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Infection, Genetics and Evolution xxx (2003) xxx–xxx Identification of Trypanosoma brucei circulating in a sleeping sickness focus in Cˆote d’Ivoire: assessment of genotype Vincent Jamonneau , Christian Barnabé , Mathurin Koffi , Bocar Sané , Gérard Cuny , Philippe Solano a Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD), UR 035, Laboratoire de Recherche et de Coordination sur les Trypanosomoses, Programme Santé Animale, TA 207/G, Campus Internationnal de Baillarguet, 34398 Montpellier Cedex 5, France b Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD), Génétique des Maladies Infectieuses, UR 062, UMR CNRS-IRD 9926, B.P. 64501, 34394 Montpellier Cedex 5, France c Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD), UR 035, Centre Pierre Richet, 01 B.P. 1500 Bouaké, Cˆote d’Ivoire, France Received 27 February 2003; received in revised form 11 April 2003; accepted 11 April 2003 Abstract
Genetic studies of Trypanosoma brucei have been mainly based on rodent inoculation (RI) for isolation of trypanosome strains. However, Trypanosoma brucei gambiense is difficult to grow in rodents. The development and use of the Kit for In Vitro Isolation (KIVI) oftrypanosomes has led to a better isolation success. However, some authors report a genetic monomorphism in T. b. gambiense, and theextensive use of the KIVI was suspected as being responsible for this low genetic diversity. In the present work, trypanosome stocks wereisolated from both humans and pigs in an active sleeping sickness focus in Cˆote d’Ivoire. Two methods were simultaneously used forthis purpose: KIVI and rodent inoculation. None of the human stocks grew in rodents. Some of the stocks originating from pigs could beisolated with both methods. Each of these stocks (from the same pig) showed a different isoenzymatic pattern according to the isolationmethod used. All the human stocks identified belonged to the major zymodeme 3 of T. b. gambiense group 1, whereas the stocks isolatedfrom pigs belonged to a new group of zymodemes even if they were genetically closely related. These observations may have significantimplications when analysing the population structure of T. brucei, and also raise again the question of the importance of the animal reservoirin Human African Trypanosomiasis (HAT).
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Keywords: Trypanosoma brucei; Isoenzyme electrophoresis; Kit for In Vitro Isolation (KIVI); Rodent inoculation; Animal reservoir; Cˆote d’Ivoire 1. Introduction
phenomenon in natural populations remains a controversialissue that needs to be clarified since it has great implications The species Trypanosoma brucei sensu lato is classi- on the epidemiology and control of the disease cally divided into three subspecies on the basis of human infectivity and geographical distribution, as they are mor- In addition, within T. b. gambiense, acute cases have also phologically indistinguishable: Trypanosoma brucei gambi- ense is responsible for the chronic form of Human African to controversy on the subspecies classification of T. brucei Trypanosomiasis (HAT) in West and Central Africa, T. b. s.l. Biochemical and molecular markers have been used ex- rhodesiense the agent of acute form in East Africa, and T. tensively in an attempt to establish a reliable classification.
b. brucei considered as not pathogenic for humans. T. bru- The only group which can be considered as a taxonomic cei s.l. has been shown to undergo sexual recombination in unit is the one defined as T. b. gambiense group 1 ( the laboratory (but the frequency of this which represents 80% of all West and Central Africanhuman isolates. Other trypanosome strains isolated in Westand Central Africa which did not belong to this group were ∗ Corresponding author. Tel.: +33-4-67-59-39-19; classified in a very heterogeneous T. b. gambiense group 2, E-mail address: vincent.jamonneau@mpl.ird.fr (V. Jamonneau).
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of the importance of the animal reservoir.
