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Enterobius vermicularis infection remains one of the most common parasitic infections, particularly prevalent in children. Enterobiasis, although not usually dangerous, may cause significant morbidity. Elimination of the parasite from a family or an institution often poses problems, either because of an incomplete cure or re-infection. While there have been limited reports of ectopic enterobiasis throughout the world, ours is probably one of the rarest reports of recurrent vaginal E. vermicularis infection in the absence of any gastrointestinal symptoms despite complete treatment. A 4-year-old girl presented with recurrent episodes of vulval itching on 3-4 occasions over 2 years. There was no pruritis ani nor urinary/gastrointestinal complaints. The vulva was inflamed with 4-5 living worms, 6-7 mm in length, emerging from the anterior vaginal fornix, but with no vaginal discharge. Direct microscopic examination of vaginal swabs revealed adult worms of Enterobius but no eggs. Repeated stool samples from the patient, parents and a sibling were negative. The patient was treated orally with 100 mg of mebendazole for 3 days followed by two more courses at 3-week intervals over a period of 3 months. Recurrent vaginal enterobiasis despite complete treatment and in the absence of any gastrointestinal involvement suggests that the vagina is a potential reservoir for E. vermicularis, which supports the theory of rare ectopic enterobiasis through the ascending pathway of the female genital tract.
A deworming programme continued over a period of twenty-four months was carried out to study the proportion of livers condemned because of milk spots, which was unacceptably high on a pig-fattening farm in the Province of Limburg, the Netherlands. In order to remove Ascaris suum from the fattening pigs initially present and to prevent subsequent contamination of the houses with worm eggs, three courses of deworming treatment with flubendazole were initiated on the farm. All newly incoming piglets were systematically treated with 2 ml. of 5 per cent levamisole from the beginning of the trial, this treatment being continued from December 1976 to January 1979. A total number of 3,861 animals took part in the trial. Observations in the slaughter-house started within eight months after the first treatment. The proportion of livers condemned wholly or in part had dropped to 3.6 per cent by that time and showed a further decrease to a mean level of 2.4 per cent during the 17-month period of observation. A significant increase of the mean daily growth was observed at the same time. These results were verified by a similar trial on another farm.
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We describe a case of zoonotic anatrichosomiasis in a patient from Illinois. A 44-year-old immigrant from Mexico originally presented with a history of multiple oral ulcers and two submucosal nodules on the dorsal surface of the tongue. An incisional biopsy was taken to assist with diagnosis. Examination of stained sections revealed the presence of a coiled nematode. The histologic examination displayed trichuroid features. Anatomic structures that aided in the identification included esophagus embedded in a prominent stichosome in the anterior end, paired bacillary bands, and small size. The location of the worm within the oral mucosal epithelium also facilitated the diagnosis.
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In this study, mebendazole and ivermectin were tried during three different phases of C. hepatica infection. At an early phase, when immature forms were present both drugs were effective in causing destruction and degeneration of the larvae, thus preventing subsequent growth and maturation and consequently the complete absence of eggs. During the second phase, which is found to be the most critical period the two drugs used led to degeneration and resorption of most of adult worms. In the third phase both mebendazole and ivermectin were effective in decreasing the mean number of eggs. After treatment the topographic changes were in the form of disorganized cuticle of the worms and absence of surface uniformity. Such a disorganized cuticle is vulnerable to be attacked. C. hepatica eggs showed irregularities and longitudinal grooves indicated shrinkage of the shell. The effect of the two drugs indicate that both of them were effective in the treatment of hepatic capillariasis.
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Six drugs in common use for the treatment of parasitic infections of man were given to 18 adult patients suffering from onchocerciasis. None of the six (metronidazole, tinidazole, mebendazole, trichlorophone, oxamniquine and pyrantel pamoate) showed any evidence of substantial activity against the microfilariae or adult worms of O. volvulus. The mean reduction in skin microfilarial counts a week after drug treatment (a measure of microfilaricidal action) was highest in patients treated with trichlorophone (47.0%) and mebendazole (40.0%). The rate of build-up of microfilariae over a follow-up period of 24 months after treatment with the drug under test followed by DEC (a measure of macrofilaricidal action) was slowest in the groups treated with metronidazole and trichlorophone (22.9% and 27.0% of the pre-treatment counts respectively). These results fall short of those expected of drugs with potential value in the treatment of onchocerciasis.
