- Chris Arme, Keele University
- Filipe Dantas-Torres, Centro de Pesquisas Aggeu Magalhães
- Kevin M Tyler, University of East Anglia
- Xing-Quan Zhu, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences
- Kathryn Taylor, University of Manchester
Short reportFirst molecular characterization of Cryptosporidium cuniculus (typically found in rabbits) in an Australian human and Eastern grey kangaroo. Image. Eastern grey kangaroo.
Short reportHigh electron dense material in the central vacuole indicates the presence of neutral lipid which confirms that Blastocystis sp. from ostrich isolates uses the vacuolar forms to store lipids. Image: Transmission electron microscopy showed that Blastocystis sp. isolated from ostrich isolate showed high electron dense in the central vacuole.
ResearchWildlife may harbor infectious pathogens that are of zoonotic concern acting as a reservoir of diseases transmissible to humans and domestic animals. We detected three different pathogenic agents, including Anaplasma phagocytophilum, Rickettsia spp. and Babesia spp. in baboons and vervet monkeys from Zambia. Image: Vervet monkey.
ResearchElimination of onchocerciasis in Africa would be accelerated by the development of a safe cure. Development of candidate drugs is constrained by the lack of an appropriate small animal infection system, which may lead to drug failure in the clinic. Here we report the validation of a scalable pre-clinical mouse model of onchocerciasis by the surgical implantation of adult Onchocerca ochengi isolated from naturally infected cattle in Cameroon. Image: Adult male Onchocerca ochengi.
ResearchmiR-281 is specifically expressed in the midgut of female Aedes albopictus and is up-regulated in response to dengue virus infection. Functional intervention analyses indicated that miR-281 enhances dengue virus replication. Image: Aedes albopictus.
Short reportThe objective was to determine baseline presence and absence data for five bacterial agents (Anaplasma, Borrelia, Babesia, Ehrlichia, and Rickettsia in Ixodes scapularis collected in western Tennessee. Non-pathogenic Rickettsia spp., Ehrlichia ewingii, and Anaplasma phagocytophilum were identified. Image: Adult female Ixodes scapularis. (Photo: Lauren Maestas).
ResearchThe possibility to use conjunctival swab samples for Leishmania detection by qPCR in dogs has been evaluated, revealing its usefulness in borderline cases, therapy monitoring, disease relapse or presence of comorbidities. Image: Conjunctival swab sampling from a dog suspected of leishmaniasis relapse.
ResearchUnderstanding the transmission of Leishmania infantum in urban centers is a great challenge for the control of visceral leishmaniasis. The present study aimed to establish the degree of spatial dependency between canine and human visceral leishmaniasis in an area of recent transmission. Image: Directional distribution of canine and human visceral leishmaniasis in an area of recent transmission in Brazil.
ResearchLittle is known about highland malaria and its vectors in Africa. Six Anopheles species were identified in the present study; An. arabiensis, An. demeilloni, An. christyi, An. funestus s.l, An. pharoensis and An. cinereus. Image: An. arabiensis feeding on blood.
Short reportIncreased levels of erythrocytic apoptosis have been related to hematologic disorders of many diseases, including rodent malaria. Herein, erythrocytic apoptosis was investigated in human malaria and it was observed that the most lethal malaria parasite (P. falciparum), but not P. vivax, has proapoptotic effects on non-infected red blood cells. Image: P. falciparum-infected red blood cells in Giemsa-stained thin blood smears.
ResearchKeys for the identification of phlebotomine sand flies of Italy are proposed. These keys are intended to standardize studies dealing with these important vectors. Image: Male terminalia of Phlebotomus papatasi.
ResearchDeciphering how agriculture affects resistance of mosquitoes to insecticides is crucial for improving resistance management strategies. This study shows that an Anopheles population selected with a mixture of agricultural pesticides can rapidly develop complex resistance mechanisms against vector control insecticides. Image: Malaria vectors face a wide range of chemicals used in vector control and agriculture.
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