Transmission of Microsporidian Parasites of Mosquitoes.
Annual rept. no. 2, 1 Jan-31 Dec 81,
FLORIDA UNIV GAINESVILLE DEPT OF ENTOMOLOGY AND NEMATOLOGY
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A new microsporidian parasite of the mosquito Aedes taeniorhychus is described and assigned to the genus Microsporidium. This parasite has a dimorphic developmental cycle and is transmitted transovarially from an infected female to her progeny. Studies on the life cycle of Amblyospora sp. in Culex salinarius have shown that sporulation in the adult female mosquito is under host endocrine control. Sporulation can be initiated artificially by injection of ecdysone. Techniques for purification of Amblyospora spores and preparation of spore antigens were developed, and mouse antibodies to these antigens were prepared. An enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay was developed for assay of candidate intermediate hosts for Amblyospora antigens. Preliminary work was done on development of monoclonal antibodies to Amblyospora antigens.
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