Center for Research of Pathogenicity and Virulence of Parasites

Center for Research of Pathogenicity and Virulence of Parasites

prof. RNDr. Jan Tachezy, Ph.D.

prof. RNDr. Jan Tachezy, Ph.D. — Project head

About us

The aim of the project is to identify virulence factors of important parasites of humans and livestock and to assess their potential for the development of novel therapeutic and diagnostic approaches.




The proposed research activities will have performed at the Faculty of Science, Charles University, which includes the laboratories of the European Centre of Excellence BIOCEV and partner laboratories of the Institute of Parasitology of Biology Centre of the Czech Academy of Sciences in České Budějovice and newly established, laboratories at the Faculty of Science, University of Ostrava.

Project solves the absence of significant means for the treatment important infections caused by parasites. Used chemotherapeutics are usually toxic and against number of them has originated resistance without having available alternative chemotherapeutics. Significant problems are disease vectors as Ticks and Phlebotominaes.

Organizational-economic problems, which project solves, include typical research deficiencies in CR:

  • fragmentation of research activities
  • absence of some important modern instruments
  • lack of communication between the basic research and the application sphere
  • limited participation with international projects and cooperation

Project aim

The main objective of the proposed research program is to discover the virulence factors of important parasites of humans and livestock, and to determine their potential for the development of new therapeutic and diagnostic procedures.

The proposed research project activities are part of the program: "Virulence factors of parasites as targets for development of novel antiparasitic strategies" and logically structured into five subprograms. The knowledge gained will be used for the development of new therapeutic and diagnostic procedures. The results will be published in high quality scientific journals or patented.

The main goal is to combine the research efforts of the parasitological teams of the Charles University (BIOCEV, Dept of Parasitology), Parasitology Institute ASCR and the University of Ostrava and to create a team with a critical concentration of research capacities with high quality infrastructure and experienced support project management.

The specific aims include:

  • the acquisition of the missing state-of-the-art instruments for the applicant and the partners. The completion of the research infrastructure at the Charles University and the establishment of new laboratory for the evaluation of the antiparasitic targets (Drug Discovery), which will assist in bridging the gap between the basic research and the application sphere.
  • strengthening the cooperation with leading international institutions
  • strengthening the participation in the international research projects and grant competitions
  • involvement of prominent international researchers in the research team




Rout S., Oeljeklaus S., Makki A., Tachezy J., Warscheid B., Schneider A. Determinism and contingencies shaped the evolution of mitochondrial protein import. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Feb 2021, 118 (6) e2017774118; DOI: 10.1073/pnas.2017774118

Hierro-Yap C., Šubrtová K., Gahura O., Panicucci B., Dewar C., Chinopoulos Ch., Schnaufer A., Zíková A. Bioenergetic consequences of FoF1–ATP synthase/ATPase deficiency in two life cycle stages of Trypanosoma brucei, Journal of Biological Chemistry, Volume 296, 2021 , ISSN 0021-9258,

Procházková M., Füzik T., Grybchuk D., Luca Falginell F., Podešvová L., Yurchenko V., Vácha R., Plevka P. Capsid structure of Leishmania RNA Virus 1. Journal of Virology. Jan 2021, 95 (3) e01957-20, doi:10.1128/JVI.01957-20

Čermáková, P., Maďarová, A., Baráth, P., Bellová, J., Yurchenko, V., & Horváth, A. (2021). Differences in mitochondrial NADH dehydrogenase activities in trypanosomatids. Parasitology, 1-10. doi:10.1017/S0031182020002425

Gahura O., Hierro Yap C., Zíková A. (2021). Redesigned and reversed: architectural and functional oddities of the trypanosomal ATP synthase. Parasitology. 8:1-41

Tobiasson V., Gahura O., Aibara S., Baradaran R., Zíková A., Amunts A. (2021). Interconnected assembly factors regulate the biogenesis of mitoribosomal large subunit. EMBO J.

Opperdoes F. R., Butenko A., Zakharova A., Gerasimov E. S., Zimmer S. L., Lukeš J., & Yurchenko V. (2021). The remarkable metabolism of Vickermania ingenoplastis: Genomic predictions. Pathogens, 10(1), 68.

Butenko A., Hammond M., Field M. C., Ginger M. L., Yurchenko V., & Lukeš J. (2021). Reductionist pathways for parasitism in Euglenozoans? Expanded datasets provide new insights. Trends in parasitology, 37(2), 100–116.

