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Research Article

The Intestinal Expulsion of the Roundworm Ascaris suum Is Associated with Eosinophils, Intra-Epithelial T Cells and Decreased Intestinal Transit Time

  • Dries Masure,

    Affiliation: Department of Virology, Parasitology and Immunology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Ghent University, Merelbeke, Belgium

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  • Tao Wang,

    Affiliation: Department of Virology, Parasitology and Immunology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Ghent University, Merelbeke, Belgium

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  • Johnny Vlaminck,

    Affiliation: Department of Virology, Parasitology and Immunology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Ghent University, Merelbeke, Belgium

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  • Sarah Claerhoudt,

    Affiliation: Department of Medical Imaging and Small Animal Orthopaedics, Ghent University, Merelbeke, Belgium

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  • Koen Chiers,

    Affiliation: Department of Pathology, Bacteriology and Avian Diseases, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Ghent University, Merelbeke, Belgium

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  • Wim Van den Broeck,

    Affiliation: Department of Morphology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Ghent University, Merelbeke, Belgium

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  • Jimmy Saunders,

    Affiliation: Department of Medical Imaging and Small Animal Orthopaedics, Ghent University, Merelbeke, Belgium

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  • Jozef Vercruysse,

    Affiliation: Department of Virology, Parasitology and Immunology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Ghent University, Merelbeke, Belgium

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  • Peter Geldhof mail

    peter.geldhof@ugent.be

    Affiliation: Department of Virology, Parasitology and Immunology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Ghent University, Merelbeke, Belgium

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  • Published: December 05, 2013
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0002588

About the Authors

Dries Masure, Tao Wang, Johnny Vlaminck, Jozef Vercruysse, Peter Geldhof
Department of Virology, Parasitology and Immunology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Ghent University, Merelbeke, Belgium
Sarah Claerhoudt, Jimmy Saunders
Department of Medical Imaging and Small Animal Orthopaedics, Ghent University, Merelbeke, Belgium
Koen Chiers
Department of Pathology, Bacteriology and Avian Diseases, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Ghent University, Merelbeke, Belgium
Wim Van den Broeck
Department of Morphology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Ghent University, Merelbeke, Belgium

Corresponding Author

Email: peter.geldhof@ugent.be

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: DM JS JVl JVe PG. Performed the experiments: DM TW JVl SC KC WVdB. Analyzed the data: DM SC JS PG. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: KC WVdB JS. Wrote the paper: DM JVe PG.