A β-1,3-Glucan-Binding Protein From Manduca sexta
Insects have pattern recognition molecules  which can recognize nonself molecules such as β-1,3-glucan, lipopolysaccharide, and peptidoglycan on the surface of invading pathogens. Upon binding to the foreign invaders, pattern recognition proteins further trigger defense pathways such as the prophenoloxidase pathway in insects. Insects thus can defend themselves efficiently against pathogens even though they lack the immunoglobulin system present in mammals.
KeywordsRecognition Protein Native Molecular Weight Foreign Invader Peptidoglycan Recognition Protein Pattern Recognition Molecule
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