DAO 32:201-209 (1998)  -  doi:10.3354/dao032201

Identification of carbohydrates on the surface membrane of pathogenic and nonpathogenic piscine haemoflagellates, Cryptobia salmositica, C. bullocki and C. catostomi (Kinetoplastida)

Shujuan Feng, Patrick T. K. Woo*

Department of Zoology, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario N1G 2W1, Canada
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Carbohydrates and protein glycoconjugates on the cell membranes of Cryptobia salmositica, C. bullocki and C. catostomi were analyzed using 13 highly purified lectins (unlabelled or digoxigenin/biotin labelled). No agglutinations were observed with C. salmositica, C. bullocki and C. catostomi using lectin TPA (Tetragonolobus purpureas agglutinin, for α-L-fucose). C. salmositica was agglutinated by 3 of 12 lectins [Con A, for α-man and α-D-glc; PSA, for α-man; PWM, for (glcNAc)3], while C. bullocki was agglutinated by 8 lectins and C. catostomi was agglutinated by 10 lectins. Glycoconjugate analysis with digoxigenin or biotin labelled lectins showed a species-specific staining pattern in pathogenic and nonpathogenic Cryptobia spp. The nonpathogenic C. catostomi had the strongest reaction. These results indicate that the surface carbohydrate residues and glycoconjugate compositions on Cryptobia spp. are different between species; they may be related to the virulence of the parasite.


Cryptobia salmositica · C. bullocki · C. catostomi · Surface carbohydrates · Glycoconjugates · Fish · Haemoflagellates


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