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Title: Rigidity and resistance of larval- and adult schistosomes-medium interface

Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Schistosoma larvae and worms are studied by neutron scattering. • Measurements on larvae were repeated after one day and by increasing temperature. • The flexibility properties of larvae and adult parasites are compared. • The parasite rigidity is related to their resistance to the hostile environment. • Insight into the parasite defense mechanisms to the immune system attack is achieved. - Abstract: Schistosomiasis is second only to malaria in prevalence and severity, and is still a major health problem in many tropical countries worldwide with about 200–300 million cases and with more than 800 million people at risk of infection. Based on these data, the World Health Organization recommends fostering research efforts for understanding at any level the mechanisms of the infection and then decreasing the social and economical impact of schistosomiasis. A key role is played by the parasite apical lipid membrane, which is entirely impervious to the surrounding elements of the immune system. We have previously demonstrated that the interaction between schistosomes and surrounding medium is governed by a parasite surface membrane sphingomyelin-based hydrogen barrier. In the present article, the elastic contribution to the total motion as a function of the exchanged wave-vectormore » Q and the mean square displacement values for Schistosoma mansoni larvae and worms and Schistosomahaematobium worms have been evaluated by quasi elastic neutron scattering (QENS). The results point out that S. mansoni larvae show a smaller mean square displacement in comparison to S. mansoni and S. haematobium worms. These values increased by repeating the measurements after one day. These differences, which are analogous to those observed for the diffusion coefficient we previously evaluated, are interpreted in terms of rigidity of the parasite-medium interaction. S. mansoni larvae are the most rigid systems, while S. haematobium worms are the most flexible. In addition, temperature and hypoxia induce a weakening of the schistosome-medium interaction. These evidences are related to the strength of the hydrogen-bonded interaction between parasites and environment that we previously determined. We have shown that S. mansoni worms are characterized by a weakened interaction in respect to the larvae, while the S. haematobium worms more weakly interact with the surrounding medium than S. mansoni. The present QENS analysis allowed us to characterize the rigidity of larval- and adult S. mansoni and S. haematobium-host interface and to relate it to the parasite resistance to the hostile elements of the surrounding medium and to the immune effectors attack.« less
Authors:
 [1] ; ;  [2]
  1. Department of Physics and Earth Sciences, University of Messina, 98166 Messina (Italy)
  2. Zoology Department, Faculty of Science, Cairo University, Cairo 12613 (Egypt)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22416342
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications; Journal Volume: 446; Journal Issue: 1; Other Information: Copyright (c) 2014 Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam, The Netherlands, All rights reserved.; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
60 APPLIED LIFE SCIENCES; ANOXIA; COMPARATIVE EVALUATIONS; DIFFUSION BARRIERS; HUMAN POPULATIONS; HYDROGEN; LARVAE; LIPIDS; MALARIA; MEMBRANES; NEUTRON DIFFRACTION; SCHISTOSOMA; SCHISTOSOMIASIS; SURFACES