Timing of perialgal vacuole membrane differentiation from digestive vacuole membrane in infection of symbiotic algae Chlorella vulgaris of the ciliate Paramecium bursaria.Protist. 2009 Feb; 160(1):65-74.P
Each symbiotic Chlorella of the ciliate Paramecium bursaria is enclosed in a perialgal vacuole derived from the host digestive vacuole to protect from lysosomal fusion. To understand the timing of differentiation of the perialgal vacuole from the host digestive vacuole, algae-free P. bursaria cells were fed symbiotic C. vulgaris cells for 1.5min, washed, chased and fixed at various times after mixing. Acid phosphatase activity in the vacuoles enclosing the algae was detected by Gomori's staining. This activity appeared in 3-min-old vacuoles, and all algae-containing vacuoles demonstrated activity at 30min. Algal escape from these digestive vacuoles began at 30min by budding of the digestive vacuole membrane into the cytoplasm. In the budded membrane, each alga was surrounded by a Gomori's thin positive staining layer. The vacuoles containing a single algal cell moved quickly to and attached just beneath the host cell surface. Such vacuoles were Gomori's staining negative, indicating that the perialgal vacuole membrane differentiates soon after the algal escape from the host digestive vacuole. This is the first report demonstrating the timing of differentiation of the perialgal vacuole membrane during infection of P. bursaria with symbiotic Chlorella.