Phylogenesis of Immune Functions

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CRC Press, Nov 21, 1990 - Medical - 344 pages
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This volume discusses recent advances in research regarding the evolution of specific and nonspecific defense responses in a taxonomically diverse array of species. Topics regarding invertebrates include the protective mechanisms (cellular and molecular) employed by insects, the protective roles of lectins, and the self-nonself discrimination revealed by tissue incompatibility reactions. With vertebrates, the evolution of the immunoglobulin-related superfamily of recognition molecules (including immunoglobulins and the major histocompatibility complex molecules) is examined over several chapters. Other topics reviewed include the evolution of nonimmunoglobulin mediators of defense (e.g., cytokines and eicosanoids), lymphocyte subpopulations (including effects of ambient temperature on function) and the phylogenetic emergence of natural killer cells. Phylogenesis of Immune Functions provides invaluable information for evolutionary biologists, as well as all immunologists and other researchers interested in discovering how inhabitants in our increasingly threatened biosphere protect themselves against environmental pathogens and toxins.
  

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Contents

Introduction
3
Phylogenesis of Immune Functions
4
Chapter
8
Cockroach
9
Acknowledgments
16
Chapter 3
45
Their Participation
73
Chapter 5
103
Chapter 8
151
Chapter 13
152
Chapter 9
171
Chapter 10
191
Phylogeny of Cytotoxic Cells
215
Chapter 12
241
Aspects of Their Structure Function and Evolution
269
Chapter 14
295

induced by either natural or artificial introduction of some foreign agent or substance
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Chapter 6
117
major viewpoints First from an evolutionary perspective insects have been extremely
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