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Iron and Parasites


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1Centro de Investigación y de Estudios Avanzados del Instituto Politécnico Nacional (CINVESTAV-IPN), México, Mexico

2Institute of Biomedical Sciences (IBMS), Taipei, Taiwan

3Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Lima, Peru


Iron and Parasites

Description

Iron is a vital transition metal for almost all organisms. Because of its toxicity and to prevent invaders from utilizing this element, mammals sequester the iron in proteins. In fact, in the host, iron homeostasis is carefully regulated and extracellular free iron is virtually null and unavailable to any intruder. Nonetheless, parasites depend absolutely on host iron for survival and often have a high iron requirement for growth, metabolism, and virulence. Thus, parasites have evolved diverse clever strategies to acquire this metal from host iron-containing proteins, and parasites in turn also show a perfect iron homeostasis of their own iron. Hence, iron plays a central role in the host-parasite relationship; this is a noteworthy subject of several disciplines in Biology. We invite authors to submit original research and review articles that will provide new insights to understand the complex interaction between eukaryotic parasites (protozoa and macroparasites, extracellular and intracellular stages, hemoparasites, and blood-sucker parasites, etc.) and iron and its impact in the host-parasite interplay. We are interested in all aspects that explore host-parasite interactions modulated by iron, in both humans and animals affected by parasitic diseases and how to take advantage of this knowledge to help resolve these infections.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • The parasite iron-uptake mechanisms and their importance in the process for virulence
  • Mechanisms for iron acquisition from free iron, iron-containing, iron-transporting, and iron-storage proteins in parasites
  • Receptors, endocytosis, and signal transduction pathways for iron sources in parasites
  • Iron-containing enzymes and proteins needed for parasitism
  • Host iron-withholding mechanisms to control parasitism
  • Iron detoxification in parasites including novel enzymatic pathways
  • Parasitism outcome depending on iron availability during infection, i.e. anemia, and sideremia
  • Evolution of the mechanisms of iron-dependent parasitism
  • Iron regulation mechanisms in parasites
  • Genomics, transcriptomics, and proteomics of parasites in response to iron levels
  • Host iron responses in parasitic diseases
  • Clinical trials to test drugs related to parasitic diseases depending on iron
  • Vaccines based on parasite iron receptors or iron-binding proteins
  • Iron-chelating drugs used to control parasitic diseases
  • Animal models relevant to the study of iron regulation/acquisition pathways
  • New methods to measure iron and iron-binding proteins

Articles

  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2015
  • - Article ID 291672
  • - Editorial

Iron and Parasites

Rossana Arroyo | Theresa Ochoa | ... | Mireya de la Garza
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2015
  • - Article ID 946787
  • - Review Article

Trichomonas vaginalis Cysteine Proteinases: Iron Response in Gene Expression and Proteolytic Activity

Rossana Arroyo | Rosa Elena Cárdenas-Guerra | ... | Jaime Ortega-López
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2015
  • - Article ID 476534
  • - Review Article

Strategies of Intracellular Pathogens for Obtaining Iron from the Environment

Nidia Leon-Sicairos | Ruth Reyes-Cortes | ... | Adrian Canizalez-Román
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2015
  • - Article ID 375836
  • - Research Article

Binding and Endocytosis of Bovine Hololactoferrin by the Parasite Entamoeba histolytica

Guillermo Ortíz-Estrada | Víctor Calderón-Salinas | ... | Mireya de la Garza
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2015
  • - Article ID 641392
  • - Review Article

Transferrin: Endocytosis and Cell Signaling in Parasitic Protozoa

Magda Reyes-López | Carolina Piña-Vázquez | Jesús Serrano-Luna
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2015
  • - Article ID 819389
  • - Review Article

Iron Homeostasis and Trypanosoma brucei Associated Immunopathogenicity Development: A Battle/Quest for Iron

Benoit Stijlemans | Alain Beschin | ... | Patrick De Baetselier
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2015
  • - Article ID 416712
  • - Research Article

Iron-Binding Protein Degradation by Cysteine Proteases of Naegleria fowleri

Moisés Martínez-Castillo | Gerardo Ramírez-Rico | ... | Mineko Shibayama
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