AbstractsBiology & Animal Science

Mosquito larvae borne viruses from the central travancore region of kerala: isolation and characterization

by Prem Gopinath

Institution: Cochin University of Science and Technology
Year: 2014
Keywords: Mosquito larvae; Viruses; Central travancore region; Picornaviridae
Record ID: 1183768
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The present study was initiated when several massive outbreaks of Chikungunya, Dengue and Japanese Encephalitis were frequently reported across the State of Kerala. Multiple symptoms persisted among the affected individuals and the public health officials were in search of aetiological agents responsible for the out breaks and, other than clinical samples no resources were available. In this context, a study was undertaken to focus on mosquito larvae to investigate the viruses borne by them which remain silently prevalent in the environment. The study was not a group specific investigation limited to either arbovirus or enterovirus, but had a broad spectrum approach. The study encompassed the viral pathogens that could be isolated, their impact when passaged through cell lines, growth kinetics, titer of the working stocks in specific cell line, the structure by means of transmission electron microscopy(TEM), the one step growth and molecular characterization using molecular tools. Cochin University of Science & Technology