Studies on the effects of vinblastine and colchicine on Trypanosoma gambiense

Biken J. 1979 Dec;22(4):117-24.


Vinblastine and colchicine induce the anucleate form of Trypanosoma gambiense. Light microscopic studies indicated that the anucleate form was not always produced as a result of inhibition of nuclear duplication, but was formed as a result of delay or inhibition of separation of the two nuclei after completion of nuclear division. Studies showed that vinblastine and colchicine caused disorder in arrangement of axonemal microtubules of the extracellular flagella and increased formation of both protofilaments and the axoneme composed of protofilaments in trypanosomes. Moreover, treatment with colchicine resulted in disintegration of previously existing pellicular microtubules and formation of cytoplasmic projections that appeared as protrusions from a small part of the surface membrane.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Cell Membrane / ultrastructure
  • Cell Nucleus / ultrastructure
  • Colchicine / pharmacology*
  • Flagella / ultrastructure
  • Microscopy, Electron
  • Microtubules / ultrastructure
  • Trypanosoma brucei gambiense / drug effects*
  • Trypanosoma brucei gambiense / ultrastructure
  • Vinblastine / pharmacology*


  • Vinblastine
  • Colchicine