Editor’s Selections: Circadian-regulated immunity, kill or be killed, and Schmallenberg virus

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By Vincent Racaniello

Vincent RacanielloVincent Racaniello selects several notable posts each week from molecular and cellular biology and virology. He unravels viruses at virology blog.

<img title=”Vincent Racaniello” src=”http://researchblogging.org/news/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/smallvincent.jpg” alt=”Vincent Racaniello” width=”47″ height=”47″ />Vincent Racaniello selects several notable posts each week from molecular and cellular biology and virology. He writes about viruses at <a href=”http://www.virology.ws” target=”_blank”>virology blog</a>.
  • Circadian rhythms control many aspects of organismal behavior in 24 hour cycles. In the fruit fly a protein called timeless regulates the phagocytosis of bacteria.
  • Neisseria meningitidis, a bacterium that can cause life-threatening meningitis, lives harmlessly in the nasopharynx of many people. The same bacterial protein that allows is to adhere to epithelial cells also induces apoptosis in macrophages, allowing Neisseria to avoid destruction.
  • The newly discovered Schmallenberg virus causes still births in cows, goats and sheep. It was first identified in the Netherlands and Germany and has since spread elsewhere in Europe, likely by the movements of midges. Should we worry?

I’ll be back next Friday with more selections.

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