María Reyes Batlle

María Reyes Batlle
Universidad de La Laguna | ULL · Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Paediatrics, Preveantive Medicine and Public Health, Toxicology and Legal Medicine and Forensics and Parasitology

Biology

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August 2016 - present
Universidad de La Laguna
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  • Postoctoral Research, PhD
September 2012 - May 2016
Universidad de La Laguna
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  • PhD Student

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Publications (145)
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Naegleria. fowleri, a protozoa belonging to the free-living amoeba group, is the causative agent of a central nervous system affecting disease that is fatal in more than the 95% of the reported cases. This parasite can be found in warm water bodies such as lakes, rivers or inadequately disinfected swimming pools. On the other hand, chlorination and...
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Statins are effective sterol lowering agents with high amoebicidal activity. Nevertheless, due to their poor aqueous solubility, they remain underused especially in eye drop formulation. The aim of the present study is to develop Pitavastatin loaded nanoparticles suitable for ophthalmic administration and designed for the management of Acanthamoeba...
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Free-living amoebae (FLA) are protozoa which have been reported in different countries worldwide from diverse sources (water, soil, dust, air), contributing to the environmental microbiological contamination. Most of the FLA species present a life cycle with two different phases: an active vegetative and physiologically form named trophozoite, and...
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Free-living amoeba (FLA) group includes the potentially pathogenic genera Acanthamoeba, Naegleria, Balamuthia, Sappinia, and Vermamoeba, causative agents of human infections (encephalitis, keratitis, and disseminated diseases). In Brazil, the first report on pathogenic FLA was published in the 70s and showed meningoencephalitis caused by Naegleria...
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The genus Acanthamoeba is characterized by being a group of ubiquitous and free-living amoebae that inhabit a variety of environments. Generally, human infections by this parasite are associated with Acanthamoeba keratitis, especially in contact lens wearers, and with chronic but fatal granulomatous amoebic meningoencephalitis. Current treatments u...
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Acanthamoeba is a free-living amoeba genus able to cause severe infections, such as Granulomatous amoebic encephalitis (GAE), epithelial disorders and a sight-threatening disease called Acanthamoeba keratitis (AK) [...]
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Objectives: Acanthamoeba keratitis is a severe corneal infection caused by a ubiquitous opportunistic protozoan pathogen known as acanthamoeba. For the last decade, the approach to treating this infection typically includes the use of polyhexamethylene biguanide (0.02%) and/or chlorhexidine (Chx) (0.02%). Although chlorhexidine is reportedly effec...
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Acanthamoeba is a ubiquitous opportunistic protozoan pathogen that is known to cause blinding keratitis and rare, but usually fatal, granulomatous encephalitis. The difficulty in treating infections and the toxicity issues of the current treatments emphasize the need to use alternative agents with amoebicidal activity. The aim of this study was to...
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In recent years, recurrent sea urchin mass mortalities in the Canary Islands have been registered. These mortality-related events have decimated 93% of the eastern Atlantic populations of the barren-forming sea urchin Diadema africanum. Two severe episodes of rough southeastern seas led to winter storms in February 2010 (Xynthia) and February 2018...
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The protozoan parasite Leishmania causes a spectrum of diseases and there are over 1 million infections each year. Current treatments are toxic, expensive, and difficult to administer, and resistance to them is emerging. In this study, we screened the antileishmanial activity of the Pathogen Box compounds from the Medicine for Malaria Venture again...
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Primary amoebic encephalitis (PAM) caused by the opportunistic pathogen Naegleria fowleri is characterized as a rapid and lethal infection of the brain which ends in the death of the patient in more than 90% of the reported cases. This amoeba thrives in warm water bodies and causes infection after individuals perform risky activities such as splash...
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Free-living amoebae of Acanthamoeba spp. are causative agents of human infections such as granulomatous amoebic encephalitis (GAE) and Acanthamoeba keratitis (AK). The exploration of innovative chemical entities from natural sources that induce intrinsic apoptotic pathway or a Programmed Cell Death (PCD) in Acanthamoeba protozoa is essential to dev...
