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Localisation of crustacean hyperglycemic hormone in late embryonic and first larval stage of Nephrops norvegicus (Astacoidea, Nephropidae)

Lookup NU author(s): Emeritus Professor Matt Bentley


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We report here on immunohistochemical studies of embryos of the Norway lobster Nephrops norvegicus at 90% development, the stage being assessed according to eye index. The sinus gland was readily identified as a teardrop shaped structure about 45 μm in length in 90% embryos and as an oval structure about 50 μm in length in post-hatched larvae. Silver enhanced immuno-gold staining used with heterologous antiserum against Astacus leptodactylus crustacean hyperglycemic hormone showed immuno-positive axon endings in the late embryo and newly hatched larva. In contrast, there was no immuno-positive reaction with anti-serum against Homarus americanus gonad inhibiting hormone. This paper represents the first demonstration of early functional differentiation of sinus gland in N. norvegicus and only the second in decapod crustaceans.

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Author(s): Giulianini PG, Smullen RP, Bentley MG, Ferrero EA

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Italian Journal of Zoology

Year: 2000

Volume: 67

Issue: 4

Pages: 339-341

Print publication date: 01/01/2000

ISSN (print): 1125-0003

ISSN (electronic): 1748-5851

Publisher: Taylor & Francis


DOI: 10.1080/11250000009356336


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