High voltage electron microscopy on microgametogenesis of Haemoproteus columbae

Masamichi Aikawa, Charles Sterling

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The microgametogenesis of Haemoproteus columbae was investigated by high voltage and conventional electron microscopy and the results were compared. The features of microgametogenesis which have become clear by high voltage electron microscopy include the distribution and arrangement of axonemes in the microgametocyte and the budding process and structure of the microgametes. High voltage electron microscopy shows that prior to exflagellation the axonemes occupy a major portion of the microgametocyte cytoplasm, and are arranged in an orderly fashion. Conventional electron microscopy suggests that the axonemes are randomly distributed in the microgametocyte cytoplasm. High voltage electron microscopy shows that a short portion of the axoneme protrudes outward in the early stage of microgamete budding, while the major portion remains within the cytoplasm. The microgamete of H. columbae as observed by the high voltage electron microscope, is composed of a slender nucleus and an axoneme which run along the same axis and spiral one another. The nucleus is slightly bulbous at the anterior end and at the midportion of the microgamete. These findings have not been obtained with certainty by conventional electron microscopy because the thin section technique could not provide a sufficient profile of the long wavy microgamete.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)353-360
Number of pages8
JournalZeitschrift für Zellforschung und mikroskopische Anatomie
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1974
Externally publishedYes


  • H. columbae
  • High voltage electron microscopy
  • Microgametogenesis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Histology
  • Cell Biology


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