Progress in Molecular and Subcellular Biology

Invertebrate Immunology

Editors: Rinkevich, B., Müller, W.E.G. (Eds.)

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The biological bases of invertebrate immune responses have interested scientists for decades, from the first relevant observation by E. Metchnikoff in 1882, who discovered phagocytosis while studying starfish larvae. Invertebrate immunology first began to be appre­ ciated as an important field in the late 1960s and 1970s. However, in the following years there was much controversy regarding the question: do invertebrates offer insight into the origin of the sophisticated immune responses of the vertebrates? There are several reasons why progress in research on invertebrate immune competence has been painfully slow. One of the main impediments to the progress, as compared to the fast development of knowledge in the vertebrate systems, was the fact that most of the studies concentrated on "whole organism" assays, mainly on grafting tissues between allogeneic partners. Only in the last few years have more and more aspects of invertebrate immunity been investigated on the cellular, biochemical and molecular levels. These studies led to discoveries of novel defense reactions, new pathways of effector mechanisms which are elicited after recognition of "nonself', and complex, sometimes highly polymorphic genetic elements that control invertebrate immune reactions. The importance of invertebrate immunity for understanding "immunology" as a whole, despite the conflicting models and hypotheses, is now much more recognized than before. Although most of the 20 phyla belonging to the inver­ tebrates have different modes of life, body organizations, habitats occupied, and biochemical patterns, they show striking aspects of exceptional precision for discriminating between self and nonself.

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"...an essential text for any invertebrate immunologist. Furthermore, it should also be of interest to scientists with backgrounds in vertebrate immunology." Immunology Today

Table of contents (11 chapters)

  • Humoral Factors in Marine Invertebrates

    Leclerc, M.

    Pages 1-9

  • Earthworm Immunity

    Cooper, E. L.

    Pages 10-45

  • The Prophenoloxidase Activating System and Associated Proteins in Invertebrates

    Johansson, M. W. (et al.)

    Pages 46-66

  • Inducible Humoral Immune Defense Responses in Insects

    Karp, R. D.

    Pages 67-87

  • Blood Clotting in Invertebrates

    Srimal, S.

    Pages 88-100

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Invertebrate Immunology
Editors
  • B. Rinkevich
  • W.E.G. Müller
Series Title
Progress in Molecular and Subcellular Biology
Series Volume
15
Copyright
1996
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-79735-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-79735-4
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-79737-8
Series ISSN
0079-6484
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 250
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