Special Issue "Transmission Dynamics of Insect Viruses"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2019.
Dr. Kenneth A. Stapleford
Department of Microbiology, New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY 10016, USA
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Interests: arbovirus; chikungunya virus; transmission; host–pathogen interactions; RNA viruses; Zika virus; genome replication; innate immunity; Sindbis virus; viral evolution; adaptation; vector–pathogen interactions; mosquito; pathogenesis
Insect viruses encompass a long and expanding list of not only emerging vector-borne human pathogens (Zika virus, chikungunya virus, dengue virus, Powassan virus) but also viruses that infect other mammals, plants, and insects which far outnumber the human pathogens. One fundamental and essential aspect of these viruses is the need to be transmitted for a successful viral life cycle. Insect virus inter-host transmission from insect vectors (mosquitoes, ticks) to a host (humans, plants) or from insect to insect is a dynamic process involving intra-host evolution and adaptation, host competence, viral persistence, and important host–pathogen interactions that facilitate and shape these essential steps in the viral life cycle.
Unfortunately, we understand little of how insect viruses are transmitted, both horizontally and vertically, having large gaps in our knowledge of this process. In this Special Issue of Viruses, we will explore the transmission dynamics of insect viruses through a series of research and review articles focusing on the inter- and intra-host mechanisms insect viruses use for emergence, transmission, and spread. Together, these articles will begin to address unanswered questions and provide a platform for future studies on insect virus transmission.
Dr. Kenneth A. Stapleford
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- host–pathogen interactions