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Avian malaria and related haemosporidian parasites (genera Haemoproteus, Plasmodium, and Leucocytozoon) affect bird demography, species range limits, and community structure, yet they remain unsurveyed in most bird communities and populations. We conducted a community-level...

["Biodiversity","Parasitology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3700
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Background Parasites are essential components of natural communities, but the factors that generate skewed distributions of parasite occurrences and abundances across host populations are not well understood. Methods Here, we analyse at a seascape scale the spatiotemporal...

["Animal Behavior","Biodiversity","Parasitology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3675
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Quantitative reverse transcription PCR (qRT-PCR) has been an integral part of characterizing the immunity of Anopheles mosquitoes towards Plasmodium invasion. Two anti-Plasmodium factors of Anopheles, thioester-containing protein 1 (TEP1) and nitric oxide synthase...

["Molecular Biology","Parasitology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3577
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Background Amoebiasis is the third most common parasitic cause of morbidity and mortality, particularly in countries with poor hygienic settings. There exists an ambiguity in the diagnosis of amoebiasis, and hence there arises a necessity for a better diagnostic...

["Biochemistry","Bioinformatics","Parasitology","Infectious Diseases"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3160
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Schistosomiasis remains a major parasitic disease, endemic in large parts of South America. Five neotropical species of Biomphalaria have been found to act as intermediate hosts of Schistosoma mansoni in natural populations, while others have been shown to be susceptible...

["Ecology","Genetics","Parasitology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3401
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Background Gregarines are a group of early branching Apicomplexa parasitizing invertebrate animals. Despite their wide distribution and relevance to the understanding the phylogenesis of apicomplexans, gregarines remain understudied: light microscopy data are insufficient...

["Cell Biology","Microbiology","Parasitology","Taxonomy","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3354
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Phytochemicals produced by plants, including at flowers, function in protection against plant diseases, and have a long history of use against trypanosomatid infection. Floral nectar and pollen, the sole food sources for many species of insect pollinators, contain...

["Ecology","Entomology","Parasitology","Plant Science","Infectious Diseases"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3297
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The secretory pathway in Plasmodium falciparum has evolved to transport proteins to the host cell membrane and to an endosymbiotic organelle, the apicoplast. The latter can occur via the ER or the ER-Golgi route. Here, we study these three routes using proteins...

["Cell Biology","Parasitology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3128
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Contemporary patterns of land use and global climate change are modifying regional pools of parasite host species. The impact of host community changes on human disease risk, however, is difficult to assess due to a lack of information about zoonotic parasite host...

["Biogeography","Ecology","Entomology","Parasitology","Infectious Diseases"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3152
2 citations
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Background Aedes albopictus is an aggressive invasive mosquito species that represents a serious health concern not only in tropical areas, but also in temperate regions due to its role as vector of arboviruses. Estimates of mosquito biting rates are essential...

["Entomology","Parasitology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2998
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American trypanosomiasis is a chronic and endemic disease which affects millions of people. Trypanosoma cruzi, its causative agent, has a life cycle that involves complex morphological and functional transitions, as well as a variety of environmental conditions....

["Biochemistry","Genomics","Molecular Biology","Parasitology","Infectious Diseases"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3017
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Trypanosoma brucei brucei (TBB) belongs to the unicellular parasitic protozoa organisms, specifically to the Trypanosoma genus of the Trypanosomatidae class. A variety of different vertebrate species can be infected by TBB, including humans and animals. Under particular...

["Biochemistry","Bioinformatics","Computational Biology","Evolutionary Studies","Parasitology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3061
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Background The genotype-phenotype interactions among traits governing feeding preference are of fundamental importance to behavioral genetics and evolutionary biology. The genetic basis of behavioral traits has been explored in different taxa using different approaches....

["Entomology","Molecular Biology","Parasitology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2598
2 citations
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In the tropics, there are too few studies on isolation of Blastocystis sp. subtypes from water sources; in addition, there is also an absence of reported studies on the occurrence of Blastocystis sp. subtypes in water during different seasons. Therefore, this study...

["Parasitology","Public Health"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2541
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Spermatological characteristics of species from two monorchiid genera, Opisthomonorchis and Paramonorcheides, have been investigated, for the first time, by means of transmission electron microscopy. The ultrastructural study reveals that the mature spermatozoon...

["Cell Biology","Parasitology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2488

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