Coagulation in InvertebratesCerenius L. · Söderhäll K.
Department of Comparative Physiology, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden
Dr. Kenneth Söderhäll
Department of Comparative Physiology, Uppsala University
SE–75236 Uppsala (Sweden)
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In most animals there is a need to quickly prevent the loss of blood or equivalent fluids through inflicted injuries. In invertebrates with an open circulatory system (and sometimes a hydroskeleton as well) these losses may otherwise soon be fatal. Also, there is a need to prevent microbes that have gained access to the body through the wound from disseminating throughout the open circulatory system. Therefore, many invertebrates possess a coagulation system to prevent such accidents from having too serious consequences. In this review we discuss recent developments in a few animals – mainly arthropods – where more detailed data are available. It is likely, however, that corresponding systems are present in most phyla, but this is still unchartered territory.
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