Histopathology of Gymnophallus sp. sporocysts in the edible mytilid, Modiolus barbatus.ABSTRACT Infection of Gymnophallus sp. in the bearded horse mussel (Modiolus modiolus /mo·di·o·lus/ (mo-di´o-lus) the central pillar or columella of the cochlea.
n. pl. mo·di·o·li
The central conical bony core of the cochlea of the ear. barbatus) was studied in samples collected during 1 year in the Mall Ston Bay (eastern Adriatic Sea). Mean prevalence of sporocyst sporocyst /spo·ro·cyst/ (-sist)
1. any cyst or sac containing spores or reproductive cells.
2. a germinal saclike stage in the life cycle of digenetic trematodes, produced by metamorphosis of a miracidium and was low (3.5%), which peaked in February (7.1%), whereas the mean metacercariae prevalence was 8.1%, peaking in September (16.7%). Histologically the Gymnophallus sp. sporocyst infection in bearded horse mussel resulted in clear reaction of bivalve bivalve, aquatic mollusk of the class Pelecypoda ("hatchet-foot") or Bivalvia, with a laterally compressed body and a shell consisting of two valves, or movable pieces, hinged by an elastic ligament. tissue, where the induced changes depend strongly on the site of trematode trematode: see fluke; Platyhelminthes. infection. Retardation of gametogenesis Gametogenesis
The production of gametes, either eggs by the female or sperm by the male, through a process involving meiosis. In animals, the cells which will ultimately differentiate into eggs and sperm arise from primordial germ cells set aside from the , necrosis of connective tissue and hemocytic infiltration are the main histological features of infection in this new host.
KEY WORDS: gymnophallus, histopathology his·to·pa·thol·o·gy
The science concerned with the cytologic and histologic structure of abnormal or diseased tissue.
The study of diseased tissues at a minute (microscopic) level. , Modiolus barbatus, sporocyst, metacercaria
Parasites may affect host populations by using a part of its resources, causing costly immune responses and decrease in host reproduction or by affecting the behavior of its paratenic host (Blanchet et al. 2003), thus accelerating the voyage to its final destination and at the end inducing mortality (Holopainen et al. 1997).
Family Gymnophallidae (Odhner 1905) comprises a small group of digeneans that live in the intestine, gall-bladder and bursa Fabricii of Charadriiformes (shore birds) and Anseriformes (diving ducks) that feed primarily on intertidal in·ter·tid·al
Of or being the region between the high tide mark and the low tide mark.
in lamellibranchs, gastropods and benthic ben·thos
1. The collection of organisms living on or in sea or lake bottoms.
2. The bottom of a sea or lake.
[Greek. polychaetes (Nolso 2002). The exceptions are 2 taxa, Gymnophalloides seoi and G. heardi, found parasitizing the digestive system of mammals, including humans (Chai et al. 2001). A remarkable feature of family Gymnophallidae consists in the flexibility of its life style. Natural selection has favored abbreviation or truncation of the parasite life cycle, so that for certain genera of Gymnophallidae, the mollusc mollusc
members of the phylum Mollusca, which comprises about 50,000 species. Includes snails, slugs and the aquatic molluscs—oysters, mussels, clams, cockles, arkshells, scallop, abalone, cuttlefish, squid. represents the first and the second intermediate host (Paulin & Cribb 2002). However their life cycle diversity is reflected in the capability of assuming one of the following strategies: gymnophallids that involve bivalves as first and second intermediate hosts; copepods as the first and bivalves and polychaetes as second intermediate hosts or bivalves as the only hosts. In rare cases gastropods or branchipods are also suitable hosts (Scholz 2002).
Because M. barbatus (Linneus, 1758) is a commercially valuable bivalve in the Adriatic, and as such is a possible candidate for aquaculture, it is important to evaluate potential pathologic effects of Gymnophallus sp. on this species. This is the first record of Gymnophallus sp. in the bearded horse mussel and is also a new geographical distribution for this parasitic genus.
MATERIALS AND METHODS
Bivalve samples were collected by SCUBA diver in the Mali Ston Bay, eastern Adriatic Sea, from January 2004 to January 2005. Specimens were transported live to the laboratory and left for seven days in a flow-through system. The samples comprised of 30-40 individuals monthly (total n = 396).
