 60 dias e as reações imunológicas para neurocisticercose foram negativas. Uma tomografia computadorizada do cérebro e medula espinhal não evidenciou anormalidades. No exame parasitologico das fezes foi identificada a presença de ovos viáveis de S. mansoni. Instituiu-se tratamento com corticóides e praziquantel (60 mg/kg/dia; 7 dias tendo havido regressão das alterações do LCR, permanecendo entretanto seqüelas neurológicas graves (paraplegia e bexiga neurogênica.

  14. Treatment of acute experimental schistosomiasis Tratamento da esquistossomose aguda experimental

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    Zilton A. Andrade

    1989-12-01

    Full Text Available A model of acute schistosomiasis of the mouse was used to observe whether curative treatment would be followed by an enhancement of the hepatic and splenic lesions, as a consequence of the massive destruction of worms and eggs within the portal system. Mice infected with 50 cercariae of Schistosoma mansoni were treated with both oxamniquine and praziquantel on the 50th day of infection and submitted to a sequential histologic examination from the 2nd to the 45th day after treatment. Although severe focal lesions due to dead and disintegranting worms were present in the livers of the treated animals, no aggravation of the general changes (reative hepatitis and splenitis, or periovular granulomas was seen in comparison with a control non-treated group. Of 50 animals treated during the acute phase of schistosomiasis only one died espontaneously, while 16 ou of 30 infected controls died before the end of the experiment. The present investigation indicates that curative treatment during the acute phase of schistosomiasis does not enhance previous lesions at first and results in progressive disappearance of the lesions starting six days following chemotherapy.Foi utilizado um modelo de esquistossomose aguda do camundongo para testar se o tratamentop curativo da parasitose nesta fase poderia produzir uma exacerbação das lesões hepáticas e esplênicas, em virtude da destruição maciça de vermes e ovos nointerior do sistema porta. Camundongos infectados com 50 cercárias do Schistosoma mansoni foram tratados no 50º dia da infecção por uma combinação de oxamniquine e praziquantel e submetidos a exames histopatológicos seqüenciados desde o 2º até o 45º dia após o tratamento. Muito embora tenham sido encontrados lesões focais intensas causadas por vermes mortos no interior do fígado, não foi encontrada qualquer evidência de agravamento das lesões gerais (hepatite reacional e esplenite, ou nos granulomas periovulares quando se fez

  15. Associação entre esquistossomose mansônica e translocação bacteriana / sepse: perfil de citocinas na infecção crônica em camundongos submetidos à esplenectomia

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    Os helmintos são amplamente reconhecidos como organismos reguladores da resposta imune do seu hospedeiro. Um imunomodulador e potente indutor da resposta Th2 é o Trematódeo Schistosoma mansoni que no Brasil, é a espécie que apresenta as taxas mais alarmantes de infecção, principalmente no Nordeste do País. É de amplo conhecimento que a esquistossomose é um fator promotor de bacterioses, sendo descrita também a interação do S. mansoni com bactérias gram-positivas e bactérias anaeróbias. Alguns...

  16. Abiotrofia cerebelar em um gato: relato de caso

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    M.O. Firmino

    Full Text Available RESUMO Um caso de abiotrofia cerebelar em um gato com 45 dias de idade foi diagnosticado no Laboratório de Patologia Animal, Hospital Veterinário da Universidade Federal de Campina Grande. O animal apresentava, havia 15 dias, apatia, anorexia, desidratação, ataxia, hipermetria, espasticidade dos membros torácicos e pélvicos, tremores de intenção, nistagmo, opistótono, déficit proprioceptivo e ausência de resposta de ameaça. Clinicamente, havia a suspeita de hipoplasia cerebelar, e, devido ao prognóstico desfavorável, o animal foi eutanasiado. Na necropsia, não foram observadas alterações macroscópicas. Microscopicamente, as lesões estavam restritas ao cerebelo e caracterizavam-se por alterações neurodegenerativas e necróticas, com desaparecimento segmentar dos neurônios de Purkinje. Nessas áreas, também se verificaram espaços em branco, denominado aspecto de cesto vazio, resultantes da perda dos neurônios de Purkinje, além de raros esferoides axonais e proliferação dos astrócitos de Bergmann. Em algumas áreas, a camada granular estava hipocelular e havia moderada gliose multifocal na camada molecular. O diagnóstico de abiotrofia cerebelar foi realizado com base nos dados epidemiológicos, clínicos e, principalmente, pelas alterações histopatológicas dos neurônios de Purkinje características da doença.

  17. Esquistossomose com lesões meningo-radículo-medulares

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    Horacio M. Canelas

    1951-03-01

    Full Text Available Os autores apresentam o caso de um paciente originário de Pernambuco, com antecedentes sugestivos de contaminação por furcocercárias e portador de hepatosplenomegalia, no qual se desenvolveu déficit motor generalizado, predominando nos membros inferiores, com arreflexia e hipotonia, hipoestesia superficial nas mãos e membros inferiores, e desordens da sensibilidade profunda consciente nos segmentos distais dos membros. O diagnóstico de esquistossomose sistêmica foi confirmado pelo encontro de ovos de Schistosoma mansoni nas fezes e pela positividade das reações intradèrmica e de fixação de complemento no sangue. O diagnóstico clínico de provável esquistossomose medular foi reforçado pelas alterações meningo-parenquimatosas do liqüido cefalorraqueano, destacando-se hiperci-tose média com eosinofilorraquia e, particularmente, a alta positividade da reação de fixação de complemento para bilharziose. Antes que pudesse ser instituído tratamento antimonial o paciente faleceu. À necropsia foram verificadas lesões que costumam ocorrer na esquistossomose visceral, mantendo-se o diagnóstico clínico, apesar de não terem sido encontrados ovos nos tecidos. Encèfalo normal; na medula foi comprovada a existência de aracnoidite produtiva, radiculite, degeneração bilateral de raízes da cauda eqüina e degeneração secundária dos fascículos gráceis.

  18. Ataxia cerebelar aguda na criança

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    Valeriana Moura Ribeiro

    1968-03-01

    Full Text Available São relatados os casos de 6 crianças com ataxia cerebelar aguda. Admitem os autores a presença de um fator etiológico de caráter viral comum a todos êles, discutindo os mecanismos patogênicos com base nos casos da literatura. A evolução foi favorável em todos os pacientes, com regressão completa da sintomatologia, dentro do período de 6 a 60 dias.

  19. Esquistossomose pulmonar. II. Forma crônica reativada com hipertensão e Cor pulmonale

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    Jayme Neves

    1980-12-01

    Full Text Available Os Autores descrevem um caso grave de esquistossomose mansoni (forma hepática com hipertensão portal associada a forma pulmonar com hipertensão pulmonar e cor pulmonalej sobre o qual evoluiu uma sindrome toxi-infectuosa grave e de longa duração. Sucessivos exames radiológicos do tórax revelaram acometimento predominantemente arteriolar, ao lado de uma micronodulação pulmonar grosseira e difusa em ambos os hemitóraces e configuração de coração pulmonar. A histopatologia de material de biópsia pulmonar identificou basicamente uma arterite pulmonar característica, inflamação granulomatosa atípica provocada principalmente por vermes e raros ovos de S. mansoni envolvidos por escassa reação inflamatória. Para explicar a origem de constelação clínica toxi-infectuosa, foram afastadas as hipóteses de associação da esquistossomose a concausas infectuosas ou não, mas de curso febril, e a superposição de uma forma toxêmica sobre outra crônica pré-existente. Com base em dados clínicos, particularmente em subsídios da laparoscopia, e anatômicos, concluiu-se tratar o caso de uma forma crônica de esquistossomose reativada, provavelmente em virtude de alterações imunológicas inusitadas do hospedeiro. Ao que tudo parece indicar, o desvio de ovos e de vermes aos pulmões deveu-se à sindrome de hipertensão portal, cujos shunts entre a circulação portal e sistêmica determinaram a rota preferencial da migração.

  20. Esquistossomose mansônica: II - evolução dos níveis de proteínas séricas e do perfil eletroforético por técnicas de imunoeletroforese quantitativa Schistosomiasis mansoni: II - evolution of the levels of serum proteins and of their electrophoretic pattern as traced by quantitative immunoelectrophoresis

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    Ajax Mercês Atta

    1981-04-01

    Full Text Available Camundongos Swiss foram infectados com 100 cercárias da linhagem mineira (BH do Schistosoma mansoni e sacrificados semanalmente no período de 8 semanas de infecção. Os níveis de proteínas séricas totais destes animais não diferiram dos apresentados pelos animais controles. Os níveis de albumina sérica determinados por "Rocket immunoelectrophoresis" acharam-se diminuídos nas 5.ª, 6.ª e 7.ª semanas de infecção. O perfil obtido por imunoeletroforese cruzada revelou alterações em componentes séricos com mobilidade nas regiões de gama, beta e em menor grau de alfa-globulinas, após a oviposição do parasito.Swiss mice were infected with 100 cercariae of the Belo Horizonte strain of Schistosoma mansoni and were sacrificed weekly during eight weeks following of infection. The levels of serum protein totals in these animals did not differ from those presented by the control animals. However, serum albumin levels that were determined by rocket immunoelectrophoresis were lower during the 5th, 6th, and 7th weeks of infection. The pattern determined by crosed immunoelectrophoresis revealed alterations in serum components with mobility in the gamma and beta regions and, to a lesser degree, alpha-globulins, after oviposition by the parasite.

  1. Sobre um foco urbano de esquistossomose em área metropolitana da região sudeste do Brasil

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    Guimarães Carlos Tito

    1993-01-01

    Full Text Available Descreve-se foco de transmissão ativa de esquistossomose mansoni em Belo Horizonte, MG, Brasil, localizado no Parque "Julien Rien", uma área de lazer com 48.500 m², criada pela Prefeitura Municipal, em 1980, na zona sul da cidade. Em capturas feitas durante 10 anos (1983-1992 foram coletados 3.361 exemplares de Biomphalaria glabrata (diâmetro médio= 9,3 mm, dos quais 23 (0,7% estavam infectados pelo Schistosoma mansoni. O encontro de moluscos hospedeiros intermediários do S. mansoni em áreas urbanizadas (pequenos lagos artificiais cimentados de parques, jardins, prédios públicos, e outros pode estar relacionado com a introdução de peixes e plantas aquáticas. É sugerida, como medida profilática, a não introdução de peixes e plantas aquáticas nesses locais, a não ser após período de quarentena de, no mínimo, 30 dias.

  2. The changing pattern of pathology due to Schistosoma mansoni infection

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    Zilton A. Andrade

    1985-09-01

    Full Text Available A survey of the autopsy data on hepatosplenic schistosomiasis during periods, before and after the advent of new chemotherapeutic drugs, revealed that: a the pathological presentation was the same for the two periods; b the number of cases in the last five years is progressively decreasing; c hepatosplenic disease due to schistosomiasis is becoming rare in young people. These data represent a change in the pattern of pathology in schistosomiasis, probably related to new chemotherapy.Uma revisão dos dados de necrópsias realizadas em portadores da forma hépato-esplênica da esquistossomose, feita em dois períodos, antes e após a introdução das novas e efetivas drogas contra o S. mansoni, revelou que: a as lesões encontradas foram qualitativamente as mesmas nos dois períodos; b a percentagem dos casos hépato-esplênicos mostra decréscimo progressivo nos últimos cinco anos do estudo; c os casos de esquistossomose hépato-esplênica estão se tornando raros em jovens. Tais elementos constituem uma mudança no padrão de apresentação da doença, possivelmente relacionada com a introdução da nova quimioterapia curativa.

  3. Distribuição da esquistossomose no espaço urbano. 2. Aproximação teórica sobre a acumulação, concentração, centralização do capital e a produção de doenças Schistosomiasis mansoni in urban territory. 2. A theoretical approach to the accumulation, concentration, and centralization of capital and the production of disease

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    Pedro Coura-Filho

    1997-09-01

    Full Text Available Neste estudo são discutidos dados sobre a urbanização da esquistossomose na Região Metropolitana de Belo Horizonte, MG, Brasil. A endemização da esquistossomose em área urbana é discutida usando-se a categoria organização social do espaço como exercício de operacionalização entre o paradígma ambiental e o social em saúde coletiva. São abordados elementos presentes na nova ordem econômica mundial, concepção de espaço socialmente construído, mundialização do capital, periferia e conseqüente processo coletivo de produção de doenças. Diante do desmantelamento dos serviços de saúde do Estado e da lógica da nova ordem econômica mundial, é reforçada a busca de soluções locais para o controle da esquistossomose.This study discusses the urbanization of schistosomiasis in the Greater Metropolitan Area of Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil. The observation that schistosomiasis has become endemic in an urban area is discussed using the concept of social organization of space as an exercise in providing an operational basis for the social and environmental paradigms of collective health. Elements from the new world economic order are discussed: the concept of socially constructed space, the internationalization of capital, the periphery, and the resulting collective disease generation process. Due to the deterioration of state health services and the logic of the new world economic order, the need for local schistosomiasis control solutions is stressed.

  4. Abscesso piogênico do fígado e esquistossomose mansônica: observações no Estado do Espírito Santo

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    Carlos Musso

    1996-08-01

    Full Text Available Recentemente, foi demonstrado que a forma toxêmica da esquistossomose mansônica em crianças pode serfator predisponente para abscesso piogênico do fígado (APF. Como no Estado do Espírito Santo, a esquistossomose é endêmica em grande parte do estado e os APF são freqüentemente diagnosticados no Hospital Infantil Nossa Senhora da Glória de Vitória, realizou-se revisão dos casos de APF diagnosticados entre maio de 1991 e abril de 1994, com a finalidade de identificar-se os casos com infecção esquistossomótica e a sua procedêitcia. Identificaram-se 65 casos de APF e 39 apresentavam exame de fezes registrado no prontuário, sendo 3 positivos para Schistosoma mansoni e 29 positivos para outros helmintos intestinais, principalmente áscaris e tricocéfalo. A procedência dos pacientes mostrou que 7 (10,6% eram provenientes de zona endêmica da esquistossomose. A associação APF e esquistossomose mostrou-se pequena e não há grande sobreposição na distribuição geográfica das duas doenças. Por outro lado a alta prevalência de infecção por outros helmintos intestinais e o grande número de abscessos piogênicos criptogenéticos diagnosticados, faz pensar que as infecções helmínticas com larvas que podem migrar para o fígado e formar granulomas, possam também ser um fator predisponente para o abscesso hepático em crianças.

  5. Aspectos epidemiológicos e distribuição geográfica da esquistossomose e geo-helmintos, no Estado de Sergipe, de acordo com os dados do Programa de Controle da Esquistossomose

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    Carla Virginia Vieira Rollemberg

    2011-02-01

    Full Text Available INTRODUÇÃO: A esquistossomose é endêmica no Brasil, com elevada prevalência no Estado de Sergipe, apesar da existência do Programa de Controle da Esquistossomose (PCE. MÉTODOS: Foi realizado levantamento de dados do PCE-Sergipe de 2005 a 2008. A partir da matriz bruta formulou-se planilha de dados no software Access e analisou-se frequência e distribuição geográfica das infecções por Schistosoma mansoni e outros enteroparasitos. Estes dados foram exportados para o software Spring 5.0.5 para georreferenciamento e confecção de mapas temáticos de distribuição espacial e temporal por ano de avaliação. RESULTADOS: Foram positivos para S. mansoni 13,6% (14471/106287 de exames nos anos de 2005, 11,2% (16196/145069 em 2006, 11,8% (10220/86824 em 2007 e 10,6% (8329/78859 em 2008. A análise de mapas mostrou elevada prevalência da doença em Sergipe, em particular nos municípios Ilha das Flores, Santa Rosa de Lima, Santa Luzia do Itanhi e São Cristóvão. Além disso, avaliamos a associação entre as frequências dessas doenças parasitárias com indicadores sociais e de desenvolvimento dos diferentes municípios, de acordo com os dados do Instituto Brasileiro de Geografia e Estatística (IBGE e da Superintendência de Recursos Hídricos (SRH. Observamos que os municípios com prevalência da esquistossomose maior do que 15% têm menor concentração de rede de esgotos (índice de higiene; p = 0,05. Adicionalmente, os municípios com prevalência de infecção por ancilostomídeos maior do que 10% apresentam um menor IDH educacional; p = 0,04. CONCLUSÕES: Ressalta-se a importância de maior controle dos fatores de risco ambientais e educacionais, na tentativa de reduzir prevalências dessas doenças parasitárias.

  6. Esquistossomose: nova ocorrência de Biomphalaria straminea em Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais Schistosomiasis: new occurrence of Biomphalaria straminea in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais

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    Cecília Pereira de Souza

    1996-12-01

    Full Text Available Em Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brasil, a Biomphalaria straminea é encontrada na região da Pampulha. Recentemente, o molusco foi encontrado em valas da antiga Barragem de Santa Lúcia, foco extinto de esquistossomose transmitida por B. glabrata. Os moluscos foram coletados e examinados para verificar se estavam naturalmente infectados com Schistosoma mansoni. Os exemplares negativos foram usados para criação ou infecção com a cepa LE de S. mansoni, mantida no laboratório, e outra cepa VGS, obtida de ovos de fezes de escolar de Belo Horizonte. Dentre 1.890 moluscos capturados em 1994 e 1995, nenhum estava infectado com S. mansoni. Dentre 87 exemplares coletados no criadouro e expostos à cepa LE, nove (10,3% eliminaram cercárias; dentre 83 moluscos da F1, dez (12,0% eliminaram cercárias e dentre 88 exemplares coletados e expostos à cepa VGS, dez (11,3% eliminaram cercárias. Em Belo Horizonte, a esquistossomose é transmitida por B. glabrata e B. tenagophila. Entretanto, atualmente existe o risco de aparecimento de novo foco, no qual a B. straminea poderá vir a ser a transmissora, se medidas profiláticas adequadas não forem tomadas pelas autoridades responsáveis pela construção de um parque e lago no local.In Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil, the snail Biomphalaria straminea was found in the Pampulha region. Recently the snail was found in ditches in the old Santa Lúcia Reservoir, a now-extinct focus of schistosomiasis transmission by B. glabrata. The snails were collected and examined to verify whether they were naturally infected with Schistosoma mansoni. Negative specimens were used for breeding or infection with the LE strain of S. mansoni from the laboratory and another strain obtained from eggs found in the feces of a schoolchild (VGS from Belo Horizonte. Among the 1890 snails collected from 1994 to 1995, none were infected with S. mansoni. Among 87 snails collected and exposed to the LE strain, 9 (10.3% shed cercariae

  7. Infarto cerebelar: análise de 151 pacientes Cerebellar infarction: analysis of 151 patients

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    Jefferson Rosi Jr

    2006-06-01

    Full Text Available Este estudo apresenta o tratamento de 151 pacientes com infarto cerebelar, sendo 98 homeNs (65% e 53 mulheres (35%, com média de idade de 62,4 anos. Hidrocefalia obstrutiva foi diagnosticada em 7,9% dos pacientes associada com um infarto cerebelar extenso e em todos os 11 pacientes operados (7,2%. Quatro pacientes foram submetidos a derivação ventricular externa com 3 óbitos (75% e 7 foram submetidos a craniectomia descompressiva suboccipital com 2 óbitos (28,5%. A mortalidade no grupo clínico foi de 15 pacientes (10,7%. Vertigem, vômito, sinal de Romberg e dismetria foram os sinais e sintomas de envolvimento cerebelar mais frequentemente observados. Infarto cerebelar devido a embolismo provocado por cirurgia cardiovascular ocorreu em 57 pacientes (37,7%.Infarto cerebelar como fato isolado ocorreu em 59 pacientes (39% e infartos cerebelares associados a infartos de outras regiões ocorreram em 92 pacientes (61%. A ressonância magnética foi o melhor método para o diagnóstico das lesões, embora a tomografia pôde mostrar infarto cerebelar em 68 pacientes (78%.This report presents the treatment of 151 patients with cerebellar infarction, 98 men (65% and 53 women (35%, mean age 62.4 years old. Occlusive hydrocephalus was diagnosed in 7.9% of the patients associated with an extensive cerebellar infarction and in all 11 surgical patients (7.2%. Four patients underwent an external ventricular drainage with 3 deaths (75% and 7 underwent a decompressive suboccipital craniectomy with 2 deaths (28.5%. Mortality of the clinical group was 15 patients (10.7%. Vertigo, vomiting, Romberg sign and dysmetria were the signs and symptoms of cerebellar involvement that were more frequentely observed. Cerebellar infarction from embolism after cardiovascular surgery occurred in 57 patients (37.7%.Cerebellar infarction, as a isolated fact, occurred in 59 patients (39% and cerebellar plus infarction in other regions occurred in 92 patients (61%. Magnetic

  8. Epidemia de esquistossomose aguda na praia de Porto de Galinhas, Pernambuco, Brasil

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    Barbosa Constança Simões

    2001-01-01

    Full Text Available Este trabalho notifica a ocorrência de um surto de esquistossomose aguda na praia de Porto de Galinhas, Pernambuco, Brasil, quando 662 pessoas tiveram diagnóstico positivo para Schistosoma mansoni. A infecção humana em massa ocorreu no feriado de 7 de setembro, quando chuvas pesadas provocaram a enchente do rio Ipojuca que invadiu as residências. A maioria dos casos agudos foi representada por famílias de residentes locais que tiveram exposição diária às cercárias durante três semanas, até que as águas baixassem. O inquérito malacológico aponta para a possibilidade dos caramujos vetores terem sido introduzidos na localidade com os aterros realizados em quintais, onde vieram a se reproduzir em criadouros peridomiciliares. A infecção dos moluscos se deu a partir de vazamentos de fossas. Os resultados da clínica e do laboratório apontam para cerca de 62% de casos agudos. Estudos complementares estão sendo realizados, para a melhor compreensão deste evento epidemiológico de significativa magnitude para os órgãos de saúde pública e impacto para a população afetada.

  9. Epidemia de esquistossomose aguda na praia de Porto de Galinhas, Pernambuco, Brasil

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    Constança Simões Barbosa

    2001-06-01

    Full Text Available Este trabalho notifica a ocorrência de um surto de esquistossomose aguda na praia de Porto de Galinhas, Pernambuco, Brasil, quando 662 pessoas tiveram diagnóstico positivo para Schistosoma mansoni. A infecção humana em massa ocorreu no feriado de 7 de setembro, quando chuvas pesadas provocaram a enchente do rio Ipojuca que invadiu as residências. A maioria dos casos agudos foi representada por famílias de residentes locais que tiveram exposição diária às cercárias durante três semanas, até que as águas baixassem. O inquérito malacológico aponta para a possibilidade dos caramujos vetores terem sido introduzidos na localidade com os aterros realizados em quintais, onde vieram a se reproduzir em criadouros peridomiciliares. A infecção dos moluscos se deu a partir de vazamentos de fossas. Os resultados da clínica e do laboratório apontam para cerca de 62% de casos agudos. Estudos complementares estão sendo realizados, para a melhor compreensão deste evento epidemiológico de significativa magnitude para os órgãos de saúde pública e impacto para a população afetada.

  10. Análise morfológica e quantitativa dos ovos de Schistosoma mansoni em fezes humanas

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    Sérgio Gomes Coutinho

    1967-12-01

    Full Text Available Os autores, na primeira parte do trabalho, descrevem os principais tipos de ovos de S. mansoni observados em fezes de pacientes originários de zonas endêmicas da esquistossomose e nunca anteriormente submetidos a tratamento. Descrevem a presença de ovos viáveis maduros e imaturos, além de diversos tipos de ovos mortos, inclusive calcificados. Chamam a atenção para a raridade deste último achado, que entretanto, não deve ser desprezado no controle coproscópico após terapêutica antiparasitária. Apresentam fotografias e as dimensões médias dos ovos observados. Em uma segunda parte, fazem a contagem dos ovos de S. mansoni por cm3 de fezes. Encontram maior número de ovos, tanto viáveis como mortos, nos pacientes portadores da forma hepatoesplênica da doença, do que nos portadores da forma hepatointestinal. Verificaram, entretanto, que as percentagens dos diversos tipos de ovos não se afastam muito. Supõem que, ao lado de outros fatures, um maior número de vermes no hospedeiro deva exercer papel importante no desenvolvimento das formas graves da esquistossomose mansoni. Encontram também maior número de ovos, tanto viáveis como mortos, nos indivíduos menores de 20 anos do que nos maiores de 20 anos de idade. No entanto. a percentagem dos diversos tipos de ovos eliminados não sofre grandes modificações nos dois grupos de doentes. Acreditam que além de fatores imunitários, c envelhecimento dos vermes com o decorrer da parasitose possa ser responsável pela diminuição na oviposição. Os dados relativos à contagem global de ovos de S. mansoni em fezes de pacientes afastados de zonas endêmicas confirmam, de uma maneira geral, os resultados encontrados por outros autores em áreas endêmicas da esquistossomose mansoni, quando se referem ao maior ou menor número de ovos eliminados, em relação à forma clínica da parasitose e ao grupo etário dos pacientes.

  11. Biological implications of the phenotypic plasticity in the Schistosoma mansoni - Nectomys squamipes model Implicações biológicas da plasticidade fenotípica no modelo Schistosoma mansoni - Nectomys squamipes

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    Elaine Machado Martinez

    2008-08-01

    Full Text Available The water-rat Nectomys squamipes is mostly important non-human host in schistosomiasis mansoni transmission in Brazil, due to its susceptibility, high abundance and water-contact pattern. During experimental infection of N. squamipes with Schistosoma mansoni, adult worms show phenotypic plasticity. This finding led us to investigate whether biological behavior is also affected. This was assessed comparing the biological characteristics of four S. mansoni strains: BE (State of Belém do Pará, CE (State of Pernambuco, CMO (State of Rio Grande do Norte and SJ (State of São Paulo using laboratory-bred N. squamipes. The infection was monitored by determination of the pre-patent period, fecal egg output, egg viability, intestinal egg count and, infectivity rate. No biological modification was observed in these parameters. Overall results highlight that N. squamipes was susceptible to several S. mansoni strains, suggesting that it might contribute to the maintenance of schistosomiasis mansoni in Brazil.O rato d´água Nectomys squamipes é importante transmissor não-humano da esquistossomose. Durante a infecção experimental em N. squamipes, os vermes adultos apresentam plasticidade fenotípica. Esses achados levaram-nos a investigar se os aspectos biológicos também são afetados. Foram comparadas as características biológicas de quatro cepas de S. mansoni: BE (Estado de Belém do Pará, CM (Estado de Pernambuco, CMO (Estado do Rio Grande do Norte e SJ (Estado de São Paulo, utilizando como modelo experimental N. squamipes criados e mantidos em laboratório. A infecção foi monitorada para a determinação do período pré-patente, eliminação de ovos nas fezes, viabilidade dos ovos, contagem de ovos retidos no intestino e infectividade. Nenhuma modificação biológica foi observada nesses parâmetros. Os resultados sugerem que o N. squamipes é susceptível a várias cepas de S. mansoni, contribuindo para a manutenção da esquistossomose

  12. Abscesso piogênico do fígado e esquistossomose mansônica: observações no Estado do Espírito Santo

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    Carlos Musso

    1996-08-01

    Full Text Available Recentemente, foi demonstrado que a forma toxêmica da esquistossomose mansônica em crianças pode serfator predisponente para abscesso piogênico do fígado (APF. Como no Estado do Espírito Santo, a esquistossomose é endêmica em grande parte do estado e os APF são freqüentemente diagnosticados no Hospital Infantil Nossa Senhora da Glória de Vitória, realizou-se revisão dos casos de APF diagnosticados entre maio de 1991 e abril de 1994, com a finalidade de identificar-se os casos com infecção esquistossomótica e a sua procedêitcia. Identificaram-se 65 casos de APF e 39 apresentavam exame de fezes registrado no prontuário, sendo 3 positivos para Schistosoma mansoni e 29 positivos para outros helmintos intestinais, principalmente áscaris e tricocéfalo. A procedência dos pacientes mostrou que 7 (10,6% eram provenientes de zona endêmica da esquistossomose. A associação APF e esquistossomose mostrou-se pequena e não há grande sobreposição na distribuição geográfica das duas doenças. Por outro lado a alta prevalência de infecção por outros helmintos intestinais e o grande número de abscessos piogênicos criptogenéticos diagnosticados, faz pensar que as infecções helmínticas com larvas que podem migrar para o fígado e formar granulomas, possam também ser um fator predisponente para o abscesso hepático em crianças.A possible association of the acute toxaemic form of schistosomiasis and pyogenic liver abscess (PLA has been recently suggested. As in the west of the Espirito Santo state schistosomiasis is endemic and PLA are frequently diagnosed in the Children's Hospital of Vitória we reviewed the records of the Hospital during the period from May 1991 to April 1993 to: a iddentify all cases of PLA in which Schistosoma mansoni infection was present and b annotate the procedence of each case to verify if there is an association of the two diseases. 65 cases of PLA were recorded and 39 had the result of a stool

  13. Aspectos históricos e sócio ambientais relativos à ocorrência da esquistossomose no município de Pindamonhangaba - SP

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    A urbanização e a ocupação de espaços de uma forma desordenada podem contribuir para mudanças importantes no ambiente, favorecendo a poluição e o uso de recursos naturais e contribuindo para a proliferação de algumas doenças parasitárias, em especial doenças transmitidas por água e vetores. A esquistossomose é uma dessas doenças, causada por um parasito trematódeo, Schistosoma mansoni, que requer um caramujo de água doce para servir como hospedeiro intermediário. Esta é uma doença de larga di...

  14. 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

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    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

  15. Perspectivas de controle da esquistossomose no Brasil

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    José Rodrigues da Silva

    1967-02-01

    Full Text Available O autor apresenta uma revisão sôbre o estado atual das possibilidades de controle da esquistossomose no Brasil. Baseado em experiências anteriores sôbre o assunto no Brasil e em outros países, apresenta a descrição de um plano pilôto, visando a iniciar um programa de controle organizado com a finalidade de solucionar problemas de natureza médica social, não somente favorecendo o desenvolvimento agrícola do País como também evitando a disseminação do foco a áreas não endêmicas. O propósito basico do projeto é a interrupção da transmissão da doença, utilizando vários métodos, isolada ou associadamente, de acôrdo com as diferentes con-dições epidemiológicas.

  16. Esquistossomose aguda autóctone de foco na cidade do Rio de Janeiro: estudo de 22 casos

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    J. Rodrigues Coura

    1970-12-01

    Full Text Available Os autores descrevem a ocorrência de um verdadeiro "surto" da forma aguda da esquistossomose mansoni em um foco cujas características da espécie vetora, seus índices de infecção, a natureza e o local da exposição nada faziam supor esta possibilidade. Foram estudados 22 pacientes (14 crianças e 8 adultos com a forma aguda da esquistossomose contraída em banho nas Furnas da Tifuca, no Rio de Janeiro, no período de 9 a 22 de março de 1970. Todos os pacientes eram de côr branca e de bom nível social e foram infectados em banho único, ocasional, durante piquenique nesse logradouro. As manifestações clínicas foram severas em 7 casos, moderados em outros 7 e discretos cm 8, caracterizando-se por febre em 17 casos, hepatomegalia em 14, tosse seca em I3,astenia em 13, diarréia em 12, emagrecimento em 11 casos, colicas abdominais em 9, espienomegalia em 9, cefalèia em 7 casos e nauseas e vômitos em 3. O hemogrcima mostrou leucocitose e eosinofilia na grande maioria, dos casos e na eletroforese das proteínas séricas houve uma baixa da albumina, aumento das gíobulinas alfa 2 e gama em alguns casos. As transaminases estavam normais em todos. O período ds incubação medio foi de 5 semanas. Após fazerem uma revisão sumária dos focos de esquistossomose no Estado da Guanabara, estudam a dinâmica da transmissão neste foco , recente camitendo a transmissão a distância do foco por carreamento das cercarías ou de seu hapedeiro intermediário pela água.

  17. Estudo seccional sobre esquistossomose mansônica no Município de Riachuelo, Estado de Sergipe

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    Antonio Paulo de Menezes

    1980-12-01

    Full Text Available Os autores fizeram um estudo clínico e epidemioiógico, visando estudar a morbidade da esquistossomose mansônica, na cidade de fíiachuelo, Sergipe, área considerada de alta endemicidade. Foi selecionada de maneira sistemática uma amostra da população local, constituída por 850 pessoas. Destas pessoas, foram realizados 835 exames de fezes, pelos métodos de Lutz (Hoffman, Pons e Janner e/ou Kato. Fez-se também 393 reações intradérmicas com antígeno de verme adulto. Da mesma maneira, realizou-se o exame clínico das pessoas da amostra, visando a determinar a gravidade da doença. Foram localizados os focos onde existiam caramujos transmissores da esquistossomose e deles coletados exemplares nos quais se verificou o índice de infecção. A prevalência global obtida através do exame de fezes foi igual a 50,54%. O estudo da prevalência através da coproscopia mostrou não haver diferença entre os sexos, porém entre as raças ocorreu predominância dos resultados obtidos entre os não brancos sobre os brancos. Quanto i idade, a prevalência foi baixa até os 5 anos de vida, subindo após os 11 anos a níveis elevados, caindo após os 50 anos. O estudo feito através da reação intradérmica permitiu tirar conclusões semelhantes ao feito por coproscopia, exceto na faixa etária que compreendia os maiores de 50 anos, onde quase todo o grupo apresentou reações positivas. Das 850 pessoas da amostra, 422 eram portadores de ovos de S. mansoni nas fezes. Destes, 410 foram examinados clinicamente, sendo 73,17% classificados como tipo I, 24,39% como tipo II e 2,43% como tipo III. Segundo esta classificação clínica não se demonstrou diferença estatisticamente significativa entre os sexos ou entre os grupos raciais, porém a maioria dos portadores de hepatoesplenomegalia (tipo III tinha mais de 40 anos de idade. Do levantamento malacológico, determinou-se os focos de infecção de onde se coletou 1.208 exemplares de caramujos vetores

  18. Aspectos particulares do comportamento epidemiológico da esquistossomose mansônica no Estado de São Paulo, Brasil

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    Pedro Paulo Chieffi

    1988-09-01

    Full Text Available São apresentadas hipóteses relativas ao processo de expansão das áreas de transmissão da esquistossomose mansônica em território brasileiro, relacionando-as a etapas da história econômica do país que, em determinados momentos, provocaram importantes movimentos migratórios. O mesmo se faz com referência à introdução e espraiamento das áreas de transmissão da esquistossomose mansônica no Estado de São Paulo, procurando-se salientar algumas características particulares de seu comportamento em território paulista, com maior tendência à urbanização, à quase inexistência de formas graves e aspectos particulares das fontes de infecção e das espécies mais prevalentes de hospedeiros intermediários, em diferentes regiões do Estado. Com base nessas características propõe-se a divisão do Estado de São Paulo em três áreas distintas quanto ao comportamento da esquistossomose, providência que pode constituir subsídio para a elaboração de programa de controle da endemia.Assumptions on the process of mansoni schistosomiasis transmission areas in Brazilian territory are presented, linking them to the country economical history stages which, at determined time, caused important migratory movements. The same is considered concerning the inserting and spreading of mansoni schistosomiasis transmission areas in São Paulo State, attempting to emphasize some peculiar features of the conduct in its territory, which presents major trend for urbanization, to nearly non-existence of severe forms and peculiar aspects of infection sources and the most prevalent intermediate hosts species in different State regions. Based on these features, it is proposed to divide the São Paulo State territory in three areas regarding to schistosomiasis behaviour, as this measure might constitute subsidies for development of endemic control programmes.

  19. Análise espacial dos casos humanos de esquistossomose em uma comunidade horticultora da Zona da Mata de Pernambuco, Brasil Spatial analysis of schistosomiasis human cases in the horticultural community of Zona da Mata of Pernambuco state, Brazil

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    Onicio Batista Leal Neto

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo deste trabalho foi descrever a distribuição espacial da esquistossomose na comunidade horticultora de Natuba, Vitória de Santo Antão, Pernambuco. Foi conduzido um inquérito parasitológico, onde foi examinado o material fecal de 310 moradores da comunidade. Os casos positivos para Schistosoma mansoni foram georreferenciados e incluídos no croqui da localidade, gerando os mapas de distribuição espacial com estimadores de kernel. Os resultados apresentaram uma alta prevalência para esquistossomose, com 28,4% da população parasitada. Outros parasitos foram encontrados em 25,8% da população. O uso das ferramentas de geoprocessamento permitiu mapear e compreender a distribuição dos casos de esquistossomose no espaço ocupado pela comunidade, destacando e relacionando locais de menor altitude (passíveis de alagamento, com uma maior frequência de casos humanos. Estudos como este fornecem informações para que os serviços de saúde local possam intervir e promover mudanças para que indivíduos residentes em áreas com baixas condições habitacionais minimizem sua exposição ao risco de contrair a esquistossomose.The objective of this study was to describe the spatial distribution of schistosomiasis in horticultural community of Natuba, district of Vitória de Santo Antão, Pernambuco state. It was conducted a parasitological survey, examined the fecal material of 310 community residents. The cases positive for Schistosoma mansoni were geocoded and included in the computerized template of the community, generating maps of spatial distribution with kernel estimators. The results showed a high prevalence of schistosomiasis, with 28.4% of the parasites. Other parasites were found in 25.8% of the population. The use of GIS tools to map and understand the possible distribution of cases of schistosomiasis in the space occupied by the community highlighting and listing locations of lower elevation (able to flooding, with a

  20. Esquistossomose: 1.000 pacientes tratados

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    Pedro Aquino Noleto

    1974-12-01

    Full Text Available Os autores relatam sua experiência com o hycanthone em 1.000 pacientes de esquistossomose mansônica, até agora tratados no Hospital de Clínicas da Universidade do Estado da Guanabara. São pacientes oriundos de áreas endêmicas do País, especialmente do nordeste e sudeste, 53,9% do sexo masculino e 46,1% do sexo feminino, de idade entre 5 e 63 anos. A forma clínica predominante da parasitose foi a hépato-intestinal (96,8%. O medicamento foi administrado em dose única, na razão de 3 mg/kg de peso corporal, a 33.6% de pacientes internados e a 66 4% em regime de tratamento ambulatorial. Os níveis séricos das transaminases, determinados, para confronto, antes e depois do uso do produto, em 60 dos pacientes internados, não se alteraram, ou apenas sofreram elevações inexpressivas. Não houve efeitos colateriais em 42,3% dos pacientes. Nos demais, esses efeitos foram de pequena e média intentidade, duraram apenas o 19 dia, na maioria das vezes, e consisfram, especialmente, de náuseas e de vômitos. O controle de cura parasitária estabelecido compreendeu 4 exames de fezes - aos 30, 60, 90 e 120 dias do emprego do medicamento, o que já se fez em 330 pacientes (33%, com 99% de cura. Incluída a biópsia retal, sempre que foi possivel, por ocasião do 4º exame de fezes, o esquema funcionou até agora em 97 pacientes (9,7%, dos quais 92 (94% estão curados, segundo esse critério. O presente trabalho confirma a ação esquistossomicida do hycanthone, bem como sua boa tolerabilidade, inclusive no que se refere ao hepatócito. Os doentes, entretanto, devem ser criteriosamente selecionados, tendo-se em vista as contra-indicações conhecidas, de modo especial em relação ao fígado.

  1. Transmissão urbana de esquistossomose em crianças de um bairro de Salvador, Bahia Urban transmission of schistosomiasis in children from a neighborhood of Salvador, Bahia

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    Isabel C.S. Guimarães

    2006-10-01

    Full Text Available Na região do Subúrbio Ferroviário da cidade do Salvador (Bahia, Brasil, foram relatados casos de esquistossomose, e isso motivou este estudo de prevalência em 268 escolares residentes em um dos seus bairros (São Bartolomeu. Em 30,2% das crianças, o exame parasitológico (Kato-Katz foi positivo, com carga parasitária entre 24 a 2.160 ovos de Schistosoma mansoni/g de fezes, predominando entre os meninos e nos maiores de 10 anos de idade. Nas crianças com residências mais próximas das coleções naturais de água, ocorreu maior freqüência de eliminadores de ovos e nela residiam os três únicos casos com a forma hepatosplênica da esquistossomose. Também, todas as 81 crianças com ovos de Schistosoma mansoninas fezes nasceram e sempre residiram na área de estudo. Como nesse bairro há todos os elementos da cadeia epidemiológica do Schistosoma mansoni, são fortes as evidências da transmissão urbana dessa infecção.In the Subúrbio Ferroviário region of Salvador (Bahia, Brasil occurrences of schistosomiasis were found. This fact motivated the investigation of the prevalence of the eggs in a group of 268 resident students in one of its neighborhoods (São Bartolomeu. The parasitological test analyzed by the Kato-Katz methodology, showed positive results in 30.2% of the children, ranging from 24 to 2,160 eggsSchistosoma mansoni/gram of feces. Infection was predominant in boys and in those 10 years old and over. Observation revealed that infection predominated in children that live close to natural water bodies. This region was where the three registered cases of hepatosplenicos occurred. Moreover, all the 81 children infected with Schistosoma mansoni eggs were born and live in the study area. Since this neighborhood presents all the elements of the epidemiological chain of Schistosoma mansoni, the evidences strongly suggests the urban transmission of this infection.

  2. Quadro clínico do lobo orbitário com crises cerebelares: Cisticercose racemosa do ângulo ponto-cerebelar

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    Aníbal Silveira

    1960-06-01

    Full Text Available O paciente fôra apresentado duas vêzes em reuniões clínicas, para diagnóstico diferencial entre alterações neuropsíquicas orgânicas e pitiatismo. Da primeira, aos 2 meses de internação, releva notar os seguintes dados: trabalho mental lento, porém sem distúrbios intelectuais intrínsecos; atenção pouco fixável; expressão verbal sem transtornos intrínsecos, mas escassa; carência global de iniciativa; indiferença para com a própria situação; atitudes por vezes teatrais, em aparência pitiáticas; hipertonia muscular variável, aparentemente despertada pelo exame; marcha em pequenos passos, com incerteza variável; queda lenta, em direção inconstante; camptocormia, que se exagera quando desamparado; crises tônicas, de tipo da descerebração; condições somáticas precárias; exame neuro-oftalmológico só possível quanto a fundos oculares, sem anormalidade; exames de líquor incompletos, com alterações discretas; reações negativas para sífilis no líquor e no sangue. Diagnóstico provisório: Psicose por lesão cerebral, com provável comprometimento orgânico da região frontal orbitaria ou da via fronto-ponto-cerebelar. Ao ser apresentado da segunda vez, decorridos três meses, estavam mais acentuados o desligamento para com o ambiente, a carência de iniciativa, a total incapacidade para cuidar de si, com espurcícia; agravou-se a perturbação da marcha com completa astasia-abasia e com ataxia do tronco; tornaram-se mais freqüentes as crises tônicas de tipo cerebelar; repetidos os exames de líquor, ainda incompletos, denotaram alterações do mesmo tipo anterior; o exame de fundos oculares foi novamente negativo; não fôra ainda possível a pneumencefalografia. A evolução dos distúrbios, com alterações de origem orgânica evidente e com outras aparentemente pitiáticas, permitiu precisar o aspecto localizatório: Síndrome frontal orbitaria por alterações cerebelares prováveis. Sòmente cinco meses

  3. Estudo de moluscos do gênero biomphalaria de Minas Gerais, com relação a adaptação parasito hospedeiro e importância na epidemiologia da esquistossomose

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    Cecília Pereira de Souza

    1986-10-01

    Full Text Available Caramujos do gênero Biomphalaria das espécies B. tenagophila e B. straminea, descendentes de exemplares coletados em oito municípios mineiros, foram infectados com Schistosoma, mansoni das cepas LE e SJ. As taxas de infecção experimenta] variaram de 0 a 28% para B. tenagophila e de 0 a 21% para B. straminea. Esses resultados foram confrontados com os obtidos anteriormente por vários autores, mostrando que mais de 70% dentre 32 populações (doze de B. tenagophila e vinte de B. straminea de Minas Gerais, foram suscetíveis experimentalmente a S. mansoni. Os dados experimentais, aliados a relatos de encontro de B. tenagophila e B. straminea com infecção natural por S. mansoni em quatro localidades a partir de 1982, parecem indicar que nessas regiões existem condições favoráveis de pré-adaptação ao parasitismo, a exemplo do que ocorreu no nordeste brasileiro e em São Paulo, pois, anteriormente moluscos dessas espécies não foram encontrados com infecção natural pelo trematúdeo em Minas Gerais. Estes dados são importantes para o controle da disseminação da esquistossomose em áreas indenes, tendo em vista a vasta distribuição das duas espécies no Brasil.

  4. Cerebellar volume in patients with dementia Volume cerebelar em pacientes com demência

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    Leonardo Baldaçara

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to examine the cerebellar volume of subjects at different stages of Alzheimer's disease and to investigate whether volume reductions in this structure are related to cognitive decline. METHOD: Ninety-six subjects from an epidemiological study were submitted to a magnetic resonance imaging scan and evaluated using the Mini-Mental State Examination and the Functional Activities Questionnaire. Subjects were divided into five groups according to the Clinical Dementia Rating scale. Twenty-six subjects from the original group who had no dementia diagnosis at baseline were re-evaluated for the onset of dementia after two years. RESULTS: The volumes of the cerebellar hemispheres, posterior cerebellar lobe, vermis and temporal lobe were found to be reduced as a function of the severity of the disease. There were significant positive correlations between the volume of the temporal lobe and cerebellum and the language, attention, and total scores in the Mini-Mental State Examination and the Functional Activities Questionnaire. A logistic regression analysis demonstrated that reduced temporal lobe, posterior cerebellar lobe and vermal volume at baseline is a risk factor for the onset of dementia. CONCLUSION: This is the first study demonstrating that reduced cerebellar volume is already apparent at the predementia stage. The results of this study support the involvement of the cerebellum in the progression of dementia. Whereas the cerebellum might not be directly associated with the origin of Alzheimer's disease, it may provide useful information related to its prognosis.OBJETIVO: O objetivo deste estudo foi examinar o volume cerebelar em indivíduos em diferentes fases da doença de Alzheimer e investigar se sua redução estaria relacionada com o declínio cognitivo. MÉTODO: Noventa e seis indivíduos de um estudo epidemiológico foram submetidos à ressonância magnética e avaliados por meio do Mini Exame do Estado

  5. Cerebellar volume in patients with dementia Volume cerebelar em pacientes com demência

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    Leonardo Baldaçara

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    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to examine the cerebellar volume of subjects at different stages of Alzheimer's disease and to investigate whether volume reductions in this structure are related to cognitive decline. METHOD: Ninety-six subjects from an epidemiological study were submitted to a magnetic resonance imaging scan and evaluated using the Mini-Mental State Examination and the Functional Activities Questionnaire. Subjects were divided into five groups according to the Clinical Dementia Rating scale. Twenty-six subjects from the original group who had no dementia diagnosis at baseline were re-evaluated for the onset of dementia after two years. RESULTS: The volumes of the cerebellar hemispheres, posterior cerebellar lobe, vermis and temporal lobe were found to be reduced as a function of the severity of the disease. There were significant positive correlations between the volume of the temporal lobe and cerebellum and the language, attention, and total scores in the Mini-Mental State Examination and the Functional Activities Questionnaire. A logistic regression analysis demonstrated that reduced temporal lobe, posterior cerebellar lobe and vermal volume at baseline is a risk factor for the onset of dementia. CONCLUSION: This is the first study demonstrating that reduced cerebellar volume is already apparent at the predementia stage. The results of this study support the involvement of the cerebellum in the progression of dementia. Whereas the cerebellum might not be directly associated with the origin of Alzheimer's disease, it may provide useful information related to its prognosis.OBJETIVO: O objetivo deste estudo foi examinar o volume cerebelar em indivíduos em diferentes fases da doença de Alzheimer e investigar se sua redução estaria relacionada com o declínio cognitivo. MÉTODO: Noventa e seis indivíduos de um estudo epidemiológico foram submetidos à ressonância magnética e avaliados por meio do Mini Exame do Estado

  6. Abdominal ultrasound in the evaluation of fibrosis and portal hypertension in an area of schistosomiasis low endemicity Ultra-sonografia abdominal na avaliação de fibrose e hipertensão portal em área de baixa endemicidade de esquistossomose

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    Maria Cristina Carvalho do Espírito Santo

    2008-04-01

    Full Text Available This study was undertaken in the municipality of Bananal, São Paulo, an endemic area for schistosomiasis with a prevalence under 10% and low parasite load among infected individuals. Our objective was to identify the clinical forms of schistosomiasis among 109 patients in whom the disease had been diagnosed through direct fecal analysis and who had been medicated with oxamniquine at the time of the Plan for the Intensification of Schistosomiasis Control Actions (1998-2000. These patients were submitted to an abdominal ultrasonography and fecal analysis by Kato-Katz method, four years, on average, after the end of the Plan. Five patients, whose abdominal ultrasound images were compatible with either peripheral or central periportal fibrosis and portal hypertension, were identified. None of the 109 patients presented Schistosoma mansoni eggs at fecal analysis. Ultrasonography is a sensitive, noninvasive diagnostic method that allows a better identification of the extent of liver involvement in schistosomiasis cases.Este estudo desenvolveu-se no município de Bananal, São Paulo, uma área endêmica para esquistossomose com prevalência menor que 10% e baixa carga parasitária nos infectados. Teve como objetivo a identificação de formas clínicas da esquistossomose mansoni através do exame ultra-sonográfico, em 109 pacientes diagnosticados parasitologicamente e medicados com oxamniquine, durante a realização do Plano de Intensificação das Ações de Controle da Esquistossomose mansônica (1998-2000. Foram utilizadas a ultra-sonografia abdominal e exames de fezes (Kato-Katz realizados após o término do plano, quatro anos em média. Nesta casuística, foram identificados cinco pacientes com imagens ultra-sonográficas abdominais compatíveis com fibrose periportal periférica ou central e hipertensão portal, além da negatividade de todos os exames parasitológicos nos 109 pacientes. A ultra-sonografia, um método de diagnóstico sens

  7. Esquistossomose pulmonar. III. Forma crônica extensa com hipertensão pulmonar e na vigência de hipertensão portal associada a provável coroidite e retinite esquistossomótica

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    Jayme Neves

    1980-12-01

    Full Text Available Os Autores descrevem um caso grave de esquistossomose mansoni numa criança de 9 anos de idade (forma hepática com hipertensão portai associada a forma pulmonar com hipertensão pulmonar e cor pulmonale clinicamente caracterizado por episódios de insuficiência respiratória desencadeados em face de esforços físicos moderados. Sucessivos exames radiológicos de tórax revelaram comprometimento predominantemente arteriolar ao iado de uma micronodulação delicada e difusamente distribuída e configuração de cor pulmonale. Ao contrário do caso anteriormente descrito, a evolução se deu sem que se verificassem manifestações febris. Embora tenham sido afastadas várias hipóteses de associação da esquistossomose a concausas infectuosas, optou-se pelo tratamento de prova da tuberculose pulmonar. O fundo de olho também apresentava vários nódulos esbranquiçados disseminados pelo coróide e retina, caracterizando provável coroidite e retinite esquistossomótica. O tratamento antituberculoso resultou praticamente nulo. Não se procedeu ao tratamento específico da esquistossomose, considerando-se o alto risco da cardiopatia face aos esquistossomicidas disponíveis. A alta foi fornecida após treze meses de observação hospitalar. Não compareceu a ulterior controle.

  8. Esquistossomose mansônica e distribuição dos moluscos límnicos em criadouros naturais no Município de Niterói, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil

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    Almir de Souza Medeiros

    2002-10-01

    Full Text Available A distribuição dos moluscos límnicos presentes em Niterói, Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Brasil, bem como dos casos de esquistossomose relatados no período de 1995 a 2000, são apresentados. Foram pesquisadas todas as coleções hídricas favoráveis à ocorrência de moluscos límnicos, sendo encontradas as seguintes espécies: Antillorbis nordestensis (Lucena, 1954, Biomphalaria straminea (Dunker, 1848, Biomphalaria tenagophila (Orbigny, 1835, Drepanotrema anatinum (Orbigny, 1835, Lymnaea columella Say, 1817, Melanoides tuberculatus (Müller, 1774, Physa cubensis Pfeiffer, 1839, Physa marmorata Guilding, 1828 e Pomacea sordida (Swainson, 1823. Foram examinados 3.691 moluscos hospedeiros de Schistosoma mansoni Sambon, 1907 pela exposição à luz artificial e esmagamento e, embora negativos para este parasito, eliminaram outros tipos cercarianos.

  9. Esquistossomose mansônica e distribuição dos moluscos límnicos em criadouros naturais no Município de Niterói, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil

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    Medeiros Almir de Souza

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available A distribuição dos moluscos límnicos presentes em Niterói, Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Brasil, bem como dos casos de esquistossomose relatados no período de 1995 a 2000, são apresentados. Foram pesquisadas todas as coleções hídricas favoráveis à ocorrência de moluscos límnicos, sendo encontradas as seguintes espécies: Antillorbis nordestensis (Lucena, 1954, Biomphalaria straminea (Dunker, 1848, Biomphalaria tenagophila (Orbigny, 1835, Drepanotrema anatinum (Orbigny, 1835, Lymnaea columella Say, 1817, Melanoides tuberculatus (Müller, 1774, Physa cubensis Pfeiffer, 1839, Physa marmorata Guilding, 1828 e Pomacea sordida (Swainson, 1823. Foram examinados 3.691 moluscos hospedeiros de Schistosoma mansoni Sambon, 1907 pela exposição à luz artificial e esmagamento e, embora negativos para este parasito, eliminaram outros tipos cercarianos.

  10. Atividade dissacaridásica intestinal da esquistossomose mansônica: estudo evolutivo em camundongos com diferentes cargas de infestação

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    M. G. A. Sadek

    1986-04-01

    Full Text Available A esquistossomose mansônica compromete vários órgãos, sendo o intestino e o fígado os mais agredidos. Com a intenção de verificar o comprometimento do intestino delgado, dependente da intensidade e do tempo de infecção pelo Schistosoma mansoni, analisou-se a atividade das dissacaridases — lactase, sacarase e maltase — em 112 camundongos, distribuídos em 3 grupos: grupo I — controle, grupo II — infestado com 30 cercárias, grupo III — infestado com 60 cercárias. Observamos uma diminuição da atividade lactásica, sacarásica e maltásica do intestino delgado, decorrente da infestação esquistossomdtica, do tempo de infestação e da alteração entre ambos. O íleo é o segmento que demonstrou maior sensibilidade a esquistossomose, tendo uma diminuição das suas dissacaridases a partir da fase inicial de infestação. Opostamente, o jejuno só mais tardiamente mostra essas alterações, exceto em relação a lactase. Detectou-se um aumento da atividade dissacaridásica, inclusive para a lactase, em todos os grupos, com a evolução etária dos animais, quantitativamente menor nos infestados. Cargas de 30 e 60 cercárias devem ser consideradas de mesmo porte, pois produziram ledução semelhante na atividade dissacaridásica.

  11. Relação dose-dependente do uso crônico de fenitoína e atrofia cerebelar em pacientes com epilepsia

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    O uso crônico da fenitoína ou intoxicação aguda por essa droga produzem lesão cerebelar permanente com atrofia do vermis e hemisférios cerebelares, que pode ser evidenciada através de exames de neuroimagem. O objetivo deste estudo foi avaliar a correlação entre a dosagem e o tempo de uso da fenitoína com a ocorrência de atrofia cerebelar. Foram realizados levantamento de prontuários para a obtenção de dados clínicos e análise de tomografias de crânio para avaliação de atrofia cerebelar. Dos 6...

  12. Ataxia cerebelar aguda na criança Acute cerebellar ataxia in children

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    1968-03-01

    Full Text Available São relatados os casos de 6 crianças com ataxia cerebelar aguda. Admitem os autores a presença de um fator etiológico de caráter viral comum a todos êles, discutindo os mecanismos patogênicos com base nos casos da literatura. A evolução foi favorável em todos os pacientes, com regressão completa da sintomatologia, dentro do período de 6 a 60 dias.Clinical observations of 6 children with acute cerebellar ataxia and respective laboratorial data are reported. Considerations are made in order to support the hypothesis of involving virus. The evolution of the disorder was a nonfatal one and the patients regained normal cerebellar function within a period of 6 to 60 days.

  13. Mortalidade por esquistossomose no Brasil, 1977-1986

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    Antônio Carlos Silveira

    1990-09-01

    Full Text Available Os autores apresentam dados de mortalidade por esquistossomose no país, macrorregiões e unidades federadas, no período de 1977-1986, e relacionam os coeficientes de mortalidade com o programa de controle. O impacto se demonstra evidente, especialmente em função da população para a qual o risco de reinfecção foi reduzido ou eliminado. São apresentados também dados relativos a mortalidade proporcional e distribuição por idade.

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    private primary and secondary school pupils in Jos North Local Government Area of Plateau State, Nigeria was conducted. Out of the 280 stool samples examined, 13(4.6%) were positive for S. mansoni parasites. Single, dual and multiple ...

  15. Esquistossomose pulmonar. III. Forma crônica extensa com hipertensão pulmonar e na vigência de hipertensão portal associada a provável coroidite e retinite esquistossomótica

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    Jayme Neves

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    Full Text Available Os Autores descrevem um caso grave de esquistossomose mansoni numa criança de 9 anos de idade (forma hepática com hipertensão portai associada a forma pulmonar com hipertensão pulmonar e cor pulmonale clinicamente caracterizado por episódios de insuficiência respiratória desencadeados em face de esforços físicos moderados. Sucessivos exames radiológicos de tórax revelaram comprometimento predominantemente arteriolar ao iado de uma micronodulação delicada e difusamente distribuída e configuração de cor pulmonale. Ao contrário do caso anteriormente descrito, a evolução se deu sem que se verificassem manifestações febris. Embora tenham sido afastadas várias hipóteses de associação da esquistossomose a concausas infectuosas, optou-se pelo tratamento de prova da tuberculose pulmonar. O fundo de olho também apresentava vários nódulos esbranquiçados disseminados pelo coróide e retina, caracterizando provável coroidite e retinite esquistossomótica. O tratamento antituberculoso resultou praticamente nulo. Não se procedeu ao tratamento específico da esquistossomose, considerando-se o alto risco da cardiopatia face aos esquistossomicidas disponíveis. A alta foi fornecida após treze meses de observação hospitalar. Não compareceu a ulterior controle.The Authors report a severe case of schistosomiasis mansoni in a 9-year-old child (heplus pulmonary form with pulmonary hypertension and cor pulmonalel The clinical features comprised episodes of respiratory insufficiency induced by moderate physical exercise. Serial chest X-raysshowed a predominantly arteriolar involvement associated with fine micronodules and the features of cor pulmonale. The fever episodes found in the case previously reported did not happen in th is patient. Even though various hypothesis of association of schistosomiasis and other infectious diseases were discarted, a trial of anti-tuberculous drugs was performed. Eye examination disclosed various

  16. Tentativa de avaliação do programa especial de controle da esquistossomose (PECE no Estado da Paraíba, Brasil

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    José Rodrigues Coura

    1987-06-01

    Full Text Available Foi feita uma tentativa de avaliação do Programa Especial de Controle da Esquistossomose (PECE do Ministério da Saúde do Brasil, desenvolvido pela SUCAM no Estado da Paraíba, a partir de 1976. Foram tomadas como base as 5 primeiras avaliações do Programa de 1978 a 1983 e posteriormente em 1984/85 realizados exames quantitativos de fezes em uma amostra de 9.155 indivíduos e exame clínico em 1.036 positivos, em 3 municípios selecionados nas principais regiões hidrográficas, onde o programa vem sendo realizado. As 5 primeiras avaliações realizadas pela SUCAM de 1978 a 1983 nos 47 municípios trabalhados, 23 na região do Mamanguape, 18 na região do Paraíba, 5 na região Litoral Sul e um na região do Curimataú, demonstraram uma queda da prevalência média inicial da esquistossomose de 28% para 4,9% na região do Mamanguape, de 20,9% para 5,9% na região do Paraíba, de 40,2%para 18,9% na região Litoral Sul e de 4,9para 1,4% na região do Curimataú. Em nível de localidade, entretanto, permaneciam com prevalência igual ou superiora 20%, 36(10,9% das 329 avaliadas na região do Mamanguape, 40(13,6% das 293 na região do Paraíba e 43 (47,2% das 91 da região Litoral Sul. Nos municípios tomados como amostra para exame clínico e quantitativo de fezes no ano de 1985 verificou-se que em Cuitegi, na região do Mamanguape, dos 3.494 examinados 154 (4,4% eliminavam em média 123 ovos de S. mansoni por grama de fezes, nenhum tinha a forma hepatoesplênica e 20(12,9% tinham fígado palpável. Em Mari, na região do Paraíba, dos 3.735 examinados 410 (10,9% estavam positivos eliminando em média 165,9 ovos de S. mansoni por grama de fezes; apenas um (0,24% tinha a forma hepatoesplênica e 48 (11,7% tinham fígado palpável. Em Alhandra, na região Litoral Sul, dos 1.926 examinados 472 (24,5% eliminavam em média 115,4 ovos de S. mansoni por grama de fezes, 3,6% eram hepatoesplênicos e 81 (17,1% tinham fígado palpável. Em estudo

  17. Roedores silvestres como modelos experimentais da esquistossomose mansônica: Akodon arviculoides (Rodentia: Cricetidae Experimental models of mansonian schistosomiasis: Akodon arviculoides (Rodentia: Cricetidae

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    José Roberto Machado e Silva

    1991-08-01

    Full Text Available A infecção experimental do A. arviculoides através de diferentes vias de penetração das cercárias de Schistosoma mansoni (transcutânea e subeutânea foi estudada pela cinética de eliminação de ovos nas fezes, pela recuperação dos vermes adultos (no sistema porta e nos vasos mesentéricos e pelo oograma quantitativo. Demonstrou-se que a infecção do A. arviculoides assemelha-se à dos camundongos albinos que serviram de controle, quanto a eficácia das vias de penetração, ao habitat dos vermes adultos e ao oograma. Esses resultados sugerem que se avaliem outros aspectos da relação parasito-hospedeiro para que o A. arviculoides possa ser indicado como modelo experimental alternativo, nos estudos sobre a esquistossomose.The experimental infection of A. arviculoides through different routes of penetration of Schistosoma mansoni cercariae (Transcutaneous and subcutaneous was studied by the cinetics of egg elimination in stools, by the recovery and localization of adult worms (in the portal system and the mesenteric veins and through the quantitative egg count. It was shown that A. arviculoides infection is similar to the albino mice which served as control in relation to the efficiency of penetration routes, to the adult worms habitat and the egg count. These results suggest that other aspects of the host-parasite relationship should be evaluate so that A. arviculoides may be indicated as an alternative experimental model in schistosomiasis studies.

