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Transcription in mosquito hemocytes in response to pathogen exposure

Julián F Hillyer

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Department of Biological Sciences and Institute for Global Health, Vanderbilt University, VU Station B 35-1634, Nashville, TN 37235-1634, USA

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Journal of Biology 2009, 8:51  doi:10.1186/jbiol151

Published: 5 June 2009


Mosquito hemocytes are blood cells that are fundamental for combating systemic infection. A study published in BMC Genomics shows that hemocyte gene transcription in response to immune challenge is pathogen-specific and reaffirms the primary role of these cells in immunity.