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The fine structure of the granular amebocytes of the Pacific oyster,Crassostrea gigas

Authors
Journal
Journal of Invertebrate Pathology
0022-2011
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
18
Issue
2
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/0022-2011(71)90155-8

Abstract

Abstract Oyster granular amebocytes were characterized by electron microscopy to be of two types. Acidophiles contained relatively small, spherical, amorphous, osmiophilic cytoplasmic granules with a maximum dimension of 0.4–0.56 μ. Basophiles contained large, cytoplasmic granules, approximately 0.7–1.2 μ in diameter. The granules resembled hollow, spherical structures in which an outer membrane and a layer of closely associated granular material enclosed an electron-transparent interior.

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