Infection biology: Molecular recognition of fungal spores stimulates host hygiene

Curr Biol. 2023 Jan 23;33(2):R70-R72. doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2022.12.028.


Hygienic behaviors that remove pathogens can be crucial in preventing disease. But how are such behaviors stimulated? A new study shows that Drosophila recognize proteins on the surface of Metarhizium spores as a cue to initiate grooming and spore removal.

Publication types

  • Comment

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Biology
  • Drosophila
  • Hygiene
  • Metarhizium*
  • Spores, Fungal