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Nat Commun ; 12(1): 215, 2021 01 11.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33431825

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Leishmaniasis is widely regarded as a vaccine-preventable disease, but the costs required to reach pivotal Phase 3 studies and uncertainty about which candidate vaccines should be progressed into human studies significantly limits progress in vaccine development for this neglected tropical disease. Controlled human infection models (CHIMs) provide a pathway for accelerating vaccine development and to more fully understand disease pathogenesis and correlates of protection. Here, we describe the isolation, characterization and GMP manufacture of a new clinical strain of Leishmania major. Two fresh strains of L. major from Israel were initially compared by genome sequencing, in vivo infectivity and drug sensitivity in mice, and development and transmission competence in sand flies, allowing one to be selected for GMP production. This study addresses a major roadblock in the development of vaccines for leishmaniasis, providing a key resource for CHIM studies of sand fly transmitted cutaneous leishmaniasis.


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Leishmania major/fisiologia , Leishmaniose Cutânea/parasitologia , Animais , Modelos Animais de Doenças , Humanos , Insetos Vetores/parasitologia , Israel , Leishmania major/genética , Leishmania major/crescimento & desenvolvimento , Leishmaniose Cutânea/transmissão , Camundongos Endogâmicos BALB C , Parasitos/genética , Filogenia , Psychodidae/parasitologia , Sequenciamento Completo do Genoma
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PLoS One ; 15(12): e0243392, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33370295

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Leishmaniasis is a neglected, parasitic tropical disease caused by an intracellular protozoan from the genus Leishmania. Quinoline alkaloids, secondary metabolites found in plants from the Rutaceae family, have antiparasitic activity against Leishmania sp. N-methyl-8-methoxyflindersin (1), isolated from the leaves of Raputia heptaphylla and also known as 7-methoxy-2,2-dimethyl-2H,5H,6H-pyran[3,2-c]quinolin-5-one, shows antiparasitic activity against Leishmania promastigotes and amastigotes. This study used in silico tools to identify synthetic quinoline alkaloids having structure similar to that of compound 1 and then tested these quinoline alkaloids for their in vitro antiparasitic activity against Leishmania (Viannia) panamensis, in vivo therapeutic response in hamsters suffering from experimental cutaneous leishmaniasis (CL), and ex vivo immunomodulatory potential in healthy donors' human peripheral blood (monocyte)-derived macrophages (hMDMs). Compounds 1 (natural), 2 (synthetic), and 8 (synthetic) were effective against intracellular promastigotes (9.9, 3.4, and 1.6 µg/mL medial effective concentration [EC50], respectively) and amastigotes (5.07, 7.94, and 1.91 µg/mL EC50, respectively). Compound 1 increased nitric oxide production in infected hMDMs and triggered necrosis-related ultrastructural alterations in intracellular amastigotes, while compound 2 stimulated oxidative breakdown in hMDMs and caused ultrastructural alterations in the parasite 4 h posttreatment, and compound 8 failed to induce macrophage modulation but selectively induced apoptosis of infected hMDMs and alterations in the intracellular parasite ultrastructure. In addition, synthetic compounds 2 and 8 improved the health of hamsters suffering from experimental CL, without evidence of treatment-associated adverse toxic effects. Therefore, synthetic compounds 2 and 8 are potential therapeutic candidates for topical treatment of CL.


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Antiprotozoários/farmacologia , Compostos Heterocíclicos com 3 Anéis/farmacologia , Leishmania guyanensis/efeitos dos fármacos , Leishmaniose Cutânea/tratamento farmacológico , Alcaloides/farmacologia , Animais , Antiprotozoários/química , Cricetinae , Modelos Animais de Doenças , Compostos Heterocíclicos com 3 Anéis/química , Humanos , Leishmania guyanensis/patogenicidade , Leishmaniose Cutânea/parasitologia , Leishmaniose Cutânea/patologia , Macrófagos/efeitos dos fármacos , Macrófagos/parasitologia , Camundongos , Óxido Nítrico/genética , Folhas de Planta/química , Quinolinas/química , Quinolonas/farmacologia , Rutaceae/química
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BMC Infect Dis ; 20(1): 645, 2020 Sep 01.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32873242

