Gabriela Hrčková

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Neuropeptide F is the most abundant neuropeptide in parasitic flatworms and is analogous to vertebrate neuropeptide Y. This paper examines the effects of neuropeptide F on tetrathyridia of the cestode Mesocestoides vogae and provides preliminary data on the signalling mechanisms employed. Neuropeptide F (>/=10 microM) had profound excitatory effects on(More)
A case of the human ocular dirofilariosis in 72-year-old man from southern Slovakia is documented. Two days before visiting a doctor he noticed a live worm in his right eye. The eye was inflamed and itching. The worm of 100 mm in length was isolated from the subconjunctival space. On the basis of morphological appearance, histological examination and(More)
Prebiotics modulate microbial composition and ensure a healthy gastrointestinal tract environment that can prevent colon cancer development. These natural dietary compounds are therefore potential chemopreventive agents. Thirty Sprague-Dawley rats (4 months old) were experimentally treated with procarcinogen dimethylhydrazine to induce colon cancer(More)
The nervous systems of helminths are predominantly peptidergic in nature, although it is likely that the full range of regulatory peptides used by these organisms has yet to be elucidated. Attempts to identify novel helminth neuropeptides are being made using immunocytochemistry with antisera raised against peptides isolated originally from insects. One of(More)
An indirect immunocytochemical technique has been interfaced with confocal scanning laser microscopy to investigate the occurrence and distribution of serotoninergic (5-HT) nerve elements in Mesocestoides corti tetrathyridia. Cell bodies and nerve fibers immunoreactive to 5-HT were found concentrated in the innervation around the 4 suckers and associated(More)
The effect of platyhelminth FaRPs and selected classical neurotransmitters on the motility of intact Mesocestoides corti (syn. M. vogae) tetrathyridial larvae was studied in vitro using a micromotility meter. The effects of the test substances were temperature dependent and these were examined at 4, 23, 30 and 36 degrees C. At 36 degrees C all test(More)
The effect of albendazole therapy on the reduction of drugsusceptible and drug-resistant strains of Haemonchus contortus larvae on day 10 post infection (p.i.), distribution and the relative numbers of innate immunity cells — eosinophils/neutrophils and mast cells in the stomach wall of immunosupressed Mongolian gerbils on days 4/1, 7/4, 10/7 and 14/11 post(More)
The experiment was carried out on 24 SPF BALB/c female mice and lasted for 15 days with a 5-day antibiotic (ATB) treatment and then 10 days without ATB treatment. The aim of our study was to acquire an animal model with reduced and controlled microflora and, at the same time, to ensure that the good health of these animals is maintained. Per oral(More)
Serratospiculiasis is a parasitic disease caused by filariid nematodes of the genus Serratospiculum, the subfamily Dicheilonematinae. Serratospiculum spp. parasitizes the air sacs and members of this genus have been found in various species of Falcons, Bald Eagles and Cooper’s Hawk from all around the world. In the present study, infection with(More)
Accumulating evidences have assigned a central role to parasite-derived proteins in immunomodulation. Here, we report on the proteomic identification and characterization of immunomodulatory excretory-secretory (ES) products from the metacestode larva (tetrathyridium) of the tapeworm Mesocestoides corti (syn. M. vogae). We demonstrate that ES products but(More)