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Alveolar echinococcosis is a rare disorder, which makes a comparison of different treatment modalities within a clinical trial difficult to perform. Data prospectively recorded over a period of 25 years were used to evaluate three therapeutic strategies: benzimidazole therapy alone, complete 'curative' resection followed by 2 years of adjuvant benzimidazole treatment, and partial debulking resection followed by continuous administration of a benzimidazole.
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Flubendazole (FLU) is a widely administered benzimidazole anthelmintic indicated for the control of parasitic diseases in farm animals including pigs and pheasants. This study was designed to test the biotransformation of FLU in control animals and animals treated with FLU in recommended therapeutic doses. The activities of several pheasant and porcine hepatic and intestinal carbonyl reducing enzymes and their modulation by FLU were also studied. Twelve adult pheasant hens, approximately 1 year old, were divided into two groups and treated for 7 days with placebo or 6 mg of FLU/kg of body weight. Eight male hog weaners, approximately 3 month old, were divided into two groups and treated for 5 days with placebo or 1.57 mg of FLU/kg of body weight. Subcellular fractions, prepared from livers and small intestines of control and FLU treated animals, were incubated with FLU. In vitro formation of two main FLU metabolites, reduced FLU, and hydrolyzed FLU were analyzed using HPLC. While FLU was reduced significantly more intensively in FLU-treated pheasants than in control animals, no differences were observed in pigs. These results were confirmed by measuring the enzyme activities: carbonyl reducing enzyme activities were increased in pheasants treated by FLU, whereas FLU did not affect these enzymes in pigs.
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The study population was comprised of 909 children of both sexes between the ages of 2 and 13 from two peri-urban communities: Las Lomas and El Abastos, both in Santa Fe, Argentina. A prospective, longitudinal, quasi-experimental study was carried out in these communities. During the 22-month study period, 5 parasitologic controls were performed and results were qualitatively and quantitatively examined. Treatment with antihelminthic drugs was given at controls 0, 2, 3, and 4. At Las Lomas, selective treatment was administered to those in sample A (n = 55) who were positive for parasites; in El Abasto, mass treatment was given to all children, including those in sample B (n = 50). Both samples received follow-up.
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Glutathione transferases (GSTs) are essential enzymes in many organisms due their diverse functions and, in helminths they are the main detoxification system. For Taenia solium, two cytosolic GSTs with molecular masses of 25.5 and 26.5 kDa (Ts26GST) have been found. Ts26GST was cloned to be studied in its recombinant form (recTs26GST). Although the primary structure is related to the mu class, the kinetic parameters for CDNB (V(max)=51.5 micromol min(-1)mg(-1); K(m)=1.06 mM; k(cat)= 22.2s(-1)) are related with some alpha GSTs. The substrate and inhibitor class markers reaffirmed these bimodal characteristics. Inhibition studies with anthelminthics indicate that recTs26GST is sensitive to mebendazole, displaying a non competitive inhibition pattern suggesting that at least two molecules are binding to recTs26GST. On the other hand, the kinetic curves for CDNB and GSH showed a positive cooperativity that was corroborated using fluorometric assays. Those assays indicate that CDNB binding is highly influenced by GSH, probably by modulation of the Ts26GST conformational ensamble.
The aim of this study was to compare levels of stress proteins in four Trichinella species when exposed to different stressors. Heat shock protein (HSP) 60, 70 and 90 responses were evaluated in infective larvae (L(1)) of four classic Trichinella species following exposure to oxidative, anthelminthic and thermal stress. Larvae of T. nativa, T nelsoni, T. pseudospiralis and T. spiralis were exposed to peroxide shock (0.2%, 1%, or 2% H(2)O(2)for 2h), high temperatures (40 degrees C or 45 degrees C for 2h), or 0.1 microg/ml of the benzimidazole anthelminthics: mebendazole (MBZ), albendazole (ALB) or thiabendazole (TBZ) for 4h. Following exposures, the L(1) were tested for induced morphological changes. Those observed were: (i) no change (in all species exposed to 40 degrees C) (ii) aberrant forms (in all species exposed to anthelminthics, in T. nativa, T. nelsoni and T. spiralis exposed to 45 degrees C, and in T. spiralis and T. nelsoni exposed to 0.2% H(2)O(2)) and (iii) severe degradation or death (in T. nativa and T. pseudospiralis exposed to 0.2% H(2)O(2), and in all species at 1% and 2% H(2)O(2)). In Western blot analyses, L(1) proteins were probed with monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) specific for the three HSPs. Greater changes in HSP levels occurred following H(2)O(2) exposure than with other stresses in all Trichinella species, while accumulation of a 50 kDa HSP was only observed in T. spiralis and T. pseudospiralis. Anthelminthic stress only caused decreased HSP levels in T. nativa. Thermal stress caused no significant changes in the HSP response of any species. It is suggested that other stress proteins (e.g., glucose-regulated proteins) may be involved in adaptation to thermal stress.
