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Title: Topography and ultrastructure of the tegument of adult Schistosoma mekongi
Authors: P. Sobhon
E. S. Upatham
Mahidol University
National Institute for Medical Research
Keywords: Agricultural and Biological Sciences;Immunology and Microbiology;Medicine
Issue Date: 1-Jan-1984
Citation: Parasitology. Vol.89, No.3 (1984), 511-521
Abstract: The tegument of adult Schistosoma mekongi has been studied by both scanning and transmission electron microscopy. The gross surface topography of the parasite resembles that of S. japonicum, in that branched ridges, microvilli and sensory papillae predominate; such characteristics distinguish these two species from the non-oriental schistosomes. A unique feature of S. mekongi, however, is the numerous pleomorphic. protruberances which are concentrated particularly on the middle three-fourths of the body surface. Transmission electron microscopy has revealed that these protruberances enclose bundles of microfilaments which appear to insert into the tegumental outer membrane. The microfilaments are suggested to have a supportive or stabilizing function, and may compensate for the absence of more typical crystalline spines. The tegumental outer membrane is typically heptalaminate in section, while the basal membrane infoldings are surrounded by concentrations of mitochondria. Three types of tegumental inclusion bodies have been recognized. Discoid bodies and membraneous bodies are morphologically identical to those described in all other schistosome species, except that the latter inclusions have been seen connected to each other and to the tegumental outer membrane by unique channels lined with trilaminate membrane. The third inclusion takes the form of spherical, lucent vesicles containing membrane fragments; these may represent the remains of spent membraneous bodies. © 1984, Cambridge University Press. All rights reserved.
ISSN: 14698161
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