Evaluation of splenic macrophage aggregates of red mullet (Mullus barbatus) as biomarkers of degraded environments in the western Mediterranean using image analysis

M. Carrassón, J. Curell, F. Padrós, S. Crespo

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Abstract

A histological study was conducted in Mullus barbatus captured from two different zones of the Catalan coast (western Mediterranean): 1. a polluted site (near Barcelona) and 2. a less contaminated zone (Creus Cape). No histopathological alterations were found in any of the organs studied. An image analysis study was carried out on splenic sections in order to quantify the number and area of melano-macrophage centres (MMC). The area of MMC was significantly greater in fish sampled from the polluted area indicating that MMC centres in Mullus barbatus could be useful to monitor environmental degradation in NW Mediterranean.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)46-51
JournalBulletin of the European Association of Fish Pathologists
Volume28
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 26 Jun 2008

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