Before the parasitologic examinations, mussels were left for an hour in 7% Mg[Cl.sub.2] to relax adductor muscles. Then they were dissected under a dissecting lens and the tissue was pressed between two compression glasses and observed under the microscope at magnifications of x20 and x100. Sporocysts and metacercariae were counted in both mantles.
Tissues containing mantle, ctenidia, labial labial /la·bi·al/ (la´be-al)
1. pertaining to a lip or labium.
2. in dental anatomy, pertaining to the tooth surface that faces the lip.
adj. palps and digestive system infected with sporocysts was immediately fixed in Davidson fixative fixative /fix·a·tive/ (fik´sit-iv) an agent used in preserving a histological or pathological specimen so as to maintain the normal structure of its constituent elements.
adj. prepared with seawater. Standard histological procedure was performed to embed tissue in paraffin blocks, after the alcohol dehydration series. The blocks were cut at 5 [micro]m. Sections were stained with Mayer hematoxylin hematoxylin /he·ma·tox·y·lin/ (he?mah-tok´si-lin) an acid coloring matter from the heartwood of Haematoxylon campechianum; used as a histologic stain and also as an indicator. and counterstained with eosin eosin /eo·sin/ (e´o-sin) any of a class of rose-colored stains or dyes, all being bromine derivatives of fluorescein; eosin Y, the sodium salt of tetrabromofluorescein, is much used in histologic and laboratory procedures. . Slides were examined using a compound microscope at x200, x400 and x1,000 magnification.
Prevalence and abundance were calculated following Bush et al. (1997). Abundance was calculated as the number of Gymnophallus metacercaria divided by the number of bearded horse mussels sampled.
Gymnophallidae sporocysts were noticeable as bright red filiform filiform /fil·i·form/ (fil´i-form) (fi´li-form)
2. an extremely slender bougie.
adj. masses throughout the gonads and mantle. They were sausage-like, with a prominent anterior opening and characteristic reddish granules Granules
Small packets of reactive chemicals stored within cells.
Mentioned in: Allergic Rhinitis, Allergies . Sporocyst prevalence was low, with mean value of 3.5% and a peak in February of 7.1% (Fig. 1). Metacercarial prevalence did not follow the pattern of sporocyst prevalence, peaking in September (16.7%), with an annual mean value of 8.1%. The mean abundance of metacercariae was only 0.09. It was impossible to count all mother sporocysts, thus their abundance was not calculated. Complete depletion of both sporocysts and metacercariae, when their prevalence reached zero, occur in July during the peak of M. barbatus spawning.
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The tissue reaction of bivalves infected with sporocysts differed, primarily depending on the infection site. The most common site was the connective tissue around the digestive gland and gonads, but sporocysts could also be isolated from the intrapallial part of the mantle and isthmus isthmus (ĭs`məs), narrow neck of land connecting two larger land areas. Since it commands the only land route between two large areas and is on two seas, an isthmus has great strategical and commercial importance and is a favorable situation . In the vicinity of the digestive gland, flattened layers of the connective tissue cells were present around the sporocysts. These layers were rich in cellular elements and infiltrated by hemocytes, but with scarce collagen fibers; thus no real encapsulation by the host tissue occurred (Fig. 2). When sporocysts were localized near gonadal gonadal
pertaining to or arising from a gonad. See also testicular, ovarian.
cords formed by epithelial cells which migrate from the mesonephric tubules in the embryo to the gonadal ridge and establish the indifferent tissue, a considerable retardation in oocytes development was noticed (Fig. 3). In these cases, oocytes were small and embedded in thick connective tissue. They were in the first stage of oogenesis, whereas non-infected gonads already had developed fully mature oocytes (Fig. 4). However, no degenerative or necrotic changes were noticeable in gametes, even when the retardation of physiologic gametogenesis was evident. Regardless, of the infection site, the hemocyte hemocyte /he·mo·cyte/ (he´mo-sit) blood cell.
A cellular component or formed element of the blood. infiltration was always present and observed in all infected tissues. Hematocytic infiltration was accompanied by hypertrophic and hyperplastic changes of the connective tissue (Fig. 5).