Mahmood S., Sima R., Urbanova V., Trentelman J. J. A., Krezdorn N., Winter P., Kopacek P., Hovius J. W., Hajdusek O. (2021). Identification of tick Ixodes ricinus midgut genes differentially expressed during the transmission of Borrelia afzelii spirochetes using a transcriptomic approach. Front Immunol. 11:612412. doi: 10.3389/fimmu.2020.612412.

Kozelková T., Doležel D., Grunclová L., Kučera M., Perner J., Kopáček P. (2021) Functional characterization of the insulin signaling pathway in the hard tick Ixodes ricinus. Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases 12 101694,

Klouwens M. J., Trentelman J. J., Ersoz J. I., Nieves Marques Porto F., Sima R., Hajdusek O., Thakur M., Pal U., Hovius J. W. (2021) Investigating BB0405 as a novel Borrelia afzelii vaccination candidate in Lyme borreliosis. Sci Rep. 11(1):4775. doi: 10.1038/s41598-021-84130-y.

Dorrah M., Bensaoud C., Mohamed A. A., Sojka D., Bassal T. T. M., Kotsyfakis M. (2021) Comparison of the hemolysis machinery in two evolutionarily distant blood-feeding arthropod vectors of human diseases. PLoS Negl Trop Dis 15(2): e0009151.

Ahmad P., Bensaoud C., Mekki I., Rehman M. U., Kotsyfakis M. (2021). Long non-coding RNAs and their potential roles in the vector-host-pathogen triad. Life (Basel) 11(1):56. doi: 10.3390/life11010056.

Kotabova E., Malych R., Pierella Karlusich J. J., Kazamia E., Eichner M., Mach J., Lesuisse E., Bowler C., Prášil O., Sutak R. Complex response of the chlorarachniophyte Bigelowiella natans to iron availability. mSystems. 2021

Füssy Z., Vinopalová M., Treitli S. C., Pánek T., Smejkalová P., Čepička I., Doležal P., Hampl V. Retortamonads from vertebrate hosts share features of anaerobic metabolism and pre-adaptations to parasitism with diplomonads. Parasitol Int. 2021 Feb 21;82:102308. doi: 10.1016/j.parint.2021.102308.


Žihala D., Salamonová J., Eliáš M. Evolution of the genetic code in the mitochondria of Labyrinthulea (Stramenopiles), Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, Volume 152, 2020, ISSN 1055-7903,

Ravoitytė B., Lukša J., Yurchenko V., Serva S., Servienė E. Saccharomyces paradoxus transcriptional alterations in cells of distinct phenotype and viral dsRNA content. Microorganisms 2020, 8, 1902.

Kostygov A.Y., Frolov A.O., Malysheva M.N. et al. Vickermania gen. nov., trypanosomatids that use two joined flagella to resist midgut peristaltic flow within the fly host. BMC Biol 18, 187 (2020).

Durante I. M., Butenko A., Rašková V., Charyyeva A., Svobodová M., Yurchenko V., Hashimi H., Lukeš J. Large-scale phylogenetic analysis of trypanosomatid adenylate cyclases reveals associations with extracellular lifestyle and host–pathogen interplay. Genome Biology and Evolution, Volume 12, Issue 12, December 2020, Pages 2403–2416,

Perner J., Helm D., Haberkant P. et al. The central role of salivary metalloproteases in host acquired resistance to tick feeding. Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology 10, 703 (2020).

Salomaki E.D., Eme L., Brown M.W. et al. Releasing uncurated datasets is essential for reproducible phylogenomics. Nat Ecol Evol 4, 1435–1437 (2020).

Miroslav Oborník. Photoparasitism as an intermediate state in the evolution of apicomlexan parasites. Trends in Parasitology. Volume 36, Issue 9. September 2020. Pages 727-734.

Joseph T Smith Jr, Eva Doleželová, Brianna Tylec, Jonathan E Bard, Runpu Chen, Yijun Sun, Alena Zíková, Laurie K Read. Developmental regulation of edited CYb COIII mitochondrial mRNAs is achieved by distinct mechanisms in Trypanosoma brucei. Nucleic Acids Reasearch. Volume 48, Issue 15. 04 September 2020. Pages 8704–8723.

Serricchio M., Hierro-Yap C., Schädeli D., Ben Hamidane H., Hemphill A., Graumann J., Zíková A., Bütikofer P. (2020). Depletion of cardiolipin induces major changes in energy metabolism in Trypanosoma brucei bloodstream forms. FASEB J. 35:e21176.

