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 Review Article


Int. Journal of Life Sciences, 2015; 3(3):200-204 |  Available online, October 10, 2015

Molecular detection of endosymbiont bacteria Wolbachia in bedbug species Cimex lectularius from Vidarbha 

region of India


Siddiqui SS  and Raja IA*


Department of Zoology, Shri Shivaji College of Arts, Commerce and Science, Akola -444001

*Corresponding author Email-

Received: 08.08.2015  |  Revised : 28.08.2015  |  Accepted: 02.09.2015  | Published : 10.10.2015

Wolbachia are maternally inherited bacterial endosymbionts that found in different arthropods. 

It is now well known that they induce reproductive phenotypic manipulations like feminization, thelytokous parthenogenesis, male killing and cytoplasmic incompatability in their arthropod hosts. Although diverse insects are infected with Wolbachia bacteria and generally for their 

insect hosts, it is regarded as facultative/parasitic endosymbiont bacteria. The Wolbachia strain, designated as wCle associated with the bedbug Cimex lectularius was shown to be vital for the growth of host’s and reproduction via provisioning of B vitamins. Previously the infection of endosymbiotic Wolbachia bacteria has been shown to the colonies of the human bed bug, Cimex lectularius L. (Heteroptera: Cimicidae) cultured in the laboratory, but no information exists regarding the infection status in natural populations in India. We assayed Cimex 

lectularius populations from different areas of Vidarbha region (Akola, Amravati, Chandrapur, Nagpur), Maharashtra, India for Wolbachia infection. Detection was done by the polymerase chain reaction (PCR). Wolbachia infections were prevalent in all populations assayed 

(75–100%). Higher rate of Wolbachia infections were found in bedbugs of Vidarbha region of India, which indicates importance of this association. The characterization of these Wolbachia strains provides a deeper approach into this interaction, which is essential for further studies. 

The potential utility of Wolbachia for another bed bug control strategies is discussed.

Keywords: Wolbachia, Cimex lectularius , PCR


Editor: Dr. Arvind Chavhan


Cite this article as:

Siddiqui SS  and Raja IA (2015) Molecular detection of endosym- biont bacteria Wolbachia in bedbug species Cimex  lectularius from  Vidarbha region of India, Int. J. of Life Sciences, 3(3): 200-204.


Copyright: © 2015 | Author(s), This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial - No Derivs License, which permits use and distribution in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, the use is non-commercial and no modifications or adaptations are made.



The authors thank to Dr. S.G. Bhadange the Principal of Shri Shivaji College of Arts, Commerce and Science Akola  for his excellent  cooperation.






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