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In cases of severe infections, fragmentation of the host tissue occurred presumably pre·sum·a·ble
That can be presumed or taken for granted; reasonable as a supposition: presumable causes of the disaster. by mechanical destruction caused by sporocysts movements that left clumps of hypertrophied cells, with small and decentralized nuclei. Debris from necrotic cells along with few hemocytes was present on the edges of fragmented tissue. The presence of sporocysts in the intrapallial or isthmatic part of the mantle induced the mildest changes in the bivalve tissue--hematocytic infiltration with hypertrophy and hyperplasia of connective tissue cells.
Because of low abundance of unencysted metacercaria in the host (0.09), no significant pathologic effect was observed.
Gymnophallid infections are described in bivalves from Baltic, North Sea, East Atlantic coast as well as from Mediterranean (Lauckner 1984, Russell-Pinto 1990, Russell-Pinto & Bartoli 1992, Russell-Pinto & Bowers 1998, Montandouin et al. 2000). This is the first record of Gymnophallus sp. in the Adriatic Sea. Further, M. barbatus represents a new host for this trematode. The parasite was previously considered as oioxenic, using specifically cockles cockles
saponariaofficinalis. , mainly Cerastoderma edule, C. glaucum (Lauckner 1971) and the clam Tapes philippinarum as hosts (Montaudouin et al. 2000). However, in our study the trematode did not reach the prevalences in M. barbatus population, as are found in cockles. The plotted values of prevalences of sporocysts and metacercariae in Figure 1 show that the temporal distribution of the trematode over 1 year had opposing patterns. Metacercariae clearly displayed two peaks and two declines in prevalence over 12 months, with lowest values in spring and autumn, and with highest values in April and September. At the same time, monthly prevalences of sporocyst were on average 2-fold lower. The increase of sporocysts prevalence was mirrored in metacercariae decrease and vice versa, meaning that sporocysts regress after generating a new metacercarial population. This is best illustrated during the winter months when sporocyst had maximum values from December to February, and when metacercariae number collapsed. The decreases in prevalence of sporocysts and metacercariae occurred when host gametes were released (Mladineo et al. in prep), suggesting that the digenean digenean
pertaining to or of the nature of members of the fluke subclass Digenea. assisted its own spread to the spread of a new bivalve generation.
Trematodes have different strategies for maintenance and spread in the host population. Gymnophallus mother sporocysts harbor large numbers of different developmental stages, from germ balls to cercariae Cercariae
The free-living form of the schistosome worm that has a tail, swims, and has suckers on its head for penetration into a host.
Mentioned in: Schistosomiasis , assuring continuous and asynchronous Refers to events that are not synchronized, or coordinated, in time. The following are considered asynchronous operations. The interval between transmitting A and B is not the same as between B and C. The ability to initiate a transmission at either end. cercarial cercarial
pertaining to or emanating from cercariae.
see trichobilharzia. production and enabling constant release of infective stages and reinfection reinfection /re·in·fec·tion/ (-in-fek´shun) a second infection by the same agent or a second infection of an organ with a different agent.
n. . Cercariae are also equipped with a long bifurcated bi·fur·cate
v. bi·fur·cat·ed, bi·fur·cat·ing, bi·fur·cates
To divide into two parts or branches.
To separate into two parts or branches; fork.
adj. tail that enables transmission of neighboring bivalves. In spite of these adaptations for dispersion in the environment, the prevalence and abundance of the trematode in M. barbatus still remained low.
Histological changes induced by the parasite are evident but not devastating, perhaps reflecting the low abundance of the parasite in individual mussels. The negative effect of trematodes on host reproduction has been observed in many cases (Pekkarinen 1987, Taskinen et al. 1994, Taskinen & Valtonen 1995, Taskinen et al. 1997, Khamdan 1998, Taskinen 1998, Da Silva et al. 2002). Gonadal infections can even induce changes in the reproductive strategy of the bivalve, as in Pisidium amnicum where higher mortality and castration castration, removal of the sex glands of an animal, i.e., testes in the male, or ovaries and often the uterus in the female. Castration of the female animal is commonly referred to as spaying. are compensated for higher reproductive effort and semelparity (Holopainen et al. 1997, Rantanen et al. 1998). However, in the bearded horse mussel no excessive degenerative or necrotic changes were noticeable in gametes, even when the suppression of physiologic gametogenesis was evident. Oocytes were viable, showing only a certain degree of retardation compared with oocytes of noninfected bivalves. Because of the low incidence of sporocysts in the host, this reproductive inhibition had no drastic impact on the overall bivalve population. The presence of sporocysts in the intrapallial or isthmatic part of the mantle induces the mildest changes, resulting in hematocytic infiltration with hypertrophic and hyperplastic connective tissue cells. Hemocytes are implicated in the processes of regeneration of soft tissue (Ruddell 1971) and can adopt diverse defense strategies from phagocytosis phagocytosis: see endocytosis.
