Understanding shrimp hemocytes

Dr. Carlos Ching
shrimp hemocytes

An important mechanism of defense against viruses, bacteria and other pathogens The process of melanization (dark spots on shrimp shell, top) by the prophenoloxidase (ProPO) system is a major, innate defense system in invertebrates. After invading microbes are encapsulated or phagocytosed, the process of melanization (involving granular hemocytes) helps expel these pathogens by cuticular excretion…

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  • Dr. Carlos Ching

    Dr. Carlos Ching

    Aquaculture Manager
    Guayaquil, Ecuador