- A novel mode of induction of the humoral innate immune response in Drosophila larvae
Editors' choice: Drosophila larvae represent a useful model of infectious inflammation and sterilely induced humoral innate response, which are relevant for disorders associated with chronic inflammation.
- Seizure control through genetic and pharmacological manipulation of Pumilio in Drosophila: a key component of neuronal homeostasis
Summary: Next-generation anticonvulsant compounds potentiate the activity of the neuronal homeostatic regulator Pumilio.
- Drosophila and genome-wide association studies: a review and resource for the functional dissection of human complex traits
Summary: The use of Drosophila for functional investigation of findings from human genome-wide association studies (GWAS) has potential for follow-up of susceptibility signals in more than 1000 human traits.
- A homozygous FITM2 mutation causes a deafness-dystonia syndrome with motor regression and signs of ichthyosis and sensory neuropathy
Editors' choice: Loss of FITM2 function in humans causes syndromic hearing loss without any signs of a lipodystrophy, although FITM2 is known to function in lipid droplet synthesis and metabolism.
- Acute and long-term outcomes in a Drosophila melanogaster model of classic galactosemia occur independently of galactose-1-phosphate accumulation
Summary: In a GALT-deficient Drosophila model of classic galactosemia, Gal-1P accumulation is not required for compromised larval survival following galactose exposure or adult movement and fecundity phenotypes.
- The interplay between obesity and cancer: a fly view
Summary: This Review highlights a Drosophila model of diet-induced obesity and cancer, and how these two models are combined to study the interplay between obesity and cancer.
- Muscles provide protection during microbial infection by activating innate immune response pathways in Drosophila and zebrafish
Summary: Using fruit fly and zebrafish models, we show that skeletal muscles are immune responsive tissues; they mount innate immune responses during bacterial infection – an evolutionarily conserved defense mechanism.
- A novel Drosophila model of TDP-43 proteinopathies: N-terminal sequences combined with the Q/N domain induce protein functional loss and locomotion defects
Summary: An engineered TDP-43 construct can be used to induce TDP-43 aggregation in Drosophila, providing a model that could be useful for characterization of pathogenetic mechanisms and drug screening.