Trentelman J. J. A., Sima R., Krezdorn N., Tomás-Cortázar J., Barriales D., Takumi K., Butler J. M., Sprong H., Klouwens M. J., Urbanova V., Mahmood S., Winter P., Kopacek P., Anguita J., Hajdusek O., Hovius J. W. (2020). A combined transcriptomic approach to identify candidates for an anti-tick vaccine blocking B. afzelii transmission. Sci Rep. 10 (1):20061. doi: 10.1038/s41598-020-76268-y.

Aounallah H., Bensaoud C., M'ghirbi Y., Faria F., Chmelar J. I., Kotsyfakis M. (2020). Tick salivary compounds for targeted immunomodulatory therapy. Front Immunol.11:583845. doi: 10.3389/fimmu.2020.583845.

Lhotská Z., Jirků M., Hložková O., Brožová K., Jirsová D., Stensvold C. R., Kolísko M., Jirků Pomajbíková K. (2020) A study on the prevalence and subtype diversity of the intestinal protist Blastocystis sp. in a gut-healthy human population in the Czech Republic. Front Cell Infect Microbiol. 10:544335. doi: 10.3389/fcimb.2020.544335.

Kolisko M., Flegontova O., Karnkowska A., Lax G., Maritz J. M., Pánek T., Táborský P., Carlton J. M., Čepička I., Horák A., Lukeš J., Simpson A. G. B., Tai V. (2020) EukRef-excavates: seven curated SSU ribosomal RNA gene databases. Database 2020:baaa080. doi: 10.1093/database/baaa080.

Grechnikova M., Ženíšková K., Malych R., Mach J., Sutak R. Copper detoxification machinery of the brain-eating amoeba Naegleria fowleri involves copper-translocating ATPase and the antioxidant system. Int J Parasitol Drugs Drug Resist. 2020

Sutak R., Camadro J. M., Lesuisse E. Iron uptake mechanisms in marine phytoplankton. Front Microbiol. 2020

Füssy Z., Záhonová K., Tomčala A., Krajčovič J., Yurchenko V., Oborník M., Eliáš M. The cryptic plastid of Euglena longa defines a new type of nonphotosynthetic plastid organelle. mSphere. 2020 Oct 21;5(5):e00675-20. doi: 10.1128/mSphere.00675-20. PMID: 33087518; PMCID: PMC7580956.

Tomečková L., Tomčala A., Oborník M., Hampl V. The lipid composition of Euglena gracilis middle plastid membrane resembles that of primary plastid envelopes. Plant Physiol. 2020 Dec;184(4):2052-2063. doi: 10.1104/pp.20.00505. Epub 2020 Oct 2. PMID: 33008834; PMCID: PMC7723114.

Sumova P., Polanska N., Lestinova T., Spitzova T., Kalouskova B., Vanek O., Volf P., Rohousova I. (2020) Phlebotomus perniciosus recombinant salivary proteins polarize murine macrophages toward the anti-inflammatory phenotype. FRONTIERS IN CELLULAR AND INFECTION MICROBIOLOGY 10: Article Number 427.

Nacif-Pimenta R., Pinto L. C., Volfova V., Volf P., Pimenta P. F. P., Secundino N. F. C. (2020) Conserved and distinct morphological aspects of the salivary glands of sand fly vectors of leishmaniasis: an anatomical and ultrastructural study. PARASITES & VECTORS 13: Article Number 441.

Kniha E., Dvorak V., Halada P., Milchram M., Obwaller A. G., Kuhls K., Schlegel S., Kohsler M., Poeppl W., Bakran-Lebl K., Fuehrer H. P., Volfova V., Mooseder G., Ivovic V., Volf P., Walochnik J. (2020) Integrative approach to Phlebotomus mascittii Grassi, 1908: First record in Vienna with new morphological and molecular insights. PATHOGENS 9: Article Number 1032.

Halliday C., Yanas R., Catta-Preta C. M. C., Moreira-Leite F., Myskova J., Pruzinova K., Volf P., Mottram J., Sunter J. D. (2020) Role for the flagellum attachment zone in Leishmania anterior cell tip morphogenesis. PLOS PATHOGENS 16: e 1008494.

Dvorak V., Tsirigotakis N., Pavlou C., Dokianakis E., Akhoundi M., Halada P., Volf P., Depaquit J., Antoniou M. (2020) Sand fly fauna of Crete and the description of Phlebotomus (Adlerius) creticus n. sp. (Diptera: Psychodidae). PARASITES & VECTORS 13: Article Number 547.

Vechtova P., Fussy Z., Cegan R. et al. Catalogue of stage-specific transcripts in Ixodes ricinus and their potential functions during the tick life-cycle. Parasites Vectors 13, 311 (2020).

