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Activation involves dimerization of the IFN receptors which then activate downstream signaling pathways. Active adaptive immune system activity consumes a great deal of energy that could be used for other essential activities, such as mating and reproduction, as well as longevity. IRF and NF-κB binding sites have also been identified in the promotor regions of IFNκ and IFNω in the serotine bat (Eptesicus serotinus) (He et al., 2014). These intracellular TLRs recognize the nucleic acids; dsRNA, single-stranded RNA (ssRNA) and DNA, respectively and signal via the TRIF pathway (Majer et al., 2017). During flight, the body temperature of bats can reach over 41°C. doi: 10.1111/acv.12636, Sarkis S., Lise M. C., Darcissac E., Dabo S., Falk M., Chaulet L., et al. (2014). While the bats can tolerate viruses like these, when these bat viruses then move into animals that lack a fast-response immune system, the viruses quickly overwhelm their new hosts, leading to high fatality rates. Rev. Until recently, nothing was known about NLRP3-mediated inflammation in bats, but it was hypothesized that despite the NLRP3 inflammasome existing as a central player in viral infection in bats, it differs between bats and other mammals. Mutations in viral RNA species often result in the virus becoming biochemically “optimized” to exist in a particular host. This could suggest why bats are able to harbor many different RNA viruses without exhibiting pathology. Virus interference. J. Virol. Another study conducted on Jamaican fruit bats (Artibeus jamaicensis) also found an increased RNASEL level in the spleen following infection with Tacaribe virus, indicating that RNASEL induction in bats can be observed in vivo (Zhang et al., 2013a). It has been recognized that in IFN-stimulated cells, bat ISGs fall into two categories that share similar early induction kinetics but possess a unique late phase decline (De La Cruz-Rivera et al., 2018). Persistant infection in bats and bat cell cultures with Japanese encephalitis virus. Natl. There are three types of IFN that are categorized based on which receptor they interact with; type I IFN interacts with receptors located in fibroblast cells, type II IFN receptors are located on endothelial cells and type III IFN receptors are largely found in immune cells. Bat ISGs that are conserved between other species, have also been found to be expressed in higher levels than their human counterparts, which again may be another unique immune feature contributing to the viral-host relationship observed in bats (De La Cruz-Rivera et al., 2018). Molecular characterisation of Toll-like receptors in the black flying fox Pteropus alecto. doi: 10.3390/v11020152, Banerjee A., Zhang X., Yip A., Schulz K. S., Irving A. T., Bowdish D., et al. 61 (5), 653–660. The mutation of the serine residue at the phosphorylation site 358 in bats, resulted in the impaired ability to activate downstream IFNs (Liu et al., 2015) and was identified in every known STING protein of bat. In the type II IFN group, there is only one single IFN called IFNϒ, which is secreted by T cells and natural killer (NK) cells of the immune system and is hence more associated with cell mediated immunity than innate (Randall and Goodbourn, 2008). doi: 10.4049/jimmunol.178.2.1164, Baker M., Zhou P. (2015). In this video lecture, we will study in detail..What are interferons? They are present in almost all cell types and consist of three RNA helicases; retinoic acid-inducible gene (RIG-I), laboratory of genetics and physiology-2 (LGP-2) and melanoma differentiation associated gene (MDA5) (Thompson et al., 2011). (2009). Furthermore, via discovering the novel adaptations of bat immune systems, the current understanding of the human immune response may be redefined and possibly utilized when applied to other species in preventing pathology of disease. This highlights the need for further exploration of IFNα expression in further bat species. 15 (12), e2004086. Thompson M. R., Kaminski J. J., Kurt-Jones E. A., Fitzgerald K. A. Rep. 10 (1), 1370. doi: 10.1038/s41598-020-58466-w. Therefore, bats may have evolved effective mechanisms to control viral replication. