Prophenoloxidase system, lysozyme and protease inhibitor distribution in the common cuttlefish Sepia officinalis.

@article{Pabic2014ProphenoloxidaseSL,
  title={Prophenoloxidase system, lysozyme and protease inhibitor distribution in the common cuttlefish Sepia officinalis.},
  author={Charles Le Pabic and Georges Safi and Antoine Serpentini and J. D. Lebel and Jean-Paul Robin and Noussith{\'e} Kou{\'e}ta},
  journal={Comparative biochemistry and physiology. Part B, Biochemistry & molecular biology},
  year={2014},
  volume={172-173},
  pages={96-104}
}
The immune system of cephalopods remains poorly understood. The aim of this study was to determine the specific activity of immune enzymes in epithelial barriers, circulatory and digestive systems of the common cuttlefish Sepia officinalis. Three enzyme groups with putative functions in immunity were investigated: phenoloxidases (POs), lysozymes and protease inhibitors (PIs). Consistent with a role in immunity, highest PO activities were found in the integument as well as the respiratory and… CONTINUE READING