Tien Le, Žárský V., Nývltová E., Rada P., Harant K., Vancová M., Verner Z., Hrdý I., Tachezy J. (2020) Anaerobic peroxisomes in Mastigamoeba balamuthi. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 117 (4) 2065-2075; DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1909755117

Mach J., Sutak R. Iron in parasitic protists - from uptake to storage and where we can interfere. Metallomics. 2020.

Sarink M. J., Tielens A. G. M., Verbon A., Sutak R., van Hellemond J. J. Inhibition of fatty acid oxidation as a new target to treat Primary Amoebic Meningoencephalitis. Antimicrob Agents Chemother. 2020.

Arbon D., Ženíšková K., Mach J., Grechnikova M., Malych R., Talacko P., Sutak R. Adaptive iron utilization compensates for the lack of an inducible uptake system in Naegleria fowleri and represents a potential target for therapeutic intervention. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2020.

Najdrová V., Stairs C., Voleman L., Vinopalova M., Doležal P. The evolution of the Puf superfamily of proteins across the tree of eukaryotes. BMC Biology 2020

Majer M., Macháček T., Súkeníková L., Hrdý J., Horák P. (2020): The peripheral immune response of mice infected with a neuropathogenic schistosome. Parasite Immunology 42: e12710. DOI: 10.1111/pim.12710 [IF2019=2.054]

Macháček T., Šmídová B., Pankrác J., Majer M., Bulantová J., Horák P. (2020): Nitric oxide debilitates the neuropathogenic schistosome Trichobilharzia regenti in mice, partly by inhibiting its vital peptidases. Parasites & Vectors 13: 426. DOI: 10.1186/s13071-020-04279-9 [IF2019=2.824]

Harada R., Hirakawa Y., Yabuki A., Kashiyama Y., Maruyama M., Onuma R., Soukal P., Miyagishima S., Hampl V., Tanifuji G., Inagaki Y. Inventory and evolution of mitochondrion-localized family a DNA polymerases in Euglenozoa. Pathogens. 2020 Apr 1;9(4):257. doi: 10.3390/pathogens9040257. PMID: 32244644; PMCID: PMC7238167.

Vaselek S., Prudhomme J., Myskova J., Lestinova T., Spitzova T., Banuls A. L., Volf P. (2020) Comparative study of Promastigote- and Amastigote-initiated infection of Leishmania infantum (Kinetoplastida: Trypanosomatidae) in Phlebotomus perniciosus (Diptera: Psychodidae) conducted in different biosafety level laboratories. JOURNAL OF MEDICAL ENTOMOLOGY 57: 601-607.

Cotton J. A., Durrant C., Franssen S. U., Gelanew T., Hailu A., Mateus D., Sanders M. J., Berriman M., Volf P., Miles M. A., Yeo M. (2020) Genomic analysis of natural intra-specific hybrids among Ethiopian isolates of Leishmania donovani. PLOS NEGLECTED TROPICAL DISEASES 14: e0007143.

Becvar T., Siriyasatien P., Bates P., Volf P., Sadlova J. (2020) Development of Leishmania (Mundinia) in guinea pigs. PARASITES & VECTORS 13: DOI: 10.1186/s13071-020-04039-9

Maia C., Cristovao J., Pereira A., Kostalova T., Lestinova T., Sumova P., Volf P., Campino L. (2020) Monitoring Leishmania infection and exposure to Phlebotomus perniciosus using minimal and non-invasive canine samples. PARASITES & VECTORS 13: DOI: 10.1186/s13071-020-3993-7

Spitzova T., Sumova P., Volfova V., Polanska N., Poctova L., Volf P. (2020) Interactions between host biogenic amines and sand fly salivary yellow-related proteins. PARASITES & VECTORS 13: DOI: 10.1186/s13071-020-04105-2

Van Bockstal L., Bulte D., Hendrickx S., Sadlova J., Volf P., Maes L., Caljon G. (2020) Impact of clinically acquired miltefosine resistance by Leishmania infantum on mouse and sand fly infection. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL FOR PARASITOLOGY-DRUGS AND DRUG RESISTANCE 13: 16-21.

Hrazdilová K., Rybářová M., Široký P., Votýpka J., Zintl A., Burgess H., Steinbauer V., Žákovčík V. & Modrý D. (2020) Diversity of Babesia spp. in cervid ungulates based on the 18S rDNA and cytochrome c oxidase subunit I phylogenies. Infection, Genetics and Evolution 77: 104060.

