Vancova M, Bílý T, Nebesářová J, Grubhoffer L, Bonnet S, Park Y, Šimo L*. 2019. Ultrastructural mapping of salivary gland innervation in the tick Ixodes ricinus. Sci Rep. 9:6860 (*corresponding author)

Lejal E, Moutailler S, Šimo L, Vayssier-Taussat M, Pollet T. 2019. Tick-borne pathogen detection in midgut and salivary glands of adult Ixodes ricinus. Parasit Vectors. 12(1):152

Cabezas-Cruz A, Gallois M, Fontugne M, Allain E, Denoual M, Moutailler S, Devillers E, Zientara S, Memmi M, Chauvin A, Agoulon A, Vayssier-Taussat M, Chartier C. 2019. Epidemiology and genetic diversity of Anaplasma ovis in goats in Corsica, France. Parasit Vectors. 12(1):3.

Cabezas-Cruz A, Allain E, Ahmad AS, Saeed MA, Rashid I, Ashraf K, Yousfi L, Shehzad W, Indjein L, Rodriguez-Valle M, Estrada-Peña A, Obregon D, Jabbar A, Moutailler S. 2019. Low genetic diversity of Ehrlichia canis associated to high coinfection rates in Rhipicephalus sanguineus s.l. Parasit Vectors. 12(1):12.

Cabezas-Cruz A*, Alberdi P, Espinosa P, de la Fuente J*. 2019. Tick-pathogen interactions: the metabolic perspective. Trends Parasitol. 35(4):316-328. *Shared corresponding author

Cabezas-Cruz A, Estrada-Peña A, de la Fuente J. The good, the bad and the tick. 2019. Front Cell Dev Biol. DOI: 10.3389/fcell.2019.00071

Cabezas-Cruz A, Zweygarth E, Aguiar D M. 2019. Ehrlichia minasensis, an old demon with a new name. Ticks Tick Borne Dis. 10(4):828-829.

Cabezas-Cruz A; Hodžić A; Román-Carrasco P; Mateos-Hernández L; Duscher GG; Sinha DK; Hemmer W; Swoboda I; Estrada-Peña A and de la Fuente J. Environmental and molecular drivers of the α-Gal syndrome. Ed. Front Immunol. DOI: 10.3389/fimmu.2019.01210

Estrada-Peña A and Cabezas-Cruz A. 2019. Phyloproteomic and functional analyses do not support a split in the genus Borrelia (phylum Spirochaetes). BMC Evol Biol. 19(1):54.

Obregón D, Cabezas-Cruz A, Armas Y, Silva JB, Fonseca AH, André MR, P Alfonso, Oliveira MCS, Machado RZ, Corona-González B. 2019. High co-infection rates of Babesia bovis, B. bigemina and Anaplasma marginale in water buffalo in Western Cuba. Parasitol Res. 118(3):955-967.

Ortega-Morales AI, Nava-Reyna E, Ávila-Rodríguez V, González-Álvarez VH, Castillo-Martínez A, Siller-Rodríguez QK, Cabezas-Cruz A, Dantas-Torres F, Almazán C. Detection of Rickettsia spp. in Rhipicephalus sanguineus (sensu lato) collected from free-roaming dogs in Coahuila state, northern Mexico. Parasit Vectors. 12(1):130.

de la Fuente J, Pacheco I, Villar M, Cabezas-Cruz A. The Alpha-Gal syndrome: new insights into the tick-host conflict and cooperation. Parasit Vectors. 12(1):154.

Aguiar D M, Araujo J P, Nakazato L, Bard E, Cabezas-Cruz A. 2019. Complete Genome Sequence of Ehrlichia minasensis Isolated From Cattle. Microbiol Resour Announc. 8(15). pii: e00161-19

Artigas-Jerónimo S, Estrada-Peña A, Cabezas-Cruz A, Alberdi P, Villar M, de la Fuente J. 2019. Modeling modulation of the tick regulome in response to Anaplasma phagocytophilum for the identification of new control targets. Front Physiol. 10:462.

Tonk M, Pierot C, Cabezas-Cruz A, Rahnamaeian M, Khalife J, Vilcinskas A. 2019. The Drosophila melanogaster antimicrobial peptides Mtk-1 and Mtk-2 are active against the malarial parasite Plasmodium falciparum. Parasitol Res. 118(6):1993-1998.

