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Form, Function and Phylogenetic Relationships of Mosquito Immune Peptides

  • Carl A. Lowenberger
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Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 484)

Abstract

Insects represent one of the earth’s most successful groups of organisms, colonizing essentially every niche possible, with the exception of the oceans. One factor contributing to this success in exploiting such diverse ecological niches is their ability to defend themselves against harmful pathogens and parasites (1,2). Insects can mount an extremely effective response against invasion by prokaryotic and eukaryotic pathogens involving both cellular and humoral factors (3,4). These responses may include phagocytosis of bacteria, formation of nodules containing large aggregates of bacteria, the melanotic encapsulation of metazoan parasites (5,6) or the use of potent antimicrobial peptides (7,8).

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Antimicrobial Peptide Royal Jelly Antibacterial Peptide Plasmodium Berghei Sindbis Virus 
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  • Carl A. Lowenberger
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  1. 1.Animal Health and Biomedical SciencesUniversity of Wisconsin-MadisonMadison

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