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BACKGROUND: During the outbreak of cutaneous leishmaniasis in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq that started in 2015, the course of the disease and the treatment were not consistent with the available literature. Physicians, particularly dermatologists, faced challenges with treating the cutaneous leishmaniasis lesions with high rates of treatment failure and resistance to treatment. We used Q-methodology to understand the range and diversities of opinions and the practical experiences of dermatologists about the treatment difficulties of cutaneous leishmaniasis. METHODS: This Q-methodology study was carried out in Erbil, Kurdistan Region of Iraq, and involved 37 dermatologists. A set of 40 statements related to different aspects of difficulties and uncertainties of treating cutaneous leishmaniasis was prepared. The dermatologists were requested to distribute the 40 statements into a scaled grid of nine piles from least agree to most agree. We applied by-person factor analysis using PQMethod 2.35 for the data analysis. RESULTS: The analysis revealed two different viewpoints about the treatment of cutaneous leishmaniasis and a consensus viewpoint. The first viewpoint emphasized the use of sodium stibogluconate-based combination therapy, concerns with treatment failure, and lack of compliance with the treatment. The second viewpoint emphasized the lack of standard treatment and advances in the treatment of cutaneous leishmaniasis. There was a consensus between both groups of respondents about many aspects of the treatment of cutaneous leishmaniasis, including considering sodium stibogluconate the first drug of choice for cutaneous leishmaniasis treatment. CONCLUSIONS: This study revealed a diversity of viewpoints and uncertainties about the effectiveness of the available treatment modalities and treatment difficulties and failure. Interrupted supply and poor quality of the available drugs and lack of a standard and advanced treatment are the main problems facing the treatment of cutaneous leishmaniasis. More research is required to determine the best treatment modalities for the different types of cutaneous leishmaniasis. There is a need for the development of treatment guidelines specific to the Iraqi context with a particular focus on the treatment of the resistant and atypical cases of cutaneous leishmaniasis.


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Gluconato de Antimônio e Sódio/uso terapêutico , Atitude , Consenso , Dermatologistas/psicologia , Leishmania , Leishmaniose Cutânea/tratamento farmacológico , Leishmaniose Cutânea/epidemiologia , Adulto , Terapia Combinada , Análise Fatorial , Feminino , Humanos , Incidência , Iraque/epidemiologia , Leishmaniose Cutânea/parasitologia , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Pesquisa Qualitativa , Falha de Tratamento
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Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A ; 117(40): 25159-25168, 2020 10 06.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32958676

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The tropical Andes are an important natural laboratory to understand speciation in many taxa. Here we examined the evolutionary history of parasites of the Leishmania braziliensis species complex based on whole-genome sequencing of 67 isolates from 47 localities in Peru. We first show the origin of Andean Leishmania as a clade of near-clonal lineages that diverged from admixed Amazonian ancestors, accompanied by a significant reduction in genome diversity and large structural variations implicated in host-parasite interactions. Within the Andean species, patterns of population structure were strongly associated with biogeographical origin. Molecular clock and ecological niche modeling suggested that the history of diversification of the Andean lineages is limited to the Late Pleistocene and intimately associated with habitat contractions driven by climate change. These results suggest that changes in forestation over the past 150,000 y have influenced speciation and diversity of these Neotropical parasites. Second, genome-scale analyses provided evidence of meiotic-like recombination between Andean and Amazonian Leishmania species, resulting in full-genome hybrids. The mitochondrial genome of these hybrids consisted of homogeneous uniparental maxicircles, but minicircles originated from both parental species. We further show that mitochondrial minicircles-but not maxicircles-show a similar evolutionary pattern to the nuclear genome, suggesting that compatibility between nuclear-encoded mitochondrial genes and minicircle-encoded guide RNA genes is essential to maintain efficient respiration. By comparing full nuclear and mitochondrial genome ancestries, our data expand our appreciation on the genetic consequences of diversification and hybridization in parasitic protozoa.


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Genoma Mitocondrial/genética , Interações Hospedeiro-Parasita/genética , Leishmania braziliensis/genética , Leishmaniose Cutânea/genética , Ecossistema , Florestas , Especiação Genética , Humanos , Leishmania braziliensis/patogenicidade , Leishmaniose Cutânea/epidemiologia , Leishmaniose Cutânea/parasitologia , Peru/epidemiologia , Filogeografia
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Mem Inst Oswaldo Cruz ; 115: e190431, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32935748

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BACKGROUND: Long lasting insecticide-treated nets (LLINs) may be effective for vector control of cutaneous leishmaniasis (CL). Their efficacy, however, has not been sufficiently evaluated. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the large-scale efficacy of LLINs on Lutzomyia longiflocosa entomological parameters up to two years post-intervention in the sub-Andean region of Colombia. METHODS: A matched-triplet cluster-randomised study of 21 rural settlements, matched by pre-intervention L. longiflocosa indoor density was used to compare three interventions: dip it yourself (DIY) lambda-cyhalothrin LLIN, deltamethrin LLIN, and untreated nets (control). Sand fly indoor density, feeding success, and parity were recorded using CDC light trap collections at 1, 6, 12, and 24 months post-intervention. FINDINGS: Both LLINs reduced significantly (74-76%) the indoor density and the proportion of fully engorged sand flies up to two years post-intervention without differences between them. Residual lethal effects of both LLINs and the use of all nets remained high throughout the two-year evaluation period. CONCLUSIONS: Both LLINs demonstrated high efficacy against L. longiflocosa indoors. Therefore, the deployment of these LLINs could have a significant impact on the reduction of CL transmission in the sub-Andean region. The DIY lambda-cyhalothrin kit may be used to convert untreated nets to LLINs increasing coverage.


