Sex, offspring and carcass determine antimicrobial peptide expression in the burying beetle.

@article{Jacobs2016SexOA,
  title={Sex, offspring and carcass determine antimicrobial peptide expression in the burying beetle.},
  author={C. G. Jacobs and Sandra Steiger and David G. Heckel and Natalie Wielsch and Andreas Vilcinskas and Heiko Vogel},
  journal={Scientific reports},
  year={2016},
  volume={6},
  pages={25409}
}
The burying beetle Nicrophorus vespilloides has emerged as a model system for the investigation of adaptations that allow the utilization of carrion as a diet and as a resource for reproduction. The survival of beetles and their offspring given their exposure to soil-dwelling and cadaver-borne microbes requires mechanisms that reduce bacterial contamination in the diet and that achieve sanitation of the microhabitat. To explore the role of antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) in this context, we… CONTINUE READING
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