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PLoS Pathog ; 16(8): e1008772, 2020 08.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32866214

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The tick-borne apicomplexan parasite, Babesia bovis, a highly persistent bovine pathogen, expresses VESA1 proteins on the infected erythrocyte surface to mediate cytoadhesion. The cytoadhesion ligand, VESA1, which protects the parasite from splenic passage, is itself protected from a host immune response by rapid antigenic variation. B. bovis relies upon segmental gene conversion (SGC) as a major mechanism to vary VESA1 structure. Gene conversion has been considered a form of homologous recombination (HR), a process for which Rad51 proteins are considered pivotal components. This could make BbRad51 a choice target for development of inhibitors that both interfere with parasite genome integrity and disrupt HR-dependent antigenic variation. Previously, we knocked out the Bbrad51 gene from the B. bovis haploid genome, resulting in a phenotype of sensitivity to methylmethane sulfonate (MMS) and apparent loss of HR-dependent integration of exogenous DNA. In a further characterization of BbRad51, we demonstrate here that ΔBbrad51 parasites are not more sensitive than wild-type to DNA damage induced by γ-irradiation, and repair their genome with similar kinetics. To assess the need for BbRad51 in SGC, RT-PCR was used to observe alterations to a highly variant region of ves1α transcripts over time. Mapping of these amplicons to the genome revealed a significant reduction of in situ transcriptional switching (isTS) among ves loci, but not cessation. By combining existing pipelines for analysis of the amplicons, we demonstrate that SGC continues unabated in ΔBbrad51 parasites, albeit at an overall reduced rate, and a reduction in SGC tract lengths was observed. By contrast, no differences were observed in the lengths of homologous sequences at which recombination occurred. These results indicate that, whereas BbRad51 is not essential to babesial antigenic variation, it influences epigenetic control of ves loci, and its absence significantly reduces successful variation. These results necessitate a reconsideration of the likely enzymatic mechanism(s) underlying SGC and suggest the existence of additional targets for development of small molecule inhibitors.


Assuntos
Antígenos de Protozoários , Babesia bovis , Conversão Gênica/imunologia , Genoma de Protozoário/imunologia , Proteínas de Protozoários , Rad51 Recombinase , Antígenos de Protozoários/genética , Antígenos de Protozoários/imunologia , Babesia bovis/genética , Babesia bovis/imunologia , DNA de Protozoário/genética , DNA de Protozoário/imunologia , Haploidia , Proteínas de Protozoários/genética , Proteínas de Protozoários/imunologia , Rad51 Recombinase/genética , Rad51 Recombinase/imunologia
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PLoS Pathog ; 16(9): e1008891, 2020 09.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32956401

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The transitions between developmental stages are critical points in the Plasmodium life cycle. The development of Plasmodium in the livers of their mammalian hosts bridges malaria transmission and the onset of clinical symptoms elicited by red blood cell infection. The egress of Plasmodium parasites from the liver must be a carefully orchestrated process to ensure a successful switch to the blood stage of infection. Cysteine protease activity is known to be required for liver-stage Plasmodium egress, but the crucial cysteine protease(s) remained unidentified. Here, we characterize a member of the papain-like cysteine protease family, Plasmodium berghei serine repeat antigen 4 (PbSERA4), that is required for efficient initiation of blood-stage infection. Through the generation PbSERA4-specific antisera and the creation of transgenic parasites expressing fluorescently tagged protein, we show that PbSERA4 is expressed and proteolytically processed in the liver and blood stages of infection. Targeted disruption of PbSERA4 results in viable and virulent blood-stage parasites. However, upon transmission from mosquitoes to mice, Pbsera4(-) parasites displayed a reduced capacity to initiate a new round of asexual blood-stage replication. Our results from cultured cells indicate that this defect results from an inability of the PbSERA4-deficient parasites to egress efficiently from infected cells at the culmination of liver-stage development. Protection against infection with wildtype P. berghei could be generated in animals in which Pbsera4(-) parasites failed to establish infection. Our findings confirm that liver-stage merozoite release is an active process and demonstrate that this parasite-encoded cysteine protease contributes to parasite escape from the liver.


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Cisteína Proteases/metabolismo , Fígado/parasitologia , Malária/enzimologia , Plasmodium berghei/enzimologia , Proteínas de Protozoários/metabolismo , Animais , Cisteína Proteases/genética , Fígado/metabolismo , Malária/genética , Camundongos , Plasmodium berghei/genética , Proteínas de Protozoários/genética , Ratos , Ratos Sprague-Dawley
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PLoS Pathog ; 16(9): e1008952, 2020 09.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32960936

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Understanding how the protozoan protein degradation pathway is regulated could uncover new parasite biology for drug discovery. We found the COP9 signalosome (CSN) conserved in multiple pathogens such as Leishmania, Trypanosoma, Toxoplasma, and used the severe diarrhea-causing Entamoeba histolytica to study its function in medically significant protozoa. We show that CSN is an essential upstream regulator of parasite protein degradation. Genetic disruption of E. histolytica CSN by two distinct approaches inhibited cell proliferation and viability. Both CSN5 knockdown and dominant negative mutation trapped cullin in a neddylated state, disrupting UPS activity and protein degradation. In addition, zinc ditiocarb (ZnDTC), a main metabolite of the inexpensive FDA-approved globally-available drug disulfiram, was active against parasites acting in a COP9-dependent manner. ZnDTC, given as disulfiram-zinc, had oral efficacy in clearing parasites in vivo. Our findings provide insights into the regulation of parasite protein degradation, and supports the significant therapeutic potential of COP9 inhibition.


