Parasitology Research

, 103:745 | Cite as

Transmission electron microscopic studies of stages of Histomonas meleagridis from clonal cultures

  • Michael Mielewczik
  • Heinz MehlhornEmail author
  • Saleh Al-Quraishy
  • E. Grabensteiner
  • M. Hess
Original Paper


Histomonas meleagridis is a 10–20 μm-sized flagellated protozoan, causing histomoniasis in gallinaceous birds. Different strains of H. meleagridis from different origins were used to establish clonal cultures, which can be traced back to a single cell. Cells from these clonal cultures were examined by transmission electron microscopy. Results gave detailed insights in the ultrastructure showing a single flagellum, a band of microtubules remnants of an axostyle or of a costa, respectively pelta, hydrogenosomes, nucleus, spindle apparatus, and other organelles of the trophozoites of H. meleagridis.


Electron Microscopic Examination Smooth Endoplasmic Reticulum Rice Starch Transmission Electron Microscopic Examination Food Vacuole 
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We are grateful to the support of the King Saud University in Riyahd, Saudi Arabia.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael Mielewczik
    • 1
  • Heinz Mehlhorn
    • 1
    Email author
  • Saleh Al-Quraishy
    • 1
  • E. Grabensteiner
    • 2
  • M. Hess
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Zoomorphology, Cytology, and ParasitologyHeinrich Heine UniversityDüsseldorfGermany
  2. 2.Clinic for Avian, Reptile, and Fish MedicineUniversity of Veterinary MedicineViennaAustria

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