  18. Alterações no SNC e morfometria cerebelar de bovinos intoxicados experimentalmente por Solanum paniculatum

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    Rafael O. Rego

    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available Algumas espécies de Solanum causam intoxicações em ruminantes caracterizadas clinicamente por desordens cerebelares e microscopicamente como doença do depósito lisossomal. Não há lesões de necropsia específicas e microscopicamente ocorrem vacuolização e perda de neurônios de Purkinje. Por ser Solanum paniculatum a espécie de ocorrência na região Nordeste, sendo responsável pelos surtos de intoxicação espontânea descrito no Estado de Pernambuco foi realizado um delineamento experimental para caracterizar o quadro clínico-patológico da intoxicação. Foram usados cinco bovinos, sendo quatro no grupo experimental (GE e um animal no controle (GC, de seis meses de idade, sem raça definida, com peso de 120 Kg, mantidos em baias durante cinco meses na Clínica de Bovinos de Garanhuns/UFRPE. Os animais receberam a planta, colhida nas propriedades em que ocorreram os surtos naturais, na dosagem de 5g/kg/PV/dia da planta dessecada misturada na ração por ingestão natural. Semanalmente realizou-se o Head Raising Test para determinar os sinais cerebelares e quando positivo os animais foram submetidos à colheita de sangue e do líquido céfalo-raquidiano e em seguida foi feito à eutanásia. O SNC e a rete mirabile foram fixados em formol a 10% tamponado, processados rotineiramente e corados pela hematoxilina e eosina para avaliação histopatológica. Foi realizada análise morfométrica das lesões cerebelares. Para avaliação dos resultados laboratoriais utilizou-se análise descritiva e em relação à morfometria, empregou-se o teste T de Student (p<0.05 na contagem de células de Purkinje e para a espessura da camada molecular do cerebelo o teste de Mann Whitney, com nível de 5% de significância. Três animais apresentaram sinais de intoxicação com tempo em média de 90 dias e um com 155 dias. Os sinais clínicos observados foram ataques convulsivos transitórios, e distúrbios do equilíbrio. Na necropsia não foram

  19. Mortalidade por esquistossomose no Brasil, 1977-1986

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    Antônio Carlos Silveira

    1990-09-01

    Full Text Available Os autores apresentam dados de mortalidade por esquistossomose no país, macrorregiões e unidades federadas, no período de 1977-1986, e relacionam os coeficientes de mortalidade com o programa de controle. O impacto se demonstra evidente, especialmente em função da população para a qual o risco de reinfecção foi reduzido ou eliminado. São apresentados também dados relativos a mortalidade proporcional e distribuição por idade.The authors present schistosomiasis mortality data in the country, in macrozones and in the federal units during the period of1977-86. They relate mortality average to the control program. Its impact seems to be evident, epecially concerning the population that underwent treatment. Here the reinfection risk has been decreased or eliminated. Data referring to the proportional mortality and distribution by age are also presented.

  20. Fatores sócio-demográficos e comportamentais relacionados à esquistossomose em uma agrovila da zona canavieira de Pernambuco, Brasil

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    Moza Patrícia Ganzenmüller

    1998-01-01

    Full Text Available O fracasso de um esquema intensivo de tratamento quimioterápico para controle da esquistossomose numa área de alta endemicidade no Nordeste levou à hipótese de que aspectos sócio-demográficos e/ou comportamentais estariam implicados na persistência da transmissão. Uma análise univariada dessas variáveis em relação à infecção por Schistosoma mansoni revelou que os padrões de contato com a água para lazer e higiene pessoal são importantes fatores de risco na área. Já as variáveis sócio-demográficas não estiveram relacionadas com a infecção, provavelmente porque a população local vive sob condições sócio-econômicas e sanitárias uniformemente precárias Nessa área, recomenda-se que a quimioterapia seja combinada com outras medidas, como o controle dos moluscos vetores e a educação em saúde, acompanhadas de melhorias no saneamento e abastecimento de água.

  1. Holochilus brasiliensis nanus Thomas, 1897: sugestão de modelo experimental para filariose, leishmaniose e esquistossomose Holochilus brasiliensis nanus Thomas, 1897: as an experimental model for filariasis, leishmaniasis and schistosomiasis

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    Othon de Carvalho Bastos

    1984-12-01

    Full Text Available Roedores silvestres, classificados como Holochilus brasiliensis nanus Thomas,1897, foram capturados na cidade de São Bento, pertencente à Região da Baixada, do Estado do Maranhão, Brasil, naturalmente infectados com formas adultas de filaria, na cavidade peritoneal, e microfilárias sangüíneas, assim como, com esquistossoma mansoni (vermes adultos e granulomas peri-ovulares hepáticos; intestinais; pulmonares; esplênicos e pancreáticos. Animais nascidos em Biotério, descendentes de Holochilus da Região da Baixada, foram infectados experimentalmente com Leishmania m. amazonensis e Schistosoma mansoni. Em observações semanais, foram encontradas lesões teciduais, semelhantes às que se desenvolvem em hamsters infectados com Leishmania, e hipergamaglobulinemia. Nos esquistossomóticos, foram constatadas hipergamaglobulinemia e reações granulomatosas similares às encontradas nos animais infectados naturalmente. Foram observadas, também, lesões hepática graves, semelhantes às encontradas na esquistossomose humana. Estes achados sugerem a utilização do Holochilus b. nanus como modelo experimental destas três doenças tropicais.Wild rodents classified as Holochilus brasiliensis nanus THOMAS, 1897, were captured in Lowland Region of State of Maranhão-Brazil. Natural infection by schistosome and filaria was detected in the most of these animals. Rodents born in the Animal House of the University of Maranhão were experimentally infected with Leishmania mexicana amazonensis or Schistosoma mansoni. Pathological aspects of leishmaniasis in these animals were found similar to that found in hamsters infected with Leishmania. Severe hepatic lesions were found in the animals infected with schistosome similar to that seen in human infection. These findings suggest the utilization of this animal as an experimental model of filariasis, leishmaniasis and schistosomiasis.

  2. Decay of antibody isotypes against early developmental stages of Schistosoma mansoni after treatment of schistosomiasis patients

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    Herminia Yohko KANAMURA

    1997-09-01

    Full Text Available Antibodies to a number of parasite antigens are found in schistosomiasis patients, and antibodies to early developmental stages were demonstrated to be efficient immunologic markers for the diagnosis of schistosomiasis. In the present study, decay patterns of IgM and IgG antibodies against cercariae and schistosomula were investigated, in comparison to antibodies against worms and eggs in schistosomiasis patients after chemotherapy, for an investigation of seroepidemiologic aspects. Data obtained in the study of 359 serum samples from patients with Schistosoma mansoni infection, noninfected individuals, and patients followed-up for a period of 12 to 15 months after treatment provided the basis to postulate a general pattern for the kinetics of antibody decay. Before treatment, the antibody pattern was represented by a unimodal curve, which shifted to a bimodal curve after treatment, and ended with a unimodal curve similar to that for the noninfected group. Different types of antibodies were classified into four categories according to their decay features, and anti-schistosomulum IgM was classified into the moderate-decay caterogy, whereas other antibodies to early parasite stages were classified into the slow-decay category. The present methodology permits the identification of the most suitable antibodies to be detected in field control programs for schistosomiasis or other parasitosesEm pacientes com esquistossomose, são encontrados anticorpos contra grande número de antígenos parasitários, e aqueles contra formas evolutivas jovens do parasita demonstraram que eram eficientes marcadores imunológicos para o diagnóstico da esquistossomose. Padrões de queda de anticorpos IgM e IgG contra cercária e esquistossômulo foram aqui estudados, comparativamente aos dos anticorpos contra verme e ovo, em pacientes esquistossomóticos após quimioterapia, abordando aspectos soroepidemiológicos. Dados obtidos no estudo de 359 amostras de soros

  3. Tratamento da esquitossomose mansoni pela oxamniquine em dose única, pela via oral

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    Aluizio Prata

    1976-06-01

    Full Text Available A oxamniquine em cápsulas foi usada no tratamento de 132 doentes com esquistossomose mansoni crônica, sendo 129 com a forma hepato-intestinal e 3 com a forma hepato-esplênica. A dose foi de 10 mg por quilo de peso corporal em 34 pacientes, 12.5 mg em 35 e 15 mg em 63. A tolerância foi excelente em 43,2% dos tratados, boa em 48,5% e satisfatória em 8,3%. As queixas mais freqüentes foram tonturas e sonolência, que aparecem logo após a ingestão da droga e são fugazes. Os exames de laboratório mostraram em um ou outro paciente somente discreta retenção de bromosulfaleina, aumento de transaminase e da bilirrubina, insuficientes para caracterizar uma hepatoxicidade evidente. O seguimento dos pacientes se prolongou por mais de quatro meses e constou de pelo menos cinco exames de fezes pelo método de sedimentação. Todos os exames foram negativos em 20 (66,66% pacientes que tomaram 10 mg, em 13 (56,52% que tomaram 12.5 mg e em 41 (89,13% que tomaram 15 mg. Excluindo-se os menores de 16 anos subiu a 95% a negatividade entre os que foram tratados com 15 mg.

  4. Epidemia de esquistossomose aguda na praia de Porto de Galinhas, Pernambuco, Brasil An outbreak of acute schistosomiasis at Porto de Galinhas beach, Pernambuco, Brazil

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    Constança Simões Barbosa

    2001-06-01

    Full Text Available Este trabalho notifica a ocorrência de um surto de esquistossomose aguda na praia de Porto de Galinhas, Pernambuco, Brasil, quando 662 pessoas tiveram diagnóstico positivo para Schistosoma mansoni. A infecção humana em massa ocorreu no feriado de 7 de setembro, quando chuvas pesadas provocaram a enchente do rio Ipojuca que invadiu as residências. A maioria dos casos agudos foi representada por famílias de residentes locais que tiveram exposição diária às cercárias durante três semanas, até que as águas baixassem. O inquérito malacológico aponta para a possibilidade dos caramujos vetores terem sido introduzidos na localidade com os aterros realizados em quintais, onde vieram a se reproduzir em criadouros peridomiciliares. A infecção dos moluscos se deu a partir de vazamentos de fossas. Os resultados da clínica e do laboratório apontam para cerca de 62% de casos agudos. Estudos complementares estão sendo realizados, para a melhor compreensão deste evento epidemiológico de significativa magnitude para os órgãos de saúde pública e impacto para a população afetada.We recently confirmed several cases of acute schistosomiasis in Porto de Galinhas beach, Northeast Brazil. A total of 662 patients were diagnosed by parasitological and clinical examinations. The infection likely occurred during the September 7 national holiday, when heavy rainfall flooded the Ipojuca River and people were infected when the water covered their yards. Families were continuously exposed to infection for a period of three weeks until the water had completely dried up. Previous investigation suggests that snail vectors were introduced as a result of landfill in marshy areas. The swamp-flooding of such areas facilitated the emergence of slums surrounded by snail breeding sites. Heavy rainfall caused open-air sewage ditches to overflow, allowing for infection of snails by Schistosoma mansoni. Thus, continuous floods were responsible for the spread of

  5. Efeito do praziquantel incorporado a lipossomas nos diferentes estágios de desenvolvimento dos ovos de Schistosoma mansoni

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    T. F. FREZZA

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    A esquistossomose mansônica é causada pelo trematódeo digenético intravascular Schistosoma mansoni. Para o tratamento dessa enfermidade o praziquantel (PZQ e a oxamniquina (OXA são os fármacos escolhidos. No entanto, esses fármacos apresentam limitações quanto à ação e casos de resistência ou tolerância já foram relatados. Por esse motivo, são necessários os estudos de novas alternativas que visam melhorar os fármacos já existentes, como a incorporação desses em lipossomas. Este estudo verificou a ação do praziquantel incorporado a lipossomas (lip.PZQ sobre os ovos de S. mansoni, linhagem BH em camundongos Mus musculus (Swiss- SPF. Para tanto, foram testadas quatro doses de PZQ e lip.PZQ (47; 60; 250 e 300mg/kg sendo que parte dos camundongos foi tratada após 30 dias de infecção e outra após 45 dias. A análise do oograma mostrou que a dose lip.PZQ 300mg/kg administrada no 45º dia de infecção foi mais eficaz, pois reduziu a oviposição pelas fêmeas de S. mansoni. Palavras-chave: Schistosoma mansoni; praziquantel; lipossoma; oograma.

  6. Neuralgia do trigêmeo bilateral por cisticerco racemoso unilateral no ângulo-ponto cerebelar: relato de caso

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    Descrevemos o caso de uma paciente de 42 anos portadora de cisticerco racemoso na região do ângulo ponto-cerebelar (APC) direito com trigeminalgia bilateral mais intensa no lado ipsilateral à localização do parasita. O cisticerco foi totalmente removido por meio de craniotomia suboccipital. No primeiro dia pós-operatório houve desaparecimento bilateral da dor. Duas hipóteses fisiopatológicas foram aventadas para explicar a sintomatologia: lesões que ultrapassam os limites da cisterna do APC p...

  7. Representação social de eventos somáticos ligados à esquistossomose

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    Brani Rozemberg

    Full Text Available Esta pesquisa objetiva analisar criticamente as representações sociais da esquistossomose numa área rural endêmica do estado do Espírito Santo. Os resultados da pesquisa foram desmembrados em três artigos, a fim de permitir um maior detalhamento da descrição e a explicação das inter-relações e condicionamento sobre o modo como os indivíduos atribuem sentido à esquistossomose. Neste artigo são apresentados apenas as representações da esquistossomose enquanto processo orgânico, incluindo os tópicos sintomatologia, tratamento e etiologia. Transpondo o nível da mera checagem de conhecimentos sobre a doença, verificamos que estes últimos, apesar de poderem ser "repetidos" pela população, não contêm necessariamente os elementos mínimos que lhes garantam qualquer consistência lógica, do ponto de vista do grupo em questão. A prática dos programas de controle desenvolvidos pela Fundação Nacional de Saúde demonstrou ter grande influência sobre a forma de se pensar o problema da esquistossomose na área investigada. Destaca-se, no imaginário local, a mitificação do molusco transmissor da esquistossomose como sendo capaz de alojar-se no organismo humano, devorando-o inteiramente. Discute-se a baixa credibilidade na existência de tal doença e o papel do quimioterápico no contexto estudado. As percepções mitificadas da esquistossomose desviam a atenção popular das questões de saneamento e condições gerais de vida ligadas à endemia.

  8. Tentativa de avaliação do programa especial de controle da esquistossomose (PECE no Estado da Paraíba, Brasil

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    José Rodrigues Coura

    1987-06-01

    Full Text Available Foi feita uma tentativa de avaliação do Programa Especial de Controle da Esquistossomose (PECE do Ministério da Saúde do Brasil, desenvolvido pela SUCAM no Estado da Paraíba, a partir de 1976. Foram tomadas como base as 5 primeiras avaliações do Programa de 1978 a 1983 e posteriormente em 1984/85 realizados exames quantitativos de fezes em uma amostra de 9.155 indivíduos e exame clínico em 1.036 positivos, em 3 municípios selecionados nas principais regiões hidrográficas, onde o programa vem sendo realizado. As 5 primeiras avaliações realizadas pela SUCAM de 1978 a 1983 nos 47 municípios trabalhados, 23 na região do Mamanguape, 18 na região do Paraíba, 5 na região Litoral Sul e um na região do Curimataú, demonstraram uma queda da prevalência média inicial da esquistossomose de 28% para 4,9% na região do Mamanguape, de 20,9% para 5,9% na região do Paraíba, de 40,2%para 18,9% na região Litoral Sul e de 4,9para 1,4% na região do Curimataú. Em nível de localidade, entretanto, permaneciam com prevalência igual ou superiora 20%, 36(10,9% das 329 avaliadas na região do Mamanguape, 40(13,6% das 293 na região do Paraíba e 43 (47,2% das 91 da região Litoral Sul. Nos municípios tomados como amostra para exame clínico e quantitativo de fezes no ano de 1985 verificou-se que em Cuitegi, na região do Mamanguape, dos 3.494 examinados 154 (4,4% eliminavam em média 123 ovos de S. mansoni por grama de fezes, nenhum tinha a forma hepatoesplênica e 20(12,9% tinham fígado palpável. Em Mari, na região do Paraíba, dos 3.735 examinados 410 (10,9% estavam positivos eliminando em média 165,9 ovos de S. mansoni por grama de fezes; apenas um (0,24% tinha a forma hepatoesplênica e 48 (11,7% tinham fígado palpável. Em Alhandra, na região Litoral Sul, dos 1.926 examinados 472 (24,5% eliminavam em média 115,4 ovos de S. mansoni por grama de fezes, 3,6% eram hepatoesplênicos e 81 (17,1% tinham fígado palpável. Em estudo

  9. [Immunopathology of Schistosoma mansoni bilharziasis].

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    Nozais, J P

    1982-01-01

    Immunological manifestations during S. mansoni bilharziasis are present at all stages of the disease and their mechanisms begin to be well known: --delayed hypersensitivity and cell mediation immunity, responsible for the formation of bilharzial granuloma; --synthesis of various antibodies. Beside their diagnostic interest, they might participate in the immunological tolerance as well as in the processing of circulating immune complex; --various immunizing mechanisms making schistosomes able to escape hostile reactions of their host, and limiting infestation to a level acceptable for both the host and the worms, that is the basic notion of parasitism.

  10. Tratamento da esquistossomose mansônica hepatesplênica com praziquantel

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    Amaury D. Coutinho

    1984-02-01

    Full Text Available Noventa e quatro pacientes, 22 do sexo masculino e 72 do feminino, com idades variando de 11 a 71 anos, média de 25, apresentando a forma hepatesplênica da esquistossomose mansônica, foram tratados com uma nova droga antiesquistossomótica — praziquantel — objetivando-se investigar sua eficácia e tolerância. Duas doses orais — 1 x 30 e 2 x 25 mg/kg — foram comparadas. Efeitos colaterais foram verificados durante os primeiros dois dias seguintes à administração da droga, mas usualmente de média intensidade e curta duração. Os mais freqüentes e, por vezes, mais severos foram: dor ou desconforto abdominal, diarréia, tontura, cefaléia e náusea. Febre esteve presente em 19,2% dos casos e urticaria e prurido em dois pacientes. A investigação laboratorial mostrou, em alguns casos, ligeiras alterações enzimáticas (AST, ALT, γ-GT 24 horas após a medicação. Nenhuma modificação da urinálise, da glicose sangüínea e dos dados hematológicos foi detectada, exceto o aumento comumente observado dos eosinófilos nos 7." e 30.° dias, relacionado à morte dos parasitas dentro do organismo. Da mesma forma, nenhuma anormalidade foi verificada no estudo eletroencefalográfico. Na eletrocardiografia, observou-se, em duas pacientes, uma ligeira e transitória alteração na repolarização ventricular. No que diz respeito à cura parasitológica, constatou-se, em 62 pacientes que concluíram seis meses de controle, um porcentual global de cura de 80,6%, sendo de 76,7% com a dose de 30 mg/lkg e de 84,4% com a de 2 x 25 mg/kg. Os pacientes não curados tiveram, por outro lado, uma acentuada redução no número de ovos do S. mansoni eliminados nas fezes. Além disso, cinco pacientes não curados, foram retratados seis ou mais meses depois, com a mesma dose inicial, obtendo-se 100°/o de negatividade nos exames de fezes. Os Autores acreditam que com a administração de doses um pouco mais altas como, por exemplo, 60 mg/kg, se possa

  11. Estudo das artérias cerebelares do macaco-prego: considerações sobre a nomenclatura (Cebus apella, L.1766

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    Rosimeire Alves da Silva

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available Estudamos as artérias cerebelares no macaco prego (Cebus apella. Para tanto utilizamos 57 hemisférios cerebelares obtidos de animais já utlizados em pesquisas anteriores o que permitiu-nos não sacrificar vidas para esta pesquisa. O método incluiu microdissecações sob mesoscopi de luz após injeção do sistema arterial com látex corrado (neopreme 450 e sulvinil corante. A análise do material evidenciou que o suprimento sanguíneo do cerebelo é dependente do sistema vértebro basilar que emitiu vasos em geral pares para as diferentes regiões cerebelares e porção ventral do tronco cerebral. Identificamos os seguintes troncos de suprimento arteriais cerebelares: inferiores caudais, inferiores rostrais, anteriores, superior e pontinos. O primeiro tronco é dependente da artéria vertebral (100%, o segundo da artéria basilar (63,15%, e os três últimos dependentes da artéria basilar. A nominação destas artérias não esta plenamente estabelecida acreditmaos que em razão da tendência de comparar os primatas em geral com os humanos, o que vai de encontro ao estabelecido na nomenclatura Veterinária Oficial.

  12. Níveis séricos de globulinas e a intensidade da fibrose hepática em pacientes com esquistossomose mansônica Serum globulin levels and intensity of hepatic fibrosis in patients with mansonic schistosomiasis

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    Henrique S. T. Correia

    2009-09-01

    Full Text Available CONTEXTO: Tem sido descrita correlação entre os níveis séricos de globulinas e o grau de fibrose hepática nas hepatites crônicas, mas não se encontram relatos na esquistossomose mansônica. OBJETIVO: Avaliar os níveis séricos de globulinas e de IgG, e a intensidade da fibrose periportal mensurada pela ultrassonografia em pacientes com esquistossomose mansônica. MÉTODOS: Entre novembro de 2006 e fevereiro de 2007, foram estudados 41 pacientes que preencheram ficha clínica e realizaram dosagens de IgG por imunoturbidimetria e de globulinas indiretamente pelo método do biureto. A ultrassonografia foi realizada por um único pesquisador, seguindo os protocolos do Cairo e de Niamey. RESULTADOS: A média de idade foi 41 anos, sendo 25 pacientes (61% do sexo feminino. Dez dos 41 pacientes (24% apresentaram elevação dos níveis séricos de globulinas e 21 (51% dos de IgG. Conforme a classificação do Cairo, 21 pacientes apresentaram grau I de fibrose, 18 grau II e 2 grau III, e pela classificação de Niamey 8 apresentavam padrão C, 20 D e 13 E. Aqueles com graus II ou III de fibrose tiveram maiores níveis de IgG do que os de grau I (P = 0,047, assim como aqueles que apresentaram padrões D e E em relação ao C (P = 0,011. Não houve associação entre os níveis de globulinas e o grau ou padrão de fibrose. CONCLUSÃO: Em pacientes com esquistossomose mansônica, observou-se elevação dos níveis séricos de IgG de acordo com a progressão do grau e do padrão de fibrose periportal, mas o mesmo não se observou com os níveis de globulinas.BACKGROUND: A correlation between the levels of serum globulins and the hepatic fibrosis degree in chronic hepatitis was described, but reports in schistosomiasis mansoni have not been found. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the serum globulins and IgG levels, and periportal fibrosis intensity measured by ultrasound in patients with schistosomiasis mansoni. METHODS: Between November, 2006 and February 2007

  13. Morbidity due to Schistosoma mansoni - Entamoeba histolytica coinfection in hamsters (Mesocricetus auratus Morbidade em hamsters (Mesocricetus auratus devido à co-infecção Schistosoma mansoni - Entamoeba histolytica

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    Silvio Santana Dolabella

    2007-04-01

    Full Text Available Data on Schistosoma mansoni-Entamoeba histolytica coinfection are scarce in the literature. In the present study, hamsters that had been infected for 70 days with Schistosoma mansoni (LE strain were inoculated via the portal vein with two strains of trophozoites of Entamoeba histolytica: ICB-EGG (highly virulent and ICB-RPS (non-virulent. The most evident result of coinfection was increased morbidity and mortality, in comparison with either of the infections alone. Histologically, there were no evident signs of interaction between these two infections. The morphological findings of schistosomal granuloma and amoebic abscesses in the liver were similar to those seen in the respective single-infection controls. However, there was severe wasting of the animals with both infections and greater numbers of amoebic lesions in their livers. The results obtained indicated that schistosomiasis aggravates the course of amoebiasis in hamsters.Dados sobre a co-infecção Schistosoma mansoni-Entamoeba histolytica são escassos na literatura. No presente estudo, hamsters com 70 dias de infecção por Schistosoma mansoni (cepa LE foram inoculados com trofozoítos de Entamoeba histolytica, cepa ICB-EGG (virulenta e cepa ICB-RPS (não virulenta, via veia porta. O mais evidente resultado da co-infecção foi o aumento da morbidade e mortalidade, quando comparado com os animais com somente uma das infecções. Histologicamente, não houve sinais evidentes da interação entre as duas infecções. O aspecto morfológico do granuloma esquistossomótico e do abcesso hepático amebiano são similares aos observados nos controles, com somente uma infecção. Entretanto, foi observado que os animais co-infectados apresentavam-se mais debilitados e com maior número de lesões amebianas no fígado. Os resultados obtidos indicam que a esquistossomose agrava o curso da infecção amebiana em hamsters.

  14. 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

  15. La schistosomiasis mansoni en Venezuela

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    J. M. Ruiz Rodríguez

    1943-11-01

    par el S. mansoni. El estudio ha sido editado en un libro de 225 páginas con 196 referencias bibliográficas. Hizo el comentario crítico el académico Pedro Gonzalez Rincones, hombre de ciencia de renombre continental. El libro del Profesor Ruiz-Rodríguez es una bella lección. Con pericia didáctica desarrolla el tema en 12 capitulos magistralmente expuestos y relatados en castellano propio de uu paisano de don Andrés Bello. Con fervor patriótico ha repasado todo lo hecho por los venezolanos, para destacarlo en sitio eminente. Efectivamente así es como se enseña a los estudiantes de medicina a formar propia escuela, a venerar a los maestros que nos precedieron y saborear con gozo el triunfo y el esfuerzo de los demás.

  16. Guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of schistosomal myeloradiculopathy Orientações sobre o diagnóstico e tratamento da mielorradiculopatia associada à esquistossomose

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    José Roberto Lambertucci

    2007-10-01

    Full Text Available Schistosomal myeloradiculopathy is the most severe and disabling ectopic form of Schistosoma mansoni infection. The prevalence of SMR in centres in Brazil and Africa that specialise in attending patients with non traumatic myelopathy is around 5%. The initial signs and symptoms of the disease include lumbar and/or lower limb pain, paraparesis, urinary and intestinal dysfunctions, and impotence in men. The cerebrospinal fluid of SMR patients shows an increase in protein concentration and in the number of mononuclear cells in 90% of cases; eosinophils have been reported in 40%. The use of magnetic resonance imaging is particularly valuable in the diagnosis of Schistosomal myeloradiculopathy. The exclusion of other myelopathies and systemic diseases remains mandatory. Early diagnosis and treatment with steroids and schistosomicides provide a cure for most patients, whilst delayed treatment can result in irreversible physical disabilities or death. To improve awareness concerning Schistosomal myeloradiculopathy amongst public health professionals, and to facilitate the control of the disease, the Brazilian Ministry of Health has launched a program of education and control of this ectopic form of schistosomiasis. The present paper reviews current methods for the diagnosis of SMR and outlines protocols for treatment of the disease.A mielorradiculopatia esquistossomótica é a forma ectópica mais grave da infecção pelo Schistosoma mansoni. A prevalência da mielorradiculopatia esquistossomótica em centros médicos no Brasil e em África, especializados no atendimento de pacientes com mielopatia, encontra-se em torno de 5%. Os sintomas e sinais iniciais da doença incluem: dor lombar e/ou dor em membros inferiores, paraparesia, disfunções urinária e intestinal, e impotência no homem. A análise do líqüor destes pacientes revela aumento na concentração de proteínas e no número de células mononucleares em 90% dos casos; a presença de eosin

  17. Bioquímica da esquistossomose mansônica: envolvimento dos siderossomos nos processos inflamatórios hepáticos

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    Luiz Erlon Araújo Rodrigues

    1990-06-01

    Full Text Available Os processos inflamatórios que se desenvolvem durante as etapas avançadas da esquistossomose mansônica hepática foram relacionados, com o acúmulo de siderossomos, a capacidade dos íons ferrosos/férricos de desencadearem a formação de radicais livres e aperoxidação de lipídios membranáceos, assim como à diminuição da estabilidade das membranas dos diversos componentes do compartimento lisossômico hepático. Os lisossomos isolados de figados de camundongos infectados por 100 cercárias, com 80 e 100 dias de infecção, foram respectivamente, 2,5 e quase 4 vezes mais frágeis que os controles, isolados de figados de camundongos não infectados. A presença de siderossomos em grande quantidade foi demonstrada por espectrometria aos raios-X.The inflammatory processes that develop during the advanced stages of hepatic Schistosomiasis mansoni have been related in this study to: (a accumulation of siderosomes; (b capacity of the ferrous/ferric ions to unleash the formation of free radicals; (c peroxidation of membranaceous lipids and; (d reduction of stability of the membranes of several components of the hepatic lysosomal compartment. The lysosomes isolated from the livers of infected mice by 100 cercariae, with 80 and 100 days of infection, were respectively 2.5 and almost 4 times weaker than the control ones isolated from livers of non-infected mice. The presence of a great quantity of siderosomes has been demonstrated by transmission electronic microscopy and X-ray spectrometry microanalysis.

  18. Esquistossomose pulmonar. I. Forma crônica extensa sem hipertensão pulmonar e na ausência de hipertensão portal

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    Jayme Neves

    1980-12-01

    Full Text Available Com o objetivo de demonstrar algumas modalidades distintas do comprometimento pulmonar na esquistossomose mansoni, ressaltando sempre a diversidade dé interação dos múltiplos fatores envolvidos, os Autores iniciam a publicação de uma seqüência de casos ilustrativos, embora considerados pouco comuns na clínica diária. No caso ora descrito, ao lado de sintomatologia definida dominantemente por surtos paroxísticos de asma, o estudo radiológico seriado, durante sete anos, revelou imagem pieuro-parenquimatosa caracterizada por irregularidades de radiopacidade com traves fibróticas extensas, notadamente à direita e desvio acentuado do mediastino para este lado; a área cardíaca encontrava-se aparentemente normal. À microtoracotomia, observou-se lesão pleural dominante com enclausuramento do LSD e condensação extensa subpleural do LSD, afetando amplamente o parênquima. Procedeu-se àdetorticação do LM e LID e reexpansão parcial de seus parénquimas, bem como à biopsia pulmonar. Apesar de o estudo histopatológico haver revelado uma arterite pulmonar grave, não foram registrados sinais e sintomas de cor pulmonale. Este comprometimento pulmonar verificou-se, entretanto, isoladamente de uma forma hepato-esplênica e, conseqüentemente, na ausência de síndrome de hipertensão portai a determinar a rota oreferencial de migração de ovos e, eventualmente, de vermes aos pulmões.

  19. Efetividade do Programa de Comunicação e Educação em Saúde no controle da infecção por S. mansoni em algumas áreas do Estado da Bahia

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    Vilma Sousa Santana

    1997-12-01

    Full Text Available O Programa de Controle da Esquistossomose (PCE vem sendo desenvolvido em áreas da Bahia pela Fundação Nacional de Saúde (FNS. Em 1989, ações de Informação, Educação, Comunicação e Mobilização Comunitária (IEC/MC foram iniciadas. Neste estudo avalia-se o impacto epidemiológico do IEC/MC, adotando-se um desenho quasi-experimental, comparando-se prevalências de infecção por S. mansoni em áreas IEC/MC com estimativas de áreas referentes. Os dados são secundários, coletados rotineiramente pela FNS. Verificou-se uma redução da prevalência da esquistossomose em todas as áreas, que alcança maior intensidade nas áreas com IEC/MC. Aparentemente, ações de controle rotineiras realizadas isoladamente são mais efetivas entre escolares e pessoas do sexo masculino, enquanto que nas áreas com IEC/MC, observou-se maior impacto entre as mulheres, refletindo, provavelmente, as distintas estratégias adotadas. Aponta-se para a necessidade de estudos de avaliação qualitativos, além de estimativas do custo-benefício e custo-efetividade de modo a aprimorar o processo de tomada de decisões.The Program for S. mansoni Control (PCE has been developed in some areas of the State of Bahia by the Fundação Nacional de Saúde (FNS. In 1989, activities on Information, Education, Comunication and Community Mobilization (IEC/MC were initiated. This study evaluates the epidemiological impact of the IEC/MC, using a quasi-experimental study design strategy, comparing the prevalences of infection for S.mansoni in areas of IEC/MC and estimates of other areas. The data used were routinely collected by the local staff of the FNS. A decrease on the prevalence of S. mansoni infection was found in all study areas, specially in those of IEC/MC activities. Findings indicate that PCE activities are more effective among school-age individuals and male adults, although IEC/MC allows for higher epidemiological impact among women, reflecting the differences

  20. Production of Shistosoma mansoni cercariae by Biomphalaria glabrata from a focus in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais Produção de cercárias de Schistosoma mansoni por Biomphalaria glabrata de foco em Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais

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    Cecília Pereira de Souza

    1994-12-01

    em massa com a linhagem LE de S. mansoni de Belo Horizonte. Os moluscos do laboratório eliminaram em média 6.061 cercárias por exemplar, número 2,8 vezes menor do que os moluscos do campo, devido a longevidade menor. A taxa de prevalência da esquistossomose no foco foi de 14,3%.

  1. Suscetibilidade de biomphalaria glabrata, B. straminea e B. tenagophila a diferentes cepas de schistosoma mansoni

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    Luiz Candido de Souza Dias

    1987-08-01

    Full Text Available Em condições experimentais foi estudada a suscetibilidade de Biomphalaria glabrata, B. straminea e B. tenagophila a quatro linhagens humanas (MAP, PTH, UPH, e OuH e duas de roedores silvestres (PTR e VPR do Schistosoma mansoni. Grupos de 50 moluscos foram expostos individualmente a 10 miracídios e observados durante 70 dias. Avaliou-se a suscetibilidade dos moluscos ao parasito por meio da % de animais com esporocistos, % de moluscos que eliminavam cercárias e mortalidade conjunta dos animais expostos e infectados. Exemplares de B. glabrata mineira infectaram-se com cepa simpátrica (MAP e com 5 alopátricas do Estado de São Paulo (PTH, VPH, OuH, PTR e VPR. B. glabrata paulista mostrou altas taxas de infecção com as cepas MAP, VPR e OuH do trematódeo. Quatro % dos exemplares B. straminea de São Paulo eliminavam cercárias de cepas simpátricas; com cepa mineira apenas 4% apresentaram esporocistos na vigência de 20 miracídios por molusco; as menores taxas de mortalidade foram registradas com essa espécie de molusco, não sendo maior do que 20%. B. tenagophila paulista foi suscetível apenas às linhagens simpáticas sendo 6% a maior taxa de moluscos que eliminaram cercárias. Os resultados indicam que os movimentos populacionais humanos dentro do território paulista e para fora dele são importantes na disseminação da esquistossomose mansônica.

  2. Tratamento da esquitossomose mansoni pela oxamniquine em dose única, pela via oral

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    Aluizio Prata

    1976-06-01

    Full Text Available A oxamniquine em cápsulas foi usada no tratamento de 132 doentes com esquistossomose mansoni crônica, sendo 129 com a forma hepato-intestinal e 3 com a forma hepato-esplênica. A dose foi de 10 mg por quilo de peso corporal em 34 pacientes, 12.5 mg em 35 e 15 mg em 63. A tolerância foi excelente em 43,2% dos tratados, boa em 48,5% e satisfatória em 8,3%. As queixas mais freqüentes foram tonturas e sonolência, que aparecem logo após a ingestão da droga e são fugazes. Os exames de laboratório mostraram em um ou outro paciente somente discreta retenção de bromosulfaleina, aumento de transaminase e da bilirrubina, insuficientes para caracterizar uma hepatoxicidade evidente. O seguimento dos pacientes se prolongou por mais de quatro meses e constou de pelo menos cinco exames de fezes pelo método de sedimentação. Todos os exames foram negativos em 20 (66,66% pacientes que tomaram 10 mg, em 13 (56,52% que tomaram 12.5 mg e em 41 (89,13% que tomaram 15 mg. Excluindo-se os menores de 16 anos subiu a 95% a negatividade entre os que foram tratados com 15 mg.Oxamniquine in capsules was used in the treatment of 132 patients with chronic Schistosoma mansoni infections. 129 having the hepato intestinal form and 3 the hepato splenic form. The dose was 10mg per kiio body weight in 34 patients, 12.5mg in 35 and 15mg ip 63. The tolerance was excellent in 43.2% of those treated, good in 48.5% and satisfactory in 8.3%. The most frequent complaints were dizziness and somnolence which appear soon after ingestion and was transitory. Laboratory investigations showed in a few patients bromosutphalein retention, raised transaminases or biiirubin but insufficient to constitute hepatoxicity. The follow-up of the patients continued for more than 4 months and consisted of five or more examinations by a sedimentation method. AH the examinations were negative in 20 (66.66% patients who took lOmg, in 13 (56.52% who took 12.5mg and in 41 (89.13% who took 15mg

  3. Ecoepidemiologia da esquistossomose urbana na ilha de Itamaracá, Estado de Pernambuco

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    Barbosa Constança Simões

    2000-01-01

    Full Text Available INTRODUÇÃO: Em 1988, 22 casos autóctones de esquistossomose foram registrados na Praia do Forte Orange, ilha de Itamaracá, Pernambuco. Todos os casos ocorreram em indivíduos de classe média/alta que veraneavam na ilha. Foi realizado estudo com o objetivo de identificar e caracterizar criadouros/focos de vetores da esquistossomose na localidade, correlacionando os determinantes biológicos da doença com o contexto ambiental da sua ocorrência. MÉTODOS: Foram levantados dados secundários para resgatar as características ambientais da área antes da ocupação humana. O inquérito malacológico teve a duração de um ano com mapeamento da área, coleta mensal e exame dos moluscos. RESULTADOS/CONCLUSÕES: Em 1 km de extensão da praia, foram identificados 20 criadouros e demarcadas 28 estações de coleta. Os resultados mostram a variação mensal da densidade populacional de moluscos e das taxas de infecção, correlacionados com sazonalidade e tipos de criadouros. Destaca-se a importância desse novo perfil epidemiológico da esquistossomose em Pernambuco, relacionando o modo de ocupação daquele espaço com o estabelecimento de sítios de transmissão ativa da esquistossomose.

  4. Bilateral olivary hypertrophy after unilateral cerebellar infarction: case report Hipertrofia olivar bilateral após infarto cerebelar unilateral: relato de caso

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    Adriana Bastos Conforto

    2005-06-01

    Full Text Available We describe a case of bilateral olivary hypertrophy and palatal tremor after unilateral cerebellar infarction. Hypertrophic olivary degeneration (HOD is associated with hypersignal in the inferior olivary nucleus (ION, on T2-weighted images. HOD has been more often observed ipsilaterally to a central tegmentum tract lesion or contralaterally to a dentate nucleus or a superior cerebellar peduncle lesion. Double innervation of each ION from either dentate nucleus may have underlied the imaging and clinical findings in this 63 year-old male patient.Relatamos um caso de hipertrofia olivar bilateral e tremor cerebelar após infarto cerebelar unilateral. A degeneração olivar hipertrófica (DOH é associada ao aumento de sinal no núcleo olivar inferior (NOI, em sequências pesadas em T2. A DOH tem sido mais frequentemente observada ipsilateralmente a lesões do trato tegmentar central ou contralateralmente a lesões do núcleo denteado ou do pedúnculo cerebelar superior. A inervação bilateral de cada NOI por ambos os núcleos denteados pode ter sido responsável pelas características clínicas e radiológicas neste paciente de 63 anos.

  5. Atual distribuição geográfica dos moluscos hospedeiros intermediários do Schistosoma mansoni em Belo Horizonte, MG, Brasil Current geographic distribution of intermediate hosts mollusca of Schistosoma mansoni in Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil

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    Cecília Pereira de Souza

    1981-12-01

    Full Text Available Procedeu-se ao levantamento malacológico do município de Belo Horizonte, MG, com o objetivo de avaliar a distribuição, densidade e taxa de infecção dos moluscos hospedeiros intermediários do Schistosoma mansoni. Foram coletadas 3.261 Biomphalaria glabrata em 1979-81, das quais 100 (3,1% estavam infectadas com S. mansoni. Registrou-se a existência de 36 criadouros (35,0% de B. glabrata em 102 locais pesquisados, sendo 23 na bacia hidrográfica de Pampulha e 13 na do ribeirão do Arrudas. Foram encontrados 2 criadouros de B. tenagophila e 2 de B. straminea. Registrou-se também a presenca de exemplares de Pomacea haustrum, Physa sp e Drepanotrema cimex. Compararam-se os dados obtidos atualmente com os publicados em 1967. Houve reducao de mais de 50% no número de criadouros de B.glabrata, principalmente em decorrencias da expansão e progresso da cidade. Na zona periférica a esquistossomose continua endêmica, havendo necessidade de novas obras de saneamento básico para se conseguir o controle da doença.Malacological surveys were conducted in Belo Horizonte with a view to obtain new data on the distribution and density of schistosomose bearing snails and their natural rate of infection by Schistosoma mansoni. Of 3.261 Biomphalaria glabrata collected during 1979-81, 100 (3,1% were found naturally infected. One hundred and two water collections were surveyed and 36 (35% were found harboring the mentioned snail species (23 of them in the watershed of Pampulha, 13 in the tributaires of the Arrudas creek. The species B. tenagophila was found in two waterbodies, and B. straminea in two other. Other snail species collected were Pomacea haustrum, Physa sp and Drepanotrema cimex. Data of this survey were compared with data published in 1967 and 50% reduction in the snail breeding places was observed. This reduction was due mainly to public works and engineering activities accompanying the growth of city. Schistosomiasis is still present in the

  6. Massa tumoral secundária a infecção por Schistosoma mansoni simulando neoplasia de pulmão: relato de caso Tumoral pulmonary mass secondary to Schistosoma mansoni infection resembling neoplasia: case report

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    Cláudio Dornas de Oliveira

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available Indivíduos infectados com Schistosoma mansoni na fase crônica da doença podem apresentar comprometimento pulmonar com sintomatologia e alterações radiológicas variáveis. Os pulmões podem ser acometidos pela migração anômala de ovos do sistema porta para o sistema arterial pulmonar (através de anastomoses porto-sistêmicas e menos comumente por migrações ectópicas de vermes adultos. Há casos com extenso comprometimento parenquimatoso e outros com predomínio de arterites, com hipertensão pulmonar e cor pulmonale. Paciente jovem, residente em área endêmica de esquistossomose, com massa pulmonar sugestiva de neoplasia foi submetida a toracotomia exploradora sem possibilidade de ressecção da massa. Exame histopatológico mostrou vários granulomas esquistossomóticos e hiperplasia do tecido conjuntivo, sem sinais de neoplasia. Evoluiu com insuficiência respiratória e instabilidade hemodinâmica no pós-operatório imediato. Recebeu tratamento específico (praziquantel associado a prednisona. A paciente cursou com infecção pulmonar e choque séptico. Recebeu antibioticoterapia, aminas vasoativas, suporte ventilatório e tratamento hemodiálitico sem melhora. Evoluiu para óbito 28 dias após cirurgia.Patients with chronic Schistosoma mansoni infection may feature a range of pulmonary symptoms and radiological findings. Eggs, and rarely adult worms, may passively enter the pulmonary circulation, usually via the portal system, where they may cause pulmonary inflammation, fibrosis, hypertension and cor pulmonale. A 25-year-old patient who lived in a schistosomiasis endemic area with a pulmonary mass suggestive of malignancy underwent exploratory thoracotomy. The mass was adherent, with no resection possibility. The lung-biopsy specimen evaluation showed several granulomas with Schistosoma mansoni eggs and hyperplasic connective tissue with no sign of malignancy. The patient had respiratory failure and hypotension immediately

  7. Esquistossomose mansônica no Estado do Maranhão, Brasil, 1997-2003

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    Selma Patrícia Diniz Cantanhede

    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo deste estudo foi analisar a prevalência da esquistossomose mansônica no Maranhão, Brasil, no período de 1997 a 2003, segundo as regionais de saúde contempladas pelo Programa de Controle da Esquistossomose (PCE. O método estatístico utilizado foi a regressão polinomial. Bacabal e São Luís apresentaram tendência decrescente e constante. Colinas demonstrou tendência de incremento até o ano de 2002, com posterior diminuição. Em Imperatriz, observou-se tendência crescente e constante. Concluiu-se que as questões relativas às características socioeconômicas são bastante expressivas no Maranhão e, seguramente, possuem relação com os resultados encontrados. Acredita-se, ainda, que o registro de dados referente às regionais de saúde do estado tenha sido afetado pelas modificações ocorridas por conta da descentralização do PCE. Os resultados deste estudo apontam aspectos que transcendem a análise do padrão de ocorrência de casos de esquistossomose mansônica no Estado do Maranhão, ficando demonstrada, sobretudo, a necessidade de melhorias relacionadas às condições de vida da população.

  8. SCHISTOSOMA MANSONI OF THE CONUS MEDULARIS: CASE ...

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  9. Metabonomic investigation of human Schistosoma mansoni infection

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

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    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...

  10. HIPOPLASIA CEREBELAR E PORENCEFALIA EM BOVINOS CHAROLÊS NO SUL DO RIO GRANDE DO SUL CEREBELLAR HYPOPLASIA AND PORENCEPHALY IN CHAROLAIS CATLLE IN SOUTHERN BRAZIL

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    Ana Lucia Schild

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    Full Text Available Descrevem-se dois casos de hipoplasia cerebelar congênita observados em terneiros da raça Charolês, pertencentes a um estabelecimento localizado no município de Capão do Leão. Um dos animais apresentava sinais clínicos cerebelares ao nascimento, caracterizados por severa incoordenação motora, hipermetria e tremores de intenção, principalmente da cabeça e do pescoço. O outro animal não conseguia manter-se em estação e apresentava opistótono acentuado. As lesões macroscópicas caracterizaram-se por hipoplasia cerebelar, observando-se apenas remanescentes das regiões do flóculo e do paraflóculo cerebelares e uma cavidade preenchida por líquido e recoberta pelas leptomeninges, que estavam aderidas aos resquícios das folhas cerebelares. Ao corte do encéfalo, havia hidrocefalia discreta e a presença de cavidades císticas (porencefalia. São discutidas as possíveis etiologias, sugerindo-se a possibilidade de que a enfermidade tenha sido causada pelo vírus da diarréia viral bovina-doença das mucosas, apesar dos resultados negativos da imuno-histoquímica realizada em fragmentos do cerebelo dos animais doentes para detecção desse vírus.Two cases of cerebellar hypoplasia in Charolais calves from a herd of a farm located in the municipality of Capão do Leão, Southern Brazil are described. One calf with cerebellar clinical signs at birth, showed incoordination, hypermetria and intention tremors, mainly in the neck and head. The other calf was recumbent with opisthotonos. The gross lesions were characterized by cerebellar hypoplasia, with only remnants of cerebellar floculus and parafloculus and an expanded fluid-filled space covered by leptomeninges. Mild hydrocephalus and porencephaly were observed in the cerebrum. It was discussed the possible etiologies and suggested the possibility of the disease has been caused by bovine viral diarrhea-mucosal disease (BVD-MD virus despite of negative results of imuno

  11. A municipal level approach to the management of schistosomiasis control in Peri-Peri, MG, Brazil Avaliação de um programa municipalizado de controle da esquistossomose em Peri-Peri, MG -Brasil

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    Pedro Coura Filho

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    Full Text Available A schistosomiasis control program was implemented between 1974/87 in Peri-Peri,. MG (622 inhabitants. Molluscicide (niclosamide was applied at three monthly intervals in water sources with Biomphalaria glabrata, and individuals eliminating Schistosoma mansoni eggs in the feces were treated annually with oxamniquine. From 1974 to 1983 the control measures were undertaken by staff of the "René Rachou" Research Center FIOCRUZ (CPqRR, and from 1984 to 1987 these measures were included in the Capim Branco basic health network activities. During both periods, the prevalence, incidence, intensity of infection and hepatosplenic form as well as the number of infected snails decreased significantly. The prevalence decreased from 43.5 to 4.4%, the incidence from 19.0 to 2.9%, the overall intensity of S. mansoni from 281 to 87 and of the hepatosplenic form from 5.9 to 0.0%. The results obtained suggest that the municipal management of control measures was as effective as the vertical program conducted by CPqRR staff.Um programa de controle da esquistossomose foi desenvolvido em Peri-Peri, MG (município de Capim Branco entre 1974/87. Foi aplicado moluscicida em intervalos de 3 meses nas coleções hídricas da área e indivíduos eliminando ovos de Schistosoma mansoni nas fezes foram tratados anualmente com oxamniquine. De 1974 a 1983 as medidas de controle foram realizadas pela equipe do Centro de Pesquisas "René Rachou" -FIOCRUZ, e de 1984 a 1987 foram incluídas nas atividades da rede básica de saúde de Capim Branco. Durante ambos períodos, a prevalência, incidência e intensidade da infecção e forma hepatosplênica assim como o índice de caramujos infectados decresceram significativamente. A prevalência decresceu de 43,5 para 4,4 %, a incidência de 19,0 para 2,9%, a intensidade da infecção de 281 ovos por grama de fezes para 87 e a forma hepatoesplênica de 5,9 para 0,0%. Os resultados obtidos sugerem que a inclusão das medidas de controle

  12. Avaliação terapêutica do praziquantel (Embay 8440 na infecção humana pelo S. mansoni

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    Silvino Alves de Carvalho

    1984-02-01

    Full Text Available Foram tratados com praziquantel, dose oral única de 40 ou 50 mg/kg, 200 indivíduos portadores de esquistossomose mansoni, matriculados na Clínica de Doenças Infecciosas e Parasitárias do Hospital das Clínicas da Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade de São Paulo. As idades dos pacientes variavam de seis a 63 anos, sendo que 33 (16,5% eram menores de 15 anos. Os principais efeitos colaterais consistiram em tontura 27,5%; sonolência 21,0%; eólica 17,5%; náusea 16,0%; diarréia 9,0%; cefaléia 7,5%; vômito 4,0%; febre 2,0%; disenteria 1,0%; tremor 1,0%; exantema 1,0% e urticaria 0,5%. A toxicidade do medicamento foi investigada mediante a realização, pré e pós-tratamento, de exames hematimétricos, bem como de função renal (uréia e creatinina, hepática (enzimas de liberação hépato-canalicular e bilirrubinas, cardíaca (ECG e neuropsiquiátrica (EEG. Não foram encontradas nesses controles alterações relevantes que repercutissem clinicamente. O controle de cura verificou-se em 115 indivíduos, através de oito coproscopias, no período de seis meses, subseqüente ao tratamento, utilizando-se duas técnicas (HOFFMAN e KATO/KATZ para cada amostra de fezes. Dos 82 indivíduos que tiveram as oito coproscopias negativadas, 62 realizaram biópsia retal. Essa mostrou-se positiva em duas oportunidades, indicando um percentual de 3,2% de achados falsos negativos com relação às coproscopias. Os índices de cura variaram de 65,2%, nos pacientes menores de 15 anos, a 75% nos acima dessa idade. Para todas as faixas etárias a eficácia foi de 71,3%. Os resultados obtidos demonstram ter o praziquantel, nas doses empregadas, relativa eficácia no tratamento da esquistossomose mansoni, bem como ser determinante de baixos efeitos tóxico-colaterais.

  13. Mutismo cerebelar transitório: relato de dois casos Transitory cerebellar mutism: report of two cases

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    JOSÉ ALBERTO GONÇALVES DA SILVA

    1999-12-01

    Full Text Available Relatamos dois casos de mutismo observados após ressecção de tumores do cerebelo em duas crianças do sexo feminino, tratando-se, no primeiro caso de meduloblastoma, e no segundo, de astrocitoma juvenil. Em ambas havia lesão pré-operatória de nervos bulbares. A fisiopatogenia do mutismo envolve fatores anatômicos, vasculares e emocionais. As características essenciais do mutismo cerebelar são discutidas com base em revisão da literatura.We present two cases of mutism observed after resection of tumors of the cerebellum, in two children of the feminine sex, being in the first case of medulloblastoma and in the second of juvenile astrocytoma. In both patients there was pre-operative lesion of low cranial nerves. The pathophysiology of the mutism involves anatomical, vascular and emotional factors, being its essential characteristics discussed with base in revision of the literature.

  14. Neuralgia do trigêmeo bilateral por cisticerco racemoso unilateral no ângulo-ponto cerebelar: relato de caso

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    AGUIAR PAULO HENRIQUE

    2000-01-01

    Full Text Available Descrevemos o caso de uma paciente de 42 anos portadora de cisticerco racemoso na região do ângulo ponto-cerebelar (APC direito com trigeminalgia bilateral mais intensa no lado ipsilateral à localização do parasita. O cisticerco foi totalmente removido por meio de craniotomia suboccipital. No primeiro dia pós-operatório houve desaparecimento bilateral da dor. Duas hipóteses fisiopatológicas foram aventadas para explicar a sintomatologia: lesões que ultrapassam os limites da cisterna do APC poderão através da cisterna pré-pontina alcançar a cisterna do APC atingindo o trigêmeo contralateral; lesões com grande efeito de massa poderão provocar rotação do tronco cerebral e deslocamento e tração de estruturas ipsi e contralaterais, provocando compressão arteriovenosa sobre o trigêmeo contralateral na porção superior da cisterna do APC. Salientamos a necessidade de exames de imagem ante qualquer algia craniofacial e observamos que, em lesões na região do APC, a cisticercose não pode ser esquecida.

