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Carvalho A.P.M.,Federal University of Minas Gerais | da Conceicao Oliveira Coelho Fabri A.,Federal University of Minas Gerais | da Conceicao Oliveira Coelho Fabri A.,Federal University of Juiz de fora | Correa Oliveira R.,Federal University of Minas Gerais | And 3 more authors.
BMC Infectious Diseases | Year: 2015

Background: The diagnosis of leprosy is based on clinical symptoms of the disease, which may not be sufficient to ensure early diagnosis. The development of effective tools for the early detection of infection, such as rapid tests that can be applied by non-specialists for early-stage leprosy identification, has been considered a research priority and may contribute to overcoming the complications associated with late diagnosis. The aim of this study was to analyze the factors associated with anti-phenolic glycolipid-I (PGL-I) seropositivity among the household contacts of leprosy cases. Methods: A cross-sectional study of individuals from the northeastern municipalities of the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil, was performed. Anti-PGL-I seropositivity was evaluated by assessing specific antibody production using the ML Flow test. A Poisson regression with a robust error variance was used to evaluate the relationship between anti-PGL-I seropositivity and the independent variables investigated. Results: The overall anti-PGL-I seropositivity was 13.5 %, and among the contacts of leprosy cases that were classified as paucibacillary or multibacillary, it was 8.4 and 17.3 %, respectively. The factors associated with the variation of anti-PGL-I seropositivity among the study population were the presence of signs suggestive of leprosy (PR = 3.68; 95 % CI: 1.56-8.71), the operational leprosy classification (PR = 2.17; 95 % CI: 1.22-3.86) and grade 1 (PR = 1.83; 95 % CI: 1.02-3.26) or grade 2 disability (PR = 2.42; 95 % CI: 1.02-5.47) of the index leprosy case. Conclusions: The presence of signs suggestive of leprosy and the operational classification of leprosy cases were associated with anti-PGL-I seropositivity. The serological tests available for leprosy are not considered to be diagnostic tests but can be used as auxiliary assessments in combination with clinical parameters to identify exposed individuals at high risk of developing leprosy and those exhibiting the initial stages of this disease. © 2015 Carvalho et al.; licensee BioMed Central.

Gazzinelli A.,Federal University of Minas Gerais | Gazzinelli A.,Instituto Nacional Of Ciencia E Tecnologia Em Doencas Tropicais Inct Dt | Correa-Oliveira R.,Instituto Nacional Of Ciencia E Tecnologia Em Doencas Tropicais Inct Dt | Yang G.-J.,Jiangsu Institute of Parasitic Diseases | And 2 more authors.
PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases | Year: 2012

In this paper, the Disease Reference Group on Helminth Infections (DRG4), established in 2009 by the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR), with the mandate to review helminthiases research and identify research priorities and gaps, focuses on the environmental, social, behavioural, and political determinants of human helminth infections and outlines a research and development agenda for the socioeconomic and health systems research required for the development of sustainable control programmes. Using Stockols' social-ecological approach, we describe the role of various social (poverty, policy, stigma, culture, and migration) and environmental determinants (the home environment, water resources development, and climate change) in the perpetuation of helminthic diseases, as well as their impact as contextual factors on health promotion interventions through both the regular and community-based health systems. We examine these interactions in regard to community participation, intersectoral collaboration, gender, and possibilities for upscaling helminthic disease control and elimination programmes within the context of integrated and interdisciplinary approaches. The research agenda summarises major gaps that need to be addressed. © 2012 Gazzinelli et al.

de Assis Silva Gomes J.,Federal University of Pernambuco | Garzoni L.R.,Instituto Oswaldo Cruz FIOCRUZ | Waghabi M.C.,Instituto Oswaldo Cruz FIOCRUZ | Saraiva R.M.,Institute Pesquisa Evandro Chagas | And 8 more authors.
Infection and Immunity | Year: 2013

