Invertebrate Cytokines and the Phylogeny of Immunity: Facts and Paradoxes

Invertebrate Cytokines and the Phylogeny of Immunity: Facts and Paradoxes

by Alain Beschin
     
 

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Based on the assumption that invertebrates as well as vertebrates possess factors regulating hematopoiesis, response to infection or wounding, studies dealing with the evolution of immunity have focused on the isolation and characterization of putative cytokine-related molecules from invertebrates. Until recently, most of our knowledge of cytokine- and cytokine… See more details below

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Based on the assumption that invertebrates as well as vertebrates possess factors regulating hematopoiesis, response to infection or wounding, studies dealing with the evolution of immunity have focused on the isolation and characterization of putative cytokine-related molecules from invertebrates. Until recently, most of our knowledge of cytokine- and cytokine receptor-like molecules in invertebrates has relied on functional assays and similarities at the physicochemical level. As such, a phylogenetic relationship between invertebrate cytokine-like molecules and invertebrate counterparts could not be convincingly demonstrated. In the present book, recent studies demonstrating cytokine-like activities and related signaling pathways in invertebrates are critically reviewed, focusing on findings from molecular biology and taking advantage of the completion of the genomes from the fly Drosophila and the worm Caenorhabditis elegans.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9783642622366
Publisher:
Springer Berlin Heidelberg
Publication date:
12/31/2013
Series:
Progress in Molecular and Subcellular Biology Series, #34
Edition description:
Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2004
Pages:
184
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.42(d)

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