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Identification and detection of a novel point mutation in the Chitin Synthase gene of Culex pipiens associated with diflubenzuron resistance.

Emmanouil A Fotakis, Valentina Mastrantonio, Linda Grigoraki, Daniele Porretta, Arianna Puggioli, Alexandra Chaskopoulou, Hugo Osório, Mylène Weill, Romeo Bellini, Sandra Urbanelli, John Vontas,

BACKGROUND:Diflubenzuron (DFB) is one of the most used insecticides in mosquito larval control including that of Culex pipiens, the proven vector of the recent West Nile Virus epidemics in Europe. Two mutations (I1043L and I1043M) in the chitin synthase (CHS) putative binding site of DFB have been previously reported in ... Read more >>

PLoS Negl Trop Dis (PLoS neglected tropical diseases)
[2020, 14(5):e0008284]

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Ancient hybridization and mtDNA introgression behind current paternal leakage and heteroplasmy in hybrid zones.

Valentina Mastrantonio, Sandra Urbanelli, Daniele Porretta,

Hybridization between heterospecific individuals has been documented as playing a direct role in promoting paternal leakage and mitochondrial heteroplasmy in both natural populations and laboratory conditions, by relaxing the egg-sperm recognition mechanisms. Here, we tested the hypothesis that hybridization can lead to mtDNA heteroplasmy also indirectly via mtDNA introgression. By ... Read more >>

Sci Rep (Scientific reports)
[2019, 9(1):19177]

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Gene silencing through RNAi and antisense Vivo-Morpholino increases the efficacy of pyrethroids on larvae of Anopheles stephensi.

Agata Negri, Marco Ferrari, Riccardo Nodari, Edoardo Coppa, Valentina Mastrantonio, Sergio Zanzani, Daniele Porretta, Claudio Bandi, Sandra Urbanelli, Sara Epis,

BACKGROUND:Insecticides are still at the core of insect pest and vector control programmes. Several lines of evidence indicate that ABC transporters are involved in detoxification processes against insecticides, including permethrin and other pyrethroids. In particular, the ABCG4 gene, a member of the G subfamily, has consistently been shown to be ... Read more >>

Malar. J. (Malaria journal)
[2019, 18(1):294]

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Paternal leakage and mtDNA heteroplasmy in Rhipicephalus spp. ticks.

Valentina Mastrantonio, Maria Stefania Latrofa, Daniele Porretta, Riccardo Paolo Lia, Antonio Parisi, Roberta Iatta, Filipe Dantas-Torres, Domenico Otranto, Sandra Urbanelli,

Paternal leakage of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) and heteroplasmy have been recently described in several animal species. In arthropods, by searching in the Scopus database, we found only 23 documented cases of paternal leakage. Therefore, although arthropods represent a large fraction of animal biodiversity, this phenomenon has been investigated only in ... Read more >>

Sci Rep (Scientific reports)
[2019, 9(1):1460]

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Insecticide Exposure Triggers a Modulated Expression of ABC Transporter Genes in Larvae of Anopheles gambiae s.s.

Valentina Mastrantonio, Marco Ferrari, Agata Negri, Tommaso Sturmo, Guido Favia, Daniele Porretta, Sara Epis, Sandra Urbanelli,

Insecticides remain a main tool for the control of arthropod vectors. The urgency to prevent the insurgence of insecticide resistance and the perspective to find new target sites, for the development of novel molecules, are fuelling the study of the molecular mechanisms involved in insect defence against xenobiotic compounds. In ... Read more >>

Insects (Insects)
[2019, 10(3):]

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Molecular identification of Aedes phoeniciae (Diptera: Culicidae) in rockpools along the northern Israeli coast.

Sahar Rosenfeld, Daniele Porretta, Eyal Rahav, Valentina Mastrantonio, Claire Duchet, Leon Blaustein,

J. Vector Ecol. (Journal of vector ecology : journal of the Society for Vector Ecology)
[2018, 43(2):344-346]

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Gene expression modulation of ABC transporter genes in response to permethrin in adults of the mosquito malaria vector Anopheles stephensi.

