Qi, Z., Etebari, K., Nouzova, M., Noriega, F.G. & Asgari, S. (2024) Differential gene expression and microRNA profile in corpora allata-corpora cardiaca of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes with weak juvenile hormone signalling. BMC Genomics 25, 113.

Bishop, C. & Asgari, S. (2023) Use of antibiotics to eliminate Wolbachia from mosquitoes and cell culture. Methods in Molecular Biology 2739, 147-156.

Hegde, H., Brettell, L.E., Quek, S., Etebari, K., Saldana, M., Widen, S.G., Asgari, S., Coon, K.K., Heinz, E. and Hughes, G.L. (2024) Aedes aegypti gut transcriptomes respond differently to microbiome transplants from field-caught or laboratory-reared mosquitoes. Environmental Microbiology e16576.


Hussain, M., Qi, Z., Hedges, L.M., Nouzova, M., Noriega, F.G. & Asgari, S. (2023) Investigating the role of aae-miR-34-5p in the regulation of juvenile hormone biosynthesis genes in the mosquito Aedes aegypti. Scientific Reports 13, 19023.

Dai, Z. & Asgari, S. (2023) ALKBH8 as a potential N6-methyladenosine (m6A) eraser in insects. Insect Molecular Biology 32, 461-468.

Hussain, M., Etebari, K. & Asgari, S. (2023) Analysing inhibition of dengue virus in Wolbachia-infected mosquito cells following the removal of Wolbachia. Virology 581, 48-55.

Hussain, M., Zhang, G., Leitner, M., Hedges, L.M. & Asgari, S. (2023) Wolbachia RNase HI contributes to virus blocking in the mosquito Aedes aegypti. iScience 26, 105836.

Asgari, S. (2023) Cross-kingdom RNAi to enhance the efficacy of insect pathogens. Trends in Parasitology 39, 4-6. (Spotlight)


Hussain, M, Bradshaw, T., Lee, M. & Asgari, S. (2022) The involvement of atlastin in dengue virus and Wolbachia infection in Aedes aegypti and its regulation by aae-miR-989. Microbiology Spectrum 10, e0225822.

Bishop, C., Hussain, M., Hugo, L.E. & Asgari, S. (2022) Analysis of Aedes aegypti microRNAs in response to Wolbachia wAlbB infection and their potential role in mosquito longevity. Scientific Reports 12, 15245.

Bidari, F., Fathipour, Y., Asgari, S. & Mehrabadi, M. (2022) Targeting the microRNA pathway core genes, Dicer 1 and Argonaute 1, negatively affects the survival and fecundity of Bemisia tabaci. Pest Management Science 78, 4234-4239.

de Malmanche, H., Hussain, M., Marcellin, E., Reid, S. & Asgari, S. (2022) Knockout of Dicer-2 in the Sf9 cell line enhances the replication of Spodoptera frugiperda rhabdovirus and conditionally increases baculovirus replication. Journal of General Virology 103, 001779.

Dai, Z., Etebari, K. & Asgari, S. (2022) N6-methyladenosine modification of the Aedes aegypti transcriptome and its alteration upon dengue virus infection in Aag2 cell line. Communications Biology 5, 607.

Etebari, E., Taylor, D.B.J., Rahman, M.M., Dhileepan, K., Furlong, M.J. & Asgari, S. (2022) Exploration of RNA-Seq data to identify a potential pathogen of the leaf-mining moth, Stomphastis thraustica (Meyrick, 1908) (Lepidoptera: Gracillariidae). Data in Brief 40, 107708.

Leitner, M., Etebari, K. & Asgari, S. (2022) Transcriptional response of Aedes aegypti mosquito cells to dengue virus at early stages of infection. Journal of General Virology 103, 001694.

Bagheri, Z., Talebi, A.A., Asgari, S., Mehrabadi, M. (2022) Wolbachia promotes successful sex with siblings in the parasitoid Habrobracon hebetor. Pest Management Science 78, 362-368.

Nasehi, S.F., Fathipour, Y., Asgari, S. and Mehrabadi, M. (2022) Environmental temperature, but not male age, affects Wolbachia and prophage WO thereby modulating cytoplasmic incompatibility in the parasitoid wasp, Habrobracon hebetor. Microbial Ecology 83, 482-491.


Parry, R., de Malmanche, H. & Asgari, S. (2021) Persistent Spodoptera frugiperda rhabdovirus infection in Sf9 cells is not restricted by Wolbachia wMelPop-CLA and wAlbB strains and is targeted by the RNAi machinery. Virology 563, 82-87.

Etebari, K., Gharuka, M., Asgari, S. & Furlong, M.J. (2021) Diverse host immune responses of different geographical populations of the coconut rhinoceros beetle to Oryctes rhinoceros nudivirus (OrNV) infection. Microbiology Spectrum 9,  e00686-21.

Parry, R., James, M.E. & Asgari, S. (2021) Uncovering the worldwide diversity and evolution of the virome of the mosquitoes Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus. Microorganisms 9, 1653.

Perdomo, H.D., Hussain, M., Parry, R., Etebari, K., Hedges, L.M., Zhang, G., Schulz, B.L. & Asgari, S. (2021) Human blood microRNA hsa-miR-21-5p induces vitellogenin in the mosquito Aedes aegypti. Communications Biology 4, 856.

