Encyclopedia of Parasitology

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Mosquitoes Increased Attraction due to Specific Parasite-Induced Changes in Host Odors

  • Heinz Mehlhorn
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-27769-6_4998-1

Malaria parasites (e.g., experimentally proven for the mouse species Plasmodium chabaudii) change odors of vertebrate hosts so that they are more often attacked by hungry mosquitoes. This attraction is apparently mediated by an elevation of volatile emissions and characteristic changes in the levels and components respectively of aspired compounds. The same effects were shown in a study involving Kenyan children harboring the parasitic stages of Plasmodium falciparum.


Plasmodium Falciparum Characteristic Change Species Plasmodium Vertebrate Host Parasitic Stage 
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Further Reading

  1. De Moraes CM et al (2014) Malaria-induced changes in host odors enhance mosquito attraction. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 111(30):11079–11084CrossRefPubMedPubMedCentralGoogle Scholar
  2. Lacroix R et al (2005) Malaria infection increases bird attractiveness to uninfected mosquitoes. Ecol Lett 16:323–329Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institut für Zoomorphologie, Zellbiologie und ParasitologieHeinrich-Heine-UniversitätDüsseldorfGermany