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  1. Research

    Screening and identification of host proteins interacting with Theileria annulata cysteine proteinase (TaCP) by yeast-two-hybrid system

    Theileria annulata can infect monocytes/macrophages and B lymphocytes and causes severe lymphoproliferative disease in ruminants. Meanwhile, infection by T. annulata leads to the perma...

    Shuaiyang Zhao, Guiquan Guan, Junlong Liu, Aihong Liu, Youquan Li, Hong Yin and Jianxun Luo

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:536

    Published on: 30 October 2017

  2. Research

    Ecology of West Nile virus across four European countries: empirical modelling of the Culex pipiens abundance dynamics as a function of weather

    Culex pipiens is the major vector of West Nile virus in Europe, and is causing frequent outbreaks throughout the southern part of the continent. Proper empirical modelling of the popul...

    Thomas A. Groen, Gregory L’Ambert, Romeo Bellini, Alexandra Chaskopoulou, Dusan Petric, Marija Zgomba, Laurence Marrama and Dominique J. Bicout

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:524

    Published on: 26 October 2017

  3. Research

    Distribution of Blastocystis subtypes isolated from humans from an urban community in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

    Blastocystis is a cosmopolitan protist parasite found in the human gastrointestinal tract and is highly prevalent in developing countries. Recent molecular studies have revealed extens...

    Carolina Valença Barbosa, Rosemary de Jesus Batista, Ricardo Pereira Igreja, Claudia Masini d’Avila Levy, Heloisa Werneck de Macedo and Helena Lúcia Carneiro Santos

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:518

    Published on: 25 October 2017

  4. Research

    Very high carriage of gametocytes in asymptomatic low-density Plasmodium falciparum and P. vivax infections in western Thailand

    Low-density asymptomatic infections of Plasmodium spp. are common in low endemicity areas worldwide, but outside Africa, their contribution to malaria transmission is poorly understood. Community-based studies wi...

    Wang Nguitragool, Ivo Mueller, Chalermpon Kumpitak, Teerawat Saeseu, Sirasate Bantuchai, Ritthideach Yorsaeng, Surapon Yimsamran, Wanchai Maneeboonyang, Patiwat Sa-angchai, Wutthichai Chaimungkun, Prasert Rukmanee, Supalarp Puangsa-art, Nipon Thanyavanich, Cristian Koepfli, Ingrid Felger, Jetsumon Sattabongkot…

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:512

    Published on: 24 October 2017

  5. Research

    Moroccan strains of Leishmania major and Leishmania tropica differentially impact on nitric oxide production by macrophages

    Cutaneous leishmaniasis (CL) is a vector-borne parasitic disease caused by protozoa of the genus Leishmania. In Morocco, CL is a public health problem mainly caused by Leishmania major and Leishmania tropica, whi...

    Hasnaa Maksouri, Pham My-Chan Dang, Vasco Rodrigues, Jérôme Estaquier, Myriam Riyad and Khadija Akarid

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:506

    Published on: 23 October 2017

  6. Research

    Community analysis of the abundance and diversity of mosquito species (Diptera: Culicidae) in three European countries at different latitudes

    Studies on mosquito species diversity in Europe often focus on a specific habitat, region or country. Moreover, different trap types are used for these sampling studies, making it difficult to compare and vali...

    Tim W. R. Möhlmann, Uno Wennergren, Malin Tälle, Guido Favia, Claudia Damiani, Luca Bracchetti and Constantianus J. M. Koenraadt

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:510

    Published on: 23 October 2017

  7. Research

    Molecular prevalence of trypanosome infections in cattle and tsetse flies in the Maasai Steppe, northern Tanzania

    African trypanosomosis is a disease of public health and economic importance that poses a major threat to the livelihoods of people living in the Maasai Steppe, where there is a significant interaction between...

    Mary Simwango, Anibariki Ngonyoka, Happiness J. Nnko, Linda P. Salekwa, Moses Ole-Neselle, Sharadhuli I. Kimera and Paul S. Gwakisa

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:507

    Published on: 23 October 2017

  8. Research

    Toxoplasma gondii seroprevalence and genotype diversity in select wildlife species from the southeastern United States

    Toxoplasma gondii is a widespread protozoan parasite that infects humans and other animals. Previous studies indicate some genotypes of T. gondii are more frequently isolated in wildli...

    Richard W. Gerhold, Pooja Saraf, Alycia Chapman, Xuan Zou, Graham Hickling, William H. Stiver, Allan Houston, Marcy Souza and Chunlei Su

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:508

    Published on: 23 October 2017

  9. Research

    Use of a bioinformatic-assisted primer design strategy to establish a new nested PCR-based method for Cryptosporidium

    The accurate tracking of Cryptosporidium in faecal, water and/or soil samples in water catchment areas is central to developing strategies to manage the potential risk of cryptosporidiosis transmission to humans....

    Anson V. Koehler, Pasi K. Korhonen, Ross S. Hall, Neil D. Young, Tao Wang, Shane R. Haydon and Robin B. Gasser

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:509

    Published on: 23 October 2017

  10. Research

    High seroprevalance of Neospora caninum in dogs in Victoria, Australia, compared to 20 years ago

    Canids are definitive hosts of the apicomplexan parasite Neospora caninum, the leading cause of abortion in cattle worldwide. For horizontal transmission from canids to occur, oocysts of N. caninum must be shed b...

    Sarah Sloan, Jan Šlapeta, Abdul Jabbar, Jaimie Hunnam, Bert De Groef, Grant Rawlin and Christina McCowan

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:503

    Published on: 19 October 2017

  11. Research

    Structural and functional characterization of the divergent Entamoeba Src using Src inhibitor-1

    The abundant number of kinases that Entamoeba histolytica possesses allows us to assume that the regulation of cellular functions by phosphorylation-dephosphorylation processes is very important. However, the kin...

