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Detecting transmission areas of malaria parasites in a migratory bird species.

Author:
  • Luz Garcia-Longoria
  • Olof Hellgren
  • Staffan Bensch
  • Florentino DE Lope
  • Alfonso Marzal
Publishing year: 2015
Language: English
Pages: 1215-1220
Publication/Series: Parasitology
Volume: 142
Issue: 9
Document type: Journal article
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Abstract english

The identification of the regions where vector-borne diseases are transmitted is essential to study transmission patterns and to recognize future changes in environmental conditions that may potentially influence the transmission areas. SGS1, one of the lineages of Plasmodium relictum, is known to have active transmission in tropical Africa and temperate regions of Europe. Nuclear sequence data from isolates infected with SGS1 (based on merozoite surface protein 1 (MSP1) allelic diversity) have provided new insights on the distribution and transmission areas of these allelic variants. For example, MSP1 alleles transmitted in Africa differ from those transmitted in Europe, suggesting the existence of two populations of SGS1 lineages. However, no study has analysed the distribution of African and European transmitted alleles in Afro-Palearctic migratory birds. With this aim, we used a highly variable molecular marker to investigate whether juvenile house martins become infected in Europe before their first migration to Africa. We explored the MSP1 allelic diversity of P. relictum in adult and juvenile house martins. We found that juveniles were infected with SGS1 during their first weeks of life, confirming active transmission of SGS1 to house martins in Europe. Moreover, we found that all the juveniles and most of adults were infected with one European transmitted MSP1 allele, whereas two adult birds were infected with two African transmitted MSP1 alleles. These findings suggest that house martins are exposed to different strains of P. relictum in their winter and breeding quarters.

Keywords

  • Ecology

Other

Published
  • Malaria in birds
  • Molecular Ecology and Evolution Lab
  • ISSN: 1469-8161
Staffan Bensch
E-mail: staffan [dot] bensch [at] biol [dot] lu [dot] se

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Molecular Ecology and Evolution Lab

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