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Assaying Blood Cell Populations of the Drosophila melanogaster Larva
 

Assaying Blood Cell Populations of the Drosophila melanogaster Larva

Article doi: 10.3791/52733
November 11th, 2015 Usage Statistics

Summary November 11th, 2015

Drosophila blood cells, or hemocytes, cycle between resident sites and circulation. In the larva, resident (sessile) hemocytes localize to inductive microenvironments, the Hematopoietic Pockets, while circulating hemocytes move freely in the hemolymph. The goal of this protocol is the standardized isolation and quantification of these two, behaviorally distinct but interchanging, hemocyte populations.

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