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1814995116, He X., Korytar T., Schatz J., Freuling C. M., Muller T., Kollner B. The NLR family pyrin domain containing 3 (NLRP3) inflammasome sensor has been proven central to age related and viral-induced inflammation in humans and other mammals.NLRP3 is vital to the inflammasome of cells and its role is to recognize cellular stresses such as mitochondrial damage or oxidative stress, in addition to bacterial or viral infections. IFNs were first discovered in 1957 by Isaacs and Lindenmann (1987) who have identified interference of viral host antagonization in chick embryos. TLRs are the largest and most widely studied class of PRRs. Rep. 6, 21722. doi: 10.1038/srep21722, PubMed Abstract | CrossRef Full Text | Google Scholar, Ahn M., Anderson D. E., Zhang Q., Tan C. W., Lim B. L., Luko K., et al. Future studies are required to understand the adaptations bat cells have evolved to sense DNA viruses while also limiting the detection of self-DNA. doi: 10.1007/s13238-016-0320-3, Xie J., Li Y., Shen X., Goh G., Zhu Y., Cui J., et al. To further support findings, the Bat1k project also completed a second genome-wide screen, but this time aimed at identifying any inactivated genes or gene losses. Discovery of this evidence further supports the theory that bats can tolerate viral infection much more efficiently than other mammals due to their likely unique immune systems. (2003). 209, 11–22. Onoguchi K., Yoneyama M., Takemura A., Akira S., Taniguchi T., Namiki H., et al. However, the IFN systems of bats have only been marginally examined to date up until the recent developments of the Bat1k project which have now opened new opportunities in research by identifying six new bat genomes to possess novel genes that are likely associated with viral tolerance exhibited in bats. DNA sensors identified in humans include AIM2 and IFIT16 which are associated with inflammasome assembly in addition to TLR9 and cGAS that are involved in IFN expression. Studies conducted by Cowled et al. TLRs are localized at the cellular or endosomal membranes such as the endoplasmic reticulum, lysosome or endosome where they recognize PAMPs via their LRR domain and transduce signals to the intracellular environment through the TIR domain. Interferons caused many long-term side effects partly because of this long treatment time. Type II IFNs act differently to induce ISG transcription via the formation of a phosphorylated STAT1 homodimer, known as the gamma activation factor (GAF) complex, which translocates to the nucleus and binds the IFGAS sequence. While this reaction may improve zidovudine's effectiveness, it also may increase the risk of blood and liver toxicity. doi: 10.1016/j.cell.2006.02.015, Bagchi A., Herrup E. A., Warren H. S., Trigilio J., Shin H. S., Valentine C., et al. Therefore, despite finding immune factors in model species experiments, namely, in the black flying fox, it is not acknowledged that this would be the case in all other species of bat. “Our immune system would generate widespread inflammation if attempting this same antiviral strategy. The project took an approach to focus separately on non-retroviral EVEs and retroviral protein-coding EVEs respectively. Isolating the original bat-borne virus from the source species is required to provide a more reliable and definitive representation (Banerjee et al., 2020). However, the roles of IFN-inhibitory proteins of these viruses were not investigated. IRF7 is expressed in low levels in most cell types in other animals but is highly expressed in immune cells such as dendritic cells and is induced in type I IFN mediated signaling in these cells via the activation of TLR7/9 and the MyD88 dependent signaling pathway (Ning et al., 2011). Thomas S. P., Suthers R. A. doi: 10.1016/s1050-4648(03)00025-1, Zhang G., Cowled C., Shi Z., Huang Z., Bishop-Lilly K. A., Fang X., et al. Despite drift toward authoritarianism, Trump voters stay loyal. These insights support the notion that bats have acquired multiple adaptations in their antiviral immune responses to co-exist with pathogens. By doing so in non-natural hosts, adaptive mutations are generated in the virus which over time cause the lab cultures to no longer represent the original viral isolate from bats. The black flying fox can harbor certain viruses without showing signs of disease but can still transmit the virus to other mammals and humans in spillover events, in which the virus can cause pathology in the infected host. doi: 10.1016/j.dci.2010.07.006, Cowled C., Baker M., Zhou P., Tachedjian M., Wang L.