Lectins stain cells differentially in the coral, Montipora capitata

Journal of Invertebrate Pathology
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A limitation in our understanding of coral disease pathology and cellular pathogenesis is a lack of reagents to characterize coral cells. We evaluated the utility of plant lectins to stain tissues of a dominant coral, Montipora capitata, from Hawaii. Of 22 lectins evaluated, nine of these stained structures in the upper or basal body wall of corals. Specific structures revealed by lectins that were not considered distinct or evident on routine hematoxylin and eosin sections of coral tissues included apical and basal granules in gastrodermis and epidermis, cnidoglandular tract and actinopharynx cell surface membranes, capsules of mature holotrichous isorhizas, and perivitelline and periseminal cells. Plant lectins could prove useful to further our understanding of coral physiology, anatomy, cell biology, and disease pathogenesis.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Lectins stain cells differentially in the coral, Montipora capitata
Series title Journal of Invertebrate Pathology
DOI 10.1016/j.jip.2014.01.008
Volume 117
Year Published 2014
Language English
Publisher Academic Press
Contributing office(s) National Wildlife Health Center
Description 9 p.
First page 42
Last page 50
Country United States
State Hawai'i
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Additional Online Files (Y/N) N
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