A symbiont of the tick Ixodes ricinus invades and consumes mitochondria in a mode similar to that of the parasitic bacterium Bdellovibrio bacteriovorus.

@article{Sacchi2004ASO,
  title={A symbiont of the tick Ixodes ricinus invades and consumes mitochondria in a mode similar to that of the parasitic bacterium Bdellovibrio bacteriovorus.},
  author={Luciano Sacchi and Elisa Bigliardi and Silvia Corona and Tiziana Beninati and Nathan Lo and Alberto Franceschi},
  journal={Tissue & cell},
  year={2004},
  volume={36 1},
  pages={43-53}
}
We have recently performed molecular characterisation of an intracellular alpha-proteobacterium, named IricES1, which resides in the ovarian tissue of female Ixodes ricinus ticks from Italy. A unique characteristic of this bacterium is its ability to invade the mitochondria of the cells in which it resides. Although some ultrastructural studies have been performed on close relatives of this bacterium from I. ricinus in England and Switzerland, a number of questions remain about its movement… CONTINUE READING