Christian Selbach

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The digenean species of Echinostoma (Echinostomatidae) with 37 collar spines that comprise the so-called ‘revolutum’ species complex, qualify as cryptic due to the interspecific homogeneity of characters used to differentiate species. Only five species were considered valid in the most recent revision of the group but recent molecular studies have(More)
BACKGROUND Analysis of the data available from traditional faunistic approaches to mollusc-trematode systems covering large spatial and/or temporal scales in Europe convinced us that a parasite community approach in well-defined aquatic ecosystems is essential for the substantial advancement of our understanding of the parasite response to anthropogenic(More)
This review summarizes current knowledge about the occurrence and distribution of swimmer's itch, with a focus on Europe. Although recent publications have reviewed the biology and systematics of bird schistosomes and their complex host-parasite interactions, the underlying ecological factors that create favorable conditions for the parasites and the way(More)
Large-tailed echinostomatid cercariae of the genus Petasiger Dietz, 1909 (Digenea: Echinostomatidae) from the planorbid snails Gyraulus albus (Müller) and Planorbis planorbis (L.) collected in Germany and the Czech Republic and metacercariae from Gasterosteus aculeatus L. (Gasterosteiformes: Gasterosteidae) collected in Canada are characterised(More)
Digenean trematodes are common and abundant in aquatic habitats and their free-living larvae, the cercariae, have recently been recognized as important components of ecosystems in terms of comprising a significant proportion of biomass and in having a potentially strong influence on food web dynamics. One strategy to enhance their transmission success is to(More)
Recent molecular studies have discovered substantial unrecognised diversity within the genus Diplostomum in fish populations in Europe and North America including three species complexes. However, data from the first intermediate host populations are virtually lacking. This study addresses the application of an integrative taxonomic approach to the cryptic(More)
OBJECTIVE Severe injury compromises functions of the antigen-presenting immune cells, resulting in an increased vulnerability toward bacterial sepsis. Support of the immune capabilities contributes a desirable therapeutic option in high-risk patients. Factors possessing immunostimulating properties such as granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor(More)
The ability to augment monocyte functions such as TNF-alpha-producing capacities confers a high immunostimulating potential to GM-CSF. In the present investigation, the mechanism of the GMCSF-mediated enhancement of monocyte cytokine production was analysed with regard to the involvement of intracellular signalling pathways. GM-CSF primes human monocytes(More)
Until now, several methods have been developed to compute the domains of attraction for stationary points of polynomial non-linear systems. For the case of non-polynomial systems, though, this question is still open. In this paper a new method, based on Lyapunov's stability theory and the theorem of Ehlich and Zeller, is presented for the computation of(More)