Ultrastructural evidence of autoinfection in the ...

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Title Ultrastructural evidence of autoinfection in the gills of Atlantic cod Gadus morhua infected with Loma sp. (Phylum microsporidia)
Author(s) L. E. Rodriguez-Tovar, D. W. Wadowska, Glenda M. Wright, David B. Groman, David J. Speare, D. S. Whelan
Journal Diseases of Aquatic Organisms
Date 2003
Volume 57
Issue 3
Start page 227
End page 230
Abstract Infection by a microsporidian of the genus Loma was found in gills of cod Gadus morhua. Xenomas contained parasites in multiple stages of development. Some spores looked empty and had everted polar tubes, which were either straight or coiled. These polar tubes were scattered throughout the xenoma cytoplasm, and some of them pierced the plasma membrane. Those outside of the xenoma penetrated neighboring cells, including blood cells. These observations suggest that a mechanism of autoinfection could occur in blood cells and gill tissue, perpetuating the disease in the host.
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