Genes and Odors Underlying the Recent Evolution of Mosquito Preference for Humans.

TitleGenes and Odors Underlying the Recent Evolution of Mosquito Preference for Humans.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsMcBride, CS
JournalCurr Biol
Volume26
Issue1
PaginationR41-6
Date Published2016 Jan 11
ISSN1879-0445
KeywordsAnimals, Biological Evolution, Culicidae, Evolution, Molecular, Humans, Insect Bites and Stings, Insect Vectors, Odorants, Olfactory Perception, Species Specificity
Abstract

<p>Mosquito species that specialize in biting humans are few but dangerous. They include the African malaria vectors Anopheles gambiae and Anopheles coluzzii, as well as Aedes aegypti, the cosmopolitan vector of dengue, chikungunya, and yellow fever. These mosquitoes have evolved a remarkable innate preference for human odor that helps them find and bite us. Here I review what is known about this important evolutionary adaptation, from its historical documentation to its chemical and molecular basis.</p>

DOI10.1016/j.cub.2015.11.032
Alternate JournalCurr Biol
PubMed ID26766234
PubMed Central IDPMC4714039
Grant ListR00 DC012069 / DC / NIDCD NIH HHS / United States