Innate Immunity of Plants, Animals, and Humans

  • Holger Heine

Part of the Nucleic Acids and Molecular Biology book series (NUCLEIC, volume 21)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Shunyuan Xiao, Wenming Wang, Xiaohua Yang
    Pages 1-25
  3. Deniz Ertürk-Hasdemir, Nicholas Paquette, Kamna Aggarwal, Neal Silverman
    Pages 43-72
  4. Adrienne Ivory, Katherine Randle, Louisa Wu
    Pages 73-91
  5. Konstantin Khalturin, Ulrich Kürn, Thomas C. G. Bosch
    Pages 99-111
  6. Con Sullivan, Carol H. Kim
    Pages 113-133
  7. Andrei E. Medvedev, Stefanie N. Vogel
    Pages 135-167
  8. Regine Gläser, Jürgen Harder, Jens-Michael Schröder
    Pages 187-218
  9. K. R. Mayilyan, Y. H. Kang, A. W. Dodds, R. B. Sim
    Pages 219-236
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 237-241

About this book


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.


Danio rerio Defense Mechanisms Drosophila Immune System Immunity Innate Immunity Vertebrate defense mechanism evolution microorganisms proteins

Editors and affiliations

  • Holger Heine
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Immunology and Cell BiologyResearch Center BorstelBorstelGermany

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