publication . Article . Other literature type . 2011

Composition of Human Skin Microbiota Affects Attractiveness to Malaria Mosquitoes

Stefan Schulz; Marcel Dicke; Renate C. Smallegange; Rob Knight; Harro Bouwmeester;
Open Access English
  • Published: 28 Dec 2011 Journal: PLoS ONE, volume 6, issue 12 (eissn: 1932-6203, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Public Library of Science
Abstract
The African malaria mosquito Anopheles gambiae sensu stricto continues to play an important role in malaria transmission, which is aggravated by its high degree of anthropophily, making it among the foremost vectors of this disease. In the current study we set out to unravel the strong association between this mosquito species and human beings, as it is determined by odorant cues derived from the human skin. Microbial communities on the skin play key roles in the production of human body odour. We demonstrate that the composition of the skin microbiota affects the degree of attractiveness of human beings to this mosquito species. Bacterial plate counts and 16S r...
Subjects
Medical Subject Headings: parasitic diseases
free text keywords: Veröffentlichung der TU Braunschweig, Skin, Animals, Humans, Anopheles gambiae, Plasmodium, Bacteria, RNA, Ribosomal, 16S, Colony Count, Microbial, Adult, Middle Aged, Male, RNA, Ribosomal, 16S, Colony Count, Microbial, General Science & Technology, Research Article, Ecology, Behavioral Ecology, Chemical Ecology, Microbial Ecology, Microbiology, Vector Biology, Anopheles, Mosquitoes, Emerging Infectious Diseases, Host-Pathogen Interaction, Medicine, Dermatology, major histocompatibility complex, human axillary odor, anopheles-gambiae, mating preferences, aedes-aegypti, microflora, spectrometry, diversity, responses, selection, R, Science, Q, ddc:5, ddc:54, ddc:57
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