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Evolutionary Mechanisms of Defense Reactions

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By: V Vetvicka and P Síma

196 pages, Illus, figs

Birkhäuser Verlag

Hardback | Dec 1998 | #87157 | ISBN: 3764358130
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This book represents an evolutionary approach to defense mechanisms of all living organisms. The results achieved in developmental and comparative immunology are among the most interesting data in immunology. These results have great impact on our understanding fundamental problems of the pathology of the human immune system. At the same time, the field of evolutionary immunology provides not only inspiration for further investigation in biomedicine, but also a number of results applicable in clinical and commercial practice. This book evaluates the advantages and limitations of studying the development of defense reactions. In addition to reviewing the major and crucial achievements of the past, the book offers a comprehensive state-of-the-art treatise focused primarily on the latest experiments described in the last few years.


Animals at the cell-aggregate body organization: porifera -humoral immunity, cellular immunity, conclusions; diblastic animals - humoral immunity, cellular immunity, conclusions; protostomes - annelida - the evolutionary significance of metamery and the coelom, the cells, the origin, humoral immunity, cellular immunity, conclusions; arthropoda; chelicerata - the cells and structures engaged in the immune reactions, humoral immunity, cellular immunity; crustacea - humoral immunity, cellular immunity; insecta - blood cells, haemopoietic structures and their possible relevance to immunity, humoral immunity, cellular immunity; mollusca - the haemopoietic tissues and organs, the gastropods, the bivalves, the cephalopods, humoral immunity, cellular immunity, conclusions; deuterostomes - echinodermata -the echinoderm coelomic derivatives and their possible role in immunity, the immune significance of coelomic tubular and perivisceral systems, humoral immunity, cellular immunity, conclusions; chordates - urochordata - the anatomical features of ascidians in regard to their possible immune significance, the immune significance of the pharyngeal region, other structures engaged in the immunity, humoral immunity, cellular immunity, conclusions; vertebrates - agnatha - origin, the immunocompetent tissues and organs, humoral immunity, cellular immunity; chondrichthyes - origins, the immunocompetent tissues and organs of chondrichthyans, development of lymphohaemopoiesis in elasmobranchs, humoral immunity, cellular immunity, conclusions; osteichthyes - origins, the immunocompetent tissues and organs of osteichthyans, cells, MHC antigens, nonspecific humoral immunity, nonspecific cellular immunity, cellular cooperation, conclusions; general conclusions.

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