Amblyomma americanum (L): tick macrophage migration inhibitory factor peptide immunization lengthens lone star tick feeding intervals in vivo.

@article{Jaworski2009AmblyommaA,
  title={Amblyomma americanum (L): tick macrophage migration inhibitory factor peptide immunization lengthens lone star tick feeding intervals in vivo.},
  author={Deborah C. Jaworski and Caitlin J. Bowen and Nalinda B. Wasala},
  journal={Experimental parasitology},
  year={2009},
  volume={121 4},
  pages={384-7}
}
Immunizations of New Zealand White rabbits with specific macrophage migration inhibitory factor (MIF) tick peptide (PEP) produced circulating anti-tick PEP antibodies in the hosts. Antibody titers of greater than 1:5000 to tick MIF peptide were observed for crude sera from PEP-immunized rabbits. PEP- and BSA-vaccinated rabbits were infested with Amblyomma americanum adults. Feeding intervals, female weights, egg masses and percent egg hatch were measured for ticks feeding on control and… CONTINUE READING

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