PCR and DNA hybridization indicate the absence of animal filariae from vectors of Onchocerca volvulus in Uganda

Peter Fischer, John Yocha, Tom Rubaale, Rolf Garms

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Abstract

In order to identify Onchocerca volvulus larvae from vectors, DNA of filaria larvae from dissected blackflies was isolated, and a 150-bp long tandemly repeated DNA sequence (O-150), which occurs in many Onchocerca species, was amplified using polymerase chain reaction (PCR). Subsequently, the PCR product was blotted onto a nylon membrane and hybridized with DNA probes specific for O. volvulus or Onchocerca ochengi. Filaria larvae from 395 infected Simulium neavei were examined and 259 samples produced detectable PCR products. Among these samples, 239 (92%) reacted with an O. volvulus-specific oligonucleotide. A sample of 69 PCR products was tested using an O. ochengi DNA probe, but all failed to hybridize. Filaria larvae from 64 infected Simulium damnosum, presumably of the cytotypes 'Nyamagasani' and 'Nkusi' were studied and O-150 was amplified from 38 samples. From these samples, 35 (92%) hybridized specifically with an O. volvulus probe but none with the O. ochengi-specific DNA sequence. Nonamplified samples were obtained mainly from blackflies that contained only 1 or 2 filaria larvae, and therefore, an insufficient DNA extraction was assumed. It can be concluded that few, if any, filaria species of animal origin were transmitted by S. neavei and S. damnosum s.l. in Kabarole and Kasese districts in Uganda.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1030-1034
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Parasitology
Volume83
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 1997

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