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1 July 2003 Ultrastructure of Besnoitia besnoiti Tissue Cysts and Bradyzoites
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Besnoitia besnoiti is an economically important tissue cyst-forming apicomplexan of cattle in Africa and Israel. Tissue cysts and bradyzoites of B. besnoiti from the skin of a naturally infected bull were studied by transmission electron microscopy. Tissue cysts enclosed host cell and bradyzoites. Bradyzoites were 6–7.5 × 1.9–2.3 μm in size and contained organelles found in coccidian merozoites including numerous micronemes, rhoptries, amylopectin granules, and a posteriorly located nucleus. Enigmatic bodies, characteristically found in Besnoitia sp. bradyzoites, were not observed. Therefore, enigmatic bodies should be removed as a generic character of the bradyzoites of Besnoitia species.

J. P. DUBEY, V. SHKAP, E. PIPANO, L. FISH, and D. L. FRITZ "Ultrastructure of Besnoitia besnoiti Tissue Cysts and Bradyzoites," The Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology 50(4), 240-244, (1 July 2003). https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1550-7408.2003.tb00127.x
Received: 3 January 2003; Accepted: 25 March 2003; Published: 1 July 2003
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