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Special Issue "Ticks & Piroplasms: Updates and Emerging Challenges"
A special issue of Pathogens (ISSN 2076-0817). This special issue belongs to the section "Ticks".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2023 | Viewed by 10709
Special Issue Editors
Interests: tick and TBP control; epidemiology; tick–host–pathogen interactions
Interests: My research focuses on vectors and vector borne diseases, with an emphasis on ticks and pathogens transmitted by ticks, such as Babesia sp.. The overarching aim of my studies is to build knowledge on the tick–pathogen interactions as well as parasite biology, using a combination of methodologies such as genomics, proteomics and molecular biology, towards the development of novel therapies for vector and parasite control.
Special Issue Information
Under the phylum Apicomplexa, the order Piroplasmida includes the genera Babesia, Theileria and Cytauxzoon, which comprise intracellular organisms with intricate life cycles, involving asexual multiplication within a vertebrate host and sexual multiplication followed by sporozoite formation in an arthropod vector, namely, ticks.
These parasites can infect a wide range of vertebrate hosts and share many similarities but also distinctive characteristics, as the pre-erythrocytic life stage in leukocytes found in Theileria sp. and Cytauxzoon sp. but not in Babesia sp.. In particular, the disease syndromes “babesiosis” and “theileriosis” are globally recognized due to their extensive prevalence, intrinsically connected to vector distribution, and impact on animal health. The ability to infect humans is restricted to a few number of Babesia species; however, with an alarming rise of cases, particularly in North America, human babesiosis is considered an emerging zoonosis. Such facts allied with the economic losses in husbandry fosters the need to develop and implement effective control strategies and promote global health.
Studies on these two piroplasmids have revealed extraordinary features related to their biology and dynamics within their host cells. Still, much remains to be explored with the wake of omics technologies. Moreover, most of the related research has been focusing on mammal-infecting stages of Babesia and Theileria, neglecting their linkage to ticks. Uncovering the tied interactions occurring at both vector and vertebrate host interface, as well as continuous epidemo-surveillance, are key to the pursuit of disease eradication.
This Special Issue aims to gather updates on current knowledge and beyond, under the thematic of ticks and piroplasms. We encourage the submission of not only research articles or short communications, presenting new data and using different methodologies, but also reviews of the most interesting achievements under this topic. Opinion articles on tick and piroplamids, control measures or programs are also welcome. We are sure that this issue will contribute to a better understanding of the complex tick–piroplasm–host relationship and bring forward innovative solutions to alleviate the negative effects imposed by such association.
Prof. Dr. Ana Domingos
Dr. Sandra Antunes
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- Babesia sp.
- Theileria sp.
- Pathogen–host cell interactions
- Public health
- Disease control