A mechanism by which single cells of the animal kingdom, such as smaller protozoa, engulf and carry particles into the cytoplasm. of foreign agents to production of lectins Lectins
A class of proteins of nonimmune origin that bind carbohydrates reversibly and noncovalently without inducing any change in the carbohydrate. Lectins bind a variety of cells having cell-surface glycoproteins (carbohydrate bound proteins) or glycolipids and secretion of enzymes (Chagot et al. 1992). Therefore hemocyte presence clearly indicated the invasiveness and pathogenicity of Gymnophallus sp. Similar changes were found by Robledo et al. (1994) in the mantle of mussel parasitized by sporocysts of Proctoeces maculatus. Only in severe infections, tissue fragmentation was present. On the surface of sporocyst tegumentum of 2 other members of Gymnophallidae--Lacunovermis macomae and Meiogymnophallus minutes, hydrolytic enzymes that are involved in sporocysts' metabolism, such as phosphatases and [beta]-glucuronidase, were suggested to play an important role in tissue deterioration (Pekkarinen 1987, Russell-Pinto et al. 1996), so this activity along with mechanical destructions could be the cause of tissue necrosis in severe infections.
Mantle pathologies in bivalves are mainly described in cases of free metacercariae infection in extrapallila cavity, where metaplasia and hyperplasia are common tissue reactions, with resulting lysis of mantle epithelium. These changes were observed only in relation to Gymnophallus sporocysts, and not metacercariae, which didn't induce any histological changes in the invaded tissue. However, metacercariae of other genera are able to induce other more invasive changes. For example, in the burrowing sand clam Darina solenoids, the mantle envelops metacercariae of Bartolius pierrei and initiates the secretion of a noncellular hyaline hyaline /hy·a·line/ (hi´ah-lin) glassy and translucent.
Resembling glass, as in translucence or transparency; glassy.
1. capsule (Cremonte & Ituarte 2003). If the process takes place at the inner surface of the shell, it can end up in formation of igloo-like calcareous calcareous /cal·car·e·ous/ (kal-kar´e-us) pertaining to or containing lime; chalky.
adj. pits (Ituarte et al. 2001) or nacrezation (Cheng 1967, Cheng & Rifkin 1970). Mechanical impairments can also result from metacercarial infection. In Cerastoderma edule and C. glaucum, Meiogymnophallus fossarum metacercariae compromise normal production of shell and ligament proteins as the large number of parasites damage the periostracum per·i·os·tra·cum
n. pl. per·i·os·tra·ca
The hard chitinous outer covering of the shell of many mollusks, especially freshwater ones, that protects the shell from the erosive action of water. , inducing its excessive growth that results in impaired closure of shell valves (Bartoli 1973). M. minutus parasitizes the hinge area, where it induces excessive proliferation of ligament protein resulting in tissue folding and again impaired closure of shell valves (Bowers et al. 1996). In comparison with these changes, sporocysts in bearded horse mussel mantle tissue evoked only a mild tissue reaction, which did not appear to limit the host reproductive capability, a consequence that would also limit digenean spread. Instead, only mild hemocytes infiltration and cell hypertrophy permitted regular and normal development of the parasite inside the bivalve. Further, the low prevalence and abundance of the parasite in the mussel population have also shown not to be significant limiting factors for the future use in aquaculture. Nevertheless, the trematode imposes a certain degree of tissue alteration in the host, which deserves the research of gymnophallidae-host relationship during a longer time scale.
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A worm, especially a parasitic roundworm or tapeworm.
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