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Activation of Imd pathway in hemocyte confers infection resistance through humoral response in Drosophila

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Freisinger,  Tina
Wedlich-Söldner, Roland / Cellular Dynamics and Cell Patterning, Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry, Max Planck Society;

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Nelson, B., Freisinger, T., Ishii, K., Okado, K., Shinzawa, N., Fukumoto, S., et al. (2013). Activation of Imd pathway in hemocyte confers infection resistance through humoral response in Drosophila. BIOCHEMICAL AND BIOPHYSICAL RESEARCH COMMUNICATIONS, 430(3), 1120-1125. doi:10.1016/j.bbrc.2012.12.027.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-000E-DFA0-F
Abstract
Upon microbial invasion the innate immune system of Drosophila melanogaster mounts a response that comes in two distinct but complimentary forms, humoral and cellular. A screen to find genes capable of conferring resistance to the Gram-positive Staphylococcus aureus upon ectopic expression in immune response tissues uncovered imd gene. This resistance was not dependent on cellular defenses but rather likely a result of upregulation of the humoral response through increased expression of antimicrobial peptides, including a Toll pathway reporter gene drosomycin. Taken together it appears that Imd pathway is capable of playing a role in resistance to the Gram-positive S. aureus, counter to notions of traditional roles of the Imd pathway thought largely to responsible for resistance to Gram-negative bacteria. (C) 2012 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.