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  1. Tissue inhibitors of metalloproteases (TIMPs) are a multifunctional family of proteins that orchestrate extracellular matrix turnover, tissue remodelling and other cellular processes. In parasitic helminths, s...

    Authors: Cinzia Cantacessi, Andreas Hofmann, Darren Pickering, Severine Navarro, Makedonka Mitreva and Alex Loukas

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2013 6:156

    Content type: Research

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  2. The obligate intracellular parasite Toxoplasma gondii can interfere with host cell signaling pathways, alter host defense systems and cell cycle control, and establish a chronic infection in the central nervous s...

    Authors: Min-Jun Xu, Dong-Hui Zhou, Alasdair J Nisbet, Si-Yang Huang, Yi-Fan Fan and Xing-Quan Zhu

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2013 6:154

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  3. Parasitic nematodes (roundworms) of small ruminants and other livestock have major economic impacts worldwide. Despite the impact of the diseases caused by these nematodes and the discovery of new therapeutic ...

    Authors: Florian Roeber, Aaron R Jex and Robin B Gasser

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2013 6:153

    Content type: Review

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  4. The prevalence of infection with the three common soil-transmitted helminths (i.e. Ascaris lumbricoides, Trichuris trichiura, and hookworm) in Bolivia is among the highest in Latin America. However, the spatial d...

    Authors: Frédérique Chammartin, Ronaldo GC Scholte, John B Malone, Mara E Bavia, Prixia Nieto, Jürg Utzinger and Penelope Vounatsou

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2013 6:152

    Content type: Research

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  5. Estimating the abundance of Culicoides using light traps is influenced by a large variation in abundance in time and place. This study investigates the optimal trapping strategy to estimate the abundance or prese...

    Authors: Carsten Kirkeby, Anders Stockmarr, René Bødker and Peter Lind

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2013 6:151

    Content type: Short report

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  6. The control of vector-borne diseases, such as malaria, dengue fever, and typhus fever is often achieved with the use of insecticides. Unfortunately, insecticide resistance is becoming common among different ve...

    Authors: Ronald J Nowling, Jenica L Abrudan, Douglas A Shoue, Badi’ Abdul-Wahid, Mariha Wadsworth, Gwen Stayback, Frank H Collins, Mary Ann McDowell and Jesús A Izaguirre

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2013 6:150

    Content type: Research

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  7. Cat fleas, Ctenocephalides felis, are known biological vectors for Rickettsia felis. Rickettsial transmission can be vertical via transovarial transmission within a flea population, as well as horizontal between ...

    Authors: Chutima Thepparit, Supanee Hirunkanokpun, Vsevolod L Popov, Lane D Foil and Kevin R Macaluso

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2013 6:149

    Content type: Short report

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  8. Strongyloides venezuelensis has been used as a tool and model for strongyloidiasis research. Elimination of S. venezuelensis adult worms from mice has been particularly associated with proliferation and activatio...

    Authors: Mohamed A EL-Malky, Haruhiko Maruyama, Saeed A Al-Harthi, Samar N El-Beshbishi and Nobu Ohta

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2013 6:148

    Content type: Research

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  9. The detection of insecticide resistance in natural populations of Anopheles vectors is absolutely necessary for malaria control. In the African region, the WHO insecticide susceptibility test is the most common m...

    Authors: Nazaire Aïzoun, Razaki Ossè, Roseric Azondekon, Roland Alia, Olivier Oussou, Virgile Gnanguenon, Rock Aikpon, Gil Germain Padonou and Martin Akogbéto

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2013 6:147

    Content type: Research

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  10. An integrated approach to reduce densities of adult Aedes aegypti inside homes is currently being evaluated under experimentally controlled field conditions. The strategy combines a spatial repellent (SR) treatme...

    Authors: Ferdinand V Salazar, Nicole L Achee, John P Grieco, Atchariya Prabaripai, Tolulope A Ojo, Lars Eisen, Christine Dureza, Suppaluck Polsomboon and Theeraphap Chareonviriyaphap

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2013 6:145

    Content type: Research

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  11. Insecticide resistance poses a major threat to current vector control campaigns. Insecticides with novel modes of action are therefore in high demand. Pyriproxyfen (PPF), a conventional mosquito pupacide, has ...

