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Anopheles

Open Access | Species composition, larval habitats, seasonal occurrence and distribution of potential malaria vectors and associated species of Anopheles (Diptera: Culicidae) from the Republic of Korea

February 17, 2010 - 20:46 -- Ingeborg van Schayk
Author(s): 
Leopoldo M Rueda, Tracy L Brown, Heung-Chul Kim, Sung-Tae Chong, Terry A Klein, Desmond H Foley, Assaf Anyamba, Matthew Smith, Edwin P Pak, Richard C Wilkerson
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Malaria Journal 2010, 9:55 (17 February 2010)

Larval mosquito habitats of potential malaria vectors and related species of Anopheles from three provinces (Gyeonggi, Gyeongsangbuk, Chungcheongbuk Provinces) of the Republic of Korea were surveyed in 2007. This study aimed to determine the species composition, seasonal occurrence and distributions of Anopheles mosquitoes. 

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Open Access| Malaria vectors of Timor-Leste

February 9, 2010 - 14:00 -- Ingeborg van Schayk
Author(s): 
Robert D Cooper, Michael D Edstein, Stephen P Frances, Nigel W Beebe
Reference: 
Malaria Journal 2010, 9:40 (2 February 2010)

The aim of this study is to accurately identify the Anopheles fauna of Timor-Leste using these techniques.

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Assessment of the Impact of Climate Shifts on Malaria Transmission in the Sahel

February 5, 2010 - 16:50 -- Ingeborg van Schayk
Author(s): 
Arne Bomblies and Elfatih A. B. Eltahir
Reference: 
EcoHealth, Online First

We seek to evaluate the impact of hypothetical climate change scenarios on malaria transmission in the Sahel by using a novel mechanistic, high spatial- and temporal-resolution coupled hydrology and agent-based entomology model.

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Review: Mosquito immune defenses against Plasmodium infection

February 4, 2010 - 15:19 -- Kabogo Ndegwa
Author(s): 
Chris M. Cirimotich, Yuemei Dong, Lindsey S. Garver, Shuzhen Sim, George Dimopoulos
Reference: 
Developmental & Comparative Immunology, Volume 34, Issue 4, April 2010, Pages 387-395

The causative agent of malaria Plasmodium, has to undergo complex developmental transitions and survive attacks from the mosquito's innate immune system to achieve transmission from one host to another through the vector. 

Open Access | Methodology: A semi-automated method for counting fluorescent malaria oocysts increases the throughput of transmission blocking studies

January 29, 2010 - 15:14 -- Ingeborg van Schayk
Author(s): 
Michael J Delves, Robert E Sinden
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Malaria Journal 2010, 9:35 (29 January 2010)

The authors developed a method to count fluorescent malaria parasite oocysts on mosquito midgut. This method should speed up the process of counting malaria parasites and limit data variation due to the observer. They present data highlighting the use of this method to increasing throughput for evaluating the transmission blocking potential of selected anti-malarial drugs.

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Open Access | Anopheles Immune Genes and Amino Acid Sites Evolving Under the Effect of Positive Selection

January 29, 2010 - 14:09 -- Ingeborg van Schayk
Author(s): 
Parmakelis A, Moustaka M, Poulakakis N, Louis C, Slotman MA, et al.
Reference: 
PLoS ONE 5(1): e8885

Aiming to increase our understanding regarding the interactions between Plasmodium and the Anopheles immune genes, we investigated the patterns of genetic diversity of four anti-Plasmodium genes in the Anopheles gambiae complex of species.

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Open Access : Using high spatial resolution remote sensing for risk mapping of malaria occurrence in the Nouna district, Burkina Faso

December 24, 2009 - 14:14 -- Ingeborg van Schayk
Author(s): 
Peter Dambach1*, Ali Sie´ 2, Jean-Pierre Lacaux3,4, Ce´ cile Vignolles4, Vanessa Machault4,5 and Rainer Sauerborn6,1
Reference: 
Global Health Action 2009

Potential high and low risks for malaria at the village level can be differentiated from satellite data.

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Anopheles mosquito transmission of brain tumor

December 4, 2009 - 16:00 -- Patrick Sampao
Author(s): 
Steven Lehrer
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Medical Hypotheses, Volume 74, Issue 1, January 2010, Pages 167-168, doi:10.1016/j.mehy.2009.07.005 R

If a mosquito-transmitted brain tumor virus could be identified, development of a brain tumor vaccine might be possible.

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Analysis of the phylogenetic relationship of Anopheles species, subgenus Cellia (Diptera: Culicidae) and using it to define the relationship of morphologically similar species

November 29, 2009 - 07:00 -- Patrick Sampao
Author(s): 
Amitav Mohanty, Sunita Swain, Santanu K. Kar, Rupenangshu K. Hazra.
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Infection, Genetics and Evolution, Volume 9, Issue 6, December 2009, Pages 1204-1224, doi:10.1016/j.meegid.2009.06.021

Studies on the relationship of various vectors and non-vectors of malaria from the evolutionary point of view are important. Use of molecular methods to define phylogeny helps to understand the interrelationship among the members of the anophelines and elucidate the ambiguity that has arisen from improper classification. It could also help to design molecular markers for species differentiation, particularly in those which pose difficulty when classified, based on morphological features.

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Authentication scheme for routine verification of genetically similar laboratory colonies: a trial with Anopheles gambiae

November 13, 2009 - 11:41 -- Ingeborg van Schayk
Author(s): 
Elien E Wilkins, Paula L Marcet, Alice C Sutcliffe and Paul I Howell
Reference: 
BMC Biotechnology 2009, 9:91

We present a method for establishing authentication matrices to routinely distinguish and confirm that laboratory strains have not become physically or genetically mixed through contamination events in the laboratory.

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