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Open Access | Wide cross-reactivity between Anopheles gambiae and Anopheles funestus SG6 salivary proteins supports exploitation of gSG6 as a marker of human exposure to major malaria vectors in tropical Africa

July 28, 2011 - 08:35 -- Kabogo Ndegwa
Author(s): 
Rizzo C, Ronca R, Fiorentino G, Mangano VD, Sirima SB, Nebie I, Petrarca V, Modiano D, Arca B
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Malaria Journal 2011, 10:206 (27 July 2011)

Comparative analysis of gSG6 and fSG6 immunogenicity to humans suggests the occurrence of a wide cross-reactivity, even though the two proteins carry species-specific epitopes.

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Open Access | Short report: A simple and efficient tool for trapping gravid Anopheles at breeding sites

July 4, 2011 - 13:23 -- Patrick Sampao
Author(s): 
Caroline Harris, Japhet Kihonda, Dickson Lwetoijera, Stefan Dongus, Gregor Devine and Silas Majambere
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Parasites & Vectors 2011, 4:125, 2 July 2011

Here we describe a simple trap that collects ovipositing Anopheline and Culicine mosquitoes. It consists of an acetate sheet coated in glue that floats on the water surface.

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Open Access | Role of the repartition of wetland breeding sites on the spatial distribution of Anopheles and Culex, human disease vectors in Southern France

May 28, 2011 - 11:17 -- Patrick Sampao
Author(s): 
Priscilla Cailly, Thomas Balenghien, Pauline Ezanno, Didier Fontenille, Celine Toty and Annelise Tran
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Parasites & Vectors 2011, 4:65

This paper demonstrates the power of geomatic tools to quantify the spatial organization of mosquito populations, and allows a better understanding of links between landcover, breeding habitats, presence of immature mosquito populations and adult distributions for different species.

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MR4: Recently revised training manual "Methods in Anopheles Research" now available with several new sections

The NIAID-sponsored Malaria Research and Reference Reagent Resource Center (MR4, www.mr4.org) is pleased to announce the release of their newly revised "Methods in Anopheles Research" training manual.

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Multilocus nuclear DNA markers and genetic parameters in an Indian Anopheles minimus population

March 31, 2011 - 12:28 -- Patrick Sampao
Author(s): 
Jyotsana Dixit, Hemlata Srivastava, O.P. Singh, D.N. Saksena, Aparup Das
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Infection, Genetics and Evolution, Volume 11, Issue 3, April 2011, Pages 572-579

Considering malaria is a highly fatal vector-borne infectious disease, inference on population genetic structure and demography could be of help in the long run for malaria vector management and control. Using the published genome sequence information of Anopheles gambiae we designed EPIC primers

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DNA barcodes confirm the presence of a single member of the Anopheles maculipennis group in Morocco and Algeria: An. sicaulti is conspecific with An. labranchiae

March 23, 2011 - 08:40 -- Kabogo Ndegwa
Author(s): 
Majda Laboudi, Chafika Faraj, Abderrahim Sadak, Zoubir Harrat, Said Chawki Boubidi, Ralph E. Harbach, Rajae El Aouad, Yvonne-Marie Linton
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Acta Tropica, Volume 118, Issue 1, April 2011, Pages 6-13

Anopheles labranchiae Falleroni is the only member of the Maculipennis Group known to occur in northern Africa;

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Synthesis of silver nanoparticles using Nelumbo nucifera leaf extract and its larvicidal activity against malaria and filariasis vectors

February 24, 2011 - 07:48 -- Kabogo Ndegwa
Author(s): 
Thirunavukkarasu Santhoshkumar, Abdul Abdul Rahuman, Chinnaperumal Kamaraj, et al.
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Parasitology Research, Volume 108, Number 3, 693-702, DOI: 10.1007/s00436-010-2115-4

The aim of this study was to investigate the larvicidal potential of the hexane, chloroform, ethyl acetate, acetone, methanol, and aqueous leaf extracts of Nelumbo nucifera Gaertn.

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Open Access | Genetic and phenotypic variation of the malaria vector Anopheles atroparvus in southern Europe

January 14, 2011 - 06:22 -- Kabogo Ndegwa
Author(s): 
Vicente JL, Sousa CA, Alten B, Fontenille D, Pinto J, et al.
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Malaria Journal 2011, 10:5 (11 January 2011)

Levels of population differentiation within An. atroparvus were low and not correlated with geographic distance or with putative physical barriers to gene flow (Alps and Pyrenees).

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High Throughput Multiplex Assay for Species Identification of Papua New Guinea Malaria Vectors: Members of the Anopheles punctulatus (Diptera: Culicidae) Species Group

January 7, 2011 - 12:15 -- Patrick Sampao
Author(s): 
Cara N. Henry-Halldin., Lisa Reimer, Edward Thomsen.,Peter A. Zimmerman., et al
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Am J Trop Med Hyg, Jan 2011; 84: 166 - 173.

We developed a multiplex polymerase chain reaction (PCR)–based assay specific for known species-specific nucleotide differences in the internal transcribed spacer 2 region and identified the five species most frequently implicated in transmitting disease (An. punctulatus, An. koliensis, An. farauti 1, An. hinesorum, and An. farauti 4).

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Open Access | Pyrethroid resistance in southern African Anopheles funestus extends to Likoma Island in Lake Malawi

January 3, 2011 - 14:29 -- Patrick Sampao
Author(s): 
Hunt RH, Edwardes M, Coetzee M
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Parasites & Vectors 2010, 3:122 (31 December 2010)

A mosquito survey was carried out on the island of Likoma in Lake Malawi with a view to collecting baseline data to determine the feasibility of implementing an integrated malaria vector control programme.

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