Research of Maria Antoniou


Peer reviewed publications
68. Emmanouil Dokianakis, Nikolaos Tsirigotakis, Vasiliki Christodoulou, Nikos Poulakakis and Maria Antoniou. Identification of wild-caught phlebotomine sand flies from Crete and Cyprus using DNA barcoding. Parasites & Vectors (2018) 11:94. DOI 10.1186/s13071-018-2676-0


67. Nikolaos Tsirigotakis, Christoforos Pavlou, Vasiliki Christodoulou, Emmanouil Dokianakis, Christos Kourouniotis, Maria Antoniou. Sand flies of the Aegean islands. Parasites & Vectors (2018) 11:97. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13071-018-2680-4 

66. Tsakmakidis, K. Angelopoulou, C. Dovas, Ε. Dokianakis, Α. Tamvakis, I. Symeonidou, Μ. Antoniou, Α. Diakou. Leishmania infection in rodents in Greece. Trop Med Int Health. 2017 Dec;22(12):1523-1532. doi: 10.1111/tmi.12982.

65. Soulaf Alwassouf, Vasiliki Christodoulou, Laurence Bichaud, Pantelis Ntais, Apostolos Mazeris, Maria Antoniou, Remì N Charel. (2016). Seroprevalence of Sandfly-Borne Phleboviruses Belonging to Three Serocomplexes (Sandfly fever Naples, Sandfly fever Sicilian and Salehabad) in Dogs from Greece and Cyprus Using Neutralization Test. PLoS Negl Trop Dis 10(10): e0005063. DOI:10.1371/journal.pntd.0005063

64. Pantelis Ntais and Maria Antoniou. Leishmania infantum and Dirofilaria immitis coinfection in dogs does not favor Leishmania survival. Parasitology Open 2016. Journal: Parasitology Open / Volume 2 / 2016. DOI: 10.1017/pao.2016.15

63. Emmanouil Dokianakis, Nikolaos Tsirigotakis, Vasiliki Christodoulou,Nikos Poulakakis, Maria Antoniou. DNA sequencing confirms PCR-RFLP identification of wild caughtLarroussius sand flies from Crete and Cyprus. Acta Trop. 2016 Dec;164:314-320. DOI: 10.1016/j.actatropica.2016.09.003.

62.  Marios Liassides, Vasiliki Christodoulou, Joanna Moschandreas, Christos Karagiannis, George Mitis, Maria Koliou, Maria Antoniou. Toxoplasmosis in female high school students, pregnant women and ruminants in Cyprus.
Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 2016 110 (6): 359-366. DOI: 10.1093/trstmh/trw038

61. Nikolaos Tsirigotakis, Vasiliki Christodoulou, Pantelis Ntais, Apostolos Mazeris, Eleni Koutala, Ippokratis Messaritakis, Maria Antoniou. Geographical distribution of MDR 1 expression in Leishmania isolates, from Greece and Cyprus, measured by the Rhodamine-123 efflux potential of the isolates using flow cytometry. Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2016 May 4;94(5):987-92. DOI: 10.4269/ajtmh.15-0658.  PMID: 27001764.

60. Bulent Alten, Carla Maia, Odete Afonso, Lenea Campino, Maribel Jiménez, Estela González, Ricardo Molina, Anne Laure Bañuls, Jorian Prudhomme, Baptiste Vergnes, Celine Toty, Cécile Cassan, Magali Thierry, Denis Sereno, Gioia Bongiorno, Riccardo Bianchi, Cristina Khoury, Nikolaos Tsirigotakis, Emmanouil Dokianakis, Maria Antoniou, Vasiliki Christodoulou, Apostolos Mazeris, Mehmet Karakus, Yusuf Ozbel, Suha K. Arserim, Ozge Erisoz Kasap, Filiz Gunay, Gizem Oguz, Sinan Kaynas, Nikoloz Tsertsvadze, Lamzira Tskhvaradze, Ekaterina Giorgobiani, Marina Gramiccia, Petr Volf, Luigi Gradoni. Seasonal dynamics of phlebotomine sand fly species proven vectors of Mediterranean leishmaniasis caused by Leishmania infantum. PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases. DOI:10.1371/journal.pntd.0004458 

59. Veronika Seblova, Jitka Myskova, Jana Hlavacova, Jan Votypka, Maria Antoniou and Petr Volf. Natural hybrid of Leishmania infantum/L. donovani: development in Phlebotomus tobbi, P. perniciosus and Lutzomyia longipalpis and comparison with nonhybrid strains differing in tissue tropism. Parasites & Vectors (2015) 8:605. DOI:10.1186/s13071-015-1217-3