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Anopheles/efeitos dos fármacos , Insetos Vetores/efeitos dos fármacos , Mosquiteiros Tratados com Inseticida , Inseticidas/administração & dosagem , Leishmaniose Cutânea/prevenção & controle , Controle de Mosquitos/métodos , Animais , Colômbia , Resistência a Inseticidas , Leishmaniose Cutânea/parasitologia , Mosquitos Vetores , População Rural
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Am J Trop Med Hyg ; 103(5): 1934-1937, 2020 11.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32901597

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The period between the infective sandfly bites and appearance of cutaneous leishmaniasis (CL) lesions is still hypothetical and little studied. This work aimed at assessing the incubation time of zoonotic CL (ZCL) due to Leishmania major using a standardized methodology. The retrospective analysis used the epidemiological, clinical, and biological information available in the database recording all the CL cases diagnosed at the Parasitology Department of the Pasteur Institute of Tunis during 2015-2019. It allowed for the selection of 92 privileged observations 1) of confirmed CL cases with presentation suggestive of ZCL form 2) living in northern regions free of ZCL 3) with a single infective trip of less than a week to ZCL foci during transmission season and 4) with accurate dates of travel and onset of lesions. Incubation length computed in this population ranged from 1 to 21 weeks, with a median of 5 weeks (interquartile range: 3-8.5 weeks).


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Período de Incubação de Doenças Infecciosas , Leishmania major/fisiologia , Leishmaniose Cutânea/epidemiologia , Adolescente , Adulto , Idoso , Idoso de 80 Anos ou mais , Animais , Criança , Pré-Escolar , Feminino , Geografia , Humanos , Lactente , Leishmaniose Cutânea/parasitologia , Leishmaniose Cutânea/transmissão , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Estudos Retrospectivos , Tunísia/epidemiologia , Adulto Jovem , Zoonoses
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PLoS Negl Trop Dis ; 14(9): e0008684, 2020 09.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32946436

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Leishmania tropica is one of the main causative agents of cutaneous leishmaniasis (CL). Population structures of L. tropica appear to be genetically highly diverse. However, the relationship between L. tropica strains genomic diversity, protein coding gene evolution and biogeography are still poorly understood. In this study, we sequenced the genomes of three new clinical L. tropica isolates, two derived from a recent outbreak of CL in camps hosting Syrian refugees in Lebanon and one historical isolate from Azerbaijan to further refine comparative genome analyses. In silico multilocus microsatellite typing (MLMT) was performed to integrate the current diversity of genome sequence data in the wider available MLMT genetic population framework. Single nucleotide polymorphism (SNPs), gene copy number variations (CNVs) and chromosome ploidy were investigated across the available 18 L. tropica genomes with a main focus on protein coding genes. MLMT divided the strains in three populations that broadly correlated with their geographical distribution but not populations defined by SNPs. Unique SNPs profiles divided the 18 strains into five populations based on principal component analysis. Gene ontology enrichment analysis of the protein coding genes with population specific SNPs profiles revealed various biological processes, including iron acquisition, sterols synthesis and drug resistance. This study further highlights the complex links between L. tropica important genomic heterogeneity and the parasite broad geographic distribution. Unique sequence features in protein coding genes identified in distinct populations reveal potential novel markers that could be exploited for the development of more accurate typing schemes to further improve our knowledge of the evolution and epidemiology of the parasite as well as highlighting protein variants of potential functional importance underlying L. tropica specific biology.


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Variação Genética , Genoma de Protozoário , Leishmania tropica/genética , Azerbaijão , Variações do Número de Cópias de DNA , DNA de Protozoário/genética , Dosagem de Genes , Mapeamento Geográfico , Humanos , Líbano , Leishmaniose Cutânea/parasitologia , Leishmaniose Cutânea/patologia , Repetições de Microssatélites , Filogenia , Polimorfismo de Nucleotídeo Único , Refugiados , Síria
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PLoS Negl Trop Dis ; 14(8): e0008507, 2020 08.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32841279

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BACKGROUND: Cutaneous leishmaniasis is one of the most neglected tropical diseases increasing in its public health importance. In Ethiopia over 28 million people are living at risk of infection. METHOD: Institution based cross-sectional study was conducted at Borumeda Hospital from February to May 2019. A total 205 leishmaniasis suspected patients were included by systematic random sampling technique. Socio demographic characteristics were collected using pre-tested questionnaires. Parasitological investigation was done from skin slit sample by using Geimsa staining method. Species identification was done by PCR-RFLP. Data were entered in to EpiData version 3.1 and analyzed using SPSS version 20 software. P-value of ≤ 0.05 was considered as statistically significant. RESULT: A total of 205 participants consisting 59% male and 41% female included in this study. The mean age (±SD) of the study participants was 31.9 (±14.29). The overall prevalence of cutaneous leishmaniasis was 22.4% (46/205). The prevalence in males (13.7%) was higher than in females (8.8%). It was more prevalent in the age group 16-45years old (15.6%). Clinically, 60% of patients' hade single lesion with 1.55 average number of lesions. About 30.7% of patients' had indurated plaque type of lesion. Most of the lesions were found on head and face (59%). House near to farmland, presence of hyrax in the village and presence of other cutaneous leishmaniasis cases in the neighborhood were independent predicator of cutaneous leishmaniasis prevalence. L.aethopica was found to be the etiologic agent of cutaneous leishmaniasis in the study participants. CONCLUSION: The prevalence of cutaneous leishmaniasis was 22.4%, this alerts the need of intervention. It is statistically associated with house near to farm land, presence of other cutaneous leishmaniasis cases in the neighborhood and presence of hyrax in village. Head and face were the most common sites of lesion.


