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Incidence of adult brain cancers is higher in countries where the protozoan parasite Toxoplasma gondii is common

Overview of attention for article published in Biology Letters, July 2011
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Title
Incidence of adult brain cancers is higher in countries where the protozoan parasite Toxoplasma gondii is common
Published in
Biology Letters, July 2011
DOI 10.1098/rsbl.2011.0588
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Authors

Frédéric Thomas, Kevin D. Lafferty, Jacques Brodeur, Eric Elguero, Michel Gauthier-Clerc, Dorothée Missé

Abstract

We explored associations between the common protozoan parasite Toxoplasma gondii and brain cancers in human populations. We predicted that T. gondii could increase the risk of brain cancer because it is a long-lived parasite that encysts in the brain, where it provokes inflammation and inhibits apoptosis. We used a medical geography approach based on the national incidence of brain cancers and seroprevalence of T. gondii. We corrected reports of incidence for national gross domestic product because wealth probably increases the ability to detect cancer. We also included gender, cell phone use and latitude as variables in our initial models. Prevalence of T. gondii explained 19 per cent of the residual variance in brain cancer incidence after controlling for the positive effects of gross domestic product and latitude among nations. Infection with T. gondii was associated with a 1.8-fold increase in the risk of brain cancers across the range of T. gondii prevalence in our dataset (4-67%). These results, though correlational, suggest that T. gondii should be investigated further as a possible oncogenic pathogen of humans.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 4 5%
Italy 1 1%
Switzerland 1 1%
Belgium 1 1%
Unknown 76 92%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 22 27%
Researcher 18 22%
Student > Master 14 17%
Student > Bachelor 7 8%
Professor 5 6%
Other 17 20%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 38 46%
Medicine and Dentistry 15 18%
Unspecified 7 8%
Social Sciences 7 8%
Immunology and Microbiology 5 6%
Other 11 13%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 79. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 14 February 2018.
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