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  1. Content type: Research

    Rodents are important reservoirs for zoonotic vector-borne agents. Thus, the distribution of rodents and their vicinity to humans and companion animals may have an important impact on human and animal health. ...

    Authors: Anna Obiegala, Kathrin Jeske, Marie Augustin, Nina Król, Stefan Fischer, Katja Mertens-Scholz, Christian Imholt, Josef Suchomel, Marta Heroldova, Herbert Tomaso, Rainer G. Ulrich and Martin Pfeffer

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2019 12:332

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  2. Content type: Meeting report

    The past 40 years have seen a dramatic emergence of epidemic arboviral diseases transmitted primarily by mosquitoes. The frequency and magnitude of the epidemics, especially those transmitted by urban Aedes speci...

    Authors: Vincent Corbel, Claire Durot, Nicole L. Achee, Fabrice Chandre, Mamadou B. Coulibaly, Jean-Philippe David, Gregor J. Devine, Isabelle Dusfour, Dina M. Fonseca, John Griego, Waraporn Juntarajumnong, Audrey Lenhart, Shinji Kasai, Ademir J. Martins, Catherine Moyes, Lee Ching Ng…

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2019 12:331

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    Endoparasites are considered a major health problem of South American camelids as shown in a recent survey among German and Austrian camelid owners. Although prophylactic and therapeutic measures such as appli...

    Authors: Luise Kultscher, Barbara Hinney, Ronald Schmäschke, Anja Joachim and Thomas Wittek

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2019 12:330

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    Wickerhamomyces anomalus is a yeast associated with different insects including mosquitoes, where it is proposed to be involved in symbiotic relationships with hosts. Different symbiotic strains of W. anomalus di...

    Authors: Alessia Cappelli, Matteo Valzano, Valentina Cecarini, Jovana Bozic, Paolo Rossi, Priscilla Mensah, Consuelo Amantini, Guido Favia and Irene Ricci

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2019 12:329

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  5. Content type: Research

    Anaplasma phagocytophilum is currently regarded as a single species. However, molecular studies indicate that it can be subdivided into ecotypes, each with distinct but overlapping transmission cycle. Here, we ev...

    Authors: Ryanne I. Jaarsma, Hein Sprong, Katsuhisa Takumi, Maria Kazimirova, Cornelia Silaghi, Atle Mysterud, Ivo Rudolf, Relja Beck, Gábor Földvári, Laura Tomassone, Margit Groenevelt, Reinard R. Everts, Jolianne M. Rijks, Frauke Ecke, Birger Hörnfeldt, David Modrý…

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2019 12:328

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  6. Content type: Research

    Microsporidians are obligate endoparasites infecting taxonomically diverse hosts. Both vertical (from mother to eggs) and horizontal (between conspecifics or between species) transmission routes are known. Whi...

    Authors: Adrien Quiles, Karolina Bacela-Spychalska, Maria Teixeira, Nicolas Lambin, Michal Grabowski, Thierry Rigaud and Rémi André Wattier

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2019 12:327

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  7. Content type: Research

    Helminths immunomodulate the host immune system by secreting proteins to create an inhibitory environment as a strategy for survival in the host. As a bystander effect, this balances the host immune system to ...

    Authors: Siying Sun, Huihui Li, Yuan Yuan, Liyuan Wang, Wenxin He, Hong Xie, Shifang Gao, Ruoxue Cheng, Haichun Qian, Hui Jiang, Xiaoli Wang, Bin Zhan, Qiang Fang and Xiaodi Yang

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2019 12:326

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  8. Content type: Research

    The important roles of microbial flora in tick biology and ecology have received much attention. Dermacentor marginatus and Dermacentor reticulatus are known vectors of various pathogens across Europe, including ...

    Authors: Yan-Kai Zhang, Zhi-Jun Yu, Duo Wang, Víchová Bronislava, Peťko Branislav and Jing-Ze Liu

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2019 12:325

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  9. Content type: Review

    The zoonotic tapeworm Taenia saginata, although causing only minor discomfort in humans, is responsible for considerable economic losses in the livestock sector due to condemnation or downgrading of infected beef...

