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1 July 1989 THE MORPHOLOGICAL FEATURES OF AEGYPTIANELLA BACTERIFERA: AN INTRAERYTHROCYTIC RICKETTSIA OF FROGS FROM CORSICA
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Study of ultrathin sections and freeze-fracture replicas of erythrocytes containing Aegyptianella bacterifera (Rickettsiales; Anaplasmataceae) revealed that the organisms develop within a membrane bound vacuole in the erythrocyte cytoplasm. The organisms divide by binary fission to produce about 12 rickettsiae in a mature inclusion. The organisms have gram-negative cell envelopes. The distribution of intramembranous particles within the outer and plasma membranes of A. bacterifera is similar to that of other rickettsiae and gram-negative bacteria such as Escherichia coli. The definition of the genus Aegyptianella should be broadened to include rickettsiae measuring up to 5 μm in length prior to division which develop within membrane bound inclusions in erythrocytes of their hosts.

Desser and Barta: THE MORPHOLOGICAL FEATURES OF AEGYPTIANELLA BACTERIFERA: AN INTRAERYTHROCYTIC RICKETTSIA OF FROGS FROM CORSICA
Sherwin S. Desser and John R. Barta "THE MORPHOLOGICAL FEATURES OF AEGYPTIANELLA BACTERIFERA: AN INTRAERYTHROCYTIC RICKETTSIA OF FROGS FROM CORSICA," Journal of Wildlife Diseases 25(3), (1 July 1989). https://doi.org/10.7589/0090-3558-25.3.313
Received: 27 June 1988; Published: 1 July 1989
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