Fine structure of oocyst transformation and the sporozoites of Leucocytozoon dubreuili

J Protozool. 1976 Feb;23(1):115-26. doi: 10.1111/j.1550-7408.1976.tb05253.x.


The sporogonic stages of Leucocytozoon dubreuili in the midgut and salivary glands of the simuliid vectors was studied by electron microscopy. Young uninucleate oocysts have a pellicle that initially resembles that of the ookinete. Numerous electron-dense bodies and microtubules in the peripheral cytoplasm may be involved in the formation of the cyst wall. The dense bodies appear to give rise to the amorphous material of the wall. The tubules which run circumferentially beneath the oocyst's boundary probably serve as a skeletal support for the cell surface during deposition of the wall material.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Apicomplexa / growth & development
  • Apicomplexa / ultrastructure*
  • Birds
  • Cell Division
  • Cell Nucleus / ultrastructure
  • Cytoplasm / ultrastructure
  • Diptera / parasitology
  • Salivary Glands / parasitology