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The immune response of Acanthaster planci to oxbile injections and antibiotic treatment

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dc.contributor.author Grand, Alexandra
dc.contributor.author Pratchett, Morgan (MS)
dc.contributor.author Rivera-Posada, Jairo (JA)
dc.date.accessioned 2015-03-05T04:43:22Z
dc.date.accessioned 2017-03-21T00:45:04Z
dc.date.accessioned 2018-11-01T03:04:51Z
dc.date.available 2015-03-05T04:43:22Z
dc.date.available 2017-03-21T00:45:04Z
dc.date.available 2018-11-01T03:04:51Z
dc.date.issued 2014-05
dc.identifier.citation Grand A, Pratchett M, Rivera-Posada J (2014) The immune response of Acanthaster planci to oxbile injections and antibiotic treatment. Journal of Marine Biology 2014: 769356, 11 pages en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://epubs.aims.gov.au/11068/10821
dc.description.abstract Bile salts have been recently identified as a rapid and effective method for killing A. planci. However the mechanistic basis of this new control method is poorly understood. This study explored the immune response(s) of A. planci and/or pathogenesis resulting from the injection of bile salts. To account for the possible role of pathogenesis in causing high rates of mortality, A. planci was treated with antibiotics to minimise the incidence and severity of bacterial infections. No significant difference in the time to death between groups with and without antibiotic treatment was reported, suggesting a limited bacterial effect on the induction of disease and death of injected sea stars. The number of circulating coelomocytes increased significantly after injection confirming the induction of a strong immune response. Five types of circulating cells were identified: (1) phagocytes, (2) small hyaline cells, (3) colourless spherule cells, (4) red spherule cells, and (5) fusiform cells. Histological analysis of A. planci tissues showed that the mechanism leading to rapid mortality is related to necrosis and/or apoptosis, rather than transmissible disease. Therefore, bile salts are an effective and safe method for killing crown-of-thorns sea star in situ. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship This study was supported by the Marine and Tropical Biology School, James Cook University, the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, the National Environmental Research Program (NERP), and the Lizard Island Research Station (LIRS). en_US
dc.description.uri http://www.hindawi.com/journals/jmb/2014/769356/ en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Hindawi Publishing OPEN en_US
dc.rights Attribution 3.0 Australia *
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/au/ *
dc.title The immune response of Acanthaster planci to oxbile injections and antibiotic treatment en_US
dc.type journal article en_US
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/769356


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