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Record number 404543
Title Sweaty skin: an invitation to bite?
Author(s) Smallegange, R.C.; Verhulst, N.O.; Takken, W.
Source Trends in Parasitology 27 (2011)4. - ISSN 1471-4922 - p. 143 - 148.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pt.2010.12.009
Department(s) Laboratory of Entomology
PE&RC
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2011
Keyword(s) gas chromatography/mass spectrometry - mosquito anopheles-gambiae - human kin recognition - human-body odor - l-lactic acid - aedes-aegypti - malaria mosquito - candidate attractants - pattern-recognition - volatile compounds
Abstract Anopheles gambiae sensu stricto and Aedes aegypti have a preference for human blood, which determines their importance as vectors of pathogens responsible for human diseases. Volatile organic chemicals are the principal cues by which humans are being located. Human sweat contains components that are attractive to anthropophilic mosquito species, and variation in sweat composition causes differential attractiveness to mosquitoes within and between individuals and also between humans and other mammals. Characteristics of skin glands and skin microbiota define the odorous organic compounds emitted by sweat, thereby the degree of attractiveness of the host to mosquitoes. Carboxylic acids in particular appear to characterize humans. Thus sweat-associated human volatiles are probably the primary determinant factor in the host preference of anthropophilic mosquitoes
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