Dilated chronic cardiomyopathy (DCC) from Chagas disease is associated with myocardial remodeling and interstitial fibrosis, resulting in extracellular matrix (ECM) changes. In this study, we characterized for the first time the serum matrix metalloproteinase 2 (MMP-2) and MMP-9 levels, as well as their main cell sources in peripheral blood mononuclear cells from patients presenting with the indeterminate (IND) or cardiac (CARD) clinical form of Chagas disease. Our results showed that serum levels of MMP-9 are associated with the severity of Chagas disease. The analysis of MMP production by T lymphocytes showed that CD8+ T cells are the main mononuclear leukocyte source of both MMP-2 and MMP-9 molecules. Using a new 3-dimensional model of fibrosis, we observed that sera from patients with Chagas disease induced an increase in the extracellular matrix components in cardiac spheroids. Furthermore, MMP-2 and MMP-9 showed different correlations with matrix proteins and inflammatory cytokines in patients with Chagas disease. Our results suggest that MMP-2 and MMP-9 show distinct activities in Chagas disease pathogenesis. While MMP-9 seems to be involved in the inflammation and cardiac remodeling of Chagas disease, MMP-2 does not correlate with inflammatory molecules. ©2013, American Society for Microbiology.

PubMed | Instituto Nacional Of Ciencia E Tecnologia Em Doencas Tropicais Inct Dt and Federal University of Minas Gerais
Type: | Journal: Results in immunology | Year: 2015

In this work were investigated the relationship between Hookworm/Schistosoma mansoni infections and allergy related risk factors in two endemic areas with distinct prevalence of infections and co-infection. The intensity of infections, eosinophilia, allergy risk factors, infections status and anti-Der p1 IgE levels before and 2years (population 1) and 3years (population 2) after anthelmintic treatment, were evaluated. It was observed that the population with lower prevalence and intensity of infection (population 2) had lower eosinophils counts (>600/mm(3)) and higher animal contact than the population with higher parasites intensity (population 1). After anthelmintic treatment the intensity of S. mansoni single infection decreased, but no changes were observed in Hookworm and co-infected individuals. The anthelmintic treatment also enhanced anti-Der p1 IgE optical density in ELISA on the subgroups that became negative for helminth infection regardless of their previous infection condition in population 1. Facing that, we evaluated the anti-Der p1 IgE reactivity index, and the ratio (after/before treatment) was significantly higher in patients co-infected before treatment. On the other hand, no association between anti-Der p1 IgE reactivity index and the intensity of infections were observed. In conclusion, effective anthelmintic therapy of subjects from endemic areas with high prevalence of Hookworm and S. mansoni infections enhances anti-Der p1 IgE levels.

PubMed | Instituto Nacional Of Ciencia E Tecnologia Em Doencas Tropicais Inct Dt and Federal University of Minas Gerais
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Immunobiology | Year: 2015

In the present study, we characterized the phagocytic capacity, cytokine profile along with the FC-R and TLR expression in leukocytes from Chagas disease patients (indeterminate-IND and cardiac-CARD) before and one-year after Bz-treatment (INDT and CARDT). A down-regulation of IL-17, IFN- and IL-10 synthesis by neutrophils was observed in CARDT. The Bz-treatment did not impact on the expression of phagocytosis-related surface molecules or monocyte-derived cytokine profile in INDT. Although CARDT showed unaltered monocyte-phagocytic capacity, up-regulated expression of Fc-RI/III and TLR-4 may be related to their ability to produce IL-10 and TGF-. Down-regulation of lymphocyte-derived cytokine was observed in INDT whereas up-regulated cytokine profile was observed for lymphocytes in CARDT. Analysis of cytokine network revealed that IND displayed a multifaceted cytokine response characterized by strong connecting axes involving pro-inflammatory/regulatory phagocytes and lymphocytes. On the other hand, CARD presented a modest cytokine network. The Bz-treatment leads to distinct cytokine network: decreasing the links in INDT, with a pivotal role of IL-10(+) monocytes and expanding the connections in CARDT. Our findings highlighted that the Bz-treatment contributes to an overall immunomodulation in INDT and induces a broad change of immunological response in CARDT, eliciting an intricate phenotypic/functional network compatible with beneficial and protective immunological events.

