Molecular Aspects of Immune Reactions in Echinodermata
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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.
KeywordsCoelomic Fluid Axial Organ Humoral Molecule Strongylocentrotus Purpuratus Invertebr Pathol
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