Polymorphic microsatellite loci from the West Nile virus vector Culex tarsalis

Jason L. Rasgon, Meera Venkatesan, Catherine J. Westbrook, Mary Claire Hauer

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Since its introduction in 1999, West Nile virus (WNV) has spread across North America. Culex tarsalis is a highly efficient WNV vector species. Many traits such as virus susceptibility, autogeny and host preference vary geographically and temporally in C. tarsalis. Culex tarsalis genomic libraries were developed and were highly enriched for microsatellite inserts (42-96%). We identified 12 loci that were polymorphic in wild C. tarsalis populations. These microsatellites are the first DNA-based genetic markers developed for C. tarsalis and will be useful for investigating population structure and constructing genetic maps in this mosquito.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)680-682
Number of pages3
JournalMolecular Ecology Notes
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2006

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biochemistry
  • Ecology
  • General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology


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