    Authors: Emilie Hendrickx, Lian F. Thomas, Pierre Dorny, Branko Bobić, Uffe Christian Braae, Brecht Devleesschauwer, Ramon M. Eichenberger, Sarah Gabriël, Anastasios Saratsis, Paul R. Torgerson, Lucy J. Robertson and Veronique Dermauw

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2019 12:324

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  10. Content type: Research

    Echinococcoses, caused by metacestodes of Echinococcus granulosus (cystic echinococcosis; CE) and E. multilocularis (alveolar echinococcosis; AE), represent major emerging parasitic diseases. These enzootic helmi...

    Authors: Xiumin Han, Jeong-Geun Kim, Hu Wang, Huixia Cai, Xiao Ma, Duc Hieu Duong, Chun-Seob Ahn, Insug Kang and Yoon Kong

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2019 12:323

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  11. Content type: Research

    Chagas disease is a zoonotic disease caused by the protozoan parasite Trypanosoma cruzi. The role of dogs as sentinels has been proposed in multiple regions, as they are a domestic reservoir for T. cruzi. Our obj...

    Authors: Ardem Elmayan, Weihong Tu, Brandy Duhon, Preston Marx, Wendy Wolfson, Gary Balsamo, Claudia Herrera and Eric Dumonteil

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2019 12:322

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  12. Content type: Short report

    Ticks are important vectors of disease-causing pathogens. With the rise of resistance to chemical acaricides, alternative methods in tick control are warranted. Gene manipulation has been successful in control...

    Authors: Emmanuel Pacia Hernandez, Kodai Kusakisako, Takeshi Hatta and Tetsuya Tanaka

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2019 12:321

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  13. Content type: Research

    Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis (Bti) is a widely used mosquitocidal microbial pesticide due to its high toxicity. ATP-binding proteins (ABP) are prevalently detected in insects and are related to reaction aga...

    Authors: Guo-hui Zhao, Jian-nan Liu, Xiao-hua Hu, Khadija Batool, Liang Jin, Chen-xu Wu, Juan Wu, Hong Chen, Xiao-yan Jiang, Zhao-hui Yang, Xian-hui Huang, En-jiong Huang, Xiao-Qiang Yu, Xiong Guan and Ling-ling Zhang

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2019 12:319

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  14. Content type: Research

    Tick-borne rickettsial diseases are caused by pathogens acquired from hard ticks. In particular, Rickettsia slovaca, a zoonotic infectious bacterium causing tick-borne lymphadenopathy (TIBOLA), is transmitted by ...

    Authors: Gabriela Flores-Ramirez, Balázs Sallay, Maksym Danchenko, Olha Lakhneko, Eva Špitalská and Ludovit Skultety

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2019 12:318

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  15. Content type: Review

    Glycophorins are heavily glycosylated sialoglycoproteins of human and animal erythrocytes. In humans, there are four glycophorins: A, B, C and D. Glycophorins play an important role in the invasion of red bloo...

    Authors: Ewa Jaskiewicz, Marlena Jodłowska, Radosław Kaczmarek and Agata Zerka

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2019 12:317

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  16. Content type: Research

    Juvenile gnathiid isopods are common ectoparasites of marine fishes. Each of the three juvenile stages briefly attach to a host to obtain a blood meal but spend most of their time living in the substrate, thus...

    Authors: Gina C. Hendrick, Maureen C. Dolan, Tanja McKay and Paul C. Sikkel

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2019 12:316

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  17. Content type: Research

    Angiogenesis can occur under pathological conditions when stimuli such as inflammation, vascular obstruction or hypoxia exist. These stimuli are present in cardiopulmonary dirofilariosis (Dirofilaria immitis). Th...

    Authors: Tatiana Zueva, Rodrigo Morchón, Elena Carretón, José Alberto Montoya-Alonso, Alexis Santana, María Dolores Bargues, Santiago Mas-Coma, Alicia Rodríguez-Barbero and Fernando Simón

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2019 12:315

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  18. Content type: Research

    Alveolar echinococcosis is a dangerous zoonotic disease caused by larval forms of Echinococcus multilocularis. In its life-cycle, the principal definitive host is the red fox; however, domesticated carnivorous an...

