Obligatory symbiotic Wolbachia endobacteria are absent from Loa loa

  title={Obligatory symbiotic Wolbachia endobacteria are absent from Loa loa},
  author={Dietrich W. B{\"u}ttner and Samuel Wanji and Chiara Bazzocchi and Odile Bain and Peter Fischer},
  journal={Filaria Journal},
  pages={10 - 10}
BACKGROUND: Many filarial nematodes harbour Wolbachia endobacteria. These endobacteria are transmitted vertically from one generation to the next. In several filarial species that have been studied to date they are obligatory symbionts of their hosts. Elimination of the endobacteria by antibiotics interrupts the embryogenesis and hence the production of microfilariae. The medical implication of this being that the use of doxycycline for the treatment of human onchocerciasis and bancroftian… CONTINUE READING