For deeper insights into the function of crustacean haemocytes in immune responses, we studied the morphology and enzyme content of circulating cells of the mantis shrimp Squilla mantis from the North Adriatic Sea, together with their ability to phagocytose foreign cells.We also assayed the enzyme content and the agglutinating and haemolytic activities of cell-free haemolymph. Three haemocyte types, i.e., hyalinocytes, semigranulocytes and granulocytes, can be distinguished, according to cell and nuclear morphology and the presence of cytoplasmic granules. All of them share the same patterns of enzyme activities and are recognised by the same lectins. Spreading cells (hyalinocytes and semigranulocytes) can ingest foreign cells; granules of semigranular and granular cells have similar cytochemical properties. Injection of Micrococcus luteus into the heart sinus results in an increase in the frequency of hyaline cells and a decrease in the frequency of granulocytes. After 24 h from the injection, a decrease in the number of phagocytosing hyalinocytes, and a general decrease in the frequency of acid phosphatase-positive cells was reported. Our data match previous results and suggest the existence of a single differentiation pathway for Squilla haemocytes with the three haemocyte morphs as different stages of cell differentiation. Results also indicate that Squilla haemolymph performs immunosurveillance, through rapid changes in haemocyte distribution, increase of antimicrobial and antioxidant enzymes and secretion of lectins stimulating agglutination, phagocytosis and encapsulation.

Insight on cellular and humoral components of innate immunity in Squilla mantis (Crustacea, Stomatopoda).

SCHIAVON, FILIPPO;BALLARIN, LORIANO
2011

Abstract

For deeper insights into the function of crustacean haemocytes in immune responses, we studied the morphology and enzyme content of circulating cells of the mantis shrimp Squilla mantis from the North Adriatic Sea, together with their ability to phagocytose foreign cells.We also assayed the enzyme content and the agglutinating and haemolytic activities of cell-free haemolymph. Three haemocyte types, i.e., hyalinocytes, semigranulocytes and granulocytes, can be distinguished, according to cell and nuclear morphology and the presence of cytoplasmic granules. All of them share the same patterns of enzyme activities and are recognised by the same lectins. Spreading cells (hyalinocytes and semigranulocytes) can ingest foreign cells; granules of semigranular and granular cells have similar cytochemical properties. Injection of Micrococcus luteus into the heart sinus results in an increase in the frequency of hyaline cells and a decrease in the frequency of granulocytes. After 24 h from the injection, a decrease in the number of phagocytosing hyalinocytes, and a general decrease in the frequency of acid phosphatase-positive cells was reported. Our data match previous results and suggest the existence of a single differentiation pathway for Squilla haemocytes with the three haemocyte morphs as different stages of cell differentiation. Results also indicate that Squilla haemolymph performs immunosurveillance, through rapid changes in haemocyte distribution, increase of antimicrobial and antioxidant enzymes and secretion of lectins stimulating agglutination, phagocytosis and encapsulation.
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