Special Issue "Invertebrate-Pathogen Antibiosis"

A special issue of Pathogens (ISSN 2076-0817).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2020) | Viewed by 197

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Christopher J. Coates
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Guest Editor
Department of Biosciences, College of Science, Swansea University, Swansea SA2 8PP, Wales, UK
Interests: invertebrate immunology; oxygen binding & transport proteins; shellfish health & disease; melanin-associated defences; cryptides; insects as disease models

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue on ‘Invertebrate–Pathogen Antibiosis’ will highlight recent progress in our understanding of host defences unique to invertebrates, and modes of pathogenicity when dealing with crop pests, commercially important shellfish, and ‘surrogate’ models of vertebrate diseases.  

The term ‘invertebrate’ subsumes the vast majority of known animal species, in excess of 95%. Most familiar examples of invertebrates are insects, crabs, oysters, octopods, sea urchins, starfish, and corals. Invertebrates occupy disparate, and, often, extreme habits, wherein they encounter a battery of disease-causing agents (viruses, parasites, bacteria, fungi, and oomycetes). To combat these pathogenic assaults, invertebrates possess a sophisticated repertoire of biological defences. Invertebrate innate immunity is categorised broadly into three lines of defence:

(1) physical barriers in the form of exoskeletons or membranes reinforced with chitin,
(2) heterogeneous populations of immune cells (e.g., haemocytes, coelomocytes) that carry out pathogen recognition and destruction, and
(3) humoral factors found within the equivalents of blood (haemolymph or coelomic fluid) that function as biostatic and biocidal agents.

Over the last two decades, the availability of molecular biology toolkits, including OMICS approaches, has enabled us to interrogate the complex relationships between hosts and pathogens, and to expand our investigations to include all species of interest. Therefore, we welcome submissions that enhance our understanding of invertebrate–pathogen antibiosis across all biological scales—from genes to macromolecules and cells to organs.

Dr. Christopher J. Coates
Guest Editor

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  • innate immunity
  • alternative disease models
  • pathobiology
  • parasitism
  • sepsis
  • mycosis
  • viremia

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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