The human immune system’s response to carcinogenic and other infectious agents transmitted by mosquito vectors

by Olle Johansson & Martin Ward
Parasitology Research, January 2017, Vol. 116, Issue 1, pp. 1–9

9 pp. 361 kB

It has been hypothesised that mosquitoes may play more of a role in certain cancers than is currently appreciated. Research links 33 infectious agents to cancer, 27 of which have a presence in mosquitoes, and that, in addition, mosquito saliva downregulates the immune system. The objective of this paper is to review the literature on the immune system and cancer-causing infectious agents, particularly those present in mosquitoes, with a view to establishing whether such infectious agents can, in the long run, defeat the immune system or be defeated by it.

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