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Cnidarian Jellyfish: Ecological Aspects, Nematocyst Isolation, and Treatment Methods of Sting

  • N. Killi
  • G. L. Mariottini
Chapter
Part of the Results and Problems in Cell Differentiation book series (RESULTS, volume 65)

Abstract

Cnidarians play an important role in ecosystem functioning, in the competition among species, and for possible utilization of several active compounds against cardiovascular, nervous, endocrine, immune, infective, and inflammatory disorders or having antitumoral properties, which have been extracted from these organisms. Nevertheless, notwithstanding these promising features, the main reason for which cnidarians are known is due to their venomousness as they have a serious impact on public health as well as in economy being able to affect some human activities. For this reason a preeminent subject of the research about cnidarians is the organization of proper systems and methods of care and treatment of stinging. This chapter aims to present the data about the morphological, ecological, toxicological, epidemiological, and therapeutic aspects regarding cnidarians with the purpose to summarize the existing knowledge and to stimulate future perspectives in the research on these organisms.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of FisheriesMuğla Sitki Koçman UniversityMuğlaTurkey
  2. 2.Department of Earth, Environment and Life SciencesUniversity of GenovaGenovaItaly

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