Abstract: Among ciliate genera, only Paramecium and Euplotes species have been studied extensively as host organisms of bacterial endocytobionts. In this article, we show that members of the genus Spirostomum may also serve as a suitable system for endocytobiosis research. Two strains of Spirostomum minus (Heterotrichea, Ciliophora) collected in Germany and Italy, respectively, were found to harbor different types of bacterial infections. Bacteria of various sizes and shapes were observed in the cytoplasm or in the nuclei of the ciliates. The bacteria in the cytoplasm were either surrounded by a peribacterial membrane or lay naked. One of the bacterial species was found in the vicinity of the contractile fibrillar system (myonemes) of the ciliates. In rare cases, another type of bacteria was observed associated with mitochondria. The macronuclei of both the Italian and the German strains were crowded with endocytobionts. The endonuclear bacteria in the two S. minus strains differed ...
|Autori interni:||FOKIN, SERGEY|
|Autori:||FOKIN S; SCHWEIKERT M; BRUMMER F; GORTZ HD|
|Titolo:||Spirostomum spp. (Ciliophora, Protista), a suitable system for endocytobiosis research|
|Anno del prodotto:||2005|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1007/s00709-004-0078-y|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|