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Title: Ultrastructure of murine cardiac ganglia in experimental Chagas' disease
Authors: Wong, W.C. 
Tan, C.K. 
Singh, M.
Yick, T.Y.
Issue Date: 1992
Citation: Wong, W.C., Tan, C.K., Singh, M., Yick, T.Y. (1992). Ultrastructure of murine cardiac ganglia in experimental Chagas' disease. Histology and Histopathology 7 (3) : 371-378. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Albino mice, infected with Trypanosoma cruzi (Tulahuen strain) were sacrificed on days 7, 9, 12, 14, 16, 18, 21, 32 and 39 following infection. Transmission electron microscopic examination of the cardiac ganglia revealed no ultrastructural change at day 7. At day 9 there was peri- and intraganglionic monocytic infiltration but parasites were absent. Between days 12 and 16 there was intense monocytic infiltration, with intra-ganglionic presence of parasites within fibroblasts, monocytes and macrophages. None were seen within capsular cells, endothelial cells, Schwann cells, statellite cells and ganglion cells. The Schwann cells and satellite cells, however, showed phagocytic activity. Satellite cells were also reactive with proliferative pseudopodia which encircled neuronal processes. By day 18, parasites were absent in the ganglia. But monocytes were still present up to day 39, some of them still engulfing satellite cell and neuronal processes. Satellite cells continued to be reactive and Schwann cells phagocytic. Ganglion cells remained normal throughout the experiment. The results suggest that infection of Schwann cells, satellite cells and ganglion cells may depend upon the tissue tropism of the strain of the parasite used and its concentration in the inoculum. The results are consistent with the view that any parasympathetic dysfunction in experimental Chaga's disease in the mouse may be of a transient nature.
Source Title: Histology and Histopathology
ISSN: 02133911
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