Organization, ultrastructure, and development of midgut visceral muscle in larval Aedes aegypti.

Autor(es): Bernick E P; Moffett S B; Moffett D F

Resumo: The midgut muscularis of larvae of the mosquito Aedes aegypti takes the form of a grid of longitudinal and circular muscle bands. The longitudinal and circular bands overlap at near right angles at many areas of intersection. The longitudinal bands run the length of the midgut. However, some bands of circular muscle, located in the anterior midgut, pass only partway around the gut. An unusual feature was observed at some regions where longitudinal and circular bands of muscle intersect: filaments oriented at near right angles to one another were present in the same membrane-bound fiber. These cruciform regions send contractile elements into both circular and longitudinal bands. The muscularis was fixed in a contracted state, so most of the sarcomeres are represented by complete overlap of myosin and lighter staining actin filaments. Features characteristic of supercontracting muscle, including perforated Z-lines, were seen in sarcomeres of circular muscle bands. Small invaginations resembling transverse tubules were present but a sarcoplasmic reticulum was not observed. While occasional cells that may be neurons or neurosecretory cells were observed, a network that might serve to coordinate the segmentation and peristaltic movement of the muscularis was not apparent.

Palavras-Chave: Aedes aegypti; Midgut; Visceral muscle; Larvae; Development; Ultrastructure

Imprenta: Tissue & Cell, v. 39, n. 4, p. 277-292, 2007

Identificador do objeto digital: 10.1016/j.tice.2007.05.003

Descritores: Aedes aegypti - Cell

Data de publicação: 2007