Insect Infection and Immunity: Evolution, Ecology, and Mechanisms

Paperback | August 16, 2009

EditorJens Rolff, Stuart Reynolds

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Under continual attack from both microbial pathogens and multicellular parasites, insects must cope with immune challenges every day of their lives. However, this has not prevented them from becoming the most successful group of animals on the planet. Insects possess highly-developed innateimmune systems which have been fine-tuned by an arms race with pathogens spanning hundreds of millions of years of evolutionary history. Recent discoveries are revealing both an unexpected degree of specificity and an indication of immunological memory - the functional hallmark of vertebrateimmunity. The study of insect immune systems has accelerated rapidly in recent years and is now becoming an important interdisciplinary field. Furthermore, insects are a phenomenally rich and diverse source of antimicrobial chemicals. Some of these are already being seriously considered aspotential therapeutic agents to control microbes such as MRSA.Despite a burgeoning interest in the field, this is the first book to provide a coherent synthesis and is clearly structured around three broadly themed sections: mechanisms, interactions, and evolutionary ecology. This novel text adopts a truly interdisciplinary and concept-driven approach,integrating insights from immunology, molecular biology, ecology, evolutionary biology, parasitology, and epidemiology. It features contributions from an international team of leading experts who also describe the latest molecular immunological techniques.

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Under continual attack from both microbial pathogens and multicellular parasites, insects must cope with immune challenges every day of their lives. However, this has not prevented them from becoming the most successful group of animals on the planet. Insects possess highly-developed innateimmune systems which have been fine-tuned by a...

Jens Rolff (University of Sheffield, UK) has been contributing to the field of ecological immunology since it first emerged. He is especially interested in how immunity and life histories are interlinked with respect to seasonality and sex differences. He has published more than 30 papers on the evolutionary ecology of insect immunity...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.68 inPublished:August 16, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Stuart Reynolds and Jens Rolff: Introducing Insect Infection and ImmunityA. Immune Mechanisms and Integration2. Nichole A. Broderick, David P. Welchman and Bruno Lemaitre: Recognition and Response to Microbial Infection of Drosophila3. Emily J. Ragan, Chunju An, Haobo Jiang and Michael R. Kanost: Roles of Hemolymph Proteins in Antimicrobial Defences of Manduca sexta4. Jean-Luc Imler and Ioannis Eleftherianos: Drosophila as a Model for Studying Antiviral Defenses5. Suchismita Das, Yuemei Dong, Lindsey Garver and George Dimopoulos: Specificity of the Innate Immune System: A Closer Look at the Mosquito Pattern Recognition Receptor Repertoire6. Fotis Kafatos, Robert Waterhouse, Evgeny Zdobnov and George Christophides: Comparative Genomics of Insect Immunity7. David Schneider: Physiological Integration of Innate ImmunityB. Immune Interactions and Evolution8. Gregory D.D. Hurst and Alistair C. Darby: The Inherited Microbiota of Arthropods, and their Importance in Understanding Resistance and Immunity9. Sebastien Moreau, Elisabeth Huguet and Jean-Michel Drezen: Insect Viruses, Parasitoids and their Interactions with the Insect Immune System: Polydnaviruses as Tools to Deliver Wasp Virulence Factors to Impair Lepidopteran Host Immunity10. Jacob Koella: Immune Responses and the Evolution of Resistance11. Shelley A. Adamo: The Impact of Physiological State on Immune Function in Insects12. Alex R. Kraaijeveld and Bregje Wertheim: Costs and Genomic Aspects of Drosophila Immunity to Parasites and Pathogens13. Punita Juneja and Brian P. Lazzaro: Population Genetics of Insect Immune Responses14. Ben M. Sadd and Paul Schmid-Hempel: Ecological and Evolutionary Implications of Specific Immune Responses15. Michael T. Siva-Jothy: Reproductive ImmunityIndex