Identification and expression of liver-specific genes after LPS challenge in amphioxus: the hepatic cecum as liver-like organ and “pre-hepatic” acute phase response

Liver is present in all vertebrates and central to many physiological processes including processing of nutrients from ingested food, plasma protein synthesis, hormone production, and detoxification. However, its evolutionary origin remains open to date. Liver is also the principal organ of acute phase response (APR) but when the vertebrate-like APR… CONTINUE READING