58. Stelios Karayiannis, Pantelis Ntais, Ippokratis Messaritakis, Nikolaos Tsirigotakis, Emmanouil Dokianakis, Maria Antoniou. Detection of Leishmania infantum in red foxes (Vulpes vulpes) in Central Greece. Parasitology. 2015 Nov;142(13):1574-8. DOI: 10.1017/S0031182015001158 

57. Theodoros Ladopoulos, Pantelis Ntais, Nikolaos Tsirigotakis, Emmanouel Dokianakis, Maria Antoniou. The proliferation potential, of promastigotes of the main Leishmania species of the old world, in NNN culture medium prepared using blood of four different animals. Experimental Parasitology, 2015 Oct; 157:124-127. DOI: 10.1016/j.exppara.2015.07.008

56. Johannes Austrup , Pantelis Ntais, Vasiliki Christodoulou, Jean-Pierre Dedet, Francine Pratlong, Panagiotis Karanis, Maria Antoniou. Frequency of MDR 1-related p-gp overexpression in Greek Leishmania isolates. Parasitology Research, (2015) 114:3565. DOI: 10.1007/s00436-015-4572-2 

55. Bulent Alten, Yusuf Ozbel, Koray Ergunay, Ozge Erisoz Kasap, Maria Antoniou, Enkelejda Dikolli, Jorian Prudhomme, Ricardo Molina, Anne-Laure Banuls, Francis Schaffne, Guy Hendrickx, Wim Van Bortel & Jolyon Medlock. Sampling strategies for phlebotomine sand flies (Diptera: Psychodidae) in Europe. Bulletin of Entomological Research. 2015. DOI: 10.1017/S0007485315000127

54. Jorian Prudhomme, Céline Toty, Ozge Erisoz Kaspar, Nil Rahola, Baptiste Vergnes, Carla Maia, Maria Antoniou, Maribel Jimenez, Ricardo Molina, Bulent Alten, Denis Sereno and Anne-Laure Banuls. New microsatellite markers for multi-scale genetic studies on Phlebotomus ariasi Tonnoir, vector of Leishmania infantum in the Mediterranean area. Acta Trop. 2015 Feb;142:79-85. 

53. Koliou Maria, Antoniou Yiannakis, Antoniou Maria, Christodoulou Vasiliki, Mazeris Apostolos, Soteriades Elpidoforos. A cluster of four cutaneous leishmaniasis cases by Leishmania donovani in Cyprus. Journal of Medical Case Reports 2014, 8:354. 

52. Panagiotis Kanellopoulos, Emmanouil Dokianakis, Nikolaos Tsirigotakis, Eleni Koutala, Maria Antoniou. * Assessment of the infectivity potential of Leishmania infantum, using flow cytometry. Experimental Parasitology. 2014 Oct;145:29-33. 

51. Diamantis P Kofteridis, MD., Ph.D; Antonis Valachis; Maria Velegraki; Maria Antoniou; Maria Christofaki; George E Vrentzos; Angeliki M Andrianaki; George Samonis. Predisposing factors, clinical characteristics and outcome of Pneumonocystis jirovecii pneumonia in HIV-negative patients. Journal of Infection and Chemotherapy. 2014: Jul;20(7):412-6. 

50. Dimitra Sifaki-Pistola, Pantelis Ntais, Vasiliki Christodoulou, Apostolos Mazeris and Maria Antoniou.* The use of spatial analysis to estimate the prevalence of canine leishmaniasis in Greece and Cyprus, to predict its future variation and relate it to human disease. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. 2014; Aug;91(2):336-41. IF: 2.53 

49. Vit Dvorak, Petr Halada, Kristyna Hlavackova, Emmanouil Dokianakis, Maria Antoniou, Petr Volf. Identification of phlebotomine sand flies (Diptera: Psychodidae) by matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time of flight mass spectrometry. Parasites & Vectors 2014; 7(1):21. 

48. Pantelis Ntais, Vasiliki Christodoulou, Nikolaos Tsirigotakis, Emmanouil Dokianakis, Jean-Pierre Dedet, Francine Pratlong, Maria Antoniou. Will the introduction of Leishmania tropica MON-58, in the island of Crete, lead to the settlement and spread of this rare zymodeme? EDENext134, Acta Tropica, Volume 132, April 2014, Pages 125-130. 

