A Role For Protease Inhibitors in Immunity of Long-Lived Animals

  • Peter B. Armstrong
  • James P. Quigley
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 484)


To reproduce successfully, all organisms from bacteria to man must survive the attacks of the myriad of parasites that would otherwise produce fatal episodes of disease and premature death. This is particularly true for long-lived species that require many years to reach reproductive maturity and, presumably, that are required to resist multiple episodes of parasitic infection prior to that happy day. Parasites are species that draw their food resources from the live bodies of a host species and that spend much or all of their life in association with that host species. Typically damage is done to the host by the parasite, resulting in a condition of pathogenesis and disease. Parasites may be unicellular or multicellular, prokaryote, eukaryote, or virus.


Horseshoe Crab Trypanosoma Cruzi Porphyromonas Gingivalis Entamoeba Histolytica Thiol Ester 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter B. Armstrong
    • 1
    • 2
  • James P. Quigley
    • 3
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Molecular and Cellular BiologyUniversity of CaliforniaDavis
  2. 2.Marine Biological LaboratoryWoodsHole
  3. 3.Department of Vascular BiologyScripps Research InstituteLa Jolla
  4. 4.Marine Biological LaboratoryWoods Hole

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