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Mem. Inst. Oswaldo Cruz ; 115: e200313, 2020. tab, graf
Article in English | LILACS | ID: biblio-1154867


BACKGROUND Aedes aegypti is the sole vector of urban arboviruses in French Guiana. Overtime, the species has been responsible for the transmission of viruses during yellow fever, dengue, chikungunya and Zika outbreaks. Decades of vector control have produced resistant populations to deltamethrin, the sole molecule available to control adult mosquitoes in this French Territory. OBJECTIVES Our surveillance aimed to provide public health authorities with data on insecticide resistance in Ae. aegypti populations and other species of interest in French Guiana. Monitoring resistance to the insecticide used for vector control and to other molecule is a key component to develop an insecticide resistance management plan. METHODS In 2009, we started to monitor resistance phenotypes to deltamethrin and target-site mechanisms in Ae. aegypti populations across the territory using the WHO impregnated paper test and allelic discrimination assay. FINDINGS Eight years surveillance revealed well-installed resistance and the dramatic increase of alleles on the sodium voltage-gated gene, known to confer resistance to pyrethroids (PY). In addition, we observed that populations were resistant to malathion (organophosphorous, OP) and alpha-cypermethrin (PY). Some resistance was also detected to molecules from the carbamate family. Finally, those populations somehow recovered susceptibility against fenitrothion (OP). In addition, other species distributed in urban areas revealed to be also resistant to pyrethroids. CONCLUSION The resistance level can jeopardize the efficiency of chemical adult control in absence of other alternatives and conducts to strongly rely on larval control measures to reduce mosquito burden. Vector control strategies need to evolve to maintain or regain efficacy during epidemics.

Animals , Pyrethrins/pharmacology , Insecticide Resistance/drug effects , Insecticide Resistance/genetics , Aedes/drug effects , Mosquito Vectors/drug effects , Insecticides/pharmacology , Mosquito Control/methods , Aedes/genetics , Spatio-Temporal Analysis , Mosquito Vectors/virology , French Guiana , Insect Vectors/drug effects , Insect Vectors/genetics
Mem. Inst. Oswaldo Cruz ; 114: e190120, 2019. tab, graf
Article in English | LILACS | ID: biblio-1040624


BACKGROUND In recent years, South America has suffered the burden of continuous high impact outbreaks of dengue, chikungunya and Zika. Aedes aegypti is the main mosquito vector of these arboviruses and its control is the only solution to reduce transmission. OBJECTIVES In order to improve vector control it is essential to study mosquito population genetics in order to better estimate the population structures and the geneflow among them. METHODS We have analysed microsatellites and knockdown resistance (kdr) mutations from a trans-border region in Amazonia between the state of Amapá (Brazil) and French Guiana (overseas territory of France), to provide further knowledge on these issues. These two countries have followed distinct vector control policies since last century. For population genetic analyses we evaluated variability in 13 well-established microsatellites loci in Ae. aegypti from French Guiana (Saint Georges and Cayenne) and Brazil (Oiapoque and Macapá). The occurrence and frequency of kdr mutations in these same populations were accessed by TaqMan genotype assays for the sites 1016 (Val/Ile) and 1534 (Phe/Cys). FINDINGS We have detected high levels of gene flow between the closest cross-border samples of Saint-Georges and Oiapoque. These results suggest one common origin of re-colonisation for the populations of French Guiana and Oiapoque in Brazil, and a different source for Macapá, more similar to the other northern Brazilian populations. Genotyping of the kdr mutations revealed distinct patterns for Cayenne and Macapá associated with their different insecticide use history, and an admixture zone between these two patterns in Saint Georges and Oiapoque, in accordance with population genetic results. MAIN CONCLUSIONS The present study highlights the need for regional-local vector surveillance and transnational collaboration between neighboring countries to assess the impact of implemented vector control strategies, promote timely actions and develop preparedness plans.

