International Journal of Tropical Insect Science

, Volume 2, Issue 4, pp 245–250 | Cite as

Leishmania in Kenyan Phlebotomine Sandflies—I. Leishmania Aethiopica in the Midgut of Naturally Infected Phlebotomus Pedifer

  • John B. Kaddu
  • Mutuku J. Mutinga


Ultrastructural studies were carried out on wild Kenyan sandflies (Phlebotomus pedifer) naturally infected with Leishmania aethiopica. The promastigotes were attached to structures resembling pieces of a peritrophic membrane. They were located amongst long microvilli and also deep in the cytoplasm of the gut cells. The factors which influence the invasion of the parasites into cells are not known and need to be investigated.

Key Words

Leishmania sandflies peritrophic membrane midgut gut cells desmosome 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • John B. Kaddu
    • 1
  • Mutuku J. Mutinga
    • 1
  1. 1.International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE)NairobiKenya

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