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Nature. 1977 Nov 17;270(5634):219-23.

Immunological specificity and memory in a scleractinian coral.

Abstract

Tissue transplantation immunity with a specific memory component is demonstrated in populations of Montipora. This highly discriminating immunoreactivity derives from extensive allogeneic polymorphism of histocompatibility (H) markers. An H system of immunorecognition is postulated to have originated in multicellular invertebrates probably beginning with coelenterates.

PMID:
74018
DOI:
10.1038/270219a0
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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