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Amphibian Haematology: Metamorphosis-Related Changes in Blood Cells

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For more content, see Archives Néerlandaises de Zoologie (Vol 1-17) and Animal Biology (Vol 53 and onwards).

Amphibian metamorphosis is a rapid process to meet the demands of a new life-form. As a part of metamorphosis, blood cell populations are renewed. In erythrocytes, this involves a shift to a new 'terrestrial' type of hemoglobin with lower oxygen affinity. The leukocytes must maintain protection against infection and at the same time allow for the appearance of new tissue components. Antibody-producing cells of larval origin are substituted by postmetamorphic cells providing a specific, polyclonal antibody repertoire. As postmetamorphic tissue antigens appear, immune functions that might otherwise lead to autoimmune reactivity, are suppressed.

Affiliations: 1: August Krogh Institute, Zoophysiological Laboratory, University of Copenhagen, DK-2100 Copenhagen Ø, Danish Technology Institute, Environmental Technology, DK-2630 Taastrup; 2: August Krogh Institute, Zoophysiological Laboratory, University of Copenhagen, DK-2100 Copenhagen Ø, The Danish National Library of Science and Medicine, Documentation Department, DK-2200 Copenhagen, Denmark


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