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Kamal Niaz, Mohammad Abdollahi
Zika virus (ZIKV) is a deadly flavivirus that has spread from Africa to Asia and European countries. The virus is associated with other viruses in the same genus or family, transmitted by the same mosquito species with known history of fatality. A sudden increase in the rate of infection from ZIKV has made it a global health concern, which necessitates close symptom monitoring, enhancing treatment options, and vaccine production. This paper reviewed current reports on birth defects associated with ZIKV, mode of transmission, body fluids containing the virus, diagnosis , possible preventive measures or treatments, and vaccine development...
October 18, 2016: Infectious Disorders Drug Targets
Nuredin Abduselam, Ahmed Zeynudin, Nicole Berens-Riha, Dinberu Seyoum, Michael Pritsch, Habtewold Tibebu, Kasahun Eba, Michael Hoelscher, Andreas Wieser, Delenasaw Yewhalaw
BACKGROUND: Around half of the global population is living in areas at risk of malaria infection. Plasmodium vivax malaria has become increasingly prevalent and responsible for a high health and socio-economic burden in Ethiopia. The availability of gametocyte carriers and mosquito species susceptible to P. vivax infection are vital for malaria transmission. Determining the susceptibility of vector species to parasite infection in space and time is important in vector control programs...
October 18, 2016: Parasites & Vectors
Takashi Suzuki, Joseph H Osei, Akihiro Sasaki, Michelle Adimazoya, Maxwell Appawu, Daniel Boakye, Nobuo Ohta, Samuel Dadzie
BACKGROUND: Dengue is one of the emerging diseases that can mostly only be controlled by vector control since there is no vaccine for the disease. Although, Dengue has not been reported in Ghana, movement of people from neighbouring countries where the disease has been reported can facilitate transmission of the disease. OBJECTIVE: This study was carried on the University of Ghana campus to determine the risk of transmission of viral haemorrhagic fevers and the insecticide susceptibility status of Ae...
September 2016: Ghana Medical Journal
Charles Lowell Cantrell, Andrew Maxwell Phineas Jones, Abbas Ali
Hierochloë odorata (L.) P. Beauv. (Poaceae), commonly known as sweetgrass, has documented use as an insect repellent by the Flatheads of Montana and Blackfoot of Alberta. Both the Flatheads of Montana and Blackfoot of Alberta would use braided plant material in a sachet in clothing or burn them from one end as incense, air/clothing freshener, and insect repellent. This study evaluated the insect repellent properties of this plant using an in vitro mosquito Aedes aegypti feeding bioassay-directed approach to identify the compound(s) responsible for the observed activities...
October 15, 2016: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Hongliang Chu, Chunxiao Li, Xiaoxia Guo, Hengduan Zhang, Peng Luo, Zhonghua Wu, Gang Wang, Tongyan Zhao
The known mosquito mitogenomes, containing a total of 34 species, which belong to five genera, were collected from GenBank, and the practicality and effectiveness of the variation in the complete mitochondrial DNA genome and portions of mitochondrial COI gene were assessed to reconstruct the phylogeny of mosquitoes. Phylogenetic trees were reconstructed on the basis of parsimony, maximum likelihood, and Bayesian (BI) methods. It is concluded that: (1) Both mitogenomes and COI gene support the monophly of following taxa: Subgenus Nyssorhynchus, Subgenus Cellia, Anopheles albitarsis complex, Anopheles gambiae complex, and Anopheles punctulatus group; (2) Genus Aedes is not monophyletic relative to Ochlerotatus vigilax; (3) The mitogenome results indicate a close relationship between Anopheles epiroticus and Anopheles gambiae complex, Anopheles dirus complex and Anopheles punctulatus group, respectively; (4) The Bayesian posterior probability (BPP) within phylogenetic tree reconstructed by mitogenomes is higher than COI tree...
October 12, 2016: Mitochondrial DNA. Part A. DNA Mapping, Sequencing, and Analysis
Isabel E Olivera, Katrina C Fins, Sara A Rodriguez, Sumayyah K Abiff, Jaime L Tartar, Aurélien Tartar
BACKGROUND: Although interest in animal pathogenic oomycetes is increasing, the molecular basis mediating oomycete-animal relationships remains virtually unknown. Crinkler (CRN) genes, which have been traditionally associated with the cytotoxic activity displayed by plant pathogenic oomycetes, were recently detected in transcriptome sequences from the entomopathogenic oomycete Lagenidium giganteum, suggesting that these genes may represent virulence factors conserved in both animal and plant pathogenic oomycetes...
