Breeding structure of Aedes aegypti populations in Mexico varies by region.

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  • 1 Department of Microbiology, Colorado State University, Fort Collins 80523, USA.

A population genetic analysis of Aedes aegypti was conducted among 38 collections from throughout coastal regions of Mexico. Multiple collections were made within 5 cities to examine local patterns of gene flow. Single-strand conformation polymorphism analysis was used to screen for variation in a 387-bp region of the Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide Dehydrogenase subunit 4 mitochondrial gene (ND4) and 25 haplotypes were detected. Northeastern Mexico collections were genetically differentiated from and had lower genetic diversity than Yucatan and Pacific coastal collections. Yucatan and Pacific collections were genetically homogeneous. Regression analysis of geographic distances and F(ST) values indicated that collections were genetically isolated by distance in the Pacific and the Yucatan, but not among collections in the northeast. Free gene flow occurred among all collections within 130 km of one another in the northeast and within 180 km in the Yucatan. F(ST) values were never large among Pacific collections, suggesting extensive gene flow along the Pacific coast.