An insight into the sialotranscriptome of the non-blood feeding Toxorhynchites amboinensis mosquito

Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
E CalvoJosé M C Ribeiro

Abstract

All adult mosquitoes take sugar meals, and most adult females also take blood meals to develop eggs. Salivary glands (SG) of males are thus much smaller and do not contain many of the antihemostatic and antiinflammatory compounds found in females. In the past 5 years, transcriptome analyses have identified nearly 70 different genes expressed in adult female SG. For most of these, no function can be assigned in either blood or sugar feeding. Exceptionally, Toxorhynchites mosquitoes are unusual in that they never feed on blood, and the SG of adults are identical in both sexes. Transcriptome analysis of the adult SG of this mosquito was performed to increase knowledge of the evolution of blood feeding--and to identify polypeptide families associated with sugar feeding--in mosquitoes.

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