The positive KIVI were sub-inoculated in Cunningham’s In most of the genetic studies of trypanosomes isolated from human and animal mentioned earlier, isolation of try- serum and antibiotics, according to the protocol described panosomes has been achieved by inoculation of infected blood to laboratory rodents and multiplication by in vivo culture. However, due to low virulence of T. b. gambiense For each patient, one heparinized tube of 5 ml of blood in rodents, there has been insufficient field sampling for was taken by venepuncture. For each pig, one heparinized tube of 5 ml of blood was taken from the jugular vein. From been developed for in vitro isolation of trypanosomes in the each heparinized tube (human and pig), 0.5 ml of blood were injected intraperitoneally in two mice. The mice were in- medium allowed the transformation from bloodstream form oculated with cyclophosphamide (Endoxan, 300 mg/kg) 2 to procyclic form, the later being easily cultivated on axenic days after blood injection and then every 5 days, and were followed up during 2 months by microscope examination successful genetic identification of trypanosomes from hu- of a fresh drop of blood from the tail, every 3 days from mans, domestic and wild animals from field studies ( the 6th day after inoculation. When parasitaemia became high (108 trypanosomes/ml), blood from the mouse was pas- saged in rats. When the parasitaemia in the rat reached 108 biense displayed very little genetic diversity using several trypanosomes/ml, a cardiac puncture was made, and try- biochemical and molecular markers on a several years sam- panosomes from the blood were filtered by using a macro pling of trypanosomes isolated from humans in various foci of Cˆote d’Ivoire. They suggested that the exhaustive use of parasites were conserved into liquid nitrogen until used.
of the KIVI might be responsible for this apparent low ge-netic diversity. For instance, there has not been any stock of 2.3. Multilocus enzyme electrophoresis the Bouafle group isolated from humans since the KIVI hasbeen used as the isolation technique. Hence, the aim of the Proteins were extracted from the pellets according to present work was to compare genetically by Multilocus en- zyme electrophoresis (MLEE), trypanosomes isolated from lose acetate plates (Helena®) and 10 enzymatic systems rep- humans and pigs in a HAT focus in Cˆote d’Ivoire, by using resenting 13 loci were revealed: ALAT (EC. 2.6.1.2), GOT two isolation techniques for each sample: KIVI and rodent (EC. 2.6.1.1), Nhi (EC. 3.2.2.1), Nhd (EC. 3.2.2.1), ME (EC.
1.1.1.40), PEP-2 (EC. 3.4.11), MDH (EC. 1.1.1.37), IDH(1.1.1.42), PGM (EC. 2.7.5.1) according to and SOD (EC. 1.15.1.1) ac- 2. Materials and methods
cording to chemicals were obtainedfrom Sigma®. For analysis procedure, UPGMA dendrogram was built, starting with the Jaccard’s genetic distances (d,calculated from MLEE results for visualiz- The study was undertaken in the focus of Bonon (6◦55 ing the relationships between the stocks N, 6◦ W), in the pre-forest zone of Central-western Cˆote Reference stocks of T. b. brucei and T. b. gambiense d’Ivoire. From a total of 74 patients diagnosed with HAT groups 1 and Bouafle were included, as well as stocks of during a medical survey conducted in April 2000, the first Trypanosoma congolense-like groups for the UPGMA com- 16 patients who gave their consent after explanation of the parison (Reference stocks had been isolated using objective and rationale of the study were used in this work.
the KIVI method during or after 1991, those before 1991 Patients were treated by medical staff of the National Control Program following the protocols approved by the Ministryde la Santé of Cˆote d’Ivoire. Stocks were isolated from these16 patients using both the KIVI and RI methods (see below).