-F. (2011b). doi: 10.1038/gene.2011.21, Olson M. V. (1999). Studies that identified IFN-stimulated transcripts from the black flying fox found that over 100 genes are induced in response to IFNα, which have previously been identified as ISGs in other mammals, suggesting strong evolutionary conservation of ISGs in bats (De La Cruz-Rivera et al., 2018). These discoveries could suggest that bats have evolved a unique IFN response in adaption to flight, which other mammals do not possess (Xie et al., 2018). In another experiment, infection of fibroblast cells from the black flying fox with henipavirus antagonized both type I and type III IFN production. (2020). Bats are the only mammal capable of powered flight, allowing certain species to travel over large geographical distances during seasonal migrations and in pursuit of food where they may mix with other bat populations and hence contribute to the spread of viruses (Holland, 2007). 88 (10), 5444–5454. (2020). LGP2 has not been found to signal when interacting with viral RNA but seems to negatively regulate the other two RLHs in an unknown manner (Pippig et al., 2009). TLRs have been characterized from the black flying fox and the fruit bat Leschenault’s rousette (Rousettus leschenaultia). Anti-lyssaviral activity of interferons kappa and omega from the serotine bat, Eptesicus serotinus. Behav. By A. Isaacs and J. Lindenman. This STING dampening explains the reduced ability of bat cells to detect self-DNA and exogenous DNA and is speculated to be a side effect to the evolution of powered flight in bats. Three types of RLH recognize viral RNA and DNA in the cell cytosol of most eukaryotic cells. doi: 10.1016/j.immuni.2013.05.004, Papenfuss A. T., Baker M. L., Feng Z. P., Tachedjian M., Crameri G., Cowled C., et al. Research by Shaw et al. Interferon treatment for hepatitis C would typically last 24–48 weeks (6–12 months). In the Australian black flying fox cells, the immune response was even more successful, with the viral infection slowed substantially over that in the rousette cell line. This rapid tamping down of inflammation may also have another perk: tamping down inflammation related to antiviral immune response. Upon analysis of the IRF7 protein sequence in the black flying fox, there is an apparent deletion at around 260 amino acids, when compared to its human counterpart. Interferons are the primary innate effector molecules that control viral replication. Fundamental properties of the mammalian innate immune system revealed by multispecies comparison of type I interferon responses. doi: 10.1002/9781118818824.ch14, Banerjee A., Falzarano D., Rapin N., Lew J., Misra V. (2019). PLoS One 6 (9), e25385. J. Exp. J. Hum. This terminates at the activated ISGF3 transcription factor which in turn, translocates to the nucleus and initiates the transcription of genes in ISRE promoters known as ISGs. It was revealed that IFNλR is transcribed in virus-infected bats, regardless of the suppression of type I IFNs. Interferon-gamma Cells that have been infected with viruses or other germs give off interferon-alpha and interferon-beta as a warning signal to your immune system. Characteristic and functional analysis of toll-like receptors (TLRs) in the lophotrocozoan, Crassostrea gigas, reveals ancient origin of TLR-mediated innate immunity. (1972). Both type I and type III IFNs are activated through the same signaling pathway and are secreted by viral-infected cells to elicit an antiviral state in infected and neighboring cells and work as part of the innate immune response (Onoguchi et al., 2007). (2016). Recently, developments from the Bat1k project which started back in 2017 have now published six near-complete annotated bat genomes. Xie et al. The exclusive loss of PYHIN in bats suggests an important adaptation for flight. “Heightened environmental threats to bats may add to the threat of zoonosis,” said Brook, who also works with a Madagascar-based field project that explores the link between loss of bat habitat and the spillover of bat viruses into other animals and humans. