PMID: 592032Dec 1, 1977

Histochemical and thin layer chromatographic analyses of neutral lipids in Echinostoma revolutum metacercariae cultured in vitro

The Journal of Parasitology
M S Butler, B Fried

Abstract

Excysted metacercariae of Echinostoma revolutum cultured in vitro in the defined medium, NCTC 135 supplemented with 20% hens' egg yolk, doubled their mean relative body area and showed significant sucker growth within 14 days. Histochemical Oil Red O staining showed neutral fat mainly in the excretory system of excysted metacercariae and in adults grown in the domestic chick. In vitro cultured worms showed neutral fat in the intestine, parenchyma, and excretory system. As detected by TLC the major neutral lipid fractions were free fatty acids for excysted metacercariae; free sterols for adults grown in chicks; and triglycerides, free fatty acids, and free sterols for cultured worms. Excysted metacercariae excreted free fatty acids into a nonnutrient incubation medium, whereas cultured worms excreted diglycerides, triglycerides, and free fatty acids into the medium.

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