Votýpka J., Kment P., Yurchenko V. & Lukeš J. (2020) Endangered monoxenous trypanosomatid parasites: a lesson from island biogeography. Biodiversity and Conservation. DOI 10.1007/s10531-020-02041-2

Tomčala A., Michálek J., Schneedorferová I., Füssy Z., Gruber A., Vancová M., Oborník M. Fatty acid biosynthesis in chromerids. Biomolecules 2020, 10, 1102.

Pyrih J., Rašková V., Škodová-Sveráková I., Pánek T., Lukeš J. (2020) ZapE/Afg1 interacts with Oxa1 and its depletion causes a multifaceted phenotype. PLoS ONE 15(6): e0234918.

Faktorová D., Kaur B., Valach M., Graf L., Benz C., Burger G., Lukeš J. (2020) Targeted integration by homologous recombination enables in situ tagging and replacement of genes in the marine microeukaryote Diplonema papillatum. Environ Microbiol, 22: 3660-3670. doi:10.1111/1462-2920.15130

Doleželová E., Kunzová M., Dejung M., Levin M., Panicucci B., Regnault C., et al. (2020) Cell-based and multi-omics profiling reveals dynamic metabolic repurposing of mitochondria to drive developmental progression of Trypanosoma brucei. PLoS Biol 18(6): e3000741.

Rotterová J., Salomaki E., Pánek T., Bourland W., Žihala D., Táborský P., Edgcomb V. P., Beinart R. A., Kolísko M., Čepička I. (2020) Genomics of new ciliate lineages provides insight into the evolution of obligate anaerobiosis. Current Biology, 30 (11), 2037-2050.e5

Speijer D. Hammond M., Lukeš J. (2020) Comparing early eukaryotic integration of mitochondria and chloroplasts in the light of internal ROS challenges: Timing is of the essence. mBio, 11 (3) e00955-20; DOI: 10.1128/mBio.00955-20

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Michael J. Hammond, Anna Nenarokova, Anzhelika Butenko, Martin Zoltner, Eva Lacová Dobáková, Mark C. Field, Julius Lukeš. A uniquely complex mitochondrial proteome from Euglena gracilis. Molecular Biology and Evolution, Volume 37, Issue 8, August 2020, Pages 2173–2191,

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George E., Husník F., Tashyreva D., Prokopchuk G., Horák A., Kwong W. K., Lukeš J., Keeling P. J. (2020) Highly reduced genomes of protist endosymbionts show evolutionary convergence. Current Biology: 30 (5), 925-933.e3

Chambouvet A., Smilansky V., Jirků M., Isidoro-Ayza M., Itoïz S., Derelle E., et al. (2020) Diverse alveolate infections of tadpoles, a new threat to frogs? PLoS Pathog 16(2): e1008107.

Škodová-Sveráková I., Prokopchuk G., Peña-Diaz P., Záhonová K., Moos M., Horváth A., Šimek P., Lukeš J. Unique dynamics of paramylon storage in the marine euglenozoan Diplonema papillatum, Protist, Volume 171, Issue 2, April 2020,

Kaur B., Záhonová K., Valach M., Faktorová D., Prokopchuk G., Burger G., Lukeš J. Gene fragmentation and RNA editing without borders: eccentric mitochondrial genomes of diplonemids, Nucleic Acids Research, Volume 48, Issue 5, 18 March 2020, Pages 2694–2708,

Rogozin I. B., Charyyeva A., Sidorenko I. A., Babenko V. N., Yurchenko V. Frequent recombination events in Leishmania donovani: Mining population data. Pathogens 2020, 9, 572.

Škodová-Sveráková I., Záhonová K., Bučková B., Füssy Z., Yurchenko V., Lukeš J. Catalase and ascorbate peroxidase in euglenozoan protists. Pathogens 2020, 9, 317.

Polanska N., Ishemgulova A., Volfova V., Flegontov P., Votypka J., Yurchenko V., Volf P. (2020) Sergentomyia schwetzi: Salivary gland transcriptome, proteome and enzymatic activities in two lineages adapted to different blood sources. PLOS ONE 15: e0230537

Konvalinka T., Pánek T., Kováčová B., Horváth A. (2020) Orientation of FtsH protease homologs in Trypanosoma brucei inner mitochondrial membrane and its evolutionary implications. Molecular and Biochemical parasitology, 238;

Ganyukova A.I., Frolov A.O., Malysheva M.N., Spodareva V.V., Yurchenko V., Kostygov A.Y. 2020: A novel endosymbiont-containing trypanosomatid Phytomonas borealis sp. n. from the predatory bug Picromerus bidens (Heteroptera: Pentatomidae). Folia Parasitol. 67: 004.

