Trends in Parasitology
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Schistosomiasis in African infants and preschool children: let them now be treated!
The occurrence of schistosomiasis within African infants and preschool children has been much better documented in recent years, revealing an important burden of disease previously overlooked. Despite mounting evidence showing that treatment with praziquantel is safe, beneficial, and could be delive...
Complement evasion by Borrelia burgdorferi: it takes three to tango.
The complement system is one of the major innate defense mechanisms Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato has to overcome to establish an infection of mammalian hosts and to cause Lyme borreliosis in humans. Borrelia prevents complement-mediated killing during host colonization through (i) recruitment of...
The diverse roles of monocytes in inflammation caused by protozoan parasitic diseases.
The mononuclear phagocyte system (MPS), comprising monocytes, macrophages, and dendritic cells (DCs), plays an important role in the control of disease, but can also contribute to the establishment of persistent infections. Monocytes are derived from progenitors in the bone marrow. Once in circulati...
Is Trypanosoma vivax genetically diverse?
Host specificity in phylogenetic and geographic space.
We describe here the multifaceted nature of host specificity, summarize the indices available to measure its different facets one at a time or in combination, and discuss their implications for parasite evolution and disease epidemiology. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights re...
Mitochondrial translation in trypanosomatids: a novel target for chemotherapy?
Trypanosomatids cause widespread disease in humans and animals. Treatment of many of these diseases is hampered by the lack of efficient and safe drugs. New strategies for drug development are therefore urgently needed. It has long been known that the single mitochondrion of trypanos...
Has the time come for us to complement our malaria parasites?
An update on the rapid advances in malaria parasite cell biology.
We focus on three aspects of parasite cell biology: (i) plastid metabolism, (ii) sporozoite biology, and (iii) protein transport to and from the host erythrocyte. In each case recent work has led to a deeper understanding of parasite biology, often at the expense of previously accepted paradigms. Th...
What is new about animal and human dirofilariosis?
Dirofilaria immitis and D. repens, the causal agents of cardiopulmonary and subcutaneous dirofilariosis, respectively, affect canine, feline and human populations with an increasing incidence in temperate and tropical areas of the world. In the past decade outstanding advances in the knowledge of di...
Southern Sudan: an opportunity for NTD control and elimination?
Southern Sudan has been ravaged by decades of conflict and is thought to have one of the highest burdens of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) in the world. Health care delivery, including efforts to control or eliminate NTDs, is severely hampered by a lack of infrastructure and health systems. Howe...