Special Issue "Insect Immunity"

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A special issue of Insects (ISSN 2075-4450).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 March 2012)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Brian P. Lazzaro
Department of Entomology, 3134 Comstock Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853, USA
Website: http://www.lazzaro.entomology.cornell.edu
E-Mail: bplazzaro@cornell.edu

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The study of infection and immunity in insects has grown to considerable prominence over the past several decades. Early work in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s focused on the biochemistry of insect immunity and the (fruitless) search for insect analogs of vertebrate antibodies. A transformational element of functional genetics emerged in the 1990s, emphasizing the Drosophila model system, with work from this era earning a share of the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. The emergence of widespread genome sequencing in the 2000s allowed comparative genomic analyses that revealed the strikingly high degree of conservation in immune system genes even across insects hundreds of millions of years diverged. The study of insect immunity is now extraordinarily multidisciplinary. Because fundamental aspects of the immune system are conserved across all animals, insects can serve as valuable biomedical models for the study of immune system function and pathogen virulence. The study of insect immunity is also important in its own right, with managed infection at the core of new approaches to the biological control of insect agricultural pests and vectors of human disease. The interactions between insects and their pathogens continue to elucidate basic principles in evolutionary biology, ecology, and the epidemiology of infectious disease. We wish to use this special issue of Insects to highlight the diversity and depth of research into the functional biology, evolution, and translational application of infection and immunity in insects.

Dr. Brian P. Lazzaro
Guest Editor

Keywords

  • insect immunity
  • invertebrate immunity
  • innate immune systems
  • host-pathogen interactions
  • immune system genetics
  • genomics
  • evolution

Published Papers (11 papers)

Insects 2012, 3(4), 1236-1256; doi:10.3390/insects3041236
Received: 13 September 2012; in revised form: 9 November 2012 / Accepted: 13 November 2012 / Published: 5 December 2012
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Insects 2012, 3(4), 1093-1104; doi:10.3390/insects3041093
Received: 9 April 2012; in revised form: 12 October 2012 / Accepted: 15 October 2012 / Published: 24 October 2012
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Insects 2012, 3(3), 789-820; doi:10.3390/insects3030789
Received: 27 May 2012; in revised form: 3 July 2012 / Accepted: 10 July 2012 / Published: 15 August 2012
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Insects 2012, 3(3), 743-762; doi:10.3390/insects3030743
Received: 13 June 2012; in revised form: 13 July 2012 / Accepted: 2 August 2012 / Published: 14 August 2012
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Insects 2012, 3(3), 692-708; doi:10.3390/insects3030692
Received: 24 May 2012; in revised form: 7 July 2012 / Accepted: 10 July 2012 / Published: 26 July 2012
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Insects 2012, 3(3), 616-628; doi:10.3390/insects3030616
Received: 12 May 2012; in revised form: 28 May 2012 / Accepted: 18 June 2012 / Published: 27 June 2012
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Insects 2012, 3(3), 601-615; doi:10.3390/insects3030601
Received: 18 April 2012; in revised form: 25 May 2012 / Accepted: 18 June 2012 / Published: 27 June 2012
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Insects 2012, 3(2), 573-592; doi:10.3390/insects3020573
Received: 30 April 2012; in revised form: 25 May 2012 / Accepted: 13 June 2012 / Published: 19 June 2012
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Insects 2012, 3(2), 553-572; doi:10.3390/insects3020553
Received: 21 April 2012; in revised form: 31 May 2012 / Accepted: 5 June 2012 / Published: 15 June 2012
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Insects 2012, 3(2), 511-531; doi:10.3390/insects3020511
Received: 1 April 2012; in revised form: 11 May 2012 / Accepted: 16 May 2012 / Published: 29 May 2012
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Insects 2012, 3(2), 492-510; doi:10.3390/insects3020492
Received: 15 March 2012; in revised form: 24 April 2012 / Accepted: 9 May 2012 / Published: 16 May 2012
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