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Anopheles coluzzii stearoyl-CoA desaturase is essential for adult female survival and reproduction upon blood feeding

May 25, 2021 - 14:08 -- Open Access
Author(s): 
Ferdous Z, Fuchs S, Behrends V, Trasanidis N, Waterhouse RM, Vlachou D, Christophides GK
Reference: 
PLoS Pathog. 2021 May 20;17(5):e1009486

Vitellogenesis and oocyte maturation require anautogenous female Anopheles mosquitoes to obtain a bloodmeal from a vertebrate host. The bloodmeal is rich in proteins that are readily broken down into amino acids in the midgut lumen and absorbed by the midgut epithelial cells where they are converted into lipids and then transported to other tissues including ovaries.

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