Identification of the sex pheromone of Lutzomyia longipalpis (Lutz & Neiva, 1912) (Diptera: Psychodidae) from Asunción, Paraguay

Brazil, Reginaldo P. and Caballero, Norath Natalia and Hamilton, James Gordon C. (2009) Identification of the sex pheromone of Lutzomyia longipalpis (Lutz & Neiva, 1912) (Diptera: Psychodidae) from Asunción, Paraguay. Parasites and Vectors, 2 (1). ISSN 1756-3305

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Abstract

The sand fly Lutzomyia longipalpis is the main vector of Leishmania (L.) infantum (Nicolle), the causative agent of American visceral leishmaniasis (AVL) in the New World. Male Lu. longipalpis have secretory glands which produce sex pheromones in either abdominal tergites 4 or 3 and 4. These glands are sites of sex pheromone production and each pheromone type may represent true sibling species. In Latin America, apart from Lu. pseudolongipalpis Arrivillaga and Feliciangeli from Venezuela, populations of Lu. longipalpis s.l. can be identified by their male-produced sex pheromones: (S)-9-methylgermacrene-B, 3-methyl - himachalene and the two cembrenes, 1 and 2. In this study, we present the results of a coupled gas chromatography - mass spectrometry analysis of the pheromones of males Lu. longipalpis captured in an endemic area of visceral leishmaniasis in Asuncián, Paraguay. Our results show that Lu. longipalpis from this site produce (S)-9-methylgermacrene-B which has also been found in Lu. longipalpis from different areas of Brazil, Colombia and Central America.

Item Type: Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title: Parasites and Vectors
Uncontrolled Keywords: /dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/2700/2725
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Departments: Faculty of Health and Medicine > Biomedical & Life Sciences
ID Code: 137178
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 30 Sep 2019 22:19
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 11 Feb 2020 05:36
URI: https://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/137178

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