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Ultrastructure of spermiogenesis and the spermatozoon of Macracanthorhynchus hirudinaceus (Pallas, 1781) (Acanthocephala: Archiacanthocephala), a parasite of the wild boar Sus scrofa.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of Parasitology
0022-3395
Publisher
BioOne (American Society of Parasitologists)
Publication Date
Volume
91
Issue
3
Pages
499–506
Identifiers
PMID: 16108538
Source
Medline

Abstract

The present paper describes the ultrastructure of spermiogenesis and the spermatozoon of Macracanthorhynchus hirudinaceus, an acanthocephalan parasite of the wild boar Sus scrofa. At the beginning of spermatogenesis, spermatocytes exhibit synaptonemal complexes and 2 centrioles. In the spermatid, only 1 centriole remains, generating a flagellum with a 9+2 pattern. Another ultrastructural feature observed during the spermiogenesis of M. hirudinaceus is the condensation of the chromatin, forming a "honeycomb" structure in the old spermatid and a homogeneous, electron-dense structure in the spermatozoon. The mature spermatozoon of M. hirudinaceus presents a reversed anatomy, as has been described previously in other species of the Acanthocephala. The spermatozoon is divided into 2 parts: an axoneme, and a nucleocytoplasmic derivative. The spermatozoon flagellum exhibits a 9+2 or 9+0 pattern. The process of spermiogenesis and the ultrastructural organization of the spermatozoon of M. hirudinaceus are compared with available data regarding other acanthocephalan species.

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