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Recent research by De La Cruz-Rivera et al. A pneumonia outbreak associated with a new coronavirus of probable bat origin. Furthermore, many experiments conducted in the laboratory have used bat cells alongside human isolates of closely related viruses due to the inability to isolate most bat-borne viruses from their original source. Because none had been recovered in culture, the infectivity of the reported viral genomic RNA sequences was hypothetical, having been derived from RT-PCR sequencing of bat fecal or rectal swab samples. As mentioned above, RIG-I is able to recognize viral RNA by interacting with 5’ triphosphate “blunt ends” of RNA, whereas MDA5 PAMPs are unclear but apparently discriminate between self and non self RNA based on their sequence length (Thompson et al., 2011). Interferon-stimulated genes and their antiviral effector functions. RNA sensing and subsequent antiviral responses in bat cells have been studied using viruses known to induce an interferon response, such as Sendai virus or Newcastle disease virus or by transfecting a synthetic surrogate of viral double stranded RNA (poly (I:C)) [ 80, 86, 87, 88, 89, 90 ]. (2016) have determined that bats use fewer IFNα genes to perform functions, in comparison to IFNαs identified in other species, by using a system that is constitutively primed to respond to viral infection. It has been hypothesized that in addition to the ISGs that bats share with other mammals, they possess a small amount of a special subset of ISGs that may have key roles in limiting viral replication and therefore contributing to their unique host-virus co-existence. 23 (1), 10–20. Contraction of type I IFNs in the black flying fox and the differences in their expression patterns, is consistent with the “less is more” theory that natural selection can produce mutations that favor fewer functional genes, but with advantageous consequences to the host (Olson, 1999). J. Gen. Virol. Unique Loss of the PYHIN Gene Family in Bats Amongst Mammals: Implications for Inflammasome Sensing. Take this quiz and find out, Accelerated viral dynamics in bat cell lines, with implications for zoonotic emergence. This suggests that the bat and human COVID-19 share the same viral ancestor, although bats were not traded at the seafood marked in Wuhan (Wu et al., 2020). Upon testing wild and experimentally infected bats, it was evident that they were able to tolerate viral diseases, even with a high viral load present in the host. Ecol. iScience 23 (3), 100958. doi: 10.1016/j.isci.2020.100958, Barber G. N. (2011). In a model of viral infection (click to view animated GIF), when cells of the Australian black flying fox are invaded by a virus, some quickly wall themselves off from infection, having been forewarned by a rapid release of interferon from dying cells. Natl. Curr. Immunity 38 (5), 870–880. J. Virol. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0076464, Zhou P., Cowled C., Marsh G. A., Shi Z., Wang L. F., Baker M. L. (2011a). Bat flight and zoonotic viruses. Bats have a suite of antiviral defenses that keep the amount of virus in check. The contraction of the black flying fox IFNα locus together with its expanded IFNδ and IFNω genes, has not been observed in other species and could offer evidence for the unique host-virus symbiosis found in bats. “Think of viruses on a cell monolayer like a fire burning through a forest. Additionally, Zhou et al. Both screenings for positive gene selection and inactivation identified genes involved in NF-κB signaling, suggesting this apparent altered pathway may partake in the bats immune adaptations (Jebb et al., 2020). There is a lack of data on the tissue distribution of IRF7 in other bats and also in other mammals except from human, mice and horses; however, the broad distribution of IRF7 in bats has also been observed in at least five species of fish and was hence hypothesized to play a key role in fish antiviral immunity (Zhang et al., 2003). The deleted section lies between two domains; the constitutive activation domain (CAD) and the virus-activated domain (VAD). It can be concluded that the observable antiviral mechanisms in bats that differ between species can is likely to have arisen via convergent evolution and tolerance mechanisms identified in the black flying fox should not be generalized across all bat species. (2020). (Photo courtesy of Linfa Wang). 