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.
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications|
|Publication status||Published - Sep 15 1993|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Molecular Biology