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Indoor Occurrence of the Ghost Ant Tapinoma melanocephalum (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in Urban Homes in Korea

Lee IY, Park SJ, Seo JH, Sim S, Kim JH, Gwon YG, Yong TS

The ghost ant Tapinoma melanocephalum is a common household pest worldwide. The present study examined the occurrence of the species in urban homes in Korea. During the period of September...
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First Report of Clavinema mariae (Nematoda: Philometridae) in Cultured Rockfish, Sebastes schlegeli, in Cheonsuman (Bay), the Republic of Korea

Han HJ, Seo JS, Park JS, Lee HL, Seo HG, Jung SH, Kwon SR

In July 2012, philometrid nematodes were discovered in cultured rockfish (Sebastes schlegeli) in Cheonsuman (Bay), the Republic of Korea. The nematodes were detected in the epithelial tissues of the rockfish...
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Interaction between Trichomonas vaginalis and the Prostate Epithelium

Kim JH, Han IH, Kim SS, Park SJ, Min DY, Ahn MH, Ryu JS

Most men infected with Trichomonas vaginalis are asymptomatic and can remain undiagnosed and untreated. This has been hypothesized to result in chronic persistent prostatic infection. Adhesion of the protozoan organisms...
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Serological and Molecular Detection of Toxoplasma gondii and Babesia microti in the Blood of Rescued Wild Animals in Gangwon-do (Province), Korea

Hong SH, Kim HJ, Jeong YI, Cho SH, Lee WJ, Kim JT, Lee SE

Infections of Toxoplasma gondii and Babesia microti are reported in many wild animals worldwide, but information on their incidence and molecular detection in Korean wild fields is limited. In this...
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Seroprevalence and Risk Factors of Toxoplasma gondii Infection among Cat Sitters in Korea

Jung BK, Song H, Lee SE, Kim MJ, Cho J, Shin EH, Chai JY

The seroprevalence of human toxoplasmosis has been increasing in Korea, and it is controversial whether cats are an important infection source or not. This study was performed to evaluate the...
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First Paleoparasitological Report on the Animal Feces of Bronze Age Excavated from Shahr-e Sukhteh, Iran

Makki M, Dupouy-Camet J, Sajjadi SM, Naddaf SR, Mobedi I, Rezaeian M, Mohebali M, Mowlavi G

Shahr-e Sukhteh (meaning burnt city in Persian) in Iran is an archeological site dated back to around 3,200-1,800 BC. It is located in Sistan and Baluchistan Province of Iran and...
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Life Cycle of Dermacentor everestianus Hirst, 1926 (Acari: Ixodidae) under Laboratory Conditions

Jin S, Wang T, Li T, Liu M, Jia Q, Yang X, Wang H, Yu Z, Liu J

This study investigated the development characteristics of Dermacentor everestianus under laboratory conditions. The time taken for D. everestianus to complete the whole life cycle was 110.2 days on average, and...
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Identification of Tick Species Collected from Wild Boars and Habitats of Wild Boars and Domestic Pigs in the Republic of Korea

Chae JB, Kang JG, Kim HC, Chong ST, Lee IY, Shin NS, Chae JS

Tick is one of the most important arthropods in the transmission of vector-borne diseases. In this study, we investigated the abundance and species of ticks associated with swine and their...
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Codon Usage Patterns of Tyrosinase Genes in Clonorchis sinensis

Bae YA

Codon usage bias (CUB) is a unique property of genomes and has contributed to the better understanding of the molecular features and the evolution processes of particular gene. In this...
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Plasma D-dimer Can Effectively Predict the Prospective Occurrence of Ascites in Advanced Schistosomiasis Japonica Patients

Wu X, Ren J, Gao Z, Xu Y, Xie H, Li T, Cheng Y, Hu F, Liu H, Gong Z, Liang J, Shen J, Liu Z, Wu F, Sun X, Niu Z, Ning A

China still has more than 30,000 patients of advanced schistosomiasis while new cases being reported consistently. D-dimer is a fibrin degradation product. As ascites being the dominating symptom in advanced...
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PCR-RFLP for Rapid Subtyping of Plasmodium vivax Korean Isolates

Kang JM, Lee J, Kim TI, Koh EH, Kim TS, Sohn WM, Na BK

Vivax malaria reemerged in Korea in 1993 and the outbreak has been continued with fluctuating numbers of annual indigenous cases. Understanding the nature of the genetic population of Plasmodium vivax...
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Diversity of vir Genes in Plasmodium vivax from Endemic Regions in the Republic of Korea: an Initial Evaluation

Son UH, Dinzouna-Boutamba SD, Lee S, Yun HS, Kim JY, Joo SY, Jeong S, Rhee MH, Hong Y, Chung DI, Kwak D, Goo YK

Variant surface antigens (VSAs) encoded by pir families are considered to be the key proteins used by many Plasmodium spp. to escape the host immune system by antigenic variation. This...
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Influenza M1 Virus-Like Particles Consisting of Toxoplasma gondii Rhoptry Protein 4

Lee SH, Lee DH, Piao Y, Moon EK, Quan FS

Toxoplasma gondii infections occur throughout the world, and efforts are needed to develop various vaccine candidates expressing recombinant protein antigens. In this study, influenza matrix protein (M1) virus-like particles (VLPs)...
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Simultaneous Molecular Detection of Cryptosporidium and Cyclospora from Raw Vegetables in Korea

Sim S, Won J, Kim JW, Kim K, Park WY, Yu JR

Cryptosporidium and Cyclospora are well-known coccidian protozoa that can cause waterborne and foodborne diarrheal illnesses. There have been a few reports regarding contamination in different vegetables with Cryptosporidium, but no...
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Occurrence of Cryptosporidium and Giardia and the Relationship between Protozoa and Water Quality Indicators in Swimming Pools

Xiao S, Yin P, Zhang Y, Hu S

A total of 60 samples were collected from 35 swimming pools in Beijing, China, and the presence of Cryptosporidium and Giardia were investigated. The results showed that 16.7% and 15.0%...
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Differential Protein Expressions in Virus-Infected and Uninfected Trichomonas vaginalis

He D, Pengtao G, Ju Y, Jianhua L, He L, Guocai Z, Xichen Z

Protozoan viruses may influence the function and pathogenicity of the protozoa. Trichomonas vaginalis is a parasitic protozoan that could contain a double stranded RNA (dsRNA) virus, T. vaginalis virus (TVV)....
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DNA Methylation of Gene Expression in Acanthamoeba castellanii Encystation

Moon EK, Hong Y, Lee HA, Quan FS, Kong HH

Encystation mediating cyst specific cysteine proteinase (CSCP) of Acanthamoeba castellanii is expressed remarkably during encystation. However, the molecular mechanism involved in the regulation of CSCP gene expression remains unclear. In...
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Identification and Characterization of Protein Arginine Methyltransferase 1 in Acanthamoeba castellanii

Moon EK, Kong HH, Hong Y, Lee HA, Quan FS

Protein arginine methyltransferase (PRMT) is an important epigenetic regulator in eukaryotic cells. During encystation, an essential process for Acanthamoeba survival, the expression of a lot of genes involved in the...
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