The role of moulting in parasite defence.

@article{Duneau2012TheRO,
  title={The role of moulting in parasite defence.},
  author={David Duneau and Dieter Ebert},
  journal={Proceedings. Biological sciences},
  year={2012},
  volume={279 1740},
  pages={
          3049-54
        }
}
Parasitic infections consist of a succession of steps during which hosts and parasites interact in specific manners. At each step, hosts can use diverse defence mechanisms to counteract the parasite's attempts to invade and exploit them. Of these steps, the penetration of parasites into the host is a key step for a successful infection and the epithelium is the first line of host defence. The shedding of this protective layer (moulting) is a crucial feature in the life cycle of several… CONTINUE READING

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