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  1. Research

    Sequencing of the complete mitochondrial genome of a fish-parasitic flatworm Paratetraonchoides inermis (Platyhelminthes: Monogenea): tRNA gene arrangement reshuffling and implications for phylogeny

    Paratetraonchoides inermis (Monogenea: Tetraonchoididae) is a flatworm parasitising the gills of uranoscopid fishes. Its morphological characteristics are ambiguous, and molecular data...

    Dong Zhang, Hong Zou, Shan G. Wu, Ming Li, Ivan Jakovlić, Jin Zhang, Rong Chen, Gui T. Wang and Wen X. Li

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:462

    Published on: 10 October 2017

  2. Research

    Evidence for viable and stable triploid Trypanosoma congolense parasites

    Recent whole genome sequencing (WGS) analysis identified a viable triploid strain of Trypanosoma congolense. This triploid strain BANANCL2 was a clone of the field isolate BANAN/83/CRTRA/64 that was collected fro...

    Eliane Tihon, Hideo Imamura, Jean-Claude Dujardin and Jan Van Den Abbeele

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:468

    Published on: 10 October 2017

  3. Research

    Identification of a RAC/AKT-like gene in Leishmania parasites as a putative therapeutic target in leishmaniasis

    Leishmaniasis is one of the world’s most neglected diseases caused by at least 20 different species of the protozoan parasite Leishmania. Although new drugs have become recently available, current therapy for lei...

    Rubén E. Varela-M, Rodrigo Ochoa, Carlos E. Muskus, Antonio Muro and Faustino Mollinedo

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:458

    Published on: 10 October 2017

  4. Research

    Temporal genetic differentiation in Glossina pallidipes tsetse fly populations in Kenya

    Glossina pallidipes is a major vector of both Human and Animal African Trypanosomiasis (HAT and AAT) in Kenya. The disease imposes economic burden on endemic regions in Kenya, includin...

    Winnie A. Okeyo, Norah P. Saarman, Michael Mengual, Kirstin Dion, Rosemary Bateta, Paul O. Mireji, Sylvance Okoth, Johnson O. Ouma, Collins Ouma, Joel Ochieng, Grace Murilla, Serap Aksoy and Adalgisa Caccone

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:471

    Published on: 10 October 2017

  5. Research

    Mapping freshwater snails in north-western Angola: distribution, identity and molecular diversity of medically important taxa

    This study was designed to determine the distribution and identity of potential intermediate snail hosts of Schistosoma spp. in Bengo, Luanda, Kwanza Norte and Malanje Provinces in north-western Angola. This is a...

    Fiona Allan, Jose Carlos Sousa-Figueiredo, Aidan M. Emery, Rossely Paulo, Clara Mirante, Alfredo Sebastião, Miguel Brito and David Rollinson

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:460

    Published on: 10 October 2017

  6. Research

    Little pigeons can carry great messages: potential distribution and ecology of Uranotaenia (Pseudoficalbia) unguiculata Edwards, 1913 (Diptera: Culicidae), a lesser-known mosquito species from the Western Palaearctic

    Uranotaenia unguiculata is a Palaearctic mosquito species with poorly known distribution and ecology. This study is aimed at filling the gap in our understanding of the species potenti...

    Serhii Filatov

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:464

    Published on: 10 October 2017

  7. Research

    Temporal distribution and insecticide resistance profile of two major arbovirus vectors Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus in Yaoundé, the capital city of Cameroon

    Aedes aegypti and Ae. albopictus are the major epidemic vectors of several arbovirus diseases such as yellow fever, dengue, Zika and chikungunya worldwide. Both Aedes vectors are prese...

    Basile Kamgang, Aurelie P. Yougang, Micareme Tchoupo, Jacob M. Riveron and Charles Wondji

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:469

    Published on: 10 October 2017

  8. Research

    Differential susceptibility of bovine caruncular and trophoblast cell lines to infection with high and low virulence isolates of Neospora caninum

    Neospora caninum, one of the main causes of abortion in cattle, is very effective at crossing the placental barrier and placental damage is crucial in the pathogenesis of abortion. Bov...

