Avian Schistosome Biodiversity


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Results from this work
Pinto HA, Pulido-Murillo EA, de Melo AL, Brant SV. 2017. Putative new genera and species of avian schistosomes potentially involved in human cercarial dermatitis in the Americas, Europe and Africa. Acta Tropica 176: 415-420. doi: 10.1016/j.actatropica.2017.09.016.

Brant SV, Loker ES, Casalins L, and Flores V. 2017. Phylogenetic placement of a schistosome from an unusual marine snail host, the false limpet (Siphonaria lessoni) and gulls (Larus dominicanus) from Argentina with a brief review of marine schistosomes from snails. Journal of Parasitology 103:75-82. doi.org/10.1645/16-43.

Fakhar M, Ghobaditara M, Brant SV, Karamian M, Gohardehi S, Bastani R. 2016. Phylogenetic analysis of nasal avian schistosomes (Trichobilharzia) from aquatic birds in Mazandaran province, northern Iran. Parasitology International 65:151-158.doi:10.1016/j.parint.2015.11.009

Ebbs ET, Loker ES, Davis NE, Flores V, Veleizan A, Brant SV. 2016. Schistosomes with wings: how host phylogeny and ecology shape the global distribution of Trichobilharzia querquedulae (Schistosomatidae). International Journal of Parasitology 46:669-677. doi: 10.1016/j.ijpara.2016.04.009.

Devkota R, Brant SV, Loker ES. 2016. A genetically distinct Schistosoma from Radix luteola from Nepal related to Schistosoma turkestanicum: a phylogenetic study of schistosome and snail host. Acta Tropica 164:45-53.

Červená B, Brant SV, Fairet E, Shirley MH, Petrželková KJ, Modrý D. 2016. Schistosoma mansoni in Gabon: Emerging or Ignored? The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 95:849-851. DOI:10.4269/ajtmh.16-0446.

Pinto HA, de Melo AL, Brant SV. (2015). Where are the South American freshwater turtle blood flukes (Trematoda: Spirorchiidae)? The first morphological and molecular analysis of spirorchiid cercariae from freshwater snails in Brazil. Parasitology International 64: 553-558.

Flores V, Brant SV, Loker ES. (2015). Avian schistosomes from the South American endemic gastropod genus Chilina (Pulmonata: Chilinidae), with a brief review of South American schistosomes species. Journal of Parasitology 101: 565-576.

Narayanan J, Mull BJ, Brant SV, Loker ES, Collinson J, Secor WE, Hill VR. (2015). Real-time PCR and Sequencing Assays for Rapid Detection and Identification of Avian Schistosomes in Environmental Samples. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 81:4207-4215.

Sweazea KL, Simperova A, Juan T, Gadau A, Brant SV, Deviche P, Jarrett C. (2015). Pathophysiological responses to a schistosome infection in a wild population of mourning doves (Zenaida macroura). Zoology 118: 386-393  doi:10.1016/j.zool.2015.07.001

Horák P, Mikeš L, Lichtenbergová L, Skála V, Soldánová M., Brant SV (2015). Avian schistosomes and outbreaks of cercarial dermatitis. Clinical Microbiology Reviews 28: 165-190.

Devkota, R, Brant, SV, Loker, ES. (2015). The Schistosoma indicum species group in Nepal: presence of a new lineage of schistosomes and use of the Indoplanorbis exustus species complex of snail hosts. International Journal for Parasitology 45(13): 857-870. doi: 10.1016/j.ijpara.2015.07.008.

Pinto HA, Brant SV, de Melo AL. 2014.  Physa marmorata (Mollusca: Physidae) as a natural intermediate host of Trichobilharzia (Trematoda: Schistosomatidae), a potential causative agent of avian cercarial dermatitis in Brazil. Acta Tropica 138: 38-43.

Devkota R, Brant SV, Thapa A, Loker ES. 2014. Sharing schistosomes: the elephant schistosome Bivitellobilharzia nairi also infects the greater one-horned rhinoceros (Rhinoceros unicornis) in Chitwan National Park, Nepal. Journal of Helminthology 88: 32-40.