Leitner, M., Bishop, C. & Asgari. S. (2021) Transcriptional response of Wolbachia to dengue virus infection in the mosquito Aedes aegypti cells. mSphere 6, e00433-21.

Bishop, C. & Asgari, S. (2021) Altered gene expression profile of Wolbachia pipientis wAlbB strain following transinfection from its native host Aedes albopictus to Aedes aegypti cells. Molecular Microbiology 115, 1229-1243.

Antoine-Lorquin, A., Arensburger, P., Arnaoty, A., Asgari, S., Batailler, M., Beauclair, L., Belleannée, C., Buisine, N., Coustham, V., Guyetant, S., Helou, L. Lacomte, T., Pitard, B., St´evant, I. & Bigot, Y. (2021). Two repeated motifs enriched within some enhancers and origins of replication are bound by SETMAR isoforms in human colon cells. Genomics 113, 1589-1604.

Asgari, S., Bideshi, D.K., Bigot, Y. & Federici, B.A. (2021) Ascoviruses (Ascoviridae). In: Zuckerman, M., Bamford, D. (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Virology. Elsevier. (Eds.) pp. 724-731


Madhav, M., Baker, D., Morgan, J.A.T., Asgari, S. & James, P. (2020) Wolbachia: a tool for livestock ectoparasite control. Veterinary Parasitology 288, 109297.

Jain, R.G., Robinson, K.E., Asgari, S. & Mitter, N. (2020) Current scenario of RNAi-based hemipteran control: potential pitfalls and future solutions. Pest Management Science 77, 2188-2196.

Sinclair, J.B. & Asgari, S. (2020) Ross River virus provokes differentially expressed microRNA and RNA interference responses in Aedes aegypti mosquitoes. Viruses 12, 695.

Madhav, M., Brown, G., Morgan, J.A.T., Asgari, S., McGraw, E.A., Munderloh, U.G., Kurtti, T.J. & James, P. (2020) Transinfection of buffalo flies (Haematobia exigua) with Wolbachia and effect on host biology. Parasites & Vectors 13, 296.

Parry, R., Naccache, F., Ndiaye, E.H., Fall, G., Castelli, I., Luhken, R., Medlock, J., Cull, B., Hesson, J.C., Montarsi, F., Failloux, A.B., Kohl, A., Schnettler, E., Diallo, M., Asgari, S., Dietrich, I. & Becker, S.C. (2020) Identification and RNAi profile of a novel iflavirus infecting Senegalese Aedes vexans arabiensis mosquitoes. Viruses 12, 440.

Madhav, M., Brown, G., Morgan, J.A.T., Asgari, S., McGraw, E.A., Munderloh, U.G., Kurtti, T.J. & James, P. (2020) Wolbachia successfully replicate in a newly established horn fly, Haematobia irritans irritans (L.) (Diptera: Muscidae) cell line. Pest Management Science 76, 2441-2452.

De Hayr, L., Asad, S., Hussain, M. & Asgari, S. (2020) RNA activation in insects: the targeted activation of endogenous and exogenous genes. Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 119, 103325.

Madhav, M., Parry, R., Morgan, J.A.T., James, P. & Asgari, S. (2020) Wolbachia endosymbiont of the horn fly Haematobia irritans irritans: a supergroup A strain with multiple horizontally acquired cytoplasmic incompatibility genes. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 86, e02589-19.

Bishop, C., Parry, R. & Asgari, S. (2020). Effect of Wolbachia wAlbB on a positive-sense RNA negev-like virus: a novel virus persistently infecting Aedes albopictus mosquitoes and cells. Journal General Virology 101, 216-225.


Baradaran, E., Moharramipour, S., Asgari, S. & Mehrabadi, M. (2019) Induction of DNA methyltransferase genes in Helicoverpa armigera following injection of pathogenic bacteria modulates expression of antimicrobial peptides and affects bacterial proliferation. Journal of Insect Physiology 118, 103939.

Karimipour, N., Fathipour, Y., Talebi, A.A., Asgari, S. & Mehrabadi, M. (2019) The microRNA pathway is involved in Spodoptera frugiperda (Sf9) cells antiviral immune defense against Autographa californica multiple nucleopolyhedrovirus infection. Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 112, 103202.

Perdomo, H. & Asgari, S. (2019) The major oligosaccharyl transferase complex genes are not involved in dengue virus replication in Aedes aegypti mosquitoes. Archives of Virology 164, 2789-2792.

Rahimpour, H., Moharramipour, S., Asgari, S. & Mehrabadi, M. (2019) The microRNA pathway core genes are differentially expressed during the development of Helicoverpa armigera and contribute in the insect's development. Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 110, 121-127.

Parry, R. & Asgari, S. (2019) Discovery of novel crustacean and cephalopod flaviviruses: insights into evolution and circulation of flaviviruses between marine invertebrate and vertebrate hosts. Journal of Virology 93, e00432-19.

Bagheri, Z., Talebi, A.A., Asgari, S. & Mehrabadi, M. (2019) Wolbachia induce cytoplasmic incompatibility and affect mate preference in Habrobracon hebetor to increase the chance of its transmission to the next generation. Journal of Invertebrate Pathology 163, 1-7.

