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Insect Haemocytes: A New Classification to Rule Out the Controversy

  • M. Brehélin
  • D. Zachary
Part of the Proceedings in Life Sciences book series (LIFE SCIENCES)

Abstract

It has often been remarked that the classification of insect haemocytes is the subject of numerous controversies. This was seen once again at the round table discussion devoted to these cells at the Invertebrate Immunology Conference in Montpellier. Several explanations can be found for this. Some are connected with the methods used in research: method of preparation of the cells, lack of clear-cut tinctorial affinities in optical microscopy. Others are associated with the physiology of haemocytes: rapid transformation at bleeding, possibility of differentiation in circulating blood. Finally, another category of possible explanations concerns the scientists themselves: the terminology used is not always free of ambiguity, and it is difficult to make analogies between cell types described using electron microscopy and those described using optical microscopy.

Keywords

Rough Endoplasmic Reticulum Granular Cell Spherule Cell Galleria Mellonella Cytoplasmic Fragment 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Brehélin
    • 1
  • D. Zachary
    • 2
  1. 1.Laboratoire de Pathologie ComparéeERPAM, Université des Sciences et Techniques du LanguedocMontpellierFrance
  2. 2.Laboratoire de Biologie GénéraleUniversité Louis PasteurStrasbourgFrance

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