Mosquito trypsin: immunocytochemical localization in the midgut of blood-fed Aedes aegypti (L.).

Autor(es): Graf R; Raikhel A S; Brown M R; Lea A O; Briegel H

Resumo: A polyclonal antibody was raised against trypsin purified from the midgut of blood-fed Aedes aegypti. Using this antibody and our modification of the peroxidase-antiperoxidase immunocytochemical reaction, strong activity was found in the lumen of the midgut at the light-microscopical level. The activity was localized mainly in the posterior part of the distensible, abdominal midgut, along the periphery of the blood bolus and within the peritrophic membrane. Immunoreactivity appeared 8 h after the blood meal and was most prominent around 24 h, coinciding with our previous spectrophotometric determinations of trypsin. At the electron-microscopical level, secretory granules, immunocytochemically labelled with anti-trypsin antibody and protein A-colloidal gold, were first detected about 12 h after the blood meal. At 18 h, the secretory pathway could be followed immunocytochemically from the formation of granules in the Golgi complex until their release by exocytosis in the midgut lumen. By 24 h, there was a reduction in secretory granules, and large lysosomes appeared. The process of secretion described for this mosquito is comparable to similar events in vertebrate secretory systems and the presence of an intracellular trypsinogen is suggested.

Palavras-Chave: Trypsin; Immunocytochemistry; Midgut; Exocytosis; Aedes aegypti

Imprenta: Cell and Tissue Research, v. 245, n. 1, p. 19-27, 1986

Identificador do objeto digital: 10.1007/BF00218082

Descritores: Aedes aegypti - Biochemistry ; Aedes aegypti - Cell

Data de publicação: 1986