Parry, R., Bishop, C., De Hayr, L. & Asgari, S. (2019) Density-dependent enhanced replication of a densovirus in Wolbachia-infected Aedes cells is associated with production of piRNAs and higher virus-derived siRNAs. Virology 528, 89-100.

Tang, B-Z., Meng, E., Zhang, H-J., Zhang, X-M., Asgari, S., Lin, Y-P., Lin, Y-Y., Peng, Z-Q., Qiao, T., Zhang, X-F. & Hou, Y-M. (2019) Combination of label-free quantitative proteomics and transcriptomics reveals intraspecific venom variation between the two strains of Tetrastichus brontispae, a parasitoid of two invasive beetles. Journal of Proteomics 192, 37-53.

Baradaran, E., Moharramipour, S., Asgari, S. & Mehrabadi, M. (2019) Upregulation of Helicoverpa armigera core RNAi genes by bacterial infections and its effect on the insect-bacteria interaction. Insect Molecular Biology 28, 290-299.


Asgari, S. (2018) microRNAs as regulators of insect host-pathogen interactions and immunity. Advances in Insect Physiology 55, 19-27.

Parry, R. & Asgari, S. (2018) Aedes anphevirus: an insect-specific virus distributed worldwide in Aedes aegypti mosquitoes that has complex interplays with Wolbachia and dengue virus infection in cells. Journal of Virology 92, e00224-18.

Karamipour, N., Fathipour, Y., Talebi, A.A., Asgari, S. & Mehrabadi, M. (2018) Small interfering RNA pathway contributes to antiviral immunity in Spodoptera frugiperda (Sf9) cells following Autographa californica multiple nucleopolyhedrovirus infection. Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 101, 24-31.

Etebari, K., Afrad, M.H., Tang, B., Silva, R., Furlong, M.J. & Asgari, S. (2018) Involvement of microRNA miR-2b-3p in regulation of metabolic resistance to insecticides in Plutella xylostella. Insect Molecular Biology 27, 478-491.

Nouzova, M., Etebari, K., Noriega, F.G. & Asgari. S. (2018) A comparative analysis of corpora allata-corpora cardiaca microRNA repertories revealed significant changes during mosquito metamorphosis. Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 96, 10-18.

Osei-Amo, S., Hussain, M., Asad, S., Hugo, L. & Asgari, S. (2018) Wolbachia induced transcription factor GATA4 suppresses ovary specific genes BSG25d and Disc. Insect Molecular Biology 27, 295-304.

Zakrzewski, M., Rasic, G., Darbro, J., Krause, L., Poo, Y.S., Filipovic, I., Parry, R., Asgari, S., Devine, G. & Suhrbier, A. (2018) Mapping the virome in wild-caught Aedes aegypti from Cairns and Bangkok. Scientific Reports 8, 4690.

Asad, S., Hussain, M., Hugo, L., Osei-Amo, S., Zhang, G., Watterson, D. & Asgari, S. (2018) Suppression of the pelo protein by Wolbachia and its effect on dengue virus in Aedes aegypti. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases 12, e0006405.

Asad, S., Parry, R. & Asgari, S. (2018) Upregulation of Aedes aegypti Vago1 by Wolbachia and its effect on dengue virus replication. Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 92, 45-52.  


Etebari, K., Hedge, S., Saldaña, M.A., Widen, S.G., Wood, T.G., Asgari, S.* & Hughes, G.L.* (2017) Global transcriptome analysis of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes in response to Zika virus infection. mSphere 2, e00456-17 (*Joint corresponding and senior authors)

Saldaña, M.A., Etebari, K., Hart, C.E., Widen, S.G., Wood, T.G., Thangamani, S., Asgari*, S. & Hughes*, G.L. (2017) Zika virus alters the microRNA expression profile and elicits an RNAi response in Aedes aegypti mosquitoes. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases 11, e0005760 (*Joint corresponding and senior authors)

Colmant, A.M.G., Etebari, K., Webb, C.E., Ritchie, S.A., Jansen, C.C., van den Hurk, A.F., Bielefeldt-Ohmann, H., Hobson-Peters, J., Asgari, S. & Hall, R.A. (2017) Discovery of new orbiviruses and totivirus from Anopheles mosquitoes in Eastern Australia. Archives of Virology 162, 3529-3534.

Zhang, G., Asad, S., Khromykh, A.A. & Asgari, S. (2017) Cell fusing agent virus and dengue virus mutually interact in Aedes aegypti cell lines. Scientific Reports 7, 6935.

Pearce S, Clarke D, East P, Elfekih S, Gordon K, Jermiin L, McGaughran A, Oakeshott J, Papanikolaou A, Perera OP, Rane RV, Richards S, Tay WT, Walsh T, Anderson A, Anderson C, Asgari S, Board P, Bretschneider A, Campbell PM, Chertemps T, Christeller J, Coppin C, Downes S, Duan G, Farnsworth C, Good R, Han L-B, Han Y, Hatje K, Horne I, Huang Y, Hughes D, Jacquin-Joly E, James W, Jhangiani S, Kollmar M, Kuwar S, Li S, Liu N-Y, Maibeche M, Miller J, Montagne N, Perry T, Qu C, Song S, Sutton G, Vogel H, Walenz B, Xu W, Zhang H-J, Zou Z, Batterham P, Edwards O, Feyereisen R, Gibbs R, Heckel D, McGrath A, Robin C, Scherer S, Worley K & Wu Y (2017) Genomic innovations, transcriptional plasticity and gene loss underlying the evolution and divergence of two highly polyphagous and invasive Helicoverpa pest species. BMC Biology 15, 63.

