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Original Article
Korean J Parasitol. 1991 Mar;29(1):31-41. English.
Published online Mar 20, 1994.  http://dx.doi.org/10.3347/kjp.1991.29.1.31
Copyright © 1991 by The Korean Society for Parasitology
Antigenic localities in the tissues of the young adult worm of Paragonimus westermani using immunogold labeling method
O S Kwon,J S Lee,H J Rim and S J Kim*
Department of Parasitology and Institute for Tropical Endemic Diseases, College of Medicine, Korea University, Seoul 136-701, Korea.
Abstract

In order to observe the antigenic localization in the tissues of the young adult Paragonimus westermani, immunogold labeling method was applied using serum immunoglobulins(IgG) of the dog which infected with isolated metacercariae from Cambaroides similis. The sectioned worm tissue was embedded in Lowicryl HM 20 medium and stained with infected serum IgG and protein A gold complex (particle size; 12 nm). It was observed by electron microscopy at each tissues of the worm. The gold particles were not observed on the basal lamina of the tegument, interstitial matrix of the parenchyma, the muscle tissue and mitochondria of the tegument. The gold particles were specifically labeled in the secretory granules in the vitelline cells. They were predominantly labeling on the epithelial lamela and lumen of caecum. The above finding showed that antigenic materials in young adult worm tissue were specifically concentrated on the tegumental syncytium as well as cytoplasm of tegumental cells.

Figures


Figs. 1-2
Fig. 1. Electron micrograph of the tegument of a worm which was reacted with dog IgG from noninfected control showed the tegumental syncytium(TS), basal layer(BL), circular muscle (CM) layer, longitudinal muscle(LM) layer, interstitial matrix(IM) and tegumental cell cytoplasm (TCC). Gold particles were not labeled on the tegument or other portions of the tissue. Bar = 1 µm (×17,000)

Fig. 2. The tegumental tissue of the worm reacted with specific antibody(IgG) from infected dog. Gold particles were specifically labeled in the tegumental syncytium and cytoplasm of the tegumental cell. Bar = 1 µm(×28,000)



Figs. 3-4
Fig. 3. The tegumental cell of the tegument reacted with control group dog IgG from infected control. Gold particle was not labeled on the cytoplasm of the cell. Bar = 1 µm(×17,000)

Fig. 4. The tegumental cell of the tegument reacted with specific antibody(IgG) from infected dog. Specific label was present in the cytoplasm of the tegumental cell. Bar=1 µm(×17,000)



Figs. 5-6
Fig. 5. The vitelline gland of a worm which was reacted with control group dog IgG from noninfected control. Gold particles were not labeled on the cytoplasm and secretory granules of vitelline gland cell. Bar=1 µm(×28,000)

Fig. 6. The vitelline gland of a worm which was reacted with specific antibody(IgG) from infected dog. Gold particles were very specifically labeled on the secretory granules of vitelline gland cell cytoplasm. Bar=1 µm(×28,000)



Figs. 7-8
Fig. 7. The caecal section of a worm reacted with dog IgG from noninfected control. Gold particles were not labeled on the all area of the caecum. Bar=1 µm(×17,000)

Fig. 8. The caecal section of a worm reacted with specific antibody(IgG) from infected dog. Gold particles were particles were predominantly labeled on the caecum tegument syncytium. Bar=1 µm(×17,000)


Tables


Table 1
Quantitative density of the labeled gold particles in the tissues of P. westermani reacted with antibody (IgG)* obtained from dogs infected with P. westermani

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