publication . Article . Other literature type . 2013

Malaria infected mosquitoes express enhanced attraction to human odor.

Renate C. Smallegange;
Open Access
  • Published: 15 May 2013 Journal: PLoS ONE, volume 8, page e63602 (eissn: 1932-6203, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Public Library of Science (PLoS)
There is much evidence that some pathogens manipulate the behaviour of their mosquito hosts to enhance pathogen transmission. However, it is unknown whether this phenomenon exists in the interaction of Anopheles gambiae sensu stricto with the malaria parasite, Plasmodium falciparum - one of the most important interactions in the context of humanity, with malaria causing over 200 million human cases and over 770 thousand deaths each year. Here we demonstrate, for the first time, that infection with P. falciparum causes alterations in behavioural responses to host-derived olfactory stimuli in host-seeking female An. gambiae s.s. mosquitoes. In behavioural experime...
free text keywords: General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology, General Agricultural and Biological Sciences, General Medicine, Medicine, R, Science, Q, Research Article, Biology, Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, Microbiology, Host-Pathogen Interaction, Zoology, Infectious Diseases, Parasitic Diseases, Malaria, Plasmodium Falciparum, Vectors and Hosts, Mosquitoes, anopheles-gambiae, plasmodium-falciparum, vector

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