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Ascaris pneumonitis in areas of endemic infestation is considered a benign condition. Smoke inhalation with any burn injury can be potentially fatal. A heavy infestation of Ascaris could further exacerbate the smoke-induced lung injury. After ingested eggs hatch in the small intestine, the larvae penetrate the mucosa and invade the blood stream and are then carried to the lungs. The larvae break out into the aveolar spaces as they are too large to cross the capillary bed and are carried up the bronchial tree and eventually swallowed. This study describes three cases of Ascaris infection in thermally injured children. While the burns were < 30 per cent total body surface area, two patients who were injured in the same fire had a further complication of smoke inhalation which necessitated sophisticated therapy in order to promote survival. All patients were treated initially with Vermox. The one patient without smoke inhalation did not develop ascariasis pneumonitis even with positive stool samples and was discharged with no complications, whereas the two with smoke inhalation developed severe pneumonitis. One patient was placed on ECMO and did not receive a full course of the Vermox treatment. This patient died after several weeks of ECMO treatment. The third patient received a full course of Vermox, slowly recovered, and went home. Supportive therapy only is recommended during the lung migration phase of the Ascaris lifecycle. We feel that continuation of chemotherapy (Vermox) would have been beneficial in the fatal case based on the survival of the second patient.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)
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Photo- and thermal-stability of the anthelmintics Albendazole, Mebendazole and Fenbendazole as in solid as in solution form has been investigated, by using a Xenon arc lamp as a radiation source, according to the ICH guideline for the drug stability tests. The degradation process was monitored by a HPLC method. All drugs showed high photosensitivity in solution but a reliable stability in solid form and when exposed to a temperature up to 50 degrees C. Two main degradation products from hydrolysis of the carbamic groups were identified by GC-MS. Validation studies demonstrated high accuracy (recovery 94 to 106%) and precision (RSD under 4.6%) of the HPLC method. The analytical procedure was successfully applied to the control of the drugs in the respective pharmaceutical formulations.
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Clinical assessment of the symptoms and plain chest X-ray led to the correct diagnosis in 228 cases (95%). In six (2.5%), imaging studies such as ultrasonography, computed tomography and nuclear magnetic resonance were required, and in the remaining six cases (2.5%), the diagnosis was established intraoperatively or in the subsequent histopathological study. One hundred and seventy patients (70.8%) presented a solitary lung cyst, while the remaining 70 (29.2%) were found to have multiple cysts in one or more lobes of one or both lungs. In addition, 45 patients (18.7%) presented hepatic cysts and 25 (10.4%) had cysts in other locations. After 18 years of follow-up, the survival rate was 94.6%. Of the surviving patients, 98.3% were free of pulmonary hydatid disease and 95.1% were free of hydatid disease.
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The relation of interferon-gamma (IFN-gamma), IL-4, IL-10 production and specific IgE, total IgG, IgG subclass expression to the effectiveness of pharmacological treatment in human hydatid disease (Echinococcus granulosus infection) was evaluated in 27 hydatid patients divided into four clinical groups according to their response to albendazole/mebendazole therapy (full, partial, low and non-responders). After parasite antigen stimulation, peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) from full responders produced significantly more IFN-gamma (P = 0.038), significantly less IL-4 (P = 0.001) and less IL-10 than PBMC from non-responders. PBMC from partial and low responders produced intermediate cytokine concentrations. ELISA determining immunoglobulin production showed that sera from all non-responders had IgE and IgG4 antibodies, both regulated by IL-4. In contrast to IgG4, IgE decreased rapidly in full responders. Full responders also showed the highest percentage of IgG3 reactions. Qualitative analysis of total IgG responses in hydatid patients' sera determined by immunoblotting showed that binding profiles to hydatid cyst fluid antigen differed in the four groups of treated patients. Non-responders had the highest percentage of reactions to all subunits of antigens 5 and B, and full responders had the highest percentage of reactions to antigen 5 alone. The high IFN-gamma production associated with a lack of IL-4 and low IL-10 production in the full responders, and vice versa the high IL-4 and IL-10 production associated with lack of or low IFN-gamma production in the non-responders implies Th1 cell activation in protective immunity and Th2 cell activation in susceptibility to hydatid disease. IgE may be a useful marker of therapeutic success in hydatid patients with pretreatment specific IgE antibodies. IgG subclass responses and differential immunoglobulin subclass binding pattern to hydatid antigens may also be useful in the immunosurveillance of hydatid disease.
