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Drosophila hemopoiesis and cellular immunity
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Umeå Centre for Molecular Pathogenesis (UCMP).
2007 (English)In: Journal of Immunology, ISSN 0022-1767, E-ISSN 1550-6606, Vol. 178, no 8, 4711-4716 p.Article, review/survey (Refereed) PublishedText
Abstract [en]

In Drosophila melanogaster larvae, three classes of circulating cellular immune surveillance cells (hemocytes) can be identified: plasmatocytes, crystal cells, and lamellocytes. Plasmatocytes are profiessional phagocytes most similar to the mammalian monocyte/macrophage lineage and make up similar to 95% of circulating hemocytes. The other similar to 5% of circulating hemocytes consists of crystal cells, which secrete components necessary for the melanization of invading organisms, as well as for wound repair. A third cell type known as lamellocytes are rarely seen in healthy larvae and are involved in the encapsulation of invading pathogens. There are no obvious mammalian counterparts for crystal cells or lamellocytes, and there is no equivalent to the lymphoid lineage in insects. In this review, I will discuss what is currently known about Drosophila hemopoiesis and the cellular immune response and where possible compare it to vertebrate mechanisms.

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Bethesda: American association of immunologists , 2007. Vol. 178, no 8, 4711-4716 p.
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larval hematopoiesis, Anopheles Gambiae, genetic analysis, growth-factor, Runx factors, blood-cells, receptor, phagocytosis, migration, identification
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-118209DOI: 10.4049/​jimmunol.178.8.4711ISI: 000245605300008PubMedID: 17404248OAI: diva2:918720
Available from: 2016-04-11 Created: 2016-03-14 Last updated: 2016-04-11Bibliographically approved

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