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Leishmania/genética , Leishmania/isolamento & purificação , Leishmaniose Cutânea/epidemiologia , Leishmaniose Cutânea/parasitologia , Adolescente , Adulto , Idoso , Criança , Pré-Escolar , Estudos Transversais , DNA de Protozoário/análise , Etiópia/epidemiologia , Feminino , Humanos , Leishmaniose Cutânea/diagnóstico , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Reação em Cadeia da Polimerase , Polimorfismo de Fragmento de Restrição , Prevalência , Adulto Jovem
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PLoS Negl Trop Dis ; 14(8): e0008550, 2020 08.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32841284

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BACKGROUND: Leishmanin Skin Test (LST) is considered as a useful indicator of past infection by Leishmania parasites. However, the temporal dynamics of a positive LST under different epidemiologic scenarios and whether it relates to the protection against the recurrence of an overt disease are not fully documented. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: We report here on a population based prospective study conducted on 2686 individuals living in two foci located in Central Tunisia, to assess over a one-year epidemiologic season, the incidence of Leishmania (L.) major infection and disease and changes in LST reactivity. The two foci were both endemic for Cutaneous Leishmaniasis (CL) due to L. major, but contrasted in their history for this disease (ie: an old focus versus a recent focus). We found that most infections occurred in the new focus (290/1000; 95% CI: 265-315 person-years) with an incidence rate of CL lesions 2.4 times higher than in the old focus. Likewise, the rates of LST reactivity reversion and loss, in the new focus, were 99/1000[38-116] person-years and 14/1000[8-21] person-years, respectively. Loss of LST reactivity was not noticed in the old focus. Interestingly, the incidence rates of symptomatic infection did not differ significantly according to the LST status at enrolment (negative versus positive) between the combined foci and the new one. CONCLUSIONS/SIGNIFICANCE: Our findings confirm LST as a good tool for assessing L. major cryptic infection. However, the instability of the LST positivity in new foci should be considered as an important confounder of the outcome of this infection when developing a research protocol for vaccine trial.


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Leishmania major/imunologia , Leishmaniose Cutânea/epidemiologia , Leishmaniose Cutânea/imunologia , Testes Cutâneos/métodos , Adolescente , Adulto , Idoso , Criança , Pré-Escolar , Feminino , Humanos , Incidência , Leishmaniose Cutânea/parasitologia , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Estudos Prospectivos , Tunísia/epidemiologia , Adulto Jovem
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PLoS Pathog ; 16(8): e1008810, 2020 08.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32817704

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Sterol 14-α-demethylase (C14DM) is a key enzyme in the biosynthesis of sterols and the primary target of azoles. In Leishmania major, genetic or chemical inactivation of C14DM leads to accumulation of 14-methylated sterol intermediates and profound plasma membrane abnormalities including increased fluidity and failure to maintain ordered membrane microdomains. These defects likely contribute to the hypersensitivity to heat and severely reduced virulence displayed by the C14DM-null mutants (c14dm‾). In addition to plasma membrane, sterols are present in intracellular organelles. In this study, we investigated the impact of C14DM ablation on mitochondria. Our results demonstrate that c14dm‾ mutants have significantly higher mitochondrial membrane potential than wild type parasites. Such high potential leads to the buildup of reactive oxygen species in the mitochondria, especially under nutrient-limiting conditions. Consistent with these mitochondrial alterations, c14dm‾ mutants show impairment in respiration and are heavily dependent on glucose uptake and glycolysis to generate energy. Consequently, these mutants are extremely sensitive to glucose deprivation and such vulnerability can be rescued through the supplementation of glucose or glycerol. In addition, the accumulation of oxidants may also contribute to the heat sensitivity exhibited by c14dm‾. Finally, genetic or chemical ablation of C14DM causes increased susceptibility to pentamidine, an antimicrobial agent with activity against trypanosomatids. In summary, our investigation reveals that alteration of sterol synthesis can negatively affect multiple cellular processes in Leishmania parasites and make them vulnerable to clinically relevant stress conditions.