    Authors: Jacek Karamon, Jacek Sroka, Joanna Dąbrowska, Ewa Bilska-Zając, Jolanta Zdybel, Maciej Kochanowski, Mirosław Różycki and Tomasz Cencek

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2019 12:313

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  19. Content type: Research

    Babesiosis is an economically important disease caused by tick-borne apicomplexan protists of the genus Babesia. Most apicomplexan parasites, including Babesia, have a plastid-derived organelle termed an apicopla...

    Authors: Xiaoxing Wang, Jinming Wang, Junlong Liu, Aihong Liu, Xin He, Jianlin Xu, Zhi Li, Shuaiyang Zhao, Youquan Li, Hong Yin, Jianxun Luo and Guiquan Guan

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2019 12:312

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  20. Content type: Research

    The cuticle is an indispensable structure that protects the mosquito against adverse environmental conditions and prevents pathogen entry. While most cuticles are hard and rigid, some parts of cuticle are soft...

    Authors: Jing Chen, Hao-Ran Lu, Lei Zhang, Cheng-Hong Liao and Qian Han

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2019 12:311

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  21. Content type: Research

    The tropical bed bug, Cimex hemipterus, is a serious indoor public health pest in tropical regions causing intense physical discomfort and mental distress to humans. At present, the application of insecticides is...

    Authors: Ranindra Punchihewa, W. A. Priyanka P. de Silva, Thilini C. Weeraratne and S. H. P. Parakrama Karunaratne

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2019 12:310

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  22. Content type: Research

    Treatment of schistosomiasis has relied on the anthelmintic drug praziquantel (PZQ) for more than a generation. Despite its celebrated performance for treatment and control of schistosomiasis and other platyhe...

    Authors: Maria João Gouveia, Paul J. Brindley, Carlos Azevedo, Fátima Gärtner, José M. C. da Costa and Nuno Vale

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2019 12:309

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  23. Content type: Research

    The heterogeneity of Trypanosoma cruzi infection rates among triatomines insects and animal reservoirs has been studied in independent studies, but little information has been systematised to allow pooled and com...

    Authors: Eliana Rodríguez-Monguí, Omar Cantillo-Barraza, Franklin Edwin Prieto-Alvarado and Zulma M. Cucunubá

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2019 12:308

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  24. Content type: Short report

    Haemosporidian parasites are transmitted by dipteran blood-sucking insects but certain vectors remain unidentified for the great majority of described species. Sensitive PCR-based methods are often used for th...

    Authors: Rasa Bernotienė, Rita Žiegytė, Gabrielė Vaitkutė and Gediminas Valkiūnas

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2019 12:307

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  25. Content type: Research

    Rhodnius montenegrensis (Triatominae), a potential vector of Chagas disease, was described after R. robustus-like bugs from southwestern Amazonia. Mitochondrial cytb sequence near-identity with sympatric R. robus...

    Authors: Raíssa N. Brito, Juliana A. Geraldo, Fernando A. Monteiro, Cristiano Lazoski, Rita C. M. Souza and Fernando Abad-Franch

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2019 12:305

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  26. Content type: Research

    Schistosomiasis is responsible for a considerable global disease burden. This work aimed to improve the therapeutic outcome of the only available antischistosomal drug worldwide, praziquantel (PZQ), by incorpo...

    Authors: Amr Radwan, Naglaa M. El-Lakkany, Samia William, Gina S. El-Feky, Muhammad Y. Al-Shorbagy, Samira Saleh and Sanaa Botros

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2019 12:304

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  27. Content type: Review

    Parasites comprise diverse and complex organisms, which substantially impact human and animal health. Most parasites have complex life-cycles, and by virtue of co-evolution have developed multifaceted, often l...

    Authors: Mebrahtu G. Tedla, Alison L. Every and Jean-Pierre Y. Scheerlinck

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2019 12:303

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  28. Content type: Research

    Tissue transglutaminase (tTG)-regulating IL-13 plays an important role in the pathogenesis of liver fibrosis resulting from Schistosoma japonicum (Sj) infection. IL-33 and its receptor ST2 are involved in Th2-bia...

