Advances in Parasitology
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Recent developments in Blastocystis research.
We appraise the published evidence addressing this and its weaknesses. Genetic diversity studies have led to the identification of numerous subtypes (STs) within the genus Blastocystis and, recently, methods for studying variation within STs have been developed, with implications for our understandi...
Plasmodium vivax: clinical spectrum, risk factors and pathogenesis.
Vivax malaria was historically described as 'benign tertian malaria' because individual clinical episodes were less likely to cause severe illness than Plasmodium falciparum. Despite this, Plasmodium vivax was, and remains, responsible for major morbidity and significant mortality in vivax-endemic a...
The role of acidocalcisomes in the stress response of Trypanosoma cruzi.
Acidocalcisomes of Trypanosoma cruzi are acidic calcium-containing organelles rich in phosphorus in the form of pyrophosphate (PP(i)) and polyphosphate (poly P). Acidification of the organelles is driven by vacuolar proton pumps, one of which, the vacuolar-type proton pyrophosphatase, is absent in m...
Natural history of host-parasite interactions. Preface.
Variation of Leptopilina boulardi success in Drosophila hosts: what is inside the black box?
Interactions between Drosophila hosts and parasitoid wasps are among the few examples in which occurrence of intraspecific variation of parasite success has been studied in natural populations. Such variations can originate from three categories of factors: environmental, host and parasitoid factors...
Chapter 2 An Introduction to Malaria Parasites
Systematics and epidemiology of trichinella.
We describe the current knowledge on the systematics, ecology and epidemiology of Trichinella and trichinellosis, and the impact of recent research discoveries on the understanding of this zoonosis. The epidemiology of this zoonosis has experienced important changes over the past two decades, especi...
The range and biological activity of FMRFamide-related peptides and classical neurotransmitters in nematodes.
Nematodes include both major parasites of humans, livestock and plants in addition to free-living species such as Caenorhabditis elegans. The nematode nervous system (especially in C. elegans) is exceptionally well defined in terms of the number, location and projections of the small number of neuro...
Proteases of protozoan parasites.
Proteolytic enzymes seem to play important roles in the life cycles of all medically important protozoan parasites, including the organisms that cause malaria, trypanosomiasis, leishmaniasis, amebiasis, toxoplasmosis, giardiasis, cryptosporidiosis and trichomoniasis. Proteases from all four major pr...