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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928218/the-serine-protease-homolog-clipa14-modulates-the-intensity-of-the-immune-response-in-the-mosquito-anopheles-gambiae
#1
Johnny Nakhleh, George K Christophides, Mike A Osta
CLIP domain serine protease homologues (cSPHs) are positive and negative regulators of Anopheles gambiae immune responses mediated by the complement-like protein TEP1 against Plasmodium malaria parasites and other microbial infections. We have previously reported that the SPH CLIPA2 is a negative regulator of the TEP1-mediated response by showing that CLIPA2 knockdown (kd) enhances mosquito resistance to infections with fungi, bacteria and Plasmodium parasites. Here, we identify another SPH, CLIPA14, as a novel regulator of mosquito immunity...
September 19, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927458/sybr-green-based-one-step-quantitative-real-time-polymerase-chain-reaction-assay-for-the-detection-of-zika-virus-in-field-caught-mosquitoes
#2
Wei-Ping Tien, Gareth Lim, Gladys Yeo, Suzanna Nicole Chiang, Chee-Seng Chong, Lee-Ching Ng, Hapuarachchige Chanditha Hapuarachchi
BACKGROUND: The monitoring of vectors is one of the key surveillance measures to assess the risk of arbovirus transmission and the success of control strategies in endemic regions. The recent re-emergence of Zika virus (ZIKV) in the tropics, including Singapore, emphasizes the need to develop cost-effective, rapid and accurate assays to monitor the virus spread by mosquitoes. As ZIKV infections largely remain asymptomatic, early detection of ZIKV in the field-caught mosquitoes enables timely implementation of appropriate mosquito control measures...
September 19, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927428/current-status-of-insecticide-resistance-among-malaria-vectors-in-kenya
#3
Benyl M Ondeto, Christopher Nyundo, Luna Kamau, Simon M Muriu, Joseph M Mwangangi, Kiambo Njagi, Evan M Mathenge, Horace Ochanda, Charles M Mbogo
BACKGROUND: Insecticide resistance has emerged as one of the major challenges facing National Malaria Control Programmes in Africa. A well-coordinated national database on insecticide resistance (IRBase) can facilitate the development of effective strategies for managing insecticide resistance and sustaining the effectiveness of chemical-based vector control measures. The aim of this study was to assemble a database on the current status of insecticide resistance among malaria vectors in Kenya...
September 19, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927420/erratum-to-composition-of-anopheles-mosquitoes-their-blood-meal-hosts-and-plasmodium-falciparum-infection-rates-in-three-islands-with-disparate-bed-net-coverage-in-lake-victoria-kenya
#4
Edwin Ogola, Jandouwe Villinger, Danspaid Mabuka, David Omondi, Benedict Orindi, James Mutunga, Vincent Owino, Daniel K Masiga
After publication of the article [1], it has been brought to our attention that a funding acknowledgement has been omitted from the original article. The authors would like to include the following, "The study was undertaken as part of the Target Malaria consortium, which receives core funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation & from the Open Philanthropy Project Fund, an advised fund of Silicon Valley Community Foundation."
September 19, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922900/grass-pollen-affects-survival-and-development-of-larval-anopheles-arabiensis-diptera-culicidae
#5
Yelfwagash Asmare, Richard J Hopkins, Habte Tekie, Sharon R Hill, Rickard Ignell
Nutrients in breeding sites are critical for the survival and development of malaria mosquitoes, having a direct impact on vectorial capacity. Yet, there is a limited understanding about the natural larval diet and its impact on the individual fitness of mosquitoes. Recent studies have shown that gravid Anopheles arabiensis Patton (Diptera: Culicidae) are attracted by and oviposit in grass-associated habitats. The pollen provided by these grasses is a potential source of nutrients for the larvae. Here, we assess the effect of Typha latifolia L...
September 1, 2017: Journal of Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919552/accurate-identification-of-anopheles-gambiae-giles-trophic-preferences-by-maldi-tof-ms
#6
Sirama Niare, Fatalmoudou Tandina, Bernard Davoust, Ogobara Doumbo, Didier Raoult, Philippe Parola, Lionel Almeras
The determination of the trophic preferences of the Anopheles gambiae Giles (Diptera: Culicidae) is a decisive parameter for the monitoring and the prevention of malaria risk transmission. Currently, arthropod blood feeding sources are identified using immunological or molecular biology traditional techniques. Despite the effectiveness of these methods, they present several limitations, and notably, they are time-consuming and costly techniques. A recent study demonstrated that MALDI-TOF MS could be a useful tool for the identification of blood meal origins in freshly engorged mosquitoes...
