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Single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in the β-tubulin isotype 1 gene in codons 167, 198 and 200 have been associated with benzimidazole resistance in some nematodes, although no polymorphisms in this gene have been described in the hookworm Ancylostoma caninum to date. This study aimed to screen for SNPs in the β-tubulin isotype 1 gene at codons 198 and(More)
Helminth parasites cause significant morbidity and mortality in endemic countries. Given the severity of symptoms that helminths may elicit in the host, intervention with prophylactic and therapeutic measures is imperative. Treatment with benzimidazoles is the most widely used means of combatting these parasites. However, widespread use of these drugs can(More)
The tetraprimer ARMS-PCR technique is efficient for SNP detection and can be used to search for polymorphisms associated with drug resistance. However, the establishment of this methodology is not always straightforward because of the constraints on primer design due to the restrictions of the polymorphic regions. Here, we describe the standardization of(More)
Considering the great efforts towards formulating a vaccine against hookworms, and the concerns about the spread of drug resistance through hookworm populations, it is justified to study the molecular diversity and population genetic structure of these nematodes. This work had the aim to develop microsatellite markers to investigate the genetic structure(More)
Mutations in the β-tubulin isotype 1 gene at codons 167 (F167Y), 198 (E198A) and 200 (F200Y) have been associated with benzimidazole resistance in helminths. The F200Y polymorphism has previously been described for Ancylostom caninum; however, the F167Y polymorphism has not been investigated in members of the Ancylostomatidae family. The aim of this study(More)
Although obesity is well established in hamsters, studies using diets with high levels of simple carbohydrate associated with lipids are necessary to assess the impact of this type of food in the body. In this study a high sugar and butter diet (HSB) and high temperature were employed towards this end. Obesity was successfully induced at a temperature of(More)
INTRODUCTION Intestinal parasitoses are a serious public health problem of worldwide nature. These disorders are correlated with poor basic sanitation conditions coupled with lack of basic hygiene notions, and are observed especially among children. Among these parasites, the nematode Ascaris lumbricoides stands out, with high incidence in Brazil and(More)
INTRODUCTION Since intestinal parasites pose public health problems, this work aimed to determine certain epidemiological aspects of these pathologies in elderly individuals from Parnaiba. METHODS Using the method of Hoffman, 294 fecal samples from individuals 65 years-old or over were analyzed. Each participant responded to a questionnaire used for(More)
The existence of cryptic species in the genus Hydatigera, cyclophillid cestodes, mainly of felids, was recently described based on molecular studies of parasites from Asia, Europe and Africa. However, the occurrence of H. taeniaeformis sensu stricto (s.s.), the species more widely distributed and with a presumed specificity for murid rodents as intermediate(More)
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