Antigenic variation in vector-borne pathogens.

  title={Antigenic variation in vector-borne pathogens.},
  author={Alan G Barbour and Blanca I Restrepo},
  journal={Emerging Infectious Diseases},
  pages={449 - 457}
Several pathogens of humans and domestic animals depend on hematophagous arthropods to transmit them from one vertebrate reservoir host to another and maintain them in an environment. These pathogens use antigenic variation to prolong their circulation in the blood and thus increase the likelihood of transmission. By convergent evolution, bacterial and protozoal vector-borne pathogens have acquired similar genetic mechanisms for successful antigenic variation. Borrelia spp. and Anaplasma… CONTINUE READING
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