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Conspecific and allospecific larval extracts entice mosquitoes to lay eggs and may be used in attract-and-kill control strategy.

Faierstein GB, Lu W, Sena AKLS, Barbosa RMR, Leal WS.

Sci Rep. 2019 Sep 24;9(1):13747. doi: 10.1038/s41598-019-50274-1.


Laboratory and field evaluation of acetic acid-based lures for male Asian citrus psyllid, Diaphorina citri.

Zanardi OZ, Volpe HXL, Luvizotto RAG, Magnani RF, Gonzalez F, Calvo C, Oehlschlager CA, Lehan BJ, Esperança V, Delfino JY, de Freitas R, de Carvalho RI, Mulinari TA, Miranda MP, Bento JMS, Leal WS.

Sci Rep. 2019 Sep 9;9(1):12920. doi: 10.1038/s41598-019-49469-3.


DEET and other repellents are inhibitors of mosquito odorant receptors for oviposition attractants.

Xu P, Zeng F, Bedoukian RH, Leal WS.

Insect Biochem Mol Biol. 2019 Oct;113:103224. doi: 10.1016/j.ibmb.2019.103224. Epub 2019 Aug 22.


Odorant receptors from Culex quinquefasciatus and Aedes aegypti sensitive to floral compounds.

Zeng F, Xu P, Leal WS.

Insect Biochem Mol Biol. 2019 Oct;113:103213. doi: 10.1016/j.ibmb.2019.103213. Epub 2019 Aug 20.


Odorant Inhibition in Mosquito Olfaction.

Xu P, Choo YM, Chen Z, Zeng F, Tan K, Chen TY, Cornel AJ, Liu N, Leal WS.

iScience. 2019 Sep 27;19:25-38. doi: 10.1016/j.isci.2019.07.008. Epub 2019 Jul 12.


Zika virus detection, isolation and genome sequencing through Culicidae sampling during the epidemic in Vitória, Espírito Santo, Brazil.

Ayres CFJ, Guedes DRD, Paiva MHS, Morais-Sobral MC, Krokovsky L, Machado LC, Melo-Santos MAV, Crespo M, Oliveira CMF, Ribeiro RS, Cardoso OA, Menezes ALB, Laperrière-Jr RC, Luna CF, Oliveira ALS, Leal WS, Wallau GL.

Parasit Vectors. 2019 May 8;12(1):220. doi: 10.1186/s13071-019-3461-4.


Use of machine learning to identify novel, behaviorally active antagonists of the insect odorant receptor co-receptor (Orco) subunit.

Kepchia D, Xu P, Terryn R, Castro A, Schürer SC, Leal WS, Luetje CW.

Sci Rep. 2019 Mar 11;9(1):4055. doi: 10.1038/s41598-019-40640-4.


Causes of bruising in carcasses of beef cattle during farm, transport, and slaughterhouse handling in Brazil.

Mendonça FS, Vaz RZ, Vaz FN, Leal WS, Silveira IDB, Restle J, Boligon AA, Cardoso FF.

Anim Sci J. 2019 Feb;90(2):288-296. doi: 10.1111/asj.13151. Epub 2018 Dec 18.


Functional characterization of odorant-binding proteins from the scarab beetle Holotrichia oblita based on semiochemical-induced expression alteration and gene silencing.

Yin J, Wang C, Fang C, Zhang S, Cao Y, Li K, Leal WS.

Insect Biochem Mol Biol. 2019 Jan;104:11-19. doi: 10.1016/j.ibmb.2018.11.002. Epub 2018 Nov 10.


Reverse chemical ecology-based approach leading to the accidental discovery of repellents for Rhodnius prolixus, a vector of Chagas diseases refractory to DEET.

Franco TA, Xu P, Brito NF, Oliveira DS, Wen X, Moreira MF, Unelius CR, Leal WS, Melo ACA.

Insect Biochem Mol Biol. 2018 Dec;103:46-52. doi: 10.1016/j.ibmb.2018.10.004. Epub 2018 Oct 26.


