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Fluorescent-Antibody Studies of Haplosporidian Parasites of Oysters in Chesapeake and Delaware Bays

James H. Barrow, Jr. and Bruce C. Taylor
Science
New Series, Vol. 153, No. 3743 (Sep. 23, 1966), pp. 1531-1533
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1720097
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Fluorescent-Antibody Studies of Haplosporidian Parasites of Oysters in Chesapeake and Delaware Bays
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Abstract

A fluorescent antibody was produced against a plasmodial oyster parasite thought to be a haplosporidian, Minchinia nelsoni, which was termed MSX. The antibody reacted with this type of plasmodia from oysters, Crassostrea virginica (Gmelin), from all sources, and it also reacted with its sporulating and spore stages. This reaction indicates cospecificity of the stages. No reaction occurred with any stage of another oyster haplosporidian, Minchinia costalis, indicating that the M. nelsoni and the M. costalis are antigenically distinct species.

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