PMID: 592031Dec 1, 1977

Metacercarial cyst formation in vitro of Echinostoma paraensei

The Journal of Parasitology
P C Stein, P F Basch

Abstract

Cercariae of Echinostoma paraensei Lie and Basch 1968 encysted normally in the presence of Biomphalaria glabrata embryo (Bge) cells in culture, partially in culture conditioned medium, and not at all in fresh culture medium alone. At the ultrastructural level the cyst is composed of 2 well defined regions. The outer cyst wall (OCW) is particulate to fibrous in nature, formed from secretory granules released from the cercarial tegument. Membranous scrolls or rodlets secreted from the subtegumental cystogenous gland cells are then added to this layer, forming the inner cyst wall (ICW). After 24 hr the cultured cyst is enclosed by a thin cellular capsule similar to that found around cysts in the snail host. The capsule also contains collagen fibers, not found elsewhere in Bge cell cultures.

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