A baculovirus-encoded protein tyrosine phosphatase gene induces enhanced locomotory activity in a lepidopteran host.

@article{Kamita2005ABP,
  title={A baculovirus-encoded protein tyrosine phosphatase gene induces enhanced locomotory activity in a lepidopteran host.},
  author={Shizuo George Kamita and Koukichi Nagasaka and Josie W Chua and Toru Shimada and Kazuei Mita and Masahiko Kobayashi and Susumu Maeda and Bruce D Hammock},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  year={2005},
  volume={102 7},
  pages={2584-9}
}
Enhanced locomotory activity (ELA), such as wandering, is a normal behavior that occurs at the end of the larval stage in lepidopteran (butterflies and moths) insects. Baculovirus infection can also induce ELA in lepidopteran larvae. The belief is that the virus induces this behavior to increase its transmission [Goulson, D. (1997) Oecologia 109, 219-228]. Here we show that a baculovirus-encoded protein tyrosine phosphatase (PTP) gene (ptp) induces ELA that is activated by light. ELA was… CONTINUE READING

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