  15. Neuroschistosomiasis due to Schistosoma mansoni: a review of pathogenesis, clinical syndromes and diagnostic approaches Neuroesquistossomose devido a Schistosoma mansoni: revisão da patogênese, síndromes clínicas e manejo diagnóstico

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    Cristiana M. Nascimento-Carvalho

    2005-08-01

    Full Text Available Neuroschistosomiasis (NS is the second most common form of presentation of infection by the trematode, Schistosoma mansoni. Granulomatous inflammatory reaction occurs as a result of schistosome eggs being transmitted to spinal cord or brain via the vascular system, or by inadvertent adult worm migration to these organs. The two main clinical syndromes are spinal cord neuroschistosomiasis (acute or subacute myelopathy and localized cerebral or cerebellar neuroschistosomiasis (focal CNS impairment, seizures, increased intracranial pressure. Presumptive diagnosis of NS requires confirming the presence of S. mansoni infection by stool microscopy or rectal biopsy for trematode eggs, and serologic testing of blood and spinal fluid. The localized lesions are identified by signs and symptoms, and confirmed by imaging techniques (contrast myelography, CT and MRI. Algorithms are presented to allow a stepwise approach to diagnosis.Neuroesquistossomose (NS é a segunda forma mais freqüente de apresentação da infecção causada pelo trematódeo Schistosoma mansoni. A inflamação do tipo granulomatosa ocorre como resultado da presença de ovos do S. mansoni que atingiram a medula espinhal ou o encéfalo via o sistema vascular ou pela migração inadvertida de vermes adultos para estes órgãos. Duas síndromes clínicas principais podem ser identificadas: a mielopatia esquistossomótica (aguda ou subaguda e a neuroesquistossomose cerebral ou cerebelar localizada (comprometimento focal do Sistema Nervoso Central, convulsões, hipertensão intracraniana. O diagnóstico presumido da NS requer a confirmação da presença da infecção por exame microscópico de fezes ou pela biópsia retal em busca de ovos de trematódeo e testes sorológicos no sangue e no líquor. As lesões localizadas são identificadas por sinais e sintomas, e confirmadas por exames de imagem (mielografia contrastada, tomografia computadorizada e ressonância magnética. Algoritmos s

  16. Identification of Schistosoma mansoni microRNAs

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    da Silva-Pereira Rosiane A

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background MicroRNAs (miRNAs constitute a class of single-stranded RNAs which play a crucial role in regulating development and controlling gene expression by targeting mRNAs and triggering either translation repression or messenger RNA (mRNA degradation. miRNAs are widespread in eukaryotes and to date over 14,000 miRNAs have been identified by computational and experimental approaches. Several miRNAs are highly conserved across species. In Schistosoma, the full set of miRNAs and their expression patterns during development remain poorly understood. Here we report on the development and implementation of a homology-based detection strategy to search for miRNA genes in Schistosoma mansoni. In addition, we report results on the experimental detection of miRNAs by means of cDNA cloning and sequencing of size-fractionated RNA samples. Results Homology search using the high-throughput pipeline was performed with all known miRNAs in miRBase. A total of 6,211 mature miRNAs were used as reference sequences and 110 unique S. mansoni sequences were returned by BLASTn analysis. The existing mature miRNAs that produced these hits are reported, as well as the locations of the homologous sequences in the S. mansoni genome. All BLAST hits aligned with at least 95% of the miRNA sequence, resulting in alignment lengths of 19-24 nt. Following several filtering steps, 15 potential miRNA candidates were identified using this approach. By sequencing small RNA cDNA libraries from adult worm pairs, we identified 211 novel miRNA candidates in the S. mansoni genome. Northern blot analysis was used to detect the expression of the 30 most frequent sequenced miRNAs and to compare the expression level of these miRNAs between the lung stage schistosomula and adult worm stages. Expression of 11 novel miRNAs was confirmed by northern blot analysis and some presented a stage-regulated expression pattern. Three miRNAs previously identified from S. japonicum were also

  17. Análises espaciais na identificação das áreas de risco para a esquistossomose mansônica no município de Lauro de Freitas, Bahia, Brasil Identification of schistosomiasis risk areas using spatial analysis in Lauro de Freitas, Bahia State, Brazil

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    Luciana Lobato Cardim

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    Full Text Available A disseminação da esquistossomose mansônica vem desafiando o sistema de saúde brasileiro, deixando clara a necessidade da reavaliação das estratégias do programa de controle da endemia. O objetivo deste trabalho foi delimitar as áreas geográficas de risco para a esquistossomose em Lauro de Freitas, Bahia, Brasil, e estabelecer o perfil epidemiológico e socioeconômico da doença no município. Utilizou-se o estimador de densidade de Kernel para a identificação visual de aglomerados de casos e a análise de varredura espaço-temporal de Kulldorff & Nagarwalla para a obtenção de aglomerados com significância estatística e mensuração do risco. As duas técnicas identificaram quatro áreas de risco para a doença no município, com indicadores socioeconômicos mais baixos que as áreas fora dos aglomerados. A análise de correspondência múltipla mostrou um perfil diferenciado nos pacientes positivos para a esquistossomose pertencentes ao aglomerado primário. As técnicas empregadas se configuram em uma importante aquisição metodológica para a vigilância e controle da doença no município.The spread of schistosomiasis mansoni defies efforts by Brazil's Unified National Health System, thus demonstrating the need to reassess endemic control programs in the country. The aim of this study was to demarcate geographic areas at risk of schistosomiasis in Lauro de Freitas, Bahia State, Brazil, and to establish the epidemiological and socioeconomic profile of the disease in this municipality (county. Kernel density estimator exploratory analysis was used for visual identification of areas at risk. Kulldorff & Nagarwalla's spatial analysis was used to obtain statistically significant clusters and to measure risk. These technologies identified four risk areas for schistosomiasis. Clusters identified within the risk areas were characterized by lower socioeconomic conditions. Multiple correspondence analyses showed a distinct profile for

  18. Ataxias cerebelares hereditárias: do martelo ao gen Hereditary cerebellar ataxias from neurological hammer to genetics

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    Walter Oleschko Arruda

    1997-09-01

    Full Text Available As heredoataxias constituem grupo complexo de doenças neurodegenerativas hereditárias, para o qual várias formas de classificação clínica e patológica foram propostas com sucesso variável. O desenvolvimento das técnicas de biologia molecular trouxe informações importantes que têm permitido caracterizar geneticamente as ataxias cerebelares hereditárias. O reconhecimento das doenças causadas por expansões de trinucleotídeos abre novo capítulo para a pesquisa sobre outros mecanismos de doenças, como na ataxia de Friedreich e nas várias formas de ataxia cerebelar autossômica dominante(SCAl a SCA7, das quais a doença de Machado-Joseph / SCA3 parece ser a mais comum no nosso meio. A deficiência familial de vitamina E (cromossomo 8q leva a quadro semelhante ao da ataxia de Friedreich (cromossomo 9p, mas responde à reposição oral de tocoferol. Formas familiais de ataxia periódica com (cromossomo 12p ou sem (cromossomo 19p mioquimia foram caracterizadas, a primeira resultado de mutações dos gens de canais de potássio. Os portadores do gen da ataxia-teleangiectasia (cromossomo 1 lq representam 1-3% da população e são suscetíveis aos efeitos oncogênicos da radiação iônica. Sem olvidar da importância da avaliação clínica neurológica, a avaliação genética laboratorial passa a ser valiosa ferramenta para o diagnóstico e aconselhamento genético, além do melhor entendimento da patogênese dessas doenças.The hereditary ataxias comprise a complex group of neurological disorders involving the cerebellum and its connections. Several classifications based on clinical and/or pathological data have been only partially successful. Recent progress in molecular genetics has identified the genic loci of hereditary ataxias and has allowed a more precise diagnosis of distinct genetic diseases. Trinucleotide repeat expansions has been recognized as a mechanism of disease in some autosomal dominant spinocerebellar ataxias (ADCA

  19. Esquistossomose: reprodução e expansão da endemia no Estado de Pernambuco no Brasil Schistosomiasis: reproduction and expansion of the endemic region in Brazil

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    Constança Simões Barbosa

    1996-12-01

    Full Text Available A esquistossomose continua a ser um problema de saúde pública no Nordeste do Brasil embora o emprego, em larga escala, da quimioterapia venha sendo apontado como um dos fatores responsáveis pela redução das formas graves. O Estado de Pernambuco vem apresentando taxas crescentes de infecção humana para esquistossomose com perfil epidemiológico de prevalências crônicas (até 80% na região rural e casos recentes de infecção aguda no litoral. Discute-se a reprodução e expansão da esquistossomose a partir de uma concepção estrutural e histórica de causas, onde se inserem fatores não só de ordem biológica mas também sociais, políticos e culturais que vêm contribuindo para a formação dos quadros endêmicos: a forma de ocupação e do uso da terra, desemprego, desnutrição, migração e outros. Questionam-se as crescentes dificuldades para o controle da doença e o papel da investigação epidemiológica na compreensão da essência social do processo saúde/doença.Schistosomiasis mansoni can be considered an important public health problem in Northeastern Brazil, in spite of the reduction in the prevalence of the hepatosplenic clinical forms which have been attributed to the large scale use of chemotherapy in this country. However, the rise in the prevalence rates and the spread of this endemic disease to new areas show that schistosomiasis is assuming its must cruel expression: less lethal but more greatly incapacitating in terms of irreversible physical and moral damage to human beings. The state of Pernambuco presents growing rates for schistosomiasis infection in humans. The epidemiological profile of this disease displays high and consistent prevalence rates (up to 80% in rural areas, and new cases of acute infection on the coast, where schistosomiasis has recently been introduced. The reproduction and expansion of this endemic disease can be better understood on the basic of a conception of structural and historical

  20. 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

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    Full Text Available 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 odds ratios were adjusted by age, gender, previous treatment for schistosomiasis, endemic area and quality of the household. There was no evidence of a modifier effect of colour on diarrhea, bloody faeces or abdominal pain. A modifier effect of colour on hepatomegaly was evident among those heaviest infected (> 400 epg: the adjusted odds ratios for palpable liver at the middle clavicular and the middle sternal lines were smaller among blacks (5.4 and 6.5, respectively and higher among whites (10.6 and 12.9 and intermediates (10.4 and 10.1, respectively. These results point out the existence of some degree of protection against hepatomegaly among blacks heaviest infected in the studied areas.O efeito da cor na morbidade associada ao Schistosoma mansoni foi estudado em duas áreas endêmicas situadas no Estado de Minas Gerais, Brasil. Dos 2773 habitantes elegíveis, 1971 (71,1% participaram do estudo: 545 (27,6% foram classificados como brancos, 719 (36,5% como intermediários e 707 (35,9% como negros. Os sinais e sintomas dos indivíduos que eliminavam ovos de S. mansoni nas fezes (casos foram comparados aos daqueles que não apresentavam ovos do parasita neste exame (controles. As razões de chance foram ajustadas por idade, gênero, tratamento anterior para a esquistossomose, área endêmica e qualidade do domicílio. Não houve evidência de um efeito modificador da cor para a ocorrência de diarréia, sangue nas fezes ou dor abdominal. Um efeito modificador da

  1. Eficiência do diagnóstico coproscópico de Schistosoma mansoni em fezes prensadas The efficiency of the examination of compressed fecal samples for Schistosoma mansoni eggs

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    Horacio Manuel Santana Teles

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    Full Text Available A eficácia do controle da esquistossomose depende em grande parte da sensibilidade da coproscopia. Passamos a utilizar, além da técnica de Kato-Katz, a de prensagem de fezes entre lâmina e lamínula de polipropileno, segundo Ferreira. De 1.282 amostras fecais colhidas entre 1998 e 2000 no Bairro da Palha, Município de Bananal, São Paulo, Brasil, 105 (8,2% resultaram positivas. A primeira técnica revelou 90 (7% e a segunda, 88 (6,9% amostras positivas. Os resultados concordaram, segundo a estatística kappa. Valores baixos de percentagens de positivos e de opg (ovos por grama de fezes, em Bananal, demandaram aumento do volume de material a examinar. Além de permitir a observação da viabilidade dos ovos de Schistosoma mansoni, a segunda técnica dispensa o uso de glicerina, de placa medidora e de tamisação; esta última, responsável por ulterior perda de precisão nas determinações de opg.The control of schistosomiasis depends mostly upon the sensitivity of stool examinations. We used both the Kato-Katz technique and the compression of samples between the slide and a polypropylene cover glass, according to Ferreira. Out of 1,282 samples collected between 1998 and 2000 in the Palha District, Municipality of Bananal, São Paulo State, Brazil, 105 (8.2 % were positive. The first and second methods revealed 90 (7% and 88 (6.9 % positive cases, respectively. According to the kappa statistic, both methods were in agreement. In Bananal, the proportion of positive cases and egg per gram (epg values are low, which calls for the examination of larger than usual volumes of feces. The viability of Schistosoma mansoni eggs can also be checked when using the second method, which dispenses with glycerin solution, measuring plates and sieves. The latter cause a further loss of precision in epg determinations.

  2. Aneurisma da artéria cerebelar ântero-inferior: relato de caso Aneurysm of the anterior inferior cerebellar artery: case report

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    Juan Oscar Alarcón Adorno

    2002-12-01

    Full Text Available Os aneurismas intracranianos do sistema vértebro-basilar representam cerca de 5 a 10% de todos os aneurismas cerebrais. Os aneurismas da artéria cerebelar ântero-inferior (AICA são considerados raros, podendo causar síndrome do ângulo ponto cerebelar, com ou sem hemorragia subaracnóidea. Desde 1948, foram descritos poucos casos na literatura. Apresentamos o caso de uma paciente, de 33 anos, na qual, após investigação de quadro de hemorragia subaracnóidea, diagnosticou-se aneurisma sacular da AICA esquerda. Foi submetida a clipagem do aneurisma, com ótimo resultado pós operatório.The intracranial aneurysms of the posterior circulation have been reported between 5 and 10% of all cerebral aneurysms and the aneurysms of the anterior inferior cerebellar artery (AICA are considered rare, can cause cerebello pontine angle (CPA syndrome with or without subarachnoid hemorrhage. Since 1948 few cases were described in the literature. We report on a 33 year-old female patient with subarachnoid hemorrhage due to sacular aneurysm of the left AICA. She was submitted to clipage of the aneurysm without complications.

  3. Spatial analysis for the identification of risk areas for schistosomiasis mansoni in the State of Sergipe, Brazil, 2005-2014

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    Allan Dantas dos Santos

    Full Text Available Abstract INTRODUCTION: Schistosomiasis is a parasitic infectious disease with a worldwide prevalence. The objective of this work is to identify risk areas for schistosomiasis mansoni transmission in the State of Sergipe, Brazil, during the period from 2005 to 2014. METHODS: We conducted an epidemiological study with secondary data from the Information System Control Program of Schistosomiasis [Sistema de Informação do Programa de Controle da Esquistossomose (SISPCE]. Temporal trends were analyzed to obtain the annual percentage change (APC in the rates of annual prevalence. In addition to the description of general indicators of the disease, the spatial analysis was descriptive, by means of the estimator of intensity kernel, and showed spatial dependence by indicators of global Moran (I and Local Index of Spatial Association (LISA. Thematic maps of spatial distribution were made, identifying priority intervention areas in need of healthcare. RESULTS: There were 78,663 cases of schistosomiasis, with an average of 8.7% positivity recorded; 79.8% of the cases were treated, and Sergipe showed a decreasing positive trend (APC: -2.78. There was the presence of spatial autocorrelation and a significant global Moran index (I = 0.19; p-value = 0.03. We identified clusters of high-risk areas, mainly located in the northeast and southcentral of the state, which each had equally high infection rates. CONCLUSIONS: There was a decreasing positive trend of schistosomiasis in Sergipe. Spatial analysis identified the geographic distribution of risk and allowed the definition of priority areas for the maintenance and intensification of control interventions.

  4. Spatial analysis for the identification of risk areas for schistosomiasis mansoni in the State of Sergipe, Brazil, 2005-2014.

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    Santos, Allan Dantas Dos; Lima, Ana Caroline Rodrigues; Santos, Márcio Bezerra; Alves, José Antônio Barreto; Góes, Marco Aurélio de Oliveira; Nunes, Marco Antônio Prado; Sá, Sidney Lourdes César Souza; Araújo, Karina Conceição Gomes Machado de

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    Schistosomiasis is a parasitic infectious disease with a worldwide prevalence. The objective of this work is to identify risk areas for schistosomiasis mansoni transmission in the State of Sergipe, Brazil, during the period from 2005 to 2014. We conducted an epidemiological study with secondary data from the Information System Control Program of Schistosomiasis [Sistema de Informação do Programa de Controle da Esquistossomose (SISPCE)]. Temporal trends were analyzed to obtain the annual percentage change (APC) in the rates of annual prevalence. In addition to the description of general indicators of the disease, the spatial analysis was descriptive, by means of the estimator of intensity kernel, and showed spatial dependence by indicators of global Moran (I) and Local Index of Spatial Association (LISA). Thematic maps of spatial distribution were made, identifying priority intervention areas in need of healthcare. There were 78,663 cases of schistosomiasis, with an average of 8.7% positivity recorded; 79.8% of the cases were treated, and Sergipe showed a decreasing positive trend (APC: -2.78). There was the presence of spatial autocorrelation and a significant global Moran index (I = 0.19; p-value = 0.03). We identified clusters of high-risk areas, mainly located in the northeast and southcentral of the state, which each had equally high infection rates. There was a decreasing positive trend of schistosomiasis in Sergipe. Spatial analysis identified the geographic distribution of risk and allowed the definition of priority areas for the maintenance and intensification of control interventions.

  5. Aspectos macroepidemiológicos da esquistossomose mansônica: análise da relação da irrigação no perfil espacial da endemia no Estado da Bahia, Brasil

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    Martins Jr. Davi Félix

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available Estudos na África, de forma enfática, têm mostrado a associação entre a implantação de perímetros de irrigação e o aumento ou expansão da ocorrência esquistossomose mansônica ou hematóbica. O objetivo deste estudo foi verificar a associação entre a prática de irrigação no território do Estado da Bahia e a ocorrência e a difusão da infecção pelo Schistosoma mansoni. O desenvolvimento da irrigação no Estado da Bahia assume duas formas: a primeira é intensiva em capital e mecanizada, voltada para produção agrícola de exportação e necessitando de pouca mão-de-obra. Na segunda forma, caracteriza-se pelo baixo grau de mecanização e utilização intensiva de mão-de-obra. O estudo mostrou que os municípios com as maiores áreas irrigadas não são aqueles que registram as mais altas taxas de prevalência da infecção. Na maior parte desses municípios a irrigação é intensiva em termos de capital e tecnologia. Os achados concluem que diferentemente do observado na África, no Estado da Bahia, a irrigação tem tido pequena influência na definição do perfil espacial da endemia.

  6. Esquistossomose pulmonar. I. Forma crônica extensa sem hipertensão pulmonar e na ausência de hipertensão portal Pulmonary Schistosomiasis. I. Extensive chronic form without pulmonary hypertension and portal hypertension syndrome

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    Jayme Neves

    1980-12-01

    Full Text Available Com o objetivo de demonstrar algumas modalidades distintas do comprometimento pulmonar na esquistossomose mansoni, ressaltando sempre a diversidade dé interação dos múltiplos fatores envolvidos, os Autores iniciam a publicação de uma seqüência de casos ilustrativos, embora considerados pouco comuns na clínica diária. No caso ora descrito, ao lado de sintomatologia definida dominantemente por surtos paroxísticos de asma, o estudo radiológico seriado, durante sete anos, revelou imagem pieuro-parenquimatosa caracterizada por irregularidades de radiopacidade com traves fibróticas extensas, notadamente à direita e desvio acentuado do mediastino para este lado; a área cardíaca encontrava-se aparentemente normal. À microtoracotomia, observou-se lesão pleural dominante com enclausuramento do LSD e condensação extensa subpleural do LSD, afetando amplamente o parênquima. Procedeu-se àdetorticação do LM e LID e reexpansão parcial de seus parénquimas, bem como à biopsia pulmonar. Apesar de o estudo histopatológico haver revelado uma arterite pulmonar grave, não foram registrados sinais e sintomas de cor pulmonale. Este comprometimento pulmonar verificou-se, entretanto, isoladamente de uma forma hepato-esplênica e, conseqüentemente, na ausência de síndrome de hipertensão portai a determinar a rota oreferencial de migração de ovos e, eventualmente, de vermes aos pulmões.To demonstrate some different modalities of lung lesions in schistosomiasis mansoni, the authors relate a series of illustrative, though unusual cases, stressing the diversity of the multiple factors involved. In the present studied case, besides a definite symptomatology of paroxistic attacks of asthma, a series of radiological studies through seven years showed a pleuro-parenchymatous image characterized by irregularities of radioopacity, with extensive fibrous proliferation especially on the rightside, and marked deviation of the mediastinum also to the

  7. ASPECTOS BIOLÓGICOS DE Holochilus sp., HOSPEDEIRO NATURAL DA ESQUISTOSSOMOSE

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    Maria Gabriela Sampaio Lira

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    Full Text Available In the present study, we aimed to analyze the reproductive aspects (seasonal period and number of embryos and positivity for S. mansoni in rodent of Holochilus gender, in São Bento - MA. For this, monthly captures of up to 10 Holochilus sp. rodents were conducted, randomly for sex, taking notes of the seasonal period of São Bento in each month of capture. At the laboratory, rodents had feces analyzed for S. mansoni infection by Kato-Katz method. After the analysis, they were adequately anesthetized for obtaining full length, weight and sex determination. In females, an incision of the ventral portion of the body was carried out to verify the presence of embryos and to count them. Among the captured rodents, there was male dominance in almost all months and they tended to be heavier and had larger bodies than the females. The animals showed high reproductive potential. The positivity for S. mansoni and the reproduction of Holochilus sp. were greater in the rainy season of São Bento. As for the number of embryos, we observed that, in the rainy season, more males were found than female. In short, the intense reproductive activity, along the susceptibility to S. mansoni presented by rodents are factors that help to maintain and aggravate schistosomiasis in Baixada Maranhense.

  8. Análise de cartazes sobre esquistossomose elaborados por escolares Schistosomiasis and its portrayal on elementary school students posters

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    Fernando Lefèvre

    1980-09-01

    Full Text Available Foi feita análise de cartazes produzidos por escolares da região nordeste do Brasil, para o II° Concurso Nacional de Cartazes sobre Esquistossomose promovido pelo Programa Especial de Controle de Esquistossomose (PECE do Ministério da Saúde. A análise revelou 4 grandes tipos de cartazes que configuram atitudes distintas diante do problema da Esquistossomose: os cartazes que apresentavam uma atitude puramente negativa diante do problema; os que apresentavam uma atitude puramente positiva; os mistos (combinação dos 2 primeiros tipos, divididos em 2 sub-tipos, que apresentavam: o primeiro, o comportamento indesejado e uma alternativa para este comportamento e o segundo, os elementos do problema sem os relacionar em forma alternativa; e os que apresentavam explicações didáticas ou técnicas sobre esquistossomose. Concluiu-se que as propostas para enfrentar o problema da esquistossomose apresentadas através das mensagens educativas oficiais, refletidas nos cartazes dos escolares, configuraram uma estratégia de mudança radical e, a curto prazo, de comportamentos "primitivos". Sugeriu-se estratégia mais gradual que respeitasse os hábitos e valores culturais vigentes nas comunidades afetadas pela esquistossomose.Posters prepared by students in the northeast of Brazil for the III National Schistosomiasis Poster Contest, sponsored by the Health Ministry's Special Schistosomiasis Control Program, produced four major types of posters expressing different attitudes toward the problem of Schistosomiasis: posters showing a purely negative attitude (ex.; "Do not bathe in contaminated rivers"; those showing a purely positive attitude "Use the latrine"; and the mixed posters, a combination of the first, divided into two subtypes. The first of these subtypes projected a message about an undersirable behavior and an alternative to it; whereas, the second subtype presented the problem's elements but without relating them to alternatives. The last

  9. High prevalence and morbidity of Schistosoma mansoni along the ...

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    High prevalence and morbidity of Schistosoma mansoni along the Albert Nile in Uganda. Emmanuel I. Odongo-Aginya, Lorenz Grigull, Ulrich Schweigmann, Tom Loroni-Lakwo, Jochem HH Enrich, Bruno Gryseels, Ekkehard Doehring ...

  10. Pseudoneoplastic lesion of the breast caused by Schistosoma mansoni

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    Lima Carlos Anselmo

    2004-01-01

    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.

  11. prevalence and intensity of single and mixed schistosoma mansoni ...

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    East African Medical Journal Vol. 90 No. 2 February 2013. PREVALENCE AND INTENSITY OF SINGLE AND MIXED SCHISTOSOMA MANSONI AND SCHISTOSOMA. HAEMATOBIUMINFECTIONS IN PRIMARY SCHOOL CHILDREN IN RACHUONYO NORTH DISTRICT, HOMABAY. COUNTY, WESTERN KENYA.

  12. Cytokine profile associated with human chronic schistosomiasis mansoni

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    Magalhães, Andréa; Miranda, Delfin Gonzalez; Miranda, Roberval Gonzalez; Araujo, Maria Ilma Andrade Santos; Jesus, Adriana Almeida de

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    p. 21-26 This study objective was to evaluate the cytokines associated with early events of hepatic fibrosis in schistosomiasis mansoni. Hepatic fibrosis was classified by ultrasonography in 94 patients.Immunological evaluation was performed by measurement of secreted cytokines (interleukin IL-5, IL-10, IL-13, interferon-g, tumor necrosis factor-a and transforming growth factors-b) in peripherl blood mononuclear cells stimulated by Schistosoma mansoni antigens. Significantly, higher levels...

  13. Varizes gástricas: retrospectiva na esquistossomose mansônica hepato-esplênica

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    Goldenberg Saul

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available Realiza-se um retrospecto sobre as varizes gástricas na esquistossomose mansônica a fim de rever as contribuições publicadas entre 1963 e 1973, destacando o pioneirismo do autor sobre o tema. A primazia foi assegurada em nota prévia publicada na Revista da Associação Médica Brasileira em 1972 indexada no Medline. Seguiram-se outras publicações, igualmente pioneiras, mostrando investigações pormenorizadas sobre os aspectos radiológicos, esplenoportográficos, gastroscópicos e os obtidos mediante gastrotomia no tratamento cirúrgico destas varizes. Apesar de decorridos mais de 30 anos das publicações, que estão indexadas, não há justificativa para desconhecê-las como se constatou em publicação recente sobre o tema.

  14. Avaliação terapêutica do praziquantel (Embay 8440 na infecção humana pelo S. mansoni Therapeutical investigation of praziquantel in human infection due to Schistosoma mansoni

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    Silvino Alves de Carvalho

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    Full Text Available Foram tratados com praziquantel, dose oral única de 40 ou 50 mg/kg, 200 indivíduos portadores de esquistossomose mansoni, matriculados na Clínica de Doenças Infecciosas e Parasitárias do Hospital das Clínicas da Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade de São Paulo. As idades dos pacientes variavam de seis a 63 anos, sendo que 33 (16,5% eram menores de 15 anos. Os principais efeitos colaterais consistiram em tontura 27,5%; sonolência 21,0%; eólica 17,5%; náusea 16,0%; diarréia 9,0%; cefaléia 7,5%; vômito 4,0%; febre 2,0%; disenteria 1,0%; tremor 1,0%; exantema 1,0% e urticaria 0,5%. A toxicidade do medicamento foi investigada mediante a realização, pré e pós-tratamento, de exames hematimétricos, bem como de função renal (uréia e creatinina, hepática (enzimas de liberação hépato-canalicular e bilirrubinas, cardíaca (ECG e neuropsiquiátrica (EEG. Não foram encontradas nesses controles alterações relevantes que repercutissem clinicamente. O controle de cura verificou-se em 115 indivíduos, através de oito coproscopias, no período de seis meses, subseqüente ao tratamento, utilizando-se duas técnicas (HOFFMAN e KATO/KATZ para cada amostra de fezes. Dos 82 indivíduos que tiveram as oito coproscopias negativadas, 62 realizaram biópsia retal. Essa mostrou-se positiva em duas oportunidades, indicando um percentual de 3,2% de achados falsos negativos com relação às coproscopias. Os índices de cura variaram de 65,2%, nos pacientes menores de 15 anos, a 75% nos acima dessa idade. Para todas as faixas etárias a eficácia foi de 71,3%. Os resultados obtidos demonstram ter o praziquantel, nas doses empregadas, relativa eficácia no tratamento da esquistossomose mansoni, bem como ser determinante de baixos efeitos tóxico-colaterais.Two hundred patients with schistosomiasis mansoni, registered in the Infectious and Parasitic Disease Ward, Hospital das Clínicas, Faculdade de Medicina, Universidade de São Paulo, were

  15. Síndrome de gerstmann de desenvolvimento associada a neoplasia cerebelar: relato de um caso e revisão da literatura

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    Lineu César Werneck

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    Full Text Available É relatado um caso de síndrome de Gerstmann de Desenvolvimento, que apresentava acalculia, agrafía, confusão direita-esquerda, agnosia de dedos e apraxia construcional, em um menino de 7 anos. O tratamento inicial com metilfenidato determinou bons resultados no que concerne à hiperatividade, à atenção e à apraxia construcional. Durante o curso clínico, o paciente apresentou sintomatologia cerebelar, hipertensão intracraniana, tendo sido feita intervenção cirúrgica na fossa posterior, sendo excisado um meduloblastoma de cerebelo. O autor acredita que é esta a primeira descrição na literatura da concomitância da síndrome de Gerstmann de Desenvolvimento e neoplasia de fossa posterior. São feitos comentários focalizando cada um dos aspectos clínicos, fatores etiológicos e topográficos.

  16. Pelagra endógena e ataxia cerebelar sem aminoacidúria: doença de Hartnup? Endogenous pellagra and cerebellar ataxia without aminoaciduria: Hartnup disease?

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    Júlio César Possati Resende

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    Full Text Available Menino, 7 anos, com história de convulsão, hiperpigmentação cutânea em áreas de exposição solar e episódios recorrentes de ataxia cerebelar. Estabelecido diagnóstico clínico de doença de Hartnup, foi tratado com nicotinamida, com melhora. Análises não confirmaram aminoacidúria ou outras alterações metabólicas. Na doença de Hartnup ocorre defeito no transporte renal e intestinal de aminoácidos neutros, reduzindo triptofano disponível para produção de niacina. Cursa com ataxia cerebelar intermitente, erupções cutâneas pelagróides e distúrbios mentais. Aminoacidúria em cromatografia urinária confirma diagnóstico, porém são descritos casos compatíveis com doença de Hartnup sem aminoacidúria.A seven-year-old boy with history of convulsion, cutaneous hyperpigmentation in sun-exposed areas and recurrent episodes of cerebellar ataxia is presented. Once established the clinical diagnosis of Hartnup disease, treatment with nicotinamide was started, with improvement. Laboratorial results did not confirm aminoaciduria nor other identified metabolic changes. In Hartnup disease, defective renal and intestinal transport of neutral amino acids occurrs, resulting in reduction of tryptophan to produce to nicotinamide. Symptomatic cases present with intermittent episodes of cerebellar ataxia, pellagra-like skin rash and mental disturbances. Urinary chromatographic amino acid pattern confirms diagnosis; however, cases compatible with Hartnup disease, but without aminoaciduria, have been reported.

  17. Esquistossomose: reprodução e expansão da endemia no Estado de Pernambuco no Brasil

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    Barbosa Constança Simões

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    Full Text Available A esquistossomose continua a ser um problema de saúde pública no Nordeste do Brasil embora o emprego, em larga escala, da quimioterapia venha sendo apontado como um dos fatores responsáveis pela redução das formas graves. O Estado de Pernambuco vem apresentando taxas crescentes de infecção humana para esquistossomose com perfil epidemiológico de prevalências crônicas (até 80% na região rural e casos recentes de infecção aguda no litoral. Discute-se a reprodução e expansão da esquistossomose a partir de uma concepção estrutural e histórica de causas, onde se inserem fatores não só de ordem biológica mas também sociais, políticos e culturais que vêm contribuindo para a formação dos quadros endêmicos: a forma de ocupação e do uso da terra, desemprego, desnutrição, migração e outros. Questionam-se as crescentes dificuldades para o controle da doença e o papel da investigação epidemiológica na compreensão da essência social do processo saúde/doença.

  18. Esquistossomose: reprodução e expansão da endemia no Estado de Pernambuco no Brasil

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    Constança Simões Barbosa

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    Full Text Available A esquistossomose continua a ser um problema de saúde pública no Nordeste do Brasil embora o emprego, em larga escala, da quimioterapia venha sendo apontado como um dos fatores responsáveis pela redução das formas graves. O Estado de Pernambuco vem apresentando taxas crescentes de infecção humana para esquistossomose com perfil epidemiológico de prevalências crônicas (até 80% na região rural e casos recentes de infecção aguda no litoral. Discute-se a reprodução e expansão da esquistossomose a partir de uma concepção estrutural e histórica de causas, onde se inserem fatores não só de ordem biológica mas também sociais, políticos e culturais que vêm contribuindo para a formação dos quadros endêmicos: a forma de ocupação e do uso da terra, desemprego, desnutrição, migração e outros. Questionam-se as crescentes dificuldades para o controle da doença e o papel da investigação epidemiológica na compreensão da essência social do processo saúde/doença.

  19. Utilização de método sorológico como ferramenta diagnóstica para implementação da vigilância e controle da esquistossomose no Município de Holambra, São Paulo, Brasil Serology as a diagnostic tool for surveillance and control of schistosomiasis in Holambra, São Paulo State, Brazil

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    Cybele Gargioni

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    Full Text Available O presente estudo teve como objetivo avaliar a incorporação da reação de imunofluorescência indireta para pesquisa de anticorpos IgM (RIF-IgM como método diagnóstico no programa de controle da esquistossomose do Município de Holambra, Estado de São Paulo, Brasil. O município foi selecionado para este estudo considerando-se a notificação dos primeiros casos de esquistossomose a partir de 1993 e a necessidade do município de implementar o programa com técnicas diagnósticas mais sensíveis, tendo em vista ser caracteristicamente área de baixa endemicidade. Duzentos e dois indivíduos foram submetidos à RIF-IgM, dos quais 48 apresentaram-se positivos, sendo 28 destes submetidos à técnica de Kato-Katz, examinando-se três amostras de fezes. Ovos de Schistosoma mansoni foram encontrados em 14, com carga parasitária variando de 2,7 a 224,0 ovos por grama de fezes. Os resultados indicam a potencialidade da RIF-IgM como método de triagem, para posterior confirmação exaustiva por método parasitológico, em áreas de baixa endemicidade.The present study aimed to evaluate the incorporation of the immunofluorescence test (IFT with adult parasite paraffin sections as antigen substrate for the detection of IgM antibodies (IgM-IFT, as a diagnostic method in the schistosomiasis control program in the county (municipality of Holambra, São Paulo State, Brazil. This city was selected for this study based on its low endemicity for schistosomiasis, the first cases having been reported in 1993, and because of the need to implement a control program with more sensitive diagnostic techniques. 202 individuals underwent IgM-IFT, with 48 serologically positive cases; of these, 28 were tested with the Kato-Katz technique, using three stool samples. Schistosoma mansoni eggs were found in 14 individuals, with egg counts varying from 2.7 to 224 per gram of stool. The results indicate the potential usefulness of IgM-IFT as a screening test, subject to

  20. The effect of vaccinating S. mansoni –infected BALB/c mice either ...

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    In Schistosoma mansoni endemic areas, there are people with ongoing S. mansoni infection, others have been infected and treated while others have never been infected. What would happen if these different groups of people were vaccinated against S. mansoni? BALB/c mice were divided into five groups: ...

  1. Bioquímica da esquistossomose mansônica. VI - alterações do compartimento lisossômlco hepático relacionadas ao tempo de infecção

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    Luiz Erlon Rodrigues

    1987-09-01

    Full Text Available O Schistosoma mansoni e/ou seus ovos causam uma hepatopatia muito importante e com aspectos anátomo-clínicos bem característicos. Uma vez carregados pela corrente circulatória, os vermes podem ocluir ramos dicotômicos de maior calibre do sistema portal e, quando mortos produzem lesões às vezes extensas, primeiro necróticas, depois inflamatórias e, posteriormente cicatriciais, sempre circunscritas e não sistematizadas. Os ovos, além de penetrarem no's ramúsculos não dicotômicos da rede periductal, alcançam os ramos de distribuição ou até mesmo as vênulas aferentes, ocluin- do muitas delas e, como conseqüência, formam os granulomas intravasculares que podem levar a uma interrupção da corrente sangüínea portal a esse nível e alterações da circulação intralobular. A diminuição da taxa de oxigênio disponível e conseqüentemente o decréscimo do pH intra e extracelular são potentes labilizadores das membranas dos diversos componentes do compartimento lisossômico. A saída de hidrolases ácidas, proteínas catiônicas e hidrolases neutras, a partir desses orgãnulos, acarreta agressões tissulares muito importantes, com o desencadeamento e/ou manutenção dos processos inflamatórios típicos desta parasitose. Neste trabalho estudou-se as atividades lisossômicas ligadas às diversas fases da esquistossomose mansônica hepática. Os resultados indicaram que a integridade funcional dos complexos membranosos do compartimento lisossômico foi significativamente alterada, já a partir do segundo mês da infecção e que parece haver um estreito relacionamento entre o agravamento das lesões inflamatórias hepáticas com uma maior labilidade lisossômica.Schistosoma mansoni and/or its eggs cause important hepatic pathology distinguished by very characteristic anatomo-clinicalfeatures. If carried by the blood stream, the worms are able to occlude dichotomic branches of larger diameter of the portal system. These worms

  2. Contribuição ao estudo de indicadores-socioambientais para o controle da esquistossomose no Vale do Paraíba

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    Rosa Maria Brás Roque

    2006-01-01

    Os objetivos deste trabalho foram: verificar a ocorrência de esquistossomose e a distribuição dos focos de transmissão em dois municípios, Aparecida e Roseira, com características sócioambientais distintas, localizados no Vale do Paraíba, Estado de São Paulo, e comparar os dados entre si e com os obtidos nos últimos dez anos. Fatores ambientais, climáticos, demográficos e sociais foram identificados e associados ao perfil da doença. Dados epidemiológicos relativos à esquistossomose foram ...

  3. ASPECTOS ULTRA-SONOGRÁFICOS DA ESQUISTOSSOMOSE HEPATOESPLÊNICA Ultrasound findings in hepatosplenic schistosomiasis

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    Márcio Martins Machado

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available A ultra-sonografia representa uma importante contribuição no diagnóstico da forma hepatoesplênica da esquistossomose. A ultra-sonografia permite a identificação das principais alterações, como espessamento periportal, perivesicular, aumento do lobo hepático esquerdo, redução do lobo hepático direito e esplenomegalia. Adicionalmente, os padrões hemodinâmicos podem ser avaliados com o Doppler, sendo possível a análise das veias porta, mesentérica superior e esplênica, além de facilitar o estudo dos vasos venosos colaterais. Em áreas endêmicas, a ultra-sonografia assume papel de destaque, sendo superior à avaliação clínica na identificação da hepatoesplenomegalia e possibilitando o acompanhamento dos pacientes submetidos a tratamento clínico. Neste trabalho, os autores apresentam uma revisão dos principais achados sonográficos e ao Doppler da esquistossomose hepatoesplênica, sendo demonstrada, também, a relação destes achados com os aspectos clínico-patológicos desta doença.Ultrasound represents an important contribution to the diagnosis of hepatosplenic mansonic schistosomiasis. Abnormalities such as hyperechoic fibrotic bands along the portal vessels, volumetric reduction of the right hepatic lobe, enlargement of the left lobe, perivesicular fibrotic thickening and splenomegaly can be recognized. Moreover, the hemodynamic status of the portal venous system may also be evaluated by Doppler analysis, including the identification of collateral veins and portosystemic venous shunts. In endemic areas, ultrasound is of great value in the identification of hepatosplenomegaly, allowing follow-up of patients under clinical treatment. This review presents the ultrasonographic and Doppler features of hepatosplenic schistosomiasis. The relationship between these findings and the clinical and pathological characteristics of this disease are also discussed.

  4. Structural bioinformatics study of PNP from Schistosoma mansoni

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    Silveira, Nelson Jose Freitas da; Uchoa, Hugo Brandao; Canduri, Fernanda; Pereira, Jose Henrique; Camera, Joao Carlos; Basso, Luiz Augusto; Palma, Mario Sergio; Santos, Diogenes Santiago; Filgueira de Azevedo, Walter

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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. Disfunções da coagulação e da fibrionólise em pacientes com esquistossomose mansônica na forma hepatoesplênica

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    Leite, Luiz Arthur Calheiros

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    A esquistossomose hepatoesplênica (HE) é a forma mais grave desta doença, sendo caracterizada por fibrose periportal (FPP), hipertensão portal, esplenomegalia e citopenias. Pacientes com esquistossomose na forma HE podem apresentar disfunções hemostáticas que predispõem a tromboses e hemorragias. Este estudo teve como objetivo avaliar as alterações hepáticas e da coagulação em 55 pacientes com esquistossomose na forma HE, 45 esplenectomizados, 30 pacientes com DHCM, bem como em 30 indivíduos ...

  6. Achados de ressonância magnética no encéfalo de portadores jovens da forma hepatoesplênica da esquistossomose, sem sintomas neurológicos

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    Manzella dos Santos, Adonis

    2006-01-01

    O envolvimento do sistema nervoso central pelo Schistosoma é menos comum e pode ocorrer em qualquer forma clínica da esquistossomose. A maioria dos casos de neuroesquistossomose associados às formas crônicas hepatoesplênica e cardiopulmonar, ou à forma severa da esquistossomose urinária é assintomática. O objetivo deste estudo foi descrever os achados de ressonância magnética (RM) no encéfalo de uma série de portadores jovens de esquistossomose hepatoesplênica, sem manifestaçõe...

  7. Atividade antiparasitária do artemether na esquistossomose mansônica experimental

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    Lescano Susana Zevallos

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Avaliar o efeito da administração intramuscular de artemether a camundongos infectados experimentalmente por Schistosoma mansoni no momento da infecção, durante a maturação dos esquistossômulos e após iniciada a oviposição. MÉTODOS: Oitenta camundongos Balb/c, fêmeas adultas, foram divididos em oito grupos com 10 animais cada. Sete grupos foram infectados por S. mansoni empregando-se 60 cercárias para cada animal, inoculadas por via subcutânea; o grupo restante foi mantido sem infecção. Entre os sete grupos infectados, seis foram tratados com artemether, segundo o seguinte esquema: três grupos receberam dose correspondente a 100 mg/kg no dia 0, 20 ou 60 após inoculação das cercárias; os demais receberam 50 mg/kg de artemether, no mesmo período que os lotes anteriores. Da 9feminine, 10feminine e 11feminine semanas após infecção os camundongos infectados por S. mansoni foram submetidos a exames de fezes pela técnica de Kato-Katz. No 80masculine dia do experimento, os animais sobreviventes foram sacrificados e submetidos à perfusão do sistema porta para recuperação de vermes. Determinaram-se, nessa ocasião, os pesos corporal, hepático e esplênico de cada animal. RESULTADOS: Observou-se queda na oviposição e no número de vermes recuperados entre os camundongos tratados com artemether (50 ou 100 mg/kg no 20masculine dia após infecção. A diminuição do número de vermes foi mais expressiva no caso de fêmeas de S. mansoni. Verificou-se, ainda, diminuição significativa nos pesos hepático e esplênico entre os animais tratados com 50 e 100 mg/kg de artemether no 20masculine dia e também entre os que receberam a droga na dose de 50 mg/kg 60 dias após infecção. CONCLUSÕES: Ficou evidenciada a atividade anti-Schistosoma do artemether, mesmo ao se empregar dose correspondente a 50 mg/kg, quando a droga foi administrada durante o período de maturação dos esquistossômulos no sistema porta do

  8. Condições de saneamento básico em áreas hiperendêmicas para esquistossomose no estado de Pernambuco em 2012

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    Camylla Veloso Valença Saucha

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: caracterizar as localidades hiperendêmicas para esquistossomose no estado de Pernambuco quanto às condições de saneamento e recomendar medidas de intervenção ambiental que favoreçam a sustentabilidade das ações de enfrentamento da doença. MÉTODOS: trata-se de um estudo descritivo utilizando os dados obtidos no 'Relatório das condições de saneamento das localidades hiperendêmicas para a esquistossomose e geo-helmintíases em Pernambuco', elaborado pela Secretaria Executiva de Vigilância em Saúde do estado de Pernambuco em 2012. RESULTADOS: das 119 localidades hiperendêmicas identificadas, em 72 (60,5% foi observada inexistência de água encanada, em 110 (92,4% não havia coleta de esgoto, e em 116 (97,5%, relatou-se ausência de tratamento do esgoto. CONCLUSÃO: as localidades hiperendêmicas avaliadas apresentaram condições de saneamento básico precárias, que contribuem para as altas prevalências da esquistossomose; por isso, torna-se necessária a sensibilização dos gestores municipais para ações efetivas de melhorias sanitárias que permitam garantir sustentabilidade no controle da esquistossomose.

  9. Magnetic resonance imaging of cerebellar Schistosomiasis mansoni

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    Braga, Bruno Perocco; Costa Junior, Leodante Batista da; Lambertucci, Jose Roberto

    2003-01-01

    A 15-year-old boy was admitted to hospital with a history of headache, dizziness, vomiting and double vision that started two weeks before. His parents denied any previous disease. During clinical examination he presented diplopia on lateral gaze to the left and horizontal nystagmus. No major neurological dysfunction was detected. He was well built, mentally responsive and perceptive. Laboratory findings revealed a leukocyte count of 10,000/mL, a normal red blood cell count and no eosinophilia. The magnetic resonance images (MRI) of the brain showed a left cerebellar lesion with mass effect compressing the surrounding tissues. Contrast-enhanced images showed a mass like structure and punctate nodules (Figures A and B: axial and coronal contrast-enhanced T1-weighted MR images showed the nodular - yellow arrows - enhancement pattern of a left cerebellar intraxial lesion). The lesion extended to the vermis and brachium pons and compressed the medulla. There was no hydrocephalus. He was taken to the operating room with the presumptive diagnosis of a neuroglial tumor, and submitted to a lateral suboccipital craniectomy. A brown, brittle tumoral mass without a clearly defined margin with the cerebellar tissue was removed. Microscopic examination revealed schistosomal granulomas in the productive phase in the cerebellum (Figure C). After surgery, treatment with praziquantel (50 mg/kg/dia, single dose) and prednisone (1 mg/kg/day) was offered and the patient improved quickly. Thirty days later he was seen again at the outpatient clinic: he was asymptomatic and with no neurological impairment. This is the eighth case of cerebellar involvement in schistosomiasis mansoni and the second report of a tumoral form of cerebellar schistosomiasis documented by magnetic resonance images. (author)

  10. Evaluation of Schistosoma mansoni morbidity one year after ...

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    Abdominal ultrasonography and sonomorphological abnormalities of periportal fibrosis were performed with Aloka portable ultrasound machine (Hellige, Freiburg, Germany) fitted with a convex probe of 3.5 mega Hertz was also performed in the field clinic on all patients who had S. mansoni eggs in their faeces.

  11. Schistosomiasis mansoni in school attenders and non-attenders in ...

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    Background: Information on epidemiology of schistosomiasis in school age children and particularly non school attenders are scanty in northwestern Ethiopia. Objective: To assess the prevalence of Schistosoma mansoni in school attenders and non-attenders in Northwest Ethiopia. Methods: A parasitological survey was ...

  12. Schistosomiasis mansoni among school children of different water ...

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    A total of eight species of helminth parasites were identified; the highest being Ascaris lumbricoides (10.45%) followed by Enterobius vermicularis (8.52%). The prevalence and intensity of S. mansoni infection showed the highest rate in the longstanding areas (13.73%), followed by the recently started irrigated areas from ...

  13. Transmission of Schistosoma mansoni in Tikur Wuha area, Southern ...

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    The snails collected were checked for trematode infection by shedding. Laboratory-bred mice were exposed to schistosome cercariae and definite identification of the schistosome was made using eggs and adult worm morphology. Results: The prevalence and intensity of schistosomiasis mansoni was 12% and 69 eggs ...

  14. schistosoma mansoni infection and the associated antibody immune ...

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    Jun 11, 2013 ... S. mansoni and other soil-transmitted helminths (9). The population of Kigungu is estimated to be 6,000 ... at single oral dose of 40 mg/kg body weight within our study centre. Laboratory procedures- Stool ... CEP 30190-002 Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil were used in the study. The surfaces of the ...

  15. Schistosoma mansoni Infection in Finchaa Sugar Estate: Public ...

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    This study indicates that schistosomiasis is a major health problem in Finchaa Sugar Estate with moderate prevalence. The study results will provide an additional clinical and parasitological data on the current status of S. mansoni in Finchaa Sugar Estate and could serve as a guide in designing, developing and ...

  16. Schistosomiasis mansoni and soil-transmitted helminthiasis in ...

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    Background: Schistosomiasis mansoni and soil-transmitted helminthiasis (STHs) are considerable medical and public health problems in Ethiopia. However, information is limited on the epidemiology of these infections in different localities even though it is needed to plan effective prevention and control measures.

  17. Prevalence and intensity of Schistosoma mansoni and hookworm ...

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    Background: World Health Organization have recently recommended the inclusion of pre-school children in the Mass Drug Administration (MDA) against schistosomiasis and soil-transmitted helminths in endemic areas. This study was conducted to determine the prevalence and intensity of Schistosoma mansoni and ...

  18. Prevalence of Schistosoma mansoni infection among primary school ...

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    The prevalence of Schistosoma mansoni infection among pupils in primary school of Keffi Town, Keffi Local Government Area of Nasarawa State was carried out. Samples were examined for ova of schistosomes microscopically following concentration with formol-ether technique at the Parasitology Laboratory of the ...

  19. Internação hospitalar e mortalidade por esquistossomose mansônica no Estado de Pernambuco, Brasil, 1992/2000

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    Resendes Ana Paula da Costa

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available Com o objetivo de conhecer as tendências históricas, o perfil epidemiológico e a distribuição espacial das internações hospitalares e óbitos por esquistossomose no Estado de Pernambuco, Brasil, procedeu-se à análise de dados do Sistema de Informações Hospitalares e do Sistema de Informações sobre Mortalidade entre 1992 e 2000. Os resultados evidenciaram uma redução das internações e mortalidade, além de apontar maior número de internações e óbitos em indivíduos do sexo masculino. Houve menor percentual de óbitos e de pacientes internados por esquistossomose em menores de 30 anos. No entanto, a esquistossomose ainda apresenta uma importante magnitude evidenciada pelo número de óbitos por esta causa e pelo número de pacientes internados na rede hospitalar em Pernambuco. Por meio da análise espacial da distribuição da endemia no Estado, pode-se verificar que, apesar de ter ocorrido entre 1995 e 1999 uma maior dispersão das internações por esquistossomose para os municípios do Sertão e São Francisco, o número de municípios com internação hospitalar por causa da esquistossomose sofreu uma redução para Pernambuco entre 1995 e 1998, seguido de um aumento para o ano de 1999 e 2000.

  20. Patogenesis of pipe-stem fibrosis of the liver (experimental observation on murine Schistosomiasis Patogenia da fibrose "pipe-stem" do fígado (observações experimentais na esquistossomose murina

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    Zilton A. Andrade

    1987-09-01

    Full Text Available Mice infected with 30 cercariae of Schistosoma mansoni developed portal and septal fibrosis due to the massive and concentrated deposition of eggs in the periportal areas which occurred following the 16th week after infection. The lesion resembled pipe-stem fibrosis seen in human hepatosplenic schistosomiasis in the following characters: portal fibrosis interconnecting portal spaces as well as portal spaces and central canals; portal inflammation; periovular granulomas; vascular obstruction and telangiectasia. The liver parenchyma maintained its normal architecture. Vascular injection techniques with Indian ink and vinylite revealed that the portal system developed numerous dilated collateral venules coming from the large and medium-sized portal branches, about 10 weeks after schistosome infection. The lodging of schistosome eggs into these collaterals resulted in granulomatous inflammation and fibrosis along all the portal tracts, thus forming the pipe-stem lesion. Although not readily demonstrable grossly, the pipe-stem fibrosis of murine schistosomiasis has many similarities with the human lesion and can be considered to have the same basic pathogenesis.Camundongos infectados com 30 cercárias do Schistosoma mansoni desenvolveram fibrose porta em virtude de um depósito progressivo e concentrado de ovos na região periportal, o que aconteceu a partir da 16ª semana da infecção. Esta fibrose certas características da chamada fibrose "pipe-stem" do homem vista na forma hepatoesplênica da esquistossomose, tais como obstrução das radiculas porta, telangiectasia, conexão fibrosa entre espaços porta e entre estes e veias centrais, além de certo grau de fibrose septal, presença dos granulomas em várias fases evolutivas e reação inflamatória crônica difusa, enquanto o parênquima hepático mantinha a sua estrutura lobular normal. As técnicas de injeção vascular com tinta da China e com vinilite feitas no sistema porta permitiram a

  1. 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

  2. Herniation of the cerebellar tonsils after suprasellar arachnoid cyst shunt: case report Herniação das tonsilas cerebelares após shunt de cisto aracnóide supra-selar: relato de caso

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    Rodrigo Mendonça

    2006-06-01

    Full Text Available It is known that the caudal dislocation of the cerebellar tonsils may occur associated with clinical conditions such as an intracranial mass lesion or Chiari I and II malformation. It may also be acquired after repeated lumbar punctures or lumboperitoneostomy. The occurrence of cerebellar herniation after derivation of intracranial arachnoid cyst is extremely rare, and there are only three cases reported in the medical literature. We present the case of a 9-year-old boy with precocious puberty and suprasellar arachnoid cyst who developed a symptomatic herniation of the cerebellar tonsils three years after a cystoperitoneostomy. The patient underwent a suboccipital craniectomy with duraplasty and partial tonsilectomy, showing afterwards, remission of the symptoms. We discussed the pathogenesis suggested in the literature.Sabe-se que o deslocamento caudal das tonsilas cerebelares pode ocorrer em associação com condições clínicas tais como: lesão expansiva intracraniana ou malformação de Chiari I e II. Pode ainda ser adquirido após repetidas punções lombares ou lomboperitoniostomia. A ocorrência de herniação cerebelar após derivação de cisto aracnóide intracraniano é evento extremamente raro, existindo apenas três casos relatados na literatura médica. O caso de menino de 9 anos de idade, com puberdade precoce e cisto aracnóide supra-selar, que desenvolveu herniação sintomática das tonsilas cerebelares três anos após cistoperitoniostomia. O paciente foi submetido a craniectomia suboccipital com plástica dural e tonsilectomia parcial, apresentando remissão dos sintomas. Discutimos a patogênese sugerida na literatura.

  3. Regressão da hepatosplenomegalia pelo tratamento específico da esquistossomose

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    J. C. Bina

    1983-12-01

    Full Text Available Foram tratados com oxamniquine 23 esquistossomóticos com forma hepatosplênica instalada há menos de seis anos. Eles permaneceram na área endêmica, se reinfectaram e foram revistos após 2-4 anos. Houve melhora na evolução da doença em 78,3%. A melhora variou da completa reversão da hepatosplenomegalia (26% à simples diminuição da esplenomegalia com persistência ou não das lesões nodulares hepáticas. A resposta ao tratamento não foi influenciada pelo número de ovos de S. mansoni ms fezes e nem pela repetição do tratamento. Contudo, os pacientes com idade acima de nove anos responderam melhor ao tratamento. Na hipertensão porta esquistossomótica, pelo menos na ausência de hemorragias digestivas, o tratamento especifico deve preceder qualquer indicação cirúrgica.Twenty three patients with a less than six year history of the hepatosplenic form of schistosomiasis were treated with oxamniquine. They remained in the endemic area, were reinfected and re-examined after 2-4 years. Improvement was noted in 78,3% of the patients. The recovery varied from complete reversion of the hepatosplenomegaly (26% to a reduction of the splenomegaly with or without persistent hepatic nodular lesions. Response to the treatment was not influenced by the number of S. mansoni eggs in the feces nor by repetitions of the treatment. In schistosomiasis with portal hypertension, at least in theabsenceofdigestive hemorrhages, specific treatment must preceed any recommended surgery.

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

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    W. Lobato Paraense

    1989-09-01

    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

  5. Infection by Schistosoma mansoni during pregnancy: Effects on offspring immunity.

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    da Paz, Vanessa Ribeiro Figliuolo; Sequeira, Danielly; Pyrrho, Alexandre

    2017-09-15

    About 25 million Brazilians live in areas at risk of contracting the disease caused by the trematoda Schistosoma mansoni, the schistosomiasis mansoni. Although the adult parasites inhabit the blood vessels, probably the main element responsible for the pathology of the disease are the eggs, whose deposition in the liver results in formation of granulomas and hypersensitivity mediated by CD4 T cells. In the course of infection, the profile of T helper 1 (Th1) and Th2 cytokines released by immune cells is correlated with the extent of inflammation in the granuloma and with the disease severity. While a Th1 immune response favors the local inflammation and the disease progression, the Th2 immune response has protective character. Also during pregnancy, it is essential a fine adjustment of a Th1/Th2 in the maternal-fetal interface, which ensures the pregnancy progress with peculiar immune characteristics. In particular, the maternal exposure to antigens has been associated with their presence in fetal circulation. The exposure to intrauterine antigens can imply an immune tolerance of the fetus to such components. In turn, the transfer of antigens and antibodies from mother to offspring during breastfeeding is an important stage of maturation and capacitation of immune offspring in future infections against pathogens. This review aims to gather bibliographic data to assist in the understanding of immunological features printed on offspring of mothers infected with S. mansoni, which affect latter immune responses to related or unrelated antigens. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  6. 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

    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

  7. Malformação da transição crânio-vertebral como causa de síndrome do ângulo ponto-cerebelar: relato de dois casos

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    Amauri Batista da Silva

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    Full Text Available Os autores relatam dois casos de síndrome do ângulo ponto-cerebelar nos quais não havia neoplasia nessa região. Ambos os pacientes apresentavam uma associação de impressão basilar com síndrome de Arnold-Chiari. Após cirurgia descompressiva de fossa posterior os casos evoluiram favoravelmente com a diminuição progressiva dos sintomas neurológicos, restando apenas, no segundo paciente, certo grau de paralisia e de espasmo facial, à direita. São feitas considerações em tôrno das causas mais freqüentes da síndrome do ângulo ponto-cerebelar, bem como acêrca dos quadros clínicos mais usualmente encontrados em doentes que apresentam malformações da transição crânio-vertebral. Finalmente, os autores tecem breves considerações a respeito do possível mecanismo lesionai do VIII, do V e do VII nervos cranianos nos dois casos relatados.

  8. First report of a natural hybrid between Schistosoma mansoni and S. rodhaini.

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    Morgan, Jess A T; DeJong, Randall J; Lwambo, Nicholas J S; Mungai, Benjamin N; Mkoji, Gerald M; Loker, Eric S

    2003-04-01

    Experimental crosses between Schistosoma mansoni and S. rodhaini have shown that hybrid offspring are viable, yet, until now, no naturally occurring hybrid has been identified. A collection of freshwater snails from Nyamlebi-Ngoma, Ukerewe Island, Lake Victoria, Tanzania, yielded a mixed infection within a single Biomphalaria sudanica of S. mansoni females and S. mansoni-S. rodhaini hybrid males. The hybrids were identified using deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) sequences. Mitochondrial DNA 16S and 12S sequences of the hybrids match those of S. mansoni, whereas their nuclear ribosomal DNA ITS1 and ITS2 sequences match those of S. rodhaini. The identification of hybrids in Tanzania highlights the possibility that the genetic identity of either parasite species might be modified by introgression.

  9. Comportamento da musculatura das arteríolas intra-hepáticas na forma hepatesplênica da esquistossomose mansônica

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    Maria do Socorro Almeida Barbosa

    1988-03-01

    Full Text Available A determinação da relação parede-lume das arteríolas intra-hepáticas, na esquistossomose mansônica (forma hepatesplênica, demonstra a existência de uma hipotrofia da camada muscular daqueles vasos. Esse achado sugere redução do fluxo sangüíneo arterial hepático nessa entidade.

  10. Os limites e possibilidades do Sistema de Informação da Esquistossomose (SISPCE para a vigilância e ações de controle

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    Leila Maria Mattos de Farias

    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo deste estudo foi analisar os limites e possibilidades do uso do Sistema de Informação do Programa de Controle da Esquistossomose (SISPCE para a caracterização e vigilância da doença em nível municipal. Os dados foram agregados para o cálculo de indicadores epidemiológicos de cobertura do programa e de intensidade de infecção para os municípios endêmicos da Bahia, Brasil, entre 1999 e 2005. Os resultados apontam para um baixo número de municípios trabalhados e insuficiência de registros no sistema, não fornecendo elementos suficientes para a caracterização da endemia e retorno ideal de informações para a própria vigilância e controle. Contudo, pode-se considerar que o SISPCE é um avanço no monitoramento e vigilância da esquistossomose, necessitando de ações sistemáticas pelos municípios, mantendo fluxo contínuo de dados capaz de orientar os gestores. É preciso ainda que incorpore a localidade como uma das unidades de análise, tendo em vista os seus aspectos singulares para produção e reprodução da esquistossomose.

  11. Movimentos sacádicos em indivíduos com alterações cerebelares Saccadic Movements in subjects with cerebellar disorders

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    Aloysio Augusto Tahan de Campos Netto

    2010-02-01

    Full Text Available A pesquisa dos movimentos sacádicos ou sacadas é parte da bateria de testes da eletro-oculografia. O cerebelo apresenta importantes conexões com o tronco cerebral e estruturas talâmicas que possuem função na geração das sacadas. OBJETIVO: Estudar as sacadas de indivíduos com cerebelopatias. FORMA DE ESTUDO: Clínico prospectivo. MATERIAL E MÉTODO: Foram selecionados 11 indivíduos com doenças cerebelares e um grupo controle com outros 27 indivíduos. Os pacientes dos dois grupos foram submetidos à pesquisa das sacadas (fixo e randomizado. A comparação das respostas foi feita entre os grupos controle e o com cerebelopatias. Foram analisadas velocidade, latência e acurácia das respostas nos grupos controle e patológico. Além disso, as variáveis sexo e idade também foram avaliadas. RESULTADOS: Não foram encontradas diferenças nos parâmetros quantitativos nos dois grupos. Idade e sexo também não exerceram influência nestes parâmetros. A morfologia das respostas, porém, foi que apresentou profundas diferenças entre os dois grupos. CONCLUSÃO: Os parâmetros quantitativos das sacadas horizontais de cerebelopatas não diferem daquelas apresentadas por indivíduos normais. Sexo e idade não exercem influência nestes parâmetros.Saccades are part of the electrooculography tests battery. The cerebellum has important connections with the brainstem and thalamic structures involved in the generation of saccades. AIM: to study saccadic movements in subjects with cerebellar disorders. STUDY METHOD: Prospective clinical study. MATERIALS AND METHODS: 11 subjects with cerebellar disorders were selected, together with a control group with 27 normal subjects. The patients of both groups had their saccadic movements registered (fixed and randomized. We compared and quantitatively analyzed the responses from both groups. RESULTS: We did not find any differences among the quantitative parameters between the two. Age and gender did not

  12. Susceptibility of Argentinean Biomphalaria tenagophila and Biomphalaria straminea to infection by Schistosoma mansoni and the possibility of geographic expansion of mansoni schistosomiasis

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    Luciana Franceschi Simoes

    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available Introduction Human migration and the presence of natural vectors (mollusks of Schistosoma mansoni are the primary causes of the expansion of mansoni schistosomiasis into southern areas of South America. Water conditions are favorable for the expansion of this disease because of the extensive hydrographic network, which includes the basins of the Paraná and Uruguay rivers and favors mollusk reproduction. These rivers also aid agriculture and tourism in the area. Despite these favorable conditions, natural infection by S. mansoni has not yet been reported in Argentina, Uruguay, or Paraguay. Methods Two species of planorbid from Argentina, Biomphalaria straminea and B. tenagophila, were exposed to the miracidia of five Brazilian strains of S. mansoni. Results Biomphalaria tenagophila (Atalaya, Buenos Aires province was infected with the SJS strain (infection rate 3.3%, confirming the experimental susceptibility of this Argentinian species. Biomphalaria straminea (Rio Santa Lucía, Corrientes province was susceptible to two Brazilian strains: SJS (infection rate 6.7% and Sergipe (infection rate 6.7%. Conclusions These results demonstrate that species from Argentina have the potential to be natural hosts of S. mansoni and that the appearance of foci of mansoni schistosomiasis in Argentina is possible.

