Identification and characterization of single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in Culex theileri (Diptera: Culicidae)

Berna Demirci, Yoosook Lee, Gregory C Lanzaro, Bulent Alten

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Culex theileri Theobald (Diptera: Culicidae) is one of the most common mosquito species in northeastern Turkey and serves as a vector for various zoonotic diseases including West Nile virus. Although there have been some studies on the ecology of Cx. theileri, very little genetic data has been made available. We successfully sequenced 11 gene fragments from Cx. theileri specimens collected from the northeastern part of Turkey. On average, we found a Single nucleotide polymorphism every 45 bp. Transitions outnumbered transversions, at a ratio of 2:1. This is the first report of genetic polymorphisms in Cx. theileri and Single nucleotide polymorphism discovered from this study can be used to investigate population structure and gene-environmental interactions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)581-588
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Medical Entomology
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Culex theileri
  • genetic polymorphism
  • single nucleotide polymorphism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Insect Science
  • veterinary(all)
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Parasitology


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