Plasma chloride and gill epithelial response of channel catfish to infection with ichthyophthirius multifiliis

Margaret S. Ewino, Marsha C. Black, Vicki S. Blazer, Katherine M. Kocan

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

23 Scopus citations


Because infection with Ichthyophthirius multifiliis has been reported to result in osmotic stress, genesis of the plasma chloride and chloride cell response of channel catfish Ictalurus punctatus to the infection was studied from day 0 to day 7 postexposure (PE). Parasite population densities ranged from 0.08 to 0.22 trophonts per gill filament during days 1-5 PE and increased to 2.1 at day 7 PE. Population increases were the result of infection by a new generation of infective theronts and reproduction by the parasite on the host. Mean plasma chloride concentrations of fish were not significantly different among days 0-5 PE (range of means, 93.01-97.87 meq/L), but by day 7 PE the mean had declined significantly, to 83.73 meq/L. Maintenance of relatively stable plasma chloride concentrations for 5 d was associated with chloride cell proliferation. The number of interlamellar filament chloride cells had significantly increased by day 1 PE, and the number of chloride cells in the lamellae had significantly increased by day 5 PE. No further increase had occurred by day 7 PE. Vacuolization of chloride cells, examined by electron microscopy, became more common as infection progressed, and many chloride cells appeared to be degenerating by day SPE.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)187
Number of pages1
JournalJournal of Aquatic Animal Health
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1994

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Aquatic Science


Dive into the research topics of 'Plasma chloride and gill epithelial response of channel catfish to infection with ichthyophthirius multifiliis'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this