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  1. Research

    Arginine kinase from Haemonchus contortus decreased the proliferation and increased the apoptosis of goat PBMCs in vitro

    Arginine kinase (AK), an important member of phosphagen kinase family has been extensively studied in various vertebrates and invertebrates. Immunologically, AKs are important constituents of different body pa...

    Muhammad Ehsan, WenXiang Gao, Javaid Ali Gadahi, MingMin Lu, XinChao Liu, YuJian Wang, RuoFeng Yan, LiXin Xu, XiaoKai Song and XiangRui Li

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:311

    Published on: 26 June 2017

  2. Review

    Diapause and quiescence: dormancy mechanisms that contribute to the geographical expansion of mosquitoes and their evolutionary success

    Mosquitoes are insects belonging to the order Diptera and family Culicidae. They are distributed worldwide and include approximately 3500 species, of which about 300 have medical and veterinary importance. The...

    Diego Felipe Araujo Diniz, Cleide Maria Ribeiro de Albuquerque, Luciana Oliveira Oliva, Maria Alice Varjal de Melo-Santos and Constância Flávia Junqueira Ayres

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:310

    Published on: 26 June 2017

  3. Research

    Discovery of a single male Aedes aegypti (L.) in Merseyside, England

    The mosquito Aedes aegypti (L.) is found in tropical and sub-tropical regions where it is the major vector of dengue fever, yellow fever, chikungunya and more recently Zika virus. Given its importance as a vector...

    Thom Dallimore, Tony Hunter, Jolyon M. Medlock, Alexander G.C. Vaux, Ralph E. Harbach and Clare Strode

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:309

    Published on: 24 June 2017

  4. Research

    Dynamics of Th9 cells and their potential role in immunopathogenesis of murine schistosomiasis

    Th1, Th2, Th17, Treg and Tfh cells play important roles in schistosomiasis. Th9 cells secrete IL-9 as a signature cytokine and contribute to several classes of inflammatory disease. However, the effects of Th9...

    Tingzheng Zhan, Tingting Zhang, Yanyan Wang, Xiaoli Wang, Cai Lin, Huihui Ma, Zhongliang Duan, Chunxiang Li, Jing Xu and Chaoming Xia

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:305

    Published on: 24 June 2017

  5. Research

    High burden of Schistosoma mansoni infection in school-aged children in Marolambo District, Madagascar

    A school-based survey was undertaken to assess prevalence and infection intensity of schistosomiasis in school-aged children in the Marolambo District of Madagascar.

    Stephen A. Spencer, James M. St. John Penney, Hannah J. Russell, Anthony P. Howe, Cortland Linder, Andriamahitsisambatra L. D. Rakotomampianina, Anjara M. Nandimbiniaina, S Bertel Squire, J. Russell Stothard, Amaya L. Bustinduy and Alain M. Rahetilahy

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:307

    Published on: 24 June 2017

  6. Short report

    Detection of the Plasmodium falciparum Kelch-13 gene P553L mutation in sporozoites isolated from mosquito salivary glands in South-Central Vietnam

    Plasmodium falciparum has developed resistance against artemisinin in Southeast Asia. Mutations in the P. falciparum Kelch-13 (Pfk13) gene are associated with artemisinin resistance in...

    Yoshimasa Maeno, Nguyen Tuyen Quang, Richard Culleton, Satoru Kawai, Gaku Masuda, Kaoru Hori, Shusuke Nakazawa and Ron P. Marchand

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:308

    Published on: 24 June 2017

  7. Research

    Effect of physicochemical parameters on Anopheles and Culex mosquito larvae abundance in different breeding sites in a rural setting of Muheza, Tanzania

    Malaria and lymphatic filariasis (LF) are diseases of great public health important in East Africa. Malaria is transmitted by Anopheles while LF is transmitted by both Anopheles and Culex mosquitoes. There is lim...

    Basiliana Emidi, William N. Kisinza, Bruno P. Mmbando, Robert Malima and Franklin W. Mosha

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:304

    Published on: 24 June 2017

  8. Research

    Ticks and associated pathogens in dogs from Greece

    With the aim to assess the occurrence of hard ticks and the pathogens they may carry in dogs from Greece, ixodid specimens (n = 757) were collected from 310 animals living in six provinces across the Greek penins...

