Scanning electron microscopy of Blastocystis hominis cysts


Scanning electron microscopy of Blastocystishominis cysts reveals that some cysts have an outer coat, whereas others are naked. If intact, the outer coat forms a fan-like structure around the cyst and its surface is granular. The fragmented outer coat adheres to other cysts and bacteria, forming irregular clumps.

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Received: 15 September 1997 / Accepted: 2 December 1997

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Zaman, V., Howe, J. & Ng, M. Scanning electron microscopy of Blastocystis hominis cysts. Parasitol Res 84, 476–477 (1998).

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