Infection and Immunity seminar: Jean Luc Imler: Antiviral innate immunity: a drosophila perspective.

26.02.2018 | Lisbeth Heilesen

Dato tir 27 feb
Tid 14:15 15:00
Sted Aud D1 (1531-113)

Professor Jean Luc Imler, from: Université de Strasbourg, CNRS, Réponse Immunitaire et Développement chez les Insectes.

Title : Antiviral innate immunity: a drosophila perspective. In this talk professor Imler ill describe an entirely new and siRNA independent antiviral defense in insect.


Like all living organisms, insects are continually exposed to viruses and have developed efficient defense mechanisms. A major antiviral defense in Drosophila is RNA interference, in particular the small interfering (si) RNA pathway. In addition, complex inducible responses and restriction factors contribute to the control of infections. Some of the genes involved in these pathways have been conserved through evolution, highlighting loci that may account for susceptibility to viral infections in humans. Other genes are not conserved and represent species-specific innovations. Their characterization may provide hints for the design of novel antiviral strategies.


Student interested in receiving ICTS should contact me at the end of the talk.


Rune Hartmann/Søren Paludan


Rune Hartmann

PhD, associate Professor


Center for Structural Biology

Dept. of Molecular Biology and Genetics; Aarhus University.

Gustav Wieds Vej 10c, DK-8000 Aarhus C, Denmark


Phone ++45 2899 2578