Skin and Arthropod Vectors - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128114360

Skin and Arthropod Vectors

1st Edition

Editors: Nathalie Boulanger
Paperback ISBN: 9780128114360
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st February 2018
Page Count: 464
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Skin and Arthropod Vectors discusses immunity during the transmission of arthropod-borne diseases. Recent research on skin immunity and the skin microbiome reveals the complexity of the skin and its importance in the development of immunity against arthropod-borne diseases. In such diseases, the skin interface has been shown as an essential site for pathogens to hide from the immune system (such as with malaria, borrelia, leishmania, trypanosome, etc.). and as a potential site of persistence. This work helps researchers develop more efficient diagnostic tools and vaccines, and gives scientists and students a better understanding of why humans and animals are attractive to arthropods.

Key Features

  • Offers the only compilation of research focusing on both the skin interface and arthropod vectors, with contributions from international experts
  • Advances research in the effort toward generating more effective diagnostic tools and vaccines
  • Serves as supplemental material for dermatology lectures or specialized lectures on medical entomology and skin immunity


Medical and veterinary entomologists, vector biologists, immunologists, parasitologists, global public health specialists, medical and veterinary infectious disease researchers, dermatologists, biotechnologists, vaccine development researchers, and students and academics in these areas

Table of Contents

I. Skin Immunity and Skin inflammatory response to arthropod bite

Cedric Lenormand, Dermatologist, University of Strasbourg, France

II. Arthropod vectors: definition, medical importance

Gérard Duvallet, Vinvent Robert, Entomologists, University of Montpellier and IRD, France

III. The role of skin microbiome in the attractiveness to arthropod vectors

Niels Verhulst, Laboratory of Entomology, Wageningen University, The Netherlands

IV. Arthropod saliva and its role in pathogen transmission

  • Insect saliva

Jose Valenzuela and Shaden Khamawi, NIH Bethesda, USA

  • Tick saliva

Sarah Bonnet, Ecole Vététinaire, Maison-Alfort, France

Maria Kazimirova, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava, Slovakia

V. Insect-borne pathogens and skin interface

Flagellate parasites and skin interface

  • Leishmaniasis

Esther Von Stebut, Mainz, Germany

  • Trypanosomiasis

Guy Caljon, Brussel, Belgium

  • Malaria and skin interface

Robert Menard, Rogerio Amino, Pasteur Institut, Paris, France

  • Helminths and skin interface
  • Virus and skin interface

Christopher Mueller, IBMC, Strasbourg, France

VI. Tick borne pathogens and skin interface

  • Bacteria and skin interface

Mark Wooten, University of Toledo, USA

Linda Bockenstedt, University of Yale, USA

  • Virus and skin interface

Maria Kazimirova, Iveta Stibraniova (eventually Paulina Bartikova), Slovakia

VII. Skin and arthropod vectors: Applications to vaccine and diagnosis development

Laurence Sabatier, Strasbourg, France

VIII. Tools to decipher skin-arthropod vector interactions

  • In vitro culture of skin cells
  • In vitro culture of skin explant
  • In vivo models
  • Intravital microscopy…

Cedric Lenormand, Nathalie Boulanger, University of Strasbourg, France

Joppe Hovius, University Of Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Mark Wooten, Linda Bockenstedt: Toledo University and Yale University


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About the Editor

Nathalie Boulanger

Dr. Nathalie Boulanger has been associate professor in parasitology at the University of Strasbourg, France, since 1995. For more than a decade, her research team has developed a project on skin and Lyme borreliosis. The research developed covers the main aspects of the interaction of arthropod vectors and the skin: role of arthropod saliva, skin microbiome, development of in vitro and in vivo models, applications of the topics to diagnostics and vaccine aspects, and more. Dr. Boulanger has received both Fulbright and Monahan grants and has past experience researching malaria and coccidiosis vaccines. She has teaching experience in zoology, public health, entomology, parasitology, and medical mycology.

Affiliations and Expertise

School of Pharmacy, University of Strasbourg, France