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Haematology and Antibacterial Properties of Blood from Horseshoe Crabs (Carcinoscorpius Rotundicauda and Tachypleus Gigas)


Zadeh, Shahram Shakiba (2006) Haematology and Antibacterial Properties of Blood from Horseshoe Crabs (Carcinoscorpius Rotundicauda and Tachypleus Gigas). Masters thesis, Universiti Putra Malaysia.


Samples of adult Carcinoscorpius rotundicauda and Tachypleus gigas caught from Pulau Lumut, Selangor, were conditioned in the Hatchery Unit, Universiti Putra Malaysia and used for all the experiments. Haematological study of the C. rotundicauda and T. gigas was carried out by blood extraction through cardiac puncture. Light microscopy of blood from both species showed the existence of only one type of blood cell, granulocyte, circulating in their circulatory system. Blood cell count for C. rotundicauda and T. gigas were not significantly different (27,000 and 33,000 cells/mm3, respectively), but it was otherwise for the two sexes of C. rotundicauda. Blood cell measurements of both species revealed that the size of T. gigas blood cells were significantly larger than C. rotundicauda. Transmission electron microscopy of blood cells was carried out for normal and clotted blood of both species. Granulocytes contained of all the necessary organelles: a nucleus, Golgi apparatus, mitochondria, endoplasmic reticulum, ribosome particles, vacuoles, and microtubles. Moreover two types of granules filled the cytoplasmic space, they were large and small granules. Intermediate stages of granules were observed in the cytoplasmic region especially near the Golgi apparatus. Light microscope photography of the degranulation process of granulocytes with one minute interval in both species exhibited similar pattern. Blood cells under un-sterile condition released their granules which are the main source of the immunologic material. Vacuoles with different sizes then filled the cytoplasmic space and at the same time cytoplasmic projections were formed. Antibacterial effect of horseshoe crabs (C. rotundicauda and T. gigas) fresh blood against Gram negative (E. coli and V. parahaemolyticus) and Gram positive bacteria (S. aureus, B. subtilis and B. cereus) were examined. Freshly extracted blood from both species was observed to inhibit the growth of E. coli, V. parahaemolyticus and B. cereus, while partial inhibition for S. aureus. On the other hand, B. subtilis growth was inhibited by C. rotunicauda fresh blood but only partial inhibition by T. gigas blood. These results showed that granular blood cells contained antibacterial compounds. Total RNA was extracted from the blood cells of these two species and complementary DNA was synthesized from it. Amplification of target antibacterial genes were carried out by using cDNA as template for both species. The purified PCR amplified DNA fragments of tachyplesin and tachycitin of C. rotundicauda and T. gigas were sequenced. The similarity of the putative genes of both species were analyzed and compared with the Genbank database using the BLAST program of the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI). The amplified PCR fragments from C. rotundicauda and T. gigas analyzed by the program indicate 92% and 95% similarity to the tachycitin gene of T. tridentatus, respectively. While the similarity of the amplified PCR product from the BLAST program of NCBI for C. rotundicauda and T. gigas exhibit 91% and 93% similarity to the tachyplesin gene of T. tridentatus, respectively.

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Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subject: Crabs - Case studies
Call Number: FP 2006 41
Chairman Supervisor: Annie Christianus, PhD
Divisions: Faculty of Agriculture
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Date Deposited: 21 Oct 2008 12:31
Last Modified: 27 May 2013 06:49
URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/654
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