TITLE

Acute-Sublethal Copper Effects on Phagocytosis and Lysozyme Activity in the Earthworm Amynthas hawayanus

AUTHOR(S)
Nusetti, O.; Parejo, E..; Esclapés, M. M.; Rodríguez-Grau, J.; Marcano, L.
PUB. DATE
September 1999
SOURCE
Bulletin of Environmental Contamination & Toxicology;Sep99, Vol. 63 Issue 3, p350
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article offers information about a study that presents immunoassays for testing acute effects of metals on nonspecific immune functions of earthworm based on coelomic fluid lysozyme activity and oxidative antimicrobial activity of coelomic phagocytes. For this study, phagocytic activity was measured by a reduction of nitroblue tetrazolium (NBT) dye using a modification of the previously standardized procedure for Lumbricus terrestris. Meanwhile, copper was used as the reference immunosuppressor because this metal is an environmental immunotoxicant for vertebrates and invertebrates, affecting their ability to mount normal protective responses.
ACCESSION #
15731060

 

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