Organization of the musculature of schistosome cercariae

G.R. Mair, Aaron Maule, B. Fried, T.A. Day, David Halton

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Phalloidin-fluorescein isothiocyanate staining of filamentous actin was used to identify muscle systems within the cercariae of Schistosoma mansoni. Examination of labeled cercariae by confocal scanning laser microscopy revealed distinct organizational levels of myofiber arrangements within the body wall, anterior cone, acetabulum, and esophagus. The body wall throughout showed a typical latticelike arrangement of outer circular and inner longitudinal myofibers, with an additional innermost layer of diagonal fibers in the anterior portion of the body. Circular and longitudinal fibers were also evident in the anterior organ and esophagus and. to some extent, the ventral acetabulum. Most striking was the striation of the cercarial tail musculature.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)623-625
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Parasitology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • Microbiology
  • Parasitology

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