Ul'trastrukturnye osobennosti vzaimodeǐstviia Legionella pneumophila s prosteǐshimi--infuzoriiami Tetrahymena pyriformis.

Translated title of the contribution: The ultrastructural characteristics of the interaction of Legionella pneumophila with the infusorian protozoon Tetrahymena pyriformis

V. L. Popov, N. D. Konstantinova, A. E. Merkurov, I. S. Tartakovskiǐ, V. I. Litvin

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In this work the morphological features of the interaction of L. pneumophila virulent strain and T. pyriformis have been studied on the submicroscopic level in the time course of the process. The study has shown the process of the destruction of the bacterial population and the penetration of individual intact Legionella cells from the phagosome into the endoplasm of T. pyriformis after 6-9 hours of interaction in the form of the budding of the phagosome and further multiplication of Legionella in the endoplasm. As revealed in this study, T. pyriformis have two types of phagosomes characterized by different variants of the destruction of Legionella. In T. pyriformis lysosomes-like granules, mitochondria and the granular endoplasmatic network take part in the process of interaction. The process of interaction has been found to end by day 7 in the death of all protozoal cells taking part in interaction.

Original languageRussian
Pages (from-to)5-10
Number of pages6
JournalZhurnal Mikrobiologii Epidemiologii i Immunobiologii
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1 1991


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