Gray M.W., Burger G., Derelle R. et al. The draft nuclear genome sequence and predicted mitochondrial proteome of Andalucia godoyi, a protist with the most gene-rich and bacteria-like mitochondrial genome. BMC Biol 18, 22 (2020).

Frolov A. O., Malysheva M. N., Ganyukova A. I., Spodareva V. V., Králová J., Yurchenko V., Kostygov A. Y. (2020) If host is refractory, insistent parasite goes berserk: trypanosomatid Blastocrithidia raabei in the true bug Coreus marginatus. PLOS One 15:e0227832.

Dvořáková H., Leontovyč R., Macháček T., O'Donoghue A. J., Šedo O., Zdráhal Z., Craik C. S., Caffrey C. R., Horák P., Mikeš L. (2020) Isoforms of cathepsin B1 in neurotropic schistosomula of Trichobilharzia regenti differ in substrate preferences and a highly expressed catalytically inactive paralog binds cystatin. Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology 10: 66. DOI: 10.3389/fcimb.2020.00066 [IF2018=3.518]

Skála V., Walker A. J., Horák P. (2020) Snail defence responses to parasite infection: the Lymnaea stagnalis-Trichobilharzia szidati model. Developmental and Comparative Immunology 102: 103464. DOI: 10.1016/j.dci.2019.103464 [IF2018=3.119]

d’Avila-Levy C. M., Bearzatto B., Ambroise J., Helaers R., Butenko A., Yurchenko V., Morelli K. A., Santos H. C. G., Brouillard P., Grellier P., Gala J. L., Vikkula M. (2020) First draft genome of the trypanosomatid Herpetomonas muscarum ingenoplastis through MinION Oxford Nanopore technology and Illumina sequencing. Tropical Medicine and Infectious Disease 5:25.

Gerasimov E., Zamyatnina K., Matveeva N., Rudenskaya Y., Kraeva N., Kolesnikov A. A., Yurchenko V. (2020) Common structural patterns in the maxicircle divergent region of Trypanosomatidae. Pathogens 9:100.

Podešvová L., Leštinová T., Horáková E., Lukeš J., Volf P., Yurchenko V. (2020) Suicidal Leishmania. Pathogens 9:79. DOI: 10.3390/pathogens9020079

Grybchuk N., Macedo D. H., Kleschenko Y., Kraeva N., Lukashev A. N., Bates P. A., Kulich P., Leštinová T., Volf P., Kostygov A. Y., Yurchenko V. (2020) The first non-LRV RNA virus in Leishmania. Viruses 12:E168.

Novák Vanclová A. M. G., Zoltner M., Kelly S., Soukal P., Záhonová K., Füssy Z., Ebenezer T. E., Lacová Dobáková E., Eliáš M., Lukeš J., Field M. C., Hampl V. Metabolic quirks and the colourful history of the Euglena gracilis secondary plastid. New Phytol. 2020 Feb;225(4):1578-1592. doi: 10.1111/nph.16237. Epub 2019 Nov 4. PubMed PMID: 31580486.

Martins L. A., Kotal J., Bensaoud C., Chmelar J. & Kotsyfakis M. Small protease inhibitors in tick saliva and salivary glands and their role in tick-host-pathogen interactions. Biochimica et biophysica acta. Proteins and proteomics 1868, 140336, doi:10.1016/j.bbapap.2019.140336 (2020).

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Grybchuk, Danyil, Alexei Y. Kostygov, Diego H. Macedo, Jan Votýpka, Julius Lukeš a Vyacheslav Yurchenko. RNA viruses in Blechomonas (Trypanosomatidae) and evolution of Leishmaniavirus. MBIO. 2018, 9(5). DOI: 10.1128/mBio.01932-18.

Faktorová, Drahomíra, Anita Bär, Hassan Hashimi, et al. TbUTP10, a protein involved in early stages of pre-18S rRNA processing in Trypanosoma brucei. Molecular and Biochemical Parasitology. 2018, (225), 84-93. DOI:

Dixit, Sameer a Julius Lukeš. Combinatorial interplay of RNA binding proteins tune levels of mitochondrial mRNA in trypanosomes. RNA. 2018, 24(11), 1594-1606. DOI: 10.1261/rna.066233.118.

del Campo J, Kolisko M, Boscaro V, Santoferrara LF, Nenarokov S, Massana R, et al. (2018) EukRef: Phylogenetic curation of ribosomal RNA to enhance understanding of eukaryotic diversity and distribution. PLoS Biol 16(9): e2005849.

