Extracellular trap-like fiber release may not be a prominent defence response in snails: evidence from three species of freshwater gastropod molluscs

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The discovery that mammalian neutrophils generate extracellular chromatin fibers that entrap/kill bacteria supported a new paradigm for innate immunity in animals. Similar findings in other models across diverse taxa have led to the hypothesis that the phenomenon is ancient and evolutionary conserved. Here, using a variety of synthetic (e.g. peptidoglycan) and biological (e.g. trematode larvae) components to investigate extracellular trap-like (ET-like) fiber production in vitro by haemocytes of Lymnaea stagnalis, Radix lagotis and Planorbarius corneus snails, ET-like fibers were rarely observed. We suggest, therefore, that ET-like fibers play a marginal role in defence of these snail species and thus the fiber production may not be a critical process underpinning immunity in all invertebrate species.HighlightsExtracellular-trap like fiber production may be a limited response in certain invertebrate taxa.Haemocytes of Lymnaea stagnalis, Radix lagotis and Planorbarius corneus snails produced only few ET-like fibers in vitro.Lymnaea stagnalis haemocytes encapsulated Trichobilharzia regenti miracidia and expelled a limited number of ET-like fibers.

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