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Histochemistry and Ultrastructure of the Metacercarial Cysts of Blackspot Trematodes Uvulifer ambloplitis and Neascus pyriformis

Darwin D. Wittrock, Craig S. Bruce and Allen D. Johnson
The Journal of Parasitology
Vol. 77, No. 3 (Jun., 1991), pp. 454-460
DOI: 10.2307/3283135
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3283135
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Histochemistry and Ultrastructure of the Metacercarial Cysts of Blackspot Trematodes Uvulifer ambloplitis and Neascus pyriformis
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Abstract

Cysts of Uvulifer ambloplitis from green sunfish, Lepomis cyanellus, and Neascus pyriformis from red shiners, Notropis lutrensis, were studied with light-level histochemistry and scanning and transmission electron microscopy. Cysts of both species are bilayered, consisting of an outer host capsule and an inner parasite cyst; the space between these layers is filled with a viscous material. The outer portion of the host capsule of both species is composed of fibrocytes, melanin granules, and collagen fibrils, and the inner portion of layers of flattened fibrocytes. The parasite cyst of U. ambloplitis is formed of 2 layers, an outer dense layer and an inner light layer, whereas the parasite cyst of N. pyriformis is made of 3 layers. A thin outer light-staining layer is present in addition to the 2 layers observed in U. ambloplitis. Results of histochemical staining were the same for both species. The host capsule stained positively for proteins and neutral and acid mucopolysaccharides. The viscous material was positive for neutral and acid mucopolysaccharides but not for proteins. The parasite cyst gave a strong positive reaction for neutral mucopolysaccharides but was negative for acid mucopolysaccharides and proteins.

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