Insect Immunology

Edited by

  • Nancy Beckage, University of California, Department of Entomology, Riverside, USA

This work is the first book-length publication on the topic of insect immunology since 1991, complementing earlier works by offering a fresh perspective on current research. Interactions of host immune systems with both parasites and pathogens are presented in detail, as well as the genomics and proteomics, approaches which have been lacking in other publications. Beckage provides comprehensive coverage of topics important to medical researchers, including Drosophila as a model for studying cellular and humoral immune mechanisms, biochemical mediators of immunity, and insect blood cells and their functions.
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Industry and government scientists in areas related to entomology, immunology, vector biology and disease transmission, pattern recognition processes, pathology, physiology, and biochemistry; medically-oriented immunologists, cell biologists and hematologists; upper level undergraduates, graduate students, postdoctoral researchers.


Book information

  • Published: December 2007
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-373976-6

Table of Contents

Preface: An Insect's Perspective on Immunity 1: Insect and Vertebrate Immunity: Key Similarities versus Differences Otto Schmidt, Ulrich Theopold and Nancy E. Beckage 2: Insect Hemocytes and their Role in Immunity Michael R. Strand 3: Eicosanoid Actions in Insect Immunology David W. Stanley and Jon S. Miller 4: Phenoloxidases in Insect Immunity Michael R. Kanost and Maureen J. Gorman 5: Evidence for Specificity and Memory in the Insect Innate Immune Response Linh N. Pham and David S. Schneider 6: Bidirectional Connections Between the Immune System and the Nervous System in Insects Shelley Anne Adamo 7: Bloodfeeding as an Interface of Mammalian and Arthropod Immunity Leyla Akman-Anderson, Yoram Vodovotz, Ruben Zamora, and Shirley Luckhart 8: Mosquito Immunity to the Malaria Parasite Lindsey S. Garver, Luke Baton and George Dimopoulos 9: Insect Immunity to Viruses Wendy O. Sparks, Lyric C. Bartholomay and Byrony C. Bonning 10: Parasitoid Polydnaviruses and Insect Immunity Nancy E. Beckage 11: Insect Immune Recognition and Suppression Otto Schmidt 12: RNAi and the Insect Immune System Stuart E. Reynolds and Ioannis Eleftherianos 13: Epilogue: Pathways into the Future of Insect Immunology Nancy E. Beckage