    Authors: Caroline Harris, Dickson W Lwetoijera, Stefan Dongus, Nancy S Matowo, Lena M Lorenz, Gregor J Devine and Silas Majambere

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2013 6:144

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  12. Visceral leishmaniasis (VL) was once a severe parasitic disease in China. Thanks to the great efforts of integrated control, VL was eliminated in most epidemic areas, except for certain western provinces (auto...

    Authors: Qing Fu, Shi-Zhu Li, Wei-Ping Wu, Yan-Yan Hou, Song Zhang, Yu Feng, Li-Ping Zhang and Lin-Hua Tang

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2013 6:143

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  13. The risks of fish-borne zoonotic trematodes (FZT) to human health constitute an important problem in Vietnam. The infection of humans with these trematodes, such as small liver trematodes (Clonorchis sinensis and...

    Authors: Nguyen M Hung, Nguyen V Duc, Jay R Stauffer Jr and Henry Madsen

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2013 6:142

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  14. Schistosomiasis japonica, caused by infection with Schistosoma japonicum, is still recognized as a major public health problem in the Peoples’ Republic of China. Mathematical modelling of schistosomiasis transmis...

    Authors: Shu-Jing Gao, Yu-Ying He, Yu-Jiang Liu, Guo-Jing Yang and Xiao-Nong Zhou

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2013 6:141

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  15. Toxoplasma gondii is an important zoonotic pathogen infecting humans and almost all warm-blooded animals. The most common sources of human infection are ingestion of tissue cysts in raw or undercooked meat. Howev...

    Authors: Na Yang, Ming-Yang Mu, Gao-ming Yuan, Guo-xin Zhang, Hong-Kui Li and Jian-Bin He

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2013 6:140

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  16. With the successful implementation of integrated measures for schistosomiasis japonica control, Jiangsu province has reached low-endemicity status. However, infected Oncomelania hupensis snails could still be fou...

    Authors: Kun Yang, Wei Li, Le-Ping Sun, Yi-Xin Huang, Jian-Feng Zhang, Feng Wu, De-Rong, Hang, Peter Steinmann and You-Sheng Liang

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2013 6:138

    Content type: Research

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  17. Mosquitoes that bite people outdoors can sustain malaria transmission even where effective indoor interventions such as bednets or indoor residual spraying are already widely used. Outdoor tools may therefore ...

    Authors: Nancy S Matowo, Jason Moore, Salum Mapua, Edith P Madumla, Irene R Moshi, Emanuel W Kaindoa, Stephen P Mwangungulu, Deogratius R Kavishe, Robert D Sumaye, Dickson W Lwetoijera and Fredros O Okumu

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2013 6:137

    Content type: Research

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  18. Southeast Asia presents a high diversity of Anopheles. Environmental requirements differ for each species and should be clarified because of their influence on malaria transmission potential. Monitoring projects ...

    Authors: Valérie Obsomer, Marc Dufrene, Pierre Defourny and Marc Coosemans

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2013 6:136

    Content type: Research

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  19. Toxoplasma gondii is a ubiquitous protozoan parasite that can infect humans and animals. The severity of toxoplasmosis varies according to the immune status of the individual, parasite strain, and host species. I...

    Authors: Hasan Tarık Atmaca, Aycan Nuriye Gazyagcı, Sıla Canpolat and Oguz Kul

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2013 6:135

    Content type: Research

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  20. Leishmaniasis remains a serious neglected disease, with more than 350 million people potentially at risk worldwide. Control strategies often rely on spraying residual insecticides to target populations of the ...

    Authors: Daniel Peter Bray and James G C Hamilton

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2013 6:133

    Content type: Research

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  21. Three species of the genus Cercopithifilaria have been morphologically and molecularly characterized in dog populations in southern Europe: Cercopithifilaria grassii (Noè, 1907), Cercopithifilaria sp. sensu Otran...

    Authors: Domenico Otranto, Antonio Varcasia, Cinzia Solinas, Antonio Scala, Emanuele Brianti, Filipe Dantas-Torres, Giada Annoscia, Coralie Martin, Yasen Mutafchiev and Odile Bain

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2013 6:132

    Content type: Research

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  22. Malaria control methods targeting indoor-biting mosquitoes have limited impact on vectors that feed and rest outdoors. Exploiting mosquito olfactory behaviour to reduce blood-feeding outdoors might be a sustai...

