The normal anatomy of rickettsiae has been characterized with the use of R. prowazekii, R. conorii and R. akari in continuous cell cultures L-929, Al, FL and in primary chick embryo fibroblast culture. Rickettsiae are short rod-shaped cells with the dense cytoplasm and the regular structure of the cell wall--cytoplasmic membrane complex. The study has shown the absence of polymorphism in rickettsiae growing under permissive conditions, but at the same time these organisms easily develop into pathological forms. Pathological forms can be detected alongside normal rickettsiae in the same cells. The classification of the pathological forms of rickettsiae is presented. In this classification the compensating (reversible) and destructive (irreversible) forms of alterations, as well as hypertrophic and dystrophic processes on the level of the whole rickettsial cell or its organelles, are pointed out.
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Zhurnal mikrobiologii, epidemiologii, i immunobiologii|
|State||Published - Nov 1 1985|
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