    Authors: Zhi-Yong Li, LinZhuo Xiao, GuiYing Lin, JuanJuan Tang, YuQiang Chen, Lan Chen, BaoQi Li, MeiLing Wu, ShuYan Liu, ChuQin Huang, Dominique Ferrandon and Zi Li

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2019 12:302

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  29. Content type: Research

    Hepatic alveolar echinococcosis (HAE) is caused by the growth of Echinococcus multilocularis larvae in the liver. It is a chronic and potentially lethal parasitic disease. Early stage diagnosis for this disease i...

    Authors: Caigui Lin, Zhong Chen, Lingqiang Zhang, Zhiliang Wei, Kian-Kai Cheng, Yueyue Liu, Guiping Shen, Haining Fan and Jiyang Dong

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2019 12:300

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  30. Content type: Research

    Insecticide resistance of Anopheles gambiae (s.l.) against public health insecticides is increasingly reported in Ghana and need to be closely monitored. This study investigated the intensity of insecticide resis...

    Authors: Rebecca Pwalia, Joannitta Joannides, Alidu Iddrisu, Charlotte Addae, Dominic Acquah-Baidoo, Dorothy Obuobi, Godwin Amlalo, Samuel Akporh, Sampson Gbagba, Samuel K. Dadzie, Duncan K. Athinya, Melinda P. Hadi, Helen Pates Jamet and Joseph Chabi

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2019 12:299

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  31. Content type: Short report

    Urinary schistosomiasis, caused by Schistosoma haematobium, remains a significant public health problem worldwide, despite years of efforts to control it. Haematuria is one of the notable indirect indicators of S...

    Authors: Gordana Panic, Beatrice Barda, Jana Kovač, Jean T. Coulibaly and Jennifer Keiser

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2019 12:298

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  32. Content type: Research

    Effective malaria control relies on evidence-based interventions. Anopheline behaviour and Plasmodium infections were investigated in North Cameroon, following long-lasting insecticidal net (LLIN) distribution in...

    Authors: Wolfgang Eyisap Ekoko, Parfait Awono-Ambene, Jude Bigoga, Stanislas Mandeng, Michael Piameu, Narcisse Nvondo, Jean-Claude Toto, Philippe Nwane, Salomon Patchoke, Lili Ranaise Mbakop, Jerome Achille Binyang, Martin Donelly, Immo Kleinschmidt, Tessa Knox, Arthur Mbida Mbida, Alain Dongmo…

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2019 12:297

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  33. Content type: Research

    Small ruminants are important hosts for various tick species and tick-associated organisms, many of which are zoonotic. The aim of the present study was to determine the presence of tick-borne protozoans and b...

    Authors: Haoning Wang, Jifei Yang, Muhammad Uzair Mukhtar, Zhijie Liu, Minghai Zhang and Xiaolong Wang

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2019 12:296

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  34. Content type: Research

    Baseline information that is essential for determining the areas to target with larval control includes estimates of vector diversity and larval habitat preferences. Due to a lack of such information in Baring...

    Authors: Isabella M. Ondiba, Florence A. Oyieke, Duncan K. Athinya, Isaac K. Nyamongo and Benson B. A. Estambale

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2019 12:295

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  35. Content type: Research

    Vector-borne diseases are emerging worldwide and have an important zoonotic relevance. In the last few years, the interest in vector-borne pathogens in cats has increased. However, studies on feline vector-bor...

    Authors: Cristina Pereira, João Pedro Maia, Ricardo Marcos, Camilla Luzzago, Pablo Puente-Payo, Paola Dall’Ara, Augusto Faustino and Stefania Lauzi

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2019 12:294

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  36. Content type: Research

    Lingering post-treatment parasite antigen in blood complicates malaria diagnosis through antigen detection. Characterization of antigen clearance dynamics is important for interpretation of positive antigen de...

    Authors: Mateusz M. Plucinski, Peter D. McElroy, Pedro Rafael Dimbu, Filomeno Fortes, Doug Nace, Eric S. Halsey and Eric Rogier

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2019 12:293

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  37. Content type: Research

    Climate-related changes are expected to influence the prevalence and distribution of vector-borne haemosporidian parasites at northern latitudes, although baseline information about resident birds is still lac...

