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Title: Proteases of haematophagous arthropod vectors are involved in blood-feeding, yolk formation and immunity : a review
Authors: Santiago, Paula Beatriz
Araújo, Carla Nunes de
Motta, Flávia Nader
Praça, Yanna Reis
Charneau, Sébastien
Bastos, Izabela Marques Dourado
Santana, Jaime Martins de
Assunto:: Enzimas proteolíticas
Doenças infecciosas
Vetores - controle
Issue Date: 13-Feb-2017
Publisher: BioMed Central
Citation: SANTIAGO, Paula Beatriz et al. Proteases of haematophagous arthropod vectors are involved in blood-feeding, yolk formation and immunity: a review. Parasites & Vectors, v. 10, Article 79, 13 fev. 2017. Disponível em: <>. Acesso em: 13 jun. 2017. doi:
Abstract: Ticks, triatomines, mosquitoes and sand flies comprise a large number of haematophagous arthropods considered vectors of human infectious diseases. While consuming blood to obtain the nutrients necessary to carry on life functions, these insects can transmit pathogenic microorganisms to the vertebrate host. Among the molecules related to the blood-feeding habit, proteases play an essential role. In this review, we provide a panorama of proteases from arthropod vectors involved in haematophagy, in digestion, in egg development and in immunity. As these molecules act in central biological processes, proteases from haematophagous vectors of infectious diseases may influence vector competence to transmit pathogens to their prey, and thus could be valuable targets for vectorial control.
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