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First Posted May 25, 2010
Aug 3, 2010

Tick Identification Chart/Recent Research Lyme Disease

Follow this link for an excellent Tick Identification Chart provided by the University of Rhode Island Tick Encounter Resource Center. You can compare your tick to the actual type and size of tick in the chart. Click on the images provided to get an excellent view.

Anti-tick vaccine development is underway for humans, animals and wildlife. The work has been supported by National Institutes of Health Grant R01 37230.

"This project stems from the observation that an acquired tick resistance (ATR) to blacklegged tick (Ixodes scapularis) blood feeding provides partial (~70%) protection from Lyme disease spirochete infection in a Guinea pig (GP) model. The project builds upon a suite of novel high-throughput antigen screening tools, developed over the past 5 year period; these tools have allowed us to investigate the tick's salivary transcriptome and begin to define its immunome, bringing us closer to understanding how to achieve effective host immune defense against tick-transmitted pathogens.

Specifically, this project's goal is to identify a vaccination strategy for protecting against a broad array of tick-transmitted infections, testing the hypothesis that this protection can be achieved by using one or more tick salivary antigens to induce an ATR response." Anti-tick Vaccine Development

Recent Research Articles

Cloning of a salivary gland metalloprotease and characterization of gelatinase and fibrin(ogen)lytic activities in the saliva of the Lyme disease tick vector Ixodes scapularis

Expression of spoT in Borrelia burgdorferi during Serum Starvation


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