    Laura Jiménez-Pelayo, Marta García-Sánchez, Javier Regidor-Cerrillo, Pilar Horcajo, Esther Collantes-Fernández, Mercedes Gómez-Bautista, Nina Hambruch, Christiane Pfarrer and Luis Miguel Ortega-Mora

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:463

    Published on: 10 October 2017

  9. Research

    Phylogenetic analyses reveal that Schellackia parasites (Apicomplexa) detected in American lizards are closely related to the genus Lankesterella: is the range of Schellackia restricted to the Old World?

    Species of Schellackia Reichenow, 1919 have been described from the blood of reptiles distributed worldwide. Recently, Schellackia spp. detected in European and Asian lizards have been molecularly characterised. ...

    Rodrigo Megía-Palma, Javier Martínez, Dhanashree Paranjpe, Verónica D’Amico, Rocío Aguilar, María Gabriela Palacios, Robert Cooper, Francisco Ferri-Yáñez, Barry Sinervo and Santiago Merino

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:470

    Published on: 10 October 2017

  10. Research

    Surveillance of Ixodes ricinus ticks (Acari: Ixodidae) in Iceland

    Ixodes ricinus is a three-host tick, a principal vector of Borrelia burgdorferi (s.l.) and one of the main vectors of tick-borne encephalitis (TBE) virus. Iceland is located in the Nor...

    Matthias Alfredsson, Erling Olafsson, Matthias Eydal, Ester Rut Unnsteinsdottir, Kayleigh Hansford, William Wint, Neil Alexander and Jolyon M. Medlock

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:466

    Published on: 10 October 2017

  11. Review

    Review of the evolution of insecticide resistance in main malaria vectors in Cameroon from 1990 to 2017

    Malaria remains a major public health threat in Cameroon and disease prevention is facing strong challenges due to the rapid expansion of insecticide resistance in vector populations. The present review presen...

    Christophe Antonio-Nkondjio, N. Sonhafouo-Chiana, C. S. Ngadjeu, P. Doumbe-Belisse, A. Talipouo, L. Djamouko-Djonkam, E. Kopya, R. Bamou, P. Awono-Ambene and Charles S. Wondji

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:472

    Published on: 10 October 2017

  12. Research

    Cardiovascular flukes (Trematoda: Spirorchiidae) in Caretta caretta Linnaeus, 1758 from the Mediterranean Sea

    The northern Adriatic Sea represents one of the most important neritic foraging grounds for the loggerhead sea turtle Caretta caretta L. in the Mediterranean Sea. Four genera of blood flukes with variable prevale...

    Erica Marchiori, Enrico Negrisolo, Rudi Cassini, Luisa Garofalo, Lisa Poppi, Cinzia Tessarin and Federica Marcer

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:467

    Published on: 10 October 2017

  13. Letter to the Editor

    Evidence for host specificity of Theileria capreoli genotypes in cervids

    Data on the prevalence of piroplasms in buffaloes and large game animal species are lacking from several central European countries. Therefore, to investigate the presence of Babesia/Theileria DNA in these hosts,...

    Sándor Hornok, László Sugár, Gábor Horváth, Tibor Kovács, Attila Micsutka, Enikő Gönczi, Barbara Flaisz, Nóra Takács, Róbert Farkas, Marina L. Meli and Regina Hofmann-Lehmann

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:473

    Published on: 10 October 2017

  14. Short report

    Plasmodium falciparum uses vitamin E to avoid oxidative stress

    Plasmodium falciparum is sensitive to oxidative stress in vitro and in vivo, and many drugs such as artemisinin, chloroquine and cercosporin interfere in the parasite’s redox system. T...

    Rodrigo A. C. Sussmann, Wesley L. Fotoran, Emilia A. Kimura and Alejandro M. Katzin

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:461

    Published on: 10 October 2017

  15. Research

    Field efficacy and safety of fluralaner solution for administration in drinking water for the treatment of poultry red mite (Dermanyssus gallinae) infestations in commercial flocks in Europe

    Welfare concerns, production losses caused by Dermanyssus gallinae, the poultry red mite (PRM), and widespread mite resistance to environmentally applied acaricides continue to drive an urgent need for new and ef...

