Comparative study of microsporidian spores by flow cytometric analysis

J Eukaryot Microbiol. May-Jun 1994;41(3):210-4. doi: 10.1111/j.1550-7408.1994.tb01499.x.


Spore suspensions of microsporidian parasites of fish (Microsporidium ovoideum, Glugea stephani, Glugea atherinae and Spraguea lophii) have been analyzed by flow cytometry. Spore nuclei were dyed either by propidium iodide or bis-benzimide (Hoechst 33342). By observation of forward light scatter and fluorescence the four species could be distinguished and the mono- and diplokaryotic populations of S. lophii identified. Staining of DNA by bis-benzimide was better and easier than propidium iodide. Forward light scatter and fluorescence values were characteristic of each species and remained unchanged throughout the year, so flow cytometry can be used for distinction of spores of some microsporidian parasites once their flow cytometric parameters are known. However, special care has to be taken in tool calibration and material preparation for analysis because of the high precision of the technique.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Benzimidazoles
  • Fishes / parasitology*
  • Flow Cytometry
  • Fluorescent Dyes
  • Microsporida / physiology*
  • Propidium
  • Spores / chemistry*


  • Benzimidazoles
  • Fluorescent Dyes
  • Propidium
  • bisbenzimide ethoxide trihydrochloride