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Insect Immunology

Edited By: Nancy E Beckage

348 pages, Col plates, figs, b/w photos

Academic Press

Hardback | Jan 2008 | #170554 | ISBN-13: 9780123739766
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About this book

Given the critical importance of insect immunology in insect vector-parasite interactions and vector control, biological control of agricultural insect pests, and other key areas of entomological research and practice, a new comprehensive work summarizing recent breakthroughs in this rapidly expanding field is sorely needed. This work will constitute the first book-length publication on the topic of insect immunology since 1991, complimenting earlier works by offering a fresh perspective on current research. Interactions of host immune systems with both parasites and pathogens will be presented as well as the genomics and proteomics approaches which have been lacking in other publication.


Contents

Preface: An Insects Perspective on Immunity 1: Historical Overview of Major Achievements in Insect Immunity 2: A Comparison of Insect and Vertebrate Immunity: Key Similarities vs. Differences 3: Overview of Insect Innate Immunity 4: Phylogenetic Perspectives and Pattern Recognition Processes in Insect Immunity Jules Hoffmann, Strasbourg, France 5: Insect Hemoctyes and their Functions Michael Strand, Univ. of Georgia 6: Pathogen Recognition, Phagocytosis, and Nodulation: Responses to Pathogenic Infection David Stanley, Insect Biocontrol Laboratory, USDA/ARS, Columbia, MO 7: The Encapsulation Response and its Modulators Michael Strand, Univ. of Georgia 8: The Physiological Roles of Polydnaviruses in Insect Immunity to Parasitoids 9: Polydnavirus Genomic Sequencing Insights into Immunity Bruce Webb, University of Kentucky; Sassan Asgari, University of Queensland, Australia 10: Humoral Mechanisms of Insect Immunity and the Roles of Antibacterial Proteins Michael Kanost, Kansas State University 11: The Role of Eicosanoids in Insect Immunity David Stanley, Insect Biocontrol Laboratory, USDA/ARS, Columbia, MO 12: Drosophila as a Model for Studying Insect Immunity 13: The Role of the Phenoloxidase Pathway in Insect Immunity Anthony Nappi and Bruce Christensen, University of Wisconsin- Madison 14: How Parasites Developing in Insect Vectors Trigger or Escape the Host Immune Response Susan Paskewitz, Univ. of Wisconsin- Madison; Shirley Luckhart, Univ. California- Davis 15: Exploitation of Insect Immunity Genes to Enhance Vector Refractoriness to Parasites Alex Raikhel and Peter Atkinson, University of California - Riverside 16: Strategies of Entomopathogenic Nematodes and their Associated Bacteria for Countering the Host Immune Response Stuart Reynolds and Richard Effrech-Constant, University of Bath, UK 17: Insect Anti-Viral Immune Responses Bryony Bonning, Iowa State University 18: Neuro-Endocrine-Immune Pathways in Insects 19: Evolution and Insect Immune Defenses Paul Schmid-Hempel, Switzerland 20: Insect Immunity and Behavior: Trade-Offs Shelley Adamo, Dalhousie University, Canada 21: Summary: Responses to Pathogens vis a vis Responses to Parasites Nancy Beckage 22: Glimpses of the Future of Insect Immunology Otto Schmidt, University of Adelaide, Australia.

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