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Leishmania major/enzimologia , Leishmania major/fisiologia , Leishmaniose Cutânea/patologia , Mitocôndrias/fisiologia , Proteínas de Protozoários/metabolismo , Esterol 14-Desmetilase/metabolismo , Esteróis/metabolismo , Humanos , Leishmaniose Cutânea/metabolismo , Leishmaniose Cutânea/parasitologia , Potencial da Membrana Mitocondrial , Proteínas de Protozoários/genética , Espécies Reativas de Oxigênio/metabolismo , Esterol 14-Desmetilase/genética
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Mikrobiyol Bul ; 54(3): 429-443, 2020 Jul.
Artigo em Turco | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32755519

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Although asexual reproduction has been attributed to Leishmania species, genetic exchange has recently been demonstrated, which helped emerging of hybrid isolates. Situated on the crossroads between three continents, Leishmania hybrids may be present in Turkey. In Turkey, visceral leishmaniasis caused by Leishmania infantum is less common, while cutaneous leishmaniasis (CL) caused by Leishmania tropica and L.infantum could reach 2500 reported cases a year. Our aim was to investigate genetic variability of local Leishmania species and presence of hybrid Leishmania strains in Turkey. Twenty CL patients from Sanliurfa and Hatay, where only L.tropica and both L.tropica and L.infantum cause CL, respectively, were registered equally. All isolates were assessed with real-time polymerase chain reaction (Rt-PCR), isoenzyme analysis, gene sequencing, two-dimensional gel electrophoresis (2D-PAGE) and MALDI-TOF/TOFMS followed by in vivo analyses on mouse model. Identification of differentially expressed proteins was performed. These proteins were confirmed by sequence analysis. All isolates from Sanliurfa were found to be L.tropica which caused cutaneous infection in mice. However, one of 10 isolates from Hatay was found as Leishmania major which caused cutaneous infection. Five isolates were found as L.tropica with Rt-PCR and gene sequencing, one of which had one different protein from the reference L.tropica strain and caused cutaneous infection. Four of the five isolates had five different proteins compared to reference strain and caused both cutaneous and visceral infections. Remaining four isolates showed double melting curves in Rt-PCR, which were concordant with L.tropica and L.infantum. Their sequencing and isoenzyme analyses indicated them as L.infantum. They had six different proteins compared to reference L.infantum strain and caused cutaneous and visceral infections. It is concluded that the isolates with different proteins were hybrid Leishmania species. In the present study, outcomes of the proteomics, genomics, clinical manifestations and tissue tropism on animal models were evaluated together for the first time. In addition to L.tropica and L.infantum, L.major was identified as a causative agent for CL and hybrids of L.infantum/tropica were also shown to be present.


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Variação Genética , Leishmania , Leishmaniose Cutânea , Leishmaniose Visceral , Animais , Modelos Animais de Doenças , Humanos , Leishmania/genética , Leishmaniose Cutânea/parasitologia , Leishmaniose Visceral/parasitologia , Camundongos , Turquia
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Mikrobiyol Bul ; 54(3): 479-489, 2020 Jul.
Artigo em Turco | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32755522

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This study was aimed to investigate the anti-leishmanial effects of bee products (honey and propolis) by using the causative agent of cutaneous leishmaniasis Leishmania tropica promastigotes, in in vitro culture. In vitro anti-leishmanial efficacy of honey (pine, flower and chestnut) and propolis used in the study were evaluated using the microdilution method. Honey, which is a bee product, was dissolved with RPMI medium containing fetal calf serum (FCS) and diluted in the same medium, and serial dilutions were prepared in concentrations between 62.5-1000 mg/ml. Propolis, on the other hand, was dissolved with ethyl alcohol and only 2.5 µl was used from all these concentrations since the alcohol content was more than 50% in these concentrations prepared and we thought that this rate would negatively effect the parasite development. Then, RPMI containing FCS was diluted in the medium and serial dilutions were prepared at concentrations between 50-800 µg/ml. To the dilutions prepared, the promastigot suspension was added so that their final concentrations in the wells were 1 x 106 promastigot/ml and then the medium was incubated for 24 and 48 hours in 26°C. After the incubation, promastigotes were determined microscopically for morphology, mobility and live parasite density, and cell viability was determined by MTS method and 50% inhibitor concentrations (IC50) were compared with control groups. Anti-leishmanial activity of propolis (50, 100, 200, 400 and 800 µg/ml) and honey (62.5, 125, 250, 500 and 1000 mg/ml) on promastigotes was evaluated in vitro. In microscopic examinations, pine honey showed anti-leishmanial activity starting from 62.5 mg/ml, flower honey 250 mg/ml, and chestnut honey 125 mg/ml, and pine honey was more effective on promastigotes (p< 0.05), and propolis was effective from 100 µg/ml concentration. It has been determined that very low concentrations of propolis caused changes in the morphological structure of the parasites and were more effective than the other bee products. The prevention of cell proliferation and decreasing of the IC50 values according with the time of pine honey (IC50= 109.28 mg/ml), flower honey (IC50= 248.07 mg/ml), chestnut honey (IC50= 147.65 mg/ml) and propolis (IC50= 82.98 µg/ml) applied on L.tropica promastigot cell culture was determined by MTS method. In this study, it was found that various concentrations of pine, flower, chestnut honey and propolis showed anti-leishmanial activity on L. tropica promastigotes. It has been observed that pine honey is more effective on promastigotes after 48 hours of incubation period, and propolis is more effective in both morphology and cell inhibition of the parasites even at very low concentrations. It is believed that these data can be used as an alternative treatment method against cutaneous leishmaniasis infections and further studies are required.


