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A mating-induced reproductive gene promotes Anopheles tolerance to Plasmodium falciparum infection

December 23, 2020 - 08:29 -- Open Access
Author(s): 
Marcenac P, Shaw WR, Kakani EG, Mitchell SN, South A, Werling K, Marrogi E, Abernathy DG, Yerbanga RS, Dabiré RK, Diabaté A, Lefèvre T, Catteruccia F
Reference: 
PLoS Pathog. 2020 Dec 21;16(12):e1008908

Anopheles mosquitoes have transmitted Plasmodium parasites for millions of years, yet it remains unclear whether they suffer fitness costs to infection. Here we report that the fecundity of virgin and mated females of two important vectors-Anopheles gambiae and Anopheles stephensi-is not affected by infection with Plasmodium falciparum, demonstrating that these human malaria parasites do not inflict this reproductive cost on their natural mosquito hosts.

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