Artigas-Jerónimo S, Alberdi P, Villar M, Cabezas-Cruz A, Espinosa PJ, Mateos-Hernández L, de la Fuente J. Anaplasma phagocytophilum modifies tick cell microRNA expression and upregulates isc-mir-79 to facilitate infection by targeting the Roundabout protein 2 pathway. Sci Rep. 9(1):9073.

Hodžić A, Mateos-Hernández L, de la Fuente J, Cabezas-Cruz A. 2019. Delayed hypersensitivity reaction to mammalian galactose-α-1,3-galactose (α-Gal) after repeated tick bites in a patient from France. Ticks Tick Borne Dis. DOI: 10.1016/j.ttbdis.2019.05.017

Fernández A M, Chaligiannis I, Cabezas-Cruz A, Papa A, Sotiraki S, de la Fuente J, de Mera I G F. 2019. Molecular identification of spotted fever group Rickettsia in ticks collected from dogs and small ruminants in Greece. Exp Appl Acarol. DOI: 10.1007/s10493-019-00392-2

Díaz-Sánchez S, Estrada-Peña A, Cabezas-Cruz A, de la Fuente J. Evolutionary Insights into The Tick Hologenome. Trends Parasitol. Accepted!


Cabezas-Cruz A*, Espinosa PJ*, Alberdi P*, Šimo L*, Valdés JJ, Mateos-Hernández L, Contreras M, Rayo MV, de la Fuente J. Tick galactosyltransferases are involved in α-Gal synthesis and play a role during Anaplasma phagocytophilum infection and Ixodes scapularis tick vector development. Sci Rep. 8(1): 14224, 2018 (*equal contribution)

Almazán C, Bonnet S, Cote M, Slovák M, Park, Y, Šimo*, L. A Versatile Model of Hard Tick Infestation on Laboratory Rabbits. J. Vis. Exp. (140), e57994, 2018 (*corresponding author)

Kim, D*, Šimo L*, Vancova M, Urban J, Park Y.. Neural and endocrine regulation of osmoregulatory organs in tick: Recent discoveries and implications. Gen and Comp Endocrinol. S0016-6480(18)30327-7, 2018 (*equal contribution)

Kim D, Šimo L, Park Y. Molecular characterization of neuropeptide elevenin and two elevenin receptors, IsElevR1 and IsElevR2, from the blacklegged tick, Ixodes scapularis. Insect Biochem Mol Biol. 101:66-75, 2018

Bonnet S., Kazimirova M., Richardson J., Šimo L., Tick saliva and its role in pathogen transmission. In: Skin and arthropod vectors, Ed. N. Boulanger 121:191, Elsevier 2018

Cabezas-Cruz A, Espinosa PJ, Alberdi P, Šimo L, Valdés JJ, Mateos-Hernández L, Contreras M, Rayo MV, de la Fuente J. 2018. Tick galactosyltransferases are involved in α-Gal synthesis and play a role during Anaplasma phagocytophilum infection and Ixodes scapularis tick vector development. Sci Rep. 8(1): 14224.

Cabezas-Cruz A, Vayssier-Taussat M and Greub G. 2018. Tick-borne pathogen detection: what’s new? Microb Infect. pii: S1286-4579(18)30004-2.

Estrada-Peña A, Álvarez-Jarreta J, Cabezas-Cruz A. 2018. Reservoir and vector evolutionary pressures shape the adaptation of Borrelia. Infect Genet Evol. pii: S1567-1348(18)30123-0.

Couto J, Tonk M, Ferrolho J, Antunes S, Vilcinskas A, de la Fuente J, Domingos A, Cabezas-Cruz A. 2018. Antiplasmodial activity of tick defensins in a mouse model of malaria. Ticks Tick Borne Dis. 9(4):844-849.

Estrada-Peña A, Cabezas-Cruz A. 2018. Towards the integrative analysis of tick microbiome. Ticks Tick Borne Dis. pii: S1877-959X(18)30264-4.

Estrada-Peña A, Cabezas-Cruz A, Pollet T, Vayssier-Taussat M, Cosson JF. High throughput sequencing and network analysis disentangle the microbial communities of ticks and hosts within and between ecosystems. Front Cell Infect Microbiol. 8:236.

Avila A, Cabezas-Cruz A, Gissot M. 2018. mRNA export in the apicomplexan parasite Toxoplasma gondii: emerging divergent components of a crucial pathway. Parasit Vectors. 11(1):62.

