Silviane Nicosia

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The objective of this study was to characterize the observed prevalence of tick-borne pathogens (TBP) in domestic animals in Sicily, Italy during 2003-2005. Serological (competitive ELISA and indirect immunofluorescence antibody, n = 3299) and DNA tests (polymerase chain reaction and reverse line blot, n = 2565) were conducted on horse, donkey, cattle,(More)
This study aimed to characterize infection with Anaplasma marginale, A. phagocytophilum, A. ovis, and A. platys in humans, animals, and ticks in Sicily, Italy, during 2003-2006. Serologic (competitive ELISA [cELISA]) and indirect immunofluorescence antibody [IFA]; N= 1990) and DNA (polymerase chain reaction [PCR]; N= 2788) tests were conducted on horse,(More)
The temporal organization of some physiological parameters in rabbits by evaluating the circatrigintan rhythms of some haematochemical and haematological parameters, and of rectal temperature, in New Zealand white rabbits was studied. For 30 days before the study the animals all followed the same pattern of daily activity with the natural photoperiod for(More)
Asthma incidence and prevalence have significantly increased during the last 25 years, making this pathology to be one of the most diffused in the industrialized world. It affects 5% of the adult population and the 10-15% of the children. The aethipathogenesis of asthma clearly involves a number of mediators, among which leukotrienes play an important role(More)
BACKGROUND The genetic diversity of Anaplasma platys (Rickettsiales: Anaplasmataceae) strains is currently poorly defined. The present study was designed to characterize A. patys strains in dogs from Palermo, Sicily, Italy, using a combination of PCR and sequence analysis of the 16S rDNA, heat shock operon groESL and citrate synthase (gltA) genes. RESULTS(More)
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