Genomes of trombidid mites reveal novel predicted allergens and laterally transferred genes associated with secondary metabolism

@inproceedings{Dong2018GenomesOT,
  title={Genomes of trombidid mites reveal novel predicted allergens and laterally transferred genes associated with secondary metabolism},
  author={Xiaofeng Dong and K Chaisiri and Dong Tao Xia and Stuart D. Armstrong and Yongxiang Fang and Martin James Donnelly and Tatsuhiko Kadowaki and John W. McGarry and Alistair C Darby and Benjamin L. Makepeace},
  booktitle={GigaScience},
  year={2018}
}
Background Trombidid mites have a unique life cycle in which only the larval stage is ectoparasitic. In the superfamily Trombiculoidea ("chiggers"), the larvae feed preferentially on vertebrates, including humans. Species in the genus Leptotrombidium are vectors of a potentially fatal bacterial infection, scrub typhus, that affects 1 million people annually. Moreover, chiggers can cause pruritic dermatitis (trombiculiasis) in humans and domesticated animals. In the Trombidioidea (velvet mites… CONTINUE READING