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Parasitol Res. 1999 Dec;85(12):974-6.

Scanning electron microscopy of the surface coat of Blastocystis hominis.

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Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Health Sciences Medical College, The Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan. viqar.zaman@aku.edu

Abstract

Scanning electron microscopy of Blastocystis hominis showed that its outer coat has a fibrillar structure and individual fibrils may extend up to 5 microm from the periphery of the parasite. The surface coat remains intact during cell division. Bacteria are often seen adhering to it, but for the first time a trophozoite of Chilomastix mesnili was also seen in this position. It is postulated that breakdown of attached organisms may provide nutrients for Blastocystis.

PMID:
10599919
DOI:
10.1007/s004360050668
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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