christopherjackson.chspecimen ⇒ Trypanosoma brucei brucei

Trypanosoma brucei brucei

T. brucei is the causative of sleeping sickness in humans and is transferred by its vector the tsetse fly (Glossina morsitans). The cells have a mainly a two-stadium life. Living in the flies and in blood system of its host. Trypanosomes are a group of kinetoplastid protozoa distinguished by having only a single flagellum. All members of kinteoplastid protozoa are exclusively parasitic. All single-cell organisms achieved to maintain the basic life functions within a small space, which renders them as interesting as difficult object for ultrastructural investigation and interpretation.
Cultured cells were obtained from Prof. T.Seebeck and E.Luginbuehl (Institute of Cell Biology, Berne)

Flagela cross section of chemically fixed, epon embedded T. brucei