Lee, M., Etebari, K., Hall-Mendelin, S., van den Hurk, A.F., Hobson-Peters, J., Vatipally, S., Schnettler, E., Hall, R. & Asgari, S. (2017) Understanding the role of microRNAs in the interaction of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes with an insect-specific flavivirus. Journal of General Virology 98, 1892-1903.

Monsanto-Hearne, V., Asad, S., Asgari, S. & Johnson, K. (2017) Drosophila microRNA modulates viral replication by targeting a homolog of mammalian cJun. Journal of General Virology 98, 1904-1912.

Asgari, S. (2017) Host-microbe interactions: A case for Wolbachia dialogue. In: Vector microbiome and innate immunity of arthropods. Wikel, S., Aksoy, S. & Dimpoulos, G. (Eds.) Elsevier. pp. 173-183.

Asgari, S. (2017) RNA as a means of inter-species communication and manipulation: Progresses and shortfalls. RNA Biology 14, 389-390.

Colmant, A.M., Hobson-Peters, J., Bielefeldt-Ohmann, H., van den Hurk, A.A., Hall-Mendelin, S., Chow, W.K., Johansen, C.A., Fros, J., Simmonds, P., Watterson, D., Cazier, C., Etebari, K., Asgari, S., Schulz, B.L., Beebe, N., Vet, L.J., Piyasena, T.B.H., Nguyen, H-D., Barnard, R. & Hall, R.A. (2017) A new clade of insect-specific flaviviruses from Australian Anopheles mosquitoes displays species-specific host-restriction. mSphere 2, e00262-17.

Niu, J., Meeus, I., De Coninck, D. IM., Deforece, D., Etebari, K., Asgari, S. & Smagghe, G. (2017) Infections of virulent and avirulent viruses differentially influenced the expression of dicer-1, ago-1, and microRNAs in Bombus terrestris. Scientific Reports 7, 45620.

Asgari, S., Bideshi, D.K., Bigot, Y., Federici, B.A., Cheng, X-X. & ICTV (2017) Report Consortium. Ascoviridae. Journal of General Virology 98, 4-5.

Valenzuela-Miranda, D., Etebari, K., Asgari, S. & Gallardo-Escárate, C. (2017) Long noncoding RNAs: unexplored players in the drug response of the sea louse Caligus rogercresseyi. Agri Gene 4, 1-7.

Monsanto-Hearne, V., Tham, A.L.Y., Wong, Z.S., Asgari, S. & Johnson, K.N. (2017) Drosophila miR-956 suppression modulates Ectoderm-experssed4 and inhibits viral replication. Virology 502, 20-27.


Zhang, G., Etebari, K. & Asgari, S. (2016) Wolbachia suppresses cell fusing agent virus in mosquito cells. Journal of General Virology 97, 3427-3432.

Etebari, K. & Asgari, S. (2016) Revised annotation of Plutella xylostella microRNAs and their genome wide target identification. Insect Molecular Biology 25, 788-799.

Asad, S., Hall-Mendelin, S. & Asgari, S. (2016) Downregulation of Aedes aegypti chromodomain helicase DNA binding protein 7/Kismet by Wolbachia and its effect on dengue virus replication. Scientific Reports 6, 36850.

Etebari, K., Asad, S., Zhang, G. & Asgari, S. (2016) Identification of Aedes aegypti long intergenic non-coding RNAs and their association with Wolbachia and dengue virus infection. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases 10, e0005069.

Hussain, M., Etebari, K. & Asgari, S. (2016) Functions of small RNAs in mosquitoes. Advances in Insect Physiology 51, 189-222.

Asgari, S. (2016) Role of small RNAs in Wolbachia-mosquito interactions. In: Non-coding RNAs and inter-kingdom communication. Lúcia Leitão, A. & Enguita, F.J. (Eds.). Springer pp. 103-115.

Lim, Z.X., Robinson, K.E., Jain, R.G., Ghandra, S.G., Asokan, R., Asgari, S., & Mitter, N. (2016) Diet-delivered RNA in Helicoverpa armigera – progresses and challenges. Journal of Insect Physiology 85, 86-93.


Bagheri, M., Terenius, O., Oshaghi, M.A., Motazakker, M., Asgari, S., Dabiri, F., Vatandoost, H., Bavani, M.M. & Chavshin, A.R. (2015) West Nile virus in mosquitoes of Iranian wetlands. Vector-Borne Zoonotic Diseases 15, 750-754.

Etebari, K., Osei-Amo, S., Blomberg, S.P. & Asgari, S. (2015) Dengue virus infection alters post-transcriptional modification of microRNAs in the mosquito vector Aedes aegyptiScientific Reports 5, 15968.

Etebari, K., Furlong, M.J. & Asgari, S. (2015) Genome wide discovery of long intergenic non-coding RNAs in Diamondback moth (Plutella xylostella) and their expression in insecticide resistant strains. Scientific Reports 5,14642.

