Antoniou Maria

Maria Antoniou: (Assis. Prof., Head of Parasitology laboratory at University of Crete, UoC): Medical parasitologist with experience in epidemiological research on zoonoses, especially leishmaniasis, the biology of Leishmania and the development of sandfly colonies.

Please view Maria's bibliography below.  You can view in further detail five of the latest and most relevant  publications by clicking on the links found at the bottom of the bibliography



  • Antoniou M, Doulgerakis C, Pratlong F, Dedet JP, Tselentis Y., 2004 Short Report: Treatment failure due to mixed infection by different strains of the parasite Leishmania infantum. Am J Trop Med Hyg. Jul;71(1):71-72.

  • Christos Haralambous; Maria Antoniou; Francine Pratlong; Jean-Pierre Dedet; Ketty Soteriadou. Development of a molecular assay specific for the Leishmania donovani complex that discriminates L. donovani/L. infantum zymodemes: a useful tool for typing MON-1. Diagn Microbiol Infect Dis. 2008 Jan;60(1):33-42.

  • Maria Antoniou, Christos Haralambous, Apostolos Mazeris, Francine Pratlong, Jean-Pierre Dedet, Ketty Soteriadou. Leishmania donovani causing visceral or cutaneous leishmaniasis in Europe: Cyprus evidence is an alarm call. Lancet Infect Dis. 2008 Jan;8(1):6-7.

  • Maria Koliou, Elpidoforos S. Soteriades, Apostolos Mazeris, Maria Antoniou, Avraam Elia, and Vas Novelli. Hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis associated with Epstein Barr virus and Leishmania infantum co-infection in a child from Cyprus. J Pediatr Hematol Oncol. 2008 Sep;30(9):704-7.

  • Stefanidou MP, Antoniou M, Koutsopoulos AV, Neofytou YT, Krasagakis K, Krüger-Krasagakis S, Tselentis Y, Tosca AD. A rare case of leishmaniasis recidiva cutis evolving for 31 years caused by Leishmania tropica. Int J Dermatol. 2008 Jun;47(6):588-9.

  • Carson C, Antoniou M, Ruiz-Arguello MB, Alcami A, Christodoulou V, Messaritakis I, Blackwell JM, Courtenay O. 2008. A prime/boost DNA/Modified vaccinia virus Ankara vaccine expressing recombinant Leishmania DNA encoding TRYP is safe and immunogenic in outbred dogs, the reservoir of zoonotic visceral leishmaniasis. Vaccine Volume 27, Issue 7, 11 February 2009, Pages 1080-1086.

  • Antoniou M, Haralambous C, Mazeris A, Pratlong F, Dedet JP, Soteriadou K. Leishmania donovani leishmaniasis in Cyprus. Lancet Infect Dis. 2009; 9: 76-77.

  • Carson, C., Antoniou, M., Christodoulou, V., Messaritakis, I., Quinnell, R.J., Blackwell, J.M. and Courtenay, O. 2009. Serological tests to measure the incidence of natural Leishmania infection and vaccine efficacy in dogs immunized with DNA/MVA prime/boost LACK and TRYP vaccines. Veterinary Parasitology, 10;162:207-13.

  • Maria Antoniou, Ippokratis Messaritakis, Vasiliki Christodoulou, Ioanna Ascoksilaki, Nikos Kanavakis, Andrew Sutton, Connor Carson, and Orin Courtenay. 2009. Increasing incidence of zoonotic visceral leishmaniasis due to Leishmania infantum on the Greek island of Crete. Emerging Infectious Diseases, 15(6):932-934.

  • Apostolos Mazeris, Ketty Soteriadou, Jean Pierre Dedet, Christos Haralambous Andreas Tsatsaris, Joanna Moschandreas, Ippokratis Messaritakis, Vasiliki Christodoulou, Byron Papadopoulos, Vladimir Ivović, Francine Pratlong, Fedias Loucaides and Maria Antoniou. Leishmaniases and the Cyprus paradox. Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2010 Mar;82(3):441-8.

  • Christodoulou V, Messaritakis I, Svirinaki E, Tsatsanis C, Antoniou M. Leishmania infantum and Toxoplasma gondii: Mixed infection of macrophages in vitro and in vivo. Exp Parasitol. 2011 Feb 24. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 21354140

  • Messaritakis I, Mazeris A, Koutala E, Antoniou M. Leishmania donovani s.l.: evaluation of the proliferation potential of promastigotes using CFSE staining and flow cytometry. Exp Parasitol. 2010 Aug;125(4):384-8. Epub 2010 Mar 19. PMID: 20303953

  • Vasiliki Christodoulou, Maria Antoniou, Pantelis Ntais, Ippokratis Messaritakis, Vladimir Ivovic, Jean-Pierre Dedet, Francine Pratlong, Vít Dvorak, Yiannis Tselentis. Re-emergence of visceral and cutaneous leishmaniasis in the Greek island of Crete. Accepted for publication by Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases.


Leishmania donovani causing visceral or cutaneous leishmaniasis in Europe: Cyprus evidence is an alarm call

In their Review on cutaneous leishmaniasis (CL), Richard Reithinger and colleagues1 emphasised the spreading of species causing this neglected disease to previously non-endemic areas. In line with the above, we present data that support the emergence and spread of non-European Leishmania species in Europe.

Increasing Incidence of Zoonotic Visceral Leishmaniasis on Crete, Greece

To determine whether the incidence of canine leishmaniasis has increased on Crete, Greece, we fitted infection models to serodiagnostic records of 8,848 dog samples for 1990–2006. Models predicted that seroprevalence has increased 2.4% (95% confidence interval 1.61%–3.51%) per year and that incidence has increased 2.2- to 3.8-fold over this 17-year period.

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