The fine structural relationship between Theileria schizonts and infected bovine lymphoblasts from cultures

Z Parasitenkd. 1981;65(1):31-41. doi: 10.1007/BF00926551.


The fine structure of Theileria-lymphoblast relationship was studied using cultured bovine lymphoblastoid cells infected with Theileria parva, T lawrencei, or T. annulata. The major findings of this study were: (1) the presence of a very active Golgi complex with the associated annulate lamelae; (b) the presence of cytoplasmic microtubules which joined the parasites and host cell centriole during lymphoblast mitosis; and (c) the absence of morphological evidence to suggest that the host cell developed a reaction to the parasitic presence. The significance of these findings is discussed.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Apicomplexa / growth & development
  • Apicomplexa / ultrastructure*
  • Cattle
  • Cell Line
  • Cell Nucleus / ultrastructure
  • Golgi Apparatus / ultrastructure
  • Host-Parasite Interactions
  • Lymphocytes / parasitology*
  • Microscopy, Electron
  • Microtubules / ultrastructure
  • Mitosis
  • Organoids / ultrastructure
  • Theileriasis / parasitology