Tubulovesicular elements in Blastocystis hominis from the caecum of experimentally-infected rats

Int J Parasitol. 1995 Jan;25(1):123-6. doi: 10.1016/0020-7519(94)00074-x.


By transmission electron microscopy (TEM), tubulovesicular elements were seen in Blastocystis hominis obtained from the caecum of experimentally-infected rats. These appeared to arise from the peripheral cytoplasm and were rounded, oval or elongate in sections. It is suggested that these elements form a network for transfer of nutrients to the periphery during the process of encystation.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Blastocystis Infections / parasitology*
  • Blastocystis hominis / isolation & purification
  • Blastocystis hominis / physiology
  • Blastocystis hominis / ultrastructure*
  • Cecum / parasitology
  • Cytoplasm / ultrastructure
  • Disease Models, Animal
  • Microscopy, Electron
  • Rats
  • Rats, Wistar