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Comparison of rDNA Sequences from Colchicine Treated and Untreated Sporocysts of Phyllodistomum folium and Bucephalus polymorphus (Digenea)

TitleComparison of rDNA Sequences from Colchicine Treated and Untreated Sporocysts of Phyllodistomum folium and Bucephalus polymorphus (Digenea)
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2004
AuthorsStunzenas, V, Cryan, JR, Molloy, DP
JournalParasitology International
Volume53
Pagination223-228
Keywords28S, 5.8S, Bucephalus polymorphus, Colchicine, Dreissena polymorpha, ITS1, ITS2, Phyllodistomum folium, Ribosomal RNA gene
Abstract

The most frequently used antimitotic agent in cytogenetic studies is colchicine. We investigated whether the initial treatment of trematodes for karyological analysis with colchicine would have mutagenic or degradational effect on rDNA sequences. Dreissena polymorpha is the intermediate host of Phyllodistomum folium and Bucephalus polymorphus, and the sporocyst stage of these trematode species develop, respectively, in the gills and gonads of this mussel. Sporocysts of P. folium and B. polymorphus were obtained from D. polymorpha collected from waterbodies in Belarus and in Lithuania. 5.8S and 28S rDNA genes, ITS1 and ITS2 of P. folium and B. polymorphus were sequenced and compared, and no nucleotide sequence differences between colchicine treated and untreated trematodes were found. Based on these results, we conclude that colchicine treatment for 3–5 h has no mutagenic or degradational effect on rDNA sequences. During the course of this investigation, two genetically different P. folium samples were noted in Belarus.

URLhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.parint.2003.12.003
DOI10.1016/j.parint.2003.12.003