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Life-cycle of Isospora mehlhornii sp. nov. (Apicomplexa : Eimeriidae), parasite of the Egyptian swallow Hirundo rubicola savignii.
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PMID:  10780734     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Fifty-seven Hirundo rubicola savignii swallows were collected from Damietta, Tanta, Dakahlyia and Sharkia Provinces, Egypt. They were examined for coccidian parasites. The percentage of infection with Isospora stages was 12.3%. After diagnosis it was noted that the parasites belong to a new species. The unsporulated oocysts were spherical, measuring 25.7-31.9 microm in diameter with a mean of 28.3 microm. A micropyle, polar granule and oocyst residuum were absent. Sporocysts appeared lemon-shaped and measured 19.6-24.5 microm x 12.5-17.5 microm with a mean of 22.9 x 14.4 microm. Stieda body and the sporocyst's residual body were clearly visible. Sporozoites measured 11-14.2 x 4.4-5.1 microm with a mean of 11.4 x 4.7 microm. Sporulation time was 72 h at room temperature (25 degrees C). Endogenous stages including schizogony and gamogony were detected in epithelial cells of the duodenum, jejunum and ileum of the host. Schizogony consisted of two generations. Mature first generation schizonts reached up to 11 microm in diameter and produced merozoites measuring 3.5 x 1.7 microm. Mature second generation schizonts measured 17.2 x 12.3 microm and produced merozoites measuring 11.8 x 2.2 microm. Gamogonic stages were differentiated into microgamonts and macrogamonts. Mature microgamonts were spherical and measured 23.2 microm in diameter, producing curved microgametes measuring 4.5 x 0.7 microm. The ovoid macrogametes measured 19.6 x 14.7 microm and were characterized by a large nucleus and nucleolus. Early, more or less spherical, oocysts were detected inside the intestinal epithelial cells and in the intestinal lumen. They measured 19.6 microm in diameter. The sporont measured 17.2 microm in diameter. Cytochemical studies on schizogony, gamogony and oocysts were accomplished and showed distribution of polysaccharides and composition of the oocyst wall.
Z Abd-Al-Aal; N F Ramadan; A Al-Hoot
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Parasitology research     Volume:  86     ISSN:  0932-0113     ISO Abbreviation:  Parasitol. Res.     Publication Date:  2000 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2000-06-08     Completed Date:  2000-06-08     Revised Date:  2003-11-14    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8703571     Medline TA:  Parasitol Res     Country:  GERMANY    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  270-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Zoology, Faculty of Science, Zagazig University, Egypt.
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MeSH Terms
Bird Diseases / parasitology*,  pathology
Coccidiosis / parasitology,  pathology,  veterinary*
Feces / parasitology
Intestines / parasitology,  pathology
Isospora / growth & development*
Life Cycle Stages / physiology*
Songbirds / parasitology*

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