    Authors: Lena M Lorenz, Aidan Keane, Jason D Moore, Cristina J Munk, Laura Seeholzer, Antony Mseka, Emmanuel Simfukwe, Joseph Ligamba, Elizabeth L Turner, Lubandwa R Biswaro, Fredros O Okumu, Gerry F Killeen, Wolfgang R Mukabana and Sarah J Moore

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2013 6:131

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  23. There are major concerns over sustaining the efficacy of current malaria vector control interventions given the rapid spread of resistance, particularly to pyrethroids. This study assessed the bioefficacy of f...

    Authors: Michael Okia, Richard Ndyomugyenyi, James Kirunda, Anatol Byaruhanga, Seraphine Adibaku, Denis K Lwamafa and Fred Kironde

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2013 6:130

    Content type: Research

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  24. Although reported sporadically from various countries, feline babesiosis appears to be a significant clinical entity only in South Africa, where Babesia felis is usually incriminated as the causative agent. Babes...

    Authors: Anna-Mari Bosman, Marinda C Oosthuizen, Estelle H Venter, Johan CA Steyl, Tertius A Gous and Barend L Penzhorn

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2013 6:128

    Content type: Short report

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  25. The transformation of noninfective epimastigotes into infective metacyclic trypomastigotes (metacyclogenesis) is a fundamental step in the life cycle of Trypanosoma cruzi, comprising several morphological and bio...

    Authors: Ethel Bayer-Santos, Narcisa Leal Cunha-e-Silva, Nobuko Yoshida and José Franco da Silveira

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2013 6:127

    Content type: Research

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  26. Baylisascaris species are intestinal nematodes of skunks, raccoons, badgers, and bears belonging to the genus Ascarididae. Oral uptake of embryonated Baylisascaris sp. eggs by a wide variety of mammals and birds ...

    Authors: Frits Franssen, Kayin Xie, Hein Sprong and Joke van der Giessen

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2013 6:124

    Content type: Research

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  27. Here we describe a case of paediatric visceral leishmaniasis recorded in an infant initially suspected for acute lymphoblastic leukaemia due to the clinical and haematological presentation. Eventually the pati...

    Authors: Vincenzo Lorusso, Filipe Dantas-Torres, Francesco Caprio, Mariano Manzionna, Nicola Santoro, Gad Baneth and Domenico Otranto

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2013 6:123

    Content type: Letter to the Editor

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  28. Leishmaniasis is a group of diseases with a variety of clinical manifestations. The form of the disease is highly dependent on the infective Leishmania species and the immunological status of the host. The infect...

    Authors: Joana Cunha, Eugenia Carrillo, Carmen Sánchez, Israel Cruz, Javier Moreno and Anabela Cordeiro-da-Silva

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2013 6:122

    Content type: Research

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  29. The trypanosome diversity of the Brush-tailed Bettong (Bettongia penicillata), known locally as the woylie, has been further investigated. At a species level, woylies are critically endangered and have declined b...

    Authors: Craig K Thompson, Adriana Botero, Adrian F Wayne, Stephanie S Godfrey, Alan J Lymbery and RC Andrew Thompson

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2013 6:121

    Content type: Research

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  30. When compared to the murine permissive host of Schistosoma japonicum, Wistar rats are less susceptible to Schistosoma japonicum infection, and are considered to provide a less suitable microenvironment for parasi...

    Authors: Hongxiao Han, Jinbiao Peng, Yang Hong, Min Zhang, Yanhui Han, Zhiqiang Fu, Yaojun Shi, Jinjun Xu, Jianping Tao and Jiaojiao Lin

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2013 6:120

    Content type: Research

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  31. As an important contributor to vector-borne diseases in China, in recent years, tick-borne diseases have attracted much attention because of their increasing incidence and consequent significant harm to livest...

    Authors: Xian-Bo Wu, Ren-Hua Na, Shan-Shan Wei, Jin-Song Zhu and Hong-Juan Peng

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2013 6:119

    Content type: Review

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  32. Contradictory arguments regarding the benefits and harm of insecticides, especially DDT, have caused concerns in different societal circles, threatening to undermine the achievements of the indoor residual spr...

