American Journal of Immunology

Evidence of Interleukin Genes in the Sea-Star: Asterias rubens (Echinoderma)

Michel Leclerc and Patricia Otten

DOI : 10.3844/ajisp.2013.65.67

American Journal of Immunology

Volume 9, Issue 2

Pages 65-67


The axial organ of the sea star Asterias rubens is a primitive immune organ the sea star T lymphocytes, when stimulated by various lectins, produce lymphokin-like substances with mitogenic properties as shown in earlier studies; they are correlated with Interleukin genes.


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