Is Wolbachia participating in the bronchial reactivity of cats with heartworm associated respiratory disease?

@article{GarcaGuasch2013IsWP,
  title={Is Wolbachia participating in the bronchial reactivity of cats with heartworm associated respiratory disease?},
  author={La{\'i}n Garc{\'i}a-Guasch and Alicia Caro-Vadillo and Jordi Manubens-Grau and Elena Carret{\'o}n and Rodrigo Morch{\'o}n and Fernando Sim{\'o}n and Laura Helen Kramer and Jos{\'e} Alberto Montoya-Alonso},
  journal={Veterinary parasitology},
  year={2013},
  volume={196 1-2},
  pages={130-5}
}
Heartworm associated respiratory disease is a pulmonary syndrome in cats that results from the vascular and parenchymal inflammatory response associated with the arrival and death of Dirofilaria immitis worms into the distal pulmonary arteries. This parasite harbors intracellular Wolbachia, an endosymbiont bacteria. The association between the parasite and the bacteria is obligatory. Some studies suggest the involvement of Wolbachia in the development of the inflammatory reaction and in the… CONTINUE READING

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