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Development of Eimeria larimerensis from the Uinta ground-squirrel in cell cultures

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Cell cultures of embryonic bovine liver, lamb kidney, whole ground-squirrel embryos and adult Madin-Darby bovine kidney were used to study the in vitro development of Eimeria larimerensis from the Uinta ground-squirrel, Spermophilus armatus. Leighton tubes were inoculated with sporozoites and the monolayers were examined with phase-contrast microscopy at various intervals; fixed and stained material also was studied. In all cell types, sporozoites penetrated and developed to trinucleate second-generation schizonts. The intracellular sporozoites increased in size and underwent nuclear divisions. The sporozoite-shaped schizonts had motility similar to that of the sporozoites. After the formation of 4–10 nuclei, transformation from the sporozoite-shaped schizont to a spheroidal schizont occurred by a lateral outpocketing in the anterior region or a progressive increase in width of the body. In 10 specimens, completion of the transformation process at 37 C required an average of 57 min. The greatest numbers of spheroidal schizonts were seen at 48 hr. Merozoites were apparently formed by a radial budding process, which required an average of 72 min at 37 C. The largest numbers of mature first-generation schizonts were seen at 60 hr after inoculation; these had 4–36 merozoites. Each merozoite had anterior and posterior refractile bodies; some also had small posterior refractile granules. The refractile bodies of the merozoite were derived from the posterior refractile body of the sporozoite. Second-generation trophozoites were seen at 60 hr, and second-generation bi- and trinucleate schizonts were seen at 60 and 72 hr after inoculation.

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Supported in part by research grant AI-07488 from the NIAID U.S. Public Health Service. Published as Journal Paper No. 1044, Utah Agricultural Experiment Station.

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Speer, C.A., Hammond, D.M. Development of Eimeria larimerensis from the Uinta ground-squirrel in cell cultures. Z. F. Parasitenkunde 35, 105–118 (1970). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00259988

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Keywords

  • Cell Culture
  • Progressive Increase
  • Transformation Process
  • Anterior Region
  • Nuclear Division