Native microbiota shape insect vector competence for human pathogens

Chris M. Cirimotich, Jose L. Ramirez, George Dimopoulos

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The resident microbiota of insect vectors can impede transmission of human pathogens. Recent studies have highlighted the capacity of endogenous bacteria to decrease viral and parasitic infections in mosquito and tsetse fly vectors by activating their immune responses or directly inhibiting pathogen development. These microbes may prove effective agents for manipulating the vector competence of malaria and other important human pathogens.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)307-310
Number of pages4
JournalCell Host and Microbe
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 4 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Parasitology
  • Microbiology
  • Virology


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