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Efficacious treatments against Acanthamoeba Keratitis (AK) is challenging, often ineffective and linked to the intragenotype variation in the drug efficacy. Increased oxygen can facilitate host response and can inhibit some organisms. Herein, we report the effect of increased oxygen concentrations on Acanthamoeba spp. growth and its effect on ROS (...
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Free-Living Amoebae (FLA) are widely distributed protozoa, which contain some groups considered as pathogenic microorganisms. These members are able to produce several opportunistic diseases including epithelial disorders, such as keratitis and fatal encephalitis. Even though they have been reported in numerous sources, such as soils, dust and wate...
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Acanthamoeba keratitis (AK), a severe sight-threatening corneal infection, has become a significant medical problem, especially among contact lens wearers. The disease manifests as eye pain, congestion, blurred vision, lachrymation, and ring-shaped infiltrates of the cornea, and can lead to permanent blindness. Inappropriate habits of contact lens...
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The main corneal infections reported worldwide are caused by bacteria and viruses but, recently, the number of Acanthamoeba keratitis (AK) cases has increased. Acanthamoeba genus is an opportunistic free living protozoa widely distributed in environmental and clinical sources, with two life-cycle stages: the trophozoite and the cyst. AK presents as...
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The validation of anti-Acanthamoeba activity of commercial eye drops has gained a great interest recently and a growing number of commercials eye drop were evaluated for their aptitude to inhibit Acanthamoeba as a second pharmacological effect. In the present study, three different eye drops, commercializing in Spain, including TobraDex, Cusimolol...
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Protozoan pathogens that cause neglected tropical diseases are a major public health concern in tropical and developing countries. In the course of our ongoing search for new lead compounds as potential antiprotozoal agents, this study aims to perform a bio-guided fractionation of Pituranthos battandieri, using an in vitro assay against Leishmania...
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Recently, indoor swimming pool activities have increased to promote health‐enhancing physical activities, which require establishing suitable protocols for disinfection and water quality control. Normally, the assessment of the microbial quality of the water in the pools only considers the presence of different bacteria. However, other less frequen...
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Primary Amoebic Encephalitis due to Naegleria fowleri species is a fatal infection of the Central Nervous System mostly affecting children and young adults. Infections often occur after performance of risk activities in aquatic habitats such as swimming and splashing. PAḾs therapy remain a key issue to be solved which needs an urgent development. R...
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Opportunistic parasitic protozoa of genus Acanthamoeba are responsible to cause severe infections in humans such as Acanthamoeba Keratitis or Amoebic Granulomatous Encephalitis. Current treatments are usually toxic and inefficient and there is a need to access new therapeutic agents. The antiamoebic effects of nephthediol (1) and fourteen germacran...
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Primary amoebic meningoencephalitis (PAM), caused by the pathogenic free-living amoeba Naegleria fowleri, is a rare but fatal disease. Nowadays, no fully effective therapy is available to erradicate or prevent this disease. Natural products could constitute a promising source of useful bioactive compounds in drug discovery. The present study is a c...
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The in vitro activity against Leishmania spp. of five novel designed compounds, phenalenone derivatives, is described in this study. Previous works have shown that some phenalenones present leishmanicidal activity, some of which could induce programmed cell death events in L. amazonensis parasites. In this research, we focused on the determination...
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Pathogenic and opportunistic free-living amoebae such as Acanthamoeba spp. can cause keratitis (AK), which may ultimately lead to permanent visual impairment or blindness. Acanthamoeba can also cause a rare but usually fatal granulomatous amoebic encephalitis (GAE). Current therapeutic options for AK require a lengthy treatment with nonspecific dru...
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Abstract Primary amoebic encephalitis (PAM) is a lethal disease caused by the opportunistic pathogen, Naegleria fowleri. This amoebic species is able to live freely in warm aquatic habitats and to infect children and young adults when they perform risk activities in these water bodies such as swimming or splashing. Besides the need to increase awar...
