X-ray microanalysis of copper and sulphur-containing granules in the fat body cells of homopteran insects Academic Article uri icon

abstract

  • Regions of the fat body of larvae of Chaetophyes compacta and Pectinariophyes sp. (Machaerotidae, Homoptera) which are closely associated with mycetomes have been analysed by electron probe X-ray microanalysis. It is shown that cells in these regions contain electron probe X-ray microanalysis. It is shown that cells in these regions contain electron dense granules which are rich in copper and sulphur. These two elements occur in the atomic ratio of 3:2 respectively. It is conjectured that copper may be bound to a sulphur containing metallothionein and that the granules represent either the end products of copper detoxification or serve as copper stores for synthesis of enzymes and macromolecules by the mycetomal symbionts.

publication date

  • January 1983