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Microorganisms ; 8(6)2020 Jun 24.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32599761

RESUMO

Kinetoplastids are the causative agents of leishmaniasis, human African trypanosomiasis, and American trypanosomiasis. They are responsible for high mortality and morbidity in (sub)tropical regions. Adequate treatment options are limited and have several drawbacks, such as toxicity, need for parenteral administration, and occurrence of treatment failure and drug resistance. Therefore, there is an urgency for the development of new drugs. Phenotypic screening already allowed the identification of promising new chemical entities with anti-kinetoplastid activity potential, but knowledge on their mode-of-action (MoA) is lacking due to the generally applied whole-cell based approach. However, identification of the drug target is essential to steer further drug discovery and development. Multiple complementary techniques have indeed been used for MoA elucidation. In this review, the different 'omics' approaches employed to define the MoA or mode-of-resistance of current reference drugs and some new anti-kinetoplastid compounds are discussed.

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Front Immunol ; 11: 1113, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32582193

RESUMO

Type I interferons (IFNs) induced by an endogenous Leishmania RNA virus or exogenous viral infections have been shown to exacerbate infections with New World Cutaneous Leishmania parasites, however, the impact of type I IFNs in visceral Leishmania infections and implicated mechanisms remain to be unraveled. This study assessed the impact of type I IFN on macrophage infection with L. infantum and L. donovani and the implication of sialoadhesin (Siglec-1/CD169, Sn) as an IFN-inducible surface receptor. Stimulation of bone marrow-derived macrophages with type I IFN (IFN-α) significantly enhanced susceptibility to infection of reference laboratory strains and a set of recent clinical isolates. IFN-α particularly enhanced promastigote uptake. Enhanced macrophage susceptibility was linked to upregulated Sn surface expression as a major contributing factor to the infection exacerbating effect of IFN-α. Stimulation experiments in Sn-deficient macrophages, macrophage pretreatment with a monoclonal anti-Sn antibody or a novel bivalent anti-Sn nanobody and blocking of parasites with soluble Sn restored normal susceptibility levels. Infection of Sn-deficient mice with bioluminescent L. infantum promastigotes revealed a moderate, strain-dependent role for Sn during visceral infection under the used experimental conditions. These data indicate that IFN-responsive Sn expression can enhance the susceptibility of macrophages to infection with visceral Leishmania promastigotes and that targeting of Sn may have some protective effects in early infection.

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J Microbiol Methods ; 173: 105935, 2020 06.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32376283

RESUMO

BACKGROUND: Molecular detection techniques using peripheral blood are preferred over invasive tissue aspiration for the diagnosis and post-treatment follow-up of visceral leishmaniasis (VL) patients. This study aims to identify suitable stabilizing reagents to prevent DNA and RNA degradation during storage and transport to specialized laboratories where molecular diagnosis is performed. METHODOLOGY: The stabilizing capacities of different commercially available reagents were compared using promastigote-spiked human blood and peripheral blood of Syrian golden hamsters subjected to experimental infection, treatment (miltefosine or aminopyrazole DNDi-1044) and immunosuppression. The impact of various storage temperature conditions was tested in combination with an established kinetoplast DNA (kDNA) qPCR and a recently developed spliced leader RNA (SL-RNA) assay for Leishmania detection. PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: Irrespective of the blood type and stabilizer used, threshold (cT) values obtained with the SL-RNA qPCR were systematically lower than those obtained with the kDNA assay, confirming the advantage of the SL-RNA assay over the widely used kDNA assay for low-level Leishmania detection. Peripheral blood parasite levels correlated relatively well with hepatic burdens. RNA protect cell reagent provided the most optimal simultaneous DNA and RNA stabilization in both human and hamster blood. However, this stabilizer requires an erythrocyte lysis step, which can be challenging under field conditions. DNA/RNA shield provides a good alternative for downstream kDNA and SL-RNA assays, especially if sample storage capacity at 4 °C can be guaranteed. CONCLUSIONS/SIGNIFICANCE: The recommended stabilizing reagents are compatible with RNA- and DNA-based Leishmania detection in peripheral blood in the VL hamster model and spiked human blood. Since molecular detection techniques using peripheral blood are less invasive than microscopic assessment of tissue aspirates, the findings of this study may be applied to human VL clinical studies.

