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Insect Immunology - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780123739766, 9780080556338

Insect Immunology

1st Edition

Editor: Nancy Beckage
eBook ISBN: 9780080556338
Hardcover ISBN: 9780123739766
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 18th December 2007
Page Count: 360
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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.

Key Features

  • Encompasses the most important topics of insect immunology including mechanisms, genes, proteins, evolution and phylogeny
  • 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
  • Most up-to-date information published with contributions from international leaders in the field


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.

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


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18th December 2007
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About the Editor

Nancy Beckage

Affiliations and Expertise

University of California, Department of Entomology, Riverside, USA

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