Molecular Aspects of Species of the Genus Aedes with Epidemiological Importance

  • Luciana Patrícia Lima Alves Pereira
  • Felipe Bastos Araruna
  • Fernanda Oliveira Sousa Araruna
  • Maria Cristiane Aranha Brito
  • Daniella Patrícia Brandão Silveira
  • Edilene Carvalho Gomes Ribeiro
  • Antônio Carlos Romão Borges
  • Marcelo Souza de Andrade
  • Emygdia Rosa do Rêgo Barros Pires Leal
  • Denise Fernandes Coutinho
Part of the Parasitology Research Monographs book series (Parasitology Res. Monogr., volume 10)


Some species of the genus Aedes stand out as vectors of several major viruses that affect the world by transmitting serious diseases, including malaria, dengue, yellow fever, Zika, and chikungunya. With the dissemination of arboviruses, there is a constant search for new methods to control such diseases and their vectors. In this regard, the fields of genetics and molecular biology have presented promising alternatives while clarifying questions on the transmittance potential of vectors and the differences among species that arise from their genetic variability. Knowledge of intraspecific and interspecific differences may provide tools to devise new insecticides and to elucidate factors that determine resistance against available insecticides. This chapter deals with molecular aspects of the species of the genus Aedes that has immense epidemiological importance; we have addressed subjects, including the genome, vector competence of Aedes aegypti, and genetic variability of species of this genus detected by the molecular markers; in addition, genetic controls, which consist of dissemination of factors or genes that reduce the propagation of the virus transmitted by the insect through mating or genetic inheritance, have also been addressed in this chapter.


Mosquitoes Aedes Genetics Molecular markers Public health 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Luciana Patrícia Lima Alves Pereira
    • 1
  • Felipe Bastos Araruna
    • 1
    • 2
  • Fernanda Oliveira Sousa Araruna
    • 1
  • Maria Cristiane Aranha Brito
    • 1
  • Daniella Patrícia Brandão Silveira
    • 3
  • Edilene Carvalho Gomes Ribeiro
    • 1
  • Antônio Carlos Romão Borges
    • 1
  • Marcelo Souza de Andrade
    • 1
    • 4
  • Emygdia Rosa do Rêgo Barros Pires Leal
    • 1
    • 4
  • Denise Fernandes Coutinho
    • 1
    • 3
  1. 1.Programa de Pós-Graduação em Biotecnologia da Rede RenorbioUniversidade Federal do MaranhãoSão LuísBrazil
  2. 2.Universidade Federal do PiauíParnaíbaBrazil
  3. 3.Programa de Pós-Graduação em Ciências da SaúdeUniversidade Federal do MaranhãoSão LuísBrazil
  4. 4.Laboratório de Estudos Genômicos e Histocompatibilidade—LEGHHospital Universitário da Universidade Federal do MaranhãoSão LuísBrazil

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