September 15, 2017: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915892/modelling-the-impact-of-the-long-term-use-of-insecticide-treated-bed-nets-on-anopheles-mosquito-biting-time
#7
Claudia P Ferreira, Silas P Lyra, Franciane Azevedo, David Greenhalgh, Eduardo Massad
BACKGROUND: Evidence of changing in biting and resting behaviour of the main malaria vectors has been mounting up in recent years as a result of selective pressure by the widespread and long-term use of insecticide-treated bed nets (ITNs), and indoor residual spraying. The impact of resistance behaviour on malaria intervention efficacy has important implications for the epidemiology and malaria control programmes. In this context, a theoretical framework is presented to understand the mechanisms determining the evolution of feeding behaviour under the pressure of use of ITNs...
September 15, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28913784/managing-wastes-as-green-resources-cigarette-butt-synthesized-pesticides-are-highly-toxic-to-malaria-vectors-with-little-impact-on-predatory-copepods
#8
Kadarkarai Murugan, Udaiyan Suresh, Chellasamy Panneerselvam, Rajapandian Rajaganesh, Mathath Roni, Al Thabiani Aziz, Jiang-Shiou Hwang, Kuppusamy Sathishkumar, Aruliah Rajasekar, Suresh Kumar, Abdullah A Alarfaj, Akon Higuchi, Giovanni Benelli
The development of novel mosquito control tools is a key prerequisite to build effective and reliable Integrated Vector Management strategies. Here, we proposed a novel method using cigarette butts for the synthesis of Ag nanostructures toxic to young instars of the malaria vector Anopheles stephensi, chloroquine (CQ)-resistant malaria parasites Plasmodium falciparum and microbial pathogens. The non-target impact of these nanomaterials in the aquatic environment was evaluated testing them at sub-lethal doses on the predatory copepod Mesocyclops aspericornis...
September 14, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910810/concurrent-infection-with-plasmodium-vivax-and-the-dengue-and-chikungunya-viruses-in-a-paediatric-patient-from-new-delhi-india-in-2016
#9
Ayesha Tazeen, Mohd Abdullah, Malik Hisamuddin, Sher Ali, Irshad H Naqvi, Hirday N Verma, Anwar Ahmed, Shama Parveen
Dengue and chikungunya fevers are transmitted by the common mosquito vector Aedes and malaria by Anopheles. Concurrent infections are reported due to co-circulation of these pathogens, especially in endemic regions. We report a rare case of triple infection with 3 arthropod-borne pathogens (Plasmodium vivax and the dengue and chikungunya viruses) in a 3-year-old child from New Delhi, India, in August 2016. The viruses were identified by RT-PCR and the parasite by microscopy and antigen detection. The dengue virus serotype 3 sequence was clustered in the genotype III by the phylogenetic analysis...
September 15, 2017: Intervirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900215/highly-effective-broad-spectrum-chimeric-larvicide-that-targets-vector-mosquitoes-using-a-lipophilic-protein
#10
Dennis K Bideshi, Hyun-Woo Park, Robert H Hice, Margaret C Wirth, Brian A Federici
Two mosquitocidal bacteria, Bacillus thuringiensis subsp. israelensis (Bti) and Lysinibacillus sphaericus (Ls) are the active ingredients of commercial larvicides used widely to control vector mosquitoes. Bti's efficacy is due to synergistic interactions among four proteins, Cry4Aa, Cry4Ba, Cry11Aa, and Cyt1Aa, whereas Ls's activity is caused by Bin, a heterodimer consisting of BinA, the toxin, and BinB, a midgut-binding protein. Cyt1Aa is lipophilic and synergizes Bti Cry proteins by increasing midgut binding...
September 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28894186/contributions-of-cuticle-permeability-and-enzyme-detoxification-to-pyrethroid-resistance-in-the-major-malaria-vector-anopheles-gambiae
#11
Gildas A Yahouédo, Fabrice Chandre, Marie Rossignol, Carole Ginibre, Vasileia Balabanidou, Natacha Garcia Albeniz Mendez, Olivier Pigeon, John Vontas, Sylvie Cornelie
To tackle the problem of insecticide resistance, all resistance mechanisms need to be studied. This study investigated the involvement of the cuticle in pyrethroid resistance in a strain of Anopheles gambiae, MRS, free of kdr mutations. Bioassays revealed MRS to be resistant to pyrethroids and DDT, indicated by increasing knockdown times and resistance ratios. Moreover, biochemical analysis indicated that metabolic resistance based on enhanced CYP450 activity may also play a role. Insecticide penetration assays showed that there were significantly lower amounts of insecticide in the MRS strain than in the susceptible control...
