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pathogenic leptospira species in rodents from corsica (france).leptospirosis is a worldwide emerging zoonotic disease caused by leptospira species, that in some patients develop severe forms with high mortality. in france, corsica is the area where the highest incidences have been reported. the present study was focused on the analysis of pathogenic leptospira species in rodents of corsica, as these micromammals are the main natural reservoirs of the bacteria, in order to identify the circulating species and to locate possible risk focuses of transmission, ...202032502160
zoonotic gastrointestinal helminths in rodent communities in southern guatemala.rodents are reservoirs and hosts of several pathogens around the world, including zoonotic parasite species. this study aimed to determine the occurrence of zoonotic gastrointestinal helminths in rodents captured inside households in a rural community from southern guatemala. sixty-nine rodents were captured in 33% (49/148) of the surveyed households, including rattus rattus, rattus norvegicus, mus musculus, and sigmodon hispidus. thirty-six percent (25/69) of these rodents (3 rattus and 22 mus ...202032227228
ship rats and island reptiles: patterns of co-existence in the mediterranean.the western mediterranean archipelagos have a rich endemic fauna, which includes five species of reptiles. most of these archipelagos were colonized since early historic times by anthropochoric fauna, such as ship rats (rattus rattus). here, i evaluated the influence of ship rats on the occurrence of island reptiles, including non-endemic species.202032219035
molecular identification of the trypanosoma (herpetosoma) lewisi clade in black rats (rattus rattus) from australia.invasive rodent species are known hosts for a diverse range of infectious microorganisms and have long been associated with the spread of disease globally. the present study describes molecular evidence for the presence of a trypanosoma sp. from black rats (rattus rattus) in northern sydney, australia. sequences of the 18s ribosomal rna (rrna) locus were obtained in two out of eleven (18%) blood samples with subsequent phylogenetic analysis confirming the identity within the trypanosoma lewisi c ...202032198627
gut bacteria of animals living in polluted environments exhibit broad-spectrum antibacterial activities.infectious diseases, in particular bacterial infections, are the leading cause of morbidity and mortality posing a global threat to human health. the emergence of antibiotic resistance has exacerbated the problem further. hence, there is a need to search for novel sources of antibacterials. herein, we explored gut bacteria of a variety of animals living in polluted environments for their antibacterial properties against multi-drug resistant pathogenic bacteria. a variety of species were procured ...202032124096
complete genome sequences of two rat pegivirus strains in indonesia.the entire genome sequences of two pegivirus strains recovered from serum samples of wild rats (rattus rattus) in indonesia were determined. they possessed 11,013 to 11,014 nucleotides and differed from the reported rodent pegivirus strains within the pegivirus j species of the genus pegivirus by 12.7% to 40.9% in the near-entire coding region sequences.202133737352
rodent-borne orthohantaviruses in vietnam, madagascar and japan.hantaviruses are harbored by multiple small mammal species in asia, europe, africa, and the americas. to ascertain the geographic distribution and virus-host relationships of rodent-borne hantaviruses in japan, vietnam, myanmar, and madagascar, rnalater™-preserved lung tissues of 981 rodents representing 40 species, collected in 2011-2017, were analyzed for hantavirus rna by rt-pcr. our data showed hantaan orthohantavirus da bie shan strain in the chinese white-bellied rat (niviventer confucianu ...202134372549
black rats (rattus rattus) as potential reservoir hosts for rift valley fever phlebovirus: experimental infection results in viral replication and shedding without clinical manifestation.rift valley fever phlebovirus (rvfv) is an arthropod-borne virus that can cause severe disease in ruminants and humans. epidemics occur mainly after heavy rainfall, which leads to a significant increase in the occurrence of rvfv-transmitting mosquitoes. during inter-epidemic periods, the virus is assumed to be maintained between mosquitoes, susceptible livestock and yet unknown wildlife. the widespread rodent rattus rattus (black rat) has been suspected to be involved in rvfv maintenance. in ord ...202133794070
structural analysis of covid-19 spike protein in recognizing the ace2 receptor of different mammalian species and its susceptibility to viral infection.the pandemic covid-19 was caused by a novel coronavirus-2 (sars-cov-2) that infects humans through the binding of glycosylated sars-cov-2 spike 2 protein to the glycosylated ace2 receptor. the spike 2 protein recognizes the n-terminal helices of the glycosylated metalloprotease domain in the human ace2 receptor. to understand the susceptibility of animals for infection and transmission, we did sequence and structure-based molecular interaction analysis of 16 ace2 receptors from different mammali ...202133552834
social distancing measures differentially affected rats in north america and tokyo.because rats are commensal organisms that depend on human activities for food, shifts in human behavior will have pronounced effects on local rat populations. in the spring of 2020, social distancing measures were implemented globally to curtail the spread of sars-cov-2. this presented a unique opportunity to obtain information regarding the immediate effects of shifts in human behavior on rat populations in a variety of countries. in response to increased sightings of rats in the usa that were ...202134248453
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