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Molecules participating in insect immunity of Sarcophaga peregrina.

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  • 1National Institute of Agrobiological Sciences, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8602, Japan. natori@e-mail.jp

Abstract

Pricking the body wall of Sarcophaga peregrina (flesh fly) larvae with a needle activated the immune system of this insect and induced various immune molecules, including antibacterial proteins, in the hemolymph. In this review, I summarize and discuss the functions of these immune molecules, with particular emphasis on the dual roles of some of these molecules in defense and development.

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PMC3035055
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