The nervous system of Amphilina foliacea (Platyhelminthes, Amphilinidea). An immunocytochemical, ultrastructural and spectrofluorometrical study

N.M. Biserova, V.A. Dudicheva, N.B. Terenina, M. Reuter, D W Halton, Aaron Maule, M.K.S. Gustafsson

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Abstract

The nervous system of young and adult Amphilina foliacea was studied with immunocytochemical, electron microscopical and spectrofluorometrical methods. The general neuroanatomy is described in detail. New data on the structure and development of the brain were obtained. The 5-HT and GYIRFamide-immunoreactivities occur in separate sets of neurones. The innervation of the reproductive organs is described. The fine structure of 2 types of neurones in the CNS, a sensory neurone, a 'glial' cell type, the neuropile and the synapses are described. The level of 5-HT varies between 0.074 and 0.461 mug/g wet weight. This is the first detailed study of the nervous system of A. foliacea. Earlier data on the structure of the nervous system in A. foliacea published in Russian are introduced into the discussion. The study provides data that can be used when considering the phylogenetic position of Amphilinidea.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)441-453
Number of pages13
JournalParasitology
Volume121
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology
  • Parasitology

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