Acute olfactory response of Culex mosquitoes to a human- and bird-derived attractant.

@article{Syed2009AcuteOR,
  title={Acute olfactory response of Culex mosquitoes to a human- and bird-derived attractant.},
  author={Zainulabeuddin Syed and Walter S Leal},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  year={2009},
  volume={106 44},
  pages={18803-8}
}
West Nile virus, which is transmitted by Culex mosquitoes while feeding on birds and humans, has emerged as the dominant vector borne disease in North America. We have identified natural compounds from humans and birds, which are detected with extreme sensitivity by olfactory receptor neurons (ORNs) on the antennae of Culex pipiens quinquefasciatus (Cx. quinquefasciatus). One of these semiochemicals, nonanal, dominates the odorant spectrum of pigeons, chickens, and humans from various ethnic… CONTINUE READING

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