Bueno L.L.,Federal University of Minas Gerais | Morais C.G.,Federal University of Minas Gerais | Lacerda M.V.,Fundacao de Medicina Tropical Dr. Heitor Vieira Dourado | Fujiwara R.T.,Federal University of Minas Gerais | And 3 more authors.
Acta Tropica | Year: 2012

Recent evidences have demonstrated the importance of Th17 cells in host defense against infectious diseases. However, little is known about their role in parasitic infections. Here, we showed that uncomplicated acute vivax malaria induce a significant expansion of IL-17-producing CD4 + T cells associated to a pro-inflammatory cytokine profile. Furthermore, we demonstrated a correlation between numbers of IL-17 +CD4 + T cells and circulating CD4 + T-cells producing IFN-γ, IL-10 and TGF-β. Finally, correlations between number of these cells and morbidity or parasitemia were not detected. Further studies are underway to investigate whether IL-17-producing CD4 + T cells are critically involved in the immunity against Plasmodium vivax infection. © 2012 Elsevier B.V.

Real F.,Federal University of São Paulo | Florentino P.T.V.,Federal University of São Paulo | Reis L.C.,University of Sao Paulo | Ramos-Sanchez E.M.,University of Sao Paulo | And 3 more authors.
Cellular Microbiology | Year: 2014

The last step of Leishmania intracellular life cycle is the egress of amastigotes from the host cell and their uptake by adjacent cells. Using multidimensional live imaging of long-term-infected macrophage cultures we observed that Leishmania amazonensis amastigotes were transferred from cell to cell when the donor host macrophage delivers warning signs of imminent apoptosis. They were extruded from the macrophage within zeiotic structures (membrane blebs, an apoptotic feature) rich in phagolysosomal membrane components. The extrusions containing amastigotes were selectively internalized by vicinal macrophages and the rescued amastigotes remain viable in recipient macrophages. Host cell apoptosis induced by micro-irradiation of infected macrophage nuclei promoted amastigotes extrusion, which were rescued by non-irradiated vicinal macrophages. Using amastigotes isolated from LAMP1/LAMP2 knockout fibroblasts, we observed that the presence of these lysosomal components on amastigotes increases interleukin 10 production. Enclosed within host cell membranes, amastigotes can be transferred from cell to cell without full exposure to the extracellular milieu, what represents an important strategy developed by the parasite to evade host immune system. © 2014 The Authors.

Figueiredo B.C.,Tufts University | Figueiredo B.C.,Federal University of Minas Gerais | Figueiredo B.C.,Instituto Nacional Of Ciencia E Tecnologia Em Doencas Tropicais Inct Dt | Da'dara A.A.,Tufts University | And 3 more authors.
PLoS Pathogens | Year: 2015

Schistosoma mansoni is a blood fluke parasite that causes schistosomiasis, a debilitating disease of global public health importance. These relatively large parasites are able to survive prolonged periods in the human vasculature without inducing stable blood clots around them. We show here that the intravascular life stages (schistosomula and adult males and females) can all promote significant plasminogen (PLMG) activation in the presence of tissue plasminogen activator (tPA). This results in the generation of the potent fibrinolytic agent plasmin which could degrade blood clots forming around the worms in vivo. We demonstrate that S. mansoni enolase (SmEno) is a host-interactive tegumental enzyme that, in recombinant form, can bind PLMG and promote its activation. Like classical members of the enolase protein family, SmEno can catalyze the interconversion of 2-phospho-D-glycerate (2-PGA) and phosphoenolpyruvate (PEP). The enzyme has maximal activity at pH 7.5, requires Mg2+ for optimal activity and can be inhibited by NaF but not mefloquin. Suppressing expression of the SmEno gene significantly diminishes enolase mRNA levels, protein levels and surface enzyme activity but, surprisingly, does not affect the ability of the worms to promote PLMG activation. Thus, while SmEno can enhance PLMG activation, our analysis suggests that it is not the only contributor to the parasite’s ability to perform this function. We show that the worms possess several other PLMG-binding proteins in addition to SmEno and these may have a greater importance in schistosome-driven PLMG activation. © 2015 Figueiredo et al.

