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Pyrethroid-Derived Acids and Alcohols: Bioactivity and Synergistic Effects on Mosquito Repellency and Toxicity

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posted on 25.02.2020, 20:49 by Liu Yang, Gary M. Richoux, Edmund J. Norris, Ingeborg Cuba, Shiyao Jiang, Quentin Coquerel, Fabien Demares, Kenneth J. Linthicum, Jeffrey R. Bloomquist
Pyrethroids are one of the most commonly used classes of insecticides, and their acid and alcohol components are esterase degradation products, usually considered to be biologically inactive. In this study, it was found that several pyrethroid acids had a spatial repellent activity that was greater than DEET, often more active than the parent pyrethroids, and showed little cross resistance in a pyrethroid-resistant Puerto Rico strain of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes. Further investigation revealed that the acids can synergize not only contact repellent standards but also other pyrethroid components as well as the parent pyrethroids themselves. Synergism by the pyrethroid acids is expressed as both increased spatial repellency and vapor toxicity as well as human bite protection. Electrophysiological studies confirmed that pyrethroid acids (100 μM) had no effect on neuronal discharge in larval Drosophila melanogaster CNS and were detected by electroantennography, and there was little resistance to olfactory sensing of these acids in antennae from Puerto Rico strain mosquitoes carrying kdr mutations. Thus, the data suggest that the pyrethroid acids have a different mode of action than the parent pyrethroids, unrelated to the voltage-sensitive sodium channel. The results highlight the potential of pyrethroid acids to be useful in future repellent formulations.