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Hormonal regulation of the humoral innate immune response in Drosophila melanogaster

Flatt, Thomas ; Heyland, Andreas ; Rus, Florentina ; Porpiglia, Ermelinda ; Sherlock, Chris ; Yamamoto, Rochele ; Garbuzov, Alina ; Palli, Subba R. ; Tatar, Marc ; Silverman, Neal

In: The Journal of Experimental Biology, 2008, vol. 21, no. 1, p. 2712-2724

Juvenile hormone (JH) and 20-hydroxy-ecdysone (20E) are highly versatile hormones, coordinating development, growth, reproduction and aging in insects. Pulses of 20E provide key signals for initiating developmental and physiological transitions, while JH promotes or inhibits these signals in a stage-specific manner. Previous evidence suggests that JH and 20E might modulate innate immunity, but...

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Ecdysone triggered PGRP‐LC expression controls Drosophila innate immunity

Rus, Florentina ; Flatt, Thomas ; Tong, Mei ; Aggarwal, Kamna ; Okuda, Kendi ; Kleino, Anni ; Yates, Elisabeth ; Tatar, Marc ; Silverman, Neal

In: The EMBO Journal, 2013, vol. 32, no. 11, p. 1626–1638

Throughout the animal kingdom, steroid hormones have been implicated in the defense against microbial infection, but how these systemic signals control immunity is unclear. Here, we show that the steroid hormone ecdysone controls the expression of the pattern recognition receptor PGRP‐LC in Drosophila, thereby tightly regulating innate immune recognition and defense against bacterial...