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Molecular diagnosis of Leishmania infantum chagasi in indigenous comunity of Tapirapé from Mato Grosso State

Grant number: 18/03939-0
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): August 01, 2018
Effective date (End): July 31, 2019
Field of knowledge:Agronomical Sciences - Veterinary Medicine - Preventive Veterinary Medicine
Principal researcher:Arlei Marcili
Grantee:Daniel Sé de Caires Freitas
Home Institution: Universidade de Santo Amaro (UNISA). São Paulo , SP, Brazil


Species of the genus Leishmania parasitize mammals in the New World and have life cycles with alternation between vertebrates and invertebrates. Most species develop in hematophagous arthropods, which may belong to various orders and families. Visceral leishmaniasis is an important zoonosis and has wild and domestic canids as important known reservoirs and the genetic diversity of Leishmania (L.) infantum chagasi in Brazil is not yet known. Leishmaniasis is a severe disease with a wide geographical distribution with an incidence of 2 million cases per year and 350 million people in areas at risk of infection. The objective of this project is to evaluate the presence of Leishmania infantum chagasi in an indigenous community of the Tapirapé ethnic group in the state of Mato Grosso through molecular diagnosis based on the L-like cathepsin gene. The molecular diagnosis will be performed on peripheral blood samples from the residents through the Cathepsin L-like gene.

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