Animals , Insecticide Resistance/genetics , Aedes/drug effects , Aedes/genetics , Mosquito Vectors/drug effects , Mosquito Vectors/genetics , Mutation/genetics , Brazil , Insecticide Resistance/drug effects , Biodiversity , French Guiana , Genotype
Mem. Inst. Oswaldo Cruz ; 111(7): 443-449, tab, graf
Article in English | LILACS | ID: lil-787552


Environmentally friendly botanical larvicides are commonly considered as an alternative to synthetic larvicides against Aedes aegypti Linn. In addition, mosquito resistance to currently used larvicides has motivated research to find new compounds acting via different mechanisms of action, with the goal of controlling the spread of mosquitos. Essential oils have been widely studied for this purpose. This work aims to evaluate the larvicidal potential of Syzygium aromaticum and Citrus sinensis essential oils, either alone or in combination with temephos, on Ae. aegypti populations having different levels of organophosphate resistance. The 50% lethal concentration (LC50) of the essential oils alone and in combination with temephos and the influence of essential oils on vector oviposition were evaluated. The results revealed that essential oils exhibited similar larvicidal activity in resistant populations and susceptible populations. However, S. aromaticum and C. sinensis essential oils in combination with temephos did not decrease resistance profiles. The presence of the evaluated essential oils in oviposition sites significantly decreased the number of eggs compared to sites with tap water. Therefore, the evaluated essential oils are suitable for use in mosquito resistance management, whereas their combinations with temephos are not recommended. Additionally, repellency should be considered during formulation development to avoid mosquito deterrence.

Animals , Aedes , Citrus sinensis/chemistry , Insecticides , Oils, Volatile , Syzygium/chemistry , Temefos , Drug Combinations , Insecticide Resistance/drug effects , Larva/drug effects , Mosquito Control/methods , Oviposition/drug effects , Reproducibility of Results , Time Factors
Mem. Inst. Oswaldo Cruz ; 109(7): 964-966, 11/2014. tab
Article in English | LILACS | ID: lil-728807


The role of ATP-binding cassette (ABC) transporters in the efflux of the insecticide, temephos, was assessed in the larvae of Aedes aegypti. Bioassays were conducted using mosquito populations that were either susceptible or resistant to temephos by exposure to insecticide alone or in combination with sublethal doses of the ABC transporter inhibitor, verapamil (30, 35 and 40 μM). The best result in the series was obtained with the addition of verapamil (40 μM), which led to a 2x increase in the toxicity of temephos, suggesting that ABC transporters may be partially involved in conferring resistance to the populations evaluated.

Animals , ATP-Binding Cassette Transporters/physiology , Aedes/drug effects , Insecticide Resistance , Insect Vectors/drug effects , Insecticides/pharmacology , Temefos/pharmacology , ATP-Binding Cassette Transporters/drug effects , Aedes/metabolism , Calcium Channel Blockers/pharmacokinetics , Calcium Channel Blockers/pharmacology , Insect Vectors/metabolism , Insecticide Resistance/drug effects , Insecticides/pharmacokinetics , Larva/drug effects , Larva/metabolism , Temefos/pharmacokinetics , Verapamil/pharmacokinetics , Verapamil/pharmacology
Mem. Inst. Oswaldo Cruz ; 107(1): 74-79, Feb. 2012. ilus, graf, tab
Article in English | LILACS | ID: lil-612808


To study the potential for the emergence of resistance in Aedes aegypti populations, a wild colony was subjected to selective pressure with Cry11Aa, one of four endotoxins that compose the Bacillus thuringiensis serovar israelensis toxin. This bacterium is the base component of the most important biopesticide used in the control of mosquitoes worldwide. After 54 generations of selection, significant resistance levels were observed. At the beginning of the selection experiment, the half lethal concentration was 26.3 ng/mL and had risen to 345.6 ng/mL by generation 54. The highest rate of resistance, 13.1, was detected in the 54th generation. Because digestive proteases play a key role in the processing and activation of B. thuringiensis toxin, we analysed the involvement of insect gut proteases in resistance to the Cry11Aa B. thuringiensis serovar israelensis toxin. The protease activity from larval gut extracts from the Cry11Aa resistant population was lower than that of the B. thuringiensisserovar israelensis susceptible colony. We suggest that differences in protoxin proteolysis could contribute to the resistance of this Ae. aegypti colony.

Animals , Bacterial Proteins/pharmacology , Culex/drug effects , Endotoxins/pharmacology , Hemolysin Proteins/pharmacology , Insecticide Resistance/genetics , Peptide Hydrolases/genetics , Selection, Genetic/genetics , Culex/enzymology , Culex/genetics , Insecticide Resistance/drug effects , Selection, Genetic/drug effects
Indian J Exp Biol ; 2008 Nov; 46(11): 788-92
Article in English | IMSEAR | ID: sea-59728


