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Evidence of natural Wolbachia infections in field populations of Anopheles gambiae

Overview of attention for article published in Nature Communications, June 2014
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Title
Evidence of natural Wolbachia infections in field populations of Anopheles gambiae
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Nature Communications, June 2014
DOI 10.1038/ncomms4985
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Authors

Francesco Baldini, Nicola Segata, Julien Pompon, Perrine Marcenac, W. Robert Shaw, Roch K. Dabiré, Abdoulaye Diabaté, Elena A. Levashina, Flaminia Catteruccia, Baldini F, Segata N, Pompon J, Marcenac P, Robert Shaw W, Dabiré RK, Diabaté A, Levashina EA, Catteruccia F

Abstract

Wolbachia are maternally transmitted intracellular bacteria that invade insect populations by manipulating their reproduction and immunity and thus limiting the spread of numerous human pathogens. Experimental Wolbachia infections can reduce Plasmodium numbers in Anopheles mosquitoes in the laboratory, however, natural Wolbachia infections in field anophelines have never been reported. Here we show evidence of Wolbachia infections in Anopheles gambiae in Burkina Faso, West Africa. Sequencing of the 16S rRNA gene identified Wolbachia sequences in both female and male germlines across two seasons, and determined that these sequences are vertically transmitted from mother to offspring. Whole-genome sequencing of positive samples suggests that the genetic material identified in An. gambiae belongs to a novel Wolbachia strain, related to but distinct from strains infecting other arthropods. The evidence of Wolbachia infections in natural Anopheles populations promotes further investigations on the possible use of natural Wolbachia-Anopheles associations to limit malaria transmission.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 5 4%
Brazil 2 2%
United Kingdom 1 <1%
Norway 1 <1%
Burkina Faso 1 <1%
Czech Republic 1 <1%
Unknown 113 91%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 38 31%
Researcher 34 27%
Student > Master 28 23%
Student > Bachelor 7 6%
Student > Doctoral Student 6 5%
Other 11 9%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 89 72%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 15 12%
Medicine and Dentistry 7 6%
Environmental Science 3 2%
Social Sciences 3 2%
Other 7 6%

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#65,079
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