Rethinking vector immunology: the role of environmental temperature in shaping resistance.


Journal Article (Review)

Recent ecological research has revealed that environmental factors can strongly affect insect immunity and influence the outcome of host-parasite interactions. To date, however, most studies examining immune function in mosquitoes have ignored environmental variability. We argue that one such environmental variable, temperature, influences both vector immunity and the parasite itself. As temperatures in the field can vary greatly from the ambient temperature in the laboratory, it will be essential to take temperature into account when studying vector immunology.

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Cited Authors

  • Murdock, CC; Paaijmans, KP; Cox-Foster, D; Read, AF; Thomas, MB

Published Date

  • December 2012

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 10 / 12

Start / End Page

  • 869 - 876

PubMed ID

  • 23147703

Pubmed Central ID

  • 23147703

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1740-1534

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1740-1526

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1038/nrmicro2900


  • eng