    Maria Stefania Latrofa, Athanasios Angelou, Alessio Giannelli, Giada Annoscia, Silvia Ravagnan, Filipe Dantas-Torres, Gioia Capelli, Lenaig Halos, Frederic Beugnet, Elias Papadopoulos and Domenico Otranto

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:301

    Published on: 23 June 2017

  9. Research

    Molecular investigation and phylogeny of Anaplasmataceae species infecting domestic animals and ticks in Corsica, France

    Corsica is a French island situated in the Mediterranean Sea. The island provides suitable natural conditions to study disease ecology, especially tick-borne diseases and emerging diseases in animals and ticks...

    Mustapha Dahmani, Bernard Davoust, Djamel Tahir, Didier Raoult, Florence Fenollar and Oleg Mediannikov

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:302

    Published on: 23 June 2017

  10. Research

    Role of inhibitors of serine peptidases in protecting Leishmania donovani against the hydrolytic peptidases of sand fly midgut

    In vector-borne diseases such as leishmaniasis, the sand fly midgut is considered to be an important site for vector-parasite interaction. Digestive enzymes including serine peptidases such as trypsin and chym...

    Sudha Verma, Sushmita Das, Abhishek Mandal, Md Yousuf Ansari, Sujata Kumari, Rani Mansuri, Ajay Kumar, Ruby Singh, Savita Saini, Kumar Abhishek, Vijay Kumar, Ganesh Chandra Sahoo and Pradeep Das

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:303

    Published on: 23 June 2017

  11. Research

    A high-throughput colorimetric assay for detection of Schistosoma mansoni viability based on the tetrazolium salt XTT

    Schistosoma mansoni is a trematode parasite that causes schistosomiasis, one of the most prevalent neglected tropical diseases, leading to the loss of 2.6 million disability-adjusted l...

    Pedro Henrique Nascimento Aguiar, Núbia Monteiro Gonçalves Soares Fernandes, Carlos Leomar Zani and Marina Moraes Mourão

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:300

    Published on: 21 June 2017

  12. Short report

    Molecular detection of vector-borne pathogens in dogs and cats from Qatar

    Vector-borne diseases (VBDs) have been increasingly reported in dogs and cats worldwide. However, no data are currently available regarding canine and feline VBDs in Qatar and limited information is available ...

    Ana Margarida Alho, Clara Lima, Maria Stefania Latrofa, Vito Colella, Silvia Ravagnan, Gioia Capelli, Luís Madeira de Carvalho, Luís Cardoso and Domenico Otranto

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:298

    Published on: 20 June 2017

  13. Review

    A review of Sarcoptes scabiei: past, present and future

    The disease scabies is one of the earliest diseases of humans for which the cause was known. It is caused by the mite, Sarcoptes scabiei, that burrows in the epidermis of the skin of humans and many other mammals...

    Larry G. Arlian and Marjorie S. Morgan

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:297

    Published on: 20 June 2017

  14. Short report

    The impact of Wolbachia infection on the rate of vertical transmission of dengue virus in Brazilian Aedes aegypti

    Wolbachia pipientis is a common endosymbiotic bacterium of arthropods that strongly inhibits dengue virus (DENV) infection and transmission in the primary vector, the mosquito Aedes ae...

    Etiene Casagrande Pacidônio, Eric Pearce Caragata, Debora Magalhães Alves, João Trindade Marques and Luciano Andrade Moreira

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:296

    Published on: 17 June 2017

  15. Research

    Clonorchis sinensis lysophospholipase A upregulates IL-25 expression in macrophages as a potential pathway to liver fibrosis

    Liver fibrosis is an excessive wound-healing reaction that requires the participation of inflammatory cells and hepatic stellate cells (HSCs). The pathogenesis of liver fibrosis caused by viruses and alcohol h...

