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20-Hydroxyecdysone Primes Innate Immune Responses That Limit Bacterial and Malarial Parasite Survival in Anopheles gambiae

April 20, 2020 - 08:59 -- Open Access
Author(s): 
Reynolds RA, Kwon H, Smith RC
Reference: 
mSphere. 2020 Apr 15;5(2). pii: e00983-19

Blood feeding is an integral behavior of mosquitoes to acquire nutritional resources needed for reproduction. This requirement also enables mosquitoes to serve as efficient vectors to acquire and potentially transmit a multitude of mosquito-borne diseases, most notably malaria. Recent studies suggest that mosquito immunity is stimulated following a blood meal, independent of infection status.

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