The fungus Leptosphaerulina persists in Anopheles gambiae and induces melanization

Abstract:

Anopheles mosquitoes are colonized by diverse microorganisms that may impact on host biology and vectorial capacity. Eukaryotic symbionts such as fungi have been isolated from Anopheles, but whether they are stably associated with mosquitoes and transmitted transstadially across mosquito life stages or to subsequent generations remains largely unexplored. Here, we show that a Leptosphaerulina sp. fungus isolated from the midgut of An.gambiae can be stably associated with An. gambiae host and that it imposes low fitness cost when re-introduced through co-feeding. This fungus is transstadially transmitted across An. gambiae developmental stages and to their progeny. It is present in field-caught larvae and adult mosquitoes at moderate levels across geographical regions. We observed that Leptosphaerulina sp. induces a distinctive melanotic phenotype across the developmental stages of mosquito. As a eukaryotic symbiont that is stably associated with An. gambiae Leptosphaerulina sp. can be explored for paratransgenesis
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APA

Nattoh, G (2024). The fungus Leptosphaerulina persists in Anopheles gambiae and induces melanization. Afribary. Retrieved from https://afribary.com/works/the-fungus-leptosphaerulina-persists-in-anopheles-gambiae-and-induces-melanization

MLA 8th

Nattoh, Godfrey "The fungus Leptosphaerulina persists in Anopheles gambiae and induces melanization" Afribary. Afribary, 10 Mar. 2024, https://afribary.com/works/the-fungus-leptosphaerulina-persists-in-anopheles-gambiae-and-induces-melanization. Accessed 26 May. 2024.

MLA7

Nattoh, Godfrey . "The fungus Leptosphaerulina persists in Anopheles gambiae and induces melanization". Afribary, Afribary, 10 Mar. 2024. Web. 26 May. 2024. < https://afribary.com/works/the-fungus-leptosphaerulina-persists-in-anopheles-gambiae-and-induces-melanization >.

Chicago

Nattoh, Godfrey . "The fungus Leptosphaerulina persists in Anopheles gambiae and induces melanization" Afribary (2024). Accessed May 26, 2024. https://afribary.com/works/the-fungus-leptosphaerulina-persists-in-anopheles-gambiae-and-induces-melanization