Comparison of a Natural Agglutinin in the Hemolymph of the Blue Crab, Callinectes sapidus, with Agglutinins of Other Invertebrates

  • Gilbert B. Pauley


Cultivation of many invertebrates is of commercial value and an understanding of their immune mechanisms is important for combating the pernicious diseases that often debilitate them. Invertebrates possess a variety of humoral substances involved in internal defense that differ considerably from classical vertebrate antibodies (Bang, 1967; Carton, 1969; Feng, 1967; Sindermann, 1971; Tripp, 1970). Many of these hemolymph factors agglutinate a variety of foreign materials. Cantacuzene (1923) summarized his findings on invertebrate humoral substances including those capable of agglutination. Although his articles contain elaborate claims of results without adequate experimental data presented in protocol form, subsequent investigators are confirming many of these claims.


Blue Crab Horseshoe Crab Helix Pomatia Spiny Lobster Spider Crab 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gilbert B. Pauley
    • 1
  1. 1.Middle Atlantic Coastal Fisheries Center Pathobiology InvestigationsNational Marine Fisheries ServiceOxfordUSA

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