Prevalence of Toxoplasmosis in Sheep, Goats and Cattle in Southern Tunisia
Results indicate, for the first time in Tunisia, that infected sheep and goats represent a potential source of T. gondii infection for humans in particular in the South of the country (Gafsa area).
Development of a molecular tool for the identification of Leishmania reservoir hosts by blood meal analysis in the insect vectors.
- N. Haouas, B. Pesson, R. Boudabous, J. Dedet, H. Babba, C. Ravel
- BiologyAmerican Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
- 1 December 2007
A molecular tool for the identification of blood meals of phlebotomine sand flies is developed based on specific amplification and sequencing of the blood meal-derived single copy prepronociceptin (PNOC) gene, which is used as a target in phylogenetic studies of mammals.
Blood Meal Analysis of Culicoides (Diptera: Ceratopogonidae) in Central Tunisia
The results confirm the presence of several Culicoides species, including proven vectors in Central Tunisia, and show that these species will indeed feed on bigger mammals, thereby highlighting the risk that these viruses will be able to spread.
Molecular evidence of ovine (G1) and camel (G6) strains of Echinococcus granulosus in Tunisia and putative role of cattle in human contamination.
A Multiplex PCR for the Simultaneous Detection and Genotyping of the Echinococcus granulosus Complex
The single-tube multiplex PCR (mPCR) developed here has a high potential for a worldwide application in large-scale molecular epidemiological studies on the Echinococcus genus and except for copro analysis, the sensitivity of the mPCR was low.
Population structure of Tunisian Leishmania infantum and evidence for the existence of hybrids and gene flow between genetically different populations.
Diagnosis of human hydatidosis: comparison between imagery and six serologic techniques.
- H. Babba, A. Messedi, Y. Sahnoun
- Medicine, BiologyAmerican Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Comparison of radiology with serology confirmed a good correlation between the two methods, Nevertheless, serology is more specific but less sensitive than imagery.
Cytokine profiles in toxoplasmic and viral uveitis.
Ocular cytokine mapping contributes to a better understanding of the physiopathology of specific forms of uveitis and provides guidance for new targeted treatment.
First detection of Leishmania killicki (Kinetoplastida, Trypanosomatidae) in Ctenodactylus gundi (Rodentia, Ctenodactylidae), a possible reservoir of human cutaneous leishmaniasis in Tunisia
This is the first report of Leishmania killicki identified from Ctenodactylus gundi in Tunisia, and supports the assumption that C. Gundi is a potential reservoir for Leishmaniasis killicksi.
Echinococcus P29 Antigen: Molecular Characterization and Implication on Post-Surgery Follow-Up of CE Patients Infected with Different Species of the Echinococcus granulosus Complex
It is demonstrated that the protein P29 is encoded in the Echinococcus genus by a single gene consisting of 7 exons spanning 1.2 kb of DNA, and it is shown that P29 proteins of these two species differ by three AA substitutions without implication for antigenicity.