35 (1), 7–18. Numerous ISGs that are known to exist in humans and other mammals have been identified in the black flying fox upon stimulation with poly I:C, including protein kinase R (PKR), 2-5-oligoadenylaye synthetase 1 (OAS1) and orthomyxovirus-resistant gene 1 (Mx1 GTPase) (Zhou et al., 2013). A recent functional study in the big brown bat (Eptesicus fuscus) indicated a mammalian-like MERS or dsRNA-induced stimulation of IFN production (Banerjee et al., 2019). This loss also impacts the action of STING, which in bats lacks a serine residue, reducing its functionality. When this study was initiated, 4 Bat-SCoVs had been identified (HKU3–1, HKU3–2, HKU3–3, and RP3) as the virus reservoir populations from which SARS-CoV emerged (10–12). Type I IFNs consist of several genes including IFNα and IFNβ, which are both induced directly in response to viral infection, alongside IFNδ, IFNκ, IFNϵ, and IFNω, which all play less well-defined roles (Randall and Goodbourn, 2008). Zwiesel bat banyangvirus, a potentially zoonotic Huaiyangshan banyangvirus (Formerly known as SFTS)-like banyangvirus in Northern bats from Germany. Several types of interferon have been identified in bats, especially Type I and Type III. We demonstrate that bats have a dampened interferon response due to the replacement of the highly conserved serine residue (S358) in STING, an essential adaptor protein in multiple DNA sensing pathways. Within these suborders high amounts of diversity are observed between bat size, ecological niches, diets, and morphology (Lei and Dong, 2016). Regulation of type I interferon responses. The different results observed between the infected bat cells may be due to the immune specialty of splenocytes, giving them alternative IFN production mechanisms to fibroblast cells (Baker and Zhou, 2015). (2018). Commun. Dampened NLRP3-mediated inflammation in bats and implications for a special viral reservoir host. Overall, several novel ISGs and their atypical induction has been identified in bat cells. One hypothesis proposed by (Baker and Zhou, 2015) suggests that bats are able to control viral replication early on in the immune response, via antiviral mechanisms and the stimulation of ISGs. Interferon beta-1a (Rebif) is a protein produced by recombinant DNA technology using genetically engineered Chinese Hamster Ovary Cells into which the human interferon beta genes have been introduced. COVID-19 is the third identified highly pathogenic coronavirus to enter human populations (Zhou et al., 2020). This induces the transcription of over 1,000 genes that act as antiviral defences, known as ISGs. In humans, only upstream proteins of OAS are induced by IFNs, whereas bats appear to induce both parts of the OAS/RNASEL pathway which is likely to induce a quicker effect to hinder viral replication before it can spread into further neighboring cells (De La Cruz-Rivera et al., 2018). TLR1, TLR2, TLR4, TLR5 TLR6 and TLR10 located on the cell surface, recognize lipids and proteins and signal via the MyD88 pathway. Nature 583 (7817), 578–584. Upon recognition of PAMPs on the viral molecule, PRRs present at the cell surface or intracellularly in endosomes, signal to the host the presence of an infection. It is used for treating multiple sclerosis ().Interferon beta-1a is designed to be identical to interferon beta that is naturally produced by various cells in the body. Immunol. Am. Notably, the TLRs that are associated with nucleic acid sensing (TLRs 3, 6, 8, and 9), appear conserved between humans and bats, indicating the homology of bats viral recognition mechanisms with other mammals. A new coronavirus associated with human respiratory disease in China. 