culicidae

Summary

Summary: A family of the order DIPTERA that comprises the mosquitoes. The larval stages are aquatic, and the adults can be recognized by the characteristic WINGS, ANIMAL venation, the scales along the wing veins, and the long proboscis. Many species are of particular medical importance.

Top Publications

  1. Turell M, Britch S, Aldridge R, Kline D, Boohene C, Linthicum K. Potential for mosquitoes (Diptera: Culicidae) from Florida to transmit Rift Valley fever virus. J Med Entomol. 2013;50:1111-7 pubmed
    ..Additional studies need to be conducted with other geographic populations of these species and to determine how environmental factors affect transmission...
  2. Agusto F, Del Valle S, Blayneh K, Ngonghala C, Goncalves M, Li N, et al. The impact of bed-net use on malaria prevalence. J Theor Biol. 2013;320:58-65 pubmed publisher
    ..We conclude that more data on the impact of human and mosquito behavior on malaria spread is needed to develop more realistic models and better predictions...
  3. Costa M, Pinheiro D, Serrão J, Pereira M. Morphological changes in the midgut of Aedes aegypti L. (Diptera: Culicidae) larvae following exposure to an Annona coriacea (Magnoliales: Annonaceae) extract. Neotrop Entomol. 2012;41:311-4 pubmed publisher
    ..This study describes morphological changes that occur in the midgut of third instar Aedes aegypti L. (Diptera: Culicidae) following treatment with a methanolic extract of Annona coriacea (Magnoliales: Annonaceae)...
  4. Roche S, Wicks R, Garner M, East I, Paskin R, Moloney B, et al. Descriptive overview of the 2011 epidemic of arboviral disease in horses in Australia. Aust Vet J. 2013;91:5-13 pubmed publisher
  5. Dowling Z, LaDeau S, Armbruster P, Biehler D, Leisnham P. Socioeconomic status affects mosquito (Diptera: Culicidae) larval habitat type availability and infestation level. J Med Entomol. 2013;50:764-72 pubmed
  6. Tantely M, Rakotoniaina J, Tata E, Andrianaivolambo L, Razafindrasata F, Fontenille D, et al. Biology of mosquitoes that are potential vectors of Rift Valley Fever virus in different biotopes of the central highlands of Madagascar. J Med Entomol. 2013;50:603-10 pubmed
    ..These results on vectorial capacity parameters may allow considering the involvement of mosquito transmission of the virus in the district of Anjozorobe during the recent epidemic-epizootic...
  7. Wang S, Jacobs Lorena M. Genetic approaches to interfere with malaria transmission by vector mosquitoes. Trends Biotechnol. 2013;31:185-93 pubmed publisher
    ..Here we consider both genetic manipulation strategies for rendering mosquitoes refractory to Plasmodium infection, and discuss challenges for the translation of laboratory findings to field applications...
  8. Reiner R, Perkins T, Barker C, Niu T, Chaves L, Ellis A, et al. A systematic review of mathematical models of mosquito-borne pathogen transmission: 1970-2010. J R Soc Interface. 2013;10:20120921 pubmed publisher
    ..Modern theory would benefit from an expansion around the concepts of heterogeneous mosquito biting, poorly mixed mosquito-host encounters, spatial heterogeneity and temporal variation in the transmission process. ..
  9. Burkot T, Russell T, Reimer L, Bugoro H, Beebe N, Cooper R, et al. Barrier screens: a method to sample blood-fed and host-seeking exophilic mosquitoes. Malar J. 2013;12:49 pubmed publisher

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  1. Ali W, Ahmad R, Nor Z, Ismail Z, Ibrahim M, Hadi A, et al. Environmental variables associated with immature stage habitats of culicidae collected in aboriginal villages in Pahang, Malaysia. Southeast Asian J Trop Med Public Health. 2012;43:1387-99 pubmed
    ..05). This study provides information on mosquito ecology in relation to breeding habitats that will be useful in designing and implementing larval control operations...
