Drosophila melanogaster does not exhibit a behavioural fever response when infected with Drosophila C virus

Arnold, Pieter A., White, Craig R. and Johnson, Karyn N. (2015) Drosophila melanogaster does not exhibit a behavioural fever response when infected with Drosophila C virus. Journal of General Virology, 96 12: 3667-3671. doi:10.1099/jgv.0.000296


Author Arnold, Pieter A.
White, Craig R.
Johnson, Karyn N.
Title Drosophila melanogaster does not exhibit a behavioural fever response when infected with Drosophila C virus
Formatted title
Drosophila melanogaster does not exhibit a behavioural fever response when infected with Drosophila C virus
Journal name Journal of General Virology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1465-2099
0022-1317
Publication date 2015-12
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1099/jgv.0.000296
Volume 96
Issue 12
Start page 3667
End page 3671
Total pages 5
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Microbiology Society
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Behavioural fever is a widely conserved response to infection. The host increases body temperature (T b) by altering their preferred temperature (T p), generating a fever and delaying or avoiding pathogen-induced mortality. This response is not ubiquitous in insects, however, although few studies have investigated this response to viral infection. Here, we examined the change in T p of Drosophila in response to virus infection using a thermal gradient. No difference in T p was observed. We suggest that the lack of behavioural fever could be due to the increased energy cost of maintaining a higher T b whilst the immune response is active. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first study to assay for changes in T p of infected Drosophila.
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