Hemocyanin; Don’t Get in the Way of Blue Bloods

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Issue Date
2016-04-04
Authors
Lee, Cheyenne
Collins-Hall, Jennifer
Hendrick, Dylan
Brabetz, Barbara
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Keywords
Hemocyanin , Invertebrates , Cancer—Research , phenoloxidase , SUNY Cobleskill
Abstract
Hemocyanin is a large oxygen carrying protein in the blood of numerous invertebrates such as horseshoe crabs. It is immunogenic, meaning it stimulates the immune system and is a perfect carrier for proteins we want the body to fight. Research has shown that hemocyanin is a possible treatment for a number of cancers. It is an important precursor to the enzyme phenoloxidase, which is needed by the animals that have it to fight off disease and to facilitate healing.
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