3. Results
Within the same focus, in the localities where patients werefound, blood was taken from a total of 18 pigs, and was Of the 16 KIVI performed on human samples, 12 (pa- inoculated in both KIVI and rodent for each of them.
tients, 1–12) gave a positive result (75%; Unfor-tunately, RI was negative for all 16 patients. Thus, stocks of patients 13–16 could not be isolated by either KIVI orRI. Both the KIVI and RI gave a positive result for 8 out of In the field, KIVI were kept in the shade at ambient tem- 18 pig samples (samples, 17–24). Of the 10 remaining pigs, perature (25–30 ◦C) until arrival in the laboratory, where they five stocks were isolated only by KIVI (samples, 25–29), were maintained at 27 ◦C. Three examinations a week were while five pigs gave a negative result with both KIVI and RI V. Jamonneau et al. / Infection, Genetics and Evolution xxx (2003) xxx–xxx Table 1Reference stocks used for MLEE characterization with corresponding zymodeme and taxonomic identification Kob, Kobus kob; Hartebeest, Alcelaphus buselaphus; CI, Cˆote d’Ivoire; Zym., Zymodeme; T. b. g 1, Trypanosoma brucei gambiense group 1; T. b. bfl,Trypanosoma brucei Bouafle group, T. cong., Trypanosoma congolense; Ref.: 1, 2, 3, 4,5, (samples, 30–34). Thus, KIVI and RI were positive for 13 isolated from human by KIVI were 1-2-4, from pig by KIVI and 8 out of 18 pigs, respectively, (72.2 and 44.4%, respec- were 1-3-5, and from pig by RI were 1-5. The SOD system was the most polymorphic, but the two different patterns ob- As RI was negative for all human subjects, stocks isolated served for SODa and the four patterns observed for SODb by KIVI from humans were named stocks 1–12 ( were not specific for neither the host of origin nor the iso- Stocks isolated by KIVI from pig were named “no. of the pig KIVI” and stocks isolated by RI were named “no. of the All the stocks isolated from humans belonged to zy- pig Rod.”. For instance, pig no. 19, positive by both KIVI modeme 3 (Z3), like the Sique reference stock and RI, gave two stocks: 19 KIVI and 19 Rod.
Stocks isolated from pig by either KIVI or RI Isoenzyme patterns of all stocks isolated are detailed in showed different patterns corresponding to six new zy- Stocks were grouped by zymodeme. For exam- modemes, which we named, Z44–Z49. Within the group of ple, 19 KIVI, 23 KIVI and 27 KIVI belonged to the same stocks isolated from pigs with RI, nearly all were monomor- zymodeme, Z44. Of the 13 loci analyzed, 7 (IDH, MDH, phic except 19 Rod., which differed from the others by ME1, NHi1, Nhi2, NHd and PGM) were monomorphic for SODb (3-5-7 no. 3-7). Within the group of stocks isolated all stocks. The phenotypes ALAT (6-7-8), ME2 (1-2-3) and from pigs with KIVI, some variation occurred at loci SODa PEP-2 (1-2-4) were specific to stocks isolated from humans.
and SODb. Each pig sample that could be isolated using the Locus GOT gave a diagnostic pattern for each isolation two methods (KIVI and RI) resulted in two different zy- method (5-7-8 for KIVI and 8 for RI). Locus PEP-2 was di- modemes according to the isolation method; this constitutes agnostic for both isolation method and host of origin: stocks the most important result of this study.
Phenetic relationships between zymodemes (including the reference stocks and the new zymodemes) are shown in the dendrogram (Three groups of zymodemes can be Isolation results for both the KIVI and the rodent inoculation, performed seen: the first one groups the Bouafle group reference stocks on the 16 patients and the 18 pigs of our study except Z7, the second one groups the gambiense group 1 ref- erence stocks including Z3, and the third one is constituted by Z7 and the new zymodemes isolated from pig using both KIVI and RI. These new zymodemes are genetically close to each other and seem to be different from both the bouafle (except Z7) and the gambiense group 1 stocks. It should be noted that this observation does not support those of V. Jamonneau et al. / Infection, Genetics and Evolution xxx (2003) xxx–xxx Table 3Isoenzyme patterns of the stock isolated and corresponding zymodemes (Z.) Rd., Rodent; Meth., Isolation method; numbers indicate presence of patterns at a given locus.