  13. Morfologia da artéria cerebelar superior do macaco prego (Cebus apella L., 1766: divisões e anastomoses Morphology of the superior cerebellar artery of the “macaco prego” (Cebus paella L., 1766: divisions and anastomoses

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    Rosimeire Alves da Silva

    2002-04-01

    Full Text Available Dando continuidade a estudos já existentes na área de mapeamento da vascularização cerebral do Cebus apella e considerando a semelhança desse animal com outros primatas descritos, inclusive os humanos, estudou-se a morfologia das artérias cerebelares superiores, que destinam a irrigar a superfície superior do cerebelo. 57 hemisférios cerebelares foram injetados com látex corado e fixados em solução de formol a 10%, dissecados sob mesoscopia de luz com microdissecações. As artérias cerebelares superiores são simétricas em 84,21% e assimétricas em 7,01%, ramificam-se em 4 ramos: sendo 1 para o mesencéfalo e 3 troncos principais para a superfície superior do cerebelo e regiões anterior dessa superfície. Estas artérias terminam na fissura póstero-superior ou pós-semilunar após emitir vários ramos colaterais de hierarquia decrescente de calibreIn order to continue studies already done in the area of mapping the cerebral vascularization of Cebus paella and taking into consideration the resemblance of this animal with other primates described, humans included, we studied the morphology of the superior cerebellar arteries determined to perfuse the superior surface of the cerebellum. Fifty-seven cerebellar hemispheres were injected with stained latex, fixed in 10% formol solution and dissected under light mesoscopy. The superior cerebellar arteries are symmetrical in 84,21% and asymmetrical in 7,01%, and give off four branches, one to the mesencephalon and three mains branches to the upper surface of the cerebellum and its anterior portion. These arteries end in the posterior superior or post-semilunar fissure, after giving off many collaterals of decreasing diameter

  14. Epidemiologia da esquistossomose mansônica em área de baixa endemicidade

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    Luis Candido de S. Dias

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    Full Text Available Discutem se padrões epidemiológicos da esquistossomos mansônica em áreas brasileiras de baixa endemicidade que possuem prevalência inferior a 10%, menos de 96 ovos por grama de fezes (epg e onde os infectados são assintomáticos. Apresentam-se dados do município de Pedro de Toledo (Vale do Ribeira, SP área de baixa endemicidade cujos resultados foram obtidos de amostragem aleatória devida à agregação de Schistosoma mansoni. Sugere-se substituição de métodos parasitológicos por técnicas sorológicas com maiores sensibilidade e especificidade. O principal fator de risco é o lazer. A infecção predomina nos grupos etários de 10-14, 15-19 e 20-24. A intensidade de infecção foi baixa, com 58,5 epg (média geométrica. Há boa correlação (rs = 0,745 entre intensidade de infecção e prevalência. Os mais altos índices de potencial de contaminação ocorreram nas idades de 5 a 20 anos (57,6%. Os casos autóctones mantêm íntimo contato com Biomphalaria tenagophila, com infecção inferior a 2%. Os padrões de prevalência, de incidência e de intensidade de infecção são semelhantes aos de áreas de moderada e alta endemicidade. Questões sócio-culturais merecem estudo para visão global da epidemiologia.

  15. Clinical spectrum of early onset cerebellar ataxia with retained tendon reflexes: an autosomal recessive ataxia not to be missed Espectro clínico da ataxia cerebelar de início precoce com reflexos mantidos: uma ataxia autossômica recessiva para não ser esquecida

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    José Luiz Pedroso

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    Full Text Available Autosomal recessive cerebellar ataxias are a heterogeneous group of neurological disorders. In 1981, a neurological entity comprised by early onset progressive cerebellar ataxia, dysarthria, pyramidal weakness of the limbs and retained or increased upper limb reflexes and knee jerks was described. This disorder is known as early onset cerebellar ataxia with retained tendon reflexes. In this article, we aimed to call attention for the diagnosis of early onset cerebellar ataxia with retained tendon reflexes as the second most common cause of autosomal recessive cerebellar ataxias, after Friedreich ataxia, and also to perform a clinical spectrum study of this syndrome. In this data, 12 patients from different families met all clinical features for early onset cerebellar ataxia with retained tendon reflexes. Dysarthria and cerebellar atrophy were the most common features in our sample. It is uncertain, however, whether early onset cerebellar ataxia with retained tendon reflexes is a homogeneous disease or a group of phenotypically similar syndromes represented by different genetic entities. Further molecular studies are required to provide definitive answers to the questions that remain regarding early onset cerebellar ataxia with retained tendon reflexes.As ataxias cerebelares autossômicas recessivas são um grupo heterogêneo de doenças neurológicas. Em 1981, foi descrita uma entidade neurológica incluindo ataxia cerebelar progressiva de início precoce, disartria, liberação piramidal e manutenção ou aumento dos reflexos tendíneos nos membros superiores e inferiores. Essa síndrome é conhecida como ataxia cerebelar de início precoce com reflexos mantidos. Neste artigo, o objetivo foi chamar a atenção para o diagnóstico de ataxia cerebelar de início precoce com reflexos mantidos como a segunda causa mais comum de ataxia cerebelar autossômica recessiva, após a ataxia de Friedreich, e também realizar um estudo do espectro cl

  16. Inheritance of Schistosoma mansoni infection incompatibility in Biomphalaria alexandrina snails

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    Iman F Abou El Naga

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    Full Text Available In this study, we looked at the inheritance of susceptibility and resistance to Schistosoma mansoni infection in the first generation of crossbred Biomphalaria alexandrina snails. Our ultimate goal is to use such information to develop a biological method of controlling schistosomiasis. We infected laboratory-bred snails with S. mansoni miracidia and examined cercarial shedding to determine susceptibility and resistance. Five parental groups were used: Group I contained 30 susceptible snails, Group II contained 30 resistant snails, Group III contained 15 susceptible and 15 resistant snails, Group IV contained 27 susceptible and three resistant snails and Group V contained three susceptible and 27 resistant snails. The percentage of resistant snails in the resulting progeny varied according to the ratio of susceptible and resistant parents per group; they are 7%, 100%, 68%, 45% and 97% from Groups I, II, III, IV and V, respectively. On increasing the percentage of resistant parent snails, the percentage of resistant progeny increased, while cercarial production in their susceptible progeny decreased.

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

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    Gardenia Braz Figueiredo Carvalho

    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.

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

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    Fernanda Ludolf

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    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.

  19. Varicocele e volume testicular em adolescentes e adultos jovens portadores de esquistossomose hepatoesplênica cirúrgica

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    Brandt Frederico Teixeira

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Avaliar o volume testicular e a prevalência de varicocele em adolescentes e adultos jovens portadores de esquistossomose na forma hepatoesplênica associada a varizes sangrentas de esôfago. MÉTODOS: O estudo envolveu 22 adolescentes masculinos com esquistossomose na forma descrita, submetidos à esplenectomia, ligadura da veia gástrica esquerda e auto-implante de tecido esplênico no grande omento quando crianças. O tempo médio de seguimento foi de 4 anos após a intervenção. O grupo de voluntários sadios foi de adolescentes de uma escola na mesma região onde os casos operados viviam. Eles foram selecionados de forma randomizada, considerando a faixa de idade, características epidemiológicas e não serem infestados por equistossomose. Todos os participantes possuíam história clínica completa e foram submetidos a exame físico e ultra-sonográfico. Foi dado atenção especial as características sexuais, ultra-sonografia testicular e dopplerfluxometria das veias espermáticas. RESULTADOS: Dos pacientes classificados como adultos pela idade cronológica, 53,8% tinham genitais com características infantis. A incidência de varicocele foi igual a 61,5% no grupo afetado e 40% no grupo controle, sem diferença estatística entre os grupos (x 2 =1,77; g.1.=1; p=0,18 3 p Fisher=0,16, acometendo predominantemente o testículo esquerdo, em ambos os grupos. CONCLUSÃO: Pacientes com doença esquistossomótica cirúrgica tinham significante déficit no desenvolvimento puberal e genital, no volume testicular, especialmente do lado esquerdo, e alta prevalência de varicocele (61.5% sem uma associação direta com atrofia testicular.

  20. Estudo comparativo do equilíbrio de pacientes com disfunção cerebelar e com sequelas de acidente vascular encefálico - doi:10.5020/18061230.2005.p157

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    Sandra Souza Queiroz

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available O acidente vascular encefálico (AVE e a ataxia cerebelar (AC constituem condições de comprometimento central que de forma freqüente cursam com alterações de equilíbrio. O objetivo deste trabalho foi comparar e quantificar as alterações de equilíbrio em pacientes portadores de AC e seqüelas de AVE, em diferentes bases de suporte e sob influência de diferentes situações impostas ao sistema visual e vestibular. O método empregado consistiu da utilização de teste de estratégias de balance, topografando os sistemas que influenciam nestas estratégias e comparando os graus de dificuldades entre pacientes com disfunção cerebelar e encefálica. As posturas em pé, com pés alinhados e em apoio unipodal foram utilizadas, tendo como variáveis os olhos fechados, abertos e com a utilização de lanterna japonesa, podendo a superfície ser estável ou instável. Os resultados obtidos foram que o grupo de hemiplégicos apresentou maior dificuldade na realização da tarefa com o uso da lanterna, sensibilizando o sistema vestibular. O grupo portador de AC apresentou maior dificuldade na realização da tarefa com os olhos fechados quando comparado ao grupo de AVE. Concluiu-se que as duas classes de pacientes estudados utilizam estratégias próprias para manutenção de equilíbrio, possibilitando apresentar diferenças no desempenho nas estratégias de balance.

  1. Hipertensão portal por esquistossomose mansônica hepatoesplênica: efeito da desconexão ázigo-portal com esplenectomia no diâmetro e na velocidade média de fluxo do sistema portal (estudo ultra-sonográfico com Doppler Hepatosplenic schistosomotic portal hypertension: effect of esophagogastric devascularization with splenectomy on the diameter and mean flow velocity in the portal system (ultra-sonographic Doppler study

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    Azzo WIDMAN

    2001-01-01

    ção significativa do diâmetro e da velocidade média de fluxo sangüíneo no sistema portal, no pós-operatório tardio, em pacientes com esquistossomose mansônica hepatoesplênica, submetidos a desconexão ázigo-portal.Background - Esophagogastric devascularization with splenectomy has been used for the treatment of upper digestive bleeding due to esophagic varices in hepatoportal mansoni's schistosomic portal hypertension. Nevertheless, early portal thrombosis has hampered this surgical technique (13,3% and 53,2%, compromising the good results on the hemorrhagic side. Supposing that portal circulatory changes, due to the surgical treatment, may play an important role in this kind of complication, our objective was to identify the hemodynamic facilitating factors. Portal hemodynamic aspects, identified by ultra-sonographic Doppler study, from two groups of patients: non-operated upon and splenectomized with esophagogastric devascularization in late post-operatory phase (in excess of 6 moths, with portal hypertension due to mansoni hepatoesplenic portal hypertension and in similar clinical conditions, were compared. Method - Fifty eight ambulatorial patients were studied, all had portal hypertension caused by mansoni's hepatosplenic schistosomiasis and previous bouts of digestive bleeding. They were divided in two groups: A - 29 followed clinically/endoscopically, and group B - 29 previously submitted to esophagogastric devascularization with splenectomy. In all was measured the diameter and mean flow velocity in the portal vein and its right and left branches by ultra-sonographic Doppler study. The results were submitted to statistical analysis for inter- and intra-group comparison. Results - Group A (non-operated: the portal vein diameter was greater than the right and left branches (10.6 ± 2.9, 8.0 ± 1.8, 9.1 ± 2.6 cm, the mean flow velocities in the portal vein and its branches were similar (15.62 ± 6.17, 14.92 ± 5.33, 16.12 ±4.18 cm/seg. Group B (operated: the

  2. Prolyl Oligopeptidase from the Blood Fluke Schistosoma mansoni: From Functional Analysis to Anti-schistosomal Inhibitors

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    Fajtová, P.; Štefanić, S.; Hradilek, M.; Dvořák, Jan; Vondrášek, J.; Jílková, A.; Ulrychová, L.; McKerrow, J.H.; Caffrey, C.R.; Mareš, M.; Horn, M.

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    Roč. 9, č. 6 (2015), e0003827 ISSN 1935-2735 Institutional support: RVO:60077344 Keywords : Schistosoma mansoni * schistosomiasis * prolyl oligopeptidase * blood fluke Subject RIV: EB - Genetics ; Molecular Biology Impact factor: 3.948, year: 2015

  3. Estudo dos lipídios em jovens portadores de esquistossomose hepatoesplênica submetidos a tratamento cirúrgico A lipid study of schistosomotic young people underwent surgical treatment

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    Schirley Nóbrega da Silva

    2002-08-01

    Full Text Available Objetivo: Avaliar o metabolismo lipídico em uma população de jovens portadores de esquistossomose na forma hepatoesplênica associada a varizes sangrentas de esôfago. Métodos: Foram selecionados, aleatoriamente, 20 jovens com estas anormalidades, submetidos a esplenectomia, ligadura da veia gástrica esquerda e auto-implante de tecido esplênico no omento maior. Como controle foram selecionados 20 adolescentes saudáveis, com a mesma condição sócio-econômico ambiental do grupo estudo. Destes dois grupos, obtiveram-se plasma e eritrócitos de onde foram extraídos, separados e dosados os lipídios neutros, colesterol livre e esterificado, fosfolipídios e triglicerídios. Resultados: A concentração molar de colesterol total do grupo de pacientes foi discretamente reduzida quando comparada ao grupo de indivíduos controles. Resultados similares foram observados com as frações de colesterol esterificado e colesterol livre. Houve redução na concentração de triglicerídios plasmáticos mas não significativa. Os fosfolipídios individuais apresentarem concentração relativa similar aos do grupo controle, entretanto houve redução significativa (p Objective: To evaluate the lipid metabolism in a population of young people, with the hepatesplenic form of schistosomiasis mansoni, associated with bleeding esophageal varices. Methods: 20 young patients were selected, at random, and compared to a control group of 20 healthy young people with the same social, economical and environmental conditions. The patients had undergone splenectomy, ligature of the left gastric vein and auto implantation of spleen tissue into the major omentum. From these two groups were obtained plasma and erythrocytes, and it were extracted, separated and determinated the neutral lipids, free cholesterol and ester, phospholipids and triglicerides levels. Results: The results appointed that the total molar concentration of total, cholesterol was similar to the

  4. Avaliação terapêutica duplo-cega baseada na técnica do oograma quantitativo, comparando praziquantel com oxamniquine na esquistossomose mansônica humana

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    Aloisio Sales da Cunha

    1986-10-01

    Full Text Available Um total de 54 pacientes adultos, com esquistossomose mansônica crônica, nas formas intestinal ou hepatintestinal, participou de um ensaio clínico duplo-cego, para comparar o praziquantel com a oxamniquine. De acordo com uma distribuição aleatória, 27 casos receberam o praziquantel (65 mg/kg de peso corporal e 27 a oxamniquine (18 mg/kg, administrados em dose oral única. A incidência, intensidade e duração dos efeitos colaterais foram similares para os dois medicamentos A avaliação da eficácia terapêutica baseou se na técnica do oograma quantitativo por biópsia da mucosa retal, realizada ao final de um, dois, quatro e seis meses depois do tratamento. Nessas mesmas ocasiões foram feitos exames de fezes pelos métodos de HOFFMAN, PONS e JANER e de KATO-KATZ, com a finalidade de confrontar seu resultados com os achados do oograma. Para averiguar o efeito imediato do tratamento sobre a atividade ovipositora do parasito, um número restrito de pacientes foi submetido a biópsias retáis no 6,° e 18.° dias subsequentes a administração da medicação. Ambas as drogas provaram ser ativas contra o esquistossoma, vez que os respectivos coeficientes de variação, determinados a partir de oogramas efetuados imediatamente após o tratamento, foram superiores a 60%. Ademais, dentre os 27 pacientes de cada grupo, 24 tratados com praziquantel e 22 com oxamniquine completaram o período de seis meses, requerido para controle parasitológico. Os índices de cura, segundo os achados do oograma e dos exames de fezes pelos métodos de HPJ e KK, foram, respectivamente, 29%,— 50% e 92% com o praziquantel; 23%, 50% e 86% com a oxamniquine. Apesar do baixo percentual de cura, observou-se nos oogramas pós tratamento, uma pronunciada queda no número de ovos vivos por grama de tecido. Esses resultados revelam que ambas as drogas foram semelhantemente eficazes, embora já se tenha comprovado que a susceptibilidade do S. mansoni não seja sempre

  5. New insights into the genetic diversity of Schistosoma mansoni and S. haematobiumin Yemen.

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    Sady, Hany; Al-Mekhlafi, Hesham M; Webster, Bonnie L; Ngui, Romano; Atroosh, Wahib M; Al-Delaimy, Ahmed K; Nasr, Nabil A; Chua, Kek Heng; Lim, Yvonne A L; Surin, Johari

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    Human schistosomiasis is a neglected tropical disease of great importance that remains highly prevalent in Yemen, especially amongst rural communities. In order to investigate the genetic diversity of human Schistosoma species, a DNA barcoding study was conducted on S. mansoni and S. haematobium in Yemen. A cross-sectional study was conducted to collect urine and faecal samples from 400 children from five provinces in Yemen. The samples were examined for the presence of Schistosoma eggs. A partial fragment of the schistosome cox1 mitochondrial gene was analysed from each individual sample to evaluate the genetic diversity of the S. mansoni and S. haematobium infections. The data was also analysed together with previous published cox1 data for S. mansoni and S. haematobium from Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands. Overall, 31.8 % of participants were found to be excreting schistosome eggs in either the urine or faeces (8.0 % S. mansoni and 22.5 % S. haematobium). Nineteen unique haplotypes of S. mansoni were detected and split into four lineages. Furthermore, nine unique haplotypes of S. haematobium were identified that could be split into two distinct groups. This study provides novel and interesting insights into the population diversity and structure of S. mansoni and S. haematobium in Yemen. The data adds to our understanding of the evolutionary history and phylogeography of these devastating parasites whilst the genetic information could support the control and monitoring of urogenital and intestinal schistosomiasis in these endemic areas.

  6. Serological studies on schistosomiasis mansoni in the northeast Brazil (I).

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    Tanabe, M; Okazaki, M; Okazaki, M; Kobayashi, S; Kaneko, N; Sekiguchi, T; Tateno, S; Motta, S R; Takeuchi, T

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    Sera from the patients (N = 10) with schistosomiasis mansoni of the hospital of Federal University of Pernambuco, the Schistosoma mansoni egg-positive (N = 51) and -negative (N = 452) inhabitants in Cabo City area, out-patients (N = 37) of the IMIP hospital and Japanese immigrants (N = 127) in Petrolina City area of northeast Brazil as well as Japanese healthy subjects (N = 30) were examined by serological tests including an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay with antigens prepared from eggs (ELISA-egg) and adult worms (ELISA-adult). The ELISA with egg or adult antigen correctly identified 100% of the uninfected individuals lived in non-endemic area of schistosomiasis. Moreover, when examined cross-reactivity of our ELISA with sera isolated from 78 subjects infected with various intestinal parasitic infections, only one of these sera reacted with the egg and adult antigens. On the examination of 51 sera from the egg-positive subjects, the ELISA-egg revealed the highest sensitivity (98.0%), whereas a large number of false negative reactions of ELISA-adult, Ouchterlony method using adult antigen, circumoval precipitation and immediate intradermal skin test were observed. A low sensitivity of these serologic tests except for ELISA-egg appears to be primarily due to their inability to detect antibody in the sera from egg-positive infantiles. There was no positive correlation between the absorbance values of these two types of ELISA among the sera isolated from ELISA-positive subjects. Rather, by the reactivity of these sera to egg or adult antigen, they could be divided into two subgroups; one reacted more positively with egg antigen and the other with adult antigen. Moreover, it was confirmed that the sera from young subjects (under 20 years old) appear to be highly reactive to the egg antigen than did aged ones. These data suggest that the ELISA with egg antigen, but not with the adult antigen, appears to be useful for the serological survey of schistosomiasis mansoni

  7. A experiência da esquistossomose e os desafios da mobilização comunitária

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    Paulo César Alves

    Full Text Available Utilizando-se da abordagem semiótica e hermenêutica, o presente artigo discute algumas premissas relacionadas a análise da concepção popular de esquistossomose. Valendo-se de um trabalho de campo realizado no Estado da Bahia, são identificadas duas situações em que os atores sociais, em contextos específicos, constroem as significações dessa endemia: a significação de "primeiro grau" e de "segundo grau". O primeiro tipo de significação refere-se a experiências sensíveis, corporais e é intersubjetivamente compartilhada, enquanto que o segundo tipo é construído com base em significados formulados pelos agentes de saúde. Nesse último caso, a construção popular da doença está diretamente vinculada aos discursos e ações previamente estabelecidos por programas específicos de controle e combate da endemia.

  8. O Projeto Queixadinha: a morbidade e o controle da esquistossomose em área endêmica no nordeste de Minas Gerais, Brasil

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    José Roberto Lambertucci

    1996-04-01

    Full Text Available Nos últimos cinco anos, em uma área endêmica para esquistossomose no nordeste de Minas Gerais, 561 indivíduos submeteram-se a exames clínico, laboratoriais, ultra-sonografia abdominal e dopplerecocardtografia visando definir a morbidade da doença antes e após o tratamento. Revelaram-se altas a prevalência de esquistossomose (66,3% e de formas graves (9,5% com baço palpável. A prevalência de indivíduos sem fibrose hepática e com fibrose teve, moderada e intensa ao ultra-som foi de 46,0%, 19,6%, 27,6% e 6,8%, respectivamente. Vinte um (39,6%: de 53 indivíduos com baço palpável não apresentavam fibrose periportal ao ultrasom. Linfonodos periportais foram identificados em 33,8% dos indivíduos examinados e anticorpos anti-KLH no soro de 40,7%,. Observaram-se alterações urinárias compatíveis com glomerulopatia esquistossamótica em 4,5% da população e 11,7% apresentavam achados dopplerecocardiográficos de hipertensão pulmonar. Doze meses após o tratamento da esquistossomose, a prevalência da doença reduziu-se de 66,3% para 25,0%. Em Queixadinha, um perfil da morbidade da doença e de sua evolução após o tratamento começa a ser delineado.

  9. Schistosomiasis: predisposing cause for the formation of hepatic abscesses? Case report Esquistossomose: causa predisponente para a formação de abscessos hepáticos?

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    Vasco Carvalho Pedroso de Lima

    1995-06-01

    Full Text Available An adult patient with chronic schistosomiasis from an endemic area, complained about a seven day fever, along with jaundice and lumbar backache on the right side. Image exams showed multiple pyogenic liver abscesses. All the classic etiologies were discarded through clinical, radiological and laboratorial criteria. Schistosomiasis can cause pylephlebitis as a complication, along with immunesuppression, granulomatous reaction with central lobular liver necrosis and a greater risk of infection. The authors suggest that schistosomiasis in its chronic form may be the predisposing cause of multiple pyogenic liver abscesses, especially in endemic areas.Paciente adulto, natural de região endêmica para esquistossomose e portador crônico da doença, apresentava queixa de febre há sete dias, associada à ictericia e dor lombar em região direita. Os exames radiológicos mostraram abscessos hepáticos piogênicos múltiplos, cuja causa predisponente é conhecida, segundo trabalhos da literatura, em 100% dos casos. Através de parâmetros clínicos, laboratoriais e radiológicos todas as etiologias clássicas foram afastadas. Sabe-se que a esquistossomose pode provocar, como complicação, a pileflebite, além de depressão imunológica e reação granulomatosa com necrose lobular central e maior risco de infecção. Os autores deste relato de caso sugerem ser a esquistossomose, na sua forma crônica, causa predisponente para formação de abscessos hepáticos piogênicos múltiplos, principalmente em regiões endêmicas.

  10. Esquistossomose mansônica no estado da Bahia, Brasil: tendências históricas e medidas de controle

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    Carmo Eduardo H.

    1994-01-01

    Full Text Available Visando a contribuir para o aperfeiçoamento das estratégias de controle da esquistossomose mansônica, foram estudadas as modificações no padrão de distribuição das prevalências municipais no Estado da Bahia no período de 1950 a 1994, seus determinantes e o efeito da quimioterapia em larga escala. Verificou-se redução da prevalência média de esquistossomose para o estado como um todo, de 15,6% para 9,5%, no período de estudo. Não foram observadas modificações substanciais no padrão básico de distribuição espacial da prevalência. Entretanto, em municípios do oeste, sudoeste e litoral norte do estado, verificou-se aumento da prevalência, indicando o surgimento de novas áreas de transmissão. Comparando-se as variações das prevalências municipais de acordo com a utilização da quimioterapia em larga escala, verificou-se que houve redução na Bacia do Paraguaçu, onde vem sendo intensamente adotada tal medida, em proporção semelhante ao que foi observado para algumas áreas sem quimioterapia. As análises de correlação e regressão utilizadas não evidenciaram associação entre a quimioterapia e a variação da prevalência, observando-se correlações significativas entre esta última variável e a dinâmica populacional. Esses resultados indicam que a redução da prevalência de esquistossomose no estado não pode ser atribuída exclusivamente à utilização de quimioterapia, mas deve contemplar a articulação com os fatores relacionados à organização do espaço, que contribuem para diminuir o risco de transmissão. A forma incompleta e espacialmente desigual que caracteriza o processo de urbanização, aliada à intensa mobilidade da população, possibilita a disseminação da esquistossomose mansônica para novas áreas de transmissão, como evidenciado no Estado da Bahia.

  11. Esquistossomose mansônica no estado da Bahia, Brasil: tendências históricas e medidas de controle

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    Eduardo H. Carmo

    Full Text Available Visando a contribuir para o aperfeiçoamento das estratégias de controle da esquistossomose mansônica, foram estudadas as modificações no padrão de distribuição das prevalências municipais no Estado da Bahia no período de 1950 a 1994, seus determinantes e o efeito da quimioterapia em larga escala. Verificou-se redução da prevalência média de esquistossomose para o estado como um todo, de 15,6% para 9,5%, no período de estudo. Não foram observadas modificações substanciais no padrão básico de distribuição espacial da prevalência. Entretanto, em municípios do oeste, sudoeste e litoral norte do estado, verificou-se aumento da prevalência, indicando o surgimento de novas áreas de transmissão. Comparando-se as variações das prevalências municipais de acordo com a utilização da quimioterapia em larga escala, verificou-se que houve redução na Bacia do Paraguaçu, onde vem sendo intensamente adotada tal medida, em proporção semelhante ao que foi observado para algumas áreas sem quimioterapia. As análises de correlação e regressão utilizadas não evidenciaram associação entre a quimioterapia e a variação da prevalência, observando-se correlações significativas entre esta última variável e a dinâmica populacional. Esses resultados indicam que a redução da prevalência de esquistossomose no estado não pode ser atribuída exclusivamente à utilização de quimioterapia, mas deve contemplar a articulação com os fatores relacionados à organização do espaço, que contribuem para diminuir o risco de transmissão. A forma incompleta e espacialmente desigual que caracteriza o processo de urbanização, aliada à intensa mobilidade da população, possibilita a disseminação da esquistossomose mansônica para novas áreas de transmissão, como evidenciado no Estado da Bahia.

  12. Comportamento da musculatura das arteríolas intra-hepáticas na forma hepatesplênica da esquistossomose mansônica

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    Maria do Socorro Almeida Barbosa

    1988-03-01

    Full Text Available A determinação da relação parede-lume das arteríolas intra-hepáticas, na esquistossomose mansônica (forma hepatesplênica, demonstra a existência de uma hipotrofia da camada muscular daqueles vasos. Esse achado sugere redução do fluxo sangüíneo arterial hepático nessa entidade.The determination of the wall-to-lumen ratio of hepatic arterioles in hepatosplenic schistosomiasis shows atrophy of the muscular layer of those vessels. This finding suggests a reduction of hepatic arterial flow as reported by others.

  13. Estudios inmunologicos en hamsters (Cricetus auratus infectados con Schistosoma mansoni

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    Eduardo Monge

    1986-08-01

    Full Text Available Los resultados de este trabajo muestran que el hamster (Cricetus auratus puede ser utilizado como un modelo experimental para estudios inmunológicos en la infección por Schistosoma mansoni. Los datos obtenidos, relativos a inmunidad concomitante, producción de anticuerpo letal e inmunosupresión se asemejan a los conseguidos en otros modelos experimentales ya establecidos. Estas observaciones indican que el hámster, además de ser un hospedero satisfactorio para el mantenimiento del parásito en el laboratorio, puede ser considerado como un modelo experimental alterno cuyo crecimiento y mantenimiento son relativamente simples y además es un animal de fácil manejo.

  14. Extracellular vesicles secreted by Schistosoma mansoni contain protein vaccine candidates.

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    Sotillo, Javier; Pearson, Mark; Potriquet, Jeremy; Becker, Luke; Pickering, Darren; Mulvenna, Jason; Loukas, Alex

    2016-01-01

    Herein we show for the first time that Schistosoma mansoni adult worms secrete exosome-like extracellular vesicles ranging from 50 to 130nm in size. Extracellular vesicles were collected from the excretory/secretory products of cultured adult flukes and purified by Optiprep density gradient, resulting in highly pure extracellular vesicle preparations as confirmed by transmission electron microscopy and Nanosight tracking analysis. Extracellular vesicle proteomic analysis showed numerous known vaccine candidates, potential virulence factors and molecules implicated in feeding. These findings provide new avenues for the exploration of host-schistosome interactions and offer a potential mechanism by which some vaccine antigens exert their protective efficacy. Copyright © 2015 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd.. All rights reserved.

  15. La schistosomiasis mansoni en Venezuela (Continuación

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    J. M. Ruiz Rodríguez

    1943-12-01

    Full Text Available Considerando la evolución de la Schistosomiasis mansoni en el hombre desde los puntos de vista clínico y biológico, deben relacionarse el estudio de sus múltiples y variadas manifestaciones sintomáticas, con las reacciones defensivas del organismo frente al agente agresor -representadas por las variaciones del caudro hemático- y con la formación de anticuerpos específicos en el suero sanguíneo. Asi pues, en el estudio clínico de la enfermedad y con miras a imprimirle una orientación didáctica y práctica, debe pasarse sucesivamente en revista al Síndrome Clínico, al Síndrome hematológico y al Síndrome humoral.

  16. Association of oxamniquine praziquantel and clonazepam in experimental Schistosomiasis mansoni

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    Neusa Araujo

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available The antischistosomal activity of clonazepam, when administered alone or in association with oxamniquine and praziquantel, was experimentally evaluated in mice infected with Schistosoma mansoni. The animals were treated 45 days post-infection with a single dose, by oral route, according to three treatment schedules: clonazepam 25 mg/kg and sacrificed 15 min, 1h or 4 h after treatment; clonazepam 1.0, 2.5 or 10.0 mg/kg and sacrificed 15 days post-treatment or with the dose of 10 mg/kg in association with oxamniquine 50 mg/kg or praziquantel 200 mg/kg, single dose, orally, every schedule with a control group. The efficacy of the drugs in vivo was assessed by means of worm counts and their distribution in mesentery and liver, mortality and oogram changes. In the chemotherapeutic schedules used, clonazepam did not present antischistosomal activity and the result of the association of this drug with oxamniquine or praziquantel was not significantly different from the one obtained when these two last drugs were administered alone. In the in vitro experiments, the worms exposed to 0.6 mg/mL clonazepam remained motionless throughout the 8-day-period of observation, without egg-laying, whereas the worms of the control group showed normal movements, egg-laying and hatching of miracidia on the last day of observation. The results obtained in the present study confirm the action of clonazepam on S. mansoni adult worm, in vitro, causing total paralysis of males and females. However, no additive or synergistic effects were observed when clonazepam were used in association with oxamniquine or praziquantel.

  17. Association of oxamniquine praziquantel and clonazepam in experimental Schistosomiasis mansoni.

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    Araujo, Neusa; Mattos, Ana Carolina Alves de; Coelho, Paulo Marcos Zech; Katz, Naftale

    2008-12-01

    The antischistosomal activity of clonazepam, when administered alone or in association with oxamniquine and praziquantel, was experimentally evaluated in mice infected with Schistosoma mansoni. The animals were treated 45 days post-infection with a single dose, by oral route, according to three treatment schedules: clonazepam 25 mg/kg and sacrificed 15 min, 1h or 4 h after treatment; clonazepam 1.0, 2.5 or 10.0 mg/kg and sacrificed 15 days post-treatment or with the dose of 10 mg/kg in association with oxamniquine 50 mg/kg or praziquantel 200 mg/kg, single dose, orally, every schedule with a control group. The efficacy of the drugs in vivo was assessed by means of worm counts and their distribution in mesentery and liver, mortality and oogram changes. In the chemotherapeutic schedules used, clonazepam did not present antischistosomal activity and the result of the association of this drug with oxamniquine or praziquantel was not significantly different from the one obtained when these two last drugs were administered alone. In the in vitro experiments, the worms exposed to 0.6 mg/mL clonazepam remained motionless throughout the 8-day-period of observation, without egg-laying, whereas the worms of the control group showed normal movements, egg-laying and hatching of miracidia on the last day of observation. The results obtained in the present study confirm the action of clonazepam on S. mansoni adult worm, in vitro, causing total paralysis of males and females. However, no additive or synergistic effects were observed when clonazepam were used in association with oxamniquine or praziquantel.

  18. Frequency and mitotic heritability of epimutations in Schistosoma mansoni.

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    Roquis, David; Rognon, Anne; Chaparro, Cristian; Boissier, Jerome; Arancibia, Nathalie; Cosseau, Celine; Parrinello, Hugues; Grunau, Christoph

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    Schistosoma mansoni is a parasitic platyhelminth responsible for intestinal bilharzia. It has a complex life cycle, infecting a freshwater snail of the Biomphalaria genus, and then a mammalian host. Schistosoma mansoni adapts rapidly to new (allopatric) strains of its intermediate host. To study the importance of epimutations in this process, we infected sympatric and allopatric mollusc strains with parasite clones. ChIP-Seq was carried out on four histone modifications (H3K4me3, H3K27me3, H3K27ac and H4K20me1) in parallel with genomewide DNA resequencing (i) on parasite larvae shed by the infected snails and (ii) on adult worms that had developed from the larvae. No change in single nucleotide polymorphisms and no mobilization of transposable elements were observed, but 58-105 copy number variations (CNVs) within the parasite clones in different molluscs were detected. We also observed that the allopatric environment induces three types of chromatin structure changes: (i) host-induced changes on larvae epigenomes in 51 regions of the genome that are independent of the parasites' genetic background, (ii) spontaneous changes (not related to experimental condition or genotype of the parasite) at 64 locations and (iii) 64 chromatin structure differences dependent on the parasite genotype. Up to 45% of the spontaneous, but none of the host-induced chromatin structure changes were transmitted to adults. In our model, the environment induces epigenetic changes at specific loci but only spontaneous epimutations are mitotically heritable and have therefore the potential to contribute to transgenerational inheritance. We also show that CNVs are the only source of genetic variation and occur at the same order of magnitude as epimutations. © 2016 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  19. Splenectomy Improves Hemostatic and Liver Functions in Hepatosplenic Schistosomiasis Mansoni.

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    Luiz Arthur Calheiros Leite

    Full Text Available Schistosomiasis mansoni is a chronic liver disease, in which some patients (5-10% progress to the most severe form, hepatosplenic schistosomiasis. This form is associated with portal hypertension and splenomegaly, and often episodes of gastrointestinal bleeding, even with liver function preserved. Splenectomy is a validated procedure to reduce portal hypertension following digestive bleeding. Here, we evaluate beneficial effects of splenectomy on blood coagulation factors and liver function tests in hepatosplenic schistosomiasis mansoni compared to non-operated patients.Forty-five patients who had undergone splenectomy surgery were assessed by laboratory analyses and ultrasound examination and compared to a non-operated group (n = 55. Blood samples were obtained for liver function tests, platelet count and prothrombin time. Coagulation factors (II, VII, VIII, IX and X, protein C and antithrombin IIa, plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 were measured by routine photometric, chromogenic or enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays, while hyperfibrinolysis was defined by plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 levels. Both groups had similar age, gender and pattern of periportal fibrosis. Splenectomized patients showed significant reductions in portal vein diameter, alkaline phosphatase and bilirubin levels compared to non-operated patients, while for coagulation factors there were significant improvement in prothrombin, partial thromboplastin times and higher levels of factor VII, VIII, IX, X, protein C and plasminogen activator inhibitor-1.This study shows that the decrease of flow pressure in portal circulation after splenectomy restores the capacity of hepatocyte synthesis, especially on the factor VII and protein C levels, and these findings suggest that portal hypertension in patients with hepatosplenic schistosomiasis influences liver functioning and the blood coagulation status.

  20. Uso do paradigma de risco para a esquistossomose em áreas endêmicas no Brasil

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    Coura-Filho Pedro

    1994-01-01

    Full Text Available Neste estudo são confrontados os resultados do uso do paradigma de risco na infecção pelo Schistosoma mansoni em áreas endêmicas no Brasil. Foi observada associação da infecção pelo S. mansoni com algumas condições gerais: ausência de água potável intradomiciliar, baixa renda individual, analfabetismo e residência atual ou anterior em área endêmica por mais de cinco anos. Além dessas condições ocorreu associação com alguns hábitos (fatores de risco exercer atividades agrícolas e domésticas em águas a céu aberto, nadar e pescar. A análise das condições gerais que podem estar determinando os fatores de risco, apontou o fornecimento de água potável intradomiciliar e o acesso ao tratamento como medidas abrangentes que muitas vezes podem ser adotadas, visando à prevenção e/ou controle da morbidade da endemia. É questionada a eficácia do uso do paradigma de risco na indicação de medidas de controle dessa endemia.

  1. Chronic subdural hematoma of the posterior fossa associated with cerebellar hemorrhage: report of rare disease with MRI findings Hematoma subdural crônico de fossa posterior associado a hemorragia cerebelar espontânea: relato de doença rara com achados de RNM

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    Leodante B. Costa Jr

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    Full Text Available Chronic subdural hematoma of the posterior fossa is an uncommon entity, and spontaneous lesions are very rarely described, occurring mostly during anticoagulation therapy. The association of the posterior fossa chronic subdural hematoma with spontaneous parenchymal hemorrhage without anticoagulation therapy was never related in the literature, to our knowledge. We describe a case of a 64 year-old woman who suffered a spontaneous cerebellar hemorrhage, treated conservatively, and presented 1 month later with a chronic subdural posterior fossa hematoma.Hematomas subdurais da fossa posterior são lesões raras, mais comumente relacionadas com traumas graves. A ocorrência de hematomas subdurais crônicos na fossa posterior é muito rara, sendo descritos 15 casos até o momento, boa parte relacionada ao uso de anticoagulantes. Em nossa revisão da literatura, não pudemos encontrar nenhum relato da associação entre hematoma subdural crônico da fossa posterior e hemorragia cerebelar espontânea. Relatamos o caso de paciente de 64 anos com hematoma intraparenquimatoso cerebelar tratado conservadoramente e hematoma subdural crônico, tratado cirurgicamente, cerca de 1 mês após o acidente vascular cerebelar.

  2. Transcriptomic responses of Biomphalaria pfeifferi to Schistosoma mansoni: Investigation of a neglected African snail that supports more S. mansoni transmission than any other snail species

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    Bu, Lijing; Zhang, Si-Ming; Schilkey, Faye D.; Mkoji, Gerald M.; Loker, Eric S.

    2017-01-01

    Background Biomphalaria pfeifferi is highly compatible with the widespread human-infecting blood fluke Schistosoma mansoni and transmits more cases of this parasite to people than any other snail species. For these reasons, B. pfeifferi is the world’s most important vector snail for S. mansoni, yet we know relatively little at the molecular level regarding the interactions between B. pfeifferi and S. mansoni from early-stage sporocyst transformation to the development of cercariae. Methodology/Principal findings We sought to capture a portrait of the response of B. pfeifferi to S. mansoni as it occurs in nature by undertaking Illumina dual RNA-Seq on uninfected control B. pfeifferi and three intramolluscan developmental stages (1- and 3-days post infection and patent, cercariae-producing infections) using field-derived west Kenyan specimens. A high-quality, well-annotated de novo B. pfeifferi transcriptome was assembled from over a half billion non-S. mansoni paired-end reads. Reads associated with potential symbionts were noted. Some infected snails yielded fewer normalized S. mansoni reads and showed different patterns of transcriptional response than others, an indication that the ability of field-derived snails to support and respond to infection is variable. Alterations in transcripts associated with reproduction were noted, including for the oviposition-related hormone ovipostatin and enzymes involved in metabolism of bioactive amines like dopamine or serotonin. Shedding snails exhibited responses consistent with the need for tissue repair. Both generalized stress and immune factors immune factors (VIgLs, PGRPs, BGBPs, complement C1q-like, chitinases) exhibited complex transcriptional responses in this compatible host-parasite system. Significance This study provides for the first time a large sequence data set to help in interpreting the important vector role of the neglected snail B. pfeifferi in transmission of S. mansoni, including with an emphasis on

  3. Transcriptomic responses of Biomphalaria pfeifferi to Schistosoma mansoni: Investigation of a neglected African snail that supports more S. mansoni transmission than any other snail species.

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    Sarah K Buddenborg

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    Full Text Available Biomphalaria pfeifferi is highly compatible with the widespread human-infecting blood fluke Schistosoma mansoni and transmits more cases of this parasite to people than any other snail species. For these reasons, B. pfeifferi is the world's most important vector snail for S. mansoni, yet we know relatively little at the molecular level regarding the interactions between B. pfeifferi and S. mansoni from early-stage sporocyst transformation to the development of cercariae.We sought to capture a portrait of the response of B. pfeifferi to S. mansoni as it occurs in nature by undertaking Illumina dual RNA-Seq on uninfected control B. pfeifferi and three intramolluscan developmental stages (1- and 3-days post infection and patent, cercariae-producing infections using field-derived west Kenyan specimens. A high-quality, well-annotated de novo B. pfeifferi transcriptome was assembled from over a half billion non-S. mansoni paired-end reads. Reads associated with potential symbionts were noted. Some infected snails yielded fewer normalized S. mansoni reads and showed different patterns of transcriptional response than others, an indication that the ability of field-derived snails to support and respond to infection is variable. Alterations in transcripts associated with reproduction were noted, including for the oviposition-related hormone ovipostatin and enzymes involved in metabolism of bioactive amines like dopamine or serotonin. Shedding snails exhibited responses consistent with the need for tissue repair. Both generalized stress and immune factors immune factors (VIgLs, PGRPs, BGBPs, complement C1q-like, chitinases exhibited complex transcriptional responses in this compatible host-parasite system.This study provides for the first time a large sequence data set to help in interpreting the important vector role of the neglected snail B. pfeifferi in transmission of S. mansoni, including with an emphasis on more natural, field-derived specimens. We

  4. Síntese de derivados da artemisinina e estudos da atividade in vitro contra Schistosoma mansoni

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    Resumo:A esquistossomose é uma doença crônica negligenciada causada por trematodeos do gênero Schistosoma. O praziquantel é o fármaco de referência, mas é imprescindível prosseguir na pesquisa de novos quimioterápicos, pois há relatos de resistência na literatura. A síntese de compostos potencialmente esquistossomicidas, como os derivados da artemisinina contribuirão para evitar resistência, seja na ação isolada ou na associação com o praziquantel. Desta forma, o presente estudo teve como obj...

  5. Composition of the Schistosoma mansoni worm secretome: Identification of immune modulatory Cyclophilin A.

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    Achilleas Floudas

    2017-10-01

    Full Text Available The helminth Schistosoma mansoni modulates the infected host's immune system to facilitate its own survival, by producing excretory/secretory molecules that interact with a variety of the host's cell types including those of the immune system. Herein, we characterise the S. mansoni adult male worm secretome and identify 111 proteins, including 7 vaccine candidates and several molecules with potential immunomodulatory activity. Amongst the molecules present in the secretome, a 17-19kDa protein analogous to human cyclophilin A was identified. Given the ability of cyclophilin A to modulate the immune system by regulating antigen presenting cell activity, we sought to determine whether recombinant S. mansoni Cyclophilin A (rSmCypA is capable of modulating bone-marrow derived dendritic cell (BMDC and T cell responses under in vitro conditions. rSmCypA was enzymatically active and able to alter the pro-inflammatory cytokine profile of LPS-activated dendritic cells. rSmCypA also modulated DC function in the induction of CD4+ T cell proliferation with a preferential expansion of Treg cells. This work demonstrates the unique protein composition of the S. mansoni male worm secretome and immunomodulatory activity of S. mansoni Cyclophilin A.

  6. Schistosomiasis mansoni and paddy-rice growing in Uganda: an emerging new problem.

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    Bukenya, G B; Nsungwa, J L; Makanga, B; Salvator, A

    1994-08-01

    In Eastern Uganda, paddy-rice growing, which has only become popular in recent years, seems to be associated with the emergence of schistosomiasis mansoni as a new problem in public health. To estimate the magnitude of this problem, a cross-sectional, baseline survey was carried out in six villages of the Kibimba Rice Scheme. The overall prevalence of Schistosoma mansoni infection was found to be 20%. The highest prevalences and intensities of infection were seen in those aged 5-29 years, with more males infected than females. An attempt was then made to identify the important factors in the aetiology of S. mansoni in this area. Odds ratios indicated that working regularly in the rice paddies, fishing with baskets, and being male were statistically associated with an increased risk of S. mansoni infection. It is clear that schistosomiasis mansoni which is emerging as a new health problem in the study area is closely linked to working in the rice paddies. Encouraging the rice farmers to wear knee-high, waterproof boots while in the fields may help control the disease.

  7. 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.

  8. Schistosoma mansoni cercariae swim efficiently by exploiting an elastohydrodynamic coupling

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    Krishnamurthy, Deepak; Katsikis, Georgios; Bhargava, Arjun; Prakash, Manu

    2017-03-01

    The motility of many parasites is critical for infecting their host, as exemplified in the transmission cycle of the parasite Schistosoma mansoni. In its human infectious stage, submillimetre-scale forms of the parasite known as cercariae swim in freshwater and infect humans by penetrating the skin. This infection causes schistosomiasis, a disease comparable to malaria in global socio-economic impact. Given that cercariae do not feed and hence have a lifetime of around 12 hours, efficient motility is crucial for schistosomiasis transmission. Despite this, a first-principles understanding of how cercariae swim is lacking. Combining biological experiments, a novel theoretical model and its robotic realization, we show that cercariae use their forked tail to swim against gravity using a novel swimming gait, described here as a `T-swimmer gait'. During this gait, cercariae beat their tail periodically while maintaining an increased flexibility near their posterior and anterior ends. This flexibility allows an interaction between fluid drag and bending resistance--an elastohydrodynamic coupling, to naturally break time-reversal symmetry and enable locomotion at small length scales. Finally, we find that cercariae maintain this flexibility at an optimal regime for efficient swimming. We anticipate that our work sets the ground for linking the swimming of cercariae to disease transmission, and could potentially enable explorations of novel strategies for schistosomiasis control and prevention.

  9. Protein acetylation sites mediated by Schistosoma mansoni GCN5

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    Moraes Maciel, Renata de; Furtado Madeiro da Costa, Rodrigo; Meirelles Bastosde Oliveira, Francisco; Rumjanek, Franklin David; Fantappie, Marcelo Rosado

    2008-01-01

    The transcriptional co-activator GCN5, a histone acetyltransferase (HAT), is part of large multimeric complexes that are required for chromatin remodeling and transcription activation. As in other eukaryotes, the DNA from the parasite Schistosome mansoni is organized into nucleosomes and the genome encodes components of chromatin-remodeling complexes. Using a series of synthetic peptides we determined that Lys-14 of histone H3 was acetylated by the recombinant SmGCN5-HAT domain. SmGCN5 was also able to acetylate schistosome non-histone proteins, such as the nuclear receptors SmRXR1 and SmNR1, and the co-activator SmNCoA-62. Electron microscopy revealed the presence of SmGCN5 protein in the nuclei of vitelline cells. Within the nucleus, SmGCN5 was found to be located in interchromatin granule clusters (IGCs), which are transcriptionally active structures. The data suggest that SmGCN5 is involved in transcription activation

  10. Cheminformatics Models for Inhibitors of Schistosoma mansoni Thioredoxin Glutathione Reductase

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    Sonam Gaba

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Schistosomiasis is a neglected tropical disease caused by a parasite Schistosoma mansoni and affects over 200 million annually. There is an urgent need to discover novel therapeutic options to control the disease with the recent emergence of drug resistance. The multifunctional protein, thioredoxin glutathione reductase (TGR, an essential enzyme for the survival of the pathogen in the redox environment has been actively explored as a potential drug target. The recent availability of small-molecule screening datasets against this target provides a unique opportunity to learn molecular properties and apply computational models for discovery of activities in large molecular libraries. Such a prioritisation approach could have the potential to reduce the cost of failures in lead discovery. A supervised learning approach was employed to develop a cost sensitive classification model to evaluate the biological activity of the molecules. Random forest was identified to be the best classifier among all the classifiers with an accuracy of around 80 percent. Independent analysis using a maximally occurring substructure analysis revealed 10 highly enriched scaffolds in the actives dataset and their docking against was also performed. We show that a combined approach of machine learning and other cheminformatics approaches such as substructure comparison and molecular docking is efficient to prioritise molecules from large molecular datasets.

  11. 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...

  12. Efeito de tratamento cirúrgico sobre a atividade da enzima hepática lecitina: colesterol aciltransferase (LCAT na esquistossomose mansônica

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    Silva Cesar Augusto da

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available A esquistossomose mansônica é uma doença tropical que constitui um importante problema de saúde pública, na Região Nordeste do Brasil, onde é encontrada em alta endemicidade. Essa parasitose tem o fígado como principal alvo de suas lesões histológicas, alterações fisiopatológicas e manifestações clínicas. Estudos anteriores reportam alterações no metabolismo lipídico associadas à forma hepatoesplênica da esquistosomose.Uma das principais alterações consiste na redução da atividade da enzima hepática LCAT, responsável pela esterificação do colesterol no plasma. Neste trabalho, avaliamos a atividade da LCAT no plasma de pacientes portadores da esquistossomose mansônica hepatoesplênica, os quais foram submetidos a esplenectomia e reimplante de parte de tecido do baço. A atividade enzimática da LCAT foi determinada com substrato radioativo. O [14C]colesterol livre e esterificado, formados por ação da LCAT, foram separados por cromatografia em camada delgada e a radioatividade das amostras foi contada em analisador de cintilação líquida. A atividade da LCAT nos pacientes submetidos a esplenectomia e reimplante de tecido do baço apresentou redução de 32 %, em relação ao grupo controle. Contudo, nos portadores da doença que não foram submetidos ao procedimento cirúrgico a redução na atividade da LCAT foi o dobro (64% da observada em pacientes esplenectomizados e com reimplante de parte do tecido do baço. Esses resultados sugerem haver uma melhora significativa no efeito da forma grave da esquistossomose mansônica sobre a atividade da LCAT.

  13. Caracterização de cepas de Schistosoma mansoni por morfometria de vermes adultos provenientes de infecção unissexual Characterization of Schistosoma mansoni strains by morphometry of adult worms derived from single-sex infection

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    José Roberto Machado-Silva

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    Full Text Available Camundongos foram infectados com cercárias, de um único sexo, de cepas simpátricas do Schistosoma mansoni. Nos vermes adultos, foram encontradas diferenças significativas (pMice were infected with only one sex cercaria derived from sympatric strains of Schistosoma mansoni. Adult worms presented significative differences (p<0.05 regarding suckers, testicular lobes, ovary and thickness of the tegument. Data show that morphometric study of unisexual infection worms can be also used for characterization of Schistosoma mansoni strains.

  14. Caracterização molecular e imunológica da proteína de membrana Sm29 do Schistosoma mansoni.

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    Cardoso FC. 2006 Tese de Doutorado Instituto de Ciências Biológicas, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais. A esquistossomose atinge cerca de 200 milhões de indivíduos em países subdesenvolvidos e em desenvolvimento. O tratamento quimioterápico junto a outras estratégias de controle têm alto custo e tem se mostrado incapazes de erradicar a doença. Devido à uma clara necessidade de desenvolvimento de uma vacina anti-esquistossomose, vários antigenos vêm sendo estudados como candidatos vaci...

  15. Registro de ocorrência de vetores da esquistossomose mansônica em açude do Sertão de Pernambuco

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    Gazin Pierre

    2000-01-01

    Full Text Available O Sertão de Pernambuco não é área endêmica nem focal para esquistossomose mansônica. O presente trabalho registra a ocorrência de Biomphalaria straminea em açude da região, constatando que suas águas têm características físico-químicas favoráveis à proliferação destes moluscos. Chama a atenção para a possibilidade da introdução da doença no semi-árido, diante da crescente multiplicação de barragens.

  16. Ecoepidemiologia da esquistossomose urbana na ilha de Itamaracá, Estado de Pernambuco Ecoepidemiology of urban schistosomiasis in Itamaracá Island, Pernambuco, Brazil

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    Constança Simões Barbosa

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    Full Text Available INTRODUÇÃO: Em 1988, 22 casos autóctones de esquistossomose foram registrados na Praia do Forte Orange, ilha de Itamaracá, Pernambuco. Todos os casos ocorreram em indivíduos de classe média/alta que veraneavam na ilha. Foi realizado estudo com o objetivo de identificar e caracterizar criadouros/focos de vetores da esquistossomose na localidade, correlacionando os determinantes biológicos da doença com o contexto ambiental da sua ocorrência. MÉTODOS: Foram levantados dados secundários para resgatar as características ambientais da área antes da ocupação humana. O inquérito malacológico teve a duração de um ano com mapeamento da área, coleta mensal e exame dos moluscos. RESULTADOS/CONCLUSÕES: Em 1 km de extensão da praia, foram identificados 20 criadouros e demarcadas 28 estações de coleta. Os resultados mostram a variação mensal da densidade populacional de moluscos e das taxas de infecção, correlacionados com sazonalidade e tipos de criadouros. Destaca-se a importância desse novo perfil epidemiológico da esquistossomose em Pernambuco, relacionando o modo de ocupação daquele espaço com o estabelecimento de sítios de transmissão ativa da esquistossomose.INTRODUCTION: In 1988, 22 autochthonous cases from accidental exposure were registered in Forte Orange beach, Itamaracá Island, Pernambuco, Brazil. All cases occurred in middle-to-upper class individuals who were vacationing in the island. After the cases were identified, the major objective was to find breading sites of schistosomiasis vectors and correlate the biological factors with the environmental conditions. METHODS: The environmental characteristics of the beach before human occupation were obtained from several documents. Also, a one-year malacological survey was conducted with monthly collection of mollusks, and the determination of their infectivity rates. RESULTS/CONCLUSIONS: The malacological survey was able to identify 20 breading sites of

  17. Human schistosomiasis mansoni: studies on in vitro granuloma modulation

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    Juçara C. Parra

    1992-01-01

    Full Text Available Infection with Schistosoma mansoni induces humoral and T cell mediated responses and leads to delayed hipersensitivity that results in granulomatous inflamatory disease around the parasite eggs. Regulation of these responses resulting in a reduction in this anti-egg inflamatory disease is appsrently determined by idiotypic repertoires of the patient, associated with genetic background and multiple external factors. We have previously reported on idiotype/anti-idiotype-receptor transactions in clinical human schistosomiasis. These findings support a hypothesis that anti-SEA cross-reactive idiotypes develop in some patients during the course of a chronic infection and participate in regulation of anti-SEA cellular immune responses. We repport here on experiments wich extend those observations to the regulation of granulomatous hypersensitivity measured by an in vitro granuloma model. T cells from chronic intestinal schistosomiasis patients were stimulated in vitro with anti-SEA idiotypes and assayed in an autologous in vitro granuloma assay for modulation of granuloma formation. These anti-SEA idiotype reactive T cells were capable of regulating autologous in vitro granuloma formation. This regulatory activity, initiated with stimulatory anti-SEA idiotypic antibodies, was antigenically specific and was dependent on the present of intact (F(ab'2 immunoglobulin molecules. The ability to elicit this regulatory activity appears to be dose dependent and is more easily demonstrated in chronically infected intestinal patients or SEA sensitized individuals. These data support the hypothesis that anti-SEA cross reactive idiotypes are important in regulating granulomatous hypersensitivy in chronic intestinal schistosomiasis patients and these cross-reactive idiotypes appear to play a major role in cell-cell interactions which result in the regulation of anti-SEA cellular immune responses.

  18. Assessment of oltipraz in schistosomiasis mansoni clinical trial

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    Naftale Katz

    1984-06-01

    Full Text Available Seventy three children (6-15 years and 75 adults (18-47 years with active schistosomiasis mansoni were treated with oltipraz. All cases had at least 100 eggs per gram of feces as determined by the Kato-Katz technique. Children and adults were divided in two groups receiving respectively 25 or 30 mg/kg, as a single oral dose. Clinical examination, laboratories tests (haemogram, urinalysis, hepatic and kidney functions tests, glycemia, cholesterol, triglicerides, lipoprotein — HLD and LDL and ECG were performed before, 3 or 7 days and 1 month after treatment. Parasitological control with 3 daily coprological examinations, was done on the 1st, 3rd j 6th month after drug administration. Giddiness, somnolence, headache, nausea, vomiting and abdominal distress were the most frequent side effects. Pain in the finger tips that need further investigations also occurred. No significant alteration in complementary tests were observed, whereas eosinophilia 1 month after treatment was detected, probably indicating worm death. The cure rate in children was 81.8% and 74.2% with 25 and 30 mg/kg respectively, and in adults 75.0% and 81.2% of the patients. No statistical significant difference was observed between cure rate and side effects at different dosages employed, neither between adults nor children. In all groups the percentage of egg reduction in feces in the non cured patients was higher than 96.0%. Further investigation with this new compound is necessary to accomplish the real value of oltipraz in the schistosomiasis chemotherapy.

  19. 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

    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

  20. Effect of wide spectrum anti-helminthic drugs upon Schistosoma mansoni experimentally infected mice

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    PANCERA Christiane Finardi

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    Full Text Available Mebendazole, albendazole, levamisole and thiabendazole are well known as active drugs against several nematode species, and against cestodes as well, when the first two drugs are considered. None of the drugs have proven activity, however, against trematodes. We tested the effect of these drugs on the fecal shedding of schistosome eggs and the recovering of adult schistosomes, after portal perfusion in Schistosoma mansoni experimentally infected mice. Balb/c mice infected with 80 S. mansoni cercariae were divided into three groups, each in turn subdivided into four other groups, for each tested drug. The first group was treated with each one of the studied drugs 25 days after S. mansoni infection; the second group was submitted to treatment with each one of the drugs 60 days after infection. Finally, the third group, considered as control, received no treatment. No effect upon fecal shedding of S. mansoni eggs and recovering of schistosomes after portal perfusion was observed when mice were treated with either mebendazole or albendazole. Mice treated with either levamisole or thiabendazole, on the other hand, showed a significant reduction in the recovering of adult schistosomes after portal perfusion, mainly when both drugs were given during the schistosomula evolution period, i.e., 25 days after cercariae penetration, probably due to unspecific immunomodulation

  1. 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

    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...

  2. 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 eleme...

  3. 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.

  4. Curcumin Generates Oxidative Stress and Induces Apoptosis in Adult Schistosoma mansoni Worms

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    de Paula Aguiar, Daniela; Brunetto Moreira Moscardini, Mayara; Rezende Morais, Enyara; Graciano de Paula, Renato; Ferreira, Pedro Manuel; Afonso, Ana; Belo, Silvana; Tomie Ouchida, Amanda; Curti, Carlos; Cunha, Wilson Roberto; Rodrigues, Vanderlei

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    Inducing apoptosis is an interesting therapeutic approach to develop drugs that act against helminthic parasites. Researchers have investigated how curcumin (CUR), a biologically active compound extracted from rhizomes of Curcuma longa, affects Schistosoma mansoni and several cancer cell lines. This study evaluates how CUR influences the induction of apoptosis and oxidative stress in couples of adult S. mansoni worms. CUR decreased the viability of adult worms and killed them. The tegument of the parasite suffered morphological changes, the mitochondria underwent alterations, and chromatin condensed. Different apoptotic parameters were determined in an attempt to understand how CUR affected adult S. mansoni worms. CUR induced DNA damage and fragmentation and increased the expression of SmCASP3/7 transcripts and the activity of Caspase 3 in female and male worms. However, CUR did not intensify the activity of Caspase 8 in female or male worms. Evaluation of the superoxide anion and different antioxidant enzymes helped to explore the mechanism of parasite death further. The level of superoxide anion and the activity of Superoxide Dismutase (SOD) increased, whereas the activity of Glutathione-S-Transferase (GST), Glutathione reductase (GR), and Glutathione peroxidase (GPX) decreased, which culminated in the oxidation of proteins in adult female and male worms incubated with CUR. In conclusion, CUR generated oxidative stress followed by apoptotic-like-events in both adult female and male S. mansoni worms, ultimately killing them. PMID:27875592

  5. Curcumin Generates Oxidative Stress and Induces Apoptosis in Adult Schistosoma mansoni Worms.

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    Daniela de Paula Aguiar

    Full Text Available Inducing apoptosis is an interesting therapeutic approach to develop drugs that act against helminthic parasites. Researchers have investigated how curcumin (CUR, a biologically active compound extracted from rhizomes of Curcuma longa, affects Schistosoma mansoni and several cancer cell lines. This study evaluates how CUR influences the induction of apoptosis and oxidative stress in couples of adult S. mansoni worms. CUR decreased the viability of adult worms and killed them. The tegument of the parasite suffered morphological changes, the mitochondria underwent alterations, and chromatin condensed. Different apoptotic parameters were determined in an attempt to understand how CUR affected adult S. mansoni worms. CUR induced DNA damage and fragmentation and increased the expression of SmCASP3/7 transcripts and the activity of Caspase 3 in female and male worms. However, CUR did not intensify the activity of Caspase 8 in female or male worms. Evaluation of the superoxide anion and different antioxidant enzymes helped to explore the mechanism of parasite death further. The level of superoxide anion and the activity of Superoxide Dismutase (SOD increased, whereas the activity of Glutathione-S-Transferase (GST, Glutathione reductase (GR, and Glutathione peroxidase (GPX decreased, which culminated in the oxidation of proteins in adult female and male worms incubated with CUR. In conclusion, CUR generated oxidative stress followed by apoptotic-like-events in both adult female and male S. mansoni worms, ultimately killing them.

