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Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz
Fundação Oswaldo Cruz, Fiocruz
ISSN: 1678-8060
EISSN: 1678-8060
Vol. 109, No. 5, 2014, pp. 672-684
Bioline Code: oc14101
Full paper language: English
Document type: Review Article
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Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz, Vol. 109, No. 5, 2014, pp. 672-684

 en Metagenomics, paratransgenesis and the Anopheles check for this species in other resources microbiome: a portrait of the geographical distribution of the anopheline microbiota based on a meta-analysis of reported taxa
Villegas, Luis Martínez & Pimenta, Paulo Filemon Paolucci


Anophelines harbour a diverse microbial consortium that may represent an extended gene pool for the host. The proposed effects of the insect microbiota span physiological, metabolic and immune processes. Here we synthesise how current metagenomic tools combined with classical culture-dependent techniques provide new insights in the elucidation of the role of the Anopheles check for this species in other resources -associated microbiota. Many proposed malaria control strategies have been based upon the immunomodulating effects that the bacterial components of the microbiota appear to exert and their ability to express anti-Plasmodium peptides. The number of identified bacterial taxa has increased in the current “omics” era and the available data are mostly scattered or in “tables” that are difficult to exploit. Published microbiota reports for multiple anopheline species were compiled in an Excel® spreadsheet. We then filtered the microbiota data using a continent-oriented criterion and generated a visual correlation showing the exclusive and shared bacterial genera among four continents. The data suggested the existence of a core group of bacteria associated in a stable manner with their anopheline hosts. However, the lack of data from Neotropical vectors may reduce the possibility of defining the core microbiota and understanding the mosquito-bacteria interactive consortium.

Anopheles; core microbiota; paratransgenesis; Plasmodium; metagenomics; databank

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