Insecta (Diptera)

  • Jun Mitsuhashi
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Of the dipteran insects, Drosophila melanogaster cell lines have been established in great number. However, reports on establishing D. melanogaster cell lines are relatively few, except for those cell lines established during the early stages of Drosophila cell culture history. Therefore, it is not known how many cell lines have been established from D. melanogaster. D. melanogaster cell lines have been established mostly for the study of cytogenetics. This is quite natural when we consider the accumulated genetic information on this insect. The second most common cell lines of Diptera have been derived from mosquitoes. Many cell lines have been established from various species of mosquitoes. The aim of establishing cell lines from mosquitoes is mostly to study arboviruses in vector cell culture with the hope of producing interferons. Other than D. melanogaster and mosquitoes, very few dipteran insects have been cultured.


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  • Jun Mitsuhashi
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  1. 1.Tokyo University of AgricultureSetagaya, TokyoJapan

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