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Exploring insecticide resistance mechanisms in three major malaria vectors from Bangui in Central African Republic


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Basile, Kamgang, Tchapga, Williams, Ngoagouni, Carine, Sangbakembi-Ngounou, Claire, Wondji, Murielle, Riveron, Jacob ORCID: and Wondji, Charles ORCID: (2018) 'Exploring insecticide resistance mechanisms in three major malaria vectors from Bangui in Central African Republic'. Pathogens and Global Health, Vol 112, Issue 7, pp. 349-359.

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Malaria remains the main cause of mortality and morbidity in the Central African Republic. However, the main malaria vectors remain poorly characterised, preventing the design of suitable control strategies. Here, we characterised the patterns and mechanisms of insecticide resistance in three important vectors from Bangui.

Mosquitoes were collected indoors, using electrical aspirators in July 2016 in two neighborhoods at Bangui. WHO bioassays performed, using F2 An. gambiae sensu lato (s.l.), revealed a high level of resistance to type I (permethrin) and II (deltamethrin) pyrethroids and dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (< 3% mortality). Molecular analysis revealed the co-occurrence of Anopheles coluzzii (56.8 %) and An. gambiae s.s. (43.2%) within the An. gambiae complex. Anopheles funestus s.s. was the sole species belonging to An. funestus group. Both kdr-w (40% of homozygotes and 60% of heterozygotes/kdr-w/wild type) and kdr-e (37.5% of heterozygotes) mutations were found in An. gambiae. Contrariwise, only the kdr-w (9.5% homozygotes and 85.7% of heterozygotes) was detected in An. coluzzii. Quantitative RT-PCR showed that CYP6M2 and CYP6P3 are not upregulated in An. coluzzii from Bangui. Analysis of the sodium channel gene revealed a reduced diversity in An. coluzzii and An. gambiae s.s. In An. funestus s.s., the pyrethroid/DDT GSTe2 L119F resistance allele was detected at high frequency (54.7%) whereas a very low frequency for Rdl was observed. Polymorphism analysis of GSTe2 and GABA receptor gene in An. funestus revealed the presence of one resistant haplotype for each gene.

This study provides baseline information to help guide current and future malaria vector control interventions in CAR.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: QX Parasitology > Insects. Other Parasites > QX 510 Mosquitoes
QX Parasitology > Insects. Other Parasites > QX 600 Insect control. Tick control
QX Parasitology > Insects. Other Parasites > QX 650 Insect vectors
WA Public Health > Preventive Medicine > WA 110 Prevention and control of communicable diseases. Transmission of infectious diseases
WA Public Health > Preventive Medicine > WA 240 Disinfection. Disinfestation. Pesticides (including diseases caused by)
WA Public Health > Health Problems of Special Population Groups > WA 395 Health in developing countries
Faculty: Department: Biological Sciences > Vector Biology Department
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Depositing User: Stacy Murtagh
Date Deposited: 03 Dec 2018 14:47
Last Modified: 24 Jan 2019 12:11


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