Mehrabadi, M., Hussain, M., Matindoost, L. & Asgari, S. (2015) The baculovirus anti-apoptotic p35 protein functions as an inhibitor of the host RNAi antiviral response. Journal of Virology 89, 8182-8192.

Moreau, S. & Asgari, S. (2015) Venom proteins from parasitoid wasps and their biological functions. Toxins 7, 2385-2412.

Asgari, S. (2015) Regulatory role of cellular and viral microRNAs in insect-virus interactions. Current Opinions in Insect Science 8, 104-110.

Piégu, B., Asgari, S., Bideshi, D., Federici, B.A. & Bigot, Y. (2015) Evolutionary relationships of iridoviruses and divergence of ascoviruses from invertebrate iridoviruses in the superfamily Megavirales. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 84, 44-52.

Asgari, S. & Hussain, M. (2015) A glance on the role of miRNAs in insect life. In: Insect Molecular Biology and Ecology. Edited by K.H. Hoffmann. CRC Press. pp.121-159.

Valenzuela-Miranda, D., Nuñez-Acuña, G., Valenzuela-Muñoz, V., Asgari, S., & Gallardo-Escárate, C. (2015) MicroRNA biogenesis pathway from the salmon louse (Caligus rogercresseyi): Emerging role in delousing drug response. Gene 555, 231–241.


Mayoral, J.G., Hussain, M., Joubert, D. A., Iturbe-Ormaetxe, I., O'Neill, S.L. & Asgari, S. (2014) Wolbachia small non-coding RNAs and their role in cross-kingdom communications. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 111, 18721–18726.

Hussain, S. & Asgari, S. (2014) MicroRNA-like viral small RNA from Dengue virus 2 autoregulates its replication in mosquito cells. Proceeding of the National Academy of Sciences USA 111, 2746–2751.

Piégu, B., Guizard, S., Yeping, T., Cruaud, C., Asgari, S., Bideshi, D.K., Federici, B.A., & Bigot, Y. (2014) Genome sequence of a crustacean iridovirus, IIV31, isolated from the pill bug, Armadillidium vulgare. Journal of General Virology 95, 1585-1590.

Moradi, S., Asgari, S., & Baharvand, H. (2014) Harmonies played by microRNAs in cell fate programming. Stem Cells 32, 3-15.

Etebari, K. & Asgari, S. (2014) Accuracy of microRNA discovery pipelines in non-model organisms using closely related species genomes. PLoS One 9, e84747.


Hussain, M., O'Neill, S.L. & Asgari, S. (2013) Wolbachia interferes with Argonaute 1 intracellular trafficking in Aedes aegypti. RNA Biology 10, 1868-1875.

Etebari, K. & Asgari, S. (2013) Conserved microRNA miR-8 blocks activation of the Toll pathway by up-regulating Serpin 27 transcripts. RNA Biology 10, 1356-1364.

Colson, P., De Lamballerie, X., Yutin, N., Asgari, S., Bigot, Y., Bideshi, D.K., Cheng, X.W., Federici, B.A., van Etten, J.L., Koonin, E.V., La Scola, B., Raoult, D. (2013) Megavirales, a proposed new order for eukaryotic nucleocytoplasmic large DNA viruses. Archives of Virology 158, 2517-2521.

Zhang, G., Hussain, M., O'Neill, S.L. & Asgari, S. (2013) Wolbachia uses a host microRNA to regulate transcripts of a methyltransferase contributing to dengue virus inhibition in Aedes aegypti. Proceeding of the National Academy of Sciences USA 110, 10276-10281.

Jayachandran, B., Hussain, M. & Asgari, S. (2013) Regulation of Helicoverpa armigera ecdysone receptor by miR-14 and its potential link to baculovirus infection. Journal of Invertebrate Pathology 114, 151-157.

Mehrabadi, M., Hussain, M. & Asgari, S. (2013) MicroRNAome of Spodoptera frugiperda cells (Sf9) and its alteration following baculovirus infection. Journal of General Virology 94, 1385-1397.

Mehrabadi, M., Hussain, M. & Asgari, S. (2013) Cloning and characterization of a Dim1-like mitosis gene of Spodoptera frugiperda cells (Sf9) induced by Autographa californica multiple nucleopolyhedrovirus. Journal of Invertebrate Pathology 113, 152-159.

Etebari, K., Hussain, M. & Asgari, S. (2013) Identification of microRNAs from Plutella xylostella larvae associated with parasitization by Diadegma semiclausum. Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 43, 309-318.

Hussain, M., Walker, T., O'Neill, S.L. & Asgari, S. (2013) Blood meal induced microRNA regulates development and immune associated genes in the Dengue mosquito vector, Aedes aegypti. Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 43, 146-152.

Hussain, M., Lu, G., Torres, S., Edmonds, J.H., Kay, B.H., Khromykh, A.A. & Asgari, S. (2013) Effect of Wolbachia on replication of West Nile Virus in mosquito cell line and adult mosquitoes. Journal of Virology 87, 851-858.

Jayachandran, B., Hussain, M. & Asgari, S. (2013) An insect trypsin-like serine protease as a target of miRNA: utilization of miRNA mimics and inhibitors by oral feeding. Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 43, 398-406.

Asgari, S. (2013) MicroRNA functions in insects. Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 43, 388-397.