October 6, 2016: BMC Microbiology
K C N Rabêlo, C M R Albuquerque, V B Tavares, S M Santos, C A Souza, T C Oliveira, R R Moura, L A C Brandão, S Crovella
Criminal traces commonly found at crime scenes may present mixtures from two or more individuals. The scene of the crime is important for the collection of various types of traces in order to find the perpetrator of the crime. Thus, we propose that hematophagous mosquitoes found at crime scenes can be used to perform genetic testing of human blood and aid in suspect investigation. The aim of the study was to obtain a single Aedes aegypti mosquito profile from a human DNA mixture containing genetic materials of four individuals...
August 26, 2016: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
John Kasumba, Bryan Hettick, Amanda French, Jeffrey K Wickliffe, Maureen Y Lichtveld, William B Hawkins, Alies van Sauers-Muller, David Klein
In this study, 10 mosquito coils manufactured in China were obtained in Suriname, South America, where they are used extensively. The coils were analyzed for organics (allethrin, permethrin, and butylated hydroxytoluene) and heavy metals (Cr, Co, As, Cd, and Pb) by GC-MS and ICP-MS, respectively. Allethrin was the only target organic compound detected in all mosquito coils with concentrations ranging from ~1900 to ~4500 µg/g. The concentrations of heavy metals varied as follows (in µg/g): Cr: 2.9-9.4, Co: 0...
October 3, 2016: Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
Xia Wang, Sanyi Tang, Robert A Cheke
An outbreak of dengue fever in Guangdong province in 2014 was the most serious outbreak ever recorded in China. Given the known positive correlation between the abundance of mosquitoes and the number of dengue fever cases, a stage structured mosquito model was developed to investigate the cause of the large abundance of mosquitoes in 2014 and its implications for outbreaks of the disease. Data on the Breteau index (number of containers positive for larvae per 100 premises investigated), temperature and precipitation were used for model fitting...
September 28, 2016: Journal of Theoretical Biology
Chongxing Zhang, Guihong Shi, Peng Cheng, Haifang Wang, Hongmei Liu, Lijuan Liu, Xiuxia Guo, Maoqing Gong, Yong Huang
BACKGROUND & OBJECTIVES: Under certain ecological circumstances, pathogens are able to rapidly adapt to new vectors. The great capacity of Plasmodium spp. to adapt to new anopheline mosquito vectors on different continents and the continuous ecological changes attributed to humans might promote their adaptation to culicine vectors, which are known to infect humans. Based on our current knowledge, it is difficult to predict whether such adaptations will occur. This study was aimed to determine the infection susceptibility of Anopheles sinensis, Culex tritaeniorhynchus and Cx...
July 2016: Journal of Vector Borne Diseases
Ryosuke Fujita, Ryusei Kuwata, Daisuke Kobayashi, Arlene Garcia Bertuso, Haruhiko Isawa, Kyoko Sawabe
We isolated two distinct viruses from mosquitoes collected in Bustos, Bulacan province, Philippines, in 2009. These viruses show rapid replication and strong cytopathic effects in mosquito C6/36 cells. Whole-genome analysis of these viruses demonstrated that both viruses belong to the negevirus group. One of the viruses, from Culex vishunui mosquitoes, is a new strain of Negev virus. The other virus, from a Mansonia sp. mosquito, is a new negevirus designated Bustos virus. Gene expression analysis of the Bustos virus revealed that infected cells contain viral subgenomic RNAs that probably include open reading frame (ORF) 2 or ORF3...
September 26, 2016: Archives of Virology
Laura Valerio, Ace North, C Matilda Collins, John D Mumford, Luca Facchinelli, Roberta Spaccapelo, Mark Q Benedict
The persistence of transgenes in the environment is a consideration in risk assessments of transgenic organisms. Combining mathematical models that predict the frequency of transgenes and experimental demonstrations can validate the model predictions, or can detect significant biological deviations that were neither apparent nor included as model parameters. In order to assess the correlation between predictions and observations, models were constructed to estimate the frequency of a transgene causing male sexual sterility in simulated populations of a malaria mosquito Anopheles gambiae that were seeded with transgenic females at various proportions...
2016: Insects
Pitcha Ratanawong, Pattamaporn Kittayapong, Phanthip Olanratmanee, Annelies Wilder-Smith, Peter Byass, Yesim Tozan, Peter Dambach, Carlos Alberto Montenegro Quiñonez, Valérie R Louis
BACKGROUND: Dengue is an important neglected tropical disease, with more than half of the world's population living in dengue endemic areas. Good understanding of dengue transmission sites is a critical factor to implement effective vector control measures. METHODS: A cohort of 1,811 students from 10 schools in rural, semi-rural and semi-urban Thailand participated in this study. Seroconversion data and location of participants' residences and schools were recorded to determine spatial patterns of dengue infections...
