1st ParaFishControl Industry Forum, Belfast, 5 Sep

The 18th International Conference on Diseases of Fish and Shellfish is organised by The European Association of Fish Pathologists (EAFP) in Belfast, 4-8 September 2017. For further information, please visit: eafp2017.com/

ParaFishControl is hosting an Industry Forum on Tuesday, 5 September, from 2:00-3:15pm and 3:45-6:15pm. The half hour break in between sessions allows participants to mingle and look at posters. 

The Industry Forum facilitates the engagement between the ParaFishControl consortium and industrial companies and fish farmer associations to ensure essential Knowledge Exchange. It is led by Dr. Panos Christofilogiannis (AQUARK), with support from AquaTT.

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Industry stakeholders can join the ParaFishControl LinkedIn Group to follow the progress of this work, www.linkedin.com/groups/8429051.

Published: 24.08.2017

Functional Feed Additives

Feature article about collaborative research of ParaFishControl and Nutriad International on functional feed additives in the "International Aquafeed" magazine, July edition 2017, pages 14-19.


Published: 28.07.2017

NEW ParaFishControl article on excretory/secretory products of anisakid nematodes

Excretory/secretory products of anisakid nematodes: biological and pathological roles. Acta Veterinaria Scandinavica 59:42. doi.org/10.1186/s13028-017-0310-3

Parasites from the family Anisakidae are widely distributed in marine fish populations worldwide and mainly nematodes of the three genera Anisakis, Pseudoterranova and Contracaecum have attracted attention due to their pathogenicity in humans. Human consumption of raw or underprocessed seafood containing third stage larvae of anisakid parasites may elicit a gastrointestinal disease (anisakidosis) and allergic responses. Excretory and secretory (ES) compounds produced by the parasites are assumed to be key players in clinical manifestation of the disease in humans, but the molecules are likely to play a general biological role in invertebrates and lower vertebrates as well. ES products have several functions during infection, e.g. penetration of host tissues and evasion of host immune responses, but are at the same time known to elicit immune responses (including antibody production) both in fish and mammals. ES proteins from anisakid nematodes, in particular Anisakis simplex, are currently applied for diagnostic purposes but recent evidence suggests that they also may have a therapeutic potential in immune-related diseases.

Anisakis simplex commons wikimedia Anilocra
Anisakis simplex ©Wikimedia Commons, Anilocra

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Published: 27.07.2017

Connecting the dots between aquafeeds and the management of parasitic diseases in aquaculture

Feature article about ParaFishControl in the "International Aquafeed" magazine, June edition 2017, pages 14-19.


NEW ParaFishControl article on the role of BAFF / APRIL axis during proliferative kidney disease

Characterization of BAFF and APRIL subfamily receptors in rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss). Potential role of the BAFF / APRIL axis in the pathogenesis of proliferative kidney disease. PLoS ONE 12(3): e0174249. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0174249

Proliferative kidney disease (PKD) is a parasitic infection of salmonid fish characterized by hyper-secretion of immunoglobulins in response to the presence of the myxozoan parasite, Tetracapsuloides bryosalmonae. In this context, we hypothesized that the BAFF/APRIL axis, known to play a major role in B cell differentiation and survival in mammals, could be affected by the parasite and consequently be involved in the apparent shift in normal B cell activity. The results presented in this paper support the premise that the BAFF / APRIL axis plays an important role during PKD, which may open the possibility of new therapeutic treatments against the disease.

University of Copenhagen Kurt Buchmann Mature parasite free rainbow trout
Rainbow trout © Kurt Buchmann, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

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