Fine Structure of the Esophagus of Pratylenchus penetrans
AbstractThe fine structure of the esophagus of Pratylenchus penetrans is described. The gland lobe is syncytial and contains two types of nuclei: three large nuclei with little chromatin, and more numerous smaller nuclei with large amounts of chromatin. Some of the smaller nuclei are associated only with glandular tissue, whereas others are part of nerve ceils within the esophagus. Clusters of free ribosomes, rough endoplasmic reticulum, and numerous mitochondria occur in the lobe region where the secretory granules are formed. No Golgi bodies were observed. On the basis of these observations, possible differences in the mechanism of secretory granule formation between plant-parasitic nematodes are discussed. Several other minor differences between the fine structure of other plant-parasitic nematodes previously examined and that of P. penetrans are also noted. Key Words: ultrastructure.
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