patterns were specific: (i) SODa 3-6-7-12-14, SODb 3-5 noted that the following loci were monomorphic: IDH, NHd, for gambiense group 1, and (ii) SODa 1-2-5-11-13, SODb NHi, PGM. We obtained the same results as theirs for the 3-7 for Bouafle group. Some stocks of our study isolated from pig presented these two kinds of pattern (Z46 is SODa differentiated procyclic and bloodstream forms. But, on 3-6-7-12-14, SODb 3-5 and both Z44 and Z49 are SODa other loci we obtained different results: 1-2-5-11-13, SODb 3-7, see while they cluster out found some polymorphism on ALAT and MDH that they still of these two groups. It should be noted that the bootstrap attributed to metabolic differences. In our work, MDH and values corresponding to the three groups of zymodemes are ALAT showed the same pattern whatever the isolation tech- nique used, and ALAT was polymorphic but regardless of thelifecycle stage. Furthermore, we observed some polymor-phism on other loci that were not polymorphic in the work 4. Discussion
of ME, PEP-2, SOD. Since differentpatterns were also observed on stocks isolated by the same In this work carried out in Cˆote d’Ivoire, stocks from technique, we may conclude that this polymorphism was sleeping sickness patients and pigs from the same area were not only due to differences of trypanosome lifecycle stages isolated simultaneously by two isolation methods, KIVI but probably corresponds to an intrinsic genetic variation.
and RI, in order to study a possible selective effect of the Our hypothesis is that these pigs were probably infected use of KIVI, which had been suspected in previous works by two or more different genotypes of T. brucei s.l. which were selected by the isolation method. It might be possi- from pigs could be isolated by the two methods and a differ- ble that the same phenomenon has occurred in the work of ence of banding pattern was observed between stocks iso- lated by KIVI and stocks isolated by RI from the same pig.
ported in experimental infections of rodents: when two dif- Here, the two isolation methods used implicate different ferent stocks are inoculated in a mouse, one of them grows lifecycle stages (procyclic forms for KIVI, bloodstream for at the expense of the other (Further investiga- RI). It should be noted that other authors found differences tions are required in order to confirm this result, especially, in isoenzyme patterns within T. b. gambiense which they at- tributed to metabolic differences between trypanosome life- Intra-specific multiple infections of T. brucei s.l. have al- if the differences observed in the present work could not be due only to physiological differences between procyclic and V. Jamonneau et al. / Infection, Genetics and Evolution xxx (2003) xxx–xxx Fig. 1. The reference stocks are in italics and are preceded by their zymodeme number. The stocks obtained in the present study are underlined, are alsopreceded by their zymodeme number, and are followed by the host of origin (e.g. sample Z48 (19 RI/pig), is sample number 19, isolated from pig byrodent inoculation, and belongs to zymodeme 48).
Mixed infections of two genotypes of T. b. by this method, justifying the suspicion of a selective effect gambiense group 1 have been recently observed by man stocks. Unfortunately, this study did not help us to an- tion of stocks by KIVI from the same patient at two dif- swer this question because none of the human stocks grew ferent times (these two stocks were identified as zymodeme in rodents, thus confirming the usually low isolation success 3 by MLEE). Indeed, in this latter work, MLEE identifi- of RI for T. b. gambiense, which justified the use of KIVI.
cation of the stocks isolated from human with KIVI con- The selective effect of the isolation and/or cultivation tech- firmed the unusual genetic homogeneity of stocks isolated niques has already been reported in bacteria and also in other V. Jamonneau et al. / Infection, Genetics and Evolution xxx (2003) xxx–xxx parasitic diseases, e.g. Chagas disease (Trypanosoma cruzy) supported by the Institut de Recherche pour le Développe- ment (IRD), by the Agence Française de la Francophonie maniasis (Leishmania donovani; In HAT, (AUF), and by the French Ministère de l’Education Na- this selective effect had been already suspected in several tionale et de la Recherche. We thank G. Manners for studies (e.g. but has not been really in- The selective effect of isolation techniques has important References
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