Functional Characterization of Odorant Binding Protein 27 (RproOBP27) From Rhodnius prolixus Antennae.

Oliveira DS, Brito NF, Franco TA, Moreira MF, Leal WS, Melo ACA.

Front Physiol. 2018 Aug 23;9:1175. doi: 10.3389/fphys.2018.01175. eCollection 2018.


Molecules as Biotic Messengers.

Meinwald J, Leal WS, Kubanek J.

ACS Omega. 2018 Apr 30;3(4):4048-4053. doi: 10.1021/acsomega.8b00268. Epub 2018 Apr 10. Review.


Methyl dihydrojasmonate and lilial are the constituents with an "off-label" insect repellence in perfumes.

Zeng F, Xu P, Tan K, Zarbin PHG, Leal WS.

PLoS One. 2018 Jun 19;13(6):e0199386. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0199386. eCollection 2018.


Three chemosensory proteins from the rice leaf folder Cnaphalocrocis medinalis involved in host volatile and sex pheromone reception.

Zeng FF, Liu H, Zhang A, Lu ZX, Leal WS, Abdelnabby H, Wang MQ.

Insect Mol Biol. 2018 Dec;27(6):710-723. doi: 10.1111/imb.12503. Epub 2018 Sep 12.


Direct and maternal breed additive and heterosis effects on growth traits of beef cattle raised in southern Brazil.

Leal WS, MacNeil MD, Carvalho HG, Vaz RZ, Cardoso FF.

J Anim Sci. 2018 Jun 29;96(7):2536-2544. doi: 10.1093/jas/sky160.


An unsettling explanation for the failure of skatole-baited ovitraps to capture Culex mosquitoes.

Paiva MHS, Barbosa RMR, Santos SA, Silva NM, Paula MB, Ayres CFJ, Leal WS.

Insect Sci. 2019 Oct;26(5):873-880. doi: 10.1111/1744-7917.12578. Epub 2018 Apr 17.


Putative sex pheromone of the Asian citrus psyllid, Diaphorina citri, breaks down into an attractant.

Zanardi OZ, Volpe HXL, Favaris AP, Silva WD, Luvizotto RAG, Magnani RF, Esperança V, Delfino JY, de Freitas R, Miranda MP, Parra JRP, Bento JMS, Leal WS.

Sci Rep. 2018 Jan 11;8(1):455. doi: 10.1038/s41598-017-18986-4.


Reverse chemical ecology approach for the identification of an oviposition attractant for Culex quinquefasciatus.

Choo YM, Xu P, Hwang JK, Zeng F, Tan K, Bhagavathy G, Chauhan KR, Leal WS.

Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2018 Jan 23;115(4):714-719. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1718284115. Epub 2018 Jan 8.


Attraction of Culex mosquitoes to aldehydes from human emanations.

Leal HM, Hwang JK, Tan K, Leal WS.

Sci Rep. 2017 Dec 21;7(1):17965. doi: 10.1038/s41598-017-18406-7.


DEET as a feeding deterrent.

Lu W, Hwang JK, Zeng F, Leal WS.

PLoS One. 2017 Dec 14;12(12):e0189243. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0189243. eCollection 2017.


Reverse chemical ecology at the service of conservation biology.

Leal WS.

Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2017 Nov 14;114(46):12094-12096. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1717375114. Epub 2017 Nov 1. No abstract available.


Response to: 'Lack of evidence for Zika virus transmission by Culex mosquitoes'.

Ayres C, Guedes D, Paiva M, Donato M, Barbosa P, Krokovsky L, Rocha S, Saraiva K, Crespo M, Rezende T, Wallau G, Barbosa R, Oliveira C, Melo-Santos MA, Pena L, Cordeiro M, Franca R, Oliveira A, Peixoto C, Leal WS.

Emerg Microbes Infect. 2017 Oct 18;6(10):e91. doi: 10.1038/emi.2017.86. No abstract available.


Zika virus replication in the mosquito Culex quinquefasciatus in Brazil.

