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Tick histamine release factor is critical for Ixodes scapularis engorgement and transmission of the lyme disease agent.

Dai J, Narasimhan S, Zhang L, Liu L, Wang P, Fikrig E.

PLoS Pathog. 2010 Nov 24;6(11):e1001205. doi: 10.1371/journal.ppat.1001205.


Immunity against Ixodes scapularis salivary proteins expressed within 24 hours of attachment thwarts tick feeding and impairs Borrelia transmission.

Narasimhan S, Deponte K, Marcantonio N, Liang X, Royce TE, Nelson KF, Booth CJ, Koski B, Anderson JF, Kantor F, Fikrig E.

PLoS One. 2007 May 16;2(5):e451.


Functional analysis of the Borrelia burgdorferi bba64 gene product in murine infection via tick infestation.

Patton TG, Dietrich G, Dolan MC, Piesman J, Carroll JA, Gilmore RD Jr.

PLoS One. 2011 May 3;6(5):e19536. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0019536.


MyD88 deficiency enhances acquisition and transmission of Borrelia burgdorferi by Ixodes scapularis ticks.

Bockenstedt LK, Liu N, Schwartz I, Fish D.

Infect Immun. 2006 Apr;74(4):2154-60.


Oral vaccination with vaccinia virus expressing the tick antigen subolesin inhibits tick feeding and transmission of Borrelia burgdorferi.

Bensaci M, Bhattacharya D, Clark R, Hu LT.

Vaccine. 2012 Sep 14;30(42):6040-6. doi: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2012.07.053. Epub 2012 Aug 2.


Passage through Ixodes scapularis ticks enhances the virulence of a weakly pathogenic isolate of Borrelia burgdorferi.

Adusumilli S, Booth CJ, Anguita J, Fikrig E.

Infect Immun. 2010 Jan;78(1):138-44. doi: 10.1128/IAI.00470-09. Epub 2009 Oct 12.


A tick mannose-binding lectin inhibitor interferes with the vertebrate complement cascade to enhance transmission of the lyme disease agent.

Schuijt TJ, Coumou J, Narasimhan S, Dai J, Deponte K, Wouters D, Brouwer M, Oei A, Roelofs JJ, van Dam AP, van der Poll T, Van't Veer C, Hovius JW, Fikrig E.

Cell Host Microbe. 2011 Aug 18;10(2):136-46. doi: 10.1016/j.chom.2011.06.010.


Borrelia burgdorferi bba66 gene inactivation results in attenuated mouse infection by tick transmission.

Patton TG, Brandt KS, Nolder C, Clifton DR, Carroll JA, Gilmore RD.

Infect Immun. 2013 Jul;81(7):2488-98. doi: 10.1128/IAI.00140-13. Epub 2013 Apr 29.


What ticks do under your skin: two-photon intravital imaging of Ixodes scapularis feeding in the presence of the lyme disease spirochete.

Bockenstedt LK, Gonzalez D, Mao J, Li M, Belperron AA, Haberman A.

Yale J Biol Med. 2014 Mar 5;87(1):3-13. eCollection 2014 Mar.


Disruption of Ixodes scapularis anticoagulation by using RNA interference.

Narasimhan S, Montgomery RR, DePonte K, Tschudi C, Marcantonio N, Anderson JF, Sauer JR, Cappello M, Kantor FS, Fikrig E.

Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2004 Feb 3;101(5):1141-6. Epub 2004 Jan 26.


A tick antioxidant facilitates the Lyme disease agent's successful migration from the mammalian host to the arthropod vector.

Narasimhan S, Sukumaran B, Bozdogan U, Thomas V, Liang X, DePonte K, Marcantonio N, Koski RA, Anderson JF, Kantor F, Fikrig E.

Cell Host Microbe. 2007 Jul 12;2(1):7-18.


The Lyme disease agent exploits a tick protein to infect the mammalian host.

Ramamoorthi N, Narasimhan S, Pal U, Bao F, Yang XF, Fish D, Anguita J, Norgard MV, Kantor FS, Anderson JF, Koski RA, Fikrig E.

Nature. 2005 Jul 28;436(7050):573-7.


Invasion of the lyme disease vector Ixodes scapularis: implications for Borrelia burgdorferi endemicity.

Hamer SA, Tsao JI, Walker ED, Hickling GJ.

Ecohealth. 2010 Aug;7(1):47-63. doi: 10.1007/s10393-010-0287-0. Epub 2010 Mar 13.


Widespread dispersal of Borrelia burgdorferi-infected ticks collected from songbirds across Canada.

Scott JD, Anderson JF, Durden LA.

J Parasitol. 2012 Feb;98(1):49-59. doi: 10.1645/GE-2874.1. Epub 2011 Aug 24.


A simple model for the establishment of tick-borne pathogens of Ixodes scapularis: a global sensitivity analysis of R0.

Dunn JM, Davis S, Stacey A, Diuk-Wasser MA.

J Theor Biol. 2013 Oct 21;335:213-21. doi: 10.1016/j.jtbi.2013.06.035. Epub 2013 Jul 11.


OspC facilitates Borrelia burgdorferi invasion of Ixodes scapularis salivary glands.

Pal U, Yang X, Chen M, Bockenstedt LK, Anderson JF, Flavell RA, Norgard MV, Fikrig E.

J Clin Invest. 2004 Jan;113(2):220-30.


Borrelia burgdorferi visualized in Ixodes scapularis tick excrement by immunofluorescence.

Patton TG, Brandt KS, Gilmore RD Jr.

Vector Borne Zoonotic Dis. 2012 Nov;12(11):1000-3. doi: 10.1089/vbz.2011.0922. Epub 2012 May 31.


Partial pathogen protection by tick-bite sensitization and epitope recognition in peptide-immunized HLA DR3 transgenic mice.

Shattuck WM, Dyer MC, Desrosiers J, Fast LD, Terry FE, Martin WD, Moise L, De Groot AS, Mather TN.

Hum Vaccin Immunother. 2014;10(10):3048-59. doi: 10.4161/21645515.2014.985498.


Ixodes scapularis dystroglycan-like protein promotes Borrelia burgdorferi migration from the gut.

Coumou J, Narasimhan S, Trentelman JJ, Wagemakers A, Koetsveld J, Ersoz JI, Oei A, Fikrig E, Hovius JW.

J Mol Med (Berl). 2015 Nov 23. [Epub ahead of print]

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