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Cellular response to injury in spiny lobsters

Jones, B.ORCID: 0000-0002-0773-2007 (1999) Cellular response to injury in spiny lobsters. In: International Symposium on Lobster Health management, 19 - 21 September 1999, Adelaide, SA



This paper presents a review of the cellular defense mechanisms of spiny lobsters. These mechanisms can be divided, for convenience, into three broad groupings: maintenance of exoskeleton integrity; foreign agent recognition, inactivation and elimination from the internal organs; and repair of damage by toxins. Cellular defense mechanisms are dependent on circulating haemocytes and phagocytes, fixed phagocytes and fibrocytes. The process or processes by which these cell types are generated and mature in the animal have not yet been adequately described for spiny lobsters. In addition, attention has only recently focused on the way in which cellular defence responses are influenced by environmental stress and by the nutritional and moult status of the lobster. These are areas of critical importance to animal husbandry and production in aquaculture. While rapid advances are being made in the understanding of humoral defense mechanisms of crustaceans there are still large gaps in our understanding of the cellular components of the system in spiny lobsters.

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