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J Antimicrob Chemother ; 74(2): 395-406, 2019 02 01.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-30412253

RESUMO

Objectives: Miltefosine is currently the only oral drug for visceral leishmaniasis, and although deficiency in an aminophospholipid/miltefosine transporter (MT) is sufficient to elicit drug resistance, very few naturally miltefosine-resistant (MIL-R) strains have yet been isolated. This study aimed to make a detailed analysis of the impact of acquired miltefosine resistance and miltefosine treatment on in vivo infection. Methods: Bioluminescent versions of a MIL-R strain and its syngeneic parental line were generated by integration of the red-shifted firefly luciferase PpyRE9. The fitness of both lines was compared in vitro (growth rate, metacyclogenesis and macrophage infectivity) and in BALB/c mice through non-invasive bioluminescence imaging under conditions with and without drug pressure. Results: This study demonstrated a severe fitness loss of MT-deficient parasites, resulting in a complete inability to multiply and cause a typical visceral leishmaniasis infection pattern in BALB/c mice. The observed fitness loss could not be rescued by host immune suppression with cyclophosphamide, whereas episomal reconstitution with a wild-type MT restored parasite virulence, hence linking parasite fitness to MT mutation. Remarkably, in vivo miltefosine treatment or in vitro miltefosine pre-exposure significantly rescued MIL-R parasite virulence. The in vitro pre-exposed MIL-R promastigotes showed a longer and more slender morphology, suggesting an altered membrane composition. Conclusions: The profound fitness loss of MT-deficient parasites most likely explains the low frequency of MIL-R clinical isolates. The observation that miltefosine can reverse this phenotype indicates a drug dependency of the MT-deficient parasites and emphasizes the importance of resistance profiling prior to miltefosine administration.


Assuntos
Aptidão Genética/efeitos dos fármacos , Leishmania infantum/efeitos dos fármacos , Leishmania infantum/genética , Macrófagos/parasitologia , Proteínas de Membrana Transportadoras/genética , Fosforilcolina/análogos & derivados , Animais , Feminino , Imunossupressão , Leishmania infantum/crescimento & desenvolvimento , Leishmaniose Visceral/parasitologia , Luciferases/metabolismo , Medições Luminescentes , Macrófagos/efeitos dos fármacos , Camundongos , Camundongos Endogâmicos BALB C , Camundongos Endogâmicos C57BL , Mutação , Testes de Sensibilidade Parasitária , Fosforilcolina/farmacologia , Virulência/efeitos dos fármacos
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J Mol Diagn ; 20(2): 253-263, 2018 03.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-29355825

RESUMO

Several methods have been developed for the detection of Leishmania, mostly targeting the minicircle kinetoplast DNA (kDNA). A new RNA real-time quantitative PCR (qPCR) assay was developed targeting the conserved and highly expressed spliced-leader (SL) mini-exon sequence. This study compared the limits of detection of various real-time PCR assays in hamsters infected with Leishmania infantum, in spiked human blood, and in clinical blood samples from visceral leishmaniasis patients. The SL-RNA assay showed an excellent analytical sensitivity in tissues (0.005 and 0.002 parasites per mg liver and spleen, respectively) and was not prone to false-positive reactions. Evaluation of the SL-RNA assay on clinical samples demonstrated lower threshold cycle values than the kDNA qPCR, an excellent interrun stability of 97%, a 93% agreement with the kDNA assay, and an estimated sensitivity, specificity, and accuracy of 93.2%, 94.3%, and 93.8%, respectively. The SL-RNA qPCR assay was equally efficient for detecting Leishmania major, Leishmania tropica, Leishmania mexicana, Leishmania guayensis, Leishmania panamensis, Leishmania braziliensis, L. infantum, and Leishmania donovani and revealed similar SL-RNA levels in the different species and the occurrence of polycistronic SL-containing transcripts in Viannia species. Collectively, this single SL-RNA qPCR assay enables universal Leishmania detection and represents a particularly useful addition to the widely used kDNA assay in clinical studies in which the detection of viable parasites is pivotal to assess parasitological cure.


