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Endogenously-expressed NH2-terminus of circumsporozoite protein interferes with sporozoite invasion of mosquito salivary glands

March 15, 2016 - 18:37 -- Open Access
Bianca B. Kojin, André Luis Costa-da-Silva, Ceres Maciel, Dayane Alves Henriques, Danilo O. Carvalho, Kelcie Martin, Osvaldo Marinotti, Anthony A. James, Myrna C. Bonaldo and Margareth Lara Capurro
Malaria Journal 2016 15:153, 10 March 2016

These results support the conclusion that CSP partial NH2-terminal domain can be endogenously expressed to promote a competition for the receptor used by sporozoites to invade salivary glands, and they could be used to block this interaction and reduce parasite transmission.

Not Open Access | Genetic Control Of Malaria Mosquitoes

February 23, 2016 - 14:39 -- NOT Open Access
Kyle Jarrod McLean, Marcelo Jacobs-Lorena
Trends in Parasitology, Volume 32, Issue 3, March 2016, Pages 174-176

Experiments demonstrating the feasibility of genetically modifying mosquito vectors to impair their ability to transmit the malaria parasite have been known for well over a decade. 

Application of mosquito repellent coils and associated self-reported health issues in Ghana

February 8, 2016 - 18:52 -- Open Access
Jonathan N. Hogarh, Philip Antwi-Agyei and Kwasi Obiri-Danso
Malaria Journal 2016 15:61, 4 February 2016

The application of mosquito coils did not necessarily reduce the incidence of malaria in the study communities.


Assuring access to topical mosquito repellents within an intensive distribution scheme: a case study in a remote province of Cambodia

November 24, 2015 - 15:27 -- Open Access
Somony Heng, Lies Durnez, Vincent Sluydts, et al.
Malaria Journal 2015, 14:468 (24 November 2015)

After the existing public health system was reinforced with programmatic and logistic support, an intense 2-weekly distribution scheme of a vector control tool over a 2-year period was operated successfully in the field.


NOT Open Access | Annona muricata leaf extract-mediated silver nanoparticles synthesis and its larvicidal potential against dengue, malaria and filariasis vector

August 5, 2015 - 07:46 -- NOT Open Access
S. B. Santhosh, R. Yuvarajan & D. Natarajan
Parasitology Research, August 2015, Volume 114, Issue 8, pp 3087-3096

Mosquitoes transmit several diseases which cause millions of deaths every year.

NOT Open Access | Plasmodium berghei induced priming in Anopheles albimanus independently of bacterial co-infection

July 6, 2015 - 12:25 -- NOT Open Access
Jorge Contreras-Garduno, Maria Carmen Rodriguez, Humberto Lanz-Mendoza, et al.
Developmental & Comparative Immunology, Volume 52, Issue 2, October 2015, Pages 172–181

Priming in invertebrates is the acquired capacity to better combat a pathogen due to a previous exposure to sub-lethal doses of the same organism.

Mosquito-Disseminated Pyriproxyfen Yields High Breeding-Site Coverage and Boosts Juvenile Mosquito Mortality at the Neighborhood Scale

April 14, 2015 - 17:38 -- Open Access
Fernando Abad-Franch, Elvira Zamora-Perea, Gonçalo Ferraz, Samael D. Padilla-Torres, Sérgio L. B. Luz
PLoS Negl Trop Dis 9(4): e0003702

By expanding breeding-site coverage and boosting juvenile mosquito mortality, a strategy based on mosquito-disseminated PPF has potential to substantially enhance mosquito control.

Anopheles Midgut Epithelium Evades Human Complement Activity by Capturing Factor H from the Blood Meal

March 2, 2015 - 19:24 -- Open Access
Ayman Khattab, Marta Barroso, Tiera Miettinen, Seppo Meri
PLoS Negl Trop Dis 9(2): e0003513

Hematophagous vectors strictly require ingesting blood from their hosts to complete their life cycles

NOT Open Access | Seasonal variation in wing size and shape between geographic populations of the malaria vector, Anopheles coluzzii in Burkina Faso (West Africa)

February 18, 2015 - 13:02 -- NOT Open Access
Kevin Hidalgo, Jean-Pierre Dujardin, Karine Mouline, Roch K. Dabiré, David Renault, Frederic Simard
Acta Tropica Volume 143, March 2015, Pages 79–88

The mosquito, Anopheles coluzzii is a major vector of human malaria in Africa with widespread distribution throughout the continent.



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