Guedes DR, Paiva MH, Donato MM, Barbosa PP, Krokovsky L, Rocha SWDS, Saraiva K, Crespo MM, Rezende TM, Wallau GL, Barbosa RM, Oliveira CM, Melo-Santos MA, Pena L, Cordeiro MT, Franca RFO, Oliveira AL, Peixoto CA, Leal WS, Ayres CF.

Emerg Microbes Infect. 2017 Aug 9;6(8):e69. doi: 10.1038/emi.2017.59.


Proteomic analysis of the kissing bug Rhodnius prolixus antenna.

Oliveira DS, Brito NF, Nogueira FCS, Moreira MF, Leal WS, Soares MR, Melo ACA.

J Insect Physiol. 2017 Jul;100:108-118. doi: 10.1016/j.jinsphys.2017.06.004. Epub 2017 Jun 9.


Sensitivity of RT-PCR method in samples shown to be positive for Zika virus by RT-qPCR in vector competence studies.

Paiva MHS, Guedes DRD, Leal WS, Ayres CFJ.

Genet Mol Biol. 2017 Jul-Sep;40(3):597-599. doi: 10.1590/1678-4685-GMB-2016-0312. Epub 2017 May 22.


Characterization of antennal sensilla, larvae morphology and olfactory genes of Melipona scutellaris stingless bee.

Carvalho WJ, Fujimura PT, Bonetti AM, Goulart LR, Cloonan K, da Silva NM, Araújo ECB, Ueira-Vieira C, Leal WS.

PLoS One. 2017 Apr 19;12(4):e0174857. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0174857. eCollection 2017.


Functional and Nonfunctional Forms of CquiOR91, an Odorant Selectivity Subunit of Culex quinquefasciatus.

Hughes DT, Pelletier J, Rahman S, Chen S, Leal WS, Luetje CW.

Chem Senses. 2017 May 1;42(4):333-341. doi: 10.1093/chemse/bjx011.


Does Zika virus infection affect mosquito response to repellents?

Leal WS, Barbosa RM, Zeng F, Faierstein GB, Tan K, Paiva MH, Guedes DR, Crespo MM, Ayres CF.

Sci Rep. 2017 Feb 16;7:42826. doi: 10.1038/srep42826.


Zika mosquito vectors: the jury is still out.

Leal WS.

F1000Res. 2016 Oct 20;5:2546. eCollection 2016.


How much is a pheromone worth?

Bento JM, Parra JR, de Miranda SH, Adami AC, Vilela EF, Leal WS.

F1000Res. 2016 Jul 20;5:1763. doi: 10.12688/f1000research.9195.1. eCollection 2016.


Toxic Effect of Blood Feeding in Male Mosquitoes.

Nikbakhtzadeh MR, Buss GK, Leal WS.

Front Physiol. 2016 Jan 26;7:4. doi: 10.3389/fphys.2016.00004. eCollection 2016.


Multitasking roles of mosquito labrum in oviposition and blood feeding.

Choo YM, Buss GK, Tan K, Leal WS.

Front Physiol. 2015 Oct 29;6:306. doi: 10.3389/fphys.2015.00306. eCollection 2015.


1-Octen-3-ol - the attractant that repels.

Xu P, Zhu F, Buss GK, Leal WS.

F1000Res. 2015 Jun 18;4:156. doi: 10.12688/f1000research.6646.1. eCollection 2015.


Odorant receptor-based discovery of natural repellents of human lice.

Pelletier J, Xu P, Yoon KS, Clark JM, Leal WS.

Insect Biochem Mol Biol. 2015 Nov;66:103-9. doi: 10.1016/j.ibmb.2015.10.009. Epub 2015 Oct 19.


Snapshot of insect-fungus arms race.

Leal WS.

Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2015 Jul 14;112(28):8519-20. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1510615112. Epub 2015 Jun 29. No abstract available.


Selectivity of odorant-binding proteins from the southern house mosquito tested against physiologically relevant ligands.

Yin J, Choo YM, Duan H, Leal WS.

Front Physiol. 2015 Feb 27;6:56. doi: 10.3389/fphys.2015.00056. eCollection 2015.