September 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28893240/the-influence-of-age-on-insecticide-susceptibility-of-anopheles-arabiensis-during-dry-and-rainy-seasons-in-rice-irrigation-schemes-of-northern-tanzania
#12
Saada Mbepera, Gamba Nkwengulila, Rose Peter, Emmanuel A Mausa, Aneth M Mahande, Maureen Coetzee, Eliningaya J Kweka
BACKGROUND: Insecticide resistance is the major emerging challenge facing the malaria vector control programmes in Tanzania. Proper monitoring and detection is of paramount importance guiding the vector control programmes. This paper presents the effect of mosquito aging on insecticide resistance status in Anopheles arabiensis populations in dry and rainy seasons in northern Tanzania. METHODS: Anopheles gambiae s.l. larvae were sampled from rice fields in both dry and rainy seasons and reared in the insectary to adults...
September 11, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28886724/composition-of-anopheles-mosquitoes-their-blood-meal-hosts-and-plasmodium-falciparum-infection-rates-in-three-islands-with-disparate-bed-net-coverage-in-lake-victoria-kenya
#13
Edwin Ogola, Jandouwe Villinger, Danspaid Mabuka, David Omondi, Benedict Orindi, James Mutunga, Vincent Owino, Daniel K Masiga
BACKGROUND: Small islands serve as potential malaria reservoirs through which new infections might come to the mainland and may be important targets in malaria elimination efforts. This study investigated malaria vector species diversity, blood-meal hosts, Plasmodium infection rates, and long-lasting insecticidal net (LLIN) coverage on Mageta, Magare and Ngodhe Islands of Lake Victoria in western Kenya, a region where extensive vector control is implemented on the mainland. RESULTS: From trapping for six consecutive nights per month (November 2012 to March 2015) using CDC light traps, pyrethrum spray catches and backpack aspiration, 1868 Anopheles mosquitoes were collected...
September 8, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28882174/molecular-phylogeny-of-anopheles-hyrcanus-group-members-based-on-its2-rdna
#14
Yuan Fang, Wen-Qi Shi, Yi Zhang
BACKGROUND: The Anopheles hyrcanus group includes 25 species, and is widely distributed in the Oriental and Palaearctic regions. Several species within this group are vectors of malaria, lymphatic filariasis and Japanese encephalitis. It is difficult or impossible to identify cryptic species based on their morphological characteristics, with some closely related species of the Hyrcanus Group have similar adult morphological characteristics. Thus, their molecular identification has been an important complementary method to traditional morphological taxonomy...
September 7, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28882146/does-mosquito-mass-rearing-produce-an-inferior-mosquito
#15
Dieudonné D Soma, Hamidou Maïga, Wadaka Mamai, Nanwintoun S Bimbile-Somda, Nelius Venter, Adel B Ali, Hanano Yamada, Abdoulaye Diabaté, Florence Fournet, Georges A Ouédraogo, Rosemary S Lees, Roch K Dabiré, Jeremie R L Gilles
BACKGROUND: The success of the sterile insect technique depends, among other things, on continuous releases of sexually competitive sterile males within the target area. Several factors (including high rearing density and physical manipulation, such as larvae and pupae separation) can influence the quality of males produced in mass-rearing facilities. The different steps in mass production in the laboratory may modify the behaviour of mosquitoes, directly or through loss of natural characters as a result of adaptation to lab rearing, and lead to the competitiveness of sterile male being reduced...
September 7, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28877762/larvicidal-effect-of-endod-phytolacca-dodecandra-seed-products-against-anopheles-arabiensis-diptera-culicidae-in-ethiopia
#16
Ayalew Jejaw Zeleke, Bezuayehu Alemayehu Shimo, Delenasaw Yewhalaw Gebre
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of the present study was to determine the larvicidal effect of 'Endod' (Phytolacca dodecandra) seed products on Anopheles arabiensis, in Ethiopia. RESULTS: Experimental study was conducted using a total of 2400 third instars larvae of A. arabiensis. The seed products P. dodecandra showed larvicidal activity against 3rd-stage larvae of both the laboratory and field population of A. arabiensis. The LC99 values for P. dodecandra's seed powder and its extract form against the laboratory reared larvae were 121...
