Electron microscope study of Sarcocystis sp

Experimental Parasitology
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Sarcocystis sp. obtained from wild populations of grackles, Quiscalus quiscula (Linn.), were examined to clarify the effect of the parasite on the host. Electron micrographs are presented to show areas of muscle destruction adjacent to the parasite which appear to be mechanically produced by the parasite. The microtubules within the villus-like projections of the cyst suggest that their possible function is absorptive and/or conductive with regard to the production of a toxin or the conveyance of nutritive material to the developing cells. The proposed function of submembranous filaments and their relation to the conoid is discussed. Similarities in the ultrastructure to Toxoplasma and other protozoa tend to negate the relegation of Sarcocystis to the fungi and further emphasize its protozoan nature.

Additional publication details

Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Electron microscope study of Sarcocystis sp
Series title Experimental Parasitology
DOI 10.1016/0014-4894(66)90036-1
Volume 18
Issue 3
Year Published 1966
Language English
Contributing office(s) Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Description 338-346
Larger Work Type Article
Larger Work Subtype Journal Article
Larger Work Title Experimental Parasitology
First page 338
Last page 346