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The Ultrastructure of Adult Brugia malayi (Brug, 1927) (Nematoda: Filarioidea)

Albert L. Vincent, Lawrence R. Ash and Stephen P. Frommes
The Journal of Parasitology
Vol. 61, No. 3 (Jun., 1975), pp. 499-512
DOI: 10.2307/3279332
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3279332
Page Count: 14
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The Ultrastructure of Adult Brugia malayi (Brug, 1927) (Nematoda: Filarioidea)
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Abstract

The ultrastructure of the adult subperiodic Brugia malayi (Brug, 1927) within pulmonary arteries of male jirds (Meriones unguiculatus) was studied by transmission electron microscopy. The cuticle consists of 10 sublayers (2 of which are prominently banded) and a typical outer unit membrane. Evidence is presented showing that the subcuticular region of the lateral chords comprises a functional complex of basal infoldings, multivesicular bodies, and associated mitochondria, which is probably engaged in the exchange of solutes across a permeable cuticle. Microbodies with paired, prominent cores, intracisternal A-particle viruslike bodies, nonstaining glycogen patches, and other structures are also present in the lateral chords. The platymyarian somatic musculature shares some coelomyarian characteristics, e.g., apparent neuromuscular connections and prominent glycogen deposits surrounded by mitochondria and other organelles. The alimentary tract has features typical of many nematodes. The luminal segments of the male and female reproductive tracts and their germinal products, excluding microfilariae, are described. Affinities with related species are discussed.

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