  2. Johnson B, Sukhdeo M. Drought-induced amplification of local and regional West Nile virus infection rates in New Jersey. J Med Entomol. 2013;50:195-204 pubmed
    ..These data suggest that there may be clear temperature and precipitation thresholds beyond which epidemic levels of WNV transmission occur...
  3. Majambere S, Massue D, Mlacha Y, Govella N, Magesa S, Killeen G. Advantages and limitations of commercially available electrocuting grids for studying mosquito behaviour. Parasit Vectors. 2013;6:53 pubmed publisher
    ..However, this method exposes the participant to mosquito-borne pathogens, therefore new exposure-free methods are needed to replace it...
  4. Boussès P, Dehecq J, Brengues C, Fontenille D. [Updated inventory of mosquitoes (Diptera: Culicidae) of the island of La Réunion, Indian Ocean]. Bull Soc Pathol Exot. 2013;106:113-25 pubmed publisher
    ..No new invasive anthropophilic species did settle on the island. Updated identification keys of larval and adult stages are proposed...
  5. Medlock J, Vaux A. Colonization of UK coastal realignment sites by mosquitoes: implications for design, management, and public health. J Vector Ecol. 2013;38:53-62 pubmed publisher
  6. Obenauer P, Abdel Dayem M, Stoops C, Villinski J, Tageldin R, Fahmy N, et al. Field responses of Anopheles gambiae complex (Diptera: Culicidae) in Liberia using yeast-generated carbon dioxide and synthetic lure-baited light traps. J Med Entomol. 2013;50:863-70 pubmed
    ..The influence of trap configuration on conclusions from surveillance efforts, specifically with regards to An. gambiae is discussed...
  7. Hobson Peters J, Yam A, Lu J, Setoh Y, May F, Kurucz N, et al. A new insect-specific flavivirus from northern Australia suppresses replication of West Nile virus and Murray Valley encephalitis virus in co-infected mosquito cells. PLoS ONE. 2013;8:e56534 pubmed publisher
    ..We also generated several monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) that are specific to the NS1 protein of PCV, and these represent the first ISF-specific mAbs reported to date...
  8. Murdock C, Paaijmans K, Cox Foster D, Read A, Thomas M. Rethinking vector immunology: the role of environmental temperature in shaping resistance. Nat Rev Microbiol. 2012;10:869-76 pubmed publisher
    ..As temperatures in the field can vary greatly from the ambient temperature in the laboratory, it will be essential to take temperature into account when studying vector immunology...
  9. Angrisano F, Tan Y, Sturm A, McFadden G, Baum J. Malaria parasite colonisation of the mosquito midgut--placing the Plasmodium ookinete centre stage. Int J Parasitol. 2012;42:519-27 pubmed publisher
    ..Further insight into the major interactions between the parasite and the mosquito will help support the broader goal to identify targets for transmission-blocking therapies against malarial disease...
  10. Latrofa M, Montarsi F, Ciocchetta S, Annoscia G, Dantas Torres F, Ravagnan S, et al. Molecular xenomonitoring of Dirofilaria immitis and Dirofilaria repens in mosquitoes from north-eastern Italy by real-time PCR coupled with melting curve analysis. Parasit Vectors. 2012;5:76 pubmed publisher
    ..Our study aimed to evaluate the recently developed duplex real-time PCR for screening large number of culicids and to assess their positivity for D. immitis and D. repens in an area where both species are endemic...
  11. Diallo D, Sall A, Buenemann M, Chen R, Faye O, Diagne C, et al. Landscape ecology of sylvatic chikungunya virus and mosquito vectors in southeastern Senegal. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2012;6:e1649 pubmed publisher
  12. Mordecai E, Paaijmans K, Johnson L, Balzer C, Ben Horin T, de Moor E, et al. Optimal temperature for malaria transmission is dramatically lower than previously predicted. Ecol Lett. 2013;16:22-30 pubmed publisher
    ..Using these more accurate nonlinear thermal-response models will aid in understanding the effects of current and future temperature regimes on disease transmission...
