Relationship between Nuclear Morphology and the Phases of the Cell Cycle during Cercarial Development of the Digenetic Trematode Trichobilharzia ocellata
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During the proliferative phase of cercarial development in the digenetic trematode Trichobilharzia ocellata, nuclei varied in size, appearance of the chromatin, and intensity of Feulgen staining. On the basis of interphase nuclear morphology six nuclear classes were identified. Data from microspectrophotometric determinations and 3H-TdR labeling experiments were used to correlate each kind of interphase nucleus with a phase of the cell cycle. Marked variability in nuclear area developed between cells by time they reached late G1. Increases in nuclear area could not be correlated with the onset of DNA synthesis. Throughout all stages of development of T. ocellata cercariae, proliferating cells divide mitotically; meiotic divisions were never seen. Thus, the mode of reproduction appears to be asexual. No evidence was found to support previous suggestions of diploid parthenogenesis.
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