Presence of Several Cytokine-like Molecules in Molluscan Hemocytes

E. Ottaviani, A. Franchini, C. Franceschi

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The presence of a variety of cytokine-like molecules (IL-1α, IL-1β, IL-2, IL-6, TNF-α) in the hemocytes of two molluscs, i.e., Planorbarius corneus and Viviparus ater, is reported. These molecules are present only in hemocytes with phagocytic activity. These data, together with recent reports on the presence of cytokine-like molecules in other invertebrates, suggest that cytokines are important, ancestral and functionally conserved molecules.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)984-988
Number of pages5
JournalBiochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Sep 15 1993

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry

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