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Mel , Leishmania tropica , Própole , Animais , Antiparasitários/farmacologia , Abelhas/química , Sobrevivência Celular/efeitos dos fármacos , Leishmania tropica/efeitos dos fármacos , Leishmaniose Cutânea/parasitologia , Estágios do Ciclo de Vida/efeitos dos fármacos , Própole/farmacologia
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PLoS Negl Trop Dis ; 14(7): e0008429, 2020 07.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32687498

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BACKGROUND: Few prospective data exist on incidence of post kala-azar dermal leishmaniasis (PKDL) and visceral leishmaniasis (VL) relapse after different treatment regimens. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: A Phase IV trial included 1761 VL patients treated between 2012-2014 with single dose AmBisome (SDA; N = 891), miltefosine-paromomycin (Milt-PM; n = 512), or AmBisome-miltefosine (AmB-Milt; n = 358). Follow-up for PKDL and VL relapse was scheduled for 6, 12 and 24 months after treatment, lasting until 2017. Patients with lesions consistent with PKDL were tested by rK39 rapid test, and if positive, underwent skin-snip sampling, smear microscopy and PCR. Probable PKDL was defined by consistent lesions and positive rK39; confirmed PKDL required additional positive microscopy or PCR. PKDL and relapse incidence density were calculated by VL treatment and risk factors evaluated in Cox proportional hazards models. Among 1,750 patients who completed treatment, 79 had relapse and 104 PKDL. Relapse incidence density was 1.58, 2.08 and 0.40 per 1000 person-months for SDA, AmB-Milt and Milt-PM, respectively. PKDL incidence density was 1.29, 1.45 and 2.65 per 1000 person-months for SDA, AmB-Milt and Milt-PM. In multivariable models, patients treated with Milt-PM had lower relapse but higher PKDL incidence than those treated with SDA; AmB-Milt rates were not significantly different from those for SDA. Children <12 years were at higher risk for both outcomes; females had a higher risk of PKDL but not relapse. CONCLUSIONS/SIGNIFICANCE: Active surveillance for PKDL and relapse, followed by timely treatment, is essential to sustain the achievements of VL elimination programs in the Indian sub-continent.


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Anfotericina B/administração & dosagem , Antiprotozoários/administração & dosagem , Leishmaniose Cutânea/parasitologia , Leishmaniose Visceral/tratamento farmacológico , Adolescente , Adulto , Idoso , Idoso de 80 Anos ou mais , Criança , Pré-Escolar , Estudos de Coortes , Feminino , Humanos , Incidência , Índia/epidemiologia , Leishmaniose Cutânea/patologia , Leishmaniose Visceral/parasitologia , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Estudos Prospectivos , Recidiva , Adulto Jovem
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Am J Trop Med Hyg ; 103(4): 1496-1501, 2020 10.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32618254

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In the United States, phlebotomine sand flies carrying Leishmania (Leishmania) mexicana are endemic along the southern border. However, relatively little is known about the enzootic and zoonotic transmission of L. (L.) mexicana within the United States, and autochthonous cases of the consequent disease are rarely reported. We investigated an atypical case of cutaneous leishmaniasis (CL) caused by L. (L.) mexicana in a patient from central Texas which did not respond to a typical antileishmanial chemotherapy. We also investigated sand fly vectors around the patient's residence. PCR followed by DNA sequencing was used for determination of Leishmania spp., sand fly species, and host blood meal source. The L. (L.) mexicana genotype from the patient was identical to one found in a positive sand fly. Moreover, this genotype presented the same single-nucleotide polymorphisms as other historical CL cases acquired in Texas over the last 10 years, but distinct from those originating in Mexico and Central America. Three sand fly species were identified among the samples analyzed (n = 194), the majority of which were Lutzomyia (Dampfomyia) anthophora (n = 190), of which four specimens tested positive for Leishmania and two blood-fed specimens showed the presence of a human blood meal. This study highlights the complexity of clinical management of CL in a setting where the disease is infrequently encountered. The detection of human blood in Lu. (D.) anthophora is the first documentation of anthropophagy in this species. This is the first report of wild-caught, naturally infected sand flies found in association with an autochthonous case of human leishmaniasis and the specific strain of Leishmania (Leishmania) mexicana in the United States.


