Borreliacidal activity of saliva of the tick Amblyomma americanum

@article{Ledin2005BorreliacidalAO,
  title={Borreliacidal activity of saliva of the tick Amblyomma americanum},
  author={Kathryn Elen Ledin and Nordin S. Zeidner and Jose M. C. Ribeiro and Brad J. Biggerstaff and Marc C. Dolan and Gabrielle Dietrich and Larisa K. Vredevoe and Joseph F. Piesman},
  journal={Medical and Veterinary Entomology},
  year={2005},
  volume={19}
}
Abstract.  Amblyomma americanum (Linneaus) (Acari: Ixodidae), an important tick vector of human and animal disease, is not a competent vector of the bacterial agent of Lyme disease, Borrelia burgdorferi, although its range overlaps the geographical distribution of Lyme disease within the United States. A possible mechanism that could prevent acquisition of B. burgdorferi spirochetes from infected hosts is the toxic effect of A. americanum saliva on B. burgdorferi. The data presented here… 

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