    Lina Zhou, Mengchen Shi, Lu Zhao, Zhipeng Lin, Zeli Tang, Hengchang Sun, Tingjin Chen, Zhiyue Lv, Jin Xu, Yan Huang and Xinbing Yu

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:295

    Published on: 17 June 2017

  16. Research

    Developing a mathematical model for the evaluation of the potential impact of a partially efficacious vaccine on the transmission dynamics of Schistosoma mansoni in human communities

    There is currently no vaccine available to protect humans against infection with the schistosome digenean parasites, although candidate formulations for Schistosoma mansoni are under trial in animal models, inclu...

    Andria Stylianou, Christoforos Hadjichrysanthou, James E. Truscott and Roy M. Anderson

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:294

    Published on: 17 June 2017

  17. Research

    Light manipulation of mosquito behaviour: acute and sustained photic suppression of biting activity in the Anopheles gambiae malaria mosquito

    Host-seeking behaviours in anopheline mosquitoes are time-of-day specific, with a greater propensity for nocturnal biting. We investigated how a short exposure to light presented during the night or late day c...

    Aaron D. Sheppard, Samuel S. C. Rund, Gary F. George, Erin Clark, Dominic J. Acri and Giles E. Duffield

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:255

    Published on: 16 June 2017

  18. Short report

    Prevalence and genetic variability of Anaplasma phagocytophilum in wild rodents from the Italian alps

    Human granulocytic anaplasmosis is a zoonotic bacterial disease with increasing relevance for public health in Europe. The understanding of its sylvatic cycle and identification of competent reservoir hosts ar...

    Fausta Rosso, Valentina Tagliapietra, Ivana Baráková, Marketa Derdáková, Adam Konečný, Heidi Christine Hauffe and Annapaola Rizzoli

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:293

    Published on: 14 June 2017

  19. Research

    The genetic diversity and population structure of domestic Aedes aegypti (Diptera: Culicidae) in Yunnan Province, southwestern China

    There was no record of Aedes aegypti in Yunnan Province, China, until 2002, but this species is now continuously found in nine cities (or counties). Until now, little was known about the genetic diversity and pop...

    Qing-Ming Shi, Heng-Duan Zhang, Gang Wang, Xiao-Xia Guo, Dan Xing, Yan-De Dong, Li Xiao, Jian Gao, Qin-Mei Liu, Ai-Juan Sun, Chun-Xiao Li and Tong-Yan Zhao

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:292

    Published on: 13 June 2017

  20. Research

    Allergenic activity of Pseudoterranova decipiens (Nematoda: Anisakidae) in BALB/c mice

    Anisakis simplex is the only fishery-product associated parasite causing clinical allergic responses in humans so far. However, other anisakids, due to the presence of shared or own al...

    Alessandra Ludovisi, Gabriella Di Felice, Noelia Carballeda-Sangiao, Bianca Barletta, Cinzia Butteroni, Silvia Corinti, Gianluca Marucci, Miguel González-Muñoz, Edoardo Pozio and Maria Angeles Gómez-Morales

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:290

    Published on: 12 June 2017

  21. Research

    Gene silencing by RNA interference in Sarcoptes scabiei: a molecular tool to identify novel therapeutic targets

    Scabies is one of the most common and widespread parasitic skin infections globally, affecting a large range of mammals including humans, yet the molecular biology of Sarcoptes scabiei is astonishingly understudi...

    Deepani D. Fernando, Edward J. Marr, Martha Zakrzewski, Simone L. Reynolds, Stewart T. G. Burgess and Katja Fischer

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:289

    Published on: 10 June 2017

  22. Research

    Characterization of Schistosoma japonicum tetraspanning orphan receptor and its role in binding to complement C2 and immunoprotection against murine schistosomiasis

    Schistosomiasis remains an important global public health problem, as millions of people are at risk of acquiring infection. An ideal method for sustainable control of schistosomiasis would be to develop an ef...

    Shuai Ma, Jinli Zai, Yanhui Han, Yang Hong, Min Zhang, Xiaodan Cao, Qian Han, Ke Lu, Zhixin Zhao, Jiaojiao Lin and Zhiqiang Fu

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:288

    Published on: 9 June 2017

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