Jan H W M Rombout

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The thymus plays a pivotal role in the development of the adaptive immune system, an important factor that separates higher vertebrates from the rest of the animal phyla. The development of functional T-cells from thymocytes is a crucial step in the development of a functional vertebrate immune system and whilst recent advances in molecular and(More)
A neural crest transplantation technique is described for fish. As in other classes of vertebrates, two pathways of neural crest migration can be distinguished: a lateroventral pathway between somites and ectoderm, and a medioventral pathway between somites and neural tube/notochord. In this paper evidence is presented for a neural crest origin of spinal(More)
Expression of beta2-microglobulin (beta2m) in the common carp was studied using a polyclonal antibody raised against a recombinant protein obtained from eukaryotic expression of the Cyca-B2m gene. Beta2m is expressed on peripheral blood Ig+ and Ig lymphocytes, but not on erythrocytes and thrombocytes. In spleen and pronephros, dull- and bright-positive(More)
BACKGROUND Antimicrobial peptides (AMPs), the natural antibiotics bestowed upon all forms of life, consist of small molecular weight proteins with a broad spectrum antimicrobial activity against a variety of pathogenic microorganisms. Piscidins are one of the AMP families that are imperative for the innate defence mechanisms of teleosts. Atlantic cod, a(More)
Enteroendocrine cells containing glucagon-, substance P-, neurotensin- and VIP-like substances have been demonstrated immunocytochemically in the gut of Barbus conchonius. Mainly based on the distribution of the immunoreactive endocrine cells in this and a previous study, at least eight different enteroendocrine cell types appear to be present in this(More)
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