Bartonella species and their ectoparasites: Selective host adaptation or strain selection between the vector and the mammalian host?

Yi Lun Tsai, Chao Chin Chang, Shih Te Chuang, Bruno B Chomel

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Abstract

A wide range of blood-sucking arthropods have either been confirmed or are suspected as important vectors in Bartonella transmission to mammals, including humans. Overall, it appears that the diversity of Bartonella species DNA identified in ectoparasites is much broader than the species detected in their mammalian hosts, suggesting a mechanism of adaptation of Bartonella species to their host-vector ecosystem. However, these mechanisms leading to the fitness between the vectors and their hosts still need to be investigated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)299-314
Number of pages16
JournalComparative Immunology, Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
Volume34
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2011

Keywords

  • Arthropods
  • Bartonella
  • Ectoparasites
  • Potential vectors
  • Selective adaptation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology
  • Microbiology
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Immunology and Allergy
  • veterinary(all)

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