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Microevolution studies in Anopheles cruzii (Diptera: Culicidae), using wing geometric morphometric and microsatellite loci.

Grant number: 15/23386-7
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): May 01, 2016
Effective date (End): March 31, 2020
Field of knowledge:Health Sciences - Collective Health - Epidemiology
Principal researcher:Mauro Toledo Marrelli
Grantee:Laura Cristina Multini
Home Institution: Faculdade de Saúde Pública (FSP). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil

Abstract

Anopheles cruzii is an antropophilic mosquito species that has a significant epidemiological potential, this mosquito is the main vector of human and simian malaria in Brazil, more precisely in Atlantic Forest regions, including São Paulo state. In the city of São Paulo there are still remaining of Atlantic Forests where An. Cruzii is commonly found, the most relevant areas are: (a) Parque Estadual da Cantareira, where Anopheles cruzii is implicated in Plasmodium transmission to howlers that live in the region; (b) Área de Proteção Ambiental (APA) - Engenheiro Marsilac, where Anopheles cruzii was found infected with Plasmodium vivax and considered an endemic area with the presence of autochthonous cases of malaria in humans. Although its epidemiological potential, microevolution studies of Anopheles cruzii remain scarce. Taking into account the epidemiological importance of Anopheles cruzii and the lack of information about its population structure and microevolution processes, the aim of this study is to analyze the population structure of Anopheles cruzii mosquitoes from Área de Proteção Ambiental Capivari-Monos and Parque Estadual da Cantareira, using wing geometric morphometric and microsatellites. The knowledge about the Anopheles cruzii population structure might be central to lead to more effective control strategies and help prevent outbreaks.

News published in Agência FAPESP Newsletter about the scholarship:
Articles published in other media outlets (3 total):
SciDev.Net (Reino Unido): ‘Evolving’ malaria mosquitoes getting harder to control (27/Nov/2020)
SciDev.Net (Reino Unido): ‘Evolving’ malaria mosquitoes getting harder to control (26/Nov/2020)
Scientific Inquirer (EUA): Deeper understanding of mosquitoes may lead to novel treatments for disease (14/May/2019)

Scientific publications (4)
(References retrieved automatically from Web of Science and SciELO through information on FAPESP grants and their corresponding numbers as mentioned in the publications by the authors)
MULTINI, LAURA CRISTINA; DA SILVA DE SOUZA, ANA LETICIA; MARRELLI, MAURO TOLEDO; BRUNO WILKE, ANDRE BARRETTO. The influence of anthropogenic habitat fragmentation on the genetic structure and diversity of the malaria vector Anopheles cruzii (Diptera: Culicidae). SCIENTIFIC REPORTS, v. 10, n. 1 OCT 22 2020. Web of Science Citations: 1.
MULTINI, LAURA CRISTINA; WILKE, ANDRE BARRETTO BRUNO; MARRELLI, MAURO TOLEDO. Neotropical Anopheles (Kerteszia) mosquitoes associated with bromeliad-malaria transmission in a changing world. Acta Tropica, v. 205, MAY 2020. Web of Science Citations: 0.
MULTINI, LAURA CRISTINA; DA SILVA DE SOUZA, ANA LETICIA; MARRELLI, MAURO TOLEDO; BRUNO WILKE, ANDRE BARRETTO. Population structuring of the invasive mosquito Aedes albopictus (Diptera: Culicidae) on a microgeographic scale. PLoS One, v. 14, n. 8 AUG 2 2019. Web of Science Citations: 0.
MULTINI, LAURA CRISTINA; BRUNO WILKE, ANDRE BARRETTO; MARRELLI, MAURO TOLEDO. Urbanization as a driver for temporal wing-shape variation in Anopheles cruzii (Diptera: Culicidae). Acta Tropica, v. 190, p. 30-36, FEB 2019. Web of Science Citations: 5.

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