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Complexo do Signalossomo COP9/metabolismo , Entamoeba histolytica/metabolismo , Proteólise , Animais , Complexo do Signalossomo COP9/genética , Dissulfiram/farmacologia , Ditiocarb/farmacologia , Entamoeba histolytica/genética , Camundongos , Proteínas de Protozoários/genética
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 4813, 2020 09 23.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32968076

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Artemisinins have revolutionized the treatment of Plasmodium falciparum malaria; however, resistance threatens to undermine global control efforts. To broadly explore artemisinin susceptibility in apicomplexan parasites, we employ genome-scale CRISPR screens recently developed for Toxoplasma gondii to discover sensitizing and desensitizing mutations. Using a sublethal concentration of dihydroartemisinin (DHA), we uncover the putative transporter Tmem14c whose disruption increases DHA susceptibility. Screens performed under high doses of DHA provide evidence that mitochondrial metabolism can modulate resistance. We show that disrupting a top candidate from the screens, the mitochondrial protease DegP2, lowers porphyrin levels and decreases DHA susceptibility, without significantly altering parasite fitness in culture. Deleting the homologous gene in P. falciparum, PfDegP, similarly lowers heme levels and DHA susceptibility. These results expose the vulnerability of heme metabolism to genetic perturbations that can lead to increased survival in the presence of DHA.


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Antimaláricos/farmacologia , Artemisininas/farmacologia , Resistência a Medicamentos/genética , Testes Genéticos/métodos , Heme/genética , Heme/metabolismo , Repetições Palindrômicas Curtas Agrupadas e Regularmente Espaçadas , Técnicas de Inativação de Genes , Humanos , Malária Falciparum/tratamento farmacológico , Proteínas de Membrana Transportadoras/metabolismo , Mutação , Plasmodium falciparum/efeitos dos fármacos , Plasmodium falciparum/genética , Proteínas de Protozoários/genética , Toxoplasma/efeitos dos fármacos , Toxoplasma/genética
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BMC Infect Dis ; 20(1): 671, 2020 Sep 15.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32933490

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BACKGROUND: The increasing antimalarial drug resistance is a significant hindrance to malaria control and elimination programs. For the last six decades, chloroquine (CQ) plus pyrimethamine remains the first-line treatment for P. vivax malaria. Regions where both P. falciparum and P. vivax co-exist, P. vivax is exposed to antifolate drugs due to either misdiagnosis or improper treatment that causes selective drug pressure to evolve. Therefore, the present study aims to estimate antimalarial drug resistance among the complicated and uncomplicated P. vivax patients. METHODS: A total of 143 P. vivax malaria positive patients were enrolled in this study, and DNA was isolated from their blood samples. Pvcrt-o, Pvmdr-1, Pvdhps, and Pvdhfr genes were PCRs amplified, and drug resistance-associated gene mutations were analyzed. Statistical analysis of the drug resistance genes and population diversity was performed using MEGA vs. 7.0.21 and DnaSP v software. RESULTS: Among the CQ resistance marker gene Pvcrt-o, the prevalence of K10 insertion was 17.5% (7/40) and 9.5% (7/73) of complicated and uncomplicated P vivax group isolates respectively. In Pvmdr-1, double mutant haplotype (M958/L1076) was found in 99% of the clinical isolates. Among the pyrimethamine resistance-associated gene Pvdhfr, the double mutant haplotype I13P33F57R58T61N117I173 was detected in 23% (11/48) in complicated and 20% (17/85) in uncomplicated group isolates. In the sulphadoxine resistance-associated Pvdhps gene, limited polymorphism was observed with the presence of a single mutant (D459A) among 16 and 5% of the clinical isolates in the complicated and uncomplicated group respectively. CONCLUSION: The study presents the situations of polymorphism in the antimalarial drug resistance-associated genes and emphasizes the need for regular surveillance. It is imperative for the development of suitable antimalarial drug policy in India.


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Antimaláricos/uso terapêutico , Resistência a Medicamentos/genética , Malária Vivax/tratamento farmacológico , Plasmodium vivax/genética , Proteínas de Protozoários/genética , Adolescente , Criança , Pré-Escolar , Cloroquina/uso terapêutico , DNA de Protozoário/genética , DNA de Protozoário/metabolismo , Feminino , Antagonistas do Ácido Fólico/uso terapêutico , Haplótipos , Humanos , Índia , Masculino , Proteínas Associadas à Resistência a Múltiplos Medicamentos/genética , Plasmodium vivax/isolamento & purificação , Polimorfismo de Nucleotídeo Único , Adulto Jovem
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PLoS Negl Trop Dis ; 14(8): e0008509, 2020 08.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32804927