    Luilli López-Contreras, Verónica Ivonne Hernández-Ramírez, Mayra Herrera-Martínez, Sarita Montaño, Luis Alejandro Constantino-Jonapa, Bibiana Chávez-Munguía and Patricia Talamás-Rohana

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:500

    Published on: 18 October 2017

  12. Research

    Wetland characteristics linked to broad-scale patterns in Culiseta melanura abundance and eastern equine encephalitis virus infection

    Eastern equine encephalitis virus (EEEV) is an expanding mosquito-borne threat to humans and domestic animal populations in the northeastern United States. Outbreaks of EEEV are challenging to predict due to s...

    Nicholas K. Skaff, Philip M. Armstrong, Theodore G. Andreadis and Kendra S. Cheruvelil

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:501

    Published on: 18 October 2017

  13. Research

    Microscopic and molecular analysis of Babesia canis in archived and diagnostic specimens reveal the impact of anti-parasitic treatment and postmortem changes on pathogen detection

    Classification of Babesia parasites has traditionally relied on morphological differentiation based on piroplasm size and shape. Molecular typing has subsequently revealed a more complex taxonomy for these piropl...

    Doroteja Huber, Ana Beck, Željka Anzulović, Daria Jurković, Adam Polkinghorne, Gad Baneth and Relja Beck

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:495

    Published on: 18 October 2017

  14. Research

    Tyrosine kinase 4 is involved in the reproduction of the platyhelminth parasite Schistosoma japonicum

    Schistosomiasis is one of the most common parasitic diseases affecting millions of humans and animals worldwide. Understanding the signal transduction pathways and the molecular basis of reproductive regulatio...

    Han Ding, Fengchun Liu, Lulu Zhu, Fei Wu, Quan Liu, Siyu He, Wei Shao, Yinan Du, Cuiping Ren, Jijia Shen and Miao Liu

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:498

    Published on: 18 October 2017

  15. Research

    Pathogen communities of songbird-derived ticks in Europe’s low countries

    Birds play a major role in the maintenance of enzootic cycles of pathogens transmitted by ticks. Due to their mobility, they affect the spatial distribution and abundance of both ticks and pathogens. In the pr...

    Dieter Heylen, Manoj Fonville, Arieke Docters van Leeuwen, Arjan Stroo, Martin Duisterwinkel, Sip van Wieren, Maria Diuk-Wasser, Arnout de Bruin and Hein Sprong

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:497

    Published on: 18 October 2017

  16. Short report

    Population genetics of Enterocytozoon bieneusi in captive giant pandas of China

    Most studies on Enterocytozoon bieneusi are conducted based on the internal transcribed spacer (ITS) region of the rRNA gene, whereas some have examined E. bieneusi population structures. Currently, the populatio...

    Wei Li, Yuan Song, Zhijun Zhong, Xiangming Huang, Chengdong Wang, Caiwu Li, Haidi Yang, Haifeng Liu, Zhihua Ren, Jingchao Lan, Kongju Wu and Guangneng Peng

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:499

    Published on: 18 October 2017

  17. Research

    Characterization of novel microneme adhesive repeats (MAR) in Eimeria tenella

    The phylum Apicomplexa comprises a wide variety of parasites of significant medical and economic relevance. These parasites have extremely different host and tissue tropisms; for example Toxoplasma gondii can inv...

    Virginia Marugan-Hernandez, Rebekah Fiddy, Jazmine Nurse-Francis, Oliver Smith, Laura Pritchard and Fiona M. Tomley

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:491

    Published on: 17 October 2017

  18. Research

    Comparative assessment of An. gambiae and An. stephensi mosquitoes to determine transmission-reducing activity of antibodies against P. falciparum sexual stage antigens

    With the increasing interest in vaccines to interrupt malaria transmission, there is a demand for harmonization of current methods to assess Plasmodium transmission in laboratory settings. Potential vaccine candi...

    Maarten Eldering, Anaïs Bompard, Kazutoyo Miura, Will Stone, Isabelle Morlais, Anna Cohuet, Geert-Jan van Gemert, Patrick M. Brock, Sanna R. Rijpma, Marga van de Vegte-Bolmer, Wouter Graumans, Rianne Siebelink-Stoter, Dari F. Da, Carole A. Long, Merribeth J. Morin, Robert W. Sauerwein…

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:489

    Published on: 17 October 2017

  19. Research

    Molecular detection of Bartonella spp. in deer ked (Lipoptena cervi) in Poland

    The bacteria of the genus Bartonella are obligate parasites of vertebrates. Their distribution range covers almost the entire world from America, Europe, Asia to Africa and Australia. Some species of Bartonella a...

    Tomasz Szewczyk, Joanna Werszko, Żaneta Steiner-Bogdaszewska, Witold Jeżewski, Zdzisław Laskowski and Grzegorz Karbowiak

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:487

    Published on: 16 October 2017

  20. Research

    A multiplex PCR for detection of knockdown resistance mutations, V1016G and F1534C, in pyrethroid-resistant Aedes aegypti

    Mutation of the voltage-gated sodium channel (VGSC) gene, or knockdown resistance (kdr) gene, is an important resistance mechanism of the dengue vector Aedes aegypti mosquitoes against pyrethroids. In many countr...

    Jassada Saingamsook, Atiporn Saeung, Jintana Yanola, Nongkran Lumjuan, Catherine Walton and Pradya Somboon

    Parasites & Vectors 2017 10:465

    Published on: 10 October 2017

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