Do mosquito-associated bacteria of the genus Asaia circulate in humans?

S. Epis, P. Gaibani, U. Ulissi, B. Chouaia, I. Ricci, C. Damiani, V. Sambri, F. Castelli, F. Buelli, D. Daffonchio, C. Bandi, G. Favia*

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Symbiotic bacteria of the genus Asaia have been proposed as tools for control of mosquito-borne diseases, specifically malaria. However, safety issues are a major concern for paratransgenesis strategies. The aim of this study is to investigate, with immunofluorescence assays and quantitative PCR experiments, whether Asaia spp. is circulating among humans. All human sera and whole blood samples analyzed were negative for Asaia spp., thus suggesting that this organism could be utilized, in the future, as a malaria control tool.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1137-1140
Number of pages4
JournalEuropean Journal of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2012
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases


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