Robert M Pittilo

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In a prospective study, specimens of resected small and large intestine from fifteen patients with Crohn's disease were prepared by heparin-saline vascular perfusion, followed by either resin casting of the mesenteric vascular supply and tissue maceration or glutaraldehyde perfusion-fixation, resin casting, and tissue clearance. The specimens were examined(More)
Merozoites of an Atoxoplasma species were present within parasitophorous vacuoles in the cytoplasm of leucocytes in the blood vessels in the small intestine of the greenfinch (Carduelis chloris). The merozoites indented the nucleus of the leucocytes. Merozoites, macrogametes, and microgamonts were present in the epithelial cells of the intestines. No(More)
Transmission electron microscopy was used to examine the microvasculature of perfusion-fixed tissues from Crohn's disease and control patients. Paramyxovirus-like particles, and inclusions consisting of condensations of nucleocapsid, in giant cells and endothelium at foci of vascular injury were identified in all 9 Crohn's disease patients. Tissues from(More)
The Inflammatory Bowel Disease Study Group at the Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine has tested the hypothesis that the primary pathological abnormality in Crohn's disease is in the mesenteric blood supply. Early morphological studies involved arterial perfusion-fixation and either resin casting and scanning electron microscopy or vascular(More)
The fine structure of the developing macrogamete of Eimeria maxima was studied from chicks killed at intervals from 138 to 147 h after inoculation. The macrogamete developed within a parasitophorous vacuole. Lying within the vacuole and extending for some distance around the periphery of the macrogamete were intravacuolar tubules, grouped in certain areas,(More)
Oocyst wall formation in Eimeria maxima was studied during the macrogamete stage in intestinal cells of the chick and in unsporulated oocysts isolated from faeces. The outer of the 2 membranes bounding the mature macrogamete separated from the surface but remained as a veil surrounding the developing oocyst throughout the whole intracellular process.(More)
The ultrastructural development ofEimeria tenella was studied in experimentally infected chicks fed 90 ppm lasalocid, an ionophorous anticoccidial antibiotic. Drug treatment was timed to target-specific endogenous stages. At 6 h after infection, many sporozoites within the epithelium showed degradation as a result of drug action. Only a few intact(More)
Coccidia (Protozoa: Apicomplexa) undergo a series of asexual multiplications within host cells. For a given species, the number of generations is usually constant. In our experience, Eimeria crandallis can multiply by a factor exceeding 10 s, which is more than the theoretical maximum calculated on the basis of the known life-cycle stages. Furthermore, its(More)