publication . Other literature type . Article . 2009

Increased locomotor activity and metabolism of Aedes aegypti infected with a life-shortening strain of Wolbachia pipientis

Evans, O.; Caragata, E. P.; McMeniman, C. J.; Woolfit, M.; Green, D. C.; Williams, C. R.; Franklin, C. E.; O'Neill, S. L.; McGraw, E. A.;
  • Published: 01 May 2009
  • Country: Philippines
Abstract
A virulent strain of the obligate intracellular bacterium Wolbachia pipientis that shortens insect lifespan has recently been transinfected into the primary mosquito vector of dengue virus, Aedes aegypti L. The microbe's ability to shorten lifespan and spread through host populations under the action of cytoplasmic incompatibility means it has the potential to be used as a biocontrol agent to reduce dengue virus transmission. Wolbachia is present in many host tissues and may have local effects on diverse biological processes. In other insects, Wolbachia infections have been shown to alter locomotor activity and response time to food cues. In mosquitoes, locomoto...
Subjects
Medical Subject Headings: fungi
free text keywords: Wolbachia pipientis, metabolic rate, locomotor activity, Research Article, Wolbachia, biology.organism_classification, biology, Virulence, Biochemistry, Dengue virus, medicine.disease_cause, medicine, Cytoplasmic incompatibility, Obligate, Virology, Microbiology, Aedes aegypti, Aedes, Insect, media_common.quotation_subject, media_common
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