Scanning electron microscopy of the surface coat of Blastocystis hominis
Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Scanning electron microscopy of Blastocystis hominis showed that its outer coat has a fibrillar structure and individual fibrils may extend up to 5 microm from the periphery of the parasite. The surface coat remains intact during cell division. Bacteria are often seen adhering to it, but for the first time a trophozoite of Chilomastix mesnili was also seen in this position. It is postulated that breakdown of attached organisms may provide nutrients for Blastocystis.
Goh, T. K.
(1999). Scanning electron microscopy of the surface coat of Blastocystis hominis. Parasitology Research, 85(12), 974-976.
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