The Impact of Wolbachia on Virus Infection in Mosquitoes
AbstractMosquito-borne viruses such as dengue, West Nile and chikungunya viruses cause significant morbidity and mortality in human populations. Since current methods are not sufficient to control disease occurrence, novel methods to control transmission of arboviruses would be beneficial. Recent studies have shown that virus infection and transmission in insects can be impeded by co-infection with the bacterium Wolbachia pipientis. Wolbachia is a maternally inherited endosymbiont that is commonly found in insects, including a number of mosquito vector species. In Drosophila, Wolbachia mediates antiviral protection against a broad range of RNA viruses. This discovery pointed to a potential strategy to interfere with mosquito transmission of arboviruses by artificially infecting mosquitoes with Wolbachia. This review outlines research on the prevalence of Wolbachia in mosquito vector species and the impact of antiviral effects in both naturally and artificially Wolbachia-infected mosquitoes. View Full-Text
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Johnson, K.N. The Impact of Wolbachia on Virus Infection in Mosquitoes. Viruses 2015, 7, 5705-5717.
Johnson KN. The Impact of Wolbachia on Virus Infection in Mosquitoes. Viruses. 2015; 7(11):5705-5717.Chicago/Turabian Style
Johnson, Karyn N. 2015. "The Impact of Wolbachia on Virus Infection in Mosquitoes." Viruses 7, no. 11: 5705-5717.