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J Parasitol. 2009 Dec;95(6):1330-41. doi: 10.1645/GE-2077.1.

Head glands of Monogenoidea: morphology, functionality, and potentialities in industrial production of surgery bioadhesives.

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  • 1Department of Biotechnology and Biosciences, University of Milano Bicocca, Piazza della Scienza 2, 20126 Milan, Italy.


A review of the structure and functionality of monogenoidean head glands is provided. The unique features of the biochemical methods used by parasites to attach to, or detach from, fish hosts are highlighted. The potential use of monogenoidean cephalic secretions in the surgical field, and particularly in the production of bioadhesives, is suggested and critically supported by comparison with other available hemostatic agents.

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