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The role of host genetics in leishmaniasis


Sakthianandeswaren, A and Foote, SJ and Handman, E, The role of host genetics in leishmaniasis, Trends in Parasitology, 25, (8) pp. 383-391. ISSN 1471-4922 (2009) [Refereed Article]

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Leishmaniasis is one of the world's important infectious diseases. It is prevalent in tropical and subtropical regions of the world and endemic in 88 countries, with two million new cases of leishmaniasis reported annually. As a complex disease, the pathology of leishmaniasis varies and is determined by factors such as the environment, the insect vector, and parasite and host genetics. The contributing host genetics involve multiple genes; thus, the mouse model of leishmaniasis has been exploited extensively in an attempt to identify and dissect the contribution of disease modifier genes to pathogenesis. This review summarizes recent advances in the identification of genetic loci involved in the host response to Leishmania spp. in the mouse model and in the human situation. Crown Copyright © 2009.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Clinical sciences
Research Field:Infectious diseases
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical health
Objective Field:Clinical health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Foote, SJ (Professor Simon Foote)
ID Code:60055
Year Published:2009
Web of Science® Times Cited:90
Deposited By:Menzies Institute for Medical Research
Deposited On:2010-01-07
Last Modified:2010-04-15

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