RESUMO

Leishmania species are responsible for a broad spectrum of diseases, denominated Leishmaniasis, affecting over 12 million people worldwide. During the last decade, there have been impressive efforts for sequencing the genome of most of the pathogenic Leishmania spp. as well as hundreds of strains, but large-scale proteomics analyses did not follow these achievements and the Leishmania proteome remained mostly uncharacterized. Here, we report a comprehensive comparative study of the proteomes of strains representing L. braziliensis, L. panamensis and L. guyanensis species. Proteins extracted by SDS-mediated lysis were processed following the multi-enzyme digestion-filter aided sample preparation (FASP) procedure and analysed by high accuracy mass spectrometry. "Total Protein Approach" and "Proteomic Ruler" were applied for absolute quantification of proteins. Principal component analysis demonstrated very high reproducibility among biological replicates and a very clear differentiation of the three species. Our dataset comprises near 7000 proteins, representing the most complete Leishmania proteome yet known, and provides a comprehensive quantitative picture of the proteomes of the three species in terms of protein concentration and copy numbers. Analysis of the abundance of proteins from the major energy metabolic processes allow us to highlight remarkably differences among the species and suggest that these parasites depend on distinct energy substrates to obtain ATP. Whereas L. braziliensis relies the more on glycolysis, L. panamensis and L. guyanensis seem to depend mainly on mitochondrial respiration. These results were confirmed by biochemical assays showing opposite profiles for glucose uptake and O2 consumption in these species. In addition, we provide quantitative data about different membrane proteins, transporters, and lipids, all of which contribute for significant species-specific differences and provide rich substrate for explore new molecules for diagnosing purposes. Data are available via ProteomeXchange with identifier PXD017696.


Assuntos
Leishmania/metabolismo , Proteínas de Protozoários/metabolismo , Regulação da Expressão Gênica/fisiologia , Glucose/metabolismo , Leishmania/genética , Consumo de Oxigênio , Proteômica , Proteínas de Protozoários/genética , Especificidade da Espécie
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PLoS Pathog ; 16(8): e1008327, 2020 08.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32853276

RESUMO

Host resistance to Toxoplasma gondii relies on CD8 T cell IFNγ responses, which if modulated by the host or parasite could influence chronic infection and parasite transmission between hosts. Since host-parasite interactions that govern this response are not fully elucidated, we investigated requirements for eliciting naïve CD8 T cell IFNγ responses to a vacuolar resident antigen of T. gondii, TGD057. Naïve TGD057 antigen-specific CD8 T cells (T57) were isolated from transnuclear mice and responded to parasite-infected bone marrow-derived macrophages (BMDMs) in an antigen-dependent manner, first by producing IL-2 and then IFNγ. T57 IFNγ responses to TGD057 were independent of the parasite's protein export machinery ASP5 and MYR1. Instead, host immunity pathways downstream of the regulatory Immunity-Related GTPases (IRG), including partial dependence on Guanylate-Binding Proteins, are required. Multiple T. gondii ROP5 isoforms and allele types, including 'avirulent' ROP5A from clade A and D parasite strains, were able to suppress CD8 T cell IFNγ responses to parasite-infected BMDMs. Phenotypic variance between clades B, C, D, F, and A strains suggest T57 IFNγ differentiation occurs independently of parasite virulence or any known IRG-ROP5 interaction. Consistent with this, removal of ROP5 is not enough to elicit maximal CD8 T cell IFNγ production to parasite-infected cells. Instead, macrophage expression of the pathogen sensors, NLRP3 and to a large extent NLRP1, were absolute requirements. Other members of the conventional inflammasome cascade are only partially required, as revealed by decreased but not abrogated T57 IFNγ responses to parasite-infected ASC, caspase-1/11, and gasdermin D deficient cells. Moreover, IFNγ production was only partially reduced in the absence of IL-12, IL-18 or IL-1R signaling. In summary, T. gondii effectors and host machinery that modulate parasitophorous vacuolar membranes, as well as NLR-dependent but inflammasome-independent pathways, determine the full commitment of CD8 T cells IFNγ responses to a vacuolar antigen.


Assuntos
Linfócitos T CD8-Positivos/imunologia , Inflamassomos/imunologia , Interferon gama/metabolismo , Proteína 3 que Contém Domínio de Pirina da Família NLR/metabolismo , Proteínas de Protozoários/metabolismo , Transdução de Sinais , Toxoplasma/imunologia , Toxoplasmose Animal/imunologia , Animais , Linfócitos T CD8-Positivos/parasitologia , Feminino , Macrófagos/imunologia , Macrófagos/parasitologia , Camundongos , Proteína 3 que Contém Domínio de Pirina da Família NLR/genética , Proteínas de Protozoários/genética , Toxoplasmose Animal/parasitologia , Vacúolos/imunologia , Vacúolos/metabolismo , Vacúolos/parasitologia , Virulência/imunologia
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 3922, 2020 08 06.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32764664

RESUMO

The Plasmodium falciparum chloroquine resistance transporter (PfCRT) is a key contributor to multidrug resistance and is also essential for the survival of the malaria parasite, yet its natural function remains unresolved. We identify host-derived peptides of 4-11 residues, varying in both charge and composition, as the substrates of PfCRT in vitro and in situ, and show that PfCRT does not mediate the non-specific transport of other metabolites and/or ions. We find that drug-resistance-conferring mutations reduce both the peptide transport capacity and substrate range of PfCRT, explaining the impaired fitness of drug-resistant parasites. Our results indicate that PfCRT transports peptides from the lumen of the parasite's digestive vacuole to the cytosol, thereby providing a source of amino acids for parasite metabolism and preventing osmotic stress of this organelle. The resolution of PfCRT's native substrates will aid the development of drugs that target PfCRT and/or restore the efficacy of existing antimalarials.


