Tropical Diseases: Parasite Interactions with Animal Hosts

A special issue of Veterinary Sciences (ISSN 2306-7381).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (10 August 2023) | Viewed by 553

Special Issue Editors

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Guest Editor
Faculty of Agriculture, University of Miyazaki, Miyazaki 889-2192, Japan
Interests: clinical parasitology; parasite immunology; mucosal immunology

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Laboratory of Parasitology, Department of Disease Control, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Graduate School of Infectious Diseases, Hokkaido University, N 18 W 9, Kita-ku, Sapporo 060-0818, Japan
Interests: epidemiology and control of parasitic diseases

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Faculty of Agriculture, University of Miyazaki, Miyazaki 889-2192, Japan
Interests: parasitology; infection immunity; zoonosis

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue (SI) entitled “Tropical Diseases: Parasite Interactions with Animal Hosts” focuses on the interactions between parasites (helminth and protozoa) and their animal hosts. When a parasite infects an animal host, interactions occur between them. Parasites affect animal hosts via physical and/or chemical stimulation, and hosts respond to these stimulations through physical, immunological, and pathological changes. Such interactions are unique and sometimes dynamic, and the changes in hosts vary from mild to drastic. The interactions can also be considered to be related to host selection and the specificity of the parasites. Generally, animal hosts attempt to expel/destroy infecting parasites through the complex responses mentioned above, while parasites attempt to survive by evading/interfering with the hosts’ protective mechanisms. As a result, these parasite–host interactions determine whether parasites are able to survive for a long period of time in the hosts or are expelled/destroyed by the host animals. Instead of expelling/destroying parasites, host animals can sometimes damage themselves through their own overresponses. Those events may induce pathological changes in the hosts. Therefore, this SI welcomes the submission of review papers which explain the mechanisms or backgrounds of such interractions between parasites and host animals. Additionally, original articles documenting the unique interactions between the two and presenting new findings are welcome. These papers may attract many readers interested in this field.

Prof. Dr. Yoichiro Horii
Prof. Dr. Nonaka Nariaki
Prof. Dr. Ayako Yoshida
Guest Editors

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  • helminth parasites
  • protozoan parasites
  • parasite-derived chemicals
  • physiology
  • immunity
  • protection
  • pathology
  • host specificity
  • pathogenesis
  • susceptibility/resistance
  • pathophysiology
  • host-parasite relationship
  • host selection
  • adaption
  • physical barrier
  • pathogen interactions
  • vaccine development
  • symbiosis
  • commensalism
  • host manipulation

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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