Jan 1, 1976

Filaments of Trypanosoma brucei: some notes on differences in origin and structure in two strains of Trypanosoma (Trypanozoon) brucei rhodesiense

Acta Tropica
D S EllisW H Lumsden


Filaments attached to trypanosomes of two strains of T. (T.) brucei were studied by electron microscopy and two distinct types identified: short-thick and long-thin. The former are associated with stumpy trypanosomes and are secretions, via the flagellar pocket, which originate in the area of the Golgi complex, during the infection of the host. They are referred to as 'secretory filaments'. Their diameter is 0.09 to 0.14 mum. The long-thin filaments are associated with slender forms of trypanosome in various artificial situations; those shown by negative staining are believed to be cytoplasmic extrusions from the anatomically weak extremities of the parasite and are referred to as 'plasmanemes'. Their diameter is 0.06 mum. Both types appear to maintain their structure without the aid of the normal type of unit membrane as myelin formations.

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