Special Issue "Invertebrate Immunity"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2019).
Interests: comparative immunology; evolution of immunity; invertebrate innate immunity; Biomphalaria glabrata; Schistosoma mansoni; compatibility polymorphism; specificity; immune recognition; immune priming; innate immune memory; molecular mechanisms; trans-generational immune priming; comparative molecular approaches; transcriptomic; proteomic; epigenomic
All living organisms face biotic and abiotic stressors in their environments. Pathogens, for example, cause substantial deleterious effects on their hosts, and thus represent a major driving force for host evolution. Therefore, all living organisms have evolved defence systems capable of recognizing and controlling/containing and/or eliminating most of the pathogens encountered during their life. Efforts to escalate the diversity and availability of genomic resources have substantially increased our knowledge of the molecular basis of invertebrate immunity and presented an opportunity to improve our comprehension of invertebrate immune systems and host–pathogen evolution. The advent of “omic” approaches reconciles mechanisms with phenomena and paves the way to a better characterization of the molecular supports of innate immune processes and immunological memory in diverse model and non-model organisms. Deciphering the cellular and molecular basis of immune responses from an increasing variety of phylogenetically distant models sheds light on the nature, origin, and complexity of the evolutionary innovations of the immune responses of invertebrates.
The forthcoming Special Issue aims to provide an overview of recent topics on invertebrate immunity, with an emphasis on reviews and fundamental or applied studies that aim to decipher the dynamic molecular processes of invertebrate immune responses as they adapt and respond to pathogen and parasite challenges. Priority will be given to works that elucidate new immune mechanisms in invertebrates, challenging the commonly accepted paradigms in innate immunity, notably revealing recognition specificity, the complexity of innate immune responses, and adaptive-like mechanisms (priming/memory) and transfer protection to offspring.
Dr. Patrick Hanington
Dr. Benjamin Gourbal
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- host–parasite interactions
- innate immunity
- immune priming
- immune memory
- trained immunity
- trans-generational immunity