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The innate immune system is an evolutionarily conserved first line of defense against invasive microbes. Studies in the fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster, revolutionized the field of immunology and cemented Drosophila as a premier model of innate immune defenses. The Drosophila immune deficiency...
Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia (HSP) denotes a heterogeneous group of heritable neurodegenerative disorders predominantly characterized by progressive weakness and spasticity of the legs. Mutations in the gene SPAST are by far the most common, while mutations in the gene ATL1 are the second most...