Valentina Mastrantonio, Marco Ferrari, Sara Epis, Agata Negri, Giulia Scuccimarra, Matteo Montagna, Guido Favia, Daniele Porretta, Sandra Urbanelli, Claudio Bandi,

Living organisms have evolved an array of genes coding for detoxifying enzymes and efflux protein pumps, to cope with endogenous and xenobiotic toxic compounds. The study of the genes activated during toxic exposure is relevant to the area of arthropod vector control, since these genes are one of the targets ... Read more >>

Acta Trop. (Acta tropica)
[2017, 171:37-43]

Cited: 6 times

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Intra-instar larval cannibalism in Anopheles gambiae (s.s.) and Anopheles stephensi (Diptera: Culicidae).

Daniele Porretta, Valentina Mastrantonio, Graziano Crasta, Romeo Bellini, Francesco Comandatore, Paolo Rossi, Guido Favia, Claudio Bandi, Sandra Urbanelli,

Cannibalism has been observed in a wide range of animal taxa and its importance in persistence and stability of populations has been documented. In anopheline malaria vectors the inter-instar cannibalism between fourth- and first-instar larvae (L4-L1) has been shown in several species, while intra-instar cannibalism remains poorly investigated. In this ... Read more >>

Parasit Vectors (Parasites & vectors)
[2016, 9(1):566]

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Exon-intron structure and sequence variation of the calreticulin gene among Rhipicephalus sanguineus group ticks.

Daniele Porretta, Maria Stefania Latrofa, Filipe Dantas-Torres, Valentina Mastrantonio, Roberta Iatta, Domenico Otranto, Sandra Urbanelli,

Calreticulin proteins (CRTs) are important components of tick saliva, which is involved in the blood meal success, pathogen transmission and host allergic responses. The characterization of the genes encoding for salivary proteins, such as CRTs, is pivotal to understand the mechanisms of tick-host interaction during blood meal and to develop ... Read more >>

Parasit Vectors (Parasites & vectors)
[2016, 9(1):640]

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Transcriptome of larvae representing the Rhipicephalus sanguineus complex.

Leone De Marco, Sara Epis, Francesco Comandatore, Daniele Porretta, Claudia Cafarchia, Valentina Mastrantonio, Filipe Dantas-Torres, Domenico Otranto, Sandra Urbanelli, Claudio Bandi, Davide Sassera,

Rhipicephalus sanguineus sensu lato (Ixodida: Ixodidae) is possibly the most widespread tick species worldwide, responsible for transmitting several vector-borne pathogens of medical and veterinary importance. Here, we explore the transcriptome of R. sanguineus s.l. larvae (Putignano strain). We sequenced total RNA from R. sanguineus s.l. larvae. A total of 15,566,986 short paired-end ... Read more >>

Mol. Cell. Probes (Molecular and cellular probes)
[2017, 31:85-90]

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How heterogeneous is the involvement of ABC transporters against insecticides?

Daniele Porretta, Sara Epis, Valentina Mastrantonio, Marco Ferrari, Romeo Bellini, Guido Favia, Sandra Urbanelli,

Understanding the molecular mechanisms underlying cellular defense against xenobiotic compounds is a main research issue in medical and veterinary entomology, as insecticide/acaricide resistance is a major threat in the control of arthropods. ABC transporters are recognized as a component of the detoxifying mechanism in arthropods. We investigated the possible involvement ... Read more >>

Acta Trop. (Acta tropica)
[2016, 157:131-135]

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Molecular Systematics and Origin of the Mediterranean Sea Rock-Pool Mosquitoes of the Aedes mariae (Diptera: Culicidae) Complex

Valentina Mastrantonio, Daniele Porretta, Romeo Bellini, Giuseppe Nascetti, Sandra Urbanelli,

Mosquitoes belonging to the Aedes mariae complex, including Aedes mariae (Sergent & Sergent), Aedes zammitii (Theobald), and Aedes phoeniciae (Coluzzi & Sabatini), are among the few animals inhabiting the extreme habitat of sea rock pools. Morphological analysis of these species and crossing experiments conducted in laboratory and natural conditions inferred ... Read more >>

Ann. Entomol. Soc. Am. (Annals of the Entomological Society of America)
[2015, 108(4):593-599]

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Hybridization, natural selection, and evolution of reproductive isolation: a 25-years survey of an artificial sympatric area between two mosquito sibling species of the Aedes mariae complex.

