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    • Keywords

       

      Wolbachia; symbiosis; microfilariae; Wuchereria bancrofti

    • Abstract

       

      Wolbachia are symbiotic endobacteria that infect the majority of filarial nematodes, including Wuchereria bancrofti, Brugia malayi and Onchocerca volvulus. Recent studies have suggested that Wolbachia are necessary for the reproduction and survival of filarial nematodes and have highlighted the use of antibiotic therapy such as tetracycline/doxycycline as a novel method of treatment for infections caused by these organisms. Before such therapy is conceived and implemented on a large scale, it is necessary to assess the prevalence of the endosymbiont in W. bancrofti from different geographical locations. We present data from molecular and electron microscopic studies to provide evidence for Wolbachia symbiosis in W. bancrofti microfilariae collected from two districts (Bankura and Birbhum) of West Bengal, India.

    • Author Affiliations

       

      Prajna Gayen1 Sudipta Maitra2 Sutapa Datta1 Santi P Sinha Babu1

      1. Parasitology Laboratory, Department of Zoology, Visva-Bharati University, Santiniketan 731 235, India
      2. Physiology and Biochemistry Laboratory, Department of Zoology, Visva-Bharati University, Santiniketan 731 235, India
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  • Journal of Biosciences | News

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