Assuntos
Antimaláricos/farmacologia , Cloroquina/farmacologia , Proteínas de Membrana Transportadoras/metabolismo , Plasmodium falciparum/efeitos dos fármacos , Plasmodium falciparum/metabolismo , Proteínas de Protozoários/metabolismo , Animais , Transporte Biológico Ativo , Resistência a Medicamentos/genética , Feminino , Interações Hospedeiro-Parasita/genética , Interações Hospedeiro-Parasita/fisiologia , Humanos , Malária Falciparum/tratamento farmacológico , Malária Falciparum/metabolismo , Malária Falciparum/parasitologia , Proteínas de Membrana Transportadoras/genética , Modelos Biológicos , Proteínas Mutantes/genética , Proteínas Mutantes/metabolismo , Oligopeptídeos/metabolismo , Oócitos/metabolismo , Plasmodium falciparum/genética , Transporte Proteico , Proteínas de Protozoários/genética , Xenopus laevis
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PLoS Biol ; 18(8): e3000774, 2020 08.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32745097

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The Scar/WAVE complex is the principal catalyst of pseudopod and lamellipod formation. Here we show that Scar/WAVE's proline-rich domain is polyphosphorylated after the complex is activated. Blocking Scar/WAVE activation stops phosphorylation in both Dictyostelium and mammalian cells, implying that phosphorylation modulates pseudopods after they have been formed, rather than controlling whether they are initiated. Unexpectedly, phosphorylation is not promoted by chemotactic signaling but is greatly stimulated by cell:substrate adhesion and diminished when cells deadhere. Phosphorylation-deficient or phosphomimetic Scar/WAVE mutants are both normally functional and rescue the phenotype of knockout cells, demonstrating that phosphorylation is dispensable for activation and actin regulation. However, pseudopods and patches of phosphorylation-deficient Scar/WAVE last substantially longer in mutants, altering the dynamics and size of pseudopods and lamellipods and thus changing migration speed. Scar/WAVE phosphorylation does not require ERK2 in Dictyostelium or mammalian cells. However, the MAPKKK homologue SepA contributes substantially-sepA mutants have less steady-state phosphorylation, which does not increase in response to adhesion. The mutants also behave similarly to cells expressing phosphorylation-deficient Scar, with longer-lived pseudopods and patches of Scar recruitment. We conclude that pseudopod engagement with substratum is more important than extracellular signals at regulating Scar/WAVE's activity and that phosphorylation acts as a pseudopod timer by promoting Scar/WAVE turnover.


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Dictyostelium/genética , MAP Quinase Quinase Quinase 3/genética , Proteínas de Protozoários/genética , Pseudópodes/metabolismo , Família de Proteínas da Síndrome de Wiskott-Aldrich/genética , Animais , Sistemas CRISPR-Cas , Adesão Celular , Linhagem Celular Tumoral , Quimiotaxia/genética , Dictyostelium/metabolismo , Dictyostelium/ultraestrutura , Edição de Genes/métodos , Regulação da Expressão Gênica , MAP Quinase Quinase Quinase 3/metabolismo , Melanócitos/metabolismo , Melanócitos/ultraestrutura , Camundongos , Proteína Quinase 1 Ativada por Mitógeno/genética , Proteína Quinase 1 Ativada por Mitógeno/metabolismo , Mutação , Células NIH 3T3 , Fenótipo , Fosforilação , Ploidias , Proteínas de Protozoários/metabolismo , Pseudópodes/genética , Pseudópodes/ultraestrutura , Família de Proteínas da Síndrome de Wiskott-Aldrich/metabolismo
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PLoS Biol ; 18(8): e3000756, 2020 08.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32745139

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Recognition of self and nonself is important for outcrossing organisms, and different mating types establish the barrier against self-mating. In the unicellular ciliate T. thermophila, mating type determination requires complex DNA rearrangements at a single mat locus during conjugation to produce a type-specific gene pair (MTA and MTB) for 1 of 7 possible mating types. Surprisingly, we found that decreased expression of the DNA breakage-repair protein Ku80 at late stages of conjugation generated persistent selfing phenotype in the progeny. DNA analysis revealed multiple mating-type gene pairs as well as a variety of mis-paired, unusually arranged mating-type genes in these selfers that resemble some proposed rearrangement intermediates. They are found also in normal cells during conjugation and are lost after 10 fissions but are retained in Ku mutants. Silencing of TKU80 or TKU70-2 immediately after conjugation also generated selfing phenotype, revealing a hidden DNA rearrangement process beyond conjugation. Mating reactions between the mutant and normal cells suggest a 2-component system for self-nonself-recognition through MTA and MTB genes.


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DNA de Protozoário/genética , Rearranjo Gênico , Autoantígeno Ku/genética , Proteínas de Protozoários/genética , Tetrahymena thermophila/genética , Conjugação Genética , Cruzamentos Genéticos , DNA de Protozoário/metabolismo , Expressão Gênica , Inativação Gênica , Autoantígeno Ku/metabolismo , Fenótipo , Proteínas de Protozoários/metabolismo , Reprodução , Tetrahymena thermophila/metabolismo
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Nucleic Acids Res ; 48(15): 8704-8723, 2020 09 04.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32738044

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Trypanosoma brucei is a parasitic protozoan that undergoes a complex life cycle involving insect and mammalian hosts that present dramatically different nutritional environments. Mitochondrial metabolism and gene expression are highly regulated to accommodate these environmental changes, including regulation of mRNAs that require extensive uridine insertion/deletion (U-indel) editing for their maturation. Here, we use high throughput sequencing and a method for promoting life cycle changes in vitro to assess the mechanisms and timing of developmentally regulated edited mRNA expression. We show that edited CYb mRNA is downregulated in mammalian bloodstream forms (BSF) at the level of editing initiation and/or edited mRNA stability. In contrast, edited COIII mRNAs are depleted in BSF by inhibition of editing progression. We identify cell line-specific differences in the mechanisms abrogating COIII mRNA editing, including the possible utilization of terminator gRNAs that preclude the 3' to 5' progression of editing. By examining the developmental timing of altered mitochondrial mRNA levels, we also reveal transcript-specific developmental checkpoints in epimastigote (EMF), metacyclic (MCF), and BSF. These studies represent the first analysis of the mechanisms governing edited mRNA levels during T. brucei development and the first to interrogate U-indel editing in EMF and MCF life cycle stages.