Jayachandran, B., Hussain, M. & Asgari, S. (2012) RNA interference as a cellular defense mechanism against the DNA virus, baculovirus. Journal of Virology 86,13729-13734.

Osei-Amo, S., Hussain, M., O'Neill, S.L. & Asgari, S. (2012) Wolbachia-induced aae-miR-12 miRNA negatively regulates the expression of MCT1 and MCM6 genes in Wolbachia-infected mosquito cell line. PLoS One 7, e50049.

Etebari, K, Hussain, M. & Asgari, S. (2012) Suppression of scavenger receptors transcription by parasitoid factors. Developmental & Comparative Immunology 38, 517-524.

Ma, G., Rahman, M.M., Grant, W., Schmidt, O., Asgari, S. (2012) Insect tolerance to the crystal toxins Cry1Ac and Cry2Ab is mediated by the binding of monomeric toxin to lipophorin glycolipids causing oligomerization and sequestration reactions. Developmental & Comparative Immunology 37, 184-192.

Hussain, M., Torres, S., Schnettler, E., Funck, A., Grundhoff, A., Pijlman, G.P., Khormykh, A.A. & Asgari, S. (2012) West Nile virus encodes a microRNA-like small RNA in the 3' untranslated region which upregulates GATA4 mRNA and facilitates virus replication in mosquito cells. Nucleic Acids Research 40, 2210-2223.

Asgari, S. (2011) Venoms from endoparasitoids. In: Parasitoid Viruses: Symbionts and Pathogens. Edited by N. E. Beckage & J-M. Drezen. San Diego: Elsevier Academic Press.


Etebari, K., Palfreyman, R., Schlipalius, D., Nielsen, L., Glatz, R.V. & Asgari, S. (2011) Deep sequencing-based transcriptome analysis of Plutella xylostella larvae parasitized by Diadegma semiclausum. BMC Genomics 12, 446.

Asgari, S. (2011) Role of microRNAs in insect host-microorganism interactions. Frontiers in Physiology 2, 48.

Hussain, M., Frentiu, F.D., Moreira, L.A. O'Neill, S.L. & Asgari, S. (2011) Wolbachia uses host microRNAs to manipulate host gene expression and facilitate colonization of the dengue vector Aedes aegypti. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 108, 9250-9255.

Asgari, S. & Dall'Alba, G. (2011) Improving group functioning in solving realistic problems. International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning 5 (1).

Bigot, Y., Asgari, S., Bideshi, D., Cheng, X. W., Federici, B. A. & Renault, S. (2011). Family Ascoviridae. In Virus Taxonomy: Ninth Report of the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses. Edited by C. M. Fauquet, M. A. Mayo, J. Maniloff, U. Desselberger & L. A. Ball. San Diego: Elsevier Academic Press.

Asgari, S. & Rivers, D.B. (2011) Venom proteins from endoparasitoid wasps and their role in host-parasite interactions. Annual Review of Entomology 56, 313-335.

Cooper, T.H., Bailey-Hill, K., Leifert, W.R., McMurchie, E.J., Asgari, S. & Glatz, R. (2011) Identification of an in vitro interaction between an insect immune-suppressor protein (CrV2) and Ga proteins. Journal of Biological Chemistry 286, 10466-10475.

Thomas, P. & Asgari, S. (2011) Inhibition of melanization by a parasitoid serine protease homolog venom protein requires both the clip and the non-catalytic protease-like domains. Insects 2, 509-514.

Thomas, P., Kenny, N., Eyles, D., Moreira, L.A., O'Neill, S.L. & Asgari, S. (2011) Infection with the wMel and wMelPop strains of Wolbachia leads to higher levels of melanization in the hemolymph of Drosophila melanogaster, Drosophila simulans and Aedes aegypti. Developmental & Comparative Immunology 35, 360–365


Asgari, S. & Johnson, K.N. (2010) Insect Virology. Norwich, UK: Caister Academic Press. pp. 435.

Thomas, P., Yamada, R., Johnson, K.N. & Asgari, S. (2010) Ectopic expression of an endoparasitic wasp venom protein in Drosophila melanogaster affects immune function, larval development and oviposition. Insect Molecular Biology 19, 473–480.

Asgari, S. & Sullivan, C.A. (2010) Role of microRNAs as regulators of host-virus interactions. In Insect Virology. Edited by Asgari, S. & K. Johnson. Norwich, UK: Caister Academic Press. pp. 346-365.

Hussain, M., Abraham, A.M. & Asgari, S. (2010) An ascovirus encoded ribonuclease III autoregulates its expression and suppresses RNAi-mediated gene silencing. Journal of Virology 84, 3624-3630.

Furlong, M.J. & Asgari, S. (2010) Effects of an ascovirus (HvAV-3e) on diamondback moth, Plutella xylostella, and evidence for virus transmission by a larval parasitoid. Journal of Invertebrate Pathology 103, 89-95.

Hussain, M. & Asgari, S. (2010). Functional analysis of a cellular microRNA in insect host-ascovirus interaction. Journal of Virology 84, 612-620.

2009 and prior:

Smede, M., Hussain, M. & Asgari, S. (2009). A lipase-like gene from Heliothis virescens ascovirus (HvAV-3e) is essential for virus replication and cell cleavage. Virus Genes 39, 409-417.

