Diet Drugs Trick Mosquitoes into Feeling Full

Sarah E. Maguire, Christopher J. Potter

Research output: Contribution to journalShort surveypeer-review


After a bloodmeal, Aedes aegypti mosquitoes lose interest in bloodfeeding. Duvall et al. (Cell 2019;176:687–701) determined that the neuropeptide Y (NPY)-like receptor 7 (NPYLR7) controls mosquito satiety and also identified six NPYLR7 drug targets that suppress biting. This work highlights an innovative approach in vector control linking insect behavior to drug discovery.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)449-451
Number of pages3
JournalTrends in Pharmacological Sciences
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2019


  • Aedes aegypti
  • NPY signaling
  • NPYLR7
  • feeding behavior

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Toxicology
  • Pharmacology


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