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Pomphorhynchus laevis (Acanthocephala): elevation of haemolymph protein concentrations in the intermediate host, Gammarus pulex (Crustacea: Amphipoda)

  • C. R. Bentley (a1) and H. Hurd (a1)


Comparisons were made between the protein concentrations and protein profiles of uninfected Gammarus pulex and those infected with cystacanths of Pomphorhynchus laevis. Comparisons of the extractable haemolymph volumes from uninfected and infected G. pulex, when related to host tissue weight, showed that there was no difference in the host tissue/haemolymph volume ratio between infected and uninfected individuals. SDS-PAGE of haemolymph samples resolved 36 bands of protein, the major components being band 6(19 kDa) and 21(33 kDa). Densitometric analysis of haemolymph samples showed that infected gammarids had total protein concentrations elevated by 84%. The (88 kDa) subunit was identified as the monomer of the respiratory protein haemocyanin. This band was significantly elevated in infected individuals (one-way ANOVA P < 0.001); increasing from 30 to 45% of the total haemolymph proteins.



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Pomphorhynchus laevis (Acanthocephala): elevation of haemolymph protein concentrations in the intermediate host, Gammarus pulex (Crustacea: Amphipoda)

  • C. R. Bentley (a1) and H. Hurd (a1)


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