Exflagellation responses of cultured Plasmodium falciparum (Haemosporida: Plasmodiidae) gametocytes to human sera and midguts of anopheline mosquitoes (Diptera: Culicidae).

C. Mendis, B. H. Noden, J. C. Beier

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Abstract

The process of exflagellation was quantified for cultured Plasmodium falciparum gametocytes exposed to human sera and midgut homogenates from six vector species of Anopheles mosquitoes. Neither serum factors related to malaria exposure nor factors in the midguts of taxonomically diverse anophelines had significant inhibitory effects on the exflagellation of P. falciparum microgametocytes. Therefore, differences in vector competence among anopheline species most likely are caused by vector-parasite interactions occurring after microgametogenesis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)767-769
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of medical entomology
Volume31
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1994

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Parasitology
  • veterinary(all)
  • Insect Science
  • Infectious Diseases

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