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Life sciences : Anatomy (cytology, histology, embryology...) & physiology
The kinetoplast ultrastructural organization of endosymbiont-bearing trypanosomatids as revealed by deep-etching, cytochemical and immunocytochemical analysis.
Cavalcanti, Danielle Pereira [> > > >]
Thiry, Marc mailto [Université de Liège - ULg > Département des sciences de la vie > Biologie cellulaire >]
de Souza, Wanderley [> > > >]
Motta, Maria Cristina M [> > > >]
Histochemistry & Cell Biology
Springer Science & Business Media B.V.
Yes (verified by ORBi)
New York
[en] Animals ; Crithidia/microbiology/ultrastructure ; DNA, Kinetoplast/ultrastructure ; DNA, Protozoan/ultrastructure ; Evolution, Molecular ; Flagella/microbiology/ultrastructure ; Freeze Etching ; Histocytochemistry ; Immunohistochemistry ; Microscopy, Electron, Transmission ; Mitochondrial Membranes/microbiology/ultrastructure ; Nucleic Acid Conformation ; Symbiosis ; Trypanosomatina/microbiology/ultrastructure
[en] The endosymbiont-bearing trypanosomatids present a typical kDNA arrangement, which is not well characterized. In the majority of trypanosomatids, the kinetoplast forms a bar-like structure containing tightly packed kDNA fibers. On the contrary, in trypanosomatids that harbor an endosymbiotic bacterium, the kDNA fibers are disposed in a looser arrangement that fills the kinetoplast matrix. In order to shed light on the kinetoplast structural organization in these protozoa, we used cytochemical and immunocytological approaches. Our results showed that in endosymbiont-containing species, DNA and basic proteins are distributed not only in the kDNA network, but also in the kinetoflagellar zone (KFZ), which corresponds to the region between the kDNA and the inner mitochondrial membrane nearest the flagellum. The presence of DNA in the KFZ is in accordance with the actual model of kDNA replication, whereas the detection of basic proteins in this region may be related to the basic character of the intramitochondrial filaments found in this area, which are part of the complex that connects the kDNA to the basal body. The kinetoplast structural organization of Bodo sp. was also analyzed, since this protozoan lacks the highly ordered kDNA-packaging characteristic of trypanosomatid and represents an evolutionary ancestral of the Trypanosomatidae family.

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