    Authors: Khumbulani W Hlongwana, Edison J Mavundza, Elda P Mohapi, Phillip Kruger, Jasson Urbach, Samson Mukaratirwa and Rajendra Maharaj

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2013 6:118

    Content type: Research

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  33. Controlling canine vector-borne diseases (CVBD) is a major concern, since some of these diseases are serious zoonoses. This study was designed to determine seropositivity rates in Spain for agents causing the ...

    Authors: Guadalupe Miró, Ana Montoya, Xavier Roura, Rosa Gálvez and Angel Sainz

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2013 6:117

    Content type: Research

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  34. Integrated Vector Control (IVC) remains the approach for managing the malaria-causing vector. The study investigated the contribution of Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis (Bti) in the control of malaria by targe...

    Authors: Rita Nartey, Ellis Owusu-Dabo, Thomas Kruppa, Sandra Baffour-Awuah, Augustina Annan, Samuel Oppong, Norbert Becker and Kwasi Obiri-Danso

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2013 6:116

    Content type: Research

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  35. Phlebotomus chinensis is a primary vector of visceral leishmaniasis; it occurs in various biotopes with a large geographical distribution, ranging from Yangtze River to northeast China. Phlebotomus sichuanensis, ...

    Authors: Li Zhang, Yajun Ma and Jiannong Xu

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2013 6:115

    Content type: Research

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  36. The scaling up of malaria vector control efforts in Africa has resulted in changing the malaria vectorial systems across different ecological settings. In view of the ongoing trends in vector population dynami...

    Authors: Joseph M Mwangangi, Ephantus J Muturi, Simon M Muriu, Joseph Nzovu, Janet T Midega and Charles Mbogo

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2013 6:114

    Content type: Research

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  37. Migrant agricultural workers are a group of people living in poverty with poor housing, sanitary conditions and hygiene practices. Little is known about the epidemiology of infection with Toxoplasma gondii in mig...

    Authors: Cosme Alvarado-Esquivel, Federico Campillo-Ruiz and Oliver Liesenfeld

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2013 6:113

    Content type: Research

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  38. Chagas disease, caused by Trypanosoma cruzi, is a geographically widespread anthropozoonosis that is considered a major public health problem in Latin America. Because this parasite presents high genetic variabil...

    Authors: Sonia L Higuera, Felipe Guhl and Juan David Ramírez

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2013 6:112

    Content type: Short report

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  39. The ability to successfully identify and incriminate pathogen vectors is fundamental to effective pathogen control and management. This task is confounded by the existence of cryptic species complexes. Molecul...

    Authors: Brian Patrick Bourke, Tatiane Porangaba Oliveira, Lincoln Suesdek, Eduardo Sterlino Bergo and Maria Anice Mureb Sallum

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2013 6:111

    Content type: Research

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  40. Effective diagnostic tools are necessary to monitor and evaluate interruption of Lymphatic Filariasis (LF) transmission. Accurate detection of Wuchereria bancrofti (Wb) microfilaria (mf) is essential to measure t...

    Authors: Catherine Plichart and Aurore Lemoine

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2013 6:110

    Content type: Short report

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  41. In southern Mexico, malaria transmission is low, seasonal, and persistent. Because many patients are affected by two or more malaria episodes caused by Plasmodium vivax, we carried out a study to determine the ti...

    Authors: Lilia Gonzalez-Ceron, Jianbing Mu, Frida Santillán, Deirdre Joy, Marco A Sandoval, Gerardo Camas, Xinzhuan Su, Elena V Choy and Rene Torreblanca

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2013 6:109

    Content type: Research

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  42. Schistosoma mansoni infection is a persistent public health problemin many Kenyan communities. Although praziquantel is available, re-infectionafter chemotherapy treatment is inevitable, especially among children...

    Authors: Henry C Kariuki, Henry Madsen, John H Ouma, Anthony E Butterworth, David W Dunne, Mark Booth, Gachuhi Kimani, Joseph K Mwatha, Eric Muchiri and Birgitte J Vennervald

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2013 6:107

    Content type: Research

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  43. The recent article by Mohammed et al. demonstrates an impressive effect of ivermectin mass drug administration for lymphatic filariasis on the burden of scabies. Partnering scabies research within the evaluation ...

    Authors: Daniel Engelman, Diana L Martin, Roderick J Hay, Olivier Chosidow, James S McCarthy, L Claire Fuller and Andrew C Steer

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2013 6:106

    Content type: Letter to the Editor

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