Eduardo José Lopes Torres

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The human cases of eosinophilic meningitis recently reported from Brazil have focused the attention of the public health agencies on the role the introduced snail Achatina fulica plays as hosts of the metastrongylid nematodes. Determining the potential of this snail to host and develop infective larval stages of metastrongylids in the wild and identify the(More)
Taking into account the difficulties of taxonomic identification of larval anisakid nematodes based on morphological characters, genetic analyses were performed, together with those usually applied, in order to identify anisakid larvae found in the flounder Paralichthys isosceles from the littoral of the state of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The analysis of(More)
Trichuris thrichomysi n. sp., recovered from the cecum of the wild rodent Thrichomys apereoides from a transition zone between the Atlantic Forest and Cerrado morfoclimatic domains, and its life cycle observed under experimental conditions are described. This new species is closely related to Trichuris travassosi, Trichuris chiliensis and Trichuris fulvi,(More)
Pterygodermatites (Paucipectines) jägerskiöldi Lent and Freitas, 1935, a parasitic nematode of the small intestine of the marsupial Gracilinanus agilis (Mammalia: Didelphidae) from the Pantanal of Mato Grosso do Sul state, and G. microtarsus from Atlantic Forest of Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil, were analyzed by light and scanning electron microscopy.(More)
Achatina (Lissachatina) fulica was introduced in Brazil in the 1980s for commercial purposes ("escargot" farming) and nowadays, mainly by human activity, it is widespread in at least 23 out of 26 Brazilian states and Brasília, including the Amazonian region and natural reserves, where besides a general nuisance for people it is a pest and also a public(More)
Treatment and control of schistosomiasis relies on the only available drug, praziquantel, and the search for alternative chemotherapeutic agents is therefore urgent. Egg production is required for the transmission and immunopathology of schistosomiasis and females of S. mansoni lay 300 eggs daily. A large fraction of the total mRNA in the mature female worm(More)
Between February and August, 2012, thirty specimens of Atlantic moonfish, Selene setapinnis, were purchased in local markets in Niterói, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, with the aim of analyzing the presence of anisakid nematodes, establishing their rates of parasitism and infection sites, due to importance in the sanitary inspection. A total of sixty(More)
The role of halogen atoms in pharmaceutical compounds has been recently revised, due to the weak interaction through the so called "halogen bond" between small molecules and proteins or other biomacromolecules, which could be fundamental for binding at a particular site within the macromolecule. Moreover, thousands of natural halogenated compounds have been(More)
  • Leandro S Silva, Gustavo C Prado, +6 authors Julieta Schachter
  • Microbes and infection
  • 2017
Purine nucleotide synthesis in protozoa takes place exclusively via the purine salvage pathway and S-adenosyl-l-homocysteine hydrolase (SAHH) is an important enzyme in the Plasmodium salvage pathway which is not present in erythrocytes. Here, we describe the antimalarial effect of 2'3'-dialdehyde adenosine or oxidized adenosine (oADO), inhibitor of SAHH, on(More)
Trichuris trichiura is a soil-transmitted helminth which is prevalent in warm, moist, tropical and subtropical regions of the world with poor sanitation. Heavy whipworm can result either in Trichuris dysenteric syndrome - especially in children - or in a chronic colitis. In heavy infections, worms can spread proximally and may cause ileitis. Here we provide(More)