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Spodoptera frugiperda (Noctuidae) is a major agricultural pest throughout the American continent. The highly polyphagous larvae are frequently devastating crops of importance such as corn, sorghum, cotton and grass. In addition, the Sf9 cell line, widely used in biochemistry for in vitro protein production, is derived from S. frugiperda tissues. Many(More)
Our goal was to improve the biosafety of baculovirus-based technologies by deleting the pif (per os infectivity factor) gene from baculovirus expression vectors. Such a deletion would block transmission in nature without disturbing protein production. A pif deletion mutant of Autographa californica multiplecapsid nucleopolyhedrovirus (AcMNPV) was(More)
Interleukin-17 (IL-17) is a proinflammatory cytokine produced by activated memory T cells, and it appears to play an upstream role in T cell-triggered inflammation by stimulating stromal cells to secrete other cytokines. We hypothesize that IL-17 plays a role in the recruitment of neutrophils in the bovine mammary gland during infection or immune-mediated(More)
To evaluate densovirus potential against lepidopteran pests and their capacity to invade new hosts, we have characterised in vivo the infection and pathogenesis of the Junonia coenia densovirus (JcDNV) in the noctuid pest Spodoptera frugiperda. Here we show that infection starts with the ingestion of viral particles that cross the midgut epithelium without(More)
Junonia coenia densovirus (JcDNV) is an ambisense insect parvovirus highly pathogenic for lepidopteran pests at larval stages. The potential use of DNVs as biological control agents prompted us to reinvestigate the host range and cellular mechanisms of infection. In order to understand the early events of infection, we set up a functional infection assay in(More)
The phosphatidylinositol-3-kinase (PI3K)/Akt/target of rapamycin (TOR) signalling pathway controls cell growth and survival, and is targeted by a number of viruses at different phases of their infection cycle to control translation. Whether and how insect viruses interact with this pathway remain poorly addressed. Here, we investigated the role of(More)
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