The Baculovirus Uses a Captured Host Phosphatase to Induce Enhanced Locomotory Activity in Host Caterpillars

@inproceedings{Katsuma2012TheBU,
  title={The Baculovirus Uses a Captured Host Phosphatase to Induce Enhanced Locomotory Activity in Host Caterpillars},
  author={Susumu Katsuma and Yasue Koyano and Wonkyung Kang and Ryuhei Kokusho and Shizuo George Kamita and Toru Shimada},
  booktitle={PLoS pathogens},
  year={2012}
}
The baculovirus is a classic example of a parasite that alters the behavior or physiology of its host so that progeny transmission is maximized. Baculoviruses do this by inducing enhanced locomotory activity (ELA) that causes the host caterpillars to climb to the upper foliage of plants. We previously reported that this behavior is not induced in silkworms that are infected with a mutant baculovirus lacking its protein tyrosine phosphatase (ptp) gene, a gene likely captured from an ancestral… CONTINUE READING