4-Methyl-7-hydroxy coumarin is considered as a lead molecule as a biopesticide. Its mono bromo and tribromo derivatives were synthesized. Two more derivatives were synthesized by acylation. Compound 1 (3,6,8-tribromo-7-hydroxy-4-methyl-chromen-2-one) was found to be the most potent against IVth instar larvae of C. quinquefasciatus and A. aegypti the LC50 being 1.49 and 2.23 ppm respectively. It showed 100% larval mortality at 25 ppm against A. aegypti and at 10 ppm against C. quinquefasciatus. Compounds 1 and 2 (3,6,8-tribromo-7-hydroxy-4-methyl-chromen-2'-oxo-2H-chromen-7-yl acetate) showed remarkable ovicidal activity. Significant reduction of 80-85% hatching of eggs of both mosquito species was observed at the highest dose of 100 ppm. The hatched larvae showed 100% mortality in the successive instars. Compounds 3 and 4 (3-bromo-7-hydroxy-4-methyl-chromen-2-one and 3-bromo-4-methyl-2'-oxo-2H-chromen-7-yl acetate) showed moderate activity against both mosquito species.

Aedes/drug effects , Animals , Biological Assay , Chemistry, Pharmaceutical/methods , Culex/drug effects , Drug Design , Drug Evaluation, Preclinical , Hymecromone/administration & dosage , Insecticide Resistance/drug effects , Insecticides/pharmacology , Larva/drug effects , Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy , Models, Chemical , Mosquito Control , Pesticides/chemistry
Salud pública Méx ; 49(4): 302-311, jul.-ago. 2007. tab, ilus
Article in Spanish | LILACS | ID: lil-458842


OBJETIVOS: Diagnosticar la resistencia a insecticidas y sus mecanismos en Anopheles albimanus del sur de la Península de Yucatán (PY), México. MATERIAL Y MÉTODOS: La F1 de An. albimanus colectados durante noviembre-diciembre de 2005 en seis localidades de los municipios Othón P. Blanco en Quintana Roo y Calakmul en Campeche, fue sometida a pruebas de susceptibilidad con deltametrina, DDT, pirimifos metil y bendiocarb, y a pruebas bioquímicas para calcular los niveles de las enzimas involucradas en la resistencia. RESULTADOS: An. albimanus fue resistente al DDT y a deltametrina en las seis localidades con niveles elevados de glutatión S-transferasas (GSTs), monooxigenasas y esterasas, y a pirimifos metil en La Unión con una alta frecuencia de la acetilcolinesterasa (AChE) alterada. CONCLUSION: Las poblaciones de An. albimanus colectadas al sur de la PY son resistentes al DDT y deltametrina, y en La Unión además al pirimifos metil, con mecanismos basados en la AChE alterada para el pirimifos metil, GST para DDT, y monooxigenasas y esterasas para piretroides. Los resultados del presente estudio tienen importantes consecuencias prácticas para el control químico de An. albimanus en el sur de la PY.

OBJECTIVE: To diagnose susceptibility levels and insecticide resistance mechanisms in Anopheles albimanus from the southern Yucatan Peninsula (YP), Mexico. MATERIAL AND METHODS: F1 generation of An. albimanus females, collected from November to December 2005 in six villages in the Othon P. Blanco municipality in Quintana Roo and the Calakmul municipality in Campeche, were exposed to deltamethrin, DDT, pirimiphos-methyl and bendiocarb in susceptibility tests, as well as to biochemical assays in order to calculate the enzyme levels related to insecticide resistance. RESULTS: High levels of DDT and deltamethrin resistance were found in An. albimanus collected from the six villages, and a high resistance to pirimiphos-methyl was found in those from La Union, Quintana Roo. Biochemical assays showed high levels of glutathione S-transferase (GST), cytochrome P450 and esterases (with pNPA substrate) in all villages. The frequency of An. albimanus with altered acetylcholinesterase (AChE) was high in La Union (33 percent). CONCLUSIONS: The An. albimanus populations collected in the south of the YP are resistant to DDT and deltamethrin, whereas resistance to pirimiphos-methyl was significant only in those collected from La Union. The mechanisms explaining this resistance are based on high concentrations of GST, cytochrome P450 and esterasas, the former being responsible for DDT metabolism and the others for pyrethroid metabolism. The altered AChE was the mechanism correlated to pirimiphos-methyl resistance in La Union. The results of the present study have important practical consequences for the chemical control of An. albimanus in the south of the YP.

Animals , Female , Anopheles , Insecticides , Acetylcholinesterase/analysis , Anopheles/enzymology , /analysis , Data Interpretation, Statistical , DDT , Esterases/analysis , Glutathione Transferase/analysis , Insecticide Resistance/drug effects , Mexico , Mosquito Control , Nitriles , Organothiophosphorus Compounds , Pyrethrins , Seasons