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Estabilidade de RNA/genética , RNA Mensageiro/genética , RNA Mitocondrial/genética , RNA de Protozoário/genética , Trypanosoma brucei brucei/genética , Mitocôndrias/genética , Proteínas de Protozoários/genética , Edição de RNA/genética , RNA Guia/genética , Trypanosoma brucei brucei/metabolismo
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PLoS One ; 15(8): e0235401, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32817665

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BACKGROUND: Current malaria control and elimination strategies rely mainly on efficacious antimalarial drugs. However, drug resistance is a major threat facing malaria control programs. Determination of drug resistance molecular markers is useful in the monitoring and surveillance of malaria drug efficacy. This study aimed to determine the mutations and haplotypes frequencies of different genes linked with antimalarial drug resistance in certain areas in Sudan. METHODS: A total of 226 dried blood spots (DBS) of microscopically diagnosed P. falciparum isolates were collected from Khartoum and three other areas in Sudan during 2015-2017. Plasmodium falciparum confirmation and multiplicity of infection was assessed using the Sanger's 101 SNPs-barcode and speciation was confirmed using regions of the parasite mitochondria. Molecular genotyping of drug resistance genes (Pfcrt, Pfmdr1, Pfdhfr, Pfdhps, exonuclease, Pfk13, parasite genetic background (PGB) (Pfarps10, ferredoxin, Pfcrt, Pfmdr2)) was also performed. All genotypes were generated by selective regions amplicon sequencing of the parasite genome using the Illumina MiSeq platform at the Wellcome Sanger Institute, UK then genotypes were translated into drug resistance haplotypes and species determination. FINDINGS: In total 225 samples were confirmed to be P. falciparum. A higher proportion of multiplicity of infection was observed in Gezira (P<0.001) based on the Sanger 101 SNPs -barcode. The overall frequency of mutant haplotype Pfcrt 72-76 CVIET was 71.8%. For Pfmdr1, N86Y was detected in 53.6%, Y184F was observed in 88.1% and D1246Y was detected in 1.5% of the samples. The most frequently observed haplotype was YFD 47.4%. For Pfdhfr (codons 51, 59,108,164), the ICNI haplotype was the most frequent (80.7%) while for Pfdhps (codons 436, 437, 540, 581, 613) the (SGEAA) was most frequent haplotype (41%). The Quadruple mutation (dhfr N51I, S108N + dhps A437G, K540E) was the highest frequent combined mutation (33.9%). In Pfkelch13 gene, 18 non-synonymous mutations were detected, 7 of them were detected in other African countries. The most frequent Pfk13 mutation was E433D detected in four samples. All of the Pfk13 mutant alleles have not been reported to belong to mutations associated with delayed parasite clearance in Southeast Asia. PGB mutations were detected only in Pfcrt N326S\I (46.3%) and Pfcrt I356T (8.2%). The exonuclease mutation was not detected. There was no significant variation in mutant haplotypes between study areas. CONCLUSIONS: There was high frequency of mutations in Pfcrt, Pfdhfr and Pfdhps in this study. These mutations are associated with chloroquine and sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine (SP) resistance. Many SNPs in Pfk13 not linked with delayed parasite clearance were observed. The exonuclease E415G mutation which is linked with piperaquine resistance was not reported.


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Resistência a Medicamentos/genética , Malária/parasitologia , Mutação , Plasmodium falciparum/genética , Adolescente , Antimaláricos/farmacologia , Criança , Cloroquina/farmacologia , Feminino , Humanos , Malária/epidemiologia , Masculino , Proteínas de Membrana Transportadoras/genética , Proteínas de Membrana Transportadoras/metabolismo , Plasmodium falciparum/efeitos dos fármacos , Plasmodium falciparum/patogenicidade , Proteínas de Protozoários/genética , Proteínas de Protozoários/metabolismo , Pirimetamina/farmacologia , Sudão , Sulfadoxina/farmacologia , Tetra-Hidrofolato Desidrogenase/genética , Tetra-Hidrofolato Desidrogenase/metabolismo , 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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Parasitol Res ; 119(9): 3013-3022, 2020 Sep.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32740752

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Babesiosis is a tick-borne protozoonosis caused by Babesia, which can cause fever, hemolytic anemia, hemoglobinuria, and even death. Babesia microti is a parasite found in rodents and can be pathogenic to humans. In this study, the full-length cDNA of a B. microti cysteine protease (BmCYP) was expressed and the recombinant rBmCYP protein analyzed and characterized. BmCYP is encoded by an ORF of 1.3 kb, with a predicted molecular weight of 50 kDa and a theoretical pI of 8.5. The amino acid sequence of BmCYP exhibits an identity of 32.9 to 35.2% with cysteine proteases of Babesia ovis, Babesia bovis, and Theileria, respectively. The results of the proteinase assays show that rBmCYP has cysteine protease enzymatic activity. In addition, we demonstrate that tick cystatins rRhcyst-1 and rRhcyst-2 were able to effectively inhibit the activity of rBmCYP; the inhibition rates were 57.2% and 30.9%, respectively. Tick cystatins Rhcyst-1 and Rhcyst-2 were differentially expressed in ticks that fed on Babesia-infected mice relative to non-infected control ticks. Our results suggest that BmCYP is a functional enzyme with cysteine protease enzymatic activity and may be involved in tick-B. microti interactions.