Dias S.R.C.,Federal University of Minas Gerais | Cunha D.E.S.,Federal University of Minas Gerais | Da Silva S.M.,Federal University of Uberlandia | Dos Santos H.A.,Federal University of Minas Gerais | And 4 more authors.
Parasitology Research | Year: 2013

This study compared the course of infection by Ancylostoma caninum and Ancylostoma braziliense in mixed-breed dogs infected with L3 larvae. Dogs infected with A. caninum eliminated more eggs than did those infected with A. braziliense. A total of 38 % of A. caninum and 44 % of A. braziliense larvae were recovered as adult worms. There were no marked clinical abnormalities in dogs with either infection. A. caninum was associated with anemia and an increased number of circulating neutrophils, whereas infection with A. braziliense led to a decrease in the number of leukocytes. The humoral response against excreted and secreted antigens from adult worms was more sensitive and specific than the response induced with the crude antigen. No immune response was observed for either crude or excreted-secreted (ES) antigens from larvae of either species. A nonspecific response against the crude antigen of A. braziliense was found at 0 and 7 days postinfection and maintained throughout the infection period. However, antibody titers against ES antigens were elevated in A. caninum infection at patency and death, showing that this antigen has a higher specificity. The immune response elicited by infection with A. braziliense in dogs has not been described previously. No significant differences were observed in the infection processes of the two Ancylostoma species, except for the higher number of eggs eliminated from dogs infected with A. caninum, which may indicate a better evolutionary adaptation of the parasite to its host in comparison with A. braziliense. © 2013 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.

Cancado G.G.L.,Federal University of Minas Gerais | Fiuza J.A.,Federal University of Minas Gerais | Fiuza J.A.,Instituto Rene Rachou | De Paiva N.C.N.,Federal University of Ouro Preto | And 10 more authors.
Inflammatory Bowel Diseases | Year: 2011

Background: Several lines of evidence have shown that helminthiasis can significantly reduce disease severity in animal models of intestinal inflammation, airway inflammation/hyperreactivity, diabetes, and multiple sclerosis. Identification and characterization of helminth-derived immunomodulatory molecules that contribute to anticolitis effects could lead to new therapeutic approaches in inflammatory bowel diseases (IBDs) without the need for helminth infection. We evaluated the therapeutic potential of adult human hookworm, Ancylostoma ceylanicum, crude (Aw) and excreted/secreted (ES) products on dextran sulfate sodium (DSS)-induced colitis in BALB/c mice. Methods: Colitis was induced by 5% DSS oral administration for 7 days. Clinical disease severity was monitored daily during concomitant intraperitoneal treatment with helminth-derived products. Additionally, several pathways of immunological modulation induced by A. ceylanicum products (MPO, EPO, Th1, Th2, and Th17 cytokine responses) in the inflamed intestinal microenvironment were assessed. Finally, the histopathological profile of the colon was characterized. Results: Hookworm products are able to modulate the potent proinflammatory response induced by DSS, mainly through the downregulation of Th1 and Th17 cytokines. These proteins also reduce clinical and colonic microscopic inflammation scores as well as EPO and MPO activity. Conclusions: Ancylostoma ceylanicum Aw and ES mediators have an important therapeutic potential in experimental colitis in mice, which may provide a more socially acceptable form of therapy for patients with IBDs as opposed to using living worms. Our results support the urgency of further isolation and recombinant expression of active hookworm products responsible for the beneficial effects on colitis. Copyright © 2011 Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America, Inc.

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