A mosquito-specific protein family includes candidate receptors for malaria sporozoite invasion of salivary glands.

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We describe a previously unrecognized protein family from Aedes and Anopheles mosquitoes, here named SGS proteins. There are no SGS homologues in Drosophila or other eukaryotes, but SGS presence in two mosquito genera suggests that the protein family is widespread among mosquitoes. Ae. aegypti aaSGS1 mRNA and protein are salivary gland specific, and protein… (More)

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