Rhipicephalus sanguinius: Localization of vitellogenin synthesis by immunological methods and electron microscopy


In ovipositing Rhipicephalus sanguinius (Latrelle), complete immunological identity existed between vitellogenin from the midgut, fat body, and hemolymph and vitellin from eggs. This supported the hypothesis that the same vitellogenin was synthesized by both the midgut and fat body, then released into the hemolymph and transported to the ovary. Vitellogenin was taken up unaltered by the oocytes during vitellogenesis to become vitellin. Antivitellogenin did not react with host (dog) hemoglobin. Transmission electron microscopy showed specialized cells with large amounts of rough endoplasmic reticulum, Golgi complexes, and secretory granules in the midgut and fat body of ovipositing females that were absent in the midgut and fat body of fed males. It is suggested that these cells synthesize vitellogenin. © 1982.

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Experimental Parasitology