Special Issue "Influence of Helminths on Concomitant Diseases and Infections and Vaccination Efficacy"

A special issue of Tropical Medicine and Infectious Disease (ISSN 2414-6366).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 10 July 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Manuel Ritter
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Institute of Medical Microbiology, Immunology and Parasitology (IMMIP), University Hospital Bonn Venusberg-Campus 1, Building 63, Room 1G 003, D-53127 Bonn, Germany
Interests: NTDs; Filarial infections (mouse and human); Podoconiosis; Immunomodulation by helminths and effects on concomitant infections and diseases
Dr. Inge Kroidl
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1. Division of Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine, University Hospital, LMU Munich, Germany
2. German Centre for Infection Research (DZIF), Partner Site, Munich, Germany
Prof. Dr. Clarissa Prazeres da Costa
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Institute for Medical Microbiology, Immunology and Hygiene, Technical University of Munich, München, Germany
Prof. Dr. Marc Hübner
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Institute for Medical Microbiology, Immunology and Parasitology (IMMIP), University Hospital Bonn (UKB), Bonn, Germany
Interests: filarial infections; drug discovery; filarial immunomodulation; eosinophil ETosis
Dr. Gnatoulma Katawa
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Ecole Supérieure des Techniques Biologiques et Alimentaires (ESTBA), Laboratoire de Microbiologie et de Contrôle de Qualité des Denrées Alimentaires, Unité de Recherche en Immunologie et Immunomodulation (UR2IM), Université de Lomé, Lomé, Togo

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Helminths are prevalent worldwide, and it is estimated that more than 1 billion people are infected with these parasitic worms. It is known that helminth infections dampen and modulate host immune responses via the induction of regulatory B and T cell subsets and Th2 cell populations and the suppression of Th1 and proinflammatory cell populations and their cytokine and chemokine secretion. Although this immunomodulation leads to an asymptomatic clinical picture in most infected people, it is suggested that helminth-driven immune regulation increases susceptibility to and worsens disease course of concomitant bacterial, viral, and parasitic infections and lowers vaccination efficacy. On the other hand, helminths have been shown to protect against autoimmune and metabolic diseases. However, knowledge about helminth-driven immunological mechanisms and their influence on unrelated infections and diseases and vaccination programs is lacking. Thus, further research is urgently needed to decipher the risk factors as well as the potential of helminths.

This Special Issue aims to address open questions as to how helminths influence concomitant infections and diseases and vaccination efficacy, which is an important issue in meeting the challenges of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) put forward by the United Nations, particularly Goal 3, "Good Health and Well-Being". Manuscript topics may include basic research questions using preclinical animal models as well as clinical, observational, and interventional studies.

Dr. Manuel Ritter
Dr. Inge Kroidl
Prof. Dr. Clarissa Prazeres da Costa
Prof. Dr. Marc Hübner
Dr. Gnatoulma Katawa
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • helminths
  • concomitant viral, bacterial and parasitic infections
  • neglected tropical diseases
  • autoimmune and metabolic diseases
  • immunomodulation, immune regulation
  • vaccination efficacy
  • sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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