  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. 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 infec...

  8. Epidemiology of HIV and Schistosoma mansoni infections among sugar-estate residents in Ethiopia

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    Fontanet, A. L.; Woldemichael, T.; Sahlu, T.; van Dam, G. J.; Messele, T.; Rinke de Wit, T.; Masho, W.; Yeneneh, H.; Coutinho, R. A.; van Lieshout, L.

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    Few studies have examined the interaction between schistosomiasis and infection with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). The overlap between the two infections, and the effect of HIV infection on the egg output and worm load of individuals co-infected with Schistosoma mansoni, were therefore

  9. Fast evolutionary rates associated with functional loss in class I glucose transporters of Schistosoma mansoni

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    Cabezas-Cruz, A.; Valdés, James J.; Lancelot, J.; Pierce, R.J.

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    Roč. 16, NOV 19 2015 (2015), s. 980 ISSN 1471-2164 R&D Projects: GA MŠk(CZ) EE2.3.30.0032 Institutional support: RVO:60077344 Keywords : Schistosoma mansoni * glucose transporters * transcriptional regulation * phylogen * biophysics Subject RIV: EI - Biotechnology ; Bionics Impact factor: 3.867, year: 2015

  10. Atypical presentation of cerebral schistosomiasis four years after exposure to Schistosoma mansoni

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    Matthew F. Rose

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Schistosomiasis is the second most socioeconomically devastating parasitic disease worldwide, affecting over 240 million people in 77 countries on 5 continents and killing 300,000 people annually in sub-Saharan Africa alone. Neuroschistosomiasis is caused by granuloma formation around eggs that lodge in the CNS, with Schistosoma mansoni and Schistosoma haematobium usually affecting the spinal cord and Schistosoma japonicum causing most reported cerebral disease. We report a case of a previously healthy 25-year-old woman native to the United States who presented with a single generalized tonic–clonic seizure without other neurologic symptoms four years after spending a semester in Ghana where she went swimming once in a river. Brain MRI showed areas of signal abnormality and mottled nodular linear enhancement in the left temporal and right posterior temporal/parietal lobes and right cerebellum without mass effect. A biopsy of the left temporal lesion showed prominent granulomas with dense mixed inflammatory infiltrates composed of eosinophils, plasma cells, and lymphocytes surrounding refractile egg shells containing characteristic embryonal cells and von Lichtenberg's envelope and displaying the pathognomonic spine shape of S. mansoni. Serum ELISA and antibody immunoblots confirmed exposure to S. mansoni. In summary, we describe the atypical combination of cerebral schistosomiasis due to S. mansoni, after a prolonged interval of four years, from a single known exposure.

  11. BLOCKADE OF PGE2, PGD2 RECEPTORS CONFERS PROTECTION AGAINST PREPATENT SCHISTOSOMIASIS MANSONI IN MICE.

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    Abdel-Ghany, Rasha; Rabia, Ibrahim; El-Ahwany, Eman; Saber, Sameh; Gamal, Rasha; Nagy, Faten; Mahmoud, Olaa; Hamad, Rabab Salem; Barakat, Walled

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    Schistosomiasis is a chronic disease with considerable social impact. Despite the availability of affordable chemotherapy, drug treatment has not significantly reduced the overall number of disease cases. Among other mechanisms, the parasite produces PGE2 and PGD2 to evade host immune defenses. To investigate the role of PGE2 and PGD2 in schistosomiasis, we evaluated the effects of L-161,982, Ah6809 (PGE2 receptor antagonists alone of combined with each other) and MK-0524 (PGD2 receptor antagonist) during prepatent Schistosoma mansoni infection. Drugs were administered intraperitoneally an hour before and 24 hours after infection of C57BL/6 mice with 100 Schistosoma mansoni cercariae. L-161,982, Ah6809, their combination and MK-0524 caused partial protection against pre-patent S. mansoni infection which was mediated by biasing the immune response towards Th1 phenotype. These results showed that blockade of PGE2 and PGD2 receptors confers partial protection against pre-patent S. mansoni infection in mice and that they may be useful as adjunctive therapy to current anti-schistosomal drugs or vaccines.

  12. The hepatoprotective activity of blue green algae in Schistosoma mansoni infected mice.

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    Mohamed, Azza H; Osman, Gamalat Y; Salem, Tarek A; Elmalawany, Alshimaa M

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    This study aims to evaluate the immunomodulatory effects of a natural product, blue green algae (BGA) (100 mg/kg BW), alone or combined with praziquantel PZQ (250 mg/kg BW) on granulomatous inflammation, liver histopathology, some biochemical and immunological parameters in mice infected with Schistosoma mansoni. Results showed that the diameter and number of egg granuloma were significantly reduced after treatment of S. mansoni-infected mice with BGA, PZQ and their combination. The histopathological alterations observed in the liver of S. mansoni-infected mice were remarkably inhibited after BGA treatments. BGA decreased the activities of aspartate aminotransferase (AST), alanine aminotransferase (ALT) and alkaline phosphatase (ALP) as well as the level of total protein (TP) while the level of albumin was increased. Treatment of infected mice with BGA, PZQ as well as their combination led to significant elevation in the activities of hepatic antioxidant enzymes glutathione peroxidase (GPX) and glutathione-S-transferase (GST) as compared with control group. Combination of BGA and PZQ resulted in significant reduction in the level of intercellular adhesion molecules-1 (ICAM-1), vascular adhesion molecules-1 (VCAM-1) and tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-α) when compared to those of the S. mansoni-infected group. Overall, BGA significantly inhibited the liver damage accompanied with schistosomiasis, exhibited a potent antioxidant and immunoprotective activities. This study suggests that BGA can be considered as promising for development a complementary and/or alternative medicine against schistosomiasis. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  13. 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.

  14. Reconstructing Colonization Dynamics of the Human Parasite Schistosoma mansoni following Anthropogenic Environmental Changes in Northwest Senegal

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    Van den Broeck, Frederik; Maes, Gregory E.; Larmuseau, Maarten H. D.; Rollinson, David; Sy, Ibrahima; Faye, Djibril; Volckaert, Filip A. M.; Polman, Katja; Huyse, Tine

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    Background Anthropogenic environmental changes may lead to ecosystem destabilization and the unintentional colonization of new habitats by parasite populations. A remarkable example is the outbreak of intestinal schistosomiasis in Northwest Senegal following the construction of two dams in the ‘80s. While many studies have investigated the epidemiological, immunological and geographical patterns of Schistosoma mansoni infections in this region, little is known about its colonization history. Methodology/Principal Findings Parasites were collected at several time points after the disease outbreak and genotyped using a 420 bp fragment of the mitochondrial cytochrome c oxidase subunit 1 gene (cox1) and nine nuclear DNA microsatellite markers. Phylogeographic and population genetic analyses revealed the presence of (i) many genetically different haplotypes at the non-recombining mitochondrial marker and (ii) one homogenous S. mansoni genetic group at the recombining microsatellite markers. These results suggest that the S. mansoni population in Northwest Senegal was triggered by intraspecific hybridization (i.e. admixture) between parasites that were introduced from different regions. This would comply with the extensive immigration of infected seasonal agricultural workers from neighboring regions in Senegal, Mauritania and Mali. The spatial and temporal stability of the established S. mansoni population suggests a swift local adaptation of the parasite to the local intermediate snail host Biomphalaria pfeifferi at the onset of the epidemic. Conclusions/Significance Our results show that S. mansoni parasites are very successful in colonizing new areas without significant loss of genetic diversity. Maintaining high levels of diversity guarantees the adaptive potential of these parasites to cope with selective pressures such as drug treatment, which might complicate efforts to control the disease. PMID:26275049

  15. Reconstructing Colonization Dynamics of the Human Parasite Schistosoma mansoni following Anthropogenic Environmental Changes in Northwest Senegal.

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    Frederik Van den Broeck

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available Anthropogenic environmental changes may lead to ecosystem destabilization and the unintentional colonization of new habitats by parasite populations. A remarkable example is the outbreak of intestinal schistosomiasis in Northwest Senegal following the construction of two dams in the '80s. While many studies have investigated the epidemiological, immunological and geographical patterns of Schistosoma mansoni infections in this region, little is known about its colonization history.Parasites were collected at several time points after the disease outbreak and genotyped using a 420 bp fragment of the mitochondrial cytochrome c oxidase subunit 1 gene (cox1 and nine nuclear DNA microsatellite markers. Phylogeographic and population genetic analyses revealed the presence of (i many genetically different haplotypes at the non-recombining mitochondrial marker and (ii one homogenous S. mansoni genetic group at the recombining microsatellite markers. These results suggest that the S. mansoni population in Northwest Senegal was triggered by intraspecific hybridization (i.e. admixture between parasites that were introduced from different regions. This would comply with the extensive immigration of infected seasonal agricultural workers from neighboring regions in Senegal, Mauritania and Mali. The spatial and temporal stability of the established S. mansoni population suggests a swift local adaptation of the parasite to the local intermediate snail host Biomphalaria pfeifferi at the onset of the epidemic.Our results show that S. mansoni parasites are very successful in colonizing new areas without significant loss of genetic diversity. Maintaining high levels of diversity guarantees the adaptive potential of these parasites to cope with selective pressures such as drug treatment, which might complicate efforts to control the disease.

  16. Ultrastructural analysis of miltefosine-induced surface membrane damage in adult Schistosoma mansoni BH strain worms.

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    Bertão, Humberto Gonçalves; da Silva, Renata Alexandre Ramos; Padilha, Rafael José R; de Azevedo Albuquerque, Mônica Camelo Pessôa; Rádis-Baptista, Gandhi

    2012-06-01

    Schistosomiasis is an infectious parasitic disease caused by helminths from the genus Schistosoma; it affects over 200 million people globally and is endemic in 70 countries. In Brazil, 6 million individuals are infected with Schistosoma mansoni. Furthermore, as the prevalence of S. mansoni infections is increasing, approximately 26 million citizens in 19 Brazilian states are at risk for infection. Schistosomiasis disease control involves predominately the administration of a single drug, praziquantel. Although praziquantel exhibits chemotherapeutic efficacy and safety, its massive use in endemic zones, the possibility of the emergence of drug-resistant Schistosoma parasites, and the lack of another efficacious antischistosomal drug demand the discovery of new schistosomicidal compounds. First developed as anti-tumor drug, miltefosine is an alkylphospholipid derivative that exhibits bioactivity against Leishmania and Trypanosoma parasites, free-living protozoa, bacteria, and fungi. With its anti-parasite activity, miltefosine was the first orally administered drug against visceral and cutaneous leishmaniasis approved. Previously, by means of the MTT cytotoxic assay and a DNA fragmentation test, we verified that, at doses of 100 and 200 μM (40 and 80 μg/mL), miltefosine exhibited in vitro schistosomicidal activity against adult S. mansoni worms. Here, we present ultrastructural evidence of rapid, severe miltefosine-induced surface membrane damage in S. mansoni following drug treatment. The number of dead parasites was concentration- and time-dependent following miltefosine treatment. At a miltefosine concentration of 200 μM (∼80 μg/mL), in vitro parasite killing was initiated as early as 3 h post-incubation, and it was maximal after 24 h of treatment. The parasite death was preceded by progressive surface membrane damage, characterized by tegument peeling, spine reduction and erosion, blister formation and rupture, and the emergence of holes. According to our

  17. Aspectos imunológicos do sistema enzimático fenoloxidase de Schistosoma mansoni Immunological aspects of the phenol oxidase enzymatic system of Schistosoma mansoni

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    João Tadeu Ribeiro-Paes

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    Full Text Available O sistema enzimático fenoloxidase (EC 1.10.3.1, EC 1.10.3.2 está amplamente distribuido entre os seres vivos, tendo sido descrito em diferentes espécies do reino animal e vegetal. Apesar de desempenhar um papel fundamental na formação da cápsula ou parede dos ovos de trematódeos, o sistema enzimático fenoloxidase (PO tem sido pouco estudado nesses organismos. No presente trabalho são apresentados os resultados iniciais de imunizações de coelhos contra PO de fêmeas adultas de S. mansoni e tirosinase de cogumelo (Sigma. As análises imunológicas, realizadas através de imunodifusão dupla (teste de Ouchterlony e imunoeletroforese, revelaram identidade imunitária parcial entre a PO de machos e fêmeas. Não se observou reação cruzada entre os antissoros de coelhos imunizados contra PO e aqueles com tirosinase, indicando que, embora os sítios catalíticos de ambas as enzimas devam ser semelhantes, já que atuam sobre os mesmos substratos, os determinantes antigênicos devem ser diferentes. Os resultados descritos no presente trabalho representam um primeiro passo no sentido da purificação das isoenzimas da fenoloxidase e sua posterior utilização ao estudo dos mecanismos moleculares envolvidos na esclerotização da parede dos ovos de S. mansoni.The phenol oxidase enzymatic system (EC 1.10.3.1, EC 1.10.3.2 is widespread in different species of the animal and vegetal kingdom. Despite its importance in the eggshell formation of the trematodes phenol oxidase (PO has been little studied in these organisms, mainly in S. mansoni. This report presents the initial results concerning the immunization of rabbits with PO of S. mansoni and mushroom tyrosinase. The immunological analysis done by means of double immu-nodifusion (Ouchterlony and immunoelectrophoresis techniques revealed some immunological identity between the PO of males and females. It was not seen cross reaction between the antisera against PO and tyrosinase, what suggests

  18. Síndrome de gerstmann de desenvolvimento associada a neoplasia cerebelar: relato de um caso e revisão da literatura Developmental Gerstmann syndrome associated with cerebellar neoplasm: a case report with review of litterature

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    Lineu César Werneck

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    Full Text Available É relatado um caso de síndrome de Gerstmann de Desenvolvimento, que apresentava acalculia, agrafía, confusão direita-esquerda, agnosia de dedos e apraxia construcional, em um menino de 7 anos. O tratamento inicial com metilfenidato determinou bons resultados no que concerne à hiperatividade, à atenção e à apraxia construcional. Durante o curso clínico, o paciente apresentou sintomatologia cerebelar, hipertensão intracraniana, tendo sido feita intervenção cirúrgica na fossa posterior, sendo excisado um meduloblastoma de cerebelo. O autor acredita que é esta a primeira descrição na literatura da concomitância da síndrome de Gerstmann de Desenvolvimento e neoplasia de fossa posterior. São feitos comentários focalizando cada um dos aspectos clínicos, fatores etiológicos e topográficos.A Developmental Gerstmann syndrome in a 7 years-old-boy with hyperactivity, short attention span, acalculia, agraphia, right-left confusion, finger agnosia and constructional apraxia is reported. An initial trial with methylphenidate was done with good improvement regarding hyperactivity, attention span and constructional apraxia. In the clinical course developed a cerebellar syndrome and intracranial hypertension. Surgical exploration of the cerebellum discovered a medulloblastoma. The author believes that this is the first described association of Developmental Gerstmann syndrome and cerebellar neoplasia. The clinical findings, the etiology and the topography of the Gerstmann syndrome are discussed.

  19. Soil-Transmitted Helminths and Schistosoma mansoni Infections in Ethiopian Orthodox Church Students around Lake Tana, Northwest Ethiopia.

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    Afework Bitew, Aschalew; Abera, Bayeh; Seyoum, Walle; Endale, Befekadu; Kiber, Tibebu; Goshu, Girma; Admass, Addiss

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    Soil-transmitted helminths (STH) and Schistosoma mansoni infections are the major neglected tropical diseases that result in serious consequences on health, education and nutrition in children in developing countries. The Ethiopian Orthodox church students, who are called Yekolotemari in Amharic, live in areas with poor sanitation and hygiene. Moreover, they are not included in the national STH control programs. Thus, STH and S. mansoni infections prevalence is unknown. A cross-sectional study was conducted on 384 students in June 2014 to determine STH and S. mansoni infections prevalence. Moreover, the knowledge of students about STH and S. mansoni was assessed. Data on knowledge and clinical symptoms were collected using structured questionnaires via face to face interview. Stool specimens were examined by formol-ether concentration method. The overall prevalence of intestinal helminths infections was 85.9% (95% confidence interval (CI): 82.1-89%). STHs infections prevalence was 65.6% (95% CI: 60.7-70.2%). The prevalence of hookworm, Ascaris lumbricoides and Trichuris trichiura were 31.8% (95% CI: 27.3-36.6%), 29.4% (25-31%) and 3.1% (1.8-5.4%), respectively. On the other hand, S. mansoni prevalence was 14.3% (95% CI: 11.1-18.1%). Majority of students infected with S. mansoni had bloody stool with crud odds-ratio of 2.9 (95% CI: 1.5-5.5). Knowledge assessment showed that 50 (13%) and 18 (4.9%) of the respondents knew about transmission of STH and S. mansoni, respectively. The prevalence of STH and S. mansoni infections were high thus de-worming program should include the students of Ethiopian Orthodox churches. Furthermore, provision and use of sanitary facilities, health education for students to create awareness of parasitic infections and improved personal hygiene should be in place.

  20. The Schistosoma mansoni phylome: using evolutionary genomics to gain insight into a parasite's biology.

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    Silva, Larissa Lopes; Marcet-Houben, Marina; Nahum, Laila Alves; Zerlotini, Adhemar; Gabaldón, Toni; Oliveira, Guilherme

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    Schistosoma mansoni is one of the causative agents of schistosomiasis, a neglected tropical disease that affects about 237 million people worldwide. Despite recent efforts, we still lack a general understanding of the relevant host-parasite interactions, and the possible treatments are limited by the emergence of resistant strains and the absence of a vaccine. The S. mansoni genome was completely sequenced and still under continuous annotation. Nevertheless, more than 45% of the encoded proteins remain without experimental characterization or even functional prediction. To improve our knowledge regarding the biology of this parasite, we conducted a proteome-wide evolutionary analysis to provide a broad view of the S. mansoni's proteome evolution and to improve its functional annotation. Using a phylogenomic approach, we reconstructed the S. mansoni phylome, which comprises the evolutionary histories of all parasite proteins and their homologs across 12 other organisms. The analysis of a total of 7,964 phylogenies allowed a deeper understanding of genomic complexity and evolutionary adaptations to a parasitic lifestyle. In particular, the identification of lineage-specific gene duplications pointed to the diversification of several protein families that are relevant for host-parasite interaction, including proteases, tetraspanins, fucosyltransferases, venom allergen-like proteins, and tegumental-allergen-like proteins. In addition to the evolutionary knowledge, the phylome data enabled us to automatically re-annotate 3,451 proteins through a phylogenetic-based approach rather than solely sequence similarity searches. To allow further exploitation of this valuable data, all information has been made available at PhylomeDB (http://www.phylomedb.org). In this study, we used an evolutionary approach to assess S. mansoni parasite biology, improve genome/proteome functional annotation, and provide insights into host-parasite interactions. Taking advantage of a proteome

  1. Schistosoma mansoni Sambon, 1907: comparative morphologica studies of some Brazilian strains Schistosoma mansoni Sambon, 1907: estudos comparativos da morfologia de algumas cepas brasileiras

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    José Roberto Machado-Silva

    1995-10-01

    Full Text Available The morphology of Schistosoma mansoni adult male worms from three strains which have been maintained in albino mice for several generations, was compared to a strain that has been isolated from the natural host Nectomys squamipes (Rodentia: Muridae captured in Sumidouro (Rio de Janeiro State and have been maintained in the same sylvatic rodent under laboratory conditions. Total length of specimens, distance between suckers, the number of testes and extention of testes grouping were the taxonomic characters analysed. The worms recovered from N. squamipes showed expressive differences (pA morfologia de vermes adultos machos de tres cepas de Schistosoma mansoni, mantidas por várias gerações em camundongos albinos, foi comparada com uma cepa isolada do hospedeiro natural Nectomys squamipes (Rodentia: Muridae e mantida, em laboratório, neste mesmo roedor silvestre. Como caracteres taxonômicos foram analisados o comprimento total, o numero de testículos, a distância entre as ventosas e a distância ocupada pelos testículos nos espécimes. Os vermes recuperados de N. squamipes apresentaram diferenças significativas (p<0,01 em relação às outras cepas para quaisquer caracteres morfológicos estudados. As cepas mantidas em camundongos apresentaram diferença estatística em vários caracteres (p<0,01. Alguns vermes adultos além da disposição normal dos testículos, apresentavam também uma localização atípica destas glândulas sexuais. Conclui-se que a morfologia dos vermes adultos pode ser utilizada para caracterizar cepas de S. mansoni e que as passagens sucessivas de uma cepa em camundongos não induzem a alterações morfológicas nos vermes adultos.

  2. Identification of factors and groups at risk of infection with Schistosoma mansoni: a strategy for the implementation of control measures? Identificação de fatores e grupos de risco de infecção com Schistosoma mansoni: uma estratégia para implementação de medidas de controle?

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    Pedro Coura-Filho

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    Full Text Available A fourteen year schistosomiasis control program in Peri-Peri (Capim Branco, MG reduced prevalence from 43.5 to 4.4%; incidence from 19.0 to 2.9%, the geometric mean of the number of eggs from 281 to 87 and the level of the hepatoesplenic form cases from 5.9 to 0.0%. In 1991, three years after the interruption of the program, the prevalence had risen to 19.6%. The district consists of Barbosa (a rural area and Peri-Peri itself (an urban area. In 1991, the prevalence in the two areas was 28.4% and 16.0% respectively. A multivariate analysis of risk factors for schistosomiasis indicated the domestic agricultural activity with population attributive risk (PAR of 29.82%, the distance (Um programa de controle da esquistossomose mansoni em Peri-Peri, (Capim Branco, MG, durante catorze anos reduziu a prevalência de 43,5 para 4,4%; a incidência de 19,0 para 2,9%: a média geométrica do número de ovos de 281 para 87 e o índice da forma hepatoesplênica de 5,9 para 0,0%. Em 1991, após três anos de interrupção do programa, a prevalência subiu para 19,6%. Neste distrito que é formado pelas localidades de: Barbosa (rural e Peri-Peri propriamente dita (urbana, em 1991, as prevalências foram respectivamente de 28,4% e 16,0%. A análise multivariada de fatores de risco para a infecção esquistosomótica apontou a atividade agrícola peridomiciliar com risco atribuível populacional (RAP de 29,93%, a distância (< 10m da residência à fonte de água natural (RAP = 25,93% e pescar semanalmente (RAP = 17,21% como sendo responsáveis por infecções na área rural. As medidas de controle apontadas para esta área foram: irrigação não artesanal e afastamento das valas de irrigação para mais de dez metros das residências. Na urbana, foi observado que nadar semanalmente (RAP = 20,71%, exercer atividade agrícola peridomiciliar diariamente (RAP = 4,07% e não ter água potável intradomiciliar (RAP = 4,29% foram responsáveis por infecções. Para a

  3. Aderência e atividade microbicida de monócitos em portadores de esquistossomose mansônica na forma hepatoesplênica cirúrgica

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    Brandt Carlos Teixeira

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    Full Text Available A cirurgia nas crianças portadoras de esquistossomose mansônica inclui esplenectomia, ligadura da veia gástrica esquerda e o auto-implante de tecido esplênico no omento maior. A eficácia desse procedimento pode ser responsável pelo desaparecimento da sepse fulminante pós-esplenectomia (SFPE neste tipo de paciente. Esta condição é atribuída à diminuição de IgM, de linfócitos circulantes, de properdina e ausência de tuftsina, o que conduz a deficiência da atividade das células macrófágicas, que são responsáveis pela aderência à bactéria, fagocitose e destruição das mesmas. OBJETIVO: Analisar os aspectos funcionais dos monócitos destes pacientes, operados quando crianças, no Serviço de Cirurgia Geral da Criança do Hospital das Clínicas da UFPE, entre 1991 a 2000. MÉTODOS: Foram analisados os índices de aderência in vitro dos monócitos e a geração do ânion superóxido (O2-, em três grupos. O 1masculine, auto-implante (AI, constituído por 18 portadores de esquistossomose mansônica na forma hepatoesplênica, submetidos a esplenectomia, ligadura da veia gástrica esquerda e auto-implante de tecido esplênico no omento maior; o 2masculine, (ESP, formado por nove pacientes similares, submetidos a esplenectomia e desconexão ázigo-portal, e o 3masculine,(CT, constituído por 12 adolescentes sadios, oriundos da mesma condição sócio-econômica-geográfica. RESULTADOS: Não houve diferença no índice de aderência entre os três grupos. Os monócitos dos pacientes do grupo AI tiveram a geração de O2- semelhante à dos indivíduos do grupo CT, e significantemente maior do que os pacientes do grupo ESP. CONCLUSÕES: Os monócitos dos portadores de esquistossomose hepatoesplênica submetidos a esplenectomia, ligadura da veia gástrica esquerda e auto-implante de tecido esplênico no omento maior se mostram funcionalmente similares aos de indivíduos normais da mesma condição sócio-econômica-geográfica.

  4. Portal hyperflow in patients with hepatosplenic mansonic schistosomiasis Hiperfluxo portal na forma hepatosplênica da esquistossomose mansônica

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    Roberto de Cleva

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    Full Text Available PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to assess portal hemodynamics in patients with portal hypertension due to hepatosplenic schistosomiasis as well as to assess the contribution of splanchnic hyperflow to the pathophysiology of the portal hypertension. METHODS: Sixteen patients with schistosomal portal hypertension and previous history of upper digestive bleeding due to esophageal varices rupture underwent elective esophagogastric devascularization and splenectomy and were prospectively studied. All patients underwent intraoperative invasive hemodynamic portal monitoring with a 4F-thermodilution catheter. The intraoperative portal hemodynamic assessment was conducted after laparotomy (initial and after esophagogastric devascularization (final. RESULTS: The initial portal pressure was elevated (mean 28.5 ± 4.5 mm Hg, and a significant drop of 25% was observed at the end of the surgery (21.9 ± 4.9 mm Hg. The initial portal flow was elevated (mean 1766.9 ± 686.6 mL/min. A significant fall (42% occurred at the end of the surgical procedure (1025.62 ± 338.7 mL/min. Fourteen patients (87.5% presented a portal flow of more than 1200 mL/min, and in 5 cases, values greater than 2000 mL/min were observed. CONCLUSIONS: Esophagogastric devascularization and splenectomy promote a significant reduction of the elevated portal pressure and flow in schistosomal portal hypertension. These data favor the hypothesis of portal hyperflow in the physiopathology of portal hypertension of schistosomiasis.OBJETIVOS: o objetivo do presente estudo é estudar a hemodinâmica portal em pacientes com hipertensão portal secundária a forma hepatoesplênica da esquistossomose e avaliar a contribuição do hiperfluxo esplênico na sua fisiopatologia CASUÍSTICA E MÉTODOS: Foram estudados prospectivamente 16 pacientes portadores de hipertensão portal secundária à forma hepatoesplênica da esquistossomose mansônica com indicação de tratamento cirúrgico. Todos foram

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

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    Fausto Edmundo Lima Pereira

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    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.

  6. [Critical analysis of the estimated number of Schistosomiasis mansoni carriers in Brazil].

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    Katz, N; Peixoto, S V

    2000-01-01

    The number of carriers of Schistosoma mansoni infection in Brazil was estimated based on the results of parasitological examinations of feces carried out by the Fundação Nacional de Saúde (FNS - National Health Foundation) in 1996 and 1997, as well as population data from 18 states collected by the Instituto Brasileiro de Geografia e Estatística (IBGE - Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics). This information allowed the number of carriers of schistosomiasis mansoni to be estimated at 7.1 million in 1996 and 6. 3 million in 1997. These figures may not reflect the true situation since the population sample used was not originally selected for this purpose. The absence of precise data indicates the need for an adequate national survey of the prevalence of schistosomiasis, which continues to be an important endemic parasitic disease, justifying greater efforts for its control in Brazil.

  7. Histological assessment of granulomas in natural and experimental Schistosoma mansoni infections using whole slide imaging.

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    Kátia B Amaral

    Full Text Available The pathology of schistosomiasis mansoni, a neglected tropical disease of great clinical and socioeconomic importance, results from the parasite eggs that become trapped in host tissues, particularly in the liver and intestines. Continuous antigenic stimulation from these eggs leads to recruitment of inflammatory cells to the sites of infection with formation of periovular granulomas. These complex structures have variable size and composition and are the most striking histopathological feature of schistosomiasis mansoni. However, evaluation of granulomas by conventional microscopy methods is time-consuming and limited, especially in large-scale studies. Here, we used high resolution Whole Slide Imaging (WSI, which allows fast scanning of entire histological slides, and multiple morphometric evaluations, to assess the granulomatous response elicited in target organs (liver, small and large intestines of two models of schistosomiasis mansoni. One of the advantages of WSI, also termed virtual microscopy, is that it generates images that simultaneously offer high resolution and a wide field of observation. By using a model of natural (Nectomys squamipes, a wild reservoir captured from endemic areas in Brazil and experimental (Swiss mouse infection with Schistosoma mansoni, we provided the first detailed WSI characterization of granulomas and other pathological aspects. WSI and quantitative analyses enabled a fast and reliable assessment of the number, evolutional types, frequency and areas of granulomas and inflammatory infiltrates and revealed that target organs are differentially impacted by inflammatory responses in the natural and experimental infections. Remarkably, high-resolution analysis of individual eosinophils, key cells elicited by this helminthic infection, showed a great difference in eosinophil numbers between the two infections. Moreover, features such as the intestinal egg path and confluent granulomas were uncovered. Thus, WSI may

  8. Interactions of mefloquine with praziquantel in the Schistosoma mansoni mouse model and in vitro.

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    Keiser, Jennifer; Manneck, Theresia; Vargas, Mireille

    2011-08-01

    Mefloquine has interesting antischistosomal properties, hence it might be an attractive partner drug for combination treatment with praziquantel. The aim of this study was to evaluate activities of mefloquine/praziquantel combinations against Schistosoma mansoni in vitro and in vivo. Dose-response relationships were established following exposure of adult S. mansoni to mefloquine, praziquantel and fixed dose combinations of mefloquine/praziquantel in vitro. S. mansoni-infected mice were treated orally with selected doses of single drugs and drug combinations 7 weeks post-infection. We calculated in vitro LC(50) values of 0.024 and 1.9 μg/mL for praziquantel and mefloquine, respectively. Mefloquine/praziquantel combinations showed synergistic effects, with combination index (CI) values mefloquine followed by praziquantel in vitro. ED(50)s of 62 mg/kg and 172 mg/kg were determined for mefloquine and praziquantel against adult S. mansoni in vivo, respectively. Combinations of praziquantel (50 or 100 mg/kg) followed the next day by mefloquine (50 or 100 mg/kg) treatment revealed only moderate total worm burden reductions of 47.8%-54.7%. On the other hand, when both drugs (100 mg/kg each) were either given simultaneously or mefloquine was given prior to praziquantel, high total and female worm burden reductions of 86.0%-93.1% were observed. For the later treatment regimen, synergistic effects (CI mefloquine and praziquantel were combined using a fixed dose ratio based on their ED(50)s. Combinations of mefloquine and praziquantel may have clinical utility in the treatment of schistosomiasis.

  9. Disposition of mefloquine and enpiroline is highly influenced by a chronic Schistosoma mansoni infection.

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    Ingram, Katrin; Duthaler, Urs; Vargas, Mireille; Ellis, William; Keiser, Jennifer

    2013-09-01

    Chronic Schistosoma mansoni infections lead to severe tissue destruction of the gut wall and liver and can influence drug disposition. This study aimed to investigate the impact of a chronic S. mansoni infection on the pharmacokinetic (PK) parameters of two promising antischistosomal lead candidates (mefloquine and enpiroline) in mice. Studies were conducted in two different mouse cohorts (S. mansoni-infected and uninfected mice) for both drugs. Plasma samples were collected at various time points after oral treatment (200 mg/kg of body weight) with study drugs. A high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) method was validated to analyze enpiroline and mefloquine in plasma. Livers and intestines were collected from infected animals to determine the onset of action, hepatic shift, and worm burden reduction. Following mefloquine administration, hepatic shifting and significant worm burden reductions (79.2%) were observed after 72 h. At 1 week posttreatment with enpiroline, the majority of worms had migrated to the liver and significant worm burden reductions were observed (93.1%). The HPLC method was selective, accurate (87.8 to 111.4%), and precise (mefloquine, with a 5-fold increase of t1/2 (182.7 h versus 33.6 h) and 2-fold increase of AUC (1,116,517.8 ng · h/ml versus 522,409.1 ng · h/ml). S. mansoni infections in mice influence the PK profiles of enpiroline and mefloquine, leading to delayed clearance. Our data confirm that drug disposition should be carefully studied in schistosomiasis patients.

  10. Association of Type 2 Cytokines with Hepatic Fibrosis in Human Schistosoma mansoni Infection

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    Jesus, Amélia Ribeiro de; Magalhães, Andréa; Miranda, Delfin Gonzalez; Araujo, Maria Ilma Andrade Santos; Jesus, Adriana Almeida de; Silva, Angela; Santana, Luciana B.

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    Texto completo : acesso restrito. p. 3391-3397 The objective of this study was to evaluate the role of cytokines in hepatic fibrosis in the prehepatosplenic and early hepatosplenic stages of schistosomiasis mansoni. Hepatic fibrosis was classified by ultrasonography of 94 patients. Immunological evaluation was performed by the measurement of secreted cytokines (interleukin- 5 [IL-5], IL-10, IL-13, gamma interferon, tumor necrosis factor alpha, and transforming growth factor ) in peri...

  11. Immunoproteomic Analysis of the Excretory-Secretory Proteins from Spirometra Mansoni Sparganum

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    Zhong Quan Wang

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available Background: Sparganosis is caused by the invasion of Spirometra sparganum into various tissues/organs. Subcutaneous sparganosis can be diagnosed by biopsy, while visceral/cerebral sparganosis is not easy to be diagnosed. The diagnosis de­pends largely on the detection of specific anti-sparganum antibodies. The specific­ity of the ELISA could be increased by using S. mansoni sparganum excretory–secre­tory (ES antigens, but it also had the cross-reactions with sera of patients with cysticercosis or paragonimiasis. The aim of this study was to identify early specific diagnostic antigens in S. mansoni sparganum ES proteins.Methods: The sparganum ES proteins were analyzed by two-dimensional electrophore­sis (2-DE and Western blot probed with early sera from infected mice at 14 days post-infection. The immunoreactive protein spots were characterized by MALDI-TOF/ TOF-MS.Results: A total of approximately 149 proteins spots were detected with isoelectric point (pI varying from 3 to 7.5 and molecular weight from 20 to 115 kDa and seven protein spots with molecular weight of 23-31 kDa were recognized by the infection sera. Three of seven spots were successfully identified and characterized as the same S. mansoni protein (cysteine protease, and the proteins of other 4 spots were not included in the databases.Conclusion: The cysteine protease from S. mansoni ES proteins recognized by early infection sera might be the early diagnostic antigens for sparganosis.

  12. Phytol, a diterpene alcohol from chlorophyll, as a drug against neglected tropical disease Schistosomiasis mansoni.

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    Josué de Moraes

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Schistosomiasis is a major endemic disease that affects hundreds of millions worldwide. Since the treatment and control of this parasitic disease rely on a single drug, praziquantel, it is imperative that new effective drugs are developed. Here, we report that phytol, a diterpene alcohol from chlorophyll widely used as a food additive and in medicinal fields, possesses promising antischistosomal properties in vitro and in a mouse model of schistosomiasis mansoni. METHODS AND FINDINGS: In vitro, phytol reduced the motor activity of worms, caused their death and confocal laser scanning microscopy analysis showed extensive tegumental alterations in a concentration-dependent manner (50 to 100 µg/mL. Additionally, phytol at sublethal doses (25 µg/mL reduced the number of Schistosoma mansoni eggs. In vivo, a single dose of phytol (40 mg/kg administered orally to mice infected with adult S. mansoni resulted in total and female worm burden reductions of 51.2% and 70.3%, respectively. Moreover, phytol reduced the number of eggs in faeces (76.6% and the frequency of immature eggs (oogram pattern was significantly reduced. The oogram also showed increases in the proportion of dead eggs. Confocal microcopy studies revealed tegumental damage in adult S. mansoni recovered from mice, especially in female worms. CONCLUSIONS: The significant reduction in parasite burden by this chlorophyll molecule validates phytol as a promising drug and offers the potential of a new direction for chemotherapy of human schistosomiasis. Phytol is a common food additive and nonmutagenic, with satisfactory safety. Thus, phytol has potential as a safe and cost-effective addition to antischistosomal therapy.

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

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    Friis, H; Byskov, Jens

    1989-01-01

    selected at random from three strata of intensities of infection. Six weeks after treatment a duplicate of Kato fecal thick smear was made. When eggs of S. mansoni were found, a new stool sample was collected and a hatching test performed. Only in case of a positive hatching test was the child considered...... to be infected: Cure rates between 78.6 and 90.0%, and reductions in egg output among noncured between 84.6 and 98.0% were found....

  14. Activity of 9-(S)-[3-hydroxy-2-(phosphonomethoxy)propyl]adenine against Schistosomiasis mansoni in mice

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    Botros, S.; William, S.; Hammam, O.; Zídek, Zdeněk; Holý, Antonín

    2003-01-01

    Roč. 47, č. 12 (2003), s. 3853-3858 ISSN 0066-4804 R&D Projects: GA ČR GA305/00/0048; GA ČR GA305/03/1470 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z5008914; CEZ:AV0Z5039906 Keywords : schistosoma mansoni Subject RIV: FH - Neurology Impact factor: 4.246, year: 2003

  15. 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.

  16. Peso do baço como fator prognóstico do tratamento cirúrgico de pacientes portadores de esquistossomose mansônica

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    Álvaro Antônio Bandeira Ferraz

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Analisar pré-operatoriamente o peso do baço como fator prognóstico do tratamento cirúrgico de pacientes portadores de esquistossomose mansônica. MÉTODOS: Foram analisados 114 pacientes, portadores de esquistossomose mansônica com antecedentes de hemorragia digestiva, submetidos a tratamento cirúrgico. Os pacientes foram divididos em três grupos: Grupo 1 - baço menor que 500 gramas (17; Grupo 2 - baço entre 500 e 1.000 gramas (58; Grupo 3 - baço acima de 1.000 gramas (39. RESULTADOS: No Grupo 1 a recidiva hemorrágica foi de 17,6%, trombose da veia porta de 5,9% e não houve mortalidade. A incidência de hiperesplenismo pré-operatório foi de 29,4% e o calibre da veia porta foi de 1,1cm. No Grupo 2 a recidiva hemorrágica foi de 15,5%, trombose da veia porta de 10,3% e a mortalidade de quatro pacientes (6,9% (dois pacientes no período pós-operatório e dois no seguimento tardio, hepatocarcinoma e hemorragia digestiva. A incidência de hiperesplenismo foi de 53,4% e o calibre médio da veia porta foi de 1,4cm. No Grupo 3 a recidiva hemorrágica foi de 12,8%, trombose da veia porta de 5,1% e uma mortalidade tardia de dois pacientes (linfoma e infarto agudo do miocárdio. A incidência de hiperesplenismo foi de 76,9% e o calibre da veia porta foi de 1,5cm. CONCLUSÕES: O peso do baço apresenta relação com o hiperesplenismo pré-operatório, calibre da veia porta e permanência hospitalar pós-operatória. Não encontramos relação com a incidência de varizes de fundo gástrico, recidiva de sangramento digestivo, trombose da veia porta, grau de fibrose periportal e dados bioquímicos.

  17. Effects of Mirazid Treatment and Vaccination with Irradiated Cercariae in Experimentally Schistosoma mansoni Infected Mice

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    Fayad, M.E.; Moawad, M.A.; Abd El-Fattah, N.Se.

    2006-01-01

    Schistosomiasis Tops all the endemic parasitic diseases particularly in Egypt. This study was performed on 4 groups of mice, each group formed of 25 mice. Group 1 (control group) infected with Schistosoma mansoni cercariae, group 2 (vaccinated group) vaccinated with irradiated cercariae, group 3 (treated group) infected with living cercariae of Schistosoma mansoni, then treated with Mirazid in the day post infection and group 4 (vaccinated and treated group) vaccinated with irradiated cercariae of Schistosoma mansoni then challenged and treated with Mirazid in the day post infection. By comparing the results of group 4 (vaccinated and treated group) with respective control there was a highly significant difference in all parameters. The worm burden reduction was 100 % and the percentage reduction of the eggs in the liver was 96.6 % and in the intestine was 89.76 %. Also, there were marked reduction in the size and number of granulomas with preservation of the liver architecture and absence of areas of degeneration and necrosis. So, this study shown that resistance to schistosomiasis can be consistently induced in mice by combining drug therapy with vaccination

  18. Cerebral Schistosomiasis Caused by Schistosoma mansoni: a Case Report with Clinical Analysis

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    M Li

    2009-05-01

    Full Text Available "nCentral nervous system involvement arising from schistosomiasis is uncommon. It may be produced most fre­quently by Schistosoma japonicum infection, but reports of S. mansoni presenting as an intracerebral mass lesion are particularly rare. The authors describe the case of a 35-year-old woman with a 3-month history of partial epilep­tic seizures and head­aches. She immigrated to Egypt 4 years ago and had worked in Iraq for 2 years after the immigration. The patient's gen­eral physical and neurological examinations were unremarkable. Magnetic resonance (MR imaging revealed an enhanc­ing lesion with surrounding edema and mild mass effect in the left frontal lobe. A stereotactic brain biopsy demonstrated intraparenchymal granulomas surrounding S. mansoni eggs. S. mansoni was identified by stool examination. Prednisone (1 mg/kg per day for 1 week, with gradual with­drawal during the following 3 weeks and praziquantel (2 doses at 20 mg/kg per day therapy was initiated. The patient's symptoms resolved following medical treatment and the follow-up MR imaging yielded normal findings. This case is the rare imported case of cerebral schistosomiasis in China and the neuroschistosomiasis should be considered as the patient lived in a region in which this disease is endemic.

  19. Predicting the spatial distribution of Biomphalaria straminea, a potential intermediate host for Schistosoma mansoni, in China

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    Mohamed R. Habib

    2016-11-01

    Full Text Available Schistosomiasis is one of the most prevalent parasitic diseases impacting human health in the tropics and sub-tropics. The geographic distribution of Schistosoma mansoni, the most widespread species, includes areas in Africa, the Middle East, South America and the Caribbean. Snails of the genus Biomphalaria act as intermediate host for S. mansoni. Biomphalaria straminea is not indigenous in China but was accidentally introduced to Hong Kong from South America and has spread to other habitats in the southern parts of the country. This species is known for its great dispersal capacity that highlights the importance of the snail as a potential host for S. mansoni in China. In this connection, although no such infection has been recorded in the field so far, the continuous expansion of China’s projects in endemic areas of Africa and import of the infection via returning workers or visitors deserve attention. The purpose of this study was to map and predict the spatial distribution of B. straminea in China. Snail occurrence data were assembled and investigated using MaxEnt software, along with climatic and environmental variables to produce a predictive risk map. Of the environmental variables tested, the precipitation of warmest quarter was the most contribution factor for snail’s spatial distribution. Risk areas were found in southeastern China and it is expected that they will guide policies and control programmes to potential areas area of snail abundance and used for spatial targeting of control interventions for this invasive species.

  20. Protection against heterologous infection by using cross antigenicity between schistosoma mansoni and fasciola hepatica

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    Moawad, M.A.; Amin, M.M.

    2004-01-01

    Fasciola hepatica is the causative agent of fasciolosis in many areas in America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia. There is an urgent need for improved methods to control the parasite's transmission. The present study is parasitological, immunological (interleukine-1β and interleukine-6) and histopathological investigations on the immunizing effect of cross antigenicity between S. mansoni and F. hepatica against schistosomiasis and fasciolosis in mice. Parasitological study showed that vaccination with irradiated cercariae of S. mansoni or vaccination by F. hepatica whole worm extract (FhWWE) before challenged with encysted metacercariae of F. hepatica or cercariae of S. mansoni played a significant control on the parasitic infection manifested by a remarkable reduction in the means of worm count. Assessment of IL-1β and IL-6 in sera of the experimental groups showed that there are cross reactivity between fasciola / schistosoma and its relation to cross protection. Histopathological examination of vaccinated mice livers showed protection against parasite maturation and liver damage after challenged, as compared to mice infected only without vaccination

  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. High burden of Schistosoma mansoni infection in school-aged children in Marolambo District, Madagascar.

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    Spencer, Stephen A; Penney, James M St John; Russell, Hannah J; Howe, Anthony P; Linder, Cortland; Rakotomampianina, Andriamahitsisambatra L D; Nandimbiniaina, Anjara M; Squire, S Bertel; Stothard, J Russell; Bustinduy, Amaya L; Rahetilahy, Alain M

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    A school-based survey was undertaken to assess prevalence and infection intensity of schistosomiasis in school-aged children in the Marolambo District of Madagascar. School-aged children from six purposively selected schools were tested for Schistosoma haematobium by urine filtration and Schistosoma mansoni using circulating cathodic antigen (CCA) and Kato-Katz stool analysis. The investigators did not address soil-transmitted helminths (STH) in this study. Of 399 school-aged children screened, 93.7% were infected with S. mansoni based on CCA analysis. Kato-Katz analysis of stool revealed S. mansoni infection in 73.6% (215/ 292). Heavy infections (> 400 eggs per gram) were common (32.1%; 69/ 215), with a mean of 482 eggs per gram of stool. Moderate infection intensities were detected in 31.2% (67/ 215) and light infection intensities in 36.7% (79/ 215) of infected participants. No infection with S. haematobium was detected by urine filtration. Intestinal schistosomiasis appears a considerable public health issue in this remote area of Madagascar where there is a pressing need for mass drug administration.

  3. Comparative Evaluation of Anthelmintic Activity of Edible and Ornamental Pomegranate Ethanolic Extracts against Schistosoma mansoni

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    Doaa A. Yones

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Due to the development of praziquantel (PZQ schistosomes resistant strains, the discovery of new antischistosomal agents is of high priority in research. This work reported the in vitro and in vivo effects of the edible and ornamental pomegranate extracts against Schistosoma mansoni. Leaves and stem bark ethanolic extracts of both dried pomegranates were prepared at 100, 300, and 500 μg/mL for in vitro and 600 and 800 mg/kg for in vivo. Adult worms Schistosoma mansoni in RPMI-1640 medium for in vitro and S. mansoni infected mice for in vivo tests were obtained from Theodor Bilharz Research Institute, Cairo, Egypt. In vitro activity was manifested by significant coupled worms separation, reduction of motor activity, lethality, and ultrastructural tegumental alterations in adult worms. In vivo activity was manifested revealed by significant reduction of hepatic granulomas number and diameter, decreased number of bilharzial eggs in liver tissues, lowered liver inflammatory infiltration, decreased hepatic fibrosis, and inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS expression. Ethanolic stem bark extract of edible pomegranate exhibited highest antischistosomal activities both in vitro and in vivo. Therefore, pomegranate showed a good potential to be used as a promising new candidate for the development of new schistosomicidal agents.

  4. Comparative Evaluation of Anthelmintic Activity of Edible and Ornamental Pomegranate Ethanolic Extracts against Schistosoma mansoni

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    Badary, Dalia M.; Sayed, Hesham M. B.; Bayoumi, Soad A. H.; Khalifa, Azza A.; El-Moghazy, Ahmed M.

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    Due to the development of praziquantel (PZQ) schistosomes resistant strains, the discovery of new antischistosomal agents is of high priority in research. This work reported the in vitro and in vivo effects of the edible and ornamental pomegranate extracts against Schistosoma mansoni. Leaves and stem bark ethanolic extracts of both dried pomegranates were prepared at 100, 300, and 500 μg/mL for in vitro and 600 and 800 mg/kg for in vivo. Adult worms Schistosoma mansoni in RPMI-1640 medium for in vitro and S. mansoni infected mice for in vivo tests were obtained from Theodor Bilharz Research Institute, Cairo, Egypt. In vitro activity was manifested by significant coupled worms separation, reduction of motor activity, lethality, and ultrastructural tegumental alterations in adult worms. In vivo activity was manifested revealed by significant reduction of hepatic granulomas number and diameter, decreased number of bilharzial eggs in liver tissues, lowered liver inflammatory infiltration, decreased hepatic fibrosis, and inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) expression. Ethanolic stem bark extract of edible pomegranate exhibited highest antischistosomal activities both in vitro and in vivo. Therefore, pomegranate showed a good potential to be used as a promising new candidate for the development of new schistosomicidal agents. PMID:27990425

  5. 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

    2016-01-01

    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

  6. Association of Type 2 Cytokines with Hepatic Fibrosis in Human Schistosoma mansoni Infection

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    Ribeiro de Jesus, Amélia; Magalhães, Andréa; Gonzalez Miranda, Delfin; Gonzalez Miranda, Roberval; Araújo, Maria Ilma; Almeida de Jesus, Adriana; Silva, Angela; Santana, Luciana B.; Pearce, Edward; Carvalho, Edgar M.

    2004-01-01

    The objective of this study was to evaluate the role of cytokines in hepatic fibrosis in the prehepatosplenic and early hepatosplenic stages of schistosomiasis mansoni. Hepatic fibrosis was classified by ultrasonography of 94 patients. Immunological evaluation was performed by the measurement of secreted cytokines (interleukin-5 [IL-5], IL-10, IL-13, gamma interferon, tumor necrosis factor alpha, and transforming growth factor β) in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) stimulated by Schistosoma mansoni antigens. Significantly, higher levels of IL-5, IL-10, and IL-13 were found in supernatants of soluble egg antigen-stimulated PBMC from subjects with degree III hepatic fibrosis compared to patients with degree I or II fibrosis. Significant increases in IL-5 and IL-13 levels were also observed in some of the subjects who remained untreated for 1 year following initial assessment and developed more serious fibrosis during this period. The data suggest a role for type 2 cytokines in hepatic fibrosis in human schistosomiasis mansoni. PMID:15155645

  7. RE-EVALUATION OF SCHISTOSOMIASIS MANSONI IN MINAS GERAIS, BRAZIL. III. "NOROESTE DE MINAS" MESOREGION

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    CARVALHO Omar S.

    1998-01-01

    Full Text Available This study was conducted to assess the presence of schistosomiasis mansoni in the "Noroeste de Minas" mesoregion, an area considered non-endemic. A malacologic survey and parasitologic stool examinations were undertaken in 13 municipalities of the mesoregion. A sample of 3,283 primary school students was submitted to fecal examination by the Kato-Katz method. A total of 3,627 planorbids was collected and examined. The molluscs were identified as Biomphalaria straminea in seven municipalities (Unaí, Bonfinópolis de Minas, Paracatu, João Pinheiro, Vazante, Lagamar and Lagoa Grande and as Biomphalaria peregrina in one (Presidente Olegário. All planorbids were negative for Schistosoma mansoni. Four students were diagnosed with schistosomiasis in the municipalities of Buritis, Formoso, Paracatu and Unaí, but none of these cases was considered autochthonous. The data obtained indicate that the "Noroeste de Minas" mesoregion continues to be non-endemic for schistosomiasis mansoni, although the presence of intermediate hosts associated with parasitized individuals emphasizes the need for epidemiological surveillance of schistosomiasis in this mesoregion.

  8. Genetic markers between Biomphalaria glabrata snails susceptible and resistant to Schistosoma mansoni infection

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    RGM Spada

    2002-10-01

    Full Text Available The analysis of the genetic variability related to susceptibility to Schistosoma mansoni infection in the vector of the genus Biomphalaria is important in terms of a better understanding of the epidemiology of schistosomiasis itself, the possible pathological implications of this interaction in vertebrate hosts, and the formulation of new strategies and approaches for disease control. In the present study, the genetic variability of B. glabrata strains found to be resistant or susceptible to S. mansoni infection was investigated using DNA amplification by random amplified polymorphic DNA-polymerase chain reaction (RAPD-PCR. The amplification products were analyzed on 8% polyacrylamide gel and stained with silver. We selected 10 primers, since they have previously been useful to detect polymorphism among B. glabrata and/or B. tenagophila. The results showed polymorphisms with 5 primers. Polymorphic bands observed only in the susceptible strain. The RAPD-PCR methodology represents an adequate approach for the analysis of genetic polymorphisms. The understanding of the genetic polymorphisms associated to resistance may contribute to the future identification of genomic sequences related to the resistance/susceptibility of Biomphalaria to the larval forms of S. mansoni and to the development of new strategies for the control of schistosomiasis.

  9. Ultrastructural and biochemical detection of biotin and biotinylated polypeptides in Schistosoma mansoni

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    Santos P.R.P.

    1997-01-01

    Full Text Available Biotinylation is proposed for the identification of surface proteins in Schistosoma mansoni using the streptavidin-HRP conjugate for the detection of labeled polypeptides. However, control samples also showed several endogenous biotinylated polypeptides. In an attempt to determine the possibility of nonspecific binding between the streptavidin-HRP conjugate and polypeptides from S. mansoni, the conjugate was blocked with biotinamidecaproate-N-hydroxysuccinimide ester (BcapNHS before biotin-streptavidin blotting. No bands were detected on the nitrocellulose sheet, demonstrating the specific recognition of biotin by the streptavidin present in the conjugate. Whole cercariae and cercarial bodies and tails showed several endogenous biotinylated polypeptides. The biotin concentration was 13 µg/190,000 cercariae. Adult worms presented less endogenous biotinylated polypeptides than cercariae. These results may be due to changes in the environment from aerobic to anaerobic conditions when cercarial bodies (schistosomula are transformed into adult worms and a decrease in CO2 production may occur. Cercariae, cercarial bodies and adult male worms were examined by transmission electron microscopy employing an avidin-colloidal gold conjugate for the detection of endogenous biotin. Gold particles were distributed mainly on the muscle fibers, but dispersed granules were observed in the tegument, mitochondria and cytosol. The discovery of endogenous biotin in S. mansoni should be investigated in order to clarify the function of this vitamin in the parasite

  10. Functional visualization of the excretory system of adult Schistosoma mansoni by the fluorescent marker resorufin.

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    Sato, H; Kusel, J R; Thornhill, J

    2002-12-01

    Excretion of metabolic wastes as well as xenobiotics is a major concern of all living organisms, and the Platyhelminthes including Schistosoma mansoni possess the protonephridial excretory system for their survival. Except for some ultra-structural and biochemical information, little is known about the protonephridium of platyhelminths due to a lack of established techniques for exploring the excretory activity. This study describes a new technique to assess the excretory activity of S. mansoni by use of the fluorescent marker resorufin, which is a potential substrate of the drug efflux pump, P-glycoprotein. After simple diffusion into the schistosome body, fluorescent resorufin was concentrated in the excretory tubules by an energy-dependent mechanism and excreted via the nephridiopore. The present technique of labelling functionally the excretory system was applicable to adult worms, but not schistosomula or cercariae. A variety of modulators known to interfere with mammalian P-glycoprotein function perturbed resorufin excretion from male adult schistosomes, including cyclosporin A, Ro11-2933, verapamil, or nifedipine. This technique of labelling the excretory system with fluorescent resorufin has enabled us to study aspects of the physiological function, hitherto unknown, of the protonephridial system of S. mansoni.

  11. Estratégias e métodos de controle da esquistossomose Strategies and methods of schistosomiasis control

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    Luís Rey

    1987-03-01

    Full Text Available Após considerar algumas situações epidemiológicas e as possibilidades de controle,diferentes programas e métodos foram passados em revista e discutidos. O saneamento do meio, o controle de moluscos, o tratamento da população humana e a educação sanitária foram analisados como partes de projetos integrados, em áreas infectadas por Schistosoma mansoni ou haematobium. De acordo com os objetivos a serem adotados pelas autoridades do País, são descritas quatro alternativas estratégicas, relacionadas com as condições ecológicas, que utilizam em essência: 1 controle malacológico, seguido de tratamento das pessoas parasitadas, e repetido sempre que necessário; 2 controle malacológico e tratamento de massa, se a prevalência for muito elevada, seguido de busca periódica e tratamento dos casos; 3 tratamentos periódicos, nas épocas de baixa ou nula transmissão; 4 erradicação dos vetores (onde for possível seguida de tratamento dos casos e vigilância epidemiológica dos focos. Dá-se grande ênfase à decisão e ao empenho governamental no controle, à participação da comunidade e à avaliação periódica dos projetos.After considering some specific epidemiological situations and the possibilities of control different programmes and methods were reviewed and discussed. Sanitation, mollusc control treatment of human cases and education were analysed as parts of an integrated project, and according to the objectives that must be adopted by national authorities four principal alternatives were described: a mollusc control followed by treatment of parasitized people: b mollusc control and mass treatment, when prevalence is very high, followed by periodic search and treatment of cases: c periodic treatments, during low or no transmission periods: d and vector erradication (where it is feasible followed by human treatment and epidemiological vigilance. Emphasis was put on governamental decision, good planning, community

  12. The Schistosoma mansoni phylome: using evolutionary genomics to gain insight into a parasite’s biology

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    Silva Larissa

    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Schistosoma mansoni is one of the causative agents of schistosomiasis, a neglected tropical disease that affects about 237 million people worldwide. Despite recent efforts, we still lack a general understanding of the relevant host-parasite interactions, and the possible treatments are limited by the emergence of resistant strains and the absence of a vaccine. The S. mansoni genome was completely sequenced and still under continuous annotation. Nevertheless, more than 45% of the encoded proteins remain without experimental characterization or even functional prediction. To improve our knowledge regarding the biology of this parasite, we conducted a proteome-wide evolutionary analysis to provide a broad view of the S. mansoni’s proteome evolution and to improve its functional annotation. Results Using a phylogenomic approach, we reconstructed the S. mansoni phylome, which comprises the evolutionary histories of all parasite proteins and their homologs across 12 other organisms. The analysis of a total of 7,964 phylogenies allowed a deeper understanding of genomic complexity and evolutionary adaptations to a parasitic lifestyle. In particular, the identification of lineage-specific gene duplications pointed to the diversification of several protein families that are relevant for host-parasite interaction, including proteases, tetraspanins, fucosyltransferases, venom allergen-like proteins, and tegumental-allergen-like proteins. In addition to the evolutionary knowledge, the phylome data enabled us to automatically re-annotate 3,451 proteins through a phylogenetic-based approach rather than solely sequence similarity searches. To allow further exploitation of this valuable data, all information has been made available at PhylomeDB (http://www.phylomedb.org. Conclusions In this study, we used an evolutionary approach to assess S. mansoni parasite biology, improve genome/proteome functional annotation, and provide insights into

  13. Schistosoma mansoni and other intestinal parasitic infections in schoolchildren and vervet monkeys in Lake Ziway area, Ethiopia.

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    Teklemariam, Dejene; Legesse, Mengistu; Degarege, Abraham; Liang, Song; Erko, Berhanu

    2018-02-20

    To assess Schistosoma mansoni and other intestinal parasitic infections in schoolchildren and vervet monkeys (Chlorocebus aethiops) in Bochessa Village, Ziway, Ethiopia. Fecal specimens from selected schoolchildren and droppings of the vervet monkeys were collected and microscopically examined for intestinal parasites using the Kato-Katz thick smear and formol-ether concentration techniques. The prevalences of S. mansoni, Trichuris trichiura, Ascaris lumbricoides, Enterobius vermicularis, hookworms, Hymenolepis nana and Taenia species among the children were 35.7, 26.9, 24.1, 2.1, 2.1, 1.07 and 2.1%, respectively (by Kato-Katz) and 39.3, 36.1, 35.6, 2.9, 10.0, 4.3, and 2.9%, respectively (by formol-ether concentration). Prevalence of S. mansoni in vervet monkeys ranged from 10 to 20%. B. pfeifferi snails were exposed to S. mansoni miracidia from vervet origin, shed cercariae were then used to infect lab-bred albino mice. Adult worms were harvested from the mice 5 weeks post-exposure to cercariae to establish the schistosome life cycle and confirm the infection in the vervet monkeys. The natural infection of S. mansoni in vervet monkeys suggests that the non-human primate is likely to be implicated in the local transmission of schistosomiasis. Further epidemiological and molecular studies are needed to fully elucidate zoonotic role of non-human primate in the area.

  14. [Chronobiological studies on effect of cyclosporin A (CsA) against adult male worms of Schistosoma mansoni in vitro].

