Monday, November 09, 2009

Anti-parasitic action and elimination of intracellular Toxoplasma gondii in the presence of novel thiosemicarbazone

Braz J Med Biol Res. 2009 Nov 6. pii: S0100-879X2009005000038. [Epub ahead of print]

Anti-parasitic action and elimination of intracellular Toxoplasma gondii in the presence of novel thiosemicarbazone and its 4-thiazolidinone derivatives

Carvalho CS, de Melo EJ.

Setor de Toxicologia Celular, Laborat├│rio de Biologia Celular e Tecidual, Universidade Estadual do Norte Fluminense, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brasil.

Toxoplasma, which infects all eukaryotic cells, is considered to be a good system for the study of drug action and of the behavior of infected host cells. In the present study, we asked if thiosemicarbazone derivatives can be effective against tachyzoites and which morphological and ultrastructural features of host cells and parasites are associated with the destruction of Toxoplasma. The compounds were tested in infected Vero cell culture using concentration screens (0.1 to 20 mM). The final concentration of 1 mM was chosen for biological assay. The following results were obtained: 1) These new derivatives decreased T. gondii infection with an in vitro parasite IC50% of 0.2-0.7 mM, without a significant effect on host cells and the more efficient compounds were 2, 3 (thiosemicarbazone derivatives) and 4 (thiazolidinone derivative); 2) The main feature observed during parasite elimination was continuous morphological disorganization of the tachyzoite secretory system, progressive organelle vesiculation, and then complete disruption; 3) Ultrastructural assays also revealed that progressive vesiculation in the cytoplasm of treated parasites did not occur in the host cell; 4) Vesiculation inside the parasite resulted in death, but this feature occurred asynchronously in different intracellular tachyzoites; 5) The death and elimination of T. gondii was associated with features such as apoptosis-like stage, acidification and digestion of parasites into parasitophorous vacuoles. Our results suggest that these new chemical compounds are promising for the elimination of intracellular parasites by mainly affecting tachyzoite development at 1 mM concentration for 24 h of treatment.

PMID: 19893994 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

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