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For years, microbiologist Stephen Beverley, Ph.D., has tried to get the disease-causing parasite Leishmania in the mood for love.
SAN ANTONIO, March 5 /PRNewswire/ -- A plentiful, inexpensive, topical compound is as effective at treating the skin lesions of Middle Eastern and African leishmaniasis as is the standard therapy, a less-available, costlier compound injected into lesions.
Australian scientists say they have filmed an immune cell as it becomes infected by a parasite and followed the infection as it spread throughout the body. Researchers led by Professor Wolfgang Weninger at the Centenary Institute said they used high powered, multi-photon microscopy that allowed real cells to be viewed in real time. Using multi-photon microscopy, we studied dendritic cells in the skin, Weninger said.
British and Scottish scientists say they've come up with a better way to separate parasites from their host cells, allowing detailed studies of their proteins.
Researchers said on Tuesday it was possible that the mysterious decline in North American bee populations could be due to disease spread to wild bees from commercially bred bees used for pollination in agriculture greenhouses.
Children infected by Chagas disease, endemic in 21 countries in Central and South America, will soon have access to a treatment tailored to their needs.
For years biomedical researchers have known that high density lipoproteins, commonly called HDLs or "good cholesterol," are responsible for protecting humans from certain parasites, but couldn't explain how. Now MBL scientists have discovered that human HDLs work this bug-repelling magic by serving as a platform for the assembly and delivery of two naturally occurring proteins that combine to create a super-toxic antimicrobial.
Visceral leishmaniasis, which is the most severe form of that group of diseases, affects 500 000 people in the world each year. It is caused by a protozoan, Leishmania infantum, transmitted by sand fly bites. There is no vaccine for this disease, which can rapidly lead to death if no treatment is given.
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