Angiostrongylus cantonensis is the major cause of human eosinophilic meningoencephalitis. ICR mice were infected orally with 35 infective larvae and sacrificed at 4-14 days, 25 days or 32 days post infection (dpi) for pathological and immunocytochemical examinations. In the non-treated group, no apoptosis signal was found in the meninges or parenchyma of the brains (4-14 dpi). Only a few apoptotic cells were noticed at 25 dpi (3%) and 32 dpi (10%). In the groups, the animals were given a single dose of mebendazole (20 mg/kg, per os at various times) or injections of interleukin 12 (IL-12) (10 ng/daily, intraperitoneally), all the animals were sacrificed at 14 dpi; the number of apoptotic cells was increased (17-21%). In the group that received a single dose of mebendazole (4 dpi) in combination with IL-12 injections (4-13 dpi), mild meningitis was observed, and most of the infiltrated inflammatory cells were in the apoptotic program (55%). Taken together, apoptosis of the inflammatory cells (most were eosinophils) could be induced when the infected mice were treated with mebendazole or/and IL-12.
A mixture of 150 mg mebendazole and 30mg pyrantel pamoate was given on 3 consecutive or near-consecutive days to 70 children infected with one or more of Necator americanus, Ascaris lumbricoides, Strongyloides stercoralis, S. fuelleborni-like and Trichuris trichiura. This treatment had an efficacy of 95 per cent for N. americanus infections, 100 per cent for A. lumbricoides, 57 per cent for Strongyloides spp., and 75 per cent for T. trichiura. The results indicate that the treatment given is effective against the infections of N. americanus and A. lumbricoides but is only partially effective for Strongyloides and T. trichiura infections.
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Methyl 5(6)-(alpha-hydroxyphenylmethyl) benzimidazole-2- carbamate, a metabolite of mebendazole, was evaluated against metamorphic forms of Ancylostoma ceylanicum in hamsters, Nippostrongylus brasiliensis in rats and cysticercoids of Hymenolepis nana in grain beetles. The test compound offered better action than mebendazole except against H. nana cysticercoids where the activity of the compound and mebendazole was comparable, but was inferior to the standard cestodicidal drug, praziquantel. The results suggest that the action was better by ip route compared to per os route of drug administration.
Albendazole (Abz) and Mebendazole (Mbz) analogues have been synthesized and in vitro tested against the protozoa Giardia lamblia, Trichomonas vaginalis and the helminths Trichinella spiralis and Caenorhabditis elegans. Results indicate that compounds 4a, 4b (Abz analogues), 12b and 20 (Mbz analogues) are as active as antiprotozoal agents as Metronidazole against G. lamblia. Compound 9 was 58 times more active than Abz against T. vaginalis. Compounds 8 and 4a also shown high activity against this protozoan. Compounds 4b and 5a were as active as Abz. None of the Mbz analogues showed activity against T. vaginalis. The anthelmintic activity presented by these compounds was poor.
The benzimidazole (BZ) anthelmintics, albendazole (ABZ) and mebendazole (MBZ) are the most common drugs used for treatment of soil-transmitted helminths (STHs). Their intensive use increases the possibility that BZ resistance may develop. In veterinary nematodes, BZ resistance is caused by a single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) in the β-tubulin isotype 1 gene at codon position 200, 167 or 198, and these SNPs have also been correlated with poor response of human Trichuris trichiura to BZ treatment. It is important to be able to investigate the presence of resistance-associated SNPs in STHs before resistance becomes clinically established.
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Soil-transmitted helminths (STHs) are the most prevalent intestinal helminths of humans, and a major cause of morbidity in tropical and subtropical countries. The benzimidazole (BZ) drugs albendazole (ABZ) and mebendazole (MBZ) are used for treatment of human STH infections and this use is increasing dramatically with massive drug donations. Frequent and prolonged use of these drugs could lead to the emergence of anthelmintic resistance as has occurred in nematodes of livestock. Previous molecular assays for putative resistance mutations have been based mainly on PCR amplification and sequencing. However, these techniques are complicated and time consuming and not suitable for resource-constrained situations. A simple, rapid and sensitive genotyping method is required to monitor for possible developing resistance to BZ drugs.
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To summarise age- and intensity-stratified associations between human hookworm infection and anaemia and to quantify the impact of treatment with the benzimidazoles, albendazole and mebendazole, on haemoglobin and anaemia in non-pregnant populations.