  13. Andraud M, Hens N, Marais C, Beutels P. Dynamic epidemiological models for dengue transmission: a systematic review of structural approaches. PLoS ONE. 2012;7:e49085 pubmed publisher
    ..The limited understanding of the factors which influence dengue transmission as well as limited data availability remain important concerns when applying dengue models to real-world decision problems...
  14. Eisele T, Thwing J, Keating J. Claims about the misuse of insecticide-treated mosquito nets: are these evidence-based?. PLoS Med. 2011;8:e1001019 pubmed publisher
  15. Deichmeister J, Telang A. Abundance of West Nile virus mosquito vectors in relation to climate and landscape variables. J Vector Ecol. 2011;36:75-85 pubmed publisher
    ..Our results support other regional studies that found WNV proliferates under drought conditions...
  16. Hernandez Jover M, Roche S, Ward M. The human and animal health impacts of introduction and spread of an exotic strain of West Nile virus in Australia. Prev Vet Med. 2013;109:186-204 pubmed publisher
    ..The generic framework presented could be applied to assess the potential introduction of other mosquito-borne diseases (which involve a wild bird transmission cycle) via international aircraft movements...
  17. Feng Y, Fu S, Zhang H, Li M, Zhou T, Wang J, et al. Distribution of mosquitoes and mosquito-borne viruses along the China-Myanmar border in Yunnan Province. Jpn J Infect Dis. 2012;65:215-21 pubmed
    ..Enzootic JEV transmission persists in this area and therefore, surveillance for human disease caused by JEV and GETV should be conducted in the region...
  18. Lundstrom J, Andersson A, Backman S, Schafer M, Forsman M, Thelaus J. Transstadial transmission of Francisella tularensis holarctica in mosquitoes, Sweden. Emerg Infect Dis. 2011;17:794-9 pubmed publisher
    ..vexans, and Ae. punctor) known to take blood from humans. Our results suggest that the mosquitoes that transmit F. tularensis holarctica during tularemia outbreaks acquire the bacterium already as larvae...
  19. van den Hurk A, Hall Mendelin S, Johansen C, Warrilow D, Ritchie S. Evolution of mosquito-based arbovirus surveillance systems in Australia. J Biomed Biotechnol. 2012;2012:325659 pubmed publisher
    ..New diagnostic technology, such as next generation sequencing and biosensors, will increase the capacity for recognizing emergent or exotic viruses, while cloud computing platforms will facilitate rapid dissemination of data...
  20. Grech M, Visintin A, Laurito M, Estallo E, Lorenzo P, Roccia I, et al. New records of mosquito species (Diptera: Culicidae) from Neuquén and La Rioja provinces, Argentina. Rev Saude Publica. 2012;46:387-9 pubmed
    ..Ovitraps were placed to collect Ae. aegypti eggs between December 2009 and April 2010. The geographical distribution of Culex eduardoi, Psorophora ciliata and Ps. cingulata is extended with new records from two provinces...
  21. Coffey L, Beeharry Y, Borderia A, Blanc H, Vignuzzi M. Arbovirus high fidelity variant loses fitness in mosquitoes and mice. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2011;108:16038-43 pubmed publisher
    ..These results indicate that increased replication fidelity and reduced genetic diversity negatively impact arbovirus fitness in invertebrate and vertebrate hosts...
  22. Uejio C, Kemp A, Comrie A. Climatic controls on West Nile virus and Sindbis virus transmission and outbreaks in South Africa. Vector Borne Zoonotic Dis. 2012;12:117-25 pubmed publisher
    ..39 WNV-positive Culex univittatus/1000 tested Cx. univittatus. An improved understanding of biotic and abiotic disease transmission dynamics may help anticipate and mitigate future outbreaks...
  23. Cirimotich C, Ramirez J, Dimopoulos G. Native microbiota shape insect vector competence for human pathogens. Cell Host Microbe. 2011;10:307-10 pubmed publisher
    ..These microbes may prove effective agents for manipulating the vector competence of malaria and other important human pathogens...