Eva Pyrihová, Alžběta Motyčková, Luboš Voleman, Natalia Wandyszewska, Radovan Fišer, Gabriela Seydlová, Andrew Roger, Martin Kolísko, Pavel Doležal. A single tim translocase in the mitosomes of Giardia intestinalis illustrates convergence of protein import machines in anaerobic eukaryotes. Genome Biology and Evolution, Volume 10, Issue 10. October 2018, Pages 2813–2822,

Yurchenko V. & Lukeš J. (2018). Parasites and their (endo)symbiotic microbes. Parasitology, 145(10), 1261-1264. DOI:10.1017/S0031182018001257

Jalovecka M., Hajdusek O., Sojka D., Kopacek P. and Malandrin L. (2018) The complexity of piroplasms life cycles. Front. Cell. Infect. Microbiol. 8:248. DOI: 10.3389/fcimb.2018.00248

Peña-Diaz P., Mach J., Kriegová E., Poliak P., Tachezy J., Lukeš J. (2018) Trypanosomal mitochondrial intermediate peptidase does not behave as a classical mitochondrial processing peptidase. PLoS ONE 13(4): e0196474.

Peña-Diaz P., Lukeš J. Fe–S cluster assembly in the supergroup Excavata. J Biol Inorg Chem 23, 521–541 (2018).

Harmer J., Yurchenko V., Nenarokova A., Lukeš J., & Ginger M. (2018). Farming, slaving and enslavement: Histories of endosymbioses during kinetoplastid evolution. Parasitology, 145(10), 1311-1323. DOI:10.1017/S0031182018000781

Marszewska A., Cichy A., Bulantová J., Horák P., Żbikowska E. 2018. Potamopyrgus antipodarum as a potential defender against swimmer’s itch in European recreational water bodies—experimental study. PeerJ 6:e5045

Vivas Muñoz J. C., Hilt S., Horák P. et al. Impact of trematode infections on periphyton grazing rates of freshwater snails. Parasitol Res 117, 3547–3555 (2018).

Willen L., Mertens P., Volf P. (2018) Evaluation of the rSP03B sero-strip, a newly proposed rapid test for canine exposure to Phlebotomus perniciosus, vector of Leishmania infantum. PLoS Negl Trop Dis 12(8): e0006607.

Sadlova J., Homola M., Myskova J., Jancarova M., Volf P. (2018) Refractoriness of Sergentomyia schwetzi to Leishmania spp. is mediated by the peritrophic matrix. PLoS Negl Trop Dis 12(4): e0006382.

Halada P., Hlaváčková K., Risueño J., Berriatua E., Volf P., Dvořák V. Effect of trapping method on species identification of phlebotomine sandflies by MALDI-TOF MS protein profiling: Trap effect on sandfly protein profiling. Medical and Veterinary Entomology. 2018, 32. DOI: 10.1111/mve.12305.

Spodareva V. V., Grybchuk-Ieremenko A., Losev A., Votýpka J., Lukeš J., Yurchenko V., Kostygov A. Y. Diversity and evolution of anuran trypanosomes: insights from the study of European species. Parasites & Vectors. 2018, 11(1), 447. DOI: 10.1186/s13071-018-3023-1.

Treitli, S. C., Kotyk, M., Yubuki, N., Jirounková, E., Vlásáková, J., Smejkalová, P., Šípek, P., Čepička, I., Hampl, V. Molecular and morphological diversity of the oxymonad genera Monocercomonoides and Blattamonas gen. nov. Protist. 2018, 169(5), 744-783. DOI: 10.1016/j.protis.2018.06.005.

Vacek, V., Novák, L. V. F., Treitli, S. C., Táborský, P., Čepička, I., Kolísko, M., Keeling, P. J., Hampl, V. Fe–S Cluster assembly in oxymonads and related protists. Molecular Biology and Evolution. 2018, 35(11), 2712–2718. DOI: 10.1093/molbev/msy168.

Mach J., Bílá J., Ženíšková K., Arbon D., Malych R., Glavanakovová M., Nývltová E., Sutak R. Iron economy in Naegleria gruberi reflects its metabolic flexibility. International Journal for Parasitology. 2018, 48(9-10), 719-727. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijpara.2018.03.005.

Schoener E., Uebleis S. S., Cuk C., Nawratil M., Obwaller A. G., Zechmeister T., et al. (2018) Trypanosomatid parasites in Austrian mosquitoes. PLoS ONE 13(4): e0196052.

Silva F., Kostygov A., Spodareva V., Butenko A., Tossou R., Lukeš J., Yurchenko V., Alves J. (2018). The reduced genome of Candidatus Kinetoplastibacterium sorsogonicusi, the endosymbiont of Kentomonas sorsogonicus (Trypanosomatidae): Loss of the haem-synthesis pathway. Parasitology, 145(10), 1287-1293. DOI:10.1017/S003118201800046X.

