The Essential Role of Tick Salivary Glands and Saliva in Tick Feeding and Pathogen Transmission

@inproceedings{imo2017TheER,
  title={The Essential Role of Tick Salivary Glands and Saliva in Tick Feeding and Pathogen Transmission},
  author={Ladislav {\vS}imo and M{\'a}ria Kazim{\'i}rov{\'a} and Jennifer P. Richardson and Sarah I Bonnet},
  booktitle={Front. Cell. Infect. Microbiol.},
  year={2017}
}
As long-term pool feeders, ticks have developed myriad strategies to remain discreetly but solidly attached to their hosts for the duration of their blood meal. The critical biological material that dampens host defenses and facilitates the flow of blood-thus assuring adequate feeding-is tick saliva. Saliva exhibits cytolytic, vasodilator, anticoagulant, anti-inflammatory, and immunosuppressive activity. This essential fluid is secreted by the salivary glands, which also mediate several other… CONTINUE READING

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