Thermosensation: Human Parasitic Nematodes Use Heat to Hunt Hosts

Curr Biol. 2018 Jul 23;28(14):R795-R798. doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2018.05.082.


Temperature is a critical host-emitted cue for many parasitic species. A recent study shows that skin-penetrating human parasitic hookworms and threadworms exhibit adaptive host-seeking behaviors that are based on their temperature experience, opening up possibilities for new intervention strategies.

Publication types

  • Comment

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Chemotaxis
  • Hot Temperature*
  • Humans
  • Nematoda*
  • Skin
  • Temperature