Accession Number:

AD0611647

Title:

ANTIGENIC RELATIONSHIPS AMONG MOSQUITOES AND SAND FLIES DEMONSTRATED BY AGAR-GEL TESTS,

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PUERTO RICO UNIV SAN JUAN SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

Report Date:

1962-10-26

Pagination or Media Count:

8.0

Abstract:

The data suggest that species of the same genus, as Aedes aegypti and Aedes taeniorhynchus, may be very similar antigenically, those of different genera, as Aedes and Culex, may cross-react to a great degree but have demonstrably unique antigens, and those of different families as Culicidae mosquitoes and Ceratopogonidae sand flies demonstrate little antigenic relationship. If these serological tests are to be used as an indication, one may conclude that an attempt to desensitize a subject sensitive to sand fly bites by using extracts of mosquitoes or any other immunologically unrelated family of insects would fail. Nevertheless, results from pooled extracts indicated that a mixture of insect species might succeed in the desensitization of a particular case of allergy even without knowledge of the exact offending species, provided that the selection of insect species for the extract be based on epidemiological data and serological tests.

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APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE