Ethanol-fixed material used for both classical and molecular identification purposes: Eudiplozoon nipponicum (Monogenea: Diplozoidae) as a case parasite species

Department of Botany and Zoology, Faculty of Science, Masaryk University, Kotlárská 2, 611 37, Brno, Czech Republic.
Parasitology Research (Impact Factor: 2.1). 09/2010; 107(4):909-14. DOI: 10.1007/s00436-010-1949-0
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This study is focused on the feasibility of two treatments of alcohol-fixed monogenean parasites which are intended to be use for the combined morphological and molecular characterizations. The monogenean parasite, Eudiplozoon nipponicum, was selected as a model parasite species; however it is expected that these techniques will be suitable for other monogeneans and other parasitic families. The haptor of diplozoid parasites is equipped with sclerotized attachment clamps and central hooks which are utilized for morphological identification. As parasite tissue become very tough and rigid when preserved in ethanol, using these structures for species identification without additional treatment is difficult. We investigated two different techniques to digest the surrounding tissues, the first was treatment with 10% sodium dodecyl sulphate (SDS) and the second treatment was proteinase K. Tissue was successfully digested in both treatments and all clamps, central hook and even individual sclerites of the clamps were clearly visible and well defined. After treatment, the digest was used to extract genomic DNA, and the second internal transcribed spacer of the ribosomal DNA genes (rDNA) was amplified. Nucleic acid sequence was obtained from 90% of parasite specimens processed by both treatments. Treatment of haptors with SDS was proven to be more successful with no visible changes or damage observed to sclerites even after a month. This method represents a useful tool for the combined morphological and molecular studies as the correct sequence can be assigned to the same individual worm from which haptoral parts have been obtained.

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    • "The interest in describing new methods is still alive and many recently published works address specific parasites or methods (Albuquerque et al. 2009;Bruno et al. 2006;Cribb et al. 2004;Deveney and Whittington 2001;Galli et al. 2006;Galli et al. 2007;Parker et al. 2010;Snyder and Clopton 2005;Wong et al. 2006). The emergence of molecular methods has prompted a renewed interest in methods which can process material for both morphological and molecular methods (Harris et al. 1999;Košková et al. 2011;Naem et al. 2010;Strona et al. 2009;Toe et al. 1997;Yoder et al. 2006). We propose here a method for collecting parasites which can be used by any person who has at least some basic knowledge of vertebrate anatomy, but has no specific training in parasitology. "

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    • "The widespread use of sclerites is also related to the fact that, thanks to their chemical composition, they are the least perishable monogenean structures, allowing species identification even for specimens that are not optimally preserved. This is important, because the best way to prepare monogenean slides for long-term preservation is debated, and incorrect preparation may produce serious morphological artefacts (Wong et al. 2006; Strona et al. 2009; Ko skov a et al. 2010; Justine et al. 2012). However, not all sclerotized structures may be clearly visible on prepared materials, because of different reasons, such as a suboptimal orientation of specimen on slide, or the chemical properties of the media used for preservation (Galli et al. 2007). "
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