Insect immunity: evolutionary roots of the mammalian innate immune system.

@article{Vilmos1998InsectIE,
  title={Insect immunity: evolutionary roots of the mammalian innate immune system.},
  author={P{\'e}ter Vilmos and {\'E}va Kurucz},
  journal={Immunology letters},
  year={1998},
  volume={62 2},
  pages={59-66}
}
The innate immune system of vertebrates was considered as a survival of ancient antimicrobial systems that have become obsolescent by the emergence of adaptive immunity. Despite the fact that innate immunity lacks the elegance of genetic recombination mechanism to produce trillions of specific clones of immune cells and shows no memory, that view is out of date. Today, the innate immune system is rather regarded to be essential to the function of adaptive immunity by dictating the conduct of… CONTINUE READING