Anopheles gambiae densovirus (AgDNV) negatively affects Mayaro virus infection in Anopheles gambiae cells and mosquitoes

Nadya Urakova, Marco Brustolin, Renuka E Joseph, Rebecca M Johnson, Sujit Pujhari, Jason L Rasgon

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BACKGROUND: Recent studies demonstrate that insect-specific viruses can influence the ability of their mosquito hosts to become infected with and transmit arboviruses of medical and veterinary importance. The aim of this study was to evaluate the interactions between Anopheles gambiae densovirus (AgDNV) (Parvoviridae) (a benign insect-specific virus that infects An. gambiae mosquitoes) and Mayaro virus (MAYV) (Togaviridae) (an emerging human pathogen that can be transmitted by An. gambiae) in both insect cell culture and mosquitoes.

METHODS: For in vitro studies, An. gambiae Mos55 cells infected or uninfected with AgDNV were infected with MAYV. For in vivo studies, An. gambiae mosquitoes were injected intrathoracically with AgDNV and 4 days later orally infected with MAYV. Mosquitoes were dissected 10 days after MAYV infection, and MAYV titers in the body, legs and saliva samples quantified using focus-forming assay.

RESULTS: MAYV virus replication was reduced 10-100-fold in An. gambiae Mos55 cells infected with AgDNV. In mosquitoes, there was a significant negative correlation between AgDNV and MAYV body titers 10 days post-blood meal.

CONCLUSIONS: AgDNV infection was associated with reduced production of MAYV in cell culture, and reduced body titers of MAYV in An. gambiae mosquitoes. As densovirus infections are common in natural mosquito populations, these data suggest that they may affect the epidemiology of viruses of medical importance.

Original languageEnglish
Article number210
JournalParasites and Vectors
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • Alphavirus/physiology
  • Animals
  • Anopheles/cytology
  • Cell Line
  • Densovirus/physiology
  • Female
  • Larva/cytology
  • Mosquito Vectors/virology
  • Virus Replication


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