  24. Berry C. The bacterium, Lysinibacillus sphaericus, as an insect pathogen. J Invertebr Pathol. 2012;109:1-10 pubmed publisher
    ..Future studies of these could well lead to novel potent and environmentally compatible insecticidal products for controlling a range of insect pests and vectors of disease...
  25. Qualls W, Xue R, Holt J, Smith M, Moeller J. Field evaluation of commercial repellents against the floodwater mosquito Psorophora columbiae (Diptera: Culicidae) in St. Johns County, Florida. J Med Entomol. 2011;48:1247-9 pubmed
    ..This study provides the first information about plant-based insect repellent protection times against Ps. columbiae...
  26. Trape J, Tall A, Diagne N, Ndiath O, Ly A, Faye J, et al. Malaria morbidity and pyrethroid resistance after the introduction of insecticide-treated bednets and artemisinin-based combination therapies: a longitudinal study. Lancet Infect Dis. 2011;11:925-32 pubmed publisher
    ..Our aim was to assess the effect of these policies on malaria morbidity, mosquito populations, and asymptomatic infections in a west African rural population...
  27. Dibo M, Menezes R, Ghirardelli C, Mendonça A, Chiaravalloti Neto F. [The presence of Culicidae species in medium-sized cities in the State of São Paulo, Brazil and the risk of West Nile fever and other arbovirus infection]. Rev Soc Bras Med Trop. 2011;44:496-503 pubmed
    The objectives for this study were to measure the diversity of Culicidae species, describe their abundance and seasonal variation in São José do Rio Preto, SP, and discuss the risk of arbovirus infections.
  28. Cohnstaedt L, Allan S. Effects of sublethal pyrethroid exposure on the host-seeking behavior of female mosquitoes. J Vector Ecol. 2011;36:395-403 pubmed publisher
    ..Additionally, pesticide-treated Cx. quinquefasciatus mosquitoes flew significantly slower, spent more time in flight, and turned more frequently than untreated controls...
  29. Black W, Alphey L, James A. Why RIDL is not SIT. Trends Parasitol. 2011;27:362-70 pubmed publisher
    ..A recent Aedes aegypti case study demonstrates the viability of one of these new transgenic strategies...
  30. Turner S, Li N, Guda T, Githure J, Cardé R, Ray A. Ultra-prolonged activation of CO2-sensing neurons disorients mosquitoes. Nature. 2011;474:87-91 pubmed publisher
    ..The three classes of CO(2)-response-modifying odours offer powerful instruments for developing new generations of insect repellents and lures, which even in small quantities can interfere with the ability of mosquitoes to seek humans...
  31. Chevalier V, Lecollinet S, Durand B. West Nile virus in Europe: a comparison of surveillance system designs in a changing epidemiological context. Vector Borne Zoonotic Dis. 2011;11:1085-91 pubmed publisher
    ..Our results can be used to optimize surveillance designs for different epidemiological requirements...
  32. Wheeler S, Langevin S, Brault A, Woods L, Carroll B, Reisen W. Detection of persistent west nile virus RNA in experimentally and naturally infected avian hosts. Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2012;87:559-64 pubmed publisher
  33. Ossè R, Aïkpon R, Padonou G, Oussou O, Yadouleton A, Akogbeto M. Evaluation of the efficacy of bendiocarb in indoor residual spraying against pyrethroid resistant malaria vectors in Benin: results of the third campaign. Parasit Vectors. 2012;5:163 pubmed publisher
    ..The purpose of this study was to compare the results of the third round of IRS to those achieved during the first two rounds. A second success of IRS will enable the Government of Benin to extend the strategy to other areas...
  34. Wesolowski A, Eagle N, Tatem A, Smith D, Noor A, Snow R, et al. Quantifying the impact of human mobility on malaria. Science. 2012;338:267-70 pubmed publisher
    ..Our analysis identifies importation routes that contribute to malaria epidemiology on regional spatial scales...
