Experimental platforms for functional genomics in ticks

Curr Opin Insect Sci. 2023 Oct:59:101102. doi: 10.1016/j.cois.2023.101102. Epub 2023 Aug 14.


Ticks are blood-feeding ectoparasites that devastate cattle farming and are an omnipresent nuisance to pets and humans, posing a threat of pathogen transmission. Laboratory experimental models can be instrumental in the search for molecular targets of novel acaricides or vaccines. Mainly, though, the experimental models represent invaluable tools for broadening our basic understanding of key processes of tick blood-feeding physiology and vector competence. In order to understand the function of a single component within the full complexity of a feeding tick, genetic or biochemical interventions are used for systemic phenotypisation. In this work, we summarise current experimental modalities that represent powerful approaches for determining biological functions of tick molecular components.

Publication types

  • Review
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Cattle
  • Cattle Diseases*
  • Genomics
  • Humans
  • Tick-Borne Diseases*
  • Ticks*
  • Vaccines*


  • Vaccines