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Adaptations to Hematophagy in Blood-feeding Parasites

September 10-11, 2018 | Alfried Krupp Wissenschaftskolleg Greifswald | Germany

This meeting is a Satellite Symposium of the 111th Annual Meeting of the German Zoological Society (DZG), Alfried Krupp Wissenschaftskolleg Greifswald and the "Fachgruppe Physiologie" of the DZG.

Keynote Speakers:

Ben J. Mans, Agricultural Research Council, Pretoria, South Africa
Marcos Horacio Pereira, University of Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil
Sebastian Kvist, Royal Ontario Museum, Ontario, Canada
Cornelia Silaghi, Friedrich Loeffler Institute, Riems, Germany


09.00 - 09.10    Jan-Peter Hildebrandt, Greifswald; Sarah Lemke, Gießen
Opening, Welcome

9.10 - 9.30    Jan-Peter Hildebrandt, Greifswald
Adaptations to hematophagy in blood-feeding parasites

9.30 - 10.00    Petra Sumova*, Prague
Yellow-related proteins from sand fly saliva act as binders of biogenic amines

10.00 - 10.30    Nikola Polanska*, Prague
Salivary gland transcriptome and salivary enzymes of Sergentomyia schwetzi

10.30 - 11.00    Coffee Break

11.00 - 12.00    Cornelia Silaghi, Riems
Haematophagous insects and their vector capacity for diverse pathogens

12.00 - 12.30    Klaus Reinhardt, Dresden
The evolution of specialisation and generalism in bedbugs (Cimicidae)

12.30 - 13.30    Lunch Break

13.30 - 14.30    Marcos H. Pereira, Belo Horizonte
Biology of blood-feeding in kissing bugs (Hemiptera; Triatominae)

14.30 - 15.00    Günter Schaub, Bochum
Blood digestion in the the reduviid bug Triatoma infestans and the human body louse Pediculus humanus corporis – A review

15.00 - 15.30    Coffee Break

15.30 - 16.00    Matej Kucera*, Ceske Budejovice
Tyrosine degradation - Achilles heel of blood feeding gluttony of Ixodes ricinus

16.00 - 17.00    Sebastian Kvist, Toronto
Anticoagulants and bacterial symbionts as means to study the evolution of blood feeding in leeches

17.00 - 17.30    Christian Müller, Greifswald
The hirudin superfamily

17.30 - 18.00    Phil Lukas*, Greifswald
Hirudin-like factor 8 derived from the Asian leech, Hirudinaria manillensis

18.00 - 22.00    Joint dinner

9.00 - 9.30    Sarah Lemke, Gießen
Investigations of salivary gland cells and salivary proteins of the medicinal leech, Hirudo verbana

9.30 - 10.00    Raja Ben Ahmed, Tunis
An updated check-list of marine and freshwater leeches (Annelida: Clitallata: Hirudinida) of Tunisia

10.00 - 11.00    Ben J. Mans, Pretoria
Functional evolution at the tick-host interface: adaptive or neutral evolution?

11.00 - 11.30    Coffee Break

11.30 - 12.00    Jan Kotál*, Ceske Budejovice
A tick salivary serpin IRS-8 is an anticoagulant playing role in tick feeding and pathogen transmission

12.00 - 12.30    Jan Perner, Ceske Budejovice
Haem - dietary vitamin for ticks

12.30 - 13.00    Adrien Blisnick*, Maisons-Alfort
Characterization of IrSPI, an Ixodes ricinus serine protease inhibitor involved in tick feeding and in bacterial infection of salivary glands

13.00 - 13.30    Daniel Sojka, Ceske Budejovice
Blood digestion in ticks

13.30 - 13.45    Jan-Peter Hildebrandt, Greifswald; Sarah Lemke, Gießen
Closing of the Symposium, Farewell


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Jan-Peter Hildebrandt (email)