47. Margarita Andreadou, Emmanouil Liandris, Maria Gazouli, Styliani Taka, Maria Antoniou, Georgios Theodoropoulos, Ilias Tachtsidis, Nikolaos Goutas, Dimitrios Vlachodimitropoulos, Ioannis Kasampalidis, John Ikonomopoulos. A novel non-amplification assay for the detection of Leishmania spp. in clinical samples using gold nanoparticles. Journal of Microbiological Methods, Volume 96, January 2014, Pages 56-61. 

46. Charalampaki, N., Tsiveriotis, K., Zambou, K., Giannopoulou, P., Kyratsa, A., Yfantis, E., Antoniou, M., Trikka-Graphakos. Visceral leishmaniasis: Report of 7 cases and review of the literature, E. Acta Microbiologica Hellenica. v. 57, no. 2 (2013), p. 23-30 0438-9573 

45. Evi Gouzelou, Christos Haralambous, Maria Antoniou, Vasiliki Christodoulou, Franjo Martinković, Tatjana Živičnjak, Despina Smirlis, Francine Pratlong, Jean-Pierre Dedet, Yusuf Özbel, Seray Toz, Wolfgang Presber, Gabriele Schönian, Ketty Soteriadou. Genetic diversity and structure in Leishmania infantum populations from southeastern Europe revealed by microsatellite analysis. Parasites & Vectors 2013, 6(1):342. 

44. Maria Antoniou, Marina Gramiccia, Ricardo Molina, Vit Dvorak, Petr Volf. The role of indigenous phlebotomines and mammals in the spreading of leishmaniasis agents in Europe. Euro surveillance: bulletin europeen sur les maladies transmissibles = European communicable disease bulletin , 07/2013. 

43. Chakkumkal Anish, Christopher E. Martin, Annette Wahlbrink, Christian Bogdan, Pantelis Ntais, Maria Antoniou, Peter H. Seeberger. Immunogenicity and Diagnostic Potential of Synthetic Antigenic Cell Surface-Glycans of Leishmania. ACS Chem. Biol., 2013, 8 (11), pp 2412–2422. DOI: 10.1021/cb400602k.

42. Pantelis Ntais, Dimitra Sifaki-Pistola, Vasiliki Christodoulou, Ippokratis Messaritakis, Francine Pratlong and Maria Antoniou. Leishmaniases in Greece. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 2013 89:906-915, doi:10.4269/ajtmh.13-0070.

41. Ippokratis Messaritakis, Vasiliki Christodoulou, Apostolos Mazeris, Eleni Koutala, Antonia Vlahou, Sevasti Papadogiorgaki, Maria Antoniou. Drug resistance in natural isolates of Leishmania donovani s.l. promastigotes is dependent of Pgp170 expression.  2013, PLOS ONE 8(6):e65467.

40. Margarita Andreadou, Emmanouil Liandris, Ioannis N. Kasampalidis, Styliani Taka, Maria Antoniou, Pantelis Ntais, Anna Vaiopoulou, Georgios Theodoropoulos, Maria Gazouli, John Ikonomopoulos. Evaluation of the performance of selected in-house and commercially available PCR and real-time PCR assays for the detection of Leishmania DNA in canine clinical samples.Experimental Parasitology, Volume 131, Issue 4, August 2012, Pages 419-424

39. 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. Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases. March 2012, 12(3): 214-222.

38. Vasiliki Christodoulou, Ippokratis Messaritakis, Eleni Svirinaki, Christos Tsatsanis, Maria Antoniou. Leishmania infantum and Toxoplasma gondii: Mixed infection of macrophages in vitroand in vivo. Experimental Parasitology, Volume 128, Issue 3, July 2011, Pages 279-284.

37. Christos Christou, Anna Psaroulaki, Maria Antoniou, Pavlos Toumazos, Ioannis Ioannou, Apostolos Mazeris, Dimosthenis Chochlakis, Yannis Tselentis. Rickettsia typhi and Rickettsia felis in Xenopsylla cheopis and Leptopsylla segnis parasitizing rats in Cyprus. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 12/2010; 83(6):1301-4. doi:10.4269/ajtmh.2010.10-0118

36. I. Messaritakis, A. Mazeris, E. Koutala, M. Antoniou. Leishmania donovani s.l.: evaluation of the proliferation potential of promastigotes using CFSE staining and flow cytometry. Experimental Parasitology, Volume 125, Issue 4, August 2010, Pages 384-388. 

