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Role of the calcareous corpuscles in cestode physiology: a review.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  10932772     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Cysticercosis is a parasitic disease caused by the larval stage or cysticercus of the cestode tapeworm Taenia solium. Cysticerci are able to survive in the host tissues for long periods in the presence of an immune response. Tissues of cestodes contain mineral concretions termed calcareous corpuscles. These corpuscles might serve for the focal deposition of exceeding amounts of calcium protecting the larvae against calcification. Studies on the morphology and composition of calcareous corpuscles in cestodes have resulted in a number of hypotheses on their origin and function. Calcareous corpuscles are believed to form either intracellularly or extracellularly and the cell type involved, the place of formation and the mechanism of mineral deposition seem to be also diverse. This review intends to provide an updated guide to the published literature on calcareous corpuscles in cestodes, giving emphasis on their role in larval physiology. Understanding biomineralization might lead to novel ways for the treatment of diseases caused by cestode larvae.
L Vargas-Parada; J P Laclette
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Revista latinoamericana de microbiología     Volume:  41     ISSN:  0187-4640     ISO Abbreviation:  Rev. Latinoam. Microbiol.     Publication Date:    1999 Oct-Dec
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2000-09-21     Completed Date:  2000-09-21     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0242625     Medline TA:  Rev Latinoam Microbiol     Country:  MEXICO    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  303-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Departamento de Inmunología Instituto de Investigaciones Biomédicas, México D.F.
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MeSH Terms
Calcification, Physiologic
Calcium / analysis
Cestoda / growth & development,  physiology*,  ultrastructure
Magnesium / analysis
Models, Biological
Neurocysticercosis / parasitology,  pathology
Phosphates / analysis
Silicon / analysis
X-Ray Diffraction
Zinc / analysis
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Phosphates; 7439-95-4/Magnesium; 7440-21-3/Silicon; 7440-66-6/Zinc; 7440-70-2/Calcium

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