    Emmanuel Thomas, Mathieu Chiquet, Björn Sander, Eva Zschiesche and Annie Sigognault Flochlay

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:457

    Published on: 9 October 2017

  16. Research

    Praziquantel treatment after Schistosoma japonicum infection maintains hepatic insulin sensitivity and improves glucose metabolism in mice

    Epidemiological studies in China have revealed that Schistosoma japonicum infection is inversely correlated with metabolic syndrome, even after repeated chemotherapy with praziquantel (PZQ). We investigated the e...

    Xiaofeng Luo, Yuxiao Zhu, Ran Liu, Jingwei Song, Fan Zhang, Wenyue Zhang, Zhipeng Xu, Min Hou, Bingya Yang, Lin Chen and Minjun Ji

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:453

    Published on: 2 October 2017

  17. Research

    O-5S quantitative real-time PCR: a new diagnostic tool for laboratory confirmation of human onchocerciasis

    Onchocerciasis is a parasitic disease caused by the filarial nematode Onchocerca volvulus. In endemic areas, the diagnosis is commonly confirmed by microscopic examination of skin snip samples, though this techni...

    Solomon A. Mekonnen, Marcus Beissner, Malkin Saar, Solomon Ali, Ahmed Zeynudin, Kassahun Tesfaye, Mulatu G. Adbaru, Florian Battke, Sven Poppert, Michael Hoelscher, Thomas Löscher, Gisela Bretzel and Karl-Heinz Herbinger

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:451

    Published on: 2 October 2017

  18. Short report

    West Nile virus in overwintering mosquitoes, central Europe

    West Nile virus (WNV) is currently the most important mosquito-borne pathogen spreading in Europe. Data on overwintering of WNV in mosquitoes are crucial for understanding WNV circulation in Europe; nonetheles...

    Ivo Rudolf, Lenka Betášová, Hana Blažejová, Kristýna Venclíková, Petra Straková, Oldřich Šebesta, Jan Mendel, Tamás Bakonyi, Francis Schaffner, Norbert Nowotny and Zdeněk Hubálek

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:452

    Published on: 2 October 2017

  19. Research

    Molecular detection of Leishmania infantum and Leishmania tropica in rodent species from endemic cutaneous leishmaniasis areas in Morocco

    Leishmaniasis remains a major public health problem in African nations, including Morocco, where little is known about the vertebrate reservoirs involved in the causal parasites’ transmission cycles. The prese...

    Mohamed Echchakery, Carmen Chicharro, Samia Boussaa, Javier Nieto, Eugenia Carrillo, Ortega Sheila, Javier Moreno and Ali Boumezzough

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:454

    Published on: 2 October 2017

  20. Research

    The contribution of malaria control interventions on spatio-temporal changes of parasitaemia risk in Uganda during 2009–2014

    In Uganda, malaria vector control interventions and case management with Artemisinin Combination Therapies (ACTs) have been scaled up over the last few years as a result of increased funding. Data on parasitae...

    Julius Ssempiira, Betty Nambuusi, John Kissa, Bosco Agaba, Fredrick Makumbi, Simon Kasasa and Penelope Vounatsou

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:450

    Published on: 30 September 2017

  21. Research

    Cloning and expression of a Trichinella spiralis putative glutathione S-transferase and its elicited protective immunity against challenge infections

    Glutathione-S-transferase (GST) is a widespread multigene family of detoxification enzymes. The vaccination of mice with recombinant GST of 24 kDa from Trichinella spiralis elicited a low immune protection agains...

    Chun Ying Liu, Yan Yan Song, Hua Na Ren, Ge Ge Sun, Ruo Dan Liu, Peng Jiang, Shao Rong Long, Xi Zhang, Zhong Quan Wang and Jing Cui

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:448

    Published on: 29 September 2017

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