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Rodents belonging to the subfamily Gerbillinae and living in the Xinjiang-Uygur autonomous region of China were collected in field surveys between 2001 and 2003. We found four Meriones species, including M. chengi M. liycus, M. meridianus, and M. tamariscinus, as well as related species from different genera, Rhombomys opimus and Brachiones przewaliskii For(More)
Among soil-transmitted parasitic diseases, alveolar hydatidosis due to the ingestion of Echinococcus multilocularis eggs is becoming a serious problem in Hokkaido, the northern most island of Japan. Dissemination of the infection far from the endemic areas can occur if motor vehicles transmit soil contaminated with eggs. No appropriate and validated method(More)
Gastrointestinal helminths were collected from 49 Japanese tree sparrows (Passer montanus saturatus) in Tokyo, Japan. In 16 sparrows, 1-9 (average, 3.5) gizzard spirurid nematodes (Acuaria skrjabini Ozerskaya, 1926) were found embedded in the mucosa of the gizzard. In addition, Capillaria sp., Platynosomum passeri Yamashita et Tsumura, 1962, and a(More)
Raccoon roundworms (Baylisascaris procyonis) and other Baylisascaris species cause patent or latent larva migrans (LM) in a variety of mammals and birds, including humans. It is not clear whether LM by Baylisascaris transfuga, roundworms of bears, is associated with clinical neurological disorders. To clarify this issue, ICR and BALB/c mice as well as(More)
Larva migrans caused by the common raccoon ascarid, Baylisascaris procyonis, is a zoonotic disease of critical importance in North America. Recently we encountered the first proven outbreak of this disease in Japan in domestic rabbits (Oryctolagus cuniculus) in a small wildlife park. In this park, raccoons (Procyon lotor) had been kept for 9 years, and one(More)
A colony of Japanese macaques (Macaca fuscata fuscata) kept by a safari-style zoo in Japan experienced 9 sporadic cases of fatal neurological diseases, such as epilepsy and posterior paralysis, during the 12 yr from 1989 to 2001. This macaque colony consisted of approximately 30 animals, on average, during this period, and the macaques shared their living(More)
EF-Tu delivers aminoacyl-tRNAs to ribosomes in the translation system. However, unusual truncations found in some animal mitochondrial tRNAs seem to prevent recognition by a canonical EF-Tu. We showed previously that the chromadorean nematode has two distinct EF-Tus, one of which (EF-Tu1) binds only to T-armless aminoacyl-tRNAs and the other (EF-Tu2) binds(More)