Comparative analysis of Rhipicephalus tick salivary gland and cement elementome
- Autores: Iván Pacheco, Eduardo Prado, Sara Artigas-Jerónimo, José Francisco Lima-Barbero, Gabriela de la Fuente, Sandra Antunes, Joana Couto, Ana Domingos, Margarita Villar, José de la Fuente
- Ano de Publicação: 2021
- Journal: Heliyon, 7(4), art e06721
- Link: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.heliyon.2021.e06721
Rhipicephalus spp. (Acari: Ixodidae) ticks are obligate hematophagous arthropods, which constitute a model for the study of vector-host interactions. The chemical composition or elementome of salivary glands (SG) and cement provides information relevant for the study of protein-based complex multifunctional tissues with a key role in tick biology. In this study, we characterized the elementome of cement cones in Rhipicephalus sanguineus collected from naturally infested dogs and in SG and cement of R. bursa collected from experimentally infested rabbits at different feeding stages.