Obregón D, Corona BG, de la Fuente J, Cabezas-Cruz A, Gonçalves RL, Antonio Matos C, Armas YV, Hinojosa Y, Alfonso P, Oliveira MCS, Machado RZ. 2018. Molecular evidence of the reservoir competence of water buffalo (Bubalus bubalis) for Anaplasma marginale in Cuba. Vet Parasitol. 13: 180-187.

Díaz-Sánchez AA, Pires MS, Estrada CY, Cañizares EV, del Castillo Domínguez SL, Cabezas-Cruz A, Rivero EL, da Fonseca AH, Massard CL, Corona-González B. 2018. First molecular evidence of Babesia caballi and Theileria equi infections in horses in Cuba. Parasitol Res. 117(10):3109-3118.

Estrada-Peña A, Villar M, Artigas-Jerónimo S, López V, Alberdi P, Cabezas-Cruz A, de la Fuente. 2018. Use of graph theory to characterize human and arthropod vector cell protein response to infection. Front Cell Infect Microbiol. 8:265.

Artigas-Jerónimo S, Villar M, Cabezas-Cruz A, Valdés JJ, Estrada-Peña A, Alberdi P, de la Fuente J. 2018. Functional evolution of Subolesin/Akirin. Front Physiol. 9:1612.


Šimo L., Kazimirova M., Richardson J., Bonnet S., The essential role of tick salivary glands and saliva in tick feeding and pathogen transmission 2017; 7: 281, Frontiers in Microbiology, 2017

Cabezas-Cruz A and de la Fuente J. 2017. Immunity to α-Gal: the opportunity for malaria and tuberculosis control. Front Immunol. 8:1733.

Cabezas-Cruz A and de la Fuente J. 2017. Is the blood type an overlooked risk factor in epidemiological studies of the α-Gal syndrome? Allergy. 72(12):2044-2047.

Cabezas-Cruz A and de la Fuente J. 2017. Immunity to α-Gal: toward a single-antigen pan-vaccine to control major infectious diseases. ACS Central Science. 3(11):1140-1142.

Cabezas-Cruz A, Estrada-Peña A, Rego RO, De la Fuente J. 2017. Tick-pathogen ensembles: do molecular interactions lead ecological innovation? Front Cell Infect Microbiol. 7:74.

Cabezas-Cruz A, Espinosa PJ, Obregón DA, Alberdi P, de la Fuente J. 2017. Ixodes scapularis tick cells control Anaplasma phagocytophilum infection by increasing the synthesis of phosphoenolpyruvate from tyrosine. Front Cell Infect Microbiol. 7:375.

Gondard M, Cabezas-Cruz A, Charles RA, Vayssier-Taussat M, Albina E, Moutailler S. 2017. Ticks and Tick-Borne Pathogens of the Caribbean: Current Understanding and Future Directions for More Comprehensive Surveillance. Front Cell Infect Microbiol. 7:490.

Estrada-Peña A, de la Fuente J, Cabezas-Cruz A. 2017. Functional redundancy and ecological innovation shape the communities of tick-transmitted pathogens. Front Cell Infect Microbiol. 7:234.

de la Fuente J, Contreras M, Estrada-Peña A, Cabezas-Cruz A. 2017. Targeting a global health problem: Vaccine design and challenges for the control of tick-borne diseases. Vaccine. 35(38): 5089-5094.

de la Fuente J, Antunes S, Bonnet S, Cabezas-Cruz A, Domingos AG, Estrada-Peña A, Johnson N, Kocan KM, Mansfield KL, Nijhof AM, Papa A, Rudenko N, Villar M, Alberdi P, Torina A, Ayllón N, Vancova M5, Golovchenko M, Grubhoffer L, Caracappa S, Fooks AR, Gortazar C, Rego ROM. 2017. Tick-pathogen interactions and vector competence: identification of molecular drivers for tick-borne diseases. Front Cell Infect Microbiol. 7:114.

Contreras M, Alberdi P, Mateos-Hernandez L, Fernández De Mera I G, Garcia-Perez A L, Vancova M, Villar M, Ayllón N, Cabezas-Cruz A, Valdés JJ, Stuen S, Gortazar C, de la Fuente J. 2017. Anaplasma phagocytophilum MSP4 and HSP70 Proteins Are Involved in Interactions with Host Cells during Pathogen Infection. Front Cell Infect Microbiol. 7:307.

González-Álvarez VH, Fernández de Mera IG, Cabezas-Cruz A, de la Fuente J, Ortega-Morales AI, Almazán C. 2017. Molecular survey of Rickettsial organisms in ectoparasites from a dog shelter in Northern Mexico. Vet Parasitol. 10: 143-148


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