What inverts have immune system? Help

Jose Roberto M C da Silva jrmcdsil at FOX.CCE.USP.BR
Wed Apr 27 13:55:59 EST 1994

I would ask first: What is immune system? or What does immune system 
means? I tried some time ago to define that asking immunologists, and a 
got a lot of different answer, most of them based in linfocytic system 
(antropocentric view). When we talk about invertebrates, I thing a good 
definition is based on Metcnikoff theory (see TAUBER, A. I. Immunol. 
today, vol.15 no.3, 1994, p134-6) because he worked whit invertebrates.
After that, will be easy to look for invertebrates that have immune 

Prof. Dr. Jose'Roberto M. C. Silva
Histology Department, Biomedical Sciences Institute, University of Sao Paulo.


On 14 Apr 1994 txpljfg at uabcvsr.cvsr.uab.edu wrote:

> You are correct about cockroaches, which have shown specific humoral
> responses and short-term cellular immune responses that exhibit memory
> and specificity.  The best place to start would be a general
> review of insect immunity that discusses some of the earlier work.
> The best people to key your search on are:  My old mentor, R.D. Karp;
> H. Boman, Ann Lackie, Peter Dunn.  I would start with a recent review
> by Karp and go from there.  Good Luck.
> > 	I am trying to answer a lab question given to me by my immunology
> > professor.  Until recent times it was believed that inverts were not
> > capable of mounting a specific immune response.  This was later disproved
> > when cockroaches later displayed one.  What I am suppose to find out is if
> > crickets have a specific immune response and all laboratory experiments
> > have told me very little.  Can anyone answer this or at least tell me were
> > to look.
> > 
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