Lower detection probability of avian plasmodium in blood compared to other tissues

Svensson-Coelho, Maria and Silva, Gregory T. and Santos, Sidnei S. and Miranda, Leonardo De Sousa and Araújo-Silva, Lucas Eduardo and Ricklefs, Robert E. and Miyaki, Cristina Y. and Maldonado-Coelho, Marcos (2016) Lower detection probability of avian plasmodium in blood compared to other tissues. Journal of Parasitology, 102.

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Abstract

We tested whether the probability of detecting avian haemosporidia (Plasmodium and Haemoproteus) using molecular techniques differs among blood, liver, heart, and pectoral muscle tissues. We used a paired design, sampling the 4 tissue types in 55 individuals of a wild South American suboscine antbird, the white-shouldered fire-eye (Pyriglena leucoptera). We also identified parasites to cytochrome b lineage. Detection probability was significantly lower in blood compared to the other 3 tissue types combined. Eight of 22 infections were not detected in blood samples; 4–7 infections were not detected in the other individual tissues. The same parasite lineage was recovered from different tissues.

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Journal of Parasitology
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