    Authors: Caroline Van Hemert, Brandt W. Meixell, Matthew M. Smith and Colleen M. Handel

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2019 12:292

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  38. Content type: Research

    Head louse, Pediculus humanus capitis, is an obligatory blood-sucking ectoparasite, distributed worldwide. Phylogenetically, it occurs in five divergent mitochondrial clades (A–E); each exhibiting a particular ge...

    Authors: Celia Scherelle Boumbanda Koyo, Nadia Amanzougaghene, Bernard Davoust, Leon Tshilolo, Jean Bernard Lekana-Douki, Didier Raoult, Oleg Mediannikov and Florence Fenollar

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2019 12:290

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  39. Content type: Research

    Tick selenoproteins are involved in regulating oxidative and endoplasmic reticulum stress during prolonged tick feeding on mammalian hosts. How selenoproteins are activated upon tick-borne pathogen infection i...

    Authors: Deepak Kumar, Monica Embers, Thomas N. Mather and Shahid Karim

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2019 12:289

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  40. Content type: Research

    Ambient temperature is an important determinant of malaria transmission and suitability, affecting the life-cycle of the Plasmodium parasite and Anopheles vector. Early models predicted a thermal malaria transmis...

    Authors: Melisa M. Shah, Amy R. Krystosik, Bryson A. Ndenga, Francis M. Mutuku, Jamie M. Caldwell, Victoria Otuka, Philip K. Chebii, Priscillah W. Maina, Zainab Jembe, Charles Ronga, Donal Bisanzio, Assaf Anyamba, Richard Damoah, Kelsey Ripp, Prasanna Jagannathan, Erin A. Mordecai…

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2019 12:288

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  41. Content type: Research

    Vector control activities, namely long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLIN) and indoor residual spraying (IRS), have contributed significantly to the decreasing malaria burden observed in The Gambia since 2008. Ne...

    Authors: Kevin Ochieng’ Opondo, Musa Jawara, Saihou Cham, Ebrima Jatta, Lamin Jarju, Muhammed Camara, Fatou Sanneh, Pa Modou Gaye, Lamin Jadama, Sainey Ceesay, Ebrima Njie, Benoit Sessinou Assogba, Balla Kandeh and Umberto D’Alessandro

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2019 12:287

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  42. Content type: Short report

    Angiostrongylus vasorum is a nematode living in the pulmonary arteries of canids. Infected dogs develop severe pulmonary lesions which can potentially lead to pulmonary hypertension (PH). However, reports of PH i...

    Authors: Andrea Corda, Silvia Carta, Antonio Varcasia, Claudia Tamponi, Maria Antonietta Evangelisti, Antonio Scala and Maria Luisa Pinna Parpaglia

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2019 12:286

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  43. Content type: Research

    Apicomplexan protozoans of the genus Eimeria cause coccidiosis, one of the most economically relevant parasitic diseases in chickens. The lack of a complete understanding of molecular mechanisms in the host-paras...

    Authors: Charles Li, Xianghe Yan, Hyun S. Lillehoj, Sungtaek Oh, Liheng Liu, Zhifeng Sun, Changqin Gu, Youngsub Lee, Zhezi Xianyu and Hongyan Zhao

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2019 12:285

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  44. Content type: Research

    Apoptosis plays a critical role in the embryonic development, homeostasis of immune system and host defense against intracellular microbial pathogens. Infection by the obligate intracellular pathogen Toxoplasma g...

    Authors: Li-Juan Zhou, Min Chen, Santhosh Puthiyakunnon, Cheng He, Jing Xia, Cynthia Y. He, Sheng-Qun Deng and Hong-Juan Peng

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2019 12:284

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  45. Content type: Research

    Species of Acanthamoeba are facultative pathogens which can cause sight threatening Acanthamoeba keratitis and a rare but deadly brain infection, granulomatous amoebic encephalitis. Due to conversion of Acanthamo...

    Authors: Ayaz Anwar, Arshid Numan, Ruqaiyyah Siddiqui, Mohammad Khalid and Naveed Ahmed Khan

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2019 12:280

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