Insect immune systems can recognize specific pathogens and prime offspring immunity. High specificity of immune priming can be achieved when insect females transfer immune elicitors into developing oocytes. The molecular mechanism behind this transfer has been a mystery. Here, we establish that the egg-yolk protein vitellogenin is the carrier of immune elicitors.
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- Salmela, Heli (Author)
- Amdam, Gro (Author)
- Freitak, Dalial (Author)
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Salmela, H., Amdam, G. V., & Freitak, D. (2015). Transfer of Immunity from Mother to Offspring Is Mediated via Egg-Yolk Protein Vitellogenin. PLOS Pathogens, 11(7). doi:10.1371/journal.ppat.1005015