Theopold, U., Krautz, R., & Dushay, M.S. (2013). The Drosophila clotting system and its messages for mammals. Dev.Comp.Immunol. (epub ahead of print).

 

Drosophila has been increasingly used as a model to study hemolymph clotting. Proteomics and bioinformatics identified candidate clotting-factors, several of which were tested using genetics. Mutants and lines with reduced expression of clotting-factors show subtle effects after wounding, indicating that sealing wounds may rely on redundant mechanisms. More striking effects are observed after infection, in particular when a natural infection model involving entomopathogenic nematodes is used. When translated into mammalian models these results reveal that mammalian blood clots serve a similar immune function, thus providing a new example of the usefulness of studying invertebrate models.