First molecular detection of Leishmania tarentolae-like DNA in Sergentomyia minuta in Spain

Reseña Parasitol Res. 2015 Dec 22. . Enlace
Autores Bravo-Barriga D, Parreira R, Maia C, Blanco-Ciudad J, Afonso MO, Frontera E, Campino L, Pérez-Martín JE, Serrano Aguilera FJ, Reina D.
Contribución This study presents the first detection of Leihmania tarentolae-like DNA in a sand fly from the Sergentomyia minuta in Spain. Additionally, this observation raises environmental concerns, not only because unknown species of reptiles or other animals may be involved in the biological cycle of this Leishmania species but also because its prevalence in putative vectors is unknown. Its pathogenic potential towards humans and other animals should also be investigated.

For this reason, studies that might bring additional insights into the epidemiology of Sauroleishmania and explore the possible role that Sergentomyia may play in the circulation of these parasites in mammals are of paramount importance, especially in countries where leishmaniosis is endemic.

Resumen Phlebotomine sand flies (Diptera, Psychodidae) are vectors of multiple Leishmania species, among which Leishmania infantum stands out as a being frequently pathogenic to humans and dogs in Mediterranean countries. In this study, Sergentomyia minuta sand flies were collected using CDC miniature light traps in different 431 biotopes from Southwest Spain. A total of 114 females were tested for the presence of Leishmania DNA by targeting ITS-1 and cyt-B sequences by PCR. Leishmania DNA was detected in one S. minuta. Characterization of the obtained DNA sequences by phylogenetic analyses revealed close relatedness with Leishmania tarentolae Wenyon, 1921 as well as with both human and canine pathogenic strains of Asian origin (China), previously described as Leishmania sp. To our knowledge, this is the first report of phlebotomine sand flies naturally infected with L. tarentolae-like in Spain. The possible infection of sand flies with novel Leishmania species should be taken into consideration in epidemiological studies of vector species in areas where leishmaniosis is endemic.
Grupo de investigación

Departamento de Sanidad animal, Unidad de Parasitología, Facultad de Veterinaria, Cáceres.

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Colaboración especial de:

Unidade de Parasitologia Médica e Unidade de Parasitologia e Microbiologia Médicas

Instituto de Higiene e Medicina Tropical (IHMT)

Universidade Nova de Lisboa (UNL), Portugal.


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•   12 Jan: The troubled quest to find a better mosquito repellent. The Atlantic

•   13 Jan: Atomo secures US$6M from the Global Health Investment Fund. Ide

•   13 Jan: Obama highlights global health and innovation in State of the Union. GHTC

•   13 Jan: Preparing for pandemics could cost less than $1 each year, a review says. Reuters

•   15 Jan: Harnessing health innovation to achieve the global goals. GHTC

•   19 Jan: Gates Foundation accused of “dangerously skewing” aid priorities by promoting “corporate globalisation”. The Independent

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•   21 Jan: U.S. launches “full-court press” for a Zika vaccine. Time

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•   27 Jan: Obama urges development of tests, treatments for Zika virus. Voice of America

•   28 Jan: Zika virus spreading explosively, says WHO. The Guardian


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•   12 Jan: USAID announces new partnership to combat MDR-TB. Science Speaks

•   14 Jan: Welcoming the National Action Plan for Combating Multidrug-resistant tuberculosis: Important first steps, critical next steps. GHTC

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Malaria •   2 Jan: Breakthrough technology has power to stop malaria. Voice of America

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•   6 Jan: WHO releases results from reviews of rapid malaria tests. Vaccine News Daily

•   12 Jan: ABIVAX announces positive top-line clinical Phase 11a data for novel HIV drug-candidate ABX464. Medical News Today

•   17 Jan: Obama’s goal to wipe out malaria may be a dream too far. New York Times

•   17 Jan: Obama’s upbeat message about ending malaria omits discouraging signs. NPR

•   19 Jan: “Rallying the world” to defeat malaria. USAID

•   21 Jan: Stopping the spread of malaria. Al Jazeera America

•   25 Jan: British government and Bill Gates announce £3bn to fight malaria. Guardian

•   25 Jan: Britain and Bill Gates to announce £3 billion to eradicate malaria. Yahoo News

NTDs •   7 Jan: Looking for new funding models to address an ancient problem. Devex

•   8 Jan: Device promises faster schistosomiasis diagnosis. SciDevNet

•   11 Jan: River blindness vaccine “major step closer” for Africans menaced by disease. BT

•   21 Jan: Scientists are finally putting sleeping sickness to bed. Van Winkle’s


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