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Insetos Vetores/parasitologia , Leishmania mexicana/isolamento & purificação , Leishmaniose Cutânea/diagnóstico , Phlebotomus/parasitologia , Idoso , Animais , Humanos , Leishmania mexicana/genética , Leishmaniose Cutânea/parasitologia , Leishmaniose Cutânea/patologia , Masculino , Reação em Cadeia da Polimerase , Análise de Sequência de DNA , Texas
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PLoS Genet ; 16(7): e1008828, 2020 07.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32609721

RESUMO

Homologous recombination (HR) has an intimate relationship with genome replication, both during repair of DNA lesions that might prevent DNA synthesis and in tackling stalls to the replication fork. Recent studies led us to ask if HR might have a more central role in replicating the genome of Leishmania, a eukaryotic parasite. Conflicting evidence has emerged regarding whether or not HR genes are essential, and genome-wide mapping has provided evidence for an unorthodox organisation of DNA replication initiation sites, termed origins. To answer this question, we have employed a combined CRISPR/Cas9 and DiCre approach to rapidly generate and assess the effect of conditional ablation of RAD51 and three RAD51-related proteins in Leishmania major. Using this approach, we demonstrate that loss of any of these HR factors is not immediately lethal but in each case growth slows with time and leads to DNA damage and accumulation of cells with aberrant DNA content. Despite these similarities, we show that only loss of RAD51 or RAD51-3 impairs DNA synthesis and causes elevated levels of genome-wide mutation. Furthermore, we show that these two HR factors act in distinct ways, since ablation of RAD51, but not RAD51-3, has a profound effect on DNA replication, causing loss of initiation at the major origins and increased DNA synthesis at subtelomeres. Our work clarifies questions regarding the importance of HR to survival of Leishmania and reveals an unanticipated, central role for RAD51 in the programme of genome replication in a microbial eukaryote.


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Recombinação Homóloga/genética , Leishmania major/genética , Leishmaniose Cutânea/genética , Rad51 Recombinase/genética , Sistemas CRISPR-Cas/genética , Dano ao DNA/genética , Reparo do DNA/genética , Replicação do DNA/genética , Técnicas de Inativação de Genes , Genoma/genética , Humanos , Leishmania major/patogenicidade , Leishmaniose Cutânea/parasitologia
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Rev Soc Bras Med Trop ; 53: e20200091, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32578713

RESUMO

INTRODUCTION: The drugs currently available for leishmaniasis treatment have major limitations. METHODS: In vitro and in vivo studies were performed to evaluate the effect of a quinoline derivative, Hydraqui (7-chloro-4-(3-hydroxy-benzilidenehydrazo)quinoline, against Leishmania amazonensis. In silico analyses of absorption, distribution, metabolism, excretion, and toxicity (ADMET) parameters were performed. RESULTS: Hydraqui showed significant in vitro anti-amastigote activity. Also, Hydraqui-treated mice exhibited high efficacy in lesion size (48.3%) and parasitic load (93.8%) reduction, did not cause hepatic and renal toxicity, and showed appropriate ADMET properties. CONCLUSIONS: Hydraqui presents a set of satisfactory criteria for its application as an antileishmanial agent.


Assuntos
Antiprotozoários/uso terapêutico , Leishmania mexicana/efeitos dos fármacos , Leishmaniose Cutânea/tratamento farmacológico , Quinolinas/uso terapêutico , Animais , Modelos Animais de Doenças , Feminino , Leishmaniose Cutânea/parasitologia , Camundongos , Camundongos Endogâmicos BALB C , Carga Parasitária , Quinolinas/química
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Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32578727

RESUMO

We report the case of a patient with cutaneous leishmaniasis who showed a rapidly progressing ulcerative lesion after traveling to multiple countries where different Leishmania species are endemic. Diagnosis of Leishmania tropica, an exotic species in Mexico was established by using serological and molecular tools.


Assuntos
Doenças Transmissíveis Importadas/diagnóstico , Leishmania tropica , Leishmaniose Cutânea/diagnóstico , Doença Relacionada a Viagens , Adulto , Doenças Transmissíveis Importadas/parasitologia , Humanos , Leishmania tropica/genética , Leishmania tropica/imunologia , Leishmaniose Cutânea/parasitologia , Masculino
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An Bras Dermatol ; 95(4): 459-468, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32518010

RESUMO

BACKGROUND: American cutaneous leishmaniasis is an infectious dermatosis caused by protozoa of the genus Leishmania, which comprises a broad spectrum of clinical manifestations depending on the parasite species involved in the infections and the immunogenetic response of the host. The use of techniques for amplification of the parasites DNA based on polymerase chain reaction polymerase chain reaction and the recent application of combined techniques, such as high-resolution DNA dissociation, have been described as a viable alternative for the detection and identification of Leishmania spp. in biological samples. OBJECTIVES: To identify the Leishmania species using the polymerase chain reaction high-resolution DNA dissociation technique in skin biopsies of hospital-treated patients, and compare with results obtained by other molecular identification techniques. METHODS: A retrospective study assessing patients with suspected American cutaneous leishmaniasis seen at a hospital in São Paulo/Brazil was conducted. The paraffin blocks of 22 patients were analyzed by polymerase chain reaction high-resolution DNA dissociation to confirm the diagnosis and identify the species. RESULTS: Of the 22 patients with suspected American cutaneous leishmaniasis, the parasite was identified in 14, comprising five cases (35.6%) of infection by L. amazonensis, four (28.5%) by L. braziliensis, two (14.4%) by L. amazonensis+L. infantum chagasi, two (14.4%) by L. guyanensis, and one (7.1%) by Leishmania infantum chagasi. In one of the samples, in which the presence of amastigotes was confirmed on histopathological examination, the polymerase chain reaction high-resolution DNA dissociation technique failed to detect the DNA of the parasite. STUDY LIMITATIONS: The retrospective nature of the study and small number of patients. CONCLUSIONS: The method detected and identified Leishmania species in paraffin-embedded skin biopsies with a sensitivity of 96.4% and could be routinely used in the public health system.


