Age, tissue, genotype and virus infection regulate Wolbachia levels in Drosophila

Rupinder Kaur, Julien Martinez, Omar Rota-Stabelli, Frank Jiggins & Wolfgang Miller
The bacterial symbiont Wolbachia can protect insects against viral pathogens, and the varying levels of antiviral protection are correlated with the endosymbiont load within the insects. To understand why Wolbachia strains differ in their antiviral effects, we investigated the factors controlling Wolbachia density in five closely related strains in their natural Drosophila hosts. We found that Wolbachia density varied greatly across different tissues and between flies of different ages, and these effects depended on the...
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