Diverse immune functions of hemocyanins.

  title={Diverse immune functions of hemocyanins.},
  author={Christopher J Coates and Jacqueline Nairn},
  journal={Developmental and comparative immunology},
  volume={45 1},
Substantial evidence gathered recently has revealed the multiple functionalities of hemocyanin. Contrary to previous claims that this ancient protein is involved solely in oxygen transport within the hemolymph of invertebrates, hemocyanin and hemocyanin-derived peptides have been linked to key aspects of innate immunity, in particular, antiviral and phenoloxidase-like activities. Both phenoloxidase and hemocyanin belong to the family of type-3 copper proteins and share a high degree of sequence… CONTINUE READING


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