Assuntos
Leishmania , Leishmaniose Cutânea/parasitologia , Brasil , Humanos , Leishmania infantum , Leishmaniose Mucocutânea , Estudos Retrospectivos , Estados Unidos
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Clin Dermatol ; 38(2): 140-151, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32513395

RESUMO

Cutaneous leishmaniasis (CL) is called "the great imitator," because it can mimic almost all types of dermatoses. This similarity may sometimes lead to misdiagnosis, resulting in inappropriate treatment and morbidities. Atypical forms occur due to the interaction between parasitic factors and the host immune response. Secondary infection or mistreatment of CL can also alter the natural course, resulting in bizarre and misdiagnosed cases. Atypical leishmaniasis should be considered in longstanding and painless lesions that may simulate erysipelas, dermatitis, verruca, herpes zoster, paronychia, and sporotrichosis. Less commonly, sarcoidosis, deep mycosis, basal and squamous cell carcinoma, cutaneous lymphoma, or pseudolymphomalike lesions may need to be considered in the differential diagnosis. A high index of suspicion is required to consider a diagnosis of CL, especially in nonendemic or newly endemic regions. Smear, histopathologic examination, culture, and polymerase chain reaction serve as important tools to differentiate CL from its clinical and histologic look-alikes. CL is discussed from various perspectives, with emphasis on CL and its broad differential diagnosis.


Assuntos
Leishmaniose Cutânea/diagnóstico , Leishmaniose Cutânea/patologia , Pele/patologia , Diagnóstico Diferencial , Erros de Diagnóstico , Técnicas e Procedimentos Diagnósticos , Humanos , Leishmania/genética , Leishmania/isolamento & purificação , Leishmaniose Cutânea/epidemiologia , Leishmaniose Cutânea/parasitologia , Reação em Cadeia da Polimerase
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PLoS One ; 15(5): e0232829, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32379842

RESUMO

The diagnosis of American tegumentary leishmaniasis (ATL) still requires the design of more effective tools. Leishmania (Viannia) braziliensis is the causal agent of the 90% of Argentinean ATL cases. Considering the current knowledge, an ELISA based crude antigen (CA) for the diagnosis was designed. Ninety-nine subjects diagnosed as ATL, 27 as no-ATL, and 84 donors from non-ATL-endemic areas were included in this study. The current ATL diagnosis was based four techniques, dermal smear microscopic examination (parasitological test), PCR, Leishmanin skin test, and clinical records. We obtained CA extracts from promastigotes and amastigotes from macrophage cultures of different zymodemes of endemic Leishmania species circulating in the study area. Crude antigens from the 'local' main zymodeme of L. (V.) braziliensis showed the highest reactivity against anti-Leishmania antibodies compared to the other included species. The CA of amastigotes of this zymodeme was 3.4 fold more reactive than promastigotes one. Moreover, amastigote-membrane CA (MCA) were 3.6 fold more reactive than the soluble antigens. The MCA-ELISA reached a sensitivity and specificity of 98% (CI = 94.7%-100%) and 63.6% (53.9-73.1), respectively. When anti-Trypanosoma cruzi reactive sera were excluded, the specificity reached 98.4% (94.4-100), while the sensitivity was similar, with a positive predictive value (PV) of 98.6% (94.6-100) and negative PV of 96.3% (91.6-100). The performance of the MCA-ELISA results strongly contribute to the final diagnostic decision, since a non-reactive serological result almost discards the suspected ATL, because of its high negative PV. The developed MCA-ELISA showed a high diagnostic performance, which makes it a good candidate for ATL diagnosis, for seroprevalence studies, or for monitoring treatments efficacy.


Assuntos
Anticorpos Antiprotozoários/sangue , Antígenos de Protozoários/imunologia , Membrana Celular/imunologia , Ensaio de Imunoadsorção Enzimática/métodos , Leishmania braziliensis/imunologia , Leishmaniose Cutânea/diagnóstico , Afinidade de Anticorpos , Especificidade de Anticorpos , Argentina/epidemiologia , Doadores de Sangue , Doenças Endêmicas , Humanos , Leishmania braziliensis/crescimento & desenvolvimento , Leishmaniose Cutânea/sangue , Leishmaniose Cutânea/epidemiologia , Leishmaniose Cutânea/parasitologia , Leishmaniose Mucocutânea/sangue , Leishmaniose Mucocutânea/diagnóstico , Leishmaniose Mucocutânea/parasitologia , Valor Preditivo dos Testes , Sensibilidade e Especificidade , Estudos Soroepidemiológicos , Trypanosoma cruzi/imunologia
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