September 6, 2017: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28877733/insecticide-use-pattern-and-phenotypic-susceptibility-of-anopheles-gambiae-sensu-lato-to-commonly-used-insecticides-in-lower-moshi-northern-tanzania
#17
Elinas J Nnko, Charles Kihamia, Filemoni Tenu, Zul Premji, Eliningaya J Kweka
BACKGROUND: Evidence of insecticide resistance has been documented in different malaria endemic areas. Surveillance studies to allow prompt investigation of associated factors to enable effective insecticide resistance management are needed. The objective of this study was to assess insecticide use pattern and phenotypic susceptibility level of Anopheles gambiae sensu lato to insecticides commonly used in malaria control in Moshi, northern Tanzania. METHODS: A cross-sectional survey was conducted to assess insecticide usage pattern...
September 6, 2017: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28877707/semi-high-throughput-detection-of-plasmodium-falciparum-and-plasmodium-vivax-oocysts-in-mosquitoes-using-bead-beating-followed-by-circumsporozoite-elisa-and-quantitative-pcr
#18
Wouter Graumans, Fitsum G Tadesse, Chiara Andolina, Geert-Jan van Gemert, Karina Teelen, Kjerstin Lanke, Endalamaw Gadisa, Delenasaw Yewhalaw, Marga van de Vegte-Bolmer, Rianne Siebelink-Stoter, Isaïe Reuling, Robert Sauerwein, Teun Bousema
BACKGROUND: The malaria infection status of mosquitoes is commonly determined by microscopic detection of oocysts on the dissected mosquito midgut. This method is labour-intensive, does not allow processing of large numbers of mosquitoes and can be challenging in terms of objective classification of oocysts. Here, a semi-high-throughput bead-beating ELISA method is proposed for detection of the circumsporozoite protein (CSP) followed by confirmation by quantitative PCR (qPCR). METHODS: Cultured Plasmodium falciparum gametocytes were offered to Anopheles stephensi mosquitoes and examined by microscopy...
September 6, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28874661/a-potent-series-targeting-the-malarial-cgmp-dependent-protein-kinase-clears-infection-and-blocks-transmission
#19
David A Baker, Lindsay B Stewart, Jonathan M Large, Paul W Bowyer, Keith H Ansell, María B Jiménez-Díaz, Majida El Bakkouri, Kristian Birchall, Koen J Dechering, Nathalie S Bouloc, Peter J Coombs, David Whalley, Denise J Harding, Ela Smiljanic-Hurley, Mary C Wheldon, Eloise M Walker, Johannes T Dessens, María José Lafuente, Laura M Sanz, Francisco-Javier Gamo, Santiago B Ferrer, Raymond Hui, Teun Bousema, Iñigo Angulo-Barturén, Andy T Merritt, Simon L Croft, Winston E Gutteridge, Catherine A Kettleborough, Simon A Osborne
To combat drug resistance, new chemical entities are urgently required for use in next generation anti-malarial combinations. We report here the results of a medicinal chemistry programme focused on an imidazopyridine series targeting the Plasmodium falciparum cyclic GMP-dependent protein kinase (PfPKG). The most potent compound (ML10) has an IC50 of 160 pM in a PfPKG kinase assay and inhibits P. falciparum blood stage proliferation in vitro with an EC50 of 2.1 nM. Oral dosing renders blood stage parasitaemia undetectable in vivo using a P...
September 5, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28874207/evaluation-of-active-ingredients-and-larvicidal-activity-of-clove-and-cinnamon-essential-oils-against-anopheles-gambiae-sensu-lato
#20
Adelina Thomas, Humphrey D Mazigo, Alphaxard Manjurano, Domenica Morona, Eliningaya J Kweka
BACKGROUND: Mosquitoes are well-known vectors of many diseases including malaria and lymphatic filariasis. Uses of synthetic insecticides are associated with high toxicity, resistance, environmental pollution and limited alternative, effective synthetic insecticides. This study was undertaken to evaluate the larvicidal efficacy of clove and cinnamon essential oils against laboratory Anopheles gambiae (sensu stricto) and wild An. arabiensis larvae. METHODS: The standard WHO guideline for larvicides evaluation was used, and the GC-MS machine was used for active compounds percentage composition analysis and structures identification...
September 6, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
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