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Long-term control of triatomine bugs in Chagas endemic regions will depend on a full understanding of vector-parasite-host interactions. Herein we describe a cytochrome b multiplex polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-based strategy for blood meal source identification in bug foregut contents. This technique discriminates human from animal blood, and has been(More)
To describe the normal MR anatomy and variations of the distal semimembranosus tendinous arms and the posterior oblique ligament as seen in the three orthogonal planes, to review the biomechanics of this complex and to illustrate pathologic examples. The distal semimembranosus tendon divides into five tendinous arms named the anterior, direct, capsular,(More)
Dengue fever is a growing public health concern around the world and despite vaccine development efforts, there are currently no effective dengue vaccines. In the present study we report the induction of protective antibodies against dengue virus by DNA immunization with domain III (DIII) region of the envelope protein (E) in a mouse model. The DIII region(More)
Neurologic complications associated with dengue fever are in general unusual. However, recent reports evidence more frequent neurologic alterations. In Mexico, neurologic involvement has not been reported in dengue cases. This report demonstrates the detection of dengue virus in the brain of a fatal case of dengue hemorrhagic fever. Serotype 4 was detected(More)
Dengue viruses (DENV) are transmitted to humans by the bite of Aedes aegypti or Aedes albopictus mosquitoes, with millions of infections annually in over 100 countries. The diseases they produce, which occur exclusively in humans, are dengue fever (DF) and dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF). We previously developed a humanized mouse model of DF in which mice(More)
We demonstrated that the infection of humanized NOD-scid IL2r gamma(null) mice with different strains (representing the four genotypes) of dengue virus serotype 2 (DEN-2) can induce the development of human-like disease, including fever, viremia, erythema, and thrombocytopenia. Newborn mice were irradiated and received transplants by intrahepatic(More)
Animal models of dengue virus disease have been very difficult to develop because of the virus' specificity for infection and replication in certain human cells. We developed a model of dengue fever in immunodeficient mice transplanted with human stem cells from umbilical cord blood. These mice show measurable signs of dengue disease as in humans (fever,(More)
The prevalence of antibodies against the repeat epitope of the circumsporozoite protein (cs) of the standard (PV210) and variant (PVK247) strain of Plasmodium vivax was determined by ELISA in 1170 sera from individual residents of seven localities of the Region Huasteca of San Luis Potosi, Mexico. The capture antigens were the synthetic peptides DDAAD and(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the genetic variability of domain III of envelope (E) protein and to estimate phylogenetic relationships of dengue 4 (Den-4) viruses isolated in Mexico and from other endemic areas of the world. MATERIAL AND METHODS A phylogenetic study of domain III of envelope (E) protein of Den-4 viruses was conducted in 1998 using virus strains(More)
Dengue virus (DENV) exists in both sylvatic and urban/ endemic ecotypes (15), and the potential for emergence of sylvatic strains has become a focus of research. Recently Mota and Rico-Hesse (10) attempted to evaluate the pathogenic potential of viruses belonging to different genetic subgroups of DENV serotype 2 (DENV-2). Based on the viremia levels and(More)