Chemical Ecology & Olfaction Group

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Recent Publications

in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

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

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

Just Published in PLoS ONE

Quasi-Double-Blind Screening of Semiochemicals for Reducing Navel Orangeworm Oviposition on Almonds

ESA Will Host 2016 International Congress
of Entomology in Orlando, FL
Walter Leal and Alvin Simmons
are Co-Chairs

Other Recent Publications

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. PMID: 23911547

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. PMID: 23876610

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. PMID: 23826341

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 Aug 27. doi: 10.1111/imb.12052.

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. PMID: 23673297

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. PMID: 23645636

Crystallographic observation of pH-induced conformational changes in the Amyelois transitella pheromone-binding protein AtraPBP1.
di Luccio E, Ishida Y, Leal WS, Wilson DK. PLoS One. 2013;8(2):e53840. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0053840. Epub 2013 Feb 13. PMID: 23418423

Fatty acid solubilizer from the oral disk of the blowfly.
Ishida Y, Ishibashi J, Leal WS. PLoS One. 2013;8(1):e51779. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0051779. Epub 2013 Jan 11. PMID: 23326317

Odorant reception in insects: roles of receptors, binding proteins, and degrading enzymes.
Leal WS. Annu Rev Entomol. 2013;58:373-91. doi: 10.1146/annurev-ento-120811-153635. Epub 2012 Sep 27. Review. PMID: 23020622

Specificity determinants of the silkworm moth sex pheromone.
Xu P, Hooper AM, Pickett JA, Leal WS. PLoS One. 2012;7(9):e44190. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0044190. Epub 2012 Sep 5. PMID: 22957053

Moth sex pheromone receptors and deceitful parapheromones.
Xu P, Garczynski SF, Atungulu E, Syed Z, Choo YM, Vidal DM, Zitelli CH, Leal WS. PLoS One. 2012;7(7):e41653. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0041653. Epub 2012 Jul 20. PMID: 22911835

Exciting News!!!

ESA Will Host 2016 International Congress
of Entomology in Orlando, FL
Walter Leal and Alvin Simmons
are Co-Chairs

First Silver Medal to Davis
Walter Leal selected as receipient
of the ISCE Silver Medal
Read article by Kathy Garvey

Exciting News!
Leal Lab Recieves NIH-NIAID Support
To Study Olfaction in Culex Mosquitoes and
To Develop Better Oviposition Attractants

Research Activities in our Lab are Sponsored by:

National Institutes of Health-NIH
Gifts from Various Donors, including
Bedoukian Research Incorporation
Fuji Flavor Co.


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