20 (5), 741–745. Evidence suggests that this could be an evolutionary deletion attributed to the ability of bats to co-exist with viruses, allowing the IRF7 to remain active but functionally different to its human counterpart. The first difference they noted was interferon levels. doi: 10.1038/s41586-020-2008-3, Xia P., Wang S., Gao P., Gao G., Fan Z. It is suggested that the evolution of many characteristics of bats such as being the only flying mammal, having long life spans, their nocturnal abilities and reproductive mechanisms, may all contribute to the hypothesized uniqueness of their immune response that has not been observed in any other species. Upon activation, these transcription factors translocate to the nucleus and stimulate the transcription of interferons, such as IFNβ. That's because one of the molecular mechanisms in bats' immune systems is the lightning fast production of a signalling molecule called interferon-alpha, which is triggered in the response of viruses. As previously discussed, different PRRs have been identified in humans that appear to show certain homology to those found in bats. Bats are grouped in the order Chiroptera and are one of the most abundant and geographically widespread vertebrates on Earth. Bats also have extremely long lifespans, Microchiroptera (microbats) for example, have life spans of around 25–35 years which is a longevity rarely seen in other mammals with similar body mass to metabolic rate ratios (Calisher et al., 2006) These features may potentially allow bats to host and spread viruses for longer durations and hence warrant future investigations. Microbiol. These results could imply that this upregulation of type III IFNs could play a role in bats inimitable abilities to coexist with viruses. However, this has only been identified in a single bat species and hence requires further research to explore the IRF7 expression in other bats to determine whether it is a feature identifiable in all bat species. Several genomics, immunological, and biological features are thought to underlie novel antiviral mechanisms of bats. doi: 10.1016/j.coviro.2018.12.007, Wang W., Yang Y., Li L., Shi Y. B., Hu C. Y., Zhang J., Huang G. P., Wei L. H., Zhang Q. Y., et al. Rep. 6, 27726. doi: 10.1038/srep27726, Liu S., Cai X., Wu J., Cong Q., Chen X., Li T., et al. This heterogeneity is often lost in lab experiments. RLHs recognize intracellular RNA that is introduced to the cell cytosol in a viral infection or is produced during viral replication. doi: 10.4049/jimmunol.1701214, Dempsey A., Bowie A. G. (2015). Ahn M., Cui J., Irving A. T., Wang L. F. (2016). BMC Genomics 11 (1), 444. doi: 10.1186/1471-2164-11-444, Killip M. J., Fodor E., Randall R. E. (2015). Cell 124 (4), 783–801. Received: 18 January 2020; Accepted: 09 November 2020;Published: 11 December 2020. IRF7 in the Australian black flying fox, Pteropus alecto: evidence for a unique expression pattern and functional conservation. doi: 10.1016/j.isci.2019.08.016, Isaacs A., Lindenmann J. Virology 479–480, 146–152. However, further research is required to make this conclusive and to comparatively assess the constitutive or inducible expression of IFNs in all bat species, not just in the black flying fox and Egyptian fruit bats. (2004). Cell 173 (5), 1098–1110 e1018. Biochimie 89 (6-7), 729–734. Sci. Once the bat IFNs are triggered by a stimulus such as a virus, the transcription of hundreds of ISGs are stimulated. There are two types of immunity shown in bats; innate and adaptive, innate immunity is the first line of defence against viruses and primes the adaptive response against the virus. SARS got to humans through the Asian palm civet; MERS via camels; Ebola via gorillas and chimpanzees; Nipah via pigs; Hendra via horses and Marburg through African green monkeys. In addition to the black flying fox, studies on other bat species have identified the IFNα locus to contrastingly appear expanded in the Egyptian fruit bat (Rousettus aegyptiacus), the greater flying fox (Pteropus vampyrus), and the little brown bat (Myotis lucifugus) collectively (Table 1) (Kepler et al., 2010; Pavlovich et al., 2018). Brook and Boots created a simple model of the bats’ immune systems to recreate their experiments in a computer. Immunol. For example, it is critical to recognize that in the wild, bats, and other wild animals, are often infected with a multitude of viruses, bacteria, protozoans, and helminths. Homologous to human RLHs; RIG-I, MDA5, and LGP2 have been identified in the black flying fox via transcriptome analysis (Cowled et al., 2011b). There are different classes of PRR that are involved in the activation of IFN pathways; the Toll-like receptor (TLR) family, RIG (retinoic acid inducible gene-) I-like helicase (RLH) receptors, nucleotide oligomerization domain-like receptors (NLRs) and cytosolic DNA sensors. IFNs interact with specific cellular receptors on