Gametocytemia and Attractiveness of Plasmodium falciparum–Infected Kenyan Children to Anopheles gambiae Mosquitoes

Abstract/Overview

It has been suggested that Plasmodia manipulate their vertebrate hosts to enhance parasite transmission. Using a dual-choice olfactometer, we investigated the attraction of Anopheles gambiae to 50 Kenyan children (aged 5–12 years) who were naturally infected with Plasmodium falciparum or non-infected controls. Microscopic gametocyte carriers attracted almost 2 times more mosquitoes than children who were parasite free, harboured asexual stages, or had gametocytes at submicroscopic densities. By using highly sensitive stage-specific molecular methods to detect P. falciparum, we show that gametocytes and not their non-infectious asexual progenitors—induce increased attractiveness of humans to mosquitoes. Our findings therefore support the parasite host manipulation hypothesis.

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APA

O.</div>, < (2024). Gametocytemia and Attractiveness of Plasmodium falciparum–Infected Kenyan Children to Anopheles gambiae Mosquitoes. Afribary. Retrieved from https://afribary.com/works/gametocytemia-and-attractiveness-of-plasmodium-falciparum-infected-kenyan-children-to-anopheles-gambiae-mosquitoes

MLA 8th

O.</div>, <div>Busula "Gametocytemia and Attractiveness of Plasmodium falciparum–Infected Kenyan Children to Anopheles gambiae Mosquitoes" Afribary. Afribary, 04 Jun. 2024, https://afribary.com/works/gametocytemia-and-attractiveness-of-plasmodium-falciparum-infected-kenyan-children-to-anopheles-gambiae-mosquitoes. Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

MLA7

O.</div>, <div>Busula . "Gametocytemia and Attractiveness of Plasmodium falciparum–Infected Kenyan Children to Anopheles gambiae Mosquitoes". Afribary, Afribary, 04 Jun. 2024. Web. 17 Jun. 2024. < https://afribary.com/works/gametocytemia-and-attractiveness-of-plasmodium-falciparum-infected-kenyan-children-to-anopheles-gambiae-mosquitoes >.

Chicago

O.</div>, <div>Busula . "Gametocytemia and Attractiveness of Plasmodium falciparum–Infected Kenyan Children to Anopheles gambiae Mosquitoes" Afribary (2024). Accessed June 17, 2024. https://afribary.com/works/gametocytemia-and-attractiveness-of-plasmodium-falciparum-infected-kenyan-children-to-anopheles-gambiae-mosquitoes