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Drosophila immunity: paths and patterns.
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Umeå Centre for Molecular Pathogenesis (UCMP) (Faculty of Medicine). (Dan Hultmark)
2003 (English)In: Curr Opin Immunol, ISSN 0952-7915, Vol. 15, no 1, 12-9 p.Article, review/survey (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.)) Published
Abstract [en]

Flies respond to infection with both humoral and cellular immune defenses, including a powerful set of inducible peptide antibiotics as well as actively proliferating and differentiating blood cells. The system that activates these responses is related to that of the innate immune defense in humans. A key role in Drosophila immunity is played by the recently discovered peptidoglycan recognition proteins. These pattern recognition molecules relay signals via two main signaling pathways. The imd/Relish pathway is responsible for the main part of the humoral response. The Toll/Dif pathway activates the blood cells and induces the antifungal peptide Drosomycin.

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2003. Vol. 15, no 1, 12-9 p.
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Animals, Anti-Infective Agents/pharmacology, Antibody Formation/physiology, Bacterial Infections/immunology, Drosophila/genetics/*immunology/microbiology, Gene Expression Regulation, Immunity; Cellular/physiology, Insect Proteins/genetics/immunology/pharmacology, Mycoses/immunology, Signal Transduction/genetics/*immunology
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-17061PubMedID: 12495727OAI: diva2:156734
Available from: 2007-10-28 Created: 2007-10-28 Last updated: 2011-01-13Bibliographically approved

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