Silencing the odorant receptor co-receptor RproOrco affects the physiology and behavior of the Chagas disease vector Rhodnius prolixus.

Franco TA, Oliveira DS, Moreira MF, Leal WS, Melo AC.

Insect Biochem Mol Biol. 2016 Feb;69:82-90. doi: 10.1016/j.ibmb.2015.02.012. Epub 2015 Mar 4.


Binding of a fluorescence reporter and a ligand to an odorant-binding protein of the yellow fever mosquito, Aedes aegypti.

Leal GM, Leal WS.

Version 2. F1000Res. 2014 Dec 12 [revised 2015 Jan 1];3:305. doi: 10.12688/f1000research.5879.2. eCollection 2014.


Mosquito odorant receptor for DEET and methyl jasmonate.

Xu P, Choo YM, De La Rosa A, Leal WS.

Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2014 Nov 18;111(46):16592-7. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1417244111. Epub 2014 Oct 27.


Facile functional analysis of insect odorant receptors expressed in the fruit fly: validation with receptors from taxonomically distant and closely related species.

Ueira-Vieira C, Kimbrell DA, de Carvalho WJ, Leal WS.

Cell Mol Life Sci. 2014 Dec;71(23):4675-80. doi: 10.1007/s00018-014-1639-7. Epub 2014 May 13.


Specificity of the receptor for the major sex pheromone component in Heliothis virescens.

Vásquez GM, Syed Z, Estes PA, Leal WS, Gould F.

J Insect Sci. 2013;13:160. doi: 10.1673/031.013.16001.


Differential expression of olfactory genes in the southern house mosquito and insights into unique odorant receptor gene isoforms.

Leal WS, Choo YM, Xu P, da Silva CS, Ueira-Vieira C.

Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2013 Nov 12;110(46):18704-9. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1316059110. Epub 2013 Oct 28.


Pheromone discrimination by a pH-tuned polymorphism of the Bombyx mori pheromone-binding protein.

Damberger FF, Michel E, Ishida Y, Leal WS, Wüthrich K.

Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2013 Nov 12;110(46):18680-5. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1317706110. Epub 2013 Oct 24.


Silencing of P-glycoprotein increases mortality in temephos-treated Aedes aegypti larvae.

Figueira-Mansur J, Ferreira-Pereira A, Mansur JF, Franco TA, Alvarenga ES, Sorgine MH, Neves BC, Melo AC, Leal WS, Masuda H, Moreira MF.

Insect Mol Biol. 2013 Dec;22(6):648-58. doi: 10.1111/imb.12052. Epub 2013 Aug 27.


RNAi-based demonstration of direct link between specific odorant receptors and mosquito oviposition behavior.

Zhu F, Xu P, Barbosa RM, Choo YM, Leal WS.

Insect Biochem Mol Biol. 2013 Oct;43(10):916-23. doi: 10.1016/j.ibmb.2013.07.008. Epub 2013 Aug 2.


Silent, generic and plant kairomone sensitive odorant receptors from the Southern house mosquito.

Xu P, Choo YM, Pelletier J, Sujimoto FR, Hughes DT, Zhu F, Atungulu E, Cornel AJ, Luetje CW, Leal WS.

J Insect Physiol. 2013 Sep;59(9):961-6. doi: 10.1016/j.jinsphys.2013.07.004. Epub 2013 Jul 19.


Identification and characterization of an antennae-specific aldehyde oxidase from the navel orangeworm.

Choo YM, Pelletier J, Atungulu E, Leal WS.

PLoS One. 2013 Jun 24;8(6):e67794. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0067794. Print 2013.


Probing insect odorant receptors with their cognate ligands: insights into structural features.

Xu P, Leal WS.

Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 2013 Jun 7;435(3):477-82. doi: 10.1016/j.bbrc.2013.05.015. Epub 2013 May 11.


Healing power of honey.

Leal WS.

Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2013 May 28;110(22):8763-4. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1306617110. Epub 2013 May 3. No abstract available.

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