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    Liu, J; Chappell, L H

    1998-01-01

    To study the action mode of cyclosporin A (CsA) against Schistosoma mansoni in vitro. MF1 mice were infected with Schistosoma mansoni cercariae for 6 weeks when the adult worms were recovered by portal perfusion. The male worms of S. mansoni recovered were exposed to varying concentrations of CsA at 8, 16, and 24 h in vitro. Drug induced damage to the male worm surface was chrono-biologically observed throughout these experiments by SEM. After the male worms of S. mansoni were incubated with 1 microgram/ml CsA for 8-24 h, the tegument showed swelling of ridges with appearance of holes on their surface and detachment of a part of spines. The above damage of the tegument became more evident in male worms after incubation with 10, 15, 20 micrograms/ml CsA for 8-24 h. Moreover, incubation of male worms with 25 micrograms/ml CsA for 8-24 h resulted in significant deformation and disruption of tegument, rupture of ridges and detachment of spines. The tegumental damage of male worms of S. mansoni was dose- and time-dependent. The antischistosomal action of CsA is direct, the schistosome tegument appears to be the main site for CsA attack.

  15. Avaliação normativa das ações dos enfermeiros da saúde da família no controle da esquistossomose em Pernambuco

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    Morgana de Freitas Caraciolo

    Full Text Available RESUMO Avaliação normativa das ações do enfermeiro da saúde da família no controle da esquistossomose em Pernambuco entre 2009 e 2011. Construiu-se e validou-se um modelológico a partir do aparato normativo e um questionário semiestruturado que foi aplicado a 40 enfermeiros de 40 unidades de uma amostra aleatória de 23 municípios. As ações técnicas e gestoras foram julgadas a partir da criação do indicador composto Grau de Implantação (GI. A função gestora (52,8% esteve mais bem implantada do que a função técnica (33,3%. O GI processo foi de 47,84 pontos (incipiente. Verificou-se falha na identificação dos critérios ambientais de risco; no planejamento conjunto e na vigilância epidemiológica.

  16. Concomitância de infecção chagásica e esquistossomose numa população brasileira

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    Kurt Kloetzel

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    Full Text Available A população estudada, composta de 201 indivíduos do sexo masculino, 85% dos quais com idade superior a 30 anos, exibiu elevada prevalência de esquistossomose mansônica (95% pela intradermoreação e 79% pela reação de hemaglutinação, bem como sorologia positiva para T. cruzi em pelo menos 28% dos casos. A severidade da infecção chagásica, avaliada através do ECG e de um exame clínico, mostrou-se bastante superior àquela reportada de diversas outras regiões endêmicas, notadamente o Rio Grande do Sul, e semelhante àquela descrita para Bambuí (M.G.: 47% dos indivíduos com positividade sorológica apresentavam alterações eletrocardiográficas, contra apenas 24% daqueles com sorologia negativa. A correlação entre sorologia e sintomas e sinais clínicos também foi tentada. Embora se trate de região trabalhada pelas equipes da SUCAM, é de se ressaltar que a transmissão de T. cruzi ainda não foi interrompida.

  17. Spinal cord schistosomiasis in children: analysis of seven cases Esquistossomose medular em crianças: análise de sete casos

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    José Albino da Paz

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    Full Text Available We describe seven cases of children (ages 2 to 14 years with myeloradiculopathy caused by infection with S. mansoni. None of them presented hepatosplenic involvement and one presented an intestinal picture. The myeloradicular and pseudotumoral forms were observed in four and three patients, respectively. Comparing the reports in the literature, we found that the pseudotumoral form is more similary frequent among children than in adults, while the myelitic and myeloradicular forms are the most frequent and distributed across all age groups. Diagnosis is based on clinical and epidemiological findings in association with laboratory tests. The diagnosis was confirmed by the presence of S. mansoni eggs in feces (5 cases and / or the positivity in specific immunological tests (5 cases associated with a cerebrospinal fluid inflammatory pattern with presence of eosinophils (between 1 and 24%. Magnetic resonance image, although it does not enable an etiological diagnosis, helped to confirm the form and spinal cord level of the lesion.Relatamos sete crianças com mielorradiculopatia devida a infecção pelo S. mansoni, com idade entre 2 e 14 anos. Nenhuma apresentou acometimento hepatoesplênico e uma apresentou quadro intestinal. A forma mielorradicular foi observada em quatro pacientes e a pseudotumoral em três. Revendo os achados da literatura, encontramos que a forma pseudotumoral é mais frequente nas crianças que nos adultos, apesar das formas mielíticas e mielorradiculares serem ainda as mais frequentes em todas as idades. O diagnóstico baseou-se nos achados clínicos e epidemiológicos, associados aos laboratoriais. A presença de ovos de S. mansoni nas fezes (5 casos e/ou a positividade de testes imunológicos específicos no liquido cefalorraquidiano (5 casos, com padrão inflamatório e eosinofilorraquia (entre 1 e 24% confirmou o diagnóstico. O estudo da imagem de ressonância magnética, apesar de não permitir o diagnóstico etiol

  18. Avaliação das ações de controle da esquistossomose na Estratégia de Saúde da Família em municípios do Vale do Jequitinhonha em Minas Gerais

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    Humberto Ferreira de Oliveira Quites

    Full Text Available RESUMO: Estudo observacional que analisa a qualidade das ações de diagnóstico, tratamento e controle da esquistossomose na Estratégia Saúde da Família (ESF em área endêmica. Foram utilizados questionários estruturados em 97 profissionais de saúde da ESF e em secretários municipais de saúde de 25 municípios pertencentes à Gerência Regional de Saúde de Pedra Azul, Minas Gerais. Foram utilizados os Modelos de Variáveis Latentes para definir um escore a fim de avaliar a qualidade da proposta. Os resultados mostraram que 57,8% das equipes da ESF realizam suas ações de maneira insatisfatória ou crítica. Os profissionais não realizam ações efetivas para controle da infecção e 8,1% não utilizam o método diagnóstico preconizado pelo governo. As estratégias de vigilância e controle ainda são incipientes. Da mesma forma, os profissionais não receberam treinamento adequado para o desenvolvimento das ações de prevenção e controle da esquistossomose. Falta material educativo para o desempenho das atividades de educação em saúde, sendo que as equipes da ESF realizam atividades educativas nas escolas em 48% dos municípios. Menos da metade dos profissionais entrevistados conhecia o Programa de Controle da Esquistossomose (PCE. É necessário integrar as práticas do PCE à ESF, além de buscar um adequado suporte da gestão municipal por meio de pactuações e do controle social.

  19. Crescimento urbano e doença: a esquistossomose no município de São Paulo (Brasil Urban growth and disease: schistosomiasis in the municipality of S. Paulo (Brazil

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    Luiz Jacintho da Silva

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    Full Text Available Procurou-se mostrar o papel da evolução urbana da cidade de São Paulo (Brasil, no surgimento das condições propícias para o estabelecimento da transmissão da esquistossomose que no Sudeste brasileiro é usualmente considerada como conseqüência do processo migratório Nordeste-Sudeste. Nas análises dos determinantes da distribuição da esquistossomose em São Paulo (Brasil, importância desmesurada tem sido atribuída ao processo migratório. O processo de expansão da doença no município de São Paulo é exemplo de uma instância em que o padrão de urbanização foi fator mais relevante do que a migração. A ocupação dos fundos de vale, a partir, do final da década de 1950, pela urbanização desordenada de São Paulo, criou condições ecológicas para o estabelecimento de focos de transmissão de esquistossomose, o que, até então, não era possível, pois a urbanização se verificava exclusivamente nas áreas mais elevadas. Sem a mudança do padrão de urbanização, a esquistossomose não teria se estabelecido no município de São Paulo, não obstante a intensa migração.The role of the urban development of the city of S. Paulo (Brazil is presented, in this study, in the light of the appearance of condition favorable to the establishment of the transmission of schistosomiasis in southeastern Brazil which is usually seen as a consequence of migration from the Northeast where the disease in endemic. Studies of the distribution of schistosomiasis in S. Paulo have given an exaggerated importance to migration. The spread of the disease in the municipality of S. Paulo (Brazil is an example of a situation where the pattern of urban growth has been more relevant than migration. The occupation of the lowlands from the late 1950's onwards brought about the conditions for the establishment of disease foci. Up to then this was not possible for urbanization occurred exclusively in more elevated areas. Without a shift in the pattern

  20. Schistosoma mansoni infection suppresses the growth of Plasmodium yoelii parasites in the liver and reduces gametocyte infectivity to mosquitoes.

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    Taeko Moriyasu

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    Full Text Available Malaria and schistosomiasis are major parasitic diseases causing morbidity and mortality in the tropics. Epidemiological surveys have revealed coinfection rates of up to 30% among children in Sub-Saharan Africa. To investigate the impact of coinfection of these two parasites on disease epidemiology and pathology, we carried out coinfection studies using Plasmodium yoelii and Schistosoma mansoni in mice. Malaria parasite growth in the liver following sporozoite inoculation is significantly inhibited in mice infected with S. mansoni, so that when low numbers of sporozoites are inoculated, there is a large reduction in the percentage of mice that go on to develop blood stage malaria. Furthermore, gametocyte infectivity is much reduced in mice with S. mansoni infections. These results have profound implications for understanding the interactions between Plasmodium and Schistosoma species, and have implications for the control of malaria in schistosome endemic areas.

  1. Effect of oxamniquine on cell adhesion to Schistosoma mansoni larvae in the peritoneal cavity of naive mice Efeito da oxamniquina sobre a adesão celular da larva do S. mansoni na cavidade peritoneal de camundongos

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    Alan Lane de Melo

    1993-06-01

    Full Text Available The treatment of naive mice with high closes of oxamniquine, 1 hour before the intraperitoneal inoculation of Schistosoma mansoni cercariae, induces a delay in the transformation process resulting in a longer host cell adhesion.O tratamento de camundongos sem infecção prévia com altas doses de oxamniquina, 1 hora antes do inóculo intraperitoneal com cercárias de Schistosoma mansoni, induz a um atraso no processo de transformação, resultando conseqüentemente em larvas com adesão celular mais duradoura.

  2. Bayesian risk maps for Schistosoma mansoni and hookworm mono-infections in a setting where both parasites co-exist

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    Giovanna Raso

    2007-11-01

    Full Text Available There is growing interest in the use of Bayesian geostatistical models for predicting the spatial distribution of parasitic infections, including hookworm, Schistosoma mansoni and co-infections with both parasites. The aim of this study was to predict the spatial distribution of mono-infections with either hookworm or S. mansoni in a setting where both parasites co-exist. School-based cross-sectional parasitological and questionnaire surveys were carried out in 57 rural schools in the Man region, western Côte d’Ivoire. A single stool specimen was obtained from each schoolchild attending grades 3-5. Stool specimens were processed by the Kato-Katz technique and an ether concentration method and examined for the presence of hookworm and S. mansoni eggs. The combined results from the two diagnostic approaches were considered for the infection status of each child. Demographic data (i.e. age and sex were obtained from readily available school registries. Each child’s socio-economic status was estimated, using the questionnaire data following a household-based asset approach. Environmental data were extracted from satellite imagery. The different data sources were incorporated into a geographical information system. Finally, a Bayesian spatial multinomial regression model was constructed and the spatial patterns of S. mansoni and hookworm mono-infections were investigated using Bayesian kriging. Our approach facilitated the production of smooth risk maps for hookworm and S. mansoni mono-infections that can be utilized for targeting control interventions. We argue that in settings where S. mansoni and hookworm co-exist and control efforts are under way, there is a need for both mono- and co-infection risk maps to enhance the cost-effectiveness of control programmes.

  3. Monocyte chemotactic protein-1 (MCP-1 in patients with chronic schistosomiasis mansoni: evidences of subclinical renal inflammation.

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    Ana Lúcia P Hanemann

    Full Text Available The aim of this study is to investigate renal markers and the biomarker MCP-1 in patients with schistosomiasis mansoni. This is a cross-sectional study with 85 patients aged 5 to 48 years, with a confirmed diagnosis of schistosomiasis mansoni through the Kato-Katz method. The patients were divided in three groups: control (G-I; infected by S. mansoni before treatment (G-II and infected by S. mansoni after treatment (G-III. Renal function was evaluated by tubular and glomerular biomarkers and through urinary MCP-1. Patients' mean age was 23.2 ± 13 years. There was no statistically significant difference between the groups regarding tubular and glomerular function evaluated through the traditional biomarkers. MCP-1 was higher in G-II and G-III, when compared to G-I; p=0.009 and p=0.007, respectively. There was no difference when comparing groups G-II and G-III (p=0.892. Although it was not different among the groups, there was a significant correlation between albuminuria and MCP-1. There was a significant increase in urinary MCP-1 levels in patients with schistosomiasis mansoni, which was associated with albuminuria. This protein has a role in the recruitment of monocytes to injury and inflammation sites . The increase of MCP-1 in the urine evidences that there is silent renal inflammation in these patients and the inflammatory status is not interrupted by specific treatment of the offending agent. Our findings suggest that urinary MCP-1 can be a sensitive marker of renal injury in patients with schistosomiasis mansoni.

  4. Efeito da oxamniquina sobre a adesão celular da larva do S. mansoni na cavidade peritoneal de camundongos

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    Melo, Alan Lane de; Pereira, Leógenes Horácio

    1993-01-01

    The treatment of naive mice with high closes of oxamniquine, 1 hour before the intraperitoneal inoculation of Schistosoma mansoni cercariae, induces a delay in the transformation process resulting in a longer host cell adhesion.O tratamento de camundongos sem infecção prévia com altas doses de oxamniquina, 1 hora antes do inóculo intraperitoneal com cercárias de Schistosoma mansoni, induz a um atraso no processo de transformação, resultando conseqüentemente em larvas com adesão celular mais d...

  5. 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.

  6. The therapeutic effect of the neuropeptide hormone somatostatin on Schistosoma mansoni caused liver fibrosis

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    Peeters Theo

    2005-06-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The neuropeptide somatostatin is one of the major regulatory peptides in the central nervous system and the digestive tract. Our recent work has delineated an association between fibrosis and low levels of endogenous somatostatin plasma levels in Schistosoma mansoni infected subjects. Based on these results this paper explores the therapeutic potential of somatostatin in a mouse model of hepatic fibrosis associated with S. mansoni infections. Methods Groups of outbred Swiss mice were infected with 100 S. mansoni cercariae, infection maintained till weeks 10 or 14, and then somatostatin therapy delivered in two regimens – Either a one or a two-day treatment. All animals were sacrificed one week after therapy and controlled for liver, spleen and total body weight. Circulating somatostatin levels in mice plasma were measured at the time of sacrifice by means of a radio-immuno assay. GraphPad Prism® was used for statistical calculations. Results Somatostatin administration showed little toxicity, probably due to its short half-life. Total liver and spleen weights of S. mansoni infected animals increased over time, with no changes observed due to somatostatin therapy. Total body weights were decreased after infection but were not affected by somatostatin therapy. Snap frozen liver sections were stained with haematoxylin-eosin or Masson's trichrome to study parasite count, hepatocyte status, granuloma size and cellularity. After somatostatin treatment mean egg counts per liver section (43.76 ± 3.56 were significantly reduced as compared to the egg counts in untreated mice after 10 weeks of infection (56.01 ± 3.34 (P = 0.03. Similar significant reduction in parasite egg counts were also observed after somatostatin treatment at 14 weeks of infection (56.62 ± 3.02 as compared to untreated animals (69.82 ± 2.77(P = 0.006. Fibrosis was assessed from the spectrophotometric determination of tissue hydroxyproline. Infection with S

  7. 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

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    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

  8. Evaluation of WGA and Concanavalin A (Con A lectin as biomarkers of hepatosplenic schistosomiasis in human biopsies with no evidence of egg-granuloma system Avaliação das lectinas WGA e Con A como biomarcadoras de esquistossomose hepatoesplênica em biopsias humanas sem evidência do sistema ovo-granuloma

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    Moacyr Jesus Barreto de Melo Rêgo

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    Full Text Available Introduction: Colonic lesions are predominant in patients with schistosomiasis. However, carbohydrate alterations in colonic schistosomiasis remain unclear. Lectin-ligands allow us to identify changes in the saccharide patterns of cells. Methods: Biopsies of descending and rectosigmoid colon of patients were submitted to WGA and Con A lectin histochemistry. Results: WGA stained stroma and gland cells of descending colon and rectosigmoid tissues in a granular strong cytoplasmatic pattern in schistosomiasis specimens differing from normal control and Con A failing to recognize all samples analyzed. Conclusions: WGA ligands are expressed differently in patients with hepatosplenic schistosomiasis and no evidence of egg-granuloma system. Introdução: Lesões do cólon são predominantes em pacientes com esquistossomose, entretanto alterações dos carboidratos no cólon com esquistossomose permanecem desconhecidas. Ligantes de lectinas permitem a identificação das mudanças no padrão dos carboidratos celulares. Métodos: Biópsias do cólon descendente e sigmóide dos pacientes foram submetidas a histoquímica com as lectinas WGA e Con A. Resultados: WGA marcou o estroma dos tecidos das células glandulares do cólon descendente e sigmóide com um padrão citoplasmático intenso e granular em espécimes com esquistossomose diferindo do controle normal e da Con A, a qual não reconheceu nenhum tecido estudado. Cólon sem esquistossomose não apresentou marcação. Conclusões: ligantes de WGA são diferentemente expressos em pacientes com esquistossomose hepatoesplênica sem evidência de sistema ovo-granuloma.

  9. Schistosomicidal Effects of the Essential Oils of Citrus limonia and Citrus reticulata Against Schistosoma mansoni.

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    Martins, Moara H G; Fracarolli, Letícia; Vieira, Tatiana M; Dias, Herbert J; Cruz, Michele G; Deus, Cássia C H; Nicolella, Heloiza D; Stefani, Ricardo; Rodrigues, Vanderlei; Tavares, Denise C; Magalhães, Lizandra G; Crotti, Antônio E M

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    We report the in vitro schistosomicidal effects of the essential oil obtained from Citrus limonia leaves (CL-EO) and C. reticulata fruit peels (CR-EO), cultivated in Brazil, against Schistosoma mansoni worms. Limonene (29.9%), β-pinene (12.0%), sabinene (9.0%), citronellal (9.0%), and citronellol (5.8%) are the major constituents of CL-EO; limonene (26.5%), γ-terpinene (17.2%), linalool (11.1%), octanal (8.0%), myrcene (6.2%), and capraldehyde (3.9%) predominate in CR-EO. CL-EO displayed moderate lethal concentration 50% (LC 50 ) of 81.7 and 38.9 μg/ml against male and female worms at 24 and 72 h, respectively. At concentrations of 25 and 100 μg/ml, CL-EO separated between 50 and 75% of the coupled worm pairs during the evaluated period. CR-EO presented moderate LC 50 of 81.7 μg/ml against male and female worms at 24 and 72 h. However, this oil separated coupled worm pairs more effectively than CL-EO and displayed lower cytotoxicity to GM07492-A cells (IC 50 = 987.7 ± 88.9 μg/ml) as compared to CL-EO (IC 50 = 187.8 ± 2.9 μg/ml). The enantiomers (+)-(R)-limonene and (-)-(S)-limonene did not affect S. mansoni adult worm pairs significantly. Taken together, these data indicate that CL-EO and CR-EO exhibit moderate in vitro schistosomicidal activity against adult S. mansoni worms. © 2017 Wiley-VHCA AG, Zurich, Switzerland.

  10. Tissue-specific transcriptome analyses provide new insights into GPCR signalling in adult Schistosoma mansoni.

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    Hahnel, Steffen; Wheeler, Nic; Lu, Zhigang; Wangwiwatsin, Arporn; McVeigh, Paul; Maule, Aaron; Berriman, Matthew; Day, Timothy; Ribeiro, Paula; Grevelding, Christoph G

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    Schistosomes are blood-dwelling trematodes with global impact on human and animal health. Because medical treatment is currently based on a single drug, praziquantel, there is urgent need for the development of alternative control strategies. The Schistosoma mansoni genome project provides a platform to study and connect the genetic repertoire of schistosomes to specific biological functions essential for successful parasitism. G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) form the largest superfamily of transmembrane receptors throughout the Eumetazoan phyla, including platyhelminths. Due to their involvement in diverse biological processes, their pharmacological importance, and proven druggability, GPCRs are promising targets for new anthelmintics. However, to identify candidate receptors, a more detailed understanding of the roles of GPCR signalling in schistosome biology is essential. An updated phylogenetic analysis of the S. mansoni GPCR genome (GPCRome) is presented, facilitated by updated genome data that allowed a more precise annotation of GPCRs. Additionally, we review the current knowledge on GPCR signalling in this parasite and provide new insights into the potential roles of GPCRs in schistosome reproduction based on the findings of a recent tissue-specific transcriptomic study in paired and unpaired S. mansoni. According to the current analysis, GPCRs contribute to gonad-specific functions but also to nongonad, pairing-dependent processes. The latter may regulate gonad-unrelated functions during the multifaceted male-female interaction. Finally, we compare the schistosome GPCRome to that of another parasitic trematode, Fasciola, and discuss the importance of GPCRs to basic and applied research. Phylogenetic analyses display GPCR diversity in free-living and parasitic platyhelminths and suggest diverse functions in schistosomes. Although their roles need to be substantiated by functional studies in the future, the data support the selection of GPCR candidates

  11. 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

  12. Soil transmitted helminths and schistosoma mansoni infections among school children in zarima town, northwest Ethiopia

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    Birhan Wubet

    2011-07-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background In Ethiopia, because of low quality drinking water supply and latrine coverage, helminths infections are the second most predominant causes of outpatient morbidity. Indeed, there is a scarcity of information on the prevalence of soil transmitted helminths and Schistosomiasis in Ethiopia, special in study area. Therefore, the aim of this study was to determine the prevalence and associated risk factors of soil transmitted helminths and intestinal Schistosomiasis. Methods Cross-sectional study was conducted among 319 school children of Zarima town from April 1 to May 25, 2009. A pre-tested structured questionnaire was used to collect socio-demographic data and possible risk factors exposure. Early morning stool samples were collected and a Kato Katz semi concentration technique was used to examine and count parasitic load by compound light microscope. Data entry and analysis was done using SPSS-15 version and p-value Results Out of 319 study subjects, 263 (82.4% of the study participants infected with one or more parasites. From soil transmitted helminths, Ascaris lumbricoides was the predominant isolate (22% followed by Hookworms (19% and Trichuris trichiura (2.5%. Schistosoma mansoni was also isolated in 37.9% of the study participants. Hookworm and S. mansoni infections showed statistically significant associations with shoe wearing and swimming habit of school children, respectively. Conclusion Prevalence of soil transmitted helminths (STH and S.mansoni was high and the diseases were still major health problem in the study area which alerts public health intervention as soon as possible.

  13. Synergy of Omeprazole and Praziquantel In Vitro Treatment against Schistosoma mansoni Adult Worms.

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    Giulliana T Almeida

    Full Text Available Treatment and morbidity control of schistosomiasis relies on a single drug, praziquantel (PZQ, and the selection of resistant worms under repeated treatment is a concern. Therefore, there is a pressing need to understand the molecular effects of PZQ on schistosomes and to investigate alternative or synergistic drugs against schistosomiasis.We used a custom-designed Schistosoma mansoni expression microarray to explore the effects of sublethal doses of PZQ on large-scale gene expression of adult paired males and females and unpaired mature females. We also assessed the efficacy of PZQ, omeprazole (OMP or their combination against S. mansoni adult worms with a survival in vitro assay.We identified sets of genes that were affected by PZQ in paired and unpaired mature females, however with opposite gene expression patterns (up-regulated in paired and down-regulated in unpaired mature females, indicating that PZQ effects are heavily influenced by the mating status. We also identified genes that were similarly affected by PZQ in males and females. Functional analyses of gene interaction networks were performed with parasite genes that were differentially expressed upon PZQ treatment, searching for proteins encoded by these genes whose human homologs are targets of different drugs used for other diseases. Based on these results, OMP, a widely prescribed proton pump inhibitor known to target the ATP1A2 gene product, was chosen and tested. Sublethal doses of PZQ combined with OMP significantly increased worm mortality in vitro when compared with PZQ or OMP alone, thus evidencing a synergistic effect.Functional analysis of gene interaction networks is an important approach that can point to possible novel synergistic drug candidates. We demonstrated the potential of this strategy by showing that PZQ in combination with OMP displayed increased efficiency against S. mansoni adult worms in vitro when compared with either drug alone.

  14. Malformação da transição crânio-vertebral como causa de síndrome do ângulo ponto-cerebelar: relato de dois casos Cerebello-pontine angle syndrome associated with cranio-vertebral malformation: report of two cases

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    Amauri Batista da Silva

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    Full Text Available Os autores relatam dois casos de síndrome do ângulo ponto-cerebelar nos quais não havia neoplasia nessa região. Ambos os pacientes apresentavam uma associação de impressão basilar com síndrome de Arnold-Chiari. Após cirurgia descompressiva de fossa posterior os casos evoluiram favoravelmente com a diminuição progressiva dos sintomas neurológicos, restando apenas, no segundo paciente, certo grau de paralisia e de espasmo facial, à direita. São feitas considerações em tôrno das causas mais freqüentes da síndrome do ângulo ponto-cerebelar, bem como acêrca dos quadros clínicos mais usualmente encontrados em doentes que apresentam malformações da transição crânio-vertebral. Finalmente, os autores tecem breves considerações a respeito do possível mecanismo lesionai do VIII, do V e do VII nervos cranianos nos dois casos relatados.Two cases of cerebelo-pontine angle syndrome associated with basilar impression and Arnold-Chiari malformation are reported. In both cases neuroradiological studies and surgical exploration failled to demonstrate any space occupying lesion. After surgery the patients progressively recovered disapearing the neurological symptoms except for a slaight hemifacial spasm that remained in case 2. Clinical signs present in cerebello-pontine angle lesions and the occipito-cervical malformations are discussed. A possible mechanism to explain the association of both conditions is discussed.

  15. Hexachlorophene as a topically applied chemical for prophylaxis against Schistosoma mansoni infections in mice

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    Grenan,Marie M.; Greene,Lyfford K.; Davidson Jr.,David E.; Jones,Douglas H.; Shedd,Tommy R.; Hiestand,Gregory

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    Treatment of mouse tail skins with hexachlorophene (1.25% w/v) in absolute methanol or 70% isopropanol suppressed Schistosoma mansoni infections by more than 95% even when the application was performed up to three days prior to exposure to cercarial suspensions by tail immersion. Treatment with concentrations of 0.313% or higher one day prior to exposure provided at least 98% protection when the treated surface was not subjected to water washes of greater duration than 1/2 hour. Tail immersio...

  16. Prolyl Oligopeptidase from the Blood Fluke Schistosoma mansoni: From Functional Analysis to Anti-schistosomal Inhibitors

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    Fajtová, Pavla; Štefanic, S.; Hradilek, Martin; Dvořák, Jan; Vondrášek, Jiří; Jílková, Adéla; Ulrychová, Lenka; McKerrow, J. H.; Caffrey, C. R.; Mareš, Michael; Horn, Martin

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    Roč. 9, č. 6 (2015), e0003827/1-e0003827/24 ISSN 1935-2735 R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GAP302/11/1481; GA MŠk LO1302 Institutional support: RVO:61388963 ; RVO:68378050 Keywords : Schistosoma mansoni * schistosomiasis * prolyl oligopeptidase * blood fluke Subject RIV: CE - Biochemistry; EB - Genetics ; Molecular Biology (UMG-J) Impact factor: 3.948, year: 2015 http://journals.plos.org/plosntds/article?id=10.1371/journal.pntd.0003827

  17. A esquistossomose urbana e a heterogeneidade social e epidemiológica da população do município de Campinas, São Paulo, Brasil

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    Virgília L. C. de Lima

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    Full Text Available Este estudo aborda as relações da esquistossomose com uma das características da urbanização intensa que vem sendo observada nos países de capitalismo tardio, que é a presença de um aglomerado de pessoas, vivendo nas periferias das cidades em precárias condições de vida. Foram estudados 610 casos autóctones notificados da endemia, no município de Campinas (situado a 98km da capital, correspondentes ao período de 1970 a 1990, por meio de suas fichas de notificação epidemiológica, visando avaliar as condições socioeconômicas dos portadores da doença. Constatou-se que a esquistossomose autóctone no município de Campinas apresenta distribuição mais heterogênea do que se poderia esperar com base nos estudos existentes sobre a endemia, em que ela é intimamente relacionada a condições precárias de saneamento básico e subsistência.

  18. TRH-TSH test in patients with schistosomiasis chronic forms Prova do TRH-TSH em pacientes portadores de formas crônicas da esquistossomose mansônica

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    Évelyn Traina

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    Full Text Available Diversas alterações na concentração sérica dos hormônios tiroidianos têm sido descritas em associação a doenças crônicas não-tiroidianas. Com relação às doenças hepáticas crônicas, a síndrome do T3 baixo foi descrita em pacientes cirróticos, enquanto a síndrome do T4 elevado foi encontrada em esquistossomóticos com a forma hepatoesplênica compensada. Com o intuito de verificar se as alterações relatadas na esquistossomose mansônica eram de origem "periférica" ou "central", realizamos a prova do TRH-TSH em 12 pacientes esquistossomóticos "puros" (6 hepatointestinais e 6 hepatoesplênicos compensados e em 5 indivíduos controle. Os resultados obtidos demonstram que o eixo hipotálamo-hipofisário é normal nas formas crônicas da esquistossomose e que provavelmente as alterações previamente relatadas devem ser '"periféricas" e não " centrais".

  19. A loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP assay for early detection of Schistosoma mansoni in stool samples: a diagnostic approach in a murine model.

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    Pedro Fernández-Soto

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available Human schistosomiasis, mainly due to Schistosoma mansoni species, is one of the most prevalent parasitic diseases worldwide. To overcome the drawbacks of classical parasitological and serological methods in detecting S. mansoni infections, especially in acute stage of the disease, development of cost-effective, simple and rapid molecular methods is still needed for the diagnosis of schistosomiasis. A promising approach is the loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP technology. Compared to PCR-based assays, LAMP has the advantages of reaction simplicity, rapidity, specificity, cost-effectiveness and higher amplification efficiency. Additionally, as results can be inspected by the naked eye, the technique has great potential for use in low-income countries.A sequence corresponding to a mitochondrial S. mansoni minisatellite DNA region was selected as a target for designing a LAMP-based method to detect S. mansoni DNA in stool samples. We used a S. mansoni murine model to obtain well defined stool and sera samples from infected mice with S. mansoni cercariae. Samples were taken weekly from week 0 to 8 post-infection and the Kato-Katz and ELISA techniques were used for monitoring the infection. Primer set designed were tested using a commercial reaction mixture for LAMP assay and an in house mixture to compare results. Specificity of LAMP was tested using 16 DNA samples from different parasites, including several Schistosoma species, and no cross-reactions were found. The detection limit of our LAMP assay (SmMIT-LAMP was 1 fg of S. mansoni DNA. When testing stool samples from infected mice the SmMIT-LAMP detected S. mansoni DNA as soon as 1 week post-infection.We have developed, for the first time, a cost-effective, easy to perform, specific and sensitive LAMP assay for early detection of S. mansoni in stool samples. The method is potentially and readily adaptable for field diagnosis and disease surveillance in schistosomiasis-endemic areas.

  20. Programa educativo em esquistossomose: modelo de abordagem metodológica Educational program in schistosomiasis: a model for a methodological approach

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    Patrícia de Jesus Ribeiro

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    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: A falta de conhecimento é um dos fatores relacionados à persistência de doenças infecciosas no Brasil. O presente estudo tem como objetivo desenvolver, implementar e avaliar um programa educativo de baixo custo, usando como modelo portadores de esquistossomose. MÉTODOS: Estudo descritivo desenvolvido com população constituída por pessoas saudáveis (grupo 1 e esquistossomóticos (grupos 2 e 3, com 20 indivíduos em cada grupo. Foi elaborado material didático (manual ilustrado e álbum seriado e um questionário de 17 questões para avaliar o conhecimento nos grupos. Nos grupos 1 e 2, o questionário foi aplicado antes e no grupo 3, depois do programa educativo. As variáveis estudadas foram: programa educativo, nível de escolaridade, idade, forma clínica da esquistossomose e sintomatologia e o desempenho dos indivíduos na resposta ao questionário. Para a análise estatística foram utilizados o teste exato de Fisher e análise de variância com um fator fixo. RESULTADOS: O programa educativo foi avaliado em quatro tópicos: ciclo, clínica, tratamento e prevenção da doença. Verificou-se que o grupo 3 apresentou mediana de respostas certas superior aos grupos 1 e 2 em todos os tópicos abordados. O grupo 2 apresentou mediana de respostas certas superior ao grupo 1 em todos os tópicos, exceto em relação ao tópico prevenção. CONCLUSÕES: O processo educativo aplicado foi eficiente, melhorou o conhecimento sobre a doença, podendo constituir-se num modelo de atuação efetiva e de baixo custo que também pode ser aplicado no combate a outras endemias.OBJECTIVE: Lack of knowledge is one of the factors responsible for the persistence of infectious diseases in Brazil. This study had the objective of developing, implementing and evaluating a low-cost educational program using schistosomiasis patients as a model. METHODS: This was a descriptive study developed using a population of healthy people (group 1 and

  1. "Hiperesplenismo" em hipertensão porta por esquistossomose mansônica "Hiperesplenism" in portal hypertension provoked by Manson's schistosomiasis

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    Andy Petroianu

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    Full Text Available INTRODUÇÃO: Durante anos, as alterações hematológicas que ocorrem na esquistossomose mansônica hepatoesplênica vêm sendo definidas como hiperesplenismo. Inicialmente, acreditava-se que apenas a remoção do baço normalizava os valores hematológicos, entretanto, em cirurgias para o tratamento da hipertensão porta nas quais o baço era preservado, observou-se normalização dos valores hematimétricos. Cabe correlacionar o quadro clínico e laboratorial para definir a real existência de hiperesplenismo. MÉTODO: Foram estudados 51 doentes portadores de hipertensão porta por esquistossomose mansônica distribuídos em cinco grupos: Grupo 1- pacientes não operados e em controle clínico, Grupo 2- pacientes submetidos a anastomose esplenorrenal distal, Grupo 3 - pacientes com esplenectomia subtotal e anastomose esplenorrenal proximal, Grupo 4 - pacientes com esplenectomia total e anastomose esplenorrenal proximal e Grupo 5 - pacientes com esplenectomia total e desconexão porta-varizes. Sinais clínicos de hiperesplenismo foram pesquisados em todos os doentes. Os valores hematológicos e as contagens das imunoglobulinas do pré e do pós-operatório foram comparados pelos testes de Friedman e t para amostras emparelhadas. Os grupos foram comparados pelo teste de Kruskal-Wallis, com significância pFor many years, the hematologic changes occurring in hepatosplenic Manson's schistosomiasis have been defined as hypersplenism. Initially, the belief was that removal of the spleen would normalize the hematologic values. However, hematimetric normalization was observed in surgeries for the treatment of portal hypertension in which the spleen was preserved. In view of these findings, it is necessary to verify the clinical and laboratory profile of these patients in order to define the real presence of hypersplenism. This study was conducted on 51 patients with Manson's schistosomatic portal hypertension divided into five groups: Group 1, non

  2. Avaliação da eficiência de vacinas de DNA contendo as sequências das proteínas Sm29 e a TSP-2 de Schistosoma mansoni em modelo murino

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    Esquistossomose é uma importante parasitose mundial, afetando mais de 207 milhões de pessoas em 76 países ao redor do mundo e causando aproximadamente 250.000 mortes por ano. Atualmente, a estratégia adotada para o controle da esquistossomose é a utilização de quimioterápicos considerados de uso seguro, como por exemplo, Praziquantel. Porém, altas taxas de reinfecção após o tratamento limitam tal estratégia e pressupõe a necessidade de outras formas de controle como saneamento básico e vacina...

  3. Diagnóstico da esquistossomose medular: contribuição da ressonância magnética e eletroneuromiografia

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    Peregrino Alberto Jorge Pereira

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    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Analisar os resultados obtidos pela ressonância magnética (RM e eletroneuromiografia (ENMG em pacientes com diagnóstico de esquistossomose medular (EM. MÉTODO: Foram analisadas 18 RM da coluna vertebral tóraco-lombar e 24 ENMG dos membros superiores e inferiores de pacientes com diagnóstico definido ou altamente provável de EM nas suas formas clínicas mielorradiculítica e mielítica. RESULTADOS: Entre as 18 RM realizadas, 16 (88,8%, mostraram alterações caracterizadas por imagens hipointensas em aquisições pesadas em T1, hiperintensas em T2, com captação heterogênea do contraste gadolínico e/ou realce das meninges e cauda equina. Entre as 24 ENMG, 23 (95,8% mostraram quadro de multirradiculopatia bilateral das raízes nervosas L2, L3, L4, L5, S1, S2, assimétrico em 10 casos (41,6%. CONCLUSÃO: A RM e a ENM demonstraram ser exames úteis para o diagnóstico da EM ao revelarem anormalidades que se repetiram sob um determinado padrão em 88,8% e 95,8% dos casos, respectivamente. Apesar de não terem especificidade para a EM, estes procedimentos devem ser realizados rotineiramente com o objetivo de fortalecer o diagnóstico presuntivo desta doença.

  4. 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

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    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.

  5. Risk factors and spatial distribution of Schistosoma mansoni infection among primary school children in Mbita District, Western Kenya.

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    Sachiyo Nagi

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    Full Text Available An increasing risk of Schistosoma mansoni infection has been observed around Lake Victoria, western Kenya since the 1970s. Understanding local transmission dynamics of schistosomiasis is crucial in curtailing increased risk of infection.We carried out a cross sectional study on a population of 310 children from eight primary schools. Overall, a total of 238 (76.8% children were infected with S. mansoni, while seven (2.3% had S. haematobium. The prevalence of hookworm, Trichuris trichiura and Ascaris lumbricoides were 6.1%, 5.2% and 2.3%, respectively. Plasmodium falciparum was the only malaria parasite detected (12.0%. High local population density within a 1 km radius around houses was identified as a major independent risk factor of S. mansoni infection. A spatial cluster of high infection risk was detected around the Mbita causeway following adjustment for population density and other potential risk factors.Population density was shown to be a major factor fuelling schistosome infection while individual socio-economic factors appeared not to affect the infection risk. The high-risk cluster around the Mbita causeway may be explained by the construction of an artificial pathway that may cause increased numbers of S. mansoni host snails through obstruction of the waterway. This construction may have, therefore, a significant negative impact on the health of the local population, especially school-aged children who frequently come in contact with lake water.

  6. Evaluation of the In Vivo Activity of Tribendimidine against Schistosoma mansoni, Fasciola hepatica, Clonorchis sinensis, and Opisthorchis viverrini▿

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    Keiser, Jennifer; Shu-Hua, Xiao; Chollet, Jacques; Tanner, Marcel; Utzinger, Jürg

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    We examined the in vivo activity of tribendimidine against selected trematodes. A single 150-mg/kg dose of tribendimidine achieved a 99.1% reduction of Clonorchis sinensis in rats. A 400-mg/kg dose of tribendimidine reduced Opisthorchis viverrini in hamsters by 95.7%. High doses of tribendimidine showed no activity against Schistosoma mansoni and Fasciola hepatica. PMID:17194822

  7. Evaluation of the Anti-schistosomal Effects of Turmeric (Curcuma longa) Versus Praziquantel in Schistosoma mansoni Infected Mice.

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    Hussein, Atef; Rashed, Samia; El Hayawan, Ibrahim; El-Sayed, Rabab; Ali, Hemat

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    Curcumin is the major active ingredient of Curcuma longa L. , traditionally known as turmeric and has been shown to exhibit a wide range of pharmacological activities including anti-parasitic effect. However, it is found to be water-insoluble and has low bioavailability. The aim of this study was to explore the potential role of turmeric solved in olive oil either alone or in combination with praziquantel (PZQ) in treatment of schistosomiasis mansoni . The whole turmeric powder suspended in olive oil (as a solvent) is indicated to S. mansoni -infected mice aiming to study its potential therapeutic role, either alone or in combination with PZQ. Turmeric significantly reduced S. mansoni worm burden and complete absence of adult worms achieved in mice treated with combination of turmeric and PZQ. Turmeric has slight non-significant effect on the oogram pattern in all examined S. mansoni infected mice. Turmeric and PZQ found to exert a significant reduction of granuloma size in comparison with control. However, turmeric has a non-significant effect on granuloma number. On the other hand, turmeric or/and PZQ treated mice showed obvious improvement of pathology with mild cloudy swelling and less hydropic degeneration. Turmeric significantly reduced parasite worm burden, granuloma size and consequently the pathology of affected liver, it still far less effective than PZQ.

  8. Evaluation of the Anti-schistosomal Effects of Turmeric (Curcuma longa Versus Praziquantel in Schistosoma mansoni Infected Mice

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    Atef HUSSEIN

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    Full Text Available AbstractBackground: Curcumin is the major active ingredient of Curcuma longa L., traditionally known as turmeric and has been shown to exhibit a wide range of pharmacological activities including anti-parasitic effect. However, it is found to be water-insoluble and has low bioavailability. The aim of this study was to explore the potential role of turmeric solved in olive oil either alone or in combination with praziquantel (PZQ in treatment of schistosomiasis mansoni.Methods: The whole turmeric powder suspended in olive oil (as a solvent is indicated to S. mansoni-infected mice aiming to study its potential therapeutic role, either alone or in combination with PZQ.Results: Turmeric significantly reduced S. mansoni worm burden and complete absence of adult worms achieved in mice treated with combination of turmeric and PZQ. Turmeric has slight non-significant effect on the oogram pattern in all examined S. mansoni infected mice. Turmeric and PZQ found to exert a significant reduction of granuloma size in comparison with control. However, turmeric has a non-significant effect on granuloma number. On the other hand, turmeric or/and PZQ treated mice showed obvious improvement of pathology with mild cloudy swelling and less hydropic degeneration.Conclusion: Turmeric significantly reduced parasite worm burden, granuloma size and consequently the pathology of affected liver, it still far less effective than PZQ.

  9. Epidemiology of intestinal helminthiasis among school children with emphasis on Schistosoma mansoni infection in Wolaita zone, Southern Ethiopia.

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    Alemayehu, Bereket; Tomass, Zewdneh; Wadilo, Fiseha; Leja, Dawit; Liang, Song; Erko, Berhanu

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    Intestinal helminth infections are major parasitic diseases causing public health problems in Ethiopia. Although the epidemiology of these infections are well documented in Ethiopia, new transmission foci for schistosomiasis are being reported in different parts of the country. The objective of this study was to assess the prevalence of Schistosoma mansoni and other intestinal helminth infections among school children and determine the endemicity of schistosomiasis in Wolaita Zone, southern Ethiopia. Cross-sectional parasitological and malacological surveys were conducted by collecting stool samples for microscopic examination and snails for intermediate host identification. Stool samples were collected from 503 children and processed for microscopic examination using Kato-Katz and formalin-ether concentration methods. Snails collected from aquatic environments in the study area were identified to species level and Biomphalaria pfeifferi snails, the intermediate host of S. mansoni,, were individually exposed to artificial light in order to induce cercariae shedding. Cercariae shed from snails were used to infect laboratory-bred Swiss albino mice in order to identify the schistosome to species level. The overall prevalence of intestinal helminth infections was 72.2% among school children. S. mansoni infection prevalence was 58.6%. The prevalence and intensity of S. mansoni infections varied among schools and sex of children. Swimming was the only factor reported to be significantly associated with S. mansoni infection (AOR = 2.954, 95% CI:1.962-4.449). Other intestinal helminth species identified were hookworms (27.6%), Ascaris lumbricoides (8.7%), E. vermicularis (2.8%), Taenia species (2.6%), T. trichiura (1.2%) and H. nana (0.6%). Only B. pfeifferi snails collected from streams shed schistosome cercariae and 792 adult S. mansoni worms were harvested from mice exposed to cercariae shed from B. pfeifferi on the 6th week post-exposure. The present study found high

  10. The involvement of the spleen during chronic phase of Schistosoma mansoni infection in galectin-3-/- mice.

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    Brand, Camila; Oliveira, Felipe L; Takiya, Christina M; Palumbo, Antônio; Hsu, Daniel K; Liu, Fu-Tong; Borojevic, Radovan; Chammas, Roger; El-Cheikh, Márcia C

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    Schistosoma mansoni synthesizes glycoconjugates which interact with galectin-3, eliciting an intense humoral immune response. Moreover, it was demonstrated that galectin-3 regulates B cell differentiation into plasma cells. Splenomegaly is a hallmark event characterized by polyclonal B cell activation and enhancement of antibody production. Here, we investigated whether galectin-3 interferes with spleen organization and B cell compartment during chronic schistosomiasis, using wild type (WT) and galectin-3-/- mice. In chronically-infected galectin-3-/- mice the histological architecture of the spleen, including white and red pulps, was disturbed with heterogeneous lymphoid follicles, an increased number of plasma cells (CD19-B220-/lowCD138+) and a reduced number of macrophages (CD19-B220-Mac-1+CD138-) and B lymphocytes (CD19+B220+/highCD138-), compared with the WT infected mice. In the absence of galectin-3 there was an increase of annexin-V+PI- cells and a major presence of apoptotic cells in spleen compared with WT infected mice. In spleen of WT infected mice galectin-3 was largely expressed in lymphoid follicles and extrafollicular sites. Thus, we propose that galectin-3 plays a role in splenic architecture, controlling distinct events such as apoptosis, macrophage activity, B cell differentiation and plasmacytogenesis in the course of S. mansoni infection.

  11. Cytokine Pattern of T Lymphocytes in Acute Schistosomiasis mansoni Patients following Treated Praziquantel Therapy

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    Silveira-Lemos, Denise; Fernandes Costa-Silva, Matheus; Cardoso de Oliveira Silveira, Amanda; Azevedo Batista, Mauricio; Alves Oliveira-Fraga, Lúcia; Soares Silveira, Alda Maria; Barbosa Alvarez, Maria Carolina; Martins-Filho, Olindo Assis; Gazzinelli, Giovanni; Corrêa-Oliveira, Rodrigo; Teixeira-Carvalho, Andréa

    2013-01-01

    Acute schistosomiasis is associated with a primary exposure and is more commonly seen in nonimmune individuals traveling through endemic regions. In this study, we have focused on the cytokine profile of T lymphocytes evaluated in circulating leukocytes of acute Schistosomiasis mansoni-infected patients (ACT group) before and after praziquantel treatment (ACT-TR group). Our data demonstrated increased values of total leukocytes, eosinophils, and monocytes in both groups. Interestingly, we have observed that patients treated with praziquantel showed increased values of lymphocytes as compared with noninfected group (NI) or ACT groups. Furthermore, a decrease of neutrophils in ACT-TR was observed when compared to ACT group. Analyses of short-term in vitro whole blood stimulation demonstrated that, regardless of the presence of soluble Schistosoma mansoni eggs antigen (SEA), increased synthesis of IFN-γ and IL-4 by T-cells was observed in the ACT group. Analyses of cytokine profile in CD8 T cells demonstrated higher percentage of IFN-γ and IL-4 cells in both ACT and ACT-TR groups apart from increased percentage of IL-10 cells only in the ACT group. This study is the first one to point out the relevance of CD8 T lymphocytes in the immune response induced during the acute phase of schistosomiasis. PMID:23401741

  12. Radiation-resistant acquired immunity of vaccinated mice to Schistosoma mansoni

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    Aitken, R.; Coulson, P.S.; Dixon, B.; Wilson, R.A.

    1987-01-01

    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

  13. Behavior of Schistosoma mansoni-induced histopathological lesions in Biomphalaria glabrata submitted to ionizing radiation

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    Azevedo Carine M.

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available Present report demonstrates that repeated radiation of Schistosoma mansoni-infected Biomphalaria glabrata, totaling 15,000 rads, caused a sudden, albeit transient, suppression of cercarial shedding. Initially, sporocysts practically disappeared from the snail tissues. The more resistant developing cercariae presented nuclear clumping and vacuolation, before undergoing lysis. No host tissue reaction was evident at any time. Thirty-four days after the last irradiation, the snails resumed cercarial elimination. By that time numerous sporocysts and developing cercariae were detected, disseminated throughout snail tissues in a pattern similar to that of a highly malignant neoplasm, with no signs of host cellular reactions, which on the other hand were present in non-irradiated infected controls. The region of the ovo-testis was apparently destroyed after radiation, but returned to its normal appearance around 40 days after the last radiation. Ionizing radiation affected both host and parasite in S. mansoni-infected Biomphalaria glabrata, but the resulting impressive changes were soon reversed.

  14. Clinical characterization of neuroschistosomiasis due to Schistosoma mansoni and its treatment.

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    Ferrari, Teresa C A; Moreira, Paulo R R; Cunha, Aloísio S

    2008-01-01

    The involvement of the central nervous system (CNS) by Schistosoma mansoni may or may not cause clinical manifestations. When symptomatic, neuroschistosomiasis mansoni (NSM) is one of the most severe presentations of this infection. The neurological manifestations are due to numerous granulomas grouped in confined areas of the spinal cord or the brain. Considering the symptomatic form, myelopathy is far more frequent than the cerebral disease. Spinal cord NSM presents as a low cord syndrome of acute/subacute progression usually associated with involvement of the cauda esquina roots. Lower limbs pain, weakness and sensory disturbance, and autonomic dysfunctions, particularly bladder dysfunction, are often present. Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) examination generally shows an inflammatory pattern with or without eosinophils and/or IgG against schistosomal antigens. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) demonstrates signs of inflammatory myelopathy. Cerebral NSM presents as a slow-expanding intracranial tumor-like lesion. Its clinical manifestations are variable and depend on the increased intracranial pressure and on the site of the lesion. The diagnosis of spinal cord NSM is based on clinical evidence whereas the cerebral disease is usually diagnosed by biopsy of the nervous tissue. There is no consensus on the treatment of NSM. We discuss the literature data on this topic, and suggest a therapeutic approach based on our experience with 69 spinal cord NSM patients who have been followed up by a long period of time. Outcome is largely dependent on early treatment, particularly in the medullar disorder, and is better in cerebral NSM.

  15. A constitutively active G protein-coupled acetylcholine receptor regulates motility of larval Schistosoma mansoni.

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    MacDonald, Kevin; Kimber, Michael J; Day, Tim A; Ribeiro, Paula

    2015-07-01

    The neuromuscular system of helminths controls a variety of essential biological processes and therefore represents a good source of novel drug targets. The neuroactive substance, acetylcholine controls movement of Schistosoma mansoni but the mode of action is poorly understood. Here, we present first evidence of a functional G protein-coupled acetylcholine receptor in S. mansoni, which we have named SmGAR. A bioinformatics analysis indicated that SmGAR belongs to a clade of invertebrate GAR-like receptors and is related to vertebrate muscarinic acetylcholine receptors. Functional expression studies in yeast showed that SmGAR is constitutively active but can be further activated by acetylcholine and, to a lesser extent, the cholinergic agonist, carbachol. Anti-cholinergic drugs, atropine and promethazine, were found to have inverse agonist activity towards SmGAR, causing a significant decrease in the receptor's basal activity. An RNAi phenotypic assay revealed that suppression of SmGAR activity in early-stage larval schistosomulae leads to a drastic reduction in larval motility. In sum, our results provide the first molecular evidence that cholinergic GAR-like receptors are present in schistosomes and are required for proper motor control in the larvae. The results further identify SmGAR as a possible candidate for antiparasitic drug targeting. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  16. Schistosomiasis mansoni in Bananal (State of São Paulo, Brazil: II. Intermediate hosts

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    Horacio Manuel Santana Teles

    2002-10-01

    Full Text Available We conducted monthly snail captures in Bananal, State of São Paulo, Brazil, between March 1998 and February 2001, to identify Schistosoma mansoni vectors, estimate seasonal population changes, and delimit foci. We also evaluated the impact of improvements in city water supply and basic sanitation facilities. We identified 28,651 vector specimens, 28,438 as Biomphalaria tenagophila, 49 of them (0.2% infected with S. mansoni, and 213 as B. straminea, none of the latter infected. Vectors predominated in water bodies having some vegetation along their banks. Neither population density nor local vegetation could be linked to vector infection. We found the first infected snails in 1998 (from March to May. Further captures of infected snails ocurred, without exception, from July to December, when rainfall was least. Irrespective of season, overall temperature ranged from 16.5ºC to 21ºC; pH values, from 6.0 to 6.8. Neither factor was associated with snail population density. Frequent contact of people with the river result from wading across it, extracting sand from its bottom, fishing, washing animals, etc. Despite a marked reduction in contamination, cercaria shedding persists. Whatever the location along its urban course, contact with river Bananal, particularly of the unprotected skin, entails risks of infection.

  17. Mefloquine interferes with glycolysis in schistosomula of Schistosoma mansoni via inhibition of enolase.

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    Manneck, Theresia; Keiser, Jennifer; Müller, Joachim

    2012-04-01

    The antimalarial drug mefloquine has promising antischistosomal properties killing haematophagous adult schistosomes as well as schistosomula. The mode of action and involved drug targets of mefloquine in Schistosoma mansoni schistosomula are unknown. In order to identify mefloquine-binding proteins and thus potential drug targets, mefloquine affinity chromatography with S. mansoni schistosomula crude extracts was performed. We found one specific mefloquine-binding protein that was identified by mass spectrometry as the glycolytic enzyme enolase (Q27877). Enolase activity assays were performed on schistosomula crude extracts and on the recombinant enolase Q27877 expressed in Escherichia coli. In schistosomula crude extracts enolase activity was inhibited by mefloquine and by the enolase inhibitor sodium fluoride, while activity of the recombinant enolase was not affected. In contrast to enolase from crude extracts, recombinant Q27877 did not bind to mefloquine-agarose. Using isothermal microcalorimetry, we next investigated the metabolic inhibition of mefloquine and 3 known glycolytic inhibitors in Schistosoma spp., namely sodium fluoride, 3-bromopyruvate and menadione on schistosomula in the presence or absence of glucose. We found that in the presence of glucose, schistosomula were less affected by mefloquine, sodium fluoride and 3-bromopyruvate, whereas glucose had no protective effect when schistosomula had been exposed to menadione. These results suggest a potential role of mefloquine as an inhibitor of glycolysis, at least in stages where other targets like haem degradation are not relevant.

  18. Role of berberine in ameliorating Schistosoma mansoni-induced hepatic injury in mice

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    Mohamed A Dkhi

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Schistosomiasis is caused by helminth parasites of the genus Schistosoma. Berberine chloride (BER, an isoquinoline alkaloid, has been used in vivo for its antiparasitic, antioxidant and hepatoprotective properties. In this study, the protective effect of BER and praziquantel has been compared for the extent of schistosomiasis-induced oxidative stress in hepatic tissue of mice. RESULTS: S. mansoni was able to induce inflammation and injury to the liver, evidenced (i by an increase in inflammatory cellular infiltrations, dilated sinusoids and vacuolated hepatocytes, (ii by decreased levels of alanine and aspartate aminotransferases and increased levels of alkaline phosphatase, γ-glutamyl transferase in the liver homogenate, (iii by increased production of nitric oxide and thiobarbituric acid reactive substances, and (iv by lowered glutathione levels and decreased activities of catalase and superoxide dismutase, respectively. All these infection-induced parameters were significantly altered during BER treatment. In particular, berberine counteracted the S. mansoni-induced loss of glutathione and the activities of catalase and superoxide dismutase. CONCLUSION: Based on these results, it is concluded that berberine could ameliorate pre-existing liver damage and oxidative stress conditions due to schistosomiasis.

  19. Schistosoma mansoni: parasitology and immunology of baboons vaccinated with irradiated cryopreserved schistosomula

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    Damian, R.T.; Powell, M.R.; Roberts, M.L. (Georgia Univ., Athens (USA). Dept. of Zoology); Clark, J.D. (Georgia Univ., Athens (USA). Lab. Animal Medicine); Stirewalt, M.A.; Lewis, F.A. (Biomedical Research Inst., Rockville, MD (USA))

    1985-06-01

    Young baboons (Papio cynocephalus) were vaccinated with ..gamma..-irradiated (500 Gy) cryopreserved Puerto Rican strain schistosomula of S. mansoni. Protection against heterologous, normal Kenyan Strain S. mansoni challenge infection was erratic and partial; and two putative correlates of immunity, reduced worm fecundity and change in worm location (anterior shift) were not observed. However, immunization of baboons with this vaccine resulted in a stimulated immune system. Both cellular and humoral anamnesis were demonstrable in vaccinated-challenged baboons. Schistosome infection-associated IgM hypergammaglobulinemia was also greatly reduced in vaccinated-challenged baboons. However IgG antibodies to adult, egg, and cercarial antigens were increased after challenge infection in preimmunized baboons. Vaccination appears to have resulted in a redirection of the immune system into anti-parasite channels, but this more specific immune response was insufficient to confer good protection against challenge infection in this experiment. The dampening effect of the vaccine on the hypergammaglobulinemia of schistosomiasis is another candidate for a possible ''anti-pathogenesis'' effect of irradiated schistosome larval vaccines.

  20. 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.

  1. Quantitative retrotransposon anchored PCR confirms transduction efficiency of transgenes in adult Schistosoma mansoni.

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    Rinaldi, Gabriel; Suttiprapa, Sutas; Brindley, Paul J

    2011-05-01

    A quantitative retrotransposon anchored PCR (qRAP) that utilizes endogenous retrotransposons as a chromosomal anchor was developed to investigate integration of transgenes in Schistosoma mansoni. The qRAP technique, which builds on earlier techniques, (i) Alu-PCR which has been used to quantify lentiviral (HIV-1) proviral insertions in human chromosomes and (ii) a non-quantitative retrotransposon anchored PCR known to detect the presence of transgenes in the S. mansoni genome, was tested here in a model comparison of retrovirus-transduced adult schistosomes in which one group included intact worms, the other included fragments of adult worms. At the outset, after transducing intact and viable fragments of schistosomes with reporter RNAs, we observed more reporter activity in fragments of worms than in intact worms. We considered this simply reflects the increased surface area in fragments compared to intact worms exposed to the exogenous reporter genes. Subsequently, intact worms and worm fragments were transduced with pseudotyped virions. Transgene integration events in genomic DNA extracted from the virion-exposed worms and worm fragments were quantified by the qRAP, which revealed that fragmenting adult schistosomes resulted in increased density of proviral integrations. The qRAP findings confirmed the likely value of this qRAP technique for quantification of transgenes integrated in schistosome chromosomes. Last, considering the absence of schistosome cell or tissue lines, primary culture of fragmented worms offers an opportunity to optimize transgenesis, and other functional genomic approaches. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  2. Human plasma lipid modulation in schistosomiasis mansoni depends on apolipoprotein E polymorphism.

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    Full Text Available Schistosomiasis mansoni is a parasitic liver disease, which causes several metabolic disturbances. Here, we evaluate the influence of Apolipoprotein E (APOE gene polymorphism, a known modulator of lipid metabolism, on plasma lipid levels in patients with hepatosplenic schistosomiasis.Blood samples were used for APOE genotyping and to measure total cholesterol (TC, LDL-C, HDL-C and triglycerides. Schistosomiasis patients had reduced TC, LDL-C and triglycerides (25%, 38% and 32% lower, respectively; Pε3>ε4 was absent in patients (ε2 or ε4>ε3, and the increase in HDL-C of ε2 or ε4 patients compared to ε3 patients was not seen in the control groups.We confirm that human schistosomiasis causes dyslipidemia and report for the first time that certain changes in plasma lipid and lipoprotein levels depend on APOE gene polymorphism. Importantly, we also concluded that S. mansoni disrupts the expected regulation of plasma lipids by the different ApoE isoforms. This finding suggests ways to identify new metabolic pathways affected by schistosomiasis and also potential molecular targets to treat associated morbidities.

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

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    Maria Cristina Carvalho do Espírito-Santo

    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.

  4. The status of Haemogregarina mansoni Sambon and Seligmann from Zamenis flagelliformis Laurenti.

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    Telford, Sam R; Telford, Sam R; Butler, J F

    2002-08-01

    Haemogregarina mansoni Sambon and Seligmann 1907, a parasite of the coachwhip snake (Masticophis flagellum) is redescribed on the basis of sporogonic stages obtained in the experimental vector Aedes aegypti and designated as Hepatozoon mansoni from hosts collected in north Florida. Gamonts average 14.7 x 4.7 (13-16 x 4-6) and are not recurved, with nuclei situated in the second quarter of the gamont. Erythrocyte cytoplasm is often thin, appearing partially dehemoglobinized, or contracted into a central mass with infected erythrocytes always distorted, longer, and more slender than uninfected cells. Sporogony occurred within the head and thorax of A. aegypti. Oocysts were spherical to ovoid, 144.2 x 126.1 (79-198 x 69-178), containing on average 29.2 (7-64) sporocysts. Sporocysts were spherical to ovoid, 33.1 x 29.8 (19-48 x 18-44), with 20.2 (12-32) sporozoites contained within. Experimental infection in Tantilla relicta produced gamonts that did not differ from those in M. flagellum, but dehemoglobinization and cytoplasmic contraction of the host erythrocyte did not occur, and persistent merogonic stages were not present in the tissues.