Záhonová K., Petrželková R., Valach M. et al. Extensive molecular tinkering in the evolution of the membrane attachment mode of the Rheb GTPase. Sci Rep 8, 5239 (2018).

Hackenberg M., Kotsyfakis M. Exosome-mediated pathogen transmission by arthropod vectors. Trends in Parasitology. 2018, 34(7), 549-552. DOI: 10.1016/

Perner J., Kropáčková S., Kopáček P., Ribeiro J. M. C. (2018) Sialome diversity of ticks revealed by RNAseq of single tick salivary glands. PLoS Negl Trop Dis 12(4): e0006410.

Heiss A. A., Kolísko M., Ekelund F., Brown M. W., Roger A. J., Simpson A. G. B. Combined morphological and phylogenomic re-examination of malawimonads, a critical taxon for inferring the evolutionary history of eukaryotes. Royal society open science. 2018, 5(4). DOI: 10.1098/rsos.171707. ISSN 2054-5703.

Lukeš J., Butenko A., Hashimi H., Maslov D. A., Votýpka J., Yurchenko V. Trypanosomatids are much more than just trypanosomes: Clues from the expanded family tree. Trends in Parasitology. 2018, 34(6), 466-480. DOI: 10.1016/

Procházková M., Panicucci B. & Zíková A. Cultured bloodstream Trypanosoma brucei adapt to life without mitochondrial translation release factor 1. Sci Rep 8, 5135 (2018).

Perner J., Kotál J., Hatalová T., Urbanová V., Bartošová-Sojková P., Brophy P. M., Kopáček P. Inducible glutathione S-transferase (IrGST1) from the tick Ixodes ricinus is a haem-binding protein. Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. 2018, 95, 44-54. DOI: 10.1016/j.ibmb.2018.02.002.

Tashyreva D., Prokopchuk G., Votýpka J., Yabuki A., Horák A., Lukeš J. Life cycle, ultrastructure, and phylogeny of new diplonemids and their endosymbiotic bacteria. MBio. 2018, 9(2). DOI: 10.1128/mBio.02447-17.

Lynn, D. H., Kolísko, M., Bourland, W. Phylogenomic analysis of Nassula variabilis n. sp., Furgasonia blochmanni, and Pseudomicrothorax dubius confirms a Nassophorean clade. Protist. 2018, 169(2), 180-189. DOI: 10.1016/j.protis.2018.02.002.


prof. RNDr. Jan Tachezy, Ph.D. prof. RNDr. Jan Tachezy, Ph.D.

prof. RNDr.
Jan Tachezy, Ph.D.

Head of Cellular Biology and Virology Research Programme, Faculty of Science, Charles University
Mgr. Pavel Doležal, Ph.D. Mgr. Pavel Doležal, Ph.D.

Pavel Doležal, Ph.D.

Head of Group Mechanisms for Transport of Proteins through Mitochondrial and Bacterial Membranes
+420325873945, +420325873909
doc. Mgr. Vladimír Hampl, Ph.D. doc. Mgr. Vladimír Hampl, Ph.D.

doc. Mgr.
Vladimír Hampl, Ph.D.

Head of Group Genomics of Eukaryotes and Lateral Gene Transfer
+420325873911, +420325873952
Doc. RNDr. Ivan Hrdý, Ph.D. Doc. RNDr. Ivan Hrdý, Ph.D.

Doc. RNDr.
Ivan Hrdý, Ph.D.

Head of Department of Parasitology of the Faculty of Science CUNI
Ravi Kumar Narayanasamy

Ravi Kumar Narayanasamy

Postdoctoral researcher
Mgr. Petr Rada, Ph.D. Mgr. Petr Rada, Ph.D.

Petr Rada, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Mgr. Tamara Smutná, Ph.D. Mgr. Tamara Smutná, Ph.D.

Tamara Smutná, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral researcher
RNDr. Róbert Šuťák, Ph.D. RNDr. Róbert Šuťák, Ph.D.

Róbert Šuťák, Ph.D.

Head of Group Uptake and Intracellular Metabolism of Metals
+420325873910, +420325873944
RNDr. Zdeněk Verner, Ph.D. RNDr. Zdeněk Verner, Ph.D.

Zdeněk Verner, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral researcher
JUDr. Markéta Nováková JUDr. Markéta Nováková

Markéta Nováková

Public procurement coordinator


In the frame of this project, three strategic foreign partners will be included, which significantly contribute to fulfilment of the research aims, increase the qualification of our research team members and extend the international.