Devkota R, Brant SV, Thapa A, Loker ES. 2014. Two avian schistosome cercariae from Nepal, including a Marcrobilharzia-like species from Indoplanorbis exustus. Parasitology International 63: 374-380.


Brant SV, Loker ES. 2013. Discovery-based studies of schistosome diversity stimulate new hypotheses about parasite biology. Trends in Parasitology 29: 449-459.

Brant SV
, Jouet D, Ferte H, Loker ES. 2013. Anserobilharzia gen. n. (Digenea, Schistosomatidae) and redescription of A. brantae (Farr & Blankemeyer, 1956) comb. n. (syn. Trichobilharzia brantae), a parasite of geese (Anseriformes). Zootaxa 3670: 193-206.

Brant SV
, Pomajbikova K, Modry, D. Petrzelkova KJ, Loker ES. 2013. Molecular phylogenetics of the elephant schistosome, Bivitellobilharzia loxodontae (Trematoda: Schistosomatidae) from Central African Republic. Journal of Helminthology
87: 102-107.

Brant SV
, Bochte CA, Loker ES. 2011. New intermediate host records for the avian schistosomes Dendritobilharzia pulverulenta, Gigantobilharzia huronensis and Trichobilharzia querquedulae from North America. Journal of Parasitology. 97: 946-949.

Schistosome and other publications from the lab

Laidemitt, M.R., Zawadzki, E.T., Brant, S.V., Mutuku, M.W., Mkoji, G.M., and Loker, E.S. 2017. Loads of trematodes: Discovering hidden diversity of paramphistomoids in Kenyan ruminants. Parasitology 144: 131–147. doi:  10.1017/S0031182016001827

Horak P, Schets FM, Kolarova L, Brant S.V 2012. Chapter 59 Trichobilharzia. In: Molecular Detection of Human Parasitic Pathogens (D. Liu, Ed.). Taylor and Francis, USA.

Brant SV, Cohen AN, James D, Hui L, Hom A, and Loker. ES 2010. Cercarial dermatitis transmitted by an exotic marine snail. Emerging Infectious Diseases 16: 1357-1365.

Brant, S. V. and E. S. Loker. 2009. Schistosomes in the southwest United States and their potential for causing cercarial dermatitis or 'swimmer's itch'. Journal of Helminthology 83: 191-198.

Brant, S. V. and E. S. Loker. 2009. Molecular systematics of the avian schistosome genus Trichobilharzia (Trematoda: Schistosomatidae) in North America. Journal of Parasitology 95: 941-963.

Hanelt, B., S. V. Brant, M. L. Steinauer, M. G. M., J. M. Kinuthia, L. E. Agola, I. N. Mwangi, B. N. Mungai, M. W. Mutuku, G. M. Mkoji, and E. S. Loker. 2009. Schistosoma kisumuensis n. sp. (Digenea: Schistosomatidae) from murid rodents in the Lake Victoria Basin, Kenya and its phylogenetic position within the S. haematobium species group. Parasitology 136: 987-1001.

Brant, S. V.
2007. The occurrence of the avian schistosome Allobilharzia visceralis Kolakrova, Rudolfova, Hampl et Skirnisson, 2006 (Schistosomatidae) in the tundra swan, Cygnus columbianus (Anatidae), from North America. Folia Parasitologia (Praha) 54: 99-104.

Brant, S. V., J. A. T. Morgan, G. M. Mkoji, S. D. Snyder, J. R. P. V. Rajapakse, and E. S. Loker. 2006. An approach to revealing blood fluke life cycles, taxonomy, and diversity: provision of key reference data including DNA sequence from single life cycle stages. Journal of Parasitology 92: 77-88.

Loker, E. S. and S. V. Brant. 2006. Diversification, dioecy and dimorphism in schistosomes. Trends in  Parasitology 22: 521-528.

Brant, S. V. and E. S. Loker. 2005. Can specialized pathogens colonize distantly related hosts? Schistosome evolution as a case study. PLoS Pathogens 1: e38.

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