Invertebrate Immune Response to Fungal Cell Wall Components

  • P. Götz
Conference paper
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (ASIH, volume 53)


Defense reactions of invertebrates against pathogens and parasites are generally referred to as immune reactions in spite of the fact that they differ from vertebrate immunity by lacking immunoglobulins and the complement system. In current literature on invertebrate pathology any cellular or humoral defense reaction is designated as immune reaction. Most information on invertebrate immunity comes from insects and crustaceans. Molluscs have been studied intensively in regard to the role of lectins and to cytotoxic activity against parasites. This review concentrates mainly on immune reactions in insects and crustaceans versus fungi.


Fungal Cell Wall Horseshoe Crab Pacifastacus Leniusculus Mucor Hiemalis Fungus Metarhizium Anisopliae 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. Götz
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  1. 1.Free UniversityBerlinGermany

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