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      Extracts of Tectona grandis and Vernonia amygdalina have anti- Toxoplasma and pro-inflammatory properties in vitro Translated title: Les extraits de Tectona grandis et de Vernonia amygdalina ont des propriétés anti- Toxoplasma et pro-inflammatoires in vitro

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          Tectona grandis (teak) and Vernonia amygdalina (bitter leaf) are plants used in traditional medicine in West Africa. In this study, we tested ethanolic and hydro-ethanolic extracts of bark and leaves of T. grandis and ethanolic extract of leaves of V. amygdalina for their inhibitory effect on Toxoplasma gondii, a protozoan parasite responsible for toxoplasmosis. Ethanolic extract of V. amygdalina leaves had proportional contents of phenols, tannins, flavonoids, and polysaccharides. This extract presented the highest efficacy against T. gondii, the lowest cytotoxicity to mammalian cells, but moderate anti-oxidant activity compared to other plant extracts. Ethanolic extract of T. grandis bark also had elevated anti- T. gondii activity, low cytotoxicity on mammalian cells, and one of the highest anti-oxidant activities. However, the phytochemical content of this extract was not very different from the hydro-ethanolic extract, which had no anti- T. gondii activity. In addition, ethanolic extract of V. amygdalina leaves, but not of T. grandis bark, significantly increased the production of TNF-α and NO by antigen-presenting cells. Both extracts had the tendency to decrease expression of major histocompatibility complex molecules at the surface of antigen-presenting cells, while they did not modulate the percentage of apoptotic cells. A study of signalling pathways would help to determine the mechanisms of action of these plant extracts.

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          Tectona grandis (teck) et Vernonia amygdalina sont des plantes utilisées dans la médecine traditionnelle en Afrique de l’Ouest. Dans cette étude, l’effet inhibiteur d’extraits éthanoliques et hydro-éthanoliques d’écorce et de feuilles de T. grandis et de l’extrait éthanolique des feuilles de V. amygdalina a été étudié sur Toxoplasma gondii, un parasite protozoaire responsable de la toxoplasmose. L’extrait éthanolique des feuilles de V. amygdalina avait des quantités équivalentes de phénols, tanins, flavonoïdes et polysaccharides. Cet extrait présentait la plus grande efficacité contre T. gondii, la plus faible cytotoxicité vis-à-vis de cellules de mammifères, mais une activité anti-oxydante moyenne comparée aux autres extraits de plantes. L’extrait éthanolique d’écorce de T. grandis avait aussi une activité anti- T. gondii élevée, une faible cytotoxicité vis-à-vis des cellules de mammifères et l’une des activités anti-oxydantes les plus élevées. Cependant, le contenu phytochimique de cet extrait n’était pas très différent de l’extrait hydro-éthanolique qui n’avait pas d’activité anti- T. gondii. De plus, l’extrait éthanolique des feuilles de V. amygdalina, mais pas de l’écorce de T. grandis, augmentait significativement la production de TNF-α et de NO par les cellules présentatrices d’antigènes. Les deux extraits avaient tendance à diminuer l’expression des molécules du complexe majeur d’histocompatibilité à la surface des cellules présentatrices d’antigènes alors qu’ils ne modulaient pas le pourcentage de cellules apoptotiques. L’étude des voies de signalisation permettrait de comprendre les mécanismes d’action de ces extraits de plantes.

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              Understanding the relative public health impact of major microbiological hazards across the food supply is critical for a risk-based national food safety system. This study was conducted to estimate the U.S. health burden of 14 major pathogens in 12 broad categories of food and to then rank the resulting 168 pathogen-food combinations. These pathogens examined were Campylobacter, Clostridium perfringens, Escherichia coli O157:H7, Listeria monocytogenes, norovirus, Salmonella enterica, Toxoplasma gondii, and all other FoodNet pathogens. The health burden associated with each pathogen was measured using new estimates of the cost of illness and loss of quality-adjusted life years (QALYs) from acute and chronic illness and mortality. A new method for attributing illness to foods was developed that relies on both outbreak data and expert elicitation. This method assumes that empirical data are generally preferable to expert judgment; thus, outbreak data were used for attribution except where evidence suggests that these data are considered not representative of food attribution. Based on evaluation of outbreak data, expert elicitation, and published scientific literature, outbreak-based attribution estimates for Campylobacter, Toxoplasma, Cryptosporidium, and Yersinia were determined not representative; therefore, expert-based attribution were included for these four pathogens. Sensitivity analyses were conducted to assess the effect of attribution data assumptions on rankings. Disease burden was concentrated among a relatively small number of pathogen-food combinations. The top 10 pairs were responsible for losses of over $8 billion and 36,000 QALYs, or more than 50 % of the total across all pairs. Across all 14 pathogens, poultry, pork, produce, and complex foods were responsible for nearly 60 % of the total cost of illness and loss of QALYs.

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                EDP Sciences
                13 March 2018
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                [1 ] Laboratoire de Physiologie et de Pharmacologie des Substances Naturelles, Faculté des Sciences, Université de Lomé, B.P. 1515, Lomé 01 Togo
                [2 ] ISP, INRA, Université Tours, 37380 Nouzilly France
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                parasite170133 10.1051/parasite/2018014
                © M. Dégbé et al., published by EDP Sciences, 2018

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