Advances in Disease Vector Research

  • Kerry F. Harris

Part of the Advances in Disease Vector Research book series (VECTOR, volume 6)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Frank H. Collins, Susan M. Paskewitz, Victoria Finnerty
    Pages 1-28
  3. Giovanni P. Martelli, Charles E. Taylor
    Pages 151-189
  4. Roger T. Plumb
    Pages 191-208
  5. Hiroyuki Hibino
    Pages 209-241
  6. Alexander H. Purcell
    Pages 243-266
  7. Deborah A. Golino, George N. Oldfield
    Pages 267-299
  8. Benjamin Raccah, Chester N. Roistacher, Sebastiano Barbagallo
    Pages 301-340
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 341-363

About this book

Introduction

I think the reader will agree that we have attained a good balance in Volume 6 between human-or animal-host and plant-host-related topics from outstanding research scientists. In Chapter 1, Frank Collins, Susan Paskewitz, and Victoria Finnerty explore the potential of recombinant DNA technology to distinguish indi­ vidual species and to establish phylogenetic relationships among member species in the Anopheles gambiae species complex, which includes the principal malaria vectors. Currently, relatively little is known about these morphologically identical species that are sympatric over most of their range but are not always equally involved in malaria transmission. With respect to individual species identification, the researchers have thus far described two DNA fragments, derived from the ribosomal DNA interge­ nic spacer region, that reliably distinguish five species in the complex by means of an RFLP visualized on a Southern blot. They have also described other species-specific fragments derived from a ribosomal DNA intron that could form the basis for a rapid dot blot assay. With respect to the phylogenetic relationships among member species in the complex, Collins, Paskewitz, and Finnerty focus on a comparison at the level of restriction site mapping and Southern analysis of the rDNA intergenic spacer regions. As expected, the two spacer regions near the coding region junctions are well conserved among the species, whereas the central regions tend to be highly variable among member species in the complex.

Keywords

Pathogen RNA development nervous system protein virus

Editors and affiliations

  • Kerry F. Harris
    • 1
  1. 1.Virus Vector Laboratory, Department of EntomologyTexas A&M UniversityCollege StationUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4612-3292-6
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York 1990
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-0-387-97080-6
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4612-3292-6
  • Series Print ISSN 0934-6112
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