Assuntos
DNA de Cinetoplasto/análise , Leishmania infantum/genética , Leishmaniose Visceral/sangue , Leishmaniose Visceral/diagnóstico , Mesocricetus/parasitologia , RNA Líder para Processamento/análise , Reação em Cadeia da Polimerase em Tempo Real/métodos , Animais , Criança , Pré-Escolar , Cricetinae , Confiabilidade dos Dados , Feminino , Humanos , Fígado/parasitologia , Sensibilidade e Especificidade , Baço/parasitologia
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PLoS Negl Trop Dis ; 11(5): e0005620, 2017 May.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-28505185

RESUMO

BACKGROUND: Since miltefosine monotherapy against visceral leishmaniasis (VL) caused by Leishmania donovani has been discontinued in the Indian subcontinent due to an increase in the number of treatment failures, single dose liposomal amphotericin B is now advocated as a treatment option of choice. Paromomycin-miltefosine combination therapy can be used as substitute first-line treatment in regions without cold-chain potential. Previous laboratory studies in the closely related species Leishmania infantum have demonstrated that paromomycin monotherapy fairly rapidly selects for resistance producing a phenotype with increased fitness. Given the possible clinical implications of these findings for the current field situation, the present study aimed to identify the potential hazards of paromomycin-miltefosine combination therapy. PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: Drug interaction studies using the fixed-ratio isobologram method revealed an indifferent interaction between paromomycin and miltefosine. In hamsters infected with L. infantum, the combination resulted in cumulative efficacy in reducing parasite burdens in the liver, spleen and bone marrow. Selected resistant lines against the single drugs did not display cross-resistance. When the intracellular amastigote stage was repeatedly exposed to the paromomycin-miltefosine combination, either in vitro or in vivo, no significant susceptibility decrease towards either drug was noted. CONCLUSIONS: These results suggest that implementation of paromomycin-miltefosine combination therapy indeed could represent a safe and affordable treatment option for L. donovani VL as miltefosine appears to overrule the anticipated rapid development of PMM resistance.


Assuntos
Antiprotozoários/administração & dosagem , Leishmania infantum/efeitos dos fármacos , Leishmaniose Visceral/tratamento farmacológico , Paromomicina/administração & dosagem , Fosforilcolina/análogos & derivados , Animais , Cricetinae , Resistência a Múltiplos Medicamentos , Quimioterapia Combinada , Feminino , Camundongos , Fosforilcolina/administração & dosagem
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Parasitol Res ; 115(10): 4061-70, 2016 Oct.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-27412759

RESUMO

Control of visceral leishmaniasis caused by Leishmania infantum and Leishmania donovani primarily relies on chemotherapy using an increasingly compromised repertoire of antileishmanial compounds. For evaluation of novel drugs, the Syrian golden hamster is considered as a clinically relevant laboratory model. In this study, two molecular parasite detection assays were developed targeting cathepsin-like cysteine protease B (CPB) DNA and 18S rRNA to achieve absolute amastigote quantification in the major target organs liver and spleen. Both quantitative PCR (qPCR) techniques showed excellent agreement with a strong correlation with the conventional microscopic reading of Giemsa-stained tissue smears. Using multiple single tissue pieces and all three detection methods, we confirmed homogeneity of infection in liver and spleen and the robustness of extrapolating whole organ burdens from a small single tissue piece. Comparison of pre- and post-treatment burdens in infected hamsters using the three detection methods consistently revealed a stronger parasite reduction in the spleen compared to the liver, indicating an organ-dependent clearance efficacy for miltefosine. In conclusion, this study in the hamster demonstrated high homogeneity of infection in liver and spleen and advocates the use of molecular detection methods for assessment of low (post-treatment) tissue burdens.


Assuntos
Leishmania donovani/efeitos dos fármacos , Leishmania infantum/efeitos dos fármacos , Leishmaniose Visceral/tratamento farmacológico , Fosforilcolina/análogos & derivados , Animais , Cricetinae , Modelos Animais de Doenças , Feminino , Leishmaniose Visceral/parasitologia , Fígado/parasitologia , Mesocricetus , Fosforilcolina/administração & dosagem , Fosforilcolina/uso terapêutico , Baço/parasitologia
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