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Members of the genus Naegleria are free-living amoebae that are widely distributed in water and soil environments. Moreover, Naegleria fowleri is a pathogenic amoeba species that causes a fatal disease in the central nervous system known as primary amoebic meningoencephalitis (PAM) in humans. Since most reported infections due to N. fowleri are rep...
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Interest in periocular (eyelid and eyelashes margins) hygiene has attracted attention recently and a growing number of commercials eye cleanser and shampoos have been marketed. In the present study, a particular eye cleanser foam, Belcils® has been tested against trophozoites and cysts on the facultative pathogen Acanthamoeba. Viability was tested...
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The use of freshwater in agricultural systems represents a high percentage of total water consumption worldwide. Therefore, alternative sources of water for irrigation will need to be developed, particularly in arid and semi-arid areas, in order to meet the growing demand for food in the future. The use of recycled wastewater (RWW), brackish water...
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Naegleria fowleri is the causative agent of a type of encephalitis called Primary Amoebic Encephalitis (PAM). Almost 98 % of PAM cases reported worldwide are fatal and affect mostly immunocompetent children and young adults. The current therapeutic option against PAM cases includes a combination of miltefosine, amphotericin B and other drugs which...
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Neglected tropical diseases such as leishmaniasis and American trypanosomiasis represent an increasing health problem. Current treatments are not satisfactory which remains an urgent need for novel, cheap and safe che-motherapies. In the course of our ongoing search for new potential anti-protozoal agents, this study aimed to perform a bio-guided f...
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Naegleria fowleri is an opportunistic pathogenic free-living amoeba which is able to rapidly colonize the central nervous system (CNS) and causes a lethal infection known as primary amoebic meningoencephalitis (PAM). Furthermore, more than 98% of the known cases of PAM are fatal and affect mainly children under 12 and young adults. Until now, no fu...
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Free living, cosmopolitan amoebae from Acanthamoeba genus present a serious risk to human health. As facultative human parasites, these amoebae may cause Acanthamoeba keratitis (AK). Acanthamoeba keratitis is a severe, vision-threatening corneal infection with non-specific symptoms. The number of reported AK cases worldwide has been increasing ever...
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Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a potentially non-invasive therapeutic strategy that involves the use of a photosensitizing agent molecule capable to absorb light at a specific wavelength and to transfer the absorbed energy to generate singlet oxygen. This oxidizing agent reacts with double bonds of membrane phospholipids and sterols present in biolo...
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The establishment of an effective therapeutic agent against Acanthamoeba keratitis (AK), remains until present, an issue to be solved due to the existence of a cyst stage in the life cycle of Acanthamoeba. Moreover, the effectiveness of the current standard therapeutic agents varies depending on the tested Acanthamoeba strains and its resistance pa...
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A collection of N-substituted quinolin-2(1H)-ones were screened against a panel of clinically relevant protozoa (Leishmania, Trypanosoma and Acanthamoeba). Three quinolin-2(1H)-one compounds were identified as selective anti-Acanthamoeba agents. Further assessment revealed that these compounds were active against both trophozoite and cyst forms of...
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The genus Naegleria, of the free-living amoeba (FLA) group, has been investigated mainly due to its human health impact, resulting in deadly infections and their worldwide distribution on freshwater systems. Naegleria fowleri, colloquially known as the “brain-eating amoeba,” is the most studied Naegleria species because it causes primary amoebic me...
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Background: The in vitro activity against Leishmania spp. of a novel group of compounds, phenalenone derivatives, is described in this study. Previous studies have shown that some phenalenones present leishmanicidal activity, and induce a decrease in the mitochondrial membrane potential in L. amazonensis parasites, so in order to elucidate the evi...
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The genus Naegleria, of free-living amoeba (FLA) group, has been investigated mainly due to its human health impact resulting in deadly infections and their worldwide distribution on freshwater systems. Naegleria fowleri, colloquially known as the “brain-eating amoeba”, is the most studied Naegleria species because it causes Primary Amoebic Meningo...
