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Special Issue "Human Animal Tick-Borne Diseases"

A special issue of International Journal of Molecular Sciences (ISSN 1422-0067). This special issue belongs to the section "Molecular Microbiology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Roman Reddy Ganta
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Guest Editor
Department of Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology, College of Veterinary Medicine, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66506, USA
Interests: Rickettsial diseases; Ehrlichia chaffeensis; Anaplasma species; Rickettsia rickettsii; mutagenesis of intracellular bacteria; molecular biology; host–pathogen interactions; gene regulation; vaccines
Prof. Dr. Ulrike Munderloh
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Guest Editor
Department of Entomology, University of Minnesota, 1980 Folwell Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55108, USA
Interests: anaplasma; ehrlichia; rickettsia; genomics; mutagenesis; functional genomics; gene expression in ticks and mammals
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Tick-borne diseases (TBD) in people caused by bacterial, viral, and parasitic infections continue to rise in the USA and many parts of the world. TBDs are also a major concern in agricultural and companion animal health. They primarily include bacterial diseases caused by Anaplasma, Borrelia, Ehrlichia, and Rickettsia species pathogens. Burden of the TBDs is enormous to the public health and economy throughout the world. Considering that the diseases are the most common illnesses caused by arthropods in recent years, research focused on defining pathogenesis, host–pathogen interactions, host response, gene regulation, molecular genetics, mutagenesis, therapeutics, and vaccine studies using molecular approaches are among the high-priority goals to combat many emerging TBDs. In this Special Issue, we invite original research articles focused on any topic of the above highlighted areas on major TBDs impacting human and animal health. This issue aims to compile manuscripts describing advances in different tick-borne bacterial pathogens.

We invite submissions on research articles and reviews on the following TBDs and disease-causing agents:

  • Ehrlichiosis, Anaplasmosis, Rickettsiosis, and Lyme disease;
  • Molecular biology, mutagenesis, functional genomics;
  • Tick-host-pathogen interactions and evasion mechanisms;
  • Host response, immunology, and vaccine studies.

Prof. Dr. Roman Reddy Ganta
Prof. Dr. Ulrike Munderloh
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. International Journal of Molecular Sciences is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. There is an Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal. For details about the APC please see here. Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • Anaplasmosis, Ehrlichiosis and Rickettsiosis
  • Rickettsial diseases and Lyme disease
  • emerging tick-borne diseases
  • Rickettsial genetics, molecular biology and gene regulation
  • effector proteins and bacterial evasion mechanisms
  • tick-host-pathogen interface

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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