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Infection of Drosophila melanogaster by Tubulinosema kingi: stage-specific susceptibility and within-host proliferation

Vijendravarma, Roshan K., Godfray, H. Charles J. and Kraaijeveld, Alex R. (2008) Infection of Drosophila melanogaster by Tubulinosema kingi: stage-specific susceptibility and within-host proliferation Journal of Invertebrate Pathology, 99, pp. 239-241. (doi:10.1016/j.jip.2008.02.014).

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Abstract

Despite its importance as a model organism very little is known about the interaction between Drosophila and its microsporidian pathogens. Here we report on the relative susceptibility of D. melanogaster life-history stages to infection by Tubulinosema kingi, and on patterns of pathogen proliferation. We find that only larvae can be infected, and that this susceptibility decreases with larval age. Following infection, the pathogen shows little subsequent proliferation in larvae, a limited amount in pupae while it replicates greatly in adults. We present evidence that the host launches a cellular immune response after infection with the pathogen, although its effectiveness remains to be demonstrated.

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Submitted date: January 2008
Published date: 5 March 2008
Keywords: drosophila melanogaster, tubulinosema kingi, diptera, microsporidia, susceptibility, proliferation, immune response, host-pathogen interaction

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Local EPrints ID: 50565
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/50565
ISSN: 0022-2011
PURE UUID: b120b1f5-141e-411e-91e8-0e19b7b59ebe
ORCID for Alex R. Kraaijeveld: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-8543-2640

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Date deposited: 05 Mar 2008
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 14:52

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Author: Roshan K. Vijendravarma
Author: H. Charles J. Godfray

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