  35. Dos Santos Silva J, Alencar J, Costa J, Seixas Lorosa E, Guimarães A. Feeding patterns of mosquitoes (Diptera: Culicidae) in six Brazilian environmental preservation areas. J Vector Ecol. 2012;37:342-50 pubmed publisher
    ..The mosquitoes fed predominantly on birds, but from an epidemiological standpoint, the eclectic feeding habits were found to be constant among the mosquitoes analyzed...
  36. Latrofa M, Dantas Torres F, Annoscia G, Genchi M, Traversa D, Otranto D. A duplex real-time polymerase chain reaction assay for the detection of and differentiation between Dirofilaria immitis and Dirofilaria repens in dogs and mosquitoes. Vet Parasitol. 2012;185:181-5 pubmed publisher
    ..5 pg/?l and 3 × 10(-1)pg/?l for D. immitis and D. repens, respectively). This assay is proposed as a tool for the epidemiological surveillance of the two most important Dirofilaria species in areas where they are endemic and sympatric...
  37. Kato F, Kotaki A, Yamaguchi Y, Shiba H, Hosono K, Harada S, et al. Identification and characterization of the short variable region of the Japanese encephalitis virus 3' NTR. Virus Genes. 2012;44:191-7 pubmed publisher
    ..Our results suggest that the short VR in JEV 3' NTR do not affect its growth in vitro or its pathogenicity in mice...
  38. Vodovar N, Bronkhorst A, van Cleef K, Miesen P, Blanc H, Van Rij R, et al. Arbovirus-derived piRNAs exhibit a ping-pong signature in mosquito cells. PLoS ONE. 2012;7:e30861 pubmed publisher
    ..Our results show that these mosquito cells can initiate de novo piRNA production and recapitulate the ping-pong dependent piRNA pathway upon viral infection. The mechanism of viral-piRNA production is discussed...
  39. Gibney K, Colborn J, Baty S, Bunko Patterson A, Sylvester T, Briggs G, et al. Modifiable risk factors for West Nile virus infection during an outbreak--Arizona, 2010. Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2012;86:895-901 pubmed publisher
    ..4; 95% CI = 1.1-5.5). During this outbreak, WNV infection was likely primarily acquired peri-domestically with increased risk associated with potential mosquito larval habitats around the home and neighborhood...
  40. Obenauer P, Kaufman P, Kline D, Allan S. Detection of and monitoring for Aedes albopictus (Diptera: Culicidae) in suburban and sylvatic habitats in north central Florida using four sampling techniques. Environ Entomol. 2010;39:1608-16 pubmed publisher
    ..albopictus within a 10-min period. Fewer Ae. albopictus were sampled from sylvatic habitats compared with suburban ones. Sampling criteria advantageous for surveying Ae. albopictus and other mosquito species are discussed...
  41. Barrera R, Amador M, Young G, Komar N. Mosquito (Diptera: Culicidae) bloodmeal sources during a period of West Nile virus transmission in Puerto Rico. J Med Entomol. 2011;48:701-4 pubmed
    ..e., reptiles) among the candidate WNV vectors. We interpret the results with respect to vectorial capacity for West Nile virus, an emerging arbovirus throughout the Caribbean Basin. ..
  42. Alencar J, Fereira Z, Lopes C, Serra Freire N, de Mello R, Silva J, et al. Biodiversity and times of activity of mosquitoes (Diptera: Culicidae) in the biome of the Atlantic Forest in the State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. J Med Entomol. 2011;48:223-31 pubmed
    ..The latter acted as limiting factors for occurrences of mosquito species...
