Studies on the metabolism of Hymenolepis diminuta with special reference to desoxyribonucleic acid, vitamin B12 and fat
Dacres, William G.
Doctor of Philosophy
The studies reported herein are part of an overall program devoted to the task of providing sufficient factual information for a more complete understanding of the physiology of the rat tapeworm, Hymenolepis diminuta, and the relationships that it has with its host. There are essentially two lines of attack that such a program may take. First, a knowledge of the basic constituents of the parasite is necessary in order to know the type of material with which one is dealing. An essential adjunct to this knowledge is an understanding of the factors, within and without the organism, that control the quantitative levels of these various constituents. A second way by which it is possible to obtain information on the physiological and chemical activities of the parasite is through experiments designed to test or assay the metabolic capabilities of the organism in terms of a particular enzyme system or a sequence of enzyme systems.