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Iodamoeba butsclii is a non-pathogenic amoeba present in the human intestine (Dobell, 1919).  It is about 6-25 in length.  The cysts contain glycogen filled so-called vacuoles that stains brown with Iodine, and these cysts were therefore called "I-cysts" before they were known to be the cysts of an amoeba hence the name "Iodamoeba"(Jahn & Jahn, 1949) However T.E.M. reveals that the glycogen bodies are not surrounded by a membrane (Zaman et al, 1998)., so they cannot e called vesicles.  The amoebae contain no recognisable mitochondria (but see Entamoeba).



Dobell, C. (1919). "The amoebae living in man." John Bale, London.

Jahn, T.L. & Jahn, F.L. (1949). "How to know the Protozoa". Iowa, Wm.C.Brown Publ.

Zaman, V. (1972). "Utrastructure of Iodamoeba butschii cysts. Ann.Trop.Med.Parasitol. 66: 251-253.

Zaman, V., Howe, J. and Ng, M. (1998). "Ultrastructure of the nucleus of the Iodamoeba butschlii cyst." Parasitol. Res. 84: 421-422.


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