Investigating the Sea Urchin Immune System : Implications for Disease Resistance and Aging

@inproceedings{McCaughey2012InvestigatingTS,
  title={Investigating the Sea Urchin Immune System : Implications for Disease Resistance and Aging},
  author={Catherine McCaughey and A. A. Bodnar},
  year={2012}
}
Aging affects immune function, increasing an organism’s vulnerability to infectious and neoplastic diseases, however efforts in medical research have focused on adaptive immunity, leaving the role of innate immunity largely open for investigation. Echinoderms are an excellent model for studying innate immunity as invertebrates lacking adaptive immunity and as deuterosomes being more closely related to humans than any other invertebrate group. A survey of the immune gene repertoire encoded by… CONTINUE READING