2016: PloS One
Maria L Simões, Yuemei Dong, Andrew Hammond, Ann Hall, Andrea Crisanti, Tony Nolan, George Dimopoulos
Mosquitoes have a multifaceted innate immune system that is actively engaged in warding off various pathogens, including the protozoan malaria parasite Plasmodium. Various immune signaling pathways and effectors have been shown to mediate a certain degree of defense specificity against different Plasmodium species. A key pattern recognition receptor of the Anopheles gambiae immune system is the fibrinogen domain-containing immunolectin FBN9, which has been shown to be transcriptonally induced by Plasmodium infection, and to mediate defense against both rodent and human malaria parasites and bacteria...
September 22, 2016: Developmental and Comparative Immunology
Kuldeep Gupta, Rini Dhawan, Mithilesh Kajla, Tripti Misra, Sanjeev Kumar, Lalita Gupta
Anopheles mosquito transmits Plasmodium, the malaria causing parasite. Different species of Anopheles mosquito dominate in a particular geographical location and are capable of transmitting specific strains of Plasmodium. It is important to understand the biology of different anophelines to control the parasite transmission. STAT is an evolutionary conserved transcription factor that regulates the parasite development in African malaria vector Anopheles gambiae. Unlike Drosophila and Aedes aegypti, where a single STAT gene plays an important role in immunity, An...
September 21, 2016: Gene
Garrett P League, Julián F Hillyer
BACKGROUND: As both larvae and adults, mosquitoes encounter a barrage of immune insults, ranging from microbe-rich communities in larval habitats to ingested blood-borne pathogens in adult blood meals. Given that mosquito adults have evolved an efficient means of eliminating infections in their hemocoel (body cavity) via the coordinated action of their immune and circulatory systems, the goal of the present study was to determine whether such functional integration is also present in larvae...
2016: BMC Biology
Sonja Hall-Mendelin, Alyssa T Pyke, Peter R Moore, Ian M Mackay, Jamie L McMahon, Scott A Ritchie, Carmel T Taylor, Frederick A J Moore, Andrew F van den Hurk
BACKGROUND: Within the last 10 years Zika virus (ZIKV) has caused unprecedented epidemics of human disease in the nations and territories of the western Pacific and South America, and continues to escalate in both endemic and non-endemic regions. We evaluated the vector competence of Australian mosquitoes for ZIKV to assess their potential role in virus transmission. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: Mosquitoes were exposed to infectious blood meals containing the prototype African ZIKV strain...
September 2016: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
Lynda K Eneh, Hiromi Saijo, Anna-Karin Borg-Karlson, Jenny M Lindh, Gunaratna Kuttuva Rajarao
BACKGROUND: Cedrol, a sesquiterpene alcohol, is the first identified oviposition attractant for African malaria vectors. Finding the natural source of this compound might help to elucidate why Anopheles gambiae and Anopheles arabiensis prefer to lay eggs in habitats containing it. Previous studies suggest that cedrol may be a fungal metabolite and the essential oil of grass rhizomes have been described to contain a high amount of different sesquiterpenes. RESULTS: Rhizomes of the grass Cyperus rotundus were collected in a natural malaria mosquito breeding site...
2016: Malaria Journal
Amber B Rico, Aaron T Phillips, Tony Schountz, Donald L Jarvis, Ronald B Tjalkens, Ann M Powers, Ken E Olson
Eastern, Venezuelan and western equine encephalitis viruses (EEEV, VEEV, and WEEV) are mosquito-borne viruses that cause substantial disease in humans and other vertebrates. Vaccines are limited and current treatment options have not proven successful. In this report, we vaccinated outbred mice with lipid-antigen-nucleic acid-complexes (LANACs) containing VEEV E1+WEEV E1 antigen and characterized protective efficacy against lethal EEEV, VEEV, and WEEV challenge. Vaccination resulted in complete protection against EEEV, VEEV, and WEEV in CD-1 mice...
September 12, 2016: Virology
Lawrence E Reeves, Chris J Holderman, Jennifer L Gillett-Kaufman, Akito Y Kawahara, Phillip E Kaufman
BACKGROUND: Determination of the interactions between hematophagous arthropods and their hosts is a necessary component to understanding the transmission dynamics of arthropod-vectored pathogens. Current molecular methods to identify hosts of blood-fed arthropods require the preservation of host DNA to serve as an amplification template. During transportation to the laboratory and storage prior to molecular analysis, genetic samples need to be protected from nucleases, and the degradation effects of hydrolysis, oxidation and radiation...
2016: Parasites & Vectors
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