Kafatos:Journal club

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Mosquito fitness

with respect to Plasmodium infection

Date: 30 May 2013

Coordinator/moderator/chair: Noushin


  1. Sangare, I., Michalakis, Y., Yameogo, B., Dabire, R., Morlais, I., and Cohuet, A. (2013). Studying fitness cost of Plasmodium falciparum infection in malaria vectors: validation of an appropriate negative control. Malar J 12, 2. (Mathilde)
  2. Smallegange, R.C., van Gemert, G.-J., van de Vegte-Bolmer, M., Gezan, S., Takken, W., Sauerwein, R.W., and Logan, J.G. (2013). Malaria Infected Mosquitoes Express Enhanced Attraction to Human Odor. PLoS ONE 8, e63602. (Bob to present.)
  3. Zhao, Y.O., Kurscheid, S., Zhang, Y., Liu, L., Zhang, L., Loeliger, K., and Fikrig, E. (2012). Enhanced Survival of Plasmodium-Infected Mosquitoes during Starvation. PLoS ONE 7, e40556. (Noushin)
  4. Proc. R. Soc. B 22 July 2013 vol. 280 no. 176320130711 ‘Manipulation’ without the parasite: altered feeding behaviour of mosquitoes is not dependent on infection with malaria parasites (Faye)



Population biology

Date: 28 March 2013

Coordinator/moderator/chair: Mara


  1. we did actually present some papers
  2. but organised it all by email!


Mosquito immunity

Date: 28 February 2013

Coordinator: I am not really sure what the job of Journal Club coordinator is, but if that means bringing beer, then I'll do it! -Michael

Papers chosen

  1. Michael: King, J.G., and Hillyer, J.F. (2012). Infection-Induced Interaction between the Mosquito Circulatory and Immune Systems. PLoS Pathog 8, e1003058
  2. Mara: in Science, current issue: Fruit Flies Medicate Offspring After Seeing Parasites, Balint Z. Kacsoh, Zachary R. Lynch, Nathan T. Mortimer, Todd A. Schlenke
  3. Faye: Anopheles NF-κB-regulated splicing factors direct pathogen-specific repertoires of the hypervariable pattern recognition receptor AgDscam
  4. Kate: Murdock, C.C., Paaijmans, K.P., Cox-Foster, D., Read, A.F., and Thomas, M.B. (2012). Rethinking vector immunology: the role of environmental temperature in shaping resistance. Nat Rev Microbiol 10, 869–876.

Mosquito immunity review: Yassine, H., and Osta, M.A. (2010). Anopheles gambiae innate immunity. Cell Microbiol 12, 1–9

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