Special Issue "Trichuris: Other World, Other Life"

A special issue of Life (ISSN 2075-1729). This special issue belongs to the section "Entomology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 27 November 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Cristina Cutillas
Guest Editor
Department of Microbiology and Parasitology, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Sevilla, Calle Profesor García González 2, 41012 Sevilla, Spain
Interests: parasitology; Trichuris; geometric morphometrics; molecular biology; phylogeny; Nematoda; fleas

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Trichuris species are nematodes parasitizing the caecum of different hosts. Previous studies of the genus have highlighted aspects that have not yet been resolved and that justify the establishment of this Special Issue, which represents a collaboration amongst international specialists studying the genus Trichuris.

Over many years, the scarcity of homogenous morphobiometric data of different species of Trichuris has not allowed for their comparative taxonomic study. Furthermore, the scarcity of publications on the genetics of different species of Trichuris, which have mostly been based on the differentiation of T. trichiura and species of this genus parasitizing non-human primates and pigs, have so far failed to resolve the different genetic lineages that seem to exist in many Trichuris species.

Thus, the priorities of future research should include morphobiometric, proteomic, and molecular analyses based on geometric morphometrics and next-generation sequencing of Trichuris species from different hosts in different geographical locations to shed light on the transmission of the parasite within and between species. Characterizing the physiology, diversity of species, host–parasite interactions, pathology, epidemiology, and susceptibility to the drugs of Trichuris species is an urgent necessity, since resistance to treatments involves the need to find a suitable treatment for animal trichuriasis.

Molecular and proteomic studies that allow for the differentiation of new species of Trichuris which could be new drug targets are needed for the development of new therapies for autoimmune diseases such as Crohn’s disease, since diminish immune responsiveness in naturally colonised humans and reduce inflammation in experimental colitis.

This Special Issue intends to present the latest developments in the field, covering multiple areas of Trichuris research and different points of view regarding this parasite. We welcome original research, reviews, and short reports on various aspects of Trichuris species as well as technical reports on novel or improved experimental approaches or different tools for studying the world of Trichuris.

Prof. Dr. Cristina Cutillas
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Trichuris
  • morphometry
  • molecular assays
  • Crohn’s disease
  • phylogeny

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission, see below for planned papers.

Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Author: Cristina Cutillas
Affiliation: Department of Microbiology and Parasitology, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Sevilla, Spain

Author: María del Rosario Robles
Affiliation: CEPAVE, Argentina

Author: Serena Cavallero,  Stefano Dàmeilo
Affiliation: Department of Public Health and Infectious Diseases, University of Rome, Italy

Author: Teresa Mateus
Affiliation: ISPUP,  Portugal

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