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Proteínas de Artrópodes/metabolismo , Babesia microti/enzimologia , Cistatinas/metabolismo , Cisteína Proteases/metabolismo , Proteínas de Protozoários/metabolismo , Carrapatos/metabolismo , Carrapatos/parasitologia , Sequência de Aminoácidos , Animais , Proteínas de Artrópodes/genética , Babesia bovis/química , Babesia bovis/enzimologia , Babesia bovis/genética , Babesia microti/química , Babesia microti/genética , Babesiose/parasitologia , Cistatinas/genética , Cisteína Proteases/química , Cisteína Proteases/genética , Humanos , Camundongos , Camundongos Endogâmicos BALB C , Ligação Proteica , Proteínas de Protozoários/química , Proteínas de Protozoários/genética , Carrapatos/genética
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Parasitol Res ; 119(9): 2991-3003, 2020 Sep.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32748038

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Visceral leishmaniasis (VL, also known as kala-azar) is a vector borne disease caused by obligate intracellular protozoan parasite Leishmania donovani. To overcome the limitations of currently available drugs for VL, molecular target-based study is a promising tool to develop new drugs to treat this neglected tropical disease. One such target we recently identified from L. donovani (Ld) genome (WGS, clinical Indian isolate; BHU 1220, AVPQ01000001) is a small GTP-binding protein, Rab6 protein. We now report a specific inhibitor of the GTPase activity of Rab6 protein of L. donovani (LdRab6) without restricting host enzyme activity. First, to understand the nature of LdRab6 protein, we generated recombinant LdRab6 mutant proteins (rLdRab6) by systematically introducing deletion (two cysteine residues at C-terminal) and mutations [single amino acid substitutions in the conserved region of GTP (Q84L)/GDP(T38N) coding sequence]. The GTPase activity of rLdRab6:GTP and rLdRab6:GDP locked mutant proteins showed ~ 8-fold and ~ 1.5-fold decreases in enzyme activity, respectively, compared to the wild type enzyme activity. The mutant protein rLdRab6:ΔC inhibited the GTPase activity. Sequence alignment analysis of Rab6 protein of L. donovani with Homo sapiens showed identical amino acids in the G conserved region (GTP/GDP-binding sites) but it differed in the C-terminal region. We then evaluated the inhibitory activity of trans-dibenzalacetone (DBA, a synthetic analog of curcumin with strong antileishmanial activity reported earlier by us) in the GTPase activity of LdRab6 protein. Comparative molecular docking analysis of DBA and specific inhibitors of Rab proteins (Lovastatin, BFA, Zoledronate, and NE10790) indicated that DBA had optimum binding affinity with LdRab6 protein. This was further confirmed by the GTPase activity of DBA-treated LdRab6 which showed a basal GTP level significantly lower than that of the wild-type rLdRab6. The results confirm that DBA inhibits the GTPase activity of LdRab6 protein from L. donovani (LdRab6), a potential target for its antileishmanial effect.


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Antiprotozoários/farmacologia , Inibidores Enzimáticos/farmacologia , Leishmania donovani/efeitos dos fármacos , Leishmaniose Visceral/parasitologia , Pentanonas/farmacologia , Proteínas de Protozoários/antagonistas & inibidores , Proteínas rab de Ligação ao GTP/antagonistas & inibidores , Sequência de Aminoácidos , Sítios de Ligação , Curcumina/farmacologia , Humanos , Leishmania donovani/química , Leishmania donovani/enzimologia , Leishmania donovani/genética , Leishmaniose Visceral/tratamento farmacológico , Simulação de Acoplamento Molecular , Pentanonas/química , Proteínas de Protozoários/química , Proteínas de Protozoários/genética , Proteínas de Protozoários/metabolismo , Alinhamento de Sequência , Proteínas rab de Ligação ao GTP/química , Proteínas rab de Ligação ao GTP/genética , Proteínas rab de Ligação ao GTP/metabolismo
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PLoS Negl Trop Dis ; 14(7): e0008439, 2020 07.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32628683

RESUMO

Leishmaniasis constitutes the 9th largest disease burden among all infectious diseases. Control of this disease is based on a short list of chemotherapeutic agents headed by pentavalent antimonials, followed by miltefosine and amphotericin B; drugs that are far from ideal due to host toxicity, elevated cost, limited access, and high rates of drug resistance. Knowing that the composition of extracellular vesicles (EVs) can vary according to the state of their parental cell, we hypothesized that EVs released by drug-resistant Leishmania infantum parasites could contain unique and differently enriched proteins depending on the drug-resistance mechanisms involved in the survival of their parental cell line. To assess this possibility, we studied EV production, size, morphology, and protein content of three well-characterized drug-resistant L. infantum cell lines and a wild-type strain. Our results are the first to demonstrate that drug-resistance mechanisms can induce changes in the morphology, size, and distribution of L. infantum EVs. In addition, we identified L. infantum's core EV proteome. This proteome is highly conserved among strains, with the exception of a handful of proteins that are enriched differently depending on the drug responsible for induction of antimicrobial resistance. Furthermore, we obtained the first snapshot of proteins enriched in EVs released by antimony-, miltefosine- and amphotericin-resistant parasites. These include several virulence factors, transcription factors, as well as proteins encoded by drug-resistance genes. This detailed study of L. infantum EVs sheds new light on the potential roles of EVs in Leishmania biology, particularly with respect to the parasite's survival in stressful conditions. This work outlines a crucial first step towards the discovery of EV-based profiles capable of predicting response to antileishmanial agents.


