Special Issue "Tick Physiology and Behavior"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2023 | Viewed by 3300
2. VMBS, NIAID, NIH, Rockville, MD 20852, USA
Interests: neurobiology of ticks; transcriptomics; neuropeptides, neurotransmitters; tick-borne pathogens; innate immunity; pheromones.
Interests: tick neuro-physiology; signal transductions; neuropeptides; neurotransmitters; GPCRs
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Ticks have been parasitizing vertebrates for many millions of years, and their strong ability to adapt to the challenges of changing environments encountered during the ages has placed them firmly among the most evolutionarily successful arthropods. Due the rapidly escalating frequency of tick attacks in response to changing climate, these medically important arthropods have attracted a great deal of attention from the world’s scientific community. The main focus of scientific researchers has been trying to understand the different aspects of tick–host–pathogens interactions. The goal of their research has been developing treatments to block tick transmission of disease-causing pathogens. However, from a biological point of view, these researchers are beginning to recognize that ticks are organisms endowed with an incredibly unique physiology and behavior, including capabilities not found in any other blood feeding arthropods. Although tick feeding during the on-host phase of their life cycle is often recognized as the hallmark of their unique biology, the majority of their life cycle is spent in the off-host phase. Both of these phases are characterized by a plethora of unusual physiological features directly reflecting the fluctuating changes of their environment. In this Special Issue of Pathogens, we welcome research articles, reviews, and opinions describing any aspect of tick physiology and behaviors, including but not limited to life cycle, blood feeding, secretion, excretion, metabolism, digestion, development, homeostasis, mating, and host seeking behavior. Research articles utilizing methods related to molecular biology, biochemistry, genomics, imaging, morphology/anatomy, and novel pharmacological tools also are welcome.
Prof. Daniel Sonenshine
Dr. Ladislav Šimo
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