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  Dr Raimondas Mozūraitis together with Swedish researchers announced an article in a prestigious journal Science (Emami et al., Science 355, 1076–1080 (2017), in which the researchers successfully applied their experience in chemoecological investigations. It is common knowledge that malaria infection renders humans more...
 

2017.05.09

NATURE RESEARCH CENTRE IN "SCIENCE" AGAIN

Dr Raimondas Mozūraitis together with Swedish researchers announced an article in a prestigious journal Science (Emami et al., Science 355, 1076–1080 (2017), in which the researchers successfully applied their experience in chemoecological investigations. It is common knowledge that malaria infection renders humans more attractive to mosquito females than uninfected humans; however, it has not been so far known how this mechanism works. Swedish and Lithuanian scientists found that isoprenoid precursor produced by Plasmodium falciparum, (E)-4-hydroxy-3-methyl-but-2-enyl pyrophosphate, acts by triggering human red blood cells to increase the release of carbon dioxide, aldehydes and monoterpenes. Such volatile substances enhance vector attraction and stimulate vector feeding.

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  This year, the researchers of Lund University (Sweden) in cooperation with P. B. Šivickis Laboratory of Parasitology of the Nature Research Centre have won competition and received financing from the European Research Council (ERC Advanced Grant) for a joint project "Immunity in Ecology and Evolution: 'Hidden'...
 

2017.05.02

Project "Immunity in Ecology and Evolution: 'Hidden' costs of disease, immune function and their consequences for Darwinian fitness"

This year, the researchers of Lund University (Sweden) in cooperation with P. B. Šivickis Laboratory of Parasitology of the Nature Research Centre have won competition and received financing from the European Research Council (ERC Advanced Grant) for a joint project "Immunity in Ecology and Evolution: 'Hidden' costs of disease, immune function and their consequences for Darwinian fitness" (No 742646). The leader of the project is professor Dennis Hasselquist. The researchers will investigate what long-lasting effects parasitic diseases and evoked immune response can have on the organism's physiological condition, reproduction and life duration. On 20 April 2017, P. B. Šivickis Laboratory of Parasitology hosted a meeting of researchers involved in the project to discuss the plan and course of the project.

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