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Eric P. Caragata et al., 2013, PLoS Pathogens

Wolbachia pipientis protects its hosts from a range of pathogens by limiting their ability to form infections inside the insect. This paper examines the involvement of cholesterol in pathogen blocking using a system of dietary manipulation in Drosophila melanogaster in combination with challenge by Drosophila C virus (DCV)‚ a common fly pathogen.