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De Souza W, Souto-Padron T, Dreyer G, de Andrade LD.

WUCHERERIA BANCROFTI : FREEZE-FRACTURE STUDY OF THE EPICUTICLE OF MICROFILARIAE.

Exp Parasitol. 1993 May;76(3):287-92.

ABSTRACT

The freeze-fracture technique was used to analyze the surface of microfilariae of Wuchereria bancrofti. The examination of thin sections showed that the epicuticle is formed by two closely apposed membrane-like structures, appearing as hepta-laminated structures. Freeze-fracture replicas revealed the presence of two fracture faces. The outer one is smooth but presents rosette-like structures. The inner face, which is in contact with the hypodermal cells, presents a large number of particles.