35. Anna Psaroulaki, Maria Antoniou, Paulos Toumazos, Apostolos Mazeris, Ioannis Ioannou, Dimosthenis Chochlakis, Nikos Christophi, Pheidias Loukaides, Andreas Patsias, Ioanna Moschandrea, Yannis Tselentis. Rats as indicators of the presence and dispersal of six zoonotic microbial agents in Cyprus, an island ecosystem: a seroepidemiological study. Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, Volume 104, Issue 11, November 2010, Pages 733-739 

34. Maria Antoniou, Anna Psaroulaki, Paul Toumazos, Apostolos Mazeris, Ioannis Ioannou, Michalis Papaprodromou, Kyriakos Georgiou, Nikolaos Hristofi, Andreas Patsias, Fedias Loucaides, Joanna Moschandreas, Andreas Tsatsaris, Yianis Tselentis. Rats as indicators of the presence and dispersal of pathogens in Cyprus : Ectoparasites, Parasitic helminths, enteric bacteria and Encephalomyocarditis virus. Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases. November 2010, 10(9): 867-873.

33. 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. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, March 2010 82:441-448; doi:10.4269/ajtmh.2010.09-0282.

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

31. Connor Carson, Maria Antoniou, Vasiliki Christodoulou, Ippokratis Messaritakis, Rupert J. Quinnell, Jenefer M. Blackwell, Orin Courtenay. Selection of appropriate serological tests to measure the incidence of natural Leishmania infantum infection during DNA/MVA prime/boost canine vaccine trials. Veterinary Parasitology, Volume 162, Issues 3–4, 10 June 2009, Pages 207-213.

30. Maria Antoniou, Christos Haralambous, Apostolos Mazeris, Francine Pratlong, Jean-Pierre Dedet, Ketty Soteriadou. Leishmania donovani leishmaniasis in Cyprus. The Lancet Infectious Diseases, Volume 9, Issue 2, February 2009, Pages 76-77.

29. Connor Carson, Maria Antoniou, Maria Begoña Ruiz-Argüello, Antonio Alcami, Vasiliki Christodoulou, Ippokratis Messaritakis, Jenefer M. Blackwell, Orin Courtenay. 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.

28. Maria P. Stefanidou, Maria Antoniou, Athanassios V. Koutsopoulos, Yiannakis T. Neofytou, Konstantinos Krasagakis, Sabine Krüger-Krasagakis, Yiannis Tselentis and Adroniki D. Tosca. A rare case of leishmaniasis recidiva cutis evolving for 31 years caused by Leishmania tropica. International Journal of Dermatology, Volume 47, Issue 6, June 2008, Pages: 588–589.

27. Maria Koliou, Elpidoforos S. Soteriades, Apostolos Mazeris, Maria Antoniou, Avraam Elia, and Vas Less Novelli. Hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis associated with Epstein Barr virus and Leishmania infantum co-infection in a child from Cyprus. Journal of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, September 2008, 30(9):704-707.

26. Ippokratis Messaritakis, Maria Detsika, Maria Koliou, Stavros Sifakis, and Maria Antoniou.  Prevalent genotypes of Toxoplasma gondii in pregnant women and patients from Crete and Cyprus. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, August 2008 79(2):205-9.

25. 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. The Lancet Infectious Diseases, Volume 8, Issue 1, January 2008, Pages 6-7. 

24. 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. Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease, Volume 60, Issue 1, January 2008, Pages 33-42.

23. Antoniou M, Tzouvali H, Sifakis S, Galanakis E, Georgopoulou E, Tselentis Y. Toxoplasmosis in pregnant women in Crete. Parassitologia. 2008. 49(4):231-3. 

22. Emmanouil Galanakis, Antonia Manoura, Maria Antoniou, Stavros Sifakis, Eftichia Korakaki, Eleftheria Hatzidaki, Dimitra Lambraki, Yiannis Tselentis, Christina Giannakopoulou. Outcome of Toxoplasmosis acquired during pregnancy following treatment both in pregnancy and early infancy. 2007. Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy. 22: 444-448.

21. D. Kofteridis, M. Velegraki, M. Antoniou, G. Papazoglou, T. Anastasopoulos, D. Alegakis, G. Samonis. R2281 Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia in HIV-negative patients. International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents. 01/2007; 29. 

20. Psaroulaki A, Antoniou M, Papaeustathiou A, Toumazos P, Loukaides F, Tselentis Y. First detection of Rickettsia felis in Ctenocephalides felis fleas parasitizing rats in Cyprus. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, January 2006, 74(1):120-2.

