Special Issue "State-of-the-Art Insect Viruses Research in China"

A special issue of Viruses (ISSN 1999-4915). This special issue belongs to the section "Insect Viruses".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2022.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Huoqing Zheng
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Guest Editor
College of Animal Sciences, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China
Interests: honeybee pathology; honeybee-parasite-virus interaction; cross-species pathogen transmission

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

With a vast territory and high environmental heterogeneity, China is one of the countries with the richest biodiversity of insects. Meanwhile, it is one of the earliest countries to exploit insect resources in the world and is the top producer of many insect-related industrial products such as silk and honey. Viruses that are pathogenic to these beneficial insects cause dramatic economic losses on agriculture in China. In contrast, viruses that are pathogenic to insect pests are potential biological control agents, some of which have been extensively used.

Technological advances and improved financial support in the last decade have facilitated an explosion in the amount of research into insect viruses in China, generating impressive progress. We believe that a better understanding of insect viruses in China will expand our overall knowledge of virology. For some specific circumstances, knowledge on the viruses and their insect hosts in China may be critical to the understanding of virus evolution and insect-virus interaction.

This special issue aims to present the state-of-the-art on insect viruses research in China. We welcome original research articles and reviews across a broad range of topics on insect viruses.

Dr. Huoqing Zheng
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • insect viruses
  • bee viruses
  • viruses-host interaction
  • virus evolution
  • biological control
  • pest management
  • virus pathogenesis

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Regulation of RNA Interference Pathways in the Insect Vector Laodelphax striatellus by Viral Proteins of Rice Stripe Virus
Viruses 2021, 13(8), 1591; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/v13081591 - 11 Aug 2021
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RNA interference (RNAi), especially the small interfering RNA (siRNA) and microRNA (miRNA) pathways, plays an important role in defending against viruses in plants and insects. However, how insect-transmitted phytoviruses regulate the RNAi-mediated antiviral response in vector insects has barely been uncovered. In this [...] Read more.
RNA interference (RNAi), especially the small interfering RNA (siRNA) and microRNA (miRNA) pathways, plays an important role in defending against viruses in plants and insects. However, how insect-transmitted phytoviruses regulate the RNAi-mediated antiviral response in vector insects has barely been uncovered. In this study, we explored the interaction between rice stripe virus (RSV) and the miRNA and siRNA pathways of the small brown planthopper, which is a vector insect. The transcript and protein levels of key genes in the two RNAi pathways did not change during the RSV infection process. When the expression of insect Ago1, Ago2, or Translin was silenced by the injection of double-stranded RNAs targeting these genes, viral replication was promoted with Ago2 silencing but inhibited with Translin silencing. Protein-protein binding assays showed that viral NS2 and RNA-dependent RNA polymerase interacted with insect Ago2 and Translin, respectively. When NS2 was knocked down, the transcript level of Ago2 increased and viral replication was inhibited. Therefore, viral NS2 behaved like an siRNA suppressor in vector insects. This protein-binding regulation of insect RNAi systems reflects a complicated and diverse coevolution of viruses with their vector insects. Full article
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Recent advances in Sacbrood virus: a review
Zheng, H. et al.

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