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      MOLECULAR DETECTION OF Leishmania IN PHLEBOTOMINE SAND FLIES IN A CUTANEOUS AND VISCERAL LEISHMANIASIS ENDEMIC AREA IN NORTHEASTERN BRAZIL Translated title: Detecção molecular de Leishmania spp. em flebotomíneos em área endêmica para leishmaniose tegumentar e visceral no nordeste do Brasil

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          Several phlebotomine sand fly species have been regarded as putative or proven vectors of parasites of the genus Leishmania in Brazil, but data for the northeastern region remains incipient. In this study, a total of 600 phlebotomine sand flies were grouped in pools of 10 specimens each and tested by a Leishmania genus-specific PCR and by a PCR targeting Leishmania ( Leishmania) infantum. Fourteen out of 60 pools were positive by the genus-specific PCR, being five pools of L. migonei, seven of L. complexa, one of L. sordellii and one of L. naftalekatzi, which correspond to a minimal infection rate of 2.3% (14/600). Our results, associated with their known anthropophily and their abundance, suggest the participation of L. migonei and L. complexa as vectors of Leishmania in northeastern Brazil. Remarkably, this is the first time in this country that the detection of Leishmania DNA in L. sordellii and L. naftalekatzi has been reported, but future studies are necessary to better understand the significance of these findings.

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          Vários flebotomíneos têm sido considerados como possíveis vetores suspeitos ou comprovados de parasitas do gênero Leishmania no Brasil, mas os dados para região nordeste continuam incipientes. Neste estudo, 600 flebotomíneos foram agrupados em grupos de 10 espécimes e testados por uma PCR específica para o gênero Leishmania e por outra PCR para Leishmania ( Leishmania) infantum. Quatorze dos 60 grupos foram positivos por PCR gênero-específica, sendo cinco de L. migonei, sete L. complexa , um de L. sordellii e um de L. naftalekatzi , o que corresponde a uma taxa mínima de infecção de 2,3% (14/600). Nossos resultados, associados à antropofilia e abundância dessas espécies, sugerem a participação de L. migonei e L. complexa como vetores de Leishmania no nordeste do Brasil. Notavelmente, a detecção de DNA de Leishmania em L. sordellii e L. naftalekatzi é relatada pela primeira vez no Brasil, mas futuros estudos são necessários para compreender melhor o significado desses achados.

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                Rev Inst Med Trop Sao Paulo
                Rev. Inst. Med. Trop. Sao Paulo
                Revista do Instituto de Medicina Tropical de São Paulo
                Instituto de Medicina Tropical
                Jul-Aug 2014
                Jul-Aug 2014
                : 56
                : 4
                : 357-360
                [(1) ] Department of Immunology, Centro de Pesquisas Aggeu Magalhães, Fundação Oswaldo Cruz (Fiocruz), Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil. E-mails: vanessa@ 123456cpqam.fiocruz.br lemos.pietra@ 123456gmail.com fs@ 123456cpqam.fiocruz.br filipe.vet@ 123456globo.com eduardoh@ 123456cpqam.fiocruz.br sinval@ 123456cpqam.fiocruz.br
                [(2) ] Department of Parasitology, Centro de Pesquisas Aggeu Magalhães, Fundação Oswaldo Cruz (Fiocruz), Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil. E-mail: fabio@ 123456cpqam.fiocruz.br
                [(3) ] Department of Veterinary Medicine, University of Bari, Valenzano, Bari, Italy
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                Correspondence to: Dr. Sinval Pinto Brandão Filho. Centro de Pesquisas Aggeu Magalhães, Fundação Oswaldo Cruz, Caixa Postal 7472, Av. Moraes Rego s/n, 50670-420 Recife, PE, Brasil. Phone: 55 81 2101-2562. E-mail: sinval@ 123456cpqam.fiocruz.br

                CONFLICT OF INTERESTS The authors declare that there is no conflict of interest.


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                This research was supported by Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa de Pernambuco (FACEPE), APQ-0630-2.13/08.
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