Valentina V Nefedova

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The structure and properties of different members of a large family of small heat shock proteins (sHsp) playing an important role in cell homeostasis are described. Participation of the N-terminal domain in formation of large oligomers and chaperone activity of sHsp is analyzed. The structure of the α-crystallin domain of sHsp is characterized and the role(More)
The possibility of vertical transmission of Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato in Ixodes persulcatus Schulze, 1930 ticks was studied in the progeny of 20 females collected from the vegetation in an active focus of ixodid tick-borne borrelioses (ITBB) located in the Perm oblast, Russia, where Borrelia garinii and B. afzelii are circulating. The presence of(More)
Ehrlichiae are small gram-negative obligately intracellular bacteria that multiply within vacuoles of their host cells and are associated for a part of their life cycle with ticks, which serve as vectors for vertebrate hosts. Two morphologically and physiologically different ehrlichial cell types, reticulate cells (RC) and dense-cored cells (DC), are(More)
The tick Ixodes pavlovskyi is taxonomically, morphologically, and ecologically close to the taiga tick Ixodes persulcatus, a major host and vector of Borrelia spirochetes. The recent range of I. pavlovskyi is disjoined into the Western Siberian and Far Eastern parts, with this tick being almost always sympatric with I. persulcatus. A total of 56 unfed adult(More)
From 1994 to 2011, over 7000 individuals of small mammals were captured and examined for ticks in the natural foci of ixodid tick-borne borrelioses (ITBB) in the Middle Urals (Chusovskoy District of Perm Territory). Alongside with the taiga tick (Ixodes persulcatus), which is the main Borrelia vector, approximately 5700 feeding individuals of Ixodes(More)
Borrelia afzelii is one of two most important pathogens of the ixodes tick borrelioses (ITB) in Russia and neighboring countries. This pathogen circulates in various ecosystems and has a wide range of reservoir hosts and transmitters. The results of studies of genetic heterogeneity of the spirochaetae B. afzelii are considered. A total of 139 primary(More)
Long-term studies on natural foci of ixodid tick-borne borrelioses (ITBB) have been performed in Chusovskoi district of Perm region, the Middle Urals, where the vectors of these infections are represented by two ixodid tick species: the taiga tick Ixodes persulcatus and many times less abundant vole tick I. trianguliceps. Over 10 years, more than 6000(More)
Normally, the ability to digest milk sugar (lactose) is present in every child, but not in every adult. The decrease in lactase synthesis (hypolactasia) results in the inability to digest whole milk. Recent studies of the Finnish population have associated lactase persistence in adults with allele T of the C/T−13910 polymorphism located upstream of the(More)
The PCR and sequence analysis revealed DNA Ehrlichia muris, Anaplasma phagocytophilum, and Rickettsia spp. in the I. persulcatus ticks and blood samples from a patients with acute febrile illness occurring after a tick bite, registered in the seasonal peak of the tick activity of one of the highly endemic areas of Russia (Perm region). These data confirmed(More)
The nested PCR method with primers flanking a conserved fragment of the Babesia microti ss-rDNA gene was used to examine 834 larvae of Ixodes trianguliceps ticks engorged to a varying degree, taken off 237 hosts of 12 species (rodents and insectivores). The hosts were collected in southern taiga forests in the lowmountain area of the Middle Urals (Chusovoi(More)