Parasitology Research

, Volume 110, Issue 2, pp 609–616 | Cite as

Effect of Myracrodruon urundeuva leaf lectin on survival and digestive enzymes of Aedes aegypti larvae

  • Thiago Henrique Napoleão
  • Emmanuel Viana Pontual
  • Thâmarah de Albuquerque Lima
  • Nataly Diniz de Lima Santos
  • Roberto Araújo Sá
  • Luana Cassandra Breitenbach Barroso Coelho
  • Daniela Maria do Amaral Ferraz Navarro
  • Patrícia Maria Guedes Paiva
Original Paper


Aedes aegypti transmits the viruses that cause yellow and dengue fevers. Vector control is essential, since a vaccine for dengue has not as yet been made available. This work reports on the larvicidal activity of Myracrodruon urundeuva leaf lectin (MuLL) against A. aegypti fourth-stage larvae (L4). Also, the resistance of MuLL to digestion by L4 gut proteases and the effects of MuLL on protease, trypsin-like and α-amylase activities from L4 gut were evaluated to determine if lectin remains active in A. aegypti gut and if insect enzyme activities can be modulated by MuLL. MuLL promoted mortality of L4 with LC50 of 0.202 mg/ml. Haemagglutinating activity of MuLL was detected even after incubation for 96 h with L4 gut preparation containing protease activity. MuLL affected the activity of gut enzymes, inhibiting protease and trypsin activities and stimulating α-amylase activity. The results suggest that MuLL may become a new biodegradable larvicidal agent for dengue control. Larvicidal activity of MuLL may be linked to its resistance to proteolysis by larval enzymes and interference in the activity of digestive larval enzymes.


Leaf Extract Dengue Fever Larvicidal Activity Trypsin Activity Peritrophic Matrix 
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This study was supported by research grants and fellowships (LCBBC, PMGP) from the Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (CNPq) and financial support from the Fundação de Amparo à Ciência e Tecnologia do Estado de Pernambuco (FACEPE) and the Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior (CAPES). We thank Maria Barbosa Reis da Silva for technical assistance and Felix Nonnenmacher for English editing.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Thiago Henrique Napoleão
    • 1
  • Emmanuel Viana Pontual
    • 1
  • Thâmarah de Albuquerque Lima
    • 1
  • Nataly Diniz de Lima Santos
    • 1
  • Roberto Araújo Sá
    • 2
  • Luana Cassandra Breitenbach Barroso Coelho
    • 1
  • Daniela Maria do Amaral Ferraz Navarro
    • 3
  • Patrícia Maria Guedes Paiva
    • 1
  1. 1.Departamento de Bioquímica, CCBUniversidade Federal de Pernambuco, Cidade UniversitáriaRecifeBrazil
  2. 2.Centro Acadêmico do AgresteUniversidade Federal de Pernambuco, Nova CaruaruCaruaruBrazil
  3. 3.Departamento de Química Fundamental, CCENUniversidade Federal de Pernambuco, Cidade UniversitáriaRecifeBrazil

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