Emerging Chagas Disease

A Review on the Ultrastructure of Trypanosoma cruzi

Author(s): Wanderley de Souza, Kildare Miranda, Narcisa Leal Cunha e Silva and Thaïs Souto-Padrón

Pp: 40-62 (23)

DOI: 10.2174/978160805041310901010040

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This review analyzes the fine structure of Trypanosoma cruzi as visualized by various morphological techniques, including scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy of thin sections and freeze-fracture replicas, and atomic force microscopy. Data obtained using cytochemistry and immunocytochemistry are also discussed. Various structures, such as the glycocalyx, plasma membrane, flagellar pocket, cytoskeleton, flagellum, kinetoplastmitochondrion complex, glycosome, acidocalcisome, lipid bodies, contractile vacuole, secretory pathway, endocytic pathway and nucleus, are covered.

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