ULTRASTRUCTURAL-LOCALIZATION OF PANCREATIC POLYPEPTIDE AND FMRFAMIDE IMMUNOREACTIVITIES WITHIN THE CENTRAL-NERVOUS-SYSTEM OF THE NEMATODE, ASCARIS-SUUM (NEMATODA, ASCAROIDEA)

D.J.A. Brownlee, Gerard Brennan, D W Halton, Ian Fairweather, Christopher Shaw

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Abstract

A post-embedding immunogold technique has been used to examine the subcellular distribution of immunoreactivities to vertebrate pancreatic polypeptide (PP) and to the invertebrate peptide, FMRFamide within the central nervous system (CNS) of the nematode, Ascaris suum. Gold labelling of peptide was localized exclusively over dense-cored vesicles within nerve cell bodies, nerve axons and nerve terminals of the main ganglia and nerve cords in the CNS. Double-labelling of peptides demonstrated an apparent co-localization of PP and FMRFamide immunoreactivities in the same dense-cored vesicles, although populations of dense-cored vesicles that labelled solely for FMRFamide were also evident. Antigen preabsorption studies indicated little or no cross-reactivity between the two antisera.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)587-593
Number of pages7
JournalParasitology
Volume108
Publication statusPublished - 1994

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