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Antiprotozoários/farmacologia , Resistência a Medicamentos , Regulação da Expressão Gênica/efeitos dos fármacos , Leishmania infantum/efeitos dos fármacos , Leishmania infantum/metabolismo , Biologia Computacional , Vesículas Extracelulares , Regulação da Expressão Gênica/fisiologia , Proteoma , Proteômica , Proteínas de Protozoários/genética , Proteínas de Protozoários/metabolismo
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PLoS Negl Trop Dis ; 14(7): e0008471, 2020 07.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32639964

RESUMO

In Brazil, Plasmodium vivax infection accounts for around 80% of malaria cases. This infection has a substantial impact on the productivity of the local population as the course of the disease is usually prolonged and the development of acquired immunity in endemic areas takes several years. The recent emergence of drug-resistant strains has intensified research on alternative control methods such as vaccines. There is currently no effective available vaccine against malaria; however, numerous candidates have been studied in the past several years. One of the leading candidates is apical membrane antigen 1 (AMA1). This protein is involved in the invasion of Apicomplexa parasites into host cells, participating in the formation of a moving junction. Understanding how the genetic diversity of an antigen influences the immune response is highly important for vaccine development. In this study, we analyzed the diversity of AMA1 from Brazilian P. vivax isolates and 19 haplotypes of P. vivax were found. Among those sequences, 33 nonsynonymous PvAMA1 amino acid sites were identified, whereas 20 of these sites were determined to be located in predicted B-cell epitopes. Nonsynonymous mutations were evaluated for their influence on the immune recognition of these antigens. Two distinct haplotypes, 5 and 16, were expressed and evaluated for reactivity in individuals from northern Brazil. Both PvAMA1 variants were reactive. Moreover, the IgG antibody response to these two PvAMA1 variants was analyzed in an exposed but noninfected population from a P. vivax endemic area. Interestingly, over 40% of this population had antibodies recognizing both variants. These results have implications for the design of a vaccine based on a polymorphic antigen.


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Antígenos de Protozoários/genética , Malária Vivax/imunologia , Malária Vivax/parasitologia , Proteínas de Membrana/genética , Plasmodium vivax/genética , Proteínas de Protozoários/genética , Dicroísmo Circular , DNA de Protozoário/genética , Epitopos de Linfócito B , Haplótipos , Humanos , Malária Vivax/epidemiologia , Mutação , Plasmodium vivax/imunologia , Conformação Proteica , Proteínas Recombinantes
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PLoS Negl Trop Dis ; 14(7): e0008202, 2020 07.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32645098

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Plasmodium vivax is the most widespread and difficult to treat cause of human malaria. The development of vaccines against the blood stages of P. vivax remains a key objective for the control and elimination of vivax malaria. Erythrocyte binding-like (EBL) protein family members such as Duffy binding protein (PvDBP) are of critical importance to erythrocyte invasion and have been the major target for vivax malaria vaccine development. In this study, we focus on another member of EBL protein family, P. vivax erythrocyte binding protein (PvEBP). PvEBP was first identified in Cambodian (C127) field isolates and has subsequently been showed its preferences for binding reticulocytes which is directly inhibited by antibodies. We analysed PvEBP sequence from 316 vivax clinical isolates from eight countries including China (n = 4), Ethiopia (n = 24), Malaysia (n = 53), Myanmar (n = 10), Papua New Guinea (n = 16), Republic of Korea (n = 10), Thailand (n = 174), and Vietnam (n = 25). PvEBP gene exhibited four different phenotypic clusters based on the insertion/deletion (indels) variation. PvEBP-RII (179-479 aa.) showed highest polymorphism similar to other EBL family proteins in various Plasmodium species. Whereas even though PvEBP-RIII-V (480-690 aa.) was the most conserved domain, that showed strong neutral selection pressure for gene purifying with significant population expansion. Antigenicity of both of PvEBP-RII (16.1%) and PvEBP-RIII-V (21.5%) domains were comparatively lower than other P. vivax antigen which expected antigens associated with merozoite invasion. Total IgG recognition level of PvEBP-RII was stronger than PvEBP-RIII-V domain, whereas total IgG inducing level was stronger in PvEBP-RIII-V domain. These results suggest that PvEBP-RII is mainly recognized by natural IgG for innate protection, whereas PvEBP-RIII-V stimulates IgG production activity by B-cell for acquired immunity. Overall, the low antigenicity of both regions in patients with vivax malaria likely reflects genetic polymorphism for strong positive selection in PvEBP-RII and purifying selection in PvEBP-RIII-V domain. These observations pose challenging questions to the selection of EBP and point out the importance of immune pressure and polymorphism required for inclusion of PvEBP as a vaccine candidate.


