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The Effect of Insecticide-Treated Mosquito Nets (ITMNs) on Japanese Encephalitis Virus Seroconversion in Pigs and Humans

March 3, 2011 - 12:27 -- Patrick Sampao
Author(s): 
Prafulla Dutta, Siraj A. Khan, Abdul M. Khan, Jani Borah, Chandra K. Sarmah, AND Jagadish Mahanta
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Am J Trop Med Hyg, Mar 2011; 84: 466 - 472.

Monitoring of the mosquito population in and around cattle sheds during dusk revealed no significant decline (P > 0.05) of vector density during the post-intervention period in study localities.

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Open Access | Larvicidal activity of metabolites from the endophytic Podospora sp. against the malaria vector Anopheles gambiae

February 24, 2011 - 07:45 -- Kabogo Ndegwa
Author(s): 
Josphat C. Matasyoh, Birger Dittrich, Anja Schueffler & Hartmut Laatsch
Reference: 
Parasitology Research, Volume 108, Number 3, 561-566, DOI: 10.1007/s00436-010-2098-1

In a screening for natural products with mosquito larvicidal activities, the endophytic fungus Podospora sp. isolated from the plant Laggera alata (Asteraceae) was conspicuous.

The malaria circumsporozoite protein has two functional domains, each with distinct roles as sporozoites journey from mosquito to mammalian host

February 17, 2011 - 15:01 -- Patrick Sampao
Author(s): 
Alida Coppi., Ramya Natarajan., Photini Sinnis., et al.
Reference: 
The Journal of Experimental Medicine.

These data provide structure–function information relevant to malaria vaccine development.

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Open conformation of adipokinetic hormone receptor from the malaria mosquito facilitates hormone binding

February 14, 2011 - 13:13 -- Patrick Sampao
Author(s): 
Grace Mugumbate, Graham E. Jackson, David van der Spoel
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Peptides, Volume 32, Issue 3, March 2011, Pages 553-559

Here, the first models of the 3D structures of a GPCR from the malaria mosquito are presented. Homology modeling of the receptor identified from the genome of Anopheles gambiae was used to construct two models of the receptor.

Open Access | The role of proboscis of the malaria vector mosquito Anopheles stephensi in host-seeking behavior

January 31, 2011 - 09:57 -- Patrick Sampao
Author(s): 
Maekawa E, Aonuma H, Nelson B, Yoshimura A, Tokunaga F, Fukumoto S, Kanuka H
Reference: 
Parasites & Vectors 2011, 4:10 (27 January 2011)

Our findings support an emerging view with a possible role of proboscis as important equipment during host-seeking, and give us an insight into how these appendages likely evolved from a common origin in order to function as antenna organs.

Open Access | EU-funded malaria research under the 6th and 7th Framework Programmes for research and technological development

January 19, 2011 - 06:50 -- Kabogo Ndegwa
Author(s): 
Holtel A, Troye-Blomberg M, Penas-Jimenez I
Reference: 
Malaria Journal 2011, 10:11 (14 January 2011)

While malaria research has traditionally been strong in Europe, targeted and sustained support for cooperative malaria research at EU level, namely through the EU's 6th and 7th Framework Programmes for research and technological development, FP6 (2002-2006) and FP7 (2007-2013), has boosted both impact and visibility of European malaria research.

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Open Access | Malaria Infection and Anemia Prevalence in Zambia's Luangwa District: An Area of Near-Universal Insecticide-Treated Mosquito Net Coverage

January 7, 2011 - 11:30 -- Patrick Sampao
Author(s): 
Thomas P. Eisele, John M. Miller, Hawela B. Moonga, Busiku Hamainza, Paul Hutchinson, AND Joseph Keating
Reference: 
Am J Trop Med Hyg, Jan 2011; 84: 152 - 157.

We examined the relationship between insecticide-treated mosquito nets (ITNs), malaria parasite infection, and severe anemia prevalence in children in Luangwa District, Zambia, an area with near-universal ITN coverage, at the end of the 2008 and 2010 malaria transmission seasons.

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Open Access | Differential Attraction of Malaria Mosquitoes to Volatile Blends Produced by Human Skin Bacteria

January 7, 2011 - 08:22 -- Kabogo Ndegwa
Author(s): 
Niels O. Verhulst, Rob Andriessen, Ulrike Groenhagen, Gabriella Bukovinszkiné Kiss, Stefan Schulz, Willem Takken, Joop J. A. van Loon, Gosse Schraa, Renate C. Smallegange
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PLoS ONE 5(12): e15829

The malaria mosquito Anopheles gambiae sensu stricto is mainly guided by human odour components to find its blood host.

Configurational Entropy Reallocation and Complex Loop Dynamics of the Mosquito-Stage Pvs25 Protein Complexed with the Fab Fragment of the Malaria Transmission Blocking Antibody 2A8

January 6, 2011 - 14:36 -- Patrick Sampao
Author(s): 
Athanassios Stavrakoudis and Ioannis G. Tsoulos
Reference: 
J. Chem. Theory Comput, December 29, 2010

This trend in entropy redistribution was found to be in direct relationship with specific interactions with the antibody’s binding site. Results from root-mean-square fluctuations/deviations and dihedral angle principal component analysis further support this finding.

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Plasmodium yoelii: Correlation of TEP1 with mosquito melanization induced by nitroquine

January 4, 2011 - 06:31 -- Kabogo Ndegwa
Author(s): 
Jian Zhang, Fu Sheng Huang, Wen Yue Xu, Ying Wang, Tao Li Zhou, Jian Hua Duan
Reference: 
Experimental Parasitology, Volume 127, Issue 1, January 2011, Pages 52-57

The antimalarial drug nitroquine is not only an effective antimalarial drug, it is also able to induce the melanization of Plasmodium species.

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