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Disease relevance of Ornithodoros

  • The morphology of bovine erythrocytes undergoing hemolysis in the midgut of the argasid tick Ornithodoros concanensis Cooley & Kohls was examined after feeding nymphal ticks artificially on parafilm and latex membranes [1].
  • Three isolations of a virus of the Hughes group were obtained from seabird ectoparasites, Ornithodoros (Alectorobius) maritimus, on Great Saltee Island, Ireland. The agent is closely related to Soldado virsu, originally obtained from related ticks near Trinidad, West Indies, and represents the second recorded tickborne arbovirus in Ireland [2].

High impact information on Ornithodoros


Biological context of Ornithodoros


Associations of Ornithodoros with chemical compounds

  • Existence of phenol oxidase in the argasid tick Ornithodoros moubata [11].
  • In 1967, Vermeil and Marguet described Ornithodoros coniceps maritimus from larvae reared from larvae taken from marine birds on Dumet Island (Atlantic Ocean), Basse Bretagne, France. We collected O [12].
  • Ornithodoros (Alectorobius) spheniscus n. sp., described from wild-caught and laboratory-reared females, males, nymphs, and larvae parasitizing the Humboldt Penguin, Spheniscus humboldti Meyen, is the fifth species of the Ornithodoros (Alectorobius) capensis group to be recognized in the Neotropical Region [13].
  • 1. Pilocarpine-induced saliva of the soft tick Ornithodoros moubata inhibits platelet aggregation induced by ADP or collagen, even when diluted 2000 times into platelet rich plasma [14].
  • Dry-ice (CO2) trap for efficient field collection of Ornithodoros coriaceus (Acarina: Argasidae) [15].

Gene context of Ornithodoros

  • The prevalence of Soldado (SOL) virus and SOL virus antibodies was investigated on immature sea birds and the argasid tick Ornithodoros (Alectorobius) maritimus collected on Puffin Island, North Wales. No SOL virus was recovered from 133 bird sera, but 2 of the birds exhibited neutralizing antibodies against SOL virus [16].


  1. Artificial feeding of Ornithodoros concanensis (Acari: Argasidae) nymphs on bovine blood and morphological changes in erythrocytes undergoing hemolysis in the tick midgut. Kirch, H.J., Teel, P.D., Kloft, W.J., Deloach, J.R. J. Med. Entomol. (1991) [Pubmed]
  2. Isolation of a Soldado-like virus (Hughes group) from Ornithodorus maritimus ticks in Ireland. Keirans, J.E., Yunker, C.E., Clifford, C.M., Thomas, L.A., Walton, G.A., Kelly, T.C. Experientia (1976) [Pubmed]
  3. Tick anticoagulant peptide (TAP) is a novel inhibitor of blood coagulation factor Xa. Waxman, L., Smith, D.E., Arcuri, K.E., Vlasuk, G.P. Science (1990) [Pubmed]
  4. The ornithodorin-thrombin crystal structure, a key to the TAP enigma? van de Locht, A., Stubbs, M.T., Bode, W., Friedrich, T., Bollschweiler, C., Höffken, W., Huber, R. EMBO J. (1996) [Pubmed]
  5. Complement inhibitor of C5 activation from the soft tick Ornithodoros moubata. Nunn, M.A., Sharma, A., Paesen, G.C., Adamson, S., Lissina, O., Willis, A.C., Nuttall, P.A. J. Immunol. (2005) [Pubmed]
  6. Disagregin is a fibrinogen receptor antagonist lacking the Arg-Gly-Asp sequence from the tick, Ornithodoros moubata. Karczewski, J., Endris, R., Connolly, T.M. J. Biol. Chem. (1994) [Pubmed]
  7. Characterization of an alpha-macroglobulin-like glycoprotein isolated from the plasma of the soft tick Ornithodoros moubata. Kopácek, P., Weise, C., Saravanan, T., Vítová, K., Grubhoffer, L. Eur. J. Biochem. (2000) [Pubmed]
  8. The interaction of disagregin with the platelet fibrinogen receptor, glycoprotein IIb-IIIa. Karczewski, J., Connolly, T.M. Biochem. Biophys. Res. Commun. (1997) [Pubmed]
  9. Johnston Atoll virus (Quaranfil group) from Ornithodoros capensis (Ixodoidea: Argasidae) infesting a gannet colony in New Zealand. Austin, F.J. Am. J. Trop. Med. Hyg. (1978) [Pubmed]
  10. Stimulation of vitellogenesis by pyrethroids in mated and virgin female adults, male adults, and fourth instar females of Ornithodoros moubata (Acari: Argasidae). Taylor, D., Chinzei, Y., Ito, K., Higuchi, N., Ando, K. J. Med. Entomol. (1991) [Pubmed]
  11. Existence of phenol oxidase in the argasid tick Ornithodoros moubata. Kadota, K., Satoh, E., Ochiai, M., Inoue, N., Tsuji, N., Igarashi, I., Nagasawa, H., Mikami, T., Claveria, F.G., Fujisaki, K. Parasitol. Res. (2002) [Pubmed]
  12. The Ornithodoros (Alectorobius) capensis group (Acarina: Ixodoidea: Argasidae) of the palearctic and oriental regions. O. (A.) maritimus: identity, marine bird hosts, virus infections, and distribution in western Europe and northwestern Africa. Hoogstraal, H., Clifford, C.M., Keirans, J.E., Kaiser, M.N., Evans, D.E. J. Parasitol. (1976) [Pubmed]
  13. Ornithodoros (Alectorobius) spheniscus n. sp. [Acarina: Ixodoidea: Argasidae: Ornithodoros (Alectorobius) capensis group], a tick parasite of the Humboldt penguin in Peru. Hoogstraal, H., Wassef, H.Y., Hays, C., Keirans, J.E. J. Parasitol. (1985) [Pubmed]
  14. Saliva of the soft tick, Ornithodoros moubata, contains anti-platelet and apyrase activities. Ribeiro, J.M., Endris, T.M., Endris, R. Comparative biochemistry and physiology. A, Comparative physiology. (1991) [Pubmed]
  15. Dry-ice (CO2) trap for efficient field collection of Ornithodoros coriaceus (Acarina: Argasidae). Hokama, Y., Howarth, J.A. J. Med. Entomol. (1977) [Pubmed]
  16. Investigation of the ecology of Soldado virus on Puffin Island, North Wales. Johnson, B.K., Chanas, A.C., Shockley, P., Squires, E.J., Varma, M.G., Leake, C.J., Simpson, D.I. Acta Virol. (1979) [Pubmed]
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