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Variação Genética , Malária Vivax/imunologia , Plasmodium vivax/genética , Proteínas de Protozoários/genética , Proteínas de Protozoários/imunologia , Sequência de Aminoácidos , Anticorpos Antiprotozoários/imunologia , Ásia , Humanos , Imunidade Humoral , Malária Vivax/parasitologia , Plasmodium vivax/química , Plasmodium vivax/imunologia , Polimorfismo Genético , Proteínas de Protozoários/química , Seleção Genética , Alinhamento de Sequência
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BMC Infect Dis ; 20(1): 513, 2020 Jul 16.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32677899

RESUMO

BACKGROUND: Imported falciparum malaria from Africa has become a key public health challenge in Guizhou Province since 2012. Understanding the polymorphisms of molecular markers of drug resistance can guide selection of antimalarial drugs for the treatment of malaria. This study was aimed to analyze the polymorphisms of pfcrt, pfmdr1, and K13-propeller among imported falciparum malaria cases in Guizhou Province, China. METHOD: Fifty-five imported falciparum malaria cases in Guizhou Province during 2012-2016 were included in this study. Their demographic information and filter paper blood samples were collected. Genomic DNA of Plasmodium falciparum was extracted from the blood samples, and polymorphisms of pfcrt, pfmdr1, and K13-propeller were analyzed with nested PCR amplification followed by sequencing. Data were analyzed with the SPSS17.0 software. RESULTS: The prevalence of pfcrt K76T, pfmdr1 N86Y, and pfmdr1 Y184F mutation was 56.6, 22.2, and 72.2%, respectively, in imported falciparum malaria cases in Guizhou Province. We detected two mutant haplotypes of pfcrt, IET and MNT, with IET being more commonly found (54.7%), and five mutant haplotypes of pfmdr1, of which NFD was the most frequent (53.7%). There were totally 10 combined haplotypes of pfcrt and pfmdr1, of which the haplotype IETNFD possessed a predominance of 28.8%. In addition, three nonsynonymous mutations (S459T, C469F, and V692L) and two synonymous mutations (R471R and V589V) were detected in K13-propeller, all having prevalence less than 6.0%. In particular, a candidate K13 resistance mutation, C469F, was identified for the first time from Democratic Republic of the Congo with the prevalence of 2.0%. CONCLUSIONS: The high prevalence of IET haplotype of pfcrt and NFD haplotype of pfmdr1 suggests the presence of chloroquine, artemether/lumefantrine, and dihydroartemisinin/piperaquine resistance in these cases. Therefore cautions should be made to artemisinin therapy for P. falciparum in Africa. Continuous monitoring of anti-malarial drug efficacy in imported malaria cases is helpful for optimizing antimalarial drug therapy in Guizhou Province, China.


Assuntos
Doenças Transmissíveis Importadas/parasitologia , Resistência a Medicamentos/genética , Malária Falciparum/parasitologia , Plasmodium falciparum/genética , Polimorfismo Genético , Proteínas de Protozoários/genética , Adulto , África/epidemiologia , Substituição de Aminoácidos/genética , Antimaláricos/uso terapêutico , China/epidemiologia , Estudos de Coortes , Feminino , Humanos , Malária Falciparum/tratamento farmacológico , Malária Falciparum/epidemiologia , Masculino , Proteínas de Membrana Transportadoras/genética , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Proteínas Associadas à Resistência a Múltiplos Medicamentos/genética , Mutação , Plasmodium falciparum/isolamento & purificação , Doença Relacionada a Viagens
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PLoS Pathog ; 16(7): e1008650, 2020 07.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32628723

RESUMO

Toxoplasma gondii is an obligate intracellular parasite that can invade any nucleated cell of any warm-blooded animal. In a previous screen to identify virulence determinants, disruption of gene TgME49_305140 generated a T. gondii mutant that could not establish a chronic infection in mice. The protein product of TgME49_305140, here named TgPL3, is a 277 kDa protein with a patatin-like phospholipase (PLP) domain and a microtubule binding domain. Antibodies generated against TgPL3 show that it is localized to the apical cap. Using a rapid selection FACS-based CRISPR/Cas-9 method, a TgPL3 deletion strain (ΔTgPL3) was generated. ΔTgPL3 parasites have defects in host cell invasion, which may be caused by reduced rhoptry secretion. We generated complementation clones with either wild type TgPL3 or an active site mutation in the PLP domain by converting the catalytic serine to an alanine, ΔTgPL3::TgPL3S1409A (S1409A). Complementation of ΔTgPL3 with wild type TgPL3 restored all phenotypes, while S1409A did not, suggesting that phospholipase activity is necessary for these phenotypes. ΔTgPL3 and S1409A parasites are also virtually avirulent in vivo but induce a robust antibody response. Vaccination with ΔTgPL3 and S1409A parasites protected mice against subsequent challenge with a lethal dose of Type I T. gondii parasites, making ΔTgPL3 a compelling vaccine candidate. These results demonstrate that TgPL3 has a role in rhoptry secretion, host cell invasion and survival of T. gondii during acute mouse infection.


Assuntos
Proteínas de Protozoários/metabolismo , Toxoplasma/patogenicidade , Toxoplasmose/metabolismo , Fatores de Virulência/metabolismo , Animais , Camundongos , Fosfolipases/genética , Fosfolipases/metabolismo , Proteínas de Protozoários/genética , Toxoplasma/genética , Toxoplasmose/enzimologia , Virulência
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