cells, which activate signal transduction pathways that ultimately lead to the transcription of antiviral and immune modulatory genes, also referred to as IFN-stimulated genes (ISGs) (Le Page et al., 2000). Opin. However, homologues of atypical ISGs expressed in human cells has not yet been studied. Immunology of bats and their viruses: challenges and opportunities. U.S.A. 116 (23), 11351–11360. Gene expression analyses have revealed a small number of novel ISGs that appear to be unique to bats, one of which is called ribonuclease L (RNASEL), which is not found in humans but is highly inducible in the black flying fox. Dev. The regulatory domain of the RIG-I family ATPase LGP2 senses double-stranded RNA. MyD88-dependent and MyD88-independent pathways in synergy, priming, and tolerance between TLR agonists. Cold Spring Harb. IFN receptors are comprised of heterodimers of two proteins with transmembrane domains, from which they recruit specific protein kinases that activate upon extracellular IFN binding to their cognate receptors (Sen, 2001). But bats are unique in having far longer lifespans than other mammals of the same size: Some bats can live 40 years, whereas a rodent of the same size may live two years. “Chapter 8: Bats, Bat-Borne Viruses, and Environmental Changes Bats, Bat-Borne Viruses, and Environmental Changes,” in Bats, 113–132. These results suggest that if these gene mutations are related to echolocation, then this would prove the origin of echolocation in bats with evidence for echolocation present in the bat ancestor that was subsequently lost in pteropodid bats (Jebb et al., 2020). Most infection studies conducted in bats or bat cells have used human isolates and virus stocks that have been propagated from non-bat cell lines. doi: 10.3390/v6124880, Sen G. C. (2001). We demonstrate that bats have a dampened interferon response due to the replacement of the highly conserved serine residue (S358) in STING, an essential adaptor protein in multiple DNA sensing pathways. In most other mammals, having such a hyper-vigilant immune response would cause harmful inflammation. the contrasting expression patterns of IFNs already identified in some bat species highlights the inter-species diversity in bats when mounting immune responses against pathogens and eludes to the existence of additional features between different bat species. This gene has been proven to enhance the IFN response in mice, however its role in bats is yet to be studied but could suggest a similar advantageous role. Identification of Lps2 as a key transducer of MyD88-independent TIR signalling. Biol. By Robert Sanders, Media relations| February 10, 2020March 6, 2020, The Australian black flying fox is a reservoir of Hendra virus, which can be transmitted to horses and sometimes humans. 1 (6), 519–525. Studies in the black flying fox and a few other bat species have identified many factors of antiviral immunity known in humans to be conserved in bats, including PRRs, IFNs, IFN receptors, and the ISGs they induce (De La Cruz-Rivera et al., 2018). Whereas TLR3, TLR7, TLR8, and TLR9 are intracellular, located at the endosome where many viruses un-coat their genomes and enter the cytoplasm. Type III IFNs that have been identified in the black flying fox by Zhou et al. The only minor discrepancy in this study was the identification of a truncated AIM2 gene in the Parnell’s moustached bat (Pteronotus parnellii,) which is thought to be where the bat PYRIN sequence clustered with AIM2, indicating the presence of a functional AIM2 gene in the bat common ancestor that was lost during evolution. These adaptors activate the transcription factors IRF3, IRF7, NF-κB, and AP-1 via the assembly of multi-protein complexes. STING remains conserved in every other mammal; therefore its dampened expression could possibly provide bats with an advantage that would likely be associated with flight and the ability to maintain an effective, but not over-reactive response to co-existing with some viruses (Xie et al., 2018). Fundamental Characteristics of Bat Interferon Systems. The black flying fox is most commonly used as the model species when studying bats and has therefore been used in most of the previous immune studies conducted on bats. 7 (10), e1002304. 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