Immune function keeps endosymbionts under control
1 Department of Biology and Biochemistry, University of Bath, Bath BA2 7AY, UK
2 Department of Animal and Plant Sciences, University of Sheffield, Western Bank, Sheffield S10 2TN, UK
Journal of Biology 2008, 7:28 doi:10.1186/jbiol88Published: 16 October 2008
How does an animal host prevent intracellular symbionts getting out of hand? A new paper in BMC Biology provides evidence that the mutualism between a beetle and its bacterial endosymbiont could be mediated through the expression of host immune genes.