The contribution of proteinase inhibitors to immune defense. Academic Article uri icon


  • The colonization of a potential host by a parasite requires an ability to cross the integuments and then to escape from the host immune defenses. Proteinases are important virulence factors that assist these processes. Host proteinase inhibitors potentially contribute to immunity by inactivating the proteinase virulence factors of pathogens.

publication date

  • January 2001