Hussain, M., Garrad, S. & Asgari, S. (2009) The role of actin filaments in ascovirus replication and pathology. Archives of Virology 154, 1737-1743.

Hussain, M. & Asgari, S. (2008). Inhibition of apoptosis by Heliothis virescens ascovirus (HvAV-3e): characterization of orf28 with structural similarity to inhibitor of apoptosis proteins. Apoptosis 13, 1417–1426.

Hussain, M., Taft, R. & Asgari, S. (2008) An insect virus-encoded microRNA regulates viral replication. Journal of Virology 82, 9164-9170.

Smede, M., Furlong, M. J. & Asgari, S. (2008). Effects of Heliothis virescens ascovirus (HvAV-3e) on a novel host, Crocidolomia pavonana (Lepidoptera: Crambidae) Journal of Invertebrate Pathology 99, 281-285.

Asgari, S. (2007). A caspase-like gene from Heliothis virescens ascovirus (HvAV-3e) is not involved in apoptosis but is essential for virus replication. Virus Research 128, 99-105.

Asgari, S. (2007) Endoparasitoid venom proteins as modulators of host immunity and development. In Recent Advances in the Biochemistry, Toxicity, and Mode of Action of Parasitic Wasp Venoms, Edited by D. B. Rivers & J. Yoder. Research Signpost, India, pp. 57-73.

Asgari, S., Davis, J. , Wood, D., Wilson, P. & McGrath, A. (2007) Sequence and organization of Heliothis virescens ascovirus genome. Journal of General Virology 88, 1120-1132.

Asgari, S. (2006) Replication of Heliothis virescens ascovirus in insect cell lines. Archives of Virology 151, 1689–1699

Zhang, G., Schmidt, O. & Asgari, S. (2006) A calreticulin-like protein from endoparasitoid venom fluid is involved in host hemocyte inactivation. Developmental & Comparative Immunology 30, 756-764.

Asgari, S. (2006) Venom proteins from polydnavirus-producing endoparasitoids: their role in host-parasite interactions. Archives of Insect Biochemistry and Physiology 61, 146-156.

Reineke, A., Asgari, S. & Schmidt, O. (2006) Evolutionary origin of Venturia canescens virus-like particles. Archives of Insect Biochemistry and Physiology 61, 123-133.

Ma, G., Hay, D. Li, Asgari, S. & Schmidt, O. (2006) Recognition and inactivation of LPS by lipophorin particles. Developmental & Comparative Immunology 30, 619-626.

Ma, G., Sarjan, M., Preston, C., Asgari, S. & Schmidt, O. (2005) Inducible resistance mechanisms against Bacillus thuringiensis endotoxins in invertebrates. Insect Science 12, 319-330.

Schmidt, O., Glatz, R.V., Asgari, S. & Roberts, H.S.L. (2005) Are insect immune suppressors driving cellular uptake reactions? Archives of Insect Biochemistry and Physiology 60, 153-158.

Amaya, K.E., Asgari, S., Jung, R., Hongskula, M. & Beckage, N.E. (2005). Parasitization of Manduca sexta larvae by the parasitoid wasp Cotesia congregata induces an impaired host immune response. Journal of Insect Physiology 51, 505-512.

Reineke, A. & Asgari, S. (2005) Presence of a novel small RNA-containing virus in a laboratory culture of the endoparasitic wasp Venturia canescens (Hymenoptera: Ichneumonidae). Journal of Insect Physiology (special issue) 51, 127-135.

Glatz, R., Asgari, S., Schmidt, O. (2004) Evolution of polydnaviruses as insect immune suppressors (review). Trends in Microbiology 12, 545-554.

Zhang, G., Schmidt, O. & Asgari, S. (2004) A novel venom peptide from an endoparasitoid wasp is required for expression of polydnavirus genes in host hemocytes. Journal of Biological Chemistry 279, 41580-41585.

Glatz, R., Roberts, H.L.S., Li, D., Sarjan, M., Theopold, U.H., Asgari, S. & Schmidt, O. (2004) Lectin-induced hemocyte inactivation in insects. Journal of Insect Physiology 50, 955-963.

Glatz, R., Schmidt, O. & Asgari, S. (2004). Isolation and characterization of a Cotesia rubecula bracovirus gene expressed in the lepidopteran, Pieris rapae. Journal of General Virology 85, 2873-2882.

Asgari, S. & Schmidt, O. (2004) Isolation of an imaginal disc growth factor homologue from Pieris rapae and its expression following parasitization by Cotesia rubecula. Journal of Insect Physiology 50, 687-694.

Zhang, G., Lu, Z-Q., Jiang, H. & Asgari, S. (2004) Negative regulation of prophenoloxidase (proPO) activation by a clip-domain serine proteinase homolog (SPH) from endoparasitoid venom. Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 34, 477-483.

Rahman, M.M., Roberts, H.L.S., Sarjan, M., Asgari, S. & Schmidt, O. (2004) Induction and transmission of Bt-tolerance in the flour moth Ephestia kuehniella. The Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences, USA 101, 2696-2699.

Glatz, R., Schmidt, O. & Asgari, S. (2003) Characterisation of a novel protein with homology to C-type lectins expressed by the Cotesia rubecula bracovirus in larvae of the lepidopteran host, Pieris rapae. Journal of Biological Chemistry 278, 19743-19750.

