A Family of C-Type Lectins in Manduca sexta

  • Xiao-Qiang Yu
  • Michael R. Kanost
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 484)


Insects have a rapid and effective immune system against microbial infections (Gillespie et al., 1997) that shares common characteristics with the innate immune system of vertebrates. It also consists of humoral and cellular responses. In the cellular responses such as phagocytosis, nodule formation and encapsulation, hemocytes play important roles. In insect humoral responses, many hemolymph proteins are involved. These proteins include a group of antimicrobial proteins/peptides, lectins, and cell adhesion proteins.


Innate Immune System Cell Adhesion Protein Activate Phenol Oxidase Hemolymph Protein Ligand Binding Specificity 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Xiao-Qiang Yu
    • 1
  • Michael R. Kanost
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of BiochemistryKansas State UniversityManhattan

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