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Title Innate immunity of plants, mammals, and humans / edited by Holger Heine
Published Berlin : Springer, [2008]
©2008
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Description 1 online resource (xiv, 241 pages) : illustrations (some color)
Series Nucleic acids and molecular biology, 0933-1891 ; 21
Nucleic acids and molecular biology ; 21. 0933-1891
Contents Evolution of resistance genes in plants / Shunyuan Xiao, Wenming Wang, Xiaohua Yang -- The path less explored: innate immune reactions in Cnidarians / Thomas C.G. Bosch -- Bug versus bug : humoral immune responses in Drosophila melanogaster / Deniz Ertürk-Hasdemir [and others] -- Cellular immune responses in Drosophila melanogaster / Adrienne Ivory, Katherine Randle, Louisa Wu -- Immune reactions in the vertebrates' closest relatives, the urochordates / Konstantin Khalturin, Ulrich Kürn, Thomas C.G. Bosch -- Innate immune system of the zebrafish, Danio rerio / Con Sullivan, Carol H. Kim -- Toll-like receptors in the mammalian innate immune system / Andrei E. Medvedev, Stefanie N. Vogel -- NLRs : a cytosolic armory of microbial sensors linked to human diseases / Mathias Chamaillard -- Antimicrobial peptides as first-line effector molecules of the human innate immune system / Regine Gläser, Jürgen Harder, Jens-Michael Schröder -- The complement system in innate immunity / K.R. Mayilyan [and others]
Summary All living organisms are in a constant battle against their environment. Since uncontained microorganisms would simply overgrow all higher animals, the evolution of multicellular organisms required adequate and efficient defense mechanisms to protect their own integrity and to ensure their own survival. These defense mechanisms, encompassing receptor proteins that sense the presence of pathogens and effector molecules that are involved in controlling them, are the elemental parts of the innate immune system. For many species, the innate immune system is the sole active defense system. Long thought to be an unspecific immune response, the discovery of the Toll-like receptors and their ligands finally revealed just how specific the innate immune response actually is. This book wants to give an overview of our current knowledge about the innate immune system of plants, animals and humans. It not only covers the innate immune mechanisms and responses of so diverse organisms such as plants, Cnidaria, Drosophila, urochordates and zebrafish, but also the major receptor systems in mammalians and humans as well as the central defense mechanisms, antimicrobial peptides and the complement system
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Natural immunity.
Form Electronic book
Author Heine, Holger.
ISBN 3540739297
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9783540739296
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