Morphometric differences in midgut epithelial cells between strains of female Aedes aegypti (L.) (Insecta, Diptera).

Autor(es): Hecker H; Brun R

Resumo: Midgut epithelial cells of female Aedes aegypti deriving from 2 different mosquito strains were compared morphometrically. One of the 2 strains was recently isolated from nature (East Africa). The other strain is an old laboratory strain, reared under laboratory conditions for about 30 years. The quantitative morphological comparison demonstrates, that the ultrastructural composition of the midqut epithelial cells corresponds generally in both strains. It can be shown, however, that in the old strain, compared to the new strain, the organelle amount of midgut epithelial cells is significantly reduced during the first 53 days of the mosquito's life. Parallel to decreased relative volumes of organelles and reduced surface densities of membrane systems an increase in lysosome-like structures is observed. These observations are interpreted as deterioration processes, possibly due to the long rearing in the laboratory. Therefore, care should be taken in the selection of an A.aegypti strain for any quantitative morphological or physiological investigation.

Palavras-Chave: Aedes aegypti; Midgut epithelium; Cytology; Strain differences; Morphometry

Imprenta: Cell and Tissue Research, v. 159, n. 1, p. 91-99, 1975

Identificador do objeto digital: 10.1007%2FBF00231998

Descritores: Aedes aegypti - Cell ; Aedes aegypti - Public health

Data de publicação: 1975