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Hoffmann, R. A wiki for the life sciences where authorship matters. Nature Genetics (2008)

Tritiated thymidine ([3H]-TdR) and immunocytochemical tracing of cellular fate within the asexually dividing cestode Mesocestoides vogae (syn. M. corti).

This report documents the presence of an active thymidine kinase (TK) system within Mesocestoides vogae tetrathyridia as quantified by tritiated thymidine ([3H]-TdR) incorporation using liquid scintillation counting. A 100-fold increase in [3H]-TdR incorporation was observed at 37 degrees C when compared with its incorporation at 0 degrees C. Thymidine's competitive analogue, BrdU, competed for sites within newly replicated DNA. Immunohistochemical trials performed here using antibodies against BrdU identified cells that have entered and passed through S-phase. Positively stained nuclei were most numerous at the anterior tip of tetrathyridia especially within the ganglia, lesser numbers of these cells occurred along the growing commissure and amongst surface tegumental cytons suggesting that stem cells do not exist in one region but are found throughout the entire body. As M. vogae has no internal organ systems the major sites for cell proliferation are those exhibiting maximal cell recruitment and undergoing tissue repair. These results show that it is possible to monitor changes in the cell recruitment pattern within this cestode. Thus use of BrdU and immunohistochemistry demonstrates how spatial arrangement and cellular reorganization can be successfully traced within M. vogae.[1]


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