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Leishmaniasis is a tropical disease caused by protozoans of the genus Leishmania. According to WHO (World Health Organization), leishmaniasis affects around 12 million people in 98 countries from Africa, Asia, America and Europe [1]. In Algeria, leishmaniasis remains a major public health problem, where, it classified cutaneous and visceral leishma...
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Leishmaniasis remains a major world health problem, and in particular, Algeria ranks second for the incidence of cutaneous leishmaniasis. Pulicaria inuloides is a well-known Arabian Peninsula medicinal plant. In the present study, the chloroform, ethyl acetate and n-butanol extracts from the roots of Pulicaria inuloides were analyzed for antioxidan...
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Indolocarbazoles are a family of natural alkaloids characterized by their potent protein kinase and topoisomerase I inhibitory activity. Among them, staurosporine (1) has exhibited promising inhibitory activity against parasites. Based on new insights on the activity and mechanism of action of STS in Acanthamoeba parasites, this work reports the is...
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Leishmaniasis and American trypanosomiasis are parasitic diseases that cause significant clinical, social and economic impact on the population of tropical and subtropical countries. Their current treatment is limited and presents multiple drawbacks, including high toxicity, high cost, lengthy treatment plans, as well as the emergence of resistant...
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The current chemotherapy of Acanthamoeba keratitis relies on few drugs with low potential and limited efficacy, for all this there is an urgent need to identify new classes of anti-Acanthamoeba agents. In this regard, natural products play an important role in overcoming the current need and medicinal chemistry of natural products represents an att...
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Recently, the search for novel therapeutic agents against Acanthamoeba species has been focused on the evaluation of natural resources. Among them, marine microorganisms have risen as a source of bioactive compounds with the advantage of the ability to obtain unlimited and constant amounts of the compounds in contrast to other natural sources such...
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Naegleria fowleri causes a deadly disease called primary amoebic meningoencephalitis (PAM). Even though PAM is still considered a rare disease, the number of reported cases worldwide has been increasing each year. Among the factors to be considered for this, awareness about this disease, and also global warming, as these amoebae thrive in warm wate...
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Acanthamoeba genus is a widely distributed and opportunistic parasite with increasing importance worldwide as an emerging pathogen in the past decades. This protozoan has an active trophozoite stage, a cyst stage, and is dormant and very resistant. It can cause Acanthamoeba keratitis, an ocular sight-threatening disease, and granulomatous amoebic e...
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Acanthamoeba is a free-living amoebae genus which is present worldwide in natural and artificial environments. These amoebae are clinically important as causative agents of diseases in humans and other animals such as a fatal encephalitis or a sight threatening Acanthamoeba keratitis (AK). Lately; studies have focused on the search of novel therape...
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Objective: To evaluate the combination of several statins (atorvastatin, fluvastatin and simvastatin) and azoles (voriconazole, posaconazole and itraconazole) against Acanthamoeba spp. Methods: The efficiency of the different drug combinations against the trophozoite stage of different Acanthamoeba strains was evaluated by Alamar Blue assay. Effect...
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Acanthamoeba are free living amoeba that have been isolated from different environments like soil, water, air dust. Moreover, they are also able to act as opportunist pathogens, mainly causing a fatal encephalitis and also keratitis in both human and animals. This study was aimed to evaluate the activity of the Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV)co...
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Introduction Saline groundwater desalination has recently emerged as an alternative source of irrigation water in arid and semiarid regions due to the gradual reduction in the quantity and quality of conventional water resources for agricultural use. In Fuerteventura Island (Spain), an extremely arid territory in the European Union, brackish water...
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In this work, the presence of free-living amoebae (FLA) in dishcloths collected from human activity related places was evaluated. Once in the laboratory, 6 cm² pieces of each dishcloth were cut and washed with Page’s Amoeba Solution (PAS) in sterile tubes. After washing, the dishcloth pieces were removed, and the tubes were centrifuged (1500 rpm fo...