Competition between strains of Borrelia afzelii inside the rodent host and the tick vector.

TitleCompetition between strains of Borrelia afzelii inside the rodent host and the tick vector.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsGenne D, Sarr A, Gomez-Chamorro A, Durand J, Cayol C, Rais O, Voordouw M
JournalProc Biol Sci
Volume285
Issue1890
Date Published10/2018
Abstract

Competition in the rodent host reduced strain-specific host-to-tick transmission and competition in the tick vector reduced the abundance of both strains. The strain that was competitively superior in host-to-tick transmission was competitively inferior with respect to bacterial abundance in the tick. This study suggests that in multiple-strain vector-borne pathogens there are trade-offs in competitive ability between the vertebrate host and the arthropod vector. Such trade-offs could play an important role in the coexistence of pathogen strains.

URLhttps://royalsocietypublishing.org/doi/abs/10.1098/rspb.2018.1804?rfr_dat=cr_pub%3Dpubmed&url_ver=Z39.88-2003&rfr_id=ori%3Arid%3Acrossref.org