  5. 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.

  6. Sesquiterpenes evaluation on Schistosoma mansoni: Survival, excretory system and membrane integrity.

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    de Oliveira, Rosimeire Nunes; Dos Santos, Karina Rodrigues; Mendes, Tiago Manuel Fernandes; Garcia, Vera Lúcia; Santos Oliveira, Adriana Silva; de Lourdes Sierpe Jeraldo, Veronica; Allegretti, Silmara Marques

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    The main challenge in schistosomiasis control has been the emergence of drug-resistant parasites. Since the 1970's, praziquantel (PZQ) is the single drug for treatment. This fact highlights the importance to research news chemotherapeutic agents. In the last years, S. mansoni excretory system and tegument have been major targets for drug development. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effect of sesquiterpenes, alpha-humulene and trans-caryophyllene on S. mansoni survival, excretory system and membrane integrity, after in vitro exposure. The in vitro studies, showed that sesquiterpenes reduced egg production and motor activity of worms at sublethal concentrations, and caused death in a concentration-dependent manner (100 and 200μg/mL). Tegumental analysis by Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), showed tegument damage. Additionally, it was possible to observe lesions, evidenced by intense marking trough Hoechst probe, in the tegument and suckers of worms exposed to 200μg/mL. In this study, we also showed that resorufin is only capable of identifying the interaction of sesquiterpenes in males excretory system, Pgp expression and inferring that females are more tolerant to treatments. Thus, the present study results contribute to an understanding of alpha-humulene and trans-caryophyllene effect over these targets, contributing for the development of schistosomicidal drugs. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  7. Morphological study of adult male worms of Schistosoma mansoni Sambon, 1907 by confocal laser scanning microscopy

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    Machado-Silva José Roberto

    1998-01-01

    Full Text Available Aiming to detail data obtained through brightfield microscopy (BM on reproductive, excretory and digestive system, specimens of Schistosoma mansoni eight weeks old, were recovered from SW mice, stained with Langeron's carmine and analyzed under a confocal laser scanning microscope CLSM 410 (Carl Zeiss. The reproductive system presented a single and lobate testis, with intercommunications between the lobes without efferent duct. Supernumerary testicular lobe was amorphous and isolated from the normal ones. Collecting tubules (excretory ducts, followed by the excretory bladder, opening to the external media through the excretory pore, were observed at the posterior extremity of the body. In the digestive tract, a cecal swelling was noted at the junction that originates the single cecum. It was concluded that through confocal laser scanning microscopy, new interpretations of morphological structures of S. mansoni worms could be achieved, modifying adopted and current descriptions. The gonad consists of a single lobed testis, similar to that observed in some trematode species. Moreover, the same specimens can be observed either by BM or CLSM, considering that the latter causes only focal and limited damage in tissue structures.

  8. Experimental Evaluation of the Pathogenicity of Different Strains of Schistosoma mansoni

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    Antônio Aurélio Euzébio

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available The pathogenesis of three different Schistosoma mansoni strains from the Brazilian states of Minas Gerais (BH strain and São Paulo (SJ and SD strains was evaluated in experimentally infected mice. Observations of the most severe clinical cases among local patients treated (SD strain in the city of Campinas (São Paulo, Brazil formed the basis of this study. Mice were used as definitive hosts and were infected with cercariae from Biomphalaria tenagophila (SJ and SD strains and Biomphalaria glabrata (BH strains. The parameters analyzed were as follows: number of S. mansoni eggs in mice feces; number of granulomas per tissue area in liver, spleen, lungs, pancreas, and ascending colon; measurements of hepatic and intestinal granulomas; number of adult worms; and measurements of trematode eggs. The comparison among the three strains indicated that the SD strain, isolated in Campinas, presented a higher worm recovery relative to the number of penetrating cercariae. In addition, when compared to the SJ and BH strains, the SD strain demonstrated similar pathogenicity to the BH strain, with a greater quantity of granulomas in the viscera, as well as larger granulomas and eggs. Furthermore, a greater quantity of trematode eggs was also shed in the feces.

  9. 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.

  10. Schistosoma mansoni: parasitology and immunology of baboons vaccinated with irradiated cryopreserved schistosomula

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    Damian, R.T.; Powell, M.R.; Roberts, M.L.

    1985-01-01

    Young baboons (Papio cynocephalus) were vaccinated with γ-irradiated (500 Gy) cryopreserved Puerto Rican strain schistosomula of S. mansoni. Protection against heterologous, normal Kenyan Strain S. mansoni challenge infection was erratic and partial; and two putative correlates of immunity, reduced worm fecundity and change in worm location (anterior shift) were not observed. However, immunization of baboons with this vaccine resulted in a stimulated immune system. Both cellular and humoral anamnesis were demonstrable in vaccinated-challenged baboons. Schistosome infection-associated IgM hypergammaglobulinemia was also greatly reduced in vaccinated-challenged baboons. However IgG antibodies to adult, egg, and cercarial antigens were increased after challenge infection in preimmunized baboons. Vaccination appears to have resulted in a redirection of the immune system into anti-parasite channels, but this more specific immune response was insufficient to confer good protection against challenge infection in this experiment. The dampening effect of the vaccine on the hypergammaglobulinemia of schistosomiasis is another candidate for a possible ''anti-pathogenesis'' effect of irradiated schistosome larval vaccines. (author)

  11. 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.

  12. Infection with Schistosoma mansoni has an Effect on Quality of Life, but not on Physical Fitness in Schoolchildren in Mwanza Region, North-Western Tanzania

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    Kinung’hi, Safari; Magnussen, Pascal; Kaatano, Godfrey

    2016-01-01

    parameters, S. mansoni infection had a significant effect on the emotional dimension of quality of life, but not on physical fitness. If PedsQL should be a useful tool to measure schistosome related morbidity, more in depth studies are needed in order to refine the tool so it focuses more on aspects......Background: Infection with Schistosoma mansoni negatively impact children’s physical health and may influence their general well-being. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of S. mansoni infections on a panel of morbidity indicators with emphasis on quality of life (PedsQL; measured...... in four different dimensions) and physical fitness (measured as VO2max) among 572 schoolchildren aged 7–8 years. Methodology/Principal findings: Prevalence of S. mansoni infections was 58.7%, with an arithmetic mean (95% CI) among positives of 207.3 (169.2–245.4) eggs per gram (epg). Most infections were...

  13. Malacological assessment and natural infestation of Biomphalaria straminea (Dunker, 1848 by Schistosoma mansoni (Sambon, 1907 and Chaetogaster limnaei (K. von Baer, 1827 in an urban eutrophic watershed

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    M. Callisto

    Full Text Available The objective of this study was to perform a malacological assessment at the Ibirité reservoir watershed in the metropolitan region of Belo Horizonte (Minas Gerais and to evaluate the natural infestation rate of Biomphalaria straminea (Gastropoda: Planorbidaeby Schistosoma mansoni (Platyhelminthes: Trematoda and Chaetogaster limnaei (Oligochaeta: Naididae. The samples were collected from July to August 2002. The B. straminea individuals collected were kept in the laboratory; the natural infestation rate by S. mansoni and C. limnaei was assessed weekly. The malacological assessment identified fivemollusk species present in the Ibirité reservoir watershed: B. straminea, Physa marmorata, Lymnea sp., Melanoides tuberculatus,and Pomacea austrum. Laboratory observations showed that the B. straminea individuals were infected by C. limnaei rather than S. mansoni. Although there was no infection of B. straminea by S. mansoni,presence of B. straminea in itself merits close attention due to possible risk of human schistosomiasis by the local population.

  14. Oogram studies in mice infected with Schistosoma mansoni and treated with dexamethasone Oograma em camundongos infectados com Schistosoma mansoni e tratados com dexametasona

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    Marco Victor Hermeto

    1994-04-01

    Full Text Available Mice infected with about 90 cercariae of Schistosoma mansoni (LE strain were treated during five consecutive days with dexamethasone (50 mg/Kg, subcutaneously, starting on the 42th day of infection. Groups of five mice were then daily sacrificed from the first day after onset of treatment until the first day after. The perfusion of the portal system was performed and a piece of the intestine was processed for qualitative and quantitative oograms. This treatment carries to larger numbers of eggs in the tissues of treated mice, when compared with untreated groups. No changes were observed in the kinetics of oviposition, as all stages of viable eggs were observed in the tissues of treated and control mice. These data reinforce the hypothesis of a partial blockade of the egg excretion in immunossupressed mice.Camundongos infectados com cerca de 90 cercárias da cepa LE de Schistosoma mansoni foram tratados durante 5 dias consecutivos com dexametasona (50mg/ Kg, subcutaneamente a partir do 42º dia de infecção. Grupos de cinco camundongos foram sacrificados diariamente após o primeiro dia do início do tratamento até o primeiro dia após o término. A perfusão do sistema porta foi feita e fragmentos do intestino foram processados para a realização de oogramas qualitativos e quantitativos. O tratamento leva a um maior número de ovos nos tecidos dos camundongos tratados, se comparado com os grupos não tratados. Nenhuma mudança foi observada na cinética de oviposição, e ovos viáveis em todos os estádios evolutivos foram observados nos tecidos de camundongos tratados e controles. Estes dados reforçam a hipótese de um bloqueio parcial na saída de ovos dos tecidos do intestino para o lúmem intestinal em camundongos imunossuprimidos.

  15. 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

  16. Schistosoma mansoni: the effect of dexamethasone on the cercaria-schistosomulum transformation, in vivo Schistosoma mansoni: o efeito da dexametasona na transformação da cercaria em esquistossômulo, in vivo

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    Alan Laue de Melo

    1994-02-01

    Full Text Available Treatment with dexamethasone (DMS in the early phases of the experimental Schistosoma mansoni infection causes an indirect effect on the cercaria-schistosomulum transformation process. This is observed when naive albino mice are treated with that drug (50 mg/Kg, subcutaneously and infected intraperitonealy 01 hour later with about 500 S. mansoni cercariae (LE strain. An inhibition in the host cell adhesion to the larvae, with a simultaneous delay in the cercaria-schistosomulum transformation, is observed. This effect is probably due to a blockade of the neutrophil migration to the peritoneal cavity of mice, by an impairment of the release of chemotactic substances. Such delay probably favors the killing of S. mansoni larvae, still in the transformation process, by the vertebrate host defenses, as the complement system.O tratamento com dexametasona (DMS nas fases iniciais da infecção experimental com S. mansoni leva a um efeito indireto sobre o processo de transformação da cercária em esquistossômulo, quando camundongos isentos de infecção são tratados com esta droga (50 mg/ kg, subcutâneamente e, 01 hora depois, são infectados intraperitonealmente com cerca de 500 cercárias de S. mansoni (cepa LE. Foi observada uma significativa redução na adesão de células do hospedeiro às larvas, com um atraso simultâneo no processo de transformação das cercárias em esquistossômulos. Este efeito é, provavelmente, devido a um bloqueio inespecifícico da migração neutrofilica para a cavidade peritoneal, através de um bloqueio da liberação de substâncias quimio-táticas. Tal atraso pode permitir a morte das larvas de S. mansoni (ainda em processo de transformação pelas defesas do hospedeiro vertebrado, como o sistema do complemento.

  17. 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.

  18. Venus kinase receptors control reproduction in the platyhelminth parasite Schistosoma mansoni.

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    Mathieu Vanderstraete

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available The Venus kinase receptor (VKR is a single transmembrane molecule composed of an intracellular tyrosine kinase domain close to that of insulin receptor and an extracellular Venus Flytrap (VFT structure similar to the ligand binding domain of many class C G protein coupled receptors. This receptor tyrosine kinase (RTK was first discovered in the platyhelminth parasite Schistosoma mansoni, then in a large variety of invertebrates. A single vkr gene is found in most genomes, except in S. mansoni in which two genes Smvkr1 and Smvkr2 exist. VKRs form a unique family of RTKs present only in invertebrates and their biological functions are still to be discovered. In this work, we show that SmVKRs are expressed in the reproductive organs of S. mansoni, particularly in the ovaries of female worms. By transcriptional analyses evidence was obtained that both SmVKRs fulfill different roles during oocyte maturation. Suppression of Smvkr expression by RNA interference induced spectacular morphological changes in female worms with a strong disorganization of the ovary, which was dominated by the presence of primary oocytes, and a defect of egg formation. Following expression in Xenopus oocytes, SmVKR1 and SmVKR2 receptors were shown to be activated by distinct ligands which are L-Arginine and calcium ions, respectively. Signalling analysis in Xenopus oocytes revealed the capacity of SmVKRs to activate the PI3K/Akt/p70S6K and Erk MAPK pathways involved in cellular growth and proliferation. Additionally, SmVKR1 induced phosphorylation of JNK (c-Jun N-terminal kinase. Activation of JNK by SmVKR1 was supported by the results of yeast two-hybrid experiments identifying several components of the JNK pathway as specific interacting partners of SmVKR1. In conclusion, these results demonstrate the functions of SmVKR in gametogenesis, and particularly in oogenesis and egg formation. By eliciting signalling pathways potentially involved in oocyte proliferation, growth

  19. Prevalence of Spirometra mansoni in dogs, cats, and frogs and its medical relevance in Guangzhou, China.

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    Hong, Qing; Feng, Jieping; Liu, Haijuan; Li, Xiaomin; Gong, Lirong; Yang, Zhen; Yang, Weiming; Liang, Xiongfa; Zheng, Rujiang; Cui, Zhicai; Wang, Weiliang; Chen, Daixiong

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    Sparganosis is an important parasitic disease in Guangzhou and is mainly acquired through the consumption of frog meat or contact with fresh frogs infected by larval stages (spargana) of the tapeworm species Spirometra mansoni. In this study, the prevalence of intestinal S. mansoni infections (with adult parasites) in dogs and cats and of extraintestinal S. mansoni infections (with spargana) in frogs was assessed. In addition, a questionnaire survey was carried out among residents in Guangzhou City in order to evaluate their awareness about the medical and epidemiological relevance of Spirometra and sparganosis. In total, the feces of 229 dogs and 116 cats were examined for eggs, and 1949 frogs were examined for spargana. Sixty-three dogs (27.5%) and 47 cats (40.5%) had eggs in their feces. Two hundred and sixteen out of 416 wild Rana tigrina rugulosa Wiegmann frogs examined were sparganum-positive, with an infection rate of 51.9%, while the infection rate in Rana limnocharis Boie was 35.1% (13/37). None of the tested farmed frogs (including R. tigrina rugulosa and Rana catesbeiana) was positive (0/1382). Analysis of the questionnaire revealed the following results: (1) about 41.0% of residents in Guangzhou had some knowledge of sparganosis or sparganum infection, and information in TV programs was the most important way that residents learned about sparganosis. (2) About 59.9% of the residents ate frog meat. Eating the meat, viscera, or blood of animals, e.g., frogs, snakes, pigs, chicken, mice, and birds, in an improper way might be the main means by which residents acquire the infection. (3) The risk of sparganum infection was higher in males than in females. A high sparganum infection rate was observed in the wild frogs sold in agricultural product markets in Guangzhou. The infection was also serious in cats and dogs in Guangdong Province. With lifestyles and eating habits resulting in sparganum infection, it is necessary to focus on market management and

  20. Evolução da esquistossomose na Zona da Mata Sul de Pernambuco. Epidemiologia e situação atual: controle ou descontrole?

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    Eduardo M. Freese de Carvalho

    Full Text Available Em busca de compreender a situação atual da esquistossomose na Zona da Mata Sul de Pernambuco, área de plantio e de produção de açúcar e álcool, o presente estudo contempla as seguintes fases: origem, evolução e determinantes básicos deste processo de saúde e doença (historicidade e temporalidade, centrados na epidemiologia moderna e no conhecimento crítico dos abrangentes programas estatais de intervenção realizados nesta área a partir de 1970, e, por último, a situação atual, avaliada por meio de um estudo de caso, realizado em 17 municípios, compreendendo 1.424 localidades e população de 485.200 habitantes, com índices de prevalência que a tornam a segunda área endêmica do País. Com base na análise dos resultados dos programas, através de séries temporais, compreendendo 14 anos, pode-se chegar às seguintes conclusões: a os índices atuais de positividade nos municípios/localidades são mais elevados do que os observados no início da década de 80; b a estratégia fundamental dos programas estava centrada, quase que exclusivamente, no tratamento em massa da população, determinando posterior reinfestação e surgimento de novos casos; c propostas como a de descentralização/municipalização contidas no PCDEN (Programa de Controle das Doenças Endêmicas no Nordeste, na década de 90, não foram implantadas de forma efetiva, mantendo-se uma situação de não-controle dessa secular endemia.

  1. Antischistosomal activity of acridanone- hydrazones in Cebus monkeys experimentally infected with the SJ strain of Schistosoma mansoni

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    Paulo Marcos Zech Coelho

    1995-09-01

    Full Text Available In this study, four compounds were utilized at the dose of 12.5mg/kg body weight, p.o., to treat Cebus monkeys experimentally infected with about 200 cercariae of Schistosoma mansoni (SJ strain, via transcutaneous route. The oograms performed with rectal snips, as well as stool examinations carried out periodically, showed no viable eggs of the parasite, from day 29 to 226post-treatment. The perfusion undertaken after killing the animals showed absence of worms in the treated monkeys, whereas 83 worms were recovered from the control, thus corroborating the results obtained by means of oograms and coproscopy. These results confirm the efficacy of 9-acridanone- hydrazones previously tested against the LE strain of S. mansoni. The low curative dose and apparent absence of toxicity render these dmgs an important therapeutic reserve, taking into consideration the reports on the resistance of S. mansoni to the modern drugs oxamniquine and praziquantel.No presente trabalho, quatro compostos foram utilizados na dose de 12,5mg/kg de peso, por via oral, em macacos infectados transcutaneamente com cerca de 200 cercárias de Schistosoma mansoni. Os oogramas realizados com fragmentos de mucosa retal e os exames de fezes realizados, periodicamente, demonstraram a ausência de ovos viáveis do parasito a partir do 29- até o 226a dia pós-tratamento. A perfusão, apôs sacrifício dos animais tratados, não detectou vermes, enquanto que do macaco cotztrole 83 vermes foram recuperados, confirmando assim os resultados dos oogramas e da coproscopia. Estes resultados confirmam a eficácia das 9-acridanonas- hydrazonas já observada anteriormente contra a cepa LE de S. mansoni. A baixa dosagem curativa e aparente ausência de toxicidade colocam estas drogas como uma reserva terapêutica importante, tendo em vista o relato de resistência do S. mansoni às drogas modernas oxamniquína e praziquantel.

  2. Rapid Characterization of S. mansoni Expression Library Clones of Potential Interest

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    KANAMURA Herminia Yohko

    1997-01-01

    Full Text Available A S. mansoni adult worm cDNA expression library was screened with sera from baboons in a early phase after infection. The clones that were positive with the early infection sera were examined for reactivity with pre-infection sera and heterologous infection sera. In order to discriminate a positive antibody reaction from the reactivity due to residual anti-E. coli antibodies, an unrelated cDNA clone was plated with the positive clone. The unrelated clone provided the negative background and the contrast necessary to discern a positive antibody reaction. In this way, we were able to eliminate selected clones that were positive with the pre-infection sera or heterologous infection sera. This characterization of the expression library clones enabled us to quickly target only clones with the desired pattern of antibody reactivity for sequencing, subcloning, and expressing

  3. Estudo de uma cepa humana de Schistosoma mansoni resistente a agentes esquistossomicidas

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    Naftale Katz

    1973-12-01

    Full Text Available Foi isolada uma cepa de Schistosoma mansoni proveniente de dois pacientes tratados com hycanthone, por duas vezes, na dose de 2,5mg/kg, i.m., em janeiro e em abril de 1970, e com niridazole (25mg/kg dia x 5 oral, em abril de 1971. O número de ovos por grama de fezes nestes pacientes antes do tratamento era de 2675 e 1025, respectivamente e, após o terceiro tratamento, em torno de 100 ovos/g. Miracídios obtidos das fezes destes pacientes, infectaram caramujos (Biomphalaria glabrata, que passaram a eliminar cercárias (cepa WW. Estas foram utilizadas para infecção experimental de camundongos albinos. Os animais infectados foram tratados com esquemas múltiplos de hycanthone, niridazole e oxamniquine. Estudos comparativos das cepas WW e LE (esta última mantida rotineiramente em nossos laboratórios mostraram diferenças acentuadas quando à sensibilidade aos esquistossomicidas usados. De fato, com hycanthone, na dose de 80mg/kg, i.m. houve 100% de alteração do oograma nos camundongos infectados com a cepa L.E. e de 0,0% nos infectados com a cepa WW. Com a oxamniquine e niridazole as diferenças foram menores, mas, ainda assim, suficientes para indicar maior resistência da cepa WW a estes esquistossomicidas. Esta é a primeira vez na literatura, que se demonstra resistência em cepas de S. mansoni provenientes de pacientes tratados.There has been isolated a Schistosoma mansoni strain from two patients submitted to two courses of treatment with hycanthone (2,5mg/kg, i.m., in January and April, 1970, and to one course with niridazole (25mg/kg/day x 5, per os, in April, 1971. Before treatment, the number of eggs in the faeces of those patients was, per gram, 2,675 and 1,025, respectively; after completion of treatment, such number had come down to around 100 eggs/gram. Miracidia hatched from the patients faeces could infect Biomphalaria glabrata snails, which elimmated cercariae (WW strain that were used for experimental infection of albino

  4. Interactions between mefloquine and the anti-fibrotic drug silymarin on Schistosoma mansoni infections in mice.

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    Kamel, Reem O A

    2016-11-01

    The present study tests the anti-inflammatory and anti-fibrotic effects of silymarin alone or combined with mefloquine on acute schistosomiasis by evaluating parasitological, histopathological, biochemical and immunological parameters. Male CDI Swiss mice were divided into seven groups, which included healthy controls, mice infected with Schistosoma mansoni or treated with silymarin (140 mg/kg body weight) or mefloquine (400 mg/kg body weight), or mice treated with a combination of both drugs and uninfected mice simply treated with mefloquine or silymarin alone. All mouse groups were sacrificed 8 weeks post-infection (pi) and/or post-treatment. Those infected mice treated with both silymarin and mefloquine showed a significant decrease (P mefloquine in murine schistosomiasis was able to reduce granulomatous reactions and hepatic fibrosis. Hence, this combination is a new strategy to be studied as an efficient tool in the treatment of schistosomal liver fibrosis.

  5. Effects of Snail Density on Growth, Reproduction and Survival of Biomphalaria alexandrina Exposed to Schistosoma mansoni

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    T. D. Mangal

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available The effects of snail density on Biomphalaria alexandrina parasitized with Schistosoma mansoni were investigated. Laboratory experiments were used to quantify the impact of high density on snail growth, fecundity, and survival. Density-dependent birth rates of snails were determined to inform mathematical models, which, until now, have assumed a linear relationship between density and fecundity. The experiments show that the rate of egg-laying followed a negative exponential distribution with increasing density and this was significantly affected by exposure to parasitic infection. High density also affected the weight of snails and survival to a greater degree than exposure to parasitic infection. Although snail growth rates were initially constrained by high density, they retained the potential for growth suggesting a reversible density-dependent mechanism. These experimental data can be used to parameterise models and confirm that snail populations are regulated by nonlinear density-dependent mechanisms.

  6. Surgical indication in Schistosomiasis mansoni portal hypertension: follow-up from 1985 to 2001

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    Maria José Conceição

    2002-10-01

    Full Text Available The study had the objective to evaluate the benefits of surgical indication for portal hypertension in schistosomiasis patients followed from 1985 to 2001. Schistosoma mansoni eggs were confirmed by at least six stool examinations or rectal biopsy. Clinical examination, abdominal ultrasonography, and digestive endoscopy confirmed the diagnosis of esophageal varices. A hundred and two patients, 61.3% male (14-53 years old were studied. Digestive hemorrhage, hypersplenism, left hypochondrial pain, abdominal discomfort, and hypogonadism were, in a decreasing order, the major signs and symptoms determining surgical indication. Among the surgical techniques employed, either splenectomy associated to splenorenal anastomosis or azigoportal desvascularization, esophageal gastric descompression and esophageal sclerosis were used. Follow-up of patients revealed that, independent on the technique utilized, a 9.9% of death occurred, caused mainly by digestive hemorrhage due to the persistence of post-treatment varices. The authors emphasize the benefits of elective surgical indication allowing a normal active life.

  7. 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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    Eliana Maria Zanotti

    1982-04-01

    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.

  8. Experiences with the control of schistosomiasis mansoni in two foci in Central Africa

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    B. Gryseels

    1992-01-01

    Full Text Available Experiences with population-based chemotherapy and other methods for the control of schistosomiasis mansoni in two subsaharan foci are described. In the forest area of Maniema (Zaire, intense transmission of Schistosoma mansoni, high prevalences and intensities of infection, and important morbidity have been documental. Taking into account the limited financial means and the poor logistic conditions, the control strategy has been based mainly on targeted chemotherapy of heavily infected people (>600 epg. After ten years of intervention, prevalences and intensities have hardly been affected, but the initial severe hepatosplenic morbidity has almost disappeared. In Burundi, a national research and control programme has been initiated in 1982. Prevalences, intensities and morbidity were moderate, transmission was focal and erratic in time and space. A more structural control strategy was developed, based on screening and selective therapy, health education, sanitation and domestic water supply. Prevalences and intensities have been considerably reduced, though the results show focal and unpredicatable variations. Transmission and reinfection were not signifcantly affected by chemotherapy alone, and eventual outcome of repeated selective treatment appears to be limited by the sensitivity of the screening method. Intestinal morbidity was strongly reduced by community-based selective treatment, but hepatosplenic enlargement was hardly affected; this is possibly due to the confounding impact of increasing malaria morbidity. The experiences show the importance of local structures and conditions for the development of an adapted control strategy. It is further concluded that population-based chemotherapy is a highly valid tool for the rapid control of morbidity, but should in most operational conditions not be considered as a tool for transmission control. Integration of planning, execution and surveillance in regular health services...

  9. 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

  10. S. mansoni bolsters anti-viral immunity in the murine respiratory tract.

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    Sebastian Scheer

    Full Text Available The human intestinal parasite Schistosoma mansoni causes a chronic disease, schistosomiasis or bilharzia. According to the current literature, the parasite induces vigorous immune responses that are controlled by Th2 helper cells at the expense of Th1 helper cells. The latter cell type is, however, indispensable for anti-viral immune responses. Remarkably, there is no reliable literature among 230 million patients worldwide describing defective anti-viral immune responses in the upper respiratory tract, for instance against influenza A virus or against respiratory syncitial virus (RSV. We therefore re-examined the immune response to a human isolate of S. mansoni and challenged mice in the chronic phase of schistosomiasis with influenza A virus, or with pneumonia virus of mice (PVM, a mouse virus to model RSV infections. We found that mice with chronic schistosomiasis had significant, systemic immune responses induced by Th1, Th2, and Th17 helper cells. High serum levels of TNF-α, IFN-γ, IL-5, IL-13, IL-2, IL-17, and GM-CSF were found after mating and oviposition. The lungs of diseased mice showed low-grade inflammation, with goblet cell hyperplasia and excessive mucus secretion, which was alleviated by treatment with an anti-TNF-α agent (Etanercept. Mice with chronic schistosomiasis were to a relative, but significant extent protected from a secondary viral respiratory challenge. The protection correlated with the onset of oviposition and TNF-α-mediated goblet cell hyperplasia and mucus secretion, suggesting that these mechanisms are involved in enhanced immune protection to respiratory viruses during chronic murine schistosomiasis. Indeed, also in a model of allergic airway inflammation mice were protected from a viral respiratory challenge with PVM.

  11. Process development for production and purification of the Schistosoma mansoni Sm14 antigen.

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    Damasceno, Leonardo; Ritter, Gerd; Batt, Carl A

    2017-06-01

    The trematode Schistosoma mansoni Sm14 antigen was expressed in the yeast Pichia pastoris and secreted into the culture medium at yields of approximately 250 mg L -1 . Sm14 belongs to a family of fatty-acid binding proteins and appears to play an important role in uptake, transport, and compartmentalization of lipids in S. mansoni and it is a potential vaccine candidate in both humans and domesticated animals. The Sm14 gene was codon-optimized for expression in P. pastoris, and placed under transcription of the strong methanol inducible AOX1 promoter. Mut + transformants were selected and used in fed-batch cultivation using a 2.5L fermenter equipped with an on-line methanol control system in order to maintain constant methanol levels during induction. Optimal conditions for the expression of Sm14 by P. pastoris were found to be: dissolved oxygen at 40%, temperature of 25 °C, pH 5.0, and a constant methanol concentration of 1 gL -1 . Our results show that a correctly processed Sm14 was secreted into the culture medium at levels of approximately 250  mg L -1 . Sm14 from clarified culture medium was purified using a two-step procedure: anion-exchange chromatography followed by hydrophobic interaction chromatography, resulting in >95% purity with a final yield of 40% from the starting cell culture medium. This product has been tested in preliminary clinical trials and shown to elicit an antibody response with no adverse reactions. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  12. Structural and kinetic analysis of Schistosoma mansoni Adenylosuccinate Lyase (SmADSL).

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    Romanello, Larissa; Serrão, Vitor Hugo Balasco; Torini, Juliana Roberta; Bird, Louise E; Nettleship, Joanne E; Rada, Heather; Reddivari, Yamini; Owens, Ray J; DeMarco, Ricardo; Brandão-Neto, José; Pereira, Humberto D'Muniz

    2017-06-01

    Schistosoma mansoni is the parasite responsible for schistosomiasis, a disease that affects about 218 million people worldwide. Currently, both direct treatment and disease control initiatives rely on chemotherapy using a single drug, praziquantel. Concerns over the possibility of resistance developing to praziquantel, have stimulated efforts to develop new drugs for the treatment of schistosomiasis. Schistosomes do not have the de novo purine biosynthetic pathway, and instead depend entirely on the purine salvage pathway to supply its need for purines. The purine salvage pathway has been reported as a potential target for developing new drugs against schistosomiasis. Adenylosuccinate lyase (SmADSL) is an enzyme in this pathway, which cleaves adenylosuccinate (ADS) into adenosine 5'-monophosphate (AMP) and fumarate. SmADSL kinetic characterization was performed by isothermal titration calorimetry (ITC) using both ADS and SAICAR as substrates. Structures of SmADSL in Apo form and in complex with AMP were elucidated by x-ray crystallography revealing a highly conserved tetrameric structure required for their function since the active sites are formed from residues of three different subunits. The active sites are also highly conserved between species and it is difficult to identify a potent species-specific inhibitor for the development of new therapeutic agents. In contrast, several mutagenesis studies have demonstrated the importance of dimeric interface residues in the stability of the quaternary structure of the enzyme. The lower conservation of these residues between SmADSL and human ADSL could be used to lead the development of anti-schistosomiasis drugs based on disruption of subunit interfaces. These structures and kinetics data add another layer of information to Schistosoma mansoni purine salvage pathway. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  13. Potencial terapêutico de novos fármacos na avaliação da atividade esquistossomicida

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    Lauro da Silva, Anekécia

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    A esquistossomose mansoni, considerada um grave problema de saúde pública, é causada por vermes tremátodas da espécie Schistosoma mansoni. A forma de tratamento dessa parasitose baseia-se principalmente na quimioterapia, onde o fármaco de escolha utilizado atualmente é o praziquantel que se destaca dentre os outros agentes esquistossomicidas por ser eficaz contra todas as espécies de Schistosoma. No entanto, a utilização exclusiva do praziquantel no tratamento da esquistossomose mansoni tem o...

  14. Camada de fibras nervosas da retina em portadores de esquistossomose mansônica na forma hepatoesplênica: análise por tomografia de coerência óptica

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    Ana Carolina Celino

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    Full Text Available Objetivo: Avaliar a espessura da camada de fibras nervosas da retina em portadores de esquistossomose mansônica na forma hepatoesplênica utilizando a tomografia de coerência óptica. Métodos: Realizou-se estudo observacional, analítico, de corte transversal. O grupo de doentes foi composto por 24 indivíduos (13 femininos e 11 masculinos, com idades variando entre 27 e 73 anos (55,7±11,6 anos. No grupo controle foram incluídos 22 indivíduos (12 femininos e 10 masculinos com idades entre 31 e 77 anos (55,4±16,5 anos. Dos 92 olhos avaliados, três foram excluídos por apresentarem opacidade de meios que impossibilitaram o exame. Todos os participantes foram submetidos ao exame oftalmológico completo e medida da camada de fibras nervosas da retina pela tomografia de coerência óptica. Resultados: A média das espessuras da camada de fibras nervosas da retina foi de 98,1±15,2μm no grupo de estudo e 114,2±10,0 μm no grupo controle (p<0,001. Conclusão: Observou-se diminuição significante da espessura da camada de fibras nervosas da retina, em todos os quadrantes, nos pacientes com esquistossomose mansônica na forma hepatoesplênica.

  15. [Efficacy of UK 4271 (oxamniquine, Pfizer) in Schistosoma mansoni bilharziasis in western Africa (parasitological and serological study of 252 children)].

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    Nozais, J P; Geunier, M

    1979-01-01

    This study was conducted on 252 childrens afflicted with Schistosomiasis (S. mansoni and S. haematobium) living in endemic area and treated with doses of 15 mg/kg to 60 mg/kg of Oxamniquine. During eight months, parasitologic and serologic (Indirect fluorescent antibody test) controls were continued. A single per os dose of 15 mg/kg appears best and 87% cure rates were obtained with only 12% reinfestation. Antibody studies indicate, at this dosage, an antigenic stimulation that lasts at least 8 months, thus conferring a "vaccinating" action possible to be used with large population groups. Further studies show acceptable tolerance clinically of Oxamniquine and its ineffectiveness against S. haematobium. As mentioned by others, it appears that Oxamniquine has usefulness in treatment of schistosomiasis due to S. mansoni.

  16. Assessment of control and epidemiologic details of the schistosomiasis mansoni in Bananal, São Paulo, Brazil

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    Horacio Manuel Santana Teles

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available The purpose of our study in the municipality of Bananal, state of São Paulo, Brazil, was to stop the transmission of schistosomiasis mansoni. Particular emphasis was given to such items as the active surveillance and eventual treatment of hosts, mapping parasite foci, and increasing the extent of basic sanitation in the municipality. Now, our records indicate that the eradication of schistosomiasis in the municipality of Bananal is attainable. However, as the vector Biomphalaria tenagophila can still be found in some water bodies within this municipality, it remains included in the area where schistosomiasis is endemic, which calls for very strict measures to avoid the human cases of schistososomiasis. The expansion of the coverage of the basic sanitation network and treatment of Schistosoma mansoni cases diagnosed during periodic surveys are part of the plans to eradicate schistosomiasis in Bananal.

  17. Serum albumin and α-1 acid glycoprotein impede the killing of Schistosoma mansoni by the tyrosine kinase inhibitor Imatinib

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    Svenja Beckmann

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    Motivated by these in vitro findings, we performed in vivo experiments in rodent models of S. mansoni infection. Unexpectedly, Imatinib had no effect on worm burden or egg-production. We found that the blood components serum albumin (SA and alpha-1 acid glycoprotein (AGP or orosomucoid negated Imatinib’s deleterious effects on adult S. mansoni and schistosomula (post-infective larvae in vitro. This negative effect was partially reversed by erythromycin. AGP synthesis can increase as a consequence of inflammatory processes or infection; in addition upon infection AGP levels are 6–8 times higher in mice compared to humans. Therefore, mice and probably other rodents are poor infection models for measuring the effects of Imatinib in vivo. Accordingly, we suggest the routine evaluation of the ability of AGP and SA to block in vitro anti-schistosomal effects of small molecules like Imatinib prior to laborious and expensive animal experiments.

  18. Freshwater snails and Schistosomiasis mansoni in the state of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: IV - Sul Fluminense Mesoregion

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    Silvana C Thiengo

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    Full Text Available In this paper, the forth of a series dealing with the survey of freshwater gastropods of the state of Rio de Janeiro, the results of collections carried out in the Sul Fluminense Mesoregion from 2000 to 2002 are presented and revealed the occurrence of 18 species: Antillorbis nordestensis; Biomphalaria glabrata; Biomphalaria peregrina; Biomphalaria straminea; Biomphalaria tenagophila; Drepanotrema anatinum; Drepanotrema cimex; Drepanotrema lucidum; Ferrissia sp.; Gundlachia ticaga; Gundlachia sp.; Heleobia sp.; Lymnaea columella; Melanoides tuberculatus; Physa acuta; Physa marmorata; Pomacea sordida and Pomacea sp. As to the snail hosts of Schistosoma mansoni the most frequent species was B. tenagophila, found in all municipalities surveyed, except Parati. Besides new records the present study extends the distribution of B. peregrina and B. straminea in the state. No specimens were found harbouring larval forms of S. mansoni although different kinds of cercariae had been observed. An account about the current schistosomiasis transmission sites in this Mesoregion is presented as well.

  19. Modeling the distribution of Schistosoma mansoni and host snails in Uganda using satellite sensor data and Geographical Information Systems

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    Stensgaard, Anna-Sofie; Jørgensen, A; Kabatereine, N B

    2005-01-01

    by developing annual and seasonal composite models, and iteratively analysing for their relationship with parasite and snail distribution. The dry season composite model predicted an endemic area that produced the best fit with the distribution of schools with > or =5% prevalence. NDVI values of 151-174, day...... temperatures of 26-36 degrees C, and night temperatures of 15-20 degrees C were used as criteria for the prediction model. Using the same approach with host snail data indicated that most of Uganda is suitable "B. pfeifferi"/B. sudanica habitat, except for possibly the north-eastern region of the country...... climate data on precipitation, as the best ecological determinants of the S. mansoni-"B. pfeifferi"/B. sudanica system. Satellite composite models and logistic regression analysis, suggest low night time temperature as one of the significant factors inhibiting S. mansoni transmission in the south...

  20. Distribuição da esquistossomose no espaço urbano. 2. Aproximação teórica sobre a acumulação, concentração, centralização do capital e a produção de doenças

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    Pedro Coura-Filho

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    Full Text Available Neste estudo são discutidos dados sobre a urbanização da esquistossomose na Região Metropolitana de Belo Horizonte, MG, Brasil. A endemização da esquistossomose em área urbana é discutida usando-se a categoria organização social do espaço como exercício de operacionalização entre o paradígma ambiental e o social em saúde coletiva. São abordados elementos presentes na nova ordem econômica mundial, concepção de espaço socialmente construído, mundialização do capital, periferia e conseqüente processo coletivo de produção de doenças. Diante do desmantelamento dos serviços de saúde do Estado e da lógica da nova ordem econômica mundial, é reforçada a busca de soluções locais para o controle da esquistossomose.

  1. Secreted serine protease SmSP2 of the blood fluke Schistosoma mansoni: Biochemical characterization, localization and host protein processing

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    Leontovyč, Adrian; Ulrychová, Lenka; O'Donoghue, A.J.; Marešová, Lucie; Vondrášek, Jiří; Caffrey, C. R.; Mareš, Michael; Horn, Martin; Dvořák, Jan

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    Roč. 15, č. 1 (2017), s. 18 ISSN 2336-7202. [Mezioborové setkání mladých biologů, biochemiků a chemiků /17./. 30.05.2017-01.06.2017, Milovy] R&D Projects: GA MŠk LD15101; GA MŠk LO1302 Institutional support: RVO:61388963 Keywords : Schistosoma mansoni * SmSP2 Subject RIV: CE - Biochemistry

  2. Dominant character of the molecular marker of a Biomphalaria tenagophila strain (Mollusca: Planorbidae) resistant to Schistosoma mansoni

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    Rosa, Florence Mara; Caldeira, Roberta Lima; Carvalho, Omar dos Santos; Godard, Ana Lúcia Brunialti; Coelho, Paulo Marcos Zech

    2004-01-01

    Biomphalaria tenagophila population from Taim (state of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil) is totally resistant toSchistosoma mansoni, and presents a molecular marker of 350 bp by polymerase chain reaction and restriction fragment length polymorphism of the entire rDNA internal transcriber spacer. The scope of this work was to determine the heritage pattern of this marker. A series of cross-breedings between B. tenagophila from Taim (resistant) and B. tenagophila from Joinville, state of Santa Catari...

  3. Serotonin Signaling in Schistosoma mansoni: A Serotonin–Activated G Protein-Coupled Receptor Controls Parasite Movement

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    Rashid, Mohammed; Ribeiro, Paula

    2014-01-01

    Serotonin is an important neuroactive substance in all the parasitic helminths. In Schistosoma mansoni, serotonin is strongly myoexcitatory; it potentiates contraction of the body wall muscles and stimulates motor activity. This is considered to be a critical mechanism of motor control in the parasite, but the mode of action of serotonin is poorly understood. Here we provide the first molecular evidence of a functional serotonin receptor (Sm5HTR) in S. mansoni. The schistosome receptor belongs to the G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) superfamily and is distantly related to serotonergic type 7 (5HT7) receptors from other species. Functional expression studies in transfected HEK 293 cells showed that Sm5HTR is a specific serotonin receptor and it signals through an increase in intracellular cAMP, consistent with a 5HT7 signaling mechanism. Immunolocalization studies with a specific anti-Sm5HTR antibody revealed that the receptor is abundantly distributed in the worm's nervous system, including the cerebral ganglia and main nerve cords of the central nervous system and the peripheral innervation of the body wall muscles and tegument. RNA interference (RNAi) was performed both in schistosomulae and adult worms to test whether the receptor is required for parasite motility. The RNAi-suppressed adults and larvae were markedly hypoactive compared to the corresponding controls and they were also resistant to exogenous serotonin treatment. These results show that Sm5HTR is at least one of the receptors responsible for the motor effects of serotonin in S. mansoni. The fact that Sm5HTR is expressed in nerve tissue further suggests that serotonin stimulates movement via this receptor by modulating neuronal output to the musculature. Together, the evidence identifies Sm5HTR as an important neuronal protein and a key component of the motor control apparatus in S. mansoni. PMID:24453972

  4. Differences in immunogenicity and vaccine potential of peptides from .I.Schistosoma mansoni./I. glyceraldehyde 3-phosphate dehydrogenase

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    Tallima, H.; Montash, M.; Vepřek, Pavel; Velek, Jiří; Ježek, Jan; El Ridi, R.

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    Roč. 21, - (2003), s. 3290-3300 ISSN 0264-410X R&D Projects: GA ČR GA303/01/0690 Grant - others:ICGEB(IT) CRP/EGY98-03 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z4055905 Keywords : .I.Schistosoma mansoni./I. * glyceraldehyde 3-phosphate dehydrogenase * synthetic peptide vaccine Subject RIV: CC - Organic Chemistry Impact factor: 3.007, year: 2003

  5. Combination of the two schistosomal antigens Sm14 and Sm29 elicits significant protection against experimental Schistosoma mansoni infection.

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    Ewaisha, Radwa E; Bahey-El-Din, Mohammed; Mossallam, Shereen F; Amer, Eglal I; Aboushleib, Hamida M; Khalil, Amal M

    2014-10-01

    Schistosomiasis continues to be a serious helminthic disease that is widespread in many regions in the world. Disease management relies mainly on early treatment with praziquantel, nevertheless, re-infection rates can still be high. An effective vaccine against Schistosoma mansoni is still lacking; a situation which hinders the efforts to eradicate the disease worldwide. Most investigators test S. mansoni antigens individually, rather than in combination, in their vaccine trials. A single-antigen vaccine is likely to elicit less protection against schistosomiasis than a multi-antigen vaccine. In the current study, we have selected two promising S. mansoni antigens, Sm14 and Sm29, and investigated their combination as a potential vaccine. Recombinant Sm14 and a truncated form of Sm29, designated TrSm29, were successfully expressed in Escherichiacoli. The two antigens were purified using affinity chromatography and administered to Swiss albino mice individually and in combination. Significant protection against S. mansoni infection was observed in mice immunized with the Sm14/TrSm29 combination in the presence/absence of the immunoadjuvant poly (I:C). The poly (I:C)-adjuvanted combination resulted in 40.3%, 68.2%, and 57.9% reduction in adult worm burden, liver egg burden and intestinal eggs, respectively. Granuloma size and count were also reduced besides improvement of the histopathological picture of livers of immunized mice. This study demonstrates the importance of using multi-antigen vaccines as an effective and simple approach to fulfill enhanced protection against schistosomiasis. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  6. Assessment of vaccination with schistosomules attenuated by using different doses of γ-radiation on experimental schistosomiasis mansoni

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    Mohamed, E.N.H.

    2009-01-01

    Current strategies for the control of schistosomiasis are based primarily on chemotherapy but successful vaccination against infection has been also demonstrated in several host parasite models.The present study was designed to asses the immunogenic effects of the vaccination with autogenic targets in the form of schistosomula attenuated by different doses of γ-radiation (15, 20, 25 kilo rad) in mice challenged with S. mansoni cercariae as regard parasitological, histological, biochemical and immunological aspects.

  7. Quality control of the slides by Kato-Katz method for the parasitological diagnosis of schistosomiasis infection by Schistosoma mansoni

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    Barbosa, Constança S.; Gomes, Elainne Christine S.; Marcelino, Jeann Marie R.; Cavalcante, Karina R. L. J.; Nascimento, Wheverton Ricardo C.

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    ABSTRACT Introduction: Kato-Katz is a laboratory method recommended by the Brazilian Ministry of Health (BMH) and the World Health Organization (WHO) as the gold standard for the diagnosis of human infection by Schistosoma mansoni. The method has great clinical and epidemiological relevance because it allows the parasite load quantification of the infected patient by calculating the number of eggs per gram (EPG) of feces. This classification may also be used to estimate the intensity of infe...

  8. Schistosoma mansoni Infection in Ugandan Men Is Associated with Increased Abundance and Function of HIV Target Cells in Blood, but Not the Foreskin: A Cross-sectional Study.

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    Jessica L Prodger

    Full Text Available Schistosoma mansoni infection has been associated with an increased HIV prevalence in humans and SHIV incidence in primate models. We hypothesized that immune activation from this gastrointestinal mucosa infection would increase highly HIV-susceptible CD4 T cell subsets in the blood and the foreskin through common mucosal homing.Foreskin tissue and blood were obtained from 34 HIV- and malaria-uninfected Ugandan men who volunteered for elective circumcision, 12 of whom were definitively positive for S. mansoni eggs in stool and 12 definitively negative for both S. mansoni eggs and worm antigen. Tissue and blood T cell subsets were characterized by flow cytometry and immunohistochemistry (IHC. Th17 and Th1 cells from both the blood and foreskin expressed higher levels of CCR5 and were more activated than other CD4 T cell subsets. S. mansoni-infected men had a higher frequency of systemic Th1 cells (22.9 vs. 16.5% of blood CD4 T cells, p<0.05, Th17 cells (2.3 vs. 1.5%, p<0.05, and Th22 cells (0.5 vs. 0.3%, p<0.01 than uninfected men. Additionally, Th17 cells in the blood of S. mansoni-infected men demonstrated enhanced function (28.1 vs. 16.3% producing multiple cytokines, p = 0.046. However, these immune alterations were not observed in foreskin tissue.S. mansoni infection was associated with an increased frequency of highly HIV-susceptible Th1, Th17 and Th22 cell subsets in the blood, but these T cell immune differences did not extend to the foreskin. S. mansoni induced changes in T cell immunology mediated through the common mucosal immune system are not likely to increase HIV susceptibility in the foreskin.

  9. Fasciola gigantica fatty acid binding protein (FABP) as a prophylactic agent against Schistosoma mansoni infection in CD1 mice.

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    Rabia Aly, Ibrahim; Diab, M; El-Amir, A M; Hendawy, M; Kadry, S

    2012-03-01

    Although schistosomicidal drugs and other control measures exist, the advent of an efficacious vaccine remains the most potentially powerful means for controlling this disease. In this study, native fatty acid binding protein (FABP) from Fasciola gigantica was purified from the adult worm's crude extract by saturation with ammonium sulphate followed by separation on DEAE-Sephadex A-50 anion exchange chromatography and gel filtration using Sephacryl HR-100, respectively. CD1 mice were immunized with the purified, native F. gigantica FABP in Freund's adjuvant and challenged subcutaneously with 120 Schistosoma mansoni cercariae. Immunization of CD1 mice with F. gigantica FABP has induced heterologous protection against S. mansoni, evidenced by the significant reduction in mean worm burden (72.3%), liver and intestinal egg counts (81.3% and 80.8%, respectively), and hepatic granuloma counts (42%). Also, it elicited mixed IgG(1)/IgG(2b) immune responses with predominant IgG1 isotype, suggesting that native F. gigantica FABP is mediated by a mixed Th1/Th2 response. However, it failed to induce any significant differences in the oogram pattern or in the mean granuloma diameter. This indicated that native F. gigantica FABP could be a promising vaccine candidate against S. mansoni infection.

  10. Water-contact patterns and risk factors for Schistosoma mansoni infection in a rural village of Northeast Brazil

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    SILVA Antônio Augusto Moura da

    1997-01-01

    Full Text Available Schistosomiasis mansoni in the Serrano village, municipality of Cururupu, state of Maranhão, Brazil, is a widely spread disease. The PECE (Program for the Control of Schistosomiasis, undertaken since 1979 has reduced the prevalence of S. mansoni infection and the hepatosplenic form of the disease. Nevertheless piped water is available in 84% of the households, prevalence remains above 20%. In order to identify other risk factors responsible for the persistence of high prevalence levels, a cross-sectional survey was carried out in a systematic sample of 294 people of varying ages. Socioeconomic, environmental and demographic variables, and water contact patterns were investigated. Fecal samples were collected and analyzed by the Kato-Katz technique. Prevalence of S. mansoni infection was 24.1%, higher among males (35.5% and between 10-19 years of age (36.6%. The risk factors identified in the univariable analysis were water contacts for vegetable extraction (Risk Ratio - RR = 2.92, crossing streams (RR = 2.55, bathing (RR = 2.35, fishing (RR = 2.19, hunting (RR = 2.17, cattle breeding (RR = 2.04, manioc culture (RR = 1.90 and leisure (RR = 1.56. After controlling for confounding variables by proportional hazards model the risks remained higher for males, vegetable extraction, bathing in rivers and water contact in rivers or in periodically inundated parts of riverine woodland (swamplands

  11. Aspectos imunológicos e parasitológicos em Biomphalaria tenagophila infectadas por Schistosoma mansoni e outros Digenea

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    Balan Doralice de Souza Luro

    1993-01-01

    Full Text Available Estudou-se o comportamento de amebócitos de Biomphalaria tenagophila infectadas por Schistosoma mansoni, por outros Digenea e a resistência à superinfecção, presente em infecções mistas. Foi verificada a atividade fagocitária dos amebócitos, o número destas células circulantes, a reação amebocitária nos tecidos, o perfil eletroforético da hemolinfa, além da reação de imunodifusão. Concluiu-se que moluscos infectados por outros Digenea apresentam resistência à superinfecção por S. mansoni, sendo que os amebócitos parecem não ter participação direta na destruição dos esporocistos de S. mansoni nesta eventualidade. Nos moluscos infectados observou-se maior número de amebócitos circulantes e aumento de capacidade fagocitária destas células.

  12. Protein kinase C and extracellular signal-regulated kinase regulate movement, attachment, pairing and egg release in Schistosoma mansoni.

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    Margarida Ressurreição

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    Full Text Available Protein kinases C (PKCs and extracellular signal-regulated kinases (ERKs are evolutionary conserved cell signalling enzymes that coordinate cell function. Here we have employed biochemical approaches using 'smart' antibodies and functional screening to unravel the importance of these enzymes to Schistosoma mansoni physiology. Various PKC and ERK isotypes were detected, and were differentially phosphorylated (activated throughout the various S. mansoni life stages, suggesting isotype-specific roles and differences in signalling complexity during parasite development. Functional kinase mapping in adult worms revealed that activated PKC and ERK were particularly associated with the adult male tegument, musculature and oesophagus and occasionally with the oesophageal gland; other structures possessing detectable activated PKC and/or ERK included the Mehlis' gland, ootype, lumen of the vitellaria, seminal receptacle and excretory ducts. Pharmacological modulation of PKC and ERK activity in adult worms using GF109203X, U0126, or PMA, resulted in significant physiological disturbance commensurate with these proteins occupying a central position in signalling pathways associated with schistosome muscular activity, neuromuscular coordination, reproductive function, attachment and pairing. Increased activation of ERK and PKC was also detected in worms following praziquantel treatment, with increased signalling associated with the tegument and excretory system and activated ERK localizing to previously unseen structures, including the cephalic ganglia. These findings support roles for PKC and ERK in S. mansoni homeostasis, and identify these kinase groups as potential targets for chemotherapeutic treatments against human schistosomiasis, a neglected tropical disease of enormous public health significance.

  13. Use of a new glass microfibre histamine release method to study the modulation of the host response in human schistosomiasis mansoni. Individuals with different degrees of exposure to the disease show differing antibody biological function

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    Satti, M.Z.; Ebbesen, F.; Vennervald, B.

    1996-01-01

    A new glass microfibre histamine release method was used to study the modulation of the host response in human schistosomiasis mansoni to improve our understanding of the role of basophils in the development of immunity in schistosomiasis mansoni. The histamine release from umbilical cord blood...

  14. Prevalence of Schistosoma mansoni infection and the therapeutic efficacy of praziquantel among school children in Manna District, Jimma Zone, southwest Ethiopia

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    Mitiku Bajiro

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background Intestinal schistosomiasis is one of the neglected tropical parasitic diseases caused by Schistosoma mansoni. Currently, the control measures for the disease are mainly based on mass drug administration (MDA with praziquantel (PZQ targeting the school-age children. In Ethiopia, the potential foci for schistosomiasis and therapeutic efficacy of PZQ among school-age children remain poorly explored. Therefore, we determined both the prevalence and intensity of S. mansoni infection and the therapeutic efficacy of PZQ among school children in the Manna District (new foci for S. mansoni, Jimma Zone, southwest Ethiopia. Methods A cross-sectional study was conducted among the school children aged between 6 and 18 years in three primary schools in Manna district from March to April 2014. For diagnosis of S. mansoni, a single stool sample was obtained from each child and processed using single Kato Katz and examined under light microscopy. A questionnaire was used to collect demographic information of the school children participated in the study. School children excreting eggs of S. mansoni were administered with 40 mg/kg of PZQ and re-examined after three weeks post-treatment. The therapeutic efficacy of PZQ against S. mansoni was evaluated by means of cure rate and egg reduction rate. Results The overall prevalence of S. mansoni among the school children in the three primary schools in Manna District was 24.0 %. Higher prevalence was recorded for males 25.6 % (61/238 than for females 22.5 % (59/262. Majority (27.5 % of infection intensity was light with mean faecal egg count (FEC of 202 eggs per gram (EPG. The therapeutic efficacy of PZQ at a dose of 40 mg/kg was highly efficient (cure rate of 99.1 % and egg reduction rate of 99.9 % among the school children in the three primary schools in Manna District. Conclusions The school children in the three primary schools of Manna District, Jimma Zone were at moderate risk of the

  15. Whole-organ isolation approach as a basis for tissue-specific analyses in Schistosoma mansoni.

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    Steffen Hahnel

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Schistosomiasis is one of the most important parasitic diseases worldwide, second only to malaria. Schistosomes exhibit an exceptional reproductive biology since the sexual maturation of the female, which includes the differentiation of the reproductive organs, is controlled by pairing. Pathogenicity originates from eggs, which cause severe inflammation in their hosts. Elucidation of processes contributing to female maturation is not only of interest to basic science but also considering novel concepts combating schistosomiasis. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: To get direct access to the reproductive organs, we established a novel protocol using a combined detergent/protease-treatment removing the tegument and the musculature of adult Schistosoma mansoni. All steps were monitored by scanning electron microscopy (SEM and bright-field microscopy (BF. We focused on the gonads of adult schistosomes and demonstrated that isolated and purified testes and ovaries can be used for morphological and structural studies as well as sources for RNA and protein of sufficient amounts for subsequent analyses such as RT-PCR and immunoblotting. To this end, first exemplary evidence was obtained for tissue-specific transcription within the gonads (axonemal dynein intermediate chain gene SmAxDynIC; aquaporin gene SmAQP as well as for post-transcriptional regulation (SmAQP. CONCLUSIONS/SIGNIFICANCE: The presented method provides a new way of getting access to tissue-specific material of S. mansoni. With regard to many still unanswered questions of schistosome biology, such as elucidating the molecular processes involved in schistosome reproduction, this protocol provides opportunities for, e.g., sub-transcriptomics and sub-proteomics at the organ level. This will promote the characterisation of gene-expression profiles, or more specifically to complete knowledge of signalling pathways contributing to differentiation processes, so discovering involved

  16. Schistosoma mansoni-Associated Morbidity among Preschool-Aged Children along the Shores of Lake Victoria in Uganda

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    Nalugwa, Allen; Nuwaha, Fred; Tukahebwa, Edridah

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    /916) of the children. Both liver and spleen were significantly more enlarged in the infected children than in the uninfected children (p ultrasonography. Physical palpation of the spleen was more often detected in the uninfected children. A significantly (p ...Schistosoma mansoni causes morbidity in human beings, with the highest prevalence in rural sub-Saharan Africa. Prolonged S. mansoni infection with egg deposition in intestinal blood vessels leads to liver and spleen enlargement, and thus chronic morbidity. The objective of this study was to assess...... to be underweight or stunted. Liver fibrosis with distinct Symmer’s ‘pipe stems’ was found in a few heavily-infected children (0.3%). In a linear multivariable regression analysis, age of the child, anaemia, liver fibrosis, and size of the left liver lobe were associated with S. mansoni intensity of infection...

  17. Schistosoma mansoni Infection and Its Related Morbidity among Adults Living in Selected Villages of Mara Region, North-Western Tanzania: A Cross-Sectional Exploratory Study.

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    Mazigo, Humphrey D; Nuwaha, Fred; Dunne, David W; Kaatano, Godfrey M; Angelo, Tekla; Kepha, Stella; Kinung'hi, Safari M

    2017-10-01

    Schistosoma mansoni is highly endemic in Tanzania and affects all age groups at different degrees. However, its control approach does not include adult individuals who are equally at risk and infected. To justify the inclusion of adult individuals in MDA programs in Tanzania, the present study focused on determining the prevalence of S. mansoni infection and its related morbidities among adult individuals. This was a cross sectional study conducted among 412 adult individuals aged 18-89 years living in selected villages of Rorya and Butiama districts located along the shoreline of the Lake Victoria. A pretested questionnaire was used to collect socio-demographic and socio-economic information of participants. Ultrasonographic examinations were conducted for all study participants using the Niamey protocol. A single stool sample was obtained from all study participants and examined for S. mansoni using the Kato-Katz technique. The study revealed a high prevalence of S. mansoni (56.3%), and the majority of infected individuals had a light intensity of infection. Ultrasonographic findings revealed that 22.4% of adult individuals had periportal fibrosis (PPF) (grade C-F), with 18.4% having grade C and D and 4% having grade E and F. Males had the highest prevalence of PPF (31.7% vs 10.8%, P<0.001). Organomegaly was common with 28.5% and 29.6% having splenomegaly and hepatomegaly, respectively. S. mansoni infection and its related morbidities included PPF, hepatomegaly, and splenomegaly were common among adult individuals. To reduce the level of transmission of S. mansoni infection, planned mass drug administration campaigns should include adult individuals living in these villages.

  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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    Kirk Ruth S

    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. Disentangling the effects of exposure and susceptibility on transmission of the zoonotic parasite Schistosoma mansoni.

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    Civitello, David J; Rohr, Jason R

    2014-11-01

    For all parasites, transmission is composed of two processes: host contact with parasites ('exposure') and risk of infection given such contact ('susceptibility'). Classic models, such as mass action (density-dependent) transmission, lump these processes together. However, separating these processes could enhance predictions for disease dynamics, especially for free-living parasites. Here, we outline three transmission models that partition exposure and susceptibility. Using data from a study of Schistosoma mansoni (trematode) infections in Biomphalaria glabrata snails, we competed these three models against four alternative models, including the mass action model (which lumps exposure and susceptibility). The models that separately accounted for exposure and susceptibility best predicted prevalence across the density gradients of hosts and parasites, outperforming all other models based on Akaike information criterion. When embedded into a dynamic epidemiological model, the exposure-explicit models all predicted lower equilibrium densities of infected snails and human-infectious cercariae. Thus, population-level epidemiological models that utilize the classic mass action transmission model might overestimate human risk of schistosomiasis. More generally, the presented approach for disentangling exposure and susceptibility can distinguish between behavioural and immunological resistance, identify mechanisms of 'disease dilution' and provide a more complete dissection of drivers of parasite transmission. © 2014 The Authors. Journal of Animal Ecology © 2014 British Ecological Society.