  43. Tyler S, Bolling B, Blair C, Brault A, Pabbaraju K, Armijos M, et al. Distribution and phylogenetic comparisons of a novel mosquito flavivirus sequence present in Culex tarsalis Mosquitoes from western Canada with viruses isolated in California and Colorado. Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2011;85:162-8 pubmed publisher
  44. Alencar J, de Mello V, Serra Freire N, Silva J, Morone F, Guimarães A. Evaluation of mosquito (Diptera: Culicidae) species richness using two sampling methods in the hydroelectric reservoir of Simplício, Minas Gerais, Brazil. Zoolog Sci. 2012;29:218-22 pubmed publisher
    ..Among the installation sites of the CDC and Shannon traps in the areas investigated, CDC traps fixed in livestock shelters obtained an overall higher abundance of species captured...
  45. Papa A, Xanthopoulou K, Gewehr S, Mourelatos S. Detection of West Nile virus lineage 2 in mosquitoes during a human outbreak in Greece. Clin Microbiol Infect. 2011;17:1176-80 pubmed publisher
  46. Vargas de León C. Global analysis of a delayed vector-bias model for malaria transmission with incubation period in mosquitoes. Math Biosci Eng. 2012;9:165-74 pubmed publisher
    ..If R?(?) > 1 a unique endemic equilibrium exists and is globally asymptotically stable. We apply our results to Ross-MacDonald malaria models with an incubation period (extrinsic or intrinsic)...
  47. Kim H, Klein T, Takhampunya R, Evans B, Mingmongkolchai S, Kengluecha A, et al. Japanese encephalitis virus in culicine mosquitoes (Diptera: Culicidae) collected at Daeseongdong, a village in the demilitarized zone of the Republic of Korea. J Med Entomol. 2011;48:1250-6 pubmed
    ..bitaeniorhynchus positive for JEV in the ROK. JEV is a local civilian and military health threat and a significant concern for nonimmune (unvaccinated) U.S. soldiers, civilians, and family members deployed to the ROK...
  48. Corbel V, Akogbeto M, Damien G, Djènontin A, Chandre F, Rogier C, et al. Combination of malaria vector control interventions in pyrethroid resistance area in Benin: a cluster randomised controlled trial. Lancet Infect Dis. 2012;12:617-26 pubmed publisher
  49. Chen T, Lo Y, Yang C, Chen W. Additive protection by antioxidant and apoptosis-inhibiting effects on mosquito cells with dengue 2 virus infection. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2012;6:e1613 pubmed publisher
    ..This novel finding sheds light on virus/cell interactions and their coevolution that may elucidate how mosquitoes can be a vector of DENV and probably most other arboviruses in nature...
  50. Medlock J, Hansford K, Schaffner F, Versteirt V, Hendrickx G, Zeller H, et al. A review of the invasive mosquitoes in Europe: ecology, public health risks, and control options. Vector Borne Zoonotic Dis. 2012;12:435-47 pubmed publisher
  51. Andrade C, Maharaj P, Reisen W, Brault A. North American West Nile virus genotype isolates demonstrate differential replicative capacities in response to temperature. J Gen Virol. 2011;92:2523-33 pubmed publisher
    ..These data indicate that the NS1 and NS4A mutations identified in some WN02 isolates could reduce thermal stability and impede replication of virus at temperatures observed in febrile avian hosts...
  52. Li Y, Siripanyaphinyo U, Tumkosit U, Noranate N, A Nuegoonpipat A, Tao R, et al. Chikungunya virus induces a more moderate cytopathic effect in mosquito cells than in mammalian cells. Intervirology. 2013;56:6-12 pubmed publisher
    ..In this study, we compared the cytopathic effect (CPE) induced by CHIKV in Vero cells and a mosquito cell line, C6/36 cells...
  53. Cardoso J, de Paula M, Fernandes A, dos Santos E, de Almeida M, da Fonseca D, et al. Ecological aspects of mosquitoes (Diptera: Culicidae) in an Atlantic forest area on the north coast of Rio Grande do Sul State, Brazil. J Vector Ecol. 2011;36:175-86 pubmed publisher
    ..3% of the species occurring in the region were detected. The seasonal pattern showed a greater abundance of mosquitoes between May and October, indicating the period to intensify entomological surveillance in that area...