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Molecular Aspects of Immune Reactions in Echinodermata

  • V. Matranga
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Part of the Progress in Molecular and Subcellular Biology book series (PMSB, volume 15)

Abstract

The main challenge for any living organism is its encounter with potentially pathogenic bacteria and other microorganisms. Therefore, it should posses a defense mechanism which is capable of (1) recognizing foreign material which has entered the body, and (2) finding a way to either expel it or render it inoffensive. It is always very hazardous to compare and match the host defense systems operating in invertebrate organisms to the well-known vertebrate immune system. In fact of the enormous amount of data coming from vertebrate immunology research, only a small number of reports are applicable to the defense mechanisms functioning in invertebrates.

Keywords

Coelomic Fluid Axial Organ Humoral Molecule Strongylocentrotus Purpuratus Invertebr Pathol 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • V. Matranga
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  1. 1.Istituto Di Biologia dello SviluppoConsiglio Nazionale Delle RicerchePalermoItaly

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