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Parasite-induced behavioral change: mechanisms


Animal behavior and parasitism are more tightly linked than commonly thought. One of the most astonishing phenomena in host–parasite antagonistic interactions is ‘host manipulation,' that is, the ability of a parasite to alter the behavior of its host in ways that appear to increase parasite fitness at the expense of host fitness. The mechanisms by which a parasite hijacks the behavior of its host have been explored using ethopharmacological and immunocytochemical approaches or carrying out a large-scale proteomic study on manipulated host's brain. These few mechanistic studies have confirmed both the complexity of host manipulation by parasites and the importance of understanding the molecular cross-talk between a host and its manipulative parasite.
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Marie-Jeanne Perrot-Minnot, Frank Cézilly. Parasite-induced behavioral change: mechanisms. M. Breed & J. Moore. Encyclopedia of Animal Behavior, Elsevier, pp.618-627, 2010, ⟨10.1016/B978-0-08-045337-8.00136-4⟩. ⟨hal-00515645⟩
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