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Oxidative burst in hard clam (Mercenaria mercenaria) Deenie M. Bugge a
 

Summary: Oxidative burst in hard clam (Mercenaria mercenaria)
haemocytes
Deenie M. Bugge´ a
, He´le`ne He´garet b
, Gary H. Wikfors c
, Bassem Allam a,*
a
Marine Sciences Research Center, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY 11794-5000, USA
b
Department of Marine Sciences, University of Connecticut, Groton, CT 06430, USA
c
Northeast Fisheries Science Center, NMFS, NOAA, Milford, CT 06460, USA
Received 21 July 2006; revised 11 October 2006; accepted 18 October 2006
Available online 24 October 2006
Abstract
Haemocytes of bivalve molluscs are known to be responsible for many immunological functions, including recognition, phago-
cytosis, and killing or elimination of invading microorgansisms, such as potentially infective bacteria and parasites. In many bi-
valves, killing of microorganisms engulfed by haemocytes is accomplished by a sudden release of reactive oxygen species
(ROS) within the haemocytes; this response is referred to as an oxidative burst. Previous studies have failed to detect oxidative burst
in haemocytes of the hard clam (northern quahog), Mercenaria mercenaria. In the present study, we applied a widely used chemical

  

Source: Allam, Bassem - School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, SUNY at Stony Brook

 

Collections: Biology and Medicine; Environmental Sciences and Ecology