Tag Archives: Parasitology

Why Bees Need Their AMPs

Leicester research shows for the first time that antimicrobial peptides have a functional role in anti-Crithidia defense. Continue reading

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Scabies

Although it occurs worldwide, scabies is a truly neglected tropical disease, largely absent from the global health agenda. Continue reading

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Babesia: An Emerging Infectious Threat

Never heard of Babesia? Don’t worry, you will soon. Continue reading

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Malaria infected mosquitoes are more attracted to human odor

Mosquitoes infected with the malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum are significantly more attracted to human odors than uninfected mosquitoes. Continue reading

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Chlamydia pneumoniae: modern insights into an ancient pathogen

This short review examine the characteristic aspects of C. pneumoniae biology and offers insights into the diversity and evolution of this ancient pathogen. Continue reading

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Forcing your way in

Malaria, toxoplasmosis, and related diseases are caused by infection with unicellular parasites called Apicomplexa. Their name refers to the elaborate invasion machinery that occupies the apical end of the parasite cell. This apparatus allows the parasite to force its way … Continue reading

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Parasite makes mice fearless by hijacking immune cells 

The Toxoplasma parasite is an unusually devious operator. When it infects mice, it alters their behaviour so they become fearless enough to seek out cats and get eaten. But exactly how it did this was a mystery. Now it appears … Continue reading

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How parasitic worms cure inflammatory bowel disease

Inflammatory bowel disease sufferers (IBD, including Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis) experience a variety of unpleasant symptoms such as abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhoea, rectal bleeding, severe internal cramps/muscle spasms in the region of the pelvis and weight loss. The causes of these … Continue reading

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Toxoplasma – all your cells are belong to us

Toxoplasma gondii is an intracellular parasite that infects warm blooded animals, including humans. In these hosts, Toxoplasma establishes a chronic infection in the brain, which the parasite accomplishes in part by injecting effector proteins, which manipulate many cellular processes, into … Continue reading

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