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The main aims to the laboratory is to support the immunological and molecular diagnosis of viral and parasitological infections of economic importance in aquaculture.

In the laboratory, we use routinely PCR, RT-PCR, In situ hybridization, ELISA, Inmunoblot or Western Blot, Southern Blot, Electrophoresis and Immunodifusion.

In our laboratory we develop and standardize PCR techniques for diagnosis of White Spot syndrome virus (WWSV), Infectious Hypodermal and haematopoietic necrosis virus (IHHNV). And RT-PCR for diagnosis ofTaura syndrome virus (TSV) and Yellow Head virus (YHV).

We are also developing a PCR for diagnosis of the protozoan parasite Perkinsus marinus in oysters Crassostrea virginica.

In the same way, we support phylogenetic studies and genetic variability in dolphins (Tursiops truncatus), using RFLP, and in the pink conch (Strombus gigas) using microsatellites.

In the immunological diagnosis, we are developing techniques for detection of antibodies against cichlidogyriasis caused by the monogenean Cichlidogyrus sclerosus in the Tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus). We also use the Tilapia as an immunological bioindicador of pollution.With animal models we are able to detect Anisakiasis in Western blot.

The objectives of the laboratory are:

  • To develop highly specific and sensitive diagnostic tools in order to asses the prepatentperiod of diseases.
  • To use the immunological response of the host to assess damage caused by polluntants.
  • To implement and to standardize diagnostic techniques in aquatic organisms of economical importance.
In the laboratory of Immunology and Molecular Biology, we work with fishes, crustaceans, amphibian and mollusks.

Professor in chief: Dra. Rossana Rodríguez Canul

Supervisión sanitaria a granjas camaroneras

Colecta de sangre en tilapias

Detección del virus de la mancha blanca en camaróm (401 Pb)

Caracterización del perfil proteico de antígenos: 1. Contracaecum spp. 2. Pseudoterranova spp. para el diagnóstico de Anisakiasis en modelos murinos.









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