Reference : Immunocytochemical detection of DNA and RNA in endosymbiont-bearing trypanosomatids.
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Life sciences : Anatomy (cytology, histology, embryology...) & physiology
Immunocytochemical detection of DNA and RNA in endosymbiont-bearing trypanosomatids.
Motta, Maria Cristina M [> > > >]
de Souza, Wanderley [> > > >]
Thiry, Marc mailto [Université de Liège - ULg > Département des sciences de la vie > Biologie cellulaire >]
FEMS Microbiology Letters
Blackwell Publishing
Yes (verified by ORBi)
United Kingdom
[en] Animals ; Bacteria/chemistry ; Cell Cycle ; Crithidia/chemistry/cytology/microbiology/virology ; DNA Nucleotidylexotransferase ; DNA, Bacterial/analysis ; DNA, Kinetoplast/analysis ; DNA, Protozoan/analysis ; Immunohistochemistry ; RNA, Protozoan/analysis ; Symbiosis ; Trypanosomatina/chemistry/cytology/microbiology ; Virion/chemistry
[en] Research about the kinetoplast of trypanosomatids has yielded valuable information about the organization of extranuclear structure. However, the ultrastructural localization of nucleic acids within these protozoa remains uncertain. We have applied cytochemical and immunocytochemical approaches to precisely identify DNA and RNA in lower endosymbiont-bearing trypanosomatids. Using the Terminal deoxynucleotidyl Transferase (TdT) immunogold technique, we showed that nuclear DNA is seen associated with the nuclear envelope during the trypanosomatid cell cycle. By combining the TdT technique with the acetylation method, which improves the contrast between structures containing fibrils and granules, we have demonstrated that the nucleolus of endosymbiont-bearing trypanosomatids is composed of two constituents: a granular component and a DNA-positive fibrillar zone. Moreover, we revealed that DNA of endosymbiotic bacteria consisted of electron-dense filaments which are usually in close contact with the prokaryote envelope. Using a Lowicryl post-embedding immunogold labeling procedure with anti-RNA antibodies, we showed the presence of RNA not only over the cytoplasm, the interchromatin spaces and the nucleolus, but also over the kinetoplast and virus-like particles present in Crithidia desouzai.

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