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Selection on an antimicrobial peptide defensin in ants

Journal of Molecular Evolution

Dec 1, 2008

Lumi Viljakainen, Pekka Pamilo

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Abstract

Ants live in crowded nests with interacting individuals, which makes them particularly prone to infectious diseases. The question is, how do ants cope with the increased risk of pathogen transmission due to sociality? We have studied the molecular evolution of defensin, a gene encoding ...read more

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Immune System
Communicable Diseases
Tertiary Protein Structure
Microbicides
Selection, Genetic
Isoptera
Diptera
Ants
Termicin
Codon (Nucleotide Sequence)
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  • Selection on an antimicrobial peptide defensin in ants

    Journal of Molecular Evolution

    Dec 1, 2008

    Lumi Viljakainen, Pekka Pamilo

    PMID: 18956133

    DOI: 10.1007/s00239-008-9173-6

    Abstract

    Ants live in crowded nests with interacting individuals, which makes them particularly prone to infectious diseases. The question is, how do ants cope with the increased risk of pathogen transmission due to sociality? We have studied the molecular evolution of defensin, a gene encoding ...read more

    Mentioned in this Paper

    Immune System
    Communicable Diseases
    Tertiary Protein Structure
    Microbicides
    Selection, Genetic
    Paper Details
    References
    • References57
    • Citations25
    • References57
    • Citations25
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