Three Kinds of Encapsulation-Relating Factors in Coleopteran Insect, Tenebrio Molitor Larvae

  • Mi Young Cho
  • Hyun Seong Lee
  • Bok Luel Lee
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 484)


Insect’s defensive roles have divided into two classes of mechanisms, humoral and cellular immune system (1,2). Encapsulation is one of the major cellular immune system to protect themselves from macromolecular invaders (3–6). It has been observed in the relationship between the host insects and the parasites. Once the foreign invaders turn out to be non-self, the hemocytes of the host insect surround the foreign substances, harden and melanize the capsule not to let the parasites invade in their body. On these bases, we have been studying on the factors related to the early-staged encapsulation in the coleopteran insect, Tenebrio molitor larvae, to investigate non-self recognition mechanism (7–8).


Host Insect Partial Amino Acid Sequence Cellular Immune System Phylogenetic Perspective Encapsulation Response 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mi Young Cho
    • 1
  • Hyun Seong Lee
    • 1
  • Bok Luel Lee
    • 1
  1. 1.Pusan National UniversityCollege of Pharmacy Jangjeong-DongKorea

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