19. Maria Antoniou, Haris Tzouvali, Stavros Sifakis, Emmanouil Galanakis, Effie Georgopoulou, Vassiliki Liakou, Christina Giannakopoulou, Evgenios Koumantakis, Yiannis Tselentis. Incidence of toxoplasmosis in 5532 pregnant women in Crete, Greece: management of 185 cases at risk.European Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Reproductive Biology, Volume 117, Issue 2, 1 December 2004, Pages 138-143.

18. Antoniou M, Doulgerakis C, Pratlong F, Dedet JP, Tselentis Y. Short Report: Treatment failure due to mixed infection by different strains of the parasite Leishmania infantum.  American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, July 2004 ;71(1):71-72.

17. Maria Antoniou, Irene Economou, Xiaoying Wang, Anna Psaroulaki, Ioanna Spyridaki, Byron Papadopoulos, Athanasia Christidou and Yiannis Tselentis. Fourteen-year seroepidemiological study of zoonoses in a Greek village. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, January 2002, 66 (1): 80-85.

16. Ioanna Spyridaki, Anna Psaroulaki, Fidias Loukaides, Maria Antoniou, Christos Hadjichristodoulou, Yannis Tselentis. Isolation of Coxiella burnetii by a Centrifugation Shell-Vial Assay from Ticks collected in Cyprus: Detection by “nested” PCR and Identification by PCR-RFLP.American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, January 2002, 66 (1): 86-90.

15. Chaniotis, B., Aransay, A., Spiridaki, I., Skoylika, E. and Antoniou M. Notes on the rearing and colonization of Phlebotomus neglectus (Diptera: Psychododae), the main vector of visceral leishmaniasis in Greece. Journal of Medical Entomology, May 2000, Volume 37, Number 3, pages 346-8. 

14. Ch. Hadjichristodoulou, E. Soteriades, G. Goutzianna, Th. Loukaidou, Th. Babalis, M. Antoniou, J. Delagramaticas and Y. Tselentis. Surveillance of Brucellosis in a rural area of Greece. Application of the Computerized Mapping Programme. European Journal of Epidemiology March 1999, Volume 15, Issue 3, pp 277-283.

13. Maria Antoniou, Christos Lionis, Yianis Tselentis.  A focus of Fasciola hepatica in Crete without human cases. European Journal of Epidemiology January 1997, Volume 13, Issue 1, pp 99-101.

12. M. Antoniou, Y. Tselentis . Sensory receptors on the scolex of Hymenolepis Nana. Medical Microbiology Letters, 1996, Volume 5, Page 93.

11. M. Antoniou, Y. Tselentis, T. Babalis, A. Gikas, N. Stratigakis, I. Vlachonikolis, A. Kafatos, M. Fioretos. The seroprevalence of ten zoonoses in two villages of Crete, Greece. European Journal of Epidemiology August 1995, Volume 11, Issue 4, pp 415-423.  

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9. M. Antoniou and Y. Tselentis. Studies on Echinococcus granulosus using the scanning electron microscope II. The hooks. Parasitology Research 1993, Volume 79, Issue 7, pp 543-546.

8. M. Antoniou and Y. Tselentis, Studies on Echinococcus granulosus using the scanning electron microscope I. Preparations of the parasite for the infection of the final host. Parasitology Research 1993, Volume 79, Issue 7, pp 537-542.

7. Leger, N., Pesson, B., Madulo-Leblond, G., Ferte, H., Tselentis, Y. et Antoniou, M. Les phlebotomes de Crete. Resultats d�une enquete entomologique effectuee en Juillet 1988 et Aout 1989. Biologia Gallo-hellenica, 1993, 20: 135-143.

6. Antoniou, M. Arrested Development in Plant Parasitic Nematodes. Helminthological Abstracts (Series B), 1989, 58: 1-19.

5. Vovlas, N. and  Antoniou, M. Alterations induced by the root-knot nematode Meloidogyne haplaChitwood in Actinidia roots. Annls Inst. Phytopath. Benaki, (N.S.), 1987, 15: 151-154.

4. Antoniou, M. and  A.A.F. Evans. Diapause in Meloidogyne naasi eggs I. The effect of constant  temperature incubation on subsequent hatch. Nematologica 1987, 33: 186-198.

3. Antoniou, M. Simple plastic sieves and hair loops, for handling nematodes, cysts, eggmasses and eggs. Nematol. medit., 1986, 14: 161-162.

2. Antoniou, M. A nematological survey of vineyards in Cyprus. Nematol. medit., 1981, 9: 133-137.  

1. Antoniou, M. Rotylenchus cypriensis sp.n. (Nematoda: Hoplolaimidae) from Cyprus. Nematol. medit., 1980, 8: 137-140.