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September 1956

Electron Microscopy of Trachoma Virus Section

Author Affiliations

Kumamoto, Japan
From the Department of Ophthalmology, Kumamoto University Medical School.

AMA Arch Ophthalmol. 1956;56(3):429-448. doi:10.1001/archopht.1956.00930040437011

The trachoma virus, Chlamydozoon trachomatis, can be found as epithelial inclusion bodies in conjunctival scraping slides. The morphology of the virus in scraping smears has been well established. However, the morphology of the virus in sections still stands on rather slender experience. Knowledge of the micromorphology of inclusions as obtained by the electron microscope is very limited. Some experiments have been reported on the electron microscopy of this virus. Most of them have been performed, however, with a purified virus. One of us (Y.M.) studied the same subject with Tsutsui and Tanaka in 1952.1 It was supposed from the experiment with purified virus that trachoma virus might have microstructures, details of which, however, were not solved by an experiment with purified virus. Electron microscopy of trachoma virus in section thus warranted attention. It was also necessary to carry out this investigation as a basic study of trachoma virus cultivation