About My Health Careers Internship MedBlogs Contact us
Medindia LOGIN REGISTER
Advertisement

Key to Fight Malaria Identified

by Bidita Debnath on June 2, 2013 at 5:00 PM
Font : A-A+

 Key to Fight Malaria Identified

By isolating a chemical that causes kidney failure in mosquitoes leaving some of the mosquitoes too bloated to survive after feeding, researchers have come a step closer to fighting malaria.

The research, a collaboration that includes Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Ohio State and Cornell Universities, was conducted on species known to carry malaria, West Nile virus, dengue and yellow fever.

Advertisement

"By introducing a specific chemical, we cause kidney failure in mosquitoes, and they can't eliminate fluids after a blood meal, Jerod Denton, Ph.D., assistant professor of Anesthesiology and Pharmacology, said.

"They become bloated and unable to fly, which makes them highly susceptible to predators.

"Most importantly, they meet an untimely death. In layman's terms, the mosquito's kidneys shut down, it can't pee, and it nearly explodes," he said.
Advertisement

Current insecticides work primarily by targeting the mosquito nervous system, but these chemicals are becoming less effective as insects evolve to develop resistance. There are also increasing concerns about the long-term impact of these chemicals on other life forms, Denton said.

The study has been published in PLOS ONE.

Source: ANI
Advertisement

Advertisement
News A-Z
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
News Category
What's New on Medindia
Health Benefits of Sea Buckthorn
Contraceptive Pills in Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) Curtail Type 2 Diabetes Risk
Mushroom May Help Cut Down the Odds of Developing Depression
View all

Medindia Newsletters Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!
Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

More News on:
Malaria-water Malaria Mosquito Diseases Fever Malaria - Protection Strategies 

Recommended Reading
Malaria Parasites 'Talk' to Each Other, Says Study
Th mysterious workings of the malaria parasite continues to baffle scientists....
Malaria Transmission Now Stopped by Bacterial Infection
To break the chain of malaria transmission, US scientists have come up with a way to infect ......
Recent Malaria Test Kit Gives a Thrust to Elimination Efforts
A recent and highly sensitive blood test is capable of spotting even the lowest levels of malaria .....
New Malaria Vaccine Cuts Infections
A new vaccine developed by Japanese researchers reduces the risk of malaria developing in humans by ...
Fever
Fever or Pyrexia is an elevation in normal body temperature. Causes of fever include infections, inj...
Malaria
Malaria is caused by a parasite that enters blood through the bite of an infected mosquito. It is ch...
Malaria - Protection Strategies
Malaria is a dangerous disease with lethal consequences that requires protective measures for preven...
Mosquito Diseases
Mosquito-borne diseases, like malaria, filaria, dengue, etc are common in places conducive of mosqu...

Disclaimer - All information and content on this site are for information and educational purposes only. The information should not be used for either diagnosis or treatment or both for any health related problem or disease. Always seek the advice of a qualified physician for medical diagnosis and treatment. Full Disclaimer

© All Rights Reserved 1997 - 2021

This site uses cookies to deliver our services. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use