Asgari, S., Zhang, G., Zareie, R. & Schmidt, O. (2003) A serine proteinase homolog venom protein from an endoparasitoid wasp inhibits activation of the host hemolymph prophenoloxidase. Journal of Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 33, 1017-1024.

Asgari, S., Zareie, R., Zhang, G. & Schmidt, O. (2003) Isolation and characterization of a novel venom protein from an endoparasitoid, Cotesia rubecula (Hym: Braconidae). Archives of Insect Biochemistry and Physiology 53, 92-100.

Asgari, S. & Schmidt, O. (2003) Is cell surface calreticulin involved in phagocytosis by insect hemocytes? Journal of Insect Physiology 49, 545-550.

Le, N.T., Asgari, S., Amaya, K., Tan, F.F. & Beckage, N.E. (2003) Persistence and expression of Cotesia congregata polydnavirus in host larvae of the Tobacco Hornworm, Manduca sexta. Journal of Insect Physiology 49, 533-543.

Whitfield, J.B. & Asgari, S. (2003) Virus or not? Phylogenetics of polydnaviruses and their wasp carriers (review). Journal of Insect Physiology 49, 397-405.

Asgari, S., Zhang, G. & Schmidt, O. (2003) Polydnavirus particle proteins with similarities to molecular chaperons, heat shock protein 70 and calreticulin. Journal of General Virology 84, 1165-1171.

Asgari, S., Reineke, A., Beck, M. & Schmidt, O. (2002) Isolation and characterization of a neprilysin-like protein from Venturia canescens virus-like particles. Insect Molecular Biology 11, 477-485.

Reineke, A., Asgari, S., Ma, G., Beck, M. & Schmidt, O. (2002) Sequence analysis and expression of a virus-like particle protein, VLP2, from the parasitic wasp Venturia canescens. Insect Molecular Biology 11, 233-239.

Asgari, S. & Schmidt, O. (2002) A coiled-coil region of an insect immune suppressor protein is involved in binding and uptake by hemocytes. Journal of Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 32, 497-504.

Asgari, S, Arun, S., Slade, M.B., Marshall, J., Williams, K.L. & Wheldrake, J.F. (2001) Expression of growth factors in Dictyostelium discoideum. Journal of Molecular Microbiology and Biotechnology 3, 491-497.

Asgari, S. & Schmidt, O. (2001) Promoter studies of a polydnavirus gene from Cotesia rubecula (Hym: Braconidae). Archives of Virology 146, 1979-1989.

Schmidt, O., Asgari, S., Beck, M. & Theopold, U. (2000) Host defence manipulation by parasitoid wasps and the problem of assessing host specificity. In: The hymenoptera: Evolution, Biodiversity & Biological Control. Austin, A.D. & Dowton, M. (eds.) CSIRO, Melbourne. pp.

Asgari, S., Hardy, J.H. & Cooke, B.D. (1999) Sequence analysis of Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease Virus (RHDV) in Australia: alterations after its release. Archives of Virology 144, 135-145.

Asgari, S., Theopold, U., Wellby, C. & Schmidt, O. (1998) A protein with protective properties against the cellular defence reactions in insects. The Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences, USA 95, 3690-3695.

Asgari, S., Hardy, J.D., Sinclair, R.G. & Cooke, B.D. (1998) Field evidence for mechanical transmission of rabbit haemorrhagic disease virus (RHDV) by flies (DIPTERA:Calliphoridae) among wild rabbits in Australia. Virus Research 54, 123-132.

Asgari, S., Schmidt, O. & Theopold, U. (1997) A polydnavirus encoded protein of an endoparasitoid wasp is an immune suppressor. Journal of General Virology 78, 3061-3070.

Asgari, S., Hellers, M. & Schmidt, O. (1996) Host haemocyte inactivation by an insect parasitoid: transient expression of a polydnavirus gene. Journal of General Virology 77, 2653-2662.

Asgari, S. & Schmidt, O. (1994) Passive protection of eggs from the parasitoid, Cotesia rubecula, in the host, Pieris rapae. Journal of Insect Physiology 40, 789-795.

Asgari, S. (2014) Epigenetic modifications underlying symbiotic-host interactions. Advances in Genetics 86, 253-276.

Asgari, S. (2014) Role of microRNAs in arbovirus/vector interactions. Viruses 6, 3514-3534.

Hussain, M. & Asgari, S. (2014) microRNAs as mediators of insect host-pathogen interactions and immunity. Journal of Insect Physiology 70, 151–158.

Zhang, G., Hussain, M., & Asgari, S. (2014) Regulation of arginine methyltransferase 3 by a Wolbachia-induced microRNA in Aedes aegypti and its effect on Wolbachia and dengue virus replication. Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 53, 81-88.

Slonchak, A., Hussain, M., Torres Morales, S., Asgari, S., & Khromykh, A.A. (2014) Expression of mosquito microRNA aae-miR-2940-5p is down-regulated in response to West Nile Virus infection to restrict viral replication. Journal of Virology 88, 8457-8467.

Mayoral, J.G., Etebari, K., Hussain, M., Khromykh, A.A. & Asgari, S. (2014) Wolbachia infection modifies the profile, shuttling and structure of microRNAs in a mosquito cell line. PLoS One 9, e96107.