Sandra Urbanelli, Daniele Porretta, Valentina Mastrantonio, Romeo Bellini, Giuseppe Pieraccini, Riccardo Romoli, Graziano Crasta, Giuseppe Nascetti,

Natural selection can act against maladaptive hybridization between co-occurring divergent populations leading to evolution of reproductive isolation among them. A critical unanswered question about this process that provides a basis for the theory of speciation by reinforcement, is whether natural selection can cause hybridization rates to evolve to zero. Here, ... Read more >>

Evolution (Evolution; international journal of organic evolution)
[2014, 68(10):3030-3038]

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Temporal dynamics of the ABC transporter response to insecticide treatment: insights from the malaria vector Anopheles stephensi.

Sara Epis, Daniele Porretta, Valentina Mastrantonio, Sandra Urbanelli, Davide Sassera, Leone De Marco, Valeria Mereghetti, Matteo Montagna, Irene Ricci, Guido Favia, Claudio Bandi,

In insects, ABC transporters have been shown to contribute to defence/resistance to insecticides by reducing toxic concentrations in cells/tissues. Despite the extensive studies about this detoxifying mechanism, the temporal patterns of ABC transporter activation have been poorly investigated. Using the malaria vector Anopheles stephensi as a study system, we investigated ... Read more >>

Sci Rep (Scientific reports)
[2014, 4:7435]

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ABC transporters are involved in defense against permethrin insecticide in the malaria vector Anopheles stephensi.

Sara Epis, Daniele Porretta, Valentina Mastrantonio, Francesco Comandatore, Davide Sassera, Paolo Rossi, Claudia Cafarchia, Domenico Otranto, Guido Favia, Claudio Genchi, Claudio Bandi, Sandra Urbanelli,

Proteins from the ABC family (ATP-binding cassette) represent the largest known group of efflux pumps, responsible for transporting specific molecules across lipid membranes in both prokaryotic and eukaryotic organisms. In arthropods they have been shown to play a role in insecticide defense/resistance. The presence of ABC transporters and their possible ... Read more >>

Parasit Vectors (Parasites & vectors)
[2014, 7:349]

Cited: 20 times

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Effects of global changes on the climatic niche of the tick Ixodes ricinus inferred by species distribution modelling.

Daniele Porretta, Valentina Mastrantonio, Sara Amendolia, Stefano Gaiarsa, Sara Epis, Claudio Genchi, Claudio Bandi, Domenico Otranto, Sandra Urbanelli,

BACKGROUND: Global climate change can seriously impact on the epidemiological dynamics of vector-borne diseases. In this study we investigated how future climatic changes could affect the climatic niche of Ixodes ricinus (Acari, Ixodida), among the most important vectors of pathogens of medical and veterinary concern in Europe. METHODS: Species Distribution ... Read more >>

Parasit Vectors (Parasites & vectors)
[2013, 6:271]

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The integration of multiple independent data reveals an unusual response to Pleistocene climatic changes in the hard tick Ixodes ricinus.

Daniele Porretta, Valentina Mastrantonio, Stefano Mona, Sara Epis, Matteo Montagna, Davide Sassera, Claudio Bandi, Sandra Urbanelli,

In the last few years, improved analytical tools and the integration of genetic data with multiple sources of information have shown that temperate species exhibited more complex responses to ice ages than previously thought. In this study, we investigated how Pleistocene climatic changes affected the current distribution and genetic diversity ... Read more >>

Mol. Ecol. (Molecular ecology)
[2013, 22(6):1666-1682]

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Glacial history of a modern invader: phylogeography and species distribution modelling of the Asian tiger mosquito Aedes albopictus.

Daniele Porretta, Valentina Mastrantonio, Romeo Bellini, Pradya Somboon, Sandra Urbanelli,

BACKGROUND: The tiger mosquito, Aedes albopictus, is one of the 100 most invasive species in the world and a vector of human diseases. In the last 30 years, it has spread from its native range in East Asia to Africa, Europe, and the Americas. Although this modern invasion has been ... Read more >>

PLoS ONE (PloS one)
[2012, 7(9):e44515]

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