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Structure and Function of a G-actin Sequestering Protein with a Vital Role in Malaria Oocyst Development inside the Mosquito Vector

April 9, 2010 - 06:37 -- Patrick Sampao
Author(s): 
Marion Hliscs, Julia M. Sattler, Wolfram Tempe, Jennifer D. Artz, Aiping Dong, Raymond Hui, Kai Matuschewski, Herwig Schüle
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The Journal of Biological Chemistry

Our results reveal a specific vital role for an apicomplexan G-actin-binding protein during sporogony, the parasite replication phase that precedes formation of malaria transmission stages. 

Review: Evolutionary forces on Anopheles: what makes a malaria vector?

February 25, 2010 - 22:12 -- Kabogo Ndegwa
Author(s): 
Anna Cohuet, Caroline Harris, Vincent Robert, Didier Fontenille
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Trends in Parasitology, Volume 26, Issue 3, March 2010, Pages 130-136

Here, we review key factors of vectorial capacity and competence in Anopheles, with a particular focus on the most important malaria vector Anopheles gambiae. 

Open Access | Review: History of the discovery of the malaria parasites and their vectors

February 4, 2010 - 13:43 -- Ingeborg van Schayk
Author(s): 
Cox FE
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Parasites & Vectors 2010, 3:5 (1 February 2010)

This article traces the main events and stresses the importance of comparative studies in that, apart from the initial discovery of parasites in the blood, every subsequent discovery has been based on studies on non-human malaria parasites and related organisms.

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Open Access | Short report: Distribution, host preference and infection rates of malaria vectors in Mauritania

December 14, 2009 - 10:34 -- Ingeborg van Schayk
Author(s): 
Dia I, Ba H, Mohamed SO, Diallo D, Lo B, Diallo M
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Parasites & Vectors 2009, 2:61 (4 December 2009)

This study reports for the first time on the distribution, host preference and infection rates of malaria vectors in Mauritania.

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Malaria vector composition and insecticide susceptibility status in Guinea Conakry, West Africa

December 7, 2009 - 12:16 -- Ingeborg van Schayk
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Author(s): 
S. B. VEZENEGHO, B. D. BROOKE, R. H. HUNT, M. COETZEE, L. L. KOEKEMOER
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Medical and Veterinary Entomology Volume 23 Issue 4, Pages 326 - 334

This study provides data on malaria vector species composition and insecticide susceptibility status from three localities in Guinea Conakry.

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Behavioural and insecticidal effects of organophosphate-, carbamate- and pyrethroid-treated mosquito nets against African malaria vectors

December 7, 2009 - 12:11 -- Ingeborg van Schayk
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R. C. MALIMA, R. M. OXBOROUGH, P. K. TUNGU, C. MAXWELL, I. LYIMO, V. MWINGIRA , F. W. MOSHA, J. MATOWO, S. M. MAGESA and M. W. ROWLAND
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Medical and Veterinary Entomology Volume 23 Issue 4, Pages 317 - 325

Three insecticides – the pyrethroid deltamethrin, the carbamate carbosulfan and the organophosphate chlorpyrifos-methyl – were tested on mosquito nets in experimental huts to determine their potential for introduction as malaria control measures.

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Seasonal distribution of Anopheles funestus chromosomal forms from Burkina Faso

October 29, 2009 - 12:26 -- Ingeborg van Schayk
Author(s): 
Wamdaogo M Guelbeogo, N'Fale Sagnon, Olga Grushko, Malgaouende A Yameogo, Daniela Boccolini, Nora J Besansky, Carlo Costantini
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Malaria Journal 2009, 8:239 (26 October 2009)

Previous studies of Anopheles funestus chromosomal inversion polymorphisms in Burkina Faso showed large departures from Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium and linkage disequilibrium among inversions located on different chromosomes, implying the existence of two taxonomic units ("chromosomal forms") with limited genetic flow. One chromosomal form, named Folonzo, is highly polymorphic for alternative rearrangements of 3Ra, 3Rb, 2Ra, and 3La; the other, Kiribina, is predominantly characterized by the standard arrangement of these inversions. To investigate the temporal distribution of these chromosomal forms, further collections were carried out in two villages near Ouagadougou where they are found in sympatry.

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