Insect Viruses: Detection, Characterization and Roles

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Insects are a major group of arthropods and the most diverse group of animals on the earth, with over a million described species. In common with all other life forms, insects suffer from viruses that cripple and kill. Admittedly, insects transmit viruses that cause illness in humans, but the insect in such cases is usually unaffected. This book includes research on such viruses affecting humans. Also included in this book are the ways to recognize insect viruses and their use in pest control. Basic and applied research on insect virus proteins associated with the peroral infectivity is reviewed as well. Furthermore, RNAi has been applied to a number of studies involved in insect immunity. Thus, the effect of RNA interference on viral infections is also studied.

Preface

Research and Review Studies

1. Insect Virus Proteins Involved in the Peroral Infectivity of the Viruses and their Potential Practical Application in Pest Control
(Wataru Mitsuhashi - National Institute of Agrobiological Sciences, Tsukuba, Japan) (pp. 1-20)

2. RNAi and the Study of Insect Immunity
(E.P. Silva, N.A. Ratcliffe - Instituto de Biologia, Univ. Federal Fluminense, Brazil and others) (pp. 21-38)

3. Epidemiology of Kakugo Virus, An Insect Picorna-like Virus Identified in Aggressive Honeybee Workers -- A Study of Virus-host Interactions in the Honeybee Society
(Tomoko Fujiyuki - Dept. of Biological Sciences, University of Tokyo, Japan) (pp. 39-56)

4. Honeybee Viruses in Uruguay: First Detection of Honeybee Viruses in South America and their Potential Role in Mortality of Honeybees
(Karina Antunez, Bruno D'Alessandro, Pablo Zunino, Dept. de Microbiologia, Instituto de Investigaciones Biologicas Clemente Estable, Montevideo, Uruguay) (pp. 57-73)

5. Encephalitic Arboviruses: Emerging and Re-Emerging Problem
(Agostino Pugliese, Tiziana Beltramo, Donato Torre, Department of Medical and Surgical Sciences, Section of Clinical Microbiology of Turin University, Turin, Italy and others) (pp. 75-100)

6. Neurologic Manifestations of West Nile Virus Infection
(Spiegel Ronen, Horovitz Yoseph, Pediatric Department, Haemek Medical Center, Afula, Rappaport School of Medicine, Technion, Haifa) (pp. 101-118)

7. Effects of Coinfection with Borrelia Burgdorferi and Anaplasma Phagocytophilum in Vector Ticks and Vertebrate Hosts
(Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, USA) (pp. 119-145)

Short Communication

A. Early Detection of Baculovirus Expression and Infection in Lepidopteran Larvae Fed Occlusion Bodies of an AcMNPV Recombinant Carrying a Red Fluorescent Protein Gene
(Arthur H. McIntosh, James J. Grasela - USDA, Research Park, Columbia, Missouri) (pp. 147-155)

B. Reovirus-like Double Stranded RNA Fractions in a Drosophila Melanogaster Line Containing Individual Second Chromosome from Natural Population
(E. G. Pasyukova, D.V. Mukha - Institute of Molecular Genetics of Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia, and others) (pp. 157-164)

C. Cellular Secretion of SF21 Cells upon Baculovirus Infection
(Xiao-Wen Cheng - Dept. of Microbiology, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, USA) (pp. 165-168)

Index pp.169-186

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