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Endosymbiotic bacteria associated with nematodes, ticks and amoebae

Taylor, Mark ORCID:, Mediannikov, Oleg, Raoult, Didier and Greub, Gilbert (2012) 'Endosymbiotic bacteria associated with nematodes, ticks and amoebae'. FEMS Immunology and Medical Microbiology, Vol 64, Issue 1, pp. 21-31.

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Endosymbiosis is a mutualistic, parasitic or commensal symbiosis in which one symbiont is living within the body of another organism. Such symbiotic relationship with free-living amoebae and arthropods has been reported with a large biodiversity of microorganisms, encompassing various bacterial clades and to a lesser extent some fungi and viruses. By contrast, current knowledge on symbionts of nematodes is still mainly restricted to Wolbachia and its interaction with filarial worms that lead to increased pathogenicity of the infected nematode. In this review article, we aim to highlight the main characteristics of symbionts in term of their ecology, host cell interactions, parasitism and co-evolution, in order to stimulate future research in a field that remains largely unexplored despite the availability of modern tools.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Wolbachia; tick symbiont; nematodes; amoebae; endosymbiotic bacteria; rickettsia
Subjects: QW Microbiology and Immunology > Bacteria > QW 150 Proteobacteria. Rickettsiaceae, Wolbachia
QX Parasitology > Helminths. Annelida > QX 203 Nematoda
QX Parasitology > Arthropods > QX 479 Ticks
QX Parasitology > Protozoa > QX 55 Sarcodina (Amoebae)
WC Communicable Diseases > Rickettsiaceae Infections. Chlamydiaceae Infections > WC 600 Rickettsiaceae infections. Chlamydiaceae infections. Tick-borne diseases
Faculty: Department: Groups (2002 - 2012) > Molecular & Biochemical Parasitology Group
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Depositing User: Martin Chapman
Date Deposited: 15 Dec 2014 10:39
Last Modified: 16 Sep 2019 09:01


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