Mannose-binding lectin: ancient molecule, interesting future.


Five hundred sixty-five million years ago, when the world was empty and barren because animal life had not colonized land yet, a common ancestor that we share with sea squirts (Ascidians) inhabited the seas. One of the genes that we still share with sea squirts today is a gene for mannose-binding lectin (MBL), signifying that this gene has existed for 1565… (More)
DOI: 10.1086/590007