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Protozoan parasite toxoplasma gondii manipulates mate choice in rats by enhancing attractiveness of males

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dc.contributor.author Dass, Shantala Arundathi Hari
dc.contributor.author Vasudevan, Anand
dc.contributor.author Dutta, Deborah
dc.contributor.author Soh, Linda Jing Ting
dc.contributor.author Sapolsky, Robert M.
dc.contributor.author Vyas, Ajai
dc.date.accessioned 2012-01-19T08:41:44Z
dc.date.available 2012-01-19T08:41:44Z
dc.date.copyright 2011
dc.date.issued 2012-01-19
dc.identifier.citation Dass, S. A. H., Vasudevan, A., Dutta, D., Soh, L. J. T., Sapolsky, R. M., & Vyas, A. (2011). Protozoan parasite toxoplasma gondii manipulates mate choice in rats by enhancing attractiveness of males. PLoS one, 6(11).
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10220/7469
dc.description.abstract Females in various species typically avoid males infected with parasites, while parasite-free males advertise their status through conspicuous phenotypic traits. This process selects for heritable resistance and reduces direct exposure of the female to parasites. Coevolving parasites are likely to attempt to circumvent this obstacle. In this paper, we demonstrate a case of parasitic manipulation of host mate choice. We report that Toxoplasma gondii, a sexually transmitted infection of brown rats, enhances sexual attractiveness of infected males. Thus under some evolutionary niches, parasites can indeed manipulate host sexual signaling to their own advantage.
dc.language.iso en
dc.relation.ispartofseries PLoS one
dc.rights © 2011 Dass et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
dc.subject DRNTU::Science::Biological sciences::Microbiology
dc.title Protozoan parasite toxoplasma gondii manipulates mate choice in rats by enhancing attractiveness of males
dc.type Journal Article
dc.contributor.school School of Biological Sciences
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0027229
dc.description.version Published version

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