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Aggregates of symbiotic/ commensal spiroplasma-like organisms (SLOs) in the midgut

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Spiroplasmas are bacteria in the Class Mollicutes that are frequently associated with insects and/or plants. This confocal laser scanning micrographs show aggregates of symbiotic/ commensal spiroplasma-like organisms (SLOs) in the midgut (mg) and filter chamber (fc) of a leafhopper, Dalbulus maidis. Large accumulations of these SLOs (bright red areas, asterisks) were found in the gut lumen, but unlike the plant-pathogenic mollicutes, they did not seem to invade the gut epithelium or other tissues in their insect hosts. Click "source" to view image.

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El-Desouky Ammar
Gail E. Gasparich
David G. Hall
Saskia A. Hogenhout

Published
Arch Microbiol (2011)

Pubmed
20978745


 
 

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