Innate host defense mechanisms of fish against viruses and bacteria.

@article{Ellis2001InnateHD,
  title={Innate host defense mechanisms of fish against viruses and bacteria.},
  author={Andrew Ellis},
  journal={Developmental and comparative immunology},
  year={2001},
  volume={25 8-9},
  pages={827-39}
}
  • Andrew Ellis
  • Published 2001 in Developmental and comparative immunology
The integumental defenses provide a physical and chemical barrier to the attachment and penetration of microbes. Besides the entrapping and sloughing of microbes in the mucus, the latter contains many antibacterial substances including anti-bacterial peptides, lysozyme, lectins and proteases. The gastro-intestinal tract is a hostile environment of acids, bile salts and enzymes able to inactivate and digest many viruses and bacteria. In most cases the integumental defenses are sufficient to… CONTINUE READING
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