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Comparison of male reproductive success in malaria-refractory and susceptible strains of Anopheles gambiae

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dc.contributor.author Voordouw, Maarten J
dc.contributor.author Koella, Jacob C
dc.contributor.author Hurd, Hilary
dc.date.accessioned 2014-08-15T06:14:25Z
dc.date.available 2014-08-15T06:14:25Z
dc.date.copyright 2008 en_US
dc.date.issued 2008-06-05
dc.identifier.citation Voordouw et al.: Comparison of male reproductive success in malaria-refractory and susceptible strains of Anopheles gambiae. Malaria Journal 2008, 7:103. en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://www.malariajournal.com/content/7/1/103
dc.identifier.uri http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1475-2875-7-103
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1828/5558
dc.description BioMed Central en_US
dc.description.abstract Background: In female mosquitoes that transmit malaria, the benefits of being refractory to the Plasmodium parasite are balanced by the immunity costs in the absence of infection. Male mosquitoes, however, gain no advantage from being refractory to blood-transmitted parasites, so that any costs associated with an enhanced immune system in the males limit the evolution of female refractoriness and has practical implications for the release of transgenic males. Methods: Aspects of the male cost of carrying Plasmodium-refractory genes were estimated by comparing the males' immune response and reproductive success among strains of Anopheles gambiae that had been selected for refractoriness or extreme susceptibility to the rodent malaria parasite, Plasmodium yoelii nigeriensis. The refractory males had a stronger melanization response than males from the susceptible line. Four traits were used as correlates of a male's reproductive success: the proportion of females that were inseminated by a fixed number of males in a cage within a fixed time frame, the proportion of females with motile sperm in their spermathecae, the proportion of ovipositing females, and the mean number of eggs per batch. Results: Although there were significant differences among groups of males in sperm motility and oviposition success, these differences in male reproductive success were not associated with the refractory or susceptible male genotypes. Contrary to expectation, females mated to early emerging refractory males laid significantly more eggs per batch than females mated to later emerging susceptible males. Sperm motility and oviposition success were strongly correlated suggesting that variation in sperm motility influences female oviposition and ultimately male reproductive success. Conclusion: An increased melanization response in male A. gambiae does not diminish male reproductive success under the experimental protocol used in this study. That refractory males induced ovipositing females to lay more eggs than susceptible males is an interesting result for any strategy considering the release of transgenic males. That sperm motility influences female oviposition is also important for the release of transgenic males. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship This study was supported by a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada postdoctoral fellowship to MJV (November 2005 – November 2007). en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher BioMed Central en_US
dc.title Comparison of male reproductive success in malaria-refractory and susceptible strains of Anopheles gambiae en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.description.scholarlevel Faculty en_US
dc.description.reviewstatus Reviewed en_US


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