Location on Chitin in the Cyst Wall of Entamoeba Invadens With Colloidal Gold Tracers

J Parasitol. 1982 Apr;68(2):253-8.

Abstract

Chitin was located in the cyst wall of Entamoeba invadens with colloidal gold-linked wheat germ agglutinin. Cysts stained differentially from trophozoites when encysting cultures were treated with the gold tracer; cysts acquired a wine-red coloration while, in general trophozoites remained unstained. Observation of cells with the electron microscope revealed that the tracer particles were bound specifically to the walls of the surface of the cyst when cells were exposed in suspension, and to the cyst wall cross-section, when cells were exposed to the tracer in thin section, indicating that chitin fibers were distributed on the surface as well as throughout the matrix of the cyst wall.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Chitin / analysis*
  • Chlorides
  • Colloids
  • Concanavalin A
  • Entamoeba / analysis*
  • Entamoeba / ultrastructure
  • Gold
  • Gold Compounds*
  • Lectins
  • Microscopy, Electron
  • Staining and Labeling
  • Wheat Germ Agglutinins

Substances

  • Chlorides
  • Colloids
  • Gold Compounds
  • Lectins
  • Wheat Germ Agglutinins
  • Concanavalin A
  • Chitin
  • Gold
  • gold tetrachloride, acid