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Cytochemical and biochemical observations on the digestive tracts of digenetic trematodes:II. Ultrastructural localization of acid phosphatase in Haematoloechus medioplexus

Authors
Journal
Experimental Parasitology
0014-4894
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
23
Issue
3
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/0014-4894(68)90021-0
Keywords
  • Haematoloechus Medioplexus
  • Phosphatase Acid
  • Endoplasmic Reticulum
  • Ultrastructure
  • Digestive Vacuoles
  • Enzymes
  • Hydrolase Acid
Disciplines
  • Biology

Abstract

Abstract Nonspecific acid phosphatase activity in the gastrodermis of Haematoloechus medioplexus is localized in the cavities of the superficial digestive vacuoles, on the membranes of the cytoplasmic processes, and, possibly, in portions of the endoplasmic reticulum. The enzyme can hydrolyze a variety of phosphomonoesters and is fluoride sensitive. It is postulated that the enzyme is hydrolytic in its function and acts, as one of several acid hydrolases, in the digestive process of the organism.

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