Fachbereich Veterinärmedizin



    Identification of Tsetse (Glossina spp.) using matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionisation time of flight mass spectrometry (2013)

    Zeitschriftenartikel / wissenschaftlicher Beitrag
    Hoppenheit, Antje (WE 13)
    Murugaiyan, Jayaseelan (WE 10)
    Bauer, Burkhard (WE 13)
    Steuber, Stephan
    Clausen, Peter-Henning (WE 13)
    Roesler, Uwe (WE 10)
    PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases; 7(7) — S. e2305
    ISSN: 1935-2727
    URL (Volltext): http://edocs.fu-berlin.de/docs/receive/FUDOCS_document_000000019254
    DOI: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0002305
    Pubmed: 23875040
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    Abstract / Zusammenfassung

    Glossina (G.) spp. (Diptera: Glossinidae), known as tsetse flies, are vectors of African trypanosomes that cause sleeping sickness in humans and nagana in domestic livestock. Knowledge on tsetse distribution and accurate species identification help identify potential vector intervention sites. Morphological species identification of tsetse is challenging and sometimes not accurate. The matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionisation time of flight mass spectrometry (MALDI TOF MS) technique, already standardised for microbial identification, could become a standard method for tsetse fly diagnostics. Therefore, a unique spectra reference database was created for five lab-reared species of riverine-, savannah- and forest- type tsetse flies and incorporated with the commercial Biotyper 3.0 database. The standard formic acid/acetonitrile extraction of male and female whole insects and their body parts (head, thorax, abdomen, wings and legs) was used to obtain the flies' proteins. The computed composite correlation index and cluster analysis revealed the suitability of any tsetse body part for a rapid taxonomical identification. Phyloproteomic analysis revealed that the peak patterns of G. brevipalpis differed greatly from the other tsetse. This outcome was comparable to previous theories that they might be considered as a sister group to other tsetse spp. Freshly extracted samples were found to be matched at the species level. However, sex differentiation proved to be less reliable. Similarly processed samples of the common house fly Musca domestica (Diptera: Muscidae; strain: Lei) did not yield any match with the tsetse reference database. The inclusion of additional strains of morphologically defined wild caught flies of known origin and the availability of large-scale mass spectrometry data could facilitate rapid tsetse species identification in the future.