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The uniqueness of Achatina fulica in its evolutionary success
Mukherjee, S.; Sarkar, S.; Munshi, C.; Bhattacharya, S. (2016). The uniqueness of Achatina fulica in its evolutionary success, in: Ray, S. (Ed.) Organismal and Molecular Malacology. pp. 219-232. https://hdl.handle.net/10.5772/68134
In: Ray, S. (Ed.) (2016). Organismal and Molecular Malacology. InTech: Rijeka. ISBN 978-953-51-3306-3. 240 pp. https://hdl.handle.net/10.5772/65885, more

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    Achatina fulica, innate immunity, antibacterial activity

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  • Mukherjee, S.
  • Sarkar, S.
  • Munshi, C.
  • Bhattacharya, S.

Abstract
    The increasing load of environmental pollutants poses a serious threat over the globe. In this vulnerable situation, it is essential to have alternative sources of medicines, may be from invertebrates. Among invertebrates, although molluscs are known for their consumption as food and ethno‐medicinal use, the importance of these animals is still overlooked. Presently attention has been geared toward molluscs including Achatina fulica which are now considered as one of the most evolutionary successful animals. During the last few decades, researchers are trying to decipher their complex immune system to harvest valuable molecules to treat human diseases. In the present review, the existence of important immunological factors in Achatina is discussed addressing the coagulation system, innate immune molecules, bioactive proteins and lastly the enigmatic C‐reactive proteins.

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