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. Schistosoma mansoni: vaccination of mice with 10-krad-irradiated, cryopreserved schistosomules

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    Lewis, F.A.; Stirewalt, M.A.; Leef, J.L.

    1984-01-01

    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

  3. Immunization of mice with gamma-irradiated intramuscularly injected schistosomula of Schistosoma mansoni

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    Bickle, Q.D.; Taylor, M.G.; Doenhoff, M.J.; Nelson, G.S.

    1979-01-01

    The parameters involved in the induction of resistance against Schistosoma mansoni by injection of irradiated, artificially transformed schistosomula were studied in mice. Single intramuscular injections of 500 schistosomula exposed to radiation doses in the range 2.3 to 160 krad. resulted in significant protection ( in the range 20 to 50% as assessed by reduced worm burdens) against a challenge infection administered at intervals from 3 to 24 weeks post-vaccination. However, schistosomular irradiated with 20 krad. consistently resulted in better protection than those exposed to either higher or lower radiation doses despite the persistence of stunted adults from the infections irradiated with 2.3 krad. Vaccination with 40 krad. schistosomula resulted in significant protection in terms of reduced worm and tissue egg burdens and increased survival following lethal challenge. Varying the number of irradiated schistosomula, the frequency and route of their administration, the site of challenge and the strain of host all failed to enhance the level of resistance. However, percutaneously applied, irradiated cercariae were found to be more effective in stimulating resistance (60%) than intramuscularly injected, irradiated schistosomula (40%). (author)

  4. 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.

    1987-01-01

    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. (author)

  5. Evaluation of Protection against Schistosoma mansoni Infection in Mice Vaccinated with Irradiated Cercariae

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    Amin, M.M.

    2009-01-01

    The Present study was designed to evaluate the biological changes in mice vaccinated with irradiated Schistosoma mansoni cercariae (40 krad) in comparison with infected non-vaccinated group. The degree of resistance was assessed by parasitological, biochemical, immunological, histopathological as well as scanning electron microscopy studies. The results of the present study revealed a significant reduction in worm burden and ova count in both liver and intestine of the immunized group. In addition, a moderate amelioration was recorded in the liver functions; gamma glutamyltransferase (gamma-GT), alkaline phosphatase (ALP), alanine and aspartate transaminase (ALT and AST). Assessment of tissue nuclear factor-a (TNF-a) and Interleukin -10 (IL-IO) in sera of the experimental groups showed significant protection changes. Histopathological examination of vaccinated mice livers showed protection against parasite maturation and liver damage after challenged as compared to mice infected only without vaccination. Also, scanning electron microscopy of whole worm revealed severe degree of surface tegumental disruption and intensive stunted of the worms as well as loss of the dorsal tegumental spines, On the other hand, there were severe deformations in both the anterior and ventral suckers as a result of the immunization

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. Schistosomicidal Activity of Alkyl-phenols from the Cashew Anacardium occidentale against Schistosoma mansoni Adult Worms.

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    Alvarenga, Tavane A; de Oliveira, Pollyanna F; de Souza, Julia M; Tavares, Denise C; Andrade E Silva, Márcio L; Cunha, Wilson R; Groppo, Milton; Januário, Ana H; Magalhães, Lizandra G; Pauletti, Patrícia M

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    Bioassay-guided study of the ethanol extract from the cashew Anacardium occidentale furnished cardol triene (1), cardol diene (2), anacardic acid triene (3), cardol monoene (4), anacardic acid diene (5), 2-methylcardol triene (6), and 2-methylcardol diene (7). 1D- and 2D-NMR experiments and HRMS analysis confirmed the structures of compounds 1-7. Compounds 2 and 7 were active against Schistosoma mansoni adult worms in vitro, with LC 50 values of 32.2 and 14.5 μM and selectivity indices of 6.1 and 21.2, respectively. Scanning electron microscopy of the tegument of male worms in the presence of compound 7 at 25 μM after 24 h of incubation showed severe damage as well as peeling and reduction in the number of spine tubercles. Transmission electron microscopy analyses revealed swollen mitochondrial membrane, vacuoles, and altered tegument in worms incubated with compound 2 (25 μM after 24 h). Worms incubated with compound 7 (25 μM after 24 h) had lysed interstitial tissue, degenerated mitochondria, and drastically altered tegument. Together, the results indicated that compound 7 presents promising in vitro schistosomicidal activity.

  9. Identification and characterization of sex-linked proteins of Schistosoma mansoni

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    A. Maldonado Junior

    1991-03-01

    Full Text Available The proteins of adults worms (male and female of two isolates (BH and RJ of Shistosoma mansoni were extracted using Triton X-114 phase separation. The SDS-polyacrilamide gel electrophoresis profiles of the three phases (detergent, aqueous and insoluble proteins obtained were compared after Coomassie blue and silver staining, surface radioiodination and Western blotting. No major differences were detected between the 2 isolates. Of the 25 or more proteins which partitioned into the detergent phase, only about 8 proteins could be surface radiodinated on live adult worms. A comparison was also made between the profiles of mael and females worms, isolated from bisexually infected mice. Two major female-specific and one male-specific band were detected by silver and/or Coomassie staining. The female bands, 32 KDa and 18 KDa, partitioned into the detergent and aqueous phase, respectively. The male-specific band of 42 KDa remained in the insoluble phase. Antigenic differences between male and females protins were detected by Western vlotting using a sera from infected Nectomys squamipes.

  10. The prolonged use of niclosamide as a molluscicide for the control of Schistosoma mansoni.

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    Coura-Filho, P; Mendes, N M; de Souza, C P; Pereira, J P

    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 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.

  11. Excretion/secretion products from Schistosoma mansoni adults, eggs and schistosomula have unique peptidase specificity profiles.

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    Dvořák, Jan; Fajtová, Pavla; Ulrychová, Lenka; Leontovyč, Adrian; Rojo-Arreola, Liliana; Suzuki, Brian M; Horn, Martin; Mareš, Michael; Craik, Charles S; Caffrey, Conor R; O'Donoghue, Anthony J

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    Schistosomiasis is one of a number of chronic helminth diseases of poverty that severely impact personal and societal well-being and productivity. Peptidases (proteases) are vital to successful parasitism, and can modulate host physiology and immunology. Interference of peptidase action by specific drugs or vaccines can be therapeutically beneficial. To date, research on peptidases in the schistosome parasite has focused on either the functional characterization of individual peptidases or their annotation as part of global genome or transcriptome studies. We were interested in functionally characterizing the complexity of peptidase activity operating at the host-parasite interface, therefore the excretory-secretory products of key developmental stages of Schistosoma mansoni that parasitize the human were examined. Using class specific peptidase inhibitors in combination with a multiplex substrate profiling assay, a number of unique activities derived from endo- and exo-peptidases were revealed in the excretory-secretory products of schistosomula (larval migratory worms), adults and eggs. The data highlight the complexity of the functional degradome for each developmental stage of this parasite and facilitate further enquiry to establish peptidase identity, physiological and immunological function, and utility as drug or vaccine candidates. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. and Société Française de Biochimie et Biologie Moléculaire (SFBBM). All rights reserved.

  12. A systematically improved high quality genome and transcriptome of the human blood fluke Schistosoma mansoni.

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    Anna V Protasio

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Schistosomiasis is one of the most prevalent parasitic diseases, affecting millions of people in developing countries. Amongst the human-infective species, Schistosoma mansoni is also the most commonly used in the laboratory and here we present the systematic improvement of its draft genome. We used Sanger capillary and deep-coverage Illumina sequencing from clonal worms to upgrade the highly fragmented draft 380 Mb genome to one with only 885 scaffolds and more than 81% of the bases organised into chromosomes. We have also used transcriptome sequencing (RNA-seq from four time points in the parasite's life cycle to refine gene predictions and profile their expression. More than 45% of predicted genes have been extensively modified and the total number has been reduced from 11,807 to 10,852. Using the new version of the genome, we identified trans-splicing events occurring in at least 11% of genes and identified clear cases where it is used to resolve polycistronic transcripts. We have produced a high-resolution map of temporal changes in expression for 9,535 genes, covering an unprecedented dynamic range for this organism. All of these data have been consolidated into a searchable format within the GeneDB (www.genedb.org and SchistoDB (www.schistodb.net databases. With further transcriptional profiling and genome sequencing increasingly accessible, the upgraded genome will form a fundamental dataset to underpin further advances in schistosome research.

  13. Molecular and cellular basis of hepatic fibrogenesis in experimental schistosomiasis mansoni infection

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    David J. Wyler

    1992-01-01

    Full Text Available Morbidity in schistosomiasis mansoni occurs primaryly as a result of the complications of hepatic fibrosis. Yet, the pathogenesis of schistosomal hepatic fibrosis is poorly understood. The fact that hepatic egg granuloma is the hallmark of this infection suggests a potential role for granulomatous inflamation in hepatic fibrogenesis. Our studies in a murine schistosomiasis model indicate that hepatic granuloma cells secrete a variety of fibrogenic cytokines that may initiate the scarring process. Among these cytokines, we identified a novel protein that we designated fibroplast stimulating factor-1 (FsF-1. FsF-1 is a lymphokine that can stimulate fibroplast growth and matrix synthesis. A notable feature of hepatic fibrosis in this model is that production of FsF-1 and other granuloma-derived fibrogenic cytokines is down-regulated in chronic infection, an event that may be under immunological control. The spontaneous reduction of FsF-1 secretion presumably accounts for reduced scar formation late in infection of mice. In the context of relevant clinical studies, our findings engender the hypothesis that Symmer's fibrosis may develop in a small suppopulation of individuals as a result of immunogenetically-determined dysregulation of fibrogenic cytokine production.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. Hexachlorophene as a topically applied chemical for prophylaxis against Schistosoma mansoni infections in mice

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    Marie M. Grenan

    1985-08-01

    Full Text Available Treatment of mouse tail skins with hexachlorophene (1.25% w/v in absolute methanol or 70% isopropanol suppressed Schistosoma mansoni infections by more than 95% even when the application was performed up to three days prior to exposure to cercarial suspensions by tail immersion. Treatment with concentrations of 0.313% or higher one day prior to exposure provided at least 98% protection when the treated surface was not subjected to water washes of greater duration than 1/2 hour. Tail immersion application of 1.25% hexachlorophene one day prior to exposure still provided 87-92% protection after 3 hours water wash. Wipe application of 1.25% hexachlorophene three days prior to exposure still provided 93% protection following 3 hours water wash. High cercarial recoveries from exposure tubes at the end of exposure periods indicated high antipenetrant activity for hexachlorophene. Sufficient hexachlorophene leached from treated tail skins into the surrounding water to affect subsequently added cercariae so that they were no longer infective to untreated mice.

  18. [Resistance to desiccation of Biomphalaria glabrata adults infested by various miracidia of Schistosoma mansoni].

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    Lancastre, F; Vianey-Liaud, M; Coutris, G; Bolognini-Treney, J; Mougeot, G; Ouaghlissi, J P

    1989-01-01

    1200 adult Biomphalaria glabrata were submitted during 6 weeks to anhydrobiosis condition. Some snails were healthy, some were previously infected 3 days or 12 days ago with 8 +/- 2 miracidia of Schistosoma mansoni, others were shedding cercariae. The snails were put on soil or buried into hermetically closed, or ventilated, plastic boxes. There was no survival of snails kept in sealed boxes, or among positive snails, but 44% of control healthy snails and 40.6% of infected (for 3 or 12 days) snails in ventilated boxes were living at the term of the desiccation stage. Survival was better for "on soil" snails than for "buried" snails, but no difference was shown between 3-days and 12-days infection. The surviving desiccated B. glabrata had a lesser death rate and a lesser cercarial production than infected snails kept in water. An inferior production of male cercariae comparatively to female and to "mixed" cercariae was demonstrated by statistical analysis of the cercarial sheddings. In all positive snails, periodic variations of cercarial production was shown, whatever the sex of those cercariae. In addition many pauses of the sheddings were established by the authors.

  19. 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.

  20. Water-contact patterns and schistosoma mansoni infection in a rural community in northeast Brazil

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    Eduardo Mota

    1987-02-01

    Full Text Available We evaluated the influence of water-related human activities, contaminative behaviour, house location, education and socio-economic status on endemic Schistosoma mansoni infection. The study was conducted in a hilry non-irrigated area of rural northeast Brazil amongst a defined population of subsistence farmers, of whom 93% were infected by age 20. The area was mapped, water bodies were surveyed, and a detailed questionnaire was performed on each household. Infection was assessed by duplicate stool examinations using the sensitive Bell technique to quantify egg excretion. For each household, and index of intensity of infection was computed by grouping individual log-transformed egg counts as an age-sex adjusted Z score. Few households had a sanitary installation or a domestic water supply. However, neither water-contact nor contaminative behavior were indiscriminate. The people made considerable effort to defaecate far from a water source, to obtain household drinking water from the cleanest source, and to bathe only at certain sites where privacy is assured. Land ownership and literacy correlated poorly with the household index of intensity of infection. The key influence on infection status was the relative location of the house and snail-free or snail colonized water sources. In this area, a safe domestic water supply is the critical input needed to achieve definitive control of endemic Schistosomiasis.

  1. Immunity to schistosomiasis mansoni in guinea-pigs vaccinated with radiation-attenuated cercariae

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    Gordon, J.R.; McLaren, D.J.

    1987-01-01

    The anti-schistosomular humoral responses of guinea-pigs vaccinated with radiation-attenuated cercariae of Schistosoma mansoni have been investigated in vitro. The sera of vaccinated animals contain schistosomulicidal complement-fixing antibodies which peak in titre at week 5 after vaccination and predominantly consist of IgG 2 and IgM antibodies. The ability of the serum to arm macrophages from normal animals to bind to schistosomula, also peaks in titre at week 5 and is associated with IgG 2 antibodies. Basophils from normal animals can be sensitized in vitro by vaccine serum to degranulate in the presence of schistosomular antigens. This anaphylactic antibody activity is associated with IgG 1 but not IgE antibodies, and peaks in titre at week 10. Three antigens (14 kD, 20 kD and 43 kD) are specifically and transiently detected by vaccine serum on Western blots of schistosomular proteins; these antigens are first discernible at week 4, but were virtually undetectable at week 12. (author)

  2. 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.

  3. Identification of genes involved in interactions between Biomphalaria glabrata and Schistosoma mansoni by suppression subtractive hybridization.

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    Lockyer, Anne E; Spinks, Jennifer; Noble, Leslie R; Rollinson, David; Jones, Catherine S

    2007-01-01

    Biomphalaria glabrata is an intermediate snail host for Schistosoma mansoni, a medically important schistosome. In order to identify transcripts involved in snail-schistosome interactions, subtractive cDNA libraries were prepared, using suppression subtractive hybridization (SSH) between a parasite-exposed schistosome-resistant and a susceptible strain of B. glabrata, and also between schistosome-exposed and unexposed snails from the resistant snail line. Separate libraries were made from both haemocytes and the haemopoietic organ. Subtraction was performed in both directions enriching for cDNAs differentially expressed between parasite-exposed resistant and susceptible samples and up or down-regulated in the resistant line after challenge. The resulting eight libraries were screened and eight genes, differentially expressed between the haemocytes of resistant and susceptible snail strains, were identified and confirmed with reverse transcriptase PCR, including two transcripts expected to be involved in the stress response mechanism for regulating the damaging oxidative burst pathways involved in cytotoxic killing of the parasite: the iron-storage and immunoregulatory molecule, ferritin, and HtrA2, a serine protease involved in the cellular stress response. Transcripts with elevated levels in the resistant strain, had the same expression patterns in the subtracted libraries and unsubtracted controls; higher levels in exposed resistant snails compared to susceptible ones and down-regulated in exposed compared with unexposed resistant snails. Differential expression of two of the transcripts with no known function from the susceptible strain, was independently confirmed in a repeat exposure experiment.

  4. Sociocultural aspects of schistosomiasis mansoni in an endemic area in Minas Gerais, Brazil

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    Andréa Gazzinelli

    Full Text Available A study to determine the sociocultural factors influencing knowledge, attitudes, and practices of individuals from a small community toward Schistosoma mansoni infection was carried out in an endemic area in the State of Minas Gerais, Brazil. The study used qualitative approaches to collect data from school-aged children and teachers. Specific findings were that the individuals interviewed were aware of the disease, but also held inaccurate popular beliefs about transmission. Misconceptions coexisted with accurate knowledge both in children and teachers. The disease was not seen as a major health problem and did not affect their activities since it did not cause severe symptoms in most of the individuals. Although the majority of the participants related transmission to water and lack of sanitation, they did not take any preventive measures since their subsistence is highly dependent on irrigation, farming, fishing, and other essential work that is directly related to water activities. The authors discuss the development of a health education program based on the knowledge and perception of individuals about the disease and its determinants as being important for the context and behavioral change.

  5. Sociocultural aspects of schistosomiasis mansoni in an endemic area in Minas Gerais, Brazil

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    Gazzinelli Andréa

    1998-01-01

    Full Text Available A study to determine the sociocultural factors influencing knowledge, attitudes, and practices of individuals from a small community toward Schistosoma mansoni infection was carried out in an endemic area in the State of Minas Gerais, Brazil. The study used qualitative approaches to collect data from school-aged children and teachers. Specific findings were that the individuals interviewed were aware of the disease, but also held inaccurate popular beliefs about transmission. Misconceptions coexisted with accurate knowledge both in children and teachers. The disease was not seen as a major health problem and did not affect their activities since it did not cause severe symptoms in most of the individuals. Although the majority of the participants related transmission to water and lack of sanitation, they did not take any preventive measures since their subsistence is highly dependent on irrigation, farming, fishing, and other essential work that is directly related to water activities. The authors discuss the development of a health education program based on the knowledge and perception of individuals about the disease and its determinants as being important for the context and behavioral change.

  6. 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.

  7. The Schistosoma mansoni soluble proteome: a comparison across four life-cycle stages.

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    Curwen, Rachel S; Ashton, Peter D; Johnston, David A; Wilson, R Alan

    2004-11-01

    Differential analysis of immune responses to schistosomes has routinely been performed using complex mixtures of soluble proteins from various life-cycle stages, on the assumption that these differed significantly in composition. Proteomic techniques now allow us to characterise and compare such mixtures. The soluble proteins from cercariae, lung-schistosomula, adult worms and eggs of Schistosoma mansoni were separated by high-resolution two-dimensional electrophoresis and the resulting images analysed using appropriate software. A high degree of quantitative and qualitative similarity in spot pattern was revealed across the life-cycle, greatest between adjacent stages. To initiate mapping of these soluble proteomes, the 40 most abundant spots in each preparation, accounting for 21-46% of the total protein, were subjected to peptide fingerprinting by mass spectrometry. On average 55% of the spots were identified, but overall, these comprised only 32 different protein species. With one exception all proteins originated in the cytosol and 24 of the 32 had previously been pinpointed by virtue of their immunoreactivity, including four of the WHO priority vaccine candidates. The similarity in composition between the four preparations means that they are unlikely to discriminate adequately between immune responses to different life-cycle stages and argues strongly for the need to identify true stage-specific marker proteins. Equally, it is difficult to reconcile the abundance and immunogenicity of such cytosolic proteins with their status as vaccine candidates, as it is unlikely they will be accessible to the immune system in an intact parasite.

  8. Freshwater snails and schistosomiasis mansoni in the State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: I - metropolitan mesoregion

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    Thiengo Silvana C

    2001-01-01

    Full Text Available In order to elaborate a planorbid chart of the State of Rio de Janeiro a survey of freshwater gastropods in the Metropolitan Mesoregion of this State was performed and revealed the occurrence of 20 species: Antillorbis nordestensis (Lucena, 1954; Biomphalaria glabrata (Say, 1818; Biomphalaria schrammi (Crosse, 1864; Biomphalaria straminea (Dunker, 1848; Biomphalaria tenagophila (Orbigny, 1835; Burnupia sp.; Drepanotrema anatinum (Orbigny, 1835; Drepanotrema cimex (Moricand, 1839; Drepanotrema lucidum (Pfeiffer, 1839; Ferrissia sp.; Gundlachia ticaga (Marcus & Marcus, 1962; Heleobia davisi Silva & Thomé, 1985; Lymnaea columella Say, 1817; Melanoides tuberculatus (Müller, 1774; Physa cubensis Pfeiffer, 1839; Physa marmorata Guilding, 1828; Pomacea sp.; Pomacea canaliculata (Lamarck, 1822; Pomacea lineata (Spix, 1827 and Pomacea sordida (Swainson, 1823. Among the planorbid species B. tenagophila was the most frequent, occurring in all municipalities surveyed. The present study extends the distribution of B. straminea in the State of Rio de Janeiro and reports new records for A. nordestensis, B. schrammi, G. ticaga, H. davisi and the genera Burnupia and Ferrissia. An account about the current transmission areas of schistosomiasis mansoni in this Mesoregion is presented as well.

  9. 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)

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    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.

  10. Retinal fluorescein contrast arrival time of young patients with the hepatosplenic form of the Schistosomiasis mansoni

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    Ana Catarina Delgado de Souza

    2002-10-01

    Full Text Available Schistosoma mansoni is responsible for lesions that can alter the hemodinamic of the portal venous circulation, lung arterial and venous sistemic systems. Therefore, hemodinamic changes in the ocular circulation of mansonic schistosomotic patients with portal hypertension and hepatofugal venous blood flow is also probable. The purpose of this study was to determine the fluorescein contrast arrival time at the retina of young patients with the hepatosplenic form of schistosomiasis, clinically and surgically treated. The control group included 36 non schistosomotic patients, mean age of 17.3 years, and the case group was represented by 25 schistosomotic patients, mean age of 18.2 years, who were cared for at The University Hospital (Federal University of Pernambuco, Brazil, from 1990 to 2001. They underwent digital angiofluoresceinography and were evaluated for the contrast arrival time at the early retinal venous phase of the exam. Both groups were ophthalmologically examined at the same hospital (Altino Ventura Foundation, Recife, Brazil, using the same technique. There was retardation of the retinal contrast arrival time equal or more than 70 sec in the eyes of three schistosomotic patients (12% and in none of the control group, however, the mean contrast arrival time between the two groups were not statistically different. These findings lend support to the hypothesis that there could be a delay of the eye venous blood flow drainage.

  11. 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.

  12. Pathology associated with vaccination against Schistosoma mansoni in mice using cryopreserved radiation attenuated schistosomula

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    James, E.R.; Dobinson, A.R.

    1985-01-01

    Twenty-one mice were injected intramuscularly with 2000 Schistosoma mansoni schistosomula irradiated at 20 krad and cryopreserved; three mice were killed on each of day 0, 2, 5, 9, 19, 28 and 44 days after infection and muscle from the site of injection in the left hind leg, the lungs and livers removed for histological examination. Schistosomula were seen in sections from the leg muscle from days 0 to 19 inclusive, in the lungs from day 2 to day 28 inclusive and in the livers from days 9 to 28 inclusive. Most schistosomula were seen in sections of the leg muscle with considerably fewer parasites occurring in the lungs and especially the livers. Granulomatous reactions comprising eosinophils, polymorphs, plasma cells and macrophages were first seen in the leg muscle on day 2, in the lungs on day 5 and in the liver on day 19. The peak inflammatory reactions appeared to occur between days 5 and 9, 9 and 19 and 28 and 44 respectively in the three tissues. The pathology is discussed in relation to the dose of irradiation required to attenuate the schistosomula for optimal immunogenicity. (author)

  13. Polimorfismo de tallas en las cercarias de una cepa venezolana de Schistosoma mansoni

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    Pino Luz A.

    1999-01-01

    Full Text Available Mediante la impregnación con nitrato de plata, de un lote de 47 cercarias de la cepa C5 de Schistosoma mansoni (Venezuela, se evidenció un polimorfismo de tallas. El morfo estaría conformado por las cercarias mas grandes (entre 152,9 y 218µm, este grupo siempre presente en la población de cercarias en menor porcentaje (29,8%. El grupo constituido por las cercarias de talla normal, menores de 152,8µm es dominante en la población de cercarias (70,2%. La comparación entre el largo de ambos lotes de cercarias resultó con diferencias estadísticamente significativas (t = 5,5; P < 0,001. Para el total de las cercarias estudiadas, el largo promedio del cuerpo cercariano resultó de 143,9µm y el ancho de 68,6µm. Se detectó una correlación positiva y significativa entre el ancho y el largo de las cercarias de l a cepa objeto de estudio (r = 0,83; P < 0,001.

  14. Accuracy of urine circulating cathodic antigen test for the diagnosis of Schistosoma mansoni in preschool-aged children before and after treatment.

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    Jean T Coulibaly

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: The Kato-Katz technique is widely used for the diagnosis of Schistosoma mansoni, but shows low sensitivity in light-intensity infections. We assessed the accuracy of a commercially available point-of-care circulating cathodic antigen (POC-CCA cassette test for the diagnosis of S. mansoni in preschool-aged children before and after praziquantel administration. METHODOLOGY: A 3-week longitudinal survey with a treatment intervention was conducted in Azaguié, south Côte d'Ivoire. Overall, 242 preschoolers (age range: 2 months to 5.5 years submitted two stool and two urine samples before praziquantel administration, and 86 individuals were followed-up posttreatment. Stool samples were examined with duplicate Kato-Katz thick smears for S. mansoni. Urine samples were subjected to POC-CCA cassette test for S. mansoni, and a filtration method for S. haematobium diagnosis. PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: Before treatment, the prevalence of S. mansoni, as determined by quadruplicate Kato-Katz, single CCA considering 'trace' as negative (t-, and single CCA with 'trace' as positive (t+, was 23.1%, 34.3% and 64.5%, respectively. Using the combined results (i.e., four Kato-Katz and duplicate CCA(t- as diagnostic 'gold' standard, the sensitivity of a single Kato-Katz, a single CCA(t- or CCA(t+ was 28.3%, 69.7% and 89.1%, respectively. Three weeks posttreatment, the sensitivity of a single Kato-Katz, single CCA(t- and CCA(t+ was 4.0%, 80.0% and 84.0%, respectively. The intensity of the POC-CCA test band reaction was correlated with S. mansoni egg burden (odds ratio = 1.2, p = 0.04. CONCLUSIONS/SIGNIFICANCE: A single POC-CCA cassette test appears to be more sensitive than multiple Kato-Katz thick smears for the diagnosis of S. mansoni in preschool-aged children before and after praziquantel administration. The POC-CCA cassette test can be recommended for the rapid identification of S. mansoni infections before treatment. Additional studies are warranted

  15. Co-infection of Schistosoma mansoni/hepatitis C virus and their associated factors among adult individuals living in fishing villages, north-western Tanzania.

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    Mazigo, Humphrey D; Kepha, Stella; Kaatano, Godfrey M; Kinung'hi, Safari M

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    Schistosoma mansoni and Hepatitis C virus (HCV) are co-existence in sub-Saharan Africa and co-infection is common among humans population. The immunological responses characterized with Th 2 -immune responses for S. mansoni and Th 1 -immune responses for HCV are responsible for development hepatic morbidities in infected individuals. However, the co-occurrences of S. mansoni and HCV infection, their related ultrasound detectable morbidities and associated risk factors at community levels have not been examined in fishing communities, north-western Tanzania. In this context, the present study covers that gap. A cross-sectional study was conducted among 1924 asymptomatic individuals aged 15-55 years in four fishing villages (Igombe, Igalagala, Sangabuye and Kayenze) of Northwestern Tanzania. A single stool sample was collected from each study participants and examined for S. mansoni eggs using Kato Katz technique. Hepatitis C surface antigen (HCVsAg) was determined from a finger prick blood sample using a rapid test. Overall, 51.8% (997/1924; 95%CI: 49.6-54.1) of the study participants were infected with S. mansoni and had a mean intensity of 223.7epg (95%; 202.4-247.1). Of the study participants, 90 (4.7%) were infected with hepatitis C virus (HCV). Overall, 2. 4% (47/1924) of the study participants were co-infected with S. mansoni and hepatitis C virus. Among the co-infected individuals, 42.6%, 70.2% and 19.1% had splenomegaly, hepatomegaly and periportal fibrosis (PPF). Factors associated with S. mansoni/HCV co-infection were being aged 26-35 years (aRR = 2.67, 95%CI: 1.03-6.93, P < 0.04), 46-55 years (aRR = 2.89, 95%CI: 1.10-7.57, P < 0.03) and having marked hepatomegaly (aRR = 2.32, 95%CI: 1.09-4.9, P < 0.03). In this setting, S. mansoni and Hepatitis C are co-endemic and a proportion of individuals were co-infected. Hepatosplenic morbidities characterized with hepatomegaly, splenomegaly, hepatosplenomegaly and PPF were observed in co

  16. SmTRC1, a novel Schistosoma mansoni DNA transposon, discloses new families of animal and fungi transposons belonging to the CACTA superfamily

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    2006-11-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The CACTA (also called En/Spm superfamily of DNA-only transposons contain the core sequence CACTA in their Terminal Inverted Repeats (TIRs and so far have only been described in plants. Large transcriptome and genome sequence data have recently become publicly available for Schistosoma mansoni, a digenetic blood fluke that is a major causative agent of schistosomiasis in humans, and have provided a comprehensive repository for the discovery of novel genes and repetitive elements. Despite the extensive description of retroelements in S. mansoni, just a single DNA-only transposon belonging to the Merlin family has so far been reported in this organism. Results We describe a novel S. mansoni transposon named SmTRC1, for S. mansoni Transposon Related to CACTA 1, an element that shares several characteristics with plant CACTA transposons. Southern blotting indicates approximately 30–300 copies of SmTRC1 in the S. mansoni genome. Using genomic PCR followed by cloning and sequencing, we amplified and characterized a full-length and a truncated copy of this element. RT-PCR using S. mansoni mRNA followed by cloning and sequencing revealed several alternatively spliced transcripts of this transposon, resulting in distinct ORFs coding for different proteins. Interestingly, a survey of complete genomes from animals and fungi revealed several other novel TRC elements, indicating new families of DNA transposons belonging to the CACTA superfamily that have not previously been reported in these kingdoms. The first three bases in the S. mansoni TIR are CCC and they are identical to those in the TIRs of the insects Aedes aegypti and Tribolium castaneum, suggesting that animal TRCs may display a CCC core sequence. Conclusion The DNA-only transposable element SmTRC1 from S. mansoni exhibits various characteristics, such as generation of multiple alternatively-spliced transcripts, the presence of terminal inverted repeats at the extremities of

  17. Ação in vitro de fungos das espécies Duddingtonia flagrans, Monacrosporium sinense e Pochonia chlamydosporia sobre ovos de Fasciola hepatica e Schistosoma mansoni

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    Avaliou-se, em dois ensaios experimentais (A e B), a ação in vitro de quatro isolados de fungos nematófagos dos gêneros Duddingtonia flagrans (AC001), Monacrosporium sinense (SF53) e Pochonia chlamydosporia (VC1 e VC4) sobre ovos de Fasciola hepatica e Schistosoma mansoni. Ovos de F. hepatica (ensaio A) e ovos de S. mansoni (ensaio B) foram vertidos em placas de Petri com ágar-água 2% com os isolados fúngicos crescidos, e em placas de Petri sem fungo como controle. Ao completarem sete, 14 e 2...

  18. Influence of temperature on development of Schistosoma mansoni female cercariae in Biomphalaria glabrata Influência da temperatura sobre o desenvolvimento da cercária fêmea de Schistosoma mansoni em Biomphalaria glabrata

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    Cecília Pereira de Souza

    1995-08-01

    Full Text Available In these experiments the ratio of male to female S. mansoni larvae in D. glabrata from Belo Horizonte and Ribeirão das Neves Minas Gerais, Brazil, either reared in laboratoty or collected in the field, varied from 1:1 to 1:1.3 or 1.4:1. Cercariae of LE strain of Schistosoma mansoni, shed by 39 snails maintained at 25±0.5ºC were used to infect mice on a weekly basis. Subsequent perfusion resulted in 76.6% male and 23.4% female worms. The cercariac produced by 32 infected snails maintained at 27+0.5°C were inoculated into mice and produced 43.4% male and 56.6% female worms (pNestes experimentos a relação de larvas de Schistosoma mansoni, macho e fêmea, em Biomphalaria glabrata de Belo Horizonte e de Ribeirão das Neves, MG, Brasil, criada no laboratório ou capturada no campo variou de 1:1 a 1: 1 ,3 ou 1,4:1. Cercánas de 39 moluscos mantidos a 25 ± 0,5°C, inoculadas em camundongos originaram 76,6% de vermes machos e 23,4% de fêmeas; cercárias de 32 exemplares mantidos a 27 ± 0,5°C, originaram 43,4% de vermes machos e 56,6% de fêmeas (p<0,05. Cercárias de moluscos capturados no Barreiro e Ressaca, Belo Horizonte, em meses quentes, originaram 45,7 a 47,7% de vermes machos e 52,3 a 54,3% de fêmeas. Moluscos capturados em meses frios (20 + 3,0°C no Gorduras, Belo Horizonte, produziram número menor de cercárias, que originaram 51,6% de machos e 48,4% de fêmeas. Portanto, nessa região, as infecções dos hospedeiros vertebrados com S. mansoni, poderão ser mais graves no verão devido a carga parasitária e número maior de ovos.

  19. Estudo da potencialidade de populações de Biomphalaria straminea do Estado de Minas Gerais, como hospedeiras do Schistosoma mansoni Potentiality of the Biomphalaria straminea populations of the State of Minas Gerais, as hosts of Schistosoma mansoni

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    Cecília Pereira de Souza

    1983-09-01

    Full Text Available Caramujos de Biomphalaria straminea, descendentes de exemplares coletados em nove municípios do Estado de Minas Gerais, foram infectados experimentalmente com três cepas de Schistosoma mansoni: "LE", procedente de Belo Horizonte (MG; "SJ", procedente de São José dos Campos (SP e "AL" procedente do Nordeste (AL. As taxas de infeção variaram de 0,0 a 24,0% com a cepa "LE"; de 0,0 a 16% com a cepa "SJ" e de 2,0 a 9,0% com a cepa "AL". Os índices de infecção experimental obtidos foram semelhantes aos registrados por outros autores, para B. straminea dessa região. Comparou-se o número de cercárias de cepa "LE", eliminadas por oito exemplares de B. straminea de Baldim e oito Biomphalaria glabrata do controle, após 30 minutos de exposição à luz. O número de cercárias eliminadas por B. straminea foi de 4.550, aproximadamente cinco vezes menor que o de B. glabrata, 22.679. Discute-se a potencialidade desses moluscos como hospedeiros do S. mansoni nessa região.The decendents of Biomphalaria straminea snails collected in nine regions from the State of Minas Gerais were experimentally infected with three strains of Schistosoma mansoni: "LE", from Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais; "SJ", from São José dos Campos, State of São Paulo and "AL", from State of Alagoas. The infection rates obtained were of 0 to 24% (LE strain, 0 to 16% (SJ strain and 2 to 9% (AL strain. These infection rates were similar to those obtained by other authors for B. straminea from this region. Comparation were made between the numbers of cercariae (LE strain shed by eight specimens of B. straminea from Baldim and eight B. glabrata of the control group, after 30 minutes of exposure to light. B. straminea shed 4,550 cercariae, about five times less than B. glabrata (22,679. The authors discuss the potentiality of theses molluscs as hosts of S. mansoni in this region.

  20. Evaluation of the CCA Immuno-Chromatographic Test to Diagnose Schistosoma mansoni in Minas Gerais State, Brazil

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    Silveira, Alda Maria Soares; Costa, Emanuele Gama Dutra; Ray, Debalina; Suzuki, Brian M.; Hsieh, Michael H.; Fraga, Lucia Alves de Oliveira; Caffrey, Conor R.

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    Background The Kato-Katz (KK) stool smear is the standard test for the diagnosis of Schistosoma mansoni infection, but suffers from low sensitivity when infections intensities are moderate to low. Thus, misdiagnosed individuals remain untreated and contribute to the disease transmission, thereby forestalling public health efforts to move from a modality of disease control to one of elimination. As an alternative, the urine-based diagnosis of schistosomiasis mansoni via the circulating cathodic antigen immuno-chromatographic test (CCA-ICT) has been extensively evaluated in Africa with the conclusion that it may replace the KK test in areas where prevalences are moderate or high. Methods and Findings The objective was to measure the performance of the CCA-ICT in a sample study population composed of residents from non-endemic and endemic areas for schistosomiasis mansoni in two municipalities of Minas Gerais state, Brazil. Volunteers (130) were classified into three infection status groups based on duplicate Kato-Katz thick smears from one stool sample (2KK test): 41 negative individuals from non-endemic areas, 41 negative individuals from endemic areas and 48 infected individuals from endemic areas. Infection status was also determined by the CCA-ICT and infection exposure by antibody ELISA (enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay) to S. mansoni soluble egg antigen (SEA) and soluble (adult) worm antigen preparation (SWAP). Sensitivity and specificity were influenced by whether the trace score visually adjudicated in the CCA-ICT was characterized as positive or negative for S. mansoni infection. An analysis of a two-graph receiver operating characteristic was performed to change the cutoff point. When the trace score was interpreted as a positive rather than as a negative result, the specificity decreased from 97.6% to 78.0% whereas sensitivity increased from 68.7% to 85.4%. A significantly positive correlation between the CCA-ICT scores and egg counts was identified (r

  1. Esquistossomose hepato-esplênica em crianças: avaliaçao morfológica e funcional após esplenectomia e auto-implante esplênico

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    Carlos Teixeira Brandt

    Full Text Available A esquistossomose mansônica hepato-esplênica com varizes sangrantes do esôfago é infreqüente em crianças, entretanto, determina morbidade atingindo a produtividade desses futuros adultos. Uma das opções para o tratamento cirúrgico é a esplenectomia associada à ligadura da veia gástrica esquerda e esclerose endoscópica das varizes, nos casos de recidiva hemorrágica. Auto-implante esplênico tem sido adicionado em crianças. Há evidências de que a esplenose pós-esplenectomia por trauma mantém, de forma parcial, as funções imunológica e de filtração esplênicas. Todavia, estudos semelhantes não foram realizados em pacientes esquistossomóticos. Foram analisados 23 pacientes, de 9 a 18 anos, com esquistossomose hepato-esplênica submetidos à esplenectomia, ligadura de veia gástrica esquerda e auto-implante esplênico no omento maior. Avaliou-se a função de filtração através da pesquisa de corpúsculos de Howell-Jolly em esfregaços de sangue periférico, cuja presença indica ausência ou insuficiência de função de filtração esplênica. Foi realizada análise morfológica da esplenose através de exame cintilográfico, usando enxofre coloidal, marcado com Tecnécio 99m. Observou-se captação dos implantes esplênicos em todos os pacientes, entretanto, em dois (8,7%, o número de nódulos esplênicos observados foi inferior a cinco, sendo considerado insuficiente. Em correspondência, esses dois pacientes foram os únicos que apresentaram positividade para corpúsculos de Howell-Jolly. Os dados confirmam o auto-implante esplênico no omento maior como método eficaz de produção de esplenose e manutenção da função de filtração esplênica em mais de 90% dos pacientes.

  2. Detection of Schistosoma mansoni eggs in feces through their interaction with paramagnetic beads in a magnetic field.

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    Candida Fagundes Teixeira

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Diagnosis of intestinal schistosomiasis in low endemic areas is a problem because often control measures have reduced egg burdens in feces to below the detection limits of classical coproparasitological methods. Evaluation of molecular methods is hindered by the absence of an established standard with maximum sensitivity and specificity. One strategy to optimize method performance, where eggs are rare events, is to examine large amounts of feces. A novel diagnostic method for isolation of Schistosoma mansoni eggs in feces, and an initial evaluation of its performance is reported here. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: Known amounts of S. mansoni eggs were seeded into 30 g of normal human feces and subjected to a sequence of spontaneous sedimentation, sieving, Ritchie method, incubation and isolation through interaction with paramagnetic beads. Preliminary tests demonstrated the efficacy of lectins as ligands, but they also indicated that the paramagnetic beads alone were sufficient to isolate the eggs under a magnetic field through an unknown mechanism. Eggs were identified by microscopic inspection, with a sensitivity of 100% at 1.3 eggs per gram of feces (epg. Sensitivity gradually decreased to 25% at a concentration of 0.1 epg. In a preliminary application of the new method to the investigation of a recently established focus in southern Brazil, approximately 3 times more eggs were detected than with the thick-smear Kato-Katz method. CONCLUSIONS/SIGNIFICANCE: The novel S. mansoni detection method may significantly improve diagnosis of infections with low burdens in areas of recent introduction of the parasite, areas under successful control of transmission, or in infected travelers. It may also improve the evaluation of new treatments and vaccines.

  3. Immunization with recombinantly expressed glycan antigens from Schistosoma mansoni induces glycan-specific antibodies against the parasite.

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    Prasanphanich, Nina Salinger; Luyai, Anthony E; Song, Xuezheng; Heimburg-Molinaro, Jamie; Mandalasi, Msano; Mickum, Megan; Smith, David F; Nyame, A Kwame; Cummings, Richard D

    2014-07-01

    Schistosomiasis caused by infection with parasitic helminths of Schistosoma spp. is a major global health problem due to inadequate treatment and lack of a vaccine. The immune response to schistosomes includes glycan antigens, which could be valuable diagnostic markers and vaccine targets. However, no precedent exists for how to design vaccines targeting eukaryotic glycoconjugates. The di- and tri-saccharide motifs LacdiNAc (GalNAcβ1,4GlcNAc; LDN) and fucosylated LacdiNAc (GalNAcβ1,4(Fucα1-3)GlcNAc; LDNF) are the basis for several important schistosome glycan antigens. They occur in monomeric form or as repeating units (poly-LDNF) and as part of a variety of different glycoconjugates. Because chemical synthesis and conjugation of such antigens is exceedingly difficult, we sought to develop a recombinant expression system for parasite glycans. We hypothesized that presentation of parasite glycans on the cell surface would induce glycan-specific antibodies. We generated Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) Lec8 cell lines expressing poly-LDN (L8-GT) and poly-LDNF (L8-GTFT) abundantly on their membrane glycoproteins. Sera from Schistosoma mansoni-infected mice were highly cross-reactive with the cells and with cell-surface N-glycans. Immunizing mice with L8-GT and L8-GTFT cells induced glycan-specific antibodies. The L8-GTFT cells induced a sustained booster response, with antibodies that bound to S. mansoni lysates and recapitulated the exquisite specificity of the anti-parasite response for particular presentations of LDNF antigen. In summary, this recombinant expression system promotes successful generation of antibodies to the glycans of S. mansoni, and it can be adapted to study the role of glycan antigens and anti-glycan immune responses in many other infections and pathologies. © The Author 2014. Published by Oxford University Press. All rights reserved. For permissions, please e-mail: journals.permissions@oup.com.

  4. Morphological Characteristics of Schistosoma mansoni PZQ-Resistant and -Susceptible Strains Are Different in Presence of Praziquantel

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    Pinto-Almeida, António; Mendes, Tiago; de Oliveira, Rosimeire Nunes; Corrêa, Sheila de Andrade Penteado; Allegretti, Silmara Marques; Belo, Silvana; Tomás, Ana; Anibal, Fernanda de Freitas; Carrilho, Emanuel; Afonso, Ana

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    Schistosomiasis is one of the most common human parasitic diseases whose socioeconomic impact is only surpassed by malaria. Praziquantel (PZQ) is the only drug commercially available for the treatment of all schistosome species causing disease in humans. However, there has been stronger evidences of PZQ-resistance on Schistosoma mansoni and thus it is very important to study the phenotypic characteristics associated with it. The aim of this study was to evaluate morphological alterations in S. mansoni PZQ-resistant adult worms and eggs, by comparing a PZQ- resistant strain obtained under PZQ drug pressure with a PZQ-susceptible strain. For this, scanning electronic microscopy was used to assess tegumental responsiveness of both strains under PZQ exposure, and optical microscopy allowed the monitoring of worms and eggs in the presence of the drug. Those assays showed that PZQ-susceptible worms exposed to the drug had more severe tegumental damages than the resistant one, which had only minor alterations. Moreover, contrary to what occurred in the susceptible strain, resistant worms were viable after PZQ exposure and gradually regaining full motility after removal of the drug. Eggs from resistant strain parasites are considerably smaller than those from susceptible strain. Our results suggest that there might be a difference in the tegument composition of the resistant strain and that worms are less responsive to PZQ. Changes observed in egg morphology might imply alterations in the biology of schistosomes associated to PZQ-resistance, which could impact on transmission and pathology of the disease. Moreover, we propose a hypothetical scenario where there is a different egg tropism of the S. mansoni resistant strain. This study is the first comparing two strains that only differ in their resistance characteristics, which makes it a relevant step in the search for resistance determinants. PMID:27199925

  5. Identification of immediate response genes dominantly expressed in juvenile resistant and susceptible Biomphalaria glabrata snails upon exposure to Schistosoma mansoni.

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    Ittiprasert, Wannaporn; Miller, Andre; Myers, Jocelyn; Nene, Vish; El-Sayed, Najib M; Knight, Matty

    2010-01-01

    Resistance or susceptibility of the snail host Biomphalaria glabrata to Schistosoma mansoni is determined by the genetics of both the snail and parasite. Although Mendelian genetics governs adult resistance to infection, juvenile resistance and susceptibility are complex traits. In this study, suppression subtractive hybridization was used to construct forward and reverse cDNA libraries to identify genes involved in the immediate response of juvenile resistant (BS-90), non-susceptible (LAC2) snails, and susceptible (NMRI) snails after early exposure to S. mansoni. Expressed Sequence Tags (ESTs) were generated from the repertoire of enriched transcripts. In resistant snails, several ESTs corresponded to transcripts involved in immune regulation/defense response. While no defense related transcripts were found among juvenile susceptible snail ESTs, we detected transcripts involved in negative regulation of biological process/morphogenesis/proliferation. Differential gene expression and temporal regulation of representative transcripts were compared among snails pre- and post-exposure to either normal or attenuated miracidia using quantitative real time RT-PCR. Results showed that several transcripts, such as fibrinolytic C terminal domain, cytidine deaminase, macrophage expressed gene 1, protein kinase C receptor, anti-microbial peptide; theromacin and Fas remained up-regulated regardless of whether or not snails were exposed to normal or attenuated miracidia. While ESTs related to C-type lectin and low-density lipoprotein receptor were induced only by exposure to normal miracidia. By comparing changes in gene expression between resistant and susceptible juvenile snails responding either to normal or attenuated parasites, we can conclude that the transcription of genes associated with the intra-dermal penetration process of the snail host by invading miracidia may need to be taken into account when assessing differential gene expression between resistant and

  6. Schistosoma mansoni major egg antigen Smp40: molecular modeling and potential immunoreactivity for anti-pathology vaccine development

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    Mohamed F Abouel-Nour

    2006-06-01

    Full Text Available The pathogenesis of Schistosoma mansoni infection is largely determined by host T-cell mediated immune responses such as the granulomatous response to tissue deposited eggs and subsequent fibrosis. The major egg antigens have a valuable role in desensitizing the CD4+ Th cells that mediate granuloma formation, which may prevent or ameliorate clinical signs of schistosomiasis.S. mansoni major egg antigen Smp40 was expressed and completely purified. It was found that the expressed Smp40 reacts specifically with anti-Smp40 monoclonal antibody in Western blotting. Three-dimensional structure was elucidated based on the similarity of Smp40 with the small heat shock protein coded in the protein database as 1SHS as a template in the molecular modeling. It was figured out that the C-terminal of the Smp40 protein (residues 130 onward contains two alpha crystallin domains. The fold consists of eight beta strands sandwiched in two sheets forming Greek key. The purified Smp40 was used for in vitro stimulation of peripheral blood mononuclear cells from patients infected with S. mansoni using phytohemagglutinin mitogen as a positive control. The obtained results showed that there is no statistical difference in interferon-g, interleukin (IL-4 and IL-13 levels obtained with Smp40 stimulation compared with the control group (P > 0.05 for each. On the other hand, there were significant differences after Smp40 stimulation in IL-5 (P = 0.006 and IL-10 levels (P < 0.001 compared with the control group. Gaining the knowledge by reviewing the literature, it was found that the overall pattern of cytokine profile obtained with Smp40 stimulation is reported to be associated with reduced collagen deposition, decreased fibrosis, and granuloma formation inhibition. This may reflect its future prospect as a leading anti-pathology schistosomal vaccine candidate.

  7. The Schistosoma mansoni Cytochrome P450 (CYP3050A1 Is Essential for Worm Survival and Egg Development.

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    Peter D Ziniel

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Schistosomiasis affects millions of people in developing countries and is responsible for more than 200,000 deaths annually. Because of toxicity and limited spectrum of activity of alternatives, there is effectively only one drug, praziquantel, available for its treatment. Recent data suggest that drug resistance could soon be a problem. There is therefore the need to identify new drug targets and develop drugs for the treatment of schistosomiasis. Analysis of the Schistosoma mansoni genome sequence for proteins involved in detoxification processes found that it encodes a single cytochrome P450 (CYP450 gene. Here we report that the 1452 bp open reading frame has a characteristic heme-binding region in its catalytic domain with a conserved heme ligating cysteine, a hydrophobic leader sequence present as the membrane interacting region, and overall structural conservation. The highest sequence identity to human CYP450s is 22%. Double stranded RNA (dsRNA silencing of S. mansoni (SmCYP450 in schistosomula results in worm death. Treating larval or adult worms with antifungal azole CYP450 inhibitors results in worm death at low micromolar concentrations. In addition, combinations of SmCYP450-specific dsRNA and miconazole show additive schistosomicidal effects supporting the hypothesis that SmCYP450 is the target of miconazole. Treatment of developing S. mansoni eggs with miconazole results in a dose dependent arrest in embryonic development. Our results indicate that SmCYP450 is essential for worm survival and egg development and validates it as a novel drug target. Preliminary structure-activity relationship suggests that the 1-(2,4-dichlorophenyl-2-(1H-imidazol-1-ylethan-1-ol moiety of miconazole is necessary for activity and that miconazole activity and selectivity could be improved by rational drug design.

  8. Modeling the distribution of Schistosoma mansoni and host snails in Uganda using satellite sensor data and Geographical Information Systems

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    Stensgaard, Anna-Sofie; Jørgensen, A; Kabatereine, N B

    2005-01-01

    The potential value of MODIS satellite sensor data on Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) and land surface temperatures (LST) for describing the distribution of the Schistosoma mansoni-"Biomphalaria pfeifferi"/Biomphalaria sudanica parasite-snail system in inland Uganda, were tested...... by developing annual and seasonal composite models, and iteratively analysing for their relationship with parasite and snail distribution. The dry season composite model predicted an endemic area that produced the best fit with the distribution of schools with > or =5% prevalence. NDVI values of 151-174, day...

  9. Schistosoma mansoni infection along the coast of Lake Victoria in Mwanza region, Tanzania

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    Olsen, Annette; Kinung'hi, Safari; Magnussen, Pascal

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    Prevalence and intensity of Schistosoma mansoni infection according to age, sex, and occupation were investigated in 100 first-year students (aged 7-8 years), 100 schoolchildren (aged 9-12 years), and 50 adults (aged 20-55 years) from 149 villages. The schoolchildren provided three stool specimens...... that of the adults (P occupation. Three stools samples were obtained from 13,119 schoolchildren, resulting in a prevalence of 38.1% if only one sample was included, 47.5% including two samples, and 52.6% if all three samples were...

  10. Human antibody responses to Schistosoma mansoni: does antigen directed, isotype restriction result in the production of blocking antibodies?

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    David W. Dunne

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    Full Text Available After treatment young Kenyan schoolchildren are highly susceptible to reinfection with Schistosoma mansoni. Older children and adults are resistant to reinfection. There is no evidence that this age related resistance is due to a slow development of protective immunological mechanisms, rather, it appears that young children are susceptible because of the presence of blocking antibodies which decline with age, thus allowing the expression of protective responses. Correlations between antibody responses to different stages of the parasite life-cycle suggest that, in young children, antigen directed, isotype restriction of the response against cross-reactive polysaccharide egg antigens results in an ineffectual, or even blocking antibody response to the schistosomulum.

  11. Diagnóstico de tumores do ângulo ponto-cerebelar com o auxílio de técnicas de inteligência artificial A diagnostic model for cerebellum-pontine angle tumors using artificial intelligence techniques

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    FLÁVIO LEITÃO

    2000-03-01

    Full Text Available Trata-se de estudo multidisciplinar, cujo objetivo é a obtenção de modelo discriminatório entre diagnóstico de tumores do ângulo ponto-cerebelar (APC e de distúrbios otorrinolaringológicos. Presentemente, a realização de um acurado exame neurológico e/ou otorrinolaringológico é incapaz de firmar diagnóstico de tumor do APC, sem valer-se de exames radiológicos de alto custo (tomografia computadorizada, ressonância magnética. O modelo proposto foi obtido através da utilização de técnicas de inteligência artificial e apresentou bom nível de acurácia (88,4% no teste de novos casos, considerando-se apenas o exame clínico e sem o auxílio de exames radiológicos.We are concerned in this paper with learning classification procedures from known cases. More precisely, we provide a diagnostic model that discriminate between cerebellum-pontine angle (CPA tumors and otorhinolaryngological (ENT disorders. Usually, in order to distinguish between CPA tumors and ENT disorders one must perform clinical-neurological examination together with expensive radiological imagery (CT and MRI. The proposed model was obtained through artificial intelligence methods and presented a good accuracy level (88.4% when tested against new cases, considering only clinical examination without radiological imagery results.

  12. Schistosoma mansoni: host cell adhesion to the different stages of the parasite, in vivo Schistosoma mansoni: adesão de células do hospedeiro aos diferentes estádios do parasito, in vivo

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    Alan L. Melo

    1992-06-01

    Full Text Available The peritoneal cavity of laboratory mice was used to study the phenomenon of host cell adhesion to different evolutive stages of the Schistosoma mansoni (cercaria, adult worm, developing and mature eggs, miracidium, young and mature daughter sporocysts. Material recovered from the peritoneal cavity 30 and 180 min after the inoculation of each evolutive form was examined with the help of a stereomicroscope. The free swimming larvae (cercaria and miracidium, and the evolutive forms producing such larvae (mature egg and mature daughter sporocyst elicited the host cell adhesion phenomenon. In all forms but cercariae the adherent cells remained as so till 180 minutes after inoculationA cavidade peritoneal de camundongos foi utilizada para estudos de adesão celular a diferentes estádios evolutivos do Schistosoma mansoni (cercária, verme adulto, ovos imaturos e maduros, miracídio, esporocisto jovem e esporocisto maduro. O material recuperado da cavidade peritoneal 30 e 180 min após o inóculo, foi examinado com auxílio de estereomicroscópio. As formas livres (cercária e miracídio e as formas evolutivas que produzem tais larvas (ovo maduro e esporocisto maduro apresentam células do hospedeiro aderidas à superfície. Em todas as formas, exceto cercária, as células permanecem aderidas pelo menos até 180 min após o inóculo

  13. Estudo quantitativo de metais presentes na hemolinfa de Biomphalaria glabrata (Gastropoda, infectadas e não infectadas com Schistosoma mansoni Quantitative study of metal present in the hemolymph of Biomphalaria glabrata (Gastropoda, infected and uninfected with Schistosoma mansoni

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    Marco Antonio Vasconcelos Santos

    2005-04-01

    Full Text Available Inicialmente, desenvolveu-se um estudo para quantificar e comparar as concentrações de alguns metais presentes em duas amostras de hemolinfa do caramujo Biomphalaria glabrata (infectados e não-infectados com Schistosoma mansoni. A espectrometria de emissão óptica com fonte de plasma induzido (ICP-OES, foi utilizada para analisar os metais nas duas amostras. Os metais estudados foram: alumínio, cálcio, cádmio, cobalto, cromo, cobre, ferro, potássio, magnésio, manganês, chumbo e zinco. Os resultados mostram que, a princípio, os metais não são fatores determinantes no processo de defesa desses organismos contra este parasita, quando presente nos seus tecidos.We conducted a preliminary study to quantify and compare two concentrations of the same metals present in the hemolymph of snail Biomphalaria glabrata. In this context, we used Induction Coupled Plasma Optical Emission Spectroscopy technique (ICP-OES, to analyze the metals in the two samples (snails infected and not infected with Schistosoma mansoni. The metals studied were: aluminum, calcium, cadmium, cobalt, chromium, copper, iron, potassium, magnesium, manganese, lead and zinc. Preliminary results showed that such metals are not involved in the defense of these organisms against the parasite, when present in their tissues.

  14. Characterization of the cGMP-dependent protein kinase SmcGK1 of Schistosoma mansoni

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    Silke Leutner

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available Schistosomes are trematode parasites and of worldwide medical importance for humans and animals. Growth and development of these parasites require a specific host environment, but also permanent communication processes between the two genders. Accumulating molecular evidence indicates that the responsible interactions are mediated by signal transduction processes. Conserved signaling molecules were identified, and first approaches made for their characterization. However, no representative of the conserved family of cGMP-dependent protein kinases (cGKs has been described in this parasite yet. Within the Schistosoma mansoni genome data-set we identified cGK homologs, of which one was investigated in more detail in this study. We present the cloning of SmcGK1, whose sequence shows homology to cGKs of higher eukaryotes. SmcGK1 was found to be gender-independently transcribed in adult schistosomes. The occurrence of SmcGK1 sense and antisense transcripts suggests that the expression of this gene is controlled at the post-transcriptional level. In situ hybridization experiments demonstrated a gonad-preferential expression profile in both genders indicating a role of SmcGK1, at least during sexual development of schistosomes. Using a cGK-specific inhibitor to treat adult schistosomes in vitro finally resulted in a multifaceted phenotype including slow motion, oocyte congestion, and reduced egg production.Esquistossomos são parasitas trematodos de importância médica em todo o mundo para o homem e os animais. O crescimento e o desenvolvimento destes parasitas requerem um ambiente específico do hospedeiro, mas também um processo de comunicação permanente entre parasitas dos dois sexos. Evidência molecular tem se acumulado e indica que as interações são mediadas por processos de transdução de sinal. Moléculas sinalizadoras conservadas foram identificadas, e as primeiras abordagens têm sido feitas para sua caracterização. Contudo, não foi

  15. Schistosoma mansoni-mediated suppression of allergic airway inflammation requires patency and Foxp3+ Treg cells.

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    Laura E Layland

    Full Text Available 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 suppression of allergic airway inflammation (AAI using ovalbumin (OVA as a model allergen. Moreover, we assessed the functional role and localization of infection-induced CD4(+Foxp3(+ regulatory T cells (Treg in mediating such suppressive effects. Therefore, AAI was elicited using OVA/adjuvant sensitizations with subsequent OVA aerosolic challenge and was induced during various stages of infection, as well as after successful anti-helminthic treatment with praziquantel. The role of Treg was determined by specifically depleting Treg in a genetically modified mouse model (DEREG during schistosome infection. Alterations in AAI were determined by cell infiltration levels into the bronchial system, OVA-specific IgE and Th2 type responses, airway hyper-sensitivity and lung pathology. Our results demonstrate that schistosome infection leads to a suppression of OVA-induced AAI when mice are challenged during the patent phase of infection: production of eggs by fecund female worms. Moreover, this ameliorating effect does not persist after anti-helminthic treatment, and depletion of Treg reverts suppression, resulting in aggravated AAI responses. This is most likely due to a delayed reconstitution of Treg in infected-depleted animals which have strong ongoing immune responses. In summary, we conclude that schistosome-mediated suppression of AAI requires the presence of viable eggs and infection-driven Treg cells. These data provide evidence that helminth derived products

  16. Cryptic 3' mRNA processing signals hinder the expression of Schistosoma mansoni integrins in yeast.

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    Parker-Manuel, Richard P; Grevelding, Christoph G; Gelmedin, Verena

    2015-01-01

    The expression of parasite genes has often proven difficult in heterologous systems such as yeast or E. coli. Most often, promoter choice and codon usage were hypothesised to be the main reason for expression failures. The trematode parasite Schistosoma mansoni has five integrin genes named Smα-Int1-4 and Smβ-Int1, which we aimed to express in the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae. This has not been achieved, however, as only Smβ-Int1 integrin could be expressed. When the four α integrins were driven by a stronger promoter, this enabled Smα-Int1 to be expressed as well, but the remaining integrins, Smα-Int2-4, still could not be expressed. Evidence from RT-PCR experiments suggested that this was due to premature transcription termination. Using detailed in silico sequence analyses we identified AT-rich stretches in these integrin genes, which have high similarity to yeast mRNA 3'-end processing signals. We hypothesised that these signals were causing the premature truncation. To test this, we designed an optimised version of Smα-Int3, in which the sequence was modified to replace the yeast 3' processing signals. This strategy allowed us to express Smα-Int3 integrin successfully in S. cerevisiae. These findings show that the misinterpretation of AT-rich sequences by yeast 3'-mRNA processing machinery can cause problems when attempting to express genes containing such sequences in this host. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.