Drosophila immune cell migration and adhesion during embryonic development and larval immune responses Journal Article


Author(s): Ratheesh, Aparna; Belyaeva, Vera; Siekhaus, Daria E
Article Title: Drosophila immune cell migration and adhesion during embryonic development and larval immune responses
Affiliation IST Austria
Abstract: The majority of immune cells in Drosophila melanogaster are plasmatocytes; they carry out similar functions to vertebrate macrophages, influencing development as well as protecting against infection and cancer. Plasmatocytes, sometimes referred to with the broader term of hemocytes, migrate widely during embryonic development and cycle in the larvae between sessile and circulating positions. Here we discuss the similarities of plasmatocyte developmental migration and its functions to that of vertebrate macrophages, considering the recent controversy regarding the functions of Drosophila PDGF/VEGF related ligands. We also examine recent findings on the significance of adhesion for plasmatocyte migration in the embryo, as well as proliferation, trans-differentiation, and tumor responses in the larva. We spotlight parallels throughout to vertebrate immune responses.
Journal Title: Current Opinion in Cell Biology
Volume: 36
ISSN: 1879-0410
Publisher: Elsevier  
Date Published: 2015-10-01
Start Page: 71
End Page: 79
Copyright Statement: CC BY-NC-ND 4.0
Sponsor: Daria Siekhaus is supported by Marie Curie CIG 34077/IRTIM and Aparna Ratheesh by Marie Curie IIF GA-2012-32950 BB: DICJI.
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DOI: 10.1016/j.ceb.2015.07.003
Open access: yes (OA journal)