Encyclopedia of Parasitology

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Babesia: Sexual Fusion

  • Heinz Mehlhorn
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-27769-6_4530-1

Mackenstedt et al. (1990) definitively proved that so-called uninuclear ray bodies are gametes of the genera Babesia and Theileria, when showing it by DNA-measurement. Schein and Mehlhorn showed in several electron and light microscopic papers in the years 1975–1986 that these stages apparently fuse in the intestine of ticks giving rise to zygotes, which become transformed to motile kinetes (corresponding to the ookinetes of the Plasmodium species.


Plasmodium Species Genus Babesia Sexual Fusion Microscopic Paper 
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  1. Mackenstedt U et al (1990) Sexual cycle of Babesia divergens confirmed by DANN-measurements. Parasitol Res 76:199–206CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar

Further Reading

  1. Mehlhorn H, Schein E (1984) The piroplasms: life cycle and sexual stages. Adv Parasitol 23:38–103Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institut für Zoomorphologie, Zellbiologie und ParasitologieHeinrich-Heine-UniversitätDüsseldorfGermany