food vacuole


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food vacuole

[′füd ‚vak·yə‚wōl]
(cell and molecular biology)
A membrane-bound organelle in which digestion occurs in cells capable of phagocytosis. Also known as heterophagic vacuole; phagocytic vacuole.
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Falcipain-II and falcipain-III are reported as haem degradation metabolizing enzymes responsible for initiating the degradation of host erythrocyte haemoglobin inside the food vacuole of the parasite.
Four plasmepsins are active in Plasmodium falciparum food vacuole, including a protease with an active-site histidine.
enterica is gobbled up by Tetrahymena, crammed into a food vacuole, then ejected from the protozoan.
Paramecia can expose students to many organelles that they wouldn't normally have the opportunity to see, such as oral grooves, food vacuoles, cilia, macronuclei, and, in some cases, trichocysts.
It is very important to study comprehensively the contents of the food vacuoles of the ciliate, to find out whether there is competition for food between C.
Blepharisma is occasionally cannibalistic (Giese 1973), a situation readily recognized by the distinctive pink food vacuoles containing the pigment blepharismin that occur in cannibalistic individuals.
Most wood decomposition in the digestive tract of subterranean termite workers (family Rhinotermitidae) occurs in food vacuoles of flagellate protozoan symbionts in the hindgut (Radek, 1999).
Vacuoles were densely packed with particles that appeared to be constantly moving; vacuole size varied from that typical of food vacuoles to large vacuoles that occupied most of the cell volume (expanded online Figure, panels B, D, and G, www.cdc.gov/EID/content/17/6/1127-F.htm).
Food vacuoles were prevalent inside of digestive cells of field-collected hydroids within a few hours after sunset and throughout the night, coinciding with digestion of captured demersal plankton.
Using electron micrographs, the scientists have viewed bacteria entrapped in food vacuoles within algal cells.

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