Zhi-Zhi Wang

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Peptidoglycan recognition proteins (PGRPs) are multifunctional pattern recognition proteins. Here, we report that a PGRP gene, BtPGRP, encodes a PGRP from the whitefly Bemisia tabaci (MEAM1) that binds and kills bacteria in vitro. We analyzed BtPGRP transcriptional profiling, and the distribution of the cognate protein within the midgut. Fungal infection(More)
This paper describes the design, fabrication, and measurement of backward-wave-cancelled distributed traveling-wave photodetectors. One of the fundamental issues in traveling-wave photodetectors is the generation of backward-waves, which reduces bandwidth or, in the case of matched input termination, reduces their radio-frequency (RF) efficiencies by up to(More)
Lysozyme is well-known as an immune effector in the immune system. Here we identified three genes including one c-type lysozyme, Btlysc, and two i-type lysozymes, Btlysi1 and Btlysi2, from the whitefly Bemisia tabaci. All three lysozymes were constitutively expressed in different tissues and developmental stages, but the two types of lysozymes showed(More)
BACKGROUND The whitefly Bemisia tabaci (Gennadius) is considered one of the main pests for agriculture. One important problem with the whitefly is its notorious status as a vector for plant viruses, primarily begomoviruses. We have previously identified a defensin-like antimicrobial peptide, Btdef, from the whitefly B. tabaci MEAM1. However, the function of(More)
Defensins are members of a large and diverse family of antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) containing three or four intramolecular disulfide bonds. They are widely distributed from vertebrates to invertebrates, and serve as critical defense molecules protecting the host from the invasion of pathogens or protozoan parasites. Cotesia vestalis is a small(More)
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